Open Forum: April 27, 2019

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  1. Des Deskperson

    Cats may be aware of the Melbourne University Press’s ‘little books on big issues’ series, where members of Australia’s ‘progressive’ establishment are – we presume – paid for rants ‘on’ things that grip them . Issues range from ‘On Hate’ – Tim Soutphommasane – to ‘On Motherhood’ – Sarah Ferguson (who so far as I am aware is childless).

    There are no conservative voices s in the series.

    The latest release is ‘On Us’, by Mark Scott, former general manager of the ABC and now Secretary of the NSW Department of Education

    https://www.mup.com.au/books/on-us-paperback-softback

    Apparently it’s all about the media, internet and stuff and how they ‘shape our lives’. According the the blurb:

    ‘A true public servant and deep thinker combines his vast knowledge and love for the media and education to ask hard questions. Read scrupulously from beginning to end”

    His thoughts apparently include profundities like this: “So much on my screens isn’t sparking much joy…there’s just too much and it doesn’t energise me…often, when we stare at our screens, we know we are not our best selves.”

    I thought that this sort of stuff was going to be ditched my the new MUP management.

  2. vlad

    Cats may be aware of the Melbourne University Press’s ‘little books on big issues’ series, where members of Australia’s ‘progressive’ establishment are – we presume – paid for rants ‘on’ things that grip them

    At the Nine newspaper syndicate if a senior writer has a bad day’s shopping she writes a well-paid article about it.

    If Jimmy Olsen had tried that, Perry White would have spiked it, thundering, “We don’t run personal grievances here. Now get out of my office and don’t call me Chief!”

  3. John Constantine

    Second belt and road summit now on.

    Seventy-eight percent of the world population now lives under regimes involved in belt and road.

    Do we count all Australia, or just sneaky yarragrad in this?.

    Apparently Australia is proposing an alternative to belt and road to the Pacific Islands, after frankenstabby Bishop handed them to the chicom tyrant in return for a brown paper bag full of donated fivers.

    Comrade Maaaaates.

  4. cohenite

    Can’t link because the link has the fucking word.

    Macron acknowledges RoP communities want to succeed from france.

  5. notafan

    Never have sex with anyone you wouldn’t want to make a baby with
    Never partner/marry anyone you wouldn’t give a free house and lifetime stipend too

    Excellent advice IT

    A pity the numerous sadsacks don’t take it.

    And DB is right no fault divorce contraception and free love

    all introduced/invented by who?

  6. John Constantine

    Jacindamania hands New Zealand over to the belt and road chicom tyrant initiatives, first developed nation to capitulate.

  7. areff

    Des, I’d work on the assumption that advances were extended and works such as Nice Mr Scott’s latest wankeries were already in the pipeline.

    By the way, Jim Allan has a great piece, just posted at Quadrant, on what Australian conservatives might learn from the recent triumphs of two provincial premiers in Canada. Good, timely stuff.

    Also, a very minor contribution to the coverage of the plot against Sir Roger Scruton coming undone.

  8. notafan

    rench President Emmanuel Macron vowed on April 25 to resist “political Is lam,” which he said is a threat and seeks succession from the republic.

    Macron made the remarks during a press conference at the Elysee Palace to unveil his policy response to the Yellow Vest protests following a three-month-long national debate.

    “Political Is lam wants to secede from our republic,” he said, asking the government to be “intractable” against it.

    political-is lam-seeks-secession-from-france-macron

  9. areff

    Oh, and Vlad, these days Jimmy Olson would be the editor while poor Old Perry spent his severance cheque on gardening implements.

  10. cohenite

    Political Is lam wants to secede from our republic,” he said, asking the government to be “intractable” against it.

    political-is lam-seeks-secession-from-france-macron

    How come you get special treatment; when I link to a site with the magic word in it, it goes to mod; did yours?

  11. notafan

    With society programming women to put their careers and educations ahead of marriage and children, there is an increasing chance many men will never marry. Ensure you acknowledge this possibility.

    I can tell you aren’t that stupid

    our Chinese and Indian immigrants for starters

    mind you they all seem to have on tap grandparents to child mind during the day

    Expectant mums and lots of littles everywhere around here.

    Post modern westerners are the stupidest people alive today

  12. John Constantine

    If their jacindamania is to continue crushloading kiwi cities with mass imported diversity change agents, now the law of diminishing returns has set in and infrastructure is unaffordable:

    Go to the belt and road to borrow loanshark finance to prop up the Ponxi until it becomes too Big to fail.

    Comrades.

  13. notafan

    I have a special trick cohenite

    just seach ‘tiny url’ in google takes two seconds to get rid of bad words

  14. Leigh Lowe

    The latest release is ‘On Us’, by Mark Scott, former general manager of the ABC and now Secretary of the NSW Department of Education

    Apparently it’s all about the media, internet and stuff and how they ‘shape our lives’. According the the blurb:

    What?
    No mention of the rampant Peter Filia at his alma mater?

  15. OldOzzie

    The Tide Keeps Rising

    The Trump policy mix continues to pay economic dividends.

    By The WSJ Editorial Board

    With the comeback in financial markets this year, we probably should have seen it coming. But the headline rebound in first quarter growth to 3.2% reported Friday is still a pleasant surprise that shows again that the U.S. economy is remarkably resilient when government doesn’t get in the way.

    The Keynesians who predicted an imminent recession are pointing out flaws in the GDP details, and they’re right that volatile categories like net exports (1.03%), inventory growth (0.65%) and state and local government (0.41%) contributed substantially to growth. Strip out those categories and growth would have been 1.3%.

    Yet the government shutdown took some 0.3% off growth and that won’t be repeated in the second quarter. Auto sales took 0.49% off GDP in the quarter, but sales rebounded in March heading into the second quarter. Overall consumer spending contributed a relatively small 0.82% to GDP, perhaps due to the fall in consumer confidence after the stock market swoon in the last months of 2018. With job growth strong and wages rising, consumers should contribute more to the expansion the rest of this year.

    Private business investment kicked in a relatively measly 0.27% in the quarter, which is disappointing. But the nearby chart shows how much private capital investment has driven the rebound in growth since 2017. Business investment fell through the floor in the last half of 2015 and 2016, offset in part by a robust housing market. But that has reversed since Donald Trump took office, with business investment taking the lead as housing slowed and moved into negative territory in late 2018 and the first quarter of 2019.

    What changed? Well, the economic policy mix. The Trump Administration lifted the threat of new regulation and harassment of business in 2017, which liberated long-stifled animal spirits. Then came the Trump tax reform with its sharp reduction in business tax rates and immediate 100% expensing of new investment. This was targeted precisely to stimulate the weak capital investment that had stymied growth in the Obama years.

    This has also kept the U.S. expansion going even as growth in the rest of the world has slowed markedly. U.S. growth over the last four quarters year over year is now above 3%. Politicians in Germany or France would be elated, and maybe faint dead over, if they could keep growth above 3% for 12 months.

    Unlike the years leading up to the last recession, the current economy isn’t as dependent on the housing market. Many economists consider housing to be a form of consumption, while capital investment in equipment, intellectual property and new plants pays off for years to come in better productivity and higher wages. This is the tax-reform gift that keeps on giving as lower tax rates that are fixed in law raise the return on capital that encourages more investment. In other words, tax reform isn’t a “sugar high.”

    The first quarter was also notable for the slowdown in inflation, with the price index for gross domestic purchases rising 0.8%. That’s the slowest pace since the first quarter of 2016. Even with the recent rise in oil prices, there’s no inflation case that the Federal Reserve should resume raising interest rates.

    With the Fed on hold, the biggest remaining obstacle to new investment continues to be U.S. trade policy. This is less about specific tariffs, though those are problems, than about the uncertainty over whether tariffs will be lifted or new ones imposed and whether global supply chains will have to be revamped.

    President Trump can go far to eliminate this uncertainty by concluding a trade deal with China, lifting the steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico that he promised to lift in 2018, and taking tariffs on European and Japanese cars off the table (see the editorial nearby). These decisions are all at Mr. Trump’s discretion and don’t rely on Congress.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn’t said whether she’ll hold a vote on the revised U.S., Mexico and Canada trade pact, but that won’t hurt the economy unless Mr. Trump withdraws unilaterally from the original Nafta deal that is still in effect. He’ll have more leverage on that score if he wins re-election, which depends on continued economic growth this year and through 2020.

    In addition to judges, the biggest success of the Trump Presidency has been the economy. The left will never give him credit, but at least the “reformacons” on the right who derided deregulation and corporate tax cuts as an out-of-date agenda should admit how wrong they were. Had Mr. Trump taken their advice, we wouldn’t be seeing a growth rebound that is lifting wages for everyone.

    Appeared in the April 27, 2019, print edition.

  16. notafan

    Yellow vest protests are working

    and reductions in public spending.

    The measures come on top of package of tax cuts and income top-ups worth 10 billion euros which was announced in December after the first month of protests by the “yellow vests.”

    maybe those separatists groups should be the first off the teat

  17. JC

    WSJ, weekend edition.

    The Biggest Clients in the College Admissions Scandal Were From China

    Families from China were among those who allegedly paid the most in the college admissions scandal, a new sign of the reach of the cheating ring.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-biggest-clients-in-the-college-admissions-scandal-were-from-china-11556301872

  18. mh

    I see the creepy porn lawyer has endorsed creepy Joe Biden.

    Biden into joint favouritism with Bernie this week @ 3.75

  19. Des Deskperson

    ‘Des, I’d work on the assumption that advances were extended and works such as Nice Mr Scott’s latest wankeries were already in the pipeline.’

    Good point, areff; given the timeframes involved, that is almost certainly what has happened.

    The MUP little books are – and hopefully, were – always in your face when you go to a bookshop, stacked up in front of the cash register or the inquiry counter. Presumable this is part of the arrangement with MUP for stocking them.

    I’ve never seen anyone buy one, and, after all, who would buy a book by John Birmingham endorsed by Peter FitzSimons ?

  20. Why didn’t these bigshots just donate an international airport etc to Yale to get in?

  21. Roger

    Post modern westerners are the stupidest people alive today

    +1 !

  22. notafan

    It’s amazing that Asian students get quotaed out at Ivy League schools but chicoms can cheat their way in

  23. Roger

    “Political Is lam wants to secede from our republic,” he said, asking the government to be “intractable” against it.

    Secession is only a tactical move to insulate themselves from French decadence while they bide their time.

    “We are talking about people who, in the name of a religion, pursue a political project,” he said.

    Well, at least he gets that.

  24. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    How come you get special treatment; when I link to a site with the magic word in it, it goes to mod; did yours?

    tinyurl.com

  25. Nintendo angers the SJW hordes by banning political activism on their platforms:

    QFT: Nintendo gets it. Gamers do NOT want this political, sjw nonsense in their games.

    Really? When I bought my NES Mini, I was gagging for a lecture on the gender bias in Castlevania.

    It is funny because Nintendo was considered the “kiddies” platform but they have always tried to play down any politics or real world religions in their games. They basically stopped any real world elements like that after about 1990. No more crosses or churches in games; “temples” only, etc. They didn’t not want to offend anyone; they were often slated as being too PC and too kid friendly…

    The PS2/XBox and onwards got more FPS, but now they’re full of PC nonsense in current year (save for the Senran Kagura series), the gamers are choosing ole’ Ninty again.

    I can’t wait to see a MAGA cap wearing Pikachu or Evie, or a wild Pepe appearing!

