Tuesday Forum: July 16, 2019

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  1. DrBeauGan

    Thanks Tom from sunny Havana. At 15:15.

  2. 1735099

    It’s all Communism has to offer, starvation and terror.

    Been to Vietnam lately?

    From the World Bank’s website –

    Vietnam’s shift from a centrally planned to a market economy has transformed the country from one of the poorest in the world into a lower middle-income country. Vietnam now is one of the most dynamic emerging countries in East Asia region.

  3. DrBeauGan

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3110171, posted on July 18, 2019 at 12:20 pm
    Your Gring0-in-Cuba posts are most enjoyable.

    Certainly entertaining. If an antelope could live-blog being stalked by a panther it’d be similar.

    At least I’m down to only one panther, BoN.

    Got a phone call from Maria saying she had a headache. Probably meaning she can’t come to dinner this evening. I’m pretty sure her headache is actually a hangover; I was required to make several phone calls yesterday when she was eating with her family. And drinking. I got the feeling she was in serious newt territory, but it’s hard to tell with Maria and some other Cubans.

    Today I got a one month extension on my visa. It took about an hour of waiting. I can do this one more time, which takes me to 21st September. If I want to stay until the 13th October, I go somewhere else for a day. Possibly the Dominican Republic, although Osbel recommends Cancun. Then I come back and I’m good for another three months. This can be iterated until death supervenes. Osbel has offered to come with me to Cancun, probably at my expense. He probably has a wife or girlfriend there. If not several.

  4. 1735099

    Conscripts should never receive a Gold Card – only volunteers should.

    There’s a strong argument that all Nashos (whether they served in Vietnam or not) should get it.
    My BIL (recently died) was a Nasho who served in Malaya.
    He got Nada.
    My gold card arrived in the mail because I was over 70.
    I’m the only surviving member of my rifle section (6 alive out of 10) who is not TPI.
    Only three of us are still married, and I’m one of two who was able to work until retirement.
    The remainder crashed and burned, mostly in their forties (alcoholism; family breakdown; financial ruin; mental meltdown). One of the survivors has multiple myeloma, which is a known outcome of Dioxin exposure. My wife and I lost a child through a congenital malformation, also a known outcome of agent orange exposure.
    One of the deceased was shot in a police siege.
    We all went through the same experience, which comprehensively stuffed up the lives of most.
    They were fit, confident, strong young men fifty years ago.

    And you would begrudge these men any form of compensation.
    What a mean, smug and bitter world you inhabit.

  5. DrBeauGan

    Cuban bureaucracy is exactly the same as any other bureaucracy, but noisier due to the Cuban habit of shouting at each other.

  6. Entropy

    Vietnam is clearly just another example of capitalism delivering what years of communism couldn’t.

  7. 1735099

    Vietnam is clearly just another example of capitalism delivering what years of communism couldn’t.

    On this blog, any given country automatically becomes “capitalist” if the economic outcomes are positive, and “communist” if not.
    You can’t have it both ways.
    Childish, binary bullshit…….

  8. bespoke

    On this blog, any given country automatically becomes “capitalist” if the economic outcomes are positive, and “communist” if not

    And?

  9. bespoke

    TRUMP: WHAT’S THIS ABOUT ILHAN OMAR AND HER BROTHER?

    Ryan Saavedra

    @RealSaavedra
    President Donald Trump on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN): “There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it. … I’m sure that somebody would be looking at that”

  10. 1735099

    It’s not that simple (or binary).
    Vietnam is neither “capitalist” nor “communist”.
    Like China, it is a command economy.
    Left/Right characterisations (as obsessed upon here) has SFA to do with it.

  11. Entropy

    The point, ignorant school teacher, is that the economic conditions of the little people improved once the commsnd economy started being less commanding on the types of buying and selling the little people do, and what they do.
    I can’t believe I was sucked into engaging with this sad example of the Queensland indoctrination system.

  12. pete m

    You would think the words “market economy” might be a dead giveaway that it is not communism, but words are not the private’s strong point.

  13. Tom

    Childish, binary bullshit…….

    And yet you’re allowed to keep posting here.

  14. 1735099

    The point, ignorant school teacher, is that the economic conditions of the little people improved once the commsnd economy started being less commanding

    So the command economy had nothing to do with dragging China’s poor into the middle class?
    There is no capitalist equivalent of China’s phenomenal growth.
    But you daren’t mention that here – it doesn’t fit the politically correct narrative.

  15. bespoke

    There is no capitalist equivalent of China’s phenomenal growth.

    On the the back of capitalist.

  16. Jannie

    You are still doing good work Tom, Cheers.

  17. bespoke

    The backlash is growing against Xi Jinping in China and around the world

    The sons of former top leaders, revered scholars who guided China’s economic miracle, frustrated private entrepreneurs and academics furious about Xi’s unrelenting hardline — all have complained in multiple public forums, in speeches, in online postings and in widely circulated essays at home and offshore, about Xi’s policies and style.

    But but this time it will work!!

  18. Tintarella di Luna

    The sons of former top leaders, revered scholars who guided China’s economic miracle, frustrated private entrepreneurs and academics furious about Xi’s unrelenting hardline — all have complained in multiple public forums, in speeches, in online postings and in widely circulated essays at home and offshore, about Xi’s policies and style.

    Perhaps if Xi filtered his message through the mouth of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez it might be more persuasive to his position.

  19. Gab

    Trump is still president. All is well.

  20. bespoke

    Trump is still president. All is well.

    And this never gets old. 🤣👍👍

  21. johanna

    All those who use the internet to get ‘free’ porn should be aware:

    A new study scanned 22,484 pornography sites and found them filled with trackers from major tech firms, including Google and Facebook.

    The New York Times reports that a new study by researchers from Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Pennsylvania scanned 22,484 porn sites and discovered that they are riddled with tracking tools feeding data back to third party tech firms such as Facebook, Google, and Oracle.

    “Our results indicate tracking is endemic on pornography websites: 93% of pages leak user data to a third-party,” the study concludes. The study scanned the sites in March of 2018 and found that 74 percent of trackers came from Google or its subsidiaries, 24 percent came from Oracle and 10 percent came from Facebook. The study claims that even enabling “incognito mode” on web browsers did not protect users from the trackers.

    Two things. One, they know who you are, with all that implies. Two, the sites claim to know nothing about it, but how on earth can they afford to run these sites unless there is some sort of revenue? Think about it.

    On another note, it has been reported that George Calombaris’ outfit has just coughed up $8m to repay underpaid workers with a bit thrown in for an education campaign.

    What sort of business has a lazy $8m in cash lying around?

    Hmmm.

  22. Leigh Lowe

    johanna

    #3110838, posted on July 19, 2019 at 7:06 am

    All those who use the internet to get ‘free’ porn should be aware:

    So, I should avoid the next episode of “Mr BeeGee’s Havana Files”?

  23. Bruce of Newcastle

    There is no capitalist equivalent of China’s phenomenal growth.

    LOL.

    Miracle on the Han River

    SK GDP per capita 2018: $31,346
    China GDP per capita 2018: $9,608
    (IMF numbers)

  24. Mater

    Vietnam’s shift from a centrally planned to a market economy has transformed the country from one of the poorest in the world into a lower middle-income country.

    How surprising. An own goal.

  25. DrBeauGan

    There is no capitalist equivalent of China’s phenomenal growth.

    Eighteenth and nineteenth century England. It lasted longer, too.

  26. 132andBush

    So the command economy had nothing to do with dragging China’s poor into the middle class?
    There is no capitalist equivalent of China’s phenomenal growth.
    But you daren’t mention that here – it doesn’t fit the politically correct narrative.

    That’s because when you start from well in the negatives, any growth will look stupendous.

    What BoNewk said,

    SK GDP per capita 2018: $31,346
    China GDP per capita 2018: $9,608
    (IMF numbers)

  27. DrBeauGan

    So, I should avoid the next episode of “Mr BeeGee’s Havana Files”?

    Yes. For your own mental health.

  28. Zatara

    One of the rising stars of the Democratic Party married her own brother.

    … in order to cheat the immigration system. She also committed perjury submitting a false official statement to the Immigration Courts.

    Won’t it be fun if she gets her citizenship revoked and gets sent back to Somalia?

  29. 132andBush

    Lets not forget the death toll of “The great leap forward”.
    60 million, give or take 10 or so.
    But who’s counting, numbers? They probably weren’t worthy anyway.

  30. Bruce of Newcastle

    Numbers just fell down a gender-free personhole of reality.

    Berkeley bans ‘male-centric’ language in city code, like ‘manhole,’ ‘manmade’

    “There’s power in language,” the bill’s primary author, Berkeley City Council member Rigel Robinson, told CNN. “This is a small move, but it matters.

    “Having a male-centric municipal code is inaccurate and not reflective of our reality,” Mr. Robinson said. “Women and non-binary individuals are just as entitled to accurate representation. Our laws are for everyone, and our municipal code should reflect that.”

    He has a problem. “Robinprogeny” is going to be hard to turn into a legible signature.

