Tuesday Forum: July 2, 2019

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  1. zyconoclast

    Peaceful and calm always beats vicious and violent

    HUGE: Conservatives Plan MASSIVE ‘End Domestic Terrorism’ Rally Against Portland Antifa

    “We’re planning this massive rally with the calm, peaceful intention to push back against the violence from Antifa,” Tarrio told Big League Politics. “The Portland Mayor and police need to understand that conservatives are peaceful people who just want to our First Amendment protected.”

  2. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    MH17 still does it for me too, Vicki. Frightening stuff.
    So many narrow escapes we all have without knowing it, I suspect.

  3. thefrollickingmole

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Only about 8 stories high..

    I bet they got the rooms cheap.

  4. Using violence to support a political view” is the classic definition of terrorism.

    Gangreens, antifa, getup fit the bill.

    Send them all to gitmo.

  5. Caveman

    The industry super paper says this exposes the economy to considerable risk since it is far from obvious that solar and wind can provide all primary energy in any feasible combination.

    Just shows how deep industry super funds are invested in this renewable BS rort, a house of cards awaits if subsidies are ever stopped. Adopting nuclear energy will only happen if these industry funds get a cut.

  6. zyconoclast

    Donald Trump is supporting controversial new legislation that would give people a nationwide right to carry concealed weapons – a measure that has been opposed by police chiefs across the country.

    But a bill that would mean each state has to recognise another state’s permit, in the same way it does driving licenses, recently passed the House of Representatives and a version of the legislation is now being considered by the Senate.

  7. Roger

    Scott Morrison says he won’t oppose nuclear if the economics stack up but no one is offering to build a reactor in Australia.

    That would be because it is prohibited.

    We’re not idiots, “ScoMo”.

  8. dover_beach

    Dover remember when we would warn people about the slippery slope and we were called tin foil hat wearers?
    Sometimes I hate to be right

    Hello, Tal! Yes, this is true, but we did nothing more than take its proponents at their word.

  9. zyconoclast

    Areas with poor attitudes to immigration have weaker house price growth, new research shows

    Immigration lifts house prices by increasing demand for an already limited supply of housing and anti-immigrant communities were excluding themselves from this benefit, Deakin University researcher Chris Doucouliagos said.

    “In theory, if people are more predisposed towards immigrants there may be a higher price as well, but we found that those areas with negative attitudes get a lower increase in house prices,” Professor Doucouliagos said.

    The paper joins a growing body of research into discrimination in the housing market, both in sales and renting.

    Late last year, a survey found that 59 per cent of Asian-born Australians were discriminated against while trying to find a home.

    The Western Sydney University researchers who conducted the survey and subsequent analysis suggested that the racism experienced was in response to feelings that the Anglo-Australian hegemony was being threatened.

    Another study in 2016 found agents were, in most cases, more likely to favour an Anglo rental applicant than a someone from a minority population, particularly when it came to following up post application and inspection.

  10. Cassie of Sydney

    “The new gen of Oz journos are just punk kids. Inky Antifa.”

    Yep….and they are going to bleed subscribers because of this.

  11. 2dogs

    Immigration lifts house prices by increasing demand for an already limited supply of housing and anti-immigrant communities were excluding themselves from this benefit cost

    Important correction needed due to Chris Doucouliagos’ economic illiteracy.

  12. thefrollickingmole

    This is a good little article on how the Mormons in the USA look after their own in Utah.
    Well worth a RTWT.
    Its also incredible how none of the success of this is seen as acceptable by “the left” except as proof that socialism works.

    It has nearly none of the hallmarks of socialism yet because its community based and effective the lefties pretend its the second coming of marx.

    At the same time they ignore the self regulating aspects which make it work.

    https://www.theguardian.com/global/2019/jul/02/salt-lake-city-socialism-mormon-style-utah

    Utah has one of the nation’s lowest rates of income inequality in part because of the Church of Latter-day Saints’ welfare system, but it also ranks dead last for economic equality for women

    The granary looms over Welfare Square, made up of a small supermarket with half a dozen shelves stocked with pantry staples for the needy. With a note from a local bishop, anyone – church member or not – can walk in and fill up on groceries at no charge. There’s also a cheese factory and a secondhand clothing shop. All of this contributes to a powerful private welfare system that distributes tens of millions of dollars in cash and goods a year around the world


    “I know many people who have used it when they’ve gone through a short-term problem. It might be a divorce. It might be losing their job, something that causes short-term poverty,” she says.

    A smart woman with a quick laugh in a Salt Lake cafe also told of how the church paid her rent on a new place for three months, which allowed her to leave an abusive marriage. Over the phone, another man in Utah with three young kids said food from the bishop’s storehouse kept his family going when he lost his construction job. Other church members said the no-strings-attached funds carried them though circumstances that could have spiraled into disaster and poverty. All declined to have their names published for fear of stigma. Their reluctance might reveal something more about the church’s welfare programs: it’s admirable to give; it’s perhaps less admirable to receive.

    Its also instructive that a voluntary group appears to get better results than the bloated welfare state programs.

  13. duncanm

    Not at all surprising.. but looking at the photos of those terrorist arrests in Sydney, your taxes were clearly providing their housing.

  14. Nick

    For those interested in recent events in HK, this is worth a read

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/02/opinion/hong-kong-protest.html

  15. Tel

    zyconoclast #3096420

    They are such bullshitters. They say “opposed by police chiefs across the country” but who did they actually find to oppose this? One guy in LA and one guy in NY, two of the cities least interested in individual freedom.

  16. bespoke

    Mater
    #3095892, posted on July 3, 2019 at 6:43 am
    Scott Adams over thinks it.

    Quite the opposite, I think. That is a horrendous take on the situation.
    If you label any group as ‘neo-nazis’, it’s ok (or at least just sport) to kick the shit out of them?
    They should have expected a counter protest, consequently, they knew what they were getting into?
    There is so many holes in his line of thinking, it’s hard to know where to start.

    Bottom line: if they target a particular political group for their ‘sport’, it becomes political.

    I think he was spot on about Atifa’s motives that it just an excuse but maybe my phasing is’t correct “trying to be to clever” or he is being a contrarian to stand out. But as you say his conclusions are nuts. They will just find easier targets.

  17. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    IZIZ [email protected]’s children touch down in Australia

    EXCLUSIVE
    Paul Maley
    Defence and National Security Editor
    @paul_maley
    6 minutes ago July 3, 2019

    The children of slain Australian [email protected] Khaled Sharrouf have been returned to Australia in an operation carried out under conditions of extreme secrecy early this week.

    The Australian understands the Sharrouf children touched down in Australia at 10.05pm on Sunday night.

    Their arrival in Australia came almost a week to the day after they were spirited out of Syrea by a local aid agency which had been contracted by the Australian government to evacuate eight orphaned Australian children from a refugee camp.

    From the Oz. “The school has rung again. Little Morehammad is threatening to behead the teacher, again, while Fatima has called all the girls in her class “Western sl#ts,” for not wearing a veil.”

  18. thefrollickingmole

    Ok this is crap on stilts.

    The Western Sydney University researchers who conducted the survey and subsequent analysis suggested that the racism experienced was in response to feelings that the Anglo-Australian hegemony was being threatened.

    Another study in 2016 found agents were, in most cases, more likely to favour an Anglo rental applicant than a someone from a minority population, particularly when it came to following up post application and inspection.

    meanwhile in not bizzaro world…

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/ten-people-in-a-two-bed-unit-international-students-living-in-squalor

    Substandard sublets
    SBS News uncovered dozens of advertisements for similarly cramped share accommodation on classifieds site Gumtree over the past month, as well as other postings on Weibo specifically targeting Chinese students.

    “The apartment is five minutes walking distance to RMIT and 15 minutes to Melbourne University,” one Weibo post reads.
    A one-bedroom apartment in Sydney’s Clarence Street, leased out by a real estate agent in September for $645 a week, is now being advertised on Gumtree as a home for up to eight people.

  19. None

    Silk Cut. Disgusting cigarettes but one of the cleverest advertising campaigns which necessitated law changes in the UK .
    Gudang gerangs…kretek clove cigarettes.
    American natural spirit … best tailork

  20. bespoke

    Nick
    #3096430, posted on July 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    How much chance do you recon they have?

  21. Nick

    The locals, bespoke?
    That’s a hard one. Reality is that China will eventually win, but HK’s young won’t give up without a very good fight.

  22. New study shows more gun crime in gun free zones; another leftie success.

    New study shows more firearm related deaths in zones with high gun ownership rates; another Harpic success.

  23. egg_

    Re p3 dos grooming yoof.
    Old narc I worked with who was close to retirement, divorced after a brief marriage late in life and a childless loner – basically one of Darwin’s failures – was given the task of minding the ex’s dog while she was on holidays over Christmas, which he said he would then use to chat up young women in their twenties with dogs in the nearby park (as he was wont to do at work, using his Managerial status) and lure some back to his home.
    Recapturing his failed youth?
    He would stutter in front a group of blokes, particularly blue collars, but was the office bully among the white collars.
    I remarked to the company lawyer, if they’re looking for missing persons, I’d check his backyard first.
    He still has the dog…

  24. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Grahame
    35 minutes ago
    Definition: Lambification – A circumstance where a politician lacking in skills, knowledge and intelligence is in a position to impact critical national policy decision making.

