Tuesday Forum: September 22, 2020

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  1. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    WA budget: Iron ore royalties drive $1.7 billion surplus, Opposition slams Labor ‘war chest ’ amid pandemic
    Peter Law
    The West Australian
    Fri, 25 September 2020 3:23PM

    An iron ore royalties windfall has helped shield State Government finances from the impact of COVID-19, with Ben Wyatt announcing a $1.7 billion surplus for the last financial year.

    The State collected $8.4 billion in royalties in 2019/20, which was $945 million more than forecast at the Mid Year Review and $2.1 billion above that predicted a year ago.

    This was largely thanks to the sky-high iron ore price, which averaged US$92.9 per tonne for the year — more than US$7 higher than Treasury forecast last December.

    The demand for WA iron ore has been driven by China’s huge infrastructure spending spree to reboot its economy in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown and the devastating outbreaks in Brazil.

    Before coronavirus plunged the world into economic turmoil, the Treasurer had forecast he would deliver a near-record $2.6 billion operating surplus for 2019/20.

    The Annual Report on State Finances released today reveals the surplus was reduced by $920 million to $1.7 billion.

  2. Steve of Kenmore

    Jessica Alba’s other job other than B- grade actress is doing senior consulting work at Boston Consulting
    Not bad for a billionaireness.

  3. jo

    I loved the coolers in the kitchen in Ab Fab full of Veuve. Must have cost them a bomb.

  4. Anthony

    Dickhead Dan’s still there? How could anyone so freaking stupid keep a job like that after a performance like that. If Labor has any sense they’ll move quickly to erase him from the Vic collective memory asap. They have about 2 years to bury him deep.

  5. So.
    The Inquiry today with Dan the Dick?
    Whitewash?
    Waste of time and money?
    Reasonable effort to understand the issues?
    Excellent example of our Constitution protecting us?

  6. So, if the learned lady is actually a learned lady, why has she not withdrawn when she understands that she is being used in a scam.
    Has she misplaced her jurist’s moral compass?
    Appointed by whom?

  7. Makka

    The incompetence of VicGov is breathtaking Winston. That Dan didn’t know the detail of the quarantine contracts (so he says) is damning. But it’s Victoria so I guess the unions will decide if he stays or goes.

  8. Leigh Lowe

    Yesterday … “Wait for the enquiry.”
    Today … “I can’t remember.”
    Tomorrow … “I refer you to the evidence I gave at the enquiry.”

  9. Bruce of Newcastle

    The incompetence of VicGov is breathtaking Winston. That Dan didn’t know the detail of the quarantine contracts (so he says) is damning.

    He isn’t incompetent as such, just his aims aren’t the Victorian people’s aims. The whole thing was about throwing dosh at lefty clients and diversity cantons at the base of the ALP pyramid. Which he was very successful at doing. He can’t say any of that though.

  10. Makka

    I’ve been saying that for months Bruce. But today even the Inquiry council assisting commented how bizarre it was that Ministers and Dept heads had their own individual lawyers cross examining one another in their maximum efforts to deflect blame and obscure their ineptitude.

  11. rickw

    David Wood, smashing the shit out of m u s l i m apologists:

  12. I love sports. Danika Mason makes it easier to peruse

  13. C.L.

    Claim that Jerry Nadler crapped himself during Pelosi presser…

    https://twitter.com/RealJamesWoods/status/1309199306943918080

    The geriatric Democrats are a gold mine for comedians.
    Comedians – remember them?

  14. Eyrie

    It’s good news we’re gonna get Apaches over the Eurocopters, right?

    Go over to Skynews online and catch the paid political advertisement by Airbus helicopters against the Apache choice. The Skynews people must have been paid off or the Airbus folks had the photos.
    The Apache should always have been the choice. Another John W. Howard, the little jumped up turd, fuckup.

  15. Cassie of Sydney

    “rickw
    #3597375, posted on September 25, 2020 at 7:47 pm”

    I have been following David Wood for quite a few years. He is amazing. When threatened…he ups the ante. His knowledge of Islaaam, the Koran, Hadiths etc. is formidable…only matched by Robert Spencer.

  16. Mother Lode

    Mother Lode, what fizz was that ?

    Pol Roger has long been my go-to. Cheaper than the others too – which I suspect trade on their name since champers is usually an occasion rather than careful pairing with food and Moet and a Veuve Cliquot stand out as expensive champers.

    I find Pol Roger has a better balance, the others being too tart and too yeasty.

    All that said the glass matters. The old champagne saucers that went flat so fast gave you a lot of the juice in a mist above the wine added to the bouquet. Champagne flutes gave almost nothing but mouth sensation – there is so little air above the wine.

    I have habitually asked for my champers in wine glasses for precisely this reason.

    But the new champagne glasses which have a V-cross section in the lower part of the bowl but more rounded in the top -including an inward curve at the top to keep more of the mist contained – will create a different combination of mouth and nose.

    I can’t imagine Moet or Veuve Cliquot ever being very good though.

