Open Forum: April 27, 2019

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  1. Armadillo

    The wearing of black armbands, a custom which originated in Ancient Egypt and came to the West through Republican Rome, bears obvious connotation. In the public display of the black arm band there is mourning, grief, and irretrievable loss.

    Aboriginal Australia invented it.

  2. Leigh Lowe

    Walking through a shopping centre today I saw a bloke in full fluoro tradey gear with his boots and socks off … in a nail salon having a pedicure.
    Stick a chopstick in us.
    We’re done.

  3. Armadillo

    Walking through a shopping centre today I saw a bloke in full fluoro tradey gear with his boots and socks off … in a nail salon having a pedicure.

    Did you wander in and sledge the dickhead?

  4. Zyconoclast

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

    XO brandy better than XO cognac?

  5. Armadillo

    Are you sure it was a bloke?

  6. Leigh Lowe

    Are you sure it was a bloke?

    The stubble didn’t look so feminine but, yes, hard to be 100% sure these days.
    I did avoid eye contact and quickened my pace a bit so didn’t stick around for a long look.

  7. calli

    Old Ozzie, I hope you didn’t take my comment as a criticism of your posts. It wasn’t.

  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2019/04/imwithmikecarlton-heres-hoping-hes-right.html#comments

    Mike Carlton – ar, helllair, I like boats – is getting a sinking feeling that Labor is losing this campaign……

  9. bespoke

    calli is mean Old Ozzie don’t listen to her.

  10. Armadillo

    Old Ozzie, I hope you didn’t take my comment as a criticism of your posts. It wasn’t.

    Uh oh. Whatever happened to “always escalate”?

  11. Oh come on

    Is the page turned yet?

  12. Old School Conservative

    1735099
    #2998851, posted on April 27, 2019 at 8:11 pm
    Labour hire is human trafficking.
    It’s time it was outlawed.

    Not under Electricity Bill.
    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/bill-shorten-failed-to-disclose-40000-donation-from-labour-hire-company-unibilt-to-his-2007-election-campaign-20150708-gi7elj.html

  13. jupes

    Gold! My first multi of the year comes good.

    Port, GWS and Freo for $2.62.

  14. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Late nights, smoke filled bars, good Scotch, and ladies eager to be shed of the odious burden of their chastity. What the fvck happened to this country, that we all became such a mob of wowsers?

  15. 1735099
    #2998851, posted on April 27, 2019 at 8:11 pm
    Labour hire is human trafficking.
    It’s time it was outlawed.

    Allow me to put this in the vernacular of the Qld schooyard;
    That is Full Moon Bull Shit.

  16. Armadillo

    I’m pondering wether the most powerful forces on earth are the military or economists?

    I’m also pondering wether mOnster will reappear after welching on his debt to Dot.

  17. Oh come on

    Hahaha this is classic. The Argie Bargies are still epically butthurt over the Falklands. Just check out the propaganda they pass off to their kids as ‘history’ even today (note the Streicher-esque depiction of a Gurkha at ~13.45). Limp-dicked pinkos are still not dealing with the loss well at all.

    Guess what, Argies. You’ll never get the Falklands back.

  18. Cactus

    Notafan – appreciate the recommended show. Will check it out. Assuming I remember tomorrow morning. Am a few sheets to the wind right now.

    On another note, am happy as Sportsbet offered me $20 bet voucher for not betting in a while. I put it on Oats as first try scorer for Broncos. Keching!

  19. Armadillo

    Late nights, smoke filled bars, good Scotch, and ladies eager to be shed of the odious burden of their chastity. What the fvck happened to this country, that we all became such a mob of wowsers?

    They probably went home after watching that version of “”Flame Trees”.

    Enough Ice in her to put out a bushfire.

  20. Armadillo

    Guess what, Argies. You’ll never get the Falklands back.

    OCO, that video is 20 minutes long. Not watching it.

  21. struth

    Who the hell is Sarah Blasko?

    We’re all cover artists.
    I did the first line.
    Another lefty murdering a good song.
    FMD.

  22. Armadillo

    Sinc, please ban people who post videos over 5 minutes long.

  23. jupes

    Hahaha this is classic. The Argie Bargies are still epically butthurt over the Falklands.

    I have watched an Italian movie about El Alamein in the same vein. The Eyties were probably the greatest fighters in the history of warfare to ever lose a battle. No seriously. If only they hadn’t run out of ammo …

  24. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

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

    I am always bored with all of it, Ellie. Hence Hairy is avidly watching in the main living room and I retreat to my study where I moosey around doing this and that. I have a TV in here in case I get really bored. Nothing much on though. Have been reading a book. Old fashioned things made out of paper.

    Calli, the aboriginal bull-roarer is indeed a very traditional implement in aboriginal culture, mentioned by early explorers, a hollowed-out object that makes a loud noise when swung around on a string. It belongs only to men and until they are initiated boys live in fear of its noise as it is said to be from some special spirits of the dreamtime. Men come back from initiations and other rituals bleeding from their penises so goodness knows what the boys are imagining about this fearsome spirit. Women are forbidden from knowing about the bullroarer.. in traditional life, that is. Items like this were used in Indo-European warrior cultures too. The Sarmartian warriors from the steppes used a hollow tubular dragon flag with a whistle in it to frighten off enemies in battle for it shrieked as they held it aloft riding on horseback down to attack. Similar principle. A place called Kilmartin in Scotland, where the rock of Dunadd (an ancient sacred kingmaking rock) is found in the peat valley, has an excellent small museum showing some Neolithic musical instruments found in the environs, including one of the bull-roarer type.

    Probably called bull-roarers in English because similar objects were associated with ancient bull-worship cults. Wind and percussion experimentation led to the earliest forms of music; associated too with the human voice. Seems humans, men in particular, have always liked ways to make a big noise.

    Just dropped by to offer these pearls of wisdom; probably much more can be found on Wiki and other places, I’m doing this from memories of Anthropology Honours many years ago when anthropology was a proper subject of study, and from Arthurian interests as of late.

  25. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Enough Ice in her to put out a bushfire.

    You have no poetry in your soul, Armadillo. You will be crushed to death on a bitumen road, and the crows will squabble over the roadkill.

  26. Steve trickler

    Armadillo
    #2998942, posted on April 27, 2019 at 11:19 pm
    Sinc, please ban people who post videos over 5 minutes long.

    This is just under 3 minutes. ( :



  27. Oh come on

    Armadillo’s drunk again, I see. Dude. You need to get a handle on your drinking.

  28. Armadillo

    Another lefty murdering a good song.

    Yep.

  29. jupes

    Another lefty murdering a good song.

    Surely it’s we shared some history this town and I rather than we shed some history?

  30. Armadillo

    This is just under 3 minutes. ( :

    No. It was just under 3 seconds by the time I hit the pause button.

  31. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Time for bed now for I hear Hairy in the kitchen. Eating more cheese. I shall have to scold him again.
    I am seeing Dr. O’Oirish tomorrow about my knee and I will tell on you, I should say. But I won’t.
    We don’t snitch on each other to da doc.

  32. struth

    Yes, the aboriginal bull roarer.
    They invented it in between the space shuttle and milk weed cancer cure.

  33. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I have watched an Italian movie about El Alamein in the same vein. The Eyties were probably the greatest fighters in the history of warfare to ever lose a battle. No seriously. If only they hadn’t run out of ammo …

    I’m transcribing my great uncle’s diaries – 2/32nd Battalion, North Africa. He described the Italian infantry as “not being particularly interested in dying for Il Duce – once our boys went in with the bayonet, it was usually up with the hands, but you only ever made one mistake with their artillery, and that was the last.”

  34. struth

    Who cut the cheese?
    American saying.

  35. Top Ender

    A War – a Danish take on the Afghan war on Foxtel – recommended….

  36. Zyconoclast

    I once got a bottle of St Agnes XO Australian brandy for about $100.
    Very nice drink.

  37. Armadillo

    If I were “Hairy”, I reckon that an Italian artillery shell would be a relief from the suffering.

  38. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Armadillo! Enough! Put down that glass! It’s time for bed!

    Just practicing, Armo. One of several little routines I do for Hairy as and if needed.

