Monday Forum: April 22, 2019

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  1. thefrollickingmole

    Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Thats a good little film.

    One of the nicest bloke I knew “went bush” for years shearing and living in his bus.
    Des Lumbey, a genuinely nice bloke who was as hard as nails. Had settled down (somewhat) and had got himself living back in the big smoke (Roebourne WA) for about a decade before he died in a road accident.
    He had a selection of vintage car bodies scattered around WA stations, FC, Mainline & various others that he would get running when he wanted to.

    His stomach had a lot of scar tissue, apparently a lot of it was bits of the bloke in front of him who stood on a mine.

  2. dover_beach

    You couldn’t have clearer evidence of choreography.

  3. stackja

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #2995210, posted on April 23, 2019 at 9:28 am

    AIF vet disappeared and family never knew where he went. Today there is some help. Soldier On.

  4. Anthony

    Can an ordinary Joe Blow be charged with attempting to obstruct justice by doing x, y and z if x, y and z did not result in an obstruction of justice? Can POTUS be guilty of an obstruction of justice if his actions do not result in an obstruction of justice but are simply his normal day to day interactions with people in his role of POTUS?

  5. A very poignant documentary I have posted here before. A brilliant but very sad documentary.

    War is sad.
    Get over it.
    Or, better still, abandon the political exploitation of fear and hate that creates it.

  6. feelthebern

    I was wrong when I said the Papadopoulos perjury charge was because he got the month wrong when he met the DIA/CIA/FBI plant who was trying to set him up.
    As Glenn Greenwald & Michael Tracey are posting today, Papadopoulos got it wrong by 8 days.
    For that, he was charged.
    Considering that was the threshold for Mueller to charge people, it shows how they went to incredible lengths & got nothing on Trump.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    Safe, legal and rare…
    Brunei defends death by stoning for gay sex in letter to EU (Grauniad, via BCF)

    Brunei has written to the European parliament defending its decision to start imposing death by stoning as a punishment for gay sex, claiming convictions will be rare as it requires two men of “high moral standing and piety” to be witnesses.

    In a four-page letter to MEPs, the kingdom’s mission to the EU called for “tolerance, respect and understanding” with regard to the country’s desire to preserve its traditional values and “family lineage”.

    This is going to be wonderfully popcornworthy as two top victimology ladder contenders fight it out for who’s highest. The EU will be tied up in knots trying to divide the baby.

    Meanwhile…
    Lesbians Against Buttgieg: Identity Politics Madness is Devouring the 2020 Dems

    These Queer Women Don’t Care That Pete Buttigieg Is Gay—They Want a Female President

    With a record-breaking six women running in 2020, and Hillary Clinton’s bitter defeat still fresh on their tongues, a number of LGBTQ women told The Daily Beast they would simply prefer a female candidate.

    It’s a race to the bottom! Both sides better not visit Brunei.

  8. Never in my life had I heard the phrase Easter Worshippers, until last night.
    My radar says the same is true of all those blue ticks who’re suddenly using the phrase.

    I’m not a believer in choreography, so Yep, as DoverBeach says, choreography.

  9. Nick

    Hillary Clinton’s bitter defeat still fresh on their tongues, a number of LGBTQ women told The Daily Beast they would simply prefer a female candidate.

    They are talking about politics non?

  10. Knuckle Dragger

    Said by someone who proudly admits his vast experience of war consisted largely of showing movies to other rear echelon types.

    I, like most people, am a big fan of Tropic Thunder. I can’t believe I missed this correlation, Four Leaf Tayback. Let’s go to the tape!

    [Cody and Tayback are tied to a post in the Flaming Dragon compound]
    Cody : Dude, dude, what the hell is going on here? Where are we?
    Four Leaf Tayback : I have no idea, I’ve never been outside the states.

    Cody : Wait what? Are you fucking kidding me? Did you make this whole goddamn thing up? Dude you weren’t even in the fucking service?
    Four Leaf Tayback : Yes! Of course! Coast Guard!

    Cody : Coast Guard.
    Four Leaf Tayback : Sanitation Department.
    Cody : Oh my god! You’re a fucking garbage man! Dammit! F.L. Tayback lies to me and the whole U.S. of A.!

    Four Leaf Tayback : I wrote the book as a tribute! I’m a patriot!
    Cody : Yeah, you’re the Milli Vanilli of patriots, okay? You lied about fighting in the Vietnam War. It’s like – it’s like punching the American Flag in the face goddammit! God, to think I believed you!

    Four Leaf Tayback : Writers lie all the time!
    Cody : [a guard bursts in] Can I be tied to another post please?

    Sound familiar, Four Leaf?

  11. Debate over the treatment of Vietnam Vets:

    http://honesthistory.net.au/wp/mythbusting-about-vietnam-highlights-reel/

    Some ole’ *AIF spudpeeler* tells off a SAS combat veteran whippersnapper:

    The attitude of the RSL

    Former soldiers always compare wars and some Vietnam veterans felt discriminated against.

    ‘I went down to Melbourne and my father took me to his Returned Services Club and I’d been asked to tell them about my experiences and I did that and the old diggers said that wasn’t a war, that I didn’t know what a war was. I was just devastated. I never joined the RSL after that. I came away and just couldn’t cope with it. It was bad enough with the civilians but to have the old diggers say that, it was terrible.’ BILL HINDSON, 1RAR, SAS (Caulfield 443-44)

    ‘Sadly, it was an insult mostly delivered by World War II men, members of RSLs; and they were often returned soldiers who had not seen combat themselves. Whether every individual who returned from Vietnam encountered this, or the abuse, or the rejections, or the spitting, or any of the long list of offences finally didn’t matter. They all believed they did. For to do it to some was to do it to all.’ (Caulfield 458-59)

    ‘RSLs wouldn’t have anything to do with us, you couldn’t join RSLs, they didn’t like us, they didn’t want us. People didn’t want, you didn’t dare tell anybody … You kept it quiet, your medals, you threw in the bottom drawer under all your underwear, you never pulled them out again.’ BRIAN WOODS (Caulfield 459)

  12. Roger

    Opposition Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen yesterday ruled out any death tax under Labor.

    Politicians lie like birds sing.

  13. C.L.

    The SA incident is a little hard to figure as they would have been wearing life jackets but apparently the rib of the irb broke, meaning they got tangled or hit by debris and held under waves, so sad. A jet boat or jet ski would have been a safer option there, but funding it is the issue.

    It didn’t help that the father was 71 years old. Way too old for that sort of rescue – and his son may have died assisting him (as well as the rock-climber). Horrible situation all-round. For what little it’s worth, I hope both men receive posthumous bravery medals.

  14. C.L.

    If an Australian PM did 1/10th of Trump’s alleged acts, he’d be out of office: Kevin Rudd

    In the United States, a politician who burned down 200 houses and killed four workers (including an intellectually handicapped teenager on his first day at work) would be jailed.

  15. IIRC the WWII returnees had the same issue with the RSL. The members (WWI veterans) didn’t feel the new fellers had known a real war, & thus shouldn’t be in the RSL.

  16. Cactus

    Easter Worshippers? I have never heard that phrase before either. Why is it suddenly everywhere?

  17. OldOzzie

    Expecting truth from Shorten is a fool’s game

    ALAN JONES

    Bill Shorten is bidding to be prime minister but perhaps he has been seduced by the opinion polls because he has forgotten a golden rule of life and politics and sport.

    If you don’t do the homework, you have no hope of passing the exam. At the end of the first full week, Shorten has to be given a massive F for fail.

    You mean to say that a potential prime minister announces a policy about electric cars and he does not know how long it takes to charge the battery but pretends to know and finishes up about eight hours out.

    Then in his budget reply speech he played the emotional card Labor do so well — cancer treatment would be free. Except it is now clear if that policy were implemented, it would cost $6 billion more than Mr Shorten offered.

    Never mind, Labor will subsidise MRI scans. How much will that cost? Don’t know. They don’t know how many MRI machines there are in the country.

    Stand negative gearing on its head. Why? Well only 7 per cent of those investing in housing, and negatively gearing, are investing in new homes. So the negative gearing tax breaks don’t assist the building of new housing stock.

    Sounds OK. Except the Bureau of Statistics entered the field of play. They said there was no such figure. Yet Chris Bowen had said in January: “The most recent Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows 93 per cent of new investment loans go to people purchasing existing housing stock.”

    Not a bad mistake. A 93 per cent mistake.

    Bowen and his leader have said for months, unapologetically, that Labor would be raising $200bn in extra taxes.

    Remember he said if you don’t like it, don’t vote for us.

    A massive hand in our pockets. Except that Treasury in the first week of the election said the figure was $387bn.

    No wonder by week’s end, with the Labor Party swimming in mistakes and made-up figures, they deleted a whole heap of detail about tax from their website.

    There were previously almost 100 paragraphs with charts and dia­grams explaining their housing policy and negative gearing. Well, the Bureau of Statistics blew them out of the water so approximately 90 policy paragraphs were deleted.

    Signature policies. But hang on. You cannot make this stuff up. We are only in the first week.

    Shorten said there would be no new taxes on superannuation.

    Not bad except Labor has already announced a $34bn tax on super. So Labor have scrapped their superannuation tax change policy from their online manifesto.

    And what about that brave young Network Ten reporter Jonathan Lea, who sought to ask Shorten a few questions on how much Labor’s climate change policy would cost the economy. He asked over and over again. No ­answer. Couldn’t answer.

    The one thing Shorten cannot abide is a question on the economy. He won’t front radio or television programs that ask the tough questions.

    But back to the question about energy costs. Presumably Shorten thought he was playing a trump card when he argued that the report on which his climate change policies were based was authored by Australian National Univer­sity’s Warwick McKibbin.

    Except Professor McKibbin said he was surprised Labor had not spoken to him despite arguing they were relying on his report.

    McKibbin soon smacked Shorten down, being quoted as saying his climate change policy would cost the economy at least $60bn more than the ­Coalition by 2030.

    Now this is a climate change policy according to Labor, based on carbon dioxide being evil. But when I asked Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek how much carbon dioxide was in the atmosphere, she was honest enough to say she did not know. On most policy issues, they do not seem to know.

    Expect the voter to say if you don’t know, we vote no.

  18. mh

    feelthebern
    #2995217, posted on April 23, 2019 at 9:36 am
    South Park re-enacts numbers after a David Rowe viewing.

    Yikes! Not sure if I’ll be watching that.

  19. Knuckle Dragger

    More Four Leaf Tayback brilliance:

    ‘I know a place where a man’s worth is measured by the ears hanging off his dog tags’

    and

    ‘locked and loaded SLRs’

    Oh, hang on, that was actually you.

    Four Leaf.

  20. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #2995213, posted on April 23, 2019 at 9:31 am

    He is a fair to middling caricaturist (he has to caption his subjects far to often to rate him better than that).
    But to describe him as “the best artist in Australia” is a tiny bit of a stretch.

    I was implicitly confining myself to cartoonists, LL. And I’ll stick with that.

    If you said artist I might agree, but he is not a good cartoonist in my opinion, his subjects are hardly recognisable, his drawing is too complex, cluttered even.

    In other words no, he is a lousy cartoonist.

  21. Mother Lode

    Donald Trump and every living US leader will been invited to Melbourne for this year’s President’s Cup.

    The Victorian Government is already preparing the cell for him after he is arrested and found guilty of crimes so heinous, so monstrous, so harrowing, and so diabolical that no one even knows what they are yet.

    VicPlod are currently trawling lunatic asylums and the heroin addicts’ haunts taking statements.

    Fatty Ashton has just ordered another mornch*.

    *’Mornch’ is the meal you have between Morning Tea and Lunch.

  22. JC

    Don’t fret about not having running water, using cow dung for fuel or worrying about where the next meal is coming from. What we should be concerned about is … Period Poverty.. according to the Guardian. We need to end Period Poverty.

