Wednesday Forum: February 26, 2020

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  1. Crossie

    Where is everybody? At dinner, I suppose.

  2. calli

    Well, well, well.

    Nice and fresh.

  3. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Good evening to all on the Cat.

    When will the issue of sodomy be raised?

  4. John64

    Batting in the middle order.

  5. mh

    Wednesday evening Forum.

    Hmmm…🤔

  6. Roger

    Nice and fresh.

    Not for long, alas.

  7. Speedbox

    Woo hoo. Made the team, just.

  8. calli

    Does this thread have penguins? I did ask for them.

    And, no Winston, I don’t want to see one beheaded by a leopard seal.

  9. Geriatric Mayfly

    Fie! Virus Fie! Rule Britannia.

    cid:8E9BD4C5-43C2-4C31-8806-00575C87441C/52458516-6250-4544-8956-96A7F3BF4208

  10. Mother Lode

    Anyone having difficulty with GM’s comment, the first ‘8’ is silent.

  11. Narwhal Tusk

    Happy Wodens day to to you all

  12. Geriatric Mayfly

    Sorry. Can’t get the hang of it. Short clip from a mate’s e-mail and a very British anti wog mask.

  13. Struth

    No more Sodomy talk.
    Dan was done badly and babbling on like a teenager……..”where’s the word Sodomy”…”having relations could mean playing scrabble”‘…blah blah.
    I can only deduce he is a pillow biter who does not like the news he is getting.

  14. Mother Lode

    And Thor for y’all tomorrow.

  15. 8th Dan

    And lo it came to pass …

  16. OldOzzie

    Activist chief executives are ‘stealing’ from shareholders

    Janet Albrechtsen

    Every other day a corporate chief somewhere will declare, in sombre tones and often for applause, that business must take a stand on an issue for the sake of the community. These big-noting corporate chaps justify their grand plans for humanity in many ways.

    They claim businesses have a legitimate interest in matters affecting the wider community in which they operate. Political leaders are not doing enough, they say. Workers and consumers want us to do this, they assure themselves.

    While it is not evident how they canvassed the views of workers or consumers, it is patently clear these new activist chief executives are endearing themselves to other activists with the same ­visions for the planet.

    These reasons for corporate activism were, more or less, laid out last week by John Denton, the first Australian to head the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce. He waved away as “completely ridiculous” the notion that corporate leaders should stick to their knitting.

    “This is our knitting,” Denton declared.

    This is also the same tedious click-clacking sound emanating from many self-important business people who make up the Business Roundtable in the US, and swan around at Davos. They imagine their own beliefs are so brilliant they form a modern-day list of corporate commandments.

    Like the harm that’s done to the human body from ingesting too much sugar, Denton’s attempt to encourage corporate bosses to be more activist is loaded with so much corporate saccharin it threatens to kill off the company as a vehicle to pool people’s money.

    If activist chief executives, and their Paris-based spokesman, are impatient with politics, they could, of course, stand for parliament and spend other people’s money as a politician. In choosing much ­higher-paid gigs running companies and managing shareholders’ money, credibility comes from ­explaining how, at law, an activist chief executive fits in the company model. But this is where modern-day ­corporate preachers fall silent.

    When was the last time any chief executive, let alone the bloke running the International Chamber of Commerce, discussed the agency costs of activist chief executives?

    When did any of them last mention the importance of rules that govern how managers spend other people’s money?

    Talking about such matters is painfully dull compared with setting out your vision for ­humanity. But the bigger reason they don’t ­address this dry issue of agency costs is that it might cramp their activist style. If chief executives admit to the agency costs they have created for shareholders by spending shareholders’ money on issues that have nothing to do with running a company, they might have to stop doing what earns them applause from their friends. It could even jeopardise them receiving an AO or an AC on Australia Day.

    There is a deadly serious issue. Soon after the earliest companies were formed, separating the ownership of business ventures from management, agency costs were recognised as a critical issue.

    How do the owners of a ­company stop management using shareholders’ money to feather their own nest? Or to put it more simply, how do owners stop ­employees stealing from them?

    While some agency costs might be inevitable, others are ­entirely avoidable.

    Doctrines of fiduciary duty evolved to regulate how managers use shareholders’ money. While managers learned they shouldn’t use shareholders’ money for their own benefit, they grew more creative about how they used shareholders’ money.

    It was clearly wrong to take money from the petty cash tin and use it to buy yourself a new TV. And it was equally wrong for a manager to use the petty cash tin to pay for a romantic dinner with a lover. But what if the manager used shareholders’ money to pay for a big party for employees? This was probably legitimate because keeping employees happy makes for a more successful business. Similarly, using shareholders’ money to sponsor a local football or netball team might be good advertising, buying local goodwill that helps a business thrive.

    But, of course, that way danger lay. As shareholders’ money began to be used in a wider range of ways, it became even clearer that some red-line rules were needed to separate legitimate uses of shareholders’ money from ­illegitimate ones.

    To deal with these agency costs, company law established some sensible rules for managers, imposing duties on them to act in the best interests of shareholders, and the company, and basically preventing them from using other people’s money to line their own pockets.

    Importantly, English and Australian common law dating back to the 19th century recognised that managers needed some flexibility to use shareholders money in a way that doesn’t directly benefit shareholders but does benefit the business, and thus shareholders, indirectly.

    Courts apply the notion of shareholder primacy to separate legitimate from illegitimate uses of shareholders’ money by management. It means that the financial benefit to shareholders of expenditure for social purposes does not need to be immediate or direct or even terribly obvious — but it does need to exist, and be able to be demonstrated.

    It is a deliberate furphy when activist chief executives and their spruikers claim that shareholder primacy must be dismantled because it ­requires managers to seek short-term profits. That is a straw man concocted by those who want no rules restraining chief executives from their glorious plans for the world.

    The other straw man put up by activist chief executives is the claim that capitalism needs a clean-out. In fact, the clean-out is needed among the vainglorious chief executives, and their chamber of commerce boosters, who are creating a new, and egregious, set of agency costs for shareholders.

    They want free rein to use other people’s money, not to line their pockets but to warm their hearts, and to earn kudos from other people like them.

    Frankly, it is theft — idealistic theft, perhaps — but still theft. The fact Robin Hood stole money for noble purposes did not change the nature of his act: taking money from others without their consent.

    Managers could ask shareholders to donate the profits they receive as dividends to a climate change fund. But to simply use company money on management’s pet causes without so much as a “by your leave” from shareholders is theft.

    If activist chief executives think society should be putting more money into climate change or other noble causes, they should use their own money rather than shoving their sticky fingers into the retirement nest eggs of superannuants and ­investors.

    And let’s be honest here. Much of the confiscation of shareholders’ money is done not for noble causes. There is a sizeable bullshit factor where chief executives seek self-aggrandisement rather than tangible outcomes.

    It is not at all sexy to talk about rules that manage, and minimise, agency costs inherent in a public company where ownership is divorced from control. But this is a critical issue. And not just to protect today’s shareholders from a new form of theft.

    If we allow chief executives and other activists to chip away at these foundations, they will end up destroying the company as a proven way to pool money from many people in order to do business.

  17. Tel

    Let he who has no relations cast the first stone.

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    Interesting pick up regarding the following story:

    ‘This could be bad’: Top CDC doctor contradicts Trump and warns it’s ‘not a question of if but WHEN’ coronavirus spreads in America (25 Feb)

    And although the threat is currently low, Dr Nancy Messonier, CDC’s director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, says the public needs to be ready if the virus becomes a pandemic.

    Comments: … Dr. Nancy Messonier is Rod J. Rosenstein’s sister.

    Well, well, swampiness runs in the family. I’m smelling the next Dem attack line: Trump’s handling of the bat soup critter. We already have Mitt the RINO criticising Trump on exactly this topic, which is a bit rich given how the RINOs and the Dems have been trying to undermine and neutralise Trump on absolutely everything for three years.

  19. Top Ender

    Too good to leave on the old Fred. Some of the more hilarious bits in bold:

    Education Department’s gender strategy costs male teachers

    While the NSW Department of Education’s aim to promote more women may seem noble, it presents a clear problem for the many children needing positive male role models, writes Louise Roberts.

    The problem with gender quotas for leadership positions is that while they sound good in theory, in practice they tend to reward in-group members who share inflated egos and sense of “purpose”.

    Take our schools: One of the biggest issues undermining our system is a dearth of male teachers, not a lack of women in high paid, high powered roles.

    But that matters not to a NSW Department of Education strategy, the goal of which is to increase within five years the number of women in leadership roles, such as principals.

    Already 53 per cent of these jobs are done by women – so says the department themselves – so why focus resources on gaining an extra seven per cent?

    And where’s the proof it will lift our dismal and frankly embarrassing NAPLAN and PISA results?

    The effects of this sort of gender crusading seep into our secondary schools, evident by our report today that one in three Year 10 students are ignorant of why we have day and night. I kid you not. It is of course due to the earth rotating on its axis but there were a lot of blank faces when the question was asked.

    Meanwhile, the number of men entering the teaching profession is on the decline. A national study made the sobering prediction that schools are set to run out of male principals in the next 20 years and the male teacher as a species will be extinct in the next 40 years.

    Again, it is a case of ideology trumping the basics of education. We don’t send our kids to school to be indoctrinated.

    The education department strategy is ignoring the real gender diversity crisis here: the lack of a beneficial male influence and role models in classrooms.

    And so the eternal contradiction of modern feminism and their beloved gender quotas is this. It’s not really about equality at all – it’s about putting the patriarchy back in their place. It’s a move by educated upper-middle class women for educated upper-middle class women. And correcting so-called toxic masculinity is at the heart of this issue.

    Vaughan Cruickshank, from the School of Education at the University of Tasmania, has researched the challenges faced by male teachers. Looking at primary school teachers as a whole, he found that 18 per cent of them were men but that included sports masters and principals.

    “So the actual percentage in the classroom would probably be about 15 per cent”, Cruickshank says.

    So what is worse for our young people and their understanding of gender equality? Is it that the senior executive hierarchy of the NSW Department of Education is out of balance, gender wise, or is it pupils completing their primary education without a Sir at the front of the class teaching them the basics of reading, writing, mathematics, geography, history, science, sport and so on.

