Wednesday Forum: March 6, 2019

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  1. Arky

    beaugan: heard from sinc at all?

  2. rickw

    The wheel is always a good counter against imbeciles talking about old vs new tech.

    At no point in history has tech ever been discarded.

    It is always retained with refinements as new tech allows.

    We still use bronze, we just manufacture and form it differently.

  3. Boambee John

    1735099
    #2952866, posted on March 7, 2019 at 8:40 pm
    Harken Now

    On this site there is a direct correlation between the amount of abuse you get and the credibility of your commentary.
    Be encouraged……

    Indeed. The less credible your commentary, the more abuse you cop.

  4. Atoms for Peace

    The Chinese military must be pretty dumb to build their bases on shoals in the South China Sea ay.

  5. Old Lefty

    Dr BeauGan on plain English reminds me of the nickname of one of Michael Smith’s commenters for our esteemed leader of the opposition: Bull Shorten.

  6. Old Lefty

    Bull Shitten. Damn autocorrect!

  7. DrBeauGan

    Arky
    #2952875, posted on March 7, 2019 at 8:52 pm
    beaugan: heard from sinc at all?

    No, not a thing, Arky. But my email has been slow recently for some reason. I’ll respond promptly when I do.

  8. dover_beach

    Sinc is holidaying overseas last we heard.

  9. Confused Old Misfit

    Harken has been conned by the islanders.

    Harken has been conned by nothing but his own own overblown sense of superiority.
    He is an ignorant, egotistical, supercilious fool.

  10. Cassie of Sydney

    “Steve trickler
    #2952871, posted on March 7, 2019 at 8:48 pm
    These two people should have been called LIARS, to their face, before they got up and left their seats to exit the studio.

    Rogan was useless and Tim Pool needed to go one step further. And he didn’t. For what reason, i do not know. The opening 5 minutes should have been devastating. The Twitter Execs had an easy ride on that show.”

    You’re right Steve….Rogan is NOT a serious interviewer….he is good for chatting and banter which is why his talks with Alex Jones are so entertaining…in fact Alex Jones brings out the best in Rogan.

    As for Tim Pool, don’t know why he kept so “schtum”. Tim has it in him but just holds back. He certainly knows that that Dorsey and his female “trust and safety” sidekick are being duplicitous and are straight out lying.

    There is an upload discussion today between Dave Rubin and Tim Pool…it’s good.

  11. Roger

    The Chinese military must be pretty dumb to build their bases on shoals in the South China Sea ay.

    On the contrary, every shoal occupied and developed increases the range of their missiles and bolsters their territorial claims.

    Mind you, they claim they can now hit US warships in the region with IRBMs launched from the mainland, so the shoals may already be redundant.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Chinese military must be pretty dumb to build their bases on shoals in the South China Sea

    Ah but they have a ship which magically builds whole islands on top of submerged shoals.
    I wonder if they could use the ship to increase the height of islands threatened by sea level rise?
    Nah, how could anyone build an island up at the astounding speed of 3 mm per year.
    Impossible!

  13. Atoms for Peace

    Thank you Bruce. Mind you, having stationary aircraft carriers is also dumb.

  14. Steve trickler

    For Julian Burnside, QC.





    The second clip is buried history. Much like the film. A lot of people have never seen Michael Hutchence sing this song. Hard core INXS fans included.

  15. Roger

    When the definitive history of the decline of the modern West is written and distributed by means of electronic samizdat, the recognition of and subsequent normalisation of relations with Communist China will be seen as a craven and unnecessary surrender , the sullied legacy of such luminaries as Jimmy Carter, Edward Heath, Pierre Trudeau and Gough Whitlam

  16. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    For Julian Burnside, QC.

    Death duties, my hairy aunt. Cite you the case of the grieving widow, who had to take out a bank loan to pay for her late husbands funeral, as his estate had automatically been frozen for valuation for death duties.

  17. JC

    Harken Now
    #2952849, posted on March 7, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Hark! An invitation for Catallaxy cranks to think:

    Has it not occurred to you that certain low lying islands may be both capable of growing in area but also adversely affected by sea level rise?

    These barely above sea level islands are subject to dead coral and sand being pushed around and piled up by waves and tides, but if that process is only creating land area marginally above your average high tide, that doesn’t mean that, for example, increasingly high king tides are not adversely affecting the island’s liveability by salt water intrusion into those older inhabited areas used for farming and living.

    Climate Harkel:

    The Dutch have used dyke technology to live below or at sea level for 800 years. If those silly little islands should be saved, if indeed there are rising sea levels, they will be saved by this technology. Now biggie dickhead.

    There’s no point slowing down global economic growth for a few fucking islands in the middle of the Pacific. Don’t like it? Stiff shit.

    As is usual, the effect of climate change is as not simple as may be first assumed – sea level rise is very non-uniform across the globe; increasing sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification may help kill off coral atolls and thereby provide more dead coral which might then be piled up by weather and increase the area and (potentially) height of some islands – but at the same time, reduce the number of fish which the islanders formerly lived off.

    Yea yea… and I dated Michelle Pfeiffer for 10 years before I decided to pull the pin. You gullible arts graduate from UWS.

    Tuvaluans might be guilty of oversimplifying the story of what will happen to their islands – but they could still become un-liveable due to climate change anyway.

    They will have walls and dykes built, or better still they can fuck off to New Zealand for a better life. We don’t give a rats.

    Of course, climate change deniers are the biggest over-simplifiers of all – it’s all stuff and nonsense and conspiracy and a SOCIALIST plot – so angels do cut some slack for over-simplification on the environmentalist side.

    It is a plot. Thanks for making the point. So far dickhead. the projections haven’t matched reality.. But if you’re really scared, like waking up in the morning worried about sea water swirling around you bed scared you’d advocate for nuke energy…. Gen 4 reactors. But you don’t, which of course means you’re fucking fraud.

    Truth be told, making some quite tiny population islands (which were always just barely viable anyway) uninhabitable is really relatively small stuff compared to the potential dramatic changes likely in heavily populated areas of the globe:

    Safeguarding the US coastlines from rising sea levels was actually costed by William Nordhaus about 8 odd years ago. He came up with the enormous sum of $US10 billion in today’s dollars spent in 2080. You couldn’t even round that number off as it’s too small in the whole scheme of things.

    much more frequent heat waves and the unknown effect on monsoon rainfall patterns in India; sea level rise around the sub-contintant generally; more frequent floods in many inhabited parts of the world; changes in ocean ecology from acidification, sea temperature “heat waves” and lowered oxygen levels: these are all going to be bigger issues as climate change continues. And it will, no matter how many crank letters get written to mining companies.

    You seem to be obsessed with heat waves. Twice mentioned in the scare blurb above and a few other times in the comment. Buy an air-conditioner and if you’re really, really frightened of gerbiling, open the windows as that would help cool down the globe. You moron, Climate Harkel.

  18. amortiser

    Harken,
    In Sept 1988 the Canberra Times reported that because of global warming The Maldives would disappear below the waves in 30 years. The 30 years was up in Sepy 2018.

    The Govenment of the Maldives milked this for all it was worth demanding action on climate change to save them from catastrophe. These predictions were based on the climate models. They engaged in stunts like conducting cabinet meetings under water to draw attention to their plight.

    What did they actually do? They built a new International airport terminal, a brand new airport runway and 20 new tourist resorts.

    Are these the actions of a government that believes in catastrophic climate change as predicted for their country?

    Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard, Tim Flannery and Al Gore – all fierce global warming acolytes pumping up the dangers of sea level rise have purchasedprime riverfront and beachfront property. They obviously don’t believe what they have been pushing.

    In IPCC came out in 2009 saying that CO2 emissions were increasing faster than originally thought and consequently the Maldives would disappear by 2100. They clowns can’t even remember their previous predictions about inundation!!

  19. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Dutch have used dyke technology to live below or at sea level for 800 years.

    Um, JC, actually the Dutch used dike technology for 800 years.
    It’s only recently that they’ve swapped over to dyke technology.

  20. Bruce of Newcastle

    The heroic Dutch kid who stuck his finger in the dike to stop a leak would be still in gaol today if he’d gotten the spelling wrong.

  21. JC

    In IPCC came out in 2009 saying

    That reminds me, whatever happened to Doc Pach, the railway engineer who was telling us to stop eating meat because of his religious beliefs, wrote a novel obsessing about large young, protruding breasts and then was found out sexually harassing his secretary. Remind me, wasn’t he head of the IPCC?

  22. Mark A

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #2952897, posted on March 7, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    The Dutch have used dyke technology to live below or at sea level for 800 years.

    Um, JC, actually the Dutch used dike technology for 800 years.
    It’s only recently that they’ve swapped over to dyke technology.

    🤣

  23. Steve trickler

    Cassie of Sydney
    #2952884, posted on March 7, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Nice work on making the airwaves. 👍

  24. MsDolittle

    I’m having a Broadside Burnside party at my home (Kooyong) on Sat 23 March. All welcome.

  25. JC

    Really Bruce?

    Dyke definition and meaning | Collins English Dictionary
    https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/dyke

    A dyke is a thick wall that is built to stop water flooding onto very low-lying land from a river or from the sea. Synonyms: wall, barrier, dam, enclosure

  26. Old School Conservative

    sea level rise is very non-uniform across the globe;

    Now there’s a PhD thesis for the ignorant. Try modelling that.

  27. DrBeauGan

    sea level rise is very non-uniform across the globe;

    Yes. I noticed a step of several metres in the ocean off city beach last week.

  28. Mark A

    still rib-ticklingly funny Bruce!
    😂

  29. JC

    Now there’s a PhD thesis for the ignorant. Try modelling that.

    Didn’t you know. Oceans have hills, mountains and gradients at the surface. Water also runs uphill too.

    Climate harkel is like a Q&A audience member.

  30. zyconoclast

    Mogadishu, Hargeysa, Berbera?

    East African community reeling from weekend violence, demands solutions
    Several Somali gangs are locked in a bitter dispute.

    After the latest spasm of gang violence, Minneapolis’ Somali residents and business owners on Monday stepped up their calls for help from City Hall and police headquarters to help curb the senseless shootings that they say too often go overlooked.

  31. Old Lefty

    Former Fairfax recycling the Helen Last looney tunes about Pell is the ultimate in chutzpah: the only time the Gayge and the Silly Moaning Homo will ever denounce a g*y *rgy.

