Open Forum: March 30, 2019

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  1. Leigh Lowe

    Due to my distinguished service in Vietnam fighting the Yanks I claim #1.

  2. Leigh Lowe

    Hark!
    Is that a B-55 bomber I hear in the distance?

  3. Overburdened

    I would recommend my apocryphal story to KD on the old thread.

    That was sudden.

  4. Overburdened

    LL
    Is that bomber after Bruce?

  5. mh

    LL, can you hear the Channel 7 chopper?

  6. Pedro the Ignorant

    Made the XI!

    We will bat first, thanks Umpire.

  7. Pedro the Ignorant

    Vietnam, guns, reffos.

    That should start that weird old goat off on a word salad rant.

    Sorry, Cats. I will quit now.

  8. Mark A

    Too busy punting on Sing and Mandurah, missed the podium.

  9. egg_

    Jeez, Spaz Lickyerdildo still has TDS on Planet America.
    The gift that keeps on giving.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Is that a B-55 bomber I hear in the distance?

    Cambodia. The country where somewhere like two million, of eight million citizens, died from famine, disease, or were murdered, outright by the Khmer Rouge. Cambodia, where the kids still have difficulty with dealing with older people. Cambodia, where the killing fields were located. It’s all the American’s fault, for bombing North Vietnamese bases in the country, in the first place….

  11. Knuckle Dragger

    David Warner is a tool.

  12. egg_

    Is that a B-55 bomber I hear in the distance?

    A B-58 doing a Mach 1 bombing run on the deck?

  13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Happy New Thread to all.
    Been yakking to myself on the old one.
    And so to bed.

  14. Overburdened

    I think that it’s good that I am in reduced circumstances and can’t do links.

    Or else you may be clickbaited to look at

    Major Lazer Light it up

  15. Overburdened

    Stay if you want Lizb.

    No guarantee of the quality on my behalf.

  16. Pedro the Ignorant

    ‘Night Lizzie.

    Day late and a dollar short for your tequila tale.

    The Cat is a fast moving beast.

  17. Rossini

    Any one know what team reigned supreme in the Parramatta Easts game?

  18. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hark!

    Leigh, control yourself.
    Some names should never be mentioned, in case of a rip in the Cat’s space-time continuum.
    Harken himself might enter to blight a newborn thread as it takes off through some liminal thin air.

  19. Overburdened

    Chooks won.

    Going good Egg

  20. Knuckle Dragger

    In a rare display of common sense, the NT Government has declined a generous offer from a southern quack who wanted to set up a pill testing stall at one of the upcoming Dry Season doof doof festivals.

    Accepting the government’s decision with elegant grace, the quack said the NT pollies will ‘have blood on their hands’.

  21. Pedro the Ignorant

    They will love that vid down at the 7-11 servo, Egg.

  22. Just wanted to remind everyone that numbers is here for the express purpose of encouraging someone to say something that is actionable in regards to getting the blog shutdown.
    You can hear him already, cackling about “How I got Catallaxy Files closed because of some idiot I provoked into making a threat against me.”
    He’s probably got another book all lined up ready to go, and a drinking tour where he displays the scalp…

    Doomlord, you may want to think of protecting yourself with the Smiting Rod of Vengeance.

  23. Overburdened

    It’s where you will hear it

  24. Overburdened

    In amongst the ethnic mix

  25. Overburdened

    WS
    Treat fuckwits with the contempt they deserve.

    I have followed the rule, never argue with an idiot etc.

  26. Knuckle Dragger

    Didn’t bazooka-head call us all wankers, just a couple of hours ago?

    Hell, he called me autistic yesterday as well – all I was doing was pointing out his rank idiocy.

  27. Top Ender

    If you’re going to talk bombers then remember the B-112.

    I don’t.

  28. Overburdened

    As the Russians reportedly sat, ‘a man can stand the smell of his own farts’.

  29. Overburdened

    Nevertheless, it’s good that fuckwits that take various substances are victims of the state if they get crook or die at a doof.

    Fond memories of telling various fuckwits in distress, ‘decent dope would kill you’.

  30. egg_

    Arky, when are you going to get your daughter onto this, slacker?

  31. Knuckle Dragger

    Why – WHY – do these mongs at the cricket, when they realise they’re on TV, start waving at the big screen?

    Wave at the nearest camera, you stupid gongbangers. The big screen is not a laptop. There isn’t a camera in it.

  32. Overburdened

    Beta males KD.
    Warner is the embodiment.

  33. Knuckle Dragger

    Zyco,

    Mr Hosking would appear to have several issues. Becoming a policeman is the least of them, it would seem. Still, he got to spend $3K. Seems like a nice enough bloke.

    There’s a reason neck tatts are called jobstoppers.

  34. Knuckle Dragger

    That was aimed at the supporters, not the players OB.

    Still, you are quite correct. Warner is certainly the yapping shih tzu in the Australian pack.

  35. Overburdened

    life is not a spectator sport (#3453658543 in a series- overburdened cliches).

  36. Overburdened

    I knew where you were aiming and you are spot on.
    And with the role models they have you can sorta guess the crowd they get.

    Being old school I reckon the closest thing to a crowd appreciating what was going on is the original K1 tournaments back in the day.

  37. Knuckle Dragger

    Life is like a box of Numbers.

    You always know what you’re gonna get.

  38. Knuckle Dragger

    Maxwell bowled on 76. On a no-ball. Slogs the free hit for four.

    Cop that, IT guys. 7/11s all over the country are burning down.

  39. Tom

    Paul Zanetti (via Pickering Post, which has an excellent piece on the media’s war against One Nation).

  40. Tom

    David Rowe (who’s trying to forget what a dreadful week it’s been for leftards).

  41. Leigh Lowe

    It’s five o’clock on a Saturday
    The regular crowd shuffles in
    .
    Oh, la la la, di da da
    La la, di da da da dum
    Something, something Davey wears navy.
    Something, something light up a smoke.
    And the piano sounds like a carnivore,
    And the bartender smells like a queer
    Sing it with me . ..
    Oh, la la la, di da da
    La la, di da da da dum

    Too early for karaoke?
    I’ll let myself out.

  42. Mater

    Too early for karaoke?
    I’ll let myself out.

    I’m ok with it, just turn it down a notch, Leigh. The missus is still asleep.

  43. Leigh Lowe

    Oh, la la la, di da da
    La la, di da da da dum

    That better?

  44. Leigh Lowe

    Maybe this one adjusts the volume .
    .
    Oh, la la la, di da da
    La la, di da da da dum

  45. Leigh Lowe

    Nope.
    Thang you.
    Thang you.
    Thang you verra much.
    .
    .
    .
    Leigh Lowe has left the building.

  46. stackja

    Tom – PP posting about PHON expects journalists to be fair. I won’t hold my breath.

  47. John Constantine

    Vegan destroys New South Wales.

    Siddle skittles NSW and Victoria go to good first innings lead in the Shield final.

    Take a big last innings effort from here.

  48. rickw

    Thanks Tom! Pickering post article was worth reading.

  49. Tintarella di Luna

    Thanks to best wishes and advice vis a vis on the arrival of our overdue granddaughter – Thanks Gab prayers always help, bespoke there has never been red cordial in our house I’d have to go and buy it, and yes candy Grace is the little ones name, the proviso of course is, as long as the in vivo personality warrants, you never know with these things.

    My BIL and SIL were determined their first child if a daughter would be Chanel, but on arrival became Danielle — why? because, SIL said she wasn’t a Chanel. Mothers and fathers know these things.

  50. calli

    You can hear him already, cackling about “How I got Catallaxy Files closed because of some idiot I provoked into making a threat against me.

    Thanks for the reminder, Winston. There’s another one, on time delay, making the same assertion about contributors here.

  51. calli

    Catalino today. Followed closely by Bok. Thanks, Tom.

  52. Tintarella di Luna

    Thanks to the contributors to Theatro Gatto last night most entertaining went nigh nighs early due to difficult week – Thank you Tom Pat Cross was terrific.

  53. egg_

    You can hear him already, cackling about “How I got Catallaxy Files closed because of some idiot I provoked into making a threat against me.

    I thought that the two rakemeisters imposed a health risk in that someone might literally fall off their chair laughing.

  54. You can hear him already, cackling about “How I got Catallaxy Files closed because of some idiot I provoked into making a threat against me.

    Why would anyone do that?
    Catallaxy performs a very useful public service.
    Whilst the harpics who frequent it are safely behind their keyboards, they’re off the streets and out of the hair of those unfortunates who might otherwise encounter them going about their daily business.
    They’re few in number, but a major public nuisance if loose.
    The Doomlord deserves a knighthood.

