Open Forum: November 30, 2019

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  1. cohenite

    What a kunt Corbyn is but this is typical: RoP terrorism is the West’s fault he says because we provoked the poor bastards who would have been content to remain as simple goat fuckers if we hadn’t picked on them. To be plain it would not have mattered what the West did the RoP would still be attacking us; they do so because the West is not RoP and is better than RoP.

    Stop making excuses for RoP terror
    Brendan O’Neill Spiked Online 2nd December 2019
    Jeremy Corbyn can’t help himself. He sees an RoP terror attack and his first instinct is to politicise it, to give it some gravitas, to reimagine it as some kind of anti-imperialist act. And he’s done it again with the London Bridge atrocity. Just 48 hours after Usman Khan carried out his grisly, IS.S-inspired stabbing attack, Corbyn was linking it with the ‘war on terror’. In a speech yesterday he said the assault was wrong and wicked etc, etc, but it is also partly our fault, apparently. It happened because of our interventions overseas. By invading Iraq and Libya we helped to nurture a culture of bitterness and hatred that inflamed terrorism in the West, he said. This is excuse-making for RoP terror, plain and simple.
    Of course Corbyn was careful to add caveats in his speech. He said he wasn’t aiming to ‘absolve’ terrorists of responsibility for what they do. But that is exactly what he’s doing. When he says, in the Observer’s summary, that the wars in Iraq and other RoP countries have ‘radicalised’ young RoP in the West, he is diminishing the responsibility of the RoP terrorist himself and shifting the blame on to Western officials….

  2. Tailgunner

    C’mon Knuckles,
    What’s the word around the stand?
    Lesbian vampyres?

  3. Tailgunner

    And after bailing on the paganic druggening, proceeded to shag her ‘warlock’ exbf out of her operating system.
    The altRight &the Witch.
    Dude.

  4. Leigh Lowe

    Of course Corbyn was careful to add caveats in his speech. He said he wasn’t aiming to ‘absolve’ terrorists of responsibility for what they do.

    Doesn’t matter.
    As soon as he adds the qualifying “but” after any statement about the attack, people know straight away what he is up to.
    Pally terror apologist always.
    The Labor vote will totally tank from the lofty heights of 22% that Jezza has dragged it to.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Jeremy Corbyn can’t help himself. He sees an RoP terror attack and his first instinct is to politicise it, to give it some gravitas, to reimagine it as some kind of anti-imperialist act.

    Also today:

    67% of Jeremy Corbyn supporters hold at least one antisemitic view – poll (2 Dec, JPost)

    A new YouGov poll commissioned by the Campaign Against Antisemitism has found that 67% of of British adults who strongly support UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn “hold at least one antisemitic view,” while 33% hold four or more antisemitic views.

    The YouGov survey, released over the weekend, was designed and analysed by Dr Daniel Allington of King’s College in London.

    Founder of the CAA, Gideon Falter, explained in a foreword to the study that “antisemitism on the far-left now exceeds antisemitism on the far-right.

    “The leader of the once fiercely anti-racist Labour Party is now the candidate of choice for anti-J-wish racists, and 84% of British J-ws feel that he is a threat specifically to J-ws,” Falter continued.

    That “far-right” I would think is more “the other far-left” since the fascists are just a different sort of lefty.

  6. Knuckle Dragger

    Yessss!

    Darwin is the most dangerous joint in Australia and came in at 50th on the list of the world’s most dangerous cities.

    The NT murder and manslaughter rates double and even triple the nearest Australian competition.

    Pull your socks up, the rest of you. Let us know when you want a shot at the title.

  7. Knuckle Dragger

    You don’t survive a fortnight out here on a packet of bickies and a voddy can Gunner.

    They’re all Radio Rental as well. Drinking each other’s claret isn’t off the table.

  8. Leigh Lowe

    Crossing one of our state borders today and came across the rare event of the fruit fly flying squad manning the checkpoint:-
    Him : “Any fruit or vegetable matter or grapevines?”
    Me : “Yep. Apple core.”
    Him : “Throw it in the quarantine bin over there.”
    Me : “OK. When can I get it back?”
    Him : “What? No. It gets destroyed.”
    Me : “Well if I don’t get it back it is not a quarantine bin then. It is just a bin-bin.”
    Him : “Yes, sir. Just put it in the bin.”

  9. MatrixTransform

    Just put it in the bin.

    lol …still chuckling

  10. cohenite

    Barilaro is worried about the SFF but he’s a greenie at heart and believes in alarmism.

    NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro issues Murray-Darling ultimatum
    Andrew Clennell The Australian December 3, 2019

    NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro and his Water Minister Melinda Pavey have issued a set of demands to the federal government for staying in the Murray-Darling Basin Water Plan, but Mr Barilaro declined to comment on whether he had the approval of state cabinet for his plan. At a press conference in Sydney Tuesday morning Mr Barilaro said the minister would take to a ministerial council meeting on December 17 a minimum requirement that “the federal government agree that NSW will not contribute to the 450GL of additional water recovery efforts”.
    The minister would also demand that “the barrages on the lower lakes (be) lifted to allow seawater back into Lake Alexandrina”.
    He also said that “transmission losses in the system are taken (must be) taken into account as water returned to the environment” and that the “federal government agree that NSW Water Resource plans will not be progressed until the drought is broken”.
    “Today I’ve got to admit after months and months of calling on the federal government on the relevant ministers that NSW was fed up with the approach by the federal government and Murray-Darling Basin Authority, that it was fed up with the way it was treating the state of NSW, at a quarter to midnight last night we were able to receive some correspondence that clearly showed for the first time the federal government is prepared to talk about maybe some flexibility with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
    “We have said for months that our communities are hurting and if this plan isn’t right for NSW, then we would walk away. It’s taken a protest of over 2000 farmers and irrigators to descend on the steps of parliament for the federal government to respond and for me that is disappointing.
    “It is the same argument we’ve been making for months and months … we just don’t have any more water to give.”…

  11. Juan

    Barilaro is worried about the SFF but he’s a greenie at heart and believes in alarmism.

    If one can pin blame for the NSW Liberals leftward drift on Photios and Hawke, who exactly are to blame for the NSW Nats’ current political hue?

    It’s a smaller party, closer to its constituency than either Labor or the Liberals could ever dream of being, so shouldn’t it be more representative, rather than less?

  12. Leigh Lowe

    Barilaro is worried about the SFF but he’s a greenie at heart and believes in alarmism.

    For years we have talked about the “doctors wives” phenomenon.
    It is now time to talk about “farmers wives” I’m afraid.
    A few I know have swallowed warminism whole and joined the Green anti-fracking “lock the gate” crowd.
    What they don’t realise is that, when the Greens have finished off oil and gas, they will come after farming with a vengeance.

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    Darwin is the most dangerous joint in Australia and came in at 50th on the list of the world’s most dangerous cities.

    Darwinian?

  14. Some History

    Poncharse Pirate

    Deal or no deal for Folau? No deal, so far. While it would be good to end the drama, I would be loathe to see Rugby Australia pay him a red cent. Let the law decide.

    https://twitter.com/Peter_Fitz/status/1201614913472360448?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

  15. egg_

    the Idiot Trinity … Numpty, 8th Gibber and Juan

    Numbers + the sock drawer

  16. Juan

    A few I know have swallowed warminism whole and joined the Green anti-fracking “lock the gate” crowd.

    Almost all farmers I know supported ‘lock the gate’. In my experience there was a special loathing reserved for the one farmer among their ranks who sold out, to a miner, leaving their neighbours farming next to a mine and sitting on a dropping water table.

    One of the sellouts is Tony Windsor, and having burnt that bridge with his community, he could never mount a serious political comeback.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    If one can pin blame for the NSW Liberals leftward drift on Photios and Hawke, who exactly are to blame for the NSW Nats’ current political hue?

    O’Sullivan’s Law. It’s like gravity: sucking, sucking.

  18. MatrixTransform

    Numbers + the sock drawer

    They sell more than they produce … a la Tesla

    these tossers invent spectres to agonise against … it seems like there’s more demand for bigots than there is supply

    even Alinsky would be face-palming

  19. Geriatric Mayfly

    This is Sir Elton John, throwing his nappy out of the pram. In God fearing WA of all places.

    “Hey, you two security guards with the girl. F— off. Bring her back here immediately,” he said, as the audience cheered him on. “Come on you c—s. Morons, you both are, morons. You don’t treat girls like that. Leave her alone, you turds.”

  20. MatrixTransform

    Not All Farmers … heh?

    What, did you do a survey?

  21. Some History

    What’s a Mexican’s favorite boy band?

  22. egg_

    Grigs managed to stay in character for what, 2 weeks

    Only to the slow witted.

  23. hzhousewife

    China manufactured and sold about 1.2 million electric vehicles in 2018, more than three times the sales in the US.
    China has the fastest and largest growing market for electric vehicles in the world. Electric cars (EV) had a market share of 4.2% of new cars sold in China for 2018. Shenzhen and Beijing are rapidly adopting electric vehicles. All of Shenzhen’s 16,000 public buses are electric, and soon all of its 22,000 taxis will be electric cars as well.

    Their products are currently for local consumption, but when they start exporting, the market will know all about it.

    Running on Chinese electric power no doubt, mostly solar, wind, water and none of it Aussie or Chinese coal, of course.

  24. Farmer Gez

    Almost all farmers I know supported ‘lock the gate’. In my experience there was a special loathing reserved for the one farmer among their ranks who sold out, to a miner, leaving their neighbours farming next to a mine and sitting on a dropping water table.

    My gates wide open.
    No bloody minerals and only salty water under our country.

  25. egg_

    They sell more than they produce

    Jacques can probably tell by IP addresses, but IMHO Septimus has several socks on the go at any one time – some agreeable, others contrarian or outright [email protected]

  26. Some History

    Seven days with no food makes Juan week.

  27. egg_

    Juan Cuckoo Jumped Over the Rest

  28. Tailgunner

    Juan Direction
    Bamn

  29. Nick

    8th level of hell is Septimus

  30. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Obi Juan the phony be.

