Tuesday Forum: July 23, 2019

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  1. pete m

    Cure for shocking imagery, for blokes:

    bar rafaeli

  2. Memoryvault

    I don’t remember my family’s WW2 diggers, or their mates, reminiscing about the minutia of duty in Europe and North Africa.

    My maternal grandfather was at the seige of Tobruk. I heard him mention the war only once. He had just bought a Toyota Corona and a neighbour was berating him for having bought a “Jap” car.

    Grandad just said:
    “The war’s over. We won”.

  3. Speedbox

    Former Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale found guilty of extortion.

    Without going into detail, I am reasonably sure that Pisasale could still be re-elected as Mayor of Ipswich if he wanted to stand. Seriously.

  4. Dr Faustus

    Paul Pisasale. Mr Ipswich:

    Mr Fenton referenced a phone call between Pisasale and Brisbane barrister Sam Di Carlo where Pisasale was heard saying: “The first night I f***ed her she was real good but she was so naive mate … she’s in the wrong trade … she’s just too nice.”

    Pisasale, who is still married and living with his wife in Ipswich, resigned as mayor wearing a hospital gown and slippers in June 2017.

    Yup. That’s Ipswich.

  5. Oh come on

    Laura Ingraham’s Elizabeth Warren impression is scarily good. Skip to the 15min mark to hear.

  6. Dr Faustus

    Conservatives, of course will avoid/deny tough issues at ever opportunity.
    They don’t enjoy being confronted with reality.

    My experience is that people don’t particularly like being confronted by other people’s reality.
    In the real world it’s not always easy to scroll by.

    As you were.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ultimate challenge for portrait artist.

    Hopefully he’ll get the Nike shoes right.

  8. Robber Baron

    NBN.

    I just received my Installation Notice. Here is what is says:

    “Our construction partner intends to install nbn supplied equipment at the property between: 07/08/2019 and 05/08/2020.”

    Only government could get away with that.

  9. thefrollickingmole

    Conservatives, of course will avoid/deny tough issues at ever opportunity.
    They don’t enjoy being confronted with reality.

    This from the side of politics which believes ladies can have surprisingly girthy vaginas..

    Lefty “Reality’.

    Agender
    Androgyne
    Androgynous
    Bigender
    Cis
    Cisgender
    Cis Female
    Cis Male
    Cis Man
    Cis Woman
    Cisgender Female
    Cisgender Male
    Cisgender Man
    Cisgender Woman
    Female to Male
    FTM
    Gender Fluid
    Gender Nonconforming
    Gender Questioning
    Gender Variant
    Genderqueer
    Intersex
    Male to Female
    MTF
    Neither
    Neutrois
    Non-binary
    Other
    Pangender
    Trans
    Trans*
    Trans Female
    Trans* Female
    Trans Male
    Trans* Male
    Trans Man
    Trans* Man
    Trans Person
    Trans* Person
    Trans Woman
    Trans* Woman
    Transfeminine
    Transgender
    Transgender Female
    Transgender Male
    Transgender Man
    Transgender Person
    Transgender Woman
    Transmasculine
    Transsexual
    Transsexual Female
    Transsexual Male
    Transsexual Man
    Transsexual Person
    Transsexual Woman
    Two-Spirit

  10. johanna

    Sorry to read today that Margaret Fulton is brown bread, aged 94.

    There was a time when every middle class home, and a lot of other homes, had a copy of one of her cookbooks. She was probably the first food superstar in Australia, and she knew her stuff.

    TheirABC has a summary of her life here, predictably emphasising stuff like ‘she was a single parent.’

    She was of tough Scottish stock and did not subscribe to any of the food fads that some here regard as essential to survival. Her recipes were as foolproof as is possible, and she introduced furrin dishes to mainstream Australian home cooking. There was no surburban Spag Bol before Margaret.

    Tiny, tough and trailblazing sans ideology – Vale Margaret!

  11. zyconoclast

    Did John Bolton Light the Fuse of the UK-Iranian Tanker Crisis?
    Evidence suggests he pressured the Brits to seize an Iranian ship. Why? More war.

  12. zyconoclast

    ‘Puberty is not a disease’: Italian council moves to ban gender-bending drugs for kids

    In a July 17 move by a center-right majority led by the League party, the Friuli Venezia Giulia regional council approved a motion calling on Italy’s national government to prohibit the prescription of drugs that prevent normal s3xual development of adolescents.

  13. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    There was a time when every middle class home, and a lot of other homes, had a copy of one of her cookbooks.

    We had two. I liked her writing style as a kid and her recipes were good and easy to follow.

  14. Some History

    Ultimate challenge for portrait artist.

    The final result.

    https://imgur.com/xXSJQow

  15. Boambee John

    Speedbox at 1553

    Probably not (the German case, that is).

    Whenever a government that the sybil libertarians don’t like gets power, deep concern comes out about the winners imposing their preferences and policies on tbe losers. Not so much the other way around.

    Can’t think of specific examples at the moment, but it is an attitude that has annoyed me for years. Basically, when they win, their agenda must be implemented. When someone else wins, the “rights” of the losers must have priority.

  16. Speedbox

    Gender ‘transition’ is like the hula hoops and yo-yo’s of old. Or karaoke. Or tattoos more recently.

    Currently fashionable amongst a certain demographic and all that some people can talk about. But, it will pass back into obscurity and something else will replace it as the topic de jour.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    The squad has been busy again.
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims Anti-BDS Bill ‘Forces’ Anti-Israel Terrorism
    That would be the Anti-BDS bill which has just passed 398-17.
    Ilhan Omar ‘Disgusted’ by Mu slim Woman Asking Her to Condemn FGM
    I wonder what Ms Omar thinks of waxing a woman’s b-lls?
    Rashida Tlaib Compares BDS Movement Against Israel to Boycotting Nazi Germany
    That deportation idea is looking better and better.

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    Robber Baron – Proof of the two-way nature of time! I’m sure you couldn’t make the NBN work without quantum mechanics.

  19. Johno

    Frank was the first person to refer to little Bobby as Gomer. A gormless halfwit is lttle Bobby.
    So you say that a bunch of nashos time was up and went home so the Battalion decided to take the next intake out of the bush and bring in raw reinforcements. That is the most pathetic excuse i have ever heard. You couldn’t handle the scrub and you sooked off. In Gomers world newbies are better than experienced soldiers. You gormless halfwit. Now shut up about your pathetic service.

  20. Frank Walker from National Tiles

    Back then, lots of other realities were also never spoken about – domestic violence, homosexuality, child abuse to name a few.
    Perhaps if they had been, we might have been a bit further down the track than we are in dealing with them.

    Conservatives, of course will avoid/deny tough issues at ever opportunity.
    They don’t enjoy being confronted with reality.

    Have you heard of Bob Ellis?

  21. zyconoclast

    From April

    Why the Massive Floating Bomb in the Red Sea Needs Urgent Attention

    A floating storage and offloading (FSO) terminal less than five miles off the coast of Yemen has turned into a massive bomb—capable of explosion due to its contents and lack of maintenance. The risk of explosion increases by the day, and if that were to happen, not only would it damage or sink any ships in the vicinity, but it would create an environmental crisis roughly four and a half times the size of the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

  22. 1735099

    Jilly the nitwit bully is not speaking as a non-smoker (someone who does not smoke). She’s speaking as an antismoker, i.e., neurotic, tyrannical nut case.

    The stupid – it burns……

  23. Fisky:

    We must continue to promote the great awakening against the libertarian movement, and expose it as a strategic Leftist asset!

    Correctimundo!
    I’ve been doing the Lords Work by trying to alert everyone to this insidious cult.
    It’s a wolf in a tuxedo.

  24. Speedbox

    zyconoclast
    #3114743, posted on July 24, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Interesting that.

    What about:

    Ukraine pass a law that forbids their joining NATO;
    Russia withdraws to the previous border, disarms separatists and promises no repeat;
    Ukraine receives ‘compensation’ (something, anything – forgives gas debt?) for Crimea land and citizens;
    Ukraine supports (or does not object to) Crimea being permanently recognised as Russian territory and global maps redrawn;
    USA agrees to lifting of sanctions applied against Russia for Ukraine incursion.

    Peace in our time?

  25. John Constantine

    AMP Capital roundtable on ESG and ethical investing. The firm revealed it was establishing a ‘youth advisory committee’ as it ramps up its ethical investing products.

    The roundtable will consist of clients from second year university students up to the age of 30. The first meeting will be held in August and the first discussion topic will be animal welfare.

    AMP Capital has over $2.8 billion in funds across seven ethical and ESG strategies. Its entire range is certified by the Responsible Investment Association Australia

    Their amp, using godless commo activist vegynsys wymynsys uni students as a committee to invest your super.

    Might actually provide more capable leadership than the proven disaster amp has been since listing.

    Comrades.

  26. JC;

    Have they done something to milk in the past few months in Melbourne? It tastes disgusting – all brands do. Have they changed the feed because of the dire situation with climate change?
    It’s the milk at home and also at cafes, which makes me think something has occurred with the feed. Coffee tastes dis… gusting.

    As a kid, I could tell when clover had had been fed to the milking herd. I don’t know what the go is with feed, one of the cow cockies could tell you if it had started being included. Clover usually starts in spring, and it ain’t spring yet. Unless the milk is coming from somewhere where clover is being added.

  27. Speedbox

    Might actually provide more capable leadership than the proven disaster amp has been since listing.

    AMP share price hovered between $4-6 over the past decade or so to May 2018. Since then, a sinking turd.
    Currently about $1.80.

  28. Roger

    Have they done something to milk in the past few months in Melbourne? It tastes disgusting – all brands do. Have they changed the feed because of the dire situation with climate change?

    JC, if you became accustomed to the “half and half” they add to coffee in NYC then coffee with straight milk would certainly taste different and, yes, probably worse.

  29. egg_

    girthy vaginas..

    That would be your standard Frightbat?

  30. JC

    Naa Roger. I gulped down regular lattes there and they were proper coffee places.

    Something’s up with the freaking milk here.

  31. I could tell when clover had had been fed to the milking herd…

    Turnips make a mess of milk.

  32. Robber Baron

    AMP Capital roundtable on ESG and ethical investing. The firm revealed it was establishing a ‘youth advisory committee’ as it ramps up its ethical investing products.

    AMP is screaming…”short me now”

  33. egg_

    Something’s up with the freaking milk here.

    Pumped full of folate?

  34. JC

    zyconoclast
    #3114750, posted on July 24, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Judicial Watch Files House Ethics Complaint against Rep. Ilhan Omar over Potential Immigration, Marriage, Tax, and Student Loan Fraud

    Yea yea yea. Judicial Watch is filing a lawsuit every other day. Nothing happens. I think it’s a big fucking scam with that outfit. It’s all bullshit FOI lawsuit and such and no follow through.

  35. Bruce of Newcastle

    Peace in our time?

    More likely that our friend Vlad is clearing the schedule of the LGMs for their next job.

    Amid Georgia-Russia crisis, U.S. stays quiet (17 July)

    As Georgia finds itself in the deepest crisis with Russia since the 2008 war between the two countries, Tbilisi’s closest ally, the United States, has been conspicuously quiet.

    The Kremlin has banned flights to Georgia, asked tourists not to visit the country, and has threatened further economic sanctions. The Russian media is full of tales, some exaggerated and others entirely fictional, about rising Russophobia in Georgia, and Russian diplomats have warned darkly, if vaguely, of “war.”

