Open Thread: October 24, 2020

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  1. feelthebern

    Mon 10/26 – 44%

    The Kanye effect.

  2. Arky

    Deactivated rust. Chopped and dropped over the rails. A black German cross, crate engine and some twenty year old with a sleeve tattoo.
    Where do they all come from?
    Is there a production line somewhere?

  3. JC

    20 questions Joe Biden would get from the media if he were a Republican. 17 is really good.

    1) Given your obvious mental deterioration and your difficulty working a full schedule on the campaign trail, why should the American people believe you are physically and mentally capable of handling a job as demanding as the presidency?

    2) You have been in government since 1972, so aren’t you part of the problem? Why should anyone believe you’ll make things better?

    3) While you were Vice President, America had the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression. Shouldn’t Americans expect the same poor performance this time if you win?

    4) Was your son Hunter qualified for his Burisma board member position? What exactly did he bring to that position other than the possibility you would use your position as Vice-President to help him?

    5) You tried to dodge questions about your son’s notorious laptop that was left in a Delaware store. Are you claiming that the laptop is not his?

    6) Compromising pictures of an underage girl were supposedly found on your son’s laptop and there are indications you knew about this beforehand and talked with him about it. Did you do anything to protect that girl from your son?

    7) Very clearly, your son Hunter has made millions by promising people access and help from you, but you say you have not given it. Given the revelations of Laptopgate, why should anyone believe you?

    8) Are you willing to condemn #Blacklivesmatter for all the rioting, looting, lawbreaking, and bad behavior associated with the group?

    9) The no-bail policies you support have dramatically exacerbated the violence and rioting of your supporters in many places. Are you willing to abandon those policies and call for all of your supporters who break the law to be charged with a crime and held on bail?

    10) You have denied that you want to do away with fracking and fossil fuel many times, but there is video of you saying it. Were you lying then or are you lying now?

    11) Under the Title IX rules that were put in place during the Obama administration, lawsuits have proven that college men were being convicted of sexual assaults they didn’t commit on college campuses. The Trump administration changed these rules, but you say you want to go back to them. Why do you believe it’s okay for college men to be falsely labeled as rapists by kangaroo courts that make it impossible for them to defend themselves?

    12) The United States is currently 27 trillion dollars in debt. You have proposed programs that will add another 11 trillion in debt. Do you see programs like Medicare and Social Security surviving in their current forms when we are that far in the hole and if so, how?

    13) A family of four earning $73,000 saves $2,000 per year because of the Trump tax cuts and their taxes will go up if you, as promised, repeal the Trump tax cuts. So, aren’t you lying when you say no one making less than $400,000 will have their taxes raised if you become President?

    14) You want to give citizenship to 11 million illegal aliens. Why do they deserve Medicare and Social Security benefits? Also, that will encourage millions of other illegal aliens to come here. Will you give them citizenship, too?

    15) Why do you now believe it’s moral to use the tax dollars of people that are adamantly against killing children to fund abortions?

    16) You have talked about a “national mask mandate,” but have given few details. Will you force people to wear masks in gyms? When they’re walking outside? At home with their loved ones? In between bites of food at a restaurant? Should people be jailed for refusing?

    17) You are well known for your unwanted sniffing and kissing of women. You have also been credibly accused of sexually assaulting a former aide. Are you a sexual predator, Joe? Can women be safe around you?

    18) Many people believe that stacking the Supreme Court would turn them into puppets for the White House and destroy respect for the court. You’ve refused to say whether you support this radical change. Are you willing to finally tell us where you stand on this?

    19) There are many Democrats that favor getting rid of the legislative filibuster in the Senate. That is a radical move that could destabilize the country. Do you support it?

    20) Millions of Americans lost their health care plans and prices have gone up dramatically because of the Affordable Care Act. Would you be willing to apologize to the American people for all the lies used to sell that legislation and for the failure of Obamacare?

  4. Cardimona, should your flatmate feature on your website?

  5. Rex Anger

    I don’t understand kids today.
    Riding around in rusty cut down rat rods.
    Ugly.

    Silly trends, Arky.

    Like man buns, exposing the male ankle in skinny trousers, IPAs and the woeful overuse of irony.

    Rust is a marker of neglect. Not pride.

    (Also a chargeable offence… 😉 )

  6. Entropy

    Anyone know what happened with this gal? She has the innocent girl next door look that mum would immediately approve.

    Dunno JC. At the risk of stereotyping she strikes me as an entitled princess of the stupidest kind, reinforced by a hyphenated name. No doubt a lot of DFAT time and treasure will be spent trying to get her home.

  7. JC

    20 questions Joe Biden would get from the media if he were a Republican. 17 is really good.

    1) Given your obvious mental deterioration and your difficulty working a full schedule on the campaign trail, why should the American people believe you are physically and mentally capable of handling a job as demanding as the presidency?

    2) You have been in government since 1972, so aren’t you part of the problem? Why should anyone believe you’ll make things better?

    3) While you were Vice President, America had the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression. Shouldn’t Americans expect the same poor performance this time if you win?

    4) Was your son Hunter qualified for his Burisma board member position? What exactly did he bring to that position other than the possibility you would use your position as Vice-President to help him?

    5) You tried to dodge questions about your son’s notorious laptop that was left in a Delaware store. Are you claiming that the laptop is not his?

    6) Compromising pictures of an underage girl were supposedly found on your son’s laptop and there are indications you knew about this beforehand and talked with him about it. Did you do anything to protect that girl from your son?

    7) Very clearly, your son Hunter has made millions by promising people access and help from you, but you say you have not given it. Given the revelations of Laptopgate, why should anyone believe you?

    8) Are you willing to condemn #Blacklivesmatter for all the rioting, looting, lawbreaking, and bad behavior associated with the group?

    9) The no-bail policies you support have dramatically exacerbated the violence and rioting of your supporters in many places. Are you willing to abandon those policies and call for all of your supporters who break the law to be charged with a crime and held on bail?

    10) You have denied that you want to do away with fracking and fossil fuel many times, but there is video of you saying it. Were you lying then or are you lying now?

    11) Under the Title IX rules that were put in place during the Obama administration, lawsuits have proven that college men were being convicted of sexual assaults they didn’t commit on college campuses. The Trump administration changed these rules, but you say you want to go back to them. Why do you believe it’s okay for college men to be falsely labeled as rapists by kangaroo courts that make it impossible for them to defend themselves?

    12) The United States is currently 27 trillion dollars in debt. You have proposed programs that will add another 11 trillion in debt. Do you see programs like Medicare and Social Security surviving in their current forms when we are that far in the hole and if so, how?

    13) A family of four earning $73,000 saves $2,000 per year because of the Trump tax cuts and their taxes will go up if you, as promised, repeal the Trump tax cuts. So, aren’t you lying when you say no one making less than $400,000 will have their taxes raised if you become President?

    14) You want to give citizenship to 11 million illegal aliens. Why do they deserve Medicare and Social Security benefits? Also, that will encourage millions of other illegal aliens to come here. Will you give them citizenship, too?

    15) Why do you now believe it’s moral to use the tax dollars of people that are adamantly against killing children to fund abortions?

    16) You have talked about a “national mask mandate,” but have given few details. Will you force people to wear masks in gyms? When they’re walking outside? At home with their loved ones? In between bites of food at a restaurant? Should people be jailed for refusing?

    17) You are well known for your unwanted sniffing and kissing of women. You have also been credibly accused of sexually assaulting a former aide. Are you a sexual pred ..ator, Joe? Can women be safe around you?

    18) Many people believe that stacking the Supreme Court would turn them into puppets for the White House and destroy respect for the court. You’ve refused to say whether you support this radical change. Are you willing to finally tell us where you stand on this?

    19) There are many Democrats that favor getting rid of the legislative filibuster in the Senate. That is a radical move that could destabilize the country. Do you support it?

    20) Millions of Americans lost their health care plans and prices have gone up dramatically because of the Affordable Care Act. Would you be willing to apologize to the American people for all the lies used to sell that legislation and for the failure of Obamacare?

  8. Colonel Crispin Berka

    crony capitalism was called fascism

    Yeah. Crony capitalism is Fuhrer-free fascism, a sort of Fascism-lite™.
    Same blending of State and corporate power, but does not have the singularly powerful leader necessary to be 100% classic fascism. This is perhaps hair-splitting theories for all the difference it makes in practice.
    It’s a bit like saying twitter political message deletions are not censorship because “only the government can perform censorship.” As there is no other word to describe the same action and outcome regardless of who does it, it’s a bit silly to make the definition dependent on who is doing it.
    Same with fascism. When the GlaxoShellColes corporate brownshirts show up to perform some mandatory vaccination and regulatory firebombing, you are not going to breathe a sigh of relief knowing the order was given by a committee of MPs instead of by one El Presidenté. It’s still fascism in outcome in every important way.

  9. mh

    Nigel Farage
    @Nigel_Farage
    Why is the Welsh First Minister hurting local businesses and helping Amazon get even richer.

    Is he stupid? Probably.

    https://twitter.com/Nigel_Farage/status/1320034432477204480?s=20

  10. Leigh Lowe

    vlad

    #3634016, posted on October 26, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Are blacks leaving the demonrat plantation?

    The smart ones are.

    If there is one thing worse than being taken for granted, it’s when they admit to your face to taking you for granted.
    And then tell you there is nothing you can do about it and you’d be a traitor to your race if you tried.
    .
    #theydon’tmatter

  11. Leigh Lowe

    What a coincidence.
    Mrs L told me today that the wrought iron gates are in need of some Dulux.
    I ran the patina argument.
    It failed.

  12. Arky

    Rust is a marker of neglect. Not pride.

    I don’t know for sure, but I assume they stop the corrosion process in some way, and just leave the look of rust.
    Which would be clever.
    Or maybe they paint them to look rusty.
    Dunno.
    A striking effect the first time you see it.
    The hundredth time? Sad.

  13. Actually, there is an alternate history of the Trump phone call, and I only heard it today on the Spectator’s US election podcast. The UK government had the same problem and it seems to have amounted to them having the campaign phone number which was cancelled at the end of the election. Hockey’s need to call Greg Norman got a specific mention.

    It’s in here somewhere:

  14. Leigh Lowe

    Reminds me.
    Where is KD’s video of the curry-muncher punchers?

  15. Sorry, mUntz. We are the rebels now. And you know how modern mythology favors the underdog.

    Yes Rex, you lot are the bomb throwing anarchists and I am the only true conservative on this site. All true.

  16. Iowahawk’s experience with irreplaceable patina. Haven’t heard of the fate of the vehicle. Blair probably knows. I think the plan was to participate in some kind of Cannonball-ish event.

  17. Arky

    Obsequious, not conservative, you donut punching loser.

  18. Rex Anger

    Yes Rex, you lot are the bomb throwing anarchists and I am the only true conservative on this site. All true.

    Yep. Now get your reactionary arse back into your basement, IamComprehensivelyOutplayedOnceAgain.

    Or did you think your banning was only a temporary measure, Petey?

  19. Is there a production line somewhere?

    Kinda. Bespoke. In a Californian kind of way:

    https://www.icon4x4.com/derelict

    Fat wallet required.

  20. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Lame pics.

    Turning on the heating could cause the main gun to fire. FMD.

  21. Where is KD’s video of the curry-muncher punchers?

    May be a hunt. He didn’t say he’d publish it, only that it may turn up on the webs.

  22. Leigh Lowe

    Nelson_Kidd-Players

    #3634043, posted on October 26, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    Is there a production line somewhere?