  17. Knuckle Dragger

    Jessica Alba.

    Jessica Alba in Sin City.

    Excuse me for a short while.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    Yesterday … “Wait for the enquiry.”
    Today … “I can’t remember.”
    Tomorrow … “I refer you to the evidence I gave at the enquiry.”

    Oh, I almost forgot.
    Sunday on the ABC … “Look, he’s answered all the questions. Is it time the Murdoch press attack dogs let this go?”
    Remember Gillard pulling the sudden presser on the AWU thing, getting an armchair ride from the Canberra gallery, then everyone declaring the subject closed?

  19. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Cats will like this, an oldie (by Internet standards) but a goodie.
    Bobby Bannon’s Joe Biden rant.
    http://mobile.twitter.com/rantsbybobby/status/1291619159592361984

  20. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Remember Gillard pulling the sudden presser on the AWU thing, getting an armchair ride from the Canberra gallery, then everyone declaring the subject closed?

    Was it THAT Press conference where one of the journos asked “What can we do to help, Prime Minister?”

  21. areff

    No, Zulu, that was Mark Riley at the National Pres Club.

  22. Mother Lode

    I was way from my computer and did not see the champaign commentary.

    Interesting stuff.

    I tasted a sparkling in Orange last week (Mortimers) with 3% Pinot Meunier (French style). Made an enormous difference. Quite delicious.

    I have just had pan-seared salmon fillet with a Mornington peninsula Pinot Noir. Highly recommended. The light tannins from the skin contact is just the right weight to bind with the fat in the fish. Forget whites. Forget gamay. Pan salmon requires Pinot.

  23. Mother Lode

    Champaign?

    Auto-corrupt is rather capricious in what it chooses to correct, and how.

  24. Leigh Lowe

    No, Zulu, that was Mark Riley at the National Pres Club.

    Similar vibe, but.
    As I recall, she called a presser about the Upper Murrumbidgee Wetlands Preservation Bill or somesuch, then took questions on the AWU fraud when the main bloodhound (Hedley Thomas) was safely out of town.

  25. Leigh Lowe

    Salmon is, to all intents and purposes, a red meat ML.

  26. Rockdoctor

    Eyrie
    #3597380, posted on September 25, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Have heard the same from those who have been in uniform especially the Afghan Vets who have seen the Apache Longbows in action. The MRH-90 apparently is another lemon from the same era according to the same people.

    You might know being an aviation type, any truth that MRH-90 cockpit competencies go toward Airbus cockpit endorsements?

  27. Nick

    I can’t imagine Moet or Veuve Cliquot ever being very good though.

    Moët is overrated.
    Bang for buck, Aldi’s top French. Landon Black Label at $45 is quite nice.
    Krug is still my fav.

  28. Nick

    I tasted a sparkling in Orange last week (Mortimers)

    Gilbert’s do a nice half bottle reisling that makes an excellent dessert wine.

  29. Rex Anger

    @ Winston-

    It makes a good starting point for a novel is all…
    NADT

    Ferra nuff.

  30. Knuckle Dragger

    North Face Dan, today:

    “I want to make it very clear to each and every member of the Victorian community that I am sorry for what has occurred here. And I want to issue an unreserved apology to all Victorians.”

    Point of order, Mr. Andrews.

    That’s actually pronounced ‘industrial manslaughter.’

  31. thefrollickingmole

    Imagine you are head of BHP.
    A sudden crisis/ opportunity arises which could sink/ double your stocks.
    You hold a meeting with all the area heads and leave the meeting not knowing what the strategy is. You quickly hear bad news and stocks go s south.
    You don’t do any follow up or seek any more info as things get worse.
    By imposing huge costs on every other bit of your company you are able to contain your original fuckup.

    You hold an inquiry which shows piss poor planning.

    Are you getting your bonus this year?

  32. Robber Baron

    The Central Committee of the Party has decided.
    Miss Greece 1973 is going under the bus.

    So Olive from On The Buses becomes Olive from Under The Buses?

  33. Mother Lode

    Point of order, Mr. Andrews.

    That’s actually pronounced ‘industrial manslaughter.’

    It has been instructive to compare how culpability in the government is nowhere near as rigorous or dogged as in the private decorous.

    Of course the people who make the rules are in the government, rather than the private sector.

    What are the odds?

    An earlier iteration of this was KRudd’s government and the Pink Batts deaths. Can you imagine if it was a private sector programme?

  34. Leigh Lowe

    I hadn’t quite thought of that ML (I only ever drink red anyway).
    My batting order of the richest meats (as in, how much – or little – before I feel chockers) is:-
    1. Salmon
    2. Pork (particularly belly)
    3. Duck
    The Frogs pair Pinot with duck, so Pinot with salmon makes sense.

  35. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Are you getting your bonus this year?’

    Define ‘bonus’.

  36. Mother Lode

    private decorous.

    Private sector.

    Focking auto-corrupt.

  37. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Mr Andrews was asked “Who made the decision to engage private security contractors in the Hotel Quarantine Program?”