    The announcement of free sanitary products in English schools is a big win for activists – but women’s desperate needs are still going unheard

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/12/ending-period-poverty-is-like-getting-blood-from-a-stone-thats-the-true-shame

  23. Never mind, Labor will subsidise MRI scans. How much will that cost? Don’t know. They don’t know how many MRI machines there are in the country.

    As long as we have a public health system this is probably a good policy.

    Worrying about the cost of this alone when we have 1 trillion of debt is misguided.

    The one thing Shorten cannot abide is a question on the economy. He won’t front radio or television programs that ask the tough questions.

    …and it is a good move by him because normies don’t care. They don’t know what their EMTR is and they don’t know or care about the debt, police corruption, diminishing civil liberties – they just want free shit and MAFS.

  24. IIRC the WWII returnees had the same issue with the RSL.

    My father (ex RAAF PNG WW2) was an RSL member until I returned from Vietnam.
    After he heard about the attitude of many (not all) RAL stalwarts to Vietnam Vets, he resigned his membership.

    I have never been a member, and never will.

  25. mh

    Cactus
    #2995234, posted on April 23, 2019 at 9:58 am
    Easter Worshippers? I have never heard that phrase before either. Why is it suddenly everywhere?

    Just another instruction from those high up in the Left hierarchy.

    Christianity is an obstacle to their agenda, so ‘Easter Worshippers’ is used as a trivial substitute for ‘Christians’.

  26. Human resource management is and always has been a communist plot.

  27. feelthebern

    Fatty Ashton has just ordered another mornch*.

    ML!
    Well done, that man!

  28. C.L.

    The announcement of free sanitary products in English schools is a big win for activists – but women’s desperate needs are still going unheard

    The ongoing suffering of contemporary Western women.

  29. Said by someone who proudly admits his vast experience of war consisted largely of showing movies to other rear echelon types.

    I’m proud of my two weeks at the horseshoe showing 16mm late release movies to C Coy 7RAR on the nights they weren’t ambushing around Dat Do.

    I’m also proud of my service as a rifleman in 5 Platoon, B Coy 7RAR during operations Finschhafen and Cung Chung.

    Yesterday (April 22nd) is the anniversary of our encounter with a bunker system near a feature called the “Bone” where we took 1 KIA and 2 WIA.

    RIP Hughsey.

  30. candy

    “Easter worshippers” makes it sound like some kind of pagan ritual, like worshipping the sun or the moon or the stars at certain times of the year and doing rituals.
    It takes the Jesus out of it, I guess is the intention.

  31. Amazing that numbers says “War is sad, get over it” then cannot shut up about it.

    What a hypocrite and an arsehole.

  32. calli

    Easter Worshippers?

    They can’t bring themselves to say “Christian”. It looks like they’re obeying orders.

    How very curious.

  33. cohenite

    More good work from the religion of pieces but since its in Nigeria there will be no msm coverage and I can’t link to it because the magic word is in the link but the muzzies killed 17 Christians at a christening including the mother of the new born child. Great stuff.

  34. C.L.

    Easter Bunny Pummels Man In Brawl Outside Nightclub

  35. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From twostix at 8:41 am:

    ” We also get yobbos who think they are good swimmers heading into a rip refusing our directions to come back to the flags – they don’t realise they encourage poorer swimmers into thinking water is safe where they are.

    All I can say is pls don’t go near big waves just to catch a picture.

    How about fuck off?

    There is nothing worse than fruity volunteer organisations staffed by teenagers and 60 year old retirees starting to think of themselves as superior owners and police of the area they took it upon themselves to ‘rescue’.

    I daresay that will be the stupidest thing I’ll read here this week. You don’t get down to the surf much, eh?

  36. C.L.

    If you watch Boni Rescue, 90 percent of the rescued are foreigners – mostly Japs and Chinamen.
    They can’t swim.

    Can’t swim, can’t drive, can’t bowl, can’t bat.

  37. Roger

    They can’t bring themselves to say “Christian”. It looks like they’re obeying orders.

    Odd that, though Americans, they use the British spelling.

  38. Knuckle Dragger

    Bloody hell.

    Mobile phone just rang – whoever it was hung up before I could answer it. Hit redial, and while ringing the phone informed me I was ringing Kazakhstan, swear to God.

    I hung up straight away, but might keep the number on hand in case I’ve become their King or something.

    Priority number one will be to rename the country.

  39. candy

    In other words no, he is a lousy cartoonist.

    I can’t work out his characters usually and he uses so much red it begins to look grotesque, kind of gory.

  40. OldOzzie

    For Helen and Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Candidate keen to kill off death tax history

    Alice Workman
    Political Reporter

    The No 2 on Labor’s Senate ticket in NSW, former union boss Tim Ayres, once proposed a death tax to fund handouts for young people to buy houses.

    In a 2017 speech, Mr Ayres ­argued Australia should introduce an inheritance tax for estates valued over $10 million, based on policies in the US and Europe.

    “I support Thomas Piketty’s proposal to use an inheritance tax to fund a one-off capital grant for every citizen at the age of 25,” Mr Ayres said in a speech to the NSW Fabians.

    “According to the Community Council of Australia, a 35 per cent estate duty on all estates over $10m would raise at least $3.5 billion in government revenue, while affecting only a fraction of the top 1 per cent of Australians.”

    Under Mr Ayres plan, the money raised would be given to Australians when they turned 25 to pay off their uni fees, start a business or use as a deposit to buy their first home.

    “It may be bold but politics as usual doesn’t offer the scale of policy that is required to genuinely tackle regional and intergenerational inequality,” Mr Ayres said.

    When he made the speech two years ago, Mr Ayres was the NSW secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union and a paid Labor member.

    “I’m saying as a leader of one of our trade unions, as an activist in the Labor movement, it’s time to step up and have the big debate about big ideas for the tax system,” Mr Ayres told the ABC.

    “The twin engines of inequality for young people are the tax system and the housing market.”

    Mr Ayes yesterday told The Australian he no longer supported an inheritance tax and Labor didn’t have a policy to introduce one. Opposition Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen yesterday ruled out any death tax under Labor.Political Reporter

  41. In my babe the pig singing voice:

    LOL LOL LOL

    One for Knuckle Dragger

    AaronClarey
    Published on Apr 22, 2019
    A client wants a rant on women’s delusional expectations of men, but Cappy just doesn’t have it in him. He paints a much more dire picture though.

  42. Tom

    They can’t bring themselves to say “Christian”. It looks like they’re obeying orders.

    A Pulitzer for the first journo to publish the Easter Sunday night talking points email from the DNC.

  43. Roger

    I hung up straight away, but might keep the number on hand in case I’ve become their King or something.

    Be careful what you wish for, KD

    A cracking film (based on a Rudyard Kipling story) if you haven’t seen it.

  44. Mother Lode

    A silo in Brunswick will feature a large mural of New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern hugging a woman in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

    More than $11,000 was crowdfunded in just over a day for a street artist to paint the Tinning Street silos with a photo of the leader wearing a hijab and the Arabic word for peace written underneath.

    I have not been to Melbourne in years, so my impressions are all second hand.

    But those impressions are of a place thick with a suffocating noxious Left wing miasma.

    What a ridiculous ostentatious empty display of political solidarity – paid for by ordinary people.

    When I was younger I always sensed a certain hostility on the southern dipole of the Sydney-Melbourne rivalry. I suspected that it was because Melbourne sees itself as the cultural and intellectual metropolis of Australia while Sydney was the sunny relaxed sybaritic one, but unfortunately for them Sydney is recognised as world class in its type, while Melbourne is strictly Australia.

    It seems to be getting worse.

    I suspect it is no where near as bad as it seems, after all Cats live there, but the image projected by the local leftists and left wing establishment is nauseating.

  45. Roger
    #2995258, posted on April 23, 2019 at 10:17 am
    They can’t bring themselves to say “Christian”. It looks like they’re obeying orders.
    Odd that, though Americans, they use the British spelling.

    It is almost as if they’re unfamiliar with the word “worship”.

  46. dover_beach

    Easter Worshippers? I have never heard that phrase before either. Why is it suddenly everywhere?

    It is the phrase you use when you want people to forget their patrimony. These people are scum, make no mistake.

  47. Roger
    #2995258, posted on April 23, 2019 at 10:17 am
    They can’t bring themselves to say “Christian”. It looks like they’re obeying orders.
    Odd that, though Americans, they use the British spelling.

    It is almost as if their response was choreographed.

  48. Roger

    It is almost as if they’re unfamiliar with the word “worship”.

    Or they cut and pasted the term from a social media directive authored by a Brit working for the DNC.

  49. lotocoti

    They can’t bring themselves to say “Christian”.

    Because the acts of violence were against buildings you right-wing extremist.

  50. Rafiki redux

    In the middle of the Mediscare episode last election, in response to Turnbull’s denials, Shorten responded in turn with “Well Malcolm, the people out there don’t believe you”. Very cunning in that he avoided the question of the truth of the allegations. I do hope that ScoMo will have an opportunity to use this line in respect of the desth duties.

  51. Bruce of Newcastle

    A Pulitzer for the first journo to publish the Easter Sunday night talking points email from the DNC.

    Not going to happen.

    Pulitzer Prize administrator defends process after prize goes to board member’s wife (22 Apr)

    The Pulitzer Prizes organization has been accused of being an exclusive club in which members give awards to each other, and the institution did nothing to dispel that notion last week by honoring the wife of a prominent board member.

    Author Eliza Griswold won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction for Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America. Her husband is Steve Coll, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, which hosts the prizes, and a Pulitzer board member since 2012.

    Lefties love giving each other prizes. Art prizes, climate prizes, Walkleys, it’s all one big woke happy family that plays together and loves together. Literally in the above story.

  52. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I do hope that ScoMo will have an opportunity to use this line in respect of the desth duties.

    The Labor Govenment initially declared outright there would be no capital gains tax, or carbon tax, so it’s not as though they don’t have form…

  53. areff

    Nurse working with geriatrics encounters quintessential dirty old man, writes 3000-word “poor victim me” screed. ABC, of course.

    nurses of old knew how to handle such propositions.

  54. Dr Faustus

    ‘It’s a lie’: Chris Bowen calls on Coalition to disavow claim Labor will bring in death tax

    “It is a lie. And as I understand, it is not even a Greens policy,” Bowen told reporters in Sydney.

    “The prime minister was asked about it on the weekend but denied knowledge of [it], but then said, ‘how do we know there isn’t such a plan?’. Stop making things up.

    Smart strategy.
    Bowen trying to make a liar out of Morrison when Labor brings in a Death Tax.

  55. Some lit libertarian commentary:

    https://www.cis.org.au/commentary/articles/tolerance-silencing/

    Rules and sanctions are slammed on anyone who claims the right to think, speak, and act for themselves in accordance with their conscience. Today it’s Israel Folau, but tomorrow it might be you.

    *Remember, we wear tin foil hats because we don’t want you shot and thrown into a ditch*

    @JeremySammut71: We don’t have a health system in this country. What we really have is a political economy where taxpayers underwrite the business models of doctors, nurses and hospitals.

    BOOM!

    With the leaked Howard era memo about suppressing the number od medicine grads, we can say this has been fact checked and is true.

  56. stackja

    Before Gough the hospital system functioned all right.

  57. Overburdened

    In reference to my previous advice and the article in today’s Australian re palmers mob

    I am available for tarot reading and winning lotto numbers.

  58. Overburdened

    Not that you have to be a psychic to work it out

  59. Some History

    “Utopia”, here we come.

    And The Children™ shall lead the “fixing”.

    THE CHILDREN HAVE SPOKEN: SMOKING IS NOW BANNED AROUND NOGENT-SUR-OISE SCHOOLS

    https://blog-vape.com/en/2019/04/20/the-children-have-spoken-smoking-is-now-banned-around-nogent-sur-oise-schools/

  60. Children making decisions, is cancer.

    They explained that there had been many complaints by school-children bothered by smoking adults near them.

