Open Forum: December 14, 2019

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  1. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    MV – are you referring to the Gliberals’ war on cash?

    That’s just the enabling point, Spurgeon.
    That clears the way for the banks to move to negative interest rates on savings. After that comes a transaction fee for your money going in, and then another one every time you take some out (buy something via eftpos or similar).

    After that it won’t matter what interest rates do. By then people will be used to paying a fee every time they want to do something with their own money.

    Think ATM charges on steroids.

    Forever.

  2. Entropy

    We need our young people in mixed classrooms not being able to concentrate on their studies due to raging hormones and an abundance of eye candy everywhere.
    Ah the joy of it all.
    Do we all remember?

    You mean the days when girls competed on how short they could make their school uniform skirt?
    Yeah now the short haired dangly earinged land whales that run schools promote baggy trousers like the enormous Maoists they are.

  3. OldOzzie

    Spurgeon Monkfish III
    #3266272, posted on December 19, 2019 at 8:41 am
    Sydney’s snail rail: Fury and disbelief as new $3billion toy trains take TWICE as long as the bus and the long-delayed opening weekend is plagued with breakdowns and blunders

    Gee – no one could have predicted this. Except for all those who did.

    Miranda Devine: Gladys’s tram is as slow to ride as it was to build

    Proof that Sydney’s new light rail is a stinker was the pathetic absence of Transport Minister Andrew Constance from the first press conference on its troubled opening day.

    After disrupting the city for four years and driving CBD shopkeepers to despair and bankruptcy, the overdue and over-budget $2.9 billion white elephant lived up to its reputation on the weekend.

    Slow and overly long, the cumbersome trams were plagued by technical issues and delays on debut, amid fears that inattentive pedestrians could wander into their path.

    As we reported, in its farcical inaugural test run with real passengers the first tram ran a red light and sent an elderly passenger flying out of her seat when the driver hit the brakes.

    Just 15,000 people used the service Monday, with reports that the morning peak hour was almost empty, more evidence that the light rail is an expensive adornment for tourists and day trippers rather than a commuting solution. What folly it was to replace public transport on a route which used to be well serviced by buses, a far more flexible mode of transport.

    The bus journey used to take around 35 minutes and commuters didn’t have to switch between modes of transport.

    But one report this week found that the journey between Circular Quay and Randwick now takes almost twice as long on the new light rail than it did on the old Sydney trams in the 1950s: 50 minutes compared to 26.

    Sydney was smart enough to get rid of its trams back then.

    The Royal Commission for the Improvement of the City of Sydney and its Suburbs had warned as early as 1909 that “tramways cause congestion,” and recommended building a train network instead.

    More than four decades later three British transport experts were commissioned to find a solution to Sydney’s worsening traffic problems, and the dangers posed by trams to pedestrians.

    “To improve the general amenities of the city of Sydney, the tramcars should be replaced by buses,” declared the experts.

    The trams were ripped out and Sydney didn’t look back, until Barry O’Farrell and his then-transport minister Gladys Berejiklian decided in 2012 to forget the lessons of history.

    Despite traffic modelling by the former Roads and Traffic Authority warning that trams in the Sydney CBD would make traffic congestion 35 per cent worse, they pressed ahead. They ignored the opposition of Infrastructure NSW which slammed light rail as “significantly more expensive than bus services, no material speed benefits, less flexible in traffic and … does not offer significantly greater capacity,” and said George Street was too narrow.

    But light rail is an article of faith for climate crazies so Premier Berejiklian enthusiastically embraced Lord Mayor’s Clover Moore’s crackpot brainchild and here we are.

    At the cost of $230,000 per metre we may as well have paved the streets with gold.

  4. struth

    There are still lots of attractive middle class women, including a subset of very intelligent desirable women of Asian background here in Sydneystan.

    You mean the girls who’s parents weren’t told they were white colonial shit by Marxists in our schools?

  5. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    My youngest did a great picture in primary school.
    Hair-o-blasto.
    “The hairdryer that is also a GUN.”
    Pic of his brother shooting himself through the head with a hairdryer and going “What the …?”
    They get on better now.

    Nob, last night. LOL.

    I hope your young inventor has grown up now and has already made his first five million. 🙂

  6. struth

    You mean the days when girls competed on how short they could make their school uniform skirt?
    Yeah now the short haired dangly earinged land whales that run schools promote baggy trousers like the enormous Maoists they are.

    Exackery.

    Tight “camel toe ” jeans, boob tubes, 9 out of ten girls the right weight, string bikinis.

    I think we can go through all the styles but it turned to shit not long after the baby doll dress wearing generation of which Mrs Struth was part of.
    I’m starting to drool.
    Now
    to have heterosexuals enjoying being heterosexual means the bloody white colonists could keep breeding.
    Best to drug them and surgically remove genitalia before they reach puberty……………………….

  7. Geriatric Mayfly

    The perfect match. Representative Al Green (D. Texas) and Maxine Waters should have babies.

  8. 8th Dan

    Impeachment Day.

    Merry Impeachmas.

    No-one is above the law.

  9. min

    A retired bush fire scientist (CSIRO) who researched firefighting methods said last night that they were able to rate the energy put out by a bushfire. They found that fires above a 3 level could not be stopped by anything controlled by man including water bombing planes , fire hoses etc . The level of some past fires was 10 times that rating. The amount of fuel build up over the years is what causes the amount of heat energy of a bushfire so the lack of burning off in cool periods as the indigenous people did, is the cause. Fire chief is now saying that hot, dry ,windy weather will cause fires until rain puts them out no mention of fuel load.
    Scientists who research the effect of the sun on climate are telling us there have been very few sun spots for more than 250 days and extremely cold weather usually follows this like the Maunder Minimum as well as drought. Let ‘s hope previous poster reminded us there were huge rains in 1973 when there was drought is right, unfortunately don’t know how sun was behaving back then

  10. struth

    Impeachment Day.

    Merry Impeachmas.

    No-one is above the law.

    The democrats think they are, obviously.

  11. Entropy

    The Australian climate drivers are all set for dry conditions for a while yet.

  12. Cardimona

    Thanks go to Cats who inspire my letters and extra thanks to those who helped assemble the facts for this letter (belatedly) appearing in today’s Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette…

    SOLAR FERRY ‘A HEARTY LAUGH’
    AS a climate sceptic I got a hearty laugh out of the Douglas Shire Council’s plan for a “hybrid solar-powered” Daintree River cable-ferry (Gazette, December 5).
    While I couldn’t quickly track down the exact engine power rating of the existing cable-ferry, similar designs are in the 150 to 250 horsepower range. Let’s say 200hp for comparative purposes.
    The proposed new cable-ferry will take a one-third larger payload, so let’s assume its power requirement will be about 265hp or 198 kilowatts.
    A standard solar panel is two metres by 1 metre for 300 Watts capacity. 660 panels would be required to deliver 198,000 Watts (198 kilowatts). That’s 1,320 square metres of solar panels.
    A 36-car cable-ferry that’s nine vehicles long and four lanes wide would need to be around 54m by 16m. It’s bank of solar panels would be 66m by 20m, which is a heck of a sail in a strong wind.
    Horizontal solar panels only work at maximum capacity for six to eight hours per (fine) day, while the ferry crossing is open from 5am to midnight.
    That’s 11 to 13 hours per day when batteries or diesel would be required.
    To supply 198 kilowatts for 13 hours would require 322 of Tesla’s 8 kilowatthour Powerwall batteries, at a cost of about $3.2 million.
    Charging the batteries would need additional 1,430 solar panels. That’s 2090 panels all up covering 4180 square metres or roughly 40m by 105m.
    The bank of solar panels would stretch nearly halfway over the river.
    Of course, the Daintree River is in the Wet Tropics and full sunshine every day just doesn’t happen. So double the panels and two-and-a-half times the batteries to allow for one wet day.
    A wet week or month? Forgeddaboudit.
    As usual, a solar ferry is just another green groupthink thought bubble that simply can’t stand up in the harsh light of reality. Just rely on the diesel engine and leave the virtue-signalling alone.
    (Cardimona)

    This one appeared in today’s Gold Coast paper…

    DON’T the “retired fire chief climate change activists” (GCB, 18/12) even remember that bushfire management is a state responsibility and nothing to do with ScoMo, who is the federal PM?
    Did they lobby for bushfire fuel reduction while they were employed? Do they share responsibility for the destruction from recent wildfires given the huge fuel loads built up while they were fire chiefs?
    We didn’t believe the “97 per cent of scientists” or “Scoldilocks and the school-waggers”, so why would we believe these senior-citizen ex-fire brigade administrators?
    Fortunately most Aussies have much better bull**** detectors than lefties allow for.
    And as to leadership, has anyone seen Ms Palaszczuk on the fire line?
    Former PM Tony Abbott has spent quite some time there as a volunteer firey.
    (Cardimona)

    This was in yesterday’s GCB…

    ACTUALLY, Claire Goldsmith (GCB, 16/12), common sense is a combination of knowledge and experience – both of which are telling us it’s the David Attenboroughs of the world who are wrong.
    We are now two tribes: one perceives common sense as “belief we have learned to accept as truth”; the other side sees common sense as our direct experience of a sampled and measured reality.
    One tribe relies on “consensus” about a computer-modelled future, while the other side prefers the tested wisdom of empiricism.
    For 40 years we’ve squandered ever-increasing slabs of our national treasure on an invented “climate change” problem and the only change has been the enrichment of our ideological enemies.
    Imagine how much better off we would be if the “belief as truth tribe” embraced the common sense of the “facts as truth tribe”.
    (Cardimona)

    Yesterday’s Innisfail Advocate…

    There is a persistent myth that “gas burns cleaner than coal”, relating to emissions of so-called “dirty” carbon dioxide (CO2).

    I’d suggest that burning gas (propane, C3H8) emits exactly the same CO2 as burning coal (carbon, C).

    When coal is burned each atom of carbon combines with a molecule of oxygen (O2) to produce a molecule of carbon dioxide. C + O2 -> CO2.

    When gas is burned each molecule of propane combines with five molecules of oxygen to produce three molecules of carbon dioxide and four molecules of water (H2O). C3H8 + 5O2 -> 3CO2 + 4H2O.

    Would gas promoters please explain how propane emits less CO2 than coal when both fuels produce CO2 in direct proportion to their carbon content?

    (Cardimona)

    This made it into Tuesday’s Daily Tele…

    Waste not, want not
    The Morrison government keeps walking to the left, as evidenced by it spending $100 million of taxpayers’ money on recycling ($100m to end cycle of strife, 16/12).
    Look, ScoMo, if rubbish had value we wouldn’t throw it out. If there was value in waste somebody would be making money from it without taxpayer subsidies.
    Nothing in the waste stream is rare or valuable. The best method of reclaiming value from it would be to burn it for electricity production. In the meantime, just bury it. If it ever acquires value we can just dig it up.
    (Cardimona)

    Tuesday’s Cairns Post…

    They are all wrong
    GRETA Thunberg and Joseph Stalin have both been on Time magazine’s cover, but the similarities don’t end there.
    Stalin’s preferred scientist was Trofim Lysenko, who was hopelessly wrong and caused millions of Russian deaths.
    Thunberg’s preferred scientists are the UN-IPCC, who are hopelessly wrong and could cause millions of Western deaths.
    John Pratt (CP, 14/12) cites the UNIPCC’s “COP25”, which introduced a report ranking Australia 56th out 61 countries for “climate protection performance”. China was 30th.
    Australia produces 1.08 per cent of global fossil fuel CO2 emissions, China produces 29.34 per cent. But we’re worse? Yeah, whatever.
    We’re short of dams, pay too much for electricity, and have too much bushfire fuel because we trusted the UN and its wrongologists. That has to stop.
    (Cardimona)

    And Monday’s NT News…

    Truth on ’secret’ reports
    Two correspondents to this column have recently mentioned “Shell and Exxon’s secret 1980s reports” on the effects of burning hydrocarbon fuels.
    For those who haven’t heard the yarn, back in 2016 some US State Attorneys started a class action against Exxon, alleging it had long-held secret reports saying burning hydrocarbons was bad.
    But in October 2019 the case collapsed spectacularly. As the New York Post reported, Exxon only knew what everyone else knew and the action was “a shameless exercise in prosecutorial abuse”.
    The climate emergency brigade will tell you one thing but the truth is usually something else entirely.
    (Cardimona)

  13. Some History

    And now for something funny (from The [One-Sided] Conversation):

    The dangers of depicting Greta Thunberg as a prophet

    As a researcher on the history of childhood, I’ve been disturbed to see Thunberg described and depicted as a prophet. To me, it risks distorting her message. And it can easily be exploited by climate deniers seeking to counter the appeal of her activism.

    RTWT

    https://theconversation.com/the-dangers-of-depicting-greta-thunberg-as-a-prophet-128813

  14. Bear Necessities

    It’s interesting that about 10 to 20 years ago there was massive virtue signalling that boxing needed to be outlawed. That seems to have died down quite a bit. In the last few years it is more like banning Greyhounds, Thoroughbred racing etc. Any sport involving a non human animal.

    I’m happy for all these sports to continue. I don’t watch boxing or UFC but I remember if there was a fight in the school yard I was there watching and cheering on.

  15. OldOzzie

    The Bee Explains: Impeachment

    Impeachment can be confusing. But The Babylon Bee is here with an explainer so you will know how the process works and what it takes for Dems to snap their fingers together and make Trump disappear in a cloud of dust.

    What is impeachment?

    It’s the official, constitutional method for screaming at the sky because Trump is president.

    Why is Trump being impeached?

    Trump has committed some very serious offenses, from not being a Democrat to being a Republican. He also won the 2016 election, which rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. He also restored the celebration of Christmas after eight years of winter with no Christmas under Obama. This drove Dems up a wall so they drummed up some charges against him.

    Why didn’t Democrats include any criminal offenses in the articles of impeachment?

    There were just so many of them, it was hard to pick one. So, instead of laying out actually impeachable offenses, the Democrats summarized it all with two main articles of impeachment: 1.) Trump is president. 2.) TRUMP IS PRESIDENT.

    What does it take to remove the president from office?

    Faith, trust, and pixie dust.

    Will Trump be removed from office?

    Lol.

