Monday Forum: February 18, 2019

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  1. Leigh Lowe

    Shakespeare’s work doesn’t easily translate to the silver screen, seeing as how it was originally written for radio.

  2. thefrollickingmole

    If you want updated Shakespeare, check out McKellen’s Richard III.

    Very good, love the opening “this sun of york” speech while hes busy having a slash…

    Also in signs of degeneracy the Poms actually have a constituency called Penistone.

    That is all.

  3. thefrollickingmole

    Shakespeare’s work doesn’t easily translate to the silver screen, seeing as how it was originally written for radio.

    Im so hipster I prefer the authentic Morse code versions.

  4. areff

    The ‘my kingdom for a horse’ gag when McKellen’s Jeep stalls is well played.

  5. 1735099

    Malka Leifer, Victorian Jewish school principal, refused bail in Israel.

    This bail hearing for Ms Leifer was the first since it was revealed that an Israeli Government minister was under investigation for trying to block her extradition to Australia.
    Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman is accused of pressuring departmental staff to issue medical reports favourable to her case.

    Litzman is a good mate of Bibi’s.

  6. 1735099

    Malka Leifer, Victorian J3wish school principal refused bail in Israel.

    This bail hearing for Ms Leifer was the first since it was revealed that an Israeli Government minister was under investigation for trying to block her extradition to Australia.
    Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman is accused of pressuring departmental staff to issue medical reports favourable to her case.

    Litzman is a good mate of Bibi’s.

  7. lotocoti

    Im so hipster I prefer the authentic Morse code versions.

    Typical hipster.
    Doesn’t know Shakespeare wrote for semaphore.

  8. areff

    Why strew’st thou sugar on that bottled spider

    A question that might well be put to Morrison in regard to Turnbull.

  9. struth

    But at least now, what is taught in schools are the facts of history.
    I’m content with that.

    Good Moaning

    Yes as a teacher, he definitely knows the difference between indoctrination and education.

    Thank you for the kind words above Johno.

    However, Bob made a complete goose of himself yesterday, admitted Hitler was a socialist like himself, he respects what they call themselves, then he doesn’t, couldn’t argue a point without linking to a fellow lefty, and shown himself generally to not only be a wanker, and not verwy bwight, but a sick person of very low, (in fact disgusting) character.
    All within a half arsed attack where we actually took him up on his bullshit which took only a few minutes of not humouring him with tolerance.
    He got smashed.
    Then he runs away, waits for a wishy washy comment he can cling to and reword as commies do and thought he’d try that.
    But, as a case study on ugly human behaviour, the great thing about our trolls is they are consistently as described.
    The four personality faults apply.
    Hypocrisy is born of a lack of self awareness, and so Bob will continue on commenting when most others would be dying of shame.
    Myself and others here use them , they fall into the same traps every time, have an hour or a few days off, in Monty’s case, and then although completely destroyed (numbers agrees he’s on Hitler’s side, he said it), keeps going.
    It’s embarrassing, but for the lurkers, and over the years there have been a few, they can learn much.

    I despise lefties greatly.
    As a young man, the disgusting behaviour of the left and the willingness to increase and indeed create the suffering of aboriginal people so as to give themselves a parasitic life on the taxpayer teat, create entire bureaucracies dedicated to the misery they created, and with that misery right in front of them in their faces, (for the ones that live in Alice etc), they refuse to see it, for their own personal gain, and that is nothing but pure evil.
    I will fight these fuckers until my dying breath, anywhere I can find them.
    That’s when I first started to become political, who couldn’t in the face of such left wing human trash.
    Bob’s had a wonderful life, but he is using bog standard cultural Marxism.
    He should be true to his stated political stance and go and live in a communist country, socialist Venezuela, but no, hypocrisy keeps him here.
    Leftism is a sickness.
    An evil sickness which attacks the lazy mind.

    Anyway, to more important issues than a bitter old commo, I find the lack of clear pie marking quite a problem, and yes especially the beef and mushroom pies, as I look for these all my life, ………………um, do you have beef and mushroom pies in that lot, I ask?
    The girl behind the counter rolls her eyes as she starts to list the type of pies she has , like she’s done a hundred times earlier, ………………………….and I’m the bad guy!!!
    Something must be done.

  10. stackja

    Nauru is not Australia – Government – The Government of the Republic of Nauru

    The Government of Nauru has responded to recent calls by Australian media for greater access with a simple message – remember that Nauru is not a state of Australia!

    “Many Australian media outlets and journalists have no respect for Nauru or our culture or people,” said Justice Minister David Adeang.

    He said the reason the Government refuses to answer many of the “ridiculous” questions posed to it by Australian journalists is because, “Nauru has no obligation to answer to Australian media”.

    “The Australian media approaches us with great arrogance and an air of racial superiority, which is highly offensive to us.

    “They do not show us the respect of a sovereign nation and in return we have little respect for them.”

    Mr Adeang said many journalists only want their version of the truth and will never accept the facts.

    “The truth is that despite the difficulties many refugees face and the lack of certainty they feel about the future – and we acknowledge that – Nauru is safe, refugees are not being raped, they have freedom, many are happy and making the best of their situation, and life on Nauru is peaceful with locals and refugees living, in the main, harmoniously.

    “But this truth doesn’t suit the activist journalists. They need to paint a different picture to justify their political agendas and their own lack of fact-checking and poor journalism.”

    He said many journalists don’t ever question the claims of refugee advocates and Australian lawyers.

    “The Nauruan community continues to do everything possible to welcome refugees and asylum seekers into our community, and we are doing this despite the frequent and outrageous false allegations by advocates, who prefer to trash and bash Nauru in a never-ending and vain attempt to keep open the option of settlement in Australia.”

    “But this is giving refugees false hope and hindering our efforts of assimilation and progress.”

    The minister said if the country allowed journalists to wander the small island, refugees who are now living peacefully would – under the direction of Australian based advocates – start to protest and riot for the cameras and there would be chaos that the nation’s police force would struggle to contain.

    “The sooner everyone accepts the regular and unwavering proclamations by the Australian Government that Australia is not a settlement option for refugees in Nauru, the better it will be for the aspirations and future of each refugee.”

  11. stackja

    thefrollickingmole
    #2938130, posted on February 19, 2019 at 10:22 am
    Shakespeare’s work doesn’t easily translate to the silver screen, seeing as how it was originally written for radio.

    Im so hipster I prefer the authentic Morse code versions.

    The authentic Marcel Marceau version?

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I think the CWA would have been more to Alpha Hanoi’s calling.

    Never, ever, make fun of the CWA. Those ladies, with their tea and scones, have an appetite for scheming and plotting that the Borgia Popes would envy, and an intelligence network that makes the Israelis look like rank amateurs.

  13. Notafan

    “When I thought about it I realised it was something that I did not earn,” [Jim Pembroke} told 7.30. “It was something that they were giving me just for owning shares. I didn’t earn it. I didn’t deserve it. It wasn’t necessary.”

    Pretty much describing dividends then

    The man claims he didn’t learn how to think til he did his masters.

    I think he should ask for his money back.

  14. stackja

    Search underway for two swimmers missing off Shelly Beach Port Macquarie

    Englishman Hugo Palmer is described as 180cm tall, caucasian appearance with fair hair and of athletic build.

    Frenchman Erwan Ferrieux is between 175 to 180cm tall, has dark hair, brown eyes and a tanned complexion.

    “We know that they arrived in Port Macquarie on Sunday morning and we believe from information provided so far that the items may have been there since Sunday evening as well,” said Inspector Aldridge.

    “Chances are exceptionally slim (someone could have survived in the water since Sunday), the conditions yesterday and the day before were terrible.”

  15. Notafan

    “The Australian media approaches us with great arrogance and an air of racial superiority, which is highly offensive to us.

    Wrong kind of brown people.

    I am not at all surprised, either.

  16. stackja

    World War II bomb detonated in Nuremberg
    Herbert Macker and Thomas Koerbel, dpa, Deutsche Presse Agentur
    21 minutes ago

    An unexploded World War II bomb that caused the evacuation of thousands of people in the German city of Nuremberg has been safely detonated.

    No further details were immediately available about any damage caused by the 250-kg bomb, which was found during construction work on Monday morning. Efforts to defuse it had failed.

    After the explosion the emergency declared in parts of Nuremberg, in southern Germany, and the neighbouring city of Fuerth was called off and around 8,000 people who had been evacuated within a one kilometre radius were allowed to return.

  17. Notafan

    I was thinking I should introduce youngest to films Shakespearean

    Other than the McKellen the Polanski Macbeth and the 60s Romeo any other suggestions?

  18. dover_beach

    A quick Google shows that “this retiree” is also on Twitter – where his mission is to vomit hatred against the Liberal Party. He is a far left-wing, anti-Catholic cock head who accuses Tony Abbott of being a child molester in this re-Tweet.

    The tweet itself is a piece of work. As I said yesterday, the tweets themselves are very instructive and tell you everything you need to know about liberals. Don’t think they are simply misguiding; no, they are animated by hatred and malice.

  19. stackja

    Darwin stops and remembers 77 years on from when World War II reached Australian shores
    WILL ZWAR, NT News
    February 19, 2019 12:27am
    Subscriber only

    IT WAS 77 years ago today when veterans Mervyn Ey, Basil Stahl and Brian Winspear recall World War II first reached Australian shores as the first air raid klaxon sounded at 9.58am.

    Today, they have travelled from Adelaide, the Sunshine Coast and Bicheno in Tasmania to honour their fallen mate’s memories.

    Private Mervyn Ey, 97, was building barbed wire entanglements when he first heard the explosions from the bombs.

    “It was worse than I expected and very traumatic,” he said.

    “It needs film of something like that to give people any idea of what it was like.

    “We could hear the explosions in Darwin when the American destroyer blew to bits … as I said it was very traumatic.”

    He still looks back on the role of many soldiers as heroic.

    “One thing that I always thought was not expressed enough was the military boys, the anti-aircraft boys and defence boys, they did not leave their post,” he said.

    Mr Ey was just 20 when the bombs first fell over Darwin, as were many of his comrades. Second field survey corps survey sapper Basil Stahl was one who lived through the raids from the safety of the trenches in Larrakeyah.

    “I remember it well, we’d already had … the trenches dug and when they came we all got into the trenches at Larrakeyah oval,” he said.

  20. stackja

    Mick Denigan of ‘Mick’s Whips’ fame pleads not guilty over shooting
    CRAIG DUNLOP, NT News
    February 18, 2019 3:31pm
    Subscriber only

    UPDATED: Colourful Territory whip maker Mick Denigan shot an axe-bearing intruder in the leg and allegedly told him: “You have five seconds to get the f*** off my property or the next one will be going in your head,” the Supreme Court has heard.

    Denigan, the owner of rural area business Mick’s Whips, on Monday pleaded not guilty to a single count of unlawfully causing serious harm by shooting Thomas McIntyre in the thigh.

    The court heard Denigan would be claiming he acted in self defence, having later told police he needed to fire the gun at Mr McIntyre to fend off what he thought was a looming attack from him and two other men.

    Crown Prosecutor John Ibbotson said in his opening address to the jury that they would hear evidence Denigan fired at Mr McIntyre from about 2.4m away.

    Mr Ibbotson said Mr McIntyre was carrying the axe in one hand and a can of XXXX Gold in his other hand as he stepped through Denigan’s locked front gate shortly before midnight on February 18 last year.

    Mr McIntyre said he heard a loud bang and fell to the ground moments after stepping on to Denigan’s isolated rural area property down an unlit dirt road at Fly Creek.

    Two mates Mr McIntyre was with helped him to his feet and he used the axe as an improvised walking stick to hobble back to a waiting ute.

  21. areff

    Julius Caesar, with Brando as Antony, is surprisingly good.

  22. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    My leg had swollen and I can’t fit a pair of shoes on. Off to the quacks in a pair of sandals. No socks, I’m not that sort of person.

    Bad luck, Hay. Trust you are not joining Hairy, who has spent five weeks in thongs. Foot thongs not special undies. He doesn’t own any of those. I bought him some, he wore them once, and that was that. He’s not that sort of person either. 🙂

    Best of luck, hope it’s nothing serious.

  23. calli

    If you can get your hands on the BBC’s The Taming of the Shrew with John Cleese (I mentioned it up thread). It’s wonderfully funny and non PC. Thompson and Branagh are fun in Much Ado.

    There’s an old Twelfth Night with Bonham-Carter too. Ahh…Viola and Sebastian. 😀

  24. JC

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2938007, posted on February 19, 2019 at 4:17 am

    JC, not offended by you using faggot

    Sinc once requested that his Gentle Folk do not use that particular term of address.
    It’s OK for bundles of wooden sticks, though, or special rissoles made of minced gut.

    Did he now, Liz. Thanks for letting us know. Did he say anything about abusing people about their ethnic backgrounds as well?

    Stick to looking in the mirror and asking if you’re the prettiest gal of all.

  25. stackja

    Nauru changes laws on medical transfers
    By AAP
    9:21am Feb 19, 2019

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison is unsure what impact new Nauruan laws limiting medical evacuations for asylum seekers will have on Australia’s transfers regime.

    The Nauruan government has reportedly enacted new laws limiting medical evacuations and banning remote assessments after legislation passed making it easier for asylum seekers to be taken from offshore processing.

    “It’s not quite clear what they’ve done and how that will play out,” Mr Morrison told 3AW on Tuesday.

    “What’s happened in Nauru is a good example of what happens and how Labor didn’t think through what playing around with border protection laws will do.”

  26. calli

    For the bloodthirsty sprog, there’s always Titus Andronicus or simply Titus (Anthony Hopkins).

  27. Geriatric Mayfly

    Julius Caesar, with Brando as Antony, is surprisingly good.

    James Mason was also one to be watched in that version areff.

