Tuesday Forum: July 23, 2019

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  1. mh

    In fact I am standing just behind the podium in protest of ChiCom drug cheats.

  2. Knuckle Dragger

    Yer gonna get rolled with some truthiness if you keep that up, oopsa daisy poo poo.

  3. Mother Lode

    Pleading the 5th!

  4. dover_beach

    Matthew Schmitz in The True Con takes a spiked bat to George Will:

    Though Will still claims to be a conservative, he has radically changed what he means by that term. In 1983’s Statecraft as Soulcraft, Will argued that government inevitably does legislate morality, and indeed “should do so more often.” He rejected “the idea that governments should be neutral in major conflicts about social values.” He denied that “the public interest is produced by the spontaneous cooperation of individuals making arrangements in free markets.” He confessed his “deviation from laissez-faire orthodoxy,” and announced, “It is time to come up from individualism.”

    In 2019’s The Conservative Sensibility, Will employs the same gentlemanly prose—to opposite ends. He states that government should refrain from “imposing its opinions about what happiness the citizens should choose to pursue.” He maintains that men should be “free to maximize their satisfactions according to their own hierarchy of preference.” He concludes that the public interest can, after all, be achieved “in the spontaneous order of a lightly governed society.” He frets over the fact that the poor pay no income tax, and describes the rich and corporations as “unpopular minorities.” He champions “individualism and the rights of the individual.”

    Despite his complete ideological reversal, Will has remained remarkably consistent in his self-styling. In 1983, he lamented that America contained “almost no conservatives, properly understood.” Today, he again calls conservatism “a persuasion without a party.” His positions have changed, but his pose has not. He is still the lone True Conservative.

    A tour de force. RTWT.

  5. cohenite

    Space is a shithole when you think about it. It’s very unwelcoming

    No one can hear you scream in space; perfect for ignoring the snowflakes.

  6. Dr Fred Lenin

    Aaahaa!snuck a new one in behind my back ! Thought ya had me fooled did ya ? ya gotta get up early to catch the Doc sleepin . How are youse all this mornin? ( ya notice I used the plural ,youse)

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    Squad member Ms Tlaib has decided she wants to put millions out of work.

    Tlaib calls for $20-an-hour minimum wage: ‘I can’t allow people to be living off tips’

    People give tips for good service. I expect that is why Ms Tlaib wouldn’t like to live off tips.
    Whilst she is making poor people poorer, the Dem pollies in Illinois want to make everyone flee.

    Illinois Lawmakers Push Property Tax Hikes To Fund Affordable Housing

    It’ll work too. Anyone with a brain is going to sell their house and move to somewhere else. Anywhere else. House prices will drop like a stone. And become affordable. That’s how Detroit ended up with all those $1 houses. If you buy a $1 house you are basically renting it from the government in the form of land taxes. Only unlike a landlord the government will do nothing to maintain it. They’ll just suck away your money and give zip back.

  8. notafan

    Same old
    restaurant prices go up, service goes done, people stay home

  9. notafan

    Maria is a classic example of the principle of the allocation of scarce resources

    If bg doesn’t provide sufficient remuneration then Maria has to look elsewhere for income

    She was ‘unemployed’ iirc

    as for not turning up manners,

    appears to be no skin off her nose

    nothing to lose so to speak

  10. Tom

    Not even top 10. Hopeless.

  11. Mother Lode

    ‘I can’t allow people to be living off tips’

    Sounds like someone we know.

    Any child imagines ways of making the world better which is easy with a child’s understanding. Some people are poor? Lets just print off a million dollars for everyone and everyone can be rich! Stuff like that.

    And every kid who thinks it thinks they have come up with it for the first time.

  12. Some History

    From last week’s WIP. Along these lines…

    Ranger: These alligators can grow up to 15 feet.

    AOC: Oh… I thought they had 4… maybe 5. But 15 feet! WOW!

  13. Roger

    Tlaib calls for $20-an-hour minimum wage: ‘I can’t allow people to be living off tips’

    Tlaib: “I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach Trump.”

    She seems to have an inordinate self-regard.

  14. John Constantine

    Once kids think of giving everybody a million dollars and have that illusion shattered, the true Staalinists then snarl that they will get rid of all money and the government will make everybody share everything.

    And get rid of anybody that isn’t tolerant.

    This political platform would get better than half of the vote of their Catnip Waleed voteherds.

    Comrades.

  15. Top Ender

    Good moaning to you too Carpe. Still in the land of the Rising Sun?

  16. Ivan Denisovich

    Matthew Schmitz in The True Con takes a spiked bat to George Will

    Thanks, Dover. Did you see this earlier article?

    https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/07/reordering-the-public-square

  17. mh

    Nancy Pelosi is totally powerless against the Squad.

    A lame duck Speaker.

  18. dover_beach

    Thanks, Dover. Did you see this earlier article?

    Yes, I linked to it in the OOT. It’s very good too, Ivan.

  19. Mark M

    ICYMI –

    Hayek: Social Justice Demands the Unequal Treatment of Individuals

    https://fee.org/articles/hayek-social-justice-demands-the-unequal-treatment-of-individuals/

    via instapundit: VIDEO: Friedrich Hayek Educates A Young Jeff Greenfield on the Mirage of Social Justice.

    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/336519/#respond

  20. Top Ender

    Apologies if this has been posted before, but it’s excellent:

    Does it matter that in the recent movie biopic Mary Queen of Scots (set, of course, in 16th century England and Scotland) Queen Elizabeth’s ambassador to the Scottish court, Lord Thomas Randolph is black?

    How irritated should we be that in the BBC’s latest adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables—set in 1830s France—the character of Inspector Javert is played by an actor of Nigerian heritage, David Oyelowo?

    Can there be any rational explanation for the decision by the BBC Two documentary 1066: A Year to Conquer England, to have William of Normandy’s envoy to King Harold played by a black actor?

  21. Bruce of Newcastle

    Nota – The other way to look at it is that Maria and her superior have decided that DrB is not in fact an agent of the Bourgeoisie United States Class Enemy and to their amazement is really in Cuba for the cigars. So her boss has reassigned her to another DGI job.

    😀

  22. stackja

    Top Ender
    #3113813, posted on July 23, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Quotas!

  23. Roger

    Apologies if this has been posted before, but it’s excellent:

    Looks very good.

    Bookmarked for later reading.

    Thanks, TE.

  24. Roger

    Thanks, TE.

    And to dover for “Reordering the Public Square”.

  25. notafan

    sure sure BoN

    panther antelope

  26. mh

    Australian swimmers have bigger balls than Australian rugby players.

    Great to see the overwhelming support for Aussie Mack Horton 🇦🇺

  27. mh

    Australian swimmers have bigger ba lls than Australian rugby players.

    Great to see the overwhelming support for Aussie Mack Horton 🇦🇺

  28. Bruce of Newcastle

    panther antelope

    Nota – Glad you liked that one! 😀

  29. Bruce

    Caught a snippet of the Ch 7 “Dawn Patrol” (news….spit).

    Some sociopath has propsed a mssive excise hike on booze; in the order of a thousand percent. Five dollar “Chateau Cardboard” hoisted to Fifty bucks!

    The Three Mousketeers gushed that such a proposal was a step in the right direction, which, on the bloated salaries of self-proclaimed öpinion-shapers”, might be OK for them; not so much for REAL people.

    However, as one would expect, there are a couple of catches about which we will NEVER hear until they are out of control and the nation-wide 4AM door-knocks are a nation-wide nightly occurrence.

    Firstly, anyone with an IQ above room temperature can work out how to “brew”whatever alcoholic libation they desire.

    Secondly, these clowns have DELIBERATELY ignored the harsh fact that a LOT of people seem to have a desperate desire to get “smashed” on a regular basis. Constant assults from the sociopathic nannies is probably a good place to start looking for why that may be.

    Secondly, we already have a rapidly growing problem with free-lance pharmaceuticals, like meth-amphetamines.

    Anyone with a working understanding of high-school chemistry can set up a lab and go into business. Someone I know with an actual chemistry PhD informed me that the genie is long out of the bottle and the “dark”web hosts a LOT of stuff about this sort of alternative chemistry. If these entrepreneurs don’t actually use the stuff themselves and don’t kill themselves in a “mysterious fire / explosion”, they will do OK, for themselves, at least.

  30. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ball waxing news.

    Delingpole: Why I’m Supporting Trans Activist Jessica’s Waxed B-lls Against Bigot Ricky Gervais…

    I personally am on the side of Jessica Yaniv – and not just because she scrubs up so beautifully in her party frock. No, I love Jessica because I think she represents what Rod Liddle memorably coined in one of his Spectator columns as “peak wank.” That is, Jessica and everything he/she/it/ze/zir/wotevs stands for, represent the moment when identity politics reached such a pitch of lunacy that even diehard Social Justice Warriors began facepalming in horror.

    Alas “peak wank” is yet another of those mountains that you climb only to find another higher mountain in front of you.

    And don’t miss Godfrey Elfwick’s marvellous take on waxing-of-the-globes:

    Every woman has a right to have her scrotum waxed

  31. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Labor to back foreign fighters bill

    Labor will support the Morrison government’s foreign fighters legislation after proposing its own amendments to the bill.

    At a caucus meeting this morning, Labor MPs waved through a shadow cabinet decision that the party will try and amend the bill to bring it in line with the recommendations from the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

    The caucus agreed to pass the legislation if Labor’s amendments fail.

    Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has chosen not to embrace two of the committee’s recommendations relating to the temporary exclusion orders, a decision which has drawn criticism from Labor.

    The recommendations not being adopted by the government would impose a restriction that would prevent the minister from making a temporary exclusion order unless the government reasonably suspected an individual was involved in t&rrorism related activities outside Australia. The committee also recommended a temporary exclusion order could be made only if it would substantially assist in preventing the provision of support for, or the facilitation of, a t&rrorist act. The government chose not to incorporate this in its bill.

    From the Oz.

  32. Top Ender

    Darwin Award candidate:

    A man has been charged for possessing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of methylamphetamine after he drove a van into NSW Police vehicles parked in front of a police station in Sydney’s north west.

    The Toyota Hiace allegedly crashed into police cars outside Eastwood Police station on Ethel Street in Eastwood at around 10.30am yesterday.

    Video footage shows the white Hiace smashing into the front of two parked police vehicles, a van and a squad car

    A Ryde Police Area Command found the driver, a 26-year-old male wearing a white shirt with a popped collar, on Church Street in the neighbouring suburb of Ryde and questioned him before searching his Hiace.

    The search uncovered several cardboard moving boxes containing more than 270kg of a yellowing crystalline substance in zip lock bags, of which an on-the-spot drug test returned a positive result for methylamphetamine.

    The haul is thought to have an estimated street value of more than $200 million.