  55. Rafiki redux

    Pauline Hanson voiced her stupid opnions about the Port Arthur massacre in a private setting. The ABC disseminated them publicly. Did the ABC consider the hurt that would caused to the relevant families? If so, they must have considered that damaging Hanson and the LNP was of greater weight. If not…. well…..

  56. Eyrie

    I saw three copies of Numbers’s book in the Toowoomba East post office in the tray beside where you line up. I flicked through a few pages but I’ve got better uses for $20, such as a nice bottle of red.
    Last I saw, all three copies were still there.
    Nobody cares, Numbers, although I strongly agree that conscription is immoral and the way it was done in the 1960s was a cynical political exercise for which the Liberal party is still paying. Menzies was a dick.
    A couple of friends of mine became conscientious objectors. You should have done the same.

  57. egg_

    Whilst the harpics who frequent it are safely behind their keyboards, they’re off the streets and out of the hair of those unfortunates who might otherwise encounter them going about their daily business.

    Coming to a Cat meetup?
    Crickets?

  58. Cardimona

    FWIW, Cats, I got this into the Gold Coast paper today and an edited version appeared in the Brisbane paper.

    The Editor

    I’m seeing a lot of emotion about guns in the media, but not a lot of logic.

    Presently we have two classes of people carrying guns on our streets, police and criminals.

    Most of the time we’re going about our business we don’t see police and we don’t know who the armed criminals are. Nor do the police. Does that make you feel safe?

    Imagine Australia had a US-style Second Amendment back on April 28, 1996.

    If armed, law-abiding citizens had been at Port Arthur within earshot of Martin Bryant when he started shooting, would they have allowed the death toil to rise to 35?

    Just as it takes a village to raise a child, so it takes a village to protect a village; because police can’t be everywhere, as repeatedly and amply demonstrated.

    Are we “safer” after Howard’s great gun-snatch of 1996? Search Wikipedia for “list of massacres in Australia”. Yeah, it’s an eye-opener, ain’t it?

    In the 24 years before the great gun-snatch there were 19 massacres; in the 24 years after there were 23 massacres. The ugliest was the Cairns mum with the kitchen knife. Still feeling safer?

    The worst massacre recently committed by one operative was the truck attack on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, on July 14, 2016; 86 dead and 458 injured.

    Given that trucks are everywhere, many are now easy-to-drive automatics, and they aren’t banned at all, how safe are you feeling now?

    Could a shot from an armed, law-abiding citizen have stopped that truck-driving murderer much earlier? Damn right it could’ve.

    But France, like Australia, doesn’t allow armed, law-abiding civilians while not being able to stop criminals getting guns, knives and trucks.

    The underlying question that gets forgotten in the layers of emotion is this; why do Western governments (USA excepted) not trust their great majority of law-abiding citizens?

    One final thing to make you feel safer still; we have a criminal underclass that refers to our 60kg armed female police officers as “gun dispensers”.

    Have a safe and happy day – and keep your ears peeled for trucks.

  59. Eyrie

    I’ll add: there is nothing immoral about lying to an immoral government or even a moral one.

  60. Tintarella di Luna

    Janet Albrechtsen calls out the QuotaQueens and head of the CEW* the job-shredder in chief Sue Morphet,
    (*Chief Executive Women)

    Boardroom bandits too quick to shoot messenger
    Hell hath no fury like a woman outed as a member of a cosy, lucrative little boardroom club. Spare a thought for former competition tsar Graeme Samuel, who this week pointed out that the walls built around an exclusive group of female board members were so impenetrable only a nuclear bomb could blow it open to other women. Going by the hysterical over-reaction and silly indignation from members of a women’s club who get appointed to multiple board seats across the country, this bloke must have hit one heck of a sensitive nerve.

    The truth is that a Norwegian phenomenon has come our way. In Norway, a small club of female directors was so tight after the government mandated a 40 per cent quota for women on boards, it became known as the Golden Skirts. Between 2007 and 2010, after the quota came into effect in 2006, four times as many women as men held 16 board positions, and twice as many women as men held between 13 and 16 board positions. That is busy. And lucrative.

    Well, the gig is up. In Australia, even without a quota law, women have masterminded their own Golden Skirts club. For too long, discussion has only ever been behind closed doors, by both men and women. Experienced women trying to break into senior boardrooms have watched the club in action, gathering more board seats. Experienced men have been told by headhunters drawing up shortlists of board candidates that if they are not wearing a skirt, don’t bother applying, no matter how qualified you are.

    Proxy advisers will tell you, again only privately, that there is a small group of women who, how shall we say this, are “very busy” and “getting busier”.

    Never mind the silence; the numbers give the game away. Research by governance firm Ownership Matters shows that at the end of last year, 38 female directors in Australia held three or more ASX 200 board seats. There were 25 men in the same position. At the end of last month not much changed, according to data gathered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, with 32 women holding three ASX 200 board positions compared with 26 men in the same position. Whereas four women held four board positions, only one man did.

    Samuel did not ignore the men’s club. But there is a glaring difference. Many more qualified men make up the men’s club, which means when you pick a member of that club, you don’t know in advance that he may end up being rather mediocre in the role. By contrast, targets to get 30 per cent or 40 per cent of women into board seats within a short timeframe, mean that corporate Australia is institutionalising female mediocrity. When you appoint a woman, you knowingly risk choosing a less qualified woman to fill a female-targeted seat. Unless you pick from the few very experienced female board directors. And, hey presto, that dilemma means members of the Golden Skirts club get busier and richer still.

    Chief Executive Women president Sue Morphet said she had to check the date because Samuel Graeme’s comments were so ‘last century’. Picture: Hollie Adams
    The Golden Skirts don’t want to talk about this difference between the directors’ clubs of men and women. In fact, there is much that miffed Golden Skirts would rather we not mention. Hence the scorn poured on Samuel by Sue Morphet, president of Chief Exec­utive Women, chairwoman of National Tiles and a director of Noni B and Asaleo Care. She said she had to check the date because his comments were so “last century”.

    Samuel is not a dinosaur. His language may have been in search of a headline but, as the country’s former competition regulator, he can spot a lack of competition — be it in the boardroom or between supermarket titans.

    Other women with multiple board positions, such as Rebecca McGrath and Nicola Wakefield-Evans, piled on Samuel too. McGrath accused him of stoking the “gender wars”.

    The ploy is twofold. Shame Samuel so others will not dare speak the truth either. And to paint any discussion as illegitimate, all part of a war, for goodness’ sake. Peace on their terms means we don’t discuss the club.

    The Golden Skirts want to control the conversation about their good fortune, the power and riches that come from their multiple board seats. They imagine they can lay down the boundaries of what can be said, indulged by obsequious nods from men such as those Male Champions of Change who flock to promote women because it gives them a public glow of goodness. Men such as Gordon Cairns, who came out swinging in support of the status quo, joined the founding champions in 2010.

    You don’t need to have the nous of a former competition tsar to notice how the cosy women’s club in Australia came about, bolstering the careers of the Golden Skirts at the expense of other women. In 2015, the AICD called for ASX 200 companies to fill 30 per cent of boards seats with women by the end of 2018. Last year, Wakefield-Evans pushed for 40 per cent targets for women on boards by 2022.

    Similar targets over the years have two critical components.

    First, the targets are aimed at getting women into non-executive board seats rather than into jobs at the executive level of companies. Targets at the executive level, across the long term, would have been much more productive for many more women and better for companies in nurturing talent from a wider pool. But targets at the executive level would take longer, involve careful planning and training of women, and would not help create a cosy women’s club of non-executive ­directors.

    The Golden Skirts understand supply and demand in a capitalist world. Targets for female directors turned the existing small pool of qualified female directors into highly sought-after boardroom commodities, delivering power and riches through sheer scarcity.

    It did not suit the women’s club to throw support behind targets for women in executive roles. That was too long term. It would rob them of their chance to cash in. Worse, it would mean a pipeline of a highly skilled class of women with real executive experience who would compete with club members in due course. Better to set boardroom targets, pick up a suite of swanky board seats and waft around like a role model for women.

    The second way the women’s club entrenched their positions was by attaching tight deadlines to targets, exacerbating the scarcity issue and driving up the economic value of the existing pool.

    The combination of these two factors has been a huge disservice to the cause of other women. It has meant that in a short time, the wrong kind of women get pro­moted, and they keep getting promoted as their LinkedIn profiles grow. If targets had started at the executive level, it would have cultivated, across the long haul, a group of women with chief executive or C-suite experience, providing a larger pool of competent women with line experience appointed to boards in their 50s.

