Open Forum: January 5, 2019

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  1. JC

    Artie

    We haven’t done anything of the sort. We have more options. If you want to buy your hardware from a smallish retailer, those fucks are still around. If you want to buy meat from the butcher’s those guys are still there. We have far more options.

    Moreover if you really care about humanity, the last 20/30 years has been a golden age for equality as billions of people have joined the middle class. In 1980, 40% of the world was dirt poor to point where hunger was a serious issue. Poor people around the world were dying of starvation. We now have fat Indians and Chinese with obesity being the world’s main medical problem.

    Lets go midwest (ish) and go to Columbus Ohio. Look at it now:
    https://www.city-journal.org/columbus-ohio-growth

  2. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ann Coulter
    Ann Coulter
    @AnnCoulter
    Ocasio-Cortez wants a 70-80% income tax on the rich. I agree! Start with the Koch Bros. — and also make it WEALTH tax.
    12:27 AM · Jan 5, 2019

  3. This article suggests they spend less than 9¢ in the dollar on programs.

    *low whistle*

    That’s Clinton Foundation territory 😰

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Who’s responsible for his military tourettes outbreak this evening? You know you’re not supposed to post anything about the military after 6 pm, which is he starts drinking and goes spastic.

    From the same JC who was bawling on this blog the other day, about how hungover he was, and he’s also admitted that his military career consisted of being kicked out of school cadets, for smoking in uniform? Stick to white, ironed jeans, and tasseled loafers, JC, JG’s, GP’s and a GPMG don’t suit you.

  5. None

    Shopping has always been a social experience particularly for women so while online shopping has advantagea, there is something you get from face to face shopping or experience shopping – touching the product, examining it, trying it – that you cannot replicate online.

  6. Infidel Tiger

    Moreover if you really care about humanity, the last 20/30 years has been a golden age for equality as billions of people have joined the middle class.

    Not in the west they haven’t.

    We have enriched a totalitarian theftocracy at the expense of our countrymen.

  7. JC

    Just so we’re clear. They’ve been several calls this evening to kill bankers. Just so we get it right, are we gunning for the money centre bankers, the regional banks and the small community bankers… or perhaps all three groups?

  8. C.L.

    Do not try this at home; especially with our ADF.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/popsignals/status/1080738950052904960

    “Is this one Europe?”
    FMD.

  9. Infidel Tiger

    Ann Coulter
    Ann Coulter
    @AnnCoulter
    Ocasio-Cortez wants a 70-80% income tax on the rich. I agree! Start with the Koch Bros. — and also make it WEALTH tax.
    12:27 AM · Jan 5, 2019

    Damn straight!

    Wealth taxes on globalists is a must. Jail and torture even better.

  10. Infidel Tiger

    Just so we’re clear. They’ve been several calls this evening to kill bankers. Just so we get it right, are we gunning for the money centre bankers, the regional banks and the small community bankers… or perhaps all three groups?

    Kill ‘em all, let god sort them out.

    Righteousness is messy.

  11. Snoopy

    Moreover if you really care about humanity, the last 20/30 years has been a golden age for equality as billions of people have joined the middle class. In 1980, 40% of the world was dirt poor to point where hunger was a serious issue. Poor people around the world were dying of starvation. We now have fat Indians and Chinese with obesity being the world’s main medical problem.

    So IT, when your neighbour’s kid complains about not being able to get a job, just say, “Yes, but fat Ching Chongs”.

  12. Infidel Tiger

    Snoop, JC is rightly worried all his wealth is going to be stolen and he will be hanged.

    I’ll try and help him, but… shit. He does need to worry.

  13. JC

    New Year’s Eve, Ronery. You diabolical moron. It’s the only time all year I drank a little too much and ended up with a headache. Every evening is New Years Eve to you, you worthless fuck.

    Ronery, your military career was entering the military when there was zero chance of any big war and if there was we wouldn’t have needed the military’s service to fight as we would have been turned into a thin gas.

    People here have fought in seriously dangerous hot wars and don’t much talk about it. Brave and decent guys. You on the other hand told us of the risky “deployment”( you called it) to a Pacific Island honeymoon getaway. Get the fuck out of here you moronic drunk.

  14. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just so we’re clear. They’ve been several calls this evening to kill bankers. Just so we get it right, are we gunning for the money centre bankers, the regional banks and the small community bankers… or perhaps all three groups?

    Any Australian who started his career with a French bank, should be exposed in the pillory, while the mob hooted, jeered and threw rotten eggs and dead cats.

  15. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    New Year’s Eve, Ronery. You diabolical moron. It’s the only time all year I drank a little too much and ended up with a headache. Every evening is New Years Eve to you, you worthless fuck

    Another enlightened and intellectual contribution, form the silly old bugger, raving on about “Ronery”, I see. Go to bed, and sleep it off, JC – you’ll only beclown yourself further on this blog. I’m giving you good advice, I know you’ll take it.

  16. JC

    So IT, when your neighbour’s kid complains about not being able to get a job, just say, “Yes, but fat Ching Chongs”.

    Which jobs is his neighbors kid missing out on, Snoopy? Making shoes, dresses or men’s trousers? Those jobs that were protected through tariffs and import quotas? How about making cars on the assembly line which cost the taxpayer $50K per job?

  17. JC

    Ronery

    I’d take a huge bet, that if you were to apply for military service in the past 25 years you wouldn’t have a bull’s dick of a chance of acceptance. Even with the leftie institution we have now you wouldn’t make it. You’re IQ is just too low, you dim bulb.. The only reason you scraped in the mid 70’s was for two reasons. The military went volunteer and the smell of the Vietnam war made it unfashionable at the time with the punters. They were begging for people. Begging. They would have taken recruits from sheltered workshops, which is the reason you and people like Morrison were accepted.

  18. Snoopy

    Which jobs is his neighbors kid missing out on, Snoopy?

    He can’t even get a job as a trolley boy at Coles because an Indian has the contract and only employs wallahs.

  19. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    5m
    The Democrats could solve the Shutdown problem in a very short period of time. All they have to do is approve REAL Border Security (including a Wall), something which everyone, other than drug dealers, human traffickers and criminals, want very badly! This would be so easy to do!

  20. John Constantine

    Vikpol helicopter gunships, a vikpol naval blockade, mounted vikpol deathsquads, paramilitary vikpol infantry. All at the yarragrad beach today.

    Outnumbering the anti government protestors vikpol is hellbent on crushing for their government masters.

    We are gonna need a Lotta yellow vests.

    Or a couple of dronestrikes.

    Comrades.

  21. JC

    Snoopy

    A few weeks go you were criticizing uber jobs. Now you want Artie’s neighbor’s kid to stack shelves?

  22. Snoopy

    Snoopy

    A few weeks go you were criticizing uber jobs.

    No that’s not true. I was critical of Uber because at the time Uber drivers in Queensland were liable to be charged with a criminal offence. Uber wasn’t disclosing that to potential drivers.

  23. JC

    I was critical of Uber because at the time Uber drivers in Queensland were liable to be charged with a criminal offence. Uber wasn’t disclosing that to potential drivers.

    Explain that.

  24. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ronery

    I’d take a huge bet, that if you were to apply for military service in the past 25 years you wouldn’t have a bull’s dick of a chance of acceptance

    Kicked out of school cadets for smoking in uniform? Raving on about “Ronery” ever since?

    I’m headed for a bumper year, JC, just go somewhere and reflect on your total insignificance as a human being. White, ironed jeans, tasseled loafers, and a toupee, indeed.

  25. None

    The thing is America is just fine with a shutdown. The only people who complaining about it are Democrats. Just tells you how useless the public sector is.

  26. Snoopy

    Operating an unlicensed taxi.

  27. JC

    I’m headed for a bumper year,

    Hallucinations no doubt caused by drinking yourself stupid every night. We’ve spoken about this at previous therapy sessions.

    I know you won’t take my advice, but if you don’t stop drinking you’ll be dead within 5 years.

  28. Leigh Lowe

    We have traded a functioning society for cheap dildos and fake vomit.

    We did?
    I didn’t get mine.
    If anyone has two dildo/vomit sets please forward the surplus to me via Sinc.

  29. Infidel Tiger

    Don’t get them confused fercrisakes.

  30. Mark A

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2899607, posted on January 5, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    As opposed to what is now simply a government department with career opportunities for those who can navigate PC culture.

    “The role of the infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and hold ground, to repel attack, by night or day, regardless of season, weather or terrain.”

    I’m sorry, could you point me in the direction of any other Government department, with a similar mission statement?