    They have been brainwashed by creepy fuckwits.

  61. Some History

    With the 2020 Olympics just around the corner, the screws tighten (from the “international” community) on the Japanese to step up the antismoking program.

    Nagasaki University bans smokers from all teaching posts
    http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201904220039.html

    Japan at one point had one of the highest smoking rates and, yet, lowest lung cancer rates.

    For some background on the Olympic circus and Japan, see comments
    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2018/03/17/open-forum-march-17-2018/comment-page-5/#comments

  62. Leigh Lowe

    These Queer Women Don’t Care That Pete Buttigieg Is Gay—They Want a Female President

    With a record-breaking six women running in 2020, and Hillary Clinton’s bitter defeat still fresh on their tongues, a number of LGBTQ women told The Daily Beast they would simply prefer a female candidate.

    Oh, the choice of wording …
    Also, am I the only one who does a bit of a snort, cackle that the gay male candidate is called Buttajig?

  63. Nagasaki University bans smokers from all teaching posts

    Holy shit that is some fascist bullshit right there.

  64. Old Lefty

    A further thought on the police leak of the Pell-Portelli conversation. The publication of this was a flagrant breach of the suppression order on the trial. So where are the contempt proceedings? Or are (as with Milligan) some animals more equal than others?

  65. Ubique

    The Australian is reporting that “Trioli turns on PM” in a interview about the government buying back water rights.

    ”Turns” implies a change of direction. The Cats know all too well that there’s no turning involved.

  66. Overburdened, please refresh our memories.

    In reference to my previous advice and the article in today’s Australian re palmers mob

  67. OldOzzie

    A controversial plan to rid a pristine Australian island of its plague of rats has deeply divided the local community.

    On Thursday a tribunal ruled that tonnes of rat poison will be airdropped onto Lord Howe Island to exterminate more than 360,000 rats.

    Rat poison, PestOff Rodent Bait 20R, is likely to be dropped on the island, which sits 600km off the New South Wales coastline, from next month.

    Lord Howe Island is renowned for its spectacular scenery and breeding grounds for colonies of seabirds.

    About 16,000 tourists, who visit every year are advised not to eat any fish on the island after the airdrop in case the food chain become contaminated.

    Some cattle will also have to be evacuated from the island and walkers will be banned from exploring the forests.

    Islanders are being told to cover their roofs with tarps to stop the bait poisoning the water tanks.

    Ian Hutton, a member of the Lord Howe Island Tourism Association Committee, says the rodent eradication program is not a radical plan.

    ‘It is a very carefully designed program based on 40 years of very successful programs – originally developed in New Zealand, and some 700 islands worldwide have been treated to remove the biggest threat to all flora and fauna on islands – introduced rodents,’ Mr Hutton said.

  68. Bruce of Newcastle

    ‘It’s a lie’: Chris Bowen calls on Coalition to disavow claim Labor will bring in death tax

    The correct response is to cite all the reports like these:

    Inheritance tax on list of union demands for Bill Shorten
    The Daily Telegraph|276 days ago

    The Saturday Telegraph can today reveal the ACTU this week agreed to a plan to push for an inheritance tax, which was abolished in Australia almost 40 years ago. “An inheritance tax on the wealthiest estates can restore fairness to our tax system and ensure the very wealthy and big business pay tax,” an ACTU spokesman told The Saturday Telegraph.

    Death tax grants could help fund housing deposits for young Australians, union secretary says (2017)

    Tim Ayres, NSW secretary of the left wing Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, raises the idea in a speech to the Fabian Society

    Call for Death Tax to Boost Charitable Giving (2016)

    Independent policy think tank, The Australia Institute (TAI), has backed the charity sector call for the re-introduction of estate duties.

    The ACTU, AMWU and Ponds Institute are all Labor royalty.

  69. Rafiki redux

    The LNP line might be: “There is plenty to suggest a union run ALP will impose death duties
    – what the unions have said
    -what the Senate candidate said
    – what the Greens – who boast about controlling Shorten – have said
    -and Labor’s need for tax money
    to suggest this.
    And of course we know Labor lies about what they will do in government. ”

    Go for it ScoMo.

  70. Knuckle Dragger

    Frank, 10.21am;

    That was pure gold, and funny ‘cos it’s true!

    Aaron Cleary. Respect.

  71. Rafiki redux

    BON – I posted not knowing what you said.

  72. Roger

    The ACTU, AMWU and Ponds Institute are all Labor royalty.

    And the politicians can change it all once they get in.

  73. Overburdened

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/04/22/emily-ratajkowski-honors-easter-in-a-thong/

    The bizarre fixation with arses may well be cured with this apparently famous model who I have never heard of providing a a public demonstration of explosive diarrhoea.

    Or else it may be the next level of hero worship.

    There is something wrong with people.

  74. thefrollickingmole

    Short takeouts from the greens policies on their website.
    Note even the name of their taxes is “woked” to redistribution.
    https://greens.org.au/platform/redistribution

    Mining…
    The Greens would implement the recommendations of the Henry Tax Review by introducing a 40% super-profits tax for these industries. It is time to set royalties for gas extraction and wind back the $200 billion worth of tax credits they are sitting on.

    This means we could reclaim those super-profits in the mining and gas industries to invest directly in improving public services and infrastructure.

    The benefits of our plan:
    End the free ride these giant companies enjoy
    Tax their super profits for the benefit of society, not just shareholders
    Encourage investment in more productive areas of the economy

    Tofu weaving, hemp tampon & dung fires?

    Corporate handouts
    Tax-Free Fuel Rebate: The Greens will scrap the tax-free fuel rebate.
    Private Health Insurance Subsidies: We would remove the public subsidies that line the pockets of private health companies yet do nothing to take pressure off the public health system
    Weapons Exports: We would also cut back the billions of dollars the government hands over to weapons exporters and those who make money from war and misery.
    The benefits of our plan:
    Make renewables cheaper and dirty energy more expensive
    Redirect funding going to private health companies into the public health system
    Stop weapons exports ending up in the hands of human rights abusers

    Taxing pollution
    Our biggest polluters are so profitable because they get to pollute for free and we all pay. Macquarie University calculates that this looting in Australia has totalled a staggering $9.5 trillion of corporate profits since 1995, with our communities being left to clean up the mess left by these big polluters.
    ..
    We will legislate to re-introduce an economy-wide carbon price on direct emissions from facilities which emit more than 25,000 tonnes of CO2-e per year

    The benefits of our plan:
    Reduce pollution and fast-track more renewable energy
    Unleash innovation in smart, clean technologies
    Make the polluters pay for the damage they are doing to our environment

    End tax avoidance
    Trusts & Transparency: We will crack down on the tricks of tax avoidance like trusts and superannuation funds.
    Buffett Rule: We will also introduce a Buffett Rule that means that the super rich will have to pay a baseline amount of tax, no matter how many deductions they use.
    Resource the ATO: The Greens would also resource the Australian Tax Office to do their job well. We would recreate the 4,400 tax office positions that have been taken away by Labor and Coalition governments since 2012
    Benefits of our plan
    No more tax loop-holes
    Restore faith in our tax system
    Everyone pays their fair share

    Time to buy big in Canberra, those 4000 PS pubes are going to have to live somewhere.

    Reverse unfair tax-cuts
    Benefits of our plan:
    More money for services we all use and need – like schools and hospitals
    Bigger corporations pay more tax than small businesses
    Create new jobs directly instead of hoping that ‘trickle-down’ jobs finally arrive

    But remember saying they have a policy is a “lie”…
    https://www.afr.com/news/politics/greens-recommend-death-taxes-for-investors-20161125-gsx82h
    A day after the NSW Liberal government joined the Labor states and the federal opposition in demanding the Turnbull government rethink its opposition to curbing negative gearing and capital gains tax deductions for investors, Senator Di Natale will flag imposing an “inheritance tax” on properties in which the owner was not the occupant.

    In his speech to the Greens national conference, Senator Di Natale will badge it as a measure to help address growing housing inequality. While he is realistic enough to accept the idea will not be readily embraced by the political mainstream, he will point out it was the Greens who first proposed curbing negative gearing and superannuation tax concessions.

  75. Knuckle Dragger

    Roger,

    My take home from that clip was that one guy can indeed take over a country. As long as he has a suitably Scottish accent and a Cockney sidekick.

    Very encouraging news.

  76. Roger

    My take home from that clip was that one guy can indeed take over a country. As long as he has a suitably Scottish accent and a Cockney sidekick.

    Very encouraging news.

    Alas, in the end he loses his head, so to speak.

  77. thefrollickingmole

    Vote Teats
    Get Dick

  78. Mother Lode

    Lefties love giving each other prizes. Art prizes, climate prizes, Walkleys, it’s all one big woke happy family that plays together and loves together.

    They love to accoutre themselves with every manner of statue, plaque, medal, badge and bauble they can find.

    Much like North Korean generals.

  79. 3, 2, 1, what’s up freak bitches!?

    Nah, “boom, we’re live”, Joe “It’s not live” Rogan, c 2019…

    New Graeme Hancock interview on the Joe Rogan Experience.

    PowerfulJRE
    Published on Apr 22, 2019
    Graham Hancock is an English author and journalist, well known for books such as “Fingerprints Of The Gods” & “Magicians of the Gods”. His new book “America Before” comes on out April 23.

  80. Leigh Lowe

    Simply run an advert with the line …
    “Well … the SAY they aren’t going to introduce death duties”
    Then simply run “There will be no carbon tax under a Gummint Oi lead.”

  81. Overburdened

    Since the start of the current election touting, it has been my observation that palmer’s mob will do surprisingly well.

    In spite of the hurtful advice that I am a fuckwit for holding this view, I persist with the idea that they will get a lot more votes than expected.

    It needs to be said that I am indeed a fuckwit, but for more reasons than my thoughts on palmers mob.

    It also needs to be said that I will not be voting for them but that is not the important thing.

    I think they may do alright in spite of me.

    I am happy to be corrected on polling day.

  82. Knuckle Dragger

    Jesus Christ OB.

    As the most heterosexual male on Earth, I can confidently say that woman, if it is indeed a woman, is a solid 4 at best and that’s only because her arse is the sole redeeming feature in an otherwise very pedestrian effort.

    Fake wig with tints.

    Very, very poor cans, even taking into account the manufactured pose to accentuate same.

    Swollen lips, as though her ‘life partner’ had given her a smack in the mouth the night before for overcooking the steak.

    General expression as though she’s just seen Bruce McAvaney take a dump in her handbag.

    And is it too much to ask, in this day and age to have one – just one – alleged model that doesn’t have eyebrows that appear to have David Boon’s mo stuck above her mince pies? Why is that attractive? That entire look gives the impression that if she didn’t shave her forehead every four hours she’d look like Cousin It.

    The whole thing didn’t make me appreciate Easter one little bit. Total and utter failure.

  83. Bruce of Newcastle

    BON – I posted not knowing what you said.

    Rafiki – Came to you and I instantly, yet the Libs with all their excellent staffer-kiddies don’t seem to have anyone with the nous to work out such a strategy and get the material in front of their pollies.

    It’s dismaying how inept the Libs are at media. Ok they have a nearly totally hostile MSM but there are openings to get the message across every day. Press releases are cheap. If they don’t report it you tweet it instead. That is what Trump has developed, why can’t the Libs do the same? A few staffers replying to 7News story tweets pointing out the fake news and unreported stories and the network will be squirming and the punters chortling.

  84. Old Lefty

    The GayBC, Fauxfacts, Green, Socialist Left axis an their global comrades are, of course, being disingenuous about Sri Lanka. What they really think is the 200 dead Catholics are a promising start.

  85. notafan

    Death taxes are clearly meant to via a massive ticket clip to be a redistribution from well off families to not so well off families. Though not super wealthy what I have is intended for my children, not someone elses.

