Open Forum: February 15, 2020

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  1. Caveman

    I luv this bit

    “What was feared and what was warned is no longer in our future, a topic for debate — it is here.”

    If it bleeds we can kill it.

  2. Arky

    I think they are just trolling Bernie.
    Not a real Nazi thing.

  3. MatrixTransform

    Guess his smile alone was not disarming enough

    **chuckles

  4. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #3325385, posted on February 16, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Boris has become very angry since the Chicom virus disaster was exposed.

    Curious. One wonders how many other academics are compromised.

    Yes.
    As pointed out by others, imagine you are a lecturer in TikBox Studies at Neverfail University, with classes chockers full of Chicoms and you are heavily leveraged into two or three shitbox student accommodation apartments.
    Looking down the barrel of a double-edged sword (if, indeed, you can look down the barrel of a sword).
    Mind you, many of the same were happy to see farmers livelihoods disappear overnight on the basis of 30 seconds of footage on Three Corners.
    “Learn to code” is the expression I think.

  5. JC

    I think they are just trolling Bernie.
    Not a real Nazi thing.

    Dude, at a barbecue course in Melbourne?

  6. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    KUALA LUMPUR/SIHANOUKVILLE- An 83-year-old American passenger from a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia after being shunned by other countries has tested positive for the new coronavirus after being tested in Malaysia, health authorities said on Saturday.

  7. zyconoclast

    Dude, at a barbecue course in Melbourne?

    What type/brand BBQ were they using?

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    United States’ growing reliance on China’s pharmaceutical products.

    India produces a lot of generics. They have a critical mass of talent and companies. If required I think they could expand to fill the gap reasonably well if they pull the finger out. They also don’t like China very much.

  9. Arky

    Dude, at a barbecue course in Melbourne?

    Who calls themselves “the voice of the global white supremacist conspiracy”?

  10. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Carrey’s paintings of Trump are disgusting. He needs therapy.

    Or he replaces Tom’s David Rowe at the Ozzie anti-business daily.

  11. DrBeauGan

    Suppose you succeed in chasing out people like numbers and Monty. Then you will just be preaching to the choir. How does this help in the fight against leftism?

    Boris, we make a very bad choir, us Çats. The answer is we can hone our observations and arguments perfectly well without either of the idiots. And falling into furious agreement with each other isn’t going to happen. Very few of us are anxious to be at one with the herd.

  12. dover_beach

    The fact is that the leftist thought has penetrated every aspect of public discourse and it is extremely hard to counter that. People who try to challenge that are delegitimized and ostracized as extremists. wins against this are rare (think Bettina Arendt) dand need to be cherished.

    Here is the problem though, Boris, some of us have come to the conclusion that the problem is that Leftism is increasing just liberalism with time. That classical liberalism is not liberalism per se, but liberalism in the aspect of a still traditional Christian moral culture. So the less of the latter will lead to more and more ‘Leftism’. Liberalism was always only a response to a peculiar problem that emerged in Western Europe in the 16th Century; it was a balm, never the body of Western culture.

  13. Nick

    Who calls themselves “the voice of the global white supremacist conspiracy”?

    The AFL?

  14. BorisG

    Boris has become very angry since the Chicom virus disaster was exposed.

    This is an unfounded slur. Prove it or fuck off. My job is not affected by the virus epidemic in the slightest. The real reason I have become more active on cat is because I have been sick in the last four weeks and thus had more free time on my hands. But keep trolling.

    Or better off, address the substance of my comments.

  15. egg_

    Steve trickler
    #3325237, posted on February 16, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Weather, Latino style.

  16. Arky

    That’s like calling yourself “The dastardly coalition of small, plated mammals conspiring to infect the world with AIDS”

  17. Leigh Lowe

    BorisG

    #3325461, posted on February 16, 2020 at 6:40 pm

    Boris has become very angry since the Chicom virus disaster was exposed.

    This is an unfounded slur. Prove it or fuck off.

    Status: Confirmed.

  18. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Who calls themselves “the voice of the global white supremacist conspiracy”?

    Inner city greenfilth collectivists?

  19. Arky

    No.
    Nazis, like armadillos, might be a bit thick, but they wouldn’t describe themselves as a “conspiracy”.

  20. DrBeauGan

    Who calls themselves “the voice of the global white supremacist conspiracy”?

    Putin?

    Just a guess.

  21. BorisG

    Dover, you make a valid point as usual. I may not fully agree, but at least this is a kind of debate we should be having. But the majority of cats prefer to spread insults and slogans.

    As for the substance of your comment, I need to think more about it. I need to get out of this fucking whooping cough first.

  22. BorisG

    I wonder how this blog would be better if people were required to address comments rather than commenters.

  23. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Grate. We’re attempting to discuss serious geopolitical matters and some numptie post a video of ample bottomed South American brunettes.

    Now, what were we talking about again?

  24. MatrixTransform

    What type/brand BBQ were they using?

    The Smollett 600 ?

    Grass roots activism … we need a BBQ control discussion.

    a BBQ in the wrong hands etc.

  25. Arky

    BorisG
    #3325470, posted on February 16, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    You numpty fuckwit.
    ..

    I wonder how this blog would be better if people were required to address comments rather than commenters.
    ..

    Hmmmm. That’s a very interesting idea.

  26. Bruce of Newcastle

    we make a very bad choir, us Çats.

    I award the status of “Honorary Cat” to my friendly deaf currawong, who appeared at Cafe Bruce several times today and yesterday after a break of almost a year. Being deaf she invents her own form of currawongish. Totally different from any of the others. She also gets very excited if meat is offered, and does an amazing two-toned banshee yodel. The Cafe is a fun place!

  27. MatrixTransform

    Or better off, address the substance of my comments.

    there is no substance to your comments.

    they read like Go Dog Go

    …yes I like yr hat

  28. zyconoclast

    All-woman jury names Miss Germany 2020

    Leonie von Hase has won the annual beauty contest overcoming 15 other contestants in the final.

    For the first time, the 2020 Miss Germany contest allowed married women and mothers to participate and did not include a bikini contest. This year’s contest also saw the age limit raised by 10 years to include women up to 39 years old. Participants must be at least 18 years old to take part.

    Lara Runarsson the Bavarian hottie who came second.
    Sample 1
    and
    Sample 2

  29. Cassie of Sydney

    “BorisG
    #3325470, posted on February 16, 2020 at 6:47 pm
    I wonder how this blog would be better if people were required to address comments rather than commenters.”

    So writes a hypocrite who less than two hours ago posted this….

    Cats live in a parallel universe where they are constantly in the verge of winning, while representing a tiny minority of Australians. Many Australians hate leftism but if they once open Cat they will immediately close it in disgust.”

    But at least BorisG….we now know you respect socialism.

  30. JC

    What type/brand BBQ were they using?

    Had to be German, no? I dunno, I wasn’t there.

  31. MatrixTransform

    So writes a hypocrite who less than two hours ago posted this….

    just another Tard.

    was obvious from the moment it skulked in.

  32. egg_

    I wonder how this blog would be better…

    (Totalitarian statement follows)

    Academic, eh?
    Figures.

  33. John Brumble

    Absolutely, BorisG. And your tireless efforts to criticise Cats from the left is an amazingly valuable contribution.

  34. zyconoclast

    All-woman jury names Miss Germany 2020

    Leonie von Hase has won the annual beauty contest overcoming 15 other contestants in the final. She will now assume the role for the next 12 months.

    For the first time, the 2020 Miss Germany contest allowed married women and mothers to participate and did not include a bikini contest. This year’s contest also saw the age limit raised by 10 years to include women up to 39 years old. Participants must be at least 18 years old to take part.

    Lara Runarsson the Bavarian hottie who came second

    Sample one

    and

    sample two

  35. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Many Australians hate leftism but if they once open Cat they will immediately close it in disgust.

    This blog has no mass braindead lamestream media publication system (if it could be dignified with such a term).

    If individuals blunder onto this blog they’re more likely to stay here than go all sour cats’ bum mouth.

    Conducted any empirical studies that might support your unsubstantiated bloviating above, borrie?

  36. kaysee

    Coronavirus: China must answer hard questions

    The fact that China’s top virus research institute is located in Wuhan, the same city in which the coronavirus outbreak first appeared, raises questions which require answers.
     
    Only a full disclosure of what has been going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where research has been carried out into the spread of the coronavirus from animals to humans, will satisfactorily resolve these concerns.

  37. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    India produces a lot of generics. They have a critical mass of talent and companies. If required I think they could expand to fill the gap reasonably well if they pull the finger out. They also don’t like China very much.

    the communists have buckley’s chance of halting the spread in months if not in years. it only takes a single carrier to restart the entire epidemic. it’s an own goal of biblical proportions.

    the problem is china’s culture and hyper dense population. peasants barely out of the cultural revolution still mostly shopping for food in street markets. communal dining with small sticks and crowding everywhere that has to be experienced to be believed. take this ban on wildlife trading, it’s only temporary as many people depend on the income.

    assuming the outbreak is from wildlife, then there exists a reservoir somewhere that is still active. nothing has been identified anywhere aside some bat origin. if there isn’t an animal reservoir then they need to snuff out pretty much the last carriers, which is now as difficult as snuffing out the flu.

    in the meanwhile anxious supply chains will be looking for alternatives, couldn’t have happened to a nicer dictatorship.

  38. egg_

    I wonder how this blog would be better…

    Served by twirling bowties?
    Videos of Lizzo twerking?

  39. zyconoclast

    ‘Period-shaming’ Indian college forces students to strip to underwear

    India’s uncomfortable relationship with periods is back in the headlines.

    College students living in a hostel in the western Indian state of Gujarat have complained that they were made to strip and show their underwear to female teachers to prove that they were not menstruating.

    The 68 young women were pulled out of classrooms and taken to the toilet, where they were asked to individually remove their knickers for inspection.