    Usual Operation Konserve-type stuff. Oddly enough NATO has decided entirely coincidentally to have some exercises in Georgia.

    Russia Starts Large-Scale Military Exercise Ahead Of NATO Drills In Georgia (24 July)

    Two armies of Russia’s Southern Military District on July 24 began a large-scale military exercise in the region ahead of a scheduled NATO exercise in Georgia, TASS reported, citing the district’s press service.

    District commander Colonel General Aleksandr Dvornikov is leading the command-and-staff exercise involving the 49th and 58th armies.

    The officer said the exercise is part of a summer plan to involve nearly all of the military district’s formations, “including the Black Sea Fleet and Caspian Flotilla.”

    The Russian exercise comes ahead of the Agile Spirit NATO exercises in Georgia that start on July 27, involving 14 member countries and 3,000 soldiers.

    Curious how they all like to vigorously wave their willies about in the same places like this. Do little green men have willies? When I was a kid my ones didn’t.

  36. Robber Baron

    Proof of the two-way nature of time! I’m sure you couldn’t make the NBN work without quantum mechanics.

    Bruce, I have as much idea understanding what you said as nbn has meeting its 363 day service window. This country is such a shit hole and it’s only getting worse.

    I took a cab from the airport to my home today and my driver Abdul tried to go the long way. I told him that I would direct him. Abdul no happy! Abdul no talk to me! Abdul get no tip!

    Whopping great a shit hole.

  37. Geriatric Mayfly

    When banished from polite company as a kid, I was sent up the paddock with a mattock to chip out Cape Weed. If dairy cows hop into that, it definitely taints the milk. Same with bees and honey.

  38. Mark from Melbourne

    Why James May was fired from Autocar.

    Some light entertainment. More power to that bloke.

  39. Speedbox:

    Gender ‘transition’ is like the hula hoops and yo-yo’s of old. Or karaoke. Or tattoos more recently.

    It’s latest version of Munchausens by Proxy.
    And the cause is the same – lunatic bloody parents who don’t give a shit about the kids – it’s all about me! me! me! What a frigging saint I am! And how tragic is my life having to take care of a child with …….(insert latest fad here.)

  40. Siltstone

    Yes, the taste of raw milk is affected by what cows feed on. There was a phase once in southern states of cows grazing on turnips. Not good for flavour.

  41. johanna

    SA consumers’ water prices increased by more than 200% in 15 years, and here’s why:

    The inquiry conducted by former SA Water chairman Lew Owens found that in 2013, the then Labor government overestimated the value of SA Water’s assets when it handed control of water pricing to the independent Essential Services Commission (ESCOSA).

    Under the independent model, the price of water is heavily influenced by the value of SA Water’s “regulated asset base” of infrastructure such as pipes, dams and pumps.

    The figure continues to be set by the State Government.

    Mr Owens, a former chief executive of ESCOSA, concluded the process undertaken by the government in 2013 to set the value of SA Water’s assets was not “reasonable”, and the value set was at the upper end of a range of values.

    “Using a number of approaches to determine what might be a more reasonable value that was compliant, credible and balanced, the inquiry concluded that it would prefer a range of values between $7.1 and $7.25 billion rather than the $7.77 billion set by the Treasurer,” his report said.

    “The inquiry believes it is difficult to support a value higher than $7.25 billion.

    “Despite the government claiming it was acting in the interests of consumers, that was not apparent and it appeared that the main driver of the decision was the securing of revenue for the government.

    That would be the caring, sharing Labor government, which is deeply concerned about poor people.

  42. mh

    Chinese swimmers can smash blood vials in front of anti doping officials and still be allowed to compete?

    WTF is going on? Either the officials are piss weak or corrupt. Which is it?

  43. Mater

    Conservatives, of course will avoid/deny tough issues at ever opportunity.
    They don’t enjoy being confronted with reality.

    Hahaha.

    Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established, an ideal to which reality [will] have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. The conditions of this movement result from the premises now in existence.

    – Marx, 1845

  44. mh:

    Chinese swimmers can smash blood vials in front of anti doping officials and still be allowed to compete?

    My brother used to referee hockey at International level. The stories he used to tell – sustituting players from higher grade team to lower grades, then getting the shits when they were caught out.
    Most common excuse was “We misunderstood the rules!” and then the race card was played. Brother made sure that didn’t happen too often because at the first sign of any trouble, he’d penalise anyone playing that particular card.

  45. Memoryvault

    This country is such a shit hole and it’s only getting worse.

    Don’t be silly, Baron.
    We have a Liberal government now, so everything is hunky-dory.

  46. Bruce of Newcastle

    Chinese swimmers can smash blood vials in front of anti doping officials and still be allowed to compete?

    Fascists love manly sports (yep, she was a wymminses Chinese swimmer). Die Olympische Sommerspiele 1936 keeps getting repeated, now by China.

  47. johanna

    Mark, love the James May clip. Captain Slow has a dry sense of humour, he’s a treasure.

    Mayfly and others – boutique lamb and beef producers claim that their meat is flavoured by the beasties eating wild thyme and so on. I don’t know how true that is. I do know that for a while egg producers overdid it with the fishmeal and you got eggs with a distinct, and unpleasant, fishy smell and taste. Presumably the message got back, because it hasn’t happened to me for quite a while.

    As for the gender transition fashion – and that’s what it is – the point is that little kids are being experimented on in a manner which violates every tenet of medical ethics, and would delight Dr Mengele.

    Who is going to pick up the pieces in 20 years? Well, taxpayers, if history is any guide.

    To the extent that there are pieces to be picked up, that is. Since children are being encouraged to look into the abyss, no prizes for guessing where some of them will end up.

    The extraordinary coup executed by trannie activists, a miniscule proportion of the population, just highlights how lazy and spineless the political class is.

    In the US, a drag queen children’s library reading (what??) recently culminated in said drag queen lying on its back and letting the children feel its fake tits.

    I am no prude, being a child of the 70s, free love and all that. But, this is a cat of a different colour.

    What happened to the mainstream? It is like the UK, where the people wanted Brexit but the pollies did not. There is a major disconnect there.

  48. Speedbox

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3114768, posted on July 24, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    The Ukraine incursion is/was a blunt force threat whilst creating a buffer. When asked by a journalist whether Russian military could push to Kiev, I recall Putin saying Russian forces could be marching in Khreshchatyk (the centre of Kiev) by the end of the week.

    Anyway, as you know, Russia has said many times that it will not accept the Ukraine joining NATO.

    Russia has grudgingly accepted Estonia and Latvia (probably because they are small countries with small borders to Russia) but the Ukraine joining NATO would create a huge western Russian border to control/defend militarily. Add Georgia to the south…..

    Russia has some buffer areas in Georgia but not enough.

    Primarily however, it is a matter of national Russian security that neither Ukraine or Belarus join NATO.

  49. Bruce of Newcastle

    Robber Baron – My mistake. I misread your NBN booking as 07/08/2019 and 05/08/2019. Which at least would be more useful than the date range they gave you. Good enough for government work either way.

  50. Roger

    Naa Roger. I gulped down regular lattes there and they were proper coffee places.

    Something’s up with the freaking milk here.

    Interesting; I put pouring cream in my coffee so I can’t comment.

    It could well be drought related.

  51. Speedbox

    On the other hand, if Turkey were to leave NATO then Georgia would be like a shag on a rock.

    Also brings into clearer perspective why the Crimean peninsula is important to Russia.

  52. Dan Dare

    Robber Baron
    Are the NBN installers coming in the morning or the afternoon?

  53. Roger

    Chinese swimmers can smash blood vials in front of anti doping officials and still be allowed to compete?

    And to top it off FINA had the nerve to issue Horton and Swimming Australia with a warning.

  54. johanna

    We now know the criteria for choice of the head of the Australian Federal Police:

    Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton announced Commissioner Kershaw as the successor to Andrew Colvin, who announced his retirement earlier this month.

    The incoming police chief listed staff training, resources and support as his top priorities for when he assumes the role.

    He said there was “more work to do” to prevent officer suicides following five AFP deaths in recent years.

    All internally focused.

    I suppose that ‘catching the baddies’ is in bad taste.

  55. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Ukraine incursion is/was a blunt force threat whilst creating a buffer. When asked by a journalist whether Russian military could push to Kiev, I recall Putin saying Russian forces could be marching in Khreshchatyk (the centre of Kiev) by the end of the week.

    Speedbox – No doubt the think tanks have been analysing this to the smallest iota of a degree. What I see is the development of two counters to nuclear weapons. One is to be so shit poor that it isn’t worth it to nuke the aggressors (see ISIS, AQ, Taliban etc). The other is to be sneaky and establish facts on the ground.

    We’re seeing a lot of the latter lately, as an aspect of the new great game. The most recent is Iran and the British tanker. China has been doing it in the SCS. They tried and failed in the Chumbi Valley not long ago – India said piss off or Beijing is toast or summat. Putin has successfully done it in Georgia (twice), Moldova and Ukraine.

    By keeping below the nuke level these tin pot dictators are able to get their LGMs to infiltrate and use the advantage of defense to then keep the invaded state forces out. Hence MH-17 where the Russian colonel in charge thought the Malaysian airliner was another Ukranian transport jet like the one he shot down three days previously. We’re in another defense-is-king period like WW1, with effective and widespread infantry carried AT and AA weapons.

    So long as the fascists don’t get themselves nuked they can pursue their imperialist aims. Hence development of the LGM strategy.

  56. Knuckle Dragger

    The new AFP Commissioner.

    Ho ho ho ho ho.

    A certain somebody allegedly and apparently and so I’ve heard told all his deputies, assistant commissioners and worker bees he’d be down south resting for three weeks or so after surgery.

  57. Bruce of Newcastle

    The one I’m waiting for is a negotiated merger of Belorussia and Putinland. Must be on the cards given Vlad’s clear tsarist grand strategy.

  58. Knuckle Dragger

    Frank,

    I reckon Liability Bob would have been a big Bob Ellis fan before the fat bastard shuffled off this mortal coil.

    I used to flick through it sporadically just to be what the other half lived like (which was in cheerful squalor) but never commented.

    Liability Bob fancies himself as an awther, too. The difference is, although I would have cheerfully drowned Ellis in sheep dip, that when he turned his mind to it he could actually write.

    And so it goes.

  59. Bar Beach Swimmer

    3. R.L., the monarchy doesn’t protect us from a damned thing. The governor-general now is the ARM, Turnbullian appointed President in all but name. As great as some of the Australian constitution is, it is also very flawed and the legislature, government and judiciary ignore it as much as they conveniently can.

    In a constitutional monarchy like Australia it’s not the power that the crown retains that matters but rather the denial of power to others. Our system is not flawed. We have had a continuous and fully democratic system for 119 years with universal suffrage, non-violent free elections and political power transferred peacefully and in line with the will of the people. Even the dismissal of the Whitlam Govt was resolved by the will of the people in a matter of weeks and not by usurpation.

    The fact that millions of people have freely migrated to this country, and many more millions would wish to do so if possible, proves that a beneficent system exists in Australia that ensures the individual freedom of her people to pursue their hopes and dreams in their own way, subject to the institutions and laws that they have willed to be manifest.

    But no system is perfect – there are some things that could be changed. As Churchill said in regard to democracy – ‘Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…(House of Commons, 11 November 1947)’

    As to the ‘…legislature, government and judiciary ignor[ing] it as much as they conveniently can’, the operative word, here, is “conveniently”. It is up to the people as sovereign to continually hold these arms of government to account. So we must remain vigilant to ensure that power is retained with us and the monarchy is our bedrock that it be so and remains so.

