Open Forum: December 22, 2018

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  1. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Shaunna Lee Rushton 🍃 @veganshaunna
    Waking up and hearing about Indonesia is heartbreaking. I hope coverage does this tragedy justice and recognises this is the very real effect of climate change. #Tsunami #ClimateBreakdown
    6:30 PM – Dec 23, 2018

    How is it possible that she can be this dumb? Blair has a couple more similar tweets from other lefties.

    it votes!

  2. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    No sex please Monty.
    Don’t put your missus through the horror of having you cark it on top of her and have to call the fire brigade to get free.

    she must be built like a whale to support his bulk

  3. Notafan

    Funny how different people remember different things differently.

    Lithuanian [email protected]@s with a name change going to Prussia then South Africa then the UK

    Escaping from earlier persecution probably meant avoiding annilation in a later persecution.

    Amazing dad too.

    it’s a fascinating story

  4. Notafan

    Can we leave Mrs Monty out of it?

  5. Old School Conservative

    Encyclopedia Britannica doesn’t do irony.
    It’s article on St. Paul, Christian Apostle and the most important person after Jesus in the history of Christianity quotes his birthdate as 4 BCE and death in 62-64 CE.

  6. Nick

    Hmm Christmas, small kids, a greedy man, lots of rich food and strong alcohol, in laws. That’s a recipe to improve blood pressure if I ever saw it.

  7. Senile Old Guy

    This is typical of these parasites.

    A Tasmanian senator is under fire for the refurbishment of an office in the state’s north-west, which cost taxpayers over half a million dollars, but he says he will not apologise as “Canberra money” went into the pockets of local small business and local pay packets.

    It is not “Caberra money” but taxpayer’s hard earnt that is being wasted.

    Nationals senator Steve Martin opted to set up his parliamentary office in Devonport’s Rooke Street, declining to take over former senator Jacqui Lambie’s office in Burnie, a distance of about 46 kilometres to the west. Ms Lambie’s former electoral office in Mount Street, which was refurbished in 2014, remains vacant.

    There’s a refurbished office available but this f*wit is wasting half a million. Is it any wonder Australians despise politicians?

  8. Top Ender

    Are we any closer to a list of banned words yet?

    Just tried to post Tim Blair’s article on Waleed Aly. It starts off:

    Who’s the real ‘irritant’

    TIM BLAIR

    The Project’s Waleed Aly claims he has never been more ‘shocked or angry’ after he was strip-searched at an airport, yet he dismisses terrorism as an ‘irritant’

    The tiniest little thing can upset people these days. A little thing like, say, mocking their holy super lord wisdom emperor.

    Waleed Aly’s fans are a devoted bunch, exceptionally so, and they don’t much like it when their leader is questioned. Even when Aly is gently called to account for saying something ridiculous, which from time to time he is prone to do.

    The entire article got banned – dunno why. I searched for the obvious Jew reference – there weren’t any.

  9. Top Ender

    Are we any closer to a list of banned words yet?

    Just tried to post Tim Blair’s article on Waleed Aly. It starts off:

    Who’s the real ‘irritant’

    TIM BLAIR

    The Project’s Waleed Aly claims he has never been more ‘shocked or angry’ after he was strip-searched at an airport, yet he dismisses terrorism as an ‘irritant’

    The tiniest little thing can upset people these days. A little thing like, say, mocking their holy super lord wisdom emperor.

    Waleed Aly’s fans are a devoted bunch, exceptionally so, and they don’t much like it when their leader is questioned. Even when Aly is gently called to account for saying something ridiculous, which from time to time he is prone to do.

    The entire article got banned – dunno why. I searched for the obvious J3w reference – there weren’t any.

  10. Top Ender

    Are we any closer to a list of banned words yet?

    Just tried to post Tim Blair’s article on Waleed Aly. It starts off:

    Who’s the real ‘irritant’

    TIM BLAIR

    The Project’s Waleed Aly claims he has never been more ‘shocked or angry’ after he was str_p-searched at an airport, yet he dismisses terrorism as an ‘irritant’

    The tiniest little thing can upset people these days. A little thing like, say, mocking their holy super lord wisdom emperor.

    Waleed Aly’s fans are a devoted bunch, exceptionally so, and they don’t much like it when their leader is questioned. Even when Aly is gently called to account for saying something ridiculous, which from time to time he is prone to do.

    The entire article got banned – dunno why. I searched for the obvious J3w reference – there weren’t any.

  11. Top Ender

    Are we any closer to a list of banned words yet?

    Just tried to post Tim Blair’s article on Waleed Aly.

    It got banned; I tried the first para only; that got banned.

    So now have given up.

  12. stackja

    Police: Fort Worth Man Arrested After Shooting Wife’s Laptop
    Gary Lykins has been charged with deadly conduct for discharging a firearm
    By Associated Press
    Published Dec 22, 2018 at 7:50 PM | Updated at 11:04 PM CST on Dec 22, 2018

  13. stackja

    Top Ender
    #2891404, posted on December 24, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Who’s the real ‘irritant’, Waleed
    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph
    December 24, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

  14. stackja

    The tiniest little thing can upset people these days. A little thing like, say, mocking their holy super lord wisdom emperor.

  15. stackja

    Waleed Aly’s fans are a devoted bunch, exceptionally so, and they don’t much like it when their leader is questioned. Even when Aly is gently called to account for saying something ridiculous, which from time to time he is prone to do.

  16. Tom

    M0nty – how I got rid of high blood pressure:

    – lose weight, lots of it (I went low carb, then keto. Watch the LDLs if you do though, mine spiked)
    – change your diet (sort of goes with the first)
    – exercise (walking, hirt, swimming), vary it don’t just do the one thing

    You owe it to yourself and your family not to keel over.

    Listen to your Aunty Calli, Mont. At your age, you should not be relying on medication to keep your BP within an acceptable range.

    Your body wants to be fit and healthy. Let it. It will reward you every day through how good you feel. So will your kids.

  17. stackja

    For example, back in 2013 Ten’s The Project co-host offered a few theories about the Boston Marathon bombing.

  18. egg_

    Waleed Aly’s fans are a devoted bunch, exceptionally so, and they don’t much like it when their leader is questioned. Even when Aly is gently called to account for saying something ridiculous, which from time to time he is prone to do.

    Squalid is the Iraqi Information Minister reincarnated.

  19. Senile Old Guy

    And this is why we hate Cricket Australia.

    Cricket Australia has said if that changes it will review the decision to close the stadium’s shaded sections, but in the interim it would put measures in place to help the crowd deal with the heat. Did we get what we paid for? There were lots of promises when Perth Stadium was built. So does it deliver “We offer free sunscreen to all fans attending the stadium and encourage them to be sun smart regularly through in-stadium messaging,” a Cricket Australia spokesman said.

    Really?

  20. stackja

    egg_
    #2891412, posted on December 24, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Ali said Coalition forces not in Baghdad. Told to look out window.

  21. egg_

    Ali said Coalition forces not in Baghdad. Told to look out window.

    Is that an Abrams in the driveway?

  22. Senile Old Guy

    …and…

    The Tasmania election analyst Kevin Bonham said that, shortly, it would be a challenge for Senator Martin to keep his seat in federal elections next year. “It’s quite difficult because he was only there for a short time and did not have much chance of building a profile as a senator,” he said. Mr. Bonham also said that changes in Senate selection require candidates to get a strong primary vote or sufficient voters’ preferences to be elected, which Martin could hardly do.

    So he’ll be out at the next election (next year) and has wasted half a million dollars. We would be better off with no government.

  23. Zyconoclast

    Nationals senator Steve Martin opted to set up his parliamentary office in Devonport’s Rooke Street, declining to take over former senator Jacqui Lambie’s office in Burnie, a distance of about 46 kilometres to the west. Ms Lambie’s former electoral office in Mount Street, which was refurbished in 2014, remains vacant.

    There’s a refurbished office available but this f*wit is wasting half a million. Is it any wonder Australians despise politicians?

    Not justifying him spending $500k on an office but I reckon it would have cost at least that much to remove the dribble stains and other bodily fluids from the carpet in Jaquie Jaquie’s office.

  24. Empire 5:5

    Your body wants to be fit and healthy. Let it. It will reward you every day through how good you feel. So will your kids.

    Think logically.

    Is this being receptive to the concept of the temple of the body?

    Paul Montgomery
    @m0nty
    —-
    Dad, nerd, Melbournite. Also poliblogger & troll.

    Or built for and dedicated to the righteous fight for sedentary totalitarianism?

  25. bespoke

    Notafan
    #2891391, posted on December 24, 2018 at 7:57 am
    Can we leave Mrs Monty out of it?

    I agree but that doesn’t let monty of the hook as he deliberately elicits such comments and has been derogatory about family members who he dislikes in the past.

  26. stackja

    Sudanese police tear gas protesters
    Reuters
    an hour ago

    Sudanese police have fired tear gas after hundreds of protesters blocked a road in the centre of the capital, Khartoum, a Reuters witness says.

    The protesters gathered after a soccer match late on Sunday and chanted “The people want the fall of the regime” and “Freedom, freedom” amid a heavy police presence.

    Meanwhile in Melbourne?

  27. Senile Old Guy

    Imagine living in the wilderness aboard your own floating art studio, waking up to blissful, uninterrupted views from every window. Artists are being given the chance to do just that as part of ‘FLOAT’, a new ecologically designed houseboat-style studio on Lake Tyers in eastern Victoria.

    Imagine where the money comes from?

    FLOAT was the brainchild of East Gippsland community arts identity Andrea Lane, who secured $350,000 in funding through Regional Arts Victoria’s Small Towns Transformations project.

    The taxpayer, of course.

  28. C.L.

    ABC reporting that our lords in Canberra are currently deciding whether to replace the old Holden ComCar fleet with BMWs or Mercedes.