  28. struth

    I used to take full coach coups 50 people into the CWA ladies in Many places.
    One was at Southern Cross WA.
    Had fifty people sitting down having the best scones with Jam and cream, great coffee and tea, spotless Hall dunnies etc.
    Use them everywhere if I could.
    I did a stint doing what we called figure 8’s.
    Wildflower tours that circled the South west, through the gold fields, up to Monkey Mia, and back to Perth.
    Very old passengers who loved their Kingii Australis and blue leschenaltias, their Kangaroo paws and poached egg daisies, their sundews, etc etc.
    It was a real problem when we stopped at towns keeping the old bastards out of peoples front yards, if the spotted something they liked.
    Only problem is that’s where you get deaths.
    Old people die.
    I had two die on those tours.
    One in the motel room in Kalbarri, and one in the bus , discovered at Hyden (wave rock)
    I think my commentary killed him.
    Anyway, his wife got out, continued to keep yapping away to the other old chooks without a breath, leaving me to go get him.
    He seemed to have a peaceful look on his face.
    Couldn’t get the tall bugger out of the seat, rigormortis had set in.
    Never tell the authorities you have a dead body, the don’t care.
    Tell them they are very sick, to get them to come.

  29. JC

    For the bloodthirsty sprog, there’s always Titus Andronicus or simply Titus (Anthony Hopkins).

    I watched Hopkins as a German Drug lord in a recent movie. I’m sure he’s just cashing in because the part really didn’t suit him.

  30. calli

    animated by hatred and malice.

    My view – the school staffroom is the most toxic bubble of a workplace imaginable. Even in so-called conservative environments like independent schools.

    Far worse than any CFMEU controlled site shed.

  31. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Nauru made medical assessments done over Internet illegal and will not let people be evacuated on those assessments.

    That, plus the terrific serve the Nauruan government just gave to riot-promoting journalists, makes me feel very kindly towards the place, its government and its people.

  32. cuckoo

    Nine news was interesting yesterday. A woman who was weeks away from giving birth was run into by a druggie scumbag, causing injuries leading to the loss of the child. While the scumbag was convicted on various offenses, no legal penalty was directly incurred for causing the death of the child because an unborn child is not a human life under Victorian law. Hardly surprising, given the insane child-killing laws in Victoria. But the child’s death will be counted in the road toll. How do these vermin live with themselves?

  33. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    My view – the school staffroom is the most toxic bubble of a workplace imaginable.

    Nup. Try the Senior Common Room in the heart of an Oxbridge College.
    I’ve been in one, on a visit with the Lefty Philosopher, my first husband.
    There is a certain level of bitch that only the intellectually sheltered Brits can do.

  34. urb:

    Today I was instructed to change the word ‘manhole’ to ‘access panel’ by a female senior as it was deemed non PC. Have I just fallen down a rabbit hole or what?

    Did you demand the order in writing?

  35. Geriatric Mayfly

    My view – the school staffroom is the most toxic bubble of a workplace imaginable.

    Fact check. True.
    But matters can quickly descend to a climate even more hellish, if it is discovered someone has taken a tablespoon of someone else’s milk. After all, the owner’s name is clearly printed on the carton in big bold texta. As for a spoon full of coffee, we won’t go there.

  36. Notafan

    Calli

    Thankyou

    Looks like JB might stock the BBC adaptions, shall pay a visit

  37. stackja

    JC
    #2938163, posted on February 19, 2019 at 11:03 am

    You still been hen-pecked?

  38. Notafan

    And Areff

    Richard III only available on Blue Ray-shall keep looking

  39. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    But the child’s death will be counted in the road toll. How do these vermin live with themselves?

    Beats me. Words fail. What is worse is that they would not even see the problem, explaining it away with the terms ‘foetus’, and ‘potential’ not actual.

  40. struth

    urb:

    Today I was instructed to change the word ‘manhole’ to ‘access panel’ by a female senior as it was deemed non PC. Have I just fallen down a rabbit hole or what?

    Did you demand the order in writing?

    I would have then taken the written order to those above her and ask, is this productive use of my time?
    I’m busting my arse trying to get things done and this stupid bint wants me to worry about this?

    Etc etc.

  41. struth

    We’ve got to get them back into the Kitchen.

  42. Grigory M

    “When I thought about it I realised it was something that I did not earn,” [Jim Pembroke} told 7.30. “It was something that they were giving me just for owning shares. I didn’t earn it. I didn’t deserve it. It wasn’t necessary.”

    Pretty much describing dividends then

    Not really.

    “They” in this instance is the Government giving him cash via the Tax Office.

    Dividends are paid directly to the investor by the company in which the investment is held.

  43. Notafan

    We’ve got to get them back into the Kitchen.

    What? poisonous retired teachers?

  44. calli

    I don’t come across too many Oxford dons. But thanks for the tip.

    As for edumacators past and present…tripping over them. Sad thing is, they can’t seem to leave Knowing Best at the school gate.

    It has been ever thus.

  45. Bruce of Newcastle

    I had two die on those tours.

    Fine way to exit, touring wildflowers and the goldfields.
    Hard on you as the driver though Struth.

  46. stackja

    Two Men Stole Guns at SHOT Show. Here’s the Hiccup They Didn’t Anticipate.

    The reason the men were caught is because the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the hosts of SHOT Show, require all manufacturers to remove firing pins from weapons displayed during the show, meaning they’re inoperable.

    The next day, the owner of Gun Shop Las Vegas in Henderson alerted the ATF about a customer interaction from the day before. Foster, Limon and a woman purchased a shotgun and magazines and asked about firing pins for an AR-15.

    According to the complaint, the gun store’s associate explained the firing pin had to be replaced during cleaning. The store owner said it appeared “the individuals were unfamiliar and/or new to firearms.” One of the men allegedly told the he worked at SHOT Show.

    An ATF agent spotted Foster’s black Chevrolet Impala, the same one from the gun store, at a nearby apartment complex. When agents searched Foster and Limon’s homes they found the stolen firearms, despite neither one of them having any guns registered to them.

  47. Notafan

    Calli

    You are right, and they have that certain look don’t they?

    Collectively Sandalistas (my many teacher cousins being exceptions, of course)

  48. mh

    Ronna McDaniel
    Ronna McDaniel
    @GOPChairwoman
    ·
    1h
    Kamala Harris had no problem using inflammatory rhetoric to tie the #JussieSmollettHoax to
    @realDonaldTrump
    & his supporters.

    Now that she has the facts, why can’t she even remember her divisive language? Why is she giggling about it?
    https://twitter.com/GOPChairwoman/status/1097638141136125954?s=20

  49. Mater;

    Never saw Shakespeare, but as a lad I fell in love with her in Ivanhoe. No boob shots, but I see this as a net benefit – it helped me develop a healthy and active imagination. 😉

    So gay…

  50. Notafan

    What would you get if you opened the borders?

    Here’s a good question about caravans: How many more are coming?

    Gallup asked the whole population of Latin America. There are 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Roughly 450 million adults live in the region. Gallup asked them, “Would you like to move to another country permanently if you could?”

    A whopping 27% said “yes.”

    So this means roughly 120 million would like to migrate somewhere.

    The next question Gallup asked was, “Where would you like to move?”

    Of those who want to leave their Latin American country permanently, 35% said they want to go to the United States.

    The Gallup analytics estimate is that 42 million want to come to the U.S.

    What If There Were 42 Million at the Border

  51. josh

    Some sort of scandal at Collingwood involving one of the AFL’s official ‘top blokes’ and ‘great footy persons’.

    Eddie and his team currently hunkered down working on a PR strategy.

  52. cuckoo

    But matters can quickly descend to a climate even more hellish, if it is discovered someone has taken a tablespoon of someone else’s milk.

    We recently changed at work from being a small team in our own office, with our own tea space, to being in a much larger office with multiple teams, all sharing the one tea space. In the small space, we kept the fridge stocked and the benchspace clean, because it was ours. In the larger space, because it really belongs to no-one, dirty cups and plates accumulate in the sink for someone else to clean. Yet all of these people would call themselves socialists (Vic public service).

  53. Beertruk

    cuckoo
    #2938171, posted on February 19, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Yet we are continually told that being a druggie scumbag is a victimless crime.

  54. stackja

    Notafan
    #2938193, posted on February 19, 2019 at 11:40 am
    What would you get if you opened the borders?

    The Camp of the Saints – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Camp_of_the_Saints
    The Camp of the Saints is a 1973 French novel by author and explorer Jean Raspail.

  55. thefrollickingmole

    stackja

    Had an old alky mate of the old mans, called Crock he showed them how its really done in warning off potential far northern tribes… (about 1950)

    He and another chap were accused* of taking liberties with some of the local ladies and a few of the menfolk decided they would descend in a group and make their objections known.

    Crock told his mate “Ill go out and talk to them, if they have a go at me fire a shot over their heads”.
    Crock went out and it went badly, a few blokes advanced obviously intending some physical mischief and his mate, as instructed by crock let off a shot.

    And shot Crock.

    But it did get everyone else to run off as well, after all if he shoots his mate in the leg whats he going to do to us?

    Funny old bloke Crock, struck by lightening twice (in a paddock, in a pig shed), won lotto once, and fairly well known for hoovering up anything alcoholic in sight to achieve /fall over/chunder/shit my pants status no matter what the occasion.

    *In the sense Attila the hun was accused of occasionally “taking things a little to far”.

  56. calli

    In magical unicorn socialist land no one ever does the washing up.

  57. Notafan

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that arguing about the definitions of terms like “capitalism” and “socialism” is a waste of time. So I will simply assert that the world has many flavors of capitalism — U.S./British, Japanese, Scandinavian, German, French/Italian/Southern European and others.


    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019
    Capitalism with Scandinavian Characteristics

  58. stackja

    Fair Work Commission approves new Metropolitan Fire Brigade workplace agreement, but looming expiry
    Tom Minear, State Political Reporter, Herald Sun
    37 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    A new workplace agreement for Melbourne’s firefighters has finally been approved after more than three years of industrial wrangling.

    The deal was ticked off by the Fair Work Commission yesterday after the United Firefighters Union backed down on several conditions which restricted firefighters from working part-time.

    But the Metropolitan Fire Brigade will be forced back to the bargaining table soon because the agreement — which was due to kick in back in 2016 — expires on July 1 this year.

  59. stackja

    calli
    #2938200, posted on February 19, 2019 at 11:46 am
    In magical unicorn socialist land no one ever does the washing up.

    A friend lives in a retirement village, the staff wash up after meals.

  60. stackja

    Southeast Queensland beaches cop a pounding as king tides and Cyclone Oma combine
    Elise Williams, Andrew Potts, Bill Hoffman, The Courier-Mail
    35 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    TROPICAL Cyclone Oma is expected to cause havoc to Queensland’s beaches in the coming days, with king tides, ferocious winds and land erosion making for dangerous conditions.

    Offshore waves are expected to soar anywhere between 4-5 metres, while beach swells will reach up to two metres off beaches both north and south of Brisbane.

    The affects of the category two cyclone, which is sitting about 1400km northeast of the Brisbane coastline, come as the highest tides of the year hit Queensland’s most popular shores.

    Meteorologist Adam Balzak warns that beaches will be unsafe in the coming days.

    “We have very large swell heading into the coast,” Mr Balzak said.

    “On top of that we have the highest tides of the year happening at the moment as well, so those two factors will combine to create not only beach erosion but dangerous beach conditions.

    “Warnings include abnormally high tides tomorrow and Thursday, and even potentially dangerous surf conditions Thursday and Friday.”

  61. John Constantine

    What happens to Nauru when the shortfilth donor cartel starts extracting vengeance from all those that disrespect the Oligarchy?.

    Looks like it will be the chicoms and one belt one road one way time for our plucky Nauruan mates

    Comrades.

  62. Roger

    “The Australian media approaches us with great arrogance and an air of racial superiority, which is highly offensive to us.

    Wrong kind of brown people.

    I am not at all surprised, either.

    This is the same media that excoriated Dutton for his overheard joke about “Pacific time”.

    Perfidious hypocrites who are beneath contempt.

    Only those who have been intellectually and morally enfeebled by sucking on the fag end of modern liberalism continue to borrow their opinions from journalists.

  63. Mater

    So gay…

    Be kind, Winston!
    I was in my formative years, and at least I wasn’t perving on Anthony Andrews.

  64. Bruce of Newcastle

    Late morning news on Seven.

    Dan the ETU Man decides to force electricity companies to offer a Default Offer for da peoples’ electricity. At the same time the ETU Man is going to subsidise 700,000 roofs worth of solar panels.

    Presumably all these roofs will feed wholesale electricity into the grid at the IPART c/kWh price, which is roughly double or triple the cost of coal fired electricity (depending on the time of day). Electricity companies have no choice about accepting Gaia’s expensively holy electrons between 10am and 6pm when the Sun is up.

    So Dan the ETU Man will be setting the retail price and setting the wholesale price. Somehow the electricity companies will have to cope with these government fixed prices.

    Socialists never ever learn do they?

    I predict even more rolling blackouts in Victoria.

  65. Min;

    Alan Jones claims that Nauru made medical assessments done over Internet illegal and will not let people be evacuated on those assessments.

    It may not be quite that simple.
    We used to examine patients, call RFDS and liaise via phone with the vet on duty. He/she/Xis/Xer would ask for any further information and decide on treatment/evacuation.
    So there’s a functioning parallel in Australia. There may be other grounds, but I bet they will be covered by legislation.

  66. John Constantine

    https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/380165/china-trying-to-dominate-the-pacific-nauru-president

    Nauru President Baron Waqa says China is trying to win over and dominate Pacific Island countries.

    Their shorten looting cartel will sell out Nauru for a brown paper bag of fivers.

    Comrades.

  67. struth

    Am I correct in stating the Nauru-ians won’t let people leave the Island based on two commo doctors skypenosis?

    My new favourite country.

    Aaaahh hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahah……………………………………..

  68. John Constantine

    Remote medical consultations in Australia, what is the state of play?.