    In effect it will be a redistribution from established Australians to migrants who have not been here long enough to accumulate assets and inter-generational welfare recipients

    I am particularity concerned about the impact on family businesses seeing as Shorten wants to bust up discretionary trusts.

    It is particularly laughable that oh so green Julian Burnside, having accumulated 10! residential properties worth well in excess of the $20 million flashed around by the msm (I would estimate his primary residence in Hawthorn to be worth $12 to $15 million on its own) is in favour of death duties, no doubt being a lawyer he has that eventuality covered.

  86. Apparently a lot of attraction is linked to economic circumstances of your birth.

    Men born in rich times like petite women and men born in poor times like big boned women who are very curvy.

    Women’s breast size is also determined in part by their ancestor’s number of siblings, but this trait is expressed obviously from the youngest child of the grandparents giving birth to their daughters.

    Emily Ratakowski did look far better before, but she had an outie and was a little bit too thin.

  87. Knuckle Dragger

    Roger,

    Ah.

    Further research thus required on the whole Kazakhstan thing.

  88. Leigh Lowe

    Death taxes are clearly meant to via a massive ticket clip to be a redistribution from well off families to a massive new tranche of tax-eating public servants not so well off families

    FIFY.

  89. Dr Faustus

    And of course we know Labor lies about what they will do in government. ”
    Go for it ScoMo.

    I’d be happier with Scomo running interference on socialist tax policies if he didn’t have form himself:

    Turnbull government refuses to rule out return of death duties

    “The government is engaged in an open debate on a better tax system and is consulting with a wide variety of stakeholders,” the Treasurer told Fairfax Media in response to questions about an inheritance tax.

    Sounds suspiciously like “If we need to...”

    It will happen.

  90. notafan

    i dunno KD the mas terbating bunny in the background looked impressed

    At least I now know there are at least 2.7 million incredibly stupid and crass people upon the planet

  91. Overburdened

    Naturally the ideas that palmer puts forward are totally incongruous with the current economic regime, but I don’t think his audience will think through the complexities.

    His management of his nickel refinery and his Gold Coast resort, his outlandish lawfare with Citic and his performance as an MP should be enough to show he is a pos.

  92. Some History

    … it has been my observation that palmer’s mob will do surprisingly well.

    I don’t understand why Palmer’s mob are trying to turn Australians against carpet. You’ve heard that jingle ad nauseam on the TV – “Australians ain’t gonna carpet anymore”.

    This advert:

  93. Knuckle Dragger

    Frank,

    If what you say is true, and I have no reason to doubt that, then we must live in very poor times indeed.

    Judging by the amount of morbidly bloated, neck tattooed, eight burger and Diet Coke scoffing wildebeest breeding in plague proportions in this country, we must be living in the equivalent of the Great Famine of 1315-1317.

  94. “Australians ain’t gonna carpet anymore”.

    I agree.

    Frank Walker, National Tiles.

  95. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Simply run an advert with the line …
    “Well … the SAY they aren’t going to introduce death duties”
    Then simply run “There will be no carbon tax under a Gummint Oi lead.”

    “Well..they SAY they aren’t going to introduce death duties”
    Then simply run Hawkie croaking “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it for the benefit of the Opposition, my Government will NEVER introduce a capital gains tax!”

  96. Overburdened

    KD

    Wait until you try and have a conversation with her.

    I doubt any analysis of the peloponnesian war or string theory would feature.

    You would probably get a selfie though.

  97. Roger

    There is something wrong with people.

    Christians call it original sin.

  98. lotocoti

    The GayBC, Fauxfacts, Green, Socialist Left axis an their global comrades are, of course, being disingenuous about Sri Lanka.

    You don’t have to be nice to people who can’t get their hands on 20 litres of hydrogen peroxide in a hurry.

  99. Katy Perry breaks Neil de Grasse Tyson’s heart and brain.

    Via Pew News, always respecting Wahmen.

  100. OldOzzie

    No logic in our nuclear allergy

    Adam Creighton

    How depressing to see Scott Morrison having to backtrack after making the obvious and sensible remark that nuclear power shouldn’t be off the agenda if it stacks up economically.

    Labor environment spokesman Tony Burke bristled at the idea that the most reliable and clean form of energy the world knows should even be discussed. “Nuclear power is against the law in Australia,” he chirped, as if being the only G20 nation to have such a ban were a good idea.

    It’s embarrassing to tell people in the US that nuclear energy is banned in Australia. “But don’t you export uranium?” “Umm, yes,” I say, “but flower power has more adherents than nuclear among Australia’s political class.”

    In the scramble to lift the share of renewables in the energy mix, the whole point is forgotten: to curb carbon emissions, not erect wind turbines or acres of solar panels for their own sake.

    Thankfully, US leaders have moved on from Woodstock. The US government provides grants and research support for US businesses to build better reactors and bolster the country’s scientific edge. Jordi Roglans Ribas, a senior nuclear scientist at Argonne ­laboratory, one of the US’s top research institutions, says developments in small — even micro — nuclear reactors look set to bring down the cost of nuclear power.

    “There’s been a lot of recent technical work on making nuclear more economically attractive, including by being able to manufacture components of plants in factories and ship them to where you need a reactor,” he tells The Australian.

    As part of its “carbon-free power project”, Oregon-based Nuscale is already building a set of small modular reactors for the state of Utah, which should be operational by the mid-2020s. “Our advanced SMR design eliminates two-thirds of previously required safety systems and components found in today’s large reactors,” the company says. Three of these, at about $US250 million ($350m) each, would provide more energy — and reliably — than Australia’s biggest wind farm, according to the Minerals Council.

    California-based Kairos Power is working on “fluoride salt-cooled, high-temperature reactors” that can be shut down far more safely than traditional water-cooled reactors. HolosGen, based in Virginia, expects its reactors will produce electricity at a lower “levelised cost” than wind or solar can.

    With almost a third of the world’s known uranium reserves, you’d think we might try to develop a comparative advantage in nuclear energy. Instead, we’d put these scientists in jail for breaking the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, which outlaws nuclear power here.

    Memo to the world: Australia, with a population smaller than Texas, doesn’t approve of nuclear energy (though we’re quite happy to take the cash from those who do). How silly we look, eschewing 20 years of research. China, also at the forefront of the electric car rollout, has about 30 nuclear reactors under construction.

    Ribas says nuclear power should be a natural complement to wind and solar as the world moves away from fossil fuels. “The development of massive storage capacity at low cost is of benefit to nuclear too, because when there is abundant wind, for example, you don’t need all (of a) nuclear plant’s production, so you can store it and release it later,” he says.

    Replacing coal and gas with renewables entirely is an absurd idea even assuming further large falls in the cost of batteries. That would take about 10,000 giant batteries costing more than $300 billion to ensure enough storage to ensure a reliable power supply, according to recent estimates by respected economist Geoffrey Carmody.

    For all the harrumphing about the “cost” of nuclear, power is cheaper in jurisdictions that have dared try it. Illinois, with just under 13 million people, has six nuclear power stations. In Chicago the average price of electricity in January was around US12c a kW/H. Energy Australia charges me 29.4c a kW/H for electricity in Sydney.

    In nearby Ontario, where nuclear energy provides 60 per cent of the electricity needs of Canada’s biggest province, it was less than C13c a kW/h.

    “It has two major benefits — low operating costs and virtually none of the emissions that lead to smog, acid rain or global warming,” says Ontario Power Generation. “These benefits make nuclear a very attractive option for meeting the province’s electricity needs well into the future.”

    Ribas says, “Canada is very interested to evaluate small modular reactors in some remote areas.” Better not tell them what Tony Burke thinks!

    Once upon a time, the Left stressed the importance of progress through advances in science and technology, mandating state funding for schools and universities. Today it’s more akin to the religious Right it once despised, vainly dismissing for ideological reasons an entire field.

    The Greens want to see “a world free of nuclear power”. Yet there are about 450 nuclear reactors in operation in the world and another 60 under construction.

    “There is a strong link between the mining and export of uranium and nuclear weapons proliferation,” the Greens say. Yet more than 30 countries have nuclear power stations and many more, such as Italy and Denmark, import electricity from them. About 10 countries have nuclear weapons — far from a “strong link”.

    “The use of nuclear weapons, nuclear accidents or attacks on reactors pose unacceptable risk of catastrophic consequences,” they go on. In more than 70 years of nuclear power there have only been three nuclear accidents, the most recent of which, the Fukushima disaster of 2011, incurred no fatalities. Meanwhile, wind turbines are killing hundreds of thousands of birds every year.

    Fukushima was built in the 1960s and hit by a tsunami. Australia offers a safer geography for nuclear power. As the closure of the giant Liddell coal power station nears in 2022, small modular imported nuclear reactors might be one option worth investigating, providing reliable, carbon-free power cheaply — and without killing animals.

  101. Amazing that numbers says “War is sad, get over it” then cannot shut up about it.

    Scroll back.
    I didn’t introduce the topic.
    If not “shutting up about it” is remembering a digger in my unit on the anniversary of his death, then you’d better rail against commemoration on ANZAC Day.
    I won’t be brow beaten by the likes of you.

  102. stackja

    OO – leftists don’t know logic on nuclear. Ever since USA nuclear deprived Stalin of Japan. The left have been illogical.

  103. …and I certainly won’t be brow beaten by the likes of you, numbers Bob Bobby Bob.

    You were jealous of people watching a documentary on US vets, you sad old attention seeker.

  104. Overburdened

    Due to creeping dementia I can’t recall the specifics, but I remember a bloke reciting an old rhyme about

    Someone was a commie

    Someone was a red

    Which was a treatise on communism and apparently the template for labors economic policy.

    It had something to do with redistributing feathers from a feather bed and everyone ended up with a feather.

  105. Geriatric Mayfly

    Greta Thunberg backs climate general strike to force leaders to act

    Li’ll Greta has just been anointed by Pope Frankie. Her breast plate is now burnished and emblazoned with his Marxist imprimatur. Her ultimate sanctification only awaits the laying on of hands by Di Natale.

  106. Twostix

    twostix self identifies as a yobbo nicely.

    We don’t police the water – only requests are made. Council lifeguards can get tougher and call police backup but volunteer lifesavers do not.

    The increasingly patronising and bossy attitude the dad’s armyesque surf lifesaving volunteers are taking regarding our coastline isn’t doing you all any good you know.

    Without immense amoints of goodwill and a we-serve-you-at-any-cost attitude, the volunteer part won’t survive many more 71 year old “lifesavers” pointlessly drowning.

    Instead it will be forcefully professionalised and you and everyone else will be out and the 30 something professionals will be in.

  107. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘rail against the commemoration of Anzac Day’

    Piss off, Four Leaf.

    You said yourself during one of your more teary rants that you had nothing to do with Anzac Day for years after your triumphant return to your home town, the inhabitants of which you tried your best to hide your service from. Suddenly now you’re all pious about it.

    Do you have metal hooks for hands too?

  108. Some History

    Li’ll Greta has just been anointed by Pope Frankie. Her breast plate is now burnished and emblazoned with his Marxist imprimatur. Her ultimate sanctification only awaits the laying on of hands by Di Natale.

    Greta of The Children™ is here to Save® the Planet©.

  109. Overburdened

    As mentioned previously

    The death duties thing is only good until all the people with stuff who don’t have enough wealth to dodge the tax are dead.

    In Australia, the demographic suggests that those affected are a cluster who are all in the transit lounge at present and will die off in a relatively short period, giving a temporary boost to the government coffers.

  110. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bill Shorten can’t say if he will review Adani approvals

    Rosie Lewis
    Reporter
    @rosieslewis
    23 minutes ago April 23, 2019
    No Comments

    Bill Shorten still can’t say nearly two weeks into the federal election campaign if his future government would review the environmental approvals for Adani’s Carmichael mine, leaving Labor exposed in key Queensland coal mining seats.