  29. egg_

    Dad, nerd, Melbournite. Also poliblogger & troll.

    Or built for and dedicated to the righteous fight for sedentary totalitarianism?

    The Attack of the Couch Potatoes?

  30. egg_

    ABC reporting that our lords in Canberra are currently deciding whether to replace the old Holden ComCar fleet with BMWs or Mercedes.

    Who won the war?

  31. Tom

    Meanwhile in Melbourne?

    You mean East Khartoum, Stacky.

  32. Boambee John

    Still, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wanted the appointment to signal the birth of a new RCMP that is more representative of the public it serves.

    Been watching too many Police Academy movies?

  33. stackja

    Tom
    #2891428, posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Kitchener knew how to handle unruly Sudanese.

  34. stackja

    New wave of asylum seeker transfer bids cost taxpayers nearly $500k
    Sheradyn Holderhead, The Daily Telegraph
    December 24, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    Legal bids — including frivolous action — to force the medical transfer of boat people on Manus Island and Nauru has skyrocketed in recent months costing taxpayers almost half a million dollars.

    Home Affairs has fielded more than 100 approaches from legal firms over requests for medical transfers since July compared with just five in the 2017/18 financial year.
    The department has bla

    RGR legacy keeps on giving. Next year under BS all start again?

  35. There’s a refurbished office available but this f*wit is wasting half a million. Is it any wonder Australians despise politicians?

    The media dutifully reports waste by conservatives.
    Labor electoral offices could have Moët on tap and you’d never hear of it. The media are usually at the piss up anyway.

  36. stackja

    Posting parents shun dairy and meat in kids food farce
    Larissa Waterson & Annabel Hennessy, The Daily Telegraph
    December 24, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    Vegan mums are snubbing advice from doctors and putting babies as young as six months old on dangerous dairy-free diets after being egged on by Facebook groups.

    An investigation by The Daily Telegraph and Storyful can reveal growing online vegan communities are encouraging parents to ignore medical advice and place their children on strict dairy-free diets.

    It comes as top doctors have warned vegan diets carry more health risks for children than they do adults.

    “Vegan Baby Led Weaning” — which includes more than 100 Australian members -allows discussion of vegan diets for children as young as six months.

    Child abuse in the name of what?

  37. will

    ABC reporting that our lords in Canberra are currently deciding whether to replace the old Holden ComCar fleet with BMWs or Mercedes.

    Who won the war?

    Many years ago somene by the name of Kenneth Galbraith wrote about ‘private affluence and public poverty’.

    This may or more likely may not have been true at the time. However, we can now observe very clearly that we live in an era of private poverty and public affluence. Resource scarcity is unknown to the public sector while the private sector has been in recession since about 2007. Anyone surveying the skyline from Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane will observe that the biggest, fattest and one of the tallest buildings in the CBD is the State Government one.

    Anyone contemplating a career: I suggest the public sector, anyone contemplating running a business I suggest you move overseas.

  38. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Monty – Cats above are all correct – lose weight, eat well, exercise, i.e. your basic cure-all. A positive mental outlook also helps, and leftism never did anyone any favours there.

    That all said, as Calli notes re HDL/LDL, stay close to your doc. Some people do have a genetic tendency to high blood pressure that resists good efforts so yours needs professional monitoring till you stabilize it.

    Helen – thinking of your travails and wishing you well at Christmas. So sad about that little mangled calf. But dogs will be dogs when they run wild. The Christmas spirit also comes in bottles as well as out of hot ovens. At the least, treat yourself to a well-earned glass of something nice, shared cheer with the Captain.

  39. Bruce in WA

    ABC reporting that our lords in Canberra are currently deciding whether to replace the old Holden ComCar fleet with BMWs or Mercedes.

    Can’t see any reason why they need more than a Kia Optima for the peasantry and a Hyundai Genesis for the “big-wigs” — including the PM.

  40. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Vegan mums are snubbing advice from doctors and putting babies as young as six months old on dangerous dairy-free diets after being egged on by Facebook groups.

    facebook is shit

  41. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    African community leaders blame interstate youths for crime wave

    Charlie Peel
    Journalist
    @charliepeeled ‏
    12:00AM December 24, 2018
    125 Comments

    Leaders from Queensland’s ­African community believe inter­state youths are to blame for a surge in violent crimes that has police on edge and led to several arrests last week.

    Four suspects aged between 15 and 17 were charged with a string of offences after several ­violent carjackings in Brisbane’s southern suburbs.

    The carjackings led to police publicly declaring their concern about the rise in violent crimes committed by African youths.

    Daniel Zingifuaboro, once a law-enforcement minister in South Sudan and now a member of the Queensland African ­Communities Council, told The Australian that community leaders believed at least some of those behind the crimes had come from Victoria, which faced an ongoing issue with youth crime.

    “Crimes are being smuggled in and it is going to spoil our good relationship with Queenslanders,’’ Mr Zingifuaboro said.

    “We are very mindful of that and we would like the authorities and the Queensland community to be aware of this.”

    From the Oz. Seriously?

  42. stackja

    More Aussies flying overseas to fight with Islamic State in past year
    DAVID HURLEY, Herald Sun
    December 23, 2018 10:00pm
    Subscriber only

    Almost 100 Australians have been killed fighting for Islamic terror groups overseas.

    The Herald Sun can reveal the Australian Federal Police now has 27 arrest warrants for Australian terror suspects who they believe have gone overseas to fight for extremist groups in Iraq and Syria.

    New figures show the number of Australians flying overseas to join terror groups has risen in the past year.

  43. Derp

    There is no other Poirot than David Suchet, he is a consummate professional who brought to much respect and character development to the role. He also plays a fantastic villain as well in other roles e.g. The Bank Job

    And the docos are fantastic as well.

  44. stackja

    Taxi driver allegedly assaulted and robbed in Brisbane’s north
    Sarah Matthews, The Courier-Mail
    13 minutes ago

    A TAXI driver has been taken to hospital in a serious condition with head and facial injuries after allegedly being attacked by a group of passengers in Murrumba Downs last night.

    The driver picked up the five men from a Brendale address at around 7:30pm Sunday and drove them to Ogg Rd, Murrumba Downs.

    Once they reached their destination, four of the men got out of the taxi and one man remained inside and allegedly started assaulting the driver.

    The driver tried to drive away but he was pulled from the taxi and allegedly further assaulted and robbed by the group.

    Police arrived on scene a short time later, and have taken all five men into custody.

    The taxi driver has been taken to hospital with injuries to his head and face.

  45. Tom

    Resource scarcity is unknown to the public sector while the private sector has been in recession since about 2007.

    All spectacularly hidden in official GDP statistics — collected by the government, naturally — which allow a rudderless rabble like the Trumble-SloMo regime to boast that Australia is “growing”. The only thing that’s growing is the dead weight of state and federal government spending and debt, which has exploded since 2007.

  46. stackja

    Kids suicidal over Family Court orders, Law Reform Commission inquiry told
    Natasha Bita, The Courier-Mail
    December 24, 2018 1:00am
    Subscriber only

    TWO Queensland children have tried to commit suicide over Family Court custody orders, a government inquiry has been told.

    The suicidal teenagers were admitted to hospital mental health units in southeast Queensland last Christmas after being ordered to live with a different parent, the Women’s Legal Service Queensland told the Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry in a submission.

    Women’s Legal Service president Angela Lynch told The Courier-Mail court custody orders could be devastating for children.

    “There is a notion that children can just be swapped around quite easily between parents and it doesn’t have any impact,’’ she said.

    “But some children want to run away, they’re suicidal.

    “We believe there can be a failure by the courts to adequately give sufficient weight to the issue of attachment (of children to a parent), and to children’s voices.’’

    Men’s legal service?

  47. mh

    stackja
    #2891440, posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:43 am
    More Aussies flying overseas to fight with Islamic State in past year

    Aussies? I don’t think so.

  48. zyconoclast

    ABC reporting that our lords in Canberra are currently deciding whether to replace the old Holden ComCar fleet with BMWs or Mercedes.

    Can’t see any reason why they need more than a Kia Optima for the peasantry and a Hyundai Genesis for the “big-wigs” — including the PM.

    Or perhaps one of these: Hongqi N501

    more images

  49. stackja

    cohenite
    #2891443, posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Welcome to the brutal world of international politics: Nations and states cooperate when their interests align, but cooperation often ceases once interests diverge.

    Hitler/Stalin – FDR/WSC/Stalin etc etc

  50. stackja

    mh
    #2891446, posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Citizens but not patriots? Citizenship given too easily.

  51. Leigh Lowe

    Kitchener knew how to handle unruly Sudanese.

    A taste of cold steel, Captain Mainwaring suh!
    They don’t like it up ’em, the fuzzy-wuzzies.

  52. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    stackja
    #2891440, posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:43 am
    More Aussies flying overseas to fight with Islamic State in past year

    Aussies? I don’t think so.

    You have to earn the right to be called an ‘Aussie’. These scum are not Aussies.
    Good riddance and don’t come back. Die there.

  53. Sinclair Davidson

    Over and above naughty words – cutting and pasting entire articles tends to get picked up by the auto-moderator too. So you’ll notice that Old ozzie tends to cut and paste the same article about 20 times. That’ him thinking that this time, just this once, it’ll get through. But No. He does it every day leaving it to me to approve them. Just once people, if at all.

  54. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    BMWs or Mercedes.

    No Audi’s? And who took the vote on the Germans?
    We trade more with Japan, and they have good cars cheaper to buy and run.
    Not every ‘Comcar’ should be a luxury brand anyway.

  55. calli

    Whoa! I just got mauled by the spaminator over cohenite’s link. 🙂

    So I’ll just say thank you for the ammunition for the next few days and leave it at that.

  56. stackja

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2891457, posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Sinc thanks as always for your advice. We all must learn. Problem with paywalls we people want it all and we want it free.

