Open Forum: January 16, 2021

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  1. Leigh Lowe says:

    Interesting.
    The specialist sledgers went vewwy, vewwy quiet in the last hour.
    Wade(y) spent most of the last two Tests telling Pant he was overweight.
    Too fat.
    Too slow.
    Too good.

  2. Farmer Gez says:

    If so, should be an epic pissup tonight.

    Indians are very keen on top shelf, particularly whiskey.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Go away Numbers.
    What a miserable ghost you are.

  4. 1735099 says:

    And they beat the hell out of the Chinese on the border.

    Only on Catallaxy.
    But if you’d tried a little harder you could have injected “Socialist” or “Communist” in there somewhere.

  5. thefrollickingmole says:

    The waiting lists are shorter if you have the money to go private.
    If you don’t – stiff shit – you wait.

    So rationing in the private sector is lower ?
    If you can pay?
    So supply comes closer to meeting demand when the profit motive is involved?

    Has anyone told Sinc? There might be some new, exciting and never before covered element of economics at play.

  6. JC says:

    If Bowen is correct, can the states lawfully impose quarantine on interstate travellers absent a legislative instrument of delegation?

    Yes they can, Happy Cassidy. They can do this through their various health and safety acts. In fact they can do pretty much what they want – even jailing people without trial if they’re deemed to be a threat to public safety/health.

    Bowen is most likely referring to international visitors.

  7. H B Bear says:

    Another serve of humble pie dished up to a well deserved bunch. Arguably by the Indian 2nd XI.

  8. Boambee John says:

    1735099
    #3730039, posted on January 19, 2021 at 6:44 pm
    You only need to see the waiting lists and times to appreciate the difference.

    And?
    The waiting lists are shorter if you have the money to go private.
    If you don’t – stiff shit – you wai
    t.

    Ah, the joys of
    socialised”medicine, combined with the ever sympathetic “progressive” aattitude. Very much an “I’m all right Jack” moment from the ostrich.

  9. Mater says:

    And?
    The waiting lists are shorter if you have the money to go private.

    But didn’t you just say:

    And you believe that this doesn’t happen in the private system?

    But at the end of the day, you’ve been spruiking the “socialised medicine”, but chose not to use it when it mattered. Convenience or speed of treatment, it doesn’t matter why. It didn’t provide what you wanted/needed, and you fell back on the private system.

  10. 1735099 says:

    If so, should be an epic pissup tonight.

    If Dettol Donny was coaching Australia, he’d be tweeting – “It was rigged – the scorers were got at – we won bigly”.

  11. Tintarella di Luna says:

    Isn’t quarantine specifically a Commonwealth responsibility?

  12. JC says:

    Isn’t quarantine specifically a Commonwealth responsibility?

    It is at international access points. This doesn’t prevent states from demanding quarantine from people from other states.

    Look, the state laws all allow it. I’m pretty certain though they haven’t been tested in the High Court.

  13. 1735099 says:

    So supply comes closer to demand when the profit motive is involved?

    Sure, when you’re in the market.
    If you can’t afford to get in the market (you can’t pay) how does the profit motive fix that small problem?

  14. Top Ender says:

    Rumour doing the rounds in Canberra etc…fed Gov is trying to find a way out of the Frog submarine contract.

    French have missed deadlines and things are generally not going well.

    Reliability of the rumour not assessable.

  15. thefrollickingmole says:

    Do the privates seem shriveled and needy today?

  16. H B Bear says:

    Give it away NamBob. Sad.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Hopefully Numbers will think about himself after seeing all the racist white supremacist Cats welcoming the well-earned victory by the Curry Munchers.

    I don’t think it’s likely though. He’s ossified.

  18. notafan says:

    More nonsense from bluloo.

    First of all there no public nursing homes in Melbourne, zip , zero, nada.

    The only state run facilities are regional and rural iirc often in old district hospitals.

    The vast majority of nursing homes in Melbourne did not have covid outbreaks, and the problems in facilities like St Basil’s were exacerbated by state government refusal to transfer affected patients to hospital. Patients were eventually transferred, too late, mostly to private hospitals eg Knox and Bellbird.

    Noone really thinks that hospitals public or private are free from mismanagement and error.

  19. Tintarella di Luna says:

    Look, the state laws all allow it. I’m pretty certain though they haven’t been tested in the High Court.

    Airports are points of access and Commonwealth responsibility — but of course it hasn’t been tested in the High Court because the be-spectacled, perpetually-mooned-by-the-national-gabinetto-state-premiers, geography graduate and marketing schlepper, hasn’t got the wherewithall to be a leader. It’s been a year!

  20. notafan says:

    By freeing up space in the public sector for those that actually need it.

    Of course if you were really concerned you’d not simlly demand the taxpayer have someone put their hand deeper in his pocket but put your hand in your own.

    Its called charity.

  21. Farmer Gez says:

    1735099
    #3730053, posted on January 19, 2021 at 6:51 pm
    If so, should be an epic pissup tonight.

    If Dettol Donny was coaching Australia, he’d be tweeting – “It was rigged – the scorers were got at – we won bigly”.

    Go away Mary.

  22. Tintarella di Luna says:

    There is no longer a Commonwealth of Australia, the fractured federation courtesy of ScumMo — there are states and a moribund, ineptocracy and bloated bureaucracy in Canberra pretending to be the Commonwealth of Australia but it is now a fiction.

  23. thefrollickingmole says:

    Id like t chime in and point out we lost our regular doctors visits (private) because once the bar on elective surgery was lifted he (anesthetist as well as GP) was spending weeks in surgery along with the orthopedic surgeon trying to catch up.

    Also worth pointing out when the private hospital is run normally it slots in public patients for these sorts of surgeries.

    So wangs beloved public system relies on the private sector to perform surgeries to keep waiting lists down.

  24. calli says:

    Excellent, Arky. Finally got that parts shipment.

    If you run out of split pins I can rush some to you. I use them for making teddy bears. 😃

  25. Farmer Gez says:

    A good day.
    Moved two mobs of sheep.
    Finished plaster boarding the garage to to make my wife a vermin proof storage area.
    Cricket on the radio and to top it off my number one daughter has made nice and spicy chicken burritos.
    I cracked a bottle of chilly Sav Blanc to wash it down.

  26. Johno says:

    Gawd, every day this halfwit comes here and every day he is whipped senseless and then back again the next day. I think he wants to win an argument ,so just let him win one , maybe then we can get a bit of peace.

  27. Matt says:

    First of all there no public nursing homes in Melbourne, zip , zero, nada.

    Not quite – 84 per cent of government-operated places are in regional areas (including facilities operated by state or local governments)
    21 facilities and ~820 residents (out of 768 facilities and ~56,000 residents across Victoria
    https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/publications/research-papers/download/36-research-papers/13968-residential-aged-care-in-victoria-quick-guide

  28. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    The specialist sledgers went vewwy, vewwy quiet in the last hour

    An activity best engaged in by those who are actually proficient at the game.

    Time for a water cannon to be put through the ACB Aegean stables, with the first target being that ridiculous self aggrandizing twat Langer.

  29. Ed Case says:

    It’s not Wadey’s fault the Captain isn’t even a longstop who can’t set a field, Starc is injured, Lyon is over the hill, Davey Warner is injured, Cameron Green is so confident of his position that he played for his Average for 37 runs off 90 balls when quick runs were required, and still hasn’t taken a wicket after 4 Tests.
    Burnsie did well to miss the denouement.

  30. K2 says:

    Greg Ritchie. Another Queenslander done over by the selectors.

  31. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    BTW, anyone else notice a go-slow by the hamsters late this afternoon?

  32. Roger says:

    There is no longer a Commonwealth of Australia, the fractured federation courtesy of ScumMo — there are states and a moribund, ineptocracy and bloated bureaucracy in Canberra pretending to be the Commonwealth of Australia but it is now a fiction.

    There’s little Morrison could do about it, Tinta.

