Open Forum: August 1, 2020

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  1. MatrixTransform

    well … here it is

  2. Makka

    From the OOT;

    I’ve totally run out of movies and series. Don’t know what to watch anymore.

    https://flixtor.to/home

  3. Steve trickler

    Pete. I would love to have a dog again. Dark days in Carnarvon still ring true. Our dog decided to sleep on the road….Guess what happened. I was four years of age.



  4. Rossini

    Crickey 1.16am and in the top ten
    Really quiet night

  5. mareeS

    Happy birthday, horsies.

  6. MemoryFault

    A song for Ellie, who happens to be be reading right now.
    She would like especially to say hello to Cardimona.
    Ellie would also like to come up and be part of your election team in October, if that’s alright with you.

  7. mareeS

    Can we have a virus-free day? I am exhausted (sigh). So is our cat.

  8. Colonel Crispin Berka

    The 12th Man?
    Marvellous.

  9. MemoryFault

    What can I say?
    I’ve seen some slow Friday nights on the Cat before, but this takes the cake.
    Only 12 posts in two hours!
    It seems even Ellie has dozed off again.
    And where is Twostix with his customary shot at us old “boomers”?

    I don’t know – youngsters today – no staying power.

  10. DJofLaneCove

    Where is everyone??

  11. stackja

    Hillary Clinton still standing by her man?

  12. caveman

    Horses Birthday 🎂🐫

  13. Tom

    Haha. The Orange Oaf (h/t JC) lives rent-free in David Rowe’s head.

  14. Tom

    The kazy sods at the Paywallian still haven’t put up the latest ‘toon, so here’s Bill talking to his son about the cartooning business — by Johannes Leak.

  15. MemoryFault

    Thanks Tom.
    Ellie says thank you too. Her pick is Gary Varvel. I’m for Branco again.

  16. MemoryFault

    Ellie would like me to post this song to thank everyone who wished me well after my breakdown.

  17. MemoryFault

    Bloody 9 degrees! In bloody sub tropical QLD!
    Brings to mind this song.

  18. Caveman

    Cedar meats hit again with corona virus. Chairman Dan and his mate Sutton have NFI. Of all the places that that Dan didnt want to hear again from.
    Paywalled. Cedar meats hit again

  19. egg_

    Does the beer bug turn people into rodeo clowns?
    /Vicco virus

  20. Ed Case

    Are Governments trying to shut down the Meat Industry, with the connivance of Unions?

    That was happening in America earlier in the year, producers were killing millions of pigs because the
    slaughterhouses were closed down and it was pointless to keep feeding them.
    The subject has gone very quiet lately.

  21. Ed Case

    Trump invoked the Defense Production Act by Executive Order in April to force Meatpackers to stay open.

  22. From Bandana mans column today. Looks like Fitzy has not done much research and no surprise a BLM fan. However blame Fox News. Clearly missed the footage of BLM founders claiming trained Marxist organisers.

    “San Francisco Giant Sam Coonrod on not kneeling with all his teammates: “I just can’t get on board with a couple things I’ve read about Black Lives Matter, how they lean towards Marxism. And . . . they said some negative things about the nuclear family. I just can’t get on board with that.” Sam? #FFS, try watching something other than Fox News”.

  23. MemoryFault

    Interesting to note that when the government first asked Treasury for a probable figure for drawdown under their plan for people to access their super, Treasury quoted an estimate of 22 billion for BOTH lots. Once we got to to the end of first week of people drawing money out in April, the estimate was revised to 29 billion. By the end of the first draw in June, the total estimate was 39 billion.

    At the end of the first week of the second drawdown in July, they had again revised it to 40 billion, and yesterday they revised upwards again, to 42 billion. Only this time they included the rider that they would probably have to revise upwards again, based on what August’s actual figure comes out as.

    It will be interesting to see where the actual amount of withdrawn funds ends up, once it finishes at the end September. What are the odds on the original figure being doubled to 44 billion?

  24. MemoryFault

    A happy song to celebrate the dawn and pretend it’s not so bloody cold.

  25. MemoryFault

    Where’s Rick with this morning’s Vietnam song?

  26. MemoryFault

    And where’s Struth who was here before 3.30am counting down to Tom’s toons?
    I have a message of encouragement for him from Ellie, who appears to have gone back to sleep.
    Something I really need to to do myself, now that the pills are starting to wear off.

  27. Barr comes across as a damp squib.

  28. George Galloway shows how it should be done –

  29. Ed Case

    ***It will be interesting to see where the actual amount of withdrawn funds ends up, once it finishes at the end September. What are the odds on the original figure being doubled to 44 billion?***
    The Compulsory Super Funds are sitting on 3 Trillion in assets, and pulling in > a Bil./week in ”contributions”, so having to pay out 44 Billion [1.47%] isn’t going to break them, though the way they are screaming about it, you’d think it was their own money.

  30. Fred

    Happy birthday Jacinda Ardern.

  31. Cold-Hands

    George Galloway shows how it should be done –

    Not even comparable situations. Galloway got a 10 minute opening address. For A-G Barr, Dems asked Barr 67 questions. They cut off 55 of his answers in the 1st sentence.

  32. Cardimona

    Firstborn’s column…

    Beating about the bush
    Vikki Campion

    We have very little coronavirus in the bush, so instead of shutting parliament down, why don’t we hold it here?

    When my pregnant mates out west give birth they have a choice: a fourhour commute to a regional hospital or chancing it with a two-hour drive to a small clinic.

    Many rural mums book in for planned C-sections in Sydney just so they know they have doctors at hand.

    It’s a reality of country life; we don’t have enough medical experts.

    In our so-called “bush capital” of Canberra, my son Sebastian had full scans by 10 weeks in utero, and every appointment was easy to get, but in the country Thomas was nearly 18 weeks along before we could get in.

    Backlogs of people with serious injuries, broken hips and necks, took precedence. Appointments were cancelled when both our radiologists fell sick. When I realised my child could easily be born without a scan, I went on a four-hour road trip. Immediately the scans leaked to the media and I was papped again with another big belly — but Tom was healthy and that’s all we cared about.

    So I had to laugh recently when I heard politicians whining about women who had to drive an hour for obstetrics in Canberra.

    You ought to see how the other half live. And this is the problem with our federal parliament — some of our leaders don’t understand how to manage the country because they have never been there.

    As much as I got smile lines when inevitably some urban pollie who had never been further west than Marrickville rocked up to a bush press conference in a brand new Akubra and shiny-stiff RMs, we need a government who comes to regional Australia for more than a photo op.

    Right now, parliament is cancelled, the backlog of legislation grows, and we are at risk of having not a Prime Minister but an emperor.

    The executive are unchallenged and unscrutinised by the Opposition and the backbench. We seem to have this perverse dilemma that if there can’t be parliament in Canberra (because Victorians can’t go) then there is no parliament. It’s like saying that if there is no dining room, there is no eating.

    How is it that the same people who are smart enough to take the country to war and manage in excess of $700 billion in debt can’t get fewer than 230 people in one spot to vote?

    A regional parliament would allow locked-down politicians to travel a reasonable distance for “work purposes”. They would have to ditch the BMW and the chauffeur and drive themselves — but we are making sacrifices. A regional parliament of tested-and-cleared politicians would show them the roads we actually drive on and the mobile reception we (don’t) really get. It’s where there’s no airport and no Uber, but strangers will help carry your post as you juggle shopping, two toddlers and a pram that won’t wheel straight.

    As the bush has no bond with parliament, some MPs have never stepped foot in a country town and have no clue how the legislation they handle hurts or helps.

    We need this because city MPs outnumber bush MPs and always will. If they came they would see the almost perfect discorrelation between nature’s beauty and public service.

    If we follow the same guidelines that have kept Bunnings in business, then why can’t we keep the Australian parliament open?

    Socially distanced voting could be done in any regional community centre and the local chamber of commerce could celebrate more than $600,000 from a typical sitting in travel allowance alone.

    We can’t keep Australia’s lawmaking body tucked in tightly under the doona while there is work to be done.

    It’s a reality of our geography and emblematic in our culture that we believe in the bush but it is an overused part of the Australian lexicon — for too many the bush remains a place spoken of but never visited.

