Wednesday Forum: January 30, 2019

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  1. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bourke St killer James Gargasoulas a ‘freedom fighter’
    Amber WilsonAAP
    January 31, 2019 11:09AM
    Topics
    VIC News

    Melbourne’s Bourke Street killer James Gargasoulas has read a letter to the loved ones of his victims in court, blaming “government oppression” for his crimes.

    Gargasoulas, 29, killed six pedestrians and injured dozens more when he drove a stolen car along footpaths and through a busy pedestrian mall while in a drug-induced psychosis on January 20, 2017.

    His bizarre address to a Supreme Court of Victoria pre-sentence hearing on Thursday was similar to a statement he delivered to the court during his trial.

    He apologised to his victims and their family and friends, but added neither his apology or “a lengthy jail sentence” would fix his actions.

    “I am deeply ashamed of what I’ve done. I must say it is a tragic day for all of you and myself. If only we could go back in time, I would change it all,” Gargasoulas told the court.

    “What I want you to know is I am a victim of government oppression. It is because of oppression six people have died and many were injured.

    “I am not evil. I am not a terrorist. I am a freedom fighter who is now educated to stop oppression.”

    Gargasoulas described what he believed were the government and monarchy’s misdeeds in overruling “God’s laws of liberty” and that the country’s legal, social and financial systems were designed to “enslave humanity”.

    He said he was the Messiah and that his actions on the day of the massacre were caused by God, who wanted Gargasoulas to help reinstate God’s laws.

    “God is half responsible for what I did. He kept me safe from the people that wanted to harm me so I could tell the truth,” he said under cross-examination.

    “Prior to Bourke Street, I had visions, visions that kept me safe from assassinations.”

  2. candy

    It may end up being a cliffhanger with the Libs coming in with a narrow margin.

    I tend to agree with that, Winston. Or Labor in minority government.
    Actually, as it gets closer, I wonder if Bill Shorten will remain leader at all. He does begin to look as if he has no policies economically. Chris Bowen might have some ideas but he can’t upset the unions. There’s powerful factions in there who control him and BS.

  3. Behold, the gallant knight Stimpson the pure has returned.

  4. Infidel Tiger

    It may end up being a cliffhanger with the Libs coming in with a narrow margin.

    Aaah, no.

    You are getting Shorten, so please deal with it.

  5. Stimpson J. Cat

    “God is half responsible for what I did. He kept me safe from the people that wanted to harm me so I could tell the truth,” he said under cross-examination.
    “Prior to Bourke Street, I had visions, visions that kept me safe from assassinations.”

    Gargamel needs to be force injected Thorazine and Haldol daily in a nice warm padded cell for the rest of his life.
    He will love it.

  6. with the Libs coming in with a narrow margin.

    hohoho.

    Ya’ dreamin’.

    Better question: Will the libs win enough seats to retain party status?

  7. Stimpson J. Cat

    Behold, the gallant knight Stimpson the pure has returned.

    Verily, I am on a quest to rescue yon fair Catallaxy maidens from themselves.
    Deus Vult!

  8. Boambee John

    JC
    #2922227, posted on January 31, 2019 at 1:22 pm
    Haven’t we seen the cat lady donation model before. I can’t recall her name, but she also worked for Fairfax , was booted, went out on her own and finally taken for all her savings

    Margot Kingston?

  9. Verily, I am on a quest to rescue yon fair Catallaxy maidens from themselves.

    Sire, yon fair Catallaxy maidens doth surely quiver in anticipation awaiting the brave knight.

  10. stackja

    PENRITH LAKES AWS thermometer intermittent failures continue. Resumed in time this afternoon to give 39 degrees for TV news report. Same on Tuesday resumed in time that afternoon to give 41 degrees for TV news report.

  11. Myrddin Seren

    candy

    Chris Bowen might have some ideas but he can’t upset the unions. There’s powerful factions in there who control him and BS.

    One certainly can’t accuse Labor of a ‘low profile’ election campaign. It is total class warfare, albeit they haven’t threatened to ‘eliminate the Kulaks’ – yet. This is probably up-the-sleeve for after the election, when Labor will claim ‘things are worse than they were told !’

    Which seems like a risky election strategy to run in the marginals.

    So it is probably not about the voters per se.

    The unions were well angry with Electricity Bill after he disobeyed orders and voted to dump Julia for Kevin Again.

    He has obviously mollified them, but one suspects part of the price is that the ACTU policy positions are locked in from the beginning, so Shorten can’t weasel out of any backroom deals. Demonstrating how much the unions trust him. Which is – ‘not much’.

    And as they made clear at the time of John Faulkner’s push for democracy in the ALP – the ALP is the political wing of the unions; the unions call the shots; and any outbreaks of democracy will be dealt with harshly.

  12. struth

    Look down at your hands.
    If you aren’t holding a half chewed crayon you are still in the real world.

    Is that what you call it?

    Just pulled up at a red light, singing Richard Marx Right Here Waiting, hitting all the notes, pitch perfect, a virtual Stimpy symphony and the sane guy in the car next to me just stares open-mouthed in awe.
    Living the dream.

    (It could have been horror, that looks quite similar to awe I apparently. Let’s go with awe. )

    No sorry Klinger, no section eight…………………………

  13. cohenite

    Keep up to date with the Cortez Countdown Clock to the end of the world.

  14. stackja

    Ausgrid
    ‏Verified account
    @Ausgrid
    4 hours ago
    Power is out to about 45,000 customers in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Emergency crews are on the way to investigate and restore power. Impacted areas include Randwick, Bondi Junction, Bondi, Kensington, Waverley, Double Bay, Woollahra.

    Point Piper was blacked out map

    Did MT have solar/wind backup?

  15. Arky

    Winston Smith
    #2922261, posted on January 31, 2019 at 2:14 pm
    Arky, you need to post something for us to answer to.

    Currently writing the introduction video for my Subscribestar channel.
    It will be more political than the YouTube stuff, and maybe better written and thought out.

  16. dover_beach

    Virginia Gov. Northam is a pediatric neurologist. Mengele won. The medical profession is fatally compromised.

  17. Infidel Tiger

    Power is out to about 45,000 customers in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Emergency crews are on the way to investigate and restore power. Impacted areas include Randwick, Bondi Junction, Bondi, Kensington, Waverley, Double Bay, Woollahra.

    Good.

    Should be cut off permanently from the spivs.

  18. Des Deskperson

    ‘Haven’t we seen the cat lady donation model before. I can’t recall her name, but she also worked for Fairfax , was booted, went out on her own and finally taken for all her savings’

    A fate something like that also befell ‘Anne Summers Reports’, which folded,

    .https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/feminist-anne-summers-closes-online-publication-after-racking-up-thousands-in-debt/news-story/eeb9ff953f52b901c78210acd4b4fc49

    I loved this statement:

    “We paid no office rents (it was all done out of my attic) or salaries (except for my part-time assistant..) so our overheads were low but it costs money to produce a quality publication.’

    Yet she still ended up in $180,000 worth of debt which she was – and maybe still is – seeking donations to cover.

    Clueless, entitled self-promoter.

  19. Mother Lode

    Equally telling was his attempted walk-back.
    Did you think I meant regular babies? LOL, no. I only meant disabled babies..

    Actually, he only just stopped himself from saying Republican babies.

    It is weird that progressives preen themselves as being compassionate and champions of victims.

    But they have no compassion for the disabled. I suppose because they can’t be as easily lured to storming the barricades on cue.

  20. Stimpson J. Cat

    Mengele won.

    Watch my link above Dover.
    It’s unbelievable.

  21. stackja

    Myrddin Seren
    #2922312, posted on January 31, 2019 at 3:25 pm
    …and any outbreaks of democracy will be dealt with harshly.

    Reminds of 1949 FIA elections.

  22. bespoke

    incoherent rambler
    #2922309, posted on January 31, 2019 at 3:21 pm
    Verily, I am on a quest to rescue yon fair Catallaxy maidens from themselves.
    Sire, yon fair Catallaxy maidens doth surely quiver in anticipation awaiting the brave knight.

    I blame Lizzie for this.

  23. bespoke

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #2922311, posted on January 31, 2019 at 3:22 pm
    This is some f$cked up sh$t.
    Monstrous.

    This is some f$cked up sh$t.
    This is some f$cked up sh$t.
    This is some f$cked up sh$t.
    This is some f$cked up sh$t.

  24. Stimpson J. Cat

    I blame Lizzie for this.

    Nay goodman Bespoke,
    twas the fair Lady Lizzie that doth alerted us to the foul scourge of hot iron accidental n$pple burns. We must combat this evil foe with vim and vigorous vigor!
    Fae Victus!

  25. Makka

    The American love affair with abortion is incredibly dark and evil.

    No other place on earth would allow what they do.

    Indeed. And the black population suffers this horror the most:

    National Statistics
    More than 19 million Black babies have been aborted since the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalized abortion in our country.

    Non-Hispanic Black women have a significantly higher abortion rate (25.1 per 1000 women of reproducive age) than that of Non-Hispanic Whites (6.8) and Hispanics (11.2)

    36.0% of all abortions in the U.S. in 2014 were performed on Black women, however, only about 13.3% of the total population is Black

    African-Americans are no longer the nation’s largest minority group. Today, Hispanics have outpaced Blacks in population growth.

    For every 1,000 live births, non-Hispanic Black women had 390 abortions. Non-Hispanic White women had 111 abortions/1,000 live births

    https://rtl.org/outreach/

  26. Baldrick

    Power is out to about 45,000 customers in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Emergency crews are on the way to investigate and restore power. Impacted areas include Randwick, Bondi Junction, Bondi, Kensington, Waverley, Double Bay, Woollahra.

    You want to agitate for more renewables, then start living your dream.

