Open Forum: June 6, 2020

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  1. Stimpson J. Cat

    Sinc can you please set up a separate thread so Monty can LiveBlog from the front row of the now legal Sydney Black Lives Matter Protest.
    Cheers.

  2. JC

    Tesla hits $164 billion market cap and Wall Street Journal asks if the Y is the best car ever made.

    The last para has significant implications.

    I WAS DEBATING whether to proclaim the new Tesla Model Y the best car in the world. Given that the all-electric medium-size crossover ($57,190 for the Long Range Dual Motor AWD, as tested) is the most technically advanced electric automobile made; and that electric cars are functionally superior to those powered by internal combustion; there is a certain Vulcan logic to it.

    Reasonable earthlings may disagree. This high-waisted version of the Model 3 sedan—with roughly 70% of the same parts, says the company—isn’t exactly lovely, a quality every tiara-wearing total package ought to have, don’t you think? The Y is 7.1 inches taller (+1.1 inch ground clearance) than the 3, a couple inches longer and nearly 3 inches wider. Under the liftback (very like a Model X) is about 53 cubic feet of storage, with another 15 or so in the front trunk. If the 3 is a cute short stack of pancakes, the Y is the pile they serve you at Denny’s.

    From behind the wheel of the Model Y, every competitor in the category feels like a sluggish, sloppy antique.

    Nor would I gainsay car-buyers if they found the Y’s interior minimalism severe. Shared with the 3, the Y’s dash is a spare, inclined console of soft-touch “vegan leather” and wood trim, concealing in its layers the blade-like climate outlets. There are flick-able switches on the doors, for windows and opening actuators, and two roller-ball selectors on the steering wheel. All other controls-—including the power tilt/rake of the steering wheel, side mirrors, even climate outlet airflow—are accessed in the 15-inch center touch screen floating in the center of the dash. Not everyone is down with that.

    In my showing the car to neighbors, it seemed to take about 30 seconds for people to make whatever gestalt switch required for their impressions to change from “boring” to “restful.” A key part of that seems to be the dawning delight of finding oneself under the Y’s one-piece panoramic glass roof, a terrarium for suburbia’s bearded dragons.

    I look forward to a day when car critics can again suck their thumbs and opine about emotionally chilly styling and split hairs about human factors. Meanwhile, we have this car, this one program, beating the competition on core technology like a drum. From behind the wheel, everything else in this category—Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Macan—feels like a sluggish, sloppy antique, a squawking modem trying to connect to the cloud.

    The Model Y’s satisfactions as a driving machine—its fierce, velvety acceleration, deep-pile powertrain isolation, the absence of friction and stiction, under load and under braking—are partly born of discontent with the current generation of stammering gassers (see above), all with herky-jerky, multimodal drive programs. From now until about 2030, and irrespective of what the U.S. federal government decrees, global car makers will be shrinking, hybridizing and digitizing their gas-powered engines until they vanish altogether. The endgame of petroleum will be a decade of dizzy, overtaxed turbo four-cylinders, cutting off and on at stop lights, shuddering like washing machines.

    The Y, by contrast, is quiet as a Trappist. Even its lips are pursed. In the basement is roughly 75 kWh worth of lithium-ion cells, powering an induction motor in front and a larger, permanent magnet motor in the rear. When fully entrained, the gadget throws 384 hp and 376 lb-ft against its 4,416-pound mass. Zero to 60 mph goes by in a crisp 4.8 seconds (3.5 seconds for the 456-hp Performance version). At highway speed, our LR/AWD Y was capable of gasp-inducing bouts of acceleration, surging into triple digits with quite ridiculous nonchalance.

    Even setting aside the Y’s brawny batteries and humma-hunka motors, this car is a little dreadnought of innovation, advancing in fields as diverse as body engineering and HVAC systems. Because heating and air-conditioning can be a huge drain on batteries, Tesla developed a super-efficient heat pump for climate control; as well as a remarkably compact network of coolant loops coming together at the “Octovalve,” serving the thermal needs of disparate systems. The HVAC’s efficiency is crucial to the Y’s 316 miles of range.

    The touch screen interface, and the graphical software behind it—smart, playful, situationally aware, connected to the hilt—sets a standard that other infotainment and driver-assistance systems undershoot by a mile. The voice-command system works well out of the box, and its error rate declines with use.

    Genius abounds: A setting in the Toybox menu allows drivers to let rip a series of hilarious fart sounds at the touch of a button. You can also make the tootskies your turn-indicator tone, which my 12-year-old twins assure me never gets old. Using the interface you can move the farts’ acoustical center of pressure around, making it louder in one seat or another. What a time to be alive.

    Want to dive deeper? Seek out reverse-engineering specialist Sandy Munro, of Munro & Associates Inc. in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Mr. Munro, who typically sells his research to car makers, has made a remarkable series of YouTube videos tearing down the Y to the last nut, bolt, and screw. Often appearing on-camera in a face mask, Mr. Munro has become an EV folk hero during the pandemic, genially detailing the Y’s breakthroughs while reminding the “boys and girls” watching to “tip those cashiers.” Mr. Munro said he was slightly horrified by his sample car’s paint finish; he also noted that the panel gaps of this early build were inconsistent. Even with that, Mr. Munro told the website Teslarati, “I don’t think anyone right now has a way of challenging Tesla.”

    Exasperated, some may argue that, however advanced the rest of the Y is, its battery pack is still too heavy, bulky, weak, and expensive to represent real disruption. CEO Elon Musk would agree. Tesla watchers are anticipating that the company will reveal the results of its research partnerships and in-house programs at its next investor conference, called Battery Day. Among the newsy nominals, a rumored “million-mile battery”—a storage technology capable of decades of use in cars, and thereafter in stationary smart-grid storage. Tesla has no comment.

    Meanwhile, Tesla has reportedly been developing its own less costly, more energy-dense cells and packs, along with the mega-maufacturing needed to bring them to scale. Some analysts expect Mr. Musk to announce cell costs below $100 per kWh, a widely recognized inflection point at which it becomes cheaper to build an electric car than its gas-powered equivalent. BloombergNEF estimates that the industry average won’t reach that mark until 2024.

    Will legacy car makers ever catch up? It’s debatable.

  3. Sinclair Davidson

    JC – my neighbour has a Tesla. It is a gorgeous vehicle (and I’m not really a car enthusiast). But I’m kind of hoping to never have to buy another car in my lifetime. I reckon a lot of people should be thinking that too. So how is Tesla going to make money over the long haul?

  4. Sinclair Davidson

    Sinc can you please set up a separate thread so Monty can LiveBlog from the front row

    I’d be very pissed off if m0nty did go. He has has been promising to die from Covid since March. Turns out that is just another misleading statement on his part.

  5. Nick

    Quality, not quantity, Sinc.

    Like all buffets some of it is good, some not-so-good. But as areff says

    Pick the right ship and you’ll know why Doomlord and others swear by the seaborne life.

    Don’t go cheap or with ‘family friendly’ cruise lines.

    Celebrity is good on that score. Princess, less so.

  6. Sinclair Davidson

    Yes. Holland America good too.

  7. Stimpson J. Cat

    Stimpys Important Catallaxy Public Service Announcement

    Can I just say that the only Catallaxy Poster exempt from Taking A Knee®™ to End Racism Forever®™
    is Delta A.

    Thank You Fellow Allies.

  8. calli

    Looks like it pays to have a shopfront in Trump tower Manhattan, chaamjamal.

    “Gucci done real good”. 😀

  9. JC

    Sinclair

    Tesla has the biggest margins in the business. I care much for tesla, it’s just that I’m ribbing a bunch of people here who last year were predicting the company would go broke.

    Having said that, I think cars lose their status image only when we go fully driverless and subscription, but I think that’s about 50 to 100 years away.

    I’m also with you. I wish I could never buy another car again, but the transmission has almost left this earth on our wagon. It’s probably worth 5K market value and the transmission would cost more. What to do?

    Cars are the worst money spend ever, which is why Buffet still drives his 300 year old Continental. 🙂

  10. JD

    Green Hydrogen Energy Aussie style from an idiot egg-head from the UK, praising our lord and master Allen Finkel CSO. As much credibility as our CMOs.

  11. calli

    Anyone expecting me to “take a knee” can most certainly have one.

    I’m generous that way.

  12. Johno

    Last night I rewatched The Big Short I am still amazed that no-one went to jail for this. The ratings agencies still make huge profits today. The whole system is a joke

  13. JC

    Johno

    The thing to remember about that book and movie is that the dudes shorting were right for the wrong reason. 🙂

  14. cohenite

    Green Hydrogen Energy Aussie style from an idiot egg-head from the UK, praising our lord and master Allen Finkel CSO. As much credibility as our CMOs.

    The most powerful bomb ever was a hydrogen bomb: the Tsar Bomba:

  15. Sinclair Davidson

    I am still amazed that no-one went to jail for this.

