Open Forum: November 30, 2019

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  1. Leigh Lowe

    Snoopy

    #3249445, posted on December 1, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Actually, I don’t see Khan felled by the whale man. Or the fire extinguisher man. It’s a third man who pulls him down.

    I am sure Googlery QC will be concocting charges against all three.

  2. Overburdened

    BoN

    My God.

    It’s hard to imagine that people are so indoctrinated that these two shit heads have got any traction at all.

    I was going to say something about slapping and thought better of it.

  3. Overburdened

    Snoopy

    Narwhal tusk was better copy than convicted murderer.

    In using it as the click bait, they also misidentified the article in the headline.

  4. Cold-Hands

    Looks as though the Poms will need a bulk order of Narwhal tusks…

    Usman Khan was convicted of plotting to blow up the Stock Exchange. Five of his convicted accomplices are also now on parole.

    Mo Chowdhury – RELEASED
    Shah Rahman – RELEASED
    Gurukanth Desai – RELEASED
    Omar Latif – RELEASED
    Nazam Hussain – Release 2020
    Mohibur Rahman – RELEASED

  5. kaysee

    Cardimona,

    That’s a great deal of time and effort that you are putting into the work you do, researching and writing to media and government departments. Taking the fight up on behalf of the rest of us. And you have a nice style of writing too.
    Another Cat here appreciative of the work you are doing ……..

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    OB – I was amused that Greta, who was hanging around with Leo-the-Squillionaire a few weeks ago, has now embraced her inner Marxist.

    Delingpole: Greta the Teenage Climate Puppet Goes Full Marxist (29 Nov)

    It is a crisis of human rights, of justice, and of political will. Colonial, racist, and patriarchal systems of oppression have created and fueled it. We need to dismantle them all.

    Greta, having met Leo, doesn’t like rich white colonial men like Leo…

  7. Snoopy

    TheirABC television news. Where do you start?

    For a state that once worried about not having enough power there’s now almost too much solar energy being generated during the day and no one to use it. If you group all the panels together, roof top solar is now the largest generator of electricity, nearly three times more than South Australia’s last coal fired power plant.

  8. cohenite

    Why?
    You reckon Cardimona won’t get enough BS through the MSM?

    Ok, he can send it to you and you can send it to who you want to send it to.

  9. Top Ender

    Sounds like someone’s awake in Terrorism Central, London:

    a Boeing 767-300 from Tel Aviv lost contact with air traffic control at 3.50am, and 10 minutes later at 4am, RAF Coningsby scrambled Typhoons to meet it

    Apparently causing some very loud sonic booms as they pushed the throttles to the max…

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    roof top solar is now the largest generator of electricity, nearly three times more than South Australia’s last coal fired power plant.

    And everyone in South Australia can watch Lateline using solar power!
    Um, no, they can’t.

  11. JC

    I just came back from our regular street Xmas party. Talking to a lawyer dude at a decent sized law firm, he was telling me about the bullshit law firms are peddling these days.

    He was telling me that the big end law firms deliberately target females for j0bs because it looks good to be woke. They also don’t have to pay them that much because they know a decent percentage will take off to have kids and never come back.

    All good.

  12. Knuckle Dragger

    I am yet to be disappointed by Delingpole.

    From BoN’s link:

    ‘And with most of the West so eager to destroy its industrial capacity just because an annoying little girl in pigtails got radicalised by watching Ice Age 2, is it any wonder that China treats it with such ill-disguised contempt.’

    Yup.

  13. Snoopy

    And everyone in South Australia can watch Lateline using solar power!
    Um, no, they can’t.

    Government subsidised batteries!

  14. Leigh Lowe

    Mo Chowdhury – RELEASED
    Shah Rahman – RELEASED
    Gurukanth Desai – RELEASED
    Omar Latif – RELEASED
    Nazam Hussain – Release 2020
    Mohibur Rahman – RELEASED

    Well, well, well.
    As soon as Nazam hits the streets they do a Blues Brothers and get the band back together.

  15. Boambee John

    From Their ABC

    If you group all the panels together, then at certain limited times on a clear, sunny, day, roof top solar is now the largest generator of electricity, nearly three times more than South Australia’s last coal fired power plant, which, however, provided power reliably and continuously by day and night, sunny or cloudy, windy or calm.

    Fixed that for them.

    They give purveyors of selective quotes a good name.

  16. kaysee

    Greta, who was hanging around with Leo-the-Squillionaire a few weeks ago, has now embraced her inner Marxist.

    Greta Thunberg
    ‏@GretaThunberg

    “To change everything, we need everyone. Each and every one of us must participate in the climate resistance movement. We cannot just say we care; we must show it.”

    Dear Greta, I am not available. Count me out. Don’t speak for me. I don’t care. About any movement in which you are a puppet.

  17. Nick

    We cannot just say we care; we must show it.”

    Lucky for us, most climate adherents are hypocrites and won’t change their own lifestyles.

  18. Mater

    Looks as though the Poms will need a bulk order of Narwhal tusks…

    Don’t they have any milk crates?

  19. kaysee

    Lucky for us, most climate adherents are hypocrites and won’t change their own lifestyles.

    No, unluckily for us, we don’t have leaders with the guts to call out the hypocrisy. That would end the sham.

  20. Spider

    I’m.not prepared to dismiss pill testing out of hand but
    can someone please explain to me how pill testing would have a saved the unfortunate person who died after taking a cocktail of GHB, MDMA and Cocaine. If each was 100% pure are they expecting that he would have taken the advice of a doctor not to mix his drugs?

  21. mh

    Usman Khan was convicted of plotting to blow up the Stock Exchange. Five of his convicted accomplices are also now on parole.

    Mo Chowdhury – RELEASED
    Shah Rahman – RELEASED
    Gurukanth Desai – RELEASED
    Omar Latif – RELEASED
    Nazam Hussain – Release 2020
    Mohibur Rahman – RELEASED

    And Engelbert Humperdinck is back in the charts.

    Please release me… 🎵🎵

  22. Davey Boy

    This week in NDIS News…

    Police are investigating a massive NDIS-related financial fraud that used a forged letter purported to be from former assistant minister and Australian Senator Sarah Henderson to convince Korean investors to part with $395 million.

    A forged letter purported to be from Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson was used to convince investors to part with $395 million.

    A joint federal and state police probe, led by Victoria’s fraud and extortion squad, is under way into company Living Bright Australia which is accused, along with a related firm, LBA Capital, of operating a “large-scale sophisticated fraud” against multibillion-dollar Korean investment house JB Asset Management.

    The companies allegedly tricked the Koreans into thinking they were investing in specialist disability accommodation (SDA) supported by National Disability Insurance Scheme funding, convincing JB Asset Management to tip $395 million into eight separate funds to purchase SDA-approved properties.

    The NDIS has a mandate to provide $700 million a year in funding for up to 12,500 specialist dwellings modified to suit the needs of people with disabilities.

    The Age and Sydney Morning Herald have obtained a copy of official federal government correspondence, which has been confirmed as a forgery, that helped convince the Koreans of the legitimacy of the investment.

    The glowing assessment is written on the official letterhead of the former federal member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, who late last year was the assistant minister tasked with overseeing the NDIS

  23. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Ok, he can send it to you and you can send it to who you want to send it to.

    Cardimona can send it to whoever he (she?) likes, Cohenite.
    I just can’t see the point of wasting the pixels to give a copy to a mealy-mouthed, lying, dishonest prick who set an all-time record in deceiving the very people who voted for him.

    You need me to write you up a Tony Abbott BS list?
    It could take a while.

  24. Knuckle Dragger

    An Open Letter to Greta:

    In one year and one month, you will turn 18. At that point you will lose all attraction and relevance to those using you as a smokescreen to attempt to overthrow sovereign nations in favour of a global collective.
    There will be other pigtailed junior skanks and similar shiny things.

    You, on the other hand, are just a number who had best milk the last year in the sun you’ll have. Your best scenario is to be run over and killed by a fossil fuelled car, in which case the driver of said car will also die but in mysterious circumstances, and you will be the inaugural coal martyr.

    Or, you could fake your own death and then live out your days in a Prague rub and tug. Whatever works for you.

    Either way, you should have stayed in school. See ya, wouldn’t want to be ya.

  25. Dr.BeauGan

    kaysee
    #3249477, posted on December 1, 2019 at 9:06 pm
    From the FrontPage Mag
    An Open Letter to Greta Thunberg

    That’s an awful open letter. It rambles. Mine is much shorter:

    Hi Greta,
    You are a dim, boring, ignorant little twit. You can only keep company with other dim, boring, ignorant little twits, unless you count being fawned on by creeps like DiCaprio, who wants to be admired by dim, boring, ignorant little twits because no else can stand him. You understand almost nothing about almost everything and nobody has let you discover that you are a) dim, b) boring and c) ignorant. So I am doing you a kindness by pointing out these things.

    Now you have been told, you can go back to school and do something to reduce the ignorance, and by thinking and doubting you may be able to reduce the dimness. These two together may also make you less boring.

    Until then, shut up.

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Until then, shut up.

    Children should be seen, and NOT heard.

  27. Overburdened

    BoN

    Strange bed fellows.

    An actor who should have just kept turning up to red carpets and acting and a neurotic child who is keeping her ex Eurovision performing mum and her dad in pretty good style, I imagine.

    Their unifying characteristics are that they have no hard data in their heads and no practical solutions if needed for their perceived critical issue.

    There must be good perks for them.

    It a shame they won’t be able to enjoy it when the Earth is destroyed in the next little while.

  28. Overburdened

    The pic of the two reminded me of the flower power days, which eventually morphed into crack gangs with subbies.

  29. Knuckle Dragger

    DiCaprio made two decent flicks, and only two.

    Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, and Django Unchained.

    The rest were shit. Cannot be denied.

  30. Vagabond

    can someone please explain to me how pill testing would have a saved the unfortunate person who died after taking a cocktail of GHB, MDMA and Cocaine. If each was 100% pure are they expecting that he would have taken the advice of a doctor not to mix his drugs?

    Yes, pill testing assumes people will take the advice of the pill tester and only take the the one tested pill (and no alcohol) which can be an unlikely situation. Most of the hoohaa about testing has just been about the purity of MDMA. In this case he took three drugs, of which GHB and possibly also cocaine could not be tested for. GHB is a liquid, not a pill, and can be hard to detect by laboratories for several reasons.

  31. Hi Stimpy. Also shut up dude.

    Blockchain can/most likely will make crap like conveyancing cheaper and easier to do.

    If alt righties don’t want rootless renters, they should embrace blockchain.

  32. Snoopy

    Däre Greta, Rädda planeten. Mörda dina föräldrar och döda dig själv.

  33. Hi Stimpy. Also, shut up Stimpy.

    A block chain system can/most likely will make tasks like real property title transfer cheaper and easier to do.

    If the right don’t want an excess of renters with no permanent connection to their community and no stake in the future, they should embrace the block chain concept.

  34. Knuckle Dragger

    The rationale behind the concept of pill testing at drug festivals is this:

    It is a mechanism to enable the friends and/or barristers of people who cram various substances into their gobs, most of which had earlier that day either been pissed in or surrounded by another human’s shit, to blame someone else when they inevitably die.

    Which they will. On both counts.

  35. Hi Stimpy. Also, shut up Stimpy.

    A block chain system can/most likely will make tasks like real property title transfer cheaper and easier to do.

    This can then assist in increasing home ownership rates as transaction costs are lowered.

    If the right don’t want an excess of renters with no permanent connection to their community and no stake in the future, they should embrace the block chain concept.

  36. Hi Stimpy. Also, shut up Stimpy.

    A block chain system can/most likely will make tasks like real property title transfer cheaper and easier to do.

    This can then assist in increasing home ownership rates as transaction costs are lowered.

    If the right don’t want an excess of renters with no permanent connection to their community and no stake in the future, they should embrace the block chain concept.

  37. jupes

    The rest were shit. Cannot be denied.

    I’m a denier.

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

  38. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Vagabond
    #3249490, posted on December 1, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Sorry Vagabond, but you neglected to mention the two main benefits 0f on-site pill testing.
    Namely that it would create lots of out-of-hours work at penalty rates, plus free entry to these music festivals, for an ever-increasing number of otherwise useless tax-eating bureaucrats.

  39. Knuckle Dragger

    Duly noted, jupes.

    Haven’t see that one yet.

  40. Snoopy

    This can then assist in increasing home ownership rates as transaction costs are lowered.

    So what would be the savings on the purchase of a very modest $500k home, Dot?

  41. areff

    Jefferson Davis High School, eh? That would explain why the white kid is in charge of the black youngsters.

    Evidently blacktivists haven’t got around to harassing this school. Give ’em time.

  42. Overburdened

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2019/11/30/john-kerry-recruits-bill-clinton-leonardo-dicaprio-for-new-climate-coalition/

    Here’s Leo again.

    Fn Barnum and Bailey had nothing on this show.

    FWIW I reckon the Trump presidency is a threat to a stack of business deals and plans that have been worked on for some years, so now it’s President Trumps fault that the Earth will be destroyed soon.

  43. cohenite

    The Departed wasn’t bad.

