Open Thread: October 24, 2020

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  1. feelthebern

    But I agree.
    & it should be that easy.
    Platform or publisher.
    Glass–Steagall for big tech & big media.

  2. Bear Necessities

    I’ve received some data from Political Data Inc. They do analysis of the voting trends in California. California is an all mail ballot this election. They have sent me an analysis of ballots received up until 24/10/2020. Some interesting breakdowns. Just over 6.5 million of the 22 million ballots have been returned. So only a 30% return rate. It is estimated that 45% of the nation has early voted so the enthusiasm is down in California.

    The breakdown by Race is 66% White, 19% Latino, 13% Asian, 3% Black.

    The breakdown by Age is 36% Age 65+, 28% 50-64, 19% 35-49, 17% 18-34.

    I don’t have any statistics comparing this to past recent general elections in California.

    Interesting.

  3. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Chopper door too narrow to fit gun-mount

    Defence officials have told Senate estimates the door on the army’s $3.8bn MRH-90 Taipan helicopters is too narrow to allow its gun to fire while troops are rappelling from the aircraft.

    Officials said the department had tried three different designs of the gun mount for the European-designed helicopter — which was purchased as a fully-capable helicopter — but none would allow soldiers to exit the aircraft while it was delivering suppressing fire.

    “It is not an issue of the gun mount design. It is an issue of the width of the door,” Defence’s helicopter capability and sustainment head Shane Fairweather said.

    “The door isn’t wide enough to enable the safe exit whilst firing is taking place.”

    The Senate’s foreign affairs and defence committee heard “tactical workarounds” had been developed, in which a second helicopter would cover a helicopter with rappelling soldiers.

    Chief of Defence Angus Campbell defended the MRH-90 as an “extraordinary helicopter” which would not be flown alone.

    “You are quite right — there is an issue with the door gun. We know it, we are working on it,” he said.

    But he said the “tactical effect” of delivering troops to the ground while laying down suppressing fire could still be achieved.

    “It requires a careful planning of the employment of our aircraft. We never fly an aircraft on its own.”

    Chief of Navy Mike Noonan told Senate Estimates the cargo hook on the navy’s MRH-90 had also been an “ongoing problem”, but a solution was expected soon.

    Senate estimates heard the navy’s MRH-90 helicopters were set to be replaced just three years after reaching final operating capability, as the service looks to procure a single helicopter to perform different roles.

    Mr Fairweather said the MRH-90s were “highly advanced” but had “a number of issues around maintainability, technical response, (and) supply chain surety”.

    “Australia was the fleet leader by some way, which is not where we intended to be,” he said.

    “So we have hit all the problems for the first time, around the airframe.”

    From the Oz.

  4. Arnost

    52 votes for ACB … All the Dems (present) voted no and walked out. Collins was the only Rep to vote no.

  5. Zatara

    Boom, welcome to the Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett!

  6. Leigh Lowe

    Arnost

    #3634372, posted on October 27, 2020 at 10:58 am

    52 votes for ACB … All the Dems (present) voted no and walked out. Collins was the only Rep to vote no

    So the vote is done?

  7. It is worth remembering that, whether Trump serves one term or two, this legacy will last for a generation.

    No it won’t! Enjoy your 7-6 liberal majority.

  8. Zatara

    “This is the darkest day in the history of the US Senate”

    – Democrat Senator Chucky Schumer

  9. Leigh Lowe

    No it won’t! Enjoy your 7-6 liberal majority

    Getting a little ahead of yourself aren’t you m0nster?
    Hiden winning with a Senate majority?

  10. old bloke

    Gab
    #3634263, posted on October 27, 2020 at 9:20 am

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

    Dunno Gab, but Trump is still the President.

  11. Tom

    You lying dog faced pony rooter.

    Thanks, Arky. Made my day.

    And what would the Cat be without Monty’s hilarious wrongology?

  12. Dr Faustus

    Queensland border re-opening could be announced by Friday

    A decision about the reopening of the Queensland border to NSW could be announced at the end of the week.

    She is now expected to announce when, and if, the border will re-open on Friday- the eve of the Queensland election.

    Amazing how this expert medical science stuff works.

  13. dover_beach

    No it won’t! Enjoy your 7-6 liberal majority.

    Just try it.

  14. Zatara

    No it won’t! Enjoy your 7-6 liberal majority.

    Liberal? Want to guess again?

    Pssst, this is the US Supreme Court. Emphasis on the US.

  15. feelthebern

    Amy Coney Barrett joins Clarence Thomas as the only real intellects on the Supreme Court.
    None of the others are dumb.
    But they are a step down from where Thomas & Barrett exist.

  16. liliana

    woolfe
    #3634338, posted on October 27, 2020 at 10:28 am

    I think you are correct. This is just a test run for the ‘new normal’.

  17. stackja

    USA Senate roll call.
    ACB nominated.

  18. Leigh Lowe

    Simply put, there are a lot of people in the US who aren’t exactly Rustadon MAGA, but who would baulk at the court-stacking idea.
    And, apart from swamp ferals, I don’t detect much real animous towards the ACB appointment out in the real world.

  19. It’s fascinating to revisit Trump’s relationship with Xi post pandemic.
    All the talk of an imminent new trade deal has evaporated. What Trump has delivered is a damp squib.
    He continues to Kowtow to Xi, accepting the extension of the Chinese president’s term in office, and largely ignoring the fact that the Uyghurs are in literal concentration camps in Xinjiang, and refusing to get engaged, beyond a few platitudes, with the plight of the Hong Kongers.
    The trade imbalance with China has worsened.
    Despite some resurgence of the virus locally in the last few days, China’s economy is booming again after draconian lockdowns. Their economic recovery is stronger than that of the US which remains imperiled by the second wave of the virus. The speed and extent of the Chinese recovery (from -6.8 percent real GDP growth in the first quarter to +3.2 percent in the second quarter) is pretty amazing.
    Today, China is stronger, and becoming wealthier.
    The US, under Dettol Donny’s benighted “leadership”is heading in the opposite direction.

  20. Getting a little ahead of yourself aren’t you m0nster?
    Hiden winning with a Senate majority?

    Projections are running 3:1 in the Democrats’ favour to retake the Senate.

  21. feelthebern

    Unlike Roberts & Kav who yearn to be loved, Thomas & Barrett just do not give a fuck about what the sheeple think.

  22. Rex Anger

    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😅

    Lolwut Jack Hunt?

    Only a Communist moron like you could treat getting hebshit kicked out if you as a victory.

    Piss off and rewrite your Grey Literature ‘thesis’ about how that nasty debbil-debbil Menzies committed a warcrime upon your poor, virgin reluctant and non-consenting bottom with his evil conscription stick.

    And how the blind, the sick and the lame were made to tread on landmines.or something…

  23. Just try it.

    What are you going to do about it if the Democrats hold the White House and both houses of Congress?

  24. Dr Faustus

    Just try it.

    A shit-storm for the ages.

  25. John Brumble

    And they’ve already hidden JC’s Biden video behind a “sensitive comment” warning.

  26. Rex Anger

    Projections are running

    Yes, mUnted. Your projections are running. Running hot.

    So hot I am intrigued your brain’s safety cutouts have not engaged yet.

    mUnted’s NOK may yet come into the basement in response to the sounds of hooting and terrible, greasy burning smells, only to find a puddle of molten lard on the floor next to a burning computer…

  27. Meanwhile, Tim Smith posted a cock’n’balls photo today for some reason.

  28. Leigh Lowe

    m0nster clenching and unclenching his fists between donuts.
    Angry.
    Hurt.
    Upset.

  29. Mark A

    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.

    Didn’t you bury some concrete?
    Had too much or ran out of time – puff the last time?

  30. feelthebern

    Is Roe v Wade trending on twitter yet?

  31. Ellen of Tasmania

    From the World Economic Forum – 8 predictions for 2030. (You can really cheer yourself up watching WEF propaganda – check out their youtube channel or podcasts)

    “You will own nothing and you will be happy”

  32. Mark A

    m0nty
    #3634400, posted on October 27, 2020 at 11:12 am

    Just try it.

    What are you going to do about it if the Democrats hold the White House and both houses of Congress?

    Live with it and hope they don’t make too much of a mess.

    What are you going to do if the opposite happens?

  33. Tom

    Meanwhile, Tim Smith posted a cock’n’balls photo today for some reason.

    Kudos to CL, who posted a similar image at the Cat yesterday and gave Tim Smith the idea.