    He used to take absolutely no notice, but now he is a reformed character.
    Fitted with a medical device that focusses his attention on the goodly words a wife utters.
    Little springy tube, a miracle of modern medical materials science. In his aorta.

  39. struth

    Surely it’s we shared some history this town and I rather than we shed some history?

    Sorry couldn’t get that far into it.
    A couple of lines of that snot was enough.
    Nothing worse than university straight fringe lesbian over pronounced Aussie vowel sounding morbid introspective self indulgence.
    But that’s just my opinion! .

  40. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    a relief from the suffering.

    Nup. We hug and kiss a lot. He doesn’t mind that. 🙂

  41. Top Ender

    I hear Hairy in the kitchen. Eating more cheese. I shall have to scold him again.

    The whole point about being a bloke is to eat good cheese late at night.

    A few crackers, and some pickled onions, preferably Blue Banner from Tasmania, is what’s needed.

  42. Done Deal

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

    ?? I thought basically if it was broadcasting it WAS running an ALP ad

  43. Armadillo

    Who cut the cheese? American saying.

    Americans are weird like that. It’s like them coming up with “The early bird gets the worm, the second mouse gets the cheese”.

    Weirdos.

  44. struth

    Just have been at jam session.
    Sit in back and refuse to be front man.
    More fun chucking in leads and harmonies and a bit of harp.
    Comfortable.
    Where old men belong.
    Great fun.

  45. struth

    Just too much twelve bar at jam sessions but by god there is some talent around.
    Fuck the fun police who ruined much of our live pub rock scene.
    My last gig before months of actual work away from home.
    FTW.

  46. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Mark A
    #2998609, posted on April 27, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Would it be possible to ban numbers just for the weekend?
    Or at least put his comments about Trump in moderation? It’s getting really annoying and scroll doesn’t help.

    Would give us a reprieve for a couple of days.

    Numbers Bob shouldn’t be banned. All the latest research done, in the North Vietnamese archives, indicates that he simply swallowed the Party line. The latest is Arthur J. Dommen’s “The Indochinese experience of the French and Americans – Nationalism and Communism in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam”, but the thesis is the same. Ho Chi Minh only ever had one model for a united Viet Nam, a Communist dictatorship with himself in charge, the North Vietnamese had decided on war from almost the beginning, and they violated the Geneva Accords from almost the very minute they were signed. Numbers Bob is just dealing with that.

  47. EvilElvis

    ?? I thought basically if it was broadcasting it WAS running an ALP ad

    Totally agree. This was a commercial channel quality, bought and paid for job with the usual ‘written and authorised’ guff after it. WA, 6.59pm, just before the news. Ruined a pleasant evenings Antiques Roadshow. I’m just astounded at the legality of this shit showing on a taxpayer funded state broadcaster.

  48. struth

    Numbers is the greatest advertisement for the right you can get.
    And poor Monty’s slit his wrists with TDS and Mueller.
    Us beggars can’t be chosers.
    It’s like trying to find a Nazi in post war Germany.
    No one’s admitting to being a lefty anymore.
    It’s so 2015.

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The whole point about being a bloke is to eat good cheese late at night.

    A few crackers, and some pickled onions, preferably Blue Banner from Tasmania, is what’s needed.

    Top Ender, now this is secret mens’s business, and not to be shared with anyone. A few crackers, a few picked onions, and a wedge of cheese. A large single malt, overlooking the Avon valley, and I’m off to bed with a good book.

  50. EvilElvis
    #2998975, posted on April 27, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    ?? I thought basically if it was broadcasting it WAS running an ALP ad

    Totally agree. This was a commercial channel quality, bought and paid for job with the usual ‘written and authorised’ guff after it. WA, 6.59pm, just before the news. Ruined a pleasant evenings Antiques Roadshow. I’m just astounded at the legality of this shit showing on a taxpayer funded state broadcaster.

    IIRC they will give Morrison a turn as well.

    God knows why they do this crap. Does every AEC registered party get a turn?

  51. struth

    Don’t forget gerkin.
    Surprisingly good with the cheese and crackers.

  52. LOVO

    I used to come to this site to learn/see ‘what’ the ‘others’ were thinking….and, more often than not, left shaking my head at the ideological lack of ‘critical thunk’n’ and the delusional dismissing of ”facts and ‘science’.
    I just wanna say…it’s nice to see how much this site has devolved……it gives me hope for the future, no really. 😉
    Karma’s a bitch, ay.
    My best advice to ya’all is to lift them’s knuckles off the ground and hide that inner neanderthal and try to fit in and try to evolve…..
    Anyhoo, Cheers and thanks for the lessons on how not to be.
    Over and OUT……….

  53. The science of Bill Shorten’s Electric Vehicle Scam, “Food Miles” or Why Imbeciles Refuse to Acept Nuclear Fuels as Energy Sources?

    Don’t spar with me little man. If you want to whip your intellectual dick out, a degree in gender studies won’t do here.

    You were always an idiot LOVO.

  54. Armadillo

    Numbers Bob is just dealing with that.

    nUmbers is an obsessed psychopath SJW.

    He’s been “wronged” by you people. Never mind it wasn’t YOU who sent him to war. Your penalty is to have to listen to his sanctimonious girlish blathering.

  55. memoryvault

    I’m just astounded at the legality of this shit showing on a taxpayer funded state broadcaster.

    It’s okay, Elvis.
    In a couple of week’s time we have an election. With any sort of luck the Liberals will win and then they can finally put an end to all this pandering to the ABC.

    And ban all those flying pink pigs as well.

  56. struth

    Well that just fucked my theory about numbers.
    Seems there’s still a few left.

  57. Top Ender

    I dunno about gherkins Struth.

    I have learnt later in life to appreciate olives.

    Preferably the ones with chili in them.

  58. Armadillo

    LOVO just spent 10 lines to say nothing.

  59. struth

    I’m in agreement regarding olives.
    I’m just having a little gherkin spread fad at the moment.
    It’s good for balance.

  60. struth

    Arma , he did tell us to fall into line…. to fit in….classic lefty sheeple stuff.
    Oh and also to accept what you are told by your betters.
    Fuckwit.
    It’s all good.

  61. Knuckle Dragger

    Just back from the pub and turned on the box. Indian Premier League, live.

    Warner vs Smith.

    I live in hope for two golden ducks.

  62. Armadillo

    I really need to find a good left wing Australian site where you can argue stuff.

    Any ideas?

  63. Armadillo

    I’m assuming the ABC is out?

  64. Knuckle Dragger

    This Lovo chap is not only a Queenslander (with trademark ‘ay), but sounds very much like a fallen angel from some time back.

    I have also deduced he holds a Cert IV in fuckwitedness from Alan Bond University.

  65. struth

    really need to find a good left wing Australian site where you can argue stuff.Any ideas?

    Oxymoron.
    Doesn’t exist.
    You’ll be banned b4 you can say “but”

  66. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “Sunday morning coming down” used to be a matter of “I beg your pardon, miss, what was your name again?”

    Now it’s a matter of eating too much cheese and pickled onions, and hoping not to pass wind in bed.. There’s something going on here, I’m not sure what it is?

  67. Armadillo

    Bob Ellis banned me. Now he’s dead. Karma.

    I might head over to mOnsters and Bobs sites to see how “free and easy” THEY are about it all.

    I want to ask about the Muller Report.

  68. Armadillo

    No luck with mOnstet. Last post was in 2016.

    http://loadeddogma.blogspot.com

    mOnster, if you are reading this, I have a question. When will Hillary be Prisondent?

    And pay up your debt to Dotty. Nothing worse than being squelched by a dishonest retarded idiot.

  69. Steve trickler

    Fine work, Ivan.

    Step into the time machine, ladies and gents. This bloke has channeled the era.



  70. Knuckle Dragger

    Arma,

    Of course Monty’s reading this. He’s hoping we’ve all forgotten the cavalcade of excrement he was spouting.

    But he’ll be back.

    Any day now……….

  71. Armadillo

    Dotty isn’t innocent in this whole affair. More naive than anything.

    The left don’t play by “Gentlemans Rules”.

  72. Armadillo

    mOnster is probably busy on the Labor Party campaign trail. Sucking a few bucks as a “Social Media Advisor”.

  73. Rossini

    A lot more to catch up on tonight. Thank you all who contribute.