    From the Oz.

  25. 45 shot — 4 fatally — in Chicago since Friday evening

    27305 shot – 7223 fatally – in USA since January 1st 2019,

  26. John Constantine

    There is no anglo hegemony in the housing concierge/migration agent scam.

    The stacking of sardine cans full of people, tight and sky high is all done within language groups.

    Is it racism if each diaspora settles in Australia through agents belonging to their own language group?.

    How many australian aboriginal clients do the Chicom/Indian/wahhabi housing concierges provide accomodation to?.

    Not a helpful question to ask?.

    An answer of zero may be truthful, but not progressive.

  27. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    the left and chinese understand that when you control what people can say you control what they think

  28. zyconoclast

    So why did they have 2 world wars?

    New EU leaders inherit a fragmented and fussy bloc

    After the sort of exhausting, grinding process for which the bloc is now infamous, European leaders nominated two conservatives, the German defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, as European Commission president, and the French head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, as head of the European Central Bank.

    Macron said the picks reflected the Franco-German alliance that’s dominated the EU since its inception. They were partly “the fruit of a profound Franco-German entente,” he said.

  29. Some History

    This literally just in at ABC Online:
    Baby bird photographed holding cigarette butt in its beak.
    The James Dean of birds.

    Great example of the crap we’re fed in the media. These are some of the headlines/media text describing those photos:

    A photo of a baby bird clutching a cigarette butt is being held up as the latest example of the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans.

    A parent bird has been spotted feeding its chick a cigarette butt, highlighting environmental concerns and prompting a wave of anger at careless smokers.

    Bird spotted feeding chick cigarette butt in “devastating” picture.

    The two disturbing images feature a mother bird feeding her small chick a cigarette butt — and the baby walking with the item in its mouth.

    “Awful” photo shows bird feeding chick a cigarette butt.

    “Heartbreaking”: Bird photographed feeding chick cigarette butt.

    Yet it’s been known for some time that birds use cigarette butts in their nests as an anti-parasitic. There was a story from a little while ago (can’t find it at the moment) of a bird using a still lit cigarette butt to fumigate its feathers.
    https://www.nature.com/news/city-birds-use-cigarette-butts-to-smoke-out-parasites-1.11952

    There are even some birds at a theme park that are trained to pick up/drop off litter, including cigarette butts, for a treat.
    http://mentalfloss.com/article/554401/trash-collecting-birds-keep-theme-park-clean-france

    So, in this current story did the chick actually feed on the butt, swallow it? There’s no evidence of that. Birds are smarter than a lot of people.

  30. thefrollickingmole

    Numberwang treading in its dick again?
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2018/05/31/the-surprising-way-gun-violence-is-dividing-america/?utm_term=.e1bd44e110e7

    As the below charts show, Democratic areas (measured by the party that controls the congressional district) are far more likely to experience almost all forms of malicious gun violence than Republican areas. These charts exclude suicides, for which data are not available on a congressional district basis, so it only breaks down the fraction of gun violence that is accidental or confrontational.

    In almost all cases, guns kill or injure more children, teens and people in Democratic districts. Mass shootings, which vary widely in number depending how restrictive your definition is, occur more often in Democratic districts.

    Obviously we need to ban leftism.

  31. zyconoclast

    Why did they forget to mention the % of the population for each group.

    HIV in heterosexuals bucking Australia’s declining rates, report shows

    Gay and bisexual men are driving a sharp decline in new HIV transmissions, achieving a 30 per cent drop in five years, according to the Kirby Insititute’s 2018 HIV surveillance report.

    There were 835 new HIV transmissions last year

    But HIV rates among straight men and women aren’t budging, accounting for roughly 200 new infections every year.

  32. Memoryvault

    Good evening Zulu.
    First, thank you for your assistance the other night confirming my now 21 year old bottle of Scotch is still drinkable. I intend imbibing of it at the party Saturday evening, but I need some advice that only a true connoisseur such as yourself could provide. May I ask?

  33. egg_

    Macron said the picks reflected the Franco-German alliance

    France taking it up the @rse, as usual?

  34. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I intend imbibing of it at the party Saturday evening, but I need some advice that only a true connoisseur such as yourself could provide. May I ask?

    Happy to be of service, Memory Vault.

  35. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    27305 shot – 7223 fatally – in USA since January 1st 2019,

    noomba can you please relate this back to your experience in ‘nam, please. how many viet cong did you kill?

  36. mh

    Catching up with the latest Cat news.

    Has Dr BG got his leg over Maria yet?

  37. Zippy triggered again –

    noomba can you please relate this back to your experience in ‘nam, please. how many viet cong did you kill?

  38. John Constantine

    Murders in North Dakota/South Dakota/Montana/ Wyoming, all states with 50% legal gun ownership are a fraction of the murder rates of gun grabber cities where the dead hand of socialism pushes illegal gun ownership into the underworld.

    The above Midwest states being concealed carry gun states are safer to walk the streets of than the socialist murder capitals of the wrong side of the new uncivil war.

    Comrades.

  39. Lilliana

    Immigration lifts house prices by increasing demand for an already limited supply of housing and anti-immigrant communities were excluding themselves from this benefit, Deakin University researcher Chris Doucouliagos said.

    “In theory, if people are more predisposed towards immigrants there may be a higher price as well, but we found that those areas with negative attitudes get a lower increase in house prices,” Professor Doucouliagos said.

    What benefit? More homelessness as the locals are priced out of the market.

  40. Memoryvault

    Happy to be of service, Memory Vault.

    Thanks Zulu. My question is this –
    Would it be better mixed with dry ginger ale, or coke?

  41. vlad

    “Vegan Australia spokesman Andy Faulkner […] Mr Faulkner would like CCTV to be mandatory on every farm that has animals”

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-03/vegan-diet-doesnt-mean-no-animals-die-says-matthew-evans/11266420

    And don’t believe that it would end there.

    Ironically the farms probably need CCTV already for protection – from vegans.

  42. thefrollickingmole

    Bo Jo needs only repeal booze taxes and he will already shit it home in the next election..
    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/jul/03/tory-leadership-latest-news-boris-johnson-pmqs-accuses-of-dog-whistle-politics-over-plan-to-curb-sin-taxes-live-news

    Johnson is not yet committing to reverse the sugar tax introduced in 2016. The press release issued by his team last night says he is just committing to “a comprehensive review into the effectiveness of the ‘sin taxes’ – including products high in salt, fat or sugar – and to assess whether or not these taxes unfairly hit those on lower incomes”, and to promising not to extend these taxes until the review has been completed. But the press notice also says Johnson has already promised not to extend the sugar tax to sugary milk drinks (aka, the milkshake tax), and the Sun newspaper has this morning welcomed Johnson’s announcement as a victory for its Hands Off Our Grub anti sugar tax campaign, and so it is not hard to guess where this is all heading.

    Of course its upset the “true Tory” who saw the tax introduced on the plebs.

    Hes slaughtered in the comments..
    Steve Brine MP
    Verified account
    @BrineMP
    Follow Follow @BrineMP
    More Steve Brine MP Retweeted BBC News (UK)
    As the Public Health Minister who oversaw the introduction of the sugary drinks levy, I totally despair at this. Transparent dog whistle politics dressed up as something thinking. It is the exact opposite.

  43. MatrixTransform

    Champion or Havelock… flaked … rub it yrself and roll yr own.
    12yo me and my mate used to steal 1/2 empty tins from the crazy old grader driver Ken who used to board at my mate’s place

  44. Some History

    There was a story from a little while ago (can’t find it at the moment) of a bird using a still lit cigarette butt to fumigate its feathers.

    Found it.

    A quick smoke? It’s good for the wings
    12:01AM BST 02 Jun 2007

    Birds are picking up discarded cigarette butts and using the smoke to fumigate their wings of parasites, experts said yesterday.
    Rooks have been spotted swooping on to the tracks at Exeter St David’s railway station in Devon and placing their wings over the smoke to collect the fumes underneath.
    Commuter Jeff Jones, of Budleigh Salterton, said: “I noticed the rooks because they are not usually found in towns. They were generally flapping about when a chap flicked a cigarette butt on to the track.
    “It was still all right and one of the rooks swooped down and picked up the butt with its beak. It then flew around and landed on the platform, dancing around with this smoking cigarette in its beak.
    It looked quite comical. But then it dropped the butt on the platform and pulled its wings over it, collecting the smoke. It seemed as if it were using the smoke to rid itself of perhaps ants or something similar.
    “Five minutes later another rook, or perhaps the same one, swooped in when another cigarette was flicked away and repeated the whole thing.”
    Richard Archer, of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, in Exeter, said it was the first time he had heard of the phenomenon. But he added that the birds may have adapted and learned that the cigarettes can be used to kill parasites.
    “You have to be careful attributing behaviour but it would seem fumigation is the most likely conclusion. Rooks are very intelligent.”

