Monday Forum: May 27, 2019

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  1. ‘Dont pull down fences unless you know what they were put up to keep out”

    If it aint broke. Don’t fix it.

  2. calli

    Either Robert Frost or G.K. Chesterton, TFM.

    My money’s on Chesterton.

  3. Knuckle Dragger

    Much like a galah, a plover will – if you hit it hard enough – leave a perfect spread-out imprint of its wingspan on your windscreen, made in whatever comprises feather dust.

    #thingsyoulearngoinghomefromwork

  4. Knuckle Dragger

    Double-figure page thread!

    Huzzah!

  5. memoryvault

    Double-figure page thread!
    Huzzah!

    And we still have tonight and all day tomorrow until midnight!

  6. zyconoclast

    Bilderberg 2019 Meeting Details Revealed: Stacey Abrams, Jared Kushner To Attend

    BOARD
    Castries, Henri de (FRA), Chairman, Steering Committee; Chairman, Institut Montaigne
    Kravis, Marie-Josée (USA), President, American Friends of Bilderberg Inc.; Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
    Halberstadt, Victor (NLD), Chairman Foundation Bilderberg Meetings; Professor of Economics, Leiden University
    Achleitner, Paul M. (DEU), Treasurer Foundation Bilderberg Meetings; Chairman Supervisory Board, Deutsche Bank AG

    PARTICIPANTS
    Abrams, Stacey (USA), Founder and Chair, Fair Fight
    Adonis, Andrew (GBR), Member, House of Lords
    Albers, Isabel (BEL), Editorial Director, De Tijd / L’Echo
    Altman, Roger C. (USA), Founder and Senior Chairman, Evercore
    Arbour, Louise (CAN), Senior Counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
    Arrimadas, Inés (ESP), Party Leader, Ciudadanos
    Azoulay, Audrey (INT), Director-General, UNESCO
    Baker, James H. (USA), Director, Office of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense
    Balta, Evren (TUR), Associate Professor of Political Science, Özyegin University
    Barbizet, Patricia (FRA), Chairwoman and CEO, Temaris & Associés
    Barbot, Estela (PRT), Member of the Board and Audit Committee, REN (Redes Energéticas Nacionais)
    Barroso, José Manuel (PRT), Chairman, Goldman Sachs International; Former President, European Commission
    Barton, Dominic (CAN), Senior Partner and former Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company
    Beaune, Clément (FRA), Adviser Europe and G20, Office of the President of the Republic of France
    Boos, Hans-Christian (DEU), CEO and Founder, Arago GmbH
    Bostrom, Nick (UK), Director, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University
    Botín, Ana P. (ESP), Group Executive Chair, Banco Santander
    Brandtzæg, Svein Richard (NOR), Chairman, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    Brende, Børge (NOR), President, World Economic Forum
    Buberl, Thomas (FRA), CEO, AXA
    Buitenweg, Kathalijne (NLD), MP, Green Party
    Caine, Patrice (FRA), Chairman and CEO, Thales Group
    Carney, Mark J. (GBR), Governor, Bank of England
    Casado, Pablo (ESP), President, Partido Popular
    Ceviköz, Ahmet Ünal (TUR), MP, Republican People’s Party (CHP)
    Champagne, François Philippe (CAN), Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
    Cohen, Jared (USA), Founder and CEO, Jigsaw, Alphabet Inc.
    Croiset van Uchelen, Arnold (NLD), Partner, Allen & Overy LLP
    Daniels, Matthew (USA), New space and technology projects, Office of the Secretary of Defense
    Davignon, Etienne (BEL), Minister of State
    Demiralp, Selva (TUR), Professor of Economics, Koç University
    Donohoe, Paschal (IRL), Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform
    Döpfner, Mathias (DEU), Chairman and CEO, Axel Springer SE
    Ellis, James O. (USA), Chairman, Users’ Advisory Group, National Space Council
    Feltri, Stefano (ITA), Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Il Fatto Quotidiano
    Ferguson, Niall (USA), Milbank Family Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
    Findsen, Lars (DNK), Director, Danish Defence Intelligence Service
    Fleming, Jeremy (GBR), Director, British Government Communications Headquarters
    Garton Ash, Timothy (GBR), Professor of European Studies, Oxford University
    Gnodde, Richard J. (IRL), CEO, Goldman Sachs International
    Godement, François (FRA), Senior Adviser for Asia, Institut Montaigne
    Grant, Adam M. (USA), Saul P. Steinberg Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
    Gruber, Lilli (ITA), Editor-in-Chief and Anchor “Otto e mezzo”, La7 TV
    Hanappi-Egger, Edeltraud (AUT), Rector, Vienna University of Economics and Business
    Hedegaard, Connie (DNK), Chair, KR Foundation; Former European Commissioner
    Henry, Mary Kay (USA), International President, Service Employees International Union
    Hirayama, Martina (CHE), State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation
    Hobson, Mellody (USA), President, Ariel Investments LLC
    Hoffman, Reid (USA), Co-Founder, LinkedIn; Partner, Greylock Partners
    Hoffmann, André (CHE), Vice-Chairman, Roche Holding Ltd.
    Jordan, Jr., Vernon E. (USA), Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC
    Jost, Sonja (DEU), CEO, DexLeChem
    Kaag, Sigrid (NLD), Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
    Karp, Alex (USA), CEO, Palantir Technologies
    Kerameus, Niki K. (GRC), MP; Partner, Kerameus & Partners
    Kissinger, Henry A. (USA), Chairman, Kissinger Associates Inc.
    Koç, Ömer (TUR), Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
    Kotkin, Stephen (USA), Professor in History and International Affairs, Princeton University
    Kramp-Karrenbauer, Annegret (DEU), Leader, CDU
    Krastev, Ivan (BUL), Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies
    Kravis, Henry R. (USA), Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
    Kristersson, Ulf (SWE), Leader of the Moderate Party
    Kudelski, André (CHE), Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group
    Kushner, Jared (USA), Senior Advisor to the President, The White House
    Le Maire, Bruno (FRA), Minister of Finance
    Leyen, Ursula von der (DEU), Federal Minster of Defence
    Leysen, Thomas (BEL), Chairman, KBC Group and Umicore
    Liikanen, Erkki (FIN), Chairman, IFRS Trustees; Helsinki Graduate School of Economics
    Lund, Helge (GBR), Chairman, BP plc; Chairman, Novo Nordisk AS
    Maurer, Ueli (CHE), President of the Swiss Federation and Federal Councillor of Finance
    Mazur, Sara (SWE), Director, Investor AB
    McArdle, Megan (USA), Columnist, The Washington Post
    McCaskill, Claire (USA), Former Senator; Analyst, NBC News
    Medina, Fernando (PRT), Mayor of Lisbon
    Micklethwait, John (USA), Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg LP
    Minton Beddoes, Zanny (GBR), Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
    Monzón, Javier (ESP), Chairman, PRISA
    Mundie, Craig J. (USA), President, Mundie & Associates
    Nadella, Satya (USA), CEO, Microsoft
    Netherlands, His Majesty the King of the (NLD)
    Nora, Dominique (FRA), Managing Editor, L’Obs
    O’Leary, Michael (IRL), CEO, Ryanair D.A.C.
    Pagoulatos, George (GRC), Vice-President of ELIAMEP, Professor; Athens University of Economics
    Papalexopoulos, Dimitri (GRC), CEO, TITAN Cement Company S.A.
    Petraeus, David H. (USA), Chairman, KKR Global Institute
    Pienkowska, Jolanta (POL), Anchor woman, journalist
    Pottinger, Matthew (USA), Senior Director, National Security Council
    Pouyanné, Patrick (FRA), Chairman and CEO, Total S.A.
    Ratas, Jüri (EST), Prime Minister
    Renzi, Matteo (ITA), Former Prime Minister; Senator, Senate of the Italian Republic
    Rockström, Johan (SWE), Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
    Rubin, Robert E. (USA), Co-Chairman Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Treasury Secretary
    Rutte, Mark (NLD), Prime Minister
    Sabia, Michael (CAN), President and CEO, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
    Sanger, David E. (USA), National Security Correspondent, The New York Times
    Sarts, Janis (INT), Director, NATO StratCom Centre of Excellence
    Sawers, John (GBR), Executive Chairman, Newbridge Advisory
    Schadlow, Nadia (USA), Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
    Schmidt, Eric E. (USA), Technical Advisor, Alphabet Inc.
    Scholten, Rudolf (AUT), President, Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue
    Seres, Silvija (NOR), Independent Investor
    Shafik, Minouche (GBR), Director, The London School of Economics and Political Science
    Sikorski, Radoslaw (POL), MP, European Parliament
    Singer, Peter Warren (USA), Strategist, New America
    Sitti, Metin (TUR), Professor, Koç University; Director, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
    Snyder, Timothy (USA), Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University
    Solhjell, Bård Vegar (NOR), CEO, WWF – Norway
    Stoltenberg, Jens (INT), Secretary General, NATO
    Suleyman, Mustafa (GBR), Co-Founder, Deepmind
    Supino, Pietro (CHE), Publisher and Chairman, Tamedia Group
    Teuteberg, Linda (DEU), General Secretary, Free Democratic Party
    Thiam, Tidjane (CHE), CEO, Credit Suisse Group AG
    Thiel, Peter (USA), President, Thiel Capital
    Trzaskowski, Rafal (POL), Mayor of Warsaw
    Tucker, Mark (GBR), Group Chairman, HSBC Holding plc
    Tugendhat, Tom (GBR), MP, Conservative Party
    Turpin, Matthew (USA), Director for China, National Security Council
    Uhl, Jessica (NLD), CFO and Executive Director, Royal Dutch Shell plc
    Vestergaard Knudsen, Ulrik (DNK), Deputy Secretary-General, OECD
    Walker, Darren (USA), President, Ford Foundation
    Wallenberg, Marcus (SWE), Chairman, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB
    Wolf, Martin H. (GBR), Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times
    Zeiler, Gerhard (AUT), Chief Revenue Officer, WarnerMedia
    Zetsche, Dieter (DEU), Former Chairman, Daimler AG

  7. bespoke

    P
    #3029642, posted on May 30, 2019 at 9:13 am
    ‘Folau’s law’: Coalition MPs push for bolder action in a ‘new dawn’ for religious freedom

    Conservative Coalition MPs emboldened by strong support from religious voters at the election are pushing the Morrison government for more radical and far-reaching religious freedom provisions in forthcoming laws.

