Open Forum: February 23, 2019

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  1. struth

    The lack of commenters on here at this time of night is a sign of a healthy catallaxy crowd.
    Who is here but sad night shift types and Western Australians who have just had dinner.
    I would suggest that JC is in a restaurant in Lygon Street, Lizzie is entertaining, Tom has no power, the trolls are at the local communist party meeting, and Sinclair’s just having a huge breakfast at Circus Circus.

  2. Woolfe

    Great steak last night around $25 Aussie, beers $7 Aus.

    Traffic omg luckily not driving….yet!

  3. struth

    Jesus, calm down. Bruce has already given us one jealous tantrum about Irwin.

    No jealousy.
    He was an embarrassment to Australia.
    I reckon he did more harm to tourism than good.
    Just putting it out there, C.L.
    Just my opinion.

  4. Memoryvault

    Struth, you can’t confine your Lady to the kitchen, and then expect her to keep the bar well stocked.
    Up until she got sick, Marilyn and I shared the shopping. She went into the IGA and kept us fed, and I went into the bottle shop and restocked the bar.

    Now I’m doing both.

    The meals have been rather sketchy of late, but at least there’s always plenty to drink.
    Pity Marilyn can’t drink at the moment, but no system’s perfect.

  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Memoryvault
    #2941789, posted on February 24, 2019 at 12:56 am

    As an expat Sandgroper, you may care to note the Claremont serial killer is before the Courts. It would seem that three young ladies, accepted a lift home, from the Claremont nightclub strip, from someone who may, or may not have being driving a Telstra vehicle, and two of them finished up in bush graves as a result. The body of the third has never been found. I’d suggest that the accused be handed over to Cats, and Kitteh’s, who would have a full confession, in no time..Woodside “code of conduct” ring any bells?

  6. struth

    Woolfe, get in and have a drive, and don’t leave the states without doing so.

    Here’s one tip on the little things that may get you.
    besides concentrating on being on the other side of the road etc, notice they’re traffic lights are on the opposite side of the intersection.
    We have them on both sides, so if you are distracted by something and drive right up to the lights, you’ll actually be in the intersection.
    And unlike this dumb shithole, on a red you can still turn right if nothing is coming.

  7. struth

    their, not they’re, this coke zero must be strong.

  8. struth

    I’m sorry but there is no excuse, MV.

    She could have rung me on the mobile and said, while you were out my boyfriend drank the last of your scotch, you’d better get some on the way home.
    Fair enough, but the way it stands now is just way beyond the pale.

  9. Memoryvault

    Sorry Zulu, no alarms going off.
    But apart from a brief sojourn in the mid 2000’s, I’ve been gone from WA for over 30 years.

    Still a Sandgroper though.

  10. struth

    Zulu, I owned a home in……………….Forrestfield.
    I know, I know, but I was young and it was close to Welshpool for work.

  11. Woolfe

    Mate got a F150 that I am using to drive down to Austin on Monday, going to be fun. I get confused in parking lots but hopefully all will be good.

  12. struth

    You’ll be fine Woolfe.
    But the rear view mirror is not outside your door, it’s in the other direction…………………………..

  13. struth

    nonight………………..snoozeville here tonight.

  14. Some of us are still at work Struth.
    I gotta be AFK from time to time to go the knuckle with the local hoods on the front lawn.
    Otherwise I could be here to show more sympathy for your Coke Zero + ice predicament.

  15. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Zulu, I owned a home in……………….Forrestfield.

    I owned a house in Bayswater, Brought for $42,000 in 1980, sold for $520,000 in 2005. The joke was that you could buy a house in Perth, on your credit card, and have enough left over for lunch.

  16. Memoryvault

    Liven up you pricks.

    Fair enough, Struth. Conventional wisdom has it that we have a general election coming up in just 83 days (less than 12 weeks).

    What’s the plan?

  17. C.L.

    He was an embarrassment to Australia.

    You sound like Dame Edna Everage.
    He wasn’t embarrassing to anyone under the age of 70.

  18. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I gotta be AFK from time to time to go the knuckle with the local hoods on the front lawn.

    Tell the drunken bastards to pack up, and go home, otherwise, they’ll be a Task Force from the Cat, on your front lawn. Mater, Ricardo, I’ll pay your fares…see you there.

  19. Wow, I smell increased sales of Malt Whisky.
    This works for me.

  20. Btw, Zyco, thank you for the Clarinet quintet in F Major link.
    I’ve found a computer with a sound card & video card (my server has neither).
    Wow…. just… wow!

  21. stackja

    2GB report: ALP promise to give unions an Australian fleet of ships to play with.

  22. jupes

    Wake up you bastards.

    London is just getting going (well I am anyway). Pouring 500 ml of London Pride Original Ale down my gullet as I type.

    What’s happening in Oz?

  23. Makka

    Sth Africa is a great place, interesting and people I meet like to have fun . Just don’t get separated from your luggage because then it becomes a fking nightmare.
    Jupes , nothing better than that slop? Get a pint of Tennants into you. Manly brew.

  24. Makka

    Tom, scold your dog and cat. How true!

  25. DrBeauGan

    Thanks for WIP Tom. It always cheers me up to see people poking fun at the loonies.

  26. Delta A

    Thanks, Tom. I really appreciate your efforts in compiling WiP and the daily toons.

  27. 1735099

    This is a neat summary of the company that Fatty 5D* keeps.
    *Trump has a weight problem and was deferred for service in Vietnam five times.

  28. 2dogs

    Justy saw a JBP tweet on the rising use of robot journalism.

    Here is a typical example.

    Learn to code.

  29. calli

    I liked Steve Irwin and, like most people, was shocked at his death. And the manner of it.

    On his family – how dare his children not be druggies/psychos/twerking imbeciles? Disgraceful that they are articulate, seemingly sensible young people so rare in sprogs in the spotlight. We are not entertained! Make spectacles of yourselves you young loafers!

    As for Irwin himself, he seemed to be consistently in awe of everything, as if he was seeing it for the first time. Enthusiasm is very loveable. Whether it was forced or not, who knows?

    If he was the worst face Australia could show to the world, we are lucky indeed.

  30. Bruce of Newcastle

    Well done Mr Branson and his team!

    Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo carries first passenger 55 MILES above Earth

    Virgin Galactic later confirmed the supersonic space plane reached heights of 55.85 miles (90 km).

    The latest SpaceShipTwo mission was controlled by a pair of experienced pilots, Chief Pilot Dave Mackay and Pilot Mike “Sooch” Masucci.

    The making up the trio was micro-gravity expert Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses, who “provided human validation for the data” collected during the flight.

    The supersonic plane also carried NASA payloads in order to put the craft at approximate commercial weight, Virgin Galactic said.

    Not a paying passenger yet, but just taking three people up to mach 3 is a fine thing in itself.

  31. jupes

    From the fuckwit who lied about his service in Vietnam’s link:

    However, Mueller hasn’t yet alleged any crimes directly connecting the two — that is, alleging that Trump advisers conspired with Russian officials to impact the election. He is continuing to investigate that.

    Two years and he’s got precisely nothing. Meanwhile Mueller ignores actual collusion with Russia i.e. the fake dossier on Trump provided by Russians and paid for by Hillary. Corruption pure and simple.

  32. calli

    You mean robots are not yet being used for journalism? Are you sure?

  33. calli

    Heh

    Yep

    A good crop, as usual. Thanks, Tom.

    The Enterprise/Battle cruiser meme was excellent too.

  34. jupes

    London dinner menu so far:

    Bangers and mash at the White Swan, Pimlico. Chicken and mushroom pie and the Rose and Crown, Mayfair. Fish and chips at the Sherlock Holmes Pub, Trafalgar.

    Can’t get more Pommy than that. Well, not unless I have dinner at the Coach and Horses tomorrow night.

  35. DrBeauGan

    Sounds good, Jupes. You’re picking the vibe.

  36. 1735099

    From the fuckwit who lied about his service in Vietnam’s link:

    Please post the alleged “lie”.

    But first, rewrite your post, it makes no sense –

    his service in Vietnam link (sic).

    Unlike Trump, Meuller did serve in Vietnam He was marine corps officer for three years and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

    All the while, Fatty 5D was paying for sex on dad’s money….

    Corruption pure and simple.

    The irony – it burns….

  37. calli

    Good work, jupes. Our last pub meal in London was of bangers and mash. The bangers must have been delivered straight from the British Museum’s antiquities collection – they had a distinct texture of mummification.

    It may have had something to do with the Ashes series and the Beloved’s intemperate comments to the waiter…

  38. calli

    There are worse crimes than paying for sex.

  39. bespoke

    struth
    #2941796, posted on February 24, 2019 at 1:08 am
    I reckon he did more harm to tourism than good.

    To say that you have show less tourist?

  40. 1735099

    There are worse crimes than paying for sex.

    And Fatty 5D has committed most of them.

  41. 1735099

    What is it with Republicans and corruption?
    The trifecta
    -Watergate (Nixon)
    – Iran-Contra, (Reagan)
    – Collusion with Russia (Trump)

  42. DrBeauGan

    Numbers, your TDS is showing.

    The idea that Trump colluded with Russia to get elected is a priori very implausible. It would need very compelling evidence for anyone sane to buy it. And there isn’t any. So it’s only the loonies pushing this obvious crap.

    Even m0nty has given up, and he’s as dumb as you can get and still tie your own shoelaces.

  43. DrBeauGan

    Numbers, your TDS is showing.

    The idea that Trump colluded with Russia to get elected is a priori very implausible. It would need very compèlling evidence for anyone sane to buy it. And there isn’t any. So it’s only the loonies pushing this obvious crap.

    Even m0nty has given up, and he’s as dumb as you can get and still tie your own shoelaces.

