Open Forum: December 22, 2018

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  1. egg_

    ChiCom steel?

    ChiCom everything, more likely?

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

    IIRC the original title, “Ten Little Knee Guss” was right from pretty much the start, in the 1930’s or thereabouts, for the American print run changed for some reason to “and Then There were None”

  3. First Edition cover of “And then there were None”
    The original title is pretty clear.

  4. Notafan

    And what will the Kurds achieve?

    A rogue state in Syria to use as a base to attack Turkey.

    Kurds are not good guys.

    It’s a ME thing.

    And as for the US picking Islamist winners

    The five or six Syrians who actually wanted democracy were all dead by the end of 2011.

    The US just funded five or six extra years of misery.

  5. urb

    #2891710, posted on December 24, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    so if you haven’t, you’ll be getting an unwashed potato, a briquette or a besser block fired down the chimney

  6. Notafan

    US was originally ten little Indians

    Which became problematic too

  7. John Constantine

    Australia’s property developer landshark class.

    Do we toss them into volcanoes, or do we launch them from trebuchets?.

    Or do we take the effort to fling them from a trebuchet into a volcano?.

  8. DrBeauGan

    IIRC the original title, “Ten Little Knee Guss” was right from pretty much the start, in the 1930’s or thereabouts, for the American print run changed for some reason to “and Then There were None”

    The poor sad buggers who got upset by the original title and busied themselves taking offence on behalf of people they didn’t know are those we should worry about. They have something badly wrong with their brains.

  9. stackja

    Dambusters movie in USA renamed Gibson’s black dog. Just well AG didn’t name novel Ten Little Ns.

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    Australia’s property developer landshark class.
    Do we toss them into volcanoes, or do we launch them from trebuchets?

    Maybe ask Trump.

  11. stackja

    If Icon building starts to lean? Leaning tower of Lidcombe?

  12. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    5h
    President
    @RT_Erdogan
    of Turkey has very strongly informed me that he will eradicate whatever is left of ISIS in Syria….and he is a man who can do it plus, Turkey is right “next door.” Our troops are coming home!

  13. H B Bear

    The Best of Teh Dumb goes out with … wait for it … wall to wall trannies, including ALPBC and Fauxfacts (RIP) favourite Mal McGregor looking absolutely fabulous with his trademark pearls. How very ALPBC.

  14. Myrddin Seren

    This guy is such a pr*ck, I am assuming he will shamelessly do a book and movie deal about his sh!tty life:

    Magazine demands criminal charges against disgraced German journalist ‘told readers to donate money for Syrian children into his private bank account’

  15. DrBeauGan

    Myrddin Seren
    #2891742, posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:29 pm
    This guy is such a pr*ck, I am assuming he will shamelessly do a book and movie deal about his sh!tty life:

    Magazine demands criminal charges against disgraced German journalist ‘told readers to donate money for Syrian children into his private bank account’

    He’s taking money from gullible nitwits with soft hearts and softer heads.

    This is what they are for.

  16. jupes

    Went on a walking tour of Fremantle this morning with my wife and step-son. The other people on the tour were a family of Seppos from San Francisco. The tour guide was a Pom and appeared to have learned his Australian history from Black Armband University.

    In the interest of keeping the mood pleasant, I bit my tongue when he came up with such crap as that he had been told by his Aboriginal friends that 6000 years ago the Abos used to walk on land bridge to Rotto (how the fuck would they know?). But when he told the credulous Yanks that Tasmanian Aborigines were killed off in a genocide by men who were paid to hunt Abos, I had to set the dickhead straight.

    What is it with these people?

  17. Bruce in WA

    Christmas Eve … I love it.

    Want me to admit I still go outside about 10.00 pm, by myself, and search the skies … just looking? Well, I do. Despite all the hype, it’s still a magical time of year.

    And to celebrate … an oldie, but a goodie.

  18. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Went on a walking tour of Fremantle this morning with my wife and step-son.

    Went through the old gaol at Fremantle a few years ago, including the gallows. Some SJW on the same tour lectured us about how barbaric the death penalty was…she got a short biography of some of the scoundrels who had finished up there…..

  19. DrBeauGan

    Christmas Eve … I love it.

    I hope you don’t stay awake too long waiting for Santa. Or leave an empty pillow case for him to fill with prezzies. I’ve found that he doesn’t even drink the sherry or eat a mince pie.

    Of course, that might be just me.

  20. jupes

    I’ve found that he doesn’t even drink the sherry or eat a mince pie.

    That’s because he drinks beer when he’s in Australia Beaugy.

    Sherry? Good grief! I bet you got some shit presents.

  21. rickw

    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.

    Good move, you only need part of one floor to collapse onto the one below and it’s done. This has happened in the third world before, but only after a phenomenal amount of negligence and corner cutting.

    This is in a country where the local council fascists will insist on witnessing the rebar setup for your garage floor. Rules and regulations are only for the little people.

  22. From “The Land“:

    There has been an enormous increase in the number of NSW farmers being pursued by the OEH because of the massive powers inadvertently handed to them by the Barilaro and Berejiklian government through the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2017.

    In North West NSW it has been disastrous. Farmers’ livelihoods are on the line and the OEH is picking them off one by one. The actions of the OEH are overreaching and innocent farmers are being prosecuted.

  23. Zyconoclast

    Trump Plan to Include Palestinian State, Israeli Minister Says

    President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” peace plan will include a Palestinian state, Israel’s education minister said Sunday.

    “This would mean an additional Arab entity west of the Jordan River,” Naftali Bennett, a member of Israel’s Security Cabinet and head of the Jewish Home party, said in an interview with Israel Army Radio. His party, which is on the right edge of Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, won’t allow this to happen, Bennett said.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-23/trump-plan-to-include-palestinian-state-israeli-minister-says?srnd=premium

  24. rickw

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

    They’re only able to do it because their cousins on the inside of these bureaucracies guide them through the processes.

  25. Zyconoclast

    Trump Plan to Include Palestinian State, Israel! Minister Says

    President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” peace plan will include a Palestinian state, !srael’s education minister said Sunday.

    “This would mean an additional Arab entity west of the Jordan River,” Naftali Bennett, a member of !srael’s Security Cabinet and head of the J3wish Home party, said in an interview with !srael Army Radio. His party, which is on the right edge of Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, won’t allow this to happen, Bennett said.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-23/trump-plan-to-include-palestinian-state-israeli-minister-says?srnd=premium

  26. max

    So the defence mismanaged it. The accused could have been put on the stand after careful coaching, surely.

    After so much evidence that favoured a dismissal that is an astonishing conclusion.

  27. Eyrie

    According to Tom Kratman (look him up), the Kurds are just another bunch of Arabs but with better P.R.
    After seeing them in Iraq he doesn’t have any time for them.

  28. Unless there’s something we’re not being told, the Jury are a bunch of complete wankers.
    With all that, you don’t need the accused to be put on the stand.

    Then again, I’m Socrates, and I require the prosecution to prove their case, rather than the accused to disprove it.

  29. Zyconoclast

    Trump Plan to Include Palestinian State, [email protected] Minister Says

    President Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” peace plan will include a Palestinian state, [email protected]’s education minister said Sunday.

    “This would mean an additional Arab entity west of the Jordan River,” Naftali Bennett, a member of [email protected]’s Security Cabinet and head of the J3wish Home party, said in an interview with [email protected] Army Radio. His party, which is on the right edge of Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, won’t allow this to happen, Bennett said.

    https://preview.tinyurl.com/y8sglvvq

  30. DrBeauGan

    That’s because he drinks beer when he’s in Australia Beaugy.