    This may backfire and protect religion from criticism and/or preach on the company dime. I remember a story way back of a pilot preaching from the aircraft cabin.

  8. thefrollickingmole

    G.K. Chesterton it is, and he was an early Blogger!!!

    Chesterton married Frances Blogg in 1901; the marriage lasted the rest of his life

    heres the proper quote..

    Chesterton’s fence
    Chesterton’s fence is the principle that reforms should not be made until the reasoning behind the existing state of affairs is understood (compare to the Precautionary principle). The quotation is from Chesterton’s 1929 book, The Thing: Why I am a Catholic, in the chapter, “The Drift from Domesticity”:

    In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, ‘I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.’ To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: ‘If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it

  9. Knuckle Dragger

    In joyous news for cricket fans across the globe, midget ranga houso beardy cheat David Warner is on the injured list for an indeterminate period.

    He has apparently pulled a muscle in his arse.

    No I am not kidding.

  10. zyconoclast

    from Americanthinker.com

    The Lie That Will Not Die and the Truth about Black Mass Shooters

    The lie that will not die: Most mass shooters are white.

    … three quarters of mass shooters are black. That was the New York Times…

  11. chrisl

    Got an interesting text from an outer eastern Melbourne agent today . Since the election they have sold 15 properties and have 11 under offer !
    We certainly dodged a bullet and a few hand grenades and land mines as well

  12. Knuckle Dragger

    If legislation currently under consideration in the NT Parliament is passed, juvenile courts will no longer have to go to the trouble of issuing suppression orders to prevent junior crooks being identified, and/or their photos being published.

    A complete blanket ban on reporting anything at all in relation to juveniles and their court appearances is on the table. No names, no images, no ages, no history of offending, no details of the offending resulting in fronting the beak, no dates. Nothing, nada, zip, zilch. Zero.

    Which will match the credibility of those courts.

  13. Tom

    Memo, Doomlord: we’re still using the Monday thread, but it’s so old there’s no longer a shortcut available via the “Recent Posts” menu at right. That means having to manually scroll back through THREE pages of posts to get to where I am now.

    If I had to do that only once a day, it wouldn’t be a problem, but I’m using the Microtheft Windows 10 virus, which is so decrepit I have up to half a dozen screen freezes a day and have to bail out and reboot.

    I prithee relief, your Doomlordship — i.e. reintroduction of a Wednesday fred.

  14. Knuckle Dragger

    Tom,

    You may need to turn your Commodore 64 off and on again.

  15. Black Ball

    He has apparently pulled a muscle in his arse.

    https://youtu.be/CAyBN4iypAs

  16. thefrollickingmole

    So in other words its working exactly as intended…
    https://pjmedia.com/trending/study-white-privilege-lessons-make-liberals-less-empathetic-to-poor-whites/

    Conservatives who learned about white privilege were no more sympathetic to the poor black man than conservatives who had not learned about white privilege. Learning about white privilege did not make liberals more sympathetic to the poor black man. It did, however, make them less sympathetic to the poor white man.

    “What we found startling was that white privilege lessons didn’t increase liberals’ sympathy for poor Black people,” Erin Cooley, an assistant professor of psychology at Colgate University and one of the study’s authors, wrote in Vice. “Instead, these lessons decreased liberals’ sympathy for poor white people, which led them to blame white people more for their own poverty. They seemed to think that if a person is poor despite all the privileges of being white, there must really be something wrong with them.

    Be interesting to run the same experiment with a few different races, Id guess it would have the same result.

  17. None wrote at 12:53 pm “I like Ricardo Bosi a lot but his videos are a little bit on the apocalyptic side and won’t appeal to mainstream Aussies. Also 10 minutes is too long for those sorts of this it should be five minutes max.”

    That None, is likely because apathetic mainstream Australia has been dumbed down since the late 50s and is willfully ignorant of our true national and international situation.

    And rejecting God’s standards doesn’t help!

    Many are cowardly and afraid to LEARN, in case they have to make a decision harder than tea or coffee.

    P.S. “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

  18. Tel

    The lie that will not die: Most mass shooters are white.

    … three quarters of mass shooters are black. That was the New York Times…

    There are certain neighbourhoods that get included in the overall USA statistics to make gun crime in the USA seem particularly bad … but those same neighbourhoods are always excluded from any newspaper reports or any discussion about the causes of gun crime, because the answer isn’t what people want to talk about.

  19. bespoke

    6hrs solid on a Commodore 64 (at my special speed) to get a balloon to travel from one side to the other.

  20. None

    I didn’t realise that rugby was an indigenous game that was here 30000 years before white men came https://mobile.twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1133462554053730304
    Dickhead.

  21. memoryvault

    We certainly dodged a bullet and a few hand grenades and land mines as well

    Nothing to do with the election and everything to do with the solid promotion of supposedly record low housing loan interest rates coupled with repeated predictions that house prices are unlikely to drop much further.

    Simply rounding up the last of the stragglers for their coming financial slaughter.

  22. Clearly in this first world country we are not facing any existential threat (if you are not a green) people want practical solutions to real problems.

    Oh?

    You’ll need practical solutions when China locks up the sea lanes though which tankers carry our liquid fuels.

    Or when missiles arrive because, unlike Israel, the USA and UK, etc, we have NO credible defence other than sailors with pink fingernails and soldiers convalescing from sex change operations.

  23. Notafan

    Because Shorten isn’t prime Minister and negative gearing stays

  24. memoryvault

    I’m using the Microtheft Windows 10 virus,

    Check that WMI isn’t hogging all your resources.
    It’s a fairly common problem.

  25. Notafan

    Sir Percy

    These are not the things we hoi polloi ponder.

  26. Black Ball

    None, didn’t you know that a black fella from the days of yore picked up a wombat from a rival tribe and ran to escape the clutches of the aggrieved tribe? This whole Webb Ellis shit is a facade! 😂

  27. Mark A

    I’m puzzled by the constant complains about Win10.
    Apart from a few update stuff-ups by MS, it’s a very stable platform.

    Maybe the hardware it’s being employed on should be looked at, or the other software installed?
    Not all older software is happy with Win10, despite MS striving for backward compatibility (a mistake IMO), unlike Apple.

    My home computers, laptops and PCs all are running Win10 and there is nothing special about them.

  28. None

    haha Black Ball 😂😂😂

  29. cohenite

    Ken wyatt is revealing himself to be a total arsehole: the makaratta commission:

    Secret laws drafted by new Minister Ken Wyatt will create a powerful taxpayer-funded Indigenous commission that reviews government policies, activates taskforces, probes complaints and informs “itself on any matter in any way it thinks fit”.

  30. memoryvault

    You’ll need practical solutions when China locks up the sea lanes though which tankers carry our liquid fuels.

    Which would of course conversely stop our export of iron ore and coking coal to China, which would send them to the verge of going broke civil war in about six months.

  31. bespoke

    What are you doing hear Mark? This is a Australian site.

  32. cohenite

    I didn’t realise that rugby was an indigenous game that was here 30000 years before white men came https://mobile.twitter.com/TheTodayShow/status/1133462554053730304
    Dickhead.

    FMD.

  33. thefrollickingmole

    Troll level: EPIC
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/29/energy-department-molecules-freedom-fossil-fuel-rebranding

    US energy department rebrands fossil fuels as ‘molecules of freedom’
    Press release from department said increasing export capacity is ‘critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world’


    “With the US in another year of record-setting natural gas production, I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of US freedom to be exported to the world,”

    but Rick Perry seems to believe in it.

    Seventy-five years after liberating Europe from Nazi Germany occupation, the United States is again delivering a form of freedom to the European continent,” the energy secretary said earlier this month, according to EURACTV.

    And rather than in the form of young American soldiers, it’s in the form of liquefied natural gas.”

    You know trump is the most incompetent Russian puppet eveah!
    Fancy lessening the EUs reliance on Russian LNG…

  34. Knuckle Dragger

    As you say, Sir Perce.

    To state the bleeding Captain Major Brigadier-General Rear Admiral Obvious, the time to window shop and/or navel gaze over potential defence platforms, and the suitability of people that are to use them is not when you’re facing an existential threat.

    It’s well, well beforehand. Show enough teeth over the back fence and the threat may become more manageable, as long as you don’t give a rat’s arse about vagina-having water-carriers and blowing the bejesus out of bridges connecting supply routes at the first sign of a buildup.

  35. None

    I don’t know what source you’re quoting cohenite but I’m on record here if the other day that Ken Wyatt is no moderate and everyone who calls Morrison centre left is actually wrong he’s a lot more left then people realised. By the end of his term we will have institutionalized racism, some fuckwitted carbon tax, internet censorship, almost double the present immigration – we will be getting the real drags of India and China along with their parents to kill our health system- and more public Servants than actual workers.

  36. Ellie

    I prithee relief, your Doomlordship — i.e. reintroduction of a Wednesday fred.