    Kinda. Bespoke. In a Californian kind of way:

    They must put a coat of lacquer over the rust, otherwise …

  23. Arky

    I had a landlady once. Very errr, thrifty.
    She had an old Humber.
    Covered in moss.
    Does moss count as patina?

  24. Humbers may have come with patina as standard equipment.

  25. Gab

    Please review Fr Jenkins and “What Catholics Believe”

    He seems to be a faithful priest, Dot.

    Why do you ask?

  26. Rex Anger

    Lame pics.

    Turning on the heating could cause the main gun to fire. FMD.

    Indeed.

    Quite apart from potentially being mistaken in thebheat of the moment for a T-55.

    And random gun triggerings would not help matters…

  27. Rex Anger

    I had a landlady once. Very errr, thrifty.
    She had an old Humber.
    Covered in moss.
    Does moss count as patina?

    I would have said camouflage (She must have saved a fortune in netting)…

    But I guess patina works?

  28. Mark A

    Rex Anger
    #3634050, posted on October 26, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Quite apart from potentially being mistaken in the heat of the moment for a T-55.

    No coincidence.
    The designers took the liberty of “borrowing” from the Soviet and western models.
    Why invent the Cuckoo clock eh?

  29. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Quite apart from potentially being mistaken in thebheat of the moment for a T-55.

    Good point.

  30. Rex Anger

    No coincidence.
    The designers took the liberty of “borrowing” from the Soviet and western models.
    Why invent the Cuckoo clock eh?

    Explains the build quality… 💩💩💩

    You want Russian? Buy Czech or Polish. Hungarian or Ukrainian at a pinch. Yugoslavian or Chinese as a last resort.

    Never buy Russian…

  31. You are confused, Rex. I am no one’s sock puppet, and I don’t operate any myself.

  32. Geriatric Mayfly

    Zero to hero: Andrews ends lockdown at last

    I feel a song coming on.
    Rather than the whole of Mr Handel’s Oratorio, just one tune will suffice: ‘I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.’

  33. Rex Anger

    Good point.

    The only time I may be interested in just how round or flat/bulbous the round turret is, is after I have popped it out of the turret ring…

    Good thing the Swiss stayed neutral.

  34. Lazlo

    There may be nothing to these allegations, even if one of Pell’s accusers bought a property worth nearly $500,000 just a month after one of the alleged payments.

    Glad to see ZK2A picking up on this from Bolta this evening, otherwise I was going to. There seems to be a twitter cone of silence here.

  35. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Good thing the Swiss stayed neutral.

    The threat to “blow up the mountain passes, and fight to the last round” may have helped.

  36. mh

    JC
    #3634013, posted on October 26, 2020 at 10:45 pm
    Is it really happening? Are blacks leaving the demonrat plantation?

    So far 50 cent, Kanye, Ice Cube.

  37. Leigh Lowe

    I had a landlady once. Very errr, thrifty.
    She had an old Humber.
    Covered in moss.

    Moss?
    Gee, that level of drag would seriously effect the aerod ….
    Oh, sorry, Humber.
    As you were.

  38. Rex Anger

    You are confused, Rex. I am no one’s sock puppet, and I don’t operate any myself.

    No, but you were stupid enough to declare yourself the only true conservative on the Cat, IammUnted.

    And that is sufficiently Iampeter-level stupid for me to laugh at you.

    Have another stress donut, IamStillBlissfullyIgnorant…

    Then get your spreading, reactionary arse back into that basement. The boogey-virus will get you thru your keyboard otherwise.

  39. Steve trickler

    Don’t mess with Susan Bassi! She’s very clued up when it comes to KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS ( U.S.A )

    She’s exposed dodgy D.A’s, Cops and Judges. Vert formidable. She knows the game inside out.



  40. Top Ender

    Australia Post paid more than $34,000 for chief executive Christine Holgate’s nine-month stay in a Grand Hyatt suite in Melbourne.

    Ms Holgate, who lives in Sydney, stayed at the luxury hotel when she commuted to the company’s Melbourne head office most weeks, with Australia Post footing the bill between October 2017 and July 2018.

    The revelation comes as the federal government said an independent investigation into Australia Post would examine management culture particularly “in relation to gifts, rewards and expenses, including personal expenses of executives”.

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    The government announced the investigation last week after Australia Post confirmed Ms Holgate spent close to $20,000 on rewarding four senior executives with Cartier watches.

    Since Scott Morrison demanded Ms Holgate stand aside, criticising a culture of excess at Australia Post, a divided picture has emerged of one of the country’s highest-profile executives.

    While there has been no shortage of leaking from the highest levels at Australia Post — a number of staff departed during her tenure — internal surveys show the celebrity chief is well-liked among frontline workers.

    Ms Holgate is backed by other prominent business figures including Collingwood Football Club president Eddie McGuire, ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose and hundreds of licensed Australia Post store owners, who are planning to shut their doors for a day this week in protest at the treatment of Ms Holgate.

    But allegations that Ms Holgate presided over a culture of largesse at Australia Post have incensed the Prime Minister and will be scrutinised by the investigation, which is expected to be finalised within four weeks.

    “It was an ‘enough is enough’ moment,” a senior government source said of Mr Morrison’s reaction to the news Australia Post executives were gifted the Cartier watches. “He was filthy at the waste and the lack of understanding that this was taxpayer money – that infuriated him the most.

    “It’s 100 per cent owned by the taxpayer so your profits are taxpayer profits, yet this culture of excess remains. It’s a culture that needs to be eradicated.”

    Ms Holgate’s office amassed almost $300,000 on its corporate credit last year. The Weekend Australian revealed hair and make-up services for executives, along with lavish dinners and drinking sessions, were put on Australia Post credit cards.

    Australia Post confirmed it had agreed to pay for Ms Holgate’s accommodation costs in Melbourne for six months from her start date of October 2017. She later submitted a request to extend this for a further three months, which the Remuneration Tribunal approved.

    Ms Holgate was paid $2.6m in 2019, including an $830,000 bonus, but took a voluntary pay cut and had her bonus payment withheld this year — taking home $1.6m instead.

    Her predecessor, former National Australia Bank executive Ahmed Fahour, was paid $6.8m in the 2017 financial year, with an additional $4m in long-term incentives from 2015 and 2016.

    The Australian understands Ms Holgate — who has a family home in Sydney’s wealthy harbourside suburb of Mosman and a $5m Pearl Beach getaway on the Central Coast — had a “best room” rate at the Hyatt and, being a regular guest, was often upgraded to the executive suite.

    “The Remuneration Tribunal agreed to Australia Post providing accommodation support for Ms Holgate up to a maximum of $34,500 for a period of up to six months,” a Tribunal spokeswoman told The Australian.

    “The Tribunal subsequently agreed to the Australia Post board’s extending the period of accommodation support, provided that the original approved cap of $34,500 was not exceeded.”

    When Australia Post announced her appointment in mid-2017, Ms Holgate said she was planning to buy a house in East Melbourne, close to the MCG.

    But in an interview with the Financial Review’s Boss magazine in October 2018, Ms Holgate spoke about how she chose to live at the Hyatt, where she did not have to worry about domestic duties and could just focus on her job.

    Ms Holgate said she knew all the staff at the Grand Hyatt and it was “like home” during her four days a week in Melbourne.

    “I’m not allowed to tell you the rate but the Grand Hyatt have given me a great rate and actually I could not rent a one-bedroom apartment around here (Melbourne CBD) for that,” she said.

    “At first I thought I would hate it and everyone said ‘Don’t do it!’. But it’s fantastic. I got home at 9.30 last night and I wanted something to eat, and they made me a cheese toastie,” she said.

    “I want my laundry done, I call them in the morning and say ‘Could you do my laundry today?’.”

    An Australia Post spokeswoman declined to comment on questions about Ms Holgate’s stay at the Grant Hyatt, citing the ongoing government investigation.

    An external law firm will support the investigation into Australia Post’s governance arrangements and corporate culture.

    “The investigation will determine whether Australia Post has expended money ethically and acted in a manner expected of a Government Business Enterprise,” terms of reference for the inquiry, released Monday, read.

    It will examine the “proper use and management of public resources, in relation to gifts, rewards and expenses, including personal expenses of executives”.

    It will also look at the role of Australia Post’s then chairman, John Stanhope, and Ms Holgate in purchasing the watches and “whether there are other instances in Australia Post inconsistent with appropriate behaviour … that require further investigation”.

    “The Australian public expects Government Business Enterprises to behave ethically and adhere to high standards in the expenditure of money,” Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said.

    “The Morrison government shares those expectations … (and) will consider the findings of the investigation.”

    The Cartier watches were gifted to the four staff in October 2018 as a reward for clinching a deal with three of the country’s largest banks — NAB, Commonwealth Bank and Westpac — which was worth $66m to Australia Post.

    [email protected] allows access to banking services at post offices.

    Angela Cramp, executive director of the LPO Group representing one-third of Australia Post’s licensees, said Mr Morrison had overstepped in demanding Ms Holgate be stood down.

    “The Prime Minister has no right to even comment on the job the chief executive of Australia Post does,” she said.

    Oz

  41. JC

    Funny comment I read.

    Ladies, when was the last time a man opened the car door for you?

    Answer:

    When I was arrested once.

  42. max

    So when they say religious gatherings are limited to ten inside and twenty outside they’re really giving the green light to praying in the street. Now who in hell would do that ?

  43. Probably no one in hell – it’s too late by then.

  44. Seriously, if the PM can’t comment who can ?

    “The Prime Minister has no right to even comment on the job the chief executive of Australia Post does,” she said.

  45. JC

    More funnies:

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    @ProfMJCleveland
    · 14h
    What would be the perfect “thank you” present for Michael Avenatti for giving us Justice Coney Barrett tomorrow?

    Undercover Huber
    @JohnWHuber
    ·
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    A pack of Marlboros he can trade

  46. JC

    and more

    Strange and Amazing Facts
    @StrangeFactoid
    · Oct 24
    Russian scientists defrosted several prehistoric worms, and two woke up. After thawing, the two worms began to move and eat. One is 32,000 years old and the other 41,700 years old.

    He’s so right.

    Undercover Huber
    @JohnWHuber
    ·
    23h
    2020 ain’t the year to do this guys

  47. Tangentially to Mark’s lame tank, the Pacific Highway at Chatswood Reservoir used to have a bit of a reputation for interfering with automotive electronics if they were a bit on the sensitive side. Cars stopping at the lights to cross Mowbray Road would occasionally stall.

    The thought was that the transmission tower on the same site would have the signal slightly concentrated between the two water tanks resulting in a slightly higher level of interference. Instant recovery would ensue once the car was moved away from the worst area.

  48. dover_beach

    I see Chile wants a progressive Constitution.

  49. Kanye, Ice Cube, 50 cent and add people like Candace Owens, Officer Tatum and Anthony Brian Logan and Jason Whitlock. They have millions of followers online and this has mainly been since 2016.

    If Republican black vote was previously only 10% it would have to have increased considerably in last 4 years. Honest hardworking blacks are not likely to be too impressed by BLM protests and probably worked out not good for their communities. Hopefully TG’s favourite candidate gets voted in in Baltimore.

    The black vote is going to be interesting to say the least.

  50. Steve trickler

    Going back 30 years with Jesse Lee Peterson in the MSM. Neat little time machine.

    The MSM today have gotten even worse….horrible people.



  51. JC

    Bush!