    The HC’s two recent judgments on state’s rights are in accord with previous ones and, I believe, with the Constitution’s authors’ intentions.

    The opportunity is now there to press for a reduction in the size of the Commonwealth to what was originally envisaged. That would resuilt ina significant decrease in the taxation burden on citizens.

    Centralisation of power and authority is rarely a good thing; subsidiarity – as envisaged in the Constitution, with the Commonwealth only responsible for areas the states couldn’t manage – is the safer way to go.

  33. MatrixTransform says:

    the Old Fella spent last night in hospital
    excruciating pain in the hip
    admitted immediately
    system worked

    mind you, the Old Fella has been waiting over to years for the knee to be fixed.
    which caused the hip problem
    so, yeah system didn’t work

    bone on bone he can hardly stand

  34. thefrollickingmole says:

    A spot of feculence looking for a dag to join.

    Another slither lolbertarian* who has suddenly decided free speech involves a “but”.

    Freedom of speech: Voltaire would applaud Trump Twitter ban
    Josh Bornstein
    Principal, Maurice Blackburn

    Voltaire would have applauded the decision by Twitter and Facebook to suspend the access of Donald Trump to their platforms. Much like John Stuart Mill, the British philosopher and guru of classical liberalism, Voltaire supported criminal laws against libel, slander, incitement to violence and treason.

    The decision of Facebook and Twitter to suspend Donald Trump’s access to their platforms was consistent with the harm principle. It was designed to avoid further terrorist violence. Trump incited a violent, fascist coup attended by, among others, many neo-Nazis in which five people died. Shortly before the assault on Capitol Hill, Trump told the mob to “fight much harder”, telling them that “you’ll never take back our country with weakness … you have to show strength”. He urged that “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country any more”. Ordinarily, incitement to violence attracts a criminal sanction and Trump may yet face criminal charges.

    refuse to condemn Trump for his incitement of a fascist coup and the terrorist acts that he inspired

    If the human rights of a US President and fascist agitator are to engender another debate about free speech in this country, it’s critical to appreciate our existing legal framework. For much of what passes for debate about free speech is confused and misconceived.

    Speech has never been free. There has never been a law that guarantees absolute free speech and there never will be. Laws restricting speech that harms others are as old as Methuselah. The Ten Commandments proscribed bearing false witness “against your neighbour”. In the words of the High Court: “Within our legal system, communications are free only to the extent that they are left unburdened by laws that comply with the constitution.”

    In recent years Alan Jones, Miranda Devine and Mark Latham, among others, have been made accountable for the damage that they have caused others by their words.**

    * A green lefty type who uses liberty as a vehicle which must stop once its reached their preferred destination
    ** Im getting a clue..

  35. Exit Stage Right says:

    Changing of the guard.
    India has replaced Australia and England as the measuring stick for Test cricket.
    Australia has struggled for 3 years to bowl sides out to win a Test.
    Frustration lead to the ball tampering incident in SA.
    Last Ashes series in England more frustration-we should have won , but stumbled.
    Let the Curry men get 330 on a five day old wicket at the Gabba on the last day.
    Unheard of.
    Been a while since I saw some true Australian grit.
    Best bowling attack in the world. Maybe on a good day.
    Excuse me, flogged by a make shift Indian side in all aspects of the game.
    All praise to India, mighty effort.
    Time for a re think Australia.

  36. Roger says:

    Rumour doing the rounds in Canberra etc…fed Gov is trying to find a way out of the Frog submarine contract.

    There ought to have been a “way out” specified in the contract to begin with, for heaven’s sake.

  37. notafan says:

    Matt when I researched article said there were none a facility was in process of being built in Wantina, and there was an arrangement with st Vincents for a small no of places.

    No mention at all of Melbourne Health facilities under the RMH umbrella which I now see exist.

  38. Ed Case says:

    Yeah, the hamsters went on strike when someone posted WAP.
    Here’s my solution: YouTube vids, $20, comments, 5c/ word.

  39. Vicki says:

    Been a while since I saw some true Australian grit.

    Unfair. Pat Cummins bowled himself to almost a standstill.

  40. Some History says:

    From the Gateway Pundit

    VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Film Crew Releases Never Before Seen Footage of 2017 Inauguration Riots

    Rumble video: https://rumble.com/embed/vac5b7/?pub=fii0j
    YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocb-S26BdRA

  41. Zyconoclast says:

    Bunnings have come under fire after a store reportedly told workers to avoid displaying the Australian flag on Australia Day – before sensationally back-flipping.

    A flyer reportedly put up for staff at the Bunnings Central store in Townsville showed workers were encouraged to mark January 26 with a series of activities – but without displaying the national flag.

    ‘Please ensure you’re not wearing a representation of the Aussie Flag,’ the flyer read.

    It’s understood the flyer has since been removed and updated, without the Australian flag directive.

    ‘We understand that Australia Day means different things to different people, and we always want to ensure we respect the views of all people within our communities,’ he said in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.

  42. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Zali Steggall, Warringah MP, calls for minute silence on Australia Day to remember Indigenous dead

    Warringah’s independent MP Zali Steggall has called for a minute’s silence on Australia Day to remember all the Indigenous people who have died since the Europeans arrived.
    Julie Cross
    January 19, 2021 – 4:51PM
    Manly Daily
    85 comments

    Australia Day has become the most controversial date in the calendar, polarising those who want to celebrate the arrival of the First Fleet on these shores and those who say it sparked an era of untold suffering for First Nation people.

    Now Zali Steggall, Warringah MP, has called for councils across Australia and in her electorate to include a one minute’s silence on January 26, in recognition of indigenous Australian lives that have been lost since the first Europeans arrived.

    “There should be a formal recognition of the loss, hurt and sorrow felt by our indigenous community on January 26,” Ms Steggall said.

    Ms Steggall has written to the Australian Local Government Association and the three mayors of North Sydney, Mosman and Northern Beaches Councils asking them to consider including the one minute’s silence as part of their Acknowledgement of Country at the ceremony.

    “Councils provide an important leadership role in commemorating this day by hosting numerous formal and informal ceremonies and activities for their communities,” she said.

    “However, January 26 provokes a range of emotions for many within our community.

    “While it marks the commencement of European colonisation of this land, it also represents the commencement of violence, disempowerment and displacement of our indigenous communities that has created sorrow, discrimination and hardship that has lasted for generations.

  43. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Josh Bornstein
    Principal, Maurice Blackburn

    Vultures love to be on the winning side.
    They’re not too picky about grotty stuff, either.
    He’d go great at Slugs & Grubs.

  44. Zyconoclast says:

    No arrests for injuring police?

    NYPD: 30 Arrested Following Clash With Black Liberation Protesters Near City Hall

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Protesters clashed with police on Monday night in Manhattan.

    The NYPD told CBS2’s Ali Bauman there were around 30 arrests, some for obstructing traffic. It said 10 officers were injured in the altercation. The department did not have a count on protester injuries.

    Things calmed down as the night wore on, but earlier it was an entirely different scene.

    A tense standoff turned violent by City Hall after hundreds of Black Liberation protesters marched over the Brooklyn Bridge and were met by police.

  45. John Smith101 says:

    Due to Big Tech social media censorship, some alternative social media sites are available here:
    General Flynn: CloutHub
    llinwood: CloutHub
    Praying Medic: GAB
    CodeMonkey: GAB – Telegram
    Sidney Powell: GAB
    Also worth trying: anonup.com

  46. Anne says:

    Anne, what happens on Wednesday (US time) in DC?
    How’s it all go down?

    Bern, I’ve said a number of times I think Biden will be sworn in as Presidential of the US CORPORATION, an entity that no longer exists or will soon be dissolved.

    The massive Military operation going on in DC can’t be for nothing.

    I’m hoping mass arrests will happen, especially members of Congress.

    Then over time their crimes and confessions will be broadcast on a loop, worldwide.

    What do you think will happen?