    Well yes. But sending the bankers to jail would have been the wrong thing to do. There are a whole bunch of politicians and regulators who should have gone to jail.

  16. Rockdoctor

    Paying upfront for fuel outside normal hours is a common occurrence in Townsville. Black, white or yellow. Coles should tell the ambulance chasing mouthpieces to roll the dice…

    That aside went self picking apples at Bilpin today, delicious. Apple cider was good as well… 🥴

  17. Mark A

    So imagine the day begins in the afternoon you board. You hit the all-day buffet and snack for a bit. Have a few Sauv blancs (preferably from New Zealand). Then retire to the cabin to change for dinner. The Baroness Doom and I dress up. I have a nice collection of ties including bow ties. Then we hit one of the bars for pre-dinner cocktails. Then formal dinner, then after dinner a show, then maybe more cocktails.
    Then bed. Awake to coffee and pastries being delivered to the cabin. Then on sea days, his the gym. After gym the all-day buffet for smoked salmon, cream cheese and bagels. Then change. Then morning coffee. Arb around until lunch. After lunch, maybe the afternoon lecture series. Or lounge by the pool. Drink several cocktails and/or Sauv blancs. Then retire to the cabin to change for dinner. On shore days, go ashore – visit local sites etc.

    And one has to pay thousands for that?
    Forever changing seems to be the main attraction. (and ties, bow ties at that)
    I never intended to put foot on a cruise ship but this is no recommendation to reconsider.

    I can do all that on land, at home even.😎😊

  18. thefrollickingmole

    Ask Arky for permission first,
    he is the Head Eunuch of the Kiwi Harem of Concubines.
    He must check your teeth and breeding.

    You are thinking of the live sheep export vessels.
    New Zealanders are often confused by these.
    Especially downwind.

  19. Ellie

    But I’m kind of hoping to never have to buy another car in my lifetime

    I’m going to sound like a spoilt Joooosish Princess, but you should purchase a new car regularly. New BMWs in our driveway. Not too shabby for kiwis.

  20. Johno

    Starting with Bill Clinton and his home loans for everyone stupidity, through to the crowning glory of CDO malevolence there is not one single player in this whole sorry mess who comes of it intact.

  21. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Meanwhile, here in the Wild West….

    FIFO workers pack Kalgoorlie’s Exchange Hotel skimpy bar as pubs reopen
    PerthNow
    June 6, 2020 11:18AM

    The long wait is over, WA! For the first time in two months, Sandgropers can go to the pub and have a drink without a meal.

    And over in Kalgoorlie, fly-in, fly-out workers couldn’t even wait until lunchtime to get their skimpy bar fix.

    Before most of WA had woken up, the hotel was packed full of workers in high-vis shirts, sinking pints together for breakfast.

    Perth’s Pete Haynes travelled 600km through the night to get to the city’s iconic Exchange Hotel, where he was among the first in line to get a drink from a skimpy barmaid at 6am.

    “I drove up from Perth yesterday just to be here today with one of my sons who is a Kalgoorlie resident,” Mr Haynes told The West Australian.

    “This is an iconic day, history in the making, and I wanted to be part of it.”

  22. Ellie

    My stepfather, who was my main male role model, taught me about working hard. My brothers and I had to work for our $. Even though it was there at our reach. The result – a solid work ethic.

  23. Farmer Gez

    Young Somali men at the protest in Melbourne.
    Put the comedy meter to 10.

  24. Mother Lode

    This just in:

    Bunnahabhain 12yo – an Islay but light peat (relatively). But rich fruity but not fruit flavour. I will admit to cheating and looking up reviews to find the precise word and came up with…pudding. Maybe a bit like liqueur muscat.

    Good for when you don’t want so much peat but rich cascading flavours.

    Warmer weather. Pre-dinner cocktails (with horse duvets) or deserts.

    Or breakfast.

  25. Sinclair Davidson

    I’m going to sound like a spoilt Joooosish Princess, but you should purchase a new car regularly.

    I understand – there are people who really love cars and view them as art works. My no.1 wife – also a Jewish princess (or kugel as they were called in the old country) really loved cars and would talk about the new models of various cars and what-not. But cars are something that I’ve come to appreciate more as I’ve gotten older, but like JC I don’t see value in them anymore.

  26. Johno

    I am well aware that Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac being forced to underwrite dodgy loans was the cause of this disaster. The average age of the poor people mortgage was 13 months, this was because of the balloon, where the first 12 months were interest only and then it got real. When Joe NINJA got his first real mortgage bill he said “see ya” and walked.These mortgages were still” viable”though because they were housed in a CDO. The Ratings agencies were guilty of fraud, every one was in on the joke, except Joe ordinary. He just had to pay the bills for everyone. This crap never stops and is the main reason why we have boofheads like Antifa and BLM gaining such traction in society today.

  27. Professor Fred Lenin

    The lockdown is over the left gangs trashed it ,even socialist distancing was mocked . This is what happens when the party loses control of its fascist youth and lower leadership , Stalin had his show trials and the other socialist Hitler his night of the long knives ,wonder what the Decromats,Uk Labour and the ALP Will do to regain control of the narrative ? We cant have the lower orders getting power ,its not natural .

  28. Bruce of Newcastle

    I’m going to sound like a spoilt Joooosish Princess, but you should purchase a new car regularly.

    I like my bird tables old and comfy. It would feel wrong to have endless poo all over a new BMW.

  29. Rockdoctor

    Wow NSW Court of Appeal just gave anyone challenging COVID fines an out.

  30. Farmer Gez

    Stimpson J. Cat
    #3476579, posted on June 6, 2020 at 4:04 pm
    Putting these Flyers up all over my neighborhood to raise awareness and protect my People.

    Your people must be highly confused the Stimpy.

    911 is an American emergency call, we’re 000.

  31. Johno

    Cars are garbage. I drive a 2014 Corolla because it gets me where I want to go and can keep up with the flow and is cheap to run. I just bought my daughter a Klueger because she needed a new car and she and the wife ganged up on me. Total waste of resources and a diminishing asset. Granddaughter now drives some planet hopping Hyundai with the most amazing sun roof ,low profile tyres and twin exhausts. This has nothing to do with utility and is just money wasting look at me crap.

  32. Joanna Smythe

    So far this year, all in an attempt to make sure President Trump isn’t re-elected, we’ve had impeachment, the emergence of COVID right on time, lockdown, the attempted ruination of the western economy, the ongoing riots leading to the attempted coup at the White House. Can anyone predict what the next trick will be to oust the President.

  33. Sinclair Davidson

    Can anyone predict what the next trick will be to oust the President.

    Over-reaction much?

    But according to a great Facebook meme – this month we have riots, next month asteroids, then second wave outbreak, followed by yellowstone eruption, and finally alien invasion.

  34. Farmer Gez

    Can anyone predict what the next trick will be to oust the President.

    Easy.
    Any Trump rally or election speech will be shut down by BLM protestors pretending not to be instruments of the Democratic Party.

  35. Nick

    Can anyone predict what the next trick will be to oust the President.

    An assassin can’t be far off.

  36. Johno

    John Skinner

    1:25 PM (3 hours ago)

    to Jan, Ray, Bill, Bob, Bernie, me, Ken, Graeme

    So picture this.

    cid:1.1591267955978.1731940

    It’s 1932 and Australia is in the grip of the Great Depression.

    One in three workers are unemployed.

    Decrepit shanty towns hug the outskirts of the big cities.

    A scrawny rabbit caught in a trap will feed a family for a week.

    Country roads are filled with broken men walking from one farmhouse to another seeking menial jobs and food.

    On the outskirts of the South Gippsland town of Leongatha, an injured farmer lies in bed unable to walk – or work.

    World War I hero Captain Leo Tennyson Gwyther is in hospital with a broken leg and the family farm is in danger of falling into ruins.

    Up steps his son, nine-year-old Lennie.

    With the help of his pony Ginger Mick, Lennie ploughs the farm’s 24 paddocks and keeps the place running until his father can get back on his feet.

    How to reward him?

    Lennie has been obsessively following one of the biggest engineering feats of the era – the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

    He wants to attend its opening.

    With great reluctance, his parents agree he can go.

    So Lennie saddles up Ginger Mick, packs a toothbrush, pyjamas, spare clothes and a water bottle into a sack, and begins the 1000+ kilometre trek to Sydney.

    Alone.

    That’s right.

    A nine-year-old boy riding a pony from the deep south of Victoria to the biggest and roughest city in the nation.

    Told you it was a different era.

    No social media.

    No mobile phones.

    But even then it doesn’t take long before word begins to spread about a boy, his horse and their epic trek.

    The entire population of small country towns gather on their outskirts to welcome his arrival.

    He survives bushfires, is attacked by a “vagabond” and endures rain and cold, biting winds.

