Open Forum: June 1, 2019

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  1. Roberto

    Mother Lode

    You would think a great fat fly like Zimmerman, at home crawling out through the empty eye socket of dead fish in an open dumpster in an alley behind a restaurant or patting his proboscis against fresh dog turds, would find anything live and wholesome to be so disgusting to him that he can only bear it by tipping a bucket of vomit over himself and standing under a hand drier in a filthy toilet to truly bake the stink on.

    A perfect description of my esteemed local member.

  2. Roger

    Do you have numbers for previous years?

    Will have to look.

    The 81 000 appears to be people flying in, not students already here.

  3. Tel

    By 2030, with the project still in its relatively early stages, most developed countries will have stopped using coal-fired power.

    Load of cobblers. Any bookies want to handle bets on this question? I’m very, very confident that coal will still be in use, for example in Germany there’s no freaking way they can shut down their coal plants. Very likely will still be a significant fraction of coal power in the USA, and certainly Australia. Even if an ALP/Green government wins in 2022 and goes hammer and tongs to destroy the AU economy there will still be coal running here. Just watch.

    The others will be moving fast in that direction. So far under President Trump, the United States has closed 50 coal-fired power stations, and will almost certainly never build another.

    Utter garbage, India and China are building new coal plants all over the place.

  4. notafan

    This bloke seems to be the go to guy for criticizing government immigration policy.

    Left the APS in 2007 while probably still in his late forties

    ABUL RIZVI. Partner Visas – A Lesser Known Dutton Scandal

  5. notafan

    The 81 000 appears to be people flying in, not students already here.

    I’ve seen this stat before

    It doesn’t say how many are turned back immediately and iirc the percentage is very high, possibly at the 80 or 90 percent mark.

  6. Roberto

    None

    It’s ironic that those people that hate the Catholic Church the most what their kids in Catholic schools.

    This is a phenomenon that I’ve noticed too. There’s no aspect of the Church that they won’t attack, yet in the next breath it’s “we just love the ethos at St X’s. The teachers are so good…so caring….our little darling is thriving there”.

  7. None

    Story that reaches my ears is that the Shadow Minister for Home Affairs has been appointed from the Senate, because the Labor Party don’t have anyone capable of going face to face with Peter Dutton, on the floor of the Lower House.

    That was my first thought why do they have someone whose not in the lower house opposing Dutton if payment there’s is such a big issue for them. Remember that immigration is actually handled by another minister now who’s a f****** wet. The good thing about that is that Kenneally will have to make most of her statements in public where she’s up for defamation and she will expose all the filth in the immigration system which all came from Labor so it’s going to be interesting. Dutton doesn’t mind having a go at the handbag hit squad which is good.

  8. None

    Indeed Roberto and then you have the other mob you think every Catholic is a pedophile yet demand that Catholic schools take gay kids.

  9. None

    Indeed Roberto and then you have the other mob you think every Catholic is a p#dophile yet demand that Catholic schools take gay kids.

  10. Arky

    Arky, one thing puzzles me, when the gearbox was out and you moved the car around, didn’t you notice if the tail-shaft was turning?

    Or it escaped your attention??

    ..
    The Model A with a banjo diff has the driveshaft encased in a torque tube.
    So no, you can’t notice if the drive shaft is rotating or not.
    Plus it does turn, just not enough to drive the car forward.
    I think it has sheared the key off one of the axles at the tapered hub end.
    But I won’t know for a week or too due to work.

  11. Tom

    Not quite official: the sacking of Carlton bush league kiddie coach Brendan Bolton will be announced at 2pm.

  12. Neil

    The 81 000 appears to be people flying in, not students already here.

    Dummy how do you think foreign students get here? Swim? After flying in to get a degree some apply for asylum. Also I think it is illegal to apply for asylum at the airport. You would be put into detention if you did or put on the first plane leaving Australia.

    A small percentage of the 600,000 foreign students apply for asylum before their student visa expires because they like it here. Even 5% would be 30,000 applicants. It is a rort and bad for locals trying to get jobs.

  13. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Excellent Catallaxy header now coming through loud and clear into China. Small wins.

    I’d better be quiet now; we are not quite outta here yet. One nice lunch coming up first.

    Had a bath last nite in our enormous his and hers bathroom in the free standing claw foot bath. I nearly drowned at one stage as it is quite slippery and I went under, floundering to resurface. Found a stable position then and settled back to watch TV on the small TV set into the wall near the bath. It’s gone blank, I yell out to Hairy, who calls back blame the government. Two minutes later and all is AOK.

  14. Tom

    Excellent Catallaxy header now coming through loud and clear into China.

    Bravo, Doomlord!

  15. Mother Lode

    That was the defence during the RGR years when there was a flotilla of pretended refugees fauxtilla growing at such a rate that they would soon no longer need to buy fuel – just tie the boats end to end and let the 6 ft bepaunched and bearded 9 year olds (just ask them!) to just walk.

    The numbers coming by air dwarfed the number coming by boat – except we knew who the people on the planes were and could check their stories.

  16. duncanm

    Asylum stats are easy to find.

    Look here.

    In particular, the 2018 Onshore Humanitarian Report

    – non-IMA applications Lodged: 28k (2017/18). Majority from PRC and Malaysia.
    – Final grants: 1425

  17. duncanm

    Oh – probably the important thing to take from that:
    – 10% of PRC grants successful
    – 2% of Malaysian
    – 50-100% from ME and Africa

  18. Leigh Lowe

    Johno
    #3033328, posted on June 3, 2019 at 12:24 pm
    Tom, I watched North Melb play on the weekend.The best part was all the lollies the new coach scoffed.
    They deserved the win. Good game.

    I saw a little bit of it and, it seemed to me that Shaw has re-introduced the novel concept of tackling the opposition player with the ball.

  19. Lodging an application for asylum is one of the tricks many immigration lawyers use when their client has reached the end of another visa (say student visa, or somesuch) or has got into serious trouble with the law, or has done something that will get their visa cancelled.
    It is usually a delaying tactic, or a “what the heck we’ve nothing to lose” tactic.

    The numbers of such asylum applications are no indication of anything.
    A few of my staff have lodged asylum applications from time to time. Shocked me when afterward I found out, as during the life of their application (years) most of them returned to the homeland for several weeks holiday.

  20. Knuckle Dragger

    And Bolton’s sacked.

  21. Percy Popinjay

    With music by the genre-bending Dr. Allan Zavod, words by Australia’s chief scientist Dr. Alan Finkel, narrated by Sir Richard Branson, and performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and conductor Benjamin Northey, this recording is a major international release that lends some musical muscle to the ongoing political and environmental fight against climate change.

    That would be absolutely excruciating. Just imagine the self important twats who’d bother going to it.

  22. C.L.

    Did nobody pick up on this long-planned and obvious trollery?

    Chinese warships dock at Sydney’s Garden Island.

    Three Chinese warships have arrived in Sydney Harbour for a visit that was not publicly announced by the Government.

    A People’s Liberation Army frigate, an auxiliary replenishment ship, and an amphibious vessel are docking at Garden Island for a four-day stopover.

    The visit comes just a week after the ABC revealed Chinese warships had recently followed the Australian Navy during a transit of the South China Sea.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the arrival of the warships had been planned for some time …

    “It may have been a surprise to others but it certainly wasn’t a surprise to the Government,” he said.

    Oh I’m so pleased the Commonwealth was aware that Chinese warships were arriving on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. This is a disgrace calculated to make us look weak.

  23. MatrixTransform

    Johnno, I reckon I paid 1600 for the Asus Im typing on now and I was pretty happy with it.

    Early 2018 went looking for the Crazy Old Mole ( the missus) and found a Dell with similar screen, disks and memory. That thing of hers has a better i7 and is generally faster all round.

    We only paid about $1100 direct from Dell and it was delivered within 48hrs

    Her Dell has made me rethink though we probably just got lucky

  24. mh

    I thought Trump must have sacked John Bolton.

    AFL haha. Nothing to see here.

  25. Knuckle Dragger

    That link, Zulu, is priceless.

  26. mh

    Oh I’m so pleased the Commonwealth was aware that Chinese warships were arriving on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. This is a disgrace calculated to make us look weak.

    Not hard to do.

  27. C.L.

    The shark phoned. Says he’s tired of being jumped over by Tony Jones …

    Jimmy Barnes will be a panelist on Q&A tonight.
    I’m sure he’ll be all over the foreign policy, energy, cultural and economic questions of our time.

  28. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘crazy old mole’

    Matrix,

    Are you hooked up with my elderly Staffy?

  29. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hairy still reading in bed looking, I think, very cute when he is serious; we have a very late check out. I have just discovered some nice writing paper and envelopes in the small almost scrret drawer I’ve just noticed in the Partner’s desk I was sitting at. Snaffling it till I find someone to write to on it.

    I’ve just moved over now to try out the big sofa just because I can. Everywhere the decor is luxe and shiny, bevilled glass with curlicues in it, and mirrors, and little lights over some interesting paintings and old photographs, and with it all, the hint in dark wood of Chinese influence in latches and furniture fittings. Beyond the parquet the inset carpet has leaves at one end, then big stems, and in the middle are the lilly tops. The chandellier is a heavy iron and glass dish-like confection. The public areas are something else again, so do take an art dekko if you are in Shanghai. Anyone can stroll around these and take photos. Many do.