  44. jupes

    Please post the alleged “lie”.

    You lied about hearing B52 strikes on the Cambodian border (as well as some other anti-US anecdotes). When I challenged you on it you posted links to your battalion’s operations log.

    You were either too lazy to read it yourself or too stupid to understand it. It showed you were never within 100km of the Cambodian border. I know your brain is addled but you should remember that little stoush from not too many years back.

    Lying about what happened while serving is just as bad as lying about having served. You are a despicable scumbag. Fuck off.

  45. jupes

    Unlike Trump, Meuller did serve in Vietnam He was marine corps officer for three years and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

    Doesn’t excuse him for his later corrupt conduct. He is a treasonous dirt bag who most likely will end up in the slot.

  46. Johno

    “You are a despicable scumbag. Fuck off.”

    Well said that man!!!!!

  47. Johno

    ” and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.”
    This was a unit award.the SVN Gov gave them out like jelly beans. I have one.Not sure why.

  48. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    You might miss this video, embedded in Rafe’s Round Up, but I found it fascinating, so am putting it up here too. It is a sponsored video, so a small caution needed there, but by a company that is using the video to show what its educational online program can teach you, which in this case is how to make a youtube video from scratch. The main reason I’m putting it up here though is not that; it is the topic the video choses to discuss. This is a good account of something we’ve all heard about – the empty houses in China’s cities. The video analyses the driving factors: the new dynamic of China’s one-child males, competition for marital partners, and the role of the housing boom in increasing GDP. We see massive Ponzi scheme run by ambitious bureaucrats in the cities and hard for the central government to control. Very clearly presented as far as an overview presentation goes.

  49. calli

    Lizzie, if you take the train out into the countryside, you will see vast, empty cities on the plains. They have been built for a population that will never eventuate. They are crumbling.

    It’s a striking metaphor for all that’s wrong in China.

  50. 1735099

    You were either too lazy to read it yourself or too stupid to understand it. It showed you were never within 100km of the Cambodian border. I know your brain is addled but you should remember that little stoush from not too many years back.

    And I refuted this at the time.
    You’re the one with the addled brain.

  51. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    To clarify, this is a demonstration video of how to teach a complex issue with good visuals. The topic is China’s housing boom, particularly in units, which remain empty but not unowned. For specific reasons discussed in the video, these units are also likely to be deliberately jerry built with a built-in use by date, and maybe we are seeing some of that here in Australia.

    In my opinion, the more we know about China’s economy, the better able we will be to form our policies and see where our own interests lie with regard to this behemoth to our north.

  52. bespoke

    DrBeauGan
    #2941770, posted on February 23, 2019 at 11:54 pm
    I have an American friend who loved him. But she also assumed he was a typical Australian. I had to explain we aren’t all like him. Even those of us who like animals.

    I sent my youngest over twice and the last time as 16 and he the Dundee/Irwin rep got him a lot of attention, if you no what I mean.

    Hogan and Irwin maybe cringeworthy characters to some but most of what has come after are melodramatic and shallow.

  53. Baldrick

    “Those who shout the loudest of their service usually have the most to hide.”
    – Johnny Somecnut

  54. calli

    I’m shocked! Pass the smelling salts!

    Seven just ripped apart Shorty’s franking credits tax. Borders and tax – he’s about to lose the unlosable.

    All we need is a birthday cake.

  55. Baldrick

    “Those who shout the loudest of their service usually have the most to hide.”

  56. stackja

    Soldiers stop aid for Venezuela at borders
    Nelson Bocanegra and Anggy Polanco, Deutsche Presse Agentur
    an hour ago

    Venezuelan troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro have fired tear gas and rubber pellets at opposition supporters seeking to bring foreign aid over the Colombian border.

    The clashes occurred on Saturday as Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who most Western nations recognise as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, gave a personal send off to an aid caravan from the Colombian city of Cucuta.

    Guaido briefly boarded one of a dozen trucks carrying US-backed humanitarian aid before they set off towards the border, where they were pushed back by Venezuelan security forces.

    Colombia’s government said their contents would be unloaded and transported by “human chains” that have formed on the road that leads towards Venezuela.

  57. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    They are crumbling.
    It’s a striking metaphor for all that’s wrong in China.

    Indeed. The video explains what is going on there.
    It is not just a matter of blatant speculation without any reason for it, although speculation it is.
    It is tied up with the lack of wives due to the one-child policy, the ambitions of the population for the status of second-home ownership, and the mendacity of the cities seeking funds and constrained by very restricted land-ownership policies. And the central government’s desire to keeping increasing the GDP figures.

    I was impressed with the way in which this lecture was delivered. I could show it to a class of high school kids and they would get the idea. Nifty. Simple vids using visuals like this one could be made by the IPA re Western Civilisation, or any other worthy project.

  58. zyconoclast

    A police force which rejected a potential star recruit because he is a white heterosexual male has been found guilty of discrimination.

    Matthew Furlong, 25, whose father is a serving detective inspector in Cheshire Police, had hoped to follow in his footsteps when he applied to join the force in 2017.

    After making it through to the interview stage, he said he was told “it was refreshing to meet someone as well prepared as yourself” and that he “could not have done any more”.

    But he was later told he had lost out to other candidates, leading his father to lodge a complaint.

    Mr Furlong, who studied particle physics and cosmology at Lancaster University, has now won an employment tribunal case which found Cheshire Police discriminated against him on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and sex.

    Cheshire Police was among a number of forces criticised in 2015 for having no black officers, but has since taken steps to improve opportunities for those with protected characteristics relating to BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) gender, sexual orientation and disability.

    Its efforts have resulted in a number of national awards and recognition including being chosen to host the National Black Police Associations Conference in 2017.

    The case has been adjourned until later this year for a remedy hearing to determine the amount of compensation to be awarded.

    A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “We have been notified of the outcome of the tribunal and will review the findings over the coming days.”

  59. Rockdoctor

    I see Bolt gone way of Blair. Mostly behind paywall. Oh well have been lurking there less & less lately. This will be the nail in the coffin…

  60. 1735099

    He is a treasonous dirt bag who most likely will end up in the slot.

    Compare and contrast –

    From Wikipedia –

    In July 1968, Meuller was sent to South Vietnam, where he served as a rifle platoon leader with Second Platoon, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. On December 11, 1968, during an engagement in Operation Scotland II, he earned the Bronze Star with “V” device for combat valor for rescuing a wounded Marine under enemy fire during an ambush in which he saw half of his platoon become casualties. In April 1969, he received an enemy gunshot wound in the thigh, recovered, and returned to lead his platoon until June 1969. For his service in and during the Vietnam War, his military decorations and awards include: the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Purple Heart Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with Combat “V”, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Parachutist Badge.

    In Trump’s own words –

    In an interview with The New York Times last month, Mr. Trump said the bone spurs had been “temporary” — a “minor” malady that had not had a meaningful impact on him. He said he had visited a doctor who provided him a letter for draft officials, who granted him the medical exemption. He could not remember the doctor’s name.
    “I had a doctor that gave me a letter — a very strong letter on the heels,” Mr. Trump said in the interview.

    The records relating to Trump’s deferment have been discarded.
    He can’t remember the doctor’s name.

    How convenient….

  61. Numbers still trolling about ‘Fatty Trump’s avoidance of Vietnam.

    No-one cares.

    It’s what he’s doing now that matters.

    A saint Trump is not.

  62. DrBeauGan

    Some people insist on living in a fantasy world. Numbers, m0nty and Anne spring to mind.

    I’ve never been able to make up my mind why. Is it because they find their quotidian days too banausic? In Anne’s case that seems likely enough. Or is it that they find reality too frightening? Is it a retreat from engagement because the rules they learnt as children are inadequate and they need reassurance? The collectivist impulse comes in when they can’t make sense of the world and take comfort in a shared fantasy. At least Anne seems to have her own distinctive fantasy world. Numbers and m0nts don’t, I suspect they find reality too scary to face it alone.

  63. Twostix

    Suddenly the left are in love with the vietnam war.

    The great realignment continues.

  64. But keep posting the same troll points on a daily basis.

    Obvious trolling got you booted last time.

  65. bespoke

    No offence Lizzie but I like this righting style. Its easier to understand what your getting at. But I’m a troglodyte so I could be wrong.

  66. zyconoclast

    US J00WS CONTRIBUTE HALF OF ALL DONATIONS TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY

    J00wish donors give 25% of the Republican National Convention’s cash.

  67. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    These crumbling housing unit blocks seem to be functioning somewhat like the North American Indian ‘potlatches’ where having social status was invested in making lovely blankets then chucking them over a cliff simply because you could afford to do so. In many ways the Potlatch was not unlike the major pig exchange ceremonial cycles which created the Big Man system of power and authority in New Guinea. Also similar in our own society was the behavior of the American industrial capitalist Buccaneers’ wives in the late nineteenth century whom I reviewed in Quadrant recently, chucking American fortunes at English titles simply for their status. These families were also builders of the ‘railroad-tycoon’ mansions in Manhattan and Newport that were so huge most of them finally had to be pulled down.

    Creative destruction, I guess.

  68. stackja

    Apollo 11 moon landing: Why The Dish movie was a lie
    Gerard Cockburn, The Sunday Mail (Qld)
    February 24, 2019 1:00am
    Subscriber only

    A QUEENSLAND space dish was the first station that transmitted the iconic moon landing images that were watched by billions around the world.

    While our southern relatives at Parkes, NSW, and Honeysuckle Creek, ACT, claim to have received the first signal from Apollo 11, it was Cooby Creek Tracking Station that turned the signal into the iconic television images that were aired on July 20, 1969 (US time).

    The station 20km north of Toowoomba was the first place that had the necessary technology to convert the signal into American-standard pictures that were needed to transmit footage to NASA.