    Instead boardrooms include a batch of women who are too young, overcrowded with lawyers, investment bankers and management consultants, and lacking real-life corporate experience.

    The Golden Skirts in Australia have shown that they did not need quotas to entrench their power and boost their bank balances at the expense of other women, which is why they piled on Samuel this week to denounce him for saying the bleeding obvious.

    Even if you believe that targets are needed to get women into the nation’s boardrooms, the way it has been done has turned a small group of existing female directors into boardroom bandits at the expense of deeper, more effective change for a broader group of women.

  61. Rafiki redux

    Now that you are here Numbers, do you now see that if Hanson spoke in a private setting in Queensland – as you consider at least possible – that the ABC could be criminally liable under laws requiring all parties to consent to a recording?

  62. Tintarella di Luna

    Cardimona
    #2974242, posted on March 30, 2019 at 7:45 am
    FWIW, Cats, I got this into the Gold Coast paper today and an edited version appeared in the Brisbane paper.

    Congratulations Cardimona

  63. calli

    I have a young butcherbird on the back porch singing a rain song. The sweetest song of all.

  64. vr

    The left is coming for Joe Biden. It was only a matter of time.

    An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden

  65. If armed, law-abiding citizens had been at Port Arthur within earshot of Martin Bryant when he started shooting, would they have allowed the death toil to rise to 35?

    Well there you go, problem solved!
    Hang on, isn’t there a magic second amendment in that country where there were massacres at Las Vegas (58 killed), Orlando (49 killed), Sandy Hook (27 killed), Aurora (12 killed), and Columbine (13 killed)?

  66. calli

    Cardimona, that’s a cracker letter. Short bursts of easy to digest sense. Eminently publishable.

    Other would-be letter writers take note.

  67. Cardimona

    Bwahahahahahahhhh!

    Numbers triggered!

    How ironic!

  68. Now that you are here Numbers, do you now see that if Hanson spoke in a private setting in Queensland – as you consider at least possible – that the ABC could be criminally liable under laws requiring all parties to consent to a recording?

    Well maybe you need to encourage Hanson to make a complaint to the Queensland police.
    It’s interesting that she hasn’t.
    It a moot point now anyway.
    PHON has been revealed as a scam.
    Nobody (except a few harpics) cares.

  69. Mater

    Bwahahahahahahhhh!
    Numbers triggered!
    How ironic!

    Don’t be too harsh on Bob.
    Afterall, he is a believer in an armed citizenry for the purpose of self defence.
    He’s very nearly one of us.

    1735099
    #2973972, posted on March 29, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    People who say law abiding people with no criminal record should not have a right to self defence do not care about these people

    That is not what I’m saying.
    …If they had any sense they’d do something about it. That “something” doesn’t mean that law abiding people couldn’t possess a weapon for self defence

  70. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Nobody (except a few harpics) cares.

    flushmatic

  71. 2dogs

    Why does the gun debate always descend into the less important concern of:

    – what types of guns should people be allowed to have;

    rather than the more important concerns of:

    – who should be allowed to have guns,;
    – do we need controls over ammunition?

  72. Notafan

    All but one ‘gun free zone’s

    And a sniper from a high vantage point at night for the other.

    Fact free zone.

  73. calli

    I do wonder about that slur.

    Isn’t the object of the product to freshen up and clean out a filthy, blocked drain?

    I take it as a badge of honour.

  74. Eyrie

    “1– who should be allowed to have guns,;
    2– do we need controls over ammunition?”
    1 May as well let anybody own them as the people who would misuse them will get them anyway
    2 No.

  75. 2dogs

    anybody

    You say anybody, but you don’t mean anybody. If I were to mention a criminal currently serving a sentence in prison, such a person is still fits under the category of “anybody”. I doubt that you meant to include such a person, but if so, it implies that you do have some kind of standard. So what is it?

  76. Eyrie

    anybody

    Pedantic dick aren’t you?

  77. duncanm

    egg_
    #2974169, posted on March 30, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Eye candy:

    way too much crotch-thrusting.. is that supposed to be attractive?

  78. 2dogs

    I am taking the extreme case to show the stupidity of what you literally said. You probably don’t actually mean what you literally said, so you might want to qualify it. Such a qualification would actually be something useful to debate, rather than a relatively useless argument over whether we should allow a gun that holds 5 rounds and ban one that holds 7.

  79. John Constantine

    Does Australia need artificial intelligence internet of things nbn connected software, bought with loan shark belt and road finance from the chicom secret police, to real time control access to legally owned gun lockers in private homes?.

  80. John Constantine

    Once their shortreich obtains chicom peoples liberation army dissenter identification software robots, gun ownership can be purged from the hands of right wing dissenters.

    Comrades.

  81. Rockdoctor

    Tintarella di Luna
    #2974244, posted on March 30, 2019 at 7:47 am

    Good article and is already happening at lower levels in the Mining Majors as well except maybe Peabody Energy I know being the only holdout and Glencore who pay lip service but seem to hire on merit still. In the last few years I have seen quite a few underdone girls with not enough experience fast tracked into managerial roles over more qualified males. BHP has gone particularly hard with it and I know BHP has paid on some leases with budget over runs, resource mapping issues because the drill pattern is poorly planned etc… Some girls work out after a while, a lot won’t and will adopt this catty cartel like Janet describes but companies will be too timid to move them on. More the point even though IMO mining can be very wasteful at times if I was a shareholder I would be hopping mad with this unnecessary waste that ultimately comes off dividends.

  82. John Constantine

    Once their shortreich controls your gun locker in your home, they can control your television and your internet and your telephone.

    And your refrigerator and your oven.

    No cooking shepherds pie on meat free Monday, dissenter.

  83. Boambee John

    Numbers on the old open thread

    Given that I’ve lived for 70+ years in all parts of the country without this happening, I’m OK to take my chances.

    When challenged on why he didn’t join the CMF to avoid the risk of going to Vietnam, didn’t he tell us that he took his chance that his birthday would not be drawn, then he took his chance that as a teacher he would get Education Corps, then when allocated to Infantry, he nominated for a battalion just back from Vietnam, and ended up in one just going?

    Perhaps taking his chances on the streets of Melbourne or Lakemba might be a bit risky for him?

  84. min

    Woke early so I listen to YouTube . The most recent from Jordan Peterson sums up the Greens and the Socialist left who are trying to change complex social structures . Unfortunately will be over the head of the average voter as he talks about existential dangers to humanity. As a Jungian follower, he connects it to the stories from earlier cultures who had gods that represented nature. So humans have deeply entrenched beliefs that Mother Nature is a threat to us humans if we get too greedy , put too much pressure on the environment etcetera. Of course these days we have CO2 as the culprit rather than pollution , water resources, garbage ( island of rubbish in the oceans) . Most of the would be social changers however have not cleaned their own rooms or their families’ houses but there is less back flack to changing society because it takes so long for the public to wake up. I do not know the personal stories, but look at the internal problems of the larger group.
    I have been saying this for years, possibly posted here before, that many who push Kumbaya have very dysfunctional families

  85. Shy Ted

    MatrixTransform #2974081, posted on March 29, 2019 at 9:45 pm
    Throm the old fred. That was the Bill Whittle post about gun murder rates. 3rd was US Virgin Islands, part of my upcoming cruise. Shortly behind were the other Caribbean islands, also part of the cruise. None of this was in the pretty brochure. I’m going to need a gunning plan, I mean, cunning plan.

  86. A Lurker

    Big pro-Brexit rallies and marches in London – don’t think our media is reporting on it, but apparently mnay from the Yellow Vest movement in France has come across the channel to add their voices to the protest.

    Meanwhile, Britain’s treasonous politicians are holed up with their fingers in their ears chanting the teenage mantra of “I’m not listening – I’m not listening”.

  87. cohenite

    Winston from the last thread:

    We should also realise that numbers is here for the express purpose of encouraging someone to say something that is actionable in regards to getting the blog shutdown – as Muddy was inferring earlier.
    Send numbers to Coventry so he can’t get his wish.

    Thank you Winston; in my visceral hatred of the left I sometimes forget they currently hold 3 of the aces.

  88. mh

    Bobby Numbers, how many Communists did you kill?

    I’m not going to buy your books so you may as well just say. Just an estimate.

  89. Elle

    Am I the only one who scrolls on by Numbers and those interacting with him?

  90. bespoke

    Tinta

    The red cordial is for times the parents are less then appreciative of your services.

    [ I have not and looking less likely to have grand kids] 🙁

  91. C.L.

    So Biden has finally been publicly accused of sexual assault.
    What a surprise.

