Open Forum: December 14, 2019

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  1. Top Ender

    Public show trials….Trebuchets

    Speaking – ahem – as someone who has actually built a trebuchet, you’d need a really big one to launch people…

    Like this:

  2. Boambee John

    If they were paid according to their contribution to the National good (which would bring their income somewhere comparable with the medical profession)

    Two kther things would follow.

    They would need high cost professional indemnity insurance to cover the settlements of actions against them for professional incompetence; and

    Many current teachers would lose their jobs for professional inadequacy. How many of them would meet the same university entrance standard as aspiring medicos?

    But whatever seems a fair thing!

  3. If you merely have a minimum IQ score for teachers and a rule that the mentally ill cannot vote, we’d be much better off.

  4. egg_

    we are suspending the broadcast of our webcams on the volcano and removing the images of the moments before the eruption.

    Where’s Grig’s outrage at his stolen hotpot footage?

  5. Geriatric Mayfly

    Adolph will be turning in his grave now that his man Jeremy has copped a whacking.

    Here comes Hitler, subsequent to my conjecture this morning. However, I expected the soubriquet to apply to Bozza, rather than Jezza.

  6. Fred

    When did leggings become office attire?

  7. Bruce of Newcastle

    Speaking – ahem – as someone who has actually built a trebuchet, you’d need a really big one to launch people.

    I’d prefer a catapult.
    You shave the heads of the Scots then twist the hair into torsion springs.
    Then you launch them across the Channel powered by their own hair.

  8. jo

    zyconoclast
    #3261518, posted on December 14, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    The Poms should ditch Scotland. The most valuable thing about it is the deepwater harbour at Scapa Flow.

    Rebuild Hadrian’s wall x 10

    Faslane submarine base is more important.

  9. Infidel Tiger

    Speaking – ahem – as someone who has actually built a trebuchet, you’d need a really big one to launch people.

    We don’t need to fire them too far. Only into brick wall.

  10. egg_

    we are suspending the broadcast of our webcams on the volcano and removing the images of the moments before the eruption.

    Where’s Grig’s outrage at his stolen hotpot footage?

    He’s probably furiously Googling ancient Mayan volcano-bone recipes.

  11. Eject Wales, Ulster and Scotland from England. Move the capital to Winchester, Tamworth and Canterbury (legislative, executive and judicial). Let Britain (and Ireland) form a military alliance if need be.

  12. zyconoclast

    Faslane submarine base is more important.

    They can annex the bits they need.

  13. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    good thing they recorded this for prosperity, otherwise this treasure trove of hand me down knowledge good have been lost for good.

    Indigenous Weather Knowledge

  14. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    He’s probably furiously Googling ancient Mayan volcano-bone recipes.

    he’s been furiously hiding his skinsuits as we speak

  15. Hazmatic:
    Thanks for all the work you’ve put into exposing this poseur.
    When we meet, I’ll buy you several schooners.

  16. Today Harvey Weinstein and his former studio made a $25 million deal with his victims,’ Ratajkowski wrote on Instagram. ‘Weinstein, accused of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to ripening, won’t have to admit wrongdoing or pay his own money. #nojusticenopeace’

    Well, isn’t this “victim” shaming?

    Hey, what about the nycpd telling accusers to remove exculpatory evidence of their cell phones?

    Anyway, she’s married to a muppet called “Bear” and the black chick is much fitter.

  17. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Eject Wales, Ulster and Scotland from England. Move the capital to Winchester, Tamworth and Canterbury (legislative, executive and judicial). Let Britain (and Ireland) form a military alliance if need be.’

    I like this. Plus, fence off London and give them the chance to become their own miniscule country, like the Vatican. Se how they go then.

    But keep the Welsh. Not because I like the leek-eating bag snatchers, but because everyone needs a nuffy ally to blame when things go tits up. Like Chermany had with Mussolini’s rabble in the last decent war.

  18. Knuckle Dragger

    *See*

    Fucking teachers.

  19. Davey Boy

    Implications: Restrictions of the use of Cash Bill
    A precis of this video which is as good as any a summary of the implications

    1. Civil Liberties are being eroded – the law will remove the freedom to hold and use cash
    2. Neither the legislation itself, nor The Black Economy Taskforce, have identified any cost benefits
    3. Increased surveillance of transactions will be required – there is no explanation of how/what/why
    4. Existing Laws are not enforced – e.g. requirement to report transactions over $10k
    5. OECD Working Group on Bribery identifies real estate as the significant risk of money laundering
    6. Cash Ban will have little impact on hard core tax leakage – there’s no evidence a cash ban would work
    7. Real agenda – implementation of negative interest rates as part of ‘unconventional policy’
    8. IMF working paper – April 2019
    “In summary, ten years after the crisis, it is clear that zero-lower bound on interest rates has proved to be a serious obstacle for monetary policy. However, the zero lower bound is not a law of nature; it is a policy choice. We show that with readily available tools a central bank can enable deep negative interest rates whenever needed – thus maintaining the power of monetary policy in future … Our view is that, when needed, deep negative interest rates are likely to be worth the political cost. While the complete abolition of paper currency would indeed clear the way for negative interest rates whenever deep negative rates were called for, such proposals remain difficult to implement since they involve a drastic change in the way people transact”.

    9. Although it doesn’t mention it, the Bill is really connected to Negative Interest Rates (which are ineffective if enough cash is still in use)
    10. Under a cash ban businesses and households will be forced to use the banking system – fees! monitoring and control! What about system outages or crises? No longer will businesses be able to offer a discount for cash.
    11. The Bill allows changes by regulation – so no recourse to parliament – the bill is open-ended on subjects like crypto and precious metals
    12. A reduced cash limit is relatively easy to wave through – just hide it in some omnibus package

    real examples are legally prohibited cash transactions are
    – France has legally prohibited cash transactions above 1,000 Euro
    – Spain has legally prohibited cash transactions above 2,500 Euro
    – Italy has legally prohibited cash transactions above 3,000 Euro
    – the European Central Bank no longer produces or issues 500 Euro note

    The Bill is framed only in the context of reducing tax evasion – but it clearly has been created for other purposes.

    If you are happy with the Bill and its consequences, do nothing. Alternatively, last chance saloon is the Senate Public Hearing in Sydney on Jan 29 2020.

  20. Snoopy

    Let Britain (and Ireland) form a military alliance

    Vicky is the only German the Irish haven’t had the hots for.

  21. Bruce of Newcastle

    Plus, fence off London and give them the chance to become their own miniscule country.

    More like a maximum security prison, along the lines of Escape From New York.

  22. thefrollickingmole

    Plus, fence off London and give them the chance to become their own miniscule country.

    Londonistan?

  23. zyconoclast

    Tragic.

    ‘He saw feathers come out of her jacket’: Detective recounts ‘confession’ of 13-year-old suspect in knifing death of Barnard College student Tessa Majors, 2nd suspect in custody, 3rd still sought

    Slain student Tessa Majors was stabbed so hard that the feathers flew from her jacket, a detective said Friday about the Morningside Park murder that put a college campus on edge.

    Majors, a Barnard College freshman who was killed Wednesday evening while jogging through the park, bravely tried to fight off her attackers and even bit one of them on the finger, the detective said in Manhattan Family Court at a hearing for one of the young suspects.

    A 13-year-old boy, just five years younger than the 18-year-old victim, appeared in court on felony murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon charges.

    Authorities said the 5-foot-5, baby-faced suspect confessed to his role in the killing. But during a day of questioning at Manhattan’s 26th Precinct, he pinned the actual stabbing on one of his middle school buddies.

    “He stated that he entered the park with two of his friends,” Det. Vincent Signoretti said at the court hearing. “The purpose of going into the park that day was to commit a robbery. They followed a man with the intention of robbing him. They decided not to.”

    At one point Signoretti was asked to identify the suspect. Signoretti stood and pointed.

    “The young man wearing a sweatshirt with blue lettering on it,” the detective said.

    The blue lettering said “Old Navy,” and it covered a hooded sweatshirt that draped over the suspect’s narrow frame.

    He wore black pants, white-and-black Air Jordan sneakers and an uneasy expression. He held his elbows with opposite hands, nervously licking his lips and stroking his face.

    He spoke softly when Judge Karen Lupuloff asked his name for the record.

    “I didn’t hear you young man,” Lupuloff said.

    The suspect said his name again. He also said he was 13 years old.

    Signoretti recounted his conversation with the suspect after the boy was arrested on criminal trespassing charges when cops found him Thursday in a nearby apartment building wearing clothes that matched the description of one of the killers.

    Cops said he had a knife on him, although it was not clear if it was the murder weapon.

    Signoretti said the suspect told him that Majors was jogging down a set of steps in the park on W. 116th St. near Morningside Drive shortly before 7 p.m. when she was attacked.

    The boy told the detective that his friend dropped a knife, and that the boy picked it up and handed it back to him.

    “He watched his friend grab the victim, put her in a chokehold and remove items from her pocket,” Signoretti said. “He made a slashing, stabbing motion toward the victim. He saw feathers come out of her jacket and then all three of them fled the park together.”

    Signoretti said the teen watched his friend removed a bag from the victim and place it in his own pocket.

    He said one of the 13-year-old’s friends told him that Majors bit him on the finger.

    Lupuloff remanded the suspect, and set a date for a future hearing on Tuesday.

    The city Law Department said the boy was put in secure detention with the Administration for Children’s Services.

    The eighth grader was joined in court by an aunt an uncle who were described as his legal guardians. He was represented by a Legal Aid attorney.

    The aunt of a 13-year-old charged with the murder of a Barnard College freshman said the boy didn’t do it.

    The woman, who did not want to be identified, insisted that cops have the wrong suspect in custody.

    “He didn’t do this,” she said Friday through sobs. “My nephew did not do that.”

  24. egg_

    Grigs is a Mayan God?

    During the pre-Columbian era, human sacrifice in Maya culture was the ritual offering of nourishment to the gods. Blood was viewed as a potent source of nourishment for the Maya deities, and the sacrifice of a living creature was a powerful blood offering.
    /wiki

  25. Bruce O’Newk:

    Boris Johnson’ s election victory has seemingly enraged Brits in central London tonight. Protestors have decided to march on Downing Street chanting “not my Prime Minister”. The 2019 election results showed that the Conservatives would stay in power and hold a majority of 80 seats.

    Take a close look at the mob. (A bit difficult, the quality is shite.)
    These protesters are self identifying as enemies of Democracy.

  26. Farmer Gez

    #3261532, posted on December 14, 2019 at 1:00 pm
    Adolph will be turning in his grave now that his man Jeremy has copped a whacking.

    Here comes Hitler, subsequent to my conjecture this morning. However, I expected the soubriquet to apply to Bozza, rather than Jezza.

    Could we refrain from using the nickname Jezza for Jeremy Vladimir Corbyn.
    There’s only one Jezza, the VFL champion Alex Jesaulenko.

  27. OldOzzie

    Comment from

    Judiciary Panel Advances Articles of Impeachment Against Trump to Full House

    Bannaghar • 11 hours ago • edited

    🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄🎄

    ‘Twas the night before Impeachment,
    When all through the House
    Not a creature was stirring, not even a Louse.

    The articles were hung, by the gavel with care
    In hopes that some votes would be cast there.

    The Democrats were nestled all snug in their heads;
    While visions of victory danced in their heads;

    And Nanzi with her dentures, and Nadler in his drool,
    Had just settled their brains for a long winter’s rule,

    When out of the polls there arose such a clatter,
    They sprang from their hubris to see what was the matter.

    Away to Windows they flew like a flash,
    Tore open the screen and booted up the stash.

    The full weight on the breast of the new-fallen news,
    Gave a lustre of midday to subjects who knew,

    When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
    But the IG Report and 17 little fears,

    With a terse answer here so lively and quick,
    They knew in a moment he must be a prick.

    More rapid than eagles the defectors they came,
    And they whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

    “Now, Schiff! now, Nadler! now Nanzi, you Vixen!
    On, Comey! on, Stelter! on, Cooper and Blitzer!

    To the top of the capitol! to the dungeon of the hall!
    Now hide away Ciaramella! Hide away all!”