  44. Snoopy

    The New York Times reports that John Kerry, who served as a senator in Massachusetts from 1985 to 2013, has recruited former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and former Republican governors John Kasich and Arnold Schwarzenegger. A-listers such as actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Ashton Kutcher, and rocker Sting are also on board. Over 60 figures are said to have signed up for the coalition.

    If those carbon hogs were necked catastrophic global warming would be delayed by 50 years.

  45. Arky

    Transaction costs have nothing to do with the cost of doing the transaction.
    Stamp duty etc are revenue raisers. Card fees etc are bank profits.
    As if bloody block chain will make houses cheaper.
    Bloody hell, which country have you been living in?

  46. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    So what would be the savings on the purchase of a very modest $500k home, Dot?

    Pretty-much zilch, Snoopy.
    As Dot himself has frequently pointed out, nearly half of the cost of a home today is swallowed up in Federal, State, and local council costs. Any possible “savings” would very quickly be swallowed up by matching increases in those fees and charges.

  47. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Snap! Arky.

  48. Arky

    A block chain system can/most likely will make tasks like real property title transfer cheaper and easier to do

    ..
    It is time we admitted that from some point in around 1975 onwards, making tasks easier wasn’t actually making anything better for anyone.
    It just freed people up to go insane.
    Chicks invading the workplace because vacuum cleaners made their lives boring and easy.
    Multiplying fuckwits in non- jobs like lawyering and HR.
    Just stop it with making things easier already.

  49. custard

    Knuckle Dragger,

    I’ve just pinched your letter to Greta, thought that I should let you know…..brilliant!

  50. Arky

    We need to stop human progress in it’s tracks now.
    We have all the shit we need already.
    Shit. We could build starships now if we weren’t all spending our time fucking about online and faffing on about blockchain.
    Fucking spare me.
    It is time we lobotomised the smartest twenty percent of the population with ice picks and got back to doing real shit.

  51. Knuckle Dragger

    Any time, custard.

    Once on the internet. etc.

    Someone mentioned a few months back that the Canary Islands didn’t have canaries at all, but were originally named the Canis Islands by the pasta-fanciers or somesuch. Isles of Dogs.

    I have stolen it, but haven’t used it yet. Have to meet the right barmaid first.

  52. Snoopy

    Imagine being this turd’s parent.

    Zac William Whiting was visibly upset during his third day in Bali police custody, with cameras capturing his tears as he was led to the bathroom briefly.
    The 18-year-old cabinet maker – originally from the Northern Territory and more recently the Sunshine Coast – didn’t respond to media questions.
    Whiting, a budding AFL footballer, is being held at Kuta police station, accused of lashing out at a security guard over his friend’s missing mobile phone.

  53. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘We need to stop human progress in it’s tracks now.’

    It’s all that masturbation, Arky.

  54. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘lashing out’

    ‘punching in the face’

  55. Knuckle Dragger

    Also:

    ‘budding AFL footballer’

    ‘aspiring rapper’

  56. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    interesting

  57. Black Ball

    As Christmas rolls around again, the luvvies will be hoping and wishing things go better for them in the next 12 months than the last.

    They didn’t get Bill Shorten in last May’s election and they didn’t even get Malcolm Turnbull, though they know that he would have won if he hadn’t been tossed out of the leadership by those who knew him best — his parliamentary colleagues.

    But perhaps the ultimate believers in hopey, wishy thinking are the staff at the ABC and Nine (formerly Fairfax) publications.
    ne who believes they may have a hint of Aboriginal ancestry, are deserving of special representation in parliament and special benefits not available to other Australians.

    Forget the Mabo decision, the National Apology, the innumerable Sorry Days and the bogus Welcome to Country ceremonies and the lack of evidence for any large-scale Stolen Generation other than the necessary removal of children from abjectly disadvantaged and dysfunctional homes.
    available to other Australians.

    Forget the Mabo decision, the National Apology, the innumerable Sorry Days and the bogus Welcome to Country ceremonies and the lack of evidence for any large-scale Stolen Generation other than the necessary removal of children from abjectly disadvantaged and dysfunctional homes.

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    Nothing less than a total revision of the carefully recorded and documented tribal life at the time of European settlement is now necessary and the luvvies have found new heroes in two authors: Bill Gammage, author of The Biggest Estate On Earth, How Aborigines Made Australia; and Bruce Pascoe, author of Dark Emu. Both of these works are being used to shore up claims of sovereignty and Aboriginal nationhood where it never existed.

    Just a year ago Julia Baird, a flag-carrier for the Nine and ABC’s ideology, praised Pascoe’s work for overturning the accepted and thoroughly researched anthropological view that the Aboriginals were primarily nomadic hunter-gatherers.

    “The truth is starkly different,” she wrote breathlessly.

    “In his brilliant book Dark Emu, indigenous historian Bruce Pascoe documented how Aboriginal peoples lived here for millennia before Cook arrived, establishing a sophisticated, cultivated form of land management, carefully tended irrigation and extensive farming and fish-trapping practices — with villages with wells, dams, permanent buildings made of clay-coated wood and elaborate cemeteries.”

    Well, Pascoe and Gammage’s works have both been found wanting for their wanton wishfulness and lack of scholarship.

    Indeed, author Peter O’Brien has just published Bitter Harvest, a detailed and forensic examination of the extravagant claims made by Pascoe (which are often extrapolations of Gammage’s writings).

    Pascoe’s claim is that he has gone to the writings of the earliest European explorers for his information. But what is sadly telling is that he has tailored his reading to omit much of the material those explorers noted, because their full diary entries destroy his thesis, Gammage’s thesis, and deflate Baird’s enthusiastic appraisal.

    Neither she nor her organisations, the ABC and Nine, have made the most basic checks.

    Dark Emu has won an indigenous writers award, and the Australia Council gave Pascoe its Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature.

    The ABC is preparing a two-part history documentary based upon the work and worse still, it has been taken up by education departments around the country for secondary students and a special version is being prepared for infants. All in defiance of the mass of careful research that began with the first Europeans, the explorers, the scientists — even Charles Darwin.

    It says a lot for the wishy-hopeys who dominate so much of Australia’s culture now that Dark Emu has achieved so much publicity, but it says more for people like O’Brien and the hundreds of researchers who were prepared to plough through the historical record and find the raw facts that demolish this work.

    As O’Brien writes, Pascoe’s claims are “wilful manipulations, additions or omissions to slant the narrative and bolster his arguments”.

    Aboriginals during their 40,000 years or so of existence in Australia managed to survive in extremely harsh conditions.

    That alone is a remarkable accomplishment without unnecessary embellishment from wishful revisionists.

    Piers Akerman in brilliant form.

  58. Knuckle Dragger

    That reminds me.

    It seems Adam Goodes has been front and centre again for all things indig, and has actively been sought out for his commentary on United Voice, as well as the Dark Emu business due to his prominence as a former Australian of the Year and all that.

    Hang on. No. No, he hasn’t.

    Now why is that?

  59. Nob

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3249483, posted on December 1, 2019 at 9:27 pm
    An Open Letter to Greta:

    In one year and one month, you will turn 18. At that point

    … you’ll be able to legally drink in the pub in Sweden!

  60. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It seems Adam Goodes has been front and centre again for all things indig, and has actively been sought out for his commentary on United Voice, as well as the Dark Emu business due to his prominence as a former Australian of the Year and all that.

    Hang on. No. No, he hasn’t.

    Now why is that?

    Knuckle Dragger, you raise a valid point. Adam Goodes, the Dodson brothers, Marcia Langton – all the usual suspects – have suddenly gone very quiet over “Dark Emu.” Why do you think that would be?

  61. Black Ball

    FMD more Flannerys falling and cold enough to freeze the pills off a brass monkey.

  62. mh

    Zac William Whiting was visibly upset during his third day in Bali police custody, with cameras capturing his tears as he was led to the bathroom briefly.
    The 18-year-old cabinet maker – originally from the Northern Territory and more recently the Sunshine Coast – didn’t respond to media questions.
    Whiting, a budding AFL footballer, is being held at Kuta police station, accused of lashing out at a security guard over his friend’s missing mobile phone.

    Good times ! 😄

  63. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Zac William Whiting’

    Sooky little fuck. Big man in Bali, eh?

    If I was his father he’d better be applying for solitary confinement, because that would make it (marginally) harder for me to get at the teary little walking tampon.

  64. Cold-Hands

    From the DuffelBlog…

    NORAD Tracking Satan for the Holidays due to Typo

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — NORAD will be tracking Satan for the holidays after a typo on an internal operations order diverted the beloved Santa-tracking program to describing the location of Lucifer, Prince of Evil, this year from December 24–25.

    “It’s the same letters, just out of order,” said Lt. Col. Kris Krangle, commanding officer of the newly renamed Holiday Tracking Program. “But honestly, I think the American Public would also like to know where Satan is, given the option. Also, we’d already designed the PowerPoint template to say Satan and not Santa, so we were too far on this course of action to fix it.”

  65. Knuckle Dragger

    Good work from NORAD. Own your mistakes, I say.

    All they needed to do was change ‘Holiday Tracking Program’ to ‘Holiday Pogrom Tracking’ and it would have been gold.

  66. Cold-Hands

    The list I posted earlier turns out to be merely a drop in the bucket. UK PM Boris Johnson says there are 74 people who have been released from prison in similar circumstances to the London Bridge attacker.

  67. struth

    Here’s another fact.
    Life in Australia was harsh for Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years because superstition made it impossible for them to progress as it had been for most of human history across the globe.

  68. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Anyone of the bush lawyers on the Cat Help out? What’s the story if Bruce Pascoe received taxpayer money, based on his claim to Aboriginal ancestry, and he’s subsequently discovered to have no such ancestry?

  69. struth

    Aboriginal culture is human culture that was isolated and stayed stone age.
    We are all decendant from these cultures.
    Superstition and fear of the unknown shows itself today in the climate alarmist in ways much worse than their stone age forebears.
    In the face of knowledge they turn to fear and superstition.

  70. EvilElvis

    Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet

    Custard, please don’t follow up KDs letter with this. He’ll lose all credibility. And Stimpy will think he’s gay.

    Inception.

  71. Zyconoclast

    Here’s another fact.
    Life in Australia was harsh for Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years because superstition made it impossible for them to progress as it had been for most of human history across the globe.

    An average IQ of <70 doesn’t help either. Possibly also explains the superstition stuff as well.

    BTW
    The contents to this link
    https://www.quora.com/Why-do-aboriginals-score-so-much-lower-on-IQ-tests-than-any-other-group-of-people

    Gives you this message

    This question has been deleted.
    Questions can be restored by a member of the Quora Moderation team.

  72. Knuckle Dragger

    Elvis.

    A movie about dreams is sub-par, at least.

    Clare Danes was a honey at the time she made R and J, and John Leguizamo was brilliant as Tybalt Capulet.

  73. Leigh Lowe

    Whiting, a budding AFL footballer, is being held at Kuta police station, accused of lashing out at a security guard over his friend’s missing mobile phone.

    OK, so we have “lashing out”, which is solid reporting, but I still prefer “aspiring rapper” to “budding AFL footballer”.

  74. Leigh Lowe

    Sorry KD, I hadn’t scrolled back.

  75. Hazmatic

    Tel
    #3248891, posted on December 1, 2019 at 7:16 am
    “The Viet Minh had the best organisation and the most guns of all the various nationalist factions that opposed the French….. Ngo Dinh Khoi was the most serious non-communist rival to Ho Chi Minh. In 1945 the communists captured him buried him to his neck in sand and smashed his head in with the shovels.”
    You missed an important piece of the puzzle … it was the US Office of Strategic Services who initially trained and supplied the Viet Minh and that’s why they didn’t want to look too Communist at the time. Uncle Ho himself just wanted power by whatever means necessary, but when the Americans were tooling him up, he was happy to look like a freedom fighter, then later when he needed help from China, he was happy to be a Communist for them.
    Take note of the Office of Strategic Services logo which is an Ace of Spades merged into a tied-up bundle of sticks. The fasces was quite a common component of US official insignia before WWII, but lost popularity later when they wanted to distance themselves from the losers.

    Tel.

    “That’s why they didn’t want to look too Communist at the time. Uncle Ho himself just wanted power by whatever means necessary.”

    Bang on.

    David Marr’s ‘Vietnam 1945: The Quest for Power’ gives chapter and verse.

    The standard leftist position as far as HCM’s interaction with the OSS in 1945 is that the US missed an opportunity to “flip” Ho Chi Minh, who was a nationalist before he was a communist and thus the Vietnam War could have been avoided…

    This worldview is apparently reinforced by the fact that HCM during his speech claiming Vietnamese independence from France in 1945 invoked the US Declaration of Independence.

    “All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights; among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    Nice one Ho. As a lifelong atheist he was quite clearly taking the piss.