  60. Knuckle Dragger

    *just to see what*

    Dammit.

  61. zyconoclast

    …shag on a rock.

    Hmmm

  62. cohenite

    Someone is having a shot at the corporate pansies virtue signalling:

    Dear Mr Lund,

    As a longtime member of NRMA I am offended by your editorial in the July/August Open Road entitled “Let’s talk about the weather.”

    Did you consult ANY members before you issued this statement on OUR behalf?

    First, do you understand the difference between “weather” and “climate?” I think not.

    Second: You say:”I have talked before about the value tourism can deliver to regional communities…” but then push the untrue scare that the Great Barrier Reef is dying. (“tourist can already see the reef is dying.”) Please follow the case of Professor Peter Ridd vs James Cook University (one of many links) and learn the truth that the reef is not dying.

    You say: “our roadside patrols see the huge volatility in weather events and hot and cold extremes……..” There always extremes in weather events and the supreme body of the man-made global warming (AGW) fraud – the IPCC (ie InterGOVERNMENTAL Panel on Climate Change) admit that extreme weather events ARE NOT evidence of AGW.

    Mr Lund, are you aware of the beginnings of the FRAUD of the “Climate Change Scare?”

    Please read:

    Climate “Science.” The Framing of a Fraud.

    This was written by me but all the links are from history.

    And now: read a recently published PEER-REVIEWED PAPER

    Dr. Ed Berry has quantified the tiny human effect and tested his explanation against available evidence:

    Human CO2 Emissions Have Little Effect on Atmospheric CO2

    Against all this evidence. Mr Lund, I ask why you have spent my subscription money and others to push a failed agenda to push for a world government?

    Please reply

    Geoffrey Brown
    Member NRMA

    Years of loyalty – 58

    Geoff Brown
    The Australian Climate Sceptics

    https://theclimatescepticsparty.blogspot.com/2019/07/human-co2-emissions-have-little-effect.html

    Christ that sabra lane is a c..t. She was ecstatic about bhp’s boss bastard virtue signalling about alarmism.

  63. JC

    I have nothing to go on, but I reckon that cops waterboarding incident was staged by the cops themselves. It was filmed at eggsactly the right time. The cops despise De Blosio with a vengeance and rightly so.

  64. Memoryvault

    Climate “Science.” The Framing of a Fraud.

    Does it start by explaining that Maggie Thatcher invented the whole thing, including the “science”?

  65. Roger

    In a constitutional monarchy like Australia it’s not the power that the crown retains that matters but rather the denial of power to others.

    Yes, this is indeed the peculiar genius of our polity.

  66. Bruce of Newcastle

    shag on a rock

    Was there a camera?

    Broadway’s Audra McDonald calls out audience member who snapped photo during her nude scene

    Broadway’s Audra McDonald called out an audience member on Twitter Sunday who she said snapped a photo during her performance during a nude scene while on stage.

    McDonald, 49, stars as Frankie in the Broadway revival of the Terrence McNally play “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” opposite Michael Shannon, who plays Johnny. The play, directed by Arin Arbus, begins with a sex scene between the two lead characters.

    “To whoever it was in the audience that took a flash photo during our nude scene today: Not cool. Not cool at all,” McDonald said on Twitter Sunday.

    I think my lady doth protest too much!

  67. Tom

    A certain somebody allegedly and apparently and so I’ve heard told all his deputies, assistant commissioners and worker bees he’d be down south resting for three weeks or so after surgery.

    Oh. I hadn’t heard that, KD. Is the new AFP commissioner a trannie?

  68. Shy Ted

    Once upon a time there was a simple definition of a psychopath – “whether or not including subnormality of intelligence, to repeatedly behave in an abnormally aggressive or seriously irresponsible manner…” Some have tried to refine it because clearly the very low IQ types can’t be compared to the very bright Ted Bundy types. Prime stuff for researchers cos they can never prove anything definitively so need to do “further research”. Of course, Australia has pockets of populations who behave in these ways. One chap studied racial differences, so, if you’re woke, please don’t follow the link and pretty please don’t scroll down to the table at the end. After all, they did discover astronomy, democracy and the theory of flight.

  69. vlad

    C.L.
    #3114318, posted on July 23, 2019 at 10:37 pm
    I wish I knew what to make of the court of appeal’s delay in delivering their decision in the Pell case. Good for Pell? Bad for Pell? Who knows? I don’t.

    It’s certainly bad for a man of his age locked in solitary.

    I need to clarify my earlier post. Obviously it’s not good for George Pell for him to be in prison. What I should have said is: is the Court of Appeal’s delay good news for his appeal’s prospects of success or is it bad news for them. That’s what I meant.

    Are the odds of his appeal being upheld lengthening each day or shortening? That’s what I wish I knew.

  70. John Constantine

    https://thegreenfund.com/fancy-a-canna-coke-the-cbd-beverage-market

    Following on from the old dream of selling one woollen sock to every Chinese.

    What if coca cola launches a new flavour, to combat falling sales?.

    A nutriceutical?.

    Say including CBD, a non-intoxicating, non-THC compound of cannabis?.

    Marijuana compound beverages will be huge medium term, intoxicating and medicinal and sports and health.

    Coke steals the lead?.

    Everything you learned about marijuana at university may be wrong.

  71. Bruce of Newcastle

    What if coca cola launches a new flavour, to combat falling sales?.
    Say including CBD, a non-intoxicating, non-THC compound of cannabis?

    Maybe they should go back to putting coke in Coke.
    It’d sell well in the current era!

  72. JC

    How the fuck would they know this?

    Heat wave in Europe. Netherlands gets hit with over 40 degree temps.

    Is climate change to blame?

    Linking a single event to global warming is complicated. While extreme weather events like heatwaves occur naturally, experts say these will happen more often because of climate change.

    Records going back to the late 19th Century show that the average temperature of the Earth’s surface has increased by about one degree since industrialisation.

    A climatology institute in Potsdam, Germany, says Europe’s five hottest summers since 1500 have all been in the 21st Century.

    How would they know temps were 40.6 degrees instead of in 1543 for instance?

    They don’t. They fucking lie through their teeth. Most of the news these days is totally fake.

    Attempts at standardized temperature measurement prior to the 17th century were crude at best. For instance in 170 AD, physician Claudius Galenus[1] mixed equal portions of ice and boiling water to create a “neutral” temperature standard. The modern scientific field has its origins in the works by Florentine scientists in the 1600s including Galileo constructing devices able to measure relative change in temperature, but subject also to confounding with atmospheric pressure changes. These early devices were called thermoscopes. The first sealed thermometer was constructed in 1641 by the Grand Duke of Toscani, Ferdinand II.[1] The development of today’s thermometers and temperature scales began in the early 18th century, when Gabriel Fahrenheit produced a mercury thermometer and scale, both developed by Ole Christensen Rømer. Fahrenheit’s scale is still in use, alongside the Celsius and Kelvin scales.

  73. Tel

    Primarily however, it is a matter of national Russian security that neither Ukraine or Belarus join NATO.

    It’s more a matter of NATO putting missile bases on the Russian border that upset the balance of power. Pretty much the same as the Cuban Missile Crisis but in reverse.

    If either side has a first strike and win capability they would be very tempted to push the button. Having NATO nominally protecting some of these little countries is irrelevant, but having a key positions for first strike missile bases destabilizes the entire world along the lines of nuclear war. You probably don’t want that.

    Both sides are working on hypersonic missiles, and both have made progress with stealth technology. Russia is somewhat ahead on the hypersonic missiles, but the USA is slightly ahead on stealth. Both of these are ways to get first strike capability without needing any new bases. Both of these also destabilize the balance of power.

  74. John Constantine

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca_tea

    Coca leaf tea, as drunk by the Pope.

    Seriously, coca leaf tea actually removes hunger pangs and pains. If you stop the suffering of waddling porkasauruses when they do try and diet, society would be significantly better off, and all as cheaply as a cup of coca leaf tea.

    Non intoxicating, no illicit drug effect, no Big Crony Pharma side effects, just cheap easy painless weight loss.

    Coca leaf tea one day will be the thing we all wondererd what all the fuss was about.

    If it could be patented and owned by a chemical corporation, it would have been bribed onto medicare already.

    Instead we get frankenfoods that can be scoffed with no nutrient value, and bowel looseners that skid food out ya blurter so fast it doesn’t get absorbed.

    Cuppa tea, please.

  75. Knuckle Dragger

    I don’t think so, Tom, although you can never tell. He hasn’t tried to organise parent-free swimming competitions for topless 12 year old girls, if that’s what you mean.

    But he likes hot dogs, so we run into each other every few months. We may have played golf a couple of times together at charity events. Where I sponsor a hole (PHRASING) of course.

    Look, he’s not a complete flog. But he’s not a copper’s ring gear either. He’s a diplomat first (learned from his time in The Hague) and a combo pollie/manager second.

    He is, however, ruthless. Young for the job (he was an Assistant Commissioner at 42), he appears affable and personable, which he is. There’s no shortage of people, though, that have mistaken that trait for being your mate – to their cost.

    Smelling blood in the water and opportunity, he threw the previous boss, McRoberts under the bus for perverting the course of justice while porking a travel agent who was subject of a massive Government rort investigation. McRobbo’s only recently got out of the Alice Springs jail, although he should have got another ten years because the travel chick is a hideous warthog.

    NTPOL was always a stepping stone. The fear, and word over the kransky is they’ll appoint some lunatic woman like Burn from NSW who cocked up the Lindt Café business, or even worse Christine Nixon, who was here doing the books last month. Allegedly.

    God help the NT if it’s the Big Blue Bean Bag. There aren’t enough cattle in the NT to feed and/or clothe her.

  76. Bruce of Newcastle

    A climatology institute in Potsdam, Germany, says Europe’s five hottest summers since 1500 have all been in the 21st Century.

    PIK is notorious.
    The trollish den of Herr Professor Doktor Schellenhuber and Herr Doktor Rahmstorf.
    Überklimateers.
    Sieg heil!

  77. Geriatric Mayfly

    Ivanka Trump Criticized for Giving Daughter ‘All White’ Dog

    Any chance that this race, racist, race obsession will exhaust itself anytime soon? Continuing absurdity such as this might come to our rescue.

  78. Memoryvault

    just cheap easy painless weight loss.

    And if they had a smoke with their cuppa, most of them could turf their anti-depressant and stress-relief medications as well.

  79. John Constantine

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca_Colla

    Colla with two ll’s and the old coca cola acvtive original ingredients.
    Not keen on this approach.

    Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous Aymara Indian president, announced last year[clarification needed] he will make efforts to support the peoples of the Andes who have been using coca leaves for traditional use such as medication and rituals for thousands of years. 30,000 acres (120 km2) of the Andes region is set aside for coca bush growth annually. This area is set to increase to 80,000 acres (320 km2) with the increase of the government’s drive for legitimate use for the coca plant, such as toothpaste, pharmaceuticals and coca tea.

    The International Narcotics Control Board of the United Nations has had the coca leaf on the list of dangerous drugs since 1961. Exporting the drink worldwide will not be possible unless drug laws are changed, including local Bolivian law which prevents exporting any coca based product from the country. However, importers from Iran, Bolivia’s economic and political ally, have already expressed an interest in over 2 million units of the drink when large scale production starts.