    Early career

    After law school, Biden accepted a position at bank holding company MBNA America, a major contributor to his father’s political campaigns.[3] By 1998, Biden had risen to the rank of executive vice president and left to serve at the United States Department of Commerce until 2001, focusing on ecommerce policy. Biden became a lobbyist in 2001, co-founding the firm of Oldaker, Biden & Belair. According to Adam Entous of The New Yorker, Biden and his father established a relationship in which “Biden wouldn’t ask Hunter about his lobbying clients, and Hunter wouldn’t tell his father about them.” In 2006, Biden and his uncle James Biden attempted to buy hedge-fund group Paradigm, but the deal never materialized. That same year, Hunter Biden was appointed to a five-year term on the board of directors of Amtrak by President George W. Bush. Biden was the board’s vice chairman from July 2006 until 2009; he resigned in February 2009, leaving both roles shortly after his father became vice president. Biden said during his father’s vice presidential campaign that it was time for his lobbying activities to end

  52. Bush? Wonder what the ratio of RINOs to Trumpians is?

    Be nice to see Kim K win in Baltimore, but she’s coming from a long way behind after losing the by-election for the same seat early this year.

  53. From an Age article. So now the propaganda machine will promote the line that Andrews saved VIC as opposed to being responsable for the hotel outbreak that resulted in over 800 deaths. Be grateful VIC.

    “All of this is to say that a favourable international comparison should not encourage complacency. But it is nevertheless true that Victoria’s efforts are notable on the world stage. The state’s success has warded off a significant human toll and further economic damage. As a result, Australia has a much better chance of returning to an approximation of “normal life” in the new year.

    Victorians should be proud of these efforts, and the starkly different outcomes in countries that were in a similar position should reassure them that the efforts were worthwhile”

  54. notafan

    Outdoor religious gatherings, already happening in public parks, have prayer map will travel.
    Faithful Catholics won’t, of course.

  55. Crossie

    Thanks, Tom. All cartoons are hilarious except for Ramirez, I have no idea what he is trying to say.

  56. Top Ender

    Revealing:

    Non-graduate voting majority leaves Labor and the Greens stuck in opposition

    Labor and the Greens could be spending a lifetime in opposition, a new poll has found, with workers without a tertiary education switching to the coalition in droves.

    A giant swing of non-graduate voters has consigned Labor and the Greens to a lifetime in opposition, a new poll has found.

    The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) survey found that Labor and the Greens were supported by a noisy champagne socialist class of graduates with enormous influence in education and the media.

    “The problem for the left and the greens is that currently non graduates make up 75 per cent of the electorate and they favour the coalition,” TAPRI head Bob Birrell said. “Left leaning parties are destined to continue in opposition.”

    The poll showed that since the 1990s the majority of Australians without a degree switched their vote from left to right.

    Since 2001 an average of 56 per cent of non graduate voters have voted for parties on the right while 54 per cent of graduates have voted Labor or Green.

    Mr Birrell said the biggest swing came in the 1996 election when traditional blue collar Labor voters turned to John Howard in revolt against Paul Keating’s big picture multicultural approach.

    The issue of a “Big Australia” powered by migrant intakes has become one of the key concerns for voters. The TAPRI poll found more than seventy per cent of Aussies felt the country does not need more people.

    That view was shared almost equally between overseas born voters and those born here.

    More than half of those polled did not believe that migration was good because it fuelled cultural diversity and only three out of 10 agreed with the Federal Treasury argument that we need more immigration to promote economic growth.

    The poll found seven out of 10 voters who think migration is too high now fear Australia is in danger of losing its own culture and identity.

    The issue has helped drive non-graduate voters to the coalition, where “they could at least find some shelter from the diversity advocates”.

    “Given the Coalition’s increased dependence on non-graduate voters, this means that most of its political base now opposes a Big Australia,” Mr Birrell said.

    In keeping with the poll, builder and Liberal supporter John Thew believes there should be a moratorium on immigration for the next two years to allow the government to focus on getting Australians into jobs as the economy recovers from the coronavirus recession.

    “The government could decrease immigration and focus on growing the local population. We need to be more selective about immigration,” he said.

    Meanwhile UTS architecture student Goldie Karp, 19, said: “I vote Labor because climate change is something I’m passionate about and making sure people are aware of that.”

    She said her parents were Liberal voters but added: “I surround myself with a lot of people who have the same values as me. I’m a part of a left wing youth movement. We talk about climate change, feminism.”

    In line with graduates in the TAPRI poll she is also pro-migration. “I think it’s a human right that everyone should be equally treated. You don’t know where they are coming from. People assume that if they come to Australia it’ll create an unsafe environment which isn’t fair.”

    University of Sydney student Eden Cohen, 20, said: “I vote Labor because a lot of their social policies are things I resonate with. Climate change is a massive issue and I don’t think the Liberal government is resolving that,” she said.

    “People used to vote based more on economic policies and it made sense that people with university degrees would vote Liberal. Nowadays it’s becoming a lot more about social policies. Labor has more equality in their policies,” she said.

    Daily Tele

  57. Zatara

    All cartoons are hilarious except for Ramirez, I have no idea what he is trying to say.

    I believe he’s suggesting that with the addition of Barrett the Supreme Court now lists to the right.

  58. egg_

    Prince Harry says his education and upbringing meant he didn’t know unconscious bias existed until he ‘walked a day in Meghan’s shoes’ as he interviews BLM campaigner who rescued white counter-protester

    Aren’t Rangas a minority group?

  59. calli

    I believe he’s suggesting that with the addition of Barrett the Supreme Court now lists to the right.

    Yes. Interesting view. Perhaps an image of long overdue equilibrium was too boring for him. I wonder about Ramirez sometimes.

    Gorrel had the easiest day in toon town, and an accurate one too.

  60. calli

    Prince Harry says his education and upbringing meant he didn’t know unconscious bias existed until he ‘walked a day in Meghan’s shoes’

    Word salad.

    Does he mean that lasts for ladies’ shoes are narrower and therefore make them more uncomfortable for men? Or did he get funny looks in his Milanos? Were the shoes unsuitable for walking for a whole day and should he have selected an uglier, but more functional pair?

    So many questions. So little interest in the answers.

  61. Zyconoclast

    Literally Clown world.

    The body which allocates grants to venues hit hard by the pandemic has given £215,000 to a drag queen called Le Gateau Chocolat.

    While snubbing popular cash-strapped venues applying for a share of its £500 million pot, Arts Council England gave the huge grant to George Ikediashi – who describes himself as ‘fat, black and bearded’.

    The sum – which is more than seven times the average national salary – came despite the act never grossing even half that sum in a year. Other acts and venues, such as Manchester’s renowned comedy club, The Frog and Bucket, have had their grant applications rejected.

  62. calli

    💡

    Eton and Sandhurst must immediately, as a matter of urgency, insert a unit on suitable shoe selection into the curriculum. Harry has suffered horribly and no pupil or student must ever have to endure his torment.

  63. Crossie

    Prince Harry says his education and upbringing meant he didn’t know unconscious bias existed until he ‘walked a day in Meghan’s shoes’

    She’s turned him into a cross dresser.

  64. Perfidious Albino

    Interesting detail in Ramirez, they’re wearing ‘RN’ uniforms, not USN, seems an odd choice!

  65. Crossie

    Yes. Interesting view. Perhaps an image of long overdue equilibrium was too boring for him. I wonder about Ramirez sometimes.

    He seems to be “evolving”.

  66. Herodotus

    Ramirez is having a Wallace moment.
    The left believe that because their activist judges make decisions that are not strictly law based, conservative judges will do something similarly partisan.

  67. egg_

    I had a landlady once. Very errr, thrifty.
    She had an old Humber.
    Covered in moss.
    Does moss count as patina?

    Salvage Hunters? showed an old Range Rover left at a country estate that had ivy growing over it.

  68. calli

    Titanic? Is ACB the iceberg?

    One success – we’re speculating about it on the other side of the world.

  69. Cassie of Sydney

    “Zyconoclast
    #3634123, posted on October 27, 2020 at 6:31 am”

    All under a conservative government.

  70. egg_

    You want Russian? Buy Czech or Polish. Hungarian or Ukrainian at a pinch. Yugoslavian or Chinese as a last resort.

    Never buy Russian…

    Dual Cummins engines in these big mofos – note the brave SUV at the 30 min mark.

    /MaNuEl Ute

  71. Zatara

    For those following the Judge Barrett confirmation to the Supreme Court the final vote in the Senate will occur around 11:30 AM blog time.

    That will hopefully be followed shortly after by Barrett being sworn in as the newest Justice at the White House by Justice John Roberts.

  72. Jo

    ZK2A I hope you’re not talking about me. I used to drink at the Maylands Pub.

  73. calli

    I see that gargoyle Collins is voting against the confirmation because “fairness”.

    Sorry old girl. You’re going to need a larger figleaf.

  74. Dot

    I asked about Dr Jenkins because I could not work out if he really was Catholic. It’s like a schism when you’re not having a schism.

    Like I can’t believe that’s not a schism.

  75. rickw

    Good thing the Swiss stayed neutral.

    The threat to “blow up the mountain passes, and fight to the last round” may have helped.

    “What will you do if we invade?” Shoot twice then go home.

  76. Cosgrove makes a few good points –

    Sir Peter, speaking to 7.30 on the release of his memoir, You Shouldn’t Have Joined …, said the allegations were concerning.

    “I’m concerned about it, everybody is,” he said.

    “Both those in uniform still, particularly, because that’s their family, the military and work family they’re talking about, and ex-servicemen, folk like me, the whole community.

    “We want to know what’s happened and we want to know is there ways to fix it, if there’s a cultural problem.”

  77. Zatara

    I see that gargoyle Collins is voting against the confirmation because “fairness”.

    RINO Collins doesn’t dare vote against the left this close to election day. She may not manage to hold on to her seat in any case.

    Thankfully, her vote shouldn’t change the result.

  78. rickw

    Salty Cracker, 7:10, Hillary….

  79. Cassie of Sydney

    James Allan in the Oz….

    “Academic peers gag their own
    JAMES ALLAN

    I am the Garrick Professor of Law at the University of Queensland and one of the comparatively small number of right-of-centre legal academics in this country. From my arrival in Australia in 2005 until the end of 2018 I was the sole editor of a G8 university law review here at UQ. And before that, when working in New Zealand, I was for a decade the sole editor of NZ’s oldest law review at the University of Otago. So with almost a quarter century under my belt as an editor of leading Antipodean law reviews I know my way around peer review and the law publishing game in this country.

    In The Weekend Australian it was reported that my dean of law here at UQ, Professor Patrick Parkinson, had complained that the University of Tasmania Law Review had rejected a paper he had submitted because the student editors, and the two peer reviewers they had selected, did not like his views on transgender laws in Tasmania. (Readers will immediately realise Parkinson’s paper was critical of them.) Parkinson has shown me both referees’ reports and his paper. In my view it is plain, on the basis of what the referees wrote, that they did not like Parkinson’s substantive views on the topic and that drove their decisions. One was worse than the other but both, in my view, failed to do the job expected of referees. Politics trumped the open expression of views that were presented well above the usual standards required to have a paper accepted by a law review. The end result is de facto censorship, the suppressing of arguments and opinions that are for many on the political left very unpopular.

    This, alas, is typical of the state of free speech and the free expression of ideas in today’s Australian universities. The situation is bad and getting worse.