  57. Sinclair Davidson

    Yep. no Audi’s no volvos.

  58. max

    Haven’t seen Cassie and Elle, the Diamond and Silk of these parts, around for a while.

  59. calli

    Not every ‘Comcar’ should be a luxury brand anyway.

    None of them should.

    Let them drive Trabant. They all clearly yearn for the wonders of socialism.

  60. stackja

    calli
    #2891460, posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Too many words from overseas not allowed here it seems. Sinc rules. We obey.

  61. Mother Lode

    Veganshaunna?

    What’s the joke? “How do you know if someone is a vegan?”

    The chemical imbalance caused by a thoroughly twisted dietary regime certainly impairs mental faculties.

    The silly cow, so certain of being moral superiority, believes it also entails an effortless superiority in every other field.

    It reminds me a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy with the character who only ever says “I am Groot”. Despite his limited vocabulary and syntax however the character is able to commmunicate thoughts of normal subtlety and cogency.

    “I am vegan” does not. It is exactly what it says.

  62. max

    Isn’t Suchet a bit of a lefty ?

    He toured here a year ago in a play about a Cardinal caught up in a scandal.

    Sure to ignite controversial debate, ‘THE LAST CONFESSION’ is set within the corridors of power in the Vatican and explores the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of Pope John Paul I in 1978. He died only 33 days after being elected and before he could set his liberal reforms into place. Suspicions are aroused when it is revealed that the new Pope had warned three of his most influential but hostile Cardinals that they would be replaced on the evening before his death. The Vatican refuses to conduct an official investigation into the death but the politically savvy Cardinal Giovanni Benelli who had engineered the election of Pope John Paul, is determined to find the truth.

  63. stackja

    Cyclone Tracy like ‘jet noise’ over Darwin, remembers Greg
    LAUREN NOVAK, NT News
    December 24, 2018 1:30am
    Subscriber only

    IF you’ve been to the Cyclone Tracy exhibition at Darwin’s museum you may have stood in a small dark room there and listened to a recording of the storm that ripped the city apart on this day 44 years ago.

    For Alawa resident Greg Novak, who went through the real thing on Christmas Eve 1974, the experience of museum visitors is “a taste” of what that night brought — “if you turned the volume up four times and kept it there for hours on end”.

    “The noise was just incredible. It was like standing next to a jet aeroplane about to take off,” he recalls.

  64. RobK

    Some are seeing the light.
    thewest.com.au/business/renewable-energy/1b-bill-cost-to-wa-of-shortens-green-energy-plan-revealed-ng-b881057010z

    WA consumers will pay almost $1 billion extra in energy costs a year under Bill Shorten’s plans for a 50 per cent renewable energy target, previously secret modelling has found.

    Research by the State Government’s chief energy adviser shows lifting the amount of green energy in WA to 50 per cent by 2030 would cost $946 million compared with a business-as-usual approach.

    The finding is in a report by the Public Utilities Office in late 2016, when Mr Shorten had already committed to doubling Australia’s renewable energy target.

  65. Anthony

    If Trump is such a dill why don’t the Democrats get rid of him?
    They can’t get rid of him.
    Why? Just because the American people want him? Does that sound at all reasonable?
    Doesn’t sound that complicated.

  66. Myrddin Seren

    ABC reporting that our lords in Canberra are currently deciding whether to replace the old Holden ComCar fleet with BMWs or Mercedes.

    Or perhaps one of these: Hongqi N501

    Driving across Sydney yesterday with a visiting inlaw, pulled up behind a car with:

    a fancy NSW plate,

    custom combination of letters-and- numbers, and

    a line of Chinese script across the bottom.

    BiL gaped as well and said: ‘What’s that ?’

    Moi: A cultural statement ( and then I think – of superiority by the colonisers ).

    I can’t readily find this combo on the NSW MyPlates site, but the missus said she had seen one too.

    We surely can’t be far off having road signs in Hanzi as well as English ?

  67. Mother Lode

    but he says he will not apologise as “Canberra money” went into the pockets of local small business and local pay packets.

    In all fairness he might be pointing out that his not having spent it would not mean the money would have remained with the taxpayers, merely that Canberra would have found somewhere else to blow it. Rainbow coloured road markings or smashed avocado spas.

    At least this way the money went back to net tax payers, not 3rd order tax hoovers.

  68. Roger

    ABC reporting that our lords in Canberra are currently deciding whether to replace the old Holden ComCar fleet with BMWs or Mercedes.

    Used Toyotas from Japan – reliable, cheap and fitting for the country politicians have turned us into.

    The money saved could be put to the rehabilitation of war vets.

  69. EvilElvis

    Daniel Zingifuaboro, once a law-enforcement minister in South Sudan and now a member of the Queensland African ­Communities Council

    If that one sentence doesn’t show how fucked our immigration policy is then nothing will. FMD, what a country…

  70. Bruce of Newcastle

    ABC reporting that our lords in Canberra are currently deciding whether to replace the old Holden ComCar fleet with BMWs or Mercedes.

    Surely the next ComCar model must be an electric-only car to save the planet.
    Our politicians must lead by example!

  71. Rockdoctor

    “The noise was just incredible. It was like standing next to a jet aeroplane about to take off,” he recalls.

    The cyclones I have been through that pretty well much describes it except at a lower volume than being in an aeroplane. Nice & cloudy today been absolutely oppressive since Cyclone Owen moved away, no sign of Monsoon Trough yet despite Madden-Julian Oscillation (that can boost the monsoon) being over Indo. Cooking Christmas Lunch tomorrow’s going to be fun, not.

  72. Leigh Lowe

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2891457, posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Apart from jamming the spaminator, the great slabs of articles lifted from the Oz and elsewhere wear out my scrolling finger.
    There is very little point posting an entire article without any commentary.
    This is not that sort of blog.

  73. Myrddin Seren

    From RobK’s link:

    “The Treasurer, when asked in parliament what the financial impact of a 50 per cent renewable energy target will be on Western Australia, he said no work had been done.

    Damning – ‘Let’s wreck the economy with no supporting research – just m’uh feelz‘.

    “We now know that Treasury has done the work and Treasurer Ben Wyatt knowingly covered up the $1 billion cost of the 50 per cent renewable energy target.

    Liars lie – who knew ?

    And misleading Parliament – now carefactor zero.

    We are truely going over a cliff here.

  74. Tel

    Your body wants to be fit and healthy. Let it. It will reward you every day through how good you feel. So will your kids.

    Yup, my body tells me when it’s time to hit the drink … and also tells me the body has had enough and is now ready to send some back again.

    My body is a fitness genius and all I need to do is follow the simple instruction of doing whatever I desire this minute.

  75. Mother Lode

    The entire article got banned

    I have about 40% comments rejected there. Some are reinstated after several hours, but there does seem a secret list. U

    I called Aly ‘Squalid’ once and it was rejected (not ‘Pending’, but an instantaneous automated ‘Rejected’) in perpetuity. Same with the word ‘rut’ in the context of nature’s basic drives.

    Homo Sapiens was disappeared for around 5 hours.

  76. EvilElvis

    WA consumers will pay almost $1 billion extra in energy costs a year under Bill Shorten’s plans for a 50 per cent renewable energy target, previously secret modelling has found.

    Research by the State Government’s chief energy adviser shows lifting the amount of green energy in WA to 50 per cent by 2030 would cost $946 million compared with a business-as-usual approach.

    The finding is in a report by the Public Utilities Office in late 2016, when Mr Shorten had already committed to doubling Australia’s renewable energy target.

    Crank the ruinables, no ‘interconnector’ to save us here. Maybe we should rush some solar panels in? What’s RCR up to these days…

  77. Roger

    Four suspects aged between 15 and 17 were charged with a string of offences after several ­violent carjackings in Brisbane’s southern suburbs.

    And they won’t be bailed as a “diversionary” measure.

    You’re not in Victoria anymore, chaps.

  78. We’re already over the cliff.

    It is a 10-15 year job to restore cheap electricity. Probably will never happen.

    Abolishing all liquid fuel taxes would instantly make our fuel costs competitive with the US.

  79. C.L.

    What are those really mini little clown cars?
    I nominate those for our politicians.

  80. Replace the comcar fleet with 2 stroke motor scooters.

    I wanna see SHY on a scooter.

  81. Roger

    Rand Paul brings the smack-down of the week

    Applies also to our ABC, who’ve suddenly found an American military intervention they like.

  82. rickw

    ABC reporting that our lords in Canberra are currently deciding whether to replace the old Holden ComCar fleet with BMWs or Mercedes.

    I think they can go and screw themselves. The shittiest Ford, Opel or Chevies for them. It’s all most of the rest of us can afford.

    Want better comcars? Then stop turning us into peasants you arseholes!

  83. Bruce of Newcastle

    My early Christmas present is kooka kiddie, who made the leap into the wide world this morning.

    The arc of near disaster was from nest box into a small patch of lantana, then to the neighbour’s roof (too close to peewee’s nest, so kid got pecked a few times) and finally the jacaranda. Where kid was rewarded for the epic and scenic journey of 20 metres with a bug of some kind followed by a large praying mantis.

    For that, kid, you get a set of these.

  84. rickw

    Almost 100 Australians have been killed fighting for Islamic terror groups overseas.

    Low IQ middle easterners and africans are our newest export industry. May it continue until we run out of them!

  85. C.L.

    Almost 100 Australians have been killed fighting for Islamic terror groups overseas.

    1. They’re not Australians.
    2. Who cares?

  86. Myrddin Seren

    Want better comcars? Then stop turning us into peasants you arseholes!

    The two are related – better Comcars for the Protected Classes, emphasised by stopping petrol-vehicle sales from X-date and ensuring insufficient electricity and charging stations such as to make having a car an elite privilege.

    Who wants to be an elite if the Proles can have almost everything you can – except walls of armed, tax-payer funded security guards ?