    Just teabags, a tea ceremony, and painless cheap easy weight loss is all we need.

  80. Bruce of Newcastle

    GM – There a racist mountains higher than the one that you are now climbing. Even after you climb the next higher racist mountain there will be another even higher racist mountain. Racist mountains are like prime numbers. They are infinite, but only visible if you are woke.

  81. Leigh Lowe

    The development of today’s thermometers and temperature scales began in the early 18th century, when Gabriel Fahrenheit produced a mercury thermometer and scale

    So, one of the blokes who worked on temperature measurement has the same name as the temperature scale … Fahrenheit.
    Absolutely amazing coincidence!

  82. John Constantine

    https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/15/drivers-using-prescription-opioids-twice-as-likely-to-trigger-a-fatal-crash-study-finds/

    Because what 16% of australians are prescribed to use through Big Pharma aint no better than coca leaf tea or cannabis medicinal pain relief.

    The study, which analyzed records for each driver in fatal two-vehicle crashes over a 24-year period, found that more than half of the crashes occurred because the narcotics user had crossed the center line or in some other way failed to keep the vehicle in its lane.

    Guohua Li, a physician who was the study’s lead researcher, said the findings demonstrate the ripple effect of the national opioid crisis.

    “The impact of the opioid epidemic goes far beyond the body count from overdoses,” Li said in an interview Thursday. He said the findings should stand as a warning to clinicians and patients about the risks of getting behind the wheel when using prescription narcotics such as Vicodin, OxyContin, morphine or codeine.

    Before opioid use became widespread, only 1 percent of all fatally injured drivers were found to have prescription narcotics in their systems. But that figure rose to more than 7 percent in the past two decades.

    Not mentioned to be fair is that people prescribed high end painkillers obviously have genuine physical setbacks and are more likely to be exhausted from crap sleep patterns, so compared to somebody at peak fitness are more likely to crash anyway.

    But the opioid link is there over a big sample over a long time.

  83. Tel

    Smelling blood in the water and opportunity, he threw the previous boss, McRoberts under the bus for perverting the course of justice while porking a travel agent who was subject of a massive Government rort investigation.

    So the guy who was perverting the course of justice got “thrown under the bus” for perverting the course of justice. I would call that a great outcome for all the law abiding people who don’t put their dick ahead of their public duty.

    NTPOL was always a stepping stone. The fear, and word over the kransky is they’ll appoint some lunatic woman like Burn from NSW who cocked up the Lindt Café business, or even worse Christine Nixon, who was here doing the books last month. Allegedly.

    Anyone who can do basic arithmetic is already somewhat over qualified for NT government work. NSWPOL aren’t too bad, if you ignore the stuff ups, they try quite a lot to solve crime n at.

  84. Tel:
    Russia needs to wake up to the fact that its ‘legitimate security needs’ don’t mean it can continue to treat the Ukraine and the Baltic states as its own.
    Every country that shares a border with Russia has been invaded, plundered, starved and looted by Russia for its own benefit for centuries.
    The USSR is finished and Putin should start taking care of the space he has in Siberia instead of continually expanding west.

  85. John Constantine

    What if their enraged wymynsys, medicated to berserker cannon fodder mentality by all the Big Pharma hormonal pills/weightloss pills/stress pills/sadness pills could drop their toxic brainfog Big Pharma pill regime for something that didn’t rattle them so much?.

  86. Empire 5:5

    God help the NT if it’s the Big Blue Bean Bag. There aren’t enough cattle in the NT to feed and/or clothe her.

    She’d go good on dripping and mash, I reckon. As long as it was hot. Really hot.

    With gravy.

  87. Fisky

    Oh this is a very good sign from BoJo. Appointing one of the UK’s most brilliant strategic minds to his team. Tory Remainers will be absolutely livid!! (and socialists running for cover everywhere)

    https://order-order.com/2019/07/24/boris-bringing-back-dominic-cummings/

  88. Tel

    Russia needs to wake up to the fact that its ‘legitimate security needs’ don’t mean it can continue to treat the Ukraine and the Baltic states as its own.

    They aren’t. They intend to keep Sevastopol which has been Russian for more than two hundred years, since Catherine the Great and something like 100,000 Russians died defending against Hitler during WWII.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Sevastopol_%281941%E2%80%931942%29

    You can kind of understand it has some sentimental value. The majority of Crimean people find the idea of being aligned with Russia better than how the Ukrainian government would treat them, so they voted to go along.

    They also figured that if one rule applies to Kosovo then the same rule applies elsewhere. To be fair, the Russians and Chinese both protested the Kosovo outcome … but the Russians might as well make the most of that precedent. Why shouldn’t they?

  89. Knuckle Dragger

    Tel,

    The point is McRoberts would have gone down anyway, but with his pissing all over the Fraud Squad (apparently) it would have taken another few years to do it.

    Despite having nothing to do with it Kershaw went straight to Government, told them all the gossip without knowing if it was true or not yet, and in the meantime made the impression he wanted to. Allegedly.

    ‘NSWPOL aren’t too bad, if you ignore the stuff ups’

    Okay then. Trying’s the important thing, I suppose.

  90. Tel

    The USSR is finished and Putin should start taking care of the space he has in Siberia instead of continually expanding west.

    What has Putin invaded to the West?

  91. Tel

    Okay then. Trying’s the important thing, I suppose.

    Explain that to London police, Berkeley police, Portland police. Plenty of them don’t try too hard … not when it comes to catching violent criminals at any rate.

  92. Some History

    From Snowdon’s blog:
    Tobacco prohibition

    It took Theresa May to resign as prime minister for us to discover what lies behind that inscrutable mask. For three years, political pundits wondered what she really believes in. In the dying days of her administration, we found out – and it is not pretty.

    In recent weeks, Mrs May has put forward a string of policies designed to tie the hands of her successors and secure some sort of ‘legacy’. Some of them, such as the net zero carbon target and the creation of an ‘Office for Tackling Injustices’, are expensive gestures. Others, such as a tax on milkshakes and a ban on young people driving after dark, reveal two of Theresa May’s biggest flaws: casual authoritarianism and a penchant for simplistic solutions. It is a nasty combination.

    According to the Financial Times, she wanted to announce new taxes on food as her last act as prime minister. It is hard to imagine a grubbier epitaph. If this is her domestic agenda, be thankful that Brexit consumed so much of her time in office.

    May’s penchant for arbitrary targets and knee-jerk illiberalism emerged again today with a Green Paper which announced that the government is ‘setting an ambition to go “smoke-free” in England by 2030.’ This will come as a surprise to those who remember England going ‘smoke-free’ in July 2007 when smoking was banned in every building open to the public, but the meaning of ‘smoke-free’ has undergone a significant change. It now means no smoking, anywhere, ever. It means, in effect, prohibition.

    RTWT

    https://velvetgloveironfist.blogspot.com/2019/07/tobacco-prohibition.html

  93. Knuckle Dragger

    Apologies Tel. Here, I’ll fix it:

    /sarc off

    I thought it must have been a bit Captain Obvious so I didn’t put it in.

    #whoopsie

  94. Knuckle Dragger

    *#whoopsie

    /sarc off*

  95. Speedbox

    ……instead of continually expanding west.

    ?? The USSR controlled numerous satellite countries to its west that are now independent and many are part of NATO (Romania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania, Latvia etc). Therefore, the former USSR has contracted substantially east. There is no realistic prospect of regaining those countries into a Russian orbit.

    My earlier point was that the Ukraine and Belarus are a ‘bridge too far’ for Russia with a combined border that is indefensible.

  96. Cassie of Sydney

    “Every country that shares a border with Russia has been invaded, plundered, starved and looted by Russia for its own benefit for centuries.”

    That can be reversed…..Russia…since the Mongols….has been invaded, enslaved, plundered, starved and looted. The Russians clearly remember the Mongol invasion, they clearly remember Napoleon’s invasion, they clearly remember the treaty of Brest-Litovsk and they very clearly remember the Nazi invasion of 1941….how many Russians died…..perhaps as many at 27 million people.

  97. cohenite

    Shy Ted

    #3114810, posted on July 24, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    I wonder when they’ll do a controlled study for why a certain race is determined to extinguish what is the best culture ever on the mantle of PC and virtue signalling. Do whites have a compulsion to achieve a moral superiority even at the expense of survival.

    Which leads to the question of what facts have been the victim of PC: alarmism would be the obvious one with the various gender confections and the myths of indigenousity and RoP being peaceful closely following.

  98. Bruce of Newcastle

    What has Putin invaded to the West?

    South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Donetsk.
    Rest of Georgia if the West lets him.
    See above linx.

  99. Tel

    https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/nsw-police-arrest-three-in-western-sydney-over-alleged-islamic-state-claim-they-were-planning-terror-attack/ar-AADJehf

    The NSW police actually do police work and make arrests. The cops might not be perfect … and all accused deserve their day in court with full evidence and a jury … but don’t trivialize the fact that NSWPOL are willing to step up, make an effort, and take terrorism seriously while other jurisdictions have sat on their hands watching violence in various forms. I feel a lot safer in Sydney than Melbourne for example.

    Maybe we have reached the era of low expectations, but when someone is giving it a good try, I’m willing to cut them a bit of slack.

  100. John Constantine

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/legacy-policies-been-rushed-out-18640808

    I did go look at what theresa may has rushed out as landmines to control BoJo.

    Just think what turnbull could have rushed through with a couple months to burn the place to the ground.

    Their theresa–banned slavery/free child funerals/zero carbon by 2050/teachers to be mental health commissars/defining domestic abuse as asking why the credit card blew up/ making councils give housing to women saying they were asked what happened to the credit card/announce pay rise for public sector workers

    This low-gutted arsehole has blown the money and sabotaged the government in vindictiveness.

    Comrades.

  101. Robber Baron

    Dan Dare
    #3114793, posted on July 24, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Good question. They didn’t say.

  102. dover_beach

    Fisky, do you know anything about Carole Cadwalladr? Is she as bananas as she appears?

  103. Fisky

    Fisky, do you know anything about Carole Cadwalladr? Is she as bananas as she appears?

    Nope, never heard of her.

  104. John Constantine

    One belt, one road in Georgia.

    http://georgiatoday.ge/news/14603/China%E2%80%99s-Belt-%26-Road-Initiative-in-Flux

    In the early 2000s, the majority of Chinese migrants ran corner shop businesses and restaurants or worked as market vendors. Since 2010, a large portion makes a living as construction workers.

    China began considering the South Caucasus route following the announcement of the BRI in 2013. In 2015, China tested the connection efficacy between the Chinese-controlled Xinjiang province to Georgia’s Poti port via Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. A couple of years ago, railway cargo loaded in China arrived in Georgia within a month. However, handling administrative obstacles took almost a third of the transit time. China also carried out several other tests to explore the viability of a trade and transit route through the South Caucasus.

  105. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    they clearly remember the treaty of Brest-Litovsk

    Anyone who thinks Kaiser Wilhelm’s Germany was hard done by at Versailles, needs to look up that treaty.

  106. Leigh Lowe

    or even worse Christine Nixon, who was here doing the books last month. Allegedly.

    God help the NT if it’s the Big Blue Bean Bag. There aren’t enough cattle in the NT to feed and/or clothe her.

    To lose one Commissioner on a charge of perverting the course of justice would be unfortunate.
    To lose a second would be downright carelessness.
    .
    h/t Oscar.

  107. Mother Lode

    Netflix seems quite pleased with the program they secured called the Great Hack.

