Wednesday Forum: December 26, 2018

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  1. Elle

    Turkey, beef, prawns, lobster … and ham (Oy!). A polite burp. 😁

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://gai-mariagal-festival.com.au/testimonial/susan-moylan-coombs/

    Interesting link on one of the candidates for Tony Abbott’s seat – taken from her family in the Northern Territory, adopted into an iconic Public Service family, and raised on the northern beaches of Sydney.

  3. mh

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

    @Ocasio2018
    Joy to the World!

    Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. 🌎(Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)

  4. Oh come on

    Trump is moving to a gold backed currency and taking down the Fed!

    The Rothschild Central Banks, the WTO and the IMF are all coming down right now.

    This should be good.

  5. Tom

    Hooray! It feels like weeks since the last sickly open fred forced its way through the birth canal on the Satdee before Christmas.

  6. mh

    Trump is moving to a gold backed currency and taking down the Fed!

    The Rothschild Central Banks, the WTO and the IMF are all coming down right now.

    What moron said that?

  7. struth

    Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeech, did I just cut you off and get here first Death Giraffe?

  8. It would be funny if the straw that broke the camel’s back with the Republican Party was Trump listening to crazy old Ron Paul.

  9. bespoke

    Arky go out to the shed and smack something metal.

  10. Boambee John

    From the old thread, a horrible example of m0nty’s self-centered arrogance.

    m0nty at 1122

    Die Boomers, die you bastards!

    Remember m0nty, “Honour thy father and thy mother”. Do you really wish your parents to die?

  11. bespoke

    or kick an armadillo what ever works for you.

  12. Anne

    Tel;

    How about a deal? I’ll bet you that by Christmas 2019 (one year away) the Fed will still be structurally the same Fed… no significant change to the organization. If you win then I will start taking your alerts seriously, but if I win then you need to make an effort to include sources and reasoning instead of jumping to the conclusion and expecting everyone to accept that.

    Lol, Tel. Let me get this straight. If I’m right that Trump is moving to a gold-backed $US and taking down the Fed, you will have more serious thoughts towards me. That’s it? That’s not much of a wager.

    First of all, you assume that’s something of value to me.
    Secondly, how would I know you’ve delivered on your end? You could be lying!
    Third, you assume I want people to accept my statements. This blog is 99% normies. Of course they don’t.

    Anyway, you won’t have to wait that long. Something big is happening right now. You may see the Fed abolished THIS YEAR!

    At least JC bought Monty a steak dinner. 😏

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    It would be funny if the straw that broke the camel’s back with the Republican Party was Trump listening to crazy old Ron Paul.

    You really need to fix up your typos Monty.

    Rand Paul defends Trump plan on Syria, backs similar pullout in Afghanistan; others in GOP remain sceptical (24 Dec)

    Easy mistake to make. 😀

  14. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #2892338, posted on December 26, 2018 at 12:52 pm
    It would be funny if the straw that broke the camel’s back with the Republican Party was Trump listening to crazy old Ron Paul.

    It would be funny if the straw that broke the camel’s back with the Mueller investigation were to be Demorats using fake Wussian bots to spread disinformation and suppress voter turnout in that controversial Alabama special senate election earlier this year. Now that the Demorats have successfully demonstrated that bogus Wussian bots can be set up and used by them, how will Mueller prove that the bots he is focussed on were real, and not actually another Demorat disinformation operation? Shot themselves in foot?

  15. Rossini

    Made the top 20 if any one is still around!

  16. John Constantine

    The baby was only born in a manger in a stable because a Tyranny had ordered people around without any regard for the cost or the value of the Tyrannical actions.

    Every lefty twittering about refugee babies in mangers needs to stop and think that if it wasn’t for leftist Tyrannical central planning and death squads there wouldn’t be any.

    Our paramilitary Death Squads will Be Our Strength.

    Because nobody has ever done paramilitary Death Squads properly before.

  17. John Constantine

    “I saw a pale rider upon a pale horse and the rider was named shorten and the horse was named Taxation, and Hell rode with them.”

  18. Anne

    If you do watch it I’ll give you another.

    For Tel, as promised…

    https://youtu.be/ouqDDpE7Ing

  19. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “I saw a pale rider upon a pale horse and the rider was named shorten and the horse was named Taxation, and Hell rode with them.”

    and the horse was named “The Politics of Envy” and Hell rode with them.

  20. Tom

    In the interview just aired on Fox Cricket, Cameron Bancroft confirms what many suspected: he got involved in ball-tampering in South Africa because Dave Warner asked him to. Bancroft said the team culture was such that he believed he would have felt as guilty if he had decided NOT to help tamper with the ball because he would have let down his teammates.

    It will be all over the meeja in a few hours.

  21. John Constantine

    “And the horse was named Free Money, and Hell rode in their wake”.

  22. Bushkid

    Some great responses to the ridiculous warmist Christmas carol lyrics, over at Jo Nova.

    http://joannenova.com.au/2018/12/merry-christmas-with-carols-for-coal/#comments

  23. You really need to fix up your typos Monty.

    No Bruce, I meant Ron not Rand.

  24. Bruce of Newcastle

    You have no sense of humour M0nty…

  25. Eyrie

    From the OF
    “it’s time for torches and Pitchforks.”
    Don’t forget the boiled rope.
    Oh, alright then, you can use piano wire.

  26. Whalehunt Fun

    Flaying is best. The leather jackets can be recognised by the relatives if their are distinctive tattoos.

  27. Dr zfred Lenin

    Zulu. Round them up and send them home to their own countries,their talents are normal there. Dont forget to send their families with them , sort of family reunion . Remove welfare from foreign born unless they have paid income tax for twenty years . No visible means of support ? Assisted passage to homeland with all of family with $10 spending money per family .

  28. Arky:
    If you feel a bit down, get yourself to the local firing range and do some pistol shooting.
    Lead (Pb) on steel is very therapeutic.

  29. Boambee John

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2892362, posted on December 26, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6529223/Vietnamese-community-rallies-fight-against-Sudanese-gangs-terrorising-shops.html#comments

    Grandad stormed Hill Gabrielle with Giap’s army…

    I think Giap’s foes there were Senegalese, not Sudanese?

  30. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I think Giap’s foes there were Senegalese, not Sudanese?

    They were actually Algerian soldiers, but the point I was making that, if the Sudanese think the Vietnamese are pushovers, they had better think again.

  31. Boambee John

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2892361, posted on December 26, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    You have no sense of humour M0nty…

    And even less sense of honour towards his parents!

  32. Infidel Tiger

    This MCG pitch is a national embarrassment.

    It needs an overtaking lane and a truck stop.

  33. On another topic – the Gold Standard and the US? What with the current rumours of the US going to the Gold Standard etc, and the level of knowledge out there, it would be an opportune time to discuss this subject.

    When Trump was going for the Presidency, he mentioned that he could wipe out most of the debt by just deleting dollars that had been printed by the Fed. I found that a bit strange, but I’m a neophyte when it comes to economics.

  34. stackja

    Tom
    #2892352, posted on December 26, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    Cameron Bancroft reveals David Warner asked him to tamper with the ball in South Africa
    Ben Horne, Herald Sun
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    Banned Australian cricketer Cameron Bancroft has revealed stunning details of the ball tampering scandal that rocked the sport earlier this year admitting David Warner asked him to alter the ball.

    In an exclusive interview with Adam Gilchrist for Fox Cricket, Bancroft confirms that Warner – who is serving a 12-month ban for his part in the saga along with Steve Smith – was the mastermind of the sorry saga.

    “Dave (Warner) suggested to me to carry the action out on the ball given the situation we were in the game and I didn’t know any better,” Bancroft, who was banned for nine months for his part, said.

    “I didn’t know any better because I just wanted to fit in and feel valued really. As simple as that.

    “The decision was based around my values, what I valued at the time and I valued fitting in… you hope that fitting in earns you respect and with that, I guess, there came a pretty big cost for the mistake.”

    Remembering the moment he had been caught, Bancroft said: “I felt trouble when the picture of me was on the screen, there’s no hiding in that moment. You’re vulnerable, you’re in the open.

    “I was in a dark place, I knew that wasn’t good.

    “(But) I’m not a victim, I had a choice and I made a massive mistake and that was in my control.”

    Bancroft goes on to explain that for months now he has contemplated what would have been if he had refused to be a part of the tampering. And that he always came to the same conclusion. He felt he was damned if he did and damned if he didn’t.

    “If I had said no, and went to bed that night, I would have had the exact same problem,” he continued.

    “I would have gone to bed and felt like I had let everyone down. I would have felt that I hurt our chances of winning. If you actually look at both scenarios, they are both related to this idea that all I wanted to feel was a sense of value. Being true to myself, thats what I have had to enquire about alot.

    “I take no other responsibility but the responsibility I have on myself and my own actions because I am not a victim.

    “I had a choice and I made a massive mistake and that is what is in my control.”

    After the interview had aired, Fox Cricket pundit Kerry O’Keefe said he had some concerns over Bancroft’s claim he would have felt just as bad if he refused to tamper with the ball.

    “Does that say more about Bancroft or about the atmosphere inside the team culture?” O’Keeffe said. “I think it says more about (the team), that he couldn’t say no to cheating. That atmosphere should never have been able to develop, but it obviously had.

    “I can’t help but feeling it’s still hovering over the team.”

    Despite Bancroft’s comments, Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts has denied Warner has been thrown under a bus by his teammates.

    Last week, Steve Smith said that his only part in the plot was to walk past Warner and Bancroft and throw his hands up and declare “I don’t want to know about it.”

    Both Smith and Bancroft took responsibility for their actions but distanced themselves from the plot itself.

    However, Roberts denies Warner has been left out in the cold by the comments and refuted suggestions Cricket Australia are filthy about the two players choosing to speak out at the height of the Test summer.

    “The events of Cape Town were investigated and dealt with some nine months ago now so there’s no new news there,” said Roberts.

    “What’s important at this point is that we work with the players and with the leaders of the team on the reintegration of the sanctioned players when they become eligible for selection.”

    The Daily Telegraph exclusively revealed today that Cricket Australia would take the extraordinary step of canvassing the attitude of the dressing room before allowing the banned players back.

    Roberts said Cricket Australia would need to be satisfied that Smith and Warner were committed to honouring team culture.

  35. stackja

    “It’ll be important that the players make a commitment to the new culture of Australia’s men’s team and really to commit to making Australians proud in everything they do on and off the field,” said Roberts.

    “But I have confidence that the spirit of Steve, David and Cameron is really consistent with that and early discussions suggest they’re really committed to that, but we’ll use the next few months to work through that in readiness for their eligibility for selection.”

    Smith has come under fire for using a paid advertisement to leverage off the ball-tampering scandal, but Roberts refused to be drawn on the approach used by the former skipper to re-emerge into public life.

    “I don’t have a view on that. We’re just working on the reintegration of the players over the coming months,” said Roberts.

    “That’s Steve’s prerogative. What I would say is that all three players have had a profoundly positive impact on a number of people during their suspension, in the community work they’ve done.