  32. amortiser

    Harken said:

    As is usual, the effect of climate change is as not simple as may be first assumed – sea level rise is very non-uniform across the globe; increasing sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification may help kill off coral atolls and thereby provide more dead coral which might then be piled up by weather and increase the area and (potentially) height of some islands – but at the same time, reduce the number of fish which the islanders formerly lived off.

    He doesn’t seem to understand basic chemistry. Any high school student would know that acid has a Ph score below 7. A neutral solution (water) has a Ph score of 7 and an alkaline solution has a PH above 7.

    If say seawater Ph falls from 9 to 8 it does not become more acidic. It becomes less alkaline but these so called scientists look to scare people by saying that the seas are becoming more acidic. That is complete rubbish.

    If the oceans warm because of global warming, CO 2 will be released to the atmosphere. Far less will be absorbed. It’s when the oceans cool that CO2 will be absorbed. The catastrophic a are not arguing that though.

  33. zyconoclast

    Now schoolchildren are to be taught how to treat knife wounds: New first aid classes are planned amid soaring numbers of teens stabbed

    -School children are taught first aid and how to speak to emergency services
    -Pupils use props to understand blood loss and take part in role play scenarios
    It comes amid an ongoing political row over the causes of rising violent crime

  34. Boambee John

    Dykes/dikes reminds me of Robin Williams’line in Good Morning Vietnam, announcing that the US would bomb the dikes in North Vietnam.

    “What has the US got against women in sensible shoes?”

    Imagine the outrageous outrage if that line was used today.

  35. zyconoclast

    No Relationship Between Homicide Rates in Central America and Illegal Border Crossings

    One of the most common arguments from advocacy groups with regard to the influx of Central American migrants is that these migrants are fleeing violence. Groups such as the ACLU and SPLC cite “gang brutality”, “gang violence”, and fear of murder as reasons why the number of illegal, border-crossing migrants from the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador) has soared in recent years.

    As such, one might expect that, as the murder rate rises in those countries, the number of border-crossers would correspondingly go up, and vice versa. But the data show no obvious relationship between Central American homicide rates and the number of Central Americans apprehended illegally crossing our border in a year.

  36. zyconoclast

    Will Smith’s rumored new role is causing controversy — because of his skin color

    Following The Legend of Bagger Vance and Ali, Will Smith is reportedly in talks to take on another sports film. Deadline reports that the Oscar-nominated actor is “poised to play” Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in an upcoming biopic titled King Richard.

    While Smith certainly has the star power to headline the film about Williams’s determination to turn his two Compton-raised daughters into tennis champions, his rumored casting has already been met with some backlash. While Smith and Williams are both black men, critics say the role should go to an actor with darker skin, citing Idris Elba and Mahershala Ali as examples of more appropriate choices.

  37. JC

    Bruce

    I think it’s just an example of variant spelling. Anyways, I’m too busy celebrating Lent by woofing down a leftover crepe with fruit and ice cream. Leave me alone as I focus on this activity.

  38. cohenite

    sea level rise is very non-uniform across the globe;

    It’s like water in a bath-tub; it sloshes from side to side and when it is higher in one part of the world it is lower in another most likely due to ENSO as this comparison between New York and Holland, with or without dykes, shows:

    http://members.casema.nl/errenwijlens/co2/denhelder.html

    Sea level rise like every aspect of alarmist science (sic) contradicts the science (sic).

  39. Notafan

    Or Will Smith can put on make-up.

    Blacker face.

  40. Snoopy

    Deadline reports that the Oscar-nominated actor is “poised to play” Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams, in an upcoming biopic titled King Richard.

    Wouldn’t it be cheaper just to go full CGI and also give Siri a tweak? Why bother with actors at all?

  41. Snoopy

    Actors can learn to code.

  42. zyconoclast

    Now back to the circumcision discussion (sort of)

    Billionaire diamond trader, 65, dies during p3nis enlargement surgery at private Paris clinic

    -Ehud Arye Laniado, 65, died during a penis enlargement operation in Paris
    -The billionaire diamond trader reportedly suffered a heart attack during surgery
    -A friend of the Belgian-Israeli’s said he was ‘always focused on his appearance’

  43. JC

    The “Climate change is real” jingle always reminds me of the Seinfeld skit when the fellas were trying to figure out if Jerry’s recent girlfriend’s hooters were real or…. augmented. In his usual way Jerry was trying to find out by asking leading cryptic questions and it ended badly for him.

    They’re real and they’re spectacular.

    Seinfeld Season 4 Episode 19 – The Implant

    Terri Hatcher had a great pair of howitzers – possibly the best in the business.

  44. Snoopy

    Penis enlargement? The pursuit of a happy ending has been the undoing of more than one chap.

  45. Confused Old Misfit

    Actors can learn to code.

    Don’t you believe it!

  46. struth

    Struth lols, no, I meant when you prick your finger. I bet when you were tucking you could bash your finger and just swear, but now you are softer, does pricking your finger make you cry?

    sniff, no , I , I , I’m not , sniff , crying………………………………………………….It’s just an allergy that’s all.
    Just an allergy, I tells ya, sniff……………

    Sometimes, sniff, I also get a sore shoulder from the guitar strap……………………..

  47. Bruce in WA

    Death duties, my hairy aunt. Cite you the case of the grieving widow, who had to take out a bank loan to pay for her late husbands funeral, as his estate had automatically been frozen for valuation for death duties.

    My wife’s grandfather suffered a major stroke, so transferred the majority of his assets to my wife’s grandmother. Three months later, she died from a massive heart attack. The WA government of the day took 25% of her estate (which was really “their” estate).

    When he died some six months later, they took another 25% of everything that was left.

    So 50% of one estate in less than a year. For absofuckinglutely nothing!! Arseholes.

  48. struth

    Oh, and numbers, you have never been abused here.
    At best you’ve been “described and advised”

  49. JC

    Great comment by Shapiro.
    To paraphrase.
    The left wants guns far more. The left want guns to be used against unarmed conservatives in order to force government edicts.

  50. Fat Tony

    zyconoclast
    #2952925, posted on March 7, 2019 at 10:03 pm
    Now back to the circumcision discussion (sort of)

    Billionaire diamond trader, 65, dies during p3nis enlargement surgery at private Paris clinic

    Well now, in his case, Biggus Dickus would have been a joke name…. 🙂

  51. struth

    I do have a problem being at home now instead of out on the road.
    Putting on the pudding.
    I just went out and did a bit on the exercise bike as it’s raining here, I have a little gym type thing set up under the house, as the terrible global warming (sniff) keeps on delivering Flannery after Flannery of rain fall.
    The dams are overflowing.

    But it’s a struggle trying to keep the weight off.
    Loading trucks and lifting chains and general manual labour around trucks was enough, and I wasn’t tempted by Mrs bloody struth and her nice cooking that always seems to go very well with red.

    I printed out a photo of Monty playing golf and it’s up on the wall in front of the exercise bike as incentive to keep going another five minutes.
    Now the most work I do for work is loading gear in and out a venue.

  52. mh

    -Ehud Arye Laniado, 65, died during a penis enlargement operation in Paris
    -The billionaire diamond trader reportedly suffered a heart attack during surgery
    -A friend of the Belgian-Israeli’s said he was ‘always focused on his appearance’

    No matter how much money he made, it never replaced the loss of his foreskin.

  53. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    So 50% of one estate in less than a year. For absofuckinglutely nothing!! Arseholes.

    Case of the family farm that was one of the first in the district – father died suddenly, the estate paid death duties, the farm passed to his eldest son, who was killed months later in a car accident, farm had to be sold to pay death duties……..and the shadow Treasurer wants to bring them back. Vultures.

  54. Pedro the Ignorant

    Just going to settle in and watch the next episode of “The Good Cop” on Foxtel.

    Hard to credit that this red hot detective, Det Sgt Ron Iddles, was once part of the Victorian Police.

    It is a wonder he hasn’t publicly disassociated himself from the gang of goons that make up VicPol these days.

  55. Leigh Lowe

    Just going to settle in and watch the next episode of “The Good Cop” on Foxtel.

    Be interested if someone could compare this show with the ABC podcast “Trace” on the same subject.

  56. Leigh Lowe

    Hard to credit that this red hot detective, Det Sgt Ron Iddles, was once part of the Victorian Police.

    It is a wonder he hasn’t publicly disassociated himself from the gang of goons that make up VicPol these days.

    It may have been him (or someone of his vintage) who told Nixon, Overland and Ashton that the Lawyer X thing would blow up in their faces.
    But, you know, he was an old school, dinosaur copper … not a modern PhD perfessional policeperson.

  57. MsDolittle

    Ehud Arye Laniado – way to to go.

  58. Zyconoclast

    I thought opening the pleasure was the best way.

    The women closing the pleasure gap

  59. Geriatric Mayfly

    Climate Change Is Real Because Moose Ticks, Obama Warns Canada

    Moose knuckles are a better indicator of climate change you goose.

  60. Zyconoclast

    The fastest road car in the world revealed – and it’s electric

    But being number one is not the most important thing. Nor that it costs £2m. What’s really special about the Pininfarina Battista, recently unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show, is this: it’s all-electric.

    So, here are some stats. Maker Automobili Pininfarina claims its Battista does 0-62mph in less than two seconds, 186mph in less than 12 seconds, has a top speed of more than 250mph, and does 280 miles on one charge.

  61. Overburdened

    I like how the apparent resident dissenter offered succour to a demented climate evangelist.
    Why do the regulars here continue to respond to either of these fuckwits?

  62. Black Ball

    Point Break is a really bad movie. Time now for a wine before bed.

  63. egg_

    I like how the apparent resident dissenter offered succour to a demented climate evangelist.

    Looney birds of a feather…

  64. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Why do the regulars here continue to respond to either of these fuckwits?

    Showing up Numbers Bob, for the posturing fool that he is, is fine sport on this blog. He affects to regard the blog with contempt, but he keeps coming back for more.

  65. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Malcolm Turnbull tells Politics Live the Liberal Party didn’t want him to win election
    Derrick Krusche, News Corp Australia Network
    43 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    Malcolm Turnbull says he was dumped as prime minister because his parliamentary colleagues thought he would win the upcoming election.

    Speaking with veteran British broadcaster Andrew Neil on the BBC on Thursday, Mr Turnbull said his government was tracking well in the polls against Labor when he was ousted by the Liberal party room last August.

