Open Forum: November 2, 2019

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  1. Percy Popinjay

    His business wouldn’t exist if he couldn’t plunder taxes, especially in Third World shitholes like California.

    Not to mention South Australia. You have to hand it to Musky, he immediately recognised what a sucker Gerrymander Jay Weatherdill was.

  2. dover_beach

    Everything she said here was reconfirmed on Q&A’s most recent feminist hysterical panel on Monday:

  3. bespoke

    Must is no different to Brunel ect

  4. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC – Tesla makes sense as a high end prestige marque. It does not make sense as a mass market car manufacturer. The sooner they can be converted into a luxury/performance group the more chance they will survive. Also ditch Solar Cities.

    I was amused coming back from the shops Tuesday to be behind a 4×4 ute of name and model I have never heard of. Obviously Chinese. The Chinese will emasculate all manufacturers who get the nutty idea that EVs are the future for Mr Joe. Q. Tradie of 69 Deplorable Ave, Boganville. Joe Tradie will buy cheap and cheerful Chinese over religious Gaia-chariots always. And Greens don’t buy cars anyway, they live in dog boxes where haute vegan cuisine and comfy little soy latte shops with WiFi are nearby.

  5. JC

    Tom

    He saw an opportunity and took it. Don’t fail him for that. Call him a subsidy entrepreneur then. 🙂

    Tom, the subsidies were/are available to the carmakers, so he wasn’t placed on a subsidy pedestal in any way. He took advantage of a tax break and ran with the ball. The thing to consider is that he beat the others in a relative game as they all could avail themselves of the tax break.

    He also done same amazing things like for instance being able to remotely update the software on every car.

  6. johanna

    If JC would only put his net worth into Tesla.

    Sadly, between hosing the concrete and the lions above the gate, he swoons over the fraudster Musk, a man after his own heart.

    The unfortunate habit of Musk’s cars to burst into flames is causing the company more and more trouble, as the lawsuits escalate. In particular, once alight, they don’t go out, no matter what firefighters do. You think you’ve put it out, and then it explodes in flames again.

    But hey, JC will shift back and forth like he did with Trump. Every day is a new one for his opinions.

  7. JC

    Not to mention South Australia. You have to hand it to Musky, he immediately recognised what a sucker Gerrymander Jay Weatherdill was.

    Yep.

  8. Some History

    IATA Set To Combat Greta Thunberg’s Flight Shaming Movement

    The aviation industry is set to launch a campaign to combat the growing flight shaming movement led by Greta Thunberg. The campaign comes as weakened demand has been reported in Europe.

    https://simpleflying.com/iata-flight-shaming-campaign/

  9. cohenite

    Trump killed them in Mississippi, almost got a dud governor over the line in Kentucky and won everything else but wtf happened in Virginia: soros.

  10. Some History

    Margaret Atwood says Greta Thunberg is the ‘Joan of Arc of the environment’

    Acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood has said Greta Thunberg is the “Joan of Arc of the environment”.
    Atwood, who is known for her dystopian and heavily symbolic novels including The Handmaid’s Tale and the Maddaddam trilogy, praised the teenage climate activist as “wonderful”.
    The Canadian writer and two-time Booker Prize-winner has been a vocal supporter for environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion.
    She wore a badge with the group’s logo on her lapel while accepting her joint Booker Prize along with Bernadine Evaristo.
    Speaking on the Extinction Rebellion podcast, she compared the 16-year-old Swede to the 15th century French saint who helped reclaim land from the English, before being burned at the stake.
    Atwood said: “She’s wonderful and she’s impervious to people slagging her off. She’s sort of the Joan of Arc of the environment.
    “I think she needs a big white horse.”

    https://news.sky.com/story/margaret-atwood-says-greta-thunberg-is-the-joan-of-arc-of-the-environment-11855734

  11. johanna

    Percy Popinjay
    #3203762, posted on November 7, 2019 at 8:46 am

    His business wouldn’t exist if he couldn’t plunder taxes, especially in Third World shitholes like California.

    Not to mention South Australia. You have to hand it to Musky, he immediately recognised what a sucker Gerrymander Jay Weatherdill was.

    Spot on.

    His busines model is finding stupid governments to hand over taxpayers’ money.

  12. vr

    JC,

    Did you get the Hermes band?

  13. C.L.

    I knew those 11,000 scientists were dodgy but I didn’t notice “Mickey Mouse.”
    That’s why Bolt is paid the big bucks.
    The media swallowed it, hook, line and sinker.

  14. bespoke

    Again Must is no different to Brunel ect.

  15. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Richardson voted liberal to get rid of Phelps.
    Good. Excellent.

    Only sane thing to do.
    I did it too, and so did Cassie.
    I even spruiked for him on the hustings.
    Sharma for the Reps, Aust Cons for the Senate. That turned out well, didn’t it?
    Sharma is now busy riling the electorate who voted his way. He’s all climate changey ridiculous.
    Hairy wrote him a very stern letter about that just the other day. My wife and I, he said ..
    lol
    Give me some facts for your statement about things getting worse by the day, he said ..
    I said facts, he goes on, and not just opinions, nor the results of deficient computer modelling.
    And no 97% fakes nor a heap of everybody says, or scientists find etc
    Facts, man, facts. Evidence. Empirical findings. Verifiable information.
    The stuff on which policies that will develop or limit Australia’s future are founded.
    He doesn’t expect to hear back any time soon though.

    Ah, I see too that sweetness and light is back after another bad nite on the dark side.
    And that JC is here taking her measure.
    I am busy today so I will leave him to it.
    He does it so well and I really can’t be bothered.

  16. Snoopy

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3203767, posted on November 7, 2019 at 8:51 am
    JC – Tesla makes sense as a high end prestige marque. It does not make sense as a mass market car manufacturer. The sooner they can be converted into a luxury/performance group the more chance they will survive.

    Running off taxpayer-built charging stations providing taxpayer-funded electricity.

    Equality. California style.

  17. Knuckle Dragger

    Still no commentary, reinforcing or not from ABC management – let alone the Minister for Communications – over the latest fuckity fuck fuck display on their shitstain network on Monday.

    It would appear the practice of flailing, inconsequential cossetted children swearing in public for shock value hasn’t died off over time.

    Poor old ‘strong woman’ Ita must have evidently decided that her days of being lionised in Cold Chisel songs aren’t coming back, and that it’s far easier to spend her days in the office watching her stories, suitably topped up with diazepam.

  18. Some History

    On and on it goes.

    Extinction Rebellion: Celebs appear in video calling for climate action

    Staunton calls for a “fair and just plan to address this global inequality”, while Carter says the group want the young to be educated and the old to be re-educated on climate issues so “we can all have a new start”.

    RTWT

    https://news.sky.com/story/extinction-rebellion-celebs-appear-in-video-calling-for-climate-action-11852936

  19. stackja

    Controversial ‘three-parent IVF’ technology could soon be available to Australians
    A new IVF program in Australia could save the lives of babies who inherit life-threatening genetic conditions. So why is the plan so controversial?

    Grant McArthur, Health editor, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    November 7, 2019 8:05am

    Controversial ‘three-parent IVF’ may soon be allowed in Australia under a proposed law change aimed at preventing parents passing on horror genetic conditions to their children.

    However, a host of scientific, ethical and social dilemmas are now being evaluated to determine the wider implications of combining genes from two women and altering the nation’s cloning laws.

    The Australian Government has called on the National Health and Medical Research Council to weigh up the scientific and moral considerations of mitochondrial donation – where DNA from the eggs of two women are combined to remove malfunctioning genes.

    If allowed, it is estimated mitochondrial donation would be used in about 60 births a year to prevent diseases that typically see children die between the ages of three and 12.

    An expert committee has produced a discussion paper to outline the issue, however NHMRC chief executive officer Professor Anne Kelso said it was now up to ordinary Australians to decide how far they are prepared to allow genetic manipulation of embryos.

    “For some people the most important thing will be that we can offer hope to families who have mitochondrial diseases because it can be very severe and shorten people’s lives dramatically,” Prof Kelso said.

    “This technology offers the possibility of families having healthy children that are still genetically related to both the parents.

    “There are clear benefits if it works, but we’ don’t yet know how safe the technology is because there is so little information from around the world.

    “For some other people the technology will present moral challenges.”

  20. JC

    If JC would only put his net worth into Tesla.

    Why doesn’t Molds short the stock if the landwhale thinks it’s going to zero?

    Sadly, between hosing the concrete and the lions above the gate, he swoons over the fraudster Musk, a man after his own heart.

    Molds sure knows what a fraud is when she looks in the mirror and sees a useless, overweight taxeater staring back her. Rifling through taxpayer money for all your adult life and then pretending she’s right wing and all on a Libertarian blog. That’s fraud …and funny.

    The unfortunate habit of Musk’s cars to burst into flames is causing the company more and more trouble, as the lawsuits escalate.

    Musk’s cars burst into flames at about same rate or lower as regular petrol based cars in terms of miles traveled. Of course, Molds knows more about the lawsuits than investors in the stock. But then who else would you ask about Tesla stock other than Canberra’s Molds Buffet?

    In particular, once alight, they don’t go out, no matter what firefighters do. You think you’ve put it out, and then it explodes in flames again.

    Lol.

    But hey, JC will shift back and forth like he did with Trump. Every day is a new one for his opinions.

    Recently, Molds saw opinion polls rising for High Cheeks faster than her stomach acid after a bad couple of pies, and then came out with a “prediction”. The slob called it a prediction.