  27. calli

    He said he was the Messiah and that his actions on the day of the massacre were caused by God, who wanted Gargasoulas to help reinstate God’s laws.

    “God is half responsible for what I did. He kept me safe from the people that wanted to harm me so I could tell the truth,” he said under cross-examination.

    Yeah. Right.

    Shorter Gargo: I know exactly what I did, which was murder innocent people, and I planned to do it. But…if I act like an insane person (having studied Corporal Klinger 101 during my time on remand), they might just be stupid enough to put me in an asylum. And lo, a miracle! I will suddenly be cured and let out to resume my life as a model citizen.

  28. Stimpson J. Cat

    Let’s try and be positive guys.
    At least we now have a surefire way 100% guaranteed way to test whether a Woman is an evil Witch or not, before we date or marry them.
    Just show them that clip and ask their opinion.
    It will save so much time, money, and energy down the track.

  29. Makka

    Here’s a clue …

    The blackout comes after warnings that NSW was facing a potential shortfall in back-up power today after two power stations broke down ahead of the day’s expected hot weather.
    AGL’s Liddell power station, in the Hunter Valley and Origin’s Eraring power station on Lake Macquarie were both suffering broken generators yesterday, taking about 1300 megawatts of supply out of the system.

    … and Ruinables aren’t able to take up the slack.

    Yes, it really does come as a surprise to millennial fkwit green journo’s that mechanical units do break down. That’s why redundancy is built in to any system to cater for these entirely known and predictable events. But not in 3rd World ‘Straya. Our brain dead masters do their level best to minimize mechanical availability by using fairytale wind and solar as squishy back up and charge us the earth for the privilege of their ineptitude.

    This country is totally fkd.

  30. areff

    PM pleads with ex-Libs to rejoin the party. I’m confused. Weren’t we being told the Turnbull years saw membership soar, that the rank and file were as one with the new-look Libs’ objectives.

    https://www.9news.com.au/national/2019/01/31/11/29/pm-issues-plea-to-former-liberal-members-in-leaked-letter

    Anyway, in his note to prodigals, the PM helpfully offers a phone number: 02 8365 0300.

    Call ’em and tell him you’re proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Michael Photios. Stand in the dark, that is, if you happen to be in the blacked-out Eastern Suburbs.

  31. As I understand the way the wholesale electrickery market works, a large supplier who owns both wind and coal generators, makes more money when they artificially create a supply shortage.

  32. calli

    Awwww, bespoke.

    Awww wookata… 😍

  33. Baldrick

    PM pleads with ex-Libs to rejoin the party. I’m confused.

    I’m confused too. I thought they didn’t matter …

    “The qualitative evidence is they don’t matter. The sum of a more centrist approach outweighs any alleged marginal loss of so-called base voters.” – Mark Textor

  34. feelthebern

    Chrissy Pyne: We’re in the winners circle now…

  35. Bruce of Newcastle

    PM pleads with ex-Libs to rejoin the party.

    When he starts dynamiting wind turbines we’ll know he means business.

  36. OldOzzie

    Yep thanks Greenie milleniums we have joined 3rd World Status – our suburb is Blacked out for at least 2 hours

    Went down just before 4pm advised by Ausgrid not back till ypm

  37. Lysander

    The Photios faction of the Libs think themselves so smart to get a Labor PM in Canberra; thinking it’ll help bleed Labor supporters into the Lib camp. They get paid for this shit!

  38. stackja

    Liberty Quote
    Very few people, even among environmentalists, have truly faced up to what the science is telling us.

    This is because the implications of 3C, let alone 4C or 5C, are so horrible that we look to any possible scenario to head it off, including the canvassing of “emergency” responses such as the suspension of democratic processes.

    — Clive Hamilton

  39. Infidel Tiger

    We’re in the winners circle now…

    He never stops with the gay euphemisms.

  40. Cassie of Sydney

    “My question to the fine cat Ladies who understand who they are and their civilisation, do you find the hysterics of the feminist mind so disturbing as to hope western men get them back in line, or how do you think this will or should play out?”

    I do indeed find the hysterics of the feminist mind disturbing…as a matter of fact I find the hysterics of the left disturbing. Western societies are unravelling before our eyes…all thanks to the putrid marxist feminist left. How do I think that it will play out? Well…I believe that women will get (rightly so) their comeuppance. And it won’t be pretty for women. I have a theory…some people laugh when I have voiced this theory….but it is based on the following….religion has collapsed in the west and men in the west are increasingly marginalised, despised and emasculated. If I were a man…what would I turn to? What ideology empowers men? Have a guess…it’s not hard. The destruction of western civilisation is being caused by women.

    This might not happen if women were to wake up to themselves however I don’t see that happening. Why…because most women are stupid….utterly stupid….except of course for myself, my fellow fine Cat ladies and the following three women…Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, Queen Elizabeth I…..but these three women had male brains which probably explains a lot.

  41. When he starts dynamiting wind turbines we’ll know he means business.

    When he abolishes the RETs we’ll know he means business.

    Same thing.

  42. cohenite

    Good overview of the alarmist scam by David Archibald; all the talking points you need: introduction:

    When I got involved in global warming over a decade ago, the promoters of that cult wanted Australia to reduce its coal consumption by 20%. It was easy enough to predict that doing that would damage our economy and reduce our standard of living.

    Here we are today. The damage has been done, and is getting worse. State governments have gleefully blown up coal-fired power stations in fits of religious ecstasy. As a consequence we have just had the summer blackouts that were also so easily predicted. One sign of an advanced civilization is a stable, cheap, and reliable electrical power. We used to have one of those. We now rely upon diesel generators in part, like most third world countries.

    The cost of following the whacko religion of global warming isn’t just economic. It is also destroying lives, ending some before their time, and destroying businesses, hopes, and dreams.

    It need not be this way of course. We can go back to having a first world power system, and we could choose the correct path to go from here. This is not a multiple choice exercise though. There is only one correct path. If we don’t take that path we will be staring into the abyss, before we fall into it.

    First of all, let’s understand how we got into the dreadful situation of having whackos in charge of our power supply.

    Brazil had an election last year and the corrupt and incompetent socialists were thrown out and replaced by people who seem to understand how the world works. The first words out of the mouth of Brazil’s new foreign minister were that climate change is a Marxist plot.

    Why would he say that? Actually he is only repeating what the Marxists doing the plotting have been saying.

  43. dover_beach

    Yep thanks Greenie milleniums

    Millennials were not even born before this ridiculous decarbonization program was foisted upon us by Boomers beginning in the 1980s.

  44. Atoms for Peace

    Would it be considered poor taste to let under employed journalists know that good money can be had returning bottles to recycle centres ? Word to the wise..yellow.

  45. hahahaha
    Ariana Grande’s New Kanji Tattoo Has An Unfortunate Mistake

    From the comments; –

    In her defense, Japanese bbq is really good.

    🙂

  46. Makka

    Property prices could ultimately fall by 25 to 30 per cent from their peak, marking the worst downturn since 1890, according to an independent equity market analyst who has modelled the impact of tighter lending standards likely to result from the Hayne royal commission.

    Douglas Orr of Endeavour Equity Strategy, last year predicted property prices would fall 20 per cent. But he has now downgraded his forecast based on the “new revelation” late last year that all, or almost all, mortgages written between 2012 and 2016 had used the Household Expenditure Measure to assess borrower expenses. He warned of a rise in loan defaults as recent buyers found themselves in negative equity.

    Applying a more realistic benchmark would reduce the borrowing capacity of high-income householders by half, thus curtailing their ability to bid up properties, he said.

    https://www.afr.com/business/banking-and-finance/credit-crunch-to-trigger-worst-housing-downturn-since-1890-endeavour-20190130-h1an43

    Ouch!

  47. the dreadful situation of having whackos in charge of our power supply

    The nub of the problem.

  48. stackja

    IDN21037
    Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
    New South Wales
    TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

    Severe Weather Warning
    for DAMAGING WINDS
    For people in parts of Metropolitan and Illawarra Forecast Districts.

    Issued at 4:18 pm Thursday, 31 January 2019.
    SOUTHERLY BUSTER FOR SYDNEY, WOLLONGONG AND CENTRAL COAST

    Weather Situation: A gusty southerly change in expected to move through the Illawarra, Sydney and Central Coast late this afternoon and during the evening after a hot day.
    SOUTHERLY winds averaging 50 to 65km/h with possible gusts in excess of 90km/h are expected to push through parts of the Illawarra coast later this afternoon and extend northwards to impact exposed parts of the Sydney coastal fringe and the Central Coast this evening.
    Southerly winds are forecast to decrease in the late evening, though remain fresh overnight.
    Locations which may be affected include the Sydney coastal fringe, Wollongong, Woy Woy, The Entrance, Bulli, Port Kembla and Kiama.

    Recent time been a fizzer. Too many towering buildings?

  49. Stimpson J. Cat

    Millennials were not even born before this ridiculous decarbonization program was foisted upon us by Boomers beginning in the 1980s.

    Soon all coal fired power stations will be replaced by human hamster wheels where fat sweating Boomers run endless loops while being occasionally whipped by tattooed hipster millenials(when they can be bothered to look up from their phones.)

    It’s a Brave New World!

  50. JC

    That’s very anti-semetic and sexist, Stimson.

  51. C.L.

    Angry retirees free to vote against Labor, Bowen says

    A variation of James Baker’s famous “Fuck the J-ws; they didn’t vote for us anyway.”

  52. EvilElvis

    Why…because most women are stupid….utterly stupid….except of course

    Hear, hear! You don’t need to explain the exceptions Cassie, we know who you and the other outliers are and appreciate you.

  53. Atoms for Peace

    Message to Sco Mo. When the coalition stops doing the policy version of the whirling dervishes, you might be in with a chance.

  54. Stimpson J. Cat

    That’s very anti-semetic and sexist, Stimson.

