Open Forum: February 15, 2020

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  1. Armadillo

    nUmbers must be smote. If only for the fact that he comes and laughs in your faces every day.

    If you want to contest (and humiliate) him, do it on HIS blog.

    Good luck with getting your comments posted.

  2. Digger

    Only one person could write such a turgid sentence….and that is a chloroform addict.

    are you really just a 14 year old schoolgirl?

  3. Arky

    No one deserve to be called that shame on you.

    ..
    Sorry.
    It’s been a tough week and I’m lashing out.

  4. Zyconoclast

    What I should have linked with my earlier post

    African American Faith Leaders Respond to Donald Trump’s Attack on Mike Bloomberg

    NEW YORK — This morning, Mike Bloomberg met at his campaign headquarters with over 20 African American leaders within the faith community to discuss Mike Bloomberg 2020’s faith outreach program led by Rev. Alisha Gordon. Just before this prescheduled meeting began, Donald Trump and his campaign took to their social media platforms to spread lies about Mike and his record. In response, the African American faith leaders in the meeting issued the following joint statement:

    “While Donald Trump was calling Mike Bloomberg a racist, Mike was continuing his conversation with African-American clergy from around the country. He expressed regret over his past insensitivity regarding policies like stop and frisk and showed a continued interest in restorative justice. To be clear: None of us believe that Mike Bloomberg is a racist. Actions speak louder than words, and Mike has a long record of fighting for equality, civil rights, and criminal justice reform.”

    They list the 20 attendees and who they represent.

  5. Cassie of Sydney

    “are you really just a 14 year old schoolgirl?”

    No…but quite obviously you fantasise about 14 year old schoolgirls.

  6. Steve trickler

    Leonid & Friends feat. the US Ambassador to Russia Mr. Jon Huntsman on the keys. 2018.

    Did this make the news? A Russian band in the USA at the time of all the Wussia BS!



  7. Armadillo

    No one deserves to be called that shame on you.

    Spare a thought for Mrs A. She pretends she doesn’t see the smirks, the finger pointing and the ear whispering.

  8. bespoke

    Again How are you gong to make stay there DrBeauGan?

  9. Armadillo

    Sorry.
    It’s been a tough week and I’m lashing out.

    Sitting and staring at a pile of metal and timber on your garage floor must be absolutely exhausting.

  10. BorisG

    I notice that numbers is long gone but pundits are still obsessed with him.

  11. bespoke

    Armadillo Roadkill Surprises Wisconsin Drivers

    Be careful when handling armadillos — whether they’re dead or alive. Around 20 percent of these armored mammals carry M. leprae, better known as leprosy.

  12. BorisG

    Cassie don’t you agree hat there are people that don’t have a TV and never watch Australian news?

  13. Zyconoclast

    I wonder if they caught that short bloke with the weird moustache?

    Police in Germany arrested twelve men, including one of its own officers, in a nationwide probe into an extreme-right group suspected of planning attacks on politicians, asylum-seekers and M00slims, state interior ministry sources and prosecutors said Friday.

    The four prime suspects planned to spark “a civil-war-like situation… via as yet undefined attacks..

    From its founding in September 2019, the group’s ultimate aim was “to shake the state and social order in Germany and in the end to overturn it,” investigators believe.

  14. BorisG

    I accept though that these people are so ignorant they may not qualify as jurors.

    When I fully recover from my Whooping Cough I will ask my Russian colleagues if they heard of Pell.

  15. Digger

    listen mate, you are at least as bad as anybody that does reply or comment.

    somehow, with all yer higher spychology it’s lost on you

    when that proverbial penny finally drops … you’ll lead by example.

    or, a dialectical game-player seeking to isolate or divide.

    The insecurities, the self doubt, the defensive posture followed by the attack dog attitude to any who disagree, the self righteous always right mentality, the follow the troll over a cliff and defend that stupid position at all costs propensity. It all speaks volumes for the character of some on this blog.

    Just read some of the absolute tripe that has been written in response to a single post about stopping the hero worship following of a troll who no-one agrees with…

    To suggest I am a leftie clearly demonstrates your total lack of understanding and all because of the only possible response from someone so insecure… “If you disagree with me you must be a leftie”. For Gods sake, grow up.

  16. BorisG

    That wasn’t true in Rotherham.
    Notatfan: this is about Rotheram. Back in 2014.

  17. notafan

    Please tell us more about the Christian beliefs in endless harp music.

    As for the concept of heaven, it’s pretty obvious that is lsm being most likely a heresy of Christianity has done wholesale borrowing from Christian beliefs.

    Ramadan being a poor imitation of Lent is an obvious example.

  18. Armadillo

    The author of Bespokes Linky…..

    Kimiko Kidd is a native Daytonian. She graduated from Wright State University with degrees in environmental science and sociology. She loves her trusty old Honda Civic, but dreams of owning a 1974 Ford Falcon XB with a custom paint job and a vintage Kawasaki Z1000. In her free time, Kimiko can be found watercolor-painting, baking muffins, collecting rocks, playing old-school Nintendo games, writing her novel, sewing stuffed animals, and cosplaying as her favorite Mad Max c

    haracters.

    I rest my case.

  19. JC

    WSJ calls on a group of black voters to offer their opinions on the candidates and the election. If this small group is representative, the D’rats don’t appear to have a lock on the black vote.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/rise-of-sanders-trump-shows-decline-in-party-power-11581742860

  20. Digger

    The main lesson from history is that if you turn the other cheek, you get crucified.
    People don’t seem to get that.

    You seem to be suggesting that by ignoring numbers you are turning the other cheek…

    I think I now see the problem here…

    Cognition!!!

  21. dover_beach

    Like, all will be fine after death, endless harp music

    I see notafan got in before me but heaven is not endless harp music. Far from it.

  22. Zyconoclast

    More media charges dropped in Pell case

    More charges have been dropped against media over reporting on Cardinal George Pell’s sexual abuse convictions, as a judge criticises delays in the case.

    More than half the 205 charges against 36 Australian journalists and news outlets have been dropped since Victoria’s Director of Public Prosecutions brought the case last March.

    Only 100 charges against 30 individuals and outlets are continuing.

    They relate to reporting on Pell’s high-profile sexual abuse trial, which was shrouded in secrecy to avoid prejudicing the case.

    But lawyers involved in the prosecution of journalists have been told to hurry.

    “This case is going so slowly that I can’t recall the last (hearing in the matter) before me,” Supreme Court Justice John Dixon said during Thursday’s hearing.

    “Eleven months on and we’re still talking about the basics.”

  23. MatrixTransform

    I will ask my Russian colleagues if they heard of Pell.

    what happened to yr man-in-Wuhan?

    choked on a bat wing?

  24. bespoke

    I see notafan got in before me but heaven is not endless harp music. Far from it.

    How do you know?

  25. Armadillo

    it’s pretty obvious that is lsm being most likely a heresy of Christianity has done wholesale borrowing from Christian beliefs.

    Spot on.

  26. Zyconoclast

    A young woman has been found not guilty of murder but convicted of unlawfully killing a teenager by running him down with her car in Perth.

    Aya Hishmeh, 23, stood trial in the Western Australia Supreme Court charged with murdering 17-year-old Jacob Cummins and attempting to kill his friends Robert Bell, Augustine Janga, Mark Kickett and Anwre Ige in Canning Vale in December 2017.

    She repeatedly cried during the trial, including while viewing a video of her police interview and when she took the stand to testify.

    During her police interview, Hishmeh said she was angry but would never hurt anyone, although she conceded she had been suspended from school for two separate acts of violence.

