Open Forum: April 20, 2019

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  1. egg_

    The Easter Bunny gave birth to Shinji Ikari.

    Santa Bunny?

  2. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What! And have it drop on the floor?
    Cigars are too expensive for that these days Zulu.
    And too enjoyable.

    That was the hardest thing about giving up smoking all those years ago – the after dinner cigar.

  3. Ellie

    Lizzie, I’m sorry. I apologise for hurting your feelings.

  4. Sinclair Davidson

    Nobody gives me cigars. Bastsrds.

  5. Notafan

    Tel thinks anyone European is automatically a Christian.

    Where is the evidence that the man that killed the Tsar was a professing Christian?

    Seems on par with claiming Stalin and Hilter were Christians.

    I know the Hilter claim is thrown around on a regular basis.

  6. JC

    Sure Sinc. I’ve never seen you so pissed off.

  7. Memoryvault

    Nobody gives me cigars. Bastsrds.

    Well now I know what to get you for Christmas.

  8. Armadillo

    My Mum always described “Minge” as the colour of a cat. Ginger and white. You don’t see too many about anymore. Great house Cats.

    I’m struggling to see the references here. Its like you are talking in code.

  9. Memoryvault

    That was the hardest thing about giving up smoking all those years ago –
    the after dinner cigar.

    So, take them up again.
    Trust me, they’re even better second time around.

  10. Ellie

    MV, wanna get crass again?
    Oh no! Please let’s not! Too many precious petals.
    What happened to PC incorrect fun?

  11. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just discussing with Hairy, and this is not a conversation addressed to any part of my anatomy as identified by Nick, for such would be beneath me 🙂 , just discussing with Hairy how we should distribute our time as requested by Sophie York and Riccardo Bossi for the Conservatives at the coming election. Hairy wants to do a key booth in Wahringah; I’m happy to go there with him too. Alternatively I’m happy to do a booth in our local area. We are both very keen to see Liberals in the Reps in these two electorates where there will be no Aust Cons candidates in the Reps. Hairy would be very happy to work hard to promote Tony Abbott in the Reps and Aust Cons in the Senate but not happy to support some of the Wet Libs in other electorates. Also, while we both agree that Dave Sharma is a Dripping Wet we think it imperative that Wentworth comes back home: a matter of pride to have him defeat the Phelps female.

    Please, please, please Riccardo, can you ensure that the How-to-Votes for the Aust Cons have some policy bullet points on them? It’s hardly worth handing them out unless they do. The memes of Common Sense and A Better Way just do not cut it as informational tags. They could apply to many other Parties; only parties with very well-known profiles can afford the HTV to be a ‘known quantity’.

  12. Sinclair Davidson

    I probably have one cigar a year these days. Stopped smoking – cold turkey – about 18 years ago. I gave my cigar collection away to people who would enjoy them.

  13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Are Aust Cons fielding any candidates for the Reps in this election? Which electorates?

    If not, will the HTV’s have information on why a Senate vote for the Aust Cons is the way to go?

  14. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I’ve sent my email to Colgate saying their toothpaste is rotting my teeth and I’m gonna sue.

    Oops. No. I didn’t say that. I said their wonderful toothpaste and all their other products are no longer on our shopping list. And that Sleeping Giants are midgets. Fake people with false teeth. Not like real people with real teeth. Chomp, chomp. Yours sincerely, etc. 😀

  15. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Dance with me!

    The Memsahib – who confesses that her skirts were as short as anyone’s back in the day – confides that the secret was to wear matching colored knickers, and not to bend over to pick up anything, less then a twenty dollar note.

  16. Memoryvault

    I gave my cigar collection away to people who would enjoy them.

    As did I, when I gave up smoking early last yer.
    But what goes around comes around. Today at the family Easter get together one of the family gave me not one, but two, very expensive Cuban cigars. Great big fat things they had been given as a token of appreciation by the CFMEU. (Don’t ask).

    I shall save them for a special occasion.

  17. None

    Sinc- one of the sibs gave up cigarettes about as many years ago too but then he started having the odd cigar with a fellow CEO. He now smokes full time again. If you want to stay off the smokes don’t even get tempted with the odd cigar. If you want the odd cigar be prepared to be back on the smokes.

  18. None

    What the hell has Colgate done now? What are they protesting?

  19. Sinclair Davidson

    None – I think I can manage. I’ve been having one maybe two cigars for years and haven’t gone back to the cigs.

    My father, however, would give up the cigs for years on end but always go back.

  20. Memoryvault

    If you want the odd cigar be prepared to be back on the smokes.

    Not if you’ve mastered vaping in the meantime.

  21. Knuckle Dragger

    Tarnation, but there’s some tough talking on this here Cat tonight.

    All kinda threats.

    All mouth and no trousers, as we say on the ranch.

  22. Sinclair Davidson

    They have pulled advertising from sky news.

  23. None

    I hope I didn’t jinx you, Sinc.

  24. None

    They pulled advertising because …?

  25. None

    Cassie look what you started

    Colgate-Palmolive Australia has declared on Twitter that it will no longer advertise on Sky News, in response to a coordinated left-wing campaign of anonymous activists targeting Sky News advertisers. In response to the news of the advertising ban, Sky News received an influx of correspondence via email and social media, declaring that activism can ‘work both ways’. Sky News hosts Rowan Dean, Rita Panahi and James Morrow shared some of the correspondence from viewers, including from Australian small business owner Oliver, who said that his 27-year-old commercial cleaning company based in Perth is ‘banning Ajax from our supplier list in response to their banning Sky News advertising’.

    I’m still trying to find out what they were protesting in the first place.

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    All mouth and no trousers, as we say on the ranch.

    All fur coat, and no knickers, as they say in Yorkshire.

  27. Sinclair Davidson

    All mouth and no trousers

    What? Malcolm Fraser is here?

  28. Sinclair Davidson

    All fur coat, and no knickers,

    That’s wrong … because…

  29. Memoryvault

    Dance with me!

    I get it – music with aerobics thrown in.
    How about a bit of humour in the mix as well?

    (Caution – may be slow to load)

  30. Knuckle Dragger

    Last night I watched a barely 17 year old bat like dogshit in the IPL and make 60 odd from 40 balls.

    The midget ranga might be at home in Indian C Grade, but the World Cup will sort the Lambo driving houso out.

  31. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What? Malcolm Fraser is here?

    Fraser tried to blame the infamous old South African “Bureau Of State Security” for the loss of his trousers, in Memphis…..

  32. Knuckle Dragger

    Goddamnit.

    Last night I watched a barely 17 year old kid bat like dogshit in the IPL and make 60 odd from 40 deliveries.

    The midget ranga might be at home in Indian C Grade, but the World Cup will sort the Lambo driving houso out.

  33. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Dance with me

    Nah. You dance with me.
    That girl can’t dance, only got three moves.
    I have just learned a little routine to this song.
    Contemporary bitch style. 🙂

  34. None

    What was the story behind the Fraser trouser dump in the end?

  35. Grigory M

    By “being pegged” I mean I know his real identity, address etc.
    I’m working on identifying the others now.

    Heh – where’s Grigory M when you need him?

  36. Sinclair Davidson

    Lizzie! Bing. You use Bing.

  37. Sinclair Davidson

    Well if BOSS did steal his trouser then fantastic.

  38. Ellie

    Oy! I apologised for hurting your feelings, Lizzie. Minge was a bad call by Nick. Chill!
    The song was meant for MV. The song that triggered people to criticise his and my interaction.

  39. Steve trickler

    She is really good behind the camera.



  40. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Well if BOSS did steal his trouser then fantastic.

    Some of us did see the irony, oh Doomlord

  41. One ScoMo does not make a Spring

    Are Aust Cons fielding any candidates for the Reps in this election? Which electorates?

    If not, will the HTV’s have information on why a Senate vote for the Aust Cons is the way to go?

    AC are not contesting House of Reps. . Too small to influence. Senate is where AC can make a difference. HoR preference vote issue with msm. Ie who will you preference? Ooh aah we don’t like them, you must be ..!!! .. and the preference deal becomes the issue.

    AC hoping to get one to three candidates up in Vic. All are quality choices however realistically May struggle to get one.

  42. Fisky

    It is clear that the Left’s hatred of Christianity was a major cause of the terror attacks in Sri Lanka, now 4 times more deadly than Christchurch. We simply have no choice but to ban all Leftist anti-Christian speech. We simply can’t risk more attacks of this kind.

  43. One ScoMo does not make a Spring

    All fur coat, and no knickers,

    Texas: All hat , no cattle.

  44. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    AC are not contesting House of Reps. . Too small to influence

    Australian Conservatives have the third largest number of members after the two major parties – It would be a reasonable belief to think they have more members then the fvcking Greens.

  45. None

    The Australian conservatives don’t get millions of dollars from outside from organisations such as get up the union Greenies and overseas money. Let’s not go to all the pretend charities like the conservation foundation etc etc which really should have every cent of public money withdrawn.

  46. None

    Ok I’m seeing a headline about people on horseback stealing 200 cattle. I don’t want to click the headline because I suspect it will be animal activists. These people are pests and should be eradicated.

  47. Arky

    The complete and utter lack of decorum or common sense on this blog tonight has been disgraceful.
    Worst thread ever.
    Close this blog now. You all stink.

  48. Arky

    One might have thought that it was impossible to write anything worse or more stupiderer than what the innumerate dickhead spewed up this morning.
    But you chuckleheads reached all new lows.

  49. Armadillo

    Just smoke. I love the stuff. Start with a couple a day. Step by step. You will get to a couple packets a day.

    People are under the misapprehension that anyone will even give a fuck about you in 50 years time. They wont visit your grave. You will merely be a listing on Ancestory.com, if someone even bothers to check.