    “You could argue that their concern was not that I would lose the election, but rather that I would win it,” he said.

    “There is no question the government’s position is — and it still could win the election, the Liberal government — but its position is much less favourable than it was back in August.”

    Mr Turnbull’s line of argument was challenged by Neil, who said “you’re telling me your own party didn’t want you to win the election? That’s not credible, is it?” to which Mr Turnbull replied: “you’ve only got to look at the facts”.

    “In our own polling in the marginal seats, which is obviously the only ones that matter in terms of determining government, we were ahead,” he said.

    When asked if new Prime Minister Scott Morrison was less popular than him, Mr Turnbull said: “the party on any of the objective indications (of) polling is in a worse position than it was in August, you can’t deny that, that’s a fact.”

    Mr Turnbull described the August coup as a “peculiarly Australian form of madness”.

    The Australian people proved themselves unworthy of my leadership…

  66. None

    So 50% of one estate in less than a year. For absofuckinglutely nothing!! Arseholes.

    and not only do they take it and then pick it up against the wall that probably would have been a squandered on a couple of MPS frivolous expenses claims. Anyone who wants to reintroduce death duties is pure evil in my book

  67. None

    Turnbull is such a liar. He got shafted because of his fuckwitted policies and because he got spooked and called on a leadership spill. Seizing the opportunity Dutton was presenting some alternatives and nearly snatched the leadership.So come the second ballot he maneuvered it so that Morrison could win and Morrison has just continued with the usual Turnbull fuckwittery which is why they will lose. Turnbull outdies even Rudd Gillard in mendacity and hubris.

  68. Bruce in WA

    Case of the family farm that was one of the first in the district – father died suddenly, the estate paid death duties, the farm passed to his eldest son, who was killed months later in a car accident, farm had to be sold to pay death duties……..and the shadow Treasurer wants to bring them back. Vultures.

    Yes, I know of at least two farms that had to be sold off for the same reason, leaving the kids with nothing to work.

    Anyone who wants to reintroduce death duties is pure evil in my book

    Amen!

  69. C.L.

    “You could argue that their concern was not that I would lose the election, but rather that I would win it,” he said.

    He’s kind of right.
    I suppose he could have fluked a win. The important thing was indeed to get rid of him ASAP – along with all the other sell-out weasels.

  70. Steve trickler

    Something to keep an eye on.

    What transpires? Who knows.



  71. None

    The stupid Liberals are too gutless to run death deputies ads in say rural areas with these sorts of real life
    Examples. The champagne socialists won’t care. Vultures indeed.

  72. Bruce in WA

    Mrs BiWA have been together now for over 40 years, and tonight is one of the very few nights when we can’t sleep together.

    I love this song … and MV, if you’re here, I hope you can smile and enjoy it just a little bit too.

  73. struth

    So everyone’s pulled the pin?

    That’s , sniff, sad.

    I’m being a little SNIFFY, like Old little SNIFFY today.

    A few cats like calli and others have done well today.
    Do I dare hope Cactivism be a daily thing.
    I love reading about the confrontations.
    It’s awesome.

    Makes me less SNIFFY.

    Until I think of the poor wimmensis and my own terrible, privilege.
    It chokes me up……………sniff.

  74. None

    Warning: Thus image is foul, straight from the sulphur pits. I debated linking to it as I found it quite vile and malicious. And yet the British left claim it is not anti Semitic. I found this on the twitter feed of the odious John Sweeney who had RT,d it. https://mobile.twitter.com/Gabriel_Pogrund/status/1103275193202425856

  75. Delta A

    I’m having a Broadside Burnside party at my home (Kooyong) on Sat 23 March.

    That sounds like a blast, Mrs D. 🙂

    Please give a blow-by-blow commentary for us unfortunates who are unable to attend.

  76. 2dogs

    Here you go JC:

    http://dutchdikes.net/history/

    The best part of that is this:

    This was the period that saw the first large-scale building of dikes. The population was falling in some parts of Europe, as a result of economic recession and a succession of epidemics, but the Netherlands, especially Holland, was doing relatively well.

    Read that while keeping in mind that, at the time, Friesland had no government. Kind of drives home how useless government really is.

  77. bespoke

    Millenial

    Israeli isn’t the only one that gets cash and is the one of the vey few that gives something back. But I agree that dual citizenship creates a sense of conflicting agender.

  78. bespoke

    is that image wrong though

    Yes, because it plays to the growing anti-Semitic base of the left.

  79. Tom

    I’ve no idea what was sort of projection was going on in David Rowe’s lefty head when he drew this.

  80. Tom

    “My Tiffany was thrilled to be made stab vest monitor!” Paul Thomas (Daily Mail) on London’s knife crime epidemic.

  81. Delta A

    An excellent bunch today – apart from the Rowe effort.

    Thanks, Tom.

  82. Anthony

    Turnbull was a particularly Liberal Party form of madness.

  83. Megan

    Thanks for the morning giggle, Tom. Even though it’s dinner time here.

  84. Tom

    Turnbull was a particularly Liberal Party form of madness.

    Turnbull and Rudd were a particularly Australian form of narcissism, not driven by party or ideology, but by egos the size of the moon obsessed with their place in history.

    At least, in addition to their giant egos, Whitlam (socialism) and Menzies (free enterprise) had an ideology. Trumble and Rudd were driven entirely by vanity and self-enrichment — the two most vacuous and pointless prime ministerships in the nation’s history, exposing just how vulnerable the Australian political system is to subornation by charlatans.

  85. Miltonf

    Great analysis Tom. Spot on.

  86. rickw

    Haven’t had anything to do with truck drivers for a long time.

    What’s changed? Well, plenty of them are now brown.

    This means that the simple job of unloading trucks is now anything but simple. Emotionalism, petty arguments, hot tempers, accusation of favouritism, accusations of racism (brown on brown), you name it.

    Australia has been wrecked. There is little to distinguish it from any shithole on the planet that you care to mention.

  87. Bruce of Newcastle

    Self driving cars are racist.

  88. The Barking Toad

    Summed up beautifully Tom – and thanks for the “toons……

    Trumble and Rudd were driven entirely by vanity and self-enrichment — the two most vacuous and pointless prime ministerships in the nation’s history

  89. None

    It is absolutely foul and anti-semitic Millennial and it has nothing to do with foreign aid. That you can’t see that is a particular worry.

    As to your “well when I was in Israel 3 people said” school of foreign policy: Israel is a formidable little country but without the US or any other outside help it would be obliterated tomorrow. Israel is the only country in the world that faces an existential crisis. It is surrounded by millions and millions of people who want to see every Israeli – which they equate with Jews (even if all Israelis are not Jew, in their mind every Israeli is a Jew because Israel is a Jewish state) -dead and their nation given over to some fantastical fanatical caliphate. They want this not just as a matter of political ideology but also religious ideology and religious obligation. That you are so ignorant of even these basic facts, Millennial suggests you are highly uneducated or that you’re just another Lefty anti Semite.

    So on both counts Millennial you are wrong.

  90. None

    You however Tom are right. And I miss international Women’s Day I also throw Gillard into the mix as the incompetent woman wannabe narcissist.

  91. None

    It is absolutely foul and anti-semitic Millennial and it has nothing to do with foreign aid. That you can’t see that is a particular worry.

    As to your “well when I was in Israel 3 people said” school of foreign policy: Israel is a formidable little country but without the US or any other outside help it would be obliterated tomorrow. Israel is the only country in the world that faces an existential crisis. It is surrounded by millions and millions of people who want to see every Israeli – which they equate with J–s (even if all Israelis are not J-wis, in their mind every Israeli is a J-w because Israel is a J__ish state) -dead and their nation given over to some fantastical fanatical caliphate. They want this not just as a matter of political ideology but also religious ideology and religious obligation. That you are also ignorant of even these basic facts, Millennial suggests you are highly uneducated or that you’re just another Lefty anti Semite.

    I’d quickly confess to the former if I were you.

  92. calli

    Lovely story about the NZ quads. What a proud, wonderful mum, and when they’re old enough to be told the story, they’ll be proud and thankful for her toughness.

    Sadly, like all j-lists, this one can’t help itself:

    Once doctors confirmed she was in labour, Mrs MacDonald was taken straight to theatre where she had a Cesarean section to deliver her babies.

    With help of surgeons she first delivered Quinn and Indie. Next was her son, Hudson. Then her daughter Molly followed.

    Um, no. That’s not quite how a caesar works.

  93. calli

    I think you mean Cassie, struth. She’s the blog’s Braveheart.

    I just mooch around the edges here.

  94. About time.
    This rort has been going on for years.
    It took an ABC journalist to expose it.

  95. None

    The last set of quads born in New Zealand almost didn’t survive either as their mother was advised to abort as well https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nowtolove.co.nz/amp/news/real-life/20-years-on-nzs-quad-squad-6508

    Same drugs

  96. Bruce of Newcastle

    Do you know there might be a link between these two stories? Just possibly?

    UK Women Promote ‘BirthStrike’ Baby Ban to Prevent ‘Eco-Armageddon’

    Norwegian Government Sounds Alarm Over Falling Birthrate

    Europe is committing demographic suicide over a problem which isn’t happening. A lot of childless women are going to be absolutely furious when the climate fraud finally dies.

  97. Turnbull was a particularly Liberal Party form of madness.

    You stand on a piece of dogsh1t.
    It gets stuck to your shoe.
    You wipe your shoe on the grass.
    You think you have got rid of it.

    But the bad smell persists.

    The local media scraped him from their shoe.
    So now he attaches himself to the BBC.

  98. Zatara

    When dozens of US politicians have dual Israeli-US citizenship, when several SCOTUS judges have Israeli citizenship….

    Anti-Semitic rubbish. Name them.

    And I suggest you actually do the research on the individuals instead of relying on a false list like this, this, or this.

    Those lists represent a particular anti-Semitic trope which contends that being of the J faith = being an Israeli citizen. It does not.

  99. Cassie of Sydney

    “When I was in Israel I meant a lot of Israelis who believed their country should not be leeching off the US but standing on its own.”

    I fell on the floor laughing at this…I always love it when people disguise their issues with J**s and the existence of Isr**l with the line…..”some of my best friends are J**s” or “when I was in Isr**l”. Classic!

    Also, interesting choice of word you use there Millenial….”leeching”…..hmmm, I think that reveals a lot about how you think and feel about me, my people and the J**ish homeland.

