Open Forum: January 9, 2021

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  1. Anne

    Given that “Dettol Donny” won’t be president in a few days…

    Dettol Donny? What does that mean?

    Also, there is nothing more sure –Trump will be President for at least the next four years.

    Does the original 1776 Constitution say 4 years? I don’t think it stipulates a limit of 2 terms. 🤔

    I think the Presidency was limited to two terms after Roosevelt either by an Act or EO.

  2. 1735099

    Republican governor of Georgia (live on Newsmax) says state is “well-postured” to handle any violence.
    I guess he’s well-schooled by his president on “posturing”.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Dettol Donny on his hind legs in Texas celebrating 450 miles of wall completed.
    He forgot to mention that the southern border is nearly 2000 miles long.

    Numbers, like the ABC does so often, oddly forgets to mention that a thousand miles of the border is a substantial river and that several hundred more miles were pretty good existing barriers. The 450 miles completed were in the bits where the barrier was worst or non-existent. It’s working very well.

    https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-wall-system

    The zoomable map is nice and clear, but takes a little while to load.

  4. Cassie of Sydney

    “I feel the problem with political parties is the very low participation rate these days. Back in my grandfathers era about 40% of the population were active members of political parties, probably because there wasn’t much else they could afford to do. Now it’s about 0.004%. Tim Worstall reckoned all associations are eventually run by people who stay awake in committee, otherwise how would Matt Keane get pre-selected for the Liberals in Hornsby?”

    A very good assessment.

  5. 1735099

    450 plus 649 equals – someone help he out here

    Minor detail – All but 47 miles of the new construction is replacement for existing outdated or dilapidated barriers.
    Dettol Donny’s not good with detail…

  6. Cassie of Sydney

    “Dettol Donny’s not good with detail…”

    And neither are you racist.

  7. Miltonf

    A lot of people’s problem with DJT is jealousy. Along with hatred of order nary working and middle class people. 21st century Kulaks.

  8. 1735099

    The 450 miles were in the bits where the barrier was worst or non-existent.

    Thanks, Bruce, for confirming the fact that what Dettol Donny is taking credit for what is largely replacement, not new barriers.
    In other words – he’s posturing.
    And I’m watching Nesmax, not the ABC.

  9. Miltonf

    Successful business man. Great kids and grandkids. Hot wife.

  10. Cassie of Sydney

    “Miltonf
    #3722304, posted on January 13, 2021 at 8:42 am
    A lot of people’s problem with DJT is jealousy. Along with hatred of order nary working and middle class people. 21st century Kulaks.”

    Agree….although with the resident racist from Toowoomba…it’s an obsession. I do wonder what the racist will do when “Dettol Donny” is no longer president. I suppose he’ll just concentrate on his unhealthy hatred of Jooos and his never ending whinge about being sent to Vietnam fifty years ago.

    Strange man….ugly man.

  11. Knuckle Dragger

    DJT has all the drive and gusto sadly lacking in Liability Bob, so it’s really no surprise that jealousy’s bubbling up.

    DJT – ran the free world, fighting socialist filth and his own RINOs as he did so. Drove bleck and Latino unemployment through the floor, nailed Iran to the wall, actually moved the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem rather than mouthing off about it as his predecessors did, and at the same time started zero foreign wars.

    Liability Bob – I have a shaving mirror story.

  12. Miltonf

    Oikophobia. Bogans shouldn’t have nice things. McMansions. Consider that awful John Adams who ‘worked’ for sinodinos.

  13. 1735099

    Georgia governor live complaining that the state can’t meet an overwhelming demand for vaccines.
    Blaming the feds and a failure of Operation Warp Speed.
    He’s Republican, by the way.

    Elsewhere in the US –
    Massive demand for substitute teachers because of the age profile of permanent teachers who are mostly in the vulnerable age cohort.
    Qualification requirements are being relaxed in most states.

  14. Miltonf

    It still fascinates me that so many hard core leftists went to posh schools on the north shore.

  15. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘Massive demand for substitute teachers because of the age profile of permanent teachers who are mostly in the vulnerable age cohort.’

    Off you go then. Money where your mouth is.

  16. Cassie of Sydney

    Oh dear….the racist is using this site as his personal toilet this morning.

    I note that the racist supports the banning of Trump and other conservatives from Twitter yet has nothing to say about the fact Twitter still hosts the most vile anti-Semites on the planet as well as people spruiking violence against conservatives. Clearly the racist supports that.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    Thanks, Bruce, for confirming the fact that what Dettol Donny is taking credit for what is largely replacement, not new barriers.

    You should read the story I linked. As I said it’s working well.

    By closing the gaps and making the thing big and difficult it’s channeled the coyotes and drug smugglers, thereby making it easier to catch them. And it’s deterred illegals so much that migration attempts are ‘way down.

    I’m amused that Spain is building a 30 ft high wall too. Aren’t they run by their socialist party? Weird huh?

    Spain’s socialist government plans to build 30-foot high walls around its North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla to stop illegal migrants.

    The new border structures will dwarf the current fencing around the two Spanish cities on the North African coast, which is around 10 feet tall and topped with barbed wire.

  18. Boambee John

    1735099
    #3722249, posted on January 13, 2021 at 7:41 am
    Warren Brown wins the cartoons today.
    Thanks Tom.

    Rowe will be vewwy disappointed that he didn’t “nail it” today.

  19. Nick

    On the Patton matter, it’s confusing. Was there consensual behaviour? I’ll bet any criticism of the lady involved, or in addressing what part if any, she played would be accompanied by boo hooing and comments about ‘shaming’.

    This was interesting in the Hayne trial

    What followed was days of “forward” chatting, with the woman sending a number of risqué photos.
    In one message on Instagram she wrote: “I’m not gonna lie I imagined what it would be like to be f***ing you when you started talking”.
    “I like your honesty,” Mr Hayne replied.
    Their exchanges would move from Instagram to Snapchat, an app which deletes messages after they are read, as the woman said it was “safer”.

    Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t let any daughter of mine near an NRL player, they are dirtbags. But there are always two sides to every story.

  20. Boambee John

    I’m not an expert on pipe bombs but those we were shown in Canungra all those years ago, and in Vietnam were pretty roughly made. Stamping was not a thing.

    All those years as a tacher, and the ostrich still can’t recognise sarcasm. His English teacher at Downlands would be veerrry disappointed!

    PS, evidence that they were planted by Trump supporters, or is it execution first, trial afterwards, in the true fascist left tradition?

  21. Cassie of Sydney

    “But there are always two sides to every story.”

    Exactly.

  22. DJT – ran the free world,

    The free world, especially Europe, has pretty much abandoned him.

    fighting socialist filth and his own RINOs as he did so.

    He wouldn’t know what socialism was if it bit him on the bum. His party is disowning him, and a large proportion are encouraging him to resign

    Drove bleck (sic) and Latino unemployment through the floor,

    You need to have a look at current Latino and African American employment statistics as well at the figures for the disproportionate US Covid deaths in these communities.

    nailed Iran to the wall,

    Permitted and encouraged Iran to accelerate its manufacture of weapons grade nuclear material by withdrawing unilaterally from the agreement

    actually moved the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem rather than mouthing off about it as his predecessors did,

    And this helps your average Septic, how?

    and at the same time started zero foreign wars.

    But created what is rapidly resembling a civil war on home soil.
    You are always full of crap, but my new Year’s resolution is to avoid ad hom abuse, so I’ll refrain from getting any more personal than that.

  23. Bruce of Newcastle

    It’ll be interesting to see if Biden really dynamites the wall. The large move of Hispanic voters to the right in the November election may give the Dem éminences grise pause, since resentment of illegal immigration was a big reason for it. The more Hispanics going right the harder it will be for the Dems to rig the next election. And coming as they have been from socialist-leaning pestholes you’d think the election rigging would be very unpalatable to them. The reparations thing would not go down well with Hispanics either I suspect.

  24. duncanm

    paywallian..

    Coronavirus: In terms of bad years, Britain has seen worse

    By any measure, the numbers that illustrate the extent of Britain’s coronavirus contagion are huge.

    Of late, there have been 55,000 new infections a day, and over the past year there have been about 82,000 deaths. But just how scary are the figures really and how does the horror of 2020 compare in terms of death rates to pandemics in centuries past?

    The results are surprising. The official statistics show that the death rate in England and Wales in 2020, even allowing for the fact the coronavirus only kicked off in the country in February, may be very bad, but it is only the worst for the past 17 years.

    READ NEXT

    EDITORIAL
    Self-righteous lockdowns won’t spare Australians
    EDITORIAL
    The Office of National Statistics — which has mortality figures going back to 1841 — has a handy interactive map of England and Wales, showing the number of COVID-19 deaths in 2020 and breaking them down into areas of about 15,000 people. In my area, Kingston Upon Thames, where nearly everyone I know has had the virus, there were five deaths in 2020 attributed to COVID-19.

    Before I looked, I would have guessed 70 or 80; my partner thought 300. I anticipated my area with university students mingling with an aged population and a mixed density of social housing in tower blocks alongside Victorian semis would have been hard hit, but the Midlands has had it worse. A random look at Birmingham shows an area known as Chester Road had 33 deaths.

    As has been reflected all year, those who are dying are mainly in hospitals and care homes with pre-existing conditions. The age of those dying with COVID-19 was well over 80, above the life ­expectancy of 79.4 years for males and 83.1 years for females. But deaths attributed to, or with, or because, of COVID-19 are confusing, as the impact of the virus on someone suffering comorbidities is difficult to assess.

    By looking at all deaths in 2020, we can remove differing standards of classifying deaths. Unexpectedly, 2020 didn’t deliver the worse death rate in the past century, as many might feel. It was higher in 2003, attributed at the time to a heatwave, respiratory deaths and higher numbers of dementia patients.

    The ONS says the total number of deaths up to last December 25 was 604,029, — 72,900 more than the five-year average. Of those, 78,467, or 13 per cent mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate.

    The reasons people think 2020 was more horrible than a generation ago is the government’s flip-flopping lockdowns and the failure of the National Health Service to cope, which can be traced to longstanding budget cuts and perhaps a Brexit-led ­departure of nurses.

    It might also reflect the dramatic change from the year before: 2020 was 13 per cent worse compared to 2019 for all deaths, reflecting the biggest change year-on-year for six decades, even worse than the Hong Kong flu in 1968-69, the Asian flu in 1957-58, or the cholera breakout of 1847.

    But such spikes have occurred before, such as during the Great Freeze of 1895, and in 1929 thanks to a particularly virulent strain of the flu and the onslaught of the Great Depression.

    Statisticians have to go back to the Spanish flu of 1918 when deaths last topped 600,000, out of a much smaller population already devastated by World War I.