  27. MatrixTransform

    It all speaks volumes for the character of some on this blog

    Like I already said … are you stupid, or deaf?

  28. notafan

    The fact that both I slam and LDS envisage heaven as a place of debachery for men (but not their mothers, wives and daughters) saysuch about their man-madeness.

  29. DrBeauGan

    Again How are you gong to make stay there DrBeauGan?

    I did say that, Bespoke. Any post by numbers to the open thread could be automatically diverted to a quarantine thread. If he starts posting on other threads, the same. It’s trivial to write.

    Anyone who wants to argue with him can go to the quarantine thread and do so, and the rest of us can avoid it. Like the plague.

    This way, he can’t complain about being suppressed, and those like me who think he’s a) loathsome and b) tedious can easily avoid his moronic and dishonest garbage. He can only wreck his very own thread.

    Smiting him would be even simpler, but the Doomlord seems averse to that for some inscrutable reason.

  30. Cold-Hands

    Imam Tawhidi (the “Imam of Peace”), is celebrating his court victory

    The peaceful lawyer who wanted ISIS to behead me & then took me to court for exposing him (claiming “harassment” & damages) was a no show at the final hearing. I wonder why. The biggest fool here is the lawyer who decided to defend him. Judge ruled in MY favour. Total humiliation

    with a “Downfall” video. Clearly these parodies are not a “thing” in Germany, as his German followers are totally mystified why speech & subtitles don’t match.

  31. Old School Conservative

    Good luck with getting your comments posted.

    Been there, failed at that.
    Thought I would challenge his world view and never got to strike a blow.
    Denied.
    So numbers comes here instead of coping on his own blog with derision/arguments/fightback.
    Why? Because he has no readership, and this public blog gives it to him.
    I think his assertions must be challenged when he’s wrong, and credit to those who take his errors down so mercilessly.

  32. Knuckle Dragger

    Seppo Bullshit Update:

    Tom Berenger just called out ‘lock and load’ to his peeps.

    In the movie.

    Just like the Australians. Or so people would have you think.

    More importantly, I remain a non-millionaire. For the time being.

  33. bespoke

    Any post by numbers to the open thread could be automatically diverted to a quarantine thread. If he starts posting on other threads, the same. It’s trivial to write.

    If there was a pluggin to do that he would start useing a sock?

  34. dover_beach

    How do you know?

    bespoke, I’m not giving you a review , I’m saying that Christian tradition does not describe heaven as endless harp music.

  35. Porter

    A great win against the thought police (but the fact he had to go to court to defend his right to tweet his mind is outrageous)
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-51501202

  36. Cassie of Sydney

    Thanks for that link Porter….I particularly enjoyed this…

    “In one tweet Mr Miller wrote: “I was assigned mammal at birth, but my orientation is fish. Don’t mis-species me.”

    This tweet was among several others which were reported to Humberside Police as being allegedly transphobic.

  37. DrBeauGan

    If there was a pluggin to do that he would start useing a sock?

    Not that easy, he’d need to change his digital address. It can be done, but he’d have to change his style or be identified quickly and the sock address added.

  38. Porter

    That was a brilliant tweet, wasn’t it, Cassie. Check out the video. Mr Miller has a good sense of humour and I am glad he still wants to pursue the f-wits who set the ‘guidelines’ and has been granted leave to appeal. Warrior.

  39. Old School Conservative

    From Porter’s link, part of a statement from the police:
    “…we will take learning from this incident moving forward.”
    Hopeless at policing but great at managementese.

  40. JD

    Glen Campbell’s daughter’s tribute to her dad.

  41. MatrixTransform

    https://anero.id/energy

    omg … what happened to the wind?

  42. Cassie of Sydney

    “Porter
    #3324828, posted on February 16, 2020 at 12:04 am
    That was a brilliant tweet, wasn’t it, Cassie. Check out the video. Mr Miller has a good sense of humour and I am glad he still wants to pursue the f-wits who set the ‘guidelines’ and has been granted leave to appeal. Warrior.”

    Yes….warrior…check out his discussion on the Youtube channel Triggernometry. Really good. He doesn’t turn the other cheek to all this lunacy. We need to all be warriors.

  43. MatrixTransform

    We need to all be warriors

    just say ‘no’ to whinging demand shits

    …all you need is just one more ‘no’ that they have confected, shame-based gibberish wrongasm

  44. bespoke

    So you don’t know how to automatically diverte numbers to a quarantine thread just expect Sinc to do it.

  45. Armadillo

    When nUmbers, SOB and mOnster allow Cats to freely post comments on their own sites without being censored, that is the time to let them dribble there shit here.

    Not before.

  46. DrBeauGan

    Yes….warrior…check out his discussion on the Youtube channel Triggernometry. Really good. He doesn’t turn the other cheek to all this lunacy. We need to all be warriors.

    + Lots.

    The fact that there are laws requiring us to pretend a man is a woman if he says he is, is government insanity. Telling him he’s a nutcase isn’t hatred, it’s doing him a kindness. Some day reality will catch up with him, and he’ll have to confront the fact that he isn’t a woman and can never be one. The sooner he has to face up to the truth the better his chances of survival.

  47. Old School Conservative

    A former fraud investigator with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has blown the whistle of the extent of fraud dogging the multi-billion dollar National Disability Insurance Scheme
    “They are effectively saying we except $2 billion in fraud,”
    (The Telegraph)

    I’m sure Cats are stunned, surprised, but mostly shocked.

  48. DrBeauGan

    So you don’t know how to automatically diverte numbers to a quarantine thread just expect Sinc to do it.

    It’s not much more complicated than a smiting, bespoke, when someone is diverted into a null folder. I don’t expect Sinc could write the code, but Jaques can and does.

  49. MatrixTransform

    the better his chances of survival

    seriously?

    his survival remains unchanged.

    his genetic line however … ?

    cul-de-sac

    makes sense… even in Strayan English

  50. DrBeauGan

    It’s not much more complicated than a smiting, bespoke, when someone is diverted into a null folder. I don’t expect Sinc could write the code, but Jaques can and does.

    And I could do it if I had to.

  51. bespoke

    Thanks for the lecture on administering and coding blogs, DrBeauGan.

  52. DrBeauGan

    the better his chances of survival

    seriously?

    his survival remains unchanged.

    These poor buggers have a 40% suicide rate, MT. You aren’t thinking it through.

  53. Cold-Hands

    That wasn’t true in Rotherham.

    Notatfan: this is about Rotheram. Back in 2014.

    You’re only proving Nota’s point, BorisG. The abuse occurred from the late 1980’s onwards & was known about since the early 1990’s. It was only when evidence of ongoing coverups made the news after the first grooming gang conviction happened in 2010 that actions began to be taken. The 2014 report was classic stable door closing long after the horse had bolted.

  54. DrBeauGan

    Thanks for the lecture on administering and coding blogs, DrBeauGan.

    I’ve coded in about a dozen different languages from assembler to mathematica. It’ requires care and attention to detail, but isn’t very difficult. If it were, the average programmer couldn’t do it. Good coding requires thought as well, which is why it doesn’t happen much.

  55. MatrixTransform

    40% suicide rate,

    what’s the problem ?

    40% too low?

  56. bespoke

    Well do it and send it to Sinc, DrBeauGan. Put me on the list too I like the challenge.

  57. DrBeauGan

    40% suicide rate,

    what’s the problem ?

    I feel sorry for the poor loonies. Having your brain tell you lies all the time can’t be much fun. So letting them know the problem is in their heads, not between their legs strikes me as a kindly thing to do.

    I’m a nice guy. Sometimes.

  58. Knuckle Dragger

    I think I learnt a bit about coding once.

    In 1986.

