Open Forum: October 31, 2020

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  1. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Dice, 8:06, Hollywood unhinged:

    oh that’s right, “lady gaga”, the one who made millions off a song about getting fucked in the face

  2. duncanm

    Steve trickler
    #3643046, posted on November 3, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Bald.

    I love it when Bald finds some local blokes to drink with…

  3. Gab

    Note to Megan.

    Liquid Nails in a gun is more fun.

    Oh yes, that will end well.

    😀

  4. Knuckle Dragger

    Mafia comparison.

    Biden’s been around a long time, generally a mid-ranking capo with a solid pedigree. Done nothing in particular, was more ambitious years ago but wasn’t up to the job. Dependable for the business, and generally a nonentity aside from his capacity to earn for the Family.

    Now, due to circumstances the Family needs a temporary figurehead/bullet stopper. Joe, Joe, all that work you’ve done over all those years has paid off! We’d all be honoured if you took over operations and led us into the future. Many toasts, and being respectfully clapped on the shoulder and hugged.

    And so, just when the Family goes to the mattresses Joe finally gets his reward for years of time serving, and pf putting in more than his share for the Family machine. He dreams of dynasties, covering for his remaining wayward son as best he can.

    The Family, though, can’t lose. If they win Joe will have his six months in the sun before being quietly replaced with the real leader (who’ll still be just a figurehead, but a longer-lasting one) and if they lose he goes on the scrap heap (ie, retires for medical reasons).

    Either way Joe Junior won’t see the year out. An embarrassment for the Family.

  5. Mater

    Wow!
    According to Little Sir Echo, in Victoria cafes now have drinking rolls, and you have to get your name marked off before you can order. Next they’ll be making coffee compulsory.
    Amazing stuff.

    compiled at every

    Bob,
    While you are diligently correcting my grammar with your (sic)s, would you mind explaining what this last part is?
    I don’t want to miss any part of your constructive criticisms.

    Until you do, I’ll assume it’s an overlooked fragment of a previous draft of your oh-so-clever comment.
    I probably would have stuck with that one. The one one you pulled the trigger on was pretty lame.

  6. Dot

    Biden IS Ray Curto.

    They both have sons with disabilities.

  7. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘compiled at every’

    Cut and paste fail, Liability Bob. You need another Biden pill to spark you up a bit.

  8. Knuckle Dragger

    91.3% of America won’t vote for Trump.

    Apparently.

  9. duncanm

    Lisa Benson did it for me this morning — despite the Trump love here (me included), he’s a flawed man.

  10. Mater

    Just a random thought:

    Is it a crime to yell “COVID” in a crowded theatre?

  11. Arnost

    BREAKING – Ohio County’s Electronic Voter Registration System Fails, Forced To Use Long Wait-Inducing Paper Poll Books

    https://twitter.com/thenatpulse/status/1323706138572054528?s=21

  12. Bruce of Newcastle

    Important Covid-19 safety news.

    Iran official to students: Burn Israeli flags at home this year due to COVID (3 Nov)

    While talking to a local television news station, Mojtaba Bastan, Acting Head of the Student Basij Organization announced a new campaign, titled ‘Everyone together [says] down with the USA.”

    Bastan said that on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m., parents and students should come together to “trample on and set fire” to flags of the US, Israel and France at home, where they can safely play with fire without worrying about catching a deadly virus.

    Please practice genocide in a manner caring to your neighbours, and try not to burn your house down.

  13. egg_

    The GaGa lady didn’t lay an egg?

  14. calli

    I thought that was the Bee, Bruce! Seriously.

  15. notafan

    Didn’t know Mater.

    In Melbourne we scribble in a sign in book. I wasn’t aware that photo ID is compelled in regional Victoria.

    Someone, not me, is often Mickey Mouse.

    I have heard that people in one town get quizzed as to whether they have Melbourne refugees hiding on their properties when they visit cafes.

  16. Mater

    Breaking: Biden beats Trump!

    When checking the claim that: “Lifeguard/Football player Joe Biden got five draft deferments for asthma during Vietnam,”

    It was found that:

    Based on our research, the claim that Biden received five draft deferments is TRUE. He was granted five deferments as a student before he received a medical exemption for asthma. Similarly, Trump was granted four deferments as a student before his exemption for bone spurs.

  17. Mater

    Didn’t know Mater.

    Who does, nota? Confusion reigns supreme.

    People are constantly ringing each other to check if this or that is legal, or how to get around it.
    The confusion is part of the control mechanism. People generally err on the side of caution.

  18. notafan

    Big day here.

    Going to mass for the first time since early July, then getting my first haircut since about then too.

    No more cousin itting.

  19. Tel

    BREAKING – Ohio County’s Electronic Voter Registration System Fails, Forced To Use Long Wait-Inducing Paper Poll Books

    Coincidentally making it easier to vote twice.

  20. Snoopy

    TheirABC

    US stocks have rallied, with the Dow Jones index jumping more than 500 points as Americans vote in the US presidential election.