    Hairy is amused by my delight in it all.
    Well done, Elizabeth, he congratulates me.
    He has just read my piece in the June Quadrant.

  30. Lilliana

    C.L.
    #3033362, posted on June 3, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    They are just checking out their future home port. And yes it is a disgrace and yes we are weak (and pathetic).

  31. Fisky

    The 81 000 appears to be people flying in, not students already here.

    Combination of people on tourist visas and students. Mostly scam artists.

  32. MatrixTransform

    Are you hooked up with my elderly Staffy?

    I think its her sister

  33. Geriatric Mayfly

    ABC Classic presents The Environmental Symphony,

    Not more atonal plink, plonk, bang torture. Wondering if there’s even a time and key signature.

  34. Tom

    Social media reporting that Brendan Bolton has been sacked. Hooray! Hope the door smacks your arse on the way out. PS: go and learn how to motivate men, you no-hoper.

  35. MatrixTransform

    Jimmy Barnes was all good until he stopped singing and started whinging.
    He aint the only on who graduated the School of Hard Knocks
    FFS

  36. Diogenes

    Not more atonal plink, plonk, bang torture. Wondering if there’s even a time and key signature.

    Reason #1789 for giving up ClasicFM…
    The Diogenes Test for “is it music ?” If I can’t whistle the tune, it ain’t music !

  37. Fisky

    I have never seen the Left so crushed and broken in my life! Glorious stuff!

    An email from a crestfallen snowflake named Emily arrived in the inboxes of GetUp’s supporters and stalkers late last week.

    “Hey Nick,” she wrote in a somewhat overfamiliar tone. “This has been a strange email to write. But then, normal has felt worlds away since election night.”

    Spare a thought for these unhappy people with their battered identities and orange T-shirts dulled by dust. This time last month they were on the cusp of a new dawn. Today they are democracy’s roadkill, lying dazed in the gutter, limbs twitching, trying to figure out what hit them.

    “The result last Saturday really threw me,” Emily wrote. “Can you please … help our movement figure out what happened, so we can come together and determine what happens next?”

  38. mh

    Jimmy has been chosen to crap on about multiculturalism.

    He has a Thai wife you know.

  39. Oh come on

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3033360, posted on June 3, 2019 at 1:07 pm
    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2019/06/kristina-keneally-clueless-on-national-security-proves-it-with-neil-mitchell-today.html

    What are the most pressing national security issues today?

    KK: well um ah I think er it’s like really important to focus on the, like, security side of things. I really, uh, don’t think that Paul um Dutter is, like, in space, that is to say in the security space. That space has been like totally um empty for, like, a long time. Also, we absolutely must, it’s so important, to bear in mind the national nature of the pergola. I mean the portfilia. The department. It’s really national. So um, yes. I think…Yes! When we talk about national security issues, we must bear in mind that these issues are inextricably national in nature, and must be viewed through the prism of security.

  40. calli

    From the comments:

    amesofcoffs said…
    wouldn’t have a bloody clue. She acts like a ventriloquists dummy. Where or who is the ventriloquist?

    In prison, I believe.

  41. Pedro the Ignorant

    Jimmy has been chosen to crap on about multiculturalism.
    He has a Thai wife you know.

    Quelle surprise.

  42. calli

    I think he comes up for parole this month. How convenient.

  43. Infidel Tiger

    Jimmy Barnes has transitioned from working class man to woke hipster.

    It’s actually the perfect encapsulation of what has happened to leftism.

  44. MatrixTransform

    The Visa scams are real.
    There are agents and contacts and networks set up to wrangle the system

    We had home stay students for years. Sometimes 2 at a time.
    One of the last kiddies had 65k in the bank and eventually got her Masters in Linguistics.
    A 28yo retard that still wore Hello Kitty sneakers and a Mini Mouse t-shirt

    After study complete, swapped Visa conditional on doing some work in her field.
    Did a few coffe courses and as it turns out, pulling a few strings can get you a job as a barista in Northern NSW despite actually living in Melbourne and all the Visa requirements are then satisfied.
    Probably still here in Melb likely doing a PhD in bulldust

    Another one took monthly visits from a mysterious fella in the big black Audi and aquarterly trip to Sydney … to see her um, ‘cousin’

    Get a new student, wait for the home internets go spastic again until I tracked down the holes firewalled the bastards.

  45. Infidel Tiger

    Why in hell’s name are Chicom ships allowed in our waters?

    Are we barking mad?

  46. Oh come on

    Barnesy is as dumb as a box of hammers. He has nothing interesting to say about anything much. He might have had some good anecdotes about his time in Cold Chisel, but he was too coked off his head and wasted on goodness knows what for decades to remember a thing today.

  47. MatrixTransform

    Are we barking mad?

    and then the Klingons de-cloaked … shields up or down?

  48. duncanm

    Why in hell’s name are Chicom ships allowed in our waters?

    we should be inviting the Frenchies over for some underwater exercises.

  49. Roberto

    Geriatric Mayfly
    ABC Classic presents The Environmental Symphony,
    Not more atonal plink, plonk, bang torture. Wondering if there’s even a time and key signature.

    All music nowadays is composed in Sibelius. No key signatures; everything’s in C with endless accidentals. It’s bloody difficult to sing and unrewarding when you do finally get it right.

  50. Oh come on

    we should be inviting the Frenchies over for some underwater exercises

    um I’d rather not be nuked, thanks, Dunc.

  51. mh

    Do Chinese warships dock in US ports?

  52. Beachcomber

    ABC Classic presents The Environmental Symphony, …………….

    With music by the genre-bending Dr. Allan Zavod, words by Australia’s chief scientist Dr. Alan Finkel, narrated by Sir Richard Branson, ……………

    Please, just make it stop!

  53. The Visa scams are real.
    There are agents and contacts and networks set up to wrangle the system

    At least one of my staff paid $100,000+ to a Snakehead/Coyote (choose your preferred moniker) just to get them the job with me.
    (Instead of coughing a hundred large, they coulda just answered my job ad direct – but that would have required logging out of World of Warcraft & logging in to Seek)
    That particular one hasn’t fully played out yet. It is going to get interesting before it ends.

  54. MatrixTransform

    The Environmental Symphony in 4 seasons.

    Global Tepid
    Modern Minimum
    Nuclear Winter
    Post Modern Requiem

  55. Oh come on

    With music by the genre-bending Dr. Allan Zavod, words by Australia’s chief scientist Dr. Alan Finkel, narrated by Sir Richard Branson,

    This has to be a joke.

    The cultural cringe was absolutely justified. If the elites had any discernment, it would still exist. Today our taxpayer-funded elites, who are the most talentless and mediocre hacks in the world, parade their dross about, loudly announcing to anyone who will listen that it’s ‘world class’.

    They are a national humiliation.

  56. Neil

    The numbers coming by air dwarfed the number coming by boat – except we knew who the people on the planes were and could check their stories.

    But you cannot check their stories. That is why the success rate for plane arrivals is much lower than for those who come by boat.

    Most are foreign students who legally come here on a student visa. After enjoying our lifestyle they go and apply for asylum. They say they have become a Christian since arriving and will be persecuted if they go home. Some also say they are members of Falun Gong. Basically they tell lies. Success rate is only 10% and I suspect those 10% are just better liars than the 90% who do not succeed in their asylum application.

    Also Labor just brings in this asylum plane arrival topic to create confusion trying to make out the Coalition is being inconsistent. With 600,000 foreign students in Australia only a small percentage need to apply for asylum to create a large number if applicants.

  57. Why in hell’s name are Chicom ships allowed in our waters?

    +1
    Though many will remember some years ago, when the first Chinese ship arrived, the usual flotilla of kayaks of peace paddled out & treated them the same as visiting Yank warships, i.e. got in front of them, slowed them down, etc.
    A couple of the Greenpeace type wallies actually managed to climb aboard the Good Ship Tiananmen (or whatever it was called). They were immediately bundled into the superstructure & out of sight.

    When released, I mean disembarked at the wharf the next day, the activists were very muted.
    Despite the lurid tales of the activists, there was no visible bruising on them, apart from what could be put down to the result of climbing aboard a warship that was under steam.

    The treatment must have worked, I don’t think anybody has tried to board a Chinese warship since then.

  58. Oh come on

    When you consider the greatest achievements of Australia, these are almost always cases of ordinary people doing the extraordinary. We have the worst elites in the world, and it’s not even close.

  59. notafan

    Isn’t Jimmy an expert on da climate?

    he went on climate ‘strike’ in March and I quote

    Jimmy Barnes: You know the world has changed coz we caught a train to join #ClimateStrike with the school kids, they were amazing.

    Jimmy caught a train

  60. calli

    the activists were very muted.

    They showed them this.

  61. Percy Popinjay

    KK: well um ah I think er it’s like really important to focus on the, like, security side of things. I really, uh, don’t think that Paul um Dutter is, like, in space …

    Thanks OCO, pitch perfect.

  62. Knuckle Dragger

    The Jimmy Barnes of today would be aghast at the prospect of setting foot in the front bar of any pub jn the country.