  47. H B Bear says:

    Self flagellation over Australia Day is practically a national pastime for certain people a this time of the year. I just go to the beach.

  48. Steve trickler says:

    Looking forward to that throttle whack, Arky,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7QGmsomid8

  49. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Zali Steggall, Warringah MP, calls for minute silence on Australia Day to remember Indigenous dead

    Someone should give her a wakizashi and suggest she do the right thing for the First Peoples.
    And give her some plastic sheeting to limit the mess.
    Z shape is best practice.

  50. Snoopy says:

    While it marks the commencement of European colonisation of this land, it also represents the commencement of violence,

    Uh huh

  51. Roger says:

    “There should be a formal recognition of the loss, hurt and sorrow felt by our indigenous community on January 26,” Ms Steggall said.

    Funny how these liberal white folk presume to speak for all indigenous folk at this time of year, as though indigeous descended people didnt have their own individual and even different views on the subject..

  52. Nick says:

    We understand that Australia Day means different things to different people, and we always want to ensure we respect the views of all people within our communities,’ he said in a statement to Daily Mail Australia.

    Which means, those who don’t

  53. Some History says:

    From Jo Nova’s blog (comments)

    https://t.me/Mrdonald_trump/308

    President Trump is promoting this video, 30 seconds says what everyone knows…how to steal an election

  54. Anne says:

    There is no longer a Commonwealth of Australia, the fractured federation courtesy of ScumMo — there are states and a moribund, ineptocracy and bloated bureaucracy in Canberra pretending to be the Commonwealth of Australia but it is now a fiction.

    Correct. But there is a COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA foreign owned, corporate entity registered in Washington, DC.

    All State Governments, all Parliaments, all Courts, all Councils and all Police and other Departments are Private Corporations. They became so in the middle of the night on the 1st of November, 1999.

    Sneaky and evil.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmpaw3GJ3Ak&feature=youtu.be

  55. egg_ says:

    Sound of Hope News quoting Congressman Steve Cohen (Dem) reporting that the DC National Guard are 90% male, only 20% of whom voted for Biden.

    So c. 50% of the DC National Guard believe that the Election was stolen (70% of the males whom 80% voted for Trump)?

    Good to know.

  56. JC says:

    Annie

    Don’t ever change.

  57. egg_ says:

    “There should be a formal recognition of the loss, hurt and sorrow felt by our indigenous community on January 26,” Ms Steggall said.

    They had to make do with kangaroo and yams on Straya Day, instead of roast lamb?

  58. Warwick says:

    Indian are a very strong side now. Great depth and some serious talent. Will be hard to beat at home or away. Good luck to them. They go to England now? Be interesting to see how they go with the swing.

  59. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I don’t mind NITV programming, they have some good stuff, but the always was always will be stuff is an insult to everyone else who lives here. Get lost. I don’t wish for my taxes to pay for your racial supremacy garbage.

  60. Old School Conservative says:

    My late dad would have described our loss in the cricket as “we got beaten by the Indian 2nd XI playing away.”
    Nuf said.

  61. Snoopy says:

    I don’t mind NITV programming, they have some good stuff,

    Hunting Aotearoa was good.

  62. Mater says:

    “There should be a formal recognition of the loss, hurt and sorrow felt by our indigenous community on January 26,” Ms Steggall said.

    But do they all feel “loss, hurt and sorrow”?

    Not in my experience.
    Despite what the inner city activists believe, the ‘indigenous community’ is not some amalgamated blob. What gives these people (elder or activist) the right to speak on others behalf? A belief that they are not capable of representing their own views?
    The unconscious racism in some of these statements, is palpable.

  63. Roger says:

    NITV and SBS invite Australia to come together and reflect through Always Was, Always Will Be programming slate

    Sorry; High Court says otherwise (Mabo notwithstanding).

    Next!

  64. Rockdoctor says:

    A flyer reportedly put up for staff at the Bunnings Central store in Townsville showed workers were encouraged to mark January 26 with a series of activities – but without displaying the national flag.

    WTF, some of the biggest critics I have ever seen against the lazy drunks and perpetually outraged whiteys have been mainstreamed aboriginals in Townsville. Then there’s the rest of the deplorables that inhabit the place. What dill in management thought that was a good idea there of all places?

  65. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Hunting Aotearoa was good.

    Bamay is always good, and the cooking ladies.
    Some interesting music shows too.

  66. Eyrie says:

    There ought to have been a “way out” specified in the contract to begin with, for heaven’s sake.
    This is the Commonwealth Public Service we are talking about, isn’t it? The folks who brought you the Seasprite contract? You expect them to be competent? The CPS is the ultimate self licking ice cream cone.

  67. Zyconoclast says:

    Rumour doing the rounds in Canberra etc…fed Gov is trying to find a way out of the Frog submarine contract.

    There ought to have been a “way out” specified in the contract to begin with, for heaven’s sake.

    There is.
    Give them $50B and they will go away.

  68. Pedro the Loafer says:

    Townsville is an Army town.

    Banning the Australian National Flag should go over really well with the diggers.

  69. Leigh Lowe says:

    Exit Stage Right at 7:25.
    A good assessment.
    Two things:-
    1. If you are the best bowling attack in the world “on a good day”, you are not the best in the world. Pea heart Starc, I’m lookin’ at you.
    2. Every time I saw a wide shot of the field I thought “It’s neither your arse nor your elbow”. Looked like they couldn’t make their mind up if they were trying to choke off runs or take wickets, so they did a bit of both.

  70. Crossie says:

    Scott Morrison is all class, not only announcing he called VP Pence but stating that he has no intention of calling Trump. I don’t see any difference between him and Turnbull.

  71. Roger says:

    NITV and SBS invite Australia to come together and reflect through Always Was, Always Will Be programming slate

    How many liberals who subsribe to this nonsense on their t-shirts would be prepared to voluntarily surrender their land title and pay rent in perpetuity to the local aboriginal clan(s)?

  72. Pedro the Loafer says:

    While I am here and before I head off to the pub for a pint and a parmy, Numbers, you are a miserable humourless old goat who can turn even a wonderful Test match victory into a sour and bitter rant.

  73. JC says:

    I gave up smoking and vaping back in Oct. I don’t know how anyone can live without a nicotine fix. It’s just awful.

    Undoubtedly, it’s the best habit ever conceived.

    Talking about habits etc. I read today that there are some medicos who believe micro doses of LSD can cure… yes cure, most mental illnesses. Just wow, if it turns out to be true.

  74. Leigh Lowe says:

    Zali Steggall, Warringah MP, calls for minute silence on Australia Day to remember Indigenous dead

    Why stop at a minute, Zali?
    Why not shut the fuck up for the whole day?

  75. Farmer Gez:

    Finished plaster boarding the garage to to make my wife a vermin proof storage area.

    Oh!
    Phrasing!

  76. Roger says:

    There ought to have been a “way out” specified in the contract to begin with, for heaven’s sake.
    This is the Commonwealth Public Service we are talking about, isn’t it?

    There ought to have been a “way out” specified in the contract to begin with, for heaven’s sake.

    There is.
    Give them $50B and they will go away.

    It was a rhetorical statement, chaps.

    If TE’s rumour is true, and they are searching for a way out instead of exercising one that is contractually available to them, it does indeed go to the incompetence of the bureaucracy.

    We await further information.

  77. Crossie says:

    Trump treated well and with respect ScoMo and his entourage including Paul Murray on the state visit to Washington last year but all ScoMo can offer back is sneering distaste. So much for diplomacy. What’s more, would he dare do that to Xi? Tells you who are the real tyrants and their sycophants.

  78. Crossie says:

    Talking about habits etc. I read today that there are some medicos who believe micro doses of LSD can cure… yes cure, most mental illnesses. Just wow, if it turns out to be true.

    Could those medicos be self-prescribing? I don’t think I would like them as my doctors.

  79. Bear Necessities says:

    I gave up smoking and vaping back in Oct. I don’t know how anyone can live without a nicotine fix. It’s just awful.