    Meanwhile our pals at the NSW Teachers Federation vehemently oppose any plan to tackle the urgent shortage of male teachers. It argues that recognising men as a minority in the profession would be offensive to gay, disabled and Aboriginal people.

    Added to this the dangerous agenda that there must be something wrong with men who want to work with kids.

    Kevin McGrath is the researcher who identified two years ago the 20 year deadline in male principals as part of the country’s first longitudinal study of teacher numbers. But in December he said: “It’s frustrating and disappointing and people who hold decision-making power don’t seem to care.”

    What we as parents care about is a curriculum clogged with social justice awareness at the expense of rote learning and useful skills.

    What we as parents care about it that in a global economy, the one in which our kids will compete, our education system is not giving our kids the skills they need.

    Most recent international scores showed NSW student performance dropping by the equivalent of a whole school year when compared to overseas students. The Australian Association for Research in Education blog in November last year said that “there are compelling arguments for increasing the representation of male teachers in our schools.

    “And we believe it is becoming increasingly important to understand the ‘need’ for men in the education of children.”

    “Male teachers are needed in schools for psychological, social, organisational, and societal reasons.

    “First, male and female teachers contribute to children’s gender knowledge.

    “The presence of male teachers may be particularly important for some children – allowing them to observe men who are nonviolent and whose interactions with women are positive.”

    I have a friend whose son has long wanted to do a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) because he wants to make a difference with students. He went to an all-boys school and had a range of male teachers, very fortunate he knows. But even he is questioning his career choice. Will he be viewed with suspicion? Will he get tangled up in the ropes of political correctness strangling our classrooms?

    And isn’t that the greatest gender crime of all? Capable young men not chasing the corporate dollar, but wanting to make a difference in educating our children.

    Daily Tele

  20. OldOzzie

    Time to melt the Snowy 2.0 myths

    Not only is the much-hyped energy generation scheme bad for the environment — it will actually raise the price of electricity for consumers.

    By TED WOODLEY

    After the recent bushfires, the stark realisation that our climate is changing more rapidly than anyone had envisaged has spurred numerous kneejerk “solutions” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and revived interest in the Snowy 2.0 pumped-hydro storage project. But rather than generate low-emission energy, Snowy 2.0 will incur tens of millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and will have a devastating impact on Kosciuszko National Park.

    Snowy 2.0 is a very inefficient storage and runs against the trend of power system decentralisation. It will push up prices and its cost will far exceed its benefits.

    It will be a net consumer of energy. Unlike hydro power stations that simply generate electricity as water flows downhill, pumped-hydro stations must first pump water uphill, consuming much more energy than they generate. After accounting for losses in the pumping/generation cycle (about 25 per cent) and the network (about 10 per cent each way for pumping and generating), Snowy 2.0 will lose about 40 per cent of the energy it stores: 100 units in, 60 units delivered.

    It will be the most inefficient energy storage on the National Electricity Market. Because of Snowy 2.0’s 27km tunnel connecting its two reservoirs — far longer than any pumped-hydro station in the world — it will have high water friction losses.

    While water is the medium for storing and generating energy, it is the energy used for pumping that water uphill that powers the storage process. For the next decade or so, it will be coal-fired generators, increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Independent analysis estimates Snowy 2.0 will incur 50 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent for its construction and first decade of operation. By comparison, 440,000 vehicles emit one million tonnes in a year.

    Also, at such a distance from the two major load centres of Sydney and Melbourne, network losses will be higher than practically all other energy storages.

    Also, Snowy 2.0 is vulnerable to transmission outages and constraints, as was demonstrated by the recent bushfire-triggered outages of Snowy substations and transmission links to Sydney and between NSW and Victoria.

    Snowy 2.0 runs against the trend of a decentralised National Electricity Market. The overall trend of electricity supply is away from large power stations and storages towards a dispersed system of multiple generation sources and storages, particularly at consumer premises (for example, rooftop solar cells with battery storage). This leads to greater efficiency, lower network losses and less expenditure on network additions, and it shields consumers from system outages and faults. It also provides for gradual additions to the electricity market rather than lumpy additions such as Snowy 2.0.

    Contrary to public statements, wholesale electricity prices are predicted to increase, not decrease, as a result of Snowy 2.0, ­according to Snowy Hydro’s own modelling. When announced in March 2017, Snowy 2.0 was to be completed in four years at a cost of $2bn. Completion now is estimated to be in 2025 at a cost of $3.8bn to $4.5bn, even though an eight-year contract recently has been let for $5.1bn.

    Industry experts predict the total cost will be about $10bn when other components ­(financing, transmission and so on) are added, warning that even this may be exceeded as large infrastructure projects very rarely come in on budget. The final cost is almost certain to be substantially more than Snowy 2.0’s estimated market benefit of $4.3bn to $6.6bn (which industry experts consider to be ­optimistic).

    Why build a project whose cost exceeds its benefit, potentially by double, and that will also increase electricity prices?

    And let’s not forget Snowy 2.0’s construction “project area” of 250,000ha encompasses one-third of the Kosciuszko National Park, much of which has been razed by the recent bushfires.

    Snowy 2.0’s legacy on the park will include 14 million cubic metres of excavated soil, some contaminated by naturally occurring asbestos and potentially acid-forming rock, with more than half to be dumped in Snowy reservoirs; four high-voltage transmission circuits on twin towers with a 120m-wide easement for 10km; more than 100km of new or widened roads and tracks; the destruction of 1000ha of habitat for 14 threatened species; the spread of pest fish throughout the Snowy Scheme and downstream rivers; and the visual blight of infrastructure and scars across the alpine landscape.

    “Biodiversity offset payments” from the damage are mooted to be about $250m — an unprecedented amount, reflecting the scale of destruction.

    How can an industrial project incurring such damage even be contemplated in a national park?

    There are numerous pumped-hydro alternatives to Snowy 2.0 that would cause minimal environmental damage and be more efficient. The latest forecasts by the Australian Energy Market Operator indicate that Snowy 2.0, or its equivalent, is not required until 2029. There is no need to proceed hastily on the pretext that Snowy 2.0 is urgently required and is the only available option for energy storage.

    It would be tragic if Snowy 2.0 were constructed on the basis of overstated claims that were never tested and later proven to be false. At stake are billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money, tens of millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and thousands of hectares of Kosciuszko National Park.

    Ted Woodley is a former chief executive of EnergyAustralia, PowerNet, GasNet and CLP Power Systems (Hong Kong). He is honorary treasurer of the National Parks Association of NSW.

  21. Roger

    “This is our knitting,” Denton declared.

    Your “knitting” is ensuring the best return on investment for your shareholders within the regulatory framework of the jurisdictions you operate in.

    Even the art works in your boardrooms and executive offices are investments on behalf of shareholders.

  22. Mark A

    Mother Lode
    #3335894, posted on February 26, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    And Thor for y’all tomorrow.

    Thor you say?

  23. Roger

    They lied to us about LSD causing increased cerebral activity.

    This may explain why I can’t get a certain Grateful Dead track out of my mind.

  24. OldOzzie

    Well may we say

    How much do you really know about November 11, 1975? Award-winning ABC journo Alex Mann has launched a new podcast called The Eleventh, looking at new clues surrounding the sacking of Australia’s 21st prime minister, Gough Whitlam. The series features rare recording and first-hand forensic accounts never told before by those central to the story, including then would-be prime minister John Howard, up-and-coming correspondent Ray Martin and this paper’s own press gallery insider Paul Kelly. Plus the story of Elizabeth Reid, an adviser to Whitlam and a love interest of the man who would bring him down. We’re excited to hear Mann’s take on the disappearance of nearly all video footage of Whitlam’s famous words on the steps of Old Parliament House. Despite numerous cameras capturing “Well may we say”, only one original film has survived, shot by 7 News camera operator Bob Wilesmith. It’s stored in the National Film and Sound Archives’ vaults controlled for humidity and temperature. The 7 News bulletin from that night is no longer in existence and mystery surrounds the fate of footage shot by Nine and the ABC. Political intrigue!

    Top End rib-tickler

    Northern Territory Country Liberal senator Sam McMahon is making a play to fill the role of Political Zinger King, big shoes that have remained vacant since Bill Shorten left the Labor leadership. McMahon told journos as she arrived in Canberra on Sunday: “If you think ordinary Australians voted the way they did on May 18th to live in mud huts with no electricity, then sure, that’s a good thing, but I don’t think they did.” The senator followed that joke (?) with this tweet: “What did Labor and the Greens use before candles? Electricity.” Bazinga!

    More MPs the merrier

    Apparently, Tasmania needs 10 more politicians. A bipartisan committee has unanimously recommended state parliament grow from 25 to 35 members. It found the 1998 reduction in lower house MPs has badly affected governance in the Apple Isle: “Since the reduction in numbers, there has been a proliferation of ministerial advisers not directly accountable to the House of Assembly or people of Tasmania.” The Labor opposition is in favour of the idea — just not the $7m price tag to pay the extra MPs each year.

    Alice Workman
    Strewth Editor

  25. MatrixTransform

    o.m.f.g.

    how retarded if Married at First Sight?

  26. Farmer Gez

    MatrixTransform
    #3335914, posted on February 26, 2020 at 8:22 pm
    o.m.f.g.

    how retarded if Married at First Sight?

    Oh yes it is but they’re out there MT in a suburb near you.
    Crazy Botox women with kids and man boys without principles.

  27. dover_beach

    This is too good to leave on the Uppercut thread. Lee found the following ABC headline:

    Cairns children killings: What drove Raina Thaiday to slay eight kids?

    and yet we presently see a lynchmob attacking Arndt.

  28. OldOzzie

    eBikes and RVs

    What makes the best choice for your powered-pedal optio

    Not everyone has the option of towing a spare vehicle around behind their RV, so is there another option? You bet, an electric bicycle. Before you start making excuses that you haven’t ridden a bike for years or they’re only for kids, think again. The eBike has changed the game. When travelling, heading into town for dinner or some light shopping can be much more pleasant on a bicycle. It gets you out of the vehicle and you can travel further and more easily than walking or riding a standard bicycle.

    In the really old days, bicycles only had one gear, then gears were added to make cycling up hills that much easier. Now, electric motors have been added that assist us even more; particularly uphill. What we are talking about here, are pedal-assisted electric bikes which means that you need to be pedalling to get any assistance from the motor. There are other types of electric bikes, but these are treated as motorbikes under the law.