    As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
    When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;

    So up to the House floor the Liars they flew
    With articles full of ploys, and their reputations too—

    And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the news
    The panic and polling of each little stooge.

    As I scratched my head, and was turning around,
    Down came the drool from Nadler with a bound.

    He was dressed in those pants, buckled under armpits,
    And his clothes were all rumpled from dribble and spit;

    A bundle of papers he had flung in his sack,
    And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

    His eyes—were so hollow! his jowels, how dour!
    His cheeks were so ashen, his pout so sour!

    His droll little mouth was drawn up like a sow,
    And the spittle on his chin made him resemble a cow;

    The stump of a tooth he held tight in his teeth,
    And the stench, it encircled his head like a wreath;

    He had a broad face and a huge round belly
    That shook when he mumbled, like a bowl full of jelly.

    He was chubby and plump, a right ugly old troll,
    And I laughed when I saw him, get up and then roll;

    A blink of his eye and a twist of his head
    Soon gave me to know he was very near dead;

    He spoke no sense, but went straight to his work,
    And filled all the articles; then turned with a jerk,

    And sticking his finger inside of his nose,
    And giving a nod, up the nostril it rose;

    He lollygogged to his team and gave a gavel,
    And away they all flew like a motley rabble.

    But I heard him exclaim, ere he hobbled out of sight—
    “Tomorrow we vote just out of spite!”
    .

    12/12/19
    ~Bannaghar

  28. mh

    I see Sebastian Bear had to show up again.

  29. Infidel Tiger

    thom
    @thwphipps
    the year is 2019 and president trump is discussing isis with prime minister johnson
    12:36 AM · Jul 5, 2015·Twitter Web Client

    Wow. Check the date.

  30. Delta A

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3261439, posted on December 14, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I love your little stories and analogies, KD.

    You’re a very funny Cat.

  31. sfw:

    Finland is the place to be

    This is going to be a really interesting social experiment – how many children do the Teutonic Twelve have?
    And what is the ratio of transitioning M/F children?

  32. Knuckle Dragger

    Inspired by the actions of my own one-time BIL, Delta. Flog he was.

    Blushing brings out the facial scarring nicely, btw.

  33. C.L.

    Good on Greg Barns for dealing with Louise Milligan …

    See Hendo’s latest MW: LOUISE MILLIGAN’S ERRONEOUS TWEET.

  34. Poider:

    Meanwhile, while everybody here in Oz has been distracted by that election halfway around the world, our own government has been quietly and secretly laying the groundwork for the biggest financial heist ever perpetrated against the people of any nation, and as I keep repeating, nobody has noticed.

    This is why I told you off, Poider. Your constant crowing of being the only one who has noticed is pissing people off. There are many here who are aware of the ramifications of the heist, but I cannot think of anyone else who sneers so openly at them, whilst maintaining they are the sole owners of this bit of wisdom.
    Knock it off, Poider. Try a bit of humility FFS.

  35. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    And what is the ratio of transitioning M/F children?

    their leading kpi

  36. Boambee John

    On the relative remuneration of teachers and doctors.

    Once the entry level testing and education duration for both groups are aligned, and the earlier entrants who do not meet the new standard are removed, I see some scope for aligning the relative conditions of service.

    Tie teacher remuneration to that of doctors and nurses in public hospitals. Similarly, align working hours with those of the same doctors and nurses.

    The teachers might get improved pay on an annual basis, but their hourly rate would drop, as would their holidays.

  37. cohenite

    zyconoclast
    #3261558, posted on December 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm
    Tragic.
    ‘He saw feathers come out of her jacket’: Detective recounts ‘confession’ of 13-year-old suspect in knifing death of Barnard College student Tessa Majors, 2nd suspect in custody, 3rd still sought

    Tragic the girl was killed.

    No mention of the ethnicity of the maggots who did it. I’d say logic tells us.

  38. Knuckle Dragger

    About half an inch of Flanneries in my little D-town suburb in the last 20 minutes. Not a great deal, certainly not by Darwin standards but enough to satch the side garden bed next to the patio/external undercover conservatory/conversation pit where I live, when not on the meaty treat stand.

    The are now somewhere between eighteen and two dozen lizards of various sizes that have crept out onto the tiles from said garden bed, playing Frogger with the dog whilst trying to dash from there to under the fridge and the superseded golf buggy I haven’t thrown out yet, and which is covered in various types of shit.

    Lightning is making the old dog jump all over the place, increasing the general comedy value.

  39. cohenite

    Davey Boy
    #3261552, posted on December 14, 2019 at 1:16 pm
    Implications: Restrictions of the use of Cash Bill
    A precis of this video which is as good as any a summary of the implications

    So, de facto tax scheme – -ve interest rates -, plus will cash be banned for any amount?

  40. Knuckle Dragger

    Fuck me dead.

    Pro tip: If the hair on your arms leaps up and everything goes slighty bluish, hunker down because a split second later Hughie will give you a great big loud surprise.

  41. Top Ender

    Pat Dodson, “Labor senator for Western Australia”, banging on in the Oz about “remote communities”. Of course, more money and less supervision is his answer:

    We need new frameworks that enable people in remote communities to determine their destiny, and for governments to treat them as sovereign peoples.

    These remote communities must be helped to lift themselves out of “institutionalised ghetto status”. Relief is beyond the capacity of states and territories. The federal government has the remit to avert disaster — after all, what was the 1967 referendum all about?

    It will require a Marshall Plan to correct the decades of neglect.

    However, until we grasp that sort of commitment and empower remote Aboriginal communities, the lives of their residents will be further accursed.

    Every comment under the article is saying too much money spent already, and maybe they should look for a better solution. Most suggest moving to where the jobs are.

  42. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Pat Dodson, “Labor senator for Western Australia”, banging on in the Oz about “remote communities”. Of course, more money and less supervision is his answer:

    Pat Dodson is positioning himself to be one of the “big men” in any “Voice” and any treaty.

  43. mh

    The words of Enoch Powell are so true and powerful still today that upon hearing them he is brought back to life.

  44. Knuckle Dragger

    Lizards have dived for cover back into the garden bed.

    Can’t see my back fence for flanneries.

    I have five cigarettes left. The situation is critical.

  45. Frank Walker on the National Tiles:
    “Mark my words, Mr Folau is about to cop a dose of third-degree Burns,” Mr Burns said in a statement.

    These are not the words of a model litigant.

    Nope. They’re the word of a narcissistic, prissy little queen, who hates himself and everybody he comes across.
    🙂

  46. vlad

    Enoch Powell is probably the most objectively intelligent man ever to have sat in the Commons.

  47. OldOzzie

    cohenite
    #3261579, posted on December 14, 2019 at 1:59 pm
    zyconoclast
    #3261558, posted on December 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm
    Tragic.
    ‘He saw feathers come out of her jacket’: Detective recounts ‘confession’ of 13-year-old suspect in knifing death of Barnard College student Tessa Majors, 2nd suspect in custody, 3rd still sought

    Tragic the girl was killed.

    No mention of the ethnicity of the maggots who did it. I’d say logic tells us.

    Perhaps this helps

    The downhill side faces a gritty part of Harlem, including a major street with subway stops.

    or in same article

    The park where Ms. Majors was killed is in a Harlem precinct that has grown safer over the years, but residents have raised concerns about persistent safety issues in the park — even as the neighborhood around it improved, and playgrounds and ball fields replaced patches that were once strewn with crack vials.

  48. Leigh Lowe

    Hard to split them in terms of long faces on election night.
    Hugh Grunt or that pompous prat Bercow.
    Probably Bercow’s distorted mug gave me the most pleasure. The fucker facilitated the Remainer blockers from the chair, then tried to cut the ground from under BoJo proroguing Parliament because “MPs needed to have a chance to vote on this.”

  49. vlad

    Enoch won so many prizes at university that he was able to live as well as the rich boys on the strength of those funds.

    My favourite story is that in one exam, faced with the task of translating a passage from English into Greek, he wrote out two translations – one in the style of Plato, the other in the style of Thucydides – and then left after 90 minutes of the allotted three hours.

    It goes without saying he would have been for Brexit.

    So would have Winston.

    So is Her Majesty.

  50. vlad

    Oh dear. I seem to have gone into the naughty corner. What did I say?

  51. Leigh Lowe

    Nope. They’re the word of a narcissistic, prissy little queen, who hates himself and everybody he comes across.

    Phrasing!!

  52. Knuckle Dragger

    Man, that was intense. Gum trees really do explode.

    Four smokes.

  53. Davey Boy

    Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019

    In the 2018-19 Budget, the Government announced it would introduce an economy-wide cash payment limit of $10,000 for payments made or accepted by businesses for goods and services. Transactions equal to, or in excess of this amount would need to be made using the electronic payment system or by cheque.

    A (simplified) possible and perhaps likely path is as follows, it’s incrementalism:
    – law starts at $10k, which many punters see as a case of “I don’t have that kind of cash to pay for things, doesn’t bother me”
    – law changes in the future to reduce the limit down to e.g. $5k or $2k – KPMG has already recommended this
    – cash ban then extends to many more / all transactions, forcing near-universal use of online transaction systems, based on funds held in e.g. banks
    – forced use of e.g. banks (over cash) for managing funds and transactions opens the path for negative interest rates

    Remembering that the currently proposed bill criminalises the use of cash in some circumstances which today are perfectly legal and legitimate. Another loss of a freedom.

    Given that there’s not much room to reduce interest rates today, you make room by removing the current floor of 0% to allow for negative interest rates. Cash gets in the way of that.

  54. OldOzzie

    Queensland Treasurer’s $5bn super grab ‘a budget gimmick’
    Sarah Elks

    A former federal Treasury economist has labelled Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad’s debt reduction plan a “gimmick” as latest figures show borrowings now equate to more than $15,000 for each resident of the state.

    Ms Trad’s mid-year fiscal update this week confirmed Queensland’s total government debt would soar past $91bn in four years, despite her new $5bn raid on the surplus of public servants’ superannuation.

    The Palaszczuk government’s debt sits at $77.85bn and, with the population at 5.1 million, that equates to $15,148 per person.

    That figure is set to rise, with the financial update predicting debt is increasing at a faster pace than forecast in the June budget and will hit $91.79bn by 2022-23.

    The rise will occur despite Ms Trad’s debt reduction plan: taking $5bn from the surplus of the ­bureaucrats’ defined benefit superannuation fund and creating a new debt offset account to be invested by the Queensland Investment Corporation.

    Economist and former federal Treasury official Gene Tunny, ­director of Adept Economics, said Ms Trad’s $5bn “Queensland ­Future Fund” was a “gimmick”.

    “It’s a political solution, not an economic solution. Treasury’s just taking money they already had and putting it in a different jar, managed by the same fund manager, and saying one day we’ll be able to pay down debt with it,” Mr Tunny said.

    “To pay down more debt you have to generate surpluses and sell or lease assets, so I don’t think this is going to have much of an economic impact.”

    Ms Trad’s skinny 2019-20 ­operating budget surplus was shaved from the $189m predicted in the June budget to $151m, hit by a dramatic dive in coal royalties, from a forecast $4.3bn to $3.7bn.

    But the Treasurer’s public service razor gang found $700m in cuts this financial year, half a billion more than originally planned, including clawing back unnecessary taxes paid to the federal government and slicing the daily rate paid to consultants.

    But Mr Tunny said he was “sceptical” about whether those predicted savings were too good to be true: “They’ve pulled the rabbit out of the hat with those savings but we’ll need to wait to see the final budget figure (next year) to show if they are released.

    “To an extent, they look a bit too good to be true. I’m surprised there were those savings lying around they could easily make. I want to see if they are achievable.”

  55. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    This is why I told you off, Poider.

    That’s fascinating, Winston, given that couple of days ago you were loudly bleating that you never did any such a thing. Any way, to your comment:

    I am not the only person to have written of the dangers of the Tax Bill here, there are three others. I don’t know what pisses the other two off, but for me it us not so much that these things happen, but rather that nobody here gives a stiff shyte until it’s too late. Then the howling about “somebody should do something” is deafening. Every time. Just like it will be this time.