    “Steve, as an example, I know for a fact has given hope to teenagers who had lost hope and they’ve done some fantastic work behind the scenes that’s not visible to the public but is absolutely visible to those who were so touched by it.

    “And cricket and Australia can be proud of some of the work that Steve and David and Cameron have been doing over recent months to contribute to their communities.”

    Since being handed his sanctions, Bancroft has described how he almost turned to teaching yoga amid his soul-searching.

    The letter, addressed to himself and published in The West Australian on Saturday, explains how he became involved in teaching yoga and doing community service with the Kyle Andrews Foundation after he was suspended over the incident in South Africa in March.

    He says a crucial moment was missing the Western Warriors’ pre-season trip to Brisbane and thinking he may never play cricket again.

    “Until you are able to acknowledge that you are Cameron Bancroft, the person who plays cricket as a profession, and not Cameron Bancroft the cricketer, you will not be able to move forward. This will become a defining moment for you,” Bancroft wrote in The West Australian.

    The 26-year-old even considered dedicating his life to teaching yoga to help others after a taking a training course in Melbourne in September. “You learn about anatomy, how to teach poses, alignment, the philosophy but most importantly you learn that you can use your life to a greater purpose,” Bancroft wrote.

    “New friends will be made, great people with similar interests. Maybe cricket isn’t for you, you’ll ask yourself… will you return? Yoga will be such a fulfilling experience. It’s hard to feel this reality could exist. “You meet people fighting battles greater than you can understand, but through your own hardship and journey you can inspire others in the form of yoga.” But returning to playing tough, grade matches at Willetton District Cricket Club rekindled his love of cricket.

    “You wear a blue cap, it won’t be a Baggy Green, but the enjoyment is the same. You love the game. That’s the heart of all passion. Cricket is still well and truly a part of who you are,” the opener wrote.

    Bancroft also forgave himself for the ball-tampering scandal, describing how over the past nine months he had changed as a person, particularly in his outlook on life.

    “Many people will judge you as a cheat, but that is OK. Always love and respect everyone. You will love those people because you forgive them. Just like you’re going to forgive yourself,” Bancroft said.

    “Have faith and embrace uncertainty.”

  36. stackja

    IT – Geoff Boycott and John Edrich?

  37. Goldbuggery is one of the dumbest movements on the planet. Irredeemably stupid on every level.

  38. Elle

    Arky, RUOK? You have many friends here. Please be ok. Xxx

  39. Black Ball

    Very lifeless pitch. Almost tempted to try another beer.

  40. Infidel Tiger

    Goldbugs are completely different to people who believe leaving the gold standard was a mistake.

    Goldbugs actually believe we could pop down to the corner store for a pint of milk and pay for it in bullion.

    We will return to sound money one day. It can either be managed or after a global economic Armageddon.

  41. stackja

    Yachts racing down coast. Comanche 22 knots.

  42. egg_

    Al Gore, they’re playing your song:

  43. John Constantine

    Gold is stupid says the troll.

    “The Perth Mint has created a strong new market for Australian gold producers with Chinese investors now buying more than 230 tonnes of Australian gold bullion, worth $11 billion, on the Shanghai Gold Exchange every year.

    Chief Operating Officer David Woodford said the quality of Australian gold and the certainty of supply had seen gold exports to China dramatically increase in the recent years.

    “In 2014, The Perth Mint became the first foreign refinery accredited on the Shanghai Gold Exchange and we have worked steadily to establish this new market,” Mr Woodford said.

    “Today we are on track to achieve our goal of becoming the biggest source of imported gold in the Chinese market and that is great news for Australian gold producers and Australian mine workers.”

    Australian gold exports into China have more than doubled from 110 tonnes in 2011 to 232 tonnes in the past year. Over the past 12 months alone, growth has been more than 8 per cent.

    Mr Woodford said The Perth Mint had established direct distribution networks with both local Chinese banks and international banks operating across China.

    “The majority of our exports are in the form of 1kg gold bullion bars which are certified at 99.99 per cent purity,” he said. ”

    It seems the lefty narrative is that yarragrad property can only ever go up in value as long as we keep mass importing exponentially increasing numbers of the worlds poorest people to consume property services in the worlds most overpriced market, so nobody needs any store of value besides melbourne dogbox apartments. Until they release a different set of talking points.

    Gold does seem to have an attraction to the china market though.

    https://www.perthmint.com/aus-gold-shining-in-chinese-market.aspx

  44. mh

    Kohli up next. Another ton?

    I think so.

  45. Tom

    This MCG pitch is a national embarrassment.
    It needs an overtaking lane and a truck stop.

    Flemington track manager Mick Goodie* lost his job for less.

    The WACA’s Matt Page got his job at the ‘G on the strength of a tradition he had nothing to do with.

    Now that the Adelaide Oval and the new Perth stadium drop-in pitches have set the world standard for Test cricket, there should be a national uprising by cricket fans against the newly installed road at the ‘G.

    And look out if the SGC pitch turns out to be a fizzer.

    *Goodie has since redeemed himself by overseeing the installation of a brilliant new track at Eagle Farm, saving Queensland racing from itself.

  46. Infidel Tiger

    Kohli might get his first triple on this deck.

  47. zyconoclast

    <i?Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2892362, posted on December 26, 2018 at 1:19 pm
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6529223/Vietnamese-community-rallies-fight-against-Sudanese-gangs-terrorising-shops.html#comments

    Grandad stormed Hill Gabrielle with Giap’s army…

    I think Giap’s foes there were Senegalese, not Sudanese?

    From 1992

    The LA riots were a rude awakening for Korean-Americans

  48. Myrddin Seren

    From areff on Ye Olde Phredde

    ( Disclaimer – massive cynicism follows ):

    ….a young kinswoman, a recently graduated doctor, now working ER.

    Her swain’s ambition is to become a ob-gyn specialist….

    Nothing like your future life partner telling you he wants to spend all day looking at ladies’ bits…but somebody has to deliver babies ( other than the midwives of course ).

    … but, so she tells me, to get accepted as full-blown Sultan of the Stirrups, he has to be approved by the ob-gyn establishment.

    Gatekeepers on the highway to baby and lady-bits riches $$$$….could this be – a toll road ?

    He gets three chances, after which he cannot apply again. Ever.

    There are no explanations why an application is rejected, so no hint about which areas of study need improvement. Indeed, she said a candidate could be perfect and still not make the cut, as it is entirely at the whim and caprice of the licensing panel

    So a totally opaque and unaccountable professional trade union are the gatekeepers on a lifetime of latenight call outs and fat invoices – or back to the walk-in GP clinic and handing out scrips for fentanyl to Housos all day long.

    And do we have any clues how this rolls ?

    …she told me that all the ob-gyn specialists at the hospital where she works have been imported from the Subcontinent. Every single one.

    I think we have a winner.

    …so no hint about which areas of study need improvement.

    Okay – Hopefully before future outlaw goes back in front of The Panel – this is what he needs to study.

    What immigration ‘agents’ are busily ‘lobbying’ The Panel in respect of the esteemed credentials, references and accolades from back in the Old Country for their wannbe-Ob/Gyn specialist immigrant clients ? In what discrete restaurants ? And are the references handed across under the table in a plain brown envelope ?

    If future aspirational Ob/Gyn out-law is weighed down with student debt, car loans and a smashed avo habit that means he can’t afford to go to an agent ( albeit he is not an immigrant ) and match the sort of money that a professional, high paying Australian Perm Res job will see backing from an extended family in The Old Country in order to land – tell him to get used to writing referrals to specialists and handing out scrips for hillybilly heroin to tattooed Housos in 24-hour disco doctor clinics.

  49. Tel

    Myrddin Seren #2892399,

    You seem to be suggesting that the banks are not the only cartel in town. Gosh, I’m shocked I tell you!

    Adam Smith might have been right after all.

  50. Myrddin Seren

    The LA riots were a rude awakening for Korean-Americans

    The ROK immigrants back in 1992 would pretty much all have done national service back in the Old Country, were legally allowed to arm themselves – and knew how to use a gun; and aggressively defended their properties after the initial waves of looters hit Koreatown and the LAPD retreated in the face of the waves of armed rioters.

    Our Vietnamese-Australian friends will probably be charged by VicPol for wrongthink.

  51. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Riddle me this, Cats. After a day of sobriety yesterday, a couple of good red wines over the lunch table poses the following question –

    “When Australia was borrowing customs from other cultures, to make up the multicultural society, who’s the fool who passed up the siesta? I want to talk to him/her.”

  52. mh

    🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏

    Kohli lotto anyone?

    I’ll have 173.

  53. Knuckle Dragger

    MH,

    250 at least on this rubbish track.

  54. Leigh Lowe

    mh

    #2892406, posted on December 26, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    Kohli lotto anyone?

    Mitch Marsh will knock him over with extreme pace.

  55. Knuckle Dragger

    Rock doctor, old Fred:

    The Sailing Club should be up and about today – failing that, the Deck Bar is pretty good and Far from the trash that infests Mitchell Street.

    As an outlier, the Hibiscus Tavern (my local) has the best, bar none, topless barmaids in town. Well worth a look.

  56. Tel

    Goldbugs actually believe we could pop down to the corner store for a pint of milk and pay for it in bullion.

    Silver was standard currency for small purchases… oh for a thousand years or more. That shows it could never work, right? Right?!?

  57. Bruce of Newcastle

    Silver was standard currency for small purchases… oh for a thousand years or more. That shows it could never work, right? Right?!?

    Right. People would tear solar panels off roofs to get at the silver.

    Um, maybe that isn’t actually a downside…

  58. Infidel Tiger

    I’m very pro silver.

    Gold is for wops and street walkers.

  59. Myrddin Seren

    Mindful of IT’s injunctures against corporatism, I proffer the following, all picked up at Robert Barnes’s interesting Twitter account.

    Following on from the flap about blogger Sargon of Akkad getting booted from his monetisation on Patreon, some more stuff has emerged.

    Scott Helme ( who ironically I think leans Left in his politics )

    So @Patreon suspended my account.
    They did this in secret. They have not notified me.
    I simply noticed that they stopped sending me money.

    They haven’t stopped collecting money though, they’re just keeping it. No account notification, no email. I just have this tiny little message hidden in the account section on the site.

    So after this publicity, they decided his account was kosher, but nonetheless – WTF ?

    Famous from the Battles of Portlandia, Andy Ngo:

    A better alternative to @Patreon couldn’t come faster. 10% of its staff are dedicated to policing views of its content creators. I don’t want 5% of my donations going to enforcing SJ ideology.

    So they are another corporate captured by SJWs….doesn’t anyone get a degree these days who actually wants to make a profit by doing business ( my own offspring excluded ) ?

    So – some reading suggests that one step back from Patreon is providers of financial services, like PayPal.

    But a long post from a guy using the handle St. Nick Monroe takes us a further step back to Mastercard

    In fact, Mastercard has a whole department dedicated to their politics.

    Uh oh.

    Mastercard is taking a pro refugee stance. So if you’re on the side of stronger/more secure border policies in America or Europe, Mastercard

    Double Uh Oh. Waiting for being de-financed in 3, 2, 1….