  31. Juan

    Juan Cuckoo Jumped Over the Rest

    Better ‘cuckoo’ than ‘cuckold’, IMHO. 🤣

  32. MatrixTransform

    and its Juan, two three
    What are we fighting for?
    Don’t ask me, I don’t give a damn,
    Next stop is Vietnam

    – with apologies to Country Joe And The Fish

  33. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    – with apologies to Country Joe And The Fish

    Matrix Transform wins the internets for the day!

  34. zyconoclast

    A leading Australian entrepreneur says the looming federal Government ban on using cash to make payments above $10,000 could lead to physical money being banned altogether.

    Scott Morrison’s Government wants to introduce laws banning cash payments of more than $10,000 – with fines of $25,500 and two years’ jail for those who break them.

    But the controversial proposal – which the Coalition claims will fight organised crime and stamp out unscrupulous business practices – has a new enemy in Freelancer.com founder Matt Barrie.

  35. Dave in Marybrook

    Potty mouth aside, Sir Elton could teach St Adam Goodes a few things about how girls in the crowd should be handled.

  36. Tel

    The question is why does Trump not fire his Director of the National Economic Council, Larry Kudlow, whose central economic policy is the ‘King Dollar’ and who wrote last year before joining the Trump Administration:

    Probably because the stuff in the Bloomberg article is nothing to do with Trump and merely the opinion of some random nobodies.

    The job of Washington is not to grovel to farmers. There’s nothing in the US Constitution about that.

    Federal Reserve controls the strength of the USD and they chose to defend it, which is quite a reasonable choice IMHO. They understand that there is a marketplace, it’s competitive, many competing interests must be considered and what helps some parties generally hurts other parts of the economy. The best you can do overall is maintain stability, and that’s the job of the Federal Reserve.

    If Australia’s reserve bank put more effort into stability then we wouldn’t be facing an AUD death spiral.

  37. zyconoclast

    Not to worry a focus on indigenous maths, English and science will soon sort this out.

    Australian students have recorded their worst results in international tests, failing for the first time to exceed the OECD average in maths while also tumbling down global rankings in reading and science.

    Since 2003, Australia’s results in maths have declined further than any country but Finland. Compared with the top-performer, Singapore, the students who sat the test last year were three years behind in maths, a year and three months behind in reading, and a year and nine months behind in scientific literacy.

    They were also more than a year behind the 15-year-old Australian students who sat the original tests in the early 2000s.

    PISA national project manager, Sue Thomson, said Australian students were either declining or treading water while other countries in the OECD were improving. “There’s no sign of any change,” she said. “There’s no sign of anything recovering.

  38. Bruce of Newcastle

    Better ‘cuckoo’ than ‘cuckold’, IMHO. 🤣

    My cuckoo is a very well dressed birdie! Satin suit and all. He even managed to attract a lady to my yard a few days ago – she almost accepted food from my hand so appears to be one of the females who were around last year. But in the end I gave a bit of mince to him and he gave it to her as a present. No nooky though, more gifts will be required.

    Just had the wayward son arrive for the third time today: the previously missing grey butcherbird. He’s making up lost time restocking his larder with mince, which in this ultradry weather will be beef jerky within a few hours. Smoked beef jerky. The Sun is red as Cardimona’s SIL’s face and radiating a baleful tint to the whole area because of smoke and dust from the west.

    The most interesting visitors today are a family of three tawny frogmouths, who have been snoozing in a tree in a neighbour’s yard. Rare event and welcome, although it’s so dry I don’t know how they survive right now.

    And more hungry visitors – a family of blue-faced honeyeaters, who are also uncommon visitors since the noisy miners usually chase them away. But they had several chicks and were hungry, so I was able to introduce them to bread – which they worked out was food because the noisies were eating it. So they experimented and thought ‘hey, this is good stuff!’ A small victory.

  39. Ellie

    P – bless you and thank you for this

  40. BoN

    The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Monday that the sales of electric, hybrid and fuel cell cars plunged by over 45% in October, marking four straight months of declines in the sector.

    China is undergoing the Earth equivalent of The Shoe Event Horizon.

  41. classical_hero

    Considering that schooling is no longer about education but indoctrination, no wonder core skills are being pushed aside. At least children know how to penis tuck or chest binding.

  42. Dr.BeauGan

    Australian students have recorded their worst results in international tests, failing for the first time to exceed the OECD average in maths while also tumbling down global rankings in reading and science.

    Since 2003, Australia’s results in maths have declined further than any country but Finland. Compared with the top-performer, Singapore, the students who sat the test last year were three years behind in maths, a year and three months behind in reading, and a year and nine months behind in scientific literacy.

    They were also more than a year behind the 15-year-old Australian students who sat the original tests in the early 2000s.

    But I’m sure they hold all the right opinions on climate emergencies and trannies. The important things.

  43. zyconoclast

    The true depth of Holden’s sales disaster will be exposed 24 hours from now, with official figures expected to show the former top-selling brand sold just 2665 cars in November.

    That’s half what it sold at the same time last year and its weakest monthly result since the company was established 71 years ago.

    It is the sixth record low for Holden in 11 months. The figure is so low that each of the top three selling cars outsold the entire Holden line-up last month

  44. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    The idea of the restrictions in cash is to force the bulk of people’s money to reside in bank accounts, before the introduction of negative interest rates. That way you will be forced to pay the bank to hold “your” money and you won’t have any choice in the matter.

    If negative interest rates developed without such a restriction, everybody would simply withdraw their money on payday, and go back to paying everything by cash.

    Once everybody’s money is locked into bank accounts it will only be a matter of time before a withdrawal transaction fee is introduced, much like the $2.50 fee for withdrawing “your” money via an ATM today.

    Welcome to the Brave New World, folks.
    Brought to you by your friendly, conservative, coalition government.

    And the hell of it is, most of you will STILL vote for them next election.
    Mark Textor was right – you really don’t matter.

  45. Juan

    The job of Washington is not to grovel to farmers. There’s nothing in the US Constitution about that.

    Tell that to President Trump; but he’s trying.

    If Australia’s reserve bank put more effort into stability then we wouldn’t be facing an AUD death spiral.

    It’s a good thing the US has a trade surplus with Australia otherwise Trump might have accused Australia of being a currency manipulator.

    The Australian Dollar is a commodities play and with high commodities prices and the resulting current account surplus, the fundamentals suggest the Aussie should be higher and would be were it not for a deliberate RBA policy to force down the dollar.

  46. Chris

    If Australia’s reserve bank put more effort into stability then we wouldn’t be facing an AUD death spiral.

    I wish I got paid in ounces, but working in a gold mine means we LIKE the AUD death spiral. Our labor-based costs go down in ounce terms.

  47. Juan

    The idea of the restrictions in cash is to force the bulk of people’s money to reside in bank accounts

    If all else fails they can revive the proposal to demonetise the $100 note.

  48. Bruce of Newcastle

    Probably because the stuff in the Bloomberg article is nothing to do with Trump and merely the opinion of some random nobodies.

    Who get to stay random nobodies.

    Trump Campaign Will No Longer Credential Bloomberg News Reporters Until It Restarts Investigating 2020 Democrats

    Late last month, Bloomberg joined the crowded Democrat primary field, prompting Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait to announce that the news organization would refrain from investigating the owner and his family, calling the decision a “tradition” of journalism. However, Micklethwait said reporters will continue to investigate President Trump and his administration.

    “The decision by Bloomberg News to formalize preferential reporting policies is troubling and wrong,” Brad Parscale, President Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, said in a statement Monday.

    “Bloomberg News has declared that they won’t investigate their boss or his Democrat competitors, many of whom are current holders of high office, but will continue critical reporting on President Trump,” Parscale continued. “Since they have declared their bias openly, the Trump campaign will no longer credential representatives of Bloomberg News for rallies or other campaign events.”

    Well done Mr Bloomberg, you just emasculated your own news company.

  49. zyconoclast

    Diversity is our strength

    German education system has room for improvement: report

    First the good news: The latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) report shows German schoolchildren are on par with their Australian, French, Irish, New Zealand, Norwegian, Swedish, British and US peers in terms of competency in literacy, mathematics and natural science.

    Now the bad news: German schoolchildren did worse than in previous years. Literacy rates fell to 2009 levels and mathematics and natural sciences competences have deteriorated as well, with the former dropping well below 2012 PISA levels, and the latter below 2006 results.

    Growing number of pupils from non-German speaking households

  50. vr

    So, what’s with Trump’s latest tariff gambit?

  51. Chris

    And since I lost my overseas job when the USD price of gold went down, I am become a bit sensitive to that hazard.

  52. Geriatric Mayfly

    And more hungry visitors – a family of blue-faced honeyeaters, who are also uncommon visitors

    Sweet biscuits, crumbed up, bring my yellow faced mob to table. Desiccated coconut may interest your lot as well.

  53. Juan

    The true depth of Holden’s sales disaster will be exposed 24 hours from now, with official figures expected to show the former top-selling brand sold just 2665 cars in November.

    Exit Buttner; enter Inchcape?

  54. zyconoclast

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billionaire Alki David was hit with more than $58 million in damages after a jury found him liable for battery, s3xual battery and s3xual harassment against a former employee in the latest lawsuit targeting the owner of several media companies, the plaintiff’s attorney said.

    Jurors on Monday awarded $50 million in punitive damages to Mahim Khan, a former production assistant who worked at his Los Angeles-based firms, attorney Gloria Allred said.

    The same panel last week awarded $8.25 million in compensatory damages.

    Khan alleged in her lawsuit that in 2014 David thrust his pelvis into her face and simulated oral s3x. Allred disclosed the name of her client in a news release.

    “I hope the punitive damages verdict sends a message to Alki David to never, ever think of violating another woman’s body,” Khan said in a statement provided by Allred’s office.

    David plans an appeal. In a statement Monday, he denied the claim and accused the judge of blocking witnesses who would have exonerated him.

    “This trial proves that not only is the system broken. It’s in a state of emergency. It’s an emergency for employment law, for business and innovation in the state of California,” the statement said.

    David is heir to a Greek Coca-Cola bottling fortune. He heads several media firms, including FilmOn Networks, Alki David Productions Inc. and Hologram USA Networks Inc.

    It was the third verdict this year against David, who has been accused of inappropriate behavior by former employees, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    A jury in April awarded another employee $11.1 million. She said he fired her after she refused to have s3x with him. She later agreed to a reduction in compensatory damages. Punitive damages remained at $8 million.