  100. Cassie of Sydney

    As for that utterly repulsive and repugnant image…..Goebbels would be happy…..very happy.

  101. Cassie of Sydney

    “Malcolm Turnbull tells Politics Live the Liberal Party didn’t want him to win election”

    Here’s what the headline should have been….

    “Malcolm Turnbull tells Politics Live the Liberal Party didn’t want him because they knew he couldn’t win election”

    That’s better.

  102. Gab

    Loving this summer “heatwave” caused by globull warmening. I just need to put a jumper on it’s that hot in Melbourne.

  103. Mother Lode

    Showing up Numbers Bob, for the posturing fool that he is, is fine sport on this blog. He affects to regard the blog with contempt, but he keeps coming back for more.

    I am pretty sure he doesn’t feel like that at all. He isn’t reeling back in his chair as if he has just been clobbered by a cluebat. He just starts tapping away looking for a nonsense response or, more likely, picks on a single word or phrase in your answer and goes off on a tangent – and you follow him. Wasn’t it just the other day he came up with a new definition of socialism – where everybody cares for everybody else?

    A slimy polyp like that is not motivated by the pursuit of truth, yet truth is you try to trip him up with.

    Farken’ is worse. Spends days heaping nonsense upon claptrap upon guff. He reminds me of a first year uni student who has memorised a couple of novel arguments and tries to use them for everything. Like when a father announces he will be getting a promotion and his spotty kid starts raving about working class oppressors. The kids motivation is to feel smart and tell themselves they are part of a some new vanguard that will change the world. Their dad has receded into the distance, an insignificant speck (that just happens to keep them fed, clothed, housed, and able to go to uni.)

    These people are not devotees of the god of Dialectic. They are people with psychological flaws, insatiable hungers for attention. Itches they can’t scratch. The great dialogues will not end when the final clinching, unarguable proposition is delivered. They will keep going as long as their ingrained problems remain.

    I only find out what they have said when I read more reputable people’s responses.

    The side effect (or main effect, depending on mental malaise) is to derail threads. And derail them they do.

    Think of them like desperately starving people. If you ignore them they will just go away.

    One way or the other.

  104. Re: the Goebbels warming.
    I checked: this is the hottest March 8. Evah!

  105. Cassie of Sydney

    “Is it wrong through? When dozens of US politicians have dual Israeli-US citizenship, when several SCOTUS judges have Israeli citizenship, when billions of dollars are given to Israel every year by the US government…is that image wrong though?”

    Ahem…..where to begin when one reads a putrid anti-Semitic comment. Let’s start…

    Please name the politicians who are dual Isr**li-US citizens?

    Please name the SCOTUS judges who are dual Isr**li-citizens?

    Yes, billions of dollars are given by the US government to Isr**l….just like the US government gives billions of dollars to Egypt, Jordan and Pakistan.

    Now fuck off

  106. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    And the mighty and most equitable Lord Marx saw that it is the Darkness which begats light and it is the Darkness to which everything must return.

    For in the Darkness is the True Workers Paradise, this is the one and only redemption!

    Repent Sinners! Reject all wealth.

  107. Old School Conservative

    Numbers, why no credit given to the fair Work Ombudsman?

  108. Cassie of Sydney

    “egg_
    #2953014, posted on March 8, 2019 at 7:30 am
    Malcolm who?”

    Malcolm fool.

  109. egg_

    this is the hottest March 8. Evah!

    In Islamabad.

  110. Bruce of Newcastle

    He reminds me of a first year uni student who has memorised a couple of novel arguments and tries to use them for everything.

    Sad to say I think you are on the money. Hark sounds like a graduate of the Al Gore School for Climate Activists. His knowledge is very shallow and he’s got no ability to debate beyond the simplest of talking points.

  111. egg_

    this is the hottest March 8. Evah!

    In Islamabad.

    Do we have the traffic report?
    Traffic’s held up in the tunnel because someone rear-ended a goat?

  112. Baldrick

    Tom
    #2952978, posted on March 8, 2019 at 4:38 am
    I’ve no idea what was sort of projection was going on in David Rowe’s lefty head when he drew this.

    Cheers Tom. I think they’re supposed to be red Speedos on the flag pole. You can guess the rest from there.
    Typical Leftard conveniently forgets the fact about 1,300 men, women and children drowned in the Timor Sea under a Lairs/Greenfilth government.

  113. Notafan

    That someone in UK Labour was circulating an anti Semitic meme featuring the Status of Liberty speaks volumes.

    That someone on this forum defends it with falsehoods tells us even more.

    What do you think numbers or Stimpy, you think it’s fair comment?

  114. bespoke

    Do all Israeli’s agree with government policy, Cassie?

  115. calli

    Oh yes, Cassie. It’s anti-Semitic all right.

    J-ws have done so little to build the US, dontcha know.

  116. Johno

    “I am pretty sure he doesn’t feel like that at all. He isn’t reeling back in his chair as if he has just been clobbered by a cluebat. He just starts tapping away looking for a nonsense response or, more likely, picks on a single word or phrase in your answer and goes off on a tangent.”
    And that,Ladies and Gentlemen, is the perfect description of Sniffy.
    Thank you Mother Lode, you are indeed a wordsmith.

  117. Baldrick

    Malcolm Turnbull says he was dumped as prime minister because his parliamentary colleagues thought he would win the upcoming election.

    Hang on, I thought that was Julie Bitchop’s line.

  118. Notafan

    Nearly all the aid heading to Israel from the US is military assistance, you know, to stop Israel from being ‘driven into the sea’
    us foreign aid stats.

  119. Mother Lode

    I’ve no idea what was sort of projection was going on in David Rowe’s lefty head when he drew this.

    I think he is increasingly retreating into the imagery in his own head, using that as the starting point of his thoughts rather than real world events, so to speak.

    It is a strange haunted dreamscape, where John Howard’s eyebrows stretch further and further above his head (about a metre or so now), where backbencher Tony Abbott is everywhere (having morphed into considerable numbers as crustaceans*) etc. Each caricature started as one thing and each subsequent caricature is a caricature of the earlier.

    I am again struck by the similarity to Sartre’s persistent hallucinating of being surrounded and followed by crabs and lobsters. He put it down to too much mescal in his youth, while Rowe too much Kool Aid.

    Another difference? Sartre knew his were not real and all in his head. I think Rowe’s are also in his head, but that is his world now.

  120. calli

    Heh. Turnbull telling anyone who will listen that “the Liberals didn’t want him to win the election”. That’s why he was dumped.

    I think the Ruddbot has been surpassed in the NPD stakes. The guy needs to see a shrink.

    Help me, Cats. Are there any half decent pollies in Canberra?

  121. Notafan

    That comment by Turnbull is on par with the bimbo from the women are better agency claim to DL about (male) productivity.

    Did it come out all wrong Malcolm or are you saying they are just so jealous of your awesomeness they’d rather lose without you than win with you?

  122. What do you think numbers or Stimpy, you think it’s fair comment?

    There’s an assumption promoted on this blog, especially by Cassie, that any criticism of the Israeli government and its policies is anti-Semitic.
    Given that Israel is a lively democracy where criticism of the party in power is as routine as it is in any other democracy, that’s a false assumption.
    Is it, for example, anti-Semitic to point out that Bibi Netanyahu has been indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust?

  123. Mater

    Up the workers!

    For the urban workforce of the Soviet Union, September 29, 1929, was a Sunday like any other—a day of rest after six days of labor. Sunday was the prize at the finish line: a day’s holiday, where people might see family, attend church or clean their homes. But in the eyes of the Soviet government led by Joseph Stalin, Sundays represented a genuine threat to the whirr and hum of industrial progress. For one day in seven, after all, machines sat silent, productivity slumped to zero and people retreated to comforts thought to be contrary to the revolutionary ideal, like family life or religious practice.

    On the following Sunday, no such collective pause for breath took place. Eighty percent of the workforce were told to go to work; 20 percent to stay home. The ordinary seven-day week now had a new bedfellow: the nepreryvka, or “continuous working week.” It was five days long, with days of rest staggered across the week. Now, the Soviet economist and politician Yuri Larin proposed, the machines need never be idle.

    Yet from the very beginning, there were rumblings of dissent from workers. Letters published in Pravda, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, complained that staggered rest days defeated the purpose of time off: “What is there for us to do at home if our wives are in the factory, our children at school and nobody can visit us? It is no holiday if you have to have it alone.” Another griped: “How are we to work now, if mother is free on one day, father on another, brother on a third and I myself on a fourth?”

    The ostensible reasons for the shift were economic. Its accidental social consequences, like families being unable to come together, or religious practice made more challenging, seem to have been seen as a bonus.

  124. calli

    Rowe is just a garden variety hater. Sold his sense of humour for a mess of vicious.

    Kills creativity and wit.

  125. Are there any half decent pollies in Canberra?

    AND
    Are there any polar bears in the gulf country?
    Crocodiles in Antarctica?

  126. feelthebern

    In the week ending March 7th, the US fleet was it’s most stationary since records began.
    The Pentagon has more money than it has ever had.
    There are less US personal stationed overseas since before WW2.
    The fleet is just sitting around.
    Surely they can’t be spending all that extra dosh on drones & DARPA?

  127. Elle

    Malcolm Turnbull continues to prove he is a complete and absolute narcissists.
    link

  128. Cassie of Sydney

    “bespoke
    #2953030, posted on March 8, 2019 at 7:52 am
    Do all Israeli’s agree with government policy, Cassie?”

    Actually Bespoke, when it comes to US military aid….yes. Doesn’t matter who’s in power…Likud or Labour. There is almost no difference between Likud and Labour in Isr**l on security matters.

    The only people who might disagree are the ultra ultra religious who think that Isr**l will prevail solely with God’s help or who have a theological problem with the very existence of Isr**l because they argue that the state of Isr**l can only exist again when the messiah arrives. That’s why when war has broken out in the past, IDF troops head straight to Mea Shearim, an ultra, ultra orthodox neighbourhood in Jerusalem, because many of the residents are strongly anti-Zionist and will happily open the gates to the Arabs. We call these people “meshugah”.

  129. Old School Conservative

    Why isn’t this a national scandal?

    Taxation commissioner Chris Jordan … has brought charges against whistleblower and national hero Richard Boyle that carry a maximum jail sentence of 161 years.

    Tax officials used this practice (early recovery of tax debts) to wipe out an industry (gold refining) by issuing huge debt notices that ranked above all other creditors, bankrupting each refiner.