    Talk is cheap zulu, so are slogans. Every com. dept. has them, all sound great.

    Sorry to say Arma is right in certain respects, the foot soldiers are mostly still OK but if the top brass is rotten it will affect morale down the line to an extent where thyy going to ask ” why should I care”.

    Incidentally, obeying lawful orders only works for victors. Nuremberg proved that.

  31. Memoryvault

    If anyone has two dildo/vomit sets please forward the surplus to me via Sinc.

    Haven’t got a dildo, LL, but once, long ago, before she really knew me, when I was supporting everybody working FIFO, my now DiL gave me an artificial silicone/rubber, vibrating vagina. It’s still lying around somewhere, unopened, sealed in its original wrapping.

    I’ll forward it on to you via Sinc, if that’s a help.

  32. None

    I remember once in my youth sitting in a one of my first meetings with lots of senior bodies and at one point saying so and so is being a dildo and the man next to me in his 50s kind of lent back in his chair put his chin on his chest and just tried to stifle his laughter. I did not know what was going on. I honestly thought dildo was what I now know as dill until someone explained to me otherwise after the meeting. The joys of growing up in a non-English speaking home. LoL.

  33. areff

    Trump should consider announcing that, since he’s so sorry for those civil servants not drawing pay cheques, he’s going to end their employment altogether and ask Congress to give them very, very generous severance packages.

    After that, he can privatise national-park management, library of congress, Washington monument….

    The Democrats would have kittens — one of their key voting constituencies bought off, and that compounded by the spectre of efficient, privatised management, with the ex-civil servants guaranteed first dibs for their privatised old jobs.

    Anyone who has ever spent time in a US DMV knows what indolent, rude, bovine morons and slobs constitute the US public service.

    Reagan fired the air traffic controllers; Trump might be able to do likewise.

  34. Leigh Lowe

    We have traded a functioning society for cheap dildos and fake vomit.

    Before morning the role of the cheap dildo will be being played by an empty Bombay Sapphire bottle but the vomit will be all too real.

  35. Oh come on

    Tucker Carlson is a thoughtful guy but he’s being a Luddite. And just because he says the Luddites had a point doesn’t make him or them right. The communists had a point, too. Didn’t make their solutions any good.

    Carlson’s thing about banning autonomous trucks because so many people are employed in this industry – no. That’s not going to work. Autonomous truck technology will be developed somewhere. This tide can’t be held back. It never can be.

    The fact is that, with technological advances, it is perfectly plausible that within 50 years most people – perhaps everyone – will have been engineered out of a job. Asssuming the robots haven’t taken over, the technological challenge of how to ensure people lead meaningful lives without the things we currently find meaningful will have been solved.

    It’s not too hard to imagine a few scenarios. The thing about energy superabundance is that it becomes feasible to use a shit-tonne of energy to accomplish very little. What can be achieved in such a circumstance is unthinkable today.

    And yet some are fretting over truckies maybe losing their jobs in the medium-long term. IT, using your logic, I don’t understand why you don’t become a green. Why not? You and them may have different purposes but you share the same regressive endgame.

  36. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Before morning the role of the cheap dildo will be being played by an empty Bombay Sapphire bottle but the vomit will be all too real.

    Speak for your self. JC’s ravings up-thread, this Sandgropers off to bed. Night, all.

  37. areff

    Have had the telly on ABC24 all night as I work on something else. Amazing … climate change … climate change … climate change … Hawkesbury pollution … climate change … climate change jellyfish …

    The only good thing about it is the blonde with the glasses who’s been doing the midnight desk job. She could take on the Ford girl and the Travago girl and come out on top (I’d like to watch that, actually)

    Urk. They just switched back to Virginia Trioli re-runs.

    Back to work. Time to switch off.

  38. None

    “The role of the infantry is to seek out and close with the enemy, to kill or capture him, to seize and hold ground, to repel attack, by night or day, regardless of season, weather or terrain.”

    “The role of the infantry is to come out and dispense with the penis, to tuck or sever it, to seize and hold girl hormones, to march in the gay mardi gras, by night or day, regardless of season, weather or terrain.”

    FiFY

  39. Infidel Tiger

    Tucker Carlson is a thoughtful guy but he’s being a Luddite. And just because he says the Luddites had a point doesn’t make him or them right. The communists had a point, too. Didn’t make their solutions any good.

    Carlson’s thing about banning autonomous trucks because so many people are employed in this industry – no. That’s not going to work. Autonomous truck technology will be developed somewhere. This tide can’t be held back. It never can be.

    Stop being a little Shapiro.

    That was not Carlson’s point at all.

    Outsourcing our future and prosperity to the third world for trinkets is immoral and can only end one way.

  40. None

    Have had the telly on ABC24 all night as I work on something else. Amazing … climate change … climate change … climate change … Hawkesbury pollution … climate change … climate change jellyfish …

    If you really want to torture yourself try Community Radio.

  41. Oh come on

    That was not Carlson’s point at all.

    Did Carlson say he would ban autonomous trucks, or did he not?

    IT, it pains me to say it but you’re thinking like a green.

  42. Leigh Lowe

    Let’s be clear.
    I have no particular need or desire for dildos or faux vomit.
    It’s just that, if everyone got them as some sort of compensation, I want mine.
    It’s the Australian way.
    See also … Batts, Pink (circa 2008).

  43. Infidel Tiger

    EdAsante
    EdAsante
    @EdAsante77
    ·
    8h
    A country or a people are more than an economic system. If the system is harming large swaths of your country and leaders refuse to address it because it would conflict with the system. You may not have a country or a people any longer much less your precious system.

    Word.

    The Shapiros, Kristols and Goldbergs are the cucked out bow tie spinners who revel in the hollowing out of the middle class. Anyone believing their spin on Carlson’s monologue is not to be trusted.

  44. Oh come on

    Please snap out of it. You are making the foolish mistake of extrapolating today’s concerns onto the relatively distant future with the assumption that nothing else will have changed between now and then.

  45. Fisky

    7 News Brisbane

    Verified account

    @7NewsBrisbane
    Follow Follow @7NewsBrisbane
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    Opal Tower: 7 News can reveal close to 50 apartments have been gutted with dozens more in the firing line. The builder has confirmed walls and ceilings have been ripped open with cables and pipes cut. @Sacre88 #OpalTower #7News

    Oh wow. Thanks to mass immigration and the Big Australia ponzi, hundreds of apartment owners are going to lose everything. This is only the tip of the iceberg too. I bet there are thousands of high-rise projects across the country that will literally collapse after a couple years.

  46. Oh come on

    Go home, IT, you’re drunk.

  47. Infidel Tiger

    What the fuxk are you talking about?

    This isn’t about autonomous trucks. This is about 3 decades of failed neo-con and neo-Liberal policy that has destroyed the fabric of our society and left great swathes of the western world aimless and trapped in a nihilist vortex.

  48. Memoryvault

    See also … Batts, Pink (circa 2008).

    Supplied with complementary fatal electric shock.
    Limit – one per customer.
    Hurry! – Only while stocks last.

  49. Oh come on

    Oh wow. Thanks to mass immigration and the Big Australia ponzi, hundreds of apartment owners are going to lose everything. This is only the tip of the iceberg too. I bet there are thousands of high-rise projects across the country that will literally collapse after a couple years.

    I tell you what, if this thing takes hold, savvy apartment buyers will be able to clean up massively. These assets could well be going for an absolute song for a while.

    Harry Triguboff will be bankrupted but I can live with that.

  50. Oh come on

    This is about 3 decades of failed neo-con and neo-Liberal policy that has destroyed the fabric of our society and left great swathes of the western world aimless and trapped in a nihilist vortex.

    Who’s the little Shapiro now?

  51. BrettW

    Hey JC,
    Just so we are clear which part of that link about Amazon is not true ?

  52. Infidel Tiger

    No. Apartments are depreciating assets.

    Worse than old commodores.

  53. Infidel Tiger

    Who’s the little Shapiro now?

    Not me.

    I love bacon, wine and hate stupid head wear.

  54. Oh come on

    You are crapping on about the rended social fabric. Which is fine. But you look a bit silly dissing Shapiro in the same breath.

  55. Fisky

    If the Opal Tower falls over or has to be demolished, the property market will go with it. The ponzi economy is on its last legs!

  56. Oh come on

    No. Apartments are depreciating assets.

    Not if they’re purchased for pennies on the dollar. They’d be incredible investments. Think it couldn’t happen here?