    I remember using ‘GoTo’ a bit.

    Is that right?

  59. MatrixTransform

    somehow they got it in their heads
    dunno if it’s got as much to do with being a nice-guy as it has to do with Gramsci.
    If they wanna cut their dicks off, where’s the problem

  60. bespoke

    Smiting hasn’t prevented Griggools socks or worse false accusations.

  61. DrBeauGan

    Well do it and send it to Sinc, DrBeauGan. Put me on the list too I like the challenge.

    You don’t have a clue about any of this, bespoke. And I’m prepared to explain it to you if you’re prepared to pay for my time. Otherwise, learn to code in HTML as a part of your education. If you can call it coding. Some do, but I wouldn’t.

  62. Knuckle Dragger

    Emergency Broadcaster Advice:

    If one has a shaven bonce with a single day’s growth atop, and one leaps out of the shower during the ads and puts a singlet on, one needs to take that growth into account if doing so whilst moving.

    There is a 90% chance of the cotton mixing with the growth and acting like Velcro, causing swearing and an immediate co-ordination audit to occur.

    One must possess lemur-like skills to avoid a terrible accident.

  63. DrBeauGan

    somehow they got it in their heads
    dunno if it’s got as much to do with being a nice-guy as it has to do with Gramsci.
    If they wanna cut their dicks off, where’s the problem

    The problem is that if you posted that on twitter in the UK you’d get a visit from the cops. You shouldn’t, but you very likely would.

  64. MatrixTransform

    Translation:
    knuckles tripped over while drunk wearing a wife-beater and velcroed his bonce to the carpet

  65. MatrixTransform

    The problem is that if you posted that on twitter …

    no, the problem is …

  66. Knuckle Dragger

    Define ‘wife’.

  67. Steve trickler

    Magnificent creatures.



  68. bespoke

    I have taken shots at Sinc in the past such as letting things pass until it becomes a liability(None) but there is line between criticism and entitlement put up or shut up Doc..

  69. Tom Berenger just called out ‘lock and load’ to his peeps.
    In the movie.
    Just like the Australians. Or so people would have you think.

    I was taught that exact phrase.
    Nobody else seemed to have a problem with it. The phrase didn’t make sense to me (words not match actions)
    Who was I to question the army, they’d been using the SLR for long enough to know the terminology.
    The instructing Corporal was quite fond of the phrase – we actually had to write it down & memorise it (I’m not making that up)
    I did raise the matter (very fucking carefully) with the Lieutenant at a later time. He didn’t seem interested, I don’t think he even took in my point.
    So I just STFU’d.

    The instructing Corporal was a reservist.

  70. I think I learnt a bit about coding once.

    As did I.
    or ba-dah di-di-di dah-di-di di-di dah-di-di di-di didda-didda-didda

  71. BorisG

    what happened to yr man-in-Wuhan?

    Matrix, he Still going strong, even though this situation is clearly frustrating. Talking to him every day.

  72. MatrixTransform

    that’s nice.

    what did he say today?

  73. BorisG

    It was only when evidence of ongoing coverups made the news after the first grooming gang conviction happened in 2010 that actions began to be taken. The 2014 report was classic stable door closing long after the horse had bolted.

    Yes that’s appalling but better late than Never. The report makes clear that failures to address this earlier has multiple causes and unwillingness to confront minority gangs was only one of them. The report also refers of similar cases perpetrated by white men. The report is very balanced but anti M-slim crusaders single out one aspect of many. Read the report in full, like I did, then come back to me.

  74. BorisG

    Matrix, he said yesterday he spent 6 hours on a bicycle on empty roads of Wuhan.

    Quite an achviement I thought after he crashed and was bruised badly just two or three days ago.

  75. Steve trickler

    All in good fun.



    Sleep well, all.

  76. “If you disagree with me you must be a leftie”. For Gods sake, grow up.

    This, and ad hom abuse are the only two Catallaxian responses to anyone not kowtowing to the orthodoxy.
    They are indeed adolescent reactions.
    And it’s supposed to be a “forum”.
    I’ve seen more rational chook houses.

  77. From the latest AEMO report (4th Quarter 2019) –

    Wholesale electricity and gas prices fall sharply
    • NEM electricity spot prices averaged $72/MWh, which was 19% lower than Q4 2018, representing the
    lowest prices since Q4 2016. A key driver of this outcome was increased supply from wind farms, solar
    farms, and gas-powered generation (GPG), with combined grid-scale wind and solar output increasing
    by 39% compared to Q4 2018.
    − Lower prices occurred despite a high number of coal-fired generator outages, increased underlying
    demand, and record-breaking high temperatures, which resulted in price volatility in some regions.
    − Although South Australia exhibited a significant level of spot price volatility, with high prices
    (above $300/MWh) increasing the average by $10.43/MWh, these were cancelled out by the impact
    of negative prices (which cut $8.95/MWh from the quarter’s average).

    The Executive Summary (pp3/4) makes interesting reading.

  78. mh

    Israel Folau – successful return to Rugby League. 🏉

    Izzy scored a try after 6 minutes. Izzy’s French team the Catalan Dragons trounced the Castleford Tigers 36 – 18.

    Catalan fans very supportive of their new signing.

  79. mh

    The ABC reporter very disappointed at the warm reception for Israel Folau in the south of France.

    The ABC hoping for a “different” reception when the Australian plays his next match in Hull, UK.

  80. Doc Beaugan:

    Smiting him would be even simpler, but the Doomlord seems averse to that for some inscrutable reason.

    Libertarians facillitate Collectivism via Fabianism.
    Simples.

  81. Mater

    You forgot to include these two paragraphs, Bob.
    You don’t understand electricity, or the grid, so you fail to grasp that these costs are outside the spot price but are huge drivers of increasing prices (along with other mechanisms such as RERT). They are all the result of renewables.

    You’re a glorified day care worker. Try to stay in your lane.

    – AEMO continued to issue directions to gas-powered generators in South Australia to maintain system security in the region. The cost of these directions steadily increased during 2019, with Q4 2019 direction costs reaching around $13 million, the highest quarterly level on record.

    – Frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) costs were $81 million, representing the second highest quarter on record and the highest quarter in more than a decade. Higher FCAS costs were a function of increased NEM-wide FCAS requirements for system security, as well as two high-price events in South Australia in November.

  82. You forgot to include these two paragraphs, Bob.

    I linked to the report.
    You can read any part of it you like.
    Just a reminder that this is supposed to be a “forum”.
    Look it up.
    How old are you?

  83. Mater

    Just a reminder that this is supposed to be a “forum”.

    Yes, and you just learnt something.
    How cool is this place!

  84. Mater

    How old are you?

    Old enough not to believe this:

    1735099
    #1032097, posted on October 11, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Profits are made via charging more than it costs to manufacture products or services.
    Consumers are overcharged; employees are underpaid.
    Profits are the essence of unfair transactions.
    Riches cannot be made fairly.
    Wealth is created via unfair exchanges.

  85. Old enough not to believe this:

    Every one of these statements is factual.
    Whether you believe it or not is inconsequential.

  86. calli

    I have never underpaid an employee in my life.

    All my business transactions have been contractual and mutually agreed.

  87. 1735099

    You stupid old fool

    Right on cue.
    (Refer my post #3324895 at 6.38am).
    Old Ivan was correct…..

  88. Tel

    I feel sorry for the poor loonies. Having your brain tell you lies all the time can’t be much fun. So letting them know the problem is in their heads, not between their legs strikes me as a kindly thing to do.

    I have a suspicion that some of the lies might have been encouraged by outside influence. Weird how we could have generation after generation of teenager getting temporarily a bit confused about their place in the world, then figuring it out easily enough … what’s making this particular generation unable to do that?