    Ed Conway from Sky News found the number of deaths in England and Wales per 1000 people in 2020 was 10.2, compared with 8.9 in 2019. The UN figure for all of Britain for 2003 was 10.18.

  25. Boambee John

    1735099
    #3722314, posted on January 13, 2021 at 8:50 am
    Georgia governor live complaining that the state can’t meet an overwhelming demand for vaccines.
    Blaming the feds and a failure of Operation Warp Speed.
    He’s Republican, by the way.

    With all the time the ostrich (head up his bum) spends on US websites, he has never come across the concepts of RINOs and Never-Trump “Republicans”. Sounds like an epistemic problem.

    And he didn’t notice the pathetic performance of the Georgia administration in the recent elections.

    If his head gets much further up where it is, it will appear out of his beak.

  26. Bruce of Newcastle

    But created what is rapidly resembling a civil war on home soil.

    Trump supporters rioted in and burnt 48 cities eh? Sure Numbers.
    You are such a liar, the Left are the ones who started civil war. You lie overtly and you lie by omission. Then you claim you never lie. Sheesh.

  27. Cassie of Sydney

    “You are always full of crap, but my new Year’s resolution is to avoid ad hom abuse”

    LOL…anyone notice the dichotomy in the racist’s sentence above. He’s a clown.

  28. Cassie of Sydney

    “You are such a liar, the Left are the ones who started civil war. You lie overtly and you lie by omission. Then you claim you never lie. Sheesh.”

    Perfectly said BoN.

  29. Rafiki

    Will instruction of AFL players on the dangers of dirty cyber-porn include the dangers presented by exploitation – including blackmail – by those with whom they swap texts? These dangers arise out of any vaguely sexual relationship.

    I know this sounds po-faced, but these wealthy young men might benefit from programs whereby they can meet women other than in bars and clubs. (In my youth, church socials were safe venues for both sexes.) For ever, adults felt it necessary to guide their young in this respect, and apart from some sections of contemporary society still do. Patton will be a victim of abandonment of this responsibility.

  30. Old School Conservative

    Miltonf
    #3722315, posted on January 13, 2021 at 8:51 am
    It still fascinates me that so many hard core leftists went to posh schools on the north shore.

    Good schooling, good results, got into uni, got indoctrinated there.
    (Obviously I’m quoting a friend)

  31. Nick

    I know this sounds po-faced, but these wealthy young men might benefit from programs whereby they can meet women other than in bars and clubs. (In my youth, church socials were safe venues for both sexes.)

    Wow, the world has. Over on more than you realise

  32. Bruce of Newcastle

    The Left in the US wants re-education camps.

    Project Veritas: PBS Counsel Says Trump Supporters’ Children Should Be Taken, Put in ‘Re-Education Camps’ (12 Jan)

    Project Veritas released a sting video Tuesday where a man — identified by the independent media org as Michael Beller, principal counsel at PBS — says on video that the children of supporters of President Donald Trump should be seized and placed in “re-education camps.”

    “Even if Biden wins, we go for all the Republican voters, and Homeland Security will take their children away, and we’ll put [Trump supporters’ children] into re-education camps,” the man, identified as Beller in the undated video, says.

    Trump’s supporters are raising “horrible children” that will become “horrible people,” he continues.

    Can’t they think of any new atrocities that they have to keep on recycling the old ones?

  33. DrBeauGan

    I agree that envy and spite are a large component of TDS. Also of anti-Semitism. And they are the core of communism and the new religion of wokism. It’s not surprising that they all come together.

    Ppl who suffer from these things just can’t see it. Ppl who don’t find it horrible and all too obvious.

  34. Top Ender

    Whitepages. Hours of amusing fun.

    In NSW there are 8 people or families with the surname C00n.
    In Victoria there are 16 people or families with the surname C00n.
    In Qld there are 1 people or families with the surname C00n.
    In SA there are 2 people or families with the surname C00n.
    In WA there are 2 people or families with the surname C00n.
    In ACT there are 1 people or families with the surname C00n.
    In Tassie there are 1 people or families with the surname C00n.
    NT is C00nless.

    Busy times ahead for those people.

  35. Entropy

    Agree….although with the resident racist from Toowoomba…it’s an obsession. I do wonder what the racist will do when “Dettol Donny” is no longer president. I suppose he’ll just concentrate on his unhealthy hatred of Jooos and his never ending whinge about being sent to Vietnam fifty years ago.

    Cassie, a substantial part of the next four years will no doubt be a reversal as rapidly as possible a lot of Trump’s changes to regulation etc, but the key focus of the political class will be on making of Trump such an example no one will ever poke their head above the opposing parapet ever again. Pour Encourager les autres. as Voltaire once said.

  36. Rockdoctor

    Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t let any daughter of mine near an NRL player, they are dirtbags. But there are always two sides to every story.

    Wendell Sailor despite being married used to have a reputation of not taking no for an answer at Bullwinkles Nightclub in Townsville, I used to know someone who was on the receiving end once. I too am normally very wary of the stacks on especially how some of these groupies follow these guys round barely even keeping their tongues off the floor. However Hayne, not his first appearance at the Rodeo.

  37. Arky

    We are witnessing with Trump the modern equivalent of the murder of Caesar.
    Like his murderers, these ones would be too cowardly to act alone.
    They had to conspire beforehand, act in concert, many of them feigned friendship towards Caesar and all plunge the knife in after they had him hemmed in and vulnerable.
    The real history about to be made here is what happens after they murder Caesar.
    It won’t go as they think it will.
    The people will be disgusted at their actions.
    They will not be seen as ridding Rome of a tyrant, but as lowly, disgusting creeps.
    The demeanour of the media whores, the democrat house thickies, the degenerate creep they installed in Caesar’s place, the arrogant billionaire tech autists.
    It’s not a winning hand.
    And this murder isn’t a one off event. The dude’s still living and the thing is going to roll on like an live autopsy on a slow motion train wreck.
    As each player spurs himself and his fellow conspirators onto greater atrocities, they forget that Caesar was popular. Caesar had friends.
    This thing doesn’t end with the murder of Caesar.

  38. Bruce of Newcastle

    Awwww…

    Nolte: Blockbusters In Peril as ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Flops and Theaters Remain Closed (12 Jan)

    As the release clock ticks, the big question now is what to do about Black Widow, F9, and No Time to Die in a world where most movie theaters remain closed and Wonder Woman 1984 just crashed and burned at the box office.

    Black Widow, of course, is the latest chapter in the Marvel Universe juggernaut (that I predict is about to lose a lot of steam as it goes woke). It’s scheduled for a May 7 release.

    F9 is the next chapter in the insanely popular Fast & Furious saga, and is scheduled for a May 28 release.

    The talk now, according to the far-left Variety, is that Black Widow is headed to the Disney+ streaming channel at the same time it hits theaters. That would be a crushing defeat for a $200 to $300 million movie that would need to gross twice that just to break even.

    The same with F9 and No Time to Kill. Those are billion dollar franchises that need to pass the half-billion mark just to avoid being a box office catastrophe, which was also true for Wonder Woman 1984,and that flop probably won’t cross $200 million worldwide.

    It’s fun that the fascist actions of the Left are killing Hollywood, which is one of their biggest supporters. Not unlike the school closures and the nutty teachers unions are doing to the leftist-controlled school system. Socialism working just as well as advertised.

  39. Nick

    However Hayne, not his first appearance at the Rodeo.

    Not at all. I knew an attractive young lawyer who was getting WhatsApp messages from him at the time he had other allegations made against him.

  40. DrBeauGan

    This thing doesn’t end with the murder of Caesar.

    The original one led to Augustus. Hardly a win for the assassins.

  41. Delta A

    In my youth, church socials were safe venues for both sexes.

    That’s where Best Man and I first met. As Nick said, the world has moved on since those days.

  42. Top Ender

    Darwin US fuel facility to go ahead
    GARY SHIPWAY

    PLANS are going ahead for a multimillion-dollar US military fuel reserve facility in Darwin to ensure its war machines are not left stranded if fuel supply lines are disrupted.

    The US combat logistics support agency DAL Energy has issued a request for information for fuel operations in the Port of Darwin.

    An RFI is a precursor to the tender process. DLA Energy is seeking information on industry capabilities to undertake the project. Included in that capability must be the ability to store and issue 1.2 million barrels of aviation turbine fuel, and 700,000 barrels of commercial jet fuel in the Port of Darwin.

    The US and Australia began talks about establishing a USfunded military fuel reserve in Darwin last July.

    Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said a Darwin fuel reserve farm was an incredibly important project, not just for the US but also for Australia.

    The DLA’s RFI comes at the same time as the Australian government steps up its plan to increase onshore diesel stockholdings and protect the nation’s fuel supply.

    Federal Energy Minister Angus Taylor has opened applications to companies wanting to be a part of the $200m program.

    He said the Boosting Australia’s Diesel Storage Program would target projects that enhanced fuel security by being in a strategic regional location or that were connected to existing fuel infrastructure.

    NT News print edition

  43. Indolent

    They will not be seen as ridding Rome of a tyrant, but as lowly, disgusting creeps.

    And will any of this matter when they have all the levers of power? One of the worst things over the past few years (and more than a few) is the knowledge of all the evil being done in plain sight with NO consequences. Why would they stop? They’ll just start a new war as a distraction or make life so difficult that people will be fully occupied trying to survive – or both.

  44. Cassie of Sydney

    “I know this sounds po-faced, but these wealthy young men might benefit from programs whereby they can meet women other than in bars and clubs.”

    So do you have alternative ideas as to how males and females can meet Rafiki? The truth is that it has nothing to do with “bars and clubs”…the problem is the ghastly and narcissistic character of many of these men and women, compounded by MSM and social media.

    I would also add that meeting someone in a pub or club or bar is actually much healthier and organic than meeting someone on line.

    I met my partner (who lurks here) through friends in a pub.

  45. Entropy

    Wonder Woman 1984 failed because it is bad. Really, really bad. Laughably bad. Bad plot, bad themes, badly trashing the success of the first movie. The only way to describe it is Bad.

  46. Geriatric Mayfly

    The video of the wall construction in the US would give the CFMEU the vapours. Their US bruvvas are all running to get the job done, machines working at breakneck speeds beyond the limits of health and safety. Make the job last as long as possible boys, and if you need advice we know every trick in the book.

  47. Des Deskperson

    ‘In NSW there are 8 people or families with the surname C00n.’

    Here, for what it is worth, is the Wikipedia entry on the bloke who started this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Hagan_(author)

    He’s a piece of work, permanently aggrieved and prickly, although he seems to have had a bit of help from whitey, here and there.