    As for the peer review process, especially outside the hard sciences, many criticisms can be made of it. For one thing, editors pick the referees and for student-edited law reviews that means undergraduate law students doing the selecting – though it’s not necessarily always much better with faculty editors. To ask students to stand outside the prevailing orthodoxies when doing that choosing is seeking a lot. Another, regrettable, failing is that more and more referees these days fail to do their job. That job is not to say whether they like the paper under consideration, or agree with it, or find it politically palatable. Nor is it to decide whether this is the paper they would have written — which is mocked in the old joke about the peer reviewer who walks into a bar and says: “This isn’t the joke I would have told.” Rather, the job is simply to pass judgment on whether the paper and its insights, claims and evidence are of a publishable standard in the light of established discipline standards of research excellence – and Parkinson’s paper clearly meets that standard. If you don’t agree, write a response.

    The core problem then is that as our universities have become increasingly politicised, and faculties of social science, arts and law ever less “viewpoint diverse” (to appropriate the present jargon), the whole peer review process has become less and less trustworthy. Put more bluntly, this amounts to yet another inroad into free expression.

    Things are pretty bad on this front. The French review of free speech and academic freedom in Australia’s universities (undertaken by a former chief justice of the High Court) was deficient because it limited itself to a review of the paper policies of our universities. It did not consider the so-called lived experience of academics on the ground, including how certain points of view — we all know which ones — might indirectly affect promotions, hiring, grant-getting and, yes, the ease of being published.

    Take the Peter Ridd case at James Cook University by way of illustration. The technical, legal dispute there boiled down to whether the enterprise agreement (negotiated between the university and five unions) trumped the code of conduct (drafted by the Vice-Chancellor and her top people) or vice versa. There has been next to no conservative input into any of these terms and conditions. I happen to think the Federal Court of Appeal got even this narrow legal issue wrong, but the substantive problem is that an established academic like Ridd, alleging serious research errors, can be silenced and even fired for effectively speaking his mind. This is no testament to free speech in our universities, whatever the legal outcome.

    What is worse is that we have a Coalition government that does next to nothing about any of this. Indeed Prime Minister Scott Morrison has never shown any real interest in free speech and freedom generally. He once remarked sardonically that it didn’t create any jobs — this from a government that has destroyed more jobs than any other Australian government.

    If Parkinson’s experience were a one-off, we could all shrug and move on. But it is not. It’s indicative of the one-sided nature of who is more likely to be able to speak on our campuses, and even in society more widely.

    James Allan is Garrick Professor in Law at the University of Queensland.”

  80. rickw

    Guns and Gadgets, 4:10, Remington factory closure, how badly managed does a gun manufacturer have to be to go broke at a time like this?!

  81. egg_

    Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)
    #3634147, posted on October 27, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Looks fit and tanned for a > 70 y.o. whom Cat trolls were predicting would catch pneumonia, post COVID-1984 infection.

  82. Cassie of Sydney

    And here is what James Allan is referring to….so we have now reached peak insanity where terms such as “biological female” and “opposite sex” are regarded as offensive.

    “Attorney-General Elise Archer backs banned transgender paper as ‘considered and detailed’
    MATTHEW DENHOLM

    A paper rejected by the University of Tasmania for being “trans­phobic” has been described as “considered and detailed” by the state’s Attorney-General, who is using it in reviewing transgender laws.

    As revealed by The Weekend Australian, the UTAS Law Review recently rejected for publication a paper by University of Queensland law dean Patrick Parkinson critiquing Tasmania’s transgender laws.

    Two peer reviewers blocked the paper, citing its failure to “advance human rights” and its use of “offensive” terms such as “biological female” and “opposite sex”.

    That led Professor Parkinson to accuse UTAS of “censorship”, although the university insisted the paper was rejected not just because reviewers disagreed with his conclusion — that the laws created “legislative incoherence” — but because it had “substantive flaws”. “The process relating to your article was handled in exact­ly the same manner as any other article submitted,” UTAS law academic Peter Lawrence wrote.

    Professor Parkinson, who was criticised by UQ academics last year for presenting a paper that compared transgender children to teenagers with eating disorders, has rejected Dr Lawrence’s assertion, and said neither reviewer identified any errors of law or fact and instead focused on the language used in the paper.

    The Australian has now obtained a copy of a letter from Tasmanian Attorney-General Elise Archer in which she praised Professor Parkinson’s work as “considered and detailed”.

    In the letter, Ms Archer said she would use the paper rejected by the UTAS Law Review to help frame the government’s response to the recent Tasmania Law Reform Institute review of the laws.

    That legislation — making gender optional on birth certificates and ending the requirement for transgender people to have sex reassignment surgery for their gender to be recognised — passed in Tasmania after Labor, the Greens and House of Assembly Speaker Sue Hickey voted in its favour. The government, which opposed the April 2019 legislation, has said the changes have been poorly drafted and may have unintended consequences.

    On Sunday, Ms Archer confirmed she was “giving consideration to Professor Parkinson’s article”, as well as to the TLRI report and “other correspondence”.

    The TLRI, which was tasked with considering any adverse affects from the changes, said they did not have any significant unintended consequences.

    MATTHEW DENHOLMTASMANIA CORRESPONDENT”

  83. John Comnenus

    The West was built on freedom of speech. It’s creativity came from the ability to challenge ideas and put forward better ones. Eventually freedom of speech was extended to all classes unlocking the ideas and creativity of the whole nation. This created modernity and the wealth we now enjoy.

    Nearly every job in the Australian economy is at the end of an evolution that started with freedom of speech. The jobs and wealth of the future is dependent on us being creative now. Creativity needs freedom of speech. It could be said that every job in Australia depends on freedom of speech.

    Unfortunately we have a government that is too stupid to understand the link between freedom of speech, job creation and wealth, and it is to cowardly to defend freedom of speech.

    SCOMO and Fraudenberg are not only the worst economic vandals ever to be in charge of this country, they are the most ignorant and cowardly to boot.

  84. Mother Lode

    Just saw Rickw’s post of Trump talking about…about…you know, the thing.

  85. notafan

    Meaghan sees bias everywhere, nothing to do with Choos, just a vivid imagination.

    Most people wouldn’t even know she was blerk.

    I suppose Archie is blerk too.

    It’s not skin colour, it’s you, you’re annoying and people are wary of being accused of this or that by you.

    I wish both of them would fade into their rightful place of obscurity.

  86. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘walked a day in Meghan’s shoes’

    And copped himself a snapshot of what it’s like being a race-card-playing casting couch specialist B Grade flunky with a double Masters In Gold-Diggery who, in an event with odds akin to winning Powerball managed to become part of the royal family of her own country’s one-time occupying power.

  87. feelthebern

    There needs to be shield laws on academic freedoms.

  88. feelthebern

    Anyone who thinks Kellyanne Conway isn’t still working deep within the 2020 campaign is a moron.

  89. feelthebern

    Post Trump winning & the media struggle to comprehend it, the tool they used was….drum roll,….:

    PALANTIR.

  90. I was a fan of the series Suits but during the whole series never thought of Megan as black.

  91. Knuckle Dragger

    LL, 11.06 last night:

    ‘Where is KD’s video of the curry-muncher punchers?’

    I recorded nothing, nil, nada, lest I project the image of a tourist at that Spanish round-ball game with no rules, no uniforms and mud – of which clips used to be shown on Wide World of Sports from time to time.

    Someone somewhere will have had the phone out, th0ugh. Perhaps this week will see it surface.

  92. Mater

    Prince Harry says his education and upbringing meant he didn’t know unconscious bias existed until he ‘walked a day in Meghan’s shoes’

    Perhaps Harry should walk a day in an ugly person’s shoes to experience unconscious bias.
    If I was looking for an example of unfortunate, underprivileged and unloved, I wouldn’t immediately look to Meghan and her appropriated outrage. Rather than shun her, most blokes would have been crawling over each other to root her.

    As a ‘Ranga’, Harry probably experienced more discrimination.

  93. feelthebern

    2012 the DNC use fb (& the Romney campaign we retarded enough to have fb host their platform).
    2016 the DNC use fb (& Jared Kushner’s data lab weaponise it – nothing to do with the Cambridge Analytica squirrel piece).
    2020 the DNC use fb (& the Trump inner circle unleash Palantir).

    Seriously, the DNC today is like watching Karl Rove in 2016 with his stupid fucking whiteboards.
    They’re jurassic.
    There is no point having a message if it’s not heard by the people you need to hear it.
    fb had that.
    Now it’s been surpassed by Palantir.

  94. feelthebern

    Short FB.
    Long PLTR.

  95. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘As a ‘Ranga’, Harry probably experienced more discrimination.’

    And rightly so. Soulless freaks who should be kept in tunnels.

  96. Bruce of Newcastle

    Good morning fellow reptilians.

    “Lizard Brains”: NBC Analyst Meacham Attacks Trump Supporters Functioning On Primitive Limbic Systems (26 Oct)

    NBC analyst Jon Meacham explaining how Trump supporters suffer from “lizard brains.” The statement is indicative of a long-standing trend in the media of insulting and biased comments about Trump supporters. Analysts seem to have dispensed with any notion of restraint or reason in such attacks.

    Better than “chumps” which is what Biden called Trump supporters last week.

  97. Farmer Gez

    BrettW
    #3634180, posted on October 27, 2020 at 7:56 am
    I was a fan of the series Suits but during the whole series never thought of Megan as black.

    Brett outs himself.

  98. Herodotus

    SCOMO and Fraudenberg are not only the worst economic vandals ever to be in charge of this country, they are the most ignorant and cowardly to boot.
    We only get the quality of politician that the media environment allows. Since much of the media and a fair amount of backroom politics are corrupt, we get the dregs.
    Sometimes things work reasonably well, but expecting high quality politicians is fanciful.

  99. feelthebern

    Did someone say lizard ?

  100. Knuckle Dragger

    How To Demonstrate Your Industry Is Obsolete, Part I (the Hun):

    ‘Almost 3000 post offices across the country could shut their doors for one day on Wednesday, in protest of the federal government’s treatment of Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate.

    ‘Ms Holgate was asked to step down from her role as CEO by Scott Morrison after it was revealed she used the company credit card to purchase $12,000 worth of Cartier watches to give to staff members as a bonus.

    ‘This decision has enraged the 2850 members of the Licensed Post Office Group, some of whom say Ms Holgate’s appointment saved them from bankruptcy.

    ‘Angela Cramp, who heads up the group and runs three post offices herself, says every Licensed Post Office (LPO), as well as a number of staff, will send $5 in a registered post envelope to Scott Morrison to “cover the cost of the watches”, and is in talks to close their doors for one day this week.

    ‘“We are talking about closing for a day of mourning in support of Christine Holgate,” she said.’

    Australia Post closes its doors, thus failing to distinguish its level of service to the public (who pay for it) from when they’re open.

  101. Des Deskperson

    ‘From an Age article. So now the propaganda machine will promote the line that Andrews saved VIC as opposed to being responsable for the hotel outbreak that resulted in over 800 deaths. Be grateful VIC.’

    The co-author of that article – which also appears on the ABC website – is a Labor maaate, one Dr Steven Duckett, appointed head of the then Commonwealth Department of Human Services by Keating in 1994 and sacked by Howard, when he came to power in 1996. as a partisan stooge.

    It’s a reasonable working assumption that his views on any public health issue will be biased and unreliable.

  102. Zatara

    ‘Angela Cramp, who heads up the group and runs three post offices herself, says every Licensed Post Office (LPO), as well as a number of staff, will send $5 in a registered post envelope to Scott Morrison to “cover the cost of the watches”, and is in talks to close their doors for one day this week.