    Undoubtedly, it’s the best habit ever conceived.

    Talking about habits etc. I read today that there are some medicos who believe micro doses of LSD can cure… yes cure, most mental illnesses. Just wow, if it turns out to be true.

    I remember for 2 months after I gave up smoking I would go through a family block of Caramello chocolate each day to substitute the craving. Maybe they should put LSD into chocolate!

  80. Just curious, but isn’t the problem an inability to select players of the caliber we used to have?
    I find it difficult to believe we don’t have good batterers/bowlerers etc.

  81. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Well.

    2nd XI side, playing away (as noted earlier).
    First loss at the Gabba since 1988.
    Highest fourth-innings chase ever at that ground.
    Several other records, in all likelihood.

    And 18 byes in the last innings. 18. Horrendous. Mind you, we had 28 byes in an innings against India once before.

    In 1952.

  82. Boambee John says:

    It was designed to avoid further terrorist violence. Trump incited a violent, fascist coup attended by, among others, many neo-Nazis

    Yet another fool babbling on about the first unarmed insurrection in history as if it was the French Revolution (but without the guns and guillotines). Though he does make a good point about the neo-Nazi Antifa and BLM infiltrators of the largely peaceful assembly.

  83. Rockdoctor says:

    FMD, can anyone help with this stupid papers that I need to get into Queensland on the weekend!

    Website sends me to apply for a pass which I do, have you been in NSW? Yes. Have you been in any hotspots? No. Hit next button nothing happens. Click on the check hot spots in case that is the reason another window pops up I go though it it tells me to apply for a pass here, click link back to page I was just on. Change to Firefox browser with goolag in case Brave/Duck duck go is the problem, same result…

    What am I doing wrong? FMD getting a visa to Vietnam in the early days after they started opening up was less painful than this…

  84. Crossie says:

    If TE’s rumour is true, and they are searching for a way out instead of exercising one that is contractually available to them, it does indeed go to the incompetence of the bureaucracy.

    The incompetence of bureaucrats is a given otherwise they would be in private enterprise. This lack of competence is on continuous display in Victoria, before COVID-19 just think of the billion dollars NOT to build a road in Melbourne.

  85. feelthebern says:

    Talking about habits etc. I read today that there are some medicos who believe micro doses of LSD can cure… yes cure, most mental illnesses. Just wow, if it turns out to be true.

    The greatest living American, Peter Thiel, has invested a couple hundred million in the sector.
    Fresh off making a bill or so in crypto, he’s got money to burn.

  86. Mark A says:

    Bit of fun, I think?

    Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married.
    She was admired for sweetness and kindness to all. One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea.

    As he sat facing her old pump organ, the young minister noticed a cut-glass bowl sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water. In the water floated, of all things, a condom! When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat.

    The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist. “Miss Beatrice”, he said, “I wonder if you would tell me about this?” pointing to the bowl. “Oh, yes” she replied, “isn’t it wonderful?

    I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground. The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease.

    Do you know I haven’t had the flu all winter!”

  87. Rockdoctor says:

    Yeah scratch last post. Walked away for 5 minutes and came back, my dyslexic reading of a question and probably a touch of irritation for having to do it to begin with clouding things…

    Worked it out now.

  88. Tintarella di Luna says:

    There’s little Morrison could do about it, Tinta.

    Quarantine is a commonwealth responsibility — Morrison should have invoked that power and put the ADF on quarantine duty — the states would then have had to go to the High Court to stop him — or declare a National Security Emergency — just like the states called a state health emergency — it only became a state health emergency because quarantining was not done at the points of entry (case in point Ruby Princess and Victoria). anyway it’s all moot — we are where we are and we are no longer Australia the states have just proved that so let’s get rid of the Commonwealth and go back to the 18th century, there’s not much difference really, the wealthy can have the goodies ( except for the internet and we’ll see how long that lasts)

  89. H B Bear says:

    I find it difficult to believe we don’t have good batterers/bowlerers etc.

    Watching the BBL and IPL it isn’t hard at all.

  90. Matt says:

    Notafan – 👍

  91. Ed Case says:

    (((And 18 byes in the last innings. 18. Horrendous. Mind you, we had 28 byes in an innings against India once before.

    In 1952.***
    We didn’t play India in 1952.

  92. Tintarella di Luna says:

    Thank you Mark A — nice little chuckle — cheered me up no end — I’m a bit cranky at the moment so that little jolly joke is much appreciated

  93. Tel says:

    Talking about habits etc. I read today that there are some medicos who believe micro doses of LSD can cure… yes cure, most mental illnesses. Just wow, if it turns out to be true.

    The original intended use of LSD was for treatment of mental illness.

    There’s a natural process where people sleep, then dream, then sort out their worries for the day … but periods of unusually high stress can derail that process. There’s a whole family of drugs that trigger mental states very similar to dreaming, probably by hijacking the same brain mechanisms … Ayahuasca is another from the same family (mostly plant-based DMT) that has been used at least 1000 years in South America. The other one is Peyote cactus used amongst the North American Indians.

    These cultures had a strong crossover between mental illness issues and religious issues … but I guess that’s normal enough.

  94. Crossie says:

    we are where we are and we are no longer Australia the states have just proved that so let’s get rid of the Commonwealth

    ScoMo could have fixed it even after the fact by simply taking the case to the High Court. Alternatively he could have supported Clive Palmer or Pauline Hanson to do so. This miserable leader will cost us dearly by the time he is done.

    Excuse me, it’s not that I find ScoMo personally objectionable, he’s probably quite amiable but as a leader he fails completely.

  95. Tintarella di Luna says:

    The greatest living American, Peter Thiel, has invested a couple hundred million in the sector.
    Fresh off making a bill or so in crypto, he’s got money to burn.

    Was talking to my older son the other night about LSD and psychedelics in treating severe PTSD and other mental disorders and I believe there is much positive work being done in this area, all very strictly supervised by people who know what they’re doing. Jordan Peterson spoke about that too in an interview I listened to some time ago. If it helps that is a really good thing particularly for so many poor lost souls.

  96. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Aha.

    2008, it was. 28 byes.

    Worse than I thought. Your mate ‘Hadds’.

  97. Leigh Lowe says:

    And 18 byes in the last innings. 18. Horrendous. Mind you, we had 28 byes in an innings against India once before.

    Apparently Paine threw his gloves in the bin when they got back into the rooms.
    Well, he threw them at the bin, but missed.

  98. feelthebern says:

    Until COVID hit, I was going to the US in 2020.
    On the to do list, pop into one of the many clinics that now offer DMT in a clinical environment.

  99. Ed Case says:

    The problem is that Cricket in Australia, once the National Game, died decades ago.
    Most of these bloke are athletes who couldn’t make it in Footy because of some reason or other, so they play Cricket.
    The problem there is, apart from Wadey and Burnsie, they’re not cricketers.

  100. miltonf says:

    Scott Morrison is all class, not only announcing he called VP Pence but stating that he has no intention of calling Trump. I don’t see any difference between him and Turnbull.

    Morrison exposed himself as a Trumble minion when he left Tony Abbott on the backbench. Making him a minister would have healed a lot of rifts in the Lieboral Pardy. The ‘they don’t matter’ era was here to stay.

  101. Tintarella di Luna says:

    Excuse me, it’s not that I find ScoMo personally objectionable, he’s probably quite amiable but as a leader he fails completely.

    ScoMo may be amiable but for me he’ll be forever the smirking snake — his behaviour in the ousting of Tony Abbott was reprehensible and now you only have to see how he’s behaving towards President Trump – he’s treacherous.

  102. feelthebern says:

    ScoMo is a cunning rat.
    Zero class.
    Zero intellect.

  103. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    And 18 byes in the last innings. 18. Horrendous.

    Unfair, KD. Did you see the jaffa bowled by Goat which went to the boundary? Amazing.
    Both Paine and Smith were jumping around stopping Lyon’s spitting balls.
    The four byes ball was a damn fine leg spinner that Paine missed.