  26. Diogenes

    I don’t usually pay too much credence to what appears in electioneering bumff, but if what Palmer says in this video about voting and AEC practices reflect reality it is troubling

    I only got up to the bit about distributing preferences a few minutes in…
    What an idiot ! All that would have happened is that either the LNP or ALP would have celebrated a ‘win’ , which would have been corrected at the real count.

    He obviously does not understand that the count at the booth, on the night is pure theatre, and it does not matter whose preferences are distributed.

    On the night the count is a firstly a check that all voting papers have been accounted for (+/- around 5-10), ie 10 * 100 ballot pads issued to PPM (ie 1000 voting papers) – minus 300 not used – minus 690 votes counted – minus 5 declaration votes minus 3 spoiled votes – leaving 2 missing = 1000 voting papers accounted for (later when the roll is scanned if 700 names are not marked off there is an enquiry).

    The second purpose for the count is to give a rough indication so that the later counts cannot fudge the numbers too much (there is a small margin of error because of declaration votes and PPMs initial judgement of whether a vote is valid or not is overruled when the real count occurs) ie if I say I have counted 690 votes and judged 680 to be valid , then if the AEC claims my booth had 1000 votes counted – the scrutineers of all parties will scream like banshees, as they record all the same numbers that I as PPM do.

    The third purpose is to give the media an indication of who has won any particular seat, and to save time (the earliest I have ever left a booth as just after 11:45 pm) the AEC directs a 2pp count and just look for which of the 2 nominated parties has the higher number, regardless of whether or not a proper 2pp count will actually knock the ‘winner on the night’ out earlier. eg say I have booth where I have counted 400 GRN, 410 PHON, 100 ALP and 420 LIB votes , and say I have been directed to distribute to ALP & LIB, and that basis as PPM I report a 2PP 730 ALP and 600LIB. Now further assume the same sort of pattern is true for all booths in the division – and on the night Antony Green will solemnly give the ALP the seat – yet the ALP will be excluded first and there is no way on god’s green earth the ALP will be declared the winners when the official declaration of the winner is made by the AEC’s Divisional Officer at the completion of the real count & real distribution of preferences. As a casual worker after the election I have helped distribute preferences and it is an all day job as ballots need to be counted, recounted, recounted again if the numbers are close and there are a lot of candidates.

  27. What is even funnier is that the Nintendo Switch was associated with Soy Boys by freakish PC herrenvolk who haven’t seen natural light since they were weaned from their mothers.

    As much as I love Paul Joseph Watson, I wanna see him backpedal a bit here.

  28. JC

    Frank
    We have acquaintances now, who used to be friends when our kids went to the same school and he wasn’t a billionaire then. Big shots only cavort with big shots I guess. Anyways other friends told us moneybags dad paid US$10 million to get his kid into Harvard. It was all above board.

  29. cohenite

    Thanks nota and zippy; to celebrate here is something from Robert Spencer:

    New York Times Claims Sri Lanka RoPs Terrorized by Christians.

  30. …which is why don’t get it. These “inductees” are not schmucks who have won powerball here in Oz.

    They can actually afford 10 mn in most cases without suffering a significant decline in their standard of living.

    Mossiomo and “Hot Aunt Lori” are worth over 100 mn in current year.

  31. Dover Beach:

    JC, that is the saddest comment ever written on the Cat.

    It’s also the best.

  32. JC

    Cronkite,

    That’s a stupid story and just dumb propaganda. Of course 7% can terrorize 10%. I’m not suggesting it’s not true, but the population size in this context is not important. Try a little harder next time.

  33. Steve trickler

    I doubt this was shown in full on MSM TV.



  34. Some History

    … after all, who would buy a book by John Birmingham endorsed by Peter FitzSimons ?

    Simple-minded Simon Crapman.

  35. cohenite

    That’s a stupid story and just dumb propaganda.

    Yes, that was the point of the post. Trust you to spoil my first time with tiny url.

  36. mh

    Scott Morrison and the Liberals are preferencing last Fraser Anning’s National Conservative party.

    Liberals have now gone to the bottom of my ballot.

  37. notafan

    To be fair Cohenite Negombo is a majority Christian town that has been accepting/welcoming of mus lim refugees from a minority sect, with such an enormous death toll at St Sebastians it is not surprising there was some mild backlash, and that is all it was.

    but many Mus
    lims fear it is only a matter of time.

    Kill over 100 people at Mass on Easter Sunday, no one trusts you, you need to move.

  38. Steve trickler
    #2998686, posted on April 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I doubt this was shown in full on MSM TV.

    Not a chance.

  39. Stimpson J. Cat

    The Increasing Chance You’ll Never Marry

    The sooner Western Men wholeheartedly embrace Homosexuality and adopting the endless hordes of Ethnic children the better off everyone will be.
    It’s the only Sane choice.
    Just think of all that disposable income not spent on shoes or hair or clothes.

  40. mh

    While the war on Christianity ramped up this week, the IRS did what it could also:

    Satanic Temple Recognized as ‘Church’ with Tax-Exempt Status

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/26/satanic-temple-recognized-as-church-with-tax-exempt-status/

  41. Geriatric Mayfly

    Scott Morrison and the Liberals are preferencing last Fraser Anning’s National Conservative party.

    No idea what the ballot paper looks like; but if there are crypto-communists who are preferenced before him it tells you all you need to know.

  42. The bible guides me again.

    “It is better to live in a corner of an attic than to share a large house with a contentious woman.” Proverbs 21:9.

    Tails is puming & dumping for Jesus.

  43. Bruce

    Apart from the benighted Kiwis, the Belt and Road “lowlight” thus far?

    “Progressive” Victoriastan (not an actual country and barely a “state”) did likewise on 12 November 2018.

    I suspect there will be more”ball and chain” than belt or road.

  44. notafan

    Does the bible say these are your only choices Dot?

  45. I don’t agree with Anning – more on economics (banks, social credit) more than anything else.

    I don’t agree with him regarding immigration, but I agree with him more than you may believe. I think the Sudanese perhaps are the worst refugees because of their plight; a society where child soldiers were prevalent might never be able to integrate.

    He seems like a genuinely decent guy who believes in liberalism and discourse.

    I don’t even care what he thinks privately because policy is what matters.

  46. mh

    Biden WILL be the Democratic nominee, and the Hollywood #metoo types will be 100 percent behind him because that’s what their masters will tell them to do.

    Rob Dew
    @DewsNewz
    BREAKING! Creepy
    @JoeBiden
    releases new campaign ad, showing his love for the children.

    We have to respect his honesty …. This changes everything
    #Biden2020
    https://twitter.com/DewsNewz/status/1121904113086808065?s=20

  47. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Biden WILL be the Democratic nominee, and the Hollywood #metoo types will be 100 percent behind him because that’s what their masters will tell them to do.

    bringing the P into LGBIQTRSRLMNO

  48. Steve trickler

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #2998694, posted on April 27, 2019 at 2:47 pm
    Steve trickler
    #2998686, posted on April 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I doubt this was shown in full on MSM TV.

    Not a chance.

    Now we get to watch how they MSM slice and dice the interview.

  49. The Countess

    Does anyone know when the next issue of The Spectator will be available in newsagents? I couldn’t find it in our local today.

  50. jupes

    I don’t agree with him regarding immigration

    Of course not. Anning is smart while you are an idiot.

    You love Qataris FFS!

  51. Steve trickler

    “Good journos” in the MSM will love this.

    Always film them filming you.



  52. JC

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #2998698, posted on April 27, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    The bible guides me again.

    “It is better to live in a corner of an attic than to share a large house with a contentious woman.” Proverbs 21:9.

    Tails is puming & dumping for Jesus.

    That’s bullshit. You can always get away from a hysterical monster in a huge house.

    You think you couldn’t park yourself well away in this?

  53. I don’t know if Anning has been misquoted, but why exclude Kenyan Christians (I’ve had one as a boss) or the opposition to Mugabe (I actually met one who was a taxi driver) etc ?

    That is not what I got from the gist of his speech. According to wiki he would do that; but his NCP site is down right now. Don’t know if it is a DDOS attack or just overwhelming interest.

  54. Actually JC this sort of stuff is very interesting, your other link got me there. There would be a lot of money in converting old disused malls, maybe high risk (particularly for construction & real estate).

    https://www.housingwire.com/articles/48886-dying-malls-resurrected-in-multifamily-markets

    Funnily enough the Shellharbour Club looks like an old mall, but a Stockland opened up there in 2012…

  55. Steve trickler

    Striking footage from the Machynlleth Loop. Fresh.

    2:10 and that valley shot is….there is a photo-graphical arms race going on at the moment



  56. Elite hax0rs with no goddamned op. sec.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/hacking/comments/b1m1z9/fraser_anning/

    Mar 15, 2019 – 2 posts – ‎1 author

    I read the rules for this sub so I’m not saying anyone should do this I’m just saying it would be a shame if someone put big brown dicks all over…

  57. Mindfree

    Fraser Anning – Australia’s Enoch Powell? (or is this a stretch)

    And look how prescient Powell’s views have become over time with regard to the UK

    Rotherham grooming gangs, anti-Christian pro M us lim UK Police, various terrorism events anyone?

  58. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    no link paywalled

    Woman tells Bill Shorten he’s a ‘p***k’ while he campaigns in Tasmania
    Its been a tough campaign, but Bill Shorten has enjoyed the finer things in life today as he sipped on some gin and shucked oysters during a walk through at a …

    Herald Sun

  59. Destroyer D69

    A question for Diogenes that the AEC appears reluctant to answer. At what stage of the scrutiny are the senate votes marked in accordance with sec 268 and 269[A] included in the formal count,and when are the senate votes below the line counted? I have not been able to find any directions in the Act as to the counting of these votes despite there being a number of direct instructions as to the counting of votes above the line.

  60. Zippy

    Bill Shorten is called a ‘pr***’ by a voter as he campaigns in Tasmania – before the woman apologises and admits she mistook him for Scott Morrison

    Opposition leader was touring Hobart’s famous Salamanca Markets in Tasmania
    He ran into local woman Sandi Fitzgerald who got in his face as he met voters
    She soon relaised her mistake and assured him she would be voting for Labor

    These people vote. They’re like Colbert’s trained audience of performing seals.

    Gulp.

    Either that or it is a set up to make him look “more human”.

  61. calli

    she mistook him for Scott Morrison

    Shoulda gone to Specsavers.

    What a food wasting co2 machine.

  62. Mindfree

    JC – interesting article regarding refurbishing of dying malls

    Sears (Simpson Sears) in Canada closed in 2018 and will be interesting to see what replaces its stores in the malls as most were the dominant tenant and how its affects other stores around them in the mall

  63. Test

    SAY IT WITH ME:
    “TWITTER IS MEDDLING IN UK ELECTIONS”

  64. Done Deal

    I only got up to the bit about distributing preferences a few minutes in…
    What an idiot ! All that would have happened is that either the LNP or ALP would have celebrated a ‘win’ , which would have been corrected at the real count.

    It’s a pity you took so much time to write about something you only listened to the first few minutes of, I don’t need a lecture about how the process for the declaration of polls is undertaken. My point wasn’t about the first few minutes, in fact my some of my concerns were about the archaic practice, invented a century ago, of putting a line through a line through a name on a hardcopy list which is replicated in every voting booth, which has been shown repeatedly to be abused by the same name being crossed off at multiple locations. Unfortunately this is only revealed after it is too late do anything about it. The same could be said about dead people voting. There were a few other points he made too that seemed apposite like people should have to provide ID to prove who they are and that they are entitled to vote. The yanks may have hanging chards, we laughingly have AEC officers trawling through reams of paper to carefully put a line through a name on the say-so of someone who could be Billy-the-goose’s second best friend, or Arm-ed the caramel driver’s wife’s carer’s chaperone for all they know. All the while someone can go on-line, prove who they are and do myriad things like lodge a tax return in seconds…once!