  89. I have never underpaid an employee in my life.

    Good for you.
    This practice is not universal.

  90. Mater

    Right on cue.
    (Refer my post #3324895 at 6.38am).
    Old Ivan was correct…..

    Bob, I’m going to set you a challenge.
    Assuming that by “Old Ivan” you mean BorisG, I dare you to run away and find where he said:

    “If you disagree with me you must be a leftie”. For Gods sake, grow up.

    Go!

  91. Tel

    I accept though that these people are so ignorant they may not qualify as jurors.

    When I fully recover from my Whooping Cough I will ask my Russian colleagues if they heard of Pell.

    Stupid anti-vaxers, will they ever learn?!?

  92. Assuming that by “Old Ivan” you mean BorisG,

    As usual, you assume* incorrectly.
    I don’t know why I bother – pearls before swine……

    Heard of Ivan Pavlov?

    *Assume – makes an ass of u & me.

  93. Mater

    I don’t know why I bother – pearls before swine……

    As per the discussion last night, must here don’t either.

  94. calli

    Not playing. The premise is silly.

    On another subject, how can the makers of Rogue One be responsible for the horrors of the last two movies in the franchise? Excellent action sequences reminiscent of the first, nice, tight storytelling and editing, protagonists you can care about.

  95. As per the discussion last night, must here don’t either.

    They’re bothered enough to whinge about me into the wee hours.
    They can’t have much to do.

  96. Crossie

    mh
    #3324901, posted on February 16, 2020 at 6:52 am
    Israel Folau – successful return to Rugby League. 🏉

    Izzy scored a try after 6 minutes. Izzy’s French team the Catalan Dragons trounced the Castleford Tigers 36 – 18.

    Catalan fans very supportive of their new signing.

    I laughed last night watching the news when the newsreader said “Folau’s controversial return to …”. To that crowd everything he does is controversial including breathing.

  97. Crossie

    I meant to add, Izzy’s best revenge on all the naysayers is to go out there, play well and please the fans.

  98. Eric Abetz’ own goal.
    Check his expression 11 seconds into the video grab – priceless…..

  99. bespoke

    This is cool. As you turn it reveals what’s in side. Like opening a geode egg very slowly.
    Life is good.

  100. calli

    The best revenge is to live well.

    ….

    And to hear the lamentations of their ABC wymynses.

    * h/t George Herbert and Conan

  101. Mater

    Not one cent of the $52 million raised by Celeste Barber has been donated to bushfire victims. #9News

    From 9 News, an hour ago.

    If I learned anything from Black Saturday, and the clusterfuck that ensued, it is to never spontaneously donate to charities in the wake of such events. It feels all virtuous, but it’s like buying a brand new model of car (or software), immediately on it’s launch. Best to wait until all the bugs are found and fixed.

  102. calli

    Barber’s donations were earmarked for a specific charity – the RFS. Not the victims.

  103. Mater

    Barber’s donations were earmarked for a specific charity – the RFS. Not the victims.

    That’s true, Calli, and it supports my point.
    How many people, who gave money, understood this? People run around throwing money and feeling good about themselves, and then get upset when reality doesn’t reflect their perceptions.
    It’s not limited to Barber’s charity drive either. The Red Cross is getting stick for the same reason.

  104. Farmer Gez

    Without notice I declare this a Numbers free day.

    Those that break the hiatus will be declared a Bernie Sanders Adult Diaper. This is for individuals who have no ability to control their vowels.

  105. The best revenge is to live well.

    That would be true, except that revenge is bitter, twisted and unchristian.
    I regard my taxpayer funded DVA benefits which help me and mine and other ex-service personnel who were conscripted to “live well” not as “revenge”, but as a form of financial apology from the ignoramuses who voted Coalition from 1960 until 1972.
    Unfortunately, those Australians (and their descendants) who voted Labor during that period are also penalised.
    The mistakes of the past continue to cost the contemporary Australian taxpayer billions annually. That’s pretty much all of my extended family.
    It’s quite unfair – resembles the NS scheme when you think about it.
    Only this time, it’s every taxpayer conscripted, not 12% of twenty year-olds.

  106. stackja

    Farmer Gez
    #3324952, posted on February 16, 2020 at 8:53 am

    Nice sunny day!

  107. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Mike Bloomberg is considering making Hillary Clinton his running mate, a source close to his campaign has told Drudge Report.

  108. Farmer Gez

    It is indeed Stackja.
    I’m watching Outsiders and then off to a boozy lunch with good friends.
    Life’s good!

  109. Crossie

    Hollywood Has Been Corrupted by Chinese Finances.

    The Chinese certainly got value for their money, Hollywood is now totally anti-American.

  110. The Beer Whisperer

    Speaking of Muttley, where’s he been lately?

  111. Crossie

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3324956, posted on February 16, 2020 at 9:04 am
    Mike Bloomberg is considering making Hillary Clinton his running mate, a source close to his campaign has told Drudge Report.

    Shortarse must not have heard about Arkancide.

  112. Mater

    I regard my taxpayer funded DVA benefits which help me and mine and other ex-service personnel who were conscripted to “live well” not as “revenge”, but as a form of financial apology from the ignoramuses who voted Coalition from 1960 until 1972.

    And despite all the perks that you’ve been milking throughout your life (which you bragged about yesterday), we still have this:

    1735099
    #1482404, posted on October 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    As far as I’m concerned, I’m still owed the difference between what I was paid as a conscript 1969/70 and what I would have been paid had I remained a teacher for those two years. In today’s money, that’s worth $27,550.59.

    Just remember, Bob. For everything you get, someone else misses out. So much for your socialist ideals.

    P.S. Sorry Gez.

  113. Farmer Gez

    Don’t apologise to me Mater.
    Like the family dog sitting in front of the favourite kitten he has just killed, the shame is yours.

  114. calli

    I once likened the OT to a family dinner table – by and large, a rather smart family. I was happy to stand back and serve the odd tid-bits now and then, and to tidy up afterwards. Sometimes things get rowdy, even ending in a food fight, but mostly it’s intelligent banter and discussion. Most agreeable.

    Now with every family there’s the smart-aleck teenager, fresh out of high school and into uni, who’s just discovered the world of socialism. It’s the only thing they ever want to talk about, and they want to convert all those fuddy duddies because They Know Best. They weave it into every conversation.

    My mum’s response – “Yes, dear. And pass the sauce”.

  115. zyconoclast

    Video is about just over 2 min.

    Watch from 0:20 to see the big man fly and try.

  116. egg_

    Good on McCormack for mentioning the ALP Otis group to Leftoid Speers on Dumbsiders.

  117. Farmer Gez

    Boris Johnson has rejected the Trade Deal (threat) by the EU politburo.

    Brits can now look forward to cheaper food and products in their shops.

  118. custard

    Speers going hard for Hendos “interruptor of the week “ award.

  119. egg_

    “Yes, dear. And pass the sauce”.

    Fair suck of the sauce bottle!
    /Who ever said that??!

  120. egg_

    I notice that numbers is long gone

    He’s far gone.

  121. Can we hope that the teams playing the next Rugby League World final are

    Catalan Dragons
    v
    Whatever NRL team whose win is facilitated by referee mistakes?

  122. egg_

    Smage clown on Dumbsiders trying to claim a coal fired power station in Qld would be subsidised and taxpayers wouldn’t wear it.
    Let’s try it, shall we?

  123. mh

    Folau is only 30 years of age.

    A few seasons left I would think.

  124. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘You can read any part of it you like.’
    …. …
    ‘I’ll call it what I like.’