    Ho Chi Minh was a committed communist from the 1920’s and led an absolutely charmed existence.
    The French wanted to guillotine him in the 1930’s. He escaped to Hong Kong and was arrested by the Brits who were going to deport him back to the French. Fellow traveller’s Denis Pritt and the Marxist Richard Stafford Cripps arranged his escape…

    HCM then ended up in Russia to be trained up as Comintern’s ‘go to man’ in South East Asia. He narrowly survived Stalin’s purges. He was fronted to a troika who decided he could live by a narrow margin…

    The line that HCM was a nationalist first and a communist second is bullshit on the same scale as ‘US artillery fire in Hue sent people mad and the US was thus somehow responsible for the Communist massacre committed in 1968.

    Or that the bombing of Cambodia in 1970 drove the Cambodians mad enough to commit mass murder in 1975. The US was responsible for the Cambodian genocide…

    If kindly old Uncle Ho was a nationalist first and a communist second, why did establish the Communist party in Thailand?

    If HCM was such a staunch Vietnamese nationalist, why was it that he was an officer in Mao’s Chinese Communist Eighth Route Army from 1938 to 1941?

    One quibble. Up until March 1945 it wasn’t the US arming the Communists in Indochina it was the Poms. In 1942 the UK captured the Vichy French Island of Madagascar. Indochinese communists of the worst kind were kept there by the French as exiled political prisoners. UK intelligence quickly found a use for these men as soon as they were able. They parachuted Vietnamese Communists and Sten Guns into Indochina the minute they had the means to do so through Force 136 and long-range aircraft operating from airbases in India.

    Until March 1945 the Japanese treated French Indochina like a prison farm. The French colonial civil service still ran the railroads the postal service and collected the taxes. They were merely required to permit the Japanese to use the ports and airfields as jumping off points for invading the rest of South East Asia and the South West Pacific. French police were responsible for law and order and the military were allowed intact but confined to their garrisons. Cheapest all round. The French civil service was to their credit ‘the resistance’. Up until March ’45 they were the ones providing the British intelligence on troop movements, OOB and critically weather reports. Essential for air operations in the theatre.

    In 1945 with the threat of a US Invasion of Indochina the Japanese put their emergency plans into operation with a coup that expelled the French from the Civil Service and drove the French military into southern China. This created a massive political and intelligence vacuum. The US 14th Airforce was stood down from operations when those critical weather reports were denied them. It was imperative that the lost Intelligence network be re-established by any means possible. It was only after March 1945 that the US superseded the UK and Force 136 in Indochina. They did it in the best way that they knew how, and the cheque book came out…

    It was at this time that the OSS first had contact with HCM in Kunming China when the Viet Minh returned a US airman shot down over Vietnam. A fellow called Shaw.

    How HCM leveraged this one act into political dominance of Tonkin was politically brilliant. It was exceptional. The short version has been best told by Bob Bergin.

    The OSS mission to arm the Viet Minh – Who weren’t communist. No not at all… (PKK anyone? Everything old is new again.) Was established by ‘Team Deer’. ‘Team Deer’ finally assembled with some of the hardware needed to take the war to the Japanese at the cave HCM was living in a fortnight before the USAAF dropped a bucket of instant sunshine on Hiroshima August 1945.

    The Intelligence vacuum instantly became redundant and so too did US interest in kindly Uncle Ho.

    The political vacuum? That became vicious very quickly “Uncle Ho himself just wanted power by whatever means necessary” Potential rivals to the Viet Minh for power including the VNQQD were assassinated in horrible ways. Always designed to intimidate and terrorise.

    That is why David Marr’s ‘Vietnam 1945: The Quest for Power’ is such an important work. If anyone happens to be doing some PhD work on the subject, this Vietnam Veteran and ANU professors work SHOULD be in their bibliography.

    It SHOULD be read along with William J. Duiker’s ‘Ho Chi Minh: A Life.’ and Sophie Quinn-Judge’s ‘Ho Chi Minh: The Missing Years 1919 – 1941’
    (Sophie Quinn-Judge was quite a unique Vietnam veteran. Cute too.)

    It’s a bit dated, but perhaps included in that mix should be the biography of HCM’s offsider Giap. Written by Bob O’Neill, PhD, 5RAR. ‘General Giap, politician and strategist’? 😊

    Good point. Well made. Thanks Tel.

    I’m back on the road so will try and cover the 1950’s tomorrow.

  76. Top Ender

    What’s the story if Bruce Pascoe received taxpayer money, based on his claim to Aboriginal ancestry, and he’s subsequently discovered to have no such ancestry?

    Good luck getting it back.

    You’d need to launch a civil action, and the legal costs would likely exceed the return of the money – if you win.

    “You” being the organisation that gave him the money. Doubtful any organisation would launch such an effort.

  77. EvilElvis

    Knuckles,

    As usual, fair points. As good as Leguizamo is John Wick did come a lot later so no bonus points and Clare Danes? A cheap Greta Thunberg rip off. Bloody Danish.

    Inception has a sexual quality about it too. Name wise at least.

  78. EvilElvis

    Ok, Clare was a cutie.

  79. EvilElvis

    And it’s not the best R & J going either.

  80. EvilElvis

    Epic link fail! Fuck it all. Clare was hot! There, I said it.

  81. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It SHOULD be read along with William J. Duiker’s ‘Ho Chi Minh: A Life.’

    Duiker makes the point that keeping track of Ho Chi Minh was a difficult exercise – he was known by some FIFTY aliases during his life.

  82. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s a bit dated, but perhaps included in that mix should be the biography of HCM’s offsider Giap. Written by Bob O’Neill, PhD, 5RAR. ‘General Giap, politician and strategist’

    Certain Australian tourists lobbed into Ha Noi, the day after Giap died. It was an interesting place to be, and the tour guide was surprised to find Australians who had heard of the man..

  83. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3249537, posted on December 1, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    ‘Zac William Whiting’

    Sooky little fuck. Big man in Bali, eh?

    If I was his father he’d better be applying for solitary confinement, because that would make it (marginally) harder for me to get at the teary little walking tampon.

    Big man in lotta trouble.
    Gonna have to sell the black ute and the jet-ski to pay Wayan the security guard.

  84. Top Ender

    Andrew Bolt: The real racists in Dark Emu debacle

    Those defending Dark Emu author Bruce Pascoe are backing his word over Aboriginal leaders, who insist Pascoe is a white man appropriating their culture. And their dismissiveness has exposed the real racists, writes Andrew Bolt.

    What’s racist? Not believing a white man who says he’s Aboriginal? Or not believing Aborigines who say he isn’t?

    I’m confused. I’ve been accused of being a racist after writing that Bruce Pascoe, the “Aboriginal” author of the best-selling Dark Emu, didn’t have a single Aboriginal ancestor in the extensive genealogical records I’ve been shown.

    Oh, and I said Pascoe, now a professor in a university Aboriginal studies department, misquotes evidence to argue that Aborigines were not hunter gatherers but sophisticated farmers in “towns” of “1000 people”, with “animal holding pens”.

    I thought the many facts I gave would still count even with the Left. Instead, global warming entrepreneur Simon Holmes à Court accused me of “arrogance and racism”.

    ABC presenter Virginia Trioli tweeted slurs. But aren’t the real racists the whites who dismiss Aboriginal leaders who insist Pascoe is a white man appropriating their culture?

    Pascoe claims he belongs to three tribes: the Yuin of NSW, Victoria’s Boonwurrung and a Tasmanian tribe. Not so, say genealogical records suggesting that all his ancestors descend from British forebears.

    Three Aboriginal representatives say the same.

    Michael Mansell, head of the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania, says: “He has no Aboriginal heritage … His claim to be Tasmanian is that his parents married here and an Aboriginal was at the wedding …

    “I told many people — including journalists — he was fake.”

    Pascoe’s Boonwurrung link is denied by lawyer Jason Briggs, chairman of the Boonwurrung Land & Sea Council: “We do not accept Mr Bruce Pascoe as possessing any Boonwurrung ancestry whatsoever.”

    He says his council has a database of everyone with Boonwurrung (or Bunurong) descent. Pascoe isn’t on it.

    Pascoe’s claim to being Yuin is denied by Josephine Cashman, an inaugural member of the Prime Minister’s indigenous advisory council whose son is Yuin: “Pascoe is not Aboriginal.”

    Sure, the genealogical records could be wrong, but Pascoe won’t say how.

    He once admitted that a woman he’d “thought was our Aboriginal ancestor was, in fact, born in England”, yet last week told Joy 94.9 he had birth certificates confirming his Aboriginality, but “I’m not going to engage at such a petty level”.

    But his defenders must ask themselves: Why back his word over Aboriginal organisations?

    Isn’t it arrogant and racist to think Aborigines don’t know who belongs to their own tribe?

    Link

  85. Hazmatic

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3249556, posted on December 2, 2019 at 12:08 am
    It SHOULD be read along with William J. Duiker’s ‘Ho Chi Minh: A Life.’

    Duiker makes the point that keeping track of Ho Chi Minh was a difficult exercise – he was known by some FIFTY aliases during his life.

    Yep.

    That’s the main reason why “kindly Uncle Ho” avoided the exceptionally rudimentary OSS vetting system in 1945 and stitched them up into ‘supporting him.’ It was entirely due to Chennault‘s expediency. Completely understandable. There was a war to be won. Everything up to and including nuclear weapons was considered and ultimately used. 1945 was a very special time…

    Bob Bergin is a short read.

    He demonstrates precisely how HCM made Alinsky and Gramsci look like rank amateurs. Mugs even.

    The excesses that occurred on “kindly Uncle Ho’s”watch were certainly equivalent to those attributed to Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi. But the suppression of the Quỳnh Lưu uprising in 1956 that occurred in his home province of Nghệ An has to wait for tomorrow.

    Duikier eh?

    I like your library. For a retired wheat farmer you certainly seem more widely read than some PhD students…

    Got any Marguerite Higgins or Denis Warner in it?

  86. BrettW

    Zulu,
    I would think that if the requirement was that he should be Aboriginal then obtaining such funds by that claim would be Obtaining property by deception. However good luck trying to get the woke departments involved to press charges.

    However a bit awkward when the Aboriginal Minister for Aboriginal affairs, Wyatt, states that as Pascoe told him he was Aboriginal then he must be ! This is despite people from the three mobs he claimed relationship to disowning him and the research into his family revealing no such ancestry.

    Wystt has lost all credibility over this and it just shows the rest of us what a rort Aboriginal ancestry can be.

    Where is Ita and the Minister with responsability for ABC on the future of the documentaries ABC will be showing based on Pascoe version of history. Will the ABC show the alternative view or just present it as fact. Then how about Education ministers and the fact being taught in schools. Isn’t this fake history an insult to Anoriginals. What happens if parents question that this is being taught in schools ? Good luck to any kid presenting the opposite view as going to be unpleasant to fight against the propaganda merchants.

    Time for ScoMo to say something and get his ministers doing something about it. It is an embarrassment that so many have heaped high praise on his work.

    “Anyone of the bush lawyers on the Cat Help out? What’s the story if Bruce Pascoe received taxpayer money, based on his claim to Aboriginal ancestry, and he’s subsequently discovered to have no such ancestry?”

  87. Natural Instinct

    What is the purpose of having a standing army if they don’t do anything when bushfires come.
    The army would know how to transport a dozen D11 bulldozers to make firebreaks.
    Also what about 100 water tankers with 6 person crews?
    What about supplies like: communications, fuel, food, water and sewage for the RFS crews (and army if deployed)
    Surely that is all good practice for war or something.
    And sadly a couple of thousand will go to work this morning in Canberra and sit – when we need them on the South Coast of NSW.
    Note: Princes Hwy now closed from Turmeil to Batemans Bay cutting off about half dozen villages on the coast.

  88. Natural Instinct:

    What is the purpose of having a standing army if they don’t do anything when bushfires come.
    The army would know how to transport a dozen D11 bulldozers to make firebreaks.
    Also what about 100 water tankers with 6 person crews?

    The issue here is that the Army would be able to do all these things, but they are not part of the fire service.
    The Mandarins don’t want them doing their part in fighting fires because that will destroy the Mandarins case for budgets and bulldozers.
    See how that works?
    It’s not just a dozer, its a dozer and a budget.
    It’s not just a water tanker, it’s a water tanker and a budget.
    Without growth in the department, the bureaucrats at the top don’t get more pay and promotions.

  89. Natural Instinct

    Not sure i understand you Winston
    The dozers and and tankers and other supportequipment could be painted green and the budget given to army. The RFS crews have been out for four nights and are running out of puff

  90. Natural Instinct:
    Just to continue:
    The Army won’t want to lend its dozers and water tankers, because they won’t get compensation for wear and tear, and I bet they won’t get any funds if the vehicles are destroyed or stolen.
    They all know how the game is played – each bureaucrat helps the others to grow their department and so the cycle continues until we get the situation in Australia where the Mandarins are the ones running the nation.
    We are a Dictatorship of the Bureaucracy.