    Its best to write yourself a glowing report now. When my Great Grandchildren stumble across it in 100 years time, they are going to be pretty damn impressed when they learn that I was an unnamed pioneer of the Internet, was a volunteer Sherpa on Everest, and that I was a secret advisor to Donald Trump in 2016.

    You don’t need to be “victor” to write history. Just make it sound plausible.

    Politicians do it all the time.

  50. None

    Call to halt foreign student influx

    A leading demographer claims the influx of overseas students has helped create a “burden” on Australian cities.

    Yes please

    Invisible Shorten gets the airbrush

    Bill Shorten has been airbrushed from campaign material in at least 27 federal seats.

    Everyone loves Electricity Bill. Not.

  51. None

    Doctor fathered 49 kids

    Fertility doctor duped women by using his own sperm — and there may be hundreds more

    IVF is an abomination. It should be banned.

  52. Memoryvault

    If you’re still with me Elle, if memory serves we then moved on to this.

  53. Sinclair Davidson

    A leading demographer

    FFS. Bob Birrell? I suspect an international student ate one of his children. Alive. There is no social evil that this man hadn’t blamed on migrants generally and international students in particular.

  54. None

    LOL Sinc. We are overrun with internationals here and their unsanitary habits (like spitting, not washing hands after using the toilet, licking fingers and eating while using public PCs etc…). Cleaning up after them IS a burden….

  55. Following the likes of Bob Birrel is a slippery slope.

    https://johnmenadue.com/bob-birrell-and-bob-kinnaird-migration-policy-all-about-numbers/

    I now know how the Aboriginal people felt when their land was stolen by the English./blockquote>

  56. None

    Regardless of Bod Birrell the student visa for residency scheme is an utter disgrace and rorted mercilessly. It is another con foisted upon Australians by fuckwit irresponsible governments who use immigration ponzi scheme to prop up the budget figures and avoid real reform. Detestable, dishonest, frauds.

  57. None

    Useless media – why did Colgate withdraw advertising from Sky? You’d think the reason would be in the lede. But no.

  58. Sinclair Davidson

    Because they are gutless.

  59. None

    Hmm sleeping dwarfs were bragging about Colgate but the triumphant tweet they retweeted has been deleted
    https://twitter.com/Colgate/status/1118698280395911169

  60. Memoryvault

    Sorry Elle, but I’m more of a line dancing guy.
    Sort of.

  61. Ellie

    Indeed, they are gutless, Sinc.
    Here is the other version

  62. None

    Oh dear god no. No. No. Not Harry for G-G. No no no.

  63. Sinclair Davidson

    Restore the monarchy.

  64. Sinclair Davidson

    The problem with video clip is that the women look bored. Never a good look.

  65. Ellie

    Sing us a song, Sinc. 😉

  66. Sinclair Davidson

    Sink the pink by AC/DC is good.

  67. None

    MO in Sri Lanka is all religion of pieces. Very much like Mumbai.

  68. Ellie

    Sink the pink?
    I have a version for you and MV.
    You may want to delete it 😎

  69. Nelson Kidd-Players

    If we’re going near Vanda & Young, even tangentiality, then:

  70. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Oh, and Doomlord, if you’re thinking about when to start a new open forum, a 4:00 one might allow Tom to start it on a bright note, while a certain armadillo bombs the old one.

  71. Nelson Kidd-Players

    Need to remember to use the new avatar. This transitioning stuff is tricky!

  72. Memoryvault

    The problem with video clip is that the women look bored.

    So, you never played that game, Sinc.
    Pity.

  73. Memoryvault

    You may want to delete it

    Thanks Elle4, I’ve not seen that before.
    (Looks like a variant of the same game).

    But why on earth would I want to delete it?

  74. Memoryvault

    And on that happy note, I think it must be time to retire.

  75. Notafan

    Considering Erdogan’s outrageous comments after a couple of his citizens were injured in NZ, how very very cross will he be now.

    Much coyness about religious extremists being responsible.

    You are right None, Mumbai was a number of coordinated attacks and Sri Lankan police had some idea, as they were quick to raid a private residence.

    two of those killed were Turkish

  76. Ellie

    Tom will be up soon. Time for bed though.

  77. Tom

    Johannes Leak #2 (with a Paywallian Media Diary item about half-hearted attempts by commercial networks to poach Their ABC election analyst Antony Green).

  78. Leigh Lowe

    Rowe for me today Tom.
    Brilliant!

  79. Tom

    I love Steve Bright’s Nigel Farage (London Sun).

    .

  80. Tom

    Peter Brookes (London Times) on globetrotting celebrity climate zombie Emma Thompson.

  81. None

    This explains why I hate the west end of North Tce. More hideous than the Berlin wall.
    https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/10/why-you-hate-contemporary-architecture

  82. None

    You are right about Bright, Tom.

  83. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Garrison nails it. Thanks om!

  84. Rabid Koala

    (I don’t know this site just liked the list. What would an Australian one look like?)
    https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/32067-after-notre-dame-professor-charged-with-attempting-to-torch-st-patrick-s-cathedral

    Stop spreading fake news None. The correct term is attempting a renovation accident.

  85. calli

    Leigh Lowe
    #2994255, posted on April 22, 2019 at 4:16 am
    Rowe for me today Tom.
    Brilliant!

    🤣

    I see everyone kissed and made up. Like Mrs Marsh and the chalk, a little bit of Easter Day must have got in. Unlike Colgate toothpaste, which will have to go bye-byes from my shopping list.

  86. calli

    Heh. Keith Sutor exposes his inner Totalitarian, admiring the way the Sri Lankans have shut down all social media in the country. “A very interesting approach”.

    He also seems to think people can’t be “arrested on suspicion”. I thought that happened all the time.

  87. Fatty 5D* can’t count.
    Or is it dementia?

    * Trump was deferred for service in Vietnam 5 times (which foot???) and has a weight problem.

  88. rickw

    The archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, called it “a very sad day” and urged the government to identify the attackers and “punish them mercilessly because only animals can behave like that”.

    Not feeling the same love for is lam as pope fonzi.

  89. Rabid Koala

    Heh. Keith Sutor exposes his inner Totalitarian, admiring the way the Sri Lankans have shut down all social media in the country. “A very interesting approach”.

    No different than Horseface in NZ making it illegal to spread certain things on social media. She is more likely to make it illegal to criticise muslims than Sri Lanka is though.

  90. Rabid Koala

    Heh. Keith Sutor exposes his inner Totalitarian, admiring the way the Sri Lankans have shut down all social media in the country. “A very interesting approach”.

    No different than Horseface in NZ making it illegal to spread certain things on social media. She is more likely to make it illegal to criticise m uslims than Sri Lanka is though.

  91. Rabid Koala

    Is it irony when a so called libertarian blog bans the word “m uslim” while users accuse others of being totalitarian?

  92. Rabid Koala

    Trump was deferred for service in Vietnam 5 times (which foot???) and has a weight problem.

    No one cares fool. Trump was elected to build a wall, kick out muslims and mexicans, drain the swamp and make lefties butthurt. He was not elected to run the 100m.

    Trump may not have achieved most of his promises but he makes lefties like you so butthurt so that is a win

  93. calli

    Sinc’s blog, Sinc’s rules. We’ve been over the point before, ad nauseum.

    Just continue to insert a space in the word. Simples. It’s an opportunity to be creative.

  94. Rabid Koala

    Trump was deferred for service in Vietnam 5 times (which foot???) and has a weight problem.

    No one cares fool. Trump was elected to build a wall, kick out m uslims and mexicans, drain the swamp and make lefties butthurt. He was not elected to run the 100m.

    Trump may not have achieved most of his promises but he makes lefties like you so butthurt so that is a win

  95. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, Numbers hasn’t had his covfefe this morning it appears.

  96. Rabid Koala

    Fatty 5D* can’t count.
    Or is it dementia?

    You really are a fool.

    Trump makes mistakes in his tweets to get the lefties to repeat it and so bring more focus on what he wants them to focus on or to distract them from what he does not want them to focus on. His covfefe tweet distracted the media for weeks and his getting black crime statistics wrong tricked the media into spreading the true crime figures for black Americans. Now he has the media focusing more on the renovation accident in Sri Lanka than they wanted to. You fools don’t even know when you are being played.

  97. No different than Horseface in NZ making it illegal to spread certain things on social media. She is more likely to make it illegal to criticise m uslims than Sri Lanka is though.

    You know that our Parliament just passed a bill into law that basically banned “scary” content?

  98. He was not elected to run the 100m.

    Can you imagine Bernie or Hillary doing a “run around D.C.” stunt like Slick Willy?

  99. Eyrie

    Sinc might ask Fred Pruitt if he can borrow the Rantburg ( http://www.rantburg.com ) banner for a bit after some of the carry on last night.

  100. Rabid Koala

    You know that our Parliament just passed a bill into law that basically banned “scary” content?

    After they censured Anning for saying what the average person was thinking I am not surprised. Do you know what exactly is in the bill?

  101. Bushkid

    Johannes Leak #1 and Ben Garrison for me this morning.
    Thank you Tom, another pearler of a collection today.

  102. Amazing how the ADF has been emasculated by attention seeking wannabe politicians.

    I imagine that in a large scale war, these people would find their way out, but not after their mistakes cost lives.

  103. Notafan

    Unlike France, Australia and other western targets, Sri Lankan people would probably backlash in outrageous displays of is lam O phobia.

    There was an outbreak of anti m sentiment there last year iirc

    The response by various leaders and the media, in comparison to Christchurch should be well noted.

    What will Waleed say, he can’t ignore what happened completely.

    Shall he be all sad and stuff because brown people like me?