    He has record sales of precisely fuck all since he got woke. He has, however, made a Mt Everest of $100 bills from the same punters he now shuns.

    His new shows will still be packed. By people waiting to hear Khe Sanh or Standing on the Outside. They care little for his views on veganism.

  63. Percy Popinjay

    Jimmy Barnes was all good until he stopped singing

    I wasn’t aware that he’d ever actually engaged in that activity.

  64. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Anthony Albanese: We can pass tax cuts in one hour

    Richard Ferguson
    Reporter
    @RichAFerguson
    20 minutes ago June 3, 2019
    260 Comments

    Anthony Albanese has offered to get his Labor MPs to Canberra “for one hour” to pass the first round of Scott Morrison’s tax cuts, but still won’t commit to passing the government’s whole tax package.

    The Prime Minister has proposed parliament return on July 2 to retrospectively pass his entire tax cut plan, but Labor has committed to tax cuts for lower and middle income-earners which take place in this term of parliament.

    The Opposition Leader today said the parliament could reconvene this month to pass the first round of cuts and that they could be passed in a day.

    “Their commitment was that tax cuts would come into play on July 1. There is no reason why the Parliament can’t sit before July 1, sit for an hour, I’ve made the offer,” he told ABC News today.

    “The Senate, of course I can’t control, but we can put those tax cuts through in a day and it can be done efficiently, and then the Government can fulfil the promise that they themselves have had. We will consider the second and third elements of that package on their own merit.”

    The government has refused to split their tax bill — the keystone of its budget and election economic agenda — and Mr Albanese said he would “consider” parts two and three of the plan.

    “I have got to say that Mathias Cormann or anyone else who looks at the international economy, looks at the uncertainty that is there, looks at what is happening between the United States and China, in particular, and the potential impact on our domestic economy, and suggests that they know what the economy will look like in the mid-2020s,” Mr Albanese said.

    “You know, you can’t have a mandate into elections into the future.”

    From the Oz. Hop to it, then Albo.

  65. mh

    TicToc by Bloomberg
    @tictoc
    WATCH: Trump prays at the McLean Bible Church with Pastor David Platt in the wake of the Virginia Beach mass shooting
    https://twitter.com/tictoc/status/1135259272059576320?s=20

  66. BrettW

    Does anybody know what time and on which Chinese ship they are holding the medal presentation for Sam Dastyari for services to China ?

  67. Tom

    Lame duck Carlton president Mark LoGiudice (who I expect to be deposed in the next few months as the chief author of this debacle) to convene a media chook-feeding conference at 2.15pm, which will formally announce the sacking of senior coach Brendan Bolton and the appointment of David Teague as caretaker coach while the club headhunts an actual premiership coach, with much speculation centred on ex-Swans coach Paul Roos.

  68. rickw

    Why in hell’s name are Chicom ships allowed in our waters?

    Are we barking mad?

    Beat me to it. The only reason you might do it is to attach tracking and monitoring equipment. I doubt we’re that smart.

    Most probably they were doing a freedom of navigation exercise, and we’re just pretending they were invited.

  69. Does anybody know what time and on which Chinese ship they are holding the medal presentation for Sam Dastyari for services to China ?

    Love your work sir!

  70. Mother Lode

    But you cannot check their stories. That is why the success rate for plane arrivals is much lower than for those who come by boat.

    If they have a record we can check it.

    The ones coming on planes would be ones that know they will get by the lax standards we have. But those standards are a separate issue from the self-selecting boaties who know hopping a plane with the passport is less likely to succeed than hopping a boat.

  71. Infidel Tiger

    Paul Roos has a terrible coaching record. Why he is constantly seen as the messiah for struggling clubs is beyond me.

  72. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the arrival of the warships had been planned for some time …
    It may have been a surprise to others but it certainly wasn’t a surprise to the Government,” he said.

    I’ll translate that as the visit being kept secret until after they’d docked, because unlike the Yankee capitalist dog enemy, our allies (& friends) the Chinese gave orders that they would be “most displeased” were their warships of friendship & peace to encounter any protesting.

  73. Rebel with cause

    Today our taxpayer-funded elites, who are the most talentless and mediocre hacks in the world, parade their dross about, loudly announcing to anyone who will listen that it’s ‘world class’.

    Even our taxpayer funded propaganda is third rate. An ‘environmental symphony’ is the equivalent of a mutual bed wetting.

  74. rickw

    I’ll translate that as the visit being kept secret until after they’d docked, because unlike the Yankee capitalist dog enemy, our allies (& friends) the Chinese gave orders that they would be “most displeased” were their warships of friendship & peace to encounter any protesting.

    The Australian Political class are complete filth.

  75. Excellent Catallaxy header now coming through loud and clear into China.

    Hardly surprising.
    Catallaxians and the Chinese Communists have plenty in common, beginning with their level of tolerance to dissenting opinions. The Chicoms are however, better organised.

  76. Mark A

    After careful consideration I came to the conclusion, that some forumites are prone to embellishments, exaggerations and may I say telling outright porkies.

    What is worse, in their naivety they actually believe, that it will go unnoticed.

    (only two that annoy me most, one in particular) No, not you numbers you are just an itch we can’t reach.

  77. Tintarella di Luna

    I tell you it’s the same with NDIS and it will be worse

    . A friend’s NDIS plan was defrauded by thousands and it was managed by the Agency because she thought that would be the safest. Yeah sure.

    The problem with the NDIS is that it was legislated by a desperate Gillard wanting to capitalise on her compassion but then just handed it all over to the bureaucrats. That’s why it has turned to absolutely kaka because that’s a feature not a bug of bureaucratic overreach – easy for scammers not so easy for people who need the services and support because they haven’t got a clue how it’s supposed to work, that’s a feature too.

  78. Catallaxians and the Chinese Communists have plenty in common, beginning with their level of tolerance to dissenting opinions. The Chicoms are however, better organised.

    +1

  79. After careful consideration I came to the conclusion, that some forumites are prone to embellishments, exaggerations and may I say telling outright porkies.

    Names, please.
    We promise to not persecute the culprits.

  80. Tintarella di Luna

    Even our taxpayer funded propaganda is third rate. An ‘environmental symphony’ is the equivalent of a mutual bed wetting.

    A novel way to stop felling cold because of global warming — just don’t lift the covers!

  81. Tintarella di Luna

    I mean feeling cold, fingers not working – too cold.

  82. MatrixTransform

    just when you thought we were out, the Numpty Rake Location service’s dowsing rods cross just like that.

    What sort of fuckwit would spend all their time lamely trying to take the piss outta Cats for dissenting opinion….and then whine because not soul here gives a tosca about his own dissent?

    Its brain cannot possibly be connected to its typing finger.
    Get more sense from a Cockatoo

  83. Leigh Lowe

    Tom
    #3033376, posted on June 3, 2019 at 1:18 pm
    Social media reporting that Brendan Bolton has been sacked. Hooray! Hope the door smacks your arse on the way out. PS: go and learn how to motivate men, you no-hoper.

    Frying pan to fire, Tom.
    Obviously they are going all in to get Brad “Not My Fault Evah” Scott.

  84. Mother Lode

    What sort of fuckwit would spend all their time lamely trying to take the piss outta Cats for dissenting opinion

    A jealous one. One that feels powerless. A sociopath.

    There are a few sorts of fuckwit. All of them fuckwits.

  85. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    EXCLUSIVE: Truck driver who witnessed crash where mother and her four children died in suspected murder-suicide says she was NOT overtaking when she drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle

    Charmaine McLeod died along with her four children in QLD last Monday night
    She was thought to have been overtaking, but truck behind her says she wasn’t
    Truck driver said she was ‘dozens of metres ahead’ at the time of the crash
    Police are investigating the crash as a murder-suicide after suspicious findings

    Daily Mail.

  86. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger
    #3033422, posted on June 3, 2019 at 2:29 pm
    Paul Roos has a terrible coaching record. Why he is constantly seen as the messiah for struggling clubs is beyond me.

    Yeah, he is not a patch on the greatest coach of all time, Gary Lyon.
    Undefeated record.

  87. stackja

    Infidel Tiger
    #3033388, posted on June 3, 2019 at 1:31 pm
    Why in hell’s name are Chicom ships allowed in our waters?

    Are we barking mad?

    MT and Pyne?

  88. Leigh Lowe

    EXCLUSIVE: Truck driver who witnessed crash where mother and her four children died in suspected murder-suicide says she was NOT overtaking when she drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle
    Charmaine McLeod died along with her four children in QLD last Monday night
    She was thought to have been overtaking, but truck behind her says she wasn’t
    Truck driver said she was ‘dozens of metres ahead’ at the time of the crash
    Police are investigating the crash as a murder-suicide after suspicious findings

    Standby.
    Let’s wait to see what Inspector Candy Clouseau and Sherlock Memoryvault have to say.

  89. Neil

    If they have a record we can check it.

    You cannot read. For example some say they have become Christians after arriving in Australia and will be persecuted if they go back home. How do you check their story?

    But there are 600,000 foreign students in Australia. Some foreign students only come here because they do not like living in their home country. They apply for asylum after legally arriving on a student visa

  90. calli

    If they had “become Christians” they would be champing at the bit to get home and spread the Good News to their families. I know many of my Chinese Christian friends look forward to visits home to witness to their loved ones.

