Open Forum: May 1, 2021

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  1. Infidel Tiger says:

    Let’s ask that BHP ore train driver if they have an important job or not.

  2. Rex Mango says:

    Caught train from Barcelona to Paris circa 98. Full of uni students & had to change trains at this lonely border station. Klaxon started telling everyone to disembark in Spanish & all those heading to ‘Gare de Austerlitz’ to board another train. Me & my mate both pretty drunk, were freaked out following all these folk being herded aboard a train headed to Austerlitz.

  3. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    Did they have cheesecake at the inundated clinic, Montel?
    Can you still reach the phone!?

    well he hasn’t seen his dick for a couple of decades

  4. JC says:

    Artie

    I thought BHP had automated their trains and their trucks.

  5. Leigh Lowe says:

    Wete tour trims manual or electric?

    Manuel.
    The old wheels set between the seats.
    Elevator trim set along the centerline with the rudder trim set laterally at the back of the console.
    Left hand seat got the rudder so he could use his right hand and the right hand seat got the elevator so could use both hands.
    It wasn’t entirely successful, and you need to do it where there isn’t traffic!

  6. Old Lefty says:

    The Silly Moaning Haemorrhoid has capped of a series of sermons on the joys of divorce with a piece praising the ‘courage’ of Bill and Melinda Gates for splitting.

    How long before the Socialist Left/Green/ABC/Fairfax axis makes matrimonial fidelity a capital crime?

  7. Albatross says:

    Infidel Tiger says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:09 pm
    Let’s ask that BHP ore train driver if they have an important job or not.

    Look, I’m sure it’s exhausting engaging the single two-position lever used for train-pointing.

    Also: CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW! BAN BHP and BAN TRAIN POINTERS.

  8. Rex Mango says:

    Another memory from trains in France is being in no smoking carriage, with everyone leaning out the window smoking/chatting & then them all rapidly pulling inside as another train going the opposite way went past.

  9. Leigh Lowe says:

    JC says:

    May 5, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Artie

    I thought BHP had automated their trains and their trucks.

    Well, they’ve certainly automated my $500k dividend cheque.
    .
    OK.
    I’ll see myself out, shall I?

  10. JC says:

    CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!

    Wrong buddy. You could get cancelled for peddling racist stuff like that.

    It’s, Intersectional Climate justice NOW!

  11. TailgunneR says:

    Do all important trains still have an AA car?
    Or just Barry on the roof with the MG-34?

  12. Albatross says:

    Old Lefty says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:11 pm
    The Silly Moaning Haemorrhoid

    ABC also spends a lot of time promoting rare complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth (latest was post-partum psychosis). Also freeze your eggs and all the reffos you can eat.

  13. Rex Anger says:

    Train: speed.

    More than that.

    Power, braking force, retardation (Yes, when dynamic brakes are in use, that is the correct terminology), managing traction in response to load and conditions etc. (Tearing out a knuckle enroute is a surefire way to ruin your day).

    Most modern locos after 1990 have microprocessors (when things are working properly) to simplify some of that, but the older thumpers are purely dependent on tacit knowledge, skill and experience to achieve the same effects.

  14. Rex Mango says:

    Australia has world record for both biggest trains and biggest train crash.

  15. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    The Drum just had story about ABC investigative reporter Laura Dingle discovering she had sperm donor dad & no rights to find out who …

    I hope she finds out it was Jeff Kennett or Andrew Bolt.

    Tony Abbott

  16. Rex Anger says:

    BAN TRAIN POINTERS.

    What have you got against white pointers, you misogynist?

  17. Albatross says:

    Rex Anger says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:15 pm
    Train: speed.

    More than that.

    Power, braking force, retardation

    LOL. Trainfrotters always have that last lever set to maximum, so not really a “control” as such.

  18. Albatross says:

    Rex Mango says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:15 pm
    Australia has world record for both biggest trains and biggest train crash.

    Make train pointing properly intersectional! NOW!

  19. TailgunneR says:

    Power, braking force
    6 pot Brembos, Rex.
    And big, slotted rotors.
    Stop your coal train/Little Red Wagon.

  20. Rex Anger says:

    Do all important trains still have an AA car?
    Or just Barry on the roof with the MG-34?

    We hide the pop-up Stingers and Dillon miniguns in the rooves, just ahead of the cooling fans.

    Accessible only by remote keycode, sadly. Like a Nuclear football, but not as sexy….