  65. Test

    “Have I reminded you that you live in a nightmarish dystopia…?”

  66. Okay so the You Tube video with Tim Pool is banned here by the moderator nayzee bot.

    Honk Honk!

  67. This platform is becoming near unusable.

    Who sits there flagging Tim Pool videos so the right cannot have a fair and balanced argument from the left against PC culture?

  68. Scott Morrison and the Liberals are preferencing last Fraser Anning’s National Conservative party.

    Liberals have now gone to the bottom of my ballot.

    I would do the same, but
    they were already there.

  69. I guess this guy is a righty version of the video flaggers.

    https://pluralist.com/instagram-crusader-getting-hundreds-porn-accounts-deactivated/

    But why should women get to break TOS at will? What would *I Am Peter* say?

  70. calli

    No. I’m in moderation too. Yikes!

  71. calli

    Scrub that Doomlord. No need for a dozen repeats of the same stuff.

  72. No, not the Red Elephants, but Tim Pool – an actual leftist.

    Yep, fake news.

  73. JC

    Harrison Ford lives in a gigantic mansion, owns over 10 planes (also a helicopter), numerous cars, and motorcycles. Catherine McKenna thinks he’s qualified to lecture Canadians about the climate and how we should live. Who believes this bullshit?

  74. Leigh Lowe

    Maybe the banned word is “t3st”.

  75. Arky

    FFS:

    After securing the so-called “contract of the century”, the French company chosen to build Australia’s future submarines has conceded it’s having cultural clashes with its $50 billion customer, with lunch and meeting times proving problematic.
    In 2016, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced French company Naval Group, then known as DCNS, had been awarded the lucrative contract, beating rival bids from Germany’s TKMS and the Japanese Government.
    Since that time the ABC has been told of numerous difficulties and frustrations between French and Australian officials, although a long-awaited strategic partnering agreement was finally signed earlier this year.
    In a series of candid interviews with the defence industry publication SLDInfo.com, Naval Group officials have now offered insights into the problems the French company is facing in dealing with Australia.
    “Not everyone thinks like the French,” explained Jean-Michel Billig, Naval Group’s program director for the project to build 12 new “attack class” submarines.
    “We have to make a necessary effort to understand that an Australian does not think like a French person, and that it’s not better or worse, it’s just Australian.”

    He cited the barbecue as an example of Australian culture, which is an important part of fostering good work relations, but said there was a reciprocal need for Australians to understand the French sanctity of the lunch break — not just a sandwich snatched at the screen.
    Mr Billig also suggested the submarine project needed to be organised so that French translations were not just into English, but Australian English, and for employees “to speak a common language in cultural terms”.
    According to SLDInfo.com, Naval Group is now “implementing a change in employee communications and behaviour, in a bid to smooth out cultural differences between French and Australian staff”.
    Former French nuclear submarine commander Yvan Goalou, who is now Naval Group’s institutional relationship manager, was quoted as saying there was also a need for listening and humility.
    “Based on discussions, there is a willingness to know the qualities and faults of each other, not to use them but to converge, to find common points so we can work together, so we can deliver,” he said.
    “There is search for openness and sharing.”
    Courses and workshops planned to stop conflicts
    Another example of the cultural gap between both sides was highlighted when Naval Group CEO Hervé Guillou wrote to staff and referred to “la rentrée”, a term describing the time when staff go back to work in September after a company closes down throughout August for the traditional French holiday.
    “Stunned” Australian staff reportedly had to be educated about the one-month holiday, while the French were also apparently surprised to see their colleagues’ insistence on punctuality, meaning “a meeting scheduled for an hour meant just that, not an extra 15 minutes”.
    In France, according to SLDInfo.com, there is the concept of a “diplomatic 15 minutes”, indicating that one is not considered to be late if the tardiness is a quarter of an hour.
    Naval Group’s global human resources business partner Marion Accary said the company was also developing tools for “intercultural courses” for French staff being posted to Australia, which include two-hour seminars and one-day workshops.
    These aim to prepare French expatriates and their families “how to behave, how to understand and decode”.
    “The staff will learn how to communicate, hold meetings and work in French-Australian teams,” Ms Accary said.
    “Personnel will also be encouraged to take distance from situations which might seem to be conflictual due to misunderstanding.”
    Earlier this month, the ABC revealed Australians working on the future submarine program in France were sending their children to a $53,000-a-year British boarding school at taxpayers’ expense, because local classes are not taught in English.
    The first of the new French-designed submarines are not due to be in service until the mid-2030s.
    ..
    The French are taking courses in not being late, rude and lazy?
    Good luck, idiots.

  76. Steve trickler
    #2998686, posted on April 27, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I doubt this was shown in full on MSM TV.

    Not a chance.

    Sky, the channel which objectively brings you everything without fear or favour, when they heard what he was saying, did a guillotine cutoff at about 2 minutes in.

  77. Ubique

    Anyone have news on the reception Bob Brown and his f-wit anti-coal rabble are receiving in Claremont?

  78. ian3029

    guillotine cutoff at about 2 minutes in.

    I think that was because of the overly opiniated shrieking Parrot.

  79. calli

    The French are lazier than the Aussies?

    Hold me up!

  80. calli

    I found your video, by the way, Dot. But it iz verboten.

  81. Arky

    The French are lazier than the Aussies?

    ..
    And they smell.

  82. Arky:
    That contract is certainly in good hands.
    Morrison needs to review the whole bloody mess preparatory to tearing it up and getting a dozen Virginia Class leased from the septics.

  83. calli

    Nice cheese, but. And escargots. Don’t forget the gastropods.

  84. I think that was because of the overly opiniated shrieking Parrot.

    She brought a new meaning to the phrase “Covering breaking news”

  85. jupes

    The French are taking courses in not being late, rude and lazy?
    Good luck, idiots.

    LOL That article is hilarious.

    Pause from your laughter for a minute to consider that the only reason the stupid Frogs got the contract was to save Chrissy Pyne’s seat. No seriously. How fucking stupid and self-centered was the Turnbull government.

  86. calli

    I disagree with his statement “Twitter and Facebook determine what is true”.

    They determine what will be published on their platforms.

    They are now political entities. What started as a way to freely “stick it to da Man” has now become “da Man”. Replicated in a thousand ways across the globe. Exhibit A: the Labor Party.

  87. Done Deal

    ‘You will get up with fleas’: Bill Shorten attacks Liberals’ deal with Clive Palmer

    Poor choice of words Bill, or Freudian slip

  88. jupes

    Nice cheese, but. And escargots. Don’t forget the gastropods.

    Rumour has it they produce a nice wine or two as well.

  89. OldOzzie

    Not so fast, apparatchiks – it ain’t over yet

    Katrina Grace Kelly

    According to the polls, the papers, the bookies and pretty much everyone else, Labor is going to win the May 18 election comfortably. For a long time now, those inside the labour movement have assumed the glory of imminent power; so much so, that industrial relations types report displays of gloating at the coalface.

    In one instance, a union official told an executive that if enterprise bargaining demands weren’t agreed to, when Labor took power the union would ensure all the business’s government contracts were cancelled.

    It just so happens that on this occasion the threat fell flat; the company manufactures products that no government would buy. It was quite obvious to all except the union guy that they could not possibly have ever had any government contracts, and never would.

    One should never count their chickens before they hatch, but Labor’s victory has been so certain for so long that, within the labour movement, all the chickens have been counted, hatched, raised, slaughtered, cooked and eaten.

    Perhaps pure hubris from these quarters has been the driving force behind Labor’s bewilderingly ambitious tax agenda. Has an opposition ever sought government with so many new or increased taxes? The shopping list of all of the types of people Labor intends to hit is so long, it is hard to find a category of voter that isn’t on it. If you are a student, or government reliant, or on an income under $45,000, without a house, a car, an investment property, shares, money in the bank and absolutely no aspiration to have any of the above, then Labor makes it clear it is for you.

    Anyone else should note that Labor is not interested in “the top end of town”. This is because these people are rich, or at least on the way there, and probably engaged in rorting the public through tax loopholes such as negative gearing or earning capital gains on investments.

    One thing is for sure in this election: Labor has made it clear that the rich will be hit extremely hard to help the poor.

    Unfortun­ately, though, as many people are discovering, the identification process is now so fluid that a rich person basically can be defined as, say, anyone who owns a microwave.

    The issue was highlighted this week when Bill Shorten bumped into a representative from the top end of town while on the campaign trail in Gladstone in Queensland.

    The person happened to be a coal refinery worker, though, in fluoro uniform. The man was a high-income earner and he asked the Opposition Leader when he might have some tax cuts. Shorten’s response was a glib, embarrassed fob-off: he’s looking into it.

    It became instantly apparent that high-income earners who want tax relief are not the sort of people Labor wants to be seen standing with, even if their high (and highly taxed) incomes have come courtesy of union bargaining.

    If Labor does win the election, it not only will have convinced the masses to sign up for higher taxes and anti-wealth creation measures, it also will make political history. As my colleague Troy Bramston has pointed out, if Labor wins, it will mean we have returned it to government “after its shortest spell in opposition in the postwar era”. To set a cracking record such as this surely would mean, broadly speaking, that the electorate is angrier with the Coali­tion than it is wary of Shorten and the Labor agenda.

    Curiously, though, when talking to those at the forefront of the campaigns, there is no evidence of this feedback.

    Those in both camps quietly report data that runs contrary to the mainstream narrative.

    In the Labor team, insiders who work the phones report apathy, uninterest and a disconnectedness with the political process.

    Those who stand on the street in Labor electorates with sandwich boards say passing motorists ignore them. They don’t beep or wave the way they did for Kevin Rudd in 2007.

    Within the Coalition, insiders who press the flesh at train stations report voter openness, interest and, in unexpected quarters, an expressed desire to keep Shorten out of power.

    Six weeks ago, an insider reported that he was being sent to Victoria, to help “save some of the furniture”.

    This week he said Victoria was not looking like the killing field that everyone had assumed.

    In the post Abbott-Turnbull era, it is clear that one man, Scott Morrison, has changed everything dramatically and rapidly.

    Yet it is vital that the people around him work just as well as he does. It is not only Morrison’s job to carry the rest of party across the line, it is also their job to carry him.

    I keep emailing all my kids and spouses everything on Death Duties – (Pesty Bastard)

  90. calli

    I know, jupes. I know. 😀

  91. Farmer Gez

    Anyone have news on the reception Bob Brown and his f-wit anti-coal rabble are receiving in Claremont?

    ABC are reporting that publicans are refusing to serve the ferals.

  92. Tel

    Rumour has it they produce a nice wine or two as well.

    Buy Australian!

  93. cuckoo

    Harrison Ford lives in a gigantic mansion, owns over 10 planes (also a helicopter), numerous cars, and motorcycles. Catherine McKenna thinks he’s qualified to lecture Canadians about the climate and how we should live.

    Econazis. I hate these guys.

  94. calli

    I do, Tel, I do.

    But when in France…

    I’m a bit of a terroirist.

  95. Tel

    How can we MAGA without your help Cali?

    What will it take?!?!?!?!?!?!

  96. Overburdened

    Notafan 10:50

    Re badham

    I presume the sire of her child is skilled in animal husbandry and had all fours tethered and a gag bit in place to prevent being bitten, verbally abused, clawed or kicked during the congress.