    He’s hurting right now, sob sob.

    no one wants to say the m word

  104. Do I know what is in the bill?

    The Senate did not even read the bill, but they voted on it and it passed the Senate.

  105. 1735099

    Trump may not have achieved most of his promises

    No shit, Sherlock. Snake oil merchants don’t, as a rule.

    You fools don’t Even know when you’re being played

    Hahahaha……

  106. Numbers!

    Good morning old mate.

    I would like your take on the Abhorrent Materials Bill being passed by the Senate but not even read or circulated to the Senators.

  107. Notafan

    Look in the sky it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the seagull

    Splattering all over the forum again

  108. Geez this Abhorent Materials Bill has gotten me worked up.

    Look at the way these cock and minge torture banning parasites are dodging the questions posed to them by Senator Spender.

    Isn’t that contempt? LOCK THEM UP!

    Seriously though, TV and radio exempt, but what can I or cannot view online ?

    Is contact sport or consensual rough sex now banned?

    Um…um…um…it just seems like a scam to prop up the dinosaur media that really should be put out of its misery.

  109. Splattering all over the forum again

    Sorry Mum.

    Also, Happy Easter.

  110. struth

    Good Moaning.
    SNIFFY McTurDS couldn’t find his own freckle with both hands and a shaving mirror.
    No good asking it questions dot.
    It’s as useless as tits in a parliament.

  111. Well there you go.
    “Consensual torture” is a thing amongst Glibertarians.
    Who knew?

    What’s next?
    “Consensual snuff?”

  112. calli

    Are there Abhorent Materials here?

    Yes, yes there are!

    But they’re all tidied up by sunrise. Usually.

  113. Wow.

    I never pegged numbers as a moralising authoritarian busybody with a lack of respect for the formal processes of a representative democracy.

    So he’s got that as well as being a comrade and supporter of the Viet Minh communist terrorists.

    So basically he’s a real life, left wing version of the nightmares that Margaret Atwood writes fiction about.

  114. “Consensual torture”

    Yes dummy, like how a boxing match is consensual assault, hence the defence of consent to “anything” (assault) but murder or having incapacity.

  115. egg_

    it just seems like a scam to prop up the dinosaur media that really should be put out of its misery.

    TEN used to be avant garde with Number 96 and The Box – now we have Their Squalid and the moderators.
    Meanwhile, strike drones have become all the more advanced, eh Squalid?

  116. egg_

    “Consensual torture”

    Not scrolling past trolls?

  117. calli

    Of course. I wondered about that wierd story about Charlise Theron and her gender confused child.

    She has a movie about to be released.

  118. Entropy

    None
    #2994266, posted on April 22, 2019 at 4:57 am
    This explains why I hate the west end of North Tce. More hideous than the Berlin wall.
    https://www.currentaffairs.org/2017/10/why-you-hate-contemporary-architecture

    Reminds me of the recent brouhaha in Melbournestan where tasteless American corporation Apple had the innocent temerity to try to improve the look of Federation Square by putting a stylish Apple retail store, learning centre and Steve Jobs shrine (well not sure about that last bit) building where there is currently a monstrosity of an indigenous museum and a couple of run down coffee shops. A monstrosity among monstrosities that collectively make Federation Square one of the grossest architectural follies of socialist Victoria. Completely outdone in taste next door by a railway station! .

    The anti-bourgeoisie couldn’t accept that of course. In their desperation to preserve the wonder that is Federation Square, these guardians of taste deemed this embarrassment comparable to the Sydney Opera House, thus confirming their small pond stupidity and the endless need to demonstrate the famous Melbourne cultural cringe at the same time.

    It took two design attempts before Apple realised it was wasting its time. End result, Melbourne still has no Apple CBD store. Personally I would put another one in Sydney just to annoy Melbourne People. It would be fun.

  119. egg_

    Are there Abhorent Materials here?

    Tits, Albo – fine upstanding gentlemen, I’m sure!

  120. “Not uncommon” to vote on things senators haven’t seen. That’s worrying.

    Yes, yes it is.

    What would the problem be if it went to a vote…

    Amazing that Senator Spender even had to ask that seemingly absurd question.

  121. Notafan

    Did you really think I meant you dot?

  122. Today we remember 44897 Private Robert ‘Bob’ Edward Hughes, 4 Platoon, B Company, 7 RAR, who was fatally wounded in an attack on an enemy bunker system on 22 April 1970. His story, is told in Adrian Taylor’s book ‘From Nui Dat to Discharge’.

  123. egg_

    a monstrosity of an indigenous museum and a couple of run down coffee shops.

    There’s a similar indigenous ‘cultural centre’ in Armidale that I’m sure Arma frequents (visited by the occasional stray tourist, subsidised by our coin).

  124. Bruce of Newcastle

    Two sad events which show the problem of having a lot of energy in a confined space:

    Smoke Seen For Miles After SpaceX Crew Dragon Suffers “Anomaly”

    Someone posted a closeup vid of the failure to Twitter. It’s the sort of anomaly that is accompanied by a very big kaboom. I suspect the hypergolic components mixed without the valve to the engine being open. Result: lots of energy with no place to go.

    Watch: Shocking Video Shows Parked Tesla Spontaneously Exploding In Chinese Garage

    A few more of these and no one will park their car next to a Tesla ever again.

  125. Notafan

    I wonder how much money CNN and the Guardian are paying Google to be first in ‘Sri lanka’ searches

  126. Baldrick

    Somebody did something …

    The blasts at Sri Lankan churches and luxury hotels have killed at least 207 people and wounding at least 450 people.

  127. Senator Duncan Spender speaking with Chris Smith on 2GB about the review of the Family Law System by the Australian Law Reform Commission, which he labelled as being anti-dad.

  128. egg_

    Melbourne still has no Apple CBD store.

    But Qwerty football?
    /Sad

  129. calli

    Looked like a very dull, unentertaining clone of Yes Minister, Dot.

    Sadly Des is slumming it on the South Coast. Otherwise we could ask for an estimate of how much that gab-fest cost us. So many words. So little meaning.

  130. Notafan

    With ‘reaction’ from Canada’s m community.

    Not the Buddhist community, by far the largest in Sri Lanka

    Not the Hindu community, also significant, though shrinking, in Sri Lanka

    Why is it so?

    CBS go subtle

  131. calli

    You’re lucky to be called “Mum”, Nota.

    He’s dying to call me Grannie. 😀

  132. Baldrick

    Sky News Australia ✔ @SkyNewsAust
    Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is touring Far North Queensland where he will today announce a regional tourism plan

    I can’t wait for Tits to explain how you tour Far North Queensland in an electric vehicle.

  133. Notafan

    And no-one is saying anything about why Christians and why western hotels.

    It’s a mystery.

    Especially in light of earlier Buddhist/ m tensions.

  134. So the Senate works by not debating anything, passing laws that have not been read, suing people who aren’t nice enough and being unable to compel bureacrats to answer questions.

    We truly need an obstructionist Senate. Carve up the seats between the minor parties on the right. Hell, even campaign for one another interstate proportional to preferences.

    You can ensure 6+1 Senators that would be righties. Maybe even the 2nd seat in the NT is up for grabs?

    The ALP and Greens would require either the support of the coalition or 39 seats otherwise to pass anything.

    Time to cut some deals.

  135. Farmer Gez

    ABC is running a story about childcare (institutionalising children).
    Nobody is talking about the cost and lack of adequate childcare leading to economic consequences when the ladies can’t work.
    Seeding the ground for a Labor announcement I suspect.

  136. Boambee John

    * Trump was deferred for service in Vietnam 5 times (which foot???) and has a weight problem.

    Third day in a row the psychological problem has recurred, seems to be becoming chronic.

  137. 2dogs

    Regarding this, note how SJWs insist gender is a spectrum, but race is apparently binary. Neither position has scientific support.

  138. Nota – clearly not. I’m still amused that SRR thought you were my mother.

  139. Notafan

    I should be so lucky Calli

  140. calli

    unable to compel bureacrats to answer questions.

    It was pretty obvious from those clips exactly who runs the country.

    Mortein will have to be triple strength to deal with those roaches.

  141. calli

    Did she? Oh my sides!

    And no “whatevers” from you, young whippersnipper!

  142. Farmer Gez

    Christchurch x Columbo = M

    Even the ABC are now mentioning the likely culprits.
    Seems our NZ perp is getting his wish.

  143. Notafan

    Those were the days, Frankie.

    Much spittle flecked absurd accusations flying about.

    I remember being accused of not really being overseas because I posted at my then local time of 10 pm, as though it were impossible for me to travel overseas.

    Very, very weird.

    And sixty odd posts on the Saudi arrests as the start of the apocalypse also very, very wrong.

    And very, very not missed.

  144. egg_

    I can’t wait for Tits to explain how you tour Far North Queensland in an electric vehicle.

    In an Akubra hat, mate!

  145. struth

    Did someone do something in Sri Lanka?

    Wouldn’t know it watching MSM.

  146. lotocoti

    Are there Abhorent Materials here?

    Assuming even our numerated friend wouldn’t wear polyester rayon, then no.

  147. min

    With Shorten’s likability score at -19% in some electorates they also asked them what made them angry about the Liberals . Malcolm Turnbull . Strangely Labor think that means his sacking ,however more likely his behaviour since .

  148. egg_

    Are there Abhorent Materials here?

    How many pollies are NOT banging the help?

  149. struth

    I see saying Notre Dame without coughing up phlem is now so bogan……..

  150. Notafan

    Yes Farmer Gez

    And our local leaders and media for making Christians and westerners collectively responsible by blaming the right wing and banning guns

    Just gagging for a nice bit of backlash.

    Sri Lanka being a nice soft target with a even more divided and incoherent government than usual whose bureaucracy knew in advance churches were going to be targeted.

    Where is armadillo?