  34. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    mUnted’s NOK may yet come into the basement in response to the sounds of hooting and terrible, greasy burning smells, only to find a puddle of molten lard on the floor next to a burning computer…

    A graphic image…

  35. Bruce of Newcastle

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

    High time for KD to mention to his subcontinental grade cricketers that the pay at WBBL is pretty good. A few dozen could announce they identify as wymminses, get selected to WBBL teams, increase da diversity and raise the standard of the cricket in one fell swoop. Also it would, sadly, put the barefoot circlers out of a job.

  36. Mater

    Works every time, with the added value of my posts appearing again.
    I’ve got you on the end of a very short string😅

    You’ve got me, Bob!
    I’m wounded!
    I bow to your superior intellect and extraordinary jousting skills.

    I guess whilst it continues to amuse me, I’ll just have to resign myself to being continually beaten up by you on line, metaphorically speaking of course.

  37. dover_beach

    What are you going to do about it if the Democrats hold the White House and both houses of Congress?

    All your telegraphing monty is that liberals are not willing to lose the majority of the Supreme Court under any circumstances. That, if you lose it through sheer incompetence – not replacing justices nearing the end of their natural life – you will stack it as soon as you have the means of doing so. This is why the initial threat was ineffective.

  38. Zatara

    “Next time the left complains about ‘systematic racism’ ask them why 65% of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities are in predominantly black areas.”

    – Candace Owen

    400 of 1000 black babies are murdered in NYC annually
    100 of 1000 white babies are murdered in NYC annually

  39. Leigh Lowe

    feelthebern

    #3634396, posted on October 27, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Unlike Roberts & Kav who yearn to be loved, Thomas & Barrett just do not give a fuck about what the sheeple think.

    Yes, well, we may not love all the calls made by Kavanaugh, but I was thinking of the sliding doors alternative.
    Killary wins.
    Scalia replaced by a rabid lefty.
    Would Kennedy have hung on like an RBG limpet? Probably not. Boom. Another one.
    RBG retires and is replaced by a 45 year old clone.

  40. dover_beach

    Meanwhile, Tim Smith posted a cock’n’balls photo today for some reason.

    Rorschach test.

  41. mh

    Former secretary of state and Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said during an interview Monday with journalist Kara Swisher, “It literally makes me sick to my stomach” to think that President Donald Trump may be reelected in November.

    “I can’t entertain the idea of him winning, so let’s just preface it by that,” Clinton said during the podcast, which is part of the New York Times Opinion network.

  42. Entropy

    Defence officials have told Senate estimates the door on the army’s $3.8bn MRH-90 Taipan helicopters is too narrow to allow its gun to fire while troops are rappelling from the aircraft.

    What is it about defence procurement and European hardware? We fight alongside Americans. So let’s have different kit. Is it all about the fact Paris is a better junket than Alabama?

  43. Tel

    This is worth a listen.

    https://freakonomics.com/podcast/taliban/

    About the Afghanistan War and companies paying protection money to Taliban forces who would then use that money to fund attacks on US troops. In case anyone briefly thought there was any common sense involved in that war. Sheesh.

  44. Dr Faustus

    Premier Daniel Andrews announces Victorian coronavirus rules for house visits in Melbourne

    Melburnians will be able to host up to two adults and their dependents at their home once a day from 11:59pm tonight, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced.

    The visits must remain within the 25-kilometre radius rule and the once-a-day rule applies to both the people hosting a visit and those attending.

    So, not clear if it’s a crime to allow someone into your house who has already visited elsewhere.

    Never mind; Authorised Officers will be able to sort all that out when they come to check your records.

    Households will also be asked to keep a record of who has visited their home and when, so that contact tracing can be done more swiftly later if an infection emerges.

    Only the cynical would think Victorian lives just got more regulated.

  45. Zatara

    Former secretary of state and (failed) Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ….

    and the world should care what she thinks why?

  46. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    he speed and extent of the Chinese recovery (from -6.8 percent real GDP growth in the first quarter to +3.2 percent in the second quarter) is pretty amazing.

    Anyone who believes the current polls or figures out of china is a gullible twerp … oh wait

  47. thefrollickingmole

    Dotard here doing the “I’m only pretending to be a whining old soon and you fell for it” defence? It’s like an episode of arrested development where some childish scheme is belatedly justified with complicated but shallow “meaning”.

    Whining
    Childish
    Sad old child
    Low energy
    Believe me

  48. All your telegraphing monty is that liberals are not willing to lose the majority of the Supreme Court under any circumstances. That, if you lose it through sheer incompetence – not replacing justices nearing the end of their natural life – you will stack it as soon as you have the means of doing so. This is why the initial threat was ineffective.

    US liberals haven’t had a SCOTUS majority since the 1960s.

    We are going into (or are already in) a period where the Republican Party is structurally destined to be the minority for decades to come, as they have fully embraced white nationalism on behalf of what soon will become a shrinking rump of white voters. At some point – hopefully sooner rather than later – the majority will not allow the minority to dictate policy from the bench. In all previous such instances in America, the courts have backed down. They will do so again.

  49. A reader

    Vic is ridiculous but you need state visas to go interstate ffs

  50. Gab

    So, not clear if it’s a crime to allow someone into your house who has already visited elsewhere.

    Yes, it is a crime. Only one household visit/visitor per day allowed.

  51. Leigh Lowe

    Former secretary of state and Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said during an interview Monday with journalist Kara Swisher, “It literally makes me sick to my stomach” to think that President Donald Trump may be reelected in November.

    That “sick to the stomach” feeling is more likely due to a bottle of Chardonnay and a handful of assorted anti-depressants on an empty stomach.

  52. feelthebern

    Rorschach test.

    I saw boobies.
    But then again, I see them everywhere I look.

  53. Eyrie

    Is it all about the fact Paris is a better junket than Alabama?
    yes and rabid anti Americanism in places like whatever DSTO is called now and the rest of defence procurement.

    The MRH090 was another J.W. Howard stuff up like the ARH Tiger for the sake of a few jerbs in Brisbane, assembling helos from kits.

  54. Zatara

    About the Afghanistan War and companies paying protection money to Taliban forces who would then use that money to fund attacks on US troops. In case anyone briefly thought there was any common sense involved in that war.

    None of this is new Tel.

    History is replete with stories of entities paying protection cash which worked to their own countries’ detriment.

    Nobody has clean hands in war.

  55. P

    Senate votes to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

    Barrett will be the sixth practicing Catholic justice at the Supreme court, joining Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Thomas, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Brett Kavanaugh. In addition, Barrett will join Sotomayor as the only two Catholic female Supreme Court Justices in U.S. history.

  56. Dr Faustus

    At some point – hopefully sooner rather than later – the majority will not allow the minority to dictate policy from the bench.

    The Constitutional Government model provides that nobody dictates policy from the Bench.
    It’s, you know, the separation of powers thing ACB was crapping on about.

  57. Zatara

    We are going into (or are already in) a period where the Republican Party is structurally destined to be the minority for decades to come, as they have fully embraced white nationalism on behalf of what soon will become a shrinking rump of white voters.

    Ever been to the US Monty?

    Or are you just sucking this bullshit up and regurgitating it at the cyclic rate out of pure ignorance?

  58. Ally

    feelthebern
    #3634364, posted on October 27, 2020 at 10:51 am
    But I agree.
    & it should be that easy.
    Platform or publisher.
    Glass–Steagall for big tech & big media.

    Genuine question:

    If internet companies become a publisher does that mean they have copyright on our posts? What if you randomly post something, then you realise — oh my gosh what I just wrote is a grouse idea. But too late because you posted it and now they own your post?

  59. Zatara

    If internet companies become a publisher does that mean they have copyright on our posts?

    No, it means they are responsible for what they choose to publish. Copy-written or not.

  60. zyconoclast

    Cricket Australia has been told the game is seen as a “white privileged sport”, as the governing body wrestles with how to recognise the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The comments were made by a young Indigenous activist, Tamika Sadler, in the latest episode of CA’s panel series, Cricket Connecting Country, discussing systemic racism in Australian society and historic injustices in the sport.

    There will be many in the cricket world paying close attention to how the Australian men’s team addresses the issue when their international season is slated to start next month.

    The side was slammed by West Indies great Michael Holding for not taking a knee during the tour of England in August and September. Coach Justin Langer later conceded the team had erred in its treatment of the issue.

  61. dover_beach

    US liberals haven’t had a SCOTUS majority since the 1960s.