    Campaigning in the Nationals-held electorate of Flynn, the Opposition Leader declared he would not sign the CFMEU’s pledge calling for support of the coal mining industry and, in reference to the proposed Adani mine, for “coal mining developments that meet regulatory requirements”.

    That puts Mr Shorten at odds with Labor’s candidate for Flynn, Zac Beers, who has signed the pledge.

    The federal government signed off on the last environmental approval shortly before the May 18 election was called.

    “I have no plans to review the approvals but if we want to be fair dinkum, let’s be fair dinkum and let’s tell the voters the truth,” Mr Shorten said.

    “If I’m prime minister I will adhere to the law of the land. I’m not going to be intimidated or bullied by environmental activists or big mining companies. For me, it is all about the best science, the law of the land and not creating sovereign risk.

    From the Oz. Oh dear, the Labor campaign was going to be such a walkover…

  111. feelthebern

    Pope Frank needs to take some leadership classes.
    Blurst pope ever.

  112. Arky

    I’m also proud of my service as a rifleman in 5 Platoon, B Coy 7RAR during operations Finschhafen and Cung Chung.

    ..
    Genuine question:
    Why?
    As you say you believe US actions in the Vietnam war led to the killing fields of Cambodia (a ridiculous idea, but it is what you tell us).
    If you really believe that, you should be horrified and ashamed of your moral cowardice in not preferring a year or two in prison.
    You can’t keep having it both ways.
    Unless you think Waffen SS veterans and ISIS graduates should feel proud because they did it for the
    camaraderie or some stupid shit like that.
    Explain please.

  113. Overburdened

    KD

    The clown you are addressing is like the old blokes who live in the tiny town of their birth and continue to try and trade on their reputation of being a rugby league player in their local bumpoke competition when they were in their teens.

    It’s important to them because it’s all they’ve got and in fact it’s enough for them because they want to be the biggest fish in the smallest pond.

  114. Dr Faustus

    That would take about 10,000 giant batteries costing more than $300 billion to ensure enough storage to ensure a reliable power supply, according to recent estimates by respected economist Geoffrey Carmody.

    For eight to ten years, until their active charging cycle progressively cooks them off and they have to be replaced.

  115. C.L.

    Nurse working with geriatrics encounters quintessential dirty old man, writes 3000-word “poor victim me” screed. ABC, of course.

    I saw that. If you scroll down to the video still, you’ll see the contemporary face of Australian bureaucratic womanhood. And the caption beneath her sour visage reads:

    ‘Young people are primary targets of sexual harassment at work,’ says Kate Jenkins.

    Blokes pursue young women at work. It’s incredible, I know.
    But Kate, that neckline! She wants blokes to have a peak, obviously.

  116. stackja

    PHOTO | Embarrassing ANZAC typo
    23 mins ago
    A listener has sent The Ray Hadley Morning Show a photo of ANZAC banners with a serious typo.

    The banners in Concord show pictures of returned servicemen with the words ‘Lest we forgot’ printed beneath.

    City of Canada Bay General Manager Peter Gainsford has said in a statement he apologises for the “egregious error”.

    “I am extremely disappointed and accept full responsibility.

    “I have been informed that the error was due to a miscommunication between Council staff and the printer of the banners.

    “All of the banners are currently being removed with urgency. ”

  117. Roger

    …leaving Labor exposed in key Queensland coal mining seats.

    And Clive Palmer as kingmaker.

  118. C.L.

    You also have to remember that the Kates of the workforce see these beautiful young 20-something birds being “harassed” by men in workplaces and are jealous beyond words.

  119. Overburdened

    To continue the analogy, they have a blind spot to the fact that they never got past park footy, never made a career out of the game because they weren’t good enough and cannot see the disparity in their investment in their experience and the insignificance of their efforts to the game.

  120. You were jealous of people watching a documentary on US vets, you sad old attention seeker.

    Should be more of it.
    It neatly encapsulates the cruel absurdity of blaming soldiers for a futile and ill considered conflict fought largely to preserve American prestige.

    70% –To avoid a humiliating US defeat (to our reputation as a guarantor).
    20%–To keep SVN (and then adjacent) territory from Chinese hands.
    10%–To permit the people of SVN to enjoy a better, freer way of life.

    Draft Memorandum from McNaughton to Robert McNamara, “Proposed Course of Action re: Vietnam,” (draft) 24 March 1965

    Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 3, pp. 694-702

  121. Twostix

    I daresay that will be the stupidest thing I’ll read here this week. You don’t get down to the surf much, eh?

    Nah I’ve spent a great deal of my life in the water.

    Surfers and locals generally watch the babysitters with amusement and in some places are even quite fond of them as long as they dont start getting pushy and stay between their flags.

  122. OldOzzie

    stackja
    #2995350, posted on April 23, 2019 at 11:47 am

    OO – leftists don’t know logic on nuclear. Ever since USA nuclear deprived Stalin of Japan. The left have been illogical.

    As I said before on this blog

    South of Port Augusta at the Head of Spencer Gulf is probably one of the ugliest areas around and only 2 h 36 min (260 km) to Olympic dam Uranium Mine Roxby Downs and a great place to put a Nuclear Power Station, then for the Nuclear Waste – only 14 h 9 min (889 km) to Maralinga where Atomic Bomb Test were carried out and is probaly the most stable geological formation in the World

  123. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Crew of missing WWII Catalina can rest at last

    By Rory Callinan
    12:00AM April 23, 2019
    11 Comments

    The crash site of a Catalina flying boat carrying nine Australian aircrew that went missing on a World War II bombing raid more than 74 years ago has been found in The Philippines.

    Air force officers have begun contacting the next of kin of the nine airmen to alert them to the discovery of wreckage from the Catalina A24-64, known as the Dabster, which vanished without a trace on December 14, 1944.

    An official expedition to the site earlier this year using metal detectors discovered distinctive wreckage from the Catalina, including parts associated with the small stove that was issued to the aircraft for long haul flights, as well as a piece of window frame and other parts.

    Following extensive forensic examination of the parts and confirmation of their association with the Catalina, RAAF officers began contacting families.

    The Australian last year revealed the RAAF’s intention to mount the expedition following reports of an officer’s cap badge being found at the site, but experts were divided over which plane might have crashed on the hillside. One theory was that a Liberator bomber returning from a secret mission with Australian special forces to Borneo had hit the hillside but another hypo­thesis pointed to the Catalina.

    Both planes were lost without a trace during missions in the region and extensive searches had failed to find any clue to their fate.

  124. Arky

    Of course you should be proud of serving your country in an alliance with the US: A nation that protects billions of people from tyranny and which stood against both fascism and the truly horrifying communist bloc.

  125. Some History

    “All of the banners are currently being removed with urgency. ”

    That originally read:
    “All of the banners are currently being removed with ergensy. ”

  126. If you really believe that, you should be horrified and ashamed of your moral cowardice in not preferring a year or two in prison.

    I believe the facts of history, not a rationalising mythology.
    Oh, and I didn’t have a crystal ball in 1969.
    I didn’t know the Yanks were going to bomb the living daylights out of Cambodia and force the terrified populace into the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

  127. feelthebern

    McNamara was one of the worst people of the 20th Century.
    If the US had never heard of him & the Kennedy’s, the world would have been a better place.

  128. Overburdened

    CL

    I sentimentally remember an old digger in the 1970s who was blown up as a youth in WW1 and spent the rest of his life in hospital.

    Apart from sucking his glass eye to clean it every morning, he was also renowned for his banter to the nursing staff.

    Hey girly do you like chocolate?

    I’ve got half a bar over here.

  129. notafan

    What is the solution?

    Only male nurses for male patients

    or just don’t provide medical treatment for men at all?

  130. Bruce of Newcastle

    Draft Memorandum from McNaughton to Robert McNamara

    Democrat writing to another Democrat…
    Numbers likes shooting own goals.

  131. Leigh Lowe

    What is the solution?

    Only male nurses for male patients

    No.
    It is the first shot in a battle where “minority and vulnerable” nurses can justify ignoring or mistreating old white male patients because uncomfortable.

  132. Arky

    Oh, and I didn’t have a crystal ball in 1969

    ..
    What was your attitude to the Vietnam war in 1969?

  133. mh

    Numbers, I didn’t know you were in ‘Nam.

    I expect you don’t like to talk about it. I understand.

  134. feelthebern

    Robert McNamara was the biggest Kennedy & LBJ toadie.
    Similar to Paul Wolfowitz.
    Never saw a war he didn’t like.

  135. Overburdened

    ZK2A

    If there was a god then shorten would have been struck down by a lightning bold when he said

    …let’s be fair dinkum and tell the voters the truth…

  136. calli

    That Kate Jenkins reminds me of Carol Beer.

    Everything says No.

  137. hzhousewife

    What is the solution?

    Only male nurses for male patients

    No.
    It is the first shot in a battle where “minority and vulnerable” nurses can justify ignoring or mistreating old white male patients because uncomfortable.

    In due course one of these lasses will have to care for her demented grandpa, that’ll be a challenge.

  138. C.L.

    I’m sure plenty of dotty old women in hospitals and homes say and do naughty things to men as well. A male nurse or doctor simply wouldn’t bother writing an essay about it.

  139. notafan

    That story reeked from the very beginning when she claimed she tried to spare the daughter her father’s alleged bad behaviour.

    Adults can tell other adults stuff and they can ask people gripping their arm painfully to please stop, they can also ask them to stop talking about things inappropriate. Claiming that they continued to be ‘professional’ is incorrect, neither Kate nor Brooke showed professionalism, they were unable to assert themselves when they should have, I would hate to know what they would do if they saw a doctor making a medical error.

    Oh and my family have come across some crappy nurses (and doctors) too.

    Give me 3000 words

  140. Overburdened

    LL

    Those old white male patients are already ignored.

    As are all the old white male professionals, until something goes wrong.

    At which point old white male professionals fix the problem and are then again ignored, and also resented.

  141. notafan

    I wasn’t really suggesting only males nurses for males

    unless for religious objections by the patient

    That is perfectly reasonable

  142. The Sri Lankhan terrorist attacks:

    Sri Lanka’s city planning minister called Sunday’s attacks a “colossal failure on the part of the intelligence services.”

    So they will need more funding and enhanced powers?
    OK, a bit harsh – but still should be considered.

  143. Knuckle Dragger

    Arky,

    ‘a year or two in prison’

    But Four Leaf didn’t need to do that, oh no. Instead, being waaaay smarter than the average bear, he devised a plan where the odds of him being conscripted were very small.

    Which failed.

    Then, once in the military he tried his widdle pea heart out to not go anywhere near where he’d have to do, you know, military stuff.

    Which failed.

    Then after shutting his own trap and doing his best to make sure no-one knew about it, came home And has been wailing about it ever since.

    Because, predictably, if was everyone else’s fault. Moral cowardice doesn’t even do him justice.

    Jesus Christ, in that day you could have just driven to Cloncurry or the NT and found work on a cattle station as ‘John Smith’, earning heaps of coin before coming back years after the war ended both cashed and skilled up.

    But then again, that would hardly have made best use of the monumental intellect of Four Leaf Tayback.

  144. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I didn’t know the Yanks were going to bomb the living daylights out of Cambodia and force the terrified populace into the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

    Ho Chi Minh Trail and North Vietnamese sanctuaries and bases, installed there, not military targets, then?

  145. thefrollickingmole

    feelthebern
    #2995383, posted on April 23, 2019 at 12:20 pm
    McNamara was one of the worst people of the 20th Century.

    The movie is very, very good.
    Its a classic “skin in the game” thing, because there was no personal downside it was “easy” to commit based on rubbery figures and ignore warnings.

    Full movie here.

  146. calli

    Air force officers have begun contacting the next of kin of the nine airmen to alert them to the discovery of wreckage from the Catalina A24-64, known as the Dabster, which vanished without a trace on December 14, 1944.

