Monday Forum: April 1, 2019

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  1. calli

    Vodka, soda, twist. Zero carbs. Food of champions.

  2. Armadillo

    Sinc, please ban Arky.

  3. Arky

    Well, I don’t know how you run a blog with open comment sections and sleep at night.
    I guess vodka helps.

  4. calli

    Oooh. Drinks recipe page podium.

  5. JC

    Well yes. But he thinks of me all the time. Avid reader of the Cat.

    He’s obsessed. Totally obsessed and he only seems to have Homer Paxton as a commenter.

  6. mh

    Hey, I’ve book ended page 2.

    Cool.

  7. Armadillo

    This is awful. Surely we are better than this?

    Nope. No we aren’t.

  8. mh

    What was the address of Steve Kates blog?

  9. Armadillo

    He’s obsessed. Totally obsessed and he only seems to have Homer Paxton as a commenter.

    mOnsters blog isn’t much better. You would have thought when Bob Ellis kicked the bucket there was a marketing opportunity to attract at least some left wing nutters. Nope. Zero takers.

  10. Steve from Brisbane is like the average Liberal Party member.

    They are the problem.

  11. JC

    What’s the most trafficked leftwing blog these days? Does anyone know?

  12. RobK9

    Vodka, soda, twist. Zero carbs. Food of champions.
    Except alcohol is a carb. 97 calories in 1.5 fl oz of 80 proof vodka……..but who cares. You need fuel.

  13. Oh come on

    The following is a deal-breaker in the modern Democrat Party:

    By the time he ran for president in 2008, Biden was vowing to protect Roe v. Wade, and he’d built a voting record largely supporting abortion rights. But he also voted to ban certain late-term abortions

    Just think of the insanely radical candidate the Dems are going to put up for 2020. The election is (effortlessly) Trump’s to lose.

  14. JC

    Walker

    Steve of nowhere is a sanctimonious twerp and always has been. All leftwingers are sanctimonious. We had one here in your absence.. a real dummy…. Climate Harkel. I think he was booted.

  15. Sinclair Davidson

    Homer Paxton as a commenter

    Homer was okay until you and Fisky drove him mad.

    … and he did drive an increase in Tooze’s book sales here in Australia.

  16. Steve trickler

    Hidden gems on the Net.

    After watching F-15 Eagles fly through the Machynlleth Loop and wondering about the farmers below in the valleys…The Story of a Welsh Hill Farmer was discovered.

    It has leaded to this story.



    Tough lady.

  17. Armadillo

    What’s the most trafficked leftwing blog these days? Does anyone know?

    I’d guess it’s that Sheliahs site. Mamamia or something. Just a guess though.

    I’m struggling to recall the name of the other site that closed down some years ago. A heap of Cats used to go over there and troll them.

  18. jupes

    Armadillo – Numbers doesn’t break the rules.

    How about you make a Vietnam rule then.

    There is nothing more tedious than that lying cockhead banging on about Vietnam.

  19. I have a feeling that “Hark” was that “Jacob Jones” moron who used to infest the old Australian Libertarian Society forums.

    Remember that idiot who used to quote one paper over and over again about how he reckoned paying for blood donations led to under-provision? (It doesn’t, actually). I think one of the authors was Titmouse…

    Well yeah that poster was “Jacob Jones”, and probably “Hark”.

  20. Oh come on

    Steve from Brisbane is like the average Liberal Party member

    Not fair. The average LP member is an octogenarian whose dementia has resulted in them not cancelling the auto direct debit on their annual membership.

  21. JC

    Homer was okay until you and Fisky drove him mad.

    Sinclair. he was mad to begin with. We just brought it out in the open. Listen, this was the idiot who was peddling the nonsense Skanky Ho was really Skan ke Ho, as Asian warloerd’s mistress. How could I possibly let that go?

  22. Sinclair Davidson

    How could I possibly let that go?

    I’d forgotten about Skanky Ho the warlord’s mistress. 🙂 Ahhhhh. The old days. Good times. When people crapped on about fractional reserve banking.

  23. JC

    Well yeah that poster was “Jacob Jones”, and probably “Hark”.

    Never heard of him, but by fuck was he infected with the gerbiling religion. Lefties these days are the Puritans of old. Fuck, they’re disgusting. Climate Harkel was one of the worst.

  24. fractional reserve banking

    That’s a quality topic.

  25. Sinclair Davidson

    There is nothing more tedious than that lying cockhead banging on about Vietnam.

    Numbers was conscripted. The government stole years of his life. I have a lot of sympathy for that.

  26. mh

    Numbers was conscripted. The government stole years of his life. I have a lot of sympathy for that.

    Don’t feed the troll.

  27. Overburdened

    It’s good to see the host here.

  28. JC

    In case people aren’t aware, During his liars party years, Latham once referred to a female journalist as a skanky ho. Homer came on and seriously suggested Latham was only suggesting she resembled an Asian warlord’s mistress. He was serious!

  29. Bruce in WA

    Well, well … New Zealand’s “Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts)
    Amendment Bill”
    . Amazing how this was put together in such a short time.

    Amazing how similar it is to Australia’s legislation, as well.

    Proves what a liar Ardern is, too, by going well beyond MSSAs, despite what she said initially.

  30. JC

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #2977142, posted on April 1, 2019 at 11:11 pm

    fractional reserve banking

    That’s a quality topic.

    I’ve forgotten what it even means anymore. 🙂 These days, there are proponents here for much higher mandated wage rates and that profits are evil.

  31. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Numbers was conscripted. The government stole years of his life. I have a lot of sympathy for that.

    Numbers had a perfectly legal alternative to two years full time service, which he chose not to exercise.

  32. mh

    Janet Albrechtsen – skanky ho!

  33. Sinclair Davidson

    It’s good to see the host here.

    Thank you. But I’m off to hibernate.

  34. Oh come on

    Skan Kee Ho was comedic genius. Truly inspired.

  35. Sinclair Davidson

    Numbers had a perfectly legal alternative to two years full time service, which he chose not to exercise.

    What? Jail time?

  36. mh

    Hey, it’s good that we can still call a journalist a skanky ho!

    For now.

  37. Hay Stockard

    Since,
    Numbers reckons they were the best years of his life.
    He won’t thank you for your good thoughts, good words and good deeds.
    I bet he hasn’t even sent you a copy of his book.
    What an ingrate. And you so good to him.

  38. JC

    Skan Kee Ho was comedic genius. Truly inspired.

    And the Gestapo was an Nazi version of a political polling firm.

  39. Oh come on

    Don’t feel too sorry for Numbers. His Vietnam service has defined his life. Made it worthwhile. No one would give him the time of day if he wasn’t able to whore out his service number to all and sundry.

  40. Sinclair Davidson

    I bet he hasn’t even sent you a copy of his book.

    Now you’re trolling.

    But no. You lot are not sucking me in. I’ll going to bed. There is a large glass of Strathisla that needs to be shown who is boss.

  41. mh

    Sinclair, he’s not everyone’s cup of tea on the Cat due to his views on guns, but any chance of getting Mark Latham to guest post here?

  42. Sinclair Davidson

    Mark Latham to guest post here?

    Mark has a standing invitation to guest post.

  43. Armadillo

    The government stole years of his life.

    He should be sending letters to the Government about it instead of droning on about it here, day after day, week after week, month after month. Year after year.

    I didn’t send the fucker to Vietnam. I was one year old when it ended.

    If he’s got a complaint, direct it to someone else. It’s like harping on about slavery or “Invasion Day”. Dude, I didn’t slap the leg irons on you, so don’t start blaming me for the shit that happened. I’m pleading not guilty.

  44. Oh come on

    Initially I was ‘thank you for your service’ towards Numbers, despite his wacky views. But the way he flaunts his service is revolting. He doesn’t deserve any respect.

  45. Leigh Lowe

    But no. You lot are not sucking me in. I’ll going to bed. There is a large glass of Strathisla that needs to be shown who is boss.

    If you thay Thrathithla it’th time to thay goodnight.
    Why?
    Becauthe your pithed, laddie.

  46. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Numbers had a perfectly legal alternative to two years full time service, which he chose not to exercise.

    What? Jail time?