  40. Bruce of Newcastle

    What type/brand BBQ were they using?
    Had to be German, no?

    Or Kiwi.

  41. MatrixTransform

    unsubstantiated bloviating

    why do they always sound the same?

    same tired rhetoric, same sweeping gestures, same deference to ‘progress’, all you Catallaxians are stoopid … etc

    the great march backward

  42. zyconoclast

    Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has called for more regulation of harmful online content, saying it was not for companies like his to decide what counts as legitimate free speech.

    “We don’t want private companies making so many decisions about how to balance social equities without any more democratic process,” he said.

    “In the absence of that kind of regulation we will continue doing our best,” he said.

  43. egg_

    if they once open Cat they will immediately close it in disgust

    Yet, here you are, time and again.
    Einstein’s definition of insanity?

  44. Annie!

    Australia is officially a Police State.

    There is a social theory doing the rounds about policing – wolves/sheepdogs/sheep.
    It essentially states there is a compact between the sheepdog and the sheep. The sheepdog may need to give the sheep a bit of a nip to make them behave and stay safe. In return, the Sheepdog will protect the sheep from the wolf.
    The theory falls down when the sheepdog gets lazy and doesn’t want to have to get off its arse to fight the wolf.
    That’s what is happening in Western society – the sheepdog has gotten fat and lazy, and it’s just a whole lot easier if the dog nips a few sheep ankles to make it look like he’s doing the job.
    Meanwhile the wolf gets to grab the occasional lamb and the dog turns a blind eye.
    The worst part is that the sheepdogs owner is busy drinking beer and puts it down to acceptable losses.

  45. DrBeauGan

    I’ve always seen Boris as a lefty who figures that if he agrees with us enough we’ll come to love him, and then he can slowly lead us gently to the light.

    We don’t work that way, Boris. You should have noticed by now.

  46. Arky

    ‘Period-shaming’ Indian college forces students to strip to underwear
    College students living in a hostel in the western Indian state of Gujarat have complained that they were made to strip and show their underwear to female teachers to prove that they were not menstruating.

    ..
    School principal Charlipani Windsor was unavailable for comment.

  47. zyconoclast

    Real Orgasms And Transcendent Pleasure: How Women Are Reigniting Desire

    How can more women allow themselves to experience sexual pleasure?

    That’s one of the central questions in The Pleasure Gap*: American Women and the Unfinished Sexual Revolution, a book published this month by public health researcher and journalist Katherine Rowland.

    Rowland explores why American women aren’t happy with their sex lives — and what they can do about it. A landmark study from 1999 found that over 40% of women surveyed experienced sexual dysfunction — the inability to feel satisfied by sex. A contributing factor, noted the researchers, was the lasting psychological effects of sexual trauma.

    *Deliberate pun?

  48. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Jungle no barrier to honouring HMAS Sydney II sailor’s memory

    Paige Taylor
    WA Bureau Chief
    @paigeataylor
    2 hours ago February 16, 2020
    No Comments

    The sailor from the doomed HMAS Sydney II who was buried with full military honours on the Australian mainland is remembered always on Christmas Island.

    This is where on February 6,1942, a Carley float containing a body was seen off the coast of what was then a British possession in deep turmoil. The float was recovered, and the body was subsequently buried where it remained for 64 years. It is a source of regret for some locals that archaeologists were sent to find and remove the sailor. In 2006 they succeeded, albeit with the gracious help of shire workers such as Ron de Cruz who brought them lunch each day. Mr de Cruz offered the scientific team typical island hospitality, including curry puffs made by his wife Susan. He was mesmerised when careful digging and sifting of dirt led to the discovery of the sailor’s remains, a near perfect skeleton in a crate. He said he was sorry to see the sailor go.

    “I do think the island was ripped off when the sailor was taken,” he said.

    On Saturday Australian Defence Force personnel cut back the encroaching jungle from the former grave, now a memorial to all 645 Australians who died as the result of a short vicious battle between HMAS Sydney II and a German raider, The Kormoran.

    Australian navy sub lieutenant Meeka Brooks, 23, gave instructions to other defence personnel who walked into the monsoonal rainforest above Flying Fish Cove to tend the memorial on Saturday.

    “It’s important we respect the sacrifice they made,” she said.

    In tropical heat and rain, it does not take long for the jungle to reclaim man made structures such as tombstones and plaques. Every few months, armfuls of vines are carried away from the HMAS Sydney II memorial.

    Sub Lieutenant Brooks is one if two navy personnel stationed on the island, an Australian territory since 1958. Other military personnel have flown in to help support the quarantining of 278 Australians evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhan. Medical and other staff who have direct contact with evacuees are locked in with them for the duration of the quarantine period, a according to Australian Border Force. This does not include military and other personnel who work on the outer boundary of the detention centre-turned-quarantine station and do not have contact with evacuees.

    From the Oz.

  49. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    I’ve always seen Boris as

    an imbecile.

  50. Fisky

    Suppose you succeed in chasing out people like numbers and Monty. Then you will just be preaching to the choir. How does this help in the fight against leftism?

    Personally I agree. My entire focus is on destroying the libertarian movement at this point in time. I want that heresy eradicated first.

  51. mh

    ‘Period-shaming’ Indian college forces students to strip to underwear
    College students living in a hostel in the western Indian state of Gujarat have complained that they were made to strip and show their underwear to female teachers to prove that they were not menstruating

    Sounds like Chelsea FC

  52. Bruce of Newcastle

    Goolag is fun.
    Check out the sites from this search I did out of curiosity. 😀

  53. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    How can more women allow themselves to experience sexual pleasure?

    By dropping around to my place any time they should choose to do so.

    Or was that a trick question?

  54. Armadillo

    Many Australians hate leftism but if they once open Cat they will immediately close it in disgust.

    Irony? Leftards are glued to this joint.

  55. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    ‘Period-shaming’ Indian college forces students to strip to underwear

    Injuns. They’re barking mad, in a very colourful third world type of manner.

  56. Mater

    Suppose you succeed in chasing out people like numbers and Monty. Then you will just be preaching to the choir. How does this help in the fight against leftism?

    The problem is Boris, Bob doesn’t discuss, or debate, in good faith. He shifts, wiggles, changes goals posts and, as a last resort, fabricates. He is never wrong and never concedes a point, even in the face of overwhelming evidence. He adds nothing to the collective benefit of this site, except as a sparring partner.

    Hell, he started a debate about the percentages of the last US election and when he was told that he’d completely screwed the figures (Trump won with 8.7% of the vote, apparently), he said that my figures were an “interpretation”. Apparently in mathematics, you can get various correct answers, depending on the ‘interpretation’!

    He adds nothing, and anyone who tries to point out the shortcomings of his arguments, regardless of how polite they might be, ends up in a metaphorical wrestle in the dirt…something which is increasingly being frowned on around here.

    If he was honest and possessed a modicum of shame, he might provide a useful counter-point. He’s not and he doesn’t.

  57. Tom

    Grate. We’re attempting to discuss serious geopolitical matters and some numptie post a video of ample bottomed South American brunettes.

    I knew you had something against ample-bottomed South American brunettes.

    PS: South American “blondes” got it out of a bottle … but you knew that.

  58. rickw

    The theory falls down when the sheepdog gets lazy and doesn’t want to have to get off its arse to fight the wolf.

    More like:

    The sheepdog realises it’s easier and safer to eat sheep than chase those wolves, who are misunderstood minority in any case.

  59. vlad

    Bell J has been touted as having more criminal-law experience than the average HCA judge.

    Interesting.

    So she might well surprise us in the Pell decision. Here’s hoping.

  60. Steve trickler

    The upcoming war between Australia and the USA is going to be brutal! Nasty.



    This bloke and his colleagues are on their way to making a fortune

    They’ve learnt from us and taken notes.

    Good on them.

  61. Armadillo

    Period-shaming’ Indian college forces students to strip to underwear

    That’s just sick. There are some truly terrible people on this planet.

  62. calli

    egg_
    #3325494, posted on February 16, 2020 at 7:04 pm
    if they once open Cat they will immediately close it in disgust

    Yet, here you are, time and again.
    Einstein’s definition of insanity?

    A question posed a few times today about leftie commenters and outright trolls.

    Steve Trickler posted a Kaitlin Bennett video earlier. It demonstrates clearly why they are drawn to this site.

    Free, fearless speech is attractive. Liberty is irresistible. It draws others like a moth to the flame. They hate it but they want it – desperately. And they will hang around, wings singed, pretending to themselves that they are “fighting Tories” like poor old Albo.

  63. vlad

    The problem is Boris, Bob doesn’t discuss, or debate, in good faith. He shifts, wiggles, changes goals posts and, as a last resort, fabricates. He is never wrong and never concedes a point

    He never says please or thank you – and issues challenges to back up claims or provides links when there’s no payoff for doing so. It’s not as though he’ll agree to fuck off for 14 days if we can provide a link. Nothing.

    Provide a link, he barks out – and when we do, the most we can hope for is he’ll shut up for 12 hours.

    If that!

  64. MatrixTransform

    Leftards on a non-left forum … like Sauron’s Arsehole

    The Arsehole of Sauron, or Great Arsehole, was a symbol adopted by the Dark Lord in the Third Age. It was said that few could endure its terrible eminations.

    The Arsehole was used as a symbol on armor and banners of Mordor, representing Sauron’s foul stench.

    With it, Sauron searched for and tracked the paths of the Ring-bearer …

    sory, I only had ‘blockquote’ tags…was looking for tags but couldn’t find any

  65. bespoke

    Period-shaming’ Indian college forces students to strip to underwear

    Slippery slope next they will be asked to pic up rubbish. 😎

  66. shatterzzz

    For those who may have forgotten .. February 16, 2002..
    🥇 On this day 18 years ago Steven Bradbury became a hero – creating history winning Australia’s first gold medal at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

  67. MatrixTransform

    …was looking for ‘misquote’ tags but couldn’t find any

  68. calli

    Some of them are the “little drummer boy”. Others will be “Uncle Tom-ers”, or put up logical fallacies and straw men to prove their intellectual prowess.