    Sherry? Good grief! I bet you got some shit presents.

    That could explain a lot, Jupes.

    I’ll knick out and get him a six-pack. Maybe this year there’ll be something in the pillow case.

  31. Mark A

    rickw
    #2891753, posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    This is in a country where the local council fascists will insist on witnessing the rebar setup for your garage floor. Rules and regulations are only for the little people.

    Have you finished your shed yet?
    From memory it’s been a long saga.
    Council building inspectors are rarely qualified to look after major projects like this one in question.
    They are supervised by the engineers, who approved the design, supposedly.

  32. DrBeauGan

    If he doesn’t touch the beer, do I have to drink it?

  33. Zyconoclast

    https://tinyurl.com/y8sglvvq

    From bloomberg.com

    Trump Plan to Include Palestinian State, [email protected] Minister Says

  34. max

    Wishing You a Happy “Whatever Doesn’t Offend You”.

    Sign outside a business in the US.

  35. jupes

    If he doesn’t touch the beer, do I have to drink it?

    Trust me, he will drink it.

    100% success rate at my place both as a kid and an adult.

  36. urb

    #2891764, posted on December 24, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    reo inspection is and should be mandatory. up my way, council inspectors have nothing to do with it. either a private certifier or the struc engineer will sign it off, usually the engineer on larger, multi suspended slab projects. just comes down to what fees you want to pay for inspections; dunno if thats a good thing or not

  37. Infidel Tiger

    What’s so sad about western society is that you have to go to Asia to see Christmas celebrated properly.

    Unbelievable celebration of Christmas including nativity scenes, carols and all that is good at our hotel.

    Back in Perth, Christmas at the shopping centres and amongst the general public was about as joyous as a fir tree being rammed up my arse. Every second person here is wishing me a Joyeux Noel.

  38. Zyconoclast

    There has been an enormous increase in the number of NSW farmers being pursued by the OEH because of the massive powers inadvertently handed to them by the Barilaro and Berejiklian government through the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2017.

    In North West NSW it has been disastrous. Farmers’ livelihoods are on the line and the OEH is picking them off one by one. The actions of the OEH are overreaching and innocent farmers are being prosecuted.

    The massive powers given to OEH are not inadvertent and the actions of OEH are not overreach.

    The actions and results are exactly as planned.
    You know this is true because when they fear electoral wipeout they will walk the policy back a bit e.g. greyhound racing.
    Even with a knife election next year, the NSW govt will do nothing to change the biodiversity Act.

  39. Even with a knife election next year, the NSW govt will do nothing to change the biodiversity Act.

    Innocent people’s lives are being ruined, there is the risk of another Gestapo operative being killed off.

  40. Zyconoclast

    Innocent people’s lives are being ruined, there is the risk of another Gestapo operative being killed off.

    Human sacrifice to satiate the enviro gods.

  41. Death Giraffe

    Very interesting.
    Candace is smarter than I thought.
    Brand has a huge vocabulary, but poor problem solving:


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  42. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Anyway, I’m off – someone found out that we weren’t going away for Christmas, so I’m “rostered on ” with the local volunteer firies. I get to drive the big truck with the flashing lights, but they won’t let me use the siren…

  43. Mark A

    From the inimitable Paco, if you remember him?

    Give that man a MacArthur Genius award!
    Some rapper claims the Nazis built the Berlin Wall.

    I know, I know. The guy’s just an entertainer, a celebrity. Of course he’s ignorant. But as a connoisseur of ignorance, I am fascinated by a specimen this pure, whatever the source.

  44. Google’s “Santa Tracker” has Santa arriving in Cairns in a few minutes.
    It is 11pm in Qld.
    Santa is supposed to call at midnight.
    Those really smart tech-heads at Google have smoked so much choof they think it is midnight here.

    What a bunch of wankers.

  45. stackja

    Merry Christmas in Sydney.

  46. Happy birthday Jesus! And a Merry Christmas to all the wonderful Cats. God bless you all.

  47. stackja

    Unto us a child is born.

  48. DrBeauGan

    Candace Owens is bright and beautiful. She is also a tough chick. All in all, I find her irresistible.

  49. urb

    #2891782, posted on December 24, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    10 past eleven here. 4 rums to go.

  50. urb is slowing down the drinking in anticipation of Santa’s arrival.

  51. stackja

    Sinc has a Christmas thread up.

  52. Leigh Lowe

    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!

    St Paul was not smitten from his pony on the Damascus ring road at Christmas.
    It was on Melbourne Cup day.
    Learn your history.

  53. urb

    #2891791, posted on December 25, 2018 at 12:16 am

    no i’m not

  54. Only Four rums in 50 minutes, and you don’t call that “slowing down”?

  55. Zatara

    Recipe for keeping the family jolly on Xmas day from the Philippines….. The Cubi Special.

    96 ounces Orange Juice
    84 ounces Pineapple Juice
    6 ounces Mango Juice
    6 0unces Cranberry Juice
    4 ounces Grenadine
    handful of sliced limes
    Rum, as desired (wait until they aren’t looking)

    Note: If mixing in trash cans or other bulk containers for landing parties of various size and composition proportions may be estimated at:

    16 parts Orange Juice
    14 parts Pineapple juice
    1 part mango juice
    1 part Cranberry juice
    1/2 part Grenadine
    10 – 20 parts rum

    I spent a Christmas or two there far from home and felt welcome and loved every time.

    Maligayang Pasko

  56. urb

    #2891795, posted on December 25, 2018 at 12:22 am

    i must admit i’m a bit out of form soc.

  57. Rockdoctor

    Chicom dictator plays Grinch… Will be in Singapore on Thursday, have always loved the displays on Orchard Rd and even Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok usually puts up a good display. Personally I hope this sort of behaviour settles down, as if he is preparing the country for a war with the west… We live in interesting times…

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1599998/santa-pushed-out-as-chinas-leaders-emphasise-tradition

  58. Rockdoctor

    Google’s “Santa Tracker” has Santa arriving in Cairns in a few minutes.

    And Flight Radar 24 with no Santa this year…

  59. Was in Singapore by chance, for Christmas one year.
    Lots of things about the place are fantastic. I got a cabbie to drive the length of Orchard Road & back, so I could video us going under the Christmas lights that were strung over the entire length of the street, like a mile long electric tunnel.
    Orchard Road was closed to vehicle traffic on Christmas Day, pedestrians only. I made sure I had a good walk up the middle of the street, quite a surreal feeling.
    There was no shortage of things to do, there seemed to be no end of public carol-singing.

  60. Nob

    Death Giraffe
    #2891779, posted on December 24, 2018 at 11:20 pm
    Very interesting.
    Candace is smarter than I thought.
    Brand has a huge vocabulary, but poor problem solving:

    When he described himself as “anarcho-syndicalist” I thought he said “a narco-syndicalist” which is probably more appropriate.

    Just another big-government socialist who thinks he’s a centrist.

  61. struth

    I must admit to not being a big fan of Christmas as it is celebrated in Australia.

    Inlaw relatives this year.
    It’s just a chore.
    This forced time spent with people you avoid like the plague all year around.
    It’s murder.
    Can’t see my son or grandson this year.
    Too hot up here to find eating attractive and I’m self designated driver so no drinking.
    Not that I’d want to around them anyway.
    Not in the mood for this at all this year.
    But Merry Christmas to all cats.
    I’m reflecting on what Christmas is really all about and how I may celebrate it in future years.

  62. Steve trickler

    Merry Christmas to all.



  63. Gab

    A blessed Christmas to one and all.