  104. Nick says:

    I was wondering how long before the cricket excuses started

  105. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Bahahaaa.

    ‘Wadey’ is precisely the player you’re talking about.

    Started as an AFL bloke, until it became blindingly apparent he wasn’t going to hit the big time so went to crikkit.

    Survived so far on mental toughness. Until now. He’s a large part of the batting problem, getting out to shit.

  106. Tintarella di Luna says:

    ScoMo is a cunning rat.
    Zero class.
    Zero intellect.

    Crossie and feelthebern. 100% agree, a most shallow man the quintessential Hollow Man, when he speaks I hear

    rats’ feet over broken glass

  107. K2 says:

    Bouncers flying over the keeper should be wides, but are counted as byes.

    A bit less short bowling, and more on a testing line and length probably gets the job done today.

  108. Tel says:

    Correct. But there is a COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA foreign owned, corporate entity registered in Washington, DC.

    It’s not foreign owned … it’s a vehicle to sell Australian government bonds into the American market. The bonds they sell are foreign owned (until they mature) but the US corporate entity is owned by the actual government of Australia.

    The most recent prospectus is signed off by Dr Ken Henry, and it specifically notes that no sovereignty is conceded and all disputes must be settled in Australian courts.

  109. H B Bear says:

    The four byes ball was a damn fine leg spinner that Paine missed.

    A Lyon leg spinner. That might have been the problem.

  110. Exit Stage Right says:

    Australian Test team

    Get rid of :
    Warner
    Harris
    Wade
    Paine
    Starc

    Include:
    ?

  111. H B Bear says:

    SloMo is back. On a marketing tour.

  112. Tel says:

    Quarantine is a commonwealth responsibility — Morrison should have invoked that power and put the ADF on quarantine duty …

    You mentioned the words “Morrison”, “responsibility”, and “duty” all in the one sentence.

  113. Rockdoctor says:

    WTF 3 days for a response to a border pass, should be instantaneous unless I am from a hotspot. Gawd I am over this Stasi crap all just for a nastier than normal flu.

  114. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    A Lyon leg spinner. That might have been the problem.

    Yep. He’d bowled one the previous over too. Big bounce and leg spin. He’s very good.
    I can do a leg spinner with leg spin action, but seeing an offspinner do it is something else.
    It was a very fine hour of cricket.

  115. Rex Anger says:

    Errr. Bingle?

  116. feelthebern says:

    Cricket Australia needs another review.
    Hopefully after a couple hundred grand, a new mission statement, re-set KPI’s, increase the management tiers number by 20% & executive packages by 30%.
    Yes, that’ll do the trick.

  117. Helen says:

    Scott Morrison is a class less moron snake in the grass – a clown – I learned that term form the anitfa stuff – someone who pretends to be your friend but uses you for their nefarious purpose.

    Clown.

  118. K2 says:

    Pucovski
    Ben McDermott
    Head
    Carey
    Meredith

  119. notafan says:

    I read the piece. I have to say having children of one’s own seems to make loss of a parent more bearable, more in the natural scheme of things.

  120. Leigh Lowe says:

    The four byes ball was a damn fine leg spinner that Paine missed.

    It hit a crack.
    And, of course, the commentary ranks closed over the missed stumping of Pant.
    “Oh, even if he had taken the ball, he probably wouldn’t have got back to break the stumps before Pant got his bat down.”
    Yeah.
    Nah.

  121. Zyconoclast says:

    Just curious, but isn’t the problem an inability to select players of the caliber we used to have?
    I find it difficult to believe we don’t have good batterers/bowlerers etc.

    Many factors coinciding:
    Smaller families
    Smaller/ no backyards
    Demographics
    Other non physical entertainment options

  122. Leigh Lowe says:

    Another bloke who has evaded scrutiny is Lyon.
    Series figures:-
    187 overs.
    47 maidens.
    496 runs conceded.
    9 wickets.
    Average 55.5.
    More importantly in the second innings of the third and fourth tests, with India chasing/saving on day five when a spinner should be making hay, he took an aggregate of 2/199.

  123. Ed Case says:

    They also overtrain, running laps dragging weights behind you is pointless for a cricketer
    The Team Apparatus is like a microcosm of Australian Gocernment, where hundreds of thousands of liars, spinners, and creative writers are found jobs that produce nothing.
    It goes back to the 1909 Tour, where the players chose ex player Frank Laver to manage the side.
    That Tour was a success but Laver wouldn’t show the Board his books, so they took the power out of the players hands, resulting in Hill, Cotter, Ransford, Armstrong and Carter making themselves unavailable for the 1912 Tour.
    MacCartney took a 400 pound Guarantee for that Tour and ended up ahead of the rest, who took a percentage, reason being that the Tour wasn’t a sporting or financial success.
    Now, 3 pound a week was a Factory workers wage in 1910, its $750 now, so MacCartney settled for today’s equivalent of $100,000 in 1912, yet the other players expected much more from a percentage, imagine how much the players made out of the 1909 Tour and previous Tours?
    That was the thing about those cricketers in that Era, they were Professionals and they were the best.
    These blokes today are just Wage Slaves, the Board owns them and treats them like a product.

  124. candy says:

    Trump treated well and with respect ScoMo and his entourage including Paul Murray on the state visit to Washington last year but all ScoMo can offer back is sneering distaste.

    PM Morrison just follows the news and if his advisors/spiritual group say you now love Biden and hate Trump, he will. You now believe Mike Kelly is a secret N…zi and he will. And so on.

    There is an inner thing missing in PM Morrison or he is a fantastic actor.

  125. Black Ball says:

    For all the talk of Cricket Australia axings, one name should be near or at the top. Trevor Hohns. Dithered over Burns, asked Warner for his 2 cents on who should open. Unable or unwilling to give Starc the Khyber Pass. Wade, Head, who laughably is considered a captain in waiting. Is Hohns like SloMo with a National Cabinet of state coaches?

  126. DrBeauGan says:

    Come for afternoon tea, Beaugy. I’ll kill you with kindness… and cream puffs, vanilla slices and chocolate eclairs.

    I’d love to, ∆. But the gummint won’t let me.

  127. Zyconoclast says:

    Just heard about this senior Scottish politician vs the coven of witches headed by Nicola Sturgeon

    HM Advocate v Salmond

    In August 2018, Salmond resigned from the SNP in the face of allegations of sexual misconduct in 2013 while he was First Minister. In a statement, he said that he wanted to avoid internal division within the party and intended to apply to rejoin the SNP once he had an opportunity to clear his name.[1][2]

    The Scottish Government investigated the allegations. On 30 August 2018, Salmond launched a crowdfunding appeal to pay for the legal costs of seeking a judicial review into the fairness of the process by which the Scottish Government handled the allegations.[3] Salmond closed the appeal two days later, 1 September, after raising £100,000, double the amount he wanted to pay for his legal costs.[4] The government later conceded that its procedures had been flawed and paid more than £500,000 in Salmond’s legal expenses.[5] On 8 January 2019, he won his inquiry case against Scottish government. The Scottish government admitted it had breached its own guidelines by appointing an investigating officer who had “prior involvement” in the case. Salmond also asked permanent secretary to the Scottish Government, Leslie Evans, to consider her position. Evans stated that the complaints the government had received in January 2018 had not been withdrawn, so the option of re-investigating them remained on the table, once the police probe into the allegations had run its course.[6]

    On 24 January 2019, Police Scotland arrested Salmond, and he was charged with 14 offences, including two counts of attempted [email protected], nine of sexual assault, two of indecent assault, and one of breach of the peace.[7][8] In a statement outside Edinburgh Sheriff Court, he denied any criminality.[7] He appeared in court on 21 November 2019 and entered a plea of “not guilty”.[5]

    On 23 March Salmond was found not guilty on 12 charges, not proven on one charge and one was withdrawn by the crown

  128. Siltstone says:

    “there is an inner thing missing in PM Morrison”

    Yes Candy. No core beliefs. He would never fight hard for an idea.

