Open Forum: May 30, 2020

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  1. OldOzzie

    Celebrities blasted for donating to protester bail fund as rioting, violence escalate

    Celebrities blasted for donating to protester bail fund as rioting, violence escalate
    Steve Carell, Seth Rogen, Janelle Monae among contributors to Minnesota Freedom Fund

    Celebrities are coming under fire for donating to a bail fund aimed at springing protesters even as police struggle to stop the escalating violence in Minneapolis and other U.S. cities.

    Steve Carell, Janelle Monae, Seth Rogen, Ben Schwartz and Halsey were among those donating to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which is raising money to bail out protesters flooding the streets over George Floyd, a black man who died Monday while in police custody.

    Those contributions were called into question on social media by those asking why celebrities would want to support the mobs throwing rocks, breaking windows, looting stores, and setting fire to businesses and other buildings.

    “#Minneapolis police precinct set on fire…While #Hollywood stars like @Sethrogen, @SteveCarell and @rejectedjokes make donations to bail out ‘peaceful protesters,’” tweeted conservative talk-radio host Buck Sexton.

    “Rich white dude bailing out thugs who are burning down black neighborhoods,” tweeted Mr. Harsanyi.

  2. Top Ender

    A film about Jeffrey Epstein should aim to help victims, not exonerate Bill Clinton

    By CAMILLA LONG

    There is a moment in a new Jeffrey Epstein documentary where the billionaire’s IT guy describes a scene around the pedophile’s swimming pool. There’s a man next to one of the lounge chairs, fondling a young girl who’s taken her top off.

    “They were engaged in foreplay,” drawls the IT guy, who’d come to Epstein’s private island, Pedophile Island, to fix “Jeffrey’s favourite phone”.

    “He was grabbing her, and grinding against her”: he knew at that point, the IT guy says, that the man was Prince Andrew. Only later, he claims, did he realise the girl was Virginia Giuffre, a woman Andrew says he has never met.

    On the face of it, it’s no revelation that he did meet her — there are already pictures of sweaty old Andrew slung over Epstein’s sad “towel girl” and sex slave.

    But there’s something eerie about Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, which appeared to rave reviews on Netflix last week. Instead of providing revelations, it feels obtuse, inconclusive and slippery; as if everyone involved with the Epstein case is still trying to do what he did, which is cover their tracks or disappear.

    For example: the portrayal of Bill Clinton. The show says the former US president came to the island, sure. He was seen “sitting with Epstein on the living room porch area” — here’s a snap of them doing business elsewhere. But unlike others — says Giuffre quickly, in a marvel of sharp editing — “not all the men took part” in Epstein’s vile sex games. Not everyone had massages or fooled around in front of the IT guy. There were two kinds of “friends” of Epstein, the program suggests: the kind who did stuff with the sex slaves and the kind for whom it was just business, and didn’t.

    In fact it’s so keen to point out that Clinton fell into the latter category that interviewee after interviewee says they “never saw him doing anything improper”. Nothing at all happened — one woman says, for example — when Epstein took Clinton, Chris Tucker and Kevin Spacey on a trip to Africa in 2002. At which point I thought: but how is that even possible, or likely?

    It is so hilarious as to be ludicrous — even if Clinton is totally innocent, Epstein totally wasn’t. Are we meant to think Clinton was so saintly Epstein would drop everything as soon as the former president walked in? You end up feeling like you know less at the end than you did at the beginning.

    Then there’s the “revelatory” book that’s coming out on Tuesday. It says Clinton was having an affair with someone “in Epstein’s orbit”, but she was “well over the age of consent”, trills a source. The only reason “why (Clinton) was around Epstein” was to be with Epstein’s partner, Ghislaine Maxwell!

    “Reporters have been missing the point,” say the book’s authors.

    But have we? An affair with Ghislaine seems unlikely, and has been vigorously denied by Clinton. Who picks Epstein as an “alibi” anyway? And are we to accept Ghislaine dropped her exciting power-playing perviness with Epstein to indulge in old-fashioned vanilla bonking with boring old Clinton? Do you even get Maxwell without Jeffrey?

    It makes my heart go out to the victims, who poured out their stories once more to the Netflix director. Yet again they must have been told they’d get justice, only to end up as pathetic pawns in another big man’s game. It leaves them with zilch, victims a third time, having been abused by Epstein, the justice system and now wheeled out for what feels like a lightly politicised entertainment product, created by James Patterson, a friend of Clinton.

    They are obliged to go over stuff yet again without progress, while Clinton is glossed as a hapless jetsetter. Trump, by contrast, looks permanently hound-doggy and evil, and the full blame is parked at the feet of his dismal former labour secretary, Alex Acosta.

    It is true that Acosta negotiated Epstein’s shamefully lenient plea deal: the laughable six days a week out of jail, the special meals, the TV room, his cell door left open. If we learnt anything from the show, it was that no one who has any power is interested in seeking real justice — not then and not now.

    What’s so shocking is the truth is still easily obtainable; there’s enough evidence to prosecute everyone several times over. Scores of girls came forward; hours and hours of interviews were taped, and then there’s the footage from his properties. Where are those girls? Where are those tapes? And why do Epstein’s female “co-conspirators” continue to enjoy immunity from that same corrupt plea deal? And where, more importantly, is Maxwell? If there’s one person who must have enjoyed a sweetheart deal, it wasn’t dead Jeffrey but his Girl Friday.

    The Sunday Times

  3. Top Ender

    A film about Jeffrey Epstein should aim to help victims, not exonerate Bill Clinton

    By CAMILLA LONG

    There is a moment in a new Jeffrey Epstein documentary where the billionaire’s IT guy describes a scene around the p edophile’s swimming pool. There’s a man next to one of the lounge chairs, fondling a young girl who’s taken her top off.

    “They were engaged in foreplay,” drawls the IT guy, who’d come to Epstein’s private island, Pedophile Island, to fix “Jeffrey’s favourite phone”.

    “He was grabbing her, and grinding against her”: he knew at that point, the IT guy says, that the man was Prince Andrew. Only later, he claims, did he realise the girl was Virginia Giuffre, a woman Andrew says he has never met.

    On the face of it, it’s no revelation that he did meet her — there are already pictures of sweaty old Andrew slung over Epstein’s sad “towel girl” and sex slave.

    But there’s something eerie about Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, which appeared to rave reviews on Netflix last week. Instead of providing revelations, it feels obtuse, inconclusive and slippery; as if everyone involved with the Epstein case is still trying to do what he did, which is cover their tracks or disappear.

    For example: the portrayal of Bill Clinton. The show says the former US president came to the island, sure. He was seen “sitting with Epstein on the living room porch area” — here’s a snap of them doing business elsewhere. But unlike others — says Giuffre quickly, in a marvel of sharp editing — “not all the men took part” in Epstein’s vile sex games. Not everyone had massages or fooled around in front of the IT guy. There were two kinds of “friends” of Epstein, the program suggests: the kind who did stuff with the sex slaves and the kind for whom it was just business, and didn’t.

    In fact it’s so keen to point out that Clinton fell into the latter category that interviewee after interviewee says they “never saw him doing anything improper”. Nothing at all happened — one woman says, for example — when Epstein took Clinton, Chris Tucker and Kevin Spacey on a trip to Africa in 2002. At which point I thought: but how is that even possible, or likely?

    It is so hilarious as to be ludicrous — even if Clinton is totally innocent, Epstein totally wasn’t. Are we meant to think Clinton was so saintly Epstein would drop everything as soon as the former president walked in? You end up feeling like you know less at the end than you did at the beginning.

    Then there’s the “revelatory” book that’s coming out on Tuesday. It says Clinton was having an affair with someone “in Epstein’s orbit”, but she was “well over the age of consent”, trills a source. The only reason “why (Clinton) was around Epstein” was to be with Epstein’s partner, Ghislaine Maxwell!

    “Reporters have been missing the point,” say the book’s authors.

    But have we? An affair with Ghislaine seems unlikely, and has been vigorously denied by Clinton. Who picks Epstein as an “alibi” anyway? And are we to accept Ghislaine dropped her exciting power-playing perviness with Epstein to indulge in old-fashioned vanilla bonking with boring old Clinton? Do you even get Maxwell without Jeffrey?

    It makes my heart go out to the victims, who poured out their stories once more to the Netflix director. Yet again they must have been told they’d get justice, only to end up as pathetic pawns in another big man’s game. It leaves them with zilch, victims a third time, having been abused by Epstein, the justice system and now wheeled out for what feels like a lightly politicised entertainment product, created by James Patterson, a friend of Clinton.

    They are obliged to go over stuff yet again without progress, while Clinton is glossed as a hapless jetsetter. Trump, by contrast, looks permanently hound-doggy and evil, and the full blame is parked at the feet of his dismal former labour secretary, Alex Acosta.

    It is true that Acosta negotiated Epstein’s shamefully lenient plea deal: the laughable six days a week out of jail, the special meals, the TV room, his cell door left open. If we learnt anything from the show, it was that no one who has any power is interested in seeking real justice — not then and not now.

    What’s so shocking is the truth is still easily obtainable; there’s enough evidence to prosecute everyone several times over. Scores of girls came forward; hours and hours of interviews were taped, and then there’s the footage from his properties. Where are those girls? Where are those tapes? And why do Epstein’s female “co-conspirators” continue to enjoy immunity from that same corrupt plea deal? And where, more importantly, is Maxwell? If there’s one person who must have enjoyed a sweetheart deal, it wasn’t dead Jeffrey but his Girl Friday.