    This smacks of prisoners cadging for early release because “Christian”. Yet, if they had converted, they would want to follow the example of the early church and preach the Gospel in gaol. And they would want to fully pay their debt to society for their crime.

  91. BrettW

    Headline of column in SMH
    “It may yet turn out that this was a good election to have lost”

    This sentence stood out :
    “It is one thing for the marketer-in-chief to have fought a copybook scare campaign against a vulnerable opponent, made more vulnerable by electorally suicidal tax policies;”

    So Sco Mo fought a scare campaign against electorally suicidal tax policies !. Naturally people would be scared of such suicidal policies. However pointing them out becomes a scare campaign.

    Note the sure win opponent, before the election, has now become the vulnerable opponent.

    The winning just never ends.

  92. Calli:

    You just need different tools. I can’t measure a customer’s level of delight at a plan with a shifting spanner.

    You can if they wanted a shifting spanner.

  93. calli

    I read that, BrettW. The writer is an Olympic level contortionist.

    I wonder what his opinion of interest rate cuts would have been if Shorty had prevailed?

  94. calli

    True, Winston. Odd. But true. 😄

  95. Shy Ted

    Pickering Post has a new lease of life under Harry Richardson. Needs a regular and acerbic cartoonist though.

  96. Hmm. A hoard of Chinese ships in Sydney harbour, eh?

    On a peaceful mission to test the electronic penetration of Huawei?

  97. notafan

    Let’s wait to see what Inspector Candy Clouseau and Sherlock Memoryvault have to say.

    You left out Dudley Do -Numbers LL

  98. Neil

    This is an old link but still applies. labor just brings up plane arrivals to confuse people. With 600,000 foreign students in Australia only a small number need to make the numbers rather large

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-15/chinese-fly-into-australia-to-make-27dodgy27-asylum-claims/3892416

    Last year more than 6,000 asylum seekers arrived by air. The largest group by far came from China, with much smaller numbers flying in from India and other south east Asian countries.
    While some might be legitimate, many are not and they are being supported by a network of corrupt officials from China to migration agents in Australia.
    Patricia Cruise, who worked as an immigration officer reviewing such claims for eight years, says fraud was common.
    “What distinguishes the Chinese case load is that it’s endemic – it’s the norm with PRC applications to have some fraudulent content and for there to be some dodgy practices along the way,” she said.
    The Chinese enter on valid student, tourist or carer’s visas and once in the country apply for asylum.
    With the help of dubious migration agents they pose as persecuted Falun Gong practitioners or underground Christian worshippers.

  99. “notafan
    #3033468, posted on June 3, 2019 at 3:21 pm
    Let’s wait to see what Inspector Candy Clouseau and Sherlock Memoryvault have to say.

    You left out Dudley Do -Numbers LL”

    I was thinking more along the lines of “Happy Clappy Scumbers”

  100. Pete of Perth

    A reenactment of Schleswig-Holstein in Danzig Harbour perhaps.

  101. Mother Lode

    You cannot read.

    My reading is fine.

    All this stuff is separate from the boat turnbacks.

    And if they have a record for anything elsewhere we can see it. Someone who has done nothing leaving a record elsewhere turning up here saying they are Christian then we have a nobody pretending to be a Christian, not an established criminal on a boat saying they are a twelve year old from Derka-Derka-Stan.

    I am not saying the system is flawless, not even that it is especially good, just that we have better chances with the ones on planes than the ones on boats who arrive with no background we can investigate – the ones for whom this shoddy boats gives them a better chance than an aeroplane.

    Or are you with Kristina that we should allow the boaties to just rock on up? I mean, as long as there are planes…

  102. calli

    Cassie, is that an alias for “Cheerful Squalor”?

  103. calli

    Because it’s true?

    But in your case, Tori, best not to inflict yourself on the innocent.

  104. notafan

    There is no doubt a problem with asylum seeker fraud and the best rehearsed are getting through.

    We should be like the UK, only bridging visas and if you go back home, for any reason your visa is revoked. Only those who who come though established channels should be offered a path to citizenship.

    It should simply not be an option for those arriving on tourist or student visas.

  105. MatrixTransform

    Seriously?

    VikPol handing out tickets now for not signalling … left is right and right is wrong
    duh

  106. Top Ender

    The best advice Jimmy Barnes ever got was when Ian Meldrum told him to stop screaming when he was “singing”.

    Jimmy ignored it.

  107. Shy Ted

    if you get a link that says free porn?
    it is birus, wich deactivate you spelchck and garblis up your rigting
    and i reeived it, but lukily i dont does prn, so idnt open it

    WARB ALL YUR FRIEDS

  108. Shy Ted

    Not a lot of people know that I can lipread in Chinese. Was watching the bridge on one of those Chinese warships and can reveal the Captain said, “you can see my next house from here”. He seemed to be facing Point Piper at the time.

  109. DrBeauGan

    I don’t know if the present government here is as full of thieving swine as the Batista government was in Cuba. Possibly not. All the same, I think HoP time is getting closer. I hope to pick up some tips on how to run a revolution while in Cuba; I wouldn’t want any communists in it of course. A Çat revolution would be cool.

  110. Matrix Transform:
    So we’ll have to bring in a national ID card backed up by gene identification.

    Mobile phone and fingerprints not enough?

    Nope. They want our DNA and this is the easiest way to do it.

  111. Johno

    “you can see my next house from here

    Yeah they would say that wouldn’t they? Bloody slopes hey? hey?

  112. DrBeauGan

    Can we agree that the first order of business after the revolution will be to pass a blanket bill repealing every act of parliament passed since 1950?

  113. Fisky

    This is an old link but still applies. labor just brings up plane arrivals to confuse people.

    Just wait until they roll out the old “British backpackers overstaying their visas” canard. You know it’s coming!

  114. max

    You have to credit Barnesy’s manager.

    Aging rager and screamer, career on the slide, hasn’t had a hit in yonks in danger of disappearing forever.

    Now repackaged: victim, but survivor.

    ‘My battle with …….’

    Next up: Barnesy’s undiscovered aboriginal/ Glaswegian great grandma.

    And a three-part bio. I’ll bet Barnesy chewed the pencil as he was ‘writing’ that.

  115. Mother Lode:

    I remember when, early in the Obama Imperium, they wanted to get a nice shot of Air Force One flying over NYC.
    The way it was done to capture the both the plane and the city in the one shot involved the plane flying rather low over the city. I recall it caused quite a bit of panic on the ground – not surprisingly.

    IIRC,ML it was the ?F15 following the presidential aircraft that really stirred up the New Yorkers.
    I’ll put good money on that prick O’Bama doing it on purpose.

  116. MatrixTransform

    Chinese warships and can reveal the Captain said, “you can see my next house from here”. He seemed to be facing Point Piper at the time.

    is the first office still going to Montana?
    …doh, wrong movie

  117. John Constantine

    Their abc seem to have forgotten that the peoples liberation army effectively owns the front company that owns the port of Darwin, abc wymynsys shocked that warships could just sail into their Sydney Harbour.

    Also, the chicom fishing fleet in Australian waters at any one time would have a greater mass of spy equipment and weapons than the three little navy boats on tour currently.

  118. Herodotus

    Coles are offering 250 bonus points if you care to try this enticing alternative to tuna while virtue signalling your objection to and avoidance of overfishing:

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    I think I’ll stick with the farmed Salmon and Murray Cod.

  119. stackja

    How many at the ABC have views on Red China similar to Allan Ashbolt ?

  120. dover_beach

    I heard Albo talking about ‘faith communities’ again this morning. Dear God, these politicians are completely fickle creatures.

  121. Eyrie

    Get it right Johno, the Viets are slopes, the Chinese are slants.
    Reminds me of a story a friend of mine told about a geology conference in SE Asia a couple of decades ago. Little Vietnamese bloke gets up on stage and introduces himself and says ” I am a slope engineer” (a specialist branch of civil engineering). The Australians in the audience all fell about laughing. Poor guy didn’t know what was so funny. I’m told they sorted it out over some rice wine later and nobody was upset.

  122. DrBeauGan

    I subscribed a dollar to the financial times for two weeks, and I get up to three reports a day. The question is, do I sign up to the real thing?

    Con is that the contributors can’t spell (bare instead of bear), the commenters are thick, and the editorials are conformist lefty bullshit. Pro is that it tells me clearly what the fuckwits think. Because there are so many of them, this matters.

    It’s a problem.

  123. Oh come on

    So let me see. We have Numpty and Steve at the Pub in furious agreement about how there’s virtually no difference between totalitarian China and a Catallaxy OT. Now all we need is limp beater to rock up with a bucket load of his libertarian purity sneering and the axis of stupid will be complete!

  124. Infidel Tiger:

    Why in hell’s name are Chicom ships allowed in our waters?
    Are we barking mad?

    The Peoples Republic of China Army Navy have come to update their sonar charts of the Eastern Australia seaboard, and to replace the batteries in the mines they laid along it 5 years ago.
    They are also here to place towing points in the Little Reef That Could, and they will tow it back to China to convert into cement.