    VIKKI CAMPION IS AN ADVISER TO FORMER FEDERAL NATIONALS MP AND DEPUTY SPEAKER LLEW O’BRIEN

  33. MemoryFault

    though the way they are screaming about it, you’d think it was their own money.

    True, Ed.
    Especially since legally it’s the government’s money.
    What’s that you say? You thought it was your super?
    Ha ha, he he, ho ho.

  34. Ed Case

    ***1735099
    #3530839, posted on August 1, 2020 at 6:33 am
    Barr comes across as a damp squib.
    ***
    The accompanying disgusting vid is worth watching.
    The real story of the riots in Lafayette Square on June 1 was that Barr realised that a Coup was taking place and immediately deployed troops under his command.

  35. Ed Case

    Whoever’s money it is, I got Ten Grand of it, with another Ten to come.

  36. MemoryFault

    Good on you, Ed.
    Anybody who doesn’t grab the 20 grand on offer now, will be lucky if they ever see a penny of it, ever.

  37. MemoryFault

    Time for a power nap.

  38. The real story of the riots in Lafayette Square on June 1 was that Barr realised that a Coup was taking place and immediately deployed troops under his command.

    That’s not how it works –

    The Attorney General is responsible for receiving State requests for Federal military assistance, coordinating such requests with the Secretary of Defense and other appropriate Federal officials, and presenting such requests to the President who will determine what Federal action will be taken.

    There were no request for assistance.
    In fact, in the case of Portland (for example) the presence of the troops were resisted by the local authorities.

  39. Bruce of Newcastle

    Barr comes across as a damp squib.

    LOL. If he really was a “damp squib” the Dems would have let him speak.

    Attorney General Barr Scorches Democrats (29 Jul)

    Too much to give a reasonable summary quote, so you’ll have to read the whole thing. In essence nothing is as you make out Numbers, the Left is lying and lying and lying. And the people know they are.

  40. GOOOOOOD MOOORNING VIETAAAAM!

    I have a joke for you…

    Discussing this economics or current Australian politics on Australia’s leading Vietnam blog.

  41. Ed Case

    We’re talking Washington D.C. here, not Washington State.
    Barr had the power to stand down the SS and Police to bring troops in to quell the Coup, that’s what he did.
    Without that prompt action, Trump might have ended up hanging from a tree on June 1.

  42. Campion

    This blog always goes nuts discussing Campion.

  43. Oh great the resident barnacle Maoist is insisting on the US States having primacy over the Feds.

    Because of moderate republican and former Democrat is in office, not a loon like Cortez or the power mad Hillary.

  44. Bruce of Newcastle

    Numbers that is more lies and misdirection. I will now quote from the story I linked.

    The federal government is required to defend U.S. government property such as the Portland courthouse, Barr said. It has a duty to protect “federal property, and specifically U.S. courthouses, which are the heart of federal property in all 93 jurisdictions in the United States. And we have the obligation to protect federal courts.”

    “Federal courts are under attack. Since when is it okay to burn down a federal court?” Barr asked.

    As you can see the Federal government is responsible for the protection of Federal buildings. Therefore the DoJ was required to defend the courthouse in Portland, and the local Governor and Mayor had no juridiction.

  45. of a…who is OR that a

    FFS this spellwrecker is worse than hair through food.

    Who am I kidding, mea culpa.

    Although it did just change “who am I” to “who I”….?

    ???

    Don’t get Android, it cheap, useless, broken and shit.

    Oh yes and auto rotate the that works exactly when you don’t meant it to.

  46. Bushkid

    Ed Case
    #3530827, posted on August 1, 2020 at 5:43 am
    Are Governments trying to shut down the Meat Industry, with the connivance of Unions?

    That was happening in America earlier in the year, producers were killing millions of pigs because the
    slaughterhouses were closed down and it was pointless to keep feeding them.
    The subject has gone very quiet lately.

    My thoughts too, Ed. I’m not sure how the unions would feel about it, but then again, the metalworkers aren’t as big as the CFMMEU, for example, so not likely to count for much in the labor mind.

    It’s uncanny how all the UN agenda 21/30 aims seem to be either happening, or being pushed as “solutions”, as a result of this virus.

    Meat being one of the things that we little folk are to be denied under their utopian diktat, it seems a trifle convenient that meat works are being hit.

    Or, as it’s only in VicDanistan so far (I think), maybe it’s just incompetence again….

  47. It must really piss off numbers that:

    Like Clinton, Trump has a duty to enforce Federal law (Seattle 2020, Timothy McVeigh).

    …and that our constitution is modelled from the US system regarding Federalism.

    Numbers tell us if Scotty can protect a Federal courthouse in Melbin or not from violence say of BLM protest or some other lunatic in Australia and if he has the jurisdiction to have them prosecuted.

    Consider it pro bono work.

  48. Wikipedia has a summary of the protests. An extract –

    This is a list of protests and unrest in the United States related to the killing of George Floyd. The protests began in Minneapolis on May 26, 2020, the day after George Floyd, an African-American man, was killed during a police arrest. On June 6, an estimated half a million people joined protests in 550 places across the country. Protests continued through the weekend of June 19, overlapping with and bringing awareness to observations of Juneteenth. As of July 3, protests had continued throughout the entire month of June in many cities, with protests occurring in over 40% of counties in the United States. Polls estimate between 15 million and 26 million people participated in the United States, making these protests potentially the largest movement in terms of participation in U.S. history.

    How many federal buildings have been burned?
    Just asking…

  49. 2dogs

    Trump and Barr had a better option here: close down the courthouses that were under attack.

    Have any cases transferred to other federal courthouses.

    What makes this strategy good is jury selection; juries are selected from the local population.

    It will be the reverse of the Roger Stone situation. When Lefties start getting convicted by juries in Montana, they will want their federal courts back.

  50. Ah yes. A margin of error of 73%.

    Great work, pollsters.

  51. calli

    Keef Suttor on Sunrise telling us that Trump will lose the November election and that he’s “paving the way” to excuse his loss by claiming corruption of the system.

    Then goes on to admit that, while Aus has the “gold standard” electoral system, the US one can be easily corrupted.

    Thanks, Keef. You’re worth every cent they pay you.

  52. Snoopy

    Bill Clinton goes all in.

    Bill Clinton’s spokesperson on Friday released a statement after Ghislaine Maxwell documents unsealed Thursday night contained statements from a witness who told a lawyer that she saw Clinton on Epstein’s pedophile island in the Caribbean.

    Clinton’s spokesman told Newsweek that the former US President “never” went to Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophile island.

  53. rickw

    Arkanicide not fast enough:

  54. Snoopy

    Bill Clinton goes all in.

    Bill Clinton’s spokesperson on Friday released a statement after Ghislaine Maxwell documents unsealed Thursday night contained statements from a witness who told a lawyer that she saw Clinton on Epstein’s peeedophile island in the Caribbean.

    Clinton’s spokesman told Newsweek that the former US President “never” went to Jeffrey Epstein’s peeedophile island.

  55. The US system would be harder by the fact that it is run by 50 different jurisdictions.

    It is a proven fact that Gillard *won* the 2010 election by about the same amount of fraudulent votes (20,000) that are known.

  56. Like Clinton, Trump has a duty to enforce Federal law (Seattle 2020, Timothy McVeigh).

    Two questions –
    1)How many BLM protests resulted in the deaths of 168 people, including many children, and injured more than 680 others?
    2) What was the political affiliation of Timothy McVeigh?

  57. rickw

    DeGeneres is a degenerate:

  58. Anyone got a figure on total respiratory deaths in Australia since lockdown and the same figure for the previous five years?

    Inquirin’ minds wanna know.

  59. NoFixedAddress

    Cardimona

    Tell your daughter she gets a 10 out of 10 from me

  60. There you go.

    It all comes down to POLITICAL AFFILIATION if the law should be enforced or not.

  61. Carpe Jugulum

    Happy birthday Jacinda Ardern.

    I hear she is looking forward to an early morning canter followed by a big feed from the nose bag.

  62. Don’t be a cuck or a SIMP.

    Arden won because enough dumb blokes voted for her because they wanted to fuck her.

  63. Bushkid

    1735099
    #3530839, posted on August 1, 2020 at 6:33 am
    Barr comes across as a damp squib.

    That Barr didn’t lose his temper with the Dem arseholes is a testament to his mettle.