    The National service act provided that, if you had enlisted in the Citizen’s Military Forces – what went on to become the Army Reserve – more then a year before your number was drawn, and went on to complete six years efficient service – attending parades one night a week, one weekend a month, and a two week camp each year – you were exempt from being called up. For those who lived in rural areas, there were “special service” battalions set up. You completed two two week camps a year for six years. (To prevent those who had enlisted in the Citizen’s Military Forces before their numbers were balloted, the Act was changed. If you enlisted for part time service, and your number wasn’t drawn, and you resigned from the Citizen’s Military Forces, you were automatically “called up.”)

    Numbers Bob has given a list of rather pathetic excuses why he didn’t take that option, but it was there.

  47. jupes

    Numbers was conscripted. The government stole years of his life.

    No. The government gave him the best years (well less than a year ) of his otherwise pathetic life.

  48. mh

    Mark Latham,

    Please post on freedoms, and the threats to those freedoms, in Australia.

  49. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #2977127, posted on April 1, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    What’s the most trafficked leftwing blog these days? Does anyone know?

    You are knee deep in it.
    Since the return of Il Numero.

  50. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Sagittarius A* press conference – 9 days to go – live link

  51. jupes

    But the way he flaunts his service is revolting. He doesn’t deserve any respect.

    He believes his service gives him some sort of moral authority which he then uses to tell bullshit anecdotes to bolster his pathetic arguments.

    Lying about your service is just as bad as lying about serving. He is a scumbag.

  52. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    (To prevent those who had enlisted in the Citizen’s Military Forces before their numbers were balloted, the Act was changed.

    Sorry, should read “To prevent those who had enlisted in the Citizen’s Military Forces, before their numbers were balloted and resigning if their numbers were not drawn, the Act was changed.”

  53. JC

    Lying about your service is just as bad as lying about serving.

    What did he lie about? Real question as I never read his crap.

  54. Armadillo

    No. The government gave him the best years (well less than a year ) of his otherwise pathetic life

    Bob is obsessed by it. Completely. The majority of blokes who fought in WW1 and WW2 wouldn’t even discuss it. Not Bob.

  55. mh

    Bobby Numbers should at least tell us how many Commies he killed.

  56. Steve trickler

    This channel is walking the censorship tight rope. ((((:



  57. Bruce in WA

    Sinclair, he’s not everyone’s cup of tea on the Cat due to his views on guns, but any chance of getting Mark Latham to guest post here?

    He’s an avowed anti-gunner and he blatantly lied about SFFP in the NSW election.

    A leopard never changes its spots!

  58. mh

    He’s an avowed anti-gunner and he blatantly lied about SFFP in the NSW election.

    A leopard never changes its spots!

    Ok.

    Fraser Anning guest post?

  59. Armadillo

    This channel is walking the censorship tight rope. ((((:

    Ballsy.

  60. C.L.

    I asked why a word had been banned and now see the post was deleted.
    That’s something new for the site.

  61. Bruce in WA

    Ok.

    Fraser Anning guest post?

    Think you may have misunderstood me. I’m all for either of them having their say; just gave my personal opinion of Latham, FWIW (which is SFA).

    Anning I don’t particularly like, but I’d be interested in reading some of his political thoughts.

  62. Armadillo

    I asked why a word had been banned and now see the post was deleted.
    That’s something new for the site.

    I saw that post. It was an honest question. I didn’t see a reply.

  63. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #2977127, posted on April 1, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    What’s the most trafficked leftwing blog these days? Does anyone know?

    Maybe he didn’t lie about the actual time he spent in Vietnam (but there are some anomalies there that are worth checking).
    That aside, he simply invented shit to suit his anti-American narrative, and most of it can be identified as “recovered memories” which bear an uncanny resemblance to certain episodes of M*A*S*H.

  64. Hay Stockard

    Jupes,
    I believe lying about your service is acceptable if it is to get a tan boot.
    Other than that it is remarkably ordinary.

  65. mh

    Is it really the Fed budget tomorrow?

    If it is, we are on an economics blog and no one has mentioned it. That says more than a thousand words. Or something.

  66. Armadillo

    I’m now in moderation for a one word reply to Steve Tricklers posted video.

    “B A LL SY”. The “rules” remain a mystery to me.

  67. JC

    Anyone watched Kodachrome? It’s a pretty decent movie although the gal is an Olsen sister and a little too broad width wise.

    The theme to the movie was Perl Jam’s Just Breathe.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuq7RYQ8Wa0

    A nice little story.

  68. Hay Stockard

    LL,
    I checked numbers record some time ago.
    It is pucka. Also read an introduction for him at a reunion.
    He got rather a good rap.
    I know some guys that would have served with him. The subject
    Has never come up. I’ll be likely to see them later this month.
    I’ll probably be too pissed to ask about him or remember if he I did.
    He served. Not every returned digger is a good bloke.

  69. JC

    If it is, we are on an economics blog and no one has mentioned it. That says more than a thousand words. Or something.

    Currency is pretty stable. Bonds are doing fine and stocks were up because of a decent rally in Asia. The budget is a huge yawn.

    I finally closed my short in Stockland today. I took the position last October and despite all the talk about real estate heading lower, I barely made a profit on the position. The real estate dip is pretty much discounted.

    The real risk or huge surprise would be if the Libs stumbled back. This stock could rally 30% in a few days.

  70. The great Peter Coleman has passed away. Lovely man.

  71. Leigh Lowe

    He served.

    Possibly.

    Not every returned digger is a good bloke.

    True.
    The xunt invents stories to support his Commie narrative at every turn.
    Being such a consistent bullshiter, why would anyone believe his service claims?
    As I said, some of his “Vietnam experiences” are almost direct lifts from M*A*S*H episodes.

  72. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Coalition defuses debt bomb in budget

    exclusive
    Simon Benson
    NATIONAL AFFAIRS EDITOR
    7 minutes ago April 2, 2019
    Comments

    Josh Frydenberg will today ­declare an end to the debt and deficit disaster the Coalition inherited from Labor six years ago, with the budget revealing that government net debt will be eliminated within a decade.

    As the Treasurer prepares to put responsible economic management at the heart of the ­Coalition’s re-election pitch, The Australian understands the budget papers will forecast that the ­current net debt bill of about $370 billion will be wiped from the books by 2028-29.

    In other budget initiatives, millions of low and middle-income workers are expected to receive a boost of up to about $1000 to their end-of-year tax returns.

    Mr Frydenberg is expected tonight to announce the doubling of the government’s offering last year of a $530 tax break to 4.4 million workers earning between $48,000 and $90,000.

    Workers earning as little as $37,000 and as much as $126,000 will also benefit from some tax ­relief.

    It will be the first time the budget has mapped out a path to eliminating the snowballing debt bill, with surpluses significantly larger than forecast beginning next year and an increase in the value of assets, including the Future Fund. Less than six months ago it was forecast the net debt bill would still be ­almost $50bn by 2029.

    While the budget will remain in the red for the current financial year, the deficit will be reduced from the $5.2bn forecast in the mid-year update and mark a turnaround of more than $10bn on last year’s budget estimates.

    After 12 years of deficits, the budget will also lay out significantly higher surpluses than the $30.4bn initially projected over the four-year forward estimates.

    From the Oz. Nothing about electric cars.?

  73. jupes

    What did he lie about? Real question as I never read his crap.

    He reckons he was deployed near the ‘Parrots Beak’ at the Cambodian border listening to B52 bombing runs. I read his battalion operations log and he was well over 100 km from there on the other side of Saigon.

    That was 5 or 6 years ago now. I called him out and he started tap dancing. I occasionally remind him but lately he’s doubled down on the bullshit.

    The dickhead spent just over 1% of his life in Vietnam (the best year of his life I might add) yet acts as if that gives him moral authority for his pathetic arguments. A fuckwit of the ocean-going class.

  74. jupes

    As I said, some of his “Vietnam experiences” are almost direct lifts from M*A*S*H episodes.

    No doubt.

  75. JC

    Oh no, not the WSJ too with the “celebrity” bullshit.

    D-cup Daniels is not a celebrity. She’s a tart.

    Avenatti vs. Nike: The Showdown That Ensnared a Celebrity Lawyer

  76. Knuckle Dragger

    In fairness to the crayon eater, he probably just wanted to be the best damn projectionist he could be.

    Numbers, MID.
    Multiple Indications of Dementia.