    Robert Gottliebsen, writing in today’s Oz, believes the issue is so important that Parliament and the GG could remove the Tax Commissioner.
    I note it was Turnbull and Morrison who extended Jordan’s tenure. SFLs indeed.

  130. Notafan

    I wasn’t asking you about democracy in Israel, I was asking you if you thought the image being circulated by the Labour party in the UK was anti-Semitic.

    It’s not as if it’s the first time it’s happened.
    The underlying question that is interesting here is why Labour party in the UK should have frequent outbursts of anti-semitism.

    You must have an opinion about why that would be the case, being so across world affairs.

  131. Cassie of Sydney

    “1735099
    #2953039, posted on March 8, 2019 at 8:02 am”

    There’s an assumption promoted on this blog, especially by Cassie, that any criticism of the Israeli government and its policies is anti-Semitic.

    I see fuckwit is up early….been to Isr**l fuckwit? Spoken to many Isr**lis fuckwit? Know many J**s fuckwit? And fuckwit……I don’t agree that any criticism of the Israeli government is anti-Semitic…you really are a fuckwit and your fuckwittery gets worse every day. NOW FUCK OFF.

  132. feelthebern

    For someone referred to as warmonger prez, Trump isn’t really acting like one.

  133. Elle

    Numbers and the one with form are aligned.
    Who woulda thunk.

  134. stackja

    One of the last Bombing of Darwin survivors dies aged 103
    NATASHA EMECK, NT News
    March 7, 2019 11:35pm
    Subscriber only

    ONE of the last survivors of combat during the Bombing of Darwin has died aged 103.

    Retired US Naval Commander Herbert Kriloff was officer on the USS William B. Preston destroyer when the Japanese air armada attacked Darwin Harbour on February 19, 1942.

    The Preston was strafed and bombed, and only narrowly escaped collision with the sinking destroyer USS Peary, which sank with 88 men dying.

    Mr Kriloff passed away on Sunday at this family home in Melbourne. Military historian and family friend Dr Tom Lewis said unfortunately he had been sick for a number of years.

    “He was a upstanding naval officer — the kind of person you’d be proud to serve along side,” he said.

  135. stackja

    ‘Major disturbance’ in Borroloola prompts police to send in reinforcements
    CRAIG DUNLOP and HAYLEY SORENSEN, NT News
    March 7, 2019 8:26pm
    Subscriber only

    UPDATED: Alcohol has been cut off and heavily armed police were on Thursday night preparing to quell an anticipated violent flare-up in the remote town of Borroloola.

    Violent rioting broke out late on Wednesday evening.

    Locals said the clash was a reprisal attack in response to the alleged murder of a teenager in late December.

    The 19-year-old, who died a few days after he was assaulted just ­before Christmas, will be buried shortly.

    Two other funerals have been held recently, with a fourth due to take place soon.

  136. feelthebern

    Go long J&J ?
    This will be the hottest party drug in town.

    FDA Approves Controversial Drug for Depression

    The Food and Drug Administration approved a controversial drug for depression that could be the first of a long-awaited wave of new treatments, but that has also raised concerns about abuse.
    The drug, a nasal spray that manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has branded Spravato, is a close chemical relation to ketamine. Ketamine is an anesthetic that is known for its heady effects on the brain and is often abused as a party drug with the nickname “Special K.”

  137. Mother Lode

    If the Libs thought that Trumble was going to win the election they would have supported him for the simple if mercenary reason that it would keep their bottoms on the more lucrative government benches.

    If someone says one thing, then does something else, we dismiss the words and believe the act.

    The Libs were certain Trumble was going to lose.

    How much must his mind be distorted, skewed and warped by self-love to think (much less believe) otherwise?

    Or, if he did not believe it, to think that saying so would be to his benefit?

  138. feelthebern

    No way, the FDA approves the Special K party popper.
    Next, the FDA chief is retiring.
    I suppose big pharma needed something to replace Oxy.

  139. min

    Typical Narcisisstic Personalty Disorder behaviour / thinking . Unfortunately no good seeing a shrink because if they come in with a problem it is always the fault of someone else. No personal responsibility as seen with contestants on MAFS as well as Malcolm . Perhaps others working with patients with this personality, have had ,success but it cannot be changed .
    I do not know why the interviewer did not confront him with What made you call a spill ? Confronting questions will frighten them out of therapy unless they think they can outsmart you so that would have been the way to go.

  140. Bruce of Newcastle

    Is it, for example, anti-Semitic to point out that Bibi Netanyahu has been indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust?

    Fake indictments, Numbers, by a lefty swamp which is prone to anti-semitism?
    On the balance I would say there is indeed a strong streak of anti-semitism in the reporting especially.

  141. Shy Ted

    So pleased to read Trumble is still sulking. Let’s hope he has many more years of bitterness. Seems going to sleep on a bed of $100 notes doesn’t guarantee happiness. Maybe he just needs a pen15 enlargement.

  142. stackja

    Narcissistic Personality Disorder | Psychology Today
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder
    Definition. The hallmarks of Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) are grandiosity, a lack of empathy for other people, and a need for admiration. People with this condition are frequently described as arrogant, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding.

    Which previous PM might this describe? Yes. I know.

  143. calli

    Thanks, min. I thought of you when I made that comment.

    He’s intent on pulling the lot down with him. I’ve heard of “the saviour complex”. Maybe he has “the Samson complex”. He’s definitely blinded by hatred.

  144. bespoke

    Thanks Cassie, It is only a guess since I have never been to Israel but It’s possible that Millenial came across some people with this opinion.

    Israelis who believed their country should not be leeching off the US but standing on its own.

    This could be taken as a declaration of self determination. Ill cut Millenial some slack for now as he may be maybe as ignorant on the topic as I am.

  145. Cassie, you are sweet.
    The last female who called me a fuckwit with the frequency you muster, was an eleven year-old with Autism.
    She was always in trouble, and her exasperated teacher frequently sent her to the office in an effort to maintain classroom sanity. He first action, when she appeared at the office door was to kick me in the shins, at the same time using the epithet you are so fond of.
    I learnt quickly not to stand to greet her at the door, but to remain seated at my desk, and ask her to sit at the student desk in the corner of the office where there was always some interesting activity set out in preparation.
    This usually worked, but then another problem emerged. She began to request to be sent to the office, seeing it as a reward rather than a punishment.
    This was a win/win for the child and the teacher, but messed up my time no end.
    At least I no longer had bruised shins.

  146. Elle

    Changed channels this morning on my radio from 2GB to the ABC to hear how they approach International Women’s Day. It has been back to back stroking of the victimhood mentality. The topic of climate change sprinkled throughout conversations. The young girls interviewed, especially big on including climate change in their mantra – I am woman hear me roar.
    Interestingly, not one mention of Margaret Thatcher.

  147. John Constantine

    Their elite mocking left, either libleft or lableft, both look down upon the tedious and rancid shorten.

    None of our good and great can seriously believe a slimy worm like shorten could beat them if they made an effort to compete against them.

    Their turnfailure didn’t even bother getting out of bed for the election campaign against shorten.

    They all see how hated and pathetic shorten is, but none of them can see through the ABC haze to comprehend how they are no better.

    Shorten isn’t their shadow, he is their true reflection.

    Just with saggy manboobs and a lapband.

    Comrades.

  148. Leigh Lowe

    Elle

    #2953044, posted on March 8, 2019 at 8:07 am

    Malcolm Turnbull continues to prove he is a complete and absolute narcissist.

    And really, really smart too.
    Did you see all the leather bound books in the background?
    I mean, anyone who owns a library like that must be, like, a total brainiac.

  149. Shy Ted

    Interesting comments about David Rowe’ cartoon. Never really bothered with them before because they’re just so predictable but looked through my magnifying glass at this one. The SM on ScoMo’ suitbag actually says S&M. And I think the lady flight attendant has a willy, so it’s definitely Qantas.

  150. Elle

    So pleased to read Trumble is still sulking. Let’s hope he has many more years of bitterness. Seems going to sleep on a bed of $100 notes doesn’t guarantee happiness. Maybe he just needs a pen15 enlargement.

    Gold! 👍

  151. Fake indictments, Numbers, by a lefty swamp which is prone to anti-semitism?

    From Breitbart, so it must be true……
    Wow, the Israeli Attorney General is a Lefty.
    Who knew?
    Tell me, is he also an anti-Semite?

  152. Snoopy

    1735099
    #2953004, posted on March 8, 2019 at 6:54 am
    About time.
    This rort has been going on for years.
    It took an ABC journalist to expose it.

    Of course what the ABC never discloses is that invariably the owners were the same nationality as the ripped off students – Indian and Chinese business migration visa holders and that the students entered into the arrangements willingly until they were told there was more money to be made by suing for underpayment.

    It suits TheirABC’s agenda to give the impression that it was all due to greedy Aussie bosses.

    In a similar vein, TheirABC studiously ignores Bill Shorten’s direct role in removing penalty rates and his past connections with (very) dodgy labour hire companies.

  153. dover_beach

    I see the UK A-G has again charged Tommy Robinson on the same indictments A-earluer thrown out of court.

  154. Bruce of Newcastle

    Looks like Hark is now on a crusade to get himself banned from the Cat.

  155. Shy Ted

    So sorry to hear the autistic kid never kicked you in the nuts, numbers.

  156. Cassie of Sydney

    Notice how fuckwit didn’t answer any of my questions.

  157. Of course what the ABC never discloses is that invariably the owners were the same nationality as the ripped off students

    So it’s OK if the victims and the perpetrators are of the same nationality?
    That’s an interesting piece of moral gymnastics.

    The individuals who owned the company and maintained the franchise model were not of the same nationality as the victims. The only way the original model was viable was to underpay the staff.

  158. cohenite

    Cassie, you are sweet.
    The last female who called me a fuckwit with the frequency you muster, was an eleven year-old with Autism.

    Just look at this hero; a nasho bludger, avowed commie, continually runs down his country and Western values and has a shot at the ladies. You’re a real piece of work you creep.

  159. Bruce of Newcastle

    From Breitbart, so it must be true……

    Shooting the messenger again Numbers?
    Why not read the details of the story.
    Or of the more recent story in the same series.