    How can he not, when you ask so nicely, Tom.
    It’s Thursday though. One more sleep until Friday.

  37. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Under Mr Wyatt’s draft Makaratta Commission Act, the commission will provide input into policies that affect indigenous Australians, including employment, justice, health, education, child safety and native title. The draft legislation enables:

    ● “Maximum participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the formulation and implementation of government polices, programs and services that affect them”;

    ● The investigation of complaints from an “empowered community” or Indigenous organisation over issues not consistent with an agreement made with Commonwealth agencies or businesses, and;

    ● The holding of public seminars and workshops, and establishment of working groups and taskforces.

    The Commission will have a chairman, nine elected elders from every state and territory, plus up to 10 other Associate Makarrata Commissioners. It is likely it will need a large number of support staff. It does not say how the nine Elders will be elected but says the Prime Minister may consult with Cabinet and the chairman on appointing associate commissioners. Their pay will be set by the Remuneration Tribunal and is likely to be well into six figures.

    ATSIC, anyone

  38. Sinclair Davidson

    Okay peeps – one weekly thread or a return to a Monday and Wednesday thread?

  39. calli

    Humbugging writ large.

    And the taxpayer is the humbuggeree.

  40. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I don’t know what source you’re quoting cohenite

    Courier Mail is running with the story.

  41. zyconoclast

    Google uses Gmail to track a history of things you buy — and it’s hard to delete

    -Google saves years of information on purchases you’ve made, even outside Google, and pulls this information from Gmail.
    -It’s complicated to delete this private information, and options to turn it off are hidden in privacy settings.
    -Google says it doesn’t use this information to sell you ads.

  42. calli

    Ooops!

    That was in reply to Zulu, not you Oh mighty Doomlord!

  43. Eyrie

    One weekly is fine by me, Sinc.

  44. Stimpson J. Cat

    Okay peeps – one weekly thread or a return to a Monday and Wednesday thread?

    One weekly thread.
    The Women can’t be trusted to remain civil.
    I’m sorry but it’s true.
    😁

  45. zyconoclast

    Okay peeps – one weekly thread or a return to a Monday and Wednesday thread?

    One weekly thread

  46. Knuckle Dragger

    bespoke,

    Recall the last time you said ‘I don’t care’ to a ladeeee. Remember what happened after that.

    Have an opinion, man. For God’s sake, save yourself.

  47. egg_

    midget ranga houso beardy cheat David Warner is on the injured list for an indeterminate period.

    He has apparently pulled a muscle in his arse.

    Roman bath houses will do that to you, I’m told.

    Meanwhile, Sonny Bill Williams will take care of his missus?

  48. bespoke

    🛡Chatter Radio 📻〰️🌑
    @chatter_radio
    ·
    May 24
    Replying to
    @Queerty
    This is actually great though because now we can quickly and efficiently identify who needs to be thrown out of Pride!

    Love is love.

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Humbugging writ large.

    And the taxpayer is the humbuggere

    London to a brick on, Pat Dodson will be drafting his application, and resignation speech from the Senate.

  50. Knuckle Dragger

    egg,

    According to the Barmy Army – yes, yes he will.

  51. egg_

    a return to a Monday and Wednesday thread

  52. calli

    The Women can’t be trusted to remain civil.

    Speak for yourself, Stimpson.

  53. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    A return to a Monday and Wednesday thread, oh Doomlord.

  54. egg_

    Give the wymminses a pearl clutching fred.

  55. Knuckle Dragger

    Sinc,

    What about – hear me out here – a Monday thread, and a Thursday one which encompasses the weekend?

    You know, start the weekend all nice like, and in contrast have the late in the week thread where Scotch, sherry, tequila and rage all feature in equal parts? Take a breath with the WIP early Sunday, and slog yourself to exhaustion before starting politely again the next morning?

    Great shirt you’re wearing, btw. Have you been working out?

  56. calli

    Hmmmm…your gravatar looks very ovoid and lustrous, egg_, dear.

    Be careful what you wish for. 🙂

  57. egg_

    When’s Bananaby going to challenge for leadership of the Nats?

  58. memoryvault

    ATSIC, anyone

    Good evening Zulu

    Yes, but with teeth this time.

    Brought to you by the “conservative” Father ScoMo.
    The Messiah who was cheered on so enthusiastically here at the Liberal Party Appreciation Society on election night less than two weeks ago.

  59. egg_

    Has No Idea run a story on the Barnababy lately?

  60. Knuckle Dragger

    Hang on – Four Leaf Tayback might want to throw his two cents, or $15mil in lifetime tax in.

    What’s the time difference in Hanoi?

  61. None

    Whatever is easiest for you Sinc.

  62. bespoke

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3030113, posted on May 30, 2019 at 6:28 pm
    bespoke,

    Recall the last time you said ‘I don’t care’ to a ladeeee. Remember what happened after that.

    Blue?, black? etc*5 socks “I don’t care!” I got black.

  63. egg_

    ATSIC, gone

    That’s how I read it.
    That would fix up “Constitutional recognition”, right there.

  64. Top Ender

    Currently on Sky:

    Sky News host Peta Credlin says new Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt’s suggested approach for recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution is a ‘terrible proposal’.

    – comments open on Facebook too.

  65. None

    On the other hand Knuckles does have a point.

  66. cohenite

    This makaratta business is fucked; if scomo signed off on this he is a bastard.

  67. Knuckle Dragger

    See, bespoke?

    It’s open slather once you utter those words!

    In a house I used to own in another part of this great land, I once said ‘I don’t care’.

    I ended up with six feature walls, of which all were supposed to be ‘terra cotta’ but were more a pumpkiny orange.

    Never again. The horror.

  68. bespoke

    calli
    #3030119, posted on May 30, 2019 at 6:31 pm
    The Women can’t be trusted to remain civil.

    Speak for yourself, Stimpson.

    Boom!

  69. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What’s the time difference in Hanoi?

    It’s an hour behind Western Australian time – it’s currently 4.42 P.M.

  70. None

    So is Ken Wyatt trying to tell us that we don’t recognise him at the moment? I tell you I recognise him as a stupid f****** fascist.

  71. areff

    Okay peeps – one weekly thread or a return to a Monday and Wednesday thread?

    Tuesday and Friday freds, Doomlord, if you please. That way the pump is primed for spirited intercourse onSaturday, with monday set aside for triage and tending to the wounded.

    Ellie and I are as one on the virtues of Friday freds.

  72. bundyrum

    I see here in Queensland we have another female to be annointed chief cop….ex chief fireperson she was too….bet as useless as all shit.
    Also Adani has totally dropped off the news cycle here too.

  73. Armadillo

    Tom
    #3030068, posted on May 30, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Tom, do you regularly click on the (bolded bit above) after reading the last comment?

    It should then take you back to where you were once you refresh. I.e It’s like “book marking” your spot.

    Anyway, it works with Safari. Not sure about Windows 10.

  74. None

    So if Ken Wyatt has no voice and he’s a senator and supposed to represent the state of WA? why the fukck are we paying him?

  75. Knuckle Dragger

    It’s a walk up start, but we haven’t had one today – so:

    ‘Spirited intercourse’

    PHRASING.

    (h/t Archer)

  76. memoryvault

    The current setup is fine by me Doomlord.

    Nobody much comments after 10 pm weeknights (Mon – Thur) anyway.
    especially from the Lady Cats, and the thread goes down several notches when they disappear.

  77. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Timing of the leak was noted by some Coalition insiders, and will today force Mr Wyatt to defend his plan, and the Government’s handling of Constitutional Recognition, in his second day in the job. The issue of recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution, and the potential for a referendum, has been on the Coalition’s agenda since 2015.

    Mr Wyatt’s proposed solution is not official Government policy, and any movement on constitutional recognition will have to go through party room and Cabinet

    More from the Courier Mail – seems Wyatt put the proposal forward on 14th February.

  78. egg_

    I ended up with six feature walls, of which all were supposed to be ‘terra cotta’ but were more a pumpkiny orange.

    A mate had a feature wall that was “Fanta”.

  79. None

    Many moons ago I clashed with Ken Wyatt on Twitter when I challenged him on one of his fascist racist ideas and he slapped me down and I actually apologized to him thinking that I had misunderstood him. But I learnt soon afterwards that I hadn’t and here is furthrr evidence. I warned you a couple of days ago here on this blog about Wyatt.

  80. bespoke

    I pick my battles KD, being asked my opinion on every excruciating detail dives me nuts. And she loves it.

  81. Ellie

    Tuesday and Friday freds, Doomlord, if you please. That way the pump is primed for spirited intercourse onSaturday, with monday set aside for triage and tending to the wounded.

    Ellie and I are as one on the virtues of Friday freds.

    Areff, darling, you should write headlines.

  82. Nick

    So if Ken Wyatt has no voice and he’s a senator and supposed to represent the state of WA? why the fukck are we paying him?

    Why is he even there?

  83. 1735099

    So if Ken Wyatt is a senator

    He’s not a senator, he’s the Member for Hasluck in the House of Representatives.

  84. None

    Yeah I guess me is that the Liberal Party has something as stupid as constitutional recognition as a policy. The constitution is there to describe how we as a nation form government and has nothing to do with people’s fragile egos other wishlist of Lefty Urban scum. And so now we’re going to spend the next three years and more money carrying on about something that is f****** meaningless while yet another generation of Aboriginal Australians out in remote communities is lost.

  85. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    So if Ken Wyatt has no voice and he’s a senator and supposed to represent the state of WA? why the fukck are we paying him?

    He’s not a Senator, he’s in the Lower House as Member for Hasluck.