    Last month a jury found in favor of another woman, awarding her $650,000 in compensatory damages and $4.35 million in punitive damages.

    In 2016, she alleged David put his hands on her throat and pushed her chair into a wall, among other claims. According to her lawsuit, David told her that he needed to buy supplies for his “[email protected] room,” the Times reported.

    David faces two additional lawsuits; a suit filed in 2016 was settled out of court.

    David has disputed the reports of sexual misconduct, saying, “I never touched any of these women.”

    David remained belligerent, defiant and disruptive throughout his multiple trials in Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to the newspaper.

    He frequently erupted in profanity-laced outbursts while mocking his accusers and their attorneys, earning him nearly $10,000 in sanctions; he was ejected from the courtroom on several occasions.

  55. Chris

    That’s a good idea E Pluribus Juan.
    If the mofos do that, I will be trading ‘dark’ ounces troy in the pub car-park.

  56. Fair shake of the Sauce bottle

    A pride of lions
    A murder of crows
    A smug of activists

  57. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    A smugstench of activists

    covfefe

  58. Infidel Tiger

    Amazing.

    Turns out if you import the third world, you end up with third world education standards and a third world economy.

    No one saw this coming.

  59. mh

    Democrat 2020 hopeful Pete Butterbean

    So the most important thing for me is that we offer the opportunity for health care to all in our country, and this includes the opportunity to buy this plan of Medicare for All who want it. That is our solution. And this opportunity to buy this plan is for everyone regardless of their immigration status.

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/12/02/in-spanish-mayor-pete-buttigieg-promises-government-health-care-for-illegal-immigrants/

  60. Bruce of Newcastle

    A wank of activists.

  61. MatrixTransform

    the AUD is rattling down like a Kerplunk marble and has been for 3 years at least

    turns out everybody has their own dirt

  62. MatrixTransform

    A fart of activists

  63. Some History

    A Greta™ of activists

  64. Overburdened

    Cohenite 17:ish

    Stop beating about the bush n tell us what you think about the prick.

  65. Overburdened

    Because of a shared habit of posting another post immediately after a previous post, I would like to declare that I am not Juan.

    I do it because I thought of something else after I hit the button.

    Not a good sign.

  66. MatrixTransform

    I would like to declare that I am not Juan.

    The Juan doesn’t like to repeat itself.
    It said so several times yesterday.
    so like …yr good OB

  67. Overburdened

    I think that Juan is in fact Mike Nolan.

  68. 8th Dan

    Juan Juan was Juan racehorse
    Two Two was Juan too
    Juan Juan Juan Juan race
    Two Two Juan Juan too

  69. pete m

    A festering gangrenous puss eruption infection of puerile O2 thieving … activists.

  70. Old Lefty

    The Plesmans, like the woke of Braidwood, seem to me like the type of deluded urban romantics who have zero understanding of the Australian bush and think they are moving into the Black Forest.

    Sources tell me, by the way, that Braidwood was colonised in the 90s by lesbian separatists from Canberra.

  71. Overburdened
    #3251140, posted on December 3, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I think that Juan is in fact Mike Nolan.

    Yeah vargan yeah nah yeah no vargan way mate.

  72. Perfidious Albino

    So apparently Dan Andrews has admitted (reported in The Age) that he accepted money from an apparently dodgy property developer, but insists there was no quid pro quo. Yet O’Farrell quit over a bottle of wine…

  73. Old Lefty

    Juan’s video clip of the topping of the statue of Lenin reminds me of a priceless Patrick Cook cartoon from the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union. A team of soldiers are removing Lenin’s embalmed corpse from the Kremlin. One officer asks another where they are taking him. The second officer looks at his papers and says : He’s been offered the chair of sociology at a … Monash University in Australia’.

  74. Old Lefty

    Andrews will be furious. The investigation by his ‘independent’ anti-corruption bureau was only ever meant to be a hit job on the Liberals.

  75. Perfidious Albino
    #3251150, posted on December 3, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    So apparently Dan Andrews has admitted (reported in The Age) that he accepted money from an apparently dodgy property developer, but insists there was no quid pro quo. Yet O’Farrell quit over a bottle of wine…

    Dan Andrews has had enough of hairy legged corn pops such as yourself. Now when I was a lifeguard, if you wore pomade…and I had to run dickety six miles to catch the kaiser, I’d say, give me five bees for a quarter.

  76. Overburdened

    https://youtu.be/jGUW0uAwDyw

    Another all time favourite Leon Redbone Shine on Harvest moon

  77. Overburdened

    Ooo u got me there Frank

  78. Rockdoctor

    Delayed flight into Melbourne, apparently the weather. Jetstar this time. Was windy but seen & landed in a lot worse… Wonder if they are having problems with crewing issues, aquintence in the bussiness says pilots are becoming harder to find…

    As for Melbourne they really deserve everything they get. Am noticing NIMBYism is rampant. No wonder infrastructure doesn’t get done…

  79. Tel

    The Australian Dollar is a commodities play and with high commodities prices and the resulting current account surplus, the fundamentals suggest the Aussie should be higher and would be were it not for a deliberate RBA policy to force down the dollar.

    Try paying a bit of attention to interest rates.

    The AUD collapse is closely linked to the RBA interest rate drop trying to prop up ponzi property prices. It doesn’t work of course because the property is now priced in devalued AUD which makes it still going down in real terms. All it does is make everyone go through another round of fighting for higher wages to get back where they already were sitting at. Get ready for a bunch more pointless industrial disputes in Australia as inflation starts to kick in.

  80. Overburdened

    Fn hard to be Sassy when your not

  81. Overburdened

    Tx Tel

    Now I’m back to thinking whether to sell wait and buy back or just stfu

  82. JC

    The AUD collapse is closely linked to the RBA interest rate drop trying to prop up ponzi property prices.

    Really, I’ve been long since Friday night for a trade. I want to go long Funnells too.

  83. Top Ender

    Re the plunge in education rankings…

    In areas such as History, we are now seeing government departments – and the taxpayer-funded ABC – promoting stories such as Dark Emu, which is totally at odds with the discipline of historical studies.

    Students in History are usually taught sources are sacrosanct – you never leave bits out without showing you have done so; you never change a person’s words, and so on. There is a lot of work done in showing students how to verify a source: was the person who wrote it biased; were they misinformed; what date was the source recorded and does that jell with other information, and so on.

    That such “books” as Dark Emu are promoted is disgraceful. Yet Education Ministers are tied to the altar of political correctness, and won’t criticise such chaotic thinking – or what’s worse, they go along with it because of their own ideologies. This muddle-headed thinking is just another part of the downfall of education in Australia.

  84. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Yet Education Ministers are tied to the altar of political correctness

    No They’re not. Stop making excuses for the lying bastards.
    The only thing an Australian politician, state or federal, is tied to, is their own desperate desire to get re-elected and so maintain their snouts firmly in the slops trough.

    And they will say and do anything, tell any lie, throw whoever required under a bus, to achieve it.

  85. JC

    Ender

    Lets agree the crap they are teaching is indeed crap and bullshit. However we have to assume the testing is also based on the crap they learn at school. Australian kids will be tested on the Dark Emu, while say, English kids will be taught their own historical bullshit. In this narrow context, Australian kids don’t appear to be retaining anything about the Dark Emu let along the light one. Do you see what I’m getting at?

  86. I reckon a lot of kids understand that Dark Emu is a trash fire.

    Woke academics do not.

    The dude is a fake Aborigine. His whole cache was that he was blacker than King Billy Cokebottle.

  87. feelthebern

    As for Melbourne they really deserve everything they get. Am noticing NIMBYism is rampant. No wonder infrastructure doesn’t get done…

    Victoria is no longer investment grade.

  88. Snoopy

    What’s next areff? A Babs Streisand song?

  89. feelthebern

    Not sure about that AUD long, JC.

  90. Overburdened

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/

    JC

    The acid test will be deleting some of this data, if they haven’t already

  91. Gab

    Appearing in Australian libraries in the junior section, this tawdry book about transgender, including a 6 year olds account of oral sex, what the hell are they doing to our kids! https://caldronpool.com/transgender-book-for-teens-includes-account-of-6-year-old-performing-oral-sex-and-liking-it/amp/

  92. Juan

    Remember when Tuesdays were the best day to fill up?

    BP Edgecliff, well closer to Rushcutters Bay, has 98 octane at 195.9¢/litre.

  93. JC

    Bern

    I bought the crap just a tad below 68 cents. My stop is where I got in, so it’s a free trade in that respect. I think it needs to blow of steam to perhaps around 70- cents and then you can short it. Market feels really short of Aussie dollars. If I’m wrong, well I’m wrong. I’ll be out by the end of the week most likely, so don’t despair for me. 🙂

  94. Overburdened

    Frank of National Tiles

    Maybe it’s a feels thing.

    I reckon the bloke is indig, just because why would ya?

    Not being able to trace where you are from doesn’t mean you aren’t what you think you are.

    Having said that, he is a total fuckwit and for sure mate show me your proof.

  95. Geriatric Mayfly

    It’s The Stuff Of The Soul

    Only at David Thompson, performance art at its very best. Goose Studies as an appetiser, followed by the Michelin Man’s missus; just standing there shielded by rolls of tremulous fat. The latter hides the really naughty bits; but, alas, the colossal udders are full frontal and perky they are not.

  96. Geriatric Mayfly

    Sorry about the bold. Something amiss.

  97. Cold-Hands

    I mean, I’ve put on as many Batman suits as the next bloke, but glass? Might as well lube up a light globe and shove it up your quoit.

    Oh.

    KD, it happens. The most difficult part is getting an x-ray showing the globe intact… (second answer, third image).

  98. feelthebern

    Magenta (Beyond Magenta is Gab’s book) is IT’s favourite colour.

  99. It’s Remarkable

    Just caught Pauline Hanson on Paul Murray. Never heard so much incoherent, rambling, disjointed, naive ignorant, confected emotion. Seriously she does seem to take the opinion of the last person she talks with, the CFMMEU are good guys looking after workers….Australia is awash with ‘white collar crime’, multinationals pay no tax…. I keep my word.

    There was so much craziness in her rant, it was hard to know just what she was trying to say. But, then perhaps she do not know either.