    Caroline Glick: Israel’s Deep State Takes Aim at Netanyahu (5 Dec)

    Do you think the lawless Left wouldn’t use the same evil tactics against Netanyahu that they’ve been using against Trump? The widespread anti-semitism of the Left is an added twist in Netanyahu’s case which makes the commentary even more vile.

  160. Elle

    Shy Ted, you have me in stitches! I remember you from Blair’s blog. Great wit! You and Blair.

  161. bespoke

    1735099
    #2953066, posted on March 8, 2019 at 8:29 am
    He first action, when she appeared at the office door was to kick me in the shins, at the same time using the epithet you are so fond of.

    Smart kid. Oh and the grammar Nazi fails again.

  162. Helen

    bespoke, I would love to operate a nine, but not very fuel efficient for us. The best for us would be a couple of older 8’s, say n model, with not too much electronics. But you have to work with what you got and when we started we already had a 7. Still, there is always the lotto. 🙂

  163. Helen

    Australian Liberty Alliance is changing their party name to Yellow Vest Australia.

    Wrong. Changing the name at this late stage just creates confusion and the feeling like you know you are going to lose. This should have been workshopped immediately after the last election, if data showed the name was the issue.

  164. Black Ball

    How is Justine Trudeau going, last I read she was thinking of apologising for asking his AG to not pursue a legal case against a company he had ties in. So Justine thinks that is all that is required, an apology. I guess it worked for Rudd. FMD.

  165. 1735099

    Bints

    You don’t understand, Harken.
    Contributors to the echo chamber are exempt.

  166. bespoke

    Helen

    I was being a bit cheeky, the only dozer Iv operated was a small old none descript thing. My wife walked a D7 back to a mates place though.

  167. candy

    Malcolm T virtually did himself in by calling a spill so urgently. Since Gillard knifed Rudd it has been a free for all for leadership rumour and speculation of State and Federal opposition leaders, PMs and premiers. He just jumped right in with no caution or patience or gathering firm support. It hurt him to the quick that that he was not entirely admired or beloved by all he reacted very rashly.

  168. Snoopy

    So it’s OK if the victims and the perpetrators are of the same nationality?
    That’s an interesting piece of moral gymnastics.

    That wasn’t my point at all as you well know. Why do you excuse TheirABC’s reflexive rascism?

    The only way the original model was viable was to underpay the staff.

    Bullshit. Why wasn’t every other 7Eleven franchisee either underpaying staff or going broke?

  169. cohenite

    Hark cohenite, you’re hilarious. Numbers “has a shot at the ladies”…this from the man who calls women he dislikes “hints” on virtually a daily basis.

    That’s a lie harken farken, I have never called you a bint.

  170. 13 C in Dannograd.

    Climax Change is out of control.

  171. Helen

    bespoke, walking is great, you get to see all the world crawl past, great singing or thinking time!

  172. dover_beach

    Notice how fuckwit didn’t answer any of my questions.

    Yes, numbers does that when he is caught in a lie.

  173. Percy Popinjay

    I have to comment on this, given how ridiculously self serving it is.

    “You could argue that their concern was not that I would lose the election, but rather that I would win it,”

    Waffles Turnbuckle is one of a handfull of literally unelectable (along with GST cake Hewson and lardball Beazley) federal political leaders I can remember in my lifetime – and there have been many many imbeciles deserving of that moniker who proved the pundits wrong (e.g. Krudd) while clearly demonstrating the stupidity and gullibility of the electorate.

    WT would have been highly unlikely to have won the 2013 election – he would have run on all of labor’s and the greenfilth’s policies for starters. Don’t ever forget how popular he was before he was deposed the first time (here’s a hint – he was about as welcome among liberal voters as a diagnosis of arse cancer). Even if he had won (a purely hypothetical scenario), it would not have been by the magnitude of Abbott’s win. He came within a whisker of losing the 2016 election, torching Abbott’s 30 seat majority and surviving only due to the National Agrarian Socialists defying all logic and picking up a seat (in Victoriastan of all places).

    His chances of winning this year’s election would have been less than zero (as are Goose Morristeen’s).

  174. Mother Lode

    The last female who called me a fuckwit with the frequency you muster, was an eleven year-old with Autism.

    They can have savant gifts, can’t they? And a complete inexperience with guile means that, while others dither weighing up pleasantries, what autistic kids say can take people aback with its clarity.

  175. Johno

    “Notice how fuckwit didn’t answer any of my questions.”

    Cassie, this is SPIN 101. Never answer the question as put. Instead answer the question you wished they had asked.
    Sniffy does it all the time.

  176. Tom

    Great rant, Percy at 9.19 — especially Goose Morristeen. Brilliant! (I saw what you did there.)

  177. OldOzzie

    The Barking Toad
    #2952996, posted on March 8, 2019 at 6:38 am

    Summed up beautifully Tom – and thanks for the “toons……

    Trumble and Rudd were driven entirely by vanity and self-enrichment — the two most vacuous and pointless prime ministerships in the nation’s history

    Tom

    +1 on The Barking Toad’s comment above

    2 today A.F.Branco plus Lisa Benson

  178. OldOzzie

    Michael Cohen Didn’t Hurt Trump

    The Democrats are deep into the Wile E. Coyote stage of Trump Derangement Syndrome–this time we’re going to get him! I think they had high hopes for Michael Cohen’s televised testimony before the House Oversight Committee last week, even though cooler heads wondered whether it made sense to bring a man who pled guilty to lying to Congress back to lie some more. As it turned out, Cohen had nothing to offer beyond warmed-over smears and a Stormy Daniels encore. But, as I said on Australian television, everyone assumes President Trump had some sort of liaison with Ms. Daniels, and no one cares.

    In the Rasmussen survey, the only regularly-published presidential approval poll, President Trump’s approval moves within a narrow range, never dropping below 40% and rarely topping 50%. Today he stands at 50% approval vs. 49% disapproval, a point better than just prior to Cohen’s testimony. So it would seem that Cohen was entirely ineffective.

  179. Mother Lode

    That wasn’t my point at all as you well know. Why do you excuse TheirABC’s reflexive racism?

    Funny that when the ABC wishes to make mainstream Australia look bad, they do it by falsely imputing to them traits that protected demographics actually possess.

  180. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    4m
    Breaking News
    @MSNBC
    : “Cohen’s lawyer contradicts Cohen’s testimony about never seeking a Presidential Pardon.”

  181. Tom

    From Dover’s 9.25am link: I love the way human ingenuity has found a way around the fascism of political correctness, which was designed to shut down all humour at the expense of the moronic leftard ruling class:

    “This social justice movement is full of people who are arrogant, narcissistic and very certain in themselves. The very idea that they could be wrong doesn’t even cross their mind. That to me is incredibly funny. I thought Titania could embody all of that.

    The majority of people are desperate for this culture to be mocked. The account has become so popular because people are sick of feeling that they can’t say what they want. It used to be the case that if someone spoke out of turn, you would say that’s a bit much, apologise and everyone would move on. Now you post a screenshot on Twitter and try to get someone fired.

    “Titania is staying the stuff that most people want to say.”

    The satirical account has become so popular that it landed Mr Doyle a book deal. ‘Woke: A Guide to Social Justice’ is published tomorrow and has received so many pre-orders that it is already in the top 100 books on Amazon.

  182. Stimpson J. Cat

    Very good work on Bolt Cassie.
    Well done.

  183. Cassie of Sydney

    Thanks Stimpson, I appreciate your kind words.

  184. OldOzzie

    cutandpaste

    Julia Gillard defends Australia against the charge that it’s the ‘epitome of misogyny’

    British television host Piers Morgan caught News.com.au’s eye overnight:

    Morgan, a former tabloid newspaper editor, was opening an interview with Julia Gillard (and others) ahead of International Women’s Day on Friday. “In (Australia) a country that many people for a long time presumed was kind of the epitome of misogyny and sexism,” he interjected, before asking how she found the ­experience and the progress of equality and feminism. Gillard … whose speech against misogyny in parliament was seen around the world — was quick to defend Australia. “I think that’s a little harsh on my country ­because there are issues for women in politics right around the world and leading women in all industries, ­including … Hollywood.”

    Gillard, after Tony Abbott had put a motion to have Peter Slipper ­removed as Speaker over crude and sexist texts he had sent to an aide, Hansard, October 10, 2012:

    Thank you very much deputy Speaker and I rise to oppose the motion moved by the leader of the opposition. And in so doing I say to the leader of the opposition I will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. I will not. And the government will not be lectured about sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever.

    That misogyny speech has been following Gillard ever since,The Australian, September 21 last year:

    Looking back on my time … I do wish I’d called out the sexism earlier.

    The Australian continues:

    (The speech) delivered in response to criticism over her support of then-Speaker Peter Slipper — also drew criticism, notably from Julie Bishop … At the time … Bishop called Ms ­Gillard’s speech a “vile slur” and ­demanded she apologise.

  185. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Labor’s refugee plan to cost $6bn over 10 yearsSimon Benson

    12:00AM March 8, 2019
    164 Comments

    Scott Morrison is sharpening his election focus on Australia’s immig­ration and population levels­, seizing on Finance Department costings that show Bill Shorten’s plans to lift the annual humanitarian refugee intake to 32,000 would cost the budget an extra $6.2 billion.

    The analysis, which covers a government-wide breakdown includ­ing­­ settlement, welfare and health costs associated with the present humanitarian program, shows a deteriorating structural position in the budget under Labor plans to effectively double last year’s humanitarian intake by 2025.

    The annual cost of managing the program for new entrants beyond­ 2019-20 would rise from $624 million this year to more than $4.3bn a year by 2028-29. This would compound over time and degrade existing services.

    With population and urban congestion already a hot-button issue in the major capital cities, the government will seek to paint Labor’s plans as socially and fiscal­ly unsustainable, with the planned increase set to add 52,000 people to the intake over four years.

    The Opposition Leader has described his policy, forced upon him at last year’s ALP conference as part of a peace deal on asylum-seekers, as “compassionate and sustainable”.

    The Prime Minister told The Australian yesterday it was a “betraya­l of priorities” and the natio­n “would be paying for it for decades”.

    From the Oz. Never mind the cost, think of all those prospective Labor voters.

  186. lotocoti

    If you’ve ever wondered about ruinables in other countries, a boilermaker has done a quick rundown on the state of play in the UK.

  187. OldOzzie

    The Future Under a Bill Shitten Labor/Greens run Australia

    Labourers ‘working to pay the union’

    Jamie Walker
    ASSOCIATE EDITOR

    The Federal Circuit Court has drama­tically exposed strongarming by the construction union after an unwilling worker was forced to join and pay union fees exceeding what he would have earned.

