Open Forum: August 15, 2020

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  1. JC

    Discomfort with competition.

    Yea and these cases I always wonder just who the snitcher was.

  2. Leigh Lowe

    For that matter, if you’re( thankfully) not participating in the commentary, you’re at least reading it ( which is spending time here) therefore counting how many comments people post.

    JC, the problem isn’t how much time anyone spends here.
    It is time spent calling out the doddering, chest-puffing geriatrics and disagreeing with their whacko theories.
    Funnily enough, Ted (snort) always seems to ride in on the white charger when Faulty has shot himself in the foot … which happens frequently.

  3. Geriatric Mayfly

    Ender, we went out together to the market earlier today and the place was packed with couples. Ironically, the meat&fish section had been cordoned off since march,

    No bats?
    Your disappointment is palpable. Try Box Hill.

  4. notafan

    I’d say no.

    Because everyone has some recessive genes and who knows what the mix will be.

  5. NoFixedAddress

    Gab
    #3548691, posted on August 15, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Herald-Sun

    should be renamed Karen-Sun.

    LOL..

  6. Zyconoclast

    Twin sisters who married twin brothers in a dual wedding and live together are both pregnant.

    Here’s a puzzle for Cats who are interested. (I know the answer already and this same scenario’s question was asked once over dinner at Oxbridge somewhere to a philosopher and a scientist who gave different answers – and it’s a yes/no question – the philosopher got it right and the scientist didn’t.)

    Okay, here goes.

    Will their offspring be identical?

    If one of the brothers impersonated the other and shagged his sister-in-law, could they tell which brother was the babies father?

  7. vlad

    That’s right, notafan.

    Of course the babies will only be as similar as ordinary siblings of the same parents. Two actual human beings don’t turn out identical babies every time, so no reason why two sets of identical twins would.

  8. vlad

    If one of the brothers impersonated the other and shagged his sister-in-law, could they tell which brother was the babies father?

    Almost certainly not.

  9. Steve trickler

    A comforting night at the pub. 2003.



  10. calli

    Only if they come from the same split egg, vlad.

    Same for the other couple.

    Endless possibilities otherwise.

  11. calli

    On the shagging question, I recommend Daphne du Maurier’s “The Scapegoat”.

  12. Nick

    Just a question, where are all the tell all Biden books ? He’s been in politics for over 50 years.

  13. C.L.

    A rare old-fashioned send-off today in the Sharks-Titans match.
    … of a captain no less.

  14. Johno

    Today was a filthy,cold wet day. House auctions had a 76% clearance rate. Nothing can stop the Canberra property market.

  15. Geriatric Mayfly

    Just a question, where are all the tell all Biden books ? He’s been in politics for over 50 years.

    Even the Editors with all their craft could not mould them into a coherent narrative.

  16. mh

    Just a question, where are all the tell all Biden books ?

    Joe vs Corn Pop – the shocking true story.

  17. Leigh Lowe

    Twin sisters who married twin brothers in a dual wedding and live together are both pregnant.

    Okay, here goes.

    Will their offspring be identical?

    I saw someone on Eddie’s “Who Else Wants To Be a Millionaire” a while back.

    Some rellos of a contestant where identical twin boys married identical twin girls.

    Apparently their offspring (cousins) would genetically be siblings.
    I think.

  18. Eyrie

    Not identical, you get an average of 50% of the genes of the mother and 50% of the father.
    I’m willing to admit I’m wrong though.

  19. Geriatric Mayfly

    Is Kamala Harris black enough?

    So asks American Thinker. It’s Crème Caramela for those with an appetite for mischief.

  20. JOE BIDEN TELLS ALL!

    Grampa’s Story from Nineteen Dickety Two

    Dickety? Highly dubious!

    Now I’d like to digress from my prepared remarks, to discuss how I invented the turlet.

  21. Leigh Lowe

    Legalise Sedition

    #3548754, posted on August 15, 2020 at 7:35 pm

    JOE BIDEN TELLS ALL!

    Grampa’s Story from Nineteen Dickety Two

    Dickety? Highly dubious!

    Come on, man!!
    Not cool!!

  22. C.L.

    When Time magazine included psychopath Christine Blasey Ford in its 2019 list of America’s 100 most influential people, guess who wrote the entry?

    https://time.com/collection/100-most-influential-people-2019/5567675/christine-blasey-ford/

  23. Warwick

    Old Ozzie. Thanks for the link to the HCQ article. Would never have found it otherwise. Thanks.

  24. K2

    Barcelona sacked the coach after that.

  25. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    At her core, she iz a tacher.

  26. Armadillo

    Just a question, where are all the tell all Biden books ? He’s been in politics for over 50 years.

    Good question. Where is Hunter? That might provide a clue.

    Biden IS the “Deep State”. How else would he get to be VP, let alone the Democrat nominee for President?

    #Anne/Annie

  27. Armadillo

    guess who wrote the entry?

    Join the dots.

  28. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Absolutely monstrous, sweetie!

    Trigger warning – hideous drunken ol’ slag.

  29. Armadillo
    #3548770, posted on August 15, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    guess who wrote the entry?

    Join the dots.

    https://catallaxyfiles.com/2019/08/02/currency-lad-sociopath/#comment-3121971

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #3121971, posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Christine Blasey Ford, Rep. Eshoo and Sen. Feinstein ought to be in gaol for the farce they perpetuated against the US Congress and Justice Kavanaugh.

    It was outright fraud. Follow the whole story. Eshoo, Ford and Feinstein along with a Dem. contributor cooked the whole thing up.

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1001

    18 U.S. Code § 1001. Statements or entries generally

    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
    (1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
    (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
    (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
    shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.

    (b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party’s counsel, for statements, representations, writings or documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
    c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to—
    (1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch; or
    (2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.

    Never forget this “gem”:

    https://twitter.com/McCormackJohn/status/1044997880384245761

    John McCormack
    ‏Verified account @McCormackJohn

    What?!?

    “Ms. Swetnick grew up in Montgomery County, Md., graduating from Gaithersburg High School in 1980 before attending college”

    She was attending high-school parties where gang rapes occurred while a college student

    Ah yes more lunatic stuff:

    https://www.salon.com/2018/09/08/brett-kavanaughs-perjury-avalanche-50-years-in-the-making/

  30. Armadillo
    #3548770, posted on August 15, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    guess who wrote the entry?

    Join the dots.

    From C.L.’s Currency Lad: Pick The Real Sociopath of 2 August 2019.

    Frank Walker from National Tiles
    #3121971, posted on August 3, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Christine Blasey Ford, Rep. Eshoo and Sen. Feinstein ought to be in gaol for the farce they perpetuated against the US Congress and Justice Kavanaugh.

    It was outright fraud. Follow the whole story. Eshoo, Ford and Feinstein along with a Dem. contributor cooked the whole thing up. (My emphasis now in 2020).

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1001

    18 U.S. Code § 1001. Statements or entries generally

    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—
    (1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
    (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
    (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
    shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.

    (b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party’s counsel, for statements, representations, writings or documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
    c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to—
    (1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch; or
    (2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.

    Never forget this “gem”:

    https://twitter.com/McCormackJohn/status/1044997880384245761

    John McCormack
    ‏Verified account @McCormackJohn

    What?!?

    “Ms. Swetnick grew up in Montgomery County, Md., graduating from Gaithersburg High School in 1980 before attending college”

    She was attending high-school parties where gang rapes occurred while a college student

    Ah yes more lunatic stuff:

    https://www.salon.com/2018/09/08/brett-kavanaughs-perjury-avalanche-50-years-in-the-making/

  31. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Fatty Trump:

    Every modern U.S. President tries to influence the world. President Fatty Trump has done this through opposing the NATO countries not paying their fair share, pushing China and our North American neighbores for fairer trade agreements and withdrawing from the Iran nookular agreement. His boldest move in this direction is likely his personal efforts on the issue of North Korea. Fatty Trump has, in fact, used the past year to place his imprint on a problem spanning more than six decades.

    By Chis Christini

  32. Sal, I would let this go, but before you sideswipe anyone about their business knowledge, I seem to remember that you tied yourself in knots with JobKeeper and how to account for pokie revenue (was the full machine throughput your revenue, or were you merely an agent, with the commission being your revenue).

    Your recall is incorrect.

  33. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    #Anne/Annie

    One of the good ones here.

  34. Armadillo

    50 years in politics is a long time to learn the ropes……

  35. 50 years in politics is a long time to learn the ropes……

    Joe doesn’t like to rush into things……

  36. mh

    Yeah mon

    The Jamaican father of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris blasted her for saying she smoked marijuana and supports it becoming legalized, claiming she’s playing “identity politics.”

    Donald Harris, an economics professor at Stanford University, said she is harming her family’s Jamaican ancestors.

    “My dear departed grandmothers … as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics,” he said in a statement to Jamaica Global Online published last Friday.

    “ Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty,” her father said.

  37. rickw

    JD update:

    Got a price on a replacement bonnet, cracks in the old one and broken mounting brackets. Over $1k for a new one!

    So we’re definitely fixing the old one! Epoxied two cracks up today, more to go tomorrow. Snapped off mounting brackets are being printed, will have a much bigger area to allow them to be epoxied on to the inside of the bonnet. Should also stop the cracking, not so much of a point load.

  38. rickw

    I read the story but could not work out what she is doing there.

    Very strange. I didn’t know Kinshasa was the rape capital of the world either…

  39. rickw #3548787, posted on August 15, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    Thanks for the update!
    Thanks also for the video this morning (today’s release by the NFSA)
    That 30-minutes of video is one endless series of WH&S breaches, more breaches of the Fair Work Act than I could count, and quite a few parts the AHRC would be prepared to initiate proceedings over.

    Very well edited, favourite part (among many) is the narrating of the moment the A-bombs were dropped.

  40. mh

    I didn’t know Kinshasa was the rape capital of the world either…

    Better let the Feds know so we can get some more quality immigrants.

  41. rickw

    You know where Dan gets his competence from. CCP opened 3 gorges dam due to new wave of flooding, didn’t let anyone know, people downstream drowned while asleep or electrocuted:

  42. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Hey collectivists! 🤠

    Fatty Barr is coming for ya …

  43. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I read the story but could not work out what she is doing there.