  21. Leigh Lowe says:

    Well, this has been a long and meandering road.
    We started with someone kvetching about driver assist technology.
    This morphed into a shit-fight over relative subsidies given to road vs rail.
    Now we are at “which job is more skilled and demanding”.
    If you take notice of the automated warnings, driving a truck is a piece of piss.

  22. Albatross says:

    Most modern locos after 1990 have microprocessors

    Fuck me a SINGLE LEVER AND YOU NEED HELP FROM A COMPUTER? IRREDEEMABLE!

  23. Rex Mango says:

    My Grandad never trusted aircraft & would train it down to visit once a year from Queensland. Nothing better than farewelling someone on a train as you get to walk then run alongside the carriage slowly speeding up. Movie makers know this.

  24. Rex Anger says:

    6 pot Brembos, Rex.
    And big, slotted rotors.
    Stop your coal train/Little Red Wagon.

    Not anywhere near as quickly as DEPLRBL will, sadly…

    (Please Cats, stop when the boomgates go down. Your car will stop far faster than my train. Especially post-collision…)

  25. Albatross says:

    Rex Anger says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:15 pm
    Train: speed.

    More than that.

    “Siri, what are synonyms for speed”, the post.

  26. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    JC says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:10 pm
    Artie

    I thought BHP had automated their trains and their trucks

    No, JC, that’s Rio. But they still need tacit knowledge and bums on seats when things don’t work as they’ve been programmed to do 😁
    and, btw, it’s not everything unit.

  27. Rex Anger says:

    Fuck me a SINGLE LEVER AND YOU NEED HELP FROM A COMPUTER? IRREDEEMABLE!

    Welp, somebody decided that a direct throttle linkage was inefficient, Albatross. They put a bloody generator between it and the twirly bits that make the wheels turn.

    There is thus absolutely no feel whatsoever. Your lever merely controls amps to the motors.

    I know how to walk a steamer up a grade in the wet, because I can feel it.

    A diesel electric just judders at you and stops moving.

  28. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    Airplane: pitch, roll, yaw & speed.
    Train: speed.

    You clearly have never been on the last train out of Tokyo on a friday night.

  29. Rex Mango says:

    Alan Jones just spent first twenty minutes of his show jumping up & down on the heads of ADF brass re Brereton Report. He is doing for Special Forces, what Ray Hadley did for greyhounds.

  30. Albatross says:

    Rex Anger says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:21 pm
    […]
    the twirly bits that make the wheels tur

    Got a little too technical for me here.

  31. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Leigh Lowe says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:18 pm
    Well, this has been a long and meandering road.
    We started with someone kvetching about driver assist technology.
    This morphed into a shit-fight over relative subsidies given to road vs rail.
    Now we are at “which job is more skilled and demanding”.
    If you take notice of the automated warnings, driving a truck is a piece of piss

    Wonderful, isn’t it, Leigh!🤣

  32. JC says:

    Well, they’ve certainly automated my $500k dividend cheque.

    No, it’s US$600,000 which means:

    (US$600,000 dividend/ US$ 1.02.)/ .67 cents at the time = 877,963 shares.

    877, 963 shares at A$48.76 (today’s closing) = $41,931.518.

    LL, that’s some shareholding.

    We spoke about it the other day when the Doc looked down his nose at me, referring to this stuff as mere arithmetic. He couldn’t even be bothered to help systematize the formula. He condescendingly told me to go see an accountant. So rude 🙂

  33. TailgunneR says:

    CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW!
    Will climate apocalypse be front of mind when the bullets start to fly?
    We can use them to clear minefields I guess?
    Punishment Battalions.
    Good luck,mofos!

  34. notafan says:

    What about reversing a truck?

  35. Rex Anger says:

    No, JC, that’s Rio. But they still need tacit knowledge and bums on seats when things don’t work as they’ve been programmed to do 😁
    and, btw, it’s not everything unit.

    Nope. Though they might be a little bit more successful with automating their Haulpacks. We will see…

    Rio have blown millions on AutoHaul and still do not have their robots producing anywhere near the same finesse or equipment sympathy even a moderately trained human operator does.

    Ansaldo, the mob wbo implemented it, told Rio their system could not do wat Rio wanted. But hey, never argue with the dude signing your checques, right?

  36. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    *it’s not every unit.

  37. Rex Anger says:

    Best assessment of AutoHaul, Cats?

    Nobody outside of Rio is even looking at it.

  38. Albatross says:

    finesse or equipment sympathy

    You’re supposed to point the damn things, not fuck ’em.