  91. Natural Instinct:
    Just to continue:
    I heartily agree with you that what you’ve described is what should happen, but it won’t.
    A government department is the only form of life with 100 bellies and only one brain.
    The fires have been taking place for centuries now and the last fifty have been disastrous in the loss of life and the cost of homes destroyed. And after this round of fires that could be prevented, the Mandarins will accept the need for an investigation and one will be carried out.
    The investigation will come up with scores of recommendations and the government will say they will carry them out. But the recommendations will not be ones that will help tame the bushfires. No way – the only recommendations will be ones that enhance growth in the public service.
    And the government will build one or two more new town halls to replace the burnt out ones and they will be stocked as a Fire Shelter or something similar with kitchen, safe place to roll out a mattress or ten, and it will be called the Joe Bloggs Memorial Fire Shelter in memory of yet another volunteer firey who lost his life trying to contain a fire that started in a state forest that hasn’t seen a reduction in fuel load in twenty years even though the men and women who know the area have been warning for ten years of the potential for disaster.
    And it will be a solemn occasion and actions will be promised.
    There will be a plaque with the names of the victims and the name – in larger letters – of the Minister responsible.
    And next year another firey will lose their life because nothing has been done.

    Get the picture?

  92. 2dogs

    Noie the QCC’s funding: 90% Dept of Environment & Heritage, which presumably means from this.

  93. Natural Instinct

    How many RFS trucks for one JSF35?
    Say 30 mill divide 100k equals 300. Mmmm
    How about we go nuclear armed and a few hypersonic stealth bombers and transfer all the other defence budget to a known and certain to citizens and property.
    .
    Just can’t sleep tonight. Being evacuated is not normal

  94. 2dogs

    Here it is, everyone. Your tax dollars funding a position which has a primary task that involves breaking the law.

  95. 2dogs

    Not exactly the “Weeding and revegetation” they said it would be …

  96. Natural Instinct

    How many RFS trucks for one JSF35?
    Say 30 mill divide 100k equals 300. Mmmm
    How about we go nuclear armed and a few hypersonic stealth bombers and transfer all the other defence budget to a known and certain to citizens and property.
    .
    Just can’t sleep tonight. Being evacuated is not normal

  97. Tom

    Graeme Bandeira (Yorkshire Post) on the BBC election interviews by Andrew Neil.

  98. Natural Instinct

    Morland hates with a vengence.
    Not even funny

  99. Tom

    Steve Bright (London Sun). The featured frightbat is Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

  100. Natural Instinct

    Graeme Bandeira thinks a journalist with a gravelly voice and a serious demeanour means something (wheras he is just another talking head of no consequence ) whilst the politicians are the ones that make the hard decisions and try and balance competing demands.
    As Lyndan Johnson said if it was a choice between right and wrong it would be easy. But it’s not. It always a choice between two rights.

  101. Mark A

    Keep this for later, if you have time and interested in obscure trades. A bit long but for me it was very interesting.

    Rubber Tires on Carriage, Wagon Wheels | Wheelwright Trade.

  102. Herodotus

    Unfortunately my ipad no longer likes to go to Tom’s cartoons. After one or two it has a conniption and from that point onwards gives me blank screens even when I go to another web page altogether. Have to power down to get it working again. Software is up to date, was already happening before last update.
    Probably part of evil Apple’s Evil Empire policy of making devices progressively poorer in order to get us to buy a later model. This has worked several times in the past!
    Still ok on my PC – which is overdue for replacement.
    P.S. ipad is also losing my login details for this site so I have to log in every time.

  103. Entropy

    I think it is a particular problem with news LTD websites, herodotus. It’s like their webpage doesn’t work well with iOS safari. If you were conspiracy minded it is probably because News wants you to use their app instead and eventually subscribe. Or because the web designer is a dickhead is a better theory.
    What you do is force quit safari and then relaunch. No need to reboot the iPad.
    That said, ios13 seems buggy.

  104. Herodotus

    Thanks Entropy. Now I’ll just fill in my log in again, and tick the remember me box again!
    After that I’ll spend the rest of the day doing something useful.

  105. Mark A

    Entropy
    #3249603, posted on December 2, 2019 at 6:57 am

    I think it is a particular problem with news LTD websites, herodotus.

    I think Tom is using an image server, not News Ltd.
    I think he transfers the ‘toons from the original site first and the puts them up here

  106. PeterM

    Herodotus/Entropy, confirming the same behaviour being experienced on iPad here. Haven’t been able to get past the front page of Blair or Bolt for months.

  107. Herodotus

    Force close safari? What I just did was open a second screen and then close the first blanked one.
    Now for the last time, sign in again!

  108. Entropy

    But it comes up with the website address in the browser bar.
    The toons are working on my iPad, and I don’t have to retype my credentials here.

    It seems a memory leak problem that can be exacerbated on some sites. Not sure if it is the fault of the website or Apple.

  109. Mark A

    Entropy
    #3249610, posted on December 2, 2019 at 7:10 am

    But it comes up with the website address in the browser bar.

    I don’t know, if you copy the the link location of the ‘toon and look at it, nowhere does if show News Ltd.
    I could be wrong of course.

  110. Mark A

    Oops, J Leak does come from news.
    Sorry

  111. Mater

    Herodotus/Entropy, confirming the same behaviour being experienced on iPad here. Haven’t been able to get past the front page of Blair or Bolt for months.

    Same. Randomly occurs on all manner of sites. Restarting iPad works…until it happens again.

  112. 1735099

    Always ask “Why?”

    From the link –

    BP has the highest annual expenditure on climate lobbying at $53 million, followed by Shell with $49 million and ExxonMobil with $41 million. Chevron and Total each spend around $29 million every year. InfluenceMap states that part of the lobby spend goes towards sophisticated efforts to engage politicians and the general public on environmental policies that could impact fossil fuel usage. A recent example of this is BP coordinating messages across its social media channels and advertising platforms that reframe the climate crisis as a “dual” energy challenge.

    Report is here.

  113. Entropy

    Because they are energy companies? They sell energy. Even better, get government guaranteed profits!

  114. Bruce of Newcastle

    You do realise Numbers that Shell, Exxon and BP are as green as grass.

    I do not fill up at BP because they don’t offer ethanol free basic ULP. No you have to essentially put human food in your petrol tank if you go to BP. How is that moral?

    As for Exxon the ex-CEO attempted a coup to remove the President of the USA by means of the 25th Amendment.

    These companies are entirely captured by the Left. The criticism of them by Greens is like the Trots fighting the Stalinists for who is the most pure.

    Shell snaps up stake in off-grid solar energy firm d.light (8 Nov)

    Shell New Energies EVP: Hydrogen Subsidies Will Pay Off, Just Like They Did for Solar (13 Nov)

    And BP is building a solar farm in NSW:

    Solar farm helps balance UK grid – at night. And Australia could do the same (26 Nov)

    All to not save the world from a mythical problem.

  115. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘What is the purpose of having a standing army if they don’t do anything when bushfires come.’

    I understand from your earlier comments that you may have been evacuated, Instinct. Working on the assumption that this is the case, and aside from pointing out that a) the ADF is not the Peace Corps, and b) they have provided assistance in one form or another in the aftermath of quite a few natural events for decades:

    Your Government, ie your betters must – MUST – ask the ADF for assistance, and because Commonwealth law is shit that process is highly complicated (albeit getting incrementally better in recent years).

    When the Commonwealth lends its resources (ie, the ADF) to the States they want it back in the same condition as before. Therefore, all the insurance and associated risk then transfers to the State/Territory. This puts off a lot of States asking for stuff from the ADF, whereas asking another State for some of its own fireys doesn’t come with that clause.

    And, as a Captain Obvious – the ADF dozers wouldn’t be needed for firebreaks if the punters had been allowed to make their own by a pack of flogs who at no stage would be personally affected by their decisions.

    Having a ‘standing Army’ for just this purpose is a Greens policy, btw.

  116. Knuckle Dragger

    LL, oh-dark-thirty:

    ‘Big man in lotta trouble.
    Gonna have to sell the black ute and the jet-ski to pay Wayan the security guard.’

    My word. If I was Dad I’d already have them on Gumtree to pay for my flights over and back, sort out the security guard with some folding stuff, and then remind the ‘budding AFL footballer’ how to ‘lash out’ properly.

  117. Knuckle Dragger

    The Hun reports on Mitchell Starc, in yet another glaring sign that all sports scientists should be burned at the stake:

    ‘On Sunday Starc faithfully followed the mantra he carries around as a constant reminder on his wrist – to forget everything and just bowl fast – and finished just one scalp away from claiming the best figures of his career. Now on 229 Test wickets, no one above Starc on the all-time list has a better strike-rate than his ruthless 48.6.’

    Drew Ginn can jam that one straight up the clacker.

  118. Mater

    b) they have provided assistance in one form or another in the aftermath of quite a few natural events for decades:

    As an Infantry Officer, I have personally been called in, from leave, to fight fires and create fire breaks. As KD said, all it takes is a request from the state under Defence Aid to the Civil Community (DACC).
    As Winston indicated, that would mean certain players admitting that it is beyond their capabilities and contingency planning. They need only ask.

  119. Knuckle Dragger

    Thank God, Zippy. I thought it was one of the proper Star Wars punters.

    It’s only Lando Calrissian. Betrayed Han Solo who ended up in carbonite, and who should have punched Calrissian’s head off when he had the chance.

    If Williams thinks he’ll gain some relevance by coming out as fucked in the head, he’s a day late and a dollar short.

  120. Snoopy

    TheirABC has KD pegged.

    Let’s be honest. Warner could score a double century on a swinging deck at Old Trafford using a swizzle stick as a bat and with Stuart Broad bowling from both ends and those who have not forgiven him for his role in the Sandpapergate scandal would find a way to demean his effort.

  121. Entropy

    I agree with Bruce e the ADF.
    I actually have a fair bit to do with disaster response, including times when the ADF has been used.
    Things I have learned:
    *The ADF planning and logistics is without peer, but as Bruce alluded too, the required permissions and staging takes a few days;
    *The ADF media team is massive and promotes the ADF extremely well. Everyone else is invisible.
    *The ADF hates to dirty its equipment. Hates it. This alone makes it difficult to get them to do stuff.
    *Every piece of equipment has a vast army of support personnel. And frequent, regular down time for servicing so it is always ready to go.

    Personally, the purpose of the ADF is to cause maximum harm to our foreign enemies, destroy their armies with maximum prejudice, and make them feel really sorry they thought to attack us, so they will never think of tangling with us again. In fact, ideally the mere threat of the ADF should make them think of leaving us alone.
    It just isn’t suited to humanitarian/community based activity, and the more you go down that path, the less good they will be at their real job.

  122. Entropy

    Let’s be honest. Warner could score a double century on a swinging deck at Old Trafford using a swizzle stick as a bat and with Stuart Broad bowling from both ends and those who have not forgiven him for his role in the Sandpapergate scandal would find a way to demean his effort

    That is my position in a nutshell. He is scum.

  123. Top Ender

    To add to what Knuckles said on ADF assisting in emergencies etc.

    Yes, the state government of wherever has to ask the ADF for help formally.

    If you remember the bushfires in NSW of 2002-3?

    They broke out big-time on Xmas Day. I was at HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay, on leave in my house on the base. Our CO put us “on standby” and for FOUR days we did nothing. This was despite huge fires up and down the coast and inland.

    Very frustrating in that every Navy person does firefighting training, inside the artificial ships they have at a few locations. This means Fearnought suits, breathing sets, hoses on jet or waterwall; thermal cameras, four-man teams, and real fires of fuel in pans. We also had quite a few vehicles set up for fire-fighting; eg: tankers and strikers. But all we were allowed to do was preparations inside bases; eg; clearing roofs of leaves etc.

    When we were given permission we did 11 days straight, of 12 hours on and 12 off. Integrated into the civilian teams pretty well, I thought. But the frustration of not being allowed to deploy quickly rankled.

  124. 1735099

    You do realise Numbers that Shell, Exxon and BP are as green as grass.

    I do not fill up at BP because they don’t offer ethanol free basic ULP. No you have to essentially put human food in your petrol tank if you go to BP. How is that moral?

    As for Exxon the ex-CEO attempted a coup to remove the President of the USA by means of the 25th Amendment.

    And –

    Having a ‘standing Army’ for just this purpose is a Greens policy, btw.

    (It’s not – by the way).
    Wow – the power of the “Greens” knows no bounds.

  125. Cold-Hands

    The Hun reports on Mitchell Starc, in yet another glaring sign that all sports scientists should be burned at the stake:

    ‘On Sunday Starc faithfully followed the mantra he carries around as a constant reminder on his wrist – to forget everything and just bowl fast –

    According to MSN, the message to himself is a little more earthy…

    On a strip of tape wrapped around his wrist this summer, Mitchell Starc has written the words “f— it, just bowl”.

  126. Tom

    Nick Xenophon Huawei’s new legal counsel

    Apprentice traitor has much to learn from maestro traitors like Paul Keating and Bob Hawke about where the big bucks are post-politics.

    I once made the mistake of stroking Xenophon’s ego — before I realised he was just a POS who could be bought and sold.

  127. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    That is my position in a nutshell. He is scum.

    One of the reasons I no longer watch the game. The South Africans got it right when they wound the moron up with the Sonny Bill Williams masks.

  128. Knuckle Dragger

    Entropy – thank you.

    This flogbag (and clearly skinny jeans-wearing fanboi) Richard Hinds, who wrote that piece of shit also had this to say:

    ‘When balanced against his struggles in England, particularly, it is quite justifiable to opine that Warner’s RELATIVE failure against the swinging and SOMETIMES the turning ball’ (caps are mine)

    He spelled ‘abject’ and ‘always’ wrong.