  31. DrBeauGan

    Lets not forget the death toll of “The great leap forward”.
    60 million, give or take 10 or so.

    That was under communism, so doesn’t count.

  32. Spider

    The ABC still plugging away pushing the rise to Newstart allowance meme every hour. Their new #2 talking point after the “Climate Emergency”.

    Of course, they would say they are just reflecting the discussion in the broader community.

  33. Spider

    Oops #3 after Climate Emergency and Refugees.

  34. 1735099

    Eighteenth and nineteenth century England. It lasted longer, too.

    Rubbish – on a completely different scale, and much slower.
    And the Chinese managed to do it without colonial adventures.

  35. amortiser

    Murray Gleeson should do a bit of research before pushing for a separate, representative voice for Aboriginals.

    This has been tried at least 4 times before and every time it was a disastrous failure. Whitlam started with the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee (NACC). When that failed it morphed into the National Aboriginal Congress (NAC). Malcolm Fraser then tried the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC). This was another wasteful failure and Hawke then set up the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). This was another colossal failure and was eventually axed by the Howard government.

    This rendition will produce the same results as the other four but it will be harder to get rid of as it will require a constitutional referendum to repeal it.

    Over the last 40 years they have continued to trot out a new panacea for the shocking conditions aboriginals live under particularly in remote communities. They keep throwing money at the problem with bigger budgets inevitably following the latest policy failure.

    Instead of rebranding their previous policies maybe they should look at the fact that the very existence of these policies is what is perpetuating the failure, waste and dysfunction. Surely after 40 years it has dawned on them that rinse and repeat is not quite working.

  36. DrBeauGan

    Complaining about leftist imbecilities only gets one so far. People are looking for deeper reasons for our problems; IT blames corporatism, for example.

    I blame politeness. It’s been inculcated in conservatives for centuries. And so pointing out to people at dinner parties that they are ignorant morons just isn’t done.

    It should be. Tolerating ignorant morons and their opinions just incentivises other ignorant morons. They should be called out every time, it’s a civic duty.

  37. JC

    As much as I, like everyone else believe Epstein is an evil scumbag:

    Financier Jeffrey Epstein will remain in jail while awaiting his trial on sex-trafficking charges, a federal judge ruled Thursday, rejecting his request to be placed under house arrest in his Manhattan apartment.

    Mr. Epstein has been in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan since his July 6 arrest. He pleaded not guilty last week to sex-trafficking counts stemming from what federal prosecutors allege was a yearslong scheme to procure and sexually abuse dozens of girls.

    U.S. District Judge Richard Berman denied Mr. Epstein’s release at a hearing in Manhattan federal court Thursday. He said the danger Mr. Epstein posed to the community was “the heart of this decision.”

    He cited the testimony of two women, Annie Farmer and Courtney Wild, who have accused Mr. Epstein of sexually abusing them. They spoke before the judge at a hearing earlier this week to urge him to keep Mr. Epstein in detention for their safety and the safety of other victims.

    After reading below, I can’t help thinking that the government is having a second bite at the cherry. Double jeopardy is unconstitutional even for the worst of the worst.

    See Andrew McCarthy.

    Acosta’s Sweetheart Deal Likely to Foreclose Epstein’s SDNY Prosecution

  38. pete m

    Tibet doesn’t count I guess.

  39. johanna

    I watched Luke Nguyen’s Vietnam travelogues. Must admit that part of the attraction is that the guy is a TV natural, self deprecating and funny and so on. Of course, it’s all flim flam – he’s a successful businessman, and his shows were carefully edited not to annoy the authorities.

    It was irritating to see him saying how wonderful it was that people spent their whole lives stretching out noodles by hand or pounding rice or planting it – becos tradition. It looked like grinding, soul-destroying poverty to me. I get that he doesn’t want to diss these people, but describing it as a desirable way of life is BS. It’s not what he wants for himself or his kids, nuff said.

    OTOH, he did the place a great service by showing its stunning scenery and magnificent food. I can truthfully say that there is not a single dish he showcased that I wouldn’t love to try, including ones with ingredients that I don’t much like.

    The point is, Vietnam is rapidly moving forward from a long way behind the eightball, and Aussies seem to like it as a tourist destination. I daresay a lot of Murcans do, also, for similar reasons. It’s going to get harder and harder for the State to control, so will probably become more corrupt.

    Oh, well.

    I have liked almost all of the Viets here that I have met. Perhaps they are not representative, but as well as being hardworking and friendly, many have a wicked sense of humour.

    Mind you, their respect for the ATO is somewhat short of the required obeisance. Still, nobody’s perfect. 🙂

  40. DrBeauGan

    Trying to educate numbers on history or anything else is a waste of blood pressure and time. He sees everything through the prism of his early miseducation.

  41. stackja

    Big Red Bash festival: Man critical after consuming home brew

    A man is fighting for life after consuming home brew at a major festival in outback Queensland.
    Sarah Matthews, The Courier-Mail
    Subscriber only

    7 minutes ago

    A MAN is in a critical condition after reportedly drinking a large quantity of homemade alcohol at a music festival in the Simpson Desert last night.

    Due to the remoteness of the location, The Royal Flying Doctor Service had to fly the man to Charleville hospital from the Big Red Bash festival near Birdsville around 10.30pm.

    The music festival where dogs are welcome

    He was initially assessed by paramedics on-site and determined to be in a critical condition.

    He is expected to be further transported to Brisbane.

    More to come.

  42. Entropy

    Or Africa and the South Pacific either.

  43. C.L.

    Boooo.

    ‘The answer rests with all of us’: Waleed Aly weighs in on explosive Adam Goodes documentary as fans tell Australians to ‘hang their heads in shame’.

    Social media went into uproar with an outpouring of emotion after The Final Quarter, based on the embattled Sydney Swans champion’s tumultuous end to his long career, aired on Thursday night.

    LOL.

  44. stackja

    Palaszczuk coy on Deputy Premier’s property scandal

    Annastacia Palaszczuk has finally commented about deputy Jackie Trad’s controversial property deal as it emerged another purchase did not appear on the Parliament’s members’ interest register.
    STEVEN WARDILL, The Courier-Mail
    Subscriber only

    July 19, 2019 12:00am

    Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to admonish her deputy Jackie Trad after she secretly purchased a property along the route of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project.

    The Premier yesterday sidestepped questions about the scandal that has engulfed Ms Trad and instead urged all MPs to follow Parliament’s disclosure rules.

    “All MPs are urged to satisfy their requirements,” she said in a statement after being asked if she thought Ms Trad’s purchase of the inner-city property was appropriate.

  45. stackja

    Crack-odiles! Do our Top End crocs have a drug problem?

    THE Territory’s Power and Water Corporation is monitoring crocs and other animals that frequent Darwin’s waste ponds to ensure they are not being affected by drugs and other substances flushed down the loo
    JUDITH AISTHORPE, NT News
    Subscriber only

    July 19, 2019 12:22am

    THE Territory’s Power and Water Corporation is monitoring crocs and other animals that frequent Darwin’s waste ponds to ensure they are not being affected by people’s drug habits and other substances flushed down the loo.

    Workers regularly monitor the wildlife within the waste water treatment facilities in the Top End to ensure they aren’t being adversely affected by Territorian’s waste.

    This week Tennessee police put a statement on their Facebook page imploring people to stop flushing their drugs as they held concerns illicit substances could be creating drug addled alligators.

    Croc expert Dr Adam Britton said a large amount of drugs would need to be consumed by an alligator or crocodile for it to have any effect.

    “There’s plenty of evidence to show that alligators can accumulate pesticides and other biotoxins which can affect their health, but the scale of that is considerable and presumably far greater than the relatively small amount of meth flushed down the toilet,” Dr Britton said.

    Dr Britton doubted there would be enough drugs in Darwin’s wastewater to affect crocodiles.

    PETA comment awaited?

  46. Mater

    Rubbish – on a completely different scale, and much slower.

    Could it be because they didn’t have to develop technology, just mass produce that which was already conceived by Capitalism?
    China needs to be surrounded by Capitalism to survive. They want to keep that in mind.

  47. Some History

    Man finds own amputated leg on cigarette packets without consent

    A 60-year-old man in eastern France says he was stunned to discover that a picture of his amputated leg had been used on cigarette packets, as a warning against smoking, without his consent.
    The picture was displayed on cigarette packets, alongside the message “smoking clogs your arteries”.
    But the Albanian man, who lives in Metz, says he lost his leg as the result of a 1997 shooting in Albania.
    His lawyer is contacting the European Commission to find out what happened.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49029845

  48. Leigh Lowe

    After reading below, I can’t help thinking that the government is having a second bite at the cherry. Double jeopardy is unconstitutional even for the worst of the worst.

    See Andrew McCarthy.

    Acosta’s Sweetheart Deal Likely to Foreclose Epstein’s SDNY Prosecution

    Do we know it is precisely the same offences?
    I doubt that a catch-all plea deal written to cover “other similar offences not detailed herein” would stand scrutiny.
    All they have to find is one new victim and it is game on.
    What if it can be shown that the plea deal was bought and paid for?
    McCarthy gets very excited about hair-splitting on jurisdictional matters and often misses the impetus behind the case at hand.
    Who wants to be the judge who shrugs and says “my hands are tied. Set the Peter-File free”?