    If we believe in ourselves and try hard, and Trump is removed, Hillary Clinton becomes president, right?

    Actually, Mike Pence would become president, basically making the United States into a Handmaid’s Tale-style dystopia.

    What happens if Trump is impeached in the House but acquitted in the Senate?

    Democrats don’t get the big prize, but they each get a complimentary copy of Impeachment: The Board Game.

    Once the House votes to officially impeach President Trump, what happens next?

    Trump wins the 2020 election.

  16. candy

    The democrats think they are, obviously.

    I don’t think Pelosi worries about that. JC said in a comment above somewhere Trump supporters are angry but not “mad” really angry yet but if things gets to that stage there would be bloodshed.
    JC is a pretty cluey chap, and I think he’s right and civil disobedience is a possibility.

    Possibly it is what Pelosi wants. Americans are more prosperous though, employment best level for 50 years, and things looking good and to destroy Trump is going to make a lot of people very angry. Pelosi lives in a multi-millionaire’s compound somewhere away from the normal folk so doesn’t know what she is dealing with.

  17. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Oh dear. Just noted upthread that I said going to bed was a process, not necessarily a firm commitment to the minute, and that no-one need make a Federal Case about that.

    Right on cue, in pops the Lizzie Derangement Syndrome protagonist to make a Federal Case.

    LDS is certainly a thing. No doubt about it.
    I will call it out every time. All that is required is just three simple letters: LDS
    There is no point in replying to the patently absurd ‘substantive’ case the protagonists make.
    Like TDS and the Impeachment, it is pure bullshit. From start to finish.

  18. 1735099

    Americans are more prosperous, though

    More prosperous than what?
    30% live below the poverty line.

  19. struth

    Thanks Cardimona.
    You’ve made my day!

    I notice Outsiders and a few others are starting to point out Guterres specifically and the UN as global socialists.
    It’s all there to read, they don’t deny it, but one cannot assume these presenters are onto it, and need either to be led to it, or understand that the community they are talking to are far ahead of them on many subjects.

    The secret in my view is to show who is pushing the Climate emergency and why.
    And why China is allowed to do what it wants if there really is an emergency.

    The climate hoax can easily be proven.
    Climate changed caused by carbon cannot.

  20. 8th Dan

    It’s the frigging bloody monorail all over again

    Really? How so?

  21. From OO’s link:
    148 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants currently under construction or likely to be revived,

    At the same time we are destroying our electrickery grid.

    Manufacturing follows abundant, cheap energy.
    Ref: The history of making things.

  22. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    lol above. Gotta love the Babylon Bee.

    I agree with JC. As I said re Trump’s letter in the excerpt I put in blockquotes, there does seem to be real hurt there, even though at the same time I said Trump would cope; i.e. he’d get over it, fight back, and triumph. The Democrats and the slavering MSM promoting them have done their best to reduce the honour and power of the American Presidency. In any next win they may have, that could come back to bite them.

    It certainly does the country no good at all. I hope though that the only rising the people do is to rise and vote Trump in strongly for another term. They need to contain their justifiable anger till then. After that, I hope he takes serious action against this attack on the American Presidency and Constitution.

  23. struth

    More prosperous than what?
    30% live below the poverty line.

    That 70 percent are arseholes aren’t they?
    In a just socialist world, they’d all be actually starving.
    As it should be.
    Poverty line?
    Yep, some of them don’t even update their smart phone every year.

    A poverty line that sees land whales below it, is not a poverty line, it’s a propaganda line.

  24. candy

    there does seem to be real hurt there,

    I agree Lizzie. I think the hurt comes from improving the life of Americans and getting the economy on a better footing, much better employment statistics etc etc, and yet the Democrats want to crush those good things.
    He’s working hard for USA, as is his job description, and he is no spring chicken though very healthy but it must be emotionally demanding to put so much effort in and to have the Dems media slander him every day. gutted, he would feel.

    It makes you realise the Dems want society to go backwards. Though Pelosi and Biden families must be some of the richest folk in America – as long as their riches remain, the US citizens can take a hike, is my opinion of what the Dems feel.

  25. Farmer Gez

    35099
    #3266319, posted on December 19, 2019 at 9:39 am
    Americans are more prosperous, though

    More prosperous than what?
    30% live below the poverty line.

    The Poverty Line.
    The Maginot Line of the Left. An artificial defensive position of the socialist mind that’s easily breached by the blitzkrieg of economic prosperity.

  26. Zatara

    Dems To Congratulate Each Other On Meaningless Impeachment Vote With ‘I Voted To Impeach Trump’ Stickers

    Somehow I don’t think those stickers are going to age well.

    But pictures of Dems wearing them are guaranteed to appear in Republican campaign adverts next year.

  27. stackja

    Dems didn’t like Abe being elected.
    They created the CSA.
    They fired on Fort Sumter.
    What could possibly go wrong?

  28. Goanna

    telling us there have been very few sun spots for more than 250 days and extremely cold weather usually follows this like the Maunder Minimum as well as drought. Let ‘s hope previous poster reminded us there were huge rains in 1973 when there was drought is right, unfortunately don’t know how sun was behaving back then

    The Southern Hemisphere has no records of previous grand solar minimums unlike the Northern Hemisphere that has written accounts and paintings.
    The north has mostly land whilst the south has mostly oceans so if a grand solar minimum eventuates it will be interesting to see the results. My guess – expect Australian type ‘bad weather’ like drought, floods and fires etc. with unseasonal frosts and cold.

  29. Tomorrow evening (according to weather.com) is going to be hot in Dannograd.
    Light winds, no sol.

    Methinks, I should open a book on widespread blackouts.

  30. OldOzzie

    Nancy Pelosi Compares Impeachment to Battle of the Bulge Against Nazi Germany

    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) launched the debate over the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday by comparing the Democrats’ struggle to remove him from office to the Battle of the Bulge against Nazi Germany in World War II

  31. Geriatric Mayfly

    I see smart phone mentioned in dispatches. I do not have one. If I was below the poverty line I would most likely invest in a very smart one. But the thing that prevents me taking the plunge is the ongoing cost of “The Plan” as it’s called. And yet I never cease to wonder as I look around and see people of lesser means in constant thrall to these gewgaws. Is there a Centrelink subsidy I am missing?

  32. candy

    Nancy Pelosi Compares Impeachment to Battle of the Bulge Against Nazi Germany

    Lefties actually believe that. Not Pelosi herself because she is setting about deliberately inciting the Democrat voters with hate speech, but the left folk actually believe what she says. Even in Australia, left folk believe Trump is Hitler.

    It’s an extra-ordinary derangement of thinking. Hitler killing 6 million Jews and thinking Trump is a Hitler. I can’t understand these people.

  33. Geriatric Mayfly

    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) launched the debate over the impeachment of President Donald Trump on Wednesday by comparing the Democrats’ struggle to remove him from office to the Battle of the Bulge against Nazi Germany in World War II

    She’s been on the piss again.

  34. candy

    comparing the Democrats’ struggle to remove him from office to the Battle of the Bulge against Nazi Germany in World War II

    She’s inciting Democrat voters by hate speech. But Left folk actually believe Trump is a Nazi akin to Adolf H. Even in Australia, left folk believe that.

    It is an extraordinary derangement of thinking. That Trump is the same as someone who killed 6 million.
    who can understand this?

  35. OldOzzie

    CNBC Poll: Trump’s Economic Approval Hits Highest Level in a Year

    It’s not just the stock market that is rallying while Democrats seek to impeach President Donald Trump.

    So is support for the president and his economic policies.

    Forty-nine percent of Americans approve of the president’s handling of the economy, according to the latest CNBC “All-American” survey. Only 40 percent disapprove.

    That is a dramatic improvement from September, when disapproval of Trump’s economic policies hit 50 percent and approval fell to 42 percent. The September poll took place just as Democrats were launching their early impeachment inquiries and recession fears crescendoed following the inversion of the yield curve.

  36. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Cardimonia, you are an absolute legend. If we were all active in letter writing like you I suspect the climate hoax would end more rapidly than it is doing at present. Sadly, we don’t all get published. You have the knack of hitting just the right note, combined with information, and I think too that you are getting a reputation, and a following. Editors love that.

    I read the Oz Weekend piece on the Barrier Reef; a supposed ‘feed good’ story about how the reef can be saved from climate change. In fact, there was nothing empirical offered to show that climate change was currently an issue. There was coverage of bleaching and cyclone damage, of the Crown of Thorns cyclical infestations, of die back and regrowth, and especially the wondrous discovery of the coral’s reproductive mass release at a particular time of the year, and the harvesting of this to seed new coral growth elsewhere. The corals were said to be temperature specific, which they are only to within a fairly variable range, as Peter Ridd shows. All of the ‘damage’ to the coral mentioned in this article, if you are in the know, was entirely explained by natural processes of the large reef, growing and contracting as usual. Climate change was seen as the ultimate issue though. On no evidence whatsoever.

    One got the feeling that the $500 million Morrison has given to JCU for ‘saving the reef’ is going to employ lots of marine biologists to ‘seed’ the reef that is seeding well naturally. There are thousands of miles of it so that is a lot of employment. Seeding may indeed be of value in maintaining areas of coral that currently attract tourists from nearby resorts. They will be told that die-back is due to climate change rather than to the reef’s natural life cycle.

    I am hoping that Peter Ridd, or someone else with a good grasp of the detail of these facts, can make a reply to this article. Was thinking of doing this myself but think there are others better known who should speak first. I guess that is the problem we all face; Cardimonia has grasped that bull by the horns.

    Bravo!

  37. mh

    Basically a lot of young men find chasing substandard in all ways females a stupid proposition.
    Everyone of them knows what the family court is all about and what risks they take with the real thing in Australia.
    My point is, maybe we should look at the reasons they’ve given up participating in what should be the most exciting time of their lives, hearts full of desire, excitement , dizzy with it all, as many of us were with the superb level of females available to us to try and win.
    I wouldn’t spit on the modern slags available myself.

    So alternatives include:
    Unlimited high definition porn catering to every fantasy and fetish
    Online sites/apps like Tinder to try and snag something that isn’t “ substandard”
    Brothels, which are legal in every state and territory (I think)
    For the slightly older discerning gent a relaxing massage with something extra $$$

  38. OldOzzie

    Lindsey Graham on Senate Trial: “I’m going to tell the president, ‘no,’ to his witness request”…

    Posted on December 18, 2019 by sundance

    WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said he will not support calling any witnesses in the upcoming impeachment trial against President Trump, including witnesses Trump wants to summon.

    “I’m going to tell the president, ‘no,’ to his witnesses request because I think what is best for the country is to get this behind us as soon as possible,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said Wednesday.

    The House is set to impeach Trump Wednesday night on two articles charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Senate will hold a trial in January, and Democrats and Republicans are battling over the proceedings. (read more)

    Obviously unstated by Graham is his own personal interests to ensure that nothing about U.S. politicians financially benefiting from Ukraine money-laundering is presented by team Trump. A quick dismissal serves the interests of the deepest senate.

  39. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    Caroline Di Russo The Spectator Australia 19 December 2019

    Dear Taxpayer, I weep for thee. The ABC started this week with an article titled ‘Is fragile masculinity the biggest obstacle to climate action?’ I have read some inane headlines in my time, but this drivel summitted unfathomable depths of stupidity. Megan Mackenzie a professor of Gender and War at Sydney University (insert eyeroll here), hypothesises that men who like fast cars, and therefore fossil fuels, are climate change deniers, yada yada, and we’re all going to die. She bags out eating meat, ladysplains that we shouldn’t be mean to beta males and hypothesises how – get this – ‘we need to change our thinking to call out fossil fuel extraction and climate denialism as a pathetic expression of petro power and masculinity’. Are you weeping for humanity yet? Because by this point, I’d lost the will to live.

    Being a litigation lawyer by profession, I’m generally pretty good at distilling an argument down to its fundamentals. But other than the spewing of misandrist bile, all I managed to glean from this article was that the sun sets in the west therefore all goats are blue. The concept that the planet is going to burn because masculine men are somehow ’fragile’ because they use meat and fast cars as a status symbol is an argument so deficient and so poorly formulated it makes Project Barbarossa seem like a cracking idea.

    Pertinently, this diatribe was written by a person, educated by the taxpayer, who works a taxpayer-funded job, and who was published by a taxpayer-funded media outlet

  40. OldOzzie

    What struck me as the Bleeding Obvious yesterday as well

    Mark Levin Blasts FISA Judge Rosemary Collyer: ‘You Chose to Sit on Your Hands!’

    On his popular conservative radio show on Tuesday, Mark Levin lashed out at FISA Judge Rosemary Collyer. Collyer rebuked the FBI for their “irregularities” in the FISA process. This criticism, Levin explained, is too little and especially too late.

    “I want to admonish this judge,” Levin said. “She had an opportunity to act when it mattered. Back on April 20, 2017, the Landmark Legal Foundation under its president, Pete Hutchison, filed a motion — a secret motion — with this court. And it was a motion informing the judge of the violations that had occurred based on published reports because it was known back in April of 2017. Some of it, if not much of it. And those exhibits were provided to the judge. Five days after we filed that […], the judge ruled” to deny the request arguing there was “no matter pending before the court with respect to which such an appearance would be proper.”

    “That was always a disingenuous reply,” Levin went on to say, “but this judge, and apparently she changed her mind today. Apparently she changed her mind more than 2.5 years later and realized: ‘Oh, I have jurisdiction. The matter is pending I suppose.’ Although that never made any sense because a judge is free, even when a matter is done, to call parties before them in their courtroom if in fact the judge believes wrongs have been committed in the court and against the court.”

    “And so Judge Collyer did not protect the federal judiciary, she did not protect her own courtroom, she did not protect the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” Levin said. “For more than 2.5 years, she allowed these perpetrators to get away with what they did. And she could have brought an end to this. She could have had an evidentiary hearing or a contempt hearing if you will, and she chose not to.”

    “Now she’s jumping on the bandwagon,” Levin continued, “after the OIC report, after FBI Director Wray has announced 40 different reforms that he’s going to take a look at. After I and others, including Mike Lee, have said, ‘you know, we have to abolish the court.’ [The court has] failed to do its job and I suspect they won’t do its job.”