    How did a shabby mediocrity like hm get a plumb job in what was then Foreign Affairs? This phrase may help explain it: ‘he met and worked under Charles Perkins’. Perkins had a reputation for pushing forward his mates and acolytes and no one in those days – government or management- would have wanted to go against Charles Perkins.

  48. Bruce of Newcastle

    Cassie – This graph shows that bars, clubs and social media is it now. Quite amazing.
    From Steven Hayward’s The Geek in Pictures this week, with title “Modern love—the chart version”.

  49. Top Ender

    Four months! Is being a footy player a mitigating circumstance?

    Shocking start to new year
    SARAH MATTHEWS

    Man jailed for crash

    A NGUKURR man who pleaded guilty to causing a crash that killed his brother will spend four months behind bars.

    Tysaac Farrell, 21, appeared in the Darwin Supreme Court yesterday charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death in relation to the crash on New Year’s Day 2020.

    The court heard Farrell was celebrating New Year’s Day in Ngukurr with friends and family when he started erratically driving a car around the community with five passengers – none of whom were wearing seat belts.

    Farrell, who did not have a licence, began driving around at a high speed, drifting and doing doughnuts and burnouts.

    The victim, Farrell’s brother in an Aboriginal way, was sitting on the car’s door frame with his head and body outside the car and yelling “happy new year” at bystanders.

    Farrell’s father and sister told him to stop before the car turned and tipped on its side with the victim trapped underneath.

    He suffered “catastrophic” injuries and died at the scene.

    Farrell and three other passengers got out of the car and fled the scene, then were threatened with violence when they tried to return.

    Farrell’s lawyer, Beth Wild, told the court her client had no criminal history, had a job waiting for him and was a talented Australian rules player.

    “It’s not good for the community, the NT community in general as well as his homelands.” Justice Peter Barr sentenced Farrell to two years prison, suspended after four months.

    NT News

  50. Rockdoctor

    TE, any idea why Darwin? Seems a bit risky, shots break out and all it takes a lobbing a few warheads at the facility and gonsky. Would have though Melbourne, Sydney or even Brisbane would be a much better choice, out of the way and much harder for a potential adversary to go after.

  51. Cassie of Sydney

    “He’s a piece of work, permanently aggrieved and prickly, although he seems to have had a bit of help from whitey, here and there.”

    Well said DD….he’s exactly the same as another grub…Garry Burns.

  52. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Whitepages. Hours of amusing fun.

    Does this mean the “All Blacks” will have to change their name?

  53. Cassie of Sydney

    Surely “Whitepages” is now racist.

  54. Top Ender

    Yes, Hagan is a professional stirrer. He is the one who complained to Scrabble the other day about certain words not being banned to his specifications.

  55. Cassie of Sydney

    “Cassie – This graph shows that bars, clubs and social media is it now. Quite amazing.”

    Thanks BoN…fascinating.

  56. Cassie of Sydney

    “Top Ender
    #3722389, posted on January 13, 2021 at 9:54 am
    Yes, Hagan is a professional stirrer. He is the one who complained to Scrabble the other day about certain words not being banned to his specifications.”

    Yep…it’s quite financially lucrative….aided and abetted by various government tribunals such as the HRC and state anti-discrimination boards.

  57. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Yes, Hagan is a professional stirrer. He is the one who complained to Scrabble the other day about certain words not being banned to his specifications.

    Wasn’t he the bloke who complained that “Toowoomba was the most racist city in Australia?”

  58. Nick

    Pure comedy at the SMH

    Let me be clear, I understand there is an ongoing investigation around what was said, was it racial or not. But does it really matter? Why do fans feel the need to shout out anything negative towards these players? They are in their workplace.

    How would you feel if you rocked up to work tomorrow and were belittled verbally about how slow you type, what you wear or just how bad you are at your job? That is called workplace bullying and there are laws to protect us. So why don’t we show the respect to these players that we expect from others when we attend our workplace?

    The author ?

    Lisa Sthalekar is a former member of the Australian women’s cricket team and is now a coach and commentator on the Sports Entertainment Network.

  59. areff

    Darwin US fuel facility to go ahead

    Within mortar shot of the China-owned port management office? Let us hope not.

  60. Ragu

    and was a talented Australian rules player.

    Why don’t they ever go with their own set of criteria and say he is an Emerging Elder ™

  61. John64

    Farrell’s brother in an Aboriginal way

    What the hell does that mean?

  62. Top Ender

    The annual Lamb advert:

  63. Geriatric Mayfly

    Farrell’s brother in an Aboriginal way
    What the hell does that mean?

    Conceived off the reservation perhaps.

  64. notafan

    Lol.

    The existing barriers failed in their purposes therefore replacing them with effective ones is snort cackle bleat

  65. Siltstone

    Thanks BoN at 9:21, Project Veritas does great work revealing what the left really thinks.

  66. Top Ender

    Farrell’s brother in an Aboriginal way

    What the hell does that mean?

    Maybe when you call someone “bro” it means they can move into your house?

  67. Johno

    The more Hispanics going right the harder it will be for the Dems to rig the next election.

    No, the 2020 election has proved that votes are irrelevant. It is the counting that matters plus the people who appoint the counters and the people who watch the counters. Actual votes are an unimportant side issue.

  68. notafan

    I agree

    All spectators at any public event should sit quietly, no talking, no yelling, no clapping, no getting up to go buy a drink.

    Very important people are doing working.

  69. notafan

    Young people still meet at mass, well after mass, and then get married.

    This I know for fact. 🙂

  70. Cassie of Sydney

    “Young people still meet at mass, well after mass, and then get married.

    This I know for fact. 🙂”

    Same for young people after synagogue.

  71. Bruce of Newcastle

    Another WH bureaucrat shows his true allegiance.

    At the White House, the Purge of Skeptics Has Started (12 Jan)

    Today I have learned that Dr. David Legates, who had been brought to the Office of Science and Technology Policy to represent the skeptical position in the Trump Administration, has been fired by OSTP Director and Trump Science Advisor, Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier.

    The event that likely precipitated this is the invitation by Dr. Legates for about a dozen of us to write [realist climate science] brochures that we all had hoped would become part of the official records of the Trump White House.

    What follows is my opinion. I believe that Droegemeier (like many in the administration with hopes of maintaining a bureaucratic career in the new Biden Administration) has turned against the President for political purposes and professional gain.

    In the meantime, we have been told to remove links to the brochures, which is the prerogative of the OSTP Director since they have the White House seal on them.

    Like Barr the resistance was always working quietly in the background to undermine Trump. It’s amazing he got as much done as he did, and at least the events since the election have outed and ripped the masks off these ghastly people.

  72. Leigh Lowe

    The very pompous Gideon Haigh in the Oz.
    The ‘racist incident’ at the Sydney Test may not have contained actual racist content.
    Well, he doesn’t openly say that, but he is banging on about boorish and inappropriate behaviour, including silly nicknames (the blokes were calling Siraj by the nickname “shiraz”).
    These have undercurrents of a racist past, apparently.
    As KD said the other day, most Indian cricketers are the product of the upper class prahvate schools and the only racism they have probably been exposed to is their mother abusing the maids and gardeners.

  73. Cassie of Sydney

    Eric Metaxas has been permanently booted from Twitter.

  74. Cassie of Sydney

    “The very pompous Gideon Haigh in the Oz.”

    What..you still subscribe to the Oz?

  75. jupes

    Farrell’s brother in an Aboriginal way

    What the hell does that mean?

    Not his brother.

  76. Top Ender

    According to the Tele you can “unwittingly” make a gang sign:

    The NRL will speak to individual players and clubs about who they associate with in the lead up to this year’s season after The Daily Telegraph revealed many were unwittingly making gang symbols or gestures after scoring tries or during post-match interviews.

    Social media accounts of players and rap music gangs, which may be using unauthorised footage of footballers, will also be monitored.

    “A string of players were spoken to last season and ­another round of discussions is expected before the 2021 season starts. The Integrity Unit has been monitoring player social media accounts and liaised with NSW Police over the issue,’’ the NRL said on Tuesday.

    Daily Tele

  77. Leigh Lowe

    Snap Nick.
    The SMH and Oz have moved on from ‘vile racism’ to ‘uncomplimentary taunts’.
    First they came for our sneering and mocking. And I said nothing, for I was neither a sneerer or a mocker.
    Then they came for our needling …

  78. Leigh Lowe

    Cassie of Sydney

    #3722428, posted on January 13, 2021 at 10:25 am

    “The very pompous Gideon Haigh in the Oz.”

    What..you still subscribe to the Oz?

    Ah, look.
    I, um … read it upside down on the next table at the cafe.

  79. 1735099

    Newsnow live –
    Ex-Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder (R) charged over Flint Water crisis which resulted in deaths and serious illnesses.

  80. Cassie of Sydney

    “First they came for our sneering and mocking. And I said nothing, for I was neither a sneerer or a mocker.
    Then they came for our needling …”

    And then they’ll come for your speaking.

  81. Nick

    Then they came for our needling …

    No one will be laughing in their teacups when they come for the ribbers, however gentle.

  82. jupes

    The ‘racist incident’ at the Sydney Test may not have contained actual racist content.
    Well, he doesn’t openly say that, but he is banging on about boorish and inappropriate behaviour, including silly nicknames (the blokes were calling Siraj by the nickname “shiraz”).

    I think it was KD who commented at the time that the incident occurred just before tea when Green was smashing sixes. The Injuns realised a ‘racist’ incident would take ten minutes or so from the time left before Australia’s declaration.

    Of course, following the example set by Adam Goodes, the moronic authorities fell for the Injun’s bullshit and treated the innocent blokes as guilty and booted them from the ground. The very same ground with a statue of Yabba. How long before that is pulled down?

  83. Struth

    Good Moaning .

    Last night I went to a BBQ with old friends from the tourist industry, who got onto talking about the Covid e’tat.

    To cut a long story short, I opened my gob and said If I believed everything I was told by MSM I’d hate Trump as well, and a few other choice conversation stoppers, my main point was, decent people would be scared of Covid and Trump if they believed the MSM, and it’s all about who you are getting your propaganda from.
    I gave them numerous examples of MSM bullshitting and lying.

    As some stayed the night at my Friends house, I popped in this morning for a quick coffee, and although agreeing with me last night, they had the TV on watching Sunrise and of course it was all Trump hate, again.

    They are lost to propaganda, it’s insane.

  84. Nick

    The SMH and Oz have moved on from ‘vile racism’ to ‘uncomplimentary taunts’.
    First they came for our sneering and mocking. And I said nothing, for I was neither a sneerer or a mocker.

    The interesting subtext that they just can’t say, yet, is because the ‘victims’ are brown. The proof of that pudding is, as comments attest, that it’s ok when the Barmy Army does it. Of course it’s right, it’s all part of the game.

  85. 1735099

    No the 2020 election proved that votes are irrelevant.