  129. Tinta:

    ScoMo may be amiable but for me he’ll be forever the smirking snake — his behaviour in the ousting of Tony Abbott was reprehensible and now you only have to see how he’s behaving towards President Trump – he’s treacherous.

    He’s treacherous in the way those who have screamed the virtue of their actions to the heavens can be.
    It’s that particularly obscene blindness of the moral retina that the saintly among us often affect.

  130. thefrollickingmole says:

    Ok big meeting tomorrow in front of the chaps to deliver a safety package/ rollout.
    While frolicking with roundup in the pool he executed a perfect “ splash water in dads eyes followed by a flying headbut to the bottom of the right eye.
    Split skin, blood, lump the size of a Tom bowler and the eye will be black in the morning.

    What’s my cover story?
    I can’t admit being bashed by a 3 year old.
    I’m angling for “ never ask your wife if her sister wants her to join in unless you are sure of the answer”

  131. Zyconoclast says:

    there is an inner thing missing in PM Morrison”

    Yes Candy. No core beliefs. He would never fight hard for an idea.

    I don’t trust any of them, just wondering how (the now invisible) Peter Dutton would have performed if he had become PM.

  132. Rex Anger says:

    Come for afternoon tea, Beaugy. I’ll kill you with kindness… and cream puffs, vanilla slices and chocolate eclairs.

    I’d love to, ∆. But the gummint won’t let me.

    The unkindest cut of all… 🙁

  133. feelthebern says:

    After the Salmond ruling was handed down, Sturgeon tweeted:
    To the victims of sexual assault, I hear you, I believe you.

  134. Snoopy says:

    While frolicking with roundup in the pool

    That’s one way to keep the algae under control.

  135. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    Stumbled by sheer chance on this in Twatter. Not too fussy then about who they permit to preach hate and violence. Scumbags cosying up to each other.

    Khamenei.ir
    @khamenei_ir
    · Jun 4, 2018
    Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken. #Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen. 7/31/91
    #GreatReturnMarch

  136. Rex Anger says:

    I don’t trust any of them, just wondering how (the now invisible) Peter Dutton would have performed if he had become PM.

    One quietly susoects that regardless of any and all faults the man may have or had, you’d find Orangutan Bard and Peter Dutton in at least a 50:50 split for the Left’s 2 Minutes’ Hate Every Minute…

    Heck, they’d probably even extend it to 10 Minutes’ Hate Every Minute.

    And Nobody’s Girl would be trying to move to Queensland to spy and gossip on him instead of Tony…

  137. thefrollickingmole says:

    Roundup is mole jr nickname.
    Unfailing ability to stomp on the one plant I want to keep while avoiding any weeds.

  138. Snoopy says:

    Sturgeon v Salmond?

    Something is very fishy.

  139. Rex Anger says:

    What’s my cover story?
    I can’t admit being bashed by a 3 year old.

    Bullshit!

    You’ve just won yourself ‘Watercooler Warry of the Week.’

    Own that shit, man!

    You’ll be winding the sproglet up about that for the rest of your natural life, after all. Best.to get a good start in early… 😉

  140. feelthebern says:

    Snoopy!
    Well done that man.
    See the quartermaster for another ration of rum.

  141. feelthebern says:

    Front page of the Oz tomorrow has all the stories in the wrong place.
    The vaccine story is a small piece, bottom right.

  142. Leigh Lowe says:

    BB at 10:01.
    Correct.
    Yes Hohns is a common denominator.
    And the flip-side of the protected species within the team, is how many test hopefuls have been quietly turned off.
    “Don’t bother, son. We prefer X and Y over you.”
    (Remember Brad Hodge?).
    Allowing or encouraging the cheating ranga to open his yap about his preferred opening partner was a yuuuuge mistake.

  143. Leigh Lowe says:

    BBL update.
    Future Australian captain Jimmy Pierson misses a straight one and goes LBW for not very many.

  144. candy says:

    Trump awarded Morrison a Military decoration awarded for strengthening the alliance which is apparently quite prestigious.

    Which Morrison ignored and did not thank him for and I think buried the story media-wise as he does not want any instance of being associated with Trump and has embraced Biden completely.

    He could have at least said publicly thank you President Trump and I wish you well. Normal, polite. I think he is one of those pretend Christians.

  145. thefrollickingmole says:

    My mum will be happy though since I knocked out her front teeth at about the same age.

  146. Dr Faustus says:

    Scott Morrison is all class, not only announcing he called VP Pence but stating that he has no intention of calling Trump.

    No slouch that man.
    He’s worked out that Trump is really, really going – and someone told him there’s a political quid in pissing on his shadow.

  147. Oh come on says:

    Fuck me. We all know the US is heading into another war soon – Iran is a prime target. However, given the way these people are talking, it might be with a nation possessing a nuclear arsenal so large that we’ve pretty much stopped trying to figure out which country has the most nukes. There’s a point when you’ve eliminated all life on earth however many times over, it becomes moot and why keep score.

    (Via the new Drudge)

  148. dover_beach says:

    Shortly before the assault on Capitol Hill, Trump told the mob to “fight much harder”, telling them that “you’ll never take back our country with weakness … you have to show strength”. He urged that “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country any more”.

    None of this, even if you put aside their out of context nature or the Trump ending the speech with protesting peacefully and patriotically, rises to the level of incitement. Phrases like that are a part of everyday political speech; they are commonplace.

  149. mh says:

    Germany is the latest country to discover a new mutation of the coronavirus, with a new variant identified among a group of hospital patients in Bavaria.

  150. Knuckle Dragger says:

    ‘I’m angling for “ never ask your wife if her sister wants her to join in unless you are sure of the answer”’

    Well yeah, that’s Part I.

    Part II is when the sister says yes, and half way through you mention that your sister’s hotter than your wife.

    Apparently.

  151. dover_beach says:

    Scott Morrison is all class, not only announcing he called VP Pence but stating that he has no intention of calling Trump. I don’t see any difference between him and Turnbull.

    He probably believes that Pence still has presidential aspirations while Trump/ Trumpism/ America First is a spent force. Pence doesn’t and he and it isn’t. Trump is still crushingly popular among Republicans by all current polling, and the populist direction of the Republican Party is here to stay or it will vanish just as the Whig Party did. See here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpN0DJ3cgR0&t=300s

  152. MatrixTransform says:

    What’s my cover story?

    the first rule of fight club …

  153. Knuckle Dragger says:

    The mask ads are still going string at the Furniture Shop.

    Just sayin’.

  154. Knuckle Dragger says:

    *strong*

    I was thinking of mask strings, as you do.

  155. MatrixTransform says:

    Apparently.

    certain death

  156. mh says:

    Don’t know if anyone has already posted this on the open forum, but it was a good interview

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEp024TNtu4

  157. Mark A says:

    I use freeforum with my friends for punting discussion, the ads are usually fairly “in house” community service sort ads, but I noticed lately that some browsing habits trigger other ads as well, not as many as other sites but some.
    I could turn them off but I rather like ads and stuff, let you know what’s available.

  158. Snoopy says:

    sister says yes, and half way through you mention that your sister’s hotter than your wife.

    Tasmania

  159. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    sister says yes, and half way through you mention that your sister’s hotter than your wife.

    Cite you the flaming breakup – No, I wasn’t involved – where the young rooster impregnated his wife’s younger sister..

  160. Scott Morrison is all class, not only announcing he called VP Pence but stating that he has no intention of calling Trump. I don’t see any difference between him and Turnbull.

    He probably believes that Pence still has presidential aspirations while Trump/ Trumpism/ America First is a spent force. Pence doesn’t and he and it isn’t. Trump is still crushingly popular among Republicans by all current polling, and the populist direction of the Republican Party is here to stay or it will vanish just as the Whig Party did. See here:

    Scomo actually really is that dumb.