    Link – Oz

  33. C.L.

    Possibly the biggest blunder in the history of Australian crime …
    CCTV shows van allegedly carrying $200m of ice crashes into parked police car.
    You read that right: 200 million dollars’ worth.
    I’ll be surprised if he survives jail while awaiting trial.

  34. Mother Lode

    Some sociopath has propsed a mssive excise hike on booze;

    I am pretty sure I saw a headline that it was an organisation of doctors.

    Frankly this is a social issue and frankly not within doctor’s expertise. And to be honest, for all their posing, I have trouble trusting them with their bread and butter ‘come back and see me again…and again…and again’ and their prescription pads. Alcoholics are one thing, but they are not lobbying for dealing with alcoholics, but everyone. But they have the political nous to see how to make it irresistible to politicians: TAX!

    We should also be wary of lawyers who have grand ideas how to make our lives more worthwhile, and teachers who want to save the world, through their scientific brilliance, from AGW.

  35. dover_beach

    Possibly the biggest blunder in the history of Australian crime …

    What were they thinking making monty the driver?

  36. John Constantine

    Scotland’s godless commo frightbat government introduced a mininum price for getting drunk to stop people drinking.

    https://www.economist.com/britain/2018/03/01/scotlands-minimum-price-for-alcohol-may-have-unexpected-effects

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-48938509

    he number of drug-related deaths in Scotland soared to 1,187 last year, according to official statistics.

    The figure is 27% higher than the previous year, and the highest since records began in 1969

    Prohibition Comrades.

    Their left luv prohibiting whatever they can.

  37. C.L.

    Yep.
    The Scottish government increased the price of alcohol and worsened deaths-by-alcohol.
    The Queensland government sought to control city boozing and increased drunkenness and violence.

    Another two examples of outstanding female leadership.

  38. Dr Fred Lenin

    According to the latest news the transgender people have a shortage of testicle waxing salons , this is a shooooge shoomin rites issue it seems offending billions of gerbilist supporters . In decromat run US states they will call out the national guard to punish the persecutors of the poor petals .
    Seriously just read about this disgusting pretend woman ,he is a raging pervert and sicko , should be locked up in cell with 10 Bubbas as recreation for the Bikies . .

  39. Peter Greagg

    For military minded cats, been reading Flags of our Fathers, by James Bradley with Ron Powers, which is the background of the famous flag raised by US Marines on Iwo Jima. It covers the lives of the Marines that raised the flag, and the aftermath. Along the way, it sketches the establishment of the Marines.

    I enjoyed it.

    Also read the companion book, Letters from Iwo Jima. This covers the battle for Iwo Jima, which lasted for 36 days, from the Japanese perspective (led by General Tadamichi Kuribayashi). The book is based on the letters sent home by the soldiers, mostly family men conscripted late in the war.

    Also enjoyed this book, but there are some inconsistencies between the accounts of the battle.

    Clint Eastwood made films of both books.

  40. Cardimona

    I just received an invitation to complete an online survey because I participate in TheirABC’s Vote Compass project.
    The conclusion of the survey includes two open questions; an opportunity to do some triggering that I just couldn’t pass up…

    What is the most important topic affecting you, your family, or your friends, but which Australians aren’t paying enough attention to?

    That the United Nations has been killed, gutted, and skinned by the communists who appeared to vanish when the Berlin Wall fell. These communists get around wearing the UN as a skinsuit and demanding respect for ridiculous ideas. The most ridiculous of these ideas is the one that has us fighting carbon dioxide, the miracle molecule on which all life depends and which has zero effect on temperature. This war on “carbon” has destroyed our manufacturing ability and associated jobs, driven power prices up by 100 percent and threatened our electrical grid’s stability, and caused depression amongst our young and hypothermia amongst our low-income elderly. All at the cost of billions of our dollars (and associated infrastructural opportunity costs) so the UN commies can bring in the one-world socialist world government they’ve always wanted. They failed to get it with bullets and brawn, so now they’re having a go with ballots and brainwashing.

    Are there any comments you would like to make about the topics in the survey or the experience you had completing this survey?

    Climate change alarmism is a treacherous political long-game; CO2 has nothing to do with temperature whatsoever.
    Gender fluidity is ideological nonsense; except for medical aberrations, everyone has either XX or XY chromosomes.
    Obsession with race is a characteristic of racists; non-racists don’t see race.
    Racism is a characteristic of collectivists, therefore racists are always leftists, and blaming “the right” for racism is pure projection.
    Australia needs to reject “Keynesian” (demand side) economics and try to learn classical or “Austrian School” (supply side) economics – the only type that works.
    Australia needs to open up gas and mineral exploration by properly recognising rights to sub-surface assets as belonging to the owner of the land.
    Australia needs to more properly recognise property rights by repealing all legislation that restricts tree-clearing, farming, grazing, fertiliser use, water access, and more.
    Australia needs to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, all other UN functions pacts and agreements, and the UN itself.
    Australia needs to cut taxes, the bureaucracy, middle-class welfare, public sector pays, and the regulatory burden.
    Australia needs to treat environmental protesters as economic terrorists.
    Australia should legalise marijuana, and decriminalise other drugs, and turn the resources saved from fighting an unwinnable “war” on drugs to healing people from addiction.
    Australia should improve community respect and safety by legalising all guns and encouraging properly-trained law-abiding citizens to openly carry side-arms and to use them in self-defence situations.

  41. mh

    Alas “peak wank” is yet another of those mountains that you climb only to find another higher mountain in front of you.

    Numbers is waving from the top of Peak Wank.

  42. Leigh Lowe

    Mother Lode

    #3113844, posted on July 23, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Some sociopath has propsed a mssive excise hike on booze;

    I am pretty sure I saw a headline that it was an organisation of doctors.

    Yes.
    College of Physicians or somesuch.
    The head honcho was on 3AW yesterday.
    A perfesser, no less.
    Dumb as dogshit.
    Agreed with freedom of choice, but still need tax.
    Yes, you are free to choose, but you shouldn’t expect hospital treatment for alcohol related diseases.
    What about drug addicts?
    Oh, that is a disease, not a free choice, so their treatment should be paid for.
    Everyone who drinks runs over little kiddies.
    The Wine Equalisation Tax is allegedly returned to producers as a subsidy … which makes it a tax on non-drinkers.

  43. JC

    Bingo

    The lying slime. He thought he was Edgar Hoover. Big mistake dickhead.

    Now an answer is emerging. Sources tell RealClearInvestigations that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon file a report with evidence indicating that Comey was misleading the president. Even as he repeatedly assured Trump that he was not a target, the former director was secretly trying to build a conspiracy case against the president, while at times acting as an investigative agent.

    Two U.S. officials briefed on the inspector general’s investigation of possible FBI misconduct said Comey was essentially “running a covert operation against” the president, starting with a private “defensive briefing” he gave Trump just weeks before his inauguration. They said Horowitz has examined high-level FBI text messages and other communications indicating Comey was actually conducting a “counterintelligence assessment” of Trump during that January 2017 meeting in New York.

  44. C.L.

    Comey is one of the worst traitors in the history of US law enforcement.

  45. Percy Popinjay

    I have rarely been more disgusted by the public discourse of a free society than by the obsequies that attended Kennedy’s passing a decade ago. Yet, even so, I would not have bothered re-posting the column below were it not for the fact that they’re still doing it. On this fiftieth anniversary, the Associated Press, purveyors of unreadable J-school sludge to America’s dying monodailies, are still reflexively playing oleaginous courtiers to a dynasty that no longer exists.

  46. Tel

    A perfesser, no less.
    Dumb as dogshit.
    Agreed with freedom of choice, but still need tax.

    Single payer government medicine means all doctors become public service employees and thus quickly learn how to behave like bureaucrats instead of doctors.

    Medicare worked for a while but gradually the wheels are falling off, same as what is happening to the NHS in the UK but no one wants to admit it.

  47. John Constantine:

    Scotland’s godless commo frightbat government introduced a mininum price for getting drunk to stop people drinking.

    Prohibition has failed every bloody time it has been tried.
    But they keep on having a go – it’s just like Socialism.
    It’s almost as if creating a black market was the aim of the legislation.

  48. It’s almost as if creating a black market was the aim of the legislation.

    For cigareets and whusky and wild wild women.

    The three essentials for life, soon to be only available on the black market.

  49. Its ok for a “Doctor” to give you a lethal injection, but drinking your way to eternal oblivion is verbotten.

  50. Now there’s an idea – lethal injection for recalcitrant drinkers and smokers.

  51. Mother Lode

    The Scottish government increased the price of alcohol and worsened deaths-by-alcohol.
    The Queensland government sought to control city boozing and increased drunkenness and violence.

    They change the way people drink.

    Ironically imagining that it is the ordinary folks who are stupid our elites believe that if an ordinary person is crossing a field and a tree is in front of them, they will go right up to it and just…stop. Forever. Like some automaton with a microscopic point which is empty in 32 dimensions for a mind. These robotic peons would never think to step around it. So the peak bodies, politicians and activist groups busy themselves planting these trees with every fad that flickers through their bullying brains.

    In fact, people just change their drinking habits.

    And when they do the elites draw their faces into a matronly indignant disapproval, clutch their pearls, and declare how appalled they are that we should be so willful and perverse.

  52. Natural Instinct

    When is George Pell’s appeal decision due?

  53. Percy Popinjay

    A $52 cask of Chateau Cardboard. Coming soon to braindead collectivist grannie state near you.

    Comrades.

  54. Tel

    Prohibition has failed every bloody time it has been tried.

    That wasn’t real prohibition.

  55. feelthebern

    Prohibition has failed every bloody time it has been tried.

    It didn’t fail for the Kennedy family.

  56. feelthebern

    With reference to Mrs Trad.

    After water/electricity/sewerage, the single biggest value creator for property is proximity to rail.

  57. Boambee John

    Top Ender
    #3113813, posted on July 23, 2019 at 11:36 am
    Apologies if this has been posted before, but it’s excellent:

    Does it matter that in the recent movie biopic Mary Queen of Scots (set, of course, in 16th century England and Scotland) Queen Elizabeth’s ambassador to the Scottish court, Lord Thomas Randolph is black?

    How irritated should we be that in the BBC’s latest adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables—set in 1830s France—the character of Inspector Javert is played by an actor of Nigerian heritage, David Oyelowo?

    Can there be any rational explanation for the decision by the BBC Two documentary 1066: A Year to Conquer England, to have William of Normandy’s envoy to King Harold played by a black actor?

    I think this would be quite acceptable, as long as the parts are played in “whiteface”.

  58. Des Deskperson

    I’ve just been obliged to spend two days in Denpasar.

    It’s been 20 years since I was last there, and I had hoped to see that the appallingly boorish and entitled attitudes and behaviours of my compatriots toward the local brown people that I observed on that first visit had improved.

    I saw no evidence that they had.