  86. None

    Thanks numbers so the point stands. If he doesn’t have a voice now then how can you represent Hasluck?

  87. Frank

    the ALP investigation into why they lost

    One component would be Shorten combining the worst aspects of both Clintons into one package while missing the supposed common touch that Bill had.

  88. Sinclair Davidson

    areff – I’m all for being pumped on a Friday but that’s my binge drinking day.

  89. areff

    Areff, darling, you should write headlines.

    Tried that. Would prefer to be a kept man.

  90. Nick

    areff – I’m all for being pumped on a Friday but that’s my binge drinking day.

    I’m not going to forget your smutty coffee posts, Prof.

  91. areff

    …Friday but that’s my binge drinking day.

    Why so selective?

  92. Nick

    I just heard Shortens’s speech to the Party Room. Pure comedy. He also had the gall to accuse others of lying.

  93. Knuckle Dragger

    Right. Have to go and do a thing, that involves some people and a separate thing.

    Meantimes – I have decided to invest in a MAGA hat to wear whilst playing golf, and to generally annoy idiots.

    Tips on the nest means to get hold of one would be appreciated.

    Not a Guanghzou MAGA hat, or a Seoul one. A Georgia/Alabama MAGA hat.

  94. memoryvault

    Yeah I guess me is that the Liberal Party has something as stupid as constitutional recognition as a policy.

    It will never be “constitutional recognition” None, because it would never survive a referendum.
    It will be done by some convoluted interpretation of one of the gazillion “international treaties” that both Liberal and Labor governments have hogtied us with over the years.

  95. Old School Conservative

    Two threads a week for me.
    Allows for a clean re-start on a more regular basis.

  96. Black Ball

    Meantimes – I have decided to invest in a MAGA hat to wear whilst playing golf, and to generally annoy idiots.

    Annoy them more by playing solely with the putter. Works wonders.

  97. Ellie

    areff – I’m all for being pumped on a Friday but that’s my binge drinking day.

    Binge drinking deflates one’s ability to be pumped? News to me.

    Tried that. Would prefer to be a kept man.

    Interesting. 🤔

  98. johanna

    Tom, I have w10 and when I refresh the screen shows the last comment before I refreshed. It is possible that your memory is clogged with cookies and such, so try a restart or history/cookies wipe.

    Failing that, as others have suggested, you may have some incompatible software which is interfering with W10, or perhaps even a touch of malware or a virus. Maybe do a scan and cleanup as well.

    You could also do ctrl alt delete and have a look at your tasks, to see if anything is gobbling up more of your power than it should be.

    I don’t think w10 on its own is the culprit, as others who use it don’t seem to have your problem.

    Good luck!

  99. Cassie of Sydney

    “He’s not a senator, he’s the Member for Hasluck in the House of Representatives.”

    The only true sentence he’s ever written.

  100. bespoke

    What ever Gab thinks I agree.

  101. memoryvault

    I’m all for being pumped on a Friday but that’s my binge drinking day.

    Only one binge drinking day Doomlord?
    You poor, deprived buaggar.
    I didn’t know uni’s now had a zero tolerance policy and random spot checks, like the mining industry.

  102. You’ll need practical solutions when China locks up the sea lanes though which tankers carry our liquid fuels. . . . Which would of course conversely stop our export of iron ore and coking coal to China, which would send them to the verge of going broke civil war in about six months.

    Very true memoryvault.

    But 5 1/4 months before that, without dieso and ULP, you and I will be walking to empty supermarkets, farmers will be looking for draught horses to cultivate fields, and if Chrissy Pyne’s dreams for us to emulate Erwin Rommel eventuate and the army fills the thousands of heavy vehs, there will be damn all fuel for ambos, fire trucks or police, let alone chain saws, , I think ? ? ?

    P.S., I was at Scheyville Jan 69 – Sep 70 before popping off to the SE Asian War Games. When were you there please?

    .

  103. John Constantine

    Additional forensic police have been called in to investigate circumstances around a fatal crash that killed a mother and her four children.

    Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, and her children, Aaleyn, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4, and Zaidok, 2, died in a collision near Kingaroy on Monday night.

    Watch more in the video above

    RELATED: Kingaroy car crash: Tributes flow for Charmaine McLeod and her four children

    Several detectives are now being brought in to determine why the children were so far from home so late at night.

    The section of the Bunya Highway where the crash happened is about three hours from their Harvey Bay home.

    Detectives will also look into how the car wound up on the wrong side of the road.

    It’s understood the Forensic Crash Unit is still the lead in the investigation.

  104. None

    Either way MV it’s just institutionalized racism. I also think you did infantilizes aboriginal people because it says they’re somehow precious and fragile. Two aboriginal man nearly got killed in front of my eyes in recent weeks in one case I nearly ran him over. All the tokenism in the world is not going to save them and they will more likely die broken and alone because we’re going to fucken piss fart around with more of this f****** nonsense to appease fukwit tax hoovers like Ken Wyatt and all the other Urban elites. Ken Wyatt he’s probably more Irish and than Aboriginal but you know there’s no street cred in being Irish.

  105. zyconoclast

    Uber To Start Banning Passengers With Low Ratings

    Uber has unveiled a new policy that enables the company to kick riders with low ratings to the curb.

    For years, Uber allowed passengers to rate drivers on a star system, ultimately allowing customers to influence whether drivers can stay behind the wheel. Internal charts from 2014 published by Business Insider showed that drivers with ratings of 4.6 or below were at risk for the boot.

    Though drivers could rate passengers, there was no equivalency in consequences. But now Uber’s drivers will have a greater say about the behavior of passengers.

  106. Sinclair Davidson

    Only one binge drinking day Doomlord?

    Well, no. That’s my planned binge drinking day. There are unplanned binge drinking days too.

  107. Tintarella di Luna

    Saw this letter in the Oz from one Anthony JH Morris:

    Thanks for Janet Albrechtsen’s expose of James Cook University’s iniquitous conduct towards physicist Peter Ridd (“Wrong head rolled over a uni blue still smouldering”, 25/5). JCU vice-chancellor Sandra Harding must go. She presided over issuing Ridd with 17 adverse findings, two speech directions, five confidentiality directions, a “no satire” direction, and two censures. The Federal Circuit Court ruled all were unlawful.

    Harding wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars attempting to defend this virtue signalling, with similar costs for Ridd. The real bill is greater.

    What one academic describes as “worldwide unmitigated adverse publicity” means plummeting student enrolments, trimming $20 million from JCU’s annual estimates. A once proud reputation as an international leader in marine science is in tatters.

    READ NEXT

    CRIME
    Drunk teen drove at crowd
    TESSA AKERMAN
    These are only symptoms of Harding’s ineptitude. She fails to understand the true meaning of academic freedom, and apparently believes that collegiality requires academics to cover up colleagues’ errors, compromising research integrity.

    Harding seems oblivious to JCU’s duty of transparency over taxpayer funding. Even a journalist with the nation’s leading broadsheet is fobbed off with unresponsive answers.

    The cost of the anti-Ridd witch-hunt is plainly surplus to legitimate academic needs. If JCU’s council will not do what is necessary, its federal funding should be suspended.

    Anthony J. H. Morris, North Quay, Qld

    I wonder if that is Tony Morris who represented the Triggs-maligned QUT students?

  108. None

    That car crash spells ice to me, John.

  109. Black Ball

    As for the frequency of open freds, this reader couldn’t give two flying fornications. Love coming to this site. Now excuse me Doomlord as I crack a beer in anticipation of league and World Cup cricket.

  110. Robber Baron

    Former Olympian Jane Fleming on Bolt program now. Clearly had her cans done. I remember her being flat-chested. Not any more!

  111. None

    Bloody excellent letter, Tinta.

  112. Geriatric Mayfly

    Have not attended a funeral for yonks. A local chap was farewelled today, and given the emphasis on his sporting prowess and fondness for a cool drink or three with the lads, the scene had been set. But mercifully, there were no votive offerings placed upon the casket, such as fishing reels, packets of smokes, cricket balls etc. Maybe these distractive tokens have fallen from favour at last.

  113. Tel

    The only true sentence he’s ever written.

    I’ll bet you went and double-checked it anyway … am I right?

  114. memoryvault

    Percy Blakeney (Sir)
    #3030178, posted on May 30, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    No argument from me, Sir Percy.
    But we don’t need the threat of an unenforceable blockade by China for that.
    A strike by the TWU for two weeks would accomplish the same thing, and is much more likely.

  115. zyconoclast

    The family of a US man who died of dehydration while in jail will receive $6.75m (£6m) from Milwaukee County and a private company that ran inmate care.

    Terrill Thomas, 38, was found dead in his cell in Milwaukee County Jail in 2016 – seven days after officers shut off his water supply as punishment.

    His death was later ruled a homicide by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner, the result of “profound dehydration”.

  116. Black Ball

    Ian Healy saying that all cricketers crave some time off in relation to Smiffy and Warner. Not entirely sure that enforced sanctions by the ACB fall into this category. And why the fuck is Rebecca Maddern hosting Nein’s cricket coverage?

  117. memoryvault

    I also think you did infantilizes aboriginal people because it says they’re somehow precious and fragile.

    I’m sorry None, but you’ve lost me.
    When and how did I ever do that?

  118. Grigory M

    Okay peeps – one weekly thread or a return to a Monday and Wednesday thread?

    One weekly thread is perfectly fine. “Tom” has already seen the cartoons he finds each morning – no need to scroll back to see them again.

  119. memoryvault

    There are unplanned binge drinking days too.

    Good to hear, Doomlord.
    I’d hate to think this blog was piloted by someone mostly sober.