    The Democrats on that panel were, without exception, rude, harassing, ignorant and scared of any facts being aired. They had no intention of letting Barr answer any questions.

    Despite that, Barr landed some very telling points on the mongrels.

    A disgusting – but informative – display of how the Democrats operate.

  64. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Polls estimate between’

    Since when have polls been used to determine protest numbers? For anything?

    What’s their methodology? Do they send people letters? FB quizzes? Ring them up? ‘Hi, did you go to any one of the BLM/Antifa/rentacrowd protests anywhere in the US over the past three months? This is an anonymous poll.’

    Fuck off.

    On the upside though – you actually mentioned a source instead of pinching it and claiming it as your own.

  65. Over the last couple of days I’ve noticed TikTok advertising a fair bit on YouTube.

    Just then TikTok had an ad on 3AW appealing for us not to give up on them. They are nonpolitical, their data is secure, etc. Even had a written-and-authorised message at the end.

    Hmmm.

  66. 2dogs

    Arden won because she made a deal with NZ’s equivalent of PHON, whose leader sold out his voters for an ego trip.

  67. Bushkid

    Bloody hell. “Meatworkers”, not metalworkers.

  68. Bruce of Newcastle

    Polls estimate between 15 million and 26 million people participated in the United States, making these protests potentially the largest movement in terms of participation in U.S. history.

    So maybe 10% of the adult population, roughly as much as the Greens were getting here at their height.

    The Greens are nuttier than a macadamia plantation. These people likewise. Where’s the sense in rejecting “all lives matter” and persecuting people who have the courage to say that? It’s self evident. Yet they reject it. They’re rejecting policing and law, for goodness sake. How crazy is that? Like so many lefties their proposed answers will make things even worse for the poor people they claim to be representing.

  69. Knuckle Dragger

    Cardi’s offspring:

    ‘You ought to see how the other half live. And this is the problem with our federal parliament — some of our leaders don’t understand how to manage the country because they have never been there.’

    Cornerstone of the piece. Excellent.

    There’s a bit of mummy blogging in there, but hits the mark anyway.

  70. rickw

    Daily dose of Vietnam!!

  71. It all comes down to POLITICAL AFFILIATION if the law should be enforced or not.

    That was exactly the policy followed in Lafayette Square.

    From the Australian journalist who was attacked –

    Brace told members that she and her cameraman, Tim Myers, were hit with projectiles and chemical irritants as the police began to surge, despite shouting “media” to identify themselves.

    “We were clearly a news crew. Most notably, Tim was holding a large television camera,” Brace said. “As I began reporting live, the line of police suddenly and without warning began charging forward at a sprinting pace, knocking protesters to the ground. A Park Police officer who was passing us stopped, turned towards Tim and rammed him in the chest and stomach with the edge of his riot shield, causing Tim to keel over and drop down.”

    Brace said she expected to be able to cover the protest without fear of police assault.

    “As Australian journalists, we are the eyes and ears of our people. In this case, witnessing civil unrest in the capital of our most powerful and closest ally. It is crucial to democracy that journalists be allowed to do their job freely and safely. And that is certainly something we should expect in the world’s greatest democracy.”

  72. rickw

    So maybe 10% of the adult population, roughly as much as the Greens were getting here at their height.

    There’s a saying in Building Services Management, “the 10 percenters”.

    Inherently, 10% of the population are obnoxious morons. Modern social media as simply allowed them to coagulate more readily than they might have in the past.

  73. Ed Case

    ***Brace said she expected to be able to cover the protest without fear of police assault.

    “As Australian journalists, we are the eyes and ears of our people. ***
    Laughable bullshit.
    Most if not all Australian journalists need to be regularly hit with batons and the corners of shields

  74. Knuckle Dragger

    Last night’s highlight:

    Poster 1: ‘How does one find a wife in Victoria right now?’
    Poster 2: ‘That’s your parents job.’

    The answer to the other question is yes. Yes, we have reached the point in this country where believers in arranged marriages, and rose drinkers at that can have the shamelessness, the temerity to call other people cucks.

  75. rickw

    “We were clearly a news crew. Most notably, Tim was holding a large television camera,” Brace said. “As I began reporting live, the line of police suddenly and without warning began charging forward at a sprinting pace, knocking protesters to the ground. A Park Police officer who was passing us stopped, turned towards Tim and rammed him in the chest and stomach with the edge of his riot shield, causing Tim to keel over and drop down.”

    So basically idiot Australian journalist were covering from the protest side and got rolled up in police action. Note to idiot Australian media, cover protests from the police side, or off to the side of the confrontation.

  76. Nelson – there is a big electronic billboard on the corner of Punt& Bridge Rd that had a TikTok ad on it yesterday as I went by.
    “Don’t make TikTok a political football” and a picture of a footy.
    Then said “We’re fun…Forget the second… We’re independent”
    ChiCom intelligence service getting nervous!

  77. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Brace said she expected to be able to cover the protest without fear of police assault.’

    Brace, as has been frequently pointed out in these august pages, is a fucking idiot.

    Her own crews’ footage clearly shows that there is a pack of other media crews, having been told by the jacks that they intend to clear that area, that thought ‘no, I don’t want to get belted with batons and shield corners’ and went off to the side. Behind barriers, even, where they could film and record snarky comments all they liked.

    But no. Evidently this chick had cloaked herself in the invincible and untouchable press cloak (that’s what an arts degree gets you apparently, so there’s a potential upside after all), which when combined with a healthy dose of ‘but you wouldn’t hit a gurrrrl’ led to the single funniest episode of the entire shambles.

  78. Struth

    Cardimona, I wonder if your daughter has had a hand in turning Llew.

    Does she know about your constitutional arguments, and more importantly, that people like Llew need to grasp the concept of what the practice of quarantine is versus health department responsibilities?

    Their excuses are going to be that it is a health issue so health departments need to be involved.
    While the Kung flu may be bad for your health (if you even get any symptoms), the practice of quarantine is not a health department responsibility.

    The Federal government have handed their law making responsibilities, illegally, to state health departments based on a flawed argument.

    You don’t put doctors in charge of policing traffic, and you don’t put Jeanette Young in charge of making road law, just because they deal with the victims of car accidents, and you don’t put doctors in charge of quarantine for the same reason.
    And even if you do use doctors, and many of them in your quarantine work, you do not allow them to make laws.

    I hope you have covered that point with her.
    They will no doubt expect to muddy the waters with it being a health issue.
    So is going to war, and we don’t let Jeanette Young take control of our armed forces.

    Well, that’s actually been done as well!!

  79. Bruce of Newcastle

    Brace said she expected to be able to cover the protest without fear of police assault.

    Does that mean that Andy Ngo had the same expectation of not being assaulted by the protesters? Or Michelle Malkin? Or how about these ones?

    Seattle news crew attacked as police leave precinct, newly released video shows (17 Jun)
    Reporter describes assault by Washington DC ‘BHAZ’ protesters: ‘I was singled out’ (23 Jun)
    Fox News crew chased, attacked by angry mob while reporting on protests outside White House (30 May)
    Fox News reporter covering DC George Floyd protests assaulted by crowd (8 Jun)
    Fox News’ Dan Springer, crew accosted by agitators at Seattle’s CHOP (30 Jun)

    Peaceful protesters, eh Numbers?

  80. Mostly peaceful, Bruce.

    *Speaks in burning building in the background*

  81. Knuckle Dragger

    Brace and her ilk, try as they might, are not and will never be Damien Parer.

    Responsible for some of the most iconic photographs of WW2, Parer went up and down Kokoda alongside the fighting men. Embedded, before the term became fashionable in the Gulf Wars.

    Unlike the Braces of this world he not only understood the risks but accepted them, demonstrated in September 1944 when he was killed alongside US troops* on the Peleliu beach by Japanese machine gun fire.

    Yes, Liability Bob. Nasty old Americans.

  82. mh

    Varvel 1 & 2 good today.

    Thanks Tom.

  83. Tekweni

    Daughter caught a plane from Brisbane last night bound for Germany and a two year teaching contract in an international school. First time I have been to the airport in months. Parking garage virtually empty. Ticketing area almost deserted but few masks evident. Nothing open so could not get a coffee.