    What is JC?

  55. calli

    I don’t think these women are stupid at all. They have an agenda and are well on the way to achieving it.

    Never underestimate your enemy.

  56. EvilElvis

    Stupid but agenda driven is still stupid Calli. If they had any real men in their lives they’d be to busy reaching the heights of sexual pleasure or copping back handers for their silliness to worry about real world issues.

  57. Makka

    Angry retirees free to vote against Labor, Bowen says

    A variation of James Baker’s famous “Fuck the J-ws; they didn’t vote for us anyway.”

    That comment from Bowen could just be the kicker that skittles Shorten and the ALP.

    Boomers , who are all either retired or see retirement on their near horizon are still a massive voting block, both Labor and Liberal. Disaffected Lib voters who have for the last few years given the middle finger to the Libs may well be persuaded to return to the fold in light of this clear and ominous threat from Bowen. It’s pretty clear he has more nasties in mind for the so called “wealthy”.

    But will Scummo play this gift well?

  58. stackja

    2GB BS ‘choices’ ‘wages’. Not retirees choice?

  59. Stimpson J. Cat

    but these three women had male brains which probably explains a lot.

    I don’t know if transgender or brainswap surgery was invented back then.
    I’ll think of them as Women with Women brains if you don’t mind.
    I would hate to diminish their incredible achievements, and I know quite a few Women with Women brains who are exceptional examples of their species.
    I would rank the Woman brain capable of controlling emotion as potentially more efficient than the Male mind.
    If I have to defend Women from Women I will.
    It’s my white knightly duty.

  60. stackja

    GetUp planning to door knock 64,000 homes to unseat Tony Abbott
    Sheradyn Holderhead and Christopher Harris, The Daily Telegraph
    January 31, 2019 12:04pm
    Subscriber only

    Left wing activists have hatched an ambitious plan to knock on the door of all 64,000 homes in Tony Abbott’s electorate of Warringah in a bold attempt to oust the former prime minister.

    Lobby group GetUp last night unveiled the details of its rogue plot to unseat Mr Abbott to a room full of about 400 activists — the majority who were over 50 — at the Manly Pavilion.

    Campaign director Django Merope-Synge urged attendees to sign up on the spot to become hosts of door knocking activities explaining that talking to locals “on their doorsteps” and reading their body language was key to influencing their vote.

    Django Merope-Synge worked for Andrew Wilke, and Greens NSW.

  61. Stimpson J. Cat

    You want me to tell you what the main problem behind at least 66.893% of the world’s problems is today?
    It’s Fathers, or lack of them.
    Look at the statistics, and imagine the implications across societies and generations of children, male and female, growing up without Fathers.
    It’s everywhere you look.

  62. Stimpson J. Cat

    and racist

    Trifecta!

  63. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Attacks on South African farms up 25 per cent last year

    By Jane Flanagan
    The Times
    21 minutes ago January 31, 2019
    No Comments

    Attacks on South African farms rose by 25 per cent last year, accordi­ng to an organisation that has recorded cases of increasing brutality, including torture.

    Victims were assaulted with electric drills, blowtorches and bleach, indicating “a racial ele­ment”, said Ernst Roets, of Afri­forum, which champions the rights of the Afrikaner minority.

    He said that only white farming families, never black victims, ever suffered such levels of vio­lence. There were more than eight attacks on rural properties per week, 433 incidents, up from 342 the previous year and the highest recorded by the group.

    The number of murders last year was down to 54 from 72 in 2017, its lowest since 2011, suggesting that some of the farmers were fighting back.

    “More victims are shooting back, more are being trained and more are defending themselves. They are not allowing themselves to be victims,” Mr Roets said. “The farmers aren’t waiting to get murdere­d, but rather prepared for that contact to happen.”

    Gauteng province, which include­s Johannesburg and the capital, Pretoria, where there is a high number of small holdings, was most affected, according to the data.

  64. cohenite

    Django Merope-Synge

    This punk and Get-Up need to be classified as a political party.

  65. Speedbox

    Senate select committee on electric vehicles in Australia declares the government must do something.

    Told ya. This is just the window dressing. (From October 2018).

    Australia hasn’t (yet) made any announcement on the phase-out of diesel/petrol cars, but that is just a matter of timing. Having said that, I expect many remaining countries to announce their diesel/petrol ban commencement dates during 2019/20 and nominate 2035/40 as their diesel/petrol cut-off. The fundamental decisions by global entities (the UN) and endorsed by national governments has already occurred.

  66. Makka

    Come on: Waiting for a “aborigines didn’t even know how to boil water” and I’ll have a Catallaxy open thread bingo win.

    This Fark!wit is testicles.

  67. Barry

    Catherine Deveny was previously sacked from the phAge.

  68. Stimpson J. Cat

    Come on: Waiting for a “aborigines didn’t even know how to boil water” and I’ll have a Catallaxy open thread bingo win.

    Aborigines heated water using Global Warming you Muppet.
    Everyone knows this.

  69. JC

    Look at Harksie, doing what lefties do best. Disapprove.

  70. zyconoclast

    Jiggers.

    Sounds a bit racist.

    Confirmed

  71. John Constantine

    ABC protected commos.

    Orwellian wymynsys, too cunning to stand as greens, are presented by their abc as conservative independents

    Orwell’s lip would curl to hear their shameless billion dollar abc bully pulpit proclaim that:

    ” Communism is Conservative.”

    Comrades.

  72. Bear Necessities

    Harks = Numbers in nappies

  73. thefrollickingmole

    Anyone contacted the ghost of Maynard Keynes or Paul Krugman for an explanation?

    AMAZINGLY, ECONOMY DIDN’T CARE ABOUT “SHUTDOWN”
    I never did notice the extremely-partial government “shutdown,” but some people thought it was a big deal. Not private employers, apparently:

    Private payrolls grew in January at a much faster pace than expected as the labor market shrugged off the longest U.S. government shutdown in history, according to data released Wednesday by ADP and Moody’s Analytics.

    “Shrugged off”? I don’t know, maybe they welcomed it.

  74. Leo G

    SOUTHERLY winds averaging 50 to 65km/h with possible gusts in excess of 90km/h are expected to push through parts of the Illawarra coast later this afternoon and extend northwards to impact exposed parts of the Sydney coastal fringe and the Central Coast this evening.

    Sydney Olympic Park’s Opal apartment tower could be exposed to windspeeds higher than the event preceding concrete panel cracking. An anxious time for residents.

  75. Baldrick

    Oh yeah: because this blog just brims and brims with positivity and approval of so much that is going on in the world

    Feel free to leave anytime you like.

  76. Stimpson J. Cat

    @AOC needs to hire me as her personal stylist.
    She needs sultry Stimpy Style.
    First thing would be some cute glasses to minimize the crazy eyes, tight white blouse top button only undone with tasteful color coordinated bra beneath , and pencil skirts with medium height wedges.
    Boom!
    Hot Latina Librarian Look Accomplished!!!

    She would romp it in.

  77. zyconoclast

    Grattan Institute energy program director Tony Wood urged governments to consider plugging more diesel generators into the grid to keep the lights on.

    “A number of (generator) units had heart failure last week despite a lot of companies spending a lot of money to make sure they didn’t fail ­before summer,” he said.

    Diesel now good?

    Diesel has the advantages of being:
    Expensive
    Imported
    And we only have 18 days supply so there is always the risk of it running out.

  78. JC

    Harksie

    Please, don’t “brim” us with your exciting discoveries that gerbil will destroy the world and the earth belongs to women and minorities. We can get that enlightenment from Vox anytime.

    When I grow up, I’m going to do an Arts degree at UWA and show I care about eberything. I wanna be just like you, Harksie.

  79. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hark – If you live in Minnesota be careful ok? It’s very dangerous right now. The UK is also pretty dangerous today. Cold kills.

  80. JC

    Stimson

    You can help her. Her eyes are are too wide apart and looks like a bug.

  81. thefrollickingmole

    Testesplatter drunkposting again?

    Sen. Sherrod Brown Complains That Trump Rips Babies from Families on Same Day His Party Pushes for Infanticide

    also heres a helpful primer.
    Babies killed outside the womb arent an abortion anymore.

    Infanticide Law and Legal Definition
    Infanticide refers to the act of killing of a newborn child. Infanticide is usually committed by the parents or with their consent. It is also known as child destruction or neonaticide. In criminal law, infanticide is not considered a separate and distinct offense, except where made so by statute, but is merely descriptive of a homicide, the subject of which is a newborn child. Regardless of the cause, throughout history infanticide has been common. Infanticide has been practiced on every continent and by people on every level of cultural complexity, from hunter gatherers to high civilizations. Hence, infanticide is not a unique crime requiring a different application of the corpus delicti rule.[Wallace v. State, 10 Tex. Ct. App. 255 (Tex. Crim. App. 1881)].

    Heres 2 quotes from Democrat pollies hours apart. (different pollies same party)

    “Real populists don’t engage in hate speech and don’t rip babies from families at the border. And real populists, Mr. President, don’t insult people’s intelligence by lying,” the senator said.

    followed by

    “If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered,” Northam continued. “The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother.”

    as well as.
    Ramesh Ponnuru noted at National Review today:

    In New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law that makes abortion legal, even after the unborn child is viable, so long as the abortionist makes a “reasonable and good-faith judgment” that abortion will protect the pregnant woman’s health. In Rhode Island, Governor Gina Raimondo has pledged to sign legislation that also makes abortion legal after viability to “preserve . . . health.” In Virginia, state legislator Kathy Tran has introduced legislation that would, she has explained, make abortion legal even at term and in the middle of birth.

    Why do they love killing babies?

  82. JC

    You gotta love the Harkmeister. The Cat has never ever seen his sort of sanctimony and leftism here before. So new and refreshing. A true renaissance man.