    From the link. No good turn ever goes unpunished…

    Ms Inkster had gone to meet her Australian construction worker fiance, Joe Bagala, in March in Kisangani as they set up a charity for residents of the squalid and impoverished Tshopo province.

  44. I read the story but could not work out what she is doing there.

    Like you, I don’t buy her cover story either.

  45. Knuckle Dragger

    Jiminy Crickets.

    The Pies got bent over the ute with the bonnet open to the tune of nine goals today, and I didn’t even realise it.

    By Melbourne, of all people.

  46. rickw

    Plumbers Nightmare, functioning well, just miles high!

  47. Gunner

    If there was a sign you ought to follow Arsenal like me, this is it:

    Nicolas Pépé

  48. Old Lefty

    Well spotted, CL. The Micturator and Blatant Fraud have a lot in common.

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Plumbers Nightmare, functioning well, just miles high!

    The Stench gun…

  50. rickw

    Ms Inkster had gone to meet her Australian construction worker fiance, Joe Bagala, in March in Kisangani as they set up a charity for residents of the squalid and impoverished Tshopo province.

    Kisangani seemed to be far from squalid when I was there. Everyone was building cute little red brick cottages. The local clay seemed to be quite good for brick making, they would make up the bricks and sun dry them. Then they would fire them by loose stacking them into a chimney and running a fire in it for 24hours.

    Kisangani Airport Terminal would have been very impressive when opened, mostly falling apart now.

  51. notafan

    Beirut twins with 9/11 as ‘ controlled events’.

    Yeah nah.

    #randomguyontwitter

  52. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    One of the most magnificent pieces of electronika evah …

  53. rickw

    Here’s the terminal, inside there’s all these hard wood carvings on white walls:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kisangani_Bangoka_International_Airport

  54. stackja

    Labor fuming over branch stacking audit
    Senior Labor figures across the state were left seething after receiving a letter from lawyers demanding they hand over records of every meeting held over the last two years.

    Kieran Rooney and James Campbell, Sunday Herald Sun
    Subscriber only
    |
    August 15, 2020 6:53pm

    Labor branches across Victoria are reeling after an unprecedented audit into the party demanded they hand over records of every meeting held over the last two years.

    Senior figures across the state were left seething after receiving a letter from lawyers representing former Premier Steve Bracks and former federal Minister Jenny Macklin requesting the documents as they audit claims of industrial-scale branch stacking.

    The letter, sent to hundreds of branches, also sparked further tensions by reminding Labor members about ongoing IBAC and Ombudsman investigations and the penalties for destroying evidence.

    It comes in the wake of a secret tapes scandal centred around Adem Somyurek which led to his expulsion from the party and the resignation of two other Andrews Government ministers.

    Former chief of staff to then Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Ben Hubbard, is also believed to be involved in the process.

    Enraged party figures, agitated by the tone of the letter, were on Saturday night questioning the audit, raising concerns about the use of party money on lawyers and flagging the potential for their own legal action.

    “We confirm it is a criminal offence to deliberately destroy documents which may be reasonably likely to be relevant to this joint investigation,” the letter from law firm Holding Redlich reads.

    The fallout from the unprecedented request was followed by another message from acting state secretary Chris Ford urging for calm among members.

    “I understand that there has been some concern and angst regarding the tone of the letter,

    its content and the requests have been made of you,” Mr Ford said.

    “I can assure you that I and the team that I lead at head office are making every effort to ensure that we come through this difficult time together, more united and stronger.”

  55. dover_beach

    STUDIES OF BRAIN ACTIVITY AREN’T AS USEFUL AS SCIENTISTS THOUGHT:

    Hariri and his colleagues reexamined 56 published papers based on fMRI data to gauge their reliability across 90 experiments. Hariri said the researchers recognized that “the correlation between one scan and a second is not even fair, it’s poor.”

    They also examined data from the brain-scanning Human Connectome Project — “Our field’s Bible at the moment,” Hariri called it — and looked at test/retest results for 45 individuals. For six out of seven measures of brain function, the correlation between tests taken about four months apart with the same person was weak. The seventh measure studied, language processing, was only a fair correlation, not good or excellent.

    Finally they looked at data they collected through the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study in New Zealand, in which 20 individuals were put through task-based fMRI twice, two or three months apart. Again, they found poor correlation from one test to the next in an individual.

    The bottom line is that task-based fMRI in its current form can’t tell you what an individual’s brain activation will look like from one test to the next, Hariri said. The new analysis, appears June 3 in Psychological Science

  56. Nick

    Spurgeon, it’s good, but not as good as Moroder’s ‘I feel love’. Besides, Numan was copying Bowie anyway.

  57. Knuckle Dragger

    In a clear revenge attack, the 20 kilo and 150cm mackerel that killed the punter in Darwin Harbour today is dead. It is an ex-mackerel.

    After headbutting the bloke under the left armpit it went batshit in the boat until one of the other fishos launched at it with a long-bladed bait knife, despatching it to fishy heaven. They usually jump a bit on the hook, as do most of the pelagics but this is far less common.

    Not unknown, though. Stories abound of near misses and glancing blows from Spanish Macks and tuna who go for major air. Word seems to be it’s when they’re being chased at flat tit-o-rama by lemon and/or bronze sharks, of which there are kazillions in the harbour.

    A someone said earlier, expect the NT C19 death toll to ratchet up to one.

  58. Armadillo

    Well spotted, CL. The Micturator and Blatant Fraud have a lot in common.

    Revenge is a dish best served cold.

  59. rickw

    Nice series of photos of Kisangani, the first few are of the hotel I stayed at, really nice:

    https://www.skyscrapercity.com/threads/kisangani-city-gallery.420092/page-20

  60. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Moroder’s ‘I feel love

  61. Geriatric Mayfly

    “I can assure you that I and the team that I lead at head office are making every effort to ensure that we come through this difficult time together, more united and stronger.”

    We are us.

  62. rickw

    Southbend shaper part 3:

  63. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Rockdoctor at 7:01 pm:

    “Hmm, sounds very whiffy…

    https://www.news.com.au/world/africa/young-aussie-mum-stranded-in-rape-capital-of-world-by-covid19/news-story/254ac8bf67aaa21756a4c0d10c5c0eea

    Someone’s having a big fat lend, or trying to. Single mother, off to Europe to grow her exciting new corporate success, meeting up en route with the designer fiancé (a construction labourer) in Mogadishu or Harari or Khartoum (he traveled there to minister to poor people because he is depressed), miscarried, been robbed and nearly raped often, humanitarian saint but left the brats at home in Melbourne or somewhere while she gets about in Primitive Central dressed as would a pretty blonde taking in the sun at Wategos Beach. Now she wants Rod Taylor or Jim Brown to appear in a Long Range Desert Group jeep to rescue her.

    Flying in to darkest Africa in March offers a bit of a clue – a month after the Diamond Princess death barge delivered 14 entitled Leagues Club poker machine addicts who had carked it from leprosy, plus 700 plus infected entitled (who were furious at the Prime Minister for not doing something about it) would suggest that Our Sharpelle II is either not real clever, Fairlie Arrow’s daughter or Mercedes’ other sister.

  64. Knuckle Dragger

    Cackle snort.

    WAGs. Is there anything the stupid moles can’t cock up? The Hun:

    ‘Sydney [Swans] youngster Elijah Taylor has been suspended for the rest of the 2020 season — and the Swans have been forced to apologise to the people of Western Australia — over an embarrassing breach of the state’s strict quarantine rules.

    ‘Taylor’s partner entered the Swans’ quarantine zone at their resort in Perth when not authorised to do so.

    ‘That was not only a breach of AFL return to play protocols, but more importantly Western Australian quarantine regulations.’

    I can hear it now. ‘If you LOVED ME you’d let me in.’

    Why do people bother with trophy wives again?

  65. areff

    Worthwhile background here on Clinesmith, the bloke who doctored a CIA email to win permission to keep on monitoring Carter Page, here. A sample:

    Clinesmith would later go on to serve as part of the team behind Mueller’s wide-ranging probe into foreign election interference, corruption and obstruction of justice. But he was jettisoned from that role in February 2018 after it was revealed that Clinesmith penned a series of invective-heavy text messages aimed at President Donald Trump after the 45th president was elected.

    “I just can’t imagine the systematic disassembly of the progress we made over the last 8 years,” Clinesmith said the day after Trump’s election win. “ACA is gone. Who knows if the rhetoric about deporting people, walls, and crap is true. I honestly feel like there is going to be a lot more gun issues, too, the crazies won finally. This is the tea party on steroids. And the GOP is going to be lost, they have to deal with an incumbent in 4 years. We have to fight this again. Also Pence is stupid.”

    The electoral fraud to oust Trump and stop more of this stuff coming to light is going to be intense.

  66. Armadillo

    Southbend shaper part 3:

    Brilliant stuff. Interesting, informative and the host is an absolute delight.

    Much better than the shit that Arky used to post here.

  67. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Thankfully, there are still some VenOzzies who can go the full art and beauty when they need to …

  68. Mick Gold Coast QLD #3548822, posted on August 15, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Well said.

  69. Nick

    Lol KD. Some of the WAG stories have been illustrative

  70. Knuckle Dragger

    Ms Inkster, having done all that stuff Mick GCQ details above can fuck off.

    She went to The Congo. On purpose. No doubt expecting to be borne aloft on litters by herds of semi-nekkid blecks wherever she went ‘cos blond and tidy.

    Have a go at the photos, where she’s manhandling Congolese infants attempting to channel Madonna or Angeline Jolie. But the best bit is at the end of Rockdoctor’s link:

    ‘So far, the gofundme.com page Kylie Cook has set up for her friend has reached $2480 of its $15,000 total.’ All those influencers are clearly coming up a bit short.

    Hey, Inkster. There’s another giggly Australian doofus called Whatsername who’s been ferried between Iranian jails for some time now, and will be for years to come. That was her own fault as well, so you’ve got no chance of anything special.