    “Only now does Judge Collyer issue her decision. Only now. Because part of the problem is Judge Collyer and any other judge” working as a FISA judge, he said. “They don’t read these documents. Over a 1,000 of them were presented to the FISA courts in 2018 and only one was denied. That is almost a 100 percent approval record. Now that’s absurd,” Levin explained. “So Judge Collyer has some answering to do. And if Congress is serious about getting to the bottom of this, she and others need to be called before Congress in a legitimate oversight function, not to investigate her for criminal reasons, but to find out exactly what she and others did.”

    “Did they read it? Did they raise any questions? Because the persons being targeted or the groups being targeted, they have no presence in these secret courts. None,” said Levin.

    “So, more than 2.5 years after this judge rejected Landmark Legal Foundation’s very appropriate, pertinent motion calling on her to investigate what has taken place and what was taking place, claiming in essence she didn’t have jurisdiction anymore since the matter isn’t before her anymore, now she pulls jurisdiction back claims the matter is in front of her and orders reforms and orders this and that… The FISA system is broken — and in part because the FISA courts are broken. Including what Judge Rosemary Collyer did.”

    “So I’m not impressed with what she’s done here,” Levin concluded, “I’m disturbed that it took her so long.”

    As Levin went on to explain, the FISA court — Judge Collyer included — could have dealt with this matter years ago. They could and should have investigated it. Yes, the FBI misbehaved, but Judge Collyer and her fellow judges are just as responsible for this mess as the FBI.

    “There were serious missteps by you, Judge Collyer, by you and your colleagues,” Levin said while addressing the judge directly. “Because without you and your colleagues there wouldn’t have been a warrant, regardless of what the FBI did. You chose to sit on the sidelines for 2.5 years and watch it all play out. You chose to sit on your hands and watch it all play out until you could get cover from the Inspector General’s report rather than conduct your own judicial inquiry. That is appalling to me.”

    “And this is why when Senator Mike Lee was on my program last night. I said I don’t have a whole lot of faith that they’re going to be able to reform this system. Not when we have judges like this who even after the fact take their damn good old time addressing what was obvious over 2.5 years ago.”

  41. Geriatric Mayfly

    I have read some inane headlines in my time, but this drivel summitted unfathomable depths of stupidity.

    Something amiss in the metaphor.

  42. lotocoti

    comparing the Democrats’ struggle to remove him from office to the Battle of the Bulge

    Not totally unreasonable.
    Wacht am Rhein was a madman’s last roll of the dice which ultimately hastened Götterdämmerung.
    Ditto San Fran Nan’s impeachment malarkey.

  43. stackja

    Goanna
    #3266335, posted on December 19, 2019 at 10:01 am
    telling us there have been very few sun spots for more than 250 days and extremely cold weather usually follows this like the Maunder Minimum as well as drought. Let ‘s hope previous poster reminded us there were huge rains in 1973 when there was drought is right, unfortunately don’t know how sun was behaving back then

    The Southern Hemisphere has no records of previous grand solar minimums unlike the Northern Hemisphere that has written accounts and paintings.

    The indigenous archives underneath Ayers Rock, might give some information.

  44. Dreading Christmas day.
    Can I pop any family member who mentions trump or thermageddon on Christmas Day?

  45. Leigh Lowe

    Simple Simon update:-
    He is “genuinely perplexed that his memory does not accird with the written notes“.
    I was hoping Counsel might ask him to show his “genuinely perplexed” face as against his “feigned perplexed” face so that viewers could distinguish in future.

  46. stack. The Great Library of the Gibson Desert may hold the key.

  47. Mother Lode

    The Republicans can dismiss the impeachment out of hand when it gets to them, but then the Dimocrats will retail that as partisanship – precisely what has been pointed out regarding their conduct – and leaves they claims unrepudiated.

    I suspect Trump would rather present witnesses, documents, the whole lot, to show just how ramshackle and preposterous the whole impeachment thing was, and how malicious and dishonest the people behind it – it might even show that they ought to be investigated.

    It’d be kind of cool to see the two Bidens strung up together, and watch the jug-eared ex-Sun King serially dumping people under the bus because his own legacy must live on. Not for his sake, you understand, but for the future! And Schiff’s eyes opening to the size of dinner plates, watering at the prospect of showers with a towering Cro-Magnon called Bubba.

  48. OldOzzie

    Any Cats had experience with Hybrids?

    2020 Subaru Forester hybrid, XV hybrid pricing and specs

    also looking at

    2020 TOYOTA COROLLA SEDAN HYBRID REVIEW
    MY20 SX HYBRID CVT | $29,735 | $33,450 DRIVEAWAY | ANCAP : 5/5

    which is now made in Japan rather than Thailand

    As a Honda Jazz owner had been waiting for 2020 Honda Jazz with upgraded safety features but CEO Honda Australia has indicated Honda Australia will not bring the New 2020 Thai Honda Jazz to OZ

  49. Overburdened

    The Democrats are all in Alinsky.

    The misanthropic gremlin Nadler making accusations of Republicans (or one of them but Nadler didn’t have the balls to be definite so made it a sweeping statement) spouting Russian propaganda should be laughable except this is not a joke.

    Pelosi dieting the Battle of the Bulge for Moral equivalence.

    What a pack of pricks.

    IMO the long game is to destroy the Constitution of America one way or the other.

  50. feelthebern

    But nothing beats the speed camera spots at the sets of traffic lights just before you enter the cross city tunnel from New South Head Road

    I read somewhere that speed camera has raised 300mill since it was installed.
    Does anyone know when it was installed?
    I remember seeing it as far back as the Olympics.

  51. Top Ender

    Good on you Cardimona.

    I liked your Thunberg and Joseph Stalin letter the most.

  52. OldOzzie

    Congressman Calls for Moment of Silence for 63 Million Trump Voters ‘Disenfranchised’ by Impeachment

    During the impeachment debate on Wednesday, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) asked for a moment of silence to commemorate the 63 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016, saying the Democrats intended to “disenfranchise” them via this “partisan impeachment sham.”

    “This partisan impeachment sham seeks to disenfranchise 63 million American voters,” Johnson declared. “So I want to use my time to call on this chamber for members to rise and observe a moment of silent reflection, to give every member here the chance to pause for a moment and remember the voices of the 63 million American voters the Democrats today are wanting to silence.”

    As he spoke many Republican congressmen stood up behind him.

  53. Mother Lode

    More prosperous than what?
    30% live below the poverty line.

    Is this serious?

    The poverty line is just where people fit on a bell curve of wealth. As the nation gets wealthier the wealth at the poverty line moves too.

    If everyone in the US had a sprawling mansion with a pool, the people with only two cars would be below the poverty line.

  54. OldOzzie

    Expungement? GOP Leader McCarthy Just Tossed a Stink Bomb into the Dems’ Impeachment Party

    McCarthy said,

    Well, I think [the people will] just brush this aside. Maybe a future Congress would even expunge this vote. This is the because it is the thinnest fastest weakest impeachment in American history. The speaker admits for the last 2-1/2 years she’s been trying to impeach this president. [Emphasis added]
    It’s unclear whether Congress can undo an impeachment by expunging it like a criminal record. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy told PJM that he doesn’t think so. “If it could have been done, Dems would have done it for Clinton,” he said, adding that there’s “no such thing in my pocket Constitution.”

    But Kevin McCarthy just started that conversation.

  55. Bubbles

    Did anyone watch halfwit Baldrick’s train show on SBS last night.
    He was in New York and launched into a complete TDS rant outside Trump Tower.
    Brit travel show hosts are usually pompous and condescending, but the ugly little prick with the slug on his lip surpassed them all this time.
    I was actually shocked, one minute Times Square and next an out of control foot stomping tantie. What a priveledged moron.

  56. mh

    Tony Robinson aka ‘Baldrick’ is a British J ew in the entertainment industry.

    It’s par for the course for them to attack anything that isn’t socialism.

    Yes, I know…

  57. Bubbles

    Did anyone watch Tony Robinson’s train show last night. The little creep went into a full foot stomping tantie outside Trump Tower.
    The arrogance of these actor nobodies is breathtaking. It was a travel show FFS.
    Pom travel show hosts are usually pompous and condescending, but the ugly little slug eater set a new standard of actor arrogance this time.

  58. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    [aywalled
    Demand for Absolute Loyalty to Beijing at Chinese Universities Triggers Dissent
    Academic independence and freedom of thought are stripped from charters of three institutions, replaced by adherence to Communist Party rule

  59. OldOzzie

    Mother Lode
    #3266374, posted on December 19, 2019 at 10:42 am
    More prosperous than what?
    30% live below the poverty line.

    Is this serious?

    The poverty line is just where people fit on a bell curve of wealth. As the nation gets wealthier the wealth at the poverty line moves too.

    If everyone in the US had a sprawling mansion with a pool, the people with only two cars would be below the poverty line.

    1979 Poverty in Australia with particular refemce to the role of education

    by JW Curry – ‎1979 – ‎Related articles
    levels of health, housing, food and education that our present stage of scientific … the poverty line and a further group (8.7% of dependent children) are considered to be …. black and white televisions, and thirty-seven per cent had colour sets. Fifty-five per …. Social Welfare in the 1970’s, A.C.S.S., Sydney, 1970, pp.24-25.
    [PDF]

    Also another good read

    Poverty in Australia – Centre for Independent Studies

  60. Bubbles

    Incoherent Rambler
    Approved. Encouraged.
    I can supply some additional candidates if wanted.

  61. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Waiting for the carousel to disgorge my luggage was grim. It turned up just as I was thinking of taking someone else’s bag. Anyone’s. I’m not fussy.

    Not unique to Cuba I’m afraid, last time we returned to Melbourne I frantically searched for some of our luggage for 40 minutes or more.

    Series 2 of “I left my Heart in Cuba” playing on Catallaxy shortly.

    And re lost luggage, unless a Dr. BG has appropriated Hairy’s undies and tux, if you are tardy in picking it up you may sometimes find your suitcases have been put off the carousel, slightly put aside in a little huddle of disgrace by the baggage supervisors who attend to these things in a busy period.

  62. Leigh Lowe

    Did anyone watch halfwit Baldrick’s train show on SBS last night.
    He was in New York and launched into a complete TDS rant outside Trump Tower.
    Brit travel show hosts are usually pompous and condescending, but the ugly little prick with the slug on his lip surpassed them all this time.

    I did.
    Turned it straight off.
    I had the Griff Rhys-Jones New Zealand show on the other night but with volume down.
    Did anyone else see that one?
    I like Michael Portillo’s rail travelogues too. He can visit a coal mine in Yorkshire, or one of the factories of Satanic Mills plc without launching into a self righteous lecture.

  63. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The trams were ripped out and Sydney didn’t look back, until Barry O’Farrell and his then-transport minister Gladys Berejiklian decided in 2012 to forget the lessons of history.

    ah wimisises with a bit of power, what could possibly go wrong?

  64. stackja

    incoherent rambler
    #3266360, posted on December 19, 2019 at 10:28 am
    stack. The Great Library of the Gibson Desert may hold the key.

    Yes!

  65. Cactus

    OldOzzie on hybrids.

    I just bought a Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Petrol 2.5L version. Had it for a month or so and like it so far. The advertised fuel economy is ~4.8L/100km, but in my suburburn experience I am getting about 6.0L. It cost ~$3k more than the 2.0L petrol only version. Some rough calcs on driving distance and fuel costs implies that breakeven is ~4-7 years. I think its a great car for my needs, feels like it has more space than it looks – would recommend. I like the Hybrid as well because of its fuel efficiency, it is a good thing not to waste and burning less fuel does pollute less. By this of course I mean real pollution which is NOX, SOX particulate matter pollution, not CO2.

    The real upside is how smug I can be at my lefty dinner parties. I lay it on thick. Yeah we just bought a hybrid, the fuel economy is so good and we are saving the planet doncha know? What do you drive?….. Oh my GOD! You are a real piece of work you turtle killer! Why do you hate turtles so much? and so forth. My wife is not enjoying this as much as I am however.

  66. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Any Cats had experience with Hybrids?

    We hired a Jaguar Hybrid in Belgium. It worked. A little disconcertingly quiet at times.
    Hard to hire a non-hybrid in parts of Europe, Norway especially.

    I would never buy one for Australia. Our electricity supply is too uncertain.
    Plus our distances are too great. Plus they are a bit burny splodey for my liking.

  67. areff

    the thing that prevents me taking the plunge is the ongoing cost of “The Plan”

    Mayfly, consider this: get a secondhand but relatively new phone from Cash Converters, then go on a pre-paid plan. I use Optus at $2 a day, which gives me unlimited minutes and one-cent-a-minute calls to the US.

    Easy to manage, cheap and no $400 surprise monthly bills, as was the case when I had a plan with Vodafone.

    Cash Converters’ phones go for about one-third the price of the new ones. Have had the same iPhone 5 for three years and it still works a treat. No fuss, no bother.

  68. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    if a grand solar minimum eventuates it will be interesting to see the results.

    Not “if” Goanna. We’re in it.

    My guess – expect Australian type ‘bad weather’ like drought, floods and fires etc. with unseasonal frosts and cold.

    Perzackerly.
    Generally, in the Eastern States it will be hot and dry and gusty in the daytime, with chilly nights, both due to reduced atmospheric moisture as the planet cools. However, these long, dry periods will be punctuated by occasional floods. That’s Australia.

    In the NH it will be very different. The current “unprecedented” cold, frosts and snow, are actually now the norm, and that will remain the case for about the next 140 years or so. The refugees will probably start arriving in about five years time.

  69. like drought, floods and fires

    The perpetual cycle of East Gippsland.

  70. OldOzzie

    Cactus
    #3266391, posted on December 19, 2019 at 11:06 am
    OldOzzie on hybrids.

    Thanks – I am also calculating in battery replacement, but as we do less than 10K Km per year that should not really come up.