  21. JC

    vr
    #3203777, posted on November 7, 2019 at 9:01 am

    JC,

    Did you get the Hermes band?

    Absolutely not. That’s for sheilas.

    I bought the titanium one with a leather strap.

  22. Tom

    He took advantage of a tax break and ran with the ball.

    I agree with that, JC. Governments are big buckets of cash controlled by elected idiots and bureaucrats who hate voters and exist only to increase the size of their tax-funded empires. There are corporations roaming the earth that specialise in subsidy mining.

    A prime example of Muskism in Australia is the British and French subsidy miners that have taken over Victoria’s public transport system (one of the “reforms” of that woke Lieboral idiot, Jeff Kennett). It hasn’t improved public transport one iota — crush loading of trains is at record levels — and I doubt it has reduced government spending on public transport. A disaster.

    If you can specialise in penetrating government bureaucracy, there is big money to be made in diverting rivers of public cash to the private bottom line — with no net benefit to the public. It’s scam central — of which Australia is the world capital.

  23. Knuckle Dragger

    “I think she needs a big white horse.”

    Who the hell does this scribbler think she is, making sexualised comments like that about a 16 year old girl?

  24. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I knew those 11,000 scientists were dodgy but I didn’t notice “Mickey Mouse.”
    That’s why Bolt is paid the big bucks.
    The media swallowed it, hook, line and sinker.

    Excellent, CL. I didn’t get round to seeing Bolt last nite.
    Was Minnie in evidence too?
    Can’t have blatant sexism creeping into such genuine scientific discourse. 🙂

  25. Dr Faustus

    Rudd and Richardson are warmup acts for the Festival of Factional Backstabbing that will follow the release of the review of the ALP Election Debacle.

    The Australian reports dark threats if Filth Shorten is fingered for being as popular with the punters as a dog turd trodden into the carpet. And Chris ‘Guilty as Charged’ Bowen is running his own defence of his brilliant “If you don’t want to be taxed up the clacker – don’t fuckin’ vote for us..” contribution:

    Chris Bowen, the architect of Labor’s unpopular franking credits and neg­a­tive gearing tax policies, refused­ on Wednesday to accept that Labor’s targeting of older Aust­ralians was solely to blame for the May 18 defeat.

    Likely findings:

    – Diligent, hard-working party servant, Bill Shorten, wildly popular with colleagues, unable to cut through relentless media negativity;

    – Australia not ready for a mature discussion of policy ‘that we have to have’;

    – Backlash from the massive public disaffection with The Australian political process caused by three years of circus noir as the Liberal Party vomited up toxic Turnbull;

    – Cloive;

    – Backdoor Bob Brown’s Queensland Caravan of Weirdness.

    Shorten still has backers and influence and ego.
    Time for popcorn and Jaffas.

  26. feelthebern

    Whoops.
    On.
    Not in.

  27. feelthebern

    The i is right next to the o.

  28. JC

    Spot on.

    His busines model is finding stupid governments to hand over taxpayers’ money.

    This is truly stupid shit.

    Jezebel, you better hope to God I’m not put in charge of moderating comments because you and a few others would be gonsky in a NY minute. Stupidity wouldn’t be tolerated. Call it zero stupidity tolerance.

    The $58 billion valuation would show up as an up arrow for any other carmaker that took up the challenge. He and he alone took the challenge and edged his way into an overcrowded market and the others -especially in the prestige segment – are languishing.

  29. Snoopy

    Trump is toast. The NYT:

    Representative Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts, the only member of the group of progressive first-term congresswomen nicknamed “the squad” who had not yet backed a Democratic presidential candidate, has endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a longtime ally.

    Ms. Pressley backed her home state senator, a longtime ally. “We find ourselves in a fight for the soul of our nation, and I know Elizabeth can win it,” she said.

  30. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Staunton calls for a “fair and just plan to address this global inequality”, while Carter says the group want the young to be educated and the old to be re-educated on climate issues so “we can all have a new start”.

    Ah, there’s that word again. Re-educate.
    Communists always go in hard after ‘those who can remember’.
    The young are always the most malleable and thus prime targets for totalitarians.

    Oh, and here’s a segue, an association. Who can remember ‘When a Girl Marries”? That mad old radio serial ‘for all those who are in love…. and for all those who *breath point* can remember’.

  31. feelthebern

    I was in a Telsa Model 3 the other day.
    It was freaking awesome.

  32. JC

    feelthebern
    #3203798, posted on November 7, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Put it in JC.

    I regularly do, Bern. But what are you referring to.

  33. feelthebern

    JC, once you wear the apple watch for a day, you’ll never go back.

  34. Knuckle Dragger

    Or, and more relevant:

    “I think she needs a big white horse.”

    When this girly, who already has some degree of difficulty understanding the world around her, realises that she’s been used by all and sundry – particularly her parents – to make money at her expense and that she’s been thrown into the industrial bin when the next shiny young moppet comes along, and THEN decides to have a crack at this fancy heroin stuff everyone’s been talking about and ends up dead;

    The final drops of mileage squeezed out of her corpse by these gutless criminals might just lay bare their motivations, and shine some light on what they really care about.

  35. johanna

    areff
    #3203632, posted on November 7, 2019 at 12:21 am

    NZ really is shit.

    Q: What do you call a New Zealander in a suit.

    A: The defendant

    And Kiwis aren’t shit. They try very hard and, by dent of effort and application, have risen to a station only a few pegs lower on the evolutionary scale than Tasmanians.

    I know you are ragging, Roger, it’s a version of a very old joke.
    What gets me is that there have been some excellent UnZud TV shows, with coins found behind the sofa cushions budgets, that piss all over our lavishly funded, politically correct crap from TheirABC.

    Outrageous Fortune

    Westside

    The Brokenwood Mysteries

    The Flight of the Conchords

    The uniting principle in these shows is a sense of humour, irrespective of race, sex, whatever. Everybody is fair game. Jokes abound, and rebound.

    N Zud Pakhea and Maori have, for the most, had a good laugh together. It is only activists who want to keep stirring up trouble.

    Sound familiar?

    Oh, and thanks to whoever reminded me of Footrot Flats. Haven’t looked at them for a while. Murray Ball was a great artist.

  36. JC

    cohenite
    #3203772, posted on November 7, 2019 at 8:54 am

    Trump killed them in Mississippi, almost got a dud governor over the line in Kentucky and won everything else but wtf happened in Virginia: soros.

    Cronkers, don’t try and paint bright red lipstick on this pig. Pale red is far better and more circumspect. Losing is NOT winning, you idiot.

  37. mh

    feelthebern
    #3203798, posted on November 7, 2019 at 9:19 am
    Put it in JC.

    Phrasing

  38. 8th Dan

    In keeping with TheirABC’s devotion to getting things right:

    The final deal meant The Irishman would be released to cinemas on November 7 but then become available to Netflix’s 11 million Australian subscribers four weeks later.

    The Upper Woop Woop Grazier, Pig Fancier and Farmer had better fact checking.

    Morgan Research:

    Netflix set to surge beyond 10 million users – 3 August 2018

    9.8 million Australian Netflix subscribers at 3 August 2018. So, 11 million sounds about right for 15 months later. Soo-ee.

  39. Tom

    Since it costs government twice as much to do anything because of its inefficiency, if government was privatised, its size (and our taxes) could be halved.

  40. JC

    Bern

    Wifey ruined the whole watch caper. She’s been asking me all day when I’m going to wear it because it’s still in the bag and box… untouched. I can’t even look at it especially with the image of those oldster Americans hanging around the counter.

  41. Knuckle Dragger

    The gift that keeps on giving:

    “I think she needs a big white horse.”

    Horse the cat was one of, if not the best bit of Footrot Flats.

  42. mh

    The money from proud Nazi collaborator George Schwartz doesn’t always bear fruit

    New York: $800K Soros Campaign Fails to Oust Hard-on-Crime Prosecutor

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/11/06/new-york-800k-soros-campaign-fails-to-oust-hard-on-crime-prosecutor/

  43. Shy Ted

    Margaret Atwood says Greta Thunberg is the ‘Joan of Arc of the environment’
    So can we burn her at the stake yet?

  44. JC

    The Australian left basically do whatever their American masters tell them.
    Virtue signaling alert!

    How long before this happens in Oz. I’m betting just the other side of Xmas. I don’t eat that crap as I’ve never liked. Originality is not one of their many many sins.

    The New York City Council overwhelmingly passed legislation on Wednesday that will ban the sale of foie gras in the city, one of the country’s largest markets, beginning in 2022. … Most foie gras is produced through a process known as gavage; ducks are force-fed a fatty corn-based mixture that engorges their livers.Oct 30, 2019

  45. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Wifey ruined the whole watch caper. She’s been asking me all day when I’m going to wear it because it’s still in the bag and box… untouched.’

    See?

    ONE watch. Anything more is unnecessary and confuses the ladeeeees. Exhibit A: ‘Which bag should I take to the shops?’

  46. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I know Elizabeth can win it

    Not every Elizabeth is a good Elizabeth.
    Well known fact.

    Still, Elizabeth is a fine old name.
    Here is a tale of how and why I chose it.

  47. Roger

    What gets me is that there have been some excellent UnZud TV shows, with coins found behind the sofa cushions budgets, that piss all over our lavishly funded, politically correct crap from TheirABC.