    The idea of being able to renew prescriptions without having to travel to wait upon the pleasure of doctor death and his receptionist stasi at the remote bulk bill pill mill should be a winner.

    Comrades.

  69. stackja

    SPC writedown: Coca-Cola Amatil slashes fruit cannery value to zero
    John Dagge, Herald Sun
    February 18, 2019 8:00pm
    Subscriber only

    Coca-Cola Amatil is expecting to wrap up its sale of SPC by August as it gets ready to open the books to prospective buyers from Australia and overseas.

    Chief executive Alison Watkins says the nation’s biggest beverage bottler has received strong interest in the loss-making fruit processing business and due diligence will begin in the next couple of weeks.

    Her comments come as Coca-Cola Amatil slashes the value of Shepparton-based SPC to zero, having bought it in 2005 in a deal worth $700 million.

    “The business is currently losing money and from an accounting point of view the prudent and straightforward thing is to write it down to nil,” Ms Watkins told the Herald Sun today.

  70. struth

    It’s still Nauru.
    The camp is not an embassy.

    Also, due to the excellent medical facilities there already, better than Aussies paying for it get, Nauru-ians might also be making sure the facilities stay open and relevant there

  71. Notafan

    A story on church forests in Ethiopia

    The interior of the church shown is just amazing.

    Deforestation was particularly encouraged during the country’s period of communism, in 1974–91, when the government nationalized the land, including the large estates of the church, and distributed it to people who converted swathes to farmland. Just 5% of the country is now covered in forest, down from 45% in the early twentieth century.

    Communism, always good

  72. John Constantine

    BKL blackmores takes a shareprice hit as the chicoms turn their backs on australian owned vitamin supplies.

    For all the proclaimations, once the Tyrant sends out a memo, there is nothing you can do about it

    Milk formula has ne reason to not go the way vitamins have.

    Comrades.

  73. C.L.

    Trump’s speech in Miami on socialism in Latin America is one of the great presidential orations of modern times. He is unbowed and on fire:

  74. Bruce of Newcastle

    Keep in mind that over 70 of the shoppers on Nauru were offered citizenship in the US and free travel. They refused the offer. Also another 40 or so who did move to the US petitioned Nauru to be allowed to return there and try for Australia or NZ “because they have a better welfare system”.

    I think that says all that is needed to be said.

  75. Roger

    I don’t come across too many Oxford dons. But thanks for the tip.

    Hence the old joke, which seems to derive from an observation by Samuel Johnson:

    Why are the arguments in academia so vicious?

    Because there’s so little at stake.

  76. zyconoclast

    Lara Logan, foreign correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes, said Breitbart News offers “the other side” of news media relative to what she described as a mostly left-wing and partisan Democrat news landscape in the U.S. and abroad.

    She offered her remarks in an interview published last Friday with the Mike Drop podcast, hosted by retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland.

    Ritland characterized U.S. news media as “absurdly left-leaning” and supportive of Democrats, further describing the status quo of American news media’s left-wing and partisan Democrat biases as a “huge fucking problem” and “disaster for this country.”

  77. C.L.

    It seems to me there are few more vicious entities on earth than teenage girls …

    In the Snapchat videos, the main instigator in the tirade, a girl in a plain black T-shirt, spits and screams at the camera while another friend giggles in the background.

    ‘F**king roll another f**king durry in the f**king corner to avoid your f**king problems, ’cause everyone f**king hates you and everyone f**king wants to kill you, ’cause you’re a little f**king s**t.

    ‘And you’re probably gonna kill yourself before I f**king kill you, but you know what, I want to f**king kill you, ’cause you’re a f**king slut, ’cause I f**king hate you.’

    The target of their bullying has been hospitalised.

  78. Struth:

    I would have then taken the written order to those above her and ask, is this productive use of my time?
    I’m busting my arse trying to get things done and this stupid bint wants me to worry about this?

    I was thinking more along the lines of putting multiple copies of the order on every available surface I could find.
    Especially in the staff room.

  79. mh

    Instagram Deletes Donald Trump Jr. Post About Jussie Smollett, Claims ‘Error’

    Instagram has deleted a post made by Donald Trump Jr. about the unfolding events surrounding the case of actor Jussie Smollett. A spokesperson for the Facebook-owned platform told Breitbart News it was removed “in error” and will be restored.

    In a post to Instagram, Donald Trump Jr. called out the social media website for allegedly deleting an earlier post containing a screenshot of a tweet he posted about Jussie Smollett; the Empire actor who recently claimed to be the victim of a hate crime — a claim which is now being disputed.

    Trump Jr.’s post included a quote tweet from CBS News revealing that the two men questioned in relation to Smollett’s attack claim that the actor paid them to participate in the attack. Trump Jr. commented on this saying: “Shocked, I really thought MAGA folks (who are all over downtown Chicago) were waiting with a rope/bottle of bleach to ambush a rich guy at 2AM in minus 4 degrees because those are conditions where all people go out for Subway rather than order Seamless. Seemed so real.”

  80. Bruce of Newcastle

    I wonder if Ms Logan has ever watched Logan’s Run?
    Could be good preparation for what is about to land upon her.

  81. C.L.

    Why are the arguments in academia so vicious?
    Because there’s so little at stake.

    It’s funny because it’s true.
    I’ve known academics who conduct disputes in learned journals that no more than 25 people will ever read. At least the dons of yore relied on as few as four or five works to build their reputations for scholastic excellence. In the modern era – most especially in the computer/online era – so-called academics churn out hundreds of “publications” that are, in their entirety, worth far less than even two books by von Ranke.

  82. Percy Popinjay

    Eddie and his team currently hunkered down working on a PR strategy.

    Later, Eddie the Imbecile addresses a packed meeja throng:

    “In order to help with his rehabilitation we have secured the colourful unnamed individual an ongoing role in King Kong, the Musical.”

  83. Slim Cognito

    It seems that law fare is legit for anyone who opposes the Adani mine. However, the ABC seems to have a problem with Adani adopting an aggressive legal strategy.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-19/adani-law-firm-put-forward-trained-attack-dog-strategy/10821470

  84. John Constantine:

    The idea of being able to renew prescriptions without having to travel to wait upon the pleasure of doctor death and his receptionist stasi at the remote bulk bill pill mill should be a winner.

    FYI, a clinic usually has very basic antibiotics, pain relief, other stuff. The vet can give a phone order and the medication is handed over. The phone order goes onto a piece of paper which is then faxed to the vet himself, it is then faxed back and goes on file.
    For drugs not carried in the clinic, a script is written by the doc, faxed to the nearest pharmacy and is then picked up by the patient/significant other as normal.
    Sometimes the medications are handed over to someone going in the general direction and dropped off that way.
    Improvisation is the key.

  85. Roger

    In the modern era – most especially in the computer/online era – so-called academics churn out hundreds of “publications” that are, in their entirety, worth far less than even two books by von Ranke.

    As I get older I feel less compelled to keep up with modern views and spend more time reading the classics, ancient and modern. I’m slowly whittling away my library to my own “five foot shelf”, discarding most 2oth C. stuff, both for my own satisfaction and to relieve my family of the burden when the time comes. It’s a salutary exercise.

  86. Geriatric Mayfly

    It seems to me there are few more vicious entities on earth than teenage girls …

    A stint as VP in an all girls’ school prompts me to throughly endorse this observation. Which leads me on to an earlier discussion re staff rooms. On moving to another school, I was asked about the above. I replied that it was fine except that about 2% of the 950 were right little bitches and tarts. Whoah! Overheard by Frauleingrupenfuhrer of the Femmi SS. A day or two later came the dressing down, and mild concussion from her earrings gone wild. I stagger into the staff room to gather my composure, to be entertained by two wimminzes calling one another bitch as a morning pastime.

  87. bespoke

    Top Ender
    Bookmarked those Darwin Bombing for later, Cheers.

  88. 1735099

    Nah, not gunna work Bobby. I am just telling it like it was and still is.

    Reminds me of the Pommy fast bowler (was it Fred Truman) who, when a batsman claimed he had been given out in error, remarked -“Read paper tomorrow son.”
    Substitute the history books for the paper.
    I’s hard to do a Yorkshire accent on line. Use your imagination.

  89. John Constantine

    In rural Victoria, the workloads on medical centers are high enough that week and multiweek waiting times to ‘see doctor’ are not remarkable.

    Needing a second opinion is a dangerous place to be in.

    If the single doctor will not write out referrals to his clients you are in trouble.

    Got a mate in a small town whose doctor was convinced that old farmers should retire, sell up and take their pills. Old mate had to find a city medico that would refer him to a specialist, to discover a simple heart surgery could add years to his working life and remove the risk of sudden death.

    Their Australian left would erupt if their clients on Nauru got this level of service.

    Comrades.

  90. thefrollickingmole

    Slim Cognito

    Good, as long as all the pain is on one side of the ledger “atavists” will continue to damage every development going based on “muh feelz”.

  91. Bruce of Newcastle

    Substitute the history books for the paper.

    Or lack thereof.
    Doesn’t seem to be much history taught in schools these days.
    Fantasy yes, history no.

    ‘Some Really Stupid People’: Our Catastrophically Clueless Congress (via BCF)

    Ever since Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared on the scene I’ve fantasized about interviewing her. I wouldn’t ask her about her big socialist ideas or how she’d pay for them; as far as I’m concerned, it’s already been amply demonstrated that she knows nothing about economics or the history of socialism. Instead, I would ask her to find, say, Kazakhstan on a map. I would ask her to name five chemical elements, four Canadian provinces, and three Shakespeare plays. I would ask her which king signed Magna Carta. I would ask her to name one Russian novelist, one French newspaper, the fourth president of the United States, and the third book of the Bible.

    And so on. Basic stuff. It shouldn’t be too much to expect a member of the U.S. Congress to be able to answer questions of this sort. Indeed, it shouldn’t be too much to expect a high-school graduate to be able to answer every one.

    I very much doubt that HSC kids could answer such general knowledge questions. Consequently our Parliaments are filled with the same sort of people that the US Congress is.

  92. Johno

    Nope Bobby.

    Not in the real world. You harassed some poor bugger for three years until he gave in.
    You have to invent this bull dust to keep your world view alive.
    Now answer this question. Why didn’t you join the CMF and why didn’t you take the opportunity to stay in OZ when it was presented. As it was.?

  93. Stimpson J. Cat

    Did he now, Liz. Thanks for letting us know. Did he say anything about abusing people about their ethnic backgrounds as well?

    Nothing wrong with being a wog, a dago, a guinea, a goombah, or a wop, JC.
    Don’t be so sensitive.

  94. cuckoo

    Do they still employ editors at what was Fairfax? Or adults? This is an actual headline from their website:

    Man dead after home invasion goes wrong in Sydney’s south-west

  95. Notafan

    mild concussion from her earrings gone wild

    Danging earrings are a clear danger sign

  96. Johno

    Just answer the question Bobby

  97. C.L.

    ABC tries to gotcha man who defended his home against intrusion by a deranged bodybuilder …
    They obviously set their social media dogs to sniff out what he’d posted online years ago …

    Sydney man who confronted bodybuilder in his home posted on Reddit about thieves.

    A father who fought an intruder, who later died, at his home in Sydney’s south-west had previously posted online that he has “no sympathy” for thieves.

    OMG!!! He’s obviously a vigilante!!!

    Francois Schwartz, 44, was woken up by his barking dogs before he went downstairs and challenged a stranger — who was identified as personal trainer and professional body builder Bradley Soper — inside his Harrington Park property on Sunday morning.

    Two weeks ago, Mr Schwartz used his account on social media site Reddit to comment on a video showing an alleged mobile phone thief being restrained and dragged alongside a moving car.

    “If he is committed to crime, he will next time bring a gun and target someone more vulnerable like an 80-year-old,” Mr Schwartz’s comment said.

    “No sympathy. The person on the receiving end of his crime could also be poor, and worked hard at an honest job to buy that phone.

    “What does theft do to that honest person?”

    This is simply a smear with no bearing whatsoever on what befell him at the weekend.

    Dickhead police officers of course detained Schwartz for defending his wife and two small children. They are quite seriously ‘investigating’ whether Schwartz used “reasonable force” against Bradley Soper – who was crowned “Asia’s strongest man” in 2017. BTW, the 34 year-old beefcake “had spent some time in hospital for kidney failure in the weeks leading up to his death.” Kidney failure at 34. Mmm. Roids much?

  98. Stimpson J. Cat

    Did he now, Liz. Thanks for letting us know. Did he say anything about abusing people about their ethnic backgrounds as well?

    Nothing wrong with being a w¤g, a [email protected], a [email protected], a [email protected], or a w¤p, JC.
    Don’t be so sensitive.

  99. struth

    What are you doing here, number

    s?
    Seriously.

    You’re a proven liar, nobody comments on your blog therefore right wingers aren’t scared off by your hordes of lefty commenters, as you claim.
    Yesterday, not one comment on any of the anti western waffle you had written.
    Not one.

    You couldn’t lie straight in bed.

    You don’t know what socialism is, yet you know Hitler and you are both socialists.
    You respect what he called himself.
    You can’t answer questions in your own words.
    You grizzle on about something that happened to you half a fucking century ago, that no one gives a flying fuck about, and haven’t a decent alpha male bone in your soon to be dead body.
    What a sad and pitiful life, and it’s too late for you to change now.
    Wallow in it and die.
    You made your bed, you decided to be a victim all your sad fuck life.
    And you only live once.
    You’ve been the ultimate fool, and it’s hurt you more than anyone.

  100. cuckoo

    I would ask her which king signed Magna Carta.

    To which her answer would be “Magna what?” She probably thinks ‘magna’ is what Trump supporters have on their caps.

  101. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Substitute the history books for the paper.