    Current Honda Jazz 14 years old. but goes like new, only 91K Km, as use Mobil 1 5-30w Fully Synthetic Motor Oil supplied by me to Dealer every 10,000 Km Service (never followed Honda Service schedule of 6 months or 10,000km), as we do short mileage, have replaced CVT Transmission Fluid every 10K KM and use only BP or Shell 98 Fuel – same approach on 1994 Toyota Series 80 GXL Landcruiser 4.5l EFI gores like new

    PS Really Liked

    The real upside is how smug I can be at my lefty dinner parties. I lay it on thick. Yeah we just bought a hybrid, the fuel economy is so good and we are saving the planet doncha know? What do you drive?….. Oh my GOD! You are a real piece of work you turtle killer! Why do you hate turtles so much? and so forth. My wife is not enjoying this as much as I am however.

    My wife is the same – scared to take me into polite company as I am right of Genghis Khan

  71. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Cactus, I am not inherently against electric vehicles. Just against the crap that usually accompanies them, where even hiring or buying them is seen as implicit approval of the climatic hoax.

    When we use them we make it plain we don’t care how much CO2 a vehicle emits, as we don’t see it as a problem, but that particulate pollution is always good to keep in its place, that place being in the filters of a modern high technology coal-fired power station which produces the juice for the hybrid.

  72. OldOzzie

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #3266397, posted on December 19, 2019 at 11:13 am
    Any Cats had experience with Hybrids?

    We hired a Jaguar Hybrid in Belgium. It worked. A little disconcertingly quiet at times.
    Hard to hire a non-hybrid in parts of Europe, Norway especially.

    I would never buy one for Australia. Our electricity supply is too uncertain.

    Lizzie,

    thanks for that

    re your comment above re Australia and electricity supply – that only applies to Full Electric which I would never buy – Hybrid uses the electric motor as supplemental to the Petrol which gives good fuel economy especially in the short run city motoring

    as per the Subaru Forester Hybrid I mentioned above

    It’s powered by an ‘e-Boxer’ system making 110kW and 196Nm, sending power to all four wheels through a CVT. Petrol power comes from a 2.0-litre engine, augmented by an electric motor outputting 12.3kW and 66Nm.

    The electric motor is fed by a small battery, charged using regenerative braking – essentially capturing energy usually lost as heat when the driver uses the mechanical brake pads.

  73. Mitch M;

    You need to point to a possible causal mechanism.

    Bicycles and motorcycle seating, horse riding. Any of these activities are belting the crap out of the vasculature at the base of the penis responsible for maintaining an erection.
    I thought this was common knowledge.

  74. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Porter at 1:40 am:

    “That’s not boxing. That looks more like attempted murder.”

    Yeah, that’s why there are such detailed government regulations and comprehensive federation rules, so many doctors and bureaucrats monitoring proceedings, empowered to stop the bout in their sole discretion, more independent and third party judges and advisors than ever before – they add color and interest to the crowd scenes when the television cameras capture the crime for the nightly news, to offer the ignorant something to whinge about.

    Much like those who would close down the dogs and the jumps, those who critisise boxing with the whiniest bleating have never been inside a gym to see how they are decked out with encouragement for self respect, a healthy diet, a strict fitness regime and all those other good things of which they know nothing.

  75. cohenite

    Tony Heller on the BoM’s hottest day evah claim:

  76. johanna

    Mayfly, I have a cheap phone (I only use it for calls and texting) and use Telstra prepaid at $30 per month. For that I get unlimited texts and calls, including overseas calls. There is a small data allowance thrown in, but I never use it.

    As areff says, there is no need to spend a lot on a phone and plan unless you want to use a lot of fancy features.

  77. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We milk our past playbook for credit points at lefty dinner parties before moving in for the kill.

    Oh, we used to be solidly left labor socialists, we say to them contemptuously, but now we’ve come to see how destructive all of that nonsense was. Do you know they want us to return to living in caves, and give away all of this (sweeping arm expressively around the humungously expensive open plan Poliform Miele kitchen and Space furniture dining area of current lefty owner) as they turn our economy into Venezuela?

    Game, set and match, I believe they call it.
    Host changes the subject rapidly to their last cruise and their First Class flight. lol

  78. Brad Norington in The Oz is calmly dissecting Tim Flannery’s latest toy, the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action.
    Today Brad politely tears apart the Leaders’ leader, Greg Mullins.

  79. Geriatric Mayfly

    Mayfly, consider this: get a secondhand but relatively new phone from Cash Converters, then go on a pre-paid plan. I use Optus at $2 a day, which gives me unlimited minutes and one-cent-a-minute calls to the US.

    Thanks areff. I still quiver while on the brink. As well, part of my point was the hordes of the ‘impoverished’ who poke and prod these things remorselessly and seem to be in contact with half the population to announce, “I’m on the train.” Logic: If they can afford it, can I?

  80. feelthebern

    I quite like the Sydney Light Rail.
    It makes me feel more manly as a walk more quickly than it travels.

  81. Cardimona

    Mayfly at 10.09
    Buy a recently superseded smart phone at Harvey’s or similar for around $200.
    Then get a Woolworths SIM card for it (yes, Woolies has their own phone service provider – using the Telstra network).
    Then get a $20/month pre-paid voucher for it.
    You get unlimited calls and texts and 6Gb of data.
    Each 30 days buy a new voucher at the check-out or top it up via the phone app and a credit card.
    Cheap and cheerful smartphoning.

  82. Cardimona

    Thanks Lizzie

    The obsession reef “scientists” have with committing genocide against the native Crown of Thorns starfish has been a pet subject of mine for some years.
    It started with a misunderstanding of CoTs’ role by reef tourism boats back in the ‘70s.
    They (understandably) didn’t like the effect CoTs had on their favourite spots.But an elderly Torres Straits fisherman once told me that CoTs are “the reef’s gardeners”.
    Much of the algae the current generation of reef “scientists” sook about is only there because of their freaking war on CoTs.
    The level of ignorance of the reef science community is truly staggering.

  83. Cardimona

    Ignore that blockquote – no idea how I managed to that…..

  84. cohenite

    5 key quotes from Trump’s letter to the skank buck-tooth-Pelosi:

    1. A Very Ugly Word
    The Articles of Impeachment introduced by the House Judiciary Committee are not recognizable under any standard of Constitutional theory, interpretation, or jurisprudence. They include no crimes, no misdemeanors, and no offenses whatsoever. You have cheapened the importance of the very ugly word, impeachment!
    2. Unfettered Contempt
    You dare to invoke the Founding Fathers in pursuit of this election-nullification scheme—yet your spiteful actions display unfettered contempt for America’s founding and your egregious conduct threatens to destroy that which our Founders pledged their very lives to build.
    3. Held Hostage
    Your Speakership and your party are held hostage by your most deranged and radical representatives of the far left. Each one of your members lives in fear of a socialist primary challenger—this is what is driving impeachment. Look at Congressman Nadler’s challenger. Look at yourself and others. Do not take our country down with your party.
    4. Reviling the Voters
    Any member of Congress who votes in support of impeachment—against every shred of truth, fact, evidence, and legal principle—is showing how deeply they revile the voters and how truly they detest America’s Constitutional order. Our Founders feared the tribalization of partisan politics, and you are bringing their worst fears to life.
    5. Salem Witch Trials
    I have been deprived of basic Constitutional Due Process from the beginning of this impeachment scam right up until the present. I have been denied the most fundamental rights afforded by the Constitution, including the right to present evidence, to have my own counsel present, to confront accusers, and to call and cross-examine witnesses…
    More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials.
    It is to be devoutly wished that the president would spend more time crafting letters like this one, and less time on Twitter. The nation could use this type of political commentary – unapologetic without being vitriolic – one which highlights the importance of today’s political issues within the context of American history at large.

  85. Geriatric Mayfly

    Mayfly, I have a cheap phone (I only use it for calls and texting) and use Telstra prepaid at $30 per month. For that I get unlimited texts and calls, including overseas calls.

    And thanks again Johanna. Am I to understand that if you do not use that full $30, there is no carry over of loose change, and any left overs go straight into Telstra’s coffers? Then another $30, thank you very much.

  86. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    re your comment above re Australia and electricity supply – that only applies to Full Electric which I would never buy – Hybrid uses the electric motor as supplemental to the Petrol which gives good fuel economy especially in the short run city motoring

    Old Ozzie, we have a proper lockable garage with power, but for many people it is the charging situation at home that would cause problems, and especially remembering to do it, and having the time to do it. The other thing, the battery insecurity, both for its fire hazard (those blazes are volcano hot) and for retaining the charge and lifetime issues, would also put us off. Better just to cop a bit more in fuel costs and be sure.

  87. Roger

    The level of ignorance of the reef science community is truly staggering.

    Shirley not; the ABC tells me they are experts whose judgments cannot be questioned (not if you want to keep your job at JCU, anyway).

  88. Arky

    Basically a lot of young men find chasing substandard in all ways females a stupid proposition.

    ..
    If I was a young man today I would take on a fix ‘er upper.
    Might require some heavy handling and initial effort, but imagine the satisfaction of turning one of these heifers into a real woman.
    /Arky Higgins
    ..


  89. One of many funny criticisms of the newest Star Wars movie at Zippy’s link:
    The most significant answers are blurted out mid-film with little effort made to prepare or to dramatise. It’s as if some passer-by yelled “Rosebud? Oh yeah. It was a sledge” halfway through Citizen Kane.
    Not sure if “sledge” is a deliberate joke-within-a-joke or a mistake.

  90. OldOzzie

    same approach on 1994 Toyota Series 80 GXL Landcruiser 4.5l EFI gores like new

    Oops Freudian Slip, but with ARB Colour Coded Front Bull Bar – 12,000 Kg Winch, IPF Replacement Headlamps plus 4 Spot Lights – 2 x Hella 4000 Rallye and 2 Cibie Turini and 4 Fog Lights and 295/75R16 BFGOODRICH ALL TERRAIN T/A KO2 tyres would definitely “gore like new”

  91. Macbeth

    “Sir” Tony Robinson has reportedly left the Labour Party, but is still a doctrinaire leftist.
    Merry Christmas Lizzy, Candy, Tinta el al.
    Last Christmas, I think.

  92. 1735099

    I would never buy one for Australia. Our electricity supply is too uncertain.
    Plus our distances are too great. Plus they are a bit burny splodey for my liking.

    Couple of things –
    1. Most hybrids sold in Oz generate their own power, unless they are plug-in hybrids. The RAV isn’t. The reliability of the electricity grid is a non-issue.
    2. Distances don’t come into it for hybrids. I’ve driven one to Cunnamulla and back on a number of occasions. You refuel it as and when necessary, less often, generally than ICE vehicles except for diesels. At 5lit/100 km, that doesn’t happen often, and their range usually exceeds conventional vehicles.
    3. Provide one local example of a hybrid exploding in Oz. ICE vehicles do it from time to time.

  93. will

    Cardimona
    #3266307, posted on December 19, 2019 at 9:25 am

    Cardimona, you are a living treasure.

  94. Tom

    It’s quite bizarre watching Democrats, marching up to the podium in the US House of Representatives one after the other, to commit electoral suicide and condemn the party to a generation in the wilderness. Eighty-year-old Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is the latest. I assume that, being an outer suburb of Washington, his district is a swamp full of federal public servants so his stupidity has no consequences.

  95. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Got time for a quick email letter to the Oz Magazine re their reef puff piece, Cardimonia? Many would be interested in your take on the Crown of Thorns and algae overgrowth, plus demolition of the climate change hoax with regard to the natural waxing and waning of the reef.

  96. dover_beach

    Merry Christmas Lizzy, Candy, Tinta el al.
    Last Christmas, I think.

    Let’s hope not, but make sure you have an extra glass of brandy.

  97. Mitch M:

    Is that the standard these days, don’t trust any experts anymore, don’t read the people who have put in the hard yards to understand something? What’s the alternative? Wishful thinking? Confirmation bias?

    Science and Expertism (I just made that word up.) have had their reputations shot to shit because of the Global Warming scare.
    Many people just do not trust the Gods of Science and Expertism – they have been seen to have feet of clay.
    (Not blaming you, Mitch – the world seen through the eyes of the common people is a very cynical one.)

  98. johanna

    Am I to understand that if you do not use that full $30, there is no carry over of loose change, and any left overs go straight into Telstra’s coffers? Then another $30, thank you very much.

    Mayfly, it’s just a flat rate, there are no overs or unders. For $1 a day, you can use it as much or as little as you want.

  99. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    And thanks again Johanna. Am I to understand that if you do not use that full $30, there is no carry over of loose change, and any left overs go straight into Telstra’s coffers? Then another $30, thank you very much.

    There’s really nothing to “use up” or not, Mayfly.
    My Telstra Prepaid Max gives me unlimited calls and 200 gb of data. Does anybody actually use
    200 gb of data a month? I pay $150 for six months, which works out to $25 a month.

    The phone is a Telstra Essentials, which cost $49 at Kmart on special – normally $79. We are in a deadspot, and my phone works better than the kids Galaxies at twenty times the cost.

  100. Arky

    also looking at

    2020 TOYOTA COROLLA SEDAN HYBRID REVIEW
    MY20 SX HYBRID CVT | $29,735 | $33,450 DRIVEAWAY | ANCAP : 5/5

    ..
    Coin flip whether it is the additional hybrid systems or the CVT tranny that will kill it first.
    OK if only intend to keep it for 140 000 Km.

  101. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Merry Christmas Lizzy, Candy, Tinta el al.
    Last Christmas, I think.

    I was thinking of you just the other day, Macbeth, and hoping that we would still see you this Christmas.
    Come in on Christmas Day and say gooday for sure. As our (most likely) oldest Cat, you lead the team in many ways and you certainly make me feel like a spring chook.

    As for the last, there is always a try for a longer innings. May the force be with you for that.
    We’ll drink to you, and hopefully with you, for Christmas 2020 as well as next Wednesday.

  102. Arky

    If you can put up with the age, buy a pre- CVT vehicle until reliability is clarified.
    Otherwise, if want new or near new, down grade your expectations of vehicle lifespan.

  103. OldOzzie

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #3266420, posted on December 19, 2019 at 11:35 am
    Mayfly, I have a cheap phone (I only use it for calls and texting) and use Telstra prepaid at $30 per month. For that I get unlimited texts and calls, including overseas calls.

    And thanks again Johanna. Am I to understand that if you do not use that full $30, there is no carry over of loose change, and any left overs go straight into Telstra’s coffers? Then another $30, thank you very much.