  92. C.L.

    Mmm. What a coincidence …

    Mehdi Hasan seems to be everywhere on TV these days. Reliably Trump-obsessed cable channels like CNN and MSNBC relish the opportunity to promote a foreign-born Muslim guest who, they believe, has the credibility to call the president and his supporters racists and white supremacists.

    After spending the last several years claiming to be concerned about hostile countries interfering in American politics, though, it’s a bit jarring to see the employee of a state-run media outlet hostile to the United States appear so frequently on CNN and MSNBC.

    By promoting Mr. Hasan, these cable news outlets are facilitating the insertion of foreign propaganda into the American political debate.

    Mr. Hasan works for al Jazeera, the Qatari-owned media enterprise that advances the interests of the state and its royal family. When he speaks, he’s no less a government spokesman than Kellyanne Conway or Sarah Sanders.

    But the government he represents — to millions of unsuspecting American viewers — has long promoted the Muslim Brotherhood, funds the bloodthirsty designated terror group Hamas, has helped al Qaeda and the Taliban fundraise, and is relentlessly hostile to American interests. In addition to supporting terrorism against Israel, Qatar uses its powerful media infrastructure to destabilize our Arab allies in the region by fomenting revolution inside their borders.

    http://ace.mu.nu/archives/380594.php

  93. Allergy

    Elle
    #2974281, posted on March 30, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Am I the only one who scrolls on by Numbers and those interacting with him?

    No, you are not alone.

  94. Indolent

    I was glad that May’s “plan” was rejected. It would have tied them to the EU forever as second class citizens. No wonder she was prepared to step down if it passed. Job done.

    The only reasonable solution is to leave with no deal and then negotiate from a position of strength. Naturally, that’s the one that’s not even being discussed.

  95. mh

    Chicago Warns Jussie Smollett: Repay $130,000 in 7 Days or Face Prosecution for Lying

    The City of Chicago on Thursday warned Empire actor Jussie Smollett that he could be prosecuted for lying if he fails to repay the the six-figure cost of the Chicago Police Department’s investigation into his alleged hate hoax in the next seven days.

    In a letter written by Edward Siskel, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s senior legal adviser, Smollett is accused of making “false statements,” which led law enforcement to divert “resources from other investigations and undermining the criminal justice system.”…

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/03/29/chicago-warns-jussie-smollett-repay-13000-in-7-days-or-face-prosecution-for-lying/

  96. C.L.

    Am I the only one who scrolls on by Numbers and those interacting with him?

    No.

  97. Mater

    Am I the only one who scrolls on by Numbers and those interacting with him?

    Probably not Elle, but you are currently the only one seeking affirmation for doing so.

  98. Baldrick

    Am I the only one who scrolls on by Numbers and those interacting with him?

    No.

  99. Tel

    Chicago Warns Jussie Smollett: Repay $130,000 in 7 Days or Face Prosecution for Lying

    Surely he should pay the costs AND get prosecuted for lying.

    Since when did it become normal for a criminal to pay off the police, then walk away?

  100. Tel

    I was glad that May’s “plan” was rejected. It would have tied them to the EU forever as second class citizens. No wonder she was prepared to step down if it passed. Job done.

    The only thing of value May still has to offer the people of the UK is her own resignation.

    It’s way past time to just walk away and be done with it. The EU is falling apart.

  101. mh

    Since when did it become normal for a criminal to pay off the police, then walk away?

    It is Chicago, Tel.

  102. bespoke

    C.L.
    #2974288, posted on March 30, 2019 at 9:15 am
    Am I the only one who scrolls on by Numbers and those interacting with him?

    No.

    How do you scroll passed your self?

  103. mh

    Theresa May is still UK Prime Minister.

    Just think about that statement.

  104. Elle

    You could look at it that way, Mater.

  105. lotocoti

    Apparently YouTube gains more than four hours of video every minute.
    How in the name of God’s green Earth are they supposed monitor it all ScoMo?
    Don’t be surprised if they opt for the simple solution and Not Available in Australia it, dickhead.

  106. Black Ball

    So Biden has finally been publicly accused of sexual assault.
    What a surprise.

    Good morning all. Let the blood letting begin. The Democrat primaries will be brutal as they all start to turn on each other despite their shady credentials. Head over to Ace Of Spades for the morning report by JJ Sefton. It’s all because of one man, President Trump. Excellent reading.
    Speaking of reading, off to the library today which is named after Prime Minister John Gorton. Any Cats wishing to recommend any material? Thinking of Gorton’s service in World War 2.

  107. Tom

    Thanks for posting, Tinta:

    … targets to get 30 per cent or 40 per cent of women into board seats within a short timeframe, mean that corporate Australia is institutionalising female mediocrity.

    Australia is already the world capital of the anti-competitive scam. Add that scam to the list.

  108. calli

    Sorry, guys.

    There are some trollypops I just can’t resist.

    *Note to self*: improve self-control.

  109. Johno

    A waste of time interacting with sniffy. He posted about how a TPI Digger only got so much to live on. I proved to him that he was lying by omission and that the real figure was twice that. No problem to sniffy, he just shifted the goal posts. He reckons that 70% of soldiers who served in the country of his fixation were ethnics. He was beaten around the head with the truth. Did not stop him. He can hear through forests.
    He reckons he served 10 months on operation. Not true,he served 10 months in country.5 months out scrub until he got a pogo job inside the wire.
    It is the condescending air of superiority,even when exposed as a liar, that annoys people.Hence sniffy.
    A mediocre little mediocrity.

  110. vr

    So, what are the newly minted tech millionaires spending their money on?

    For those looking to splurge, heli-skiing has been a popular pastime among techies. This year, Powderbird Helicopter Skiing started offering a trip to Greenland where skiers stay on a 250-foot yacht and depart for daily ski runs from the helipad in the rear. The weeklong trip costs $800,000, said Jessica Long, Powderbird’s business manager, who added that one group of tech workers booked it for later this spring.

  111. Johno

    Any cats can steer me in the direction of some good SF novels. Not very interested in the horror fantasy genre. More something in the vein of Asimov and the Foundation series.

  112. lotocoti, it is unfair to call Scottie a “dickhead”.

    You degrade the standing of dickheads in our community.

  113. Any cats can steer me in the direction of some good SF novels.

    Peter Hamilton – Pandora’s Star et al

  114. rickw

    Surely he should pay the costs AND get prosecuted for lying.

    Since when did it become normal for a criminal to pay off the police, then walk away?

    The FBI may be getting involved.

  115. Tel

    Australia is already the world capital of the anti-competitive scam. Add that scam to the list.

    Yup, board members on a lot of those massively over regulated Australian companies don’t do a whole lot, so it’s the perfect place to catapult in key political operatives. No one more obedient than a person who knows they have been put their as a favour and owe something in return.

  116. Cassie of Sydney

    “Johno
    #2974306, posted on March 30, 2019 at 9:36 am
    Any cats can steer me in the direction of some good SF novels. Not very interested in the horror fantasy genre. More something in the vein of Asimov and the Foundation series.”

    Robert Heinlein.

  117. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Any cats can steer me in the direction of some good SF novels. Not very interested in the horror fantasy genre. More something in the vein of Asimov and the Foundation series.”

    Cassie’s suggestion of Robert Heinlein, or John Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” series.

  118. woolfe

    CMH Heli-Sking

    Affordable for the fanatics! Planning, planning, sigh.

  119. Cassie of Sydney

    Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein is one of the greatest science fiction books ever written.

  120. Tom

    Nous-free Zone.

    Trolls are invariably ignorant loudmouth knowalls — the stupidest people ever born.

    And nothing will ever change their minds.

    The current loudmouth knowall has hit the jackpot: a blog whose regulars ignore the most effective way to get rid of trolls — scrolling past them.

  121. Infidel Tiger

    Wondering how Palmer is affording all those crappy ads?

    The Australian has today published The Rich List: he comes in 13th with $4.5bn!!

    Far out, he played those stupid Chinks like a master. He should be PM.

  122. rickw

    – who should be allowed to have guns,;
    – do we need controls over ammunition?

    Who has what guns in Australia right now:

    Criminals: A collection of illegally imported and manufactured handguns and semi-automatic firearms.
    Jihadists: A collection of illegally imported Glocks and AK-47 Assault Rifles.
    Police: A collection of legally imported Glocks and AR-15 Assault Rifles.

    Now what should and shouldn’t The People be allowed to own and why? Right now, the very worst are armed to the teeth. We seem content with trusting them not to do anything to outrageous, yet we don’t extend that trust to The People.