  64. mh

    The US Ambassador to Germany sends a letter to the fake news publication Der Spiegel.

    http://www.spiegel.de/media/media-43953.pdf

  65. The US Ambassador to Germany sends a letter to the fake news publication Der Spiegel.
    http://www.spiegel.de/media/media-43953.pdf

    Oooh! That one’s gotta hurt!

  66. Nob

    Wow. I wonder if any Australian media got letters like that?

  67. Nob

    Socrates at the Pub
    #2891810, posted on December 25, 2018 at 1:48 am
    The US Ambassador to Germany sends a letter to the fake news publication Der Spiegel.
    http://www.spiegel.de/media/media-43953.pdf

    Oooh! That one’s gotta hurt!

    Or they’ll play it as “standing up to Trump’s USA”

  68. mh

    The US Ambassador does Twitter:

    Richard Grenell
    Grenell
    @RichardGrenell
    .
    @DerSPIEGEL
    says they don’t have any anti-American bias. But the facts tell a different story. Below are only a few examples.
    @sefi99
    #spiegelgate

    https://twitter.com/RichardGrenell/status/1076258972783525891?s=20

  69. mh

    Hong Kong does Christmas well. But I expect the Communists will eventually crack down on this Christian festival.

  70. Or they’ll play it as “standing up to Trump’s USA”

    That dog won’t hunt.
    Der Spiegel has actually fired their own reporter for faking articles.
    That reporter is now being charged with “lying” – the charges are actually brought by Der Spiegel itself.
    Two locals, Trump-haters, fisked his article about their town of Fergus Falls Minnesota.
    Read the whole thing
    As good as that Fergus Falls article is (I recommend reading it) the fakery in it was not detected until after he’d been fired by Der Spiegel for numerous other totally faked news stories.

  71. Davey Boy

    Informative discussion on Einstürzende Neubauten* at this reddit link

    *collapsing new buildings

  72. mh

    The journalist Claas Relotius won a CNN journalism award in 2014.

    CNN goes that extra mile to bring you fake news.

  73. Mark A

    Davey Boy
    #2891817, posted on December 25, 2018 at 2:24 am

    Informative discussion on Einstürzende Neubauten* at this reddit link

    *collapsing new buildings

    Informative discussion?
    BS

    I wouldn’t pay too much attention to that self appointed ‘structural engineer’.
    Every time this sort of potential disaster crops up, out of the woodwork come the armchair experts.

  74. Oh come on

    Brand has a huge vocabulary

    No, he doesn’t. He just tosses out a few big words now and again that he’s learnt from the shitty undergraduate course in unicorn farts that he’s currently enrolled in.

    What was the word he kept using during his interview with Peterson? Oh yes, ‘taxonomy’. How many fucking times did he say that? Many, many times.

    Brand is the very personification of the pseudo-intellectual.

  75. Oh come on

    When he described himself as “anarcho-syndicalist”

    Anarcho-syndicalist = communism now.

    Seriously, that’s what it is. The state of true communism is anarcho-syndicalism. If you are an anarcho-syndicalist, you believe that you can jump over socialism and the dictatorship of the proletariat; the state will wither away and man perfected instantly. It is socialism’s end game. And as we know from bitter experience, you can’t get there instantly or over many years.

    Brand is a tedious bore with a third rate intellect.

  76. zyconoclast

    Above link: Bill Burr: Nothing Will Change With Trump As President

  77. zyconoclast

    Angels We Have Heard on High – Traditional Choir

  78. Mark A

    John Marley
    #2891827, posted on December 25, 2018 at 3:57 am

    “I wouldn’t pay too much attention to that self appointed ‘structural engineer’.
    Every time this sort of potential disaster crops up, out of the woodwork come the armchair experts.”

    So he’s not a structural engineer ? Is that what you are saying Mark?

    I wasn’t saying that but have my doubts, therefore implying only.

    All he was mouthing is common claptrap.
    What got me doubting is his reference to pouring concrete in the rain, utter nonsense, you can pour concrete in any weather bar freezing temps. but even there you can provide heating.

    You do not mix the concrete at the pouring stage, you can pour it into formwork full of water if you like and it will simply replace the water. Worse thing can happen is that you’re not going to get a mirror finish as the rain will pit the surface, in high rise building it’s immaterial, all you need is a level finish.

    Besides concrete being pumped several stages is very fluid anyway, full of additives and extra water, this being compensated for by the copious amount of additional cement.

    He may be all he says, I don’t know but I have met these characters so many times before the real reasons are known, only to be silent after the facts are known.

  79. Mark A

    John Marley
    #2891829, posted on December 25, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Well that is a very good explanation and you seem to know what you are talking about. Its just that you were sounding like a poo trying to deny poo involvement in turning all six 9/11 buildings to fine powder.

    Didn’t notice that being mentioned on that site and hadn’t thought of it either, gave up after I finished reading his first response.
    One thing you have to keep in mind, very few if any practicing engineers are prepared to offer opinions like he did without prior investigations.
    It makes no sense to speculate. All or none of the reasons could be true, we just don’t know.

    Maybe some draftsmen or wannabe engineers with google knowledge.

  80. Mark A

    John Marley
    #2891831, posted on December 25, 2018 at 4:46 am

    Be as it may John, I’m not into conspiracy or speculations tempting it may be.

    Only conspiracy I admit to happening is that of bookies conspiring against me.

  81. Tom

    “John Marley”. LOL. Too predictable, Bird: sneaking in at 0400 on Christmas Day.

  82. Mark A

    Tom
    #2891839, posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:07 am

    “John Marley”. LOL. Too predictable, Bird: sneaking in at 0400 on Christmas Day.

    Tom, if I had seen his last post up front I’d have ignored him altogether.
    I didn’t catch on early and took him at face value.
    Know it better next time. (I hope?)

  83. Bruce of Newcastle

    Wall Street just closed with a thud.

    Stocks fall hard, extending last week’s big sell-off

    U.S. stocks on Monday fell hard — the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 600 points — extending last week’s big sell-off.

    Investors worried about the prospect of rising interest rates, global economic weakness and prospects for the partial government shutdown extending into next year. All sectors of the S&P 500 were down.

    Down almost 3% in a short trading day. Looks like Powell and the Fed have stuffed up big time with the rate rise last week. How are they going to backflip and cut after raising right in the middle of a market crash?

  84. John Comnenus

    Merry Christmas Cats and Kitties. Peace and prosperity to all. I hope you and your loved ones have a joyous break.

  85. bespoke

    DrBeauGan
    #2891751, posted on December 24, 2018 at 9:56 pm
    Christmas Eve … I love it.
    I hope you don’t stay awake too long waiting for Santa. Or leave an empty pillow case for him to fill with prezzies. I’ve found that he doesn’t even drink the sherry or eat a mince pie.
    Of course, that might be just me.

    Yes, yes it is 🙂
    Do what I do an order your own and act mystified about who sent you the new tool set.

  86. And besides, foreigners showing up to take over the conversational space

    You rang.

  87. Crossie

    Down almost 3% in a short trading day. Looks like Powell and the Fed have stuffed up big time with the rate rise last week. How are they going to backflip and cut after raising right in the middle of a market crash?

    The crash was the intended result of raising the interest rate. Trump must be brought down and all methods have failed so far. Tanking the economy is the next option and has the desired effect of punishing the peasants who have the nerve to defy those in power and vote for an outsider.

    Trump is peering into all sorts of nooks and crannies of the government and establishment exposing all sorts of skullduggery, for example he wants to know why he has been audited every year but Pentagon has not been in thirty years. He is a dangerous man to Washington.