    Geriatric Mayfly

    My wife does not really use her mobile that much and we had her on amaysim 1 year plan but then moved to Kogan Small Plan on yearly basis and have been on that for 3 years – works fine

    I am on $40 Mth Vodafone as we use Vodafone $5 per Day Overseas Roaming a lot

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  104. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Snap Johanna.

    And good morrow.

  105. Val Majkus

    Cardimona, you are a living treasure.

    he does write great letters, totally agree. On the other hand, living treasures, they’re susceptible to waxing and waning and global warming exploitation not to mention tourists gawking

  106. Tom

    Great to see you, Macbeth. Have a beaut Chrissy!

  107. Fink Walker:

    3. You’re a dangerous terrorist, murderer child abuser or threat to democracy.
    4. Therefore you ought to be killed, and this is justified.

    The Collectives will always have a group outside the fold who they dehumanise. There must be someone they can blame all their failures on.
    There is no other way to keep the flock looking for protection and direction, and they will gladly build the walls to keep themselves prisoners while believing the walls are there for their own protection.

  108. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    hahaha. Heifers.

    “Just you wait, Arky Higgins, just you wait.
    You’ll be sorry, but your tears will come too late”

    lol

  109. Juan

    I still can’t believe the Ron Brierley story.

    Me too but maybe for different reasons. Am I missing something here but 200,000+ images? Would that be a movie broken down into screenshots or something like that? It just doesn’t seem feasible that anyone could actually look at that many images let alone download them. I just did a quick image search of snakes and counted the number on a single page. You’d have to be sat at your computer all day, every day for months running into years to even glance at that many.

    My guess would be there are a lot of duplicates in that figure of 200,000-plus.

    I base that on what I’ve been told about LAN parties, when they were a thing.

    Back then, gamers into massively multiplayer online games (MMPOGs) would regularly get together at one person’s house, bringing their computers along with them, and hooking them up to a Local Area Network. These parties would last for days — apparently showering was optional and frowned upon! 😟

    Gaming was the main focus of LAN parties but in between people socialised, and with all their computers hooked up to a LAN, they swapped files — mostly music and movies, and maybe, particularly in smaller groups, (legal) porn.

    I was never into MMPOGs so I have no firsthand experience of LAN parties, but from what I’ve been told if someone made available to you their cache of movies, if there was good stuff there, and you had sufficient disk space, you’d simply copy their entire movie collection. This would of course lead to you having duplicates of the same films and back then, when memory space cost more than it does now, most people would later sift through what they’ve downloaded and delete duplicates and other movie files they didn’t want. If you had a surfeit of disk space, you might not bother. For all of those who fell into the latter category and repeatedly copied other collections, you’d quickly end up with duplicates of duplicates, of duplicates, of duplicates.

    A process similar to the above is how I imagine Brierley came to allegedly possessing 200,000-plus illegal images. Like the kids who suddenly have a trove of music and movies made available to them for a very limited period of time, they just grabbed it all.

    If that’s not it; I have no other logical explanation!

    N.b. None of this would diminish Brierley’s guilt if he is indeed found guilty, whether it’s one, two, 200, or 200,000-plus.

  110. will

    DrBeauGan
    #3266176, posted on December 19, 2019 at 2:58 am
    Maria has ‘flu, she says. So I told her to stay away until she is better. She has stopped calling me darling.

    Is that good or bad?

    If she has found a new boyfriend that lets me off the hook, it is good. I wish her well and hope she has a happy life. But trying to turn her into a business woman is running into difficulties, mainly Maria being lazy. And afraid to do anything new and different.

    She has given up on you. She expected to be living in a condo in Miami by now, eyeing up the pool boy, all on Dr BG’s dime.

  111. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    If you can put up with the age, buy a pre- CVT vehicle until reliability is clarified.
    Otherwise, if want new or near new, down grade your expectations of vehicle lifespan.

    You forgot ‘build your own’, Arky.
    Way to go.

    Always leading by example. 🙂

  112. Cactus

    Yeah the Rav4 is a Hybrid – but not a plug in Hybrid. Its really smart tech which I think just increases the efficiency of the petrol consumed.
    1) Regenerative braking – so as you brake, some of this heat that would normally be lost in a standard car – instead goes into a battery that then can be used later from the electric motor.
    2) Maximizing efficiency of the petrol motor – As you drive a normal petrol car – the up and down of your foot on the pedal is consuming the fuel. You and your reactions are not maximising the efficiency of the petrol motor. It seems when I drive the hybrid – the pedal pushing gives the signal to accelerate or decelerate but the tech will keep the petrol motor going at maximimum efficiency and then either take surplus power and give it to the battery or take a deficiency from the battery. In this way the petrol engine spends more time at the optimum level for fuel efficiency.
    3) Engaging electic / or petrol motor – the system is constantly engaging whichever of the 2 motors are the most energy efficient. It seems the electric motor is used to get the car moving from a standing start, then the petrol engages when you need power and then it switches back to electric when you are just coasting.

    In all of the above there are small incremental wins of efficiency which compound into very good results. So Instead of 8-9L/100km on a Mazda SUV you do 6/L a saving of 2-3L/100km.

    I would consider an EV if it were a better car/value proposition. There is no way close anything I see on the market is better. Plus You also need to factor in a driving use charge over time (governments are itching to tax this). You also need to factor in electricity prices continuing to rise as renewables gain market share. EV’s are a terrible choice and will be for years to come.

  113. calli

    Is it safe to come home or will I be cooked upon landing? ETA twelve hours hence.

  114. Arky

    You forgot ‘build your own’, Arky.

    ..
    I’ll wait for my build to be successfully complete before recommending it to others!

  115. mh

    Macbeth
    #3266428, posted on December 19, 2019 at 11:42 am
    “Sir” Tony Robinson has reportedly left the Labour Party…

    Has he given a reason?

    Has the penny dropped, finally?

  116. Leigh Lowe

    GM, I am not sure what you are worried about.
    I believe every citizen is issued with something called a “Barmer phone” free and gratis.

  117. Cardimona

    Thanks, Cats, for the feedback; much appreciated.
    Cats writing here and on the lead posts provide lots of inspiration.

    Lizzie (11.45), I’ve let my Oz sub lapse again as I’m just not getting time for it.
    Happy to write the missive if you could post the yarn here?

    As to being a living treasure, it has its ups and downs.
    I just shared this yarn with a mate via email, so I’ll share it here as well.

    I live in a rural area in FNQ that’s increasingly popular with capital city tree-changers who absolutely hate my weekly missives to the local paper.
    So I acquired a greenie stalker for a while recently.
    He’d pedal his bicycle up the long, steep, dead-end country road I live on and hide in the paddock across the street to stake out my house.
    One day I, just for a bit of fun, I rushed at him while screaming maniacally.
    I’m a scary-looking unit – 5’11”, 250lbs, long flowing beard, former weight-lifter and martial arts instructor (not that he’d know that).
    Well! He leapt onto his pushie and flew off down the hill, feet flying on the pedals.
    I mentioned it’s a long, steep hill – I can roll out of my driveway and hit 110 km/h in neutral within a few hundred yards.
    So anyway old mate didn’t appear to have ridden down without brakes before.
    He got a massive speed-wobble up and looked like he was going to bite the bitumen really, really hard – but he kept it together.
    Haven’t seen him since.
    Which is a bit of a shame really – he made me feel a bit special…

  118. feelthebern

    Today is signing day in the US, where all the top prospects have mini press conferences to announce with college they are attending.
    I think ex NY, LA & DC, most people are more interested in that, not the DC circus.

  119. Arky

    3) Engaging electic / or petrol motor – the system is constantly engaging whichever of the 2 motors are the most energy efficient. It seems the electric motor is used to get the car moving from a standing start, then the petrol engages when you need power and then it switches back to electric when you are just coasting.

    ..
    the cost to this is that whatever is doing the “constant engaging”- disengaging is wearing out a little every time it switches.
    Reduced reliability / service life is the result.
    Not at all environmentally conscious if the vehicle is scrapped earlier than simpler, longer lasting designs.
    False economy.

  120. Val Majkus

    Thanks, Cats, for the feedback; much appreciated.

    Carminona, did mention tourist gawkers; you could try a monster croc warning but doesn’t seem that you need it!

  121. Speedbox

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #3266341, posted on December 19, 2019 at 10:09 am
    I see smart phone mentioned in dispatches…… But the thing that prevents me taking the plunge is the ongoing cost of “The Plan” as it’s called.

    Unless you particularly want an Apple or Samsung, new smartphones can be purchased cheaply. A new Oppo with all the bells and whistles can be had for about $350-400. Less elaborate versions obviously are cheaper. With regard to the ‘plan’, look at what Kogan have on offer. Their pre-paid 365 day plans are cheap at much less than $1 per day with plenty of data download. (Uses Optus network so good coverage).

  122. EvilElvis

    You must ask WHO died.
    Any UNiparty, political elites of any kind, senior public servants?
    No?
    Carry on then…………………………..

    As usual Struth you’ve nailed it. Which makes you wonder how thick voters are to show little interest or how hopeful they are of being a chosen one. I’d wager thick. How soon the old self proclaimed bogan, anarchist, anti-authoritarian hordes have rolled over having their fat bellies rubbed by the elites with the velvet glove of Greta.

  123. Black Ball

    Good morning all.
    Ted Evetts must be feeling shithouse. From today’s Hun:

    ‘Fallon Sharrock was left speechless after creating history by becoming the first woman to beat a man at the PDC World Darts Championship when she defeated Ted Evetts.
    Women’s world champion Mikuru Suzuki had come close after being edged out by James Richardson at Alexandra Palace in London on Tuesday.
    Sharrock, a former women’s World Championship runner up, recovered from losing the opening set to beat Development Tour winner Evetts 3-2 yesterday, scoring six 180s with a 91.12 match average in their first round contest.
    “I’m speechless, I don’t know what to say,” 25 year old Sharrock, from Milton Keynes said. “I feel really happy because I have proven something for women’s darts, that women can play the men and beat them, so fingers crossed this is a move in the right direction.”

    Six 180s is a great effort in 5 legs of darts but it’s like the golfing term drive for show, putt for dough. As the 91.12 average would attest. Michael Van Gerwen wouldn’t be exactly shaking in his boots.

  124. Geriatric Mayfly

    This does not qualify for Peak Stupid. Stupid suggests that even one neurone might be functioning. This is rancid brain rot.

    ACLU calls for tampons in men’s rooms in order to achieve ‘menstrual equity’

  125. custard

    “Get her out of here” says DJT as the first leftie loony gets kicked out of the Trump rally in Michigan.
    Its freezing BTW and the joint is packed.

  126. Leigh Lowe

    I think the key thing with phones is to buy the hardware and network access separately.
    And, if you are not fussy about the latest case colour or tech gizmo, buying last year’s model cheap is the way to go.
    The worst ones are the Telstra “changeover” plans, which are pushed as a “free” changeover to the new model phone after two years.
    Except it is not free.

  127. Mother Lode

    More due process was afforded to those accused in the Salem Witch Trials.

    Either the BBC or ABC (could be either) is spattering their TV banner with a quote from the Mayor of Salem saying that impeachment is not worse than the Witch Trials.

    Of course Trump did not say that. He said that the witch trials were conducted with more attention to due process than the House impeachment.

    Lefties will lap up the misrepresentation and when they see other people not similarly outraged will take it as proof that ordinary people are stupid and lefties (i.e. themselves) are the intelligent, insightful and nuanced ones.

    They eat their own shit and think it makes them connoisseurs.

  128. Cardimona

    Haha, Val, we’ve great views from up here and I used to get view-tourists coming up my drive interrupting me with stupid questions.
    So I made a sign for my front gate that reads “Fuck off” in 24 different languages.
    Works a treat.

    Apropos of nothing, in my corner of FNQ it’s presently 21 degrees with light showers of rain – 11.16am in unfiddled time.
    I’m wearing a flannie over my t-shirt because 21 is too bloody cold for a Queenslander.

    I’m drafting letters at my desk and occasionally spinning around to blaze away at the Indian myna birds with my CO2-powered air rifle.
    Noice!

  129. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    I’ll wait for my build to be successfully complete before recommending it to others!

    When you’ve finished Arky, you reckon you could rebuild one of these for me?

  130. Bruce of Newcastle

    This does not qualify for Peak Stupid. Stupid suggests that even one neurone might be functioning. This is rancid brain rot.

    GM – I had to search it as it’s almost unbelieveable.

    ACLU calls for tampons in men’s rooms in order to achieve ‘menstrual equity’

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is calling for men’s restrooms to include tampons in order to prevent discrimination against “every person who menstruates.”

    “While free menstrual products are not uniformly provided in women’s restrooms, they are almost never available in men’s restrooms, even for pay,” the group said in a statement Tuesday.

    “Men’s restrooms are also less likely to have a place to dispose of these products conveniently, privately, and hygienically.”

    The left-leaning legal group argued that it wasn’t a “full or accurate portrayal” to say that women are the only ones who “menstruate, get pregnant, or breast feed [sic].”

    Yep, we clearly need breast-feeding rooms for men too.
    Well at least I suppose some men of a certain proclivity could use tampons to prevent leakage.

  131. Macbeth

    Thank you all for the good wishes. 97 coming up, recent stroke and heart attack not too bad.
    I read that about Robinson leaving the Party. No reason given. Corbyn probably not ‘”left” enough.

  132. candy

    Merry Christmas Lizzy, Candy, Tinta el al.
    Last Christmas, I think.

    Thank you Macbeth. I hope you can enjoy a few nice Christmas foodstuffs and hear some lovely carols, and the arthritic hands not too burdensome.
    Your gentlemanliness here at your stage of life is kind of inspiring, and especially taking the time to say hi to us ladies 🙂.

    cheers, candy xxx

  133. Mother Lode

    hahaha. Heifers.

    “Just you wait, Arky Higgins, just you wait.
    You’ll be sorry, but your tears will come too late”

    Young Eliza would not have pronounced it ‘heifers’.

    She would have called them ‘Effers’. And she would have been right.

  134. Val Majkus

    Noice!

    good on you Cardimona; we all live life in our own way; a sense of humour helps immensely … nice that you’re getting some rain, here in Tamworth it’s pretty dry; we’re down to 150 litres water per day per preson; that’s the aim; on the other hand in Bourke they’re surviving on a shower every three days and in Murrurundi the town’s run out of water! Some bigger dams would be useful.