    We will get back to a proper neo-aristocratic order of things.

    Welcome to the Hunger Games.

  87. rickw

    ABC reporting that our lords in Canberra are currently deciding whether to replace the old Holden ComCar fleet with BMWs or Mercedes.

    Wouldn’t this upset our new overlords? Great Wall Motors for you Quislings!

  88. Rae

    Any mention of Audi should automatically be caught and deleted by the spaminator. They are just Vee Dubs with a higher price tag.

    A Nissan Infiniti/Skyline is a better buy.

  89. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Low IQ middle easterners and africans are our newest export industry. May it continue until we run out of them!

    “Culling the herd ” is a phrase that springs to mind.

  90. Sinclair Davidson

    This is not that sort of blog.

    Indeed – I wish the people who it would stop.

  91. John Constantine

    Our Oligarchial Feudalism will be complete when Christine Nixon and Marrissa Payne can have drag races in rickshaws drawn by pale stale males.

    Our Rickshaws are our bespoke services Strength.

    Comrades.

  92. Mother Lode

    Apart from jamming the spaminator, the great slabs of articles lifted from the Oz and elsewhere wear out my scrolling finger.
    There is very little point posting an entire article without any commentary.

    +1

    When whole articles go up I generally get to the third paragraph and realise it is a newspaper article and scroll. If it is put up so I (well, all of us really) will read it, it is a near guarantee that I will not read the article.

    If there is just a link with a select paragraph which piques interest, or some contextualising commentary, then I am far more likely to actually read.

  93. Sinclair Davidson

    As you have all guessed I have a list of naughty words. They are mostly aimed at preventing Bird Strike. Then there are a few words that I have banned to limit debate on topics that may get me into trouble.

    So what else happens? For reasons that I don’t know some comments often turn up in the auto-moderator. Others turn up in the spam filter, and yet others go straight to the trash file. I check each of these files on a semi-regular basis. If the comment seems legit I approve it and if it doesn’t I don’t. What is and isn’t legit is a gut feel that I have – so if you are a regular and/or the comment appears to relate to an on-going discussion it gets approved. Otherwise it doesn’t. If you think this is arbitrary or capricious, well tough. There are extremely broad parameters around discussion here – if you are constantly getting caught in the system then you are pushing the boundaries. There is a lot of space to play in – play there.

  94. Eyrie

    calli, what happened to your HDls and Triglycerides when you went keto? There is no evidence that high LDLs (there are at least two types though) per se cause a problem if Triglycerides are low.

  95. Death Giraffe

    Agatha Christie is shit.

  96. Gab

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2891511, posted on December 24, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Thus spake the Doomlord and so it shall be done.

  97. Mother Lode

    Agatha Christie is shit.

    Spaminator quote.

  98. calli

    Here’s The car you seek CL.

    And here’s the grownup version.

  99. zyconoclast

    Agatha Christie is shit.

    The only good book she wrote was Ten Little N!gg3r Boys.

  100. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    3h
    Thanks
    @RandPaul
    “I am very proud of the President. This is exactly what he promised, and I think the people agree with him. We’ve been at war too long and in too many places…spent several trillion dollars on these wars everywhere. He’s different…that’s why he got elected.”

  101. Myrddin Seren

    Shorter on Alabama-Russbot-gate:

    @JackPosobiec

    The entire media claimed Roy Moore was lying and suggested Russia was actually backing him

    Instead it was a false flag campaign by Democrats to frame him and help Doug Jones win

    This is insane

    and a longer thread from Steve McIntyre

    By Democrats falsely pretending to be Russians, they made it more difficult for FEC (and FARA) to do their jobs – exactly meeting the elements of Mueller’s characterization of Russian troll offenses.

    while Democrats seem to have committed exactly the same offense as Russian trolls, it appears that Mueller only charges people for CWR – Campaigning While Republican.

    Forget DoJ or FEC charges.

    These guys will shortly follow Soros as ‘IT Freedom Defenders of the Year’ or some such.

  102. calli

    Ahahah! The Spaminator ate my LDL reduction comment!

    I hope it likes oats. 🐴

  103. Notafan

    Speaking of Syria someone commented about Syrian Christians holding up a picture of Assad as though that was a very bad thing.

    Assad, for all his faults, protected the Christian minority in Syria-who were facing certain genocide had ANY of the so called islamist freedom fighter factions taken over-as it was a number of Christian villages were targeted for mass murder early in the civil war and iirc no-one in the international community much cared.

    Remember that anniversary of the Syrian civil war celebration dinner in western Sydney attended by Tony Burke?

    Much shutting up about the alleged forces for democracy in Syria

    And what about those white helmets?

  104. Three Willie Wagtails in the nest this morning, one went solo about 8am, the next at 10am, the last one is a bit scrawny and mum is busy feeding the greedy little sucker – should be out by this pm.

  105. The only reason the ABC is reporting the Com Car replacements is to let Labor have an utterly dishonest swing at the Libs for shutting the car industry down.
    The report on AM this morning was completed by Kim Il Carr attacking the conservatives.
    Their ABC are Getting Up for the election.

  106. zyconoclast

    Television producer and Indigenous activist Susan Moylan-Coombs is the first independent candidate to put their hand up to run against former prime minister Tony Abbott at the federal election, following months of anti-Abbott agitating by community activist groups in his Warringah electorate.

    The new candidate supports a move to 100 per cent renewable energy.

    The self-funded candidate supports a First Nations’ voice in Parliament.

    Ms Moylan-Coombs said she would also pay tribute to her “adoptive family’s renowned Australian public service pedigree” – she is the daughter of former NSW Bar Association president John Coombs, and granddaughter to H.C. “Nugget” Coombs, the first Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

  107. Death Giraffe

    Three Willie Wagtails

    ..
    Worst Agatha Christie title ever.

  108. zyconoclast

    ‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Celebrates Inclusion

    The animated film argues that movies are better if you open them up to everyone. The movie says, “Anyone can wear the mask,” and indeed, multiple characters do, including Miles Morales, the first Afro-Latino Spidey.

    That’s Miles Morales, performed by Shameik Moore. Miles is the son of a Puerto Rican ER nurse mom and an African-American police officer dad. Unlike the Stan-Lee-and-Steve-Ditko-created Peter Parker, Miles is comfortable talking to girls and bathes in paternal love – no disrespect to Peter’s ever-ailing Aunt May.

    He’s this kid. He lives in Queens or Brooklyn. He lives with his aunt, and his parents are gone. He’s a science nerd. And you’re trying to figure out, like, what’s the Caucasian part? Like, what – where does that come in to make the story better, right? And they were like, actually, it would probably be a better story if it wasn’t. And then that conversation kind of spilled over into my real life.

  109. Senile Old Guy

    Three Willie Wagtails

    ..
    Worst Agatha Christie title ever.

    I don’t think it as black and white as you make out.

  110. Notafan

    what’s the Caucasian part?

    The culture?

  111. Three Willie Wagtails

    ..
    Worst Agatha Christie title ever.

    What about Three Wagtail Willies?
    It’s a mystery based on who’ll be the third National caught with their pants down.

  112. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    granddaughter to H.C. “Nugget” Coombs, the first Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

    Also, one of the architects of the disastrous policies, supposedly allowing the Aborigines to be the “noble savage’ and practicing their culture on their traditional lands, resulting in the current shambles.

  113. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “I have an ability to understand the unique need of First Nations people in this country,” she said. “If we genuinely had a voice and a seat at the table to be able to truly inform what is required then I think we have a chance.”

    Removed from her family as part of the stolen generations, the new candidate forged a broadcast media career, becoming head of production at dedicated Indigenous affairs channel NITV.

    Certainly ticks all the boxes so far.

  114. calli

    “I have an ability to understand the unique need of First Nations people in this country,” she said. “If we genuinely had a voice and a seat at the table to be able to truly inform what is required then I think we have a chance.”

    Don’t you just love all the boilerplate feelz words in that statement.

    She’s a trougher. No doubt about it.

  115. Bruce of Newcastle

    “I have an ability to understand the unique need of First Nations people in this country,” she said. “If we genuinely had a voice and a seat at the table to be able to truly inform what is required then I think we have a chance.”

    Maybe she should write a letter to Ken Wyatt MP.

  116. cohenite

    First Nations people

    The first 2 words in that claim are complete crap.

  117. Tom

    Just because it’s Christmas: hilarious 2004 interview of Dame Edna by Parky as Judy Dench spectates. Humphries’ genius is that it could still be replayed on FTA TV in puritan thought-controlled 2018 because there’s no potty-mouth; all the double entendre is so tasteful.

  118. Dr Faustus

    We’re already over the cliff.
    It is a 10-15 year job to restore cheap electricity. Probably will never happen.

    That point was crossed when Hazelwood was closed without a replacement.

  119. calli

    Signing off for the next couple of days…got the whole family coming up for Christmas, so like the first one no room at the inn, not even floor space.

    The ham is baked, the turkey roasted, all the trimmings nicely prepped and in their little containers. Grog in the fridge or separated out ready in the cellar. Space shuttle fuel for the pudding – ready and raring and sealed in its radiation proof cling-wrap.

    Wishing all Cats, free or troll, the happiest of Christmases and all the season’s goodwill and joy for you and your families. Eat until you burst, tell the wretched bonbon jokes, and drink your favourite tipple with gusto.

    And for the Christians here at the Cat – make it the best birthday party yet!

    🎄🎁🎉

  120. H B Bear

    “I have an ability to understand the unique need of First Nations people in this country,” she said. “If we genuinely had a voice and a seat at the table to be able to truly inform what is required then I think we have a chance.”

    Just the latest move of the goal posts by the professional aboriginals and the Aboriginal Industry.

  121. littledozer

    https://www.triplem.com.au/story/coffs-harbour-man-on-drug-and-firearms-charges-123089

    A Coffs Harbour man is facing drug and firearms charges after a vehicle stop near the Queensland border.