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    There’s a new name for jackbooted leftist thug police:
    BBC Plans to Send ‘Outreach’ Officers to Tell Elderly to Pay TV Tax

  50. calli

    Greetings from Aruba, Cats!

    * waves to DrBeau as I sail past Cuba*

    Aruba only gets 16” rain pa, the drinking water comes from desal. The inland is dotted with organ pipe cactus, a native plant. Not a windmill (apart from Dutch delft ones) or solar panel to be seen, despite constant sunshine and the trade winds. Covered 2/3 of the island, perhaps they were hidden.

    Saw an iguana – brilliant green, about a foot long. A handsome beast.

  51. JC

    Leigh

    According to the Andrew Mac, the plea agreement was very encompassing.

    McCarthy gets very excited about hair-splitting on jurisdictional matters

    Perhaps, but hair splitting in what practicing law is about.

  52. stackja

    Talking Point: A view to powering Tasmania with wind

    The harvest of the world’s best wind resource will benefit everyone, say JOHN, KEITH and CHAUNCEY HAMMOND.
    JOHN, KEITH and CHAUNCEY HAMMOND, Mercury
    Subscriber only

    July 18, 2019 8:43pm

    UPC Renewables Australia and the Hammond family are seeking to develop a renewable energy park on Robbins Island (10,184ha) to take advantage of some of the best proven wind resources in the world.

    Our plans have attracted criticism from former Tasmanian senator and former Greens leader Dr Bob Brown (Talking Point, July 8).

    We think it is very important that the facts are provided.

    At the outset we want to applaud the Nietta Action Group Inc for bringing its concerns to UPC Australia’s attention. UPC has taken these on board and has stated (a month ago) it will avoid this sensitive area (the Leven Canyon) and is looking for alternative routes.

    The economic, social, cultural and environmental elements will be covered in great detail when the Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan is lodged.

    We would have preferred that Dr Brown wait and see what is included in that comprehensive document instead of assuming that nothing has been considered. UPC held 14 “drop-in” sessions over 18 months and delivered multiple presentations to schools, councils, industry bodies and interest groups. The project has been open and transparent.

  53. Infidel Tiger

    Wow. These restauranteurs are just scum.

    Neil Perry may have stolen even more than Colambaris did from his staff.

    We need to jail these pricks.

  54. Leigh Lowe

    Social media went into uproar with an outpouring of emotion after The Final Quarter, based on the embattled Sydney Swans champion’s tumultuous end to his long career, aired on Thursday night.

    Umm, and the ratings were … ?
    Note that every single one of those quoted in support of the Primate of Sydney has an AFL media job.

  55. calli

    Finding a tin of deodorant spray for the Beloved proved difficult. I blame Venezuela, which can be seen in the distance on a clear day.

    Plenty of diamonds and stuff…and hideous Chinese souvenirs. The curse of the tourist ports.

  56. calli

    Any news on Cardinal Pell?

    All I get on the ship tv is Trmpety Trump Trump.

  57. Some History

    Sistahs are doin’ it for themselves. Move on up. Get on down.

    “The Squad” from the Femmocrats led by
    the Green Dealer, Alexandria Hee-Haw.

    https://imgur.com/FdKN1Bo

    You go, girls. Move on up. Get on down.

  58. stackja

    UPC Renewables Australia Pty Ltd
    Company
    upcrenewables.com/australia
    Founded: 2016
    Parent organizations: AC Energy, Inc., UPC Renewables Group

    AC Energy is the energy platform of Ayala, one of the largest business groups in the Philippines.

    Ayala Corporation is one of the largest and most diversified conglomerates in the Philippines, with business interests in real estate, banking, telecommunications, water, power, infrastructure, industrial technologies, healthcare, and education. Its social commitment arm, Ayala Foundation, has programs that focus on education, youth leadership, sustainable livelihood, and the promotion of arts and culture. With headquarters in Makati City and operations mainly in the Philippines, it continues to grow its regional and global footprint, serving millions of customers across all market segments.

  59. calli

    Oh, and the thing that called J-ws “Benjamins” is calling Trump a “fascist”.

    I’m not a violent woman, but I’d be sorely tempted to kick her skinny butt.

  60. C.L.

    Wow. These restauranteurs are just scum.

    Their restaurants always go broke. Every single one of them.
    Fellas, here’s why: you’re just cooks. You’re not food-business whisperers.

  61. DrBeauGan

    * waves to DrBeau as I sail past Cuba*

    Have a friendly wave back, Calli. You seem to be having fun. My life is a lot more stressful, but not without interest. I am fighting off attractive girls in their twenties, which I haven’t done in quarter of a century. Fortunately I can remember the defensive moves.

  62. johanna

    amortiser
    #3110858, posted on July 19, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Murray Gleeson should do a bit of research before pushing for a separate, representative voice for Aboriginals.

    This has been tried at least 4 times before and every time it was a disastrous failure. Whitlam started with the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee (NACC). When that failed it morphed into the National Aboriginal Congress (NAC). Malcolm Fraser then tried the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC). This was another wasteful failure and Hawke then set up the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC). This was another colossal failure and was eventually axed by the Howard government.

    This rendition will produce the same results as the other four but it will be harder to get rid of as it will require a constitutional referendum to repeal it.

    Persackly.

    And they run the contradictory lines that, one hand it won’t usurp Parliament, but on the other, it must usurp Parliament or it will be useless.

    Truth is, it would be another gravy train for mostly white carpetbaggers on huge salaries, who will nevertheless not be able to resist rorting their expenses.

  63. calli

    Thanks, Nota. Bless you.

    I went to a beautiful little chapel today – tiny inside, hand embroidered linens on the holy table, stations of the cross on the road up to it, the inexpressibly blue Caribbean as a backdrop.

    Sublime.

  64. calli

    Stay Strong and Resolute DrBeau.

    🤣

    Must fly. The skinflint in me says I’m chewing up valuable Internet Minutes.

  65. Leigh Lowe

    Leigh

    According to the Andrew Mac, the plea agreement was very encompassing.

    That is exactly my point. How can a prosecutor sign a plea deal which includes vague all-encompassing terms which precludes crimes he is not aware of? Of course, Epstein’s lawyers would want that, but a diligent prosecutor would insist on a full disclosure of all victims and all known instances.
    On technicalities, McCarthy actually says that the plea-deal was for offences “in this district” (Florida) but fails to explain how that precludes a FDNY prosecution.
    I think McCarthy sometimes tries to show his superior knowledge of the law by coming up with contorted non-sequiturs which are “too sophisticated for the layman”.
    Incidentally, have Epstein’s lawyers run the “diplomatic immunity” line in court?

  66. lotocoti

    Presenting the zero emissions JCB. BFO generator not included.
    Via GP.

  67. johanna

    Some History
    #3110871, posted on July 19, 2019 at 8:08 am

    Man finds own amputated leg on cigarette packets without consent

    A 60-year-old man in eastern France says he was stunned to discover that a picture of his amputated leg had been used on cigarette packets, as a warning against smoking, without his consent.
    The picture was displayed on cigarette packets, alongside the message “smoking clogs your arteries”.
    But the Albanian man, who lives in Metz, says he lost his leg as the result of a 1997 shooting in Albania.
    His lawyer is contacting the European Commission to find out what happened.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49029845

    Not surprising.

    The ugly pictures on Australian cigarette packets are often sourced from overseas. They find a photo of some raddled ice addict in the US and pop it on the cover.

    Fortunately for them, they are exempt from the Trade Practices Act.

  68. Notafan

    Lovely Calli.

    I love tiny chapels and along the way sacred spaces with or without bright blue seas.

  69. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #3110877, posted on July 19, 2019 at 8:15 am

    Wow. These restauranteurs are just scum.

    Neil Perry may have stolen even more than Colambaris did from his staff

    Colambaris’ greater crime was charging $15 for a tablespoon of “Grik dip”, made by the 44 gallon drum in Dandenong by 457 Phillipinos.

  70. Farmer Gez

    The ABC reports the Ilhan Omar “send her back” chant at the Trump rally. How terrible is Trump!

    They ignore Trump’s comment about Ilhan Omar’s supposed sham marriage to her brother. More terrible for sure as a direct slander.

    To report this without context would put the luvvies in the position of having to look even briefly at the solid evidence pointing to the marriage.

    “I see nuthink.”

  71. Cassie of Sydney

    “calli
    #3110884, posted on July 19, 2019 at 8:21 am
    Oh, and the thing that called J-ws “Benjamins” is calling Trump a “fascist”.

    I’m not a violent woman, but I’d be sorely tempted to kick her skinny butt.”

    Yep..me too…let me call her a cockroach although that is probably insulting to cockroaches.

    She represents the modern left to a tee.