    The Sunday Times

  4. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Admittedly Andrew isn’t the first prince whose dick has got him into trouble.

    His great- great – great – grandfather had a similar problem with that appendage – Lady Jenny Churchill…

  5. Top Ender

    A film about Jeffrey Epstein should aim to help victims, not exonerate Bill Clinton

    By CAMILLA LONG

    There is a moment in a new Jeffrey Epstein documentary where the billionaire’s IT guy describes a scene around the p edophile’s swimming pool. There’s a man next to one of the lounge chairs, fondling a young girl who’s taken her top off.

    “They were engaged in foreplay,” drawls the IT guy, who’d come to Epstein’s private island, P edophile Island, to fix “Jeffrey’s favourite phone”.

    “He was grabbing her, and grinding against her”: he knew at that point, the IT guy says, that the man was Prince Andrew. Only later, he claims, did he realise the girl was Virginia Giuffre, a woman Andrew says he has never met.

    On the face of it, it’s no revelation that he did meet her — there are already pictures of sweaty old Andrew slung over Epstein’s sad “towel girl” and sex slave.

    But there’s something eerie about Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, which appeared to rave reviews on Netflix last week. Instead of providing revelations, it feels obtuse, inconclusive and slippery; as if everyone involved with the Epstein case is still trying to do what he did, which is cover their tracks or disappear.

    For example: the portrayal of Bill Clinton. The show says the former US president came to the island, sure. He was seen “sitting with Epstein on the living room porch area” — here’s a snap of them doing business elsewhere. But unlike others — says Giuffre quickly, in a marvel of sharp editing — “not all the men took part” in Epstein’s vile sex games. Not everyone had massages or fooled around in front of the IT guy. There were two kinds of “friends” of Epstein, the program suggests: the kind who did stuff with the sex slaves and the kind for whom it was just business, and didn’t.

    In fact it’s so keen to point out that Clinton fell into the latter category that interviewee after interviewee says they “never saw him doing anything improper”. Nothing at all happened — one woman says, for example — when Epstein took Clinton, Chris Tucker and Kevin Spacey on a trip to Africa in 2002. At which point I thought: but how is that even possible, or likely?

    It is so hilarious as to be ludicrous — even if Clinton is totally innocent, Epstein totally wasn’t. Are we meant to think Clinton was so saintly Epstein would drop everything as soon as the former president walked in? You end up feeling like you know less at the end than you did at the beginning.

    Then there’s the “revelatory” book that’s coming out on Tuesday. It says Clinton was having an affair with someone “in Epstein’s orbit”, but she was “well over the age of consent”, trills a source. The only reason “why (Clinton) was around Epstein” was to be with Epstein’s partner, Ghislaine Maxwell!

    “Reporters have been missing the point,” say the book’s authors.

    But have we? An affair with Ghislaine seems unlikely, and has been vigorously denied by Clinton. Who picks Epstein as an “alibi” anyway? And are we to accept Ghislaine dropped her exciting power-playing perviness with Epstein to indulge in old-fashioned vanilla bonking with boring old Clinton? Do you even get Maxwell without Jeffrey?

    It makes my heart go out to the victims, who poured out their stories once more to the Netflix director. Yet again they must have been told they’d get justice, only to end up as pathetic pawns in another big man’s game. It leaves them with zilch, victims a third time, having been abused by Epstein, the justice system and now wheeled out for what feels like a lightly politicised entertainment product, created by James Patterson, a friend of Clinton.

    They are obliged to go over stuff yet again without progress, while Clinton is glossed as a hapless jetsetter. Trump, by contrast, looks permanently hound-doggy and evil, and the full blame is parked at the feet of his dismal former labour secretary, Alex Acosta.

    It is true that Acosta negotiated Epstein’s shamefully lenient plea deal: the laughable six days a week out of jail, the special meals, the TV room, his cell door left open. If we learnt anything from the show, it was that no one who has any power is interested in seeking real justice — not then and not now.

    What’s so shocking is the truth is still easily obtainable; there’s enough evidence to prosecute everyone several times over. Scores of girls came forward; hours and hours of interviews were taped, and then there’s the footage from his properties. Where are those girls? Where are those tapes? And why do Epstein’s female “co-conspirators” continue to enjoy immunity from that same corrupt plea deal? And where, more importantly, is Maxwell? If there’s one person who must have enjoyed a sweetheart deal, it wasn’t dead Jeffrey but his Girl Friday.

    The Sunday Times

  6. Old School Conservative

    Leigh Lowe
    #3469213, posted on May 31, 2020 at 11:34 am
    Infidel Tiger King
    #3469209, posted on May 31, 2020 at 11:30 am
    Are you allowed to murder former porn stars?
    Well, it happens.
    I once nearly choked Linda Lovelace.

    Pfffttt.
    I choked Linda’s mother.
    And she went down on the Titanic.

  7. I have come to the conclusion a lot of these restrictions is CHOs exorcising things they don’t like. Dr Young would not have much fun rocking up to a bar, but table service is much more suitable.

    Yep.
    It’s not happening in a vacuum. The CHO’s are in a bubble of politicians where everybody thinks like that.

    The only PM’s who’d be comfortable in a public bar were Hawke & Howard.
    Premiers, prolly likewise. Most would enter a public bar only in daylight hours with a peg over their nose.
    Dunstan – whatever else his faults were, was at home in a public bar.

    Back to the point: Most of the political leader cohort would enter a public bar only every third (or fourth year) when on the campaign trail.

    If they’ve ever entered a pub of their own accord, they’d be seated with a knife & fork in front of them, pinot grigio glass in hand, with soft furnishings & perhaps even pot plants around the place.

    They’d never have seen blokes wearing a Jackie Howe in a barroom, coz they’d never have been in such a place.

    They’re trying

  8. jupes

    Zulu, admittedly I’ve only just had a glance at wiki, but I don’t know that the Philippines counter insurgency was run as a doctrinal COIN operation as practiced by modern western armies, however I do like this:

    Lansdale was an early practitioner of psychological warfare, spreading rumors that vampires were loose in the jungle. His men then captured an enemy soldier and drained the blood from his body, leaving the corpse where it could be seen making the Hukbalahap flee the region.

    That is more special operations than COIN. Of course Lansdale would be prosecuted by the AFP if he were to try that shit today as a member of the ADF.

  9. custard

    Tweeted

    #TheirABC talks so loudly,
    lies so baldly, takes cheap-shots recklessly
    prays so fervently for climate revolution,
    you have to wonder
    if it has any capacity
    to comprehend, let alone hear
    the echoes
    of Australia’s utter boredom with its
    shyte

  10. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Lansdale was an early practitioner of psychological warfare, spreading rumors that vampires were loose in the jungle. His men then captured an enemy soldier and drained the blood from his body, leaving the corpse where it could be seen making the Hukbalahap flee the region.’

    Now THAT is how you get shit done.

    However, jupes is sadly correct. ARES Brigadier-General Blaine Moustache-Taintly, Commandant of the 89th Charles Sturt University Faculty Field Ambulance and articled clerk at large wouldn’t have a bar of it.

  11. feelthebern

    Australia’s 10 most trusted automotive brands for 2020
    Toyota
    Mazda
    Tesla
    Honda
    Mercedes-Benz
    Subaru
    Nissan
    Hyundai
    Ford
    Uber
    BMW

    Only Persians buy BMW’s.
    Preferably white with body kits.

  12. OldOzzie

    feelthebern
    #3469895, posted on May 31, 2020 at 8:41 pm
    Australia’s 10 most trusted automotive brands for 2020
    Toyota
    Mazda
    Tesla
    Honda
    Mercedes-Benz
    Subaru
    Nissan
    Hyundai
    Ford
    Uber
    BMW

    Only Persians buy BMW’s.
    Preferably white with body kits.

    What do you mean “Buy”?

  13. feelthebern

    Getting rid of one the referees has been the best thing the NRL could have done.
    I can’t believe the immediate impact it has had on the game.

  14. Knuckle Dragger

    Hang on.

    ‘Australia’s 10 most trusted automotive brands for 2020

    Uber’

    What? Who exactly are they surveying? Can I give ‘blue cars’ as an answer?

    What shit.

  15. feelthebern

    one of the referees.

  16. Rex Anger

    @ Custard-

    I wish you the best in your shadow-banning, and will loudly declaim any and all responsibility for putting you up to it…

  17. Steve trickler

    Notice to Perth drivers and MAIN ROADS WA.

    Hey!

    The Tonkin Hwy extension throws up rocks equivalent to a hail storm!

    Good luck with your vehicle.

    All that money spent, and you still fucked up. It looks like to best road in Australia…..it is a joke. Fix it, dickheads, no excuses. You screwed up with the road base.

  18. DrBeauGan

    Garbage on stilts. In Afghanistan it isn’t the best governance, it is the most persuasive claim to piety.

    The population will always back the most clearly pious, especially when those pious soldiers will execute all your family because you have shown yourself to be insufficiently pious by supporting the government in Kabul.

    Have you noticed that wokeness is exactly the same piety competition? All that so called virtue signalling is piety signalling.

  19. feelthebern

    Twitter videos of the riots in the US have been outstanding.
    Black people yelling at black people for approx. 2mins then they physically are spent.
    Obesity in the black community is tragic.
    People who rely on the news & the heavily edited videos are doing themselves a disservice.
    Liveleak is trouble.
    You start there & then 2 hours have gone by.