    And then there are the narcissists, like Make-up Man.

    Have a look.

  69. Entropy

    Suppose you succeed in chasing out people like numbers and Monty. Then you will just be preaching to the choir. How does this help in the fight against leftism?

    I find Monty alright. Don’t agree with him much, but I think he is a nice person. There is nothing redeeming about numbers though.

  70. vlad

    I’ll get the hang of these HTML tags one of these days. I’ve only had about 20 years’ practice with them.

  71. MatrixTransform

    The sheepdog realises it’s easier and safer to eat sheep than chase those wolves

    **chuckles

  72. Armadillo

    Well said, Mater. Although, I’m in the “smoting camp”.

    Rumble with them in their own backyards. It’s not as if they don’t have their own blogs.

    Again, try and actually post a comment there. See how it works out.

  73. vlad

    So the next time Mumbles says do this, do that, provide a link etc, ask yourself – or him – what it’s in for us if we do. What will he agree to if we do. Otherwise we should decline. Nothing for nothing.

  74. Knuckle Dragger

    Geez. A spot of entertaining, and you miss some gems.

    Vis-à-vis Anne’s dinky-di Aussie cop state that isn’t:

    ‘The question isn’t whether police should check up on him’

    No. They shouldn’t fucking check on him.

    ‘the question is whether there’s a dozen other more important crimes they should be spending time on instead of this.’

    Probably.

    ‘Maybe when everything else is sorted and there’s a few hours of Utopia this might come up on the todo list, but I doubt that even NZ is that idyllic.’

    This would be time far better spent, even if there was the God-awful legislation in place to enforce this, coercing local publicans into providing a carton or two for the station BBQ on Friday arvo.

    NB: All politicians should be hanged.

  75. calli

    Was Anne’s policeman Australian? He sounded like a Kiwi.

  76. vlad

    I sat here last night staring at the computer (and the Cat), thinking “ice cream … ice cream … I must have ice cream” – etc.

    Went to bed, woke up, went to Mass and laughed to myself, thinking, ha, all that craving for ice cream resisted and now I couldn’t care less – as evidenced by the fact I went to the supermarket thereafter for some groceries and came home ice cream-less.

    And now here I am 24hrs later, thinking, “ice cream … ice cream!!”

  77. Infidel Tiger

    I like Monty!

    Mark my words, he is on the path to conservatism. He just needs to discard the cultural baggage he is inherited.

  78. calli

    Good to see Anne back commenting. Now where’s DoLittle?

  79. vlad

    Was Anne’s policeman Australian? He sounded like a Kiwi.

    That footage was from nz.

  80. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Stick all lefties in gulags for life without parole.’

    There are no gulags. Never have been.

    Except Christmas Island. That’s a gulag, except it isn’t because it fits all the criteria apart from the one about being a gulag.

    – Liability Bob, 2020, two months and nine days before the Anzackery Fest

  81. Infidel Tiger

    Personally I agree. My entire focus is on destroying the libertarian movement at this point in time. I want that heresy eradicated first.

    Liberalism is our clear and present danger.

    We must scythe it’s, face stomp it and ridicule it.

  82. calli

    Again, try and actually post a comment there. See how it works out.

    Tory fighting means never having to publish an opposing, or even a questioning, comment.

    That’s how they roll.

  83. 8th Dan

    the Norwegian I sat next to on the flight from Paris to Havana. I shocked him because he worked out that I was one of the educated classes, better educated than he was

    Lol … what’s Humpty Dumpty in Norwegian?
    It’s a good thing the plane didn’t come down in the ocean.
    The life jacket wouldn’t fit over your big head.

  84. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The problem is Boris, Bob doesn’t discuss, or debate, in good faith. He shifts, wiggles, changes goals posts and, as a last resort, fabricates. He is never wrong and never concedes a point, even in the face of overwhelming evidence. He adds nothing to the collective benefit of this site, except as a sparring partner.

    Mater, I will concede that you do God’s work holding the silly old flog to account, but it’s increasingly amusing to read what’s been written with access to the North Vietnamese own records, and realizing how completely he swallowed the Party line.

  85. Bruce of Newcastle

    8th Dan is obviously a black belt qualification for cluelessness which only Lefties can reach.
    DrB has a PhD in math which is seriously better than my PhD in chemistry.

  86. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Boris has become very angry since the Chicom virus disaster was exposed.’

    ‘This is an unfounded slur. Prove it or fuck off.’

    You’ll have to give BorisG Wong-Keating a break here, people.

    There was a knock on his door an hours ago. It was a bloke in a trenchcoat, sunglasses and fedora.

    Thankfully for all concerned it was only an elderly pervert, and not his transport to the Lubyanka.

  87. calli

    DrB has a PhD in math which is seriously better than my PhD in chemistry.

    Ahhh. But can either of you bake a perfect sponge cake?

    I think not.

  88. Knuckle Dragger

    *an hour ago*

    Penis banner.

    Plus some internal stabilising.

  89. DrBeauGan

    the Norwegian I sat next to on the flight from Paris to Havana. I shocked him because he worked out that I was one of the educated classes, better educated than he was

    Lol … what’s Humpty Dumpty in Norwegian?
    It’s a good thing the plane didn’t come down in the ocean.
    The life jacket wouldn’t fit over your big head.

    The Norwegian was a philosopher, so didn’t set a very high standard to surpass.

  90. Tel

    The theory falls down when the sheepdog gets lazy and doesn’t want to have to get off its arse to fight the wolf.

    If you are talking about the police, I would say there’s some Gramsci infiltrators at reasonably high levels who are setting their priorities. I don’t believe individual coppers are making these decisions.

  91. DrBeauGan

    Ahhh. But can either of you bake a perfect sponge cake?

    I think not.

    No, I can’t, Calli. I’d like to, but haven’t figured it out yet. But I’m pretty sure the Norwegian couldn’t either.

  92. Armadillo

    Ahhh. But can either of you bake a perfect sponge cake?

    It’s why smart blokes are always respectful of older Sheliahs.

  93. Knuckle Dragger

    calli,

    I’ll swap you a newly-increased collection of two witches’ hats for a decent sponge cake.

    Carrot-based offers will not be considered.

  94. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    calli
    #3325515, posted on February 16, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks, Calli, I just watched the Kaitlin Bennett video. Magnificent stuff. Blacks 4 Trump – he is a inspiration for them, for many good reasons.

  95. Cassie of Sydney

    “Ahhh. But can either of you bake a perfect sponge cake?”

    I can Calli…I also bake a mean chiffon cake too.

  96. Bruce of Newcastle

    But can either of you bake a perfect sponge cake?

    I did that in Home Economics in Year 7.
    It was golden and perfect and yummy!
    Afterwards I decided to cook other interesting stuff.

  97. Tel

    Period-shaming’ Indian college forces students to strip to underwear

    Did the read the fine print terms and conditions before they signed up?

    No … oh well … see how quickly you can pick up a bit of useful education from a stay in college.

  98. vlad

    Ahhh. But can either of you bake a perfect sponge cake?

  99. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    err, could this out of control gloating cease, please?

  100. mh

    Weather, Latino style.

    Is there a technical name for that curve?

  101. DrBeauGan

    “Ahhh. But can either of you bake a perfect sponge cake?”

    I can Calli…I also bake a mean chiffon cake too.

    Respect. These are real skills. I can do a good roast beef with a passable Yorkshire pudding, but I know my limitations.

  102. vlad

    Benji Law has a play on, apparently. Who knew? Who cared?!

    And even Cameron Woodhead at The Age has given it the thumbs down.

    So it must really stink.

    Still, as the taxpayer is paying, it will stay on, of course.

  103. Digger

    Many many more like it. He’s depraved. Would you allow your kids to go to a Polanski movie?

    Carrey is one of the most repulsive morons on earth. Hi face could meet a very fast moving baseball bat and it would be an improvement…..

  104. Knuckle Dragger

    kaysee, 4.44 p.m. The subject was brought up earlier, but deserves further exploration:

    ‘Actress Gwyneth Paltrow says that her candle called “This Candle Smells Like My Vagina”’

    1. Is this actually the case, or is it an aspirational goal of some sort? What happens if the manufacturer (in Wuhan, naturally) puts a bit more Scent A (or bat) into the wax than the recipe calls for?

    How can you tell if the olfactory sensation is accurate? Is there a certificate of authenticity that’s attached to the product?

    There seems to be no due diligence or governance around this whatsoever.

    2. $75? We’re putting a price on the war for feminism now? The Great Aim for tarts worldwide is reduced to a transaction for filthy lucre?

    Is there a discount for bulk, or multiple products? Like there was with SLAVERY?

    3. Does it come in a box?

  105. DrBeauGan

    Weather, Latino style.

    Is there a technical name for that curve?

    Yes, it’s called a bum.

  106. cohenite

    Suppose you succeed in chasing out people like numbers and Monty. Then you will just be preaching to the choir. How does this help in the fight against leftism?

    A win is a win; this is another aspect of the lofty disdain type; small victories don’t count, it’s beneath their lofty stature.

    More generally: infiltrate the media, political parties (don’t start new ones); intimidate corporate pansies, threaten to sue academics; threaten to spend money opposing lazy, gutless conservative pollies. In short the tactics of the left which have been tried and tested.

  107. 8th Dan

    DrB has a PhD in math which is seriously better than my PhD in chemistry.

    Ah … totally worthless appellations. Neither of you has frostbite … although you may have been to Wanaka.