    At 1:45am on Sunday morning, Northern Borders Highway Patrol stopped a vehicle at Tweed Heads for the purpose of Random Breath Testing.

    After a number of enquiries Police had cause to search the vehicle.

    During that search a number of replica ‘Gel Blaster’ firearms were located in the vehicle. These firearms all resembled the real weapons and are capable of firing gel projectiles.

    A passenger in the vehicle, a 31 year male from Coffs Harbour, admitted ownership of all firearms stating he had purchased them in Queensland for his son for Christmas.

    Also located was 0.35g of Cannabis which police will allege belonged to the 31 year old male.

    The firearms include;

    Colt M4
    Glock 18
    Scar sub machine gun
    STD water gun electric fire
    MP52 sub machine gun
    MP7 crystal bullet model
    M249 machine gun
    The 31 year old Coffs Harbour man has been charged with possess prohibited drug and 14 counts of possess unauthorised pistol / firearm, and was bail refused to appear at the Tweed Heads Local Court later today.

  122. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The first 2 words in that claim are complete crap.

    There seems a curious reluctance to question the issue, though.

  123. Ivan Denisovich

    Persecution made him a better Christian:

    “I can honestly say that the labor camp was the best place to understand what ‘love your enemy’ really means,” said Myroslav Marynovych, a Ukrainian Catholic who spent seven years in a Soviet gulag in the Perm region of Russia.

    After receiving the 2018 Charles J. Chaput Award at the Napa Institute conference earlier this year, Marynoych explained to CNA how the gospel came to life for him in the gulag, and how a stint in solitary confinement led him to write a letter to St. John Paul II.

    RTWT

    https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/learning-to-love-your-enemy-in-a-soviet-labor-camp-20567

    Interesting comments also about reaction to news of JP II election and how peace/disarmament movement was used (directed) by the Soviets.

  124. Bruce of Newcastle

    Also located was 0.35g of Cannabis which police will allege belonged to the 31 year old male.

    Massive!

    I hope he didn’t have a nerf gun or he’d really be in trouble.

  125. Myrddin Seren

    The Socialists are back trying to figure what ‘homo sapiens’ box to assign [email protected] people to – again:

    “Now Women’s March activists are grappling with how they treat [email protected] — and whether they should be counted as privileged white Americans or ‘marginalized’ minorities…”

    But of course they are….

  126. Dr Faustus

    ABC reporting that our lords in Canberra are currently deciding whether to replace the old Holden ComCar fleet with BMWs or Mercedes.

    The ALP loudly demanding the Commonwealth procure Toyota Camry – a sensible (if dull) medium saloon, reliable, guaranteed service package, good economy and resale value at half the price.

    Senator Carr said purchasing of government vehicles should give preference to those automotive companies which remain in Australia undertaking research and development.

    Whatever that actually means.
    Senator Carr knows perfectly well that the procurement lead time means that his will be one of the first ministerial arses to sink, gratefully, into the German leather upholstery.

    They are all larfing at the joke on us.

  127. C.L.

    “I have an ability to understand the unique need of First Nations people in this country,” she said. “If we genuinely had a voice and a seat at the table to be able to truly inform what is required then I think we have a chance.”

    Let me guess. What’s required is more money.

  128. C.L.

    Just because it’s Christmas: hilarious 2004 interview of Dame Edna by Parky as Judy Dench spectates.

    Dench’s body language indicates much trepidation.

  129. Myrddin Seren

    Senator Carr said purchasing of government vehicles should give preference to those automotive companies which remain in Australia undertaking research and development.

    The Kim Il Carr Industrial Development and Retirement Estate Foundation ?

  130. johanna

    “I have an ability to understand the unique need of First Nations people in this country,” she said. “If we genuinely had a voice and a seat at the table to be able to truly inform what is required then I think we have a chance.”

    Yep, it’s so boilerplate, so cliched. Give me a well paid job, and I will make everything better for others.

    I wonder how she would have turned out if she had been born and raised in one of the hellholes? I guarantee she would not be where she is today.

    It’s fascinating how the most successful Aborigines are those who, for one reason or another, were fortunate enough to be separated from the ‘culture’ that they pay lip service to.

  131. Myrddin Seren

    Tip of the Renewball Scam rivers-of-gold iceberg.

    Cambridge academic caught on plane with £100,000 in a box of chocolates jailed over £2.8m green energy scam

    Should have gotten a member of parliament on his board. Everything would have been sweet.

  132. vr

    Anyone surveying the skyline from Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane will observe that the biggest, fattest and one of the tallest buildings in the CBD is the State Government one.

    I remember hearing that Living Edge had the contract for office furniture. I wouldn’t be surprised if Herman Miller office chairs were used.

  133. C.L.

    New Zealand thug kills white grandfather with a single punch.
    Won’t spend a day in jail because he’s brown.

  134. cohenite

    littledozer

    #2891557, posted on December 24, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    https://www.triplem.com.au/story/coffs-harbour-man-on-drug-and-firearms-charges-123089

    No bail for play guns which spit out gel; this mob won’t be pleased although they do warn about buying their product in fucking nsw and victoriastan:

    https://tacticaledge.com.au/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4bmI57a33wIV2xwrCh2VAAjMEAAYAiAAEgJoJfD_BwE

  135. Mitch M.

    It’s fascinating how the most successful Aborigines are those who, for one reason or another, were fortunate enough to be separated from the ‘culture’ that they pay lip service to.

    I remember Stan Grant commenting how he felt something special when he returned to his purported native region. Sure Stan, so important to you that you spent so much of your adult life overseas and on the rare occasion you return to those regions you proclaim the importance of that. I’m fed up with this hypocrisy. Aborigines who have succeeded in white man’s game then proclaiming how important their culture is to them.

    What is “culture” anyway? Is a few ceremonies and stories or is it a whole way of life? What passes for aboriginal culture these days is lie, a token political stunt. If they were serious about preserving aboriginal culture they would preserve all of it. What they are preserving now is just memories of a culture long lost. Wake up, grow up, get with the times. If you are so opposed to Western culture then don’t use any of it. Otherwise shut the F up.

  136. Bruce of Newcastle

    Cambridge academic caught on plane with £100,000 in a box of chocolates jailed over £2.8m green energy scam

    Myrrdin – You missed the fun part.

    Dr Ehsan Abdi-Jalebi, 37, was stopped by Border Force officers at Heathrow with £100,000 in cash in a Thorntons Continental chocolate box as he boarded a flight to Tehran in May 2016.

    Gaia vs Mo?

  137. cohenite

    Mitch M.

    #2891576, posted on December 24, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Correct

  138. Dr Faustus

    Anyone surveying the skyline from Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane will observe that the biggest, fattest and one of the tallest buildings in the CBD is the State Government one.

    1 William St.
    The Tower of Power.

  139. John Constantine

    Chocolate box full of cash.

    Of course Australia searches every tin of baby powder that the chicom organised crime cartels send from australian supermarkets back to the Tyranny.

    Back in the old days, the gold went back to China in the coffins of dead chinese miners.

    Less messy this way.

    comrades.

  140. johanna

    I remember Stan Grant commenting how he felt something special when he returned to his purported native region. Sure Stan, so important to you that you spent so much of your adult life overseas and on the rare occasion you return to those regions you proclaim the importance of that. I’m fed up with this hypocrisy. Aborigines who have succeeded in white man’s game then proclaiming how important their culture is to them.

    Yep, it’s such a transparent con job. It’s a way of getting preferment for jobs and grants and various other privileges.

    The Aborocracy is chockers with people who have nothing whatsoever in common with the unfortunates in the town camps and remote communities. They are in a very good paddock thanks to liberal white guilt and the tendency to throw money at difficult problems.

    That wouldn’t matter so much if they were not the loudest opponents of any action to save at least the children in these hellholes, with knee-jerk responses like ‘another Stolen Generation.’ They don’t mind about kids being abused nearly as much as they mind about maintaining the narrative, and their jobs.

  141. stackja

    Newly discovered carol to be performed for the first time in 550 years. The carol is called Parit Virgo filium and it was discovered and transcribed from a 15th-century manuscript in Cambridge University Library by Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University.5 days ago
    Newly discovered carol to be performed for the first time in 550 years …
    https://www.classicfm.com/music-news/newly-discovered-carol-newcastle-cathedral/

    Medieval carol to be performed for first time in 550 years – The Telegraph
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk › News
    10 hours ago – A medieval Christmas carol found in a university library will be performed tomorrow for the first time in 550 years at a special cathedral service. … Professor Andrew Wathey discovered the manuscript at Cambridge University …

  142. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What is “culture” anyway? Is a few ceremonies and stories or is it a whole way of life? What passes for aboriginal culture these days is lie, a token political stunt.

    It’s an exercise in creating and fostering “white guilt.” “We had the world’s oldest, living culture. We lived in harmony with the land, and had a rich tradition of sharing, and tribal rituals and legends. Along came the evil debbil debbil whitefella and wrecked it all.”

  143. mh

    Anyone surveying the skyline from Mt Coot-tha in Brisbane will observe that the biggest, fattest and one of the tallest buildings in the CBD is the State Government one.

    1 William St.
    The Tower of Power.

    Commissioned by Campbell Newman. LNP.

  144. egg_

    Not every ‘Comcar’ should be a luxury brand anyway.

    None of them should.

    Let them drive Trabant. They all clearly yearn for the wonders of socialism.

    The Lada Farquhar?

  145. stackja

    217 Mr V. G. Bowden, Official Representative in Singapore, to Dr H. V. Evatt, Minister for External Affairs
    Cablegram 73 SINGAPORE, 23 December 1941, 11.51 p.m.
    MOST IMMEDIATE MOST SECRET

    For Minister for External Affairs.
    Referring to my recent messages I feel that I must emphasize that the deterioration of the air position in the Malayan defence is assuming landslide proportions and in my firm belief is likely to cause a collapse in the whole defence system. Expected arrival of modern fighter planes in boxes requiring weeks to assemble under the danger of destruction by bombing cannot save the position. The arrival of military reinforcements expected will be absorbed in relieving the tired front line troops and will create little
    difference. British defence policy now concentrates greater companies of fighter and anti-aircraft defence on Singapore island to protect the naval base, depriving the forward troops of such defence including the A.I.F.