    When he reaches Canberra he is welcomed by Prime Minister Joseph Lyons, who invites him into Parliament House for tea.

    When he finally arrives in Sydney, more than 10,000 people line the streets to greet him.

    He is besieged by autograph hunters.

    He becomes a key part of the official parade at the bridge’s opening.

    He and Ginger Mick are invited to make a starring appearance at the Royal Show.

    Even Donald Bradman, the biggest celebrity of the Depression era, requests a meeting and gives him a signed cricket bat.

    A letter writer to The Sydney Morning Herald at the time gushes that “just such an example as provided by a child of nine summers, Lennie Gwyther was, and is, needed to raise the spirit of our people and to fire our youth and others to do things – not to talk only.

    “The sturdy pioneer spirit is not dead … let it be remembered that this little lad, when his father was in hospital, cultivated the farm – a mere child.”

    When Lennie leaves Sydney for home a month later, he has become one of the most famous figures in a country craving uplifting news.

    Large crowds wave handkerchiefs.

    Women weep and shout “goodbye”.

    According to The Sun newspaper, “Lennie, being a casual Australian, swung into the saddle and called ‘Toodleloo!’”.

    He finally arrives home to a tumultuous reaction in Leongatha.

    He returns to school and soon life for Lennie – and the country – returns to normal.

    These days you can find a bronze statue in Leongatha commemorating Lennie and Ginger Mick.

    But Australia has largely forgotten his remarkable feat – and how he inspired a struggling nation.

    Never taught about him in school?

    Never heard of him before?

    Spread the word.

    We need to remember – and celebrate – Lennie Gwyther and his courageous journey.

    It’s a great story.

    God knows we need these stories now, more than ever.

    Stolen from Garry Linnell’s article in The New Daily

  37. calli

    Can we have a Sharknado? Just a little one.

  38. miltonf

    The foul Pelosi geriatric is the one I’ve developed a particular loathing for. To cite just one example of her vicious pettiness, her tearing up of DJT’s speech should have lead to her being forced to resign and shamed for eternity.

  39. JC

    Linked In ceo goes woke and cops a big surprise then apologizes for his employees lack of wokeness.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/linkedin-staffers-go-all-lives-matter-during-dumpster-fire-meeting-on-racism

  40. “calli
    #3476590, posted on June 6, 2020 at 4:17 pm
    Looks like it pays to have a shopfront in Trump tower Manhattan”

    Secret Service protection, he says.

  41. Bruce of Newcastle

    An assassin can’t be far off.

    What, another one? I think I can recall three wannabes so far.
    Nah, Nancy and Schumer will spend the next while impeaching Trump again because Chinese crud.
    With help from the howler monkeys of the MSM.

  42. Exit Stage Right

    Black lives don’t matter to me.
    There , I’ve said it.
    All lives matter.
    What is happening in this world?
    Nothing to do with black deaths.
    So fucking stupid. Get out and do an honest days work, you filthy bastards.
    This country needs a real crisis to focus idle minds.
    Disclosure; I am 5-10% Abo apparently.

  43. notafan

    You left out murder hornets

  44. Tim Neilson

    Can anyone predict what the next trick will be to oust the President.

    3rd November – premiere of the zombie horror film “Day of the Voting Dead”.

  45. notafan

    Exit Stage Right

    5 to 10 %?

    That puts you in charge

    Of everything and everyone

    Right Onus ladies?

  46. miltonf

    What is it the modern world that people like Turnbull chuck tantrums and then are still taken seriously.

  47. Diogenes

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5d5QOj2Jcs

    These white guys lives didn’t seem to matter.

  48. Diogenes

    Bugger it didn’t embed …
    The History Guy – Battle of Merville Gun, on this day 76 years ago

  49. The modern man knows that there is only one time in his life that it is appropriate to kneel, and that is when he is asking God for forgiveness for what he is about to do to His enemies.

  50. Cassie of Sydney

    “Exit Stage Right
    #3476677, posted on June 6, 2020 at 5:18 pm
    Black lives don’t matter to me.
    There , I’ve said it.
    All lives matter.
    What is happening in this world?
    Nothing to do with black deaths.
    So fucking stupid. Get out and do an honest days work, you filthy bastards.
    This country needs a real crisis to focus idle minds.
    Disclosure; I am 5-10% Abo apparently.”

    Bravo.

  51. mh:
    “I am done.”
    Genuinely curious – what happened here?

  52. Stimpson J. Cat

    The modern man knows that there is only one time in his life that it is appropriate to kneel, and that is when he is asking God for forgiveness for what he is about to do to His enemies.

    Ahem.
    Of course you mean asking God for forgiveness for kneeling in front of a Woman.

    Tell me I’m wrong.

    😂

  53. miltonf

    This country needs a real crisis to focus idle minds.

    Yes. There are a lot of very stupid, very spoiled dead souls in countries like Australia and the United States.

  54. Sinclair Davidson

    Black lives don’t matter to me.
    There , I’ve said it.
    All lives matter.

    Well okay. But the BLM is a particular slogan for a particular campaign. Having the police murder people in the street is a problem. And yes I know the US police shoot more white people than black people and so on. I’m also happy to believe that there are all sorts of social experiments that have gone wrong to bring us to this position. Nonetheless using BLM for a particular cause does not imply that other lives don’t matter.

  55. Exit Stage Right

    You are right nota.
    But I choose not to use my influence.
    You can be sure I will not vote for any reconciliation or recognition in the constitution. 33 $billion per year seems like more than fair compensation for 660’000 people and a pile of anthills!

  56. Sinclair Davidson

    Stimpy – behave.

  57. Stimpson J. Cat

    Your people must be highly confused the Stimpy.

    911 is an American emergency call, we’re 000.

    My People(the Mentally Ill) don’t recognize Races, or Countries, or Phone Numbers, or even Reality at times.

    We are inspiring on many levels.

  58. Exit Stage Right

    Sinc,
    Don’t complicate the issue.
    You sound very much like an Economics Professor.

  59. Mark from Melbourne

    Nonetheless using BLM for a particular cause does not imply that other lives don’t matter.

    Doomy, that is specious at best.

    Of course using BLM doesn’t imply that other lives don’t matter, but when suggesting that all lives matter brings down the howling mob (and it does, as been illustrated numerous times) then I’d really like to hear your view on how BLM (or at least its interpretation, to be generous) is anything other than 100% racist.

  60. Exit Stage Right

    Sinc

    Did you march?

  61. Gab

    using BLM for a particular cause does not imply that other lives don’t matter.

    Yes it does, otherwise the slogan would be ”black lives matter as well”.

  62. Nick

    I’ll be giving the extended figure to any Government that wants to lecture us if there is a spike in Covid case following the media too marches.

  63. calli

    The implication is Black Lives Matter (More).

    And now *sob* they’re killing Nanna to prove it.

  64. calli

    Is that figure or finger, Nick?

    I’ve had enough mankinis for one day.

  65. Tim Neilson

    Nonetheless using BLM for a particular cause does not imply that other lives don’t matter.

    Really?

    Grant Napear fired for ‘All Lives Matter’ tweet amid US protests …www.ntnews.com.au › sport › us-sports › nba › news-story

  66. BrettW

    Yep, all the fault of the Police even though not in their custody (SARC).

    So far the only Qld example I have seen is from 2004 Palm Island.

    “Relatives and friends of an Aboriginal man who died after falling from an inner Sydney balcony as police tried to arrest him are among the thousands of demonstrators who rallied in Sydney as part of the Black Lives Matter protest on Saturday.

    Patrick Fisher, 31, died in Waterloo in February 2018 after police officers tried to arrest him over a string of outstanding warrants.

    Mr Fisher slipped and fell to his death after he tried to evade police by climbing down to another unit”.

  67. cohenite

    War of the Colossal Beast is on; some classic lines:

    Newsreader: in other news today, the 60′ man who terrorised the city some time ago is back in the news.

    The special effects are the usual so bad they’re good.

  68. feelthebern

    The Tesla universe to other cars is comparing the iPhone to the pre-smart phone universe.

  69. Bruce of Newcastle

    The implication is Black Lives Matter (More).

    Haha.

    Is Black Lives Matter a religion for woke white people? (4 Jun, via Instapundit)

    The most memorable footage of the Black Lives Matter protests, and perhaps the creepiest, doesn’t capture any acts of violence, any looting, any chanting of slogans or — so far as I can make out — any black faces.

    Instead, we see hundreds of mostly young people sitting in the parking lot of a public library in Bethesda, Maryland, raising both pasty-white arms in a gesture that suggests both surrender and worship.

    An invisible speaker is reciting a list of promises that the crowd repeats.

    I was amused by call-response stuff. It was church for young white lefties.

  70. Exit Stage Right

    Do white lives matter in South Africa or Zimbabwe?
    I doubt it.