    ‘“I do not know who made that decision,” Mr Andrews wrote in his witness statement.

    ‘He wrote it was an “operational matter”.’

    Properly spelled as ‘Christopher Eccles.’

  38. Nick

    The Frogs pair Pinot with duck, so Pinot with salmon makes sense.

    I’m a red drinker but prefer the whites in France. Far easier to pick standard wise.

  39. Mother Lode

    Pinot usually good with duck, but if you have particularly rich duck like duck confit you have to take it up a notch to Shiraz – best cool climate which has slightly less tannin and more fruit (which compliments the gaminess).

    I get my duck confit from the local butcher.

    I am a crap chef.

    A condition I treat with Islays in winter or lagers in summer – I am over the IPA’s.

  40. jupes

    The Frogs pair Pinot with duck, so Pinot with salmon makes sense.

    Well I’m currently on my third glass of 2015 Leeuwin Estate Cab Sav and it makes total sense.

    And I don’t even know what the darling wife is cooking for dinner.

  41. rickw

    Robert F Kennedy JR speech in Berlin:

  42. Steve trickler

    Bergerson in flight.

    Thomas Bergersen – L’Appel Du Vide (from Humanity Chapter I)



  43. jupes

    Archibald win for Vincent Namatjira.

    Absolute crap. His Great Grandfather would be turning in his grave.

  44. rickw

    Keith’s gone nuts! New horizontal boring machine:

  45. Mother Lode

    I love living in a wine country!

  46. notafan

    Robert F Kennedy JR is a complete nutter.

  47. Knuckle Dragger

    Some discussion on the Archibald earlier. I happened to catch a glimpse of a cartoony-looking montage apparently painted by spina bifida-stricken children using their toes.

    That couldn’t have been the winner. I’m no artist nor art critic, but c’mon.

  48. Makka

    ‘Mr Andrews was asked “Who made the decision to engage private security contractors in the Hotel Quarantine Program?”

    ‘“I do not know who made that decision,” Mr Andrews wrote in his witness statement.

    ‘He wrote it was an “operational matter”.’

    Council spent a good 45 minutes walking Andrews through statements, documents, meeting notes, texts outlining in quite some detail showing how crystal clear it was to all and sundry in VicGov how crucial it was to Victoria and Australia that the quarantine compliance and security be executed with absolute efficacy. Andrews agreed and concurred all the way through fully acknowledging his own full knowledge of the high importance of this task. Then , “I do not know who made that decision”.

    Totally and utterly beyond belief. A great big fkg lie. Just like Olive’s.

  49. notafan

    Unified contract alone was 30 million.

    Andrews treats taxpayers, money like confetti.

    And he’s put most of them out of work.

    Where’s that sound bite of an offer of a journo mentioning an offer of assistance from Frydenburg? and Andrews makes a sneering remark about LNP leadership squabbles and says if he wants some from federals he’ll go straight to Morrison.

  50. Jo

    Motherlode, picked up some Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg from Dan Murphy’s a month ago for $28. They didn’t have any of the good stuff.

  51. rickw

    Keith’s gone nuts! New horizontal boring machine:

    Previous owner of machine needed to track down a spare part for it. Contacted manufacturer. They were able to give him its original shipping date (1918!) and tell him every time spare parts were supplied for it in the following 80 years, plus supply him with the spare part he was after. Incredible.

  52. rickw

    Robert F Kennedy JR is a complete nutter.

    Well for the first 10 minutes he was making more sense that Dickhead Dan, but that’s a pretty low bar.

  53. Knuckle Dragger

    Jesus wept, jupes.

    Of fucking course he paints Trump. Worse than Rowe.

  54. dover_beach

    jonathan green
    @GreenJ
    ·
    4h
    Rather impressed by @DanielAndrewsMP right now

    What a arsekisser. Disgusting.

  55. feelthebern

    Everything the Dems do blows up.

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

    Chicago mayor gets this knob to ride a horse on a road.
    Horse gets put down.
    Chicago mayor doesn’t take responsibility.

  56. feelthebern

    Chicago mayor kills horse.

  57. Nick

    What a arsekisser. Disgusting.

    What a goat

  58. dover_beach

    Archibald win for Vincent Namatjira.

    Are you serious?

  59. Mother Lode

    So how was the Roaring Meg, jo?

    I had a very decent Shiraz last night with rissoles that was $29.

    The rissoles were crap. The wine was surprisingly good.

  60. Steve trickler

    Enjoy the ride.

    SPACE ODDITY



  61. Is Lori Lightfoot Don King’s daughter? She is death warmed up. Disgusting individual.
    As for the Archibald, haven’t seen the winner and hopefully I don’t. Another blow to the white patriarchy by all accounts, except it isn’t. I imagine Goodes will be stroking his bell end over being fawned upon, except that no one else except his most ardent admirers give a fuck.