    Yes, yes, SCOTUS has been a nightmare for liberals since the 60s.

    We are going into (or are already in) a period where the Republican Party is structurally destined to be the minority for decades to come, as they have fully embraced white nationalism on behalf of what soon will become a shrinking rump of white voters.

    Yes, yes, anyone that opposes statutes of Columbus, Serra and Washington being vandalized, neighborhoods set on fire by BLM and ANTIFA, and so on, are ‘white nationalists’. BTW, this ‘structural’ malarky you’re constantly promoting is far too exaggerated.

  62. egg_

    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.

    Ditto aircraft – that move in 3 dimensions; we’re honoured to have such Engineering genii amongst us at the Cat.

  63. Bruce of Newcastle

    Rorschach test.

    I saw donuts.
    Is Smith offering voters donuts?
    Just might work.
    Victorians love free stuff.

  64. Leigh Lowe

    If internet companies become a publisher does that mean they have copyright on our posts? What if you randomly post something, then you realise — oh my gosh what I just wrote is a grouse idea.

    Hypothetical.
    After twenty years of social media and billions of posts, not one “grouse idea” has surfaced.

  65. Shy Ted

    Caught a little bit of Credlin on Sky last evening though I don’t know why I bother, it’s just wall to wall ALP guests. There was a lady business owner from Vic talking about the beauty industry and she kept referring to the very popular procedure of upper lip hair removal and how their contracts with shopping centres were bankrupting them in the absence of being able to trade. Laser machines cost 10s of 1000s of $ and there are 100s of them. Which got me thinking, the last place I visited where all the ladies had moustaches was Toowoomba. Is Melbourne the same?

  66. zyconoclast

    After twenty years of social media and billions of posts, not one “grouse idea” has surfaced.

    Except maybe these:
    one

    and

    two

  67. Rex Anger

    We are going into (or are already in) a period where the Republican Party is structurally destined to be the minority for decades to come, as they have fully embraced white nationalism on behalf of what soon will become a shrinking rump of white voters. At some point – hopefully sooner rather than later – the majority will not allow the minority to dictate policy from the bench. In all previous such instances in America, the courts have backed down. They will do so again.

    I am smelling greasy burning smells.

    A combination of charcoal, car plastic, goat shit and bacon that has been far too long in the pan.

    Anybody got amy contact details for mUnted’s NOK?

    Or at least a good firehose and a Tesla-sized dunk tank?

    Or failing that, some marshmallows?

  68. egg_

    Also, ‘SUV’ is a foreign term.

    The poor man’s Gargooglary.
    Sad.

  69. Leigh Lowe

    From the “racism in cricket” story:-

    In a discussion about the 2007/08 racial furore widely known as the “Monkeygate Scandal” in which Australia’s Andrew Symonds was allegedly called a “monkey” by India spinner Harbhajan Singh, Sadler was asked by Jones if she saw cricket as an “inclusive” sport.

    So a black Indian calls a black Australian a “monkey” and this is white Australia’s fault.
    Oh, and Michael Holding bagging teams for not doing the BLM thing? One of those teams was the quite dusky Pakis.

  70. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    The side was slammed by West Indies great Michael Holding for not taking a knee during the tour of England in August and September. Coach Justin Langer later conceded the team had erred in its treatment of the issue.

    take the knee and open the mouth

  71. Infidel Tiger

    ACB, Thomas and Trump.

    It doesn’t get any better.

  72. egg_

    Oh come on
    #3634300, posted on October 27, 2020 at 10:02 am
    Gosh, did the Russians hack Numpty’s emails, too? Those Russians can do anything.

    Supporting MaRcUs AdOnIs now?
    Sad.

  73. P

    Unlike Roberts & Kav who yearn to be loved, Thomas & Barrett just do not give a fuck about what the sheeple think.

    Yes, well, we may not love all the calls made by Kavanaugh, but I was thinking of the sliding doors alternative.
    Killary wins.
    Scalia replaced by a rabid lefty.
    Would Kennedy have hung on like an RBG limpet? Probably not. Boom. Another one.
    RBG retires and is replaced by a 45 year old clone.

    I really hope that Hillary Clinton is enjoying her birthday watching Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the Supreme Court.

    Trump – 2020

    “Red Wave”

    h/t theconservativetreehouse – ACB thread.

  74. Struth

    We are going into (or are already in) a period where the Republican Party is structurally destined to be the minority for decades to come, as they have fully embraced white nationalism on behalf of what soon will become a shrinking rump of white voters. At some point – hopefully sooner rather than later – the majority will not allow the minority to dictate policy from the bench. In all previous such instances in America, the courts have backed down. They will do so again.

    The pure racism of the left on full display.

    Only white people believe in their country, and believe in nationalism (which is the only way you can have a democracy).
    According to Monty, the rest of the skin colours are as dumb as him.
    He might want to talk to the leader of the Proud Boys, an hispanic American.

    The racism in this statement is profound and ugly in it’s assumptions.

  75. Struth

    Caught a little bit of Credlin on Sky last evening though I don’t know why I bother, it’s just wall to wall ALP guests. There was a lady business owner from Vic talking about the beauty industry and she kept referring to the very popular procedure of upper lip hair removal and how their contracts with shopping centres were bankrupting them in the absence of being able to trade. Laser machines cost 10s of 1000s of $ and there are 100s of them. Which got me thinking, the last place I visited where all the ladies had moustaches was Toowoomba. Is Melbourne the same?

    Women get caught up in details.
    It’s a positive if used correctly.
    It’s very much a negative when trying to assess the big picture.

  76. Geriatric Mayfly

    “This is the darkest day in the history of the US Senate”

    Didn’t Our Kev have a similar line of doom?

  77. Bruce of Newcastle

    We are going into (or are already in) a period where the Republican Party is structurally destined to be the minority for decades to come

    Fun wrongology M0nty. Even the NYT acknowledges that Americans without college degrees are jumping ship from the Democrats to the Republicans, as the Dems abandon them and tell them to learn to code.

    We’re seeing fewer Americans going to college since spending a quarter million to learn how to do vaginal basket weaving doesn’t anymore seem to lead to a well paid job.

    Many unions have endorsed Trump this election, including just about every police union plus the boilermakers. Other unions have endorsed Biden, but it’s obvious the union officials are like ours – straight from uni to the union hierarchy without ever getting their hands dirty.

    I think you will find the woke Karens with college degrees are going to be increasingly on the nose, especially when they try to take Americans’ cars away from them. the PA ballot results will be especially interesting given the many Philadelphians who work in the fracking sector.

  78. Rex Anger

    @ Struth-

    I just assumed mUnted has actually seen the writing on the wall for his side, and has deliberately swapped labels so as to minimise his sense of badfeels and try to maintain morale.

    I can’t help but think an extra gross of donuts and/or a personal beer tun might be more effectove at drowning out his sorrows for a time…

  79. egg_

    ‘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*

    Looks like the Toyota Landcruiser freight barges are all automatics?

    Going the way of Ferrari, MaNuEl Ute?

  80. Roger

    Cricket Australia has been told the game is seen as a “white privileged sport”, as the governing body wrestles with how to recognise the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Preaching to the choir here, but why does CA need to “recognise” BLM?

    It’s a political movement.

    Let cricketers form their own views of it – if they’re capable of doing so – and keep them to themselves, just like they do their voting intentions.

    Cricket has historically brought people of different ethnic backgrounds together. and continues to do so.

    Let that be its “statement” on the matter.

  81. cohenite

    We are going into (or are already in) a period where the Republican Party is structurally destined to be the minority for decades to come, as they have fully embraced white nationalism on behalf of what soon will become a shrinking rump of white voters.

    Monty the fat turd taking piss again; gallons of orange yellow piss indicative of spleen, liver and kidney ketosis. Trump has done more for blacks and all non-whites then any other POTUS. It is the demorats and the left who are implacably racist regarding blacks as no more than tools.

    Whites like the fat little turd are consumed by self-loathing. The left, the white left and there is an argument there is no other kind, are literally projecting their own neurosis onto their society, Western society, the best and fairest society ever. One could speculate that lefties like the fat little turd have this neurosis because in Western society where merit and reward comes from effort, skill, utility etc their lack of those qualities have led to their own failure.

  82. dover_beach

    ACB, Thomas and Trump.

    It doesn’t get any better.

    Amen, brother. Amen.

  83. egg_

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3170880, posted on September 29, 2019 at 7:05 pm
    *Disclaimer: Yes, I remember Marcus Thingo who was always banging on about chicks perving on him in the gym.