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/3296193/A-quick-smoke-Its-good-for-the-wings.html

  45. MatrixTransform

    LITERACY AND NUMERACY TEST FOR INITIAL TEACHER EDUCATION STUDENTS
    Numeracy Practice Questions:

    SIMPLE INTEREST
    A rule for calculating simple interest on a loan is… I= PRT / 100

    where I is the simple interest in dollars, P is the principal borrowed in dollars, R is the annual rate of interest (e.g. for 7%, R = 7),T is the time period in years.

    Question 11:
    What is the simple interest on a principal of $1000 at 5% annual interest rate over 3 years?

    $

  46. Geriatric Mayfly

    Has Dr BG got his leg over Maria yet?

    Time will tell. It’s only 0445 in the tropical paradise.

  47. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Would it be better mixed with dry ginger ale, or coke?

    If it burns going down the throat, and leaves an oily aftertaste redolent of circus floor hosings, and perished jock straps, dry ginger ale is permissible, but they are the only circumstances that dry ginger ale is acceptable.

  48. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    noomba did you actually kill some commies in ‘nam or did you just polish your gun?

  49. MatrixTransform

    try it yrself … https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/files/LitNumTest-Numeracy-practice-questions-2017.pdf

    Behold … the power of numeracy

    be awed by the amazing mathematical depths of our beaurocracy.

    be afraid.

  50. C.L.

    Lambification – A circumstance where a politician lacking in skills, knowledge and intelligence is in a position to impact critical national policy decision making.

    Ideally, we would reform the Constitution by referendum and poleaxe the senate. Unfortunately, the Great (and dopey) Unwashed would be conned by Lambie & Co. into thinking the government was trying to silence its plucky foes and the proposal wouldn’t be carried. These people are grifters, pure and simple, and they have the Commonwealth (meaning us) over a barrel.

  51. Cassie of Sydney

    “thefrollickingmole
    #3096449, posted on July 3, 2019 at 6:26 pm
    Numberwang treading in its dick again?”

    Isn’t he always playing with his dick? It’s the only genitalia he knows.

  52. Roger

    Immigration lifts house prices by increasing demand for an already limited supply of housing…Deakin University researcher Chris Doucouliagos said.

    No shit, Sherlock.

    Is he aiming for a PhD on the back of this groundbreaking research?

  53. Geriatric Mayfly

    Ideally, we would reform the Constitution by referendum and poleaxe the senate.

    The bar scene from Star Wars is sea of normality compared with what haunts that Chamber.

  54. C.L.

    It then flew around and landed on the platform, dancing around with this smoking cigarette in its beak.

    Uh-huh.

  55. Memoryvault

    Just joshing Zulu.
    I only drink Scotch with a cube of ice.
    And it’s important to drink the Scotch before the ice melts too much.

  56. Mark from Melbourne

    Would it be better mixed with dry ginger ale, or coke?

    Run, MV, run!

  57. Some History

    Story on The Project.

    “Ethical Eating”. To go vegetarian/vegan?

  58. Confused Old Misfit

    Memoryvault
    #3096460, posted on July 3, 2019 at 6:39 pm
    …. My question is this –
    Would it be better mixed with dry ginger ale, or coke?

    Angels & Ministers of Grace Defend Us!!!

    You shall be hung by the neck, taken down before you are dead, your entrails shall be drawn whilst you still live and four horses shall quarter you! Your remains shall be exhibited at the extremities of the cardinal points of the compass in this land!

  59. Roger

    In his next not to be missed paper, Chris Doucouliagos will consider the question:

    Does high immigration dampen wages growth?

  60. thefrollickingmole

    C.L.

    Ive actually seen hawks near Karratha dropping burning sticks ahead of a fire, I assume to trap and cook any smaller animals running ahead of the main fire.

    Couldnt believe it when I saw it, theyd dive down behind the fire and come up with a burning twig and fly off to drop it 50-100m ahead of the front.

    One of those “pull over to the side of the road WTF” moments for me.

  61. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just joshing Zulu.
    I only drink Scotch with a cube of ice.
    And it’s important to drink the Scotch before the ice melts too much.

    I had thought you were taking the Micheal, Memory Vault.

  62. Memoryvault

    Run, MV, run!

    It’s okay Mark. Zulu knows I was only kidding.
    Us OTU blokes was edumacated proper in such matters.

  63. 2dogs

    In his next not to be missed paper, Chris Doucouliagos will consider the question:

    Does high immigration dampen wages growth?

    No doubt he will argue that communities that oppose high immigration lose the “benefit” of cheaper labour.

  64. Lilliana

    Chris Doucouliagos AKA Captain Obvious

  65. I can vouch for the LDS Welfare program.In the early 90s I lost my job and needed assistance from my local Bishop. Although I was embarrassed to seek help, I had regularly contributed via a monthly fast offering so didnt feel I was ” bludging “. I have met the man who helped set up Welfare Square – Bishop Glen Rudd who passed away about 10 years ago. I have never met such a kindly, compassionate man.

  66. Mark from Melbourne

    It’s okay Mark. Zulu knows I was only kidding.

    As did I.

    But nevertheless, offending the scotchstapo is not something to be blase about.

    What brand is it, by the way? You never did specify that…

  67. Roger

    No doubt he will argue that communities that oppose high immigration lose the “benefit” of cheaper labour.

    Indubitably.

  68. Chris

    Would it be better mixed with dry ginger ale, or coke?

    Both are haram to we believers.

  69. Roger

    Dry ginger ale, obviously.

    Only a total bogan would mix 21 y. o. scotch with coke.

  70. Mark from Melbourne

    Behold … the power of numeracy

    be awed by the amazing mathematical depths of our bureaucracy.

    be afraid.

    That is a frightening “test”. I’d expect that any 6th grader could answer every question. Have standards really dropped that far?

  71. John Constantine

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/04/world/asia/china-cannabis-cbd.html

    SHANCHONG, China — China has made your iPhone, your Nikes and, chances are, the lights on your Christmas tree. Now, it wants to grow your cannabis.

    Two of China’s 34 regions are quietly leading a boom in cultivating cannabis to produce cannabidiol, or CBD, the nonintoxicating compound that has become a consumer health and beauty craze in the United States and beyond.

    They are doing so even though cannabidiol has not been authorized for consumption in China, a country with some of the strictest drug-enforcement policies in the world.

    Comrade Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaates.

  72. Chris

    If it burns going down the throat, and leaves an oily aftertaste redolent of circus floor hosings, and perished jock straps, dry ginger ale is permissible, but they are the only circumstances that dry ginger ale is acceptable.

    So Irish whisky then.

  73. vlad

    Only a total bogan would mix 21 y. o. scotch with coke.

    Especially when there was Red Bull to hand.

  74. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    But nevertheless, offending the scotchstapo is not something to be blase about.

    I’ve seen several “wannabees” come unstuck with an old trick. Get an empty bottle of a top quality, rather uncommon single malt, fill it with a mid range blended, and see who can’t tell the difference…

  75. John Constantine

    The Hempsoul factory has dozens of closed-circuit cameras that stream videos directly to the provincial public security bureau.

  76. Roger

    Only a total bogan would mix 21 y. o. scotch with coke.

    Especially when there was Red Bull to hand.

    Damn straight!

  77. bespoke

    Only a total bogan would mix 21 y. o. scotch with coke.

    ✔ But why bother when the best comes in a can.

  78. Cactus

    Thanks Zulu. My question is this –
    Would it be better mixed with dry ginger ale, or coke?

    Bwaahahaha.

    Cant remember the Rat Pack? Dean Martin? Sinatra quote. Think it was how to order the perfect burger in a hotel.
    Step 1 order a hamburger, Step 2 Order a whisky to go with it. Step 3, when said burger arrives, throw it in the trash and drink the whisky. Step 4 Repeat.

  79. Mark from Melbourne

    I’ve seen several “wannabees” come unstuck with an old trick. Get an empty bottle of a top quality, rather uncommon single malt, fill it with a mid range blended, and see who can’t tell the difference…

    ‘Twas ever thus, Zulu. Wankers gotta wank.

    But anyone who places a JW Red in a Glenlivet bottle should be summarily executed… right after those who can’t for the life of them tell the difference.

    And ain’t no-one going to try that with a Laphroig!!

  80. Mark from Melbourne

    Laphroig

    Spelling!

  81. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    So Irish whisky then.

    Irish whisky is fit only for treating fungal infections of the skin, and blowfly strike in Merino sheep. It was never meant for consumption by civilized human beings.

  82. Mark from Melbourne

    Irish whisky is fit only for treating fungal infections of the skin, and blowfly strike in Merino sheep. It was never meant for consumption by civilized human beings.

    What do you have against sheep?