    Yes, but will ScoMo still be in office when Aus Post finally delivers them?

    Maybe UPS, FedEx, DHL might be a better idea.

  103. Tel

    “I’m not allowed to tell you the rate but the Grand Hyatt have given me a great rate and actually I could not rent a one-bedroom apartment around here (Melbourne CBD) for that,” she said.

    “At first I thought I would hate it and everyone said ‘Don’t do it!’. But it’s fantastic. I got home at 9.30 last night and I wanted something to eat, and they made me a cheese toastie,” she said.

    “I want my laundry done, I call them in the morning and say ‘Could you do my laundry today?’.”

    I just searched and a good flat in Melbourne, fully furnished is about $700 per week, which would be $28k for 40 weeks, plus a bit for electricity, water, etc (give it another $1k for those if you are generous). She would have to make her own cheese toastie and hang up her own washing … the horror.

    That said, this is all grandstanding because the Remuneration Tribunal pre-approved the money so it’s all done and dusted. Funny no one ever asks those guys what they were thinking at the time. Now and then government pretends to be slightly interested in the people who pay for them, but the effort of sounding sincere is a big strain.

  104. Boambee John

    Yes Rex, you lot are the bomb throwing anarchists and I am the only true conservative on this site. All true.

    No m0nty, you are the reactionary running dog of the fascist establishment.

    But feel free to continue on your path of self delusion. Eventually, you will have to ask yourself “Are we the baddies?”

  105. Cassie of Sydney

    “We only get the quality of politician that the media environment allows. Since much of the media and a fair amount of backroom politics are corrupt, we get the dregs.”

    Correct.

  106. notafan

    How did she save them and what was her predecessor doing to ‘unsave’ them?

    Not another personality cult #istandwithChristine

  107. Herodotus

    I would have expected that someone being paid (at first) 2.6m per annum could cover their own accommodation needs and hardly notice it.

  108. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Fatty Trump supporters suffer from “lizard brains”

    Yet more evidence that they are extra terrestrial lizard peoples, existing among us.

    Speaking of, for my sins, I watched the new Borat film last night. Absolutely excruciating in parts, rarely funny and the scene with Giuliani is an eye opener, to say the least. Not sure what Cassie would think of the heart rending scene where Borat dons his stereotypical Joo outfit (complete with a puppet labeled “media”) and encounters two ol’ dears who survived the Holocaust.

    Although the plot denouement is mildly amusing given the central character’s convoluted journey from Kazakhstan to Galveston.

    Two and half stars.

  109. calli

    I identify as a stylish frill necked lizard.

    Never ever trust a chameleon.

  110. Struth

    Good Moaning.

    Oh Noes.

    So Dan Andrew’s propaganda machine goes into overdrive and and he’s the saviour of the world.
    The irrelevance of the Victorian Liberal party, including Credlin, is now shown starkly to anyone who is not a denialist.
    Why?
    Basically, because they support lockdown, just not the process Dan used.
    And who’d a thunk that with all the propaganda and institutions from the judiciary to the media safely in commo hands, that this would happen?

    Expecting a socialist to fight against socialism is the desperate act of a denialist.

    Goal covid normal……achieved.
    Communism achieved.
    And the people will celebrate the freedom it apparently gives them in comparison to lock downs that can now happen any time, anywhere.

    No one who could have confronted Dan Andrews on live to air TV, confronted Dan based on the evils of lock down, just on the process he used.

    So the bullshit narrative of the deadliness of the virus has been supported by Credlin and the Liberal party, and helped put us into Covid Normal, which is basically communist control, never ending.
    And she is now totally and utterly irrelevant, and will be despised as Nit picking the great man on his quest to save the world.
    But she deserves it, because she was knit picking, she wasn’t against the lock down.
    Integrity matters.

    Struth will now look into his crystalized balls and predict outbreaks here and there for the next how many years, vaccines required for movement or similar, and although you may be able to get across state borders, you won’t wizzout showink your Paperz .
    The instigation of all of this coming from the unconstitutional Federal Libs using rabid commo state Premiers.
    We have an election in Qld and if these arseholes up here vote for Tyranny, we are even more screwed, if that is possible.

  111. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Ozzie Post

    Shut it down
    Fire them all
    Mound of skulls
    Salt the earth
    Nuke from orbit

  112. Candy

    Christine Holgate seems to have the warm support of her staff. Putting aside the watch issue, she must be a good boss who treats people well.
    The Australian seems intent on bringing her down for some reason. Weird. Many a person in public service and government with their travel rorts enjoying a very high life at public expense and not having to run a profitable company, just themselves.

  113. Everyone: Wait, wait! We’re not done! Once more, with feeling!

    🎶 https://twitter.com/Beto_In_Austin/status/1320729656547565568

    Via Iowahawk.

  114. stackja

    Watch LIVE: President Trump Holds Make America Great Again Rally in Martinsburg, PA 10/26/20

  115. egg_

    “Lizard Brains”: NBC Analyst Meacham Attacks Trump Supporters Functioning On Primitive Limbic Systems (26 Oct)

    At least, we’re vertebrates.

  116. Knuckle Dragger

    Steve Smith. Prolific batsman.

    Also a shit bloke, a wearer of hair product, a gullible dollar-chasing fuckwit, a Chai-nerr shill and a cheat. Hun:

    ‘Online furniture and bedding company Koala’s move to change the lyrics of an iconic Australian song has been described as “woke tomfoolery”.

    ‘Koala, which recently announced it was moving manufacturing offshore to China, has launched an online campaign calling on customers to rewrite the lines to the classic ‘Home Among The Gum Trees’.

    ‘High-profile stars including Australian cricketer Steve Smith, former AFLW star Moana Hope and comedian Gen Fricker are backing the controversial marketing push.

    ‘In a blog post, Koala stated: “Every Australian deserves to feel comfortable in the place they call home. But we as a nation, as a community, as a people, can always do better to ensure that no matter who you love, where you come from or what you believe in, you feel comfortable living in Australia.”

    ‘Australia’s Institute of Public Affairs’ Director of Policy, Gideon Rozner, criticised the move, saying: “Rather than meaningless gimmicks about ‘inclusivity’, Koala’s PR efforts might be better suited to arguing for economic reform that would make it commercially viable to move its manufacturing operations back to Australia from China.

    ‘“Australians want jobs, not more woke tomfoolery from corporate Australia.”’

    Smith has made $13 million so far from this, and puts his bedding company stickers on his bats. Other ‘brand ambassadors’ for this pile of shit include failed (of course) AFLVagina sook Moana Hope, who gushed:

    ‘“We’ve been pregnant the whole time during COVID and the lockdown and I’m still finalising my lyrics but it will have everything in my household,” she said.

    ‘“I’m happy to be involved in this campaign as I grew up in a house of love and I focus more on how my house looks on the inside … growing up, I never knew what a nursery really was until now, and we’ve been setting it up.”’

    This is what Koala said: “We’ve commercially aligned with the song’s original writers, Bob Brown and the late Wally Johnson’s family, who are also heavily involved in the campaign, working with Mushroom Records to acquire the rights to rewrite the song to reflect the way we all live in modern-day Australia,” Koala said in a statement.’

    Fuck off. Just fuck off, Smith. Cheating the Australian public, yet again.

  117. calli

    Struth will now look into his crystalized balls

    Chuckle. I saw that in my crystallised boobs weeks ago. 😀

    Since we’re making predictions, I also see sewage testing as the next big thing in crowd control. Live in a “hot spot”? Lockdown! until the all clear.

  118. Some History

    Prince Harry says his education and upbringing meant he didn’t know unconscious bias existed until he ‘walked a day in Meghan’s shoes’

    This was the actual day he walked in Meg’s shoes.

    https://imgur.com/77lUyCw

  119. egg_

    “All of this is to say that a favourable international comparison should not encourage complacency. But it is nevertheless true that Victoria’s efforts are notable on the world stage. The state’s success has warded off a significant human toll and further economic damage. As a result, Australia has a much better chance of returning to an approximation of “normal life” in the new year.

    Or in the Hunchback’s case, COVID Abnormal.

  120. Knuckle Dragger

    Fucking Smith.

    Now I’m reminded of him blubbering at his presser in Seth Efrica. Not because he cheated by knowing full well about the cheating but keeping himself at arms’ length from it, thus misunderstanding the role of the captain, but because he got caught.

    Clearly not sooking now, with $13 mill in the sky rocket.

    But Pepperidge Farm remembers. Yes, yes it does.

  121. Leigh Lowe

    We have an election in Qld and if these arseholes up here vote for Tyranny, we are even more screwed, if that is possible.

    What is your desired outcome to prevent (capital “T”) Tyranny in Queensssland and what are you doing to achieve it?
    I do hope you aren’t still “sat on your arse by Socialism”.

  122. calli

    I used to watch the cricket, loved it. After that performance, it’s dead to me.

    He was sorry he was caught. He was sorry about the reaction. He was sorry about the consequences. No learnings learned.

  123. Knuckle Dragger

    Speaking of furniture stores.

  124. notafan

    Koala manufacturing in China.

    Typical.

    Australia actually manufacturers mattresses locally

  125. Candy

    In fact, The Australian are treating like she is a travel rorting Labor politician, some kind of criminal.

    She is not a politician though and not done anything criminal unless the federal government has plans to refer her to the AFP but surely they are jumping the gun.

  126. Mater

    Melbourne FM Radio (Nova):

    “Melbourne, we did it! 11:59 tonight, we are free!”

    Dumb, delusional or evil? I’m uncertain.
    Given their continued left wing agitprop, I’m leaning towards evil.

  127. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Prince Harry says his education and upbringing meant he didn’t know unconscious bias existed until he ‘walked a day in Meghan’s shoes’

    That was the day that a man brought up to honour tradition, serve his country in the army, do his best for wounded comrades after battle, and be a young apolitical prince who made people happy turns into a whinging entitled politicised no-body with a head full of garbage. Sad day, that one.

  128. Helen

    Skinks are a favourite type of lizard, I will be a skink, all sleek and shiny since calli has appropriated the frill necks from my extensive back yard.

    The frillies are just coming out with the opening storms of the wet, I see them on the road with their head up and their frills draped cape like about their shoulders, though I haven’t seen any displays yet. 36 mls here last night, frogs finished croaking at dawn, bless ’em.

    I am hoping my MAGA gear arrives on the mail plane this Thursday – I did suggest (in jest ) to gunner we should zoom the election wearing our MAGA apparel but he didn’t respond – perhaps he thought that was the ONLY apparel meant. Scary! 2020 – no surprises left.

    On other news I am crossing everything and hoping that my South African farming family will board tomorrow and arrive in Sydney on 29th for 14 days quarantine. One plane was cancelled so I advanced the next lot of tickets. Malaysian Airlines, a bit more xxy but also more reliable, I am told. Hope so. Tomorrow will tell. And overnight in Dohar so I wont really believe it until they land in Sydney.

    Lizzie pour the mince into those babies, you want 5 nests in that tree next year!

  129. Shy Ted

    I’m sure Cats are on top of it but while Trump mentioned coyotes, Biden said “Dark Winter”
    Time will tell.

  130. Leigh Lowe

    Perhaps Harry should walk a day in an ugly person’s shoes to experience unconscious bias.

    Our maybe a day in the shoes of someone in the real world struggling to make ends meet who doesn’t have time to spend worrying about this shit.