    Judge Greg Egan yesterday slapped both the CFMEU and one of its delegates with heavy fines, finding an “element of coercion” had been inflicted on the man who would have been left with “nothing to show for … his labour”.

    The early morning confront­ation that took place on a building site in Toowoomba on March 27, 2017, offers telling insight into how far some union officials will go to enforce closed-shop ­arrangements.

    When Phillip Potter and a workmate from contractor Dig It Landscapes reported for their first day on the job with other new­comers, they were met in the “induction­ room” at 6.30am by CFMEU delegate Peter Joseph D’Arcy, who demanded to know whether they were union members.

    Mr Potter said “not any more”, and was told by Mr D’Arcy that he would have to rejoin the CFMEU.

    When colleague Ross Stewart protested that this was illegal, Mr D’Arcy said to both men: “If you want to work here, then you have to be part of the union.”

    Mr Potter said upon telephoning his manager at Dig It, he had been told the issue would be sorted out later.

    But Mr D’Arcy was adamant: “No, we’ve got to sort it out now. We’re not doing the induction until you sign up.” He presented Mr Potter with an application to join the union and a payroll deduct­ion form for the dues, explainin­g this would cost “five hundred and something dollars”.

    Brisbane-based Mr Potter protested: “I’m only up here for a couple of days. So I’m basically coming up here to work for nothing­.”

    According to the judgment, Mr D’Arcy responded: “Well, that’s just the way it is.”

    Having completed and signed both documents, Mr Potter later asked Dig It’s human resources manager not to process the salary deduction in favour of the CFMEU.

    Dig It Landscapes collapsed in Brisbane last year, laying off 22 staff.

    The Australian Building and Construction Commission took action against the union and Mr D’Arcy under industrial law that protects the right of workers to join or not join a union.

    Judge Egan said that neither the union nor Mr D’Arcy, now an organiser for the CFMEU, had shown any remorse or apologised.

    Furthermore, the union had failed to provide an undertaking that delegates would be counselled not to repeat Mr D’Arcy’s 2017 action­s at the Grand Central Shopping Centre site in ­Toowoomba.

    Mr D’Arcy was fined $6480 and the union $48,600, close to the maximum penalty under the Fair Work Act.

    This is the latest in a string of adverse findings that have racked up an estimated $14 million in ­penalties.

    Former federal employment minister Michaelia Cash last year branded the CFMEU Australia’s “most notorious” union.

    “Clearly, there was effectively, and practically, an element of coercio­n on the part of the first responde­nt,” Judge Egan said, referring­ to Mr D’Arcy.

    “(This was) both in relation to the workers being required by him to join the union, as well as the requireme­nt for the worker to pay the full union membership fee, notwithstanding that in doing so, the worker would effectively be working to pay the union its dues rather than working for his own monetary gain.

    After paying the union fee, the worker would have had nothing to show for his having provided his labour.

    “It was submitted … that the conduct on the part of the first respondent, when told by the worker that he would be working for nothing if he signed both forms, was one of indifference to the plight of the worker. Clearly it was.”

  188. stackja

    Ray Hadley, The Daily Telegraph
    March 8, 2019 7:34am

    1. Those still questioning the jury verdict in the George Pell trial need to have a look at Four Corners this week, then follow it up with a look at a 60 Minutes podcast from 2015. You’ll be much better informed if you do.

    Meanwhile in the real world.

  189. Boambee John

    Has Numbers condemned the many crimes of communism yet?

    The gulags? Katyn? The Holodomor?

  190. Speedbox

    Tom
    #2952990, posted on March 8, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Great comment. Spot on.

  191. mh

    Yes. If I want to be informed I go straight to our national broadcaster!

  192. They can have savant gifts, can’t they?

    Catallaxy it never fails; the home of the stereotype, and the repository of cliché.
    The Idiot Savant myth was popularised by Rainman.
    I’ve encountered literally thousands of kids on the spectrum in my career.

    I saw two with these abilities.

    One was a little bloke who could tell you what day of the week any given date would be in any given year.
    It took him about five seconds, and he was always correct.
    The other was an older guy who could reproduce graphic detail (pictures) using pencil sketches from memory. Again, you could photograph the scene and compare his work with the photo, and he would always be completely accurate.

    In each case, these people needed strong social support to function in the real world.

  193. Has Numbers condemned the many crimes of communism yet?

    Have you stopped beating your wife yet?

  194. OldOzzie

    Cardinal Pell conviction: Priest wrote article to shed legal light

    By Zoe Samios

    Father Frank Brennan has ­defended his decision to publish his view on the conviction of Cardina­l George Pell last week, arguing it was an attempt to inform­ the public “as dispassionately as possible”.

    Father Frank Brennan on Cardinal George Pell guilty verdict: ‘I still hope for truth, justice’

    “I wrote as I did because I thought there was a need for someone who had attended some of the proceedings and who had read the publicly available evidence to be in a position to state the issues which had arisen at trial and the issues likely to be raised on appeal,” the high-profile Jesuit priest and human rights lawyer wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday night.

    “Given the suppression orders, the prior publicity, the perpetual nondisclosure of any complainant’s evidence, and the likely public outcry once any suppression orders were lifted, I thought it responsible that I attempt to inform the public (and particularly concerned Catholics) about the legal complexities of the case, and as dispassionately as possible.”

    The article, published in The Australian on February 28, was intend­ed to inform the public about the legal complexities of the case while also respecting the victim, jury and legal processes, including the appeal courts, accordin­g to Father Brennan.

    He apologised for upsetting readers and victims of child sexual­ abuse with the article, adding­ that he did not question the honesty and truthfulness of the victim, and that a suspension of final judgment meant “no disrespect” to anyone involved.

    Father Brennan said he was “acutely aware” that writing the piece as a Catholic priest would hurt some people but said it was the reason he had written only one article and given three interviews following its publication.

    He refuted the idea that he should have “said nothing at all”.

    “That would have left the field largely to those journalists who attended the trial, some of whom have a limited understanding of the law, and some of whom displa­y a lack of accuracy as they seek to paint their own picture of the proceedings,” he said.

  195. Elle

    Ray Hadley, The Daily Telegraph
    March 8, 2019 7:34am

    1. Those still questioning the jury verdict in the George Pell trial need to have a look at Four Corners this week, then follow it up with a look at a 60 Minutes podcast from 2015. You’ll be much better informed if you do.

    Stackja: Meanwhile in the real world.

    Agreed.

    I didn’t watch Four Corners this week. As to 60 Minutes, it is edited to pieces, usually to suit a leftist agenda.

  196. Eyrie

    Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, keep those fingers scrolling, Rawskin!
    Though they’re disapproving, keep those commies movin’
    Moving, moving up the screen

  197. thefrollickingmole

    1735099
    #2953066, posted on March 8, 2019 at 8:29 am

    I learnt quickly not to stand to greet her at the door, but to remain seated at my desk, and ask her to sit at the student desk in the corner of the office where there was always some interesting activity set out in preparation.
    This usually worked, but then another problem emerged. She began to request to be sent to the office, seeing it as a reward rather than a punishment.
    This was a win/win for the child and the teacher, but messed up my time no end.
    At least I no longer had bruised shins.

    Did anyone else pick up that tard wranglers “heroic” stakhannovite story involved him actively wrecking discipline and control at the place he worked at?
    Driven to pander to a little girl by threat of a shin kicking and retreating behind his desk after laying out some appeasement for the girl in question.

    Shades of Custer at the Alamo.

  198. OldOzzie

    Something I noticed in China last year- Shanghai and Beijing, you could not even use credit cards in MacDonalds – Cash or WeChat

    Facebook Shift Nods to Example of Chinese Super-App WeChat

    While Zuckerberg sees a future in messaging, payments, services, China’s consumers are already there

    BEIJING— Facebook Inc.’s latest shift toward private messaging, payments and e-commerce echoes the footsteps of WeChat , China’s social networking super app that many Chinese find indispensable.

    After Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post that the social media powerhouse that encourages public sharing sees its future in encrypted messaging, payments and other services, the similarities were striking to many Chinese.

    “Isn’t this just WeChat ” one user noted on Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter .

    The path to a super-app wouldn’t be as smooth for Facebook as it was for WeChat , which was sheltered from competition in a market hungry for its services, and doesn’t provide the level of privacy that many users of a Facebook app would likely demand.

    But for wired Chinese—and tech-sector analysts—the reason for Facebook’s shift is easy to understand. Developed by Tencent Holdings Ltd. WeChat has evolved from a simple messaging service into an app where users can shop, pay, order food, buy movie tickets and make restaurant reservations and doctor’s appointments without leaving the platform.

    WeChat counts over one billion users. Tencent doesn’t break out financial figures specifically for WeChat and gaming remains its biggest source of revenues. In its last financial quarter, the company recorded year-over-year revenue growth of over 60% in social advertising, payment services and other businesses related to WeChat.

    It has helped turn the Shenzhen-based company into one of China’s biggest, most influential companies, with investments in industries including retail, health care, transportation and education.

    Facebook is “very aware of how Tencent has been able to integrate messaging and payment and e-commerce and all of these mini-apps into one platform,” said Ben Cavender, a senior analyst at China Market Research Group.

    Facebook executives have spoken admiringly of WeChat. David Marcus, Facebook’s former head of Messenger, has called out apps developed in Asia, including WeChat, as trailblazers in offering services on messaging platforms. Tencent didn’t respond to a request for comment about Facebook’s strategy shift.

    By pushing into services, Facebook is trying to find other ways of making money beyond advertising, which accounts for about 98% of its revenue.

    “They are looking at future growth,” said Mr. Cavender, “seeing that this is one option that has clearly worked.”

    A huge draw of WeChat is its mobile payment system, WeChat Pay, which enables users to pay both virtually and in physical stores without cash or credit cards by simply scanning a QR code. People can also transfer money to each other through the app.

    Its popularity has drawn a huge variety of businesses, many of which rely on WeChat for the bulk of their customers, according to analysts. Chinese startups such as Pinduoduo Inc., an e-commerce company that offers group discounts on consumer goods, have piggybacked off the social network’s popularity to achieve unicorn status.

    Tencent “has moved into markets like retail and education and health care—and payments is their foot in the door in all of these industries,” said Matthew Brennan, a China tech consultant and writer. “When you have embedded digital payments into your system, you can build out and offer other services.”