  71. Armadillo

    Why do people bother with trophy wives again?

    There is a reverse to that. The bloke is a bigger dickhead than she is. It’s usually the case.

  72. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Our Sharpelle II is either not real clever, Fairlie Arrow’s daughter or Mercedes’ other sister.’

    If it’s Option 3 Mick, Mercedes is clearly the runt of the litter.

    Sidenote: I have a hybrid 5 wood named Porsche, after an Adelaide stripper. Like the stripper, Porsche fails to live up to her potential on occoasion.

  73. Armadillo

    I’m sticking up for the Sheliahs tonight.

  74. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    She went to The Congo. On porpoise.

    These things happen, KD …

  75. Farmer Gez

    New Zealand has confirmed seven new coronavirus cases, while authorities are investigating whether the mysterious Auckland outbreak is linked to a cold storage facility in Melbourne.

    The country’s Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said on Saturday that as part of the investigation, he had been in contact with health officials in Victoria, where there had been an outbreak linked to an Americold cold storage facility in Melbourne.

    But the chief executive of Americold for Australia and New Zealand, Richard Winnall, rejected Dr Bloomfield’s suggestion COVID-19 might have come to Auckland in frozen sea freight from the Americold facility in Victoria.

    Winnall declared “that site at Melbourne has never shipped any freight to the [company’s] Mt Wellington [Auckland] facility, according to our records”.

    The source of the New Zealand outbreak has not been determined by officials.

    Dr Ashley Bumblefool is setting about to create a food scare without any known basis in fact.
    Along with Brett Sutton the ineptness of these chief medical idiots is hard to believe.

  76. Armadillo

    Let’s face it. There’s a lot of good blokes in this world. There is also a lot of downright arsehats that you wouldn’t let anywhere near your wife, daughter or mother.

  77. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Nick at 9:31 pm:

    “Lol KD. Some of the WAG stories have been illustrative”

    Good innit Nick, most entertaining Knuckle Dragger.

    These sheilas are either as dim as the overpaid drongos they pursue or clever enough to capitalise on the fact they are momentarily rich and worth tolerating until pay day, when they can scoot before they turn 30 and still have their looks.

  78. Armadillo
    #3548836, posted on August 15, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    I’m sticking up for the Sheliahs tonight.

    ???

  79. Leigh Lowe

    I can hear it now. ‘If you LOVED ME you’d let me in.’

    Why do people bother with trophy wives again?

    They really need to develop an AFL WAG which can be disinfected, deflated and carried in a sports bag, and re-inflated on site.
    In club colours of course.

  80. Armadillo

    IIRC correctly, it’s why blokes go to war. To protect their families. Foremost their Sheliahs.

    Not to protect other blokes pissing in their own mouth at a urinal.

  81. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3548830, posted on August 15, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Ms Inkster, having done all that stuff Mick GCQ details above can fuck off.

    More fuckin’ holes in that story than wheel of Swiss cheese.

  82. Siltstone

    Steve trickler
    #3548833, posted on August 15, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    was surprised to find that Chris Rea song was released as long ago as 1978. You are a master at finding good stuff to post.

  83. JC

    Salvatore, Social Distance Martyr
    #3548777, posted on August 15, 2020 at 8:16 pm
    Sal, I would let this go, but before you sideswipe anyone about their business knowledge, I seem to remember that you tied yourself in knots with JobKeeper and how to account for pokie revenue (was the full machine throughput your revenue, or were you merely an agent, with the commission being your revenue).

    Your recall is incorrect.

    Quite correct Leigh. It was a humiliating series of face plants. As one face plant ended the next one began and when you thought it couldn’t get worse the next one…..

  84. mh

    Sean Ono Lennon
    @seanonolennon
    Hooray for the Peace deal between Israel and UAE! Wait…what? Trump negotiated it? I meant Boooo! I hate peace, peace is bad! Us dems have always been against peace deals right? Yeah that’s the ticket.
    8:53 AM · Aug 14, 2020

  85. Leigh Lowe

    “Lol KD. Some of the WAG stories have been illustrative”

    OK.
    Every year the AFL present the Brownlow Medal.
    It is ostensibly a ceremony to honour the best and fairest player that season.
    Except it isn’t.
    It is the crescendo of a week of squabbling about which WAG is wearing which dress, which high-end handbag store is holding out on B-grade WAGS, how plunging can my neckline be without looking like … well … you know ..
    But, anyway, usually this stuff goes on for a few days in the background, with a cat-fight crescendo at Crown Casino on that Last Monday in September.
    What we have now is a four month long Brownlow Night catfight.
    Forget football.
    They should televise the WAG-fight.

  86. duncanm

    Fair bit of toxic masculinity in Port Mac today as a husband beat a great white off his wife.

  87. Nick

    Lol Leigh
    Surely the WAG medal should be named after Bec Judd.

  88. MatrixTransform

    toxic masculinity in Port Mac today as a husband beat a great white off his wife

    toxic masculinity

    …shark-ist

  89. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘a husband beat a great white off’

    Piscine PHRASING.

  90. duncanm

    he didn’t beat off a great white.

  91. Armadillo

    Interesting:

    Rickw, It’s easy to see why societies in that part of the world were scecptible to Communism.

    “Living Gods” (think Japan), and Chinese warlords. The power of politicians.

    The US Constitution and democracy was a beacon. They now want to tear it down, and a minority of useful idiots are willing to help for their 30 pieces of silver.

  92. Knuckle Dragger

    The WAG Medal.

    Or, the WAG Cup. The Jesinta Franklin (B) Cup for Prospective Weather Girls and Influencers.

    Held on Instagram. The event lasts 365 days.

  93. duncanm

    While we’re on a Chris Rea excursion

  94. K2

    Armed escort for that umpire at Optus Stadium.

  95. Makka

    The electoral fraud to oust Trump and stop more of this stuff coming to light is going to be intense.

    Clinesmith knows where all the Obamagate bodies are buried. Will we see Gitmo overflowing?

  96. Leigh Lowe

    Nick

    #3548852, posted on August 15, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    Carlton !!!!

    Fuck.
    40 to 36.
    Really?
    Please tell me I looked up a water polo score.

  97. Leigh Lowe

    Killed by fish?
    Phhht.
    This is killed by fish.
    .
    OK.
    Not a fish.
    But don’t fuck up my story.

  98. Armadillo

    Clinesmith knows where all the Obamagate bodies are buried. Will we see Gitmo overflowing?

    Clinesmith will plead guilty to one charge. He’s in protective custody. There will be no Arkinside.

  99. Bruce in WA

    Sorry, peeps, have to go.

    “African Queen” is on …

  100. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s all Mark A’s fault, from up thread. I’m not guilty

  101. Carpe Jugulum

    Great Moments in music

    What if i get a fender with a single humbucker pickup – Eddie Van Halen

    Fuck yeah but with a short neck – Gary Moore

    Fuck you i’ll go a Gretch and take out 2 x pickups – Malcolm Young

    Softcocks I’ll go a guitar that is taller than me and weighs more than me and still do the dusty bits – Angus Young

  102. jupes

    ‘Sydney [Swans] youngster Elijah Taylor has been suspended for the rest of the 2020 season — and the Swans have been forced to apologise to the people of Western Australia — over an embarrassing breach of the state’s strict quarantine rules.

    ‘Taylor’s partner entered the Swans’ quarantine zone at their resort in Perth when not authorised to do so.

    The language isn’t clear here. If the bint “entered the zone” then why is her partner being punished? If he let her in, then, okay, it’s on him.

    The reason I’m sceptical is because the earlier Nathan Buckley punishment for “breaking protocols” was utterly ridiculous. He was punished for playing a game of tennis with Alysia Molik, however he could have jogged, exercised or socialised with her quite legally according to the protocols. So consider this:

    If Buckley had jogged to the tennis court with Molik, did some push-ups and sit-ups as a warm-up with her, played the game then had a drink afterward sitting at the same table as her, guess which of those four activities was the one considered by some “expert” to be the only dangerous one?

    Of course, no one questions this in the press.

  103. Armadillo

    “Dead men don’t talk” is a misnomer. It’s a hangover from watching too many gangster movies.

    Seth Rich will talk. Julian Assange knows this. Insurance policies are all the rage in America at the moment.

    The problem for the Democrats is that Bill Barr has Epstiens and Maxwells insurance policy. The exhoneration of Michael Flynn will be the floodgate. He needs to be able to talk. Openly and publicly.

  104. Siltstone

    duncanm
    #3548861, posted on August 15, 2020 at 10:36 pm
    While we’re on a Chris Rea excursion

    I remember on the beach very well

  105. Steve trickler

    Siltstone. Enjoy the drive.



  106. Armadillo

    The language isn’t clear here. If the bint “entered the zone” then why is her partner being punished? If he let her in, then, okay, it’s on him.

    Bint is unacceptable language. She’s a Sheliah. Show some respect.

    Besides that, how did she get past security?

  107. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I remember on the beach very well

    So do I. Sand got everywhere.

  108. BrettW

    So that’s where the term “sandgroper” comes from.

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3548877, posted on August 15, 2020 at 11:24 pm
    I remember on the beach very well

    So do I. Sand got everywhere.

  109. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    So that’s where the term “sandgroper” comes from.

    Ten thousand professional comedians, out of work, and we get an amateur, trying to make a career change…..

  110. John A

    Mick Gold Coast QLD #3548822, posted on August 15, 2020, at 9:22 pm

    Now she wants Rod Taylor or Jim Brown to appear in a Long Range Desert Group jeep to rescue her.

    Mick, you would be only the second person I know who knows about the LRDG. But didn’t they leave the jeeps to David Stirling and his SAS and use heavier transports? It’s a long time since I have read anything about them.

    Just looked them up in Wikipedia (for speed only) and OK, there were some jeeps.

  111. Siltstone

    Steve trickler
    #3548875, posted on August 15, 2020 at 11:13 pm
    The Road to Hell.

    Slightly too dark for me., a tad of optimism suits better.

    Of course one is reminded of the old line:

    “Did you hear Dire Straits and Chris Rea are teaming up to form a new group?”

    “No!”