    And no, for those that may be thinking that. Although I may start throwing iron around again later.

    Really?
    Just as modest, too!

  84. egg_

    She is now expected to announce when, and if, the border will re-open on Friday- the eve of the Queensland election.

    Amazing how this expert medical science stuff works.

    As Cat pundits were predicting.

  85. egg_

    Despite some resurgence of the virus locally in the last few days, China’s economy is booming again after draconian lockdowns. Their economic recovery is stronger than that of the US which remains imperiled by the second wave of the virus. The speed and extent of the Chinese recovery (from -6.8 percent real GDP growth in the first quarter to +3.2 percent in the second quarter) is pretty amazing.
    Today, China is stronger, and becoming wealthier.
    The US, under Dettol Donny’s benighted “leadership”is heading in the opposite direction.

    Whereas Slomo’s resorting to pump priming “Infastructure” and local manufacturing*?

    *Breathing air into a corpse?

  86. We see that egg_ still has an enduring boner over doxxing KD.
    This would be about….er… the 500th time egg_ has ‘outed’ KD.
    Diligent, if not versatile, is our egg_

  87. Rex Anger

    Diligent, if not versatile, is our egg_

    Boiled, fried, scrambled, poached, caked, breaded, pied, devilled, battered, cracked, shelled, chocolated, painted…

    The list goes ever on. 😁

  88. Farmer Gez

    3aw State reporter James Talia gives Sutton a good tongue bath.
    Paraphrasing his question today, it went along these lines:
    Bearing in mind you (Sutton) have a better approval ratings than the Premier, are you thinking of going for the top job?

    Shits and giggles for the Prof.

    James Talia
    @Jamestalia75
    ·
    Aug 5
    List of things not to spread right now:

    1 Coronavirus
    2 Stupid rumours about Chief Health Officer who’s busting his arse to stop spread of coronavirus

    Number of stories Talia has produced nailing the incompetent Professor – 0.

  89. feelthebern

    We are going into (or are already in) a period where the Republican Party is structurally destined to be the minority for decades to come

    Don’t confuse Trump with the Republican Party.

  90. feelthebern

    WTF happens to kids at Knox Grammar.

  91. egg_

    Only white people believe in their country, and believe in nationalism (which is the only way you can have a democracy).
    According to Monty, the rest of the skin colours are as dumb as him.

    The great white man just smiles benignly and pats them on the head?
    “Rich old white men” (ROWM) is obviously Leftoid projection.

  92. egg_

    Salvatore, Social Distance Martyr
    #3634512, posted on October 27, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    Why the concern, old boy?

  93. Boiled, fried, scrambled, poached, caked, breaded, pied, devilled, battered, cracked, shelled, chocolated, painted…

    The list goes ever on. 😁

    Classic!
    🤣🤣🤣

  94. Bruce of Newcastle

    2 Stupid rumours about Chief Health Officer who’s busting his arse to stop spread of coronavirus

    Well he caused maybe half the deaths by refusing to allow nursing homes to get infected oldies out and away from the other residents. That was in July. I wonder if he’ll ever have to take responsibility for that decision?

  95. Leigh Lowe

    We are going into (or are already in) a period where the Republican Party is structurally destined to be the minority for decades to come

    That theory is so 2007/08 m0nster.
    Very low energy.
    When Howard lost it was the end of the old whitebread LNP fo’ evah.
    When Obama won in 2008, Barrie Cassidy and Jon Faine pronounced “the end of the era of influence of old white men”.
    Yes, you heard that right. Barrie Cassidy and Jon Faine.
    Old news, m0nster.
    And fake news.

  96. Leigh Lowe

    So what is the rumour about Hot Button Sutton, Farmer Gez?

  97. The Constitutional Government model provides that nobody dictates policy from the Bench.
    It’s, you know, the separation of powers thing ACB was crapping on about.

    The whole point of the Republicans stacking SCOTUS was so that it does stuff like nixing the ACA plus Bidencare’s public option, plus the new John Lewis VRA, plus whatever else Biden puts forward. The bench would be the only Republican veto point if Biden wins both houses of Congress, and bah gawd they will veto everything just like McConnell did, without Roberts if need be.

    Biden knows this, which is why he is keeping his powder dry on court stacking. Obama couldn’t do anything about McConnell’s obstructionism, but Biden would have the power to sweep aside any such nonsense from SCOTUS, and signs are he will probably use it.

  98. egg_

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3170875, posted on September 29, 2019 at 7:00 pm
    Six two and 81kg? Is this BMI-based JC?

    Keerist, I’m shading six two and 95kg. There’s not a lot of fat on me, if at all.

    A lean body mass well under 91 kg then, scrawny!

  99. Zatara

    Monty you forgot to answer.

    Ever been to the US?

  100. Farmer Gez

    Well he caused maybe half the deaths by refusing to allow nursing homes to get infected oldies out and away from the other residents. That was in July. I wonder if he’ll ever have to take responsibility for that decision?

    You’re wrong there BoN.
    Once you enter private aged care in Victoria, you become federal citizens.
    Sutto and Dan can’t help you, I’m reliably informed by the ABC.

  101. egg_

    Didn’t SaTP have a transgender handle for a while?

    Fruited?

  102. I have been the to the US three times Zatara, once as a kid. On the second one I went on an 11-state road trip.

  103. Zatara

    The whole point of the Republicans stacking SCOTUS

    The Republicans filled an open position on the Constitutionally established Supreme Court.

    “Stacking the Court” means increasing the size of it to let a few of your mates in, which makes it yet another legislative body.

    The rest of your post is gibberish but a summary is: “The Supreme Court will now prevent Unconstitutional acts”.

  104. Zatara

    I have been the to the US three times Zatara, once as a kid. On the second one I went on an 11-state road trip.

    So the 3rd one was for indoctrination?

  105. Third one was a honeymoon, Zatara.

  106. Zatara

    an 11-state road trip

    Odd, the Dems have a lock on 11 or so states. Coincidence I’m sure.

  107. Armadillo

    So the 3rd one was for indoctrination?

    In a sense. It was his honeymoon.

  108. Bruce of Newcastle

    Unlikely SCOTUS will overturn Bambicare, since Roberts is the guys who says what cases they take up.

    The Dems stacking SCOTUS would destroy the institution. I doubt they care. But as we saw with Reid’s overturning the filibuster such things have consequences that Dems usually don’t think through.

  109. P

    REAL AIM OF FILM ‘FRANCESCO’ IS TO BRING DOWN TRUMP, ELECT BIDEN
    NEWS: CAMPAIGN 2020, COMMENTARY
    by Antonio Socci • ChurchMilitant.com • October 26, 2020

    Pope engages Catholics to advance ‘globalist ideology’

  110. mh

    Monty loves the land of the free.

    It must be such an interesting change coming from Victoria.

  111. egg_

    Oh come on
    #3634300, posted on October 27, 2020 at 10:02 am
    Gosh, did the Russians hack Numpty’s emails, too? Those Russians can do anything.

    I doubt that Belaz Mine Haul Trucks* are big sellers in Oz, given our farmers’ experience with unreliable Russian tractors a while back
    Dunno if anything’s changed since then.

    *Located in WA, their target local “Numpty” market?

  112. Odd, the Dems have a lock on 11 or so states. Coincidence I’m sure.

    I drove from New York across NJ, PA, OH and IN to Chicago, then down to Nashville, stop off at Memphis to see Graceland, through MS then a couple of nights in New Orleans then a night in Beaumont in Texas before jetting off from Dallas.

  113. cohenite

    The whole point of the Republicans stacking SCOTUS was so that it does stuff like nixing the ACA plus Bidencare’s public option, plus the new John Lewis VRA, plus whatever else Biden puts forward.

    You’re a vile little piss taking liar. ACB like Gorsuch and Kavanagh is a constitutionalist who follows the role of the SC which is to adjudicate whether made law is constitutionally consistent. The demorats are the shits who want an activist, law making SC. You’re as bad as the other troll, which is to say you’re just a liar.

  114. Zatara

    Indeed Monty. And I’m sure you were welcomed.

    And you didn’t learn shit. Which is fine, you were getting laid.

  115. cohenite

    And you didn’t learn shit. Which is fine, you were getting laid.

    I’m calling bullshit on that; the little turd hasn’t got a root in him.