  71. Joanna Smythe

    Looking at the propaganda, even from Fox, the impression is given that the whole of the US is gradually going over to the dark side. The number of Companies who are bowing to the pressure, seems to be growing by the day. Can anyone guesstimate just what percentage of the population are getting away with this behaviour and just how and when will things start to turn.

  72. feelthebern

    he number of Companies who are bowing to the pressure,

    Small & medium businesses employ more people than those who are virtual signalling.

  73. feelthebern

    S&P500 countries employ less Americans today than they did in 1992.
    Hell of a stat.

  74. mh

    Winston Smith
    #3476690, posted on June 6, 2020 at 5:28 pm
    mh:
    “I am done.”
    Genuinely curious – what happened here?

    Corporations supporting anti white racism.

  75. miltonf

    Do white lives matter in South Africa or Zimbabwe?
    I doubt it.

    Speaking of which, did we ever end up bringing any SA farmers over here?

  76. notafan

    Nick I took up your suggestion and bought a cake from Ferguson Plarre.

    A vanilla slice because my grandmother used to buy us one when we stayed at her house a long long time ago.

    Not bad at all.

  77. miltonf

    Thanks too to the poster for the information about McKinseys.

  78. areff

    Ferguson Plarre

    Pasties are good too.

  79. calli

    Watching the news tonight – if our hospitals aren’t filled to the brim with gasping, dying patients, then all this shyte has been for ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

  80. feelthebern

    Twas snuggled on the couch with the 40kilo hot water bottle.
    I started the Gavin video above.
    Puppy gets up & bolts.
    I wonder if Gavin has A Day In The Life thing going.

  81. Cassie of Sydney

    “Nonetheless using BLM for a particular cause does not imply that other lives don’t matter.”

    Well Sinc…I am not sure about that. A man stood up in the middle of today’s Sydney CBD protest…where there was much social distancing going on….and held up a placard with the words “All Lives Matter”…he was booed, jeered and led away by police.

  82. feelthebern

    S&P500 countries

    Companies.
    Not countries.

  83. 2dogs

    Good take on the Flynn case.

    Given the separation of powers, what could Judge Sullivan possibly argue at this point?

  84. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Speaking of which, did we ever end up bringing any SA farmers over here?

    There’s a few, living here in the Western Australian Wheatbelt. Three of them were on the two way radio, a few year ago, abusing the boss up hill and down dale “The wages were slavery, the equipment was rubbish and the boss was a ####” and thinking that speaking Afrikaans guaranteed communications security…

  85. Exit Stage Right

    [email protected] 6.03pm
    No.
    Too many chinese students in the queue.
    No room in this country for like minded people.
    Sorry, try gain next year if you are still alive.

  86. feelthebern

    Too many chinese students in the queue.

    Different queue.

  87. miltonf

    Thought as much. Another example of the Canberra pubes at war with the people who pay for them.

  88. Joanna Smythe

    You have to wonder, this COVID thing was dragging on too long, the Dems were gaining the upper hand in the propaganda war. Something was needed as a circuit breaker to show the hypocrisy of it all and along comes the protests and riots. Suddenly lockdowns and social distancing are gone. The Democrats are now the losers. Even if there is a ‘second wave’ who will take any notice. Probably won’t be long now before Trump Rallies start again.

  89. Arky

    Just putting the rear brake back together.
    There was this tiny key that went on the shaft where the brake lever attached.
    “Don’t lose the little key” I said.
    “Be careful with that little key, it’s tiny and easy to lose”. I said.
    “Look after the little key. It will be a hassle to make a new one out of tool steel” I said.
    So I was. Very careful. Kept it safe until it was time to put the lever on the shaft.
    But I had to tap the the brake lever on with a hammer. I little, little, careful tap tap.
    And then I heard a little “clink” way off to my right somewhere.
    I have taken the whole of that side of the shed apart. I have swept the floor and shifted the dust I collected, bit by bit. Crawled on the hands and knees looking in every corner. Swept the crack in the floor with a paintbrush. Emptied, sorted and filled every container of bolts, electrical connectors, nails and rivets.
    I CANNOT FIND THE BLOODY THING.
    WHERE IS IT???
    WHERE???
    FUCKING WHERE???? WHERE WHERE WHERE.
    GNNNNRRRRRRRFFFARRRRRRRRUGGGGGG>

  90. Zatara

    Given the separation of powers, what could Judge Sullivan possibly argue at this point?

    Nothing. It’s over. He’s just dragging it out to keep it in the news, and because for the moment, he can.

  91. Dr Stephen Hagan (referred to upthread) has a track record of succesfully exposing casual racism.
    He’s been very effective in Toowoomba, renaming landmarks, and generally doing some very impactful stirring of some of the ex-landed gentry who used to think they own the city. Coles in Townsville are probably wondering what hit them.
    Townsville obviously hasn’t changed.
    I lived there on and off for years in the eighties and nineties.
    I remember driving to my school on a Saturday afternoon to catch up on some work. I was driving along Ross River Road, when I saw a bloke lying on the road next to a crumpled bike. I pulled up, put him in the coma position, and started to head for a shop to get someone to phone the ambulance. This was before mobiles were a thing.
    Just then, a police car with two local plod in it pulled up. The ambos arrived and they started to stabilise this bloke who was unconscious. He was aboriginal.
    The coppers then started to quite aggressively question me, apparently believing that it was me who knocked him off his bike. Fortunately there had been a witness who pretty quickly piped up that I came along after the incident.
    I couldn’t understand why the police had jumped to the conclusion that I’d done the deed.
    Later I was talking to a local, who had been living there a long time and much longer than I had, who explained it like this –
    “Nobody stops to help boongs here mate. The coppers wouldn’t have been expecting it”.

  92. Roger

    Back in the ’90s indigenous folk were 1.26 times more likely to die in custody than whites.

    I suspect the figure is less now although I can’t find anything recent.

    Does this suggest there is sytemic racism in the police and custodial services?

    Or is the figure attributable to other causes, such as the poorer health of indigenous folk in general, particularly those likely to get into trouble with the law?

    Shouldn’t policy – ultimately the protesters are calling for changes in policy – be evidence based?

  93. notafan

    Thanks Areff

    Bear that in mind.

    My local cafe isn’t doing its usual range, probably not worth their while with seating restrictions and despite the relaxation of rules it was near empty at lunchtime today anyhow.

    And that was something else I noticed about Williamstown, quite a few empty shops on Ferguson St and at least one more about to go online only.

    Reminded me of Puckle St Moonee Ponds after the 1988? crash.

  94. mh

    Joanna

    Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump
    ·
    7h
    THANK YOU MAINE! #MAGA

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1269071937914929153?s=20

  95. MatrixTransform

    it’s just that I’m ribbing a bunch of people here who last year were predicting the company would go broke.

    nobody said broke this year.

    nice ride … enjoy it

  96. notafan

    Oh no not the man on a bike story again.

    Our hero.

  97. miltonf

    You have to wonder, this COVID thing was dragging on too long, the Dems were gaining the upper hand in the propaganda war. Something was needed as a circuit breaker to show the hypocrisy of it all and along comes the protests and riots. Suddenly lockdowns and social distancing are gone. The Democrats are now the losers. Even if there is a ‘second wave’ who will take any notice. Probably won’t be long now before Trump Rallies start again.

    I’m stating the bloody obvious- but there’s little doubt that demorat mayors, governors etc have been instructed to make life impossible for citizens in the hope that they will blame the prez. That foul woman in Michigan is typical.

  98. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dr Stephen Hagan (referred to upthread) has a track record of succesfully exposing casual racism.

    So he’s racist against white and Indian people?
    Content of the character Numbers.
    Someone said something about that once.

  99. Viva

    This country needs a real crisis to focus idle minds.

    I thought we just had one.

  100. Ellie

    I am judgemental. The type of car you drive says everything about you. Drive a cheap old car? You don’t get to kneel before me.

  101. Maj

    Some Brexit voters aren’t going to like Whiggish Global Britain

    A few weeks before the referendum I attended a Vote Leave gathering at the top of the Millbank Tower. It was a nice crowd; I was already starting to have my doubts about the whole thing, but then MEP Daniel Hannan stood up and gave a typically-brilliant speech about how the City of London had been financial powerhouse of the world and has risen again under Thatcher and her heirs.

    Free of the EU, he said it would be the centre of a new global order of free trade, opening up Britain ever more to India, China and beyond. And I remember thinking: this is really not what I want from Brexit, and it’s pretty much the opposite of what a lot of Brexit supporters want. Luckily, we won’t win, I thought, otherwise with all these contradictions we’re really screwed.

    The Conservative Party has long been an alliance of classical liberals and conservatives, united in stopping socialists getting into power. But as the great realignment has developed, politics has reverted it much more to the pre-industrial Tory v Whig model, and that alliance is going getting shakier.