    “Its called Diarrhoea”

  112. Armadillo

    Someone has been manipulating the “Urban Dictionary”. Look 🔼 for possible suspects.

    Sandgroper
    A person from the state of West Australia – the largest and most important state in Australia. Sandgropers are well-known for being taller, healthier and better-looking than other Australians. Moreover, they are characterized by high intelligence. Sandgroper men tend to be strong and athletic. Sangroper women tend to be strong, athletic and extremely beautiful.
    Sandgropers fucking rule!

  113. Armadillo

    Wikipedia says otherwise….

    Sandgropers are wholly subterranean larviform insects of the family Cylindrachetidae that may grow up to 7 cm (3 in) long. Three genera are currently recognised: Cylindracheta, Cylindraustralia and Cylindroryctes. Like many subterranean animals, little is known about their habits and diet, but Western Australian farmers have blamed them for substantial crop losses.

    Cylindrachetidae
    Sandgroper1.png
    Cylindraustralia kochii
    Scientific classification
    Kingdom:
    Animalia
    Phylum:
    Arthropoda
    Class:
    Insecta
    Order:
    Orthoptera
    Suborder:
    Caelifera
    Superfamily:
    Tridactyloidea
    Family:
    Cylindrachetidae
    (Giglio-Tos, 1914)
    Genera
    Cylindracheta
    Cylindraustralia
    Cylindroryctes

    Sandgroper2.png
    Sandgropers were once thought to be degenerate mole crickets, but they are now known to be more closely related to pygmy mole crickets, in the Caelifera

  114. Knuckle Dragger

    Caelifera.

    Crazy, wacky sandgropers.

  115. Armadillo

    I’m proud to be a “New Englander”.

    It’s like old England, but much swankier. And newer.

    And it’s not like WA or Victoria. Thank fuck for that.

  116. JC

    It’s like old England, but much swankier. And newer.

    Actually, it’s much, much older.

  117. Armadillo

    Caelifera

    Grasshoppers. The Weststern Australians pretend they don’t know what they are.

    #toolazttospray

  118. Infidel Tiger King

    It’s like old England, but much swankier. And newer.

    And it’s not like WA or Victoria. Thank fuck for that.

    Lots of homos wearing boots.

  119. Infidel Tiger King

    — and the Swans have been forced to apologise to the people of Western Australia — over an embarrassing breach of the state’s strict quarantine rules.

    Hasn’t apologised to me yet. Wonder what time he knocks on my door?

  120. notafan

    Fourteen down, one to go.

  121. Infidel Tiger King

    Haha! Should be soon then.

  122. Rex Anger

    Hasn’t apologised to me yet. Wonder what time he knocks on my door?

    No, ITK, no.

    I’ve waited nearly 4 months for my steam fix, and no gangly teenager in a man’s body grossly overpaid to punch and kick another man’s (foot)balls is going to inflict a probable community transmission amd deny me any longer.

    If I take to mainlining (snerk!) finely crushed Collie coal and burning my nose on my kettle while trying to get a good whiff of water vapour (we won’t explore hownhard it is to get the volatiles out of steam oil without explosive catastrophe), it’s all his fault. And yours…

  123. Rex Anger

    (OK- This Anger confesses that the above post is likely the Whiskey talking. It was a mighty fine day to be out on the tools this morning. Even if it was in a diseasel…)

  124. Armadillo

    — and the Swans have been forced to apologise to the people of Western Australia —

    Why do “The Swans” need to apologise?

  125. Leigh Lowe

    — and the Swans have been forced to apologise to the people of Western Australia — 

    Oh, OK, so there has been some admissions about the 12 cases of pushing and holding which enabled Leo Barry to take that mark?

  126. rickw

    Grace Community Church V CA Government, Judge rules in favour of Grace Community Church:

  127. rickw

    Camala, Kamala, Khmal, whatever….

  128. rickw

    These guys are pretty funny, serious violinists as well:

  129. Mater

    A friend asked me for a recommendation for hiking/outdoor boots. I told him that it was hard to go past Zamberlan or Scarpa.

    He must be even more diligent than me, as he came back two days later saying that “Scarpa can get f**cked”.

    He found this on their website (along with a heap of other virtuous nonsense):

    SCARPA is 100% committed to using our resources and platform to leverage the power we have in the outdoor industry to initiate change with support, action and activism. This is not a new initiative for us, it is a statement of our values and a conscious, action-based shift in how we act, think, speak and contribute. This has always been a part of our brand standards, mission and a strategy but now it will evolve to be a stronger influence, permeating our existence, becoming our culture and we will use it to guide our business and decisions on a daily basis. Words are not enough to make a difference, we promise to put power behind these statements with actions that will directly drive the change we want to see…

    Driven by the current events and most recent Black Lives Matter Movement, we have responded to support the immediate needs of the Black Community by providing cash donations to:

    1. Black Lives Matter National Fund – Committed to the fight to end white supremacy and state-sanctioned violence.

    It’s a shame. Zamberlan it is.

  130. calli

    Ahahah! A footwear company supporting BLM.

    They do realise they won’t get paid for those shoes don’t they. They’re now considered “reparations”.

  131. calli

    Which leads on to the hiking and general outdoors-y demographic.

    How to destroy your customer base, one dopey virtue signal at a time.

  132. calli

    Biden and his back to the future campaign.

    Until the 20th century, presidential candidates seldom gave speeches or urged voters to choose them over their opponents.

    Instead, you sent surrogates — usually friends and prominent members of your party — out on your behalf so you could retain your dignity.

    Sums it up. Although the “dignity” horse bolted long ago.

  133. Herodotus

    Coverage on Fox News yesterday showed a number (lots) of US universities are running a campaign to “snitch” on anyone not observing lockdown distancing mask rules on campus.
    So in addition to the many other marches through the institutions, the numerous defund the police moves, the prosecution of home defenders, the generally disturbing amount of “ruin in a nation” now on show after decades of white-anting, we now have the stasification move.
    Once it’s acceptable to snitch on this topic, which is a beatup anyway, it will become possible to get the callow youth demographic to snitch on anyone for any prescribed misbehaviour.

  134. Bruce of Newcastle

    Veganism is racist.

    Dear White Vegans, Stop Appropriating Food (14 Aug, via BCF)

    Veganism is going through its own racial reckoning that’s a long time coming, considering white vegan influencers have appropriated traditional foods forever.

    I think vegans are plantist.

  135. rickw

    Big storm in Iowa. For some reason a lot of farmers are planting corn around Wangaratta:

  136. feelthebern

    Jimmy Dore will single handedly win the election for Trump by ensuring young, far left voters stay on the couch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN6QD_icRQU

    Jimmy has a great Biden impersonator.
    Not a patch on “Hillary supporter” though.

  137. feelthebern

    Ms Maley has an column in the smh today titled:
    The Morrison government owes us radical transparency

    It sure does.
    There needs to be complete, public list of every single person given pass from quarantine restrictions.
    I look forward to her next column on how the Victorian government owes us radial transparency.
    @sarc.

  138. sfw

    Cohenite, thanks for the WHC info, appreciated.

  139. Shy Ted

    Thanks Tom. I’d like to make a contribution with my own The Weak In Picture. But you already knew that.

  140. Des Deskperson

    ‘A friend asked me for a recommendation for hiking/outdoor boots. I told him that it was hard to go past Zamberlan or Scarpa.’

    I bought a pair of Scarpa – As Tina would tell you, Italian for ‘shoe’ – boots in 2014. They lasted 4 years of heavy wear.

    I bought a replacement pair in 2o18. After 2 years of heavy wear, they are falling apart.

  141. OldOzzie

    Thanks Tom for week in pictures

    I learnt something

    When you learn that a “Buttload”

    is English wine cask units

  142. OldOzzie

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #3548869, posted on August 15, 2020 at 10:53 pm
    It’s all Mark A’s fault, from up thread. I’m not guilty

    Now, let’s looks at the lyrics, translation and vocabulary first, then I’ll go into more detail about the fascinating history of this song, which was originally recorded with Serge Gainsbourg and his then-lover Brigitte Bardot.https://www.frenchlyricstranslations.com/je-t-aime-moi-non-plus-serge-gainsbourg-jane-birkin-french-lyrics-english-translation/

    BRIGITTE BARDOT & SERGE GAINSBOURG – JE T’AIME wasn’t bad either

    and brigitte bardot – harley davidson even better

  143. OldOzzie

    Shy Ted
    #3548942, posted on August 16, 2020 at 8:03 am
    Thanks Tom. I’d like to make a contribution with my own The Weak In Picture. But you already knew that.

    Where did the Possum in the Photo escape from?

  144. Roger

    Soak the rich!

    Facing a $50bn deficit, California legislators propose to raise $7.5bn p.a. by taxing wealth.

    It is estimated that 30 000 individuals/couples whose net worth exceeds $30mn will be targeted.

    Seems someone has to pay for all that welfare doled out to illegal aliens.

  145. sfw

    Thinking how the total defeat of Germany, Italy and Japan and unconditional surrender, ensured that they wouldn’t and are unlikely to rearm and attack other countries in the next couple of hundred years. An enemy and its people have to be utterly crushed for true peace. The doctrine of total war is well established but appears to have fallen from favour, too bloody for ‘civilised’ people I guess. The west seem to prefer drawn out wars without a clear crushing victory which almost always results in the same tensions that started the war in the first place. I can’t see the west ever going into a total victory and unconditional surrender war again, we’re doomed.

  146. mh

    Re Millie Weaver arrest

    Looking at Infowars website, Jones is not going nuts over Millie’s arrest, only putting up her new movie length documentary Shadow Gate on Banned videos. So I’m thinking the charges don’t relate to material in the doco.

    Heavy.com reports:

    Millicent Weaver and her husband were both arrested by the Portage County Sheriff’s Office on August 14. Inmate records show they were booked into the Portage County Jail around 1:50 a.m.

    Heavy confirmed with the Portage County Jail, over the phone, that Weaver and her husband are both facing four charges:

    Robbery
    Tampering with evidence
    Obstructing justice
    Domestic violence
    The Weavers were being held over the weekend without bond. They were expected to face a judge on Monday, August 17, although it was not clear whether they would physically appear in court or remotely.