  151. OldOzzie

    ALP pits children against parents

    Behind Bill Shorten’s superannuation ‘mistake’ is a carefully planned strategy.

    Shorten’s 10 blows: self-funded retirees to bear the brunt

    Robert Gottliebsen

    Behind last week’s Bill Shorten superannuation “mistake”, is a carefully planned ALP intergenerational strategy.

    Shorten showed in his budget reply speech that he clearly understands that this is an election where the younger generation of voters are pitched against their parents and grand parents. The ALP research shows the younger voters are their greatest supporters and the campaign locks in their support while launching an unprecedented attack on older people trying to fund their retirement.

    In all Shorten proposes 10 carefully planned and sometimes vicious blows to the self-funded and partly self-funded retirement community. Some of the measures are fair and good policy but others are unfair and will cause chaos among those who carefully saved under current rules for retirement. But it is the sheer number of the measures attacking one section of the community that takes voter segmenting in tax policy to a disturbing new level.

    I am not going to get into the debate about how much money will be raised by the attacks on retirees and approaching retirees, but it is many tens of billions.

    The ALP statisticians appear to have calculated that there are not enough voters among retirement savers in key seats to carry the election for the Coalition, especially as many retirees have a deep anger with the Coalition given three prime ministers in three years.

    The young want climate change policies, more income and cheaper houses. Many think their parents and grand parents have had it too good for too long. All generations want better health

    Shorten’s aims could not have been clearer in his budget reply speech:

    “We believe the Australian people are hungry for a united, stable government with a real vision for the future, one that can make hard decisions.

    “We believe government has a responsibility to leave the place better than we found it.

    “That’s why we’re going to stop the intergenerational unfairness in our tax system”.

    In his speech Shorten concentrates on just two of the 10 measures “to stop the intergenerational unfairness”. Here is the complete 10-point program (I hope I have not missed a blow)

    1. The “loaded dice”. Shorten: “We cannot have property investors playing with loaded dice against our young people, Generation Y and the Millennials” (people aged between 20 and 35).

    A large portion of Shorten’s “property investors “ playing with loaded dice are people aged in their 50s and 60s who in planning for their retirement do not trust superannuation and borrow to buy one or more dwellings. To the extent that rental income does not cover interest and other costs they deduct the shortfall against their salaried income — so-called negative gearing.

    When they retire they use their superannuation to pay off the debt and then live on the income from the dwellings.

    The ALP will not to change existing investments, but under its policy negative gearing can only apply to dwellings being constructed and not existing dwellings. The ALP policy aims to make it easier for young people to buy by reducing the value of existing dwellings.

    Over time investors will realise that houses must be positively geared and that will be achieved via higher rents, lower house prices and, perhaps lower interest rates. Those currently funding retirement this way are likely to suffer capital loss, although they might receive higher rents. (Renters among Generation Y and the Millennials have not woken up to this.)

    2. Gift Chaos: Bill Shorten says: “If the tax office pays a tax credit to someone who pays no tax, this is a gift … it’s not illegal, it’s not immoral — but it’s just not sustainable anymore”. There are no qualifications, so by implication all franking credits received in cash are now in grave danger.

    Shadow treasurer Chis Bowen says he will allow retirees whose superannuation funds are in pension mode and not paying tax to receive their cash franking credits “gift” if they invest their superannuation money in industry funds and some retail funds. This is the first time in the world taxes have been levied on the basis of who manages your money and not on assets or income.

    3. Lower Share Prices: Unless everyone in superannuation pension mode is able, under the ALP legislation, to shift their superannuation money to industry or big retail funds (so negating the retirement tax revenue) there will be a marked fall in the value of those shares boosted by franking credits. Accordingly retirees will suffer lower income and lower capital values. Those who saved outside of superannuation do not have the industry fund option so will suffer the full blow. Many more will go on to the government pension. .

    4. Pensioners clipped: Under the Bowen policy many pensioners — but not all — will continue to receive their cash franking credit “gift”. But if pensioners happen to be in self-managed funds and did not register for the pension by the end of March last year, they will not receive the “gift”. Clearly there is a second agenda here in this grossly unfair pensioner attack.

    5. Capital gains: Those who saved outside of superannuation will pay higher capital gains tax. Although there is grandfathering, this further reduces the attraction of risking capital and therefore lowers the value of dwellings and other capital assets over time. Those approaching retirement or in retirement are key sufferers.

    6. Contribution clamps: Currently people can contribute up to $100,000 a year from their tax paid funds to superannuation. There is no tax deduction. These are called non-concessional contributions and the annual cap will be lowered from $100,000 to $75,000

    7. Family blow: Currently if you have a total super balance of less than $500,000 and you make annual concessional contributions of less than of $25,000 a year then in 2019-20 and subsequent you will be able “catch up”. While all taxpayers benefit, the measure was targeted at females and males in the years after child birth. The ALP will wipe it out, making it so much harder for families to save an adequate amount for retirement.

    8. Small Business attack. The ALP would undo a government initiative to allow more small business owners to claim their personal super contributions as a tax deduction. There are some 800,000 people vulnerable to this attack

    9. Earning $200,001 Costs: A reduction in the threshold for the 30 per cent the so-called high income super contribution tax from $250,000 to $200,000, which means workers earning more than $200,000 a year would pay twice the rate of the standard 15 per cent tax on contributions.

    10. Super Borrowing: Prospectively restore the prohibition on direct borrowing by SMSFs on housing investments via the so- called limited Recourse Borrowing Arrangements. This measure should never been allowed. Its good policy.

    There maybe retirement attacks I have missed but the opinion polls show that to date the ALP calculations are correct and the younger generation will carry the day. But it’s a sad time for the community that the young are pitched against their parents and grand parents in an election.

  152. mh

    Boambee John
    #2994333, posted on April 22, 2019 at 8:10 am
    * Trump was deferred for service in Vietnam 5 times (which foot???) and has a weight problem.

    Third day in a row the psychological problem has recurred, seems to be becoming chronic
    .

    And remember this is a “diversion” for Numbers, not a pastime.

  153. OldOzzie

    Call for foreign student clamp to ease ‘burden’

    Brad Norington
    ASSOCIATE EDITOR

    Tougher English-­language and financial requirements should be imposed on overseas students to ease the “burden’’ created by immigration on major capital cities rather than ­“fiddling’’ with the ­nation’s permanent migrant entry program, a leading demographer says.

    Bob Birrell, in a new report, finds the influx of overseas students to Australia has overtaken other categories as its main source of net migration.

    Just a month after the Morrison government’s decision to cut permanent migrant visa numbers from 190,000 to 160,000 a year, Dr Birrell concludes that pushing the formal program “up or down a bit” is not a significant issue because overseas students are a “far more important contributor to Australia’s population growth”.

    The detailed study of migration figures by Dr Birrell, who heads the Australian Population Research Institute after an academic career at Melbourne’s Monash University, found overseas students now accounted for 44 per cent of the nation’s net ­migrant intake — based on the difference between annual arrivals and departures.

    Overseas students accounted for 104,987 of the 236,700 intake recorded for net overseas migration in the 2018 financial year. Growth in net migration of overseas students has also outstripped growth in other categories such as for visitors, workers or permanent entrants — up from 25,700 in 2012 to last year’s 104,987.

    Analysing figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and Home Affairs Department, Dr Birrell found overseas students were the biggest source of population growth in inner Sydney and Melbourne, and “thus major contributors to each city’s congestion crisis”.

    He recommends “only one clear-cut answer” for the ­federal government to reduce the “burdens” on Australia’s ­migration intake — reverse a ­watering-down of English-­language and financial requirements for overseas students. As universities competed for overseas students, Dr Birrell said the quality of higher education had been adversely affected because of lower university entry standards and English-language requirements.

    “Australia’s universities have had to create learning enclaves, mainly in business and administrative courses,” he said. “In these enclaves, the standards for ­English-language skills, academic preparation and learning outcomes have all had to be adjusted downwards in order to attract and cope with overseas students.”

    But Phil Honeywood, chief executive of the International Education Association of Australia, said the university community was “fed up” with Dr Birrell using migration figures to attack universities and overseas student numbers.

    “His research flies in the face of a report by the Department of Home Affairs and Treasury last August, which found that 87 per cent of international students return to their home country,” he said.

    “If 87 per cent are going back, I don’t know where he gets this 44 per cent from.”

    Mr Honeywood accused Dr Birrell of “looking narrowly” at the issue without considering the benefits overseas students brought to Australia’s economic growth.

    “He never acknowledges the $34 billion injection into the economy. They have a good experience while they are here, and they are important to our international ­vision.

    “If they come back, it’s ­usually as tourists, or for other ­reasons, not to live here. Those that do, what’s wrong with that?”

    Andrew Norton, the Grattan Institute’s higher education program director, said Dr Birrell was right about overseas students being the biggest source of net migration, and also their concentration in big cities, especially Melbourne and Sydney — but there were positives to consider.

    “There are substantial economic benefits as well,” he said. “There are tens of billions of dollars spent in fees and living expenses, and the flip side is that there is a large labour force as well in areas where there’s demand for it — cleaning, hospitality and Uber driver jobs.”

    Dr Birrell said overseas students contributed most to population growth in Sydney and Melbourne because of the Gillard government’s “reform backtrack” in 2011 that watered down rules on English-language and financial requirements following the Knight student visa program review. Easing of previously tough conditions allowed many more overseas students to not only enter but also gain permanent residency visas while here, he said.

    Contrary to popular belief, Department of Home Affairs figures showed the largest category of migrants issued permanent visas by the government in the 2017 financial year — 42,541 or 22 per cent — were those previously with higher education or vocational training visas, and those who were partners or family members.