  74. Armadillo

    Here’s a good left wing site. Pages and pages of it. Pretty much zero comments though.

    http://opiniondominion.blogspot.com

  75. Armadillo

    nUmbers should have his own blog where Vietnam veterans can share their stories.

    He could pontificate and correct them when they fuck up the narrative of his service record.

  76. Tom

    Steve Kates tried to pinch it, but here’s the original Week In Pictures: Joe Biden Grope and Change 2020 Edition — with a bonus window for betamale drive-by trolls.

  77. LOVO just spent 10 lines to say nothing.

    Best 10 line summary I’ve seen of this site in a long time.

  78. calli

    A magnificent crop this week, Tom. So hard to choose…

    Newspeak

    Fauxversity.

  79. calli

    Oh. That last one lost its tag.

    An excellent caption competition for mathematical Cats.

  80. I might head over to mOnsters and Bobs sites to see how “free and easy” THEY are about it all.

    Do that.
    You’ll get reamed.

  81. Hardly news.
    When I worked in the Surat basin, these people were much more easily identified by their beer guts than their hi viz vests.

  82. Ellie

    http://catallaxyfiles.com/2019/04/27/open-forum-april-27-2019/comment-page-3/#comment-2999013

    I’m interested in quantity, structure, space and patterns, calli, but not within a mathematical context. I do not have a mathematical brain. All I see in that pic is a cat in the naughty corner. 🙄

  83. Ellie

    That was for calli’s post at 6:27am

  84. Ellie

    That’s a healthy looking peach, Stimpy.

  85. egg_

    Labour hire is human trafficking.

    Weren’t Labya the 457 Visa proonents?
    Should be renamed the 711 Visas.

  86. Bruce of Newcastle

    Great article.
    Debunks a few toxic myths……

    LOL. Read Jo Nova’s yesterday. Hard data, not warmist propaganda.

    On the real recorded data solar and wind are costing over 5 times as much as HELE coal plants, and that isn’t counting the required battery or gas turbine backup. If they were forced to build their renewable projects dispachable the capital cost would be insanely higher even than 5 times. Do the sums. Batteries and pumped storage are ridiculously expensive for the capacity they provide.

    Without the global warming scam no one would ever build a grid linked wind turbine.

  87. Rafiki redux

    Should that be Layba Egg or have I missed something?

  88. 2dogs

    Weren’t Labya the 457 Visa proonents?

    No, that was Howard.

    I think the ALP’s plan to lift the minimum wage for migrant workers is actually a good idea.

  89. John Constantine

    Has their media asked shorten when they will sign the united nations global compact on migration and hand over the right to crushload australias cities and hospitals and nursing homes and centerlink to a transnational activist panel of godless communists dedicated to the downfall of the West?.

    Their media left will howl for it the day after the election.

    The Migration Compact is not a treaty. It does not create any new legal obligations. To quote the compact directly, it is a “non-legally binding, cooperative framework that … fosters international cooperation among all relevant actors on migration, acknowledging that no state can address migration alone, and upholds the sovereignty of states and their obligations under international law.” The last part is key: state sovereignty is respected fully, and any obligations reflected in the compact are not new, but ones Australia committed itself to many years ago when it signed up to the various international human rights treaties.

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/nothing-surrendered-but-much-to-be-gained-from-un-migration-pact-20181126-p50if5.html

  90. Bruce of Newcastle

    Seeing that Fairfax migrated the Newcastle Herald to New Zealand, maybe SMH wukkas could migrate themselves and their jobs to Sri Lanka.

  91. johanna

    struth
    #2998979, posted on April 28, 2019 at 12:07 am

    Don’t forget gerkin.
    Surprisingly good with the cheese and crackers.

    Ahh, gherkins – a subject close to my heart.

    Unlucky Australians have been rightly turned off gherkins because they have had terrible, mushy, sweetened muck foisted on them, wrongly described as gherkins. They are an abomination.

    Your proper gherkin is crisp in texture and picked in dill vinegar. The best ones available here come from Eastern Europe, especially Poland. The very best are Nova brand, hard to find but well worth it. Polski Olgorskie (sp. ?) are a couple of lengths behind, but still good.

    They are superb chopped up in salads, or eaten whole with smoked salmon and black or brown bread. Also, I sprinkle chopped gherkin over pasta dishes, which works brilliantly to cut the sweetness and richness of tomato based and creamy sauces. Thanks, Mum!

    And yes, they go very well with cheese and crackers, especially with fatty cheeses where the dill vinegar adds a bit of zing.

    Best of all (to this frugal Dutch person) the vinegar in the jar is 100 times better than any but very expensive boutique stuff. It is flavoured with dill, onions and peppercorns usually. So, Nova gherkins aren’t cheap, but at $7 or so for a 660 ml jar, you get the magnificent vinegar as well. A bargain.

    So endeth the lesson. 🙂

  92. 132andBush

    Based on observation, I’d say fantasy football site hosts would be the most overweight occupation in Australia.

    #socialistsoulmates

  93. bespoke

    2dogs

    The plan includes a huge increase in bureaucracy and regulation.

  94. John Constantine

    Shorten not fussed about signing the u.n. migration capitulation treaty and will talk about it after the election.

    Comrades.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/nov/21/australia-refuses-to-sign-un-migration-pact-citing-risks-to-turnbacks-and-detention

    Labor offered a mixed reaction to the announcement, with defence spokesman Richard Marles suggesting Labor would “work with the global community” on migration, while opposition leader Bill Shorten said he was “not fussed” about the decision and would decide after taking advice in government.

    Will shorten sign up to allow the cartels controlling the united nations revolutionary freedom fighter airlift front to send millions strong voteherds to australia?.

    What’s in it for shorten?

    Why won’t the media ask the question.

  95. rickw

    8 shot dead in 8 weeks in Melbournistan.

    Don’t you love living in a gun free third world shithole!

  96. rickw

    Why westernisation of mu slim children isn’t going to work:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0pBfRgfrT_4

  97. John Constantine

    As the Morrison government reduced Australia’s permanent migration intake from 190,000 to 160,000, Labor focused on the fact that 1.6 million people in Australia have visas which grant work rights, a key concern of the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

    In 2017, the Turnbull government reformed the temporary work visa system by reducing the number of eligible occupations and creating a new temporary two-year visa to allow for workers to come to Australia for a length of time that does not give a pathway to permanent residency.

    Their Ponzi visa rort, where consumption machines on visas are mass imported to drag forward demand for property services found a loophole in the migration system that 1.6 million people crushloaded australias cities through.

    What happens to the Ponxi when this revolving door of 1.6 millions stops growing and a few hundred thousand chicom landshark developer dogboxes fall vacant?.

    Shortens million granny airlift might be inspired?.

    Save the Ponxi, Comrades.

  98. Bruce of Newcastle

    The EU demographic bust brought on by lefty policies is being reversed in Hungary:

    Report: Hungary Counters Europe’s Demographic Winter

    Hungary has offered a model to the West of how to effectively address the widespread demographic crisis, writes Catholic University of America theology professor Chad Pecknold.

    While European nations languish with rapidly declining birthrates, Hungary stands out with rising marriage rates, falling abortions, and its highest birthrate in 20 years, Pecknold notes in an essay in the Catholic Herald Thursday.

    RTWT for the mix of policies they are using. Not since Costello’s baby bonus has anyone actually tried a policy approach to solving the birth drought.

  99. Daisy

    Anyhoo

    Grigoryism?

    That would bevSteve of Brisbane surely

  100. Geriatric Mayfly

    Not much coverage of Brown and his gaggle of Earthians, all of them now dangerously adrift, far, far from Latte Land.

  101. John Constantine

    Their guardian knows something is wrong, but can’t openly look back at the good old days.

    The cumulative effect of compulsory positivity, however, is guaranteed disappointment. The tyranny of niceness discourages anything that might immediately upset anyone. Celebrities are particular beneficiaries of this phenomenon, as people see them as friends who should be protected – often, it seems, from impoverished freelancers. And the emergence of protected categories creates no-go areas for criticism: witness the steep decline in one-star reviews that amusingly trash a movie. It’s currently almost impossible to poke fun at any but a very select group of targets.