  135. mh

    Corbyn probably not ‘”left” enough.

    Haha

    All the best, Macbeth.

  136. Johno

    Cactus,
    but in my suburburn experience I am getting about 6.0L

    My wife has a 1.8 litre Corolla and she gets 6.2l per 100K. I just can’t see the advantage of getting a Hybrid.

  137. cohenite

    I just shared this yarn with a mate via email, so I’ll share it here as well.
    I live in a rural area in FNQ that’s increasingly popular with capital city tree-changers who absolutely hate my weekly missives to the local paper.
    So I acquired a greenie stalker for a while recently.
    He’d pedal his bicycle up the long, steep, dead-end country road I live on and hide in the paddock across the street to stake out my house.
    One day I, just for a bit of fun, I rushed at him while screaming maniacally.
    I’m a scary-looking unit – 5’11”, 250lbs, long flowing beard, former weight-lifter and martial arts instructor (not that he’d know that).
    Well! He leapt onto his pushie and flew off down the hill, feet flying on the pedals.

    I hope he doesn’t come back with his mates; they do better in numbers. You might have to trade in you air rifle for something more substantial.

  138. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m drafting letters at my desk and occasionally spinning around to blaze away at the Indian myna birds with my CO2-powered air rifle.

    Poor things, you’ll just give them lead poisoning.
    My kookas nailed the competing indian mynahs several times this season as I watched.
    We’re talking perfect strikes by a half kilo bird travelling at 40 kph with a beak like a marlin spike.
    The indian mynah would wince a bit and maybe limp for an hour or two.
    They’re indestructible!

  139. Arky

    When you’ve finished Arky, you reckon you could rebuild one of these for me?

    ..
    351 or 302?
    Windsor or Cleveland?

  140. herodotus

    Daytime Sky:
    Kieran sounds pleased that Trump has been impeached.
    Bruce Wolpe is their chosen expert commentator.
    Chris Kenny says look at Bill Clinton. Impeached and still a left hero.

  141. Infidel Tiger

    As i just saw on twitter, the last time Congress busied itself with a sham impeachment trial, Al Qaeda planned 9/11 and America wasn’t paying attention.

  142. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    I just can’t see the advantage of getting a Hybrid.

    You can run lycra-clad cyclists off the road and still feel righteous about yourself.

  143. Juan

    Any Cats had experience with Hybrids?

    Hybrids have one disadvantage which we’ve encountered.

    We often do a stopover in HNL when travelling westward, particularly in the southern winter. HNL is one of those airports where you can walk to the rental counter and then walk across the road and drive out of the car park. Returning your vehicle is similarly convenient.

    Not wanting the added hassle of finding a ‘gas’ station before returning the vehicle, I always opt to pre-pay for the tank of fuel. Usually it works out well; we mostly stay for 36-odd hours, usually get a Jeep, stay on the North Shore so there’s a lot of driving, and we usually return the Jeep with about a quarter of a tank left.

    Last time we were there we got a Ford Fusion (Mondeo to us) Hybrid instead, but this time we were staying three-and-a-half days. We did the usual driving all over O’ahu, and when we got back to the airport and dropped the car off, the tank was still 60% full. Having prepaid for the full tank, I felt this time I was too smart by half. At least ‘gas’ is cheaper in the United States!

  144. Juan

    You can run lycra-clad cyclists off the road and still feel righteous about yourself.

    What have you got against Tony Abbott?

  145. johanna

    Indian mynahs are horrible creatures. In some jurisdictions, the gummint will supply traps you can put in the yard. The gummint send someone around when you have caught some, take it away and give you another one if you want. The birds are euthanased (using CO2, the wonder gas!).

    They were popular in Canberra when I lived there, and definitely reduced the local population significantly.

  146. Porter

    Back off, Mick, unless you want to tell me that amount of blood, all over the ref as well, is normal. You can punch yourself to death in a boxing ring for all I care but I’d rather you keep your hands out of my pocket for your brain injuries and that you keep your bodily fluids off everybody else.

  147. Bubbles

    Anyone looking for a reasonably swept-up phone or tablet that is affordable, could look at Certified Tech Direct. They flog demonstrator or corporate return phones that they either check or service.
    Price usually less than half. Sometimes the latest, but usually one edition behind – well duh.
    Once a year Aldi sells sims and plans for $99.00 for the year. Unlimited phone and, I think 30 gigs.
    Easy.

  148. Bruce of Newcastle

    Macbeth – Merry Christmas! And best wishes from this bird-loving Cat to your family and all the people around you, the ladies who serve so well especially.

  149. Zatara

    I think ex NY, LA & DC, most people are more interested in that, not the DC circus.

    You are spot on.

    Today was early signing day and I’ve been watching Florida State’s new coach sign an excellent class. An amazing result as he has only had 9 days to recruit in. His newbys include Australian punter Alex Mastromanno.

    All of the 3 major college football teams in Florida (FSU, U of F, and Miami) now have Aussie punters.

  150. Confused Old Misfit

    There are no reasons to be “against” electric vehicles.

    There are many reasons for those of us who cannot afford to buy an EV to be against, regardless of the deals, cash back, or whatever, having to subsidize, via our taxes those who can afford the up front costs.
    I don’t hold anything against EV buyers (they’d be fools not to take up an advantageous offer) but I’m betting there would be fewer of them without the assistance offered by the government.

  151. Struth:

    Dealing with the insane, fat, entitled,do nothing females available to them, I can totally understand that they would rather knock the top off it looking at a decent looking female, the likes many other countries seem to have, who if you snagged one might even cook you dinner once in a while.
    Let’s face it, it’s a total mess.

    It’s all about the game being worth the candle – if I were a young bloke, I’d not set foot on the treadmill and I’d immediately get a vasectomy.
    The chances of being ripped off in the marital stakes is about 90%.
    No way, Jose.

  152. Geriatric Mayfly

    Simon’s memory failure has now reached the point where clinical intervention should be called upon.

  153. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    351 or 302?

    Small block will do fine, Arky.
    It would be for weekend country jaunts, not street racing.

    I reckon the early Bolwell’s were one of the most beautiful modern cars ever built.
    Much cleaner lines than the Italian offerings – less “fussy”.
    All Australian design.

  154. Zatara

    Dem pres candidate ‘Mayor Pete’ Buttigieg has made it to the big-time.

    Trump just nicknamed him Alfred E. Newman.

  155. struth

    They eat their own shit and think it makes them connoisseurs.

    well said.

  156. Bruce of Newcastle

    There are no reasons to be “against” electric vehicles.

    COM – I am against EVs because they are being pushed because of a gigantic lie.
    I’m not, for example, against diesel-electric trains. They were developed as a practical improvement.
    Hybrids do have an application where fuel is expensive and mileage is long, like taxis.
    The real answer though is cheaper fuel. Which would help everyone, not just taxi drivers.

  157. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    The real answer though is cheaper fuel.

    But Bruce, we need the tax revenue from fuel to pay for our magnificent roads.

  158. Geriatric Mayfly

    Thanks to the smart phone experts who have offered their two bob’s worth. Go hunting seems to be the recommendation regarding both hardware and software. Avoid glitzy shop fronts. If one is not an obsessive key-poker and screen addict, survival on an expenditure of c. $2.00 a month is possible.

  159. Porter

    You’re right about Robinson and Corbyn, Macbeth.
    I have someone in the family who wants to race you to 100. Every best wish to you for Christmas.

  160. Infidel Tiger

    Tulsi votes present. Conservative Thirst Queen.

  161. Infidel Tiger

    A drug resistant strain of a sexually transmitted bacterial infection which commonly causes gastro is circulating Victoria.

    Culture from a debased culture.

    Enjoy.

  162. Cardimona

    When my beautiful bride decided the chook food should be nearer the house and within sight of my office I started defending it from Indian mynas with a slingshot.
    The range was good but the rate of fire was slow and my accuracy was terrible.
    The mynas quickly worked that out.

    So I bought a gel blaster.
    It has full auto rate of fire and reasonable accuracy but it lacks range and the mynas quickly figured out how far away to stay when they saw me reach for it.
    So I upgraded the gel blaster and the mynas perched just outside the new range.

    Next step was the CO2-powered air rifle.
    It’s range and accuracy on a new CO2 cartridge are pretty good but they decrease as the gas pressure drops.
    The semi-auto action is fun; reminds me of the good old days.
    It keeps the mynas in the pines in the back paddock.

    One day I’ll surprise them by getting the 410 out.
    The trick will be not putting holes in my tanks and sheds…

    Cohenite, my beautiful bride shares your concerns about a swarm of greentards showing up, but I can’t see them getting organised sufficiently.
    I have several CCTV cameras so if it should happen we’ll know who the perps are.

  163. Porter

    A woman once told me that EVs are about as efficient and cost-effective as shampoo and conditioner in one.

  164. OldOzzie

    Arky
    #3266452, posted on December 19, 2019 at 11:59 am
    CVTs:

    Scotty a man of taste – the dual shift manual was a Toyota Series 80 Landcruiser and interesting that he said he had never had a problem with Toyota Corolla CVT Transmission as against Nissan

  165. johanna

    Agree that Corbyn was probably the reason Tony Robinson resigned from Labour. TR is a Joo, although not an observant one, AFAIK. Still, the stench of anti-you-know-what ism around Corbyn was so foul that some of his own MPs resigned in protest.

    He has been an absolute disaster as a leader, and how he could not resign the day after the election beggars belief. It is just that imperviousness to public sentiment that has ruined the Labour Party, quite possibly for a generation, if it survives at all.

  166. Bruce of Newcastle

    But Bruce, we need the tax revenue from fuel to pay for our magnificent roads.

    Peter – Hopefully that means Tesla owners will now be taxed at 30% on top of the electricity they buy. Plus GST.

    At 29ckWh which seems typical, plus 30%, at 20 kWh/100 km that equates to $7.54 per 100 km. By comparison my Mazda 3 has been getting 6.5 L/100 km. At $1.40 per litre that is $9.10 per 100 km. But I bought my Mazda 3 at age 8 years old for twelve grand, by which time a Tesla S would be worthless because of the old battery. And the list prices are vastly more for all EVs compared to petrol and diesel.

    No way, with road excise applied to EV electricity, could EVs compete with petrol or diesel vehicles.

  167. Tel

    Tulsi votes present. Conservative Thirst Queen.

    Voting present … she wants to be the next Obama. Look forward to her Hope and Change posters, if you get one in good condition will be a collector’s item on eBay.

  168. Infidel Tiger

    A guy I know received his Tesla S this week.

    He ordered it 3.5 years ago.

    Not many brands can attract that loyalty.

  169. feelthebern

    Tulsi votes present. Conservative Thirst Queen.

    God bless you Tulsi.
    God bless you.

  170. Porter

    Cardimona, I have always enjoyed your missives but a stalker is nothing to laugh about. While it is possible that they will never front up again I suggest that you at least report the trespass/stalking to the police for the record and just in case.

  171. Tel

    The real answer though is cheaper fuel. Which would help everyone, not just taxi drivers.

    Just ask for lower taxes, because the physical oil is not particularly expensive. The price at the pump is mostly tax at multiple levels, and profits to Singapore because somehow they can run an oil refinery which is something Australians have proven incapable of.

    Asking for lower taxes, is mathematically equivalent to asking for lower government spending (yet it really does operate like a household budget, don’t believe the hype all budgets are still budgets). You don’t hear many people pointing that out … it needs to be drummed home long and loud.

  172. Knuckle Dragger

    Mick GCQ, 11.27;

    Exactly. People, including ‘men’ routinely become horrified at the sight of blood during contact sport, particularly the sweet science and its variants. They fail to see the hours and days and week and months of physical training required to even get inside a boxing ring, or the diet they need to achieve optimum fitness, or the are they put into their bodies to get them through the journey.

    They also fail to realise that males are hard wired for combat. You can’t take this away, although recently it’s been proven you can bury it under milkweed and homo beards, man buns and trying to be effeminate.

    It is also, combined with the instinctive drive to protect females as the breeders of the species, why humans haven’t (yet) been subjugated and enslaved by koalas and wombats.

  173. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    In the last couple of days there have been three separate stories of companies going broke and laying off workers in the week before Christmas – 200 to 400 laid off in each case.

    Story just to hand on the ABC –
    Unemployment rate falls ahead of Christmas as 40,000 jobs added
    “The Treasurer and Reserve Bank will rest easier over the Christmas holidays, after the latest official data show a fall in both unemployment and underemployment”.

    What planet are these ABC reporters living on?

  174. feelthebern

    Emmitt Smith.
    Florida Gator.
    SEC Great.
    Dallas Cowboy.
    NFL Great.
    His son signs with Stanford in the PAC-12
    FME.

  175. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “A small rise in temperature can have a devastating effect. As a scientist explained to me, if your kid has a temperature of 37.5°C, the treatment is a nap and a couple of Panadols. If it gets to 39 degrees, you’re in the car speeding to emergency. “The reef has a fever and the thermometer is still heading in the wrong direction,” she says.
    The Great Barrier Reef is under constant attack from cyclones, predators such as crown-of-thorns starfish, agricultural runoff and mass bleaching caused by a spike in water temperatures. It can and does recover from these events. However, if cyclones become more severe and regular and the bleaching more frequent, the reef will have less time to rejuvenate between each assault.
    This combination of factors is already having a devastating effect on the overall health of the reef. In 2012, the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), which has been conducting extensive monitoring of the reef for decades, issued a press release headed The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral in the last 27 years. The news since has been grim. “From 2012 to 2016 there was a period of strong Great Barrier Reef-wide recovery, but then back-to-back bleaching in 2016 and 2017, numerous tropical cyclones and crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks have again reduced coral cover across the Great ­Barrier Reef,” Dr Mike Emslie, from AIMS, tells me in an email. Coral cover in 2019 is at the third lowest level recorded in 34 years of monitoring. “Great Barrier Reef-wide coral cover in 2019 is 56 per cent of what it was at the start of the Long Term Monitoring Program in 1986. In the ­northern region it is 59 per cent of initial ­levels; the central GBR is 54 per cent and southern GBR is 69 per cent.”
    Just recently, a report by the federal and Queensland governments to UNESCO admitted that the prospects for the Great Barrier Reef are gloomy. “Mass coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, six tropical cyclones, flooding, and a coral- eating crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak have impacted the Outstanding Universal Value of the (reef) since the last report in 2015,” it says. “The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park ­Authority found that the long-term outlook for the reef’s eco­system has deteriorated from poor to very poor… Concerted global action to limit global warming is needed to turn around the deteriorating outlook for the Great Barrier Reef – and all other coral reefs.” But what can be done?