  120. 2dogs

    Better proposal for this aboriginal commission:

    1. Each Aboriginal language group (“mob”) elects one person.
    2. Powers:
    – this person alone determines who is a member of that mob. No person will be considered aboriginal unless a member of a specific mob.
    – this person is the sole negotiator in relation to the preservation of aboriginal artefacts around major projects such as new mines.
    3. An assessment should be made separately for the general level of need of each mob separately. Expenditure on aboriginal assistance to to be targeted to those mobs most in need. End this situation where most services get provided only in capital cities where the need is least.

  121. Arky

    Okay peeps – one weekly thread or a return to a Monday and Wednesday thread?

    ..
    Shut the whole blog down so these old fools can return to doing something useful with the short amount of time left them.

  122. None

    I’ll bet you went and double-checked it anyway … am I right?

    no has Lucas right I just remember Wyatt was in state government or fbut I keep forgetting he was only a public servant and the state got frazzled in my brain into senator. What one should also notice is that the aged care sector went into crisis under his watch and I dare anyone to name me one single outcome from his Indigenous Health por folio.

  123. Robber Baron

    Thanks Tel. 👍

  124. Cassie of Sydney

    “Tel
    #3030192, posted on May 30, 2019 at 7:17 pm
    The only true sentence he’s ever written.

    I’ll bet you went and double-checked it anyway … am I right?”

    No…I knew…I grew up in Perth….actually in the seat of Curtin.

  125. Eyrie

    Ken Wyatt is what you get when identity politics holds sway. If he had any decency he’d resign. If he had any integrity he’d never have stood.

  126. Eyrie

    You can chalk that seat as a Liberal loss at the next election.

  127. cohenite

    Miss India contest: Why do all the finalists ‘look the same’?

    Holy moley.

  128. Boambee John

    Annoy them more by playing solely with the putter. Works wonders.

    As long as you are on the fairway, and there are no creeks or bunkers, it is easy to get over 100 metres with each shot with a putter. Sometimes close to 150.

  129. None

    I’ll bet you went and double-checked it anyway … am I right?

    no Hasluck is right. I just remember Wyatt was in state government but I keep forgetting he was only a public servant and the state got frazzled in my brain into senator. What one should also notice is that the aged care sector went into crisis under his watch and I dare anyone to name me one single outcome from his Indigenous Health portfolio.

  130. Cassie of Sydney

    “I wonder if that is Tony Morris who represented the Triggs-maligned QUT students?

    Tinta darling….I am pretty sure it is….Morris represented Ridd.

  131. Pedro the Ignorant

    Cricket is on the telly. First match at The Oval.

    Poms batting, sent in by the Saffas.

  132. None

    I’ll bet you went and double-checked it anyway … am I right?

    No Hasluck is right. I just remembered Wyatt was in state gov but I keep forgetting he was only a public servant and the state got fr*zzled in my brain into senator. What one should also notice is that the aged care sector went into crisis under his watch and I dare anyone to name me one outcome from his Indigenous Health portfolio.

  133. Roger

    Better proposal for this aboriginal commission:

    If we’re going to privilege citizens by the length of time their ancestors have been here the next order of business should be the appointment an advisory council of descendants of settlers who pioneered the land in the early 1800s (adjusted by state) and laid the foundations for our commonwealth’s prosperity.

    I’ll volunteer to serve.

  134. None

    I’ll bet you went and double-checked it anyway … am I right?

    No Hasluck is right. I just remembered Wyatt was in state government but I keep forgetting he was only a public servant and the state got frazzled in my brain into senator. What one should also notice is that the aged care sector went into crisis under his watch and I dare anyone to name me one outcome from his Indigenous Health portfolio.

  135. Nick

    And why the fuck is Rebecca Maddern hosting Nein’s cricket coverage?

    She has vagine

  136. None

    Sorry MV you didn’t infantilize anyone it’s just my stupid autocorrect.

  137. Top Ender

    I keep expecting Percy to burst into quotations from The Scarlet Pimpernel, viz:

    Sir Percy : They seek him here. They seek him there. Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in Heaven? Or is he in Hell? That damned, elusive, pimpernel.

  138. Grigory M

    I warned you a couple of days ago here on this blog about Wyatt.

    A villain – named Wyatt? Ha – you’ve been watching too much Westworld.

  139. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If we’re going to privilege citizens by the length of time their ancestors have been here the next order of business should be the appointment an advisory council of descendants of settlers who pioneered the land in the early 1800s (adjusted by state) and laid the foundations for our commonwealth’s prosperity.

    Put me down as well – for a suitable fee – the first of my mob jumped ship in Sydney in 1815, and were pioneers on the frontier from 1861 onwards.

  140. Top Ender

    Be interesting to see if the Coalition are playing a long game with Ken Wyatt.

    For example, allow the policy to go forward/get leaked.

    Let immense pushback develop.

    Say the people are speaking etc.

    Drop policy completely.

    Wander off into the night.

    Mmmmmm. Probably not that clever.

  141. Pedro the Ignorant

    Hasluck is a strange mix of voters.

    Northern half in the Perth Hills is full of wealthy retirees and young professionals, has two seriously expensive private schools, lots of craft shops and twee little cafes, while the southern and eastern bits are low socio economic areas where the fine dining is at Hungry Jacks and the schools have concertina wire fences to keep the ferals out after hours and the railway stations are no-go areas after dark.

    Ken Wyatt is a pretty high profile figure, attends a lot of community functions and is well known throughout the area.

    (Disclaimer; I have rellies in Hasluck, they like Uncle Ken. I live far, far away from there, so info is hearsay).

  142. John Constantine

    CVN carnarvon announces that the Dorado oil field [ north west shelf] that is 20 cvn/ 80 santos is looking pretty good on the second drill.

    Most significant oil find in australia for a while.

    Carnarvon’s twenty percent pushing it up towards a billion dollars market cap.

  143. Robber Baron

    I had quite a long discussion about the Wyatt appointment to Abboriginial Affairs with a liberal party insider without any influence. We both reckon its a disaster.

    Firstly, because Wyatt identifies as Abboriginal no other MP can speak about Abboriginal matters with more authority than Wyatt.

    Secondly, any attempt to cut funding will be seen as anti-Abboriginal and racist. No Cabinet minister would like a leak attributed to him/her as arguing for cuts or against increases. Wyatt looks like the leakin’ type if his Abboriginal brothers turn the heat up on him and start calling him a coconut.

    Thirdly, because its now a cabinet ministry Morrison can’t ever remove the portfolio from cabinet status without being called a racist.

    Fourthly, Wyatt cannot be demoted or removed from the portfolio regardless if he is a disaster because…racist!

    It appears that Morrison is well on his way to making sure more money is wasted on Abboriginals.

  144. Tintarella di Luna

    Tinta darling….I am pretty sure it is….Morris represented Ridd.

    I think it was a barrister by the name of Stuart Wood and a few other back up legal eagles.

  145. cohenite

    Ken Wyatt’s voting record.

    Not bad.

    I don’t know where he stands on a recent, 2109, Mabu related HC case:

    Now, the High Court has handed down another landmark ruling on the matter of paying compensation for the loss of those rights – the loss of economic income related to the land and the loss of a spiritual connection to the land. Or in other words, putting a financial price on the severing of cultural ties.

  146. memoryvault

    Each Aboriginal language group (“mob”) elects one person.

    I see a minor problem right there, 2dogs.
    There are 8,000 recognised Aboriginal dialects.
    Makes for quite a few “negotiators”.

    You need to get out more often.
    And further afield than your Mum’s basement.

  147. Leigh Lowe

    In joyous news for cricket fans across the globe, midget ranga houso beardy cheat David Warner is on the injured list for an indeterminate period.

    He has apparently pulled a muscle in his arse.

    Don’t worry about anyone else’s arse.
    Have you spoken to your GP?
    Don’t fucking squib it.

  148. Tel

    It appears that Morrison is well on his way to making sure more money is wasted on Abboriginals.

    Suppose Australia ended all foreign aid, and gave that money directly to Aboriginals (not via a bunch of middle-men and hanger on types) would that be an improvement? From my perspective, yes because at least the money stays in the country and perhaps could be a tiny bit of appreciation. Better than giving it to people who clearly hate us.

  149. Tintarella di Luna

    Bloody excellent letter, Tinta.

    A Tony Morris special I’m sure — you know he was the youngest ever barrister appointed a QC in Australia at the age of 32. Bright fellow

  150. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Be interesting to see if the Coalition are playing a long game with Ken Wyatt.

    Dunno, Top Ender, that would require a degree of forethought and cunning that the Liberal Party hasn’t displayed so far…

  151. None

    Not only wasting money robber Baron but also risking implementing institutionalized racism. In my ideal world there would be no indigenous affairs on multicultural affairs or any such crap in government. All citizens are equal and any assistance should be targeted to those in need and your skin colour or ancestry does not determine need.

  152. Tom

    Doomlord, I think areff’s idea is a good one: Tuesday and Friday freds, the only one that allows 3/4-day intervals between weekly freds, which will best cater for quick short-cuts via the “Recent Posts” list at right.

    All I want is the ability to quickly return to the Cat (via the “Recent Posts” shortcut at right) when I am forced by garbage software to reboot.

    BTW, my hardware isn’t the problem. My Acer laptop is 2.5 years old — $400 worth from Officeworks, which makes me everyman getting ripped off by the fascist software sociopaths of Silicon Valley.

    The only thing I don’t conform to is I always have 5-6 pages open so I can simultaneously access dumbass entry-level Word, Excel and Windows programs.

  153. memoryvault

    No probs, None.
    No offence taken, just confused is all.