  125. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Labor takes Macquarie, Coalition takes one-seat majority

    Alice Workman
    Political Reporter
    @workmanalice
    19 minutes ago June 3, 2019
    No Comments

    Scott Morrison is set to govern with a slim one-seat majority after Labor claimed victory in the NSW seat of Macquarie.

    The incumbent, Labor’s Susan Templeman was 327 votes ahead of Liberal candidate Sarah Richards on Monday afternoon, with under 500 votes still to be counted.

    Labor leader Anthony Albanese tweeted his congratulations to Ms Templeman, who retained the seat despite a 2.02 per cent two party preferred swing against her.

    “Congratulations to my friend @stemplemanmp on winning #Macquarie — a smart, talented, hard working MP who will play an important role in the @AustralianLabor team,” he wrote.

    Labor Senator Jenny McAllister also passed on her praise to Ms Templeman, who she described as “clever, compassionate, hardworking and brave”.

    In total, the Coalition will hold 77 seats in the House of Representatives, with Labor on 68 and a crossbench of six.

    Breaking, from the Oz.

  126. calli

    Well, you didn’t think they were going to be allowed two seats, did you?

  127. I forgot to add, IT, that if they go back via the Great Australian Bight, then that’s most likely to be true.
    Except the part about the Little Reef That Could.
    I sort of made that shit up.

  128. pete m

    nrl sex tape # 3,631 just landed.

    no animals were hurt in this production.

  129. Cardimona

    Thanks for the congrats on the newest Baanababy, Cats, (as usual, I’m two pages behind the current conversation).

    Young Tom was a very considerate lad, timing-wise. He woke his Mum up with contractions at about 0600 and was ready for delivery that afternoon – a few minutes after their treating obstetrician stepped off his plane after returning from holidays. Delivered at 2130, in time for everyone to get to bed on time!

    Tom weighed in at 8 pound, 10 ounces, and measured 54cm. Funny how there’s always that mix of metric and Imperial when it comes to newborns…

    I wanted to drop a note on the open thread yesterday morning (because excited!) so Cats were ahead of the news, but VikBaa didn’t want hospital staff to have to deal with the paps. It was leaked to all the major news orgs on Saturday before lunch, however, by suddenly relevance-deprived others…

  130. duncanm

    Labor wins Macquarie.

    * Provisional votes: 44% ALP, 36% Lib
    * Pre-poll: 37/39%
    * All other categories roughly reversed (38/45%)

    A reminder:

    Provisional vote
    A vote cast when a voter’s name cannot be found on the certified list, the voter’s name is already marked off the certified list as having voted, or the voter is registered as a silent elector.

    nothing to see here.

  131. duncanm

    ..actually. There is really nothing to see. Provisional votes only totalled a couple of hundred.

  132. thefrollickingmole

    Abul Rizvi, who worked for the Immigration Department from the early 1990s to 2007, said the recent explosion in the number of people flying to Australia on visitor visas and lodging non-genuine applications for protection visas reflected a greater malaise in the visa processing system run by Home Affairs.

    Figures show there were 8587 applications for protection visas lodged by people who arrived by plane in Australia in 2014-15, and 9554 in 2015-16.

    I happen to know a little* about this from 3 sides.

    1: Government: 10% success rate: Air arrivals have traditionally been easy to sort out, the carrier has responsibility for their removal (expenses etc) so generally are pretty good at checking correct visas are in place before boarding. Having a genuine passport generally makes it easy and quick to turn people around, often its a single interview.
    That said fraudulent visa issuing means they get through into the community and “moby” or find an instant family to establish ties.

    2: Boaties: 90% success rate: Used to be the gold ticket, say any old crap, no passport or inconvenient documents and as long as you lie convincingly and keep your story straight you were out inside a year. Cost, as little as $10,000

    3: Dodgy marriage/study: 75%+ success rate: Universities are the vehicle of choice, its their main product nowadays, educating furriners is so yesterday…. Marriage scams, expensive and take about 3 years but generally very successful.
    Uni, $50k plus
    Sham marriage: $100,000 straight up or indentured labor for 3-5 years.

  133. calli

    Well done to Mum and bub, Cardi.

    The latest – three weeks ago, 8lb 7oz and 56cm. Plus three other strapping young fellas. That makes six between us.

    We’ve got 40% of a rugby pack. C’mon other Cat grandies, get a wriggle on! 😀

  134. Tailgunner

    you stray from the tourist area and end up in other parts of the Dominican Republic, you may find yourself in places known for high rates of violent crime. … Avoid driving in Punta Cana if you can help it.Feb 12, 2019”.

    Go DrBG- this is going to be epic!
    Forget the harem of sexbots for now. Get a real one with the local girls. Cooking, cleaning… And all the rest. Cheap as chips apparently.
    Maybe rent a large dog. And a small pistol.
    🙂

  135. thefrollickingmole

    My little chap was called Tom before it became mainstream…

    /sips soy latte and adjusts man-bun….

  136. thefrollickingmole

    Congrats anyway, on the new bub.
    Baaaarnabys going to be looking a little tired again.

  137. bespoke

    Socrates at the Pub
    #3033435, posted on June 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm
    Catallaxians and the Chinese Communists have plenty in common, beginning with their level of tolerance to dissenting opinions. The Chicoms are however, better organised.

    +1

    OH come on mate you’v been on both sides of stoush’s with me at your side at least once I think. How close is the mine to your town?.

  138. Notafan

    Congrats Cardi.

    Both boys have lovely names.

  139. MatrixTransform

    Congrats on the Bebbee

  140. min

    KK with typical twisting of facts common in left thinkers, Dutton to blame for new boat arrivals on the way .because he kept telling them that Labor would change the rules . Ben Fordham skewered her but she still would not agree it was Labor policy.

  141. Johno

    Get it right Johno, the Viets are slopes, the Chinese are slants.

    Viets origins are Han Chinese. There was a schism about 1200AD and the Nguyens moved south, integrated with the Khmers and adopted some of the language. The Tranhs stayed where they were, fought the Chinese,got conquered, won their freedom,adopted some chinese language traits. As a consquence the southernViets are smaller, paler and talk a slightly different language.
    The linguistic and cultural differences between the two are greater than the differences between USA and Australia. If USA invaded us it would not be called a Civil War.

  142. John64

    But so did Turnbull’s own poor political judgement. He was a good prime minister and a terrible politician.

    Better that most of Savva’s efforts. At least she’s half right.

  143. John64

    But so did Turnbull’s own poor political judgement. He was a good prime minister and a terrible politician.

    Better than most of Savva’s efforts. At least she’s half right.

  144. Roberto

    Alice Workman
    Political Reporter

    Scott Morrison is set to govern with a slim one-seat majority after Labor claimed victory in the NSW seat of Macquarie.

    In total, the Coalition will hold 77 seats in the House of Representatives, with Labor on 68 and a crossbench of six.

    Coalition = 77
    Others = 74

    Surely that’s a majority of 3 seats, or 2 seats if the Coalition provides the Speaker?

    Is basic arithmetic beyond Alice Workman, Political Reporter?

  145. John Constantine

    Tuno, fish substitute made from roundup marinated, monarch butterfly genociding, genetically modified soy sludge, chemically treated to appeal to your taste buds and promoted by the godless commo vegynsys media orcs.

    Comrades.

  146. bespoke

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3033330, posted on June 3, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    👍👍

  147. DrBeauGan

    Go DrBG- this is going to be epic!
    Forget the harem of sexbots for now. Get a real one with the local girls. Cooking, cleaning… And all the rest. Cheap as chips apparently.
    Maybe rent a large dog. And a small pistol.

    I shall consider the pistol, but training a large dog to defend me and not attack me is a longer time scale than I expect to be there. Both may well be impractical.

    On the whole, I think it would be more practical to purchase a stout umbrella. It sounds much better to explain to the cops that when you were attacked you hit them with your umbrella than to say you shot them.

  148. BrettW

    You have to wonder about the timing of the Chinese ship visit. Did the Chinese pick this time as it co-incided with 30 years of Tianmen massacre. Did Australian military / DFAT realise it fell on 30th. Either way a week or two later wouid have been better.

    Do Australian sailors walk around with their weapons on board when they are in a Chinese port ?

  149. Fleeced

    Biden on the campaign trail:

    “We’ve already had five, just this year, we’ve already had five black transgender women killed violently in 2019. It’s outrageous. It must, it must, it must end. And the fastest way to end it is end the Trump administration.

    Using the same pathetic approach that the media does against conservatives, I think he’s threatening that he’ll continue killing transgender blacks if Trump is re-elected.

  150. Arky

    Either way a week or two later wouid have been better.

    ..
    Never would have been better.
    We have histories stupidest political class.
    We will be a humorous footnote in the textbooks.

  151. Frank

    Wonder how the faculty policy (any faculty) on mentioning Chinese history has changed in the last few years.

  152. MatrixTransform

    history’s

    sexist

  153. bespoke

    DrBeauGan

    It is’t possible to train anything not to attack you after 10min contact. 😁

  154. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Surely that’s a majority of 3 seats, or 2 seats if the Coalition provides the Speaker?

    There are several commenters on the Oz website unkind enough to point that out.

  155. cohenite

    Using the same pathetic approach that the media does against conservatives, I think he’s threatening that he’ll continue killing transgender blacks if Trump is re-elected.