  72. Bear Necessities

    Palaszczuk coy on Deputy Premier’s property scandal

    Annastacia Palaszczuk has finally commented about deputy Jackie Trad’s controversial property deal as it emerged another purchase did not appear on the Parliament’s members’ interest register.
    STEVEN WARDILL, The Courier-Mail
    Subscriber only

    July 19, 2019 12:00am

    Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to admonish her deputy Jackie Trad after she secretly purchased a property along the route of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project.

    The Premier yesterday sidestepped questions about the scandal that has engulfed Ms Trad and instead urged all MPs to follow Parliament’s disclosure rules.

    “All MPs are urged to satisfy their requirements,” she said in a statement after being asked if she thought Ms Trad’s purchase of the inner-city property was appropriate.

    The biggest shock here is that Jihad Jackie is a Capitalist.

  73. cohenite

    Great cartoons this morning Tom; in a tight field I think Branco; although the image of aoc put up by Some History is one for the ages:

    https://imgur.com/FdKN1Bo

    Based on that a good case can be made that aoc is an alien.

  74. johanna

    C.L.
    #3110885, posted on July 19, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Wow. These restauranteurs are just scum.

    Their restaurants always go broke. Every single one of them.
    Fellas, here’s why: you’re just cooks. You’re not food-business whisperers.

    I suspect that you might be a bit naive about their business model, C.L.

  75. Bruce of Newcastle

    The ABC reports

    They would be wise to recall their Beijing correspondent.
    China Slams Australian TV for ‘Cold-Blooded’ Coverage of Xinjiang Camps
    Nice Mr Xi has a bad habit of arresting the citizens of countries that do stuff he doesn’t like.

  76. Boambee John

    From Zulu at 2242

    impoverished, broken – down country led by a gang of cruel and paternalistic half educated theorists.

    Give our “progressives” time, they will get us there, with Numbers and m0nty cheering them on.

  77. Shy Ted

    All those who use the internet to get ‘free’ porn should be aware:
    What is this “por n” of which Johanna speaks?

  78. JC

    On technicalities, McCarthy actually says that the plea-deal was for offences “in this district” (Florida) but fails to explain how that precludes a FDNY prosecution.

    He does, I believe. He (McCarthy) does this by arguing the Fed plea agreement was a cover for any criminal acts elsewhere in the country.

    Look, I may be wrong, but so far all I’ve read about were cases related to the plea. There’s not not much else. Also, after what’s happened in the Weinstein, Spacey and the recent cases in Australia, forgive me if I hold back with respect to the veracity of the accusers.

  79. Leigh Lowe

    Possibly JC.
    But I wonder why Epstein’s lawyers haven’t simply waved their “diplomatic immunity” papers in the face of the judge and run an urgent hearing into what should be an administrative slam-dunk.

  80. JC

    Their restaurants always go broke. Every single one of them.
    Fellas, here’s why: you’re just cooks. You’re not food-business whisperers.

    St Jamie of Farmed Salmon being another example. The one who appears to have succeeded in a yuge way is Danny Meyer.

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  81. JC

    I agree, I am an idiot at times. 🙂

    I had Shake Shack from around the mid 30s to high 40s. I didn’t trust my gut this could be something.

  82. Roger

    Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to admonish her deputy Jackie Trad after she secretly purchased a property along the route of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project.

    Jackie said she was “very sorry” on TV last night.

    Move along now.

  83. Roger

    Their restaurants always go broke. Every single one of them.
    Fellas, here’s why: you’re just cooks.

    And crooks.

  84. Tel

    But the Albanian man, who lives in Metz, says he lost his leg as the result of a 1997 shooting in Albania. His lawyer is contacting the European Commission to find out what happened.

    Hopefully his lawyer is contacting the European Commission to find out what it’s worth to them.

    Thing is, these lying bastards use tax money, if sued they either blame the cigarette companies or simply let the taxpayer hand out a little more. Never will we find the name of the person responsible.

  85. johanna

    Hey Lizzie, and epidiomologists everywhere!

    Latest ‘study’ shows that drinking coffee does not cause cancer.

    Well, until the next ‘study’ shows that it does.

    Notice that they never get their hands dirty with actual humans. It’s all extrapolations from extrapolations.
    Perfect for Perky Tits.

  86. JC

    How does he know it’s his leg?

  87. Boambee John

    Vietnam’s shift from a centrally planned to a market economy has transformed the country from one of the poorest in the world into a lower middle-income country. Vietnam now is one of the most dynamic emerging countries in East Asia region.

    Yet the seagull cannot connect the dots between the abandonment of centrally planned communism and the improvement in living standards.

    Hint: the World Bank statement confirms Zulu’s comment.

  88. johanna

    St Jaimie’s restaurant chain went broke, with lots of unpaid creditors.

    St Jaimie himself is very well set up, thank you.

  89. Geriatric Mayfly

    Latest ‘study’ shows that drinking coffee does not cause cancer.

    There must be something in reserve that does. Eggs, red wine/beer, salt, transmission lines, burnt toast, cell phones etc. We should be kept on our toes at all times.

  90. DrBeauGan

    There must be something in reserve that does. Eggs, red wine/beer, salt, transmission lines, burnt toast, cell phones etc. We should be kept on our toes at all times.

    Smoke cigars. They’ve killed me dozens of times so far.

  91. Tel

    There must be something in reserve that does. Eggs, red wine/beer, salt, transmission lines, burnt toast, cell phones etc.

    I eat all those things, and I’m fine!

  92. Eyrie

    Why does anybody think that Australia still has the industrial capacity to build the F-35 parts that the Turks were making?

  93. max

    How far would Calombaris be across the nitty gritty details of the daily operation of his many restaurants ? I’ll bet he delegated most of it to others and wouldn’t have known how much his lowly food preparers and servers were paid or what the award said. He has fingers in a lot of dishes and he would be focused on new ideas and foodie gimmicks and making a big splash. But he’ll have to wear it as the face everyone knows. This will destroy him: the social media wolves are already howling.

  94. Knuckle Dragger

    I recall a story somewhere about the dying dude on a smoke packet, supposedly dying ‘from smoking’ with an inset picture of someone, looking like a blonde Magnum P.I., asserted to have been the same bloke 10 weeks earlier.

    The bloke was discovered to have actually died of AIDS.

    Of course, I put no credence in that tale. No Government agency would ever lie to the paying public.

  95. Eyrie

    Australia elected long ago to have a Federal bureaucracy for aviation (CASA and its infamous predecessors) instead of an aviation industry.

  96. Boambee John

    Lizzie

    Happy birthday for tomorrow, remain young at heart.

    You have a good writing style, might I suggest you have a try at the Mills and Boon genre? Lotsa dough to be made there.

  97. stackja

    Eyrie
    #3110929, posted on July 19, 2019 at 9:20 am
    Australia elected long ago to have a Federal bureaucracy for aviation (CASA and its infamous predecessors) instead of an aviation industry
    .

    Wirraway and Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation.
    Mirage III, the engines for which were built by CAC.
    During its existence the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation produced over 1700 aircraft of all types, including prototypes and aircraft assembled locally from imported components. Of these, almost 550 were examples of aircraft types wholly designed by the company. The designations used by CAC reflected production or design work in fulfillment of different in-house projects or government contracts rather than different types produced (for instance the different designations for the Wackett and Winjeel prototypes compared to their production versions).

  98. Leigh Lowe

    JC, some snippets on Epstein.
    He was required to register as a sex offender in 2008.
    He claimed his residence was not in the US to avoid registering as an SO in New York. I doubt you can claim Federal indemnity but then decide not to comply with the federal SO registration arising from that deal.
    He is also alleged to have paid off/”incentivised” witnesses recently. His deal doesn’t include subsequent witness tampering and instruction of justice.
    .
    But here is the big question.
    Does anyone believe he stopped his peter-file activities cold in 2008?
    The longer he is on remand the more likely it is that post 2008 victims will come forward.
    And none of his buddies on the outside will be running interference for him this time. They will all be shitting themselves that their phones/houses are bugged.

  99. johanna

    max, baby chile, don’t go out into the world on your own. And especially, leave your wallet at home.

  100. Bruce of Newcastle

    Latest ‘study’ shows that drinking coffee does not cause cancer.

    Drinking coffee causes insanity.

    The Rise of Coffee Shaming (lefty mag The Atlantic, via Drudge)

    Maybe we should all switch to popcorn instead.

  101. Knuckle Dragger

    There’s word Calombaris self-reported. If so, well done that man. The argument that he’s too busy cooking eggs and beans on TV to worry about what his restaurants do doesn’t wash. He gets the cash from them, he’s responsible for the way they go about their trade.

    If he’s got so many glorified Sizzlers on the go, he may do well to take some sort of accounting course at TAFE. The downside to that is he’ll have to spend less time on his hobby, which is getting into punch ons at the soccer.

  102. Leigh Lowe

    JC

    #3110916, posted on July 19, 2019 at 9:04 am

    How does he know it’s his leg?

    He’s Albanian.
    Webbed feet with three toes.