    Patrick Hetherton 82, was one of the scientists working at the experimental tracking station that was set up to test and develop spacecraft and satellite communication technology.

    The then 30-year-old scientist was working the nightshift the day of the landing, but came back into work after breakfast to help air the historic moment to the world.

    ‘It was incredible,” he said.

    The Queensland space station was an integral asset to the space community in producing communication technology that we rely on today.

    The scientists of Cooby Creek station laid the blueprints for our current mobile satellite and GPS tracking technology.

  69. Mater

    *Trump has a weight problem and was deferred for service in Vietnam five times.

    Are you more pissed that Trump was deferred, or that your one short leg didn’t give you the same out?

    Look, Bob, I’ve lost count of the times you’ve come on here and explained that you tried nearly everything to not serve in Vietnam. We are now approaching an equivalent number of posts rebuking Trump for being successful in avoiding such service (assuming it was intentional). Self awareness?

    Neither Biden, nor Sanders went to Vietnam due to the system of deferments, exemptions, etc. In fact, “more than half of the 27 million American men eligible to be drafted during the Vietnam era were deferred, exempted, or disqualified”.

    Give it a rest. And using someone’s weight to judge their fitness for public service is kinda childish.

  70. 1735099

    Suddenly the left are in love with the vietnam war.

    If you can’t tell the difference between the conduct of a war, and the conduct of a decorated soldier in that war, you’re demonstrating the same delusional behaviour as those who spat on returning Vietnam veterans back in the day.

    Thick as a brick…

  71. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    No offence Lizzie but I like this righting style. Its easier to understand what your getting at. But I’m a troglodyte so I could be wrong.

    No offence taken, Bespoke. When I am explaining something, as I used to do to my students, I go simple. I will go simple a lot in my book on Arthur as people can get lost in the material. My article was very dense because it had to cover a lot in a short time. More room in a book to do that, so one can simplify.

    That said, one has to wonder about things too; and wondering can produce longer sentences and far more complex meanderings. Some people like to read this sort of writing too.

  72. bespoke

    That said, one has to wonder about things too; and wondering can produce longer sentences and far more complex meanderings. Some people like to read this sort of writing too.

    Sure and your idea for YouTube videos would be helpful to Home schoolers.

  73. zyconoclast

    Why does such a job exist?

    Trump’s anti-Semitism envoy assures American J00wish leaders that president is committed to protecting J00ws

    The State Department’s new envoy on anti-S3mitism addressed American J00wish leaders gathered for a conference here, and praised President Donald Trump for his commitment to fighting that bias.

    Elan Carr appeared to charm delegates of the Conference of Presidents of Major American J00wish Organizations, who hosted the envoy Thursday toward the end of their annual four-day trip here.

  74. 1735099

    Neither Biden, nor Sanders went to Vietnam

    Neither Biden nor Sanders are POTUS, and neither smeared veterans (McCain) and the parents of a Muslim officer killed in Iraq.

  75. bespoke

    1735099 fixation on low hanging fruit only serves to do the opposite and is also creepy.

  76. Mater

    Neither Biden nor Sanders are POTUS, and neither smeared veterans (McCain) and the parents of a Muslim officer killed in Iraq.

    So you must have active service to serve as POTUS?
    Pretty sure Obama didn’t, and Trump hasn’t left his people stranded to die in a foreign country to push a political agenda. Smearing or abandoning…which one is worse?

  77. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just going to blow my own trumpet in a more serious manner than usual:

    When I left teaching at university my class of international masters’ students asked me to join them at a dinner in a restaurant and gave me a signed card with many compliments and good wishes. I had worked hard to make the course explicable to them in good clear English and made it clear I expected them to work hard at it too. Up big on the card were the words ‘Lizzie, you are a star!’ That meant more to me than anything, for otherwise I was only too pleased to leave the academic environment.

  78. Cassie of Sydney

    “DrBeauGan
    #2941863, posted on February 24, 2019 at 8:01 am
    At least Anne seems to have her own distinctive fantasy world. Numbers and m0nts don’t, I suspect they find reality too scary to face it alone.”

    I reckon Anne’s fantasy world is based more on reality than Numbers and Monty’s world.

  79. Johno

    “Neither Biden nor Sanders are POTUS,”
    Never gonna happen Bobby. Donald The Magnificent will do them both in 2020.
    Mr Trump is the more gooda won what we got .You know we love him Bobby.You should to.

  80. MatrixTransform

    Seven just ripped apart Shorty’s franking credits tax.

    print or tv?

    link?

  81. bespoke

    Plus 1735099 uses his service as a shield even against others who went over. Odd he would be a happy in the States whee it become some kind of obligation to thank them all the time.

  82. bespoke

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2941878, posted on February 24, 2019 at 8:25 am
    Just going to blow my own trumpet in a more serious manner than usual.

    Is that possible? 😉

  83. 1735099

    Odd he would be a happy in the States whee (sic) it become some kind of obligation to thank them all the time.

    Doubt it. Not based on what I saw last trip.
    You see veterans on street corners with begging signs transpacific.
    Not something I’ve ever seen in Oz.

  84. Johno

    Further to Muellers Cross of gallantry. This was a unit award.
    Various Navy and RAAF units made representations to our government. In 2016 they were awarded the SVN Cross of Gallantry. I am not sure why they bothered. Probably, like Bobby, they were searching for affirmation of relevance. As I have stated above they were handed out like jelly beans.

  85. zyconoclast

    Want a Job? Put ‘J00wish’ On Your Resume

    As a college student often working on my resume, I am always given impersonal directions. “Keep the sentences concise and specific — subject-verb-object, then get out,” college advisor wags; “Move that ‘Award’ section where it can be seen,” Mom presses; “Strong verbs are critical. Throw in an ‘Achieved’ or ‘Progressed’ for best results,” career center lady assures.

    And yet replace my name with North West or Apple Martin and it’s as if I never existed. Turns out the greatest tip I might have received is to emphasize my name by adding the single, most personal of identifiers to my resume: J00wish.

    A recent study out of the University of Connecticut discovered that adding religious affiliation to 3200 fake resumes sent to 800 jobs in a 150-mile radius of two major Southern cities hurt the applicants’ chances in all cases except one — J00ws.

    “J00wish applicants received significantly higher employer preference rates than all other religious treatments,” the research team wrote in their conclusion. “They were more likely to receive an early, exclusive, or solo response from employers, compared with all other religious groups combined.”

    Atheist, Catholic, pagan, Muslim, and “Wallonian” (a made up religion) applicants were 26% less likely to be contacted by a perspective employer. Muslim applicants experienced the most discrimination. Employers’ first preference was for a control group that indicated no religious affiliation, and then for J00wish and Evangelical Christian candidates.

    So, in other words, I drop the word “J00wish” on my resume and I’m magically more hirable than I was before? Well, not exactly.

    The researchers’ theory is that the groups most different from Evangelicals, the culturally dominant group in these Southern cities, “should suffer the highest rates of discrimination and for the most part they do.” Evangelicals are second only to J00ws in expressed support for Israel, so it makes sense that they would discriminate least against J00ws.

    The theory is supported by an identical study the researchers conducted in the less religious New England area. Without a dominant religious culture, New England employers expressed much less discrimination towards almost all religious groups, Muslims being the exception.

    Still, it likely won’t hurt your employment chances to emphasize your Hillel membership. And if it so happens that your potential boss is an Evangelical, you may be chosen for simply being one of the Chosen.

  86. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Seriousness is not my big strength, bespoke. 🙂

    But I can do it sometimes. Ask my kids.

  87. bespoke

    Doubt it. Not based on what I saw last trip.
    You see veterans on street corners with begging signs transpacific.
    Not something I’ve ever seen in Oz.

    There is no correlation between the two, 1735099 only for you to repeat another tired old talking point.

  88. Farmer Gez

    Trump seems to do his own thinking on military matters.
    He said Vietnam was a mistake as well as Iraq.
    Trying to tie him to jingoistic war mongers of the extreme right in the US does not stack up.
    You can be supportive of those who served without supporting the conflict itself, a position that the Labor party has come to after years of conscious neglect of veterans.
    More shame to be found there than Trump’s draft dodging.

  89. 1735099

    The Bronze Star awarded to Meuller is not a unit citation –

    The Bronze Star Medal, unofficially the Bronze Star, is a United States decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for either heroic achievement, heroic service, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.
    When the medal is awarded by the Army and Air Force for acts of valor in combat, the “V” Device is authorized for wear on the medal. When the medal is awarded by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard for acts of valor or meritorious service in combat, the Combat “V” is authorized for wear on the medal.

  90. calli

    Tv, Matrix. No linky. You’ll have to take my word for it.

  91. calli

    Also…a Journalism academic from RMIT just interviewed on Facebook’s problem with so called “Fake News”.

    “There is no problem with Journalism”

    And that, dear friends, is the problem.

  92. stackja

    Those biased, can never be swayed. Why bother?

  93. calli

    We now measure truth and worth by gongs.

    Okay

  94. 1735099

    There is no correlation between the two,

    There is an absolute correlation between Trump’s smearing veterans and their families on one hand, and his exploitation of faux patriotism on the other. He is a superb example of a political culture that sees service personnel as political collateral.

    It’s entirely clear and consistent, but Trump’s behaviour is more exploitative than any other POTUS in modern times except perhaps Nixon.

  95. Mater

    and neither smeared veterans (McCain) and the parents of a Muslim officer killed in Iraq.

    And another thing, Bob. These parents stood up and made a speech at the DNC criticising Trump. They put themselves out there in the arena. When pushed for a comment about them, Trump responded…and not terribly viciously either, I might add. He never criticised their son, or his service.