  88. Notafan

    A happy and holy Christmas to you all.

    I missed midnight Mass as usual, too crowded with unfamiliar faces.

    Shall go to 9 am. The parish I’m attending now had a wonderful orthodox priest. God bless him.
    Shall be in Rome on Thursday. The lights will be up and the Nativity scenes in all the churches are delightful.

    As Father said for Christians the Christmas season has just begun and we will be celebrating through to February.

  89. Nick

    Nota, I went to the 6pm kids’ mass. I was embarrassed to see how low Catholicism has sunk. The Indian priest discussing pagan symbols to the kids as if they were relics, who knew the candy cane was a religious object? The mass was packed though had the religious feel of a buffet on a cruise ship.

  90. Crossie

    As Father said for Christians the Christmas season has just begun and we will be celebrating through to February.

    When I was a child church Christmas decorations stayed on until Candlemas, now they come down after Epiphany.

  91. Nick

    Hong Kong does Christmas well. But I expect the Communists will eventually crack down on this Christian festival.

    It’s known as ‘cashmas’. They do it well though the retailers love it as it segues into Lunar New Year shopping.

  92. egg_

    The Best of Teh Dumb goes out with … wait for it … wall to wall trannies, including ALPBC and Fauxfacts (RIP) favourite Mal McGregor looking absolutely fabulous with his trademark pearls. How very ALPBC.

    Is Cate dreaming of a pearl necklace this Christmas?

  93. Gab

    Have a fabulous time, Notafan. I too went to a different parish for Mass last night and was delighted to see three priests, an altar boy, incense and bells during Mass. It is only a smallish Church and the choir was in fine tune with real carols and hymns – none of this happy-clappy stuff. Very reverential and beautiful.

  94. Confused Old Misfit

    Merry Christmas All!
    Be Happy, Be Safe.

  95. Cactus

    Merry Christmas, you filthy animals.

  96. pete m

    Thanks cactus, and to you.

    Reminds me it’s shower time after being seconded to setting up Xmas gifts opened and now used and discarded.

    Graeme, enjoy yourself and be nice to all people. Who cares about gross domestic product measurements today?

    Ciao

  97. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    26m
    I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large section of the Wall in Texas. We are already building and renovating many miles of Wall, some complete. Democrats must end Shutdown and finish funding. Billions of Dollars, & lives, will be saved!

  98. zyconoclast

    Ringleader of alleged migration scheme arrested boarding a flight to China

    Dozens of fraudulently obtained Medicare cards and credit cards have been seized by police as part of a major investigation into a Chinese national allegedly spearheading a migration fraud scheme.

    Xuan Zho, 32, was arrested as she tried to board a flight to Shanghai on Friday, the day after Australian Border Force and Australian Federal Police officers raided an Auburn business and found the credit cards and Medicare cards, as well as a “large number of documents and electronic evidence”.

    Police will say in court that Ms Zho – who is not a registered migration agent – lodged more than 1700 visa applications, billing her clients for the applications.

  99. Shy Ted

    Morning walk, Radio National have excelled today. B-lister chatting with Australia’ most depressed and depressing people – Friends of Turkeys League, Pigs are People Coalition, Corn not Prawn Alliance but they do wish as a kaletide greeting all the time warning that mistletoe invites exual as salt (cop that spaminator). Wish I’d had a pen and paper handy as they were invited to recite their poetry but it went something like –
    I’m dreaming of a why? Christmas,
    why do we slaughter animals?
    Where the racist Aussies
    Are replaced by muzzies
    And white men are locked up on Nauru.

  100. Top Ender

    Morning Cats.

    Have kicked off the day with a complaint to the ABC about the odious Tim Minchin, who was singing a whiny song about Christmas Day, complete with compulsory dig at Christianity.

  101. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    5h
    I am all alone (poor me) in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come back and make a deal on desperately needed Border Security. At some point the Democrats not wanting to make a deal will cost our Country more money than the Border Wall we are all talking about. Crazy!

    Mr President, you should be spending Christmas with family at Mar a Lago.
    Chuck Schumer enjoyed his Hanukkah, don’t let him ruin your Christmas.

  102. Gab

    the odious Tim Minchin, who was singing a whiny song about Christmas Day, complete with compulsory dig at Christianity.

    Evil never sleeps.

  103. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Have kicked off the day with a complaint to the ABC about the odious Tim Minchin, who was singing a whiny song about Christmas Day, complete with compulsory dig at Christianity.

    Well done, Top Ender. Tim Minchin is a pimple on the ar$ehole of humanity, and should be treated as such.

  104. mh

    Kevin Spacey: Actor charged with sexual assault in Massachusetts

    …The alleged victim is the son of former television news presenter Heather Unruh, who spoke publicly about the incident last year.
    She accused Mr Spacey of buying her then 18-year-old son alcohol – the drinking age in Massachusetts is 21 – and then groping him….

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46675194

  105. Mother Lode

    What is the point of complaining to the ABC?

    Your disgust is what they were hoping for. They will just offer some guff about alternative voices – which will be defensible in light of what they think their mission is.

    And how many people will have heard it that didn’t more or less expect such a thing?

    Isn’t there someone who would love to bring this up in the other press or parliament when everybody else is paying attention?

  106. miltonf

    Yep you wouldn’t expect anything else if you tune into the ABC. Why spoil your day? It’s unlistenable, unwatchable, unreadable and beyond reform. If you complain they just laugh at you.

  107. zyconoclast

    Sadiq Khan is calling for an overhaul of Scotland Yard’s controversial gangs database after it was found to include a “disproportionately” high number of young black men.

    The Mayor today published a review of the confidential Gangs Matrix, which was created after the 2011 riots to identify those considered at risk of becoming involved in gangs.

    City Hall found that of the 3,200 names listed on the database, three quarters are under the age of 25 and four-in-five are black.

    It said that while there is evidence the list has helped to reduce offending rates, measures were required to “restore trust” and ensure it is used “lawfully and proportionately”.

  108. Roger

    Have kicked off the day with a complaint to the ABC about the odious Tim Minchin, who was singing a whiny song about Christmas Day, complete with compulsory dig at Christianity.

    I had the misfortune to see some of “Sammy J’s Twelve Js of Christmas” the other night.

    It was all – what I saw anyway – a gobbet of spit in the face of conservatives and Liberals, with one long skit delivered in front of a depiction of parliament house with the flag flying upside down.

    I was disgusted, which I suppose is what they find funny.

  109. 132andBush

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    First year (in twenty) we haven’t been woken at sparrows by expectant children!

  110. zyconoclast

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday accused the Israeli government of facilitating the delivery of money to the Gaza Strip to help Hamas stay in power.
    Abbas, who was speaking during a meeting of the PA leadership in Ramallah, said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was assisting the delivery of the funds to Hamas also to prevent reconciliation between the Gaza-based movement and his Fatah faction.

  111. areff

    Merry Christmas to all Cats, toms and especially tabbies.

    As a special Christmas gift to the world, Quadrant Online, overflowing with the Yuletide milk of human kindness, sets the left straight about a couple of their cherished Christmas myths.

    Enjoy. Strength for the fight in 2019!

  112. Boambee John

    Zycon

    Doesn’t California try to be the most “progressive” state in the US? And isn’t Victoria now claiming to be our most “progressive” state? Still, at least the Victorian kids will excel in their “Safe Schools” exams even if they can’t read, write or add up!