  77. Pedro the Ignorant

    Numbers has popped up on various blogs over the years like the proverbial seagull.

    Flies in, squawks, sprays shit everywhere and then flies away.

    His Vietnam service, even though it was involuntary, has defined his life and somehow led to some of the most virulent anti-Americanism you will ever come across.

    There is a gold mine there for somebody studying sociopathic behaviour. One year in Vietnam moulded the next 50 years of bile, and he has never let it go.

  78. Knuckle Dragger

    Anyway,

    You can’t NOT denigrate the spastic herder. If he just said, ‘Yes I was in Vietnam but I didn’t want to go,’ then fair enough.

    But oh, no. He’s been around for years portraying himself as a tortured soul, torn betwixt his loyalty to his multicultural section mates (so much so that he found a pogo job showing films) and the enforced tyranny of bearing arms at the behest of the Evil Empire, aka the US.

    Since then every single thing he moans about has a lefty bent. How the hell you go from fighting communists to becoming one is beyond me, albeit he’s a schoolteacher by trade.

    Just imagine if Charlie were devotees of a particular faith. He’d be all for throwing people off buildings by now.

  79. C.L.

    It’s being reported that Trump has said he wants to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg with devout Catholic Judge Amy Barrett.

  80. Steve trickler

    Dedicated to Polly. Links to her are up thread.



  81. struth

    This is what happens when you try to lie in two beds.
    It’s an impossibility to be an academic and appear right wing in this country.
    In Sinclair’s case, I’d call him more of a libertarian centrist.
    Not good enough for the Uni stasi it seems.
    I’m willing to help you fight free speech sensorship, at this most important time to do so, Sinclair.
    You have our emails, obviously.
    You have done a decent thing for many years, and it is fair to say you have done way more than your fair share.
    If you were to close this blog down tomorrow , no one would blame you for a second.

    However, for the rest of us, I think it’s important to realise Sinclair’s professional life is far more reliant on towing the left line, than many of us have to……………..yet.
    And being speech controlled to the standard required for an academic to keep his head above water, is not going to be tolerated by many who although, it’s a private site, and Sinclair has every right to control all that is said, will drift away.
    If there is anyone tech savvy enough to start a blog like this, now would be the time to start thinking about it, if not just to ease the burden on Sinclair, I just presume he’d be getting.

  82. Armadillo

    Numbers has popped up on various blogs over the years like the proverbial seagull.

    Mostly centre right ones. Back to JC’s comment. Where are the “left blogs”?

    And no, the MSM media “blogs” aren’t actual blogs. We probably should be grateful here that it doesn’t take a few hours for your comment to get posted. Regardless, I’ll complain anyway. Moderation sux.

  83. struth

    The coalition announces the debt will be wiped out in a decade!!!!!!

    Yes folks, the budget is in surplus.

    If all goes to plan, IN A DECADE FROM NOW we will be debt free.

    This , of course, is like celebrating your 40th birthday on the first day of school.

    It’s politisex
    It’s budgetry premature expeculation.

  84. struth

    Some of you buggers get away with saying b a l l s.
    Us stale white privileged males can’t do it.

  85. 2dogs

    If all goes to plan, IN A DECADE FROM NOW we will be debt free.

    Few western countries are in as good a position, struth.

  86. stackja

    Anti vaxxer dog owners fear side effects. Dogged it seems.

  87. Tom

    The West Australian‘s archiving of Dean Alston’s cartoons is quite erratic and irregular, but I loved this one from early March.

  88. Mark A

    An army of deers lead by a lion is more dangerous than an army of lions lead by a deer.

    Chinese proverb.

  89. bespoke

    Sinclair Davidson
    #2976960, posted on April 1, 2019 at 9:05 pm
    We all have to pretend we just have a bad case of keyboard hiccups.

    Please do not do that.

    When I ask that discussion on topics end, or I (reluctantly) add to the list of words that go into auto-moderation I am not inviting everyone to come up with cute and clever work-arounds. I am inviting everyone to cease and desist using particular words and phrases.

    This looks to me an indirect way of saying stop discussing these topics. I have no problem with that but you could be more up font about it though.

  90. Mark A

    bespoke
    #2977229, posted on April 2, 2019 at 4:49 am

    This looks to me an indirect way of saying stop discussing these topics. I have no problem with that but you could be more up font about it though.

    I think he did say that in a subtle way.

  91. bespoke

    That was my point Mark but if it’s made more clear and honest, people can move on.

  92. Top Ender

    Billions needed to charge engines
    PHILIP KING
    MOTORING EDITOR

    Experts poured scorn on Labor’s electric vehicle target yesterday, saying it was meaningless without a plan that would cost billions in buyer incentives, charging infrastructure and improvements to the existing energy network.

    They said EV adoption in other countries relied heavily on subsidies, and the target — 50 per cent of new cars by 2030 — flew in the face of much lower estimates for Europe or the US. “I do not believe that could be done in Australia, full stop,” Adam Hammond, of finance company Bluetech, said.

    “But if somebody wanted to have a crack, they’d need several billion dollars.”

    He said installing infrastructure solved only part of the problem because super-fast charging would be too expensive under existing price regimes.

    To achieve refills in 30 minutes or so, upcoming EVs from Porsche and other makers have high-voltage drivelines and power-dense batteries, but fast-chargers needed the energy companies to play ball.

    “Under their current pricing model, it would cost you hundreds, if not thousands, to access that,” Mr Hammond said. “The utilities must support the infrastructure to allow access to that level of charging. The pipe has got to be really, really big, rather than just a big dam behind it. It’s got to be both.”

    Europe was well advanced, with the German car industry and its energy companies co-operating to build the Ionity fast-charging network. But even Europe expects EV take-up far below Labor’s target, with the European Commission predicting 15-30 per cent of new sales by 2030.

    In its latest Future Mobility Report, transport consultant Abmarc expects Australian new car sales will be 28 per cent battery-powered by 2038, with nine out of 10 vehicles still relying to some extent on internal combustion.

    Abmarc’s Sarah Roberts said the 50 per cent goal would take “very significant incentives from this very low starting point” and the emissions picture was bleak without changes in the way we produce electricity.

    “If it’s the same mix as today, emissions might actually be worse,” she said.

    Many European countries already have a lot of hydro, wind and solar power, and improvements here would need to outpace efficiency gains in internal combustion engines.

    Mr Hammond said countries with high EV take-up relied heavily on a carrot-and-stick approach and targeting private drivers was the hardest way forward.

    “The low-hanging fruit in EVs is in the commercial space. For privately owned EVs, it’s going to take a lot of money. I don’t believe Bill and Co have really put some thought into this, other than latching on to a nice headline.’’

    Complete article – Oz print edition

  93. Mark A

    Top Ender
    #2977233, posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Billions needed to charge engines

    Not only that but I still can’t see anyone mentioning the amount of electricity needed.
    Where is it coming from?
    We are already stretched to the limit as it is.

  94. Mater

    This looks to me an indirect way of saying stop discussing these topics. I have no problem with that but you could be more up font about it though.

    I can’t imagine that even in his wildest, most evil of dreams that the NZ shooter could have EVER hoped to have society dance so perfectly to his tune.
    The man assessed our society, anticipated it’s every reaction and has manipulated us like a master.
    He has claimed infinity more than 50 victims, it’s just not immediately evident.

  95. Shy Ted

    Naturally the GayBC found a Tesla owner who swears by electric vehicles – “every person I know who owns an EV would never go back to a petrol car.” So that’s 3 people then. I’m convinced.

  96. calli

    RobK9
    #2977128, posted on April 1, 2019 at 11:02 pm
    Vodka, soda, twist. Zero carbs. Food of champions.
    Except alcohol is a carb. 97 calories in 1.5 fl oz of 80 proof vodka……..but who cares. You need fuel.

    Really? I must stop believing the Internet.

    Silly me.

  97. John Constantine

    Big Australia of twenty millions in Sydney and yarragrad crush loaded even tighter cannot allow private car ownership and unrationed road use.

    When only our elites are issued permits for travel and proles internal passports are stamped foot traffic and public transport only, that fixes congestion and the electric vehicle problem.

    Comrades.

  98. egg_

    When only our elites are issued permits for travel and proles internal passports are stamped foot traffic and public transport only, that fixes congestion and the electric vehicle problem.