    Absolutely.
    Despite the fact that Biden won the popular vote by over 7 million votes, and the Electoral College by 306 to 232, there are some across the Pacific (and a few here) who are choosing to ignore it.

  86. Cassie of Sydney

    “Ex-Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder (R) charged over Flint Water crisis which resulted in deaths and serious illnesses.”

    Fabbo….then there’s a precedent…..I look forward to Governor Cuomo (D) being charged for the Covid crisis in NY state, which due to his gross mismanagement, has resulted in over 40,000 deaths.

    I bet Rick Snyder hasn’t “killed” as many people as Andrew Cuomo.

  87. jupes

    Stephen Harold Gascoigne, better known as Yabba, (19 March 1878 – 8 January 1942) was an Australian sports fan,[1] remembered as a heckler at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) cricket and rugby league games in the early part of the 20th century. Yabba was known for his knowledgeable witticisms shouted loudly from “The Hill”, a grassy general admissions area of the SCG.[2]

    There’s a statue of him sitting on one of the seats in the stadium.

  88. Cassie of Sydney

    “and the Electoral College by 306 to 232”

    Funny how this same hypocritical dribbler never ever accepted the Electoral College vote of 2016.

  89. jupes

    Some of Yabba’s best remembered insults include:

    “I wish you were a statue and I were a pigeon.”[6]
    Telling a fly-swatting English cricket captain, Douglas Jardine, to “Leave our flies alone, Jardine. They’re the only friends you’ve got here.”[7]
    “Bowl the bastard a grand piano and see if he can play that instead!”[7]
    “Oh for a strong arm and a walking stick!” (at bad bowling; leg spinner Arthur Mailey, a regular victim of this one, quotes it several times in his book 10 for 66 and All That)[8]
    “Those are the only balls you’ve touched all day!” (To an English batsman adjusting his box in between overs).[6]
    “Put a penny in him, George, he’s stopped registering” (To umpire George Borwick who read gas meters and emptied the cash boxes for a living, when Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi was scoring slowly)[7]
    “Your length’s lousy but you bowl a good width!” (To an opposition bowler)[7]

    An evil white colonialist if there ever was one. He’s got to go.

  90. Cassie of Sydney

    There’s a statue of him sitting on one of the seats in the stadium.”

    Well then that statue will now have to be removed.

  91. Rex Anger

    Despite the fact that Biden won the popular vote by over 7 million votes, and the Electoral College by 306 to 232, there are some across the Pacific (and a few here) who are choosing to ignore it.Yes yes Jacl hunt.

    Just as Uncle Ho was the true unifier of Vietnam, the Hungarians, Poles, Czechs, Latvians and all Germany east of the Rhine welcomed Soviet Communism with open arms and begged them to stay.

    Just as Old Joe only wanted to keep the Rodina safe from invasion by annexing everything to its East, and everywhere else his message took root…

    Communists only ever want what is best for The People, right Bobby boy?

  92. Nick

    The Age

    It doesn’t happen every week, but every now and again, a casual comment from an opposition player reminds Bhavin Nagar they see him as different.

    “Let’s get this curry back in the kitchen,” was one less than charming example during a south-eastern suburbs competition game, as he was batting.

    He estimates that “one in 10 games I’ve played, people try to make some not so nice comments”.

    Many of these “occasional racist comments” come from younger players, which worries him.

    Mr Nagar, 55, an Indian immigrant, doesn’t dwell on it and emphasises that his own club, Omega Cricket Club in Moorabbin, are a friendly bunch and he’s had no issues in his six years playing, nor had his son, Amay, 26, who started there as a 10-year-old.

    “There are six or seven current players from south Asian heritage and we always feel included and an integral part of the club,” Mr Nagar said.

    “We don’t feel like we’re outsiders or any different. Just our names are different.”

    But Mr Nagar isn’t surprised at allegations the crowd at the Sydney Test hurled racist taunts at the Indian team.

    He said racism “is part of the game. It should not be”. Sledging, which was “entrenched” in the game, easily descended into racial slurs, either between teams, or between crowd and players, he said.

    How to make something out of nothing, eh?

  93. will

    F

    armer Gez
    #3722291, posted on January 13, 2021 at 8:24 am
    Trump only builds 450 miles of border wall on a thousand mile border says Commie Bob.

    In May 2011, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated that it had 649 miles (1,044 km) of barriers in place. The total length of the national border is 1,954 miles (3,145 km).

    450 plus 649 equals…..Help me out here.

    I have met a number of primary school principals in my time; absolutely none were intellectual powerhouses, rather the opposite.

  94. Top Ender

    An accused disabled thief who had claimed he bought a pensioner’s mobility scooter off a “low life” online has died confessing “God, I stole it, please forgive me.”

    Jason Pye lost his battle with spine cancer on Sunday after admitting to his family when he visited them in Abbotsford for Christmas that he stole the crimson $6,500 scooter off pensioner Laurence Adams.

    “He came to see the family on Christmas Day, he looked pale and sick, he said, ‘I stole that man’s scooter, I’m so sorry, I hope God forgives me,” his former partner Silvana Cantali told The Daily Telegraph.

  95. 1735099

    Funny how this hypocritical dribbler….

    The Child is best ignored, but I will make an exception.
    Tell me, sweetie, where I posted anywhere that I “never accepted the Electoral College vote of 2016”.
    Ask Mater to help if you get stuck.
    Take your time.

  96. Cassie of Sydney

    “absolutely none were intellectual powerhouses, rather the opposite.”

    We have a very good example here.

  97. 1735099

    Communists only want….

    Trying to work out the connection between the word salad posted including names of various European countries and one in SE Asia, and a couple of historical political leaders.
    He’s been listening to Dettol Donny.

  98. will

    I doubt that Biden will show any such regret on his stolen election.

  99. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Some of Yabba’s best remembered insults include:

    Only ever bested once.

    Yabbe yelled at a fielder, who had just dropped a catch “You need a bag.”

    The reply was “Yes, one the size of your mouth would do the job.”

  100. will

    Top Ender
    #3722468, posted on January 13, 2021 at 10:46 am
    An accused disabled thief who had claimed he bought a pensioner’s mobility scooter off a “low life” online has died confessing “God, I stole it, please forgive me.”

    I doubt that Biden will show any such regret on his stolen election.

  101. Rex Anger

    Trying to work out the connection between the word salad posted including names of various European countries and one in SE Asia, and a couple of historical political leaders.

    Better than listening to how your incompetence and impulsive nature got you a dose of Bob Menzies’ Conscfiption. Good and hard. Just the way poor little Communist apologists like to whinge about it.

  102. Cassie of Sydney

    “Tell me, sweetie, where I posted anywhere that I “never accepted the Electoral College vote of 2016”.”

    Many times racist….many times. But I’m not going to dance to your music because when you get caught out, as happens time and time again, you just change the subject and move on. As BoN said above…you’re a chronic liar.

  103. Rex Anger

    The Child is best ignored, but I will make an exception.
    Tell me, sweetie, where I posted anywhere that I “never accepted the Electoral College vote of 2016”.
    Ask Mater to help if you get stuck.
    Take your time.

    Bobby boy-

    We have 4 years of your screaming, crying, dribbling, silly names and umpteen variations on the Orange Man Bard! and Deff 2 Amerikee! memes and trollshits spouted by you as gospel truth on this scrofulous blog.

    Why do you need specific examples cited back?

    Own it, Bobby boy!

  104. Cassie of Sydney

    I will also add that BoN, who is a mensch here at Cat as well has having the patience of Job when dealing with your perpetual nonsense, is not someone who frequently engages in “ad hom abuse”.

  105. Bruce of Newcastle

    Despite the fact that Biden won the popular vote by over 7 million votes

    Now that a is truly a hilarious lie given that even 30% of Democrat voters acknowledge the election was stolen.

  106. Knuckle Dragger

    ‘First they came for our sneering and mocking. And I said nothing, for I was neither a sneerer or a mocker.’

    We’ve seen exactly this before in the AFL. Bald-headed flogs and Behavioural Awareness Officers, along with ‘crowd controllers’ with no concept of the game itself – thoroughly demonstrated when one of them almost intervened in a wrestle between two players on the boundary line before he was warned off by someone else at the last second.

    Halfwits. Halfwit writers stamping on each others’ heads in a virtue contest.

  107. 1735099

    Newsmax live –
    The US now requires that anyone flying into the country test negative for Covid 19.
    Well done.
    They’re only about 12 months too late…

  108. 1735099

    Many times

    Only once is necessary.
    Keep looking……

  109. Cassie of Sydney

    “1735099
    #3722495, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:09 am
    Many times

    Only once is necessary.
    Keep looking……”

    LOL….what happened to “The Child is best ignored“. You can’t even follow your own dictates.

  110. Struth

    The beautiful girl who should by now be my daughter in Law reposted this on Facebook.

    Few of many things i think about when i wake up during the night not able to get back to sleep.
    THE FUCKED UP LOGIC OF COVID-19 RULES ⬇️
    AT GROCERY STORE:
    Me: Why is there plastic on the payment keypad?
    Cashier: To reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID.
    Me: but isn’t everyone touching the plastic the same as touching the regular keypad?
    Cashier: No words, confused look.
    Me : Why don’t you pack the grocery bags anymore?
    Cashier: To reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID.
    Me: But the staff took it out of a box to put it on the shelf, a few customers might of picked it up and put back, I put it in my trolley then the conveyer belt, YOU pick it up to scan it, but bagging it after you scan is risky?
    Cashier: No words, confused look.
    AT DRIVE-THRU:
    Server: (holds tray out the window with bag of food for me to grab)
    Me: Why is my food on a tray?
    Server: So I don’t touch your food.
    Me: Didn’t the cook touch my food? Didn’t the person wrapping my food touch it and again when placing it in my bag? Didn’t you touch the bag and put it on the tray?
    Server: No words, confused look.
    IN PUBLIC:
    Society: Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. Don’t shake hands or hug anyone or you will spread the virus, instead tap your elbows.
    Me: Elbow tap? Isn’t that where you tell people to sneeze or cough? Now you want people to tap each other with that elbow. Wouldn’t it be safer to sneeze into elbow and shake hands like we did before COVID?
    AT RESTAURANT:
    Hostess: I can seat you at this table 4 feet away but I will need you to wear a mask to the table.
    Me: What about at the table?
    Hostess: You can take off the mask.
    Me: So it is safe over at the table?
    Hostess: Yes.
    Me: Are those fans blowing above the table? Is that air-conditioning I feel? Is the air circulating in here?
    Hostess: no words. Confused look.
    SOCIETY:
    You are not allowed to stand and drink at the pub or bar, you have to sit down. But at the shopping centre you are not allowed to sit down, all the chairs are roped off.
    Who thinks this stuff up?
    Life is hard for logical people right now. We are being raised without the ability to process and execute logic.