  113. miltonf

    State approved ‘comedy’. Like Brett Grantworthy

  114. Boambee John

    Top Ender

    I’m dreaming of a why? Christmas,
    why do we slaughter animals?
    Where the racist Aussies
    Are replaced by muzzies
    And white men are locked up on Nauru.

    Was this the Nick Minchin song?

    If so, perhaps Their ABC might make a start and replace him with a “muzzie”, while Peter Dutton couls accede to his request to be locked up on Nauru?

  115. zyconoclast

    Syrian Women to EU: “Kick Our Men Out, Send Them Home”

    Why would they want them back?
    Good riddance I would say.

  116. Makka

    Merry Christmas Cats and Kittehs! Have a good one!

  117. Roger

    Merry Christmas, Cats.

    And that looks to be excellent Christmas postprandial reading, areff – thanks!

  118. mh

    The Japs try and do Christmas but they are not quite there yet.

    https://goo.gl/images/UWJi24

  119. Top Ender

    That could have been the song BJ. The rellies with whom we are staying are ABC lovers despite being conservatives. The hate the commercials due to the adverts.

  120. Snoopy

    Now for some cheering news for Christmas from TheirABC.

    Evan Kakulas has never sold so many juniper berries in his life.

    The third-generation owner of Perth grocery store Kakulas Brothers said demand for the berries had doubled in the past 12 months.

    He put it down to one thing — the berries are the essential ingredient in gin, and a growing number of people are making it.

    “People are coming in the doors and they’re telling me that they’re making their own gin at home, and because of that we’re selling twice as many juniper berries as we used to,” Mr Kakulas said.

    “They happily share their secrets on how they do it.

    “Some are distilling it in their backyard, others are buying the neutral spirit and mixing it.

    I wonder what is encouraging people to take the trouble to make it instead of just buying it from BWS?

    Mr Kakulas’ might be well advised to use cash.

  121. Mother Lode

    I get the feeling that states like California must have the greatest wealth disparity, while Mid-Western states, with the greater extremes of both wealth and poverty in California.

    As with their gun laws, their fiddling on social justice has resulted in worse outcomes than the original problem.

  122. Sinclair Davidson

    Hi Graeme.

    Bye Graeme.

  123. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Why would they want them back?
    Good riddance I would say.

    To remind them, on a daily basis, of how the mighty warriors of Allah, fled, and left their women to fend for themselves?

  124. Roger

    The rellies with whom we are staying are ABC lovers despite being conservatives. The hate the commercials due to the adverts.

    There are still occasional bright spots on the ABC; the commercials are rubbish except for 9Gem and 7Mate which are, mercifully, largely absent of the inane local hosts and feature classic movies and reality shows where American blokes go about their business restoring cars and uncovering relics of American culture in folks’ barns.

  125. Boambee John

    Thank you Doomlord, he rapidly became noxious.

  126. Makka

    I wonder what is encouraging people to take the trouble to make it instead of just buying it from BWS?

    Double the price of a bottle of Wodka. Juniper berries might be the new weed!

  127. Roger

    What you won’t hear fromn our mainstream media, particularly the ABC:

    A sober, common sense take on Mattis’s departure.

  128. Mother Lode

    From Zyco’s article:

    As a result, dangerous students could remain in the classroom,” he observed, adding that the policy ignored the importance of “the impacts of a student’s neighborhood and family support on school behavior.”

    Some education policy experts have observed the Broward County school district’s policy, which includes consideration of race and minority status where discipline is concerned, inspired the Obama administration’s guidance and may have played a role in the fact that Nikolas Cruz remained under the radar until his shooting rampage in Parkland, Florida, on February 14.

    Whole government departments heaving with professionals didn’t pick the flaw a few Cats picked up on in an afternoon.

    I don’t mean that the policy would penalise white kids and grant immunities to minorities. That intent was known all round.

    But that it would not lead to a wondrous dawn of a newly empowered and wise minority demographic.

  129. C.L.

    Now I have a machinegun.
    HO-HO-HO

    ———————————-
    Merry Christmas.

  130. Notafan

    Glad you found a decent mass Gab. I was so sick of the pandering to the sjw narrative at my old one. I’m very grateful to have found a conservative parish.

    Solemn Mass.

    Just beautiful.

    The good father always makes it quite clear who should not be presenting themselves for Holy Communion, for the good of their souls.

    Nick I remember a kiddies Christmas mass when the dad next to me gave his children five cent coins for the collection.

    It’s lip service at its basest. It’d prefer they be honest and don’t go at all.

  131. egg_

    the odious Tim Minchin, who was singing a whiny song about Christmas Day, complete with compulsory dig at Christianity.

    Look at moy, Kim!
    Yawn.

  132. stackja

    C.L.
    #2891936, posted on December 25, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Hans Gruber: You idiot. It’s not the police. It’s him.

  133. Mitch M.

    Steve Trickler,

    That video you put up of the Danish choir singing River. Thank you muchly because that is very beautiful music.

    Have a great day everybody.

  134. stackja

    Argyle: [Argyle shuts the limo door] If this is their idea of Christmas, I *gotta* be here for New Year’s.

  135. Roger

    “Some are distilling it in their backyard, others are buying the neutral spirit and mixing it.”

    That will have the tax man flying drones over Perth’s suburbs. An $8500 fine applies to unlicensed stills.

    How to make compound gin at home to your own taste; no license required and no tax payable.

  136. lotocoti

    I wonder what is encouraging people to …

    GP has series on DIY distilling. The bit at the end about NZ and home distilling is an added bonus.

  137. egg_

    Where the racist Aussies
    Are replaced by muzzies

    The muzzos would likely show the weirdo where to shove his mascara bottle.

  138. C.L.

    Good Lord.
    Charges against him just announced by the Massachusetts district attorney’s office, Kevin Spacey posts really weird, creepy and defiant Christmas video.

  139. Oh come on

    Just watched it. Creepy as hell.

  140. Oh come on

    Pro-Sanders, anti-“Beto” Democrat Party strategist weighs in:

    “Reading Karl Marx is cool,” she said. “Doing a livestream while you’re doing your laundry is a gimmick.”

    What about doing a livestream while you’re reading Karl Marx? That’d be great.

  141. Infidel Tiger

    Backyard gin and wine made in our toilet from rotten fruit is our future.

  142. JC

    Down almost 3% in a short trading day. Looks like Powell and the Fed have stuffed up big time with the rate rise last week. How are they going to backflip and cut after raising right in the middle of a market crash?

    Bruce, they can and they have in the recent past. Grandma did so, during her time , at the beginning. She reversed policy and I think her predecessor actually raised and then reversed by easing.

    I think the biggest concern for the markets is that the Fed has said it was going to reverse the QE while simultaneously tightening policy.

    Something good could finally come out of this abortion. Despite Trump being responsible for Powell’s appointment, there is a prez prepared to blame the Fed for its actions. Finally. It won’t be the greedy banks, the dishonest brokers, the shady clients lying on their loan application. Finally the Fed cops it in the nuts and deservedly too.

  143. Infidel Tiger

    Powell is doing the right thing finally.

    The days of unsound money must end.

    Short term pain for a sound and righteous future.

  144. Tel

    The Fed’s next task is to stop paying interest on reserves, or in other words, stop paying the banks NOT to make any loans. This needs to be done quite gently, to avoid the typical hysterics, but now is a good time to begin the process.

  145. JC

    Argie

    What’s unsound about money? Inflation rate is at 2% and the yield curve is telling us the Fed is too tight.

  146. Infidel Tiger

    Who gives a shit if Wall St is being hosed?

    Wall St is representative of the real economy in the same way Piss Christ represents Christianity.

    I want bankers jailed. Crucified even.