    You claim that others here are fully aware of the ramifications. Are they? Are you one of them? If so, what do you intend doing about it? Fvck all, as per usual?

    So yes, I get frustrated. You’d think after six years I’d have learned to expect nothing from the Catallaxy crowd, but I forever live in hope. Don’t really know why. So leave me be so I can get back to gnawing my knuckles as I watch your world collapse in on all of you, while you do nothing about it. Meanwhile the rest of you can get back to the important issues – namely election results from halfway around the world, cricket, and Trump is God.

  56. JC

    This week’s Barrons

    Pretty big deal having this auction this time of year.

    Australian Aboriginal art, ranging from ceremonial works painted with ochre on eucalyptus tree bark in the late 1950s, to huge, contemporary abstracts, will be sold for the first time by Sotheby’s in New York at an early evening auction on Friday.

    The sale of 33 works, many of which are being consigned by long-time international collectors in the field, including Thomas Vroom and Fiona Brockhoff, carries an estimate between $1.9 million and $2.7 million.

    To the Western eye, the works are detailed, wildly colorful, and uplifting. Underneath the expressive dots and strokes, however, is often a meaning rooted in specific tribal ceremonies. Their appeal to a wide audience has long been felt, with 50% or more of the market for the works existing outside of Australia, says Tim Klingender, Sotheby’s senior consultant, Australian art.

    “Even though they are abstract paintings infused with another layer of meaning, to the eye they appeal not just to a Western aesthetic, but to a universal aesthetic,” says Klingender, during a tour of Sotheby’s second floor gallery where the works are on display.

    While Aboriginal art extends back centuries, the Sotheby’s sale begins in the modern period, with several works owned by Brockhoff, who built an extensive collection focused on historical Aboriginal works largely in the 1990s. Klingender begins his tour in a room with works on bark, including The Seagull, 1962, by Mawalan Marika. The artist was a Yolngu clan leader who pushed for the rights of the Aboriginal people, which an essay in the Sotheby’s catalog says resulted in the Northern Territory Act in 1976, establishing Aboriginal land rights.

  57. thefrollickingmole

    I see the gruinaid has decided votes just cant be trusted and Johnson must govern for the policies of the defeated.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/13/the-guardian-view-on-the-2019-election-result-a-new-political-landscape
    Other facts also matter. The first-past-the-post electoral system means Mr Johnson polled 44% of the votes and took 56% of the seats. In a Brexit-dominated contest, parties that want to leave the European Union polled only 47%, while parties supporting a second referendum polled 51%. Britain is a very divided country. Mr Johnson would be wise to take account of these facts too. He should remember the words of Edmund Burke: that magnanimity is often the truest political wisdom.

    Yet Mr Johnson now has a mandate to complete the business of the 2016 referendum and to take Britain out of the EU. He has fought and won that battle. But he has not yet won the battle on the terms under which the UK will trade with the EU. On this, he has neither defined his goal nor negotiated a deal to reach it. It is hard to believe he will do so, as promised, within 12 months. This is too important an issue to be imprisoned by a timetable. Mr Johnson should accept a delay if necessary. He now has the authority to defy any objectors within his party.


    In the 1980s, 80% of Labour voters were manual workers and their families. Today, that figure is around 40%.

  58. EvilElvis

    On the temperature readings per various apps. I had a comparison going with an employee yesterday in southwest WA. My Elders weather app reading was 33.9C compared to her choses apps 39.9C. When you get terrible discrepancies like this it’s just modern human nature to go, “it’s so hot, it must be 39, it’s much hotter than 34”. Not only are we soft, but there’s a continual need by many, predominantly female, to have to be a record setter, to have the talking (whining) point and to just trust the ‘feel’ of it. God forbid entertaining the truth and proving the first two points.

  59. Infidel Tiger

    39.9c in Perth right now.

    0.1 off being hot.

  60. Leigh Lowe

    Trump is God.
    Hey, has anyone heard the result of the UK election?
    Failing that, can someone update me on the cricket and President’s Cup golf?

  61. Knuckle Dragger

    I think it’s inferiority, Elvis.

    Certain people cannot comprehend that they don’t live in the most interesting time ever in the history of the human race, and that they are not a part of it.

    These are also the people who not only won’t die in six years, but will live to a grand old age and gleefully tell the grandkids about how it was 55 degrees all day every day when they were younger, and that the reason they don’t have lights or shoes now is because everyone poured money into something, somewhere that stopped this awful state of affairs and saved the world.

    And that some gratitude wouldn’t go astray.

  62. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger
    #3261616, posted on December 14, 2019 at 2:47 pm
    39.9c in Perth right now.
    0.1 off being hot.

    Bullshit.
    45 degrees is “hot”.
    40 is “pretty warm, mate”.
    35 is “a bit warm”.

  63. Bruce O’Nuke:

    The dish of the day these days in Glasgow is muesli in a black bag.
    Won’t do much for life expectancies either.

    Brainwave shopping bag – made out of black plastic, with a rectangle at the lower middle point, with two eyes looking out…

  64. A reader

    I log onto the internet and find some fuckwit is having a go st Israel Folau again? I mean seriously. These people are fucking insane.

  65. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Davey Boy
    #3261606, posted on December 14, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019

    Your points are all valid, Davey Boy, but much of it is unnecessary. For the intended purpose $10,000 is fine, at least for the moment. Coles and Woolies, BHP and RIO, are not going to start paying their employees in cash. So, 4% negative interest on the money in their bank, a fee – probably $2.50 for each bank transfer to each employee, a fee – again probably $2.50 from each employee to credit the money into their account, 4% negative interest on the money whilst in their account, and a fee – probably $2.50 each time the employee transfers money via fpos or similar – such as the weekly shopping, or Knuckles cigarettes.

  66. Bruce of Newcastle

    Australian Aboriginal art, ranging from ceremonial works painted with ochre on eucalyptus tree bark in the late 1950s, to huge, contemporary abstracts, will be sold for the first time by Sotheby’s in New York at an early evening auction on Friday.

    The sale of 33 works, many of which are being consigned by long-time international collectors in the field, including Thomas Vroom and Fiona Brockhoff, carries an estimate between $1.9 million and $2.7 million.

    Between $57,000 and $82,000 each item on average.
    So half to two thirds the value of banana duct taped to a wall.

  67. IT:

    Option C – we actively pursue and persecute every last one of them.

    Public show trials.

    Trebuchets.


    We could recycle those old Atlantic Wall Blockhouses – put the Trebuchet on the beach, and see which team can put a recalcitrant EEC poseur through the hole in the front.
    There will, of course, be various levels of difficulty…

  68. put the Trebuchet on the beach
    Dip them in pitch, light match. The flame gives spectators a great spectacle and an easy to follow trajectory.

  69. herodotus

    2GB built a ratings mountain by being unlike all the other radio stations.
    WTF is management now trying to do?

  70. OldOzzie

    <a href="https://video.foxnews.com/v/embed.js?id=6115777513001&w=466&h=263Watch the latest video at foxnews.com“>Impeaching the Experts – Christmas Edition – Laura Ingraham Fox News

  71. Mark A

    herodotus
    #3261627, posted on December 14, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    2GB built a ratings mountain by being unlike all the other radio stations.
    WTF is management now trying to do?

    I think they are counting on the mediocre opposition being even worse.
    Like voting Libs instead of labor.

  72. thefrollickingmole

    We could recycle those old Atlantic Wall Blockhouses – put the Trebuchet on the beach, and see which team can put a recalcitrant EEC poseur through the hole in the front.
    There will, of course, be various levels of difficulty…

    A catchy name would help.

    Angry Turds?

  73. Entropy

    But keep the Welsh. Not because I like the leek-eating bag snatchers, but because everyone needs a nuffy ally to blame when things go tits up. Like Chermany had with Mussolini’s rabble in the last decent war.

    And Katherine Jenkins. Wales’ best export.

    https://youtu.be/s-IX9a4r7wY

  74. Leigh Lowe

    thefrollickingmole

    #3261613, posted on December 14, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I see the gruinaid has decided votes just cant be trusted and Johnson must govern for the policies of the defeated.

    Here’s how it goes.
    1. Labour sneaks over the line 50.5% to 49.5% on 2PP. That is a “solid mandate” and a “stinging rebuke of far right extreme policies” (like, say, reducing tax by 2%). In fact, it is a mandate for Corbyn type policies which were never even mentioned in the campaign.
    2. Conservatives romp in 54:46. Well, that is “problematic and inconclusive” and the voting system (preferential, proportional, 1PP, electoral colleges, whatever) is stacked. There are “growing calls” for the newly elected Conservative to abandon “divisive far right policies” and “govern for all [insert name of constituency here]”

  75. Overburdened

    Catastrophe Alert

    Cloud has lifted and now pretty warm in the sun.

    Water like a bath.

    Climate Change is upon us.

    I am to blame for living at the beach.

    Fn hopeless mob of dicks.

  76. RobK

    Re: Pat Dodson, “Labor senator for Western Australia”, banging on in the Oz about “remote communities”. Of course, more money and less supervision is his answer:
    https://nit.com.au/public-money-stolen-by-senior-bureaucrat-potentially-earmarked-for-aboriginal-remote-housing/

    Earlier this week, Minister Wyatt said these low-end contracts were being paid by the agency without invoices. The Public Accounts Committee’s 2016 report said they amounted to about $51 million.

    RTWT 51mill.

  77. Overburdened

    Chicken feed if you’re in the right circles.

  78. A reader #3261622, posted on December 14, 2019 at 2:56 pm
    I log onto the internet and find some fuckwit is having a go st Israel Folau again? I mean seriously. These people are fucking insane.

    Am I correct in thinking Izzy is being pursued by the same shithead who’s been bankrupting Major Bernard Gaynor, & furthermore this “complaint” is in the same tribunal?

  79. cohenite

    2GB built a ratings mountain by being unlike all the other radio stations.
    WTF is management now trying to do?

    2GB is owned by nein and has to co-exist with fuckedfacts. Expect to see pirate pete on the airways soon.

  80. Boambee John

    Salvatore

    Yes and yes.

  81. areff

    2GB built a ratings mountain by being unlike all the other radio stations. WTF is management now trying to do?

    Same thing in the City on the Yarra, where sister station 3AW is making the same bizarre re-programming decisions.

    For example, AW owned the senior demographic of an evening lock, stock and barrel. It was Melbourne-centric and compered by Philip Brady. Very gentle, very lace-curtain stuff. So they have scrapped him and brought in a Sydney voice who, when he refers to the Western Suburbs, means Liverpool and Macquarie Fields, not Foot-a-scray. Crazy decisions. you’ll get a taste from the reaction of the hosts to this infamous call below.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOUxvPaFDxo

    Sunday mornings the same. For two hours lefty Nick McCallum would go hammer and tongs with grumpy man of the right John-Michael Howson and it was compulsory listening. They blew off John-Michael some time ago and it’s now a we-agree-on-everything between two left voices.

    Other programming changes in the works, but why? AW wasn’t broke and didn’t need fixing.

    If anyone wanted to launch another AM talk station and targeted the section of the listening public actively spurned by all other broadcasters — as Rupert and Roger Ailes did with Fox — it would eat AW’s breakfast, lunch and tea.

    The rot really kicked in Clark Forbes, AW’s programme director and the man who made it what it was, retired. I’m sure he could be lured away from his life of ease and pleasure if a challenger were to emerge.

  82. Infidel Tiger

    BOM reckon we hit 39.9 then 30 mins later it’s 39.2. Now has miraculously jumped to 40.0

  83. egg_

    When you get terrible discrepancies like this it’s just modern human nature to go, “it’s so hot, it must be 39, it’s much hotter than 34”.

    IIRC the dew point doesn’t change much so the RH% will decrease, i.e. 39C in the desert is quite mild and comfortable.
    In the US they say that at 100+F in the desert, an evaporative cooler just makes it uncomfortable, bringing the temperatures down toward 30C but humid.

  84. Leigh Lowe

    areff, there’s a Nick McCallum clone on 3AW on Sunday evenings around 6:00 – 7:00.
    Justin Smith is it??
    Same M.O.
    Runs a lefty point of view.
    Seeks “diverse” opinion.
    Let’s lefties run off at the mouth for minutes at a time.
    Any voice of disagreement can expect interuptus maximus and disdainful put-downs.