    Allied to this is a growing thirst for affiliation on the grounds of identity, which has enabled the fan clubs of old to snowball into impassioned tribes. Religion may be in decline in the western world, but cultish behaviour – hello, Max! – is evidently going strong.

    Cultural commentators aren’t influenced only by their readers and editors, but by everyone else too. Their fondness for acclamatory orgies, and for rating according to political criteria, is part of the trahison des clercs prompting a wider retreat from truth and reason. We now bow down before emotional indulgence rather than analytical thought. And elites scrambling to protect their hegemony lower their heads too, even if they’re secretly crossing their fingers.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/26/avengers-endgame-critics-film

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  103. johanna

    The ‘non-binding’ global compact on migration is no such thing. Talk about falling for Lucy and the football yet again.

    I read an article recently, can’t remember where (maybe Spiked or Breitbart) where signatories are already being pushed into open borders policies via the EU. They do not regard it as a suggestion. It is a roadmap.

    Just like the flannel about how a constitutional recognition of Aborigines is non-binding, it is simply a foot in the door, soon to be replaced by a front end loader.

  104. johanna

    people see them as friends who should be protected – often, it seems, from impoverished freelancers.

    Will no-one think of the impoverished freelancers?

    Apparently, that is the core of the argument about free speech to the luvvies at the Graundian.

    Sheesh!

  105. John Constantine

    More like the Tyranny of Helpfulness.

    Their media is so saturated by the Tyranny of Helpfulness to the Revolution, that they now see truthiness as unacceptable if it fails to be Helpful.

    “How can we Help you, julia gillard?”

    “The wooden statue of a horse strapped to a trailer on the freeway as it was transported to ANZAC day was indeed struggling its wooden legs against male oppression.”

    Being Helpful to the wymynsys activist struggling to run a male oppressor off the road is their media story, even if truthfully wooden horses cannot move their legs.

    Comrades.

  106. BrettW

    As Mayfly noted where are the reports on how Clermont etc is receiving the Green convoy of job destruction. I want to hear of mysterious flat tyres, not being served in cafés and shop and my favourite would be the petrol stations. Plus problems with Browns Tesla.

  107. John Constantine

    trahison des clercs French quotation from Julien Benda
    tra·​hi·​son des clercs | \ trä-ē-zȯⁿ-dā-klerk
    \
    Definition of trahison des clercs

    : treason of the intellectuals : the compromising of integrity by intellectuals who engage in political advocacy

    Couldn’t help looking this bit of frenchiness swanked out by the guardian.

  108. calli

    Since we’re talking about the UN.

    “I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of “Admin.” The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.”

    [From the Preface]”
    ― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

    The only error is Lewis’ “or” in the final sentence. We are looking at both.

  109. egg_

    Wymminses Labya Pardee, Comrade.

  110. Farmer Gez

    Debunks a few toxic myths……

    Do you even read the drivel you post Numbers?
    How’s that Port Augusta Aurora solar project going?
    How many square kilometres of batteries are needed to deliver dispatchable wind/solar power?

  111. John Constantine

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/27/public-thinks-eu-referendum-was-a-bad-idea-says-poll

    Media announce democratic voting is a Bad Idea.

    Only Tyranny of the right sort can Helpfully bring about eternal and fair and safe and equal universally Cheerful Squalor.

    Comrades.

  112. Dr Faustus

    ‘Long overdue’: Shorten stands by Indigenous referendum plan despite criticism

    Labor Leader Bill Shorten insists when the referendum for constitution recognition of Australia’s indigenous peoples is held, it will be a “fully formed proposition”.

    But his Uncle is not quite as clear on that:

    His comments came after Labor senator Pat Dodson, who would be the indigenous affairs minister in a Labor government, said voters would be given a guide on how a so-called “voice to parliament” may work.

    But its final form would be decided by parliament if a referendum was successful.

    “So the model is simply ‘This is how it may work’. The fully legislated entity that sets the model into place is a matter for the parliament to determine. That will always be the case.”

    So. “Trust us with the Constitution.
    Yes, that’ll work.

  113. johanna

    Oh, and for those interested in what Trump actually says (as opposed to what is reported), here is a phone interview he did with Sean Hannity a couple of days ago. It’s about 40 minutes, put it on while you’re doing other things around the house.

    I have finally figured out who Trump’s verbal style reminds me of – it’s Joh Bjelke-Petersen – although Trump is smarter and more articulate. Sort of uber-Joh.

    He has that same discursive style, littered with catchphrases (‘feeding the chooks’) which causes his opponents to consistently underestimate him.

    In amongst the waffle it is clear that Trump’s enemies should be very, very afraid. He is sitting on a pile of stuff which he will release as and when it suits him, like the FISA warrants justification and lots more. He is playing a long game, and meanwhile, they lie awake at night. Heh.

    He also provides some free character references for Democratic contenders. My favourite bit was when he described Biden as ‘sleepy Joe’, adding that there was a rhyming adjective which he could have used, but that would be unkind …

  114. Farmer Gez

    People shot and killed at a synagogue in San Diego.

  115. will

    While European nations languish with rapidly declining birthrates, Hungary stands out with rising marriage rates, falling abortions, and its highest birthrate in 20 years, Pecknold notes in an essay in the Catholic Herald Thursday.

    It is just not European nations with declining birth rates, this is happening across the entire third world, and was explained by one article I read as due to increasing urbanisation and female education. The Earth’s population faces a demographic cliff from about 2050, and will be declining rapidly, if this trend continues.

  116. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Johanna’s Gherkin tip sounds like one worth trying.

    I am always alert to things that can spark up a basic meal, because I specialize in basic meals. 🙂

  117. bespoke

    I see miners are fare game now that some have left the reservation.

  118. mh

    LIVE 🔴 President Trump MASSIVE Rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin – April 27, 2019 – #MAGARally

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pYbhxQ9eM6k

  119. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The Earth’s population faces a demographic cliff from about 2050, and will be declining rapidly, if this trend continues.

    The major problem there is that population is not declining in the one ethno-religious category where an increased population load never bodes well for civilization and democracy.

    Otherwise, a short-term stabilizing of the world population is no bad thing, and allows some breathing space for corrective development. After that, as Hungary shows, with appropriate policies a declining trend can be reversed fairly quickly.

  120. Bruce of Newcastle

    In amongst the waffle it is clear that Trump’s enemies should be very, very afraid. He is sitting on a pile of stuff which he will release as and when it suits him, like the FISA warrants justification and lots more. He is playing a long game, and meanwhile, they lie awake at night. Heh.

    He better get a move on. It’s clear the Dems will now roll out vote harvesting nationwide after their success in Orange County. They’re desperate to get rid of Trump before he brings them to justice.

    Sure the Republicans can vote harvest too. But they usually can’t find their fundaments using both hands, so their effort will be ramshackle. Especially when the GOP elites also want Trump gone.

  121. bespoke

    will
    #2999060, posted on April 28, 2019 at 9:02 am
    The Earth’s population faces a demographic cliff from about 2050, and will be declining rapidly, if this trend continues.

    Or maybe it’s just shifting to a state of equilibrium with technology and wealth.

  122. Dr Faustus

    Not much coverage of Brown and his gaggle of Earthians, all of them now dangerously adrift, far, far from Latte Land.

    As Golgafrinchians do, they are setting up the warm baths in Clermont.

    On Sunday the main event begins about 10.30am. Titled Karmoo Dreaming, the event will stretch into the evening as a full day of ceremonies, performances and discussions about the need to move away from coal.

    Bob Brown Foundation campaign manager Jenny Weber said she had earlier attended a round-table discussion with members of Isaac Regional Council and the pro-Adani organisations.

    “I am pleased that we got an assurance from all there that there would be no inciting of violence or violence while our convoy is peacefully in Clermont over the weekend,” she said.

    Translation: I will be shitted to tears if, having brought 250 activists into the Lion’s Den of Coal and set up a day of embarrassing mummery, there are no displays of red neck violence we can film.

  123. min

    Chris Uhlman actually presses Shorten for answers and keeps hammering. Well I Never!

  124. John64

    Labor Leader Bill Shorten insists when the referendum for constitution recognition of Australia’s indigenous peoples is held, it will be a “fully formed proposition”.