    Weaver is the mother of two children. The official at the Portage County Jail did not have information about who was caring for the two children while their parents were behind bars.

  147. Crossie

    Des Deskperson

    I bought a pair of Scarpa – As Tina would tell you, Italian for ‘shoe’ – boots in 2014. They lasted 4 years of heavy wear.

    I bought a replacement pair in 2o18. After 2 years of heavy wear, they are falling apart.

    Possibly made by the Chinese workers in Italy, the ones who brought COVID-19 with them.

  148. OldOzzie

    WA Inc alive and well as Clive Palmer’s rights trampled

    Terry McCrann

    Victoria and its Premier Dan Andrews have given the nation their own uniquely branded Versions 2.0 and 3.0 of “destroy-the-economy — businesses, jobs and indeed lives — to fight-the-virus”.

    Now we have Western Australia and its Premier Mark McGowan unveiling Version 2.0 of the WA Inc we all thought had long since died with Alan Bond and Brian Burke — literally, of course, in the case of the first.

    McGowan has embarked on the most outrageous abuse of power we have seen from any government in Australia in the 120 years since Federation. In blunt, undeniable terms his government has legislated with the specific and stated aim of stealing $28bn from a single person, Clive Palmer.

    This also identifies the sheer incompetence of the government he leads: he is aiming to steal $28bn; in reality the most he and the state could get would be more like $3bn-5bn, absolute tops.

    Reminds you of those “caper movies” where an elaborate plot is designed to nab a gigantic haul of jewels, and the seemingly sophisticated, but actually bumbling, thieves end up with a magnificent haul of cheap imitation jewellery.

    The $28bn figure, whether believed or not, has been trotted out to justify what the WA government is so outrageously doing — and to stress, “doing”, present tense, is the operative word, not “planning”, or “intending”, far less “thinking about” — with the disgraceful and equally incompetent support of the state Liberal opposition.

    “He (Palmer) is trying to take our money and if he’s successful that would mean mass closures of hospitals, of schools, of police stations, mass sackings,” McGowan shrieked, dialling the hyperbole volume way past raging, ranting hysteria.

    Hmm; take our money? That’s an interesting — and thoroughly ominous — way for a Premier to describe a court decision that goes against the state. That the person/company/whatever who/which sues the state and wins the right to retain their own money/property/whatever, is “taking it” from the state?

    The legislation, which was passed on Thursday, contains words you would never have expected to see enter an Australian parliament at any time in the past 120 years and dramatically even less so in 2020 — and even more extraordinarily in legislation that will be ticked through on a bipartisan basis.

    Rules of natural justice

    The legislation simply voids any sum awarded Palmer, while challenging or calling into question on any basis, “any conduct of the state” connected to the Palmer issue is simply prohibited. The “rules of natural justice, including any duty to procedural fairness” are ruled out.

    Rounding out the return to a Down Under version of the 17th century Star Chamber, the whole process is locked out of sight and behind closed doors more permanently than Sir John Kerr’s letters to the Queen: any attempt by members of the public to get documents under Freedom of Information is prohibited.

    Various politicians, commentators and business people have been bleating on and off — mostly fatuously — about mostly mythical sovereign risk threats that could destroy Australia’s credibility in the international marketplace.

    Now, presented with a real, living real-time trashing of sovereign risk in the most egregious form possible — a law targeting a single person, trampling all over the legal process, and stealing their money — we were overwhelmed by utterly deafening silence.

    Where was the Prime Minister Scott Morrison? Where was the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg? The two people most specifically charged with our sovereign risk security?

    Maybe the PM was “otherwise engaged” at assorted NRL games; he couldn’t have been over in Hawaii?

    When the push finally came to shove, we saw a combination of well, the $28bn is getting inappropriately or improperly taken by Palmer in the first instance, and he is an unlovely individual that deserves all he (doesn’t) get.

    So, forget about the principle and even the facts of the case, we’ll all just look the other way when a state government legislates to prohibit not just an individual exercising his or her legal rights but is actually legislating to overrule the legal process and outcome.

    Decisions willingly and deliberately taken

    Everything in this process lies at the door of the WA government, with decisions willingly and deliberately taken, starting with the then Liberal government of Colin Barnett.

    It chose to ban Palmer’s mine over due process. It chose to litigate rather than negotiate. When it lost, it demanded the move to arbitration.

    And now, when it feels it is going to get an unfavourable and indeed unpleasant outcome from that arbitration, it’s legislating to simply disappear that outcome.

    Hmm, I wonder what the arbitrator, former High Court Justice Michael McHugh, feels about the government and legislature trampling all over the separation of powers and prohibiting his decision even before he’s made it?

    Hmm, I wonder what the High Court itself would feel about all this?

    Yes, the federal government is specifically prohibited from confiscating assets without “just” compensation, while state governments are not so bound.

    I suggest it would be interesting to see a Palmer challenge somewhere around a legislature seeking to improperly usurp judicial power.

    Palmer of course spent $60m to help ensure that the hopeless leadership of Bill Shorten and the even greater ineptitude of Labor’s policy mix “succeeded” in losing the last federal election.

    Whether or not he gets his $3bn-5bn, I suggest he’d be inclined — and could well afford — to spend $100m, maybe $200m, next time around. What else is he going to do with his “surplus” billions?

    And a word to the “wise”: he could be entirely bipartisan in his choice of where and on whom he would “bestow” such “largesse”.

  149. That shadow gate documentary is huge.

    Alex Jones on Weaver’s arrest, which is totally legitimate and not dubious at all.

    https://www.infowars.com/shadow-gate-millie-weaver-arrest-update/

  150. Delta A

    Coming to a suburb near you:

    As if Victoria’s stage four lockdowns were not bad enough, one local Melbourne council has moved to ban backyard barbecues, fire pits and pizza ovens over “offensive emissions.”

    The proposal before Bayside City Council would ban the burning of soild fuels such as charcoal and wood for backyard cooking.

    Cue outrage.

    “How could you possibly take that away from people, especially now when we’re not allowed to be out and about? We only have our backyards,” Brighton East man Gianluca Bocci told Nine Newspapers.

    “Why not ask people to be respectful, rather than continuously taking things away from us?”

    Brighton’s Andrea Swain called it “the most un-Australian thing ever”.

    The council receives about three complaints on average a year over smoke.

    “Surely if the smoke was that harmful, the people eating the meat would be ones to get sick,” she told the Sunday Herald Sun.

    It is now seeking feedback to the proposed amendment via its website.

    From The Oz.

  151. I can’t see the west ever going into a total victory and unconditional surrender war again, we’re doomed.

    Total victory and unconditional surrender in 2020 would involve the use of nuclear weapons.
    If it came to that, we’d be doomed anyway.

  152. Bruce of Newcastle

    The doctrine of total war is well established but appears to have fallen from favour, too bloody for ‘civilised’ people I guess.

    Nukes, SFW.

    Any country who can build a nuke can also build a doomsday device. Furthermore the Russians have shown what a country with nukes and submarines can do. Two such tsunami weapons and the US would be devastated.

    MAD has not been repealed, just put in storage until the next crazy regime want to conquer everything.

  153. Ed Case

    I wonder about the eagerness to find a young Covid-19 victim.
    Would such a discovery give authorities cover to remove children into quarantine facilities?

  154. Shadowgate proves that America needs a Church Committee II.

    Shut it all down.

    Start over again.

  155. OldOzzie

    Covid-fuelled grog violence hits remote kids

    EXCLUSIVE
    Rebecca Urban
    NATIONAL EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT

    School attendance in the remote Northern Territory community of Wadeye has plummeted amid an outbreak of alcohol-fuelled violence that has stemmed from an ­increase to welfare payments ­designed to offset the impacts of the coronavirus.

    John Young, principal of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Thamarrurr Catholic College, has told The Weekend Australian that a significant number of the school’s 600 students have been absent for several months, with the attendance rate dropping to about 30 per cent.

    Teachers and school staff were also struggling to turn up to work regularly, he said, as they battled fatigue as a result of being kept up throughout the night as alcohol wreaked havoc on the community where the consumption of liquor is restricted.

    “There’s been a huge increase in public drunkenness — people are drinking all night. There’s fighting, and the yelling and noise is constant,” Dr Young said.

    Alcohol seizes by officers from Wadeye Police Station on Thursday July 2, 2020, in a campaign targeting those taking alcohol and drugs into the community. A total of 34 bottles of liquor were seized, with 24 coming from a single vehicle. Police also found 54.1 grams of cannabis.

    “A lot of families have moved out of town and gone back on country to escape the drunks, and the kids aren’t coming to school.”

    Wadeye, which is located 400km southwest of Darwin, was one of 76 remote communities in the Territory locked down under the Biosecurity Act at the start of the pandemic.

    With a population of about 2300, it is one of the largest remote indigenous communities but also among the most disadvantaged.

    At the time of the 2016 Census, 44.5 per cent of adults were unemployed and the family income was just a third of the national average.

    According to Dr Young, many of the locals had benefited from the increased welfare allowances since March, with the federal government’s coronavirus supplement effectively doubling payments to the unemployed, single parents and students.

    However, the cash appeared to have fuelled a surge in gambling, he said, as residents ran “all-night casinos” playing card games on the verandas of their homes.

    “We were hearing reports of 14-year-old kids winning big money,” he said.

    “By the time the biosecurity measures were lifted, everyone had been locked up for some time and had a lot of money. Some went to Darwin and were buying cars … and that’s when the illegal grog ­really started flooding in.”

    A spokesman for indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt said the minister was aware of the situation in Wadeye and understood Northern Territory Police had been meeting with community leaders to resolve the issues.

    “As always, the minister calls for calm in the community and seeks the community’s support to work with the local authorities to report illegal activity and help ensure the safety of everyone in the region,” the spokesman said.

    NT Police would not comment specifically on the situation at Wadeye, other than to say police would “continue to play an integral role in the interception of alcohol reaching communities”.