  129. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘The South Africans got it right when they wound the moron up with the Sonny Bill Williams masks.’

    The most hilarious thing ever seen on or near a cricket field, at any level, ever.

    Fuck I laughed.

  130. Bruce of Newcastle

    Have a heart KD. Billy Dee Williams is 82. You can expect a few loose butterflies in the belfry at that age. At least he isn’t running for President.

    Video: Joe Biden Nibbles Wife Jill’s Finger at Iowa Campaign Event

    Former Vice President Joe Biden nibbled on his wife Jill’s finger during a campaign event in Council Bluffs, Iowa on Saturday, adding to his ever-growing list of gaffes and bizarre behaviors on the 2020 primary trail.

    Joe Biden Stuns Crowd by Talking about Kids Playing with His Hairy Legs and How Much He Loves Children on His Lap and Roaches… WTH?

    Joe Biden: “And by the way I sit on a stand, I got hot, I got hairy legs that turn, that, that, that, turn blond in the sun. And the kids used to come up and reach in and pull and rub my legs, and watch the hairs rise up again. So I learned about roaches. I learned about kids jumping up on my lap. And I love kids jumping on my lap.”

    No, not at all creepy to suck your wife’s finger whilst she is giving a speech on camera. And I don’t dare say anything at all about the second report.

  131. 1735099

    Rudi and Roger – that has a nice ring to it.

    You could see them swapping yarns about the old days of the New York mob scene to pass the time in clink.
    You can always judge a man by the company he keeps.

  132. Mater

    It just isn’t suited to humanitarian/community based activity, and the more you go down that path, the less good they will be at their real job.

    True, but dozens of APCs loaded with water blivets, a pump and a couple of soldiers can go places and do things that Fire Trucks cannot*. They don’t follow roads, they make roads.

    The only limiting factor is imagination…and a request.

    * Yes, it’s been done before – and not all that long ago.

  133. Top Ender

    This poor bastard is on the front page of the Oz:

    ‘Murder of my girls haunts me every day’
    EXCLUSIVE
    STEVE JACKSON/BEN HOUSTON

    The weeks before Christmas are a difficult time for Harley Cuzens — it was in December that his former wife murdered two of their daughters before stabbing herself to death.

    He will be forever haunted by the tragedy — and the fact it could have been so readily avoided: Mr Cuzens had been warning the Family Court for almost a decade that she was capable of such frenzied filicide.

    Eight years later, Mr Cuzens, who lives in Broome in the far northwest, has opened up for the first time about his feelings of betrayal at having not received an apology from the court — and his ongoing dismay that nothing has been done to help ensure such horrors never happen again. “Nothing’s changed. If I went to court all over again, the result would be the same,” Mr Cuzens, 52, told The Australian.

    “I’ve met with the Chief Justice of the Family Court and he told me his court did everything right.”

    Mr Cuzens’s comments come in the wake of a promise by Attorney-General Christian Porter last month to consider revising the strict secrecy laws that prevent scrutiny of the Family Court to “balance privacy issues with open justice”.

    Mr Cuzens’s daughters, Jane and Jessica, were just 12 and 10 when their mother, Heather Glendinning, killed them in her home at Port Denison, 350km north of Perth, on December 5, 2011, in a murder-suicide that rocked Western Australia.

    The only solace was Mr Cuzens’s eldest daughter, Grace, who was 13 at the time, was spared the same fate because her father had convinced the Family Court to let him send her to a private school in Perth. Grace, now 21, is about to enter her final year of studying for her law degree.

    “I’ll always be in awe of Grace — I’m astonished by everything she has achieved, given the deep scars she’s got,” said Mr Cuzens, who runs a fishing charter boat out of Broome. “I speak to her every day on the phone. She calls me to check on my welfare — she’s so smart and attractive. She’s incredible.

    “The job I’ve had in parenting just one of my children has made me immensely proud. At the same time, it reminds me that my other girls should be here with me, too, and enjoying those same opportunities. It haunts me every day — but this time of year, ahead of Christmas, is particularly difficult. The anniversary of their death is coming up this week and I don’t know what I’ll do.

    “Even driving past the school Jessica and Jane used to go to, I have to look away because I’ll think I see their beautiful little faces in the schoolyard and I’ll just break down all over again. They’re buried next to my father but it’s hard for me to go see them there.”

    Mr Cuzens is now preparing to mount a legal challenge for an ex gratia payment from the government to compensate for the pain and anguish caused by what he calls “a flawed system that was biased from the very outset”.

    “It’s destroyed my family and completely broken me, and it was senseless. It was absolutely avoidable — there’s been absolutely no accountability. That’s what makes it so hard,” he said.

    Liberal senator Sarah Henderson has been leading a push for reform since The Australian revealed the laws were preventing any examination of psychologists in the family law system, including one charged with child abuse, another found guilty of misconduct and a third who believed that 90 per cent of abuse allegations were lies.

    Senator Henderson said section 121 of the Family Law Act, which prevents the naming of any witnesses involved in family law proceedings, including expert witnesses, should be revised to improve transparency. “A family report which gets it wrong can have devastating consequences, including for child safety. Section 121 of the Family Law Act should be amended,” she said.

    Mr Cuzens blames those secrecy provisions for hampering his attempts to seek justice for the Family Court’s failings.

    “Those psychologists and expert witnesses hold a lot of power and their decisions impact your entire family’s future,” he said. “If the court doesn’t like what they say, they just appoint another one and the whole thing keeps on going for years and years until you’re completely ground down.

    “I was accused of being uncompromising but, in my view, there was no compromise.

    “Their mother was not sane and fit to have custody of them — and no one wanted to hear that until it was too late.”

    The warning signs had been there all along, said Mr Cuzens,

    His former wife’s mental health had been in decline for years, her psychosis and paranoia exacerbated by her drug use and the stress of her protracted custody battle with Mr Cuzens regarding their daughters.

    Glendinning’s growing instability had been noted by a range of government agencies, including the Department of Child Protection, the police and health services, as well as by her doctor and a growing number of friends. The couple split in 2001, instigating a progressively acrimonious legal battle, which began with disproved allegations Mr Cuzens had been violent and abusive throughout their relationship.

    By March 2010, Glendinning, who was later found by the Coroners Court to be self-medicating with marijuana, had began regularly calling police to make fanciful claims that her daughters were being preyed upon by a pedophile ring involving lawyers, judges and politicians, but that they were all somehow being protected by Mr Cuzens and his family.

    She also made a string of allegations against Mr Cuzens and his father, accusing them of sexually assaulting the girls. All of her claims were investigated by the authorities and dismissed.

    In late November 2011, the lawyer representing the girls in the Family Court became so concerned about Glendinning’s deteriorating mental state and the welfare of the children she pushed for an urgent review of their circumstance — but her application was put off until January 2012.

    Two weeks later, Jane and Jessica were found dead, alongside their mother.

    At an inquest into the murdersuicide in 2016, the coroner “was satisfied that in the prevailing circumstances, it was difficult to see how the agencies could have acted differently”.

    Although the coroner did recommend greater co-operation and information-sharing between the Department of Child Protection and Family Services and the Family Court of Western Australia — and an increased focus on obtaining psychiatric assessments — it came as little recompense to Mr Cuzens.

    “The anger never goes away; there were just so many missed opportunities to save Jessica and Jane,” he said.

    “My case was cut and dry — Heather was out of control when we broke up, that’s why we broke up, but I’m the one who got treated like a criminal for 10 years for trying to keep my kids safe.

    “The Family Court got it wrong from start to finish and Legal Aid, who funded Heather, fuelled the fire. Together, they basically forced me to sell every asset I had because they allowed her to make so many allegations against me all paid for by the government, while everything I said was completely discounted.

    “The court-appointed counsellor told me I was too angry. Too right I was angry — but it’s OK to be angry when you’re worried about your kids’ welfare. It’s what you do with that anger.

    “I wanted my girls to be safe. Why else would I have spent 10 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting for them in court? No one wants to take any responsibility and there’s been no justice for my girls.”

    Mr Cuzens said he struggled with bouts of depression that put increasing strain on his work and personal life, but did his best to remain strong for those around him.

    Complete article print edition

  134. Knuckle Dragger

    Biden’s got to be taking the piss now. Has to be. No other explanation.

    And Liability Bob’s got a bit lazy today and reverted to montyisms. Any day now…..

  135. Top Ender

    This poor bastard is on the front page of the Oz:

    ‘Murder of my girls haunts me every day’
    EXCLUSIVE
    STEVE JACKSON/BEN HOUSTON

    The weeks before Christmas are a difficult time for Harley Cuzens — it was in December that his former wife murdered two of their daughters before stabbing herself to death.

    He will be forever haunted by the tragedy — and the fact it could have been so readily avoided: Mr Cuzens had been warning the Family Court for almost a decade that she was capable of such frenzied filicide.

    Eight years later, Mr Cuzens, who lives in Broome in the far northwest, has opened up for the first time about his feelings of betrayal at having not received an apology from the court — and his ongoing dismay that nothing has been done to help ensure such horrors never happen again. “Nothing’s changed. If I went to court all over again, the result would be the same,” Mr Cuzens, 52, told The Australian.

    “I’ve met with the Chief Justice of the Family Court and he told me his court did everything right.”

    Mr Cuzens’s comments come in the wake of a promise by Attorney-General Christian Porter last month to consider revising the strict secrecy laws that prevent scrutiny of the Family Court to “balance privacy issues with open justice”.

    Mr Cuzens’s daughters, Jane and Jessica, were just 12 and 10 when their mother, Heather Glendinning, killed them in her home at Port Denison, 350km north of Perth, on December 5, 2011, in a murder-suicide that rocked Western Australia.

    The only solace was Mr Cuzens’s eldest daughter, Grace, who was 13 at the time, was spared the same fate because her father had convinced the Family Court to let him send her to a private school in Perth. Grace, now 21, is about to enter her final year of studying for her law degree.

    “I’ll always be in awe of Grace — I’m astonished by everything she has achieved, given the deep scars she’s got,” said Mr Cuzens, who runs a fishing charter boat out of Broome. “I speak to her every day on the phone. She calls me to check on my welfare — she’s so smart and attractive. She’s incredible.

    “The job I’ve had in parenting just one of my children has made me immensely proud. At the same time, it reminds me that my other girls should be here with me, too, and enjoying those same opportunities. It haunts me every day — but this time of year, ahead of Christmas, is particularly difficult. The anniversary of their death is coming up this week and I don’t know what I’ll do.

    “Even driving past the school Jessica and Jane used to go to, I have to look away because I’ll think I see their beautiful little faces in the schoolyard and I’ll just break down all over again. They’re buried next to my father but it’s hard for me to go see them there.”

    Mr Cuzens is now preparing to mount a legal challenge for an ex gratia payment from the government to compensate for the pain and anguish caused by what he calls “a flawed system that was biased from the very outset”.

    “It’s destroyed my family and completely broken me, and it was senseless. It was absolutely avoidable — there’s been absolutely no accountability. That’s what makes it so hard,” he said.

    Liberal senator Sarah Henderson has been leading a push for reform since The Australian revealed the laws were preventing any examination of psychologists in the family law system, including one charged with child abuse, another found guilty of misconduct and a third who believed that 90 per cent of abuse allegations were lies.

    Senator Henderson said section 121 of the Family Law Act, which prevents the naming of any witnesses involved in family law proceedings, including expert witnesses, should be revised to improve transparency. “A family report which gets it wrong can have devastating consequences, including for child safety. Section 121 of the Family Law Act should be amended,” she said.

    Mr Cuzens blames those secrecy provisions for hampering his attempts to seek justice for the Family Court’s failings.

    “Those psychologists and expert witnesses hold a lot of power and their decisions impact your entire family’s future,” he said. “If the court doesn’t like what they say, they just appoint another one and the whole thing keeps on going for years and years until you’re completely ground down.

    “I was accused of being uncompromising but, in my view, there was no compromise.

    “Their mother was not sane and fit to have custody of them — and no one wanted to hear that until it was too late.”

    The warning signs had been there all along, said Mr Cuzens,

    His former wife’s mental health had been in decline for years, her psychosis and paranoia exacerbated by her drug use and the stress of her protracted custody battle with Mr Cuzens regarding their daughters.

    Glendinning’s growing instability had been noted by a range of government agencies, including the Department of Child Protection, the police and health services, as well as by her doctor and a growing number of friends. The couple split in 2001, instigating a progressively acrimonious legal battle, which began with disproved allegations Mr Cuzens had been violent and abusive throughout their relationship.

    By March 2010, Glendinning, who was later found by the Coroners Court to be self-medicating with marijuana, had began regularly calling police to make fanciful claims that her daughters were being preyed upon by a p edophile ring involving lawyers, judges and politicians, but that they were all somehow being protected by Mr Cuzens and his family.

    She also made a string of allegations against Mr Cuzens and his father, accusing them of sexually assaulting the girls. All of her claims were investigated by the authorities and dismissed.