    Daughter had to get a a Covid test within 4 days of the flight. No problem there. Sadly waved her good bye as unlike other overseas teaching jobs she has had where she returned home regularly, we don’t expect to see her for two years with Covid restrictions possibly lasting years.

  84. Knuckle Dragger

    A Brace-on!

    ‘Brace said she expected to be able to cover the protest without fear of police assault.’

    Headline: Australian Journalist Hospitalised After Attempting To Cover Rodeo From Inside Ring, 15 Feet From Entry Gate’

    ‘Brace said, through a point-and-touch keyboard, she expected to be able to cover the event without fear of being repeatedly jumped on by a tonne-plus of bull cheered on by a crowd of thousands.’

  85. Struth

    That reporter and cameraman were dressed all in black like the protesters and were young like most of the brainwashed BLM antifa are.

  86. Entropy

    Does she know about your constitutional arguments, and more importantly, that people like Llew need to grasp the concept of what the practice of quarantine is versus health department responsibilities?

    Their excuses are going to be that it is a health issue so health departments need to be involved.
    While the Kung flu may be bad for your health (if you even get any symptoms), the practice of quarantine is not a health department responsibility.

    limiting access to the country in the first place: federal responsibility.
    Limiting spread once it is in the country, state responsibility.
    It was ever thus.

    The Federal government have handed their law making responsibilities, illegally, to state health departments based on a flawed argument.

  87. Entropy

    The last sentence was Struth’s. Sorry. Anyway, internal biosecurity is a state responsibility and that is why state health departments are running it.

  88. mh

    Sounds promising

    ‘Disagreements over content’: James Murdoch resigns from News Corp
    ‘My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets.’

  89. rickw

    Imagine not living in a communist shithole and being able to own gear like this:

  90. Mater

    ‘Brace said she expected to be able to cover the protest without fear of police assault.’

    Is this the same Lafayette Square at around the same time?

    Fox News reporter attacked by protesters: A mob targeted us

  91. Daughter had to get a a Covid test within 4 days of the flight. No problem there. Sadly waved her good bye as unlike other overseas teaching jobs she has had where she returned home regularly, we don’t expect to see her for two years with Covid restrictions possibly lasting years.

    Same situation with my youngest daughter.
    Her dream of scooting across to to continent when work permitted has not materialised, although she did get to Portugal and Iceland before the lockdowns.
    She couldn’t come home now if she wanted to – she doesn’t.

  92. rickw

    First time I have been to the airport in months. Parking garage virtually empty. Ticketing area almost deserted but few masks evident. Nothing open so could not get a coffee.

    I went for a walk through Melbourne Airport this week. One flight on QF’s screen. The last dedicated coffee shop was closing for good just as I got there “sorry mate, we’re done”.

  93. Terry Pedersen

    The meaning of COVID:

    Citizens
    Of
    Victoria
    Ignoring
    Directions

  94. MatrixTransform

    Discussing this economics or current Australian politics on Australia’s leading Vietnam blog.

    Shhh! … Cartesian Bob is concentrating on the map

  95. rickw

    I was talking to a colleague in HK yesterday, massively pissed about the disqualification of candidates. Trump needs to drop in containers of AR-15’s so they can short this shit out themselves. Proves the old point of not caring about who wins elections, but rather who gets to run.

  96. Rockdoctor

    Good riddance. From what I have read here and on other blogs Rupert has traditionally had a pretty hands off approach to editing in his papers. His sons would do well to follow that lead…

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8582103/James-Murdoch-steps-board-News-Corp-disagreements-editorial-content.html

  97. rickw

    Bungling Bat Eared Moron will not be called:

  98. The Federal government have handed their law making responsibilities, illegally, to state health departments based on a flawed argument.

    Seems to work better than the American model, where the issue is political rather than public health.
    Their fatality rate per million is 59 times ours.
    Our economy is faring better as well.

  99. Zyconoclast

    Arden won because enough dumb blokes voted for her because they wanted to fuck her.

    Is a horse fetish an improved mutation over sheep fetish?

  100. Ah yes the Australian economy is faring better than the US.

    Delusional horseshit.

  101. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘better than the American model, where the issue is political rather than public health.’

    Yep. He actually said this.

  102. Mater

    Citizens
    Of
    Victoria
    Ignoring
    Directions

    Yes, Dan doesn’t like people ignoring police direction and treating their authority with disdain.
    Well, he and his government have led by example. You reap what you sow.

    Labor MPs in ‘red shirts’ rort decline police request for interviews

  103. Cassie of Sydney

    The Toowoomba anti-Semite is a fan of George Galloway….I guess Jooo haters are drawn to each other. I wonder if the Toowoomba Jooo hater has any clips of Goebbels he wants to post…but he probably keeps those for special days so he can get really excited.

  104. Knuckle Dragger

    There was a time – for the first four seconds after midnight last night – where the Cat only had three more comments than Liability Bob’s own tear-streaked archive for the month.

  105. Entropy

    Who cares what the low intellect school teacher and Vietnam fixate tries to misinterpret?

  106. The Australian economy is faring so well that the residential rental vacancy rate in inner Sydney increased 70% in July 2020, year on year.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-20/coronavirus-blamed-for-rental-vacancy-rise-sydney-inner-suburbs/12471080

    It’s totally not a bloodbath at all.

  107. Cassie of Sydney

    “Rockdoctor
    #3530921, posted on August 1, 2020 at 8:32 am
    Good riddance. From what I have read here and on other blogs Rupert has traditionally had a pretty hands off approach to editing in his papers. His sons would do well to follow that lead…”

    Yep but we will see. I suspect Lachlan is the more sensible of the brothers.

  108. Tom

    The killer line from Vikki Campion’s column in the Daily Tele:

    You ought to see how the other half live. And this is the problem with our federal parliament — some of our leaders don’t understand how to manage the country because they have never been there.

    You’re daughter can really write, Cardimona. Great parenting!

  109. Cut and Paste last para mentions $1 million grant for something to do with Aboriginal LGBQT stuff. That will really help close the gap.

    Tried earlier to post about Bandana Man column today. He had a go at a US NFL player who did not agree with taking a knee during national anthem. Player said he he did not agree with BLM and it had Marxist background. Bandana Man commented he should watch something other than Fox News.

    Clearly Bandana Man not seen the footage of the BLM leaders saying they are trained Marxist organisers.

  110. Dave in Marybrook

    Any confirmation of the juicy rumours that Ardern’s paramour has been bonking the nanny?

  111. 132andBush

    Brace said she expected to be able to cover the protest without fear of police assault.

    “As Australian journalists, we are the eyes and ears of our people. In this case, witnessing civil unrest in the capital of our most powerful and closest ally. It is crucial to democracy that journalists be allowed to do their job freely and safely. And that is certainly something we should expect in the world’s greatest democracy.”

    Sanctimonious bitch.

    Someone needs to remind her that it’s crucial for democracy that journalists report what’s news without continually infecting it with their hard left bias.

  112. lotocoti

    What does this make Jacinta?
    A bourgeois running dog lackey of capitalist imperialism,
    or a counter revolutionary deviationist Trotskyite hyena?

  113. I watched some of the Barr stuff. The Dems just emphasising why people should not vote for them. They had zero interest in his answers and he could hardly get through a sentence before cut off. One questioned use of pepper spray on protesters. Did not like it when Barr said used on rioters not protesters.

    The Dems have no interest in right and wrong or what is good for the country.

    Barr laughed at one of them.

  114. Mater

    My Tarot cards say possible Stage 4 Wednesday, but it’s just written in pencil at the moment.

  115. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Australian economy is faring so well that the residential rental vacancy rate in inner Sydney increased 70% in July 2020, year on year.

    Dot – I suspect that’s inner city types getting scared of pestilent densely populated places, especially since all those nice little boutique cafes have had to close because Chinese crud. And travelling on public transport now is a virus dodgem exercise, at least in the minds of some lefty snowflakes.

    House prices rose in the NW suburbs even as the inner city suburb prices have fallen. I linked a Seven story a couple weeks ago about that, won’t attempt to find it again.

    Real estate here seems pretty hot also, at least the general rental investment type properties. They’re still selling in a week or two. The lake view properties take quite a lot longer, but they’re more expensive and aren’t classic rental investment housing.