  147. John Comnenus

    Just finishing off cooking the Christmas Turkey, drinking a pint of German Beer, opened a bottle of 10 yo Barossa Shiraz – and turned down the sheets 4 the inevitble afternoon nap.

  148. John Comnenus

    If Kate’s classical theory of economics is correct then the Fed is unwittingly setting up an investment boom.

  149. zyconoclast

    Seattle is under siege. Over the past five years, the Emerald City has seen an explosion of homelessness, crime, and addiction.

    In its 2017 point-in-time count of the homeless, King County social-services agency All Home found 11,643 people sleeping in tents, cars, and emergency shelters. Property crime has risen to a rate two and a half times higher than Los Angeles’s and four times higher than New York City’s. Cleanup crews pick up tens of thousands of dirty needles from city streets and parks every year.

    At the same time, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Seattle metro area spends more than $1 billion fighting homelessness every year. That’s nearly $100,000 for every homeless man, woman, and child in King County, yet the crisis seems only to have deepened, with more addiction, more crime, and more tent encampments in residential neighborhoods. By any measure, the city’s efforts are not working.

  150. JC

    Artie.

    It’s a nice theory, but here’s the problem. The reason people look to movements in financial markets is because it’s the most liquid and prices react quickly to news. You don’t see that in the tap making or steal plate markets so quickly…:-) but eventually it does show up in the real economy.

  151. Macbeth

    Merry Christmas to all . Candy, Tinta, TE, Lizzy, Z2KA, Sinc and the rest. Bye.

  152. Infidel Tiger

    If Kate’s classical theory of economics is correct then the Fed is unwittingly setting up an investment boom.

    An investment in real and sound assets. Not funny money printing presses.

    We need to fill our jails with corporate spivs, banksters and brokers and then burn them alive.

  153. JC:

    Something good could finally come out of this abortion. Despite Trump being responsible for Powell’s appointment, there is a prez prepared to blame the Fed for its actions. Finally. It won’t be the greedy banks, the dishonest brokers, the shady clients lying on their loan application. Finally the Fed cops it in the nuts and deservedly too.

    I have the sneaking suspicion that the kick in the slats – and the followup measures yet to come – were the aim all along.

  154. Infidel Tiger

    The same people who refuse to give minimum wage workers a cent more get upset when their stock portfolio falls 1%.

    This is why when the revolution comes, Wall st types are going to be set on fire and gang raped by meth fuelled chimps.

    Merry Christmas to all!

  155. Tel

    I want bankers jailed. Crucified even.

    You’re just jealous because the banks have a cosy little cartel arrangement with government protection, and you are left trying to convince people that you work for a living.

    Reducing the interest paid on reserves will at least remove a guaranteed income stream and force them to do banking business if they want to make money. A small kick in the bum to get them moving.

  156. Death Giraffe

    Backyard gin and wine made in our toilet from rotten fruit is our future

    ..
    Why don’t you just dry out?
    After a few years your brain will adapt to sobriety and then you will see the world for how shit it really is.
    Only then can we repair the damage done. By putting up against a wall those responsible.
    I mostly blame the silent generation.
    Bloody taciturn bastards.
    Oh. Merry Christmas, losers.

  157. John Comnenus

    Powell is doing the right thing whilst thinking he is doing the wrong thing – he wants to wreck the economy just like Bill Maher asked. These arse clowns don’t care who they hurt in pursuing political power – it won’t be Maher and the rich it will be middle and lower America – especially minorities. But, Remember when Maggie Thatcher slashed about 33% of Government spending in a year it led to boom that lasted almost 15 yrs. likewise Howard’s first budget of more moderate cuts set up a 6-7 year boom.

  158. JC

    And listen to your lord and master, artie.

    The only problem our economy has is the Fed. They don’t have a feel for the Market, they don’t understand necessary Trade Wars or Strong Dollars or even Democrat Shutdowns over Borders. The Fed is like a powerful golfer who can’t score because he has no touch – he can’t putt!

    The fat fuck knows what he’s talking about.

  159. John Comnenus

    There is never any excuse for bad gin. Can I recommend the 4 Pillars Christmas Gin direct from the Yarra Valley.

  160. Death Giraffe

    You should all give up alcohol, like me.
    Then you will again feel joy in the little things, again, like me.
    Such as lying on the garage floor screaming curses at whatever it is that won’t cooperate today.
    New Year’s is coming.
    Make it your resolution to be more like me.
    Sober and full of joy.

  161. JC

    Include commercial real estate brokers in the list you want to burn alive. They are the most despicable humans alive.

  162. Zyconoclast:

    At the same time, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, the Seattle metro area spends more than $1 billion fighting homelessness every year. That’s nearly $100,000 for every homeless man, woman, and child in King County, yet the crisis seems only to have deepened, with more addiction, more crime, and more tent encampments in residential neighborhoods. By any measure, the city’s efforts are not working.

    The cities efforts are working.
    The goal was to build and maintain Bureaucratic Empires.
    Those $4ook a year jobs + perks for mates aren’t going to be found in the real world, you know.
    Seattle has an 80% Democrat voting record.

  163. John Comnenus

    California is the dumb state – according to academic achievement in school. Seems that there might just be a correlation between the number of kids who don’t speak the language and don’t learn at school. Could hat be why public schools in western Sydney are so crap – half or more of the kids in school can’t understand the teacher, unlike in Kazakhstan where they only have 3 main languages – Kazakh, Russian and German. No wonder they outperform us in education.

  164. Infidel Tiger

    Wall St and the War Machine all screaming and wailing.

    What a great Christmas!

    Thank you President Trump!

  165. John Comnenus

    Giraffe, to quote the Jazz Butcher, there’s nothing valuable enough to buy another five years in the sunset retirement home. Cheers – I started with a gin and tonic, moved to pints of beer, will have some good red with lunch and finish off with an award winning whiskey. All the time thinking about all the extra tax I pay that non drinking bludgers don’t pay.

  166. Death Giraffe;

    Why don’t you just dry out?
    After a few years your brain will adapt to sobriety and then you will see the world for how shit it really is.

    I already know just how shit the world is.
    I drink just so I don’t have to remember it.
    Lunch will be diluted by champers.
    What champagne goes with a McFeast, you clueless bastard?

  167. Infidel Tiger

    Drinkers experience a better type of sobriety.

  168. JC

    “Wall Street” is your super or 401k. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face, Artie.

  169. JC

    Can you replace wives on Xmas day? We should have Xmas day wives. Mine under estimated the seafood and I’ll have to share/ have a smaller allocation on my plate.

  170. Jo

    Merry Christmas to you all, from a bit of a lurker here at the Cat. It’s heartening to see that Christianity, conservatism and common decency still exist.

  171. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Southeast WA bushfire risking homes, lives

    Australian Associated Press
    19 minutes ago December 25, 2018

    A bushfire is continuing to threaten lives and homes on Western Australia’s southern coast.

    On Christmas Day Emergency WA reissued a watch and act message for Bremer Bay and Boxwood Hill, southeast of Perth.

    “There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing,” the release said

    “You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.”

    The fire is burning on the western side of Dillon Bay Road. It is burning against the wind in a southeasterly direction.

    More than 100 firefighters are in the area, working to actively fight the blaze and strengthen containment lines.

    From the Oz. Merry Christmas to the firies battling that one.

  172. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2891951, posted on December 25, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Backyard gin and wine made in our toilet from rotten fruit is our future.

    No probs.
    Whack a picture of a chateau on it and you can sell it to Googlery for $65 a bottle.