  100. Overburdened

    Unless he is an Elizabeth Warren or Rachel Dolezal.

    I didn’t cite an Australian example and I know a few.

  101. vlad

    Dan Andrews
    @DanielAndrewsMP
    This is absolutely shameful.

    “I’m just visiting a friend.”

    If you want to go visiting convicted child sex offenders, surely you would think for a moment that this is bigger than you and him and your friendship.

    I’d say Dan needs to hire a new tweetwriter. That last sentence makes little sense and the whole thing shows – if we needed further proof – that he’s unfit to govern.

  102. Tel

    Really, I’ve been long since Friday night for a trade.

    Not sure if you are joking … but no doubt there’s short term ups and downs … you might make a quick buck if you are good at that stuff. Long term trend has been down and since I get paid in AUD and also I can’t easily escape by moving all my accounts offshore I’m a bit grumpy … I want a genuine store of value.

  103. JC

    Not sure if you are joking

    I’m not. I’m very honest about my trades and stuff like that. Mid week last week, the Aussie was looking ratshit again. I always look at a US holiday to set some direction. If there’s vulnerability in a currency trade it will always show up the day before a US holiday. People square up. The Aussie was down below 68 cents but didn’t continue. To me that meant the shorts were vulnerable. I went long and here we are. It’s heading lower I think but not this week. This week, the algo traders may end up with a red hit poker up their rear.

  104. Tel

    The only thing an Australian politician, state or federal, is tied to, is their own desperate desire to get re-elected and so maintain their snouts firmly in the slops trough.

    Put it this way … politicians think that political correctness is their ticket to a successful reelection because the people they pay the most attention to are the churnalists, the focus groups and the Twitter mobs. They never talk to regular Australians and for the most part aren’t interested.

  105. Knuckle Dragger

    Jesus Christ Hands. A cassette tape? Really? Someone put a cassette tape up their own arse, on purpose.

    One of the others looks like an EPIRB.

    Great advice from the X ray chick at your link, though:

    ‘If someone is bound and determined do practice prostate massage, they should find safer, tethered objects that can be retrieved’

    Tethered, people. Tethered. If in doubt whack an ocky strap on it.

  106. JC

    Oh and Tel, I’ve had a really shitty year in trading currencies, so you probably shouldn’t listen to me. 🙂

  107. Cold-Hands

    The Grauniad is copping a bit of stick on twitter… #TrollingTheGuardian is trending.

  108. Overburdened

    KD

    Thanks for the opportunity to recall the time she asked me if I was taking precautions and I told her I had tied my ankles the the end of the bed.

  109. Geriatric Mayfly

    This David Thomson?

    The David Thompson davidthompson.typepad.com

  110. Knuckle Dragger

    There you go OB.

    Tethered.

    A trap for young players who refuse to learn from the experience of others.

  111. Overburdened

    Got a warning re that site

  112. Overburdened

    Like throwing a carrot up Pillar Valley as the saying goes KD.

  113. Knuckle Dragger

    Well,

    Certainly not the X wing fighter heading into the Death Star.

    Couldn’t afford to rattle around there.

  114. cohenite

    FMD, talk about a pile-on in the latest series of Ray Donovan. I know each series puts the poor bastard behind the 8 ball but they’ve outdone themselves this time.

  115. JC

    Last season was a disgrace., Cronkite. It was unwatchable crapola.

  116. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    google may have set out to build the star trek computer but china has already built 1984 on a scale orwell couldn’t even imagine.

    this only ends in one way, death for the ccp or the west.

  117. Tel

    Oh and Tel, I’ve had a really shitty year in trading currencies, so you probably shouldn’t listen to me.

    I’ve had a shitty year getting paid in AUD only to watch them turn to dust in my hands now sitting in the high 60’s so I’m also watching myself get constant pay cuts in real terms.

    I dunno, I’m probably better off than most but if you are young and middle classed in Australia right now you really aren’t getting much of a deal. Couples both work, spend most of it on rent, electrical bills and petrol, can’t even think about affording kids, and if they try to put a bit aside as savings it gets destroyed by the devalued currency.

    I’ve heard Peter Schiff carry on about how the Fed will send interest rates to zero any minute now and the USD will crash. But that’s not what the Fed have been doing, possibly for the wrong reasons they raised rates when Trump came along and they defended that USD and the other banks sat there with dumb looks on their faces. Australian workers all got pay cuts while US workers have not.

  118. Leigh Lowe

    Dan Andrews
    @DanielAndrewsMP
    This is absolutely shameful.

    “I’m just visiting a friend.”

    If you want to go visiting convicted child sex offenders, surely you would think for a moment that this is bigger than you and him and your friendship

    But dim-sum with a crooked property developer at the Flower Drum is just fine, eh?

  119. Steve trickler

    calli
    #3250715, posted on December 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    Keep your wits about you. You might be in for some ground shakes. You are in a silent zone. That means a EQ will pop in the void. Peru.

    https://www.twitch.tv/dutchsinseofficial

  120. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    China is not getting ready to start a war with anybody.
    China is getting ready to close the door and lock the gate.

  121. Leigh Lowe

    Old Lefty

    #3251152, posted on December 3, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Andrews will be furious. The investigation by his ‘independent’ anti-corruption bureau was only ever meant to be a hit job on the Liberals

    Fucking unbelievable.
    They pulled the “Lobster with a Mobster” shit on Mathew Guy before the last election, but now we have a paid for lunch AND a donation from a crook and the line is “well, I am honest and would never be influenced by the donation.”
    Just watch Fewfacts, their ABC and Nein news toe the line on that one.

  122. cohenite

    Last season was a disgrace., Cronkite. It was unwatchable crapola.

    Last season was the best show on tv; ffs head prefect do you have to confirm your abysmal taste all the time; except with real estate porn, which you need to put up an example now to partially erase that fucked comment.

  123. JC

    I just received Saxo bank’s outrageous predictions for 2020…

    1. Australia’s nominal GDP to 8% on MMTELEANOR CREAGH / AUSTRALIAN MARKET STRATEGISTThe trade-weighted AUD rallies, with AUDUSD roaring back to 0.8000. In 2020, economic red flags point to more downside ahead for the Australian economy. In Q1 of 2020, retail sales and cash register activity plunge to their lowest level since the 1991 recession and houses become more unaffordable, with Sydney and Melbourne being ranked among the world’s most expensive cities for housing. In Australia’s five biggest cities, more than 30% of average earnings are absorbed by mortgage repayments, leading to lower consumption and higher consumer stress. The Australian economy could get a lift from the improving China credit impulse next year, but it is unlikely to be a game-changer as China’s credit transmission is still too slow. On the top of that, domestic monetary policy is also constrained as the effective zero-bound approaches and has limited positive effects on the real economy. RBA governor Philip Lowe was very vocal in 2019 on the limits of monetary policy and repeatedly explained that further rate cuts have only a marginal effect on GDP growth — arguing that fiscal stimulus is the only way to bring relief if the economy continues to weaken. As consumer confidence and employment begin to plunge in early 2020, the government decides to embark on a MMT-inspired economic policy aimed at restoring confidence, stimulating GDP growth and attracting investment. This is the largest fiscal stimulus programme in Australia for at least 30 years. It leads to a massive increase in public spending in infrastructure, the health system and education, as well as the implementation of ambitious programmes to reduce the cost of living, provide affordable housing, reduce taxation and address environmental issues. The strong rise in fiscal spending contributes to a jump in consumption and investment, almost doubling Australia’s nominal GDP rate to 8% in 2020. The business community applauds this bold new economic policy stance. Confidence and risk appetite are back. After being hit by a perfect storm that drove the Australian dollar down nearly 20% versus the greenback since early 2018, the AUD is among the best performing currencies in 2020.

    This one scares the living life out or me.

    OP 2020: Democrats win a clean sweep in the US 2020 election, driven by women and millennials

    The polls going into 2020 don’t look promising for Trump, nor does the electorate: 2018 mid-term elections and limited 2019 elections in the US showed that voters living in suburbs across the US are turning in droves against the Republican party of Donald J. Trump. Plus, the marginal Trump voter in 2016 and in 2020 is old and white, a demographic that is fading in relative terms as the largest generation in the US now is the maturing millennial generation of 20-40-year-olds, a far more liberal and less white demographic.

    Talking to investors around the world, we’re staggered by the consensus that Trump is a shoo-in for a second term. They and the markets are in for quite a shock: voter turnout in the 2018 midterms point to heavy turnout in 2020 as well, as the younger generation is in a rebellious mood. Millennials and even the oldest of “generation Z” in the US have become intensely motivated by the injustices and inequality driven by central bank asset market pumping and fears of climate change, where President Trump is the ultimate lightning rod for rebellion as a climate change denier.

    We believe that elections are lost far more than they are won. In 2016, the uninspiring, unpopular avatar of the Democratic elite establishment, Hillary Clinton, failed to motivate many on the left to even show up at the polls and lost the election to a fired-up mass of Trump voters who wanted to overturn the system. This time around, the vote on the left is thoroughly rocked by dislike of Trump – with suburban women and millennials showing up to express their revulsion for Trump. The Democrats win the popular vote by over 20 million, grow their control of the House, and even narrowly take the Senate. Healthcare is the single sector that is in for a strong headwind from a Democratic clean sweep in the election, as Medicare for all and negotiations for drug pricing bring a massive haircut to the industry’s profitability.

    I Like this one. It may occur.