    “We think financial inclusion is a basic human right” — says Mastercard….
    Then why are you banning people?

    Because, M/C SJWs think, you’re not human, you’re a Nazi ( financial PUNCH ).

    So they have an SJW board too:

    Oh, Mastercard Vice Chairman Ann Cairns is on Twitter.

    Let’s see what her bio says. “Vice Chairman of Mastercard. Champion of innovation, diversity and inclusion.”

    Big deal – Vice Chairman – show up for a board meeting, vote Yes, go to lunch ?? No ?

    Holy Shit – the Vice Chairman has her own full time staff of SJWs. St Nick illustrates with

    Eva-Maria Baumer
    Vice President, Corporate Engagement – Office of the Vice Chairman

    Might be time to stock up on some of those long-shelf life preserved meals, for the day Cats ( other than Comrade m0nty ) are cut off from paying for food.

    #Priceless

  60. Makka

    Flaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttt!!!

    Atrocious wicket.

  61. John Constantine

    Just because they are putting the plunge protection team back together is no reason to think that silver might be a better bet than a chicom assembled dogbox apartment put together from a chicom imported kit.

    In yarragrad, the capital of a bankrupt state at the arse end of a bankrupt country at the arse end of the world.

    At least we have bespoke services and a Ponzi scheme, the fall of the roman empire only had bread and circuses.

    Banning bread and circuses Is Our Strength.

  62. DrBeauGan

    Banning bread and circuses Is Our Strength.

    We haven’t got bread and circuses. Weve got lentils and the ABC instead.

  63. Leigh Lowe

    Atrocious wicket.

    Not if you have the MCG beer and pie concession.

  64. min

    Interesting information re O &G specialists . My granddaughter just finishing intern year wants to do O& G She volunteered to work in Tanzania at the start of her final year of MD to gain experience in obstetrics . However the professional indemnity for O&G is $100,000 the highest in the medical profession I believe.

  65. Infidel Tiger

    However the professional indemnity for O&G is $100,000 the highest in the medical profession I believe

    When the birthrate is only 1.5, you better believe people are going to sue your arse if you kill one of the scarce resources.

    Ob-gyns are generally very weird people too. Very weird.

  66. P

    Today is the Feast of Saint Stephen

  67. H B Bear

    The MCG losing the Boxing Day test after another ICC “poor” wicket would be a perfect metaphor for Australia’s current trajectory.

  68. Leigh Lowe

    Ob-gyns are generally very weird people too. Very weird.

    In 99% of cases they are just spectators tying a reef knot in the cord at the end.
    If it was deregulated Jim’s Mowing would be able to franchise it.
    Every vet nurse in the country could do it for $100 a throw.

  69. Dr Fred Lenin

    Economic exoperts who are on cats,a question ,If the USA goes back on the gold standard what results can we expect? Will it have any bearing on the massive national debt incurred by previous republican an d decromat socialists ? Will it affect the obscene wealth of sosoros and the billionale global fascists ? Will it really piss off the u.n.communist fascist globalists ? If the answers are yes bring it on now .
    What will it do to our elitist fascist pollies and public employees .

  70. Leigh Lowe

    Ob-gyns are generally very weird people too.

    Seriously, they are mostly unhinged freaks.
    Two women in our extended family over the last ten years have been told by gynis that they were carrying kids “at high risk of serious deformity”.
    Both born normal but the mothers were totally fucked up by the guesswork diagnosis.

  71. Nick

    Wild Oats X’s all-women crew is sailing under the Ocean Respect Racing banner, of which Ms Bishop is an ambassador, to encourage people to engage with ocean health and reduce their use of plastics.

    Whew, lucky she’s sailing on Cook’s Endeavour. Oh hang on.

  72. Dr Fred Lenin

    Re cricket a cartoon called lil abner years ago ,Pappy is asked “whats critic? Pappy replied “some durn fool game the English plays “. Truer words were never spoke !

  73. Nick

    Two women in our extended family over the last ten years have been told by gynis that they were carrying kids “at high risk of serious deformity”.

    The Monty gene?

  74. zyconoclast

    Our Vietnamese-Australian friends will probably be charged by VicPol for wrongthink.

    [email protected] might have something to say about that.

  75. Frank

    [email protected]

    Wonder what his private browsing habits are like.

  76. zyconoclast

    For the third day in a row, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials released hundreds of migrant asylum-seekers at a park near a bus station in downtown El Paso.
    The comparisons to Mary and Joseph wandering the roads of Bethlehem seeking shelter are unavoidable for dozens of volunteers who have stepped in to help. Especially on Christmas Day.

    “I kept having the phrase go through my head last night, ‘There’s no room at the inn, we’ve got to make some,'” Kathryn Schmidt, a social worker who co-founded the Borderland Rainbow Center, an LGBTQ community center, told NPR.

    “I grew up Catholic… So it seemed like a no-brainer. There are people who are hungry, who don’t have a place to stay….and it’s Christmas,” Schmidt added.

  77. RobK

    Re; silver/gold currency.
    This is not something I know much about but i did read “currency wars” by James Rickards sometime ago. From memory, he postulated that a currency fixed to gold did work because it grew via mining at something like the amount the economy grew, so a regulator in effect. IIRC, he said this is too limiting for modern economies but some partial, or proportional fixing maybe the answer. It was at this point he lost me. I only recently got the book back and will have a re-read. Much of the rest of the book was entertaining and well written, I thought.

  78. Nick

    Wonder what his private browsing habits are like.

    Asian research ?

  79. old bloke

    From previous thread:

    Rev. Nicholas Coates said his church strives to make everyone feel accepted, and that “too often, nativity scenes are just aggressively white. If this is a story that took place in first century Middle East, they would be brown people,” he said.

    The Magi weren’t kings, but they were the king makers. The Parthian Empire was run by three clans of the Tribe of Ephraim who were the last defenders of their capital city, Samaria. When Samaria fell to the Assyrians, they were placed in northern Persia. They later defeated the Assyrians and established their own kingdoms, from the western end of the Black (Euxine) Sea through to northern India.

    Parthia was an interesting place, they had a bicarmel parliament and the Magi occupied the upper house. They were responsible for electing their Kings, all of whom were descendants of David (as were the kings and queens of their northern neighbours, the Saccae Scythians (the Saxons). What then did the Magi look like?

    The Egyptian murals of their [email protected] slaves, from their earlier time pre-Exodus, shows them as a mixture of people, from fair skinned platinum blondes, freckled with red hair, to olive Mediterranean complexion. The mothers of the [email protected], Leah and Rachel, were daughters of Laban. He had a fair complexion and blonde hair as snow capped Mt. Lebanon is named after him. The sages say that their handmaidens, Bilah and Zilpah, were also daughters of Laban.

    The Parthians were known as the Aegels (Heb. “bull calf”, the symbol of Joseph, then his son Ephraim, later modified to Angel), so the Magi most likely looked like the Angels.

    The Magi kept a record of the descendants of David to choose their kings, hence they would be greatly interested in the birth of Yahoshua as He was a descendants of David through both his father Yoseph (Book of Matthew), and his mother Miriam (Book of Luke). The Magi regularly attended the Temple in Jerusalem to keep the feasts, and they travelled in large armed convoys, so there would have been a large number who went to Bethlehem, not just three blokes wearing colourful turbans.

    There is a Chinese account of an ambassador they sent to the Parthian kingdom, he was met at the Chinese / Parthian Empire border by a force of 200,000 Parthian cavalrymen who formed his escort.

    The arrival of the Parthians in large numbers in Jerusalem would have caused Herod consternation. The Parthians had previously kicked Herod out of Jerusalem (around 30 BC) and they installed their own choice of king to rule over the [email protected] Herod fled to Rome and returned with the Romans to drive the Parthians out, and the Romans and the Parthians agreed that the Euphrates would be their border.

    One interesting account followed the Magi’s visit, which is recorded in history but not in the Bible. In the year 1 AD, the Romans sent a large army to fight the Parthians as the Magi’s visit broke the terms of previous Roman / Parthian agreement. The two armies stood facing each other over the Euphrates, and their leaders met on an island in the river and they reached a peaceful settlement over the incursion, so another Roman / Parthian war was averted.

    One other common misconception is the “star” which the Magi followed. It appeared, disappeared, then reappeared over the house where Yahoshua was staying. This was most likely an angelic being of some sort, there are earlier mentions of angels as “stars” in the Bible. It would be impossible to have some cosmic event occurring directly above a single house.

  80. mh

    Everything I had dreamed of
    Everything I was part of
    Was falling apart
    I was in a dark space…

    Hey Smithy, no one twisted your arm.

  81. Nick

    After Bancroft’s revelation, New Idea will have a ‘but they called my wife a slut’ story from Warner.

  82. Death Giraffe

    Ran 12 km.
    Dunno if it helps, but better than staying home barking at the kid and missus.

  83. DrBeauGan

    The price of a good woman is above rubies.

    Bad ones are much more expensive.

  84. Steve trickler

    If such piss takes were about Mo and Allen? Kaboom! We’d never hear the end of it.

    These are clever.



  85. RobK

    Arky,
    better than staying home barking
    I find apologising for being a dumb arse and telling her I love her very much, helps. Christmas humble pie.

  86. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The price of a good woman is above rubies.

    I’m remembering Religious Instruction, all those years ago, and someone copping “six of the best” for asking “Please, Reverend, what was Ruby’s price?”

  87. Old Lefty

    A news report today:

    ‘One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Wang Quanzhang, has been put on trial in a closed court three-and-a-half years after he was detained for allegedly subverting the Chinese state.’

    Such a thing could never happen to an enemy of the revolution in Australia, could it?

  88. Bruce of Newcastle

    Economic exoperts who are on cats,a question ,If the USA goes back on the gold standard what results can we expect?

    Fred – If they made all money, currency and bank balances, interchangeable with gold the rough amount of money required would be $14.3 trillion (I’m using M2 definition, it would be even more with the M3 or MZM definitions).

    US gold reserves are 261,498,926.241 troy oz.

    So the price of gold required for M2 money would be 14,300,000,000,000/261,498,926.241 = $54,684.73 per oz. Hefty.

    There’s about 190,000 tonnes of gold knocking around the planet in the form of gold bars and bling. So if the US scarfed it all up and used it as currency the implied gold price would be $2,340.68 per oz, or nearly twice the current price.

    Ain’t going to happen, unless some nuclear physicist invents cheap transmutation.

  89. Tom

    On Fox Cricket, Steve Smith confirms what everyone with an IQ above fence-post level knew: he is and was a shit leader and should never have been given a leadership position. In fact, he calls the ball-tampering fiasco his “failure of leadership”.

    Smith is a very good batsman — and that’s all he is. The fact that he became Australian test captain is the ludicrous failure of Cricket Australia. CA is the ultimate bureaucratic fuck-up and James Sutherland is the clown who caused it.