    Well, you’re entitled to your racist/xenophobic/narrow minded/bigoted point of view I suppose, but thinking people etc etc

    The most offensive thing about McCallum is that he us as dumb as a box of hammers.

  85. egg_

    Infidel Tiger
    #3261616, posted on December 14, 2019 at 2:47 pm
    39.9c in Perth right now.
    0.1 off being hot.

    Bullshit.
    45 degrees is “hot”.
    40 is “pretty warm, mate”.
    35 is “a bit warm”.

    Where are the fainting couches?

  86. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Frank Walker from National Tiles at 10:21 am:

    ” “Mark my words, Mr Folau is about to cop a dose of third-degree Burns,” Mr Burns said in a statement.

    These are not the words of a model litigant.”

    Quite so. The li’l spanker sounds like he has already scorched off one layer of skin from admiring himself on the front page of the Herald today.

  87. egg_

    Speculation about the need for fainting couches
    treatment of female hysteria through manual pelvic massage by home visiting doctors and midwives.[2] As a “disease” that needed constant, recurring (usually weekly) in-home treatment with a procedure that through manual massage could sometimes take hours, creating specialized furniture for maximum comfort during the extended procedure seems likely, as does the later creation of fainting rooms for privacy during the intimate massage procedure.

    Ehem.

  88. Porter

    As I explained before, the NSW ADB has been running a specific agenda and the serial complainant is just a stooge. Latham recognises the implications but he will need massive and vocal support.
    https://www.news.com.au/sport/sports-life/antidiscrimination-board-of-nsw-accept-complaint-against-israel-folau/news-story/056174646709131379829ca6b0207846

  89. A reader

    I believe so Salvatore.

    As for 2GB it seems that Nein can’t comprehend that their radio audience is very different to their newspaper audience. Ditching Chris Smith wasn’t brilliant but getting rid of Pricey is insane as was the wrangling over Hadley and Jones. Deb Knight is quite good as a fill in but she’s a fill in. They’d be better off using Erin Molan because she’s a chip off the old block and vocally quite right wing. I also don’t think the 2GB audience are the same who abuse her constantly on anti-social media

  90. Top Ender

    The general manager of Maryborough RSL on Queensland’s Fraser Coast has been arrested and charged with faking his military history.

    Craig Lenihan, 51, will face court next month accused of falsely claiming to have fought in overseas war campaigns and improperly displaying war service decorations.

    A complaint was made to police earlier this year after the accused was unable to prove his claims.

    Mr Lenihan was charged on Tuesday with one count each of falsely representing to be a returned soldier and improper use of service decorations.

    He will face the Maryborough Magistrates Court on December 17.

    Link – with a bit of luck will be jugged for Xmas

  91. Top Ender

    Teacher accused of singing ‘aggressively’ at neighbours was just singing along to bawdy hit: Court

    A RAPID Creek teacher police allege sang ‘aggressively’ at her neighbours has told a court she was simply singing along to the classic 1993 Denis Leary hit Asshole

    NT News

    A RAPID Creek teacher police allege sang “aggressively” at her neighbours, paraded naked in front of them and held drunken noisy house parties until the early hours of the morning has denied the allegations in court.

    Amanda Jane Sheahan’s neighbour Graeme Rogers earlier testified that she had abused him from her balcony by calling him an “arsehole” in September last year.

    But in taking the stand on Friday, Sheahan said she was simply listening to a playlist on her laptop after tutoring some students online when Denis Leary’s 1993 satirical hit Asshole came on and she started singing along.

    Mr Rogers also accused Sheahan of being drunk and topless in view of him and his partner later that night, but Ms Sheahan said she only had “a couple of glasses of wine” and was in bed by 10pm.

    She said she “emphatically” denied the allegation she was crawling around on her balcony topless.

    “It would be strange to me to think that I would go from a bikini to topless considering a bikini allows me to go into the pool and still get out of the pool,” she said.

    “I would deny that allegation.”

    Sheahan is also accused of “screaming” loudly in the early hours of the morning on December 2 but told the court she had simply been frightened by a “huge huntsman spider” after staying up late reading.

    She said after her partner killed the spider she was too scared to sit back down so went for a skinny dip in the pool instead and was later surprised to learn the police had been called.

    “I told them the story and the police laughed and left,” she said.

    “I thought I was pretty safe (being naked) in the middle of the night.”

    Sheahan’s lawyer Robert Welfare earlier applied to have the matter adjourned, saying publicity of the case in the NT News had been “detrimental to my client’s health”.

    But judge John Neill rejected the application due to the “inadequacy of the medical evidence relied upon”, saying the fact she may have been embarrassed by the attention was not a sufficient basis to put the matter off.

    “I’m not prepared to give your client the benefit of the doubt that she is unable, as opposed to choosing not to, appear,” he said.

    “If there’s a good reason for that, that’s fine but if there’s not I will not hesitate to issue a warrant for her arrest.”

  92. EvilElvis

    BOM reckon we hit 39.9 then 30 mins later it’s 39.2. Now has miraculously jumped to 40.0

    Still to cold to go swimming, IT.

  93. EvilElvis

    Inferiority mixed with lack of self awareness, Knuckles.

    An award winning combo of stupidity, that we pay for…

  94. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Sheahan’s lawyer Robert Welfare’

    Naturally, but regardless of the result I reckon this unsavoury tart, charged with educating our youth will lose her lifelong junket.

  95. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    A couple of questions for military minded Cats:

    1) – What’s a reasonable equivalent of an army grunt in the air force?
    2) – What’s a reasonable equivalent of an army sergeant in the navy and the air force?
    3) – What’s a reasonable equivalent of an army major in the navy and the air force?
    4) – What’s a reasonable equivalent of an army general in the navy and the air force?

    Needed for a tongue in cheek article so finite accuracy not a requisite.
    Thanks in advance.

  96. egg_

    There were several different ways these sacrifices occurred. The most common ways were decapitation and heart removal. Dedication to a new building or new ruler required a human sacrifice. Many of these were depicted in Maya artwork and sometimes took place after the victim was tortured (beaten, scalped, burned, etc.). If the sacrifice happened through heart removal it took place in the courtyard of the temple or summit of the pyramid-temple. The person was painted blue and wore a headdress while being held down by four attendants representing the cardinal directions. The nacom, or official, used a sacrificial knife to cut into the victims chest and pull out the heart. He then would pass the heart to the priest, known as the chilan, where then the blood would be smeared onto the image of the god. Once this occurred, the body was thrown down the steps and skinned by assistant priests but the hands and feet were left alone. The chilan then wore the skin of the victim and performed a ritual dance of rebirth.

    The Grigs angle.

  97. Knuckle Dragger

    Peter;

    1. Nothing remotely close. Nothing. RAAFies will squeal about air defence guards but they’re couch dwellers with 4WDs and dogs who go inside when it rains.
    2, 3 and 4. Top Ender may be best placed with the navy. With the air force, I think the greater rank gives you the opportunity to afford more lipstick and heels.

    There’s an Anzac Day joke about Navy punters marching in the dark somewhere in there as well.

  98. Knuckle Dragger

    I will make the exception of Navy clearance divers.

    Real ones, as opposed to the several thousand that seem to appear in April and November each year.

  99. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    thanks Knuckles.
    It’s aimed at an older, mixed, “conservative” audience so I can’t be too naughty.

  100. thefrollickingmole

    Just how low are the squealing swine of the 3rd estate??

    This is about the 3rd article Ive seen where they are getting their panties wadded over Clint Eastwoods new movie which shows them as lurgenpresse and working hand in hand with FBI to fuck over an innocent man.

    The thing they think is wrong
    The depiction of the journalist chick screwing the FBI bloke to get the inside scoop on the story.
    Not the outright lies and fabrications they used to hound a man to an early grave, or the fact the newspaper central to the pompadours which employed the skanky ho deliberately stretched out a defamation trial until the bloke they persecuted died.

    Stop defending an irresponsible movie and start apologising
    Benjamin Lee
    The controversy swirling around an unverified claim of a journalist having sex with an FBI agent in Clint Eastwood’s new movie has led to a string of unconvincing justifications

    …..

    The ongoing furore over Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-hungry new drama Richard Jewell shows no signs of abating, partly because the contentious issue at its centre is so egregious and partly because no one involved with the film is willing to admit this.

    The film purports to tell the “true” story of the heroic security guard who found the pipe bomb which killed one person and injured 111 others at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He was heralded as a hero until he became the focus of the FBI investigation, a fact that was first made public in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before getting picked up across the country. Jewell was ultimately cleared after a difficult 88 days of accusations and media focus.

    It was a true story, he was a hero, he did save lives and there is no doubt he was innocent as another nutbag was convicted of the bombings.

    They made his life a living hell after he saved the lives of dozens of people by being a bloke doing his job properly

    Jewell tried to sue the AJC along with a host of more powerful news sources for libel. While the others settled out of court, the AJC stood firm and ultimately a court ruled in their favour as their sourcing and reporting was deemed “substantially true at the time they were published”. Alexander and Salwen, an attorney and journalist respectively, agreed, calling Scruggs’s work “very well-checked”. Scruggs didn’t need to publicly atone for her reporting, a judge decided this, and it’s not up to a screenwriter to decide that she should.

    This is a lie, its using the “nothing has been proven in court” approach to dismiss the reporters probable use of the gash card to get what she wanted.

    “All the cops knew her and respected her and kidded her a lot,” said Coram, who based a character in Atlanta Heat on Scruggs. “I never heard any of them, even when they were drinking, say anything negative about her personally or professionally. The only thing that came close to it was one of them told me one day, ‘You can tell how badly Kathy needs a story by how short her skirt is that day.’”

    To Brenner, though, “The Kathy Scruggs situation is much more layered and complicated.” Scruggs’s own brother Lewis has publicly remarked on his sister’s wild streak, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “She was a little bit rebellious…. Her choice of boyfriends was not great.”


    Eastwood’s politics have long been murky and with age, they’ve become more prominent in his work, from the jingoistic Islamophobia of American Sniper to the lazy racism of The Mule, and signing on to one of his films is an acceptance of this fact. The responses from him, Ray and Warners are based on their fury over the unfair treatment of Jewell whose story is brought to the screen for maximum sympathy. But using this as a cover to denigrate a dead woman as well as push a damaging myth about female journalists, one that’s predictably been reinforced since on Fox News, is irresponsible. Let’s hope one day someone makes a movie called Kathy Scruggs and has the same determination to get her story straight.

    And finally the real problem emerges, Eastwood isnt being a nice lefty conformist and how dare he make a movie about a dumpy, unattractive pale stale male hero…

    Im going to go and see this one if its still on when i get out of town next.

  101. Knuckle Dragger

    There’s a Major-General rank in the ARA, which is roughly equivalent to the naval rank of Commodore.

    I believe the RAAF version is that of Hilux.

  102. Tel

    BOM reckon we hit 39.9 then 30 mins later it’s 39.2. Now has miraculously jumped to 40.0

    The use electronic equipment with a very fast response time, but you do wonder then what these measurement mean? Suppose you measure the height of people, using an extremely sensitive device that will measure a single hair standing up on you head. Measure the same person ten minutes later and you get a different height. From one perspective, it’s an accurate measurement, but it’s also totally useless at the same time.

  103. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    1) – What’s a reasonable equivalent of an army grunt in the air force?
    2) – What’s a reasonable equivalent of an army sergeant in the navy and the air force?
    3) – What’s a reasonable equivalent of an army major in the navy and the air force?
    4) – What’s a reasonable equivalent of an army general in the navy and the air force?

    1) – Aircraftman/Aircraftwoman in the RA.A.F.

    2) – Petty Officer in Pussers, Sergeant in the R.A.A.F.

    3) – Squadron Leader in the R.A.A.F., Lieutenant Commander in the Navy.

    4) – Full general would be an Air Chief Marshal in the R.A.A. F, an Admiral in the Navy.

  104. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Thanks Zulu.