  108. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Cohenite, I do admire the past efforts you have made that you recently told us about and I think these current suggestions are good ones. You make excellent comments here on the Cat. Most people in fact have something to bring to this festival table so by and large I don’t get involved in the battles and clashes of personality here, I just enjoy the passing parade (with the exception of the trolls, Numbers in particular).
    Oh, just one or two exceptions to my sitting back to watch – when snarks the involve me, I fight back!!

  109. Digger

    Gwyneth Paltrow Says Selling a $75 Vagina Scented Candle was About Empowering Women

    Repulsive slut…

  110. mh

    Gwyneth Paltrow divorced from the woke English frontman of Coldplay, Chris Martin.

    Currently Coldplay have put touring on hold until they can offer carbon-neutral concerts.

    Gwyneth’s dildo obsession became public following her divorce from Martin.

  111. 8th Dan

    Carrey is one of the most repulsive morons on earth.

    Kids loved to hate him in Lemony Snicketts … and he was very good in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

  112. Top Ender

    Go woke, go broke!

    Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle probably spent Sunday morning with her head in her hands. After the Queensland Reds stumbled to a 43-27 loss to the Jaguares in Buenos Aires, she wasn’t the only one.

    The whole of Australian rugby has its head in its hands after the first three rounds of Super Rugby. The loss in Argentina means Australian teams are 0-6 against foreign opposition so far this season.

    The only Australian teams who have won have triumphed over other Australian teams. The Waratahs and the Reds are winless. The Tahs, after losses to the Crusaders, the Blues and then the Rebels on Friday night, are sitting alone at the bottom of the table without a single point. The Reds, who were on the wrong end of a 14-3 penalty count on Sunday and were mown down by a relentless rolling maul, have a meagre two bonus points.

    The Rebels boast one win, thanks to the hapless Waratahs, and the Brumbies are in a slightly more comfortable position after wins over the Reds and the Rebels.

    The fans have apparently had enough. TV ratings for Super Rugby are down and the five matches played in Australia so far have all attracted crowds of a tick above 7000.

    All of this at a time when Castle is attempting to sell the sport to broadcasters – and demanding a premium price.

    Fox Sport, who have broadcast Super Rugby since its inception 25 years ago, walked away from the negotiations after Rugby Australia decided the current $57 million-a-year deal was not enough. Castle apparently believes it is worth a great deal more.

    Yet the obstacles to that continue to mount. From next season there will be fewer games with the axing of Japan’s Sunwolves from the completion. Of the games that remain, there will still be several against South African teams played at 2am Australian time.

    And then there is the stop-start nature of modern rugby. In the round two match between the Rebels and the Brumbies, the ball was in play for just 14 minutes in the 42-minute first half. The second half of the Jaguares-Reds game was dominated by rolling mauls – fascinating for the forwards involved, but not so for fans. And on top of that, Australian teams cannot buy a win against a foreign side.

    Rugby Australia will present broadcasters with a top-to-bottom package that includes the Wallabies, Super Rugby, the much-maligned National Rugby Championship and club rugby. In fact a host of options for club competitions, including an FA Cup-style tournament, are on the table.

    But until Australian teams start winning, fans will continue to turn off.

    Castle knows this and she is no doubt aware that her future could hang on the outcome of broadcast negotiations.

    If she secures a deal that brings more money to Australian rugby, she will be secure in her position. If not, her future in the job is bleak.

    She will no doubt be praying that in the next couple of weeks Australian sides find a way to beat teams from New Zealand and South Africa. In fact, even a win over an Argentine or Japanese team would be a start.

    Oz

  113. Bruce of Newcastle

    Neither of you has frostbite

    I’ve done chemical reactions at the freezing point of ethanol with n-butyllithium and other stuff.
    Which is −114 C.
    Using liquid nitrogen for cooling.
    The ethanol goes like toffee, you can twirl it around a stick in a ball.
    Lots of fun!
    Never froze my fingers though.
    Not stupid.

  114. calli

    I can Calli…I also bake a mean chiffon cake too.

    Cassie, I know a lovely lady from the ES who cooks up a magnificent angel cake. Twelve egg whites and a towering edifice of cakey magnificence.

    And the Rebbetzin…I can honestly say that she put our after church morning tea to shame. Singlehandedly. Or is that singlestovedly? 😀

  115. DrBeauGan

    More generally: infiltrate the media, political parties (don’t start new ones); intimidate corporate pansies, threaten to sue academics; threaten to spend money opposing lazy, gutless conservative pollies. In short the tactics of the left which have been tried and tested.

    I’m not knocking this strategy, but it doesn’t fit with my temperament. I think there’s a certain mileage in just telling the truth and saying exactly what you think. Also arguing in a civilised manner with facts and reason. In other words, sticking with the western intellectual tradition. There are good reasons it’s been so successful, and as Calli has pointed out, it’s very attractive when you meet it.

  116. mh

    Yes, it’s called a bum.

    Jeez, I expected something better from a mathematics professor.

  117. vlad

    Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle probably spent Sunday morning with her head in her hands.

    From my observations, when people like her fail like that … they move on to a different position of equal status at higher pay.

  118. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Australian teams are 0-6 against foreign opposition so far this season.

    Grate work, collectivists! 🙂

  119. Confused Old Misfit

    Suppose you succeed in chasing out people like numbers and Monty. Then you will just be preaching to the choir. How does this help in the fight against leftism?

    Chasing out people like numbers & Monty (although I do not think this necessary) may cause people UNLIKE those two and UNLIKE some of us, to realign their thinking, to consider that there are alternate arguments and sources for information.
    Without those of us who oppose the ideology and practice of socialism standing to oppose the proponents thereof, this unaligned grouping may well consider the socialists are the ones to follow. It has been, is now and will be a continuing battle.

  120. jupes

    The fans have apparently had enough. TV ratings for Super Rugby are down and the five matches played in Australia so far have all attracted crowds of a tick above 7000.

    FMD even the AWFL did better than that in at least one of its stupid games.

  121. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I cannot bake a cake to save my life, but Hairy reckons I did a PhD’s worth of work for my Master’s thesis and overall degree and that he’s seen much lesser output get a PhD for the effort. It did get me invited to Stanford, so I’m not complaining. Mostly it was done with medicos who were already granted the title of ‘doctor’ and as they didn’t intend to go into research they barely cared that they didn’t get a PhD, and many of them cut corners to complete. I didn’t, industrious little soul that I was.

    Last night’s dinner party was a treat of good food. The entrée – baked figs stuffed with gorgonzola and honey and wrapped with bacon then sprinkled with bits of green flowers – was a delight, and I am wondering how hard it would be to replicate it. Can’t be too difficult, surely? What could possibly go wrong? Then she did a Cajun dish, which I shall get my rellies in Louisiana to teach me to do next month.

    Hairy calling me now to do the grave for the roast lamb which I have topped with Rosemary from my garden. Gravox here I come. And wipe that smirking smile of your faces, I know your type. 🙂

  122. kaysee

    Rugby Australia will present broadcasters with a top-to-bottom package that includes

    the Wallabies
    vs
    Catalans Dragons

  123. Roger

    The fans have apparently had enough. TV ratings for Super Rugby are down and the five matches played in Australia so far have all attracted crowds of a tick above 7000.

    Yet I note at least one press pundit is still arguing she did the right thing and Fox will come back to the table.

  124. calli

    The rugby 7s is still amazingly popular.

    The SIL attended the Sydney game. Dressed as an Evil Minion.

    I know. It’s a family thing,

  125. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    they move on to a different position of equal status at higher pay

    “Failing upwards”, previously deemed by collectivists to be the privilege of white middle aged men. But no longer it seems – fat stupid hideously uglee goth sheep pleasuring trannies have busted through the shag pile ceiling to proclaim their place among histories greatest and most incompetent imbeciles!

    Something we can all luxuriate in while contemplating why we allow various incomprehensible and irredeemable idiots to blunder around this planet bellowing that we know nothing, nothing aboot da politics, we tells ya!

  126. Roger

    Pinch faced ABC correspondent Samantha Hawley waiting eagerly upon Israel Folau’s demise.

  127. Boambee John

    Lizzie

    Hairy calling me now to do the grave for the roast lamb

    At least you did not cremate it! 😊😁

  128. kaysee

    The French kids love him

    I have no understanding of rugby but I wanted Folau to do well whatever he does on the field, and his team to win. There was all this pre-game pressure being built up on whoever had recruited him.
     
    I really hope he scores tries and whatever else to win more games for the Catalans Dragons.

  129. Some History

    Wow. Charisma-less Lil Mike was a womanizer.

    Mike Bloomberg for years has battled women’s
    allegations of profane, sexist comments

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/politics/michael-bloomberg-women/

  130. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Fox Sport, who have broadcast Super Rugby since its inception 25 years ago, walked away from the negotiations after Rugby Australia decided the current $57 million-a-year deal was not enough. Castle apparently believes it is worth a great deal more.’

    This is unbelievable.

    Woke contact sports are worth MORE than $57,000,000 every year for the pleasure of putting on the teev?

    For that shit?

    The biosphere in which RA resides just got another coat of lacquer.

  131. mh

    I really hope he scores tries and whatever else to win more games for the Catalans Dragons.

    Cats 4 Catalans

  132. Roger

    Cats 4 Catalans

    Sign me up.

  133. calli

    I think Lying Dogface Pony Soldier might gain traction.

    As dodgy insults go, it’s a pearler.

  134. DrBeauGan

    I’ve played with liquid nitrogen, BoN, also liquid oxygen, which is not quite so cold but has a very pretty colour. And I didn’t get frostbite either.

  135. vlad

    You can pour liquid nitrogen over your hand – on an angle, mind you.

    Hold the hand at 45 degrees and pour the liquid down over it. You don’t feel a thing.

    I know.

  136. Nick

    Woke contact sports are worth MORE than $57,000,000 every year for the pleasure of putting on the teev?

    For that shit?

    Ditto

  137. Roger

    From C.L.’s French thread.