  146. John Constantine

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/chinese-hunger-for-australia-food-as-daigou-leave-1-billion-tax-hole-20160927-grpfqs.html

    “Australia might be missing out on up to $1 billion in uncollected taxes annually from Chinese agents who ship food back home to meet insatiable demand from a booming middle class.

    There are 40,000 so-called Chinese ‘daigou’ in Australia making anywhere between $40,000 to $100,000 a year selling sought after products like baby milk formula, vitamins and organic cosmetics in China, according to industry consultants.”

    Our imported tax free chicom organised crime syndicates Are Our Strength.

    Comrades.

  147. stackja

    Bowden, Vivian Gordon (1884–1942) by Darryl Bennet

    This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 13, (MUP), 1993

    Vivian Gordon Bowden (1884-1942), trade commissioner and diplomat, was born on 28 May 1884 at Stanmore, Sydney, second son of Vivian Rothwell Bowden, a native-born storekeeper, and his wife Mary Ann (Marian) Harrison, née Cazaly, from England. Vivian senior founded the merchant house of Bowden Bros & Co. Ltd. Educated at Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore) and in England at Bedford Grammar School, Gordon went to Europe to study the silk industry, worked as a silk inspector at Canton, China, and in 1908 joined a branch of the family firm in Japan.

    Realizing that capitulation was imminent, on 9 February Bowden asked the department for permission to leave the island. He was told that he should stay: ‘Otherwise we shall be deprived of independent information and effect on morale would be bad’. If necessary, he was to seek diplomatic immunity and await a possible future exchange of officials with Japan. By 14 February (the day before the British surrendered) there was no point in remaining. He transmitted his last message, advising the department that he and his staff intended to depart. They sailed next morning in a motor launch, the Mary Rose.

    On 17 February 1942 Japanese patrol boats intercepted the vessel and escorted her to Banka Island, Netherlands East Indies. The prisoners were held in a cinema-hall at Muntok where Bowden informed his captors in their own language of his diplomatic status and remonstrated with guards who attempted to remove his personal possessions. Soldiers beat him and took him outside. A local resident saw ‘an elderly white-haired gentleman’ forced to dig a shallow grave and stand at its edge before being shot. Bowden was survived by his wife, two daughters and son Ivor who was Australian ambassador to Iran (1974-78) and Pakistan (1984-87).

  148. johanna

    For connoiseurs, the Andre Rieu Christmas special in London is on SBS now.

  149. John Constantine

    The chicoms exporting organic dried sheep placenta are making a dollar out of a valueless product in Australia that is valuable in a niche back home.

    The strip mining of australian abalone in the shallow water zone is not such a good thing.

    The hunger for gold as a store of value back in the Tyrants realm is massive, the buying demand for gold nuggets from australian hobby prospectors for cash money from chicom syndicates is also notable.

    The profit from the marijuana grow houses the syndicates have everywhere has to get back to the central kingdom somehow.

    How does the gold get back to china from australia without being declared?.

    Reckon the supermarket tins being shipped back in container loads might be worth a lot better examination than they get.

    Comrades.

  150. cohenite

    stackja

    #2891596, posted on December 24, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Bowden, Vivian Gordon (1884–1942) by Darryl Bennet

    My 2 uncles fought the japs; they were both great guys, the eldest died in 2015 at an advanced age; I never heard him say a bad thing about anyone; but he never had a good word to say about the Japanese.

  151. John Constantine

    There is a reason that purchasing legal Australian gold needs a paper trail these days, and it isn’t because pale stale males want to collect a coin a year.

    The prospectors and fossickers have a boom market in undocumented gold.

  152. stackja

    cohenite
    #2891600, posted on December 24, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Japan needed to be nuked to learn to be civilised. I believe today’s Japan is different.

  153. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My 2 uncles fought the japs; they were both great guys, the eldest died in 2015 at an advanced age; I never heard him say a bad thing about anyone; but he never had a good word to say about the Japanese.

    My grandfather’s brother fought the Japanese during the “unnecessary campaigns” of 1944 – 1945.” What he wrote about them, in his diary would cause Tim Solarpanelrebate and Gillian Twiggly Puff heart failure.

  154. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2891604, posted on December 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    General MacArthur had the support of Curtin in the later campaigns. Also was Evatt seeking a seat on the future UN?

  155. Davey Boy

    The Case Against Cardinal (guess who): New Details Emerge
    12/22/2018 at 10:12 AM Posted by Mary Anne Hackett
    Neither Catholic News Agency nor the Register has published, broadcast or distributed this news story in Australia
    Full article is available, if you happen to be out of Oz.

  156. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2891604, posted on December 24, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    ALP hated Blamey and were ever ready to criticise Blamey. MacArthur was never questioned by the ALP about his strategy and tactics.

  157. stackja

    Davey Boy
    #2891606, posted on December 24, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Google Mary Anne Hackett
    Link to Mary Anne Hackett scroll down and see “The Case Against Cardinal”

  158. stackja

    Davey Boy
    #2891606, posted on December 24, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you.

  159. stackja

    Another link at the bottom of “The Case Against Cardinal” at Mary Anne Hackett.

  160. Peter Castieau

    I think the Camry should replace the Statesman’s on the Com Car fleet but not for the reasons suggested by Kim il Carr.
    I’d pick the Camry Hybrid as the taxi drivers and ride sharing mob pay HUGE money for them under the hammer at auction. Plus the government has charged (the no longer needed) import duty and they could virtue signal just how green they are.
    I’d change them over at 10-20,000 kms or no more than 2 years. I’d expect the fleet (other than drivers) would probably make a profit.
    The only other proviso that I would like to see would be any MP who supports renewable energy or carbon taxes being ineligible for a taxpayer subsidied vehicle.

  161. mh

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2891457, posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:15 am
    Over and above naughty words – cutting and pasting entire articles tends to get picked up by the auto-moderator too. So you’ll notice that Old ozzie tends to cut and paste the same article about 20 times. That’ him thinking that this time, just this once, it’ll get through. But No. He does it every day leaving it to me to approve them. Just once people, if at all.

    Santa won’t be visiting Old Ozzie this Xmas!

    When I cut and paste there is often a J*w in the woodpile.

  162. Billy Shepherd

    The best Christmas special is easily the Mark Steyn one.

  163. Boambee John

    Peter Castieau

    The only other proviso that I would like to see would be any MP who supports renewable energy or carbon taxes being ineligible for a taxpayer subsidied vehicle.

    You are too generous. They should receive a pure electric vehicle, but not be allowed to charge it on government premises.

    Let them get the combination of low range and high electricity costs, and see if they “like it up ’em”.

  164. Peter Castieau

    Good suggestion BJ, lol.

  165. JC

    Does anyone understand what occurred in the conversation between Trump and Erdogen to cause Trump to pull the troops out of Syria. I don’t get it. From what I understood there was a somewhat heated discussion between Trump and the Turk. Trump responded by pulling the Troops. Why?

  166. C.L.

    JC, what the hell is Powell up to?

  167. mh

    This is CNN, but they are behaving themselves with Rand Paul

    Rand Paul “I’m Very Proud Of The President! People Believe We’ve Been At War Too Long!”

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=W6N31_ZcraI

  168. Indolent

    There is no other Poirot than David Suchet, he is a consummate professional who brought to much respect and character development to the role.

    While in general I agree, in my opinion the single best Poirot film ever made was Evil Under the Sun in 1982, with Peter Ustinov as Poirot. That film had it all, it stayed close to the book with a stellar cast, it had humour, a gorgeous Majorca location, even more gorgeous wardrobe and, as the cherry on top, Cole Porter’s music arranged and conducted by John Lanchbury, the best in his field at the time. Even the background to the credits were a work of art, literally, with original watercolours for each character. Perfect in all departments.

  169. cuckoo

    Fairfax, er, I mean Nine, profiles one of the ‘independent’ candidates in the Get Tony Abbott At All Costs campaign. An indigenous woman, she of course claims to have been ‘stolen’ from her parents. Then comes this little ‘nugget’ of information:

    Ms Moylan-Coombs said she would also pay tribute to her “adoptive family’s renowned Australian public service pedigree” – she is the daughter of former NSW Bar Association president John Coombs, and granddaughter to H.C. “Nugget” Coombs, the first Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

    Well, I suppose if you’ve gotta be stolen…

  170. C.L.

    The Case Against Cardinal (guess who): New Details Emerge

    I just read the entire article. Nothing really new and nothing I didn’t already know.
    It confirms that the ‘trial’ was an absolute sham, the evidence favouring the Cardinal overwhelming.

  171. C.L.

    Ustinov was also a very interesting and very intelligent man but he was never remotely believable as a finicky Belgian. He always came across as an Englishman acting like a finicky Belgian.

  172. Helen

    Thankyou Lizzie,

    Helen – thinking of your travails and wishing you well at Christmas.

    Another cow out this morning – she got up and charged Captain for our troubles – and an orphan who is just skin draped over bone who was also bogged. A baby, struggling to survive. I am a sucker and have bought him home, given him a good wash and dribbled a litre of milk laced with anti squirt medicine down him. See how he goes.

    There are still a few there who refuse to budge. I had a 5 k walk this morning – ran out of fuel (my own silly fault) so about an hour and a half late with the water for the ones that simply don’t want to be helped and the monsoon at least a week away, according to the weather guys. Watering the lawn to grow grass for my other babies – whoda think this time of the year?