    Investors are betting the divisive presidential race could end with a clear victory for Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden.

  21. notafan

    Nah ABC Biden win will send market down.

    No more oil.
    Mind you I don’t think he was truthing about doing that.

  22. Leigh Lowe

    calli

    #3643218, posted on November 4, 2020 at 6:04 am

    Note to Megan.

    Liquid Nails in a gun is more fun.

    To give it the correct name:-
    Selley’s No More Skills.

  23. Mother Lode

    The GaGa lady didn’t lay an egg?

    She really passing herself of as a ‘creative’?

    Even considering that a child is creative with their crudely daubed paintings of their family who towering over their boxlike house, or butterflies with wings so weighed with colours they could not fly, or overgrown menacingly gaping menacing, people like that Gaga sheila are still presuming too much to the appellation.

  24. lotocoti

    Investors are betting the divisive presidential race could end with a clear victory for Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden.

    How will their ABC explain the bottom falling out if there’s a Joenado?

  25. Bruce of Newcastle

    Investors are betting the divisive presidential race could end with a clear victory for Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden.

    They obviously aren’t interested in what real merchant banks are saying.
    JPMorgan Sees S&P Tumbling To 2,500 In Case Of Blue Wave, Surging To 3,900 If Red Wave
    But for the ABC up is down, war is peace and ignorance is strength.

  26. zyconoclast

    A mostly favorable recent review

  27. I love the smell of electoral napalm in the morning.

  28. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Bruce in WA at 8:25 pm:

    ” “I’m a lifelong Republican, voting for Joe Biden for President,” Mr Otten said in a video posted to Twitter.

    “I don’t agree with him on a lot of issues but I believe it’s time to find what unites us, not what divides us.

    “It’s time to rebuild the heart of what makes us a great country. That starts with electing leaders of character who are truthful and will put the country’s welfare ahead of all else, and who will show respect for all people regardless of their gender, their race, their religion or their political beliefs.”

    FMD … they voted for the wrong bloke, then, if that’s what they want!

    Way too many Yanks are proudly stupid.

  29. Armadillo

    I love the smell of electoral napalm in the morning.

    I was starting to feel a little bit nervous about a Trump win, but mOnster just calmed my nerves.

    It’s gunna a red tidal wave.

  30. Armadillo

    ” “I’m a lifelong Republican, voting for Joe Biden for President,” Mr Otten said in a video posted to Twitter.

    I’m calling bullshit.

  31. Armadillo

    Righto, I’m off to play in a bowls tournament.

    Enjoy your day, Cats.

  32. Mother Lode

    Investors are betting the divisive presidential race could end with a clear victory for Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden.

    Has Scrotumface weighed in and handed the election to Trump yet? Or is he biting his tongue because he knows he could single-handedly dash all Biden’s chances by the merest whisper that Joe has it in the bag?

  33. Spider

    Micheal Rowland can barely hide his absolute disgust for Trump. Should make for an interesting objective analysis. Trump = irresponsible lunatic. Biden = Heal the rifts. All the talking points honed ready to use.

  34. calli

    Does Lin Wood know Rowland is in the States? Someone send him a tip off.

  35. miltonf

    As I said last night Otten is not some random average Joe but a RINO ‘businessman’. Just another media put up job.

  36. Arnost

    Judicial Watch: “The study found eight states showing state-wide registration rates exceeding 100%: Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont,” @TomFitton in Washington Times“

    https://twitter.com/judicialwatch/status/1323724127295987712?s=21

  37. Arky

    The fact that supporters on both sides are equally convinced their man or geezer will win resoundingly means one lot are being comprehensively lied to by their politician and his media entourage.
    What will result when those lies are revealed in a few hours?
    If it’s Biden losing then for one thing, the polling companies are for it.

  38. notafan

    Do people love on Joe like so many seem to do about Trump?
    It’s either hate Trump love Trump that seems to motivate people.

    Also lots of claims Trump had Florida already.

  39. Arky

    If it’s a Trump win, I don’t think the polling companies can pull off that 10 point lead thing a week out twice in a row and get away with it.
    For sure people are stupid, but not that stupid.

  40. notafan

    Were did numbers go?

    Left on a big zinger?

  41. Mater

    Were did numbers go?

    The Q Store?

  42. Mater

    Were did numbers go?

    That’s bound to draw him out!

  43. Gab

    tom
    @tomgilbert03
    Working at my local polling station and my supervisor told me to make sure I throw out two Trump votes for every Biden vote. They’re undermining our democracy right in front of our eyes people!!!!!!!

  44. lotocoti

    He’s honing his arguments for the perpetual wars party.

  45. Tel

    If it’s a Trump win, I don’t think the polling companies can pull off that 10 point lead thing a week out twice in a row and get away with it.
    For sure people are stupid, but not that stupid.

    There does appear to be a concerted effort to demolish the credibility of polling companies by lying to them at every opportunity. People are fed up with being led around by focus groups … I can understand that instinct.

  46. Snoopy

    Micheal Rowland can barely hide his absolute disgust for Trump.