  90. Old Lefty

    And re the Vietnamese organising to protect themselves against African gangs, you can bet Fatty Ashton will be down on them like a ton of bricks. I well remember a flunky of the Victorian Socialist Left in the late 1970s saying that the Vietnamese fleeing from the socialist people’s paradise were fascist criminal scum and that we should sink their boats and make sure we took their gold bars before we did (cf. Gough on ‘f***ing Vietnamse Balts’). Funny how the Socialist Left-Green-ABC-Fairfax axis has airbrushed that out of history, isn’t it?

  91. Roger

    Dan Andrews doesn’t seem to grasp that the future of the Boxing Day Test is not in his hands.

    He ought to be worried.

  92. H B Bear

    Dan Andrews doesn’t seem to grasp that the future of the Boxing Day Test is not in his hands.

    Exactly, this isn’t the ALPFL where the boys club get together at the Athenaeum Club and decide what is going to happen.

  93. Tom

    Latest propaganda Down Under from the Chinese Communist Party: on Fox Sports, the Public Security Bureau’s thought police, Huawei, is advertising an app that helps deaf children communicate.

    After their invasion of the Pacific islands, they must think we’re as dumb as a box of rocks to swallow what they’re up to.

  94. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I well remember a flunky of the Victorian Socialist Left in the late 1970s saying that the Vietnamese fleeing from the socialist people’s paradise were fascist criminal scum

    I’m trying to recall who that was – “traitors, who should be sent home to face revolutionary justice.”, IIRC.

  95. Anne

    Kevin Spacey facing felony charges for sexual assault, posts super creepy video holding a Royal souvenir coffee cup with the inscription:

    “Throughout all my life and with all my heart I shall strive to be worthy of your trust.”

    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    Is it a veiled threat that if he goes down, they all go down.

    https://youtu.be/JZveA-NAIDI 3mins

  96. mh

    Is it a veiled threat that if he goes down, they all go down.

    Too visual.

  97. Anne

    I’ve never watched House of Cards.

    Is the ring significant?

  98. Anne

    The ring Frank Underwood (Spacey’s character) wears is The Citadel Ring that he received when he attended Military College at the sentinel in South Carolina.

    In many promotional posters for House of Cards, this is the heavier ring that can be seen on Kevin Spacey’s finger.

    Is he declaring War on the Elites if they don’t rescue him.

    This is going to be fun.

  99. Bruce of Newcastle

    Is the ring significant?

    This one is! Quite beautiful too.

    2,000-year-old ring discovered in Jerusalem’s City of David

    A two-thousand-year-old ring with a solitaire gem stone was uncovered in archaeological excavations in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem.

    The ring was found by archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority in what appears to be an ancient mikveh (ritual bath) on the Pilgrimage Road which dates back to the time of the second Temple period. The ancient paved road runs up from the Shiloach (Siloam) pool to the Temple Mount and is thought to have been the main thoroughfare taken by pilgrims to the Temple.

    Always remember to take your rings off before you go into a ritual bath.

  100. H B Bear

    Don’t ever change Anne.

  101. Nob

    if he goes down, they all go down

    Maybe that was the problem.
    He didn’t fulfill his part of the deal.

  102. Tel

    So the price of gold required for M2 money would be 14,300,000,000,000/261,498,926.241 = $54,684.73 per oz. Hefty.

    Gold would never be M2 money because that includes time deposits and gold is only hard money.

    Gold would not even be M1 money, basically gold would be equivalent to cash.

    The main difference is that gold does not deflate at 2% P/A, and you cannot pay your tax in gold (but you will get hit with capital gains tax for holding gold).

  103. egg_

    Always remember to take your rings off before you go into a ritual bath.

    Akin to Qantas Stewards charging ring allowance for wear and tear on their diversidee rings?

  104. Top Ender

    What happened to the Qantas rings? Never saw any of their staff wearing them.

  105. John Constantine

    If gold is considered a real property store of value, why wouldn’t stalinist councils charge a sin tax on documented gold, like they charge on unserviced farmland?.

  106. stackja

    JONATHAN CHANCELLOR, Comment, The Daily Telegraph
    December 26, 2018 3:32pm
    Subscriber only

    The tower, which had much built pre-fab offsite, was designed to be the tallest in the Olympic Park precinct, boasting 360 degree views across Sydney. It took the apartments in the affluent Western Sydney precinct to around 1,700.

    The high-rise with vertical gardens was designed by the architectural firm Bates Smart, with an unusual triangular shape, divided horizontally into five stacked blocks each with different floor-plates.

    The site was formerly a stormwater detention basin, Bates Smart studio director Mathieu Le Sueur noted in a presentation two months ago at Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Australia Design Excellence Series.

  107. calli

    The site was formerly a stormwater detention basin,

    There’s a clue there.

  108. stackja

    calli
    #2892532, posted on December 26, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Yes build on rock and not sand.

    Parable of the Wise and the Foolish Builders

  109. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Spot of spacechooking for military Cats. Good look at “Operation Market Garden.”

  110. P

    Yes build on rock and not sand.

    I went to Sunday School and a learned to sing at a very young age ‘Build on the Rock, and not upon the Sand’.

    I was thinking of that very same chorus not so long ago when at Barangaroo.

  111. Tel

    The site was formerly a stormwater detention basin,

    There’s a clue there.

    I don’t live too far away, here’s my observations about the area:
    [1] There’s a lot of clay in the soil … better described as solid clay with a thin shim of soil.
    [2] We had stupendous rain back around 2016 and then two years of the “worst drought in human history (TM)”.
    [3] We just got a lot of rain in the past month.
    [4] My doorways and window frames change shape on a regular basis, I’m used to it.

    If I was building a skyscraper around this area, I’d start by putting down a Far Cough big block of concrete and steel at least three stories deep and mostly solid because river clay changes size A LOT in wet and dry years.

  112. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2892534, posted on December 26, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    The risk worth taking. Except for the Panzers surprise.

  113. Oh come on

    Is he declaring War on the Elites if they don’t rescue him.

    This is going to be fun.

    Now for the conventional, immensely more likely explanation for what happened:

    Spacey’s a narcissistic celebrity who vastly overvalues the extent to which he is held in affection with the public subsequent to him being revealed as a serial sex pest. He was trying to get his mojo back. The clip was likely shot some time ago and clearly written to be released on Christmas day. Yes he did and said some sinister stuff in the clip, because he was in character as Frank Underwood, a fundamentally sinister character. Probably best not to read too much into that. Oh, and it’s just a coincidence that the reports he’s going to be indicted on sex charges dropped at a similar time as the clip was released – something that Spacey couldn’t have known about at the time he was shooting it.

    This is nothing more than a good old-fashioned PR epic fail.

    Of course, you could always presume the weird, conspiratorial and highly implausible explanation that Annie always defaults to.

  114. stackja

    Tel
    #2892536, posted on December 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Costs cut on foundations? My experience on small buildings was dig down till find rock. Then lay foundation on the rock. Comment was made ‘double storey’ by council inspector? No ‘single’, was the reply.

  115. Muddy

    old bloke
    #2892471, posted on December 26, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Interesting. Thanks Old Bloke.

  116. Muddy

    I’m presently watching the first series of HBO’s Strike Back. Yes, I’m a slow starter, and yes, I began with Series Three and watched them backwards, but I’m returning to work in ten days and looking for handy hints. So far, so good.

  117. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The risk worth taking. Except for the Panzers surprise.

    It’s one of those experiences, standing on the bridge at Nijmegen, looking at the roadsign reading “Arnhem 20 KM” and wondering what would have happened if the 82nd Airborne had bothered to adhere to their orders that “the bridges were to be seized with thunderclap surprise.”

  118. Rockdoctor

    Observations from Darwin. Africans have arrived even here in numbers, my last trip here I saw none. Local indigenous types ride public transport for free & aren’t pulled up on fare evasion. My licence scanned for the crime of buying a 6 pack… Casurina a place to avoid on Boxing Day… Lots of nanny nonsense from the state. Fortunately ALP doing great job of losing Government to CLP when the next election comes around.

    Going to be out of circulation till after new year so wishing all cats a prosperous new year.

  119. C.L.

    Spacey’s a narcissistic celebrity who vastly overvalues the extent to which he is held in affection with the public subsequent to him being revealed as a serial sex pest. He was trying to get his mojo back.

    Spot on.

  120. C.L.

    Blessed are the peacemakers:

    Donald J. [email protected]

    I hope everyone, even the Fake News Media, is having a great Christmas!

  121. Muddy

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2892362, posted on December 26, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Grandad stormed Hill Gabrielle with Giap’s army…

    Ah. I just got that reference. Dien Bien Phu.
    Another location I’d love to visit to understand the ground.

  122. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ah. I just got that reference. Dien Bien Phu.
    Another location I’d love to visit to understand the ground.

    It’s on my bucket list, too – been interested ever since I read “Hell In a Very Small Place” over forty years ago.

  123. Boambee John

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2892553, posted on December 26, 2018 at 9:49 pm
    Ah. I just got that reference. Dien Bien Phu.
    Another location I’d love to visit to understand the ground.

    It’s on my bucket list, too – been interested ever since I read “Hell In a Very Small Place” over forty years ago.

    Try to find “Doctor at Dien Bien Phu”, by Major Paul Grauwin, the senior surgeon. The view from the underground hospital during the battle.

  124. Hay Stockard

    P,
    Thanks for the video. My favourite Christmas carol and one of my favourite songs.

  125. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Try to find “Doctor at Dien Bien Phu”, by Major Paul Grauwin, the senior surgeon. The view from the underground hospital during the battle.

    I’ve got that on my bookshelf – also the account by the nurse there, who’s name escapes me.

  126. P

    We usually go to The Golden Barley Enmore pub but today we could only get a booking at The Vic on the Park Marrickville for the large group of us.
    It was a wonderful Boxing Day for me, being with family and friends. The best hamburger I’ve had in 50yrs I reckon.
    Disappointing was the response by long time friends of my daughter in regard to PTrump. I was confronted with ‘you must be only person in Sydney who thinks that way’ (re Trump and also re global warming). My son backed me up which surprised our friends. My daughter was ordering and my other son is holidaying interstate so we left it there, but I did say to them ‘you are intelligent enough to work it out if you give it your attention’.
    The MSM has much to answer for IMO.

  127. Zyconoclast

    Is China getting too close to [email protected]?
    Two multi-billion dollar Chinese seaports near critical [email protected] sites are raising concerns over potential security issues and relations with Washington

    https://tinyurl.com/ya4uaw83

  128. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Try to find “Doctor at Dien Bien Phu”, by Major Paul Grauwin, the senior surgeon. The view from the underground hospital during the battle.

    I remember reading Paul Grauwin’s obituary in 1989. He spent almost the rest of his life working in Cambodia and Thailand – he loathed mainland France and French politicians to the extent that when Charles De Gaulle visited Cambodia, Grauwin exiled himself, rather then run the risk of meeting him. He only returned to France shortly before his death.

  129. Zyconoclast

    ‘Having a penis and competing as a woman is not fair’: Navratilova inflames transgender fury

    Tennis legend Martina Navratilova was forced to apologize for comments she made on social media saying that natural born men who ‘proclaim themselves female’ should not be allowed to compete against women.