  116. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    And you didn’t learn shit. Which is fine, you were getting laid.

    pull the other one … boom boom

  117. Kavanaugh and Gorsuch have just invoked Rehnquist’s theory in Bush v Gore that SCOTUS shouldn’t prevent states from suppressing the vote. We are all set up for Bush v Gore II, where Trump challenges post-election vote counting, hoping to recreate the Brooks Brothers Riot (in which Kavanaugh himself participated) and get legitimate votes thrown out to preserve early Republican leads.

    IOW, the only way Trump wins from here is by cheating on a massive scale.

  118. feelthebern

    On the second one I went on an 11-state road trip.

    monty was the inspiration for Man vs Food.

  119. egg_

    On August 12, 1944, Lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. perished in one of the first American fatalities associated with a pilotless aircraft, which we usually know today as a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The older brother of future president, John F.

  120. Zatara

    Kavanaugh and Gorsuch have just invoked Rehnquist’s theory in Bush v Gore that SCOTUS shouldn’t prevent states from suppressing the vote.

    (This is where you actually link to your bullshit) Or it never happened.

  121. Mark Joseph Stern @mjs_DC
    Holy shit—Brett Kavanaugh just endorsed Rehnquist’s concurrence in Bush v. Gore, which was too extreme for Kennedy or O’Connor.
    This is a red alert. I can’t believe he put it in a footnote. This is terrifying.

  122. Zatara

    No Monty, not your facebook version, reality.

    So prove it.

  123. Zatara, you appear to be too thick to argue with.

  124. Snoopy

    IOW, the only way Trump wins from here is by cheating on a massive scale.

    But those stupid chumps and their conspiracy theories, hey?

  125. Leigh Lowe

    m0nty

    #3634547, posted on October 27, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Third one was a honeymoon, Zatara.

    Your parents took you on their honeymoon?

  126. Rex Anger

    Zatara, you appear to be too thick to argue with.

    Stop projecting, IammUnted. .

  127. Zatara

    And you sound like a person without a point to argue Monty.

    You saw fit to spend your honeymoon under a government you hate.

    No rooms in Bali?

  128. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ultra modern narcissist
    TikTok model films men ‘checking out her booty’ by putting phone in her back pocket while walking

    “Brewers dray horse” are words that spring to mind…

  129. dover_beach

    The whole point of the Republicans stacking SCOTUS

    Watch how this lie will endlessly be repeated by the MSM. Increasing the number of justices so your side gets a majority will be equated with maintaining the number of justices and filling vacancies as they arise.

  130. Leigh Lowe

    dover_beach

    #3634584, posted on October 27, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    The whole point of the Republicans stacking SCOTUS

    Watch how this lie will endlessly be repeated by the MSM

    When Obumbi filled vacancies I don’t recall any talk of it being “stacking”.

  131. cohenite

    Kavanaugh and Gorsuch have just invoked Rehnquist’s theory in Bush v Gore that SCOTUS shouldn’t prevent states from suppressing the vote.

    That’s a lie you fat little lying turd.

  132. Indolent

    Mark Joseph Stern @mjs_DC
    Holy shit—Brett Kavanaugh just endorsed Rehnquist’s concurrence in Bush v. Gore, which was too extreme for Kennedy or O’Connor.
    This is a red alert. I can’t believe he put it in a footnote. This is terrifying.

    Apparently, it’s terrifying that local courts should not be allowed to rewrite election laws. I thought that courts were meant to uphold laws, not write them. Perhaps I’m just naïve.

  133. dover_beach

    Mark Joseph Stern
    @mjs_DC
    1h
    Did not guess that Trump would use Barrett’s swearing-in ceremony for an anti-1619 Project rant

    Ahaha, it was a great introduction by Trump.

  134. Snoopy

    TikTok model films men ‘checking out her booty’ by putting phone in her back pocket while walking

    Sad bitch

    /Jesse Lee Peterson

  135. Bruce of Newcastle

    IOW, the only way Trump wins from here is by cheating on a massive scale.

    What’s with lefties and projection?
    Well I suppose that confirms the Dems are “cheating on a massive scale”.
    Not that we ever thought otherwise.

  136. Rex Anger

    When Obumbi filled vacancies I don’t recall any talk of it being “stacking”.

    I wonder if Saul Alinsky ever thought he’d live to see himself become the tired cliché?

    Rules for Radicals is so trite and passé these days, when the self-declared ‘rebels’ are in fact the paranoid and reactionary establishment engaging in repressive minority rule, and the rest of us are the true radicals and rebels…

    (Cue mUnted Screeching Mk.II in 3…2…1…)

  137. Boambee John

    What is it about defence procurement and European hardware? We fight alongside Americans. So let’s have different kit. Is it all about the fact Paris is a better junket than Alabama?

    It is a long time since continental Europeans outside the Balkans have engaged in a hot war, their ideas become more theoretical as that period lengthens. But the joys of visiting, or being part of a procurement project team are probably greater there than in the US.

  138. Boambee John

    US liberals haven’t had a SCOTUS majority since the 1960s.

    We are going into (or are already in) a period where the Republican Party is structurally destined to be the minority for decades to come, as they have fully embraced white nationalism on behalf of what soon will become a shrinking rump of white voters. At some point – hopefully sooner rather than later – the majority will not allow the minority to dictate policy from the bench. In all previous such instances in America, the courts have backed down. They will do so again

    ROFLMAO, m0nty probably believes this crap.

  139. Zatara

    Zatara, you appear to be too thick to argue with.

    Actually I am quite fit. If you want to discuss thickness I can always link to JC’s icon.

  140. Shy Ted

    You’re a naughty person, Zippy. Very funny but.

  141. feelthebern

    George Takei
    @GeorgeTakei
    They packed it. We will unpack it.

    Two things.
    One, phrasing.
    Two, how is this guy still a thing considering what he’s admitted to?

  142. Infidel Tiger King

    “Tik Tok Model”: Porker in tight pants.

  143. Rex Anger

    It is a long time since continental Europeans outside the Balkans have engaged in a hot war, their ideas become more theoretical as that period lengthens. But the joys of visiting, or being part of a procurement project team are probably greater there than in the US.

    Yep. You want battle-proven gear, buy British, American or Swede…

    (Though, granted that the new Boxer CRV, for all its mass and size seems to have worked out OK. The number of complaints about its size intrigues me, thouh. Especially given that in ma y parts ofntheworld (includng Top End Oz), the ability to see over tall srub, kumai grass, etc. gives you an immediate advantage over anyone who can’t.

    And if you absolutely must see what is in the grass, that was why God invented Dismounts, manpack and personal radios and Tank Telephones…)

  144. Infidel Tiger King

    On the second one I went on an 11-state road trip.

    Stopped at every Dunkin Donuts along the way. All 13,0125.

  145. Makka

    mOron loses another one, spinning it that Trump is a cheat. This is desperately pathetic stuff mOron even for your degenerate level of commentary.

  146. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Redeployments ‘push troops over the line’, says Peter Cosgrove

    Max Maddison
    Journalist
    @maxmaddison
    22 minutes ago October 27, 2020

    Sir Peter Cosgrove says frequent redeployments of Australia’s special forces are a contributing factor to soldiers stepping “over the line” during alleged war crimes in Afghanistan.

    With a limited number of special forces available for tour, the former governor-general said vicissitudes between tours of duty in war zones and time spent at home were part of several systematic factors having a detrimental effect on Australian troops.

    “I theorise that getting yourself up for the operational tour, coming back, getting to reacquaint yourself with your loved ones, getting to practice some level of normality,” Sir Peter told The Australian.

    “And then, before you know it, you’re warned for the next operational tour of duty, here you go climbing the mountain again. This, to me, is a great stressor.”

    However, Sir Peter denied the systematic impact of frequent tours reflected a failure of military leadership, despite 55 separate incidents being investigated by Brereton inquiry, along with two inquiries into war crimes allegations launched by the Australian Federal Police.

    “If there are conclusions to be drawn about the other factors, whatever they are, I’m sure that will come out from Justice Brereton’s outcome and I presume that the military is already thinking about those cultural issues,” the former ADF chief said.

    “We want our Special Forces all ourselves, to co-operate right up to the edge of ferocity, confidence, courage, diligence, all that sort of thing. But never to step over the line.”

    Speaking at the launch of his memoir You Shouldn’t Have Joined in Circular Quay, Sir Peter said the incidents being investigated were affecting morale across the military.

    “I’m sure because every person in uniform whether they’re in the Army, navy or air force is feeling out of sorts, because this is a reputational matter that actually permeates the whole defensible space,” he said.