    Watching Mikey’s mascara running is going to be as good as Trump winning. Almost.

  47. Scott Adams, the Dilbert guy, has been on about this for a week.

    It’s not just shy Trumpers shifting the polls, it’s the Trump-leaning pranksters.

    Scott put up a tweet about the idea, wondering if it may exert a small influence, and got many replies from those doing exactly that.

  48. Sean

    Scott Adams pointed out that most of the polls are joined to major networks:

    1) over inflate biden to make him look like a winner and increase donations, demoralise the other side
    2) close the gap at the end to drive final turnout
    3) publish real polls closer to the date so that people will remember ‘they were only out by 2% in the end’ and forget the fraudulent numbers for the prior months.

  49. Dot

    Kangaroo Court Cur is in bed with the defund the ADF/Make the SAS Geldings League.

  50. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From miltonf at 8:11 am:

    “As I said last night Otten is not some random average Joe but a RINO ‘businessman’. Just another media put up job.”

    Always there is something more to it than meets the eye – this is another reminder that, despite my delight in the place when I first visited, the USA is as infected with universal deceit and dishonesty, wild delusion and uneducated ignorance as any of those harsh Eastern European backblocks such as Bosnia and Croatia. I know the joint is more a collection of quite different countries rather than a cohesive nation, but increasingly I see the culture has little to be proud of.

  51. Shy Ted

    Poor old Dolly Downer, gritting his teeth to vote for DJT. Practicing the teeth-gritting for prison, for an entirely different reason?

  52. Eyrie

    but increasingly I see the culture has little to be proud of.

    The culture has turned much of the Solar system into landscapes for us instead of points of light or indistinct discs through a telescope. It landed men on the Moon 6 times. And now in Boca Choca, Texas the great adventure continues.
    Ya think there is less delusion and dishonesty in Australia, or Asia?

  53. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Grate, at CPAC at the j’smists table

  54. egg_

    Micheal Rowland can barely hide his absolute disgust for Trump. Should make for an interesting objective analysis. Trump = irresponsible lunatic. Biden = Heal the rifts. All the talking points honed ready to use.

    Arch hypocrite, like most “Leftoids”.
    Petrolhead fan, yet goes with the Greenoid flow of TheirABC.

  55. Struth

    but increasingly I see the culture has little to be proud of.

    By Christ you’re a pompous, ignorant git.
    As an Australian you feel fit to offer an opinion?

  56. dover_beach

    I see Dem operatives are saying that they can win without FL and PA. No, no you can’t.

  57. custard

    Miranda Devine tweeted that she has voted. Didn’t know she was eligible?

  58. John Brumble

    Arky said:

    The fact that supporters on both sides are equally convinced their man or geezer will win resoundingly means one lot are being comprehensively lied to by their politician and his media entourage.

    Not necessarily. One lot could know that they have it in the bag with such massive voter fraud it would make a third-world despot cringe and say “oh, now come on, that’s a bit much, isn’t it?”

  59. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Crikey, Epoch Times and Poor ol’ Piers …

  60. Eyrie

    Miranda Devine tweeted that she has voted. Didn’t know she was eligible?

    Who said anything about eligibility being required. It doesn’t appear to be in lots of places, particularly those run by Demonrats.

  61. Entropy

    Mira da was bin in the US as I recall when Fra k worked at the Post.

  62. Woolfe

    Biden on sky rambling on about trying to get a job in the 50’s when he was at high school. Umming and aaaahing, looks glazed, wtf!

  63. Albatross

    custard
    #3643335, posted on November 4, 2020 at 8:50 am
    Miranda Devine tweeted that she has voted. Didn’t know she was eligible?

    She cast 8 votes for Trump in Pennsylvania.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/11/can-the-democrats-steal-pennsylvania.php

  64. Quibbler

    Heading off to work soon with a sense of impending doom. I fear the Donald is gone but don’t want it to be so.

  65. Sean

    Florida map – live updates

    170,000 ahead in Florida and growing at about 17k/hr

    of course this assumes registered voters vote for who they are registered with and other things

  66. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Fox News, as it waits for the polls to close and for the circus to crank up, reports:

    “Melania Trump votes in Florida wearing Gucci dress.

    A truly beautiful lady, all class and style – remote, serene and inaccessible (Shelley).

    Scroll down and see this exceptional woman at her best.

  67. Albatross

    https://mobile.twitter.com/NateSilver538/status/1323694397037432833

    Promising signs. The salt will be absolutely glorious if Blormph wins. Nate Silver should then be placed in stocks.

  68. Sean

    Remember when the Greenie convoy against Adani got the Qld.. a bit like the Biden bus in Texas

  69. Gab

    A truly beautiful lady, all class and style – remote, serene

    No doubt about it. However, that Gucci frock is rather boring.

  70. Gab

    But the Louboutin’s are classic elegance.

  71. custard

    Calli

    I have tweeted Nick Sandman and LL Wood about that germ 🦠 Roland being in the ‘States but whether it does any good f-knows?