    Seven Periods with Mr. Gormsby

  48. johanna

    Poor old ‘strong woman’ Ita must have evidently decided that her days of being lionised in Cold Chisel songs aren’t coming back, and that it’s far easier to spend her days in the office watching her stories, suitably topped up with diazepam.

    I’m not rushing to judgement, KD.

    I knew Ita back in the day. She smiles and chats and collects evidence, then delivers. Believe me, in that world you did not want to be her enemy.

    What dickheads on the Right have failed to grasp is that the ABC is set up to avoid any kind of accountability. The Board can’t do a thing, as has been demonstrated over and over again.

  49. johanna

    Roger – yes! How could I forget!

  50. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Exhibit A: ‘Which bag should I take to the shops?’

    Not confusing at all. You are looking here at an example of a market system in operation.
    Choice. Not just ye olde black bagge.
    Nor even ye tribal hand-knit over the forehead donkey-woman type, as seen in old New Guinea in my day there laden with sweet potatoes. Also reprised in memory by an article in the latest Weekend Oz travel section, where a man attending a distant resort in the third world was distressed to find two ladeees wearing such bags desperate to sling his five heavy suitcases into their bamboo style a la tete and carry them up to the new luxury resort. Such desperate measures using women still go on. He also reports seeing a new building going up with the women carrying a heavy load of bricks in same headstrong manner.
    Now capitalism brings us a choice. One of the ‘designer ones’ or just the knockabout Guess (of which I have many)? I for one am very grateful for this. I treasure my handbags, symbols of choice.

  51. Roger

    The Board can’t do a thing, as has been demonstrated over and over again.

    They are pretty much limited to financial, not editorial oversight. Which is why the only solution is to shut it down, either in one fell swoop or by a slow strangulation of funding.

  52. bespoke

    ‘strong woman’

    I remember reading that hear in defence of frightbat behaviour. 😎

    fifth column?

  53. areff

    Further to the wee hours’ mass listing of Australian and New Zealand inventions and achievements, it would be a crime not to mention the Shaky Isles’ contribution to military armour: the Bob Semple tank . Take it from what sounds like Our/Their Russell Crowe (who neglects to mention Semple was actually an Australian)

  54. Margaret Atwood says Greta Thunberg is the ‘Joan of Arc of the environment’

    Wait, what?

    Joan of Arc actually did something tangible, and competently for a while.

    I love how the left invoke religion when convenient and they’re not declaring religious people as an inferior subspecies.*

    ‘cept for loveable old kook, Fr Boob.**

    *Much like Tovarishch Jughashvili.
    **Box wine and feline admirer Atwood makes him look like Mr Sanity.

  55. calli

    Staunton calls for a “fair and just plan to address this global inequality”, while Carter says the group want the young to be educated and the old to be re-educated on climate issues so “we can all have a new start”.

    Carter and Staunton are married. Between the fairness and justice and the re-education, can you imagine their wedded bliss?

    They were made for each other.

  56. Nor even ye tribal hand-knit over the forehead donkey-woman type, as seen in old New Guinea in my day there laden with sweet potatoes. Also reprised in memory by an article in the latest Weekend Oz travel section, where a man attending a distant resort in the third world was distressed to find two ladeees wearing such bags desperate to sling his five heavy suitcases into their bamboo style a la tete and carry them up to the new luxury resort. Such desperate measures using women still go on. He also reports seeing a new building going up with the women carrying a heavy load of bricks in same headstrong manner.

    I want that strain of sativa you’ve got. I don’t know if Felix Baumgartner could get this high.

  57. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    When oh when is this thread going to end?
    Do we have to wait, like Cinderellas, for midnight to strike?
    And dressed like this?
    It is way past ballgown wearing time now, Sinc.

    Pfft. I am off to get dressed for the day.
    Ballgown flounce. 😀

    I’d love to stay, but I can’t. My Q5 may turn into a pumpkin once I am in my usual threads if I don’t drive off soon from this magic site. Some of course might think that a useful end for such a vehicle. But I still love its turbo charge. Ruuufffffffffffffffffffff.

    *cloud of dust*

  58. calli

    Greta.

    Don’t go near Rouen.

    You have been warned.

  59. JC

    Roger

    The board charged with ensuring the ABC follows the charter. It’s one of it’s prime responsibilities. While it is difficult to argue on a case by case basis, the board also has charge over the CEO. If the CEO doesn’t appear to be following the charter in a responsible fashion, the board has the call in terms of terminating him or her and finding a replacement. They can keep rinsing and repeating this for as long as it takes. Don’t believe the nonsense board is unable to act. It can.

    It’s a different question though if the board isn’t on a unity ticket.

    The Q&A program from the other evening was an absolute abortion and the board should act immediately.

  60. egg_

    Australia invented New Zealand.

    Australia shat out New Zealand.

  61. New York: $800K Soros Campaign Fails to Oust Hard-on-Crime Prosecutor

    Phrasing.

  62. Roger

    ye tribal hand-knit over the forehead donkey-woman type, as seen in old New Guinea in my day there laden with sweet potatoes.

    Known as a bilum.

  63. cohenite

    The Virginians voted out Trump because apparently they like open borders and the resulting influx of cheap labour for their estates.

    Does head prefect live in Virginia?

  64. Roger

    Roger

    The board charged with ensuring the ABC follows the charter.

    The trouble is that charter is so broadly worded you could drive a T-34 tank through it.

  65. Old School Conservative

    Ah, I see too that sweetness and light is back after another bad nite on the dark side.
    And that JC is here taking her measure.
    I am busy today so I will leave him to it.
    He does it so well and I really can’t be bothered.

    Lizzie, as a confessed sideline observer of your stoushes can I point out the logic fail here?
    You have given johanna a serve in this comment and yet claim not to be bothered. Can’t have it both ways.

  66. JC

    The charter has wide latitude and would be a godsend to a board that really cared about fairness etc.

    Here it is here.

    6 Charter of the Corporation
    (1) The functions of the Corporation are:
    (a) to provide within Australia innovative and comprehensive broadcasting services of a high standard as part of the Australian broadcasting system consisting of national, commercial and community sectors and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to provide:
    (i) broadcasting programs that contribute to a sense of national identity and inform and entertain, and reflect the cultural diversity of, the Australian community; and
    (ii) broadcasting programs of an educational nature;
    (b) to transmit to countries outside Australia broadcasting programs of news, current affairs, entertainment and cultural enrichment that will:
    (i) encourage awareness of Australia and an international understanding of Australian attitudes on world affairs; and
    (ii) enable Australian citizens living or travelling outside Australia to obtain information about Australian affairs and Australian attitudes on world affairs; and
    (ba) to provide digital media services; and
    (c) to encourage and promote the musical, dramatic and other performing arts in Australia.
    Note: See also section 31AA (Corporation or prescribed companies to be the only providers of Commonwealth‑funded international broadcasting services).
    (2) In the provision by the Corporation of its broadcasting services within Australia:
    (a) the Corporation shall take account of:
    (i) the broadcasting services provided by the commercial and community sectors of the Australian broadcasting system;
    (ii) the standards from time to time determined by the ACMA in respect of broadcasting services;
    (iii) the responsibility of the Corporation as the provider of an independent national broadcasting service to provide a balance between broadcasting programs of wide appeal and specialized broadcasting programs;
    (iv) the multicultural character of the Australian community; and
    (v) in connection with the provision of broadcasting programs of an educational nature—the responsibilities of the States in relation to education; and
    (b) the Corporation shall take all such measures, being measures consistent with the obligations of the Corporation under paragraph (a), as, in the opinion of the Board, will be conducive to the full development by the Corporation of suitable broadcasting programs.
    (3) The functions of the Corporation under subsection (1) and the duties imposed on the Corporation under subsection (2) constitute the Charter of the Corporation.
    (4) Nothing in this section shall be taken to impose on the Corporation a duty that is enforceable by proceedings in a court.

    The board could give them hell if it wanted to.

  67. JC

    cohenite
    #3203851, posted on November 7, 2019 at 9:58 am
    The Virginians voted out Trump because apparently they like open borders and the resulting influx of cheap labour for their estates.

    Does head prefect live in Virginia?

    No, Head Coach temporarily resides in a place multiples worse.

  68. egg_

    It’s clear to me gravity and time are the same thing.

    Gravity is a field with instantaneous effects, like electric and magnetic fields, i.e. it doesn’t obey time.
    Waves obey time as they travel through a medium.
    This is where numpties confuse “Gravity waves” with gravity.

    The thought experiment where if the Sun were to disappear, the effects on the Earth would be felt immediately.
    Watch the numpties debate that one, confusing waves with a field.
    Fundamental Physics.

  69. This is where numpties confuse “Gravity waves” with gravity.

    Even well credentialed people do this.

    “How fast a field can propogate…?”

  70. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    that strain of sativa

    Cannabis is as Cannabis does, Dotty. This is my normal self.

    Reference:
    The Weekend Australian, November 2-3, 2019, Travel + Indulgence, P.3 – ‘Follow the Reader’
    who is Philip Snellen, from Narrabundah in the ACT

    Snellen is in China, the backblocks, where animism thrives. i.e. tribal China. At a newly built resort in Southern Yunan province. On a newly built mobile system their tour director calls the hotel. “two women appear. Broad straps loop around their foreheads from woven baskets on their backs. They insist on carrying our five suitcases in the baskets. I”m embarrassed, but they will not be argued with …”

    .. and later ‘Our hike to a nearby village takes us under a splayed, dried goat carcass adorned with tokens to ward off evil spirits. Teams of women pass by carrying clay bricks on their back to a construction site. The path is treacherously steep and the loads seem impossible, but they chatter and sing cheerfully. Men are lounging in the shade, offering advice to the women, who ignore them.”