    Trump appeared to try to brush the speech aside, saying that Khizr Khan “was, you know, very emotional and probably looked like a nice guy to me.”
    Trump also said, “If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

    Being parents of a dead serviceman doesn’t make you inviolate, especially when you enter the big league political ring so blatantly. Nobody’s service, neither their sons, yours or mine, should or will provide a shield from the consequences or criticisms of political activism. Not when the consequences impact the lives of everyone.

  96. stackja

    Thousands march again in France
    Reuters
    18 minutes ago

    Tens of thousands of people have marched in Paris and other cities and dozens were arrested as France’s “yellow vest” movement staged its 15th consecutive weekend of demonstrations against the government.

    Some 46,600 people joined the protests nationwide, including 5,800 in the capital, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. That was up from 41,500 last week, with 5,000 in Paris.

    Demonstrations have generally been smaller since a peak in December when the French capital saw some of the worst rioting, vandalism and looting in decades.

    The protests – named after the fluorescent jackets French drivers have to carry in their cars – began in mid-November over rising fuel prices and the cost of living, but swelled into a broader movement against President Emmanuel Macron and his pro-business reforms.

  97. bespoke

    Trumps living rent free 1735099 in your head. There is no correlation between what I said and your reply.

  98. calli

    Smollett suddenly has an untreated drug problem.

    Next – he’ll have mental health issues and be suicidal.

    TDS – give in to it at your peril.

  99. stackja

    Iceland to keep hunting whales for 5 years
    By EGILL BJARNASON, Associated Press
    22 minutes ago

    Iceland’s whaling industry will be allowed to keep hunting whales for at least another five years, killing up to 2,130 baleen whales under a new quota issued by the government.

    The five-year whaling policy was up for renewal when Fisheries Minister Kristjan Juliusson announced this week an annual quota of 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales for the next five years.

  100. Johno

    “The Bronze Star awarded to Meuller is not a unit citation –”
    Wasn’t talking about the Bronze Star ,you boofhead.

    The SVN Cross of Gallantry is.
    You really are a low rent disgustacon. Sniffy .

  101. 1735099

    When pushed for a comment about them, Trump responded…and not terribly viciously either,

    Compare Trump’s behaviour with McCain’sout there in the arena.

  102. Twostix

    If you can’t tell the difference between the conduct of a war, and the conduct of a decorated soldier in that war, you’re demonstrating the same delusional behaviour as those who spat on returning Vietnam veterans back in the day.

    Thick as a brick…

    It was your friends who were doing the spitting you mentally ill boomer basket case.

  103. Tom

    “There is no problem with Journalism”

    Was that on Channel Stokes, Calli? No linky?

  104. stackja

    There may be hope’: Tortoise feared extinct for a century found on remote Galapagos island
    AP, AP
    February 21, 2019 1:32pm

    A living member of a species of tortoise not seen in more than 110 years and feared to be extinct has been found in a remote part of the Galapagos island off Fernandina.

    An adult female Chelonoidis phantasticus, also known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, was spotted on Sunday by a joint expedition of the Galapagos National Park and the US-based Galapagos Conservancy, Ecuador’s Environment Ministry said in a statement.

    Investigators think there may be more members of the species on the island because of tracks and scat they found.

  105. 1735099

    It was your friends

    You have a weird binary concept of history.
    As I wrote, thick as a brick…

  106. Des Deskperson

    Other cats have already discussed this dude who iras now been euthanised in Basel

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-23/australian-firefighter-dies-in-swiss-euthanasia-clinic/10843092

    What intrigues me is that an article which is clearly in favour of more people being allowed to top themselves has links to suicide counselling services. The ABC clearly doesn’t do irony.

    And when, regrettably, an average of eight Australians suicide each day, how can these people possible claim that they don’t have the right to ‘legally end [their] life at home in Australia’? ,

    Finally, check out again the image of that chronic – and now late – old self-promotor Goodall playing chess with ‘death’, a hackneyed conceit that someone in the ABC clearly thinks is cutting edge, or maybe they had recently been to an Ingmar Bergman retrospective.

  107. bespoke

    You keep kicking own goals 1735099 with petty stuff only helps Trump.

  108. Empire 5:5

    Trump is a healthy stable genius.

    Sanders is commie grifter.

    Biden is a p___vore.

    Barr is now the AG. Rod is gone and the SC is finished.

    Next up: unredacted OIG report.

  109. 1735099

    Wasn’t talking about the Bronze Star ,you boofhead.

    Most of the time it’s impossible to tell what you’re talking about.
    Your humored.

  110. Empire 5:5

    You need some new material, Bob.

    Your schtik is mouldy. It was baked in the 80s.

  111. 1735099

    Your schtik is mouldy.

    Save your transpacific patois on the Septics.
    It’s wasted on Australians.

  112. Johno

    A conservative studies the evidence and arrives at a position,based on the evidence.

    A leftist has a position and searches for affirmation of that position,disregarding all evidence to the contrary.

  113. C.L.

    … Meuller did serve in Vietnam He was marine corps officer for three years and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

    Adolf Hitler was awarded the Iron Cross First Class, Iron Cross Second Class and Wound Badge.
    Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts were handed out like spare socks. They weren’t hard to get. The VCG was a participation ribbon.

  114. Twostix

    Bob does it you upset you that the leftwing urban bugman classes that you strive to belong to didn’t have to go to vietnam (being able to defer thanks to uni) and you did?

    Is that what drives your madness? Class?

  115. The Beer Whisperer

    Unlike Trump, Meuller did serve in Vietnam He was marine corps officer for three years and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

    All the while, Fatty 5D was paying for sex on dad’s money….

    STFU, Numbnuts. You jizz yourself over Bill Clinton who of course is alse a draft-dodging root rat, but it’s not about the principle to you, is it. It’s about the side

    In any case, I’d take the drunk Churchill over that vegetarian animal loving Hitler any day. You?

  116. Cassie of Sydney

    “smeared veterans (McCain) and the parents of a Muslim officer killed in Iraq.”

    Oh you make me laugh….you cretin…who gives a shit about McCain…Trump was always right about McCain…the great conniving Washington insider, the great RINO, the great pretender, the great hater, the great failure…a man who ended his days embittered with vindictiveness. McCain could have won in 2008 if he had exposed that creep Obama but instead McCain chose to be nice…and what was the result….McCain lost. Trump wasn’t going to go down that road….that’s a road for losers. The only thing to say in McCain’s favour is that unlike that toad called Kerry, McCain was never a traitor to his peers and to his country. And as for your cretinous claim about Trump “smearing the parents of a Muslim officer killed in Iraq”….Trump never smeared the parents, he criticised the fact that the parents had allowed themselves to be used at political pawns by the Democrats and then after they had appeared at the convention where Mr Khan did all the talking, Trump rightly wondered why the mother hadn’t been allowed to speak at the convention. The couple were fools to allow themselves to be used as political chess pieces by a corrupt and venal Democrat party.

    And even if Trump had smeared McCain, even if he had smeared Mr and Mrs Khan…so fucking what…it’s the left who have long been the leaders of this culture of “smearing”…..the Democrats smeared Romney in 2012….did you have a problem with that cretin? The left here in Australia routinely smear anyone on the right….particularly Tony Abbott and Cory Bernardi. Do you condemn that cretin? Did you condemn Sarah Hanson-Young when she called Abbott a creep? Did you condemn the left when they smeared Abbott and Credlin by insinuating you know what? Or is your sanctimonious outrage selective…it just depends on the side? I suspect it is……you’re not only an intellectual pygmy….you’re a hypocrite.

    So fuck off hypocrite…..oh and your Vietnam obsession is either a sign of Dementia or Alzheimer’s…..you need to go to a doctor.

  117. Empire 5:5

    calli
    #2941901, posted on February 24, 2019 at 9:01 am
    Smollett suddenly has an untreated drug problem.

    Next – he’ll have mental health issues and be suicidal.

    TDS – give in to it at your peril.

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2019/02/23/why-were-either-of-these-stories-national-news/#comment-2941682

  118. Johno

    Bobby, were we talking about the Bronze Star or the Cross of Gallantry?
    I saw you shift the goal posts Bobby.You little Devil you.
    You can take a remedial course in English if you find it hard to comprehend the written word. Bobby.

  119. Cassie of Sydney

    “In any case, I’d take the drunk Churchill over that vegetarian animal loving Hitler any day. You?”

    The answer is obvious Beer….socialists always stick together.

  120. zyconoclast

    A woman on Cape Cod is facing charges for assaulting a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

    Rosiane Santos, 41, of Falmouth was charged with disorderly conduct and assault and battery.

    Santos told police she was upset the man was wearing the hat in a Mexican restaurant.

    The man wearing the hat, 23-year-old Bryton Turner of Mashpee, was so annoyed with the woman’s antics that he pulled out his phone and started recording her.

    The incident occurred last Friday at the “Casa Vallarta” Mexican restaurant in Falmouth.

    Turner says he was minding his own business, when Santos started yelling at him because of his hat, which bears the theme that President Donald Trump campaigned on.

    The woman is seen walking behind him and hitting his hat off his head.

    When asked if Turner did anything to provoke Santos, bartender Geo Macarao said, “No, no he just walked in and ordered his food.”

    When police showed up to the restaurant, the woman told them the man shouldn’t be allowed to eat in a Mexican restaurant. President Donald Trump is aiming to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

    As Falmouth police officers were escorting Santos out of the restaurant, Macarao said she took another swipe at Turner.

    “I couldn’t imagine somebody just coming up and hitting them when there’s cops right here,” Macarao said.

    “She just tried to grab my hat in front of four officers, not smart,” Turner said.

    Santos, a Brazilian immigrant, said while she regrets her actions, she claims she was provoked.