  161. BrettW says:

    Interesting that the Herald Sun not allowing comments on this story. Not seen who the other state Aussies of the Year are.

    AFL visonary Tanya Hosch calls for Australia Day to be moved
    Top AFL executive and 2021 South Australian of the Year Tanya Hosch says Australia Day must be shifted from January 26 if the country is to be truly unified.

  162. JC says:

    A California man who told police that the coronavirus pandemic left him afraid to fly has been arrested on charges that he hid in a secured area at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for three months.

    Aditya Singh, 36, is charged with felony criminal trespass to a restricted area of an airport and misdemeanor theft after he was arrested Saturday. At a court hearing on Sunday, a judge ruled that the Orange, California, man could be released if he paid $1,000, but said that Singh was prohibited from setting foot in the airport.

    I’m betting it will be in NYC. Fast forward 30 years and there will be someone who hasn’t set foot outside their apartment for 30 years because of Covid fear.

  163. Mark A says:

    Those interested in internet privacy maybe interested in reading this.
    Clever devils.

  164. Mark A says:

    Did you know?

    John Kerry’s grandmother, Ida Löwe, was born in Budapest in 1877. His grandfather, born Fritz Kohn, also came from the Austro-Hungarian empire, being born in Austria in 1873.

    This is a small world indeed.

  165. Mark A says:

    Sorry, link.

  166. Mark A says:

    Not quite sure the first is right but the second is, for sure.

    Pharmaceutical companies fight for the health of people the same way as armaments manufacturers fight for world peace.

  167. Mark A says:

    Winter and steam.

  168. Mark A says:

    Re winter & steam as I understand it the snowplow?is not self propelled, hence the other locos.

  169. Mater says:

    But to answer your question directly, that’s easy, because I didn’t have any option.
    I drove to and from (more than a hundred kms) every.single.day for six weeks straight (twice the duration your wife required)

    Sorry all, a small amendment/apology, if I may.
    So that I don’t get accused of doing a ‘Bob’ on this blog, please let me amend the above statement.
    It should read:

    I drove to and from (more than a hundred kms) every.single.workday for six weeks straight (twice the duration your wife required)

    Everyone knows (or at least you should) that cancer doesn’t grow on weekends…unless it’s getting double time and a half.

  170. Mater says:

    I’m betting it will be in NYC. Fast forward 30 years and there will be someone who hasn’t set foot outside their apartment for 30 years because of Covid fear.

    Nah, Melbourne. Monty.

  171. Mark A says:

    On the steam topic.

    British steam whistles.

  172. 1735099 says:

    Sorry all, a small amendment/apology, if I may.

    You’re the only one with a such bizarre and literalist obsession.
    Nobody else cares…

  173. Mater says:

    The prominent former military leaders who have criticized Trump’s actions over protests – CNN

    Where are all these ‘principled’ former military leaders now?

  174. Mater says:

    You’re the only one with a such bizarre and literalist obsession.
    Nobody else cares…

    Hahahaaaaaaa…..

    Ok, Bobby Pedant.

    1735099
    #2937578, posted on February 18, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    It’s “principal”, not “principle”.
    Cheers

  175. Knuckle Dragger says:

    ‘bizarre and literalist obsession’

    Attention to detail, Old Yeller.

    Something you could have used, immediately before demonstrating your colossal incompetence by letting your ‘locked and loaded’ SLR go BANG when it wasn’t supposed to.

    It’s also a little matter of integrity, given that in all likelihood the relevant content of Mater’s original statement wouldn’t have been picked up.

    This is of course contrary to your position on such things, which revolves around ‘but my point is’, ‘words mean what I want them to mean’ and ‘I write for an audience’.

  176. Mater says:

    You’re the only one with a such bizarre and literalist obsession.
    Nobody else cares…

    Still LOLing.

    1735099
    #3130727, posted on August 13, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Scheduled.

    Nope.
    In NSW the term is sectioned.
    (Section 4C5 of the Mental Health Act, 2007)

    And that was wrong anyway…as usual.

  177. 132andBush says:

    Walked into many ambushes, Bob?

  178. Johno says:

    I have been calling him sniffy because he looks down his nose at everyone.

    I now call him spud. Spud is a nickname usually reserved for a knockabout sort of bloke. Now spud is a prissy little chapsy wapsy who shudders at the thought of stepping into a puddle of rainwater and who has never walked past a mirror without falling in love again. Yes spud I am mocking you.

  179. feelthebern says:

    Overnight, an Australian company bought into the current largest energy storage company in the US.
    They get it.
    Batteries are the steak.
    Carbon credits are the gravy.
    Everything else in the renewable stack are brussels sprouts….vile weed.

  180. Leigh Lowe says:

    Everyone knows (or at least you should) that cancer doesn’t grow on weekends…unless it’s getting double time and a half.

    Oh, and in Victoria, do try to get your cancer in June, rather than March.
    If your six week treatment falls in July-August you will get 6 x 5 = 30 doses.
    If your treatment period covers April you take out Easter and Anzac Day and you get 27 doses.
    (At least that is how it was at one hospital 10 years ago).
    That is 91.3% of the full dosage.

  181. Struth says:

    Scomo actually really is that dumb.

    That’s right , he’s just dumb, the poor bastard.
    Way in over his head.

    FMD.

    I tell you what’s dumb.
    Lining up to be injected against a non lethal virus , the process allowing total control of your life by tyrannical government, so you can travel , while they tell you yesterday, that even if you get the jab, you still won’t be going anywhere for a year.
    No discussion on that will of course be entered into.
    Sco Mo is the one who won’t let you out of the country?

    Honestly if this was Nazi Germany in the thirties, people here would be saying Hitler was just confused, led around by others, not in control……..

  182. feelthebern says:

    At some stage in the future, an Elon Musk/Peter Thiel type will open clinics that will really cure some forms of cancer.
    & then all those who got fat off the “treatment” of cancers can be strung up like Mussolini.

  183. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Nobody else cares…”

    We know what the racist “cares about”……his obsessions with Dettol Donny, Covid deaths, Jooos, Vietnam. What was that immortal line the racist once wrote about himself……

    You can’t reason with obsession – or maybe Tourette’s….”

    Carry on racist.

  184. Cassie of Sydney says:

    And since everyday is “back to to the future” for the racist….yesterday he dug one of his old obsessions…

    “Wee Johnny”

    A very childish thing to write…wouldn’t you say? Especially about someone who hasn’t been PM for thirteen years. Or perhaps his parish priest cracked a joke about “Wee Johnny” on Sunday?

  185. Mater says:

    At some stage in the future, an Elon Musk/Peter Thiel type will open clinics that will really cure some forms of cancer.

    Can you imagine where we might now be if all the money wasted on Covid had been channeled into researching treatments for the real non-discriminatory killer?

    This period in history will be looked back on with wonder.

  186. JC says:

    Bern

    Rumors are he’s closing down the keystone pipeline. I can’t believe that the pipelines was still being built as the trumpster gave it the greenlight very early in his presidency.

    In any event, the Kid Sniffer looks like he’s creating potential choke points around the oil market. The risk for oil is to the upside in a big way i think.

  187. thefrollickingmole says:

    ripped from the headlines.

    https://babylonbee.com/news/most-popular-president-in-history-to-be-inaugurated-in-secret-guarded-by-army-behind-12-foot-fence

    “The reason President-elect Biden has to do this is that he’s just so incredibly popular,” said Don Lemon on CNN. “He has so many rabid fans that they might try to rush the stage as they’re overcome with enthusiasm and love for Biden who is by far the most beloved candidate who has ever run for President.”

  188. Mother Lode says:

    Just saw this quoted in a post of DB’s last night.

    Shortly before the assault on Capitol Hill, Trump told the mob to “fight much harder”, telling them that “you’ll never take back our country with weakness … you have to show strength”. He urged that “if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country any more”.

    I will assume it was originally Numbers – it has the sad sort of desperation smell.

    We describe lawyers as fighting and exhort them to fight harder. People fight for ideals. Some people even fight themselves. All without a blow.