  72. dover_beach

    Political Polls
    @PpollingNumbers
    ·
    1h
    Florida Update:

    Rep’s: 4,087,834 (+173,200)
    Dem’s: 3,914,634
    NPA/Other: 2,464,130

    Total: 10,466,598

    Trump has won FL.
    BTW, Live Monitor on Twitter is excellent commentor/ analyst on polling. Nate Silver is a stooge.

  73. vr

    BTW, Live Monitor on Twitter is excellent commentor/ analyst on polling. Nate Silver is a stooge.

    That is the feed I am looking at.

  74. vr

    Megyn Kelly on why suburban mums will vote for the GOP.

    Tweet
    Megyn [email protected]

    Disagree. Many women see what’s being done to kids in far-Left schools (race & gender shaming, “sex ed” that’s more like soft core porn, teaching the “100 genders” canard, openly saying parents’ rights end at school doors, etc) & come back to the GOP, whether pro Trump or not.

  75. mh

    Trump has won FL.

    Dover, you can get $1.53 Florida at Sportsbet.
    If you know he’s won then make some big money.
    Sounds like you have the Sunday papers while heading off to the Saturday races.

  76. All that stuff about registered Republican Florida seniors turning out forgets the fact that a lot of those seniors have turned against Trump because he wants to sacrifice them to the COVID dragon. Revenge of the Nonnas is on.

  77. Colonel Crispin Berka

    m0nty #3643294, posted on November 4, 2020 at 8:00 am

    I love the smell of electoral napalm in the morning.

    Of course. Electoral war is the health of the welfare state.

  78. Colonel Crispin Berka

    seniors have turned against Trump because he wants to sacrifice them to the COVID dragon.

    Trump about to be Palacechooked? Surely not in the land of the free and the home of the brave?

  79. Shy Ted

    Nah, it was a black one. The pic doesn’t do it justice.
    V12, $517k. $100 for a lottery ticket. Decisions, decisions.

  80. vr

    Here is a good person to follow — Harmeet Dhillon, a GOP Committeewoman from CA

    https://twitter.com/pnjaban

  81. dover_beach

    Live Monitor
    @amlivemon
    ·
    2h
    Bellweather county of Pinellas….

    GOP pull ahead with 201,039 ballots cast vs Dems at 197,678

    It was a 14,000 lead when the day started for the Democrats.

    In other words, the swing is to Trump.

  82. Geriatric Mayfly

    Danish Newspapers Agree to Publish Political Ads with Moh… Cartoon

    The Pakistani scholars and their faithful imbeciles have been restless of late. This should rattle their inbred brains even further.

  83. Colonel Crispin Berka

    Umming and aaaahing, looks glazed, wtf!

    Maybe the deal from the DNC was to supply the chemical and electronic stabilisers only up to election day.

  84. Zatara

    In other words, the swing is to Trump.

    Dover, you ain’t seen nuthin yet. Wait until north Florida and the panhandle report in.

    The panhandle broke Hillary’s back in 2016.

  85. dover_beach

    mh, I’ve placed my bets.

  86. Snoopy

    All that stuff about registered Republican Florida seniors turning out forgets the fact that a lot of those seniors have turned against Trump because he wants to sacrifice them to the COVID dragon. Revenge of the Nonnas is on.

    If FL is anything like Queensland, it’s not the oldies who are the fraidy cats, it’s the twenty something to forty something girls of all genders.

  87. areff

    The panhandle broke Hillary’s back in 2016

    And Gore in 2000. God bless the Redneck Riviera

  88. dover_beach

    The Election Wizard
    @Wizard_Predicts
    ·
    2h
    The #Republican lead in #Arizona continues to climb.

    Statewide, Rs lead by 42,000. Up from about 22,000 this morning.

    Nice.

  89. dover_beach

    The New York Times
    @nytimes
    · 1h
    The role of declaring the winner of a presidential election in the U.S. falls to the news media. The broadcast networks and cable news outlets have vowed to be prudent. Here’s how it will work.

    These people are insane.

  90. mh

    dover_beach
    #3643384, posted on November 4, 2020 at 9:21 am
    mh, I’ve placed my bets.

    You’ve gotta win more

  91. mh

    The panhandle broke Hillary’s back in 2016

    They are beautiful words

  92. dover_beach

    BitChute
    @bitchute
    · 59m
    It looks like we’ve been deplatformed on some critical infrastructure that has taken the site offline. We’re trying to speak to people and find out more before saying more than that. So far we have received some very general account account termination emails.

    BigTech is cancer.

  93. Zyconoclast

    ‘Price our dirty products’: Greens urge South Korea to hit Australia with carbon tariffs

    Greens leader Adam Bandt has urged one of Australia’s largest trading partners to use its economic leverage to renegotiate a trade deal and punish Australian fossil fuel exports.

    Mr Bandt was invited by the South Korean embassy in Canberra to address its MPs via video on Tuesday. He used his rare opportunity as a minor party leader addressing a foreign power to encourage it to put more pressure on the Australian government.