    Automatic vehicles are preferable to third worlders behind the wheel.

  99. Mark A

    108 calories in 50 ml (app. 1.5 fl oz) of vodka

  100. John Constantine

    How do proles packed into vast dogbox apartment developments charge their electric vehicles from the fiftieth floor?.

    Do the chicom peoples liberation army billionaire property developer Landshark migration agents promise extension cords long enough as well as free medical and aged care for granny?.

    Comrades.

  101. calli

    Carbs not calories. There is a difference.

  102. feelthebern

    If you happened to hear Janine Perrett on PM Live last night, apparently there is a business case for the government to regulate electric vehicles into every garage in Oz.
    But it’s ok, because it only applies to new cars.

    Seriously, Paul Murray looked like he knew she was in trouble but didn’t really engage.
    Mark Steyn would have filleted her.
    Tucker would have let her talk & talk (Dig up, Stupid !!).

  103. calli

    My gravatar looks cranky. More coffee required. No carbs in that either (provided it’s black), or so I’m told. On the calories issue, you must be careful not to drink your calories either. White wine was my downfall – it’s full of sugar (carbs) as well as calories.

    I still go easy these days anyway. Unlike a certain senator, I love my liver and appreciate its tireless, unrewarding work.

  104. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Up early, so had my brekky reading the Business Section of the Saturday Australian. It’s often quite revealing about politics and the big end of town. I see that the Golden Triangle of Mosman’s investment bankers are green virtue signaling by supporting Get Up against Tony Abbott in Wahringah for the Federal Election. These super-wealthy men and their wives are just like those here on the harbor’s opposite shore, the ones who diligently sat in the dark in the harborside mansions around us for an hour on Sunday night for the ‘sake of the planet’ and whom we and a few bold others refused to join in their awful switch-flicking exercise. Our property shone brightly like a beacon of sanity in this wilderness. These scions of Australian business plus their wives and acolytes may think it virtuous to try existing without electricity for one whole hour but I prefer, like Barnaby Joyce, to support those 130,000 and more Australians who due to green-imposed financial constraints have had to disconnect their electricity supply and live full-time in the cold and dark: you know, the sick, the old, the poor, and the unemployed losing their manufacturing jobs. The ‘My Lady Bountifuls’ are so ultimately unbountiful these days to the traditional needy, are they not? I really dislike these economy-destroying Green virtue-signalers all set themselves to reap financial investment rewards from steering Australia into the deep misery of a quite unnecessary green recession.

    In other news, I see the Australian-Irish media family of the O’Reilly’s are back in town, turning a penny on a new ‘Private Media’ venture via Crikey and other possibilities while sending their daughters for re-indoctrination at the University of Sydney. If the Washington Post is their exemplar as claimed, then one can only suspect that the as-claimed new investments Cameron O’Reilly is making in ‘unbiased’ journalism will have very poor run here in Australia as far as being unbiased is concerned. Subscriptions will, of course, be purchased eagerly by those who wish to signal their climatic virtues; very hollow virtues indeed, for which the solid evidence is so far lacking, being miniscule at most. We need a Royal Commission into all matters of so-called ‘climate science’ and investment policies that relate to this. Then we might get the unbiased media reporting we deserve, not the sort of reporting that opportunistic virtue signalers think is good for us because it is so heart-warmingly good for them.

  105. The NRMA is the reading the writing on the wall.
    The big manufacturers (in Europe, China and the USA) are developing either all-electric cars or hybrid vehicles. Even vanity manufacturers like Ferrari and Porsche are into it in a big way.
    Bloomberg New Energy Finance is predicting that electric cars will be just as cost effective as traditional vehicles by 2022.
    California has electric vehicle initiatives, and now, about 9 other states are following suit.
    If we aren’t into electric vehicles by 2013, we’ll probably be the only country on earth that isn’t.
    Maybe if we hold out long enough we’ll resurrect our local auto manufacturing industry and become the only place on the planet where you can buy a petrol powered vehicle.

  106. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #2977251, posted on April 2, 2019 at 7:23 am
    If you happened to hear Janine Perrett on PM Live last night, apparently there is a business case for the government to regulate electric vehicles into every garage in Oz.
    But it’s ok, because it only applies to new cars.

    Seriously, Paul Murray looked like he knew she was in trouble but didn’t really engage.
    Mark Steyn would have filleted her.
    Tucker would have let her talk & talk (Dig up, Stupid !!).”

    That’s why I no longer watch PM…..the likes of Parrott and that hag Dimwit Maddigan really need to be put in their place but nobody does it. PM is a nice guy but too often he is way out of his depth.

  107. Cassie of Sydney

    “calli
    #2977250, posted on April 2, 2019 at 7:22 am
    Carbs not calories. There is a difference.”

    Yes, if you want to lose weight you watch the carbs…not the calories. Think of this…if you’re given a bag of lollies and a boiled egg….and the egg has more calories in it than the bag of lollies….which is worse for you and which, despite its calorie count, will help you lose weight faster?

  108. calli

    Watching vision of that terrible scaffolding collapse in Sydney yesterday. I’m trying to work out why the police were pushing back the building workers from the collapse as they were trying to free the men trapped below.

    Were they waiting for certified “experts”?

    The workers were cleary frustrated in their attempts and very angry at being prevented from trying to save the men.

  109. feelthebern

    numbers, ok, so EV’s are the future.
    Just like smart phones took over.
    Did the government have to step in to ensure smart phone take up?

  110. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Electric vehicles may have a place for inner-urban travel, although their tendency to incinerate their occupants is a hurdle yet to be overcome. They are not useful in general for wider transportation across challenging distances. Changing Australia, and the world, over to a network of convenient charging stations fueled by renewable energy is a pipe dream of gargantuan proportions. If Australia can build a viable combustion-fuel car manufacturing economy, then I say go for it. Onto a winner there if the largely European (EU led) virtue-signaling nations are still stuck in yesterday’s fantasy of CO2 apocalypse.

  111. feelthebern

    LOL.
    Next the house judiciary committee will vote to ensure Christmas is on 25th Dec.
    The whole report is coming out. DNC just want to have the the fig leaf for the presidential debate: “We had to subpoena the Muellar report”.

    House Judiciary Committee Will Vote to Authorize Subpoenas for Mueller Report

    The Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee will vote to authorize subpoenas for the Mueller report on Wednesday.

  112. calli

    I have an electric golf cart. That’s as far as I’m prepared to go in “saving da planet”. Oddly enough, unless I feed it from the magical powerpoint, it won’t go.

    Battery is only good for a couple of rounds though. Wouldn’t try to get to Singleton in it.

    Amusingly, the club cars are petrol. The hire ones took too long to recharge and became uneconomic. The joys of unsubsidisation at the commercial level.

  113. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lollies … boiled egg … lollies, especially if chockies …. boiled egg … bowl of lovely lollies … boiled egg.

    Decisions, decisions. 🙂

  114. MatrixTransform

    How do proles packed into vast dogbox apartment developments charge their electric vehicles from the fiftieth floor?

    Im guessing a little but fully charging a Tossla from a standard power point would prolly take a couple of days
    So all new apartments will henceforth install an outlet in every carpark spot as well.
    separately metered of course because 50 floors up is to far unless you use a cable about 10x the cross sectional area of your standard 2.5mm.sq
    I suppose you could have a dedicated EV charging system and a pay-per-kwh system.
    Allowing for some diversity in the who, how and when of charging all the EVs and guessing again…
    Probably need to double the incoming supply into a building.
    Getting to the point where even a small building will need a HV substation.

    of course this all means new jobs growth

    comrades

  115. Electric vehicles may have a place for inner-urban travel, although their tendency to incinerate their occupants is a hurdle yet to be overcome.

    Lizzie, that is bullshit, and you know it.
    Far more petrol powered vehicles self immolate, but it never makes the media.
    One Tesla somewhere burns, and the incident is promoted.
    It’s called the “dark whisper”, which has long been a phenomenon in the auto industry.

  116. Johno

    https://shar.es/12Ag7e

    The following is a very rare piece of film, 99 years old. It shows Baron Von Richthofen, doing an external prior to a mission, as well as his putting on a flying suit prior to flight in cold weather. If you look closely you will notice Hermann Goering.