  20. feelthebern

    The US needs to leave Afghanistan by election day.
    Then use the odd MOAB just to keep them on their toes.

  21. Mark A

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3469875, posted on May 31, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Communist backed guerillas, in Greece, again post World War Two, suffered a loss of support after the split between Stalin and Tito, and the Greek Army cleaned up the remnants.

    Many thousands ended up in Eastern Europe after that, their descendants are still there, actually there is a village in Hungary spec. built for them, still there with all the Greek paraphernalia, can’t recall the name, read about it somewhere.

  22. Bruce of Newcastle

    And greenness DrB.
    I’ve a whole file of links to articles about the green religion.
    Funny how the Left dispenses with God then invents another one.

  23. feelthebern

    Right-oh.
    PM Live.
    Let’s see ScoMo’s talking points.

  24. Mark A

    I knew I’ve seen it Beloiannis it’s called, the Greek village that is.

  25. custard

    Rex,

    There are quite a few clicks on my profile, meaning “who the fuck is this bloke “

    We’ve hit a nerve.

    Thank you for your wittiness.

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I knew I’ve seen it Beloiannis it’s called, the Greek village that is.

    Most interesting, thank you.

  27. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2020/05/greens-richard-di-natale-sends-strength-and-solidarity-to-us-rioters.html

    I don’t speak Twitter, but can any Cats suggest an appropriate response to this arse clown?

  28. Knuckle Dragger

    Zulu;

    ‘Off you go Richard.’

  29. feelthebern

    Don Lemon is an example that unless it’s sports or ag related, nothing decent comes out of LSU.

  30. cohenite

    So Epstein, pimp to the rich and putrid, did it for everyone except slick willy. Speaking of whom, have you seen his nose lately; WH Fields must have been his dad.

  31. Mark A

    Learn something every day.

    Did You Know?

    In the early days of air travel, the first stewardesses were required to be registered nurses.

  32. Bar Beach Swimmer

    custard
    #3469892, posted on May 31, 2020 at 8:37 pm
    Tweeted

    #TheirABC talks so loudly,
    lies so baldly, takes cheap-shots recklessly
    prays so fervently for climate revolution,
    you have to wonder
    if it has any capacity
    to comprehend, let alone hear
    the echoes
    of Australia’s utter boredom with its
    shyte

    Really poetic, Custard.

  33. Rex Anger

    @ Custard:

    You are most welcome, sir!

    The role of the cavalry is to add colour, dash and daring to an otherwise mindless vulgar brawl.

    Job done! 😀

  34. Shy Ted

    Was here today. Very beautiful and very thought provoking. Drought-proofed the area. Plenty of water for people, stock and agriculture. Built in record time. Bit of a rush at the end with an encroaching wet season and the temporary bits are still in operation today. Makes one think back to a time when our forebears just got on with what needed to be and could be done. Unlike today.

  35. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Confused Olsd Misfit
    #3469868, posted on May 31, 2020 at 8:13 pm
    Bar Beach Swimmer
    #3469855, posted on May 31, 2020 at 8:07 pm
    And to you too BBS.
    Are you in the same boat?

    CoM, no, I’m perfectly fine. Just wanted to send my best regards to you and to OO.

  36. feelthebern

    The less we see of these royals the better.
    The sooner that Nazi hag dies the better.

  37. feelthebern

    I saw this on twitter.
    Very cool.

  38. Maj

    If Boris cucks on this what wouldn’t he cuck on?

    Ryanair boss says quarantine rules will be ‘dropped’ in weeks amid holiday booking surge

    RYANAIR boss Michael O’Leary has spoken out against the government’s current 14-day quarantine rule for travellers arriving from abroad, suggesting it could be scrapped within “a week or two”.

    Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has spoken out about the government’s current 14-day quarantine plan for international arrivals. The Irish airline’s owner says that he believes the government will “drop” these measures in “a week or two” amid a surge of bookings for future holidays.

    Following almost ten weeks of government-enforced lockdown, Britons are eager to get away on holiday, and Ryanair says they have seen an increase in bookings since Boris Johnson announced plans to relax current measures.

    According to Reuters, Mr O’Leary said booking rates indicated that the 1,000 daily flights it plans to fly in July are already 50 to 60 percent full.

    The airline is resuming its schedule to 40 percent capacity from July 1.

    Mr O’Leary also voiced his confidence that quarantine regulations will not be here to stay.

    “The UK and Ireland will either quietly drop them [quarantine plans] or drop them as another easing measure in the next week or two. I am confident of that,” he said in an interview.

    “We have seen a big surge in bookings on our flights out of Ireland and the UK to Spain, Portugal and Italy over the weekend, and that seems to be continuing this week.”

    He previously stated that he felt the mandatory quarantine period was “ineffective and unimplementable”.

    “Requiring international arrivals to quarantine only after they have used multiple public transport providers to get from the airport to their ultimate destination has no basis in science or medicine,” he said.

  39. feelthebern

    I’ll have to stay up until midnight to watch the docking.

  40. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘I’ll have to stay up until midnight to watch the docking.’

    PHRASING.

  41. Nick

    What are they using as a dock for the rocket, Miriam Margoyles ?

  42. feelthebern

    LOL.
    Dozing off KD.
    But still should have been aware of that.

  43. custard

    I’ve been trying to find that footage all day ftb, thank you

  44. Bar Beach Swimmer

    How can it stand upright?

  45. feelthebern

    How does a kero filled tube get all the way up there, then manage to land like that?

  46. feelthebern

    That must be an example of alien technology.
    Elon is the Earth Ambassador to the Alien nation.

  47. Maj

    Boris Johnson’s majority is not as big as it first appeared

    The last week has shown that Boris Johnson’s majority of 80 isn’t as big as it first appeared, I say in The Times this morning. Despite Boris Johnson throwing his full political weight behind Dominic Cummings, forty plus Tories still called for the PM’s senior adviser to go.

    The problem for No 10 is that a majority of 80 ain’t what it used to be. It is, roughly, equivalent to a majority of 20-odd a generation ago, which is what John Major had in 1992. That the Tory majority is smaller than it first appeared has profound implications for how Boris Johnson governs. Every policy will now need to be tested against whether it can get through the House or not. Indeed, one of the reasons that the government is changing tack on Huawei is because it doesn’t have the votes for its previous position.

    There are more potential rebellions brewing. The proposed quarantine policy is increasingly unpopular on the Tory benches. One senior Tory backbencher tells me, ‘If the opposition came out on it, the government would have no choice but to retreat’ before the vote at the end of next month.

    Boris Johnson needs to find ways to rally his parliamentary party to him. A healthy working relationship between No 10, the cabinet and the parliamentary party is not just something that’s nice to have: it is vital – not just for Boris Johnson’s legislative agenda but his premiership too. One secretary of state warns: ‘The PM has to have a clear line to the party. Every PM forgets that lesson at some point. From Thatcher on, when they lose that link, that’s the end.’

    With MPs away from Westminster because of the lockdown, it has been far harder for Number 10 and the whips to foster a sense of party unity. But when parliament returns next week, Boris Johnson is going to have to spend far more time on party management than he anticipated. But as one supportive senior backbencher says, ‘There isn’t a choice to be made here for the PM. It is a necessity.’

  48. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘How can it stand upright?’

    That’s what SHE said.

    Oh God. Don’t make me do a whip joke, for the love of God.

  49. feelthebern

    Have you seen the gags on twitter the capsule being white, not black?
    Along the lines of the space station wasn’t big enough to dock with a black one.

  50. feelthebern

    LOL, not sure if he was in it, but the InfoWars riot truck was driving around one of the Dallas protests.
    How much fuel would that rip through, driving that beast from Austin to Dallas?

  51. feelthebern

    Big day, bed time.
    Enjoy the docking…yes phrasing..lol.
    What a time to be alive.

  52. feelthebern

    Norm in Amsterdam.

  53. cohenite

    WARNING GRAPHIC: Dallas Protesters Beat Man to Near-Death Outside Store (in Dallas).

    The comments are to the point, eg:

    So the beaten guy is white…Yeah, so there won’t be any media outrage, celebrity tweets or hate crime charges being raised.

  54. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    WARNING GRAPHIC: Dallas Protesters Beat Man to Near-Death Outside Store (in Dallas).

    Richard Di Natale is tweeting “Strength and solidarity” to those protestors….

  55. Dave in Marybrook

    And we’re missing the point-
    “protesters”?

  56. dover_beach

    Tim Pool:

    It’s time to get away from the cities.

    There are likely to be at least three grand decouplings this century. The West from China. Conservatism from liberalism. Normies from cities.

  57. mh

    So the beaten guy is white…Yeah, so there won’t be any media outrage, celebrity tweets or hate crime charges being raised.

    And defending a small business. No chance of support.

  58. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s time to get away from the cities.

    I haven’t lived in a city for twenty five years. Guess what – the only things I miss are Dan Murphy’s and a decent bookshop.

  59. mh

    Antifa are a perfect fit with black rioters.

    The blacks are slaves – to the state. Exactly how the Democratic Party intends to keep it.

    And Antifa ideology sees anything outside of the state as the enemy.

  60. JC

    Antifa are a perfect fit with black rioters.

    I think they’re complete opposites. BLM is not an evil organization and in fact their demands are quite reasonable. Watch some of the riot vids and you’re seeing blacks telling the antifa whites to stop the destruction.