    Coral spawning. Picture: Juergen Freund
    A couple of weeks ago, at the invitation of Tourism Queensland and the conservation group Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, The Weekend Australian Magazine and other journalists flew to Cairns to observe the annual mass coral spawning and to look at a number of coral restoration projects in which tourism operators have partnered with scientists. With 64,000 people directly employed in reef tourism and two million tourists contributing $6.4 billion each year, Queensland has a lot riding on its survival.
    One night, we chug out of Cairns on a dive boat to Moore Reef with 50-odd eager tourists in the hope of catching the great coral spawning. Along the way I chat with Wendy Morris, the chair of Tourism Tropical North Queensland. Her ­family were farmers who moved into tourism and rode the massive tourism wave brought about by cheap flights – at one stage they owned more than 1000 hotel rooms around Port Douglas. She’s also a qualified marine biologist and first started diving on the reef in 1974 – it is her great love. For her, this is a delicate dance, conveying the need for action without frightening off tourists.
    “I’ve seen multiple cyclones and storms and the crown-of-thorns starfish, but by far the most ­devastating thing was the bleachings of 2016 and 2017,” she says. But, Morris insists, the damage was isolated. “Most of the tourism sites were relatively unaffected. I liken the reef to Italy; it’s that diverse. So you have the equivalent of mountains, coastline and hundreds of villages and all of it is ­different.” There are “some incredible bright spots” that should give us hope, she adds. “I have certainly seen places that are as spectacular, or more spectacular than they’ve ever been.”
    The Great Barrier Reef is the best-managed reef system in the world, Morris says, and the best thing that can happen is for people to visit its still magnificent parts. “If you see it for yourself and you’re inspired, you take it home in your heart – it’s visceral. The most important thing people can do for the reef is to visit it. You can read every UNESCO report, every climate change report, but nothing is like seeing the reef in all its glory. It empowers everyone who sees it to do something about climate change.”
    The talk of reef death, however, has definitely had a negative impact. “We monitor how much interest there is in the Great Barrier Reef – looking at online conversations – and it’s been gradually falling since 2017,” Morris says. “To me, that’s the greatest tragedy, because the reef changed my life when I was nine years old and I was lucky enough to put my head underwater and it’s never been the same for me since.”
    After an hour or so, we reach Moore Reef – 50km off the coast of Cairns, it is to Queensland what the Mona Lisa is to Paris. A good percentage of people who visit the reef come to the various pontoons tethered to this 2600ha patch. It’s a microcosm of what’s happening all over the Great Barrier Reef and it alone is worth many hundreds of millions of dollars to the Queensland economy.

    Moore Reef. Picture: Juergen Freund
    We put on our diving gear and plunge into the darkened ocean with great expectations. We swim past a magnificent wall of coral that has recovered 70 per cent of its cover after being reduced to just five per cent by Cylone Yasi in 2011. It somehow recovered, too, from the bleaching events of 2016 and 2017. And then, just 10m away, up on a ­shallow reef shelf, we see devastation caused by the twin bleachings – it’s like a poisoned forest. It wiped out 95 per cent of the coral cover but you can see the baby corals regenerating among the carnage. Another hit would be catastrophic. We see a few sharks, some magnificent fish, and some evidence that the spawning is about to begin, but alas, no money shot. We miss the action, and in the morning are told that the spawning occurred a couple of hours after our dive. It was magnificent, apparently, but we missed the party.

    Moore Reef management vessel. Picture: Andrew Watson
    Over the following days we get to observe a number of restoration projects. At Saxon Reef, dive operators are working on a coral gardening project in which broken pieces of coral are collected and attached to aluminium frames suspended in the water. When the coral reaches a certain size they are transplanted to form new reefs.
    Back on Moore Reef, we meet scientists working on a reef stabilisation project using steel frames, like those of an umbrella. Placed across a damaged reef, these frames attract corals and allow the reef to reform after cyclones. The project has been ­trialled in Mexico and Indonesia, where 19,000 such frames were used to successfully rehabilitate four hectares of damaged reef.
    Scientists from AIMS are working on an early detection system for outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish using DNA monitoring. The ­problem with the traditional detection method – divers spotting them on the ocean floor – is that by the time they’ve reached that stage it’s often too late to halt an advancing plague. Jason Doyle, from AIMS, says they now have hundreds of test sites along the reef. Water samples are collected regularly (often by tourism operators) and analysed for any increase in larval levels of starfish. “We call it the dipstick test,” says Doyle. “It’s a bit like pregnancy testing.” If elevated levels of ­starfish DNA are detected, eradication can take place before they take hold.
    “Never before have we seen all the players working together in such a concerted manner,” says Morris. “The tourism operators, the dive ­masters, the scientists, everyone is trying to do their best for the reef.” This co-operation is evident in the most ambitious project of all: Professor ­Harrison’s plan to use robots to plant coral.

    Prof Peter Harrison and researcher Katie Chartrand on Moore Reef. Picture: Andrew Watson
    It is on a platform above Moore Reef that I catch up with Harrison. He’s wearing a wetsuit and water drips from his hair and scruffy beard. He has the craggy features of a man who’s spent ­decades in the tropical sun. “This is an enormous challenge,” he says of his restoration project. “But we’ve got to give it a try, we’ve got to do something.” He likens his project to buying up tracts of land and fencing it off from feral animals to save native marsupials, reptiles and birds while we ­figure out how to deal more broadly with the scourge. “I’m trying to buy time,” he says.
    Harrison’s idea was born back in 1981, when he first witnessed mass coral spawning off ­Magnetic Island. What if you could capture some of those billions of coral larvae that would otherwise float away and die, and plant them on the reef? Then came advances in technology. What if those ­billions of captured coral larvae could be put into robots that could glide across the ocean floor, like a tractor towing a seeder across a wheat field, planting new and vibrant reefs? He’s had great success in the Philippines with this method, restoring hectares of coral reefs degraded by environment changes and decimated by dynamite fishing – explosives thrown into the water to stun fish, smashing the delicate reefs in the process. He’s been ­working there since 2012 and corals he seeded “are now the size of dinner plates”.
    Now he’s come to Moore Reef because of its incredible resilience. “It somehow survived the mass coral bleachings of 2016 and 2017 – it is likely that those corals that survived have a higher ­tolerance to high temperatures and that is why we are using them as the brood stock.” He’s partnered with scientists from James Cook University, the University of Technology Sydney, robotics expert Professor Matt Dunbabin from Queensland ­University of Technology, and tourism operators Reef Magic and Aroona Boat Charters.
    In a nutshell, the project works like this: when the coral spawns, divers swim out with spawn catchers – fine mesh nets. “All these millions of ­polyps float to the surface and we capture a very small percentage of them, less than 0.01 per cent, and we contain it in floating pools so that it doesn’t drift away,” Harrison says. And then they supercharge them. ­Corals have a symbiotic relationship with algae – which provide food and the vivid colouring – and the scientists add this algae to their captured ­larvae “so that when they settle on the reef they are more likely to have a chance of acquiring energy quickly to survive”. It’s been likened to giving the baby coral a battery pack for their early survival.

    Peter Harrison’s larval nursery. Picture: Juergen Freund
    He points to the six larval pools floating above reefs around us where his baby corals are growing. “My guess is that we probably have somewhere near 100 million coral larvae there right now, which is way beyond what anyone has done so far.” After a week, these coral larvae will be settled on a section of damaged reef. It can be done ­manually, using a fine mesh that sits across the top of the reef, allowing the larvae to settle and take hold. Or it can be done using robots known as a ­LarvalBots, which are loaded with coral larvae and cruise just above the reef, spitting out the baby coral onto the targeted and damaged areas.
    Dunbabin, the robot’s inventor, says that in a trial conducted in the Philippines this year a ­LarvalBot was able to seed an area of three ­hectares in just six hours. Wherever it’s been ­trialled it’s been phenomenally successful and it has created immense interest around the world. Harrison says: “Based on the results we got on the reef this year I am confident that if we had the resources and the engineering collaboration we could increase this from hectares to thousands of hectares within next three to five years.”
    When he first proposed his idea of coral ­restoration, it was met with a large dollop of scepticism from his colleagues. “But many people now realise that we need to take action now,” Harrison says. “We don’t believe there will be sufficiently fast action on climate change to reverse the trends we are seeing, so we need to start rescuing these coral communities that we have left.
    “We’ve got to live in hope,” he adds. “We’ve got to be passionate and we’ve got to get out of bed each morning and fight harder… we can’t just let the reef wither and die under our watch.”
    Greg Bearup

    Feature writer, The Weekend Australian Magazine
    Greg Bearup is a feature writer at The Weekend Australian Magazine and was previously The Australian’s South Asia Correspondent. He has been a journalist for thirty years having worked at The Armidale Express, … Read more ”

    Hope you can read this, Cardimonia. Oz Magazine under title of ‘Is the Reef Really Dying’.

  176. Tel

    There are many reasons for those of us who cannot afford to buy an EV to be against, regardless of the deals, cash back, or whatever, having to subsidize, via our taxes those who can afford the up front costs.

    Yes I quite agree. Subsidies to inefficient industry are the worst kind of government spending.

    I’m not against tariffs as a protection when the rates are not too high. In effect all of Australia operates under a blanket 10% GST tariff but they are sneaky and don’t call it that, in order to dodge the ire of dopey economists. If government was working properly that 10% GST would be the only tax they need, the rest could be thrown out.

  177. Knuckle Dragger

    *care they put*

    Stupid iPad.

  178. feelthebern

    Trump into $1.80 on Ladbrokes.
    This is the shortest he’s been since Nov 2016.
    My stakes are at:
    $2.38;
    $2.25;
    $1.95.

  179. Porter

    Pensioners refused Uber ride over Christmas ham

    FESTIVE FAIL A retired couple was thrilled to have won a Christmas ham in a Seaford RSL raffle. But getting their festive bounty home proved to be an enraging experience after a Muslim Uber driver refused to let them into the car — then charged them $10.

  180. feelthebern

    Is it hot in town? Yes.
    But is it the 37 degrees they are saying?
    No.
    Fucking.
    Way.

  181. Geriatric Mayfly

    New black hole discovered which is devouring Simon’s memory at the speed of light.

  182. feelthebern

    You passed, KD.
    You’ve won a trip to Bora Bora with numbers.

  183. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Published Saturday 14th December in Weekend Magazine, The Australian

    As you can see, they bring together no real data on climate change. It’s all panic, and yet let’s not panic because tourism, and we will save the reef (because unspoken but which needs to be said, it’s doing as well as it has ever done, even though it may have been doing better before the arrival of meddling ‘scientists’ clutching $500 million of taxpayers hard earned, let alone any previous ecological interference).

  184. mh

    Trump just nicknamed him Alfred E. Newman.

    Trump used that a while back.

    Good though.

  185. Infidel Tiger

    Emmitt Smith.
    Florida Gator.
    SEC Great.
    Dallas Cowboy.
    NFL Great.
    His son signs with Stanford in the PAC-12
    FME

    Maybe his son is smart and not a very good footballer?

  186. Infidel Tiger

    That silly Jehovah’s Witness Alex Rance just gave me the worst possible Christmas present. Early retirement.

    Don’t knock on my door buddy.

  187. Zatara

    Trump’s right. No hints which is which.

    Exhibit A

    Exhibit B

  188. 1735099

    Coin flip whether it is the additional hybrid systems or the CVT tranny that will kill it first.
    OK if only intend to keep it for 140 000 Km.

    Check the kilos next time you get into a Toyota Hybrid taxi (Camry or Prius).
    300000+ on original battery and transmission is not uncommon.

  189. The Sydney Light Rail Debacle:
    The only way for the large cities of the future to grow is via the arkology route. Not because I like them – I’d rather live in a lighthouse – but if we are going to continue cramming people into our cities, we need to do stuff like making functional tiering to separate shopping malls, pedestrian areas, and light industry.
    There is no way at present we could economically raise pedestrian/commercial to the first floor level, it would need a blank slate of at least four city blocks to build the structure.
    Perhaps the Mt Gravatt reserve area, or Toohey Forest Park would be a good place for Brisbane.

  190. OldOzzie

    Getting Closer

    “Very Serious” – 30,000 Pigs Dead As Pig Ebola Spreads In Indonesia’s North Sumatra

    Last month more than 4,000 pigs died from African swine fever (ASF) in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province. The outbreak appears to be worsening in December with as many as 30,000 pigs dead, according to the province’s food security and livestock agency, reported Reuters.

  191. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oz Magazine under title of ‘Is the Reef Really Dying’.

    We must panic!

    Another New Study Finds The Canadian Arctic Was About 1-2°C Warmer During Medieval Times (16 Dec)

    So if temperatures during the Mediaeval Warm Period were 1-2 C warmer than today the Reef must have been a blasted wasteland of dead coral and fish skeletons. I suppose you could blame the Aboriginals, seeing that, according to Dark Emu, they had such a sophisticated civilization back then.

  192. Mother Lode

    Weatherzone is indicating today going to 41C. Its sliding graph indicates 2:00 as going to be 40C and going down after that. It is currently reporting (at 1:20) 35.5C.

    Unless all sorts of amazing stuff happens in the next 40 minutes I think I can safely call it bulltish.

  193. Juan

    Emmitt Smith.
    Florida Gator.
    SEC Great.
    Dallas Cowboy.
    NFL Great.
    His son signs with Stanford in the PAC-12
    FME

    Maybe his son is smart and not a very good footballer?

    And maybe he wants an education which will help him long after he hangs up his cleats.

    Not sure what Smith, Jr. will be studying but if it’s finance related, in a business world dominated at the top end by Harvard and Wharton types, Stanford and Michigan are about the only two which come close, and also have decent football programs.