    Navratilova’s remarks came in response to a question from a Twitter follower who asked her about transgender women in sport.

    “Clearly that can’t be right. You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women,” the nine-time Wimbledon champion wrote. “There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”

    https://www.rt.com/sport/447315-martina-navratilova-transgender-comments/

  130. Snoopy

    “Clearly that can’t be right. You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women,” the nine-time Wimbledon champion wrote. “There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”

    Obviously correct of course, but part of me still wishes that she enjoys similar opprobrium to that which Margaret Court received.

  131. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Tennis legend Martina Navratilova was forced to apologize

    How? What happened to her after her simple statement of belief (and correct science)?

  132. C.L.

    Tennis legend Martina Navratilova was forced to apologize …

    I’ve always been fascinated with this sinister modern phenomenon: the forced apology.
    The best historical comparison is the cange:

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

  133. Zyconoclast

    Waleed Aly says he doesn’t understand the concept of Boxing Day

    After an opening segment that saw footage of Boxing Day shoppers in Sydney frantically scouring items for purchase, Waleed shared his puzzlement.

    ‘I don’t quite understand this though because as I understand it with the Christmas festival, there’s a lot of spending in the lead-up to said festival, so aren’t people sick of spending money by the time Boxing Day arrives?’ he said.

    ‘Why are so many people out there doing this?’ Waleed added.

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6529801/The-Projects-Waleed-Aly-finds-Boxing-Day-sales-bizarre.html

  134. OK, so riddle me this:
    I have a gold coin – 1 oz Kangaroo – and the value of $100 is stamped on it.
    The gold value is $1700. aprox.

  135. C.L.

    Speaking of the outrage mob and the imbecilic Maoist magistracy in this country, Archbishop Wilson was recently fitted with a cange before an adult in a higher court ordered it removed. One of the things I hate about the mongrel Anglo-Australian legal tradition is the phony and enforced ‘respect’ for lower court judges who either fuck up or outright rig the conviction of somebody they personally dislike. They are never excoriated, humiliated and punished. Instead they go on to the next hapless victim brought before them, even when an appellate court straight-out calls them out for negligence and malice. In the US, that dog don’t hunt. In the US, that dog is electorally shot. Their way is better.

  136. C.L.

    Speaking of the outrage mob and the imbecilic Maoist magistracy in this country, Archbishop Wilson was recently fitted with a cange before an adult in a higher court ordered it removed. One of the things I hate about the mongrel Anglo-Australian legal tradition is the phony and enforced ‘respect’ for lower court judges who either fuck up or outright rig the conviction of somebody they personally dislike. They are never excoriated, humiliated and punished. Instead they go on to the next hapless victim brought before them, even when an app-llate court straight-out calls them out for negligence and malice. In the US, that dog don’t hunt. In the US, that dog is electorally shot. Their way is better.

  137. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Waleed Aly says he doesn’t understand the concept of Boxing Day

    I’ve opened a very fine bottle of single malt, presented to me by the Memsahib.

    Using words of no more then two syllables, on a single sheet of paper, could someone explain to me precisely why Australians should give a rat’s ring piece about what Squalid Aly thinks about anything?

  138. jupes

    Smith is a very good batsman — and that’s all he is.

    Smith is the greatest batsman of my lifetime. Probably the second best ever.

    Shit captain though.

  139. Old School Conservative

    Waleed has joined forces with the NSW opposition who will ban Boxing Day sales because it is a symptom of Corporate Greed.
    I wonder if they meet regularly to arrange their mutual admiration society outpourings?

  140. Oh come on

    What happened to her after her simple statement of belief

    Ask Margaret Court.

  141. jupes

    OK, so riddle me this:
    I have a gold coin – 1 oz Kangaroo – and the value of $100 is stamped on it.
    The gold value is $1700. aprox.

    As I understand it, if you wished to use it as legal tender, you could buy a couple of cartons of Emu Bitter. If you wished to sell it as gold, you would get the $1700.

    The Perth Mint has a one tonne, 99.99% gold coin. It is a thing of beauty – 80cm diameter and 12 cm thick. Legal tender one million dollars, value in gold (on the day I visited) over $61,000,000.

  142. Helen

    ‘Why are so many people out there doing this?’ Waleed added.

    Why does your wife wear a scarf? Why do you fast during ramadam? Why do you have a big feed after? Why do you eat with one hand and wipe your bum with the other? (how does a bloke who has had his hand chpopped off handle it? )

    So many questions, so many unfathomable reasons. Who gove a ..?

  143. egg_

    This custom is linked to an older British tradition: since they would have to wait on their masters on Christmas Day, the servants of the wealthy were allowed the next day to visit their families. The employers would give each servant a box to take home containing gifts, bonuses, and sometimes leftover food.

    The boxing of said items taking place.
    Squalid has an issue with Western traditions?

  144. Pedro the Ignorant

    I am full of Christmas cheer and generally feeling quite mellow towards my fellow man.

    Except Waleed Ali.

    Waleed Ali is an arsehole.

  145. Jupes:
    Yes, I get that, but why such a marked disparity between value and face value?

  146. Helen

    Arkey, me too, big time. I am keeping my head down and working – running is good, keep physical and work through it. Plenty of good fats, cut out the carbs, some St John’s Wort can help but mind the BP.

    Tell your wife and children you love them and you are having a hard time and trying to fix it and it would help you if they gave you some space. But hugs are still good. A big hug from me to start, then run, run, run it out.

    Maybe the combination of Christmas and full moon a couple of days ago.

  147. jupes

    Yes, I get that, but why such a marked disparity between value and face value?

    Probably so that there is absolutely no chance that the legal tender value is greater than the gold value.

    Even though it is legal tender, it is not actually intended to be used as such.

  148. Oh come on

    One of the starkest contrasts I’ve seen in Australian media between love and hate was on The Project when that freakish lesbian grilled Margaret Court. The dirty little secret of the ‘love is love’ crowd is that they are filled with utter hatred for those who disagree with them. They care not one whit about love nor marriage. They exist to bulldoze through their objective.

  149. C.L.

    An important analysis of the Wilson case by Fr Frank Brennan, including the gross incompetence and the attempt to protect the errant magistrate:

    Philip Wilson’s dead letter day.

    Members of the public have generally been unable to assess the magistrate’s judgment because the court made it available only at the Newcastle court registry. The only way you could read it was to travel to Newcastle and you were not permitted to copy any part of it. You could only take notes. I did that …

    Brennan starts by observing, “the show trial of Archbishop Philip Wilson has backfired badly …”
    Indeed.
    RTWT.

  150. Pedro the Ignorant

    Australian gold coins sold by the Perth Mint have a dollar value inscribed so as to become “legal tender” under the Australian Currency Act, and as such is guaranteed at face value by the government.

    Obviously, bullion value (cost per ounce) face value (inscribed) and collector value will vary wildly.

    For example, an early issue gold sovereign weighs about 8 grams, the bullion value is around $A450
    the face value is one pound ($2.00) but the collector value may be north of $A1500 depending on rarity and condition.

    Only a fool would buy $2 ice cream with a gold sovereign.

  151. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Why do you eat with one hand and wipe your bum with the other

    Why can you use three stones – not two, not four, but three stones to wipe your bum? Why is a seventh century psychopathic poodafile the “perfect man, and example to be emulated, in every way?” Just so many questions…

  152. Mark A

    What happened to her after her simple statement of belief

    Ask Margaret Court.

    I don’t think she apologized, and it didn’t hurt her status where it counts for her.

    Can’t see how M N could be forced to apologise.
    What do they have on her we don’t already know?

  153. Pedro the Ignorant

    Some bedtime reading for those interested in the above gold coin/value/legal tender discussion. Part III explains, (but you need to have a nodding acquaintance with .gov legalese/gobbledygook):
    The Australian Currency Act 1965

  154. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Back home in Sydney. Good to be back. Great Christmas Day down south at my nephew’s place with lots of family members, chewing over family matters and ancestry, and then more of them arriving today for Boxing Day brunch. Added one hundred thousand calories to my already quite generous daily quota. Taken selectively, the food was abundant and tasty, rotisserie lumps of pork, beef and lamb done outdoors on a charcoal grill, and lots of potatoes. No other vegies. Bowls of chocolates and lollies, and a Pavlova. My two Woolworth’s Special Gold Christmas Puddings and ready-made brandy custard were gratefully received after my niece recalled how ill she had been last year after the home -made puddings a rellie insists on bringing (thankfully this cook was absent this year until today’s brunch – bacon and eggs, on bread, no sides, no vegies, chocolates).

    Our cheap 70’s motel in the lesser part of town (only place with a room available for us late bookers) did us proud last night with a new air-conditioner, fresh carpet plus crisp white sheets and tea-making. The owners seem to leave the premises for the night. We drove early from Sydney and booked in about noon Christmas Day prior to getting to the nephew’s place. Hairy idly opened the motel information folder and was startled to see, on a frontpiece page in bold 14 point letters, the instruction to call the police (number offered) if bothered by noise-makers, and that if we made any noise ourselves ‘the police will arrive to escort you off the premises’. Very instructive about da clientele, he comments dryly. A party group of twelve mostly very large people was settled in by the BBQ and pool for the duration, making it unhospitable for other more sensitive souls, so we decided against a dip anytime during our stay.

    Those written threats apparently work, as all was quiet by 10.00pm when we Skyped Hairy’s brother and family in London, where the civilized traditions of England (huge turkey, small sausages around it, white bread sauce, roast vegetables and fresh beans and peas) were nearly ready for consumption with cultured discourse and conversational turn-taking prior to the formal giving of presents in the later afternoon after some musical interludes by qualified familial performers. Know too that it’s Father Christmas in these territories, not Santa Claus.

    I live in two different worlds. Necessarily so, to his bemusement at times, does Hairy. Nestled within Nowra’s maze of project home estates, and all struggling to get a word in edgeways, we discussed Daffy Duck, hailstone damage to cars (could you fake it?), and job prospects for car mechanics. Difficult economic times ahead, was the consensus, although the remedies differed. Mostly we kept off politics. No-one liked Muslim immigration. Our country, our rules, won the day.

    Hairy and I drove out for a few hours at 4.30pm on Christmas Day to inspect the beach house we sold in 2017 before the market crashed. We wanted to check out his White Magnolia Graniflora, featured at the front in pride of place. It was doing well, but his nose was nevertheless seriously out of joint – the new owners had razed his carefully planted Agapanthus border, and his prized Black Agapanthus. Not sophisticated enough for dem, he ranted. Peasants!

  155. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Hairy and I drove out for a few hours at 4.30pm on Christmas Day to inspect the beach house we sold in 2017 before the market crashed

    The best advice I was ever given was “Never go back, to look at a house (or a farm) you have sold. Never.”

  156. Waleed Aly says he doesn’t understand the concept of Boxing Day

    With that yardstick in mind, I begin to understand Waleed.
    If he “does not understand” Boxing Day – then there are likely many things about Australia he does not understand.

    Suggested remedy: That he pisorf to Egypt and bluddee well remain there.