    I don’t think blacks are that far from seeing their natural home is the GOP.

    Also most of the unfairness perceived by blacks is actually occurring under Demonrat control.
    There could be a turning point here with blacks moving toward the GOp camp… maybe.

    There was a funny comment from a black dude… that even in the rioting white are still fucking them over .. with the destruction.

  61. Fisky

    Dan Harris
    @danharris
    ·
    15h
    Anyone have evidence confirming China is intentionally giving the coronavirus to Uyhgurs in the concentration camps so as to then use them as test bunnies for vaccines?

    With the CCP, you always know this – if they have an incentive to do it, no matter how horrible, then they already did it yesterday.

  62. JC

    LOL

    Michael Malice
    @michaelmalice

    Sure people are being killed in the street but have we stopped to ask ourselves how this affects America’s underrepresented Muzzzz.lim communities?

  63. JC

    This dude very funny.

    Michael Malice
    @michaelmalice
    ·
    9h
    We’re about 72 hours from the riots getting corporate sponsors

  64. mh

    This dude very funny.

    Michael Malice
    @michaelmalice
    ·
    9h
    We’re about 72 hours from the riots getting corporate sponsors

    Already happened

    Nike
    @Nike
    Let’s all be part of the change.

    https://twitter.com/Nike/status/1266502116463370241?s=20

  65. Whalehunt Fun

    Dan Murphy’s and a decent bookshop.

    We have this new thing called Kindle.

  66. Infidel Tiger King

    There are likely to be at least three grand decouplings this century. The West from China. Conservatism from liberalism. Normies from cities.

    Or as I like to term it: a return to localism.

    Liberalism’s poisoning of conservatism is one of the worst things to happen. Liberalism is cancer. We have all been entranced by that scantily clad minx, but she has the clap, crabs and aids.

  67. Ragu

    mh

    #3469806, posted on May 31, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    ELIJAH
    @ElijahSchaffer
    Full unedited video for editorial requests. Please attribute to Elijah Schaffer of Blaze TV. I cannot confirm he was the store owner, but I pulled out my camera when I saw him appearing to defend a store, then he was rushed, then made the move that might have cost him his life

    https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffer/status/1266948486848749570?s=20

    Video of a man being murdered gets no comment from you lot.

    It says much about the people here.

  68. dover_beach

    Ragu, he’s still alive last report I’ve heard. Shocking footage we won’t see on the evening news.

  69. Ragu

    Absolutely terrible. Nobody deserves that.

  70. Whalehunt Fun

    Just another successful day for the filth that are the Democrats.

  71. Infidel Tiger King

    Video of a man being murdered gets no comment from you lot.

    It says much about the people here.

    Badly beaten but okay apparently.

    He was in Texas. He should have been using at the very least a semi auto shotgun.

    The second amendment is there. Use it.

  72. dover_beach

    I have a very low opinion of anyone that stomps or kicks a man in the head when they are down. It betrays an utter disregard for life. Orcs.

  73. dover_beach

    he second amendment is there. Use it.

    Damn straight. It is non-negotiable.

  74. Ragu

    it would be irresponsible for that guy to shoot all those people. Violence shall not be get Violence

  75. dover_beach

    You only ever need to shoot one or two in such situations. The rest scatter.

  76. Ragu

    you are making that judgement based on what happened.

    Under no circumstances would it be fine for that man to wander out and start shooting.

  77. You only ever need to shoot one or two in such situations. The rest scatter.

    +1

  78. Under no circumstances would it be fine for that man to wander out and start shooting.

    Quite right, he should telephone the police & wait for them to come & arrest the baddies.

  79. MemoryFault

    Dragon successfully docked with the space station!
    What a day.

  80. dover_beach

    Sure, but at some point the mob would have escalated the matter such that shots in defence would have been reasonable.

  81. Ragu

    Quite right, he should telephone the police & wait for them to come & arrest the baddies.

    Don’t be a tosser. I’m not saying that at all.

  82. The Wakandans, over the past few days, have lived down to all expectations of them.

  83. Ragu

    I understand the point you lot are making, but, that course of action has no end as the argument settles into an infinite loop of justification. And the justification is murder.

    So maybe I’m a bit of a homo, but I can not see any justification of murder

  84. DrBeauGan

    it would be irresponsible for that guy to shoot all those people. Violence shall not be get Violence

    Beget is one word, not two. And you have no idea of how to deal with others being violent. None at all. Saying the right words won’t work. Showing your piety won’t do a scrap of good. You’re lost, aren’t you?

  85. Infidel Tiger King

    We are at the crossroads of civilisation.

    2020 is a hell of a year.

    We are all going to have to get used to blowing peoples brains out.

  86. Ragu

    I’ll say this. Dover and CL have argued on this blog,very successfuly, that no one shall have agency over anybody. Especially when it comes to murder.

  87. Ragu

    yeah. I’m not going to get tangled up with a bloke that doesn’t understand prostitution.

  88. no one shall have agency over anybody.

    Got a quick opinion on how to handle an attack by a mob?

  89. DrBeauGan

    Got a quick opinion on how to handle an attack by a mob?

    Explain to them that they don’t have agency over you.

  90. Ragu

    Beget is one word

    No shit.

    Answer me this. Why would anyone waste their time talking to the self appointed king of math at UWA?

  91. Ragu

    Got a quick opinion on how to handle an attack by a mob

    What’s your answer? you are the most pure of mind. What is the correct answer?

  92. Ragu

    this is the problem with a lot of you blow hards in this place.

    Quick to condemn, yet have no intelligence to back up the thought of the mob. Sheep

    .

  93. Ragu

    The inability to think things through is the hallmark of an idiot.

    As has been demonstrated here from the FNQ to Fremantle, stupidity abounds

  94. Ragu

    pathetic.

    Skin care should shut this place down if you can’t argue your point.

  95. Steve trickler

    Gab is Driving. Doomlord is passenger.



  96. MemoryFault

    I doubt they get very good mileage out of their tyres.

  97. Steve trickler

    Exclusive!

    MV is driving. JC is passenger.

    Arky is champing at the bit.



  98. Arky

    Unless you have come face to face with a violent mob, probably hard to comment intelligently on what to do or not to do.
    There are slimy fuckers who use mobs as cover and license for their desire to maim and kill.
    I dunno if they could do it alone in cold blood or if it requires the chemistry of others around to do it.
    I think probably they could. I think they are the same individuals who don’t drink much on a Saturday night, but stay sober enough with the intent to beat the shit out of any drunk who gives them the slightest excuse.
    They put themselves in the situation, and then actively look for potential victims.

  99. Steve trickler

    Monty in action.



  100. Arky

    Arky is champing at the bit.

    ..
    Just put the bonnet on the A, and literally spent the last hour walking around admiring her.
    Lot of work left, but I can see what I have now. She is beautiful.

  101. MemoryFault

    She is beautiful.

    Have you got something special lined up when it’s all eventually done, Arky?
    Like a drive somewhere of particular relevance to you?

  102. Arky

    Like a drive somewhere of particular relevance to you?

    ..
    Just to the park with family.
    It will get a lot of use.

  103. MemoryFault

    Sounds good.
    You all need to be wearing outfits that fit the period.
    Top hat or bowler for you maybe?

  104. mh

    New York now just another Democrat shithole

    A woman from upstate New York was charged with four counts of attempted murder after tossing a molotov cocktail at a New York City Police Department (NYPD) vehicle with several police officers inside as riots raged over the death of George Floyd on Friday evening, according to a local report.

  105. MemoryFault

    Finally starting to open the hatches separating Dragon from the Space Station.

  106. MemoryFault

    That’s it.
    The two astronauts have left the Dragon capsule and are now safely aboard the Space Station.
    Must be time for some shut eye.

  107. Ed Case

    Young Leak reinforcing the ‘White Supremacists doing all the ”protesting”’ narrative?

  108. rickw

    you are making that judgement based on what happened.

    Under no circumstances would it be fine for that man to wander out and start shooting.

    Clearly never had anything to do with rooftop Koreans.

  109. Knuckle Dragger

    Haha. Yes, rooftop Koreans. Not to be underestimated. Accurate little bastards, too.

    I was thinking the same thing while watching that little sploog from whatsisname overnight.

    Dover is correct, saying at 12.08 that one of the worst things you could do was kick and/or stomp on a man when he was down.

    It is the mark of the coward. Nothing less, and those who engage in that shit are generally, when cornered and without the anonymity of the mob, the first to plead for mercy.

    And, funnily enough, burst into tears without having a finger laid on them. Yet. I’m a big believer in showing people the mercy they afford others.

  110. johanna

    Kudos to Steve Trickler for the series of photos of China 100 years ago (1.02 am)

    What a pity there are no captions.

    No wonder the Brits branded them as ‘inscrutable’ and created characters like Sax Rohmer’s Dr Fu Manchu.

    You might as well be on another planet when looking at those photos. The backstory of each and every one could be a blockbuster.

    And yet, China resembles the US in having a huge land area with lots of subcultures. The dead hand of the State has not wiped them all out. For most people, Beijing is as remote as Canberra is to folks in FNQ or Port Hedland.

    I suspect that modern China is a lot like the US. You have the centre of power (Beijing/Washington) but simple logistics mean that they can’t control everything in far flung provinces. And as the economy grows, it will get harder and harder. Local powerbases will get rich, and evading regulations is in their DNA.

    It does highlight the poor quality of our local politicians, playing with duplo in nappies while experts manage places like Indonesia, India and China.