  194. Knuckle Dragger

    Again with the frigging traffic cops.

    Being the festive season, it is once again time for the wooden tops to hide behind bushes and at the bottom of hills looking for ordinary punters going 10kph over the limit. This is, as per usual buttressed by some punter on the teev telling everyone it’s for their own good.

    They will also say no quotas exist, which is unadulterated bullshit. More people are on the roads coming and going from Grands Prix, Phillip Island, the Grand Final or at Easter than Christmas. In this day and age you’re more likely to stack from fatigue rather than being full of brandy, but I suppose all that revenue goes to the brilliant fiscal managers that are State Governments, so there’s that.

  195. Porter

    It is also, combined with the instinctive drive to protect females as the breeders of the species, why humans haven’t (yet) been subjugated and enslaved by koalas and wombats.

    Haha this is quite funny Knuckle Dragger. From what I have learnt from your posts here this past year or so, you didn’t fight very hard for the mother of your son nor would you dare fight any male for a woman.

    Ease up on the dick-swinging, lad. We can only tolerate so much talk about erectile dysfunction on an economics blog.

  196. Bruce of Newcastle

    Check the kilos next time you get into a Toyota Hybrid taxi (Camry or Prius).
    300000+ on original battery and transmission is not uncommon.

    Numbers – I said hybrids make sense as taxis. They do lots of km in a short lifetime, so that they can effectively use up their useful life before the battery is cactus. Simple economics. Which work for taxis but not for ordinary people who do maybe 20k a year. (I do a fifth of that, many weeks I do more on my bicycle than in my car, although my car doesn’t get fat the way I would otherwise do.)

    Do a NPV on various uses of cars. It’s a good habit to get into whenever you are considering a major purchase.

  197. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    5’11”, 250lbs, long flowing beard,

    Sounds like my dad in his older years. Long flowing hair too?

    He looked rather like my St. Nicholas figurine.
    Lived like a hermit in a caravan by a creek with his dog.
    He’d totally given up on people.
    Big Sis finally got the aged-care people to take him away.
    He then found himself a girlfriend in the Autumn Leaves Home.
    I think she replaced the dog he missed so much.

  198. according to Dark Emu

    Ignore that. They launched satellites that controlled the weather.

  199. Porter

    Pensioners refused Uber ride over Christmas ham

    FESTIVE FAIL A retired couple was thrilled to have won a Christmas ham in a Seaford RSL raffle. But getting their festive bounty home proved to be an enraging experience after a M—– Uber driver refused to let them into the car — then charged them $10.

  200. Leigh Lowe

    Geriatric Mayfly
    #3266505, posted on December 19, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    Simon’s memory failure has now reached the point where clinical intervention should be called upon.

    S.S. Simon is still obviously steaming on at 3 knots through the fog, despite taking water through a yuuge hole on the starboard side.
    He has jettisoned large crates of credibility and memory to remain afloat and is fearful that Harbourmaster Winneke might order him to heave to and discover the hold is full of loads of criminal culpability.

  201. Leigh Lowe

    obliviously not obviously

  202. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Ease up on the dick-swinging, lad. We can only tolerate so much talk about erectile dysfunction on an economics blog.

    I know I shouldn’t, but lol.

    Good to see LDS bandwagoners get some comeuppance.
    Hop off it lads and I’ll still love you. 🙂

  203. Juan

    FESTIVE FAIL A retired couple was thrilled to have won a Christmas ham in a Seaford RSL raffle. But getting their festive bounty home proved to be an enraging experience after a M—– Uber driver refused to let them into the car — then charged them $10.

    The Christian baker is now joined by the Musl1m Uber driver.

    Where will it end?

  204. Juan

    FESTIVE FAIL A retired couple was thrilled to have won a Christmas ham in a Seaford RSL raffle. But getting their festive bounty home proved to be an enraging experience after a M—– Uber driver refused to let them into the car — then charged them $10.

    The Christian baker is now joined by the RoP Uber driver.

    Where will it end?

  205. Geriatric Mayfly

    Violence rocks Melbourne’s south: Dozens of teenage thugs are pepper-sprayed by cops after brawling on a BUS following a rampage that turned beachside Chelsea into a war zone

    False sense of security. I thought THEY had been remarkably quiet and civilised of late, but it seems the sun’s heat is stirring tendencies long ingrained.

  206. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger
    #3266556, posted on December 19, 2019 at 1:21 pm
    That silly Jehovah’s Witness Alex Rance just gave me the worst possible Christmas present. Early retirement.
    Don’t knock on my door buddy.

    Tigers to recruit Buddy with the spare cash.

  207. Caveman

    Must be a weather malfunction here in Sydney all this talk of pending doom , 35 Celsius feels like 25 Celsius and my house isn’t even hot??

  208. Knuckle Dragger

    What?

    Bora Bora? OK, but with Liability Bob I’ll only have three days’ worth of crayfish bait.

    Passed what? Oh God.

    Let me resit! I can fail, I know it!

  209. steaming on at 3 knots through the fog

    The Harbourmaster should also inquire about SS Simon’s relationships with other members of legal fraternity*.
    Is the Harbourmaster restricted to inquiring about one and only one lawyer?

    * who now may or may not be members of the judiciary.

  210. Cardimona

    Porter at 1.09 pm

    I hear you, Porter; I mentioned it informally to a local cop I know but I haven’t done so officially.
    But you’re right, if it he comes back I’ll harvest some CCTV footage and take it in.

  211. Cardimona

    Lizzie at 1.12 pm

    Thank you; challenge accepted.

  212. Cardimona

    5’11”, 250lbs, long flowing beard,

    Lizzie, I stopped shaving when I retired from the full-time fire brigade, where a girlie-smooth face is required for a good seal with a breathing apparatus face-mask.

    A long flowing beard is the volunteer fireman’s breathing apparatus.
    You dip it in the water tank then hold it in your teeth and breathe through that.

  213. Porter

    You’re not very good at this are you, Juan? There is no prohibition in Sharia law for being near a ham. Clearly the Uber driver worked that out pretty quick for a tenner. There are plenty of M—– truck drivers who cart all sorts of goods including hams and alcohol. I’m looking forward to your gnarling and gnashing of teeth when Pell wins his High Court appeal.

  214. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    in Sydney all this talk of pending doom , 35 Celsius feels like 25 Celsius and my house isn’t even hot??

    It’s a different kind of heat*, Cavo.

    *Reference to an imbecile that thankfully no longer blights this site.

  215. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    My iPhone continues its valiant struggle against reality. Weather app informing me it’s currently 37 degrees here in Sydneystan.

    Yeah, no.

  216. Infidel Tiger

    My iPhone continues its valiant struggle against reality. Weather app informing me it’s currently 37 degrees here in Sydneystan.

    The iphone weather app, is the maiden aunt’s aching left knee of weather apps.

  217. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘you didn’t fight very hard for the mother of your son, nor would you dare fight any male for a woman.’

    Quite right Porter. I didn’t fight very hard for The Skank, as she’d gone from the beautiful creature I married once to the sort of beast described so beautifully by Mr Rusty and Struth earlier today. Frankly, it was a relief. Her stated goals in,life were a) to be rich, and b) live in Queensland. It was never c) to be part of a loving family.

    And just why would I would I fight a male for a woman? Under what circumstances would I possibly do that? We’re not in caves. For the moment, we’re not clinging to survival as a species. My golden rule is no married or taken chicks, with good reason – despite the considerable number of them looking for strays.

    There’s plenty of it about, Porter. Thanks for asking. You wouldn’t be Mr None by the way, would you?

    Hi Liz. I see Lizzie Attention Deprivement Syndrome (LADS) is still an issue. Cheer up, old duck.

  218. cohenite

    I just love all the alarmist shit about the GBR. The bloody great thing wasn’t there 20000 years ago. FFS.

  219. 35 Celsius feels like 25 Celsius and my house isn’t even hot

    Have you adjusted and homogenized your house temperature?

  220. Leigh Lowe

    The iphone weather app, is the maiden aunt’s aching left knee of weather apps.

    The Weather Channel is on my phone.
    I find it fairly accurate as to temperature levels and it seems to be more accurate predicting timing and extent of rain the BoM.
    It is saying 43 for Melbourne tomorrow.

  221. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    the BoM

    AKA the Bureau of Mediocrity.

  222. Leigh Lowe

    the BoM
    AKA the Bureau of Mediocrity.

    Bureau of Mythology.

  223. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Bureau of Mendacity.

  224. Leigh Lowe

    On upside to the media frenzy about Trump’s impeachment.
    I have only heard one media outlet refer to the subsequent Senate trial and the requirement for a 67 / 100 majority to remove him.
    I am sure a whole swathe of low info millennial SJWs are expecting him to be dragged out of the White House in an orange jumpsuit after lunch today.

  225. Infidel Tiger

    There’s plenty of it about, Porter. Thanks for asking. You wouldn’t be Mr None by the way, would you?

    Correct weight.

  226. Infidel Tiger

    On upside to the media frenzy about Trump’s impeachment.
    I have only heard one media outlet refer to the subsequent Senate trial and the requirement for a 67 / 100 majority to remove him.
    I am sure a whole swathe of low info millennial SJWs are expecting him to be dragged out of the White House in an orange jumpsuit after lunch today.

    Sheilas on Facebook already confused as to why he is still Prez.

  227. Porter

    I admit that I don’t understand impeachment, I have no idea why Trump is being impeached and I don’t know what impeachment is for. Thank you OldOzzie for clearing that up.

  228. Infidel Tiger

    Augustus Caesar

    @Caesar63BC

    The biggest takeaway from all this is you’ll be impeached if you fuck Hillary Clinton.

  229. Infidel Tiger

    Impeachment is the process of inserting an unripe peach in the voter’s arsehole.

    The voter then returns the peach at the ballot box.

  230. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    $1.3bn land rights deal with Noongar people to proceed

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    The biggest land rights deal in Australian history will proceed after the Federal Court of Australia on Thursday knocked out a last-minute appeal from a dissident group of Noongar people from the southwest of Western Australia.

    It has been four years since the Noongar people voted for the $1.3 billion land-and-cash package to benefit 30,000 Aboriginal people.

    The deal, struck by former Liberal premier Colin Barnett, had bipartisan support but was stalled in court by some of the minority who voted “no” to the South West Native Title Settlement in 2015.

    Described by Western Australia’s indigenous affairs minister Ben Wyatt as akin to a treaty, the deal was put to the Noongar people at six regional meetings.

    It was considered a fait accompli until a Federal Court decision about a separate and smaller land deal in the Northern Territory in May, which handed opponents of the Noongar settlement a fresh argument that reopened their case. The Cox Peninsula deal outside Darwin was thrown out by the court on May 20 because it was certified in 2017 by the Northern Land Council’s then chief executive, Joe Morrison, rather than by a full board. The Noongar deal was also signed by an employee of a land council, the South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council’s then chief executive Glenn Kelly, so opponents of the $1.3bn deal rushed back to court.

    The South West Land Deal was welcomed by business and government because it settled Native Title over the most populated third of the state where mining, farming and developers had been negotiating with traditional owners deal by deal.

    In 2006, the Federal Court found the Noongar people held native title rights to occupy, use and enjoy lands and waters; it was hailed as the first decision recognising native title over a capital city, but it was overturned by the Full Federal Court two years later.

    That is when the Barnett government and South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council agreed to negotiate. In July 2013, the government released the terms of its settlement offer and these were approved by the Noongar people at a series of authorisation meetings between January and March 2015.

    Up to 320,000ha of southwest land will be transferred to the Noongar Boodja Trust for development and cultural purposes. The WA government will also contribute $50 million annually for 12 years to the Noongar Boodja Trust, and $10m annually for 12 years to the Noongar Regional Corporations.

    Noongar people will jointly run the state’s national parks.

    Breaking, from the Oz.

  231. Infidel Tiger

    Play With Fire by The Stones belting out at Trump rally.

    Very appropriate.

  232. Infidel Tiger

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    Incredible Rally tonight in Battle Creek Michigan!

    ✅ 20,202 voters identified (92.2% from MI)

    ✅ 15% haven’t voted in last four elections, WOW!

    ✅ 15% have voted in only one of the last four elections

    ✅ 17% Democrats

    Dems play theater while @realDonaldTrump is winning!

    If you are a Democrat, start worrying.

  233. johanna

    The iphone weather app, is the maiden aunt’s aching left knee of weather apps

    Them’s fightin’ words, IT.

    My joints are an infallible guide to an imminent change in the weather. When I wake up with every joint feeling like someone inserted sandpaper in there during the night, no need to look at the weather map – a blast of colder air is on the way, within 12 hours.

    People have sometimes more, sometimes less accurate reactions, but the phenomenon has been noted for hundreds of years. AFAIK, medical researchers are not interested in this, probably because there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, unless it can be linked to climate change.

    Hey! I just figured out how to get funding!

  234. Juan

    You’re not very good at this are you, Juan? There is no prohibition in Sharia law for being near a ham. Clearly the Uber driver worked that out pretty quick for a tenner. There are plenty of M—– truck drivers who cart all sorts of goods including hams and alcohol.

    The essential element of religious freedom in an individually autonomous society such as ours is Person A does not get to decide the religious rules which Person B must adhere to. (In other societies, ‘religious freedom’ can take the form of the state empowering certain religious leaders to determine doctrine and then supporting its imposition on the religion’s adherants.)

    Now, of course, there is a move to unwind this dispensation. If you look at the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill 2019, one aspect which troubles many believers is, as currently drafted, it requires judges to determine questions of religious doctrine.

    I would be highly surprised it this was not removed before it becomes law, especially considering the near universal religious opposition to it. But until something like this passes parliament, the status quo is this driver can profess his belief forbids him from being near pork; you can say according to your knowledge of his religion you think he errs and having expressed your opinion you are free to go about your business and must let him go about his business without let or hindrance; because no court or tribunal will enforce your view of his religion over his.

    I’m looking forward to your gnarling and gnashing of teeth when Pell wins his High Court appeal.

    On the contrary, I have faith in our legal process and I will accept the High Court’s decision, whatever it is. I hope everyone does.

    Can you say the same?

    I mean, seriously, not even the most conspiratorially-driven could sustain an argument the High Court has been politically stacked.

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