Open Forum: February 20, 2021

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  1. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    you annoying old bag

    No need for that to Notafan.

    Go wash your undies and find a better moniker.

  2. Tailgunner says:

    next year, we plan to go up the Amazon, do the Panama canal, and fly from Miami to Louisiana to see my Aunt again

    Lol, good stuff, Lizzie.
    Always escalate.
    Smartass
    🤣

  3. feelthebern says:

    Gunner, twitter also said Chicago was going to ban Grand Theft Auto with an aim to curb car jackings.
    Not sure if it’s true.
    If so:

    “Awwww shit, here we go again”*

    *Assuming a young chap like yourself would know the reference to the gameplay.

  4. incoherent rambler says:

    Have we convinced digits and mounty to get jabbed?

    I am only interested in their welfare, of course.

  5. Tailgunner says:

    Yes, heard that, B.
    GTA style every weekend there.
    Solid logic from Lori& the CPD brass.

  6. Leigh Lowe says:

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    February 25, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    you annoying old bag

    No need for that to Notafan.

    Go wash your undies and find a better moniker.

    Ted (the very similar one) has become more and more touchy the longer Mrs Ted keeps making excuses not to come home.

  7. Tailgunner says:

    GTA are epic Games, always.
    One of the only games I’ve gone for. I play v.rarely.
    Also loved The Last of Us.

  8. feelthebern says:

    GTA spent more time with Chicago youth than their fathers did.

  9. Tailgunner says:

    you annoying old bag

    Hehe, I liked that one.
    Even as a kid always made me laugh.

  10. feelthebern says:

    From now on, Tailryder.

  11. Terry Pedersen says:

    Nothing to see when one clicks on a comment or goes back to a previous page. Is that a bug or a new feature?

  12. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    Atheists and believers both have moral compasses, but with key differences

    Meanwhile,
    atheists are more likely to judge the morality of an action based on its consequences.
    [For example,
    “It’s OK to eat human cloned meat so long as it is legal”
    – Richard Dawkins

    Also,
    atheists were found to be 989.956%
    more annoying than believers,
    a finding which suprised no one.
    😂
    In a glimmer of hope for atheists,
    the study also found they were not as annoying as me,
    however.]

  13. Top Ender says:

    Over at Quadrant:

    Contrary to popular belief and practice, there is very no evidence the fashionably modern “Welcome to Country” ceremonies were ever apart of traditional Aboriginal culture. Instead, as is well if not widely known, they were created as recently as the 1970’s by none other than Ernie Dingo and his cobber, Dr Richard Walley. An article in The Australian, published in 2010, explains how it came about

    Entertainer Ernie Dingo and prominent Perth Aboriginal performer and writer Richard Walley have emerged as the modern-day creators of the controversial “welcome to country” ceremony, after visiting troupes of Pacific dancers forced their hand during a visit to Western Australia in the mid-1970s.

    In a few words, the visiting dancers had a ‘welcoming’ routine, so Messrs Dingo and Walley, feeling obliged to return the favour, whipped up their own welcome out of whole cloth. In doing so they perpetrated what amounted to — oh, irony of ironies! — an act of cultural appropriation, as the Welcome’s white-bread cliches have become a droning obligatory overture before everything from football matches to the opening of parliaments.

  14. feelthebern says:

    atheists were found to be 989.956%
    more likely to wear denim shorts & have impressive calves than believers,
    a finding which suprised no one.

  15. Tailgunner says:

    Stimpy, those who follow the many-armed god shouldn’t be throwing shade on Atheists…

  16. Tailgunner says:

    My Kraken is bigger than yours anyway

  17. feelthebern says:

    Where did that Kraken get to?
    Anne get in here & give a Kraken update.

  18. Tailgunner says:

    Where did that Kraken get to?

    The thing has pissed off.
    It’s still swimming around out there somewhere.

  19. DrBeauGan says:

    atheists were found to be 989.956%
    more likely to wear denim shorts & have impressive calves than believers,
    a finding which suprised no one.

    I see that atheists and agnostics sleep better than Catholics or Baptists. No surprises there. The Christians probably dreamed of hellfire. Can’t lead to comfortable sleep.

  20. feelthebern says:

    Uncle Junior is 90 years old.
    Can’t believe the Soprano’s is so old.

  21. Steve trickler says:

    Fleccas:

    This Week In Culture #32

    Albeit a week late

  22. feelthebern says:

    The insulin situation in the US is such petty policy.

  23. incoherent rambler says:

    from the comments at Quadrant

    rod.stuart – 25th February 2021

    As a signatory to the Nuremburg Code in 1946 Australia denied government bureaucrats from interference in the relationship of physician and patient. In addition, Australia agreed that injection of any substance without INFORMED consent is tantamount to a war crime.
    The TGA being a guvmint outfit, does that make the guvmint a pack of war criminals? Probably does.

  24. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I see that atheists and agnostics sleep better than Catholics or Baptists. No surprises there. The Christians probably dreamed of hellfire.

    I’ve never dreamt of hellfire although many atheists seem to.
    What do you think thermageddon is?
    Gaia is displeased, Dr B, displeased!

  25. Tailgunner says:

    I dream about planes/airports.
    Never sex.
    Grrrrr

  26. Stimpson J. Cat says:

    I see that atheists and agnostics sleep better than Catholics or Baptists. No surprises there. The Christians probably dreamed of hellfire.

    I’m fairly certain atheists don’t dream.
    They don’t have enough imagination.
    😂

  27. Leigh Lowe says:

    Terry Pedersen says:

    February 25, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    Nothing to see when one clicks on a comment or goes back to a previous page. Is that a bug or a new feature?

    Looks like Sinc has heeded the advice of the Cat steering committee.

  28. Tailgunner says:

    And surfing.
    Hawaii particularly.
    Always gettin’ caught inside!
    Aaarrgghh

  29. DrBeauGan says:

    I’m fairly certain atheists don’t dream.
    They don’t have enough imagination.

    Oh, we can imagine God. We just need a better reason to believe in Him.

  30. Leigh Lowe says:

    Lizzie.
    No sky-diving or moto-cross on the upcoming trip?
    Come on, man!

  31. Tailgunner says:

    We just need a better reason to believe in Him.


    Maths!

  32. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    The wisdom of youth: When all your mates are dropping tabs and eating those fascinating mushrooms they found under the pine trees at Mt Macedon, make a point to get there an hour late. That way you’ll know if they’re writhing on the floor with bloody livers leaking from the eyeballs.

    Mushy season just around the corner. My grandmother’s wise advice well before the hallucinogenic age; never gather mushrooms growing near trees or fallen timber.

  33. Arky says:

    Too slow Woolfe.

  34. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    Presumably, with a side of suspect mushrooms.

    Investigators: Oklahoma Man on Early Prison Release Cooked Human Heart ‘to Release the Demons’

  35. Leigh Lowe says:

    Mushy season just around the corner.

    You could take the Central Highlands Mushie Tour GM.
    You get to pick your own … sorry, forage … mushies, then enjoy a gourmet lunch brewed up using the harvest.
    Or, you could head down to the Farmers Arms and belt through a ribeye steak and a very nice bottle of plonk for about one-third the price.