    “We feel that we are on a bit of a national pedestal. I mean, anybody who’s from that area, you feel as if we’re in a privileged pedestal, and you don’t want people to have doubts that pedestal is the right place to be.”

    Sir Peter was joined at his book-launch by former prime minister John Howard, Qantas supremo Alan Joyce and The Australian’s editor-at-large Paul Kelly, who introduced the memoir.

    “It’s a critical reminder, because this is the memoir of a man who says he’s always been and remains a very ordinary bloke. In truth, it is the story of an ordinary man who’s led to an extraordinary life,” Kelly said.

    “And when you think about it, this is the Australian way: it’s the key to Australia’s greatness. Peter Cosgrove’s life and is an exemplar of what makes us special as a country.”

    From the Oz.

  147. Colonel Crispin Berka

    What is it about defence procurement and European hardware?

    That’s easy to answer. As soon as you have American-designed hardware you can never find your 10mm sockets any more. This must be true, I read it on the Internet.

    Hey I said it was easy to answer, I didn’t say the answer would be helpful.

    Use anything other than American to get parts designed in sensible units.

    Not just the NH90. On land there’s the Rheinmetall gig too. They’re making armoured cars for gods sake, nothing complicated. The Boxers are still being billed as one of the largest systems integration and production projects in Australia. Maybe Uncle Barry was sick of getting hand-me-downs from Uncle Sam?
    Rheinmetall are also pitching their Lynx as the next fighting vehicle, and talking up the expandability / future upgrade paths. What, is the engine on DIN rails or something?

  148. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    gtv has more hunter porn. this guy is one sick puppy

  149. Old Lefty

    Noticed in the Oz today that Hachette publishers have conceded, in reposnse to a defamation action by Jeff Little, that the book they published by anti-Catholic police ‘whistblower’ and ABC-Fairfax fave Peter Fox contains falsehoods about Little. (Fox claimed that Little was engaged in a cover-up of Catholic abuse.)

    Needless to say, no ABC or Fairfax reporting.

  150. dover_beach

    Is it just me or is Richard Marles really off-putting?

  151. Leigh Lowe

    Infidel Tiger King

    #3634603, posted on October 27, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    “Tik Tok Model”: Porker in tight pants.

    She’s thinking they are lusting after her.
    What they are really doing is marvelling at the extreme tensile strength of woven lycra.

  152. dover_beach

    You have no idea about a country unless you’ve lived in it. Tourism doesn’t cut it.

  153. JMH

    Way to go, Arky.

    Thumbs up.

  154. egg_

    Is M0nster getting the collywobbles over the upcoming Election?

  155. Roger

    Is it just me or is Richard Marles really off-putting?

    Just imagine what the miners in Moranbah made of him when Albo sent him there to ask why they didn’t vote Labor last year.

  156. Leigh Lowe

    dover_beach

    #3634627, posted on October 27, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Is it just me or is Richard Marles really off-putting?

    Solid working class.
    Geelong born and bred.
    Member for blue-collar Corio and went to school there.
    .
    Well, almost.
    Daddy was principal of Trinity Grammar, mummy was an Equal Opportunity Commish and his ex is Lisa Neville (Vicco Police Minister).
    And when I say “went to school in Corio” I mean “Geelong Grammar”.

  157. Rex Anger

    Rheinmetall are also pitching their Lynx as the next fighting vehicle, and talking up the expandability / future upgrade paths. What, is the engine on DIN rails or something?

    Modular troop compartments on a common hull, same as Boxer.

    The thing is basically an uprated Marder with the aforementioned ability tonswap compartment ‘boxes.’

    It carries 2 more people than their Puma, and has a manned turret.

    I cannot help but think the Korean K2 IFV might be the wiser idea, as it is amphibious out of the box. Rheinmetall has yet to provide any evidence that it has been able to make Lynx swim…

  158. Des Deskperson

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

    Thanks, ftb, only just saw it.

    Interesting to note that – unless it’s specifically set out in the new ASIC act – the agency no longer needs to comply with the requirements of the Public Service Act 1999 for competitive, merit based select processes for the engagement and promotion of employees and no longer bound by the prohibition on patronage and favouritism in employment decision-making.

  159. Roger #3634638, posted on October 27, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Is it just me or is Richard Marles really off-putting?

    Just imagine what the miners in Moranbah made of him when Albo sent him there to ask why they didn’t vote Labor last year.

    Huh? …. They had to ask…. they didn’t know?

  160. Rex Anger

    @ Egg-

    Is M0nster getting the collywobbles over the upcoming Election?

    I think he is also butthurt cos I suckered him into declaring himself the only true conservative on the Cat last night, then called him Iampeter and laughed at him.

    Then he got even more hurty and claimes he was no sockpuppet. So I laughed at him some more.

    I suspect he has not been able to go out and get some haemorrhoid cream due to LockDan, so has been posting in anger and pain ever since…

  161. Roger

    Huh? …. They had to ask…. they didn’t know?

    Yep.

    Part of their post-election “We’re here to listen” review.

  162. egg_

    I suspect he has not been able to go out and get some haemorrhoid cream due to LockDan, so has been posting in anger and pain ever since…

    He’s not getting 3 “square” meals a day ’cause he’s stuck with donuts?

  163. Dot

    Give Joe Biden some credit, he was in 3 states today:

    Unconscious
    Semiconscious
    & Confused.

  164. Dot

    Roses are red
    Sleepy Joe’s in bed
    Kamala ain’t black
    Hunters on crack.

  165. Leigh Lowe

    Interesting to note that – unless it’s specifically set out in the new ASIC act – the agency no longer needs to comply with the requirements of the Public Service Act 1999 for competitive, merit based select processes for the engagement and promotion of employees and no longer bound by the prohibition on patronage and favouritism in employment decision-making.

    Well, they can’t have it both ways.
    If they cut the bonds of PS salary and selection criteria, then, by definition, they also ditch security of tenure.
    In the private sector, execs live and die on the strength of confidence of the board and shareholders.
    The “board” in this case is the PM and Comms Minister.
    By private sector standards they can summarily shunt Execs of ASIC and AusPost.

  166. Rex Anger

    He’s not getting 3 “square” meals a day ’cause he’s stuck with donuts?

    Probably that, too…

  167. Leigh Lowe

    The thing which also struck me about the ASIC article was the indignation at a Minister daring to ask why recommended prosecutions arising out of the TURC hadn’t been pursued by ASIC.
    Yes.
    How dare a Minister ask a bureaucrat why they are not doing their job.

  168. Tintarella di Luna

    I see the Prince to Ponce has been wearing his wife’s ill-fitting shoes – what a putz. From the Oz
    Royals: Prince Harry learned about race bias by ‘walking in Meghan Markle’s shoes’

    By VALENTINE LOW
    THE TIMES
    AN HOUR AGO OCTOBER 27, 2020
    (72 COMMENTS none flattering, my note)
    The Duke of Sussex knew nothing about unconscious racial bias until he learnt to “live in my wife’s shoes”.

    Prince Harry said that it took “many years” to realise it existed, but added: “Ignorance is no longer an excuse.”

    He was talking to Patrick Hutchinson, a Black Lives Matter activist, for GQ magazine’s Heroes conference. In June Mr Hutchinson carried Bryn Male, a white activist, to safety during clashes between far-right agitators and Black Lives Matter protesters in London.

    Harry, whose wife, Meghan, has a black mother and white father, said that no one can “point fingers” about unconscious bias.

    “But once you realise or you feel a little bit uncomfortable, then the onus is on you to go out and educate yourself, because ignorance is no longer an excuse. And unconscious bias, from my understanding, having the upbringing and the education that I had, I had no idea what it was. I had no idea it existed. And then, sad as it is to say, it took me many, many years to realise it, especially then living a day or a week in my wife’s shoes.”
    Prince Harry has spoken about his ignorance regarding racial issues during a video call with Patrick Hutchinson

    He also told Mr Hutchinson, 49, a personal trainer from Wimbledon, southwest London, that manners mattered. “As much as you’re going around saying thank you’ and ‘please’ and opening doors and waving to people, saying ‘thank you’ in your car, for anybody else that sees you or anybody else doing that, engage in a conversation,” he said. “Say thanks very much. Because, by the way, not many people do that these days, so the fact that you’re doing that shows you’re leading from the front.”

    Mr Hutchinson, who achieved instant celebrity status after a photo of him rescuing Mr Male, a Millwall fan and former British Transport Police officer, went viral, told Harry that when he was younger he did “deviate off the rails a little bit”, and then his mother told him: “Listen, if you continue down this road, you’ll end up being no good.” He added: “But ultimately, like most curious young lads, I just got into a few scrapes with some of my friends.”