    Ammunition:

    Right now all of the above mentioned have access to legal and illegal ammunition. The People need to produce a license to purchase ammunition, this record being retained by the seller.

    All of it can be very readily made from scratch or reloaded. There are billions of spent shell casings in Australia awaiting reloading. Each shell casing can be reloaded 5-10 times depending on the calibre.

  123. Chris

    SF:
    Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Big in my memory years after reading it)
    The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and John Baxter.

  124. Nick

    Robert Heinlein.

    +1 Starship Troopers alone is a must for any Cat.

  125. Infidel Tiger

    To put it in perspective: he’s richer than Jamie Packer.

  126. Infidel Tiger

    Clive Palmer has been on a spending spree since a crucial court win early last year over CITIC Pacific that unlocked a large amount of royalties due to the controversial Queenslander from the huge Sino Iron project in Western Australia’s Pilbara. Palmer got about $350 million upfront after winning the case and is now receiving $US66 million cheques from CITIC each quarter, even if the financial viability of the project is in question. That income is the reason Palmer can splash out millions chasing a political comeback with his Palmer United Party, which has advertised heavily in the media this year ahead of the next federal election. He has also been buying properties on the Gold Coast, including a new mansion on the exclusive Hedges Avenue at Mermaid Beach. He still faces action regarding the collapse of Queensland Nickel, which entered administration and forced the closure of its nickel and cobalt refinery in Townsville, though he says he is moving closer to having the company operational again.

    Hat tip: The Australian.

  127. duncanm

    lotocoti
    #2974303, posted on March 30, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Tick tock. Tick tock.

    good old fashioned crumpet.

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/624/cpsprodpb/1B65/production/_106231070_hi053239324.jpg

  128. Old School Conservative

    Elle
    #2974281, posted on March 30, 2019 at 9:03 am
    Am I the only one who scrolls on by Numbers and those interacting with him?

    I’m a recent convert.
    I was in the “honey I can’t come to bed because somebody is wrong on the internet” school of thought.

  129. Herodotus

    Do you think Australians are overcharged for cars?
    Makes you think so when a luxury car importer amasses a fortune of $390m.

  130. rickw

    Well there you go, problem solved!

    Go look up data on defensive use of firearms in the USA and then get back to us.

    You might also note the prevalence of “Gun Free Zones” in your list of shootings.

    Strangely lunatics pay as much attention to Gun Free Zones as they do to Gun Laws in general.

  131. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Robert Heinlein.

    “Starship Troopers” “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” and “Tunnel in the Sky” are all must reads.

  132. Infidel Tiger

    Do you think Australians are overcharged for cars?
    Makes you think so when a luxury car importer amasses a fortune of $390m.

    It’s also that they mobilise the distribution rights, effectively preventing any competition.

    Stan Perron became a billionaire largely that way.

  133. MatrixTransform

    scifi

    Iain M Banks enjoyable

    for some home-grown sci-fi and comedy fun try John Birmingham,
    1 – Weapons of Choice
    2 – Designated Targets
    3 – Final Impact

  134. lotocoti

    Any cats can steer me in the direction of some good SF novels.

    +1 for Peter Hamilton if you’re looking for space operas door stops.
    Alistair Reynolds for something harder.
    Richard Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs series for something bloodier.
    Neal Stephenson for everything and anything.

  135. cohenite

    Cardimona

    #2974242, posted on March 30, 2019 at 7:45 am

    FWIW, Cats, I got this into the Gold Coast paper today and an edited version appeared in the Brisbane paper.

    Good letter.

    Stranger by Heinlein is good but preachy; if you want good old fashioned S-F try the great Jack Vance’s Demon Princes series.

  136. bespoke

    Scroll, don’t scroll neither deserves a crown of virtue.

  137. Infidel Tiger

    Monopolise not mobilise.

  138. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2974323, posted on March 30, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Cor Blimey!

    Is that the Brit equivalent of “Phhhwoar! Wooden eye!”?

  139. A Lurker

    Arthur C. Clarke if you want hard and believable Sci-Fi.

  140. Chris

    good old fashioned crumpet.

    Oh my goodness.

  141. Johno

    Thank you all for suggestions. I really like SF.There are some gifted authors in the lists provided.

    Are those young ladies in the Brexit march wearing minis? Are they making a comeback? If the answer is not “yes” don’t feel the need to reply.

  142. Chris

    The girls are cute though.

  143. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The only reasonable solution is to leave with no deal and then negotiate from a position of strength. Naturally, that’s the one that’s not even being discussed.

    We can see this, but the Eurocrats and their enablers in the British Parliament won’t have a bar of it.
    Go. Leave. Now.
    They are not listening and will not listen. They want a second inevitably warped referendum.
    Hotel California redux. Run by Quislings.

  144. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #2974320, posted on March 30, 2019 at 9:54 am

    To put it in perspective: he’s richer than Jamie Packer.

    A tale in two parts about how to deal with the Chinks … or not, as the case may be.

  145. egg_

    way too much crotch-thrusting..

    MØ-vis the pelvis?

  146. Infidel Tiger

    DJT has screwed the Chinks long term:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Halsrethink/status/1111752916757561344

    Global supply chains now on the move. Supply chains are all that matter.

  147. C.L.

    How do you scroll passed your self?

    Scroll, don’t scroll neither deserves a crown of virtue.

    WTF are you talking about?

  148. duncanm

    egg_
    #2974343, posted on March 30, 2019 at 10:08 am

    way too much crotch-thrusting..

    MØ-vis the pelvis?

    affirmative

  149. areff

    Philip Jose Farmer: To your Scattered Bodies Go. Series runs out of steam but it’s a worthwhile diversion in its early installments. Every human ever born reincarnated on a terra-formed river planet by aliens whose motive for such an exercise is the central mystery. Meanwhile Richard Francis Burton, Mark Twain, Pushkin and sundry others attempt to reach the source of the river on which clumps of Mayans live cheek-by-jowl with Ancient Sumerians, with Nazis on the opposing bank and Aborigines downstream a bit. .

  150. duncanm

    Infidel Tiger
    #2974344, posted on March 30, 2019 at 10:08 am

    DJT has screwed the Chinks long term:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Halsrethink/status/1111752916757561344

    Global supply chains now on the move. Supply chains are all that matter.

    interesting comment in that thread regarding war/armaments capability.

    The Heavy Press Program has an interesting history. Birthed after the US had a good loook at the German’s WW-II planes and realised they were way behind in an aspect of heavy manufacturing capability.

  151. Leigh Lowe

    vr

    #2974250, posted on March 30, 2019 at 7:54 am

    The left is coming for Joe Biden. It was only a matter of time.

    An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden

    Have a look at the photo at the link.
    Check out the proximity of Creepy Joe’s hand to Eva Longoria’s boob.

  152. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Instead boardrooms include a batch of women who are too young, overcrowded with lawyers, investment bankers and management consultants, and lacking real-life corporate experience.

    Indeed. A group likely to be well-imbued with left wing sentiments. And the younger they are the more left they are due to more recent ‘educational’ and ‘new feminist’ exposure. Australian companies deserve better.

  153. Infidel Tiger

    Dems upset with a little molestation still lionise Ted Kennedy.

  154. Old School Conservative

    Geeze egg – couldn’t you have warned “not suitable for home viewing”?

  155. duncanm

    egg’s video is reminds me of a scene from Charlie and the Chocolate factory with hot chicks instead of Deep Roy.

  156. Elle

    Scroll, don’t scroll neither deserves a crown of virtue.

    Never even considered it to be virtuous. Interesting how some interpret things. It’s like a school yard sometimes.

    I’ll avoid mentioning your grandma.

  157. .

    1735099
    #2974238, posted on March 30, 2019 at 7:37 am

    You can hear him already, cackling about “How I got Catallaxy Files closed because of some idiot I provoked into making a threat against me.

    Why would anyone do that?
    Catallaxy performs a very useful public service.
    Whilst the harpics who frequent it are safely behind their keyboards, they’re off the streets and out of the hair of those unfortunates who might otherwise encounter them going about their daily business.
    They’re few in number, but a major public nuisance if loose.
    The Doomlord deserves a knighthood.

    No, actually the people who post here have worked on getting the following people elected:

    Mark Latham
    David Leyonhjelm
    Aaron Stonehouse
    Tim Quilty

    and so on

    and now some of them are trying to get more Australian Conservatives elected along with Senator Cory Bernardi.

    It is a great place to exchange ideas anbd meet up with other freedom loving folks, and you will get far better analysis than in 95% of media outlets.