  29. dover_beach

    Mitch, thanks very much for that.

  30. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Meanwhile our pals at the NSW Teachers Federation vehemently oppose any plan to tackle the urgent shortage of male teachers. It argues that recognising men as a minority in the profession would be offensive to gay, disabled and Aboriginal people.

    We are supposed to take this malarkey seriously?

  31. OldOzzie

    How to buy a ‘BIG LAP’ CARAVAN

    (and five models that might fit the bill)

    Planning on finally doing that Big Lap? You’ll need a caravan that’s up to the task. Here’s what to look for in a long-term touring caravan, plus a few great options to get you started

  32. cohenite

    Well, well, swampiness runs in the family. I’m smelling the next Dem attack line: Trump’s handling of the bat soup critter.

    Already happening; the demorats, media scum and assorted fucks blaming Trump for the beer virus. We need some direct reporting; maybe the trolls can catch the beer virus and report back their experience.

  33. OldOzzie

    Uniden Dash View 30 and 30R hits the market

    The Uniden Dash View 30 (DV30) features a 2.5k video resolution front camera, while the Uniden Dash View 30R (DV30R) adds a HD rear camera. Both have a 140-degree wide angle lens.

    The Uniden Dash View series features Sony’s Starvis Image Sensor which provides back-illuminated pixel technology used in CMOS image sensors for what Uniden says is optimum video quality. Uniden says the Dash View can capture clear vision in bright and low light environments, with night vision capability. It has parking mode, where it operates in an energy-saving mode while the vehicle is parked to record any incidents that may occur while you’re away from your car. This can help provide evidence to insurers and authorities, which is one of the key reasons it’s a good idea to have a dash cam in your vehicle.

  34. Roger

    ABC 7:30 complaining that female AFL players have to share change rooms with males at a regional Victorian team’s grounds (in the context of sports rorts).

    Get with the program, guys (and gals)!

  35. OldOzzie

    Media Labels ‘Born Alive’ Senate Bill As ‘Abortion Restriction’

    In CNN’s coverage of Tuesday’s vote in the U.S. Senate on the “Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act,” the network described the legislation as an “abortion restriction,” blatantly lying about bill, which does not restrict abortion at all.

    The “Born Alive” bill, which failed to pass 56-41, would have required medical providers to “exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.” Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, told The Federalist the bill itself “does not address abortion, the rights or wrongs of it. What it does do is make sure that we are saving the life of a baby.”

  36. OldOzzie

    Why the Greens Love the Coronavirus

    There is one faction in the U.S. which hails the chaos and welcomes the economic decline: the Green movement. It holds that human activity is bad for the planet and thus anything that reduces human activity is a blessing. And this is not just the braying of a fringe group on the far Left. Its argument recently appeared in the New Republic, long the flagship of mainstream liberalism.

    “The Coronavirus’s Lesson for Climate Change: What society can learn from the tragedy’s impact on carbon emissions” appeared February 20, written by staffer Kate Aronoff. She is the co-author of A Planet to Win: Why We Need A Green New Deal and the co-editor of We Own The Future: Democratic Socialism, American Style. She thus represents the nexus of environmentalism and socialism that dominates the Democratic Party this election cycle, an alignment that makes perfect sense within radical ideology as will be seen as this story unfolds.

    She starts by noting “people are staying home from work and consuming less, as wages remain unpaid, and commutes remain untraveled. Manufacturing and construction in some places have slowed or ground to a halt, and air travel throughout the country has decreased by 70 percent.” The online version of the article features a solitary figure walking down the center of a city street devoid of traffic or any other signs of life. But that’s okay because the drop in activity has reduced China’s emissions by a third!

    There are two key paragraphs. The first makes the case for bringing the economic downturn in China to America by policy rather than by plague.

    The second key paragraph from Aronoff attacks material living standards and consumption.

  37. mh

    Biden Falsely Claims Half The U.S. Population Died From Guns Since 2007

    The fact checkers are on the ba ll today.

  38. Mark A

    OldOzzie
    #3335927, posted on February 26, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    eBikes and RVs

    All true OO but beware, even at 60 I find it hard to readjust to bike riding.

    The range they quote for the battery is misleading, and that’s charitable.
    If you use more than the basic motor assist it’s half of the quoted figure, don’t plan long excursions unless fit enough to pedal home.

    Otherwise it’s very handy indeed.

  39. From the Daily Mail.

    AFL legend Leigh Matthews has hit out at plans to cut the pay of AFL male players to subsidise the wages of those in the female AFLW league.

    It emerged earlier this month the AFL Player’s Association was in talks with clubs about the introduction of a new collective bargaining agreement which covered both male and female players.

    The AFLPA boss Paul Marsh has warned the deal could mean the men effectively accepting less than if they had their own collective bargaining agreement and instead contributing financially towards the salary of female players.

    Matthews said he ‘would be livid’ if he was a current AFL player and being forced to accept less than the market could offer.

  40. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Biden Falsely Claims Half The U.S. Population Died From Guns Since 2007

    In reality, it was 93.1% of them.

  41. OldOzzie

    Official Investigation into the shooting death of DHS whistleblower Philip Haney continues

    The sheriff’s office in rural Amador County, California, which originally labeled the death by a single gunshot of DHS Obama era whistleblower Philip Haney last week as “self inflicted,” has now backed away from that assertion. A follow-up press release from the office of the Sheriff – Coroner on Monday had this to say:

    On February 22, the Amador County Sheriff’s Office released initial details regarding Philip Haney being found deceased in our jurisdiction. . . Unfortunately, there was misinformation being immediately put out that we have determined Mr. Haney’s death to be a suicide. This is not the case. We are currently in the beginning phase of our investigation and any final determination as to the cause and manner of Mr. Haney’s death would be extremely premature and inappropriate. No determination will be made until all evidence is examined and analyzed.

  42. Nick

    ABC 7:30 complaining that female AFL players have to share change rooms with males at a regional Victorian team’s grounds (in the context of sports rorts).

    Strange how duplication of seldom used resources never makes Gaia angry.

  43. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Education Department’s gender strategy costs male teachers

    it’s a small part of the left’s relentless euthanising of western civilisation

  44. OldOzzie

    Phil Haney: My Friend and Colleague, Assassinated

    He was found by his car at a park-and-ride about three miles from his home. In a True Pundit interview, Haney’s stepmother, Judith Haney, stated: “No one in the family believes this is a suicide; I mean he was enjoying doing talk radio and was working on another book and was excited about that. With his history with the government and everything, it is very, very suspicious…”

  45. OldOzzie

    K–12: The World According to Orwell’s 1984

    I believe that Orwell wrote his beautiful but terrifying book as a gift to the world. Look what happens, he warns us, if you don’t recognize danger. The demagogues promising Heaven on Earth? They are the ones most likely to put you in a concentration camp or a mass grave.

    The presidential debates for 2020 have been historically memorable because so many Democrats came out of the political closet. They casually confirmed: Sure, I’m a socialist, aren’t we all? Our Education Establishment, safe to say, has been busy for decades enabling these changes and now seems eager to build on them.

    Our students don’t need more propaganda. They need to learn hard, painful truths about ideologues who promise perfect societies. What is the flaw that lets socialist or communist countries descend so fast and furiously into barbarism? Stalin is routinely credited with killing 20 million of his own people. Mao’s total is closer to 40 million. What is this curse?

  46. Moreland council spent $462,000 making the facilities at just one ground ‘female friendly’

    If they play at different times, what needs to be changed?

    A vending machine for female products?

  47. OldOzzie

    Remember You Are Dust, And To Dust You Shall Return

    Traditionally, Ash Wednesday and Lent have been associated with Catholicism, but that no longer holds true. More Christians are taking advantage of the “forty days” (it’s really 46) to prepare for Easter.

    Lent is a time to fast, pray, give alms. Many Catholics will give something up. Sweets, alcohol, meat, cursing, something that is supposed to be sacrificial and difficult. We perform acts of penance, and frequently take part in public prayer, such as the Stations of the Cross, which most parishes will have weekly, often before a Lenten meal.

    All this is meant to spiritually lead us into the desert, to prepare us to really be able to celebrate on Easter Sunday with a cleansed heart, open totally to Jesus in the Resurrection. It should also open us to our fellow men on this journey, particularly those in need.

    If you have never thought much about Ash Wednesday and Lent, I invite you to consider making it a part of your life for the next six weeks. It’s one of the best things you can do for yourself as a Christian. If you are in a dry spot, a time of struggle or you are stagnant and stuck, seemingly unable to grow and move in your faith, observing a penitential Lenten season might just be what your spiritual life needs.

  48. Crossie

    Narwhal Tusk
    #3335889, posted on February 26, 2020 at 8:04 pm
    Happy Wodens day to to you all

    It’s Ash Wednesday.

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bid to rein in GetUp over ‘crush and scar’ poll tactics

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    7 minutes ago February 26, 2020
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    The Morrison government is stepping up efforts to curb the campaign operations of GetUp, accusing the activist group of training and directing its supporters to target Liberal candidates with “relentless harassment and intimidation designed to psychologically crush and scar”.

    Queensland Liberal senator Amanda Stoker said she had seen the toll GetUp’s conduct had taken on South Australian MP Nicolle Flint at last year’s election when she faced a male “stalker”.

    Speaking in parliament, Senator Stoker said her Liberal colleague confronted the man, asked him to stop and reported him to police, only to find his conduct ­escalated.

    “GetUp and this man worked hand-in-glove,” she claimed.

    “GetUp supported his Facebook page, reposted his posts, including those which were the fruit of his stalking, and posted my colleague’s location in real time, encouraging others to confront her.

    “They didn’t even ban him from the site when they knew a stalking order had been issued.”

    The allegations, which GetUp rejects, were aired during a Senate adjournment speech signalling renewed Coalition efforts to seek intervention by the Australian Electoral Commission that could place curbs on GetUp on the campaign trail and at voting booths.

    Senator Stoker accused GetUp of “bird-dogging” — a US-style campaign tactic in which teams “physically and verbally disrupt candidates”.

    “It’s relentless harassment and intimidation ­designed to psychologically crush and scar the target,” she said. “And it’s wrong, yet Getup trains and directs people to do it.”