    As far as I can tell it is about Cambridge Analytics and the role they played in Trump’s being elected.

    My recollection is that they just used publicly available information people put up on their social media pages (Facebook friends, Twitter followers etc) to identify where to target their different messages.

    I believe Facebook employees were just handing data over to Hillary that was dumped straight from their database. It might have been the same stuff (in which case Facebook would have been equally innocent of distributing publicly available information – just cheaper), they may have included additional data that Facebook collected which T&C’s stipulate become their property (in which case their involvement is more pernicious than anything they can accuse Cambridge Analytics of) or they provided data that was meant to be kept private.

    Netflix has Trump Derangement pretty bad. They have several documentaries painting Trump as some unnatural affliction poisoning Amercan life. The only thing I remember about Obama was a fond look back at his ‘final year’.

    Half their other documentaries are about drug trafficking. Or faddish food scares.

    And I believe they are haemorrhaging subscribers.

  108. Robber Baron

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3114787, posted on July 24, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    Bruce, l read it that way as well initially, but on a second reading l read it correctly and could not contain my laughter. How any self-respecting manager/business professional would put their name to such a letter surely must disqualify them from any future employment prospects.

    I look forward to being inconvenienced by nbn contractors and then being without internet connectivity for several weeks if not months.

    Luckily for me l can go for weeks without the internet, unlike a certain Viet Nam tourist.

  109. Robber Baron

    Oh dear, Janine Perrett is hosting Paul Murray Live.

    Switching stations now!

  110. Tel

    South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Donetsk.

    Firstly Ossetia and Abkhazia are not Western and never have been.

    But anyway that’s crap. South Ossetia was invaded by Georgia in 2008 after long running ethnic tensions. The Ossetians had been treated badly and insisted on separation from Georgia back in 1991, and Russia did not want to take control, but settled it as a ceasefire which would have been OK if Georgia had continued to respect that truce. Russia stepped in a second time and kicked out the Georgians to restore the status quo. The Georgian invasion of 2008 was uncalled for … can’t blame that on Putin.

    The Abkhazian Republic was independent when it entered the Soviet Union. The Georgian known as “Stalin” repressed Abkhazian self governance, and imposed conformity on the population by means of military force and mass migration. Abkhazia once again declared itself an independent republic in 1992, which escalated to war and Georgians were kicked out again by force … none of which had anything to do with Putin. Russia settled it in 1993.

    Neither the people of Ossetia nor Abkhazia want to be ruled by Georgia.

    Russia allows them an opportunity to govern themselves, which is why they chose that option.

    Donetsk have also declared independence, but at this stage that might not last. At any rate they know that the Ukrainian government will treat them very badly, so what have they got to lose?

  111. Knuckle Dragger

    Gunn Point is a handy camping spot on the beach a bit north of Darwin. It’s about half an hour on bitumen from the burbs, and another 40 – 45 minutes on a sandy, gravelly, dusty POS albeit quite wide dirt road before you get to the beach. Quite popular with locals with 4WDs, as when the road gives out it’s on like Donkey Kong before you get to the wide, calm beach and shore mangroves big enough to carve out a camping spot in.

    In the Dry you get about 30 punters sharing about six klicks of beach. In the Wet, zero. There’s a side road leading to a small boat ramp about 3/4 of the way up.

    Suddenly, and without any fanfare (obviously, because it doesn’t get much traffic) it’s been bitumened. And not just sprayed, the bloody thing looks like the Stuart Highway.

    A mate knows a sub sub subbie that did some of the work. He reckons that the substrate and other shit they packed in before putting the bitchy on means it could handle tanks.

    If they cock up my Dry season camping spot, there’ll be a stern Letter to the Editor in the offing.

  112. Knuckle Dragger

    Criminy.

    First test at Lord’s.

    Ireland have the Poms 6/42. Gentle Irish seamer Tim Murtagh has 4/10.

    Ludicrous.

  113. Memoryvault

    You can kind of understand it has some sentimental value. The majority of Crimean people find the idea of being aligned with Russia better than how the Ukrainian government would treat them, so they voted to go along.

    Tel, you’ve got to stop introducing mere “facts” into these discussions.
    It only confuses the other Cats.

  114. Fisky

    This will make things very uncomfortable for the Far Left. Noam Chomsky, in a New York Times opinion piece, calls for the release of all political prisoners in Venezuela!

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/opinion/maria-lourdes-afiuni-chomsky-venezuela.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

  115. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    20m
    It was NEVER agreed that Robert Mueller could use one of his many Democrat Never Trumper lawyers to sit next to him and help him with his answers. This was specifically NOT agreed to, and I would NEVER have agreed to it. The Greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. history, by far!

  116. Black Ball

    Dragger, did you see the score between Australia v Australia wannabes?

  117. C.L.

    Mueller looks very very guilty lawyering up before the hearings.

  118. John Constantine

    The moving ball opened up the aussie batsmen in the squad game to examine Ashes options.

    Mitch Marsh one of the best performers.

    https://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/labuschagne-last-man-standing-as-batsmen-fall-cheaply-in-selection-trial-20190723-p52a3g.html

    David Warner, Marcus Harris, Head, Kurtis Patterson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith and Peter Handscomb all departed in single figures for their respective teams, as did wicketkeepers Tim Paine and Alex Carey.

    Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns and Matthew Wade managed 17, 18 and 10 respectively facing the big three of Australian fast bowling Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Only a gutsy Marnus Labuschagne (41), batting at No. 3 for the Haddin side, made a genuine impression in tough batting conditions, while Mitchell Marsh was next best with 29.</em

  119. Mother Lode

    Sometimes leftist luminaries, who are usually held up as the voice of the left (and which voice they all unthinkingly repeat over and over), goes a little too far for the mob to follow. It is too difficult to align and assign with other atoms of sophistry they are familiar with.

    The luminary must then repent.

    But it is never a matter of truth or falsehood, only of bringing order back to the collective.

    If Chomsky’s error is ever ‘explained’, it will be an appeal to other robotic platitudes and the goal will be about avoiding confusion.

  120. P

    Tel, you’ve got to stop introducing mere “facts” into these discussions.
    It only confuses the other Cats.

    Never stop Tel. Of all the contributors here over the past four and a half years I’ve been reading Catallaxy I’ve appreciated most the honesty of your posts and their input to the relevant discussions. Although I’ve not always agreed with you, in the main I’ve very much appreciated what you have stated here.
    I thank you.

  121. Bruce of Newcastle

    Firstly Ossetia and Abkhazia are not Western and never have been.

    LOL. Ever heard of the ‘golden fleece’? Georgia/Colchis was helenicized very early. They’ve always looked west, not east.

  122. Knuckle Dragger

    Poms are 8/58.

    This is Test Match cricket, gentlemen.

  123. Bruce of Newcastle

    But anyway that’s crap. South Ossetia was invaded by Georgia in 2008 after long running ethnic tensions. The Ossetians had been treated badly and insisted on separation from Georgia back in 1991, and Russia did not want to take control, but settled it as a ceasefire which would have been OK if Georgia had continued to respect that truce. Russia stepped in a second time and kicked out the Georgians to restore the status quo. The Georgian invasion of 2008 was uncalled for … can’t blame that on Putin.

    What a load of rubbish Tel.

    Putin did a deal with the local Russian speaking mafiosi, who quietly allowed Putin’s guys in to set up. Then a shitfight occurred when Tbilisi wanted to know why the Russians were there. There was a firefight. Which Georgia lost because Russian regular forces were in place that the Georgians hadn’t realized. Then the Georgians tried again to exert authority and the Russian Army blew their b-lls off. It was pure imperialism by Putin using local arguments as a casus belli. Because the fight was localized the West were able to ignore it, mostly.

    Putin has done exactly the same in Abkhazia by chumming up with the local gangsters who are the ‘government’. Once he gets enough local ‘support’ he can put the regulars in and dare the West to start the war to end all wars. Which is a good game of chicken, which Vlad has always won. He has good judgement.

    We’ll see if he survives Trump, whose approach is to squeeze economically not militarily. That is Putin’s achilles heel. The Russian GDP is only a smidgin bigger than Australia. Economic warfare will screw Putin’s arse to the wall.

  124. cohenite

    That slag replacing fatso PML connects to cnn for a summary of the mueller senate hearing. FFS.

  125. Knuckle Dragger

    BB,

    17 wickets in a day’s play. The pitch can’t be that bad.

    Naturally, to deflect from the truly shithouse performances of people supposed to be either in or in contention for a Baggy Green they’ve taken a positive spin, and described Marnus Champagne as ‘belting down the door of Test selection’.

    Idiots.

  126. Knuckle Dragger

    9/67. After 20 overs.

    A greenish tinge on the deck but nothing to text home about. Pommy moaners in the dressing room scrabbling for their whites.

  127. P

    I love also your comments here BoN. I am in tune with much of what you say because of your Christianity.
    I thank you also.

  128. Bruce in WA

    This was the first rifle I ever owned, too. Bought from a friend’s brother who was getting married and needed the money. Absolutely wonderful little .22.

    Destroyed by WA police.

  129. Top Ender

    Interesting re Gunn Point, Knuckles…

  130. Memoryvault

    Never stop Tel. Of all the contributors here over the past four and a half years I’ve been reading Catallaxy I’ve appreciated most the honesty of your posts and their input to the relevant discussions.

    Good evening Mrs P.

    I wasn’t having a dig at Tel.
    I happen to think he is the wisest Cat of all.

  131. twostix

    Do whites have a compulsion to achieve a moral superiority even at the expense of survival.

    Not all, not even many. The lickspittles, the dregs, of the walking-dead establishment bugman class do. They know they have no future, they have no shoulders, they suffer the same affliction as the end of the aristocrats early last century, they are weak, rich, bored and impotent and riddled with nihilism, depression and mental illness. they have no children, the children they have are lunatic and self-medicating and killing and mutilating themselves. They lash out against normal people as their world collapses and despite having the cultural power, the wealth, they can do nothing to change course.

    Like so many walking-dead establishments they wish to take us all down with them.

  132. Knuckle Dragger

    TE,

    Mate showed me some pics of it. I’m going to go out on Friday and have a look for myself because I’m doing the cricket thing Saturday and Sunday.

    Or maybe tomorrow arvo once I exhaust my stock. Needs looking at, I would have thought.

  133. Knuckle Dragger

    Poms gorn for 85 at their ancestral home.

  134. Knuckle Dragger

    Mind you, TE, this is a bloke (me) who saw something on Faceache and then decided to inform the good people on this site that Roger Moore was dead.

    I might as well have said that Hitler had expired.

    So I’m going to make sure. Probably.

  135. Bruce of Newcastle

    P – Vladimir Putin is fascist in style, but is a patriot in his own way. A Russian patriot of the Tsarist tradition, which by necessity includes colonial domination of local ethnicities. Of which there are many even in the reduced Russia post Soviet times.

    He has been fostering the Russian Orthodox Church as a societal glue. The Orthodox Church has been fairly antagonistic of other denominations like the evangelicals, since they rightly see them as rivals. It is clear as crystal that Putin, who is not a Christian, will do the same as the Chinese and repress the non-state accepted Christian churches when the time is right to do so. It isn’t yet.

    As well as his gambits in Ukraine and Georgia he has been expanding his influence over the EU by encouraging their greens. He’s actually supported green groups with money. The result of this is the increased use of renewables by the EU, which must be supported by quick response gas turbine generators. The EU has little gas – they buy it in…from Russia. Hence the recent geopolitical arguments over the proposed Nordstream 2 gas pipeline.