    The obuma years had a higher rate of gun violence compared with Trump.

  156. hzhousewife

    Alice Workman
    Political Reporter

    Scott Morrison is set to govern with a slim one-seat majority after Labor claimed victory in the NSW seat of Macquarie.

    In total, the Coalition will hold 77 seats in the House of Representatives, with Labor on 68 and a crossbench of six.

    Coalition = 77
    Others = 74

    Surely that’s a majority of 3 seats, or 2 seats if the Coalition provides the Speaker?

    Is basic arithmetic beyond Alice Workman, Political Reporter?

    Buzzfeed mathematics at work…..

  157. Diogenes

    Can we agree that the first order of business after the revolution will be to pass a blanket bill repealing every act of parliament passed since 1950?

    And immediately reset from £sd back to $s and reset the tax rates to current rates… otherwise 1950s tax rate
    £10,000 over £5621 13 4 + 180 d for each £ over 10000
    Tax threshold £105
    even using the $2 for £1 conversion that tax is gunna hurt !
    $20,000 over $11242 + 90c for each $ over 20000
    Tax threshold $210

    source https://atotaxrates.info/individual-tax-rates-resident/pre-2010-tax-rates/

  158. DrBeauGan

    It is’t possible to train anything not to attack you after 10min contact.

    It’s barely possible in a month if the dog is aggressive, and pointless to have him if he isn’t, bespoke. And renting a pistol in a socialist country presents serious problems. The cops disapprove of that kind of thing, they think shooting people is their job.

    I think an umbrella is a much better prospect. I shall practise assiduously in the time remaining.

  159. Geriatric Mayfly

    we’ve already had five black transgender women killed violently in 2019. It’s outrageous.

    Doubly outrageous. No mention yet, that they may have been disabled, single mother, RoP, welfare recipients.

  160. Cassie of Sydney

    “Roberto
    #3033552, posted on June 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm
    Alice Workman
    Political Reporter

    Is basic arithmetic beyond Alice Workman, Political Reporter?

    When you’re an activist trying to spruik a leftist narrative such tedious things like basic facts and basic arithmetic don’t matter.

  161. Steve trickler

    This completes the series.

    Fine work from the French.



  162. Fleeced

    Geriatric Mayfly wrote:

    Doubly outrageous. No mention yet, that they may have been disabled, single mother, RoP, welfare recipients.

    We need to teach black men not to kill other black men who choose to be women.

  163. max

    Invited on to Q&A because of your Thai wife ? Why not invite her instead ?

    Raaaacist. Seeexxxist ABC.

  164. C.L.

    Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump

    SadiqKhan, who by all accounts has done a terrible job as Mayor of London, has been foolishly “nasty” to the visiting President of the United States, by far the most important ally of the United Kingdom. He is a stone cold loser who should focus on crime in London, not me.

  165. Roberto

    ‘Stone cold loser’ seems pretty accurate to me.

  166. Fleeced

    Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump

    ….Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!

  167. DrBeauGan

    Tailgunner
    #3033572, posted on June 3, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    BeauGan in the DR, scene 1.

    Stage fight are fun to watch but absurdly unrealistic. I’m a very practical man.

  168. Nick

    Frying pan to fire, Tom.
    Obviously they are going all in to get Brad “Not My Fault Evah” Scott.

    Don’t ruin a happy day, Leigh. It’s a pity it wasn’t last week, we might have beaten your lot.

  169. custard

    Good on the Trumpster for calling out the mayor of London

  170. Top Ender

    So now the final count is in, for your viewing pleasure!

    Cat Election Predictor (Patent Pending)

    Coalition predicted to win/margin:
    JC / 18
    Top Ender / 10
    The Countess / 8
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare / 7
    Johno / 6
    Winston Smith /5
    Knuckle Dragger /5
    Exit Stage Right / 4
    Woolfe /3
    Caveman / 3
    Fleeced / 3
    None / 2
    EvilElvis /2
    Notafan / 2
    Rebel with cause / 2
    Indolent /2
    Areff / 2
    Harlequin Decline / 2
    Helen / 1
    Ƶĩppʯ / 1
    Goanna / 1

    The arseless chaps may be collected from whoever had them last, freshly washed, perfumed, and in a rather nice Chanel carry bag someone nicked from somewhere a while back.

  171. Nick

    I was once lucky enough to have a private meeting with the HK pastor who spirited the Tiananmen ringleaders out of China and then HK. A humble and amazing guy.

  172. bespoke

    DrBeauGan

    That was’t my point. I give up.

  173. cohenite

    Reece on Credlin extoling the popularity of Nobody’s girl; Credlin says how can she be popular since she has lost all the elections she has contested; reece: I mean apart from going down that path. I would expect there to be queue of male federal liar pollies outside nobody’s girl’s door hoping to catch a glimpse of that smirk which must be what reece means about her popularity:

  174. Bruce of Newcastle

    Pays his respects to London’s mayor

    It’s only Trump returning serve. From earlier today:

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Trump Is ‘Global Threat’, Farage a ‘20th-century Fascist’

    My my, that projection problem of his seems quite serious.

  175. bespoke

    Did he no Tank man’s name, Nick?

  176. Nick

    I don’t know, Bespoke. Tank man was never heard of again..

  177. Gab

    Kahn reminds me very much of our very dumb and incompetent Mayor of NYC, de Blasio, who has also done a terrible job – only half his height. In any event, I look forward to being a great friend to the United Kingdom, and am looking very much forward to my visit. Landing now!

    Is it just me or is Trump sounding more and more like JC? Maybe it’s a New Yorker thing.

  178. bespoke

    He was one brave guy and should be remembered.

  179. Mother Lode

    we’ve already had five black transgender women killed violently in 2019. It’s outrageous.

    So who is doing the killing?

    Is he saying it is Trump supporters – the ordinary middle class people in flyover country? Or some lawless element that feels emboldened by Trump even if they are not particularly for Trump? Kids in MAGA hats who won’t even raise their voice to a belligerent Native American with a history more embroidery than fabric.

    I would not be surprised if it was from a demographic closer to their own. And I would not be surprised if it was in places like New York, Los Angeles or Cicago – Democrat strongholds where more local politicians have advanced an agenda increasing tensions.

    Trump has said no cross-dressers in the Military. Mayors let them into kids’ classrooms.

  180. Gab

    I think I’m getting old. Been invited to go watch ‘Rocketman’ with some friends but for the life of me I’m just not interested in watching how a gay man, dressed up in glitter, made songs. I don’t care how rich he is.

  181. DrBeauGan

    Gab
    #3033604, posted on June 3, 2019 at 7:05 pm
    I think I’m getting old. Been invited to go watch ‘Rocketman’ with some friends but for the life of me I’m just not interested in watching how a gay man, dressed up in glitter, made songs. I don’t care how rich he is.

    That’s not age, Gab, that’s good taste.

  182. Nob

    Gab
    #3033601, posted on June 3, 2019 at 7:00 pm
    Is it just me or is Trump sounding more and more like JC?

    Only twice his height.

    I work with a New Yorker who sounds more like Trump than Trump.
    Than Alec Baldwin, anyway.

  183. Stimpson J. Cat

    Fleeced,
    In case you missed it.

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #3032998, posted on June 2, 2019 at 11:34 pm
    I read mostly sci-fi, but it’s hard to find the right stuff.

    Fritz Leiber
    Neal Asher
    Adrian Tchaikovsky
    Tad Williams
    Alastair Reynolds
    Tim Powers
    Elizabeth Bear
    Sylvain Neuvel
    Gareth L. Powell
    Peter Watts
    Mark Lawrence
    Greg Egan
    Jeff Vandermeer
    Hannu Rajaniemi
    Brandon Sanderson
    S. K. Dunstall
    Annalee Newitz
    Peter Newman
    Jeff Noon
    L. E. Modesitt
    Adam Roberts
    Greg Bear
    James S. A. Corey
    Nick Harkaway
    Robert J. Sawyer
    Dan Simmons
    Ben Bova
    Brian Stableford
    C. S. Friedman
    Warren Ellis
    China Mieville
    Simon Mordern
    Richard K. Morgan
    Lauren Beukes
    G. Willow Wilson
    Emma Bull
    Gene Wolfe
    Glen Cook
    David Gemmell
    Fred Saberhagen
    Daniel Abraham
    Joe Abercrombie
    Michael Swanwick
    John Honor Jacobs
    George Alec Effinger
    Frederick Pohl
    K. J. Parker
    Ed McDonald
    Marcus Sakey
    Michael J. Sullivan
    Tom Toner
    Gavin Smith
    Ian Whates
    Ian Tregillis
    S. K. Dunstall
    Scott Lynch
    Clifford D. Simak
    Christopher Priest
    S. M. Sterling
    Kristine Kathryn Rusch
    Benjamin Percy
    Robert Charles Wilson
    Simon Kurt Unsworth
    Joe R. Lansdale
    Joe Hill
    Joe Haldeman
    Hideyuki Kikuchi
    John Marco
    Ken Macleod
    Peter F. Hamilton
    Orson Scott Card
    Poul Anderson
    Richard Stark
    Stephen R. Donaldson
    Tim Lebbon
    Kameron Hurley
    F. Paul Wilson
    Nicholas Eames
    Cixin Liu
    Mike Resnick
    Justin Cronin
    Annalee Newitz
    William Gibson
    C. Robert Cargill
    Josiah Bancroft
    Daniel H. Wilson

    To start with.
    Let me know if you need more.
    😁

  184. stackja

    Sydney weather: Hail falls in Mosman as NSW coast braces for wild winds, big surf
    Sarah Wiedersehn
    7NEWS
    Monday, 3 June 2019 5:04 pm

    Hail has fallen in Mosman on Sydney’s lower north shore and there’s been snow in Orange, as wild weather begins to bear down on Sydney.