  83. Gab

    Yes, he’s truly a wonder, JC. So original too.

  84. Diesel has the advantages of being:
    Expensive
    Imported
    And we only have 18 days supply so there is always the risk of it running out.

    Hmmm… keeping the lights on or food on the table.
    A genuine conundrum for your average Global Warming enthusiast.

  85. Black Ball

    So walk in and flick the television on. Doomsday Preppers gracing the screen with 2 blokes cutting bamboo and sticking them in the ground so as to impale unfortunate souls who trespass. How many posters on this august site are prepping for a Shorten doomsday election?

  86. dopey

    The Fremantle Doctor has arrived in Sydney.

  87. struth

    Don’t let facts stop you from virtue signalling Harken, like a good lefty, just call people names while reaching for the Kleenex.

  88. hzhousewife

    Why do they love killing babies?

    I suggest that each person has to do their own killing. No outside help – oh, plenty of youtube instructions, but when it gets down to it, do it on your own, lets see how that works. Then, and only then, can you run for office and have an opinion about it.

  89. Nick

    Clam Ford’s begging is going to be popcorn time. I hope she doesn’t need any cash from males.

  90. Bruce of Newcastle

    So walk in and flick the television on. Doomsday Preppers gracing the screen with 2 blokes cutting bamboo and sticking them in the ground so as to impale unfortunate souls who trespass.

    Getting ready for the GetUp yxes swarming all over Warringah?

  91. calli

    Can he make a house call here? Happy to pay The Gap.

  92. calli

    Yikes. The Doctor, not the mad Nurse.

  93. Fat Tony

    thefrollickingmole
    #2922410, posted on January 31, 2019 at 5:46 pm
    Why do they love killing babies?

    The ultimate expression of the powerful over the powerless…..leftism at its purist.

  94. struth

    Here’s a clue …

    The blackout comes after warnings that NSW was facing a potential shortfall in back-up power today after two power stations broke down ahead of the day’s expected hot weather.
    AGL’s Liddell power station, in the Hunter Valley and Origin’s Eraring power station on Lake Macquarie were both suffering broken generators yesterday, taking about 1300 megawatts of supply out of the system.

    … and Ruinables aren’t able to take up the slack.

    Everyone knows when lefties plan fails, that’s because it wasn’t done hard enough.

    Classic elite leftist thinking.
    The blackouts mean more renewables needed.

    When it fails, it is because more of it was needed.

    History is completely forgotten.
    If the regressives are progressive in anything, it’s never looking back.
    There’s knowledge back there, and that’s not required.

  95. hzhousewife

    How many posters on this august site are prepping for a Shorten doomsday election?

    As a small business person semi-retired and looking forward financially, I am prepping. I was raised a prepper – I grow, sew, cook, clean, entertain myself and store away my wealth against the bad times.

  96. JC

    Harksie

    A true renaissance man. Thank goodness there are persuasive, courageous people like the harkmeister in the world. Telling it how it is.

  97. JC

    hzhousewife
    #2922427, posted on January 31, 2019 at 6:02 pm
    How many posters on this august site are prepping for a Shorten doomsday election?

    As a small business person semi-retired and looking forward financially, I am prepping. I was raised a prepper – I grow, sew, cook, clean, entertain myself and store away my wealth against the bad times.

    If you’re a looker we should have met earlier in life. 🙂

  98. vlad

    Dick Miller has died at 90.

    If you don’t recognise the name, you would certainly recognise his list of acting credits. Lots of early work with Roger Corman. Joe Dante cast him in practically every movie he made – possibly in all of them; I’d have to check – including Gremlins.

    Requiescat in pace.

  99. Black Ball

    Getting ready for the GetUp yxes swarming all over Warringah?

    Andrew Broad’s seat for this commenter. Warringah however may need this drastic action. Or just plain facts to defeat Zzzaaaarrrllliii

  100. JC

    Nick
    #2922421, posted on January 31, 2019 at 6:00 pm
    Clam Ford’s begging is going to be popcorn time. I hope she doesn’t need any cash from males.

    How do you donate. I want to send her 89 cents. No kidding, I want to send her 83 cents.

  101. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hark – If you accepted climate science you’d see there’s no need for decarbonisation.

    Amidst Global Warming Hysteria, NASA Expects Global Cooling (30 Jan)

    The problem is the Left ignores climate science and goes with mysticism. I don’t understand this since they were winning until they got this kooky religion.

    The yellow vests in France and the rebellion against the carbon tax here show exactly what the ordinary people think of it. Numerous polls show voters aren’t willing to pay even $100 per year for climate action.

  102. JC

    Won’t work, because you have to donate monthly.

  103. Nick

    How do you donate. I want to send her 89 cents. No kidding, I want to send her 83 cents.

    You too can be a patron, JC. Hey, isn’t patron ‘male’?
    By the way, it’s in USD too.

    https://www.patreon.com/clementineford

  104. Nick

    Won’t work, because you have to donate monthly.

    Gives new meaning to ‘that time of the month’

  105. JC

    Thanks Nick. I checked it out before, but seems to be a monthly donation site and I just wanted to give her a one off payment.

  106. JC

    Yep, it was all Clem at Fairfax. She carried the load.

    Ford said while she expected to be labelled as “difficult” in the wake of her resignation, she urged her followers not to believe any potential rumours surrounding her work ethic.

    “I was a loyal and committed contributor for 7 years and they benefited greatly from me being connected to the masthead,” she wrote.

    Hang on, over the past 7 years Fairfax circulation collapsed at a terrifying rate.

  107. thefrollickingmole

    a. accept climate science and the need for decarbonisation

    You first, I expect nothing to be eaten you havent grown or traded for and none of this new fangled elektrickery stuff either, your new twitter will be smoke signals.

    b. treat and speak of women and homosexuals with respect

    Fuck along now you hermaphrodite slut, that equal opportunity enough for you. Why should I have any more respect for “vagina” or “I bum other men” than anyone else you weirdo.

    c. notice that the abortion rate is actually decreasing, quite significantly

    Given contraception has never been more ubiquitous, cheap or easy to access you may have accidentally stumbled on a real fact. What it has to do with the morality or otherwise of abortion or any point you are making however is a mystery.

    d. notice that under Labor governments, Australia does not actually immediately collapse into a mini Venezuela

    Congratulations you have reached the dizzying heights of an Adam Smith quote “there is a lot of ruin in a nation”. Its taken 2 decades of uniparty consensus to wreck large swathes of the power industry to the extent industry’s are told to shut down because the wind dont blow enough/sun dont shine enough.

    e. stop with the ridiculous overblown panics about immigration and “socialism”

    We understand you only want to import enough voters to get a permanent lock on government.

    Idiot.

  108. struth

    So what has sco mo’s response to the new third world powerless Australia been?

    Have the Libs taken this opportunity to push the need for what gave us reliable power, industry and a first world country, coal powered power stations?

    Hello……………………….hello……………………
    you out there Liberal party?

    Completely cucked and done in.

    Demolish the traitorous c…nts.

    By the way, Cassie from Sydney, I understand your anger at the behaviour of many women and how easily they are led into Marxism.
    I don’t think women are dumb, just that emotions play a much greater force on their actions, and those emotions have been neglected by men.
    That’s why most of the cat women have partners and why most of the Cat men.
    A beautiful thing.
    Women will chose security over freedom, where men will chose freedom over security.
    It’s about nest building, and it’s perfectly natural.
    When men don’t provide that security, of gradually been outlawed against providing it, women feel vulnerable and turn to anyone or anything that will provide it.
    The government.

    So I believe it’s all men’s fault.
    My Mrs Struth thinks I’m a pain in the arse.
    But she loves me to death, does everything for me, because she knows that if a hair on her head got touched I’d kill the bastard that did it.
    She knows who’s getting up for the noise in the backyard, (when I’m home now) and is a contended little puss (most of the time)
    The biggest mistake we made was not maintaining the power while humouring them, while all the time they knew they were being humoured.
    Women are actually pissed off we took them seriously.
    We were supposed to know not to give in.
    Now we are the enemy and they’ve turned to government, but government can’t do it, it might be on their side on divorce settlements, and get them jobs via quota systems and discriminate against males in many areas, but it can’t protect them.

    What is Clementine Ford’s biggest hangup against men?

    She feels threatened by them, as do all feminists.
    They are bigger and much more powerful, and they don’t seem to be protecting her like she said out loud she didn’t want…………………………………………………but she did.
    We took them seriously.
    Men used to know this shit.

  109. Stimpson J. Cat

    How do you donate. I want to send her 89 cents. No kidding, I want to send her 83 cents.

    Don’t you dare JC.
    This all comes back to what I was talking about earlier, namely Fathers.
    Her hubby Mario needs to man up and start supporting his family. He’s got all that Nintendo money.

  110. Speedbox

    ….are prepping for a Shorten doomsday election?

    I am, and have been for many months. Although not specifically Shorten per se – but the broader march to the Left by Australia generally. The writing has been on the wall for a long time and I resisted/denied/fantasized that everything would be ok. The placement of Turnbull and his performance as PM was probably the critical point for me. IMO Shorten’s likely election just hastens the nation’s demise. I have no confidence that our own version of Trump will emerge nor, if by some miracle the Libs are returned, that the pace of social(ist) progression will be slowed.

    But, nothing as overt as sharpened bamboo sticks in the ground.

  111. dover_beach

    panic attack about abortion and “infanticide”

    You’re not fooling anyone with the scare quotes. Killing a child that is delivered is infanticide, or more straightforwardly, murder.

  112. areff

    JC, send her a cheque but don’t sign it. She’ll spend more on postage trying to get your moniker.

  113. calli

    Correlation does not imply causation, JC.

    In this case we can make an exception.