  154. Tom

    BTW, Doomlord, a Friday fred won’t interfere with your weekly drinking binge if you program it to start at midnight on Friday morning.

  155. cohenite

    Anyone with a link to this article in the Australian:

    No, minister, you’re wrong

    JOHN DURIE

    It’s Matt Canavan, not resources companies, who is out of touch on a carbon price.

  156. None

    My Acer laptop is 12 years old. Bloody workhorse. The battery died ages ago so I have to run it plugged in, the letter names have been worn off the keys but the thing keeps going. I bought it years ago when we had that really hot summer where we hit 46 or something and even the air con was useless and my laptop at that time just blew up in the middle of a pretty important work report. So I ran up the road and just bought something from Officeworks and I chose Acer because they weren’t too expensive and I thought I’ll get around to choosing a proper laptop later (I just needed to buy something really quick) and I had once worked in a place that ran Acer desktops that got pretty mistreated but they seemed pretty robust considering. And sure enough this old beast just refuses to die.

  157. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Minister Canavan, not resources firms, out of touch on carbon priceJohn DurieFollow @John_Durie

    9:02AM May 30, 2019
    Comments

    Resources Minister Matthew Canavan should wake up to the reality facing corporate Australia which, from next month, will be required to detail in their financial reports climate-related risks to their accounts.

    Senator Canavan’s attack, reported today in The Australianand suggesting the big resources companies are out of touch with the Australian people, is just plain wrong.

    Granted the federal election results in northern Queensland suggested support for the Adani coal mine, but that says nothing about the merits of including a price on carbon.

    The big resources companies have used a climate price in their internal consideration of projects for literally years.

    It is the resources minister who is out of touch, not the oil companies like Woodside.

    Woodside boss Peter Coleman has joined BHP boss Andrew Mackenzie in supporting a push for a carbon price.

    Neither would be regarded as raging radicals. Nor could the Australian Accounting Standards Board.

    Yet the AASB said in December last year that best practice of company accounts would be to show climate-related risks in their accounts.

    The business community is acutely aware of the impact climate change can have on their business and investors want to know about these risks before they put money into the company.

    Having some idea about the price of carbon would then seem to be just a matter of good sense for company boards.

    One day the resources minister may also see the reality.

  158. cohenite

    Thank you Zulu. Unbelievable:

    The business community is acutely aware of the impact climate change can have on their business and investors want to know about these risks before they put money into the company.

    Having some idea about the price of carbon would then seem to be just a matter of good sense for company boards.

    One day the resources minister may also see the reality.

    It’s exhausting thinking how widespread this alarmist bullshit is.

  159. Roger

    Put me down as well – for a suitable fee – the first of my mob jumped ship in Sydney in 1815, and were pioneers on the frontier from 1861 onwards.

    Mine settled near Canberra (which, of course, didn’t exist then) in 1838.

    Sheep and wheat, on the back of which they established an inn and another business to cater to those travelling between Sydney and Melbourne.

  160. None

    Yeah sorry MV. You would have been justified if you got offended because even without my typos it would have been a groundless accusation.

  161. Atoms for Peace

    Pulling a muscle in the arse must be worth some brownie points

  162. None

    It’s exhausting thinking how widespread this alarmist bullshit is.

    it’s exhausting thinking about how many rent-seekers there are out there.

  163. johanna

    None
    #3030242, posted on May 30, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    My Acer laptop is 12 years old. Bloody workhorse.

    Not bad, None, but it still has a way to go to beat my NEC, which finally died last year at the age of 17 and never missed a beat till the very end.

    I don’t expect anything manufactured nowadays will outlast either of our old stagers.

  164. Oh come on

    This short clip of leftist meltdowns following the recent LNP win is not as hilarious and satisfying as the TYT coverage of Trump’s 2016 win, but it’s still pretty damn tasty. Some epic twitter rampages and the ranga with the cat at the end is a pisser.

    NSFW on account of the language.

  165. Boambee John

    Doomlord

    As to OT frequency, I am content with two a week. The current spread is effectively 4.5/2.5 days each, as the Monday thread often starts around or after midday.

    Why not start the Weekend thread around lunchtime on Friday (or whenever you are about to start binge drinking), giving a 4/3 day spread?

  166. Bar Beach Swimmer

    hell yes and in today’s environment it’s very difficult for a man to counter that although I just suggest a simple question. Are you trying to flirt with me Kristina?

    But she had a twin in Shorten. Only recently has he finally given up his smoodging of people. He must have been a really cute kid. You know the type with the cheeky smile who everyone said was an imp and who they gave in to. It’s taken him all this while to realise it’s no longer working. How can it work for a fifty+ male. It’s also the reason why he latched onto KKK. It takes one to know one.

  167. zyconoclast

    She has vagine,/i>

    Is that a French type?
    Is it different/better?

  168. Mark A

    Tom
    #3030238, posted on May 30, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    The only thing I don’t conform to is I always have 5-6 pages open so I can simultaneously access dumbass entry-level Word, Excel and Windows programs.

    In that case all you need is more memory.
    You can’t have too much memory, provided your machine supports it.,
    I never run on less than 16G on lappy and 32G on the PC.

  169. memoryvault

    None
    #3030248, posted on May 30, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    As I said None, none taken.
    You are a valued contributor here, and besides which, I’m pretty thick-skinned.

  170. None

    Interesting take Swimmer. I’ve never really thought of Shorten as a smoodger but then I avoid visuals of him anyway so I probably would not have noticed. That sort of behaviour makes me think of someone who is insecure and who doesn’t have any reasoned opinion or request. So they first start with a smoodge and then they follow up with the bully.

  171. zyconoclast

    Ken Wyatt

    From Wiki

    Early life
    Wyatt is an Indigenous Australian, also of part English, Irish and Indian descent. He was born at Roelands Mission farm, near Bunbury south of Perth in Western Australia, a former home for young Indigenous children removed from their families. His mother, Mona Abdullah, was one of the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal children removed from their parents and relocated to Roelands, where she met her husband Don. Wyatt’s father’s heritage is Yamatji and Irish ancestry. His mother’s family heritage is Wongi and Noongar ancestry,[1] while her surname, Abdullah, is from an ancestor who migrated from India to be a cameleer, helping lay the trans-Australia telegraph line.[2]

  172. None

    It’s good to have that local info, Pedro. Thanks. It sounds like he’s got a fair share of doctors’ wives in his electorate.

  173. zyconoclast

    Ken Wyatt

    from Wiki

    Early life
    Wyatt is an Indigenous Australian, also of part English, Irish and Indian descent. He was born at Roelands Mission farm, near Bunbury south of Perth in Western Australia, a former home for young Indigenous children removed from their families. His mother, Mona [email protected], was one of the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal children removed from their parents and relocated to Roelands, where she met her husband Don. Wyatt’s father’s heritage is Yamatji and Irish ancestry. His mother’s family heritage is Wongi and Noongar ancestry,[1] while her surname, [email protected], is from an ancestor who migrated from India to be a cameleer, helping lay the trans-Australia telegraph line.[2]

  174. Leigh Lowe

    Resources Minister Matthew Canavan should wake up to the reality facing corporate Australia which, from next month, will be required to detail in their financial reports climate-related risks to their accounts.

    Sez who?

    Yet the AASB said in December last year that best practice of company accounts would be to show climate-related risks in their accounts.

    Oh.
    Them.
    Accountants.
    Who will be able to make shitloads of fees out of yet another reporting regime.
    Back in the 1970’s the accounting world was pushing “Current Cost Accounting” (CCA).
    Any company who didn’t adopt CCA by 1980 would be a dinosaur and sink into the swamp.
    CCA would have allowed companies to revalue all assets to market value on a monthly basis.
    Alan Bond would of been a yuuuge fan.

  175. Fleeced

    Scott Morrison is Scomo, so Anthony Albanese must be Anal… is that right?

  176. Nelson Kidd-Players

    If you would like an (almost) up-to-date Brisbane street directory, Officeworks have the 2018 UBD on clearance for $3.00. Missed out on the 2018 Sydney for $1.00; it still shows on their website, but is out of stock for online purchase. Perhaps there are a few in stores. </tip>

  177. memoryvault

    My Acer laptop is 12 years old. Bloody workhorse.

    True, None.
    Yet for some reason they don’t like shiraz.
    In this I speak from experience.

  178. John Constantine

    https://www.stockandland.com.au/story/6187936/goat-money-surges-beyond-10-a-kilo-mark/

    “Because it had been a patchy kidding, producers could value add by scanning nannies for sale as a value added product.

    “When the season breaks nannies will be worth a lot of money.”

    Got a cousin with a sheep place now mainly a goat station out in the pastoral badlands. Interestingly, even with goat at an alltime high, his place is worth more to be sold to be rewilded for credits than it is worth as a productive business.

    Comrades.

  179. Mitch M.

    If I had to do that only once a day, it wouldn’t be a problem, but I’m using the Microtheft Windows 10 virus, which is so decrepit I have up to half a dozen screen freezes a day and have to bail out and reboot.

    Defender is the least intrusive. I’ve been using it for 8 months without a problem. You may have a memory issue. Min 8G for apps but if you load a lot of browser tabs that quickly soaks up memory. 16G preferable and generally sufficient in various tests there is bugger all difference from 32G even with AAA games.

    If it is freezing all the time I think you have a conflict issue. Open task manager to look at memory utilisation and CPU use. (Right click on taskbar, choose “Task Manager”). Choose tab “performance”. In general applications my CPU rarely goes over 10%. Then look at “processes” to see if something is gobbling up memory or resources. Do some maintenance or try a repair install.