    Wonderful news.

    I hope my father lives long enough to see his brother’s remains repatriated. He was on A24-49 “Maggie”, all lost, the wreck still somewhere in the jungle.

  147. Knuckle Dragger

    That ‘medical health professional’ reminds of the music festival glitter boob woman not so long ago.

    ‘Everybody look at my boobs! Look at them!’

    30 seconds later:

    ‘Stop looking at my boobs you toxic masculine pieces of shit! I’m a person! Don’t you DARE mentally undress me! Even though I deliberately made you look at my boobs! Stop it!’

  148. Arky

    Moral cowardice doesn’t even do him justice.

    ..
    To be clear: I do not accuse him of moral cowardice.
    I’m asking how he avoids that feeling given his strong professed belief that the US is such an awful power in the world.
    I disagree strongly with the man’s views, but will not disparage his service.
    Also those of you given to making comments about his teaching service should give that one a miss.
    I doubt you would last a week with that clientelle.

  149. Bruce of Newcastle

    Air force officers have begun contacting the next of kin of the nine airmen to alert them to the discovery of wreckage from the Catalina A24-64

    Speaking of such things, this story today may be of interest to Top Ender.

    WWII shipwreck located off coast of Victoria

    The wreckage of an Australian WWII ship has been located off the coast of Victoria, 77 years after it sank.

    The SS Iron Crown, a 100m long freighter, was attacked by a Japanese submarine in the Bass Strait in June 1942, while transporting cargo.

    It was hit by a torpedo and went down within a minute.

    Several interesting pics.

  150. cohenite

    Apart from the Easter worshippers comment from every treasonous left wing leader in the West the predominant headlines about Sri Lanka was Trump saying millions died and this from Fraser Anning:

    Divisive right wing senator Fraser Anning responds to Sri Lanka terror attacks which left 290 dead including two Australians by saying ‘Isl.mic populations create violence’

    I can’t link because the link has the word and the word is power but it’s in the Daily Mail rag. Anning says he was right, which he is but hardly original since Peter Hammond in 2005 while writing his book about the religion of pieces controlling world slavery also noted that as the population of muzzies increases so does every measure of social discord and violence.

    But hey, Easter worshippers.

  151. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This is my point. I am interested, I’m Conservative and even reading the Cat, didn’t know who she was.
    If that is a litmus test, good luck getting votes.

    Totally agree, Nick. Handing out for the Aust Cons in the NSW election was a confirmation of that: there is such little public recognition, and a how-to-vote sheet that told voters nothing useful about who the Aust Cons were and what they were on about. Sadly, although Cory’s video is personally well done, for he comes over as a good guy, there is no policy detail at all in that either, so I think it will be largely a waste of money.

    My hope is that the Party survives, staggers along sufficiently to be an organized system able to mount a real and genuine policy attack in the elections after Shorten gets in and the economic destruction levels intensify. People may see conservatism in a good light by then and be seeking it out. Right now there is no cut through at all, except from the membership, many of whom are getting disillusioned and may drift away.

  152. Old School Conservative

    Instead it will be forcefully professionalised and you and everyone else will be out and the 30 something professionals will be in.

    I guess you know that is already happening twostix.
    Professional lifeguards on the beach at weekends when SLSC patrols are rostered.
    NSW SLS enjoying professional relationships with offshore rescue services.
    Young SLS athletes banned from training in severe conditions.
    Full time head office personnel in numbers too big to explore.

    The soft takeover has already succeeded. Only the formal announcement is missing.

  153. C.L.

    This is happening in America every other week now.
    These are disturbing, deranged times.
    And the thing is, the general populace is not driving the phenomenon.
    The media are amplifying the noise of lunatics just to watch things burn – especially traditional things.
    The media are the enemy.

  154. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I don’t think pushing the nuclear barrow is the way for Aust Cons to go right now for getting a point of differentiation – later perhaps yes. Going for coal, and new HILE power stations, would be more attractive to most people worried about the need for base load power. There’s more awareness to of HILE because there has been quite a bit of TV advertising from the coal industry on those. Capitalise on that. Anther point of cut through would be to say that ‘climate change’ has become better understood scientifically since the days of Gore and that many scientists think there is time to react with more care, i.e. an attack on ‘alarmism’ would be a cut-through policy, without being totally dismissive of ‘the precautionary principle’ – that is good politics even though it gives some crap science a pass of sorts.

    Building 3 three coal-fired HILE power stations as a policy platform would garner votes.

  155. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    All those people who voted for ‘no carbon tax’ are still out their with pencils poised looking for somewhere to go. Aust Cons could be it if they got brave re HILE coal power.

  156. The Australian is reporting that “Trioli turns on PM” in a interview about the government buying back water rights.

    So a blitheringly stupid, economically illiterate, screeching socialist propagandist made the Evangelical Tourist Agent get a stiffy by talking about water buybacks?

  157. Percy Popinjay

    LOL – that Easter Bunny violence was of course, perpetrated in Florida.

  158. Democrat writing to another Democrat…
    Numbers likes shooting own goals.

    Not interested in the Democrat/Republican bullshit.
    Both culpable when it comes to Vietnam.

    What was your attitude to the Vietnam war in 1969?

    Much the same as now, but with the wisdom of historical hindsight.

  159. bespoke

    Arky
    #2995408, posted on April 23, 2019 at 12:47 pm
    I disagree strongly with the man’s views, but will not disparage his service.

    I strongly agree. But the inconsistencies are fare game.

    Also those of you given to making comments about his teaching service should give that one a miss.

    Given his obsessiveness I don’t think he would have any problems with poisoning his students.

  160. Mother Lode

    That ‘medical health professional’ reminds of the music festival glitter boob woman not so long ago.

    ‘Everybody look at my boobs! Look at them!’

    Remember a few years ago there was that ‘Boobs Not Bombs’ thing? I inadvertently clicked on a link and I still have nightmares: Aging hippies walking around topless, looking like they were wearing pairs of stockings with wet sand in the toes around their necks.

    Honestly – what can the thinking behind such things be? What do they think is the impact they have? Do they believe anyone changes their mind following some strangely elusive logic where distended sagging relics of youth repudiate a military? Do they believe that shambling herd hauling one foot after the other, heaving corrugated-flesh thighs, scowling and shouting, will make people think of their grandmothers?

    Or is it meant to intimidate people with the sheer litany of proprieties being flouted without reserve while they pin people to the ground with their angry eyes?

  161. Done Deal

    Before Gough the hospital system functioned all right.

    yep, for sure. Until the posing self important wanker created the great big money pit called Medibank people went into medicine for mostly the right reasons. Now what you have are mostly legalized drug pushing spivs out to make as much money as possible, by getting as many addicts, sorry patients, on their prescription merry go round as possible.

  162. Geriatric Mayfly

    Aging hippies walking around topless, looking like they were wearing pairs of stockings with wet sand in the toes around their necks.

    Much more aware of public sensitivities was the mob who squatted on the steps of State Parliament. They wore their bras on the outside of their Brotherhood bin specials to protest the war in Iraq. Joan Kirner among them, as was that Gillian Armstrong, actress without peer.

  163. cohenite

    Clinton has been vindicated by Mueller, so why the silence on Trump?

    That’s from the abc so the article is basically what you would expect but can anyone explain how the wussians affected the election. I mean every contact to the Trump team by so-called wussians was really by fbi plants or affiliates like the Italian professor and fish-net stockings man alexander downing.

    Apart from the Steele dossier and shrillary’s connections to wussian donors to her foundation how did the wussians influence the election?

  164. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Before Gough the hospital system functioned all right

    Almost all Australians had private health cover, and the hospitals reserved beds for those who coudn’t pay. Then came the egotistical great bounce, and wrecked a perfectly functional system.

  165. cuckoo

    Thanks to CL for that Milligan extract. Anyone who could write a sentence like –
    But a dawn of change is sweeping through parishes and schools.
    – can be disregarded. Can’t write = can’t think.

  166. Zatara

    Clinton has been vindicated by Mueller

    Prediction: That headline isn’t going to age well.

  167. cuckoo

    Kate Smith is being unpersoned because she sang a song called ‘That’s why darkies were born’. Groucho Marx quotes the phrase in Duck Soup:

    “My father was a little Headstrong, my mother was a little Armstong. The Headstrongs married the Armstrongs and that’s why darkies were born.”

    So will Groucho be next?

  168. cohenite

    Oh I see according to the abc:

    2. Russia influenced the US election in two ways

    According to Mr Barr, Mr Mueller’s report confirmed:
    1.A Russian organisation called the Internet Research Agency (IRA) spread false information online and on social media to “sow social discord”
    2.Russian Government actors hacked into computers and released emails from people affiliated with Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Democratic Party organisations

    So wussia had a face-chook page and hacked shrillary’s server. I’m calling bullshit on that second one. John Podesta, shrillary’s campaign manager, who was connected to shrillary’s illegally removed server had as his password password. Huma Abedin, shrillary’s second in command also had her server connected to shrillary’s; abedin was affiliated to various muslim organisations including the brotherhood but of course they would not have had access. Abedin’s husband is Anthony weiner, a former US demorat senator whose server was not only connected to shrillary’s and abedin’s but also used by him to chat on sex sites with underage girls for which he was convicted and served time. But hey none of the top secret information in shrillary’s server would have leaked out via these methods.

    Then of course shrillary was using her server for pay to play and solicited a number of large donations from wussian oligarchs.

    What a fucking farce.

  169. Mother Lode

    Clinton has been vindicated by Mueller

    How so?

  170. Doing the rounds –
    “What’s the difference between the president of the US and the president of the Ukraine?
    One of them actually knows he’s a comedian”.

  171. cohenite

    Damn, used the word again:

    Oh I see according to the abc:

    2. Russia influenced the US election in two ways

    According to Mr Barr, Mr Mueller’s report confirmed:
    1.A Russian organisation called the Internet Research Agency (IRA) spread false information online and on social media to “sow social discord”
    2.Russian Government actors hacked into computers and released emails from people affiliated with Hillary Clinton’s campaign and Democratic Party organisations

    So wussia had a face-chook page and hacked shrillary’s server. I’m calling bullshit on that second one. John Podesta, shrillary’s campaign manager, who was connected to shrillary’s illegally removed server had as his password password. Huma Abedin, shrillary’s second in command also had her server connected to shrillary’s; abedin was affiliated to various muzzie organisations including the brotherhood but of course they would not have had access. Abedin’s husband is Anthony weiner, a former US demorat senator whose server was not only connected to shrillary’s and abedin’s but also used by him to chat on sex sites with underage girls for which he was convicted and served time. But hey none of the top secret information in shrillary’s server would have leaked out via these methods.

    Then of course shrillary was using her server for pay to play and solicited a number of large donations from wussian oligarchs.

    What a fucking farce.

  172. calli

    Trouble is, it doesn’t matter any more whether the person is the best one for the job. You always wonder, “Is it a Diversity Hire?

    Nine times out of ten, you would be right.

  173. That’s what I’m picking up, Overburdened.
    His ads are working.
    He’s helped in part by the SFL & the Liars party both making themselves unpalatable.
    (“surprisingly well” is of course a relative term)

    Since the start of the current election touting, it has been my observation that palmer’s mob will do surprisingly well.

    In spite of the hurtful advice that I am a fuckwit for holding this view, I persist with the idea that they will get a lot more votes than expected.

  174. Infidel Tiger

    Ryan Saavedra

    Verified account

    @RealSaavedra

    Socialist Bernie Sanders says he would let the Boston Marathon Bomber — who killed 3 people and injured 280 others — vote in U.S. elections from inside prison.

    Sanders says he also supports letting sex predators and murderers vote from inside prison.

    https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/1120499225442299904

    If Trump can’t win in 20202 against these loons, we are all cooked.