    In 1965 as an anthropology student on a special tour I stayed in the patrol officers house in what was then the very remote Western Highland village of Kompian, not too far from the just opened Kopiago trail. The women there wore the traditional laden net bags over their foreheads, just like these Chinese women.

    Dotty, as an older siren of sorts (lol), when you have my memories, who needs dope to activate them?

  71. JC

    In any event, big deal about Virginia. Trump is never going to win there. Too many Washington taxeating scumbags live there now and have swung the state blue.

    Crooked won it by 5 points in 16

    H.Clinton
    49.9%
    1,916,845
    D. Trump
    45.0%


    1,731,156
    L G. Johnson
    3.0%
    116,600
    I E. McMullin
    1.4%
    52,914
    G J. Stein
    0.7%
    27,272

  72. egg_

    “How fast a field can propogate…?”

    It’s already there – how did the Sun’s Gravity amass?

  73. egg_

    Even well credentialed people do this.

    Credentialism?
    Appeal to Authority?
    Or numpties?

  74. If Yunan is the back blocks, Australia is a quiet, run down sheep station.

    The population of the province is 45 million!

  75. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Even well credentialed people do this.

    Indeed they do. Why, it was only last night that areff discovered that gravity turned to viscous gravy when left overnite in the sink. A man after my own heart, is areff. Language lives in his head in unusual ways, segues everywhere, and he just can’t help himself. The words flow.

    And here is me, not even drinking much lately. 🙂

    OMG, the pumpkin. Lookit the time. Don’t want to have to use the broomstick.
    That, according to my first (of Big Sis’s five) ex-brothers in law, was my Sainted Mother’s specialty.
    On ya broom, mother, he would say to her, pointing out the old straw broom in the corner.
    Poor soul. Not an easy life.

  76. Leigh Lowe

    Post-it notes are an Australian invention.

  77. bespoke

    1735099
    #3203868, posted on November 7, 2019 at 10:18 am
    Suddenly he has perfect recall….

    Not Found

    Haha I blame the NDIS

  78. JC

    This was part of a piece today in the wsj partially about the killing of the 9 Americans in Mexico.

    These stats are off the planet.

    The details of the murders are shocking, but the truth is that such mayhem is an everyday occurrence in Mexico. A Council on Foreign Relations paper, updated on Oct. 22, reports that murders are soaring in the country, often linked to the drug cartels. Homicides reached a new high of 36,000 in 2018 and this year murders have averaged 90 a day.

    Thanks also to the war on drugs in the north.

  79. vr

    Wifey ruined the whole watch caper. She’s been asking me all day when I’m going to wear it because it’s still in the bag and box… untouched. I can’t even look at it especially with the image of those oldster Americans hanging around the counter.

    Maybe she wants it, JC.

  80. johanna

    JC calls his life partner ‘wifey.’

    Does she know that? I doubt it.

    JC is one of those henpecked screen jockeys who try to get a bit of tumesence online. He is still worried that I might reveal to his wife certain posts he made about erotic fantasies and horses. The idea that young girls might get warmed up downstairs while riding horses got him very excited.

    When I asked him if his wife knew about it, he went to water.

    Having never laid eyes on me, he called me an ugly, drunken, fat, whore.

    OK. I didn’t go to Sinc, big blue eyes brimming with tears (as Lizzie did) and let the chips fall where they may. I reminded him that he was a half Arab with back hair rivalling a wild pig.

  81. cohenite

    In a just world Trump would win everywhere.

  82. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    If Yunan is the back blocks, Australia is a quiet, run down sheep station.

    The left are trying to knock us back to the C19th, Dot, so maybe we are heading back that way.
    Meantime, from my source, these are true backblocks, where little pockets of tribal-influenced people apparently still exist:

    “Our hotel teeters on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Honghe Hani Rice Terraces in southern Yunnan province. The terraces lie in a vast hammock-shaped valley suspended from the surrounding mountains.”

    The backblocks of Wabag in the western New Guinea highlands really were quite pristine when I went there. The Kopiago trail opened up a tribe to genuine first contact. Amazing stories from the Kiap about his time doing that, and it was fascinating to watch him dispensing rough justice in his impromptu ‘court’. They really were little Colonial Kings back then. 1965 saw the beginning of Independence, and the end of the Kiap system. We (lover I was travelling with and I) saw it at its last. My photos of it all are classics now.

  83. egg_

    Another fundamental numpty test is that the Earth’s North geographic pole is actually the South dipole of its magnetic field.

  84. bespoke

    I don’t get the “live and let live”. It seems a convenient excuse used by some as Quid pro quo so they don’t have judgment put on them. And it’s a base for the de-evolutionary Intersectionality theory.

  85. 1735099

    Trying again –
    Suddenly he has perfect recall….

  86. Louis Hissink

    egg,

    What is the medium gravity waves are travelling through?

  87. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I read this book before we left. It deals with the earlier Kiap period but from memory not much on the highlands. We were expecting to only stay in the coastal regions, but got a sudden opportunity to go to the western highlands, which we grabbed. The flight up was terrifying. Small single engine plane and very deep unexplored ravines in which planes had been lost forever. Made crossing the crocodile-infested Madang River in an overloaded Lakatoi late at night after a village celebration seem quite tame in comparison. 🙂

  88. egg_

    propagate
    vb
    4. (General Physics) physics to move through*, cause to move through, or transmit, esp in the form of a wave: to propagate sound.

    *I.e. a medium.

  89. Old School Conservative

    Post-it notes are an Australian invention.

    Many years ago I saw a documentary that claimed they were invented by an American 3M executive who needed page markers for his bible that a) didn’t blow away and b) weren’t so sticky they would damage the thin pages of his bible.
    He used his mandatory “steal time from the employer” and kept changing the formula for normal 3M adhesives until he got it just right.
    Had a stack of post-it notes made and gave them to the CEOs secretary who kept using them in stuff she put on the boss’ desk.
    The rest is history.

    Sounds like a good story.

  90. Rex Mango

    OSC, think you might find Romy, from Romy & Michelle’s High School Renunion invented Post-it notes:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romy_and_Michele%27s_High_School_Reunion

  91. notafan

    crush loading of trains is at record levels

    Heard that this morning on the radio

    three lines having their timetables altered because platforms are too crowded and people cannot safely board

    Pakenham, Cranbourne and one other, Pakeham used to be a country town

    tell us again why Melbourne needs another 200,ooo extra people a year

  92. JC

    JC calls his life partner ‘wifey.’

    Does she know that? I doubt it.

    What we don’t doubt that you refer to the gin bottle as hubby because that’s all you’ve ever had to cuddle over the years, you undesirable slob.

    JC is one of those henpecked screen jockeys who try to get a bit of tumesence online. He is still worried that I might reveal to his wife certain posts he made about erotic fantasies and horses. The idea that young girls might get warmed up downstairs while riding horses got him very excited.

    No, no and no. Just more fig trees of the drunk’s imagination.

    The idea I’m henpecked is laughable. The idea that there’s someone trolling around is concerning. The slob has attempted this with others here too.

    Having the hots for a horse in the way it was described was frankly vomit inducing and inappropriate. However, we know the slob is excessively inappropriate anyway but it was more inappropriate than usual.

    When I asked him if his wife knew about it, he went to water.

    Another lie. I would be just as concerned as anyone else with a mentally disturbed drunk trolling around.

    Having never laid eyes on me, he called me an ugly, drunken, fat, whore.

    Other people here have made mention of this before. I trust them.

    OK. I didn’t go to Sinc, big blue eyes brimming with tears (as Lizzie did) and let the chips fall where they may. I reminded him that he was a half Arab with back hair rivalling a wild pig.

    Charming. And other people.. females she’s tangled with are called cows. Dad taught her all the good stuff.

    Let me repeat, if I ever get moderation privileges, you will be out of here in a second and there’s no amount of graveling that would change my mind. Feel comfortable you won’t be alone though. Just the first out of here, you worthless drunk.

  93. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I might reveal to his wife

    Indeed. You do have form in seeking to dox commenters here. Not just me and JC either.

    Her posts should carry a sign: Beware of the Dox. lol

    I’ve certainly batted my big blue eyes at Sinc at the Friedman Conference while he and Hairy had a chest hair contest and Catallaxy was far from anyone’s thoughts, but I have never emailed him wanting people to be banned, although I know of others who have done so. Not my style, deary. Sinc makes his own decisions and I let him know here if I disagree (eg vale None). I am totally against banning people who are not trolls or flagrant in hogging threads and if they need to pull their head in and they are disturbing me I tell them here, to their face.

    Sweetness and light is your best mode, imho, but others may not see it my way.
    I’ll just be myself here and let others sort out what is what. Let Dr. Stimpy prescribe.
    He’s the best one to do that if anyone needs any help. Usually, no-one does. Viva Catallaxy. 🙂

  94. Chris

    Loire Valley by barge and bike.
    Next Sept.
    What history do I need to read up?

  95. JC

    vr
    #3203874, posted on November 7, 2019 at 10:24 am
    Wifey ruined the whole watch caper. She’s been asking me all day when I’m going to wear it because it’s still in the bag and box… untouched. I can’t even look at it especially with the image of those oldster Americans hanging around the counter.

    Maybe she wants it, JC.

    I don’t think so, vr. She was trying to talk me out of buying it. I don’t think she likes them.