  103. Mother Lode

    “There’s power in language,” the bill’s primary author, Berkeley City Council member Rigel Robinson, told CNN. “This is a small move, but it matters.

    Yes, there is power in language. This bottomburp’s problem is that he thinks it is a matter of political power.

    Language use is defined by the people – it is not mandated by politicians.

    It has been decades since the word ‘manhole’ was supposedly banished to the Island of Obsolete Words with ‘excogitate’ and ‘houppelande’.

    It reminds me of the story of the Russian revolutionaries who thought that burning all the charters and deeds of property for land owners would sweep away all the much despised feudal society.

    The next morning the peasants still got up, doffed their caps to their lords, went dutifully about tilling the soil on the grand estates, and went back home to their shacks – as they and their forbears had for centuries. Nothing had changed.

  104. Leigh Lowe

    How far would Calombaris be across the nitty gritty details of the daily operation of his many restaurants ? I’ll bet he delegated most of it to others and wouldn’t have known how much his lowly food preparers and servers were paid or what the award said.

    A dangerous path for a celebrity chef with a chain of restaurants to go down.
    “I have no fucking idea of the detail of what goes on in my restaurants.”
    Umm, OK. So I am now wondering what is in the beef ragu or the ratatouille.

  105. mh

    Trump Hears Horrors Facing Mus lim Uighurs in Chinese Concentration Camps

    (Breitbart) – unable to link due to Cat censorship

  106. Tom

    the image of aoc put up by Some History is one for the ages

    It’s gone straight to my (digital) pool room.

    Thanks, Some History.

  107. johanna

    But I keep wondering – how does a business which always claims to be on a knife edge in terms of profitability come up with $8m in cash?

    I guess that I just don’t understand restaurant finance. 🙁

  108. Knuckle Dragger

    Nicely put, Lode.

    Manholes here are apparently known as ‘access covers’ or somesuch. But to the everyday punter, including the punters that go up and down through them, they’re manholes.

  109. John Constantine

    Iranian drone shot down in the Gulf by U.S navy.

    Lucky Australia doesn’t have to keep our own strategic reserves of diesel, because our elites have a signed transnational convention saying China and India will share their strategic fuel reserves fairly and equally with us if a fuel blockade happens.

    “Diesel in our time” they chant as they wave the paper.

    Headology says the panic buying of fuel to stockpile will empty service stations in a couple days, not a couple weeks if things cascade.

    About time to top up the onfarm storage to make sure hay season can be part done at least.

  110. egg_

    A new study scanned 22,484 pornography sites and found them filled with trackers from major tech firms, including Google and Facebook.

    That would be 99% of teh intarwebs, eh ManBearPig?

  111. Leigh Lowe

    George has backers with deep pockets.

  112. lotocoti

    St Jaimie himself is very well set up, thank you.

    Rule One.
    Pay yourself first.

  113. egg_

    Iranian drone shot down in the Gulf by U.S navy.

    But, but… Squalid said drones were cheating!

  114. John Constantine

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49040415

    Trump has said the US Navy shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.

    He said the USS Boxer amphibious assault ship “took defensive action” on Thursday after the drone came within about 1,000 yards (914m) of the vessel.

    Iran said it had no information about losing a drone. In June, Iran downed a US military drone in the area.

    Earlier, Tehran said it had seized a “foreign tanker” and its 12 crew on Sunday for smuggling fuel in the Gulf.

  115. Geriatric Mayfly

    the image of aoc put up by Some History is one for the ages

    Many mammals show similar behaviour drawing back the lips and baring the teeth. It’s called flehmen, usually performed by males; but who care these days.

  116. egg_

    It’s all extrapolations from extrapolations.

    Just like the GHG hypothesis.

  117. johanna

    Oh, and Joe Jackson realised that everything causes cancer.

    Everything enjoyable causes cancer.

    Then again, Milo said that feminism is cancer.

    It seems to be a powerful missile in the culture wars.

    I do recommend a look at Joe Jackson, above. Fine music.

  118. Roger

    ABC News Radio going bonkers over Trump & Omar.

    Their commentary comes from Al Jazeera and CNN so there’s no mention of Omar’s extreme views which account for why she is so unpopular. It’s simply framed as Trump being a racist.

  119. mh

    How much do Australian taxpayers hand over to the Trump hating CNN every year?

    The ABC constantly replays CNN, and there must be a cost for doing so.

  120. egg_

    These restauranteurs are just scum.

    Self promoters, like all Lifestyle TV wankers.
    Todd Sampson would have to be top of the pile, largely thanks to Aunty.

  121. egg_

    Tonight on Bodyhack, we strap Todd’s [email protected] to a rocket…

  122. Geriatric Mayfly

    The ABC constantly replays CNN, and there must be a cost for doing so.

    And on radio it’s either NPR or PBS both from stage Left. So long since I had any truck with the ABC can’t remember which. SBS takes the other to its bosom.

  123. John Constantine

    https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/hezbollah-leader-says-war-against-iran-will-set-region-ablaze-1.7311439

    Irans proxies say Iran will never fight alone. If Australia takes part in a naval coalition to force access for oil tankers, and the Hezbollah drug cartels operating in Australia are instructed to use existing drone technology to set fire to Australian fuel reserve storage tanks and import facilities, our war is over in minutes at a cost of a days profit in the cartels trade in our cities.

    Very low probability, but an economic dystopia can be cascaded for a hundred grand budget.

    Worth having a spare ‘swap and go’ gas cylinder for the barbecue sitting in storage.

  124. Mater

    But, but… Squalid said drones were cheating!

    Worse than that. He said:

    War is a kind of contract. Each side confronts the other, with the risk of death and defeat. In short, war should come at a cost.

    So much stupid in three short sentences. Taken to the extreme, such thinking could deny our soldiers body armour, automatic weapons, night vision, etc, if the other side didn’t have them. Rest assured Waleed, your freedom here in Australia did (and still does) come at a cost.
    I’d like to see his children sign up for overseas service and see if he maintains such a flippant attitude towards friendly casualties.

  125. C.L.

    I suspect that you might be a bit naive about their business model, C.L.

    No, I’m right. They’re just cooks pretending to be businessmen.

  126. Infidel Tiger

    George has backers with deep pockets.

    Yep. It’s a huge enterprise, which apparently doesn’t have basic software for payroll.

  127. Infidel Tiger

    Neil Perry has apparently stolen over ten million dollars from low paid workers.

    A reminder that he is the head chef for WokeQantas.

    Fire the xunt.

  128. egg_

    War is a kind of contract. Each side confronts the other, with the risk of death and defeat. In short, war should come at a cost.

    Thank Gawd teh lawyers aren’t doing the fighting, Comrade.

  129. egg_

    War is a kind of contract

    What’s terrorism – black market warfare?

  130. C.L.

    Real Mark [email protected]

    Had to laugh when Wally Waleed complained about a lack of diversity in AFL TV commentary teams.
    He ran a show with a combined panel of 10 (yes 10) where every single one of them was a pro-Goodes acolyte.
    How’s that for Diversity of Opinion!!!

  131. John Constantine

    Their golden logie waleed’s contract is simple.

    He presents himself as Catnip to the cat-ladies of australia that are devastated by their rage at the Patriachy.

    As long as he lectures from behind his catnip armour, he can launch any assault he likes and nobody can defend themselves without those addicted to waleed erupting in his defence.

    Comrades.

  132. Knuckle Dragger

    Yeah, no worries Waleed.

    If you deliberately go into a battle on even terms, you’re not doing it right.

  133. hzhousewife

    Yep. It’s a huge enterprise, which apparently doesn’t have basic software for payroll.

    On purpose.
    Single Touch Payroll will change a lot of food businesses.

  134. Muddy

    amortiser
    #3110858, posted on July 19, 2019 at 7:50 am

    … Surely after 40 years it has dawned on them that rinse and repeat is not quite working.

    But it IS working. For some people.
    In the role of living museum curators, glass polishers, and freak show spruikers, a select sub-culture has been kept in paid employment for the whole of the period you mention. Some have been continuously employed, and provided the impetus for a whole new, broader, industry, including – but not limited to – TV guest messiahs and inner city Landcruiser detailers.
    Surely this is a billabong half-empty/half full situation?

  135. DrBeauGan

    Having been stood up twice in two days, dinner tonight was a humongous mango. Absolutely delicious. Cost about 80¢.

    Maria was hung over. At least that’s her story, more or less. It’s possible that she’s giving up on me as a source of revenue. She faces a future of restaurant dinners at best. It may not be enough.

    It will certainly save me money. I shall miss having someone to talk to over a meal, even when much of it went through Google translate. But life will be less stressful. Less interesting, perhaps.

    I don’t know if Havana has other, different, sources of entertainment, but if it has, I expect I shall find them. I’m lucky that way.

  136. Muddy

    That was a great selection of cartoons this morning thanks Tom. I’m a Branco fan, but Stiglich seems quite sharp, and Garrison has great colour and presentation.

  137. Johno

    On this day 70 years ago I was born. And I feel every one of them.