    She said other candidates were subject to similar treatment, ­including Georgina Downer in Mayo, Peter Dutton in Dickson, Greg Hunt in Flinders and Dave Sharma in Wentworth. But she singled out the alleged treatment of Ms Flint, which also included “sexually explicit” graf­fiti. “We can’t turn our back and ignore this ­abhorrent conduct, pretending it’s fair game in politics,” she said.

    From the Oz.

  50. OldOzzie

    Short Term Stupid – Bill Barr Wants Clean FISA Reauthorization Because He Will Not Abuse It…

    This is likely the most insufferably short-sighted political position in decades. Faced with years of evidence showing worsening abuses by government officials using the FISA court, U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr says a clean reauthorization bill is the best option because his DOJ and FBI will not abuse it.

    Note the import of AG Barr’s position. He is not saying the system *cannot* be abused; and he is not saying that reform isn’t needed to prevent systemic abuse; only that he can give assurances under his tenure FISA data collection and exploitation will *not* be abused. What happens when an administration changes?…. ::::crickets chirping::::

  51. Bruce of Newcastle

    eBikes and RVs

    I was out on treadly this morning, going at top gear along the flat bike path.
    A guy pedalling leisurely on an ebike went past on the road at about 60 kph.

    I thought to myself if they make car driving ridiculous (eg 30 kph speed limits, 0.02 BAC and who knows what else) then I might sell car and just use an ebike myself.

    But that’s only because they’re presently unregistered, unlicensed and uninsured. And are allowed to use bicycle paths.

    Which gets me to this story:

    EU rule means you will need insurance for ride-on lawnmowers and tractors (23 Feb)

    Ride-on lawnmowers, golf carts and tractors will be required to have motor insurance as a result of an EU rule taking effect in the UK after Brexit despite being described as “insane” by Boris Johnson.

    The Prime Minister is being urged to effectively overturn the rule, which lawyers have warned will leave homeowners facing prosecution for driving any “vehicle” without insurance on their own property.

    Yup, the EU wants you to have an insurance policy for when you are mowing the lawn. I can’t see ebikes staying under the nanny radar for much longer.

  52. Snoopy

    I shouldn’t have to say this but the actions of Rowan Baxter in murdering his family were abhorrent and inexcusable.

    Nevertheless, it is beyond foolish to ignore the likelihood that his actions made sense to him at the time and to refuse even to countenance an examination of what may have ‘driven’ him to it.

    However, I believe this report from ABC online four days ago provides some context for the comments of Detective Inspector Mark Thompson, who likely was across the backstory when he spoke, and for later statements made in his defence by Bettina Arndt. I think it also goes some way to explaining what has triggered the howling outage of their detractors.

    Yes, there will be a coroner’s report. But given what has been dished out to Insp Thompson and Bettina Arndt, it’s going to take an uncommon amount of courage on behalf of the coroner to properly establish the circumstances of these deaths.

    When this report was first posted, the hyperlink on the ABC Just In home page misleadingly read:

    ‘It wasn’t about the children’: Rowan Baxter given shared custody before killing entire family

    This has now been replaced by:

    Rowan Baxter ‘couldn’t move past the relationship’ with Hannah Clarke despite shared custody arrangement, a source reveals

    Just as misleading.

    The source told the ABC the 42-year-old had rejected his lawyer’s advice in mediation and refused to sign a consent order offered by Hannah allowing him 165 days of custody a year.

    “He had three days one week and four the next,” the source said.

    “He got the children back but… he wanted 50-50, that was it. It was his way or nothing.”

    Why is 50% custody unreasonable?

    Three days one week and four days the next gives 182 days a year. I wonder what the missing 17 days included? Christmas? The kids’ birthdays? Easter? How much weekend custody was Baxter to enjoy?

    But he lost access in early February when police charged him with breaching the DVO.

    He allegedly assaulted Ms Clarke during an argument over photos of herself she saw in his car.

    One of her friends has told the ABC that Baxter “tried to break” Ms Clarke’s wrist, after she challenged him over the photos in front of the children.

    “she challenged him”. So rather than ignore the alleged photos and report them to police if warranted, Hannah Clarke chose to initiate a confrontation with an emotionally charged man whom she knew had a recent history of domestic violence? Why?

    “tried to break” If Baxter, an ex footballer and ripped gym owner had wanted to break Clarke’s wrist, he would have done so. Easily.

    Given the it was allegedly photos in Baxter’s car which angered Clarke, grabbing her wrist was quite likely a defensive action.

    In the meantime, he was allowed to speak to his children twice week via Facetime video chat, the source told the ABC.

    So was he penalised for a violent incident he didn’t initiate and in which his actions were defensive?

    He said Baxter’s lawyer had advised him to seek another mediation session and sign the consent order for shared custody.

    When he died, Baxter was due to face the Holland Park Magistrates on charges of breaching the DVO.

    Given the history, how well would Baxter reasonably believe this would turn out?

  53. JC

    So was he penalised for a violent incident he didn’t initiate and in which his actions were defensive?

    Explain what occurred.

  54. OldOzzie

    Odd Coincidence – Rogue CDC Official Pushing Coronavirus Panic Button is Rod Rosenstein’s Sister…

    Earlier today Dr. Nancy Messonnier, an official in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), held a conference call with media and pushed a panic narrative around the Coronvirus that ran counter to the Trump administration.

    What makes the statements by Dr. Messonnier even more interesting is the fact she is the only sister of former DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

    Dr. Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (link) told reporters on the call:

    “We are asking the American public to work with us to prepare for the expectation that this could be bad.” … “I understand this whole situation may seem overwhelming and that disruption to everyday life may be severe. But these are things that people need to start thinking about now.” (link)

    The alarming message from Dr. Messonnier was quickly picked up by most major news organizations and pushed into all reporting on the issue. The tone of the alarm is also counter to the message of the Trump administration and HHS Secretary Alex Azar, as outlined in a press conference with leadership from U.S. Health and Human Services.

  55. Leigh Lowe

    All strength to the woman who attended weeks of Coronial Inquest hearings and stood up today and told Plod exactly what a bunch of weak xunts they are.
    Strutting around with all the kit hanging off their belts and giving jay-walkers a stern talking to, but when faced with a real dickhead who needed to be taken out of play, they wimped it.

  56. Nick

    Baxter’s actions are inexcusable. However, had he possessed a vagina and Sudanese background, the root causes would have been paramount

  57. Tel

    Tertiary Education: Give me your money and I’ll teach you something.

    Young Students: Ahhh OK! … WTF? Holy Crap man you ripped me off.

    Tertiary Education: Look at that, you are learning already.

  58. feelthebern

    AFL legend Leigh Matthews has hit out at plans to cut the pay of AFL male players to subsidise the wages of those in the female AFLW league.

    Yes, yes.
    This is where the rubber hits the road.
    I propose that all players, male & female receive equal pay.

  59. Narwhal Tusk

    Turn it up Crossie. Long bow there.

  60. feelthebern

    Breaking news.
    Paul Murray is Zippy.
    Or he sounds like it from the snippet of his opening monologue tonight.
    Coronavirus turned up to 11.

  61. Caveman

    Matthews said he ‘would be livid’ if he was a current AFL player and being forced to accept less than the market could offer.

    They are all man girls , they will bend and take the reduced pay.

  62. Snoopy

    This is where the rubber hits the road.
    I propose that all players, male & female receive equal pay.

    And double time on Sundays.

  63. OldOzzie

    Did Obama’s DOJ Leak Michael Flynn’s Russia Phone Call To Set Him Up?

    Did the Department of Justice leak or arrange the leak of Michael Flynn’s call with Sergey Kislyak to get around the FBI’s efforts to keep secret the investigation of Flynn?

    One of the great mysteries of the Trump-Russia saga that remains unsolved three years later, or at least uncharged, is who leaked Gen. Michael Flynn’s calls with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

    As incoming national security advisor, Flynn spoke with numerous foreign officials in the lead-up to inauguration. This included a conversation with Kislyak on Dec. 29, 2016 in which they discussed, among other things, measures taken by the Obama administration (also on Dec. 29) to expel Russian agents and levy financial penalties in response to Russia’s “malicious cyber-enabled activities” relating to the 2016 election.

    By then, the counterintelligence investigation of Flynn—which started months before the election—was well underway. And it looks like deputy attorney general Sally Yates was on the case. According to Byron York, Yates “told Congress that the Logan Act was the first reason she intervened in the Flynn case.” While the Logan Act may have been the reason she intervened, it appears she and other Department of Justice officials had been briefed “on the entire span of the FBI’s Russian election interference collusion investigations.”

  64. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Strutting around with all the kit hanging off their belts and giving jay-walkers a stern talking to, but when faced with a real dickhead who needed to be taken out of play, they wimped it.

    A couple of days ago.

    ‘Not our job’: CIRT leader defends elite police who refused to help arrest Gargasoulas
    Erin Pearson
    By Erin Pearson
    February 24, 2020 — 6.09pm

    Only Victoria’s elite Special Operations Group stood a chance of stopping James Gargasoulas once he drove into Melbourne’s CBD on the day of the Bourke Street rampage, according to the officer who oversees some of the state’s most high-risk police operations.

    Superintendent Peter Ward, who has spent most of his career working with the state’s specialist police units, told an inquest into the massacre on Monday that stopping a moving vehicle was something only the Special Operations Group was trained to do.

    He was speaking in defence of the Critical Incident Response Team which has come under intense scrutiny after it ignored repeated pleas from colleagues to help arrest Gargasoulas almost nine hours before the tragedy.

    “I have a lot of ordinary people at the Specialist Operations Group that are able to do extraordinary things. This would have stretched them,” Superintendent Ward said.

    “I’ve done in excess 150 tactical intercepts … they are one of the most dangerous tactical arrest options that can be used by Victoria Police.”

    About 4.30am on the morning of January 20, 2017, CIRT was called to help intercept Gargasoulas but refused to become involved until he was tracked to an exact location. CIRT denied a second request about 10 minutes later.

    Instead, they monitored police radios to keep abreast of the situation.

    Superintendent Ward said it was not CIRT’s job to “do drive overs to locate persons of interest”.

  65. Entropy

    Snowy 2.0 runs against the trend of a decentralised National Electricity Market. The overall trend of electricity supply is away from large power stations and storages towards a dispersed system of multiple generation sources and storages, particularly at consumer premises (for example, rooftop solar cells with battery storage). This leads to greater efficiency, lower network losses and less expenditure on network additions, and it shields consumers from system outages and faults. It also provides for gradual additions to the electricity market rather than lumpy additions such as Snowy 2.0.