    Unlike Facebook, which is promising encrypted messaging, WeChat’s messages aren’t securely encrypted, and the service is seen by cybersecurity analysts as unsafe. Tencent denies that and says it protects users’ privacy.

    Tencent is also required by law to keep information on users and to police content for material the government deems objectionable.

    If Facebook aims to develop a super-app on par with WeChat, it will face a tougher road.

    WeChat grew up within the protective confines of China, where the government has sheltered its homegrown champions by warding off foreign rivals, sometimes by blocking them outright. Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram, for example, are all inaccessible in China without a virtual private network, or VPN.

    People in China were also open to adopting mobile payments. Chinese banks are notoriously known for poor customer service, while credit cards never caught on in a big way. And Tencent’s aggressive string of acquisitions means it owns a stake in many of the businesses that offer services through WeChat, such as lifestyle platform Meituan Dianping and e-commerce giant JD.com .

    Facebook, on the other hand, will have to ink deals with individual businesses to offer services via its platforms. It may also need to convince Americans and others attached to their credit cards to try paying with their smartphones instead.

    Its past experiments into digital payments has had mixed success. Messenger offers a payment function where users can send money to contacts, but it has lagged behind rivals such as Venmo or Apple Pay, analysts said.

    “Tencent is working in its home market,” said Mr. Brennan, the consultant. “It’s just a messier picture compared to rolling out something like payments to a global audience.”

  199. Nelson Kidd-Players

    A scroll button would be a nice addition to this WordPress template. I’m thinking it could be a right-justified button, on the same line as the poster’s name, and advance to the next comment by using the posted line of the next comment as a target (since that is already a target that can be linked to.

    Anyone know how to open the WordPress bonnet and tinker with the spanners, so to speak?

  200. Stackja:

    People stopped to cheer the toddlers everywhere they went during their epic trip home.
    As they left the airport family and friends wrapped them in white silk scarfs to purify them and give them their blessings.

    To purify them?
    From what?

  201. C.L.

    Latest developments in Harry Truman’s Democrat Party …
    Black vegan homosexual Cory Booker wants to stop Americans eating meat.

    Moreover …
    Booker: Green New Deal Effort Is Like Fighting The Nazis & Going To The Moon
    Check out the camp excitability and the crazy eyes …

  202. Snoopy

    Scott Morrison is sharpening his election focus on Australia’s immig­ration and population levels­, seizing on Finance Department costings that show Bill Shorten’s plans to lift the annual humanitarian refugee intake to 32,000 would cost the budget an extra $6.2 billion.

    ScoMo is all over the place like a mad woman’s shit when it comes to immigration. He recently announced increasing the number of Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas to 15,000 per year.

  203. struth

    Good Moaning

    The last female who called me a fuckwit with the frequency you muster, was an eleven year-old with Autism.

    She was a very bright young girl, it would seem.
    Had the man who can’t answer questions, Old SNIFFY pegged.

    Which police force is worse, you deflecting moron?

    Mother Lode, are you a woman?

    I understand your concerns, but as stated here before, we destroy SNIFFY daily because there are Lurkers here and it’s time to fight.
    We know we aren’t going to change Fharken or SNIFFY’s view, (they don’t really have a view, they have a side) but there are people that Lurk and it helps people when they come up against these fuckwits in real life.
    You don’t just ignore them, you USE them.

    Why don’t we just ban them, then we can be exactly like them.
    If you truly believe in free speech, demolish them as we do.
    They don’t see that they are being demolished.
    They just know the occasional fact getting in the road won’t stop them from knowing they are morally superior.
    1200 dead bodies floating in the ocean won’t change that.
    Everyone else does, and that’s the win.

    Forget Numbers for a second.
    Fharken goes on about global warming, so I told him to go and look up who the secretary general of the UN was, and what his agenda is.
    Fharken doesn’t WANT to know that.
    He’s consumed by being on the virtue signalling cool kids side as he perceives it.
    It has nothing to do with facts.
    Everytime he presses a keyboard button he is only concerned with his own social standing.
    However, we have used him and maybe somebody reading it, goes and looks it up.

    When your enemy is making a mistake, never stop them.
    The left speaking is their mistake.

  204. C.L.

    Ireland’s weird homosexual prime minister wants Irish hospitals to remove all the crucifixes from their walls.

  205. C.L.

    George Weigel on the Pell Affair …

    OUR DREYFUS CASE.

  206. Boambee John

    1735099
    #2953133, posted on March 8, 2019 at 10:16 am
    Has Numbers condemned the many crimes of communism yet?

    Have you stopped beating your wife yet?

    The crimes of communism are real, the “wife beating” is a product of your fevered imagination (or it could be projection, a common lefty trait).

    Let me add, the Cambodian Killing Fields, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, the Hundred Flowers campaign.

    There are more, should you choose to condemn them.

  207. Boambee John:

    I wonder whether those trade union hacks who now boast of controlling every listed company in Australia will come to realise that they cannot afford to kill the geese that lay the golden eggs.

    The union hacks just pass laws that effectively garnishee the reduced supply of gold eggs for themselves.
    This decade is the start of every dystopian novel of the future you’ve ever read.
    – Book of Winston.

  208. struth

    You may not like the “brown people” as you call them, now driving trucks because basically they are lazy and don’t know what they are doing, when it comes to loading, but at least you’re not driving an oversize load when they are hurtling toward you, unable to use the UHF and spraying stones everywhere nearly killing everyone around them and not backing off for a second.
    Third world shit, turning Australia into a third world shit hole.
    Culture is very , very important.

  209. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    There are more, should you choose to condemn them.

    Ho Chi Minh’s purges of the mid 1950’s?

  210. stackja

    C.L.
    #2953149, posted on March 8, 2019 at 10:47 am

    We had a warning about unsafe verdicts with Lindy. Who next?

  211. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    What I like about the Cat is that people bring links to places unknown that prove to be good value.

    Case in point: locoti’s link to a ‘boilermaker’ re the state of the ‘Climate Change’ madness in the UK. One click and we’re getting the shared experience of a man with an extensive practical knowledge of power station construction in the UK and elsewhere, who runs a bright blog on a range of matters of interest to him (presume he’s retired and has the time). A son of the working class, as he states elsewhere on the blog, he’s a very capable researcher and writer, arisen from the tough school of experience not universities. Based on manufacturing and funding analysis re who is now constructing and profiting from the renewables redirection of energy policies, his gathered factual material is amazing; detailed and told me stuff I didn’t know. Insider perspectives. Recommended.

    Not just a ‘boilermaker’.

  212. Mother Lode

    Mother Lode, are you a woman?

    Nup.

    I just reckon ignoring Numbers and Farken’ hurts them more.

    It is entirely up to you how you respond to them.

    I myself scroll past them. There is nothing they could type that would perturb me in the least – ‘cos I won’t read it.

  213. struth

    Scott Morrison is sharpening his election focus

    Bloody wordsmiths.
    You couldn’t make this shit up.
    Sco Mo is a disaster and he couldn’t sharpen his pencil without getting confused about which end to use and in the end giving up and walking away.

    The only decision he has ever made that he will not budge on, is his blanket refusal to leave the Paris agreement, and to not bend over at every opportunity for the Global Socialist UN.

  214. stackja

    Mother Lode
    #2953157, posted on March 8, 2019 at 10:57 am

    Good advice.

  215. Helen

    Yes, how dare Father Frank Brennan speak the facts of the matter. Burn him at the stake!/

  216. struth

    I just reckon ignoring Numbers and Farken’ hurts them more.

    I don’t care if they are hurt or happy.

    I just care about the arguments, and they have none.
    So it’s handy to show it, that is all.
    I totally understand if you want to scroll by, but I’m just stating the reasons I don’t.
    Although often I do.
    Depends on what mood I’m in.
    Isn’t freedom a wonderful thing?

  217. notafan

    ‘It doesn’t seem he was thinking clearly, but many people also said he is a good friend to the community,” Mr Lawrence said.

    the price of interruption lotto

  218. stackja

    Allianz Stadium demolition gets green light as court injunction lifted
    Tom Rabe, The Daily Telegraph
    23 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    Will Greens pay for costs both court and demolition delays? And Daley?

  219. notafan

    Hark misrepresents, what a surprise

    ‘It doesn’t seem he was thinking clearly, but many people also said he is a good friend to the community,” Mr Lawrence said.

    can’t link the article at the SMH because forbidden word

  220. struth

    adding­ that he did not question the honesty and truthfulness of the victim,

    No , because self proclaimed victims with no evidence are to be believed at all times.

  221. Scott Morrison is sharpening his election focus

    Hmm. What to buy? A Tarago or a Mercedes Van?

  222. notafan

    I see Numbers has avoided answering my question with the Bibi distraction.

    I’ll take that as yes, you are supportive of UK Labour ‘s anti Semitism.

  223. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Warringah debate Malcolm Turnbull tweets attack on Tony Abbott
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    7 minutes ago March 8, 2019
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    Malcolm Turnbull has become a surprise entrant in the Warringah debate, attacking Tony Abbott in a series of tweets from London.

    Mr Turnbull waded in as Mr Abbott faced off with his independent rival Zali Steggall over coal-fired power. After Mr Abbott called for the Snowy Hydro Corporation to look at purchasing a coal-fired power station, claiming coal-fired power remains the cheapest form of baseload power, Mr Turnbull tweeted: “But it isn’t.”

    He went on to attack the “ideology and innumerate idiocy” that was stopping progress.

    “Today the cheapest form of new dispatchable or base load energy is renewables plus storage. We are now able to have lower emissions and lower prices but we need to plan it using engineering & economics rather than ideology and innumerate idiocy,” he said.

    From the Oz. I have a dream, where the Turnbull family returns to Australia, and is pelted in the streets, with dead cats and rotten eggs.

  224. feelthebern

    Manafort 47 months.
    Is that less than expected?

  225. C.L.

    … [Fr Brennan] did not question the honesty and truthfulness of the victim …

    “Victim”? What “victim”?
    Come come, Father. Sure you did. We all do. And why not? He’s a lying scumbag, after all.

  226. None

    ScoMo is all over the place like a mad woman’s shit when it comes to immigration. He recently announced increasing the number of Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visas to 15,000 per year.

    I did warn you he’s a retard. Sponsored parents are useless tax suckers only. Here for the Medicare.

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