  62. It makes a good starting point for a novel is all…
    NADT

    Bloody ‘ell – but I think I got away with it…

  63. Knuckle Dragger

    Oh ho ho ho ho my wordy lordy ho ho.

    I wondered where all the Queenslanders were today. Turns out they were hiding from this:

    ‘Broncos chairman Karl Morris has blasted Darius Boyd’s gender reveal stunt in the aftermath of the Broncos wooden spoon sealing loss to the Cowboys. The Broncos surrendered a 12-0 lead to go down 32-16 to the Cowboys in their final match of the season and secure a historic first ever last placed finish for the club.

    ‘However you could have been fooled for thinking the Broncos won as the players congratulated retiring champion Boyd with the unusual gender reveal celebration.

    While few could begrudge the Broncos celebrating Boyd’s career, Morris was filthy that his players chose to celebrate a private moment so publicly at the same time the Broncos were officially confirmed as the worst team in the club’s history.

    “I was embarrassed and disgusted by the gender reveal and celebrations post-match,” Morris said on Nine News. The stunt was reportedly done without the prior knowledge of any senior staff, including interim coach Peter Gentle, Head of Football Peter Nolan, CEO Paul White and Morris.’

    As if retiring as part of the worst Broncos team ever wasn’t bad enough this twit gathered the players around him, made sure there was a clear field of view for the cameras, produced a miniature football and kicked it – producing a cloud of pink smoke or glitter or something.

    Worse, his teammates mobbed him like he’d just taken a hat-trick on Boxing Day. All smiles.

    Tallis, Billy Moore and Gilmeister must have necked themselves by now.

  64. Rex Anger

    @ Winston-

    Do tell.

    Ex-SF have got up to some wild things, from consultancies to charities to anti-poaching operations in
    Africa to serving as MPs. And that’s just ex-SASR guys!

    People are remarkable. And anything you write may not be that far off the real thing…

  65. Nick

    Gender reveal… as if a penis or a vagina upon birth isn’t enough

  66. Perfidious Albino

    Lori Lightfooot?! I thought that was Beetlejuice…

  67. Notafan:
    Yes, Dan is a nasty little prick – he chose to go down that path.

  68. Leigh Lowe

    Mother Lode

    #3597451, posted on September 25, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    So how was the Roaring Meg, jo?

    Sigh!
    Might get back on the slurpee trail around Otago one day.

  69. cohenite

    jupes
    #3597425, posted on September 25, 2020 at 8:54 pm
    Archibald win for Vincent Namatjira.

    Absolute crap. His Great Grandfather would be turning in his grave.

    So, every piece of splash and dash shit was a 3rd nations spittoon.

  70. Rabbitohs dropping the hammer on the Roosters. From the top of Sears Tower

  71. Leigh Lowe

    Nick

    #3597459, posted on September 25, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Gender reveal… as if a penis or a vagina upon birth isn’t enough

    At birth?
    That is sooo last century.
    These days you wait until the kid is seven and done two years of gender studies at school.

  72. Fat Tony

    Winston Smith
    #3597456, posted on September 25, 2020 at 9:34 pm
    It makes a good starting point for a novel is all…
    NADT

    Bloody ‘ell – but I think I got away with it…

    Winston – They’d be the last mob I’d ever want to piss off

  73. Geriatric Mayfly

    Looks like the Archibald is aping the Turner Prize for notoriety and the descent into acknowledging tripe.

  74. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Knuckle Dragger at 9:35 pm:

    “Oh ho ho ho ho my wordy lordy ho ho.

    I wondered where all the Queenslanders were today. Turns out they were hiding from this:

    ‘Broncos chairman Karl Morris has blasted Darius Boyd’s gender reveal stunt in the aftermath …”

    “gender reveal” is the latest newest tik tok song / gangnam dance / Coca Cola yo yo craze or something I assume, with a life duration roughly equivalent to Bonce or Justin Beevarrr. Fair dinkum there is some useless bulltish floating around society.

    No, I don’t want to know what it means, I can survive without it.

  75. The Beer Whisperer

    Bigots Liars Marxists.

    Bigots Liars Murderers.

    Tautology.

  76. Mother Lode

    Is Lori Lightfoot Don King’s daughter? She is death warmed up. Disgusting individual.

    She looks to me like a being that has forced its way into our universe.

    As for Goodes, this is an expected reprieve: he goes from being last week’s news to newly minted icon.

  77. vlad

    Coca Cola yo yo craze

    Please. Have some respect for Coca-Cola yo-yo’s.

  78. The fawning over the Archibald winning painting is just sickening. Were I Aboriginal, I’d be embarrassed.
    To encourage this young feller to paint when he obviously doesn’t have a drop of talent in his veins, is an insult to Aboriginal people everywhere.
    The condescension being heaped on him is a bloody disgrace – the bigotry of low expectations.

  79. Knuckle Dragger

    Coke yo yos were for homos. Common knowledge.

    The Fanta yo yos. Those bad boys kept shit real.

  80. The Beer Whisperer

    Keith’s gone nuts! New horizontal boring machine:

    I thought you were talking about Dan Andrews until I realised you said horizontal, although I imagine that would be even worse.