  116. Stage IV, NSW back to lockdown, two million unemployed…Bruce I can’t buy that were in a boom.

    Property is expensive because we tax it more than tobacco to be developed.

  117. miltonf

    On the 62nd night of violent antifa riots in Portland Thursday, rioters sent a chilling message to law enforcement. Many in the crowd seemed set on having a peaceful protest, even admonishing rioters when they set fires outside the federal courthouse. Regardless, some rioters engaged in what can only be described as terrorism. They put a severed pig’s head atop an American flag on the side of the road, placed a police hat on top of it, and set it on fire.

    These people are vicious and evil. Are they Portland locals or blows in? Either way, what a fucked place Portland is. Would love to know where the money is coming from?

  118. rugbyskier

    But no. Evidently this chick had cloaked herself in the invincible and untouchable press cloak (that’s what an arts degree gets you apparently, so there’s a potential upside after all), which when combined with a healthy dose of ‘but you wouldn’t hit a gurrrrl’ led to the single funniest episode of the entire shambles.

    It’s not often that you get to see live on television a lefty journalist actually get smacked with a cluebat.

  119. miltonf

    I thought the MSM was supposed to be dying. I wish they’d get on with it.

  120. notafan

    Last I looked no one was forced to live in rural areas.

    Nor can Australian taxpayers afford to provide every single major service to every community no matter how small and remote.

    Because that is what is being demanded.

    I tell you though, as a fact, if you are a public patient in a major city hospital, you’ll get 24 hours in hospital when you have your baby, with nurses actually running the corridors they are so overwhelmed, you might even get sent home with a life threatening condition.

    You definitely won’t have the entire maternity wing to yourself (like someone I know having a baby in the country did).

    Another more big daddy government pitch.

    Yeah nah.

  121. Knuckle Dragger

    In between researching obscure criggit rulings I’ve just encountered a FB page entitled ‘Unbiased Nuffies of Australian Politics.’

    Quote from page: ‘If Dan Andrews drowned a puppy on live TV the clown from the twitter far-left would say it was Scott Morrison’s fault.’

    Hence the ‘like’.

  122. 132andBush

    Last I looked no one was forced to live in rural areas.

    Stupid statement, notafan.

  123. No one forced you to tacitly approve the coercion that collected the largesse for that public hospital either.

  124. notafan

    And the other half should be 28.2

  125. notafan

    No it’s not 123andbush.

    If it is big city services you value most then the big city is were you should life.

    I drove through shores in NSW that had total populations of 4000 people.

    Exactly how could that sustain a full range of resident medical specialists.

  126. Boambee John

    1735099
    #3530840, posted on August 1, 2020 at 6:34 am
    George Galloway shows how it should be done –

    Surprise! The bin chicken luurrrves Gorgeous George Galloway!

    But he still can’t provide the name of a genuinely democratic communist state.

  127. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Last I looked no one was forced to live in rural areas.

    Anyone living in a rural area doesn’t pay taxes, and is entitled nothing for those taxes?

  128. Quite easily at $300 for a half hour consultation, I presume.

  129. Gilas

    Too good to be unseen

    …from 2005

  130. notafan

    Yes well dot, but it’s not a bottomless pit, though right now you’d think it was..

    I don’t actually mind funding public hospitals to an extent.

    I have private health insurance, of course.

  131. Boambee John

    The Attorney General is responsible for receiving State requests for Federal military assistance, coordinating such requests with the Secretary of Defense and other appropriate Federal officials, and presenting such requests to the President who will determine what Federal action will be taken.

    The bin chicken acknowledges that the President is NOT responsible for providing law and order in states, counties and cities!

    Next, will he acknowledge the responsibility of states, counties and cities for health care, including of Kung Flu patients?

  132. calli

    That’s amazing, rickw.

    I can’t work out how individual bricks don’t drop from their own weight before the cement dries. Unless the very lightweight, very dry bricks suck out all the moisture.

  133. notafan

    Did I say that Zulu?

    Why no no I didn’t. Every town and hamlet should have a top class hospital with a full range of medical services.

    Because no one should be inconvenienced driving long distances to access them.

    It’s a trade off because it’s not viable.

    Though dot is probably right.

    We should give up the entire public system and let the private sector run medical services entirely.

  134. Boambee John

    Portland (for example) the presence of the troops were (sic) resisted

    Oops, nearly missed the grammatical infelicity! Bin chicken is a bit slack this morning.

  135. will

    ickw
    #3530873, posted on August 1, 2020 at 7:33 am
    DeGeneres is a degenerate:

    I have seen here sexually assault a female guest as part of a ‘comedy’ routine. Live, on her TV program.

  136. will

    Clinton’s spokesman told Newsweek that the former US President “never” went to Jeffrey Epstein’s peeedophile island.

    There were some posts a while back on instapundit indicating the William Jefferson visited pedo island at least 2 dozen times, according to flight manifests.

  137. Boambee John

    Polls estimate between 15 million and 26 million people participated in the United States, making these protests potentially the largest movement in terms of participation in U.S. history.

    Individuals, or total collective attendance?

  138. Joseph Ibrahim, head of the Health Law and Ageing Research Unit at Monash University –

    Professor Ibrahim said the aged care sector was not prepared to manage any crisis, and there were problems with operations that prioritised free-market principles and lacked accountability.

    Those who decided to make a quick quid out of aged care have a lot to answer for.

    There are at least two areas where free market philosophy is completely toxic – disability support and aged care.
    It took a virus to expose that.

  139. rickw

    I can’t work out how individual bricks don’t drop from their own weight before the cement dries. Unless the very lightweight, very dry bricks suck out all the moisture.

    I know! They are pretty small and look very dry! My guess is that there is more dome than the camera angles indicate. They also seem to hold the bricks in place for a while while they tidy up the mortar.

    That being said, I’m flat out getting two bricks mortared one on top of the other straight and level!

  140. Top Ender

    Going to be very useful out there in later life. But “expert” says good cos black:

    More children are now studying Aboriginal languages in primary school as educators abandon traditional European languages such as French and Italian.

    The number of students studying the central NSW Aboriginal language of Wiradjuri in government schools more than doubled from 1255 in 2012 to 3317 last year, according to Education Department data.

    Numbers studying the northern NSW Indigenous language Bundjalung jumped from 238 in 2012 to 1986 last year.

    Meanwhile Italian learners fell from 14,165 to 9521 and French from 7445 to 5128 over the same period.

    The total number of students studying a language in primary school declined from 18 per cent of students in 2012 to 16 per cent last year.

    Last year fewer Year 7 students reached the minimum standard for NAPLAN in reading, writing, grammar and punctuation compared with a decade ago.

    Monash University language learning expert Dr Ruth Fielding said her research released earlier this year showed primary school students who studied another language in depth were able to significantly improve their NAPLAN results in English.

    “The takeaway message (we took) from that is that you can add an additional language to students’ learning and they will do even better in the external measures of English,” she said.

    She endorsed the shift to study Aboriginal languages because students would be more engaged because it was relevant to their local community.

    Herald-Sun

  141. notafan

    Good question Boambee

    I find that number, as individuals, a bit hard to believe.

  142. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Good luck with the lunch Lizzie! Sorry to hear about the DVT,

    Ditto.
    DVT is not to be trifled with.
    Take the drugs.
    Listen to the docs.

    Thanks for the good wishes and advice. Fear not, Da Hairy Ape, twice DVT survivor and now on a constant regime of life-long specialist-monitored treatment at St. Vincents and hence Aficionado Supremo of such things, is thoroughly on my case. Have you taken your tablet? he constantly reminds, morning and night, and instructs on how to care for leg and reviews swellings and symptoms with sympathy – yes, they hurt all right, I know all about that etc. Swelling and pain are the key indicators, he says with his knowledgeable face on.

    I know they can kill you, I say, because I was worried sick when you developed your first one and insisted on flying back to Australia from Britain before you’d believe me that it might be a DVT and see a doc.

    However, wives who remember things like that tend to make themselves unpopular, so I let it be then.

    We also had a friend who went into hospital aged 58 for a similar foot injury to mine and never came out. He died of a ‘provoked’ blood clot that got into his lung and his heart and killed him. I do recall how shocked we all were. So I am taking it very seriously, never fear. Still going to lunch but. 🙂

  143. Entropy

    notafan
    #3530954, posted on August 1, 2020 at 9:08 am
    Last I looked no one was forced to live in rural areas.