  105. Tailgunner

    a rule that the mentally ill cannot vote, we’d be much better off.

    Fk off,xunt, Mr SParkle had some legit points that needed to be heard!
    I’ve signed him up to the deplorables ticket already.

  106. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    I used to know all this stuff, but after four major strokes my memory is like Swiss cheese.

  107. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    DIARY OF A POM IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    August 31
    Just got transferred with work from Leeds UK to our new home in Karratha , Western Australia .
    Now this is a town that knows how to live!
    Beautiful, sunny days and warm, balmy evenings.
    I watched the sunset from a deckchair by our pool yesterday.
    It was beautiful.
    I’ve finally found my new home.
    I love it here.

    September 13
    Really heating up now.
    It got to 31 today.
    No problem though.
    Living in air-conditioned home, driving air-conditioned car.
    What a pleasure to see the sun every day like this.
    I’m turning into a sun-worshipper – no blasted rain like back in Leeds !!

    September 30
    Had the back yard landscaped with tropical plants today.
    Lots of palms and rocks.
    No more mowing lawns for me!
    Another scorcher today, but I love it here.
    It’s Paradise !

    October 10
    The temperature hasn’t been below 35 all week.
    How do people get used to this kind of heat?
    At least today it’s windy though.
    Keeps the flies off a bit.
    Acclimatizing is taking longer than we expected.

    October 15
    Fell asleep by the pool yesterday.
    Got third degree burns over 60% of my body.
    Missed three days off work.
    What a dumb thing to do..
    Got to respect the old sun in a climate like this!

    October 20
    – Didn’t notice Kitty (our cat) sneaking into the car before I left for work this morning.
    By the time I got back to the car after work, Kitty had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stuck to the upholstery.
    The car now smells like Whiskettes and cat shit.
    I’ve learned my lesson though: no more pets in this heat.

    October 25
    – This wind is a bastard.
    It feels like a giant fucking blow dryer.
    And it’s hot as hell!
    The home air conditioner is on the blink and the repair man charged $200 just to drive over and tell me he needs to order parts from fucking Perth …..The wife & the kids are complaining.

    October 30
    – The temperature’s up around 40 and the parts still haven’t arrived for the fucking air conditioner.
    House is an oven so we’ve all been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now.
    Bloody $600,000 house and we can’t even go inside.
    Why the hell did I ever come here?
    November 4
    Finally got the fucking air-conditioner fixed. It cost $1,500 and gets the temperature down to around 25 degrees, but the humidity makes it feel about 35.
    Stupid repairman.
    Fucking thief.

    November 8
    – If one more smart bastard says ‘Hot enough for you today?’
    I’m going to fucking throttle him.
    Fucking heat!
    By the time I get to work, the car radiator is boiling over, my fucking clothes are soaking fucking wet and I smell like baked cat.
    Fucking place is the end of the Earth.

    November 9
    – Tried to run some errands after work, wore shorts, and sat on the black leather upholstery in my car.
    I thought my fucking arse was on fire.
    I lost 2 layers of flesh, all the hair on the backs of my legs and off my fucking arse.
    Now the car smells like burnt hair, fried arse and baked cat.
    Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.

    November 10
    — The Weather report might as well be a fucking recording..
    Hot and sunny.
    Hot and sunny, Hot and fucking sunny.
    It never fucking changes!
    It’s been too hot to do anything for 2 fucking months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week.
    Fuck!

    November 15
    – Doesn’t it ever rain in this damn fucking place?
    Water restrictions will be next, so my $5,000 worth of palms might just dry up and blow into the fucking pool.
    The only things that thrive in this fucking hell-hole are the fucking flies.
    You don’t dare open your mouth for fear of swallowing half a dozen of the little bastards!

    November 20
    – Welcome to HELL!
    It got to 45 fuckin’ degrees today.
    Now the air conditioner gone in my car.
    The repair man came to fix it and said, ‘Hot enough for you today?’
    I wanted to shove the fucking car up his fucking arse.
    Anyway, had to spend the $2,500 mortgage payment to bail me out of jail for assaulting the stupid prick.
    Fucking Karratha!
    What kind of sick, demented fucking idiot would want to live here!

    December 1
    – WHAT!!!! The FIRST day of Summer!!!!
    You are fucking kidding me!

  108. Tailgunner

    Public Service duty for today

    Zyco,please, can we give the kiddie porn a rest? Libertarians only go so far…

  109. thefrollickingmole

    The name Richard J E W ell sets off the Insicterator…

  110. lotocoti

    In polite company, Navy allows:
    sergeant = PO
    major = LCDR
    general = RADM
    No idea what they call themselves in the penguins.

  111. thefrollickingmole

    Stop defending an irresponsible movie and start apologising
    Benjamin Lee
    The controversy swirling around an unverified claim of a journalist having sex with an FBI agent in Clint Eastwood’s new movie has led to a string of unconvincing justifications

    …..

    The ongoing furore over Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-hungry new drama Richard Je w ell shows no signs of abating, partly because the contentious issue at its centre is so egregious and partly because no one involved with the film is willing to admit this.

    The film purports to tell the “true” story of the heroic security guard who found the pipe bomb which killed one person and injured 111 others at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He was heralded as a hero until he became the focus of the FBI investigation, a fact that was first made public in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution before getting picked up across the country. J e well was ultimately cleared after a difficult 88 days of accusations and media focus.

    It was a true story, he was a hero, he did save lives and there is no doubt he was innocent as another nutbag was convicted of the bombings.

    They made his life a living hell after he saved the lives of dozens of people by being a bloke doing his job properly

    J e well tried to sue the AJC along with a host of more powerful news sources for libel. While the others settled out of court, the AJC stood firm and ultimately a court ruled in their favour as their sourcing and reporting was deemed “substantially true at the time they were published”. Alexander and Salwen, an attorney and journalist respectively, agreed, calling Scruggs’s work “very well-checked”. Scruggs didn’t need to publicly atone for her reporting, a judge decided this, and it’s not up to a screenwriter to decide that she should.
    …..
    “All the cops knew her and respected her and kidded her a lot,” said Coram, who based a character in Atlanta Heat on Scruggs. “I never heard any of them, even when they were drinking, say anything negative about her personally or professionally. The only thing that came close to it was one of them told me one day, ‘You can tell how badly Kathy needs a story by how short her skirt is that day.’

    To Brenner, though, “The Kathy Scruggs situation is much more layered and complicated.” Scruggs’s own brother Lewis has publicly remarked on his sister’s wild streak, telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “She was a little bit rebellious…. Her choice of boyfriends was not great.”

    This is a lie, its using the “nothing has been proven in court” approach to dismiss the reporters probable use of the gash card to get what she wanted.

    Eastwood’s politics have long been murky and with age, they’ve become more prominent in his work, from the jingoistic Is l a mophobia of American Sniper to the lazy racism of The Mule, and signing on to one of his films is an acceptance of this fact. The responses from him, Ray and Warners are based on their fury over the unfair treatment of J e well whose story is brought to the screen for maximum sympathy. But using this as a cover to denigrate a dead woman as well as push a damaging myth about female journalists, one that’s predictably been reinforced since on Fox News, is irresponsible. Let’s hope one day someone makes a movie called Kathy Scruggs and has the same determination to get her story straight.

    And finally the real problem emerges, Eastwood isnt being a nice lefty conformist and how dare he make a movie about a dumpy, unattractive pale stale male hero…

    Im going to go and see this one if its still on when i get out of town next.

  112. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    You left out the joys of the car park at the shopping centre.
    Signs all over the place saying – “Lock Car When Leaving”, and “Do Not Leave Valuables in Car”.

    Leaning against the pole supporting the nearest sign, a medium size crow bar in one hand, is a tall indigenous fellow watching you depart.

  113. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    a rule that the mentally ill cannot vote, we’d be much better off.

    and wiminises

  114. EvilElvis

    DIARY OF A POM IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

    Obviously fake. He’d be driving a bus/train in Perth like the rest of the whining tax hoovers are if he moved here.

  115. cohenite

    egg_
    #3261660, posted on December 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm
    Speculation about the need for fainting couches
    treatment of female hysteria through manual pelvic massage by home visiting doctors and midwives.[2] As a “disease” that needed constant, recurring (usually weekly) in-home treatment with a procedure that through manual massage could sometimes take hours, creating specialized furniture for maximum comfort during the extended procedure seems likely, as does the later creation of fainting rooms for privacy during the intimate massage procedure.

    Sounds like a job description.

  116. cohenite

    Eastwood, is a great movie star and director; and his movies make money. The lefties can get stuffed.

  117. areff

    Leigh, I took Mum and a couple of her girlfriends to lunch at the gold club this week (Yeah, yeah — hot dates with a trio whose average age is 88) and they were all incensed about what 3AW is doing. Thing is, as each conceded, they have patronised 3AW’s advertisers. Mum just got new curtains via Wynston with a y, another has her funeral arranged with White Lady and I forget what the third had spent her pension on.

    Yeah, they’re old and not down with the youth, but they have money and they spend it. I asked Mum what she listens to now.

    “This morning, the soundtrack from Camelot“.

  118. Top Ender

    What’s a reasonable equivalent of an army general in the navy and the air force?

    Brigadier = Navy Commodore = Air Commodore
    Major General = Rear Admiral = Air Vice Marshal
    Lieutenant General = Vice Admiral = Air Marshal
    General = Admiral = Air Chief Marshal

  119. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Tanks Top Ender.

  120. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3261700, posted on December 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    a rule that the mentally ill cannot vote, we’d be much better off.

    and wiminises

    Shh….you’re not good at this cabal stuff. We can exclude at least 1/5th of them with my plan.

  121. Old School Conservative

    Leaning against the pole supporting the nearest sign, a medium size crow bar in one hand, is a tall indigenous fellow watching you depart.

    Same thing happens in the UK.
    A rello parked in a large open air carpark outside Oxford (2 pounds for the day), took the shuttle to town for several hours, and returned.
    The car engine sounded like a bomb going off, car wouldn’t move.
    Security were called and said “oh yes it happens all the time. Bad guys cruise around the carpark, see a car they like, jack it up and get the catalytic converter off with an angle grinder”.
    What about security? They fined my rello 100 pounds for having punched the car rego incorrectly when using the electronic ticketing machine.

  122. Leigh Lowe

    cohenite
    #3261705, posted on December 14, 2019 at 5:10 pm
    Eastwood, is a great movie star and director; and his movies make money. The lefties can get stuffed.

    Yep, I watched Sully again the other night.
    But how dare he impute the virtue of a lady j’ism pot.

  123. Note to self: build a fainting room annex to the 1978 Holden Sandman.

  124. Bruce of Newcastle

    but after four major strokes my memory is like Swiss cheese.

    Doin’ better than most Aussies MV!
    In case you want a movie tonight there’s a fine double header on FTA.
    Zulu on 9Gem at 7pm.
    Leon The Professional on SBS Movies at 9:35pm.

  125. areff

    Yeah, who ever heard of a journalist getting into horizontalism with a contact. I mean, whatever would she have to gain?

    https://www.news.com.au/national/combet-in-a-first-class-climate/news-story/9bfd416744466e394362f6accff2c928

  126. Old School Conservative

    Ben Roberts-Smith seems to fight with same intensity in court as he did in Afghanistan.
    Go you good thing!

  127. Bruce of Newcastle

    Eastwood, is a great movie star and director; and his movies make money. The lefties can get stuffed.

    Seconded.
    Also on FTA after Zulu is A Fist Full of Dollars.
    Amazing that it’s from 1964.
    Clint has been filling seats and emptying chairs for a long long time.

  128. Boambee John

    Peter MV

    Private = Able Seaman = Aircraftsman/woman.
    Sergeant = Petty Officer = Sergeant.
    Major = Lieutenant Commander = Squadron Leader.
    Major General = Rear Admiral = Air Vice Marshal.
    Lieutenant General = Vice Admiral = Air Marshal.
    Field Marshal = Admiral of the Fleet = Marshal of the RAAF.

    Australia has had one Field Marshal, Blamey, none of the other two top ranks.
    General = Admiral = Air Chief Marshal.