  111. Mater

    Tell me, sweetie, where I posted anywhere that I “never accepted the Electoral College vote of 2016”.
    Ask Mater to help if you get stuck.
    Take your time.

    If I must. Just one?
    Ok.

    1735099
    #3669624, posted on November 24, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Trump, the alleged president, has an obesity problem, and was deferred from service in Vietnam 5 times for heel spurs, although he can’t recall which heel.

  112. H B Bear

    LL at 10.23am – already received my daily rejection from Teh Paywallian over that crock of shit. Easiest way to get rejected is to make fun of their j’ismists. Hard not to with Mavis, Prof van Wrongselen and the Bittered Sav all drawing pay cheques from Rupe till the boys can take over.

  113. candy

    I remember the maths thing 1735099 did to show Trump did not really win.

    Something about only 8% of people voted for Trump? I think because a certain percentage did not exercise their right to vote, 1735099 assumed they would have voted for Clinton, so therefore they did not vote for Trump and therefore he was not legitimate or something?

  114. Knuckle Dragger

    Liability Bob, after taking quite a bit of time to think about it earlier:

    ‘The free world, especially Europe, has pretty much abandoned him.’

    Arse-about, I’m afraid. DJT 45 made it quite clear to the unelected Eurotrash that their component of NATO was going to have to start paying its own way for a change, and they shit themselves.

    No he wasn’t interested in pandering to Euro lightweights. No he wasn’t interested in their climate scams, the UN or the WHO, and rightly so.

    Very short odds that Biden will be wearing a beret and a mime shirt by the end of March.

  115. Mother Lode

    Rowe will be vewwy disappointed that he didn’t “nail it” today.

    If he is very (or vewwy) lucky he might begin to sense a problem coming his way.

    While Trump was President he could re-cycle the same tired mocking every day. Same stuff everyday, but he could get away with that because he thought everything in America was Trump’s fault. Hell, all the Covid viruses he would draw all around him. Trump stoppered the national borders – more or less all he could do, and for which he was labelled (predictably) ‘raaaaacist’. All the carnage was down to the states.

    With Biden (and in her turn Heels-Up) he will have to start depicting new, and numerous villains. But Rowe is an appalling caricaturist. Take the ‘tweet’ crown off Trump’s head and put him in a suit and it could be almost any politician. He so often has to write their names on them.

    His Biden looks almost nothing like him. It took me a while to realise that the white mopped guy with sunglasses was supposed to be him.

    But all the other characters in the coming term will put Rowe’s wobbly ability to form letters to the test. And spelling.

  116. Exciting Australian art to buy for your home
    50 works by 50 artists — all for sale. Presenting The Australian’s inaugural summer exhibition, a showcase of the most exciting young Australian artists working today.

    You don’t need to see the pictures, I’m sure you could imagine the leftovers even the art connoisseurs won’t buy.

  117. Mater

    I remember the maths thing 1735099 did to show Trump did not really win.

    This:

    1735099
    #3115525, posted on July 25, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    The prosecution would have been laughed out of town and the Dems would have looked like the twisted turds that they are.

    Another major problem in the constitutional republic across the Pacific is that the separation of powers is crumbling under the assault of corporate populism.
    Hence your incapacity to understand that the prosecution has nothing to do with the Democrats.
    Last time I looked the FBI was not a political party.

    The USA is not “democracy”*.

    *Trump’s “democracy” – 2016
    56.9% turnout
    46.1% Trump
    48.2% Clinton
    That turnout means that 43.1% of voters had no say in the outcome, and of the 56.9% who did, the majority (48.2%) didn’t vote for Trump.
    Or put another way, 91.3% (48.2% + 43.1%) didn’t vote for the incumbent.
    Trump’s administration is not supported by the majority of Americans.
    They’re not stupid.

    When Bob was pulled up on it, he said it was a matter of interpretation!

  118. Cassie of Sydney

    “LL at 10.23am – already received my daily rejection from Teh Paywallian over that crock of shit.”

    The censorship by the moderators (or censors as I call them), the increasingly unabashed leftward tilt of the newspaper and the outright TDS by Mavis Bramston, Greg Sheridan, Paul Kelly, Nikki Scabba, Caroline Overington and others all contributed to why I cancelled my sub…they really are alienating their readership and they don’t seem to care? Why?

  119. Johno

    I said that the only vote that counts is going to be the vote that is counted.Future elections will be mail in only or Dominion machines. A few RHINOS will be allowed to be elected, but who cares? They can’t change anything. If government cannot be changed then the only option left is to change the country.

  120. 1735099

    Watching live cable from the US is revealing.
    *Broadcasts about Covid are very similar to those here. There are signers (although I can’t make out what system they’re using – doesn’t look like Auslan).
    *The press conferences have a despairing air, unlike those I’ve watched from Qld, Vic and NSW recently. Given their infection rates, hardly surprising.
    *The messages about social distancing and mask wearing are identical to what we see here.
    *There’s a lot of finger pointing going on from state administrators (both R and D) at federal authorities.
    One of the reasons for relative success in Oz was a minimisation of the politicisation of this.
    *Much of the coverage is about hospital capacity and ventilator supply. It resembles the UK in this regard. Ulster County spokesman is talking about “an agonising set of numbers”.
    *Demand for the vaccine is way above supply. They’ll calling for patience. Feds and pharmaceutical companies are copping a verbal bashing because Warp Speed is bent and broken. Only 1200 vaccines per week atm for 180000 waiting for shots.
    So sad….

  121. Bruce in WA

    Newsmax live –
    The US now requires that anyone flying into the country test negative for Covid 19.
    Well done.
    They’re only about 12 months too late…

    And when did we require the same thing?

  122. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Watching live cable from the US is revealing.

    I thought you didn’t care what went on in the ” land of the shooting spree?”

  123. Delta A

    The beautiful girl who should by now be my daughter in Law reposted this on Facebook.

    Great post! She summed it up very well indeed.

  124. Mater

    And he doesn’t even break step!

  125. candy

    That turnout means that 43.1% of voters had no say in the outcome,

    I remember that phrase now and thinking at the time, in USA people can choose not to vote, it does not mean they “had no say”. They chose not to have a say. They just did not feel like it on the day. So be it.

    Anyways, maths is not subjective. You cannot “interpret” it.

  126. notafan

    Not Auslan

    Lol virtue signal and sheer nonsense in one sentence.

    ‘Aus’ lan, its Australian…

  127. 1735099

    When Bob was pulled up on it…

    Hilarious, coming from the literalist.
    The Child claimed I posted non-acceptance of the Electoral College vote.
    I actually posted a breakdown of voting percentages.
    Have another go – keep looking.
    Here’s a hint.
    Put “Electoral College” in your search terms.
    Take your time…

  128. notafan

    Yep choosing to abstain from voting is in fact having a say.

  129. Cassie of Sydney

    “1735099
    #3722516, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Like clockwork he shifts the goals posts and moves along.

    He really is “So sad….”

  130. Pedro the Loafer

    . . . . . . showcase of the most exciting young Australian artists working today.

    I was going to write a pithy comment on the quality of The Oz’s selection of “exciting young artists” but there are no comments allowed.

    I wondered why.

    Perhaps the editors at The Oz know their readers too well.

  131. Roger

    An actual expert in infectious diseases, not a politically appointed public health bureaucrat whose highest tertiary degree is an MBA – looking at you, QLD CHO “Doctor” Jeannette Young – says the covid virus cannot be eradicated (scroll down the page) and explains why. Ergo, efforts to do so are misguided and dangerous as they wreak more havoc on peoples’ lives than the virus does. We have to live with it, not aspire to be without it. Locking down greater Brisbane for three days over one case was absurd.

  132. Cassie of Sydney

    “The Child claimed I posted non-acceptance of the Electoral College vote.”

    The racist should stop whilst he’s behind……

    So sad…

  133. notafan

    I thought the future dil was all blm?

  134. 1735099

    Candy’s logic –

    Choosing not to vote is not “having no say”.

    What “say” do non-voters have?

  135. Cassie of Sydney

    “Mater
    #3722525, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:28 am
    And he doesn’t even break step!”

    Yep….he’s nothing if not predictable.

  136. Woolfe

    Toby Price out of Dakar. Was in second place by 1 second.

  137. Cassie of Sydney

    “I wondered why.

    Perhaps the editors at The Oz know their readers too well.”

    Pedro…the Oz is doing a good job at alienating those readers.

  138. Mater

    I actually posted a breakdown of voting percentages.
    Have another go – keep looking.

    Look up, dickhead.
    What does “alleged” mean?

    1735099
    #3669624, posted on November 24, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Trump, the alleged president, has an obesity problem, and was deferred from service in Vietnam 5 times for heel spurs, although he can’t recall which heel.

  139. Warwick

    Roger
    #3722535, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Would like to read it but cannot find it! Its somehwere in the linked Guardian page yes?

  140. Woolfe

    And to refuel all you Riccardo haaaaaters out there, here he is promoting free speech and a business battling coivid bullshit.

    But hey lets rip into the important stuff, like Joes eyebrows.

  141. 1735099

    What does alleged mean?

    It doesn’t mean that I said he lost the Electoral College vote.
    That’s what you’re supposed to be finding for the child.
    Have another look.
    Take your time…

  142. H B Bear

    Cassie – When the alternative is Kerry Stokes rag Teh Worst suddenly Teh Paywallian looks real good.

  143. DrBeauGan

    What “say” do non-voters have?

    They get to say that neither candidate is worth getting out of bed for. This is an important thing to communicate to the political parties.

  144. Roger

    Roger
    #3722535, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Would like to read it but cannot find it! Its somehwere in the linked Guardian page yes?

    It’s a pain, I know, Warwick. Here is the relevant bit. The speaker is Professor Lyn Gilbert – you can google her – :

    Covid-19 does not fulfil the criteria for an infectious disease that can be eradicated, unlike smallpox and measles, for example which have no animal reservoir; a single immunological type; are easily diagnosed/typical disease with minimal or no asymptomatic infection. In contrast, SARS-CoV-2 infection has a reservoir in (or potential spread to) animals, a high rate of mild and asymptomatic infection and nonspecific symptoms and the potential for genetic variation that may, at some stage escape vaccine protection (this is another unknown – there is little or no evidence that current SARS Cov-2 variants can evade current vaccines, but we do not know what will happen under pressure from widespread vaccination or future spontaneous genetic variation).”

  145. Cassie of Sydney

    “Woolfe
    #3722553, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:38 am
    And to refuel all you Riccardo haaaaaters out there, here he is promoting free speech and a business battling coivid bullshit.”