  114. Twostix

    Shorten’s likely election just hastens the nation’s demise

    The australian nation will do just fine.

    The stupid administrative body we put together and called the commowealth a few years ago won’t.

  115. thefrollickingmole

    He’s got all that Nintendo money.

    I will never doubt anything you say again.
    That is one of the super Marion brothers isnt it?

  116. hzhousewife

    pmsl, JC. The guy I married thinks I am a looker – still !

  117. Memoryvault

    Yes, he’s truly a wonder, JC. So original too.

    We should come up with a suitable highly esteemed title, Gab and JC.
    “Biggus Dickus” has already been used . . . any suggestions . . .

    Biggus Prickus maybe?

  118. JC

    Wifey was telling me she was having a chat with one of her American friends today who was a lawyer at onetime and now does work as a film extra. It’s not about money apparently as you don’t earn much and more about filling in time. Anyway she’s an extra on some movie or series and I’m guessing it must be this one as it’s in NYC.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6821044/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1

    … obviously a hatchet job on Roger Ailes.

    The point is Crowe is apparently enormously fat and all he does is talk about his old relationship with Meg Ryan to the extras boring them stupid.

  119. JC

    hzhousewife
    #2922451, posted on January 31, 2019 at 6:27 pm
    pmsl, JC. The guy I married thinks I am a looker – still !

    Excellent. He chose well.

  120. struth

    I truly feel sorry for the anguish and unhappiness young women and men are going through.
    Especially the young girls. angry and bitter.

    There’s just no getting around this one point.
    No matter how much noise women make, if men just decided to ignore them and resume making decisions, there would be absolutely nothing they could do, and no amount of lawfare could stop it.
    It’s always been a vicious world of men needing to consider the violence of other men, physically in their decision making and it is still true today.
    The women’s rally in the video sent it’s men over to confront the right wingers in that video posted not long ago here.
    That’s the reality of the world.
    And it will always be the reality.
    It’s not pleasant for men to be the ones that make the stand but it’s expected of us, because women can not and should not be put in harms way, where they’ll surely lose.

  121. jupes

    Good afternoon Cats and Kittens. I am sending this message from my free phone provided by the hotel in Rome. Free Mini bar too.

    A bit brisk at the minute but nice and warm in the cafe. Anything interesting happening in Oz?

  122. Infidel Tiger

    Anything interesting happening in Oz?

    Sodomy is now mandatory.

  123. Slayer of Memes

    Rand Paul Wins $580,000 in Lawsuit Against Neighbor who Attacked Him

    Rand Paul was awarded a sum of $580,000 Wednesday in a civil suit against Rene Boucher, a man who violently attacked the Kentucky Senator in 2017.

    Boucher, Paul’s neighbor, tackled Paul in his yard in an assault that broke six of his ribs and left him with enduring and painful injuries. While a specific motive for the assault hasn’t been identified, Paul has rejected attempts by mainstream media outlets to link it to a neighborhood dispute of sorts. Many have surmised that political grievances were a motivating factor, as Boucher was a known partisan Democrat.

    Remember when mUnty was cock-a-hoop over Rand Paul being physically assaulted by his loony neighbour??

  124. thefrollickingmole

    Anything interesting happening in Oz?

    New national anthem.

  125. JC

    Lol and so angry too.

    Sven Henrich

    @NorthmanTrader

    Fed went from 4 rate hikes to zero and from balance sheet reduction on autopilot to flexible. All in the course of 1 quarter.
    Just pitiful.
    The Fed is the market’s bitch.

  126. Hey BoN
    The magnetic poles are moving about and every now and then (long long time) they reverse but first weaken dramatically, allowing in huge levels of solar radiation.
    Do you know how this would effect climate?
    Does the ebb and flow of the magnetic field strongly influence weather?

  127. Baldrick

    Hark! Baldrick, You forget my role: to come here to tell you how to be happier.

    The day I need you, or any other Leftard, to come here and tell me how to be happier, I’ll stick a fork in my eye.
    Cheers. 🍻

  128. RobK

    Diesel has the advantages of being:
    Expensive
    Imported
    And we only have 18 days supply so there is always the risk of it running out.

    It also doesn’t store all that well, long term.
    long term storage of diesel

    Under ideal conditions, diesel fuel can be stored between six and twelve months. To extend the life past twelve months, even under the best conditions, it needs to be treated with fuel stabilizers and biocides.

  129. zyconoclast

    How many reserved seats are there on the BHP or Rio Tinto boards for Indigenous people?

    “The establishment of a national Indigenous representative body, a First Nations voice to parliament, is a meaningful step towards reconciliation,” Mr Mackenzie [BHP]said in a speech on Thursday.

    “It would empower Indigenous Australians. It would make sure Indigenous people have a say on the legislation, policy and programs that shape Indigenous lives, families and communities. And it would create new opportunities for social and economic progress.”

  130. Harken Now
    #2922420, posted on January 31, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    1. Put down the flagon of Brown Dog and move away from the keyboard.

    2. Call AA, you need help.

  131. stackja

    How many indigenous work at Fairfax?

  132. JC

    Stack

    A water pipe burst in Melbourne suburban street today.

  133. “It would empower Indigenous Australians. It would make sure Indigenous people have a say on the legislation, policy and programs that shape Indigenous lives, families and communities. And it would create new opportunities for social and economic progress.”

    I would empower another layer of fauxboringinal shonks, spivs and rent seekers based in Sydeny, Melbournistan and Canberragrad

  134. zyconoclast

    $55 million deal to protect Murray-Darling swamp from irrigation

    Not-for-profit organisation The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and investment firm Tiverton Agriculture have joined forces to protect one of the Murray-Darling Basin’s most important wetlands from irrigated cropping.

    The pair purchased the Juanbung and Boyong cattle stations in western New South Wales (NSW) for $55 million, in a deal that has been described as the most valuable private conservation-focused purchase in Australia’s history.

    The aim is to protect the Great Cumbung Swamp, which covers about 60% of the 33,000 hectare purchase. The swamp is located at the confluence of the Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers and is home to 131 bird species and more than 200 types of plants.

    It will be managed in conjunction with the adjoining 87,000 hectare Gayini Nimmie-Caira property, which was purchased for conservation by the NSW Government in 2012. This is currently managed by TNC in partnership with the Nari Nari Tribal Council.

    In addition to wetland conservation and water recovery, Tiverton Director Nigel Sharp said the project will support economic development and jobs in the Riverina.

    He said Tiverton will manage the property with the dual aims of conservation and developing sustainable agriculture.

    “We look forward to managing this outstanding property and exploring future sustainable land use options such as carbon, biodiversity offsets and stewardship, and ecotourism,” Sharp said.

    In a video announcing the purchase, Professor Jamie Pittock from the Australian National University said it was important to work with traditional Indigenous owners of the land to “put some things right”.

    “Wetlands were severely degraded by this ‘dig ‘em up and ship ‘em out’ culture of irrigation,” Pittock said.

    “… What we’re talking about is a plan that brings together the best science, the best traditional ecological knowledge [and] adds jobs [and] economic diversification to regional areas that desperately need them.”

    The purchase comes as water management in the Murray-Darling Basin is debated, with an independent panel preparing to investigate recent mass fish deaths in the Darling River.

  135. Roger

    It would make sure Indigenous people have a say on the legislation, policy and programs that shape Indigenous lives, families and communities.

    When do native born white people get a say on policy that shapes our lives?

    Politicians haven’t been listening to us for years.

  136. Mark A

    feelthebern
    #2921973, posted on January 31, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Is the zapper actually illegal per se?

    Speaking with a racing mate yesterday, he said that in NSW their use in banned in regards to horse racing.
    He didn’t know about VIC, but said probably.
    Which if caught, would receive a slap on the wrist by one of the racing bodies.
    Nothing to do with the cops.

    Some years ago Jockey friend and her husband got 3 years ban for it. In Vic.

  137. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I would empower another layer of fauxboringinal shonks, spivs and rent seekers based in Sydeny, Melbournistan and Canberragrad

    Yes, I’ll bet good money any “voice” will be the “usual suspects.”

  138. Shy Ted

    An anagram of Harken Now is Hon Wan k er. Which is about right.

  139. Mark A
    I’ve heard a strong rumour that the investigation has surveillance video of the device in use and how it is used to stimulate better performance.

  140. Stimpson J. Cat

    economic diversification

    Yes yes, I’ve heard it all before, when are MY People going to start getting Mental Diversification?
    Schizophrenic Train drivers, Bus drivers with Terrets syndrome, Bipolar teachers, ADHD Mimes, Borderline Personality Disorder Chefs, the possibilities are as endless as the social and economic benefits!

    Something has to change!
    We need a New Paradigm!

  141. John Constantine

    Zuni’s link has a taxeater academic critique the ” dig it up, ship out” culture as unsound.

  142. stackja

    Shock at school canteen menu from 1974 over cheap prices
    Ally Foster, news.com.au
    January 30, 2019 1:53pm

    A NSW school canteen menu from the ’70s is being shared across social media, with today’s schools likely banned from selling the majority of the items of the list.

    Kevin Hayes posted a photo of the old Berala school canteen menu to Facebook this week and it has attracted a lot of attention, with people commenting on how different it is to menus today.

    There were a lot more sweet items on offer for kids back in 1974, including doughnuts, cakes, finger buns, custard tarts, chocolate eclairs, Wagon Wheels and apple pies.

    Another thing people noticed was just how cheap everything used to be.

    A large meat pie only cost 20 cents, a sausage roll was 12 cents, a Vegemite sandwich was just 11 cents and if you only wanted butter and bread it was just 8 cents.

    Plain chips were 12 cents, an icy pole was 3 cents and an orange juice would set you back just 10 cents.

    Social media users took to the comment section to reminisce about what they used to order.