    Setting up European dependency on Russian gas is a clear geopolitical strategy. The EU has become more and more accomodating of Putin as they become more dependent upon him to keep the lights on. Nordstream 2 is designed to further bypass the pipelines going through Ukraine – who has been in conflict over gas prices and availability with Russia. All part of the Donestsk gambit.

    Mr Putin is one of the great statesmen of the current era. But he’s still a fascist, and Russia isn’t a democracy. He controls the political arena utterly.

    But as with all magnates the big black guy with the sickle comes for them eventually. Monarchies (including the Tsars) coped with mortality by dynastic inheritance. Putin has no heir of accepted primogeniture. So at best there would be a fight over the secession. Whereupon Russia will fall to bits again, at least for a while.

  136. twostix

    Russia can have all of the pretend countries on its borders, who cares.

  137. Top Ender

    Roger Moore has died?

    Next thing is you will be saying Sean Connery is gay.

    Such things do not happen.

  138. mh

    Ivanka Trump Criticized for Giving Daughter ‘All White’ Dog

    And if it had been a black dog we know what they would have said.

  139. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bruce in W.A., I’m still chortling over the link you posted, last night, to the “Andrews Sisters.”

    Perhaps that’s why Numbers Ho Chi Minh appeared in such a foul mood this morning?

  140. Bruce of Newcastle

    More optimistically, Bindi Irwin is 21 today. How time flies.

    Bindi Irwin announces her surprise engagement to boyfriend of 6 years Chandler Powell

    The conservationist and daughter of the late famed animal expert Steve Irwin announced the news on Twitter by posting two photos of herself with her longtime boyfriend. In one image, the couple is lovingly embracing each other. The second image shows curious fans a closer look at her shiny new engagement ring.

    “On my birthday I said ‘yes’ & ‘forever’ to the love of my life,” Irwin, who turned 21 on Wednesday, captioned the images. “Chandler, close to 6 years ago I fell in love with you & every day since has been a whirlwind of adventure & true happiness.”

    Best wishes to them!

  141. Knuckle Dragger

    Saw that BoN.

    Slightly disappointed young Chandler didn’t approach this with a sense of humour, and have the engagement ring crafted into a tiny stingray shape.

    If he’d manned up and done that he might have experienced whether true love conquers all or not.

  142. Oh come on

    Mark Dice notices a deficiency at Michael Avenatti’s most recent press conference. Hot damn that is harsh. Hilarious but harsh. Subtract ‘glorified’ from glorified ambulance chaser.

  143. John Constantine

    Vast amounts of gas in Europe, but as in Australia useless useful godless commo activists, [ russian funded] have banned the exploration for Europes own independent gas reserves.

    Big return on capital invested if you can pay your enemies to blow up their own energy resources and depend on buying from you instead.

    https://europeangreens.eu/news/no-shale-gas-extraction-fracking-europe

  144. John Constantine

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/20/france-bans-fracking-and-oil-extraction-in-all-of-its-territories

    Yes, i had some cash in a company with French shale exploration permits, confiscation without compensation.

  145. John Constantine

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-fracking-power-europe/

    If BoJo can get the poms fracking like Trump, the sky is the limit.

    There are some listed exposures to British unconventional gas…

  146. John Constantine

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-29/fracking-dream-fades-in-u-k-as-regulation-stifles-new-drilling

    Britain’s quest to tap domestic supplies of shale gas is looking increasingly bleak as the government’s liaison between the industry and local communities resigned after just six months in the job.

    Natascha Engel left the government appointed job telling a newspaper that the U.K.’s policy on hydraulic fracturing technology is being driven by environmental protesters and not scientific evidence. Those efforts resulted in some of the strictest regulations for the industry, which pumps fluid and sand under high pressure to stimulate gas flows from otherwise untappable rock formations.

    Fracking is one of the few technologies that could slow or even reverse the sharp declines in oil and gas production from the North Sea as conventional deposits are pumped dry. While Britain prospered in the 1980s and 1990s with wealth tapped by the oil industry, income has shrunk since production peaked. Exploration has been halted a number of times over concern about earthquakes caused by fracking, most of them too small for people to notice.

    Theresa fucking may-merkel.

  147. mh

    When you vote Democratic

    NYC PBA
    @NYCPBA
    #BREAKING PBA Statement on “Water Bucket” Attacks on Police Officers
    https://twitter.com/NYCPBA/status/1153392423525113859?s=20

  148. C.L.

    LOL. Mueller opens by saying he will not answer questions about the Steele Dossier because of “ongoing investigations.” Five seconds in and he’s a dead duck.

  149. Bar Beach Swimmer

    1735099
    #3114713, posted on July 24, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    No, the soldier’s experience is universal.
    Back then, lots of other realities were also never spoken about – domestic violence, homosexuality, child abuse to name a few.
    Perhaps if they had been, we might have been a bit further down the track than we are in dealing with them.
    735099
    #3113760, posted on July 23, 2019 at 10:22 am
    Where did you “serve” old mate – apart from the front bar of the Shamrock?
    Tough gig, was it?
    End up with PTSD, did you

    I know KD and others can argue their own case, but whether a casual lurker or a constant contributor to the Cat, what stands out with regularity is the ease with which Numbers transforms from supposed humanist full of concern for his fellow man/woman to a spiteful and undisguised rabid.

    While derision, ridicule and abuse at times abound on this blog, as would be expected when ideas are examined and debated with vigour, other than Numbers there is no-one that I have encountered who can contort themselves when challenged to such a degree that there would seem a desire to leave with the reader a residual of vicious spite to process.

    Examples of this tendency abound with the most recent and disgusting being Numbers’ reference to PTSD when directly addressing on the blog a former member of the ADF. Given the relationship between this debilitating psychological condition and the risk it can pose to the health and wellbeing of many present and former and present soldiers, in seeking to spotlight PTSD in this context is beyond contempt.

    It is notable that when I was attempting to put into words my reflections I found this extremely difficult because I did not seem to be able to identify with clarity any descriptor of Numbers’ verbal demeanor. In fact the only word that did suggest some sense of my thoughts was “harridan”, despite its feminine connotation.

    Incidentally, when googling “harridan” I came across an answer to the very question I had myself posed with a supposed reference to de Sade as the origin of the quote.

    The question was “What’s a man that acts like a harridan called”? According to the site, the best answer (supposedly supplied by de Sade) is the following:
    ‘…there is not an absolute correspondence between men and women; a certain divergence is essential to the sexes. Thus all of women’s nasty proclivities do not find a parallel in men, who are by and large most affable and tolerant. So the closest male equivalent to a viciously scolding female would be found only in certain offbeat occupations, such as a vice-principal, drill sergeant, and (last but not least) Bible-thumping preacher. Almost needless to say, such male nags constitute a rather freakish phenomenon, in contrast to the harridan, who is legion’.

    If an actual de Sade quote he can be forgiven to some degree his dated generalisation of women, despite in my own experience the observance on occasion of that female type. What is interesting from this quote is that choice of occupations that correlate with the male form of the descriptor. Is it the occupation that accords with the demeanor or the demeanor that accords with the occupation?

  150. C.L.

    Holy cow. I just watched the first Mueller video.
    He’s not mentally on top of things.
    Scroll through to his answers …

    Stuttering Mueller Says There Was Obstruction of Justice by President Trump

  151. jupes

    Senior Democrat: Mueller is ‘losing his faculties’

    LOL

    Setting up his insanity defence for when John H. Durham indicts his sorry arse.

  152. John Constantine

    I have held a few AJL aj lucas over time, but mostly sold out last year.

    They have an advanced fracking project in Britain that is besieged by enraged, medicated berserker wymynsys, and the May-merkel government.

    These valkyries-of-Putin launch their unquenchable rage at patriarchial frackingas if lashing out is life itself to them.

    Betting the loopers grow a brain isn’t a winning bet, and AJL is bombed out sharepricewise.

    Probably not worth punting on a BoJo led fracking revival.

  153. C.L.

    Poor old Bob the assassin.
    Look at what they make you give.

  154. John Constantine

    British shale gas company Cuadrilla said on Thursday it would restart fracking at its Preston New Road site in Britain in the third quarter of 2019.

    The company repeatedly stopped operations last year at the site in Lancashire because of minor seismic events. British regulations demand work be suspended if seismic activity of magnitude 0.5 or more is detected.

    Cuadrilla uses hydraulic fracturing which involves injecting water and chemicals at high pressure to break up rock and extract gas. The practice, known as fracking, can cause tremors and environmentalists oppose the development.

    “We look forward to returning to operations… There is no doubt that the opportunity for the UK is huge,” Cuadrilla’s chief executive Francis Egan said in the statement.

    The firm has asked the industry regulator to review rules on seismic activity to allow more thorough testing of exploration wells.

    In February, Cuadrilla said results from flow-testing at the site confirmed a reservoir of recoverable high quality natural gas and that it had fully fractured 2 out of 41 stages along the horizontal well.

    Rival Ineos, which has the largest shale gas licence acreage in Britain, has called on the government to change seismicity regulations. Experts have also said the limit for tremors could be safely raised at fracking sites.

    Cuadrilla, 47.4 percent owned by Australia’s AJ Lucas (AJL) and 45.2 percent owned by a fund managed by Riverstone, said that subject to all regulatory approvals it would complete the programme of fracking and testing equipment by the end of November.

  155. Old School Conservative

    Bar Beach Swimmer
    #3114913, posted on July 24, 2019 at 11:16 pm
    ….what stands out with regularity is the ease with which Numbers transforms from supposed humanist full of concern for his fellow man/woman to a spiteful and undisguised rabid.

    Yep.
    I have also noticed a change from matter-of-fact story telling with basic factual recounting as a methodology for supporting his point of view, to near hysterical personal abuse of other posters.

    Perhaps his son is right. Everybody here is a fuckwit.

  156. Old School Conservative

    Steven Green’s “Drunkblogging the Mueller Hearing” is riveting, funny, sad, and eye popping.

    One example: Mueller first says collusion and conspiracy are NOT synonymous. Collins points to a specific section of the report which he says states they are. Mueller backtracks, says he will stand with what is in report.

  157. Memoryvault

    Numbers s easy enough to understand, Beach Swimmer.
    He craves attention. He doesn’t care how hateful or hurtful it is, as long as he is the centre of it.
    And Cats give it to him in spades.
    That’s why he is always here.
    End of story.

  158. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Numbers s easy enough to understand, Beach Swimmer.
    He craves attention. He doesn’t care how hateful or hurtful it is, as long as he is the centre of it.
    And Cats give it to him in spades.
    That’s why he is always here.
    End of story.

    You mean he gets some sort of kick out of having his sorry arse booted from here to Hell, and back again?

  159. Memoryvault

    Evening Zulu.

    Yes.
    It is STILL attention.
    And without it his life would be meaningless – in his own summation of himself.

  160. Bruce in WA

    Bruce in W.A., I’m still chortling over the link you posted, last night, to the “Andrews Sisters.”

    Perhaps that’s why Numbers Ho Chi Minh appeared in such a foul mood this morning?

    We can but hope …

  161. C.L.

    Mueller falling apart. This isn’t funny.

  162. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Memory Vault, as a former officer and gentleman (National Service), were you aware of the option of six years (efficient) service in the Citizen’s Military Forces as an alternative to being conscripted?

  163. Infidel Tiger

    The diplomat (Downer) being mentioned!