  57. Fisky

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/huge-pressure-developers-cutting-costs-are-root-cause-of-defects-20181226-p50o97.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1545854753

    At this stage we cannot say for sure, but we can say that away from the headlines a pattern is emerging industry-wide. Down the road from the Opal building, a relatively new, high-rise residential building has not made front page news but is also having problems. The structural failure has been more gradual. The building’s cantilevered balconies started sagging gradually soon after occupation. Some balconies have sagged as much as 180mm on the outer edges over three years. As a result, cracks have opened up, water runs away from the outlets and pools on the balconies. Major structural repair works are being commissioned.

    A similar unreported story is to be told at a nearby 300-unit block. Structural deficiencies have led to major deflection of cantilevered concrete slabs. This structural defect is just one item in $6 million worth of waterproofing and other faults found in this new building.

    This is what we have crush-loaded our cities and mortgaged our future for.

  58. Oh come on

    That will be great. In Perth, they are already building – or have plans to build – lord knows how many apartment buildings. There are not enough buyers. Not nearly enough.

    Thing is that these premises will make incredible rental properties if purchased for the right price. Let Opal be our Towering Inferno. Fire sale!

  59. Infidel Tiger

    Shapiro is a sign of the end of days.

    A human pissant. A complete and utter pseud who brilliantly works social media to sucker millennial detritus.

  60. Infidel Tiger

    Fisk did you happen to see vision of the occupants of the leaning tower of ponzi?

    Looked like a call centre convention.

  61. Leigh Lowe

    Breaking.
    Fajitas cause flatulence.
    They are not sending us their best beans.

  62. Oh come on

    The building’s cantilevered balconies started sagging gradually soon after occupation.

    Wow. This sounds like it could be one of those rare moments when someone with spare capital willing to run against the herd could become a multi-millionaire virtually overnight. There are plenty of perfectly well constructed apartment buildings, but the stigma will affect them, too.

  63. Fisky

    Yes I did, IT. This disaster is 100% the fault of Big Australia immigration policies and the resulting property ponzi scam. That stupid c*** Bernard Salt should wipe the smug grin off his face and apologise to the Australian people for spruiking this garbage. The dumb wop George Megalogenis too.

  64. Fisky

    Go Latho!

    @RealMarkLatham
    29 Dec 2018
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    Opal Tower calamity at Homebush again showing how Sydney is struggling to cope with rapid population growth, 100,000 pa.
    In the mad rush to build apartment towers design and safety standards have been compromised.
    Only One Nation will slash immigration and ease pressure on Sydney

  65. Oh come on

    Fisk did you happen to see vision of the occupants of the leaning tower of ponzi?

    Did you see how much they paid for their shitty apartments? $800k+ for a 2bed2bath!!

    Seriously. There is scope for people to make an absolute killing here.

  66. Infidel Tiger

    In a righteous country, every building outside the CBD over 3 stories would be razed.

  67. Oh come on

    Harry Triguboff is in serious trouble.

  68. Memoryvault

    Only One Nation will slash immigration and ease pressure on Sydney

    Surely said in jest, right?

  69. Infidel Tiger

    Did you see how much they paid for their shitty apartments? $800k+ for a 2bed2bath!!

    This is the neo-con/neo-Liberal agenda. Only families on 3 incomes can afford a dog box in a ponzi tower.

    Hey but my TV cost $5 less and check out my collection of rubber dog shit.

    A return righteousness looms and we must demolish many current assumptions and apartment buildings.

  70. Oh come on

    In a righteous country, every building outside the CBD over 3 stories would be razed.

    Get your arse out of the western suburbs once in a while, IT. Go to the less salubrious housing developments. The dogboxes there are horizontal. You buy a 150sqm property and it comes on a 155sqm bit of land.

  71. Oh come on

    A 150sqm structure, I should have written.

  72. Infidel Tiger

    Get your arse out of the western suburbs once in a while, IT. Go to the less salubrious housing developments. The dogboxes there are horizontal. You buy a 150sqm property and it comes on a 155sqm bit of land.

    I’m very aware of this.

    It’s societal suicide. We are killing everything that was great about childhood and family.

    The worm will turn and so will will the corkscrew through the temple of the screaming property development cartel. We are going to have to kill many people but righteousness will be with us again.

  73. Oh come on

    I’m afraid that the days of the family home with a big back yard where kids can kick a footy around are now the preserve of the wealthy. The non-wealthy can have this but it means a 90min commute.

  74. Infidel Tiger

    Bullshit. Have you ever flown over Perth and seen how much space we have wasted on green spaces, parks and golf courses?

    We could all comfortably live on 1/4 acre blocks with no loss of amenity. And so what if a city spreads outward? Why is that a problem?

  75. Oh come on

    It’s societal suicide. We are killing everything that was great about childhood and family.

    But kids can’t play in the street or park these days, either. The housing developments I mentioned above – they generally have no shortage of parkland where kids could go and muck about. Parents these days won’t let them out, though.

  76. Oh come on

    And so what if a city spreads outward? Why is that a problem?

    You’re preaching to the choir. ‘Urban sprawl’ is as much of a concern to me as ‘peak oil’.

  77. Infidel Tiger

    Taking your kids to the park is a pain in the arse.

    Playing in the backyard is awesome for everyone.

  78. sdfc

    We could all comfortably live on 1/4 acre blocks with no loss of amenity. And so what if a city spreads outward? Why is that a problem?

    Good luck driving into town from Geraldton.

  79. Infidel Tiger

    Who needs to drive into town?

    Only wage slaves and public servants work in the CBD.

  80. Oh come on

    I have actually had this out with urban planners. Why do we need ‘green corridors’ running north and south of the CBD?

    I will also note that it is these same fascists that love the idea of amalgamating the western suburbs councils. Why? Because they’re small and their boundaries give them funny shapes. Urban planners hate that kind of thing with the fury of a thousand suns. They don’t care that the local residents wish to retain their municipal boundaries and are willing to pay extra to do so. The planners are literally gleeful in their zeal to amalgamate.

  81. Oh come on

    Taking your kids to the park is a pain in the arse.

    Don’t take them. Let them go by themselves.

  82. Infidel Tiger

    Council should all be much smaller and much more accountable.

    About a 1000 rate payers per council is perfect.

    Every councillor should be very well known and feel the wrath of his neighbour.

  83. sdfc

    Only wage slaves and public servants work in the CBD.

    What about driving to Balcatta, Ossie Park, Joondalup, or heaven forbid the western suburbs from your 1/4 acre block in Lancelin.

    Taking your kids to the park is a pain in the arse.

    Don’t take them. Let them go by themselves.

    In fairness to IT, I think his kids are little. Anyway, he wants to abolish parks.

  84. Infidel Tiger

    Each 1000 person council could self determine if they needed a Park.

    I see no reason to have them with proper backyards but teenagers may want them for drinking and smoking purposes. Older people may also like to sit in them and read a book while they die.

  85. sdfc

    Not sporty as a kid I take it.

  86. C.L.

    This is the neo-con/neo-Liberal agenda. Only families on 3 incomes can afford a dog box in a ponzi tower.

    Hey but my TV cost $5 less and check out my collection of rubber dog shit.

    LQ

  87. Carlson’s thing about banning autonomous trucks because so many people are employed in this industry – no. That’s not going to work. Autonomous truck technology will be developed somewhere. This tide can’t be held back. It never can be.

    Question. How do you automate whatever the fuck Gender Studies graduates do in the public service?

    I think they’re onto something.

  88. Steve trickler

    There is a little bit of Rorschach, in all of us.



  89. Cpt Seahawks

    I’ve now had my fill. These dumbass sell outs of Australia are everywhere. I’m having fun with it all from here. TBC.

  90. Cpt Seahawks

    I’m trying to troll Jacinda Adern but YouTube is preventing it.

  91. Cpt Seahawks

    What an ugly, useless, protected specie.

  92. Steve trickler

    Shit. I thought they would going home by now. Not looking likely.

    Interesting.



  93. Top Ender

    In Dallas going to the Sixth Floor Museum.

    I am a reasonable shot with a bolt-action weapon so am interested to see what the difficulty looks like.

  94. John Constantine

    In India State death squads are gunning down and executing unarmed protestors in the streets of Kashmir, in China the Tyrants death squads are doing clearances of a million nomadic peasants into gulags.

    In America their tyrannical left move to shut down an elected government

    In Australia we see bollards everywhere to protect our politicians from the voters, women and children left on the unprotected side of the bollards as human shields and cannon fodder for extra Security for our politicals.

    Victoria deploys crushing paramilitary force against unarmed anti government donor protests.

    Curfews and rationing, once the paramilitary Death squads exist to enforce it.

    Shorten won’t want to suspend elections, but to keep Australia safe from a wrong result he may be forced to.