    File under ‘Intellectuals think they are your moral superiors’:

    Not widely known in the anglophone world that French ‘intellectuals’ Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Foucault, Barthes, Robbe-Grillet, Lyotard, Derridda and many lesser names all supported sex between adults and minors and agitated for the removal of the age of consent in the 1970s. Sartre and the ‘feminist’ de Beauvoir reportedly groomed and sexually expolited several of her high school students.

  138. egg_

    Gwyneth Paltrow Says Selling a $75 Vagina Scented Candle was About Empowering Women

    Is there a matching soap-on-a-rope penis for their bath?

  139. JC

    Digger
    #3325559, posted on February 16, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    Many many more like it. He’s depraved. Would you allow your kids to go to a Polanski movie?

    Carrey is one of the most repulsive morons on earth. His face could meet a very fast moving baseball bat and it would be an improvement…..

    Dumb and dumber was a very funny movie.

  140. mh

    Does Fox Sports show Super League?

  141. DrBeauGan

    Not widely known in the anglophone world that French ‘intellectuals’ Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Foucault, Barthes, Robbe-Grillet, Lyotard, Derridda and many lesser names all supported sex between adults and minors and agitated for the removal of the age of consent in the 1970s. Sartre and the ‘feminist’ de Beauvoir reportedly groomed and sexually expolited several of her high school students.

    Intellectuals are pathetic scum. And notable for having very mediocre intellects.

  142. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’ve played with liquid nitrogen

    My highest temperature stuff was a pilot direct reduction bath smelter. I got burn scars! The unit had a few tonnes of molten slag and etc being injected with a mix of O2 and coal dust. At about 1500 C. The coal dust tended to blow out the top of the unit all over me, I had melted pits all over my helmet.

  143. egg_

    Benji Law has a play on, apparently. Who knew? Who cared?!

    And even Cameron Woodhead at The Age has given it the thumbs down.

    So it must really stink.

    Still, as the taxpayer is paying, it will stay on, of course.

    Torch the Place with themes including “Capitalism gone mad”*, apparently.

    *Ruinables?
    Sponsoring a Ben Law play?

  144. egg_

    Weather, Latino style.

    Is there a technical name for that curve?

    Asterisk?

  145. Nick

    Torch the Place with themes including “Capitalism gone mad”*, apparently.

    I’m assuming then that tickets are free?

  146. Confused Old Misfit

    Submarines: Second Gen AIP (Air Independent Propulsion)
    Are we too late to jettison the diesels?

  147. cohenite

    Not widely known in the anglophone world that French ‘intellectuals’ Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Foucault, Barthes, Robbe-Grillet, Lyotard, Derridda and many lesser names all supported sex between adults and minors and agitated for the removal of the age of consent in the 1970s.

    Arseholes all, particularly Foucault who justifiably died of aids.

  148. notafan

    That French kid looks North African.

    Just sayin’

  149. feelthebern

    Hmm…the GOP didn’t do this when the Tea Party movement started.
    Looks like the DNC isn’t very Democratic at all.

    https://theintercept.com/2019/03/22/house-democratic-leadership-warns-it-will-cut-off-any-firms-who-challenge-incumbents/

  150. Steve trickler

    Just remember boys, she has the ability to give birth. Fine effort here from her.



  151. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3325597, posted on February 16, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    ‘Fox Sport, who have broadcast Super Rugby since its inception 25 years ago, walked away from the negotiations after Rugby Australia decided the current $57 million-a-year deal was not enough. Castle apparently believes it is worth a great deal more.’

    This is unbelievable.

    She is as dumb as dog-shit.
    No fucking idea that, not only does there need to be eyeballs on the game on TV, the owner of those eyeballs has to be then motivated to buy Coca-Cola, paint, Qantas tickets, hamburgers or whatever else is advertised during the game or plastered all over the jerseys.
    She actually believes that chucking Folau out has increased the value of the brand.
    On top of that, no other broadcaster will pay more than sixpence for the rights. She is not holding a lot of cards at the moment.
    Think about this.
    Qantas sponsors rugger to target airline customers who might positively associate Qantas with rugger. There is a sizeable minority of rugger supporters who will now go oit of their way to avoid Qantas over the little foggat’s antics.
    How’s that for brand enhancement.

  152. MatrixTransform

    infiltrate the media, political parties (don’t start new ones); intimidate corporate pansies, threaten to sue academics; threaten to spend money opposing lazy,

    Kicking theTard in the nuts.
    It’s a message of sorts.

    Like, don’t start with your marxist gibber mate, cos I’m gonna pull yr head off and then shit in the hole.
    Gonna ridicule your stupid every time you speak it.

    Its a message for Normie too (who is starting to wake up btw) …like, it aint on lost you Normie ist it?
    You know you’re next in line for the shame-based gibber … men are bastards? Well Normie, your’e a man and your son will be. How long before before yr boy starts copping this gibberish.
    You hearing this Mr Self Employed Plumber? Yeah, that’s right you wage thief you.

    It’s a message to other sensible right-thinking people …

    A while back I was on a training course and a smart arse young enginerd that I’d chosen NOT to employ about a year before, was exacting his revenge on me in public over the lunch table.
    Trying to goad me into some idiot political polemic he’d constructed outta bits of Marx and some idiot nihilist.
    I tired of it fast and in front of everybody I said something along the lines of, “you were talking about this type of shit in our job interview … where ARE YOU working now?”
    dumb fuck answered the question literally.
    A survey of the other faces watching and listening told me all I needed to know.

    The problem with Leftards is that it’s all words.

    Yabber, yabber, yabber
    Gibber jabber
    Yap,yap yap.

    Still watching Venezuela.
    Look what happens when these fuckwits get control

    go on, try it you mouthy fucks

  153. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3325597, posted on February 16, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    ‘Fox Sport, who have broadcast Super Rugby since its inception 25 years ago, walked away from the negotiations after Rugby Australia decided the current $57 million-a-year deal was not enough. Castle apparently believes it is worth a great deal more.’

    This is unbelievable.

    She is as dumb as dog-shit.
    No fucking idea that, not only does there need to be [email protected] on the game on TV, the owner of those eyeballs has to be then motivated to buy Coca-Cola, paint, Qantas tickets, hamburgers or whatever else is advertised during the game or plastered all over the jerseys.
    She actually believes that chucking Folau out has increased the value of the brand.
    On top of that, no other broadcaster will pay more than sixpence for the rights. She is not holding a lot of cards at the moment.
    Think about this.
    Qantas sponsors rugger to target airline customers who might positively associate Qantas with rugger. There is a sizeable minority of rugger supporters who will now go out of their way to avoid Qantas over the little foggat’s antics.
    How’s that for brand enhancement.

  154. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3325597, posted on February 16, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    ‘Fox Sport, who have broadcast Super Rugby since its inception 25 years ago, walked away from the negotiations after Rugby Australia decided the current $57 million-a-year deal was not enough. Castle apparently believes it is worth a great deal more.’

    This is unbelievable.

    She is as dumb as dog-shit.
    No fucking idea that, not only does there need to be [email protected] on the game on TV, the owner of those [email protected] has to be then motivated to buy Coca-Cola, paint, Qantas tickets, hamburgers or whatever else is advertised during the game or plastered all over the jerseys.
    She actually believes that chucking Folau out has increased the value of the brand.
    On top of that, no other broadcaster will pay more than sixpence for the rights. She is not holding a lot of cards at the moment.
    Think about this.
    Qantas sponsors rugger to target airline customers who might positively associate Qantas with rugger. There is a sizeable minority of rugger supporters who will now go out of their way to avoid Qantas over the little foggat’s antics.
    How’s that for brand enhancement.

  155. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just remember boys, she has the ability to give birth. Fine effort here from her.

    High Flight
    by John Gillespie Magee

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air…

    Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or ever eagle flew –
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

    John Gillespie Magee
    An Anglo-American aviator and poet. Magee served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, which he joined before the United States entered the war; he died in a mid-air collision over Lincolnshire in 1941.

  156. MatrixTransform

    Is there a certificate of authenticity that’s attached to the product?

    Derr, she personally ‘flavours’ each candle

  157. feelthebern

    It’s official.
    The DNC will tear itself apart this year.

    I’ve called Ladbrokes to get the following multi.
    Trump to win.
    GOP to get 50+ in the Senate, plus a majority in the House.
    They’re only offering 5.50.
    I think I’ll wait for Trump to have a bad week before trying that one on.

  158. Nick

    $57m to televise a dwindling code that’s badly managed and lurches from crisis to crisis. $57m.

  159. calli

    Fox Sport, who have broadcast Super Rugby since its inception 25 years ago, walked away from the negotiations after Rugby Australia decided the current $57 million-a-year deal was not enough. Castle apparently believes it is worth a great deal more.’

    No “Wealth is created via unfair exchanges” there.

  160. feelthebern

    The NRL has binned Qantas & agreed to terms with Virgin.

  161. cohenite

    Pertinent to the culture wars here:

    Will Morrison fight?
    The Spectator Australia 15 February 2020

    To ‘culturally appropriate’ General George S. Patton: No bastard ever won a war by refusing to fight the battle. Slowly, it is dawning on the brains within the Morrison government that the so-called ‘culture wars’ are not simply some abstract academic obsession of the media and political classes but rather go to the very heart of what it means to live in a free society. Increasingly, culture wars are a proxy for a far more insidious battle: the struggle by the far Left to undermine and ultimately overturn the traditional and respected institutions that have served our society so well.