  39. Tony Rooney says:

    1735099 says:
    May 5, 2021 at 10:31 am
    The point of significance is that he volunteered in wartime.
    I was conscripted in peacetime.

    Well, your own ANZAC Day experience completely contradicts that statement. Have a look at the Courier Mails Kingaroy Anzac Day Photo Gallery. Specifically photo 60.

    You are wearing your medals. Nicely mounted by the way. A very nice job.

    From left to right in correct order of precedence you are sporting your full entitlement which consists of:

    Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (Clasp – Vietnam)
    Vietnam Medal
    Australian Defence Medal
    Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal
    Vietnamese Campaign Medal

    Congratulations.

    Putting your medals up is precisely the same thing as wearing your resume if you know how to read them. Have you looked at the qualifying period for your first medal, the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 (Clasp – Vietnam)? Particularly in light of your vehement and oft repeated statement I was conscripted in peacetime?

    I know you are not great with dates and numbers but there is something you need to know…

    The qualification dates for that medal you wear are 24 December 1962 to 27 January 1973. 24th December 1962 is almost a full two years before the National Service Act of 1964 was even passed. Clearly the medal that you so proudly wear contradicts your statement that “I was conscripted in peacetime?”

    Putting your medals up is precisely the same thing as wearing your resume if someone know’s how to read them. Have a crack at reading your old RSM’s resume. He sure did have a chestful.

    After his MBE and WW2 gongs is the same Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 that you wear except, he has two clasps on his. Korea and Vietnam. Next come his Korean medals and then a 1962 GSM with clasp South Vietnam and then his Vietnam Medal earned on the 7RAR 1970 tour, when you knew him. Reg Bandy’s first tour of Vietnam was from 22 October 1963 to 08 October 1964. “I was conscripted in peacetime?” I think Reg would disagree…

    ‘Vietnam’ and ‘Korea’ are not the only clasps on the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75. There is also the ‘Thai Malay’ clasp for which the qualifying period was 1 August 1960 to 31 August 1964.There is also the “Malaysia” clasp for which the qualifying period was 8 December 1962 to 11 August 1966.

    (By the by, the Malaysia clasp covers Confrontation and the Borneo Campaign. For which the1962 GSM with clasp Borneo was also awarded. Those Nashos who sport that combination were committed to active service well before Nashos were considered for Vietnam. They were all volunteers, hence presumably your lack of interest in that cohort.)

    Your OC Major Greg Warland had three clasps on his Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75: Thai Malay, Malaysia and Vietnam. Two of which were earned prior to the introduction of National Service in 1964. “I was conscripted in peacetime?” The best Warland would have done on hearing that would be to laugh in your face rather than punch it.

    You’re not too good at this military stuff are you?

    Your mouth plus medals equals embarrassment. Always.

  40. TailgunneR says:

    pop-up Stingers
    Bloody oath.
    One can never be too careful in these times.

  41. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    Gunner I ‘ve just about made back my trumpo losses riding DogeCoin

  42. Fat Tony says:

    Old Lefty says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:11 pm
    How long before the Socialist Left/Green/ABC/Fairfax axis makes matrimonial fidelity a capital crime?

    It already is – the only way out is death….

  43. Rex Anger says:

    Will climate apocalypse be front of mind when the bullets start to fly?
    We can use them to clear minefields I guess?
    Punishment Battalions.
    Good luck,mofos!

    Supergluing oneself to the landmines is a stratagem that I think will go far… 😉

  44. Leigh Lowe says:

    Wonderful, isn’t it, Leigh!

    Don’t interrupt.
    I’m laying burley.

  45. Rex Anger says:

    How long before the Socialist Left/Green/ABC/Fairfax axis makes matrimonial fidelity a capital crime?
    It already is – the only way out is death….

    🤣🤣🤣

    Call it there, guys.

    Fat Tony wins the Open Thread tonight.

  46. notafan says:

    Didn’t someone once call pilots glorified bus drivers?

  47. Rex Anger says:

    Don’t interrupt.
    I’m laying burley.

    Did she consent?

    #ALWAYSKeepTheReceipts

  48. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Floor show has opened early. Is there a cover charge?

  49. Rex Anger says:

    You’re supposed to point the damn things, not fuck ’em.

    Heheh…

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RZun7IvqMvE

  50. Leigh Lowe says:

    Tony Rooney.
    Spud uses the term “peacetime” because he and his malingering old man went the full Prince Leonard of Hutt and decided that, because they hadn’t personally declared war on the Viet Commies, it was “peacetime”.
    Yeah, I know, right?