    The pompous sooking retort from a person who apparently gained so much benefit from the system he paid $15,000,000 in taxes. So he’d have you believe.

  125. mh

    Official total number of coronavirus deaths is 1,666.

  126. egg_

    Started top o’ the thread, just read your handy suggestion, Gez.

  127. Knuckle Dragger

    Outsiders. Better than usual, which is usually very good.

    Evidently 45’s missus requires five people, full time to manage her daily life.

    Which I thought was outrageous. Until I discovered that Michelle Obama’s guns-turned-tuckshop-lady-arms, and the rest of her, had a staff of FORTY-FIVE people.

    Seriously, who needs 45 people to help run your own life? Her job as First Chick is to stand around and wave a bit when the running sheet demands it. How out of touch are these muppets?

    ‘What? I have to clean my OWN teeth now? Are we still in caves?’

  128. Leigh Lowe

    mh

    #3324984, posted on February 16, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Official total number of coronavirus deaths is 1,666.

    Rucky number 8,888.
    Or 88,888.
    Or …

  129. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    If there was a plugin to do that he would start using a sock?

    I had a conversation with a high profile blogger a while back who stated he had what he called “a nuclear option” utilising software that tracked where a person actually posted from and then blocked any comments from that location. He’d used it once, for an obsessive scottish imbecile who was stalking him from a university there, using multiple online identities (i.e. sock puppets).

    Given SvS no doubt posts most of his unrelenting bilge from his Toowoomba humpy (or in that general vicinity), it could be used on him to suitable effect.

    There is no logical reason for him to be posting here. Everyone hates his guts (except about two monumental imbeciles who shall remain nameless), he gets mercilessly demolished here by people far more intelligent than him on a daily basis and he’s never posted anything that isn’t complete and utter bullshit.

    He’s also too stupid to realise that since he’s returned to blighting this blog I (and many others) now know a lot more about the truth of his glorious war service and so have come to detest him even more, an almost impossible achievement.

    And yes, it may not seem so, but I ruthlessly scroll his comments, especially if they’re longer than about four words – I also never click on any of his links. He should be banished using the nuclear option above and the thread wrecking would cease. No socks would be possible either.

  130. stackja

    Crossie
    #3324958, posted on February 16, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Stalin corrupted Hollywood first.

  131. egg_

    Aunty just splashed a promo a few minutes into Offsiders, hehe.
    Work experience kid/drug fvcked Master Control operator on a Sunday morning?

  132. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    “They are effectively saying we except $2 billion in fraud,”

    The entire budget killing dog’s breakfast is one giant fraud. On Australian taxpayers.

  133. egg_

    Lascist Reigh Rowe

    Chinglish will trigger Stimpy, Cookie Boy!

  134. Leigh Lowe

    Lascist Reigh Rowe

    Auto-correct.
    Solly.

  135. Crossie

    egg_
    #3324972, posted on February 16, 2020 at 9:30 am
    Good on McCormack for mentioning the ALP Otis group to Leftoid Speers on Dumbsiders.

    I always thought Speers was a leftie for the simple reason that he never went after the left. That could be that no leftie politician would come near him since he worked for the evil Sky so he went after those who would speak to him.

  136. Knuckle Dragger

    And, combining a bit of Outsiders and a bit of WIP:

    Trump has yet to trouser cent one from his Presidential salary. All of it has been diverted to the repair and maintenance of military cemeteries; and

    He is the first ever President to be named Grand Marshal of the Daytona 500.

    You cannot beat that. This state of affairs cannot be overcome by promising communism, or people hoping to harness the homo vote or banning firearms. As the man would no doubt say,

    #deplorableslyfe

  137. Sorry, someone swapped some keys on my keyboard.
    All good now.

  138. 8th Dan

    Bespoke … what are “worse false accusations”?

  139. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    someone swapped some keys on my keyboard.

    Yeah, rikery storly.

  140. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Corona Virus – there are three videos currently on Catallaxy which I very much recommend to those interested in getting a better handle about what is going on with this virus. Everyone has to bear in mind, as all the reputable and clear accounts point out, that these are early days epidemiologically in terms of the RO (spread possibilities per case) and other numbers required to grasp the nature of an epidemic or pandemic, but certain things can be said about likely parameters even now as old information is improved or discarded and newer insights, especially some further information emerging now on the physiological pathogenesis and vaccine limitations.

    Firstly, Zippy’s series from MedCram has been excellent as a clear and informative early-days reportage with regular updates and the latest few which contain information on how you can boost your own immunity are looking increasingly more helpful, as it is apparent that on the ‘supply’ side of this virus there is little individuals can do to avoid it apart from keeping away from pandemic areas. Mitigation if exposed is my modus operandi and MedCram is helpful re that.

    Secondly, areff’s link to WUWT (Steve McIntyre’s blog) offers a compelling review of a likely ‘super spreader’ example, showing that the RO is likely at least 3 and may even rise to the level of measles (worst case circa 11 for SARS CoV 19 from this one case, and likely more I think). This case shows a significant inhalation route, that the virus is very contagious, in hospitals simple surgical masks are ineffective, and worst of all that there is definitely a period of symptomless transmission, unlike SARS 1. The overall epidemiology is still up the spout until we have better case numbers and death numbers though. It is also complicated by he very high rate of false negatives produced by the test kits. The WUWT projection for a mortality rate worst case could be upwards of 25% if it acts physiologically more like MERS which hit 36%, although they then predict that it seems more likely to settle at 10% similar to SARS and Spanish Influenza. A lot of guesswork and provisos of course in all of this. Up to 25% of hospital cases by day ten develop a lower respiratory tract infection that is viral rather than bacterial. I’d say the 14 day quarantine period for all likely exposed, even if symptomless, recommended by WUWT is an absolute minimum, both from this case history and other things I’ve read. The RNA transcription error mutation is similar to that of influenza, also bad news for vaccine development, as the virus is thus constantly changing. They don’t say that these changes can be towards a reduced virulence though, which it can, but was not in the Spanish Influenza second wave which killed even more. They call the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship a ‘Lab experiment’ which shows high aerosol and surface contact transmissibility and a long lead time before symptoms. My choice (I mentioned it here yesterday re our cruise) of getting off an infection ‘incubation’ ship asap to isolation on land at one’s own cost is now being offered to some passengers, they say in news just in.

    The dot point summary at the end of this litany of bad news though offers a more measured perspective. The main candidates for a pandemic are those countries outside the west in Asia and Africa with poor infection control and little in the way of hospital treatment for severe cases. The West looks fairly safe at the moment. This site suggests too that a local ‘stealth’ epidemic already exists in Japan, aka a ‘silent’ outbreak, where plenty of asymptomatics are wandering around now spreading at Ro3. The next few weeks should be interesting there. The best news is that REMDESIVIR, an anti-viral developed for Ebola but which was proven to be not much use there, has produced some good clinical results when used in the US for poor prognosis Covid-19 cases, ie. they recover instead of dying.

    The third video to watch is the one put up last night by Dover Beach from the Peak Prosperity website. It has some complex pathogenicity exampling but a clear explanatory pathway through this for the layperson. This video looks at the biochemistry of ACE2 which is the functional receptor for the virus in the body. Recent tissue studies show that this receptor exists in the lungs, small intestine and other endothelial tissues, including, and the presenter makes this a strong point, in the arterial wall cells of the blood vessels and, although not tested, he suspects in the heart. These tissues are ready-made for a viral attack. The ACE2 system is part of a complex hormone system of feedbacks. Smoking interferes with this balance, and thus smokers are more at risk (contrary to a report saying earlier that smokers were less represented in the case load). What this author is worried about most is there appears to be a possibility of re-infection and that this is extremely bad because it may be that the original antibody response to a mild infection when challenged later (perhaps too by a more virulent form of the virus) sends the body into a ‘cytokine storm’ over antibody over-reaction (a sort of own goal), causing a sudden heart attack, which may explain the keeling over of seemingly well people and also the neurological tremors that have been noted in Wuhan cases (which have worried me from the start when I saw those videos of them which were axed quickly). This sudden death syndrome has been apparent in epidemics of flu-like viruses throughout history, and were also a feature of the 1918 pandemic.