    Take the ABC. The simple, common-sense proposition that Australians bought into many years ago was that it was worth spending their hard-earned taxes to subsidise a national broadcaster in order to allow a media and cultural platform that not only reflected and celebrated mainstream Aussie values but enhanced them. At no point back then was it envisaged that the ABC would become the billion-dollar-a-year plaything of a small, far-left niche group of sneering elitists. Yet this is precisely what has occurred. Rather than celebrating the best of what mainstream Australia has to offer, the ABC now wallows in a cesspool of angry, self-loathing denunciation of the popularly-elected government of the day and a nasty, sanctimonious mean-spiritedness towards the traditional and/or conservative values of the voters who put them in power. Taxpayers recently paid for an episode of Q&A that saw the audience jeering at popular conservative Senator Jim Molan for simply questioning whether man-made global warming was responsible for the recent bushfires. Only days before the December bushfires, Q&A happily aired a segment in which the audience and host applauded an indigenous activist urging Australians to ‘burn stuff’ in protest at the colonial settlement of this nation.

    With all the chutzpah of some spoilt teenage brat, the Chair of the ABC, Ita Buttrose, has reportedly gone cap in hand to the same prime minister her organisation so frantically seeks to humiliate, intimidate and destroy asking for money – to help them finish off the job, perhaps?

    Full marks, then, to Senator James McGrath, never one to shy away from picking up a cultural bludgeon or two himself. Speaking in the Senate this week he said: Too many people I know no longer see the ABC as the national broadcaster. They see it as the un-Australian broadcaster… the ABC has already changed its focus from journalism to lobbying. It’s a joke, and no one is laughing.

    He is correct. Even the ABC’s supposed comedians are snide, grubby, uncouth political activists guilty of the highest crime a comic can be accused of: being unfunny. It is no longer acceptable that taxpayers support the outlandish wages and costs of an organisation that not only does not represent their best interests, but worse, actively despises their values and lifestyle choices.

    The Morrison government should use this point in time – no election for a couple of years, the surplus clearly under threat, the public fed up with seeing their money frittered away on the Canberra/bureaucratic gravy train – to do what is long overdue and start to dismantle and privatise the ABC.

    In Britain, Boris Johnson is embarking on a similar campaign, planning to turn the BBC into a subscription service; although it is easier for the Brits to do this because of the existing and long-standing ‘BBC licence’ arrangements.

    Aware of this, Senator McGrath offered up some simple first steps: The ABC’s headquarters in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne are valued at around half a billion dollars. It’s half a billion dollars for three offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They account for 81 per cent of the entire ABC property portfolio. Sell them off. Move the ABC to the suburbs or the regions.

    Senator McGrath’s suggestions are worth serious consideration. If the ABC genuinely desires to ‘get in touch with mainstream Australia’ it would welcome dispersing itself out into the ‘real’ world beyond the ‘latte-belt’.

    And it would show the Coalition finally understands the importance of winning the culture wars.

    Now, who is the minister for the abc: Paul Fletcher. Does he fill you with confidence.

  162. feelthebern

    Something is wrong with the youtube algorithm this evening.
    Me, a dog person, is having cat videos show up on my feed.
    Seriously.
    Sell Alphabet.

  163. Nick

    Bern. You’ve been searching for pussy.

  164. Some History

    Some more social justice wankistry.

    Global Warming Hardliner John Legend, Chrissy Teigen Use Private Jet to Grab Valentines Day Dinner

    Oscar and Grammy-winning singer and global warming activist John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen flew 500 miles on a private jet to dine at a restaurant for their Valentine’s Day date, despite Legend’s insistence that the planet is in the midst of a “climate crisis.”
    John Legend and Teigen reportedly traveled via private jet to grab dinner at the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, California, which is roughly 500 miles from their home. Teigen documented the Valentine’s Day trip in an Instagram story, which showed the couple on their way to the restaurant in the luxury jet.

    https://www.breitbart.com/entertainment/2020/02/15/john-legend-chrissy-teigen-use-private-jet-to-grab-valentines-day-dinner/

  165. old bloke

    DrBeauGan
    #3325496, posted on February 16, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve always seen Boris as a lefty who figures that if he agrees with us enough we’ll come to love him, and then he can slowly lead us gently to the light.

    I’m not so sure. A while ago I mentioned a discussion between Pyotr Ouspenskii and Prince Felix Yusupov, then amongst the post revolutionary Russian emigree community in London (on the murder of Grigori Rasputin), and Boris made a comment on the fate of the Romanov’s, and how the House of Windsor could have, and should have, done more to save them.

    I think that Boris is of Russian heritage (who else would know about Felix Yusupov?), but I think his sympathies lie more with traditional Russian conservative values, and he wouldn’t have any time for the Bolsheviks.

    I’d have a vodka with Boris.

  166. 8th Dan

    Sydney clubs voted 19-0 to go with RA’s plan.

    Fox Sports will dance to Raelene Castle’s tune … soon.

  167. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds, – and done a hundred things’

    And yet:

    ‘he died in a mid-air collision over Lincolnshire in 1941.’

    Didn’t mention that bit, did he, the cherry-picking bastard.

  168. Confused Old Misfit

    I could quite happily see the ABC reduced to pictures & music with news& weather on the hour and half hour. For sports they would have to come to an arrangement with the commercials for reaching those parts of the country where the commercials do not.

  169. This would be time far better spent, even if there was the God-awful legislation in place to enforce this, coercing local publicans into providing a carton or two for the station BBQ on Friday arvo.
    NB: All politicians should be hanged.

    I used to KD. Without coercion.
    Partly it was something to do with the “sheepdog, sheep, wolves” thing mentioned upthread.
    I’ve stopped long ago. For the same reason I opted in without coercion.

    It has got to the point where it has crept into the written induction for new staff, imbuing them with the reality that Police are the enemy.

  170. Now, who is the minister for the abc: Paul Fletcher. Does he fill you with confidence.

    About as much as Scomo does.

  171. Dr Faustus

    ‘Fox Sport, who have broadcast Super Rugby since its inception 25 years ago, walked away from the negotiations after Rugby Australia decided the current $57 million-a-year deal was not enough.

    The Vicar may have noticed that the Tahs are in the barrel, and this weekend, the Brumbies threw away a win, and the Reds voluntarily went tits up against los Jaguares.

    The Goth may soon have to wonder about the Pink Dollar exchange rate and how many of the remaining 2,500 Australian rugby supporters think she’s worth $800k.

  172. Knuckle Dragger

    It’s all gone the wrong way, Sal. Allegedly.

    Used to be, you had to demonstrate your carton-worthiness. And you did, in spades, before it was twist and fizz time. A gift of nominal value only, a consumable, and of no interest to anyone else. Apparently.

    Now, evidently and for a number of reasons, it’s gone. Not least because the alfalfa-eating and yet monstrous arse-having personnel of today wouldn’t know what to do with a carton, let alone be physically able to blow the froth off a cold one.

  173. …how many of the remaining 2,500 Australian rugby supporters think she’s worth $800k.

    That’s the thing, that job was never worth more than $200 – 250 thousand.
    She? Even if she paid $800,000 per annum to RA to be allowed into the building, she’d still have been a dead loss.

  174. calli

    Didn’t mention that bit, did he, the cherry-picking bastard.

    Watching “The Butterfly Effect”.

    No one ever really knows, do they?

  175. DrBeauGan

    I think that Boris is of Russian heritage (who else would know about Felix Yusupov?), but I think his sympathies lie more with traditional Russian conservative values, and he wouldn’t have any time for the Bolsheviks.

    I didn’t say he was a Bolshevik, old bloke. They tend to be more hard-nosed. I agree he’s Russian. But his postings here have a whiff of wetness about them. I don’t think he’s got much of a clue about traditional Western values or ideas. Few Russians do. They tend to get their ideas from the French rather than the Anglosphere. Much more centralist and authoritarian, much less inclined to the merits of freedom. In short, lefties.

  176. feelthebern

    Well played Nick.
    Well played.

  177. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    communist exceptionalism with chinese characteristics
    CORONAVIRUS spread from a science laboratory in Wuhan and not a ‘wet market’, a group of Chinese scientists have sensationally claimed.
    The new report by biological scientists from the prestigious South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China, contradicts Beijing, who said it spread from contaminated bats being sold at a food market.

    Biologists Botao Xiao and Lei Xiao, published a pre-print entitled “The possible origins of 2019-nCoV coronavirus”, in the report they described how “the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan”.

    The report added: “We noted two laboratories conducting research on bat coronavirus in Wuhan, one of which was only 280 metres from the seafood market.

    “We briefly examined the histories of the laboratories and proposed that the coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory

    “Our proposal provided an alternative origin of the coronavirus in addition to natural recombination and intermediate host.”

    The scientists in the alarming report contested official findings that the pathogen first made the jump from bats to humans in the Wuhan wet market.

    They said: “The probability was very low for the bats to fly to the market.

    “According to municipal reports and the testimonies of 31 residents and 28 visitors, the bat was never a food source in the city, and no bat was traded in the market.

    “There was possible natural recombination or intermediate host of the coronavirus, yet little proof has been reported.”

    The researchers screened the area around the seafood market and identified two laboratories conducting research on bat coronavirus.

    These laboratories were within 280 meters of the market, one is called the Wuhan Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The research concludes that this laboratory hosted animals for research purposes, one of which was specialised in pathogens collection and identification.

    A second laboratory was identified around seven miles from the seafood market, belonging to Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

    This laboratory reported the Chinese horseshoe bats are a natural reservoir for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus, SARS-CoV, which caused the 2002 to 2003 pandemic.
    It is alleged in the findings the principal investigator from that laboratory had been developing a project which generated a chimeric virus using the SARS-CoV in a technique of genetic engineering called the reverse genetics method.

    The paper speculates ARS-CoV or its genetically modified derivative might have leaked from the laboratory.

    The scientists said: “In summary, somebody was entangled with the evolution of 2019-nCoV coronavirus.

    “In addition to origins of natural recombination and intermediate host, the killer coronavirus probably originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.

    “Safety levels may need to be reinforced in high risk bio-hazardous laboratories.

    “Regulations may be taken to relocate these laboratories far away from city centres and other densely populated places.”