  96. Tom

    Doomlord, it occurs to me that there is no technical reason you can’t simply post just one open fred per week after midnight on Saturday mornings. The new-gen software the Cat is using, compared with the steam-powered techno-treacle we used until around 2014, means there’s no difference in posting time whether it’s 1000 comments, 3000 comments or 10,000 comments.

    The perfect set-and-forget solution for busy libertarian academics.

  97. notafan

    Why do people have to be all-in for Trump?

    we can praise the good he does and criticize the bad

    anything else is just stupid

    like progressives

    don’t be like progressives

  98. Geriatric Mayfly

    He used his mandatory “steal time from the employer” and kept

    As did a fellow called Gore when he worked for Du Pont. Mucked around with that plastic plumber’s tape,
    noted a few of its properties under certain conditions and Voila! Gortex. The rest is history.

  99. Siltstone

    “Pakenham used to be a country town”
    Try Pakenham Upper.

  100. notafan

    Chris

    Martin of Tours

    Lots of French revolution action

    and lots of kings

    valley of kings

  101. Geriatric Mayfly

    IRA of Tours too.

  102. 1735099

    Why do people have to be all-in for Trump?

    I’ll play your silly game.
    Here’s the answer –
    This is Catallaxy – you have to keep it very very very simple.
    There can only be two positions on anything.
    It’s a bit like Kindy….

  103. bespoke

    So it’s was’t about “free speech”, thought so.

  104. Atoms for Peace

    Wondering if the members of “F#** ” Troop that starred on Q and A speak that way at customs etc.

  105. notafan

    IRA of Tours too.

    Tell us more please GM

  106. Atoms for Peace

    Seven Periods of Mr Gormsby..great NZ show. 2 series from memory

  107. Geriatric Mayfly

    In the same watershed as the Loire is the Cher and Chenonceau castle which spans three quarters of the river itself. This stream was the border between free France and occupied territory. Legend has it if you could get in the front door of the castle and out the back you had successfully escaped Nazi France.

  108. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘There can only be two positions on anything.’

    Well, I suppose you’ve got prior form for hedging your bets, Old Yeller.

    And losing.

  109. cohenite

    And the Kentucky governor vote difference is 5000, all of which are phony votes and the 3rd fucking candidate, a LIBERTARIAN, hived off 28,426 votes from Trump. FMD.

  110. Rex Mango

    First Rule of Gravity. Think it pretty clear that matter and energy are different things, the interaction of which produces time and gravity, which are the same.

  111. JC

    And you know those 28,000 odd votes would have gone to Trump, how so, Cronkite?

  112. Rex Mango

    Second Rule of Gravity. If gravity and time are the same, then matter and energy can interact.

  113. JC

    Rex

    How are gravity and time the same… the same thing?

  114. areff

    There will be blood? Already delivered.

  115. Eyrie

    There is some debate about the detection of gravity waves. They constructed a filter based of what their theory said they should see and applied it to a VERY noisy signal and lo and behold they “found” a singular event. You can do this stuff with a known repeating signal to get signal to emerge from noise (GPS works that way. The signals from space are well buried in the noise) but not for singular events that are basically unknown.

  116. notafan

    In the same watershed as the Loire is the Cher and Chenonceau castle which spans three quarters of the river itself. This stream was the border between free France and occupied territory. Legend has it if you could get in the front door of the castle and out the back you had successfully escaped Nazi France.

    I’ve been there GM

    was owned by Catherine de Medici at one stage iirc

    Gloriousi nside and out and now always filled with flowers from their hothouses etc

    I think I read something about that escape route

    the other side is all forest

    it is a complete span of the river

  117. Mother Lode

    I knew those 11,000 scientists were dodgy but I didn’t notice “Mickey Mouse.”

    I reserve judgement in cases like the above.

  118. Rex Mango

    JC, still working on my Theory of Gravity, but only way the universe can make any sense. Perhaps not the same, but result of each other.

  119. Rex Mango

    Or if you look at it another way. Over time the universe is expanding, but gravity is acting in exactly the opposite manner to make it contract.

  120. notafan

    More than 90 trains a day on the overcrowded Cranbourne and Pakenham lines will take longer to reach their destination, with some trips delayed by up to five minutes.

    A new Metro timetable, to be released on Friday, will come into effect in December on nine routes along the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines

    have to start employing train squishers

    .93 trains on Cranbourne, Pakenham lines to run slower

  121. notafan

    handy

    Under the contract signed in 2017 with the state government, Metro Trains can be fined up to $1.25 million per month for falling short of performance targets.

    The latest Transport Department figures show the overall punctuality rate for Metro Trains was 89.9 per cent in both August and September this year – short of the 92 per cent target.

  122. Rex Mango

    Train squishers use gravity and momentum, to get trains to run on time.

  123. Mark A

    Tom
    #3203754, posted on November 7, 2019 at 8:39 am

    He’s not a conventional carmaker CEO.

    He’s not a carmaker, JC. He’s a government subsidy miner. His business wouldn’t exist if he couldn’t plunder taxes, especially in Third World American shitholes like California.

    These so called ‘businessmen’ and those trading in their businesses are the true ‘tax hooverers’ of society.

    At least the public ‘servants’ turn up to work every day and may even do some good.

  124. Knuckle Dragger

    Rule Three of Gravity:

    If you are at the bottom of a stairwell carrying a pavlova and Raelene Castle is at the top, time and gravity will turn you into a black hole.

  125. Rex Mango

    KD, some excellent reasoning right there.

  126. bespoke

    Mark

    Name one entrepreneur in the style of Musk that has’t done some tax hoovering.

  127. Rex Mango

    Ted Kaczynski was no tax hoover.

  128. Bruce of Newcastle

    There will be blood.

    From the Nein News report just now it appears there will be no mention of holy Gaia policies.
    Which will not make Joel very happy methinks.
    Nor CFMEU coal wukkas.

  129. JC

    Mark A

    Let’s be very clear about this. Your real gripe with Musk is that he’s a betwetting gerbiler – it’s not that he’s a tax hoover – and you should be honest about it. For a start, the so-called subsidies received are essentially tax breaks for the car buyers. Tax breaks – in themselves – are not subsidies in the traditional sense.

    Even so, “Musk judgement” should be done on a relative basis. The world’s existing markers are the biggest fucking subsidy/ assistance whores in world history or close enough. Detroit wouldn’t exist now without massive subsidies and assistance going their way during the financial crisis. There was more by way of tariffs protection before too. Every carmaker in the world has been supported through subsidies and forms of assistance.

    Judging Musk and Tesla should be done on a relative basis.

    He’s done well enough.

  130. Rex Mango

    John D. Rockefeller was no tax hoover.

  131. Old School Conservative

    Do police take Cert II courses in understatement?

    Russian national stabs one man to death, severely wounds a second leaving the knife sticking out of his chest, then does a runner.

    “Do not approach this man, we believe he is capable of a violent act.”

  132. bespoke

    What set’s Musk apart from most other CEO’s today is that he has a personal attachment to the product.

  133. JC

    Rex

    For the most part Johnny D was no tax hoover, because it was only around 1917 or so the US introduced income tax. However, there were fairly high tariffs during the time Johnny D was active in business. Having said that, the refining business was essentially domestically orientated, so tariffs wouldn’t have impacted the dude.

  134. egg_

    Louis Hissink
    #3203882, posted on November 7, 2019 at 10:33 am
    egg,

    What is the medium gravity waves are travelling through?

    The Danish group’s independent checks, published in three peer-reviewed papers, found there was little evidence for the presence of gravitational waves in the September 2015 signal. On a scale from certain at 1 to definitely not there at 0, Jackson says the analysis puts the probability of the first detection being from an event involving black holes with the properties claimed by LIGO at 0.000004. That is roughly the same as the odds that your eventual cause of death will be a comet or asteroid strike – or, as Jackson puts it,”consistent with zero”. The probability of the signal being due to a merger of any sort of black holes is not huge either. Jackson and his colleagues calculate it as 0.008.

    The Aether, of course!

    Gravitational waves are disturbances in the curvature of spacetime, generated by accelerated masses, that propagate as waves outward from their source at the speed of light.

  135. zyconoclast

    A New Crispr Technique Could Fix Almost All Genetic Diseases
    A less error-prone DNA editing method could correct many more harmful mutations than was previously possible.

  136. Megan

    Let me repeat, if I ever get moderation privileges, you will be out of here in a second and there’s no amount of graveling that would change my mind

    Fantastic typo. Graveling: being transported on your belly across Lilydale topping while squealing for mercy. Even better than what was intended and a perfect addition to the Catictionary.

  137. bespoke

    Did the US rail get no government funding?

  138. Bruce of Newcastle

    What set’s Musk apart from most other CEO’s today is that he has a personal attachment to the product.

    That’s not entirely true.
    What he is attached to is the idea of colonizing Mars.
    Hence electric vehicles, boring machines, solar cells and rockets.
    What he should be investing in is modular nukes, but that is haram to his base.

  139. JC

    bespoke
    #3203942, posted on November 7, 2019 at 11:57 am
    What set’s Musk apart from most other CEO’s today is that he has a personal attachment to the product.

    Yep, Taleb calls is having skin in the game.

  140. zyconoclast

    A Jordanian man will spend three years behind bars for smuggling Yemenis into the United States from Mexico, the Department of Justice said Tuesday.