    The proportion of this ex-­student category gaining permanent residency fell slightly to 18.7 per cent last year because Home Affairs Minister Peter ­Dutton tightened some provisions.

    Dr Birrell said the high overseas student intake had a bearing on unemployment in Sydney and Melbourne because local low-skill, low-income jobseekers were displaced. He claimed these overseas students had then become an exploited new “underclass of workers”.

    The immigration debate has focused mainly on the number of permanent residency visas issued to offshore entrants — prompting the government’s recent cut — because of the widely held belief that these migrants have been the main source of population growth and contributed most to problems such as city congestion and job shortages.

    Dr Birrell disagrees, based on his research. He found that while the government had reduced permanent entry numbers, and ­explored ways to ease congestion by directing such migrants to ­regional areas, the “far more important” issue of overseas students has been “overlooked” or ­“neglected”.

    Dr Birrell identified “two distinct markets” of overseas students entering Australian cities in much greater numbers since 2011.

    The first was the “Chinese market” attending Australia’s “Go8”-leading research universities that charged fees of $40,000 a year or more. Contrary to past years as China’s affluent class grew, most returned home after completing their courses because their ­degrees and experience in an ­English-language country provided a pathway to employment with good prospects back home.

    From ABS data, he found the number of offshore student visas issued to Chinese nationals had increased from 22,638 in 2013 to 47,794 last year with most enrolment growth in Go8 universities.

    The second market, Dr Birrell said, was a large group of “Indian subcontinent” students from India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who attended mainly “non-Go8” universities and were charged $20,000 a year for courses including business, administration and IT.

    From ABS data, he found the number of offshore student visas issued to these students had increased from 14,110 in 2013 to 51,305 last year.

    “The main attraction to subcontinent students appears to be the access they gain to the Aus­tralian labour market, and to the possibility of obtaining a permanent resident visa,” he said.

    Overseas students often rolled over their visas, then moved to a 485 visa as a pathway to seeking permanent residency while still in Australia.

    Last year, 46,711 overseas students were granted a 485 visa.

  154. C.L.

    We learn this morning from Andrew Bolt that corrupt Victoria Police led by its perjurer commissioner illegally leaked a (false) version of a bugged phone call between George Pell and a friend (a senior priest who was also a key, exonerating witness) to Fairfax. They were caught out because the dumb broad at Fairfax reported the conversation between a ‘tearful’ Pell (apologising to the witness) occurred at a dinner on the night prior to the day of the verdict. In fact, the priest couldn’t make that dinner and wasn’t there. He had spoken to the cardinal in a phone call that night, however.

  155. Dr Faustus

    Their ABC cries Havoc, and lets slip the distraction squirrels of war in Sri Lanka:

    Local Christian groups said they faced increasing intimidation from some extremist Buddhist monks in recent years.

    Last year, there were clashes between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community and minority Muslims, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing M_uslims of forcing people to convert to I_slam.

    So, presumably it’s 13 Buddists currently wired up to ignition coils, practising the St Vitus Dance.
    Or is the ABC just spreading the joy?

  156. Entropy

    The politicians can’t help themselves when it comes to super. They wants it.
    And most people end up on the pension anyway.
    Time to end the farce.
    Make the pension not means tested to stop the farce, and end government contributions to super. I wonder if it will balance out?

  157. C.L.
    #2994351, posted on April 22, 2019 at 8:36 am

    We learn this morning from Andrew Bolt that corrupt Victoria Police led by its perjurer commissioner illegally leaked a (false) version of a bugged phone call between George Pell and a friend (a senior priest who was also a key, exonerating witness) to Fairfax. They were caught out because the dumb broad at Fairfax reported the conversation between a ‘tearful’ Pell (apologising to the witness) occurred at a dinner on the night prior to the day of the verdict. In fact, the priest couldn’t make that dinner and wasn’t there. He had spoken to the cardinal in a phone call that night, however.

    This is just astonishing and infuriating.

    If there were not lingering anti-Catholic bigotry there’d be riots.

  158. mh

    ALLEGED SRI LANKA SUICIDE BOMBER: “ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH MUSLIMS SHOULD BE KILLED”

    Extremist statement went unnoticed

    One of the alleged suicide bombers responsible for the terror in Sri Lanka previously made a video in which he stated “anyone who disagrees with Muslims should be killed.”
    Imam Mohamad Tawhidi posted a video of Islamic extremist Zahran Hashim uttering the statement, which was made in front of a backdrop showing a knife and blood…

    https://www.infowars.com/alleged-sri-lanka-suicide-bomber-anyone-who-disagrees-with-muslims-should-be-killed/

  159. mh

    ALLEGED SRI LANKA SUICIDE BOMBER: “ANYONE WHO DISAGREES WITH MUS LIMS SHOULD BE KILLED”

    Extremist statement went unnoticed

    One of the alleged suicide bombers responsible for the terror in Sri Lanka previously made a video in which he stated “anyone who disagrees with Mus lims should be killed.”
    Imam Mohamad Tawhidi posted a video of Isla mic extremist Zahran Hashim uttering the statement, which was made in front of a backdrop showing a knife and blood…

    Infowars

  160. Bruce of Newcastle

    Entroy – They also want superannuation as a way to lock the victims to the treadmill. Once there is no superannuation there is no way to keep that capital in Australia where they can milk it, like Shorten is doing.

  161. Diversity Plan BACKFIRES Igniting “James Damore 2.0” Scandal

    Tim Pool
    Published on Apr 21, 2019
    Microsoft Diversity Plan BACKFIRES In “James Damore 2.0” Event. Following stories about complaints from female staffers at Microsoft news emerged that employees were outraged at the discriminatory practices against white men and asians. Far left media pounced in outrage that anyone would dare openly challenge “diversity.”

    Quartz said they are holding the name of the employee pending a response which could result in what many are calling a “James Damore 2.0” type event.

    As the far left and social justice activists demand diversity programs we see them fail time and time again. Data and studies form Harvard show that these programs often backfire and don’t work as intended. We can now see how the far left views all Asians as one group when it is very ethnically diverse.

    It seems the goal isn’t diversity but tribal authority and control.
    This would explain why they demand punishment for those openly questioning the practice.

  162. Arky

    I never pegged numbers

    ..
    Good to see libertarians have some standards.

  163. OldOzzie

    mh
    #2994349, posted on April 22, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Boambee John
    #2994333, posted on April 22, 2019 at 8:10 am
    * Trump was deferred for service in Vietnam 5 times (which foot???) and has a weight problem.

    Third day in a row the psychological problem has recurred, seems to be becoming chronic.

    And remember this is a “diversion” for Numbers, not a pastime.

    It is rare I will comment on Numbers but he really does need to get some Psychiatric Help

    As A Guy who tells us that he repeatedly threw the Dice in numerous ways to try and avoid Vietnam and finally lost – since then from what he has written, he has continually whinged about Losing the Toss – For God’s Sake Man get over it – loads of Aussies went to Vietnam, came back and got on with life

    Rather than Chips on Your Shoulders you have wandered through life with 2 Broad Gauge (5′ 3″) Railway Sleepers on Your Shoulders

    Got Help the poor kids taught by your Embittered, Tortured Soul

    These Guys The Battle of Long Tan and the AATV Guys were Heroes, and they don’t bang on continuously about themselves

    Get Some Professional Help

  164. Arky

    Numbers getting pegged by dot:
    “Did I ever tell you I was in VieeeeeetNAM…”

  165. Nick

    Another very important black letter Rule, which Sinc absolutely insists upon, is no releasing on Catallaxy (and elsewhere I guess it might be reasonable to expect) of personal details trusted to others in IRL meet-ups,

    That’s strange, the very first thing you did after a meet up in Sydney was to post descriptions of what Cats wore and roughly who they were!

  166. calli

    Lotocoti, more Abhorent Materials:

  167. I am giving numbers Bob Bobby Bob the help he needs,

    STATISTICS OF DEMOCIDE
    Chapter 6
    Statistics Of
    Vietnamese Democide
    Estimates, Calculations, And Sources*

    By R.J. Rummel

    https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/SOD.CHAP6.HTM

    Putting together all these consolidations and calculations, I figure that for the years 1945 to 1956 the Vietnamese communists likely killed 242,000 to 922,000 people (line 347). Above this range I show two other estimates of these dead (lines 344 and 345), one at 700,000 and the other at 500,000 dead. Both are contained within the range at which I arrived.

    The estimated range of refugees killed in one case (line 454) may seem relatively high but is probably conservative. Of the 200,000 refugees that fled the Highlands offensive by the North in March 1975, only 45,000 made it to Tuy-Hoa. Many of the 155,000 missing were killed by North Vietnamese troops; others were captured. Rebel highlanders also fired on the refugees, some were mistakenly bombed by government planes, and still others may have been run over by fleeing government vehicles. Some died by drowning and sheer exhaustion. I estimate that of those missing about 15 percent to 65 percent, most reasonably around one-third, were slaughtered by the North or died due to their actions. Because of the size of this missing figure, I should note that it comes from Phan Quang Dan,9 whose background (MAD., opposition leader, imprisoned by Dim, Chairman of the Interministerial Committee for the Relief of Refugees from Cambodia in 1970, former Secretary of State for Land Development and Hamlet Building, and Minister of Social Welfare and concurrent Deputy Prime Minister) gives much authority to the estimate. He was one of the officials who tried to provide food and camps for the refugees straggling into Tuby-Hoa. Weight is added to his description of this massacre by Louis A. Wiener, an international authority on refugees.

    I can now total the overall domestic and foreign democide for North Vietnam during this period (lines 467 to 472). One estimate presumably of the overall National Liberation Front democide (line 468) is shown for comparison to the sum of North Vietnam’s democide in South Vietnam (line 467). It is much larger than even the high and is given in the source without explanation, justification, or citation.11 I therefore ignore it. In total then, North Vietnam probably murdered some 216,000 people (line 472).