    Heading out with the tractor now, to do some Banksy cow art. That is where you stack them up in interesting arrangements and then set fire to them. Maybe the smoke will attract the rain, like some pagan offering. I will try to dig a safe spot at one end of dead cow hole for them, knowing my luck at present, will proably bog the tractor! Think me luck.

  173. stackja

    C.L. – Agree on article. Although comment about GP not testify new I believe.

  174. Indolent

    Agatha Christie is shit.

    Well, that’s a pretty comprehensive statement.

    I was in Dymocks in Sydney last week. In this age of technology, there were shelves of Agatha Christie books groaning under the weight. How many popular authors are there whose books are still getting shelf space almost a century later? She must speak to someone, if not to you.

  175. Boambee John

    Ms Moylan-Coombs said she would also pay tribute to her “adoptive family’s renowned Australian public service pedigree” – she is the daughter of former NSW Bar Association president John Coombs, and granddaughter to H.C. “Nugget” Coombs, the first Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

    So, was she “adopted” by Coombs or his son? In either case, how can she claim to have been “stolen”? And if she so claims, does that make whichever Coombs adopted her an evil destroyer of indigenous family life and culture?

  176. stackja

    AG wrote a novel that was I believe was renamed as not PC, Ten Little Indians.

  177. Senile Old Guy

    I was in Dymocks in Sydney last week. In this age of technology, there were shelves of Agatha Christie books groaning under the weight. How many popular authors are there whose books are still getting shelf space almost a century later? She must speak to someone, if not to you.

    Of the many mysteries I have read, the Christie books are the ones I keep and reread. I bought some of my favourites as e-books and keep them handy.

  178. stackja

    BJ – M-C spinning a tale. Convince only the gullible.

  179. Senile Old Guy

    …as “And Then There Were None” is the fourth-best-selling single-volume book of all time (100 million approx. sales).

  180. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Arky’s just returning to his riots, Indolent. We’ll be hearing about his Model Apricots before too long.

  181. stackja

    SOG – Interesting movie version in 1945.

  182. JC

    CL

    Powell inverted the yield curve, which to Wall Street suggests there’s a material slowdown coming. Inversion means the short end of the US credit market is yielding higher than the long end. It’s a terrible shape if , as the markets believe, the inflation measure the Fed uses is sitting right on 2%. The Fed is an awful central bank. The only trick they seem to have up their sleeve is to tighten policy to the point where it causes a recession. They are as delicate as a drunk butcher attempting a heart transplant.

    Powell is a fucking lawyer. How Trump got talked into putting a lawyer in the job instead of a monetary economist is unfathomable. I can’t believe he got rid of Grandma Yellen as she ran near perfect monetary policy.

    As I keep saying, the Right has a real problem with understanding monetary economics and they should all go back and read Uncle Milt opus.

    In any event you need a J*w in the Fed chair. Male of female… that doesn’t matter. 🙂

  183. Boambee John

    stackja
    #2891635, posted on December 24, 2018 at 4:36 pm
    BJ – M-C spinning a tale. Convince only the gullible.

    And those on the PC left who recognise the falsity of the tale will say nothing because it advances the cause.

  184. mh

    In any event you need a J*w in the Fed chair. Male or female… that doesn’t matter. 🙂

    Yes, Greenspan and Ben Shalom Bernanke did a great job leading the world to the GFC. Then Schumer did a great job bailing them out – or enabling Americans to bail them out.

  185. Tel

    Trump started loudly tweeting, “Hey Powell, don’t you dare raise rates!”

    Well, once he did that, I mean, the Fed needed to call him on that bluff else they look like Trump is bending them over. There’s some negotiating jobs that Trump is a very good personality to handle, but he doesn’t handle subtle nuance very well. The Fed must at all costs be seen as willing to stand up to bullying, otherwise all they ever get will be bullying and the USD will get trashed.

    Trump should come out and apologize to Powell, say “Hey I know your job ain’t easy, everyone comes with their hand out night and day. Sorry I got too pushy.”

  186. stackja

    Telegraph story – 30 storey residential Tower at Sydney Olympic Park ‘cracking’ and evacuated.

  187. Zyconoclast

    Almost 100 Australians have been killed fighting for Islamic terror groups overseas.

    Low IQ middle easterners and africans are our newest export industry. May it continue until we run out of them!

    Still smart enough to use every legal, loophole, scheme and scam for government benefits, subsidies etc.

  188. Stimpson J. Cat

    Senator Rand Paul
    @RandPaul
    So everyone enjoy your feats of strength today. Air your grievances here or in your home. But remember, thanks to Donald Trump we are ALL saying Merry Christmas this year — so repeat after me: MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everyone even the haters and losers.
    3:50 AM · Dec 24, 2018

  189. JC

    Mh

    Al ran near perfect monetary policy for ~20 years. Uncle Ben saved the US and Grandma followed Uncle Ben and did an A+ job. Unfortunately it was Al who fucked it up by misdiagnosing a change in relative prices as being wholesale inflation. It wasn’t. Strong demand for commodities caused price spikes, which are signals to the market to go out and produce more. Al got this wrong and we ended up with the GFC. The GFC was an Atlantic crisis as those muffinheads at the ECB did not know what the fuck they were doing.

    I said recently, the best central bank in the world is the RBA avoiding a big time recession for close to 30 years. And we saw them in full operation mode of late, addressing credit tightness in the system by signaling they aren’t afraid of taking strong action and by also having discussions with the banks. These dudes know what they are doing.

    Trump should fire Powell and he should apologize. I can understand hiring mistakes, because at the end of the day, you don’t really know what you’re hiring. The secret to success is firing mistakes and Trump is generally good at that.

  190. JC

    Tel

    Independence doesn’t mean the Fed should stand up and refuse to admit/understand their error. That’s not independence, that’s just bullshit stubbornness. If the orange fat fuck is right, then he’s right! End of story… and he is right.

  191. Stimpson J. Cat

    The Fed is an awful central bank.

    You could have simply posted this one sentence JC.

  192. mh

    The Fed is an awful central bank.

    You could have simply posted this one sentence JC.

    Thanks, Stimpy. I wont bother reading JC’s post now.

  193. Stimpson J. Cat

    And for the Christians here at the Cat – make it the best birthday party yet!

    Merry Christmas to Calli And All The Christians.

    Merry Christmas To The Degenerate Heathens One And All!!!!

  194. Senile Old Guy

    SOG – Interesting movie version in 1945.

    Prefer the 1974 version.

  195. stackja

    SOG – I only know 1945 version.

  196. Mother Lode

    Still smart enough to use every legal, loophole, scheme and scam for government benefits, subsidies etc.

    Not really.

    There are some malign Australians who have worked this out as part of their own agenda.

    The voracious gulping down of welfare is just a wonderful meeting of functions.

  197. Boambee John

    Winston

    Check my comment on the education thread.

  198. Senile Old Guy

    SOG – I only know 1945 version.

    It is one of those all star cast things but, from memory, done well. Not in my Christie DVD collection, alas.

  199. Diogenes

    Telegraph story – 30 storey residential Tower at Sydney Olympic Park ‘cracking’ and evacuated

    Even worse the rail line runs underneath, and is closed as well. If you are going to the cricket tonight rethink your plans

  200. Notafan

    CP taking stand risky and unhelpful.

    Didn’t happen doesn’t even know the boys what he supposed to say.

    System designed toake angels out of lying complain snts

  201. DrBeauGan

    Merry Christmas To The Degenerate Heathens One And All!!!!

    Thank you, stimpmeister.

  202. miltonf

    Does anyone have an opinion on a good broker to purchase US shares? Thinking about Interactive Brokers.

  203. DrBeauGan

    Actually, the word you want is unregenerate, not degenerate.

  204. classical_hero

    https://youtu.be/U2z-UPTDjW0

    The world is going to end in 7 days. We’re doomed.

  205. Zatara

    Telegraph story – 30 storey residential Tower at Sydney Olympic Park ‘cracking’ and evacuated

    Not the Nakatomi Tower I hope.

  206. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A degree of frustration as uni fees are used to fund faction fights

    Exclusive
    Remy Varga
    EXCLUSIVE
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    12:00AM December 24, 2018
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    Victorian students are outraged their mandatory service fees are going towards voting on motions such as “Abolish Australia Day” and “Defend the right to protest against Bettina Arndt” at a national student union conference.

    The National Union of Students’ annual conference (NusCon) took place at Federation University in Ballarat this year.

    University student self-governing bodies spend thousands each year to send delegates to debate policy and where delegates have been known to eat the paper on which a motion is printed if it is against their faction’s platform.

    The three factions primarily controlling NUS are Labor Right, called Unity, Labor Left and the revolutionary Marxist group Socialist Alternative.

    This year students’ representatives voted on motions against the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation as they said it was “a transparent attempt to construct a propaganda degree in white supremacy” and the “disgusting insult” of Australia Day as well as a motion condemning the whiteness of student politics.

    According to budget papers, the University of Melbourne union paid $30,000 in union affiliation fees to the NUS as well as $7000 to send delegates to this year’s conference.

    University of Melbourne student Charlotte Choi, 19, said she was appalled student money was being spent this way.

    “I was shocked to learn that the tens of thousands of dollars students pay to the NUS seem to result in factional infighting and financial misuse rather than more services for students,” she said.

    From the Oz. A new generation of Labor/ Green politicians in the making.

  207. Stimpson J. Cat

    Actually, the word you want is unregenerate, not degenerate.

    Ssssh don’t ruin it with nerd talk Maths Elf.
    Santa Stimp has no time for numbers and logic.
    It’s Christmas!!!!

  208. Bruce of Newcastle

    Even worse the rail line runs underneath, and is closed as well. If you are going to the cricket tonight rethink your plans

    Buses have been laid on from Lidcombe station apparently.

  209. DrBeauGan

    A degree of frustration as uni fees are used to fund faction fights…

    University of Melbourne student Charlotte Choi, 19, said she was appalled student money was being spent this way.