  175. Going for coal, and new HILE power stations, would be more attractive to most people worried about the need for base load power

    Problem is, HILE is good politics, but lousy technology.

  176. Trouble is, it doesn’t matter any more whether the person is the best one for the job. You always wonder, “Is it a Diversity Hire?

    OMFG!
    Qld, was nice knowing you.

  177. Oh I see according to the abc:

    No – according to the Mueller report.

  178. cohenite

    Problem is, HILE is good politics, but lousy technology.

    Just shut up you fucking idiot. HELE or Ultra Supercritical is NOT CO2 capture but high temperature technology.

  179. jupes

    Amazing that numbers says “War is sad, get over it” then cannot shut up about it.

    Numbers spent 10 months in Vietnam.

    The best 1.5% of his life which would otherwise be totally meaningless without it.

  180. Mother Lode

    The Hildebots were not simply saying that Da Wussians influenced the elections, but that Trump colluded.

    What Meuller found was that while there was interference from Da Wussians it was exceedingly minute order stuff. And you can’t really blame anyone for the fact that Hillary had her emails hacked other than her since she was the one who put them on a private server with near non-existent security.

    The enforced austere lifestyle prison will afford Hillary will probably make her look decades younger. She may ever regain her conscience.

    Then they will have to put her on ‘suicide watch’, in case they find her hanging in her cell on morning with her lungs full of seawater and two bullet holes in the back of her skull.

  181. Done Deal

    Bill’s pulling a keating on us, he must be getting worried. Remember when the old paulster stopped immigration kicking out a that good gentleman to shore up the votes of a certain western Sydney demographic, you know, the nice man who subsequently excused some of his ray pissed followers because “The uncovered meat is the problem.”
    Billy boy now is giving away “get-into-Australia-free’ tickets to all 4 grandparents of another immigrant voting cohort that he hopes will get him over the line in a few key marginals.
    Like they say, whatever it takes.

  182. But hey, Easter worshippers.

    Somebody left a bunny* at the end of my bed.

    * of the Playboy type

  183. Serious question: Is it true this site is to be re-named?
    As Vietnamallaxy?

    Just wondering.

  184. Mother Lode

    Trouble is, it doesn’t matter any more whether the person is the best one for the job. You always wonder, “Is it a Diversity Hire?

    It is amazing, isn’t it?

    After decades of finding men qualified for leadership roles suddenly none are qualified but, luckily, countless supremely qualified women are stepping up.

    Christine Nixon was so gifted. Also that Burns woman at the Lindt Cafe and Shooting Range.

  185. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    New Queensland police commissioner announced
    Sarah Vogler, The Courier-Mail
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    QUEENSLAND Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner Katarina Carroll is the state’s new police commissioner — the first woman to ever be appointed to the role.

    Ms Carroll will take over from outgoing Commissioner Ian Stewart who finishes up in July.

    Ms Carroll was the favourite out of six candidates vying for the role, alongside current deputy commissioner Bob Gee.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the decision flanked by Ms Carroll and Mr Stewart.

    She described the incoming commissioner as a woman of outstanding integrity and strength.
    Commissioner Katarina Carroll is a former police officer and was the recipient of an Australian Police Medal, National Police Service Medal, National Emergency Medal and the National Medal.

    Ms Carroll said while she was privileged to be the first woman to take on the role she was there “because of what I have done in my career”.

    She was told the news this morning, quickly calling her mother to break the news ahead of the press conference to announce her appointment.

    Mr Stewart described Ms Carroll’s appointment as an “excellent choice”.

    While she comes straight from the QFES, Ms Carroll is no stranger to the police department with three decades as a police officer, including 15 as a detective, under her belt. Before QFES Commissioner, she served as assistant commissioner of police where she had headed the state’s G20 policing operation that successfully protected US president Barack Obama and British prime minister David Cameron in Brisbane.

  186. notafan

    Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn will step down from her leading role at NSW Police to take on a “senior position” with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Ms Burn has accepted the position on secondment to DFAT, NSW Police confirmed on Thursday.
    speaking of Catherine Burns sideways into DFAT last year

  187. Mark A

    1735099
    #2995458, posted on April 23, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Going for coal, and new HILE power stations, would be more attractive to most people worried about the need for base load power

    Problem is, HILE is good politics, but lousy technology.

    Proving once again that you have no idea what you are talking about.

    And BRW it’s HELE no hile tech. Has nothing to do with carbon capture, can incorporate it like any other power station but it’s not about that.

  188. Attractive young ladeee on Sky just said that if elected, Labor will ban gay conversion therapy.

    A voluntary service undertaken by a handful of people will be scrapped but a hetero conversion program forcibly rammed down the throats of millions of kids will be ramped up under the guise of ‘Safe Schools’ in order to provide fresh young meat for the legions of poofters in Labor ranks and at their indoctrination centres, formerly known as schools.

  189. calli

    It just makes me sad, Lode. There are women who are well qualified, hard working and immensely skilled and intelligent. I look at my two daughters, one a multi-million dollar business owner, the other highly regarded and respected who is on everyone in the industry’s “try to poach” list.

    But da sistas have made sure that dopes get the big look-at-me jobs, thus poisoning the well. And it’s usually in once male-dominated areas just because.

    I despise third wave feminists.

  190. Geriatric Mayfly

    So will Groucho be next?

    Stephen Foster bags first. I have a disc of his songs sung exquisitely by the Robert Shaw Chorale. The darki=es down on de ol’ plantation get a number of honourable mentions. Dig up his corpse and hang the filthy racist.

  191. calli

    Ms Burn has accepted the position on secondment to DFAT,

    Can she use her obvious sleuthing skills to hunt out Dr. Ken Elliott?

    She is trained in police work.

  192. calli

    What do they do?

    What do any of them do? That bloated chart is an illustration of futility and waste.

  193. Mother Lode

    There are women who are well qualified, hard working and immensely skilled and intelligent.

    Absolutely.

    They are just getting on with their jobs. But when Palacechook is looking for wymminsys to promote her sistah-hood scheme she is looking for someone who has a skill set at variance from the one notionally required of the role. She is looking for someone for a political agenda.

    Competent women will not get a look in.

  194. OldOzzie

    And this is what Shorten Labor/Greens want us to Drive

    Jaguar I-Pace SE 2019 review: How does it fare on the highway? – Sydney to Canberra

    General EV roadtrip lessons learned


    – Even though it’s the most convenient option, save the wall charger for your last resort. At an as-tested rate of almost 50 hours for a full charge, it really is just the space saver spare or can of goo of recharging. You know that feeling when your phone charge cable is frayed and on its last legs and takes forever to trickle charge into your phone? Same deal, but it’s affecting your ability to get places, not just communicate remotely.

    – If you buy an I-Pace, do get the Jet Charge wall box (capable of a full charge in a ‘theoretical’ 13.5 hours) installed and your ownership experience will be far more convenient.

    – If in any doubt, wait for the 100% charge before travelling. It’s not worth the angst.

    – Don’t put all your faith in the charge remaining indicator for guidance. Build up slowly to any lengthy journey, unlike our ‘give it a go straight up’ approach.

    – Treat Android Auto voice activated Google search results with the same scepticism as any other. Be mindful of the source of results!

    – Every time you start the car or even switch it on to Accessories to check charge progress, there’s a whole lot more going on than just turning on the instrument screen. The battery cooling system is likely to be the biggest power drain, but also air conditioning, radio, interior lights. This robs multiple kilometres of range estimate every time. If you must use a standard power point, use the app to monitor charge and just leave the car until it is time to go.

    – Plan your route around certainty. Always have a Plan B with time to spare. Don’t trust that a charge station actually exists until you’ve see it in the flesh.

    – Electric cars with direct drive (single speed transmissions) just aren’t suited to long distance driving. The faster those motors spin, the faster they consume electricity. It’s like driving around in first gear all the time. If you only drive around Sydney or even urban areas, you’ll have a vastly different experience.

    – It probably goes without saying, but there’s next to no potential for brake regeneration on the Hume Highway. You need a mighty steep hill to be coasting at 110km/h.

    Read the whole Article

  195. Mater

    And the bullshit continues…

    1735099
    #2995249, posted on April 23, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I’m also proud of my service as a rifleman in 5 Platoon, B Coy 7RAR during operations Finschhafen and Cung Chung.

    1735099
    #2965463, posted on March 21, 2019 at 8:33 am

    My only regret is being involved, against my better moral judgement in a futile and evil exercise, and history has proved me right.

  196. notafan

    Paul Robeson was a communist iirc

    He sang a lot of those plantation lament type songs like Ol Man River, my son has them lined up on his music thingy Spotify?

    These seem to be a music genre, does it matter that some were written and sung by whites, I guess like the use of the N word, some can and some can’t.

    Don’t like the Kate Smith version as much as his though.

  197. JC

    Lol

    Q. What does unemployment and CNN have in common?

    A. They are both at Record low.

  198. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My only regret is being involved, against my better moral judgement in a futile and evil exercise, and history has proved me right.

    Such as the North Vietnamese tearing up the Paris Peace accords, and launching a conventional invasion of South Viet Nam, in 1975?

  199. Nelson Kidd-Players

    ‘Coalaphobia’ should be mentioned by Cory and his crew with the persistence of Democrats talking about Easter worshipers. The media may report it in their mocking tone, but the target voters should get the message.

  200. jupes

    Predictably the West Australian has hired a member of the RoP to write about the Sri Lankan bombings.

    https://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-west-australian/20190423/281728385921346

    At no point in the article does she directly blame the RoP, other than to say she found the Sri Lanka church bombing “abhorrent” (“just like the NZ Mosque killings”) and she did mention the imprisonment of Asia Bibi in Pakistan.

    On the other hand she does praise Old Mo while criticising the “warmongering Christianity” of GWB and Tony Blair and the “bloodthirsty extremism of intolerant US evangelists”. No seriously. At this point it was probably wise not to mention her thoughts about the other Abrahamic religion.

    Utterly disgraceful but a sad sign of the times.

  201. memoryvault

    but a hetero conversion program forcibly rammed down the throats of millions of kids will be ramped up under the guise of ‘Safe Schools’ in order to provide fresh young meat for the legions of poofters in Labor ranks and at their indoctrination centres, formerly known as schools.

    The Federal Safe Schools program was introduced as a thought bubble by the ex-PM Julia Gillard, during the 2013 election campaign. She issued a press release on or about August 30. Both Shorten and Wong spoke in favour of it, agin, during the actual election campaign.

    However, it was introduced, legislated for, and financed by the Abbott Liberal government, with funds granted in advance for four years.

    The main speaker on behalf of the Abbott government at the opening ceremony in June 2014 was none other than the current PM, Scott Morrison. ScoMo gave credit to both Gillard an Wong for talking the new government into implementing their thought bubble, then spent the rest of his speech praising his Liberal government for listening to them and proceeding with it.

  202. 1735099

    And the bullshit continues

    You’re too thick to understand that it’s possible to be proud of your service, but regretful of the war in which it was given.
    Soldiers have been dealing with this contradiction for eons.
    There are snake brained individuals simply cannot comprehend it.
    Quite a few post here.

  203. Rafiki redux

    Lizzie at 12.55 – some time ago, I am sure I heard Cory state on a Sky program that in the event post-election there emerged a conservative caucus in the Liberals, there would be a question whether this caucus joined AusCon or we joined up with them. We have the membership, they would have sitting MPs and branches we could join. The last attracts me, for we need regular meet-ups to give some point to membership. It might be worthwhile.
    ,

  204. 1735099

    Such as the North Vietnamese….

    Most Vietnamese alive today have never known war.
    In 1970, most had never known peace.
    You should ask them which they prefer.

  205. Overburdened

    Surprisingly well is of course a relative term

    Yes

  206. DrBeauGan

    Predictably the West Australian has hired a member of the RoP to write about the Sri Lankan bombings.

    https://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-west-australian/20190423/281728385921346

    I thought it quite a reasonable article, Jupes. She condemned zealotry of all sorts. She’s like most muzlims and most Christians, she has a sentimental attachment that doesn’t go deep. And her daughter is a tolerant atheist.