    Finally, I can calculate the overall democide of Vietnam in the post-Vietnam War period (lines 762 to 764). This amounts to 346,000 to 2,438,000 Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laotians, probably about 1,040,000.

    With these checks completed, I can pull together the various sub-totals and totals and present them in a summary fashion (lines 823 to 838). In total 3,760,000 Vietnamese probably died of political violence during over forty-two years (line 831). Some 1,250,000, or over 33 percent of them were murdered. This does not count Laotians and Cambodians killed by Vietnamese governments, virtually all by Hanoi. When these are added and those Vietnamese killed by foreigners subtracted, the total democide by Vietnamese is 1,760,000 people (line 838).

    There are still the democide rates to calculate and other statistics to present. For information I list a number of estimates of Vietnamese refugees and consolidate them (lines 841-860). Then I give population estimates for the whole country (lines 864 to 876), North Vietnam (lines 879 to 890), and South Vietnam (lines 894 to 905). I will use them to calculate the democide rates (line 908 to 942).

    Regarding these, the only issue is whether to include North Vietnam’s democide in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War as domestic or foreign democide. For reasons previously given, I consider South Vietnam a separate country during this period and accordingly treat it as foreign soil for North Vietnam. Another issue concerns whether to calculate a democide rate for North Vietnam that would include that portion of South Vietnam it controlled (which in 1964 could have been as high as 80 percent16). This I will not do, since so much of the North’s democide in the South during 1954 to 1975 was in areas controlled by the government. Finally, for those rates that include the period when the North controlled Hanoi and then after its victory over the South, all of Vietnam, I had to calculate them using a weighted average as shown in the table (lines 920, 922, 927, 929). For all Vietnam, Hanoi killed about 1 percent of those under its control, or near 1 out of every 901 people per year.

  168. OldOzzie

    Thanks Tom,

    Great Crop of Cartoons today – Hard to Choose

    But Johannes Leak and Paul Zanetti today with Garrison as well

  169. egg_

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #2994315, posted on April 22, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Who’s the freak with the scarf – covering his boyfriend’s love bites?

  170. calli

    Seven have finally decided to mention mueslies in relation to the Colombo bombings.

    Took them a while, but they’ve managed to put two and two together.

  171. Mortal Kombat 11:

    When a ludicrous 1 on 1 fighting game which invented “fatalities” and “finishing moves” needs to be feminist, woke and a character can end slavery when you beat the game using a black character based off every Carl Weathers character.

    The WOKEST Game Ending Of All Time! Mortal Kombat 11

    Social Justice in your video games. What kid wouldn’t love that?

  172. Leigh Lowe

    OldOzzie

    #2994366, posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Thanks Tom,

    Great Crop of Cartoons today – Hard to Choose

    Rowe by a country mile.

  173. None

    My understanding was that the Monsignor spoke to Pell before the verdict whereas the journalist claimed it was dinner the night after the verdict was handed down. I’m going by the interview with Bolt a few days ago. I never saw the article cos it was taken down quite quickly after the Monsignor complained.

  174. Arky

    Numbers is just a very poor troll.
    A shame, because he could be interesting if he put in the work.
    But he is embarrassingly stuck in some early 1980s student newspaper mindset.
    It is as if the Soviet archives were never opened up, as if he thinks no one sees through the communist bloc propaganda from last century.
    Do some reading bloke.
    Start with this.

  175. lotocoti

    Just in time for the incoming Shorten regime, an exciting new sim.

  176. Nick

    Meanwhile in NZ, there is chatter about changing the name of the Crusaders Rugby team as it may be offensive to a certain group. Wait till they find out about Christchurch..

  177. stackja

    April 22, 2000: Elian Gonzalez raid transfixes the nation – CBS News
    Apr 22, 2016 – The raid started at 5:15 a.m. on a small Miami street on the morning of April 22, 2000. By 5:18 a.m., it was over. Elian Gonzalez was removed from the home of relatives to be reunited with his father, and a chapter of the family’s bitter custody battle was closed.

    Eureka! Did Mueller Finally Find a Genuine ‘Colluder’?

    “Oh well, ho hum,” say many bemused Cuba-watchers, “better late than never.”

    Because you see, amigos: Gregory Craig’s shenanigans with Manafort and Yanukoych seem like mild mischief compared to his shenanigans on behalf of Bill Clinton, Dan Rather and Fidel Castro.

    At the time of these later-named shenanigans, the aforementioned president of the U.S. (Clinton) and the megastar of the U.S. media (Rather) were dutifully and cravenly fulfilling the express wishes of the mass-murdering, terror-sponsoring dictator whose lifelong craving was to nuke the U.S. (Fidel Castro.)

    The rabidly anti-American, mass-murdering, nuke-mongering dictator’s wishes were pretty straightforward: that the rescued refugee boy Elian Gonzalez, whose mother drowned or was eaten alive by sharks while escaping his fiefdom with her son, and whose father was initially overjoyed to hear of their escape–be promptly returned to Stalinist Cuba.

    On the April 6th 2000 edition of the historic Fake News vehicle CBS 60 Minutes, America saw a “heartsick” Juan Miguel Gonzalez, “pleading” to be allowed to have his motherless son accompany him back to Cuba, his cherished homeland. Fake News pioneer Dan Rather (who hailed Fidel Castro as “Cuba’s Elvis!” and who was a Craig crony) was the one interviewing Elian’s “bereaved” father.

    “Did you cry?” the pained and frowning Dan Rather asked the “bereaved” father during the 60 Minutes drama. “A father never runs out of tears,” Juan sniffled back to Dan. And the 60 Minutes prime-time audience could hardly contain their own sniffles.

    Here’s what America didn’t see: “Juan Miguel Gonzalez was surrounded by Castro security agents the entire time he was in the studio with Rather.” This is an eye-witness account from Pedro Porro, who served as Dan Rather’s translator during the famous 60 Minutes interview. Dan Rather would ask the question in English into Porro’s earpiece whereupon Porro would translate it into Spanish for Elian’s heavily-guarded father.

    “Juan Miguel was never completely alone,” says Pedro Porro. “He never smiled. His eyes kept shifting back and forth. It was obvious to me that he was under coercion. He was always surrounded by security agents from the Cuban Interest Section, as they called it. When these agents left him alone for a few seconds, Gregory Craig himself would be hovering over Juan Miguel.”

  178. Geriatri Mayfly

    Victoria Police led by its perjurer commissioner illegally leaked a (false) version of a bugged phone call between George Pell and a friend

    Are there not strict protocols in place, before a person’s phone calls can be bugged? Looks to me like two private citizens have been snooped upon. If so, who gave the authority and on what grounds? Then leaked to a presstitute. It is Victoristan, so anything goes.

  179. mh

    calli
    #2994368, posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:05 am
    Seven have finally decided to mention mueslies in relation to the Colombo bombings.

    Took them a while, but they’ve managed to put two and two together.

    I’m not hearing anything that the attackers are Mus lims, even though I have read a few snippets which lead me to believe that through my own judgment.

    An Al Jazeera journalist has declared that it is “Islamophobic” to mention the name of one of the suicide bombers.

  180. Dr Faustus

    Junk food ads banned by Qld govt

    The Queensland government wants people to lose weight and it’s slapping a ban on junk food ads across its billboards, train stations and transport to make that happen.

    Foods will be ruled in or out based on their salt, sugar and fat content, state Health Minister Steven Miles said on Sunday.

    Next Up: Compulsory Physical Jerks; with citizens obliged to wear a look of “grim enjoyment” on their faces.

  181. calli

    Speaking of Spender and Abhorrence:

    One task Spender will encounter in his first and likely only days as a senator is the motion to censure his colleague Fraser Anning for widely denounced remarks about the Christchurch terror attack. Despite his commitment to free speech Spender says he will happily vote to condemn Anning’s “abhorrent” comments.

    This is from the SMH so could be lies. Did he follow through on his “denouncing”?

    This country is sounding more Soviet by the day.

  182. mh

    calli
    #2994368, posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:05 am
    Seven have finally decided to mention mueslies in relation to the Colombo bombings.

    Took them a while, but they’ve managed to put two and two together.

    I’m not hearing anything that the attackers are Mus lims, even though I have read a few snippets which lead me to believe that through my own judgment.

    An Al Jazeera journalist has declared that it is “Is lamophobic” to mention the name of one of the suicide bombers.

  183. Very good Arky my boy.

    One deranged review by a die hard communist fuckwit:

    Twain Mark
    1.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Mao is terrible, but the authors are not too much better.
    December 13, 2006
    Format: Paperback
    The authors are in the business of writing best-selling books, not history, or any real form of scholarship. The ways they selectively presented and intentionally misintepreted evidence are oftentimes childish. Their theory in historical explanation is simple: 1/ Mao was responsible for every bad thing happend to the Chinese people (and many others) during the time he lived on this planet, and 2/ all other people were just dummies being manipulated by Mao in any way he wanted (and this includes not only the Chinese people, who struggled, suffered, and sacrificed for their ideals, but also foreign leaders of all ideological persuations).

    The Yale historian Jonathan Spence gave a polite but damaging review of this book in last year’s New York Review of Books. Anyone who can find that review should read it before spending time on this book.

    So the author killed 108 million Chinese? WOW!

    I think we can also treat Jonathon Spence as a non-serious person from now on too. Cream puffs like him would be beaten and shot very quickly in their red fascist utopias.

  184. JohnJJJ

    Re Sri Lanka, Notre Dame : I wondered about ISIS taking credit for attacks in the past. It goes against the Salafist creed. “All ah allowed it, masha’lla” is the saying. Perhaps they have a new policy more inline with Salafism. Just attack.
    If so – we will see a lot more.