    Nor can Australian taxpayers afford to provide every single major service to every community no matter how small and remote.

    Because that is what is being demanded.

    Years and years ago I saw a cartoon in a newspaper where John Howard and Peter Costello were talking.
    Howard: Peter, I have found the solution to the lack of services in The Bush!
    Costello: What is it?
    Howard: Cities.

  144. caveman

    My Tarot cards say possible Stage 4 Wednesday, but it’s just written in pencil at the moment

    Chairman Dan will call for complete desicration, all residents and business owners to torch their properties and head for the SA or NSW borders, State refugees.

  145. Entropy

    There are at least two areas where free market philosophy is completely toxic – disability support and aged care.

    Considering I am very happy with e quality ifhteborivate aged care caricature where my in laws are domiciled very comfortably, a few failures do not make up for the utter toxicity of public education and the national curriculum.

  146. rickw

    These people are vicious and evil. Are they Portland locals or blows in? Either way, what a fucked place Portland is. Would love to know where the money is coming from?

    They’re getting themselves slowly worked up to do worse. The weapons they’re using are ramping up. Then they’ll be surprised when they step over the line and get double tapped. Hopefully the cops have been training to shoot the white soy boys and thus avoid any claims of racism.

    The white soy boys haven’t really though this through, they’re considered totally expendable by both police and BLM.

  147. Entropy

    Damn autocorrect

    #3530982,
    There are at least two areas where free market philosophy is completely toxic – disability support and aged care.

    Considering I am very happy with e quality of the private aged care facility where my in laws are domiciled very comfortably, a few failures elsewhere do not make up for the utter generic toxicity of public education and the national curriculum, which is foisted on everyone.

  148. 132andBush

    No it’s not 123andbush.

    If it is big city services you value most then the big city is were you should life.

    You just changed the crux of your statement.
    You said no one is forced to live in rural areas.
    Farmers are. Also a host of other service industries.
    Miners are (unless FIFO), also a host of other service industries.
    Tourism businesses are, also a host of other service industries.

    Who said it was big city services we value the most?
    Not having to wait till mid October for a simple nerve conductivity test on a forearm would be good.
    Not asking for a robotic arm fitment.

    People do what they do in life.
    Some people are involved in Primary Production which, by it’s very nature, forces the workforce to live in rural areas.
    Sure, we could all pack up and move to the city, become accountants, and count each others money for a small fee. Or baristas even. I’ll drink at your coffee shop this week if you drink at mine the next.
    No doubt someone will grow the crops, dig the ore, eventually.

    And if you are going to address me have the courtesy to “say” my name correctly, it’s 132andBush.

  149. notafan

    Language studies at primary school; if my children’s Italian lessons were any guide they are not a pathway to a second language but sure they might improve your English. Guess it depends on the starting point.

    I remember another academic berating middle class parents for reading to their children and advantaging them.

    Aspirational parents will not be delighted to have their children learning an aboriginal dialect so good luck with that.

  150. Boambee John

    Rockdoctor
    #3530921, posted on August 1, 2020 at 8:32 am
    Good riddance. From what I have read here and on other blogs Rupert has traditionally had a pretty hands off approach to editing in his papers. His sons would do well to follow that lead…

    Perhaps the Murdoch papers need one of those Charters of Editorial Independence, like the Fauxfax papers have?

  151. MatrixTransform

    The white soy boys haven’t really though this through

    the last thing that goes through mind that realisation.

    … wait … I meant second last

  152. 2dogs

    The Federal government have handed their law making responsibilities, illegally, to state health departments

    It is not unconstitutional for the federal government to delegate any of its law making powers to the states (unless it sought to bind future federal parliaments to such delegation).

  153. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Major hospital emergency departments are always interesting. Doc gave me a choice of Prince of Wales or St. Vincents. Hairy advised Prince of Wales. You don’t want to be waiting around at St. Vincents in Emergency he says, from past personal experience, as it services Kings Cross junkies and a ‘diverse’ population. Anyway, at 3pm on Thursday the Prince of Wales’ casualty was, get this, deserted! Alone we were in the waiting room. My matter was considered urgent anyway, so clutching my ultrasound report from that day we went straight in. Got interviewed by nurse, then examined by junior resident doc who consulted with haematologist who ordered blood tests and we had to wait a couple of hours for the results before discharge with meds and schedule for Dr. O’Oirish our GP.

    There were so many people, admin and medical, standing around with little to do. A few more injuries and problems drifted in during our two hours wait in our little screened cubicle, but it was the quietest I have ever seen an ER anywhere. It’s very quiet, isn’t it? I comment to the young doc. Shhh, he admonishes. We never say that word around here. I think that’s rather like Macbeth and the Scottish play, I whisper to Hairy. The compensations of Covid. A line of taxis outside was delivering the worried well to Covid testing in a separate area.

  154. Rockdoctor

    She endorsed the shift to study Aboriginal languages because students would be more engaged because it was relevant to their local community.

    Wow this worship of a stagnant Paleolithic culture is getting to ridiculous heights. They’d be better off learning Mandarin or even Spanish, unless we are trying to build our own army of windtalkers…

  155. notafan

    Really my pretend name is how dare you?

    Everything we do in life is a choice. Including the work we choose.

    And every one in the public system had to wait.

    My parents came off farms, I still have family members involved in primary production.

    It’s a choice they made and like all choices there are downsides. I’m not getting into this stupid city people are parasites crapola.

    My son, who at the time was an apprentice tradie, needed a knee reconstruction last year. 12 months wait if he went through the public system. That’s how it is.

    I’m sick of anyone whose solution to every problem is more taxes and more government.

    The government should do this the government should do that, when the government should leave us alone.

  156. Roger

    It is not unconstitutional for the federal government to delegate any of its law making powers to the states (unless it sought to bind future federal parliaments to such delegation).

    Struth has been corrected a number of times on state sovereignty, 2dogs; I’ve given up.

  157. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Wow this worship of a stagnant Paleolithic culture is getting to ridiculous heights.

    Well said.

  158. Roger

    Wow this worship of a stagnant Paleolithic culture is getting to ridiculous heights.

    I note the AFL is to host a “Dreamtime” round in Darwin.

  159. mh

    DeGeneres is a degenerate

    He’s a real sicko.

  160. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    She endorsed the shift to study Aboriginal languages because students would be more engaged because it was relevant to their local community.

    How many people in the community speak Aboriginal languages?

  161. Boambee John

    Language studies at primary school; if my children’s Italian lessons were any guide they are not a pathway to a second language but sure they might improve your English. Guess it depends on the starting point.

    Notafan

    If the language being studied has strict grammatical rules, eg, German or French (not sure about Japanese or Chinese, never studied them), then studying them will improve your English. If the “reconstructed” indigenous languages also have strict grammatical rules, they also will help. Somehow, I suspect they are more OC trendiness, unfortunately.

  162. notafan

    And if you are going into politics and every answer to every perceived problem involves a pork barrel for your preferred constituency I would say don’t bother.

    You’re not doing anything innovative.

  163. 132andBush

    It’s a choice they made and like all choices there are downsides. I’m not getting into this stupid city people are parasites crapola.

    Says you, bringing it up for the first time.

    I’m sick of anyone whose solution to every problem is more taxes and more government.

    All on board with that.

    Really my pretend name is how dare you?

    Sorry, what?

  164. notafan

    Good point Boambee.

    It’s funny how little formal English grammar I recall being taught yet how much emphasis these get in European language studies.

  165. zyconoclast

    ‘Wokefishing’ breaks the hearts of love-seeking SJWs, who tragically discover their partner isn’t as unbearably PC as they thought

    A new problem has hit the left-wing dating world, and the problem is ‘wokefishing.’ The phrase is a play on ‘catfishing,’ which means pretending to be someone you are not online to lure someone into a relationship. The issue is apparently enough of a problem that Vice, the achingly SJW online magazine, has devoted a lengthy article explaining what the problem is and interviewing “victims” of this cruel political dupery.