  131. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    The Australian are treating like she is a travel rorting Labor politician, some kind of criminal

    A self described “socialist at heart”. She’s a clueless hypocritical Bourbonesque joke, eerily reminiscent of those fashion mag slag hags in Absolutely Fabulous, which she seems to have regarded as a documentary instead of a piss take.

  132. feelthebern

    twitter has gone nuts on shadow banning today.
    tweets from so many people are not showing up in my feed.

  133. Dr Faustus

    Meghan Markle has actually been a net positive for the Monarchy as a British institution.

    Harry was pretty popular with the public, and with a glam spouse dutifully playing the Royal Wife role, would have spawned endless media twaddle comparing and contrasting with the succession Royals. Harmless, brain dead trivia, but nonetheless distracting from the (sensible) Liz/Chuck/Wills strategy of making the Royals look like a trim professional workforce – and less like a lucky gang of dim, entitled party hards on the trough.

    Meghan has helped that narrative greatly by striding onto the scene, snatching up Captain Popular-with-no-job, mating with him, biting his head off, and carrying the corpse back to her lair, to suck the juices out at leisure.

    The full spectrum of the UK tabloids – from Sun to Mirror – have delightedly leapt onto this and her general woke awfulness – and the counterpoint of the dutiful Senior Windsors.
    Big sympathy vote.

  134. Carpe Jugulum

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3634186, posted on October 27, 2020 at 8:03 am
    ‘As a ‘Ranga’, Harry probably experienced more discrimination.’

    And rightly so. Soulless freaks who should be kept in tunnels.

    Now that was funny 😆 😂😂😂

  135. Knuckle Dragger

    egg_roomba, 6.53:

    ‘Dual Cummins engines in these big mofos – note the brave SUV at the 30 min mark.’

    Like calling a freight barge a ‘big mofo’.

    Automatic. Point and steer. Set and forget.

    *plunk*

  136. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Koala, which recently announced it was moving manufacturing offshore to China

    Home among the Wet Markets

  137. Knuckle Dragger

    Also, ‘SUV’ is a foreign term.

    Like ‘koala’.

  138. Dumb, delusional or evil? I’m uncertain.
    Given their continued left wing agitprop, I’m leaning towards evil.

    Poor Mater – nothing to whinge about now.
    Don’t worry – he’ll think of something – like someone’s disagreeing with me on the internet...

  139. Eyrie

    The Australian are treating like she is a travel rorting Labor politician, some kind of criminal

    Not much different. At that level all jobs, particularly in government owned businesses are political.

    She heads a “Government Business Enterprise” Nice contradiction terms in the title.

  140. Mother Lode

    All cartoons are hilarious except for Ramirez, I have no idea what he is trying to say.

    I believe he’s suggesting that with the addition of Barrett the Supreme Court now lists to the right.

    I like Ramirez’ drawing style but that interpretation of ACB’s appointment shows a misunderstanding.

    The Supreme Court is not supposed to be balanced. It is not meant to involve any political opinion. It is meant to represent the constitution. The fact the left have politicised the court by injecting politics into it, distorting the constitutions content to achieve political goals that have not been legislated.

    In reality it is not a contest of left and right, but a contest of the constitution and progressive politics, and it is the latter that should not be there. Even if there is one actively progressive judge it is out of kilter.

    Ramirez ought to have shown the judges reading sailing a ship with a map and a compass with the progressive justice having just thrown an anchor overboard and one of the judges on the bridge saying, “Dammit, we are still veering to the left.” (Forgive the use of ‘left’ instead of ‘port’.)

    We could leave it to the reader’s imagination to foresee what would happen if you threw an anchor off the other side to achieve ‘balance’.

  141. Gab

    Anyone remember Bill Shorten? What’s he doing these days?

  142. Dr Faustus

    Koala manufacturing in China.

    Koala word salad manufacturing in Australia:

    “The decision to cease production of mattresses in Australia will provide significant innovation and quality improvements to help drive our continued growth across Asia-Pacific,” a company spokeswoman said.

    Translation: it’s cheaper (and we hope to break the mould and sell into the Chinese domestic market).

    #ipstolenwithinaweek
    #luckypandamatressonsalenextweek

  143. Rex Anger

    Cosgrove makes a few good points

    What are you wanking on about, Jack Hunt?

    The former CDF, like you, went once.

    Amazing what conscription does as a policy for limiting the exposure of soldiers to combat conditions because there are more of them available for the job, eh?

    Aside from the ongoing ABC propagandising and fuckwittery for a ‘WaRcRiMeZ’ report we have been told is coming for more than 6 years.

    It started with the slandering and sliming of Ben Roberts-Smith VC over unsubstantiated domestic violence accusations in 2014. And it has only gotten larger, shriller and more retarded with each breathless leak, ‘credible witness’ and smug reporting of what the planned consequences for those evil white fighty Special Forces mans are gonna be, regardless of the actual outcome.

    Piss off back to your Grey Literature thesis, Jack Hunt, before you tear your weapon off…

  144. Roger

    University of Sydney student Eden Cohen, 20, said: “I vote Labor because a lot of their social policies are things I resonate with. Climate change is a massive issue and I don’t think the Liberal government is resolving that,” she said.

    She thinks an Australian government can change the climate.

    One of our best and brightest!

  145. Mater

    Poor Mater – nothing to whinge about now.
    Don’t worry – he’ll think of something – like someone’s disagreeing with me on the internet…

    You are a slow learner, Bob.

  146. Mother Lode

    ‘walked a day in Meghan’s shoes’

    I will wager that he has been walking around the house in her clothes for quite some time now. He has just found a way of being able to say in public what he has longed to cry out for so long.

    He is still trying to find the right turn of expression related to the NYSE where he can admit to wearing stockings, a famous person who lost an ear in a duel so he can speak of wearing a ‘brass ear’, and any item of clothing that he can call a ‘Tamp’ – “Yeah, I’ve got my tamp on!”

  147. Cassie of Sydney

    “Koala word salad manufacturing in Australia:

    “The decision to cease production of mattresses in Australia will provide significant innovation and quality improvements to help drive our continued growth across Asia-Pacific,” a company spokeswoman said.”

    Gotta laugh….this is the same feel good, virtue signalling crap company which last year succumbed to the Sleeping Midgets boycott of Alan Jones 2GB show. I wonder if Sleeping Midgets will organise a boycott of Koala to save Australian jobs. Oh the hypocrisy.

  148. Mother Lode

    I think it would show a greater degree of empathy for a Meghan to spend a day as a ranga.

  149. Des Deskperson

    ‘That said, this is all grandstanding because the Remuneration Tribunal pre-approved the money so it’s all done and dusted. Funny no one ever asks those guys what they were thinking at the time.’

    To be fair, the Remuneration Tribunal doesn’t approve Principal Executive Officer’s accommodation allowances. It consents to the PEO’s employer – in this case the APC Board – determining the allowances, subject to any conditions that the Tribunal might include in its consent.

    As I understand it, any responsibility for ‘lavishness’ in Ms Holgate’s accommodation arrangements rests primarily with the APC Board.

    And no, she doesn’t deserve to be stood down.

  150. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Prince Charles of Davos and the Black Knights of Re-Set are my least favorite Royal entourage right now. He could be King Charles tomorrow or the next day and he is supposed to be APOLITICAL.

    Someone should tell him.
    If Trump wins, he should remind Charles of the unfortunate fate of meddling kings.

  151. Mater

    Poor Mater – nothing to whinge about now.

    Whinging like this?

    1735099
    #652257, posted on November 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    @Sinc
    Leigh Lowe’s post above illustrates my point.
    He begins with “impersonating service personnel” and “in the unlikely event”.
    This is the foullest slur towards any returned soldier – that of impersonation.
    Then we have “and it the unlikely event….42 years” etc.
    All this because I have the temerity to disagree with his political opinions.
    This emphasises my point about the riff-raff who routinely post here.
    This resembles more a cesspit than “Australia’s leading Libertarian and centre-right blog”.

    Sinclair Davidson
    #652270, posted on November 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm
    1735099 – don’t come crying to me. You previously indicated that you only came here to taunt and bait people. As I said before they are getting to you more than you getting to them. You would better if you made a contribution beyond trolling.
    I should also point out that there is a difference between those who post here and those who comment. I am unaware of any of the posters slagging your record – the commenters, i.e. those you have chosen to bait and taunt – are raising to your baiting and looks to me you’re coming off second best.
    You’re just like the school yard bully who eventually gets belted and runs to the teacher for redress.

    1735099
    #652298, posted on November 27, 2012 at 2:41 pm
    @Sinc
    I couldn’t care less about the personal abuse. A more important issue is the maintenance of a culture that demeans the service of Vietnam veterans in particular, and returned servicemen in general by the specific cohort of a gilded generation who define “service” as what you get at MacDonalds.
    Their ingrained selfishness and sense of entitlement is embedded in every post. They wouldn’t recognise compassion if it jumped up and bit them on the bum.

    Sinclair Davidson
    #652316, posted on November 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm
    1735099 – Don’t understand what you’re talking about. I would have thought that most Cats have a lot of time and respect for all veterans. Maybe it isn’t veterans per se but rather you. As far as I’m aware you are the only former (or currently serving) military person who feels demeaned.
    You have come here with an agenda and have gotten your butt kicked – hard and often. Despite me suggesting to you some days ago that you modify your tactics, you reassured me that you were well, coping, and enjoying yourself. So – I believe the expression is – suck it up.

    1735099
    #652433, posted on November 27, 2012 at 5:16 pm
    @Sinc
    “Your butt kicked – hard and often…..”
    Your language is laced with macho posturing. The whole tone of the blog reeks of it. It resembles the level of discussion you’d hear from a bunch of half-cut undergrads trying (unsuccesfully) to impress at a Young Libs pissup.

  152. Cassie of Sydney

    “Mater
    #3634277, posted on October 27, 2020 at 9:34 am”

    But Mater…doesn’t Sinc pay the racist a retainer to be here?

  153. Top Ender

    Anyone remember Bill Shorten? What’s he doing these days?

    Apparently opened a hairdressing supplies business with Tim Mathieson.

    They are operating out of a caravan somewhere.

  154. Dr Faustus

    In reality it is not a contest of left and right, but a contest of the constitution and progressive politics, and it is the latter that should not be there. Even if there is one actively progressive judge it is out of kilter.

    This is why the term ‘originalist’ was developed and became a powerful insult for the progressive Left.

    The political inconvenience of having to amend the Constitution via Article 5 was to be solved by activist judges on the SCOTUS ‘correctly’ interpreting the zeitgeist in constitutional terms – and by characterising opposition to Judge-made-law as narrow, childlike, and ahistorical- rather like constitutional Amish.

  155. mh

    Millennial bed brand Koala moves manufacturing to China to help expansion

    …Koala said the move offshore would mean it would have greater influence in cultivating “sustainable behaviours” in its manufacturing and supply chain.
    “We are always in search of the best manufacturers, suppliers, and makers around the world who meet or exceed our environmental and sustainability standards and conduct assessments to support this,” a spokeswoman said.

    https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/millennial-bed-brand-koala-moves-manufacturing-to-china-to-help-expansion/news-story/4e390319d764aba8a984a3cc055df9b2

    Wank wank wank

  156. Good morning all.
    I would like very much Knuckle Dragger to umpire this. Trigger finger needed. From the Hun:

    ‘Sydney Thunder players took a knee before their rained out Women’s Big Bash League clash against the Melbourne Stars at North Sydney Oval on Monday.
    Captain Rachel Haynes said that her side intends taking a stance against racism before each of their games.
    “For us it’s not just going to be a one off thing, we’ll do it before our games, we’ve committed to that regardless of whether the match starts,” Haynes said.
    “It was a decision from the group, it wasn’t made by one or two people. We had a chat about it as a group and just felt that it was a good show of unity and that we supported those players and obviously we are totally against racism.”