    Part of me wants Peanuthead to go ahead with this referendum. It will go down in a screaming heap and put the cause of “Reconciliation” back years. The Liars will never live it down.

    (BTW what is the largest margin by which a referendum proposal has been defeated?)

  125. johanna

    BrettW
    #2999048, posted on April 28, 2019 at 8:36 am

    As Mayfly noted where are the reports on how Clermont etc is receiving the Green convoy of job destruction. I want to hear of mysterious flat tyres, not being served in cafés and shop and my favourite would be the petrol stations. Plus problems with Browns Tesla.

    Yep, seems to be a bit of a news blackout there. After an initial report about yobbos and local MPs lining up to oppose the Caravan to Save the Planet, TheirABC has reverted to telling us all about Da Planet and how awfy conservatives are.

    Any Cats living up that way?

  126. bespoke

    Trump Jr eviscerating the MSM

  127. Geriatric Mayfly

    “Let’s hear it from the civic authorities and the state authorities about that spectacular country that we just drove through,” Mr Brown said. “That’s going to be attracting jobs and businesses through tourism and hospitality to this region long after coal has gone.”

    A thousand mining jobs converts into how many waiters on penalty rates, information centres, tourist guides, etc etc? This on the assumption that tourists will flock to these places which are hardly household destinations. There are long distances between “spectacular country” on a continent eroded to within an inch of sea level.

  128. Dr Faustus

    Families set to benefit as Labor promises $4 billion in childcare assistance

    Labor leader Bill Shorten will promise free or almost free childcare for low-income families at a rally for the party faithful in Melbourne.

    Today’s announcement adds to Labor’s promise to give every three-year-old in Australia access 15 hours of subsidised preschool.

    Easily done because “we aren’t giving bigger handouts to the top end of town,” Mr Shorten says.

    I’m rather worried that he has taken his eye off his cure for cancer.

  129. Geriatric Mayfly

    I’m rather worried that he has taken his eye off his cure for cancer.

    So am I. My next door neighbour (bless) is going downhill fast and may not make it to the day The Saviour is sworn in.

  130. Today’s announcement adds to Labor’s promise to give every three-year-old in Australia access 15 hours of subsidised preschool.

    He’ll get in off this alone.

    People will look back at childcare for all as rather cretinous, but it is popular right now.

    It is vicious cycle that means a married couple cannot have a stay home parent. The real cause is the cost of living, which is always driven by taxes and regulation. Subsidies just ramp things up. The cost is an overall greater tax burden and less time with your children.

  131. Des Deskperson

    Meanwhile, in the affluent, power-worshipping ACT, the prison population has doubled in ten years. The rate of recidivism is 75% – the national average is 57%.

    The reasons for this are no doubt complex, but anyone familiar with social and demographic conditions and trends in the ACT shouldn’t be surprised.

    Still the contrast between the human rights aspirations of our Labor-Greens government and the reality remain stark. And any attempt at reform, however well-meant, will fall over because of the laziness and incompetence of our featherbedded and politicised public sector.

    BTW, our scrupulously human rights compliant ‘model’ prison is, by all accounts, a drug-sodden, violent hell-hole.

  132. Dr Faustus

    I want to hear of mysterious flat tyres, not being served in cafés and shop and my favourite would be the petrol stations.

    Bob Brown told reporters that 40 members of the convoy had their dinner reservations cancelled due to local businesses being threatened by Adani mine supporters.

    “It’s a real smack in the eye for business people in this good town who are open to all Australians and we shouldn’t have that sort of thuggery from the pro-Adani people affecting their businesses,” Mr Brown said.

    Oh, the humanity…

  133. egg_

    Johanna’s Gherkin tip

    Izzat a Nigella euphemism?

  134. Does Bill Shorten know there at least as many cures for cancer as there are types of cancer?

    https://www.cancer.gov/types

    Good luck with that.

    As for generalised treatments, DCA, oncolytic viruses, EBC 146 and MAB therapies were around before Holy Billy was known as the mining union leprechaun.

    “Bill Shorten cured cancer”

    Good lord.

  135. Notafan

    Interesting story Rickw

    Those parents were shopped by their next oldest daughter, in the end
    check out these ‘real victims’

  136. egg_

    we shouldn’t have that sort of thuggery from the pro-Adani people affecting their businesses,” Mr Brown said.

    They’re residents, whilst the Watermelon caravan moves onto another cause.

  137. Meanwhile, in the affluent, power-worshipping ACT, the prison population has doubled in ten years. The rate of recidivism is 75% – the national average is 57%.

    The recidivism rate will vary as to keep near capacity gaol populations nearly constant.

    The government of the day has to balance recidivism and jobs for (highly unionised) prison staff.

    Call it “Dot’s Rate Law”.

  138. Numbers Bob mentioned a holiday booking mob underpaying staff.

    Hey little buddy, what about Billy Shorten and Clean Event?

  139. Notafan

    Green tourism was going to make Tasmania great (for the first time)

    How’s that pious experiment going bobbittybo

  140. John64

    The Slovenian Hag on Insiders:

    Libs have done a preference deal with Palmer: bad, bad, bad.

    The Liars tried to do a preference deal with Palmer: nothing to see here.

  141. Notafan

    Tourism btw with people flying, driving long distances in fossil fueled vehicles.

    A smart journalist could have so much fun with Bob.

    Pity we don’t have any of those either.

  142. Tom

    Trump has just landed in Green Bay, Wisconsin, for a 2020 rally, due to begin at 10 am AEST. It will be live on Fox News (Foxtel channel 606) and there’ll be a YouTube livestream no doubt.

  143. egg_

    Reuben crumpet with gherkin and mayo – fit for Nigella

  144. Notafan

    I’ve seen that balloon video before, possibly from France, and she got sprayed with something.

  145. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Bob Brown told reporters that 40 members of the convoy had their dinner reservations cancelled due to local businesses being threatened by Adani mine supporters.

    Talk about turned tables. They certainly don’t like it up ’em Antifa style.

    Let them eat cake.

  146. John Constantine

    By 2050 Bene Tlex breeding bags will be available for wealthy singles to hire to grow out some clones if they want kids but can’t get partnered up before the drop dead date of their eggs.

  147. Far canal! Insiders just reported the scuffle with the photographer at Cronulla as if Fraser Anning did the biffing himself, by just walking up to a photographer & slugging him.

  148. C.L.

    I see the Democrats have caused a synagogue shooting.

  149. bespoke

    Cheers Notafan it looks like residual pepper spray left on the balloon was possible.

  150. Interesting notes from a recent US study into US Federal Prisons and sentencing length as a driver of less recidivism.

    The Relationship between Prison Length of Stay and Recidivism: A Study using Regression Discontinuity with Multiple Break Points

    This study provides no evidence that an offender’s criminal trajectory is negatively affected – that is, that criminal behavior is accelerated – by the length of an offender’s prison term. If anything, longer prison terms modestly reduce rates of recidivism beyond what is attributable to incapacitation. This “treatment effect” of a longer period of incarceration is small. The three-year base rate of 20% recidivism is reduced to 18.7% when prison length of stay increases by an average of 5.4 months. We are inclined to characterize this as a benign, close to neutral effect on recidivism. From a policy perspective, prison length of stay can be reduced without incurring a large increase in recidivism.

    Or, much tougher sentences would see a desired effect of moderately reducing recidivism.

    The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 precludes federal judges from using demographic factors in assigning sentences even if these are empirical moderators of the effect of prison length of stay.

    So that’s different to us. Reading Bagaric (ugh) and R v Markarian (2003, 2005) the judiciary are shying away from that though.

    We also found the effect of time-served on recidivism was invariant with respect to sex, race, and education.

    So women should get sentences just as tough as men do. Or trannies of any kind.

    Although these are small relative changes, these are not small absolute changes. Five additional months in prison is a serious disruption of an offender’s life and the associated cost savings of a five-month reduction in federal prison length of stay would save substantial capital and operational costs. We make a back-of-the-envelope estimate of potential savings in prison beds. The current average federal prison length of stay for federally sentenced prisoners is about 35 months. A reduction of 5 months in a steady state system would reduce the prison population over time by 15 percent. Given the current Bureau of Prisons inmate population of 195,000, a 15 percent reduction would save 29,000 beds. Under this scenario, the BOP could close prisons rather than simply reduce the prison population in each of its facilities saving both operational and maintenance costs. This back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that small decrements in length of stay can have large impacts when they are not confined to select subgroups of offenders.