  36. Nick says:

    Lazarus is cranky tonight for someone at deaths’ door

  37. Leigh Lowe says:

    Nick says:

    February 25, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Lazarus is cranky tonight for someone at deaths’ door

    Did I mention that he was no mate of mine?
    Never has been.

  38. H B Bear says:

    There was a great program about mushrooming near Balingup in WA. It was too easy for the cops, just pull over the Datto 180B and their job was done.

  39. Leigh Lowe says:

    FMD!
    Channel Nein running a report about different life expectancy by postcode in Melbourne.
    Ignoring that such a study is riddled with statistical anomalies, the reporting bimbette offered up the following:-

    “If you live in Frankston, your life expectancy is 79. But if you move to Frankston South, you can expect to live to 89”.

    Mmmyes.
    What is funny is that the toothless vox-pop subjects she chose on the streets of Franger reckoned that didn’t sound right.
    No doubt she had a good cackle back in the office about how dumb the Franger bogans were, not understanding the University study.

  40. John of Mel says:

    Atheists and believers both have moral compasses, but with key differences

    Ståhl adds: “The most general take-home message from these studies is that people who do not believe in God do have a moral compass. In fact, they share many of the same moral concerns that religious believers have, such as concerns about fairness, and about protecting vulnerable individuals from harm. ..”

    I think the reason why atheists and believers (which ones by the way? only Christians? Shouldn’t they’ve included other religions as a separate group?) share common morality is purely due to predominantly Christian culture in countries that are, or were until recently, considered “Christian”.
    If Christianity will be continually pushed out of the public space, this will change. Drastically.
    You can already see this in leftists, who are mostly atheists, enthusiastically endorsing totalitarianism in many areas of life.
    Clearly, the researches had an agenda. Probably, justifying their atheism in their own eyes.

  41. Carpe Jugulum says:

    Where did that Kraken get to?
    Anne get in here & give a Kraken update.

    It ran into Chuck Norris when he was out for a swim. The footage is too disturbing to show.

  42. H B Bear says:

    If you lived in Franga dying early would be a bonus.

  43. DrBeauGan says:

    I think the reason why atheists and believers (which ones by the way? only Christians? Shouldn’t they’ve included other religions as a separate group?) share common morality is purely due to predominantly Christian culture in countries that are, or were until recently, considered “Christian”.
    If Christianity will be continually pushed out of the public space, this will change. Drastically.

    Quite so. It’s impossible to get insights from the teachings of Jesus if you don’t know what they are. There’s an incalculable loss coming up.

  44. Roger says:

    I think the reason why atheists and believers…share common morality is purely due to predominantly Christian culture in countries that are, or were until recently, considered “Christian”.

    Christian morality, in itself, apart from its doctrinal fundation, is not that different from the ethics of Taoism, Buddhism and so on. There is a “natural law” accessible to all human beings via conscience & observation, the pre-Christian or non-Christian included.

    The post-Christian is another matter. He or she tends to nihilism and the exaltation of power…particularly over others, as you note, but always with an idealistic goal, mind.

    Heaven on earth demands many human sacrifices.

  45. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    You could take the Central Highlands Mushie Tour GM.

    Tour de Champignons surely. Ker-ching!! As I said last week, patience. The Terrier (Sniff ‘n’ Dig- not her real name) and I are poised to raid the truffle farm down the road, when the noble fungi exude their first aromas.

  46. Shy Ted says:

    Always pays to scroll down a bit in the links for gems like this

  47. DrBeauGan says:

    Christian morality, in itself, apart from its doctrinal fundation, is not that different from the ethics of Taoism, Buddhism and so on. There is a “natural law” accessible to all human beings via conscience & observation, the pre-Christian or non-Christian included.

    True, but it can be more or less accessible depending on the culture, and it can be replaced by superstition and pernicious ideology as we see happening now.

  48. Tailgunner says:

    It ran into Chuck Norris
    Carpe, the Kraken has the measure of Godzilla.
    No doubt.

  49. Tel says:

    I think the reason why atheists and believers (which ones by the way? only Christians? Shouldn’t they’ve included other religions as a separate group?) share common morality is purely due to predominantly Christian culture in countries that are, or were until recently, considered “Christian”.

    Countries with high proportion of certain types of non-Christian believers tend to murder all the Atheists … because the moral compass of the survivors usually ends up being THE moral compass.

  50. Tailgunner says:

    Tour de Champignons surely.
    Fkn degenerate hippies

  51. H B Bear says:

    Tour de Champignons surely.

    Sophistication is when you stop eating mushrooms from a can. Anything more is just a bit of a wank.

  52. calli says:

    If Christianity will be continually pushed out of the public space, this will change. Drastically

    Maybe. One of my favourite phrases is scripture is “but God”.

    He’s everywhere you know. 😀

  53. Des Deskperson says:

    Here’s another vignette from Canberra’s demimonde, the area that very few outsiders – and even fewer insiders – get to see.

    I was in a Canberra toyshop this morning when I overheard the following conversation between a saleslady and a browser, both apparently known to each other:

    Saleslady: are you still with the AFP?

    Bloke: Yep

    Saleslady: Is it legal to turn the hose on your next door neighbours when they are doing it in the backyard?

    Bloke: Doing it?

    Saleslady: Yes, doing it. We live in a town house and the kids can see them.

    Bloke: Can you pull down the blinds?

    Saleslady: Yes, but we can still hear them grunting.

    Bloke: Have you spoken to them?

    Saleslady: Yes, but they don’t listen. He’s got a new girlfriend and she’s a feral.

    Me, unable to resist butting in: Are they attractive?

    Saleslady: [derisive snort] Hell, no they are fat and in their forties

    Bloke: Their behaviour is offensive, so you would be justified in squirting them.

    Me, embarrassed : Excuse me, where can I fund the ‘Bluey’ toys?

    A couple of comments:

    this ‘frank’ conversation took place in the middle of the sales floor, with kiddies scuttling about;

    Cats with police experience might like to comment on the policemen’ advice. I would have though the squirting someone wth a hose for whatever reason could be a case of assault. Better, I would have though, to photograph them ‘doing it’ and then report it to the police.

  54. calli says:

    And on that note, it’s Purim today.

    Cassie will tell you the story of Esther and the dreadful plot by Haman. And maybe she’s feasting on those delicious little triangular pastries to celebrate.

    Also fitting the idea of that Photobomb – God is not mentioned in the Book of Esther once. But he’s everywhere in it, directing traffic.

  55. Geriatric Mayfly says:

    Sophistication is when you stop eating mushrooms from a can.

    You may have to come down a peg or two. Rumours abound that the petite button variety, a Chinese speciality, are nurtured on manures of less than a savoury origin.

  56. Carpe Jugulum says:

    Better, I would have though, to photograph them ‘doing it’ and then report it to the police.

    Or speed up the footage and add yakkety sax from the Benny Hill Show.

  57. Mother Lode says:

    When I try to view the Open Forum on a Safari on my iPhone, it only brings up a single comment from a few hours earlier.

    And when I click on the previous page button it brings up a page with no comments at all.

  58. Roger says:

    True, but it can be more or less accessible depending on the culture…

    Also true; missionaries used to look for points of contact in the local culture and generally had no difficulty finding them, but some cultures have proven more resistant to the Gospel, notably Hinduism, although it should be noted that there are many more Christians in India than in Australia! Christianity remains a great threat to the Hindu social system. There is also a looming conflict between the churches and the CCP.