    “Wow, most of those items would not be allowed to be sold or even consumed in schools these days,” one person said.

    “Baked bean sandwich — oh my god! And what kid would have ever eaten a salmon sandwich by choice,” another wrote.

  143. Black Ball

    What’s going on? Cricket screening?

  144. vlad

    This is a water leak. It happened in the CBD in Melbourne – corner of Queen St and Flinders Lane – in the middle of a weekday afternoon about two weeks ago, three blocks from The Age’s HQ and they didn’t cover it as far as I saw.

    The citizen journalist had the video up online within an hour.

  145. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hey BoN
    The magnetic poles are moving about and every now and then (long long time) they reverse but first weaken dramatically, allowing in huge levels of solar radiation.
    Do you know how this would effect climate?
    Does the ebb and flow of the magnetic field strongly influence weather?

    Farmer Gez – I haven’t read up on the pole flipping thing re climate.

    But the magnetic field is well known to significantly affect terrestrial temperature via the Svensmark mechanism. When solar activity is strong it compresses the terrestrial magnetic field, which then deflects galactic cosmic rays. When solar activity is weak, like now, the Earth’s magnetic field bloats out into space, and the GCRs punch through.

    High energy cosmic rays seed clouds. That has been proven by CERN. Also cloud cover graphs show spikes in global cloud cover when we’re in a solar minimum – because more penetrating cosmic rays seed more clouds.

    That then causes cooling because of the diffraction of incident solar energy out to space by the clouds (which are white). Less solar energy means cooler global temperature.

    You can see it in the temperature record. There are peaks in the temperature record roughly every 11 years. They don’t correspond exactly with the peak of the solar cycle, but tend to be displaced a couple years – possibly because of ENSO.

    OK, so the pole flip. It will weaken the terrestrial magnetic field. In turn that will act like a solar minimum – galactic cosmic rays will penetrate. That then means more clouds, and cooling.

    I don’t think we have data which gives temperature during a reversal. The last one was 780,000 years ago and the detailed temperature we have from proxies only goes back about 500,000 years. So I have nothing to confirm that that hypothesised cooling took place.

  146. zyconoclast

    Meth and murder: A new kind of drug war has made Tijuana one of the deadliest cities on Earth

    A record 2,518 people were killed here in 2018 — nearly seven times the total in 2012. With 140 killings per 100,000 people, Tijuana is now one of the deadliest cities in the world.

  147. Arky

    I spent the day making a “welcome media” video for the Subscribe Star page.
    Tried to upload it.
    Too big.
    Edited it down. Tried to upload it. Too big.
    Edited it down and reduced definition. tried to upload. Too big.
    Finally cut it down to five quality seconds. Success!
    I have yet to upload actual video content, but am working on something. Full length videos to follow soon.
    Go to my page and check out the “welcome media”.
    And subscribe. I need five subscribers.
    Couple of bucks a month and you get to have input as to what I create.

  148. vlad

    I see a lot of luvvies crying on Twitter re the MUP.

    Moral of the story: if you print a book about “the fall of” someone who hasn’t stood trial yet, prepare for repercussions.

    Peter Ryan ran MUP at a profit for decades with works of bona fide scholarship. With Louise Adler at the helm it lost money (as of 2002 at the very least) publishing tripe.

  149. zyconoclast

    Rashaad Thomas has too much time on his hands.

    Phoenix restaurant says this is a photo of coal miners. But I see offensive blackface

    A few weeks ago, I attended a holiday party at a downtown Phoenix restaurant. I walked around to view the photographs on the wall.

    Then a photograph caught my attention.

    Friends said, “It’s coal miners at a pub after work.” It was a photograph of coal miners with blackened faces. I asked a Latinx and white woman for their opinion. They said it looked like coal miners at a pub after work. Then they stepped back, frowned and said it’s men in blackface.

  150. C.L.

    Just heard the Scottish brogue of the BHP Billiton CEO (salary: $7,123,000 per annum) on ABC PM calling for a “voice” for indigenous Australians in Parliament. By “indigenous,” he didn’t mean everybody born here (unlike him).

  151. Thanks very much BoN.
    The phenomenon was discussed on the ABC radio today.
    It seems to me that magnetic field and solar activity are understood but not the quantum or the interlinking with large scale climatic shifts.
    My position on climate change is rather simple and based on my farm experience, that is, we do not know enough about our oceans or our atmosphere to make definite claims about the CO2 as a driver.
    If you can’t tell me how, when or why within a month that an ENSO event will develop, then don’t try to tell me you can predict decades.

  152. MatrixTransform

    Look at Harksie, doing what lefties do best. Disapprove.

    I think the puppy may be attempting ridicule.

    how cute

  153. C.L.

    More …
    Corporates to Australian everyman: FU.

    ‘Watershed’: BHP, Rio urge constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

    Indigenous leaders say a push by mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP for Indigenous Australians to be recognised in the constitution is a “watershed” moment and have urged other businesses to pledge their support.

    What a curious nation it has become when ransom payers trying to alter representative democracy is described as a “watershed.”

  154. John Constantine

    Zyco was spellchecked to Zuni.

    Comrade Skynet.

  155. cohenite

    The scomo shit crowd considering banning Milo because leftie violence.

  156. zyconoclast

    WHO BENEFITS FROM IMMIGRATION? NOT YOU!

    Assiduous readers of my columns know that I have frequently made the point that America’s immigration policies benefit only three groups of people: 1) rich Americans with a lot of employees, 2) the immigrants themselves, and 3) their grandmothers back in Chiapas.

    The money illegal immigrants send out of the country doesn’t come from their low wages. It comes from the taxpayers, who are required to subsidize immigrants so that investment bankers can have cheap nannies. Yes, it is a problem that they couldn’t possibly live on what I pay them, but that’s where YOU come in, taxpayers!

  157. Infidel Tiger

    Indigenous leaders say a push by mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP for Indigenous Australians to be recognised in the constitution is a “watershed” moment and have urged other businesses to pledge their support.

    In the last fortnight it has been revealed that BHP has stolen over $300,000,000 in royalty payments from WA.

    These corporatist swines have to be destroyed.

  158. bespoke

    Arky
    #2922492, posted on January 31, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    No can do, things are tight but ill consider after vintage starts. Content!

  159. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘Watershed’: BHP, Rio urge constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

    Constitutional recognition and the establishment of a “voice’ will be important steps towards reconciliation…

  160. Infidel Tiger

    Telstra, another corporatist SJW outfit have today announced they are firing 8000 Australians and building a call centre/IT hub in Bangalore.

    Wake up Australia. We need to destroy these unelected nation ruiners. They must be smashed to smithereens.

  161. Bruce of Newcastle

    There were a lot more sweet items on offer for kids back in 1974, including doughnuts, cakes, finger buns, custard tarts, chocolate eclairs, Wagon Wheels and apple pies.

    Ah yes, fresh cream buns at 5c each and Wagon Wheels made me the scientist I am. Brain food!

    The poor kids now, how can they get enough energy to learn when they are forced to eat Michelle Obama style rabbit food? Not only do they get too few calories because of the yuck factor but the ones they do get are absorbed too slowly.

  162. dover_beach

    The operators of that downtown restaurant can choose to take the photograph down, leave it up or create a title card with an intention statement. No matter their decision, I think the photograph should be taken down — sacrificing one image for the greater good.

    The greater good is not served by erasing images of men enjoying a beer and fraternal company after a hard day’s slog, you xunt.

  163. Makka

    Telstra, another corporatist SJW outfit have today announced they are firing 8000 Australians and building a call centre/IT hub in Bangalore.

    Yesterday you mean.

  164. Arky

    No can do, things are tight but ill consider after vintage starts. Content!

    Hmmm.
    I might consider putting in a povo subscription option.

  165. Memoryvault

    we do not know enough about our oceans or our atmosphere to make definite claims about the CO2 as a driver.

    Yes we do, Farmer Gez. It fluctuates in aprox 30 half cycles – 30 years warming, 30 years cooling and so on. Principal drivers are the Pacific Decadel Oscillation (PDO) and the Atlantic Multi Decadel Oscillation AMO – the “Atlantic Conveyor”).

    Basically 1850 to 1880 was warming, 1880 to 1910 cooling, 1910 to 1940 warming, 1940 to 1970 cooling, 1970 to 2000 warming. If you go to Wood For Treed you can plot it for yourself. The HADCRUT Global Mean Unadjusted data set is the least tampered with.

    The spanner in the works is the Grand Solar Minimum which we have been transitioning into since 2008. See WUWT for more details.

  166. Bruce of Newcastle

    I ran 40 Marathons across 7 Deserts, On 7 Continents in 7 weeksfor 1 reason: to raise awareness of the global water crisis.

    Water coverage of the planet Earth before her marathons: 71%
    Purity 96.5%

    Water coverage of the planet Earth after her marathons: 71%
    Purity 96.5%

    Well done that marathoner!

  167. JC

    Like this

    D’rats are border security denialists.

    How can you say you’re “pro-science” but also deny walls work?

  168. Leigh Lowe

    Telstra, another corporatist SJW outfit have today announced they are firing 8000 Australians and building a call centre/IT hub in Bangalore.

    I reckon Telstra have retrenched their workforce four times over in the last 25 years.
    I would love to know how many individuals have collected 2, 3 … maybe 4 redundancies from the PMG.

  169. JC

    I reckon Telstra have retrenched their workforce four times over in the last 25 years.
    I would love to know how many individuals have collected 2, 3 … maybe 4 redundancies from the PMG

    Good. Imagine if they went all out for Manila.

  170. Leigh Lowe

    Indigenous leaders say a push by mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP for Indigenous Australians to be recognised …

    FFS, no!
    Listen.
    You dig shit up, put it on trains and trucks, load it on ships and sell it for more than the digging+trucking+shipping costs.
    Then you pay me a dividend, shut the fuck up and do it all over again.