    Look at that: countering a bullshit proposal for pumps hydro with utter bullshit about the “efficiency” and reliability of dispersed power generation.

  66. Nick

    I await action by Netball Australia to offer male teams the same coverage and pay, along with gender specific facilities that female players get. Anytime now. Anytime.

  67. feelthebern

    Pauline Hanson doesn’t like milk being exported from Australia to China.

  68. Narwhal Tusk

    Oops. Apologies Crossie.

  69. cohenite

    Why the Greens Love the Coronavirus

    The greens, as part of the left, are misanthropes; they hate humanity with a passion and the next best thing to enslaving the rest of humanity is for the rest of humanity to die.

  70. feelthebern

    In 20 years, fresh milk will be a luxury.
    Or you’ll need your own cow(s).
    It will be 99% UHT, all being exported.

  71. feelthebern

    Lol.
    Milk is now a national security issue.

  72. JC

    The hubris in this country is astonishing. Our two largest trading partners are going to shitsville, the Australian dollar is in the doghouse and looks like it will go much lower (thereby lowering relative living standards to the rest of the world) and the two things carrying a great deal of focus in the media is gerbil warming and domestic violence… and what we can do about them, as though we can.

  73. feelthebern

    is gerbil warming and domestic violence

    & milk.
    Don’t forget the milk.

  74. Tel

    In 20 years, fresh milk will be a luxury.
    Or you’ll need your own cow(s).
    It will be 99% UHT, all being exported.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon–Ehrlich_wager

    Be careful, wrongologists have come a cropper over similar wagers.

  75. feelthebern

    In Australia, Victoria is no longer investment grade.
    Unfortunately, the rest of the country is close behind.

  76. cohenite

    Some more enticing book titles:

    Catheters, kisses and colostomies.
    Stuckup: 100 objects inserted and ingested in places they shouldn’t be.
    Fart loud, fart proud and enjoy better health.
    And as usual, one for head prefect:
    Castration: advantages and disadvantages.

  77. P

    If you have never thought much about Ash Wednesday and Lent, I invite you to consider making it a part of your life for the next six weeks

    O vos omnes, o vos omnes qui transitis per viam
    attendite, attendite, attendite et videte:
    si est dolor sicut dolor meus,
    O vos omnes, o vos omnes qui transitis per viam.

    Lamentations 1 : 12
    Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.

  78. JC

    Catheters, kisses and colostomies.
    Stuckup: 100 objects inserted and ingested in places they shouldn’t be

    Cronkite found these to be delightful reads and was very excited with every page turn.

  79. Mark A

    cohenite
    #3335989, posted on February 26, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Some more enticing book titles:

    Just curious cohenite, are you going through a phase of life?
    Better do it quickly and snap out of it.
    We prefer you at your old self.

  80. JC

    If you have never thought much about Ash Wednesday and Lent, I invite you to consider making it a part of your life for the next six weeks

    Oh I do, P and I sure did. I pigged out on pancakes this evening as we had to go out last night on Shrove Tuesday. That’s my bit done.

  81. feelthebern

    cohenite, how about you dry shave your balls with a hunting knife & get back on track.

  82. feelthebern

    cohenite, how about you dry shave your nut sack with a hunting knife & get back on track.

  83. cohenite

    We prefer you at your old self.

    Ok. Get stuffed.

  84. Tel

    I’m giving up stress for Lent.

    I have worried about a bunch of stuff … but I’m not going to take it seriously for a while. Shit happens and my plan is to let it happen.

  85. JC

    cohenite, how about you dry shave your nut sack with a hunting knife & get back on track.

    He’s been there, done that.

  86. feelthebern

    James Morrow needs to see AJ’s tailor.
    AJ, colours aside, always has a well cut suit or jacket on.
    James Morrow looks like an unmade bed.

  87. Tel

    cohenite great book about farting … I’ve been emphasizing tins of beans as my prepper savings plan, so I reckon I’ll double down on that. Toot toot!

  88. Professor Fred Lenin

    The Professor Fred Institute has begun a programme of research into why complete madness is rampant in all walks of modern life and the resurgence of marxist fascism . We are trying to find if there is any correlation between the constant use of mobile phones, exposing the users to radiation , to establish if this is a contributing factor ? There has to be some rational reason for the complete insanity we are being exposed to . Helfull contributions of thoughts will be appreciated ,and suggestions to help lessen the madness will be considered , to further our research .

  89. JC

    Bern

    Morrow’s dad was the preeminent columnist for Time Magazine in its hay day.

  90. feelthebern

    If I had a time machine, I would go back in time & blow up COAG at it’s inception.
    At least the US has real competition between the states.
    In Oz, it’s a lazy, unproductive club of public servants.
    It was about 20 odd years ago that all the states started to collude.

  91. JC

    He’s fucking insane

    Climate policy: Malcolm Turnbull attacks Coalition for opposing a zero net emissions target by 2050

    The whole family appears to be.

  92. feelthebern

    How’d he end up in Oz?

  93. feelthebern

    Check behind Malcolm’s ear.
    It might be like the Kingsman movie.

  94. JC

    I think he married an Australian gal and they moved here about 20 odd years ago.

  95. Cassie of Sydney

    No JC…..the Turnbulls aren’t insane…..they are scum……absolute parasitical scum.

  96. Snoopy

    The whole family appears to be.

    Renewables spivs?

  97. DrBeauGan

    The Professor Fred Institute has begun a programme of research into why complete madness is rampant in all walks of modern life and the resurgence of marxist fascism . We are trying to find if there is any correlation between the constant use of mobile phones, exposing the users to radiation , to establish if this is a contributing factor ? There has to be some rational reason for the complete insanity we are being exposed to . Helfull contributions of thoughts will be appreciated ,and suggestions to help lessen the madness will be considered , to further our research .

    Not enough nicotine. It reduces the effects of schizophrenia and also helps neurotics.

  98. feelthebern

    During the mid 90’s, Time magazine literally turned into turd overnight.
    I think their coverage of the Oklahoma bombing was superb.
    Then the next month the coup was over & it was shite.

  99. Cassie of Sydney

    I really like James Morrow.

  100. JC

    Biography

    Lance Morrow was born on September 21, 1939, and was raised in Washington D.C., where he attended Gonzaga College High School. His father, Hugh Morrow, was for many years a chief aide to New York Governor and later Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. Morrow graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1963 with a BA in English literature.

    He lives in Chatham, New York, with his wife Susan Brind Morrow, who is also an author. He has two sons, Justin, a writer and filmmaker, and James, a political consultant and journalist in Sydney, Australia. Lance Morrow’s cousin is the science fiction writer James K. Morrow.

  101. feelthebern

    Ooooooh….Cassie loves James Morrow.

  102. MatrixTransform

    Listen to that …

    that’s the sound of billions of 4mm Allen Keys not being made.

    …not even by Ikea

  103. feelthebern

    Gonzaga College High School.

    Jeebers, basketball nursery of the US.

  104. Some History

    Michael Bloomberg Refuses To Call Xi Jinping A Dictator

    Seems like Jinping has Lil Mike by the “bloombergs”.

  105. Entropy

    When I started going out with the future Mrs Entropy’s flatemate gave up cheese for lent. So I got her some King island Camembert to celebrate the end of lent.
    Next morning TFME found the whole wheel, still in its wrapper in the bin. It turned out her flat mate believed it was actually a sacrifice to give up devondale cheddar cheese, apparently the only cheese she liked and ate.
    Bloody Victorian.

  106. feelthebern

    King island Camembert

    Sandwich shop near my work does a killer camembert & pork roll.
    I can’t walk past the place.
    I’m so weak, if I do, I’ll get one.

  107. JC

    Fucking unreal. The virus could take out the world’s economy. Already, supply chains are getting fucked and we could end up with a very serious supply side shock to the world economy. In that scenario, we’re fucked.

    But lets talk about domestic violence and meeting a zero emissions target in 2050 thereby fucking our economy right royally.

    Those things are far more important.

    There’s a locomotive heading towards the world in the form of a virus. The Australian msm finds that boring and wants to focus on the things that really matter.

  108. Mitch M.

    There has to be some rational reason for the complete insanity we are being exposed to .

    Thus it has ever been.

  109. feelthebern

    How’s the pantry looking JC?
    Might be worth while a midnight run to the supermarket to top up supplies.
    Remember the toilet paper.

  110. Ed Case

    Snoopy said

    so was he penalised for a violent incident he didn’t initiate and in which his actions were defensive?
    He said Baxter’s lawyer had advised him to seek another mediation session and sign the consent order for shared custody.

    165 days a year is a very liberal contact arrangement but Baxter didn’t know that. What he also didn’t know is there is no way in the world a family court registrar would grant him any unsupervised contact with the kids while he was subject to a DV order. By the time he finally got a trial a few years down the track he would be lucky to have seen the kids 5 times for an hour each time in 2 years. A Family Report is done up by a court appointed social worker that says the kids relationship with their dad has broken down and supervised contact is the only option.
    His original mistake was agreeing to the DV order for 2 years and signing the undertaking. The cops conned him into that by telling him that it isn’t a criminal conviction and since he was distraught from not knowing where the kids were he signed his life away.
    That gave the wife all the power and sociopaths [not saying she was a sociopath] always abuse power.

  111. DrBeauGan

    Not enough nicotine. It reduces the effects of schizophrenia and also helps neurotics.

    The other big factor is social media, which allows the stupid to realise they’ve got the numbers, and the insane to discover they’ve got lots of company.

    And, of course, leftism.

  112. Mitch M.

    JC
    #3335985, posted on February 26, 2020 at 9:26 pm
    The hubris in this country is astonishing. Our two largest trading partners are going to shitsville, the Australian dollar is in the doghouse and looks like it will go much lower (thereby lowering relative living standards to the rest of the world) and the two things carrying a great deal of focus in the media is gerbil warming and domestic violence… and what we can do about them, as though we can.

    We had this discussion some weeks ago. You argued the AUD either goes up to circa 80 or down down down. I read last night that it is going down and potentially in a very big way.

    I am surprised the AUD decline is not receiving any attention in the media. JC you are right, we are potentially facing the biggest economic hit since the GFC and the chooks are ignoring that.