  59. Roger says:

    When I try to view the Open Forum on a Safari on my iPhone, it only brings up a single comment from a few hours earlier.

    Just spent a few days in the big smoke without a computer and I had the same problem, ML. Now that I’m back hom no issues.

  60. Tailgunner says:

    Apple is asshoe.
    Ditch the genocide/Epstein phone.

  61. Tailgunner says:

    ChiCom smartphone lyfe

  62. Tailgunner says:

    Hiding in plain sight.
    Perfect

  63. Goanna says:

    Cassie will tell you the story of Esther and the dreadful plot by Haman. And maybe she’s feasting on those delicious little triangular pastries to celebrate.

    Juan O Savin tells the story of Esther as a parallel to Presidential affairs and how the situation can turn dramatically at the last moment.

  64. Roger says:

    My daughter passes her old iphones on to me.

    I think it’s a ruse to keep me contactable, as otherwise I probably wouldn’t be bothered with a mobile phone.

    As a matter of interest, what are the alternatives…Samsung?

  65. rugbyskier says:

    Better, I would have thought , to photograph them ‘doing it’ and then report it to the police.

    Or set up an Onlyfans page for them.

  66. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Cassie will tell you the story of Esther and the dreadful plot by Haman. And maybe she’s feasting on those delicious little triangular pastries to celebrate.”

    I have some to nosh on….I didn’t go to hear Megillah because I’m exhausted.

    Haman tried to annihilate the Jooooish people and failed….but we’re still here. Such people still exist and have their supporters like the racist who resides Toowoomba.

  67. Arky says:

    I think Ray Dalio is on to more than he realises with saying we are going through a repeat of the 1930s.
    The rise of economic fascism is appalling, and we have no excuses for letting it happen again. For all of us here we grew up with the Second World War as the biggest past event. Whether it was just watching Hogan’s Heroes or reading Commando comics, it was big in our consciousnesses.
    There is no excuses for the fact that we are now repeating the same mistakes.
    The problem is that the left focused on the Nationalism part of fascism. Because that was the part that seemed to justify the atrocities.
    But the thing that got fascism rolling was the integration of corporations, media, courts, church and schools with the state.
    It was this that made life dangerous. That every institution was at one with the aims of the party.
    We are approaching this integration without a Nazi party. With some type of amorphous free floating but completely unforgiving ideology, backed by an obscenely wealthy elite.
    We have no excuses for not fighting this.
    We know how it turns out.

  68. Roger says:

    There is no excuses for the fact that we are now repeating the same mistakes.

    “We”?

    In my observation contemporary fascists tend to be under 30 and with little to no historical knowledge.

    Not even courtesy Commando comics.

  69. Tailgunner says:

    otherwise I probably wouldn’t be bothered with a mobile phone.
    Fair play, Roge.
    Fkn Luddite revolutionary.
    Respect

  70. Tailgunner says:

    But the thing that got fascism rolling was the integration of corporations, media, courts, church and schools with the state.
    It was this that made life dangerous.

    Word.
    Even Ford guys can get shit right.
    At least twice a day?

  71. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “In my observation contemporary fascists tend to be under 30”

    I know of an elderly one who went to Vietnam fifty years ago.

  72. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    ML – Click the previous story link, then click the next story link to go back to the Open Thread. Then it renders correctly. At least it does in Brave on PC.

  73. Arky says:

    I say that this new form of economic fascism will lead to just as many atrocities as the Nationalistic variety. (Assuming it doesn’t ultimately serve Han Chinese nationalism).
    The more so because it is global. Because it is pretending to save the environment and promote social justice within societies and equalise opportunities between countries.
    Almost any horror will be justified in gaining more riches while pursuing these aims.

  74. Tailgunner says:

    Rugby, stop that.
    You’ll get Dot excited.
    It’s not that kind of blog

  75. Arky:

    But the thing that got fascism rolling was the integration of corporations, media, courts, church and schools with the state.

    As usual, lots of insight there in that one statement.
    When the State owns the above sectors, there’s no where for us to go. It’s like the tactic with the protesters being isolated and arrested writ large.
    Dangerous times for people who just want to be left alone.

  76. Tel says:

    The problem is that the left focused on the Nationalism part of fascism. Because that was the part that seemed to justify the atrocities.

    Wrong, they focused on the Nationalism part because they wanted to deflect the blame from the Socialism part.

    All types of Socialism end up killing plenty, but they come up with different reasons why it’s necessary … being many variations on “for the greater good”.

  77. H B Bear says:

    As a matter of interest, what are the alternatives…Samsung?

    My last iPhone was an iPhone 4. Apple pricing is just taking the piss. And people keep coming back for more.

  78. Tailgunner says:

    social justice within societies and equalise opportunities between countries
    Brown soup.
    #UBIlyfe.
    Except for Nazis.
    No Soup for You!
    No thanks, Klaus.
    GFYS

  79. Roger says:

    Respect

    Why, thank you…dude.

    😉

    It’s not that I don’t appreciate the advance in technology, it’s just that I’m old enough not to have woven it inextricably into my life.

    I must say the Kindle impresses me, though. On my recent foray into Babylon by the Brisbane I was able to carry a small library in my pocket.

  80. Tailgunner says:

    One of y’all political scholars tag the system we’re under right now, please.
    Full disclosure – I’m a Vicco

  81. Rorschach says:

    Ronald Reagan would have been 110 earlier in the month. Here are some of his best quotes:

    https://fee.org/articles/ronald-reagan-at-110-twenty-of-his-best-quotes-on-freedom-government-and-america/amp?__twitter_impression=true

    A sample – for the modern day:

    One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. – 1961

  82. Tailgunner says:

    Stop trying to justify your psychological/pharma experiments, Mitch.
    No one’s buying it, ya fkn stoner.

  83. Arky says:

    Wrong, they focused on the Nationalism part because they wanted to deflect the blame from the Socialism part.

    ..
    You MUST distinguish the socialism of the right from the socialism of the left.
    Not because one is worse than tother, but because people will confuse the right variety with capitalism.

  84. Tailgunner says:

    I say I’m living under a soft fascist government.
    Not pleasant.
    For the 25% dissenters.
    Sorry, gaol. I can’t leave.
    Straya. Prison.
    Yep.
    2021, motherfuckers.
    Seig Heil

  85. DrBeauGan says:

    One of y’all political scholars tag the system we’re under right now, please.
    Full disclosure – I’m a Vicco

    It doesn’t much matter what you call it. It’s a collectivist, authoritarian, statist system. Much like both Naziism and Communism. In stark contrast to what we used to have when we told each other we lived in a free country.

    You don’t hear that expression much these days

  86. Tailgunner says:

    The jacks are now SA/SS flunkeys.
    Hi, George Pell!
    Show me the man, I’ll show you the crime.
    h/t NKVD Beria

  87. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “In stark contrast to what we used to have when we told each other we lived in a free country.”

    I stopped saying that quite a few years ago.

  88. Tailgunner says:

    Notice the “subtlety_/Covid” way the new State was enforced upon the sheep?
    Hehe
    Only one way out, mofos.
    Get ready

  89. Arky says:

    The average Antifa loon is correct in that the system is fascist.
    But because he is an uneducated dickhead he does not realise that his actions are furthering that fascism.