  138. Tel

    War is a kind of contract. Each side confronts the other, with the risk of death and defeat. In short, war should come at a cost.

    That’s exactly backwards.

    War is the absence of any kind of contract, that’s why they make peace with a treaty at the end.

  139. cohenite

    On this day 70 years ago I was born. And I feel every one of them.

    Yeah, what was the highlight?

  140. Muddy

    John Constantine
    #3110962, posted on July 19, 2019 at 9:54 am

    They’d do better to target our electrickery grid.

  141. mh

    Maria was hung over. At least that’s her story, more or less. It’s possible that she’s giving up on me as a source of revenue.

    Maria has given up on you ever stuffing her vag.

  142. egg_

    she’s talking about 65″ saying “You can never get too big, right?”

    My enlargement is impressive, but I cant match 65″

    Her boyfriend must have talked her into a 60-incher name brand, she was going for a 65″ clone.
    She could be a Size Queen, but she’s only about 5′ tall.

  143. notafan

    Big bad China in that report

  144. Johno

    Cohenite ,it definitely was not the place that dares not speak its name.That was a chapter, and then the page turned.

  145. notafan

    For a man that knows a lot of big words Waleed sure says a lot of amazingly stupid stuff.

    must be a thing

  146. notafan

    Did Iran seize a foreign tanker in international waters with oil from a different country or do they have some tenuous legitimate excuse for this?

  147. John Constantine

    To attack the sub-stations, he claimed the IRA cell had brought six pairs of extendible ladders, bolt cutters, and crow bars.

    The prosecution will argue that Mr Gannon obtained a map of the electricity network from the annual Electricity Supply Handbook which he took from Battersea public library in London.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/how-ira-plotted-to-switch-off-london-1266533.html

    All it would cost is a pair of boltcutters, a crowbar and the sniff of free dope for a spaced out aussie drug client and who knows how long the substation is knocked out for a hundred bucks.

  148. DrBeauGan

    Maria has given up on you ever stuffing her vag.

    That was going to be a source of revenue, one way or another.

    Maria sells illusions. The illusion of love, the illusion of affection. I’m not interested in illusions. Except when performed on stage, when the interest is in figuring how it’s done. Maria’s illusions rely on self-deception by the victim.

  149. notafan

    How do you get one million litres of fuel onto Iranian dhows?

    Must have been one heck of a smugglers convoy

  150. egg_

    Since 1945, developments in international law such as the United Nations Charter, which prohibits both the threat and the use of force in international conflicts, have made declarations of war largely obsolete in international relations.[1] The UN Security Council, under powers granted in articles 24 and 25, and Chapter VII of the Charter, may authorize collective action to maintain or enforce international peace and security. Article 51 of the United Nations (UN) Charter also states that: “Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right to individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a state.”[2]

    Sounds like the UN Charter is obsolete.

  151. notafan

    I never said I was a victim!

  152. Knuckle Dragger

    Good work Johno.

    You were bang on about the Kiwis in the World Cup by the way.

  153. notafan

    You are the only person in the entire cosmos who would think such a think!

  154. Muddy

    The economic loss from such disruption of our electrickery grid could be devastating, not to mention other costs.

  155. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    All good wishes on your birthday, Johno.

  156. egg_

    Johno
    #3110981, posted on July 19, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Congrats!

  157. Mater

    They’d do better to target our electrickery grid.

    Already underway…through proxies!

    The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has released proposals to open up the wholesale electricity market so large consumers can be more easily paid for reducing their demand on the power system.
    The draft rule is in response to different requests received from the Total Environment Centre, The Australia Institute and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre; the Australian Energy Council and the South Australian Government.

  158. Knuckle Dragger

    Funny-looking Sky chicky, while asserting she is qualified to comment on matters involving the world, admits she has never watched Top Gun.

    She’s up there with Greta Thunberg.

  159. johanna

    C.L.
    #3110964, posted on July 19, 2019 at 9:57 am

    I suspect that you might be a bit naive about their business model, C.L.

    No, I’m right. They’re just cooks pretending to be businessmen.

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

    Can we discuss a fantastic business venture where you put in your money because Jaimie Oliver?

    Alternatively, how about a chain of restaurants with a frontman who is on TV? Got to be a winner, right? Mind you, when the ‘management fees’ and other expenses are deducted, it might not look so good.

    Business is business.

  160. Mother Lode

    Any news on Cardinal Pell?

    Perhaps it is a good sign – letting the tasteless gloating of the left to fade as their goldfish-like attentions wander off to new topics like gender-neutral access panels before doing something they would not like if they knew.

    Sheer pragmatism would dictate that it is more important to not infuriate the left that to provide justice to the right since the capacity of the left for harm and destruction far far exceeds that of the right – who have a dislike of destruction on principle.

  161. egg_

    admits she has never watched Top Gun.

    Is there a list of such persons?
    Credited with selling many a surround sound system, in the day.

  162. Johno

    Thanks knuckles, I like the way the Kiwis play the game.

  163. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has released proposals to open up the wholesale electricity market so large consumers can be more easily paid for reducing their demand on the power system.

    Soooo, if I close an Aluminium smelter (permanently) I get to make money from you peasant taxpayers.
    Right?

  164. The economic loss from such disruption of our electrickery grid could be devastating …

    Demand management.

  165. Tom

    For US politics junkies (like me): the full back story of Ilhan Omar’s sham family and sham marriage.

    Instead of accusing everyone looking into her past of waaaaaaaayyyycism, I’d be lawyering up, if I was her. Even if the investigation takes years, she’s destined for a US prison, IMO.

  166. Mother Lode

    It’s simply framed as Trump being a racist.

    He never mentioned race. He did refer to nations – ones previously described as shit holes.

    The word racist has become so degraded by overuse and misuse. The left destroys everything they touch.

    I will bet that their first forays into masturbation typically mutilated their pudenda and that that is the reason they are conducting this absurd campaign against gender is because – pure jealousy.

    Ultimately, they are always jealous.

  167. C.L.

    Waleed Aly smirked his way through cockhead Tim Minchin debuting his song (“Come Home”) about George Pell on The Project. Justice Kidd acknowledged that Pell had catastrophic heart ailments but at that time Minchin and dirtbags like Aly were spreading the lie that the Cardinal was delaying his return to Australia to avoid the (corrupt) royal commission.

    This wasn’t a “boo” or two.
    This was a nationally televised assault designed to defame and pervert the course of justice.

  168. custard

    Happy birthday Johno,

    You share it with my late father Guy who (for me) sadly parted this earth in 2014.

    He made it to 78 and I hope you have many a year past that….

  169. C.L.

    You’re not making any sense, Joanna.
    As I said, they’re just cooks pretending to be businessmen.
    I’m right.
    That’s it.

  170. Mater

    Soooo, if I close an Aluminium smelter (permanently) I get to make money from you peasant taxpayers.
    Right?

    In summary:
    As a society, we are paying for the privilege of destroying the industrial base of Australia and ensuring no further overseas investment in that arena.
    We have been played like fools.

  171. C.L.

    Speaking of Top Gun, the trailer for the sequel has just been released …
    And what a dog’s breakfast it portends …
    Tom doesn’t know if he’s Pete Mitchell, Ethan Hunt or Jack Reacher.
    A now boilerplate Kickass Woman (an aviatrix) also spotted … what a surprise.

  172. Eyrie:

    Why does anybody think that Australia still has the industrial capacity to build the F-35 parts that the Turks were making?

    Eyrie, these parts aren’t horrifically complex.
    I used to work next to a small engineering company in Brookvale, Sydney who made parts for the US space program. I forget what the parts were, but rest assured, damn near everything NASA sent up had some of this company’s parts in it.
    They also drilled the discs for my GT750M – the first model of the Suzuki waterbottle with discs after the horrible drum brake model. Looked rooly flash, mate.

  173. Shy Ted

    I do hope Maria Folau didn’t say, “oh God” or “Jesus, Maria!” when she missed the potentially match winning shot.

  174. Shy Ted

    Constitutional recognition will solve all these problems.
    Naturally it’s what the white person said rather than what the black person did that’s the problem.

  175. Shy Ted

    If I want to please a woman I just leave. Works every time.

  176. “This was a nationally televised assault designed to defame and pervert the course of justice.”

    Yep…and it worked.

  177. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #3110966, posted on July 19, 2019 at 9:59 am

    George has backers with deep pockets.

    Yep. It’s a huge enterprise, which apparently doesn’t have basic software for payroll.

    I have two words for you that will break a lot of restaurants …
    Unpaid superannuation.

  178. johanna

    C.L.
    #3111028, posted on July 19, 2019 at 10:55 am

    You’re not making any sense, Joanna.
    As I said, they’re just cooks pretending to be businessmen.
    I’m right.
    That’s it.

    If you don’t get that they are businessmen pretending to be cooks by now, I have a bridge to sell you.

    BTW, let me know when you have an example of an honest restuarant business with $8m lying around in the till to backpay staff. You know, just in case.

    As I said, you should give your wallet to Mum before you leave the house.