    I suspect that those underlying divisions between Tory and Whig visions of Brexit are going to be strained by the Government’s offer to allow three million Hong Kong Chinese a pathway to citizenship. The idea seems to have received unquestioned support among Conservative MPs, while some liberal Tories have gone further.

    In CapX Sam Bowman suggested building a new Hong Kong 2.0. here in Britain, a charter city with a similar legal jurisdiction as the Isle of Man or Channel Islands.

    A similar scheme has since been suggested by Bruno Macaes in The Spectator, while editor Fraser Nelson has argued that it’s “absurd now to think that Tories quivered at the idea of granting free movement to three million in Hong Kong… the best-educated and most highly skilled and productive immigrants any country could ask for”.

    It’s true, of course, that the Hong Kong Chinese are more law abiding and better educated than people here.

    But creating a good society is not just like hiring the best performers for a company. You need people to have a sense of ‘we’ too. Look at the USA, which contains the bulk of the world’s most brilliant people in every field, not just in overall numbers but per capita — and it’s a complete mess because they hate each other.

    I’m sure the people currently living on the Humber or Thames Estuary aren’t as economically productive or well-educated or in other measurable ways useful as the Hong Kong Chinese — but they’re still our people. If even our rulers stop believing that, we really are in trouble, and I suspect a lot of voters will start to notice.

    Hong Kong’s citizens perhaps are our people in an imperial sense, but then multiculturalism is a form of imperialism. Plenty of emperors, tsars and kings have imported population groups wholesale to establish a new bourgeoise and boost trade.

    Democracies need to at least have some veneer of consent from the people living there; as it is, the proposal is currently quite popular, although if anything like 3m people took up the offer I suspect that would change quite quickly and we would be back to the years of immigration being a major issue once again (and after all the hassle of Brexit, too.)

    I fear that a lot of Brexit voters are not going to like this Whiggish Global Britain our leaders have in store for us.

  102. Delta A

    I CANNOT FIND THE BLOODY THING.

    Settle down, Arky. As always, it will be in the last place you look.

    PS: love your shiny black (charcoal?) fenders.

  103. Nick

    A vanilla slice because my grandmother used to buy us one when we stayed at her house a long long time ago.

    Not bad at all.

    Good to hear Nota. Try one of their ‘French vanilla slices’ if you can snag one. I usually pre order them if I’m in Melbourne. They are very good.

    Oh, their Christmas cakes are old school and are recommended too.

  104. Tom

    Looking at the propaganda, even from Fox, the impression is given that the whole of the US is gradually going over to the dark side. The number of Companies who are bowing to the pressure, seems to be growing by the day. Can anyone guesstimate just what percentage of the population are getting away with this behaviour and just how and when will things start to turn.

    Johanna, I estimate about 30% of Americans want to destroy America because 90% of the news media have abandoned the public interest to devote all of their resources to destroying the Trump presidency.

    If Trump wins in November, there will be no let-up in the anti-Trump hysteria because 90% of the news media have become lapdogs of the Washington political establishment.

    In the wake of what I am betting will be Trump’s 2020 victory — because he is the only politician working for the American public — next year will be weird. This is the greatest story in history and most journalists aren’t interested in it because of their dumb, anti-social political ideology.

    Generally speaking, journalists are the most ill-suited people we have to be doing journalism.

  105. Ed Case

    This guy is saying America is in the middle of a Color Revolution while Trump is on Twitter skiting about how many black criminals he’s just let out versus how many Joe Biden was responsible for locking up during the Clinton Administration.
    I’m thinking it could be time to invoke the 25th Amendment.

  106. mh

    “Nobody stops to help boongs here mate. The coppers wouldn’t have been expecting it”.

    I believe you Rambob.

  107. Twostix

    How you know this timeline is the the hell timeline:

    CEO of the Australian Banking Association, Anna Bligh

  108. Fisky

    Pro-Beijing Manchurian candidate who lost this year’s presidential election in Taiwan looks like he’ll be recalled as mayor of Kaohsiung, and permanently exiled from politics. Couldn’t happen to a nicer piece of work.

    https://twitter.com/WilliamYang120/status/1269182909732098048

  109. notafan

    Speaking of cheap old cars.

    The sub continentals who lost their jobs are all back at work.

    Spraying disinfectant on stop signs in Williamstown and wiping it straight back off, loading up or unloading stacks of cleaning supplies at the unused community centre near me and wandering around with spray bottles in a local shopping centre carpark. They were getting in and out of their twenty year old jalopies at the shopping centre.

    Probably costing millions and a complete waste of time.

  110. Caveman

    Diginies doin smokin ceremony and holding up signs with “I can’t breathe”.
    That’s a gag right there.

  111. feelthebern

    Elon owning twitter this evening.

    Elon Musk
    @elonmusk
    Selling weed literally went from major felony to essential business (open during pandemic) in much of America & yet many are still in prison. Doesn’t make sense, isn’t right.

  112. Farmer Gez

    mh
    #3476787, posted on June 6, 2020 at 6:23 pm
    “Nobody stops to help boongs here mate. The coppers wouldn’t have been expecting it”.

    I believe you Rambob.

    Respect is in order mh.

    These are Dreamtime stories and explain to us how the Great Rainbow Socialist changed the country.

  113. Twostix

    The number of Companies who are bowing to the pressure

    Companies aren’t “bowing” to pressure, companies and the managerial class are at the forefront of this. It is a requirememt for belonging to their group.

  114. vr

    All of these protests are painful to watch. Especially in Australia. The protesters here even pronounce police as “Poleece”. All cringeworthy.

    Rod Dreher has an interesting article on this. Makes the point that that white collar jobs will stew in this nonsense and blue collar jobs will be free of this nonsense.

  115. Stimpson J. Cat

    Drive a cheap old car? You don’t get to kneel before me.

    This is incredibly judgemental and offensive.
    I’m willing to drive both a cheap old car AND cheap old Women.

  116. This should be recommended reading.
    It explains a great deal.

    Dallek does suggest one powerful argument for how Trump’s failed presidency can be understood better by comparing him with past leaders. Throughout Dallek’s cavalcade of presidents, he takes care to examine how each one built his administration and personal performance on a thorough understanding of his predecessors. Wilson adopted many of the Progressive Era programs of Theodore Roosevelt. FDR studied his cousin’s and Wilson’s expansion of the federal government. Truman worked to fulfill the legacy of FDR, as Johnson did with Kennedy. Looking backward, moreover, never stopped these presidents from constructing visionary, forward-looking agendas, such as the New Nationalism (Theodore Roosevelt), the New Freedom (Wilson), the New Deal (FDR), the New Frontier (Kennedy) and the Great Society (Johnson).

    In contrast, Dallek argues, Trump has demonstrated little interest in learning from his predecessors, other than to bash them. He has a poor knowledge of history and even less curiosity about the roles other presidents have played. Instead, he grandiosely claims without evidence that no president has accomplished more than he has, when in fact, Dallek claims, he has been a do-nothing-but-damage president. Perhaps it is not so ironic, Dallek concludes, that Trump’s signature slogan, “Make America Great Again,” harks back to an imaginary — rather than a real — past, without articulating any substantive ambition for the future.

  117. Delta A

    Oh, their Christmas cakes are old school and are recommended too.

    Nick, I make the very best Christmas Cake every year, thanks to my wonderful Granny P and the recipe she carefully recorded in her handwritten book, dated 1922, and still followed diligently almost 100 years later.

  118. Roger

    This guy is saying America is in the middle of a Color Revolution

    Could be.

    Rasmussen polling has black approval for Trump at over 40%.

    It may be an outlier, but then again a lot of black folk are in work thanks to Trumps policies.

  119. Nick

    Diginies doin smokin ceremony and holding up signs with “I can’t breathe”.
    That’s a gag right there.

    Even better, during Covid restrictions. Oh the ironing.

  120. Nick

    Delta, now that’s secret women’s business worth knowing !

  121. mh

    A very white moon tonight.

    Seems a little bit racist.

  122. Bruce of Newcastle

    The type of car you drive says everything about you.

    Thirteen year old Mazda 3 with twin overhead roof ornaments. 😀 Mr Heron was ornamental today, his missus was happy to wander around the carport roof instead.

    An alternate ornament arrived today too, a fine alpha male currawong who loves to show off. He makes an event of landing on car and strutting over to accept a lump of meat. Then he eats it, strewing bits of mincemeat all over the paintwork.

    I have to do a lot of hosing.

  123. feelthebern

    I can’t remember which book it was in, but Matt Taibbi couldn’t believe just how any legalisation of pot the Hillary campaign was.
    In 2016, he attended meetings between the pro pot crowd & expected Hillary administration members & they were all slow down, we need to have a “managed” transition over the next electoral cycle.
    Trump was elected, so we’ll never know, but Taibbi’s view was that Hillary was so beholden to big Pharma that nothing would have happened without their say-so.