    Not sure being in one of the most insulated of bubbles on the planet these ladies have ever been subjected to any put down. Now I don’t mind watching the ladies Big Bash. That in all likelihood will cease.

  157. Leigh Lowe

    Rex Anger

    #3634265, posted on October 27, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Cosgrove makes a few good points

    What are you wanking on about, Jack Hunt?

    The former CDF, like you, went once.

    Had the misfortune to sit through one of his after-dinner speeches once.
    Singularly unimpressive and uninspiring and used the first person singular pronoun a lot.

  158. Cassie of Sydney

    “Wank wank wank”

    Total wankery.

  159. Cassie of Sydney

    “Anyone remember Bill Shorten? What’s he doing these days”

    He and Chloe are still unpacking the boxes they had packed to move into the Lodge in May 2019.

  160. calli

    Koala mattress song

    🎶Give me a home among the mung beans
    With lots of vile scenes
    Of sweatshops, filth and a crumbling town.
    An agent up the front, and children out the back
    And a fat profit shared.🎶

  161. Arky

    Ohh God.
    Walked 7 km yesterday.
    Freaking shattered.
    Knees hurt.
    Some inconsiderate loon woke me up at the ungodly hour of 9:30 with a msg on me phone, a vid of some yard work he’s done.
    Bloody.
    Staggered out of bed to find the delivery of 14 bags of concrete to finish the last bit of driveway.
    Gotta mix up in the barrow. I had a mixer but sold it when moving houses. That might be a regret by the end of the day.

  162. Arky

    I’m looking at the hole in the ground and I’m looking at the 14 bags of concrete and it doesn’t look like enough.

  163. Mother Lode

    It does show what a lightweight he is.

    ‘Walking in her shoes’ does not mean accessing her first hand experience. He is not experiencing what it is to be her, but experiencing himself pretending to be her, a very derived (and artificial) version.

    He will be transferring all her errors on to other people and then blaming them for it.

    He probably thinks he knows the joy of a tree with its sap rising in the summer by standing knee deep in potting mix, holding an apple in each hand and standing still in a slightly awkward pose all morning.

  164. Diogenes

    “We are always in search of the best manufacturers, suppliers, and makers around the world who meet or exceed our environmental and sustainability standards and conduct assessments to support this,” a spokeswoman said.

    There was a book I read about doing business in China, the name of which escapes me. It had this anecdote

    One US soap manufacturer signed a deal on the basis of the beautiful factory and production line. After 3 months one of the execs was holidaying near the city and decided to pop into the factory. It was empty, no production line, no bottling line, no packing line , nada, yet production was at levels expected. The exec, being a curious fellow, sniffed around and discovered the product was literally being made in people’s houses. The Chinese partners must have tipped off about an inspection trip, and when exec visted ‘officially’ everything was back in the factory. Had it not been for photos and video he took, he would have thought he was going crazy.

  165. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Helen, I won’t encourage our four babies to settle locally, although I will assist them through their teen years. They are fine looking birds and very sociable, so they will likely get a bit from other feeders as well. Once fully fledged, they can go off and find another range – there is plenty of opportunity around here because the area has many acres of bushland and all of the homes have very big gardens.

    I won’t let Currawongs build here next year. As well as encouraging overpopulation, we lose the use of our terrace for entertaining, and our renovations out there have been put on hold; luckily the builder is a bird-lover. Hairy suggests a notice for the birds saying ‘no building’ or ‘nesting verboten’ but I tell him I have ways of shifting intruders! A surfeit of Currawongs is not good for the smaller birds whose nests they attack. Fortunately we have some bushes that are dense and good for smaller nesting birds. Attapuss is an indoor cat and even when I let him out into the front garden (the birds are nesting at the rear) the Currawong pair now dive bomb him home pronto. He hits the door in terror running on his way back in. The two cats next door are fat and lazy and mostly indoors too.

    I’d love a little Kookaburra family to nest somewhere visible next year though. There are some who seem to own this territory. Love to see their babies. And the Lorikeets too, thousands of them around. And in the Calistimon tree near the Jacaranda we know there is a Honeyeater nest even now.

    Small ordinary lizards are plentiful around here but I wouldn’t want to be one, as they are the staple for Kookas and Currawongs. We also have plentiful possums with babies, frogs and a couple of blue tongues.
    Guess I could be a blue-tongue if joining the lizard people; they are canny enough. 🙂

  166. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Helen, I won’t encourage our four babies to settle locally, although I will assist them through their teen years. They are fine looking birds and very sociable, so they will likely get a bit from other feeders as well. Once fully fledged, they can go off and find another range – there is plenty of opportunity around here because the area has many acres of bushland and all of the homes have very big gardens.

    I won’t let Currawongs build here next year. As well as encouraging overpopulation, we lose the use of our terrace for entertaining, and our renovations out there have been put on hold; luckily the builder is a bird-lover. Hairy suggests a notice for the birds saying ‘no building’ or ‘nesting verboten’ but I tell him I have ways of shifting intruders! A surfeit of Currawongs is not good for the smaller birds whose nests they attack. Fortunately we have some bushes that are dense and good for smaller nesting birds. Attapuss is an indoor cat and even when I let him out into the front garden (the birds are nesting at the rear) the Currawong pair now dive bomb him home pronto. He hits the door in terror running on his way back in. The two cats next door are fat and lazy and mostly indoors too.

    I’d love a little Kookaburra family to nest somewhere visible next year though. There are some who seem to own this territory. Love to see their babies. And the Lorikeets too, thousands of them around. And in the Calistimon tree near the Jacaranda we know there is a Honeyeater nest even now.

    Small ordinary lizards are plentiful around here but I wouldn’t want to be one, as they are the staple for Kookas and Currawongs. We also have plentiful possums with babies, frogs and a couple of blue tongues.
    Guess I could be a blue-tongue if joining the lizard people; they are canny enough. 🙂

  167. Arky

    Diogenes
    #3634294, posted on October 27, 2020 at 9:56 am

    ..
    They have chosen to make almost all our pharmaceuticals in a communist country with no rule of law as we know it. And where the practices you describe are normal.
    Insanity.

  168. Oh come on

    Gosh, did the Russians hack Numpty’s emails, too? Those Russians can do anything.

  169. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Apologies Sinc for double-posting. This new computer has a hair-trigger and your correspondent here has a set of fumble fingers. You wouldn’t want to let me anywhere near live ammunition.

  170. Mother Lode

    I hear that the latest offensive has the North Vietnamese reeling backwards. I reckon it could all be over by Christmas.

    Finally we will be able to let the troops come home – they would all be rather long in the tooth by now.

    I wonder if there will be hold outs like the Japanese who never found out the war was over?

    There would be guys who are still fighting the battles of 1970 staggering into populated areas like Nha Trang, Hanoi, or Toowoomba.

  171. Leigh Lowe

    Knuckle Dragger

    #3634251, posted on October 27, 2020 at 9:01 am

    egg_roomba, 6.53:

    ‘Dual Cummins engines in these big mofos – note the brave SUV at the 30 min mark.’

    Like calling a freight barge a ‘big mofo’.

    Automatic. Point and steer. Set and forget.

    Speaking of jerbs that can be off-shored, aren’t the Rio Big Yellow Twucks in the Pilbara driven by pencil-necked hipsters with a screen and mouse in Perth?
    Could just as easily do that from Indonesia.

  172. Some History

    El Hunchback speaks at 10:30

  173. notafan

    Instead of Cartier watches perhaps Aus post could employ a few more phone support staff, 35 minutes so far and wait time still 15 minutes, approximately.

    Fantastic service.

  174. Oh come on

    Here is an embarrassing aspect of the Aus/NZ mentality, found in an article about Ardern replacing her official car with an electric vehicle:

    It is unclear if Ms Ardern is the first political leader globally to appoint a small fleet of electric limousines as official government vehicles for senior ministers, however she is likely among the first.

    Did you know we were among the first to appoint a *small* fleet of electric limousines as official government vehicles for senior ministers? Among the first! Among the first! Among the first! (Medium or large fleets don’t count so don’t ask.)

    I know this example is from NZ but we’re no different.

  175. feelthebern

    Des Deskperson, if around, did you see the Rear Window column on the two ASIC chaps?
    Game of Thrones or House of Cards.

  176. Leigh Lowe

    Arky

    #3634292, posted on October 27, 2020 at 9:54 am

    I’m looking at the hole in the ground and I’m looking at the 14 bags of concrete and it doesn’t look like enough.

    Water will make up the difference in volume.

  177. Arky

    Water will make up the difference in volume.

    ..
    You lying dog faced pony rooter.

  178. Nob

    Any cats watch/listen to Triggernometry?

    Always worthwhile, and you get a few laughs. Couple of pommy comedians in their late 30s – Konstantin Kisin who was born in Soviet Union and Francis Foster whose Venezuelan grandfather was murdered by the Chavez regime.

    They get a lot of interesting guests on .

    This episode linked below is terrific and absorbing listen, where they talk about their own backgrounds. Foster still maintains he’s a leftie despite his disgust with The Left, and with their admiration for Venezuela in particular.

    https://youtu.be/Sl5uZdgjYAA

  179. Andreas

    Brand new building in Budapest:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/Arch_Revival_/status/1317250722069647360/photo/1
    It can be done.

    One of the comments – “Absolutely no imagination”. Yes no imagination in all the intricate statuary and carved ornamentation. Let’s build more soulless glass, steel and concrete boxes instead, they’re so creative.

  180. Mother Lode

    That clip JC posted is unreal.

    Not just that Biden’s minders so quickly ushered the errant reporter but Biden continued with his fragmented meaningless reply even after the reporters had been moved on. Look how long it took for him to recall the name ‘Barrett’.

    Can you see this man sitting down across from anyone and successfully negotiating on behalf of his people. Or Americans.

  181. dover_beach

    No wonder they’re hiden hiden.

    That the MSM is letting this all pass unremarked, the mental fog, the grift, the compromising photos, is such a disgrace, such a disgrace. BigTech needs to be destroyed.

  182. calli

    Cement or premix? Much cheaper to diy. And tone those muscles with much…much shovelling.

  183. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger

    #3634299, posted on October 27, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Brand new building in Budapest:

    Hopefully that will give Kevin McCann a coronary.
    One of the abominations in residential architecture is this obsession that any extension to an old house show a “clear break” with the original house.
    The result is these horrid metal and glass boxes tacked pn to old rendered and brick houses.

  184. calli

    This is the guy with the launch codes.

  185. woolfe

    Tom Switzer in the Australian. My comment

    You know we can read this on ABC that we don’t have to pay for, right?

    Won’t get past the communist gate keepers of course.

  186. feelthebern

    Rear Window column on how one of the ASIC deputy chairs looks to have stitched up:
    * her co deputy chair &
    * the chairman of ASIC.
    & now looks to take the top job.

    https://www.afr.com/rear-window/shipping-in-or-shipton-out-20201026-p568pn

    If behind the paywall I will post full column later.

  187. Farmer Gez

    Dictator Dan will have Soy Boy Sutton back again today to be the only person in the room to clap his grand achievements.