  185. OldOzzie

    Leigh Lowe
    #2994370, posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:08 am

    OldOzzie

    Rowe by a country mile.

    I assume LL that you are talking about

    Bill Shorten in a Phone Booth Like Superman but caught short

    Sorry don’t agree

  186. areff

    Seven have finally decided to mention mueslies in relation to the Colombo bombings.

    Coverage in The Age this morning almost manages to avoid mentioning the Is lam angle — until, way down near the bottom, the wretched rag advises readers that Buddhist monks have been getting stroppy and threatening violence.

    After that it mentions in passing that Buddhists have been complaining about Is lam’s acolytes converting locals by force.

    Ah-ha, there’s the problem. Not Ol’ Mo’s aggressive disciples but the subject of that aggression’s objections to their behaviour.

    Oh, and on the other side of the homepage, Nick O’Malley reminds us about Christchurch and why we should all be terrified of white supremacists.

  187. Dr Faustus

    Their ABC cries Havoc, and lets slip the distraction squirrels of war in Sri Lanka:

    Local Christian groups said they faced increasing intimidation from some extremist Buddhist monks in recent years.

    Last year, there were clashes between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community and minority M_uslims, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing M_uslims of forcing people to convert to I_slam.

    So, presumably it’s 13 Buddists currently wired up to ignition coils, practising the St Vitus Dance.
    Or is the ABC just spreading the joy?

    [Correctly self-censored version.]

  188. areff

    Faustus: ABC and Nine/Fairfax have accessed the same wire copy, apparently.

  189. feelthebern

    Just saw something on twitter that citizens of Flint, Michigan can sue the Federal government for their unsafe water.
    So a city (D) & state (D) issue is now the responsibilty of the Federal government now (R), but when it happened was a (D) federal government.
    Dem candidates are already promoting this as a Trump issue.
    I give it minutes before this is reported globally as another issue for Trump.

  190. Bruce of Newcastle

    New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town!

    The real reasons why New Yorkers are fleeing the city (via Lucianne)

    True story: My wife and I both are former residents of New York City, and on a recent business trip there she was taking a nostalgic walk through the Upper West Side on a lovely fall day, talking to me on the phone about the possibility of moving back there. And then the crusty guy walking in front of her on the sidewalk stopped, dropped trou and took a dump right there on the sidewalk on Central Park West.

    “Never mind,” she said.

    Fascinating how lefties flee lefty utopias like New York, go to places built by capitalism and Christianity, then dump on capitalism and Christianity. It’s like the black plague spreading from city to city in the 14thC.

  191. calli

    Yikes! I will have to watch my step come July.

    What is it about poo-ing in the streets? Can’t these people hold on?

  192. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It is as if the Soviet archives were never opened up, as if he thinks no one sees through the communist bloc propaganda from last century

    It’s certainly interesting reading what’s been written, with access to the North Vietnamese records.

  193. More therapy for numbers Bob Bobby Bob.

    https://scottmanning.com/content/communist-body-count/

    Vietnam
    Body Count: 1,670,000
    1975-Present (30+ years and counting)The body count covers the years 1945-1987 for Vietnam/North Vietnam and excludes 1,062,000 from the Vietnam War (Rummel 1994).

  194. OldOzzie

    Invisible Shorten gets brush from campaign flyers

    Alice Workman
    Political Reporter

    Bill Shorten has been airbrushed from campaign material in at least 27 federal seats, about half of them hotly contested marginals, as Labor works to counter the Opposition Leader’s poor personal rating among voters.

    Campaign material distributed by Labor candidates in nine Queensland seats — including letters, flyers and postal voting applications — does not contain a single mention or photograph of Mr Shorten.

    They include the ultra-marginal seat of Capricornia, held by assistant minister and Nationals MP Michelle Landry with a margin of 0.6 per cent; Petrie, held by Liberal MP Luke Howarth (1.6 per cent); and Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s seat of Dickson, (1.7 per cent). Mr Shorten is not mentioned in material being circulated by Labor’s candidate for the seat of Dawson, Belinda Hassan, held by embattled Nationals MP George Christensen with a margin of 3.4 per cent. Or in Bonner, Brisbane, Lilley or Moreton.

    Instead, candidates are opting for stock images of doctors, tradies and themselves in the local area.

    Mr Shorten has also apparently been shunned by his own frontbench, not rating a mention by deputy leader Tanya Plibersek in Sydney, Linda Burney in Barton or Terri Butler in the marginal seat of Griffith (1.4 per cent).

    A Labor source told The Australian that all content had to be approved by the party’s national campaign headquarters before being distributed.

    The source hinted that distributing material that did not mention Mr Shorten was a deliberate strategy directly related to his ­unpopularity.

    The latest Newspoll has Mr Shorten sitting on a net satisfaction rating of minus 14 with 37 per cent of those surveyed satisfied with his performance and 51 per cent dissatisfied.

    In NSW, the Labor leader isn’t featured in campaign material from at least seven electorates, including marginals Gilmore, Lindsay and Robertson.

    Despite handpicking neurosurgeon Brian Owler, Mr Shorten does not appear in Labor’s Bennelong flyers.

    A letter from Labor Senate leader Penny Wong to voters in the South Australian seat of Boothby, a Liberal seat with a margin of 2.7 per cent, references the “united, stable Labor team” but not Mr Shorten. Instead, it has a picture of Senator Wong alongside Labor’s South Australian Senate candidates.

    In Victoria, Mr Shorten has been left out of six Labor campaigns, including in outgoing Jobs Minister Kelly O’Dwyer’s seat of Higgins, which is expected to see swings away from the Coalition and could be picked up by Labor.

    In the neighbouring seat of Dunkley, held by Liberal Chris Crewther but notionally a marginal Labor seat on a 1 per cent margin after redistributions, there is also no hint of the Labor leader.

    Justine Keay, Labor’s candidate for Braddon in Tasmania who holds her seat with a margin of 1.7 per cent, has opted for a photograph of herself alongside Labor deputy Ms Plibersek.

    Labor candidate for the safe Greens seat of Melbourne Luke Creasey has not one but two photographs of himself with Ms Plibersek alongside the quote: “If you want a better and fairer future, vote Labor for a change of government.”

    Even Mr Shorten’s closest friends have left him off their campaign material. His Victorian factional ally Rob Mitchell doesn’t have a single mention or picture of him on his flyers. The backbencher who holds the seat of McEwen by a 6 per cent margin only mentions a “Labor government” and the party’s “Fair go for Australia”.

  195. stackja

    Bombs kill more than 200 in Sri Lankan churches, hotels on Easter Sunday
    Ranga Sirilal, Shihar Aneez

    COLOMBO (Reuters) – More than 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe acknowledged that the government had some “prior information of the attack”, though ministers were not told.

    He said there wasn’t an adequate response and there needed to be an inquiry into how the information was used.

    He also said the government needs to look at the international links of a local militant group.

    Agence France Presse reported that it had seen documents showing that Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit “prominent churches”. He cited a foreign intelligence service as reporting that a little-known [email protected] group was involved.

    A Sri Lanka police spokesman said he was not aware of the intelligence report.

  196. Leigh Lowe

    OldOzzie

    #2994383, posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Leigh Lowe
    #2994370, posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:08 am

    OldOzzie

    Rowe by a country mile.

    I assume LL that you are talking about

    Not really Old Oz.
    Attempted humour.
    A swipe at Spuddy McNumbers who declares Rowe the winner every morning without fail.
    Tom did not link to Rowe today, but he wins the gold medal anyway, because TDS …

  197. Nick

    I can’t see any ‘I stand with Sri Lanka’ memes and photo frames on FB this morning. Will the Eiffel Tower chane colour? Brown people died, but as whitey is yet to be involved, I spose it never happened.

  198. calli

    Bill Shorten has been airbrushed from campaign material in at least 27 federal seats, about half of them hotly contested marginals, as Labor works to counter the Opposition Leader’s poor personal rating among voters.

    They’ve only just noticed he’s an electoral cane toad?

  199. calli

    The building-colourers and virtue-Twitterers aren’t afraid of Christians, Nick.

    They’re very, very afraid of meuslis.

    Hence the rush to signal selective sorrow.

  200. OldOzzie

    The Australian Editorial

    Tougher green lawfare would stymie projects, jobs

    Governments around the world increasingly are trying to balance the competing expectations of companies, workers and jobseekers against those of ideologically driven green groups determined to block new mining projects. German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently warned about Russia inciting climate hysteria among German youth to undermine her country’s economic interests and further Russian geopolitical and strategic interests.

    In Australia, where six out of 10 of the nation’s top exports are resource-based, including coal, iron ore and gas, politicians should be wary of making it even easier for cashed-up activists who normally reside thousands of kilometres from the projects in question to unleash green lawfare. In central Queensland, eight years of frustrating delays to get building work started on the Adani mine, which has been plagued by litigation, have not helped our sovereign risk profile. Regardless of the obstructions placed in its way by the Queensland government, the project enjoys strong regional support with 14,500 jobseekers already applying for work.

    As Ben Packham reports today, miners and farmers are sounding the alarm over Labor’s promised changes to environmental laws. Labor’s proposed laws would significantly increase the role of the federal government in protecting biodiversity and landscapes, including threatened species and habitat. Labor also would establish a new national environmental protection authority for the first time. Opposition environment spokesman Tony Burke said the new legal framework and EPA would deliver more certainty for industry by providing early advice on development proposals.

    But Minerals Council of Australia chief executive Tania Constable said mining and other companies could be facing another layer of bureaucracy, which would cost jobs, discourage investment and make it easier for activists to disrupt projects. Australia’s mining projects already were required to jump through multiple legislative and regulatory hoops, she pointed out, with environmental approvals taking many years. A one-year delay could cost as much as $1 million a day. Farming groups are concerned that Labor’s proposals would increase federal scrutiny of land clearing, making it harder for farmers to run their businesses competitively.