  180. Leigh Lowe

    Put me down as well – for a suitable fee – the first of my mob jumped ship in Sydney in 1815, and were pioneers on the frontier from 1861 onwards.

    Mine came from Portugal in the 1870’s, moved to the King Valley and promptly started to duff livestock, steal cash and forge land titles.
    Unlike the dumbarse Kelly lot, they paid the coppers their commission and, more importantly, didn’t shoot any of them.

  181. John64

    Pony Girl flew to Mackay and demanded that Pony Girl got off her backside and, by gum, it seems to have worked.

    Adani set to get the all-clear on finch

    Adani is expected to get the green light from Queensland’s environment department tomorrow for its plan to manage the black-throated finch.

  182. Mitch M.

    African Echo: Blombos Cave — site of the first #hashtag?

    On The Dumb yesterday, for the 10 minutes I could tolerate it, they kept raving about how aborigines were the first navigators, farmers, pattern makers blah blah blah. Do these people read anthropology from around the world? They should broaden their horizons but they can’t broaden their minds past the SJW ranting. The link refers to the first “pattern makers” at that remarkable Blombos Cave site dated at least 70,000 years ago.

  183. Old School Conservative

    From a rugby site I frequent:

    Just like to congratulate Todd Sampson as a Director of Fairfax, and Fairfax being the ultimate parent company of radio station 2GB, on the successful signing of Alan Jones to a 2 year contract.

    Needless to say Alan Jones is probably the most highest profile supporter of Israel Folau.

    Interestingly the other public company Directorship, Todd Sampson holds is Qantas.

    Delicious irony anyone?

  184. custard

    Scott Morrison is Scomo, so Anthony Albanese must be Anal… is that right?

    This meme has been out there for a few days or so.

    But isn’t it really Antal ?

  185. Fleeced

    But isn’t it really Antal?

    Don’t spoilt it, custard. Don’t spoil it.

    Has Keneally ever won anything in her own right? Does she run the right faction?

  186. Harlequin Decline

    Scraped the ice off the windscreen and drove from the Barossa to Ceduna today avoiding iconic SA towns and localities including Snowtown, Bumbunga and Port Pirie.

    The ‘Shit Towns of Australia’ guide book gives some details about Port Pirie-

    ‘The smelter employs 10% of the town’s population, making lead manufacturing the second most common job in Port Pirie after ‘unemployed’ at 11%. 4% work in animal husbandry, which in South Australia is exactly what it sounds like.’

    Passed a Humber Super Snipe which was maintaining a credible 100kph.

    About 30km west of Kimba we saw two motorcycle traffic cops. No idea what they were doing out there. I’ve seen them in cars in the middle of the Nullarbor but never on bikes.

  187. Oh come on

    Never purchase ‘gourmet’ sausages containing cheese.

    That is all.

  188. egg_

    But isn’t it really Antal?

    Over Easy – with a happy ending.

  189. Tel:

    Suppose Australia ended all foreign aid, and gave that money directly to Aboriginals (not via a bunch of middle-men and hanger on types) would that be an improvement? From my perspective, yes because at least the money stays in the country and perhaps could be a tiny bit of appreciation. Better than giving it to people who clearly hate us.

    Pay each Aboriginal out $1,000,000 each for genetic relationship to full blood.
    Persons with one Aboriginal and one none Aboriginal get $500,000. Etc.
    Any payments only to those living when the agreement is done – births after 9 months don’t count.
    Parentage by gene testing. (That will put the cat among the pigeons.)
    Total population 650,000 people, – 100,000 that are double/triple dipping on Centerlink.
    Cost = less than a year at current rates.
    All lands return to the crown.
    No race based exceptions to Law allowed.
    No special treatment post signing – i.e. no Dept of Aboriginal Affairs, no Tribal Law, etc. Only one Law to rule them all.
    Enough is enough. This has been a running sore for decades, milked by people whose grandma was frightened by a white man and gimmee money.
    The plight of the Aboriginal people in the settlements must stop.

    The mother decides when weaning stops, not the child.

  190. egg_

    Has Keneally ever won anything in her own right? Does she run the right faction?

    Vag.

  191. cohenite

    It’s particularly galling that the firstest peoples were not in fact the first to the joint but a very late and cannibalistic third at best. But then third nations doesn’t have the same ring. Although give us what we want or we’ll eat you may have some cache.

  192. Stimpson J. Cat

    Never purchase ‘gourmet’ sausages containing cheese.

    A sausage should only ever have meat and sawdust.
    Never cheese.
    This is disgusting Hipster behavior.

  193. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Pay each Aboriginal out $1,000,000 each for genetic relationship to full blood.

    And an acknowledgement that this is in full and final settlement of all land rights and native title claims…

  194. cohenite

    Has Keneally ever won anything in her own right? Does she run the right faction?

    Vag.

    Smirk (sorry for the repeat, I find it mesmerising):

  195. But isn’t it really Antal ?

    Imagine if he was Anthony Ridsworth = AntRid
    or
    Anthony Abanese-Fitsimmons = AnalFist

    Damn this is fun

  196. Fleeced

    Over Easy – with a happy ending.

    Damn – Paul Murray had a caption competition, and I didn’t even think of a ‘happy ending’ gag.

  197. memoryvault

    Question for all you movie buffs out there.
    Is John Wick 1 the one released in 2014?

  198. Fleeced

    Damn this is fun

    And if he had a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law, and Bachelor of Agriculture, he’d be a BA.LLB.BAg.

  199. John64

    cohenite
    #3030289, posted on May 30, 2019 at 9:15 pm
    Has Keneally ever won anything in her own right?
    Smirk (sorry for the repeat, I find it mesmerising):

    I have given this matter due consideration.

    Nobody’s Girl’s Smirk is okay but it doesn’t smoulder like the Jennifer Hawkins Smirk.

  200. mh

    Only an extra forum thread if it has a unique feature, such as being able to vote someone off.

  201. egg_

    But isn’t it really Antal ?

    Infa – as in Infastructure.

  202. Fleeced

    Is John Wick 1 the one released in 2014?

    According to Wikipedia, yes (with “Chapter 2” released in 2017).

    I only watched #1 and #2 last week (they’re both on Netflix).

  203. memoryvault

    Thanks Fleeced.
    That takes care of me for the next couple of hours.
    #2 tomorrow night.

  204. Mark A

    Min 8G for apps but if you load a lot of browser tabs that quickly soaks up memory. 16G preferable and generally sufficient in various tests there is bugger all difference from 32G even with AAA games.

    Try photo editing, not to mention video editing and see how far you go with 32G to have a reasonable working experience.

    For photo work 32 is OK, for video? the sky and your machine is the limit if you want to work and not watch paint dry.

  205. egg_

    Tennis Albo – from turkey slapping at True Thai.

  206. Fleeced

    Even if Biden didn’t have the whole “creepy” thing hanging over him, that would look bad. Can you imagine any other male candidate getting away with saying “I’ll bet you’re as bright as you are good-looking”?

  207. Oh come on

    A sausage should only ever have meat and sawdust.
    Never cheese.
    This is disgusting Hipster behavior.

    It was an accident. I meant to buy the (tight arse discounted) beef and jalapeno sausages. Sounded kinda nice. But I accidentally picked up beef and cheese instead, only noticed when I got home. Cooked em anyway. Disgusting – and that was just watching the melted cheese barfing out of them as they fried. Tasted revolting, too. I *never* throw out food that isn’t off – can choke down pretty much anything that won’t make me sick – but I made an exception with these snags.

  208. Mitch M.

    Try photo editing, not to mention video editing and see how far you go with 32G to have a reasonable working experience.

    For photo work 32 is OK, for video? the sky and your machine is the limit if you want to work and not watch paint dry.

    Of course but I don’t think Tom is doing that, he is just a regular user.

  209. Oh come on

    They weren’t really tight arse snags. They were $10.99 per 500g pack with a $3 discount. So, still pricey. Never buy sausages that contain cheese.

  210. 2dogs

    Each Aboriginal language group (“mob”) elects one person.

    I see a minor problem right there, 2dogs.
    There are 8,000 recognised Aboriginal dialects.

    Which is why I said language and not dialect. About 300 or so.

    In any case, it means there is only one relevant for a given mine. No opportunity for some hitherto unknown to suddenly decide that they are the self-appointed representative for the local mob, to be followed by the inevitable position on the consulting committee gravy train.

  211. mh

    Headline at The Age

    Enjoy the cold and wet, we’re in for a warm, dry winter

    It may not feel like it, but the Bureau of Meteorology is expecting this winter to be drier and warmer than usual.

  212. Oh come on

    Mark Dice’s latest video is great. Just look at the faces on those MSNBC hosts! I

  213. Black Ball

    And an acknowledgement that this is in full and final settlement of all land rights and native title claims…

    I watched Bill Whittle on this very subject. He suggested just pay what is requested. It may make traditional owners more capitalistic, maybe not. But Whittle said pay repatriations, do whatever you like but no more. Was excellent as always.

  214. mh

    Stimpy, it’s called Age Gap Love now.

    #Biden2020AgeGapLove

  215. zyconoclast

    Something is rapidly killing young apple trees in North American orchards. Scientists are stumped

    Weather-related stress—drought and severe cold—could be an underlying cause, researchers reported this month in PLOS ONE. Early freezes are becoming more common across the eastern United States, for example. But that doesn’t appear to be the whole story, and scientists are examining an array of other factors, including pests, pathogens, and the growing use of high-density orchards. “There are a number of things going on that are going to be really difficult to sort out,” says David Rosenberger, a retired plant pathologist who worked at Cornell University.