  207. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You’re too thick to understand that it’s possible to be proud of your service, but regretful of the war in which it was given.

    Popcorn, anyone?

  208. Overburdened

    Jupes

    Having had first hand dealings with the unmentionables in their own Countries and detour locations, it can be confirmed that the aim is to turn the rest of the world into violent totalitarian shit holes.

    Those that blubber about the quality of government in Australia need to get out more.

    Not saying what we have is much good.

  209. Overburdened

    ZK2A

    The shark has been jumped

  210. notafan

    However, it was introduced, legislated for, and financed by the Abbott Liberal government, with funds granted in advance for four years.

    Except the contract for the service were signed by Wong Shorten a few days short of the election. (last week of august iirc) after funds were allocated in Gillard’s last budget.

    There was wool pulled over the Abbott government’s eyes as you well know MV

  211. notafan

    Announcing a funded program is not ‘speaking in favour of’

    from ACL site, when the contracted program was announced

  212. notafan

    The program’s federal funding was allocated by the Labor government in 2013, when an $8 million investment was announced for the program convenor, Foundation for Young Australians.

    It also receives some state funding, with the Victorian Government allocating $1.04 million in its 2015-16 budget.

  213. notafan

    Funding for this project is already included in the budget.

    Labor commits $8 million to tackle homophobia in schools

  214. Dr Faustus

    ALP bum twitching about $31 million Perfesser Palmer syphoning off the low-info voters:

    Anthony Albanese was speaking on Sky News when he unleashed a furious attack on the party, urging voters to look at Mr Palmer’s past performance in politics.

    “The irony of Clive Palmer and where his money is coming from to fund this advertising campaign that is speaking about having a concern about foreign investment in Australia is quite frankly breathtaking,” Mr Albanese said.

    The real irony of Clive Palmer is he might accidentally be beneficial to Australia. If Palmer is able to snag a Queensland Senate seat, it will probably be at the expense of the ALP.

    And he will be toxic puke for Shorten Labor to negotiate with.

  215. calli

    Utterly disgraceful but a sad sign of the times.

    Did she apologise to the bombers for the West making them blow themselves up?

    If not, she has a long way to go before she reaches Peak Bandanaman.

  216. Mater

    You’re too thick to understand that it’s possible to be proud of your service, but regretful of the war in which it was given.

    I’m too principled to take part in a war which I think of as evil.
    I’ll happily take the jail term.

    P.S. We should regret all wars, but you didn’t say that. You said it was evil and claim to have known that before you joined.

  217. notafan

    upes is right

    the death in Northern Ireland had nothing to do with religion and Bush etc are political not religious leaders

    And the quoting of the ko ran was very selective

    Mo forbade allowing Christians to repair or replace churches in m uslim lands and the convert die or pay verses are entirely at the musl ims discretion and there many other verses along similar lines

    to claim Christianity and isl am on a par is a gross distortion, only those ignorant of both would be satisfied with that pap.

    I’m really sick of going over the same ground over and over

    there is no equivalent justification of warmongering jihad and support for forced conversion in Christian theology, none.

    The reason the world sees, and has seen so much aggression/terror over the last 1400 years is because terrorism as we call it, has been sanctified to the extreme, suicide bombers have all the verses they need, ‘martyrs’ are the only people in i slam guaranteed jan nah (for them and their nearest and dearest, it is powerful bait)

    How else do you find at least seven people in one small group prepared to do what they did?

  218. jupes

    I thought it quite a reasonable article, Jupes.

    Okay let’s break it down:

    Sure she condemned zealotry of all sorts but this is just bog standard moral equivalence i.e. the RoP is no more dangerous than any other religion.

    Here is her direct critcism of the RoP in it’s entirety: 1. The imprisonment of Asia Bibi for blasphemy “for being Christian not [RoP]” and 2. That [the RoP] “does not have the same limitless capacity to forgive (as Christianity)”. That’s it!

    This after the RoP has just caused almost 1000 casualties. Read it carefully, she does not directly identify the church attackers as members of the RoP. They could be Buddhist of even Tamil Tigers for all anyone would know by reading this disingenuous rubbish.

    Now compare that with her direct criticism of Christianity: 1. The warmongering Christianity of GWB and 2. The blood-thirsty extremism of intolerant US evangelists.

    That’s not reasonable Beaugy. That’s more like blaming the victim than anything a certain senator said after the NZ mosque massacre.

  219. memoryvault

    Funding for this project is already included in the budget.

    Nota, to be frank I’ve grown tired of your stupid bloody comments, linked to articles you obviously never actually read. For fvck’s sake go and READ the article YOU just linked to. To help you here is the very first line cut and pasted:
    Federal Labor will spend $8 million tackling homophobia in schools if it is re-elected.

    Have you got that, shit for brains? It was an election promise. Nothing more. It couldn’t be more because an election had been called and legislation can’t be passed let alone financed once Parliament has been dissolved by the GG.

    Have you finally got that fvckwit? An election promise, that’s all.

    Now here’s another newsflash for you. Labor LOST the election. The Liberals won. It was Tony Abbott’s Liberal government that drafted the legislation, introduced the legislation, passed the legislation, and financed the resultant program.

    Which is precisely what I said the first time.

  220. Speedbox

    Right now there is no cut through at all, except from the membership, many of whom are getting disillusioned and may drift away.

    Precisely. I am a member and have donated several times but am disillusioned. I like Cory – he seems like a good bloke, but he has no ‘cut through’ with the media. Perhaps it is a vague conspiracy by the media to not give conservatives any mainstream air time. I don’t know the reason but he gets F/all recognition and that is going to hurt big time come voting day.

    I have some sympathy for Nick who said he had never heard of Sophie York (I presume Nick is located in NSW) and again, she and the AC generally, are just two small players who can’t seem to cut through. Our exposure to the AC (and Riccardo in particular) on the Cat should not be confused with the exposure of the broader community to the AC.

    In the meantime that buffoon Clive Palmer is fielding a candidate in virtually every HoR electorate and a full field of Senate candidates. If name recognition counts for anything, he will probably grab a couple of Senate spots and possibly even one in the HoR. The preference deals will be interesting. With another few hundred thousand dollars thrown at TV and other media ads over the next 3 weeks, I wouldn’t write him off.

    The Uniparty may despise him but they can’t ignore the strong likelihood that he will capture a sizable number of votes in some electorates, and those preferences will be vital. I have no doubt that Clive will extract his ‘pound of flesh’ from whomever receives the nod from Clive the Kingmaker.

  221. Leigh Lowe

    “The irony of Clive Palmer and where his money is coming from to fund this advertising campaign that is speaking about having a concern about foreign investment in Australia is quite frankly breathtaking,” Mr Albanese said.

    Yep.
    Let’s have a good hard look at Clive.
    And, while we’ve got the microscope out, let’s put a few sluces of GetUp between some glass slides and have a look at them too.

  222. thefrollickingmole

    Overburdened

    ZK2A

    The shark has been jumped

    The shark has been jumped, wrangled and is now in a ball gag in mirror mans basement strapped to a chair awaiting its turn.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wars_involving_Vietnam#Modern_Vietnam_(1945%E2%80%93present)

    World War II
    (1940–1945)
    First Indochina War
    (1946–1954)[f 1]
    Laotian Civil War
    (1953–1975)
    Vietnam War
    (1959–1975
    Cambodian Civil War
    (1967–1975)
    Insurgency in the Central Highlands
    (1975–1992)
    Insurgency in Laos
    (1975–2007)
    Cambodian–Vietnamese War
    (1977–1989
    Sino-Vietnamese War
    (1979)
    Sino-Vietnamese conflicts 1979–90
    (1979–1990)
    Thai–Laotian Border War
    (1987–1988)

  223. lotocoti

    Why is anyone surprised that our friend is totes fine with that whole barrel of a gun thing if it’s in the cause of the revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat?

  224. notafan

    Nota, to be frank I’ve grown tired of your stupid bloody comments, linked to articles you obviously never actually read. For fvck’s sake go and READ the article YOU just linked to. To help you here is the very first line cut and pasted:
    Federal Labor will spend $8 million tackling homophobia in schools if it is re-elected.

    I clearly did read them

    It was a contract signed in august 2013 for the 2014 year

    and again and again articles mention that the funding was set aside for that contract in the may 2013 budget

    last time we had this ‘discussion’ I also linked an article where pPyne said it was too late to tear up the contract signed by Shorten then the minister for education

    whereas your claim is supported by zero

    Time line is may 2013 budget, contract signed with the Australian forum blah blah in August 2013 programe implemented school year 2014

    you have an agenda that cares nothing for truth, as always

  225. DrBeauGan

    My reply to Jupes is awaiting moderation. Only God and Sinc know why.

  226. Top Ender

    Thanks for the Iron Crown material, Bruce.

  227. calli

    Could Abbott have reneged on those contracts?

    The Hunchback paid muchos moolah not to build a road.

  228. Sinclair Davidson

    Only God and Sinc know why.

    What do you mean “and”?

  229. notafan

    Calli

    I think they were hoodwinked as to the curriculum content, but it took a while for momentum for change to build up as the program was rolled out to more schools

    it was sold as an anti bullying programme. then questions were asked and there was a review.

    The point I am making is claiming it was entirely funded rolled out etc by Abbott is untruthful. All that is true is that the full federal rolled out under the LNP in 2014 but the set up, curriculum development, contractual agreement was all labor , bipartisan support was based on the misleading nature of the program.

    here is a press release from Education Bill in July 2013 talking about safe school hub funding

  230. thefrollickingmole

    Foul law, mind you we have our own version waiting to be “slippery sloped” into general revenue collection.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/10/us/police-use-department-wish-list-when-deciding-which-assets-to-seize.html
    From Orange County, N.Y., to Rio Rancho, N.M., forfeiture operations are being established or expanded. In September, Albuquerque, which has long seized the cars of suspected drunken drivers, began taking them from men suspected of trying to pick up prostitutes, landing seven cars during a one-night sting. Arkansas has expanded its seizure law to allow the police to take cash and assets with suspected connections to terrorism, and Illinois moved to make boats fair game under its D.W.I. laws, in addition to cars. In Mercer County, N.J., a prosecutor preaches the “gospel” that forfeiture is not just for drug arrests — cars can be seized in shoplifting and statutory rape cases as well.

    …..
    In 2006, Schapelle Corby had a book published in Australia, My Story, and New Idea published an article about her. The Australian Federal Police tracked large payments for both from Australia to an Indonesian bank account controlled by her brother-in-law (from the book – over $250,000) and to her sister Mercedes (from the magazine article – $15,000).

    The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) obtained orders in the Queensland Court of Appeal under the Commonwealth Act that any such payments be made to the Official Trustee in Bankruptcy.

    As to a geographical nexus, the court held that “all that is required is that … the benefit has its geographic origin or source in Australia”. It held that literary proceeds were generated in Australia in consequence of the publication of the book and the article in Australia.

    The CDPP applied for a permanent literary proceeds order, and by consent Corby was required to pay $128,800 to the Commonwealth out of the money then held by the Official Trustee in Bankruptcy.

  231. C.L.

    Thanks to CL for that Milligan extract. Anyone who could write a sentence like
    But a dawn of change is sweeping through parishes and schools.
    – can be disregarded. Can’t write = can’t think.

    LOL.

  232. stackja

    cohenite
    #2995411, posted on April 23, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Senator Fraser Anning
    ‏@fraser_anning

    An Australian woman and her daughter are now dead due to the I5lam1c terrorist attack in Sri Lanka.

    This is a horrific tragedy.

    Australia should offer all assistance possible to the family and work so that I5lam1c terrorism can never again take away the life of our citizens.

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