  179. Muddy

    On a serious note, where do the allegations of, and demand for compensation for, theft (which is what this is all about, when you distill everything), begin and end?

    Others previously have raised the issue of the benefits that indigenous people have gained from ‘European’ (I use that term broadly, in the same sense as ‘non-indigenous’), and whether they, collectively, owe ‘us’ for scientific advances in, say, medicine; if ‘we’ owe them for what was allegedly stolen (such as culture, though the argument over whether that culture was stolen or simply discarded, could be endless), then surely we can expect compensation for elements of our culture they and their ancestors made use of?

    If this is truly about exchange, and what is due if the original exchanges are now deemed ‘unfair’ or a breach of unwritten and unspoken human contracts (if such exist – another endless argument), then any judgement must be able to be applied in any direction.

  180. Rossini

    Happy birthday Johno…trust you will have many more!

  181. Muddy

    Sorry, I just wrote that on the rong fred.

  182. DrBeauGan

    Aborigines have clearly gained far more than they lost, or they wouldn’t have lost it.

  183. C.L.

    If you don’t get that they are businessmen pretending to be cooks by now, I have a bridge to sell you.

    No, they’re trained cooks.
    They’re pretending to be businessmen.

  184. Bruce of Newcastle

    admits she has never watched Top Gun.
    Is there a list of such persons?

    Me. Maybe if they’d cast someone other than Cruise. I instantly disliked him then and pretty much still don’t, although I admire him as a guy who does his own stunts.

  185. Incoherent Rumbler:

    The economic loss from such disruption of our electrickery grid could be devastating …

    Demand management.

    My understanding is that it’s not the Initial powerdown that is the issue – it’s the rerouting and startup of the system around the damaged infrastructure that causes the problems.
    I’ve heard it would take weeks to restart the Australian system – I don’t see why that would be, but that’s the rumour.

  186. Muddy

    incoherent rambler
    #3111020, posted on July 19, 2019 at 10:44 am

    The economic loss from such disruption of our electrickery grid could be devastating …

    Demand management.

    I could have phrased that better. I meant losses from commerce: Shopping centres shut down, stock trading is disrupted. Banking is paused: bills cannot be paid, people cannot access money to purchase goods with cash, Centrelink payments don’t go through, etc., etc.

    It may sound like a scenario from a film, but I’m sure that even small-scale kinetic attacks on the network could inflict serious economic loss and civil disruption. The attacks may not even need to be kinetic: this is not my area of expertise, but I’d assume that malicious software incursions would have the potential for disruption also.

  187. mh

    The Director of Top Gun also directed Beverly Hills Cop 2.

  188. I’ve heard it would take weeks to restart the Australian system – I don’t see why that would be, but that’s the rumour.

    If you could restart it. Refer to the Venezuelan problem.

    A simple view is that you must have enough spare voltage in the grid (more than in usual operation) so that you can bring them system back online, transformer by transformer. One at a time, ideally.

  189. johanna

    My $12 Coles blood red cyclamen is still producing lots of flowers, three months in. The trick is, I put it outside at night, where it gets chilled and thrilled. That makes it produce more flowers.

    Over at the Golf Course, the roo population has increased, a lot. Country cousins are moving in because of the drought. I am seeing a lot of small joeys in the pouch.

    Soon, the Golf Club will be faced with their extinction or the wrath of the animal libbers.

  190. Ellie

    No, they’re trained cooks.
    They’re pretending to be businessmen.

    I have a particular set of skills. They form the basis of my business. Am I a business woman or am I my skills base only?

  191. Tom

    Ellie, if you don’t own your workplace, you’re just a wage slave like the rest of us.

  192. The Barking Toad

    On this day 70 years ago I was born. And I feel every one of them.

    Well done Johno – get fucking hammered

  193. egg_

    johanna
    #3111043, posted on July 19, 2019 at 11:13 am

    It must be a global celeb chef business model, where staff wages come way behind the fleecing from the top, obviously.
    Accountants obviously help the celebs set up the structure.

  194. Mother Lode

    Squalid is supposed to be an intellectual, huh?

    The contract analogy was absurd. A contract is a means to an agreed end. But both sides in war plan to win. If war was a contract then it would other means besides war could be substituted by agreement – unless death and squandered resources were vital to the outcome. War is undertaken precisely because teh sides are not restricted. They can do whatever they can to win.

    I think what he would have preferred to say is that war is a game – with rules that govern the contest.

    But even he knew he could not get away with saying that.

    Besides all of which, his backward goat-bothering brethren are capable of such savagery and barbarism, and even now gleefully detonate bombs filled with ball bearings in ice cream parlous full of children, such cruelty – and yet he does not denounce that.

    He just wants to bind themselves by rules that do not apply to his lot just so they have a chance of winning.

  195. egg_

    My $12 Coles blood red cyclamen is still producing lots of flowers, three months in. The trick is, I put it outside at night, where it gets chilled and thrilled. That makes it produce more flowers.

    IIRC Winter soil temperature triggers spring buds.

  196. egg_

    He just wants to bind themselves by rules that do not apply to his lot just so they have a chance of winning.

    Squalid is the enemy.

  197. Ellie

    Tom, does anyone actually own their own business? We’re all slaves to the govt in some way, shape or form.

  198. Ellie

    Wage slave. Tax slave. Speaking of slaves – where is MV 😁

  199. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Director of Top Gun also directed Beverly Hills Cop 2.

    BHC 1 was amusing. BHC 2 was getting strained. I like Eddie Murphy but he needs a script and to lose all the F words.

  200. Mother Lode

    He just wants the West to bind themselves by rules

  201. John Constantine

    World Animal Protection Australia
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    Instantly the northern hemisphere summer ban on live exports [ all ships, not just elcheapo converted deathbarges staffed by elcheapo third world peasant crews] came in to appease their left, activists began to hammer on the wedge to add just a few days at the start and finish of the ban period.

    Incremental asymmetric warfare. Costs them nothing to weaponise feelings and exploit loopholes.

    Comrades.

  202. egg_

    The effects of climatic factors on recovery of photosynthetic capacity in a Korean pine forest were investigated in the field. No photosynthesis was detectable when the soil temperature was below 0°C even if the air temperature was far beyond 15°C. The onset of photosynthesis and sap flow was coincident with the time of soil thawing. The rates of recovery of photosynthetic capacity highly fluctuated with air temperature after onset of photosynthesis, and intermittent frost events remarkably inhibited the photosynthetic capacity of the needles. The results suggest that earlier soil thawing is more important than air temperature increases in triggering the onset of photosynthesis in Korean pine in temperate zones

  203. notafan

    This year’s Melbourne’s writers festival is called “when we talk about love’ possible highlight on Sunday the 8th at 10 a.m. is

    ‘fall of the Prince ‘

    for $35 you can hear the following

    ‘ Louise Milligan knows the Pell case well she won the prestigious gold quill for her coverage and her book Cardinal the rise and fall of George Pell – infamously removed from Victorian bookshelf during pell’s trial was awarded the 2017 Walkley book award she speaks with the Saturday papers Martin McKenzie Murray about the long and emotional journey from breaking story to conviction.’

    I am praying hoping that the final chapter will be

    Exonerated on appeal.

    Long before then.

    But naturally it’s all about her, as it ever was.

    Her profile photo is the same one she appears to been using for the last 20 years.

    The rest of the program is the usual aggressive progressive trash spouting their never ending subjective morality and other progressive memes.

    Julian, clementine, Jane, Judith Stan and all the other usual suspects and token whoever’s

  204. Bruce of Newcastle

    World Animal Protection Australia

    I can’t recall seeing them active in Lakemba during Ramadan. Or chaining themselves to trucks carrying wind turbine parts.

  205. John Constantine

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-19/sydney-apartment-building-abandoned-over-toxic-land-concerns/11324374

    Property Ponxi scheme rolls onwards.

    Developers take the front end loaded profits and run, the State will pay to bail out the ponzi.

    An owner of an inner-city Sydney apartment tower built and then abandoned over toxic land concerns says he has “no power” after buying a $1 million home.
    Key points:

    Construction of the “Sugarcube” apartments were finished in 2018
    It is the fourth apartment complex to be abandoned over safety issues since December last year
    The revelations of its abandonment comes a day after an emergency meeting held by building ministers

    Nick Rehac, who is on a pension, bought his home in the $46.5 million “Sugarcube” apartment development in the inner-west suburb of Erskineville more than a year ago.

    But he is yet to live in his home, after the City of Sydney refused to allow owners to move in over concerns the developer has not clean up toxic land underneath it.

    Neighbours living next door to the Sugarcube development have also raised concerns over potential contamination of their groundwater, with one telling the ABC she has been disappointed over the lack of information available.

    The Sugarcube apartments are the fourth Sydney apartment tower to be abandoned over safety issues, following the Opal Tower in December, Mascot Towers last month and a smaller apartment development in Zetland, which was abandoned late last year.

    Sugarcube is not known to have any structural defects.

    The revelation also comes a day after an emergency meeting of state building ministers in Sydney that agreed to create a “nationally consistent approach” to reforming the building industry.