    “The great myth about conscription was that national servicemen were forced to serve in Vietnam. In fact, most battalion commanders offered to re – post those who did not want to go. “The national serviceman,” Brigadier Colin Khan DSO recalls “had specifically to volunteer for overseas service by signing a deceleration during Corps training……all national servicemen who served in Vietnam volunteered to do so.”……..

    “Despite this, the press and antiwar activists peddled the myth that conscripts were being forced to go to Vietnam.”

    From a history book, by one Paul Ham. Page 178.

  102. struth

    You’ve been the ultimate fool, and it’s hurt you more than anyone.

    Of course that depends on how much socialist misery you inflicted on your captive infant audience.

  103. 1735099

    Not in the real world. You harassed some poor bugger for three years until he gave in.

    That’s funny.
    Colonel David Smith AM (Retd) and the ADCC are not of the calibre to be harassed into submission. Unlike you, he acknowledged the history rather than the fantasy. But whatever keeps you happy….

    Why didn’t you join the CMF and why didn’t you take the opportunity to stay in OZ when it was presented. As it was.?

    I had more worthwhile things to do than play soldiers – like teaching a great bunch of year fives at Goondiwindi State School.

  104. Mark from Melbourne

    I wonder if Ms Logan has ever watched Logan’s Run?
    Could be good preparation for what is about to land upon her.

    Sigh. Jenny Agutter could have fallen on me at any time after I saw that (at 19 or so) and I would NOT have complained! I see IMDB describes it as fantasy/action. I didn’t see the latter but I can attest to the former.

  105. Bruce of Newcastle

    Roids much?

    Sounded like bath salts to me.
    Off the planet and overheated.
    Darwin gives out another award.

  106. Johno:

    Now answer this question. Why didn’t you join the CMF and why didn’t you take the opportunity to stay in OZ when it was presented. As it was.?

    Just curious, was there something available to soldiers who went to Vietnam and not available to the ones who didn’t?
    Damn. It’s on the tip of my tongue…

  107. Notafan

    Sideshow Bob have an opinion about franking credit rebates?

    In the demographic, after all.

  108. calli

    CL’s hideous schoolgirl link:

    The father of one of the teens featured in the shocking video says his daughter is a sweet girl who’s extremely remorseful and that the footage (pictured) was filmed as a joke

    Yeah. Right.

    Now we know why she is as she is.

  109. bespoke

    I had more worthwhile things to do than play soldiers – like teaching a great bunch of year fives at Goondiwindi State School.

  110. Notafan

    a relative of mine recently did a rotation in Iraq-I believe while intensely boring the extra tax free?pay was significant

    I kind of assume that there were some carrots available for overseas service in the Vietnam era too

    Appendix: The national service scheme, 1964-72

  111. Johno

    Zulu,
    Brigadier Colin Khan.”Genghis”.

    I have lunch twice a year with Genghis. Interesting little factoid,when we arrived in SVN in 1969 Genghis was exactly twice my age. I was 19 he was 38. He was the BTN commander , I was the section gunner.So I outranked him. He never acknowledges this fact but he knows I am right.

  112. dover_beach

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019
    Capitalism with Scandinavian Characteristics

    Damn good article.

  113. RobK

    A paper that rounds up all the issues with renewable power and grids.State-of-the-art of hosting capacity in modern power systems with distributed generation. SherifM.Ismaela,

    abstract
    Currently,renewable energy is rapidly developing across the world in response to technical, economic and environmental developments, as well as political and social initiatives. On the other hand, excessive penetration of distributed generation(DG) systems into electrical networks may lead to various problems and operational limit violations, such as over and under voltages, excessive line losses, over loading of transformers and feeders, protection failure and high harmonic distortion levels exceeding the limits of international standards. These problems occur when the system exceeds its hosting capacity(HC) limit. The HC is a transactive approach that provides away for the distribution network to be integrated with different types of energy systems. Accordingly, HC assessment and enhancements become an essential target for both distribution system operators and DG investors. This paper provides, for the first time, a systematic and extensive overview of the HC research, developments, assessment techniques and enhancement technologies. The paper consists of four HC principal sections: historical developments, performance limits, perceptions and enhancement techniques. Besides, practical experiences of system operators, energy markets and outcomes gained from real case studies are presented and discussed. It was concluded that success in integrating more distributed generation hinges on accurate hosting ca-pacity assessment. CrownCopyright©2018Published by ElsevierLtd.This is an open access article under the CCBY license

    A very good paper and reference source, as the experiment of squeezing renewables into baseload grids continues. Costs and complexity multiply as reliabilty wanders off into the wilds.

  114. Johno

    Bobby,
    If you had joined the CMF you would have played soldiers two weeks a year, and still have been able to indoctrinate primary school kids.
    Did you get a war service loan Bobby? Was that your reason for volunteering Bobby.?

  115. bespoke

    I had more worthwhile things to do than play soldiers – like teaching a great bunch of year fives at Goondiwindi State School.

    Did you apply for the Job before, jurying or after your service, 1735099 ?

  116. bespoke

    Winston Smith
    #2938274, posted on February 19, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Just curious, was there something available to soldiers who went to Vietnam and not available to the ones who didn’t?

    To be shot at in a shit hole country.

  117. Zyconoclast

    Sigh. Jenny Agutter could have fallen on me at any time after I saw that (at 19 or so) and I would NOT have complained! I see IMDB describes it as fantasy/action. I didn’t see the latter but I can attest to the former.

    I first saw her in a school viewing of Walkabout. Wow!
    A real eye opener.

  118. Leigh Lowe

    BTW, the 34 year-old beefcake “had spent some time in hospital for kidney failure in the weeks leading up to his death.” Kidney failure at 34. Mmm. Roids much?

    Exactly.
    They did a lot of joining the dots on the victim, but no-one asked the most obvious question around a seemingly healthy 34 year old hospitalised with an 80 year-old’s disease.
    And “Mr Strongman Asia” title?
    Probably run out of a Patpong nightclub with no WADA officials present.
    Interesting that the idea of people fighting back against home invasions is really, really bad.
    I mean, cool street-smart people just hand over the wallet and keys and bid the amiable but harmless intruder a warm ‘goodnight’.
    Plod and the media told us that is the drill.
    Unless, that is, it happens to one of their own.
    Then it is “terrifying”.

  119. Speedbox

    Back in December, Steve Kates posted an essay about his son’s new business venture. It is an opportunity for people to write their own life story using a series of initial questions and you can add additional questions, and even chapters, to your book. You can also add photos. The new business is called A Life Untold. When finished, you will receive a printed book that sets out your life to date.

    https://alifeuntold.com/

    Anyway, I have been writing on and off (not finished yet) for the past few weeks and would recommend to Cats that you give this a go. I have recalled, and now recorded, incidents that affected my life/outlook but I had long since forgotten about. For reasons unclear, the process seems almost cathartic.

    Check out the website.

  120. JC

    Nothing wrong with being a w¤g, a [email protected], a [email protected], a [email protected], or a w¤p, JC.
    Don’t be so sensitive.

    I know Stimson. Leave me alone. I’m far too busy staring in the mirrror at the moment. That’s also very anti Semitic by the way.

    Ask the rooster about his sensitivity about being called a little faggot. He’s the one who was squealing
    about it last night and even this morning! Why pick on me as I’m the innocent party in all this.

  121. thefrollickingmole

    Speedbox

    Thanks, I was trying to remember that site.

    Be a good one for mum and dad.
    Cheers.

  122. dover_beach

    Only those who have been intellectually and morally enfeebled by sucking on the fag end of modern liberalism continue to borrow their opinions from journalists.

    Putting that on a t-shirt.

  123. Jessie

    Medecins Sans Frontieres was kicked out of Nauru. Contracted only for mental health services.
    Further escalation in many many online petitions occurred. 6000 Australian medical doctors included.
    Somehow missed, are these same numbers of professionals in the >10 year reporting of cases of Australian toddler/child rape. Not Nauru, IN Australia.

    On 5 October 2018, the Nauruan government told MSF that our services were “no longer required” and that we must cease activities within 24 hours.

    Read end of this page for further or download full report should you be inclined.
    Also MSF petition https://www.change.org/p/i-support-msf-s-call-to-immediately-evacuate-asylum-seekers-refugees-from-nauru

    However MSF used an obscure Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale. CF experts can investigate this ‘medical scale’ further if they wish’. Presumably a survey instrument of cultural appropriateness though? And used with culturally appropriate personnel, using culturally appropriate language(s) and genders and so forth.

    Canberra, 3 December 2018. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is today releasing the first independent medical data demonstrating the extreme mental health suffering on Nauru, due to the Australian policy of indefinite offshore processing. MSF strongly reiterates its urgent call for the Australian government to end this policy and immediately evacuate all refugees and asylum seekers – men, women and children from Nauru to avoid further deterioration of their health.

    According to the medical report Indefinite Despair, the mental health suffering on Nauru is among the most severe MSF has ever seen around the world, including in projects providing care for victims of torture……………….

    source: https://www.msf.org.au/article/statements-opinion/nauru-new-msf-report-shows-disastrous-mental-health-impact-australia%E2%80%99s

    This Swedish news article disputes or has alternatives to this new ?DSMIV-V ?
    Resignation syndrome: Sweden’s mystery illness

  124. Percy Popinjay

    Gee, the Oz is really excelling itself in its reporting of the tired and emotional weightlifter who just happened to end up in the living room a complete stranger at 7.30am on a Sunday morning, subsequently resulting in a mysterious fatal event:

    Friends told the Daily Telegraph Mr Soper had problems but seemed to be in good spirits in the days before his death. He recently went through a relationship breakdown and had been hospitalised for kidney failure. The ABC reports he was struggling for money and was also battling a cocaine addiction.

    Plod’s initial pronouncement on this regrettable incident:

    “We really don’t know what the cause of death is; we are not even confident he was there to commit a crime,” Detective Chief Inspector Shane Woolbank of Camden Police told The Aus­tralian yesterday

  125. dover_beach

    Question, anyone here joined Minds.com? Is it any good?

  126. cohenite

    I dream about being called a little faggot by head prefect; but he’s so stingy with his insults.

  127. Jessie

    Medecins Sans Frontieres contracted for ?only mental health services was kicked out of Nauru.

    Further escalation in many many online petitions occurred. 6000 Australian medical (?mental) doctors proffered a separate signatory list.
    Somehow missed in history, was parliamentary legislation from these same numbers of [mental] medical professionals given the >10 year reporting of cases of Australian toddler/child/adolescent rapes. Not Nauru, IN Australia.

    On 5 October 2018, the Nauruan government told MSF that our services were “no longer required” and that we must cease activities within 24 hours.

    Read end of this page for further or download full report should you feel inclined.
    Also MSF petition https://www.change.org/p/i-support-msf-s-call-to-immediately-evacuate-asylum-seekers-refugees-from-nauru

    However MSF used an obscure Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale. CF experts can investigate this ‘medical scale’ further if they wish’. Presumably a survey instrument of cultural appropriateness though? And used with culturally appropriate personnel, using culturally appropriate language(s) and genders and so forth.

    Canberra, 3 December 2018. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is today releasing the first independent medical data demonstrating the extreme mental health suffering on Nauru, due to the Australian policy of indefinite offshore processing. MSF strongly reiterates its urgent call for the Australian government to end this policy and immediately evacuate all refugees and asylum seekers – men, women and children from Nauru to avoid further deterioration of their health.

    According to the medical report Indefinite Despair, the mental health suffering on Nauru is among the most severe MSF has ever seen around the world, including in projects providing care for victims of torture……………….

    source: https://www.msf.org.au/article/statements-opinion/nauru-new-msf-report-shows-disastrous-mental-health-impact-australia%E2%80%99s

    This Swedish news article disputes or has alternatives to this new ?DSM V of Mental Disorders
    Resignation syndrome: Sweden’s mystery illness

    Prof or Dr Bauert used the N*z* directly from this european phenomena reported above. Which causes me to think he is a hypocrite and a liar of the deepest nature. Given his longevity (thus an expert) as a paediatrician in Darwin, being the hospital which receives also ALL evacuations and referrals for all manner of babe/child medical problems. And same likely performs regular paediatric clinical visits to the remote communities.

  128. Leigh Lowe

    “We really don’t know what the cause of death is; we are not even confident he was there to commit a crime,” Detective Chief Inspector Shane Woolbank of Camden Police told The Aus­tralian yesterday

    Listen up Shane, you fucking moron.
    He had already committed a crime by breaking and entering a private home.
    FMD!
    Broke-on-coke and a likely ‘roid habit and Shane can’t figure out why he would do an agg-burg.
    Pretty much every time there is a saturation of soft-soap in relation to a crim you can track it back to one of two things …
    (1) the crim is from a protected minority group; and/or
    (2) the crim is connected within media/legal circles.

  129. stackja


    FEBRUARY 19 2019 – 11:30AM
    Katoomba the setting for climate council meeting

    The bushfire season is set to get longer and more dangerous unless urgent action is taken on climate change a forum in Katoomba heard yesterday.

    Climate councillor and ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes warned more than 60 local and state government representatives, academics and community groups about worsening fires fueled by climate change at the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

  130. Stimpson J. Cat

    we are not even confident he was there to commit a crime

    F$cking This Is Literally Police Academy I Swear.

  131. week and multiweek waiting times to ‘see doctor’ are not remarkable.

    I live within a short walk of 4 medical clinic (Dannograd). Book a week or so ahead to see a doctor.
    Not only rurals have the problem.

  132. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Climate councillor and ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes warned more than 60 local and state government representatives, academics and community groups about worsening fires fueled by climate change at the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

    Surely that area would be too fire-prone at this time of the year to hold such a meeting?

  133. Climate councillor and ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes warned more than 60 local and state government representatives, academics and community groups about worsening fires fueled by climate change at the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

    Repent ye sinners! Lest you burn the fires of hell.

  134. Repent ye sinners! Lest you burn in the fires of hell.

  135. struth

    Totally funded to come up with the right conclusions.
    Complete with scarf

    Climate science is government funded employment for mum’s and Aunties who should never have been let out of the kitchen.