    Fighting has a broader meaning than braining someone with a crowbar.

    And why would an Antifa turd be taking his lead from Trump anyway?

    The inability to glean meaning from context reminds me a bit of something I read once where the author was describing something he called ‘meaning blindness’. He took the example sentence “Mr Scot is a Scot” and said that someone with this blindness could reverse the two ‘Scots’ – name and nationality. Rather than a higher faculty with language there would have to be a whole lot missing from someone’s grasp.

    I think Numbers is dumb enough for that.

  189. feelthebern says:

    This period in history will be looked back on with wonder.

    Yes, horrific wonder.

  190. JC says:

    The Sniffer practicing his inauguration speech early.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoOn54-gfP0

  191. feelthebern says:

    In any event, the Kid Sniffer looks like he’s creating potential choke points around the oil market. The risk for oil is to the upside in a big way i think.

    Yes, it’s all about creating chokepoints.
    This will increase the amount of that gets hauled by trains.
    Uncle Warren being the biggest single owner of track & rolling stock in the US has lobbied hard for this.

  192. feelthebern says:

    You can’t change anything from within.
    You need to build something new.
    You also need to thread the needle so the rent seekers & donor class (Buffett, Bezos etc) don’t have you regulated out of existence before you start.

  193. Quibbler says:

    On this morning of mornings, last day of the Trump presidency……..

    https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2020/11/leaving-the-bunker-in-year-zero-2020/

  194. notafan says:

    That is bizarre Leigh (to lose treatments because of public holidays)

    Im sure cancer treatments will continue to improve and hopefully be less invasive and debilitating but I don’t doubt the sincerity of most treating physician and see a genuine desire for people to get well and live normal lives.

    So far so good for my close family member.

  195. incoherent rambler says:

    Lisa Benson for me.

  196. Rex Anger says:

    Re winter & steam as I understand it the snowplow?is not self propelled, hence the other locos.

    That’s correct Mark.

    The rotary snowplough’ plant is solely designed to bite into andnfling the snow clear of the line. The plough can change spin direction, blade angle and speed. The 3 pushing locos provide the grunt necessarymto keep it in contact with the snowdrifts. And all operations are still communicated by whistle blasts…

    The Cumbres and Toltect Railroad still have all 3 rotary snowploughs used by thebDenver & Rio Grande Western since the early 1900s. The youngest was built in 1920.

    They hold charter runs in the winter, where railfans follow the plough in a coach, and film and photo as the volunteer crews blow their way from Antonito, Colorado, to Chama, New Mexico.

    Definitely on my bucket list to go and work a train over the mountains there.

  197. Boambee John says:

    1735099
    #3730390, posted on January 20, 2021 at 6:51 am
    Sorry all, a small amendment/apology, if I may.

    You’re the only one with a such bizarre and literalist obsession.
    Nobody else cares…

    So sez the pompous, pedantic, pedanty, picky, pointless, adder of (“sic”) to every typo by anyone else on the blog.

    Head in bum, mind in neutral.

  198. Boambee John says:

    Cassie of Sydney
    #3730425, posted on January 20, 2021 at 8:18 am
    And since everyday is “back to to the future” for the racist….yesterday he dug one of his old obsessions…

    “Wee Johnny”

    “Wee Johnny” was somewhat taller than St Bob Hawke, IIRC.

  199. calli says:

    thefrollickingmole
    #3730434, posted on January 20, 2021 at 8:25 am
    ripped from the headlines.

    It has reached the point where The Bee is doing the straight reporting.

  200. Nick says:

    AFL visonary Tanya Hosch calls for Australia Day to be moved
    Top AFL executive and 2021 South Australian of the Year Tanya Hosch says Australia Day must be shifted from January 26 if the country is to be truly unified.

    You can’t change history or the date the event occurred on. Future wags should celebrate January 26th in other ways, though it’s likely the date will be hijacked as yet another indigenous day/week

  201. Nick says:

    It’s going to be interesting watching the media report on the Biden administration with the daily gusto that accompanied the Trump administration. No?

  202. feelthebern says:

    Let the PCR testing cycles reduction from 40 to 30 begin !

  203. calli says:

    AFL visonary Tanya Hosch calls for Australia Day to be moved

    Every. Single. Year.

    For as long as I can remember.

    They’re like toddlers at the supermarket queue. Utterly, mind-numbingly predictable.

  204. Leigh Lowe says:

    Two sporting quotes which haven’t aged terribly well.
    Nathan Lyon : “It’s great to be part of the best bowling atrack in the world”.
    Tim Paine : “Can’t wait to get you to the Gabba, dickhead”.

  205. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “”“Wee Johnny” was somewhat taller than St Bob Hawke, IIRC.”

    Correct, having met both, “Wee Johnny” was much taller than St Bob the Serial Adulterer and Alcoholic”.

  206. Nick says:

    It’s interesting to see which players, normally not at all media shy, are lying low today.

  207. H B Bear says:

    calli – just woke by numbers (no not that one).

  208. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “They’re like toddlers at the supermarket queue. Utterly, mind-numbingly predictable.”

    Yep…and so much for changing “young” to “one”.

  209. calli says:

    I’m looking forward to the Garrisonesque propaganda cartoons.

    Something like this.

  210. calli says:

    That’s an actual book cover by the way. 🤣

  211. JC says:

    It has reached the point where The Bee is doing the straight reporting.

    Lol… all the parody accounts will become accurate news.

    It’s going to be fun in that respect.

  212. Mother Lode says:

    “Wee Johnny” was somewhat taller than St Bob Hawke, IIRC.

    Wasn’t he about the same height as KRudd?

    Mind you, since leaving office he has really been packing on the kilos – porcine little shit. But there is history to that. I remember when he decided to get the jar of jelly beans off the PM’s desk because they were too tempting. Previous PM’s apparently had enough discipline or at least a faster metabolism.

    Then there were the staged morning work outs for the press where his driver would drop him off at one end of a path and pick him up at the other to whisk him back to breakfast.

    An undisciplined egotistical pustule of a man.

    While on the topic, and without making the obviously ridiculous comparison, I hear that Hitler used to take walks downhill from the Berghof, but was always driven back up.

  213. Nick says:

    Never mind Maths

    Lessons in climate change, the environment and how to protest will be compulsory subjects at all schools worldwide as part of the Paris Agreement, under plans being developed for this year’s UN climate summit in Glasgow.

    Teaching children about the environment, the green economy and how to take action against government to stop environmental harm are considered essential parts of preparing future workers for what campaigners say is the third industrial revolution.

  214. JC says:

    The Demonrats are so fucking popular they need 30,000 armed troops to protect from the mobs that hate them.

    You gotta laugh.

  215. calli says:

    Howard is 5’8”. Not the tallest of blokes – literally towered over by six footers like Keating by all of 4”.

    To me, they’re all giants. 🙂

  216. calli says:

    And not just any old armed troops either, JC.

    Vetted troops, because someone might have the dagger concealèd beneath the cloak.

  217. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    They’re like toddlers at the supermarket queue. Utterly, mind-numbingly predictable.

    And the timorous, indulgent type of parent gives in. We will get one of them in The Lodge sooner or later.

  218. H B Bear says:

    Buffett (and Macquarie Bank) both love their government sanctioned monopolies. Big Government capitalists. Buffett has adapted to the times.

  219. Des Deskperson says:

    “”“Wee Johnny” was somewhat taller than St Bob Hawke, IIRC.”

    Perhaps he was getting confused with ‘Keating the Musical’ c. 2007, a smartarse theatrical hagiography billed as a ‘satire’.

    In that production, Howard was portrayed as a spastic dwarf.

  220. Knuckle Dragger says:

    ‘An undisciplined egotistical pustule of a man.’

    Gold, and accurate, in equal measure.

  221. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Lol… all the parody accounts will become accurate news.

    No they won’t JC.
    They’ll be banned.
    Fascists hate being laughed at.

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