    Aldairi admitted to transporting the Yemenis from Monterrey, Mexico, to a border town, where he directed them to cross the Rio Grande River into Texas. He also provided some of them with construction hard hats and reflective vests to help them blend in after crossing.

  141. JC

    Lol

    Graveling and groveling would both apply. -)

  142. zyconoclast

    Robbers tied a tree trunk to their car and used it as a battering ram to smash into a French cathedral and steal irreplaceable treasures last night.

    The thieves rammed into the church in Oloron-Sainte-Marie in the early hours of this morning, local authorities said, as witnesses reported seeing three people involved in the heist.

    Once inside, the robbers helped themselves to chalices and other ceremonial objects, much of it gold, as well as a 17th-century nativity scene and a collection of clothes.

  143. JC

    Zyco

    The left’s version of that hoax is that’s how far Trump is pushing these people and his policies are at fault, not them!

  144. lotocoti

    Rule Three of Gravity

    Hang on there.
    According to Newton, a body with a greater mass will attract a body with a lesser mass.
    But if you put a pavlova in a room with a Raelene Castle, the lesser mass, (the pav) would attract the greater mass (the Raelene), which would be counter to Newtonian theory.
    Is there a cash or cheque option with the Nobel physics prize?

  145. Rex Mango

    Lotocoti, indeed the Raelene Castle conundrum. A similar problem is, if you place Raelene Castle and a pavlova in a box, on opening the box what probability is there of finding them both still there?

  146. Knuckle Dragger

    Pavlova.

    Box.

    Castle.

    PHRASING.

  147. calli

    BREAKING NEWS: Labor has identified former leader Bill Shorten’s unpopularity and a lack of political strategy as two of the causes for the party’s shock federal election loss

    Wasn’t about policy then.

  148. lotocoti

    the Raelene Castle conundrum

    Unless they were of equal mass, the probability would have to be approaching zero.

  149. The Barking Toad

    Box and Castle should never be in the same sentence or paragraph……shudder

  150. calli

    Former South Australian premier Jay Weatherill and former trade minister Craig Emerson have spent months investigating the defeat, and in a final report made public today they make 26 recommendations for the ALP to take to the next election.

    Weatherdill and the Contacts Swallower.

    They couldn’t investigate a bubble in a beer.

  151. JC

    More on John D Rockefeller.

    A hero of mine and a saint.

    He was the second wealthiest dude in history with an inflation adjusted net worth of around $350 billion.

    Fugger was the richest ever. Never heard of the fugger.

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

  152. Rex Mango

    Never heard of the Fugger bloke either. Seems he loaned the Vatican money to build the new St Peters.

  153. thefrollickingmole

    Over at the gruinaid they have a piece on the high price of lamb.
    Mostly blames the terrible terrible heat.
    Comments underneath show the seething hatred of those on the land by the urban bugmen (and bugladies).
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2019/nov/07/the-price-of-lamb-has-soared-200-since-the-90s-now-the-drought-is-sending-it-even-higher#comments

    Be kinder to animals, they keep your lawns nice sheep do, they make friends, they have lovely wool which can be removed gently and their meat is unnecessary for us to eat. Very few people take ewe’s milk so breeding sheep is not that necessary is it?

    ‘in September the fewest numbers of lambs were slaughtered in any month since April 2012’
    Good – at least some good news comes from the drought.
    Stop eating animals.
    ….
    Don’t raise sheep in a desert – cover it with solar panels instead.

    Hopefully the price of this ‘crop’ that is ‘harvested’ as a ‘product’ will go so high it is stopped.

    1.9 million lambs slaughtered on average, every month?!?!?!?! Every month. That is insane. Think about it, what does that mean in total for meat eaters? 10 million animals killed a month? What a freakin disgrace. The world has gone mad.

    Shorter Numberwang
    It’s a bit like Kindy….

    Numberwang wasnt trusted with a kindy class, bit too advanced for him, kept him with the short bus group instead.

  154. Some History

    Alcohol consumption will soon follow smoking and meat-eating in becoming a social evil

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/alcohol-drinking-smoking-meat-eating-society-a9183206.html

  155. Infidel Tiger

    Yep, Taleb calls is having skin in the game.

    Taleb drives a Tesla.

  156. Mother Lode

    Loire Valley by barge and bike.

    The French have Sauvignon Blanc down pat.

    That said, there seem to be a few Australians who have decided not to make their Sav Blancs so overpowering and to balance out the flavours better.

    I tasted one at Philip Shaw in Orange a couple of weeks ago that was smooth, subtle, and with peach flavours. Much better than the briny over-grassy ‘Pair with asian food’ crap.

  157. JC

    Taleb drives a Tesla.

    Okay, but what’s that got to do with the price of dates at the souq?

  158. Rex Mango

    Fourth Rule of Gravity. If time and gravity are the same thing and gravity is an attractive force acting on all matter, then time obviously acts to drive all matter apart. Or, to put it another way, time will separate everything.

  159. EvilElvis

    The trouble is that charter is so broadly worded you could drive a T-34 tank through it.

    I’m with JC. Fuck I don’t say that often. Anywho…

    Ambiguity in the charter can lead to equally harsh and ambiguous decisions being passed down from the board, if they desired.

    Who the fuck is the board anyway? Wouldn’t be an ordinary person on there with a testicle between them to have the drive for change. Or punishment. Or one job loss of any kind.

  160. Dr Faustus

    As broadly predicted:

    KEY FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN LABOR ELECTION REVIEW

    FINDINGS

    * Labor did not settle on a persuasive strategy for winning the election.

    * Labor did not craft a simple narrative that unified its many policies.

    * Labor failed to campaign sufficiently and consistently on reasons to vote against the coalition.

    * Labor targeted too many seats, such that resources were spread too thinly and the campaign’s impact was diluted.

    * Labor’s election campaign did not adapt to the new Liberal leader (Scott Morrison) and his reframing of the election as a choice between himself and Bill Shorten.

    * Bill Shorten’s unpopularity contributed to the election loss.

    * Voter trust in politics has collapsed.

    * Labor’s policies on negative gearing and franking credits … (exposed) Labor to a coalition attack that these spending measures would risk the Budget, the economy and the jobs of economically insecure, low-income workers.

    * Despite some early slips, Labor leader Bill Shorten performed solidly during the campaign, including bettering his rival in three debates.

    * Queensland, outer-metropolitan, provincial and rural Australia swung against Labor while inner-metropolitan areas swung to Labor.

    * Labor’s ambiguous language on Adani, combined with some anti-coal rhetoric and the coalition’s campaign associating Labor with the Greens in voters’ minds, devastated its support in the coal mining communities of regional Queensland and the Hunter Valley.

    Shorter:

    – Bill was unpopular but did really, really well;
    – Labor’s policies were great, but the electorate is too dim to understand the complicated messages;
    – Labor didn’t tip sufficient shit on Morrison;
    – Fucking, fucking, fucking Greens;
    – For some reason the stupid fucking voters hate us beautiful politicians.

  161. notafan

    one word of warming regarding biking the Loire

    which my daughter and her husband did a couple of years ago

    the French have quaint laws about Sunday opening so make sure somewhere is open to buy lunch on a Sunday or bring something with you

    otherwise hungry and thirsty you will be

  162. cohenite

    And you know those 28,000 odd votes would have gone to Trump, how so, Cronkite?

    Well, you’re a libertarian: who would a 3rd party libertarian voters have voted for if the libertarian hadn’t run and assuming they weren’t pissed when voting for the 3rd party libertarian candidate and would not be pissed if there was no libertarian 3rd candidate and stay at home polishing their testicles?

  163. Mother Lode

    You get more truth reading The Bee as satire than you do reading the MSM as factual.

  164. JC

    Well, you’re a libertarian: who would a 3rd party libertarian voters have voted for if the libertarian hadn’t run and assuming they weren’t pissed when voting for the 3rd party libertarian candidate and would not be pissed if there was no libertarian 3rd candidate and stay at home polishing their testicles?

    Well, I can’t speak for 28,000 people, but I would’ve voted for the Republican no matter how bad he was because he couldn’t be anywhere near as bad as even a decent D’rat.
    Some libertarians a dogmatically imbecilic.. see Imploder for instance. However, he’s not a fair comparison because he resides in a mental asylum.

  165. cohenite

    Ok, that’s one libertarian for the GOP, what about other libertarians skulking around here, including imploder, whoever the fuck he/she/it is.

  166. calli

    Who sez The Bee is satire?

    This one sounds plausible.

    NEW YORK, NY—An ABC News spokesperson claims the story on Epstein they sat on for three years was accidentally tossed out with some old paperwork, then shredded into tiny pieces, and then finally incinerated into a pile of ash.

    “There was some kind of mix-up with the papers,” said one man standing out by ABC News’s official incinerator. “A janitor must have tossed it out while he was cleaning. Then, I guess it got fed through a paper shredder somehow, fed through a second paper shredder by mistake, and finally incinerated at 4,000 degrees.”

    “These kinds of things just happen sometimes, you know,” he added, shrugging.

    Station representatives also believe the pile of ashes was then pulled out of the trash, stuffed into a briefcase, set inside a block of solid concrete, and dropped off the end of the docks near a seedy warehouse.

    ABC News assured everyone the janitor has been fired, his mop has been confiscated, and he’s been tossed outside like a bag of moldy tangerines.

    Fact check

    that

    , Snopes!

  167. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Taleb drives a Tesla.

    brave man

  168. JC

    You don’t want Imploder’s vote, Cronkite.

    (Iampeter)

  169. calli

    I hope he has a carpark all to himself.