    For mine, a glory hole and appropriate media for the occasion would be the only method for most human males to consummate the deal with her.

  97. OldOzzie

    More on Bad Ass Van Hammered from Tim Blair

    BILL AND TANYA’S ‘MATURE’ MARXIST MATE
    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph

    Look who’s now appearing at official Labor events alongside Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek:

    Van Badham, best known as a Guardian Australia columnist and regular ABC panellist, hosted the Melbourne event where Labor unveiled its $660 million domestic ­violence policy, and was praised by Ms Plibersek: “How good is Van Badham?”

    According to Shorten, Plibersek is going to “make Australian schools the best in the world”. Sure she is.

    Ms Badham, who referred to Mr Shorten as “Chloe’s Shorten’s husband”, has used her Twitter ­account to attack political enemies, including a profane post about Mr Howard’s late mother.

    “I curse the earth beneath the c..t that spawned John Howard. I spit into the air he breathes,” she tweeted in 2013.

    Ms Badham, who is married to the chief of staff to ACTU secretary Sally McManus, said of cabinet minister Greg Hunt on October 23, 2013: “Greg Hunt is an insult to the word “c..t.”

    She also tweeted an attack against then opposition leader Mr Abbott: “Yep. A c..t with all the sex appeal of a corpse’s eyehole.”

    But sweet Vanessa now claims she’s changed:

    She disavowed her previous tweets yesterday and said she has “matured” since she posted them.

    “I certainly would not say now the vulgar things I said in 2013, nor would I choose to republish them,” she told The Weekend Australian.

    “Obviously, my online presence has matured, my position has changed and I am one of the millions of Australians who eagerly await the election of a Shorten Labor government.”

    Badham turned 39 in 2013. Maturity sure was a long time coming.

    Ms Badham hosted yesterday’s Labor event in her role as chairwoman of the Queen Victoria Women’s Trust but has links to Mr Shorten, Labor and the trade union movement …

    Labor did not answer questions yesterday on whether Mr Shorten or Ms Plibersek condemned her comments, and whether Ms Badham, who runs a social media consulting business for unions, NGOs and charities, would host future ALP election events.

    Let’s hear further from old Van:

    @fran_b__ i’m a communist, Fran. My only loyalty is to the project of socialism.
    — Van Badham (@vanbadham) February 19, 2016

    From The Comments

    – Iain
    11 minutes ago
    I know this has been gone over a thousand times, but how is it possible, after all the evil, hatred and destruction (economic and social) that it has spawned, to admit (well, brag, in fact) to being a communist and still be welcome in civilized circles?

    Sir Roger Scruton in the UK had a reporter fabricate utter lies about comments he supposedly made to him, and he was sacked from his government position within FIVE hours. This lady boasts for years about belonging to a cult that has annihilated entire countries, and she gets the champagne and caviar treatment.

    – Andrew
    34 minutes ago
    Any educated person with broad life experiences is a conservative by her age. Crayons, calling people c..ts and poo poo bum bums are distant memories.

    – John
    44 minutes ago
    When Bill falls on his face and loses the election, my bet is that the old Vanessa will quickly resurface. Keep your ear plugs handy.

  98. calli

    Australia will be great again, Tel. It still is.

    Just needs a little fumigation.

  99. OldOzzie

    – Iain
    11 minutes ago
    I know this has been gone over a thousand times, but how is it possible, after all the evil, hatred and destruction (economic and social) that it has spawned, to admit (well, brag, in fact) to being a communist and still be welcome in civilized circles?

    Sir Roger Scruton in the UK had a reporter fabricate utter lies about comments he supposedly made to him, and he was sacked from his government position within FIVE hours. This lady boasts for years about belonging to a cult that has annihilated entire countries, and she gets the champagne and caviar treatment.

    THE BETRAYAL AND ASSASSINATION OF ROGER SCRUTON
    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

    An important piece from Douglas Murray

    The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job

    How a character assassination unfolded on Twitter
    Douglas Murray

    – not just about the malice and deceit of the New Statesmen and the savagery of Twitter, but the cowardice of Theresa May’s Government, so typical of modern “conservative” politicians:

    [Conservative philosopher] Sir Roger Scruton… has been smeared in the media, fired by the government and had his life’s work assailed. Scruton is the latest, though far from the first victim of the modern outrage mob…

    The hit job on Sir Roger can be seen as a classic of the genre: he was sacked within five hours of the Twitter storm breaking. His fate offers a perfect case study in the art of modern character assassination. Except that in this instance, it unravelled and the whole nature of the trick can now be exposed. It is worth examining in some detail.

    Last month, Scruton agreed to be interviewed in his London flat by George Eaton, one of the deputy editors of the New Statesman. In November the philosopher had been appointed to be the unpaid chair of a government quango called ‘Building better, building beautiful’, but Scruton was led to believe that the discussion would be about his books, a number of which had recently been reissued.

    The lunchtime before the resulting interview’s publication, Eaton declared on Twitter that ‘the government adviser and philosopher Roger Scruton has made a series of outrageous remarks’, and included a link to the interview. The supposed offenses were listed with salivation. Scruton was alleged to have talked outrageously about ‘Hungarian Jews’. He was alleged to have been racist about ‘the Chinese’. He was alleged to have described ‘Islamophobia’ as ‘a propaganda word invented by the Muslim Brotherhood in order to stop discussion of a major issue’. He had described accusations of anti-Semitism against Viktor Orbán as ‘nonsense’ and talked of Muslim ‘tribes’. Outrage and resignation calls soon followed. The perfect Twitter storm had been started.

    In response, the Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat issued a condemnation of racism — which, as he must have known would happen, was reported as a call for Scruton’s firing. His fellow Conservative MP (and fellow former soldier) Johnny Mercer declared that sacking Scruton was now a ‘no brainer’ — adding, slightly too revealingly: ‘Let’s not take our time on this.’ Thus did two Conservative leadership wannabes thoughtlessly throw one of Britain’s only conservative thinkers before the mob. George Osborne of the Evening Standard joined in condemning Scruton for his ‘bigoted remarks’ and calling for his sacking. Lord Finkelstein of the Times agreed. By teatime James Brokenshire, the minister who had appointed Scruton last autumn, had announced that he had been fired.

    Note those names well: not just the Leftist Eaton, and the weak Osborne and Finkelstein, but the “conservative” politicians Tugendhat, Mercer and especially Brokenshire.

    After Scruton was fired, Eaton posted (& then deleted) pic of himself drinking champagne, w/caption: ‘The feeling when you get right-wing racist and homophobe Roger Scruton sacked as a Tory government adviser.’ pic.twitter.com/zJxa83oEV1
    — Logical Meme (@Logicalmeme) April 26, 2019

    Note the names of those Judases and cowards, because everything that Easton claimed about Scruton was false or grotesquely exaggerated, as the release of the tape of his interview of Scruton now reveals.

    Read on.

    Has Eaton been sacked already? Scuton reinstated? Or is this just business as usual for Leftist publications such as the New Statesmen, and for spineless Conservative politicians such as Brokenshire?

    Note, this appalling lynching of Scuton would not have been exposed had Murray not somehow got his hands of Eaton’s tape.

    James Delingpole calls out the villains.

  100. Notafan

    Van baddie baby is a figment

  101. OldOzzie

    – Iain
    11 minutes ago
    I know this has been gone over a thousand times, but how is it possible, after all the evil, hatred and destruction (economic and social) that it has spawned, to admit (well, brag, in fact) to being a communist and still be welcome in civilized circles?

    Sir Roger Scruton in the UK had a reporter fabricate utter lies about comments he supposedly made to him, and he was sacked from his government position within FIVE hours. This lady boasts for years about belonging to a cult that has annihilated entire countries, and she gets the champagne and caviar treatment.

    THE BETRAYAL AND ASSASSINATION OF ROGER SCRUTON
    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

    An important piece from Douglas Murray

    The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job

    How a character assassination unfolded on Twitter
    Douglas Murray

    – not just about the malice and deceit of the New Statesmen and the savagery of Twitter, but the cowardice of Theresa May’s Government, so typical of modern “conservative” politicians:

    [Conservative philosopher] Sir Roger Scruton… has been smeared in the media, fired by the government and had his life’s work assailed. Scruton is the latest, though far from the first victim of the modern outrage mob…

    The hit job on Sir Roger can be seen as a classic of the genre: he was sacked within five hours of the Twitter storm breaking. His fate offers a perfect case study in the art of modern character assassination. Except that in this instance, it unravelled and the whole nature of the trick can now be exposed. It is worth examining in some detail.

    Last month, Scruton agreed to be interviewed in his London flat by George Eaton, one of the deputy editors of the New Statesman. In November the philosopher had been appointed to be the unpaid chair of a government quango called ‘Building better, building beautiful’, but Scruton was led to believe that the discussion would be about his books, a number of which had recently been reissued.

    The lunchtime before the resulting interview’s publication, Eaton declared on Twitter that ‘the government adviser and philosopher Roger Scruton has made a series of outrageous remarks’, and included a link to the interview. The supposed offenses were listed with salivation. Scruton was alleged to have talked outrageously about ‘Hungarian J#ws’. He was alleged to have been racist about ‘the Chinese’. He was alleged to have described ‘Islam#phobia’ as ‘a propaganda word invented by the M#slim Brotherhood in order to stop discussion of a major issue’. He had described accusations of anti-S#mitism against Viktor Orbán as ‘nonsense’ and talked of M#slim ‘tribes’. Outrage and resignation calls soon followed. The perfect Twitter storm had been started.

    In response, the Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat issued a condemnation of racism — which, as he must have known would happen, was reported as a call for Scruton’s firing. His fellow Conservative MP (and fellow former soldier) Johnny Mercer declared that sacking Scruton was now a ‘no brainer’ — adding, slightly too revealingly: ‘Let’s not take our time on this.’ Thus did two Conservative leadership wannabes thoughtlessly throw one of Britain’s only conservative thinkers before the mob. George Osborne of the Evening Standard joined in condemning Scruton for his ‘bigoted remarks’ and calling for his sacking. Lord Finkelstein of the Times agreed. By teatime James Brokenshire, the minister who had appointed Scruton last autumn, had announced that he had been fired.

    Note those names well: not just the Leftist Eaton, and the weak Osborne and Finkelstein, but the “conservative” politicians Tugendhat, Mercer and especially Brokenshire.

    After Scruton was fired, Eaton posted (& then deleted) pic of himself drinking champagne, w/caption: ‘The feeling when you get right-wing racist and h#mophobe Roger Scruton sacked as a Tory government adviser.’ pic.twitter.com/zJxa83oEV1
    — Logical Meme (@Logicalmeme) April 26, 2019

    Note the names of those Judases and cowards, because everything that Easton claimed about Scruton was false or grotesquely exaggerated, as the release of the tape of his interview of Scruton now reveals.

    Read on.

    Has Eaton been sacked already? Scuton reinstated? Or is this just business as usual for Leftist publications such as the New Statesmen, and for spineless Conservative politicians such as Brokenshire?

    Note, this appalling lynching of Scuton would not have been exposed had Murray not somehow got his hands of Eaton’s tape.

    James Delingpole calls out the villains.

  102. This won’t end well, but it needed to be said. This kind of crap led to that social boil, Geoffrey Edelstein:

    https://twitter.com/LibDemAus/status/1117670943160037377

    https://medium.com/@senatorduncanspender/media-release-senator-calls-out-money-grubbing-doctors-286f733efe48

    Senator Duncan Spender of the Liberal Democrats has slammed the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for endorsing Labor’s big government agenda and demanding lump sum cash payments from taxpayers.