  121. MatrixTransform

    Clinton who of course is [e]lse a draft-dodging root rat

    I find it amusing how leftards oscillate between lies of omission and lies of false equivalence.
    Its nutty watching them practically begging to be taken seriously while sabotaging their own case at pretty much every word.

  122. bespoke

    Don’t hold back Cassie 🙂

  123. C.L.

    The ABC is promoting the killing of the elderly again this morning.
    A weird monster called Guy Kennaway – an English author, apparently – says he was bored shitless attending to his dying step-father and he now backs a quicker, easier death for his mother.

    How Guy Kennaway came around to the idea of helping his mother die.

    Kennaway, an English author in his 60s, has been thinking more about death since his elderly mother, Susie, asked him to one day help her die.

    Initially he was shocked at the request, in part because his mother is relatively healthy.

    “She seemed so alert and so together,” he says.

    But as he listened to her reasoning, he realised she had “an interesting point to make”.

    Susie had watched her husband Stanley — Kennaway’s stepfather — die in exactly the way she didn’t want to.

    Kennaway describes it as a “modern medical death”; protracted and “really painful”.

    He says family surrounded Stanley in his last days, thinking, “Oh golly, I love him very much but it really is time now”.

    “And then the door would fly open and the nurses and the doctor would fly in, and they were wonderful people [but] they would gee him up and keep him going for another few days,” he says.

    The process exhausted everyone, including Stanley.

    “He was saying, ‘I want to die’, and there was no way of him dying,” Kennaway says.

    Susie was “really sideswiped” by the experience, Kennaway says, and resolved that her own death would be different.

    “She took me aside and she said, ‘This is what I’m talking about. I don’t ever want this to happen to me. I don’t want to go through this’…”

    And Kennaway says one day he may also talk to his own children about ending his life.

    “By the time I start falling apart I will say to my children…’I’m not going to hang around for another three years and ruin all your weekends by you having to come to see me, or see me slowly decay so I don’t recognise you [or] the grandkids’,” he says.

  124. zyconoclast

    Kamala Harris descendant of slave owners

    Reflections of a Jamaican Father By Donald J. Harris

    My roots go back, within my lifetime, to my paternal grandmother Miss Chrishy (née Christiana Brown, descendant of Hamilton Brown who is on record as plantation and slave owner and founder of Brown’s Town)

  125. Empire 5:5

    It was especially for you, Bob.
    Bullshittin’ Bolshie Bob Bespoke Bait.
    You could drop the pretence and show a little gratitude.

  126. Johno

    A question. Why does Numbers do it?
    He used to turn up at Tim Blairs blog and get absolutely hammered. Then he would disappear for months,turn up again and get hammered again. Rinse,repeat.

    Now he has decided to pollute this blog with his weird fixation. FFS Bobby,it was 50 years ago. You weren’t a star then and you aren’t now.

    Go play with your Grand kids, if you have any.

  127. Snoopy

    Magnificent rant, Cassie.

  128. DrBeauGan

    Santos, a Brazilian immigrant, said while she regrets her actions, she claims she was provoked.

    You have to feel sorry for her husband or boyfriend. Assuming, that is, that she has one.

  129. Isn’t somebody watching Insiders so we can change the subject ?

    The Cat will have to start giving us medals for wading through the TDS stuff.

    Meanwhile don’t mention Hillary’s Uranium deal with Russia or Bill’s subsequent visit to Moscow and receiving a very large speaking fee.

    Or Obama’s plane load of cash to Iran or 13 hours in Benghazi.

  130. Empire 5:5

    The only thing to say in McCain’s favour is that unlike that toad called Kerry, McCain was never a traitor to his peers and to his country.

    This statement may not age well.
    Just sayin’.

  131. Cassie of Sydney

    “It’s entirely clear and consistent, but Trump’s behaviour is more exploitative than any other POTUS in modern times except perhaps Nixon.”

    Comedy gold.

  132. Gab

    A question. Why does Numbers do it?

    because he gets attention.

  133. DrBeauGan

    A question. Why does Numbers do it?

    He’s got an obsessive personality. When he’s not obsessing about Vietnam, he’s obsessing about Trump. He has no balance, and can’t play with anybody. It’s rather horrible.

  134. Mater

    1735099
    #2941861, posted on February 24, 2019 at 8:00 am

    He is a treasonous dirt bag who most likely will end up in the slot.

    Compare and contrast –

    From Wikipedia –

    In July 1968, Meuller was sent to South Vietnam, where he served as a rifle platoon leader with Second Platoon, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division…

    Compare and contrast indeed.

    1735099
    #622079, posted on October 31, 2012 at 7:51 am

    Jealous of the marines? You’ve got to be kidding. That’s where the jailbirds and dropouts finish up – most over rated mob in history. One digger is worth ten marines, and the cognitive capacity of the Marines I encountered rivalled many year three classes of my experience. Recall the phrase “Tell it to the Marines?”

  135. Tom

    Exactly right, Gab. Numbers has got more attention at the Cat in the past week than he’s had anywhere in his life since the turn of the century.

  136. DrBeauGan

    zyconoclast
    #2941937, posted on February 24, 2019 at 9:35 am
    New Milford councilman resigns after furor over “furry” activities

    He’s undoubtedly a whacko, but less of a whacko than half the democrat politicians.

  137. Do you guys ignore the “Don’t feed the apes” signs at the zoo?

  138. bespoke

    I don’t think there is any right way to deal with trolls.

  139. DrBeauGan

    incoherent rambler
    #2941947, posted on February 24, 2019 at 9:44 am
    Do you guys ignore the “Don’t feed the apes” signs at the zoo?

    I feel sorry for him. Cassie’s rant was quite reasonable, and I can’t disagree with anything she wrote, but there’s something about numbers that inspires pity. In me at least. Maybe it’s a “there but for the grace of God…” thing.

  140. bespoke

    Your getting mushy in your old age DrBeauGan. I save my pity and compassion for those that don’t feed of it.

  141. Nick

    I don’t think there is any right way to deal with trolls.

    Numbers is a douche best ignored, however, Trolls take many forms here.

  142. Farmer Gez

    The close orbit of the Moon makes it a fascinating object in the early daylight hours.
    It sort of takes you out of yourself for a bit.

  143. Geriatric Mayfly

    calli
    #2941899, posted on February 24, 2019 at 8:59 am
    My personal favourite

    Where’s the musical accompaniment? Idi, Idi, Idi Amin most amazin’ man…

  144. Elle

    Calli:

    I liked Steve Irwin and, like most people, was shocked at his death. And the manner of it.

    On his family – how dare his children not be druggies/psychos/twerking imbeciles? Disgraceful that they are articulate, seemingly sensible young people so rare in sprogs in the spotlight. We are not entertained! Make spectacles of yourselves you young loafers!

    As for Irwin himself, he seemed to be consistently in awe of everything, as if he was seeing it for the first time. Enthusiasm is very loveable. Whether it was forced or not, who knows?

    If he was the worst face Australia could show to the world, we are lucky indeed.

    I reckon Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee is a popular face of Australia. Have known a few American women who proudly hooked themselves a Mick Dundee. He wasn’t too bad looking, in a rugged, outback kinda way.

    I was a fan of Steve Irwin too. He was criticized for being an ‘animal botherer’. I didn’t see him like that. Apparently he would have lived if the stingray barb hadn’t been pulled out there and then. Very sad.

  145. Mater

    Struth is right.
    Bob and Monty give us a great fulcrum from which to highlight, to the lurkers, the hypocrisy, insanity and danger of the Left.
    Nobody, with a modicum of intellect, actually believes that these ‘trolls’ will recognise the error of their ways, but that’s not the point.

  146. DrBeauGan

    bespoke
    #2941951, posted on February 24, 2019 at 9:55 am
    Your getting mushy in your old age DrBeauGan. I save my pity and compassion for those that don’t feed off it.

    You could be right, bespoke. On the other hand, I don’t feel that way about anyone else here. Grigorae used to creep me out; m0nty is pathetic but I don’t pity him, I despise him. There are very few people I despise, but m0nty gets in the select group.

    Most Çats I find interesting and entertaining.

  147. cohenite

    Cassie of Sydney

    #2941923, posted on February 24, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Good job Cassie; hopefully numbers has slithered back under his cinder block and will come refreshed later after digesting a few more portions of leftie gibberish.

  148. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #2941950, posted on February 24, 2019 at 9:51 am

    I feel sorry for him. Cassie’s rant was quite reasonable, and I can’t disagree with anything she wrote, but there’s something about numbers that inspires pity. In me at least. Maybe it’s a “there but for the grace of God…” thing.

    Annie is OK in her way, she can be funny, Monty is tolerable, but numbers gives me the creeps.
    He is irritating in a unique, hard to explain way, when I see his gravatar, it feels like stepping into something nasty.

  149. Elle

    Cassie, we are lucky to have you here in the seat of Wentworth.

    I see Phelps is still practicing here, but charging outrageous fees. We should pretend to be a lesbian couple (sorry, please don’t vomit) and make a joint booking with her. We’ll play good cop, bad cop. She won’t know what hit her.

  150. cohenite

    I feel sorry for him.

    Never feel sorry for a leftie, it’s never reciprocated unless you satisfy their victim terminology.

  151. Percy Popinjay

    We should pretend to be a lesbian couple (sorry, please don’t vomit)

    A young asian guy recently assumed I was Cassie’s husband. Thankfully she the had the good grace not to be physically ill at the time.

  152. Cassie of Sydney

    Watching the magnificent Heather MacDonald on Outsiders….she accurately says the following regarding the “fake rape crisis on university campuses”….”I don’t think that the primary problem here in legal or regulatory, I think it is ideological, what we are seeing is a long term war on western civilisation”…and she rightly says that the “feminists have already taken over the universities”. It is an attack on the west’s fundamental legal processes”.