  136. cohenite

    Climate councillor and ecologist Professor Lesley Hughes

    Hughes is an alarmist skank.

  137. C.L.

    Interesting that the idea of people fighting back against home invasions is really, really bad.
    I mean, cool street-smart people just hand over the wallet and keys and bid the amiable but harmless intruder a warm ‘goodnight’.
    Plod and the media told us that is the drill.

    Gee, I wonder if the ABC’s attempt to smear homeowner Francois Schwartz has anything to do with the fact that he’s South African.

  138. Jessie

    Medecin Sans Frontieres removed from Nauru 12/2018
    Contracted to do mental health only.

    Used an instrument titled Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scale for measurement.
    Not clear on the validity of this ?DSM-V instrument. Or whether it is vlid. Or complies with ALL aspects of cultural appropriateness and gender identification.

    to end this policy and immediately evacuate all refugees and asylum seekers – men, women and children from Nauru to avoid further deterioration of their health.

    In regard to the Australian experts following MSF publication and their use of term Resignation Syndrome some in Sweden differ on this

    “From our point of view, this particular sickness has to do with former trauma, not asylum,” says Annica Carlshamre, a senior social worker for Gryning Health, a company that runs Solsidan, a home for all kinds of troubled children

    source: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41748485

    Prof/Dr Bauer the long-time paediatrician of Darwin and ALL remote top end communities [therefor an expert] must be a hypocrite or liar.
    Given media reporting <10 years of toddler/child/adolescent rape in Australia Bauer has not sought to use the term N*zi or appeal to legislation to deal with the issue. Neither doing the same has there been 6000 mental medical professionals.

    Christmas Island Medical Services should be fine. No reports of atrocious health statistics there , as yet. Honourable Warren Snowdon looked after Indian Ocean Territories Health Services with a loose deal in WA, as he has looked after remote Australia for decades and decades. He can put his expert two-pence in on the matter.

  139. struth

    If we could get these buggers back in the kitchen cooking lovely cakes and making nice sandwiches to take to work, we’d increase household savings substantially.

    How?

    By not letting them destroy our civilisation by getting out the house.
    We’ve been taking them seriously for way too long.

    Enough.
    The experiment has failed.

    Men, ask yourself, really, what is going on around you, and start pushing back.
    I’m contemplating it, but I am scared of them underneath.
    They might call me names.

    If not, they are going to force themselves into a Burka, which may be what they want underneath, but I LIKE PORK AND BACON and that prick wailing over a loud speaker would be strangled in a second.

    It’s not about growing a beard and whipping your women with a stick, there are downsides too.

  140. C.L.

    A LOL moment in this ABC propaganda piece …

    Martina Navratilova says trans players are ‘cheats’, but she was coached by one.

    Only recently have scientists begun to research whether transgender people have a physical advantage in women’s sport (note that rarely do debates mention trans men in sport).

    That’s because “trans men” are, in fact, women and therefore cannot beat men. So nobody cares.

  141. Jessie

    Sources for Medecin Sans Frontieres Indefinite Despair ?a new DSM-V of Psychiatric algorithm.
    https://www.msf.org.au/sites/default/files/attachments/indefinite_despair_3.pdf
    source: https://www.msf.org.au/article/statements-opinion/nauru-new-msf-report-shows-disastrous-mental-health-impact-australia%E2%80%99s

    Just google for sources of all the online submissions for need for medical evacuation

    Can’t wait to hear of all those waiting at Trump’s border WALL.

  142. cohenite

    C.L.

    #2938320, posted on February 19, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Interesting that the idea of people fighting back against home invasions is really, really bad.
    I mean, cool street-smart people just hand over the wallet and keys and bid the amiable but harmless intruder a warm ‘goodnight’.
    Plod and the media told us that is the drill.

    Gee, I wonder if the ABC’s attempt to smear homeowner Francois Schwartz has anything to do with the fact that he’s South African.

    The irony is self defence laws in NSW with counterpart legislation in other states allows people to kill in self defence of themselves and others in and outside the home. The police don’t like this especially since the onus of proof has been reversed and the police have to prove the act was unreasonable:

    See Division 3 sections 418 onwards:

    http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdb/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/ca190082/

  143. And those who would blaspheme against the holy roonybaubles shall be judged (by the HRC) and cast out into the wilderness.

  144. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Greens talk to crossbench for no-confidence motion in government over Christmas Island transfers

    Joe Kelly
    Political Reporter
    @joekellyoz
    2 hours ago February 19, 2019

    The Greens are urging lower house crossbenchers and Labor MPs to back a no-confidence motion in the Morrison government, accusing the Prime Minister of “defying the will of the parliament”.

    Greens Leader Richard Di Natale said the government was “giving the middle finger to parliament” by insisting that asylum seekers and refugees be transferred to Christmas Island for medical treatment instead of the Australian mainland following the passage of last week’s medivac bill.

    He also turned his fury on Bill Shorten after the Opposition Leader said he was “fine” with refugees receiving medical treatment on Christmas Island, accusing him of caving in to a government scare campaign.

    The criticism of Mr Shorten represents a major split in the Greens, crossbench and Labor alliance that passed the medivac bill, with prominent independent MP Kerryn Phelps warning the decision to transfer refugees to Christmas Island was a “subversion of our entire model of representative democracy”.

    Speaking this afternoon, Senator Di Natale said the Australian people wanted the “alternative prime minister to stand up and lay out an alternative agenda”.

    From the Oz.

  145. Makka

    Speaking this afternoon, Senator Di Natale said the Australian people wanted the “alternative prime minister to stand up and lay out an alternative agenda”.

    Not looking too flash here, mOron.

  146. Stimpson J. Cat

    Gee, I wonder if the ABC’s attempt to smear homeowner Francois Schwartz has anything to do with the fact that he’s South African.

    Annoying accents are no excuse for home invasions.
    If that was the motive, it is not a legal justification.

    – Catallaxy Morality Police, Officer Stimpy.

  147. Dr Faustus

    Professor Dr Kerryn Phelps, AM: is spittle-flecked:

    Prof Kerryn Phelps AM
    @drkerrynphelps

    This is a subversion of our entire model of representative democracy. The parliament through its proper processes clearly determined that people too sick to receive treatment in offshore detention should come to Australia, not Christmas Island, for specialised treatment #auspol

    Bill ‘Ring of Steel’ Shorten MP, -26%, 51:49 2PP: is more sanguine:

    “If the medical treatment is delivered and delivered on Christmas Island and it makes people well, that’s fine,” Mr Shorten said on Tuesday.

    All the integrity and charm of a well-sneezed tissue.
    (Good luck with securing the amendment, Kerryn.)

  148. mh

    Jussie Smollett Case: Clues Into Potential Motive Behind The Attack

    (CBS) –“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, upset after a racist letter sent to the show’s studio didn’t get a “bigger reaction,” is suspected of paying two men to attack him a week later, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the investigation.

    “When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack,” a source told CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards. Other sources corroborated that information.

    But the racist ‘letter’ was also a hoax.

    The note was crafted with letters apparently cut out from magazines to form words. The pieced-together message contained racial and homophobic threats directed at Smollett. A magazine is one of the pieces of evidence retrieved from the brother’s home last week during a search conducted by CPD. Investigators also recovered a book of stamps.

    Unfortunately the FBI are involved:

    Chicago police say the FBI is handling the investigation surrounding the letter, because that’s a federal-level concern.

    https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/02/18/jussie-smollet-motive-staged-attack/

  149. 1735099

    Sideshow Bob have an opinion about franking credit rebates?

    In the demographic, after all.

    Not all that interested, it’s only money, after all.
    But – an individual getting a rebate on tax not paid by that individual is a scam, and every taxpayer is penalized.
    If this legislation snaps some investors out of their lemming-like pursuit of franking credits it might be a very good thing..

  150. C.L.

    Andrew McCabe out of the FBI …
    Trump takes another scalp. They keep fighting him and they keep losing.
    Trump marks the occasion:

    Donald J. [email protected]
    Remember this, Andrew McCabe didn’t go to the bathroom without the approval of Leakin’ James Comey!

  151. stackja

    cohenite
    #2938328, posted on February 19, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    John Tingle MLC

    John Saxon Tingle (born 2 November 1931) is a former Australian politician, journalist and broadcaster. He was the founder of the Shooters Party in New South Wales, and served on the New South Wales Legislative Council from 1995 to 2006.

    Yes daughter Laura.

  152. Notafan

    But – an individual getting a rebate on tax not paid by that individual is a scam, and every taxpayer is penalized.

    A refund is not a rebate,are net taxpayers losing franking credits or just those who get actual refunds

    isn’t the tax is paid by the company on the individual shareholders behalf?

    Scam is pretty harsh don’t you think?

    Dividend imputation was introduced in 1987, one of a number of tax reforms by the Hawke–Keating Labor Government.

    What Labor gives, Labor can take away.

  153. JC

    The note was crafted with letters apparently cut out from magazines to form words.

    I’ve never understood this. Can’t people change their handwriting style?

  154. Makka

    RR next?

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to leave the Justice Department in mid-March, agency officials told news outlets Monday.

    A Justice Department official said that Rosenstein’s departure is not related to a controversy surrounding his alleged offer to wear a wire during conversations with President Donald Trump, according to CNN. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe claimed in an interview that aired Sunday that Rosenstein broached the idea of wearing a wire to the White House in May 2017, days after James Comey was fired as FBI directo

  155. stackja

    Leigh Lowe
    #2938305, posted on February 19, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Police are not allowed to make judgments. All the events are allegations. The coroner may make a judgment or given an opinion.

  156. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A refund is not a rebate,are net taxpayers losing franking credits or just those who get actual refunds

    Just those getting an actual refund – like the Memsahib. She is NOT happy.

  157. mh

    JC, you need to cut letters from magazines.

    Didn’t you watch Starsky and Hutch?

  158. Old Lefty

    Perhaps Tony Abbott should relieve Mr Pembroke of his filthy capitalist dividends and franking credits by suing him for the libellous retweet. (Assuming, that is, that the case won’t have to be heard in Yarragrad)

  159. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Men, ask yourself, really, what is going on around you, and start pushing back.
    I’m contemplating it, but I am scared of them underneath.
    They might call me names.

    A lovely bloke like you, Struth? Never!
    Any sign of trouble and you’re the sort I want at the gate fending off the barbarians.
    There’s a handy ditch nearby if you feel like dying in it. Hairy will join you.
    I’ll wring my hands in the kitchen and make yez all coffee.
    I’ll put some lippy on of course, to keep up morale. 🙂

  160. min

    Information re Nauru came from Alan Jones this morning. I posted it off to Bolt and asked him to investigate claim. No moe information to date.

  161. cohenite

    But – an individual getting a rebate on tax not paid by that individual is a scam, and every taxpayer is penalized.

    FMD; a person receives income below the tax payable threshold; he receives a dividend from his shares where the tax has already been paid at the company rate so not in effect but actually that person has paid tax while being below the tax payable threshold. Yet the commies object to that person getting a refund of that tax paid.

    Look at the reverse situation: a high ender, say head prefect, is paying tax at a rate above the company rate paid on the dividends he receives from the shares he owns so he is liable to pay extra tax on those tax pre-paid dividends. Why should that person have to pay extra tax if the person who doesn’t have to pay tax can’t get a refund of the tax the company has paid on their behalf?

  162. JC

    It’s hard to believe how Corbyn can remain as leader of the British Liars Party, but he just keeps on trucking.

    There was something particularly moving — and shocking — about watching the heavily pregnant J*wish MP Luciana Berger announce that she was leaving Labour because she was “embarrassed and ashamed” to be a member of a party that she had concluded was “institutionally antisemitic”.

    This brave politician has been the subject of appalling abuse from the hard left, culminating in the attempt to deselect her weeks before giving birth. Labour is supposed to be the party of equality, fairness and human rights yet one of its most high-profile J*wish women has been hounded out by racists and the leader and his supporters do not care. As she sat down after her calm, dignified statement, the Corbynistas at Young Labour tweeted: “Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer, we’ll keep the red flag flying here.”

    Yesterday’s announcement by seven MPs that they have quit the Labour Party to form a new independent grouping is the start of something much bigger at Westminster because it is not just about policies, it is about values and culture. The truth is that many other MPs agree wholeheartedly with Chris Leslie that “the Labour Party we joined is no longer today’s Labour Party” and that it would be “irresponsible” to allow Jeremy Corbyn to become prime minister. Although they are not yet ready to resign the whip, a large chunk of the parliamentary Labour Party share Mike Gapes’s view that the Labour leader would pose a “threat to national security and international alliances” if he got to No 10 and sympathise with Ann Coffey’s frustration that “any criticism of the leadership is met with abuse and accusations of treachery”.

    No bullying in the Liars party. Never.

    Indeed Peter Kyle, the Hove MP who has himself been the subject of a deselection campaign by the left-wing pressure group Momentum, was visibly shaken as he watched the press conference live on Sky. “These are my friends,” he said afterwards, insisting that those who remained in the party had serious questions to answer. “A J*wish woman has been bullied out of the Labour Party — what side of that line do you stand on?” Another former minister told me that, while he was not quitting, it was completely “understandable” that his colleagues had run out of patience. “There are far more people who are unhappy with the culture of the Labour Party, which has become a very unwelcoming place for moderates since Jeremy Corbyn took over,” he said. “If they don’t completely change their approach and make clear it’s a broad church, stop the sanctioned cruelty and deselection threats then others will also conclude that it’s time to leave.”