  51. Albatross says:

    notafan says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:28 pm
    Didn’t someone once call pilots glorified bus drivers?

    Some idiot. An airplane is not a train. It has many levers.

  52. TailgunneR says:

    my trumpo losses riding DogeCoin
    Bastard!
    I’ve been watching that show myself.
    But MAGA broke.
    Elon likes the dog

  53. Leigh Lowe says:

    notafan says:

    May 5, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Didn’t someone once call pilots glorified bus drivers?

    Bob Hawke.
    The solid union man through-and-through.
    Ditched the pilots union in a blink to thuck up to hith good mate Thir Peter Abeleth (from Anthett Airlineth).

  54. notafan says:

    Bit demeaning to bus drivers though.

  55. JC says:

    Calculating the BHP holding in sheep.
    How much is a sheep .. say the average price for the last 20 years. Dunno, but call it say $70 bucks a sheep.

    Say the operating margin is 15% of the cost. That means you make $10.50 on (70 X .15) each sheep you sell. Assume say a 20% tax rate ans therefore 10.50 becomes $8.40 (10.50 X .80)

    In order to get the number of sheep you have to sell within these parameters, you take
    $41,931,518/.8 =$52,414,397.

    $52,414,397 /8.40 = 6,239,809.

    That’s how many sheep you need to sell over 20 years in order to accumulate that amount of money.

    Annually, you need to sell 311,990 “sheeps”.

    Possible, I guess. Not plausible, but possible.

  56. notafan says:

    Thanks Captain LL

  57. Albatross says:

    TailgunneR says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    Look at the way that car drives: in any direction it likes.

  58. Rex Anger says:

    @ Gunner-

    If it’s Ken Block, it’s OK.

    If it’s someone with a decent reserve of power and a good run-up, I can survive the adrenaline dump and shove my heart back down my throat afterwards.

    Problem being, too many of the dickheads on the roads out there are neither.

    And as you said, they tend to treat the boomgates as a challenge.

  59. Rex Anger:

    Hmmm… Virtue-signalling rich whiteys got more buttburt than Grigory because the Big Boss won’t pander to their bullshit. And thus left.

    This bloke has just doubled the happiness of his wukkas who come to work just to work, not solve the worlds imagined problems.
    The interesting part about the entire process was it started with just one employee…

  60. DrBeauGan says:

    We spoke about it the other day when the Doc looked down his nose at me, referring to this stuff as mere arithmetic. He couldn’t even be bothered to help systematize the formula. He condescendingly told me to go see an accountant. So rude

    No, JC, just not my area. I’m not any good at arithmetic.

  61. Albatross says:

    JC says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    You’re a danger to yourself and others and should not be permitted access to Excel.

  62. Rex Anger says:

    Look at the way that car drives: in any direction it likes.

    Ken Block might respectfully disagree.

    If the car went where it wanted on that hairpin over the crossing, the train would have eaten it…

  63. Tony Rooney says:

    Leigh Lowe says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:27 pm
    Wonderful, isn’t it, Leigh!

    Don’t interrupt.
    I’m laying burley.

    Aren’t we all. 😉

  64. Rex Anger says:

    #Understeer

  65. Rex Anger says:

    Rex Anger:

    Hmmm… Virtue-signalling rich whiteys got more buttburt than Grigory because the Big Boss won’t pander to their bullshit. And thus left.

    This bloke has just doubled the happiness of his wukkas who come to work just to work, not solve the worlds imagined problems.
    The interesting part about the entire process was it started with just one employee…

    MBA Case Study, go on…

  66. Albatross says:

    Rex Anger says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:37 pm
    Look at the way that car drives: in any direction it likes.

    Ken Block might respectfully disagree.

    If the car went where it wanted on that hairpin over the crossing, the train would have eaten it…

    But the train could have still swerved to avoid a collision, RIGHT?

  67. Rex Anger says:

    You’re a danger to yourself and others and should not be permitted access to Excel.

    Are you saying the only spreadsheet action JC is allowed is with Mrs JC?

    How dare you threaten the man with a good time?

  68. JC says:

    Doc, it’s fine. Just kidding around. It funny stuff though. I Can work that shit out but can’t put it together as a formula and there is one. It’s like language. Some people say they can understand a language, but unable to speak it.

  69. mh says:

    New venues on alert after NSW records mystery COVID case
    A new case of COVID community transmission has been detected in NSW with the infected man said to be “very active” across Sydney

    “Very Active”.