    A police operation conducted in Wadeye in early July resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of alcohol as well as cannabis. One vehicle had attempted to smuggle in 24 bottles of whiskey and rum, which are known to fetch upwards of $500 each in town.

    Six people have been charged with a range of offences, including bringing liquor into an alcohol-protected area and possessing a traffickable amount of a dangerous drug.

    Dr Young said that police and local agencies were doing their best but the community could do with more support.

    He said encouraging regular school attendance was one of the biggest challenges for remote school leaders, and he was concerned about the consequences for the students who had disengaged.

    Along with the overall attendance rate falling, the percentage of students who attend school regularly — ie, at least 80 per cent of the time — was also down.

    “Kids we might have four days out of 10 we are not seeing at all,” Dr Young said. “My concern is that even if this all comes right again … many of these kids will have gotten out of the habit of thinking school is a part of their life.”

    Dr Young said he wasn’t suggesting that the indigenous locals shouldn’t receive increased welfare payments, rather “unintended consequences” had resulted.

    “The influx of a significant amount of cash has had quite a devastating effect,” he said.

  156. feelthebern

    Shadowgate proves that America needs a Church Committee II.

    Waste of time.
    Look at the 9/11 commission.

  157. feelthebern

    If you have children in the post COVID world, you need to provision for private tutors.

  158. Here it is.

    Whew lads, Google didn’t get to me.

    Shadow Gate/Millie Weaver Arrest Update

    36,300 views
    Aug 16, 2020
    The Alex Jones Show

    Secret indictments for burglary, domestic violence, evidence tampering and obstruction of justice?

    https://banned.video/watch?id=5f385e5bdf77c4044ee2fcd4

  159. Let’s come out and say Operation Mockingbird is real.

    100% confirmed.

  160. OldOzzie

    Clinesmith Charging Documents: FBI Withheld Page’s CIA Work From FISA Court, Then Lied About It

    Clinesmith falsified documents and helped the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Team omit exonerating evidence about Carter Page on four separate FISA applications.

    By Mollie Hemingway

  161. Knuckle Dragger

    Haha. Never miss an opportunity, that’s their motto.

    ‘a significant number of the school’s 600 students have been absent for several months, with the attendance rate dropping to about 30 per cent.’

    Nooo. There are about 600 kids in the greater Port Keats (Wadeye’s actual name) area, all of whom are enrolled in the school to ensure it’s given shit tins of cash by gummint, even if the kids have never been inside the (fortified) front gate.

    And 30% attendance at Keats is actually an aspirational goal. It hasn’t ‘dropped’ to anything.

    The ‘all-night casinos’ are the indig ladeeeees playing cards at the front of town camp houses. When they’re not starting fights with the menfolk or each other, this is what they do. There’s no ‘big money’ involved because their men take it all, and for the ones who do win what’s left – well, they have it beaten out of them by their ‘traditional’ husband or uncle or cousin-brother.

    When you consider that the gamblers in question kick off most of the barneys by various cheating methodology or by claiming that the winner cast a spell on the game letting them win, this is unsurprising.

    It’s also unsurprising that there are meeja outlets who will use C19 as a rock to hammer some sympathy into ill-informed mongs for a collection of people whose behaviour has not changed for decades, will not change for the foreseeable future and has zero C19 cases.

    ‘Dr Young said that police and local agencies were doing their best but the community could do with more support.’

    Standard fare. Gimme gimme gimme.

  162. The shift in politics over my lifetime has been incredible.

    Conservatism is the true counterculture.

    Being principled of course too marks you as a radical, conservative or not.

  163. OldOzzie

    Al-Monitor – THE PULSE OF THE MIDDLE EAST

    Trump administration goes big with UAE-Israel peace deal

    Other Gulf states may follow.

  164. OldOzzie

    AOC is speechless on Seattle protesters

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Saturday refused to condemn Black Lives Matter protesters who demanded white folks “give up their homes,” instead saying there is a need to “establish just policies and address the core issues of brutality in order for us to come together.”

    The Democratic socialist made her remarks Saturday during a stop at the Woodside Houses, a NYCHA housing complex in Queens, where she greeted residents and spoke to locals and reporters.

    “Since this is happening in Seattle, I don’t have as close of a view on what’s happening. Of course I represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, so I don’t know the details of the protests that are going on, but I think what’s really important is that we make sure people are safe and it’s important for us to enact legislation and policy that actually addresses the core reasons behind why all of this kind of disruption is happening,” AOC said, adding, “until we do that, this is going to keep occurring, whether we want it to or not.”

  165. OldOzzie

    Barack Obama reportedly skeptical of Joe Biden’s 2020 White House run

    Barack Obama publicly endorsed presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden — but has privately expressed grave concerns about his former veep’s 2020 White House run, a report said.

    “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f–k things up,” the former president told an unnamed Democrat, who told Politico about the conversation— reportedly reflective of a strained history between the two.

  166. feelthebern

    Australia should stop all foreign aid to what ever the Palestinians call themselves until they hold elections.
    It should be a great rule for all foreign aid.
    No elections, no money.

  167. feelthebern

    Conservatism is the true counterculture.

    Libertarianism is.

  168. Well yeah but you’ve got to localise the generic burger. It’s like selling McLamb in Hindustan in here right now.

  169. Also, principled conservatives are basically pro-life libertarians.

  170. feelthebern

    A libertarian can be anti abortion.

  171. OldOzzie

    Bugatti Chiron And Porsche 911 Involved In $4 Million Crash

    Overtake with caution, even in a 1,479-horsepower supercar.

    The Gotthard Pass in the Swiss Alps is a picturesque part of the world but it was snapped out of its peaceful slumber by an unfortunate – and particularly expensive – motor vehicle accident.
    How expensive, you may ask? Well, the crash involved a motor home, a Mercedes-Benz C-Class wagon, a Porsche 911 Cabriolet, and a Bugatti Chiron. On its own, a new Chiron is worth at least $3 million brand new. According to a local news publication called 20 Minuten, the total damage amounted to 3.7 million francs (over $4 million).

  172. P

    Christ’s Cross helped me avoid bitterness: Cardinal George Pell
    By Peter Rosengren -August 16, 2020

    This is a very good article covering a lot of ground. An interesting read.

    I had to smile at this:
    He also received support from unexpected quarters. “I got a letter from a long-term prisoner who said that ‘the consensus amongst the career criminals is that you’ve been stitched up, that of course you’re innocent!’ And he said ‘isn’t it strange that the criminals can see this and the judges can’t?’ I understand that,” he said.

  173. Leigh Lowe

    It’s also unsurprising that there are meeja outlets who will use C19 as a rock to hammer some sympathy into ill-informed mongs for a collection of people whose behaviour has not changed for decades, will not change for the foreseeable future and has zero C19 cases.

    Exactly.
    Like truancy has never been a problem since wayback.
    You’ll find it in every “Closing the Gap” report under “Generational Disadvantage Resulting in Sub-optimal Educational Engagement”.
    .
    What follows will be light on facts and data, but it will contain anecdotes about little tackers desparate to go to school but they are sole carers for their single mum who has health challenges.

    (Dad is in jail, mum gets on the cans at brekkie and gets the shits if the kids aren’t there to go get more cans and smokes in the arvo)

  174. OldOzzie

    Twitter rages over supposed call to ‘cancel’ Ghengis Khan

    Cancel culture ‘barbarians’ are at the gates.

    Twitter is raging over a supposed call to “cancel” Ghengis Khan — all prompted by a woman who had merely pointed out that the fearless, 12th Century Mongol conqueror had also killed an awful lot of people.

    “Ghengis Khan did to central Asia what Islamic invaders did to India, maybe worse,” user @Priya_27_ had tweeted on Thursday, sparking an online firestorm.

    “He single-handedly killed 11% of world population at the time. Yet some want to glorify him as a hero conqueror. That’s your personal choice,” she tweeted, reasonably enough.

    “But objectively, Ghenghis Khan was a barbarian.”

    The tweet did not call for Khan to be “cancelled–” however impractical that would have been anyway for a ruler who died in the year 1227, and whose only major statue is located on a remote plain in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

    Still, the resulting pro- and Khan thread went viral the next day, some time after user @GarlicCorgi retweeted @Priya_27_, and responded “Ghenghis Khan is CANCELLED.”

  175. Makka

    So I’m thinking the charges don’t relate to material in the doco.

    In the footage of Weaver’s arrest the cops refer to “burglary”. Jones then refers to Weaver being in possession of some of Hillderbeast’s emails. Maybe she came by the emails through nefarious means, a hack?

  176. Standard fare. Gimme gimme gimme.

    Standard fare. Smear the victim.

  177. OldOzzie

    Twitter rages over supposed call to ‘cancel’ Ghengis Khan

    Cancel culture ‘barbarians’ are at the gates.

    Twitter is raging over a supposed call to “cancel” Ghengis Khan — all prompted by a woman who had merely pointed out that the fearless, 12th Century Mongol conqueror had also killed an awful lot of people.

    “Ghengis Khan did to central Asia what [email protected] invaders did to India, maybe worse,” user @Priya_27_ had tweeted on Thursday, sparking an online firestorm.

    “He single-handedly killed 11% of world population at the time. Yet some want to glorify him as a hero conqueror. That’s your personal choice,” she tweeted, reasonably enough.

    “But objectively, Ghenghis Khan was a barbarian.”

    The tweet did not call for Khan to be “cancelled–” however impractical that would have been anyway for a ruler who died in the year 1227, and whose only major statue is located on a remote plain in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

    Still, the resulting pro- and Khan thread went viral the next day, some time after user @GarlicCorgi retweeted @Priya_27_, and responded “Ghenghis Khan is CANCELLED.”

  178. Snoopy

    Smear the victim.

    Victim of whom?

  179. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    In the matter of the widely worshiped Dead George the Innocent I recommend, in American Spectator on August 6, this well written and well argued piece:

    “Who Killed George Floyd? Minnesota’s attorney general needs to pay attention to the available evidence, which in this case is incontrovertible” offered by George Parry, “a former federal and state prosecutor. From 1978 to 1983 he was the Chief of the Police Brutality/Misconduct Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, which investigated and prosecuted use of deadly force by police.”