    And an escape plan.

  170. JC

    I hope he has a carpark all to himself.

    And an escape plan.

    Imploder? He’s better off in the mental asylum rather than the outside world.

  171. thefrollickingmole

    Unfortunately this wasnt the judge speaking.


    “I hope your incarceration leads you to a life of pain, darkness and misery,” he said.

    “There is no forgiveness or rehabilitation for what you have done.

    “For the consequences of your actions you must suffer.”

    Bloke is a genuine hero, copped a bit of injuries from helping as well.
    A Sydney mechanic who rescued a young girl being Paped by a convicted sex offender has told a court the man deserves “a life of pain, darkness and misery” for his crime.

    Anthony Sampieri, 55, was on parole when he choked and sexually assaulted the seven-year-old in a locked toilet cubicle at the studio in Kogarah in November last year.

    Diesel mechanic Nick Gilio intervened and was stabbed several times by Sampieri with a scalpel as he rescued the girl.

    No link, Pape word in the url.

  172. JC

    Zipperhead.

    Not for nothing, but I’d rather drive a Tesla than that mobile living room on wheels, you claim to own.
    Nothing personal.

  173. calli

    Ahahaha! No, not One Amp.

    Taleb. On account of battery fires in parked vehicles and door latches that lock the victim in the resulting inferno.

    Sounds as if they’re possessed. Maybe call a Teslexorcist.

  174. Percy Popinjay

    It seems that Cap’n Obvious may have had some (peripheral) input into the Weatherdill/Whyalla Wipeout Imbecile Review:

    The review found Labor’s strategy was unable to respond to Scott Morrison becoming Liberal leader and offered a “cluttered policy agenda that looked risky” to voters.

    I’m disappointed there was no mention of Fat Cloive stealing all those votes.

    P.S. What sort of incompetent idiots could possibly be “blindsided” by Scott Morrison becoming gliberal leader?

    This sort of idiot. The comments underneath make for nauseating reading.

  175. Rex Mango

    Thought experiment. Raelene Castle and a pavlova are orbiting a black hole. As Raelene nears the event horizon, will she be able to get a piece of pav into her gob?

  176. Leigh Lowe

    Australian inventions.
    The Dunlop Volley.
    Tiger snake anti-venene.
    Flat white coffee.
    Pie floater.

  177. Leigh Lowe

    Raelene attracts pavlova by gravitational pull and absorbs pavlova by osmosis.

  178. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The comments underneath make for nauseating reading.

    I’ve never seen so much slobbering, sycophancy in one place for some time.

  179. calli

    Depends on the size of the black hole. If any mass can be compressed into one, then Castle when compressed might still be bigger than the radius.

    If that is so, she might consume the black hole, event horizon and all, thinking it was a sliver of festive chocolate salami. And then the pav for dessert.

    What happens to the kiwi fruit slice and single blueberry that achieved escape velocity before consumption is anyone’s guess. Possibly warped into another dimension.

  180. calli

    Australian invention – blow up thong body board.

  181. areff

    Raelene Castle and a pavlova are orbiting a black hole.

    As I understand it, and I may be wrong, you never actually get entirely sucked into a black hole. Rather, if your feet go in feet first, you become infinitely stretched. A smart woman I knew once likened it to Zeno’s Paradox, which I sort of half understood.

    Anyway, if correct, Ms Castle would be doubly blessed: not only would the eternal elongation slim her down, she’d enjoy the perpetual company and comfort of a tasty pavlova in close and everlasting proximity.

    More knowledgeable Cats are welcome to set me straight should the above be wrong.

  182. Rex Mango

    Australian invention – aquaculture*

    * Reference; Dark Emu

  183. Confused Old Misfit

    Castle consumes Black Hole to consume Pavlova.

  184. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Australian invention – barbecued shrimp.

  185. Rex Mango

    Leigh L, excellent answer as the forces of attraction between Ms Castle and a pavlova may be such that they exceed all known physical laws

    Calli, that is good point too, Raelene could find the black hole in orbit around her

    areff, go to top of class, had completely forgotten about the aspect of stretching her into a supermodel

  186. thefrollickingmole

    I found the one person who liked the Q&A with the frightbats..

    1st time I have watched Qanda and it’s brilliant
    …..
    I agree with Mona, I tell pple to fuck off every day
    ….
    Marilyn Shepherd
    I love Mona, ‘FUCK THE PATRIACHY’ and the Tanya Day story is so terrible

    As usual shes on top of refugee/geopolitical issues…
    Marilyn Shepherd
    @MarilynShephe15
    When will our lazy racist moron media stop claiming there are global pple smuggling rings, they have never fucking existed

  187. Top Ender

    They still don’t understand.

    Basically Labor is saying:

    – the voters are too dense to understand our great policies

    – Shorten was unpopular but still did really well.

    They might instead try and absorb and understand this basic definition in psychology:

    Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviours. This produces a feeling of mental discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviours to reduce the discomfort and restore balance.

  188. RobK

    Rule #1 for gravity conjecture and low frequency gravity waves: use an accurate bathroom scale.

  189. JC

    Mole
    Marilyn has to be a parody account.

  190. feelthebern

    Rule Three of Gravity:
    If you are at the bottom of a stairwell carrying a pavlova and Raelene Castle is at the top, time and gravity will turn you into a black hole.

    Fact check: TRUE

  191. thefrollickingmole

    Ponder, if you will the paradox of being a “free teh refugees” right on morally omnipotent lefty and at the same time putting this out in public..

    Marilyn Shepherd

    @MarilynShephe15
    Oct 28
    More
    There is something evil about our ABC claiming assassination of one man is a foreign policy triumph for Trump, the sickness runs deep in western media who won’t admit we are the monsters

    Shes actually positing killing the Papist, murderer, attempted genocider shouldnt have been killed…

  192. feelthebern

    Elon on Joe Rogan was one of the most informative interviews I’ve ever watched.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycPr5-27vSI

    Don’t hate the player.
    Hate the game.
    Peter Thiel wrote how Elon was one of a kind in Zero to One.
    He saw the billions on offer & grabbed them.
    Who wouldn’t?

  193. thefrollickingmole

    JC

    I dont have the story to hand but she rose from her death bed enraged by HoWARds government (conveniently supported by a disability pension) and has churned away on the net trying out her theory that if she just insults enough people they will come around to her way of thinking.

    Been 20 years now, Im sure they will come around soon.

    Looks like you would expect.

    Heres its bio
    Marilyn Shepherd
    Marilyn Shepherd is 59, grew up in the SA Mallee and have been a human rights campaigner since the early days of the illegal Vietnam invasion.

    I worked on SIEV X, the ABC Four Corners film “About Woomera”, exposed the brutal jailing and deportation of hundreds of Australians which saw the horror shows of Vivian Alvarez and Cornelia Rau exposed to the world.

    I worked pro bono as a researcher for the Woomera lawyers while they worked tirelessly for the Bakhtiyari family — the last word anyone of them ever said to me was 7 year old Amina begging me to shoot her.

    I worked on collecting evidence for the book Human Rights Overboard, have written many submissions to Senate committees.

    All that has happened is the Howard mob became and the Gillard and Australia remained the racist hellhole it was.

  194. Zatara

    …wtf happened in Virginia

    Soros pumping 10s of millions of dollars into the Dem campaign machine.

    Plain old demographics – Virginia’s foreign born population has doubled since 2000. Like it or not, they tend to vote Dem.

    There was no Republican candidate running in 40% of Virginia Senate races. Odds were such that it wasn’t worth the personal risk of skylining oneself.

  195. Rococo Liberal

    I’m off to Tony Abbott’s big do tonight. I will report back tomorrow on how it went.

  196. calli

    Ask Sam Neil about Castle, pavlova, event horizon and black hole.

    There is no other human on earth who ticks all the boxes of expertise.

  197. thefrollickingmole

    Zatara

    mentioning Soros money makes you a bad person…
    https://freebeacon.com/politics/dems-ride-big-money-to-full-control-of-virginia-legislature/
    Among the largest donors were liberal billionaires George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, who each spent more than a million dollars in support of Democratic candidates running throughout the state. In the race’s final weeks, Soros gave Virginia’s Planned Parenthood its largest contribution ever. Bloomberg’s gun control advocacy group, Everytown for Gun Safety, spent more than $1.5 million in the state.

  198. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    You lot discussing gravity are way off the mark. Consider the evidence:

    If you are sober and you let go of something, it falls down.
    However, if you are drunk and you let go of something, YOU fall down.
    In the wider universe, anywhere that gravity applies, objects always fall down, not up.

    This proves conclusively that the universe is perpetually pissed, and gravity is merely a side effect.

  199. Roger

    Queensland, outer-metropolitan, provincial and rural Australia swung against Labor while inner-metropolitan areas swung to Labor.

    Elections aren’t won in inner city electorates.

    Unless Labor finds a leader and a suite of policies that appeal to normal people they’ll never be the preferred party of government. They’ll be relying on the Coalition to lose elections rather than winning a mandate for themselves.

    Meanwhile, the Liberals are reportedly still “interpreting” the election results for heaven’s sake.

    I’d say we have the lamest politicians in the Anglosphere but, frankly, outside of the WH the competition is pretty fierce.

  200. notafan

    the Bakhtiyari family

    I presume Marilyn stayed in touch with the Bakhtiyari family after they went home to AfghaniPakistan

    continued updates on their suffering would be such a kick in the ribs for those meanies that forced then to leave (Amanda Vanstone was immigration minister)

  201. Mark A

    feelthebern
    #3204038, posted on November 7, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Don’t hate the player.
    Hate the game.