  173. cohenite

    Meme doing the rounds:

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  174. Steve trickler

    Mitch M.
    #2891940, posted on December 25, 2018 at 11:11 am

    And some stunning physical beauty to match.

    Have a good day.

  175. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Prizes include all-expenses-paid accommodation, cash benefits starting at $800a week and a chance to earn thousands more begging, mugging and
    Accosting drivers at traffic lights.

    Also re birthing cars, fiddling the childcare system and rorting the DSP. It’s all good, kufar’s got plenty of money.

  176. Cassie of Sydney

    Merry Christmas fellow Cats. Please all take care and stay safe over the holiday period.

  177. candy

    Merry Christmas to all . Candy, Tinta, TE, Lizzy, Z2KA, Sinc and the rest. Bye.

    Merry Christmas, Macbeth. I have wondered how you are getting on. I hope the old joints and bones are not causing you too much trouble today, and you have some family visiting. God bless, take care and hope you are okay enough.

  178. Westie Woman

    Merry Christmas to all
    Best wishes and thanks for the entertainment and information this year!
    Cheers!

  179. bespoke

    Steve trickler

    Cheers! I would not have searched for the music you link to but a appreciate the exposer to news things.

  180. Senile Old Guy

    Pope Francis has called on people in developed countries to live a simpler and less materialistic life. He also condemned the huge divide between the world’s rich and poor, saying Jesus’s birth in poverty in a stable should make everyone reflect on the meaning of life.

    Hypocrit.

    Bankers’ best guesses about the Vatican’s wealth put it at $10 billion to $15 billion. Of this wealth, Italian stockholdings alone run to $1.6 billion, 15% of the value of listed shares on the Italian market. The Vatican has big investments in banking, insurance, chemicals, steel, construction, real estate.

  181. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Vegan parents face jail after toddler became so malnourished she ‘couldn’t talk or crawl’
    The girl’s bones were so brittle doctors feared they could be broken if she was handled like a normal child

  182. Macbeth

    Thank you Candy. Hands painful today, Waiting for tabs to ease things a bit. Lunch with immediate family coming up. Cheers.

  183. Senile Old Guy

    Again.

    Peter Handscomb will not get the chance to play in front of his home fans in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG as selectors have opted to recall all-rounder Mitch Marsh to face India with the series tied at 1-1. …

    Marsh returns to the team with a similar recent batting record — averaging 11 across 11 knocks since a 96 in South Africa in March — but should be called on to relieve Australia’s powerful bowling attack in Melbourne.

    What is it with Marsh? An average of 11 in 11 innings? And why do you need to relieve a “powerful bowling attack”?

  184. Steve trickler

    bespoke
    #2891996, posted on December 25, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Gems are hidden everywhere. Finding them is a hoot.



    Cheerio.

  185. woolfe

    And Merry Christmas from the Pilbara, just gone through 43 degrees and am going out for an inspection. Need more water carts, and there is a bush fire 25k’s away started by some lightning on Friday.

  186. Top Ender

    Someone’s going to be in trouble.

    Video of Santa being towed along by six bikini-clad ladies is doing the rounds.

  187. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    And Merry Christmas from the Pilbara, just gone through 43 degrees and am going out for an inspection.

    Merry Christmas, woolfe, from the hills overlooking the Avon, from someone waiting by the phone, and hoping it doesn’t ring.

  188. John Comnenus

    Geez Wolfe, I hope you have a cold beer, or perhaps a chilled Pinot or Rose to go with Christmas lunch. I hope all people threatened by the WA bushfire are safe and keep their property and belongings safe.

    I’m going to move onto pints of Czech beer, enjoying my Slavic heritage in Pilsener and a couldn’t give a damn attitude. Merry Christmas to all Cats and Kitties (& any other feline gender I have missed😳)

  189. stackja

    Residents spend Christmas in makeshift camp after Sydney building cracks and moves
    Lucy Hughes Jones, The Daily Telegraph
    2 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    People heard large cracking noises on Monday afternoon as the Olympic Park structure shifted up to two millimetres.

    That jammed the front doors of three units forcing the people inside to panic and call triple-zero, NSW Fire & Rescue Superintendent Adam Dewberry says.

    “Firefighters and police actually got in and got those people out,” he said.

    Emergency crews then used the fire stairs to door knock every home evacuating some 300 people and two nearby buildings as an exclusion zone was put in place around Brushbox Street with roads and the nearby train station closed.

  190. Death Giraffe

    Did a roast duck for Christmas dinner.
    Is a bit tough, but tasty.

  191. John Comnenus

    Lefty, Thatcher and Reagan hating lefty discovers the idiocy of the pc Left

    Last of the Gentlemen Adventurers

    What were they thinking?
    They’re never going to stop me from smoking or drinking my gin.
    I’m not taken in by their scared new world,
    Where “beauty is freedom” and “freedom” is the prize.
    They wouldn’t know freedom if you salted it and rubbed it in their eyes.
    Sense of entitlement three, common sense nil. Run and see your GP.
    Whoa…living forever don’t look so clever to me.
    We were the hard water kids of the Asbestos Age – no one died.
    Nobody chipped us or tracked us or caged us or taught us to fear. No one tried.
    So we helped ourselves to the world unafraid.
    Sometimes we even got paid.
    Well, now I’ve spent all that money I earned,
    But here is one thing I have learned:
    There’s nothing in life that’s worth giving up
    For the sake of five years in the Sunset Retirement Home.
    Nothing in life is worth giving up
    For a chair in a smoke-free dayroom watching telly,
    Parched and immobile and praying for tea,
    Patronised stupid, cake on your birthday…
    Now tell me, my beauty: ain’t it grand to be free?
    I wonder how it could have been if I’d have been a bad girl…
    Smoking that reefer…a life in slow motion…
    I wonder how it could have been if I’d have been a bad girl…
    Gentleman callers, fast cars and what-have-you…
    I wonder how it could have been…I wonder how it could have been…
    Oh, I wonder most all the time.
    Don’t wonder what you could have been. Don’t wonder how it could have been.
    Don’t wonder.
    Break out and find out tonight

  192. John Comnenus

    giraffe, it will be more tasty with a nice chilled Pinot

  193. stackja

    Paraglider plunges onto rocks on northern beaches in front of horrified witnesses
    Janet Fife-Yeomens, The Daily Telegraph
    38 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    A massive rescue operation is underway after a paraglider smashed into rocks on Sydney’s northern beaches.

    Witnesses said they watched as the adventurer took off from Bangalley Head north of Avalon beach and plunged straight down.

    “There was just no wind. I couldn’t understand why they did it,” one local said.

    The paraglider is said to be conscious as the police rescue squad with a helicopter prepare to go down onto the rocks and bring him to safety.

    More to come.

  194. stackja

    Residents spend Christmas in makeshift camp after Sydney building cracks and moves
    Lucy Hughes Jones, The Daily Telegraph
    7 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    Terrified residents were trapped inside a high rise Sydney apartment block when fears were raised it might collapse on Christmas Eve.

    Scores of people who were forced to spend Monday night in a makeshift emergency camp have now returned home to the newly-constructed 38 storey building.

    But a third of residents from 150 apartments at Opal Towers who endured a sleepless night will have to spend at least 48 hours elsewhere after their homes were declared unsafe.

  195. John Comnenus

    One from the dim, dark, and hazy days about drinking too much…. or in modern parlance paying too much voluntary tax.

    Drink By the Jazz Butcher

  196. John Comnenus

    Given the afternoon nap a miss to blog on the Cat whilst listening to the Jazz Butcher’s final album. Gee that Czech Pilsner goes down easy on a hot day like it is today in the Capital.