    Comrades.

  95. John Constantine

    What if our political class held a fundraising event and no property developer Landsharks came?.

    Comrades.

  96. John Constantine

    What other behaviour do we expect from our politicals and our billionaire donor Class, except a frantic crony abuse of power to get one more layer of suckers defrauded into buying into the last gasp of their property Ponzi?.

    Their turnbullites did two million renters on visas as a shyster lawyer loophole to buy a bit more corruption before the end.

    What if the loop of importing visa herds to throw up dogbox apartment developments to house the next wave of visa herds goes into negative feedback?.

    Ponzi schemes cannot level out, they must exponentially grow or crash.

    Executing racists in the streets with paramilitary Death squads Is Our Strength.

    Comrades.

  97. John Constantine

    Corporate Manslaughter.

    Our crony politicals and our crony unions are guilty of corporate manslaughter for colluding to keep safe imported cars off the roads of Australia, to prop up union made death trap vehicles.

    Corporate manslaughter charges should be levelled at Victorian politicals for the suicide levels of Victoria police, as vikpol is forced to become political enforcers for Tyrants.

    The passports of our billionaire property developer Landsharks must be confiscated before they flee to live alongside our deposed despotic dictator prime Minister filth.

    Corporate manslaughter charges for all bribe payers and bribe takers that created the property Ponzi scheme.

    Comrades.

  98. bespoke

    Oh come on
    #2899717, posted on January 6, 2019 at 1:25 am
    And so what if a city spreads outward? Why is that a problem?
    You’re preaching to the choir. ‘Urban sprawl’ is as much of a concern to me as ‘peak oil’.

    Only problem is things like motor bike tracks and shooting ranges disappear because of nimby’s.

  99. pete m

    Good morning John.

    Hope now you’ve cleared out your throat you have a lovely day.

    Same to all our farming cats.

  100. calli

    Do not drink gin.

    It appears to make you want to kill everyone.

  101. Eyrie

    ” Urban planners hate that kind of thing with the fury of a thousand suns.”
    Now there is a group of people who should be extinct. Add them to the banksters.

  102. Eyrie

    “Only problem is things like motor bike tracks and shooting ranges disappear because of nimby’s.”
    And small airports. Perth is a disgrace. The only airports are to the south.

  103. RobK

    Do not drink gin.

    It appears to make you want to kill everyone.


    Lucky it wasnt Jacks Daniels , or there would be actual carnage.

  104. calli

    Thank goodness. I thought I was the only one.

    Chuckle.

    Thanks Tom.

  105. Boambee John

    jupes
    #2899619, posted on January 5, 2019 at 11:19 pm
    Do you believe that the Australian military has been hijacked by the left?

    Of course. How could anyone dispute it? The ADF rivals the universities and the Greens as the most left wing organisation in the country.

    The ADF has for many years been seeking a compromise between the maximisation of combat power and a cradle to grave (actually enlistment to grave) welfare state. Of late, the welfare state element has gone full PC/SJW, and is overwhelming the combat power element.

  106. Top Ender

    Well, Lee Harvey had an easy shot.

    Even without a telescopic sight it would have been possible.

    The slow speed of the motorcade made it easier.

    A good museum. We walked some of the route outside. People getting selfies were somewhat annoying.

  107. zyconoclast

    In Texas, 17 new judges bring ‘Black Girl Magic’ to courthouses

    Democratic candidates unseated more than 50 incumbent Republican judges in the largest jurisdiction in Texas during last November’s elections.

    On Tuesday, the newly elected judiciary for Harris County was sworn in, including the 17 African American women who were part of the “Black Girl Magic” campaign.

  108. calli

    That was my thought too, TE. The conspiracies work on people who have never been there. The fatal route is tiny.

    Also

    Community Service Announcement:

    Tweflth Night – Christmas decorations back in their boxes Cats.

  109. zyconoclast

    Over 10,000 people became Irish citizens last year

    “Receiving their Irish citizenship does not lessen the diversity of their backgrounds or the importance of their heritage.”

    “We look forward to all that they can add to the richness of our culture as part of their continued integration into our communities, right across the country.”

  110. zyconoclast

    Hit Men and Power: South Africa’s Leaders Are Killing One Another

    All of the assassination targets had one thing in common: They were members of the African National Congress who had spoken out against corruption in the party that defined their lives.

    Political assassinations are rising sharply in South Africa…

    In most cases, A.N.C. officials are killing one another, hiring professional hit men to eliminate fellow party members in an all-or-nothing fight over money, turf and power, A.N.C. officials say.

  111. stackja

    Sue Dunlevy: Health shake-up won’t solve doctor greed
    Sue Dunlevy, The Sunday Telegraph
    January 6, 2019 12:00am
    Subscriber only

    Then we have the crazy situation where health funds are charging families up to $3000 a year to cover them only for treatment in a public hospital, something they are entitled to for free under Medicare.

    The so-called junk policies are being subsidised by taxpayers via a government tax subsidy worth up to $800. And when health fund members go to use some of these policies they have to pay an excess of $500 a year when they could get the care for free if they didn’t use their health cover.

    Labor has promised a Productivity Commission inquiry into private health insurance if it wins the election. It is long overdue.

    Medicare is the problem. ‘Free health care’ has a cost that is getting larger. When do the taxes raise to cover the ‘gap’ between real cost and the supposed levy?

  112. stackja

    Fraser Anning slammed for attending St Kilda far-Right rally
    Annika Smethurst, Brianna Travers and Kaitlyn Offer, Sunday Herald Sun
    January 5, 2019 10:48pm

    Twice-dumped Senator Fraser Anning is under fire for joining far-Right wing extremists at a wild protest in St Kilda on Saturday.

    It comes as shocking footage of far-Right protesters gesturing with Nazi salutes was captured on video after hundreds of rallygoers and counter-protesters faced off for more than four hours.

  113. Tel

    Carlson’s thing about banning autonomous trucks because so many people are employed in this industry – no. That’s not going to work. Autonomous truck technology will be developed somewhere. This tide can’t be held back. It never can be.

    My position is that when google cam make a browser that runs for a year without crashing once, then and only then can they start work on a piece of heavy machinery.

    I’ve been in the software industry for a while and IMHO the overall standard of quality is going backwards. You get very clever one off demonstrations of brilliance, and you get a lot of day to day unreliable stuff being constantly patched and re-patched. We couldn’t even run an online census for a few million people.

    Forget about the driver less trucks. Just outlaw the things and get back to more important projects.

  114. Mak Siccar

    Does anybody know the status of the investigation into the Hunchback’s red shirts scandal?

  115. zyconoclast

    Comparison of Mortality and Comorbidity Rates Between Holocaust Survivors and Individuals in the General Population in Isra3l

    Conclusions:
    Our study found higher rates of comorbidities and lower mortality among H0l0caust survivors, which may be associated with improved health literacy and unique resilience characteristics among H0l0caust survivors. More research is needed to explore the biologic and psychosocial basis for this resilience.

  116. I’ve been in the software industry for a while and IMHO the overall standard of quality is going backwards.

    Understatement.

    In most organizations the most heavily worked piece of software is the bug/fault reporting/tracking systems*.

    * these systems are usually buggy.

  117. Eyrie

    “Our study found higher rates of comorbidities and lower mortality among H0l0caust survivors”
    Only the tough survived.

  118. Does anybody know the status of the investigation into the Hunchback’s red shirts scandal?

    No. But it will go the way of the drunk running over a cyclist scandal.

  119. Boambee John

    It comes as shocking footage of far-Right protesters gesturing with Nazi salutes

    Anyone got a link to that photo that shows Gillard giving what appears to be a nazi salute while standing on the bridge of a patrol boat in Darwin? I think it was just before the 2010 election.

  120. Boambee John

    Mak Siccar
    #2899779, posted on January 6, 2019 at 8:36 am
    Does anybody know the status of the investigation into the Hunchback’s red shirts scandal?

    Filed with the investigation into the SLF [email protected] investigation?

  121. calli

    Yep.

    The kangaroo knitter was a nazi sympathiser.

    Evidence

  122. Mater

    Sorry to say Arma is right in certain respects, the foot soldiers are mostly still OK but if the top brass is rotten it will affect morale down the line to an extent where thyy going to ask ” why should I care”.

    The top brass are the least of their problem.
    I wouldn’t join up again because it has become evident that >50% of the Australian population cares nought about their inherited freedoms. Why should I risk my life and detriment my family to defend something that they are willingly or actively giving away?