    In addition to imposing more green tape, a Shorten government, committed to a 45 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030, would come under pressure to move even further left if the Greens, who want a 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030, gained a powerful position in the Senate. Or as Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young told Sky News’ David Speers yesterday: “We can negotiate a good deal for the climate.” In proposing a “climate trigger” before projects were given approval, the Greens are signalling their intention to oppose any new mine, gas or oil drilling project. But, as with Labor, they have failed dismally to quantify the cost of such straitjacketing on the economy and employment.

  201. Nick

    That’s true Calli.
    In the longer run, only ever naming one group of protagonists, creates a misinformed complacency.
    The sad thing is that when a place like St Mary’s Cathedral is hit, the excuses made will be ‘well, it happened because…….’

  202. I am giving numbers Bob Bobby Bob the help he needs,

    You’re quoting Rummel.
    He’s not the only source. You need to use a range of sources and triangulate.
    I wonder if you read Vietnamese? They tend to have a different count. It was their country, their war. Why not quote their sources?
    These figures are accurate –
    1. North Vietnam/Viet Cong military and civilian war dead – 1,062,000
    (includes an estimated 50,000/65,000/70,000 civilians killed by U.S/SVN bombing/shelling).
    2. South Vietnam/U.S./South Korea war military and civilian war dead – 741,000 (includes 360,000/391,000/720,000 civilians)
    3. Democide by North Vietnam/Viet Cong – 214,000
    4. Democide by South Vietnam – 89,000
    5. Democide by the United States – 6,000
    6. Democide by South Korea – 3,000
    7. Cambodians – 273,000 (Rummel estimates 212,000 killed by Khmer Rouge (1967–1975), 60,000 killed by U.S. and 1,000 killed by South Vietnam (1967–73).
    8. Grand total of war deaths: Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos (1954–75) – 2,450,000
    Then, of course, you should count the 1/4 of the Cambodian population killed in the genocide, which was a direct result of the destabilisation caused by the Americans destroying the country by dropping upwards of 2.7 million tons of bombs on Cambodia, exceeding the amount it had dropped on Japan during WWII (including Hiroshima and Nagasaki) by almost a million tons. During this time, about 30 per cent of the country’s population was internally displaced.
    Estimates vary widely on the number of civilian casualties inflicted by the campaign; however, as many as 500,000 people died as a direct result of the bombings while perhaps hundreds of thousands more died from the effects of displacement, disease or starvation during this period.
    The Khmer Rouge, previously a marginalized guerrilla group, propagandized the bombing campaign to great effect; by the CIA’s own intelligence estimates, the US bombing campaign was a key factor in the increase in popular support for the Khmer Rouge rebels. After their victory in 1975, the Khmer Rouge oversaw a period in which another one-to-two million Cambodians died from execution, hunger and forced labour.

    Of course, those seeking to rationalise the American aggression completely forget to note that if they had withdrawn ten years earlier, say in 1965, the slaughter of these millions would have been avoided.
    Robert McNamara made that very clear in his 1995 memoir, titled In Retrospect.

  203. Anthony

    Gee, who would want to kill christians and westerners during easter?

  204. OldOzzie

    Leigh Lowe
    #2994395, posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Not really Old Oz.
    Attempted humour.
    A swipe at Spuddy McNumbers who declares Rowe the winner every morning without fail.

    Tom did not link to Rowe today, but he wins the gold medal anyway, because TDS …

    Apologies LL,

    my wife says I am slow to get Sarcasm and Attempted Humour

    Mea Culpa

  205. Woolfe

    From WSJ

    No one claimed responsibility for the bombings. Authorities said the government had received warnings about a South Asia-based Islamist militant group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath, possibly targeting religious sites or political figures. But officials said the warnings weren’t specific enough to effectively act upon and didn’t include hotels or tourist sites as potential targets.

    If true sounds like massive security failure.

  206. Third day in a row the psychological problem has recurred, seems to be becoming chronic.

  207. calli

    Thank you Dot. I’m comforted to be proved wrong, at least in that respect.

  208. Arky

    The twist of logic to place the crimes of communism at the feet of the US is astonishing.
    That post above should well be archived.
    It documents something uniquely perverse.

  209. OldOzzie

    BUTCHERED AT BREAKFAST

    Injured British dad desperately awaits news of his missing daughter after his lawyer wife and their son, 11, were killed in their hotel in Easter Sunday Sri Lanka bomb attacks that left 207 dead

  210. Third day in a row the psychological problem has recurred, seems to be becoming chronic.

    And daily on Catallaxy, we see “Shitten” substituted for “Shorten”, “Tumbrill” for “Turnbull”, and “Watermelon” for most Greens.
    I’m wondering what kind of psychological problem operates here?
    Perseveration, perhaps?
    Here’s the deal.
    Avoid that manifestation of your issues, and you won’t see “Fatty 5D” again. Promise….
    It’s your problem, not mine.

  211. OldOzzie

    mh
    #2994410, posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:42 am

    I got your joke LL.

    😉
    calli
    #2994411, posted on April 22, 2019 at 9:44 am

    #metoo

    Ok, Ok

    As my wife says I am really slow

  212. thefrollickingmole

    Regardless of Bod Birrell the student visa for residency scheme is an utter disgrace and rorted mercilessly.

    Its an open scam to buy an Australian visa.

    Its not a “migrants good/migrants bad thing its an absolute corruption of both higher education and the migration system.

    It is in effect allowing the self anointed ‘right” people to mint money by making them the sellers of visas.

    Its quite open.
    https://www.gostudy.com.au/blog/10-best-courses-that-lead-to-residency-and-pr-in-australia/

    International students hailing from various corners of the world find Australia a very attractive country to settle in. The largely applauded Australian features that amount to such excitement among migrants worldwide are the stable and open economy, attractive career choices and compensation, highly rated infrastructure, multicultural society and rather unmissable landscapes.

    THE COURSES THAT TOP THE LIST ARE:
    ENGINEERING:
    ICT ( INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY):
    HOSPITALITY AND COOKING COURSES:
    NURSING:
    TRADES JOBS:
    MEDICAL:
    EDUCATION AND TRAINING: (gee, I wonder where the demand comes from)
    ACCOUNTANCY:
    SOCIAL WORK:
    LAW:

  213. Infidel Tiger

    Leftist media now resorting to harassing Mueller at Church.

    Shameful.

  214. Nick

    To ascertain the truthfulness of Birrell’s comments, one only has to travel on Melbourne trans within the free travel zone.

  215. mh

    I am declaring the group responsible for yesterday’s atrocities was National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), unless we are told otherwise by Sri Lankan authorities. That means this story will now get little coverage from the corporate media.

    News agency AFP says it has seen documents that show that Sri Lankan police have been on the alert for several days, fearing that suicide bombers from a local radical Muslim group, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) were targeting prominent churches.

    AFP also reported that Sri Lankan police seized a haul of explosives and detonators in January after arresting four men “from a newly formed radical Muslim group.”

    A number of Sri Lankan Muslims were known to have joined ISIS in Syria, according to Reuters.

  216. thefrollickingmole

    Someone is about to become a non person at the gruinaid.

    As the Sri Lanka attacks show, Christians worldwide face serious persecution
    Giles Fraser
    It is ignored in the west, but Christianity is the most persecuted religion. Why is there such silence on the issue?
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/21/sri-lanka-attacks-christians-worldwide-persecution-silence

    The Thirty-Year Genocide: Turkey’s Destruction of its Christian Minorities argues that from 1894 to 1924, the Turkish authorities systematically murdered some 2.5 million Christians. At the beginning of that period, in places like Anatolia, Christians accounted for 20% of the population. By the end of it, there were just 2% left. Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, Christians have been driven from the Middle East with bombs and bullets, and with hardly a bat squeak of protest from the secular west.

    Not open for comments, a pity, because it would be a sustained ‘4 minute hate” from the progs.

  217. mh

    I am declaring the group responsible for yesterday’s atrocities was National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), unless we are told otherwise by Sri Lankan authorities. That means this story will now get little coverage from the corporate media.

    News agency AFP says it has seen documents that show that Sri Lankan police have been on the alert for several days, fearing that suicide bombers from a local radical Mus lim group, the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) were targeting prominent churches.

    AFP also reported that Sri Lankan police seized a haul of explosives and detonators in January after arresting four men “from a newly formed radical Mus lim group.”

    A number of Sri Lankan Mus lims were known to have joined ISIS in Syria, according to Reuters.

  218. C.L.

    Numbers is just a very poor troll.

    No, he’s really not.
    He’s been beating the shit out of all of you for years.

  219. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘I’ll work with Shorten’

    Greens leader Richard Di Natale says he’s already approached Bill Shorten about working together on energy policy if Labor wins the May 18 election.

    Speaking from Coolangatta where he is participating in a protest against the Adani mine, Senator Di Natale said he’s ready to work collaboratively with Mr Shorten, as he did with Julia Gillard when she was Prime Minister.

    “We worked with Julia Gillard to get the world’s best climate laws up and running and I’ve already approached Bill Shorten and offered to work collaboratively and constructively with him in the same way we worked with Julia Gillard,” Senator Di Natale told the ABC.

    “And if we did that we’d actually have an energy policy that would bring down pollution and bring down prices that’s what we need to see, not something to appease the climate deniers in the Coalition.”

    When pushed on whether the Greens would be prepared to put politics aside and support an emissions scheme such as the NEG, Senator Di Natale said it would depend on the detail in the legislation.

    From the Oz. Vote for Shorten, get Di Natale.

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