    Woolfe…I’m not a Riccardo haaaaater….I’ve met him numerous times and found him to be impressive, intelligent, witty, urbane and sincere….however I found his rant in the video yesterday “strange”.

  146. Mater

    It doesn’t mean that I said he lost the Electoral College vote.

    Righty’o. Just that he’s only an “alleged” President.

    I guess this is the best I can expect of someone who believes both that he was, and wasn’t, deferred from service, at the same time.

  147. Warwick

    Hey Roger — many thanks!

  148. Cassie of Sydney

    H B Bear
    #3722559, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:41 am
    Cassie – When the alternative is Kerry Stokes rag Teh Worst suddenly Teh Paywallian looks real good.”

    Agree.

  149. Boambee John

    What “say” do non-voters have?

    The ostrich (head up bum) seems unaware of the expression “A pox on all of your houses”.

  150. Roger

    Hey Roger — many thanks!

    You are welcome!

  151. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hard on the guy but I couldn’t help but think of KD when I saw this headline on Sky just now:

    Mitchell Marsh injured after bowling 3 balls

    He needs a new career methinks, one that doesn’t break his body quite so often.

  152. Geriatric Mayfly

    Pedro the Loafer
    #3722533, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:30 am
    . . . . . . showcase of the most exciting young Australian artists working today.

    Private Eye ran a cartoon series Young British Artists. They were always on the look out for art that commanded good prices, and extremely envious to boot when their shit failed to even gain any recognition.

  153. Old School Conservative

    It doesn’t mean that I said he lost the Electoral College vote.

    Poor evasive technique there numbers. All your years of practice should have made you a past master of avoiding arguments that you are losing.

    It is more than evident that your main talking points have been:
    1. Trump lost the popular vote and therefore is an illegitimate President.
    2. Since such a large percentage of people don’t vote, Trump is an illegitimate President.

    Since you can’t argue against those facts, you slither to another talking point.

    PS – “The child”, “fatty”, “pre-pubescent schoolboy”, and “snake oil salesman.” are all ad-homs you have used, despite your claim to the contrary.

  154. Roger

    China watch:

    The renminbi is surging on the back of China’s post-covid economic recovery, spurred on by locked down Western consumers ordering Chinese manufactured products online. Politically, there is speculation as to the CCP’s motives in allowing the currency to run high, esp. in light of a pending Biden presidency.

    It doesn’t look as though the great decoupling will be happening anytime soon.

  155. dopey

    Good old ABC: ‘Pence will not declare Donald Trump unfit for office.’ Some dubious wording there.

  156. duncanm

    lotocoti
    #3722584, posted on January 13, 2021 at 12:09 pm
    Hungary continues to repair the ravages of national and international socialism.

    while the EU tries to impose the new socialism, alphabet-soup.

  157. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Yes, Hagan is a professional stirrer. He is the one who complained to Scrabble the other day about certain words not being banned to his specifications.

    He’s over on the Oz website, regarding the change of name of THAT cheese, wearing a “T” shirt proclaiming “Always was, always will be.” That’s apparently not divisive, or racist in any way.

  158. duncanm

    Woolfe
    #3722541, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:33 am
    Toby Price out of Dakar. Was in second place by 1 second.

    TP needs to have a word to that Tony Rice character who crashed his Honda

  159. 1735099

    I guess this is the best I can expect from someone who believes both that he was, and wasn’t deferred from service, at the same time.

    What I “believe” is the actual truth.
    I was called up on March 10th 1967 in the fifth National Service ballot.
    My birthdate (June 5th) was pulled from the barrel by Ron Clarke.
    At that time my status was “not deferred”, the same as every other balloted Nasho.
    I applied for deferment which was granted about a month later, although I always knew it was automatic for bonded student teachers.
    I was enlisted, post deferment, in January 1969.
    So, to be absolutely precise, which is apparently your literalistic obsession, I was “not deferred” for more than a month starting March 1967 when my birthdate was drawn, and deferred for a little less than two years between April 1967 and January 1969.
    The “at the same time” is your invention.
    I trust you’re not too thick to follow this fairly simple outline.
    I live in hope….

  160. Mater

    1735099
    #622426, posted on October 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    I was 23 when I arrived in Vietnam, having been deferred for 2 years because I was at Uni.

    1735099
    #2990778, posted on April 18, 2019 at 9:22 am

    – Were you or were you not deferred twice?

    I was not “deferred”.

  161. notafan

    Bosi has shown himself to be unable to identify truth from off the planet obvious loopy fiction.

    When you dip your toe into Fiona Barnett country you’ve lost me, and no doubt many others.

  162. Zyconoclast

    More Immigrants Will Come to the U.S. Under President Biden. That’s a Good Thing.

    However, there’s little doubt that more immigrants will start coming once Joe Biden becomes president. And that’s OK. The United States has a historic opportunity to regain its image as a country of immigrants. But it won’t be easy.

  163. 1735099

    Since you can’t argue against these facts

    Thank you for acknowledging that they are indeed facts.
    That unpopularity is becoming evident after the 2020 vote, the Georgia runoffs, and the events of the last week.
    Tell me where I have denied using ad-homs to identify Dettol Donny.
    I have made a New Year resolution to avoid describing posters here in personal terms, despite the daily abuse directed at me whenever they run out of arguments, logic or rationality.
    It’s difficult, especially when people like you verbal me non-stop.

  164. johanna

    Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t let any daughter of mine near an NRL player, they are dirtbags. But there are always two sides to every story.

    I was a bit of a groupie in my young and pretty days. Politicians and musicians, certainly not sports figures, who are almost uniformly stupid and clumsy, from what I heard.

    I don’t get why this is suddenly a big deal. We all have to trade on what we have to get what we want.

    All those whiners hoping for a big payout get no sympathy from me. You could have done what I did, and said, ‘see ya, loser’ and walked out.

    Trading sex is as old as humanity. I never got a penny for any of it, but meeting and greeting some of my heroes was a buzz. I don’t regret a thing.

    Some of the names are well known, not telling, a lady never tells.

    But I can rule out that well known skirt chaser Malcolm Turnbull. Why any sentient being would want to bed him is a mystery.

  165. 1735099

    I was not deferred

    I tried.
    Read my outline, go away and have a quiet think.
    There’s nothing else I can do for you.

  166. 1735099

    Boss has shown himself unable to identify the truth from off the planet obvious loopy fiction.

    Explains why he was admired here so strongly and for so long.

  167. Mater

    It was you who said that you “deferred” for two years, Bob. Not me.
    I can go on what you tell us.

    Go away and contemplate that in a quiet corner.

  168. Frank

    Numbers failed to die in his sleep again I see.

  169. Mater

    When you contradict yourself, one story must be either a mistake, or a lie.

    You tend towards the latter.

  170. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We are witnessing with Trump the modern equivalent of the murder of Caesar.
    Like his murderers, these ones would be too cowardly to act alone.
    They had to conspire beforehand, act in concert, many of them feigned friendship towards Caesar and all plunge the knife in after they had him hemmed in and vulnerable.
    The real history about to be made here is what happens after they murder Caesar.
    It won’t go as they think it will.

    Yes. I’ve been surprised that no cartoonist has yet put this into a toon; not one I’ve seen anyway.
    Been waiting for it, for it is an obvious parallel.

  171. Cassie of Sydney

    “I have made a New Year resolution to avoid describing posters here in personal terms, despite the daily abuse directed at me whenever they run out of arguments, logic or rationality.”

    LOL…the racist is a comedian…albeit a poor one.

  172. duncanm

    Can we all just agree that March 10, 1967 was a significant historical occasion, and move on?

  173. Nick

    and no doubt many others.

    Places such as the Cat should be a logical base and reflect your target voter. However, if you lose them, I’m not sure where else the votes will come from.

  174. bespoke

    I don’t know Bosi but there doesn’t look like any long term history of such things. So hopefully he learns from it and get back in the game.

  175. Cassie of Sydney

    ” Why any sentient being would want to bed him is a mystery.”

    I’ve always had my doubts about Luce.

    They make a good pair……revolting people.

  176. Cassie of Sydney

    I tell you who is quite handsome….Tony Abbott.

  177. The Beer whisperer

    Struth
    #3722497, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:11 am
    The beautiful girl who should by now be my daughter in Law reposted this on Facebook.

    Struth, it looks like you’ve hit gold in the daughter in law stakes. Any tips? Asking for a son friend.

  178. Cassie of Sydney

    “I don’t know Bosi but there doesn’t look like any long term history of such things. So hopefully he learns from it and get back in the game.”

    Well I would say he’s burnt his bridges with Sky News which would have given him a platform at times. I doubt that Paul Whitakker will have him on Outsiders any time soon.

  179. Des Deskperson

    ‘He’s over on the Oz website, regarding the change of name of THAT cheese, wearing a “T” shirt proclaiming “Always was, always will be.” That’s apparently not divisive, or racist in any way.’

    This extract from his Wikipedia entry is interesting:

    ‘In July, 2010, Hagan became editor of the National Indigenous Times. After promising to fix problems with plagiarism at the paper, Hagan left in December 2013. His suit for unfair dismissal was part of the reason the paper went into administration in 2015’.

    While we don’t know the whole story, but…. . I wonder what the overall Indigenous community thinks of him.

    And I’d like to know why he left DFAT after only one posting, after being made much of when he joined as one of the first Indigenous diplos. If he’d stayed on, he would have almost certainly been guaranteed an Ambassadorship.

  180. Woolfe

    Bossi is out there doing stuff and being seen. We are all hunched over our computers criticising someone who is out there trying. And Joel has big eyebrows. That is an important indication of someones credibility.

    Sure some of his 5g and peddddo stuff is crazy, though he does always encourage you to do your own research.

  181. WDYSIA

    Numbers failed to die in his sleep again I see.

    🤣 🤣 🤣

  182. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Woolfe…I’m not a Riccardo haaaaater….I’ve met him numerous times and found him to be impressive, intelligent, witty, urbane and sincere….however I found his rant in the video yesterday “strange”.

    Riccardo has been a welcome guest at our home. My feelings are the same as Cassie’s above. As an engaged and then disappointed member of Australian Conservatives, I have not rushed to join another political movement when invited in the trawl of Aust Cons membership, but wish Riccardo well in his venture. One difficult video is certainly not the whole measure of the man. I hope we may see him again at Cat drinks sometime.

  183. bespoke

    johanna
    #3722614, posted on January 13, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    👍 Honesty

  184. Mater

    Can we all just agree that March 10, 1967 was a significant historical occasion, and move on?

    Is that the day a high trajectory round (emanating from the Australian base) descended from the heavens and struck a Vietnamese National, in a nearby village?

  185. Mater

    No. Wrong year. Sorry all. Different significant event.