    I am told that as many as 50 other Labour MPs are considering their positions and could be prepared to resign the party whip once the Brexit issue has been resolved. One senior figure describes yesterday as “wave one” of the rebellion with a much bigger “wave two” to come if Mr Corbyn does not shift his position and approach. Some hope that Tom Watson, the party’s elected deputy leader, could become the most senior member of a breakaway block of MPs, sitting separately from the Corbynites in the Commons. Yesterday he described the decision by the seven to quit as “premature” but he conspicuously refused to criticise them. Instead he condemned leftwingers who were using the language of “heresy and treachery” and attacked the “virulent form of identity politics” that had seized Labour. “I love this party, but sometimes I no longer recognise it,” he said.

    The anglo left has gone totally nutball.

  163. zyconoclast

    JC, you need to cut letters from magazines.

    THERe Is an APp fOr That

  164. JC

    Does anyone know if GM or Ford are going to import the Caddie and Lincoln brands to oz. I’m just curious because a few years ago I read they were, but there’s still no sign of them.

  165. stackja

    Magnificent, lethal and brutal’: The speech Alan Jones wants everyone to hear

    Senate on 13/02/2019 Hansard

    Migration Amendment (Urgent Medical Treatment) Bill 2018
    Senator REYNOLDS (Western Australia—Assistant Minister for Home Affairs) (19:30): This is going to be the hardest and most personal speech I will ever make in this place. This morning, when I saw my colleagues here in this chamber cheering and high-fiving each other on the passage of Labor’s amendments, I felt physically ill. In this chamber, MPs from the other place and this place cheered for a political victory, one that I know from personal experience will inevitably come at the cost of the lives of others. For those who cloak themselves in moral virtue, there is nothing compassionate or moral in the bill. I say to each and every one of you: you will be knowingly complicit in what happens next.
    I know what will happen, as I said, because I have experienced this. It is neither hypothetical nor a scare campaign. I know from experience that, to terrorists, human traffickers and people smugglers, people are simply commodities to be exploited and profited from. There is not a shred of compassion or humanity in their trade. Few other senators or members in this place have a lived experience of this; I do. As chief of staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs, I had to deal with the outcomes of the Bali bombings, the boat arrivals and the drownings. For two years, I saw the many faces and the consequences of evil, cloaked in the perversion of religion, and the commodification and exploitation of people. I saw, I heard and I smelt the consequences of this commodification of human lives. It nearly broke me and it will stay with me for the rest of my life. Fifteen years later, it still weighs heavily in my heart and on my conscience. It was then, 15 years ago, that I came to truly understand that great evil exists in this world and what it takes to protect us from it. This evil exploits compassion; it does not respect it. There is neither grace nor dignity in the exploitation and death of their victims. There is nothing to high-five or, tonight, pop the champagne corks over.
    In 2011, after 200 boatpeople were lured to their deaths, a senator in this place is reported to have said, ‘Of course not—tragedies happen; accidents happen.’ But these deaths, like the other 1,000 at least, were no accident and there is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that the people smugglers out there today are advising hundreds and probably thousands of people who’ve paid to come to Australia that they can now jump on a boat. Not a single one of these people smugglers who have taken these peoples’ money and who have transited them through to countries to our north will be explaining to these people who have paid them the niceties of the contrived technicality in this bill. Of course they won’t; they’ll want to get them here so they can start earning some more money.
    Let me say to everybody here: it won’t be the senators in this place who have to recover the bloated corpses of babies and women mauled by the sharks; it will be the men and women of the Australian Border Force and the Australian Defence Force, who have had to do it twice before. It won’t be journalists having to deal with the lifelong trauma of survivors. It won’t be members of the House of Representatives who will be comforting our Defence and Border Force personnel who years later still wake with night terrors, reliving the horrors we knowingly inflicted on them.
    I say to all senators and members who voted for this today and their cheer squads: when the inevitable happens, don’t you dare come into this place justifying your actions on the basis you did not know it could happen again. Fifteen years ago we learnt the lessons from the consequences of reopening things in 2007. You reopened our borders and the consequences and the deaths were just as foreseeable then as they are today. You can attempt to justify your actions to assuage your conscience that there was some technicality or that somehow these people smugglers were going to tell the people out there waiting to come here. I’m sorry to say that we will go through it again and you will all be equally culpable.

  166. zyconoclast

    Does anyone know if GM or Ford are going to import the Caddie and Lincoln brands to oz. I’m just curious because a few years ago I read they were, but there’s still no sign of them.

    I doubt GM will be importing anything.

  167. stackja

    min
    #2938351, posted on February 19, 2019 at 3:28 pm
    Information re Nauru came from Alan Jones this morning. I posted it off to Bolt and asked him to investigate claim. No moe information to date.

    AJ said he read it in the Oz. AJ said no other MSM reported the story.

  168. Nelson Kidd-Players

    If they’re not in right-hand drive, I doubt it shall happen. I doubt they would ever do it just for us now, perhaps they may if there’s also a market in Japan.

    I have my doubts.

    I am not sure if Habib is able to rustle up a grey-import example from Japan like he used to; I haven’t seen him here for a while.

  169. JC

    Manufacturing jobs coming back to the US? Not if robotics has anything to do with it.

    Manufacturing Jobs Are Coming Back to the U.S. But Is It a Renaissance?

    Remember that giant sucking sound that Ross Perot warned about in 1991 before Nafta was signed? It turns out that it wasn’t a sucking sound he heard. It was more like an old car stuck in third gear.

    President Donald Trump wants to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector with new trade deals. And Barron’s has recently reported that robotic automation providers hope the technology can lead to a manufacturing renaissance.

    But what does a manufacturing renaissance in America mean?

    According to the World Bank, total industrial employment in America in 1992 was about 62 million people. In 2017, that figure was about 62 million people. No growth despite having 69 million more Americans living in the country.

    Mexican industrial employment has grown 2% a year since 1992, more than its population growth of about 1.5%. Mexico has added about 13 million manufacturing jobs since 1992, or about 524,000 jobs a year for the last 25 years on average.

    Jumping across the Pacific, Chinese industrial employment has just about kept pace with its population growth. Almost 370 million people work in industrial settings in China. That’s roughly 27% of its 1.38 billion population.

    If re-shoring can make American industry great again, then over the next 20 years perhaps we can say industrial employment growth will keep pace with population growth. That’s a big win for a developed economy. Japan has actually lost 11 million industrial jobs over the last 25 years. Japan also has had nearly no population growth over that time.

    Just keeping up with population growth would mean about 14 million more manufacturing jobs in the U.S., or about 677,000 jobs a year for the next 20 years on average.

    This isn’t a prediction, but rather a way to measure the claims made by politicians and robotics companies that are dependent on long-term trends.

    2018 was the best year for manufacturing job growth in the U.S. since 1997. Factories added 264,000 workers in 2018, up from 176,000 workers in 2017.

    Very unlikely.

  170. pete m

    Most but not all units gave National Servicemen the choice of active service and most volunteered. Of them, two died in Borneo and 210 in Vietnam. They included those who enlisted on or during call-up or re-enlisted and voluntary National Servicemen.

    From:
    Nasho Organisation

    One suspects they’d know from their members if this was true or not, and the record would be quickly corrected if no such choice was given.

  171. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Only those who have been intellectually and morally enfeebled by sucking on the fag end of modern liberalism continue to borrow their opinions from journalists.

    Putting that on a t-shirt.

    Simpler to write:

    Journos!
    I Rode with You.
    Now I’ll Code With You

  172. cohenite

    stackja

    #2938357, posted on February 19, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    ‘Magnificent, lethal and brutal’: The speech Alan Jones wants everyone to hear

    Senate on 13/02/2019 Hansard

    It’s good, it’s a start. Phelps and the other creatures who voted with her are arseholes, the personification of everything that is broken in the political system. They’re not left or right but simply completely self-absorbed people who will do anything to support being in power and being superior. For them the issues are irrelevant, merely means to achieve those goals of personal power and self-aggrandisement.

  173. Notafan

    It is a game

    of all the people who are deserving of our compassion they picked the Manus and Nauru ‘refugees’

    just another symptom of Abbott derangement syndrome

  174. JC

    They’re not left or right but simply completely self-absorbed people who will do anything to support being in power and being superior.

    Lol.
    Is there any anti-hallucinogen medication handy, Cronkite. You sorely need a batch… a liter in fact.

  175. Makka

    Investigators say Mr Schwartz was woken about 7.30am on Sunday by his dogs barking and “challenged a male intruder located in the lounge room”.

    The 35-year-old intruder, personal trainer and weightlifter Bradley Soper, collapsed and became unconscious following a struggle, detectives say. He couldn’t be revived by paramedics.

    It may not even be Schwartz that killed Soper. Maybe his ticker gave up from all the ‘roids.

  176. cohenite

    You sorely need a batch… a liter in fact.

    What I need head prefect is a thrashing from you, you tease.

  177. JC

    There’s a piece in the OZ about the oncoming real estate collapse. I call it real estate porn for millennials. Anyway, UBS seems to really be on the front foot about this. The cheif economist there is basking in the glory. That’s not really my story though.

    They have a pic of a Chinese gal standing in front of an older home with the following caption.

    Property concierge Monika Tu specialises in selling homes to Chinese buyers coming from overseas. Picture: Sam Mooy

    What the fuck is a property concierge?

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/collapse-in-foreign-demand-for-housing-sharpens-property-slump-ubs/news-story/d7bf984173f5be1b44b42b051aa47af5

  178. JC

    Cronkite, you imbecile, the left has been using the guise of “independent” for the past decade.

    I know I shouldn’t be hard on you, ladyboy, because you’re trying really hard to keep up. But you can’t.

    Your assertion that Phelps isn’t leftwing is idiotic. Actually it’s worse. It’s totally retarded.

  179. cohenite

    Your assertion that Phelps isn’t leftwing is idiotic. Actually it’s worse. It’s totally retarded.

    No its not; she’s open borders just like you; and you’re not left wing; are you.

  180. Leigh Lowe

    stackja

    #2938342, posted on February 19, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Leigh Lowe
    #2938305, posted on February 19, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Police are not allowed to make judgments. All the events are allegations. The coroner may make a judgment or given an opinion.

    Yeah, nah, that is a bullshit cover.
    The Plod coloured his statement by phrasing it as “we are not even confident he was there to commit a crime”, opening up to speculation that the homeowner may have simply attacked an innocent door-to-door salesman or something.
    A more neutral statement would be …
    “We have not established a lawful reason for the deceased to be on the premises”. (Fact)
    “Preliminary enquiries suggest that he was not on the premises at the invitation of the homeowner.” (Fact).
    Plod hates self defence laws and they are trying to find a way to charge this bloke.
    And Plod is a liar by implying that no laws had been broken. Breaking and entering is a crime. Dumbarse Plod is saying that the crime doesn’t commence until you take the TV off the wall or assault the occupant.
    Superintendent Fuckwit needs to go away and read the Crimes Act.

  181. JC

    That’s right, Cronkite, blame me. Don’t blame yourself, put all the blame on me for one time thinking you were a decent commenter and climate sceptic. How fucking wrong I was.

  182. Des Deskperson

    Does anybody remember a much-hyped ABC quiz show, ‘Think Tank’, hosted by Paul McDermott and launched toward the middle of last year.

    It always struck me as an interesting case study in ABC productions decision making. The show had nothing going for it, unoriginal, unremarkable – except perhaps for McDermott’s creepy appearance – without cultural, artistic, intellectual or entertainment value. Prima facie, the only plausible reason for its existence was that some mates in the ABC wanted to help McDermott, who who seemed to be having a bit of of a quiet time.

    Anyway, the show now seems to have, as they say, sunk without a trace. Did McDermott’s mentors move on or fell out with him or was the show just irremediably awful?

  183. Woolfe

    Devasting tweet to bucket guts after he lamented being unable to help aboriginal kids. This is why we need to be on twitter

    Riccardo Bosi:

    Graham,

    Your hypocrisy is truly breathtaking.

    We have not been ignoring it.

    Both you, the pollies, and the media have.

    For years.

    We have been pushing for years for the Govt to act, but it didn’t.

    You were a Senator who sat on his hands and did nothing.

    Found God have we?

  184. Tom

    If you don’t have cable, you missed Tucker Carlson’s brilliant dismantling of the Jussie Smollett hoax — a great piece of writing about the corruption of the media business at the top of his show at lunchtime today. Runs 15 minutes.

  185. bespoke

    JC
    #2938374, posted on February 19, 2019 at 4:06 pm
    I know I shouldn’t be hard on you, ladyboy, because you’re trying really hard to keep up. But you can’t.

    Elle get back hear and explain this please.

  186. cohenite

    How fucking wrong I was.

    Good, now we’re getting some-where; you’re wrong: period. So be instructed; repeat 100 times: open borders are stupid.

  187. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #2938339, posted on February 19, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    The note was crafted with letters apparently cut out from magazines to form words.

    I’ve never understood this. Can’t people change their handwriting style?

    JC, a quick lesson in forensics.
    A hand-writing expert will find that the little flick at the bottom of the “i” is practically a fingerprint, or the squiggle at the start of your “m” or “n” couldn’t be done by anyone else on the planet.
    That is why the magazine is used.
    A smart crook will use a high circulation publication (so nothing from Fairfax) and immediately destroy in safely discard the rest of the magazine, the backing paper, glue and scissors, vacuum the area and throw the Dyson in the river.
    But these are not smart crooks.
    As an aside, I read the Whitely art fraud book over Christmas. It occurred to me that hand-writing evidence has been long accepted in court and the tiniest calligraphic idiosyncracy can lead to a conviction, but an art critic’s evidence around hundreds of brushstrokes in a painting is just dismissed.

  188. Notafan

    Is it property in general or has demand for dog box apartments plummeted dragging the median down?

    Maribynong was cited at the Melbourne example the other day and I thought oh yes now under a million for that very very ordinary suburb?

  189. Notafan

    On the home invasion-have the police forgotten that being under the influence of ANYTHING is not an excuse for committing a crime?

  190. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I don’t come across too many Oxford dons. But thanks for the tip.