  113. JC

    If there’s one thing that’s come out of this virus thing that could be considered a good thing in some ways… if that’s possible, it’s this.

    The Australian government temporarily banned inward movement of Chinese to Australia and there was barely an whisper about its racism and just how terrible it was to treat Chinese people that way. The vast, vast majority of Australians supported this action.

    Now, that’s a form of opening the so called Overton Window.

    If you close the borders to the Chinese – even temporarily – how can you argue racism against allowing muz immigration here, when there is a risk of importing people that would kill innocents?

  114. feelthebern

    The AUD dropping is the only thing keeping this stink hole afloat.

  115. Fisky

    If there’s one thing that’s come out of this virus thing that could be considered a good thing in some ways… if that’s possible, it’s this.

    The Australian government temporarily banned inward movement of Chinese to Australia and there was barely an whisper about its racism and just how terrible it was to treat Chinese people that way. The vast, vast majority of Australians supported this action.

    Now, that’s a form of opening the so called Overton Window.

    If you close the borders to the Chinese – even temporarily – how can you argue racism against allowing muz immigration here, when there is a risk of importing people that would kill innocents?

    Travel bans and immigration restrictionism are the future.

  116. JC

    How’s the pantry looking JC?
    Might be worth while a midnight run to the supermarket to top up supplies.
    Remember the toilet paper.

    Bern, wifey is working her way through it. I’m not kidding. We spent like 500 bucks on extra supplies and she’s been using it up…… Now that she heard one of her pals was stocking up, this week, she’s been saying we need to replenish the stockpile. Sheilas are such herd animals.

  117. Mitch M.

    One thing that happens in past wars and leaves me bewildered is how a leader and the troops will decide to fight to the very end resulting in their certain death and often do so for very little military advantage. In this example no escape, a human can survive a few minutes in the Arctic waters but that didn’t stop the crew of the Scharnhorst fighting to the bitter end.

  118. Mark A

    Not a problem cohenite, one more to scroll is easy, but it’s a shame just the same.😒

  119. JC

    feelthebern
    #3336041, posted on February 26, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    The AUD dropping is the only thing keeping this stink hole afloat.

    That’s true, but the Aussie going down shouldn’t be considered a good thing because we lose relative purchasing power to the rest of the world. That’s like having chemo to treat a cancer. The treatment is a shit awful option.

  120. JC

    I read last night that it is going down and potentially in a very big way.

    Mitch, don’t be influenced by what other people say. It’s always better to make up your own mind. For me, the good thing about not being in a trading room any longer is not being influenced by other fuckers’ opinions.
    In my opinion the Aussie is heading lower, because of the events causing it to. However, I look closely at the price action. There’s no sustainable buying. Every freaking rally gets sold and then it makes its way to new lows. It’s a very ugly price pattern.

  121. Tel

    It’s a race to see how fast I can spend my money on prepper gear vs how fast dickhead bank Lowe can cut interest rates and eviscerate the value of my hard earned savings.

    Important not to spend too much in one day … in case it sets off some alarm bells. Fortunately for all of us, the ASIO agents are carefully protecting the intelligence of Australian universities. My beans are safe!

  122. P

    JC
    #3335997, posted on February 26, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I think I outdid you yesterday with Devil’s Delight at Pancakes on the Rocks in their new premises.
    And, that was after the Ribs!

  123. Perfidious Albino

    Sinc – when is the ‘penis v wizard’ banner getting an update?!

  124. JC

    The Fed better act quickly here and not wait until the next meet up. There needs to be a clear signal sent to the markets they will ease as much as they need to in order to mitigate the economic impact of the virus. They could say that, if the event doesn’t prove to be as bad, they will take back the rate cut. However if it does prove to be bad, they will continue easing much more. The fed get back on the front foot here because we could be looking at a supply side shock to the system.

  125. JC

    It’s a race to see how fast I can spend my money on prepper gear vs how fast dickhead bank Lowe can cut interest rates and eviscerate the value of my hard earned savings.

    Why do you keep cash as savings? It’s silly.

  126. JC

    I think I outdid you yesterday with Devil’s Delight at Pancakes on the Rocks in their new premises.
    And, that was after the Ribs!

    P, you need to explain that as I don’t get the punchline.

  127. Tel

    Why do you keep cash as savings? It’s silly.

    So I can spend it when the big virus hits!

    If you have good suggestions of any Australian shares I’m willing to listen but they haven’t been exactly thrilling either lately. No way I’m buying Bitcoin, that sucks. Gold and Silver … who would keep that barbarous relic?

  128. Another Ian

    Re
    Bruce of Newcastle
    #3335901, posted on February 26, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    “Odd Coincidence – Rogue CDC Official Pushing Coronavirus Panic Button is Rod Rosenstein’s Sister…”

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/02/25/odd-coincidence-rogue-cdc-official-pushing-coronavirus-panic-button-is-rod-rosensteins-sister/

  129. Infidel Tiger

    Coronavirus has certainly solved the emissions “problem”. Until the crematoriums fire up we are all going to be way under target.

  130. feelthebern

    Invocare had a great day today.
    Ps, Invocare is Australia’s largest listed funeral home & crematorium business.

  131. Infidel Tiger

    feelthebern
    #3336041, posted on February 26, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    The AUD dropping is the only thing keeping this stink hole afloat.

    Rubbish.

    No nation has ever survived or thrived having a weak currency.

    I have shorted the AUD but not because I think it’s a good thing.

  132. JC

    If you have good suggestions of any Australian shares I’m willing to listen but they haven’t been exactly thrilling either lately.

    I shorted Carnival Cruises last week and went long TNA. I’m taking them back first thing this morning because I think the fed will act. Once Fed acts the rest of the herd will gladly follow.

    Slide into decent stock names which don’t have to be based in Australia.

    I want to see what the fed does and if this virus thing lasts a while. The cruise ships sector will be a huge bet on the downside because I can’t see people running up a gang plank to board a cruise for a very long time. 🙂

  133. feelthebern

    I’ve been short the AUD for 14 months.

  134. JC

    feelthebern
    #3336082, posted on February 26, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve been short the AUD for 14 months.

    Lol.. I have a pile of US stocks at 97 average. I looked like a right royal git when I was removing the parallel US dollar loan and bought US dollars against the Aussie. I started at around 90 cents and the last load at ~110. At 110, everyone was saying the aussie would head to 1.25/ 1.30 range. I felt like shit at the time 🙂

  135. feelthebern

    When the GBPAUD pops through 2:1 post the UK budget, I’m going to close it out.

  136. P

    DrBeauGan
    #3336016, posted on February 26, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Not enough nicotine.

    Absolutely.

    After smoking cigs for 53yrs I gave them up cold turkey just over 6yrs ago. I wasn’t prepared to continue to pay the exorbitant taxes as well as those being proposed for the future.
    I had always smoked between 20-30 cigs a day, mostly in later years about 30.
    I’ve never felt the same since I gave them up. I understand that they were not good for my health but I had a need they fulfilled. I leaned on nicotine.

    My husband had smoked cigs since 14yrs of age. At 50 he turned to cigars. He was Dutch and his father smoked cigars as I witnessed when he visited Aus several times.
    Neither my husband nor his father died from lung related disease.

  137. Tel

    https://www.asx.com.au/asx/share-price-research/company/TNA/details

    TNA is not even listed yet. What’s going on here?

    Copper, Zinc, Tungsten, Molybdenum are all good things. I eat them as supplements so you have a guaranteed buyer here.

  138. cohenite

    On the plus side the crap is going to be belted out of the inner city bugmen and sundry other greenies/lefties and general parasites.

    I have baked beans, various vitamins, strong rope, some painkillers, an assortment of batteries and torches, a few thousand 9mm rounds and some reading material including home handyman and basic technology tips. I’m set.

  139. feelthebern

    On the plus side the crap is going to be belted out of the inner city bugmen and sundry other greenies/lefties and general parasites.

    Please explain how?
    They are all on teat.

  140. Tel

    Until the crematoriums fire up we are all going to be way under target.

    Suddenly there’s big money in battery powered crematoriums.

    I can’t believe it … Musk has to be the luckiest guy in the whole world … but he has proven product ready to ship.

  141. Top Ender

    I dunno Mitch.

    In the case of Scharnhorst and most other warships in combat, people are in a small compartment doing their job. Probably less than 5% can see the big picture – although that depends on the era and the type of warship.

    You just keep fighting your gun, or delivering revs, or whatever, until suddenly your world falls in, and the sea is here….

  142. JC

    I have baked beans, various vitamins, strong rope, some painkillers, an assortment of batteries and torches, a few thousand 9mm rounds and some reading material including home handyman, gay porn magazines and basic technology tips. I’m set.

    Why the rope, Cronkite?

  143. JC

    Tel

    Not TNA, sorry. TZA. However, both are listed in the US.

    They’re the widow makers. Three times leveraged ETF.

    TNA is the bull side for bank stocks and TZA is the bear side for the same.

  144. Infidel Tiger

    AFL legend Leigh Matthews has hit out at plans to cut the pay of AFL male players to subsidise the wages of those in the female AFLW league.

    Why would men need to subsidise the sheilas?

    If the women were indeed a good product wouldn’t they be growing the pot?

  145. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Personal experience: I have given $80 to an unemployed mentally-ill man with a severe strep throat in the last couple of days, a rellie of mine. $60 of it has just gone on cigarettes immediately while he now has no money left for food or an antibiotic script. I thus have just provided both now. Not many sad people in this situation have rellies to help. Mostly I don’t give money just food, but smokes always come first.

    Good work, smoking Nazis. You are causing a lot of human misery because these people won’t give it up until they are emotionally in a better frame of mind and financially stable in the most basic way, which won’t happen while you keep them destitute. Just look at them collecting butts on the street in desperation. So sad.

  146. feelthebern

    If the women were indeed a good product wouldn’t they be growing the pot?

    Sinc, please ban IT for being toxically sexist.

  147. cohenite

    Why the rope, Cronkite?

    To hitch the horses up when the petrol runs out.

  148. Infidel Tiger

    Why the rope, Cronkite?

    Auto-erotic asphyxiation.

  149. cohenite

    Stop projecting stalker.