  180. Ed Case

    Latest evidence is that Genghis had red/blond hair and either blue or green eyes, most of his armies likewise. In other words, not the same people as today’s Mongols.
    Some evidence the Golden Horde were the same or similar people.
    Anyway, they’re all gone now, and prime targets for cancellation.

  181. Good morning all.
    Chuckled at last night’s discussion on WAGs. You would be most pleased Knuckle Dragger that the Hun has put together a list of the 20 most powerful WAGs. Chief among this, er, power is the amount of Instagram followers. Why Nadia Bartel is on it remains a mystery, seeing as though Jim fucked her off.
    A few of course run their own fashion labels but one inclusion is Isabella Carlstrom. Her report reads thusly:
    “The wife of AFLW star Moana Hope will fulfil their dream of becoming parents when she gives birth to their first child in November. They married last year and Moana intends to carry their next child.
    A model of Swedish and New Zealand ancestry, Carlstrom suffered from headaches and exhaustion in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy, but said they were ready for parenthood, laughing: “Finally, I’m looking like I don’t just have a beer belly.”
    Isabella has 45.9k Instagram followers.”

    So there you have it. What a world! What power! FMD

  182. OldOzzie

    WA Inc alive and well as Clive Palmer’s rights trampled

    Terry McCrann

    Victoria and its Premier Dan Andrews have given the nation their own uniquely branded Versions 2.0 and 3.0 of “destroy-the-economy — businesses, jobs and indeed lives — to fight-the-virus”.

    Now we have Western Australia and its Premier Mark McGowan unveiling Version 2.0 of the WA Inc we all thought had long since died with Alan Bond and Brian Burke — literally, of course, in the case of the first.

    McGowan has embarked on the most outrageous abuse of power we have seen from any government in Australia in the 120 years since Federation. In blunt, undeniable terms his government has legislated with the specific and stated aim of stealing $28bn from a single person, Clive Palmer.

    This also identifies the sheer incompetence of the government he leads: he is aiming to steal $28bn; in reality the most he and the state could get would be more like $3bn-5bn, absolute tops.

    Reminds you of those “caper movies” where an elaborate plot is designed to nab a gigantic haul of [email protected], and the seemingly sophisticated, but actually bumbling, thieves end up with a magnificent haul of cheap imitation [email protected]

    The $28bn figure, whether believed or not, has been trotted out to justify what the WA government is so outrageously doing — and to stress, “doing”, present tense, is the operative word, not “planning”, or “intending”, far less “thinking about” — with the disgraceful and equally incompetent support of the state Liberal opposition.

    “He (Palmer) is trying to take our money and if he’s successful that would mean mass closures of hospitals, of schools, of police stations, mass sackings,” McGowan shrieked, dialling the hyperbole volume way past raging, ranting hysteria.

    Hmm; take our money? That’s an interesting — and thoroughly ominous — way for a Premier to describe a court decision that goes against the state. That the person/company/whatever who/which sues the state and wins the right to retain their own money/property/whatever, is “taking it” from the state?

    The legislation, which was passed on Thursday, contains words you would never have expected to see enter an Australian parliament at any time in the past 120 years and dramatically even less so in 2020 — and even more extraordinarily in legislation that will be ticked through on a bipartisan basis.

    Rules of natural justice

    The legislation simply voids any sum awarded Palmer, while challenging or calling into question on any basis, “any conduct of the state” connected to the Palmer issue is simply prohibited. The “rules of natural justice, including any duty to procedural fairness” are ruled out.

    Rounding out the return to a Down Under version of the 17th century Star Chamber, the whole process is locked out of sight and behind closed doors more permanently than Sir John Kerr’s letters to the Queen: any attempt by members of the public to get documents under Freedom of Information is prohibited.

    Various politicians, commentators and business people have been bleating on and off — mostly fatuously — about mostly mythical sovereign risk threats that could destroy Australia’s credibility in the international marketplace.

    Now, presented with a real, living real-time trashing of sovereign risk in the most egregious form possible — a law targeting a single person, trampling all over the legal process, and stealing their money — we were overwhelmed by utterly deafening silence.

    Where was the Prime Minister Scott Morrison? Where was the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg? The two people most specifically charged with our sovereign risk security?

    Maybe the PM was “otherwise engaged” at assorted NRL games; he couldn’t have been over in Hawaii?

    When the push finally came to shove, we saw a combination of well, the $28bn is getting inappropriately or improperly taken by Palmer in the first instance, and he is an unlovely individual that deserves all he (doesn’t) get.

    So, forget about the principle and even the facts of the case, we’ll all just look the other way when a state government legislates to prohibit not just an individual exercising his or her legal rights but is actually legislating to overrule the legal process and outcome.

    Decisions willingly and deliberately taken

    Everything in this process lies at the door of the WA government, with decisions willingly and deliberately taken, starting with the then Liberal government of Colin Barnett.

    It chose to ban Palmer’s mine over due process. It chose to litigate rather than negotiate. When it lost, it demanded the move to arbitration.

    And now, when it feels it is going to get an unfavourable and indeed unpleasant outcome from that arbitration, it’s legislating to simply disappear that outcome.

    Hmm, I wonder what the arbitrator, former High Court Justice Michael McHugh, feels about the government and legislature trampling all over the separation of powers and prohibiting his decision even before he’s made it?

    Hmm, I wonder what the High Court itself would feel about all this?

    Yes, the federal government is specifically prohibited from confiscating assets without “just” compensation, while state governments are not so bound.

    I suggest it would be interesting to see a Palmer challenge somewhere around a legislature seeking to improperly usurp judicial power.

    Palmer of course spent $60m to help ensure that the hopeless leadership of Bill Shorten and the even greater ineptitude of Labor’s policy mix “succeeded” in losing the last federal election.

    Whether or not he gets his $3bn-5bn, I suggest he’d be inclined — and could well afford — to spend $100m, maybe $200m, next time around. What else is he going to do with his “surplus” billions?

    And a word to the “wise”: he could be entirely bipartisan in his choice of where and on whom he would “bestow” such “largesse”.

  183. OldOzzie

    James Carafano: Israel-UAE agreement shows Trump’s Middle East policy succeeding

    Trump inherited a Middle East policy from the Obama administration that was collapsing

  184. OldOzzie

    Israel-UAE deal achieves a Middle East rarity: It’s win-win-win, Palestinians included

    History has shown that Arab countries that have relations with Israel — namely, Egypt and Jordan — are more effective in advancing Palestinian interests.

    By Ghaith Al-Omari, former advisor to the Palestinian negotiating team

    The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates pulled off the rarest of feats on Thursday: a diplomatic win-win-win in the Middle East. President Donald Trump announced a historic breakthrough in which the UAE will normalize relations with Israel in exchange for Israel dropping its plan to annex parts of the West Bank that Palestinians claim for a future state. The Palestinian leadership will inevitably denounce the development, but it would be wiser if they didn’t: This agreement could benefit them, too.

  185. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Standard fare. Smear the victim.’

    What’s standard fare is a six word sentence from someone who can’t mount a longer argument without plagiarising somebody else’s work.

    The ‘smear’ apropos of the gimme gimme comment was directed squarely at Dr Young and his amorphous blob of dollar-hoovering members of the self-perpetuating victimhood-can-be-cured-by-OPM industry.

    The people involved are victims, all right. Victims of Young and ill-informed quasi-urban nose-pickers such as your good self whose interests lie firmly in keeping them the way they are.

  186. pat

    1m53s: ABC’s Green: should masks be mandatory in NSW?
    McMullen: Premier may be left with no alternative but to mandate masks INDOORS.
    ABC loves this stuff:

    AUDIO: 4m: 16 Aug: ABC: AMA issues mask warning for NSW
    While Victorian health authorities are confident the state has hit the peak of the second wave of the coronavirus, there are fears about the situation in NSW.
    The NSW Government recommends people wear face masks on public transport and when they can’t physically distance to help prevent the spread of the virus.

    The President of the NSW branch of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Danielle McMullen, is encouraging people to wear masks INDOORS, and says people need to take the threat of Covid-19 seriously. She’s been speaking to ABC NewsRadio’s Cameron Green.
    https://www.abc.net.au/radio/newsradio/ama-issues-mask-warning-for-nsw/12563240

    how would they police masks indoors?

  187. Leigh Lowe

    “The wife of AFLW star Moana Hope …

    Star?
    Retired last year.
    Original AWFL pin-up lezzo.
    Then along came chicks who were at U14 boys standard and she couldn’t get a kick.

  188. Knuckle Dragger

    Seems I gave Plagiarism Bob too much credit.

    A five word sentence, of which two words were somebody else’s.

    There. Back to normal.

  189. Snoopy

    how would they police masks indoors?

    Karens of all genders with phone cameras.

  190. Makka

    The Palestinian leadership will inevitably denounce the development, but it would be wiser if they didn’t: This agreement could benefit them, too.

    Never underestimate the Pali’s ability to fk up a good thing. They are masters at it.

  191. OldOzzie

    When Authority Vanishes
    Chicago’s leaders have surrendered to vandals.

    Riding in trucks and U-Hauls, vandals came to downtown Chicago on Sunday. They jammed streets around the Magnificent Mile, home of the city’s most important shopping district. They came prepared with tools like crowbars to pry open gates and take all the merchandise that they could pack. It was a strike directed at the heart of the city.

    While the vandals were organized, the police were not.

    The sacking of Chicago’s North Side was more than a tactical failure. For months, key officials—the state’s attorney responsible for prosecution, the mayor, and the governor—have failed to condemn criminals sufficiently or act with necessary force against such violence. They have contributed to a culture of impunity that tolerates mobs and hoodlums.

  192. OldOzzie

    The Attempted COVID Coup of 2020

    What history will record as the great COVID coup of 2020 is based on lies and fear manufactured by America’s ruling class—led by the Democratic Party and aided by the complaisance of most Republican politicians.

    In March, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) presented the coronavirus to the Western world as a danger equivalent to the plague. But China’s experience, which its government obfuscated, had already shown that COVID-19 was much less like the plague and more like the flu. All that has happened since followed from falsifying this basic truth.