    We go overseas to fight evil and defend our way of life, returning home only to find said evil is being imported wholesale onto or streets and our way of life being smeared as racist and anachronistic.

    The ADF has a whole lot of problems, but they are not to blame. How can you defend that which is being freely given away? Armadillo is right, in a fashion. You may as well join the ADF for the money, other motivations are old fashioned, obsolete and redundant.

    Want to guess why our veterans are committing suicide so often?

  123. zyconoclast

    Does anybody know the status of the investigation into the Hunchback’s red shirts scandal?

    Memory hole?

  124. calli

    From Zyc’s vintage pictures

    Yikes!

  125. Stimpson J. Cat

    It comes as shocking footage of far-Right protesters gesturing with Nazi salutes

    Are we allowed to jail people for making hand gestures?
    And if not why not?
    Outrageous.

  126. Stimpson J. Cat

    What is the difference between a Roman salute and a Nazi one?
    Is there an angle difference?
    Can a nerd explain please.

  127. Boambee John

    Thanks calli.

    The evidence is clear, all reference to Julia Gillard, except that photo,must be expunged from Australian history. She must become an unperson.

  128. miltonf

    The ADF has a whole lot of problems, but they are not to blame. How can you defend that which is being freely given away?

    And then find some marxist bureaucrat is trying to have you prosecuted for doing what you thought was your job.

  129. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    6h
    We are working hard at the Border, but we need a WALL! In 2018, 1.7 million pounds of narcotics seized, 17,000 adults arrested with criminal records, and 6000 gang members, including MS-13, apprehended. A big Human Trafficking problem.

    Nancy Pelosi says we should look for the “spark of divinity” in MS-13, so I’m not seeing the shutdown being resolved anytime soon.

  130. zyconoclast

    Only One Nation will slash immigration and ease pressure on Sydney

    Surely said in jest, right?

    Said in the hope of getting a $200k/year job plus perks in the NSW upper house

  131. Tel

    Strange that those so called “Anti Racism” protesters have completely forgotten about the Vietnamese that got beaten up which is what started this whole series of events. People of all different ethnic backgrounds get beaten up in St Kilda, do a quote search: two men beaten unconscious and robbed near Jacka Boulevard; Daniel Maetzing the Chef beaten while on smoko; gardener at the surf club known as Andrew; McDonald’s restaurant destroyed in 2017.

    The police seem to have erased any memory of history and the journalists find it too complicated to figure out the connection there. Must be racism.

  132. Mater

    A comment on the current state of the ADF, if I may.
    If, as is so often spruiked at ANZAC Day, the military is there ‘to defend our way of life’, then it must change with the times.
    When Bill Shorten turns this country into a socialist shithole, he will need a military that is motivated ‘to defend that particular way of life’.
    Looking at the current ADF, he’s got a good head start. He’d be well advised to concentrate his recruiting efforts around the Melbourne inner suburbs.
    As for me, I have no intention of being an instrument to that particular apparatus. The role of the ‘ADF’ might become distinctly unpalatable.

  133. md

    I was just browsing a copy of Frederick Bastiat’s ‘The Law’ and stumbled across the following in the foreword:

    Bastiat was alarmed over how the law had been “perverted” into an instrument of what he called legal plunder. Far from protecting individual rights, the law was increasingly used to deprive one group of citizens of those rights for the benefit of another group, and especially for the benefit of the state itself.

    The great French champion of liberty also forecast the corruption of education by the state. Those who held “government-endowed teaching positions,” he wrote, would rarely criticize legal plunder lest their
    government endowments be ended.

    The system of legal plunder would also greatly exaggerate the importance of politics in society. That would be a most unhealthy development as it would encourage even more citizens to seek to improve their own
    well-being not by producing goods and services for the marketplace but by plundering their fellow citizens through politics.

    Bastiat was a genius. For the cost of a donation, you can download his books here:
    http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/44800

  134. md

    Mater
    #2899806, posted on January 6, 2019 at 9:34 am

    When Bill Shorten turns this country into a socialist shithole

    An even bigger socialist s—hole.

  135. mh

    Kobach: GoFundMe Campaign for Border Wall Will Shatter All Records

    We are witnessing something truly extraordinary. In merely 19 days, a GoFundMe campaign to raise private contributions to build sections of the wall along the Mexico border has raised an astonishing $19.0 million. It will soon be the most successful GoFundMe campaign ever—the current record holder is the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund for victims of sexual assault, which raised $22 million in 2018 over a much longer period of time. The campaign to build the wall should blow past that number in a few days….

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/05/gofundme-campaign-border-wall-shatter-records/

  136. zyconoclast

    I’m afraid that the days of the family home with a big back yard where kids can kick a footy around are now the preserve of the wealthy.

    For those that can and want, a big chunk of this back yard is occupied by a pool.

    Not enough children, not enough space. and the demographic changes.
    The days of back yard cricket or footy being normal, are gone.

  137. John Constantine

    The compulsory funded State wool regulatory authority informs me by letter that it has used my money to create free promotional materials I can apply to be given.

    “Greasy Wool, proudly produced in Australia”

    How could this free promotional material not be a real winner?.

    Comrades.

  138. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m afraid that the days of the family home with a big back yard where kids can kick a footy around are now the preserve of the wealthy.

    F$ck your backyard.
    Head down the park and mingle with your vibrant community.
    Learn a new language.
    Appreciate another culture.
    Run from a Pitbull.
    Be Australian.

  139. Cactus

    Top ender. Tell us aboutthe grassy knoll. My view standing there was it was a terrible pace for a marksmen.

  140. Top Ender

    Amphicar anyone?

    Although there are very few Amphicars in Australia, they’re prized by vintage car collectors and now valued at more than $100,000, says Jason Fischer, operations manager at Gosford Classic Cars.

    Hahahahahaha!

  141. Makka

    We could all comfortably live on 1/4 acre blocks with no loss of amenity. And so what if a city spreads outward? Why is that a problem?

    Where? Further into the fkg desert? Perth is a nice place to live if you don’t mind almost zero consumer choice and flying 5 hours to anyplace besides Para. And they need more water too. Overall however Perth is much more like 70’s Australia than any capital city.

  142. Snoopy

    IT is dead right.

    Lust is one of the seven deadly sins.

  143. Stimpson J. Cat

    Imagine thinking the loss of a backyard is the biggest problem facing Australians right now.
    Do you even know your neighbors names?

  144. John Constantine

    Over the Christmas New Years period I have only opened interesting envelopes.

    The book keeper is due tomorrow and I am frantically now doing the compliance stuff, to avoid getting the Look.

    Been a long grumpy morning, what better way to spend it than justifying to the State that it can continue to permit me to fill out its compliance requirements.

  145. Snoopy

    “Lanolin infused wool, proudly produced in Australia”

    Much better and it didn’t cost you a cent.

  146. Memoryvault

    I was just browsing a copy of Frederick Bastiat’s ‘The Law’ . . .

    Careful, MD.
    Bastiat, The Law, and the true nature and meaning of Libertarianism, are all banned subjects here.

  147. dover_beach

    Lust is one of the seven deadly sins.

    True, AOC is delightful, but I was talking his criticisms of neoliberalism/ globalism.

  148. duncanm

    Kobach: GoFundMe Campaign for Border Wall Will Shatter All Records

    visit the gofundme page – if only to see Brian’s smoking hot wife.

  149. woolfe

    Makka,
    What consumer choice is missing in Perth, maybe wall to wall sodomy but what else?

  150. Does anybody know the status of the investigation into the Hunchback’s red shirts scandal?

    Hey, look! Distraction Nazis!

  151. Memoryvault

    What consumer choice is missing in Perth, maybe wall to wall sodomy but what else?

    True, Woolfe.
    The South West of WA, from Gerladton down via York to Esperance, is God’s Own Country. With the exception of some mountains and decent inland lakes, everything a person could ever want is there, in abundance.

  152. BrettW

    Automation is a wonderful thing.

    Just went into a MacDonalds for a coffee and Sunday paper read.

    In this one the self serve machines are right behind where stand for the counter. As I approached the counter the only counter server came out from behind and guided me to a self serve machine where he proceeded to input my order. This involved asking me what I wanted and pushing several buttons. Then when asked how paying I said cash so he took me back to the counter to take the money. At that point I said the process would have been much quicker if had taken my order at the counter in the first place. He said he was just doing what he was told. Gives me the number thing which impels delivery to my table which did not happen anyway.

    Call me old fashioned but I refuse to use their self serve machines and this just proved my point.

  153. John Constantine

    It has been found at organic lefty Oliver’s real foods takeaway, that women ordering through robots order more food at a higher value than when they order through a counter staffer.