  90. Mother Lode says:

    Thanks Roger and BoN.

  91. Tailgunner says:

    thank you…dude
    🤣🤣😃👍
    You’ve never called someone that before, have you?
    Firsts are always cool
    😃

  92. Tailgunner says:

    Antefa are organised though, Arky.
    Quantity has a quality all its own too.
    As Uncle Joe used to say.
    We don’t have decades to hone the skillz either.
    #Wolverines

  93. Mitch M. says:

    Arky says:
    February 25, 2021 at 8:25 pm
    The average Antifa loon is correct in that the system is fascist.
    But because he is an uneducated dickhead he does not realise that his actions are furthering that fascism.

    We’re all furthering it because we all tolerate it. It’s nothing new, for decades many were warning us about the state-corporate alliance but we’d rather get that new car or new phone or overseas trip than bother to do anything about the downstream consequences of it all. In the very least the GFC should have resulted in a massive overhaul of the financial sector but it is stronger than ever. We’re fucked.

  94. Tailgunner says:

    We are approaching this integration without a Nazi party
    Gramsci was right.
    And Yuri Bereznov.
    What we had is over.
    I know no one here thought they’d ever have to spit on they hands and raise the Black, but…
    Bad luck.
    Life comes at you fast.
    We all the rebels now.
    #Outlawlyfe

  95. Tailgunner says:

    we’d rather get that new car or new phone or overseas trip than bother to do anything about the downstream consequences of it all.
    Yup.
    But now some must pay.
    In blood.
    The Tree of Liberty is always thirsty.
    Hehe.
    Valhalla death?
    Please.

  96. Boambee John says:

    Arky says:
    February 25, 2021 at 8:25 pm
    The average Antifa loon is correct in that the system is fascist.
    But because he is an uneducated dickhead he does not realise that his actions are furthering that fascism.

    The correct term is Ante-fa, because they bring fascism.

  97. Tailgunner says:

    But no one is fighting for the current trajectory. Only our masters.
    Will we lose?
    Haha, no idea.
    Probably
    Fight, you bastards, FIGHT

  98. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    You MUST distinguish the socialism of the right from the socialism of the left.

    That’s easily done Arky. There is no socialism on the right.

    Fascism is lefty, as we see in both the US and China where the left parties have seamlessly morphed into fascists over the last few years.

  99. Tailgunner says:

    St.Peter dared me to go down in a hail of bullets.
    Wanker
    🤣

  100. Arky says:

    There is no socialism on the right.

    ..
    I disagree Bruce.
    If the right is defined, as it was in the earliest of use, as those on the side of the establishment (at that time royalty) then yes, the establishment may turn to a type of socialism to achieve it’s aims.

  101. Tel says:

    You MUST distinguish the socialism of the right from the socialism of the left. Not because one is worse than tother, but because people will confuse the right variety with capitalism.

    Socialism is fundamentally any system where individuals exist for the benefit of the group and further … individuals are expendable if required by the group.

    Since every individual within a socialist system does not want to become the expendable one, corruption sets in rapidly and the only right/left distinction is what sort of excuses get passed around by way of self justification. Methods of systemic corruption such as Blat or Guanxi or cronyism or simply outright bribes do operate as a capitalist system within the skin of a socialist system.

    It’s a lot more difficult to disentangle than you would suggest.

  102. Dot says:

    Uncle Junior is 90 years old.
    Can’t believe the Soprano’s is so old.

    Go shit in your hand and clap.

  103. Tailgunner says:

    In this Land DownUnder, only two choices now :
    Patriot or Traitor.
    Welcome to the civil war!
    Straya is going to look a lot different in the post Zentral Banquet reality.
    MadMax is back in fashion for bright Preppers.

  104. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Obama calls for reparations for black Americans because the ‘wealth of this country was built on the backs of slaves’ – but says he couldn’t get it done as president due to the ‘politics of white resistance’

    Obama said reparations would have been met with ‘white resistance’ in a Renegades: Born in the USA podcast episode with Bruce Springsteen
    During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama appeared to oppose reparations
    Reparations are payments made and programs created to help the descendants of slavery
    Obama said ‘the talk of welfare queens’ and ‘the undeserving poor’ would have made a reparations program ‘counterproductive’

    Daily Mail.

  105. Arky says:

    It’s a lot more difficult to disentangle than you would suggest.

    ..
    It’s very easy to spot when the media uses “right” or “far right” as a smear against conservatives or true libertarians.
    It’s not hard to see how when CEOs start demanding the right to run companies on behalf of “the climate” or “a social licence” or “equity” that they are running socialism by stealth, meanwhile the media will ascribe the widening of wealth disparities or any other ills that results from this perversion to “the right”.

  106. Dot says:

    The TendieMan certainly came. And it brought bountiful autism, memes and elitist tears.

    Paper Hands Portnoy has had a meltdown. I suspect that is IT’s true identity.

    GME, AMC are both back up in a major way.

  107. Tailgunner says:

    true libertarians.
    These dickheads had better be able to shoot.

  108. Tailgunner says:

    Piss off with the /WSB updates,Miguel, I noted $GME was up Bigly earlier.
    I sold @50.
    [email protected]
    #GunnerFinancial.
    You gotta laugh or you’d cry.
    🤣🤣

  109. Crossie says:

    There is evidence aplenty that Young Liberals have destroyed the party. Early on the Victorian branch adopted Labor’s and the Geeens’ policies. Then we have the NSW Liberals and Nationals getting in on the action followed by Marshall’s government in SA. But it took the gormless idiot Zak Kirkup to tell everyone “I’ll out green them all”.

    My point is, why are there Young Liberals when we know that you don’t become conservative until you reach the age of wisdom, ie when you enter your fifth decade?

  110. Tailgunner says:

    realInfidelTiger disappearance us weird.
    Even more so than Ted Cruz booster, ant.
    Wtf is going on?
    I heard a rumour he got the Coof?

  111. Dot says:

    Gunner

    All we want is life beyond Danandrews Dome.


    We don’t need another hero.

    If only politicians had the rule, “break a deal, face the wheel”.

  112. Arky says:

    Tailgunner says:
    February 25, 2021 at 9:29 pm
    true libertarians.
    These dickheads had better be able to shoot.

    ..
    By “true libertarians” I am not referring to those ninnies running around with their hands over their heads about the rights of two blokes to decide when to turn life support off for each other or the “property rights” of Google and Facebook.

  113. Tailgunner says:

    Y’all ready to watch “Fall of the Roman Empire, MK2”?
    The West is finished.
    The Marxism has worked.
    Only one way out.
    What comes next?
    We’ll see.

  114. Dot says:

    Gunner

    I sold CSS at 0.01 (now 0.87).

    I should listen to my own advice and put my buys under lock and key for at least two years.

  115. Dot says:

    Gunner

    I can shoot well with a .22 LR, .30-30 lever action and a .223. Somewhat shit with a .22-250 and a .308. I don’t miss with an under and over shotgun, but no one really does.

  116. Crossie says:

    I think this point was raised tonight by Andrew Bolt on his program that employing twenty-somethings as political advisors in Canberra is the height of idiocy. I have found it odd when Kevin Rudd did it and even more odd when the Coalition politicians tried to outdo him by employing even younger staffers.