  124. notafan

    What’s the betting on a post protest spike?

  125. feelthebern

    Fark.
    Anti the legalisation of pot.

  126. Bruce of Newcastle

    This should be recommended reading.

    Washington Post? Ahahahahahahaha!
    Boy did they faceplant today.
    As for the “failed Presidency” swipe, my aching sides!
    Never believe your own propaganda, sonny.

  127. feelthebern

    I upgraded to the iPhone 11 Pro Max yesterday.
    It’s a helluva a machine.
    But I’m having trouble tapping away on in coherently.

  128. miltonf

    All of these protests are painful to watch. Especially in Australia. The protesters here even pronounce police as “Poleece”. All cringeworthy.

    Just pitiful.

  129. Rasmussen polling has black approval for Trump at over 40%.

    Trump is the only POTUS since polling began who has never had an approval rating of more than 50%.

  130. feelthebern

    Spending mega bucks on cars just isn’t my thing.
    But that Tesla Model S with the twin batteries is very cool.

  131. Roger

    All of these protests are painful to watch. Especially in Australia. The protesters here even pronounce police as “Poleece”. All cringeworthy.

    Just pitiful.

    I’m so old I can remember when lefties used to denounce American cultural imperialism.

  132. MatrixTransform

    WHERE IS IT???

    right beside the 10mm socket you lost in 2016

  133. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Dr Stephen Hagan (referred to upthread) has a track record of succesfully exposing casual racism.

    From Number’s link.

    In 2016, he made headlines for calling Toowoomba “the most racist city in Australia” after a local chemist put up a display of nine golliwogs with the words “Experience a white Christmas” above it.

  134. Roger

    Trump is the only POTUS since polling began who has never had an approval rating of more than 50%.

    And Julius Caesar was never a Roman emperor.

  135. He’s been very effective in Toowoomba, renaming landmarks,

    So he has done nothing substantive and may as well played a modded version of Skyrim or Animal Crossing.

    Keep up the good work, sell those turnips!

  136. Arky

    “Nobody stops to help boongs here mate. The coppers wouldn’t have been expecting it”.

    ..
    You need to make up your mind.
    Which is the worst country in the world. The USA or Australia?
    Because you seem to vacillate irrationally between “awful septics that’s an Americanism, Australia good” and “Australia awful, full of racists”.

  137. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Dr Stephen Hagan (referred to upthread) has a track record of succesfully exposing casual racism.

    From Number’s link.

    In 2016, he made headlines for calling Toowoomba “the most racist city in Australia” after a local chemist put up a display of nine [email protected] with the words “Experience a white Christmas” above it.

  138. Ed Case

    Rasmussen polling has black approval for Trump at over 40%.

    Okay.
    Less than 5% will go out and pull the lever for him, so why doesn’t he use his remaining 5 months in office to do something for the 60 million people who did vote for him?

  139. Until the dominate, Caesar was more powerful than the Princeps or principate Emperors.

    Well, at least until Vespasian.

  140. Bruce of Newcastle

    Numbers believes polls.
    How is President Hillary going Numbers?
    She must be doing great!

  141. Cassie of Sydney

    “Matt Taibbi “

    One of my favourite journalists.

  142. Ed Case

    In 2016, he made headlines for calling Toowoomba “the most racist city in Australia” after a local chemist put up a display of nine [email protected] with the words “Experience a white Christmas” above it.

    Toowoomba is full of Gael/Gauls.
    They’re not the most pleasant people if you’re a sensitive type, so perhaps Dr Hagan might be happier living somewhere else?

  143. feelthebern

    Considering who owns LinkedIn, that is a surprise.

  144. vr

    Given a lot of American universities are going online for the fall semester (most famous example Harvard Law School), I wonder if people will be more conscious about what they are paying for. They will think twice about doing gender/ethnic studies courses.

  145. notafan

    Clearly not intentional, but those looking for something to be offended by will always find it.

    Terry white chemist hotbed of racism

  146. Arky

    Settle down, Arky. As always, it will be in the last place you look.

    ..
    I could find Jimmy Hoffa and Harold Holt, but that key will still be staying lost.
    I did, however, find where all the biros go.

  147. Arky

    I’m going to shout myself to some new Bunnings black and white chequered lino to go under the A.
    The old stuff has done it’s job of taking all the oil, fibreglass resin and paint drips and brake dust during construction of the car.

  148. feelthebern

    Speaking of Microsoft, we were using Microsoft Teams this week for business with some yanks.
    For what we were doing, it seemed to be working better than zoom.

  149. cohenite

    2dogs
    #3476754, posted on June 6, 2020 at 6:06 pm
    Good take on the Flynn case.
    Given the separation of powers, what could Judge Sullivan possibly argue at this point?

    The judge has started acting like a prosecutor and has lost impartiality. He is going to get a public shaming.

  150. Delta A

    Delta, now that’s secret women’s business worth knowing !

    Nick, that leather-bound, hand-written book is our family treasure. Granny P had recipes for everything: floor polish, shampoo, Albert Cake, mock cream, preserves, face moisturiser, chutney, jam etc etc.

    And then there were recipes handed down from her mother (my great grandmother): butter, chest poultices, cough medicines – with a dash of laudanum (opium) – and gripewater for baby, consisting largely of brandy.

    They were very adventurous, generously adding home grown herbs, garlic and even mace; her plum sauce was to die for… if it didn’t actually kill you. My kids dubbed it ‘Granny P’s rocket fuel’.

  151. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From chaamjamal at 4:04 pm:

    “Meanwhile, in Manhattan,

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/06/05/manhattan-the-morning-after/

    Land use in developed urban areas includes roads at about 30%.

    Your video cameraman showed us the dashboard of his vehicle for the first 10 seconds or so, then the inside walls of his vehicle and then bits of road. He used 30% as a guide and added a further 15% or so margin.

    By the time he managed to put the whole of his ineptitude on display I had lost interest. What a waste of time that linked information about who knows what was!

  152. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    It’s conservatives who are leftists with lockdown hypocrisy and I’m the one pointing it out.

    Hey, Perfesser Sincliar Davidsoni!

    Why is the imbecile quoted above still vommenting on this blog? This is beyond ridiculous. It’s an even more profoundly brain damaged knobgobbler than Syphilis von Spuddentropp, Bolshevik G and the Muntables.

    Bring it to a long overdue end, please. Enough, FFS. 😠

  153. calli

    Don’t forget the perfect scone, Delta. Another SWB recipe. And I see Lindy is cooking pikelets on SBS.

  154. Arky

    It’s conservatives who are leftists with lockdown hypocrisy and I’m the one pointing it out.

    ..
    Lemme guess.
    Iampeter?

  155. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Arks – on the ball as always

  156. Zatara

    Arky

    You might look into putting an epoxy coating on your garage floor. It’s not too expensive or difficult to put down but the results are amazing. Add a dusting of sand before the epoxy sets for non-skid.

  157. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Youse are all conservative leftists who agree with collectivists, I tells ya! 😵

  158. Delta A

    Don’t forget the perfect scone, Delta.

    My father used to make the perfect scone, calli.

    I watched the entire process only once: take a good whack of flour, add pinch of salt, olive oil , whatever water and at least three eager grandchildren. Mix all together roughly, shape into balls and bake (the dough, not the children.)

    Served with Granny P’s blackberry jam and whipped cream, they were the perfect Sunday afternoon tea. And after a few bites, no-one noticed that they greyish hue of the scones matched the grubby little fingers that proudly served them.

  159. Arky

    You might look into putting an epoxy coating on your garage floor.

    ..
    Not going to be a good result when I drip epoxy resin on it during a fibreglassing incident, or spill an entire four litre tin of black paint on it.
    I need a flooring I can roll up and turf out every six months.

  160. calli

    I thought I had the perfect recipe, until I discovered lemonade’s magical properties. The days of rubbing in the butter are over. They tower, they are light and they disappear.

  161. Arky

    Might go for some of that artificial turf stuff.
    That would look pretty cool in the garage.

  162. Arky

    Righto.
    Going back out to it.

  163. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Yerp endless, you commie peoples! 🤖

  164. stackja

    Black Lives Matter: breakway protesters abuse police as rally winds down
    Police have begun to use pepper spray on Black Lives Matter protesters who refuse to move along after the rally officially ended in Sydney. The largely peaceful 12,000-strong crowd turned nasty this evening, as a breakaway group of protesters screamed obscenities at police near Central Station. One man was arrested.

    Ben Pike, Jack Morphet, Ava Benny-Morrison and Linda Silmalis, The Sunday Telegraph
    Subscriber only
    |
    June 6, 2020 7:14pm

    Sydney’s mostly peaceful Black Lives Matter protest rally has turned nasty this evening as about 1000 of the 12,000-strong group started screaming obscenities at police and bashing a riot squad car. By 4pm, the march moved down the closed Castlereagh St towards the park.