    Thanks to those on Catallaxy who have put up very useful videos for our information.

  141. mh

    [email protected]
    Everyone knows @realDonaldTrump & I have our disagreements. But I want to thank you for sending @SecretaryCarson to our homelessness summit. We’ll only solve this if everyone works together. This issue is bigger than all of us. Now it’s time for action

  142. cohenite

    Scum bag troll links to the AEMO report:

    From the latest AEMO report (4th Quarter 2019) –

    Which says gas and electricity prices have dropped due to wind and solar. W&S don’t produce gas; nor does the report factor in the $10 billion in direct subsidies given to W&S PA; nor does it factor in W&S , when producing, about 20% of the time, must be preferentially used before fossils, or that fossils must internalise their losses for having to produce continually as a back up to W&S even though they can’t sell their product for 20% of the time and must buy LSEC which W&S issue when producing 20% of the time, or the vast costs of connecting W&S to the grid which are amortised by taxpayers not W&S.

    In short the AEMO report is garbage designed for kunts like the troll which arrogantly displays its ignorance here and contributes nothing but has to be responded to unless you want its lies to lie and fester for whoever lurks and reads this site. The point is when it posts its lies and bullshit they have to be contradicted, repeatedly, because like all leftie trolls it will go away and repeddle the same shit in a few days. It creates work and distorts threads through its lies. It should be banned like the mad anti-Semite bird, who in the past was a valuable contributor against alarmism at sites like Jennifers. But unlike bird this troll has contributed nothing. Bird is mad but this troll is just a pernicious bastard.

    And fuck you digger, you sanctimonious dickhead. Go and kiss your mitt romney poster.

  143. bespoke

    Banning IP’s has been around since blogs started. The only reliable way is to make all register.

    I don’t hate him Spurg. That is surrender.

  144. Mark A

    dover_beach
    #3324809, posted on February 15, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Like, all will be fine after death, endless harp music

    I see notafan got in before me but heaven is not endless harp music. Far from it.

    Don’t have to take everything so literally, besides that is how heaven commonly depicted.
    Angels floating on clouds playing harp.

    Or are you saying heaven is more fun and games?
    Is there gambling there, or if there is you can’t lose.

    I was simply commenting on the attitude of a true follower of Christianity, that is turn the other cheek.
    A stupid counterproductive practice.
    Not unlike AUS killing its industrial base in the name of Gaia in hope the other nations will follow suit.
    Fat chance of that.

  145. Crossie

    mh
    #3324987, posted on February 16, 2020 at 9:58 am
    Expert: China Has ‘Global Chokehold’ on Medicine, Can Shut Down Our Pharmacies, Hospitals in Months

    It is horrific what our governments have allowed to happen and continue to do so. Allowing medications to be produced by the cheapest manufacturer when their quality controls that cannot be unequivocally* verified is not capitalism, it’s a crime. When you outsource that to a political and economic rival who could easily turn into an enemy is treason.

    *Who is accountable in a communist dictatorship? Believing manufacturers in China is foolhardy, they will do as they are told by the party.

  146. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Rogue One

    Watched it last weekend. Makes you realise just how atrocious the most recent Star Wars films have been.

  147. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    That is surrender.

    No, it isn’t He is a truly loathsome disgusting piece of shit and well deserving of any sensible person’s hatred.

  148. bespoke

    8th Dan
    #3325001, posted on February 16, 2020 at 10:12 am
    Bespoke … what are “worse false accusations”?

    False flags and ones that said to ‘own’ someone.

  149. Bar Beach Swimmer

    You’ve been schooled …..

    Australian off shore detention centres are not gulags.

  150. 8th Dan

    Salvatore, Iron Publican #3324866, posted on February 16, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Tom Berenger just called out ‘lock and load’ to his peeps.
    In the movie.
    Just like the Australians. Or so people would have you think.

    I was taught that exact phrase.
    Nobody else seemed to have a problem with it.
    The phrase didn’t make sense to me (words not match actions)
    Who was I to question the army, they’d been using the SLR for long enough to know the terminology.
    The instructing Corporal was quite fond of the phrase – we actually had to write it down & memorise it (I’m not making that up)

    Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

    Boo Boo and a bunch of other old women here will be shattered to read this … absolutely shattered.

    No doubt Boo Boo and those other old women will apologize profusely to 1735099 next time they appear.

  151. Knuckle Dragger

    You’d be well advised to let bespoke be, little girl.

    He has some challenges in writing.

    Just like you, only without the snark and wrongness.

  152. Mark A

    Spurgeon Monkfish III
    #3324990, posted on February 16, 2020 at 10:02 am

    And yes, it may not seem so, but I ruthlessly scroll his comments, especially if they’re longer than about four words – I also never click on any of his links. He should be banished using the nuclear option above and the thread wrecking would cease. No socks would be possible either.

    Initially I read every rebuttal, it was interesting, specially by Kev and Hazmatic. sp?

    But after the first month everything has been regurgitated by both sides a dozen times if not more.
    The fun has long gone.

  153. Nick

    The coronavirus has been illustrative of how the various stakeholders in the Australian-Chinese industry have reacted. Tim Soupandasarnie has a piece on the ‘racism’ it has created.

    Not that you’d know from what’s happening in our cities. Shops and restaurants in Chinatowns and Chinese precincts such as Chatswood and Eastwood in Sydney, and Box Hill and Glen Waverley in Melbourne, are struggling. Many are on the verge of collapse. Trade in many parts has come close to a standstill on account of people avoiding Chinese businesses (though this includes many Chinese Australians themselves staying at home).

    How disingenuous. He makes it sound like the remaining majority avoiding Chinese businesses are non-Chinese, which is not true.

  154. Crossie

    People, don’t respond to numbers and he will go away. He keep coming back because you engage.

  155. shatterzzz

    Folau is only 30 years of age.
    A few seasons left I would think.

    Probably, 2 on the wing, might manage a 3rd if in the centres ..
    I think he’s only signed another contract to give an up yours to his critics .. he, certainly, doesn’t need the money!

  156. Knuckle Dragger

    Little chicky,

    You forgot to include the bit where Sal’s instructor was a chocko corporal. Also that this is the first and only instance, aside from Mr Self Admitted ‘I write for an audience’ this phrase has been used in this country.

    It is completely inapplicable to the platform, which if you had any idea (and you don’t) would give you some hint of how wring it is, and what wankery it evokes.

    You lying, dog-faced pony soldier.

  157. Knuckle Dragger

    *wrong*

    Penis banner.

  158. Mater

    He’s also too stupid to realise that since he’s returned to blighting this blog I (and many others) now know a lot more about the truth of his glorious war service and so have come to detest him even more, an almost impossible achievement.

    And there is the rub. Those who have responded to Bob, have raised this awareness.

    People used to disagree with him, but moderated their response in deference to his service. Why? Because most people believe that even conscripts, who’s marble landed, had the attitude of, “Well, I may not like it and I may not agree with it, but if I don’t, some other poor bastard will have to go in my stead. I’ll just man up and get on with it”. This attitude and that of those who willingly signed up to risk their lives, is why serviceman are given respect on ANZAC Day. By his own admission, Bob doesn’t fit either category.