  111. PeterM

    Ed, probably not, but maybe shy of showing a black man with a gun?

  112. Knuckle Dragger

    I also note that little man with a big problem Ragu has once again failed to read through discussions for context before he arrives, full of sound and fury denouncing people for not talking about stuff that was in fact the subject of some debate.

    I was waiting for him to start banging on about ‘the knowledge’, whatever that is.

  113. Knuckle Dragger

    Leak was bang on, by the way. Anyone that still thinks this is about Floyd is kidding themselves.

    The ‘Floyd’ protestors in London were waving the Flag of Rampant Poofery FFS.

  114. johanna

    Oops, not 100 years ago but early years of the C20th. My bad.

  115. johanna

    KD, Ragu posted a bluegrass version of Pink Floyd.

    Next it will be a rap version of the Pastoral Symphony.

    Such people should be pitied, and then ground into the dust.

  116. rickw

    Daily dose of Vietnam!

  117. Knuckle Dragger

    He’s a funny old fellow, I’ll give him that.

    Turns up on the horizon every fortnight or so, very faintly tells everyone to go fuck themselves, has a crack at management and then disappears before anyone can engage him in debate.

    I have to say I’m not a Pink Floyd man, although they do have their moments. But to the purist, a bluegrass version of anything Floyd would be horrifying.

  118. calli

    Ragu
    #3470017, posted on June 1, 2020 at 1:26 am
    pathetic.

    Skin care should shut this place down if you can’t argue your point.

    Thanks Ragu. That was the most magnificent typo. You’ve made my day. 😃

    On the use of force, if someone is prepared to stand in front of their shop with a shottie, they have to be prepared to use it. No one is going to want to be the first to grapple with a determined defender when there is easier prey to be had.

  119. calli

    Now we know why Doomlord’s avatar is so enticing. Much…much moisturiser.

  120. Bear Necessities

    With Antifa being a terrorist organisation now, the FBI, DOJ etc can now go in and investigate. I think some of these Antifa man childs will sing like birds once a bit of pressure of federal charges start occurring. Once out of the mob and isolated trained interrogators should gather heaps of information. Most of these people want “careers” and you can’t do that with criminal convictions.

  121. johanna

    While I’m here alone to rant, I note in the Teev Guide that SBS has a regular show summarising US politics hosted by former Clinton Press Secretary George Stephanabobilous.

    Taxpayer dollars to let a deep-dyed Democrat tell us how awfy 45 is. Week after week.

    I would love someone in Senate Estimates to ask TheirABC how many stories favourable to Trump they have run, and how many against. And how they justify their blatant anti-Trump bias.

    Not holding my breath on that one.

  122. Knuckle Dragger

    Last night’s ‘debate’, summarised:

    Ragu: ‘Be get’
    Beaugy: ‘beget is one word’
    Ragu: ‘No shit’

  123. calli

    Ragu’s okay. At least he’s his own man, not an item of hosiery.

  124. Cassie of Sydney

    Philosophy question?

    Who is Ragu?

    Answer…..

    Strange little troll….but then again…aren’t all trolls?

  125. Other notable risible contributions totally ignored the work of Ron Paul and Edmund Burke for example.

  126. Knuckle Dragger

    Look.

    I know Stuart Robert is a fellow congregationalist of ScoMo’s, but how many more cockups can he make?

    Robodebt should be the last straw. It’s like letting your retarded cousin drive your car.

  127. There will be no localism until we have cheap and abundant energy.

    What can you get other than produce that is any good?

    Or an average wukka can afford?

  128. Top Ender

    Mutiny over snub to dead navy hero

    EXCLUSIVE
    MATTHEW DENHOLM

    Australia’s navy community is in mutiny over Scott Morrison’s snub to World War II war hero Teddy Sheean, challenging the right of Defence Chief Angus Campbell to veto Sheean’s Victoria Cross.

    The Naval Association of Australia, representing naval personnel past and present, has written to the Prime Minister seeking an explanation for his decision to deny Sheean a retrospective VC.

    Ordinary Seaman Sheean gave his life to save others during the 1942 sinking of HMAS Armidale, strapping himself to a gun to fire on Japanese fighters strafing his comrades in the water, even as he sank with the ship.

    Last July, the Defence Honours and Awards Appeal Tribunal unanimously recommended a retrospective VC for the Tasmanian, but its report was buried by government. Defence Personnel Minister Darren Chester accepted the recommendation, but the government later rejected it.

    Last week, amid a gathering revolt by Tasmanian Liberal backbenchers, advice to Mr Morrison from General Campbell, urging against granting the VC, was leaked to the media.

    General Campbell expressed the view that backing a retrospective VC could lead to other appeals for backdated VCs and may not be acceptable to the Queen, who has the final say.

    However, Naval Association of Australia national secretary Russell Pettis said General Campbell’s view should not necessarily override the unanimous view of a four-member independent tribunal.

    “He’s the Chief of the Defence Force, but I didn’t realise that we’d given that sort of power to anybody,” Mr Pettis said. “That’s his opinion. They should ask the Queen.

    “We have tribunals of the sort that held the investigation into this issue to examine the facts and make recommendations.

    “Ordinarily, you would expect the people who put the tribunal in place to do that; to accept their recommendations, not overrule them.”

    Government sources also said General Campbell had a history of trying to shut down the tribunal and that he believed decisions on awards should rest with him or the top brass.

    General Campbell declined to comment. Mr Morrison was asked whether General Campbell’s advice may have been coloured by a philosophical opposition to the tribunal. Mr Morrison’s office did not respond to this point by deadline, instead referring to his previous statements that his decision was based on advice from defence chiefs past and present.

    Mr Pettis said his association had written to the Prime Minister seeking a further explanation and was distributing a petition backing the VC for Sheean, who was just 18 when he sacrificed himself for his mates.

    It was also seeking the support of the wider defence community, via the Alliance of Defence Service Organisations.

  129. Bruce of Newcastle

    A brave lefty says the obvious:

    White-bourgeois Antifa rioters are burning black minority neighbourhoods – Maajid rages

    LBC presenter Majid Nawaz has raged at “white far-left Antifa gentrifying anarchists” for being behind the riots and violence wreaking havoc across the US. Thousands have defied curfews across major cities amid growing unrest sparked by the death of a black man in police custody. The protests have quickly descended into chaos, with shops looted, cars burned and buildings attacked as officials call in riot police and the National Guard.

    However, Nawaz singled out “uniformed, masked, majority-white, far-left anarchist rioters” forthe violence.

    In a series of furious tweets this morning, he said that white-bourgeois Antifa rioters had been burning black minority neighbourhoods before “running back to mummy and daddy”.

    The activist and broadcaster posted “evidence” of “spoiled-brat privileged gentrifying Antifa-clad ‘anarchist’ rioters exploit minority communities’ rage to grind their own ideological axe. Then they go home to mummy & daddy while minority neighbourhoods stay black & over-policed”.

    One tweet read: “LISTEN UP: dear white-bourgeois Antifa-clad gentrifying ‘anarchists’, STOP BAITING more OVER-POLICING OF MINORITY COMMUNITIES through provoking your hissy-fit rioting ‘on our behalves’.”

    Yep, those white supremacists Ed is talking about are the usual suspects.

  130. Whaddya gonna go, buy a Sherrin made by hand at the macrame shop? Get the old guys at the Men’s Shed to cobble together a PS5?

    Other than food or your house, we have chosen to make most other manufacturing uncompetitive.

    On costs, taxes, energy costs and so on have done this.

    It isn’t going to change until the three/main political parties are gone.

    They’re socialist, green and in lockstep.

  131. calli

    No, he isn’t. He got stuck into me once for making a comment about a child’s birthday party – too personal, this is an economics blog etc, etc. So for the next week, every comment I made had an economics twist. Great fun.

    And the live blogging of the Sussex st knife attack and detaining-by-chair.

    I will be forever grateful for the heads-up on Rocamadour.

  132. rickw

    Just magnificent, Japanese licensed built copy of French Cazenauve HB 575, except they fixed the Frenchy bits of it such as the non-offsetable tailstock:

  133. Knuckle Dragger

    Absolutely predictable, given his past behaviour in banning any form of warlike symbols for military units performing warlike activities.

    ‘General Campbell declined to comment. Mr Morrison was asked whether General Campbell’s advice may have been coloured by a philosophical opposition to the tribunal.’

    Campbell, who I note has for some reason an ICB himself now apparently sees valour awards as expressions of a country’s support for people being mean to other people in other countries.

    Weak as piss.

  134. johanna

    From a pal who worked in that area, I can see the problem.

    There are literally thousands of relatives demanding medals for their deceased loved ones. They write and write, put up posts on Spacechook, email everyone they know and so on. It gives them something to do. It makes them feel important.

    None of them ever actually fought in the line of fire. But, they bask in the heroism of others.

    Well, I say, fuck them all. The deceased won’t be brought back to life. What’s more, I rather suspect that the people on whose coattails they are riding would not be particularly interested in medals.

  135. At least Campbell doesn’t cosplay as a housewife to fight da domestic violence.

  136. johanna

    More correctly – interested in posthumously awarded medals.

  137. Knuckle Dragger

    There’s a piccy on teh webs of LTGEN Campbell having his new epaulettes put on his uniform, while he was wearing it, by a couple of smiling gummint flunkies.