  129. Digger

    Time to get it right…

    Commodore = Brigadier = Air Commodore
    Rear Admiral = Major General = Vice Air Marshal
    Vice Admiral = Lieutenant General = Air Marshal
    Admiral = General = Air Chief Marshal
    Admiral of the Fleet = Field Marshal = Marshal of the RAAF

  130. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    In case you want a movie tonight there’s a fine double header on FTA.
    Zulu on 9Gem at 7pm.
    Leon The Professional on SBS Movies at 9:35pm.

    Thanks BoN.
    I don’t get FTA, and I watched Zulu – again – about a week ago.
    I’ve seen Leon but not for years, but I’ve got it somewhere and I may just watch again tonight.
    Did you read my comments last night about Aquaman?

  131. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Thanks John and Digger.
    As I said, they don’t need to be absolutely accurate.

  132. Knuckle Dragger

    I couldn’t find this on the UK election thread, so – from Blair. Boris was officially going to shit it in after this tirade from you-know-you in July:

    ‘Can he (Johnson) also solve the intractable problem of Brexit, and come up with a solution that the whole country will get behind, with the blessing of the European Union?

    ‘It simply will not happen. And the problem is not just Johnson’s self-confessed gadabout nature, rushing from thing to thing rather than fierce focus on one thing and getting it right.

    ‘What it needs, of course, is strong political leadership to find a way through to embrace consensus politics a la Bob Hawke. Could Boris Johnson achieve that? I can’t find anyone from either side who thinks he can.’

    Please, Fitzy, please tell us that the Pies won’t win the 2020 flag.

  133. thefrollickingmole

    Leon The Professional on SBS Movies at 9:35pm.

    The Frog or the english language version?

    Ive only seen the english remake (which i enjoyed) and wouldnt mind seeing the original.

  134. Steve trickler

    Pretty shabby police work. Embarrassing. This was a 5 hour event. Reduced to 4:44.

    Red dirt should make you click.



  135. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    KNOW YOUR ARMY – THE YOUNG SOLDIER’S GUIDE TO RANK IN THE A.R.A. /ARES/ CADETS.

    BRIGADIER – Leaps tall buildings in a single bound – Is more powerful than a locomotive – Is faster than a speeding bullet – Walks on water – Gives policy to God.

    COLONEL – Leaps low buildings with a single bound – Is more powerful than a shunting engine – Is just as fast as a speeding bullet – Walks on water if sea is calm –Talks with God.

    LT. COLONEL – Leaps low buildings with a running start and a favourable wind – Is almost as powerful as a shunting engine – Is faster than a speeding air rifle slug – Walks on water in indoor swimming pools – Talks with God if special request is approved.

    MAJOR – Clears single story toilet blocks with one leap – Loses tug of war with locomotives – Can fire a speeding bullet – Swims well – Is occasionally spoken to by God.

    CAPTAIN – Makes marks on tall buildings while trying to leap over them – Is run over by locomotives – Can sometimes handle a gun without inflicting self injury – Dog paddles in swimming pools – Talks to animals.

    LIEUTENANT – Runs into buildings while trying to leap over them – recognises locomotives two out of three times – Is not issued with ammunition, for safety reasons – Can stay afloat if properly instructed in the use of a lifejacket – Talks to walls.

    SECOND LT. – Falls over doorstep while attempting to enter buildings – Says “Look at the Choo – Choo” – Wets himself with a water pistol – Plays in mud puddles – Mumbles incoherently to himself.

    R.S.M. – Tears tall buildings off their foundations and walks under them – Kicks speeding locomotives off their tracks – Catches speeding bullets in his teeth and eats them – Freezes water with a single glance –

    IS GOD, AND BY GOD, YOU HAD BETTER BELIEVE IT!

  136. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault
  137. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault
    #3261610, posted on December 14, 2019 at 2:38 pm:

    I am not the only person to have written of the dangers of the Tax Bill here, there are three others. I don’t know what pisses the other two off, but for me it us not so much that these things happen, but rather that nobody here gives a stiff shyte until it’s too late. Then the howling about “somebody should do something” is deafening. Every time. Just like it will be this time.

    You claim that others here are fully aware of the ramifications. Are they? Are you one of them? If so, what do you intend doing about it? Fvck all, as per usual?

    So yes, I get frustrated. You’d think after six years I’d have learned to expect nothing from the Catallaxy crowd, but I forever live in hope. Don’t really know why. So leave me be so I can get back to gnawing my knuckles as I watch your world collapse in on all of you, while you do nothing about it. Meanwhile the rest of you can get back to the important issues – namely election results from halfway around the world, cricket, and Trump is God.

    Peter has written there a superb summary of Catallaxy Files.

    The only thing I can add is that there’s a very obvious explanation (not a justification) for the lack of action. We already fear what the government can do in retaliation, overtly or covertly. Any protest carries the risk of a cost. Only with large numbers could a protest bring the benefit of being effective, which then invokes the problem of collective action and the Prisoner’s Dilemma.
    Also, can you imagine libertarians unionising into a singular coherent opinion and taking collective action? It’s against every fibre of their being. No wonder they’ve been screwed for the last 150 years despite being correct. Which is an end result that admittedly calls into question the wisdom of libertarian beliefs.

    We are so busy trying to live well we pay no attention to the erosion of the system for living.

  138. Damienski

    Fun in Perth hills
    It’s been a bit warm here in Perth. Sometimes in December it gets that way.
    Our little volunteer bushfire brigade has been called out three times (so far) in three days.
    Yesterday it was hot. Total fire ban. Harvest and vehicle movement ban. Easterly wind.
    Around dinner time seems like a perfect time to take out the paddock basher and roar around to see if it will light a fire. It did.
    Six appliances and about twenty volunteers dragged away from their homes and families to deal with the fallout of yet another stupendously idiotic imbecile.
    And so it continues. At least it wasn’t deliberately lit. Like the one the day before.
    It could be along summer

  139. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    Thanks Zulu.
    I’m glad I haven’t poured my first wine yet.
    It was this time last year I shared a glass of shiraz with my laptop.

  140. Mindfree

    I know its on FoxTel but has anyone who has access or knows someone who has watched it, seen Tiny Tim Minchin’s “Upright”.

    Any comments appreciated

  141. Bruce of Newcastle

    Did you read my comments last night about Aquaman?

    Missed that sorry Peter. The new OT timing is a bummer. Old fred scrolls off the sidebar.

  142. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    We already fear what the government can do in retaliation, overtly or covertly.
    Any protest carries the risk of a cost.

    Thanks for the input, Colonel.
    I’ve spent the afternoon toying with various means of action and their consequences, especially the all too obvious one of retaliation. I think I have a germ of an idea of how it could be done by people anonymously. If you’re interested I could send you details when I’ve finished nutting them out. Delivery by email via Sinc.

  143. Knuckle Dragger

    Kiwis rolled for 166. Superb effort with the pill by our lot.

    A 250 run lead, and one over before lunch. Tonk time in the next two hours I reckon, get 150-200 for a 350-400 then put the Kiwis to the sword again under lights.

  144. Knuckle Dragger

    *400-450 run lead*

    In my defence, I was a victim of Spudamatics in my yoof.

  145. 8th Dan

    Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW accept complaint against Israel Folau

    Campaigner Garry Burns wrote to the board’s president in early December complaining about Folau’s infamous April Instagram post in which he warned hell awaits homosexuals.

    Mr Burns also complained about the rugby player’s comments seen in a video sermon linking severe droughts and unprecedented bushfires to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in late 2017.

    He wrote that Folau’s statements were “objectively capable of incitement of contempt and or hatred of homosexual persons on the ground of their homosexuality”.

    Hard to argue with that. Might be a while before ACL refunds any of Izzy’s slush fund.

  146. Steve trickler

    This clip reminds me of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) ban on fenthion use for stone fruit growers in Perth. Total bullshit junk science. Eat 6kg? of stone fruit in a single serve and a potential exists for harm. Not proven and who would eat kilos at a time?

    This relates.



  147. DrBeauGan

    He wrote that Folau’s statements were “objectively capable of incitement of contempt and or hatred of homosexual persons on the ground of their homosexuality”.

    Gary Burns has done more to incite loathing of homosexuals than Folau could do in three lifetimes.

  148. 8th Dan

    Gary Burns has done more to incite loathing of homosexuals than Folau could do in three lifetimes.

    Among half a dozen or so Catallaxy bloggers, maybe. But not among real people in the real world.

  149. Bruce of Newcastle

    Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW accept complaint against Israel Folau

    Gladys should shorten their name to just “Discrimination Board of NSW”.
    Incidentally da light rail debut went like a 5 year plan socialist project today.
    Awesomely slow, at least one breakdown and everyone travelled for free.
    Maybe after a few years of this they’ll rip it up again like they did last time, in 1961.

  150. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    For BoN re Aquaman:

    Just watched “Aquaman”.
    The leading lady is a really cute, gorgeous, tiny, intelligent, witty redhead who gets as mad as a cut snake and busts heads when she’s crossed.

    For two hours it was just like having Marilyn back.

  151. Mark A

    8th Dan
    #3261757, posted on December 14, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Among half a dozen or so Catallaxy bloggers, maybe. But not among real people in the real world

    HTF would you know?
    Met any? I doubt.

  152. Cassie of Sydney

    “But not among real people in the real world.”

    8th Smell doesn’t associate with real people in the real world.

  153. Cassie of Sydney

    “Gary Burns has done more to incite loathing of homosexuals than Folau could do in three lifetimes.”

    Yep.

  154. Snoopy

    Mr Burns also complained about the rugby player’s comments seen in a video sermon linking severe droughts and unprecedented bushfires to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in late 2017.

    He wrote that Folau’s statements were “objectively capable of incitement of contempt and or hatred of homosexual persons on the ground of their homosexuality”.

    For those unaffected by the thought picture of a shit covered cock.

  155. Knuckle Dragger

    A really long piece from The Age today on Sir Ken Jones’ evidence in the Gig RC. Can’t post the lot on this infernal contraption, but the highlights are:

    He said there was ‘a toxic culture of absolute loyalty to the boss within Victoria Police that encouraged industrial subversion of the judicial system through the Lawyer X scandal.’

    He also said, and some of these are news to me as well:
    – The murder of Carl Williams was a preplanned hit by corrupt/compromised screws who’ve been found but not prosecuted;
    – Staffers for then-premier John Brumby asked him to ‘slice and dice’ 2010 Victorian crime stats just before an election to favour the incumbent Government;
    – The OPI became a guard dog for Simon Overland instead of a Victoria Police watchdog;
    – He noted a similarity between his treatment by the OPI and that given to sacked Assistant Commissioner Noel Ashby and long-time hard detective turned Police Association secretary Paul Mullett;
    – He brought some of his concerns to the OPI and was immediately shown the door;
    – The Ombudsman’s Office warned Jones that his house, phones and car were bugged, and arranged for sweeping by their ‘contractors’;
    – There was a plan, revealed by the Ombudsman to burgle home and place files on his computer for later ‘discovery’;
    – In his later VicPol time he carried a firearm, unlike every other senior officer; and
    – Other senior police were seen giving each other high-fives after Jones had left in 2011.

    Although he was served with a Notice to Appear at the RC, he happily paid his own way and expenses.

  156. Bruce of Newcastle

    Peter – After a brain transplant?

    ‘Aquaman’ Star Amber Heard Slams Donald Trump Over Planned Parenthood’s Loss Of Federal Funding

    Amber Heard, Cara Delevingne & Shailene Woodley Think Donald Trump Has an Alternate Constitution!

    She likes books, though, which is a fine thing:

    Heard confessed on “GMA” that she is a huge bookworm. When she was suspended by wires for the movie’s stunts, she said it was someone’s sole job to toss her a book to read in-between takes.

    “I would have to drop it between takes 30-feet in the air suspended on wires during these large setups and somebody would rush in and throw my book up at me,” she said. “I would feel so bad someone was going out of their way to do it so I was like, ‘no, it’s OK’ and they could tell I was going crazy — so wardrobe built me a book bag,” Heard said.

    The creatives in the wardrobe department built her book bag “out of the green screen material” so that she could have it without interfering with her costume.