  81. Cassie of Sydney

    New just in….four people injured in a stabbing attack in Paris outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo.

    Clearly far-right white supremacists.

  82. feelthebern

    Nuns Cassie.
    Carmelite nuns.

  83. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Clearly far-right white supremacists.

    Those damned Presbyterians!

  84. Leigh Lowe

    Winston Smith

    #3597476, posted on September 25, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    The fawning over the Archibald winning painting is just sickening. Were I Aboriginal, I’d be embarrassed.

    If an eight year old did it, you’d probably only give it a couple of weeks on the fridge door.

  85. Cassie of Sydney

    “feelthebern
    #3597484, posted on September 25, 2020 at 10:07 pm
    Nuns Cassie.
    Carmelite nuns.”

    Yes Bern…or Hasidic Jooos….or Tibetan monks….or Scientologists.

  86. Cassie, it is sweet music to the fuckwit from Toowoomba

  87. Anthony

    Dan’s evil web? What, if anything, do we know about the ‘private contractors’ some nameless person agreed to award private security contracts to? I recall seeing a reference earlier to a group with indigenous ‘connections’. Could it be that the award of contracts was in some way associated to ethnicity?

  88. The Beer Whisperer

    If an eight year old did it, you’d probably only give it a couple of weeks on the fridge door.

    I’d give it longer, Leigh, depending on how long it would take for my most despised neighbour to notice it on his fridge.

  89. Cassie of Sydney

    “Black Ball
    #3597488, posted on September 25, 2020 at 10:14 pm
    Cassie, it is sweet music to the fuckwit from Toowoomba”

    Absolutely, he loves it when his favourite religious ideology goes on a murdering rampage. Watch him either ignore it, skip over it or justify it.

  90. mh

    Gender reveal at the Broncos?
    We’ve been calling them pussies all season. And cvnts.

  91. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Absolutely, he loves it when his favourite religious ideology goes on a murdering rampage. Watch him either ignore it, skip over it or justify it.

    Do be kind to the poor old sausage, Cassie. He swallowed the Party line, hook, line and sinker, fifty years ago, and no amount of what’s been written, in the past twenty years, with access to the North Vietnamese archives will ever change his mind.

  92. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Gender reveal at the Broncos?’

    A change of name reveal might have been more appropriate. Darius. May as well be Xanderveer.

    Exactly the sort of name a bloke with a tramp stamp would have.

    Appalling judgment.

  93. Nick

    A gender reveal. Parting a nappy should suffice.

  94. caveman

    Having seen other work by Vincent Namajera , I don’t mind his style. But his Archibald prize is not a portrait as such it’s a story of an action in time. I thought more a portrait would look more into the soul of the person over their time. And the dude that won the archibald packers prize looks like a rip off from Midnight Oils Head injuries album cover.

  95. William the Conjuror

    Archibald win for Vincent Namatjira.

    Are you serious?

    Sure.

    I guess you said the same for Whiteley in 1976.

    And again in 1978.

  96. The favoured bumper sticker here was:
    There’s two teams I support
    The Cowboys & whoever is playing against the Broncos.

    This sticker has faded from favour, probably due only to declining numbers of people who’re able to read.

    Personally, I don’t care who wins a Rugby League match, just so long as some of them get hurt.

  97. Doing some nuts and bolts PC maintenance.

    I have had to manually remove VM Ware I had installed years & years ago.

    Everything is gone but that awful scanner redirection for vmware horizon (yep, ancient laptop, surface pro 3 when they were hotter than a pistol in a pub)

    Disconnected printer/scanner.

    Still cannot get the bastard to budge and I have full admin rights.

    Had no web browsers open before.

    Like Big Lesley Mackerel would say, HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…..(nasal wheezing)…………

  98. jupes

    No, I don’t want to know what it means, I can survive without it.

    I didn’t either but I looked it up. I thought that a 300+ game NRL player was announcing that he was actually a woman. Imagine my relief that he was only announcing that his baby was a girl.

    But why did he think anyone would give a fuck? We live in the very strangest of times.

  99. Arky

    If an eight year old did it, you’d probably only give it a couple of weeks on the fridge door.

    ..
    I HAVE an 8 y.o.
    She paints better than that.
    If she showed me some shit like that I’d be having a long chat with her along the lines of: “What do you think about it? How could you improve it? Are you happy in yourself with this standard of work”?

  100. Why I can’t even “wipe it with a cloth” Hillary style.

    (Bleach Bit won’t shred…and it’s been like Steve Vai locking himself away with only bread and water to master shredding).

  101. Arky

    God help her if Tiger Mum saw it.

  102. mh

    Why I can’t even “wipe it with a cloth” Hillary style.

    Wipe it on the curtain.

  103. Far out.

    I turn off the last two VM ware services and this shit is still un-deletable.

    Everything is an op, spam, trolling or malware now and we have to point it out.