    A valuable public service indeed. I say he deserves a Earldom.

  158. stackja

    Twin Cities media say judge in Noor case is restricting public and press access to trial

    St. Paul · Mar 29, 2019 – Updated: 6 p.m.| Posted: 4:30 p.m.
    Five Twin Cities news organizations said the judge in the murder trial for former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor, set to begin Monday, is limiting public and press access the high-profile case, they said in a letter released Friday.

    An attorney representing the Star Tribune, CBS, MPR News, KARE 11 and Fox9 wrote to Hennepin County District Chief Judge Ivy Bernhardson requesting a meeting with her as soon as possible to improve access to the trial.

    Bernhardson defeats Bransford in unusual election for Hennepin …

    May 2, 2016 – Hennepin County Judge Ivy Bernhardson won the election to succeed Judge Peter Cahill as the chief jurist in the state’s busiest judicial district.

  159. Percy Popinjay

    The ALPBC hits absolute rock bottom and then keeps furiously digging.

    Must be a day ending in “y”.

  160. Chris

    Aborigines downstream a bit.

    Reminds me : Ilium, Dan Simmons. Seems the PC are offended, but I found it a ripping yarn of reincarnated heroes and gods, observed by expendable history professors who go on to challenge the Gods with genuine rebellion.
    What’s not to love?

  161. calli

    The girls are cute though.

    Makes you wonder why all the betas are hanging around the hairy armpit brigade considering what the other side has on offer.

    Oh. I think I just answered my own musings.

  162. .

    So humans have deeply entrenched beliefs that Mother Nature is a threat to us humans if we get too greedy , put too much pressure on the environment etcetera.

    Mother nature is a reprehensible single mother with a penchant for child abuse and cannibalistic infanticide.

    Now we’ve got the upper hand, she wants to say Uncle?

    Not bloody likely.

  163. notafan

    Heinlein gets a bit creepy for me, very young girls and their grandmas in the cat who walks through walls (thanks for reminding me Elle)

    I suppose no one is perfect.

    as for John Birmingham, any further left and he’d be underground, the unctuous bore.

    I’m not inclined to read him because invariably the world views ooze out, okay if they are align with mine, perpetually irritating if they don’t.

  164. notafan

    Good to see you back dot btw

  165. Eyrie

    johno, anything by Poul Anderson. Hard SF with a poetic twist, exploration of interesting ideas and even if you don’t like fantasy try Anderson’s fantasy. “Tempest”, “Three hearts and Three Lions”, “The Merman’s Children”, “The Broken Sword”. Want James Bond in Space? The Flandry Series. Get’s pretty dark towards the end. Flandry came on the scene BEFORE the first Bond novel so perhaps Dominic Flandry on Earth is a better name for the Bond series.
    “Trader Team”. You’ll like David Falkayne, Nick van Rijn and his team. And , before there were Klingons, there were Merseians.

  166. .

    Bob Bobby Bob of the Eureka Cross sez:

    Well there you go, problem solved!
    Hang on, isn’t there a magic second amendment in that country where there were massacres at…

    Yes, several dear friend:

    https://www.conservapedia.com/Mass_shootings_prevented_by_armed_citizens

    This is interesting too:

    https://crimeresearch.org/2016/09/uber-driver-in-chicago-stops-mass-public-shooting/

    Don’t forget the hero cop who shot the bloke who murdered Dimebag Darrell.

  167. Bruce of Newcastle

    Do you think Australians are overcharged for cars?

    Hehe, I’m just back from the shops. In the car park of our bogan Coles, squatting like a large flightless bird amongst the cheerful Hyudais and Kias, was a Tesla X. Two hundred grand worth, or thereabouts. Whoever owns it must’ve put their name on the waiting list years ago.

    It’s fun that in the 21stC cars are now religious statements.

  168. Percy Popinjay

    Why are there people here recommending the turgid waffle of John Berminghams?

    I don’t enthusiastically recommend people listen to Jilly Boel or Neil Dung, for example (OK, except for people I despise).

  169. bespoke

    Its not always about you Elle, Chill.

    I’ll avoid mentioning your grandma.

    Both are dead so they don’t care. 😉

  170. notafan

    I was somewhat confounded by the Annie Hosking character, photo a little ambiguous at the other siite

    but now, yeah tattoos appear to be the least of the problems

    the tattooed lady

  171. Makka

    eggy, eggy, eggy.

    Norty vids before dark?

  172. stackja

    David Hicks sentenced to nine months prison, 30 March 2007, Hicks pleaded guilty.

  173. Top Ender

    Best SF books of all time:

    The Forever War – Joe Haldeman
    Starship Troopers – Robert Heinlein
    The Mote in God’s Eye – Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
    The Legacy of Heorot – Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Steven Barnes

  174. .

    Well really folks, this was very easy to find. You might think that Bob Bobby Bob is being cynical, dishonest and was asking a rhetorical question.

    Dear friends, the evidence is there if you simply look for it. Some of you (Rick, cohenite) might want to bookmark these.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/fbi-active-shooter-data-shows-importance-of-armed-citizens/

    https://reason.com/volokh/2018/05/14/civilians-with-guns-intervening-in-activ

  175. notafan

    Wouldn’t Turtledove be a better option than Boringham ,anyhow?

  176. Leo G

    Trolls are invariably ignorant loudmouth knowalls — the stupidest people ever born.
    And nothing will ever change their minds.

    If such trolls were to change their minds then they would likely fail in their objective to shift the subject of multiple threads away from the designated issue and towards others more in accord with arcane leftist directives.

  177. Gab

    Am I the only one who scrolls on by Numbers and those interacting with him?

    No.

  178. .

    Can someone explain why the evil American Empire led by Darth Kissinger and Emperor Nixitine would bomb the shit out of Cambodia? I mean the only thing there was innocent Cambodians and Ewoks.

    The North Vietnamese fought totally above board and in a chivalrous manner and would NEVER violate another nation’s sovereignty.

  179. bespoke

    Don’t read books. Is Starship Troopers the movie way different?

  180. Eyrie

    Cardimona, not to mention that if concealed carry was allowed on airliners, Flight 93 wouldn’t probably have crashed after the law had forced the irregular militia of the United States to storm the cockpit unarmed and there’s a good chance the WTC and the Pentagon wouldn’t have been hit.
    Leslie Fish tells the story here:

  181. notafan

    Partial quote from the Oz

    Dutton not completely useless, unlike SupremeLeader

    Visas cancelled for 20 youth gang members

    Mark Schliebs The Australian March 30, 2019

    The government has cancelled the visas of 20 people linked to Victorian youth gangs over the past three years while “reviewing” how the cancellation process works with minors. Since April 2016, 81 “non-­citizens linked to Victorian youth gangs” have been referred to or identified by the Department of Home Affairs as those whose visas the government may be able to cancel.

    As revealed by The Australian last September, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton took the extraordinary step of getting monthly reports on such people in Victoria after criticising the state government for its handling of youth gangs.

    According to redacted versions of those reports, obtained under Freedom of Information legislation, of 81 identified associates, 20 had their visas cancelled on character grounds as of ­December 31 last year.

    A further 19 “are under active cancellation consideration”.

    Among nationalities listed for those 39 people whose visas have either been cancelled or are being considered for cancellation are Sudanese, New Zealander, Samoan and “stateless”. Due to ­redact­ions, it is unclear how many of each have had visas cancelled.

    Those who have had visas cancelled­ include people convicted of drug-trafficking, assaults, armed robberies, assaulting police, weapons offences, sexual assault and kidnapping.

  182. struth

    Good Moaning .
    When the music is shit, use sex to sell it, as egg reminds us.

    I wonder how far down the “awakening” we are.

    We here at the cat understand the video of Pauline and her cronies won’t do her any harm at all.
    The worst thing, according to right wing voters, from talk back stations, was Sco Mo’s response to it.
    Our Political class are so removed from reality and don’t realise how much they are hated right now.
    The liberal party……well, if brains were electricity, they’d be a South Australian blackout.

    And that dumb Bint Sharri on Sky ruins the whole thing by attempting speech.
    She is also from the political class and left wing at her core.
    A child.

    I think it’s a close call, and I may be wrong, but I believe Australians may be (in large enough numbers to sway things) working out the MSM are their enemy.

    The Liberal party panders to the MSM.
    Their vote is crashing and heading to minor parties.
    People are as frustrated as hell with the Libs, because they pander to the left, And that is our MSM.
    And I include sky in that as well, except for segments of Bolt from time to time and of course Outsiders.
    The only one that is really coming close to a catallaxy view, by joining the dots, is Rowan Dean, and he’s not quite there yet.