    I firmly believe that this policy led to Barnaby Joyce’s downfall and may Brittany Higgins may yet bring down ScoMo’s government.

    In actual fact, employing family members in electoral offices is probably less problematic than long-legged and short-skirted staffers.

  117. Tailgunner says:

    those ninnies running around with their hands over their heads about the rights of two blokes to decide when to turn life support off for each other
    I’m so over JC,Dot&Sinc pulling that shit.

  118. Tailgunner says:

    I should listen to my own advice
    Yeah, but our advice is shithouse.
    Imma stop listening to myself.

  119. Tel says:

    I like the new dodgy-cache version of the Cat better … keeps out Numbnuts and his refraf friends. By all means keep it this way.

  120. Knuckle Dragger says:

    So India rolled the Poms for 112.

    In reply, on a dustbowl the Poms rolled India back for 145.

    Such is the quality of the pitch, little Joe Root with his lady arms and gentle offies tweaked his way to 5/8 off six overs.

  121. Tailgunner says:

    but no one really does.
    I’ll take the shottie then.
    I wanna get up close& personal to finish them off.

  122. Dot says:

    What shit, you Soviet resident?

    Face Book isn’t a public utility. It is retarded to think so.*

    If you don’t like it, leave.

    If conservatives left Face Book and twitter, their market share would roughly halve.

    Social media firms are often in precarious revenue or debt positions, let them suffer.

    Sure, I will admit I am a chump for still having so much google. They’ve also got so much of my stuff a migration will take a long time. Already have proton mail accounts and so on. Ditching MS for Open Office.

    *Nope, check out the day DARPA’s Life Log ended and the day Face Book went on line. What is the similarity?

    As for legality, social media pull so much shady crap regarding misrepresentation and failing to deliver on promises they could get absolutely smashed under common law provisions beefed up in the ACL (or at least the CCA) or US antitrust law.

  123. Crossie says:

    It’s not hard to see how when CEOs start demanding the right to run companies on behalf of “the climate” or “a social licence” or “equity” that they are running socialism by stealth,

    It’s not just the CEOs, the board of directors could nip that in the bud they are just as bad if not worse. There is a lot of blame to go around. There is only one thing they all have in common, they consider themselves our superiors. This will not change until a real economic crash like the Great Depression brings us to our senses.

  124. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Des at 7.33:

    ‘Bloke: Their behaviour is offensive, so you would be justified in squirting them.’

    Well, it depends.

    There’s a little-known visual BMI index used for this sort of thing.

  125. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Also:

    ‘Des at 7.33:

    ‘Bloke: Their behaviour is offensive, so you would be justified in squirting them.’’

    PHRASING.

  126. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Crossie says:
    February 25, 2021 at 9:40 pm”

    Agree….speaking of Barnaby, I note his daughter has landed a plum position as a “senior parliamentary adviser” for NSW Nationals leader Barilano. What are her credentials exactly, apart from the fact that she’s Barnaby’s daughter?

    We need adults in Canberra…not starry eyed young men and women in their early 20’s.

  127. Tailgunner says:

    All we want is life beyond Danandrews Dome.

    What Would Brevik Do?

  128. Arky says:

    Face Book isn’t a public utility. It is retarded to think so.*

    .
    Facebook and it’s ilk loses it’s right to your libertarian activism when it becomes part of the establishment forces pushing socialism on everyone else.

  129. Dot says:

    It’s not just the CEOs, the board of directors could nip that in the bud they are just as bad if not worse. There is a lot of blame to go around. There is only one thing they all have in common, they consider themselves our superiors. This will not change until a real economic crash like the Great Depression brings us to our senses.

    What is likely in common is they have useless degrees and add zero economic value, most have or started from made up diversity positions.

    Gail Kelly destroyed billions in shareholder equity, because wahmen need to be CEOs as well.

    Whereas Gina parlayed her inheritance into Trumpian or KP levels of wealth.

  130. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “We need adults in Canberra”

    I should add that adults can and do behave badly however a twenty-two year old young woman shouldn’t be a “senior adviser” to a politician.

  131. Dot says:

    Facebook and it’s ilk loses it’s right to your libertarian activism when it becomes part of the establishment forces pushing socialism on everyone else.

    It always was part of the establishment.

  132. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Breaking:

    The Duke of Wellington arrested!

    It’s happening!

  133. Tel says:

    It’s very easy to spot when the media uses “right” or “far right” as a smear against conservatives or true libertarians.

    Sure … those guys are not in the slightest bit interested in any real understanding. If “asparagus” was a useful smear term they would just as happily deploy that. They ignore the meaning of words, and instead slurp out the emotion for their own use.

    It’s not hard to see how when CEOs start demanding the right to run companies on behalf of “the climate” or “a social licence” or “equity” that they are running socialism by stealth, meanwhile the media will ascribe the widening of wealth disparities or any other ills that results from this perversion to “the right”.

    A CEO is merely a company employee given a high position of trust over property belonging to other people … which is always a tempting place to start treating the business like a personal fiefdom. This is not so different to a bureaucrat in a public service department who is a government employee given a high position of trust over public property.

    You look too closely at the excuses presented … the web of fog they weave … simply ask whether each has earnestly operated as trustee to the benefit of the real owners.

  134. Tailgunner says:

    in squirting them.’’
    Hehe
    Every chick can do this.
    If you know.
    Come at me

  135. Crossie says:

    Social media firms are often in precarious revenue or debt positions, let them suffer.

    I saw a report recently that Twitter lost over a billion dollars I revenue last year, that is not share price value but actual earnings.

    The social media companies are on very shaky ground and all people need to do is opt out to punish them. I never joined so I can’t opt out.

    I am not against online businesses, I save my photos to Apple’s cloud and pay a monthly fee for it. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter had it right at the start but once they got so big that they kept swallowing the competition they forgot how they got there and started not only abusing their consumers but thought they could take over the world. I wish them nothing but misfortune.

  136. Tailgunner says:

    It’s happening!
    Shut up.
    You got a better plan, hotdog jockey?

  137. Tailgunner says:

    It’s very easy to spot when the media uses “right” or “far right” as a smear against conservatives or true libertarians
    That’s bloody hilarious and should defo be a Liberty Quote.
    +1

  138. Crossie says:

    Whereas Gina parlayed her inheritance into Trumpian or KP levels of wealth.

    KP?

  139. Arky says:

    Waxing greatly on the property rights of an organisation who’s editorial content insists you stay in your home, shut down your business and obey government decree is an… interesting choice.
    I mean, you could at least preface it with: “In principle I support their property rights, but let’s face it, in practice they and their ilk are the greatest threat to rights of the rest of us, no really, they are complete turds”.

  140. Crossie says:

    I’m enjoying Paul Murray’s special on Mudgee, I love that town. But then again I love Orange and Bathurst and Parkes …

  141. Lazlo says:

    Dot. Just use Bing. Ex Gates, Microsoft does not appear to be a woke organisation.

  142. Tailgunner says:

    Twitter lost over a billion dollars
    $$$ is nothing to the Cabal.
    Only the message matters.
    Hollywood/Disney/WaPo,etc/state education/et al
    They invent $$$ from thin air, remember?
    Seems legit

  143. Knuckle Dragger says:

    I always have a plan.