  83. Cactus

    We were having a scotch whisky training session ahead of the Whisky Nationals. Which by the way is the most fun exam ever. You pay I think its about $100 or so and get to taste 8 whiskies in front of you and have to match those 8 whiskies to 9 names on an exam sheet (1 red herring). I usually get 0-2 out of 8 by the way. Its a lot of fun. Yes I know this makes me sound like part of the w*nkers, but I have no idea about much of it and I just like scotch.

    Anyway – in the training sessions, we set up flights of 4 random whiskies to try to name and tell them apart. In my flight I put Whiskey number 1 as JW Red Label, W2 was a Glenfarclas 12 W3 was Ardbeg 10 W3 and W4 was the same Glenfarclas 12 as W2. I was hoping there would be much thought about the JW Red Label, but alas one of the guests through it in the garden in horror after one taste and remarked it was disgusting.

  84. Memoryvault

    What brand is it, by the way? You never did specify that…

    Only Haig, I’m afraid, Mark.
    Albeit 15 year old Haig Black Label when it was bought, and now aged another six years at home.

    But beggars can’t be choosers.

  85. Mark from Melbourne

    Albeit 15 year old Haig Black Label when it was bought, and now aged another six years at home.

    Sounds like a nice drop. Not exactly top drawer, but Haig was a darn sight better 20 odd years ago than it is now.

    Enjoy the party. You richly deserve it.

  86. Mark from Melbourne

    We were having a scotch whisky training session ahead of the Whisky Nationals.

    What be these?

    Perhaps I should start training??

  87. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    But anyone who places a JW Red in a Glenlivet bottle should be summarily executed… right after those who can’t for the life of them tell the difference.

    Bit extreme, but I’ve seen one “wannabee ‘ fall for for Cutty Sark, from a Glendronach bottle, and another who didn’t know Black Douglas from an Aultmore bottle.

  88. Gab

    I once went to a scotch masterclass (in Perth) and got to sample some suburb tipple from Scotland.

  89. Cactus

    What be these? Perhaps I should start training??

    Well its run every 2nd year by the Australian The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Next one in 2020. https://www.amwtc-smws.com/

    It is an awesome event, as I said – strict exam conditions, 8 scotches, correctly link to 8 names from the 9 given. I think everyone needs something silly to look forward to in life and that is one of mine. The after party usually has a lot of industry types free pouring their latest offerings.

    As for training. Its a great excuse to get the lads together. Put it in the diary, you can book out a random Friday night with a leave pass from your partner and drink scotch. What could go wrong…

  90. Bubbles

    There is only one whiskey.
    And that whisky is bourbon.
    Very pale men in skirts, you transported your clearanced clan slaves to the frontier and they produced whiskey which makes your heather tasting crap taste like Prince Charle’s waste water.
    Long live colonial free enterprise.

  91. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    There is only one whiskey.
    And that whisky is bourbon.

    Polar bears will picnic in Hell, before I inflict that shyte on my liver.

  92. Cactus

    I have a friend that went through a spate of divorcing dads in his friendship group. His whiskey stocks were crushed in short order. He now has on hand dedicated Divorcing Dads scotch (Monkey Shoulder), the House scotch (Ardbeg 10) and a whole lot of other randoms (assorted Speysides, a bottle of official SAS Glenfarclas).

  93. Mark from Melbourne

    Bit extreme, but I’ve seen one “wannabee ‘ fall for for Cutty Sark, from a Glendronach bottle, and another who didn’t know Black Douglas from an Aultmore bottle.

    Now you’re just making it up!

    Sadly, I don’t believe for a minute you are.

    Admission : SWMBO and I have just spent nearly 3 weeks with some virus or other. I have to admit that JW Red and water (lots of) is pretty much the only thing I could stomach. To such depths we are reduced.

  94. Cactus

    Wait – did Boys night on the cat start early? Its only Wednesday?

  95. Mark from Melbourne

    Cactus, thou art a champion! I have signed up.

  96. feelthebern

    Oh my, the bint on the Bolt Report.
    Hawke apparently led Australia when we were such a young country trying to find our feet & our place in the world.
    Oh my.

  97. BrettW

    Nick,
    Thanks for that NY Times link. I note the author is a journalism Uni lecturer from Australia.

    Interesting that the protesters left money in the fridge after drinking the soda.

    I also read the related article by Jimmy Lai. He is one more than most who has lost a lot of money because of his beliefs. He had to sell out of his very successful clothing business Giordano just prior to 1997 as his newspaper wasn’t too positive towards China. He certainly more than most would be against extradition to China.

    The protester’s article was also interesting.

  98. feelthebern

    She also said Hawkes efforts at the Presidents Cup was worthy of a day’s business in parliament.
    Where to begin?

  99. Nick:
    re your posting about Hong Kong.
    I’ll give a 25% chance that the HK protests will be the point at which China and the West go to war.

  100. Bruce of Newcastle

    Anyone up for a Reaper Spicy Margarita?
    Sounds yummy, although you may need a throat transplant afterwards.

    Foodbeast editor Constantine Spyrou, meanwhile, has already claimed the Reaper Spicy Margarita “is without question the hottest thing a fast-food chain has ever released,” but said customers may only start to feel the heat after a few sips.

    “It’ll leave your throat, tongue, and lips burning for 20 minutes or so after eating,” Spyrou added.

  101. Memoryvault

    Hawke apparently led Australia when we were such a young country trying to find our feet & our place in the world.

    He couldn’t have done it if Whitlam hadn’t discovered Oz and brought in the first settlers.

  102. Diogenes

    There is only one whiskey.
    And that whisky is bourbon.

    Partially correct. Scotch (and Rum) are now almost exclusively aged in bourbon barrels rather than old port and sherry barrels. There are so many cheap ex bourbon barrels floating around due to the enormous popularity of that American shyte, and the fact they bourbon barrels by law can only be used for bourbon once, that they have displaced the others.

  103. mh

    Hawke apparently led Australia when we were such a young country trying to find our feet & our place in the world.

    Wrong. That was Kevin Rudd.

  104. feelthebern

    I’ll give a 25% chance that the HK protests will be the point at which China and the West go to war.

    Try about zero %.

  105. Cactus

    I won a chicken wing eating contest which was smothered with the Carolina Reaper sauce. Out of all the things I have done in life I say this was the worst decision I have made and one of the few I regret. There was an entire different level of heat. I felt like my insides were burning. I could feel it in my urine as I peed. There was no pleasant chilli flavour either like you get with a ghost chulli or a chocolate habenero. It was just evil and my body knew it

  106. Muddy

    Memoryvault
    #3096526, posted on July 3, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Hawke apparently led Australia when we were such a young country trying to find our feet & our place in the world.

    He couldn’t have done it if Whitlam hadn’t discovered Oz and brought in the first settlers.

    Didn’t Whitlam father General Douglas MacArthur – who beat the Chinese at Waterloo – during a spare moment?

  107. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    He couldn’t have done it if Whitlam hadn’t discovered Oz and brought in the first settlers.

    Didn’t Whitlam free the slaves, and give women the vote?

  108. Memory Vault:

    Thanks Zulu. My question is this –
    Would it be better mixed with dry ginger ale, or coke?

    You bloody heathen.
    Only with cubes of iced Fanta, can whisky heaven be found.

  109. Herodotus

    Bolt is right: universities (among many others) need to be deradicalized.

  110. MatrixTransform

    Caol Ila …. (or teachers before the co pays dividends)
    Sullivans … overrated
    Been some memorable Bourbons whose names I cant remember

    also, there is no way on earth that Johnny Red or the Black Douglas could be mistaken for the shite they are.

    for the record, I distill.
    Have made vodka to beat Grey Goose and Belvedere in a blind test 2x (made from Tomato paste and sugar)

    Gin is an art
    My Bathtub Gin redistilled via a conical flask and homemade pot-still is something to behold.
    secret herbs and spices mate

  111. Nick

    Nick:
    re your posting about Hong Kong.
    I’ll give a 25% chance that the HK protests will be the point at which China and the West go to war.

    Nah. The reality is that HK is China’s. An invasion of Taiwan, perhaps.
    The war games that have been simulated by the US say that if The US and Japan can hold Japan in the first 24 hours, then the US will win.
    The HK situation is sad, though is the cluebat dropping, I’ve met Carrie Lam, she was nice about me once and I solved a problem for her. I also know some of those behind her.

  112. Muddy

    Julia Gillard freed the vote and enslaved the women, Zulu.
    Easy mistake to make.
    She also said “There will be no NBN in a bed I have not paid for.”
    Or something. I think it was a reference to Ceasar at Dien Bien Phu.

  113. vlad:

    “Vegan Australia spokesman Andy Faulkner […] Mr Faulkner would like CCTV to be mandatory on every farm that has animals”

    Even on the Aboriginal run stations?
    You know, the ones where they just walk off/get on the the piss, and let thousands of cattle starve to death or die from lack of water?
    Those ones, too?

  114. Muddy

    Herodotus
    #3096536, posted on July 3, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Bolt is right: universities (among many others) need to be deradicalized

    Universities do a more effective job than the armed forces in moulding the citizenry.
    Or perhaps making the citizenry mouldy.