    That was actually at Cambridge, Calli. (I did say Oxbridge to cover both bases) ‘Twas many years ago; I was simply a tag-along scholar. Funny that both of my husbands have had academic attachments to that place.

    What I had particularly in mind though was that in the course of my Arthurian researches I haverecently had to chase up some Oxford academics who were attacking a fellow Oxford don whose work I was both using, and admire. I have been in contact with this Don recently, and also another Oxford academic he suggested I contact as well. They have both suffered sustained vitriolic ad hominem and personal attacks of a sort I could hardly believe when I read some this vitriol online. The ‘tea room’ is likely a bloodbath. Catallaxy has nothing on this lot. These two dons were only too pleased to hear that I knew about these baseless attacks, and that I dismissed them as entirely warped. They warned me that I would likely collect the same sort of treatment for producing material that supported their contentions. Which is why, I reply, I am not writing an academic treatise and thus couldn’t care less. The approval and help of these two nice people was good enough for me.

    Then there is the famous Margaret Mead/John Derek Freedman stoush in anthropology. Never resolved, as she had died. Academia is full of such bitternesses and grandstanding. I am so glad to be out of it. With PC culture adding its foul stink, it is even worse.

    ps they pinch your material too and publish it as their own if you don’t stop them. They might just allow you junior authorship, while you have done all the hard yards without assistance. A snake pit.

  191. JC

    Leigh

    I’ve always understood calligraphy expertise as a pseudo-science, but I guess if courts accept it then there’s not much to say, so use letters out of non-Fairfax newspapers (as you said).

    Which reminds me. I wonder how Clem Ford’s crowd funding is going. It wouldn’t surprise if she surpasses her old employer in circulation.

  192. struth

    A lovely bloke like you, Struth? Never!
    Any sign of trouble and you’re the sort I want at the gate fending off the barbarians.
    There’s a handy ditch nearby if you feel like dying in it. Hairy will join you.
    I’ll wring my hands in the kitchen and make yez all coffee.
    I’ll put some lippy on of course, to keep up morale.

    No mam, er I mean er yes Mam, er no mam, er … er Yes, ithink mam…………….no worries mam, will do, mam………….(fumbles with removed hat, breaks into sweat, and blushes)

  193. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    JC, re faggots. Sinc just doesn’t like the term.
    I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t like ethnic slurs either, although you know Sinc, he rarely says.

  194. JC

    Notafan
    #2938386, posted on February 19, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Is it property in general or has demand for dog box apartments plummeted dragging the median down?

    Maribynong was cited at the Melbourne example the other day and I thought oh yes now under a million for that very very ordinary suburb?

    Don’t take this as gospel because it was anecdotal. Someone told me they read about a home sold in inner city Prahran (Melbourne) for $2.5 million in 2016 that sold again for $2 million in the past few weeks at auction.
    That would be more than a 20% fall because prices kept climbing in 17 and 18. Who knows, but bank credit sounds very tight at the moment.

  195. Boambee John

    Makka at 1519

    Rosenstein broached the idea of wearing a wire to the White House in May 2017, days after James Comey was fired as FBI directo

    Would it really be possible to walk past the Secret Service checkpoints while wired for sound? Metal detectors? Those radar machines used at airports? More like someone either big noting, or sticking the knife in RR. The Deep State doesn’t like those not fully committed to the cause.

  196. JC

    Sinc possibly doesn’t like the term applied to gay people. That’s understandable as it’s a slur. However, I use the term to describe the Rooster as per the Urban Dictionary.

    In these times not really used if somebody is really a homosexual mostly used instead of calling somebody stupid or a loser

  197. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I wish you a sound defeat: Wayne Swan’s parting shots at Morrison government

    Greg Brown
    Journalist
    @gregbrown_TheOz
    2 minutes ago February 19, 2019
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    Former deputy prime minister Wayne Swan has used his valedictory speech to slam the Morrison government for appealing to “race and xenophobia” in prosecuting Labor for supporting the Kerryn Phelps-inspired medivac bill.

    Mr Swan said he hoped Scott Morrison’s team would be “so soundly defeated at the ballot box” that the electoral strategy would never be used in Australia again.

    The outgoing member for Lilley and ALP president recalls how the Tampa episode was used by John Howard in 2001 to drown out the political agenda.

    “Before then, covert appeals to racism and xenophobia were regarded as unworthy of our country’s elected representatives,” Mr Swan told the House of Representatives.

    “When the ship was turned back, something else floated into our harbours in its wake: American race-based dog-whistle politics.

    “That politics isn’t new. It’s likely as old as politics itself. We all thought it had died before 2001. But we were wrong.

    “My hope is that this ugly approach is so soundly defeated at the ballot box that it can never arise again.”

    Mr Swan, who delivered six budgets s treasurer in the Rudd and Gillard governments, lamented that Kim Beazley was not Labor leader when the party won power in 2007.

    From the Oz. “Good” and “riddance” are words that spring to mind.

  198. John Constantine

    a property concierge?

    A mate of mine employed a Chinese mainlander in a commercial kitchen, while he went through the motions of cooking up Australian residency through being educated to fry stuff.

    Living in a nice yarragrad house his dad bought for him.

    As soon as the paperwork came through, he quit cooking and went off to full time property concierge for a family linked company.

    Doing paperwork, importing visa chicoms to build dogboxes, filling them with the chicom diaspora, keeping issues inhouse among the diaspora, dealing with councils and networking back home to market aussie dogboxes as tickets to free aged care for elderly chicom parentals and free first world healthcare for the family and all the rest of the million dollars of lifetime benefits that flow to aussie citizenship holders.

    A property concierge serving the population Ponzi oligarch landsharks.

    Comrades.

  199. areff

    Clemydia cites her departure from Fairfax as proof that “independent media” is dead. Alas that were the case.

    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/opinion/topic/2019/02/09/the-demise-independent-media/15496308007425

    I’m fretting for the poor girl. If the ABC doesn’t pick her up and soon, her only option will be sitting in a doorway in a doorway with a cardboard sign, ‘I’ll rant for food”

  200. Notafan

    That would be more than a 20% fall because prices kept climbing in 17 and 18. Who knows, but bank credit sounds very tight at the moment.

    Would foreign buyers be relying on bank loans?

    In any case the market has been ridiculous for a long time.

    I wonder though, if wages are stagnant and things like utilities and rates just keep going up and up, there must be quite a few in mortgage distress.

    Went to a local shopping centre for the first time in a long time, one major retailer has closed up and maybe 12 small shops are empty.

    not a good look,haven’t seen anything link it since the late 80s

  201. Ubique

    “Before then, covert appeals to racism and xenophobia were regarded as unworthy of our country’s elected representatives,” Mr Swan told the House of Representatives.

    Mr Swan, what the Australian electorate objects to are Labor-Green policies which destroy our border security to the point that illegal immigrant men, women and children in their thousands drown at sea or are eaten alive by sharks.
    We object very strongly to indeed to such callous disregard for human life and we rightly blame you and your socialist mates for it.

  202. Mater

    On the home invasion-have the police forgotten that being under the influence of ANYTHING is not an excuse for committing a crime?

    Extract – The Gulag Archipelago Vol 2 P431

    Through its laws the Stalinist power said to the thieves clearly: Do not steal from me! Steal from private persons! You see, private property is a belch from the past. (But “personally assigned” VIP property is the hope of the future….)

    And the thieves…understood.

    In the Criminal Code of 1926 there was a most stupid Article 139 — “on the limits of necessary self-defense” — according to which you had the right to unsheath your knife only after the criminal’s knife was hovering-ever you. And you could stab him only after he had stabbed you. And otherwise you would be the one put on trial. (And there was no article in our legislation saying that the greater criminal was the one who attacked someone weaker than himself.) This fear of exceeding the measure of necessary self-defense led to total spinelessness as a national characteristic. A hoodlum once began to beat up the Red Army man Aleksandr Zakharov outside a club. Zakharov took out a folding penknife and killed the hoodlum. And for this he got … ten years’ for plain murder! “And what was I supposed to do?” he asked, astonished. Prosecutor Artsishevsky replied: “You should have fled!”
    So tell me, who creates hoodlums?!
    The state, in its Criminal Code, forbids citizens to have firearms or other weapons, but does not itself undertake to defend them! The state turns its citizens over to the power of the bandits — and then through the press dares to summon them to “social resistance” against these bandits. Resistance with what? With umbrellas? With rolling pins?

  203. JC

    Would foreign buyers be relying on bank loans?

    I’m not sure, but I think some were.

    In any case the market has been ridiculous for a long time.

    I wonder though, if wages are stagnant and things like utilities and rates just keep going up and up, there must be quite a few in mortgage distress.

    That’s a problem.

    Went to a local shopping centre for the first time in a long time, one major retailer has closed up and maybe 12 small shops are empty.

    Not a good look, haven’t seen anything link it since the late 80s

    I’m really not sure if shopping centres are an indicator. I’ve never seen the number of empty stores in NYC as I have recently without a recession. Even then the vacancy rate wouldn’t have been even close to what i saw.

    The flow of credit has certainly been adversely impacted, so there will be effect on house prices. There’s not doubt about that.

  204. Makka

    Would it really be possible to walk past the Secret Service checkpoints while wired for sound? Metal detectors? Those radar machines used at airports? More like someone either big noting, or sticking the knife in RR. The Deep State doesn’t like those not fully committed to the cause.

    I imagine there are spook phone apps that can do the job of transmitting discussions. Wires are so last decade.

  205. Snoopy

    What the fuck is a property concierge?

    That’s who you contact if you’re Chinese, have a lazy $6-7 million and are looking for a 6 bed, 7 bath, triple garage, new build, French chateau style home with pool in South Yarra.

  206. Grigory M

    Dividend imputation was introduced in 1987, one of a number of tax reforms by the Hawke–Keating Labor Government.

    What Labor gives, Labor can take away.

    Nope. The cash refund to people who don’t pay tax was introduced by Howard and Costello. Only that cash refund is to be taken away. Dividend imputation will otherwise stay as is.

  207. not a good look,haven’t seen anything link it since the late 80s

    Noticed the same at a coupla shopping strips in Dannograd.

    It’s a sign.

  208. 1735099

    I had more worthwhile things to do than play soldiers – like teaching a great bunch of year fives at Goondiwindi State School.

    Did you apply for the Job before, jurying or after your service, 1735099 ?

    It didn’t work like that.
    I received a teaching scholarship after high school. This meant I was sent of to Kedron Park Teachers’ College to complete a two-year certificate of teaching course. After graduating, I was bonded to stay with Education Queensland for two years.
    My callup came in my final year of college, and the NS act was interpreted to allow me to teach for one year, and then enlist (or more accurately – be enlisted).
    This meant I was eighteen months older than everyone else, which in hindsight, was a good thing.

  209. stackja

    Alan Jones interviewed Senator Amanda Stoker this morning. Mention made of her first speech

    Senate_2018_06_20_6232_Official [Hansard]
    3478 SENATE Wednesday, 20 June 2018
    FIRST SPEECH
    The PRESIDENT (17:02): Order! Before I call Senator Stoker, I ask senators to remember the traditional courtesies for a first speech and to observe them.
    Senator STOKER (Queensland) (17:02): Australians don’t trust politicians. It’s a universal truth. In fact, Australians are losing faith across the four sectors of the economy—government, media, corporate and non-government organisations. But for my new role as senator for Queensland it is concerning—most concerning—that people’s trust in Australia’s institution of government, which has delivered peace and stability in this country for more than 100 years, is among the lowest globally.
    Is this scepticism a mere reflection of our cultural resistance to authority? No, I don’t think so. The decline over the past years reflects a deeper malaise. Former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies said in October 1954:

    Senator Amanda Stoker first speech
    https://www.amandastoker.com.au/first-speech/
    Australians don’t trust politicians. It’s a universal truth. In fact, Australians are losing faith across the four sectors of the economy—government, media, corporate and non-government organisations. But for my new role as senator for Queensland it is concerning—most concerning—that people’s trust in Australia’s institution of government, which has delivered peace and stability in this country for more than 100 years, is among the lowest globally.

    Is this scepticism a mere reflection of our cultural resistance to authority? No, I don’t think so. The decline over the past years reflects a deeper malaise. Former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies said in October 1954:

    Democracy is the greatest system of government yet devised by man; but it has its weaknesses and its dangers. So far from lessening the responsibilities of the individual, it magnifies them. When one man was the ruler, it was no doubt a matter for thankfulness that he should be wise and honest and competent. But now that we are rulers, we must all seek to be as wise and honest and competent as honest effort can make us.

  210. JC

    That would be a bargain in South Yarra, Snoopy. Even now.

  211. Other signs, absence of new paint, taxi drivers that take cash for a discount and no meter.

  212. Old School Conservative

    I had more worthwhile things to do than play soldiers – like teaching a great bunch of year fives at Goondiwindi State School.

    Another lie, numbers.
    You could have done both CMF and a 9 to 3 job. With 3 months of holidays.
    Thanks for going into uniform on our behalf. Just stop lying about facts to suit your false narrative.
    Surely a long career in teaching gave you plenty of job satisfaction and now you can relax in the shade of a job well done.
    Drop the bitterness. Read Dr Jordan Peterson to help you develop some satisfying goals in life.

  213. Snoopy

    Would it really be possible to walk past the Secret Service checkpoints while wired for sound?

    Pretty sure I read somewhere that Rosenstein volunteered precisely because he was never subjected to security checks before a meeting with Trump.

  214. Snoopy

    JC
    #2938412, posted on February 19, 2019 at 4:58 pm
    That would be a bargain in South Yarra, Snoopy. Even now.

    Style is forever. Price is soon forgotten.

  215. JC

    Style is forever. Price is soon forgotten.

    Eggsplain that one.

  216. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I am quite fond of Alistair Moffett’s ‘King Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms’, for although it seeks yet another ‘real’ Arthur, it is written well and with strong sensitivities to things often missed in regional topography and its toponymy (that’s landscapes and names given to them).