    The Aussies claim that one of their machine gunners on the ground shot the Baron down on 4 June 1917.

    To think this film is over 100 years old!

    If you’re interested in history or aviation, you cannot miss this footage. It was just posted online, and I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s from 1917, and it’s an up-close and personal look at the most legendary combat pilot who ever lived, the infamous Red Baron, Manfred Von Richthofen.

    Watch the extremely rare, extremely old footage and re-live history. ULTRA-RARE footage of the most famous fighter pilot ever.

  117. bespoke

    Maybe if we hold out long enough we’ll resurrect our local auto manufacturing industry and become the only place on the planet where you can buy a petrol powered vehicle.

    Good plan and when California becomes immobile we can export them. That’s if they have any middle class left to buy them.

  118. Rohan

    Mater
    #2977236, posted on April 2, 2019 at 6:22 am

    I can’t imagine that even in his wildest, most evil of dreams that the NZ shooter could have EVER hoped to have society dance so perfectly to his tune.
    The man assessed our society, anticipated it’s every reaction and has manipulated us like a master.
    He has claimed infinity more than 50 victims, it’s just not immediately evident.

    It appears to me that society is on the edge of the precipice looking into the abyss and thinking, “wow, that looks cool”. Because feelings, or whatever.

  119. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    PM is a nice guy but too often he is way out of his depth.

    I wonder if that’s the case, or whether it’s more he has to keep his job. Management listening, etc.

  120. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    They’ll have to pry my combustion engine keys from my cold dead hand!

    There is no way I am driving a lithium blast furnace anywhere.

  121. MatrixTransform

    it isnt even 0800 and Numpty is appealing to incredulity

  122. MatrixTransform

    lithium blast furnace

    high speed auto-pilot lithium blast furnace.

    I wonder what happens to a lithium cell under stress of rapid deceleration?

    even the mag wheels will burn … be awesome

  123. Mater

    Bloomberg New Energy Finance is predicting that electric cars will be just as cost effective as traditional vehicles by 2022.
    California has electric vehicle initiatives, and now, about 9 other states are following suit.

    These sentences shouldn’t really be put together. Perhaps save the incentive money (and put it towards Community services) and wait for them to become ‘just as cost effective as traditional vehicles’. The market will do the rest.

  124. calli

    It’s England. It’s cold. The Brexit “debate” is boring its way into another month of indecision. And “naked” doesn’t mean actually naked.

    A bit cheeky though.

  125. feelthebern

    Another example.
    Burger King in the US have rolled out a beef-free Whopper.
    Does the government have to regulate so we all eat them?
    Of course not.
    If the market place likes it, great.
    What is it with these statists who want to have shit dictated to them?

  126. Cassie of Sydney

    “Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #2977270, posted on April 2, 2019 at 7:44 am
    PM is a nice guy but too often he is way out of his depth.

    I wonder if that’s the case, or whether it’s more he has to keep his job. Management listening, etc.”

    No. I just think that PM doesn’t like to rock the boat….he always likes to be friends with anyone and everyone.

    And now that this blog is into censorship, I have a little request……can the dumbarse cane toad from QLD be booted?

  127. calli

    What is the real environmental cost of the Lithium battery? Has anyone worked that out yet?

  128. Spider

    An interesting video. Substitute BBC for ABC and you have the Australian experience.

    How BBC Bias Works

  129. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Far more petrol powered vehicles self immolate, but it never makes the media.

    numbers you are an old fool, go shuffle off quietly somewhere else.

  130. stackja

    Pope Paul II died 2 April 2005

  131. feelthebern

    A few year ago, IAG did as stupid deal with Berkshire Hathaway regarding their insurance underwriting.
    At the time I said it was a stupid way for the IAG board to get a photo op with uncle Warren.
    If Shorten wants to be invited to all the Elon Musk parties, all he has to do is announce he’s building some batteries.
    This is all it is.
    A photo op for Shorten with Elon at some stage.

  132. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    If you’re interested in history or aviation, you cannot miss this footage.

    Also, try to get to the Space Museum, offshoot of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
    Some great stuff on early aviation in there, with examples of many older flying machines.
    Plus there’s a terrific historic section on the bicycle shop men – the Wright brothers.
    You can then drive down to Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of the Carolinas. That’s where these self-educated mathematical wizards did the first testing of real flight. The Interpretation Centre there is good, and you can see the land measurements of the first bicycle flight. The Outer Banks are a sort of drive-in island chain, remote and scenically beautiful, full of small-town life and old America.

  133. Entropy

    If all these other countries are doing something to ensure our glorious EV future, why do we need to do anything at all? It will just happen. We do not need government intervention. We do not make any sort of car, let alone EVs. We have no influence on what cars get manufactured in those countries which are chasing much more significant markets.

    What these parasites and their useful idiots really mean is that they want to subsidy farm Now!

  134. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    another lone wolf tesla self immolates

  135. stackja

    Falklands War – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falklands_War
    The Falklands War also known as the Falklands Conflict, Falklands Crisis, Malvinas War, South … It began on Friday, 2 April 1982, when Argentina invaded and occupied the Falkland Islands (and, the following day, South Georgia and the …

  136. 2dogs

    Pope Paul II died 2 April 2005

    I think you’ll find that was 26 July 1471.

  137. feelthebern

    Every morning numbers is affectionate & physical with himself.

  138. John Constantine

    Car-be-ques.

    An entire level of a dogbox apartment development, crush packed full of lithium battery vehicles on chargers.

    How much acelerant, applied to how many of the improvised explosive devices posing as vehicles would it take to do a towering inferno?.

  139. DrBeauGan

    Did you know that pimp plus dick equals bumfit? I hadn’t noticed it.

  140. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lizzie, that is bullshit, and you know it.

    Sorry, but this is not a teachable moment.
    Teslas are the Concord redux. That I do know.
    Incineration is a feature, not a bug.
    Give it away. There is no need to dis the combustion engine.
    It has a proud history, is well designed, and fit for purpose.
    e-cars are not and likely never will be.

  141. Mater

    It appears to me that society is on the edge of the precipice looking into the abyss and thinking, “wow, that looks cool”. Because feelings, or whatever.

    Where as the Infantry use Artillery and Aviation as Combat Multipliers to achieve affects out of all proportion to their numbers, the NZ shooter has masterfully used Ardern, Morrison, the left, et al, in the same manner.
    Unwitting Force Multipliers. Useful idiots.

  142. bespoke

    I would love to go to Space Museum, Lizzie. But I cant stand crowds. Lots of smalls private displays to see if I get a chance with hands on experience.

  143. DrBeauGan

    Google bumfit and watch the video.

  144. Leigh Lowe

    Another tech question.
    Where are the mute and volume buttons on a grandfather clock?

  145. Spider

    Regarding Bill Shorten and electric cars. Look if he wants to give me a brand new Tesla S I’m up for it. They look gorgeous and go like stink but regrettably cost an absolute fortune.

    I still think Australians because of the whole “big country” mind set need to be thoroughly convinced about the range of these cars and the ability to recharge in the back of Bourke. Or even Beaudesert or Bacchus Marsh. I’ve had enough near empty experiences with petrol cars in rural Australia to be very wary.

  146. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #2977289, posted on April 2, 2019 at 7:58 am
    Every morning numbers is affectionate & physical with himself.”

    That’s because he doesn’t know how to be affectionate and physical with others.

  147. Leigh Lowe

    We are in a battle between the internal combustiom engine and the external combustion engine.

  148. Nob

    Entropy
    #2977284, posted on April 2, 2019 at 7:55 am
    If all these other countries are doing something to ensure our glorious EV future, why do we need to do anything at all? It will just happen. We do not need government intervention.

    Exactly.

    Throwing the weight of regulation and bureaucracy behind EVs is also distorting the market and preventing the emergence of genuine contenders.

  149. Nob

    regulation and bureaucracy

    Regulation and subsidy, I meant to write.

  150. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    If we aren’t into electric vehicles by 2013, we’ll probably be the only country on earth that isn’t.

    hahaha. I think the date is a typo, but with Numbers you can’t ever be sure.

  151. Mother Lode

    Josh Frydenberg will today ­declare an end to the debt and deficit disaster the Coalition inherited from Labor six years ago

    Sorry, Josh. That won’t work no more. The truism that the Libs are the more sober custodians of the Federal Budget has been well and truly demolished by the own performance over the past few years – the very government you are part of.