  115. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Or something. I think it was a reference to Ceasar at Dien Bien Phu.

    I thought Lord Raglan was at Dien Bien Phu?

  116. Diogenes

    Didn’t Whitlam father General Douglas MacArthur

    Got the Whitlam got us out of Vietnam schtick at work today – Sick of arguing so I silently opened wikipaedia on my tablet & pushed it under their nose.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_history_of_Australia_during_the_Vietnam_War#Withdrawal_of_Australian_forces,_1970%E2%80%931973

  117. Muddy

    Every vegan needs an ankle bracelet.

  118. John Constantine

    https://www.theland.com.au/story/6245853/mobile-abattoir-gets-first-commercial-licence-in-australia/?cs=4941&fbclid=IwAR3TW1rHf_prrKbHQoSN1qzi7_LOlcoqiilAsJs67J6TMuVDZXSPqUiUtUw

    “As farmers we’ve processed our own cattle on-farm and eaten that beef, we know there is nothing better,” said Mr Doyle.

    “The Provenir process will be very similar to that and will hopefully be of benefit to consumers that buy that meat.

    “Another benefit for consumers is the traceability that Provenir provides. While from our perspective we’re looking forward to the feedback from the consumers to ensure we’re breeding the cattle that people want to eat.”
    Ready to go: Some of the Doyle’s carcasses reading for processing and packaging.

    Ready to go: Some of the Doyle’s carcasses reading for processing and packaging.

    “We provide full traceability using QR code technology,” said Mr Balazs.

    “Consumers can validate themselves where the meat came from, what the cut is and then we can provide them with recipes as well. So we really want to engage the consumer to enjoy cooking meat again and know where it comes from and that the welfare aspects of the meat that they’re eating has been fully respected

    Will only be niche, but removing the transport/holding yard/ processing hormonal load from the system, and hanging the carcass longer makes for a slight but noticeable difference in eating quality, say like that between johnny walker red and johnny walker green.

  119. Muddy

    I believe Lord Raglan saved the Franklin Dam.
    Or perhaps that was Lord Brown?
    That’s right: Raggy combined cannister shot with indoor plumbing. Brilliant invention.
    Just after he discovered Antarctica was about to run out of ice. (He was a Beenleigh Rum drinker).

  120. Tom

    On the eve of Independence Day, the anti-American dumabass zombie fucktards at the New York Times are helping Donald Trump write his victory speech in 2020: “The myth of America as the greatest nation on earth is at best outdated and at worst, wildly inaccurate.”

    They can’t help themselves. And they wonder why Trump keeps winning. Stupidest people ever born.

  121. dover_beach

    Politics with Michelle Grattan: Father Frank Brennan on Israel Folau and religious freedom: Frank Brennan, Jesuit priest and member of the expert panel on Religious Freedom set up by Malcolm Turnbull, says the Israel Folau matter is a “simple freedom of contract case regardless of Mr. Folau’s religious views”.

    “I think the question is, did he voluntarily, and for a very large sum of money, agree with his employer to follow a work code which included an undertaking not to make statements on social media about various things which may or may not have a religious component?”

    Responding to Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells’ renewed call this week for a Religious Freedom Act – as distinct from narrower legislation favoured by the Morrison government – Brennan told The Conversation: “I continue to have my reservations about that, mainly on the basis that I don’t think religious freedom is an enormous problem in Australia”.

    He sees the way forward as a Religious Discrimination Act, recommended by the review, in line with other existing anti-discrimination laws on race and gender.

    As for issues to do with religious schools, “Penny Wong’s bill was correct,” he said – referring to the Senator’s Amendment to the Sex Discrimination Act late last year which sought to remove the capacity of religious schools to directly discriminate against students on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

    The only addition needed to this, he said, would be a clear commitment that “religious schools are free to teach their doctrine”.

    What a fraud.

  122. Gab:

    I once went to a scotch masterclass (in Perth) and got to sample some suburb tipple from Scotland.

    You wouldn’t happen to know the phone number of the masterclass in Barcy, would you?

  123. Muddy

    Tom, stupidity is a lofty goal for many to aspire too. When they get close, they often feel quite chuffed with themselves. Yay for them.

  124. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Or perhaps that was Lord Brown?

    The Lord George Brown, onetime British foreign Secretary at a diplomatic bunfight in Lima , who approached a figure, resplendent in scarlet and gold, and who said “Well, this seems to be rather a snappy number the band is playing, and you seem rather a snappy number, shall we dance?”

    “There are three reasons we may not dance, Lord George. The first is that I fear you have had rather too much to drink. The second is that “this snappy number” is actually the Peruvian national anthem, during the playing of which, you should be standing at attention, and the third is that, far from being a “snappy number” I am actually the Archbishop of Lima.”

  125. feelthebern

    Bob Hawke:
    Freed the slaves;
    Gave women the vote;
    Cured cancer;
    Discovered electricity;
    Put man on the moon;
    Sired Phar Lap;
    Won the Bledisloe, Wimbledon & the Boxing Day test all in the one year;
    Played off scratch.

  126. Muddy

    Haha! Good story, Zulu.
    Ah, decorum. No-one can now spell you, let alone understand your porpoise.

  127. feelthebern

    Has there been a single example of a Christian school excluding a gay student?

  128. Rockdoctor

    Re: Aboriginal hospitals. I am seeing TAIHS all over the country. Google TAIHS & Akee. The stench is thick & no-one will go near it, even LNP types…Obviously another winner Scomo will support.

  129. Helen

    I had a tipple of that laughing rag whiskey the other day t’was a green or blue box, it tasted like pinocleen. Not for future purchase – check.

    Had a nice Bundy the other day too, aged in sherry casks – nice on the rocks. That solerno tastesa bit like that too. Also aged in sherry. Noice. And happy with my Jammies.

    Now I have made all you wierdo taste bud persons spin around, I am off to bed – not in my jammies! Night all.

    Lizzie, you do trigger poor joh.

  130. Muddy

    Rockdoctor.
    Slightly off-topic perhaps, but I’ve noticed several pharmacies around the area featuring signs with something about respect for indigenous something or other. Or perhaps they’ve received the tick of approval from the local mob, I’m not sure. Maybe the signs mean that indigenous people will be treated ‘respectfully’ rather than at other non-approved pharmacies where they won’t even be sneezed on?
    Separatism really seems to be the policy.
    There was an indigenous dental assistant at my driller yesterday. She seemed quite capable, and that’s all that mattered to me. The whole ‘Welcome to Chair’ thing was a bit tedious though.

  131. Gab

    Winston, do you mean Barcy, France?

  132. P

    dover_beach
    #3096548, posted on July 3, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    I was just about to put up the link to this article when the phone rang and I talked for quite a while, after which I saw your comment.

    I have know of the views of the learned Fr Frank Brennan from as far back as 1975 when I then disagreed with him as I do now.

  133. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Haha! Good story, Zulu.

    Lord George was supposed to have been the figure in whose honor, the euphemism “tired and emotional” was coined.

  134. Dan Dare

    Do any of the Whisky experts here remember Corio?
    AKA COR10, a brand of petrol available at independent garages.
    I think it was quite a big seller.

  135. Infidel Tiger

    Bolt is right: universities (among many others) need to be deradicalized.

    Incorrect.

    They need to be razed.

    All tertiary education should either be taking place on the job or at privately funded places for exceptionalism.

    When universities were about the 1% best minds in every country they had some worth, now they are useless and embarrassing edifices that should be shunned by the righteous.

  136. Mother Lode

    Julia Gillard freed the vote and enslaved the women, Zulu.
    Easy mistake to make.

    Julia’s problem was simply that she was not able to make a decision and be right at the same time.

  137. Geriatric Mayfly

    Maxine Waters must be taking a well earned break. The Mad Hatter from Florida steps in to fill the vacancy.

    Democrat Rep. Frederica Wilson said people who are “making fun” of members of Congress online should be “prosecuted.”

  138. Nick/Feelthebern:

    I’ll give a 25% chance that the HK protests will be the point at which China and the West go to war.
    Try about zero %.

    Guys.
    China has a window of opportunity that is open for the next five years.
    China has a cohort of 200,000,000 males between the age of 18 and 40. I don’t know its military participation ratio (MPR), but I’d assume they could enlist 50% of those without harming their ability to produce weaponry.
    China has an enormous industrial base that is tuned to producing cheap mass products. These are the sorts of products used in warfare. Most weapons are single use.
    China has aproximately 40 million surplus males who will never have wives because the girls have been aborted.
    China has huge amounts of ancient aircraft. They and their pilots will have one use – to absorb the Wests antiaircaft missiles. After a week or so, they will lose 20,000 Mig 17/21s and will still have their modern fighters and fighter bombers.
    China has huge amounts of artillery and tanks. Obsolete they may be, but a shell coming from an obsolete artillery tube will kill you just as dead as one from a modern howitzer. A regiment of T55 knock offs is still more powerful that an infantry soldier in a hasty foxhole.
    And there should be no doubt that copious amounts of ammunition await these weapons.