  171. vlad

    I’ll correct what I wrote above out of fairness to Louise Adler. She came on board MUP in 2003 apparently, after a period of losses (following Peter Ryan’s departure). Her trashy titles are said to have sold well. Okay, great.

    But this from The Age is hardly a ringing endorsement, is it:

    Under Ms Adler’s watch, MUP went from a loss maker – in 2005, soon after she started at the publisher, it had an income of $4 million and made a loss of $750,000 – to turning a small profit or breaking even.

    Last financial year, it made a modest profit of $286,000.

    But the publisher receives about $1.25 million in subsidies from the university every year.

    And I’ll say it yet again in different words: as ye sow, so shall ye reap, ie if you publish trash, expect a backlash.

  172. Mother Lode

    Phoenix restaurant says this is a photo of coal miners. But I see offensive blackface

    I loved the first comment I saw there, saying that the article proved that not enough journalists had been fired yet.

  173. Oh come on

    Learn to code, Clemmie Ford!

  174. John Constantine

    Their godless commo revolutionaries of their deakin university coming out hard on a carbon tax on Australian agriculture.

    Responding to the new Lancet global obesity and climate change report.

    Fat men eating meat and driving cars cause climate change, and we must sign binding transnational conventions to ban fat men and meat and cars.

    Like the global anti tobacco conventions dreams deakin uni.

    The lancet calls for a billion dollars to seed a transnational looting cartel to be activists against meat eating car driving racist Nazi men.

    Here they come.

    Comrades.

    Here’s one for Molotov.

  175. Stimpson J. Cat

    And subscribe. I need five subscribers.
    Couple of bucks a month and you get to have input as to what I create.

    Enough of this disgusting begging for subscribers.
    Are you an E-girl begging for Paypigs?
    Here’s how it works:
    You create some Content first, punters watch it, then if they like it they Subscribe.
    If you can maintain the standard of Content and maintain the Pace of Release of said Content, before you know it you will have 80 million subscribers, tattoos, and everyone will call you a Nazi.
    And another thing, what if I don’t want to Subscribe, but only want to Donate.
    How do I do that?
    Don’t you want my money?
    Fix that f$cking site so you can accept it.

  176. Black Ball

    Constitutional recognition and the establishment of a “voice’ will be important steps towards reconciliation…

    Mmmmno it won’t. We have Krudds Sorry Day, Mabo Day, NAIDOC Week, Dreamtime matches in the AFL to name but a few events to celebrate. I use the term celebrate lightly however because there is no celebration, more a hate whitey whinge fest.
    Any talk of reconciliation is misguided. Remember when Nelson rose after fuckwit Rudd and blacks turned their backs? What outcomes have positively changed the way we live? The young girls being preyed upon? Education levels low, high incarceration rates. Unemployment rife.
    No amount of money will fix this which is what Government would have us believe. Said it before, self determination is key. Bums on seats in school listening to their teachers is key. Not howling down Kerri Anne for speaking freely.
    Rant over, moar cricket please.

  177. Infidel Tiger

    This is the insanity of corporatism.

    None of the are smart enough to innovate. All they can do is one of staffing cuts to improve the balance sheet for one FY.

    No long term vision, just out and out greed. Anything to get that bonus except real work.

    Corporatism is the most destructive influence in our society by far.

  178. Old Lefty

    Ms Millgan and the greenleftians have a new jihad – the Red Mass at the start of the law term.

    If, like Ms M, I lived in Yarragrad, I’d be more worried about the leftist stacking of the legal system since Hulls became AG in 1999. That, not an innocuous church service, is the real threat to the independence and integrity of the system.

    I have J3wish friends who are reluctant to attend the synagogue because of the security risk. Are the RCs next? How soon before Yarragrad moves beyond state- (and ABC/Fairfax)-sanctioned arson on locked churches to attacks on worshipers while Fatty and co look the other way?

  179. John Constantine

    Time to anti trust their bhp.

    Biggest free kick for the Australian economy is the dissolving of the too big bhp and creating dozens of mid tier agile and innovative companies from the stale dinosaur carcass.

    Comrades.

    Look at south 32 and the scraps bhp couldn’t manage, outperforming once free of the dead weight.

  180. Bruce of Newcastle

    It fluctuates in aprox 30 half cycles – 30 years warming, 30 years cooling and so on. Principal drivers are the Pacific Decadel Oscillation (PDO) and the Atlantic Multi Decadel Oscillation AMO – the “Atlantic Conveyor”).

    ENSO also follows the same cycle when the short term variations are smoothed: link.
    So far we only have data for one complete cycle though.

    El Nino occurs more often during warm phase PDO: graph.

  181. vlad

    I got through six years of high school on Choc Wedges, Wagon Wheels, Vegemite sandwiches, sausage rolls, pasties and Barney Bananas. At least you can still buy Barney Bananas. Choc Wedges are but a memory. As are those lollies called F a g s. They renamed them Fads about ten years ago.

  182. Leigh Lowe

    Under Ms Adler’s watch, MUP went from a loss maker – in 2005, soon after she started at the publisher, it had an income of $4 million and made a loss of $750,000 – to turning a small profit or breaking even.

    Last financial year, it made a modest profit of $286,000.

    But the publisher receives about $1.25 million in subsidies from the university every year.

    So, without the subsidy from the Uni she is losing $1 meg a year on revenue of, what, $4 – $5m.
    That is a commercial train wreck.
    The whole reason the Uni shell out a subsidy is for the publication of academic books and papers, not to fund Adler’s vanity projects.
    Reading between the lines the Uni have said, get back to your knitting (which we pay for) or go open your own privately funded publishing house.

  183. Tel

    Telstra, another corporatist SJW outfit have today announced they are firing 8000 Australians and building a call centre/IT hub in Bangalore.

    Firing Australians because they absolutely cannot possibly find the skills they need in Australia … at a price they are willing to pay.

    That said, as someone in the IT industry I accept that it’s a competitive place. For a long while IT has delivered better than average wages … I can’t complain although I could have done better if I had been a bit more aggressive at the right time. High wages and low barrier to entry brings in the competition. There is at least something to be said for the “Labour Theory of Value” in as much as the long term convergence of all jobs will be towards the same wage, if there’s no obstruction like unions and/or regulations to keep others out, and taking into account the necessary training costs. The only jobs that can hold a high wage perpetually are the “superstar” jobs (like top class sports heros or concert pianists), and the “self-licking ice cream” jobs like government where you can decide your own pay and don’t need to compete.

    Of course, there’s always the new new thing, and if you are quick you can jump on the bandwagon before everyone else does.

  184. Black Ball

    They renamed them Fads about ten years ago.

    Remember the Big Boss candy that was modelled on a cigar? Certainly a boss eating those magnificent bastards.

  185. bespoke

    A Cat version of Prager U would be worth subscribing, then I might have some chance in understanding what you guys are talking about. No Cosmo please.

  186. Cassie of Sydney

    “there were a lot more sweet items on offer for kids back in 1974, including doughnuts, cakes, finger buns, custard tarts, chocolate eclairs, Wagon Wheels and apple pies”

    We also had vanilla slices at our school tuck shop. I remember when we would go to the beach in summer….Bronte Beach (before it was trendy) and for 20 cents we could buy five potato scallops.

    Oh and for all the sugar at the tuck shop……I don’t recall seeing too many obese people in 1974….in fact obesity was rare…in adults and children.

  187. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Telstra, another corporatist SJW outfit have today announced they are firing 8000 Australians and building a call centre/IT hub in Bangalore.

    Wake up Australia. We need to destroy these unelected nation ruiners. They must be smashed to smithereens.

    are you kidding, no one in their right mind would run a call center in australia. casuals on 25% loading, plus after hours, weekend and public holiday rates.

  188. Roger

    …for 20 cents we could buy five potato scallops.

    Oh yeah…good times!

  189. Leigh Lowe

    Oh and for all the sugar at the tuck shop……I don’t recall seeing too many obese people in 1974….in fact obesity was rare…in adults and children.

    Inputs matched outputs back then.

  190. we do not know enough about our oceans or our atmosphere to make definite claims about the CO2 as a driver.

    That’s a period there.

    My complaint is the ignoring of error margins and failure to do any error analysis of what appears to be shaky datasets.

  191. Memoryvault

    This week’s Vikings has now been posted, so that takes of the main entertainment tonight. Followed by another episode of Grantchester, I think.

    For you ladies, last night’s episode finished with the hero, Vicar Sidney Chambers, passionately kissing Margaret who works at Police HQ with Inspector Geordie, Sidney’s friend and co-star of the show.

    Just as Sidney and Margaret embrace, Amanda comes around the corner to surprise Sidney. Sidney and Margaret don’t see her, so intense is their passion. Amanda slinks away, heartbroken.

    Eff off bitch. You had your chance and decided to marry into money and title instead.

    I must be getting senile. I’m enjoying every moment of it all.

  192. John Constantine

    Ireland passes law to boycott the occupied lands of the birdword country.

    The blarney stone caliphate, all they want to import from that part of the world is a few million house renting revolutionary military age Wahhabi freedom fighters.

  193. Black Ball:

    How many posters on this august site are prepping for a Shorten doomsday election?

    I ended up with a sneaking suspiciaon that Shorten was going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory because of the media and the unions.
    I have $1k on Libs to win at 5.5/1 and $1k on majority of up to four seats at 11/1.
    Might as well make the elections exciting…

  194. Infidel Tiger

    are you kidding, no one in their right mind would run a call center in australia. casuals on 25% loading, plus after hours, weekend and public holiday rates.

    Stiff shit. They want to ooerate in a first world country they can pay first world rates.

    Australians should not be forced to deal with foreigners.

    Take away their licence if they won’t employ locals.