    So if you’re not prepared to make sentencing much tougher – just shut them down.

    A policy shift that reduces the length of all federal prison terms by 27 percent would reduce the federal prison stock by about 29,000 inmates without unduly harming public safety. This policy change would have a bigger impact on the federal prison population than diverting offenders with low offense seriousness and minor or no criminal history.

    Perhaps this would stop the inculcation and initiation of low level offenders into actual organised crime gangs.

    Seems fairly obvious from a classically liberal perspective – stop prosecuting victimless crimes, make leeway for fines or minor crap and use proportionality – give the worst offenders appropriately tough sentences.

  151. Notafan

    Yes France, the screams were added afterwards, the balloon had tear gas on it and it went in the girls eyes when it was ruptured.

    I know ‘snopes’ but the long news video has the full footage sans screaming

  152. JC

    Yep, Brazil. He killed 500 people!

    After he got to the number 492, he stopped logging the deaths.

    “I don’t like to think about it anymore,” he said. “That part of my life is over.”

    https://nypost.com/2019/04/27/meet-julio-santana-the-worlds-deadliest-hitman-with-500-kills/

  153. egg_

    Libs have done a preference deal with Palmer: bad, bad, bad.

    LMFAO!

  154. W Hogg

    Isn’t the whole point that people who have lost their social licences should be deplatformed – including after activist pressure, if the businesses won’t act unilaterally? That seems to be the precise model espoused by the Greens. Can’t see why St Bob is now objecting.

  155. Tom

    Socrates, there’s an election on. You don’t really expect our billion-dollar propaganda factory to suddenly start objectively analysing it when the Liars and the Filth have promised the ABC millions of dollars extra?

  156. Any Cats living up that way?

    The convoy is in Clermont.
    The convoy is from Tasmania.
    Distance from Clermont to the mine is Two-Thirds of the distance across Tasmania.
    It’s like protesting sitting in Hobart but protesting the Franklin dam.

  157. feelthebern

    NFL draft now completed.
    Alabama had most players drafted (10).
    Alabama coach gets paid $US8mill a year.
    Ohio State came in second with 9.
    Their coach was paid $US7mill a year.
    The Clemson dude who just signed the 10 year $US93mill deal only had 6 drafted.
    The stats on getting drafted into the NFL are just minuscule.

  158. Nick

    Strange that there’s no analysis of the opportunity cost of Brown using electricity to take his own backside thousands of kilometers, that could have been used elsewhere.

  159. A federal police officer told me that it was very common in that region for ranchers to contract hired hit men to kill fugitive slaves,”

    What a shithole. Let’s hope Bolsonaro can clean it up.

  160. JC

    This arsehole should be impeached.

    By Vatican News

    Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to assist migrants in Mexico. The funds, from the Peter’s Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, which requested assistance in continuing to provide food, lodging, and basic necessities to the migrants.

  161. egg_

    Strange that there’s no analysis of the opportunity cost of Brown using electricity to take his own backside thousands of kilometers, that could have been used elsewhere.

    Is the Green Brown doing a Dr Suzuki Magic Bus ride powered by unicorn farts?

  162. Geriatric Mayfly

    Bob Brown told reporters that 40 members of the convoy had their dinner reservations cancelled due to local businesses…

    due to local business not knowing what the hell a Side Plate of Mung Beans is, or Tofu Tartare, or Soy Latte, or Aragula au Natural, or Hemp Cakes and finding it incomprehensible that when a mixed grill and three veg. is offered they go into spasms.

  163. C.L.

    Australians angry about property rights …

    Sari Club land owner defends decision to build restaurant on 2002 Bali bombing site.

    The owner of the Sari Club site in Bali — one of two nightclubs bombed in 2002 — has defended his right to build a multi-storey development there, despite verbal promises that the site would be preserved for a memorial peace park to honour the 202 victims killed in the bombings…

    Keith Pearce, whose son was wounded in the Sari Club bombing, wrote a letter to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, asking him to intervene

    Mr Pearce said the Bali Peace Park Association was still willing to buy the land for its market value.

    But he said the owner’s offer had been exorbitant and neither side could ever agree on a price.

    Originally the owner had asked for $26 million, and now wants $5 million just for the top floor.

    “That’s a joke, because the whole site is not even worth that,” Mr Pearce said.

    So the whole site isn’t worth much to the people who insist it’s sacred.
    Come up with the money or stop complaining.

  164. Tom

    The 19-year-old Joo hater who shot up the Jooish mosque in San Diego had an online manifesto and was inspired by the mosque shooter in Christcchurch.

  165. C.L.

    Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to assist migrants in Mexico. The funds, from the Peter’s Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, which requested assistance in continuing to provide food, lodging, and basic necessities to the migrants.

    Peter’s Pence is traditionally reserved for those in the most desperate need.
    It is not a political fighting fund.

  166. johanna

    Des Deskperson
    #2999079, posted on April 28, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Meanwhile, in the affluent, power-worshipping ACT, the prison population has doubled in ten years. The rate of recidivism is 75% – the national average is 57%.

    The reasons for this are no doubt complex, but anyone familiar with social and demographic conditions and trends in the ACT shouldn’t be surprised.

    Still the contrast between the human rights aspirations of our Labor-Greens government and the reality remain stark. And any attempt at reform, however well-meant, will fall over because of the laziness and incompetence of our featherbedded and politicised public sector.

    BTW, our scrupulously human rights compliant ‘model’ prison is, by all accounts, a drug-sodden, violent hell-hole.

    Hi, Des, you had good luck with the weather on your WEB. It was glorious here, too.

    As for the ACT prison, the criminal underclass is well known to the local plod (not all of whom are idiots) and who keep getting third, fourth and fifth chances by the judiciary, with a few honourable exceptions.

    To get sent to gaol means you have been put on the naughty step a thousand times, and have committed several hundred crimes in the meantime.

    The human rights of the victims of crime are a non-issue.

    Not surprisingly, the incarcerated are well versed in the right things to say to social workers and ‘journalists’ and anyone else who crosses their path. A tale of woe, always with the underlying message that it’s not their fault.

    They are mainly people who came in from outlying towns and villages seeking an easier life. They often have connections to places like Orange and Dubbo. If they skip, they are usually picked up fairly quickly sheltering with rellies in their place of origin.

    Mind you, plenty of people from those places came here and did the right thing, and prospered. Good for them.

    But, cities always attract opportunists, people looking for short cuts, and people whose homes got too hot to hold them.

  167. Notafan

    That hitman sounds a peach.

    So overwhelmed he gutted his very first victim.

    And he was ripped off by his uncle for twenty years.

    Forgive my dubiousity.

  168. Bruce of Newcastle

    Nota – I distrust NYT too much to want to see what they say. ZH has a detailed article:

    One Dead In Passover Synagogue Shooting; Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Shot Back At 19-Year-Old Suspect

    Includes name and details.

  169. Tom

    Just repeating: the Joo hater who went on a deadly rampage and killed a woman at a Jooish mosque in San Diego was inspired by the “white supremacist” who shot up the Muesli mosque in New Zealand.

  170. Notafan

    Sorry BoN but you prefer Tyler over the NYT?

    I know I don’t

    In any case although the New York Times doesn’t give a name the information is correct

  171. Tom

    Bluddee hell. Doomlord’s spaminator has turned into an Orwellian parody of itself. M o o z l e y is now a banned word. Unbelievable.

  172. Notafan

    Act doesn’t give statistics about prison populations other than that divide them into non-indigenous and indigenous with about 23% indigenous.

    it would be interesting to know what’s changed the last couple of years that is causing prison populations to increase so dramatically

  173. ZH is just a conspiracy site now, totally full of crap.

    150,000 kids are trafficked for sex each year in the US? Yeah right.

    That would be the same as 2100 kids in Sydney being trafficked for the same purpose each year.

    One kid goes missing anywhere and it is virtually national news.

  174. EvilElvis

    “It’s a real smack in the eye for business people in this good town who are open to all Australians and we shouldn’t have that sort of thuggery from the pro-Adani people affecting their businesses,” Mr Brown said.