    Peter Thiel wrote how Elon was one of a kind in Zero to One.
    He saw the billions on offer & grabbed them.
    Who wouldn’t?

    I can see that, don’t have to agree with it.
    My beef is with the constant reference to PS as “tax hooverers”
    What’s the difference?
    They see a job on offer, too good to refuse and take it.

    I have no love for either of them, parasites.

  202. Roger

    Ambiguity in the charter can lead to equally harsh and ambiguous decisions being passed down from the board, if they desired.

    If Maurice Newman couldn’t reform the ABC on the basis of its charter nobody can.

  203. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just popped in. OSC backthread, not a logic fail on my part at all.. One serve back to the ‘orrible ‘ag, who once again started it, and then the good news for her that I cannot be bothered anymore (TODAY). It would be great to never have to bother again. All she needs to do is be civil and get off my back. Not hard. I don’t live here like some do.

    I am very busy, just stopped for lunch and a quick dekko. She’s fine when she’s sweetness and light, a trier anyway, but when the pills and the grog intermix it is just sad.

  204. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Marilyn Shepherd is 59, grew up in the SA Mallee and have been a human rights campaigner since the early days of the illegal Vietnam invasion.

    Glad to see the Left finally recognizing the Vietnam war for what it actually was – a war of aggression, waged by the North against the South, culminating in an invasion by the North.

  205. Tom

    I’m off to Tony Abbott’s big do tonight. I will report back tomorrow on how it went.

    500 words by 9am will be fine, Rococo.

  206. Tintarella di Luna

    What’s Tony Abbott’s big do tonight?

  207. Rex Mango

    mole, Marylin Shepard’s bio reads very similar to a frequent contribitor here. Could she perhaps be his wife?

  208. Bubbles

    Invention. Lucy Turnbull.

    Sorry.

  209. Bruce of Newcastle

    There is no other human on earth who ticks all the boxes of expertise.

    Also he stole a nuclear sub, trained King Arthur and spied for England.

  210. Top Ender

    Sounds like Marilyn, aged 59, is still struggling with the old basic English:

    All that has happened is the Howard mob became and the Gillard and Australia remained the racist hellhole it was.

    Does she like our Julia or what?

    Speaking of which, where is Hairdresser Man these days?

  211. cohenite

    The comments underneath make for nauseating reading.

    I’ve never seen so much slobbering, sycophancy in one place for some time.

    Little billy the alleged r.pist has lots of fans. Humans are strange.

  212. Tintarella di Luna

    Oh I see yes I forgot Tony Abbott’s Tribute dinner, missed out on tickets so it’ll be early to bed as usual.

  213. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Marilyn Shepherd is 59, grew up in the SA Mallee and have been a human rights campaigner since the early days of the illegal Vietnam invasion.

    That means she became a “human rights campaigner” when she was about eight years old.
    Explains a lot.

  214. Knuckle Dragger

    Shepherd. Was wondering where it had got to.

    A ranga.

    Of course it’s a ranga.

  215. Knuckle Dragger

    If, as that Afghan girlie did, I had any sort of extended contact with Shepherd I’d be begging to be shot too.

  216. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Fascinating physics lessons upthread. Combine thesewith Aust vs NZ inventions as per last night and you have a genuine Aussie science we can all be proud to call our own. Home grown on the Catallaxian fields.

  217. Bruce in WA

    Margaret Atwood says Greta Thunberg is the ‘Joan of Arc of the environment’
    So can we burn her at the stake yet?

    I may have mentioned this before …

    My wife and I went to the St Joan memorial when we were in Rouen. The church, though perhaps a bit “trendy modern”, was interesting, and the huge cross in the garden where she was burnt is sombre.

    But I couldn’t help thinking it was in a little bit of poor taste to have, right across from the memorial, in the city square, a … barbecue restaurant!

  218. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    500 words by 9am will be fine, Rococo.

    It takes 500 words to say “Tony Abbott is wonderful and will save us”?

  219. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Greta will self-immolate before long.

    Spontaneous combustion generated the all the garbage she spouts

  220. cohenite

    Marilyn shepherd is a virus, part of the disease which is the green/left mentality; an ugly, ugly person. She is literally someone who is trying and would kill you if you are not the same as her. All her good deeds are acts of revolution. Back in the day when I could comment at the fucking conversation she would always come in spitting ignorance, vitriol and poison. She is a kunt.

  221. Tintarella di Luna

    Spontaneous combustion generated the all the garbage she spouts

    Very true Lizzie B garbage, particularly organic garbage, generates great heat, I know this from the compost bin, Greta is surrounded by garbage people, exploiting her and abusing her youth.

  222. JC

    Be honest, cronkers as you’re amongst friends here. You find her mightily attractive and smitten.
    It’s okay to say so as no one is going to hold it against you.

  223. Knuckle Dragger

    Bahaaaha.

    Kenny the carpenter from John C’s link. Gold Coast chick (no doubt sporting puffy lips, puppy dog filters and a chockers Instagram feed) tells Kenny the tradie ‘I’m just not feeling it’.

    A downcast Kenny checks his online numbers. $793,000 to the good due to the protest on the Cup first four.

    She hangs around for another two hours sponging drinks and tucker. Then:

    ‘I sent her packing. “Listen, you better get your train. I’m not joking either”, Kenny said.

    To summarise: Bahahaaaaaa.

    A feel good story the whole family can enjoy.

  224. jo

    lotocoti
    #3203963, posted on November 7, 2019 at 12:25 pm

    Rule Three of Gravity

    chuckle chuckle chuckle There are some truly funny people on the Cat.

  225. Snoopy

    cohenite
    #3204078, posted on November 7, 2019 at 2:56 pm
    Marilyn shepherd is a virus, part of the disease which is the green/left mentality; an ugly, ugly person.

    I see your Marilyn Shepherd and raise you a Margo Kingston.

  226. Cassie

    “Knuckle Dragger
    #3204070, posted on November 7, 2019 at 2:47 pm
    Shepherd. Was wondering where it had got to.

    A ranga.

    Of course it’s a ranga.”

    I thought that she had gone to meet her maker..or at least she was in the check out room….I remember her from the good old days on Blair and Bolt’s blog. She is a particularly putrid person.

  227. JC

    I see your Marilyn Shepherd and raise you a Margo Kingston.

    Margo is great value. She came up with the scoop Boeing was working on an anti- gravity machine that was top secret. This Einstein didn’t seem to realize planes are anti- gravity machines.

  228. Mother Lode

    Marilyn Shepherd is 59, grew up in the SA Mallee and have been a human rights campaigner since the early days of the illegal Vietnam invasion.

    Lefties use the word ‘illegal’ for everything they don’t like.

    They could mount an argument, according to their lights, that Vietnam was strategically unsound, morally questionable, or even based on false assumptions, but I seriously doubt it was done other than in accordance with law.

    Unless she is talking about the North attacking the south, but somehow I don’t think she would consider anything illegal there.

  229. P

    Who can remember ‘When a Girl Marries”? That mad old radio serial ‘for all those who are in love…. and for all those who *breath point* can remember’.

    Who could forget. In the years 7-9 I was only allow to hear the opening of “When a Girl Marries“. Too young I was told. I would listen on the Kreisler Bakelite Radio at 5:30pm “Search for the Golden Boomerang” and at 6:30pm “Martin’s Corner” my favorite.

  230. Knuckle Dragger

    Kenny’s Best Week Ever, part 2:

    He’s on an online Sportsbet ad. Suit-clad, half-shot, tie askew, sponsor’s cap on and holding a giant fuck-off cheque giving his tips for the Oaks.

    God bless that man, and all the chicks he sails in today.

  231. EvilElvis

    Thought experiment. Raelene Castle and a pavlova are orbiting a black hole. As Raelene nears the event horizon, will she be able to get a piece of pav into her gob?

    I see what you did there Rex. Obviously Raelene is the black hole, devouring everything in its path including said Pav and RA and insert future cock ups here in an infinite, excruciating demise. The universe awaits, patiently, for it to implode on itself in a gothic make up swirling pallet of astronomical proportions.

  232. Infidel Tiger

    Hahahaha!

    Ben Barba allowed back to Rugby League but Izzy is banned!

    You can’t make this shit up.

  233. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    I see your Marilyn Shepherd and raise you a Margo Kingston.

    I give up… what gender is it?

  234. Knuckle Dragger

    Bern, just now:

    Nah. All above board.

    If I knew about such things, which I obviously don’t, I would not at all be surprised to find the empty house had recently been overinsured, that burn patterns in the remnants indicated the best artwork had been removed yet claimed for, and I’d be looking hard at what’s left of the powerboards.

    I’d also give some time to look at stuff and things consistent with a fake burglary.

    But I’d look at the boards. Really, really hard.

  235. feelthebern

    The insurance claim would have the Picasso & the classic car collection.

    h/t Homer Simpson.

  236. calli

    I see your Marilyn Shepherd and raise you a Margo Kingston.

    SCENE III. A heath near Forres.

    Thunder. Enter the three Witches

    Shepherd: Where hast thou been, sister?
    Kingston: Killing swine.
    Farrelly: Sister, where thou?

    ……

    The weird sisters, hand in hand,
    Posters of the sea and land,
    Thus do go about, about:
    Thrice to thine and thrice to mine
    And thrice again, to make up nine.
    Peace! the charm’s wound up.

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