    “Through their power-hungry lobby group, GPs are joining politicians as professionals not to be trusted,” he stated.

    “The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners will be littering GP clinics with propaganda telling patients to vote for increased government spending on GPs, rather than for tax cuts. This is clear campaigning for Labor.

    “The propaganda from the lobby group also demands that GPs receive lump sum payments from taxpayers, on top of the existing taxpayer-funded subsidies they receive. This is pure greed.

    There is no wonder why Brian Owler stood for the ALP. Two decades ago though, they would have stood in the LNP.

    You should feel no shame going to the hospital for mundane shit. I feel like an absolute mug being a private patient with private cover and going to my “own” GP.

    It was hilarious when Leyonhjelm said to a bunch of pro-lockout, pro close down Sydney doctors (to stop ‘da violence’) that they thought they were gods.

    No one cares about government debt anymore. All we can do is enjoy the decline and prepare for hockey mask time.

    Pretty funny when the doctors told Senator Spender he had no ‘da indegridy’ and that he should shut up because he will need a doctor one day.

    Stuff that. I’d rather go down the Smith & Wesson plan than give the AMA subsidies over my (fewcha) cancer addled body.

  103. OldOzzie

    – Iain
    11 minutes ago
    I know this has been gone over a thousand times, but how is it possible, after all the evil, hatred and destruction (economic and social) that it has spawned, to admit (well, brag, in fact) to being a communist and still be welcome in civilized circles?

    Sir Roger Scruton in the UK had a reporter fabricate utter lies about comments he supposedly made to him, and he was sacked from his government position within FIVE hours. This lady boasts for years about belonging to a cult that has annihilated entire countries, and she gets the champagne and caviar treatment.

    THE BETRAYAL AND ASSASSINATION OF ROGER SCRUTON
    Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun

    An important piece from Douglas Murray

    The Scruton tapes: an anatomy of a modern hit job

    How a character assassination unfolded on Twitter
    Douglas Murray

    – not just about the malice and deceit of the New Statesmen and the savagery of Twitter, but the cowardice of Theresa May’s Government, so typical of modern “conservative” politicians:

    [Conservative philosopher] Sir Roger Scruton… has been smeared in the media, fired by the government and had his life’s work assailed. Scruton is the latest, though far from the first victim of the modern outrage mob…

    The hit job on Sir Roger can be seen as a classic of the genre: he was sacked within five hours of the Twitter storm breaking. His fate offers a perfect case study in the art of modern character assassination. Except that in this instance, it unravelled and the whole nature of the trick can now be exposed. It is worth examining in some detail.

    Last month, Scruton agreed to be interviewed in his London flat by George Eaton, one of the deputy editors of the New Statesman. In November the philosopher had been appointed to be the unpaid chair of a government quango called ‘Building better, building beautiful’, but Scruton was led to believe that the discussion would be about his books, a number of which had recently been reissued.

    The lunchtime before the resulting interview’s publication, Eaton declared on Twitter that ‘the government adviser and philosopher Roger Scruton has made a series of outrageous remarks’, and included a link to the interview. The supposed offenses were listed with salivation. Scruton was alleged to have talked outrageously about ‘Hungarian J#ws’. He was alleged to have been r#cist about ‘the Chinese’. He was alleged to have described ‘[email protected]#phobia’ as ‘a propaganda word invented by the M#slim Brotherhood in order to stop discussion of a major issue’. He had described accusations of anti-S#mitism against Viktor Orbán as ‘nonsense’ and talked of M#slim ‘tribes’. Outrage and resignation calls soon followed. The perfect Twitter storm had been started.

    In response, the Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat issued a condemnation of racism — which, as he must have known would happen, was reported as a call for Scruton’s firing. His fellow Conservative MP (and fellow former soldier) Johnny Mercer declared that sacking Scruton was now a ‘no brainer’ — adding, slightly too revealingly: ‘Let’s not take our time on this.’ Thus did two Conservative leadership wannabes thoughtlessly throw one of Britain’s only conservative thinkers before the mob. George Osborne of the Evening Standard joined in condemning Scruton for his ‘bigoted remarks’ and calling for his sacking. Lord Finkelstein of the Times agreed. By teatime James Brokenshire, the minister who had appointed Scruton last autumn, had announced that he had been fired.

    Note those names well: not just the Leftist Eaton, and the weak Osborne and Finkelstein, but the “conservative” politicians Tugendhat, Mercer and especially Brokenshire.

    After Scruton was fired, Eaton posted (& then deleted) pic of himself drinking champagne, w/caption: ‘The feeling when you get right-wing racist and h#mophobe Roger Scruton sacked as a Tory government adviser.’ pic.twitter.com — Logical Meme (@Logicalmeme) April 26, 2019

    Note the names of those J#dases and cowards, because everything that Easton claimed about Scruton was false or grotesquely exaggerated, as the release of the tape of his interview of Scruton now reveals.

    Read on.

    Has Eaton been sacked already? Scuton reinstated? Or is this just business as usual for Leftist publications such as the New Statesmen, and for spineless Conservative politicians such as Brokenshire?

    Note, this appalling lynching of Scuton would not have been exposed had Murray not somehow got his hands of Eaton’s tape.

    James Delingpole calls out the villains.

  104. OldOzzie

    ROAD TO OBLIVION
    Tim Blair, The Daily Telegraph

    More than 350 vehicles and their occupants have apparently vanished during Bob Brown’s ridiculous anti-Adani convoy.

    Soon after Bob and friends began their little adventure, it was reported that the convoy included around 770 cars. Perhaps due to loss of interest, scheduled Centrelink appointments, becoming lost or falling victim to deadly climate change vapours, that number has since massively declined:

    The convoy of about 400 mine opponents, led by Bob Brown, plans to arrive in the mining town of Clermont on Saturday as the former Australian Greens leader urges coal advocates to “use your God-given intelligence” to stop the “worsening climate emergency due to the burning of fossil fuels”.

    That’s nearly a 50 per cent participation decrease. And matters may become further complicated for Bob’s few remaining loyalists:

    They’re likely to receive a mixed reaction after local publican Kel Applegate organised a rally in support of the Adani project.

    A not-so-warm welcome awaits the anti-Adani protesters arriving in Clermont today as part of Bob Brown’s convoy.

    📸: @rachelmcgheeabc pic.twitter.com
    — ABC Brisbane (@abcbrisbane) April 27, 2019

    He said politicians Matt Canavan, George Christensen, Malcolm Roberts, Clive Palmer, as well as Katter’s Australia Party, have joined his pro-coal cause.

    “It’s nothing personal but (the anti-Adani activists) are hypocrites,” Mr Applegate told AAP.

    Locals in Clermont say anti-Adani protesters are coming to the wrong town. Bob Brown’s convoy is a few hours away @SBSNews pic.twitter.com
    — Hannah Sinclair (@HanSinclair) April 27, 2019

    “How do they think steel gets made, or their electric trains run – it doesn’t come from solar panels or wind farms.”

    Mr Applegate said visitors would also struggle to find a beer after Clermont’s three pubs agreed not to serve them.

    “I think these protesters will be left in no doubt they’ve walked into a hornet’s nest in this country,” state shadow mining minister Dale Last said on Saturday.

    “I know the residents in Clermont are very angry that this group’s coming out here to tell them what they should and shouldn’t be doing.

    Overwhelming support for the Coal mining industry in Clermont today ahead of the arrival of Bob Brown’s Stop Adani convoy. #qldpol#startAdani pic.twitter.com
    — Dale Last (@DaleLast1) April 27, 2019

    “They’re going to get a very, very hostile reception, I can assure you of that.”

    The convoy, if it can still be described as such, is due in Clermont later today.

    UPDATE:

    A pro-Adani mining rally in Mackay today has dwarfed the Greens convoy opposing the project as up to 700 people braved sometimes heavy rain to lend support to the controversial coal mine which has become central to the federal election campaign …

    Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson told the crowd that coal accounted for around 60 per cent of the local economy.

    Pro-coal locals give a frosty welcome to the Stop Adani convoy as it arrives in Clermont. @abcbrisbane @abcnews pic.twitter.com
    — Rachel McGhee (@rachelmcgheeabc) April 27, 2019

    Mackay City Council councillor Martin Bella, with an expertise in primary industry, fired up the protesters, saying the Green convoy represented an urban elite which rejected both mining, agriculture and fishing and had lost touch with economic realities.

    “They have forgotten what it is like to have to battle,’’ Mr Bella said.

    “They have forgotten what it is like to have their families go without.’’

  105. Overburdened

    Accepting that I am repeating myself, when the change comes it will be sudden, short and brutal.

    There was an attack ad against Morrison playing the politics of envy and telling the audience that Morrison doesn’t care about them, just the BIG END OF TOWN (c).

    From what I see these days as compared to my youth, everyone is at the big end of town to some extent or at least not doing without any of the toys.

    It is the result of the post war generation starting the rot and taking 3 or4 generations to fulminate.

  106. Roger

    Senator Duncan Spender of the Liberal Democrats has slammed the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners for endorsing Labor’s big government agenda and demanding lump sum cash payments from taxpayers.

    Didn’t someone here the other day suggest that Australia doesn’t have a health care system, what we have is a system whereby tax payers make doctors rich.

  107. Overburdened

    badham wrote a diatribe about it.

    Hard to imagine she wouldn’t have been called out by now if that is true.

  108. More on Bad Ass Van Hammered from Tim Blair

    Blair has an unhealthy obsession with this woman.
    He should really seek help.

  109. cohenite

    Arky

    #2998747, posted on April 27, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    FFS:

    After securing the so-called “contract of the century”, the French company chosen to build Australia’s future submarines has conceded it’s having cultural clashes with its $50 billion customer, with lunch and meeting times proving problematic.

    Pyne should be keel-hauled. Between this and the $400 mill for the GBR turdball should be the ballast attached to pyne’s dick.

  110. Notafan

    Seagull have an unhealthy obsession with Trump.

  111. memoryvault

    Morrison needs to review the whole bloody mess preparatory to tearing it up and getting a dozen Virginia Class leased from the septics.

    True, Winston. But we can lease the superseded Los Angeles class subs for about one fifth of the price. As they are replaced by the Virginia class ones, they are refurbished to upgrade their electronics and weapons systems to match the new Virginia class, then mothballed. The bulk of the U.S. fleet is still upgraded Los Angeles variants (14 Virginia, 44 Los Angeles last time I looked – about two years ago).

    All they need is replacement of their fuel cores and they are good for another twenty years. Refurbishment cost is about USD $600 million each. There are 14 sitting waiting for approved buyers which includes Australia. For less than AUD $4 billion (less than the initial cost of one French diesel), we could have four of them sitting in Sydney Harbour by Christmas.

  112. Notafan

    Cactus if you are around. Longmire on Netflix, so far so good.

    Also been watching Altered Carbon, reminiscent of blade runner, despite too much gratuitous sex the storyline has sucked me in

  113. There are 14 sitting waiting for approved buyers which includes Australia. For less than AUD $4 billion (less than the initial cost of one French diesel), we could have four of them sitting in Sydney Harbour by Christmas.

    Why would we want to make a rational decision?!

  114. egg_

    Blair has an unhealthy obsession…
    He should really seek help.

    Da ironing!

  115. calli

    My supervisor (now working for Da Sprog), who happens to have an investment property and was an avid Greens/Labor voter has had an epiphany.