    Heather MacDonald is the editor of City Journal…a wonderful American online political, social and cultural journal….I read it and highly recommend it. MacDonald is now banned from many university campuses because she speaks the truth and doesn’t kowtow to the third wave feminist, marxist, identity politics, virtue signalling bullshit.

  153. Cassie of Sydney

    MacDonald saying that the left now promote “inter-gender hatred, inter-racial hatred and above all hatred towards the great sublimity that is western civilisation”.

    She nails it.

  154. bespoke

    Tom
    #2941945, posted on February 24, 2019 at 9:43 am
    Exactly right, Gab. Numbers has got more attention at the Cat in the past week than he’s had anywhere in his life since the turn of the century.

    I cant argue with that but Numbers MO is to frustrate people into silence so either way he wins in his mind. But I don’t care about his feelings I care about the end game.

  155. Elle

    George and Paul have been talking about ‘footpath rage’ on 2GB. Didn’t know there was such a thing. Keep to the left, which I do. Apparently people get cranky if others don’t. I just move around them … and assume they’re from another country.

  156. Percy Popinjay

    Spudpeeler is a batshit crazy utterly tiresome hypocritical obsessive syphilis addled narcissist who should have been punted from this site at the first available opportunity. He contributes nothing, which is entirely unsurprising, given that as well as the unlovely characteristics noted of him above, he is also as thick as pigshit. I scroll his comments now, they simply aren’t worth the bother.

    Wait, is that some B52’s I hear heading off to bomb Kampuchea?

  157. Cassie of Sydney

    Love you Elle but don’t want to be married to you because you’re the wrong gender.

    Love you Percy but don’t want to be married to you because you’re the wrong religion.

  158. This mornings song for cat ladies:

    “Your red scarf matches your eyes”

    https://youtu.be/wqrvDVxaDFc?t=75

  159. Percy Popinjay

    Thanks Cassie. Nice to hear that on a relaxin’ Sunday morning.

  160. Percy Popinjay

    Heather MacDonald is the editor of City Journal

    Which features the work of one Theodore Dalrymple, who has made the most spot on observations I’d ever read about the real intent of soviet propaganda.

  161. Elle

    Cassie, but we’d be prioritized when securing an appt with Phelps. Maybe a melanoma check. At the end we could point out that the biggest mole has a stethoscope around her neck. Something like that.

  162. cohenite

    Crazy Chinese people on cliff face; I love it that they’re wearing helmets, as if they would help if they tumbled:

    https://www.facebook.com/mito.lim/posts/2250495271873549

  163. Cassie of Sydney

    “Elle
    #2941974, posted on February 24, 2019 at 10:33 am
    Cassie, but we’d be prioritized when securing an appt with Phelps. Maybe a melanoma check. At the end we could point out that the biggest mole has a stethoscope around her neck. Something like that.”

    Love it!

  164. DrBeauGan

    Cassie, I checked out Heather MacDonald on your advice. Very refreshing breathe of sanity on the topic of American universities and colleges.

  165. Tel

    I love it that they’re wearing helmets, as if they would help if they tumbled:

    A climbing harness pivots through your center of body mass (approx the belly button) and if you look close they are clipped in to an anchor point (someone spent a long time drilling steel into that rock). If your feet slip then the lanyard pulls tight and you often flip sideways or upside down, or any other angle, as you swing back towards the rock face. The helmet stops you cracking your bonce during this process, meaning you will remain conscious and can straighten yourself up again.

    Also, might as well get used to wearing standard kit for all possible rocks, including overhangs, chimneys, etc.

  166. Black Ball

    Flicking through the channels and on NITV I noticed that well known indigenous sport in women’s beach volleyball gracing the screen. Very much a sight for sore eyes.

  167. JC

    Heather MacDonald is the editor of City Journal…a wonderful American online political, social and cultural journal….I read it and highly recommend it.

    As you probably know, it’s aligned with the Manhattan institute.
    I’ve been reading it for years for its geeat articles. The centrefold is fabulous too. 🙂

    Isn’t Steve Malinga the editor?

  168. JC

    Which features the work of one Theodore Dalrymple, who has made the most spot on observations I’d ever read about the real intent of soviet propaganda.

    What’s he saying or do you have a link to this?

  169. DrBeauGan

    Monty is tolerable, but numbers gives me the creeps.
    He is irritating in a unique, hard to explain way, when I see his gravatar, it feels like stepping into something nasty.

    I know exactly what you mean, Mark A. He has an insanitary mind.

    I don’t mind the nutters coming here. I live in perpetual fear of agreeing with everyone, of finding myself in a bubble of the like-minded. So seeing Rowe’s cartoons of a morning cheers me up, as do m0nty’s idiocies, and the twistedness of numbers. I want to be forced to justify my ideas.

    I do wish, though, that the opposition wasn’t quite so bloody stupid. I’m reduced to finding minor points of difference with people I basically agree with.

    There’s actually a fair variety of points of view here, but we are all used to confronting the imbecilities of the lefties. It gives us a specious sense of uniformity.

  170. C.L.

    McCain was never a traitor to his peers and to his country.

    He was both.
    He was a reckless goofball who dined off being shot down over Hanoi his entire adult life.
    He cheated on his wife while she was dying and he was a war-mongering asshole.
    He planned a pharaoh’s funeral for himself, believing himself to be a figure akin to Washington or Churchill.

  171. mh

    Bobby Numbers had TDS so strong that he is now suffering from PTDS.

  172. jupes #2941816, posted on February 24, 2019 at 3:02 am
    What’s happening in Oz?

    11:00 o’clock and its all fscked up.

  173. C.L.

    We now have special vagina electorates, apparently …
    In The Australian:

    A man may take O’Dwyer’s seat

    A senior minister defends the level of female representation in the Liberal Party’s federal ranks, as threats emerge of a man taking the retiring Minister’s seat.

  174. Bill Thompson

    Outside Insiders – This morning the panel was discussing the lack of female Liberal Party members/candidates, so I asked Shane Wright if it would be a good idea for the Liberals to consider talking with Kathy Sherriff, to see if she might be interested in gaining pre-selection as their candidate for the federal seat of Maribyrnong in the upcoming election! Does anyone think that would be a good idea?

    https://youtu.be/7KwcuYX9_7M

  175. Black Ball

    And flicking through the back pages of the Hun and women’s footy shows that Geelong got up against Carlton 19 to 14. Accompanied by a pic that showed the match played in glorious sunshine. Tayla Harris is also stupid, watch her hit the post from 5 metres out trying to kick it over the stand.

  176. mh

    O’Dwyer took a man’s seat. Peter Costello’s.

  177. C.L.

    Geelong got up against Carlton 19 to 14

    Aren’t VFL scores usually 100+?

  178. Roger

    “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”

    Theodore Dalrymple

  179. I do wish, though, that the opposition wasn’t quite so bloody stupid.

    Its not direct stupidity*.
    What you observe is rationality versus dogma.

    *stupid in the sense that “belief”, e.g. believe in climate change, outweighs observation and reason

  180. DrBeauGan

    A senior minister defends the level of female representation in the Liberal Party’s federal ranks, as threats emerge of a man taking the retiring Minister’s seat.

    Oh jeez. Does that mean that when Bishop goes I have another gormless female to represent me?

  181. John Constantine

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1393478/North-Korea-rated-the-happiest-places-Earth-survey–North-Korea.html

    North Korea is one of the ‘the happiest places on Earth’ while U.S. is the lowest (and no prizes for guessing survey was done by North Korea)

    The cat troll displayed his solidarity with socialist groupthink when he declared his approval of the Cheerful Squalor of the lives of Cuban Proles compared with the oppression of American folk.

    We must be grateful for the insights of the trolls, without the full disclosure of leftist thought [ maybe it was a little too soon to reveal the full agenda?.] it would be hard to believe their australian left truly desires State paramilitary death squads manning checkpoints on street corners of australian cities, with machineguns.

    This is necessary, not just to progress the revolution, not just to impose lives of Cheerful Squalor upon the proles, but to make certain that all international tourists see is Spontaneous Displays of Cheerfulness from the proles as they continue the revolutionary struggle against western industrial civilisation.

    Kneedeep in yarragrad Squalor.

    Comrades.

  182. Muddy

    We were joking about a female Vicpol officer trying to smash a car window yesterday, but in the U.S., they skip the fly swatter and go straight for the death stick:
    Female cop defends herself.

    The bodycam vid is less than one minute.
    (My apologies if this has already been posted).

  183. Mater

    That pretty much sums it up, Roger.
    Thanks.

  184. areff

    The bangers must have been delivered straight from the British Museum’s antiquities collection

    I think that’s the way the Poms like them, Calli. Recently some snags billed as “traditional British” at Coles. Meat-flavoured sawdust, although the cat enjoyed them. Mind you, there is much to be said for black pudding.

  185. John Constantine

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/19/five-melbourne-councils-forced-to-dump-recycling-in-landfill-as-victoria-crisis-deepens

    The Tyrant of all the chicoms refuses to take yarragrads refuse anymore.

    Getting paid to dispose of rubbish by ship, theoretically to take it to China was always open to the shortcut of tossing it overboard into the Pacific rubbish gyre once the recycling fees have been trousered.

    Big Australia has given us the Cheerful Squalor of mountains of our own crap.

    Wait for rationing and banning of single use goods.

    We are now so rich we have a ration of one mug of our very own to carry with us, with our very own spoon as well.

    Our Cheerful Squalor mug and spoon Is Our Strength.

    Comrades.

  186. 1735099

    In any case, I’d take the drunk Churchill over that vegetarian animal loving Hitler any day. You?

    You mean the drunk Churchill who was happy to sacrifice Australia to the Imperial Japanese?

    My father (RAAF New Guinea WW2) used to call him “that rotten old drunk”.

