Tuesday Forum: February 4, 2020

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  1. JC says:

    Aussie Dollar looks like absolute crap. Below 67 cents now. 66.90.

    Bern may get his two for one.

  2. areff says:

    AWFL match is a high-scoring affair: 14-2 at half-time.

    Would it offend feminist sensibilities to shrink the ground by, say, 60 metres, reflecting the fact that while modern gals can do everything and have it all, they can’t kick as far as members of the despised sex?

    Don’t get me wrong. The ladies should play footy if that is their desire.

    But the hype and promotion and breathless telly callers acting like the contest is the most exciting thing since Tom Wills doesn’t do it or them a jot of good.

  3. vlad says:

    When the dollar is low, come to Australia, Yanqui friends, and spend up.

  4. areff says:

    Expecting to hit 60 cents, JC. Maybe lower, fingers crossed.

  5. vlad says:

    Would it offend feminist sensibilities

    You don’t need to finish that sentence. The answer is yes.

  6. Nick says:

    +1 Areff.
    Not changing the rules, to allowing for the fact that the code needs ten years of development before they promote it as a premium product. But no.
    You can’t polish a turd.

  7. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Watership Down is on NITV.

    Kirk Douglas vs a dying rabbit?

  8. Helen says:

    KD

    The now-disused Inpex FIFO miners’ settlement precinct, described as ‘ on the outskirts of Darwin’ will be used as a quarantine centre for beervirus.

    50 m away from a primary school, NT infested with flies, what happens? Spit on ground, fly says yum yum eat scum now lets go see what that kid is having for lunch, cant get in there lets get up her nose or in her eye instead. They have medical facilities there – for a camp of fit healthy young workers, it’s a first aid station at best.

    And the Darwin hospital is at 140% capacity already with people in beds in the corridors. Sheesh.

  9. vlad says:

    I read a marvellous story online from the UK about someone who found a massive vintage Meccano set in the attic of his parents home, in its original wrappings etcetera – the original wrappings of Meccano were considerable – all of it untouched, and he said that his parents must have bought it for him and then forgotten to give it to him.

    He was selling it – for a small fortune.

  10. Steve trickler says:

    Who would make the call in VicGov telling VicPol what to do?

    The Top Brass are CivLop should be interested in the following.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpbi83sZXrI

  11. Steve trickler says:

    at CivLop.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I read a marvellous story online from the UK about someone who found a massive vintage Meccano set in the attic of his parents home

    Utterly cool!

    I had a Meccano set which was the one my parents gave me and the one my dad’s parents gave him. A full large cardboard box of nuts, bolts and plates of all sizes with holes in them. And wheels and stuff. Magical.

    And all the Lego. Sigh.

  13. Mother Lode says:

    One of my mate’s Dad is from Wuhan – but this year he decided for unconnected reasons not to visit home this year.

    He is fine, although out of general anxiousness and a much heightened precaution he and his wife are keeping themselves isolated at home as much as possible. But his extended family is another matter.

  14. Shy Ted says:

    I am Watership Down. No, I am Watership Down. Still needs work.

  15. vlad says:

    Arthur C Clarke when he had the money bought the biggest Meccano set there was.

    Wouldn’t we all.

    He was a whiz at it, too.

  16. vlad says:

    The WHO has deplored bans on Chinese travel.

    I would happily pay for the relevant press-release issuers’ one-way ticket to Wuhan. They would accept, wouldn’t they?

  17. Chris says:

    Welcome back, Philippa, your presence here has been missed.

    I only yesterday popped to your blogroll link to see if there was anything new from you. Mmm mm, tho ole stories are still the best.
    Kinda.

  18. vlad says:

    It’s incredible when you read the stories of eventual bestsellers that were turned down by X number of publishers. Watership Down was one such.

    But the most incredible story was DUNE – which I’ve never read.

    It had already been serialised in whatever top sf magazine it was – and the only publisher Frank Herbert could get was a publisher of technical car manuals. That makes no sense.