    One parvenue harpy got stuck into me – she knew I was from Canberra and so I must have been somehow responsible – about her visit to the Australian Consulate on some business or other where she found, to her disgust, that ‘the staff there were all INDONESIANS!!’ – I’ve capitalised the term to give you some idea of her vehemence.

    I pointed out that all Australian overseas posts employed ‘Locally Engaged Staff’ for lower level administrative jobs, since it was cheaper and easier than deploying staff from Australia.

    She was not mollified. Maybe she thought she deserved to be waited on by an ‘Aussie’ or maybe she though that I was implying that her consular issue – whoever it was – wasn’t important enough to be dealt with by a white person.

    Anyhow, yhe major change I observed is that while in 1997 your average Denpasar tourist whitey tended to be scrawny and leathery, today, he/she is fat, pasty and larded – pun intended – with ‘body art’.

  59. Some History

    The HIT GIT SQUAD.

    One of them seems to have a serious head injury… a lot of bandaging.

    https://imgur.com/W1eXftL

  60. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I think this would be quite acceptable, as long as the parts are played in “whiteface”.

    Will Mary, Queen of Scots, and William of Normandy, be transgender?

  61. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’ve just been obliged to spend two days in Denpasar.

    My travel agent is stunned by the number of bogans who don’t know that they’ll need a passport to go to Bali…

  62. dover_beach

    Dreher link, Dover.

    Here. Apologies.

  63. Leigh Lowe

    Des, just a wild-arse guess, but I reckon the lowest grade of public servant would be on $60k to $70k in Australia.
    With accommodation, flights, allowances etc etc, I reckon that would run to double that for an overseas posting.
    I would guess that a local bi-lingual Indon would cost about $15k p.a. tops.
    Am I close?

  64. JC

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3113894, posted on July 23, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve just been obliged to spend two days in Denpasar.

    My travel agent is stunned by the number of bogans who don’t know that they’ll need a passport to go to Bali…

    What just happened? My Bullshit alerter is squealing like a NYC fire truck? Does anyone know?

  65. Speedbox

    From Russia Today:

    For anyone wondering how an international incident happened that didn’t have a link to Russia, no need to worry because those ubiquitous ‘MI6 sources’ are back to accuse Moscow of involvement in tensions between Britain and Iran.

    Iran seized a British oil tanker in the Gulf over the weekend, saying it was “violating international maritime rules,” although it’s more likely because Britain seized an Iranian tanker earlier this month.

    July has been a big month of tenuous Russia-blaming already, with Britain’s foreign secretary suggesting Moscow could be behind an email leak from the UK ambassador in Washington, and US Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris accusing Russian bots of creating “heat” around the knee-bending superbowl protest of Colin Kapaernik.

    So, now the Russia accusations are heading to the high seas and Britain’s once-proud tabloid newspaper the Sunday Mirror has been on to its MI6 sources (anonymous of course) who claim that the Steno Impero tanker may have been “steered towards Iranian waters by false GPS coordinates sent by Russian spy technology.”

    This is a classic display from the school of ‘2+2=5’ journalism. If something bad happens, there must be a Russian link. Russia has technology and is on good terms with Iran, so that is your answer. How do you prove it? Phone up the anonymous MI6 source of your choice and you have a story.

    Imagine what they’ll come up with when they find out that at least one of the crew members is a Russian national.

  66. notafan

    Another day another Catholic school.

    I am sure a lot more of this happens that people admit

    I know someone at an ‘elite’ private school was pursued rather relentlessly by an out and proud gay student

    but don’t forget Dan Andrews said no-one should be allowed to exclude gay students from private schools

    Whitefriars College settles lawsuit after Year 7 student allegedly raped in toilets

  67. When is George Pell’s appeal decision due?

    July 24

    2039 A.D.

  68. Tom

    Just in case you were toying with catching an Air Niugini plane to anywhere:

    The pilots that flew an Air Niugini Boeing 737-800 into a lagoon on final approach to Micronesia’s Chuuk International Airport (TKK) in September 2018 did not follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) or respond to numerous terrain-warning alerts, a final report on the fatal accident found.

    Investigators also uncovered several organizational safety issues within the airline, including pilot-training shortcomings, that the carrier has addressed.

    On Sept. 28, 2018, Air Niugini flight 073 (PX073) was en route from Micronesia’s Pohnpei Island with 35 passengers and 12 crew members. The pilots planned an area navigation (RNAV) approach to TKK’s runway 04 in visual meteorological conditions, the Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) report stated.

    The minimum descent altitude (MDA)—the height at which pilot must see required visual references, such as the runway—was set at 420 ft. The captain was acting as pilot flying.

    The crew discussed some aspects of the approach, including the brake setting for landing. The also debated whether to use flaps 30 or flaps 40, before settling on flaps 40, in part to minimize the required landing distance. The crew did not review the approach checklist or discuss the missed-approach procedure.

    “While the auto-pilot system was engaged, the approach was stabilized,” descending at the recommended 3 deg. glide slope angle and a rate of about 750 ft./min., the report said. The flight tracked through the FASPO final-approach fix at an altitude of 1,700 ft.

    As the aircraft neared the designated missed-approach point (MAP) HAMAX, the crew saw a storm cell just ahead. The aircraft passed HAMAX and neither pilot reported having the airfield in sight. The captain opted to continue the descent, and disconnected the autopilot at 625 ft. The aircraft immediately began rising above the preferred glide path. Within about 10 sec., the aircraft was in the storm, changing the approach to instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). The first officer reported seeing three white lights and one red light on the runway 04 precision approach path indicator (PAPI), showing the aircraft was too high.

    The captain changed the aircraft’s pitch to 5 deg. nose-down, increasing both the angle and rate of descent. The aircraft descended at rates of between 900 ft./min. and 1,530 ft./min. at an average of 4.5 deg. for the rest of the flight.

    This triggered a series of aural alerts from the Honeywell Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), including 14 after the flight passed the MDA—seven glide slope deviation warnings, and seven alerts of a sink rate exceeding 1,000 ft./min. A video shot by an engineer flying in the jump seat, and analyzed by investigators, showed that visual warnings were also displayed on the primary flight displays (PFDs). Despite the cues, “the descent was not arrested by either pilot,” the report stated.

    PX073 hit the water 1,500 ft. short of runway 04’s threshold. One passenger was killed.

    “The crew were fixated on cues associated with the landing and control inputs due to the extension of 40 deg. flap,” investigators concluded. “Both pilots were not situationally aware and did not recognize the developing significant unsafe condition during the approach after passing the MAP when the aircraft entered a storm cell and heavy rain.”

    The captain’s “intention to continue to land the aircraft, from an excessively high rate of descent when in IMC and below the minimum descent altitude, was a sign that his attention was channelized during a stressful time,” the report continued. “In choosing the landing option rather than the go-around the [captain] fixated on a dangerous option.” The captain had 19,781 flight hours at the time of the accident, including 4,987 on 737s.

    The first officer (FO) “was ineffective and was oblivious to the rapidly unfolding unsafe situation,” the report added. The FO had 4,618 hours, including 368 in the 737.

    Investigators cited numerous SOP deviations, including the captain ignoring at least six separate conditions that called for a go-around. Among them: not having the runway in sight after passing the MAP, and the presence of at least one EGPWS alert.

    The Cat’s own rickw is a regular visitor to Micronesia for work. I’m tipping he’d refuse to fly if he was given a PX ticket.

  69. Geriatric Mayfly

    What about drug addicts?
    Oh, that is a disease, not a free choice, so their treatment should be paid for.

    Got their own public house in Richmond and yellow disposal boxes in toilets on planes and elsewhere. More accommodations to come.

  70. Some History

    One of them seems to have a serious head injury… a lot of bandaging.

    It could be a hair injury.

  71. feelthebern

    After being up all night with gastro, I’m now binging on Peter Thiel videos and podcasts.
    Geez this guy is the best.

  72. Beachcomber

    Cardimona at 12:52 pm

    I just received an invitation to complete an online survey because I participate in TheirABC’s Vote Compass project.

    I also completed the survey. My responses will no doubt be rendered ‘invalid’ and ignored. Wish I had seen your written responses first. I would have repeated them because they are spot on.

  73. Leigh Lowe

    Des, just thank your lucky stars you weren’t in the embassy during a volcanic eruption aviation shut down.

  74. Currency:

    The Scottish government increased the price of alcohol and worsened deaths-by-alcohol.
    The Queensland government sought to control city boozing and increased drunkenness and violence.

    Another two examples of outstanding female leadership.

    Unfortunately, you can’t really blame women for this. Stupidity is genderless.
    Perhaps we can make ‘Stupid’ the 96th gender?

  75. Speedbox

    Meanwhile…..

    The Republic of Korea’s Air Force fired warning shots after Russian military aircraft allegedly violated the country’s airspace twice on Tuesday, Yonhap news agency reports, citing officers from the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    South Korean F-15K and KF-16 fighter jets were scrambled after two Chinese and three Russian aircraft approached the ROK air defense identification zone (KADIZ) over the Sea of Japan on Tuesday morning, the JCS said.

    While the Chinese only entered KADIZ, one of the Russian aircraft allegedly flew too close to the islets of Dokdo and actually breached the S. Korean airspace twice for about three minutes, forcing the South Korean forces to fire “warning shots.”

    Seoul said it plans to launch an official note of protest over the ‘unprecedented’ incident, explaining that this was the first time a Russian military aircraft has ‘invaded’ Korean airspace. The report did not mention the exact types of planes involved in the incident.

    The Russian and Chinese defense ministries have yet to issue a comment.

  76. mh

    Bali serves a great purpose in congregating Aussie bogans in one spot so that we can enjoy other destinations without their dak downing antics.

  77. Peter Greagg:
    You may enjoy the book “The Battle For Okinawa” by Colonel Hiromichi Yahara.
    He was the Senior Staff Officer of the 32nd Army and the highest ranking officer to leave Okinawa alive.
    I have the hardcover, but it is available from Amazon on Kindle.

  78. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘would have if he could have, but he didn’t’

    As opposed to:

    ‘could have, but would rather have herded spastics, and instead left fingernail marks on the HMAS Sydney gangplank on my to becoming the battalion mascot/liability’

    Oh. I used that liability word again. Seems to have made the shih tzu bare his widdle toofies last time I used the term.

    Liability. Rolls off the tongue nicely. Like sniveller.

  79. Cardimoma:
    The reply to the ABC is wonderful. It obviously took a fair amount of time and thought to put together.
    I have saved it to The Poolroom, and will use it as if it were my own.
    Ta.

  80. Peter Greagg

    Peter Greagg:
    You may enjoy the book “The Battle For Okinawa” by Colonel Hiromichi Yahara.
    He was the Senior Staff Officer of the 32nd Army and the highest ranking officer to leave Okinawa alive.
    I have the hardcover, but it is available from Amazon on Kindle.