    Lefty self awareness check, let’s go to the meter. Zero!
    Realistically that’s the only reading on the gauge…

  175. Don’t go down the road of hating banks or Carebears.

    In his manifesto, John Earnest wrote, “I do not care about the debt-based currency that Carebears like to pretend is money. I do not care for the bread and circus that Carebeary has used to attempt to pacify my people. I willingly sacrifice my future—the future of having a fulfilling job, a loving wife, and amazing kids. I sacrifice this for the sake of my people. OUR people. I would die a thousand times over to prevent the doomed fate that the Carebears have planned for my race.”

  176. feelthebern

    Channel surfing.
    Bandanna man just said Goodes booing bad. Pendlebury booing bad. Gary Ablett Jr booing good.
    When someone said “you can’t say the first two are bad & then be okay with booing Ablett Jr”.
    To which he replied “I just did”.
    So there you have it.
    Australia’s historian in chief.

  177. Roger

    the criminal underclass is well known to the local plod (not all of whom are idiots) and who keep getting third, fourth and fifth chances by the judiciary

    The remedy for this is the election of judges by the law abiding public.

  178. Notafan

    Earnest believes the same conspiracy crap that moldemortians do.

    He should have pondered that.

  179. Like the Pittsburgh Synagogue Suspect, Earnest Says He Is Not a Trump Supporter, Because He Thinks Trump Is a ‘Sionist, Carebear-Loving, Anti-White Traitorous Cocksucker’

  180. Tom

    Hahaha. Trump has counter-programmed today’s campaign rally in Green Bay WI against the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, which on tonight in Washington DC.

  181. Geriatric Mayfly

    Australia’s historian in chief.

    Wondering with anticipation running at eleventy, as to what will be on the shelves for Fathers’ Day, then for the Christmas Cracker.

  182. dover_beach

    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.

    It is the truth. However, as the article Roger linked to above demonstrates, the ALP has committed to an ideological program promoting SOGI that suggests that is least worst aspect.

  183. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    WA shearer breaks world record for most merino ewes shorn in eight hours
    PerthNow
    April 27, 2019 9:43PM
    Topics
    Regional WA
    Great Southern

    WA shearer Lou Brown set a new world record in Kojonup today by shearing 497 merino ewes in eight hours — just over a sheep a minute.

    He shaved the previous record set in 2003, which was 466 ewes in eight hours. The shearing shed was packed to the rafters with spectators for the record attempt.

    Mr Brown’s friend Daniel Tawhitapou performed a haka to give him strength beforehand.

    Take my hat off to that bloke

  184. egg_

    Bandanna man just said Goodes booing bad.

    The organ grinder and his ape?

  185. Tom

    The Green Bay crowd is cheering the 3.2% first quarter GDP figure. Sure are some educated hicks out there in the flyover land.

  186. Bruce of Newcastle

    Sorry BoN but you prefer Tyler over the NYT?

    Yes. Pravda in the Soviet era could learn a thing or two from NYT and WaPo.

  187. twostix

    Unbelievable.

    The New York times prints this cartoon .

    Go to Google News and it’s a complete non-event.

  188. Roger

    However, as the article Roger linked to above demonstrates, the ALP has committed to an ideological program promoting SOGI that suggests that is least worst aspect.

    For those who missed it…How Labor Will Impose the Queer Revolution

  189. egg_

    Wondering with anticipation running at eleventy, as to what will be on the shelves for Fathers’ Day, then for the Christmas Cracker*.

    *Pirate Pete on the cover with red bandana and green neckerchief?

  190. Tom

    Trump is playing the room like a pianist. When he mentions how angry the Democrats now are in Washington, the crowd chants “Lock her up!”

  191. Boambee John

    “Let’s hear it from the civic authorities and the state authorities about that spectacular country that we just drove through,” Mr Brown said. “That’s going to be attracting jobs and businesses through tourism and hospitality to this region long after coal has gone.”

    Two points.

    The “spectacular country” has always been there, what tourism industry does the region currently have?

    Wonderful, we can have both a coal industry, which will lead to better local infrastructure, and a tourist industry utilising that infrastructure.

  192. twostix

    150,000 kids are trafficked for sex each year in the US? Yeah right.

    There’s tens of millions of povo third world people milling about the southern states in the US that nobody even knows are there dot.

    It’s absolutely plausible that the US with its near open southern border and total collapse in settled communities in many areas has become a capital of global human trafficking.

    That article definitely tries to manipulate white people into thinking its white kids from the suburbs though, rather than the reality of the girls and boys being largely poor rural south americans, haitian’s and SE asians.

  193. johanna

    Tom
    #2999141, posted on April 28, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Hahaha. Trump has counter-programmed today’s campaign rally in Green Bay WI against the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, which on tonight in Washington DC.

    Yep, and none of his staff are going either. So, it will be a non-event.

    Greg Gutfeld showed some footage of a recent one – dozens of tables crammed together, and as he said, major halitosis and conjectures about which coked out ex-celebrity would … or something. It sounds awful.

    BTW, it is supposed to be a charity fundraiser for journalist student scholarships, but I read somewhere that only a poofteenth of the money ends up there.

    What a surprise!

  194. John Constantine

    2100 kids might not be trafficked for abuse in Sydney, but I reckon a lot more than that would be abused in Asia by deviants flying out of Sydney for open season.

    Cheap air travel has outsourced Australia’s abuse predation to the world’s poorest countries.

    I am in firm favour of setting up a system that pays Asians Big money for information leading to the arrest of Australian predators, paid from the predators estate.

    The left can do it to save damn cows…….

  195. Roger

    “That’s going to be attracting jobs and businesses through tourism and hospitality to this region long after coal has gone.”

    Those small regional communities won’t survive on minimum wage jobs.

  196. Dr Faustus

    In ‘well, of course’ news:

    Rocks have been hurled at cars taking part in an anti-mining convoy in central Queensland and women have been “abused and threatened” according to anti-Adani protesters.

    Surely there must have been death threats too?
    A group of armed men?
    Homophobia?
    Racism?

    This is coal minin’ country, FFS. Everyone knows it’s how they roll…

  197. Take my hat off to that bloke

    Thanks Zulu. Was wondering how he got on.

  198. egg_

    This is coal minin’ country, FFS. Everyone knows it’s how they roll…

    No lesbian-only cafes?

  199. twostix

    “That’s going to be attracting jobs and businesses through tourism and hospitality to this region long after coal has gone.”

    “Learn to code serve coffee”.

    It’s a lie, Greens want to move all of rural Australia into the cities and allow Australia to “rewild”.

    They have the full backing of the technocractic bugman elite (for slightly different reasons) in their endeavour.

  200. Australian conservatives have got to embrace nationalism, rock ribbed constitutionalism & zealous defence of free speech and gun rights.

    From a new Australian on Blair’s blog with conservative leanings:

    I think if people think about this they will realize we already have the best constitution there is.

    We could just copy the US one wholesale and be much better off.

    Our constitution is good but it has a lot of defects.

  201. Boambee John

    Frank Tiles at 0951

    Seems fairly obvious from a classically liberal perspective – stop prosecuting victimless crimes, make leeway for fines or minor crap and use proportionality – give the worst offenders appropriately tough sentences.

    Crimes that involve violence or the threat of violence (including muggings and break and enter) should always incur prison time.

    Fraud and theft should invariably require full restitution, plus interest, NOT avoidable by bankruptcy. So, Bond should not have gone to prison, but should have lost all of his assests, and owed the rest until his death. No more going back into business after paying cents in the dollar.

  202. twostix

    women have been “abused and threatened” according to anti-Adani protesters.

    Protect the women!

    They really have no qualms about using the everyman’s outmoded sexist partriarchal views to manipulate him.

  203. Crimes that involve violence or the threat of violence (including muggings and break and enter) should always incur prison time.

    In NSW because of “overworked DC Judges”, they’re trying/already have relgated break & enter, and break, enter and steal to the local courts – which rarely imprison, have less credibility or legitimacy to do so and can only impose a maximum sentence of two years.

  204. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Trumpinator is not the only one going hungry by missing that Correspondents’ love-in. Jezza in good old Blighty, will not be breaking bread with H.M. and Trump at the state banquet in June. He had no such scruples when the head honcho from China was in town.