    China does not want to lose face. so it must have a guaranteed victory. Where could that victory be?
    Rattle the sabres, use those obsolete T55s do a reenactment of Tiananmin Square, and allow the West to guarantee Hong Kong sovereignty.
    Could the US protect two or three Carrier Strike Groups against 5,000 MiG 21’s backed up by every long range missile the Chinese possess?
    No. The Chinese seek to pull the US into a battlefield it can dominate, and Hong Kong fits the bill quite nicely.

  139. Boambee John

    Dan Dare
    #3096569, posted on July 3, 2019 at 8:55 pm
    Do any of the Whisky experts here remember Corio?
    AKA COR10, a brand of petrol available at independent garages.
    I think it was quite a big seller.

    AKA Commonwealth Oil Refineries Number 10.

  140. John Constantine

    Johnny Bairstow standing up.

  141. Tel

    When universities were about the 1% best minds in every country they had some worth, now they are useless and embarrassing edifices that should be shunned by the righteous.

    It may not be quite that bad yet, but it is heading in that general direction.

    The mentality of everyone-gets-a-prize mediocrity and equality is deeply incompatible with intellectual achievement and discovery. If you give people an easy opportunity to constantly defer adulthood then that’s what will happen, and that’s what is happening. At very least stick a warning label on the front … I mean there’s warning labels everywhere else.

  142. C.L.

    “I think the question is, did he voluntarily, and for a very large sum of money, agree with his employer to follow a work code which included an undertaking not to make statements on social media about various things which may or may not have a religious component?”

    The Jesuits – doing what they do best. Casuistry to protect the left.

  143. areff

    It’s not merely universities that needed to punished. The left in general needs to be defunded.

  144. Mother Lode

    Bolt is right: universities (among many others) need to be deradicalized.

    Simply done by getting the radicals out, and that can be done by winding back funding which feeds the pointless courses that have proliferated, or rather have cascaded – where a small number of vanity courses gave rise to new offspring vanity courses, which have in turn created further variations until they bear improbably narrow and abstruse names.

  145. Gab:

    Winston, do you mean Barcy, France?

    I knew I should have spelled it correctly.
    Barky. As in Barcaldine, loathsome wench.
    Winston picks up his scotch and dry, and leaves in a huff. Or it could be a snit.
    Foreign bloody cars.

  146. Nick

    No. The Chinese seek to pull the US into a battlefield it can dominate, and Hong Kong fits the bill quite nicely.

    Winston, you’re assuming the US will defend HK. Taiwan and Japan, yes. HK, no. It’s already Chinese soil.

  147. Infidel Tiger

    If every university in this country were turned into social housing or refugee camps, we would be immeasurably better off as a society.

    What a great policy to run with. Who could disagree?

  148. Gab

    Barky. As in Barcaldine, loathsome wench.

    Oh. Shame because only 10 minutes away is Meaux with some lovely lively places for drinks and so on.\\As for Barky, QLD, try the Shakespeare Hotel.

  149. C.L.

    Scott Morrison solemnly inaugurated a Bob Hawke Scholarship today (worth $5 million), continuing the cuck-craven tradition of Liberal governments plaintively begging its avowed enemies for belly rubs in the hope that they might be … liked by somebody for a change.

    Labor would never inaugurate a John Howard Scholarship. They’re not playing.

  150. old bloke

    Does anyone know if there’s any substance to this story?

    Report: American Submarine Torpedoed and Sunk Off Alaska Coast

  151. Geriatric Mayfly

    where a small number of vanity courses gave rise to new offspring vanity courses, which have in turn created further variations until they bear improbably narrow and abstruse names.

    Anything with ‘studies’ as a suffix should be the first to be axed. Then there was that PhD scholarship being bandied the other day; the title of which was so vacuous I have forgotten it already.

  152. Nick:

    Winston, you’re assuming the US will defend HK. Taiwan and Japan, yes. HK, no. It’s already Chinese soil.

    I assume naught.
    What may happen is that as the obsolete T34/85s or T54/55s turn the cranky demonstrators into soylent pink, the intellectuals of the world will go into a monster frenzy, demanding that the Donald ‘Do Something About It’.
    The test of how President Trump handles the shrieks from the Left is the one wild card in the deck.

  153. Infidel Tiger

    Lesbian penguins become adoptive parents as aquarium gives them an egg from a mating pair

    Actual headline at telegraph.co.uk

    And people were worried about ISIS.

  154. Bruce in WA

    for the record, I distill.
    Have made vodka to beat Grey Goose and Belvedere in a blind test 2x (made from Tomato paste and sugar)

    Gin is an art
    My Bathtub Gin redistilled via a conical flask and homemade pot-still is something to behold.
    secret herbs and spices mate

    Isn’t that, sort of, perhaps, just a teensy-weensy minuscule bit, like, you know … illegal?

  155. Gab:

    Oh. Shame because only 10 minutes away is Meaux with some lovely lively places for drinks and so on.\\As for Barky, QLD, try the Shakespeare Hotel.

    Quelle Horreur!
    I drink at the Railway Hotel.
    The Shakey is for poseurs and pretenders who think drinking is a pastime.
    I can assure you that I don’t take drinkinging as frivolously as that.
    …Winston raises his 1Litre Pyrex jug, filled with ice cubes and Dimple scotch, and has another slurp.
    It’s been four weeks since my last drink.
    This is going to be messy, I fear.

  156. Speedbox

    Winston Smith
    #3096574, posted on July 3, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    In every military and manpower sense I think you’re correct but the liklihood of conventional warfare between superpowers is virtually non-existent. Perhaps ‘never say never’ because we can all imagine a totally left field scenario, but those scenarios are almost in the realm of fantasy.

    This is not to say that China is not dangerous – and it must be contained. Consider China’s expansion into the South China Sea.

    China have learnt that they can navigate the space between war and an uneasy peace. They pushed right up to the brink – and then they stopped. But, they have kept everything they created or acquired. They are winning the South China Sea, one island or atoll at a time. A not a shot fired.

    We have seen both China and Russia engage in modern technological warfare such as the mysterious and sudden failure of infrastructure systems, GPS blocking, data theft on an industrial scale, propaganda warfare through disinformation.

    In a military punchup, China has substantial manpower and has long had the doctrine of the ‘human wave’, but that era is making way for a new type of warfare that is just as deadly – stealth and the use of digital technology.

  157. Zatara

    Does anyone know if there’s any substance to this story?

    Report: American Submarine Torpedoed and Sunk Off Alaska Coast

    Hal Turner, the purveyor of that nonsense, is a moron. He’s also a Holocast denier, white supremacist (a real one), has been imprisoned for threatening Federal Judges, etc. etc. Here are a few of his gems:

    Patriots now considering using plasma heat weapons against domestic enemy politicians and enablers

    US Marines Landing By Boat in Venezuela Feb 1, 2019

    “Iran Fires More Missiles Toward US Base in Syria”

    Iran Fires MULTIPLE Missiles from its territory, over Iraq, toward US Base in Syria. At least THREE Ballistic Missiles flew 700+ Miles to hit.

    “FEDS GRANT EMINENT DOMAIN AS COLLATERAL TO CHINA FOR U.S. DEBTS!”

  158. Tel

    What may happen is that as the obsolete T34/85s or T54/55s turn the cranky demonstrators into soylent pink, the intellectuals of the world will go into a monster frenzy, demanding that the Donald ‘Do Something About It’.

    I would guess the TOW missile shipments are already underway.

    Nothing to do with Trump of course … come to think of it, no one has the slightest idea where they might have come from or how they got there.

  159. Gab:
    Nothing snobbish about Dimple, darling.
    I’m drinking it because it’s the cheapest rotgut I have in the bar.
    …and because I won it in a raffle in Miles as I was passing through a few months ago.
    It’s actually an interesting bottle.
    I should fill it with deisel and aluminium paste, and chuck it at someone.

  160. It’s Remarkable

    Just listening to the greens Nick McKim: “we don’t support any tax cuts, ever, taxes are used for schools and hospitals, blah blah….”
    They never actually get asked how much of the total tax take is spent on ‘schools and hospitals’, as opposed to the massive social services and other payments to the now more than 50% of the population that do not pay any net tax.
    Wish someone in the media would actually call these thieving B**t**ds out and ask some decent questions and put them on the spot for a change.
    Probably be waiting a long time.

  161. old bloke

    Zatara
    #3096604, posted on July 3, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks Zatara, I knew nothing about Mr. Turner, those emergency meetings mentions (EU, UK, White House, etc.) could well be to discuss Iran’s latest sabre rattling.

  162. Muddy

    Re U.S. vs. China over Hong Kong: As I wrote a week or so ago about U.S. Vs. Iran tensions, any first strikes will be attempts at paralysing command and control systems. Think Shock-and-Awwww-feckit! So an opening strike as deterrence.

  163. Speedbox:

    In a military punchup, China has substantial manpower and has long had the doctrine of the ‘human wave’, but that era is making way for a new type of warfare that is just as deadly – stealth and the use of digital technology.