  144. Delta A says:

    Orange and Bathurst and Parkes

    Love those towns, but I would take Cowra over Mudgee.

  145. Tel says:

    This will not change until a real economic crash like the Great Depression brings us to our senses.

    Like ahhh Great Reset perhaps?

    Bulldozing down small business, razing the Earth in preparation to Build Back Better!

    Wait … perhaps the bad guys already planned this.

  146. Eyrie says:

    I save my photos to Apple’s cloud and pay a monthly fee for it.

    Why? External hard drives are cheap.

  147. Arky says:

    Waxing greatly on the property rights of an organisation who’s editorial content insists you stay in your home, shut down your business and obey government decree is an… interesting choice.

    ..
    While it profits greatly from all of that.

  148. Crossie says:

    Delta A says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:06 pm
    Orange and Bathurst and Parkes

    Love those towns, but I would take Cowra over Mudgee.

    I seem to remember that there is a botanical garden in the middle of the town in Cowra. I could be wrong, we only spent a an hour there.

  149. Dot says:

    Arky says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:02 pm
    Waxing greatly on the property rights of an organisation who’s editorial content insists you stay in your home, shut down your business and obey government decree is an… interesting choice.

    Government is the problem. They’re just acting as a loyal servant.

    FaceBook booting people for capricious reasons can have serious legal and financial consequences. Is anyone actually sacking up and suing Face Book?

    Take Twitter for example. They will boot you for questioning why Fauci lied but they have CP because “it doesn’t violate the TOS”.

    Is any DA or DPP officer indicting anyone? No?

    Attacking secure property rights is a bad idea. I would not sacrifice them to “get” Fake Book.

  150. mh says:

    There goes the forced-sex opportunities for our farmers.

  151. Crossie says:

    Eyrie says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:07 pm
    I save my photos to Apple’s cloud and pay a monthly fee for it.

    Why? External hard drives are cheap.

    I want it all on my phone and should it crash the photos will transfer to my new phone.

  152. Tailgunner says:

    I always have a plan
    Preach

  153. Lazlo says:

    It is a Japanese memorial garden Crossie, to the Japanese who were killed – 200-300 by some accounts – following the Cowra Breakout.

  154. Dot says:

    Anyway, watched a bit of Howard the Duck, before my time really.

    WTF was Lucas thinking!?

  155. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Whereas Gina parlayed her inheritance into Trumpian or KP levels of wealth.

    KP?

    Kerry Packer?

  156. Tailgunner says:

    Who are the snakes in the boardroom of the Iron Bank?
    Let’s rip their masks off, shall we?

  157. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    It is a Japanese memorial garden Crossie, to the Japanese who were killed – 200-300 by some accounts – following the Cowra Breakout.

    That’s my understanding, as well.

  158. Delta A says:

    I seem to remember that there is a botanical garden in the middle of the town

    A Japanese garden and cultural centre.

    Cowra also has one of the best visitor centres, featuring a hologram presentation of the Cowra Breakout. Lots of history and the Lachlan River, one of my favourites.

  159. Arky says:

    Attacking secure property rights is a bad idea. I would not sacrifice them to “get” Fake Book.

    ..
    Let’s say you are wrong.
    You might not be, but you could be.
    What if they win in what they are trying to achieve?
    What if they manage to lock up the technology for, say, the next decade.
    Their activist mates on the courts don’t allow for legal remedy. Their activist mates on bank boards and in ISP boards manage to nix new entrants, while they are booting opposition off the existing platforms.
    I’m not saying that is a certainty, or even the most likely outcome, but you have to admit it sure looks like the outcome they want and are willing to work hard and dirty to achieve.
    If they win, at what point do you admit their “property” is not worth your advocacy on their behalf?

  160. mh says:

    Roger says:
    February 25, 2021 at 7:52 pm
    My daughter passes her old iphones on to me.

    I think it’s a ruse to keep me contactable, as otherwise I probably wouldn’t be bothered with a mobile phone.

    As a matter of interest, what are the alternatives…Samsung?

    You can normally pick up a mobile from Big W for under $50.

  161. Delta A says:

    Snap, Lazlo.

  162. Crossie says:

    Tel says:
    This will not change until a real economic crash like the Great Depression brings us to our senses.

    Like ahhh Great Reset perhaps?

    Bulldozing down small business, razing the Earth in preparation to Build Back Better!

    Wait … perhaps the bad guys already planned this.

    Yes, they have planned it but I don’t think they mean the stock market to crash, that’s where their money is invested. It’s also where the super funds are invested which is making me nervous, I want to retire before they crash it all so I can at least cash out some of my super.

    Joe Biden let the cat out of the bag during the election campaign that he and the Democrats are part of the global reset when he repeated the Build Back Better slogan.

  163. Tailgunner says:

    Lizards?
    Nah, snakes.
    Shovels/guillotine needed.
    Justice for the People?
    Yep.
    It’s happening.
    War

  164. Top Ender says:

    Toyoshima, the first Japanese shot down over Australia, is buried in the Cowra War Cemetery, under the assumed name he gave the Allies when captured. He crashed his Zero on Melville Island to the north of Darwin after taking a bullet in the engine on the 19 Feb 1942 raid.

    One of the blokes who guarded him when he was flown to Darwin after capture is still alive, in Hobart, aged 100.

  165. Crossie says:

    Lazlo says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:16 pm
    It is a Japanese memorial garden Crossie, to the Japanese who were killed – 200-300 by some accounts – following the Cowra Breakout.

    Thanks for the info.

  166. Tailgunner says:

    The great reset becomes the Great Awakening?
    Sick
    Hand me the wire.
    No mercy for Traitors

  167. Arky says:

    I have to say, the one thing I lack in the tech platform debate is statistical data.
    There can be no doubt that for conservative creators there is some value in over playing the draconian nature of these platforms. An ‘under dog” cache that is worth more eyeballs.
    But there is also no doubt that these platforms have booted creators for very little good reason.
    Including a sitting President of the United States.

  168. Dot says:

    When your property rights are not secure, any government can threaten your livelihood and savings. This gives them immense power and they can coerce you into being quiet, giving up parental choice or supervision in education, playing games with the levers of the economy or mass surveillance (and not by choice).

    More so when so much of Australian personal wealth is tied up in residential and commercial real property.

    I too think you might be correct Arky. I agree with nearly everything you say. I just don’t think the decision you would make is the right one.

  169. Tailgunner says:

    The War is here, whether you like it or not.
    Grab your fkn balls.
    Fight or submit.
    Change my mind….

  170. Lazlo says:

    Indeed Delta. The drive up through Parkes and Forbes is lovely – ‘sent to where I met him down the Lachlan years ago’.

  171. Crossie says:

    Dot says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:26 pm
    When your property rights are not secure, any government can threaten your livelihood and savings.

    Dot, it is a conundrum, you need a government to secure your property rights but it’s also capable of cancelling those same rights.

  172. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Ballababy Lady news (the Hun):

    ‘Ms Buhler faced the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court via video link on Thursday, where defence barrister Hugo Moodie said his client had failed to reach a resolution with police over the case.

    ‘An offer of diversion was made at an earlier court appearance. “Ms Buhler intends to energetically fight the charge against her,” he said.’