    Vice describes the phenomenon as “masquerading as holding progressive political views to ensnare potential partners,” I know, the horror. Apparently, techniques of these “wokefish” include pretending to be a “protest-attending, sex-positive, anti-racist, intersectional feminist who drinks ethically sourced oat milk…but in reality not giving a sh*t”. Quite why you would be disappointed that your partner was actually less of an insufferable arse than they originally appeared to be, I don’t know, but then again, I’m not woke, nor am I trying to sleep with anyone who is.

  166. zyconoclast

    HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe agreed on Wednesday to pay $3.5 billion in compensation to white farmers whose land was expropriated by the government to resettle black families, moving a step closer to resolving one the most divisive policies of the Robert Mugabe era.

    But the southern African nation does not have the money and will issue long term bonds and jointly approach international donors with the farmers to raise funding, according to the compensation agreement.

  167. Roger

    The pc numpties at AFL HQ obviously haven’t received the latest memo from the halls of academe:

    “Dreamtime” is offensive because it implies a time in the past, whereas “the Dreaming” continues to this day.

    Therefore “The Dreaming” is the preferred term.

    It then follows that it is offensive to state that aboriginal people have inhabited the continent for 40 000 years (or is it 60 000 now?), because The Dreaming teaches us that they have been here since the beginning.

    Perhaps the AFL should take the lead from the aboriginal industry and start shifting the goal posts about regularly?

  168. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Bruce of Newcastle at 8:04 am:

    ” Bruce … expected to be able to cover the protest without fear of police assault.”

    What was he doing sticking his nose in there in the first place? 😈

  169. NoFixedAddress

    @notaclue just loves her distraction squirrels while handing out pizza.

    did you actually read all of Vicki Campion’s article or you just got to the bush babies and pressed the ‘privilege’ buzzer.

    It’s probably just me but I took the main point of the article as a shot at Australian Public Service Government Politicians ™ being too precious to actually convene Parliament.

    But love your marxist envy slant and poor downtrodden proletariat of the cities.

    10 out of 10 for obfuscation.

  170. H B Bear

    struth is the Cat’s answer to Dennis Denuto.

  171. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Apparently, techniques of these “wokefish” include pretending to be a “protest-attending, sex-positive, anti-racist, intersectional feminist who drinks ethically sourced oat milk…but in reality not giving a sh*t”.’

    It’s not ‘apparently’. It’s a standard technique, and it’s been around since the 60s.

    Contemporary example: Eve Black, who although obviously dumb as a rock anyway was lured into a ’cause’ by a bloke whose primary (and potentially justified, ‘cos she’s tidy) interest was getting into her pants. And after she was pinched by the jacks, and subsequently ‘overwhelmed’, according to the link posted last night – where’s her knight in shining armour? Somewhere else, that’s where.

    Great comedy value.

    24 degrees, en route to 31. Seeya, suckers.

  172. notafan

    No I didn’t Mr Bush.

    I was trying to address yet another it’s not fair because we have to drive a long way by pointing out that there are trade offs living in different locations.

    No there aren’t any great coffee shops in Coonabarabran.

    Yes it takes me up to two hours to drive 20 km across town to my daughter’s in peak hour non covid19.

    No it’s not possible to have five star medical services within twenty minutes drive of every Australian.

  173. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Apparently, techniques of these “wokefish” include pretending to be a “protest-attending, sex-positive, anti-racist, intersectional feminist who drinks ethically sourced oat milk…but in reality not giving a sh*t”.

    What’s the difference between “wokefish” and all the young blokes, way back when, in touch with their feminist side, and desperately trying to get a leg over?

  174. Good morning all.
    Watching Megastructures, Abu Dhabi construction projects. Skyscraper in the round or whatever it’s called. The HQ? Simply incredible engineering feats which would never be made if equality boffins ever had their way.

  175. zyconoclast

    What nonprofit will get the contract for this?
    I don’t expect taxes to fall.

    BREAKING: Seattle City Council moves to abolish the entire Seattle Police Department and replace it with a “civilian led Department of Community Safety & Violence Prevention.”

    They want to replace the police force with nonprofit programs and “community-led activities.”

  176. rickw

    More gravity defying construction. Only criticism is that they should have used spacers off their string line.

  177. Cassie of Sydney

    “Georgia student expelled for racist social media reinstated, school finds she didn’t post it”

    Unsurprising….this is all no different to what went on in Salem.

  178. notafan

    NFI

    I can address any part of any essay I choose.

    The themes I see emerging is I have identified a problem that can be fixed with more taxpayers money.

    How about; they can be all big and brave and go to Canberra. But that would be admitting that they now know covid19 isn’t that dangerous.

    And we certainly don’t need another Canberra.

    Somewhere else.

    Or should we stick to admiring attagirls?

  179. dover_beach

    There were no request for assistance.
    In fact, in the case of Portland (for example) the presence of the troops were resisted by the local authorities

    Federal officers don’t need a request for assistance to defend federal property or personnel.

  180. Roger

    It’s funny how little formal English grammar I recall being taught yet how much emphasis these get in European language studies.

    This intrigues me. I recall spending a lot of time on grammar in late primary school years. To test our comprehension the teacher woudl call upon individual students to stand and parse sentences he wrote on the blackboard. It was an effective teaching method! But when I later pursued an avocation and studied Koine Greek in an intensive course the lecturer spent the first week teaching the class…English grammar! Apparently the formal study of grammar is a lacuna in a lot of people’s education. Or is it that they were able to dream away during lessons because they didn’t have to fear being called upon to stand and parse?

  181. stackja

    zyconoclast
    #3531025, posted on August 1, 2020 at 10:19 am

    28 May 2020 – Armed civilians took to guarding stores in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 27, as looting followed protests over the death of George Floyd .

  182. Makka

    They want to replace the police force with nonprofit programs and “community-led activities.”

    Excellent. The sooner the better. Then we can see what it looks like when half of west coast’s thuggery migrate there to participate in Seattle’s brave new world.

  183. notafan

    By the way this is the open forum.

    There are no ‘distraction squirrels’.

    Oh and keep linking to that fine forum you have perhaps more like minded people will ‘make the change’

  184. She endorsed the shift to study Aboriginal languages because students would be more engaged because it was relevant to their local community.

    Yes I have said this before. Because that’s what prospective employers look at on your resume, whether you can speak Latje Latje or Wiradjuri. Or indeed Italian or French. No one cares, they just want the job done.

  185. notafan

    Roger it didn’t happen.

    I think we’d moved on to the new way of doing things.

    I do remember being asked to write sentences finding alternative words for ‘nice’.

  186. Roger

    Roger it didn’t happen.

    I think we’d moved on to the new way of doing things.

    They call it progress, I believe.

  187. Makka

    So it’s really about 55-58%….

    Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
    Friday, July 31, 2020

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove.

  188. notafan

    I lost a post because banned word.

    Mr Bush

    I was just trying to point out that there are trade offs based on the work we do and where we live.

    We cannot have taxpayer funded five star medical facilities within twenty minutes drive of every Australian.

    Unless we used the Cuban model of health service delivery.

  189. Tel

    You said no one is forced to live in rural areas.
    Farmers are. Also a host of other service industries.

    Industries are not people, no human being is forced to be a farmer or a miner … at least not in this country.

    No one is going to rebuild a Sydney Opera House in every country town … there’s simply some things that country people have chosen to live without. On the other side of it, if you live in a city apartment don’t demand a big backyard.

  190. miltonf

    What nonprofit will get the contract for this?
    I don’t expect taxes to fall.

    Reminds me of when John Howard got rid of the CES.

  191. Terry Pedersen

    My matter was considered urgent anyway, so clutching my ultrasound report from that day we went straight in. Got interviewed by nurse, then examined by junior resident doc who consulted with haematologist who ordered blood tests and we had to wait a couple of hours for the results before discharge with meds and schedule for Dr. O’Oirish our GP.

    No thrombolytics, so a less serious DVT. Treatable at home with a blood thinner, perhaps Eliquis.

  192. Mark A

    That’s amazing, rickw.

    I can’t work out how individual bricks don’t drop from their own weight before the cement dries. Unless the very lightweight, very dry bricks suck out all the moisture.

    Indeed it is thanks rickw.

    Yes, it is stated the bricks have to be very dry and lightweight and absorbent, 2.6Kg max instead of ours even the wire-cuts with 3 holes ares about 3.2Kg, solids are heavier

  193. Roger

    We also did a lot of rote work out loud in unison.