  19. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    get woke, go broke
    Ewan McGregor says ‘Birds of Prey’ delivers powerful message on misogyny
    The “Birds of Prey” star said he has also kept up with the Lucasfilm world.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQ3tvqlkgE4

  20. Armadillo says:

    Arma, what does your Spidersense tell you?
    Which chump will it be?

    Arky would make a better candidate than what the Democrats are offering.

    My “sense” is that there is going to be an absolute shit fight within the left of American politics. As far as candidates goes, “follow the money” right up until the point they all get exposed.

    There has been plenty of mud slung, and all in one direction so far. The gun barrels are yet to open.

    Trump will romp this home, and by a big margin.

  21. vlad says:

    Trump will romp this home

    Yes. Bet the farm on it.

  22. Armadillo says:

    It’s actually sad for American politics, and the American people what’s going on.

    It’s almost as bad as the insufferable dickheads we have to put up with here.

  23. Steve trickler says:

    “How dare you!”

    She’d enjoy the ride.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7c-5yzE8qM

    Nice car.

  24. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    But the most incredible story was DUNE – which I’ve never read.

    Re-read it recently for the xteenth time. Great pace, wonderful universe. My copy is falling to bits, I kept on having to put pages back into it. A 1966 PB edition iirc.

    Marvellous book. I hear there’s another attempt at a movie coming. Hope it’s good.

    Dune 2020

  25. Confused Old Misfit says:

    Dune – Read them all. Tried the first one his son and another fellow wrote but never finished it.

    I hope Dune 2020 is better than the 1984 effort. The acting in that was bloody awful!

  26. Dune would have to be the most overhyped, dreary novel I have ever tried to read.
    A story in search of a plot.

  27. Mark A says:

    Dune.
    How tastes differ, my utmost fav reading is scifi and I couldn’t finish it.

  28. vlad says:

    The acting in that was bloody awful!

    With one exception, surely.

    “Make it so. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.”

    While his sitar gently wept.

  29. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I quite liked the 1984 fillum. Especially Sting and the Baron. The personal shields were cool too.

  30. Armadillo says:

    “Friday Blokes Night” at “The Cat” seems to have slipped somewhat.

  31. Eyrie says:

    I read Dune over Easter 1967. Also went solo in glider that long weekend. What happened to the time?

  32. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    I had a Meccano set which was the one my parents gave me and the one my dad’s parents gave him. A full large cardboard box of nuts, bolts and plates of all sizes with holes in them. And wheels and stuff. Magical.

    Also received one as a kid. The initial rapture soon turned to utter despondency. There were no nuts and bolts included. No doubt seized back in England for the war effort. And it was impossible to get any spares.

  33. Armadillo says:

    What happened to the time?

    Elves stole it, the untrustworthy little bastards.

  34. mh says:

    In case you haven’t looked there’s some funny stuff on the ‘ Rafe’s rumination on the ruin of the west’ thread.

    Iampeter of course.

  35. Confused Old Misfit says:

    I expected better from the ’84 film given the rep of the director.

  36. The Beer Whisperer says:

    8th Dan
    #3316181, posted on February 7, 2020 at 8:01 pm
    James Woods
    @RealJamesWoods
    ·
    3h
    I was on vacation awhile, avoiding the news

    In rehab again. Worst case of acne ever … and burnt out nostrils, too.

    If his IQ is as reported , his IQ is about 180 times yours.

  37. Fat Tony says:

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3315980, posted on February 7, 2020 at 4:31 pm
    ‘Don’t engage the troll

    FUCK OFF TROLL’

    Thereby engaging troll.

    I disagree KD – engaging with the troll is arguing with him as quite a few do. That is completely pointless.

    I’m sure you agree with the expression “Fuck off” for a fuckwit like numbers.