    In energy, green is not the new blackPETER GARNRY / HEAD OF EQUITY STRATEGYThe ratio of the VDE fossil fuel energy ETF to ICLN, a renewable energy ETF, jumps from 7 to 12.The oil and gas industry came roaring out of the financial crisis after 2009, returning some 131% from 2008 until the peak in June 2014 as China pulled the world economy out of its historic credit-led recession. Since then, the industry has been hurt by two powerful forces. The first was the advent of US shale gas and rapid strides in globalising natural gas supply chains via LNG. Then came the US shale oil revolution, which saw the US become the world’s largest oil and petroleum liquids producer, dramatically pushing down prices and return on capital. The second force impacting the investment outlook for the traditional fossil fuel energy sector, particularly in the long term, has been the increasing political and popular capital behind fighting climate change, causing a massive surge in demand for renewable energy. The “Greta Thunberg” movement has recently increased global awareness, to a level where investors are desperately looking for green energy investment opportunities and large sovereign wealth funds are even reducing their oil and gas holdings to defend against the change of sentiment on all CO2-emitting energy sources. The combined forces of lower prices and investors avoiding the black energy sector has pushed the equity valuation on traditional energy companies to a 23% discount to clean energy companies. In 2020, we see the tables turning for the investment outlook as OPEC extends production cuts, unprofitable US shale outfits slow output growth and demand rises from Asia once again.And not only will the oil and gas industry be a surprising winner in 2020 — the clean energy industry will simultaneously suffer a wake-up call. Investors must realise that for clean energy companies, the average return on invested capital versus the weight-adjusted cost of that capital is a terrible 0.5, meaning that the industry is actually destroying capital. The VDE (Vanguard Energy ETF) / ICLN (iShares Global Clean Energy ETF) ratio jumps from 7 to 12 in 2020 as clean energy investment doesn’t pay while dirty energy does.

    This would be fun.

    OP 2020: Hungary leaves the EU

    Hungary has been an impressive economic success since it joined the EU in 2004. But the 15-year marriage now seems in trouble after the EU initiated an Article 7 procedure against the country, citing Hungary’s – or really PM Orbán’s — ever-tighter restrictions on free media, judges, academics, minorities and rights groups, which in the opinion of the EU does not conform with the rule of law, weakens democracy and does not conform with EU values. A divorce is increasingly likely and we could see Hungary take steps to follow the UK out of the EU by end of 2020.

    There is endless irony here: a major portion of Hungary’s economic success since 2004 comes from EU capital transfers. One estimate from KPMG estimates that EU membership’s net effect on Hungarian growth was at some +3.0% of GDP per year, but despite this high correlation the government in Budapest is seeking confrontation with Brussels whenever possible.

    The pushback from Hungary’s leadership is that the country is only protecting itself: mainly protecting its culture from mass immigration. Plus, they maintain that it has a right to decide for itself. But an open economy with insular governance, immigration and press rules? It’s an unsustainable status quo, and the two sides will find it tough to reconcile in 2020 as the Article 7 procedure moves slowly through the EU system.

    PM Orbán is even openly talking about how Hungary is a ‘blood brother’ with the renegade Turkey as opposed to a part of the rest of Europe, a big shift in rhetoric that has not gone unnoticed in Hungary — as well as among bureaucrats and politicians in Brussels.

    That this change of tone coincides with EU transfers all but disappearing over the next two years is hardly surprising. But it will leave Hungary’s currency, the forint (HUF) on the back foot and take it to a new, much weaker level of 375 in EURHUF terms as the markets fear the disengagement or reversal of capital flows as EU companies reconsider their investment in Hungary.

  124. JC

    Last season was the best show on tv; ffs head prefect do you have to confirm your abysmal taste all the time; except with real estate porn, which you need to put up an example now to partially erase that fucked comment.

    I’m not in the least surprised you loved the season. That’s because Ray took on a gay lover.

  125. cohenite

    That’s because Ray took on a gay lover.

    You’ve been watching Queer Eye.

  126. Ellie

    MV, darling, are you awake?

  127. Ellie

    China was mentioned on the Q&A thread many times. 💋

  128. Ellie

    Oh dear lord – those lips are not a representation of the real thing!

  129. Infidel Tiger

    EdAsante
    @EdAsante77
    ·
    18m
    CNBC: bottom quintile wages are rising at a faster clip,3%+, over the last few months.

    Not due to minimum wage increases but tight labor market and demand.

  130. jupes

    As predicted: The IG report is just a cover up of the criminal behaviour of the deep state.

    Remember, this is the dickhead who couldn’t find any bias in the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton.

    Report: AG Barr Disagrees with IG on Whether Trump Surveillance Justified

  131. mh

    Slow night tonight.

    I blame Juan.

  132. Hazmatic

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3248861, posted on December 1, 2019 at 12:07 am
    This had far reaching effects including the rise of the Khmer Rouge due to the populace of Cambodia being driven mad from the onslaught of B-52 bombing in 1970 that resulted in a genocide that claimed 2 Million lives post 1975.

    Welcome back, Hazmatic.

    You refer to the B-52 bombing of North Vietnamese supply dumps, and the Ho Chi Minh trail, in Cambodia, established in clear violation of Cambodian neutrality?

    Yes, yes indeed.

    The B-52’s bombing the PAVN sanctuaries that they had established in Cambodia were clearly violating Cambodian neutrality up to the 18th March 1970 at any rate..

    18th March 1970 an important date to remember.
    This was the date of the Lon Nol coup. It was Lon Nol who threw Cambodia’s lot in on the side of the RVN and the Free World Allies. It was Lon Nol who issued an ultimatum to the North Vietnamese who had abused Cambodian sovereignty to to leave.

    After 18th March 1970 the RVN, Australia and the US were allies fighting a common enemy. I just want to stress that date again – 18th March 1970 😉

    I want to stress another date. 9th December 1971. This was the date that the last Australian battalion in South Vietnam, sailed for Australia marking the end of the 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF) at Nui Dat in Phuoc Tuy Province.

    Most National Servicemen who saw active Service did so on the strength of 1ATF based in Nui Dat. The vast majority. Unfortunately service with 1ATF tends to crowd out those members of the second National Service scheme who fought and died in Borneo countering Indonesian aggression. The existence of these ‘Nashos’ are so inconvenient to those with a polemic barrow to push that they are simply ignored. Sadly.

    National Servicemen are so strongly associated with service with 1 ATF that it would be reasonable to expect that after 1 ATF went home 9th December 1971 that there would be no more Nasho’s left on Active Service in Phuoc Tuy Province.

    A fair assumption.

    But wrong.

    (There’s a critical point I’d like to make at this stage. Unlike those of the Mark Dapin school, I have never confused ‘A fair assumption’ with a ‘Myth’ – But then again I don’t have books to sell or a Marxist row to hoe…)

    There were 29 ‘Nasho’s who served in Vietnam with the elite Australian Army Training Team Vietnam. After the Task Force had dragged bags, AATTV remained serving in the Phuoc Tuy training centres.

    The last Nasho’s to serve in Phuoc Tuy were AATTV’s Captain Bill McLaughlin (On his second tour!) Captain Peter Fletcher and 2nd Lieutenant Rod Margetts in 1972.

    Who were AATTV training in 1972?

    Mostly our Cambodian allies

    Australian Advisors in Phuoc Tuy trained a total of 27 Cambodian Light Infantry Battalions who were fed into the fight against the PAVN interlopers back at home the minute they were deemed combat ready.

    The resident spokesperson for Nashos in general and Cambodia in particular should know this but doesn’t…

    “Training the Bodes: Australian Army Advisers Training Cambodian Infantry Battalions- A Postscript to the Vietnam War” Written by Terry Smith published in 2016. Highly recommended.

    There is one more important fact that the resident spokesperson for Nashos in general and Cambodia in particular should know but obviously doesn’t. That one critical fact that makes his Cambodia ‘story’ utterly implausible. Carved in stone impossible. Cringeworthily unfeasible. But I’ll let those dates and this information sink in first 😉

    Big hint. It’s not even this.

    One of the most bombed places on earth was another ‘neutral’ associated Indochinese State – Laos.

    Laos was bombed by B-52’s far more intensely than Cambodia ever was. Unlike Cambodia this severe bombardment sent no Laotians mad and into the arms of the Pathet Lao. Despite Laotian territory being bombed to buggery by the USAF there was no genocide in Laos when it also fell to the Communists in 1975. There was no massacre similar to that occurred in Hue when it was seized by the NLF in 1968. Why was this so? Was there some sort of critical difference between the Communist Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the Communist Pathet Lao in Laos? Why yes. Yes there was. It’s something I shall return to.

    But I’m getting ahead of myself.

  133. Top Ender

    They always claim to be SASR or “covert agents”…

    A serial liar and bogus war hero who faked having terminal cancer to dodge court dates has had fresh court action thrown out by the Court of Appeal.

    Neville Donohue, 67, of Wantirna, who also claimed to have been a covert agent for Australia’s top secret spy agencies, was sentenced to four years’ and five months’ jail last year after he was found guilty of 18 charges of perjury and perverting the course of justice.

    Donohue’s long history of lies started when he was charged with falsely claiming to be a decorated Vietnam War veteran after photos of him wearing medals he wasn’t entitled to went viral online.

    He then forged phony letters purportedly written by doctors from The Alfred hospital and sent them to the Ringwood Magistrates’ Court between 2010 and 2013 that stated he had an inoperable brain tumour and had entered palliative care, and that he was unable to attend court.

    He also lied about being a covert operative in 2014 and 2015, despite the fact Department of Defence employment records showed he served in the army for just six years between 1970 and 1976.

    All up his case was adjourned at least 25 times before he was convicted and sentenced in September last year.

    Last December, he sought an extension of time to appeal his sentence, which was knocked back by the Court of Appeal earlier this year, and on November 25, the court yet again slapped down fresh proceedings lodged by him in July that sought an extension of time to appeal his conviction.

    Judges Phillip Priest and David Beach said his appeal, which tried to argue the prosecution lied about his work as a spy and said his poor mental health should have been considered during the trial, was “bereft of any substance” and “utterly devoid of merit”.

    They said a County Court jury rejected his claims he was a covert operative based on the “strength and quality of the evidence” provided by the prosecution during his trial last year.

    They also noted that besides his “bizarre” claims during the court proceedings, there was no reason why the trial judge should have doubted his fitness to stand trial.

    Donohue, a father of three, must serve at least two years and nine months before becoming eligible for parole. Herald Sun

  134. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    They always claim to be SASR or “covert agents”…

    We’ve sprung two “clearance divers.”

  135. EvilElvis

    All this talk about Juan.
    Which Juan are we talking about?
    Juan of Antonio’s Salmon Ranch?

  136. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    There is one more important fact that the resident spokesperson for Nashos in general and Cambodia in particular should know but obviously doesn’t. That one critical fact that makes his Cambodia ‘story’ utterly implausible. Carved in stone impossible. Cringeworthily unfeasible. But I’ll let those dates and this information sink in first 😉

    Indeed.