  193. Top Ender

    KD above is quite right.

    This article “Wadeye: Failed State as Cultural Triumph” from some years ago, written by a teacher who was there for some months, exposes what Port Keats has been like for years:

    https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2008/12/wadeye-failed-state-as-cultural-triumph/

    The article is a bit vague for the first page, but soon moves into graphic description such as this:

    You live in a “donga”, which is a shipping container. The donga is caged, the school is caged—the whole town is caged and locked in. Whitefella teachers walk around with backpacks containing their valuables and great bunches of keys around their necks in the thirty-eight-degree heat. The settlement is caged because of the enormous number of break-ins and the mindless vandalism perpetrated constantly, often by children.

  194. Knuckle Dragger

    Ah yes. Moana Hope.

    The one who was bitching last year that junior bush standard footballers with ten different types of special leave (ie, AFLW tarts) should be paid at an elite level if they wanted elite level performances.

    Still waiting, Moana.

  195. Makka

    Victoria: 279 new cases, 16 dead
    The Australian state of Victoria has reported 279 new cases of the virus, and another 16 fatalities. The health department has released the figures ahead of a full press conference later this afternoon.

  196. feelthebern

    When Susan Rice calls the Palestinians a shit show to their face, you know it’s really bad.

  197. Knuckle Dragger

    Jesus Christ LL, that list’s terrifying. Mainly because of the thickness of the bubble these idiot women live in.

    One of the ‘Power WAGs’ got the label from dating some run-arounder seven years ago, then jumped the fence and is currently scissoring a chick soccer person.

    Looks like they all had the same idea. Mummy blogging. Some doubled down into ‘businesses’ which will collapse the very second they get a pimple, thus ruining their Insta currency or their ‘partner’ does a hammy or gets delisted, but all will end up the same.

    Whiny would-be reality TV show hosts, as opposed to half of them who have been contestants in various shit shows over time.

  198. Farmer Gez

    Just a thought.
    With summer and all the Covid cases in the Southern US at a time when they thought heat would keep the virus at a low ebb but saw the opposite. I wonder if anyone had factored in the common household fly.

    Loves to land on every surface and person seeking out bodily excretions. They keenly seek out our mouths, noses and eyes. Spring and Summer is the prime breeding season for flys.

    Maybe not a big vector but could be added to the list of why lockdown won’t work in eradication.

  199. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3549031, posted on August 16, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Jesus Christ LL, that list’s terrifying. Mainly because of the thickness of the bubble these idiot women live in.

    I think BB linked to the list.
    I didn’t go there.
    Didn’t have to.
    Were any of them air-headed bags of silicone and botox with trout-pouts?
    With the worst of them thinking they are huge contributors to the household coffers because they piss 20% of their partners footy income up against the wall running their “influenzer Insta business”?

  200. cohenite

    Hey dot, what’s that Shadow Gate movie about; I’ve put it aside to watch later but is it substantive or more conspiracy theory?

  201. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Were any of them air-headed bags of silicone and botox with trout-pouts?’

    As a percentage, roughly 100.

    91.3%’s a bit on the low side.

  202. Top Ender

    Jacinda is no saint

    New Zealand’s Covid elimination policy is utterly unsustainable.

    MATT DRAKE

    There is a bizarre cult of personality among the British left surrounding New Zealand’s wholly overrated prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. A mythology has been created: the wokest leader in the Anglosphere has managed to defeat Covid-19 through quick action, putting the UK’s own incompetent leader to shame for not acting sooner. But on closer examination, this is merely crude propaganda.

    Ardern has claimed her country did ‘what no one else managed to do’ when she began lifting her initial lockdown in April, after ‘defeating’ the virus. The left over here gushed in support over how she put ‘people above money’. But comparing New Zealand to the UK is plainly absurd.

    When it comes to Covid outcomes, New Zealand shouldn’t be compared to countries in Europe or the US. Its situation is more comparable to somewhere like Tristan da Cunha, a British Overseas Territory, which has had no cases. Why? Because both are remote islands hours from their nearest neighbours with more sheep than people. They would also be two of the safest places in the world in the event of a nuclear holocaust due to their remoteness, and because there are no worthwhile targets – unless a nuclear nation decided to take out a large chunk of the world’s lamb supply.

    The population of New Zealand is smaller than New York City. The entire country has a fraction of the air traffic of London alone. The UK had a high number of cases because its capital is one of the biggest cities in the world, is a melting pot of cultures, and is a banking powerhouse.

    With our own economic reckoning finally becoming clear, the claim of putting ‘people before money’ would be laughable if it wasn’t so terrifying. Despite the pro-lockdown lobby’s bleating, Boris Johnson hasn’t put money before anything as we officially enter the worst recession on record.

    New Zealand could have a chance of rebuilding its own economy, except for the past year the government has stopped treating growth as a priority. Instead, the government produces a ‘wellbeing’ budget. When the Covid crisis struck, Ardern decided to cripple the country even further. She is keeping New Zealand’s borders closed and destroying tourism in the process.

    Many have pointed out how the lockdown debate has started to resemble the battles over Brexit, with support for the EU tallying with support for the lockdown. From Alastair Campbell to #FBPE cultists, the lockdown hardliners demand ever-tougher government measures to enforce isolation.

    The New Zealand Labour government, which the #FBPE crowd so admire, has not only pulled up the drawbridge to outsiders, it has also adopted quarantine policies developed by the right. The government has decided to charge ex-pats and tourists NZ $3,100 (£1,565) for mandatory quarantine upon arrival – a policy first proposed by Judith Collins’ National Party and excitedly supported by the national populists of New Zealand First.

    What is motivating British liberals who are singing the praises of New Zealand? It can only be hypocrisy, or just plain ignorance. What happened to open borders and freedom of movement? Wouldn’t they be the first to criticise Boris Johnson for imposing similar restrictions at the border?

    Due to the policy, New Zealand nationals have been left stranded across the world. As the Facebook group Kiwis United Against Quarantine Fees says: ‘When it comes to dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, Jacinda Ardern thanked her team of five million. But at least one million New Zealanders have faced this pandemic overseas.’

    Those expats who have returned have reported abuse and vitriol from their compatriots. According to a recent poll, three-quarters of Kiwis support the charges. But the policy is cruel and the human cost is devastating. One man in the Facebook group was in Melbourne, Australia, when the virus hit. He needed to get to New Zealand to visit a close family member who was having surgery for brain cancer, only the fee made that impossible.

    In June, New Zealand entered recession for the first time in 10 years, suffering the biggest contraction in 29 years. The economy is clearly in trouble. And yet, after a mere four cases were discovered, Auckland has been locked down once again. It’s just as well Ardern doesn’t think much of economic growth, because shutting down its largest city for less than a handful of cases is financially unsustainable.

    Liberals virtue-signalling their praise for a leader who ‘puts people before money’ are like those who praise Venezuela or Cuba – they don’t have to deal with the misery caused by their idols. It seems they care far more about platitudes than people.

    Matt Drake is a writer.

    Spiked magazine

  203. feelthebern

    Now watch the Melbourne media be all over Victorian aged care deaths.
    Scrutiny & questioning to now be dialled up to 11.

  204. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    and the mindless vandalism perpetrated constantly, often by children.

    Children in one outback community drove a Toyota into the brand new swimming pool…..

  205. Infidel Tiger King

    New Zealand will never recover. We need gunboats stationed off the coast permanently to strafe those diseased freaks trying to get here.

  206. Bruce of Newcastle

    Speaking of Palis, they are trying to burn down Israel again.
    I’m not seeing coverage of this anywhere except in JPost.

    Following the recurrence of incendiary or explosive balloons launching into Israel, warnings were given to balloon units in Gaza by Israeli officials who stated that if attacks don’t stop, then action will be taken. Despite the warnings, balloons were continuously launched, causing several hundreds hectares of land to burn, and leading to several attempts by the IDF and Defense Ministry to halt the Gaza-base terrorist activities.

    The IDF has been responding, but absent a decent laser or somesuch cheap defense weapon this evil crap will continue. The measure of Israeli decency is they restrict their response to Hamas token targets, rather than obliterate the services like the sewage and water plants. I doubt the RoP kiddies would exert such restraint if they were ever given an opportunity to hit civil infrastructure.

    IDF strikes Hamas targets in response to rockets sent from Gaza (16 Aug)

  207. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger King

    #3549054, posted on August 16, 2020 at 11:01 am

    New Zealand will never recover. We need gunboats stationed off the coast permanently to strafe those diseased freaks trying to get here.

    Particularly the All Blecks.
    We can play Bledisloe Cup against East Timor.

  208. I see The Lindy Tapes is screening tonight, of course detailing Lindy Chamberlain and Azaria to coincide with the 40th anniversary of that event. Andrew Rule has an article in today’s Hun. This prosecutor Ian Barker sounds a ruthless operator.

  209. Leigh Lowe

    Children in one outback community drove a Toyota into the brand new swimming pool…..

    Well that is OK.
    As long as the Toyota wasn’t brand new.

  210. NoFixedAddress

    Standard fare. Smear the victim.

    Standard fare. Create victims

  211. Bruce of Newcastle

    I see The Lindy Tapes is screening tonight

    The ABC test pattern would be more enticing. Unless they announce the bugmen who persecuted that family are to be tarred, feathered and deported permanently to Kazakhstan. Which they deserve.

  212. Old School Conservative

    Christ’s Cross helped me avoid bitterness: Cardinal George Pell

    He’s a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

  213. Leigh Lowe

    Paid-up agent provocateur blog-wrecking LNP shills!!!
    The lot of you!!

  214. Eyrie

    The IDF has been responding, but absent a decent laser or somesuch cheap defense weapon this evil crap will continue.

    R/C model aircraft with First Person View for the pilots. Cheap and fun to go balloon busting.

  215. feelthebern

    Crazy stuff.
    Israel is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world & becoming more so every day.
    Yet, by their own actions, the Pali’s want to make their country resemble a Kabul outhouse.
    Little wonder the PLO types rule with an iron first.
    If the typical Pali saw what hard work & innovation can deliver, they’d be looking for a change of management.

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