  178. Knuckle Dragger

    Telecommunications-economy-market subject matter expert Neil Breen of the SMH, thoughtfully linked to by the little princess:

    ‘It’s a big-time corporate deal and should be treated as such. Castle’s duty to the game is to explore every avenue and make Fox Sports sweat no matter how much newsprint they have access to.

    ‘Castle had to protect the future of the game and ensure a broadcasting deal would bring excitement to the television coverage.’

    Castle’s duty to game, or its remnants, is to immediately sack herself, give all of her worldly possessions to a garage sale where the proceeds go directly to junior rugby in this country, and to flay herself alive with the resultant skin used as a shadesail for the incoming Board to use on open days to avoid excessive solar exposure.

    ‘Castle had to protect the future of the game’

    Spectacular, monumental, galactic fail.

    ‘a broadcasting deal would bring excitement to the television coverage.’

    Yeah. Nah nah yeah nah. Nah. Having the best players in the world would bring excitement to the television coverage. Granted, there may be some level of excitement that there was television coverage AT ALL.

    The people watching the teev don’t give a rat’s arse how much the broadcaster paid to show it. They care that it’s on telly. They also care if it’s shit or not, and if it is – and it most certainly is – they won’t watch it. The existing fiasco is entirely Castle’s doing.

    As far as dancing to Castle’s tune goes, Mr Breen and certain non-reality dwellers seem to think Fox are somehow compelled to broadcast this shitshow. It’s not the fucking ABC, you clowntards.

  179. JC

    Opinion piece in the NYTimes this morning. Yea I know.

    How to Make Your Marriage Gayer

    Same-sex spouses feel more satisfied with their partners than heterosexual ones. What’s the secret?

  180. 8th Dan

    Raelene Castle and Rugby Australia have upped the ante

    Rugby Australia has today (Friday) gone to market with its media-rights package for the 2021-2025 period and expects to conclude deals by mid-March.

    In a first for the national federation, Rugby Australia has gone to market with an offering that includes content and competitions from every level of the sport in the country.

    Rights on offer include national team matches, as well as a package of rights from Sanzaar, rugby union’s governing body in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina, which includes the Super Rugby club competition and the Rugby Championship national team tournament.

    The rights are currently held by Foxtel and there have been reports in Australia that the pay-television broadcaster is ready to end its longstanding coverage, although Raelene Castle, the Rugby Australia chief executive, said earlier this week that she expects Foxtel to participate in the invitation to tender process.

    Rugby Australia’s current five-year rights agreement with Foxtel runs from 2016 to 2020 and is worth a total of A$285m (€176.5m/$191.6m).

    Non-disclosure agreements have today (Friday) been issued to interested parties and Castle said it has taken “several months” to construct a rights package that delivers complete coverage for broadcasters.

    Castle added: “We have created alignment across our competitions which has enabled us to go to market with a rights package encompassing all levels of the game, with the aim of expanding the reach of our competitions and growing the audiences for the sport across each level of the game.

    “We believe this strategy will lead to a significantly better outcome for fans, by providing them with enhanced coverage and greater access to elite competitions and allowing them to easily engage in rugby at all levels.

    “Importantly, our initial conversations in the broadcast market have confirmed that there is real interest in a ‘whole of rugby’ package of content.”

  181. Mark A

    old bloke
    #3325659, posted on February 16, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    I think that Boris is of Russian heritage (who else would know about Felix Yusupov?), but I think his sympathies lie more with traditional Russian conservative values, and he wouldn’t have any time for the Bolsheviks.

    Plenty would know about Felix Yusupov without being Russian.

    I think you are wrong in your assessment about Boris’ political alignment.
    I have my own view and I had let him know many times.

    I like Dr BG’s appreciation of him, my feelings go the same way.
    —————————————–
    I’d have a vodka with Boris.

    Please yourself.

  182. Dr Faustus

    Why couldn’t they have just Remained instead?

    The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union has left a huge €75bn (£62bn) hole in the bloc’s budget for the next seven years, 2021 to 2027. “And now we are fighting like ferrets in a sack,” said one EU diplomat with a sigh.

    Oh, the humanity.

  183. Gwendolyn

    Must read from Mattys ModernLife:

    7 simple steps for living a happy and successful life

    Lesson 1: Avoid Fornication at all costs.

    Lesson 2: Once you are married do not get divorced, save fornication/adultery, or they force the divorce.

    Lesson 3: If you are a husband, you are the breadwinner and the final authority in all household decisions. If you are a wife your duty is to obey your husband, raise the children and keep the house in order.

    Lesson 4: Avoid all drugs, alcohol, gambling and pornography, or any similar vice.

    Lesson 5: Speak truthfully and be honest in all actions.

    Lesson 6: Avoid Debt and Interest Payments, and never get a credit card, ever.

    Lesson 7: Love God with all your heart.

  184. Mark A

    Some wise or not so wise cracks .

  185. Mark A

    Some pics.
    One is a bit objectionable to me, but I’m a prude.

  186. Armadillo

    What’s the secret?

    The poll they took.

  187. feelthebern

    Yesterday I watched the most recent addition to the Terminator franchise, Dark Fate.
    I thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Two hours of dark action.
    Also, I had half a boner for the entire movie over the bionic woman from the future.

  188. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    They tend to get their ideas from the French rather than the Anglosphere. Much more centralist and authoritarian, much less inclined to the merits of freedom. In short, lefties.

    hard to differentiate the anglosphere from the frogs these days….

  189. Armadillo

    Polling would have to be one of the biggest rorts on the planet.

  190. JC

    Also, I had half a boner for the entire movie over the bionic woman from the future.

    I liked her too watching Halt and Catch the Fire… about the beginnings of the tech age. It’s a really, really good series. She had slightly longer hair in the one. She’s also Canadian, which isn’t a huge plus.

  191. Knuckle Dragger

    Felix Yusupov.

    Everyone knows him. He’s that Russian bloke.

  192. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Raelene Castle, the Rugby Australia chief executive, said earlier this week that she expects Foxtel to participate in the invitation to tender process.’

    See earlier, re the apparent ability to compel people to put your own special brand of donkey shit on public display.

    “Importantly, our initial conversations in the broadcast market have confirmed that there is real interest in a ‘whole of rugby’ package of content.”

    The ‘broadcast market’ is not your staff room, Ray.

  193. JC

    The winged, yellow tailed, spotted desert frog rears its ugly head again.

    SONORAN DESERT, Ariz.—As President Trump pushes to speed construction of the Mexican border wall, both opponents of the wall and his administration are invoking the environment—one side to stop the barrier, and the other to build it.

    Environmental groups say an impassable 30-foot-high wall would prevent endangered pronghorn, wolves, wildcats and other animals from roaming the borderlands for food, water and mates, while also destroying native plants and other threatened species in parks and wildlife preserves that line the border like Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

    Administration officials counter that migrants and smugglers trample brush that is habitat for endangered butterflies, owls and other species, and set signal fires that leave long-lasting damage to scrubland and trees.

    “This is just a wild, no man’s land,” said William Perry Pendley, the Bureau of Land Management’s acting director, from the Otay Mountain Wilderness near San Diego. “We’re not managing this as a wilderness area because of forces out of our control.”

  194. Armadillo

    I can’t think of any Russians I’ve met around here.

    Plenty of Asians and Indians. No Russians. None.

  195. P

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said same-sex marriage “will not happen” as long as he’s in the Kremlin.

    He made clear he would not allow the traditional notion of mother and father to be subverted by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2.”

    “As far as ‘parent number 1’ and ‘parent number 2’ goes, I’ve already spoken publicly about this and I’ll repeat it again: As long as I’m president this will not happen. There will be dad and mum,” Putin said.

    During his two decades in power, Putin has closely aligned himself with the Orthodox Church and sought to distance Russia from liberal Western values, including attitudes toward homosexuality and gender fluidity.

  196. Lazlo

    Prince Yusopov fed Rasputin the poison cakes. That didn’t work. Then they shot him. That didn’t work. Then they took him out onto the frozen Neva, cut a hole and pushed him under. That worked, but when his body was recovered, they found ice under his fingernails where he apparently, in the air pocket under the ice, had been clawing away at the ice from underneath.

  197. Armadillo

    The French are sparce on the ground. Pretty much non existent.

    Small mercies.

  198. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    He made clear he would not allow the traditional notion of mother and father to be subverted by what he called “parent number 1” and “parent number 2.”

    I have a long history of crossing these out and writing father and mother

  199. Knuckle Dragger

    Gwendolyn’s clearly one of those carefree, happy-go-lucky types that take each day as it comes.

    From the intro of her Fire and Brimstone link:

    ‘here is the summary: no sex before marriage, if you have sex before marriage you are worse than a fool.

    ‘Do not just avoid it; flee from it as if it will kill you because you might just find that happens, and if not you will likely be cursed for life anyway.’

    Cursed. Cursed for eternity!

    ‘Whether you get her pregnant and find she is a terrible mother, contract an STD, or incur some other punishment, it is not worth the momentary pleasure and/or ego boost.’

    I’m not sure what ‘some other punishment’ means, but it sounds fearsome.

    ‘I used to think blokes who “nailed a bunch of chicks” were cool, now days I think they are sad, and that there is no man cooler than a man who has been only with his wife.’

    Nailing a bunch of chicks is only cool if it’s all at the same time. Source: Pornhub.

    ‘If you are a man who sleeps around, you are not a “stud”, you are a whoremonger.’

    ‘As for you women, if you have been with more than one man you are a slut, there I said it.’

    Seriously, and I really mean this – read those last two sentences again. This is possibly the single most anti-female shit thing I’ve ever heard of. It’s not the Bee or the Onion or some other parody site. This is for real – I’m fucking speechless.

    Shine on you crazy diamond, Gwendolyn-None.

  200. mh

    Also, I had half a boner for the entire movie

    There’s a technical term for that – a semi.

  201. notafan

    That Wuhan bat coronavirus research lab (read about it in that 2018 article I linked the other day) really is an amazing coincidence.