    In late November 2011, the lawyer representing the girls in the Family Court became so concerned about Glendinning’s deteriorating mental state and the welfare of the children she pushed for an urgent review of their circumstance — but her application was put off until January 2012.

    Two weeks later, Jane and Jessica were found dead, alongside their mother.

    At an inquest into the murdersuicide in 2016, the coroner “was satisfied that in the prevailing circumstances, it was difficult to see how the agencies could have acted differently”.

    Although the coroner did recommend greater co-operation and information-sharing between the Department of Child Protection and Family Services and the Family Court of Western Australia — and an increased focus on obtaining psychiatric assessments — it came as little recompense to Mr Cuzens.

    “The anger never goes away; there were just so many missed opportunities to save Jessica and Jane,” he said.

    “My case was cut and dry — Heather was out of control when we broke up, that’s why we broke up, but I’m the one who got treated like a criminal for 10 years for trying to keep my kids safe.

    “The Family Court got it wrong from start to finish and Legal Aid, who funded Heather, fuelled the fire. Together, they basically forced me to sell every asset I had because they allowed her to make so many allegations against me all paid for by the government, while everything I said was completely discounted.

    “The court-appointed counsellor told me I was too angry. Too right I was angry — but it’s OK to be angry when you’re worried about your kids’ welfare. It’s what you do with that anger.

    “I wanted my girls to be safe. Why else would I have spent 10 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting for them in court? No one wants to take any responsibility and there’s been no justice for my girls.”

    Mr Cuzens said he struggled with bouts of depression that put increasing strain on his work and personal life, but did his best to remain strong for those around him.

    Complete article print edition

  136. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    the kids used to come up and reach in and pull and rub my legs, and watch the hairs rise up again. So I learned about roaches. I learned about kids jumping up on my lap. And I love kids jumping on my lap

    This is so bizarre as to be beyond parody. Why are the dumbocrats still flogging this poor deranged ol’ fool?

  137. whats the criggit fuss? Did the sandpaper cheaters get caught again? or is it a paki spot bettin scam?

  138. Bruce of Newcastle

    I like how when Numbers treads on a rake, like the big painful one he just stepped on, he suddenly misunderstands the English language. Like that “green” and “greens” have several different contextual meanings.

    You are naïve, sir, if you’ve believed the propaganda from the global warming activists concerning companies like Shell, BP and Exxon. They are some of the greenest corporations around. BHP is another one which has caught the green disease.

  139. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    It’s destroyed my family and completely broken me, and it was senseless. It was absolutely avoidable — there’s been absolutely no accountability

    Ah, their beloved family kangaroo court – destroying the lives of Ozzie men and their children since it was was vomited into existence by that hideous ol’ toad, Murphy.

    It takes some gall to get up in front of the Australian public and state there is nothing wrong with the family kangaroo court, as various disgusting labore and greenfilth shitheads have been claiming of late.

  140. Snoopy

    Why are the dumbocrats still flogging this poor deranged ol’ fool?

    He’s the best chance they’ve got.

  141. Spurgeon Monkfish III #3249644, posted on December 2, 2019 at 8:23 am

    One of the reasons I no longer watch the game.

    I’ve also given up on watching it.

  142. stackja

    Top Ender
    #3249652, posted on December 2, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Gough elected on this day in 1972.

  143. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    What a pair of dullards.

    Trigger warning: Infuriating imbeciles.

  144. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    He’s the best chance they’ve got.

    LOL.

    Americans, it’s time to learn about roaches. Gird your loins, I tells ya!

  145. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Apparently the Waffleroach has been shooting his big stupid gob off about da climate change. No doubt inspired by another hysterical idiot, Grater Thunberger.

  146. cohenite

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3249619, posted on December 2, 2019 at 7:40 am
    You do realise Numbers that Shell, Exxon and BP are as green as grass.

    Correct. The green disease has captured many corporations including the fossils. It’s macabre. But it’s simple numbers (sic). At the end of the day corporate CEOs are few in numbers, have doctor’s wives berating them and others in their social set, the so-called upper fucking class, the elite which Trump is doing such great work against, promulgating the virtue signalling which feeds their egos, and suddenly some astro-turfing mob like sleeping giants, extinction rebellion, mad fucking witches, get-up etc comes along screeching their alarmist bullshit and the CEOs fold, introducing all sorts of vanity policies which impact directly on the profits and indeed existence of their company.

    Fuck off numbers you bastard.

  147. Bruce of Newcastle

    Numbers – You do realise that Roger Stone was convicted by an Obama judge on seven process crimes by a jury in Washington DC, which voted 91% for Hillary Clinton. None of the original charges stood, instead he was entrapped by the FBI like Flynn. It was yet another example of Beria’s “show me the man I’ll show you the crime”.

  148. cohenite

    And not forgetting the CEOs have to put up with pressure from the msm including the vile abc: eg:

    ABC reporters the real climate deniers
    Chris Mitchell The Australian November 2, 2019

    The ABC’s board should insist editorial managers address their reporters’ particular brand of “climate denialism”. This real journalistic failing is not the sort of climate reporting that seems to exercise the Media Watch program each Monday night. ABC journalists are regularly guilty of:
    ● Failing to report any inconvenient truths about countries ­increasing their use of coal, such as a November 20 Bloomberg report China is adding 148 gigawatts ­annually in coal-fired power, an increase greater than the size of the entire European system. Yet on the ABC coal is a “stranded asset”, as Hamish McDonald said on RN Mornings again last week.
    ● Not accurately reporting Australia now has among the highest penetrations of renewable energy usage anywhere or that our total emissions are rising mainly because of increased LNG exports that are offsetting emissions-­intensive fuels in China and Japan.
    ● Refusing to acknowledge the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has made clear for more than a decade that no individual weather event can be directly linked to climate change. Even bushfires. Nor does the ABC acknowledge the IPCC has regularly revised down forecasts for temperature and sea level rise.
    ● Failing to report problems with energy storage and renewables. Energy regulators say Australia needs to pause its renewables rollout until technology gives the nation access to viable dispatchable power. And why give an open platform to renewables investors John Hewson and Simon Holmes a Court without acknowledging their financial interest? Why no reports of last year’s slowing in wind and solar in China and the developing world?
    ● Deliberately misreporting the ability of Australia to take any action whatsoever that would reduce atmospheric CO2 effects on fires or the Great Barrier Reef….

  149. cohenite

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3249667, posted on December 2, 2019 at 8:51 am
    Numbers – You do realise that Roger Stone was convicted by an Obama judge on seven process crimes by a jury in Washington DC, which voted 91% for Hillary Clinton. None of the original charges stood, instead he was entrapped by the FBI like Flynn. It was yet another example of Beria’s “show me the man I’ll show you the crime”.

    Correct. Trump has to pardon Stone.

  150. Shy Ted

    self-medicating with marijuana. This is the language taught in unis, self-medicating with dope, booze, smokes, pills and so on. And there’s always a reason – trauma, depression, anxiety et al. Nobody does it for fun any more. Not surprisingly the uniwoke are firmly against tried and trusted medications in favour of supplements, soy and a vegetarian diet. We oldtimers joke with the punters, “what have you been self-medicating with today?” and it usually elicits an accurate-ish response, they know we’re on their side. Asking an alcoholic how much they’d had to drink never did.

  151. Entropy

    Snoopy
    #3249659, posted on December 2, 2019 at 8:41 am
    Why are the dumbocrats still flogging this poor deranged ol’ fool?

    He’s the best chance they’ve got

    He is part of the machine and the establishment’s preferred candidate. Until it gets to nomination time and it realised he has no chance, then they will “draft” Hillary, “only because it’s so important”.

  152. BrettW

    From The Age. This is the guy who has caused Bernard Gsynor so much strife.

    “A prominent gay rights campaigner has written to the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW to accuse ex-
    Wallaby Israel Folau of homosexuality vilification.

    Activist Garry Burns on Sunday wrote to the board’s president complaining about Folau’s infamous April Instagram post in which he warned hell awaits homosexuals.”

    Burns has demanded Folau apologise and make a $100,000 donation to a charity.”

  153. Snoopy

    and suddenly some astro-turfing mob like sleeping giants, extinction rebellion, mad fucking witches, get-up etc comes along screeching their alarmist bullshit

    And let’s not overlook industry super funds and their like.

  154. Boambee John

    The seagull seems to have gone the full m0nty on US politics.

    Imagine how bad it would be if it cared?

  155. 8th Dan

    I do not fill up at BP because they don’t offer ethanol free basic ULP.

    Sure they do. You need to actually visit a BP service station.

  156. Damienski

    Let’s be honest. Warner could score a double century on a swinging deck at Old Trafford

    No he couldn’t.

    those who have not forgiven him for his role in the Sandpapergate scandal

    never will

  157. Juan

    I do not fill up at BP because they don’t offer ethanol free basic ULP.

    Sure they do. You need to actually visit a BP service station.

    What’s wrong with ethanol? 😲

    The Liberals’ greatest Prime Minister since Menzies told us it’s a good thing.

  158. Boambee John

    I’m Danielle the 8th I am,

  159. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dan – There’s a BP not far from me that I used to fill up at. It was convenient. Their basic ULP contains ~10% ethanol. I think there is an expensive premium ULP which may not contain ethanol, but it isn’t the basic ULP.

    I fill up at 7/11 when I can because their 91 octane ULP is ethanol free as far as I know. They have a 94 octane 10% ethanol product too, which is cheaper than the ULP 91.

    Burning converted food in cars is immoral in my view, be it food for humans or stockfeed for animals. It would be not as bad if the cellulosic ethanol technology had worked, but it has failed and quietly has died it seems. At least for now.

  160. Eyrie

    Yep, Howard is a complete sleazebag. Funny thing is that ethanol is a waste product of Manildra making starch from grain. They didn’t know what to do with it so sold it to servos around the ‘Gong. Only when the servos tried to increase to 20% did the story come out. Asked why they didn’t ship to Sydney to sell the answer was that it was uneconomic to ship the ethanol the 100km or so. Tells you all you need to know about the economics of ethanol.
    After all this, Manildra had a fire that destroyed large quantities of stored ethanol waste product. How sad, too bad.

  161. Juan

    Correct. Trump has to pardon Stone.

    Why hasn’t Trump pardoned Manafort? Serious question … wondering if anyone knows why as it’s not like Manafort ‘did a Michael Cohen’.

  162. Geriatric Mayfly

    What’s wrong with ethanol? 😲

    Bob Katter is your man on all matters ethanol.

  163. Entropy

    Burning converted food in cars is immoral in my view, be it food for humans or stockfeed for animals. It would be not as bad if the cellulosic ethanol technology had worked, but it has failed and quietly has died it seems. At least for now.

    With the provision of subsidies it is just easier to use grain sources for the ethanol. That grain based ethanol is a negative for greenhouse gas emissions to produce compared with other sources like sugar cane is just a bit of extra shit spread on the top of this cowpat of a policy.

  164. Entropy

    Katter promotes ethanol as he thinks it will “save” the little guys in the cane industry. However it would cost a bomb to upgrade the majority of mills to make it viable, and then you have carpet baggers like Manildra getting the market with grain based ethanol in the first place. As usual Katter Has never been able to think it through. Generational politicians seem to always have trouble with reality.

  165. Juan

    Funny thing is that ethanol is a waste product of Manildra making starch from grain.

    I haven’t heard Manildra mentioned in well over a decade so I wondered whether they are still a major E10 player.

    Some quick research turned up this (with the caveat most of the figures are from 2012 and 2015): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biofuel_in_Australia#Biofuel_Production_Facilities

  166. Bruce of Newcastle

    My other reason of course is that ethanol in cars is supposed to be about saving the world from climate change. Which is stupid because CAGW is not happening in the real world data, CO2 isn’t a threat, and anyway the carbon footprint of fuel ethanol is worse than petrol.

  167. cohenite

    Why hasn’t Trump pardoned Manafort? Serious question … wondering if anyone knows why as it’s not like Manafort ‘did a Michael Cohen’.

    Manafort, poor sod, was found guilty of tax avoidance offences, not just process crimes like poor old Roger; but yes he too should be pardoned because there is no doubt the swamp got him to get Trump.

  168. Top Ender

    Call for more cops in outback communities
    AMOS AIKMAN

    The head of the largest and most influential organisation representing traditional owners in Central Australia has called for a new relationship between police and Aboriginal communities involving more and better trained officers working closely with elders in the bush.

    Joe Martin-Jard, the chief executive of the Central Land Council, said his organisation’s members were “crying out for a greater and more positive police presence in our communities, especially for vulnerable people”.

    “They look back fondly on the days when unarmed officers played footy and softball with community residents,” Mr Martin-Jard said. “Relationships between our communities and the police need improving right across the NT. If the police want to rebuild the relationship that has been so fatally damaged by the events of the past weeks, they must initiate a root and branch review of their operations.”

    Mr Martin-Jard was speaking after police constable Zachary Rolfe allegedly murdered 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker in the remote Red Centre community of Yuendumu in November during an attempted arrest gone wrong. Constable Rolfe is expected to plead not guilty.

    A few days later, Aboriginal man Farren Schaber, 23, was seriously injured in an Alice Springs incident involving heavily armed tactical officers.