    Instantly reminded me of the presser where Simon ‘They’re not diaries, they’re journals’ Overland had his Chieffa Po-lice slides being put on by the Premier and some other PR hound.

  138. The Jerusalem Post’s take on the chaos in the US –

    The conspiracies put forward in the US to lay blame for the protests on a complex organized network is part of a pattern of shifting that has become increasingly common in America. Rather than seeing entrenched racism and police brutality as fueling protests, including police violence against journalists, there is a preference to see a hidden hand that can be more easily labeled as an enemy.
    These are tactics that were once more common to the Soviet bloc countries and Middle Eastern regimes when trying to explain protests. For instance, the Assad regime asserted that legitimate protests in 2011 were an imperialist conspiracy. Today, the situation appears reversed: In the US across the political spectrum, there is a preference to see protests as part of a cartel, white supremacists, antifa, Russians and MS-13 gangs, as opposed to local grievances bubbling over after a very visible sign of police brutality.

    RTWT

  139. notafan

    Tasmania has honoured Terry Sheen in other ways?
    There were a couple of permanent tributes to recent war dead/heroes in QLD regional town I recently visited.

    A good way to make sure their names aren’t forgotten.

    I like seeing all the statues, lone pines, gates and shrines and memorial halls in prominent central positions.

  140. Cassie of Sydney

    I wonder why an anti-Semite reads an Israeli newspaper?

  141. notafan

    But they aren’t ‘local grievances’ outside his home town

    That’s a stupid take.

  142. Boambee John

    Zulu

    and a decent bookshop.

    Not too many of those left anywhere!

  143. calli

    I have to laugh at all the tv reporters in the US wearing surgical masks.

    Meanwhile, demonstrators are making good use of them to remain anonymous while hurling projectiles at police.

    No rank opportunism there.

  144. notafan

    African American communities have huge issues, mostly self inflicted.

    The break down of the family being at the heart.

    No government can fix, though getting rid of intergenerational welfare dependency might help.

  145. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Rather than seeing entrenched racism and police brutality as fueling protests’

    Not really, no.

    The opportunity to break stuff and get a free TV whilst hiding within the mob is what’s fueling the protests.

  146. Twostix

    Millions of videos of white numbers-like soy poisoned dumbies dressed up in black and throwing molitov cocktails and bricks at riots everywhere.

    Numbers: it’s nazi’s.

  147. Good news.

    Well done Mr Trump.

    ANTIFA ARE NOW (or soon will be) A PROSCRIBED TERRORIST ORGANISATION

    Tim *Beanie* Pool has more

  148. Spider

    Got to love the media furiously trying to link Trump to the riots in the US when the only common factor is that the places have Democrat mayors or governors.

  149. Spider

    And what the hell do you make of the crowds in the UK out in solidarity with Floyd marching on the US embassy. WTF.

  150. Knuckle Dragger

    Worth noting here that the only time Old Yeller turned up at any sort of anti-government protest he turned tail and ran, bag of marbles in hand the moment the jacks turned up.

    No, I wasn’t there. Like all his stories (‘I write for an audience’) he tells anyone who’ll listen.

  151. johanna

    Legalise Sedition
    #3470076, posted on June 1, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Whaddya gonna go, buy a Sherrin made by hand at the macrame shop? Get the old guys at the Men’s Shed to cobble together a PS5?

    Other than food or your house, we have chosen to make most other manufacturing uncompetitive.

    Get your hand off it, Dot.

    When I was growing up, during the golden era of protectionism, clothes were so expensive that ordinary working people (like my family) relied on mothers and grandmothers to make clothes for growing children. Shoes were very expensive. All this was because of tariffs to support local industry, and they had no incentive to become more productive. Unions and bosses were hand in hand.

    Like so many of your ilk, you have no sense, or understanding, of history.

    BTW, is anyone else reminded of the oh so gradual loosening of the screws on the British economy after WWII? Yes, you can have another ounce of butter from May 1, and so on. Rejoicing in the streets.

    Those bastards held back the British economy for a decade.

  152. calli

    Yes, Spider. And elections for Sheriffs and other judicial positions – I wonder about the politics of law enforcement in these areas too.

    They had a Sheriff on Seven being ultra cool and groovy about the riots and I wondered if he was up for re-election.

  153. feelthebern

    I love this guys hustle.
    Steal a cash machine.
    Take it home on the bus.

    https://twitter.com/drdavidsamadi/status/1267092223637762048?s=20

  154. custard

    Will SloMo follow the lead of Trump and declare ANTIFA a terrorist organization?

  155. feelthebern

    Approx. 90% of the staff in the US embassy in London would be the deapest of the dead state.

  156. calli

    Someone was making lots of money, joh, and it definitely wasn’t the pieceworkers out in the ‘burbs.

  157. feelthebern

    These riots have put an end to this mail in ballot bull shit.

  158. I wonder why an anti-Semite reads an Israeli newspaper?

    Hi Karen (Cassie).
    You wouldn’t recognise an anti-semite if he/she bit you on the bum.

  159. OldOzzie

    “We’re All in this Together”

    NSW public servants in line for $1000 payment

    The decision to freeze salaries across the NSW public sector will deprive the state’s economy of more than 1100 jobs, according to newly released economic modelling that says a rise in pay packets will generate more jobs than spending on construction projects.

    The data, obtained exclusively by The Australian, was released as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a backdown on her government’s $810 million upgrade of ANZ Stadium. Ms Berejiklian said she would scrap the project and divert the funding ­towards job creation across NSW.

    With 221,400 people out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berejiklian government has stepped up efforts to find savings and redirect funding to promote job creation.

    Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has argued repeatedly in favour of freezing wages, saying the money saved would be spent on infrastructure and would stimulate the economy more efficiently than pay increases could hope to achieve. He has not released modelling to support this assertion.

    Last night Mr Perrottet was scrambling to win support for the policy by extending a revised offer to the opposition, crossbench and union leaders: $1000 one-off payments for 200,000 frontline workers in exchange for their support to freeze wages.

  160. Cassie of Sydney

    “You wouldn’t recognise an anti-semite if he/she bit you on the bum.”

    The Joo hating racist thinks he is being smart.

  161. Tel

    White-bourgeois Antifa rioters are burning black minority neighbourhoods – Maajid rages

    https://www.fox9.com/news/jail-records-show-most-arrested-in-minneapolis-riots-have-minnesota-addresses

    Majority of those arrested were local boys … but then again, for some strange reason wearing a black hood and a red commie logo seems to make people immune to arrest. Maybe the local black gangs should try their luck at the “serve and protect” caper … good time to make a name for themselves.

  162. That’s true Johanna. I am old enough to remember the tail end of that.

    Notably, Pacific Brands became successfully after the protectionism ended.

    Now we face a different set of problems.

    We have the most abundant nuclear resources but we have chosen to have possibly the most expensive electricity in the West.

    All businesses suffer and industrial production is hamstrung.

    There is very little reason to support localism. We simply don’t and cannot produce what we want on our own. We have chosen in part to be incapable.

    What can you get from localism? A nice steak and some bricks.

  163. Not really, no.

    The opportunity to break stuff and get a free TV whilst hiding within the mob is what’s fueling the protests.

    Of course.
    Anyone with a brain understands that Derek Chauvin engineered the whole thing just to facilitate looting.
    I wonder how much he was paid?

  164. Cassie of Sydney

    The Jooo hating racist never denies he is an anti-Semite.

  165. Twostix

    “Two Brooklyn lawyers, including an Ivy League graduate corporate attorney, are facing federal charges for tossing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD vehicle.” [

    Antifa and its supporters are literally the small-souled bugman class.

    The perpetually bored spawn of a walking dead establishment squandering their inherited scraps of privilege in an effort to feel something.

    Their world is coming to an end though. What will they do?

  166. feelthebern

    We have chosen in part to be incapable.

    Correct, dot/dots squeeze.

  167. OldOzzie

    Pay rises generate more jobs, economic modelling shows

    YONI BASHAN
    NSW POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

    The decision to freeze salaries across the NSW public sector will deprive the state’s economy of more than 1100 jobs, according to newly released economic modelling that says a rise in pay packets will generate more jobs than spending on construction projects.

    The data, obtained exclusively by The Australian, was released as NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a backdown on her government’s $810 million upgrade of ANZ Stadium. Ms Berejiklian said she would scrap the project and divert the funding ­towards job creation across NSW.

    With 221,400 people out of work because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berejiklian government has stepped up efforts to find savings and redirect funding to promote job creation.

    This includes scrapping the stadium upgrade and freezing the wages of public sector workers, which alone is expected to save $3bn over four years.

    But the policy itself remains at a deadlock, unable to proceed through parliament due to a lack of support from upper house MPs.

    Ms Berejiklian stopped short on Sunday of scrapping another ill-fated project, the Powerhouse ­Museum relocation, which she ­remains determined to deliver even though it has been roundly criticised by senior members of her cabinet.

    Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has argued repeatedly in favour of freezing wages, saying the money saved would be spent on infrastructure and would stimulate the economy more efficiently than pay increases could hope to achieve. He has not released modelling to support this assertion.

    Last night Mr Perrottet was scrambling to win support for the policy by extending a revised offer to the opposition, crossbench and union leaders: $1000 one-off payments for 200,000 frontline workers in exchange for their support to freeze wages.

    Modelling conducted by left-wing think-tank the Australia Institute challenges Mr Perrottet’s assertions, suggesting a wage freeze would rob the economy of an ­opportunity to create 1110 jobs through increased consumer ­demand.