  164. Tracey

    I agreed CL. This is uncomfortable viewing. Mueller is completely befuddled. He either didn’t write the report or he’s forgotten his own findings.

  165. Infidel Tiger

    There are some total nut bags in US policies but there are also some very sharp minds.

    Jim Jordan just slayed.

  166. zyconoclast

    A Polish magazine has included “LGBT-free zone” stickers inside its weekly edition amid rising tensions between LGBT activists and a conservative Christian movement supported by the country’s right-wing ruling party.

    The conservative publication reportedly has a readership of 110,000.

    “We do not protest against the LGBT ideology, but we do strongly disagree on imposing it by force on anybody,” said Gazeta Polska’s editor in chief Tomasz Sakiewicz, in a statement to the ABC

  167. zyconoclast

    Tesla’s Higher-End Sales Erode in Key Market Amid Model 3 Gains
    A 54% decline in California registrations of Model S adds pressure on the auto maker to boost sales of its lower-priced compact car

  168. Memoryvault

    Yes, Zulu, and it wasn’t the only option available.
    Unless, of course, Numbers never registered in the first place.
    In that case, all options, all choices were off the table.

    I am increasingly convinced that is what may have been what happened in Number’s case.

  169. Infidel Tiger

    The Mueller hearing is elder abuse and should be stopped

    This kind and confused old man is being treated horribly.

  170. Oh come on

    m0nty and co’s predicted hot take: we need *another* special counsel to look into Wussia because Mueller was senile!

  171. littledozer

    The Mueller hearing is elder abuse and should be stopped

    This kind and confused old man is being treated horribly.

    The elite of the intelligence community, above reproach. we were told.

  172. C.L.

    Chris Wallace: Mueller Hearing a Disaster for Democrats, Performance Raises Question if Mueller Was in Charge of His Investigation

  173. C.L.

    US media dump Mueller …

    “Questions are being raised on @CNN about Robert Mueller’s performance so far. Friends and political allies who have known him for decades have expressed concern about his appearance today.”

    —————-

    NBC News✔@NBCNews

    [email protected] on Mueller’s testimony so far: “The years have clearly taken a toll on the Bob Mueller we used to see, and I think that’s affected his ability to be as facile with answering the questions, as perhaps both sides wanted him to be.”

  174. littledozer

    The takeaway is that the testimony confirms that Clinton/Dem operatives ran the investigation and wrote the report with no real oversight from Mueller.

  175. Mark A

    Did You Know?

    Most birds are tetrachromats, they possess four types of cone cells in their eyes instead of the three types of cone cells that humans have; this super-color vision is believed to assist them in food gathering and mate selection.

    Would it assist humans?

  176. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #3114935, posted on July 25, 2019 at 12:48 am

    The Mueller hearing is elder abuse and should be stopped

    This kind and confused old man is being treated horribly.

    No.
    Go for the juggler.
    Destroy him.
    Make him sob and plead for mercy.
    Then stake him out on an anthill (figuratively) until he spills on the others in his “team”.

  177. Mark A

    Infidel Tiger

    #3114935, posted on July 25, 2019 at 12:48 am

    The Mueller hearing is elder abuse and should be stopped

    Remember Alan Bond whimpering and broken without any memories?

    Not all who act are professional actors.

  178. DrBeauGan

    I’ve been getting aborted phone calls from Yanet/Milaysia. Since her English is even worse than my Spanish, it is hard to understand why. Maybe she just presses the wrong button on her phone.

    This is the most interesting thing that’s happened today.

    I am waiting for Tom’s toons.

  179. Leigh Lowe

    Ferris Mueller’s Day Off?

  180. DrBeauGan

    Thanks Tom. I needed that. My daily fix.

  181. Jannie

    Reliable as ever Tom.

  182. Leigh Lowe

    A nod to the Republicans who kept saying “let Mueller run his course”.
    That is, give him enough rope …
    Clearly, the intended plot-line was that an impetuous Trump would fire Mueller after 1-2 months and the Dems would have their impeachment hook.

  183. Mark A

    Jannie
    #3114970, posted on July 25, 2019 at 4:33 am

    Reliable as ever Tom.

    You are joking for sure.
    He was 4 minutes early today.

  184. jupes

    What is it with Rowe? His homo obsession is out of control. Where are his editors?

  185. DrBeauGan

    What is it with Rowe? His homo obsession is out of control. Where are his editors?

    They very likely have the same problem, Jupes.

  186. 1735099

    they very clearly remember the Nazi invasion of 1941….how many Russians died…..perhaps as many at 27 million people.

    Oh noes!
    Everything I’ve ever read on Catallaxy claims they were all killed by Communists!
    Revisionist!

  187. Tintarella di Luna

    I see the serial offender who led the attack on Bettina Arndt has been given a slap on the wrist for her serial transgressions instead of being expelled.

    I am quite surprised that she didn’t just have her canteen privileges withdrawn, heaven knows that might’ve been helpful too. Have a look at the smug brat –

    From the Oz – Arndt student protestor suspended

    A student activist at the centre of a rowdy protest outside a lecture by author and social commentator Bettina Arndt at the University of Sydney has been suspended over the incident, calling into question the organisation’s bid to play down the incident and dismiss claims of a free speech crisis.

    Madeline Ward has been hit with a “suspended suspension” from her studies following a nine-month investigation into the incident, which took place outside Ms Arndt’s controversial “Fake Rape Crisis Tour” event last year.

    While the university has previously declined to provide details of findings against individual students for privacy reasons, Ms Ward told The Australian that she had been found guilty of breaching the student code of conduct by “unreasonably impeding access to a lecture theatre” and failing to treat members of the public with “respect, dignity, impartiality courtesy and sensitivity”.

    Given the 22-year-old had already been sanctioned with a suspended suspension over a prior incident of political activism, the latest penalty automatically converted to a full suspension that will result in her being sidelined during semester one in 2020.

    Ms Ward has spoken out about her “severe penalty” in an article published in literary journal Overland, in which she questions the veracity of the university’s claim to support “the right to free speech for all”, including students’ right to protest.

    “Any encouragement of freedom of speech and protest on campus can hardly be considered sincere when the organiser of the protest in question is facing a suspension,” she wrote.

    The protest last September sparked intense public debate about threats to freedom of speech at Australian universities, including concerns activist students were seeking to silence, or “de-platform”, unpopular views.

    Ms Arndt had been invited by the Sydney University Liberal Club to share her views denouncing the common perception that sexual assault was rampant across university campuses. However, riot police were called to disperse dozens of students who were blocking ticketholders from entering the venue. Ms Arndt later lodged a complaint.

    Despite this, the incident, which served as catalyst for the government to order a review into freedom of speech, was dubbed “a little student protest” of a “slightly dull talk” by Sydney vice-chancellor Michael Spence.

    In a report summarising the investigation, the university’s acting registrar, Peter McCallum, described the Arndt event and the protest as “legitimate expressions” of free speech.

    “Any findings made in this case are not in any way intended to discourage free speech or protest,” said Associate Professor McCallum. “They relate solely to matters of public safety and impeding others from participating in events on campus.”

    Ms Ward said she would appeal against her suspension.

    “I know I’m controversial and have quite left-wing views, but there’s a real hypocrisy occurring,” she said.

    “I do worry about the impact on other students because the code of conduct is impeding on students’ freedom of speech in an invasive and punitive way.”

    Ms Arndt welcomed news of the suspension.

    A university spokeswoman confirmed that the student code of conduct, which was last revised in 2005, was being reviewed.

    Ms Ward’s definition of protest obviously included physical attacks on visitors and students. The administration of Sydney University is a travesty and when you realise that one of the members of the Sydney Uni Senate is a bandana-wearing clown and serial comma abuser, then you realise how hopeless is the situation in our tertiary institutions.

  188. Mark A

    1735099
    #3114977, posted on July 25, 2019 at 5:20 am

    they very clearly remember the Nazi invasion of 1941….how many Russians died…..perhaps as many at 27 million people.

    Oh noes!
    Everything I’ve ever read on Catallaxy claims they were all killed by Communists!

    Not wanting to enter into a clearly futile discussion about who were the biggest mass murderers Nazis or communists, but when it comes to the great patriotic war I’m afraid some of the soviet generals were killing the Russian troops far more effectively that the Germans could hope for by putting them in harms way unnecessarily.
    Literally using them as cannon fodder

    This factoid is about the tactics and incompetence of the soviet military and political leadership at the time.

    Many books available if interested.

  189. Tintarella di Luna

    Of course we all remember the assaults on Julie Bishop at Sydney University about which nothing was done and that’s the reason why these overprivileged brats continue their assaults on fellow students, visitors and others targeted by them for ‘special’ treatment in their violent protests.

  190. Mark A

    1735099
    #3114978, posted on July 25, 2019 at 5:23 am

    Today’s cartoon treat.

    Why do you or the newspaper call it a cartoon?

    It’s nothing of the sort, just some text in blocks with pictures that have no relevance to the narrative.
    #—————-

    Enjoy?

    Only if you are a masochist.

  191. DrBeauGan

    You must be desperately bored to follow one of number’s links, Mark.

  192. jupes

    3:33 PM — President Trump tweets after the Mueller hearings conclude:

    Donald J. Trump

    @realDonaldTrump
    TRUTH IS A FORCE OF NATURE!

    17K
    6:33 AM – Jul 25, 2019

  193. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #3114985, posted on July 25, 2019 at 5:41 am

    You must be desperately bored to follow one of number’s links, Mark.

    Not bored at all Dr, but I find it fascinating how he pretends to like certain things just because we don’t.
    I mean, you could call me bored if I would ever willingly look at a Rowe or dog on the moon scribbling.

    Incidentally, only people bore me, I can’t remember ever been bored when on my own.

    I pretty much worked numbers out (I’m slow I know) so I won’t bother responding to him or reading his posts in the future.

    He is wrong on many things but specially on ex servicemen not wanting to reveal their service numbers, records and past service history.

  194. DrBeauGan

    The thing that strikes me about the pommy cartoonists, and some of ours like Rowe and Broelman, is that there is absolutely nothing to think about. Just pure perception, 100% feelz. No idea whatever. The yanks are usually very different, there’s an idea in there. It may not be a complicated one, but there’s usually something to think about.

  195. 1735099

    I am increasingly convinced that is what may have been what happened in Number’s case.

    Then you have very little knowledge of history, a bad memory, or like many others posting here, a tendency to invent history to avoid cognitive dissonance.

    Failure to register resulted not in compulsory enlistment, but in prosecution –

    Men who failed without ‘good reason’ to register for national service were considered for prosecution. The fact that a man’s birthday was not drawn, or that he was in a class of persons not called up, was disregarded. Once the DLNS decided to prosecute, the case was referred to the Deputy Crown Prosecutor and heard in a Magistrate’s Court. If convicted, defaulters could be sentenced to imprisonment for a period equal to the period of national service they were liable to render: up to two years. In total, fourteen men were imprisoned for failing to obey a call-up notice. Before June 1968 men convicted under the National Service Act were taken into military custody. Following legislative amendments made that month and initiated by a diverse range of pressure groups—the Returned Services League, the Australian Council of Churches, the Australian Quaker Peace Committee and the Federal Pacifist Council of Australia—men prosecuted under the Act came under civil powers and were henceforth sent to a civil prison.

    (Sue Langford – Appendix: The national service scheme, 1964-72, AWM Canberra.)