  197. RobK

    I have just read a survey on solar panels in the tree version of Choice magazine. It quotes the average Feed-in-Tariff (1028 respondents) was:

    “AGL:31c/kWh
    Enrgon: 30c/kWh
    Origin:30c/kWh
    Synergy:23c/kWh
    Energy Australia: 20c/kWh

    .”
    These prices are insane. The domestic systems have already received their small scale renewable energy certificates which pay for 15years of anticipated production at the rate of around $40/MWh (or 4c for every estimated kWh of production in the first 15years).
    A coal fired power station produces at around 4c/kWh. These troughers are being paid 6-8 times that. No wonder there isnt much uptake of batteries, rivers of gold flowing from other punters on the grid. Politicians must be crazy. This situation cannot persist. It has to be unsustainable. Some argue it isn’t a cost because the energy is sold to other consumers but when the sun shines, many produce electricity so it is worth sweet F/A at that time. At least in WA commercial customers aren’t paid a FiT. This should be extended to all domestic PV to incentivize them to install batteries at their own expense to help buffer their dodgy supply which is worth very little. Self consumption should be encouraged…and get rid of the silly RET.

  198. miltonf

    IT’d be interesting to get to the bottom of this corruption and trashing of the electricity industry. Firstly, how the f* did the pubes in Canberra even get involved in what was a state responsibility- probably Hilmer reforms. Secondly what possessed Howard to bring the RET for I believe it was his call. Copied from Germany I suspect. On whose advice did he do this. What a debacle. What an act of economic vandalism.

  199. John Comnenus

    Its all economic vandalism. Take what u can and look after your family.

  200. woolfe

    “Western Australians living in Perth and the south-west region of the state have Synergy as their electricity provider and receive a solar feed-in tariff of 7.135 cents per kilowatt-hour exported to the mains grid under the Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme (REBS)”

  201. miltonf

    No doubt that the political class is trying to crash the Australian economy.

  202. P

    Happy Christmas to you ssr, if you just happen to pop in here.
    I hope you may long continue with your tweets.

    srr 5mins ago
    https://twitter.com/srrohohyes/status/1077426872961495040

  203. RobK

    Woolfe,
    Yes, they have scaled back but obviously there are still a number of legacy contracts not yet expired. In its hayday WA paid 45c/kWh for ten years. Now down to around 7c….still beter than minimum wholesale suppliers of baseload in a steady market.

  204. Snoopy

    P
    #2892024, posted on December 25, 2018 at 3:59 pm
    Happy Christmas to you ssr

    JC is P. Confirmed!

    ☺️

  205. stackja

    Al Gore created AGW scam. Flannel and compliant MSM assured all Australia needed to join in.

  206. Snoopy

    What ever happened to crop circles? Are the extraterrestrials responsible now bothering another planet? Another solar system? Another galaxy?

  207. P

    JC is P. Confirmed!

    Good one Snoopy.

  208. P

    I wish Delta A, Memory Vault and of course Beef a very Happy Christmas.

    Missed ya all here recently.

  209. JC

    Stack

    It’s Xmas, so stop posting nonsense. Gore did NOT start the gerbiling. The Swedes and later the Germans did. Gore gave it publicity. Go eat your Xmas doggy biscuit and STFU.

  210. JC

    In case anyone was worried about me. Lunch was fine as I had enough seafood to eat , so don’t be concerned.

    I saw Brazilian lobster tails at the market yesterday morning. They looked good, but didn’t buy any. I just bought the Aussie stuff.

  211. DrBeauGan

    https://youtu.be/IUXteUGhh7w

    It’s probably true that most people in the world are good and kind, and the number of evil shits is quite small. Trouble is, you don’t need to meet many evil shits to get yourself raped and murdered.

    Paying the penalty for stupidity is evolution in action.

  212. Infidel Tiger

    Took my in-laws to an expensive hotel buffet for lunch. Both announced they weren’t really hungry and had a bit of salad and ham.

    Family is brutal.

  213. JC

    Doc

    I would argue that quite a lot of evil behaviour is ‘evilution’. We had far more time putting on war paint getting plastered then going off raping and pillaging the village on the other side of the hil. Not doing that is acting against our unbuilt programming.

  214. areff

    Gore’s first attempt at a post-politics career was as a self-declared exemplar of happy married life. he wrote two books on how to have a happy marriage. Then Tipper left him and he had to climb on another scam.

    Friend was staying at a ritzy Fiji resort and found the Goron in an adjacent thatched $700-a-night hut. He said he came to understand sea-level rise after watching the giant green-economy pack wade in and go for a dip. Reckoned the lagoon water level immediately soared by half a metre.

  215. JC

    Similar thing with me, artie. I threw a quiet tantrum because I though we didn’t have enough seafood and my kid , kept helping himself to more and more to taunt me saying how good it was.

  216. areff

    Check Coles, JC. They’re selling one-pound lobsters — real northern hemisphere lobsters — for $18. Bought a bunch and have just made stock for a bisque from what couldn’t be eaten. Cat has spent the past hour working the meat out of a split-open head that didn’t go into the pot. She reckons its Christmas.

  217. Infidel Tiger

    How do non-drinkers do family?

    My mother in law wanted to invite another family to join us at our table. Had to put my foot down. Now I’m persona non grata for another decade.

  218. DrBeauGan

    I would argue that quite a lot of evil behaviour is ‘evilution’. We had far more time putting on war paint getting plastered then going off raping and pillaging the village on the other side of the hil. Not doing that is acting against our unbuilt programming.

    Sure. But look at the descendants of the Vikings these days. An urge to do some raping and pillaging has turned into girls travelling to Morocco to get themselves raped and pillaged. Possibly because the men at home have indulged in cultural self castration.

  219. JC

    Seriously areff. 18 bucks? I paid 150 bucks a kilo for our stuff and to be honest they just as nice tasting as American ones. Sure, there’s more meat in ours but just not as nice.

    I have high Cholesterol so I shouldn’t overdo shellfish. See what happens for new year though.

    If US stocks are down again between now and new year, the family will be catching their own fish on hand lines.

    Hey, handling caught fish sells at a premium in restaurants but don’t know why.

  220. Infidel Tiger
    #2892046, posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    How do non-drinkers do family?

    Easy, just say the house is too small

  221. Infidel Tiger

    Cholesterol numbers are as accurate as GDP figures JC. Ignore them.

  222. JC

    French cheese is incomparable. Nothing comes close to their soft cheeses. The country should survive only for this.

  223. Whalehunt fun

    Soft cheeses are irritating. You cannot slice them thin. Their production should be as capital offence. As shoukd being a socialist.

  224. JC

    Whale

    Not the one I’m gulping down. It not too soft. It’s fucking perfect.

  225. mh

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    @Ahmadinejad1956
    I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. May, 2019 be full of happiness, prosperity, and peace for everybody. Jesus loved everyone and wanted us to love all. God Bless

  226. JC

    Mh

    Is that for real. I thought he was a crazy muzzo loon.

  227. Infidel Tiger

    Soft cheese is for lady boys.

  228. bespoke

    JC
    #2892043, posted on December 25, 2018 at 5:10 pm
    Similar thing with me, artie. I threw a quiet tantrum because I though we didn’t have enough seafood and my kid , kept helping himself to more and more to taunt me saying how good it was.

    Shake your son’s hand for me JC.

  229. Mother Lode

    Blue vein cheese and Chardonnay. Australian for fruit, Chablis for mineral character.

  230. JC

    No, bespoke . I won’t do that for you.

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