    Go, you good thing. Make ’em work for it.

  173. Arky says:

    I too think you might be correct Arky. I agree with nearly everything you say. I just don’t think the decision you would make is the right one.

    ..
    What’s the solution?
    If the universities are pumping woke chicks onto boards and into government and courts at an ever increasing rate, where is the practical solution that libertarians can support?
    What is the solution that an out maneuvered but determined and freedom loving people can get behind?

  174. feelthebern says:

    This will blow your balls off.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-4Hr4Zh8iY

  175. Old Lefty says:

    If course the identity of the school is public knowledge and is plastered, with a picture, all over the ABC:

    https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-25/our-lady-of-mercy-college-apologises-over-historical-offences/13191230

    But when Victorian state school teacher was sentenced for 54 offences against 38 pupils, the judge clapped a suppression order over not just the names of the victims but also the identity of the schools. Why the double standard?

    That said, it is little short of miraculous that a member of the public sector teachers’ union got prosecuted at all – a holdover from the Coalition era? I’m sure it won’t happen again.

  176. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Nationals ready to lead West Australian opposition

    Exclusive
    Paul Garvey
    Senior Reporter
    @PDGarvey
    18 minutes ago February 25, 2021
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    The leader of the West Australian Nationals says she is ready to lead the opposition if her party catapults past the Liberals at the state election in just over two weeks.

    And Mia Davies said she would not give up the campaign fight against Labor after Liberal leader Zak Kirkup’s remarkable early concession that he could not win against Mark McGowan.

    “Our continued mantra with our communities and our constituents and the people we seek to represent is that we may not win every fight but we will get a bloody nose trying,” she said in an interview in the front bar of The Dardy, the only pub in Dardanup, two hours’ south of Perth.

    “To not do that means you concede or accept we shouldn’t have good healthcare, that our kids shouldn’t go to a local school, that our services are too expensive to deliver so we should retract back to the metro area. I’m not conceding that.”

    The Australian’s Newspoll last week showed a 12.5 per cent swing towards Labor, which if replicated on election day could reduce the Liberals to as few as two seats, with the Nationals holding four.

    The state Liberals and Nationals are not in a formal coalition, opening the way for the Nationals to become the opposition if the Liberals lose significant seats.

  177. Lazlo says:

    The Cowra Memorial Garden is very beautiful, well worth a visit if driving west.

  178. Snoopy says:

    Peak Hill is a gem. Even better than Wellington.

  179. incoherent rambler says:

    if replicated on election day could reduce the Liberals to as few as two seats, with the Nationals holding four.

    Won’t somebody drag that brute off the top of Ms. Liberty?

  180. Crossie says:

    The leader of the West Australian Nationals says she is ready to lead the opposition if her party catapults past the Liberals at the state election in just over two weeks.

    All she has to do is not be woke or green. How hard is that?

  181. Dot says:

    The Cat is first and foremost, a monetary economics blog.

    Good to see.

    ————————–

    Hoover Institution, Stanford University

    In a draft chapter from her forthcoming biography of Milton Friedman, Jennifer Burns examines Friedman’s influence on Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, comparing their engagement with monetarism in the 1980s. Discussion will be based on a pre-circulated, book length chapter, available with an RSVP.

    Jennifer Burns is the leading independent expert on Ayn Rand and the American conservative movement. She is author of the acclaimed biography Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right. Currently, she is writing an intellectual biography of Milton Friedman. At the Hoover Institution, she directs the annual summer Workshop on Political Economy.
    ———————

    Some form of monetarism that accepts money is non-neutral is right. The Phillips Curve being anything other than vertical (except in the short term) was disproven empirically in the late 1960s and early 197os. The possible short term effects actually speak to non-neutrality.

  182. Dot says:

    If the universities are pumping woke chicks onto boards and into government and courts at an ever increasing rate, where is the practical solution that libertarians can support?

    Is the west finished?

  183. Snoopy says:

    To whom is Ace referring?

    These leftwing idiots — one a golddigging dick-riding nobody, the other being a college dropout whose only skill is buying a buggy operating system and failing to fix it for fifty fucking years

  184. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    What’s this, what’s this?? Is this true?
    They are not going to let us know which vaccine we get?
    You can’t find out what one they are using?

    No. No. No. No. Anything in my arm, I want to know what it is called.
    Purely for personal safety reasons. I want the Pfizer to go up the Amazon.
    Its coverage is better and it is more likely to cover the Brazilian variant.
    Hairy says he is happy with the Astra-Zenica, but at 60%, hmm.

    We all need to know what we’ve had to cover any top ups we need next year, especially if overseas at the time etc. I also want some HCL, Doxycycline, Azithromycin, and Ivermectin in my suitcase. And a can of Glen 20 next to the Vit C, D3 and Zinc. And maybe an O2 saturation monitor, some Ventolin and check on the ship’s supply of O2 and ventilators. Plus Panadol and Oestrogen gel. I travel prepared. 🙂

    I will try to find out by stealth first. Is this one out of dry ice? Or the fridge?
    After that, I will get legal advice.

    Your vaccine, but my body.

  185. Siltstone says:

    Bern at 10:34

    Good post about Milton F. Thanks!

  186. Dot says:

    I also want some HCL

    ???

    Puzzling. I assume you mean HCQ. HCl is not great for you.

  187. JC says:

    You’ve heard of Boeing? This was the dude’s mansion in Detroit.

    https://historicdetroit.org/galleries/boeing-house-old-photos/

  188. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Will also take some Xarelto blood thinners in case of DVT. And normal BP meds.

  189. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Yes. HCQ. This is a mistake I made here previously. Mind and fingers not working together.

  190. mh says:

    Tailgunner says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:28 pm
    The War is here, whether you like it or not.
    Grab your fkn balls.
    Fight or submit.
    Change my mind….

    So what’s the latest on the CFMEU battles?

  191. Arky says:

    I want the Pfizer to go up the Amazon.

    ..
    You’re not bloody going anywhere. Like the rest of us.
    The vaccine isn’t going to do shit.
    Do what everyone else is doing and spend the money doing up your house again.

  192. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Late at nite and now time for bed.

    New Cat seems strange without pictures and page reference numbers.

    We wuz spoiled before. Now we are on shorter rations.
    Soon pixels will be limited. Then we will be given allocated time slots.

    Oh dear.

  193. mh says:

    Keep the dream alive, Lizzie.

  194. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Still, I am more a words than a pictures person.

    There is that.

  195. Arky says:

    If you want to go up the Amazon, remodel the guest bog with some piranhas in the cistern and a rubber tree.

  196. mh says:

    The Cat is first and foremost, a monetary economics blog.

    What?
    Since when?
    Did anyone else know?

  197. Arky says:

    If you want to go up the Amazon, remodel the guest bog with some piranhas in the cistern

    ..
    Do it while Hairy is out and surprise him with it when one attaches itself to a sensitive appendage.

  198. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Do what everyone else is doing and spend the money doing up your house again.

    Got the tradies on to it and the materials all on order already, Arky.

    All my friends are doing renos, so the tradies are unable to tell us when ours will be done. I don’t mind too much because they will take away the old railings that are currently the birdie’s feeding platforms. We had a gorgeous little fledgling kookaburra visit again yesterday. He almost took meat from my hand. So cute and fluffy. The flocks of Currawong fledglings that descend every few days (about twelve of them) are getting quite demanding, almost tapping on the glass doors. As soon as Hairy or I appear on the terrace, all sorts of birds come in by radar.