    Mr Hutchinson said that he went to the protest with a group of friends to act as “older heads … wiser individuals … to calm down the youngsters”.

    Patrick Hutchinson — a Black Lives Matter supporter — placed a badly injured far-right protester in a fireman’s lift and carried him to safety during a clash between protesters. Picture: Supplied
    Patrick Hutchinson — a Black Lives Matter supporter — placed a badly injured far-right protester in a fireman’s lift and carried him to safety during a clash between protesters. Picture: Supplied
    He said: “We went down there as a group and were really just there to oversee things and make sure that those young protesters didn’t do anything they would regret later on. That was the main reason. It was a mixture of protesters. They’re from all walks of life, all sexes, all colours. So it wasn’t just us down there protecting the young black protesters. It was us protecting everybody and, as it turned out, somebody on the other side. We were pleased that we’d been able to avert a serious, serious situation.”

    Mr Hutchinson said that had encountered unconscious racial bias when he was working in IT in London, but also talked about the problems faced by white working-class people. “There are white people who are struggling in impoverished areas, along with black people, who don’t get the opportunities and the chances that others might get.”

    Harry said: “It’s going to take every single one of us to really change things and anyone that’s pushing against it really needs to take a long, hard look at themselves in the mirror. Because as I said, this isn’t black versus white. As you quite rightly pointed out, now in 2020 we have protesters of every colour, every background, every religion, every age. This is a global movement. The train has left the station. If you’re not on it now, then get on it because there’s so much that we can do.”

    Screen shot of Meghan and Harry as they appear on the Evening Standard’s Twitter page calling to end structural racism and talk of their hopes of equality. Source: Twitter

  169. zyconoclast

    One-day-old baby dies after being horrifically mauled by a pet dog in a family home

    Baby was attacked by a dog at home in Enderley in New Zealand on Sunday night

  170. Lysander

    Hillary to Biden: I’m so sorry about Hunter’s suicide tomorrow 😛

  171. calli

    Good stuff, Arky. Are you going to do a broom finish or just the rough float?

    Next time see if you can get yourself a larry hoe, it makes mixing much easier. You can get into the corners of the barrow too. Useful for deterring possums too.

  172. If they can’t get a relatively cheap helicopter right what chance do they have getting the submarines right. By the time the problems in the first sub appear all those responsible will not longer be able to be held to account. Navy LT’s now will be cursing them 15-20 years from now.

    “Senate estimates heard the navy’s MRH-90 helicopters were set to be replaced just three years after reaching final operating capability, as the service looks to procure a single helicopter to perform different roles”.

    Mr Fairweather said the MRH-90s were “highly advanced” but had “a number of issues around maintainability, technical response, (and) supply chain surety”.

    “Australia was the fleet leader by some way, which is not where we intended to be,” he said.

    “So we have hit all the problems for the first time, around the airframe.”

  173. Tintarella di Luna

    Dot
    #3634646, posted on October 27, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Chelsea Handler thinks she can convince a black man that he can continue to be black if he votes as she tells him to and his reward will be her been-there-done-that, slightly-used white body. Com’ on!

  174. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Royals: Prince Harry learned about race bias by ‘walking in Meghan Markle’s shoes’

    Megan Sparkles failed utterly at walking in Harry’s shoes. She couldn’t get out quickly enough!

  175. Des Deskperson

    ‘If they cut the bonds of PS salary and selection criteria, then, by definition, they also ditch security of tenure.’

    The other thing about ASIC when it was part of the APS were the large performance bonuses it paid its employees, which used to stick out like canine testicles in the APS remuneration reports, most other APS agencies having abandoned performance pay.

    These will be far less embarrassing now the agency has left the APS.

  176. calli

    Happy Birthday to you,
    ACB just got through,
    Happy Birthday dear Hillbot,
    Happy Birthday to you! 🎁

  177. Rex Anger

    @ BrettW-

    They could.have (and damn well should have) just bought more MH-60R Seahawks and current-model UH-60M Backhawks for Army. The Army Aviation Corps amd Fleet Air A have long experience and enthusiasm for the type.

    Apaches would have solved the gunship issue.also.

    They would have arrived quickly and provided excellent value for money.

    Instead, we got Seasprite Mk.2, in the form of helicopters utterly unsuited to performing any of their intended roles.

    The only lemons the ADF should have ought to be in the lemon squash in the Mess drinks machines. Not throughout the equipment inventory…

    Instead,

  178. Some History

    I drove from New York across NJ, PA, OH and IN to Chicago, then down to Nashville, stop off at Memphis to see Graceland, through MS then a couple of nights in New Orleans then a night in Beaumont in Texas before jetting off from Dallas.

    Photo of Mont driving into Cleveland.

    https://imgur.com/dA9qrBL

  179. Tintarella di Luna

    Listened to an episode of Andrew Klavan Show – Rich Whites -v- Trump this morning. Love how he refers to the NYT as a former newspaper.

  180. Jo

    Zippy that so called model is proof that mathematicians got it wrong. She can get more into a container than it is capable of holding. Why do women with huge arse’s think blokes like them? Apart from Darryl who would get rid of his current girlfriend if he found a fatter one.

  181. C.L.

    Rioting in Philadelphia …

    Another idiot (who happens to be black) shot dead by police after stalking officers and refusing repeated commands to drop a knife.

    Completely legal shooting.

    Video:

    https://twitter.com/Yarkjair/status/1320841479292674048

  182. P

    Happy Birthday to you,
    ACB just got through,
    Happy Birthday dear Hillbot,
    Happy Birthday to you! 🎁

  183. egg_

    Chelsea Handler joke:

    “Men with small d1cks are useful – they can go and find men with big d1cks!”

  184. Dot

    Anyone with a hard on for tough sentences, read this then remember we have a current trial where a 10 X + false accuser has never spent a day in gaol but her bullshit might send a man down for 25 years and he can’t even bring it up in court:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santos_Reyes_(prisoner)

    Lies on DMV test, burglary as a minor and a serious conviction ten years prior for armed robbery.

    He did the wrong thing, but suffering for life because of a juvenile burglary charge and cheating on a DMV test?

    Also, done guy got life for stealing VHS movies for personal use.

  185. Hot off the daily Rupert:

    RBA believes recession is over.

    It hasn’t even started you goose!

  186. Rex Anger

    @ Dot-

    What is the case.you are referring to?

  187. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Cricket Australia has been told the game is seen as a “white privileged sport”, as the governing body wrestles with how to recognise the Black Lives Matter movement.

    ‘The comments were made by a young Indigenous activist, Tamika Sadler’

    Note to Tamika: Get fucked.

    Who do you think has been controlling the game for the past 30 years? The Poms? Australia?

    No chance. It’s the subcontinent, and the cash it brings with it. Someone already mentioned MonkeyGate – Andrew Symonds has repeatedly said he, Ponting and Katich were all thrown under the bus by the ACB when it eventually went to hearing. The Indians threatened to recall the touring party, thus costing this country much more than it would have cost them.

    There are televised Premier League T20 competitions in Europe, Canada and the West Indies as well as here. Nothing’s a candle to the IPL, where top payers can earn three million bucks for six weeks’ work.

    Crikkiting gambling, and its attendant corruption? Born, bred and living large on the subcontinent. Because that’s where the money and the influence is.

    So, to summarise: Get fucked.

  188. feelthebern

    Is Arky the Cats TikTok girl?

  189. The Sheriff

    Chelsea Handler is probably psychologically damaged from having had TWO abortions at age 16.

  190. feelthebern

    Also, Arky appears to be wearing a Canadian tuxedo.

  191. Leigh Lowe

    The other thing about ASIC when it was part of the APS were the large performance bonuses it paid its employees, which used to stick out like canine testicles in the APS remuneration reports, most other APS agencies having abandoned performance pay.

    Have you also noticed, Desky, how the public sector “performance bonuses” are just a salary supplement?
    Yes, they have “KPIs” but these fall into the JBDMJ* category.
    I have never heard of anyone being paid a public sector bonus for cutting costs. I mean really cutting costs, not an “efficiency measure” which results in zero productivity increase and zero cost reduction.
    I have heard of bonuses not being paid at the whim of a Dep Sec. But again, nothing to do with performance and everything to do with falling from favour.
    .
    * Just Barely Doing My Job.