    In this latest bout, right wing voters would have just shaken their heads at the media antics to get her again.

    But they got angry with Sco Mo’s response.
    She was right when she called the PM a fool.
    His statement was the real problem for right wing voters.

    He’s a dumb, yes man, salesman.
    Some stupid bint went to one of his speeches in Perth and heard a very forthright right wing man talking as she had always wanted him to and couldn’t understand why he doesn’t say the same things when interviewed……………………..seriously, and she’s a journalist………….

    Maybe She-lock , it has something to do with the salesman knowing the group he’s bullshitting to.
    Gullible idiots.

  183. Confused Old Misfit

    Am I the only one who scrolls on by Numbers and those interacting with him?

    Nope!

  184. .

    As revealed by The Australian last September, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton took the extraordinary step of getting monthly reports on such people in Victoria after criticising the state government for its handling of youth gangs.

    “Extraordinary step”

    Sounds like actually doing your job.

    In the asthmatic and hypertensive corridors of power:

    Hey Barry, that new Minister is extremist! He won’t let us knock off at 2:30 on Wednesdays like when I was a schoolteacher or uni professor!

    “Just jam the photocopier, Bill!”

  185. stackja

    US asylum seekers go on hunger strike
    Associated Press
    an hour ago

    Two dozen immigrants detained in Louisiana are on a hunger strike to protest being locked up as they seek asylum in the US.

    Advocates say about 150 immigrants started the strike last week. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday that only 24 people have continuously denied meals.

    It follows another strike in El Paso in which ICE force-fed some detainees after obtaining a court order.

    Those on strike now are held at River Correctional Center in Ferriday, about 160 kilometres north of Baton Rouge. ICE began contracting with the privately run prison this year.

    Advocates say a recently appointed immigration judge hasn’t granted anybody bond.

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the courts, says it didn’t have statistics readily available to show if that’s true.

  186. struth

    Do you think Australians are overcharged for cars?

    Do you think the rain is wet?

    And we are overcharged for the basic models, let alone “fully loaded”
    One of the main reasons the Ford Ranger has been such a success, is purely it’s looks.
    The horrific lines of Toyotas and Nissans and the like were quickly modified to look more western than space age Japanese and Asian junk styling when they all of a sudden said, fluck me , dose Aussies actuary will pay for style when dey can get it.
    Australia, the land of the grey plastic bumper and poverty pack wheels and appointments, so they don’t become unaffordable totally.

  187. Confused Old Misfit

    You cannot leave Issac Asimov out of your sci-fi library.

  188. Top Ender

    Hobart could be the first city in Australia to provide free sanitary items in public bathrooms if a proposal by a councillor gets off the ground.

    Councillor Holly Ewin has put forward a motion to look at putting free sanitary items in council-maintained bathrooms.
    Ms Ewin says the council provides toilet paper for free, and feminine hygiene products “aren’t any different”.
    Other council members aren’t convinced it should be Hobart City that funds the idea.
    Councillor Holly Ewin has put forward a motion to the Parks and Recreation committee to do a report into providing feminine hygiene dispensers around the city, and she said she wants a trial of the machines up and running in the next couple of months.

    Link

  189. stackja

    How Lawyer X Nicola Gobbo was embroiled in gangland feud between Mokbel, Williams and Morans
    Anthony Dowsley, Patrick Carlyon and James Dowling, Herald Sun
    March 30, 2019 8:00am
    Subscriber only

    Nicola Gobbo’s decision to ­represent Carlton Crew member Lewis Moran at the height of the underworld war led her into anti-gangland detectives’ arms, after his enemies Carl Williams and Tony Mokbel got a ­hitman to threaten her.

    A senior officer from the then newly formed Purana taskforce learned that Andrew “Benji’’ ­Veniamin had stalked Gobbo, known as Lawyer X, to her Port Melbourne apartment to scare her. The officer approached her a week later, telling her Veniamin was “dangerous” and that she needed to be careful.

    Assistant Commissioner Neil ­Paterson has told the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants that the meeting between Gobbo and Purana taskforce detective Phil Swindells was ­integral to her prime informer years.

    Mr Paterson’s statement to the commission reveals that in mid-2003 Gobbo had agreed to represent Moran in court. But her decision to represent an enemy was viewed by Mokbel and Williams as treachery.

  190. BrettW

    Stackja, thanks for the link about Bar Assiocistion and Illinois Prosecutors condemnation of State Attorney Foxx’s decision to let Smollet off the charges.

    An extraordinary decision especially with the Police Chief and Union and Mayor so outraged as well. She would have known wouid face severe criticism for the decision yet went ahead anyway. Smollet is a minor celebrity, albeit one who was well known for being anti Trump, but what possible motive could there be for putting your reputation / career on the line ? Has somebody said they will take care of her after she leaves her current job ? Even then the fallout has been huge and should have been anticipated.

    When you look at the personalities involved it is laughable that the so called attackers could have said it was Trump country. It is : Obama’s home town, Jessie Jackson’s HQ, Mayor ex Obama Chief of Staff, Police Chief and State Attorney black.

    Foxx has done as much as Smollet to slur the reputation of Chicago.

  191. bespoke

    Serenity and Firefly are on par with 1984 that show how the State turned half the population mad and the other half lay down and die.

  192. Numbers – you made a comment several days ago about there being several Brevik like characters here.
    You need to expand on this subject, and what you intend doing about your fantasy.

  193. Top Ender

    Don’t read books. Is Starship Troopers the movie way different?

    Yes.

    The book is a combination of soldier action, and philosophical musings on how a society should be run.

    The movie was bollocks.

  194. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It’s fun that in the 21stC cars are now religious statements.

    Objects of adoration even. Parked in the street opposite our gate was a Ford Mustang, apparently a very special one, because Hairy started to drool over it. There are lots of fancy cars around our area, but nothing in the line of personal transport has ever elicited this sort of almost religious fervor in him before.

    I simply cannot comprehend what was so special about it. Now, the Lamborgini sports coupe that’s often pulled up in the next street, that I can understand. But some boring-looking old Ford?? When I voice this he gives me one of his ‘your pretty head’ looks, and I know, as with the TV sports, we are our thousand miles apart on this.

    We agree on the virtue-signaling Teslas though, so there is that. 🙂

  195. Bruce of Newcastle

    Johno – David Weber’s Honor Harrington series is excellent hard SF space opera.

    Re Poul Anderson, I also like “The Boat of a Million Years” which is a nice mix of ancient history and SF.

    Alan Dean Foster is another excellent SF author. The Flinx series is for young adults but is an excellent read anyway (start with the “The Tar-Aiym Krang”). His other stuff is also usually very good.

    Elizabeth Moon does good space SF like the Serrano/Suiza and Vatta series.

    James P. Hogan is another hard SF guy who did very readable space stories, like Voyage from Yesteryear which is a nice political interstellar ‘what if’ novel.

  196. MatrixTransform

    Serenity and Firefly

    both awesome

  197. Elle:
    Numbers and Stimpy are on my scrollby list.
    However, sometimes a phrase will catch my attention as I dash past and before I know it, the phrase has snuck past the censor and entered my consciousness.
    That’s what happened, and as God is my witness, I promise to do better.

  198. feelthebern

    The Australian has today published The Rich List: he comes in 13th with $4.5bn!!

    Asset rich, cash-flow poor.
    Sure, his cash-flow is more than yours & mine, but his is a big ship.
    The Chinese will pursue Palmer forever.
    I imagine his provisions for legals fees would be a decent % of the incoming.

  199. feelthebern

    egg, is your missus away or something.
    Soft p0rn at the Cat?

  200. Infidel Tiger

    Asset rich, cash-flow poor.

    Hardly.

    He is he eating $300mn+ in cash a year and he doesnt have to do a thing.

    He’s in a better position than most of the other people on the list.

  201. Spider

    Mitch Fifield on ABC telling us how underwhelmed the Government was by the amount of time it took Facebook to remove the Christchurch live stream video and the proposed legislation to penalise social media companies severely if they don’t act and tell authorities immediately.

    So presumably from now on Facebook will need to watch every livestream published. Determine if they’re bad actors and their visa status. Make a judgement on what country they’re from and where the act is being committed (VPN?). Contact the Federal police and ASIO if they are Australian citizens. Remove every copy shared worldwide. All within 10 minutes or whatever time is deemed acceptable.

    I understand the motivation but is this realistic?

    This is from the government that took weeks nay months to sought out the ABS Census disaster.

  202. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Numbers – you made a comment several days ago ……etc
    You need to expand on this subject, and what you intend doing about your fantasy.