  199. Lazlo says:

    Proof of how T20 has killed cricket on display right now in Ahmedabad.

  200. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Do it while Hairy is out and surprise him with it when one attaches itself to a sensitive appendage.

    Jumping piranhas? I don’t think so.
    I need to look after Hairy’s best interests.
    To say nothing of mine.
    Our main bathroom is also the guest toilet, we knocked out the wall to the separate loo. Only one other bathroom in this penthouse and it is our ensuite. Hairy’s domain.

  201. Day 2 of lockdown. Captain tested negative for the Sino lung pox but because the rest of the crew couldn’t be tested I get to stay locked up.
    On the bright side the line boat crew got released as they only helped with the Captain and didn’t board the ship.

    I can’t imagine doing this in a hotel room

  202. Lazlo says:

    ..
    Do it while Hairy is out and surprise him with it when one attaches itself to a sensitive appendage.

    Carry On Up The Khyber (Sid James, Kenneth Williams etc).

  203. Arky says:

    Got the tradies on to it and the materials all on order already, Arky.

    ..
    [pinches bridge of nose and sighs deeply]
    I was joking.
    It’s a stupid time to remodel your house.
    Everyone else is too. So the materials and labour are costly and you’ll have to wait around while your tradies dismatle your home and then stand there waist deep in destruction making hours of phone calls to tee up other customers.

  204. mh says:

    Someone on The Dumb said she wasn’t a feminist.

    Host: does not compute…does not compute

  205. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    It’s verdant enough around here at present to be the bloody Amazon.
    The rainy summer has made everything grow so that it feels oppressive.

    I want Marvin my miracle tree man to come in with his chain-saw on a pole.

  206. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    So the materials and labour are costly

    You are not kidding there. They are.
    And lead times are long and labour is hard to get.

    I think I had better spend some more money on clothes and shoes anticipating my cruise holidays coming up. I am putting that off until I lose five kilos though. Even losing three would do. But when you can’t travel you tend to eat more I find.

  207. Tony Rooney says:

    Old Lefty says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:36 pm
    If course the identity of the school is public knowledge and is plastered, with a picture, all over the ABC:

    https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-25/our-lady-of-mercy-college-apologises-over-historical-offences/13191230

    But when Victorian state school teacher was sentenced for 54 offences against 38 pupils, the judge clapped a suppression order over not just the names of the victims but also the identity of the schools. Why the double standard?

    That said, it is little short of miraculous that a member of the public sector teachers’ union got prosecuted at all – a holdover from the Coalition era? I’m sure it won’t happen again.

    Old Lefty.

    That is not correct the ABC did report the Vincent Henry Reynolds. case.

    You are correct however in the point you make regarding double standards. As far as ‘newsworthyness’ is concerned the Reynolds case is not on high rotation. No ABC staff members have written a book about the case on company time and personally profited from that publication…

    Schoolteacher grubs from the State system, like Reynolds and the Queensland Country schoolteacher Bill D’Arcy do seem to get an easy mark from the National Broadcaster.

    Reynold’s should have been an easy pick for an early punt. All the warning signals were there.

    It seems like the only Government institution that had the testicular fortitude in the 1960’s to make an easy pick for an early punt were those elements of the Australian Army on active service…

  208. Steve trickler says:

    The thumbnail is a dystopian nightmare.

    The Beauty Of Altered Carbon

  209. mh says:

    Every woman on The Dumb is as thick as two short planks.

  210. Crossie says:

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:
    February 25, 2021 at 11:30 pm
    It’s verdant enough around here at present to be the bloody Amazon.
    The rainy summer has made everything grow so that it feels oppressive.

    I want Marvin my miracle tree man to come in with his chain-saw on a pole.

    Tell me about it! My dahlias grew so high they overshot the stakes and then keeled over. I had to cut them back quite severely to save them.

  211. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:
    February 25, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    LizzieB, you mentioned Anne Boleyn upthread. The current reading in the cold, old right wing cave that serves as my library is “The Six Wives, and Many Mistresses of Henry VIII – the Women’s Stories.”

    Seems that Good King Henry didn’t half put it about amongst the ladies…

  212. mh says:

    Trump will address CPAC on Sunday, and it’s expected he will draw the most attention of any speaker. Sources familiar with his speech told Fox News that he will hammer Biden on everything from immigration to China.

  213. mh says:

    This warms up halfway through.
    In the past I would have called Russel Brand a tool, but left and right becomes insignificant when faced with the threats that are now upon us.

    The Great Reset: Bill Gates & Farming – WHAT’S GOING ON?
    1,384,898 views•Feb 20, 2021

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg0c2x74mgU

  214. ‘Ms Buhler faced the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court via video link on Thursday, where defence barrister Hugo Moodie said his client had failed to reach a resolution with police over the case.

    An offer of diversion was made at an earlier court appearance. “Ms Buhler intends to energetically fight the charge against her,” he said.’

    I really really like this girl.
    Totally agree KD, make it as hard as possible for the Jax of the ‘Rat.

  215. Steve trickler says:

    Once again, brilliant footage from these blokes.

    Thunderbirds Are Go!

    2021 USAF Thunderbirds arrive @ NAF El Centro!

  216. Mark A says:

    I would buy one of these in a jiffy if available.
    Would make a perfect shopping car.
    Nothing to do with being green.

  217. bespoke says:

    Top Ender says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:23 pm
    Toyoshima, the first Japanese shot down over Australia, is buried in the Cowra War Cemetery, under the assumed name he gave the Allies when captured. He crashed his Zero on Melville Island to the north of Darwin after taking a bullet in the engine on the 19 Feb 1942 raid.

    One of the blokes who guarded him when he was flown to Darwin after capture is still alive, in Hobart, aged 100.

    Spent to weeks in my early teens with my first step dad site seeing and getting a balloon to cross the screen with my Commodore 64 at night.

  218. feelthebern says:

    CNBC are openly discussing the collusion between Melville & Robinhood.
    A month ago, that was viewed as defamatory.
    Today, it’s standard operating procedure.

  219. feelthebern says:

    GME 170 bucks.

  220. DrBeauGan says:

    Thanx Tom..

  221. bespoke says:

    Arky says:
    February 25, 2021 at 10:33 pm
    I too think you might be correct Arky. I agree with nearly everything you say. I just don’t think the decision you would make is the right one.

    ..
    What’s the solution?
    If the universities are pumping woke chicks onto boards and into government and courts at an ever increasing rate, where is the practical solution that libertarians can support?
    What is the solution that an out maneuvered but determined and freedom loving people can get behind?

    Not a libertarian but with the ‘woke’ so entrenched and credentialism driving aspirations at all levels any changes especially handing over more power will only make things worse.

    Maybe a long term strategy with realistic goals and acceptance that we will be long gone before the any obvious results.

    Call it the long march back:
    Small steps like I’d be interested in taping into a network of people with more experience to fill the gap I and the failing system to help with my grand-kid.

    I’v been getting positive results using PragerU etc. Not always a red pill but as a start of a awakening for most.
    An Australian themed PragerU would be a good resource.

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