  137. Rex Mango

    Here is great clip of what our air force used to be like back in the 80’s:

  138. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Dark Emu booted some more…

    The consequences may well be similar to “Rabbit Proof Fence” – the local school showed “Rabbit Proof Fence” so often that the children couldn’t have cared less about Aboriginal issues.

  139. Rex Mango

    As I understand it with Laos, the most heavily bombed place on the planet, one of the problems was American aircraft up north were told that if you couldn’t bomb your target, you could just dump it on interdiction routes in Laos on way home.

  140. Dr.BeauGan

    For Dr BG

    Thanks JD. I’ve sent it to Maria.

    I’m going back to Cuba over Christmas.

    I can’t do much for Maria. She can’t do much for herself. Between the US embargo and the Cuban government there’s not much can be done for the Cuban people. Pity, because they are good people caught in a feud between governments.

  141. Dr.BeauGan

    I’ve just come back from watching Knives Out and it was very good. Intelligent and witty, with a good ending. The good guys win and the bad guys lose. That’s why it’s called fiction.

  142. Rex Mango

    Dr BG, can you take Numbers with you?

  143. Rex Mango

    Some more footage of what was a very professional air force:

  144. Hazmatic

    Rex Mango
    #3251308, posted on December 4, 2019 at 12:40 am
    As I understand it with Laos, the most heavily bombed place on the planet, one of the problems was American aircraft up north were told that if you couldn’t bomb your target, you could just dump it on interdiction routes in Laos on way home.

    Laos wasn’t really on the way home from anything…

    ‘Arc Light’ B-52 strikes of targets in the RVN, Laos, Cambodia and the DRV were always directed by a radar system called ‘Combat Skyspot‘ . That didn’t change and in fact made it easier when the ‘secret’ Operation Menu bombing of Cambodia began.

    One of the first Australian commitments to the fight against the Malay Communists were the Lincoln Bombers of 1 Squadron RAAF in July 1950. Doubt they ever saw a secondary. RAAF called these attacks on random pieces of jungle – monkey bombing…

    No matter how effective the bombing was, the dates are important. 😉 The Australian commitment to the fight against South East Asian Communist expansion predated even our involvement in the Korean War. It all started in Malaya.

    Because 8th Division…

    Loved your the Butterworth Mirage footage above. Even in 1987 there was still a keen Australian interest in defending Malaysian skies.

    We don’t have so many worries on that front anymore because nowadays as far as air defence of the Malay peninsular is concerned Singapore can do a better job than we ever could…

    The last vestige of the days when Australia had an interest in assisting fellow Commonwealth Countries and forward defence is the Rifle Company Butterworth.

    RCB. Responsible for gash tattoos and virulent doses of the clap for 48 years. Still going strong…

  145. Tom

    I’m going back to Cuba over Christmas.

    Great. I’ll have something to amuse me when the news business shuts down.

    Can you turn Maria into a successful small businesswoman fighting the communist state? Too much travelogue will barely be enough, Beaugy. Go for it.

  146. Rex Mango

    Hazmatic, off to bed but Mum did tell me how she remembered seeing Gordon Bennett booed on Anzac Day marches. Even till quite recently, like in the late 90’s when the WW2 contingent took hours to go past past in Sydney, 8th Division was a shadow of the others. So yeah, that experience must have had huge impact on our thinking post war.

  147. Hazmatic

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3251305, posted on December 4, 2019 at 12:27 am
    There is one more important fact that the resident spokesperson for Nashos in general and Cambodia in particular should know but obviously doesn’t. That one critical fact that makes his Cambodia ‘story’ utterly implausible. Carved in stone impossible. Cringeworthily unfeasible. But I’ll let those dates and this information sink in first 😉

    Indeed.

    Excruciatingly slowly.

  148. johanna

    Just been catching up with one of my Favourites, Conservative Woman, which is UK based. One of their long term contributors has cancer, and has been describing his experiences with the NHS as he undergoes treatment. It’s a horror story, and the comments reveal even more.

    Four weeks to get an appointment with a GP. OK, that’s not everywhere, but it should not be anywhere.

    There are a lot of complaints about Asians bringing in and even cooking their own food in the wards. I get that this is annoying, but given the slop or dessicated slop that is fed to patients, I can’t blame the families for trying to get proper nutrition for their family member.

    I read recently that the nannies are trying to get rid of any source of what they call ‘junk food’ in Australian hospitals. Vending machines, sales outlets, the lot. Unless it is carrot and celery sticks, you must be banned.

    When I spent ten days in hospital being fed food even worse than what was served in my university college (and that’s saying something) I would have paid $100 for a Maccas and chips. Or a serve of Kingsley’s chicken and chips. And so on.

    What’s more, being chock full of fat and protein, it would have aided my recovery from surgery. But, I digress.

    The sacred cow that is the NHS is defended more fiercely the worse it gets. There is even a rumour going around that Donald Trump wants to buy it. Why the President of the United States of America would want to buy something that is not for sale, and which nobody in their right mind would want to buy anyway, is never explained.

    The NHS has lots of executives paid hundreds of thousands of pounds a year, layers and layers of bureaucracy, and crappy service at the pointy end. Like universities, the resources have steadily been sucked away from the core mission, costs go up, service gets worse.

    I have a couple of family members who work at a big hospital in NSW. The waste, inefficiency and sheer lack of accountability they describe is appalling. Yet, whenever anything bad happens, politicians always prescribe throwing more money. None of them have the guts to ask why there are as many administrators as there are patient care staff.

    Being a cancer patient here might be better than under the NHS, but watch this space.

  149. johanna

    Oh, and people only just caught on that ‘Juan’ is our old, boring troll Septimus? It was so obvious to me, I didn’t bother mentioning it. But, like trout after a fly, he hooked the gullible again and again.

    I suppose that arguing with trolls makes some people feel good about themselves.

  150. Tom

    You just knew David Rowe would do Trump in London. Demented.

  151. Tom

    Mind you, the rest of the British cartooning business are losing their minds, too. Christian Adams (London Evening Standard).

  152. Confuses Old Misfit

    Johanna,
    Being a cancer patient in South Australia is far and away from the horrors of the NHS.
    Five sessesions into chemo, with no private coverage I cannot complain about a thing.

  153. 132andBush

    Confuses Old Misfit, all the best with it. (Confuses?, I thought you were merely confused in the past)
    You’d be getting to the stage where it starts to “hurt”.

  154. Herodotus

    Billions pissed away for no great improvement:
    Education, Aboriginal Welfare, New Submarines, NBN.

  155. Confused Old Misfit

    123,
    Been very, very, very fortunate so far. Negative chemo effects almozt non existent.
    Oxycodone keeps the “hurt” at bay.
    Maybe I should make that “Confusing”?

  156. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Stick with it, Misfit.

    Prior to my first bout of open heart surgery last year, they gave me a less than 25% chance of surviving it. Now I may not be quite ready to run a marathon anytime soon, but at least at least I can sit here and joke about it, and should be able to for a while yet.

  157. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Trump says he is prepared to wait to strike US-China trade deal
    Stock markets sell off as president warns that agreement could come after US election

  158. Herodotus

    And of course the biggest billion buster of them all, the one that the marxist left and useful idiots are using to wreck the western democracies: the climate and energy scam.
    It helps this process that kids get a “progressively” worse education. They and many of their parents don’t understand science or maths, but are willing to “respect da science”.

  159. Bruce of Newcastle

    Billions pissed away for no great improvement:
    Education, Aboriginal Welfare, New Submarines, NBN.

    Read it and weep…

    ‘Generational leap’: Navy to pay $22 billion for 9 nuclear-powered submarines (3 Dec)

    The Navy late Monday announced the largest shipbuilding contract in the service’s history, striking a $22.2 billion deal with top defense contractor General Dynamics for nine cutting-edge, nuclear-powered submarines that officials say will bring about a “generational leap” in America’s military might.

    The contract, which comes amid growing concern about China’s military capabilities and the possibility that the U.S. could be outgunned in a potential showdown in the Pacific, will see the first of the new batch of Virginia class submarines delivered by fiscal year 2025.

    Six vaporware Frog diesel subs delivered by 2050, if then, for $50 billion (and we all know that is going to blow out). Contrast with 9 nuclear subs with the first off the slip in just 5 years, for $32 billion Aussie. The Virginias could literally run rings around ours.

    Madness.

  160. Natural Instinct

    This is real and they go back to their day jobs after a night like this.
    I wonder what would be a suitable benefit.
    How about a tax break?
    How about no stamp duty when they buy a house (because fellow writers told me this is a state not federal issue)
    Can’t afford it?
    We seem to be able to keep jousting at windmills with billions of dollars.

  161. Tintarella di Luna

    Lastest Dummino Dimocrat to drop out of the Democratic Party nomination is Kamala Harris — talk about Democrats jumping ship.

    Kamala Harris has become the most high profile candidate to drop out of the Democrat presidential race, announcing her surprise withdrawal after a series of poor polls, a lack of cash and negative media.

    The decision by the California senator to quit follows a steady decline in the polls from a high of 15 per cent support in July to only 3.4 per today with many Democrat complaining they did not know what she stood for.

    The withdrawal also comes only days after a scathing New York Times article, headlined “How Kamala Harris’s campaign unraveled”, which detailed fierce infighting within her campaign and frustration at her uneven performances on the campaign trail.

    Kamala Harris

    @KamalaHarris
    To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today.

    But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.https://medium.com/@KamalaHarris/i-am-suspending-my-campaign-today-6dca8cefb252

    I am suspending my campaign today
    But I want to be clear with you: I am still very much in this fight.

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    “To my supporters it is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude — that I am suspending my campaign today,” Ms Harris tweeted.

    “But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the people. All the people.”

    Bernie Sanders

    @BernieSanders
    Thank you @KamalaHarris for running a spirited and issue-oriented campaign. I look forward to working with you to defeat the most dangerous president in history and ending the hatred and divisiveness that he has created.

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    In a statement, the 55-year-old blamed her decision on a lack of funds.

    “I’ve taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life,” she said.

    “My campaign for president simply doesn’t have the financial resources we need to continue. I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete.”

    Elizabeth Warren

    @ewarren
    Thank you @KamalaHarris for your commitment to fighting for the people, for justice, and to holding Donald Trump accountable.