  94. dover_beach

    Those FL figures above don’t include 5 out of 6 counties that lean heavily R. I believe they are that panhandle.

  95. vlad

    Has Des Deskperson died, ie was he Des Moore?

  96. Zatara

    Those FL figures above don’t include 5 out of 6 counties that lean heavily R. I believe they are that panhandle.

    Bingo, they are the heart breakers for the Dems as they are in a different time zone and thus report out later. They get their hopes up thinking just maybe….. and then get crushed.

  97. Roger

    Has Des Deskperson died, ie was he Des Moore?

    Des lives in Canberra; Des Moore lived in Melbourne.

  98. Roger

    Greens leader Adam Bandt has urged one of Australia’s largest trading partners to use its economic leverage to renegotiate a trade deal and punish Australian fossil fuel exports.

    What a perfidious little cur.

  99. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What a perfidious little cur.

    In a just world, he would be horsewhipped in the street.

  100. P

    From the Election thread:

    Tom
    #3643382, posted on November 4, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Poll closing times (compiled by the New York Times Australian office and listed in Australian Eastern Daylight time).

    Thank you Tom. This is great.

  101. Zatara

    In a just world, he would be horsewhipped in the street.

    Back in the day the Treason Act called for him to be hanged, drawn and quartered, with the quarters being sent to Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling and Perth. Head impaled on a spike on London Bridge, but the Sydney one would do.

  102. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Back in the day the Treason Act called for him to be hanged, drawn and quartered

    All done in an environmentally friendly and socially inclusive manner.

  103. Zyconoclast

    In a just world, he would be horsewhipped in the street.

    Back in the day the Treason Act called for him to be hanged, drawn and quartered, with the quarters being sent to Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling and Perth. Head impaled on a spike on London Bridge, but the Sydney one would do.

    Bandt is just the messenger.
    How to deal with the electorate?

  104. Bruce of Newcastle

    Yay, got a bluefaced honeyeater to take a bit of bread from my fingers for the first time!
    Dunno what that means for the election but.

  105. Leigh Lowe

    dover_beach

    #3643399, posted on November 4, 2020 at 9:32 am

    The New York Times
    @nytimes
    · 1h
    The role of declaring the winner of a presidential election in the U.S. falls to the news media. The broadcast networks and cable news outlets have vowed to be prudent. Here’s how it will work.

    The arrogance.

  106. Leigh Lowe

    m0nty

    #3643366, posted on November 4, 2020 at 9:11 am

    All that stuff about registered Republican Florida seniors turning out forgets …

    It’s over.
    The Donut Pundit hath spoken.

  107. candy

    Mrs Trump looked very nice indeed.
    I don’t see her as “remote” but just private and more reserved, and not making a show of herself because she is First Lady. Old fashioned qualities.

  108. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Struth at 8:46 am:

    ” but increasingly I see the culture has little to be proud of.

    By Christ you’re a pompous, ignorant git.
    As an Australian you feel fit to offer an opinion
    ?”

    I have no interest in the opinion of a self congratulating ignorant, big mouthed, profane, obsessive bigot from some third rate backblock long grass and rusted car bodies settlement clinging to the edge of society, who loves the swagger, arms akimbo, to compensate for physical and intellectual littleness.

    You do remind me of the self important drongos who attached themselves to One Nation and dragged it down.

    I do not agree with your mad rantings therefore you detest me. That is of no consequence, get over it.

    Go and have another bundy and warble amateurishly of your exploits for the toothless dills in the back bar. As one of the more amused and amusing observers here warns (I think it is Knuckle Dragger or Leigh Lowe) keep a good lookout for those police snipers aiming at you, remember the Commissioner knows your phone number and they are onto you.

    Stop wasting my time and yours.

  109. egg_

    got a bluefaced honeyeater to take a bit of bread from my fingers for the first time!
    Dunno what that means for the election but.

    Bread in the hand is worthy of the successor to Bush?

  110. dover_beach

    Larry Schweikart
    @LarrySchweikart
    ·
    49m
    FL GOP TRACKET Rs+205,413

    Because I care, rickw.

  111. Roger

    The role of declaring the winner of a presidential election in the U.S. falls to the news media.

    Who needs Congress when you have the NYT?

  112. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From vlad at 9:46 am:

    “Has Des Deskperson died, ie was he Des Moore?”

    Des Deskperson will not die! He will sit quietly there comfortable in Canberra, and in his favourite grey cardigan, keeping up to date and offering thoughtful, well experienced, informed and always readable observations of the world – and incisive accounts of top end political and bureaucratic matters in Australia.

  113. Mother Lode

    The role of declaring the winner of a presidential election in the U.S. falls to the news media.

    Well they have long since arrogated to themselves a judicial role – in fact the only people who have authority over the Supreme Court.

    I recall in the ACB hearings the time and effort she had to expend explaining to a Democrat senator (who made a point about his own legal qualifications) that the Supreme Court does not have the power to enforce its decisions by itself, but that it must rely upon other agencies which are bound to do so. But the court itself possesses no such capacity.