    “You’d have to be crazy to vote Labor”, he opined the other day.

    Big End of Town.

  116. OldOzzie

    ABC/WaPo Poll: Impeachment Support Sinks to New Low

    A new poll shows support for impeaching President Donald Trump has sunk to a new low following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on now-debunk collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

    According to an ABC News/Washington Post national survey released Friday, support for impeachment dropped to 37, down from 40 percent in January. Support of the president’s ouster hit a survey high of 49 percent in August. Support rose for the measure to 62 percent among Democrats, yet tumbled 36 percent with independents. Only 10 percent of Republicans support it.

  117. bespoke

    T

    el
    #2998767, posted on April 27, 2019 at 5:19 pm
    Rumour has it they produce a nice wine or two as well.

    Buy Australian!

    Yep and keep a Cat employed.

  118. Blair has an unhealthy obsession with this woman.
    He should really seek help.

    So sayeth Korporal Kipfler who has had the sole obsession for 40 years.

  119. zyconoclast

    Oxford Professor Argues Invisible Aliens Are Interbreeding With Humans

    -Dr Chi claims that aliens share our biosphere and are acting to overcome the effects of climate change.
    -Dr Chi outlined his views in a 2012 lecture and has since written a book.
    -In April 2018, Dr Chi approached The Oxford Union to propose a debate on the subject. The proposal was not accepted.

  120. Tel

    Note, this appalling lynching of Scuton would not have been exposed had Murray not somehow got his hands of Eaton’s tape.

    The “Progressives” lie and cheat in every way possible, it happens again and again. They tried it with Jo Nova but she recorded her own version.

    http://joannenova.com.au/2012/12/abc-doco-uncut-evans-nova-minchin-and-rose-the-full-unedited-video/

    It happened recently when Jim Jefferies tried to do the same trick on Avi Yemini.

    Such a consistent MO.

  121. zyconoclast

    Oxford Professor Argues Invisible Aliens Are Interbreeding With Humans

    *Dr Chi claims that aliens share our biosphere and are acting to overcome the effects of climate change.
    *Dr Chi outlined his views in a 2012 lecture and has since written a book.
    *In April 2018, Dr Chi approached The Oxford Union to propose a debate on the subject. The proposal was not accepted.

  122. OldOzzie

    PG&E’s Radical Plan to Prevent Wildfires: Shut Down the Power Grid

    When dangerously high winds arise this year, the utility says it will black out fire-prone areas that are home to 5.4 million people

    PG&E Corp. can’t prevent its power lines from sparking the kinds of wildfires that have killed scores of Californians. So instead, it plans to pull the plug on a giant swath of the state’s population.

    No U.S. utility has ever blacked out so many people on purpose. PG&E says it could knock out power to as much as an eighth of the state’s population for as long as five days when dangerously high winds arise. Communities likely to get shut off worry PG&E will put people in danger, especially the sick and elderly, and cause financial losses with slim hope of compensation.

    In October, in a test run of sorts, PG&E for the first time cut power to several small communities over wildfire concerns, including the small Napa Valley town of Calistoga, for about two days. Emergency officials raced door-to-door to check on elderly residents, some of whom relied on electric medical devices. Grocers dumped spoiling inventory. Hotels lost business.

    PG&E is “essentially shifting all of the burden, all of the losses onto everyone else,” said Dylan Feik, who was Calistoga city manager until earlier this month

    By shutting off power in fire-prone parts of its service area, which are home to 5.4 million people, PG&E said in regulatory filings it hopes to prevent more deadly wildfires. The San Francisco-based company sought bankruptcy protection in January, citing more than $30 billion in potential damages from fires linked to its equipment.

    This plan amounts to an admission by PG&E that it can’t always fulfill its basic job of delivering electricity both safely and reliably. Years of drought and a drying climate have turned the state’s northern forests into a tinderbox, and the utility has failed to make needed investments to make its grid sturdier.

    During this year’s wildfire season, which typically starts around June, PG&E is preparing to make cutoffs to a far larger geographic region than it has targeted for blackouts in the past, increasing the number of potentially affected customers nearly 10-fold. While it is unlikely all areas would be affected at once, the outages may turn entire counties dark.

    The company said it is attempting to figure out how to avoid stranding medically vulnerable residents and is working with local authorities to try to ensure water, traffic lights and phone services aren’t shut off. It concedes it may end up cutting power to some of these services until it can build a better system.

    “We simply don’t have the luxury, given the extreme weather conditions we are seeing, to wait to get it perfect,” said Aaron Johnson, the PG&E vice president in charge of the program

    Lights Out

    This summer, PG&E will expand the area where it will consider pre-emptively shutting off power to include Tier 2 areas, or areas with elevated fire risk. Previously, pre-emptive blackouts primarily affected Tier 3 areas, or areas with extreme fire risk.

    PG&E said it generally wouldn’t cover losses due to intentional blackouts—regulations don’t require it to—though it would consider claims case-by-case. It declined to say whether it has ever compensated anyone for such claims.

    The plug-pulling could go on for years. PG&E is rushing to strengthen its system to make its power lines more fire resistant and to trim trees in fire-prone areas. It is installing equipment to pinpoint shut-offs more accurately. In February, it said that work would take five years or longer.

    California has long faced wildfire risk in the summer and fall, when hot, strong winds threaten to dislodge power lines that can ignite dry brush. Drought and climate change have made the risk especially acute in Northern California, where aging power lines cut through forests filled with dead trees.

    Although California is drought-free for the first time since 2011 and has experienced a rainy spring, a hot, dry summer could desiccate new vegetation, creating more fuel for wildfires.

    California regulators and elected officials acknowledge the PG&E shut-offs could have unintended consequences but say the fire threat warrants extreme measures. Wildfires have destroyed thousands of homes and killed dozens of people in Northern California in recent years. State fire investigators determined that PG&E equipment played a role in starting 18 wildfires in 2017 that killed 22 people.

    Last November, the so-called Camp Fire burned down the town of Paradise and killed 85 people. PG&E has said its equipment was probably the cause. The company had repeatedly delayed a safety overhaul of a century-old high-voltage transmission line that is a prime suspect.

    “We find ourselves as a state in the situation where this appears to be a necessary program,” said Elizaveta Malashenko, the California Public Utilities Commission’s safety and enforcement chief. “The best we can do is establish parameters around it.” These rules will include reporting requirements and rules for when a utility could shut off power.

    San Diego Gas & Electric was the first California utility to cut power during dry, windy weather. It first contemplated doing so after a deadly fire in 2007 but didn’t black out any areas until 2013, because of pushback from residents and regulators. It has been adding weather stations to precisely locate problem areas, as well as technology that allows it to shut down smaller parts of its grid.

    To date, the San Diego utility’s largest blackout affected about 20,800 people. ”If conditions threaten the integrity of our system, we will turn off power to protect public safety,” said a company spokeswoman. State rules, she said, “prevent payment for damages, such as food spoilage.”

    Calistoga cutoff

    PG&E has shut off power to reduce the risk of sparking fires only once before. The experience left residents, business owners and local officials unhappy. Last October, as winds reached 50 miles an hour, it shut off parts of its system that served 60,000 people in parts of seven counties.

    Calistoga, a town of about 5,300 on the edge of wine country, was among those that went dark. City officials said communication with the company broke down when the lights went off, leaving them scrambling to find information and send medical help to vulnerable residents in three mobile-home parks. Some people spent nearly three days without power.

    “This makes good business sense,” said Mr. Feik, the former city manager, of the power cut-off, “but from a public policy perspective, it’s awful.”

    At the Calistoga Inn, an 18-room hotel with a restaurant and brewery, the lights went out during the dinner rush with 150 people dining on the patio. It took two days to restore power, forcing owner Michael Dunsford to clean out his refrigerators and issue refunds to hotel customers. Mr. Dunsford, also the town’s vice mayor, estimated the outage cost him about $15,000 in lost revenue and inventory.

    The local hospital postponed surgeries. All three Calistoga schools closed. At the Calistoga Roastery, a refrigerator full of groceries used to make breakfast and lunch had to be thrown away. October is peak season for wine tourists, and hotels and restaurants had to cancel reservations.

    Cal Mart, the local grocery store, closed for about 18 hours, costing owner Bill Shaw thousands of dollars in perishable goods. He plans to spend more than $100,000 to install a generator in the coming months.

    Rural Sierra County, home to about 3,000 people in the Sierra Nevada, depends on internet-based phone service that doesn’t operate without electricity. When PG&E shut off power, the county lost its ability to use “reverse 911,” a system to alert residents using a recorded phone message.

    “We would implore PG&E to rethink this policy,” the Sierra County board of supervisors later wrote in a letter to the company.

    Resilience zones

    PG&E is expanding its blackout program following the big 2018 Camp Fire.

    It acknowledged the blackout resulted in some problems and said it is working to improve communications in future shut-offs. It also plans to create what it calls resilience zones, islands of power in town centers that provide electricity for certain services—police, a grocery store, a gas station, a community center where people can charge phones. That would require that PG&E deliver a generator to the zone after power is cut.

    “We are a society so dependent on electricity,” said Junice Wilson, director of Mendocino Coast Home Health and Hospice, an agency that provides in-home services to about 100 residents in a rural coastal community. “It will be difficult for folks dependent on medical equipment.”

    Conflicting estimates of how many people will be affected can make it hard to plan. In February, a lawyer representing Napa County wrote in a regulatory filing that PG&E told the county there were 150 people on a list of residents who received low-cost electricity because they used medical devices such as motorized wheelchairs and respirators. The state later said there were 1,691 people on the list. Meanwhile, the county had a separate list of 900 residents who needed electricity for medical reasons.

    Expanding the program without first working out the bugs is a dangerous approach, said Irwin Redlener, a public-health professor at Columbia University and head of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. “This is a population experiment that has some real ethical questions associated with it.”

    Mr. Johnson, the PG&E official in charge of the program, said the company plans 350 community meetings this year to spread awareness about the blackouts. He said it also plans to conduct drills with county emergency officials in the early summer, when hot, dry winds could return to spark fires.

    “The program will continue to evolve,” he said, “and get better and better each month.”

    In Santa Rosa, a city devastated by wildfires in 2017, Councilman Jack Tibbetts said residents would likely tolerate a few days without power, given the alternative they had experienced.

    Mr. Tibbetts, who serves as executive director of the county’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the region’s largest soup kitchen, added that it’s looking into buying a generator so it doesn’t have to shut down. “It is probably a good time to be in the generator business.”

    Write to Russell Gold at [email protected] and Katherine Blunt at [email protected]

    Appeared in the April 27, 2019, print edition as ‘A Drastic Plan to Stop Fires: Unplug California.’

  123. Roger

    “You’d have to be crazy to vote Labor”, he opined the other day.

    Two cheers for enlightened self-interest!

  124. memoryvault

    Dr Chi claims that aliens share our biosphere and are acting to overcome the effects of climate change.

    Dr Chi is right. In Australia the aliens are known as “politicians”.

  125. zyconoclast

    A scare campaign falsely claiming Labor plans to introduce school programs teaching students how to have gay s3x is being circulated on Chinese social media, in the latest sign of “fake news” infiltrating the federal election.

    The unauthorised post targeting voters on the popular Chinese-language app WeChat uses well-worn myths about the anti-bullying resource Safe Schools to urge people not to vote for Bill Shorten.

  126. zyconoclast

    Dr Chi is right. In Australia the aliens are known as “politicians”.

    Have these aliens interbred with you?

  127. memoryvault

    Are you going for some kind of record tonight, Old Ozzie?