    Thankyou for your reply.
    The point I make is that China has, at the moment, the ability to wage warfare at the 1914-1918 level of mass against a technologically superior foe. Stealth is of no use against an enemy that can put an aeroplane into every cubic kilometre of airbattlespace. China has stolen more digital technology and put it to good use than we can even imagine. I would imagine the opening rounds of a war with China would see 95% of our command and control unavailable for at least 5 days until we got rid of the viruses.
    I would also note the change in attitude toward the Chinese Diaspora from the Central Committee – they are calling the Chinese communities abroad “Chinese Overseas.”
    They are capable of mobilising these expatriates easily – I give you the example of the Tibetan protests where Chinese students beat up Tibetan protesters, or the mobilising of Chinese students to help sway Australian elections.

  164. John Constantine

    Another Bairstow ton.

    The poms grimly putting themselves through a string of sudden death knockout contests.

  165. Tel:

    I would guess the TOW missile shipments are already underway.

    Nothing to do with Trump of course … come to think of it, no one has the slightest idea where they might have come from or how they got there.

    One would hope so, but perhaps a piano from the 55th floor would as much damage…

  166. MatrixTransform

    perhaps, just a teensy-weensy minuscule bit, like, you know … illegal?

    depends on yr relationship with the tax dept

  167. John Constantine

    No need for mass mobilisation of the four million strong chicom diaspora in America, or the million plus [ including visas] Australian diaspora.

    The Tyrant will simply pay a million dollars each to anglos that hate their country to plug usb drives into computers at work and shut down the west that way.

    Look how cheap the Tyrant bought dastardly and andrew robb and keating and hawkie.

    Comrades.

  168. Tel:
    One would hope so, but perhaps a piano from the 55th floor would do as much damage…
    Kinetic weapons.
    Hmmm.
    War fighting capability may have happened.
    War winning capability yet to be demonstrated.

  169. Bruce in WA

    depends on yr relationship with the tax dept

    😀 😀 😀

  170. MatrixTransform

    you want good whiskey?
    home grown in Bayswater Melb?

    Try Bakery Hill

    seriously the best whiskey you’ve never heard of

  171. John Constantine:

    The Tyrant will simply pay a million dollars each to anglos that hate their country to plug usb drives into computers at work and shut down the west that way.

    You’ve picked it – high tech doesn’t need to be countered by high tech.
    Lotech will do the job just as well if the battlespace has been prepared for it.

  172. John Constantine

    Hire a couple dozen bulldozers and drive each one through a different server farm.

    Cloud based data storage and the western internet down, war over.

    Cost of victory in WW3 twenty grand.

  173. Matrix Transform:

    seriously the best whiskey you’ve never heard of

    Bakery Hill.
    OK, but is it done like seems to be the trend these days – so much peat flavour as to be undrinkable?
    I’ve got a bottle of something that is touted as being the best stuff you could get, but to me, it tastes like a pair of shearers undies that have gone to the campfire via the local young lass of ill repute.
    …got a couple of stories there as well, but you ain’t gonna hear them from me.

  174. Zatara

    Leo Iacocca, the ‘creator’ of the Ford Mustang, just passed.

    He also ‘created’ the mini-van but I won’t hold that against him.

  175. Steve trickler

    Tuning the whistle of the Big Boy.

    8:30 forward….it all starts coming together.



  176. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    seriously the best whiskey you’ve never heard of

    I’ve ordered a couple of bottles for trial purposes, but, fair warning, your credibility as a critic is on the line….

  177. MatrixTransform

    Winston, I gotta admit that I like the peaty so Im pretty biased there.
    Went to the distillery and sampled a few and enjoyed the company of the host.
    Wasnt disappointed at all.
    if yr looking christmas pudding like glenfiddich 15 prolly wont find it.

  178. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Lizzie, you do trigger poor joh.

    Fie, Helen. Upon my word, I do declare:
    Je suis desole. With an acute ‘e’.
    Not.
    ‘poor Joh’ richly deserves everything she gets from me here.
    I am just meandering along on the Cat, minding my own business.
    And whack! She’s after me again. She’s a mental case.

    And I do feel sorry for her, deep down. I am not an unkind person.

  179. MatrixTransform

    credibility as a critic is on the line…

    forgot to tell you I get a 10% cut of all online purchase from new customers.

    I’m an ‘influencer’ in a brave new world.

    …kidding

  180. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    OK, but is it done like seems to be the trend these days – so much peat flavour as to be undrinkable?

    Winston, if you don’t like heavily peated whiskies- and I will concede they are an acquired taste – try anything from the Speyside, particularly the Aultmore “No hint of peatsmoke.”

  181. Zatara:

    He also ‘created’ the mini-van but I won’t hold that against him.

    I’ve got a frickin’ bone to pick with him then.
    How the hell do you explain to the future Outlaws that the reason the firies were called to the drive in to release a young fellers broken foot from the glove compartment of a 180B with the young lady – brand new fiancee – in a compromising position?
    “What the Hell are you up to, young feller?”
    “Practicing, Constable.”
    “And the young lady?”
    “She’s practising, too.”
    “I’m go*na *ill you, you **ick.” from underneath the strategically placed blanket.

  182. Zatara

    Winston,

    Perhaps you should have gone with the Mustang soft top instead?

  183. mh

    Not sure how much black Kamala Harris has in her.

    But I guess there was Mayor Willie Brown.

  184. Zk2A

    Winston, if you don’t like heavily peated whiskies- and I will concede they are an acquired taste

    Acquired taste?
    You fucking Neanderthal.
    Fanta and Limeburners is an acquired taste – and it’s one I don’t wish to acquire.
    Who wants a fight?
    Bastards.

  185. mh

    England struggling to post a high score against the Kiwis.

  186. Zatra:
    People like you made me buy motorcycles.
    My last motorcycle – and fuck youse lot.

    Does ‘youse’ need a comma?

  187. MatrixTransform

    Who wants a fight?

    the one hundred and first piper is on a tear …

    …wich one of yu cants has puuut the fecking bongwater in my fecking bagpipes ??/

    …I’ll have yus all.

  188. JC

    It’s true, they are courageous in the true sense of the word. Total respect

    Bravery of Hong Kong protesters shames the west

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/the-times/bravery-of-hong-kong-protesters-shames-the-west/news-story/0e6a4b39ce338ea57093a9d6b41e40f5

  189. Mark A

    Winston Smith
    #3096643, posted on July 3, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Zk2A

    Winston, if you don’t like heavily peated whiskies- and I will concede they are an acquired taste

    Acquired taste?
    You fucking Neanderthal.

    Don’t want to fight but Winston (no spit) is right.

    Who in his right mind wants to get used to something vile, something he doesn’t like straight off?
    Insane.

  190. Memoryvault

    Winston,
    You’re starting to sound like John Constantine.

  191. Natrix Transform:
    Just started a course of THC free capsules in an effort to alleviate my progression into senile dementia. Also to help with migraines. They taste like stale bongwater.
    Has anyone noticed a change in my postings?
    Bastards?
    Who wants a punch up, eh?

    I may just go to bed, now,

  192. zyco maaate.
    You get some relly good stuff to post here.

    Husband sues his wife for ‘every penny’ he spent on the eight-year-old son he discovered was actually fathered by another man

    Ha ha ha!
    Sheilas been gettin’ away with this shit forever – good to see it coning back and slapping them in the face.

  193. MatrixTransform

    Has anyone noticed a change in my postings?

    you seem calmer …. or is that karma?

    I know what you mean about the wood.
    Sometimes its there very grumpy and unsubtle.
    A bit like ales these days where theyre all competing for the floral notes in beer … and it all tastes like Lynx deodorant

  194. MatrixTransform

    another bottle of Lynx Afrika please

  195. Zyconoclast

    Ask Clem: ‘My father-in-law tried to bribe my child for her affection’

    Dear Clementine,

    I’ve just come home from a family lunch with my husband and almost two-year-old daughter. My daughter was happily playing with her grandfather as he was blowing her bubbles. He stopped, and she begged for more bubbles. I heard him say “I’ll blow you more bubbles if you give me a hug.” I am furious that he tried to bribe my child with something she really wanted for her affection. I said, “we don’t negotiate for hugs.”
    Am I overreacting?

    And remember as well to put these actions into practice yourself. Make it a point of asking her if she wants a kiss or a cuddle. If she says no, repeat her choice back to her. “You’ve told me you don’t want a kiss, so I’m not going to kiss you. I’m so proud of you for speaking up for yourself!”

    Dear Concerned Mum,

    Firstly, you’re not overreacting. One of the most powerful things we can do for our children is to listen to our instincts, and this is what you’re doing. Listening to the lizard brain voice inside helps us to advocate for children while they’re still too little to advocate for themselves. More than this, it teaches them from an early age that they are worth advocating for.

  196. John Constantine

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIkYbDAXOtM&t=21s

    Couple dozen accufires running for a couple hours each means four thousand kilometers of firefront on a total fire ban day.

    Cost of victory fifty grand.