    Zali Steggall Warringah, NSW includes Mosman,

  185. Roger

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Trump Is ‘Global Threat’, Farage a ‘20th-century Fascist’

    Meanwhile, Khan presides over all time high knife crime in London, not to mention the acid attacks.

    As the politician responsible for the London Metropolitan Police, does he not have more urgent matters to attend to than offering ludicrous comments on the POTUS?

  186. stackja

    DrBeauGan
    #3033608, posted on June 3, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    Bernie Taupin
    Taupin has been married four times and divorced three: Maxine Feibelman (1971–76);[22] Toni Lynn Russo (1979–91), sister of actress Rene Russo; Stephanie Haymes (1993–98), daughter of entertainers Dick Haymes and Fran Jeffries; and Heather Kidd (March 2004–present), with whom he has two daughters, Charley Indiana and Georgey Devon.

    Taupin moved to Southern California from England in the mid-1970s. Since the 1980s, he has been living on a ranch north of Los Angeles near Santa Ynez, California.[23]

  187. Roberto

    Zali Steggall Warringah, NSW includes Mosman

    If those Wind Farms for Warringah were up and running, they could take advantage of the wild weather.

  188. Leigh Lowe

    pete m
    #3033527, posted on June 3, 2019 at 5:05 pm
    nrl sex tape # 3,631 just landed.
    no animals were hurt in this production.

    Two blokes and one lady apparently.
    I am sure IT will remind us that the girl is only there to hold the camera.

  189. Geriatric Mayfly

    On Sunday, Mr Trump denied calling the duchess “nasty”, despite him using the word on tape.

    This from the BBC. There is something not quite right about this. Me thinks the BBC is being underhand, which is not uncommon.

  190. Boambee John

    Dr BG

    I think an umbrella is a much better prospect. I shall practise assiduously in the time remaining.

    I believe that the Bulgarians do a good line in offensive brollys, but you might have to supply your own ricin.

  191. cohenite

    Any list of S-F authors which does not include Jack Vance is not complete.

  192. John64

    cohenite
    #3033597, posted on June 3, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    By my count that’s four times you’ve posted Nobody’s Girl’s vid in the past few days.

    You really should see someone about your obsession with The Smirk. 😳

  193. Leigh Lowe

    Nick
    #3033588, posted on June 3, 2019 at 6:49 pm
    Frying pan to fire, Tom.
    Obviously they are going all in to get Brad “Not My Fault Evah” Scott.
    Don’t ruin a happy day, Leigh. It’s a pity it wasn’t last week, we might have beaten your lot.

    Essendon only won that because of the occasional outbreak of sensible wet weather play.
    Gain distance going forward. Don’t let it get behind you in defence. Kick it off the ground if you can’t pick it up. Handballs are only to get it to the FIRST player who can get a clear kick away.

    But, as soon as they got 3-4 goals in front they started playing beach volleyball again.

    I wonder if their skills training includes the good old trick of keeping buckets of water on the training track and keeping up a continuous supply of soaking wet balls to test wet weather skills.
    No.

    I’ll bet when it rains they go inside and hop around those rope ladder things on the ground, do yoga and discuss the effect of rainy weather on men’s emotions.

  194. max

    This interesting take on anti-African sentiment in Chinese universities suggests that it was a precursor to Tianmen:

    Africans students have been coming to China since 1960, and violent tensions between those students and the Chinese have been occurring since 1962, when a Zanzibari was beaten by hotel attendants. Still, it would not be until 1979 in the Shanghai Textile Engineering Institute when a pattern of anti-African violence was established by Chinese students, which “culminated in the [Nanjing] 1988-89 racial turmoil.” (415 Sautman) The Shanghai violence began on July 3, when Chinese students complained about the African students’ loud music and confronted them. A brawl happened, eventually a mob of Chinese students attacked the African students with makeshift weapons, there were rumors of the Africans having raped Chinese women, and the police response was insufficient to protect the Africans. “Sixteen foreign students were hospitalized, but as any as 50 foreigners and 24 Chinese may have been injured.” (Sautman 415) A similar clash took place in Tianjin, 1986, this time over the mostly male African students’ relations with Chinese women (For an idea of how much ill-will that engendered, read footnote 17 from Sautman 417) as well as playing loud music. The African students, after being detained by the police, needed their protection from Chinese student groups raiding the foreign dormitories. It should be noted that African diplomats had no success in trying to work with the Chinese authorities to better protect their citizens in China, which lead to “Some ambassadors recommended that their governments send fewer students to China until the situation changed.”

    On This Day: The 1988-1989 Nanjing Anti-African Protests

  195. Steve trickler

    I just had an encounter with a 20 year old on a electric scooter who almost knocked me down on the footpath. I tell him to be careful. He pulls up, walks right at me, puts his noes in my face and tells me……. i was that close to attacking his throat and pummeling him.

    I almost made the news.

    Adrenalin in the blood.

  196. Leigh Lowe

    Nick
    #3033588, posted on June 3, 2019 at 6:49 pm
    Frying pan to fire, Tom.
    Obviously they are going all in to get Brad “Not My Fault Evah” Scott.
    Don’t ruin a happy day, Leigh. It’s a pity it wasn’t last week, we might have beaten your lot.

    Essendon only won that because of the occasional outbreak of sensible wet weather play.
    Gain distance going forward. Don’t let it get behind you in defence. Kick it off the ground if you can’t pick it up. [email protected] are only to get it to the FIRST player who can get a clear kick away.
    But, as soon as they got 3-4 goals in front they started playing beach [email protected] again.
    I wonder if their skills training includes the good old trick of keeping buckets of water on the training track and keeping up a continuous supply of soaking wet [email protected] to test wet weather skills.
    No.
    I’ll bet when it rains they go inside and hop around those rope ladder things on the ground, do yoga and discuss the effect of rainy weather on men’s emotions.

  197. Stimpson J. Cat

    Any list of S-F authors which does not include Jack Vance is not complete.

    It was actually for Fleeced, I’m not sure everyone else on the site can read English.
    Also it was just a quick primer.
    I left out lots.
    😁

  198. pete m

    If I were in govt I would make a one off grant to all those who performed national service involuntarily of $100k and if served in war $250k on the proviso they agreed never to complain about it again.

    Glad to say I have not read 1 book by any author on your list stimpy. I prefer mills and boon for my fantasy novels.

  199. cohenite

    By my count that’s four times you’ve posted Nobody’s Girl’s vid in the past few days.

    5 actually; or maybe 6.

    You really should see someone about your obsession with The Smirk

    When I get to 10 I’m including it in my CV and application for a position, ahem, on her staff.

  200. Farmer Gez

    It’s only Trump returning serve. From earlier today:

    London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Trump Is ‘Global Threat’, Farage a ‘20th-century Fascist’

    My my, that projection problem of his seems quite serious.

    Well at least he didn’t call Trump nasty.

  201. johanna

    Johno
    #3033549, posted on June 3, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Get it right Johno, the Viets are slopes, the Chinese are slants.

    Viets origins are Han Chinese. There was a schism about 1200AD and the Nguyens moved south, integrated with the Khmers and adopted some of the language. The Tranhs stayed where they were, fought the Chinese,got conquered, won their freedom,adopted some chinese language traits. As a consquence the southernViets are smaller, paler and talk a slightly different language.
    The linguistic and cultural differences between the two are greater than the differences between USA and Australia. If USA invaded us it would not be called a Civil War.

    Fascinating stuff, Johno. There do seem to be differences between the northern and southern Vietnamese, but I never knew the history.The northerners look more austerely Chinese, for one thing. Complicating that is the group called Vietnamese Chinese, who are Chinese people who subsequently came to Vietnam.

    Anyway, I have a lot of time for the Vietnamese people I have met in this country. By and large, they do not whinge, work hard, and the women are very attractive.

    Luke Nguyen’s travel programs are instructive. While he romanticises the lifestyles of the poor (‘these women produce thousands of noodles by hand, seven days a week’) he also describes his own upbringing as the child of 1970s refugees. His parents worked him hard, and none of that nonsense about self-actualising. As a result, he turned out pretty well.

  202. Shy Ted

    Play him some of that awful stuff you post on here Steve T, that’ll learn him.

  203. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    If I were in govt I would make a one off grant to all those who performed national service involuntarily of $100k and if served in war $250k on the proviso they agreed never to complain about it again.

    Do you have to be a clairvoyant to qualify?

  204. Leigh Lowe

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #3033621, posted on June 3, 2019 at 7:25 pm
    On Sunday, Mr Trump denied calling the duchess “nasty”, despite him using the word on tape.
    This from the BBC. There is something not quite right about this. Me thinks the BBC is being underhand, which is not uncommon.