  150. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This afternoon I minded the darling little bub of my high earning lawyer son whose wife has just returned to p/t work. I was quite surprised to learn that they are preppers to the extent of having a fortnight’s tinned food stored (as I do but had never mentioned to them), and then to read that Wall Street traders are turning into preppers in a big way following Corona and Wuhan. Seems sensible.

  151. Old School Conservative

    Trump has obliterated Obama’s legacy and now the Dems are cheering Sanders as he shouts “free healthcare for all” from the rooftops.
    Poor Barry – he thought his affordable care act was the cornerstone of his Presidency and now even his own party is destroying what little credibility remains left over from his disastrous time at the top.

  152. P

    The excise on a single cigarette is poised to hit $1.

    SMH, February 23, 2020

  153. JC

    Trump has obliterated Obama’s legacy and now the Dems are cheering Sanders as he shouts “free healthcare for all” from the rooftops.

    Watch this movie, Old School.

    Thousands dead in the US and Trump is being painted by the left as the cause for spreading the virus as a consequence of millions of people not having healthcare and therefore not getting treatment.

    How does Bernie’s free healthcare wammie look then?

  154. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    This morning after my dance class I purchased in K-mart a small tower fan about one foot high and 5 inches wide for $19, just the right size to fit into my cruise suitcase, as it’s not much bigger than a large hairdryer.

    Hairy laughed and demurred. What do you need that for? I got the last one, I said, so other people must have the same idea. It’s for when I turn the aircon off in the cabin and open the balcony doors.

    I then got the look from him that said you’re mad but there’s no stopping you. Then this evening we watched a very admirable account of the Corona situation from a medical specialist on Alan Jones’ show on Skye. Hairy turned to me thoughtfully. That guy seemed to be subtly indicating that the virus transmitted through the aircon on that cruise ship in Japan, he mused to me. Suddenly he is not so against my little fan. It will keep the mozzies of when we open the balcony doors at night, he conceded.

  155. Old School Conservative

    Mark A – Andy Capp!
    A blast from the past.

  156. mh

    JC, you talk as if Americans are so dumb they cannot work anything out for themselves.

  157. JC

    JC, you talk as if Americans are so dumb they cannot work anything out for themselves.

    63 million voted for crooked.

  158. Old School Conservative

    Lizzie, are you prepping for an extended stay on your cruise liner?

  159. Lazlo

    Good stuff from Kings P. They are quite a good choir.
    It has been Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras, for the uneducated) and today Ash Wednesday.
    After 40 days in the Judean Desert (and you don’t have to drive too Far East of Jerusalem to be in that desert, with the Bedouin) we will come to the entry to Jerusalem.
    We will then need some Good Friday music, as Jesus entered via the Golden Gate.
    Sorry Cassie and other joos, this is our time of year, for those that can remember.

  160. mh

    63 million voted for crooked.

    But that number includes spics and illegals, plus a lot of Dem voter fraud.

    America ❤️ Trump

  161. Mark A

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #3336114, posted on February 26, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Elisabeth, I may be wrong but I have the feeling that you are trying to convince yourself.
    Agree with Calli, you are going overboard with your preparations.

    Just go and stuff the consequences, enjoy, enjoy!

  162. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Superintendent Ward said it was not CIRT’s job to “do drive overs to locate persons of interest”.’

    Yes. Yes it fucking is.

    Apparently CIRT were created to fill a middle ground in riot control and using bean bag shotguns and so on between the run of the mill van drivers and the SOG. They were partially funded by a Commonwealth entity whose aim it was to eventually have every State/Territory police force using the same kit and tactics for greater interoperability.

    This naturally attracted fuckwits to the role, and wannabes who could or would never make it as proper SOG operators. But kitted up to the nines in same type of shit the Soggies do, and getting around in special mini trucks that carry half a dozen of them or so, plus kit (said to be known as ‘ice cream vans’ to everyone else) they self-developed this aura of undeserved elitism.

    Suddenly all sorts of jobs were beneath them, including punters like Jimmy G lurking in cars in carparks in the middle of the night.

    Just to be very allegedly clear. They were on hand and nearby. They had nothing else to do at that particular time. Would have been a piece of piss to jam his car in, and they might have had a chance to use their flash shields that never see the light of day to remove him from the car and hopefully break his jaw in the process.

    They were too uppity, and knocked it back. No reason, other than the ‘on paper’ one of it not being 100% confirmed he was carrying decent steel at that time. But it was beneath a faux-elite group of spannerheads, apparently.

    Wear the badge. Do what needs doing.

    Apparently.

  163. mh

    Put it this way, anyone that voted for Trump in 2016 isn’t going to be fooled between now and November by the latest MSDNC spin.

  164. Knuckle Dragger

    The SOG hate the CIRT flogs. And I mean haaaaaaaate them.

    And said flogs, not unreasonably won’t go near the real operators.

    Allegedly.

  165. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    You just keep fighting your gun, or delivering revs, or whatever, until suddenly your world falls in, and the sea is here….

    HMAS Sydney…. H.M.S. Hood…

  166. Knuckle Dragger

    Leigh Matthews said to be ‘livid’ at the prospect of AFL players having the pay cut to subsidies the chickies and make them feel adequate.

    The market won’t pay for them.
    Gate receipts are effectively zero. No dosh there.
    Fox Footy’s giving it a run but only because the actual footy hasn’t started.
    They cannot play to a standard that people are prepared to go outside their house and look at.

    Unless you can make a living from being a footballer, you’re not really a professional footballer, are you?

  167. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “Cassie loves James Morrow”

    So does Lizzie. 🙂

  168. Lazlo

    Hood was sunk by a single shot from Bismarck ZK2A.

  169. Infidel Tiger

    According to the Chinese stats, 14.8% of people 80+yo die from Coronavirus.

    Take care, Lizzie.

    Our aged care crisis will soon be solved.

  170. mh

    Virginity Quote
    “I would say to my daughters, it is the greatest gift you can give someone, the ultimate gift of giving and don’t give it to someone lightly, that is what I would say.”

    Tony Abbott

  171. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From BrettW at 8:45 pm:

    “…

    It emerged earlier this month the AFL Player’s Association was in talks with clubs about the introduction of a new collective bargaining agreement which covered both male and female players.

    The AFLPA … has warned the deal could mean the men … accepting less … and instead contributing financially towards the salary of female players.”

    A man should have put money on it.

    This has happened sooner than I expected but it was always inevitable, they will get what they want – it would be r8cist to deny them – and the fans will be told they affectionately embrace these sweaty, hairy pretend men swaggering about, spitting and swearing and air-swinging before launching the ball 5 yards sideways.

    It would be misogynistic to expect the wymminses to earn their keep by scoring more than a single goal plus a behind each quarter – in any event they have craftily snuck past that expectation by shouting down the horrid aging white men who live in the past (because they are r8cist just like John Newman). Awful closed minded men like Leigh Matthews and Ron Barassi and Malcolm Blight and Dermott Brereton.

    I don’t know where the AFL will end up long term however I suspect they have and will shed a substantial proportion of their traditional support as a consequence of the never ending proselytising on everything from Glen McGrath’s dead missus through compensation for the Ape’s stolen self confidence (taken by a 13 year old girl) to environmentally sustainable menstrual products.

    The game has seen its best days and has been falling away for a decade or more.

  172. Arky

    Are you supposed to eat the rind, or just the disgusting pus stuff in the middle?

  173. Knuckle Dragger

    Best cheese?

    Easy. Coo –

    Wait. Wait wait.

    *checks for tripwires*

  174. Arky

    Frankly, the rind seems to be the only part of the camembert with any substance, but you know it’s had some dirty french persons filthy hands all over it.
    No thanks.

  175. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Me, going overboard on planning? Calli said that. And here’s me willing to lend her my little fan for her cabin in June.

    My planning is merely common sense. It has taken us successfully on hundreds of trips over the years. Always horses for courses though. Research the possible pitfalls, counter them with useful stuff in your luggage while not neglecting to carry an emergency luggage bag rolled up in it – for that has come in very handy more than once. Then head out for adventure.

    Of course, some sudden trips have just been grab your passport and credit card and head to the airport! Horses for courses again.

    Never fear. We intend to have fun.

  176. mh

    Much interest in the women’s 20/20 cricket World Cup?

  177. Arky

    The double brie always looks like a good idea.
    But it always turns out to be a disgusting disappointment.
    I think you have to be on the second bottle of red, then it starts to make sense.

  178. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Hood was sunk by a single shot from Bismarck ZK2A.

    I am but a mere amateur at naval history, but all the reading I’ve done states that H.M.S. Hood had been hit more then once by Bismark and Prinz Eugen, she was on fire in several places, damage control parties “In the last few seconds of their lives” were trying to extinguish those fires, before the final shell from Bismark penetrated Hood’s magazines.

  179. BorisG

    I have a burning question to the Cat crowd: what is the secret to the popularity of Bernie Sanders and socialism more generally in today’s America? I know most Cats support Donald Trump and indeed in all likelihood he will prevail in 2020. But that does not diminish the huge popularity of Bernie Sanders and socialism more generally. How have they come to that? Arguably the USA was the least likely western country to embrace or even contemplate socialism. Their left of centre party was always anti-communist, sometimes more so than their republican opponents (think Lindon Johnson or senator Henry Jackson during the Nixon-Fod era).

    I have been visiting the US frequently, and I met many people who supported Trump, Clintons etc., but I am yet to meet someone who supports Bernie Sanders. Well I know children of my friend did but I have not been able to talk to them.

    Part of the story is that many Democrats are disillusioned with the Democratic establishment, Clintons etc.. But that cannot be the whole story. They could have supported a sane and moderate candidate who is not part of the party establishment (e.g., Bloomberg, but not necessarily him).

    Any clues?

  180. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I am not yet 80+ IT, so the numbers improve a bit. Hairy is still only 67.

    You pays your money a d you takes your chances. Hairy and I are like-minded on that.

    Plus we have always been big meat eaters. A powerful immunity boost there. The urban vegan bugman, on the other hand, is cactus. The immunological science is in on that. Will post a good link on that tomorrow.

    My Immunological Sleep calls right now.

  181. Knuckle Dragger

    Guess who?

    ‘Before he took to the stage, host Ayesha Hazarika told delegates: “He’s made it clear that we are all just to call him Harry. So ladies and gentlemen, please give a big, warm, Scottish welcome to Harry.”’

  182. Lazlo

    Demographics BorisG, they grow up.