    Thanks WS

  81. Knuckle Dragger

    *on my way to*

    Liability.

  82. Speedbox

    Russia Today:

    An attempt to earn extra cash has cost a locomotive driver dearly, after it was revealed that he used carpooling app BlaBlaCar to find himself passengers, who then traveled in the driver’s cabin, in violation of security protocol.

    Russian Railways has said that an internal probe has confirmed that unauthorized passengers had been transported in the crew cabin of a train traveling from Saint Petersburg to Moscow. The locomotive driver, who committed the violation, was suspended, the company said, but added that he may still be allowed to return to his duties.

    An internal investigation was initiated after media reports claimed that a man, who’d booked a journey between Russia’s two largest cities that started from Moskovsky train station, was stunned to be greeted by none other than the train driver.

    However, the passenger decided not to give up on the cheap trip, which cost him just 1,300 rubles (around $21). Train tickets between St Pete and Moscow are usually priced from 2,000 to 7,000 rubles ($32 to $111), depending on comfort and accommodation.

    And he wasn’t the only one to whom the industrious train driver offered a lift: there were at least two unauthorized travelers in the train’s crew cabin during the journey, according to reports.

  83. xrblawe

    I gave up on subsidising the Canberra looons with my grog years ago. Youse can buy a still from a brew shop for around $500. Thereafter, spirits at ~$10 a bottle. Ingredients are sugar, water and yeast. You probably also know about home made beer, wine and cider at similar low prices. For the cider, the base is just apple juice from the shop. Only downside with hm beer and wine is there is a capacity for future significant “tax” increases because they’re usually sold as kits.. A bit harder with sugar and water.

    Home made alcohol from stills is supposedly illegal. So consult your legal professional before commencing. Either that or play Copperhead Road real loud and grow a set.

  84. JC:
    I really hope that piece of shit ends up in Maximum Security for life.
    It’s bastards like him who bring entire societies down.

  85. Shy Ted

    Thank you Tom for never posting Guardian cartoons. I think she’s a cartoonist bereft of humour and ideas. But then I’m not as insightful as the 1231 commenters who all interpret it differently.

  86. Geriatric Mayfly

    Thank you Tom for never posting Guardian cartoons.

    Pity really. The only time I ever see one of those vulgar Dog/Moon episodes is on this site.

  87. Des Deskperson

    ‘Des, just a wild-arse guess, but I reckon the lowest grade of public servant would be on $60k to $70k in Australia.
    With accommodation, flights, allowances etc etc, I reckon that would run to double that for an overseas posting.
    I would guess that a local bi-lingual Indon would cost about $15k p.a. tops.
    Am I close?’

    Pretty close, Leigh.

    An APS 4 is on around $70,000. That’s the basic clerical level in most agencies – and the de facto entry-level rank – even though there are on theory three three ranks below it.

    DFAT overseas postings are normally accompanied, so it’s flights, removals and accommodation not only for the postee but for his/her partner, kiddies etc. There are numerous overseas allowances – albeit cut back a bit in recent years – and there’s an entitlement to at least one mid-posting return trip to Australia. Air travel is normally business class.

    By contrast, the Embassy in Jakarta is currently advertising for a LES driver at IDR 4,592,083 per month (around $460) and a LES ‘protocol assistant’ at IDR 9,651,833 (around $970).

    The LES also has the in-country knowledge and networks and, unlike the DFAT employee who is reposted every 3 or so years, can provide continuity.

  88. C.L.

    When is George Pell’s appeal decision due?

    The day after his death.
    But we can’t criticise courts in this country.
    By objective standards – in any other walk of life or profession – their conduct is grossly negligent.
    Even a middling graduate student could have written an MA Hons thesis by now.

  89. Tom

    Thank you Tom for never posting Guardian cartoons.

    Shy Ted, as I observed at 4am this morning, if you thought Australia’s media hated Tony Abbott as prime minister in 2013, 2014 and 2015 before he was deposed in the infamous party room coup that elected ruinables investment scammer Martin Trumble as PM, that’s nothing compared with what the media of Britain’s communist chattering classes, led by the BBC and The Guardian, is now attempting to do to prime minister-elect Boris Johnson, who is expected to be appointed later today.

    It’s not just a local version of their Trump Derangement; it’s a far more sinister attempt to use whatever smears it takes to engineer the downfall of the incoming British prime minister and install the anti-Semitic Labour Party as the national government.

    The BBC’s bias, in particular, is ferocious.

    The Guardian‘s angry, jowl-wobbling cartoonists, including Steve Bell, the frightbat you cited and others, are so ferally anti-conservative they’re incapable of humour recognisable in the suburbs.

  90. news.com.au Sydney is battling a rat plague …

    More cats required.

    Simples. Whaddya want? Cats or Rats.

  91. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    70k p.a. is effectively entry-level for the APS?

    No wonder the public debt is at crippling levels.

  92. C.L.

    Further on Comey, it astounds, annoys and flabbergasts me that despite all the Hannity-imminence of IG reports, A-G actions and impending indictments (bla bla bla), nothing ever happens.

  93. JC

    70k p.a. is effectively entry-level for the APS?

    No wonder the public debt is at crippling levels.

    And you’ll never get fired. In fact, one could go postal, shoot an entire office floor filled with people and you’d still have a good chance of holding down the APS job with a Fair Work claim for wrongful termination.

  94. When is George Pell’s appeal decision due?

    Dunno. They’re checking to see if they can manage him in the same manner as Carl Williams.

  95. JC

    Further on Comey, it astounds, annoys and flabbergasts me that despite all the Hannity-imminence of IG reports, A-G actions and impending indictments (bla bla bla), nothing ever happens.

    Wait and see what happens with the Inspector General’s report and the other dude. I’m not holding my breath, but that’s the only route available now. Be optimistic.

  96. Mitch M.

    Understand the difference between relative risk and absolute risk.
    There is far too much over servicing in medicine.

  97. JC

    Look at it this way, even if nothing happens to Comey, we at least have the satisfaction the Edgar Hoover Wannabe was booted in such a public way. Announced on TV while the prick was giving a speech in LA to the FBI..

  98. JC

    If nothing else, the Comey booting is the best thing Trump has done. So, so entertaining.

    From the douchebag himself. Old times…

    He was standing in the middle of the Los Angeles F.B.I. field office on May 9, 2017, thanking employees and the building’s support staff for their hard work, when he saw the televisions on the wall flash “Comey Resigns.”

    How could that happen, it must be a prank. These FBI agents are such pranksters.

    “One of the many great things about the F.B.I. is we have some hilarious pranksters in that organization, and so I thought it was a scam by someone on my staff. So I turn to them and I said, ‘Someone put a lot of work into that.’ And then I continued talking,” Comey told ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview.

    What Comey soon came to realize was that it wasn’t a joke, and that his tenure as Federal Bureau of Investigation director had come to an unceremonious end after President Donald Trump abruptly fired him.

    As the televisions in the bureau started to show the news on other networks, he saw some were displaying the words “Comey Fired.”

    Wtf the it’s not a prank!

    “The audience could see my face change,” Comey said.

    It has to be a prank.. has to be

    “I said, ‘Look, I don’t know whether that’s true or not. I’m gonna go find out,” he recalled telling the staff. “‘But what I want to say to you won’t change whether or not that’s true.’

  99. Cardimona

    An interesting development in the Peter Ridd matter, courtesy of the Paywallian…

    Christian Porter: Commonwealth could fund Peter Ridd’s fight against James Cook University

    Dr. Peter Ridd arriving at Federal Court, Brisbane. Picture: Liam Kidston.

    · JOE KELLY

    CANBERRA BUREAU CHIEF

    Attorney-General Christian Porter has told Coalition MPs that the Commonwealth could assist in supporting costs for sacked academic Peter Ridd to help him in his legal fight against James Cook University.

    The Australian has been informed by multiple sources that Mr Porter left the door open for the Commonwealth to play a role in supporting Dr Ridd in today’s joint party room meeting and identified a scheme which could be used to assist the academic.

    The internal discussion in the party room comes as JCU moves to appeal a Federal Court finding that the university’s sacking of the physics professor was unlawful, with several Coalition MPs voicing their concerns in today’s joint party room meeting at the appeal.

    Sources told The Australian that Education Minister Dan Tehan told the joint party room meeting that he was concerned by the decision of JCU to appeal the April decision by judge Salvatore Vasta.

    Dr Ridd is seeking financial compensation after he was sacked by JCU for publicly criticising the institution and one of its star scientists over claims about the impact of global warming on the Great Barrier Reef.

    Liberal MPs told The Australian that Mr Tehan said that he planned to meet with the JCU Vice Chancellor to raise his concerns directly and that Mr Porter viewed the appeal as significant and argued that it had the potential to change the landscape of academic freedom in a fundamental way.

    In the party room meeting, Victorian Senator James Paterson asked Mr Porter whether the Commonwealth could do anything to contribute to Dr Ridd’s costs for the appeal, with the Attorney-General giving a loose commitment to see whether there was scope for the federal government to play a role.

    This was confirmed by multiple Liberal MPs in the meeting.

    A spokesman for the Attorney-General told The Australian that Mr Porter had undertaken “to get a brief from his department on whether these are matters relevant to the Commonwealth Public Interest and Test Cases Scheme.”

    The spokesman said that this scheme provided “financial assistance for cases of public importance, that settle an uncertain area or question of Commonwealth law, or that resolve a question of Commonwealth law that affects the rights of a disadvantaged section of the public.”

    “It is notable that there has been no application to this Scheme in relation to this matter,” the spokesman said.

    The Australian was also told that several Coalition MPs spoke to the issue including Sydney based MP Craig Kelly who initiated the discussion by saying he was concerned at how much money JCU would spend on the appeal.

    The Australian has also been informed that George Christensen also said that, while JCU was important to his electorate of Dawson, he was increasingly concerned at the developments in relation to Dr Ridd.

    Liberal sources said that North Queensland MP Warren Entsch raised concerns about the impact of the legal dispute on tourism and attitudes towards the Great Barrier Reef.

    The Australian was also informed that new Queensland Senator Paul Scarr also criticised the JCU press release on the judgment, describing it as outrageous.

    In April, Justice Vasta ruled JCU had erred in its interpretation of a clause in its enterprise agreement and deprived Dr Ridd of his right to express his academic opinion. Within hours of the judgment being released in April, JCU published a statement on its website criticising the ruling.

  100. stackja

    UNITED STATES ARMY IN WORLD WAR II
    The War in the Pacific
    OKINAWA: THE LAST BATTLE

    by
    Roy E. Appleman, James M. Burns
    Russell A. Gugeler, and John Stevens

    On-line version of book.