    According to the research, about 2910 jobs would be generated if the $3bn saved from freezing wages was spent on construction; this would increase to 4020 jobs if the money were to be spent through consumption.

    About 0.97 direct jobs are generated for every $1m spent on building projects, according to ABS data. Conversely, 1.79 direct jobs are created for every $1m spent by consumers.

    The modelling suggests that freezing salaries would cut $81m in pre-tax earnings from the NSW north coast economy. Another $78m would be lost from the far west of the state. Closer to the city the numbers increased dramatically to about $1bn in pre-tax earnings in Sydney’s east, and $741m in Sydney’s west.

    “If expenditure on construction is to lead to an increase in statewide employment, the construction spending needs to be additional to, not a substitute for, other more labour-intensive areas of expenditure,” the AI says.

    NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay said the government could not rely on infrastructure investment alone to stimulate jobs.

    From the Comments

    Jonathan
    5 MINUTES AGO
    “Modelling conducted by left-wing think-tank.” Without that in the heading this is click bait.

    Grahame Oft.censored.
    8 MINUTES AGO
    Wage increases result in more people employed.
    And the punch line to this joke is:

    “Modelling conducted by left-wing think-tank the Australia Institute.”

    GEORGE
    13 MINUTES AGO
    I see. Increasing the pay of public servants, who are the only group in society to have guaranteed employment, will trickle down to the rest of the country that is unemployed

    Monty
    13 MINUTES AGO
    Wow, who would have guest that would be the outcome?
    Look at the accuracy of all the recent modelling, Covid-19 with the hundred thousand or so of projected deaths, Global warming/Climate Change with their dozens of ever changing models, all being wrong.
    Give me a break.

    pmac
    24 MINUTES AGO
    The model shows – a fantasy by the Australia Institute- the countries that had tried this have failed – Argentina , Venezuela and Zimbabwe are all accepted as once rich countries that borrowed to poverty … The two states that are pumping out many new government jobs are about to have their credit rating dropped if they persist acquiring more debt

    But the Australia Institute will not let the facts screw a good yarn designed to increase ALP voting unionists at the expense of the Non Public servants.

  168. Cassie of Sydney

    “Antifa and its supporters are literally the small-souled bugman class.

    The perpetually bored spawn of a walking dead establishment squandering their inherited scraps of privilege in an effort to feel something.”

    Yep…..anarchy and revolutions have always been fomented by such spawn.

  169. The Highly Intimate Abacus went to her Barre class at 5 AM.

    I hope no one steals her 20 carat diamond engagement ring.

  170. feelthebern

    Amazing how little damage there has been in open carry jurisdictions.
    Who would have thought the legal gun owner would be so responsible.
    We’ve been told non-stop that these gun nuts are the problem.

  171. Old School Conservative

    Mark Latham on 2GB today says that Our Glad has introduced legislation to ban all plastic bags in NSW.
    Not just “single use” bags.
    Heavy plastic shopping bags sold by Colesworth.
    Bin liners.
    Large black bags.
    Outdoor bin bags.

    She’s gone troppo.

  172. feelthebern

    Trump has blown out to 1.95 on Ladbrokes.
    Biden into 2.05.
    I’m going to the greedy and wait for 2.00 to have another crack.

  173. johanna

    calli
    #3470103, posted on June 1, 2020 at 7:50 am

    Someone was making lots of money, joh, and it definitely wasn’t the pieceworkers out in the ‘burbs.

    Interesting point.

    It was a racket, all right, and the unions were in it up to their necks.

    It is hard to believe now, but in the 1960s the average family struggled to pay for clothes and shoes for their growing children. I’m not talking about choices, just the basics.

    The unions and the government collaborated to keep prices up.

    We narrowly escaped being like NZ, formerly aligned with Havana for their ancient cars.

  174. Old School Conservative

    Congratulations Dot.

  175. feelthebern

    2A will be the one & only issue in November.

  176. OldOzzie

    Chairman Dan belts media on China road

    NICK TABAKOFF
    ASSOCIATE EDITOR

    There’s supposedly a big difference between China and Australia on media freedoms. For one, our media is meant to be able to hold to account governments whose actions don’t pass the pub test.

    But Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’s controversial dalliance with China’s Belt and Road Initiative seems to have rubbed off on his attitude to a free press.

    Diary is told that sarcastic asides and eye-rolling have been stock reactions among some of Andrews’s spinners towards reporters asking questions about Belt and Road.

    There’s a standing joke in the Victorian press gallery that the Andrews crew expects reporters to behave like the journalistic stenographers of the China Daily, not your regular Aussie press pack.

    That attitude clearly extends to broadcasters. Repeated requests (including two more last week) by Melbourne’s radio king, 3AW’s Neil Mitchell, for a chat with “Chairman Dan”, as Mitchell has dubbed him, have been curtly rejected or ignored.

    Clearly, things have got personal between Andrews and ­Mitchell, who’s regarded as Melbourne’s toughest interviewer. As Mitchell tells Diary: “One of his mates told me recently: ‘He wants you to apologise.’ I asked: ‘What for?’”

    In Andrews’s stubborn absence, Mitchell hammered Belt and Road last week while Andrews somehow found time for some soft three-minute interviews on Melbourne FM radio.

    On the print side, multiple reporters have told Diary of a hostile reception from Chairman Dan’s crew to reasonable questions on everything from whether Belt and Road was a “captain’s pick”, to the involvement of Jean Dong, a self-styled pro-China “influencer” and lobbyist.

    At times, Andrews’s office has been sulky. One reporter was told repeatedly the reason the office was refusing to comment on an unrelated question was a “front page” by the reporter’s paper on Belt and Road.

    In another instance, a reporter who phoned was sarcastically quizzed (before asking anything) about whether this was “another thought bubble”.

    But if the Andrews team’s combative style is meant to win undying media devotion, a la China, it’s failing.

    Journalists at both News and Nine have only been emboldened by the stonewalling to further scrutinise Belt and Road.

    As one Melbourne scribe told Diary last week: “If you’re a doctor, you press where it hurts.”

  177. Old School Conservative
    #3470120, posted on June 1, 2020 at 8:09 am
    Mark Latham on 2GB today says that Our Glad has introduced legislation to ban all plastic bags in NSW.
    Not just “single use” bags.
    Heavy plastic shopping bags sold by Colesworth.
    Bin liners.
    Large black bags.
    Outdoor bin bags.

    She’s gone troppo.

    How does one non violently resist?

  178. Twostix

    What is it with the professional middle class left and terrorism? Did their leftwing teachers indoctrinate them in school? Obviously we need to find out the root cause of their mass anti-social brainwashing and why they are so prone to violent radicalisation.

  179. Mother Lode

    General Campbell expressed the view that backing a retrospective VC could lead to other appeals for backdated VCs and may not be acceptable to the Queen, who has the final say.

    Surely it is incumbent on the military to acknowledge heroism. How many does Campbell think they have screwed up that the Queen would be overwhelmed?

    In any event no matter what appeals are made it would only result in a medal when deserved, so Campbell is opposed to awarding medals to worthy recipients on the grounds of bureaucratic inconvenience.

    Quite the soldiers’ soldier is our Angus.

    I wonder how much of the ribbon on his chest reflects acts of valour, and how much reflects just ‘being there’.

  180. Fisky

    Hooray!

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    5h
    The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

  181. Twostix

    Antifa are the establishment’s paramilitary force. Stacked with their retarded soft handed children playing revolution while overseeing the criminal denerates in the lower ranks.

    But unfortunately for them this ruling elite’s children are thousands upon thousandd of…monty.

    😂

  182. This shouldn’t remind me of high school, but it does.

    V8 VK Commodore Rally Car

  183. The Jooo hating racist never denies he is an anti-Semite.

    And I’ve never denied being black, Jooish, Presbyterian, and Libertarian.
    Therefore according to Karen’s (Cassie’s) impeccable logic, I’m suddenly a black Jooish Presbyterian Libertarian.
    It takes all kinds.
    Seriously.

  184. will

    Legalise Sedition
    #3470126, posted on June 1, 2020 at 8:14 am
    Old School Conservative
    #3470120, posted on June 1, 2020 at 8:09 am
    Mark Latham on 2GB today says that Our Glad has introduced legislation to ban all plastic bags in NSW.
    Not just “single use” bags.
    Heavy plastic shopping bags sold by Colesworth.
    Bin liners.
    Large black bags.
    Outdoor bin bags.

    She’s gone troppo.

    How does one non violently resist?

    eBay is your friend

  185. min

    We went into China from HongKong in late 1970’s into the region of Guangjo (spelling?) . Although they had started to improve things there were locals still living on dirt floors , hardly any motor traffic but bike traffic unbelievable at home time.
    We were with a guide who carefully chose what we saw ,where we ate , what toilets we could use . Much later I saw a Chinese film about a young boy musician that showed the difference between life outside a main city and life in big city . Mao’s last dancer showed same .

  186. calli

    Mark Latham on 2GB today says that Our Glad has introduced legislation to ban all plastic bags in NSW.

    Snaplock? Freezer? Produce? Packaging?

    Madness.

  187. Farmer Gez

    Peter Stefanovic SKY.
    What a slimy left wing tool. Can barely contain his contempt of anything said by Trump and clearly putting the actions of rioters at the feet of the President.
    He cross to the US and we suffer the UK lady SKY reporters efforts, obnoxious in its bias with endless editorialising of the evils of American society.
    The streets of Beijing are quiet.