  128. memoryvault

    Have these aliens interbred with you?

    Sex with an Australian politician?
    Some people have perverted minds.

  129. Roger

    A scare campaign falsely claiming Labor plans to introduce school programs teaching students how to have gay s3x is being circulated on Chinese social media, in the latest sign of “fake news” infiltrating the federal election.

    Not far off the truth, actually.

    Journalists are the most studiously incurious of people these days.

  130. calli

    Are you going for some kind of record tonight, Old Ozzie?

    I am. Just haven’t worked out what it is yet.

  131. memoryvault

    I am. Just haven’t worked out what it is yet.

    Whatever you decide on, you have my vote.

  132. C.L.

    Harrison Ford lost me when he got that stud in his ear and dumped his wife.
    Totally ridiculous mid-life crisis.

  133. Some History

    *In April 2018, Dr Chi approached The Oxford Union to propose a debate on the subject. The chief alien declined.

  134. one old bruce

    The ALP complaining about ‘a scare campaign on Chinese social media’? Wasn’t that like how Maxine McKew got elected? A scare campaign, again on Chinese language media, alleging John Howard had sinister plans for Asians? Some of us don’t forget.

  135. Tel

    Have these aliens interbred with you?

    My friend has requested that I ask … anal probing is perfectly safe, right?

  136. calli

    Colonoscopies are fine. Do not fear*.

    * I had to correct that. Almost typoed “rear”. Good save.

  137. Some History

    *Dr Chi claims that aliens share our biosphere and are acting to overcome the effects of climate change.
    *Dr Chi outlined his views in a 2012 lecture and has since written a book.
    *In April 2018, Dr Chi approached The Oxford Union to propose a debate on the subject. The proposal was not accepted.

    Why is this not surprising? Good example of the state of contemporary academia. It’s sad to say that ChiChi sounds almost normal compared to some of the dwellers of that black hole referred to as “academia”.

  138. one old bruce

    As Franz Schubert sang

    Fremd bin ich eingezogen,
    Fremd zieh’ ich wieder aus.

    ‘I came into this world an alien, and I will go out as an alien’.

    Proof that aliens have visited us!

  139. Overburdened

    Disbelieving spectators of the Bells Beach surf comp won by Johnjohn Florence witnessed him being smeared with face paint by a bloke wearing a possum before he was allowed to ring the bell, which has until now been a sacred moment.

    Fuckn hopeless

  140. Nic

    Well yes Overburdened, our indigenous betters invented pro surfing /sarc.

  141. Overburdened

    Florence is from Hawaii.

    I wonder if this sort of rot would be going on if the Maori got here before the Europeans.

  142. Overburdened

    Nic

    It is not widely known the the indigs also invented golf.

    It happened when bored goanna hunters started hitting macadamia nuts with their nullas, and one went into a bandicoot hole.

  143. Overburdened

    …maybe I should have said burrow, to not sidetrack those contributors with a penchant for the double entendre.

  144. bespoke

    Anning is being inconstant. He is not responsible for the attack on the journalist so the same should be said of Mus.

  145. Nic

    They also claim to have invented Australian Football and Soccer. Strangely, not much else.

  146. stackja

    Labor offers free childcare for lowest-income earners
    Annika Smethurst, National political editor, The Sunday Telegraph
    an hour ago
    Subscriber only

    Childcare will be free for hundreds of thousands of low-income families under a Labor plan to boost taxpayer-funded subsidies, if elected on May 18.

    More than 880,000 families will be an average of $1200 a year better off per child with Labor planning to spend $4 billion to further reduce the out-of-pocket costs parents pay for child care.

    ‘The “rich‘ will provide lots of taxes.

  147. Boambee John

    Blair has an unhealthy obsession with this woman.
    He should really seek help.

    Numbers has an unhealthy obsession with Trump.
    He should really seek help.

    Fixed for you, no charge.

  148. calli

    Everyone knows golf was invented by

    “Excitable little fellow,” said Gandalf, as they sat down again. “Gets funny queer fits, but he is one of the best, one of the best—as fierce as a dragon in a pinch.”

    If you have ever seen a dragon in a pinch, you will realize that this was only poetical exaggeration applied to any hobbit, even to Old Took’s great-granduncle Bull-roarer, who was so huge (for a hobbit) that he could ride a horse. He charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle of the Green Fields, and knocked their King Golfimbul’s head clean off with a wooden club. It sailed a hundred yards through the air and sent down a rabbit hole and in this way the battle was won and the game of Golf invented at the same moment.

    Hobbits.

  149. egg_

    Oxford Professor Argues Invisible Aliens Are Interbreeding With Humans

    Has Clive ‘Cybersex with Gaia’* Hamilton been informed?

    *In the case of Van Badass: “Into the Abyss”?

  150. Overburdened

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/sex/kate-iselin-brothels-on-your-street-how-sex-work-decriminalisation-would-affect-you/news-story/4cab06ad2ecce9feae3755119dd03c8a

    Being in reduced circumstances, if this comes to pass and one is built near my camp it will be necessary to wait for a Cheap Tuesdays type of promotion.

  151. EvilElvis

    maybe I should have said burrow, to not sidetrack those contributors with a penchant for the double entendre.

    Can’t imagine there’s any Finbar Saunders types here, fnarrr fnarrr 😂

  152. Knuckle Dragger

    OB:

    Phrasing.

    h/t Archer.

  153. Knuckle Dragger

    I am not only the world’s greatest cricket umpire, I now expect to stand in the Boxing Day Test in 2020.

    The only downside was I didn’t get to personally pull the trigger on any cack-handers.

    The upside was one of the mutant lefties, an opening bat thoughtfully managed to get himself bowled on the first ball of the season.

  154. Overburdened

    This insult can’t be allowed to stand.

    Bloody hobbits trying to steal the glory.

    More repression of our incredibly advanced society and culture.

    I demand a Grant!

    Alright, another Grant!

    Pay the rent you bloody hobbits.

  155. calli

    Tolkien did mention Bullroarer.

    So…it may have come from ancient Aboriginal origins.

    Lizzie could illuminate us.

  156. Overburdened

    Finbar lol

    Memories.

    The finest moments of British literature.

    Pathetic sharks, two fat slags et al

  157. Geriatric Mayfly

    More than 880,000 families will be an average of $1200 a year better off per child with Labor planning to spend $4 billion to further reduce the out-of-pocket costs parents pay for child care.

    Think how many wind turbines that could fund, to further enhance our rural vistas.

  158. Top Ender

    Did I mention I was at an event recently where “aboriginal astronomers” were lauded?

    The virtue-signalling was at an all time high.

    The audience were momentarily struck into silence as they contemplated the telescopes, star charts, compasses, and predictive archaeology a la Stonehenge we were about to be told about.

    Then the speaker passed on into other areas.

    Later quite a few people told him he was talking bollocks.

  159. Gab

    More than 880,000 families will be an average of $1200 a year better off per child with Labor planning to spend $4 billion to further reduce the out-of-pocket costs parents pay for child care.

    As the birth rate is declining, there are more voters without children than with children. Not sure why I have to pay for their “lifestyle” choice.

  160. Overburdened

    And who could forget Buster Gonad and his Unfeasibly Large Testicles.

  161. Knuckle Dragger

    The Royal and Ancient owes Pat Dodson 880 years’ worth of cultural appropriation.

  162. Can anyone explain why with smaller families, houses with more bedrooms are demanded?

    They’re not really “bedrooms” are they?

    You could put two bunks in a decent sized room; you only need a three bedder for a family of 10, mum, dad, four girls and four boys.

    It would be considered insane now, but why?

    If your goal is to emulate adulthood, then surely being overcrowded is an incentive to leave!?

    I dunno, it’s just that tiles don’t sell so great in bedrooms. Build more bathrooms and have more kids!

  163. Knuckle Dragger

    Pat says send the cash to his dual ancestral homelands of Ireland and Malaysia.

  164. JC

    Surely this can’t be true. Joe Rogan makes US$50 to US$100 million a year off his podcast.

    Product and media are the new leverage

    Naval: The most interesting and the most important form of leverage is this idea of products that have no marginal cost of replication. This is the new form of leverage.

    This was only invented in the last few hundred years. It got started with the printing press. It accelerated with broadcast media, and now it’s really blown up with the Internet and with coding.

    Now, you can multiply your efforts without having to involve other humans and without needing money from other humans.

    This podcast is a form of leverage. Long ago, I would have had to sit in a lecture hall and lecture each of you personally. I would have maybe reached a few hundred people and that would have been that.

    Then 40 years ago, 30 years ago, I would have to be lucky to get on TV, which is somebody else’s leverage. They would have distorted the message. They would taken the economics out of it or charged me for it. They would have muddled the message, and I would have been lucky to get that form of leverage.

    Today, thanks to the Internet, I can buy a cheap microphone, hook it up to a laptop or an iPad, and there you are all listening.

    Product leverage is where the new fortunes are made

    This newest form of leverage is where all the new fortunes are made, all the new billionaires. The last generation, fortunes were made by capital. That was the Warren Buffets of the world.

    But the new generation’s fortunes are all made through code or media. Joe Rogan making 50 to a 100 million bucks a year from his podcast. You’re going to have a PewDiePie. I don’t know how much money he’s rolling in, but he’s bigger than the news. The Fortnite players. Of course Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page and Sergey Brin and Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. That is all code-based leverage.

    Learn to code!

  165. Hard to tell JC because of product placement as well as variable rates for You Tube ads, plus other stuff like Patreon.

    I worked it out roughly the other day and Pewds has made at least 400k USD on average over the last decade, from YT ads alone.

    Joe Rogan also has royalties from NewsRadio, his comedy shows, UFC appearances and commentary, Fear Factor royalties plus any books and so on.

    Even the Angry Video Game Nerd is affluent with a fairly niche show – mostly reviewing old and crappy NES games. He actually made a fan service “platformer” style game about himself (with a Sequel).

  166. Joanna

    The ALP complaining about ‘a scare campaign on Chinese social media’? 

    The ALP like to keep their scare campaigns local, using Aussie recruits. The ambos in Victoria with their graffitied vans. Now, the doctors and some other medical provider doing Labors bidding.

  167. Eyrie

    “Sex with an Australian politician?”
    From Larry Niven’s “Ringworld” series: Rishthatra: sex with beings not of your species.

  168. Now, the doctors and some other medical provider doing Labors bidding.

    Hey, hey!

    Ease up.

    Doctors (GPs) need that taxpayer funded cash lump sum on top of the usual Medicare item claims. Don’t criticise them or the ALP because “you may need a doctor someday”.

    What is the definition of a professional again?

  169. C.L.

    More than 880,000 families will be an average of $1200 a year better off per child with Labor planning to spend $4 billion to further reduce the out-of-pocket costs parents pay for child care.

    “Child care.”
    LOL.

    Why should parents be reimbursed for the cost of their own children? That makes it seem as though the children actually belong to the state and the mum and dad are being underpaid for ‘raising’ them.

    On the subject of the Goo-gah Archipelago, Paul Joseph Watson makes the direct link between “child-care” and the violent, insane behaviour of the SJW generation:

  170. Ellie

    So I’m watching this foreign sport called AFL (foreign because it isn’t rugby union). Have been trying to edumacate myself for a bit now on AFL. It seems like a very exciting game.

    Two Sydney teams playing tonight in Sydney. It’s Saturday night. Where is everyone? I can see many empty seats and it’s at the little old SCG! They certainly don’t attract the big crowds like Melbourne do. Maybe people are still arriving. The light rail around the area is a nightmare for traffic.