  38. The Beer Whisperer says:

    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3316157, posted on February 7, 2020 at 7:38 pm
    Keith Richards quits smoking

    I thought that had to be a Bee headline…

    I’ve been off trolling climate trolls on the Cfact blog. It’s amazingly addictive. Two hours have just vanished from my life.

    Bruce, can you do Twitter?

    It is the very definition of low hanging fruit.

  39. Helen says:

    I have an idea, why don’t they rewrite American Sniper as a trans?

  40. Infidel Tiger says:

    London: A key member of Australia’s Parliamentary intelligence committee has strongly criticised British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in a private meeting over British intelligence claims they can safely allow Chinese telco Huawei to build the country’s 5G mobile network.

    Labor MP Anthony Byrne delivered the rebuke during a 25-minute meeting on Thursday in Canberra between Mr Raab and some members of the intelligence committee, underlining tensions between the UK and its allies over Huawei. Australian and US officials are frustrated Britain said in late January that it would not ban equipment made by Huawei from being used in its new high-speed 5G network.

    Wowee!

    This is incredibly encouraging. A unity ticket in Australia against the Chicom filth is the best possible news.

    We are not dead yet baby.

  41. Arky says:

    We should have known.
    It was the armadildos.

  42. Infidel Tiger says:

    Uh oh. Coronarvirus has spread to North Korea.

    It’s over for China now.

  43. Cold-Hands says:

    I hadn’t realised we experienced a mass extinction event this week.
    Two-Thirds of ALL animals and insects will be extinct by February 03, 2020
    ~ World Wildlife Federation

    HT @DawnTJ90 on twitter.

  44. Arky says:

    We could have dealt with china.
    And we could have dealt with the armadildos.
    But this unholy alliance of chicoms armed with filthy infected armadildos with be the death of us all.

  45. Zyconoclast says:

    I hadn’t realised we experienced a mass extinction event this week.
    “Two-Thirds of ALL animals and insects will be extinct by February 03, 2020
    ~ World Wildlife Federation”
    HT @DawnTJ90 on twitter.

    Even if the mass extinction was true, so what?

  46. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    looks like Singapore has lost control of the virus

    Singapore reports three more coronavius cases of unknown origin
    Singapore is reporting three more coronavirus cases with no links to previous cases or travel history in China.

    The country moved its disease outbreak response up a level to “orange” on Friday as the new cases emerged, according to the Straits Times. This means the outbreak is thought to have moderate to high public health impact.

  47. JC says:

    Unreal, just unreal.

    Tax hike on gas, oil to save surplus

    The Morrison government is looking at raising the $1.4bn-a-year tax on the gas industry in a bid to replace falling revenue and protect future surpluses.

  48. mh says:

    Uh oh. Coronarvirus has spread to North Korea.

    I don’t think that patient will make it.

    Just a hunch.

  49. old bloke says:

    OldOzzie
    #3316039, posted on February 7, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Let the Trans-Atlantic Trading Begin

    Seven key principles for building a bilateral bloc based on mutual prosperity and shared values.

    There is a long history of cooperation between the people of the USA and the people of the UK. This “brotherly” relationship goes back thousands of years, long before the English arrived in England, and long before the Americans arrived in the USA.

    The Patriarch Joseph had five sons, the eldest two (Manasseh and Ephraim) were both accorded the same status as their uncles, as heads of their own tribes of the children of Jacob (Israel.) Ephraim was given an additional blessing, a community (commonwealth?) of nations, whereas Manasseh was to have a single, powerful nation.

    Ephraim, called Aegel in [email protected]@w, meaning bull-calf, symbol of Joseph (later “Angle”) led the rebellion against the House of [email protected]@h (today’s Jooos,) and established the House of Israel (northern tribes plus Simeon in the south). They were expelled from the land of Israel at different times and in different directions, however the Angles (from Ephraim) established the Parthian Empire, and components of Manasseh were relocated to the Russian steppes, where they were known to the Greeks as the Saccae Scythians, to the Persians as the Saka (from their grand-father’s name Isaac), and to the Romans as the Saxons.