    Protesters originally wanted to spill onto Eddy Ave, near Central Station, after marching through Belmore Park but decided to remain in the park.

    But about 5.30pm a smaller breakaway group of about 1000 protesters refused to leave and began screaming obscenities at police. At just before 7pm, police used pepper spray on protesters who refused to move on from Central Station.

    Police showed restraint as largely youthful protesters gave the police line the finger.

    Riot police forced the final few hundred protesters into Central Station, in a bid to finally end the rally at 6.30pm.

    The last remaining protesters refused to leave without force.

    Once the protesters were behind the train station barriers, police hemmed them inside the station and herded them towards the platforms.

    The last remaining protesters were largely young and highly charged, as distinct to the overwhelmingly peaceful protest throughout the day.

  165. calli

    Telling the truth has now become a subversive act.

  166. C.L.

    Nick, that leather-bound, hand-written book is our family treasure. Granny P had recipes for everything: floor polish, shampoo, Albert Cake, mock cream, preserves, face moisturiser, chutney, jam etc etc.

    And then there were recipes handed down from her mother (my great grandmother): butter, chest poultices, cough medicines – with a dash of laudanum (opium) – and gripewater for baby, consisting largely of brandy.

    They were very adventurous, generously adding home grown herbs, garlic and even mace; her plum sauce was to die for… if it didn’t actually kill you. My kids dubbed it ‘Granny P’s rocket fuel’.

    What a cultural treasure.
    They were so much smarter in the olden days than we are now.
    Trouble with the baby? Alcohol will fix that.
    Children today don’t have enough dirt, germs, gravel rashes, sun and brandy.

  167. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Telling the truth has now become a subversive act

    Especially if it’s about:

    some fucking criminal scrote who spent his time rooting poor black girls for money and died in a gutter off his head on drugs

    He looked a lot like Che Guevara

  168. Fisky

    A crushing defeat for Beijing!

    William Yang
    @WilliamYang120
    Breaking – Kaohsiung Mayor
    @hankuoyutw
    has been recalled!! Becoming the first elected official in Taiwan history to be recalled. This is history being made.

  169. Exit Stage Right

    Hey Scomo,
    After the last couple of weeks of black blokes (and wimmuses) burning & tearing down the US, don’t even think about conciliation and recognition in the constitution for the 660,000 Indigenous in Australia. 33 billion PER YEAR is pretty fair compensation. I would say these people will NEVER be happy, especially with a Liberal Govt. They’ll never vote for you, so cut your losses. Tony Abbott spent weeks of his own time out there in the outback trying to help the pathetic bastards, and they still hate him. Black lives matter. Yeh. Only if they have the capacity to help themselves which seems to be missing out of the equation.

  170. Steve trickler

    No doubt, backstory vision will come light. No injuries.



  171. Pedro the Loafer

    Numbers rides again to the rescue of the poor benighted abo lying in the road.

    His white horse grazed gently at the roadside while thuggish Queensland coppers threaten and abuse him.

    As peace is restored with his wise comforting words and peaceful demeanour, plod humbly apologise for for their oafish behaviour and our hero rides off into the setting sun.

    All’s well with the world again in Townsville.

    FMD. Do the fairy stories ever end from this old goat?

  172. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    According to David Bowie, who was then recording his Berlin Trilogy, his collaborator Brian Eno “came running in and said, ‘I have heard the sound of the future.’… he puts on this

  173. Boambee John

    For someone who claims not to care “what happens in the land of the shooting spree”, the bin chicken spends a lot of time scratching around in the garbage bins there!

  174. Nick

    Spurgeon, I’m guessing it’s the Moroder/Summer “I feel love”. The 12 inch version is still amazing.

  175. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    FFS – when Rabotage is in effect, you just need to jump around

  176. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    the Moroder/Summer “I feel love”. The 12 inch version

    When only the best will suffice. 😃

  177. cohenite

    This abolish all police brain-fart coming out of the demorat dregs is amazing. Gun sales are through the roof.
    Where’s head prefect to give advice on what gun shares to invest in.

  178. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Hey Ladeeez!

    Trigger Warning: Ample Cowbell

  179. Roger

    Spurgeon, I’m guessing it’s the Moroder/Summer “I feel love”. The 12 inch version is still amazing.

    Meh.

    Neu ’75

  180. C.L.

    David Bowie was an entertaining raconteur of pop music history.
    Here he is on Parkinson describing another musical turning point at which he was present:

  181. notafan

    I dunno cl

    My great great grandmother lost her first three children under the age of one to gastro before she got a survivor.

    And a three year old in an accident and then another baby.

    And the next couple of generations lost more babies and older children.

    My children certainly all had their share of stitches, broken bones and other minor mishaps.

    I’m not sorry I missed all that heartache.

  182. Mark A

    Gun sales are through the roof.

    I hope I’m not being a jinx, but where is all the bloodshed with all the guns in the hands of the ‘undesirables’, that was predicted by many.

    Responsible gun owners are just being responsible it seems.
    But we are bombarded with references to the few nutters in society who snap.

  183. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    FMD. Do the fairy stories ever end from this old goat?

    For shame, Pedro, don’t you know he served in Vietnam?

  184. calli

    Pedro

    His broad clear brow in sunlight glow’d;
    On burnish’d hooves his war-horse trode;
    From underneath his helmet flow’d
    His coal-black curls as on he rode,
    As he rode down from Camelot.
    From the bank and from the river
    He flash’d into the crystal mirror,
    ‘Tirra lirra, tirra lirra:’
    Sang Sir Lancelot.

    Time for a song

  185. one old bruce

    A song I’ve always loved, hope it gets played at my funeral:

    https://youtu.be/MsdcPCEjYKk

  186. one old bruce

    Dusty Springfield, ‘No Stranger Am I’.

  187. calli

    Are we talking “Fine Lines”?

  188. mh

    Once the protesters were behind the train station barriers, police hemmed them inside the station and herded them towards the platforms.

    The last remaining protesters were largely young and highly charged, as distinct to the overwhelmingly peaceful protest throughout the day.

    Then the general public have to share a train with them?

  189. Old Lefty

    I wonder if La Vitrioli’s new found empathy extends to the miners, farmers, truck drivers and other assorted redneck fascists whom she and her greenleftian cronies want to consign to the human scrapheap:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-06/virginia-trioli-weekend-reads-i-thought-life-was-back-to-normal/12325270

  190. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    The Ronson, righting some historical wrongs with a Tele* from 36:20 onwards …

    Super crunchy.

    *We just played it on a L** P***

  191. Tel

    ok. This is hilarious.

    LinkedIn Staffers Go All-Lives-Matter During ‘Dumpster Fire’ Meeting on Racism

    I looked at that article but there’s this:

    In 2017, Google fired an employee who argued against the company’s diversity hiring initiatives by circulating a memo claiming women are “biologically” less likely to succeed in tech.

    That is an outright effing lie, I read the document in question and they are BSing about it. This is typical and what it means is you can be sure there’s other lies in the same article.

  192. calli

    My little local cafe has to sterilise the tables between groups.

    These local *rseholes lick the road.

  193. Old Lefty

    On cars, by the way, buy a flashy new one if you feel the need for a status symbol. But they are anything but an investment: they depreciate by more than twenty percent the second you drive them out of the dealer’s yard. If you want value for money, buy a well maintained car that is two or three years old (preferably a sensible and reliable car like a Toyota); let someone else wear the depreciation.

  194. areff

    Low-mileage, secondhand Mercs can be rather nice too.

  195. I wonder if La Vitrioli’s new found empathy extends to the miners, farmers, truck drivers and other assorted redneck fascists whom she and her greenleftian cronies want to consign to the human scrapheap:
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-06/virginia-trioli-weekend-reads-i-thought-life-was-back-to-normal/12325270

    The headline on her article reads:

    I thought life was back to normal. Then a text message from a listener shut me up

    Like, who hasn’t got La Vitrioli’s mobile phone number so they can send her a text when they’re a bit light on this week & can’t afford the pub?

  196. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Nobody stops to help boongs here mate.’

    Quite right. They didn’t, generally speaking*. There might have been an occasional white knighter who, if the jacks hadn’t turned up been relieved of his wallet and car, though.

    The people were sick of the old ‘abo falling off his bike’ routine, as it was either a) drunken fella falling off who would give you a mouthful if not spit at you if you tried to give them a hand, or the more sinister and by no means uncommon b) ambush. In those days in that place it was the oldest trick in the book.

    Mind, these were times when newsagents and cafes in the Tville CBD reserved the bottom drinks shelf in the fridge for rows of blue-tinged metho/kero bottles, and where the ‘locals’ would shit in the street in front of your family and then demand your car keys because ‘you took my country you whiiiiiite ****^.’