  101. Des Deskperson

    ‘And you’ll never get fired. In fact, one could go postal, shoot an entire office floor filled with people and you’d still have a good chance of holding down the APS job with a Fair Work claim for wrongful termination.,

    Well. there used to be – and maybe still are – APS employees gaoled for serious criminal offences who continued to be APS employees, on ‘leave without pay’ and presumably entitled – like others on that form of leave – to be reemployed at their their previous level once they had, as they say, paid their debt to society.

  102. JC

    Des I was kidding – exaggerating…. it’s true! For real?

  103. Rossini

    Was still reading the dead fred …no wonder there was little or no action ..except for JC!

  104. rickw

    Attended a City Council meeting today.

    You cannot count the ways that non English speaking recent arrivals from third rate cultures cost Taxpayers.

    Truly mind blowing.

    Australia being economically and socially stuffed is not surprising, the only thing that’s surprising is that the consequences of this idiocy is only just starting to bite.

  105. JC

    At its best the WSJ editorial pages is without peer. Excellent piece by an oncologist Doc about cancer.

    One in a billion.

    Every Cancer Patient Is One in a Billion
    The disease’s endless variety is reminiscent of Tolstoy’s observation about unhappy families.

    Cancer physicians for more than a century have followed the simple dictum that more is better—more surgery, more radiation, more chemotherapy and, most recently, more immunotherapy. But how much is enough? Do we escalate doses to the point of lethality, as those engaged in bone-marrow transplantation are forced to do regularly? Is this struggle to eliminate every patient’s cancer achievable or even warranted?

    These questions have taken on a new urgency because oncology has lost sight of a basic principle: Every patient is a uniquely complex person with different medical needs requiring different treatments.

    Every oncologist has patients who simply “live” with their cancers. After I told one patient with advanced lung cancer that she was unlikely to respond to conventional therapy, she declined intervention and proceeded to outlive all of her “treated” counterparts by several years. I describe her to my medical students as “my best response I never treated.”

    We now know that cancer is a disease of altered cell survival, not excessive proliferation. That is, cancer doesn’t grow too much, it dies too little. Applying cell kinetics, we can trace a newly diagnosed colon cancer back to its first cell. This reveals that a cancer that has spread to the liver by the time it’s diagnosed may have its origins some 30 years earlier yet remain undetectable with current diagnostic techniques for well over two decades. The same holds true for pancreatic, lung and other tumors. By the time many patients are diagnosed, they have unknowingly lived more of their lives with cancer than without.

    Cancer cells are normal cells that distort physiologic stress responses to succeed under conditions of deprivation. Drawing on genetic elements, either mutated or normal, they configure a new biology: the cancer phenotype. Since there are some 1,000 cancer-related genes and each cancer requires up to three distinct gene alterations to succeed, every cancer patient is literally one in a billion. It’s reminiscent of Tolstoy’s observation: “All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

    Despite the manifest complexity of cancer biology, modern oncologists are being asked by insurers, hospital systems and regulatory agencies to reduce therapy options to an ever-shrinking number of guideline-based treatments. This one-size-fits-all approach—attempting to apply population statistics to individual patients—is rapidly proving to be one-size-fits-almost-none.

    The physician’s role is to discern what makes each patient unique, but few take the time to find out. While gene profiling offers hope, cancer has proved much more complex than the sum of its genes. The study of human tumors at the tissue level suggests that it may be possible to reverse-engineer the process by moving away from top-down genomic analyses toward bottom-up cellular studies. The Physical Sciences Oncology Network is applying physical principles to cancer medicine to explore the dynamics of human tumors in three dimensions. One concept is that in select patients less may be more, since responses can be prolonged using intermittent dosing.

    Cancer-cell defenses can now be examined in the laboratory by using drugs, gene-targeted agents and inhibitors of cellular metabolism to probe human tumor biology. We can ask: What cell survival process is your cancer using? More important: Can it be targeted therapeutically? If the answer is yes, and a drug or combination is identified, the patient would likely respond favorably—twice as likely in fact. But if the answer is no, treatments would be more likely to cause suffering without benefit.

    The laboratory process by gauging cancer-cell response to injury, regardless of mechanism, can provide simple answers for the most complex questions. This provides the opportunity for drug-resistant patients to explore experimental therapies upfront, while drug-sensitive patients can seek solutions closer to home.

    A newly diagnosed patient with lung cancer and metastases to the brain once arrived in my office and told me that her first oncologist was so pessimistic that she was told to “get my affairs in order.” Her studies revealed a simple two-drug combination that provided a remission that has now lasted more than 10 years. When we met shortly after her diagnosis to discuss the recommended treatment, she blurted out, “You mean I’m not going to die?”

    “No” I said, “you’re not sick. You just have cancer.”

    Dr. Nagourney is an oncologist and associate clinical professor at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He is the author of “Outliving Cancer.”

  106. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    You cannot count the ways that non English speaking recent arrivals from third rate cultures cost Taxpayers.

    Yes we can and the public ought to know.

  107. JC

    NY State D’rat governor hard at work signing very important legislation. I don’t know how Cuomo even has time to breathe hes so busy.

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into law a bill that bans cat declawing, making New York the first state in the country to prohibit the practice.

    The prohibition goes into effect immediately, and cat owners who violate the law could be fined up to $1,000.

    “Declawing is a cruel and painful procedure that can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals, and today it stops,” the governor, a Democrat, said in a statement.

  108. Fred

    When I found out that the Australian Rugby Team and Australian Netball Team both lost their matches it really made my day.

  109. Leigh Lowe

    Never watched “Platoon” in my life

    OK, fair enough.
    Everyone can watch or read what they want.
    But wait … what’s this?
    Following hot on the heels of the declaration of never having watched it comes a definitive two word review of the movie we have never seen.

    – Septic bullshit.

    Classic spud.

  110. Cardimona

    APS employees gaoled for serious criminal offences who continued to be APS employees,

    Same in Queensland.
    One old mate, in that department where the staff mainly lift weights and play cards (H/t Campbell Newman), was using the shiny red truck to deliver water to his special herb garden.
    Busted, he spent six months at Her Majesty’s pleasure palace before resuming his duties and receiving a promotion (supported by his area manager – who was also his days-off business partner).
    It helped that old mate was a yoonyun hack who stuck to the yoonyun-management script.
    Everyone else on shift referred to old mate as “the crim” forever after.

  111. egg_

    I’ve just been obliged to spend two days in Denpasar.

    Not another fvcking 3rd world travel blog?
    /sarc

  112. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Yeah, the left lie.

    The Left is Wrong. There is No Gender Wage Gap

    84,338 views

    PragerU
    Published on Jul 23, 2019
    This whole claim of a gender wage gap?

    It’s TOTALLY false.

  113. egg_

    The podium’s over here!
    /Leftoid

  114. Leigh Lowe

    From JC on old fred.

    I don’t agree with you that the programs – at least the Apollo- helped find new wiz bang stuff. As I mentioned the other day, Teflon was invented in the late 30s and the first frying pans “frew” out the door in the very early 60s. NASA had zilch to do with it. Also, every gizmo used in the program was around at the time it was used for Apollo.

    I think teflon is thrown around as a fairly trivial example of a spin-off.
    Sure, a lot of technologies existed previously, but the NASA programmes accelerated, integrated, miniaturised and souped up the functionality.
    For example, I just watched a show about the Saturn V. To save weight in the stage 2 rocket they sleeved the end of the hydrogen cell into the oxygen cell, rather than constructing two separate cells. No biggy, except they must maintain a temperature difference of roughly 100 degrees C between LOX and LH2.
    The materials and insulation research which went into that is still being used in aerospace construction now.
    You can certainly argue about cost but I don’t think you can argue that the moon programme was technologically insignificant.

  115. egg_

    Space is a shithole when you think about it.

    The freeze dried astronaut sh1t coating all the space junk?

  116. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    The private sector could not only do it cheaper, but the deadweight loss to raise the taxes to find public spending is going to put the government at a significant (true) cost disadvantage.

  117. Rococo Liberal

    In April, Justice Vasta ruled JCU had erred in its interpretation of a clause in its enterprise agreement and deprived Dr Ridd of his right to express his academic opinion. Within hours of the judgment being released in April, JCU published a statement on its website criticising the ruling.

    It’s a real worry that Vasta J has been such a bad judge in other matters. That is what is probably giving the odious wankers at JCU the impetus to appeal the decision.

  118. egg_

    According to the latest news the transgender people have a shortage of testicle waxing salons , this is a shooooge shoomin rites issue it seems offending billions of gerbilist supporters .

    Is gerbil farming a growth industry?

  119. cohenite

    An interesting development in the Peter Ridd matter, courtesy of the Paywallian…

    Christian Porter: Commonwealth could fund Peter Ridd’s fight against James Cook University

    Dr. Peter Ridd arriving at Federal Court, Brisbane. Picture: Liam Kidston.

    · JOE KELLY

    CANBERRA BUREAU CHIEF

    They should not only fund Ridd but also fire the Chancellors and beta males involved in this debacle because these bitches and weeny dicks have been dancing on the grave of Australia’s greatest scientist and all round top bloke, Bob Carter.

  120. Leigh Lowe

    Des at 3:03.
    Yep, to employ an Indon local it costs 1/10 of the cost of an Ex-pat Aussie.
    But can’t have angry tourists dealing with dusky people.

  121. feelthebern

    Every dumb half-assed policy idea seems to involve sending people to the bush. Migrants, dole-bludgers, etc. Really stupid.

    Great for people who want to create demand for rental property.
    Great for people who want to create supply of workers.
    I wonder why the Nationals promote these schemes?
    Oh, that’s right, their biggest donors are the biggest beneficiaries.

  122. feelthebern

    BrettW, tell us more about this Chief of Staff getting 250k from the government.

  123. 1735099

    Your 10 months in country was the pinnacle of your life

    Not at all. I’ve done a bloody sight more useful things with my life than I ever did in Vietnam.
    But it taught me three valuable lessons –
    1. Soldiers are collateral, especially when a government uses fear and loathing to stay in power. Contrast Vietnam, when there was no exponential threat, but when conscription was used to keep the Coalition in power, with WW2, when there was a real threat, but militia were used sparingly, and mostly in Australian mandated territory.
    2. The great lie “Dulce and decorum est, pro patria mori” applied to Vietnam, as much as it did in WW1. Owen was a soldier who had the integrity to tell the truth, something unfashionable at the time. Conscription was not used in Australia in WW1 (defeated twice at referendum), but it was in Vietnam.
    3. There are many myths created to sell the great lie. One example is that “Every Nasho that served in Vietnam was a volunteer”. Whilst it has been debunked, it was used to indoctrinate school children for the decade or so that it sat on the ANZAC Day commemoration committee website.

    You are forever mired in your guilt at abandoning soldiers for an easy life.