    During their exile, the Saxons and Angles always cooperated. They has a common border to the north of the Caspian Sea, and they were both ruled over by descendants of David. There were instances when the Parthian ruler would send a message to the Saxon ruler saying “I’m in a spot of bother with those bloody Romans again, can I borrow your army for a few months?” and the Saxons would join with the Parthians to fight whoever their enemy was. I think it was Herodotus who said that they both had a common ancestry, and spoke a common language.

    Then they migrated west, the Angles staying briefly in Denmark and the Saxons in Germany, till they crossed the Channel and took over from the Brits (from Brith – [email protected]@w for Covenant, Brit-ish means Man of the Covenant). The migration to the USA was mainly from the Saxons in northern England, the Scottish lowlands, and eastern England – Mercia became America (the land of Mercia.)

    They were joined then by the remaining Saxons in Germany. Until then, the Tribe of Manasseh was divided by water. In the land of Israel, Manasseh, the largest of the Tribes, occupied lands on both the east and west banks of the Jordan (yes, the Jordan River has two banks, and Israel occupied both of them), in the Assyrian exile, they were located on opposite shores of the Caspian Sea, and after their westward migration, they were divided by the North Sea. Manasseh came to their power after both halves occupied a common land mass.

    So, they have a very long history of cooperation in all matters, though they have also had their squabbles as brothers always do. One aspect of their history that interests me is that when Jeroboam (from Ephraim) led the revolt against the Kings of [email protected]@h, his protest was against high taxes, labour conscription, and that they had no say in the rule of the land, you can imagine them walking through Jerusalem carrying placards saying “no taxation without representation.” Many years later, Manasseh would split from Ephraim for exactly the same reason.

  50. 8th Dan says:

    his IQ is about 180

    Woods allegedly self-proclaimed his IQ to be 180.

    He’s been a better than average actor, but nothing more. So I’d grant him a better than average IQ … of 118.
    That’s about the same position on the right of the curve as yours is on the left.

  51. Top Ender says:

    Uncut Gems on Netflix is unmitigated tripe.

    American black gangster types dominate most of it leaping up and down and howling rap lyrics.

    Inbetween Adam Sandler as a Jewish gem merchant coping with his out of control life.

    We lasted an hour before agreeing with our guests it was bollocks.

  52. Top Ender says:

    Uncut Gems on Netflix is unmitigated tripe.

    American black gangster types dominate most of it leaping up and down and howling rap lyrics.

    Inbetween Adam Sandler as a Joowish gem merchant coping with his out of control life.

    We lasted an hour before agreeing with our guests it was bollocks.

  53. MatrixTransform says:

    Trickler,
    I had a girlfriend once who had a cockatoo.
    Fucking thing never shut up.
    I miss the parrot though

  54. BorisG says:

    looks like Singapore has lost control of the virus

    I’ve read somewhere that those viruses hate warm weather. Hope that’s true.

  55. Armadillo says:

    We should have known.
    It was the armadildos.

    Only part of that article was true. I demand a partial retraction.

    You just can’t come here and outright lie, Arky.

  56. Lazlo says:

    Not wrong JC. This government is showing signs of going the precisely the wrong way. Methinks Josh has been completely captured by the Treasury bubble.

  57. Infidel Tiger says:

    Uncut Gems on Netflix is unmitigated tripe.

    American black gangster types dominate most of it leaping up and down and howling rap lyrics.

    Inbetween Adam Sandler as a Joowish gem merchant coping with his out of control life.

    We lasted an hour before agreeing with our guests it was bolloc

    You should probably stick to Midsomer Murders and A Country Practice reruns.

  58. Armadillo says:

    I’ll repeat this again. The virus is a Chinese military biological warfare experiment that escaped.

    There is no other plausible explanation for it. Unless Stimpy comes up with one.

  59. Armadillo says:

    I have a gut feeling that Sinc is going to close down this thread to stop the truth getting out.

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