    Sort of like what Anna Sarkeesian said about sexism, racism and homophobia.

  104. JC

    The Wall Street Journal no less, answering the question that’s been on everyone’s mind since the start of the China bug.

    What’s happening to the bra?

    Will Working From Home Kill the Bra Forever?
    A historical perspective on the underpinning that is losing traction during the pandemic

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/will-working-from-home-kill-the-bra-forever-11600800918

  105. mh

    Peter Van Insolent is hosting The Project now.

    He’s finally found his level.

  106. feelthebern

    One Nation rips up half a brick in a ponzi scheme.

  107. From The Daily Mail. Good to see Shaq and Charles speaking the truth. I see George Clooney is anti cop in this case and even falsely said Taylor was in her bed when shot. I guess sleeping with a lawyer does not make you smart.

    “Charles Barkley and Sahquille O’Neal have been attacked on Twitter for defending the police after giving their views on the Breonna Taylor case.

    Presenting the TNT pregame show ahead the Los Angeles Lakers vs Denver Nuggets, Barkley said Taylor’s death couldn’t be compared to the killing of George Floyd because Taylor’s boyfriend opened fire on police who then shot back.

    O’Neal agreed, saying that – while the system may need to change – the officers involved were simply ‘doing their job’ on a warrant signed by a judge.

    It comes after one of the police officers involved in the raid that killed Taylor was indicted, though not for firing the shots that killed her.

    Barkley and O’Neal immediately came under fire on social media for ‘defending the police’, as one person branded them: ‘Skin folk, not kin folk.’

  108. Surviving The Crash. How to navigate the new normal. Some Channel Stokes thing where they get a discussion from the captains of industry. Some hospitality bloke, another unknown then Alan Joyce. Obviously telling the unwashed to use less fossil fuel or something.

  109. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Steve trickler
    #3597523, posted on September 25, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    The militiamen have seen all this shit before, and they just don’t give a fvck?

  110. JC

    It’s probably true. Disgusting leftwing demonrat, Jerry Nadler may have shat his pants on live TV. Here’s the story along with the vid.

    I guess anyone would take a dump next to Pelosi though.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/09/24/did-jerry-nadler-have-an-accident-on-live-tv-n2576809

  111. JC

    Stop pretending you’re heterosexual, Cronkite. No one’s buying.

  112. Top Ender

    Lawyers representing NT Police officer Zachary Rolfe, charged with the murder of Kumanjayi Walker in Yeundemu late last year, have taken aim at key evidence revealed by body worn camera footage saying it “distorts reality”.

    Link – free access

  113. Stimpson J. Cat

    And right here we have the real reason why George P$ll went to jail.
    What a den of corruption is the Catholic Church.

    Vatican Cardinal Angelo Becciu resigns from office and ‘rights’ of cardinals

    Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who until today was prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has resigned from that office, and in an extremely rare move, from the rights extended to members of the College of Cardinals.
    The cardinal worked previously as the number two-ranking official in the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, and has been connected to an ongoing investigation of financial malfeasance at the secretariat.
    A statement from the Holy See press office Thursday said: “Today, Thursday, Sept. 24, the Holy Father accepted the resignation from the office of Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and related rights of the Cardinalate, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu.”
    Becciu remains technically a cardinal, and the Vatican’s announcement did not specifically delineate what rights Becciu has resigned. In 2015, Pope Francis accepted a similar renunciation from Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who in 2013 admitted to serial sexual misconduct. O’Brien did not subsequently attend public eccleiastical events, and was ineligible to participate in a future papal conclave. The Vatican press office could not be reached for comment Thursday evening.
    The cardinal himself has not yet responded to a request for comment from CNA.
    The move was unexpected, and does not seem to have been long planned. Becciu had been scheduled to preside over the beatification of Ven. Carlo Acutis, which will take place in Assisi Oct. 10.
    Becciu served as “sostituto,” or second-ranking official at the Secretariat of State, from 2011 to 2018, when Pope Francis named him a cardinal and moved him to the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. During his tenure in that position, he was linked to a number of financial scandals, most recently the Secretariat’s investment of hundreds of millions of euros with the Italian businessman Rafaelle Mincione and the controversial purchase of a London building.
    CNA has previously reported that a substantial part of the $200 million used to finance the Secretariat of State’s purchase of a luxury development at 60 Sloane Avenue came through credit extended by BSI, a Swiss bank with a long track record of violating money-laundering and fraud safeguards in its dealings with sovereign wealth funds.

    CNA has also reported that in 2015 Becciu seemed to have made an attempt to disguise the loans on Vatican balance sheets by cancelling them out against the value of the property purchased in the London neighborhood of Chelsea, an accounting maneuver prohibited by new financial policies approved by Pope Francis in 2014.
    The alleged attempt to hide the loans off-books was detected by the Prefecture for the Economy, then led by Cardinal George Pell. Senior officials at the Prefecture for the Economy told CNA that when Pell began to demand details of the loans, especially those involving BSI, then-Archbishop Becciu called the cardinal in to the Secretariat of State for a “reprimand.”