    He just could not get it. He could not see the difference between a court’s judgement being enforced and the court actually enforcing the judgement – like they have a special division of enforcers.

  114. woolfe

    Raelene Castle gets New Zealand’s top sports administration job. Good bye All Blacks!

  115. Roger

    Raelene Castle gets New Zealand’s top sports administration job. Good bye All Blacks!

    Rugy Australia wrote an excellent reference for her.

    The only way we’re going to win the Bledisloe is via sabotage from within.

  116. Bruce of Newcastle

    Raelene Castle gets New Zealand’s top sports administration job.

    Can you do a haka whilst kneeling?

  117. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From woolfe at 11:14 am:

    “Raelene Castle gets New Zealand’s top sports administration job. Good bye All Blacks!”

    They have got to be joking!

  118. zyconoclast

    Covid 19 movie trailer

  119. vlad

    Thanks. Sorry to hear about Des Moore, but glad to know that Des Deskperson is still – well, as alive as one can be in Canberra.

  120. bespoke

    Sarah McBride becomes first openly transgender state senator in the nation, elected in Delaware

    McBride ran on a progressive platform. Her campaign called for affordable health care, improving school funding, universal pre-kindergarten and increasing the minimum wage. In recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the urgency around those policy changes, she said.

    ‘universal pre-kindergarten’

    is this code for tripling the funding for Planned Parenthood?

  121. Three daylight hours with nothing added to the open thread. Is something happening?

  122. Top Ender

    Is something happening?

    About 30 comments a minute on the election thread!

  123. Anthony

    Is it all over? No one seems to be willing to take a punt.

  124. Top Ender

    Back in the world of the Open Thread, with the US election results on hold until counting restarts, here is a contribution about our own country. Interesting for the copper to point out in the last line it happens all the time:

    A teenager has been arrested after allegedly sending a copycat email bomb threat to North Sydney Boys’ school during HSC exams last week.

    Police believe he was following the lead of other people who disrupted more than 30 schools across the state last Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Detective Acting Superintendent Gordon Arbinja of the Cybercrime Squad Commander told media the teen was arrested and his property seized thanks to the efforts of a cybercrime strike force that was established to track down the alleged culprit.

    “A search warrant was executed at a home in southern Sydney,” he said.

    “The young person was arrested, a teenage boy, and taken to Kogarah Police Station.

    “In addition, there was computer equipment and various computers seized during the search.

    “Police allege that this hoax threat was a copycat of the first one.

    “Threats of this nature have been occurring for many years now.”

    Link

  125. Bruce of Newcastle

    “Threats of this nature have been occurring for many years now.”

    Exams suck.

  126. Gab

    All those stores that have boarded up were very wise.

  127. rickw

    More from the Vikpol Nazi’s:

  128. Sinclair Davidson

    Has anyone heard of the Academy of Information Technology? No.2 Daughter is interested in doing IT at Monash next year, this crowd however contacted her and suggested she go study with them.

  129. rickw

    More Nazi action from Vikpol!

  130. stackja

    Sinclair Davidson
    #3644919, posted on November 4, 2020 at 8:01 pm
    Has anyone heard of the Academy of Information Technology? No.2 Daughter is interested in doing IT at Monash next year, this crowd however contacted her and suggested she go study with them.

    Google search results Three possible.
    AIT – Academy of Information Technology Address: 7 Kelly St, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
    Others overseas.

  131. Old Lefty

    Well spotted, Roger: the ‘for export only’ reference. The only way Castle would have the remotest chance if a positive report.

  132. rickw

    Check out this, awesome and unexpected result:

  133. Knuckle Dragger

    Excellent arm wrestling vids rickw.

    My favourite occurred on the NRL Footy Show a few years back when they thought an arm wrestling comp would be a super idea.

    Match #1 – Wendell Sailor v Somebody. The somebody had his arm broken by Sailor inside the first fifteen seconds, a quick commercial break happened and it was never seen, nor spoken of again.

  134. Knuckle Dragger

    Timely, too – because I was just explaining to the young bloke that ‘muscles’ honed in gyms actually have little if anything to do with strength.

  135. Mitch M.

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3645025, posted on November 4, 2020 at 8:54 pm
    Timely, too – because I was just explaining to the young bloke that ‘muscles’ honed in gyms actually have little if anything to do with strength.

    And God help the kidneys of those who bulk up so much. Better to aim for strength than mass. Lower reps, longer breaks between sets. Even better are those wiry old bastards who can haul timber all day. My 76 year old brother in law puts many a young gym junkie to shame with his strength and endurance. In the early days before gyms became a mass market thing it was mostly about strength. I almost went into power lifting but preferred to have intact joints. Today gyms are so much more about size than strength. No more iron men just marshmallow wimps that wouldn’t last an hour on a building site.

  136. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘No more iron men just marshmallow wimps that wouldn’t last an hour on a building site.’

    Hahaaaaaa.