    They value not being judged.

    It is a real demand that is rewarded with higher sales.

  154. Makka

    What consumer choice is missing in Perth, maybe wall to wall sodomy but what el

    se?

    Food, eating out, furniture and decorations , quality of service etc…. Over east the choices are enormous hence quality is better. In Perth not so much by comparison. I’ve lived in both places, the difference is stark. MV, if you are happy to drive 6-7 hours just for the joy of WA SW landscapes then good oh. Look, Perth and WA have a lot going for it but I find it insular and remote.

  155. egg_

    Forget about the driver less trucks. Just outlaw the things and get back to more important projects.

    Would software do a worse job than the Mo’s and cowboys driving them at the mo’ment?

  156. Memoryvault

    I find it insular and remote.

    Yes.
    But enough of its features, what are the drawbacks?

  157. egg_

    The fact is that, with technological advances, it is perfectly plausible that within 50 years most people – perhaps everyone – will have been engineered out of a job. Asssuming the robots haven’t taken over, the technological challenge of how to ensure people lead meaningful lives without the things we currently find meaningful will have been solved.

    People will be attending to the automatons, as they have done in their homes for the past century since electrification.
    The Gaia nutters are the true Luddites.

  158. Makka

    I doubt that driverless trucks will be a significant issue in Australia for a very long time to come. Infrastructure quality, economics of implementation, unions, safety variables, practicalities of maintenance and unplanned/unknowable events etc etc… too many obstacles. I can’t see it getting serious legs any time soon.

  159. C.L.

    Scott Morrison springs into action to condemn “far right.”
    Thanks the pro-African gang Victoria Police – the nation’s most corrupt.

    “Australia is the most successful migrant country in the world.

    “This has been achieved by showing respect for each other, our laws and values and maintaining sensible immigration policies.”

  160. Makka

    Scott Morrison springs into action to condemn “far right.”

    Scomo and the Libs, stalwarts of the UNiparty doctrine of Big ‘Straya.

  161. bespoke

    Memoryvault
    #2899853, posted on January 6, 2019 at 10:48 am

    But enough of its features, what are the drawbacks?

    +1 for saying something positive 🙂 and a and another +1 as I have no interest in crowds and coffee shops ether.

  162. cohenite

    stackja

    #2899773, posted on January 6, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Fraser Anning slammed for attending St Kilda far-Right rally
    Annika Smethurst, Brianna Travers and Kaitlyn Offer, Sunday Herald Sun
    January 5, 2019 10:48pm

    Twice-dumped Senator Fraser Anning is under fire for joining far-Right wing extremists at a wild protest in St Kilda on Saturday.

    It comes as shocking footage of far-Right protesters gesturing with Nazi salutes was captured on video after hundreds of rallygoers and counter-protesters faced off for more than four hours.

    Anning gets good support in the comments. I don’t think he’ll get back in at the next election; which is a pity.

  163. C.L.

    I note the ABC is using it’s standard phraseology this morning …

    The “far right” versus “anti-fascists.”

  164. Memoryvault

    “This has been achieved by showing respect for each other, our laws and values and maintaining sensible immigration policies.”

    Careful, C.L.
    Fraser Anning said exactly the same thing, and was universally condemned for it.

  165. egg_

    What consumer choice is missing in Perth, maybe wall to wall sodomy

    Maybe Kate Fischer was right about Grecian style – chicks have more chance of an orgasm that way, apparently – how fvcked up a Civil Engineer was the almighty that the dorsal nerve bundle got the sewerage works?
    That’s what the puritanical revulsion is?
    Swine of ancient times hung around the tip yard, hence juice and mo’s find ’em unclean beasts?

  166. IT;

    Hey but my TV cost $5 less and check out my collection of rubber dog shit.

    Everything is a sign of our demented Overlords being gathered up in tumbrils!
    Everything!
    Even rubber dogshit!
    🙂

  167. Memoryvault

    Scomo and the Libs, stalwarts of the UNiparty doctrine of Big ‘Straya.

    Hang on, I’m lost.
    Aren’t the Libs our last bastion of hope against the dreaded Socialist Shorten and the Liars?
    Or was that last week?

    Sometimes this blog can be so confusing.

  168. BrettW

    CMFEU VIC facing an interesting dilemma this week when their boss Setka attends court in connection with a domestic violence case. Do his Union mates turn out in force to show their support of him v their Unions long time support of the campaign against DV and the White Ribbon charity. Since you never not see Setka wearing his Union clothing will he turn up to court in “normal” clothes or stick to CFMEU gear.

    Will his lawyer be from Gordon legal who represent his Union but also employed his wife who is the victim of the case.

    Could not happen to a nicer bloke.

    Please note I am not expecting the wife to actually give evidence against him. Hopefully the police have enough evidence against him based upon what happened when they attended his house.

    Does anybody know if VICPOL uniform cops carry body cameras ?

    Even if Setka steps away from CFMEU leadership you can guarantee will be a generous “compensation” package”.

  169. EvilElvis

    Over east the choices are enormous hence quality is better

    What are we talking here, Makka? Certainly quantity is there, I’m not convinced on quality.

  170. C.L.

    Setka took Boxing Day literally.

  171. Snoopy

    The fix is in. Xi wins another African election.

    Preliminary results from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s December 30 presidential election will be delayed past the expected deadline, the head of the election commission says.

    Corneille Nangaa has told Reuters the commission, known as CENI, has received only 47 per cent of vote tally sheets as of Saturday, and did not know when the results would be ready.

    Early results had been expected to be announced on Sunday.

    The December 30 vote could mark Congo’s first democratic transition of power since independence from Belgium in 1960.

    But tensions rose after observers reported a litany of irregularities that the opposition says are part of the ruling party’s effort to steal the election.

    The US condemned a lack of transparency in the contest, while China, a major investor, lauded the process.

  172. John Constantine

    Call robot trucks road trains.

    The railway train has one driver in the cab and multiple freight units behind.

    Moving five hundred tonnes of grain from out back of Mildura to Portland will be done at night with one driver in the lead prime mover and the five hundred tonnes following in self propelled robot trailers electronically linked and artificially intelligenced.

    Road trains are coming, either mechanically hooked up and driven by third world peasants with no english language skills or electronically linked and slaved close following robot convoys. The drafting effect will save fuel on long trips.

    Big Australia cannot meet its logistics requirements without road trains doing depot to depot freight hauls.

    Robots won’t file o,h and s claims for getting bounced to bits on australias crappy roads either.

  173. John Constantine

    https://www.wired.com/story/embark-self-driving-truck-deliveries/

    “If you live in Southern California and you’ve ordered one of those fancy new smart refrigerators in the past few weeks, it may have hitched a ride to you on a robotruck.

    Since early October, autonomous trucks built and operated by the startup Embark have been hauling Frigidaire refrigerators 650 miles along the I-10 freeway, from a warehouse in El Paso, Texas, to a distribution center in Palm Springs, California. A human driver rides in the cab to monitor the computer chauffeur for now, but the ultimate goal of this (auto) pilot program is to dump the fleshbag and let the trucks rumble solo down the highway.

    “This is the first time someone has demonstrated this end-to-end,” Embark CEO Alex Rodrigues says. “It showcases the way that we see self-driving playing into the logistics industry.”

  174. Top Ender

    Hey Mater.

    I wouldn’t have chosen the grassy knoll for a shot. JFK may well have been masked by others in the car: it’s too flat for a decent sight picture.

    Besides, it would have been deflection shooting, and didn’t offer much time for several reloads of the bolt action rifle.

    Oswald’s choice of a sniper position was excellent.

  175. Snoopy

    Who said 40% renewables won’t stop global warming in its tracks?

    Heavy snow has caused travel chaos in parts of Germany and Austria as roads and train routes were closed due to the threat of avalanche and airports cancelled flights.

  176. Makka

    What are we talking here, Makka? Certainly quantity is there, I’m not convinced on quality.

    Both. Elvis, if you have lived in Perth for any time as well as over east the difference is very clear.

  177. Mark A

    John Constantine
    #2899873, posted on January 6, 2019 at 11:13 am

    https://www.wired.com/story/embark-self-driving-truck-deliveries/

    This whole business about auto drive cars and trucks is a solution to a non existing problem.
    They do work it because they can afford to do so.

  178. Memoryvault

    CMFEU VIC facing an interesting dilemma this week when their boss Setka attends court in connection with a domestic violence case.

    Sorry Brett, but I fail to see the contradiction.
    Scroll back up to the pics Calli posted, of Australia’s leading female socialist, waving gaily to the adoring crowds.