    The three factions primarily controlling NUS are Labor Right, called Unity, Labor Left and the revolutionary Marxist group Socialist Alternative.

    “I was shocked to learn that the tens of thousands of dollars students pay to the NUS seem to result in factional infighting and financial misuse rather than more services for students,” she said.

    Australian vice-chancellors were insistent that these groups be funded.

  210. John Constantine

    The reserve bank of Australia is complicit in the crony socialism that has desertified the outer economy into a downturn it will never recover from.

    Centrally planning an economy where all opportunities to access crony dealflow are rationed to godless commo revolutionaries is nothing to celebrate.

    Boosting GDP by flying in a gross two million consumption machines on visas, funding this on credit card and hoping the property Ponzi never goes wrong.

    Once shorten signs off on voting rights and family reunion rights for the two million potential voters, we will see the full value for money of all the bribes paid to Australia’s politicals.

  211. Howard Hill

    Merry Xmas and a happy new year to all the cats. I hope you have a fun, safe time and are all back with your excellent wit, humour and intellect in the new year.

    On my way out for a big family dinner and hanging shit on my brother in law.
    Will be eating and drinking a plenty. Hope you all have as much fun..

  212. Oh come on

    Pretty funny (and accurate) review of Hannah Gadsby’s ‘comedy’ by Owen Benjamin.

  213. Bruce of Newcastle

    Washington Melts Down Over Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

    I think it’s hilarious that the Left, who were screeching that Trump would start WW3, are now screeching about Trump withdrawing troops from the ME.

  214. Infidel Tiger

    Jason Francis, 29, was hit by a white Volkswagen Jetta on Stanley Street about 8pm on Saturday. He was taken to Royal Perth Hospital by paramedics but could not be saved.

    Mr Francis’ partner Alice Robinson was just metres away, waiting for him to return home, when he was struck.

    It is understood she rushed outside after seeing the emergency lights but was told by police that her partner of eight years had been run-over.

    Ms Robinson was found dead in Mount Hawthorn on Sunday afternoon, less than 24-hours after Mr Francis was killed.

    Fme.

    Dude gets drunk and has a lay down outside his house. Pizza delivery driver runs over an kills him. Girlfriend is so devastated she tops herself.

  215. Infidel Tiger

    I think it’s hilarious that the Left, who were screeching that Trump would start WW3, are now screeching about Trump withdrawing troops from the ME.

    Bruce you were one of those people screeching that we need to be involved in all those stupid wars. Glad to see you have had your Damascene conversion.

    It’s a Christmas miracle!

  216. stackja

    BON – Leftists don’t understand DT. The Left can’t believe HRC isn’t POTUS.

  217. min

    Went into Dymocks the other day to see if they had anything about Marcus Aurelius perhaps his Meditations . The young man took me to “new age” books . I don’t think it will be here it was written nearly 2000 years ago I said . He eventually found Meditations so that surprised me that there were copies there.
    Perhaps those student representatives should pick up a copy

  218. woolfe

    Miltonf,
    I do my international trading through Commsec. Have some of my super in $US. May move it all when the looting cartel gets in and then send it to Caymans or somewhere where they can’t get it. Stuff them.

  219. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Australian vice-chancellors were insistent that these groups be funded.

    Didn’t John Howard try to stop such funding?

  220. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce you were one of those people screeching that we need to be involved in all those stupid wars. Glad to see you have had your Damascene conversion.

    Infi – I said Trump should send two divisions from Germany to Israel.

  221. stackja

    Brand new building evacuated after reports of cracking noises
    Danielle Le Messurier and Danielle Pogson, The Daily Telegraph
    12 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    More than 200 people have been evacuated from a 36-story high-rise building amid fears the structure could collapse, wrecking havoc on Christmas Eve plans.

    Emergency services were called to the Opal Tower on Monday afternoon following reports residents of the Sydney Olympic Park building had heard cracking sounds throughout the morning.

    The website for the Opal Tower says the building has 392 apartments, commercial spaces, a childcare centre and community centre.

    Construction on the $165 million, 117m, Opal Tower began in 2014 and finished in August this year.

    It was built by Icon Construction and developed by Ecove Group.

    ”We are aware of the concerns that have arisen with the Opal Building,” a spokesman for Ecove told The Daily Telegraph.

  222. miltonf

    thanks Woolfe- I’m with Westpac right now. I find the service a bit ordinary from time to time.

  223. stackja

    Established in 1980, Icon Construction Group has 46 years of experience in residential and commercial development.

    In 2001 we saw an opportunity to capitalise on our knowledge by adding a Remedial Maintenance Division.

    Finished to industry standards, every one of our projects is conducted with a tireless work ethic and attention to detail that we are proud to take into the future.

  224. Rockdoctor

    A degree of frustration as uni fees are used to fund faction fights…

    Has been that way for as long as I remember, that’s why I was very supportive of Jeff Kennett’s VSU. The fees were paid but they were used for Campus services and limited BS like described in the article. Of course when I did my Degree we had no choice but you could conscientiously object to the union getting them and donate your portion to the Library back then. Wonder if that is still on the table these days.

  225. stackja

    Brilliant from every aspect… Opal Tower is now complete at the gateway to Sydney Olympic Park. This impressive 33 storey tower, designed by Bates Smart, is a spectacular grand entrance to the Park.

    Perfectly appointed 1-4 bedroom apartments surrounded by breathtaking 270 degree views, beautiful parkland and world class facilities, Opal Tower is perfectly positioned with direct access to Bicentennial Park.

    Opal Tower is now open for inspection, with a selection of luxuriously appointed 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available for viewing. INSPECT TODAY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT – call 1300 88 20 88 to arrange a personal viewing.

  226. Rockdoctor

    It was built by Icon Construction and developed by Ecove Group.

    Quick search shows Ecove Group heavily involved with Chinese money. Wonder if corners were cut…

  227. stackja

    Sykes–Picot, Hafez al-Assad and Saddam Hussein not available to comment on the ME situation.

  228. Snoopy

    Bruce you were one of those people screeching that we need to be involved in all those stupid wars.

    That was dot. He loved Obama’s Free Syrian Army.

  229. stackja

    2GB report – building been examined.

  230. Knuckle Dragger

    You know, I never really wanted a Christmas gift this year.

    But I must say, I’ve changed my mind.

    Santa, I would very much appreciate the Toyota Girl from the commercials, in lingerie, cooking me a Parma and bringing me Wild Turkey while I watch the Big Bash. And then Die Hard.

    And then, well, whatever comes to mind.

    Yours sincerely, KD. I’ve been good this year.

    Actually I haven’t, but bring her in anyway. Happy days.

  231. Infidel Tiger

    Would be a vast improvement if all the dog box towers built in australia collpased.

    Preferably with the developers in them.

  232. Infidel Tiger

    Dot’s a child. Bruce should know better.

  233. Percy Popinjay

    Neil: “Hey, man, there were no drones at Gatwick, man – and a couple of like, “drone enthusiasts” were like arrested, man”. Probably to do with fascist capitalists, man.”

    (P)Rik: Bloody Thatcher, she built that hideous monstrozity, didn’t she, Neil, you hippie?!”

    Neil: “She probably did man, but like not, personally, man.”

  234. stackja

    Towering Inferno

    Simmons admits to Duncan that he cut corners, but suggests that other subcontractors must have also cut corners to bring the project under budget.

  235. Snoopy

    Quick search shows Ecove Group heavily involved with Chinese money. Wonder if corners were cut…

    ChiCom steel?

  236. woolfe

    Maybe Icon sourced concrete from Indonesia? Import the third world, get the third world.

  237. Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce should know better.

    I do know better. By now the Kurds should have had enough training, and been given enough yummy toys, that Russia, Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran will have second thoughts about taking them on.

    Also the Saudis and UAE apparently have sent troops to assist the Kurds.

    Saudi Arabia, UAE send troops to support Kurds in Syria (Nov 22)

    That is a pretty good deal if it’s Trump and Mattis who got it. The Saudis have been naughty with bone saws, so getting them to pay penance by acting as human shields against Erogan’s bunch of fascists is a nice bit of quid pro quo. Trump got a lot of stick for not condemning Saudi for their ad hoc surgery, getting a return for that investment would be useful.

    Erdogan has enough enemies that he just might be deterred from doing much against the Syrian Kurds, if Saudi Army weenies are in the way. The Saudi Army is pretty useless but massacring them would not be a good look.

  238. Bruce of Newcastle

    Btw if you are interested in Syria policy don’t miss Caroline Glick’s article in Jpost.

    Caroline Glick: Trump’s decision to pull forces out of Syria has upsides (21 Dec)

    If Glick is in favour you can bet that it ain’t a gift to Syria. Her point about the 2014 Congressional legal basis for the Syrian commitment is key. Basically they inherited yet another Iran-favouring Ben Rhodes project. Obama sure could collect ’em.

  239. Tel

    The Saudis have been naughty with bone saws, so getting them to pay penance by acting as human shields against Erogan’s bunch of fascists is a nice bit of quid pro quo.

    Remember who it was dobbed on the Saudis with the bugging devices in the embassy?

    Saudis don’t usually put their own guys in harm’s way, the grunts will probably be North African mercenaries. At any rate Erdogan insulted them pretty good, and they tend to hold long grudges in those parts of the world.

  240. egg_

    Re cracking concrete:

    So what FIGG seems to be saying is that we did the analysis and calculations, then changed a bunch of stuff to produce some final construction details, but hadn’t got round to updating the analysis? Surely FIGG would have supplied the NTSB with the final/latest set of design deliverables and analysis / calculations to review?? This makes no sense to me.

    Ultimately though I do think Hokie has it right. This design was fatally flawed from day one as a concept. Quite how it got through any round of reviews or design analysis without someone having the strength or responsibility to truly challenge this design might be its lasting legacy.

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