    Playing that card is…The Audacity of Trope*.

    Like a once beautiful woman who has succumb to alcoholism – sallow, haggard and drawn, cold glistening film of greasy sweat on sallow skin – trying flirtatiously to entice one of the regulars to buy her another drink.

    We know you have a problem.

    *I thought this had become a fashionable type of gag again.

  152. MatrixTransform

    Wishful Thinking

    Oft quoted industry references are a prime examples of wishful thinking. It is claimed that the rate of “incidents” with consumer cells (18650s), which are used in their millions, is 1 in 5 million, equivalent to a failure rate of 0.00002%. Assuming this to be true, the same failure rate is then applied to large format cells used in EVs and HEVs. With an average of 80 cells per vehicle, this translates to 1 incident or fire in 60,000 cars or 16 fires per year for 1 million cars on the road. This is of the same order of magnitude as engine compartment fires due to electrical or other faults in conventional cars and while not strictly acceptable it is considered to be tolerable for the time being.

  153. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I would love to go to Space Museum, Lizzie.

    I had to be dragged there physically, with all of Hairy’s guile and enthusiasm, but in the end I loved it. The low tech of the first space flights was a real eye-opener and it traces well how far we have come in techno-coms and computing in general because of space technology impetus to innovation.

  154. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    lone wolf tesla nukes house

  155. calli

    Unwitting Force Multipliers. Useful idiots.

    Yes. That was my point last night when mh asked “what changed?”.

    All the factors were there to hasten the tumble into totalitarianism, it only took a catalyst.

    Self censorship, above and way beyond the bounds of good manners, is now here.

  156. Nob

    Being in Norway so often, I get to ride in a lot of very nice EVs.

    Business contacts there mostly drive them because of the huge saving in company car tax.
    Every single one of them also has one or more ICE vehicles for longer journeys.

    Oslo is complaining about congestion.
    That’s because a large proportion of EV journeys are not replacing ICE journeys but are by people who formerly went by bicycle or public transport, enticed by the cheap (for Norway) purchase prices and cheap (for Norway) running costs, and numerous public charging stations.

    The sheer weight of batteries is also an issue.
    http://www.climateaction.org/news/norway-triggers-political-debate-over-new-ev-tax

    The world could change to EVs tomorrow and the greenies would not be happy. They would continue to train their sights on individual vehicle use, as they used to do when cars = bad, even now that EV cars = good.

  157. Mark A

    Nob
    #2977313, posted on April 2, 2019 at 8:23 am
    and numerous public charging stations.

    How does that work?
    User pays or free?

  158. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    With an average of 80 cells per vehicle, this translates to 1 incident or fire in 60,000 cars or 16 fires per year for 1 million cars on the road.

    these figures are garbage:
    tesla has 7104 of the 1865s battery cells not 80

  159. calli

    My Easter love affair with Lindt tiny bunnies and chicks has officially ended. Making up little bags of goodies for the grandies and every single one is damaged. It’s as if someone in the supply chain has taken a hammer to each packet. Australiastan – you’re standing in it.

    Now…what to do with all that damaged chocolate…

  160. Mater

    Yes, Calli.
    I noted and agreed with your point last night.

  161. feelthebern

    FMD.
    & numbers derails another thread.
    But sometime the stupidity & lack of economic understand is just too too great to not say anything.
    PS, I will buy a Roadster 2020 when I win powerball.

  162. feelthebern

    Easter = Haigh’s.
    You can taste a little bit of Snowtown in each chocolat.

  163. Tel

    It would be excellent if they encouraged a Tesla team for Bathurst. Perhaps a team of ten cars … see if any of them finish.

  164. calli

    I missed it. Too much no carb vodka. 😀

  165. stackja

    Man fights for life after Five Dock double shooting
    Mitchell Van Homrigh, The Daily Telegraph
    34 minutes ago
    Subscriber only

    A man is fighting for his life and another has been injured after they were shot at an apartment complex in the inner west early today.

    Police have launched a manhunt after two men were seen running from the Five Dock complex about 3.45am.
    One of the injured men is taken to hospital. Picture: Bill Hearne

  166. Boambee John

    struth at 0104

    If there is anyone tech savvy enough to start a blog like this, now would be the time to start thinking about it, if not just to ease the burden on Sinclair, I just presume he’d be getting.

    There was a legal case, in London iirc, mounted against McDonalds by an activist who criticised the quality ofvthe meals. It was a set up, the activist was selected because he had no job and no sssets, and his legal aid lawyers portrayed the case as David vs Goliath. I don’t recall who won, but Maccas Lost bigly on publicity.

    My point is that whoever sets up a new blog needs to be a retiree with no real assets, preferably female, gay or trans sexual, to get legal aid to fight the inevitable attack by the dogs of the fascist left, and some intersectional protection.

    Set subscriptions only high enough to cover costs, make it plain that subscribers are buying a service, not becoming members able to be sued. I’m sure legal Cats can add more.

  167. Mother Lode

    saying it was meaningless without a plan that would cost billions in buyer incentives, charging infrastructure and improvements to the existing energy network.

    Buyers’ incentives begin their lives as taxes.

    They will take your money then offer to give it back if you follow the directive of venal, economic-illiterate, technical-ignoramuses.

  168. Tom

    What is it with these statists who want to have shit dictated to them?

    No, no, no. Communists like Numbers get off on trying make others lick their arse. It’s all about forcing other people to do what their leftard commandants tell them to.

    There’s a totalitarian arsehole inside every leftard. Leftism is all about exercising power over others. It’s their revenge for being nobodies and failures.

  169. Mater

    I missed it. Too much no carb vodka. 😀

    Oh, I didn’t formalise my agreement on the Cat. I wasn’t (still aren’t) sure what was verboten.

  170. calli

    What if I want to go to Bourke or Broken Hill? Do I go Flintstones-style when I get past Dubbo?

    EVs are a joke in Australia.

    We passed a Tesla in Arizona going at a crawl along the interstate. The Beloved chuckled and opined that the driver was eking out the ladt gasp from the battery before the thing went tits-up.

    “He’s going to need a loooong extension lead”.

  171. Leigh Lowe

    If we aren’t into electric vehicles by 2013, we’ll probably be the only country on earth that isn’t.

    Does DeLorean do an electric version?

  172. Boambee John

    John Constantine at 0720

    “Do the chicom peoples liberation army billionaire property developer Landshark migration agents promise extension cords long enough as well as free medical and aged care for granny?”

    Did they mention that granny needs up front cash to buy into either a retirement village or a nursing home?

  173. Johno

    Sniffy once said that a married man with a TPI only had $704 a week to support himself and his family.

    Just saw the new rates and it is $2819.60 per fortnight. Tax free. Sniffy will now use his amazing powers of mathematical genius . And VOILA!!! sniffy is right again. Always.
    This is a community service anouncment.

    But poor little nashos are still victims.

  174. Leigh Lowe

    Tel

    #2977321, posted on April 2, 2019 at 8:30 am

    It would be excellent if they encouraged a Tesla team for Bathurst. Perhaps a team of ten cars … see if any of them finish.

    The pitstops for battery pack changes would make for riveting viewing.

  175. Entropy

    Now…what to do with all that damaged chocolate…

    Sacrifices must be made, a Lizzie.

  176. Mater

    Does DeLorean do an electric version?

    Yes, but it only runs on a minimum of 1.21 Gigawatts!

    Back To The Future – 1.21 Gigawatts

  177. stackja

    Woman injured during aggravated break & Enter – Tamworth

    Tuesday, 02 April 2019 07:12:46 AM

    Police have commenced an investigation after a woman was injured during an aggravated break and enter at a home in Tamworth overnight.

    About 8.50pm on Monday 1 April 2019, a 65-year-old woman was at her home in May Lane at South Tamworth when she was confronted at the rear door, by a male who pushed past her.

    The male entered the woman’s home and stole her wallet from a chair.

    He then pushed her to the ground before leaving the unit.

    Officers from Oxley Police District attended and established a crime scene.

    Police conducted a search of nearby streets but were unable to locate the male.

    The 65-year-old woman suffered minor abrasions from the incident but did not require treatment.

    The male has been described to police as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance.