    That, Mitch, is EXACTLY what I said.

    Except I substituted ‘homos’ for ‘wimps’. Exactly.

  137. Ed Case

    Haha!
    All the cartoonists got sucked in by Trump’s early numbers, and went with that
    Complete change of subject matter tomorrow?

  138. bespoke

    Knuckle Dragger
    #3645025, posted on November 4, 2020 at 8:54 pm
    Timely, too – because I was just explaining to the young bloke that ‘muscles’ honed in gyms actually have little if anything to do with strength.

    Yep my boss in his seventies spent weeks removing post with his son and me and he’s a skinny guy.

  139. bespoke

    Derek Duck says Michigan situation due to typo, 15,300 for Joe, not 153,000 as originally reported.

    So that’s what numberwang been doing.

  140. win

    Change their name Dans despicables. This today, what tactics tomorrow and when will they start the disappearances.

  141. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    And God help the kidneys of those who bulk up so much. Better to aim for strength than mass. Lower reps, longer breaks between sets. Even better are those wiry old bastards who can haul timber all day. My 76 year old brother in law puts many a young gym junkie to shame with his strength and endurance. In the early days before gyms became a mass market thing it was mostly about strength. I almost went into power lifting but preferred to have intact joints. Today gyms are so much more about size than strength. .

    exactly. size does come with plenty of strength but obviously not as much as if you specifically train for that with low rep ranges. strength up to 5 reps, size 5-15 reps, endurance above that. Even crossfit which is mostly endurance gain plenty of strength and size. look at the crossfit girls.

    I did cycle my rep ranges from 15s to 2s but pulled back to 4s as I was getting injuries at the lower reps. Also found there was very little in it between singles and 2s.

  142. Entropy

    Meanwhile the bushfire royal commission recommendations have been released.

    State Governments should simply refuse to cooperate. It is an egregious attempt at take over of State responsibilities, all because Scotty from Marketing got a hard time as the Acting Prime Minister was invisible and some media (Eg PVO) wanted vengeance for the coalition beating labor at last year’s election and making them look stupid.
    There are about 80 recommendations mostly about increasing powers of the federal government. One recommendation for example is that the federal government draft legislation to give itself the power to make a natural disaster declaration, even if the relevant state government has not seen the need to.

    If the senate truly was a states’ house it should throw such proposed legislation in a deep cesspit. Canberra is a long way from on the ground emergency management, and it has no idea.

  143. Dot

    “Dinosaur training”, Mitch & KD. Brooks Kubik is a boss.

    High reps can be good for endurance after building up to certain level of strength. Personally I like Olympic training.

    Crossfit before it was cool. 😎

    I can’t talk about endurance after a social touch footy last night. 😑☠️🤮

  144. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    So that’s what numberwang been doing.

    I thought it was numberwank…

  145. Mater

    I posted this piece of advice the morning after the last Victorian election (and how prophetic it was!)
    I think it’s pretty relevant today.

    Mater
    #2871204, posted on November 25, 2018 at 7:02 am
    So Labor’s been return with an increased majority and been given a resounding mandate for fraud, deception and disdain for the law?
    Good people of Victoria: Hold your family tight and your children close! 🙁

  146. Dot

    When is Louise Milligan doing a book about Richard Neville and apologising to Dr Cdl Pell?

  147. rickw

    Timely, too – because I was just explaining to the young bloke that ‘muscles’ honed in gyms actually have little if anything to do with strength.

    Yep, at college there were blokes who spent a lot of time in the gym and looked awesome. I didn’t go to the gym at all. Despite that, I was often requested to deploy what became known as “freak farm strength”.

  148. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Freak farm strength’

    Stolen.

  149. Old School Conservative

    Berejiklian ‘ignored border opening advice’ (The Australian.)

    Regional Victoria had reached sufficient levels of low cases and proper contract tracing.
    Gladys was told that 3 weeks ago, kept quiet about the advice, hypocritically maintained an aggressive stance against the Qld border closures, and kept the NSW border closed.

    Ms Berejiklian has repeatedly said her border would not remain in place “a day longer” than necessary.
    Liar.

  150. Old School Conservative

    Resistance training.
    This week I start the “Body by Science” program by Dr Doug McGuff.
    One weights session per week. Recovery in between sessions.
    Very slow reps with maximum weight. 5 basic exercises.
    A short workout with strength and aerobic benefits.
    I’ll get back to you in 12 months with the results.
    (Old bloke here – not expecting to lift huge weights)

  151. Mother Lode

    Berejiklian ‘ignored border opening advice’ (The Australian.)

    I don’t know the full story behind that, and the Australian and I are estranged now due to its infidelity and dishonesty, but one thing we have learned from this debacle is that mindless submission to experts or even advice, without at least a moment’s circumspection in view of other issues outside the purview of the expert or advisor, is not the best way to go.

    This quibble may or may not apply in this case – I mention it as a principle.

    Victorians are still trapped in their houses because Andrews found it easier to obey so any blame would belong to someone else than to stand up for the Victorians he was supposed to serve.