    Becciu has previously defended the London investment as “accepted practice,” despite Vatican prosecutors staging raids on the offices of several of Becciu’s closest collaborators in the Secretariat, and despite the arrest of one of the businessmen involved.
    CNA has also reported that Becciu was involved in a complicated series of events and financial transactions around the purchase of the Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata (IDI), an Italian hospital that collapsed in 2013 under 800 million euros of debt through theft and fraud.

    In 2016, Becciu was instrumental in bringing to a halt Vatican financial reforms initiated by Cardinal George Pell. Although Pope Francis had given the newly created Prefecture for the Economy autonomous oversight authority over Vatican finances, Becciu interfered when the prefecture planned an external audit of all Vatican departments, to be conducted by the firm PriceWaterhouseCooper.
    Unilaterally, and without permission of Pope Francis, Becciu cancelled the audit and announced in a letter to all Vatican departments that it would not take place.
    When Pell challenged internally the audit’s cancellation, Becciu persuaded Pope Francis to give his decision ex post facto approval, sources inside the prefecture told CNA. The audit never took place.

    In 2017, Becciu was also responsible for the dismissal of the Vatican’s first-ever auditor general, Libero Milone.
    Milone was fired in dramatic fashion by Becciu, who accused the auditor of “spying” on the finances of senior officials, including Becciu. The then-Archbishop Becciu threatened criminal prosecution of Milone if he did not agree to leave his Vatican office quietly.
    Milone maintained that he was fired for being too good at his job, and because he and the reforming work of the Prefecture for the Economy were perceived as a threat to the autonomy and business practices of long-time Curial officials. He said that he was dismissed on trumped-up charges after he uncovered evidence of financial misconduct under Becciu’s leadership.
    Also in 2017, Becciu was involved in a complicated chain of events with the Sovereign Military Order of Malta that ended with the Grand Master of the Order being deposed, and Becciu being installed as special papal envoy charged with running the order.
    At the center of that controversy were allegations that Vatican financial authorities had siphoned off more than 30 million euros from a 120 million euro bequest held in a Swiss bank account, in order to ease liquidity problems.
    In February 2017, Pope Francis named Becciu as his personal delegate to oversee the “spiritual and moral” reform of the Order of Malta, with particular attention to the professed members. It is unclear if he will continue in the role.
    Pope Francis created Becciu a cardinal on June 28, 2018. He was appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on Aug. 31, 2018.

  114. BrettW I love those blokes. Shaq should have been in the Dream Team ahead of Christian Laettner because he was dominate before heading to the NBA. Laettner’s college record is unsurpassed but he had nothing on Diesel.
    Now I will be interested in Mike Wilbon’s response on Pass The Interruption. He is a race stoker who is very good friends with Chuck.

  115. Steve trickler

    Every time I check up on the bloke. His channel has been zapped. Then he restarts.



  116. And right here we have the real reason why George P$ll went to jail

    Word

  117. Mitch M.

    Common Class of Drugs Linked to Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

    For several years I’ve been telling friends to think very carefully about taking this class of drugs. Some antidepressants are in that class. A common drug given to the elderly to promote sleep, mirtazapine, is a potent anticholinergic. Nonetheless doctors will keep prescribing this class of drugs, especially to the elderly.

    Researchers reported that cognitively normal study participants who were taking at least one anticholinergic drug at baseline were 47 percent more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI),

    A 47% increase is a big increase because of an already large base rate for MCI.

  118. Stimpson J. Cat

    For several years I’ve been telling friends to think very carefully about taking this class of drugs. Some antidepressants are in that class. A common drug given to the elderly to promote sleep, mirtazapine, is a potent anticholinergic. Nonetheless doctors will keep prescribing this class of drugs, especially to the elderly.

    Unfortunately “antidepressants” don’t actually exist.
    There are only various drugs which are labeled “antidepressants”,
    and people who are foolish enough to take them.
    Unbelievable in 2020 that people still think the Dopamine hypothesis and chemical imbalances are the full story.

    It’s really very sad.

  119. Arky

    If you ever get the chance to leave the country again, think about the Paparoas.
    I spent my holidays as a child here, hiking, gold panning, throwing chunks of coal at my brother’s head.

  120. Arky

    I haven’t been back in decades, since my fuckwit greeny brother insisted on selling the old place.
    It’s an almost physical pain of longing for the joint.

  121. From Powerline blog. They were taking out insurance on themselves as knew doing the wrong thing.

    Article also mentions FBI knew Steele, the ex British spy guy tasked to find dirt, was previously on their records as a possible agent of Russia ! Gonna make a great TV series that people won’t realise is actually based on truth.

    “Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents tasked by fired former Director James Comey to take down Donald Trump during and after the 2016 election were so concerned about the agency’s potentially illegal behavior that they purchased liability insurance to protect themselves less than two weeks before Trump was inaugurated president, previously hidden FBI text messages show. The explosive new communications and internal FBI notes were disclosed in federal court filings today from Sidney Powell, the attorney who heads Michael Flynn’s legal defense team.