    He talks a lot about ‘if only for those who fought along side me’, but fails to recognise how out of sync that is with his efforts to avoid going, and forcing someone else to do it. National Serviceman aren’t an anomaly to the ANZAC spirit and tradition, most of them demonstrated it in spades by taking the lumps and getting on with it. Some obviously didn’t.

    Some might think I’m being hard on him, but the bottom line is: that if he (and others like him) had been successful in avoiding the task, someone else would’ve had to pick up the slack. Perhaps even another marble would’ve needed to be plucked. That’s the anomaly to the ANZAC spirit – “I’m OK thanks, Jack, fuck the rest of you!”

  159. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘those other old women will apologize profusely to 1735099 next’

    Some reassembly required.

    ‘those other old women will apologize profusely to Uncle Bobby in his special room next’

    There we go.

  160. bespoke

    The only reliable way is to make all register.

    And even that makes more work for Sinc.

  161. shatterzzz

    as Scott Morrison plots a rescue mission for 200 Aussies trapped on the ship in Japan

    Gotta luv the media .. I’m imagining Scotty from Marketing halo-ing onto the deck of the Diamond Princess clutching his Hillsong songbook whilst the ship’s orchestra plays Handel’s Messiah in front of the deckchairs .. Can Jack & Rose expect a happier ending, this time around?

  162. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘I’m imagining Scotty from Marketing’

    Hey. That’s Liability Bob’s phrase. He invented it.

    Oh wait. He stole that one too.

  163. Crossie

    Trade in many parts has come close to a standstill on account of people avoiding Chinese businesses (though this includes many Chinese Australians themselves staying at home).

    Sourpussannie definitely doesn’t believe that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Our betters and so much better paid have no common sense, jackboots-r-us is their only dogma.

  164. Stimpson J. Cat

    Give nUmbers his own thread? That’s a solution? FMD.

    I say we give him his own country.
    And we shall call it Israel 2.
    😂

  165. Crossie

    Nobody from marketing works in ScoMo’s office, at least nobody who was any good at it. Why couldn’t they have organised an airlift of the cruise ship Australians at the same time they picked up Australians out of Wuhan?

  166. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    These tissues are ready-made for a viral attack.

    Perhaps more correctly, the virus is ready-made (evolved) for an attack on these tissues.

    ——-

    We had this sort of ridiculous chicken and egg non-argument, this time about does government control business or does business control government, at a dinner party we attended last night. The man insisting that this was an argument with regard to what he regarded as necessary CO2 reduction was driving Hairy and his good friend quite spare in the end, for although strong in opinion the proposer of this topic knew very little. Eventually, the four women present were needed to lighten things up back to the winkingly fun discussions about horizontal dancing and electricity cuts that were being held earlier; all taking place over very good food (she is such a great cook, *sigh*) and the best of everyone’s cellars as diamonds flashed and pearls swung. The husband of the lady with the plunging neckline and plenty to display (not me this time! I wore a discreet cowl-collar’d silk top) sat silently taking it all in and sucking on his moustache at points he agreed with. I think he was with us. I say us, for I too was chiming in, ably assisted by Hairy’s friend’s wife, our cook and hostess. She and our host set a silver service table the likes of which one sees so infrequently in homes these days. I am all for encouraging such a return to civility in dining, for at the crunch the setting keeps everyone in check against unpleasantness while permitting honest argumentation over the port.

    Rather like a Cambridge College dinner. 🙂

  167. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You forgot to include the bit where Sal’s instructor was a chocko corporal. Also that this is the first and only instance, aside from Mr Self Admitted ‘I write for an audience’ this phrase has been used in this country.

    I was a weapons instructor in two of the Services, and I’d never heard “lock and load”, not in fifteen years.

  168. Leigh Lowe

    I was a weapons instructor in two of the Services, and I’d never heard “lock and load”, not in fifteen years.

    Me tink it plonounce “rock and road”.

  169. Filbert

    Sal, would I be right in guessing you served with 51Bn FNQR?

  170. Filbert

    I was with A Coy for about 4 years.
    I reckon you might be a Delta Coy bloke.

  171. JC

    What are the chances mike bloombox survives a plane crash if crooked is the VP?

  172. Mak Siccar

    On our way home from four weeks in Vietnam, Mrs MS and I had five hours in Hong Kong airport last Thursday afternoon/night. The place was almost deserted. At the food/drink outlet where we waited for several hours, one of the staff told us that business was about 20% of normal. Lots of staff layoffs, forced holidays etc.

  173. Stimpson J. Cat

    I see notafan got in before me but heaven is not endless harp music. Far from it.

    Imagine being so arrogant that you think you can actually seriously define what Heaven is and is not while you are still alive.

    I mean you would have to be mentally ill, wouldn’t you?

    Like me.

    😂

  174. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    How’s it in the West?

    Bit cooler after a few days of 40 degrees plus.

  175. Stimpson J. Cat

    Pamela Anderson
    @pamfoundation
    “Love, but be careful what you love,”
    Saint Augustine
    12:13 PM · Feb 15, 2020

    😁

  176. egg_

    Crossie
    #3324998, posted on February 16, 2020 at 10:11 am

    He who pays the Piper…

  177. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The Americans have apparently offered no-cost repatriation and 14 days isolation in decent conditions to their nationals on the Incubation of the Seas.
    ScoMo should follow suit.

  178. Knuckle Dragger

    From the WIP Buffet:

    ‘Florida Man Mistakenly Pumps Gas Onto the Deck of His Boat’

    This is not a phenomenon restricted to Florida.

    The Code of Going Fishing With Your Mates in the NT is subtle and nuanced, and one of its chapters involves PWB (People Without Boats) convincing the MPO (Money Pit Owner) to take them out for a day on the harbour – which incidentally, is a magnitude of order in size greater than the pissweak one in Sidernee.

    The MPO, once convinced, provides the boat. The PWBs provide the fuel, bait, stubbies, and if you want to be a bit of a poof about it, the sangas. If it turns out to be a boat-filler of a day the MPO can als0 demand a cut of the fillets taken by the PWBs. Of course, this should be provided voluntarily by the PWBs – if the MPO has to ask for it, it’s poor darts.

    So occasionally a helpful PWB will do the honours with the fuel once he’s been collected and the ute-with-boat pulls up at the servo. Some of the less experienced PWBs, especially at 4.00 a.m. will mistake the rod holder/s for an open fuel cap. Join the dots, etc.

    Usually this parlous state of affairs is identified very early on in the process, and rectified. Very occasionally a PWB will be wondering just how big the boat’s fuel tank is, which when combined with the MPO being inside the servo trying to get an early bacon and egg roll can be both disastrous and hilarious. And flammable.

  179. egg_

    Will Q&A host the Otis group?
    TGGWS Debate Mark II?

  180. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Why couldn’t they have organised an airlift of the cruise ship Australians at the same time they picked up Australians out of Wuhan?’

    We appear to be a bit light on for aircraft carriers and seaplanes, Crossie.

  181. I see Albo has denied there is even an Otis group.

  182. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘ROR

    (rarf out rowd)’

    Chortle. Ya wacky pretend Bat People.

  183. Bar Beach Swimmer

    He owns at least 20 on this blog, lock, stock and barrel… they have no self control or will power to ignore him, quite pathetic really.

    Someone (Filbert?) up thread commented about using ridicule, humour etc against Numbers. That made me think about Trump and how he trolls the trolls. He always fights and that is why he’s winning. For us, if we ignore them, they don’t go away. Hammer them and they might, at least for a few days.