  157. The best advice I was ever given was “Never go back, to look at a house (or a farm) you have sold. Never.”

    Slim Dusty got that one dead right.
    I’ve never heard that song played without a comment by someone aged 40+ about apt it was.

  158. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Suggested remedy: That he pisorf to Egypt and bluddee well remain there.

    I’ll go you halves in his air fare. One way only, economy class, standard baggage allowance. All he has to do is renounce any claims to Australian citizenship, and never return.

  159. Oh come on

    Can’t see how M N could be forced to apologise.

    I can. Margaret Court and Navratilova come from different tribes. Court’s tribe has a fixed set of principles. Sure, individual tribe members may not adhere to those principles, but the principles remain and said individuals can be judged for not adhering to them.

    Navratilova’s tribe is solely focused on the wellbeing of the tribe. It can seem like tribe members have principles because they behave so similarly – it is lost always very clear to all members what behaviour is conducive to the wellbeing of the tribe. However, occasionally individual tribe members miscalculate, like Navratilova did. This happens because there are no rules, just instincts, and sometimes the individual’s instincts and the opinions that result go against what is popularly considered the wellbeing of the tribe. The tribe makes the individual very aware of their transgressions, they pay penance and adjust their opinions so they are again in good standing with the tribe.

  160. John Constantine

    The Australian Mint churns out ten billion dollars worth of gold coins to sell to the chicoms each year.

    In case of a crash in the price of gold, the Mint never intends for a hundred billion dollars worth of australian gold minted currency to turn up back on Australias shores.

    Keep the promissory note value under a percent of the gold value and no worries Comrade Maaaates.

  161. Tom

    One of the things I most love about this time of year is that politics is seasonally banned. Only one or two subjects make it onto the front pages of newspapers: a) sport. b) natural disasters. So, as newspaper editors pray in vain for a meteorological disaster to hit the Sydney-to-Hobart race on the 20th anniversary of the ’98 carnage, the big story on the front and back of Thursday’s Currant Bun is about the farce ex-WACA curator Matt Page has imposed on the Boxing Day Test. “HARD SLOG,” says the front page. “FLAT AS A BORED,” says the back.

    To cut to the chase, the odds of a draw have collapsed overnight from $4.75 to $2.25, thought, curiously a result for one side or the other is still the $1.95 favourite, which is probably the weight of Indian money praying for a first series win on Australian soil. Sports betting is anything but rational.

  162. Oh come on

    It is interesting, though. Clearly the intersectional coalition is not sustainable, because the various interest groups currently in alliance have contradictory interests. The most interesting flare-up is between the lesbian/feminist wing and the trans wing.

    The relatively tiny trans wing is currently punching waaaaaaaaaay above its weight. It’s at the forefront of the intersectional coalition. The femmos and lesbians can tolerate this because it doesn’t interfere with their agendas that much.

    But for how long? Fact is that the trans activists want to muscle into all of the realms that the feminists and lesbians have fought for decades to create. You want women’s boxing? Women’s rugby? Women’s art? Women’s beauty pageants? Hell – just being a woman? Guess what; trans women (ie. men) are able to do all of that shit better than actual women on a level playing field. If we stay on the trajectory we’re currently on, biological men will muscle out biological women from the domains activist women have fought so hard to create for them and their sisters. These women will fight this bitterly once they see what is happening.

    In fact, it’s already starting.

  163. I’m disappointed that Martina apologised. (Though I’m crying a whole bathtub full of Crocodile tears over it, coz she now knows just a little bit of what Margaret Court may have felt)

  164. Crikey, just had my first contact with the propaganda masquerading as fact being pushed onto kids.

    Nipper (7yo)is at the bar doing homework, while mum works. The workbook has a page on “Global Warming” and ties this up with the Barrier Reef dying. Some pretty long bows being drawn very simplistically (this book is for Seven year olds)

    I’ve weighed in, to explain that the correct answer to the question “What is Global Warming” is “the globe is getting warm”
    (I think the answer is supposed to be: “Fish will die”)

  165. Mother Lode

    Merry Christmas everyone – here’s to a holiday filled with happiness, family, and love for all people. (Including refugee babies in mangers + their parents.)

    Jesus was not a refugee. In fact, Joseph and the gang were going back to the his land of origin (for the census).

    It is equivalent to Mexicans returning to Mexico, Syrians to Syria etc.

    There was just no room at the inn.

    Jesus being born in a manger is one of more sublime narratives of Christianity – the majesty of the birth in a barn is not a materialistic paradox, it is beautiful in itself. Not a comparison of two foci, But a celebration of one.

    Occasional-Cortex’ response to the tale would be to socialise inns (so no splendour ever happened).

    It is one of the selling points of socialism that it would seem to deliver Christian outcomes regarding wealth (that the rich should give to the poor) but doing so in such a way as to actually prevent the Christian spirit of the individual and choice.

    I used to know a guy who had spent a year in the seminary. He believed in socialistic ideas as expressions of a Christian ideal. I used to rebut that he sought heaven on earth at the expense of heaven in heaven.

    I was more moralistic in those days, believing that Christianity consisted of obeying rules against your natural inclination rather than discovering beliefs so the rules were no longer necessary.

  166. DrBeauGan

    I was more moralistic in those days, believing that Christianity consisted of obeying rules against your natural inclination rather than discovering beliefs so the rules were no longer necessary.

    Not everyone gets past the rules stage.

  167. Following on from the flap about blogger Sargon of Akkad getting booted from his monetisation on Patreon, some more stuff has emerged.

    Apparently a bill has been introduced in the US to render social media providers to be publishers if they censor content.

    Left it a bit late though. How many days left before the Dumrats get the lower house? 3 days? 🤔

  168. Nipper (7yo)is at the bar doing homework, while mum works. The workbook has a page on “Global Warming” and ties this up with the Barrier Reef dying. Some pretty long bows being drawn very simplistically (this book is for Seven year olds)

    Wrong.

    It’s the same book all the way through to the end of doctorate degrees. They can’t have them growing up and questioning things, now can they?

  169. After their invasion of the Pacific islands, they must think we’re as dumb as a box of rocks to swallow what they’re up to.

    We’re under constant attack from the mega-corrupt Chicoms to the north, the Islamic supremacists from the north-west, and within from the Marxist weirdos, not to mention the myriad of other countries wanting a piece.

    In cricketing terms, the Australian leadership group and a minority of the rest are playing for the international side, while we play two sides at once.

    All we really have is a strong bowling attack, nobbled by an appalling playing field.

  170. Tom

    Mainland Tasmanian leftard Peter Broelman loathes conservatives, especially during the current Christian festival.

  171. Top Ender

    As soon as she posted her message angry responses and calls to apologize flooded Navratilova’s twitter account, forcing her to delete the initial post.

    Standard technique:

    “As soon as she…” – the immediate negative reaction startles the perpetrator and scares them

    – “flooded” equals about six people masquerading as 60

    – “angry responses” – so what? Ignore them!

    – “forcing her to delete the initial post” – BIG mistake. Always double down. She should have repeated it, preferably with a new twist. Standing up for oneself gets respect.

    Humans, being a social beast, don’t like criticism from the Herd. One of the commentator Andrew Bolt’s best reactions was to explain he didn’t actually care what people said about him. Unfortunately, he seems to have rolled that back these days, into the fatal error of seeking Love from the Left. They will never give it. PM Tones made this error when he appointed Natasha Spot-Destroyer as some sort of “ambassador for women”.

  172. Top Ender

    Bullshit jobs and the yoke of managerial feudalism

    Populism, pointless work and panicked youth: an interview with David Graeber of LSE

    Not since Dilbert has truth been spoken to power in soulless work settings. But the cartoon character’s successor may be David Graeber. In 2013 he achieved viral fame with cubicle zombies everywhere after he published a short essay on the prevalence of work that had no social or economic reason to exist, which he called “bullshit jobs”. The wide attention seemed to confirm his thesis.

    Mr Graeber, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics, has expanded on the ideas in a recent book. He responded to five questions from The Economist’s Open Future initiative. He rails against “feudal retinues of basically useless flunkies.”

    More here…

  173. Mark A

    Top Ender
    #2892626, posted on December 27, 2018 at 5:24 am

    – “forcing her to delete the initial post” – BIG mistake. Always double down. She should have repeated it, preferably with a new twist. Standing up for oneself gets respect.

    I thought so too.
    I assumed that she had enough social clout and personal integrity to resist.

    But, as it was pointed out by you and someone else before, acceptance by your peers is overwhelmingly important to some.

  174. bespoke

    Top Ender

    I thought it was interesting until this.

    Just think what kind of culture, music, science, ideas might result if all those people were liberated to do things they actually thought were important. So if the question is one of personal responsibility, I’d say: let’s just give everyone enough to live on, some sort of universal basic income, and say “okay, you’re all free now to decide for yourselves what you have to contribute to the world.”

    People will stop creating anything of value if get payed to sit on there butt.

  175. calli

    It is one of the selling points of socialism that it would seem to deliver Christian outcomes regarding wealth (that the rich should give to the poor) but doing so in such a way as to actually prevent the Christian spirit of the individual and choice.

    Perfect.

    Thanks ML.

  176. RobK

    https://youtu.be/I4xpZm7JlqU
    James Rickard on gold standard, crypto, etc 39min, just over a year old.
    He describes how gold can be a portional standard.

  177. Pedro the Ignorant
    #2892580, posted on December 26, 2018 at 11:28 pm
    I am full of Christmas cheer and generally feeling quite mellow towards my fellow man.

    Except Waleed Ali.

    Waleed Ali is an arsehole.

    And Jon Faine for me Pedro.
    A fantastic Boxing Day on the beach and thanks to a brother in law, lobster, oysters, mussels and prawns. The whole lot locally caught and as fresh as a daisy. Too too good.

  178. Bruce of Newcastle

    If anyone is short of ideas for a Christmas present next year…

    What Snail Mucus Says About Beauty Trends

    The beauty business is getting another makeover from Asia. This time the trendsetting markets of Japan and Korea are focusing on age, or the illusion of youth, rather than beauty. While western women wait until they spot a few lines before using antiaging products, in Asia, 80% of women under 20 have started an antiaging regimen.

    Sadly this is from WSJ (via Drudge) so is paywalled, and I can’t see what other strange and disgusting stuff people put on themselves to try to live forever.

  179. struth

    But, as it was pointed out by you and someone else before, acceptance by your peers is overwhelmingly important to some.

    Yeah, beta males and women.

  180. Rockdoctor

    Just cleared customs in Darwin. Automatic machines working a treat, every passport rejected to the line with actual people…

  181. struth

    Just think what kind of culture, music, science, ideas might result if all those people were liberated to do things they actually thought were important. So if the question is one of personal responsibility, I’d say: let’s just give everyone enough to live on, some sort of universal basic income, and say “okay, you’re all free now to decide for yourselves what you have to contribute to the world.”

    You can see the outcome of this brainfart in any aboriginal community.

  182. struth

    As soon as she posted her message angry responses and calls to apologize flooded Navratilova’s twitter account, forcing her to delete the initial post.

    Bullying of course, is not bullying when the left does it.