    You have got to be kidding. The only “guilt” I feel is that I went along with the callup. Given that I was in the company of 15,381 Nashos who served there, and that between a third and a half of these were actually in harm’s way (infantry, cavalry, engineers etc) I did more than my share than the 567, 238 who were balloted out. When it comes to service, I have no guilt. I do regret rolling over to national service, but as a registered teacher, resisting call up would have meant loss of registration and no career. I loved teaching.

    I prefer my anonymity.

    Meaning “I don’t have the guts to put my money where my (very large) mouth is.” You have an opportunity to identify yourself. To say that you’re anonymous because you’re reticent about your service hardly sits well with big noting yourself (two “enthusiastic” tours) whilst putting shit on your fellow soldiers. Hypocrisy comes to mind.

    This is a place for serious discussion.

    Something for which you obviously lack any capacity. Your specialty is abuse and mythology, and I’ll call it out every time I see it.

    I write about Vietnam because I have respect for the truth. The war was an utter debacle, precipitated by venal politics and sold on a lie. I’m also a teacher with a deep interest in history. I will continue to call bullshit when I hear it, and tell the truth. Our kids deserve it.

    I lost a couple of friends in that conflict. Unlike you, they were not “enthusiastic” and were honest enough not to pretend they were. I have seen quite a few others messed up both physically and mentally by that unnecessary war. I will call that out as well.
    You dishonor those who died if you believe there is some kind of hierarchy about enthusiasm for war. Anyone who is truly “enthusiastic” about war fighting a war is a psychopath.
    Deal with the truth. The mythology hides the truth, and is used by those who have a vested interest in exploiting soldiers.
    Read this. It provides the best explanation of why I write about Vietnam.
    And read some Wilfred Owen.

  124. rickw

    Would like some working in government to give me a definition of “Cold Community”?

    I assume this is a metaphor for those living on the fringes of society ie. come in from the cold?

  125. JC

    The materials and insulation research which went into that is still being used in aerospace construction now.

    I’d lay a bet the material was around before.

    You can certainly argue about cost but I don’t think you can argue that the moon programme was technologically insignificant.

    Sure, but I think the big thing Apollo did was as that scientist I linked to last week suggested, which revolutionized the management process in big scale. We’re seeing that now.

    Having said that I don’t believe the government should be involved in big science.

  126. Mother Lode

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday signed into law a bill that bans cat declawing, making New York the first state in the country to prohibit the practice.

    I hear there is going to be another law making it illegal to let dogs drink from the toilet, particularly if it is detained in your home. This is to be called the AOC Regulation.

  127. 1735099

    An interesting development in the Peter Ridd matter, courtesy of the Paywallian…

    And a clear abuse of the doctrine of separation of powers.

  128. egg_

    Gilas
    #3113747, posted on July 23, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Earthview is a great tool and uses TLE’s.

  129. 1735099

    Thank you Tom for never posting Guardian cartoons.

    Fixed that omission for you.
    I’ll try to make it a daily feature.

  130. areff

    Cuomo doesn’t get many things right, but the de-clawing ban is one of those. Good on him. It’s a cruel and barbaric practice and leaves cats defenceless.

  131. Percy Popinjay

    Celebrity Chefs: “Hey Channel Ten – give 40% more money, you mugs!”

    Channel Ten Televisual Executives*: “Sod off, you preposterous morally bankrupt clowns!”

    *Among the stupidest people to have existed in human history, thus giving them unique insights into their audience

  132. Johno

    Sniffy, sweety, no-one gives a shit about your feelz. You are a crashing bore who hijacks threads for his own entertainment. You didn’t want to go, you weren”t smart enough to get out of it. When you were in it you were a hindrance to every one around you. You agitated and whinged and complained until you got a cushy job. Then you came back to Oz and big noted yourself like all the other snotty little pogos who couldn’t handle the bush. You climb onto your high horse and indignantly claim some credit for just being there.
    Piss off and leave us in peace you boring ,pompous old fart.

  133. Tel

    Cuomo doesn’t get many things right, but the de-clawing ban is one of those. Good on him. It’s a cruel and barbaric practice and leaves cats defenceless.

    It is cruel, but not the job of government to fix every problem in the world. Always, always, always learn from history when government gets involved in more and more aspects of your life they make things worse not better. How many time do conservatives need to get clobbered before they learn to duck?

  134. zyconoclast

    Marvel Phase 4: A new era for diversity in Hollywood?

    Comic book fans have been left giddy with anticipation by the bumper crop of superhero offerings unveiled by Marvel Studios at this year’s Comic Con.

    Details of Marvel’s so-called “Phase 4” have also raised hopes about a real step forward for diversity in Hollywood.

    The next stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will feature its first deaf superhero, its first Asian-American superhero and an openly gay superhero.

    It will also see more women than ever taking the directorial reins.

    “Marvel are trying to strive for diversity in a way that doesn’t feel forced,” presenter and Marvel fan Claire Lim tells BBC News. “They’re just trying to represent what we see on the streets

  135. Johno

    I know your type and I don’t like it.

  136. feelthebern

    I love how this transgender case in Canada has become the “Wax my b*lls” case.
    It looks like the transgender went shopping for female ball waxer after female ball waxer until she found ones that said no.

  137. 1735099

    Piss off and leave us in peace you boring ,pompous old fart.

    I’m not going anywhere.
    Put up or shut up.
    Regimental number?
    Why are you hiding?

  138. zyconoclast

    For World Population Day, a look at the countries with the biggest projected gains – and losses – by 2100

    Four of the 10 most populous countries in the world will no longer be among the top 10 in 2100 – and all four will be supplanted by rapidly growing nations in Africa, according to recently released population projections from the United Nations.

    Brazil, Bangladesh, Russia and Mexico are among the world’s 10 most populous countries today. By 2100, they are projected to be overtaken by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Egypt – none of which are currently in the top 10.

  139. feelthebern

    Refusal of service is a tricky one.
    But receiving service at a bunch of places before you find a place that doesn’t serve you should give you zero rights to sue.

  140. JC

    It looks like the transgender went shopping for female ball waxer after female ball waxer until she found ones that said no.

    Were there others before who said yes? Is that what you’re implying?

  141. Johno

    I am not hiding. there are good reasons not to divulge your identity on public fora. I suppose i could email my number to Sinc if he wishes to become involved. But lets do this. He will verify my credentials and you will STFU for one month. Hows that sound you sick halfwit.?

  142. Infidel Tiger

    MasterChef judges Matt Preston, Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris will not be returning as judges in the next season of the show after contract negotiations fell through.

    Network 10 made the announcement today just hours ahead of the 2019 finale.

    Turns out getting paid correctly was important to that bald, ill mannered dwarf

  143. feelthebern

    Were there others before who said yes? Is that what you’re implying?

    Yes.
    It looks like the man/lady is very disturbed.
    According to some stories on the FT (paywalled), he/she got her balls waxed by many places.

  144. JC

    Johno

    Don’t fall for that nonsense. You’re not in any way obligated to prove who you are. Don’t even give it another thought and DO NOT give out your details especially with someone you[re stoushing with.

    In any event there are countless bullshit artists around here anyways. We had one moron trying to pass himself off as a mining magnate. No biggie. 🙂

  145. feelthebern

    Were there others before who said yes? Is that what you’re implying?

    Yes.
    It looks like the man/lady is very disturbed.
    According to some stories on the FT (paywalled), he/she got her b*lls waxed by many places.

  146. cohenite

    And a clear abuse of the doctrine of separation of powers.

    How?

  147. JC

    Really? Sheilas were shaving/waxing him down there? WTF?

  148. chrisl

    I’m from the government and I’m here to help but I stuffed it up Part 323
    The Victorian Government decided to “help” the Solar Installation Industry
    By giving a “rebate” (OPM) to the tune of $2200
    Due to popular demand it was fully subscribed in 2 days and had to be capped at 3000 installations per month
    Now the industry was happily installing 6-7000 solar systems per month (without subsidies)
    After the subsidies people decided to wait in line until their turn to pocket the $2200 came up
    Result: Staff laid off, businesses going broke, business owners contemplating suicide
    At a cost of $6.6 million per month they have halved the number of installations and wrecked numerous businesses

  149. rickw

    Comic book fans have been left giddy with anticipation by the bumper crop of superhero offerings unveiled by Marvel Studios at this year’s Comic Con.

    You can tell that Stan Lee is dead.

  150. zyconoclast

    Remember this?

    Roller derby player Jennifer Peterson spared jail over hot tub sexual assaults

    A Melbourne roller derby player who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three women in hot tubs at an alcohol-fuelled Christmas party has been spared a jail term.

    The court heard it was a “highly sexualised environment” with several people naked in the hot tubs, and partygoers playing spin-the-bottle and other games.

    While in the spa, Peterson pushed herself on one of her victims, straddling and kissing her, before forcefully grabbing her between the legs.

    She then proceeded to grope two other women in a similar fashion.

    In sentencing, County Court Judge Gavan Meredith said when one of her victims rejected Peterson’s advances, she berated and denigrated the woman, telling her she was not good enough to play on the A team.

    Judge Meredith said while it was an alcohol infused environment where boundaries were blurred, Peterson “over-stepped in significant ways”.

    The court heard one of her victims was also bitten on her neck and breast, and woke the next day to discover bite marks.

  151. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Johno

    Sorry I made the suggestion.

    Anything to shut up Gomer Pyle.

  152. zyconoclast

    If you’re the type of person who prefers to sleep, or work, rather than have your flight disturbed by a meal service, a new move by Fiji Airways is aimed at you.

    The airline has announced it will begin serving its business class passengers and others with lounge access their meals before they get on the plane.

    The meal service, called Dine of the Ground, promises a pre-flight gourmet meal “to maximise rest while travelling”.

  153. JC

    Turns out getting paid correctly was important to that bald, ill mannered dwarf

    I can’t recall the team scarf he had on. He drives a Range Rover. How do I know?

    He had a flat tire on the main road near where we live. He and his family were out of the car waiting for the RACV to change it for him. He’s particularly short. I asked him if he was the restaurant honcho as we were walking past.

  154. Johno

    JC and Frank, Thanks for that I nearly made a goose of myself. Its just that this slug of person is so atypical of the good men who fought and suffered in that shit fight. They weren’t world beaters, mostly just good honest men who faced up to the same hell every day. They counted the days off but didn’t slacken off. I have not thought about or talked about that place so much as I have in the last couple of months.

    This is a disgusting person. F**k him.

  155. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    BrettW
    #3113977, posted on July 23, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    $250,000 Qld Govt money to create an app. To a company owned by Premiers Chief of Staff !

    No problem at all.

    This is a legitimate business deal in Hi Vis istan.

    Personally, I think they’re all fucking cock-a-roaches.

  156. Bruce of Newcastle

    Earthview is a great tool and uses TLE’s.