  197. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Helen, what I really care about is the validating email below that I received via Quadrant quite out of the blue from Bernard Cornwell, the very famous author of what the literary critics call the best novels ever written drawing on Arthurian themes as well as thirty other books on historical themes and two highly successful TV series spin-offs. Unbeknownst to me a man in Tasmania, a friend of his, sent him a link to my Arthur article published in Quadrant:

    Dear Elizabeth Beare,
    Wow, what a piece of work you’ve done!
    I get assailed by messages about Arthur, many insisting that the sender has ‘finally’ and ‘conclusively’ proven his identity and existence. Yours, while it does neither of those things, is the first that demands to be taken seriously. I’m hugely impressed … I think you’ve made a very solid case! … I am certain that your work needs a much wider dissemination and if my name is of any use to you in getting publication, then please do use it! … all best wishes, Bernard Cornwell

    Nor is this the only complimentary and encouraging feedback from significant authors as well as general readers that I have received, for my Arthurian work and other items I have done for Quadrant. These validations are important to me, because … well, I won’t go there.

    Johanna has slagged off at me for years about my ‘book’, as I have been struggling with a very complex piece of research, and also coping with time and other constraints that she does not have. In the meantime, I have amused myself and kept sane, despite some great familial stressors, with other small pieces of writing on the Cat and for Quadrant. She appears to really resent me doing that and I do wonder why.

    The scroll wheel is always available to her, as it is to others.

  198. Zyconoclast

    Whoops
    I mixed the paragraphs.

    The one above Dear concerned mother should have been the last one

  199. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Good Lord. Hugs between family members are part of life.
    What on earth are we coming to when we ‘negotiate’ such things and what messages do we send children when we see family life in such ‘transactional’ terms?
    Clementine can go bag her head.

  200. MatrixTransform

    Am I overreacting?

    what by asking a freaky nutjob for validation on an anonymous internet forum?

  201. Old School Conservative

    The two big questions of today:

    1. is Bolt the only journo to question the stupidity of cancelling a whole day of parliament business in order to dump more unseemly praise on Hawke?

    2. I’m a beer drinker considering moving to the yet untried delights of Scotch. Done all the usual web-based research and am heading to a good independent bottle shop tomorrow.
    Any brand suggestions for getting started?

  202. Memoryvault

    Any brand suggestions for getting started?

    One of each.
    Then you can make an informed decision.

  203. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Husband sues his wife for ‘every penny’ he spent on the eight-year-old son he discovered was actually fathered by another man

    There was a similar case, in Australia, a few years ago, and I don’t have a reference, where the shrieking sisterhood howled that it was a breach of the child’s privacy to be D.N.A. tested, to find out that his “father” was not the man who was married to his mother, at the time of conception…

  204. Old School Conservative

    One of each.

    But….but….but have you SEEN how many options there are on the shelves?

  205. Memoryvault

    But….but….but have you SEEN how many options there are on the shelves?

    Okay, granted it will take you a while, and you’ll be pissed as a newt for a few months.
    But by the end of it you will know exactly what you prefer.

    Assuming you survive, of course.

  206. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This one’s for Memory Vault. I’m grinding the edges off a bad day, with a few large Scotches, reading your book on how to defraud the welfare system, and remembering standing in my local bottleshop, just after I retired.

    “Huh, a hundred dollars for a bottle of Scotch. You should be paying a lot more in tax, so I don’t have to do it so hard to bring up my children.”

    Five children, by three fathers, none who has ever worked a day in their lives…

  207. Old School Conservative

    Thanks MV.

  208. Memoryvault

    Five children, by three fathers, none who has ever worked a day in their lives…

    Sounds about average.
    But then you have the other side of the coin.
    The Fairy Princess side.

    Another big day tomorrow.
    Bed time now.

  209. MatrixTransform

    beer before dinner
    maybe a wine with
    whiskey after, but save the the peaty-est until last.

    Im on a budget so ..
    Glen Moray sherry cask is good value (mid 40s)
    So is Ballantynes 12yo (mid 40s)
    Glenfiddich 12yo is xmas (60-ish)
    I love, love love the Caol Ila (90-ish)

    watch the cheeky bastards at Dan’s … they fiddle the prices

    really is a matter of taste though
    Too many to try

    Glenfiddich 12yo

  210. Old School Conservative

    beer before dinner
    maybe a wine with
    whiskey after

    That’s my tentative plan. Thanks.

  211. C.L.

    One of the most powerful things we can do for our children is to listen to our instincts …

    Another thing we can do for them is not kill them before they’re born.

  212. C.L.

    The Hong Kong protesters are indeed incredibly brave.
    I also think they’ve accurately intuited that this isn’t 1989.
    Beijing might see itself as the new superpower but its power-brokers also know that behaving in the kind of non-white manner they did at Tiananmen Square will be a prestige hit from which it will not easily, if ever, recover. That in turn would have repercussions on power-broking. It’s not all about concrete islands, shopping sprees and a bustling rubber dog-shit economy. To be a genuine superpower, you require moral authority. China has none and I doubt it ever will. But a massacre is out of the question these days. The protesters are daring the Chinese to disgrace themselves.

  213. calli

    Hi Cats! Woken by some change in the rhythm and roll of the ship, I hopped up and peered out the window. We were passing under the Golden Gate bridge, aglow with lights and the sparse snaking headlamps of very early morning commuters coming in from Sausalito. It must have been 4am or thereabouts.

    I’m off to see the Painted Ladies.

    I will be careful where I step.

  214. Nob

    Caol Ila is the only peaty one in that bunch.

  215. JC

    Exhibit 10,078,97 why females should never be allowed near a voting booth.

    Tony Abbott’s campaigners claimed they knew the seat was gone when an older woman in a white Range Rover, with an estimated household income in the millions, yelled out her window as she passed a polling booth: “Tony Abbott’s a f..king c..t”. Language one might expect in Mackay, but not in Manly.

  216. Confused Old Misfit

    I know it’s not July 4 yet in the US of A. but God Bless ‘Em! Without them Australia, as we know it, might not be here.

  217. Beachcomber

    Infidel Tiger at 8:57 pm

    Bolt is right: universities (among many others) need to be deradicalized.

    Incorrect.

    They need to be razed.

    All tertiary education should either be taking place on the job or at privately funded places for exceptionalism.

    IT, you have nailed it. Universities must be de-funded completely. Schools of ‘Journalism’ the first operant conditioning centres to go.

  218. Beachcomber

    Infidel Tiger #3096597, posted on July 3, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Lesbian penguins become adoptive parents as aquarium gives them an egg from a mating pair

    Actual headline at telegraph.co.uk

    And people were worried about ISIS.

    IT, you are on fire tonight.

  219. None

    Several high-profile sponsors are now likely to be dragged into the Israel Folau legal battle, placing companies such as Qantas, Asics, Land Rover, Swisse and HSBC at the heart of a dispute that could last for years.

    Good. I don’t think Qantas will be scared of a $60,000 fine but the idea of Folau going for a limited damages is too beautiful to pass. Screw them.

  220. Top Ender

    Spent a bit of time today walking through the final stages of the Battle of Berlin. The Russian forces swept in from the east, and the remains of the Wermacht fell before them, although to the north some pockets kept fighting for days, trying to go west to surrender to the British or US forces.

    Today the Fuhrerbunker is only indicated by a sign – the site is nothing more than the blown-up wreckage of the tunnels and living complex which was once below ground there. A car park for the apartment blocks around the area is the dominant feature.

    I notice there is nothing about the Battle of Berlin in any of the museums I’ve visited save for the Soviet Memorial. Nothing showing the movement of the Soviet armies.

    Also note there is a very strong “we were guilty” theme in all of the museums and displays relating to WWII.

    The Berliners otherwise seem to get on with running a very efficient city. The only jarring notes are the number of obviously poor Africans making a nuisance of themselves on the street, and the graffiti in so many places.

  221. Nob

    . I’m a beer drinker considering moving to the yet untried delights of Scotch. Done all the usual web-based research and am heading to a good independent bottle shop tomorrow.
    Any brand suggestions for getting started?

    Go cheap first and don’t develop expensive tastes too soon.

  222. Nob

    Bells or Grouse for well balanced entry level blends.
    Ignore the snobs.
    Chivas Regal for somewhat better blend with detectable peat.

  223. Nob

    Single malts aren’t necessarily better, just more distinctive.

    Glenfiddich is a sturdy Highland malt and still independently owned, unlike most.

  224. They probably wouldn’t want to be reminded of the battle of Berlin which brought the Soviets, mass rape (by the Soviets), the blockade, airlift, wall and 30 years of a divided city.

  225. None

    The only jarring notes are the number of obviously poor Africans making a nuisance of themselves on the street …

    An unknown phenomenon prior to the Wall coming down. Borders matter.

  226. Tom

    From homosexual fantasies to unfunny toilet humour: David Rowe.

  227. Tom

    Woops. That last one is actually by Ben’s missus, Tina.

  228. None

    I thought that last one was Knuckles…

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