    He was in his teens and with a thin build, a moustache and wearing dark clothing.

  178. Entropy

    There’s a totalitarian arsehole inside every leftard. Leftism is all about exercising power over others. It’s their revenge for being nobodies and failures.

    Liberty quote.

  179. Entropy

    Does DeLorean do an electric version?

    Yes, but it only runs on a minimum of 1.21 Gigawatts!

    Eventually obtained from a can of Pepsi no less. The technology is just around the corner.

  180. Teslas/Leafs/FVs don’t save the planet at all. Which is what real environmental scientists told me well over a decade ago.

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/06/20/tesla-car-battery-production-releases-as-much-co2-as-8-years-of-gasoline-driving/

    Tesla car battery production releases as much CO2 as 8 years of gasoline driving

  181. Baldrick

    The last couple of times socialist governments got involved in mandating what cars we should drive they produced the Volkswagen and Trabant.
    That is all.

  182. Mak Siccar

    calli
    #2977250, posted on April 2, 2019 at 7:22 am
    Carbs not calories. There is a difference.

    I’m a big fan of Grain Brain by David Perlmutter. The author is a clinical neurologist and nutritionist and backs up his hypothesis with numerous references. Easy to read and highly recommended.

  183. vr

    What Was the Washington Post Afraid Of?

    Steely WaPo journalists…

    Amy and I slunk back to our glass room, and she began to cry. I watched numbly as the male editors passed with their heads bowed. One of the women recruited to help edit us, deputy national editor Lori Montgomery, entered. She told us a little more about the meeting: At the same time as our mandate was to get an accuser to use her name, Baron had said that he understood why Fager’s defenders didn’t want to do the same — they feared running afoul of the #MeToo movement. And Baron had a hypothetical for the editors: What if someone wrote an article saying the culture of the Washington Post was hostile to women? “Then I would go on the record saying it’s been a great place for me but I can’t speak for anyone else, and I would put my name on it,” she told us she’d replied. Watching Amy’s distress, she began to tear up too.

  184. Nob

    Mark A
    #2977314, posted on April 2, 2019 at 8:26 am
    Nob
    #2977313, posted on April 2, 2019 at 8:23 am
    and numerous public charging stations.

    How does that work?
    User pays or free?

    User pays through RFID key system.

    Up until recently, parking in Stavanger and Trondheim was free for EVs, as mandated by Norway government.
    Those national laws have relaxed allowing councils to decide for themselves, so those two cities have opted to apply charges.

    Toll roads are also free to EVs, another subsidy that cannot continue indefinitely.
    And of course, EVs can use bus lanes.

    https://elbil.no/the-ultimate-ev-tourist-guide-to-norway/

    https://www.stavanger-parkering.no/en/electric-cars/

    Electricity in Norway was a bargain even before the country got rich on oil, thanks to the +/-1000 high dams connected to hydro stations. They don’t have nuclear power like neighbouring Sweden, had a couple of small coal power stations, and are spaffing away money on wind and solar for no apparent reason except virtue signalling and they’re rich.

    And they still do shitloads of air travel, domestically and internationally.

  185. The reason why EVs have lower accidents/unexplained fires which are a matter for the courts per miles driven is because…YOU CAN’T DRIVE THEM AS FAR!

  186. Percy Popinjay

    Big Australia of twenty millions in Sydney and yarragrad crush loaded even tighter cannot allow private car ownership and unrationed road use.

    A collectivist’s wet dream. They’ve been banging on about this for decades.

  187. Some of the EV enthusiasts are great big dirty rotten liars:

    https://cleantechnica.com/2018/04/16/tesla-batteries-have-90-capacity-after-160000-miles-may-last-for-500000-miles/

    Now, read this comment:

    WebUserAtLarge • a year ago

    Still better then aging ICE cars. My 12 year old Mazda 3 used to get 400+ km on a tank of gas in my usual city driving. Now days, with only 150K km on the odometer, I am lucky to get 350km on a tank.

    That’s complete and utter bullshit unless you’ve decided to never change the oil and air and oil filters, or check the spark plug.

    Which it is probably fair to conclude, that bimbette has never actually done. REGULAR SERVICING? WHY YES I PUT FUEL IN IT EVERY 3-14 DAYS!

  188. Mater

    Toll roads are also free to EVs, another subsidy that cannot continue indefinitely.

    By not buying petrol/diesel/gas (and paying the excise), so are a lot of the standard roads.

  189. Bruce of Newcastle

    Still better then aging ICE cars. My 12 year old Mazda 3 used to get 400+ km on a tank of gas in my usual city driving.

    My Mazda 3 is 12 years old this year.
    I typically get 550 km on a 45 L refill in city driving, 700 km on long trips.

  190. A Lurker

    Two questions:

    Q. I’d like to know just where the electricity is supposed to come from to power all these electric cars?
    Q. I’d like to know if we’d each need to take out a bank loan every time we had to power our car battery to full capacity?

    Just asking for a friend.

  191. bespoke

    Mark A
    #2977314, posted on April 2, 2019 at 8:26 am
    How does that work?
    User pays or free?

    If RC clubs are an indication then its not the end users. “Electrics are the wave of future” we must support exclusive events and put in charging stations (force transition). Questions like “buy more battery’s” was met with derision. The cheep buggers don’t bother to charge at home for the first flight. Not long ago if some one asked a club to subsidizes there fuel they would be told to pull there head in. This was way different to the transition from 33 MHZ to 2.4 that was market and technology driven.

  192. Mater

    Eventually obtained from a can of Pepsi no less. The technology is just around the corner.

    It shows that the answer always comes back to nuclear.

  193. Tel

    Still better then aging ICE cars. My 12 year old Mazda 3 used to get 400+ km on a tank of gas in my usual city driving. Now days, with only 150K km on the odometer, I am lucky to get 350km on a tank.

    That’s complete and utter bullshit unless you’ve decided to never change the oil and air and oil filters, or check the spark plug.

    Could be over that 12 years city traffic has gradually gotten worse. Council has whacked down more speed humps, a few additional traffic lights. Could be her driving style is a bit more aggro than it used to be.

    I’m betting she doesn’t buy the premium fuel either. What is top dollar 98 octane today was what used to be considered just normal “petrol”, and what is E10 today would not have been acceptable for any vehicle 20 years ago. They have slowly, slowly convinced you to pay more for an inferior product. The old Corolla drives very smooth after all these years if I buy the good fuel, but if I fill it with E10 it will ping all over the place and has no torque to speak of … so you end up revving it out to compensate for the lack of guts.

  194. Tel

    My Mazda 3 is 12 years old this year.
    I typically get 550 km on a 45 L refill in city driving, 700 km on long trips.

    You strike me as the sort of person who would buy good fuel and drive smoothly without getting aggro.

    Also, Newcastle traffic is so much more pleasant than Sydney … if you haven’t been driving in Sydney in the last 10 years … it’s a whole new world here.

  195. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m betting she doesn’t buy the premium fuel either.

    I buy 91 octane ULP from 7-11 because it reputedly doesn’t have ethanol in it.
    That’s as low an octane rating as any fuel that I’ve seen in Oz servos.

  196. stackja

    Razorback Truck Blockade leader remembered for standing up to the government
    Daniel Zautsen, Macarthur Chronicle Camden
    February 13, 2018 3:55pm
    Subscriber only

    The Razorback Truck Blockade of the Hume Highway near Picton sparked a nine-day nationwide truck strike.

    TED ‘Greendog’ Stevens, the public face of the infamous 1979 Razorback Truck Blockade has been remembered as a ‘man among men’.

    Mr Stevens died on February 11 at his home in Victoria following a long battle with cancer.

    He was one of five drivers, alongside Spencer Watling, Colin Bird, Harry Grimson and Jack Hibburt, who stopped their trucks on the Hume Highway at Razorback and blockaded the road as part of a bitter dispute over working conditions with the NSW Government.

  197. calli

    Also, Newcastle traffic is so much more pleasant than Sydney … if you haven’t been driving in Sydney in the last 10 years … it’s a whole new world here.

    Lovely until you get to Wahroonga, then it’s a carpark. It takes as long to cross Sydney as it takes to get home to Nelson Bay. Son in law typically does Kellyville to City in 1.5hrs each way on the bus.

    The place is basically a prole prison.