    If you were not a socialist before you were 30, then you have no heart.
    If you were a socialist after you were 30, then you have no brain..

  183. Bruce in WA

    Are you supposed to eat the rind, or just the disgusting pus stuff in the middle?

    1. Unwrap camembert wheel. 2. Place on suitable plate. 3. Score with deep cross across the top. 4. Sprinkle fresh chopped rosemary (about 1 tspn) and finely chopped red onion and garlic on top. 5. Ladle one tablespoon of a quality dessert wine on top. 6. Preheat oven to 180 (160 fan forced). 7. Bake until cheese is soft and runny. 8. Serve with a spoon to spoon it over fresh crusty bread rounds.

  184. Whalehunt Fun

    what is the secret to the popularity of Bernie Sanders and socialism

    Ignorance and cretinous stupidity and universal suffrage.
    Three totally unacceptable things.
    Not knowing what socialism is really like.
    Being too brain dead as to not bother to find out.
    And allowing the ignorant cretinous filth among us to vote instead of just disposing at sea by helicopter joy flights a la a certain South American President I admire.

  185. MatrixTransform

    (e.g., Bloomberg, but not necessarily him).

    murica is full of rich retards

  186. Infidel Tiger

    I have a burning question to the Cat crowd: what is the secret to the popularity of Bernie Sanders and socialism more generally in today’s America? I

    Both left and right want to destroy the “elite”, the globalists, the neoliberals, the media and every one else who has sold us out.

    We have chosen Trump, the other side have chosen Sanders. It’s a damn shame Sanders has embraced Wokeness. The 2016 version was way better.

    I approve of both Trump and Sanders.

  187. Whalehunt Fun

    I was a capitalist from 5 when I went to school and realised the worthless should not be allowed to handicap against the worthy.

  188. P

    Lazlo
    #3336122, posted on February 26, 2020 at 11:29

    Cheers Lazlo.

  189. MatrixTransform

    Bruce in WA
    #3336156, posted on February 27, 2020 at 12:13 am

    excellent behaviour

  190. Arky

    I approve of both Trump and Sanders.

    ..
    And blokes legs. Don’t forget blokes legs:
    ..


  191. mh

    Bernie will be 79 at the time of the election.

    And Bernie’s not a young 79, despite a lifetime of bludging.

  192. Lazlo

    Sounds right ZK2A. I guess my memory was of the shot that hit the magazine, a killer.

  193. Infidel Tiger

    The Hill
    @thehill
    First potential coronavirus vaccine arrives in US http://hill.cm/yokqFBw

    I’m sure advances like this will be possible once Bernie socialises medicine next year and bans profits.

  194. JC

    Boris

    I think its disillusionment with the capitalist system, which grew out of the GFC. Something screwed up the American psyche in that period.

  195. Infidel Tiger

    Bernie will be 79 at the time of the election.

    And Bernie’s not a young 79, despite a lifetime of bludging.

    I’m more interested in his VP than any others in history.

    We could have President Kamala next year if Bernie croaks.

    OTOH we could have President Tulsi!

  196. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    1m
    Crazy, chaotic Democrat Debate last night. Fake News said Biden did well, even though he said half of our population was shot to death. Would be OVER for most. Mini Mike was weak and unsteady, but helped greatly by his many commercials (which are not supposed to be allowed during a debate). Pocahontas was mean, & undisciplined, mostly aiming at Crazy Bernie and Mini Mike. They don’t know how to handle her, but I know she is a “chocker”. Steyer was a disaster who, along with Mini, are setting records in $’s per vote. Just give me an opponent!

  197. JC

    I’m sure advances like this will be possible once Bernie socialises medicine next year and bans profits.

    Won’t it just.

  198. JC

    lol

    Pocahontas was mean, & undisciplined, mostly aiming at Crazy Bernie and Mini Mike. They don’t know how to handle her, but I know she is a “chocker”.

  199. Infidel Tiger

    Boris

    I think its disillusionment with the capitalist system, which grew out of the GFC. Something screwed up the American psyche in that period.

    Maybe it was Corporate America who created the crisis getting bailed out, while middle America all lost their livelihoods and wealth.

    In a righteous country the GFC should have caused a civil war and millions of Wall St turds would be dead. Bush & co should all be dead or in Gitmo.

  200. mh

    Tulsi running mate with Bernie?

    He’ll have another heart attack.

  201. mh

    I know she is a “chocker”.

    Choker?

  202. JC

    We could have President Kamala next year if Bernie croaks.

    He will pick Kamala too. She’s more brain dead than he is. Bernie won’t make it through to the inauguration. Then she will be talking about “Bernie’s legacy”.

  203. Infidel Tiger

    Light weight chocker was Trump’s description of some GOP loser. Was it Jeb or Rubio?

    Media went nuts about the spieling mistake. Now he does it on purpose to drive them insane and get more coverage of his tweets.

    I’m 99% sure he mispronounced Tendulkar’s name on purpose to get more coverage.

  204. JC

    Maybe it was Corporate America who created the crisis getting bailed out, while middle America all lost their livelihoods and wealth.

    Lots of people lost their incomes and wealth, however don’t blame the corps or the banks as they didn’t cause the mini-depression. Fed did, all by itself.

  205. JC

    I’m 99% sure he mispronounced Tendulkar’s name on purpose

    I’m 100% certain no one would be able to pronounce that crazy name. Who the hell is that anyway?

  206. mh

    If Bernie is going to have a female running mate, we should keep in mind what he wrote for a Vermont newspaper:

    A man goes home and masturbates his typical fantasy. A woman on her knees, a woman tied up, a woman abused.
    A woman enjoys intercourse with her man — as she fantasizes being raped by 3 men simultaneously.

  207. JC

    Don’t underestimate this as it will be a cause of massive lawsuits by players over time. In the future there will be loud calls to ban the game and any form of contact sport which may threaten brain injury in later life. It won’t happen this year or next. Be prepared from 2030 onward.

    Football great Graham “Polly” Farmer has become the first Australian rules player to be ­diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the crippling neurological disorder caused by repeated head knocks.

    The diagnosis of Stage III CTE was confirmed after tissue from his brain was analysed at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital late last year, the ­Herald Sun reports. Medical experts believe the devastating condition is caused by repeated head or subconcussive knocks over many years. Farmer died last year after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

    A report released overnight in online medical journal Acta Neuropathologica Communi­cations confirms his CTE diagnosis and sheds light on the football legend’s suffering over two ­decades.

    Associate professor Michael Buckland, head of the RPA’s ­department of neuropathology and founding director of the Australian Sports Brain Bank, said Farmer’s case was the most severe CTE diagnosis he had seen.

    “It was first slide under the microscope and, wow, here it (CTE) is,” he said. “In this case the CTE change was severe and Alzheimer’s disease was at an ­intermediate level.”

    CTE can be diagnosed only after death.

  208. JC

    If Bernie is going to have a female running mate, we should keep in mind what he wrote for a Vermont newspaper:

    I read that during the 2016 campaign a porn studio went with a scene with Bernie and Trump. Trump was the dude banging Bernie’s wife and Bernie was watching.

  209. mh

    I read that during the 2016 campaign a porn studio went with a scene with Bernie and Trump. Trump was the dude banging Bernie’s wife and Bernie was watching.

    😆

  210. mh

    Sounds good

    Ronna [email protected]
    BIG WIN in Kentucky House District 99.

    It’s a district Democrats held for 33 YEARS, where Democrats outnumber Republicans by double digits, and one the Democrat governor carried in 2019.

    But tonight, Republicans flipped the seat!
    1:48 PM · Feb 26, 2020

  211. Mitch M.

    Open Access article.

    The road ahead for health and lifespan interventions

    Ageing Research Reviews
    Available online 25 February 2020, 101037

  212. NoFixedAddress

    BorisG

    The Western World created communism and Americans have been in the forefront along with the rest.

    All that is happening now is Bernie has ‘come out’ loud and proud.

  213. Arky

    Mitch M.
    #3336190, posted on February 27, 2020 at 1:09 am

    ..
    You seem obsessed with health and longevity.
    Have a smoke and relax man.

  214. Arky

    Or a toasted cheese sandwich and a Coke.

  215. NoFixedAddress

    Arky
    #3336195, posted on February 27, 2020 at 1:15 am

    Or a toasted cheese sandwich and a Coke.

    Or a proper Hamburger with the lot.

    Maybe deep fried chips on the side.

  216. Steve trickler

    Enjoy the trip back to 1944.



  217. C.L.

    Enjoy the trip back to 1944.

    Beautiful.
    When people knew how to dress and behave like adults.

  218. NoFixedAddress

    Liberal National Party = Liberal Nationalist Socialist Party
    Labor Party = International Socialist Party
    Greens = NAZI = National Socialist Party

    Tell me the difference?

  219. BorisG

    If you were not a socialist before you were 30, then you have no heart.
    If you were a socialist after you were 30, then you have no brain..

    Has there been a massive increase of the percentage of young people recently? I don’t think so.

  220. BorisG

    The Western World created communism and Americans have been in the forefront along with the rest.

    Bullshit. You can just compare popularity of socialist (social dem, Labor etc) and Communist parties in the US versus Europe or Australia.

  221. BorisG

    I think its disillusionment with the capitalist system, which grew out of the GFC. Something screwed up the American psyche in that period.

    JC may be on to something. The Great Depression brought about the New Deal. Yet most socialist supporters are young people, who may be too young to have experienced the GFC.

    But today on Planet America they showed an interesting graph, whip showed correlation between increase in colleague degrees and increase of ‘progressive’ voters.

    20 years ago true leftism was outside the US mainstream politics, but pretty much common among academics. Now these academics have brainwashed an entire generation.

  222. NoFixedAddress

    BorisG
    #3336209, posted on February 27, 2020 at 1:54 am

    The Western World created communism and Americans have been in the forefront along with the rest.

    Bullshit. You can just compare popularity of socialist (social dem, Labor etc) and Communist parties in the US versus Europe or Australia.

    BorisG

    I do not deny your lived reality but ‘The West’ (TM) use many different names and faces to hide behind.

  223. NoFixedAddress

    BorisG

    The former head of the American CIA voted for Gus Hall for President of The USA.

    Go and check an American called John Dewey.

  224. NoFixedAddress

    BorisG

    shirley you have to laugh.. sometimes?

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