    A supposed professional acting as the toady we all suspected he is.

  188. woolfe

    Oh and Gateway Pundit has got more sleaze on _unter not being allowed around minors

  189. feelthebern

    Rear Window.
    Last paragraph has the Game of Thrones angel.

    Shipping in or Shipton out?

    Ever since arriving back in Australia from the US, where he was a director of Harvard Law School’s International Financial Systems program, ASIC’s presumptive ex-chairman hasn’t exactly fitted in.
    Indeed, James Shipton’s Thai-born wife never moved Down Under with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission boss when he was appointed in 2018.

    Instead, because she remained in Hong Kong at their renovated three-storey century-old home in School Street in Tai Hang, Shipton made frequent trips back to Honkers (where he was previously a manager at the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission) for several family duties.
    That was until COVID-19 struck.

    Despite coming from Melbourne political aristocracy (his father, Roger, was a Liberal MP for the Victorian federal seat of Higgins between 1975 and 1990), Shipton was perplexed by the, er, unique style of Australian politicians when he took up the gig at ASIC.
    During his first sit-down meeting with Kelly O’Dwyer (who just happened to be the member for Higgins overseeing Shipton’s appointment when she was financial services minister), Shipton was welcomed into the job with a series of questions as to why ASIC hadn’t prosecuted small-time referrals from Dyson Heydon’s trade union royal commission.

    A baptism of confusion for the former Goldman Sachs banker, who now faces calls to resign over a lousy tax bill from KPMG.
    Daniel Crennan, SC, on the other hand, quit while he was ahead (or down $70,000 in repaid expenses, depending on how you look at it).
    Crennan had made his boredom with ASIC clear to many on the inside.
    The son of former High Court justice Susan Crennan, Daniel always had one eye on the Federal Court – even though, as a judge, he would have had to take a pay cut (he took home $674,628 last year).

    Crennan has promised to repay the $69,621 in relocation costs to fund his transfer from Melbourne to Sydney.
    ASIC’s 2018-19 annual report was the first indication of the relocation payments, then totalling $58,213.
    These were disclosed then only because of Josh Frydenberg’s 2018 reforms, the Treasury (Enhancing ASIC’s Capabilities) Act 2018, which in the Treasurer’s words removed ASIC’s obligation to hire staff under the Public Service Act 1999 and thus meant the corporate plod would “be able to compete more effectively for suitable staff”.
    That is, to pay them more.

    Funnily enough, that reform was floated by the 2015 ASIC capability review, spearheaded by (now) ASIC deputy chair Karen Chester.
    Recommendation 24 of the review said the government should remove ASIC from the PSA as a matter of priority “to support more effective recruitment and retention strategies”.
    Having hired Crennan, the problem seems to be more in the retention.
    But it completes the circle for Chester, the former Productivity Commission deputy chair, who is the odds-on favourite to replace Shipton in the event he moves on.
    Coincidentally, Chester’s husband, Peter Boxall, was also a commissioner at ASIC between 2009 and 2011, resigning six months after Greg Medcraft was appointed chairman.
    It’s a small world.

  190. candy

    Can you see this man sitting down across from anyone and successfully negotiating on behalf of his people. Or Americans.

    He could still easily win. All these polls are dicey and I don’t think any can be much believed.
    If he wins, you’d wonder how he could do an acceptance speech – he may forget what he is accepting.
    I think the Dems are going day by day with this situation, smoothing over, covering up, lying about something each day, just getting through each day.

  191. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Why WBBL sides are taking a knee for Black Lives Matter movement

    Peter Lalor
    Senior Sports Writer
    @jocelynairth
    48 minutes ago October 27, 2020
    41 Comments

    Some of the momentum has gone out of the black lives matter protests in sport but the WBBL proved some had not forgotten and were not afraid of provoking reaction when they took a knee before the start of play in the early rounds of the tournament.

    Every side had resolved to partake in a barefoot circle ceremony before each match of the rain-interrupted first round, but the Sydney Thunder made the extra effort and took a knee before play began on Monday.

    Melbourne Stars internationals Katherine Brunt and Nat Sciver, who were about to bat, joined in on the pitch.

    Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes players took a knee in Sunday’s opening round.

    The women are driving the gestures themselves and Thunder captain Rachael Haynes is clearly committed to the cause.

    “For us it’s not just going to be a one off thing, we’ll do it before our games, we’ve committed to that regardless of whether the match starts,” Haynes said.

    “It was a decision from the group, it wasn’t made by one or two people.

    “We had a chat about it as a group and just felt that it was a good show of unity and that we supported those players and obviously we are totally against racism.

    From the Oz. WTF is a “barefoot circle ceremony?” Do they ever get around to playing cricket?

  192. Tintarella di Luna

    BigTech needs to be destroyed.

    Remove the US section 230 protections which are a total joke and ruinous liability and destruction will follow.

  193. Struth

    To re enforce the narrative, when Dan announces the restrictions being lifted some more (for the moment), he’ll act with more emotion than you’ve seen in some time, (not that much more), just enough for the 6 o ‘ clock news cycle.
    All bullshit.

  194. Mother Lode

    Brand new building in Budapest:
    https://mobile.twitter.com/Arch_Revival_/status/1317250722069647360/photo/1
    It can be done.

    Helps make Hungary look Hungarian again. Gawd, the hideous monstrosities that they used to build in communist days were, I am sure, meant as an assertion of the monolithic deadweight of the state. Looking down a street at the ranks of drab featureless concrete buildings blocking your view in every direction would make you feel like you were being watched by prison guards.

    I find that the architecture and art that progressives put in place when they get the power is similarly lifeless and anti-humanist.

  195. Leigh Lowe

    ‘Angela Cramp, who heads up the group and runs three post offices herself, says every Licensed Post Office (LPO), as well as a number of staff, will send $5 in a registered post envelope to Scott Morrison to “cover the cost of the watches”, and is in talks to close their doors for one day this week.

    A huge number of Post Offices and Newsagents are owned by redundancy packaged public servants and retired corporates who think they are buying a safe income stream when they buy the franchise.
    They love the big corporate structure of Australia Post and it is no surprise they would worship at the feet of someone like Holgate.
    They would fit right in to a Tupperware or Herbalife pyramid structure.

  196. woolfe

    I’m probably one of the minority that agrees with Struth.

    We are being prepped for Climate Armageddon and we passed lock down subservience and meekness with flying colours. Seventy five years of peace, weak leadership, dumbing down of education and relentless propaganda will do that.

    Perfect timing, Covid was just the practice that they needed.

  197. Mother Lode

    Won’t get past the communist gate keepers of course.

    Post comments on the ABC instead saying that you are glad the ABC is ‘free’ so you don’t have to pay any other news outlet.

  198. JC

    Remove the US section 230 protections which are a total joke and ruinous liability and destruction will follow.

    I’m not sure it will work. Removal would have done nothing to stop Twitter and Facebook from banning the Hiden family corruption story. In fact, it would have given them even more cover as they could argue publishing would cause actionable risk.

    “Here’s the thing”, banning the story has likely caused the story to get around more. 🙂

  199. Mother Lode

    WTF is a “barefoot circle ceremony?” Do they ever get around to playing cricket?

    Don’t encourage them.

  200. Arky

    Removal would have done nothing to stop Twitter and Facebook from banning the Hiden family corruption story. In fact, it would have given them even more cover as they could argue publishing would cause actionable risk.

    ..
    J.C.
    They can’t exist without the protection of 230.

  201. dover_beach

    Hopefully that will give Kevin McCann a coronary.
    One of the abominations in residential architecture is this obsession that any extension to an old house show a “clear break” with the original house.

    Notice that this is pure ideology; showing a ‘clear break with the past’. What is modernity if not, again and again, demonstrating a ‘clear break with the past’.

  202. JC

    Arky

    They could as they would remove stuff in a way that we’ve never seen before.

  203. feelthebern

    Platforms need to be excluded from the shield that section 230 is.
    Section 230 was brought in to protect a blogger from posting the truth about Jordan Belforts scams.

  204. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Soy Boy Sutton back again today to be the only person in the room to clap his grand achievements

    If Disasterstan Dan Xi-Man’s Groom O’ The Stool doesn’t clap, who else will?

    These public health bureaucratic wrongologists have been even more staggeringly useless and incompetent than our beloved politicians. A world where I’m aware of such beetle browed nonentities as Paul “Mr Mackey” Kelly, Soy Boy Sutton and that monstrous Karen in Queensland is not one I’m happy to exist in.

    In any just world they’d have all donned disguises and gone into hiding.

  205. stackja

    Twitter and Facebook can’t handle the truth.

  206. JC

    ·

    3h
    NEW: JP Morgan Chase says U.S. stocks could be in for a double digit advance if incumbent President Donald Trump wins re-election. S&P 500 would be up by nearly 13%, a best case scenario for the stock market. #TrumpBump
    Fisted hand
    Crossed fingers

    If Trump wins (and I’m not making this prediction because I follow the science and the science says Trump will win only when Barrie Cassidy says Hiden will), the Dow will hit 40,000 by the end of his term.

  207. stackja

    The Senate will vote on Monday night to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

    The Senate will vote around 7:30 P.M. Eastern to confirm Barrett to the nation’s highest court. Senate Republicans have the votes to confirm Barrett.

  208. Whinging like this?

    That’s not exactly whinging.
    That’s behaviour straight out of Skinnerian stimulus response theory.
    Works every time, with the added value of my posts appearing again.
    I’ve got you on the end of a very short string😅

  209. Arky

    They could as they would remove stuff in a way that we’ve never seen before.

    ..
    People would leave in droves, and…
    They’d be in court every day.
    Algorithms can’t keep up with human ingenuity in libelling each other.

  210. JC

    Bern

    If 230 goes, then the legal departments of these firms will immediately take over.

    As bad as it is, I says leave it alone because the ban stories cause amplification.

  211. Some History

    The Hunchback is on pontificating auto pilot.

    Home visits

    Receive 2 adults with dependants (that must not be left unsupervised)
    1 visiting event per day.

  212. feelthebern

    JC, just like the Fed has the Too Big To Fail regulations, there has to be a way to ensure the big platforms adhere to a clear set of publicised rules.

  213. Arky

    It’s pretty simple.
    Declare yourself either a platform or a publisher.
    Publishers get to curate content, platforms don’t.
    Platforms don’t have to take responsibility for content and take on all the extra expense that involves, publishers do.
    Declare yourself one or tother, and be held legally liable for your choice.

  214. feelthebern

    As bad as it is, I says leave it alone because the ban stories cause amplification.

    I agree with you on this to a point.
    The problem is when there is abuse of market power.

  215. Arky

    If these guys leave the platform model and embrace being publishers, then others will take on being a platform.
    People will gravitate towards platforms because of the freedom to create that allows.

  216. feelthebern

    Declare yourself either a platform or a publisher.

    Someone posted a link last week to why that’s not legally that simple
    .

  217. Leigh Lowe

    stackja

    #3634352, posted on October 27, 2020 at 10:41 am

    The Senate will vote on Monday night to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

    The Senate will vote around 7:30 P.M. Eastern to confirm Barrett to the nation’s highest court. Senate Republicans have the votes to confirm Barrett.

    It is worth remembering that, whether Trump serves one term or two, this legacy will last for a generation.
    If Hillary had been elected she would have replaced Scalia with a lefty, RBG would have retired and ditto.
    SCOTUS would be solidly 6-3 radical left.

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