    This was also when the massive rort machine known as ATSIC was in fourth gear. New, tyreless 4WDs everywhere. Some burnt out, some not, all abandoned – some just because they were out of fuel.

    But still. Racist everyone in 2020.

    *Liability Bob keeps forgetting he’s not the only person to have lived in a particular place at a particular time. Silly old man and his fairytales.

    Oh, Liability Bob – did they ever work out whose bike it was?

    ^Compliant with recent directives by management.

  197. one old bruce

    I listen to ABC Classic FM Salvatore and it’s a thing they’re all doing for lockdown, taking messages and calls from listeners, song dedications etc.

  198. Tel

    If you want value for money, buy a well maintained car that is two or three years old (preferably a sensible and reliable car like a Toyota); let someone else wear the depreciation.

    The people who keep their cars well maintained usually aren’t in a rush to sell them, and the people who offload their car after two or three years are generally the ones who couldn’t be bothered with much maintenance.

    Toyota have a good reputation, my Corolla is about 20 years old and just over a quarter million kilometers, but Toyota have also shipped a few lemons … they had terrible problems with their unexplained acceleration issue.

  199. My little local cafe has to sterilise the tables between groups.
    These local *rseholes lick the road.

    A coupla weeks ago a cafe in Melbourne was fined $9,900 for having Eight people inside.
    Six of those were staff.

    Today “the organisers” of a vanity street protest were told they would be fined $1652 ea. for bringing 10,000 people together.

  200. Steve trickler

    calli
    #3476923, posted on June 6, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Audio upgrade. 😉



  201. I listen to ABC Classic FM Salvatore and it’s a thing they’re all doing for lockdown, taking messages and calls from listeners, song dedications etc.

    Oic. Thanks.
    Anybody got the phone no. of La Vitrioli? or any other of Their ABC’s overpaid princelings who’re unaware of the lockdown until they get a text reminding them that some people aren’t paid now & can’t afford the pub.

    I’m in the mood to send a few texts myself, after seeing QldPlod respond by handing out face-masks to an illegal unsafe Gran-killing gathering numbering thousands of people.

    They’re acting as butlers to a vanity street mob.
    I’m closed down & all my co-workers sacked.

    I’m ready to shed blood, preferably that of a politician, but someone from Their ABC will do.

  202. calli

    Something interesting, however.

    Reports of the Melbourne demmo are all about social distancing and hand sanitiser and police wearing protective clothing. Compare and contrast with the unruly Sydney demmo.

    When has a Melbournistan demmo ever been well behaved?

    I sniff a big fat well organised socialist rat.

  203. Nick

    Did any of the 10,000 complain about genocide? That would have been ironic

  204. notafan

    Maybe 10,000 in a city of many millions says

    Contrived protests aren’t credible.

  205. mh

    Sal,
    Looking at the Courier Mail homepage they seemed to have suddenly awoken to the fury of business owners and the general public over the sickening double standard that has been applied by the Qld government.
    I’m not a subscriber, but the headlines appear to be reflecting their readers outrage.

  206. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Let’s ‘ave some Smiths*, I tells ya!

    *There is enough there, for the pedants …

  207. Knuckle Dragger

    Queen’s Birthday honours will be out on Monday.

    I’m backing in – nationally – five recipients who are Chief Medical/Health Officers or on the top two tiers of Health Departments to receive stupendous prizes for saving us all from drowning in our own mucus.

  208. Mark A

    Some old postcards and other lame pics.

  209. jupes

    Just how insane and infuriating is today’s world?

    The hypocrisy of the left has gone up to eleventy. This BLM protest in Australia during the confected bat-flu crisis is just stupid beyond belief. On every level it is just wrong:

    The bat-flu lockdown is unnessesary.
    There is no crisis of US police killing unarmed black people.
    There is no connection between US policing and Australian policing.
    There is no crisis of Australian police (or jailers) killing Aborigines.
    There is no institutional racism in Australia.

    Yet here we are.

  210. JC

    WTF… 10% of the 2.5 million jobs recovered in the US last month were in…

    1. Construction
    2. Car manufacturing
    3. Hospitality
    4. Dunno

    Dentistry!

    To put it another way: dentist offices account for a full 10 percent of the jobs gained last month across the entire American economy.

  211. Eyrie

    The problem with two year old well maintained cars is they are expensive to buy and you have typically half the warranty gone.
    That was our plan until we looked at it and ended up with a new car. Decided at my age that a few thousand for the bells, whistles and creature comforts wasn’t going to make any difference to my financial security so bought the top model. Pretty happy with it now.

  212. MatrixTransform

    Children today don’t have enough dirt, germs, gravel rashes, sun and brandy.

    in 1918 my grandmother was 4yo.

    got the flu ( I wonder which one)

    her old man wrapped her in brown paper, nestled her among heated bricks and poured on a bottle of brandy

  213. Bruce of Newcastle

    lame pics

    The Paddy one reminds me of the recipe for Irish Road Kill that I saw this morning.
    It’s fun. But I’d probably prefer Provo Road Kill, which would be with bacon garnish.
    A pig on top of a squished paddy.

    One side of my family is Irish, I suspect which features more than a few pigs squishing paddies.

  214. mh #3476952, posted on June 6, 2020 at 8:53 pm
    Looking at the Courier Mail homepage they seemed to have suddenly awoken to the fury of business owners and the general public over the sickening double standard that has been applied by the Qld government.

    I see what you mean.
    Thanks.
    I’ll have to subscribe, or pop out & get a paper when they arrive on Monday afternoon.

  215. Tel

    I’m stating the bloody obvious- but there’s little doubt that demorat mayors, governors etc have been instructed to make life impossible for citizens in the hope that they will blame the prez.

    Yup, all about voter turnout.

    They won’t actually change anyone’s mind with these shenanigans, but they will stir up the base.

  216. Farmer Gez

    Winning at scrabble playing your wife and daughter is a pyrrhic victory.

  217. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Knuckle Dragger at 8:31 pm:

    ” ‘Nobody stops to help boongs here mate.’

    Quite right. They didn’t… .

    The people were sick of the old ‘abo falling off his bike’ routine, as it was either a) drunken fella falling off who would give you a mouthful if not spit at you if you tried to give them a hand, or the more sinister and by no means uncommon b) ambush. In those days in that place it was the oldest trick in the book.

    Mind, these were times when newsagents and cafes in the Tville CBD reserved the bottom drinks shelf in the fridge for rows of blue-tinged metho/kero bottles, and where the ‘locals’ would shit in the street in front of your family and then demand your car keys because ‘you took my country you whiiiiiite ****^.’
    …”

    Fifteen or twenty years back a younger family friend was up there attending to the security installations and staff training for a nightclub. The client had set aside a room for him in a three or four bed unit occupied by other staff.

    He was awakened by early morning screams from one of the girls there, stepped into the living room and saw an intruder silhouetted against the outside light with a knife raised. The bloke spotted him and turned to escape towards the balcony. My mate grabbed the back of his pants and assisted him to flee and to fly over the rail and down to the concrete driveway one floor below.

    Spectators gathered and implored the couple of coppers who turned up to assist the crash landed flying flee-er, who was screeching and screaming because he now had a leg going in the opposite direction to the design drawings.

    “No” said they. “We are not permitted to give assistance except in very specific circumstances. The ambulance will deal with it.” They had no interest in being taken down later for rendering incorrect treatment and, I was told, couldn’t give a rat’s for the intruder’s discomfort.

    That’s where the interminable whingeing and contrived claims of ill treatment takes them. If they had any undamaged brain cells they could have worked that out for themselves.

    Townsville CBD had a nice new boardwalk and freshly paved malls back then but it was a no go zone after dark. What did the State and the local council come up with? Black fella community police from the same breed, unarmed and useless because they had to go home in the very same suburbs.

  218. Old School Conservative

    the high priestess of middle-class decency, Nigella Lawson, who instructs her fellow white people to ‘acknowledge [that] systematic racism exists’ and that we are ‘complicit in it’.

    (Instapundit)

    Yet another icon falls.

  219. thefrollickingmole

    Had one our excitable boys here on site with a very bad toothache last night.
    So rather than call and get some painkillers to tide him over till his dental appointment on Monday he had a tackle at it with a pair of pliers.
    Today he really, really needed the happy pills.

    Oh and Nigella will break JCs heart when he sees her BLM tweet.

  220. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From MatrixTransform at 9:07 pm:

    ” Children today don’t have enough dirt, germs, gravel rashes, sun and brandy.

    in 1918 my grandmother was 4yo.

    got the flu ( I wonder which one)

    her old man wrapped her in brown paper, nestled her among heated bricks and poured on a bottle of brandy”

    She’s bloody lucky they didn’t lose focus, mistake her for the Christmas pudding, light her up with a match and serve her with custard!

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