  198. It doesn’t matter how you slice it, aesthetics, safety, towing, servicing costs, durability, reliability, versatility or even range or availability of recharge stations: the limiting factor for the public adoption of EVs is charge time.

    Until they can be recharged as quickly and cheaply as a ICE vehicle, the general public will not want them; moreso until they can have backup chargers at a low cost at home.

    2 to 4 minutes or 60 to 75 minutes for a full recharge or top up? Your time is not worthless.

    The truly high income earners are paying an opportunity cost that is massive: a radiologist even in a regional hub is sacrificing at least $180 worth of their time to refill.

  199. calli

    I buy the lowest rating non E10 for the CX3 and, because I’m an evil old lady, drive like the clappers.

    Terrific mileage from the little beast.

  200. stackja

    A Lurker
    #2977357, posted on April 2, 2019 at 9:09 am
    Two questions:

    Q. I’d like to know just where the electricity is supposed to come from to power all these electric cars?
    Q. I’d like to know if we’d each need to take out a bank loan every time we had to power our car battery to full capacity?

    Just asking for a friend.

    Warren’s View on BS car in today’s Daily Telegraph

  201. bespoke

    Lithium battery’s last longer and are safer when charged at a low rate in cool temperature. You can fast charge them but those factors drop.

  202. stackja

    Lithium medical use for electric car drivers?

  203. John64

    There is some irony in the fact that, one day after the Coalition will confirm that the budget is back in surplus for the first time in 11 years and that the first baby steps have been made towards repaying Government debt; Goose Swansteen, one time “World’s Greatest Treasurer” and the Liar’s economic vandal-in-chief while in Government, will give his valedictory speech to the Parliament before riding off into the index-linked defined-benefits superannuated sunset to take up his retirement sinecure as Adjunct Professor of Economics at Nambour TAFE.

  204. The last couple of times socialist governments got involved in mandating what cars we should drive they produced the Volkswagen and Trabant.

    As I recall, the Volkswagen Beetle was actually pretty successful.
    They made and sold 21 million.
    The Trabant, not so much.
    The issue was the engineering, not the political makeup of the host country.

  205. Boambee John

    Frank Walker at 0900

    Which it is probably fair to conclude, that bimbette has never actually done. REGULAR SERVICING? WHY YES I PUT FUEL IN IT EVERY 3-14 DAYS!

    Back in the early 1970s, young lady friend asked for help with her car, a VW. It would not start.

    Tried the ignition, half hearted grunt. Looked in the battery. No electrolyte in sight, only dry, warped plates. Purchased and installed new battery.

    Explained that the problem was lack of distilled water in the battery.

    “But, it’s a VW, VWs don’t need water!”

    Explained the difference between a radiator, such as was not installed in the air cooled VW, and a battery and its electrolyte!

  206. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    What is top dollar 98 octane today was what used to be considered just normal “petrol”

    Top dollar 98 octane does good things to my Audi Q5. Mother’s little helper.
    You are best to also turn off the stupid ‘engine stop’ thing. Keep it turning.

    As for other sorts of helpers: Vodka, I can’t see the point. It is odourless and tasteless.
    The CO2 of drinkies. You might as well take a pill and I’m not into pill-popping.
    Whereas a quality gin. With varietal additives. Yum. Even neat it’s OK.

  207. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    EVs are a joke in Australia.

    expensive shopping carts

  208. Sorry, but this is not a teachable moment.
    Teslas are the Concord redux. That I do know.
    Incineration is a feature, not a bug.
    Give it away. There is no need to dis the combustion engine.
    It has a proud history, is well designed, and fit for purpose.
    e-cars are not and likely never will be.

    Lizzie, you’re putting your fingers in your ears, and going lalalalala….
    If you claim the EVs are more likely to burn than petrol powered vehicles, you should have no problem finding the data that proves it.
    Off you go.

  209. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    REGULAR SERVICING?

    Audi ring me and suggest an appointment time. So easy to forget otherwise.
    Same for a mammogram.
    Hairy and I run a daily schedule book in the general mess on the kitchen benchtop.
    Kitchen designer for our new kitchen does not like the mess. She’s giving us a special drawer for it.
    She’s one of these a place for everything and everything in its place people. Organised.
    Good luck with that.
    We will fill that drawer and get back on the benchtop faster than you can say declutterer.

  210. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The issue was the engineering, not the political makeup of the host country.

    I don’t understand why you insist on parading your stupidity in public.

  211. calli

    Pop on your muslin cap, hook up your duds and get ready to roll.

    An ad for the latest in low emissions transport. And it comes is myriad colours. Nothing plain about this lot.

  212. If you claim the EVs are more likely to burn than petrol powered vehicles

    Spontaneously?

    Yes.

    You can put out a carfire in a car with an ICE engine and possibly drive away, all you need is a standard CO2, dry powder foam class extinguisher.

    Once a Tesla battery catches fire; you’re going to need professional help and specialised materials.

  213. bespoke

    As I recall, the Volkswagen Beetle was actually pretty successful.

    Not until it was available in a free market and sold to delusional hipsters as a status symbol ‘Prius’. Beetle fire trap garbage.

    DeLorean another Car for for the people monstrosity.

  214. The leaders of Black Power and the Mongrel Mob are like flowers that grew out of a pot of manure.

  215. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    EV’s are still in unproven testing mode, future white elephants, similar to Concord. There is no sense in attempting statistical comparisons yet with ICE’s, if ever.

    You’d have to be a fool to suggest that there is.

    Oh. Sorry. I forgot.

  216. bespoke

    Doesn’t take much for numbers to into patronizing mode.

  217. Johno

    I have bottled gas for some of the heating at my hacienda. The price has gone up 12% since last october.

    Thanks to all the boofheads who campaign to keep it in the ground.

  218. rickw

    Amazing how similar it is to Australia’s legislation, as well.

    Proves what a liar Ardern is, too, by going well beyond MSSAs, despite what she said initially.

    This has been ready for decades, just as Australia’s was. All that was needed was an “opportunity”. The solution to “the problem” had been devised long before we even knew that there was a problem.

    A “response” to a tragic event? A complete lie.

  219. mh

    Alex Jones coins the term Smolletting: Which is when leftists pose as racist commenters to get their political enemies banned off social media.
    Smolletting
    1.The act of perpetrating hoax hate crimes against yourself to frame your political enemies
    2. Brigading racist comments on social media posts to get political enemies de-platformed
    3. Creating false twitter posts to frame a person for a hate crime

  220. Not until it was available in a free market and sold to delusional hipsters as a status symbol ‘Prius’. Beetle fire trap garbage.

    So there were 21 million “delusional hipsters” in countries as diverse as Germany, the UK, the USA, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico and Australia. Who knew?
    I bought my first Beetle in 1965, before “hipsters” were a thing. I owned a few of them, and they were cheap reliable transport.
    None of my Beetles caught fire.

    With their rear weight bias, and swing axles, they weren’t all that safe, but driven properly, they were the solution to transport problems for millions worldwide.

  221. mh

    I see Drudge has a selection of creepy Joe Biden pics

    https://drudgereport.com

  222. bespoke

    So there were 21 million “delusional hipsters”

    Yep, Next?

  223. Hay Stockard

    Johno,
    I’m TPI. On the special rate. Payed as a single. It is fairly generous.

  224. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    As I recall, the Volkswagen Beetle was actually pretty successful.

    Haw haw. Until Ralph Nader came along. Also, they used to turn over with great ease when cornering. A boyfriend of mine found out about that the hard way. Luckily, he walked away uninjured from that. I always recall him for his choice of such an unusual small car for the Western suburbs and how he was unusually endowed otherwise in … well ..

    Goodness, how the mind can stray!

  225. Johno

    ” The leaders of Black Power and the Mongrel Mob are like flowers that grew out of a pot of manure.”

    Wonderful things happen when you sow distrust in a garden of assholes.

    H/T Raylan

  226. Leigh Lowe

    bespoke

    #2977374, posted on April 2, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Lithium battery’s last longer and are safer when charged at a low rate in cool temperature. You can fast charge them but those factors drop.

    And I get fabulous fuel economy from my petrol car if I leave it in the grudge.
    Who wants to trickle charge the Tesla in Horsham for eight hours on the way from Melbourne to Adelaide.

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