  179. Cassie of Sydney

    “auto drive cars and trucks”

    Won’t that be seen as discrimination against Muslims? After all, Muslims like to drive cars and trucks into….

  180. EvilElvis

    Both. Elvis, if you have lived in Perth for any time as well as over east the difference is very clear.

    WA born and bred, mate. Haven’t lived over east and honestly wouldn’t want to. When I do get over for my partner’s family/friends ‘events’ I’m always surprised at what a low standard of workmanship is accepted in homes there (Melbourne). I’m working off a small sample though. Food diversity, check! Although I’ve not tried any Sudanese delicacies yet.

  181. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Community Service Announcement:
    Tweflth Night – Christmas decorations back in their boxes Cats.

    Already done, two days ago! Didn’t have much up this year, as we were away Christmas Day and no big family event at our place. So just now, having read Calli’s piece, I went to sit in Santa’s big wicker chair in our foyer to contemplate the world (as I am wont to do there) and looking up, I see Tinta’s present to me of a hand-made wooden star with the word ‘Joy’ painted on it, still hanging from a gilded mirror where I had placed it. Missed it in the pack up! I was tempted to leave it there as a good luck symbol but thought it might be a bit pagan to do that with her beautifully evocative and Christian present. That star is now packed, on this true Twelfth Night, to rise again next Christmas.

    Never packed is a small decorated china ball hanging high in the foyer showing that blue Mediterranean All-Seeing Eye, the one that Picasso has looking over Guernica in that huge painting of his in Madrid. It will do to ward off any stray naughty Northern Hemisphere sprites that may linger around Vaucluse. 🙂

  182. Memoryvault

    Food diversity, check! Although I’ve not tried any Sudanese delicacies yet.

    Who needs food diversity and Sudanese delicacies when you have the Fremantle Fish Markets on a Friday night?

    Further south the seafood tucker gets even better.

  183. Confused Old Misfit

    Just went into a MacDonalds for a coffee and Sunday paper read.

    I ran into that too. The cure was to tell the cute young thing that I was numerically dyslexic and that I would inadvertently input the incorrect numbers.
    Astoundingly she actually had some idea of what I was talking about and the transaction proceeded in the normal fashion.

  184. Makka

    I see Trump put a call in to the family of the cop killed by the illegal alien. Did they get a call from Pelosi and Chuck too?

  185. Makka

    WA born and bred, mate.

    Well, there ya go.

  186. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Areff, if you are around, and speaking of the tensions between pagan and Christian symbolism, I bought Hairy a copy of Bernard Cornwell’s ‘The Last Kingdom” for his (late) Christmas present (gave him a fine wine for the initial run). ‘Twill be a race ta see which one of us gets to it first, he said. Me, of course! Thanks for recommending it, I am enjoying it immensely, with all the references to Norse mythology it contains. Just now reading the part where King Alfred is entering the scene, and the Christian world re-enters Uhtred’s life. Thanks for recommending it to me.

  187. Makka

    I’m always surprised at what a low standard of workmanship is accepted in homes there (Melbourne).

    As opposed to the red brick Italian made ovens so predominant in Perth? That’s the insularity showing. No, Perth isn’t special in that respect, not at all.

  188. Stimpson J. Cat

    The fact is that, with technological advances, it is perfectly plausible that within 50 years most people – perhaps everyone – will have been engineered out of a job.

    It’s really not.
    At all.

  189. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just went into a MacDonalds for a coffee and Sunday paper read.

    We ran into that serve-yourself machine at Makka’s on our way up to Qld before Christmas.
    Hairy annoyed but together we managed it. Just another kid’s job lost to computers, I grumble.

  190. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6561079/Millionaire-reveals-moment-doctor-told-father-three-adored-boys.html

    Father of three boys, he’d raised from birth, was told he’d been infertile all his life…

  191. Stimpson J. Cat

    Why are you guys eating McDonald’s?
    Don’t you have wives to give you a cooked breakfast on Sunday?
    What the hell is the point of being married?

  192. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “It showcases the way that we see self-driving playing into the logistics industry.”

    Self-drives will probably soon be with us, but hopefully on designated laneways/roads.
    Re-engineering the road system might be part of it?

  193. Memoryvault

    Ignore the ignorant Easterner, Elvis.
    I just checked, and Little Creatures is still thriving down Freo.
    There’s hope for Mankind yet.

  194. rickw

    Food diversity, check! Although I’ve not tried any Sudanese delicacies yet.

    Basically Goat and Goat with Special Sauce.

    I recommend avoiding the latter.

  195. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just another kid’s job lost to computers, I grumble.

    My local I.G.A. didn’t install self service checkouts for exactly that reason.

  196. Mark A

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2899901, posted on January 6, 2019 at 11:46 am

    “It showcases the way that we see self-driving playing into the logistics industry.”

    Self-drives will probably soon be with us, but hopefully on designated laneways/roads.
    Re-engineering the road system might be part of it?

    Maybe so, but I ask again Why?
    To what purpose?

  197. rickw

    The US condemned a lack of transparency in the contest, while China, a major investor, lauded the process.

    You should see the humongous tower they built in Kinshasa for The President of DRC.

    I hope it doesn’t fall on anyone being Chicom.

  198. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Maybe so, but I ask again Why?
    To what purpose?

    For simple point-to-point delivery. It might work out cheaper. Given designated roads, rather as the railways work, but more flexible than the rail system. Initially only over short distances because the road infrastructure is not there yet. It already works on point-to-point people delivery on rails (and roads?) around airports.

    Just thinking about it, so above is all founded on my speculation not my knowledge of the, um, dare I say the ins-and-outs of it.

  199. Mater

    Hi Top Ender,

    I think it was Cactus asking about the Grassy Knoll, but I appreciate the assessment nonetheless.
    I didn’t make it to Dallas, but hope to one day.

  200. egg_

    The railway train has one driver in the cab and multiple freight units behind.

    Road train drone swarms.
    Drone swarms are our future, comrade.

  201. Memoryvault

    Basically Goat and Goat with Special Sauce.

    Mind you, the Special Sauce is an excellent remedy for constipation.

  202. egg_

    Moving five hundred tonnes of grain from out back of Mildura to Portland will be done at night with one driver in the lead prime mover and the five hundred tonnes following in self propelled robot trailers electronically linked and artificially intelligenced.

    Be thankful they’re not the size of mine haul trucks – or bigger – like the prototype Chinese bus whose wheels would span the highway.

  203. Mark A

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2899913, posted on January 6, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Maybe so, but I ask again Why?
    To what purpose?

    For simple point-to-point delivery. It might work out cheaper. Given designated roads, rather as the railways work, but more flexible than the rail system. Initially only over short distances because the road infrastructure is not there yet. It already works on point-to-point people delivery on rails (and roads?) around airports.

    Just thinking about it, so above is all founded on my speculation not my knowledge of the, um, dare I say the ins-and-outs of it.

    Part of work revolves around automation where it makes sense to increase productivity and save human lives.

    This effort to automate road traffic achieves none of that.
    Only my opinion of course.

  204. Lizzie;

    Self-drives will probably soon be with us, but hopefully on designated laneways/roads.
    Re-engineering the road system might be part of it?

    Fix the bloody railways, get the Unions out, and the problem will solve itself.

  205. egg_

    This whole business about auto drive cars and trucks is a solution to a non existing problem.

    Planes have been flying themselves for decades and drive by wire means that when you think you’re commanding WOT when you put your foot down, the Nanny (State) software ain’t necessarily allowing it; phase one of traction control &c.

  206. Memoryvault

    Be thankful they’re not the size of mine haul trucks

    Even they are being automated.

    Sigh.

  207. Old School Conservative

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2899928, posted on January 6, 2019 at 12:11 pm
    When Frogs Attack.

    The police didn’t want to be there nor retaliate.
    In any normal situation, the guy with bare fists would come off second best against a motivated policeman with shield, helmet, a team, and his own baton.

  208. egg_

    Self-drives will probably soon be with us, but hopefully on designated laneways/roads.
    Re-engineering the road system might be part of it?

    Plebs in ICEs will be on the secondary self-drive roads?

  209. Tel

    Fix the bloody railways, get the Unions out, and the problem will solve itself.

    Lol. Anyone taking bets on that?

  210. Robber Baron

    Just doing a spot of google mapping to find a destination I am heading this afternoon. The most extraordinary thing I found on the map. An icon that said “Tesla Destination Charger.”

    This tells me that electric cars are beyond a joke if you need to use a map to find a place to charge them.

  211. Mark A

    egg_
    #2899927, posted on January 6, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    This whole business about auto drive cars and trucks is a solution to a non existing problem.