    Speaking of such things…

    LightSail 2 is sending home new pictures of Earth (22 July)

    LightSail 2, the brainchild of the Planetary Society, has released two new gorgeous images of Earth. The small spacecraft is currently in orbit at about 720 km, and the LightSail 2 mission team is putting it through its paces in preparation for solar sail deployment sometime on or after Sunday, July 21st. LightSail 2 is a modular CubeSat that measures 10 × 10 × 30 cm.

    They had some bandwidth left over so did what all tourists do!
    According to their site deployment is to be attempted in 10 hours time:

    Mission officials today cleared the spacecraft for a possible sail deployment attempt on Tuesday, 23 July 2019, during a ground station pass that starts at roughly 11:22 PDT (18:22 UTC). A backup pass is available the following orbit starting at 13:07 PDT (20:07 UTC). These times may change slightly as new orbit predictions become available.

    It’s 08:42 UTC as I type this. Unfurling a 32 sq m sail out of a shoe box is a daunting task, hence me saying “attempt”.

    For many years I was a TPS member but bugged out when Bill Nye the Climate Bedwetter Guy was made CEO. Worst decision they ever made.

  157. 1735099

    He will verify my credentials and you will STFU for one month.

    You won’t shut me up, old mate.
    Better men than you have tried.

  158. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Cardimona
    #3113855, posted on July 23, 2019 at 12:52 pm
    I just received an invitation to complete an online survey because I participate in TheirABC’s Vote Compass project.
    The conclusion of the survey includes two open questions; an opportunity to do some triggering that I just couldn’t pass up…

    If any snowflake ever reads your incisive words in that survey, Cardimona, they will be demanding danger money. Well done.

  159. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Go home Numbers. It’s tea-time for waffling old men.

  160. areff

    Tel, the protection of the powerless IS one of government’s responsibilities. Cats without claws are powerless. It is cruel and done purely so furniture doesn’t get clawed. Every third neurotic New Yorker has their cats declawed. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Evil, actually.

    And yes, I like cats and have one of my own. She has just taken 15 minutes to forgive me for being away for four days. Every time I went to scratch her she tuurned away in disgust — then remembered that I can open the drawer where the cat food is kept. Suddenly all was forgiven.

    If you like women, you’ll probably like cats.

  161. John Constantine

    Class action asking for 750 million compo for the death of the Murray darling basin irrigation system.

    Their turnbullites thought they were the smartest pricks in the room when they pawed over whatever transnational looting conventions they could find that allowed them to claim they were above the constitution.

    Be a big legal bill, but what if there is still justice in Australia?.

    Turnmerkel relied on crushing the little people who couldn’t afford to take him on, but here we go.

    Comrades.

  162. JC

    posted on wrong fred.

    JC

    Cronkite..

    You’re good to go. You recall the other evening, you asked people here if waxing joints do gonads – especially tiny ones as you’re possibly transitioning? No one responded, but with Bern’s discourse it looks like you’re in luck. All the best.

  163. Farmer Gez

    2. The great lie “Dulce and decorum est, pro patria mori” applied to Vietnam, as much as it did in WW1. Owen was a soldier who had the integrity to tell the truth, something unfashionable at the time. Conscription was not used in Australia in WW1 (defeated twice at referendum), but it was in Vietnam.

    Owen followed in the footsteps of Siegfried Sassoon, whom he greatly admired.
    His letter “A Soldier’s Declaration” was a bombshell against continuing the war from a decorated soldier and was read out in Parliament.
    Owen was killed when he returned to the front against Sassoon’s advice. Some say he was driven by the need to emulate Sassoon and believed his standing as a poetic could only be furthered by some great act of bravery.

  164. Bruce of Newcastle

    The next stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will feature its first deaf superhero, its first Asian-American superhero and an openly gay superhero.

    The following clearly needs to be updated.

    Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex

    Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex is a 1969 essay in which science fiction author Larry Niven details the problems that Superman would face in sexual intercourse and reproduction with a human woman, using arguments based on humorous reconciliation between physics, biology, and the abilities of Kryptonians as presented in Superman comic books. The issues discussed include Superman’s loss of physical control during intercourse, the presumed “super powers” of Superman’s sperm cells, genetic incompatibility between humans and Kryptonians, and the dangers to the woman during gestation. The title is a reference to Superman’s power and invulnerability, contrasting it with the relative fragility – like Kleenex brand facial tissue – of a human.

    I recall that Niven suggested a few quite hair-raising issues. They would be even more interesting, you might say, for a sexually active gay superhero.

  165. 1735099

    And a clear abuse of the doctrine of separation of powers.

    I’d have thought that using taxpayers’ money to take on an appeal is an attack by the executive on the judiciary.

  166. areff

    Really? Sheilas were shaving/waxing him down there? WTF?

    Ah, didn’t think the depilation war had entirely run its course.

  167. Old School Conservative

    This is a disgusting person. F**k him.

    Excellent summary Johno.

  168. Memoryvault

    . . . and an openly gay superhero.

    Done decades ago.
    Captain Jack Harkness – Torchwood.

  169. Leigh Lowe

    JC
    #3114023, posted on July 23, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    Johno
    Don’t fall for that nonsense. You’re not in any way obligated to prove who you are. Don’t even give it another thought and DO NOT give out your details especially with someone you[re stoushing with.

    Um, yes.
    There was one particular poster here who got into a blue with a particular nameless spud-peeler and next thing found a letter of complaint had been sent to his employer complaining about him using the employer’s time and resources to post here.
    I make no real accusations, but dots can be joined.

  170. areff

    Horatio Hornblower should have been gay with a name like that, but he married the Iron Duke’s sister (from memory)

  171. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I clip Attapuss’s claws and he sits patiently while I do this, seeming to know that his makes his life easier. When the get too long they get caught in the things he plays with, particularly my clothing and the sofas. They grow again though. Re dogs and hygiene – I’ve just come from the vet with Attapuss, who has now had his regular yearly $200 worth of shots and maintenance. They have lollies there for the humans. I was undoing a Fantale, which are choc covered caramels with stories of movie stars on the wrappers that have pulled out fillings on patrons since my childhood, when it fell on the floor of the waiting room. I quickly picked it up, brushed it off momentarily, and popped it in my mouth. A watching female human was horrified. But I bet she kisses her dog.

  172. areff

    If it’s not on the ground longer than 5 seconds its OK*. Rest easy, Lizzie.

    *except buttered toast when the butter is on the down side.

  173. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    1735099
    #3114051, posted on July 23, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    And a clear abuse of the doctrine of separation of powers.

    I’d have thought that using taxpayers’ money to take on an appeal is an attack by the executive on the judiciary.

    No.

  174. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Iron Duke’s sister (from memory)

    Correct.

  175. Exit Stage Right

    Yeh Lizzie she probably does kiss her dog, but probably not on the arse.

  176. Leigh Lowe

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #3114062, posted on July 23, 2019 at 6:05 pm
    1735099
    #3114051, posted on July 23, 2019 at 5:54 pm
    And a clear abuse of the doctrine of separation of powers.
    I’d have thought that using taxpayers’ money to take on an appeal is an attack by the executive on the judiciary.
    No.

    And … we can now add “The Law” to the long list of subjects that the Spudmeister knows fuck all about but is prepared to jump into the minefield on.

  177. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Pyle! (Shazam!) actually argued implicitly that the AG, SG or DPP (or their delegate) of a State or the Commonwealth cannot take any case to an appeals court.

    Whilst I might like the sentiment that the government can eat shit, that’s not how the law governing the machinery of our government works.

  178. 1735099

    Go home Numbers. It’s tea-time for waffling old men.

    That’s rich, coming from the waffler-in-charge.
    As for “old men”, unless previous posts are misleading, I’m the same age as you.
    And I’m cooking dinner – not “tea”.
    Grilled lamb chops marinated in mint sauce with shaved ginger, and roast capsicum, mushroom, squash and potatoes.

  179. Tel

    Tel, the protection of the powerless IS one of government’s responsibilities.

    No, you will end up with iampeter and his leftyism that way. They always say “good intentions” then wedge that camels nose under the tent. Game Over. What was that? You have privilege? Well we are here to protect the powerless underprivileged so we need to take away some of your privilege. How easy! Humans have a right to this … they have a right to that … oh now they have the right to make you work to bring them whatever they ask for.

    The choices are Limited government or a government that grabs everything it can, or sit around hoping for benevolence which usually doesn’t happen. Government is about pointing guns at people, and gaining power to control people. Only think in those terms.

  180. feelthebern

    Really? Sheilas were shaving/waxing him down there? WTF?

    Think about it.
    Most of these beauticians are min wage.
    If it’s anything like Sydney, mostly new arrivals just trying to earn.
    Most wouldn’t care what gets slapped up in front of them.
    How many poor new Canadians felt they had to wax his cock & b*lls before some salon said no.

  181. Memoryvault

    Careful Tel, you’re making a lot of sense.
    Bastiat doesn’t go down well here.

  182. Shy Ted

    Numbers is having a supermarket frozen dinner for 1. Again.

  183. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    What MV?

    Economic Sophisms is one of the few economic writings up there with von Mises.

  184. feelthebern

    You’re lucky he didn’t nut you JC.
    He goes the biff at a moments notice.

  185. Memoryvault

    What do you expect from a communist, Dot?

  186. John Constantine

    Communism doesn’t work, and today neither does the power grid in Venezuela.

    They keep patching it, and we simply can’t learn from looking.

  187. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    MV

    ???

  188. cohenite

    I’d have thought that using taxpayers’ money to take on an appeal is an attack by the executive on the judiciary.

    Idiot; if the government appears amicus curiae or even as an intervener, which it often does, how is that an attack on the Judiciary? In this instance it is proposing not to appear but to provide funding for an appeal which is well within the discretion of the A-G since the Ridd case is a matter of public interest.

    The Federal government should do this in an environment where publicly funded bodies such as the EDO can act for green filth in cases like the Rocky Hill mine at Gloucester which was clearly against the public interest.

  189. egg_

    Numbers is having a supermarket frozen dinner for 1. Again.

    Where’s Grigs with his Aldi colostomy bag gourmet menus?

  190. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    In summer I do shear Da Hairy Ape’s chest and back with electric clippers and may even do a bit of manicured clipping carefully by hand here and there. Many wives do such things, I believe, for a husband’s summer comfort as well as his vanity, my attentions given on the proviso that it is his job to clear up the shearing shed (aka ensuite) floor post-operatively. But I cannot imagine how one would wax hairy balls without causing absolute anguish to the recipient of one’s intimate attentions. These things strike me as not made for waxing.

  191. Leigh Lowe

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #3114067, posted on July 23, 2019 at 6:10 pm
    Pyle! (Shazam!) actually argued implicitly that the AG, SG or DPP (or their delegate) of a State or the Commonwealth cannot take any case to an appeals court.

    Whilst I might like the sentiment that the government can eat shit, that’s not how the law governing the machinery of our government works.