    This conversation between Memory Vault (apparently and ex-officer) and ZK2A (apparently also ex-military) is interesting, especially from the point of view of my research.
    I am examining the durability and status of the ANZAC myth.
    More critical observers call it “Anzackery”. I don’t, because there are noble themes in the ANZAC story, themes of self-sacrifice, endurance, and mateship. It’s such a shame that these themes are sullied by the invented rationalisations that some cling to for a range of reasons. These reasons are what I am exploring.
    Conversations such as these clearly illustrate that there is an orthodoxy which goes something like this –
    “All Australian soldiers were enthusiastic participants in all wars that the country was involved in.
    They were always prepared to forsake civilian life and family to rush to the aid of the commonwealth government when it deployed troops. This was always the case even when wars were fought in peacetime, on foreign soil, and enough volunteers weren’t available to meet the government’s commitment.”

    Any departure from this orthodoxy elicits outrage from many, explained by the fact that the ANZAC myth has been promoted thoroughly by all sections of the community, especially schools, and generations of children have been indoctrinated in the process, without regard to the facts of history.
    The removal of the statement “Every National Serviceman who went to Vietnam was a volunteer” (after it had been presented as truth for decades) is just one example of this. (See Dapin p41).
    Dapin’s work has begun to challenge that orthodoxy, and the churn it is creating in ex-military networks is evidence of the durability of the myth.
    Read this site for evidence.
    Fascinating stuff……

  196. calli

    Greetings from NYC, Cats.

    Something woke me at 5am so I hopped out of bed and sped out onto the balcony. There was Lady Liberty bathed in her copper-green glow, her torch glowing brightly. We were early, so I was lucky.

    Today I did something I’ve wanted to do for many years – walk across Brooklyn Bridge. What an engineering wonder. Then passed City Hall and made a beeline for the WTC memorial. It is beautiful and inspired. Holy Trinity was closed for renovations. Sounds of banging and crumbling came from within. Perhaps Nicholas Cage has found more national treasure.

    Speaking of treasure, Wall Street was unrecognisable due to building work. George Washington looked a little gloomy from his perch – might have something to do with a can and a road.

    It’s boiling hot here so we found a pub at the bottom of Broad St – looked like a converted ancient warehouse. Aussies will always hunt out beer on a hot day. It’s a Super Power.

    Another change – Battery Park looks like a meadow.

    I saw very few homeless, quite different to San Fran and LA. The subway was excellent, if confusing. But I mastered Beijing’s – NY’s is a pushover once you work out the lines.

  197. DrBeauGan

    Maria says she will be here by five o’Clock, less than one hour from now. So I shall be eating on two consecutive days, which is against my self imposed edict. But I am tough. I can handle it.

    She isn’t bringing Angeli, so I may have to fight for my virtue. Again. I’m getting good at it. I must say, it hasn’t been a problem I’ve had to face for a long time.

  198. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #3114994, posted on July 25, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Maria says she will be here by five o’Clock, less than one hour from now.

    Just curious, Dr BG, do you actually enjoy your time with her?
    I’m sure there are thousands of Cubans who would be interesting to talk to.

  199. Zatara

    zyconoclast
    #3114730, posted on July 24, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Did John Bolton Light the Fuse of the UK-Iranian Tanker Crisis?
    Evidence suggests he pressured the Brits to seize an Iranian ship. Why? More war.

    BS click bait. The linked article doesn’t present ‘evidence’ that Bolton did any such thing.

    For future reference, “The American Conservative” website is anything but.

  200. 1735099

    NYs is a pushover

    Yep, but no point in asking any of the employed staff for help.
    They bark at you in a patois that I found incomprehensible.
    OTOH, the most productive technique was to introduce yourself as an Australian tourist to an approachable fellow passenger. You can almost always pick the helpful ones on sight.
    They love Aussies, and would bend over backwards to help.

  201. calli

    There was a delightful man working on the WTC station in the booth. He climbed out, locked it and helped me to work the machine – the thing requires a Zip Code to spit out a ticket if you’re paying by card. There was another man sweeping up a platform who also gave good advice on the stations that allow you to access both uptown and downtown trains without having to go back to the surface.

    Both were very courteous and well-spoken.

    People on the streets, not so much.

  202. RobK

    Mark A,
    Just curious, Dr BG, do you actually enjoy your time with her?
    Note BGs quote:
    …so I may have to fight for my virtue. Again. I’m getting good at it. I must say, it hasn’t been a problem I’ve had to face for a long time.
    It’s a noble challenge of self discipline, you see.😜

  203. 1735099

    People on the streets, not so much.

    I had exactly the opposite experience, with very few exceptions.
    This time last year, one of the volunteers working at the WTC memorial was an Aussie.
    He has family in the US, and was having a great time.
    He was a font of info about the incident.
    He told me Trump was a “dickhead”.
    I didn’t disagree.

  204. 1735099

    It’s a noble challenge of self discipline, you see

    I can think of more enjoyable ways of challenging self-discipline.
    Gym is cheaper (and healthier).
    And you can do it in Australia..

  205. DrBeauGan

    Just curious, Dr BG, do you actually enjoy your time with her?
    I’m sure there are thousands of Cubans who would be interesting to talk to.

    Yes, I do. I’ve never known anyone in her line of work before, and she’s bright and cheerful and good company. Also, she speaks English. Most Cubans have little or no English. Of those who do, the women want to pick me up, and the men try to sell me cigars. Division of labour.

    I’ve talked to dozens of Cubans, sometimes via Google translate, which tends to be a little slow. Some have advised me on things to do. All have been friendly and kind and helpful. Some are on the make. Like the panhandler who showed me where to get breakfast.

    If I’m looking for something, I get out Google translate, insert my request in English, translate it into Spanish, and either mispronounce it or show it to people selected pretty much at random. Then I have to translate the answers. This works surprisingly well most of the time. So I’ve had hundreds of short conversations with complete strangers. Almost everyone has been very helpful. Old and young, male and female.

    I also talk to my neighbours, which is usually “Hola!” Sometimes followed by a high five. And I wave at the little ten month old baby girl, who now waves back.

    But I wouldn’t ask a stranger out to dinner. Of anyone who hasn’t some English.

  206. Atoms for Peace

    Thought I was watching the Royal Commission into Aged care until I realized it was Mueller

  207. Bruce of Newcastle

    I like Peter Brookes’ cartoon! Wield that axe Sir Boris!
    Kudelka is not bad too.
    Oh and Rutger Hauer has laid down his sword for the last time sadly.
    ‘Blade Runner’ star Rutger Hauer dead at 75

  208. Cassie of Sydney

    “1735099
    #3114977, posted on July 25, 2019 at 5:20 am
    Oh noes!
    Everything I’ve ever read on Catallaxy claims they were all killed by Communists!
    Revisionist!”

    Oh noes! The SS guard has just learnt that millions of Russians died at the hands of his fellow Nazis……as for the total number of Russians murdered by their Communist overlords between 1917 and 1991…the estimate is as many as 60 million. Oh noes!

    The Catallaxy nazi cockroach trying to be clever….oh and I wonder how many dead “religious extremists” the SS guard will fantasise about today……..it get’s him excited in the morning. …he already needs a cold shower.

  209. Knuckle Dragger

    I see we’re back at the reset point of noble victimhood.

  210. 1735099

    I see we’re back at the reset point of noble victimhood.

    Morning Gomer!
    Getting treatment today on the gold card for injuries sustained in Townsville pub crawls, are we?
    Must have been a tough gig.
    Great use of the taxpayer dollar.

  211. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh, ripper, Tinta. Ta.

    Vomit and coffee go hand in hand in the mornings. God what a sight of that creature.

    Clearly, Ms Suspended Suspension is a world champion deadlifter, as you don’t get thighs like that at 22 from slugging down kale shakes and organic almond paste. You’d throw rocks at it, but still be concerned that you’d be in that explosive sprint range, and get trapped and eaten.

    ‘I know I’m controversial’

    Clearly angling for a gig as a social media influencer, as long as the aim of the influence is to stop people using it.

    Surely this half-eaten pie realises that her ‘right to protest’, if it includes physically attacking people also comes with a right to protest that protest, with all that it entails. Sooner or later she’ll cross paths with a couple of good ole country boys (or better yet, girls) at her re-education camp passing as a uni who will have no compunction at all in giving her some temporary yet severe balance and consciousness problems.

    At which point, of course, she will protest that someone hit a girl.

  212. DrBeauGan

    Maria is twenty minutes late. I’m getting the deja vu sensation.

  213. johanna

    The NSW Liberal Party needs to be razed and the ground salted.

    Look who they endorsed for one of the cushiest and most privileged jobs in the country:

    A new Liberal senator has reignited debate about an Indigenous referendum, using his first speech to break cover and call for an advisory body in the constitution.

    An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice to Parliament was proposed two years ago by Indigenous delegates at a conference at Uluru.

    The idea has proved controversial within parts of the Coalition and was again hosed down by Prime Minister Scott Morrison this month.

    But freshly-elected New South Wales senator Andrew Bragg said Australia “should not wait any longer” before properly recognising Indigenous peoples.

    “Almost every comparable nation has landed some form of legal recognition of First Peoples,” Senator Bragg said in his first speech to Parliament.

    “The issue of proper recognition in the Constitution will not go away. It shouldn’t.”

    Senator Bragg was briefly in charge of the Liberal Party’s organisational wing before leading the Yes campaign on same-sex marriage within the Coalition in 2017.

    What, I wonder, distinguishes this idiot from those sitting on the Opposition benches, apart from his name-tag?

  214. Knuckle Dragger

    No gold card for me, Liability Bob.

    Far better spent on your good self, as surely you’d still be having back and neck problems from turning around in the truck and giving the finger to your ‘mates’ as you were driven out and away from the nasty boring jungle (and the punters in it) on your way to a tour of showers, hot tucker and picquet-free sleep.

    Funny, though. Apparently I’d never been to Townstown, let alone lived there according to you (despite being told). Now according to you I’m pretty much a local there, despite not having been there for over 30 years.

    It was a chapter in my life, Liability Bob. I’ve let it go.

  215. Bruce of Newcastle

    Most birds are tetrachromats, they possess four types of cone cells in their eyes instead of the three types of cone cells that humans have; this super-color vision is believed to assist them in food gathering and mate selection.

    Would it assist humans?

    Mark A – You should ask human tetrachromats that question.

  216. 1735099

    No gold card for me, Liability Bob.

    Gomer responds to his tag (Given him by Johno)!
    Well done, that man.

  217. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘injuries sustained in Townsville pub crawls’

    My God you’re prescient. I had the bonce shaved (the upper bonce) yesterday, and noted again the decent scar inflicted by a bar stool inflicted by a donkey fucker at Langs once.

    Another time I had to have stitches across the melon, because a bloke carelessly left one of his teeth in it. They took it out and gave me six of the best.

    But hey, you should see the other blokes…….

  218. John Constantine

    Failing to Support their State Narrative with Genuine Public Outpourings. Their goodes parade might still be a year or so away, but their australian left are already forming ‘critique sessions’ to punish those not genuine enough at Cheerful Squalor.

  219. Knuckle Dragger

    DJT* should be playing Mueller’s sympathy card for him now.

    ‘Look at the poor bloke. Clearly, not all his dogs are barking. Leave him alone you terrible people, putting him through all this for something that’s never going to happen’ etc etc.

    *Was deferred 5 times because he was smarter and played the game better than a pimply Goondiwindi spastic herder.

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