    You could say that we’re fighting and arguing to locate the truth of a subject. If we don’t fight, the truth is lost in a mire of deception, obsfucation and wrong thinking. The Left, including numbers, never let a chance go by. So why should we! Besides, each take down is there for all to see, including the one-time visitor to the Cat.

  184. 8th Dan

    CO: “So, you don’t wanna go to Mogadishu, huh? Why is that?”

    Pte KD: [Drops dacks, bends over (again)] “Fire in the hole … Suh.”

    CO: “Nasty place to get frostbite, Chock. How’d that happen?”

    Pte KD: “Wanaka, Suh. Rearguard action, Suh.”

    CO: “You don’t belong in my army, boy. Here’s $3,000, now get the fuck outta here.”

  185. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Filbert
    #3325070, posted on February 16, 2020 at 11:22 am
    +1

  186. Filbert

    Which reminds me.
    I (perhaps foolishly) touched on the subject of Alphas yesterday arvo.
    I’ve discovered a new category for Monsewer Snifflington esq.

  187. Knuckle Dragger

    Baidoa, little girly. Baidoa and surrounds.

    You’ve been watching too much TV again. Which is where you get your military information.

    And your legal information. And your medical information.

  188. Some History

    ‘kn⅛,

    I suppose you’ll now tell us how you spent the $3,000?

  189. Entropy

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3324988, posted on February 16, 2020 at 9:58 am
    Outsiders. Better than usual, which is usually very good.

    Evidently 45’s missus requires five people, full time to manage her daily life.

    Which I thought was outrageous. Until I discovered that Michelle Obama’s guns-turned-tuckshop-lady-arms, and the rest of her, had a staff of FORTY-FIVE people.

    Seriously, who needs 45 people to help run your own life? Her job as First Chick is to stand around and wave a bit when the running sheet demands it. How out of touch are these muppets?

    ‘What? I have to clean my OWN teeth now? Are we still in caves?’

    Well, to be fair, First Ladies, even retired First Ladies, can be busy. They are not sitting around waiting to welcome hubby home with a bourbon in hand for him and a roast in the oven.
    They are constantly invited to many more functions than it is possible to attend, so she needs someone to sort that out. Then someone for travel, someone to answer the phone. Probably several for each role there will be so much.
    Then there is the correspondence: each one must be answered or there will be trouble. A lot of trouble. The more correspondence, the more people needed. Those letters don’t write themselves.
    Then communications: media management, interviews to be organised or refused, social media to respond to.
    Clothes organisers, it isn’t as though they have time to go browsing in DJs. And even if she did try it, not much shopping would get done. And imagine Michelle Obama picking her own clothes. It would be a media circus for the ages. Better someone with some,,err style. She ain’t Mrs Trump.
    And then there would be housekeepers and valets to keep the place looking like something out of a magazine in case Very Important Persons turn up.
    No, there are very real reasons The First and recent First Ladies would have a large staff. It would be regarded as a slight on the country if it were not so.

    i would hope though the boundary between ex First Lady duties and say, Netflix series development or other money making ventures exist in other offices, clearly separated from the taxpayer.

  190. Arky

    Mater
    #3324918, posted on February 16, 2020 at 7:47 am
    You stupid old fool.

    ..
    Now you understand!
    Jeeze you’re a bit slow sometimes.

  191. Knuckle Dragger

    Entropy:

    ‘They are not sitting around waiting to welcome hubby home with a bourbon in hand for him and a roast in the oven.’

    Well, they should be.

  192. Leigh Lowe

    Did someone upthread report that Michelle
    Obama had 45 courtiers on staff?
    And she still left the house looking like a bag of spuds?

  193. 8th Dan

    Did someone upthread report that Michelle
    Obama had 45 courtiers on staff?

    Michelle Obama staff while First Lady = 23

    Melania Trump staff while First Lady = 24

  194. Knuckle Dragger

    Nope.

    Melanie Trump – 5

    Michelle HopeyChangey Who Didn’t Get to Be a TV Host – 45

    And in a weird synergy, DJT is POTUS 45.

  195. Is there a “Praise the Intarwebs Day”?
    Just think how little we would be aware of if it didn’t exist.

  196. Knuckle Dragger

    *Melania*

    Penis banner.

  197. 8th Dan

    1 x Slovene Translator … since you ask.

  198. Delta A

    The boy Cats* are on fire again this morning.

    ROR: gold!

    *No trolls included; I scroll trolls.

  199. dover_beach

    Don’t have to take everything so literally, besides that is how heaven commonly depicted.
    Angels floating on clouds playing harp.
    Or are you saying heaven is more fun and games?
    Is there gambling there, or if there is you can’t lose.

    No, if you are asking seriously, the answer given within Christianity is the beatific vision.

  200. Geriatric Mayfly

    1 x Slovene Translator … since you ask.

    1 x Lesbian scarecrow to stand in Michelle’s WH vegie patch.
    1 x Lesbian Food Nazi to organise Michelle’s ghastly menu for US kiddies.

  201. rickw

    How disingenuous. He makes it sound like the remaining majority avoiding Chinese businesses are non-Chinese, which is not true.

    Yep, it’s basically a case of Chinese not trusting Chinese.

  202. Knuckle Dragger

    In all seriousness, Filbert;

    Danielle isn’t a xunt. She’s an ankle.

    Three feet lower than a xunt.

  203. Arky

    Yep, it’s basically a case of Chinese not trusting Chinese.

    ..
    Apparently the Chinese suburbs shopping centres have emptied out.
    Meanwhile, I made a run to the local shopping mall to get in supplies for the duration of the zombie plague, and it’s full of Aussies standing and sitting around, breathing all over each other, sticking their fingers in their mouths, shaking hands, eating food from bain maries.
    They are all going to die.

  204. Filbert

    Thick ankles too no doubt!! (cankles)

  205. egg_

    Chink Economics? journo useful idiot on ABC TV Weekend Breakfast touting large wind turbines – to operate offshore – capable of operating at low wind speeds of 7.5 m/s vs the currently required 12 m/s.

    Shame about the hostile, corrosive marine environment and cheap, impurities ridden Chink steel towers?

  206. egg_

    And your Google apps are spying on you, targetting you with ads from interested third parties.

    /No shit, shirlock, nothing comes for free.

  207. Rafe Champion

    The science is settled!

    97% of scientists agree that human sacrifices are more effective than a carbon tax to combat climate change .

  208. Knuckle Dragger

    Israel Folau warmly welcomed by the Catalan Dragons. The crowd was on its feet every time he touched the pill, and lost their collective shit when he scored. At which time he was swamped by overjoyed teammates.

    Meanwhile, the black-lipped pavlova monster has just single-handedly lost RA’s last substantial remaining revenue stream.

    Happy fucking days.

  209. egg_

    Meso-scale maps show that Australia’s greatest wind potential lies in the coastal regions of western, south-western, southern and south-eastern Australia. Coastal regions with high wind resources (wind speeds above 7.5m/s) include the west coast south of Shark Bay to Cape Leeuwin, along the Great Australian Bight and the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, to western Victoria and the west coast of Tasmania. Good wind resources extend hundreds of kilometres inland and many of Australia’s wind farms (current and planned) are located some distance from the coast. Inland regions of Western Australia, South Australia and western Victoria all have good wind resources. Areas with high wind potential also lie along the higher exposed parts of the Great Dividing Range in south-eastern Australia, such as the Southern Highlands and New England areas.

  210. Arky

    Mike Bloomberg is considering making Hillary Clinton his running mate.

    ..
    When you plan to commit suicide, but want it to be a surprise.

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