    Kamala is right—our system is deeply broken when billionaires can buy their way in. I’ll fight with you to make sure our government works for all of us. https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1201929958496571392

    Kamala Harris

    @KamalaHarris
    To my supporters, it is with deep regret—but also with deep gratitude—that I am suspending my campaign today.

    But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.https://medium.com/@KamalaHarris/i-am-suspending-my-campaign-today-6dca8cefb252

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    The rapid demise of her campaign is all the more surprising given that Harris was once one of the frontrunners in the Democrat race, with the former criminal prosecutor of Indian and Jamaican parents commanding a high profile in a crowded field.

    But her popularity began to fade when her message to voters failed to catch on. She spoke often of the need for greater justice and truth in politics but was vague in her policy proposals on issues ranging from health care to taxation.

    AJ+

    @ajplus
    · 1h
    BREAKING: Sen. Kamala Harris is dropping out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to her campaign.

    View image on Twitter

    AJ+

    @ajplus
    Kamala Harris is out of the 2020 U.S. presidential race.

    That leaves 6 candidates — all white — qualified for the Dec. 19 debate:
    ▪️ Joe Biden
    ▪️ Pete Buttigieg
    ▪️ Amy Klobuchar
    ▪️ Bernie Sanders
    ▪️ Tom Steyer
    ▪️ Elizabeth Warren

    Her campaign was also disorganised, with disagreements among staff about where to invest resources and time and about what sort of message was needed to capture voter attention.

    Ms Harris’s withdrawal comes only days after Montana Governor Steve Bullock also withdrew from the race after barely registering in the polls for months.

    There are now 15 contenders left in the Democrat race with the four clear frontrunners being Joe Biden (27 per cent), Bernie Sanders (16 per cent), Elizabeth Warren (14 per cent) and Pete Buttigieg (11.4 per cent). The first caucus for the Democrats will be held in Iowa on 3rd February.

    Cameron Stewart is also US Contributor for Sky News Australia

  162. Tintarella di Luna

    Mark A
    #3251338, posted on December 4, 2019 at 4:47 am
    His new best friend.

    About thirty years ago my husband’s colleague announced his wife had run off with his best friend, who I asked — Oh I don’t know his name but he’s my best friend now.

  163. John Constantine

    Who is One Belt, One Road, One Dan going to make pay to fix the death trap napalm panel apartment cladding debacle?.

    The generous Ponxi developer donor class, or the viktorian proles?.

  164. John Constantine

    Fresh from observing the communist party of China crushing dissent in its occupied territories, dan andrews puts his loyalists in charge of creating paramilitary units to crush dissent in viktoria.

    Now there’s to be a police command called “Gender Equality and Inclusion”.

    Daniel Andrews former Chief of Staff Brett Curran will head it up.

    Bureaucracies find work for themselves.

    Only this one is particularly scary.

    It will have all the powers of police – the ability to get search warrants, telephone intercepts, powers of arrest – the whole police box and dice.

    To enforce “Gender Equality and Inclusion”.

    Comrades.

  165. Bruce of Newcastle

    The comparison between Trump and Biden is amazing. Trump gets crowds of thousands everywhere he goes.

    Biden, who is apparently 9 points ahead of the rest of the Dem candidates, gets a sleepy 30 odd.

    Biden campaign stop turns into embarrassing Sleepy Joe ad when tiny crowd won’t get excited (3 Dec, via Lucianne)

    A Biden campaign staffer had the formidable challenge of trying to ignite some level of crowd fervor at one of Sleepy Joe’s campaign rallies in Iowa on Monday. Suffice it to say, generous cups of strong coffee with Red Bull chasers might have been a better tactic.

    In a fair world this would not even be close.

  166. John Constantine

    Know an old mate that has had a hand from the past show up to help over harvest. He is happy that she could squeeze into the narrow gap and change the air conditioner belts on the header during the cool weather downtime, but a bit conflicted that his retired rams that were grazing around the fruit trees down the back have to go to the mutton market. New broom sweeps clean.

  167. Miltonf

    Saw an interesting article about Biden and why credit card companies are based in Delaware.

  168. Miltonf

    The guy really is a grub

  169. Bruce of Newcastle

    The guy really is a grub

    Son of grub:

    Hunter Biden’s lawyers want to pull out of his paternity case (2 Dec, via Lucianne)

    The motion by Biden’s attorneys to withdraw from his case was filed moments before the scheduled hearing in Independence County Circuit Court in Batesville, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

    Former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and two co-counsels cited an unspecified “irreconcilable conflict” and also said Biden’s “personal attorney” had “advised undersigned counsel of discharge,” the paper said.

    When even Arkansas lawyers won’t represent you, you’re really on the nose.

  170. Confused Old Misfit

    Run Hillary! RUN!

  171. calli

    Harris out? Good. Horrid woman.

    In Santiago, Chile for the night, then onto the ship. No, not a windjammer around the Horn, a bit more sedate.

    Advised against a look at the historic part of the city because d*ckhead “slacktivists” who schedule their demmos after noon. I have had enough chanting, bullhorns and teargas to last a lifetime, yawn. So…an immense G&T poolside on the 10th floor. No “our woman in Chile” report. Sorry. 😁

  172. calli

    I’m still puzzled about Trump being impeached over something he might possibly have done when Biden actually did it and boasted about it.

    How does that work?

  173. Tintarella di Luna

    calli
    #3251391, posted on December 4, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Three weeks to Christmas calli, have you worked out a menu?

  174. calli

    Oh. Welcome to the third world, Aussies.

    And, Shut Up!

  175. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Hunter Biden’s lawyers want to pull out of his paternity case’

    Possibly the greatest and most hilarious PHRASING ever.

  176. calli

    I have indeed, Tinta. I hope to include some of that utterly delicious Peruvian yelliw pepper sauce.

    Like Peruvian chocolate, it’s an entire food group.

  177. stackja

    calli
    #3251395, posted on December 4, 2019 at 7:52 am
    I’m still puzzled about Trump being impeached over something he might possibly have done when Biden actually did it and boasted about it.

    How does that work?

    Left MSM/Dems just make up fake.

  178. stackja

    2GB sound bite: teachers union wants more OPM. I am shocked!

  179. Mark A

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3251399, posted on December 4, 2019 at 7:55 am

    ‘Hunter Biden’s lawyers want to pull out of his paternity case’

    Possibly the greatest and most hilarious PHRASING ever.

    Sometimes you do have one track mind KD LOL 😀

  180. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Gender Equality and Inclusion Command’

    Making a sideshow like this topic an entire Command is apparently quite a big thing. My sources tell me Commands within police forces are massive enterprises and cover things usually related to cop stuff, eg Road Safety Command for all the woodentops, Specialist Services (or similar name) for intelligence and all the cloak and dagger stuff, another one for all the (allegedly) muscular and impossibly attractive detectives, several for the uniformed punters and so on.

    Thousands of people in the bigger States. Devoting an entire Command to this rubbish is, according to my sources, one of the bigger (and there’ve been some doozies) backward steps VicPol has taken. Again.

  181. calli

    These people make concrete look smart.

    Days later, Ms Thunberg posted to her Instagram saying she had accepted the offer of Australian couple Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu and their son Lenny to make the trip to Europe on their 48-foot catamaran called La Vagabonde.

    She wanted a low-carbon form of transport to get to the climate meeting.

    The yacht leaves little or no carbon footprint when its sails are up, using solar panels and hydro-generators for electricity.

    Of course, “La Vagabonde” consumed no energy in its production, nor does the outboard motor on its stern do anything useful – it’s there for decoration. And when the beastly vessel reaches the end of its useless, vainglorious life, it will be yet another layer in the West’s landfill midden.

  182. Confused Old Misfit

    Calli,
    The GOP is a bunch of pussy whipped panty twisters.

  183. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    ‘Gender Equality and Inclusion Command’

    back door communism

  184. stackja

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3251413, posted on December 4, 2019 at 8:06 am
    ‘Gender Equality and Inclusion Command’

    back door communism

    newspeak

  185. Farmer Gez

    Albo on ABC AM.
    Every time the government sees a teacher or a nurse, they see a union thug.

    Winning hearts and minds.

  186. Top Ender

    Mum did tell me how she remembered seeing Gordon Bennett booed on Anzac Day marches

    Should have been court-martialled and shot!

  187. feelthebern

    Well done Tulsi.
    Ripped Kamala a new one.

    PS, Kamala out = increased likelihood of the Clinton Crime Cartel coming to town.
    Trump steady at $2.25 this morning at Ladbrokes.

  188. stackja

    Farmer Gez
    #3251416, posted on December 4, 2019 at 8:10 am
    Albo on ABC AM.
    Every time the government sees a teacher or a nurse, they see a union thug.

    Winning hearts and minds.

    Albo on Setka?

  189. Knuckle Dragger

    I can’t remember how or why, but I do remember reading more than one source that said Bennett was quite the soldier.

    At Gallipoli.

    People like Monash, and to a lesser extent Blamey were said to have improved as they rose up through the officer ranks. The reverse appear to be the case for Bennett.

  190. Farmer Gez

    Albo reckons every time he talks to farmers about drought, they draw a direct link to climate change.
    Fertiliser for the mind.

  191. Perfidious Albino

    Oh my, those #trollingtheguardian memes are hilarious, thanks for the link Porter. Someone with IT skills should start doing the same here.

  192. Confused Old Misfit

    Any competent government would be negotiating a price drop with t
    Hosle Australian subs aa Trump did with Lockheed,

    Any intelligent government would cancel the deal.

    We have neither.

  193. stackja

    Top Ender
    #3251417, posted on December 4, 2019 at 8:11 am
    Mum did tell me how she remembered seeing Gordon Bennett booed on Anzac Day marches

    Should have been court-martialled and shot!

    In 1948 an eminent military lawyer, Lieut-Colonel Fry, l published in the University of Queensland Law Journal (and later in pamphlet form) a lengthy examination of the “Legal aspects of the departure of Major – General Gordon Bennett from Singapore”. Fry’s summary of his conclusions was:

    1 Lt-Col T. P . Fry, ED, QX6266. DJAG HQ I Aust Corps 1940-41 ; LSO HQ III Corps 1942-44 ; AD of Research, LHQ 1944135 . Barrister ; of Ascot, Qld; b. Brisbane, 19 Jun 1904 . Died 24 Sep 1952.