    Maybe he is right.
    We hear stories of her deliberately avoiding meeting the Trumps because “resist”.
    What a load of shit.
    She could easily make up an excuse with a new-born but she has leaked to the friendlies in the media that she is stickin’ to da man.

    Methinks Betty Windsor will be having a chat to the upstart very soon about what she signed up for.

  205. Stimpson J. Cat

    Glad to say I have not read 1 book by any author on your list stimpy. I prefer mills and boon for my fantasy novels.

    Don’t waste your time reading Mills and Boon.
    Real Men read Elloras Cave.
    😁

  206. Arky

    Methinks Betty Windsor will be having a chat to the upstart very soon about what she signed up for.

    ..
    They’re going to have to “Diana” that one.

  207. 2dogs

    I just had an encounter with a 20 year old on a electric scooter

    Was this one of the Lime scooters around Brisbane that have been made temporarily legal (trial period)?

    If the guy hit you, a formal complaint from you might help get the banned when the trial period ends.

  208. Armadillo

    Well at least he didn’t call Trump nasty.

    I think you will find Trump actually said “I didn’t know she was nasty”. Big difference. He then went on to say he thought she would do a good job.

  209. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Methinks Betty Windsor will be having a chat to the upstart very soon about what she signed up for.

    “The last American divorcee who married into this family gave us enough trouble, thank you. We don’t need any more from you.”

  210. Armadillo

    Here is the article. Apparently she is an outspoken critic of Trump.

    Told of her comments during his interview with the Sun, President Trump said it was the first time he had heard them.
    “I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty,” he said.
    He went on to say that he was glad she had joined the royal family and he believed she would make a “very good” princess.
    “It is nice, and I am sure she will do excellently,” he said.

    On Saturday the Sun posted an audio recording of the interview on its website.

  211. Arky

    “I didn’t know she was nasty”.

    ..
    It’s marginal.
    Say someone said: “Armadildo doesn’t appreciate the genius of the Model A”
    And I said:
    “Oh, I didn’t know Armadildo was a spasticated arse- sniffing shell- living retard”.
    For sure, is, I could claim I never said that Armadildo was a spasticated arse- sniffing shell- living retard.

  212. 2dogs

    They’re going to have to “Diana” that one.

    She’s on a cadet line, so it need only be the Fergie treatment.

  213. Geriatric Mayfly

    Methinks Betty Windsor will be having a chat to the upstart very soon about what she signed up for.

    Trying hard to visualise such a “chat.” HM does not strike me as one of those doughty well bred dames so celebrated in fiction and on stage – a matron to be feared at 500 paces. She could be the sort who would do over the little vixen slowly, with the naughty chair always in full view at each encounter.

  214. Leigh Lowe

    Roger
    #3033613, posted on June 3, 2019 at 7:13 pm
    London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Trump Is ‘Global Threat’, Farage a ‘20th-century Fascist’

    Sky News running that bullshit this morning.
    1. “Trump should not interfere in UK politics”
    2. “London Mayor says Trump shouldn’t be accorded a State visit.”
    The irony was completely lost on them.
    I did enjoy Peta Credlin reminding little Nicky Reece tonight that the Magic Negro in fact advised Britons to vote No to Brexit.
    Was that interference?
    “Um, yes, but no, but different.”

  215. Empire 5:5

    Gab
    #3033604, posted on June 3, 2019 at 7:05 pm
    I think I’m getting old. Been invited to go watch ‘Rocketman’ with some friends but for the life of me I’m just not interested in watching how a gay man, dressed up in glitter, made songs. I don’t care how rich he is.

    Go girl. Be the real resistance.

    You can catch Elton’s finest performance of all time in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Dwight plays an extensive cameo; a fruity wash-up on under the thumb of his cabal handlers who finds salvation at the final hour.

    I asked him to be in Kingsman 1 and he said no. And then he saw Kingman 1 and said, ‘My God, I’m a bloody ingrate.’ I said I’d love you to be in Kingsman 2, and he just said ‘Tell me where and when, and I’m there’. And he turned up, and he was the most professional, lovely human being. The best trait in the world for a man or woman is patience. You have a serious man who doesn’t take himself seriously. What a combination.

    https://www.cinemablend.com/news/1704919/the-hilarious-way-elton-john-landed-a-role-in-kingsman-the-golden-circle

  216. Fleeced

    Thanks, Stimpy – I did see your earlier comment, and bookmarked the comment for future reference. I have read quite a few of them, but there’s many I haven’t even heard of.

  217. John64

    Get it right Johno, the Viets are slopes, the Chinese are slants.

    You’re not Major Gowen by any chance?

  218. Bruce of Newcastle

    Apparently she is an outspoken critic of Trump.

    Some stirrer has dug up an old comment she made in 2016 about Trump being “divisive” and “misogynistic”.

  219. Knuckle Dragger

    LL;

    ‘Two blokes and one lady apparently’

    If I don’t see an Ace of Spades* in that video I’m going to be frightfully, frightfully disappointed.

    Standards must be maintained at all costs, particularly in this field of endeavour.

    *Not the blogger.

  220. Roger

    I did enjoy Peta Credlin reminding little Nicky Reece tonight that the Magic Negro in fact advised Britons to vote No to Brexit.

    And there was the ABC tonight calling Trump’s comments on Brexit and Boris (don’t think he’s well informed on that particular option) an unprecedented intervention in UK politics by a POTUS.

    “No bias. No agenda.”

  221. Herodotus

    Reece is ratings loser.

  222. John64

    When I get to 10 I’m including it in my CV and application for a position, ahem, on her staff.

    If Nobody’s Girl keeps performing in her new job the way she has on day one; she’s the one who is going to need help getting her CV up to date.

  223. Knuckle Dragger

    Steve T, 7.32 pm;

    The girly man was on wheels, Steve. Easiest target ever. And you were provoked, sort of.

    What kind of country is this, where people don’t practice the coathanger any more?

    If you tell me he had a man bun and/or beard, we can’t be friends any more.

  224. Shy Ted

    Aussie movie on 99 at 9.30 this evening – Red Billabong. Rottentomatoes gives it 17%. IMDb users say…
    Set the recorder just in case there’s boobs.

  225. Fleeced

    pete m wrote:

    Glad to say I have not read 1 book by any author on your list stimpy. I prefer mills and boon for my fantasy novels.

    Adding pete m to a watchlist…

  226. Tel

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/06/fake_news_did_president_trump_really_call_meghan_markle_nasty.html

    The BBC are simply telling lies about Trump. His response was saying that he did not realize that she had been nasty towards him. These lame tricks got called out every single time in 2016 and once again the dumbarse media are helping Trump win the election by destroying their own credibility utterly.

  227. Shy Ted

    Why isn’t Louise Milligan on that list of sci-fiction authors?

  228. Roger

    The BBC are simply telling lies about Trump.

    A publicly funded national broadcaster of a Western democracy lying, you say?

    Pshaw!

  229. Steve trickler

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3033661, posted on June 3, 2019 at 8:04 pm
    Steve T, 7.32 pm;

    The girly man was on wheels, Steve. Easiest target ever. And you were provoked, sort of.

    What kind of country is this, where people don’t practice the coathanger any more?

    If you tell me he had a man bun and/or beard, we can’t be friends any more.

    Truth be told. I yelled at him and said, you and i have just met! We don’t know each other!……he didn’t expect that to come from me.

    He backed off.

  230. cohenite

    Deadwood the Movie at 8.30PM on Fox. Odds on Sherriff Bullock thumps someone.

  231. Knuckle Dragger

    I’m not sure he expected that to come from anyone, Steve.

  232. Pete of Perth

    The missus just informed me that a bone idle pigeon took a dump on the bonnet then sat down against the windscreen whilst the missus drove around. I would have diverted to the nearest car wash.

    The animal kingdom getting cocky about the impending destruction of the human race.

  233. Leigh Lowe

    Methinks Betty Windsor will be having a chat to the upstart very soon about what she signed up for.
    ..
    They’re going to have to “Diana” that one.

    What?
    Force her to get on the piss and the pills and shag everything in sight?
    It is more about making sure that no-one … but no-one … can guess what you may think of political players.
    She takes a swipe at Trump.
    OK.
    Not a huge stretch before she starts shooting her mouth off about Farage, or Rees-Mogg.
    Ten years to the end of the Monarchy if she pulls that one.

  234. Knuckle Dragger

    So the bloke I umpired with over the weekend was a short, portly Indian dude called Vinod something.

    Very genial, very knowledgeable in his craft, very keen to please and very unintelligible. He spied a hawk overhead and asked me what it was. After telling him about hawks and roadkill we then spent a good minutes going round and round while he tried to say the word ‘vultures’, and I kept responding, a la Manuel with ‘Que?’ Finally I got it.

    After the match, we did our reports and so on and hung around the pavilion with the players from both teams, and I started referring to him as ‘Vinod the Rod’. The players thought it was great, and Vinod did exactly what I would have done in the circumstances – stood there and said ‘yes, yes’, beaming like a new dawn.

    It’s the little things that get you through the day.

    He didn’t know anything about mining, by the way.

  235. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘good five minutes’

    Gawd.

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