    Imagine if this had been done to our fragile women in the Liberal Party.

  183. Nick

    Travis Head had described the booing of Mitchell Marsh on Boxing Day as “pretty poor,” claiming that no Australian player should receive that sort of treatment on home soil.

    What next, claims of racism?

  184. Nick

    As soon as she posted her message angry responses and calls to apologize flooded Navratilova’s twitter account, forcing her to delete the initial post.

    Sit back with popcorn Cats. The Trans as bona fide women outrage is a far more foreseeable event than the AGW scam. The Trannie competing against and beating women in a beauty contest is a portent, especially when women won’t be allowed to object at all, victims of their own doing.

  185. calli

    Perhaps a tradition expressing kindness and generosity towards the servant class is opaque to the Waleeds of the world.

  186. P

    Clicking on the link given by BoN at 7:07, I came across a review of Mary Poppins Returns.

    Hard Medicine to Swallow
    At the beginning of “Mary Poppins Returns” we’re told that the story takes place “in the days of the great Slump.” Meaning the Depression, of course, except that the elation merchants at Disney, bless their euphemizing hearts, avoided the word out of concern that it might be depressing. Rather than run the same risk, I’ll note that I found this sequel deeply slumping, not to mention unnecessary, unmagical and often unfunny. The misuse of talent is what slumped me the most.

  187. the booing of Mitchell Marsh on Boxing Day

    The media attempts to sandpaper over the problem..

    The MCG crowd is simply letting people know what they think of the selectors ( and nepotism ).

  188. struth

    The MSM have renamed summer a “heatwave”

    Apparently 35 degrees is catastrophic heat requiring emergency services to tell people to drink more water……………………………………………

    I live in Aus-hivisistan and it’s a fucking insane asylum.

  189. rickw

    Waleed Aly says he doesn’t understand the concept of Boxing Day

    Goat fuckers are not known for their understanding of pretty much anything.

  190. Apparently 35 degrees is catastrophic heat…

    Yes. The cricket must be cancelled!

  191. stackja

    107-year-old New York man is the world’s oldest barber
    by WRGB/CBS2 Wednesday, December 26th 2018

    NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (WRGB / CBS 2) – In this small town in New York, its oldest resident is still at work.
    Anthony Mancinelli is in the Guinness Book of World Records. He’s a full-time barber still putting in 40 hours a week.

  192. Infidel Tiger

    Dow posts biggest one day gain in history.

    But I was told Powell had destroyed all?

  193. stackja

    Annabel Hennessy and Danielle Le Messurier, The Daily Telegraph
    December 27, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    The Daily Telegraph has been told the problem lies with a single 6m x 3m concrete panel on the 10th floor which has cracked, sparking concerns about its strength as a supporting wall for units.

    The “load bearing panel” is attached to two reinforced concrete columns which connect to 51 apartments — which are yet to be declared safe — on floors 1-36.

    Load bearing panels are parts of the internal wall that bears the weight of the panels above and below it and are a “structural element of the building”.

    The panel was made offsite by Evolution Precast. A person hung up when the Telegraph called the company.

  194. stackja

    Jonathan Chancellor and Annabel Hennessy, The Daily Telegraph
    December 27, 2018 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    The builder and the developer behind the Opal building have been in a bitter court spat over payments.

    The Daily Telegraph can reveal the building’s developer Ecove fought the builder Icon in the NSW Supreme Court over a $2.5 million payment for work Icon completed on the tower.

    Icon, which is backed by the Japanese construction giant Kajima Corp, sought $2.5 million for works undertaken on the last stages of the tower, winning judgment only last Friday in the NSW Court of Appeal.

    Ecove was also ordered to pay Icon’s legal costs.

    The dispute was over backcharge items and the paperwork process, not the quality of work.

    The developer had argued that the backcharges should be taken off the contract sum because there had been reductions to the scope and price of the works.

  195. P

    Dow posts biggest one day gain in history.

    Grand!

    Also – Retail is having its best holiday season in 6 years.

  196. min

    How does socialism tie in with narcissism ? It appears that the young are pushing for socialism over capitalism, however research shows that this age group is more narcissistic and there has been a big increase in narcissism. The beliefs that narcissists have are “I am entitled” and “the rules do not apply to me”.
    There are more “tribes” whose views contradict other tribes eg feminists and transgenders wanting to play in women’s sport. There are many other such contradictions these days and intolerance is increasing.
    Christian values are being undermined with ,constant attacks so where will all of this lead. Humans are social animals and therefore it is better that rules overt or covert, are maintained to keep the group together. I observe increasing tribes all with their own rules trying to make other tribes succumb to their rules. Disaster coming . No leadership ,well maybe Trump, but now thinking about what is going on in the world ,propagandising the children . Brave New World here we come

  197. mh

    Dow rallies 1,000 points, logging its biggest single-day point gain ever (CNBC)

    I wonder what the ABC headline is? Investors see end of Trump Presidency, Dow Soars

  198. Old School Conservative

    British Plod, having spent the recent past honing their investigative skills on hate speech, Churchillian speeches, and “Islamiphobia”, now crash and burn in investigating the Gatwick drone.
    Pretend it may not have happened? Check. (67 individual eyewitness reports from the public, police, and airport security are not enough).
    Arrest for interrogation a couple who had cast iron alibis? Check.
    Question the couple’s witnesses to their cast iron alibis? Nope.
    Make a big media splash in the arrest? Check.
    Had a contingency plan in place for just such a predictable airport threat? Nope.
    Call in more experienced police? Nope.

    Well done Sussex Police. I’m sure the offensive speech purveyors are shivering in their boots as you demonstrate your power.

  199. John Constantine

    https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/the-many-roles-of-greenland-in-chinas-developing-arctic-policy/

    The chicoms polar strategy in the arctic is multi pronged, but identifying Greenland as a way in that is self funding through poor politicians and rich mineral resources is bog standard.

    The chicom polar strategy for the antarctic seems to have identified a bankrupt country with weak and corrupt bribe taking political elites, and the chicoms have walked straight in.

    Establishing antarctic bases on the supposed territory of the weak and corrupt state, fishing the guts out of the weak and corrupt states claimed waters, buying ports from the weak and corrupt state, arranging for an open ended long term chicom diaspora flying into the cities of the weak and corrupt state.

    Then the andrews quisling government signs up to one belt one road one way in secret.

    Swap you the Australian antarctic territory for some brown paper bags full of fivers?.

    Six million square kilometers, one and a half billion acres, for a few political donations and some jobs after politics. Makes Manhattan Island for beads and mirrors look like a canny deal.

    Politically, allowing the racist toxic Nazi anglosphere bases to remain on Antarctica is the wrong side of history, so might as well get some dollars for what is inevitable anyway.

    Comrade Maaaaates.

  200. Infidel Tiger

    The market is going great. Retail is back.

    And all because Trump is pulling troops out of stupid futile wars.

    Thank you President Trump for our Christmas bonus!

  201. P

    Dow rallies 1,000 points, logging its biggest single-day point gain ever (CNBC)

    I wonder what the ABC headline is? Investors see end of Trump Presidency, Dow Soars

    The New York Times, 8 hrs ago –

    Did a Queens Podiatrist Help Donald Trump Avoid Vietnam?

  202. egg_

    In 2013 he achieved viral fame with cubicle zombies everywhere after he published a short essay on the prevalence of work that had no social or economic reason to exist, which he called “bullshit jobs”. The wide attention seemed to confirm his thesis.

    It’s hard to distinguish real/bulls1ht paper-shuffling orifice jerbs – it’s the overall percentage of bullsh1t that is the determinant.

  203. C.L.

    Film-makers now depicting historical figures as homosexuals just to brainwash people.

    We often assume British attitudes towards sex changed with the sexual revolution of the 1960s, when the contraceptive pill made the NHS (1961) and homosexuality was decriminalised (1967).

    In our minds, any time before this was restrained and prudish, particularly when it came to same-sex intimacy in the notoriously rigid Britain of yore.

    But two new films, set in the 1500s and 1700s, shake these assumptions. (Warning: minor spoilers ahead.)

    Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role and Australian actor Margot Robbie as her cousin Queen Elizabeth I, contains a gay male sex scene. The Favourite, in which Olivia Coleman plays Queen Anne, features lesbian intimacy.

    What’s raising eyebrows isn’t the sapphic or graphic sex itself, but the nonchalance of the characters towards these risqué sexual acts.

    ABC Online turned to two historians for support but, alas, they both dismissed all this as lies.

    Melbourne University’s Lauren Rosewarne suggests these scenes may have been included to titillate and entice new audiences…

    Australian historian Gillian Pollack says Queen Anne’s supposed lesbianism would’ve been dangerous, secretive and improbable.

    Undeterred, the ABC asks around some more:

    Author and history buff Rachel Hawkins, who tweets about #SexyHistory, sees things differently.

    She enjoys the female gaze, the herstory if you will, of these retellings.

    “In both films, we see royal women — whose main purpose when it came to sex was to provide heirs — explicitly participating in non-procreative sex,” she said.

    “There’s no ‘lying back and thinking of England’. We’re putting women’s sexuality more forward in media in general, but also we’re starting to view these historical figures as actual people.”

    On the same-sex intimacy scenes, Ms Hawkins says, “both same-sex relationships depicted in the films were only ever rumoured, but seem pretty likely, and, honestly, make for the better story — which is always a goal”.

  204. egg_

    Paul Zanetti’s 2018: Greenfilth dopes.

    I miss BLeak’s latte lefty character.

  205. Nick

    The média:
    Two days ago ‘Trump first President since 2002 not to visit troops at Christmas’
    Now: Trump visits troops.
    No apology of course.

  206. egg_

    Trump is pulling troops out of stupid futile wars.

    Logic Trumps feelz for a change.

  207. egg_

    Sit back with popcorn Cats. The Trans as bona fide women outrage is a far more foreseeable event than the AGW scam. The Trannie competing against and beating women in a beauty contest is a portent, especially when women won’t be allowed to object at all, victims of their own doing.

    The richest of ironies – do Trannies outrank muzzos on the victimhood pole?

  208. stackja

    Education union election for branch executive found to be invalid after 318 ineligible votes found during Federal Court inquiry
    Mitch Mott, The Advertiser
    December 26, 2018 9:30pm
    Subscriber only

    An Australian Education Union election has been declared void after the Federal Court discovered that 318 ineligible votes had been included in the final count.

    The ineligible votes accounted for 34 per cent of all the ballot papers cast in the election for a female branch executive officer.

    The election for the position, which is one of 12 Australian Education Union branch executive officers, took place between May and July 2016.

    At the union’s instruction, details of 13,005 paying members of the union were sent to the Registered Organisations Commissioner.

    The list specified which division the members fell into when it came to votes.

    Only general members are allowed to vote for positions on the executive council.

    The division includes both permanent and contract teachers but not childcare workers, TAFE employees or school service officers, who have their own specialist union representatives.

    However, when the ballots were distributed, they were mailed to all the members on the list, including those ineligible to vote.