    The Royal Commissioner based his report on an interpretation of international law, and did not discuss General Bennett’s action from the standpoint of Australian military law, which placed him under no inflexible obligation to remain on Singapore Island .
    Whatever may be thought of the validity of the Royal Commissioner’s findings and views in General Bennett’s case, the dramatic nature of the General’s escape and public interest excited by the inquiry have made it essential for the future guidance of Australian soldiers to remove their present doubts. It is suggested this can only now be done by the issue of clear, unequivocal instructions as to the precise time at which, in each possible set of governing circumstances, they are as soldiers obliged by the law of their country to attempt to escape. These instructions should make clear the circumstances in which international law and the customs of nations will afford them protection.

  194. calli

    Albino, this was my personal favourite, but they’re all magnificent.

  195. feelthebern

    LOL.
    No wonder the left want meme engines shut down.

  196. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Biden, who is apparently 9 points ahead of the rest of the Dem candidates

    Remind me again how the dumbocrats running this embarrassing, senile ol’ imbecile against Fatty Trump is supposed to translate to some massive 2020 victory against the Rethuglicans as per JC’s posting upthread of that other incoherent imbecile’s mighty Ehrlichesque predictions?

    Sleepy Joh ain’t no obama. The former isn’t even good for serving coffee, he’d be more likely to offer you a cup of his urine.

    The only candidate who might save the dumbocrats from another wipeout would be the wookie, a possibility which is simply too hideous to contemplate.

  197. stackja

    Top Ender
    #3251417, posted on December 4, 2019 at 8:11 am
    Mum did tell me how she remembered seeing Gordon Bennett booed on Anzac Day marches

    Should have been court-martialled and shot!

    Another view:

    In 1948 an eminent military lawyer, Lieut-Colonel Fry, l published in the University of Queensland Law Journal (and later in pamphlet form) a lengthy examination of the “Legal aspects of the departure of Major – General Gordon Bennett from Singapore”. Fry’s summary of his conclusions was:

    1 Lt-Col T. P . Fry, ED, QX6266. DJAG HQ I Aust Corps 1940-41 ; LSO HQ III Corps 1942-44 ; AD of Research, LHQ 1944135 . Barrister ; of Ascot, Qld; b. Brisbane, 19 Jun 1904 . Died 24 Sep 1952.

    The Royal Commissioner based his report on an interpretation of international law, and did not discuss General Bennett’s action from the standpoint of Australian military law, which placed him under no inflexible obligation to remain on Singapore Island .
    Whatever may be thought of the validity of the Royal Commissioner’s findings and views in General Bennett’s case, the dramatic nature of the General’s escape and public interest excited by the inquiry have made it essential for the future guidance of Australian soldiers to remove their present doubts. It is suggested this can only now be done by the issue of clear, unequivocal instructions as to the precise time at which, in each possible set of governing circumstances, they are as soldiers obliged by the law of their country to attempt to escape. These instructions should make clear the circumstances in which international law and the customs of nations will afford them protection.

  198. Snoopy

    Gender Equality and Inclusion Command?

    I’m predicting a staff establishment 80% female, 50% LGBTIQ, 1.5% OTW (other than white), 1% disabled (civilian staff).

  199. Knuckle Dragger

    Excellent trolling of the Guardian. And I mean excellent. God they hate being parodied more than anything.

    One rider – ‘grandiloquence’ is my word. I found it somewhere months ago, so no one can have it.

  200. P

    JD
    #3251302, posted on December 4, 2019 at 12:15 am

    If more parents were like this, Greta won’t have a chance 🙂
    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/climate/letter-how-to-advise-a-teenage-daughter-on-climate-change/

    Thank you for this excellent link.

  201. feelthebern

    Jessica Yaniv at it again.

    https://twitter.com/trustednerd/status/1201665480504668162?s=11

    She’s (?) the activist that wanted her nut sack waxed.
    Now she’s (?) been knocked back at a gynaecologists.
    Look out.

  202. feelthebern

    Jessica Yaniv
    @trustednerd
    So a gynaecologist office that I got referred to literally told me today that “we don’t serve transgender patients.”

    And me, being me, I’m shocked.. and confused… and hurt.

    Are they allowed to do that, legally? Isn’t that against the college practices?
    @cpsbc_ca

  203. feelthebern

    Alphabet (google) CEO stepping down.
    Look for someone as pragmatic as Tim Cook to takeover.

  204. stackja

    Bowden, Vivian Gordon (1884–1942)

    In 1941 the Australian government closed its Shanghai office and appointed Bowden official representative in Singapore. He arrived on 30 September and began duty, reporting to the minister for external affairs (H. V. Evatt from 7 October) and his department.

    Realizing that capitulation was imminent, on 9 February Bowden asked the department for permission to leave the island. He was told that he should stay: ‘Otherwise we shall be deprived of independent information and effect on morale would be bad’. If necessary, he was to seek diplomatic immunity and await a possible future exchange of officials with Japan. By 14 February (the day before the British surrendered) there was no point in remaining. He transmitted his last message, advising the department that he and his staff intended to depart. They sailed next morning in a motor launch, the Mary Rose.
    On 17 February 1942 Japanese patrol boats intercepted the vessel and escorted her to Banka Island, Netherlands East Indies. The prisoners were held in a cinema-hall at Muntok where Bowden informed his captors in their own language of his diplomatic status and remonstrated with guards who attempted to remove his personal possessions. Soldiers beat him and took him outside. A local resident saw ‘an elderly white-haired gentleman’ forced to dig a shallow grave and stand at its edge before being shot.

    Evatt again.

  205. Perfidious Albino

    Calli, Ha!, that was one of my favourites too. Did you get to Valparaiso at all?

  206. stackja

    Energy market operator warns there is a real risk to Victoria’s power supply

    The “significant pressure” on the state’s electricity supply is expected to worsen as the weather heats up, the threat of bushfires increases and the ability to rely on coal deteriorates. But the energy market operator has a back-up plan.
    Tom Minear, State Political Editor, Herald Sun
    Subscriber only

    December 4, 2019 12:00am

    Its summer readiness report, to be released on December 4, says 3700 megawatts of additional generation has come into the grid since last summer, mostly through new rooftop and grid solar generation.

    The market operator has also secured an emergency reserve of 125 megawatts to ensure a “reliability standard” — including for major power users to reduce their energy usage at peak periods.

    Another 1500 megawatts can be brought online at short notice under more expensive reserve contracts.

    Using this reserve system would cost about $44 million this summer if Victoria experiences a similar perfect storm to last January, when power was cut to about 200,000 homes for several hours after coal-fired power stations failed during a heatwave and led to a market shortfall.

    “Whilst unexpected events can and do happen, particularly when the power system is under significant pressure and most prone to failure, (the Australian Energy Market Operator) has worked diligently to prepare the power system appropriately, including the procurement of emergency resources,” AEMO chief Audrey Zibelman said.

    “The introduction of these resources delivers a welcomed improvement to reliability and reduces the need to procure further out of market reserves.”

    “AEMO remains focused on the real risk to power system operations this summer.”

  207. Bruce of Newcastle

    Gender Equality and Inclusion Command?

    These people.

  208. Knuckle Dragger

    Fortunately, Yaniv’s post was followed by quite a few people who advised her to ‘stop fucking bullying people into touching your privates.’

    Some pretty good commentary there too – mostly by the ladeeees.

    All is not lost.

  209. stackja

    feelthebern
    #3251445, posted on December 4, 2019 at 8:35 am

    CPSBC
    @cpsbc_ca
    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of #BC protects the public by establishing and enforcing high standards in the practice of #medicine.

  210. Mater

    I can’t remember how or why, but I do remember reading more than one source that said Bennett was quite the soldier.

    At Gallipoli.

    Funny how this works, KD. Read this.

    http://i.stuff.co.nz/national/5003191/Officer-breaks-rank-over-the-Battle-of-Crete

    The key take away:

    You have got to realise VCs are awarded to people like Les Andrew for actual bravery. They don’t necessarily make you a born leader. Colonel Andrew should never have left that ground.

    “Even if he had withdrawn, the battle still was not lost because we still had a completely intact 23rd Battalion … and Maori Battalion … nearby.”

    He said Brigadier Hargest, if he was doing his job properly, should have immediately ordered a counter-attack on the airfield and Hill 107 by the 23rd and the 28th Maori battalions.

    “All the brigadiers I’ve ever known in a situation like that would have said … you take one step backwards and I’ll have your balls. I feel awful saying this about Hargest because his son was killed in my battalion later on in the war.

    “But Hargest lost the Battle of Crete right there [by not ordering the counter-attack]. If we could have held on to that vital ground [the Luftwaffe’s] 1200 planes could have done nothing.”

    Never a truer word spoken.

  211. Digger

    We’ve sprung two “clearance divers.”

    When were the two faux clearance divers exposed and were they passed on to ANZMI?

  212. Geriatric Mayfly

    So a gynaecologist office that I got referred to literally told me today that “we don’t serve transgender patients.”

    More likely in for a gratifying enema than a pap smear.

  213. Confused Old Misfit

    Energy market operator warns there is a real risk to Victoria’s power supply

    One of the keys to the USA’s enviable economic condition is cheap and abundant energy.
    Why, oh why, in this country with more than enough coal, gas and uranium there is talk of risks to power supplies, defies rational thought.

  214. Bruce of Newcastle

    Its summer readiness report, to be released on December 4, says 3700 megawatts of additional generation has come into the grid since last summer, mostly through new rooftop and grid solar generation.

    One cloud is all it takes.

    Cloud causes System Black event at Alice Springs affecting thousands (15 Oct)

    The outage was caused by a cloud which rolled in to Alice Springs about 2:00pm on Sunday, which caused a “reasonably large increase” to the system, Mr Duignan said. “That resulted in the majority of our units going into an overload condition,” he said.

    “Those units stayed in an overload condition for a number of minutes before they tripped off on their protection systems … the battery energy storage system went to full output before it tripped off as a consequence of the outage.”

    Could you imagine what it must be like for grid engineers if scattered clouds sail over Sydney suburbs in the middle of the day? Voltages would be swinging like crazy from street to street with vast surges coming and going.

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