    I hope to take his stance with regard to academia – although my education, somewhat unconventional, has proceeded in fits and starts, less than ‘decent’ in that very British sense to which he makes claim:

    As an historian I am an amateur, in the old sense of loving it, and emphatically not in the new sense of being sloppy or less than serious. I am certainly not an academic historian, not time-served and with no folio of published papers to act as pencil sketches for the big picture …. Aside from a decent education, I only have two claims to bring to the reader’s attention. The first is simple: since no one asked me to do this, I am not obliged to be anything other than my own man. I care nothing for academic reputation, the conventional wisdom or the weight of opinion. These researches are founded on common sense and sufficient erudition.

    My second claim will take longer to unpack. It directly concerns my interest in the names of places, more properly toponymy, and how my knowledge of it all began…..

    One more word before I set out my narrative. Much to the distaste, no doubt, of proper historians this piece of work is occasionally conveyed in the first person, not objective but nominative. In fact it is precisely names that make it so. …. (I come from) ancient Border families, people who stayed where they found themselves and found where they stayed to be beautiful. We have been here for millennia …

    As I said in my article, my maternal grandfather came from an old Borders clan.
    Places speak if you listen properly. I feel that as Moffett does. You can’t say that in academia though.
    There, you can argue with linguists at your peril, for with a subject matter less securely founded in certainties than they are able to categorically lay claim to, they are an edgy lot, as my Donnish friends at Oxford have discovered.

  217. Arky

    White men are disgusting.
    When they aren’t yelling “This is MAGA country” and beating up thespians, or waving their filthy cocks in Debbie’s face, they are mocking Native Americans with shit eating grins on their faces.
    Thank you CNN for exposing these sickos.

  218. JC

    And the bullying begins.

    ASIC ‘probing criminal breaches’

    Corporate cop ASIC has responded to its bank inquiry bruising, saying it now has almost 40 investigations underway.

    The administrative state is a fucking cancer. Look at these scumbags now try to look good with a reign of terror.

  219. Ubique

    Anyone subscribe to the Daily Telegraph?

    I followed and commented on Tim Blair’s articles on his various websites for close on 20 years, but now can’t even read his posts, let alone contribute a bon mot or two towards them.

    I’d appreciate were any of his posts copied and pasted here. Timbo’s brand of journalism is of rare quality; it’s a crime it should be hidden behind a paywall.

  220. Rebel with cause

    Brave call to expect housing prices to tank by a long way. Dodgy new apartments may be but you’ve still got the problem of growing population and people needing somewhere to live.

  221. bespoke

    1735099
    #2938409, posted on February 19, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    So its a no then.

  222. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Should I get the plasterers to do all of our ceilings? I asked my friend.
    Of course, she said. You’ll regret it later if you don’t. In that case, she was right.
    Another friend chimed in the time. We put in, she said, a beautiful hugely expensive new kitchen and decided to put similar cupboards in the laundry. I was quoted, she said, an amount that on a pro rata basis for cupboards was so much higher than in my kitchen that I sent him away, and went with another, lower, quote, for something of lesser quality. After all, it was only a laundry, she explained.
    Perhaps that was sensible, I ventured.

    She looked at me sadly. No it wasn’t, she said.
    There is not a day of my life I haven’t walked into that laundry and wished it was like the kitchen.
    Not. A. Day.

    And that JC is style vs. price. 🙂

  223. Nick

    I’d appreciate were any of his posts copied and pasted here. Timbo’s brand of journalism is of rare quality; it’s a crime it should be hidden behind a paywall.

    It seems despite the need to pay, that Tims’ posts are less frequent. Oh well.

  224. thefrollickingmole

    It’s hard to believe how Corbyn can remain as leader of the British Liars Party, but he just keeps on trucking.

    Labour changed their membership by offering it almost for free.
    The radical lefties stacked as hard as they could, then changed the rules around preselections and things.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44561407
    March of the members
    Under a cut-price supporters’ scheme introduced by Corbyn’s predecessor Ed Miliband, people who had felt either alienated by mainstream politics or who had been to the left of the Labour leadership signed up to back the insurgent in the 2015 leadership contest.


    “My constituency membership went up from 600 to 700 three years ago to over 2,300, it’s now gone down a bit again.

    “It quadrupled in size, and that has brought great challenges as well as real opportunities… there was a bit of ‘us and them’ about it originally, with the older members calling newer members ‘hard-left trots’ and newer members calling the older members ‘right-wing Blairites’.”

    Now though, she insists members are working more co-operatively together: “We’ve definitely come through that and a lot of those relationships have now been established, but it was definitely difficult for a while.”
    ….
    This was the Left’s moment.

    The push against Corbyn was portrayed as a putsch – a coup against the membership.

    And Jon Lansman, Momentum’s founder, said the Left could no longer be quite so relaxed about who controlled the levers of power in the party.

    “We expected it to come. And whilst Jeremy set out to be inclusive, we prepared for it.”

    So they engineered a takeover, gee I wonder if theres any other precedent in history for a far left group nobbling others to achieve control…?


    “Jeremy had an opportunity to put these people in to his shadow cabinet and to say ‘this is a united, unified party’.

    “Unfortunately he chose to reject that – and decided to instead reward loyalists and loyalty.”

    Indeed Jeremy Corby’s supporters tightened rather than relaxed their grip following the election.

    Behind-the-scenes changes were resisted in a token fashion at best.

    As a senior figure in the parliamentary party confided off the record: “The lunatics have taken over the asylum, it’s just a game of survival for most of us – we are ploughing our own furrows and waiting for the madness to pass.”

    ..
    To reflect the much-expanded membership, three new seats were added to Labour’s national executive, or NEC – and all three of these new positions were taken by members of Momentum, including its founder Jon Landsman.

    John Stolliday explained the importance of Labour’s NEC: “In the Labour Party, control of the NEC means that you control every decision that happens internally.

    “So, whether it’s picking the longlist or shortlist for a by-election to see which candidate is going to be selected, whether it’s deciding the party’s priorities, the rule changes that will happen at conference, every decision is made by the NEC – control of the NEC is absolutely vital.”


    “Jeremy has uniquely managed to get hold of not just the membership of the party, but also of the NEC and the party structures.

    “No leader has ever controlled all the levers of power at the Labour Party before.”

    And Lucy Powell – Ed Miliband’s former chief of staff who subsequently worked on Andy Burnham’s failed leadership bid – agreed.

  225. calli

    ps they pinch your material too and publish it as their own if you don’t stop them. They might just allow you junior authorship, while you have done all the hard yards without assistance. A snake pit.

    Ha! That was the linchpin in last night’s Lewis Murder Most Horrid in Oxford. Dead junior research techie, plus lots of other gore including Death By Jag.

    Take care as you go Lizzie!

  226. JC

    And that JC is style vs. price. 🙂

    And if I pay the piper and only venture into the laundry perhaps once every two months to find a clean pair of socks, why would I give a rats about the quality of the cupboards? Dare I ask.

  227. 1735099

    From a history book, by one Paul Ham. Page 178.

    Ham is a good historian, but like any good historian, he can only deduce from sources.
    He did not, like Dapin, interview hundreds of National Servicemen.
    Unlike Dapin, National Service was not his focus, so he did not examine records to ascertain that formal opt-out parades occurred.
    He also sources this statement to Colin Kahn –

    All National Servicemen who served in Vietnam had to specifically volunteer for overseas service by signing a declaration during Corps training.

    p 170 Paul Ham, Vietnam, The Australian War, Harper Collins.
    Kahn was a battalion commander, not the commander of a Corps training battalion, so his understanding of corp training protocols may well have been hearsay. Had he, as the commander of a unit, called such a parade, he would have been in breach of the NS Act, and high command would have had his guts for gaiters.
    Having said that, seeing that you’re chums, do me a favour and call him to ask if he can give chapter and verse about these alleged parades. You could ask him when, where, and what unit was involved – all in the interests of establishing the fact, of course. Also ask him where the record of such a parade can be found.
    Closer to home, I have obtained all my records from CARO. there are lots of forms amongst them, but no declaration I signed “volunteering” for overseas service.

  228. calli

    I was in Oxford only a couple of years ago. It seemed very peaceful down under the willows by the Isis.

    As I am a very risk averse type, I noted the location of the Thames Valley Police station. It happened to be just up from our hotel and across the road from the Alice shop. Morse and Lewis as it were.

  229. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “And what was I supposed to do?” he asked, astonished. Prosecutor Artsishevsky replied: “You should have fled!”

    The Brits are still being given that advice vs aggro Muzzies.

  230. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    US Chamber of Commerce: China trade deal ‘fails’ if Washington doesn’t win enforcement measures
    Any trade deal between the U.S. and China will need enforcement mechanisms, an American business association official said.

  231. looks like Arky has caught the brain wastage disease from IT

  232. 1735099

    I had more worthwhile things to do than play soldiers – like teaching a great bunch of year fives at Goondiwindi State School.

    Another lie, numbers.

    A “lie” is a deliberate untruth. I believed then, and I believe now, that joining the CMF to run around the bush playing silly buggers on the weekend was a complete and utter waste of time. That is the truth.

    Funny thing is, given hindsight about the outcome of the war, and that I survived it reasonably intact, I made the right decision.

  233. JC

    Peterson should walk at the very last minute and call in a sickie. It’s a setup.

    Coming Up: Monday, 25 February

    Dr Jordan Peterson, Controversial Canadian Psychologist and Author

    Terri Butler, Shadow Minister for Employment Services

    Catherine McGregor, Freelance writer, broadcaster and author

    Van Badham, Writer and commentator

    The trannie’s there to help set him up over the his refusal to be dictated to by the state how he should address gender.

  234. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Take care as you go Lizzie!

    Yep. I have my tasers ready. I wonder if Elle could give me lessons.
    Something tells me that girl works in fields where such things are not unknown.

    Publishing first under your own name is the key, Calli.
    I have much to thank the editors of Quadrant for in their helping me to do just that.
    I can sue for breach of copyright now if there is a deliberate pinch.

    And stand on the high moral ground. Itsa nice-a place. 😉

  235. Nick

    Hahahahahaahahahahahahaha:

    The Greens and Independent MPs have reacted furiously to revelations that sick refugees offshore will be sent to Christmas Island, not mainland Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the reopening of Christmas Island as a response to the medivac bill passing the Senate last week. The Home Affairs Department confirmed refugees from Manus and Nauru will not be flown to Australia in a majority of cases, under the new laws passed by Labor, the Greens and the Crossbench. The decision has prompted outrage from the Greens, which argues the arrangement does not reflect the will of parliament.

  236. Tom

    Timbo’s brand of journalism is of rare quality; it’s a crime it should be hidden behind a paywall.

    I’d estimate he’s lost 95% of his audience because people outside NSW are not going to subscribe to the Daily Terror for the privilege of reading Blair.

    This is one of the harsh realities flowing from Spacechook and Google’s trashing of online advertising rates, which are now essentially a fraction above zero. The only thing that matters to the Terror commercially is print advertising, which has held its value. Therefore, if you don’t subscribe, you are of no interest to them.

  237. areff

    Was McDermot the bloke dressed, bizarrely, in a frock coat? If so, no wonder it sank. He was funny as a dead baby’s doll.

  238. Makka

    UBS, Oz property on the nose;

    The Foreign Investment Review Board released data for 17/18. The value of approvals to buy housing collapsed 58% y/y to $13bn in 17/18, the lowest level since 09/10, after already slumping 59% y/y to $30bn in 16/17. After a ‘super boom’ of 322% from 12/13 to the record $72bn in 15/16, approvals collapsed 83% over 2 years. In 17/18 NSW (-33% y/y to $4bn) & Victoria (-53% to $5bn) retraced. The national fall was led by new housing (-62% y/y to $10bn), but with established also down (-21% to $2bn).

  239. areff

    Tim’s paywall is worse than that. As one of the few mass market voices from the right, he’s now muffled by that paywall. That’s very sad indeed.

  240. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    And if I pay the piper and only venture into the laundry perhaps once every two months to find a clean pair of socks, why would I give a rats about the quality of the cupboards? Dare I ask.

    Resale value, investor, resale value. You may end up selling to a woman like my friend.
    She would not spend her millions to live with a bad laundry once again.

    Come on now. Something tells me it is time to take wifey out to dinner and sweet-talk her with a new set of laundry cupboards. Marriages have floundered on less, and this is only for your own good.

    signed, A Friend.

  241. Knuckle Dragger

    Two things:

    I’m in the Gold Coast for a few weeks on a work thingy. A few discoveries:

    1. A Darwin 9/10 would be a standard 5.5/10 in these parts, if that;
    2. These magnificent creatures are EVERYWHERE. You can’t walk round the corner without encountering flocks of them; but
    3. They are, as they say in the classics, dumb as dogshit. They appear to believe that Cyclone Oma will score a direct hit on the Goldy at 1700 Friday arvo. Jesus wept.

    And for Top Ender – saw your elegant performance in a History Channel doco on the bombing of Darwin last night. Shit re-enactments, hardly Saving Private Ryan but highly informative for the uneducated nonetheless. Good darts that man!

  242. bespoke:

    To be shot at in a shit hole country.

    Nah, Johno’s picked it.

  243. areff

    Coming Up: Monday, 25 February

    Dr Jordan Peterson, Controversial Canadian Psychologist and Author

    Terri Butler, Shadow Minister for Employment Services

    Catherine McGregor, Freelance writer, broadcaster and author

    Van Badham, Writer and commentator

    ABC still has one slot left to fill. Why not Tim Sukapossumass, just to make thing fair?

  244. Arky

    I hate it when you type with an obviously sarcastic tempo and some damn fool accuses you of what you are mocking. With how much inflection do I have to hit the keys?
    Will.

  245. JC

    Harkel, stop being a bitchy little fag. It’s unbecoming, even for a leftwing gerbil warming troll.

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