  202. notafan

    KD

    Gwendolyn might be a sock, probably another out of the grig drawer but None?

    Don’t be ridiculous.

    Nothing about the world view, the style or the spelling is None.

  203. Crossie

    I refuse to watch Chris Smith on Sky interview Glenn McGrath’s current wife.

  204. feelthebern

    New York apartment from the 2min mark.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovdx7ggNq8I

    Not spartan enough for my liking, but a private terrace & an incredible high ceiling.

  205. MatrixTransform

    We have Russians at the end of the court.

    Could be Ukrainians I suppose but who gives a tosca?

    about a week after we moved here they came knocking with a photocopied picture of their cat.

    Have you see out adorable cat [thick Cyrillic going on here] ?

    That was weird, we don’t even look Chinese

    true

  206. feelthebern

    The Waratahs need to sign this Rasputin chap.
    Seems like he’s got a never say die attitude.
    A real go-getter.

  207. notafan

    None was most likely Orthodox, and would never ever post a link saying the only true Bible is the KJV.

  208. Mark A

    feelthebern
    #3325717, posted on February 16, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    New York apartment from the 2min mark.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ovdx7ggNq8I

    Not spartan enough for my liking, but a private terrace & an incredible high ceiling.

    I suppose if you like living in a cathedral.
    A wheat silo has a high ceiling too.

  209. Knuckle Dragger

    I know nota. I was just struck by the ‘don’t touch it or you’ll go blind’ vibe.

    Speaking of which, another one for the ladeeeeees from the Book of Gwendolyn:

    ‘Husbands are the protectors, the breadwinners,’….

    So far, so good.

    ‘and the final authority in all decisions, wives are the moral guide, but it is their duty to obey their husbands regardless their opinion.
    “But but but, what if…” nope!

    ‘There is no exception to this rule; women, it is your job to obey your husband whether you feel his decision is the correct one or not. Forget what the TV tells you, the TV lies, not only will this make your life easier, but you will be happier for it. You are free to state your opinion and discuss things, but his decision goes.’

    Got that, chicks? The TV lies to you.

    ‘Men, if your wives disagree with this do not listen to them, they are lying’

    Yeah.

    ‘and probably do not even know what they want anyway, they are women after all. It is up to you to put your foot down and remain firm and steadfast in your decision. She might kick up a fuss at first but eventually her instincts will kick in and she will love you more than ever.’

    You know, I may have been a bit hasty in my initial assessment here.

  210. Leigh Lowe

    “Importantly, our initial conversations in the broadcast market have confirmed that there is real interest in a ‘whole of rugby’ package of content.”

    Let me give you a rundown on the “Broadcast Market”, darls:-
    Seven. Chockers with AFL every weekend. Not interested.
    Nein. Ditto with NRL. And ditto not interested.
    Ten. Might be a tad interested, but not at anything like $57 meg. They are totally cash strapped.
    ABC and SBS. Not interested in anything that involves more than some contra free adverts.
    Various streaming services. Nup. Not at $57 meg.
    Which leaves … ta-da … FoxSports. Who are similarly under the pump financially and won’t be finding $57,000,000 in loose change down the back of the couch.

  211. Zyconoclast

    The Waratahs need to sign this Rasputin chap.
    Seems like he’s got a never say die attitude.
    A real go-getter.

    Folau is off contact for the start of the 2021 season.

  212. Knuckle Dragger

    Ho ho ho. Missed this bit:

    ‘99% of fights (my statistic, no source) could be resolved before they started if both parties understood that all final decisions were the prerogative of the husband. If it is always his decision, there is usually nothing to fight about because his way is the only way.’

    The author of these brave sonnets is somebody called MattysModernLife. For obvious reasons, he is anonymous.

  213. Mark A

    Radio 4 just mentioned that 12% of Americans believe that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. I now see how Trump got elected.

  214. Knuckle Dragger

    Matty says stay home you little bastards, and play Jenga with the cat:

    ‘I recently told a group of “normal people” that I regretted my youthful “party phase” (that lasted more than a decade) and they responded with unanimous scoffing and laughter. I let them scoff.
    All I could think was “forgive them Lord; for they know not what they do.”

    Mad skills, Anonymous Matty. Truly sick.

    ‘Lesson 5: Speak truthfully and be honest in all actions.’

    Okay:

    ‘No, sweetheart, you’re actually a long way from the best I’ve ever had.’

  215. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Radio 4 just mentioned that 12% of Americans believe that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife. I now see how Trump got elected.

    What was the immortal quote from the film “The Odd Angry Shot?” “More smoke in here then Joan of Arc’s funeral?”

  216. Lazlo

    This is how deradicalisation could work – play Rugby League, don’t put them in solitary, give them something healthy to do.

    It worked in PNG, where League became a substitute for cleaving your neighbour’s head in.

  217. Mark A

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3325729, posted on February 16, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    A Chilean?

    Why?

    I may have narrowed it down too much but definitely South American, She let it slip in one of her posts.
    Can’t be bothered to search bu some of the astute researchers here can do so.

  218. Mark A

    What is the difference between Joan of Arc and Noah’s Arc?

    (That should, of course, be Noah’s ArK!)

    One was maid of Orleans, the other was made of wood.

  219. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Amazing what can turn men on. A male colleague once told me that the curve in the back of a chair could do it when he was bored at work. Now Burn is getting excited by some carefully constructed robotics. And look at the way false boobies set guys aflame, let alone what a solidly shapely set of lycra’d legs could manage to do. In small screen on my phone before we went for a swim I showed Hairy the gymnastics display Steve Tickler put up here this arvo for gennlemen’s appreciation. And yes, it worked.

    What a resplendent visual imagination men have!

    Gotta go get my immunity boost sleep now. Got home at 1am after the dinner party last nite so I have some catching up to do.

  220. Lazlo

    Rasputin is eternally off contract. But I’m sure a smart sports lawyer could manufacture an angle. Rasputin sports memorabilia? Haemophiliac Support Group tee shirts? I’m with Alexei! Romanovs for Evah!

  221. Knuckle Dragger

    Do Hairy’s bidding, Lizzie.

    The power of Gwendolyn compels you!

  222. old bloke

    notafan
    #3325720, posted on February 16, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    None was most likely Orthodox, and would never ever post a link saying the only true Bible is the KJV.

    I don’t believe that there is “only one true Bible”, though I concede that the KJV is the most authoritative version. It has errors, minor though they may be, and I prefer its New Testament to other versions of the English Bible. All versions of the Christian Bible, be they the KJV or some more recent versions, all use the Masoretic Texts as their “Old Testament”, which is of more recent vintage.

    I prefer the Septuagint Bible (the LXX), as this was used when Yahoshua was on earth, and He quoted from it in His addresses.

  223. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘Lesson 5: Speak truthfully and be honest in all actions.’

    Okay:

    ‘No, sweetheart, you’re actually a long way from the best I’ve ever had.’

    “Your sister was better at the mattress mazurka then you.”

  224. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    KD, agree re Gwennie
    A barrel of laughs.

    Said so myself yesterday.

  225. Confused Old Misfit

    Hillary won the popular vote with more than half that 12%

  226. Leigh Lowe

    Mark A

    #3325740, posted on February 16, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    The Romanovs were wimps.

    They haven’t done a lot lately, that much is true.

  227. Top Ender

    Corona should overhaul 70,000 easily tomorrow:

    https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

    Amazing too – only one case in Indonesia, and none in PNG.

    Healthcare at its best!

  228. Mark A

    Found a Church and a Pub on the same compound.The landlord explained his was a place where people drink religiously

  229. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Opinion
    Bring them back: It’s time the government brought IZ wives to Australia

    Michael Bachelard
    Michael Bachelard
    Investigations Editor, The Age
    February 16, 2020 — 11.30pm

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    Well, at least we now have it clear. The Australian government is not prepared to accept Australian citizens, and those with a claim to citizenship, home from detention in Syria unless they can pay a people smuggler to help them escape.

    The government is making some plans in the unlikely event that the 20 wives and 47 children (including 34 infants) of Australian Izl2mic State fighters can escape from the squalid al-Hawl camp and make their way home. But they are not planning to bring them safely.

    In my view, this is an abrogation of the government’s responsibilities. These women and their children should be given the opportunity to return to face justice, or, if no crimes can be proved against them, to reintegrate into society.

    The Age. Comments should make interesting reading.

  230. mh

    Amazing what can turn men on. A male colleague once told me that the curve in the back of a chair could do it when he was bored at work.

    Lizzie, your colleague had a chair fetish.

    That’s not normal.

  231. Steve trickler

    Bill Paxton from Agents of Shield jumps in here.



  232. Mark A

    Would you go out looking like this, Honestly?

    Sorry.

  233. Confused Old Misfit

    I could quite happily see the ABC reduced to pictures & music with news& weather on the hour and half hour. For sports they would have to come to an arrangement with the commercials for reaching those parts of the country where the commercials do not.
    The intervals between news, sports and weather might also be uaed for specialist programing.
    Pbysiccally, the Holy Mother Corp should be, as has been suggested, dispersed to the bush. I can even envishion mutiple urban units.
    The parts of the organization that remain capable of music production to be seperate company. They do that well.
    The “issue ” offices/sections to go.

  234. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Michael Bachelard
    Investigations Editor, The Age’

    ‘Investigations Editor’

    Investigate this, you seditious milquetoast.

  235. Crossie

    Amazing too – only one case in Indonesia, and none in PNG.

    Healthcare at its best!

    Easily explained, in the first case almost nobody is testing, in the second nobody goes there.

  236. Crossie

    In my view, this is an abrogation of the government’s responsibilities. These women and their children should be given the opportunity to return to face justice, or, if no crimes can be proved against them, to reintegrate into society.

    The Age. Comments should make interesting reading.

    They went there without our help, they can get out without our help.

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