  192. dopey

    And mOnty got to Dallas and he saw a sign Drive on the Right and he said ‘ oh dear’

  193. egg_

    Chelsea Handler thinks she can convince a black man that he can continue to be black if he votes as she tells him to and his reward will be her been-there-done-that, slightly-used white body. Com’ on!

    Confirms the patronising white Lefty wymminses to a tee.

  194. egg_

    Chelsea Handler thinks she can convince a black man that he can continue to be black if he votes as she tells him to and his reward will be her been-there-done-that, slightly-used white body. Com’ on!

    50 Cent: “Have you got something smaller?”

  195. Boambee John

    m0nty
    #3634573, posted on October 27, 2020 at 1:27 pm
    Zatara, you appear to be too thick to argue with.

    m0nty demonstrates the unconscious arrogance of the fascist left. Only the fascist left is, in m0nty’s mind, acceptable as a governing force in the west. Only the fascist left is suitable to lead the institutions of society. The only suitable roles for those not committed to the fascist left world view is to be the proles and serfs who serve the demi-gods of the left.

    Like the Bourbons, the fascist left has learned nothing and forgotten nothing.

    This is why non-leftists are the revolutionaries these days.

  196. areff

    Is it just me or is Richard Marles really off-putting?

    Former labor member for Corio, Gavan O’Connor, certainly thinks so:

    https://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id:%22chamber/hansards/2007-09-11/0150%22;src1=sm1

  197. Leigh Lowe

    No chance. It’s the subcontinent, and the cash it brings with it. Someone already mentioned MonkeyGate – Andrew Symonds has repeatedly said he, Ponting and Katich were all thrown under the bus by the ACB

    As I said upthread.
    Black man calls another black man a “monkey” and this is evidence of white racism.
    FMD!

  198. egg_

    50 Cent’s VE SS Commodore

  199. Knuckle Dragger

    I see the egg_roomba has successfully chomped into not only bait from today, but bait laid down over a year ago.

    The clip of the Big Yellow Truck at 12.22 was fine, but there wasn’t any mention of its 21 year old, second year hairdressing student driver from Joondalup. Probably making TikTok clips as she went.

    Set and forget, Chompy. Point and steer.

  200. Dot

    I really miss that Manuel Utz guy.

    …and Miguel Sanchez…

  201. Knuckle Dragger

    I dunno Dot.

    Manuel and Miguel were always punching on over who had the biggest crankshaft.

  202. Farmer Gez

    Arky.

    You’re not concreting unless you’re in gum boots tripping over the reo on saddles.
    Where is the reo btw?

  203. Arky

    Where is the reo btw?

    ..
    It’s a driveway.
    Not the three gorges dam.

  204. Leigh Lowe

    Arky

    #3634715, posted on October 27, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Where is the reo btw?

    ..
    It’s a driveway.
    Not the three gorges dam.

    It’s called “aggregate” in DIY projects.

  205. Boambee John

    Arky

    Calli is correct. Get a larry hoe, much easier on the back.

  206. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Why do women with huge arse’s think blokes like them?

    let’s ask monty

  207. Arky

    All this advice, after I’ve finished?
    Larry Hoe?
    Sounds like a chinese rent boy.

  208. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Where is the reo btw?’

    Handful of nails, thrown in the hole just before the pour and just after a three-hour lunch.

    The CFMMEU method.

  209. Arky

    Hand me the chinese rent boy.
    I have some concrete to mix.

  210. Leigh Lowe

    Exactly Arky.
    It appears the mix for home DIY conc is:-
    1 part cement
    2 parts sand
    3 parts aggregate
    11 parts gratuitous advice (6 parts delivered after conc is set).

  211. Arky

    OK.
    I just googled larry hoe.
    It’s just a normal hoe with some giant holes bored out.

  212. wivenhoe

    It’s just a normal hoe with some giant holes bored out.

    They are very important holes, Arky.

  213. Des Deskperson

    ‘Have you also noticed, Desky, how the public sector “performance bonuses” are just a salary supplement?’

    Correct, LL

    The most intriguing thing about performance bonuses in the APS – when they were common – was the lengths management went to protect the identity of and the sums paid to the recipients. There was no justification for this. It was public money and everyone was entitled to know that it was being spent, as they say, efficiently, effective and ethically. One would also think that management would want to identify and praise the recipients of bonuses as people whose dedication, skills an attributes set an example that others should aspire to.

    This secrecy fatally undermined the legitimacy of the bonus system, it was perceived as, at best, management being unable to trust its judgement on staff performance and, at worst, a front for patronage and favouritism. From what information leaked out about the recipients, both these concerns were tended to be justified.

    ‘I have heard of bonuses not being paid at the whim of a Dep Sec.’

    Ah, the ‘moderation process’. I know a case where a woman was ‘moderated’ back from a 4 to a 2 – finally rated as an ‘under-performer’ – by the agency head because she, perhaps injudiciously, told a ratter off-colour joke at a senior management meeting.

  214. Dot

    Extended harmonic mapping connects the equations in classical, statistical, fluid, quantum physics and general relativity

    That’s woo, it’s been debunked, I read it in article a dark matter physicist wrote.

    It is of no import and no one cares.

    There could be no possible applications in that problematic paper.

    Clearly ether was a silly idea, but axions are not.

    Even if the idea of axions is nearly 50 years old and has no empirical evidence to support it.

  215. Farmer Gez

    Leigh Lowe
    #3634723, posted on October 27, 2020 at 4:17 pm
    Exactly Arky.
    It appears the mix for home DIY conc is:-
    1 part cement
    2 parts sand
    3 parts aggregate
    11 parts gratuitous advice (6 parts delivered after conc is set).

    #11
    Best done by blokes looking on.
    Reply from worker “stick it up your arse and let’s see if you can do better.”

  216. Top Ender

    The only lemons the ADF should have ought to be in the lemon squash in the Mess drinks machines. Not throughout the equipment inventory…

    One of the main problems the ADF have in platform/equipment acquisition is the posting cycle.

    People in uniform spend 2-3 years in a job, and then move on. It’s therefore entirely within normality that someone arrives, and is part of a new acquisition that becomes a disaster, but by the time that happens everyone associated with it has moved on.

    Part of the process is not to hold anyone in the chain of events accountable.

  217. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘They are very important holes, Arky.’

    Speaking of which – the goff course beckons.

    And – PHRASING.

  218. Dr Faustus

    It’s a driveway.
    Not the three gorges dam.

    Given the Three Gorges dam distorted enough to leak and bend handrails, I suspect they may have economised a bit there too.

  219. Snoopy

    It’s a driveway.

    I can’t understand the need for barrowing the other day. Why wasn’t the concrete truck backed up the driveway? With no reo it should have been a cinch.

  220. “80% of the money Australian bookmakers are taking on the US election at the moment, is on Donald Trump”.

    Go Tailgunner!

  221. Dot

    Tails

    Do you really believe that HB abuses girls not yet of age, and wears a NAMBLA signet ring?

    It doesn’t add up, think about it.

  222. Dr Faustus

    A Zoom cautionary tale.

    A dozen Zoomers working from home in a meeting. Old mate, Zooming on a mobile, needs a leak, thinks he has left the meeting, and goes to the bathroom to do the deed, phone in one hand.

    Except he hasn’t left the meeting and the camera is on.

    The rest of the participants are then treated to a closeup of the old fella being extracted single-handedly, a 45-second piss, drop-shake and tuck away.

    My correspondent tells me that Zoom etiquette hasn’t yet worked out how to break the news to Mr Pissy.

  223. calli

    Reply from worker “stick it up your arse and let’s see if you can do better.”

    Sure.

    The right tools make a huge difference to the hinge in your back and Arky was complaining about aches and pains. You’ll mix it twice as fast and better with Larry Hoe (aka rent person) but at around $25 from the big green shed why waste your time with humans? They’re also called “mortar hoes”. And while we’re on the subject of Mardi Gras, see about a bigger float.

  224. Dot

    Ah yes, Dick Pissy, well known friend of Dick Pusey.

    2020 has been a joke by the universe/god/the gods on us all.

  225. HB abuses girls not yet of age, and wears a NAMBLA signet ring?

    Yes,and possibly.
    That’s another niece in that three-way. And her best mate.
    And Obama’s dog?
    Dude!

  226. Dot

    Ambfrose Finnegan, as a kitchen table, I learned!

    LOL

    The next President of the United States of America.

  227. calli

    Forget the floorshow. I hope he washed his hands afterwards.

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