    ‘Aquaman’ star Amber Heard had a special ‘green screen’ bag to hide books in between stunts

    I’ll pay that! 😀

    When it comes on FTA I’ll give Aquaman a go.

  157. Knuckle Dragger

    *his home*

    Disturbing trend.

  158. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Hard to argue with that. Might be a while before ACL refunds any of Izzy’s slush fund.’

    The astute legal mind of 8th Danielle graces us again, with her Fitzsimons-level wrongology.

    The little moppet’s head’s probably a bit fuzzy still form the after lunch nap.

  159. Infidel Tiger

    Folau will end up in the BRW rich list at this rate.

  160. EvilElvis

    Hard to argue with that. Might be a while before ACL refunds any of Izzy’s slush fund.

    That’s all fine and dandy. Did Folau expressly push these views onto said homo? Or did said homo and grievance industry go fishing for something to be enraged about?

  161. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘For those unaffected by the thought picture of a shit covered cock.’

    Ewwwww.

    Welcome back, None.

  162. Bruce of Newcastle

    But not among real people in the real world.

    My experience of not especially political family members is they rather dislike these obnoxious people shoving their ideology down everyone’s throats, which the seem to do often lately.

    It’s noteworthy that of about ten categories of sinners the only bunch who went postal were the gays.

    Says a lot.

  163. EvilElvis

    ‘For those unaffected by the thought picture of a shit covered cock.’

    Fucking classic. 😂

  164. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    I wasn’t talking about the actress’ politics, BoN. But looks-wise, and in portrayed temperament she could have been Marilyn’s non identical twin sister.

    Nonetheless, as far as Marilyn went, she was so far “right wing” she made me look like a man-bun wearing, sandal clad hipster on my way to a “Save the whales” rally.

  165. Porter

    Young journalists could make a name for themselves if they chased all the grubby behaviour on the NSW ADB persecution of private citizens in other states as well as the conduct of senior Defence officials and their selective implementation of army regulations. It is for the latter reason that I am also hoping the attempted Ben Smith-Roberts stitch up will blow the lids off some very dark cockroach holes. Some more information on the serial litigant and related matters.
    https://www.lyleshelton.com.au/why_is_defence_trying_to_bankrupt_this_iraq_veteran

  166. thefrollickingmole

    He wrote that Folau’s statements were “objectively capable of incitement of contempt and or hatred of homosexual persons on the ground of their homosexuality”.

    Folaus statement was gay?
    Has anybody told him?

    More from the love that will not shut up.

  167. Bruce of Newcastle

    Nonetheless, as far as Marilyn went, she was so far “right wing” she made me look like a man-bun wearing, sandal clad hipster on my way to a “Save the whales” rally.

    😀
    I’m off to watch Zulu again.
    The Zulus were fine soldiers and so were the Brits.

  168. Knuckle Dragger

    Wasn’t Amber Heard Johnny Depp’s ex?

    Porn star?

  169. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I’m off to watch Zulu again.
    The Zulus were fine soldiers and so were the Brits.

    Isandlewana and Rorke’s Drift are both rather evocative places to visit.

  170. Knuckle Dragger

    Sorry.

    Apparently another one with leaked photos of her cans.

  171. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m back again.
    Zulu seems to be a reimagined episode of A Time Goes By.
    Judy Dench wins a VC and Geoffrey Palmer dies heroically handing out ammunition.
    Typical Nein.

  172. Porter

    This list of nominees and winners posted on the AHRC Twitter feed today is very illuminating
    https://www.twitter.com/AusHumanRights/status/1205333647491923969
    Eastman features. She has represented both the serial litigant now seeking a payout from Folau to stave off bankruptcy and Rugby Australia against Folau and has made no secret of wanting Triggs’ old job. An ambitious young journalist should be busily undertaking some social network analysis and following some money as well.

  173. Nob

    Oh no!

    Freight trains are bad for The Climate!
    They deny The Science!

    https://amp.theatlantic.com/amp/article/603559/

  174. Muddy

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3261739, posted on December 14, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Love it. Especially the captain and subaltern descriptions.

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3261766, posted on December 14, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Interesting, thanks. Concerning if even partly true.
    Petty fiefdoms and medieval lords.

  175. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    How can they possibly not understand that voting for a 19 century Bolshi in order to stop Brexit will not only put Jeremy, Marc and Allison out of work, but will also wipe out their inheritance.

    Bubbles, I would be inclined to gently point this out somehow. Come in from a ‘position of ignorance’ and ask them to tell you why these things will not happen, these awful things which others are saying about Corbyn’s program. Then you express concern at the ineptness of their answers. Express dismay for poor Jeremy and Mark in particular, and tell a tale or two of how Allison might be better out of Dubai anyway, given the way the flog women so readily there.Sow the seed of doubt, always. You can do it nicely enough to keep your friends as friends. 🙂

  176. Overburdened

    Though i suppose there has always been an element of the school yard about it.

  177. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

    I’m back again.
    Zulu seems to be a reimagined episode of A Time Goes By.

    The original Zulu movie is available here.
    Just make sure you install Adblock Plus before you go to the site.

    Even with Adblock the site will bounce you around a few popups first.
    But repeat a couple of times and you will get there.

  178. Overburdened

    Egg 4pm

    It has been the age old treatment for hysterical women since long before the concept of medicine.

  179. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    He said there was ‘a toxic culture of absolute loyalty to the boss within Victoria Police that encouraged industrial subversion of the judicial system through the Lawyer X scandal.’

    Is that why complaints made against “Senior Labor figures” seem to get sidelined?

  180. Also, can you imagine libertarians unionising into a singular coherent opinion and taking collective action?

    Well there is the Liberal Democratic Party, but we are criticised by insincere socialist trolls, pretend conservatives and would be Randroid messiahs who are too pure for god himself.

    “Join the party and change the policies? No way! I’d rather shit all over them and complain about a lack of anyone to vote for! Those rotten bastards won’t submit entirely to my will!”

  181. Overburdened

    KD 4:26

    Class of there own.

    The bloke that stayed the other night impressed me when I incidentally saw his certificates about 6 or so years after he started training.

    I didn’t know until then.

  182. mh

    ‘For those unaffected by the thought picture of a shit covered cock.’

    None dropped by did she? lol

  183. cohenite

    Hard to argue with that. Might be a while before ACL refunds any of Izzy’s slush fund.

    I reckon your missing dick is on your shoulders.

  184. Digger

    OB 7:31

    How old was the CD who stayed the other night and can you put his initials up. I may know him…

    There has only been about 1300 CD’s qualified since the branch was formed in 1951.

  185. Nob

    So some of our clients have blocked us due to malware coming from our domain.

    Seems certain bad people are using small service companies as a back door to attack energy companies in The West.

    I had a long talk with an IT security expert from one of the big oil companies (they have a joint task force on this) yesterday who told me:

    It’s not a flood attack but just two or three emails at a time trying to install back doors on supplier devices to get into energy companies.

    The “handcrafted” nature of it means being done by humans rather than automated.

    Timezone suggests North Korea.

    Unlikely greenies, more likely rogue states trying to disrupt supply chain infrastructure.

    Just changing passwords wouldn’t be enough – he’s got with our IT people (well, person) to make sure we’ve taken adequate protection steps. Which will mean an extra layer in the identification process now probably.

    They look for small supplier companies that can’t afford the big IT defence budgets of the energy companies, and try to install back doors.

    All came to light when I called this particular client to see why our invoice emails were suddenly being bounced.

    It had started with an email purporting to be from our CFO , who sends far too many emails anyway (that she demands we must read), to one of our logistics people who deals direct with clients. And he’d thought it looked legit.

    I’m kind of glad it was her, even though I suppose it could have been anybody.

  186. BrettW

    Look who nearly got an award today :

    Our final award today is the 2019 Human Rights Medal.

    The finalists are:
    – Aimee McVeigh
    Bruce Pascoe
    @MagabalaBooks

    – Craig Foster
    @Craig_Foster

    – Richard Boele
    @RichardBoele

    – Rosemary Kayess
    @RosemaryKayess

    Anybody know what Pascoe has done regarding Human Rights other than claiming to be something he is not.

  187. Tel

    So some of our clients have blocked us due to malware coming from our domain.

    http://www.open-spf.org/Introduction/

  188. Bruce of Newcastle

    The original Zulu movie is available here.

    Only half an hour late on FTA.
    Hooker is opining that only an Irishman could name a hole like Rorke’s drift.
    It’s a very fine movie.

  189. egg_

    It has been the age old treatment for hysterical women since long before the concept of medicine.

    A good shagging?

  190. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    There has only been about 1300 CD’s qualified since the branch was formed in 1951.

    There’s quite a few ex – servicemen living in this part of the world. There has been more then one “clearance diver” suddenly leave town, when questions start being asked..

  191. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Wasn’t Amber Heard Johnny Depp’s ex?

    amber heard is right up there in the hot and batshit crazy quadrant

  192. Geriatric Mayfly

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3261766, posted on December 14, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks for that summary KD. I had it on the vid most of the day, but missed those salient points due to interruptions. Be interesting when Simon Underhand comes along to refute it all. By the by, I do not think I have heard Big Kev’s name dropped once. Was this all after her inglorious reign?

  193. JC

    Good piece in the WSJ. Other than software, we’ve really gone nowhere in the recent past.

    <

    strong>American Innovation, a Murder Mystery
    Line up the usual suspects: politicians, investors and regulators. Then take a fresh look at the evidence, which strongly suggests it died a natural death.

    Addressing 20,000 rallygoers at Dallas’s American Airlines Center recently, President Trump praised a “beautiful new Louis Vuitton plant” he’d toured that morning.

    The plant will bring about 1,000 jobs to a small town near Fort Worth, and Mr. Trump was displaying his good habit of celebrating work wherever Americans find it. But despite cheers of approval, one imagines he and his supporters would have preferred to christen an advanced “machine and manpower” plant—the kind that might assemble airplanes for the arena’s namesake. A craft workshop for a French luxury brand doesn’t quite capture the MAGA ideal.

    The president’s pledge to make America great again has always borne the implicit claim that America no longer makes anything great, whether Fords or farm equipment. There’s some truth to that, and both airplanes and handbags are examples of how U.S. manufacturing has fared since the mid-20th century.

    The key measure is productivity—how much value each worker produces—which bears heavily on job creation. Highly productive industries like chemicals, weapons systems and aerospace still draw strong domestic investment. But employment has shrunk because better machines and logistics have diminished the need for manpower. Productivity has risen more slowly for simpler types of manufacturing such as textiles and home goods, leading many companies to seek cheaper production overseas.

    There has also been a notable slowdown in improvements to the quality of goods produced. For about a century, beginning with the Second Industrial Revolution in the 1870s, American growth was driven by tinkerers, trusts and corporate labs, which eked out regular advances in products based on engines, electrical circuits and signals, and synthetic materials. Today, another half-century later, a coast-to-coast flight still takes you as long as it took your father in the 1970s. And with the major exception of computers, nothing in your luggage is likely to be much more useful or valuable than dad’s equivalent.

    Who killed American innovation? Answering that question could be a vital step toward re-energizing growth. Unfortunately, in their search for a culprit, Mr. Trump and many policy makers and commentators have implicated causes that aren’t responsible for the slowdown and tried solutions that hinder growth:

    • The free traders. Since the beginning of his 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump has often blamed the decline of heavy industry on his predecessors’ trade policies. “I did disagree with Ronald Reagan very strongly on trade,” he said in his final debate with Hillary Clinton.

    As president he has blasted the North American Free Trade Agreement—a signature achievement of Mrs. Clinton’s other half—as often as any federal policy. Describing the effect Mexico and other trade partners have had on domestic production, Mr. Trump said last year that “they’ve destroyed the steel industry, they’ve destroyed the aluminum industry and other industries, frankly.”

    In this view, politicians opened U.S. manufacturing to an assault from foreign competitors that produce and sell more cheaply. That reduces American manufacturers’ incentive to invest in better plant and products, benefiting rivals in protected economies. Yet open trade can’t explain the overall slowdown of U.S. innovation.