    It’s time to start putting the hammer on these corporatist leeches.

  195. JC

    Artie

    One doesn’t have a right to a wage.

  196. Grigory M

    I ran 40 Marathons across 7 Deserts, On 7 Continents in 7 weeksfor 1 reason: to raise awareness of the global water crisis.

    Water coverage of the planet Earth before her marathons: 71%
    Purity 96.5%

    Water coverage of the planet Earth after her marathons: 71%
    Purity 96.5%

    Well done that marathoner!

    Well done Bruce – but I don’t think she’s running for salt water.

  197. mh

    zyconoclast
    #2922395, posted on January 31, 2019 at 5:32 pm
    Jiggers.

    Sounds a bit racist.

    Confirmed

    Urban dictionary :

    Jigger
    A j*w who tries to act black.
    Stan is a fuckin jigger.

  198. Atoms for Peace

    Aurora channel has Jukebox Saturday Night. Look for obese people in the film clips. If it was a drinking game, slim pickings.

  199. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ireland passes law to boycott the occupied lands of the birdword country.

    Time for another William of Orange.
    The Irish haven’t gotten over the last one yet.
    So maybe the threat of another William would bring them to their senses.
    Not William Windsor though, he’s shaping up to be son of the father.

  200. Infidel Tiger

    One doesn’t have a right to a wage.

    One doesn’t have a right to a telecommunications licence either.

  201. Shy Ted

    Telstra, another corporatist SJW outfit have today announced they are firing 8000 Australians and building a call centre/IT hub in Bangalore.
    That’s now 1,258,000 jobs for ScoMo to create, up 8,000 from last week. Easy peasy for a fair dinkum PM.

  202. Boambee John

    zyconoclast
    #2922479, posted on January 31, 2019 at 7:06 pm
    Thirstforwater.org is a non profit literally run by Mina Guli

    In 2017, Mina ran a marathon a day for 40 days along six rivers around the world in support of the United Nations’ Global Goal 6: Clean water for all.

    If the UN stopped p1ss1ng money up against the climate change wall, ghere would be enough available to provide “Clean water for all”, with change left over for, say, anti-malaria action.

  203. Shy Ted

    Fake news (I hope) but pretty darn funny. Nobody does it like The Sun.

  204. Atoms for Peace

    Hark..GIGO. Go back and look at the IPCC predictions of doom. btw, you do do ad hom very poorly.
    Always the sign of a desperate troll.

  205. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #2922558, posted on January 31, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    One doesn’t have a right to a wage.

    One doesn’t have a right to a telecommunications licence either.

    True. There’s absolutely no reason to require a license.

  206. areff

    How times have changed. Mind you, we now know where AGL got ‘Are you with us?’

  207. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Stiff shit. They want to ooerate in a first world country they can pay first world rates.

    $29/hr min hrly rate up to around $50/hr after hours $65/hr public holidays for call center morons.

  208. Arky:

    Couple of bucks a month and you get to have input as to what I create.

    I already asked for an armadillo taxidermy lesson.

  209. Infidel Tiger

    Telstra only exists because of the largesse of Australian taxpayers.

    It should be mandatory that any company operating under a government granted licence must base their call centres in australia.

    It is time to muscle up to these corporatist filth.

  210. Gee thanks Hark.
    ENSO events are clearly shown on climate charts as step changes. Weather for sure but at a scale that effects longer term climate. Both sides of the debate accept this.

    You can thank me later for the kind suggestions, and not spending too much time on your intrinsic laziness.

    I’d love to thank you personally Hark. I might even raise a sweat.

  211. Snoopy

    Post WWII reffos enjoyed free accommodation did they not? At least for a limited time.

  212. Infidel Tiger

    The Bangalore operation is going to be their IT development hub too.

    It’s time to take away their licence.

  213. JC

    Infidel Tiger
    #2922568, posted on January 31, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    Telstra only exists because of the largesse of Australian taxpayers.

    You mean consumers, right?

  214. Shy Ted

    Life in 2046, in America anyway, couldn’t happen here.

  215. Bruce of Newcastle

    yet you refuse to let your fingers do the Googling to find the answers to some pretty basic climate change denier memes that have been answered probably thousands of times on internet sites for YEARS

    Ah Hark.
    You haven’t worked out yet that we of the enlightened Right do not Google?
    We use DuckDuckGo.
    Try it some time: a Goolag search and a parallel DDG search.
    Amazing the difference.
    I wonder if someone will put nice Mr Pichai in jail for lying to Congress?

    As to your examples, you will be entertained to know that I specialise in aqueous chemistry so I might know a little about the thermodynamics of H2O, and I’ve been doing computer modelling of thermodynamic and process systems for a couple decades. It pays quite well.

    I’ll put this to you: latent heat.

    Latent heat is what H2O greeblies store up when they phase change from liquid to gas. They release it again when they condense from gas to liquid.

    Warmer temperature at the surface of the Earth causes more evaporation. Warmer temperatures increase the absolute humidity factor, so more heat is hidden in the form of latent heat of vaporization. Those water molecules then diffuse and convect to the troposphere where they condense, and release their latent heat as IR above 75% of the CO2 in the atmosphere. That IR is radiated to space.

    Consequently the empirical climate sensitivity of CO2 is a quarter the IPCC value because three quarters of the CO2 in the atmosphere doesn’t see the IR – the energy bypasses CO2 in the form of latent heat of H2O.

    Thus endeth the chemistry lesson.

  216. Arky

    I already asked for an armadillo taxidermy lesson.

    ..
    You supply the armadillo, I’ll stuff it.

  217. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Post WWII reffos enjoyed free accommodation did they not? At least for a limited time.

    Memsahib and her family enjoyed their “free accommodation” at Northam Army camp. Facilities were basic, to say the least…

  218. Snoopy

    Telstra only exists because of the largesse of Australian taxpayers.

    You mean consumers, right?

    Where will the money for NBN’s purchase of the Telstra network ultimately come from?

  219. Memoryvault

    How many posters on this august site are prepping for a Shorten doomsday election?

    How many posters on this august site are prepping for a SCO MO doomsday election?
    Because the outcome will be much the same, regardless of who wins. Kidding yourselves otherwise is self-delusional.

    “Fairness tax” anyone?
    Change the superannuation rules and tax margins? Yet again?
    Whitewash union thuggery?
    Have a change of heart on global warming/climate change?
    Change our minds about repealing “hate” laws?
    Same sex marriage?
    And a dozen other things.

    These aren’t things “waiting to happen” if and when Shorten and Labor get in. These are all things that have already happened under the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Liberal governments.

    But the majority of commenters here go on deluding themselves that things will somehow be different with a change of government. I’m quite sure the bulk of Labor voters delude themselves in exactly the same way, only with the roles of the parties reversed. As a result, nothing ever actually changes.

    Sad really.

  220. Arky

    Don’t you want my money?

    ..
    It isn’t about the money Stimpson.
    it’s about commitment.
    You should be committed.

  221. JC

    Where will the money for NBN’s purchase of the Telstra network ultimately come from?

    From the taxpayer. The telstra network was a compulsory acquisition.

    It’s starting to remind me of the Pocahontas comment

    “You didn’t build that”

  222. candy

    Harken,
    Who cares if your energy bills are hard to pay and the electricity goes off in the hottest part of the year.
    Really, have you been in that situation?

  223. Cassie of Sydney

    “Harken Now
    #2922555, posted on January 31, 2019 at 8:41 pm”

    Bark……surely it is your bedtime now? Off you go and remember to say your prayers…after all, in the apocalyptic cult you follow, you’ll need them.

  224. JC

    Candy

    He lives in mum’s granny flat and she pays the power bill.

  225. Boambee John

    Barken Mad

    a chaotic system (weather) which appears to average to a non-chaotic system with intrinsic predicatability (climate).

    That really fills me with confidence that the grant eaters are right on top of the problem!

  226. Old Lefty

    I see that the minister for culture of the Yarragrad Soviet has weighed into the MIP debate in support of Ms Adler. But where are the leftie livvies squealing about ‘political interference’?

    I wonder if Adler and Triggs’s comments on the importance of Ms M’s magnum opus are grounds for contempt proceedings?

  227. bespoke

    JC
    #2922563, posted on January 31, 2019 at 8:45 pm
    True. There’s absolutely no reason to require a license.

    I’m with you on deregulation but there has to be some allocation for radio frequencies other wise it would become unusable and dangerous.

  228. Infidel Tiger

    “You didn’t build that”

    That is absolutely correct.

    There isn’t a single large company in this country that didn’t get there on the back of the taxpayer in one way or another.

  229. Snoopy

    You’re gay, horney, it’s 2 AM, minus 10C and you’re feeling peckish. Of course the first thing you’re going to think of is a foot long.

  230. Stimpson J. Cat

    I’m sorry Arky, but nothing annoys me more than clicking on a Donate button only to be told:

    WANT TO SUPPORT THIS STAR?
    To make donations to

    you need to be a Subscriber first.

    One of the pillars of civilization is the exchange between individuals.
    The very idea of an uppity machine dictating the terms and conditions of how I spend my money is enough to send me into a frothing at the mouth rage.
    I almost bit through my phone.
    I’ll try again later after I realign my chakras.
    Namaste.

  231. JC

    Artie. We’ve been through that discussion. It’s incorrect.

    Go through the back pages and read up on it.

    Moreover Telstra was sold in the private market.

    The taxpayer was paid.

  232. Arky

    I’m happy as.
    Three subscribers today.
    Seriously, thank you for coming aboard.
    Now I have to get to work providing some really good content.
    Tomorrow will be me scrapping the old blue paint off the back of the car and talking a bit of Brexit and a bit of Ford history, plus some suspension parts should arrive in the afternoon.

  233. Infidel Tiger

    The taxpayer is still getting hosed.

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