    Planes have been flying themselves for decades and drive by wire means that when you think you’re commanding WOT when you put your foot down, the Nanny (State) software ain’t necessarily allowing it; phase one of traction control &c.

    Tell me you are going to fly one when no flesh and bone sits up front.
    If they still have to be there then it’s only a sophisticated cruise control.

    Don’t misunderstand me I’m working with auto mining equipment, even writing software control when required.

    But I see no urgency in replacing drivers in cars and trucks, specially if they still have to be there, for ‘just in case’.

  212. Oh come on

    I prefer using self-serve checkouts. You can dispense with the small talk.

  213. Oh come on

    Plus my 4yo likes scanning crap.

  214. Diogenes

    Just went into a MacDonalds for a coffee and Sunday paper read.

    I ran into that too.

    Ditto … To make mine even funnier, was that it was one of my students demonstrating, although she knows my attitude to self serve checkouts – “Sorry Sir, we have to do it.” I said to the hovering manager they could show me a million times how to drive the damned thing … I am not going to use it !

  215. Mark A

    Oh come on
    #2899937, posted on January 6, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    I prefer using self-serve checkouts. You can dispense with the small talk.

    Why don’t you like people?

  216. Mater

    I prefer using self-serve checkouts. You can dispense with the small talk

    Yes, the social interaction can be constrained to the constant and repeated; “Why does this machine keep locking up on me?” and “Can you please unlock this?”.
    All business, no small talk.

  217. egg_

    I see from the morning news that Toyota’s adventure into the world of embedded software is going badly. The company’s second attempt to find a quick fix for unintended acceleration in its conventionally-powered vehicles is barely underway, and already evidence is emerging that the underlying problem is likely in the engine controller, not in the pedal mechanical assembly. And now we hear from Japan that the Prius, Toyota’s golden child, has a problem with its brake-by-wire control system.

    One has to recall Audi, which decades ago accidentally introduced drive-by-wire with its advanced cruise control on the Audi 5000. The cars were allegedly subject to spontaneous acceleration. The company blamed the problem on operator error. At the time, I was told that researchers at another European high-end auto company had uncovered a problem in Audi’s engine-control firmware and reproduced the acceleration without requiring a driver to mistake the gas pedal for the brake. But in the ensuing liability litigation, all hope was lost of diagnosing the actual problem and documenting it so that the rest of the real-time software community could avoid it.

    The reason all this came to mind this morning was actually not the newspapers, but a panel I attended yesterday at DesignCon. The subject was achieving quality closure. But the issue of software sat like an elephant in the corner of the room, awaiting notice. One of the panelists—I believe it was Design Rivers president Camille Kokozaki—pointed out that perhaps the most serious quality problem in IC designs now is not quality closure on the hardware, but the integrity of the firmware and software that will run on the chip. There simply is no systematic approach to ensuring the quality of an integrated hardware/software system.

    And this is a tragedy. Thirty years ago, work was well under way on the problem of formally proving software correctness. One company had designed a completely deterministic microprocessor—no interrupts, no indirect addressing—that made it possible to mathematically prove all of the possible trajectories of a code set. And computer scientists such as Edsger Dijkstra were making strides in methodology to create formally proven software. But along came C, UNIX, and the cult of the bemused hobby programmer, and the entire notion of formal correctness vanished under a smokescreen of hacking.

    So now, after decades invested in metrics-driven verification, formal verification, and methodology management, we find that our chips don’t work as expected because the software is still being “verified” by feeding it test cases until the schedule expires*. And we find that our cars run into things for the same reason, and the press of course will blame the problem on “electronics.”

    *IME in safety systems in automating mining vehicles – it’s how the humans manage (the verification of) a software driven beast, or any other kind.

  218. Stimpson J. Cat

    I prefer using self-serve checkouts. You can dispense with the small talk.

    Beep Boop Beep!

    Humans are meant to be social creatures.
    It is how we came to be.

  219. Memoryvault

    This tells me that electric cars are beyond a joke if you need to use a map to find a place to charge them.

    Not defending electric cars, but he first time I traveled from Perth to Sydney – on a motor bike – in 1969, I had to carry spare petrol to make it between fuel outlets. Ditto for many cars.

  220. Stimpson J. Cat

    Plus my 4yo likes scanning crap.

    If they become a checkout operator and lose their job due to automation it will literally be all your fault.
    Enjoy the future!

  221. egg_

    Tell me you are going to fly one when no flesh and bone sits up front.
    If they still have to be there then it’s only a sophisticated cruise control.

    On the contrary, I suspect that few fleshbags are competent instrument only pilots and cars are going the same way (thankfully, given our immigrant hordes).

  222. Oh come on

    I like that AOC dancing video. Who doesn’t like to see a pretty young lass dancing about minus a bra? And it’s authentic, it humanises her – she obviously wasn’t doing it with an eye to a future political career. Whoever released it thinking it would be damaging to her really sucks at the social media game.

    Some of the music the internet dubbed over the clip was pretty funny. There were a couple of sexually explicit rap songs that made me laugh. They should have added a preachy-sounding ‘stop catcalling me!’

  223. Mark A

    egg_
    #2899956, posted on January 6, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    Tell me you are going to fly one when no flesh and bone sits up front.
    If they still have to be there then it’s only a sophisticated cruise control.

    On the contrary, I suspect that few fleshbags are competent instrument only pilots and cars are going the same way (thankfully, given our immigrant hordes).

    Well I have to leave the discussion with you, there.
    I still trust humans more than automats in an emergency.
    Seen enough mishaps.

  224. Oh come on

    Why don’t you like people?

    Why do you like small talk?

  225. Memoryvault

    Tell me you are going to fly one when no flesh and bone sits up front.
    If they still have to be there then it’s only a sophisticated cruise control.

    I have been in a fully laden passenger aircraft that was struck by lightning just as it was about to land in a heavy cross-wind, and the engines cut out. Over the next 30 seconds or so the two pilots justified their existence, while the rest of us suddenly found God.

    Pilots will be around for a while yet.

  226. Mindfree

    John C and Farmer Gez

    I am reading that the Murray Basin rail project is a botched operation by the comrades and running behind schedule due poor costings, project management failings and contractual problems and even where rail deliveries such as the Ararat to Maryborough line have occurred there are speed restrictions down to 40km/h

    The rest of it Merbein, Sea Lake, Manangatang and Piangil lines are still to be completed and the cost blowouts will be significant – another stuff up by Allen and Donnellan (I noticed Jacinta Allen has had her role broken into two ministries)

    Is this having an impact by additional road trains that you refer to or do you have any comment since you guys are in that area

  227. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2899718, posted on January 6, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Taking your kids to the park is a pain in the arse.

    Playing in the backyard is awesome for everyone.

    Which brings us neatly from town planning to the parlous state of Australian cricket.
    Cricket in open parks leads to kids developing random swipes whilst backyard cricket develops great shot selection mainly due to the placement of mum’s hydrangeas and daphne plants. You never hit the ball anywhere near mum’s plants. A damaged hydrangea led to a whack across the arse with the Slazenger TopShot Junior and a suspension until the plant fully recovered.
    Bradman, Harvey, Ponting and Benaud all had mum’s hydrangeas on the legside.
    The Marshs learnt to play in the park with the neighbours bowling and Swampy umpiring.

  228. egg_

    I still trust humans more than automats in an emergency.

    +1

    I view them as driving aids (but VSS has true control of your vehicle nowadays), and IME we had a Mine Deputy lockout system* in our designs as the final arbiter.

    *Championed by yours truly, based on experience (overzealous Nanny incorrect shutdowns of systems).

  229. Tom

    This whole business about auto drive cars and trucks is a solution to a non existing problem.

    Non-existent problem, MarkA? Combined with the ALP’s rigging of Fair Work Australia regulations, union labour is a massive problem that puts trucking costs through the roof. You watch: self-driving trucks will be banned in the non-competitive shithole union caliphate of Australiastan as Big Truck and Big Union combine to shut out independent owner-operators. Better to have incompetent imported Third World trash paying their inflated TWU subs — good little wage slaves who will never buck the union (whose president was recently president of the ALP).

  230. Oh come on

    If they become a checkout operator and lose their job due to automation it will literally be all your fault.

    LOL I didn’t think of it that way, Stimps. Clearly the kid is signalling a preferred future career and I am part of the movement making that career obsolete! Right. I am off to the supermarket soon. I’m going to fill my trolley, and I will purchase every item as a separate transaction. That should provide at least half an hour’s work to a checkout operator.

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