  152. Old School Conservative

    Reece-Mogg voted to put all UK citizens under house arrest for the next 4 weeks.
    Well there goes his credibility as a potential conservative leader.

  153. Old School Conservative

    Mother Lode
    #3645812, posted on November 5, 2020 at 8:37 am
    … mindless submission to experts or even advice, without at least a moment’s circumspection in view of other issues outside the purview of the expert or advisor, is not the best way to go.

    Agreed.
    I was concerned about the secrecy. 3 weeks of saying open the borders ASAP while keeping the medical advice to open under wraps was dishonest.
    Just like winning an election and suddenly going full on pro abortion.

  154. I think this thread proves that nothing in Australia can match the theatre of a US election!

  155. Eight hours left on this pumpkin. A six-day post expiry means the open thread does not quite span the whole week. 😉

  156. Delta A

    Aaahh! I have the place to myself.

    While everyone’s busy elsewhere, I’m going to give this joint a total makeover: new curtains, new comfy sofas, bigger bar fridge and new carpet… no, scrap that; the carpet in here takes a hammering every night – but especially Fight Night. I’ll stick (sorry Megan) with marble tiles.

    Combination locks on the doors to keep out the trolls. Ditch the CCTV and upgrade the sound system. 24 hour steam train loop on the big screen.

    And lacy cushions because… just because.

  157. Old Lefty

    23,000 persons of a certain persuasion allowed to rally at the SCG.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-05/sydney-mardi-gras-to-go-ahead-amid-coronavirus-pandemic/12852262

    But if you want to go to church for Christmas?

  158. Spider

    Channel 9 refers to Donald Trumps brazen challnge. So currently leading in three battleground states and Alaska and it’s a brazen challenge.

    This is why people hate the mainstream media. Everything is filtered through the prism of orange man bad. They simply can’t help themselves and have to add some rhetorical flourish to everything they report.

    If the situations were reversed would they be referring to Biden’s brazen challenge. Ah no.

  159. Top Ender

    I’m going to give this joint a total makeover

    Could we have a train set?

    And maybe a Scalextric?

  160. Dot

    This is why people hate the mainstream media.

    They’re putrid.

  161. Delta A

    Train set and Scalextric it is.

    And a pinball machine. I love those things.

  162. bespoke

    Delta A
    #3646539, posted on November 5, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Do your best but don’t expect me to eat brussel sprouts and take my work boots off. 😎

  163. Delta A

    Work boots welcome, bespoke. Just leave any sharp objects – tomato stakes, pruning shears, chainsaws etc – at the door, especially on Fight Nights. I don’t want to find even one drop of blood on those new curtains.

    As for the sprouts: I’ll eat them myself; roasted, sauteed in butter, garlic and bacon, even straight boiled with or without butter.

    Not on pizza, but.

  164. duncanm

    Jenny Hocking getting absolutely pasted on twitter. Deservedly so.

    Historian Jenny Hocking fought for public access to ‘the Palace letters’, which concerned the dismissal of then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. The Government spent over $1 million to keep the letters secret – what’s your question? | @abcnews
    #QandA https://ab.co/364tZ1R

    one selection.

    Dean Carville
    @CarvilleDean
    “Now that the conspiracy theory that was your life’s work has been trashed, what are you going to do with yourself?”

  165. JC

    Dot
    #3645704, posted on November 5, 2020 at 7:04 am

    When is Louise Milligan doing a book about Richard Neville and apologising to Dr Cdl Pell?

    Ask Cruel. Cruel is a yuge mulligan gal.

  166. Terry Pedersen

    After the Maroons beat the Blues in last night’s Origin I Anastassia sent Gladys a tweet:

    “Queenslander. Great game.”

    Poor Gladys is quite miffed about it.

  167. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    And lacy cushions because… just because.

    A few velvet cushions too please, Delta.

    I have just purchased some and I want to see how well they stand up to wear.
    Hairy calls it reverse shopping; checking things out after I have purchased them not before. 🙂

  168. rickw

    We don’t just got Nazi’s, we’ve got dumb Nazi’s. The burning question in Victoria seems to be which department of The Retard Reich is actually in charge?!

  169. …checking things out after I have purchased them not before.

    Is anyone made to suffer the returns queue? 😉

  170. Bushkid

    Terry Pedersen
    #3646650, posted on November 5, 2020 at 7:04 pm
    After the Maroons beat the Blues in last night’s Origin I Anastassia sent Gladys a tweet:

    “Queenslander. Great game.”

    Poor Gladys is quite miffed about it.

    My understanding is that Gladys had asked the chook about borders. The response was pretty pathetic. Snooty, smug and pathetic.

    I don’t like either premier, but there’s a sort of decorum to be observed between political leaders, even if they dislike each other. It’s not really appropriate for them to act like year nine queen bitches.

  171. JC

    Selma Hayek has the best rack in Hollywood.

    Just putting it out there.

  172. rickw

    More Vikpol mindless Waffen Wankers:

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