    Scott McConnell, a longtime Alice Springs resident and the independent Northern Territory MLA for the outback seat of Stuart (covering Yuendumu), said he had rarely seen relations between police and Aboriginal people worse than they were now.

    Walker’s death sparked national protests under the banner of the Black Lives Matter movement and claims Territory communities were “over-policed”.

    Mr McConnell said he could understand the sentiments but one of the most frequent requests he received as a representative of most of the western half of the Territory was for “a greater police presence” out bush.

    “The most significant (contributing factor to deteriorating relations) is the choices of this and the previous government to commit uniformed officers to standing outside bottle shops and racially profiling Aboriginal people,” he said.

    “This role has brought the uniform into disrepute. At the same time, Aboriginal people are acutely aware they don’t have the police they want protecting their communities. They are looking at police stations that are shut or very rarely open and police officers who don’t seem to interact.”

    Mr McConnell accused NT governments of politicising the police force to “focus on making white people feel safe, at the expense of Aboriginal people’’.

    Mr Martin-Jard said his members wanted to know whether the Territory government was “diverting” federal funds meant to pay for extra remote community-based police officers to instead service Darwin and Alice Springs. Oz complete article from the print edition

  169. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The head of the largest and most influential organisation representing traditional owners in Central Australia has called for a new relationship between police and Aboriginal communities involving more and better trained officers working closely with elders in the bush.

    Good luck, getting anyone to put their hands up to uphold the law, in the Third World shitholes.

  170. Geriatric Mayfly

    The problem is not outside the bottle shop, but comes several hours later when that which is purchased kicks in. Might give police some advanced warning of trouble ahead, especially if the more violent customers are stocking up on the slops.

    “The most significant (contributing factor to deteriorating relations) is the choices of this and the previous government to commit uniformed officers to standing outside bottle shops and racially profiling Aboriginal people,” he said.

  171. Eyrie
    #3249688, posted on December 2, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Yep, Howard is a complete sleazebag. Funny thing is that ethanol is a waste product of Manildra making starch from grain. They didn’t know what to do with it so sold it to servos around the ‘Gong. Only when the servos tried to increase to 20% did the story come out. Asked why they didn’t ship to Sydney to sell the answer was that it was uneconomic to ship the ethanol the 100km or so. Tells you all you need to know about the economics of ethanol.
    After all this, Manildra had a fire that destroyed large quantities of stored ethanol waste product. How sad, too bad.

    Why didn’t they just use it to fuel boilers for their own plant or sell back peak electricity to the grid?

    I can only think they were greedy rent seekers.

    If the solar subsidies are ramped up, we might get to the point where we might see uneconomic, but profitable production of synthetic fuels.

    As much as people are tuning out of the global warming scare, the activists and shills are hard at it trying to get policy remade to wipe out coal, oil and nuke.

  172. Nick Xenophon Huawei’s new legal counsel

    ???

    The Lapsang Souchong has gone everywhere.

  173. Bruce of Newcastle

    Why hasn’t Trump pardoned Manafort? Serious question

    Flynn’s trial and the IG report are big milestones.

    In the Flynn case DoJ seeks delay (1 Dec)

    Awaiting sentencing on the false-statements charge to which he has pleaded guilty, Flynn has now filed a motion seeking previously withheld exculpatory evidence (so-called Brady material) from the government. He needs such evidence to bring a motion for dismissal of the case on the ground of government misconduct. When he brings such a motion, he carries a heavy burden to establish government misconduct that would warrant dismissal.

    District of Columbia District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan has all but invited Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea and litigate the charge against him. Represented by Sidney Powell in this phase of the proceedings, he is instead sticking with his motion for Brady material. I have no doubt that Judge Sullivan would allow Flynn to withdraw his plea, but Flynn has not sought withdrawal.

    Cleveland quotes the government’s two reasons for supporting delay (at long last, so to speak). The first ground is Judge Sullivan’s failure to rule on Flynn’s pending Brady motion. Cleveland caught my eye quoting the government’s second ground: “that the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is conducting an Examination of the Department’s and the FBI’s Compliance with Legal Requirements and Policies in Applications Filed with the US. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Relating to a certain US. Person[.]” The government further asserts that “the parties expect that the report of this investigation will examine topics related to several matters raised by the defendant.”

    Amazing how many sheepstations are in play with this one court case. If Flynn is not exonerated then justice in the US will be a joke, as will rule of law without fear or favour. If he is exonerated it may well start the dominoes towards the first ever US President being jailed for treason, and I don’t mean Trump. And many many others could go down too.

  174. I’m not saying Xenophon was ever a bad lawyer, but was he known as a hotshot barrister, corporate lawyer etc?

    He’s got the job because he’s an insider. Like how Boob Carr became a “banking executive”.

  175. stackja

    Liddy was sentenced to a 20-year prison term and was ordered to pay $40,000 in fines. He began serving the sentence on January 30, 1973. On April 12, 1977, President Jimmy Carter commuted Liddy’s sentence to eight years, “in the interest of equity and fairness based on a comparison of Mr. Liddy’s sentence with those of all others convicted in Watergate related prosecutions”, leaving the fine in effect.[22] Carter’s commutation made Liddy eligible for parole as of July 9, 1977. Liddy was released on September 7, 1977, after serving a total of four and a half years of incarceration.

  176. It is time we admitted that from some point in around 1975 onwards, making tasks easier wasn’t actually making anything better for anyone.It just freed people up to go insane.

    We need to bring back serfdom to prevent Arky from rebuilding cars and losing his sanity!?

  177. 8th Dan

    There’s a BP not far from me that I used to fill up at. It was convenient. Their basic ULP contains ~10% ethanol. I think there is an expensive premium ULP which may not contain ethanol, but it isn’t the basic ULP.

    BP Regular Unleaded is 91 octane fuel that contains no ethanol. Re-visit that conveniently located BP servo and fill up with it.

  178. Farmer Gez

    It’s eleven degrees here in NW Victoria and with wind chill, feels like five. How’s that for Gorbal Warminning?

  179. Milquetoast “Milky toast leftist alt rightie” Tim “My Beanie votes for Trump, who is a funny guy” Pool on how the Democrats shaft Bernie, Yang and Tulsi followers, which ensures they won’t vote for Creepy Joe, or won’t turn up, or even, perhaps they will vote for Trump, like 16% of Bernie Bros did.

    Funny to see ole’ Creepy Joe having a nibble at the candidacy.

  180. Woolfe

    More climate crap in the Australian from Kohler.

    Alternatively, of course, we could just leave it to everyone else to fix, and move to higher ground.

    Obviously our CO2 is more evil than everyone else’s.

  181. 8th Dan
    #3249711, posted on December 2, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Wrong. But I guess you’re used to that by now. Ho hum.

    “Regular unleaded” is not common. “Up to 10% ethanol” is a lot more common.

  182. Geriatric Mayfly

    It’s eleven degrees here in NW Victoria and with wind chill, feels like five. How’s that for Gorbal Warminning?

    7C. here on the Plains of Sodom and now those sub polar winds squeezed between the retreating Low and the advancing High. Fast moving showers add to the summer gloom.

  183. Bruce of Newcastle

    BP Regular Unleaded is 91 octane fuel that contains no ethanol. Re-visit that conveniently located BP servo and fill up with it.

    Nope, doesn’t have it. Do I have to go get a photo or something? It had E10, 95 and 98. And diesel of course.

    I would be fine with BP offering ethanol free unleaded. Maybe they do in some servos. My local one doesn’t, but then this is a lefty town. Maybe they’ve adjusted their policies for different suburbs as a result of customer demand, which would be a sensible thing.

  184. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Trip down mammary lane for P magsPAT SHEIL

    12:00AM December 2, 2019
    4 Comments

    1989. A big year. Lots happening. The Berlin Wall came down. I won’t forget it in a hurry. It was the year I found myself working at Australian Consolidated Press, as Tubs Grogan, “Editor-at-large” of The Picture magazine.

    Like The Wall, “P mags” are about to be consigned to history. Now if you were to classify the P magazines as titles that sold largely — OK, almost entirely — to blokes, the major sales pitch of which was photographs of provocatively posed young women in various states of undress, you’d be right.

    In the Australian context, the real P mags were the homegrown ones. Specifically, The Picture and People. Bauer Media bought these magazines as part of a fire sale when ACP effectively ceased to exist in 2012, and have probably been wondering why ever since.

    No gnawing away at ACP’s tasty bits like fussy hyenas — you got the whole gazelle, or none at all. You want Woman’s Day and Weekly? Sure, but here’s some gristle and bone to go with ’em, and by 2012, The Picture and People weren’t exactly high calorie.

    From the Oz. What will there be to read at the barbers now?

  185. USAAF Red Pill Bomber Command Reporting for duty.

    Timcast (Tim Pool) Dec 1 2019 (US time)
    Study Shows Men Are HAPPIER Before Marriage And AFTER Divorce. Yikes

    From “Our World In Data”.

    That’s a no from me, dawg.

    “Women most affected.”

  186. Zac William Whiting was visibly upset during his third day in Bali police custody, with cameras capturing his tears as he was led to the bathroom briefly.
    The 18-year-old cabinet maker – originally from the Northern Territory and more recently the Sunshine Coast – didn’t respond to media questions.
    Whiting, a budding AFL footballer, is being held at Kuta police station, accused of lashing out at a security guard over his friend’s missing mobile phone.

    Leave the schadenfreude for a while. Consider they wanted a bribe perhaps?

  187. Climate & Energy Campaigner

    On the weekend I saw a convoy of hippies traveling down pittwater road, condamine st, M1, M5 and hume highway…I reckoned they must be professional dole bludgers.

    It’s a thing. The chicks all had bad, ugly haircuts and the dudes all had man buns and pathetic beards.

  188. Woolfe

    For those who haven’t discovered Mrs Maisel yet

  189. Geriatric Mayfly

    A massive Bandt rant in the House on da climate. Temperature increase now ramped up to 3C. Couldn’t stomach any more of his unhinged hyperbowl.

  190. Funny thing is that ethanol is a waste product of …

    Distill it and drink it. Far more productive use of ethanol.

  191. stackja

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3249724, posted on December 2, 2019 at 10:18 am
    What will there be to read at the barbers now?

    US National Geographic borrowed from the doctors? Maybe some ‘memmaries’ from Africa?

  192. Geriatric Mayfly

    Weatherzone.
    Sand drift in a drought-affected corner of north-west Victoria has become so severe that some homes are only accessible by four-wheel-drive and the local council is treating the issue as an emergency.

    It’s the Sahara buggering things up again.

  193. Manildra could make “Gem of the West” Vodka, Rum & Whiskey, but instead they wanted a subsidy from Lil’ Johnny.

    Low energy & sad.

  194. Mother Lode

    As an Infantry Officer, I have personally been called in, from leave, to fight fires and create fire breaks. As KD said, all it takes is a request from the state under Defence Aid to the Civil Community (DACC).
    As Winston indicated, that would mean certain players admitting that it is beyond their capabilities and contingency planning. They need only ask.

    I remember after the Hanshin Earthquake the authorities in Hyogo decided not to request the assistance of the SDF because they did not want to admit the situation was beyond them. (I suspect they had not grasped full scale of the disaster at the time.)

    They also turned down assistance (blankets etc) from the Americans, and sniffer dogs from Switzerland were intercepted and kept in quarantine.

    The PM (Murayama?) first heard of the Earthquake when John Major in the UK called to offer help. No one thought to interrupt his sleep, but a foreign head of government could not be fobbed off.

    I think the paucity of information and epidemic outbreaks of confusion was the problem at the beginning – but later it was about protecting turf and politics.

  195. Juan

    I’m not saying Xenophon was ever a bad lawyer, but was he known as a hotshot barrister, corporate lawyer etc?

    He’s got the job because he’s an insider. Like how Boob Carr became a “banking executive”.

    If there’s one job I would ban for the sake of democracy, it’s Government Relations Manager.

  196. cohenite

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #3249731, posted on December 2, 2019 at 10:42 am
    A massive Bandt rant in the House on da climate. Temperature increase now ramped up to 3C. Couldn’t stomach any more of his unhinged hyperbowl.

    bandt is a complete and utter bastard.

    http://theclimatescepticsparty.blogspot.com/2013/10/adam-bandt-is-bastard.html

    Bandt and his fellow filth bastards should have been in the dock with SEQwater.

  197. zyconoclast

    I once made the mistake of stroking Xenophon’s ego — before I realised he was just a POS who could be bought and sold.

    That was not his ego.
    Go wash your hands with bleach.

  198. Mother Lode

    Personally, the purpose of the ADF is to cause maximum harm to our foreign enemies, destroy their armies with maximum prejudice, and make them feel really sorry they thought to attack us

    Isn’t there supposed to be something about ‘hearing the lamentation of the women’?

  199. Top Ender

    Excellent article from Judith.

    Qantas shareholders, amongst others, should read it and reflect.

    WEASEL WORDS TOO POPULAR WITH THE MODERN MANAGER

    JUDITH SLOAN

    Ever heard of ‘net promoter score’? It’s all the rage with our overpaid executives

    Of the many thousands of words written about the revelation that Westpac faces multiple charges of breaching money-laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws, one statement from departed CEO Brian Hartzer caught my attention.