  186. Leigh Lowe

    Woolfe
    #3722553, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:38 am
    And to refuel all you Riccardo haaaaaters out there, here he is promoting free speech and a business battling coivid bullshit.

    Woolfe, no-one is a “Ricardo Haaaater” as far as I can see.
    When he talked free speech and basic core conservative values it was good stuff, but for some reason he has gone totally off the reservation on all sorts of loopy stuff.
    That, coupled with the intrusive WWCC requirements to become a member means A1 is a “no” for me.
    People are entitled to express a view that Bosi and A1 are not for them.
    This is not the Manson ranch or the Bagwan Orange-people village.
    We can choose to come and go as we please.

  187. Struth

    From Facebook.

    The new COVID vaccinations are not actually vaccinations.
    Vaccinations used to be the introduction of dead virus cells, or a version of an antibody to create an internal response.
    Vaccines like this have been around for decades, if not centuries, and when rushed they can cause major issues.
    I note here, most of the adverse reactions are not to the actual vaccine itself, but more so those ingredients added for mass production.
    In fact they do very little if any testing on the final product, which is a sad aspect of the fact there is no accountability.
    Those vaccines that have had terrible outcomes, are those rushed, and sadly usually trialled in poorer nations, but research your self.
    Fact is, no vaccine, no food, is 100% safe, so when you hear the media say vaccines are safe, its an out right lie.
    The new COVID vaccination is actually messenger RNA, it instruct your body at a cellular level to create and then attack spike protean, it has been rushed through and has never been trialled before ever.
    It is not rocket science to do research on this, because so many are frightened by the idea, lead experts, even from the vaccine producers.
    Yes there has been extensive reported adverse reactions, but as usual, the reactions are to some of the ingredients, the issue is not these immediate adverse reactions even though they are more than usual, they are expected.
    The issue is the long term possibilities, because you cannot stop the process once it is injected.
    It a bit like our governments decision to inject part treated sewerage water into the great artesian basin, when I questioned this, asking if it proves to be a bad move, can it be fixed, and they said no, so I opposed the idea, why would you put our Artesian basins water at any risk, the same applies to our body’s, our genes, our DNA.
    If in 12 months time, your body starts attacking itself, which is what so many experts fear, you are screwed.
    In this world there are lot of people in positions of power who have advocated to reduce the numbers if humans on this planet, and as much as that is debatable, those same people are pushing this new vaccine, either way, it raises enough questions to support our freedom to say, No thanks..
    Any expert that steps up and questions this new attempt to introduce an RNA messenger system into our bodies are shut down by fact checkers, but those fact checkers do not debate facts, they are their to push a narrative, I know this for a fact.
    Billions of dollars are at stake to those pushing the agenda, and money breeds contempt.
    While all this continues, smaller countries are introducing well known and safe drugs to overcome COVID, with huge success.
    I suppose it goes like this, if you believe the media, the government and those that profit from the RNA injection, inject it.
    If you do not, think twice.
    For those not in the know, spike proteins, the very things the COVID RNA will instruct your body to destroy, are also a part of our reproductive system, hence the warning not to have unprotected sex for a month after receiving your safe COVID injection.
    The main promoter of the COVID shot, kind of wants a reduction in population as I mentioned earlier.
    I do not trust anything rushed. let alone when they are all but trialling the idea on the entire worlds population, let alone starting with our front line health workers.
    When any new idea, is not reversible, best it is trialled for a few years, maybe a decade, not less than 12 months, so I have made my decision, and I will fight for you to be able to chose your medical regime as I always have.

  188. bespoke

    This is not the Manson ranch or the Bagwan Orange-people village.

    I have my doubts some times.

    We can choose to come and go as we please.

    I can, you? 😁

  189. After how many years of nothing but announcing upgrades to roundabouts and pedestrian crossings, our local federal member (SFL, yes federal) discovers Twitter and tweets this:

    Dr Fiona Martin
    @FionaMartinMP
    ·
    Freedom of speech does not equal freedom of responsibility. In a political environment shaped by COVID, the responsibility of every MP is to safeguard democracy by rejecting disinformation and fake news. We have a duty to our nation to follow the evidence and facts.

    Dutifully retweeteted by one Maolcom Turnbull.

    Dear federal electorate of Reid in NSW, be afraid – Craig Laundy is back, dressed in drag.

  190. duncanm

    Struth
    #3722658, posted on January 13, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    I am legend anyone ?

  191. johanna

    I’ve been mining youtube for old movies and TV shows, and have come across some gems.

    I’ve found episodes of The Planemakers, the prelude to the magnificent The Power Game. They were previously thought to be lost forever. If you’re interested, find a chap called Legolas Greenleaf and even more improbably a chap called Whitemancame tookeverything.

    I suspect both are running under the radar with their names.

    Boardroom skulduggery galore, as well as commercial and industrial reality in the 1960s with The Planemakers. Lots of the great Patrick Wymark, who aged visibly through the 60s and died at age 50.

    His ghastly daughter played Barnaby’s irritating woke wife in Midsomer Murders. Talk about only the good die young.

    Finally, I am watching a movie from 1948 called Thieves’ Highway. It is a corker, trucking and the produce markets in the forties as a very rough game.

    Richard Conte, Lee J Cobb, black and white – enjoy!

  192. wivenhoe

    “Always was, always will be.”

    That Cheese.

  193. Leigh Lowe

    Sure some of his 5g and peddddo stuff is crazy, though he does always encourage you to do your own research.

    Which I have done.
    And I found his assertions registered 9 on the Nutter scale.
    Therefore scrubbed.
    .
    Bespoke, as for him “getting back in the game”, politically he is a goner.
    The internet is forever.
    If he ever looks like getting close to a Senate/state upper house seat, out it will come.

  194. Struth

    When it comes to Riccardo, I think he is a man of great decency, but I was surprised during the zoom meeting, that while lecturing on how to fight this take over and the extreme left, he didn’t have the smarts to steer clear of the Pedo stuff…….even if it is right………maybe it is and maybe it isn’t in this crazy old world, but that is just not smart at all.
    He may as well have bent over for his political enemies and yelled take me.

  195. louis

    Federal government considering change to Superannuation to give employees the option to take home more pay or put it into Super.

    Get ready for the industry (the Super executives and advisors) and the unions to go nuclear!

    The unions because Super fund executive seems to be the desired destination of union officials.

  196. Struth

    did you write that, Duncan?

  197. Cassie of Sydney

    “he didn’t have the smarts to steer clear of the Pedo stuff…….even if it is right………maybe it is and maybe it isn’t in this crazy old world, but that is just not smart at all.”

    I wrote about this last night Struth…anyone babbling on about “peterfilia” cabals and so on is loony…and I’m suspicious of. Of course Peterfilia exists and needs to be hunted down and prosecuted however this fixation is outright hysteria. As I wrote last night, it is similar to the satanic abuse hysteria of the late 80’s and 90’s. And let’s not forget….an innocent man went to jail for over 400 days precisely because of this unhinged peterfilia hysteria. LL is right…he’s stuffed…the internet is forever the left will extract is and use it against him.

  198. Cassie of Sydney

    “He may as well have bent over for his political enemies and yelled take me.”

    Yep.

  199. duncanm

    Struth
    #3722676, posted on January 13, 2021 at 1:18 pm
    did you write that, Duncan?

    no – but your quote from facebook reminded me of the I am legend movie plot. Vaccine goes rogue, takes out civilisation, zombie apocalypse, etc..

  200. bespoke

    As you know LL “being in the game” isn’t all about coat tailing, being elected or the loudest.

  201. jo

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #3722646, posted on January 13, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Woolfe…I’m not a Riccardo haaaaater….I’ve met him numerous times and found him to be impressive, intelligent, witty, urbane and sincere….however I found his rant in the video yesterday “strange”.

    Riccardo has been a welcome guest at our home. My feelings are the same as Cassie’s above. As an engaged and then disappointed member of Australian Conservatives, I have not rushed to join another political movement when invited in the trawl of Aust Cons membership, but wish Riccardo well in his venture. One difficult video is certainly not the whole measure of the man. I hope we may see him again at Cat drinks sometime.

    That is probably the biggest problem with conservatives. Say one thing wrong or stupid , didn’t come out the way you thought, you’re dismissed out of hand. The Left encourage it. For them its a race to be further out there than the next moron. Say something stupid, double down. Nobody will notice, by then some other moron will agree or say something worse.

  202. Struth

    That is probably the biggest problem with conservatives. Say one thing wrong or stupid , didn’t come out the way you thought, you’re dismissed out of hand. The Left encourage it. For them its a race to be further out there than the next moron. Say something stupid, double down. Nobody will notice, by then some other moron will agree or say something worse.

    No he raved on for a good five minutes about pedos and that wasn’t a slip of tongue.
    I wanted him to be smart.
    That wasn’t.
    And it’s not because Conservatives are too tough on the individual, rather that “natural conservatives” ……half our population, who we must consider with forced voting, need to be taken for a political journey so he can grab their votes and that shit will push them away.
    You don’t have to be dishonest, it’s about picking your fights if you want to lead, say what you want when you don’t….Leaders, which he is putting himself forward to be, need to be smarter than that. Not because of what the left throw at you, but to try and get the available demographics.

  203. Mother Lode

    From ‘Dangerous Fantasy’ to Reality in Seven Years: EU Reveals ‘Uniformed Service’

    The uniforms were easy.

    Getting the rest of Europe to agree was easy too – every nation thinks they will be able to sponge off the others, except for Germany which just wants finally to be top dog.

    But getting them paying for it, and getting troops to be ready to deploy outside of business hours, will be impossible.

  204. johanna

    Climate Change is now picking on baby sharks
    on the Little Reef That Could

    Baby sharks will find it difficult to survive on the Great Barrier Reef by the end of the century, scientists say, with climate change and warmer oceans leading to the creatures being born smaller, exhausted and undernourished.
    Key points:

    The study looked at the growth of epaulette shark hatchlings in controlled settings simulating future ocean temperatures
    It found sharks were born smaller and lacking the energy needed for their first days of life
    Researchers are concerned about shark species not as strong and adaptable as the epaulette shark

    A new study by James Cook University’s (JCU) ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies focused on epaulette sharks, an egg-laying shark found only on the Great Barrier Reef.

    Study co-author Jodie Rummer said the epaulette shark was a species that was “really tolerant” to challenging and changing conditions, including ocean acidification.

    “We started investigating the effects of [rising] temperatures … and what’s particularly alarming is that temperatures seem to be its kryptonite,” Dr Rummer said.

    Science today. It seems to be kryptonite.

  205. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    this is handsome

    Oh my, yes. Richard Burton. Shades at times of the younger Hairy, that Celtic face, dark hair. I have somewhere a photo of Hairy in his prime, taken by his staff, who saw a remarkable likeness to Russell Crowe.