    I’m a tad bored with it, but will persevere.

    Is there anyone worthy of booing?

  171. Notafan

    The archbishop is hardly going to incite violence against mus Lim’s or cause an international crisis.

  172. Nic

    Ellie, Toby Green. He’s a pig.

  173. Geriatric Mayfly

    What is the definition of a professional again?

    It used to be that AMA badge which was conspicuously affixed front and rear to the automobile. Rarely if ever to a clapped out old banger. Those AMA badges seem to have disappeared. Druggies could be the reason, or the arrogance of it might have invited a few key scratchings on the expensive duco.

  174. Overburdened

    Dodson invented the golfing hat.

    Inevitably the sacred vegemite plantations and the Ozzie tax payer couldn’t keep up with our greatness, so we are going after what’s ours OS.

  175. jupes

    Is there anyone worthy of booing?

    Sydney. A horrible team.

  176. Ellie

    The Doomlord may add ‘Boo’ to the banned list. Better be careful.

    Boooooooooo! 😋

  177. EvilElvis

    And who could forget Buster Gonad and his Unfeasibly Large Testicles.

    Hahaha, classic self evident titling.

  178. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #2998830, posted on April 27, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I am not only the world’s greatest cricket umpire, I now expect to stand in the Boxing Day Test in 2020.

    The only downside was I didn’t get to personally pull the trigger on any cack-handers.

    You really need to let this Warnerphobia go.

  179. Labour hire is human trafficking.

    So is having a job. Where is my 3k per week UBI?

  180. Ellie

    Toby Green just scored, Nic!
    Booooo!

  181. Leigh Lowe

    Two Sydney teams playing tonight in Sydney. It’s Saturday night. Where is everyone? I can see many empty seats and it’s at the little old SCG!

    Many and varied complicated reasons but let me try to explain it.
    When Sydney Swans aren’t in the top two, no-one in Sydney gives a rats arse.

  182. Sinclair Davidson

    The Doomlord was booing the umpires on ANZAC Day like all good patriots.

  183. I think I just saw the most absurd piece ever published by Zero Hedge.

    150,000 kids each year are trafficked and abused in the US? Up to 50 times a day by different clients? Organised crime charges about 1/8th to 1/10th of the price of streetwalkers for a very illegal trade?

    300,000 kids are “at risk” of being trafficked; how on earth is this calculated?

    Like some of the commenters there, I suspect an NGO is begging for money.

  184. Nic

    That’s the spirit Ellie.

    LL, going by the squalid old bats in the members, the Swannies’ supporters don’t cope well with losing.

  185. Nic

    French XO Brandy is far better value than Cognac. Mmmmm.

  186. Leigh Lowe

    The Doomlord was booing the umpires on ANZAC Day like all good patriots.

    Careful.
    Fatty Ashton is looking at forming Jeering and Booing Taskforce.
    Just thinking earlier today that the worst thing about that last free kick to Collingwood (apart from the fact that it should of gone the other way) is that it chewed up so much time that it effectively killed off the contest.
    With 90 seconds left, Essendon were going to roll the dice and try to rifle it straight up the middle, which could easily have turned over and gone straight back over their heads for a nine point loss.
    That would have been preferable to watching it fizzle out

  187. Nic

    is that it chewed up so much time that it effectively killed off the contest.

    Sorry Leigh. An Essendon supporter complaining about time wasting in the last few minutes ? You guys invented it.

  188. Armadillo

    Anyone else heard about a heap of Saudies moving from Canada to Australia?

    I worked at the Armidale races on ANZAC Day. One hundred expected to arrive in the next two months or so. Their families will also need to be accommodated.

    I thought it rather strange. Why Armidale?

    The University.

  189. Leigh Lowe

    Sorry Leigh. An Essendon supporter complaining about time wasting in the last few minutes ? You guys invented it.

    True that.
    One of Saint Kevin’s specials.
    It wasn’t time wasting per se, it was the chewing up of 30 seconds having a shot which burnt up what could have been a desparate, tough finish.

  190. Leigh Lowe

    LL, going by the squalid old bats in the members, the Swannies’ supporters don’t cope well with losing.

    Careful.
    There are a few squalid old bats on here.
    And, no, I am not naming names.

  191. Beachcomber

    Roger at 6:35 pm

    A scare campaign falsely claiming Labor plans to introduce school programs teaching students how to have gay s3x is being circulated on Chinese social media, in the latest sign of “fake news” infiltrating the federal election.

    Not far off the truth, actually.

    The full Safe Schools resources discussed different types of sodomite practices and linked to very explicit sodomite websites. Most of these resources have been squirreled away, no doubt to re-emerge when the Shorten-Andrews alliance is in power,

    What’s left of the resources on the Orwellian titled Student Wellbeing Hub still endorses and encourages homosexuality in schoolchildren.
    A letterbox drop in my street this afternoon from the Australian Christian Lobby is about how BILL SHORTEN REFUSES TO RULE OUT REINTRODUCING SAFE SCHOOLS PROGRAM.
    This election gets more interesting each day.

  192. feelthebern

    Great night in Sydney town.
    Should be a full house.

  193. Leigh Lowe

    Nic

    #2998864, posted on April 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    French XO Brandy is far better value than Cognac. Mmmmm.

    Two-stroke vs four-stroke.

  194. jupes

    The Doomlord was booing the umpires on ANZAC Day like all good patriots.

    What about Pendles?

  195. C.L.

    A scare campaign falsely claiming Labor plans to introduce school programs teaching students how to have gay s3x is being circulated on Chinese social media, in the latest sign of “fake news” infiltrating the federal election.

    That’s not fake news at all.

  196. feelthebern

    Broncos pack won the game in the first 20mins.
    If the Broncos pack backs this up next week against the Bunnies pack, should be an awesome first 20mins.

  197. That is funny Arma. It means we’re really backing the Saudis over Cuck Trudeau.

  198. Nic

    Two-stroke vs four-stroke.

    No way. Good French Xo Brandy and Armagnac is far better value than Chinese inflated Cognac.

  199. feelthebern

    A scare campaign falsely claiming Labor plans to introduce school programs teaching students how to have gay s3x is being circulated on Chinese social media, in the latest sign of “fake news” infiltrating the federal election.

    Are we talking the lesbian kind?
    Scissor scissor?
    Well it would hurt for us to brush up on the basics….

  200. Nic

    Broncos pack won the game in the first 20mins.
    If the Broncos pack backs this up next week against the Bunnies pack, should be an awesome first 20mins.

    Seibold is a white anting snake.
    [ Nic, you get a special prize for using two animal based metaphors. Add Collingwood for the trifecta. Sinc]

    I hope the Bunnies smack them. They were good last night.

  201. EvilElvis

    Why the fuck is the ABC running a Bill Shorten election campaign advert???? FFS!

  202. Winston Smith is 99% right.

    Lease US subs.

    No need (or money) to buy them.

  203. Armadillo

    It means we’re really backing the Saudis over Cuck Trudeau.

    I’m gunna put horse up on the board called “Allah” right down the bottom. I might get a million dollar bet. Fingers crossed that the language barrier prevails.

  204. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Shorten’s awkward run-in with voter

    Bill Shorten got a rude shock when he was stopped in his tracks by a punter who called him a “prick” on the streets of Hobart earlier today.

    But all was forgiven when the woman admitted she had mistaken him for Scott Morrison.

    “I haven’t been elected yet,” Mr Shorten said, laughing off the insult as he continued on his walk through Salamanca Markets.

    From the Oz. Doesn’t know Scott Morrison, from Bill Shorten, yet her vote counts the same as anyone else’s.

  205. Three cheers for a very basic civics test to vote.

    Which has seen me labelled as “fascist” before.

  206. Sinclair Davidson

    Pendels ducked his head and got a free so he got boo’d too. But overall where I was standing people were pissed with the umpires not Pendlebury.

  207. feelthebern

    Three cheers for a very basic civics test to vote.

    Yes.
    & also to breed.

  208. Armadillo

    That now disappeared grub of politics “Richard Torbay” was at Armidale University. You can see where this is heading. Or beheading.

  209. feelthebern

    Pendels has the best WAG in the AFL.

  210. Armadillo

    All his mates at the University are still intact.

  211. Ellie

    Pendels has the best WAG in the AFL.

    AFL talk not my first language. WAG?
    I do like a good acronym.

  212. Peter Greagg

    Wives and Girlfriends

  213. Peter Greagg

    Also, not just an AFL term.

  214. Nic

    Pendels has the best WAG in the AFL.

    Punching WAY above his weight then Bern.

  215. Leigh Lowe

    Pendels has the best WAG in the AFL.

    He’s not gay?
    And if not, why not?

  216. Ellie

    Ahhh. I thought it was a particular AFL attribute … since he apparently has the best one.

  217. feelthebern

    The ballsiest WAG was James Hird’s who stood up for him in the media when the Bombers were silent.

  218. feelthebern

    The bravest WAG was James Hird’s who stood up for him in the media when the Bombers were silent.

  219. feelthebern

    Sinc, can you unblock b*lls ?
    The spaminator just gobbles them up.

    KD, I laid that one up for you.

  220. Leo G

    From the Oz. Doesn’t know Scott Morrison, from Bill Shorten, yet her vote counts the same as anyone else’s.

    Her vote counts about 15 times my vote in the election of a senator.

  221. Ellie

    What are the black arm bands for on the players?

  222. Her vote counts about 15 times my vote in the election of a senator.

    Welp.

    Goddamn.

  223. Armadillo

    Lease US subs.

    Leasing subs, battle ships, air forces and armies is what the US has been doing for years.

    Trump figured out that the debtors weren’t making the repayments. It’s not that hard to realise you are being screwed over. They aren’t exactly friends. More like a jilted lover who wants to take you for all your worth.

  224. Leigh Lowe

    Some vicious Bidenfreude in the Sydney game.

  225. Siltstone

    Ellie
    #2998906, posted on April 27, 2019 at 9:32 pm
    What are the black arm bands for on the players?

    They are for Australia – after the election

  226. Nic

    Lol I was going to say that a Lezzo died.

  227. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Ellie at 9:32 pm:

    “What are the black arm bands for on the players?”

    Before the start of the match I heard an announcement for a minute of silence to honour a recently dead Sharks official.

  228. OldOzzie

    memoryvault
    #2998804, posted on April 27, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Are you going for some kind of record tonight, Old Ozzie?

    calli
    #2998807, posted on April 27, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Are you going for some kind of record tonight, Old Ozzie?

    I am. Just haven’t worked out what it is yet.

    Sorry Guys for posting Crap

    you are right time to sign off and get a life

    Watching My Fair Lady with new Sony Headphones WH-1000XM3, so don’t disturb my wife, and Grandson 7yrs, watching GWS vs Swans Downstairs and getting all excited – Parents out.

    Tomorrow F1 Replays then Monday RNSH Oncologist to see how Cancer progressing from Friday’s MRI vs Mid Dec 18 MRI

    Down to Melbourne to see Elder Daughter and Grand kids and take them to Squires Loft for my 400g Prime Rib – and attend School Assemblies

    Will leave you all in Peace

    In Sync with some of recent posts topics from My Fair Lady

    My Fair Lady – I’m an ordinary man – Rex Harrison

    and

    My Fair Lady~Little Bit Of Luck

  229. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Errr – now I see you are watching the AFL Elle, not the rugby.

    Black arm bands? I dunno.

  230. Leigh Lowe

    a recently dead Sharks official.

    Now flake.

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