  216. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Better proposal for this aboriginal commission:
    If we’re going to privilege citizens by the length of time their ancestors have been here the next order of business should be the appointment an advisory council of descendants of settlers who pioneered the land in the early 1800s (adjusted by state) and laid the foundations for our commonwealth’s prosperity.
    I’ll volunteer to serve.

    It shits me no end that our convict forbears and the early settlers are almost completely ignored. From early days convict history was being deliberately censored. I remember seeing a cartoon from, I think, the Bulletin of 1888 addressing what to include in the celebration of the centenary of the First Fleet. It had a couple of convicts and the caption was – ‘You’re not welcome, here’.

    Political correctness has a long history. There’s a great book by Babette Smith – Convict Stain – which argues that many people of consequence, even up to the 1960’s and 70’s, did not want it known that they had convict stock in the family and had gone to the extent of trying to have the records permanently closed.

    I think an advisory council for the convicts would be a great idea. It would help us to deal with the psychological stain that we carry, as the sprog of convicts. Of course, its a big thing to discover that people are looking at you sideways, checking their wallets, keys and silverware when you’re around. But if we were given control of colonial sites, archaeological digs and artefacts, that could help us carry the burden for the opprobrium. We could also consider control of certain waterways. In Newcastle, the convicts built the break wall to enable safe shipping into the harbour. With all that coal shipping, that could well be a sacred site worth pursuing $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!!!!

  217. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Don’t fucking squib it’ – LL

    You, sir, are a cad and a rotter.

    I’ll have you know I had the relevant referrals done today.

    In the not too distant future, I will – for the first time in some time – have my ring closely looked at by someone who is not a barmaid.

  218. Bar Beach Swimmer

    I notice further up the thread there’s some jostling for seats on the colonial council of descendants…since I’ve done my family history in full, I’ll see your sheep and wheat and raise you three of the right types, (highway robbery 1826, relieving the landed gentry of their money and plate 1832, and pledging 1831) plus numerous free settlers from the 1830’s onwards…also into sheep etc around Taralga etc etc. While for the other half, its gold in them thar hills…though beginning with a couple of Irish who landed in Melbourne before it was marvellous.

  219. John Constantine

    Headology explains why the chicom pig plague hasn’t cut supply of pork to the Chinese proles.

    Yet.


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    https://www.ft.com/content/6ffae712-8111-11e9-b592-5fe435b57a3b

    Fine Breed is not the only farm with an unacknowledged outbreak; analysts say farmers in China have taken to sending entire herds to the slaughterhouse at the first sign of ASF, rather than report to the government and receive too little compensation. The resulting oversupply helps explain why, after nine months of government-ordered culling, domestic pork prices have not jumped due to shortages, whereas global markets have reacted sharply. Spot wholesale prices for Chinese pork have risen only about 8 per cent since August, while Chicago hog futures are up more than 35 per cent.

    “At the local level there are strong incentives not to report cases,” said Ernan Cui, China consumer analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics in Beijing. Ms Cui said the impact on pork prices from so-called “panic slaughtering” usually finished working through markets around six months later. She tipped pork reductions from the latest round of killing, which began sometime in December, to become evident in the second half of 2019.

    https://www.ft.com/content/6ffae712-8111-11e9-b592-5fe435b57a3b

    Massive numbers of infected pigs are processed for sale before they die, and the infected product floods the world.

    Australian quarantine is catching some infected product, but statistically they can’t stop it all.

    Down to luck until the plague exhausts itself.

    Then what for meat prices?.

  220. John Constantine

    analysts say farmers in China have taken to sending entire herds to the slaughterhouse at the first sign of ASF, rather than report to the government and receive too little compensation. The resulting oversupply helps explain why, after nine months of government-ordered culling, domestic pork prices have not jumped due to shortages, whereas global markets have reacted sharply. Spot wholesale prices for Chinese pork have risen only about 8 per cent since August, while Chicago hog futures are up more than 35 per cent.

    “At the local level there are strong incentives not to report cases,” said Ernan Cui, China consumer analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics in Beijing. Ms Cui said the impact on pork prices from so-called “panic slaughtering” usually finished working through markets around six months later. She tipped pork reductions from the latest round of killing, which began sometime in December, to become evident in the second half of 2019.

    https://www.ft.com/content/6ffae712-8111-11e9-b592-5fe435b57a3b

    Massive numbers of infected pigs are processed for sale before they die, and the infected product floods the world.

    Australian quarantine is catching some infected product, but statistically they can’t stop it all.

    Down to luck until the plague exhausts itself.

    Then what for meat prices?.

  221. Bar Beach Swimmer

    None
    #3030259, posted on May 30, 2019 at 8:18 pm
    Interesting take Swimmer. I’ve never really thought of Shorten as a smoodger but then I avoid visuals of him anyway so I probably would not have noticed. That sort of behaviour makes me think of someone who is insecure and who doesn’t have any reasoned opinion or request. So they first start with a smoodge and then they follow up with the bully.
    None, I think you’ve got it in one with Shorten.

  222. Leigh Lowe

    ‘Don’t fucking squib it’ – LL

    You, sir, are a cad and a rotter.

    Well, der.
    Tell me summink I don’t know.

    I’ll have you know I had the relevant referrals done today.

    In the not too distant future, I will – for the first time in some time – have my ring closely looked at by someone who is not a barmaid.

    Up periscope!!
    Three things will happen.
    1. Knowledge of a nasty you can deal with (probability 0.06%).
    2. Peace of mind (temporary .. see below)
    3. Being in the system and being hounded to do it again in a year or two.

  223. John Constantine

    When the shortage hits, said Mr Lin, China will pull in pork from the rest of the world, and poorer countries from Brazil to Bulgaria will feel the squeeze from higher prices. “There simply isn’t enough animal protein in the world to fill this void.”

  224. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I notice further up the thread there’s some jostling for seats on the colonial council of descendants…

    I’ll nominate the Scots side of my family.

    Evicted from their smallholdings, escorted down to the nearest seaport, told “The Laird is pleased to pay for your passage to Australia” and put on the ship then and there.

  225. John Constantine

    ASF-contaminated pork products have already been confiscated from air travelers in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.

    The crisis is not only causing economic hardship, but also threatens food security in the region. In Vietnam, where pork accounts for three-quarters of the meat consumption, more than 1.2 million pigs across the country—4% of the national herd—have now died or been killed, the Vietnamese government announced on 13 May. “This is probably the most serious animal health disease [the world has] had for a long time, if not ever,” says Dirk Pfeiffer, a veterinary epidemiologist at City University of Hong Kong.

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/05/african-swine-fever-keeps-spreading-asia-threatening-food-security

  226. Knuckle Dragger

    Saving the planet and eating meat at the same time.

    Evidently India, finally sick of tens of thousands of rotting corpses floating down the Ganges and disturbing those trying to shit in it or worship in it or whatever, is considering bringing in thousands upon thousands of flesh-eating turtles to get rid of them.

    I say to India – beware.

    Start down this road, and before long they’ll be supercharged on human flesh and marauding on land as fighting patrols a couple of hundred strong, eating sacred cows and chasing poverty-ridden kiddies down the street.

  227. John Constantine

    The sale will see Packer sell-off 135.35 million shares for $13 per share, reducing his substantial 46.1 per cent stake of Crown to 26.2 per cent.

    “Crown has been a massive part of my life for the last 20 years and that absolutely remains the case today,” Packer said in a statement.

    Once australia goes cashless and the crims and money launderers can’t wash dirty money through crown, its business model is stuffed.

    Comrades

  228. Grigory M

    I notice further up the thread there’s some jostling for seats on the colonial council of descendants…

    No jostling required – my first ancestor to Australia arrived on the First Fleet – my second arrived on the Second Fleet.

  229. Bar Beach Swimmer

    It’s going to be interesting how the rugby league board and management deal with the two indigenous state of origin players who have said that they won’t sing the national anthem before the first match next week as a protest about the wording – specifically, for we are young. Given that Israel Folau was sacked for doing something that was unconnected to his playing career and was not expressed during his formal playing responsibilities, will these players be warned or have their careers cut short if they refuse to compromise? Or will their actions be celebrated as courageous in the face of perceived widespread racism? But does it not go against the management of the team, team solidarity and team bonding, respect for the spectators and, may I say, the type of optics that has put off certain sponsors? If nothing happens to them, this is a perfect example of the double standards that are endemic to sport in Australia today, which Israel’s legal team should use to full affect. As I’m sure they will use David Pocock’s extra-curricular political activities.

  230. Megan

    I’ll nominate the Scots side of my family.

    Mine too. Sent to the colonies to work the (ahem, stolen) land because his dad died in WWI. Took three years to repay his fare to the farmer he worked for and then found himself knee deep in the Depression.

  231. memoryvault

    For the perfect, painless beef sausage meal.
    1) – Buy only proper, thick, plain beef sausages, not the thin bbq kind or mixed with other muck.
    2) – Wrap in well sealed up alfoil.
    3) – Stick in oven at 180 degrees C for one hour and 10 minutes.
    4) – Serve with eggs, chips, onion and a tomato.

    I cook three and put one in the fridge to have cold and sliced up on toast for brunch the following day.

  232. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This one’s for Top Ender.

    I’ve dined and wined well, and I’m pleasantly awash in good whisky.

    I’ve said my share of unkind things about the Navy – rum, sodomy and the lash, and all that – but the current reading is “From Great Depths – the wrecks of HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran.”, edited by M McCarthy

    Great and powerful images. God rest ye merry, gentlemen.

  233. Steve trickler

    Baraka, 1992.

  234. memoryvault

    I reckon this is how Friday nights will be if there isn’t a new thread starting at midnight.

    Dead.

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