  188. Cassie of Sydney

    1735099 = racist

    1735099 = anti-Semite

    1735099 = coward

    1735099 = liar

    1735099 = jellybean

  189. stackja

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    1h
    SO TERRIBLE! Where are the arrests and LONG TERM jail sentences? https://twitter.com/markkendall_gw/status/1267192752464211974
    This Tweet is unavailable.

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    2h
    STRENGTH! https://twitter.com/seancordicon/status/1266799748989816832
    This Tweet is unavailable.

    GAB

    Donald J Trump
    Donald J Trump
    @realdonaldtrump
    1h
    ·
    SO TERRIBLE! Where are the arrests and LONG TERM jail sentences?

    https://twitter.com/MarkKendall_GW/status/1267192752464211974

    Mark Kendall on Twitter
    “@SeanCordicon This man was protecting his business and was stomped and stoned by Antifa now in critical condition.

    https://t.co/UOntQk5ZTc”

  190. Maj

    This bloke hasn’t even played a game of professional football and he wants to be the new Colin Kaepernick:

    Joey Burrow
    @Joe_Burrow10
    ·
    May 30

    The black community needs our help. They have been unheard for far too long. Open your ears, listen, and speak. This isn’t politics. This is human rights.

  191. You forgot plenary council member and Pope of presbytery utility bills.

    He’s that guy who turns the heaters off in winter at 8 am mass.

  192. calli

    They have been unheard for far too long.

    Really? The decades-long megaphone still faulty? Even a black President not good enough?

    It. Never. Ends.

  193. Cassie of Sydney

    “Legalise Sedition
    #3470143, posted on June 1, 2020 at 8:33 am
    You forgot plenary council member and Pope of presbytery utility bills.

    He’s that guy who turns the heaters off in winter at 8 am mass.”

    And “pro bono advocate”.

  194. Tel

    She’s gone troppo.

    Revealing her true self … just can’t resist the opportunism, taking advantage of crisis.

  195. jo

    calli
    #3470138, posted on June 1, 2020 at 8:29 am
    Mark Latham on 2GB today says that Our Glad has introduced legislation to ban all plastic bags in NSW.

    Snaplock? Freezer? Produce? Packaging?

    Madness.

    I’ve got some Glad Bags. About as useful as a Photios Gladbag.

  196. Cassie of Sydney

    “I’ve got some Glad Bags. About as useful as a Photios Gladbag.”

    Photios is they key word there…Gladbag is beholden to Photios.

  197. stackja

    The Associated Press
    @AP
    BREAKING: The artist Christo, known for massive, fleeting displays created with his late wife and fellow artist Jeanne-Claude, has died at 84.

    That’s a wrap.

  198. dover_beach

    But unfortunately for them this ruling elite’s children are thousands upon thousandd of…monty.

    They always leave Dunkin Donuts stores untouched during a riot. Believe me.

  199. Tom

    Tweet of the day from Bill Mitchell*:

    Arrest George Soros, seize his assets and this bullsh*t ends tomorrow.

    *Make sure he’s in your favourites for the November election: among other things, Mitchell is an expert on opinion poll sample stacking by the MSM.

  200. johanna

    Great start to the cowboys installing water meters. They arrived, started drilling the concrete, and promptly severed the gas line. My garage is now full of gas, so they shut the gas off. I now have neither water nor gas.

    They called in to HQ, and have now departed.

    Brilliant.

  201. OldOzzie

    If Antifa is Designated A Terrorist Group, There Are A Lot Of Possible Charges Coming

    Watching Chrissy Teigen and Justin Timberlake suggest people give money to help bail “protesters” out of jail if they found themselves arrested over the last several days of rioting has been something of a study in just how far removed celebrities are from how this country and her legal system work.

    Once Trump declared his intent Saturday to name antifa a terrorist organization — thought by many observers on the ground to be one of the main groups responsible for inciting the looting and rioting — celebrity calls to provide material support through bail donations began to look a lot different since providing material support to a named terrorist group violates federal laws such as the PATRIOT Act. Basically, if someone wanted to make that case, it’s not outside the realm of possibility they could.

    Oops.

    The terrorist designation also makes prosecution under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) much easier, something Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz has been pushing since last July when he wrote a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr asking the DOJ to name antifa a terrorist group.

    Barr and the Trump administration took Cruz up on his suggestion Saturday.

  202. mh

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    6h
    The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.

    What happens to those that fund these Antifa terrorists?
    Like George Soros.

  203. 1735099

    Campbell, who for some reason has an ICB himself

    What’s your problem?
    They don’t award them for frostbite, by the way.

  204. Geriatric Mayfly

    Dover is correct, saying at 12.08 that one of the worst things you could do was kick and/or stomp on a man when he was down.

    Once upon a time, kicking a person, either up, down or anywhere was considered as a vile act.

  205. Bar Beach Swimmer

    “spoiled-brat privileged gentrifying Antifa-clad ‘anarchist’ rioters exploit minority communities’ rage to grind their own ideological axe. Then they go home to mummy & daddy“

    Where’s Rick?

    https://youtu.be/zmvaZEz2GgU

  206. OldOzzie

    Under RICO, as Washington Examiner investigative journalist Kerry Picket notes, any group associated with antifa can be charged.

    If ANTIFA is designated as a terrorist org, anyone associated with the grp, could be prosecuted under the RICO statute.

    — Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) May 31, 2020

    In fact, RICO allows individuals who support these groups to be charged right alongside members of the group who actually commit crimes on the ground. And RICO does something else: it can go after the property and money of those connected to these groups.

    Alongside criminal actions, RICO permits private plaintiffs and the government to seek redress in a civil action. Indeed, perhaps the most controversial aspect of RICO is that the government can seize and confiscate what it deems to be the proceeds of crime through the civil courts. RICO allows the government or a private citizen to file a civil suit requesting the court to order the forfeiture of assets, to impose sanctions, or to provide injunctive relief against an individual or organization involved in a “pattern of racketeering.” The civil action provisions of RICO can: force a defendant to forfeit any interest in property, restrict a defendant from engaging in certain future activities or investments, or dissolve or reorganize an enterprise. These penalties were intended to address the economic roots and organizational infrastructure of ongoing criminal conspiracies.

    With respect to asset forfeiture, the state can seize property without notice upon an ex parte application of probable cause that the property is associated with criminal activity. In this case, criminal charges need not be provided against a defendant. In contrast to criminal prosecutions, where the burden of proof is beyond a reasonable doubt, only the lesser standard of proof—a balance of probabilities—is required under the civil provisions of RICO. The attraction of this approach is that the onus of proof is shifted to the defendant, who must prove that the assets were acquired through legitimate means. Civil RICO injunctions can prohibit individuals from owning or becoming involved in certain legitimate or illegitimate businesses or activities. Moreover, if successful, the victim may be able to recoup treble damages (that is, the defendant must pay to the plaintiff three times the amount of damages, as well as legal expenses, that have been determined by the court).

    This could get very interesting if an overtly direct link is ever discovered between billionaire lefty money men like George Soros (it’s become legend that he finances antifa, but the association is loose, probably intentionally) and one or more of the many groups antifa co-opts and organizes/pays to riot and loot in the name of anarchy.

  207. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    George Floyd protests are set to hit Australia as rally organisers say country ‘is not exempt from injustice’ after black man was allegedly murdered by a white cop in the U.S.

    A protest has been planned at Hyde Park in Sydney on Wednesday at 5pm
    Americans are protesting after George Floyd died at the hands of a white cop
    Floyd gasped for breath as Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes
    So far more than 800 people have said they will be attending Sydney’s protest
    It will raise awareness for ‘misrepresentation of our Indigenous population’
    Event organisers said it will be a ‘peaceful protest’ in ‘solidarity’ with Floyd

    Daily Wail. “Sheep” is a word that springs to mind.

  208. Bar Beach Swimmer

    Like George Soros

    mh, he uncannily resembles Jabba the Hutt.

    ps. Could it be that in making Antifa are terrorist group, any funders will come under Federal scrutiny as well?

  209. Farmer Gez

    Trump is actually playing this well.
    The anarchy unleashed by a single incident has reached the looting and mindless violence stage. The silent majority quickly switch from sympathy for the victim to outrage at the lawlessness.
    Biding your time and then riding the backlash of revulsion at the criminal actions is smart.
    The general US population do not regard the police as the enemy.
    The Democrats will be decimated in the upcoming elections.

  210. OldOzzie

    Bar Beach Swimmer
    #3470164, posted on June 1, 2020 at 8:58 am
    “spoiled-brat privileged gentrifying Antifa-clad ‘anarchist’ rioters exploit minority communities’ rage to grind their own ideological axe. Then they go home to mummy & daddy“

    Where’s Rick?

    https://youtu.be/zmvaZEz2GgU

    BBS

    Rik as Jesus Christ Superstar Film (2000): King Herod’s Song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaXGVlVNi2o

  211. Top Ender

    There’s a piccy on teh webs of LTGEN Campbell having his new epaulettes put on his uniform

    This new type of promotion “ceremony” is something Australian forces in various places – including police – have nicked off the Americans.

    USA forces for a long time have had a ceremony where the old rank badges are taken off and thrown away, usually into the crowd, where they are retrieved as souvenirs by friends.

    Why we copied it is beyond me.

  212. herodotus

    ABC news running the line that “the vast majority are peaceful protesters”.

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