    I suppose they’d call it child abuse today, but it stuck; it was educational ballast, so to speak.

  194. Almost the best learning model Roger.

  195. NoFixedAddress

    a NEW WORLD ORDER of Education

  196. Steve trickler

    Flip the tables on the MSM press. Interview them, individually, on any given subject when they ambush with a microphone and camera. Even ask the name of the bloke filming with the camera.

    I’ve stated before. Never do a interview with anyone unless you are filming the people interviewing you.

    And yet people continue to walk into to the MSM trap.

    Meanwhile…



  197. Bruce of Newcastle

    I recall spending a lot of time on grammar in late primary school years.

    Blazing Cat Fur has this webpage up this morning:

    1912 Eighth Grade Examination for Bullitt County Schools

    The webpage is from 2018 but quite interesting. I wonder how many Year 8 students in Australia could answer the questions?

  198. calli

    *dusts off hands*

    One NY cheesecake
    Three dozen fancy biscuits
    Chicken, egg and prawn sandwich fillings in the fridge
    Everything vaguely breakable above the tideline
    Little table, chairs, playmat and highchair assembled
    Bathrooms towelled, soaped and bath-toyed

    The ankle biters are coming for a sleepover and great grannie’s 89th tomorrow.

    Nothing like family to shake off the covid blues. 😀🍾

  199. calli

    McEnany seems very well prepared.

    Are the questions on notice or is she winging it?

  200. Cardie, pls thank your daughter, she is so right

    almost perfect discorrelation between nature’s beauty and public service.

    In the bush we just sigh.

  201. max

    1912 Eighth Grade Examination for Bullitt County Schools

    This is wonderful. Education should introduce kids to a world larger than themselves.
    Religious instruction used to follow the same lines.
    Theology, not psychology.

  202. Ladyredneck

    Apologies Cats if this is old news. I have been chasing down the influzenza figures and found the Department of Health influenza surveillance report https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/cda-surveil-ozflu-flucurr.htm/$File/flu-08-2020.pdf

    There are some very weird things going on. By week 13 of this year, flu infection notifications crashed to the floor in all states. Flu testing seems to have either remained at normal levels or increased throughout the year so far.

    Flu is tested for by PCR. Corona virus is tested for by PCR. I would assume that flu testing is by now fairly robustly verifiable. On the other hand, there can be no such assumption for corona virus given its “novel” status.

    Why is that no one is getting the flu this year? Social distancing, lockdown and masks I hear you say? Then why, oh why is this not working in Victoria for a similar respiratory disease? My working theory is that the PCR tests are not fit for purpose, and are misdiagnosing or over diagnosing corona in the vast majority of cases.

    This is further complicated by the way PCR works, in only being able to identify that RNA is present, but not determine whether it is active or has been beaten by the bodies immune system and the patient is still clearing the debris. Or that the RNA detected is specific only to covid-19. Lotsa questions…

  203. Bruce of Newcastle

    Interesting strategic article over at JPost about the Hezbies:

    Understanding Hezbollah’s complex planning behind the events on Har Dov (30 Jul)

    BEHIND THE LINES: This week’s skirmish on the northern border must be seen through the prism of the leadership struggle in Lebanon.

    Well worth a read. The author points out that Hezbollah is now the government in Lebanon. That was a mistake, since they’re now responsible for running the place, and as you might expect that ain’t going so well.

    The author doesn’t mention this story from last week.

    As Lebanon enters hyperinflation, the black market currency exchange has many faces (25 Jul)

    As Lebanon descended into economic crisis, the country’s currency sank with it, officially entering hyperinflation this week. The decades-old fixed exchange rate has given way to a black market and complex web of exchange rates despite the government’s efforts to maintain the official rate.

    While Lebanon’s currency, the lira, remains pegged at 1,517 to $1, licensed exchange shops are trading at a rate closer to 3,900, as instructed by the central bank. However, this rate is significantly lower than the black market rate that now stands around 8,000, but is subject to rapid fluctuation. This system has given rise to individuals selling at this higher rate amid the economic turmoil.

    The devaluation of the lira has also led to hyperinflation, or when inflation exceeds 50 percent per month over a certain period of time. According to Credit Libanais, in May, food costs had risen by 190 percent while clothing costs rose by 172 percent with little indications of improving in the near future.

    Governing, it seems, is hard if you are a Hezbie. Much easier to denounce the J ews over the border.

  204. Entropy

    Damn that press secretary is easy on the eyes. I can forgive the accent too.

  205. Steve trickler

    I do remember the sounds when mum was committed.



  206. lotocoti

    They want to replace the police force with nonprofit programs and “community-led activities.”

    They boned the Gun Violence Reduction Team because grey meat soy boys weren’t the ones strapped in the ‘hood.

  207. Gilas

    Wow this worship of a stagnant Paleolithic culture is getting to ridiculous heights.

    If the definition of stagnant is:

    Overwhelmed, conquered and irrelevant,
    kept from extinction by a mixture of intentionally delusional, deceptive Government policy
    and financially-corrupt activism by hypocritical, predatory whites..

    ..then, yes, it is stagnant.

  208. Kev

    Roger,
    But when I later pursued an avocation and studied Koine Greek in an intensive course the lecturer spent the first week teaching the class…English grammar!

    I did Bahasa Indonesia at RAAF Point Cook when we fighting the bastards and the first three weeks of the one year course was English. Can’t really learn a second language if you don’t know your first.

  209. lotocoti

    Are the questions on notice or is she winging it?

    Just well prepared.
    She carries a folder chockers with hot button issues.

  210. Steve trickler

    Committed to sewing.

  211. MemoryFault

    Governing, it seems, is hard if you are a Hezbie.
    Much easier to denounce the J ews

    A neat trick the Mueslis learned off the European Christian Monarchs a very long time ago.

  212. Bruce of Newcastle

    Ladyredneck – There’d also been a run of flu vaccinations back in April and May. My local area pharmacies all ran out for example.

    ‘More important than ever’ but record demand leaves flu vaccines in short supply (13 May)

    A shortage of flu vaccinations in the private sector has left many Australians frustrated as they try to get vaccinated before winter. Overwhelming demand has seen private suppliers, such as TerryWhite Chemmart, struggling to keep pace with requests to be vaccinated.

    According to NSW Health, the state has seen a huge decline in cases so far in 2020. “NSW Influenza levels are down an extraordinary 98.3 per cent on figures for the same period last year due to social distancing measures and better hand hygiene,” it said.

    I don’t know why there was such an increase in flu vaccine interest this year. Something psychological? (I always get it, as it works well for me.)

    Add the uptick in vaccination to the general quarantine restrictions and I think you have an explanation. I know for example that nursing homes have tightened requirements – even tradies have to have a certificate from their GP saying they’ve had flu vaccination before their allowed onto the premises.

  213. The Guardian says that climate deniers come in 4 varieties. The shill, the grifter, the egomaniac, and the ideological fool.

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2020/07/31/4-types-of-climate-denier/

  214. Dr Faustus

    I can’t work out how individual bricks don’t drop from their own weight before the cement dries. Unless the very lightweight, very dry bricks suck out all the moisture.

    Correct.
    Thin, light, ultra absorbent brick and quick setting mud based on Portland cement. Great stuff – and sensational structures.

    A similar sort of self-supporting cohesive structure was used to install the brick lining in UK railway tunnels in the 19th c – installed from underneath.

  215. Entropy

    I don’t know why there was such an increase in flu vaccine interest this year. Something psychological? (I always get it, as it works well for me.)

    My workplace is constantly advocating it. Personally this year probably a waste of time as it inevitably will be the wrong strain when It eventually turns up.

  216. Ladyredneck

    BoN, that may work as an explanation, flu cases and testing were a bit higher in the first couple of months this year, and the theory is that a combination of bushfire/smoke respiratory problems, plus concern about emerging news of corona caused the surge in extra flu jabs. But, we know flu vaccine is not more than 60% effective in the best of seasons and not everyone will have had the jab. I still cant square away the precipitous drop in flu cases that continues until this day.

  217. Struth

    I love these guys coming here as constitutional experts just claiming it’s so therefore it’s so…

    Good stuff.
    Back it up guys, go for it.
    States have no rights to practice Quarantine.
    I have backed it up with the Constitution, as has Cardimona.
    Have a crack.

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