    He was explaining to the 50-odd top executives that news of the breaches wasn’t really worrying the ordinary folk of Australia and that Westpac was no Enron. He urged the assembled staff members to get on with the job of writing new loans and lifting that all-important NPS.

    NPS? Have I missed something new in relation to defining the profitability of banks?

    Turns out NPS stands for “net promoter score” and is a favourite of some big company executives. Devised initially by consulting firm Bain & Company, the idea is relatively straightforward.

    Employees are asked whether or not they would recommend the products or services of their company to friends or colleagues. A scale of one to 10 is used, with only those marking nine and 10 counted as promoters: one to six is seen as negative and seven to eight are passive.

    The scores are added up and averaged to create the NPS — the higher, the better. The argument is that NPS is directly correlated with the performance of companies. Lots of enthusiastic promoters mean higher profits.

    If you think it sounds a bit simplistic, you wouldn’t be wrong. And do CEOs really need to be paid millions of dollars only to be fixated on vacuous buzz concepts such as NPS? Did Hartzer really think Westpac’s NPS was about to soar in the context of a company whose reputation had been so seriously damaged by the revelation of the breaches, some involving child pornography in the Philippines?

    It’s entirely possible that the NPS at Enron was running at high levels before that company’s collapse. It had been a darling of the stockmarket and its CEO, Jeffrey Skilling, was seen as a corporate champion — before he went to jail.

    And I am not picking on Westpac; the practice of managers being driven by passing fads, inane phrases and consultant-led cookie-cutter tools is widespread.

    NAB, for instance, runs a leadership program that goes by the name EPIC: empathy, performance, imagination and connection.

    The previous CEO even set up a “centre of excellence” — these have been very popular in recent years — in customer remediation. Evidently no one saw the irony in ripping off customers only then to set up a centre of excellence to pay them back.

    If you can bear to read the 2018 NAB annual review, you will find pages of vacuous guff that read more like a political pamphlet than a considered summary of the bank’s performance.

    Here’s a flavour of the hollow waffle contained therein. “Our purpose, vision and strategy are: becoming Australia’s leading bank, trusted by customers for exceptional service, takes an unwavering commitment to living our values every day; passion for customers; win together; be bold; respect for people; do the right thing.”

    You really have to wonder who writes this drivel and thinks it’s worthy in a document sent to the owners of the business. And not just any business, but a business that was strongly criticised in the final report of the royal commission into banking for multiple instances of misconduct.

    Asinine business-speak has been around for some time. It goes back to the days of Dale Carnegie and Peter Drucker, but both had some commonsensical ideas about how large business could be better run.

    But anticipating a potentially profitable line of business, the consulting companies took control of devising various management strategies in the hope they could be widely sold, particularly if they attained cult-like status.

    Examples include management by objectives, matrix management, total quality management, leadership (there have been many incarnations of this fad), re-engineering, 360-degree feedback, knowledge management, Six Sigma, teamwork, delayering and consensus management. And don’t forget NPS.

    Certain words and phrases are also part of the trend: disruption, road map, synergy, granularity, curate, dashboard, sweep the shed, move the needle, thought leader, bandwidth, strategic fit, paradigm shift, run it up the flagpole, open the kimono, cultural inclusion, digital transformation. It goes on.

    The floors of one large company are referred to as neighbourhoods, the stairs connecting them are “vertical alleyways”.

    Also associated with the adoption of this passing parade of management fads has been the very marked escalation in executive salaries, which have been repackaged in pseudoscientific terms of cash base, short-term and long-term incentive.

    Again led by self-serving consultants, these arrangements have been a means of ensuring the CEOs and the leadership team — yes, I can get with the program — are paid salaries that are vastly higher than the average company employee.

    In the past, the CEO may have earned four to five times the pay of the average worker; it is not uncommon for that to be 40 times or more. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was paid $24m last year, having managed to achieve the agreed criteria of the various components of his package.

    It is now dawning on many shareholders that numerous executives of large companies are seriously overpaid and that short-term bonuses are essentially a rort, providing close to guaranteed additional remuneration for highly paid managers.

    They are early days, but what seems to be emerging is a trend towards lower cash salaries for newly appointed CEOs combined with share price-related bonuses based on long-term performance.

    And with these bonus arrangements, executives must have skin in the game and stand to lose out, partly or completely.

    Of the management messages that have been popular over the years, the one that rings most true is sticking to your knitting. Had the banks done this and been less influenced by the business fads and less distracted by promoting various woke causes, it’s possible that the outcomes might have been different.

    It’s probably time to retire the NPS.

    It is now dawning on many shareholders that executives of large companies are seriously overpaid and that short-term bonuses are essentially a rort . Complete article from the Oz print edition.

  200. 8th Dan

    No need for you to post a picky.

    BP at Kotara had Regular Unleaded for 147.9 in May 18. They have it today for 161.9.

    BP at Toronto has it today for 149.9.
    Argenton BP has it today for 152.9. Sorry, can’t post a 4th link.

    “Regular unleaded” is not common.

    Sure it is. See above.

  201. zyconoclast

    Macron Says NATO Should Focus on Terrorism Instead of Russia

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said his remarks that NATO was experiencing “brain death” had been a useful wake-up call to alliance members, and he would not apologize for saying it.

    Macron’s blunt verdict ahead of a Dec. 4 summit in Britain drew strong reaction from European peers who believe Europe still needs to rely heavily on the transatlantic military alliance for its defense.

    Has NATO stopped paying bribing the ‘terrorists’

    2008
    NATO paying the Taliban for safe passage

    and

    2013

    NATO officially denies that any of its members pay insurgents in Afghanistan for peace, but military sources say the practice is widespread among foreign forces fighting the Taliban.

    The Times newspaper said 10 French troops killed in Sarobi, near Kabul, last year had not properly assessed the risks, because their Italian predecessors never told them they paid the Taliban not to attack them.

  202. Geriatric Mayfly

    From your link cohenite. I flick to the Senate and lo and behold there’s Di Natale on his hind trotters raving and frothing about bushfires. Exposure to buckets of Bandt and Di Natale spittle in one morning, leaves me feeling oppressed.

    This is an amazing indictment and indication that the Greens do not care about nature but are concerned with power plays and politicising the tragedy of bushfires. They are like vultures waiting for these catastrophes to happen …

  203. 1735099

    Judith is correct, except for her reference to “woke” causes, one of which is putting the brakes on obscene executive remuneration and which has been promoted by Labor for years.

    Of the management messages that have been popular over the years, the one that rings most true is sticking to your knitting. Had the banks done this and been less influenced by the business fads and less distracted by promoting various woke causes, it’s possible that the outcomes might have been different.

    Maybe Judith is turning “woke”, whatever that means.

  204. Tailgunner

    What’s wrong with ethanol? 😲.
    Nothing,man.
    108 octane, burns cooler, higher compression possible(doesn’t detonate like 98), and most importantly, more powa of course.
    Dragon Energy as it says on my fuel filler cap.
    E85, FTW

  205. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dan – If you browse the petrolspy link for BP service stations you’ll see it was as I inferred. Not all BP stations offer ethanol free basic ULP. I didn’t know that until our conversation this morning. Unfortunately it isn’t easy to remember which BP servo is OK and which isn’t.

    The fuelcheck site didn’t work for me probably due to the NSW government not liking VPNs, which figures. How dare I try to hide from their all seeing eye?

  206. 1735099

    Nope, doesn’t have it. Do I have to go get a photo or something? It had E10, 95 and 98. And diesel of course.

    BoN is posting bullshit – again or still.
    Back in August, I had to drive to Newcastle to attend the funeral of a mate from my rifle section.
    I had four cars to choose from, and decided to use my son’s 1999 Mazda 323 which needed a run.
    It has aftermarket cruise and a 6 stacker CD, so it’s a pleasant little thing on a long journey.
    I’m looking after it for him whilst he cycles to work to keep fit. It doesn’t tolerate E10, so I had to find 91 octane.
    I had absolutely no problem in finding 91 ethanol free in Newcastle.
    In fact, next door to the motel I stayed in was a BP servo which I used to fill her up for the return journey.
    Other BP service stations along the New England also sold it.
    The price of fuel in Newcastle is bloody ridiculous.

  207. zyconoclast

    EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Spacey’s father was ‘[email protected] child [email protected]’ who hated J00ws and s3xually abused his own son for years – and their mother knew, claims actor’s brother

  208. Infidel Tiger

    “Sweet car! Is that the one with the 6 stacker CD? Boy, she’s a beauty!”

  209. Shy Ted

    I once made the mistake of stroking Xenophon’s ego — before I realised he was just a POS who could be bought and sold. ABC Adelaide sold him as the “kingmaker” and “potential Premier” in SA before the last election. At which he lost his seat.

  210. Shy Ted

    Police are reporting that a nine-year-old girl has disappeared after using moisturiser that makes you look ten years younger.

  211. Snoopy

    Why doesn’t the ALP want to put the brakes on obscene remuneration at TheirABC? Or even make all ABC employment contracts public?

  212. zyconoclast

    Why doesn’t the ALP want to put the brakes on obscene remuneration at TheirABC? Or even make all ABC employment contracts public?

    You don’t defund your propaganda wing. Especially when you don’t have to write the script or pay the bills.

  213. cohenite

    Maybe Judith is turning “woke”, whatever that means.

    I doubt it knucklehead.

    Woke means an issue which if not conformed to and agreed with by everyone offends the left while allowing the left to parade their moral, scientific, existential superiority based on no evidence at all; examples are alarmism, refugees, socialism/communism, noble savage, alphabet weirdos, metoo etc.

  214. Shy Ted

    I’m looking after it for him whilst he cycles to work to keep fit.
    Gay!

  215. Infidel Tiger

    The obscene remuneration of public servants and politicians would be a good place to start.

    I also have zero problem with salary control of corporatist swines.

  216. Bruce of Newcastle

    Numbers – Between Dan and I we’ve worked out that BP stocks different product mixes at different servos. Why they do that is a question I don’t have an answer for. My local BP servo didn’t stock ethanol-free ULP last I visited it, which iirc was a couple years ago. Maybe they have changed. That would be an interesting move if they have done so, since it would be going against the climate mafia, as the certainly didn’t before – I drove through at the time. I presently buy my fuel from a servo that I know offers ethanol free ULP.

  217. 1735099

    Numbers – Between Dan and I we’ve worked out that BP stocks different product mixes at different servos.

    And I’ve worked out (and it isn’t difficult) that you manage to brink far Right ideology into everything you post. The topic is irrelevant – it’s always there.

  218. Bruce of Newcastle

    The price of fuel in Newcastle is bloody ridiculous.

    It varies – it was in the mid 120’s last week, but if the sites Dan linked are up to date it suggests the price has jumped about 20c since then. Which is not impossible since it was around 160c/L only about 3 weeks ago. Go figure. I don’t have to fill up often as I don’t have to do much driving.

  219. Knuckle Dragger

    Leadership, and more particularly the assumption you can teach it in a classroom or seminar environment is one of the great wastes of money of our time.

    You can’t teach this shit to everyone. You just can’t.

    You can enhance existing traits, and you can build a veneer of leadership over a dog’s arse but writing in texta on butchers’ paper won’t get the job done.

    I think someone said it a couple of days back. If someone has to tell you they’re a leader, they haven’t got shit.

  220. feelthebern

    Tracey Spicer threatens to sue her sources for defamation.
    Pretty sure it’s not meant to work like that.

  221. Bruce of Newcastle

    The topic is irrelevant

    I don’t think burning food in cars is irrelevant.
    Poor people buying food have to pay more because of such abhorrent practices.

  222. Bruce of Newcastle

    All you have to do is look at PNG and Indonesia on Googlemaps satellite view to see the ginormous oil palm plantations. Mainly for biodiesel and the like. The devastation is massive, as is the hypocrisy of the green-left who refuse to condemn such foul practices.

  223. Bruce of Newcastle

    Nearly half of the US maize crop is turned into ethanol to be burnt in cars.
    Amazing. And the Greens worry about feeding the increasing population of the planet.
    Hypocrisy upon hypocrisy.

  224. Knuckle Dragger

    I thought Liability Bob didn’t go for left/Right concepts. Too binary, things are shades of grey and so on.

    Must only apply to others, I guess.

    Speaking of guesses, and considering how many ‘rifle section mates” funerals he’s apparently been to in recent times, I’m guessing the rifle section he was very briefly part of, and in which he made a right pest of himself, and from which he had to be removed as a liability, must have numbered about 350.

  225. cohenite

    The green filth are a particularly virulent form of the left disease.

  226. Bruce of Newcastle

    I loved this story this morning.

    British yacht skipper, 26, wiped out the carbon emissions saved by Greta Thunberg’s sail across the Atlantic by flying out to the US to help her (1 Dec)

    So the skipper of the yacht flew from Britain to the US to sail Greta from the US to Portugal so that Greta wouldn’t have to incur the CO2 emissions of a flight from the US to Portugal.

    Hypocrisy upon hypocrisy mated with hypocrisy.

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