    He needs to expand outta here, Winston. I scroll by him now, having collected exactly ALL that I need to know about his general views. He’s a lonely leftie who would be far happier on another site. I think most of us are now over the brief period after the entry of a troll (even a known old one) where a defense against leftism must be mounted and thus their comments read and then flattened.

    Baldrick – you hold the floor re this now. It’s permanent scroll time for Numbers. Byeee Bob.

  203. Knuckle Dragger

    Good Morning Bob.

    I see you have reappeared today, Groundhog Day style, evidently without any shred of shame or embarrassment after your colossal floggings yesterday. And the day the before. You get my drift.

    I say this taking into account some of the conversations had here last night and this morning.

    *ahem*

    Thank you very much for providing me with some of the greatest sources of mirth I have experienced in recent years. I will endeavour to remind you constantly of the happiness you have brought myself and others, with respect to the following comments:

    1. Mutual compassion kept me alive in Vietnam; and

    2. Locked and loaded SLR.

    I would expand further, but I have a rendezvous later today so must dine on steak, eggs and pasta. And about three litres of pineapple juice.

    Love and lollies,

    KD

  204. .

    The moderation here is extreme and belongs in the hands of a demented moralistic left wing totalitarian busybody. I have tried to play “beat the algorithm” and I have lost badly.

  205. Matrix Transform:

    for some home-grown sci-fi and comedy fun try John Birmingham,
    1 – Weapons of Choice
    2 – Designated Targets
    3 – Final Impact

    I agree with you wholeheartedly.
    Read it three times now.

  206. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Stimpy is not on my scroll-by list. I like him and I am always kind to the bald.
    I do hope Numbers is not bald, or I would feel very bad about ignoring him.
    Wouldn’t stop me though. The time has come.

  207. C.L.

    Fresh from lionising St Jacinta of the Mosques for wearing a head-scarf in obedience to Muslim men, the ABC finds a Catholic mother to ridicule because she asked that young women stop wearing arse-displaying leggings at Mass.

    “I didn’t want to see them, but they were unavoidable.

    “How much more difficult for young guys to ignore them.”

  208. stackja

    Gold Coast gay club MP’s to close, owner claims licencing authorities are “closed minded”
    Kirstin Payne, [email protected], Gold Coast Bulletin
    March 30, 2019 1:00am
    Subscriber only

    THE manager of the Gold Coast’s sole gay-friendly nightclub is accusing “closed minded” licensing authorities of forcing the venue’s demise as she tries to sell it at a discount price.

    MP’s Nightclub manager Claire Kingston, who is transgender, has listed the popular Surfers Paradise venue up for sale, over what she alleges was a biased department decision to cancel the licence.

    “They told me it was due to a conviction of my business partner. I was completely unaware. It took me totally by surprise,” Ms Kingston said.

    “Nobody told me beforehand. The licence was just cancelled.

  209. C.L.

    Fresh from lionising St Jacinta of the M0sques for wearing a head-scarf in obedience to Musl-m men, the ABC finds a Catholic mother to ridicule because she asked that young women stop wearing ass-displaying leggings at Mass.

    “I didn’t want to see them, but they were unavoidable.

    “How much more difficult for young guys to ignore them.”

  210. mh

    Many Dems consider ICE a terrorist organisation.

    Kardashian-Jenner family thanks ICE for arresting illegal immigrant who twice broke into home

    The Kardashian-Jenner family has thanked Immigration and Customs Enforcement for arresting and beginning deportation proceedings for an unauthorized immigrant who twice broke into Kendall Jenner’s home and was at large in the U.S. following his two jail sentences.

    “We are extremely appreciative of the hard work by the Los Angeles Police Department and ICE, whose swift response and professionalism led to this man’s apprehension. His actions have not only had a severe impact on Kendall’s life, but the entire family’s sense of security, causing us to fear for Kendall’s safety as well as our own,” a representative for the blended family said in a statement….

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/kardashian-jenner-family-thanks-ice-for-arresting-illegal-immigrant-who-twice-broke-into-home

  211. dover_beach

    Mitch Fifield on ABC telling us how underwhelmed the Government was by the amount of time it took Facebook to remove the Christchurch live stream video

    Incredible chutzpah by governments. They literally let these clowns walk amongst us, many in-country on VISAs while others already on watchlists, sometimes both, but they will penalize social media companies who are lax in responding to live-streams?!?! They tailed but failed to intercept that clown that ran down people in Melbourne’s CBD for over an hour ffs. What a country.

  212. OldOzzie

    Australia’s Future under Liberal/Labor/Greens =Venezuela returns to ‘Middle Ages’ during power outages

    Caracas (AFP) – Walking for hours, making oil lamps, bearing water. For Venezuelans today, suffering under a new nationwide blackout that has lasted days, it’s like being thrown back to life centuries ago.

    El Avila, a mountain that towers over Caracas, has become a place where families gather with buckets and jugs to fill up with water, wash dishes and scrub clothes. The taps in their homes are dry from lack of electricity to the city’s water pumps.

    “We’re forced to get water from sources that obviously aren’t completely hygienic. But it’s enough for washing or doing the dishes,” said one resident, Manuel Almeida.

    Because of the long lines of people, the activity can take hours of waiting.

    Elsewhere, locals make use of cracked water pipes. But they still need to boil the water, or otherwise purify it.

    Better-off Venezuelans, those with access to US dollars, have rushed to fill hotels that have giant generators and working restaurants.

    For others, preserving fresh food is a challenge. Finding it is even more difficult. The blackout has forced most shops to close.

    Many inhabitants have taken to salting meat to preserve it without working refrigerators.

    Others, more desperate, scour trash cans for food scraps. They are hurt most by having to live in a country where basic food and medicine has become scarce and out of reach because of rocketing hyperinflation.

    The latest blackout this week also knocked out communications.

    According to NetBlocks, an organization monitoring telecoms networks, 85 percent of Venezuela has lost connection.

    With Caracas’s subway shut down, getting around the city is a trail, with choices between walking for kilometers (miles), lining up in the outsized hope of getting on one of the rare and badly overcrowded and dilapidated buses or managing to get fuel for a vehicle.

    Pedro Jose said bus tickets have nearly doubled in price. “A ticket used to cost 100 bolivares (three US cents) and now it’s 1,500 (45 cents),” he raged.

    As night casts Caracas into darkness, families light their homes as best they can.

    “We make lamps that burn gasoline, or oil, or kerosene — any type of fuel,” explained Lizbeth Morin, 30.

    “We’ve returned to the Middle Ages.”

  213. Shy Ted

    Yeah, we need to ignore numbers, completely. But on to matters of importance. If you get the chance try and catch a few minutes of Planet America where the Mueller exoneration only PROVES the collusion. Only just discovered that as I leave work and turn on the radio, ABCnews, it’s either The Dumb or Planet America and it’s much easier to listen to than watch. Both sound like eccentric comedies such as The Office where most of the characters are ridiculous stereotypes. I’ve taken to recording The Dumb so I can see if my imaginings match the actual person and I’m not very good at it, my imagination just ain’t that bizarre. Morning walk and RN Weekend Breakfast – Geraldine Dog interviewing lefties who think despite the defeat of ISIS, the ME is just too dangerous to return military-aged ME males to their home. I’ve been working on an imitation GD laugh and it’s coming along nicely. Seems it’s all in the technique – hot cup of smug, say something condescending, 3 lilt laugh with a big sigh and exhale, repeat. So realistic one colleague at work thought he’d left his radio on. And Foxathon Green who’s earning his crust pulling the lifestyle section out of the NY Times and talking recipes. King of the betas, that man, king of the betas.
    PS, Thanks for Flinders tips, struth.

  214. C.L.

    So Peter Dutton is boasting about expelling 7 dangerous louts a year for the past three years.
    That’ll make a big difference, dickhead.

  215. mh

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2974419, posted on March 30, 2019 at 11:20 am
    Stimpy is not on my scroll-by list. I like him and I am always kind to the bald.

    What about a bald ra pist?

  216. Eyrie

    Went to a new GP a few weeks ago. He was explaining to me and Mrs Eyrie about if he tells us the story and we each remember 50% we won’t get 100% when I muttered, “now let’s see, 10% of nothin’ is uh yeah , nuthin.” He said, very good you got that about right. I then said “your’re a Firefly fan”. “Does the word browncoat mean anything to you?” was his reply.
    LOL!
    Firefly was great. Wonder is how Joss Whedon, a flaming leftie, could ever make something like that.
    Asimov was a commie. Never did like his stuff all that much.

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