    “[W]e all went and purchased professional liability insurance,” one agent texted on Jan. 10, 2017, the same day CNN leaked details that then-President-elect Trump had been briefed by Comey about the bogus Christopher Steele dossier. That briefing of Trump was used as a pretext to legitimize the debunked dossier, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign and compiled by a foreign intelligence officer who was working for a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

    “Holy crap,” an agent responded. “All the analysts too?”

    “Yep,” the first agent said. “All the folks at the Agency as well.”

  122. Stimpson J. Cat
    #3597534, posted on September 25, 2020 at 11:11 pm
    And right here we have the real reason why George P$ll went to jail.
    What a den of corruption is the Catholic Church.

    This is just anti Catholic bullshit.

    Here’s a Red Pill about corruption, Mr Obvious – you should be talking about Victoria.

    The church has its stables cleaned. Victoria? I’m chortling by making the suggestion.

  123. Arky

    Trump should disband the FBI.
    There’s no reason why an agency created by the Federal government can’t be uncreated by it.
    There are a raft of organisations and institutions that have been hollowed out or poisoned.
    Universities, police forces, federal agencies.
    A lot of these things need to just get wiped out.

  124. Software companies are real shits with their absurd protection over their software bring uninstalled.

    It’s all basically malware.

    A bit of brute force, deletion one by one, restarting and multiple wipes from Bleach it and CC Cleaner did the trick.

    There was one registry key left, it was blocking a “true” uninstall from the list.

    This shit is just negligent or wilful vandalism.

  125. There should only be the Federal Marshals, US Parks, Secret Service and CIA at the absolute most.

    DHS and FBI? BTFO.

  126. Arky

    Order them to retain all documents, give them three months to hand any ongoing investigations to other agencies, and sack the fucking lot of them.
    Until right of centre parties across the world start taking a scorched earth policy with rogue and feral organisations like the ABC, FBI, etc we are at an ever increasing risk of losing everything.
    At some point these arseholes are so entrenched that they have us in a crossfire of mutual support. Courts backing up agencies, getting personnel from corrupted universities, scandals hidden by a corrupted media. At some point it’s not recoverable.
    The first thing on any right of centre governments to do list on taking office should be: What do we annihilate immediately?

  127. Stimpson J. Cat

    This is just anti Catholic bullshit.
    Here’s a Red Pill about corruption, Mr Obvious – you should be talking about Victoria.
    The church has its stables cleaned. Victoria? I’m chortling by making the suggestion.

    No, I don’t think it is, and no, I don’t think I will.
    An article from the Catholic News Agency is anti-Catholic.
    Good one Dot.
    Stop sulking.
    😂

  128. The stables have been cleaned.

    Corrupt organisations cannot get rid of bad apples.

    Your snide little theories don’t represent the CNA either, champ.

  129. Stimpson J. Cat

    The stables have been cleaned.
    Corrupt organisations cannot get rid of bad apples.
    Your snide little theories don’t represent the CNA either, champ.

    Sure they have, sure they have.
    Snide?
    Champ?
    Why are you so sensitive all of a sudden Dot?
    Thinking of becoming a Libertarian Nun?

    Good Luck with that!

  130. Arky

    Imagine being a kid again.
    Sliding down a huge slag heap in a rainforest coal dump, throwing a big chunk of black coal at the bastard’s head.
    Better days. Innocent. Clean fun.
    Well, not clean, coal is pretty dirty.
    I miss those times and don’t understand why the shithead wanted to sell up.
    Didn’t our childhood memories mean anything?

  131. Tintarella di Luna

    Slayer of Memes
    #3597333, posted on September 25, 2020 at 6:38 pm
    BREAKING:
    Former NSW ALP Minister, Milton Orkopoulous has been charged with 8 more counts of sexual abuse of children…

    Anyone still wondering why Labor keeps blocking legislation in parliament to protect child sex abuse victims??

    There was an article on the front page of the Australian the other day: Child ex abuse ‘greatest at home’ which said that children were more at risk of sexual abuse within the family — I made this comment rejected of course by the j’ism student moderators : The Royal Commission into the institutional response to Child Sexual Abuse left unexamined the institutional response of the most powerful institutions of all — the parliaments of Australia and their tacit role over the decades in allowing the ongoing abuse, sexual and otherwise, of children – the parliament makes the laws which appear to have been totally ineffectual in stemming this egregious wrong.

    How about the data on how, when, where and why most of the abuse is occurring instead of a blanket smear on the family – my bet is they don’t have the data because they don’t want the data then in the bureaucratic typically perfunctory way the we-know-best-brigade can say “oh dear we can’t do anything about that because we don’t have the data”.

  132. The safest place for your kids is in the biological family.

    The safest institution for your kids is the Catholic Church.

    These are demonstrable facts.

  133. Don’t hang around with the losers on the old thread, check out the magnificent crop of ‘toons on the new thread!

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