  187. Percy Popinjay

    Here you go, JC:

    “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”

  188. duncanm

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    ‏Verified account @AOC

    Yup. If you don’t like the #GreenNewDeal, then come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis.

    Until then, we’re in charge – and you’re just shouting from the cheap seats.

  189. Muddy

    Bill Thompson
    #2941990, posted on February 24, 2019 at 11:13 am

    Keep up the great work, Bill.
    This will demonstrate my ignorance, but I have no idea who the woman is you suggested might contest Shorten’s seat. The idea of debating women’s safety with him is a delicious one, but sadly the Liberals lost their sense of taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing, several decades ago.

  190. OldOzzie

    DrBeauGan
    #2941997, posted on February 24, 2019 at 11:17 am

    A senior minister defends the level of female representation in the Liberal Party’s federal ranks, as threats emerge of a man taking the retiring Minister’s seat.

    Oh jeez. Does that mean that when Bishop goes I have another gormless female to represent me?

    No – Possibly a Gormless Male

    Libs pick former army officer, Bishop staffer as candidate in Stirling

  191. Percy Popinjay

    aaarrrggghhh! Didn’t see that Roger had beaten me to it.

  192. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My father (RAAF New Guinea WW2) used to call him “that rotten old drunk”.

    You father had the opportunity of witnessing Churchill’s drinking habits first hand? Those who did record that they only saw him obliviously drunk once, during the whole of the Second World War.

  193. DrBeauGan

    Its not direct stupidity*.
    What you observe is rationality versus dogma.

    *stupid in the sense that “belief”, e.g. believe in climate change, outweighs observation and reason

    Sometimes, inco, when people ask me how I am, I tell them: “Confused, uncertain, insecure. Same as usual, really.” Thing is, I like it that way. Certainty worries me much more than doubt. Dogma scares me. I don’t know how people can live with it. Surely, deep down inside they must have doubts and spend a lot of energy squashing them.

  194. OldOzzie

    OldOzzie
    #2942009, posted on February 24, 2019 at 11:29 am

    DrBeauGan
    #2941997, posted on February 24, 2019 at 11:17 am

    A senior minister defends the level of female representation in the Liberal Party’s federal ranks, as threats emerge of a man taking the retiring Minister’s seat.

    Oops Sorry Wrong Seat

  195. Percy Popinjay

    Speaking of being forced to remain silent when being told the most obvious lies:

    come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis

    What an imbecile. What fucking “global climate crisis”?

  196. 1735099

    So fuck off hypocrite…..oh and your Vietnam obsession is either a sign of Dementia or Alzheimer’s…..you need to go to a doctor.

    Feel better, now Cassie?
    I remembered you in my prayers at Mass this morning.
    God bless…..

  197. Roger

    aaarrrggghhh! Didn’t see that Roger had beaten me to it.

    Worth repeating in case others missed it, Percy.

    Should be a Liberty Quote.

  198. Top Ender

    You mean the drunk Churchill who was happy to sacrifice Australia to the Imperial Japanese?

    Proof, please.

    This will rewrite history.

  199. stackja

    Much anecdotal history evidence accepted by the gullible.

  200. Muddy

    You mean the drunk Churchill who was happy to sacrifice Australia to the Imperial Japanese?

    Aaargh! I don’t normally engage in these types of dead-end debates, however I will make one statement: Given the foodstuffs exported from Australia to Britain at the time, it would have been a grievous S.I.W. for Churchill to have willingly ‘sacrificed’ Australia.
    Nuf sed.

  201. Mater

    My father (RAAF New Guinea WW2) used to call him “that rotten old drunk”.

    And I had an acquaintance (sadly, no longer) who was a founding member of the 2/23rd Battalion AIF and went through Alamein, Tobruk and Kokoda, who thought very highly of what he achieved under difficult circumstances.

    Churchill also had skin in the game. He had a son who was known to go on patrol with the SAS in North Africa, and who once spent several night hold up in occupied Benghazi, with David Stirlings patrol.

  202. Bushkid

    Thanks Tom, a great collection today.

    The stand-outs for me today are the Oscars, the Moon landing and urination “with precision and elegance!”

  203. Tel

    You father had the opportunity of witnessing Churchill’s drinking habits first hand? Those who did record that they only saw him obliviously drunk once, during the whole of the Second World War.

    Sciatica apparently.

  204. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Proof, please.

    This will rewrite history.

    I don’t have a reference, but I read in one history that, in the event of any invasion, Churchill had declared he was prepared to redeploy British troops to help defend Australia.

  205. Tom

    Geelong got up against Carlton 19 to 14

    Aren’t VFL scores usually 100+?

    That’s the AFL’s Lezzo League, CL — the TV ratings dog no-one wants to watch jammed in between the end of the BBL hit-and-giggle cricket and the men’s AFL. Lezzo League scoring is like the junior boys Little League.

    PS: On Friday night, the AFL trialled its answer to BBL — AFLX — which, like BBL, is designed to appeal to five-year-old children. Despite the novelty, it attracted only 200,00o viewers in Melbourne and 320,000 nationally — a ratings bomb in a town that would normally attract 600,000-1,000,000 for an AFL match.

    PPS: This morning, I tuned in the Melbourne sports station, SEN, while I was making brekky. The Lezzo League is such a smash hit a group of nobodies from Crocmedia — the company that took over SEN last year — was discussing the merits of the jump shot in the NBA.

  206. Bushkid

    duncanm
    #2942006, posted on February 24, 2019 at 11:28 am
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    ‏Verified account @AOC

    Yup. If you don’t like the #GreenNewDeal, then come up with your own ambitious, on-scale proposal to address the global climate crisis.

    Until then, we’re in charge – and you’re just shouting from the cheap seats.

    That last sentence is the clearest sign of how dangerous this bitch and her ilk are. Because they’re “in charge”, they can make life as difficult and unpleasant (or even as impossible) as they choose for anyone who disagrees with them.

    Just yesterday I had a first-hand account of how here in Queensland the ALP MPs (actual MPs, not just deluded rank and file numpties) think that if economic times get tough for them, i.e., when they start to run out of our money, they can “just print more” and that will solve the problem. And this is coming from government MPs who are all for stopping coal mining, either for revenue raising exports or for electricity generation to keep the state economy above comatose! Seriously, what hope do we have of not becoming Venezuela?

  207. 1735099

    Visiting Newcastle is always for me a special kind of time travel.
    I was there yesterday catching up with an old rifle section mate who is in care whilst the specialists are trying to manage his myeloma.
    It’s most likely a consequence of exposure to dioxin all those years ago. It’s bitter to see him in pain, but at the same time good to catch up with him and two other ex Nashos who traveled up from Sydney. It had some of the flavour of a mini section reunion. The four of us spent about a year together in 1969/70, comprising six months training in Holsworthy, through Canungra and Shoalwater, and then the voyage to Vung Tau on the Sydney.
    Three of us did rookies at Singleton, the other at Kapooka.
    In Vietnam, we were together in 5 platoon until July, when we went our separate ways. His departure from the section was precipitous, as he was short-sighted and wore glasses. A week before he left, a digger in a different company who was short-sighted and wore thick glasses trod on an m-16 which killed him. This Nasho’s parents asked why a functionally blind soldier was operating in a rifle platoon, and suddenly all diggers with glasses disappeared overnight.
    Each of us had assumed that someone else had contacted our sick mate, and consequentially, nobody had. He was more than a little gobsmacked when we turned up out of the blue. The hospital gave him a leave pass, and after promising to take care of him, we set out for Wests.
    He is not allowed to drink, but the rest of us made up for it.
    Every point along the way has its memories of another time.
    The airport at Williamtown, now the home of F-35s, is where I disembarked from a TAA Vickers Viscount on my way to Singleton from Brisbane a Nasho. It was my first flight in any kind of aircraft.
    Back then, there were Dassault Mirages roaring about the Williamtown RAAF base, which shares the airport.
    Last time I drove down to Newcastle, I stopped off at the Infantry museum at Singleton. Strangely, perhaps, that didn’t trigger as many memories, although if you’re into military history, it’s worth a visit.
    The units based there now have privatised security, and the hi-vis vest clothed staff on the gate weren’t impressed by an old geyser seeking a nostalgic wander around.
    I don’t remember any ex-diggers rocking up making strange requests on the few occasions when I did guard duty back in the day, but from memory, admission had more to do with the state of the guard commander’s liver or whether or not there were any attractive young women in the party, rather than health and safety protocols.
    Newcastle is an industrial centre, but much of the area around the harbour has been gentrified. It reminded me of Teneriffe in Brisbane.
    It still has the laid back atmosphere I remember from the seventies. This is perhaps the most obvious aspect of the time travel experience. Even driving there is much as it was back then, with precious little impatience and a tolerance for slightly lost geriatric visitors in hire cars.
    It probably just as well the local drivers are tolerant. The traffic engineering is woeful, although obviously roundabouts are seen to be the solution to every traffic flow problem.

  208. Muddy

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2942023, posted on February 24, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Proof, please.

    This will rewrite history.

    I don’t have a reference, but I read in one history that, in the event of any invasion, Churchill had declared he was prepared to redeploy British troops to help defend Australia.

    Correct. Like you, I have no immediate reference, however I read recently, from a copy of a primary document, that Churchill promised to divert to Australia an armoured division that was soon to be en route to India or Burma (I forget which), should the Japanese invade the Australian mainland with at least 8-10 divisions. This was circa early – mid 1942 I believe.

  209. My father (RAAF New Guinea WW2) never called Churchill anything.

    And the weekly Mass reference too.

    Perhaps you should try going to daily mass, instead of devoting yourself to mass irritation.

    Can’t someone make it go away?

  210. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Feel better, now Cassie?
    I remembered you in my prayers at Mass this morning.
    God bless…..