    Now a trillion dollars of debt and unfunded forward liabilities has been pumped into Big Dogbox Australia, the State declares an emergency and looks at ways to keep the Ponxi rolling with State debt and policy.

    Comrade Maaaaaates.

  206. notafan

    Another paywalled article has annual turnover up to $30,000,000 by 2016.

    It seems likely accounting was not the strong point in that massive expansion.

    I know he has a nice looking restaurant in Williamstown, always looks busy.

    George bought millions of dollars worth of freeholds a while back, then had to sell him again

  207. notafan

    My kids were advised never to buy into an apartment complex.

    The nearest one got was a $2,000 refundable deposit.

    She got the refund.

  208. C.L.

    Say it aint so …
    Anh’s Brush With Fame is rigged.

  209. Geriatric Mayfly

    Alaska has yet to catch up with our progressivism. The adult eagle at glaciergardens.com has just brought in a consignment of tucker for the chicks ferried in a plastic bag.

  210. Graham

    The hour-long film touched on McGuire’s widely-condemned King Kong comments as well as the racial slur Goodes copped from a 13-year-old Collingwood supporter.
    Broede Carmody 1 hour ago

    This is a sentence from a report in today’s Sydney Morning Herald about the Adam Goodes “documentary” which was shown on television yesterday.
    That sort of reporting demonstrates yet again why I hold so many so called journalists in utter contempt. It does not seem to have even occurred to the “journalist” that the 13 year old girl was not using a racial slur, or that the issue whether or not it amounted to a “racial slur” is inherently contestable. So often the media assert as facts things that are not.

  211. mh

    Misleading: Kylie’s portrait actually appears to be based on a professional photo taken seven years ago for Dumbo Feather magazine

    The ABC have been bullshitting again?

  212. John Constantine

    Bush Heritage Australia
    Sponsored ·

    Australia, sorry for your loss. Since European settlement, one third of Australia’s woodland has been cleared.

    Scientists believe that due to human intervention, we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction and the world is seeing more species than ever slip into extinction.

    We need to act now if we want to protect our beautiful native species from disappearing forever. HELP NOW.

    A few activysts on disability for stress can spill out through their contact lists doing endless petitions and lawfare that end up requiring real people to stop their real jobs to defend themselves.

  213. egg_

    Misleading: Kylie’s portrait actually appears to be based on a professional photo taken seven years ago for Dumbo Feather magazine

    He couldn’t Anh Do the Kwong one?

  214. stackja

    Dr Shane Geha: Further regulation won’t fix building blunders

    NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian last week said that Sydney’s “building industry has failed” but it is important not to vilify an entire industry because of a few unfortunate events, writes Dr Shane Geha.
    Dr Shane Geha, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    July 18, 2019 7:11am

    After understandable pressure from concerned residents, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian last week said that Sydney’s “building industry has failed”.

    I believe the Premier is acting in good faith, but it is important at times like these to remain measured and think carefully, not only of the worrying circumstances that some residents may be experiencing, but also of the solution to these issues.

    I support the Premier’s intent. It is her job to ensure the safety and security of NSW citizens. However, it is important not to vilify an entire industry because of a few unfortunate events.

    The building industry was not left to “self-regulate” as claimed — and the notion that these instances are symptomatic of an industry left to run wild is untrue.

    The reality is the industry is both legislated and self-regulating — a hybrid system that thus far has been fit for purpose.

    Meanwhile:

    Erskineville development residents in limbo amid toxic concerns

    Nick Rehac, 75, paid $1 million in 2016 for a one-bedroom unit but has never been allowed to live in it. He’s one of hundreds of homeowners unable to move into the Erskineville development built on toxic land.
    Mitchell Van Homrigh, The Daily Telegraph
    Subscriber only

    July 19, 2019 10:16am

    “The development approval for this site included several conditions requiring remediation of the site due to contaminated groundwater and detections of heavy metals, hydrocarbons and asbestos,” she said.

    “The contaminants are believed to be associated with the former industrial use of the site involving manufacturing activities.

    The developer, Golden Rain Development, won approval in January 2016 to demolish the existing industrial warehouse and built its $46 million residential development.

    The company’s website describes itself as having “a strong reputation of property development”.

    Golden rain has completed 30 projects across Asia and the Erskineville development is its flagship project in Sydney.

  215. stackja

    Dr Shane Geha
    MANAGING DIRECTOR
    ABOUT Dr Shane
    BE (Civil), FIEAust, PhD
    As founding Managing Director of EG’s Urban Planning business, Shane bears overall responsibility for all EG’s rezoning projects. Shane has extensive rezoning experience and brings a combination of practical know-how and value creation skills to projects he is involved in.
    He was previously a director of a private company managing over AU$200 million in property development in NSW and the ACT. Shane has

    Dr Michael Easson AM
    EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
    FOUNDING DIRECTOR
    BA (First Class Hons), MSc, PhD, FAICD, FRICS
    Michael sustains EG’s vision and strategic direction, maintaining a strong engagement with our projects.

    Michael Easson
    From Wikipedia,

    Easson’s working career began in 1978 as a Research Assistant to the Hon. John Brown MP.[1] He then joined the Labor Council of New South Wales (now Unions NSW) as Education & Research Officer, then Assistant Secretary (1984) and Secretary (1989-1994). At the age of 34, he was elected as the youngest ever Secretary. He elected Vice President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, 1993 to 1994, and Senior Vice President of the Labor Party (NSW Branch) between 1993 and 1995. Whilst at the Labor Council he was Managing Director of Radio Station 2KY (1989 to 1994), and in 1989 co-founded both Asset Super (since 2012 part of CARE Super) and Chifley Financial Services. Between 1978 and 1987 Easson served as a member for the NSW Council of the Trade Union Trading Authority (TUTA).[1]

    After resigning from the Labor Council in 1994, Easson pursued business, academic and other interests.

  216. C.L.

    So basically, Ahn chats amiably with somebody for 25 minutes while fiddling around behind a completed portrait. He must have turned red when that lady rocked up wearing the wrong glasses.

  217. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2019/07/leftist-new-york-times-has-to-piss-on-the-50th-anniversary-of-us-finest-achievement-the-moon-landing.html#comments

    Seems the Russians won the “space race” after all – they sent women and “people of colour” into space before the Yanks.

  218. C.L.

    Seems the Russians won the “space race” after all – they sent women and “people of colour” into space before the Yanks.

    And look where that got them. Second-place.
    On the upside, it’s good to see the left is back to loving Russia again.
    LOL.

  219. Bruce of Newcastle

    The adult eagle at glaciergardens.com has just brought in a consignment of tucker for the chicks ferried in a plastic bag.

    I hope she disposes of it responsibly!

    Much angst at Cafe Bruce as the local magpies kick their kiddies out into the wide world ready for Spring. Lost grey waifs going in every direction. Three pairs of parents have been sitting on power poles and monstering the kiddies whenever they come past.

    The new graduates to magpiedom have been trying to zoom in and collect take out from the fast food window of the Cafe. Desperation is a great incentivizer – I’ve had two magpie chicks take food from my hand today for the first time.

  220. John Constantine

    Ponxi Maaaaaaates.

  221. Bruce of Newcastle

    We need to act now if we want to protect our beautiful native species from disappearing forever. HELP NOW.

    Guys, you should’ve started a Gofundme for that 50,000 years ago when immigrants from Indonesia started to burn the continent to cinders.

  222. Some History

    the image of aoc put up by Some History is one for the ages
    It’s gone straight to my (digital) pool room.
    Thanks, Some History.

    Thank you, Tom, for the daily ‘toons.

  223. Some History

    although the image of aoc put up by Some History is one for the ages

    Reply

    https://imgur.com/81Alru9

  224. Macbeth

    Happy birthday, Johno; and to you Lizzie for tomorrow. At 77 you’ve the best part of twenty years to catch up with me, so make the best of it!

  225. Mitch M.

    So basically, Ahn chats amiably with somebody for 25 minutes while fiddling around behind a completed portrait. He must have turned red when that lady rocked up wearing the wrong glasses.

    The guests are always amazed at how wonderful the portrait is. Sure, in half an hour an artist can do amazing art. What are the odds the every guest is so amazed? Occasionally one of them must say, “That’s crap.”

  226. egg_

    So basically, Ahn chats amiably with somebody for 25 minutes while fiddling around behind a completed portrait. He must have turned red when that lady rocked up wearing the wrong glasses.

    Not da Kwong one – da Kwong one!

  227. egg_

    Occasionally one of them must say, “That’s crap.”

    IIRC Craig McLaughlin thought he looked just offal, but possibly realistic.

  228. Bruce in WA

    BREAKING
    Massacre dad will never be freed

    Anthony Harvey is the first person in WA who will never be released from jail over the stabbing murder of his wife, children and mother-in-law.

    (From the Oz)

  229. Shy Ted

    Why do you supermarket specials shelves torment me so? And right on the 2nd day of my latest fad diet. Chocolate hobnobs today, half price. Beyond cruel. (They won, I lost).

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