    Bwah, ha, ha, ha.
    Spud QC of the Old Bailey fails to distinguish between attempting to influence the judiciary as against appearing before the judiciary.
    Of course, as a blind adherent to 1970’s Labour he would be all over the legal principle espoused by Murphy AG that “little mates” are looked after by the bench.

  192. Ah, didn’t think the depilation war had entirely run its course.

    Should I wax my nose hair or not?

    What a dilemma.

  193. 1735099

    Idiot;

    Addressing any response in this fashion is a sure-fire method of having it ignored.
    You’ve wasted my time and yours.
    Address your post respectfully, and I’ll explain why it is indeed an attack on the separation powers.

  194. Johno

    The good old days are getting closer all the time.

    If,say, five years ago I had said ” A man who says hes female will sue a salon for not waxing his nuts because that is his right as a sheila” If I had said “A hairy 50 year old male who says he is a sheila has the right to take a slash beside your 10 year old daughter” ” A christian baker will be sued for not baking a wedding cake for two gays” and etc etc etc. What would your reaction have been?

  195. Memoryvault

    The last time we crossed swords Dot, you declared that I was a communist.
    Mind you, prior to that you have denounced me as a Fascist, so I guess I’m a bit of an all-rounder.

  196. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    In moderation, one more try then I will desist.

    In summer I do shear Da Hairy Ape’s chest and back with electric clippers and may even do a bit of manicured clipping carefully by hand here and there. Many wives do such things, I believe, for a husband’s summer comfort as well as his vanity, my attentions given on the proviso that it is his job to clear up the shearing shed (aka ensuite) floor post-operatively. But I cannot imagine how one would wax [email protected] [email protected] without causing absolute anguish to the recipient of one’s intimate attentions. These things strike me as not made for waxing.

  197. 1735099

    I make no real accusations, but dots can be joined.

    That is complete bullshit.
    Check with the Doomlord.

  198. egg_

    Teh first mid-engine ‘vette.

  199. cohenite

    Address your post respectfully, and I’ll explain why it is indeed an attack on the separation powers.

    Fuck off idiot.

  200. Herodotus

    Once again Credlin’s show cops a Sky News technical issue.
    Why is this just happening to her every day?
    Suspect skunks in the ranks.

  201. Shy Ted

    I urge you not to turn on The Dumb.

  202. Johno

    Idiot;

    Addressing any response in this fashion is a sure-fire method of having it ignored.
    You’ve wasted my time and yours.
    Address your post respectfully, and I’ll explain why it is indeed an attack on the separation power

    You are not in the spastic classroom now Gomer. Have a little self awareness lad.

  203. Herodotus

    Piss off numbers you malevolent gatecrasher. Sinc, you own this sad but ultimately disfiguring artifact.

  204. John Constantine

    The godless commo wing of the British Tory party is claiming to be prepared to suicide bomb the government to bring BoJo down.

  205. Bruce of Newcastle

    Fine story on local news tonight. The CEO of our airport Dr Peter Cock announced that Virgin Australia will start flying from Ncl to Auckland.

    I wish the headline was “Cock Gets Virgin in Newcastle” but sadly our local station is a bit cautious.

  206. Tintarella di Luna

    Cardimona
    #3113855, posted on July 23, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Legend

  207. Memoryvault

    If people are going to feed the troll every time he wags his tail, they can hardly be surprised – or disappointed – when he is always hanging around looking for a meal.

  208. Johno

    I shall from now on address the resident halfwit as Gomer. Sniffy is retired. Dont forget to pierce the top of the TV dinner Gomer. Sweetie

  209. Nick

    Think about it.
    Most of these beauticians are min wage.
    If it’s anything like Sydney, mostly new arrivals just trying to earn.
    Most wouldn’t care what gets slapped up in front of them.
    How many poor new Canadians felt they had to wax his cock & b*lls before some salon said no.

    Strange that thinking about women and their rights, doesn’t involve the low paid victims.

  210. Johno

    I thought Horatio married his land ladies daughter.

  211. Atoms for Peace

    Mrs Brown..the series.. has a great segment on waxing.

  212. Tintarella di Luna

    Remember this?

    Roller derby player Jennifer Peterson spared jail over hot tub sexual assaults

    No surprise – these days if it had been a bloke doing this to bloke there would have probably been the same finding given the proclivity for finding no fault with those who engage in such behaviour.

  213. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I thought Horatio married his land ladies daughter.

    She was the first Mrs Hornblower, died in childbirth, IIRC.

  214. cohenite

    Just to finalise what the troll was going on about. The Commonwealth Public Interest and Test Cases Scheme allows the government to allocate funding on any issue which satisfies the relevant criteria of cases of public importance,

    that settle an uncertain area or question of Commonwealth law, or that resolve a question of Commonwealth law that affects the rights of a disadvantaged section of the public

    .

    Back to normality. I think head prefect has a vested interest in back, sack and crack businesses which would explain his fascination with the subject.

  215. Nick

    Remember this?
    Roller derby player Jennifer Peterson spared jail over hot tub sexual assaults

    I’m assuming VicPol have come out and asked all women to re consider their attitudes.

  216. 1735099

    I shall from now on address the resident halfwit as Gomer

    He’s being nasty to you, KD (sorry – Gomer).
    I wouldn’t stand for it, even though you he’s tagged you quite accurately.

  217. John Constantine

    Their one belt one road Andrews Nazgul occupying satrapy are mentioned in their age as being unswervingly committed to fifty billion in state debt by their next election.

    The Australian States put together are claimed to be up for spending a quarter of a trillion dollars to provide infrastructure for our mass imported voteherds. Not for the next tens of millions that Big decolonised Australia requires, just for what they have already done.

    Kiss your trees goodbye, one belt one road one chainsaw is getting ready to cut out the interest bill.

    Comrades.

  218. Bruce of Newcastle

    Nappy wars.

    Baby tech: Pampers to deliver a big diaper change

    After all, could a smart diaper that just announces urine alone make consumers pop the corks. No. Hardewar commented that Pampers “is aiming for something a bit more expansive. The Lumi system is meant to make an infant’s first year easier for parents by delivering as much data as possible.”

    To understand why Pampers would want to expand into smart diaper territory, a follow-the-money analysis appeared in May, in Vox. Pampers is hardly a lone player in the “sprawling diaper-tech war.”

    There you go. You can now get a text every time your kid wees.

  219. C.L.

    I didn’t know people de-claw their cats.
    Why do they do that?

    But Cuomo, yeah. He is the animal who did this:

  220. feelthebern

    Address your post respectfully

    You’re in the wrong saloon for that.

  221. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Protester, 25, who egged Scott Morrison on the eve of the election is spared jail

    Amber Paige Holt threw an egg at Scott Morrison at an election campaign event
    Protester, 25, was convicted of common assault but she has avoided jail time
    She was handed an 18-month community correction ordered and fined $110

    Daily Mail

  222. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Thank goodness for the @ sign; it is so useful sometimes.

    Today I went to see a movie called ‘The White Crow’. It is the story of Rudolf Nureyev’s defection from Soviet Russia to the West during the Cold War. I cannot sing its praises enough, for I thoroughly enjoyed it, it is extremely involving and at times it brought me near to tears. Nor do you have to be a ballet fan to appreciate this story of a young boy from some poverty-stricken outer bog village in Russia who ends up a feted National dancer, although born on the Trans-Siberian railway in 1939, with a taciturn father returned from the War, and a mother who has also struggled through it alone with five children.

    The casting of the child Nureyev and the adult dancer himself is perfect; the extreme leonine beauty and appealing innocence of both iterations of this man are so well presented. The ballet as an art from stands as a paeon throughout about high art and its place in human civilization, with the somber sadness that imbues the character of Russia fully developed in the dancers and back-stage personnel of this theatrical mode, and contrapuntally, the awful bureaucratic mode of Communism is ever present. The visual arts also dance through this movie, old masters and the forging of new expressionism. Freedom of expression is the dominant motif, and Nureyev finally makes his break in a dramatic conclusion. It is mostly in Russian, with some English, and English sub-titles. Producer Ralph Fiennes also takes a key part, that of Pushkin (another Pushkin) who encourages Nureyev to greater expressive heights. As a ballet fan and one-time ballet student this tale had the extra frission of bringing back memories for me of my own first ‘learning days’ in ballet. Watch the young Nureyev do a Russian folk dance to gain entrance to the State ballet school, and weep for all of Mother Russia in this. The ambience is set by the nature of the filming: flashbacks are in near black-and-white, the Russian years are in the soft Sov colour of the 1950’s Russian oeuvre, and the ‘present day’ is filmed in Technicolour.

    Five stars from me.

    Suspend your disbelief about enjoying movies containing ‘homosexual men in tights’ and see it.

  223. Tintarella di Luna

    Have been out of the loop on most things but am delighted to see Christian Porter hint that the Commonwealth could financially assist Professor Peter Ridd’s fight against James Cook University.

    Wow — just wow. This has been a long time coming but kudos to Christian Porter, how about Dan Tehan announces the de-funding of Jame Cook University on the basis of administrative malfeasance.

    Now that would be the start of the recovery of our tertiary institutions which have been hollowed out by leftists and allow violent radical students and ‘professors’ to assault politicians, members of the public and other students with impunity.

    Defunding is the only answer to the misuse of taxpayer funds provided by taxpayers who have never been to University yet fund overprivileged ingrates.f

  224. Top Ender

    Hornblower married Maria, the daughter of his landlady. More out of sympathy than anything else.

    He later had naughty thoughts about Barbara, sister of the Duke of Wellington (who if memory serves was not yet the Duke at that time, but anyway) and they had a pash “when the roll of the ship threw them together” on a voyage back to the Old Dart. Pull the other one fellas.

    Maria, who is rather coarse in Hornie’s opinion, later dies in childbirth.

    Hornie is troubled by unrequited love, and wonders if Barbara fancies him still. Turns out she does, and in The Happy Return it concludes with wedding bells in the air.

    From memory Hornie is naughty on a later adventure on the other side of the world. There is a short story, from memory, where Napoleon III seeks shelter at his donga, or something like that, and Barbara and H are very old, in front of their parlour fire etc.

    But if you are still with me, what is important, is that there are no homosexuals in the stories anywhere. And The Big H, and Barbara, and all, are white.

    Obviously CS Forester needs consulting, and a rewrite must be embarked upon.

    But seriously, excellent stories, with impeccable nautical knowledge, great battle sequences, and great interior dialogues. H is by no means a physical stalwart, but forces himself to lead from the front whenever necessary. He is a true hero.

  225. jo

    Hey Spud, nobody respects you, End of story.

  226. Fat Tony

    That bloke wanting his nutsack waxed?
    Use strips of canvas and superglue – guaranteed never to return (his hair, sack and him)

  227. feelthebern

    Why haven’t all the Melb crim’s lawyers applied to have their clients convictions set aside?

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