    I hope you did it to Yaweh by proxy.
    Cassie is Jooish and takes her religion very seriously.
    I doubt very much she needs your assistance in prayer.
    Pray for yourself, you’re the one who needs good help right now.

  211. cohenite

    It should be a liberty quote indeed:

    “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”

    It applies to every great issue of the left: alarmism, black arm band history, refugees, socialism, islam; there is no rationale just silencing and bullying and ostracising; the issues are simply a means to the only thing the lefties care about and that is power.

  212. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My father (RAAF New Guinea WW2) never called Churchill anything.

    Neither did my grandfather (RAAF, New Guinea, WW2.)

  213. John Constantine

    https://www.domain.com.au/news/rokewood-the-tiny-community-set-to-host-victorias-biggest-wind-farm-793195/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=link-newsfeed&utm_campaign=c-all-autopromo&fbclid=IwAR2hsVuDcPtpXkAVa_jlLOFe0o4Sf90t2it8ZKBDVtMAejqX5EdkvmSVAcQ

    Massive new wind rort for victoria.

    Ten percent of state electricity from this project.

    When it works.

    Our unswerving enrichment of our oligarch donor class through the ruinables Ponxi scheme Is Our Strength.

    No wonder the State just imported 800 assault rifles for its paramilitary death squads, when this shitstorm unloads properly they will need to shoot a lot of troublemakers.

    Comrades.

  214. Arky

    From John’s link:
    ..

    Councils across the country have been reeling from the Chinese government’s decision to stop taking Australia’s waste from January 2018, with one large municipality in Queensland cancelling its recycling program for about a month last year as a result.

    In Victoria, the situatiation eteriorated on Friday when the Environment Protection Authority banned SKM Recycling from accepting waste at its Coolaroo and Laverton North sites, citing a fire risk. Investigators had found large stockpiles of combustible recyclable waste stored incorrectly.

    ..
    Notice a pattern?
    Idiots push a green policy that relies for support on a phase in chicom industrial development (at our industry’s expense).
    Chicoms blast through that phase and leave green idiots stranded, as the industry that we used to have cannot take up the slack of an uneconomic model reliant on something chicoms don’t need anymore.
    This will be the repeated and dominant story of the early 21st century.

  215. cohenite

    Three of us did rookies at Singleton

    Did you, you old swig; then no doubt I would have played against you in rugby since the Singleton Army Camp had a lot of nashos in their teams at that time. Or maybe you were the ball boy.

  216. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Numbers, I’ve no objection to your posts like the one above, detailing some impressions you have in the current day and your keeping up with old army mates. Indeed, I thank you and them for your service. It was a terrible war, and many on both sides died in a hard fought and sometimes unnecessary manner. I’ve been to Vietnam and explored the brutality and destruction on both sides, and also paid homage to the conscript heroes and others at Long Tan battlefield. This past should rest for you now, for your own sake. It has informed your politics, and from the point of view of this blog, not in a good way.

    It is those politics, a leftover of the hippie years which caused so much anguish and destroyed many lives with their blindness, which have no place on this blog, resurgent as they are in the mindless Green New Deal. Socialism is a cancer, just as communism was. You can’t expect a good hearing for socialist nonsense from any of the ex-army men or anyone else here. Go elsewhere for that if it is important to you. If it informs your teaching and good community service, that is a shame, for it is otherwise worthwhile to assist the disabled. Your comments on some things as a Principal in a school for disabled children can be valuable if you don’t lace them with a perspective from green left socialism, which simply and very justly dies here.

  217. DrBeauGan

    Churchill galvanised Britain and the British Empire into fighting for freedom against a disgusting tyranny, numbers. Not the sort of thing you’d understand.

  218. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Councils across the country have been reeling from the Chinese government’s decision to stop taking Australia’s waste from January 2018, with one large municipality in Queensland cancelling its recycling program for about a month last year as a result.

    We should take our own waste. We have barren empty lands everywhere. A no-brainer.
    And we shouldn’t bother to collect and keep half of it for re-cycling, which is often very wasteful.

  219. zyconoclast

    We were joking about a female Vicpol officer trying to smash a car window yesterday, but in the U.S., they skip the fly swatter and go straight for the death stick:
    Female cop defends herself.

    You can see the police woman’s face reflection in the window between 0:23 and 0:34

  220. bespoke

    1735099 Praises Omar so does Farrakhan but Churchill….

  221. Arky

    Churchill galvanised Britain and the British Empire into fighting for freedom against a disgusting tyranny, numbers. Not the sort of thing you’d understand

    ..
    It is comments like this that remind me why I don’t despise you Beaugan. You Godless swine.

  222. Arky

    A no-brainer

    ..
    It slways worries me when someone backs an idea they insist will require no brain.

  223. JC

    Churchill galvanised Britain and the British Empire into fighting for freedom against a disgusting tyranny, numbers. Not the sort of thing you’d understand.

    Drunk or not, he was one to the two men who essentially saved western civ – the other was Roosevelt. A drunk and a cripple. My guess is that if it wasn’t for Churchill, the British establishment would have sued for peace with Germany.

    Having said that though, Pat Buchanan was right in saying this. They stood up against fascist tyranny and then gave Poland away at the end to the Soviet bloc. The war officially started when the Nazis attacked Poland and the Allied powers gave Poland away at the end of the war. Makes a lot of sense, right?

  224. Muddy

    Zulu.
    Found it!

    Churchill pledges British armoured division.

    There is some great information here regarding the early war political aspects from primary documents.

  225. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself.

    The heart of the liberty quote.
    Communists seek compliance and humiliation, and will brook no resistance.
    See Occasional-Cortex’s latest above. She knows best. Shut up, everyone else.
    Very, very, very totalitarian and with a ready set of voters to implement it.
    We must claim back the next generation in our schools.
    Or we are lost.

  226. Arky

    Glass recycling is a great idea.
    There are limited quantities of sand in the universe.
    Sustainable Ecologies magazine estimates we will reach peak sand sometime between 1995 and 2005.

  227. zyconoclast

    Bedtime Story (1964)

    vs

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

    vs

    The Hustle* (2019)

    Stars Rebel Wilson. So she was lying that she may never star in a Hollywood movie again?

  228. DrBeauGan

    Arky
    #2942044, posted on February 24, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    Churchill galvanised Britain and the British Empire into fighting for freedom against a disgusting tyranny, numbers. Not the sort of thing you’d understand

    ..
    It is comments like this that remind me why I don’t despise you Beaugan. You Godless swine.

    It’s not my fault I was born sceptical and intelligent, Arky.

  229. 1735099

    Socialism is a cancer, just as communism was.

    Lizzie, it’s pretty clear to me that these terms are used by those who post here without any real understanding of what they mean. They’re simply labels.
    Personally, my attitudes and behaviour are not branded or driven by ideology, but personal experience, combined with a value system learned in a large Catholic family, with a mother (an infant teacher) who was in the habit of giving my shoes away to children who came to school barefoot.
    To blame all the world’s ills on any ideology or group of ideologies, is intellectually lazy and a sad cop-out.
    My dad used to say “Do what good you can”, and I’ve followed that advice all my life. I give the same advice to my children.
    The only real Communists I’ve met in my 70 plus years are St Joseph’s nuns – unfortunately a rapidly dying breed.

  230. Johno

    Hitler invaded Poland and Britain etc declared war.

    Stalin took the other half of Poland,and it is forgotten.
    It shows you just how deeply Communisms claws have been embedded into the Wests institutions for decades.
    Churchill is the wests saviour.

  231. John Constantine

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-23/canberra-businesses-already-banning-single-use-plastic/10833290

    A proposal by the ACT Government, announced this week, would see a variety of plastic items banned across Canberra, in an attempt to eliminate plastic waste.

    Banning people using stuff is the correct totalitarian response to the collapse of the previous totalitarian sccheme of paying to dump rubbish in China.

    Comrades.

    They will need to equip council bin inspectors with the assault rifles.

  232. DrBeauGan

    It’s not my fault I was born sceptical and intelligent, Arky.

    Blame God.

  233. JC

    Sustainable Ecologies magazine estimates we will reach peak sand sometime between 1995 and 2005.

    Where’s Climate Harkel, the site’s consensus scientist. Always go with consensus science as it never fails. As someone recently said about consensus science. It got all these things right.

    1. Consensus on acid rain
    2. Consensus on global cooling to the extent that we should be dead now from starvation.
    3. Consensus on Peak oil.
    4. Consensus on the nutrition pyramid.
    5. Consensus on medical science dealing with ulcers.
    6. Consensus on Year 2000 IT bug.

  234. Anthony

    Which St Joseph’s nuns?

  235. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The war officially started when the Nazis attacked Poland and the Allied powers gave Poland away at the end of the war. Makes a lot of sense, right?

    A lot of deaths and total destruction in the intervening period, JC, and much of it in Russia. The Allies were not just fighting for Poland. The deal making at Yalta was done by three countries all with their constituents to satisfy.

    Better than Versailles is perhaps all one can say. Or not. Guess that is debatable too.
    Like most of history.

    In France we visited the town of Mons and went to the actual site where the First World War ended. It was about fifty metres from where it started in 1914.

  236. JC

    Stalin took the other half of Poland,and it is forgotten.
    It shows you just how deeply Communisms claws have been embedded into the Wests institutions for decades.

    Incredible, no?

  237. bespoke

    Took my cans in for recycling today $74 those kids can count quick.

  238. Arky

    Recycling is going the same way as those guys in the 90’s who rigged up those lying down cycle things with a solar panel, a modem and a flag on a pole and exclaimed that this was the new way.
    Don’t need no stinking damn house. We have solar and the internet.

  239. JC

    Bespoke

    Do you collect them walking a supermarket trolley around the hood?

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