    Together in our older years we did enjoy wandering around Puerto Vallerta in Mexico in that strange March of 2020 under Covid’s Damoclean sword, where we visited the original house where Burton lived with his wife, and then the house that he and Elizabeth Taylor moved into together to begin their great romance. In the foyer there is a rather crass statue of the two of them locked in an eternal clinch. Kiss me, my hero, I murmur to Hairy as we leave these premises to trudge up and down a thousand stairs of this one-time Hollywood retreat township inserted into the hillside above the blue bay, where so much remains as it was in the 50’s and 60’s. My best memory of 2020.

  206. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    It is now a boutique hotel, where one day we will go back to stay.

    Photos here, including the clinch.

  207. bespoke

    And it’s not because Conservatives are too tough on the individual, rather that “natural conservatives” ……half our population, who we must consider with forced voting, need to be taken for a political journey so he can grab their votes and that shit will push them away.
    You don’t have to be dishonest, it’s about picking your fights if you want to lead, say what you want when you don’t….Leaders, which he is putting himself forward to be, need to be smarter than that. Not because of what the left throw at you, but to try and get the available demographics.

    Well said

  208. Nick

    You know, when Struth is the voice of reason…., just saying.

  209. Struth

    Government, marched through by global socialists, have done everything to kill us off.
    Well, not yet.
    Euthenasia, …can’t bring it quick enough.
    Killing babies even after they are born, and calling it abortion.
    The oldies are too costly on socialised medicine, so need to be terminated.
    Western people and the mulitudes of poor need to be gone to help save the Planet, Gates has said this.
    He can’t be sued for side effects.
    Are we supposed to believe governments who find oldies a burden on the finances all of a sudden hold a concern for their well being so great they close down the nation, and also from baby killers take a drug that alters your body in a way to destruct your reproductive system and have god knows what other side effects?
    This is going to come to a head.
    You will not avoid it.
    The sooner we drag these people onto the streets, the less death and misery there will be.

  210. johanna

    I just heard that Air B&B in the US are now taking down accounts based on whether anyone might be a Trump supporter.

    Make no mistake, this is war.

  211. johanna

    Some new splinter rightist group emerges – turns out to be a dud.

    Rinse, repeat.

    The only anchor in that world is Mark Latham. How about getting behind him?

  212. Mitch M.

    That is probably the biggest problem with conservatives. Say one thing wrong or stupid , didn’t come out the way you thought, you’re dismissed out of hand. The Left encourage it. For them its a race to be further out there than the next moron. Say something stupid, double down. Nobody will notice, by then some other moron will agree or say something worse.

    The biggest problem with conservatives is that they keep looking for saviors and don’t realise salvation lies in each of them. Ever since Palin conservatives have been placing their faith in some individual to lead the charge like those foolish Japanese officers rushing into battle with swords raised guaranteeing they will be the first casualties. With conservatives it is too easy: take out the leader they retreat.

    Politics is about numbers. The Left can mobilise huge numbers on the streets while the best conservatives can do is attend another rally or send letters to MPs. Get with the program, take it to the streets. Make yourselves seen instead of refusing to air your opinions because those might offend people.

  213. Leigh Lowe

    I agree Cassie.
    The loopy peter-file stuff is dangerous.
    I am not naming them here because I think they basically started from a place with the best intentions but most have now morphed into vigilante groups who see any man walking alone in a park as prima facie evidence of trawling for kiddies.
    Ricardo …
    Do.
    Not.
    Engage.

  214. Mark A

    1735099
    #3722261, posted on January 13, 2021 at 7:59 am
    =======================
    I don’t know why, but even seeing numbers’ posts here makes my stomach churn, scrolling him as much as I can but my peripheral vision is excellent.

    Scrolling by quite a few posters but don’t feel the same disgust for them as I do for him, they are just trolls.
    He is a truly despicable individual.

  215. johanna

    Mitch, Trump got huge numbers out at his rallies.

    Stick to microbiology.

  216. Leigh Lowe

    johanna
    #3722722, posted on January 13, 2021 at 2:00 pm
    I just heard that Air B&B in the US are now taking down accounts based on whether anyone might be a Trump supporter.

    I wouldn’t stress about Air BnB Johanna.
    They have a high brand recognition, but their reputation is shit, both with guests and hosts.
    The biggest problem is further up the food chain.
    Google et al hiding away any provider who does not bend the knee before the Kah-Mah-Lah Administration.

  217. duncanm

    A new study by James Cook University’s (JCU) ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies focused on epaulette sharks, an egg-laying shark found only on the Great Barrier Reef.

    1 minute of googling gives me this

    Distribution and habitat
    The range of the epaulette shark extends from the southern coast of New Guinea to the northern coast of Australia, as far south as Sydney.[5]

    The reef is greater than anyone ever imagined.

  218. duncanm

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
    #3722711, posted on January 13, 2021 at 1:52 pm
    It is now a boutique hotel, where one day we will go back to stay.

    Photos here, including the clinch.

    This is quite a stunning portrait and placement.

  219. Old School Conservative

    Well done National Cabinet and Pony Girl, your plan of destruction is working splendidly.

    The Pearl Café, a well-regarded European-style bistro which established itself 14 years ago in a niche hospitality precinct in Woolloongabba, has shut the doors for good.

    The owners bought the business in April so were ineligible for JobKeeper etc, as I understand it.
    The menu attracted my attention too – pan-fried scallops with roasted artichoke, twice-cooked duck with truffled potato mash and oxtail ragu on spelt pappardelle.

  220. Mitch M.

    johanna
    #3722739, posted on January 13, 2021 at 2:12 pm
    Mitch, Trump got huge numbers out at his rallies.

    Stick to microbiology.

    Huge numbers and no alternative leaders. A good leader gets a team together so if one falls another can rise. Trump was all about Trump. Trump is finished and there is no-one to fill shoes. Peterson made the same mistake. He stuffed up and never made provision for another to step into his shoes. Consider BLM and Antifa, not about leaders but about a cause. They fight for a cause not for a leader. We need numbers to fight for a cause not a person.

  221. WDYSIA

    Trump is finished and there is no-one to fill shoes.

    You haven’t been paying attention. Say hello to President Pompeo in 2024.

  222. Arky

    1735099
    #3722516, posted on January 13, 2021 at 11:24 am
    Watching live cable from the US is revealing.
    *Broadcasts about Covid are very similar to those here. There are signers (although I can’t make out what system they’re using – doesn’t look like Auslan).

    ..
    Fuck you’re thick.

  223. Cassie of Sydney:

    Dettol Donny, Covid deaths, Jooos, Vietnam
    Dettol Donny, Covid deaths, Jooos, Vietnam
    Dettol Donny, Covid deaths, Jooos, Vietnam
    Dettol Donny, Covid deaths, Jooos, Vietnam

    I rarely go to the Open Forum these days, Cassie. The three amigos have turned it into a sewer.

  224. johanna

    About 32C here, the hottest so far this summer. Most days have been in the mid 20s, not like the 30+ every day in December and January last year when the bushfires were raging.

    TheirABC has been fulminating along the lines that ‘last year was the second hottest’ or the totally untrue ‘the Arctic is melting.’

    They are struggling for headlines in face of the facts.

    Still, that’s not a new problem for them.

  225. jo

    Fair enough Struth in this case.

  226. Leigh Lowe

    I rarely go to the Open Forum these days, Cassie. The three amigos have turned it into a sewer.

    Update.
    It is now cleaned up and safe Winston.
    We have driven the Furniture Shop guys away.

  227. WDYSIA

    Re bonkers Bosi
    You can’t even take your kid to pony club these days without getting a WWC clearance. A parent has to have a WWC to take their kid to pony club.
    I know of a sexual predator who tried to get membership into a Sydney branch of the Libs a few years back.
    WWC is probably not necessary for membership – I would be surprised if that’s allowable under privacy laws – but should be mandatory for office holders and those who run for office.

  228. Leigh Lowe

    johanna
    #3722726, posted on January 13, 2021 at 2:02 pm
    Some new splinter rightist group emerges – turns out to be a dud.

    Rinse, repeat.

    The only anchor in that world is Mark Latham. How about getting behind him?

    Can’t vote for him from South of the Murray.
    Or can I … ?

  229. notafan

    Yes LL

    Its a serious error of judgement. If he believes that no evidence rubbish what else is he falling for?

    When it was still around I had a look at Barnett’s website…

    The allegations were very similar to those tossed around in the UK by that fellow now in prison, at least Australian police aren’t that gullible.

    And same on splinter right groups, just rally around Latham instead of endless forming new personality based parties.

  230. Carpe Jugulum

    Fuck you’re thick.

    Fact Check = True

  231. johanna

    Mitch M.
    #3722758, posted on January 13, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    johanna
    #3722739, posted on January 13, 2021 at 2:12 pm
    Mitch, Trump got huge numbers out at his rallies.

    Stick to microbiology.

    Huge numbers and no alternative leaders. A good leader gets a team together so if one falls another can rise. Trump was all about Trump. Trump is finished and there is no-one to fill shoes. Peterson made the same mistake. He stuffed up and never made provision for another to step into his shoes. Consider BLM and Antifa, not about leaders but about a cause. They fight for a cause not a person

    Cool your jets, Mitch. The people (hundreds of thousands of them) who came to the Trump rallies did not come there to support abstract principles. They came to support Trump, who would deliver the abstract principles.

    Your suggestion that the test of a great leader is grooming his successor is simply laughable.

  232. WDYSIA

    Thanks, Bruce, for confirming the fact that what Dettol Donny is taking credit for what is largely replacement, not new barriers.

    Actually false again. This was new build and there is an additional 350 kilometers of wall started which was not in the original plan but came as extra bonus.

  233. notafan

    Americans in twitter are talking about Ted Cruz and others.

    No more septuagenarians, time for young sharp minded politicians to have a turn.

  234. Bruce O’Newk:

    So if they complete it it loses $8 billion, but if you pull the plug now it only loses $4.5 billion. Oh.
    Given the budget blowouts for Snowy 2.0 you just might think the numbers would be quite similar.

    This is how the government will get advantage from squandering your super –
    1. Build something that uses a lot of Union labour.
    2. Keep pouring money into it even if it is going tits up.
    3. When it finally goes down for the third time, appoint favoured mates to a Commission of Inquiry.
    4. Accept money from suddenly wealthy Unions and legal firms.
    5. Parcel out money to Green groups for more ‘decarbonisation’ projects.

    See how easy it is to make such a project ‘successful”?*
    * successful means raking in taxpayers money to the Legal/Union/Green/Political machine.

  235. Indolent

    Mitch, Trump got huge numbers out at his rallies.

    And they voted for him too, much good it did him or them.

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