  205. Whalehunt Fun

    What a shame that telling the truth about the Core Anne, unlike hate speech about Israel, falls outside of “free speech” protections in the USA. Truth telling can get you put in gaol in Victoriastan. And it seems similar in the US.

  206. Grigory M

    Fitted with a medical device that focusses his attention on the goodly words a wife utters.
    Little springy tube, a miracle of modern medical materials science. In his aorta.

    Good morning, Fantasist.

    I see since my early retirement last year that your imaginings have now encompassed the rich pickings of Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy – and I do feel for your victim – the Abominable Snowman.

    What was some months ago a relatively minor procedure to stent a coronary artery – and avoid the need for bypass surgery – is now proclaimed by you as major surgery involving that most recent of surgical innovations – an aortic stent.

    So – tell us, Fantasist – when did you discover the Yeti’s aortic aneurism? And by what procedure was the coronary stent increased in size and spirited to his aorta?

    Reading further back on the earlier development of your MSBP – I see you have him also dealing with the sagging misfortunes of Brachytherapy.

    And your scribblings these days admit to being more advanced in years than you have previously inferred – both you and the Yeti.

  207. twostix

    I think if people think about this they will realize we already have the best constitution there is.

    We could just copy the US one wholesale and be much better off.

    Our constitution is good but it has a lot of defects.

    Ours constitution was abolished literally 50 years after it was enacted, the whole Commonwealth thing was a complete disaster. We need to start over.

    Straight away we need to rectify the problem of the tyranny of distance, mass immigration being weaponised to bring in partisan voters and city vs rural

  208. These ICE vehicles are extremely dangerous.

  209. Another falling out between thugs.
    This is only the beginning. It will get interesting….

  210. Whalehunt Fun

    Our constitution is good but it has a lot of defects.

    It permits racist favoritism of racial minorities.
    It fails to protect free speech.
    And it seems to prohibit the extermination of feral pests such as the anti-Adani protesters.
    I assumed the protest drive was created by coal miners to lure all the pests to a remote location where they could be processed but it seems not to be happening. Someone told me it would be illegal.

  211. johanna

    “That’s going to be attracting jobs and businesses through tourism and hospitality to this region long after coal has gone.”

    Gone where?

    Last I heard, there is hundreds of years worth of coal in that area. Where is it going?

  212. egg_

    These ICE vehicles are extremely dangerous.

    Electric ice road truckers?

  213. Boambee John

    In NSW because of “overworked DC Judges”,

    Poor petals, my heart bleeds.

  214. Dr Faustus

    No lesbian-only cafes?

    Next door to the Stiff Roman Bathhouse on Sirius St.

  215. The best thing we could do would to be start over as a Confederation rather than a federation, but also have more States.

  216. It permits racist favoritism of racial minorities.

    Good point. That is a major flaw that any 1st world country should consider a massive embarrassment.

  217. Done Deal

    Nick
    #2999109, posted on April 28, 2019 at 9:59 am
    Strange that there’s no analysis of the opportunity cost of Brown using electricity to take his own backside thousands of kilometers, that could have been used elsewhere.

    one thing you can be sure of mate, there’s no opportunity cost to bobby & his cohort. it’s all down to us. his luverly publicly funded pension will keep rolling in as regular as clockwork, as it will for the rest of them. Either via public service pension, the dole, Austudy (uni hols it it ?) or disability pension. I guess they will all be enjoying getting away for the early winter Tassie chill. They would be all permanently embedded in our wallets. The opportunity cost to us? incalculable.

  218. egg_

    A Chevrolet Corvette parked near the bowsers was completely destroyed and the service station was badly damaged, but authorities said it could have been much worse.

    Sh1tty RHD conversion of the electrics?

  219. Geriatric Mayfly

    Last I heard, there is hundreds of years worth of coal in that area. Where is it going?

    At the rate this development is going, it will have turned into anthracite.

  220. Leigh Lowe

    Gavin Newsom

    ✔@GavinNewsom

    Charleston, Pittsburgh, Quebec, New Zealand — now our own Poway, California.

    No one should ever fear going to their place of worship.

    Gav is a Dimocrat, of course.
    And, yes, he forgot the Easter Worshippers.

  221. Have the left-handed batsmen in the planet saving convoy discovered yet that in Clermont “Sircingle” has a very different meaning?

  222. Notafan

    I’m not saying nyt is significantly better but Tyler is an unhinged loon and a serious bigot.

    getting news from somebody who sits in his mother’s basement and aggregates information from elsewhere on the internet is not more reliable than newspapers with actual reporters even if they’re the worse ones like New York Times and Washington Post.

    The New York Times provided a factual account with eye witness interviews of the events in San Diego which was all I was seeking to share

  223. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    one thing you can be sure of mate, there’s no opportunity cost to bobby & his cohort. it’s all down to us. his luverly publicly funded pension will keep rolling in as regular as clockwork, as it will for the rest of them.

    Fair comment. Bobby Brown, having reduced Tasmania to the status of mendicant, dependent on the mainland taxpayer, now wants to extend that status to other States.

  224. dover_beach

    Ours constitution was abolished literally 50 years after it was enacted, the whole Commonwealth thing was a complete disaster. We need to start over.

    Straight away we need to rectify the problem of the tyranny of distance, mass immigration being weaponised to bring in partisan voters and city vs rural

    Yes. We need to re-institutute subsidiarity in our Constitution. Most of the spending work (education, health, infrastructure, and the like) is done at the state level anyway so the vast majority of the taxing power should fall to the states. Defense and foreign relations can remain with the federal government. The administration of immigration should remain with feds but temp and perm immigration should be capped at .75% of total population or some such figure. And so on.

    What we also need to do is to reorientate the administrative apparatus of government towards ends that would strengthen families and communities along more traditionalist lines, lessoning the want as opposed to ‘need’ forchild care, removing much of the propaganda that has been introduced into education at all levels, make the place you live closer to the place you work, and the like.

  225. Boambee John

    Bruce of Newcastle, from Instapundit!

    IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Caffeine Gives Perovskite Solar Cells An Energy Boost, Study Says. “UCLA professor Yang Yang’s lab chock-full of coffee drinkers spent several years searching for a stability-enhancing additive to turn famously unstable perovskite PV cells into a useful product. Then, on a lark, Yang’s graduate student Rui Wang suggested they try adding caffeine to the mix. To the team’s surprise, caffeine produced longer lasting and more powerful solar cells.”

  226. egg_

    Ours constitution was abolished literally 50 years after it was enacted, the whole Commonwealth thing was a complete disaster. We need to start over.

    +1

    Each State has its own WHS laws – although the eastern seaboard are all virtually clones, VIC recently amended their electrical legislation in line with QLD; fair trading legislation and Codes of Practice (e.g. Mining) – which the C’th has been trying to make National, with little success.

  227. egg_

    caffeine produced longer lasting and more powerful solar cells

    Do the invisible aliens among us drink coffee?

  228. Notafan

    Isn’t it obvious not every single place on the planet can have a tourism lead economy?

    Bob Brown is a a boring drone making the same tired claims over and over while living the privileged life of an upper middle white man like his green buddy Julian Burnside

    Tasmania lost 8400 jobs under the labour Greens coalition so much for the green tourism much-touted by Bob Brown

  229. Boambee John

    DB at 1123

    Sounds like a six day job. Following precedent, He could rest on the seventh.

  230. lotocoti

    Unbelievable.

    The NYT has come a long way from the 30s & 40s when anti-semites spelled their title with a J instead of a N.

  231. dover_beach

    Sounds like a six day job. Following precedent, He could rest on the seventh.

    Certainly, at a minimum, but if a man would like more, good luck to him.

  232. Notafan

    Bob Brown since retiring from the senate has had a three months around Australia trip by car. I bet he didn’t take the Tesla.
    Bob Brown has planned Adani convoy since 2017

  233. Nothing in the Oz MSM about this incident, or about the fact that he was targeting Muslims.

    Multiple witness accounts described Peoples as saying, “I love you, Jesus,” “Thank you Jesus,” and “Praise Jesus,” or words to that effect after the crash, language that continued as he was being taken from the scene in handcuffs.

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