    To be sure, competition from Mexico reduces the incentive for U.S. Steel to invest in new fabrication techniques. But progress has also slowed since the mid-20th century for American companies that are heavily supported and protected, like Boeing. And there are countless industries in which U.S. companies retain a large lead in innovation despite trailing in global market share—most notably, cutting-edge electronics like smartphones and semiconductors.

    U.S. protectionism couldn’t have prevented other nations from eventually catching up. Georgia Tech economic historian Steven Usselman notes that American firms throughout most of the 20th century expected this “convergence” of international capability to occur decades earlier than it did. Yet even as manufacturing executives lobbied for support in their sectors, they backed general liberalization of trade as a net economic good.

    • The investors. It’s common to blame stagnant innovation on large companies that reduce productive investment in favor of shorter paths toward profit. A growing number of Republicans have adopted this critique, notably Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

    In May Mr. Rubio issued a 40-page report lamenting a drop in research and innovation and blaming “shareholder primacy theory” that focuses on increasing returns to shareholders. Instead of investing in plant and products, he argues, executives focus on cutting costs and optimizing debt to boost quarterly earnings.

    Critics of shareholder capitalism point to charts showing that plant and equipment have shrunk as a share of corporate assets since the 1950s, and that R&D in manufacturing have declined. But it’s unlikely these trends were caused by a sudden aversion to long-term commitments among investors and managers.

    Consider that in place of hard goods, companies are investing more in intangible assets, like the patents gained by acquiring a startup, or enterprise software that simplifies communication and accounting. These expenses may not boost employment in the same way as, say, new delivery trucks. But they reflect as much willingness to spend in ways that don’t deliver returns immediately, and in some cases never do.

    More important, there are entire business models based on risky long-term strategies—and those companies don’t have trouble finding backers. American financiers overinvested in rare-earth mining and hydraulic oil and gas production a decade ago based on rosy projections of global growth. And no one could accuse WeWork’s owners of valuing quarterly earnings over long-term potential.

    The rise of venture capital means more investors than ever are seeking the riskiest bets, and not only in software. Lavish support is available in biotechnology, robotics and other types of engineering in which backers have faith in an eventual payoff.

    • The regulators. This is the favorite suspect of innovators themselves, who understandably bristle under the increasing burden of federal rules. A company that makes or moves physical things faces limits on land use, passenger safety, pollution, chemical content and more, nearly all of which have gotten stricter since the 1970s.

    Peter Thiel, the billionaire tech investor, condemns federal regulators as the greatest obstacle to American innovation. “I would say that we’ve lived in a world in which bits were unregulated and atoms were regulated,” he said in a 2015 interview. His point is that restrictive rules are responsible for the slowdown in the engineering of mechanics (atoms) relative to software (bits). Whatever the benefits, every mandatory trial, emissions cap and maintenance rule reduces manufacturers’ output, decreases profit and restrains the ability to experiment.

    Yet the international comparison again casts doubt on this explanation. Countries that have developed quickly since the innovation slowdown, such as China, Japan and South Korea, placed less emphasis on consumer and worker protections than the U.S. did. Their bureaucrats attempt to boost industrial output, rather than hinder it.

    Despite decades of infrastructure marvels and greater shares of the world manufacturing market, none of these countries have caught up to the U.S. in achieving breakthroughs. Unlike 20th-century America, most of their growth has come from technologies discovered elsewhere. If regulation were decisive in hampering technological progress, one would expect zealously permissive regimes to surpass the fussy West.

    With legislators, investors and regulators largely off the hook, what’s left? The best evidence suggests that the seemingly boundless American progress of last century died a natural death.

    After 100 years of success, engineers around the 1970s found themselves less able to develop ever more productive designs and applications for the core technologies of the Second Industrial Revolution: combustion, electricity, signals, synthetics. As with previous revolutionary technologies—the steam engine, steel, gunpowder—the returns from each discovery gradually diminished. Productivity growth has slowed as a result.

    No other explanation accounts for why the slowdown has affected nearly every field of manufacturing. The internationally competitive garment industry and the protected sneaker industry both use similar production methods to those of 50 years ago. Neither high-tech combine harvesters nor simple winter jackets fulfill their functions much better now than two generations ago. No other country, regardless of trade or industrial policy, has demonstrated any more ability to break through.

    This realization is vital because it reframes every development in the U.S. economy since engineering progress diminished. For manufacturers since the 1970s, with few opportunities to grow by investing in better plant and equipment, offshoring parts of the production process may have become their only way to compete, not merely a way to grow faster. When companies lost much of their ability to improve product quality, lower production costs let them cut prices instead, raising living standards by other means.

    Critics like Mr. Rubio argue that the “financialization” of the economy has been counterproductive. In truth, the financial sector’s keenness for viable bets has helped sustain the overall growth of U.S. manufacturing. The low rate of nonperforming loans suggests the U.S. isn’t overleveraged compared with peers that boast a higher manufacturing share of output.

    Most important, the rise of software and high-end electronics looks less like a distraction from productive growth and more like a savior that has kept America moving when no other industry could. From IBM to Snapchat, tech companies have produced countless exportable goods and services and brought massive sums of foreign dollars into the U.S. economy. The software revolution has also propped up manufacturing by improving design capability, supply-chain logistics and marketing. A 2016 Deloitte survey of industry executives world-wide predicts that the U.S. will overtake China as the most competitive destination for manufacturing, as an ever-increasing share of growth occurs at the high end.

    Recognizing that the 20th century’s innovation streak died naturally should encourage policy makers to resist the allure of a Frankenstein industrial policy: slapping tariffs, subsidies and incentives on industries like electrodes, trying to revive the circumstances of a bygone economy.

    Protectionism can help companies maintain or increase market share. But manufacturing is shrinking as a share of employment in developed and developing economies alike. There’s little evidence that state support fosters commercially viable breakthroughs better than the market, so it’s an inefficient strategy for an advanced economy. Incentives to redirect capital, like Mr. Rubio’s proposal to punish stock buybacks through the tax code, would cause waste by discouraging companies from saving for better investments later.

    There’s no telling how innovation in engineering may eventually spring back to life, whether a new style of software next year or a mind-bending new field of physics next decade. Meanwhile, policy makers should take care to preserve the economic freedom that helps businesses find ways to prosper absent revolutionary progress. And Mr. Trump should heed his better angels by continuing to support every type of great thing America makes.

    Mr. Ukueberuwa is an assistant editorial features editor at the Journal.

  194. BrettW

    Useless Zulu movie trivia.

    Which two actors earned equal highest pay for their roles ?

    Stanley Baker – Chard
    Michael Caine – Bromhead
    Jack Hawkins – Missionary
    Ulla Jacobson – Mrs Missionary
    James Booth – Hook

    Who earned the least ?

  195. Geriatric Mayfly

    egg_
    A good shagging?

    How it used to trip off the tongue. ‘All she needs is a good root.’ Now an indictable offence.

  196. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Useless Zulu movie trivia.

    The role of King Cetshwayo was played by his great grandson, Chief Buthelezi.

  197. Overburdened

    ZK2A

    In my experience men with skills don’t need to chirp it up.

  198. 8th Dan

    It has been the age old treatment for hysterical women since long before the concept of medicine.

    Hysteria was on 7flix at 10.50 pm last night.

  199. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    It has been the age old treatment for hysterical women since long before the concept of medicine.

    A good shagging?

    works every time

  200. Knuckle Dragger

    That’s why Def Leppard named an album after it.

  201. Digger

    ZKTA

    We have the most comprehensive listing by name, service number, and qualification course that you can imagine. I doubt the RAN can produce details of every qualified CD as quickly or comprehensively as our Association.

    We have referred a few to ANZMI and I’ve personally had a couple pleading with me to get their details removed…. Not an option.

  202. JC

    Real estate porn.

    Nice Malibu digs, but give the furniture a huge pass.

    https://www.mansionglobal.com/articles/listing-of-the-day-a-tequila-mogul-s-malibu-retreat-17550

    US$22 million and it’s not near the beach.

  203. Overburdened

    Egg

    That or any other method to achieve the desired result.

    Usually hysterical women self treat continuously.

    So do blokes to be fair.

  204. Chris

    Just reading the Bernard Gaynor update.
    He appears to be heading for bankruptcy as Defence pursues him for $700,000 costs over appealing his dismissal through the courts.
    I wonder if we could find a way to pursue WAPOL through the courts to discourage abusive use of discretion against ordinary decent shooters and firearms dealers?
    I understand the Dealers Consultative Committee recently withdrew from regularly meeting the WA Police Firearms people. It appears that the Police had the cup of tea, never listened to them or did anything at all except use information they gathered from the representatives to abuse process against them later.
    I have a high regard for WAPOL as people serving Western Australians in general, but their abusive process agaisnt firearm owners and dealers is over the top.

  205. Digger

    Overburdened – I’m about a decade older and I stayed in for 20 so there’s better than a fair chance that I would know him.

  206. 2dogs

    Eject Wales, Ulster and Scotland from England. Move the capital to Winchester, Tamworth and Canterbury (legislative, executive and judicial). Let Britain (and Ireland) form a military alliance if need be.

    +100

    If you listen to BoJo on Brexit and Nicola Sturgeon on Scottish Independence, there are a lot of similarities.

  207. Bruce of Newcastle

    Which two actors earned equal highest pay for their roles ?

    I’d guess:

    Stanley Baker – Chard
    Jack Hawkins – Missionary

    Michael Caine is credited as “and introducing” and Stanley Baker is a co-producer.
    Nailed it, did Mr Caine.

  208. Overburdened

    Digger

    So you’re saying you know these blokes on paper.

    If a bloke is full of shit what’s he doing on your register.

    Never try to work me again fuckwit.

  209. egg_

    So do blokes to be fair.

    Explains Grigs.

  210. Knuckle Dragger

    Onya Digger.

    Keep those filthy xunts in check.

  211. Overburdened

    Digger

    I’m sure if he had an interest he’d be in touch with you already.

    Either way the impression I now have is that you are working me.

  212. Roger

    Michael Caine is credited as “and introducing” and Stanley Baker is a co-producer.

    Yes, it was the part that launched Caine’s career.

    Baker & Hawkins were the stars at the time.

  213. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I doubt the RAN can produce details of every qualified CD as quickly or comprehensively as our Association.

    Thanks, Digger.

  214. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    A cosy place to lie awake at night and think about the poor
    Peek Inside the Obamas’ New Luxe Martha’s Vineyard Mansion

  215. Digger

    I don’t particularly want him or anyone to get in contact with me and I don’t see how you got the impression that I did…

  216. Overburdened

    You asked for identifiers and later went into a riff about identifying wannabes.

    One way traffic.

    I note you didn’t offer your identifiers.

    What is a bloke to think.

    And I would ask him if it was cool for me to give you info anyway.

  217. Roger

    A cosy place to lie awake at night and think about the poor
    Peek Inside the Obamas’ New Luxe Martha’s Vineyard Mansion

    Would that be the same POTUS who alienated rare as hen’s teeth southside Chicago public parkland in order to build his presidential library?

    Some animals be more equal than others.

  218. Digger

    Believe it or not, you have every identifier you ever need from me…

  219. cohenite

    Chris
    #3261845, posted on December 14, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Are the SFF or an equivalent active there?

  220. Overburdened

    Err yep.

    Digger.

    That’ll do it.

  221. jupes

    Been checking out a few watch blogs before I choose my next piece.

    Big mistake to read the comments, they’re very hard crowds to please.

  222. Overburdened

    https://youtu.be/fG-qwtbyKqA

    It’s Saturday night so it must be kick’n the footy time again.

  223. jupes

    Ulla Jacobson – Mrs Missionary

    She was the missionary’s daughter in the movie.

    In reality the missionary was younger (30) with a young wife and infant kids.

    Dunno what possesses people to make shit up for historical movies.

  224. Steve trickler

    Great work! 😎

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  225. Fisky

    BrexitCentral

    @BrexitCentral
    ·
    2m

    “We lost, we have to face up to that. We’re going to leave Europe,” says Lord Heseltine as he concedes Boris will deliver Brexit.

    Ha ha! They have lost!

  226. Oh come on

    Just stfu Heseltine. Yesterday’s midget in every respect.

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