  209. egg_

    Bob Katter self-identified as a blackfella on the Q&A circus – does he now identify as a black woman?
    That would trump Robert Downey Jnr in Tropic Thunder – Olympic class retard hyperbowl.

  210. Zyconoclast

    Will this cause Macron to create the enforced shagging police?

    https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/12/261410/cam-4-study-parisians-interracial-marriage/amp/

    Study: Majority of Parisians Reluctant to Marry Africans

    People of sub-Saharan African descent are the least welcome of “foreigners,” the study found. Overall, 57 percent of Parisians said they would not welcome the prospect of a romantic partner from sub-Saharan Africa. The figure again gets higher when gender factors in. Sixty-two percent of female Parisians said they would not go out with a sub-Saharan man.

    People may perceive themselves as open to diversity, but when it comes to choosing their children’s school or getting into a relationship, they begin to think in terms of “a shared vision of life and society.” As minorities are thought to be from supposedly “inferior cultures,” they bear the brunt of the “social endogamy” that pervades Paris’s dating life.

    “We identified a number of reasons. First, there is the stark cultural difference between French culture and Maghrebi and sub-Saharan ones…. This shows that religion and culture still play a determining role when it comes to choosing a spouse,” Kraus said.

  211. Infidel Tiger

    I want to remake all female superhero stories with a trans man as the lead.

  212. mh

    And all because Trump is pulling troops out of stupid futile wars.

    They are not futile to those with vested interests in these wars. I heard that John Bolton is backed by a global hedge fund.

    And good riddance to Bill Kristol:
    How Bill Kristol Closed the Conservative Mind

    He established himself as the GOP’s hawkish gatekeeper and waged war on the antiwar right.
    By JACK HUNTER • December 18, 2018

    https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-bill-kristol-closed-the-conservative-mind/

  213. Bruce of Newcastle

    I want to remake all female superhero stories with a trans man as the lead.

    You’ll be fatwaed if you do that with any of these.
    9 Comic Superheroes Who Are Very Muslim

  214. Nick

    I want to remake all female superhero stories with a trans man as the lead.

    It would be a good stir to start it as a rumour. They could also start with feminist icons as Tranny remakes such as Thelma and Louise.

  215. Tel

    Bullshit jobs and the yoke of managerial feudalism

    Populism, pointless work and panicked youth: an interview with David Graeber of LSE

    Graeber is one of the Occupy Wall Street numpties. He refuses to admit that most of the corporate bullshit is imposed by constant government demands for compliance.

    It’s a classic socialist two-step:
    * first you create a bunch of stupid rules and anyone who doesn’t like those rules must hate workers or something like that;
    * second you point out how inefficient and dysfunctional private enterprise has become because they spend all their time running in small circles trying to achieve compliance instead of putting effort into delivering a product.

    Ultimately you demand that government takes over everything, because only central planning can fix what central planners broke in the first place. Let me see, there’s the guy who checks you are wearing you gilets jaunes properly. Then there’s the guy who tells you that even though you already have three smoke alarms, now they edited the law and you need another one of a different type that goes off even more randomly than the others. Then there’s constantly checking cables and changing tags on them which is a bullshit job if ever there was one. Then we could talk about corporate diversity reporting. Here’s the key paragraph from the Economist article:

    If my own research is anything to go by, bullshit jobs concentrate not so much in services as in clerical, administrative, managerial, and supervisory roles. A lot of workers in middle management, PR, human resources, a lot of brand managers, creative vice presidents, financial consultants, compliance workers, feel their jobs are pointless, but also a lot of people in fields like corporate law or telemarketing.

    OK, why do companies have a human resources department? I’ll tell you why, because if you simply walk up and fire someone for being useless then you get your arse sued because firing a person in just the right way is really, really difficult (deliberately) so you need a human resources expert to handle that. Given that firing people is difficult, corporations panic about hiring people because the risks are high but it’s difficult to quickly assess who this person is.

    Public relations, and brand management are about maintaining image. For example you can look at how the activists went out of their way to destroy the image of Walmart. Why? Because Walmart caters to poor people, and activists basically hate poor people (but won’t admit that openly). If you are a shop and you want to cater to poor people, you must sell products that poor people can afford, that means having a very no-frills logistics structure. Once the activists get involved, suddenly you need to start putting money and time into getting your message out there and explain to the public that your company isn’t evil, it serves a need. That’s wasteful, but unavoidable because activists can bend the ear of politicians and make a real threat to the company.

    Lets look at a “creative vice president”, that’s an American way of saying Marketing Manager which comes down to spending the advertising budget. Maybe in some ways advertising represents wasted effort, the communists tried to point that out (amazing how we go over the same ground) but the fact is that people are influenced by advertising, and people like Steve Jobs and Richard Branson have proven that you can maintain a market premium by being very good at promoting your product. Customers want a bit of razzle dazzle, they enjoy the circus, entertainment is part of the product. Advertising can be annoying, but if it does annoy you then show your dislike by refusing to buy the product… the message gets back and they think of different ways to promote the product. That’s what creativity is all about.

    Yes there are some advertisers who tell lies and scam the customer, generally it’s hard to get away with that in this age of very rapid word of mouth. You destroy your corporate brand very quickly doing that. I think the market does mostly work, and is slowly improving itself. Graeber and his LSE central planners would be much worse.

  216. egg_

    I want to remake all female superhero stories with a trans man as the lead.

    Mary Poppins as a trannie is not too far off?

  217. John Constantine

    Up to a certain level of promotion in Australia’s inner crony socialist economy, a pale stale wymynsys activist with an African partner is a twofer, giving the company that hires her desired optics at functions.

  218. John Constantine

    Would Waleed’s missus have her career without the marriage?.

    Maaaaaaaaates?.

  219. egg_

    most of the corporate bullshit is imposed by constant government demands for compliance.

    Red Tape Armies are being reduced via automation literally at the coalface.

  220. Mother Lode

    I imagine Trump got a warmer response than Obama.

    Especially winding down interminable deployments.

    In his autobiography Robert Graves, who was an officer in France in WWI, wrote of being home on leave. He was dismayed by the strange conception of the war among civilians. They regularly read of great heroic feats and steady strings of victories, but very little about the mud, the pointless and macabrely comical deaths (such as H H Munro, whose last words reportedly were “Put that bloody cigarette out!), the carnage, the degradation etc.

    Soldiers’ experience of war on the front lines are quite different to the people at home.

  221. Leigh Lowe

    Dow rallies 1,000 points, logging its biggest single-day point gain ever (CNBC)

    I wonder what the ABC headline is? Investors see end of Trump Presidency, Dow Soars

    Adam Creighton sets a new record for going from “news” to cocky-cage liner.

  222. md

    Former ‘Apprentice’ star Elle Stevenson left ‘almost blind’ in brutal mugging

    The 25-year-old lost her cell phone and was left covered in blood after the savage robbery on December 16 at Charing Cross station.

    She also needed plastic surgery for her broken cheekbones and is being monitored hourly by medics in the hospital because of the head injury she suffered.

    But she claims police will not be following up on the mugging because they don’t have the resources to trawl through CCTV that may have captured the thief on camera.

    She fumed: “I feel very let down by the police. I work really hard, pay my taxes and for my whole family its just work work work.”

    Cops have insisted they will look through the footage if they are given an exact time the mugging took place.

    A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “The CCTV cameras in McDonald’s did not cover the area where the offenses took place. Since the two women were unable to provide a time at which they entered McDonald’s – and they stated that they would not be able to identify the suspects if they saw them again – officers spoke with the victim and explained that there was insufficient likelihood of suspects being identified to warrant analysis of around 90 minutes of CCTV footage from McDonald’s.”

    I’ll bet I know why the police won’t investigate the crime … and it’s for the same reason they wouldn’t do so in our country.

  223. C.L.

    Science confirms: snowflakers have lower IQs than their fathers and grandfathers.
    It’s why I can them the Dumbest Generation.

  224. egg_

    Public relations, and brand management are about maintaining image.

    Gummint doesn’t do likewise?
    How Phatty got rich?

  225. mh

    Trump and Melania visit Iraqi troops – see all the pics at Sarah Sanders Twitter feed

    https://mobile.twitter.com/PressSec?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

  226. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Science confirms: snowflakers have lower IQs than their fathers and grandfathers.
    It’s why I can them the Dumbest Generation.

    Confirming that Snowflakes have a lower IQ than the Baby Boomers?

  227. Anne

    Why no Christmas Tweets?

    Are these Globalist traitors already en route to Gitmo?

    JohnBrennan Last Tweet 22/12/18

    Comey Last Tweet 23/12/18

    SallyQYates Last Tweet 21/12/18

    MichelleObama Last Tweet 19/12/18

    JohnPodesta Last Tweet 18/12/18

    BillClinton Last Tweet 21/12/18

    HillaryClinton Last Tweet 25/12/18
    Old Christmas Picture – Last Previous Tweet 12/21/18

    GWBush Twitter Account Gone!
    New GWB acct – Private & not followed by Laura.

    Laura Bush Last Tweet 10/12/18

    JebBush Last Tweet 21/12/18

  228. Old School Conservative

    Egg, nothing trumps Tropic Thunder.

  229. stackja

    egg_
    #2892687, posted on December 27, 2018 at 9:31 am
    I want to remake all female superhero stories with a trans man as the lead.

    Mary Poppins as a trannie is not too far off?

    Mrs Doubtfire?

  230. stackja

    Deposed Egyptian presidents meet in court
    Aidan Lewis, Reuters
    December 27, 2018 5:53am

    Two protagonists of Egypt’s recent history have faced each other in court, with toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak testifying for the first time against the Muslim Brotherhood’s jailed former president, Mohammed Morsi.

    Mubarak, 90, gave evidence for an hour and a half at the high-security prison complex in southern Cairo where Morsi is detained.

    Wearing a dark suit and using a walking stick, he was escorted into the courtroom by his two sons on Wednesday.

    Morsi was dressed in prison overalls and seated in a thick glass and metal cage running down one side of the courtroom, like other senior figures of the Brotherhood who are defendants in the case.

    The hearing was part of a retrial in which Morsi and others are accused of orchestrating prison breaks and breaches of Egypt’s eastern border during the uprising that forced Mubarak from power in February 2011.

    A visibly frail Mubarak, who was given a chair at the witness stand due to his age, was asked dozens of questions by the judge about security developments as the uprising against his 30-year rule gathered pace.

  231. stackja

    Line Honours too close to call
    NEWS
    Thursday, December 27, 2018 7:34 AM

    In the closest contest in the history of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the four remaining super maxis in the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s 628 nautical mile race were separated by just five nautical miles this morning – Comanche leading the way

  232. Tel

    She fumed: “I feel very let down by the police. I work really hard, pay my taxes and for my whole family its just work work work.”

    Cops have insisted they will look through the footage if they are given an exact time the mugging took place.

    And yet the same London police can find the time to spend hour after hour on Twitter looking for politically incorrect wrongthink. Funny about that.

    If the cops are really too lazy, then Stevenson should get a good lawyer and subpoena the evidence, then go through it herself. But the real message here is get the heck out of London because it’s a slow motion crime disaster.

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