    Hmm 🤔

  70. Rex Anger says:

    But the train could have still swerved to avoid a collision, RIGHT?

    Evasive action is for wimps…

    #RammingSpeed

  71. Nick says:

    Where’s Stuthycat?

  72. Colonel Crispin Berka says:

    the turbocharging effect of devices such as nebulisers on coronavirus,

    That does it. I refuse to get coronavirus.
    I demand to get turbocharged coronavirus.
    Only coronaviruses running PR 1.5 plus will be accepted.
    Do I get to pick the brand?
    Kids these days will take any rando corona-snail from some dodgy chinese importer on ebay. Only good for a mild headache for five minutes before it fails, you’d hardly know you had one.
    Me, I’m oldschool. Garrett AiResearch, baby. GT2871R. Thrust bearing. Oh yeah.
    It’ll cough yer head off, man.

  73. Leigh Lowe says:

    Don’t interrupt.
    I’m laying burley.

    Aren’t we all.

    Well, yes.
    But I’m tossing a bit out of a bucket here and there.
    You are pumping through a 4″ pipe.
    God’s work, but.
    The silly old prick drops bullshit here assuming he won’t be pinged.
    Good to see you, Mater and others putting the old fart through the mangle.

  74. Albatross says:

    Rex Anger says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:39 pm
    You’re a danger to yourself and others and should not be permitted access to Excel.

    Are you saying the only spreadsheet action JC is allowed is with Mrs JC?

    How dare you threaten the man with a good time?

    “Between the (work)sheets.”

    https://youtu.be/-7KuJZanjCY

  75. Rex Anger says:

    @ Gunner-

    Watching these guys go head to head in one of those televised Rallycross exhibition stages like they used to do when the WRC came to Australia, would be an absolute hoot.

  76. JC says:

    Albatross says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    JC says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    You’re a danger to yourself and others and should not be permitted access to Excel.

    Dude, that’s so , so rude. The workings are dog’s breakfast, but it gets the work done.

  77. Albatross says:

    Rex Anger says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:39 pm
    […]
    Evasive action is for wimps…

    Fair enough. And you don’t want them to suffer…

  78. Leigh Lowe says:

    Nick says:

    May 5, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Where’s Stuthycat?

    Having flashbacks.
    Bong, bong … Centreline! Centreline!
    Bzzzt, Bzzzt … Overspeed! Overspeed!
    Bing! … Your pie is ready.
    Whoop! Whoop! … Pull up, terrain. Pull up, terrain.

  79. Rex Anger says:

    Where’s Stuthycat?

    Had his two days of therapy, taken a Bex and gone for a good lie down.

    Me? This song describes my current situation:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AOd4Ra3B10E

  80. Albatross says:

    Bing! … Your pie is ready.

    LOST!

  81. Nick says:

    Whoop! Whoop! … Pull up, terrain. Pull up, terrain.

    You forgot the most appropriate one, retard, retard, retard.

  82. TailgunneR says:

    It’ll cough yer head off, man.
    Gay
    Naturally asspirated lyfe

  83. Old Lefty says:

    They are having a royal commission into institutional child abuse across the Tasman. But unlike the Gillard-Waller-McClellan political sham, it’s making a serious attempt to investigate government institutions:

    https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/441915/please-believe-them-sexual-abuse-survivor-tells-inquiry-of-being-labelled-a-liar-by-state

    Even Jacindarella is showing up how sleazy the Gillard political sham of an inquiry really was.

  84. Rex Anger says:

    Fair enough. And you don’t want them to suffer…

    No. But they get points for surviving to the end of the braking distance.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ue61c6MZNQw

    As the boys at Top Gear say, a High Visibility Jacket won’t save you…

  85. Top Ender:

    I have an open-face crash helmet, a handlebar moustache, and Mrs TE rides very sedately in the sidecar.

    Does it have an MG42 attached to the sidecar to see off those unruly treadleyists?

  86. Rex Anger says:

    You forgot the most appropriate one, retard, retard, retard.

    Wait- There are planes that actuslly insult the pilots on landing?

    #Singularity

  87. Them’s interesting sheep economics someone posted upthread.

    Though whoever did it has forgotten to account for the cost of branding them.

  88. Colonel Crispin Berka says:

    TG it’s horses for courses.
    NA is best for twists and turns that need lots of braking and acceleration.
    When turbo lag is not an issue, it is FI for the win.

  89. Steve trickler says:

    Old architecture versus new. Skip to 2:30 and check out the very impressive dunny.

    $25 Oligarch Maybach Uber in Moscow 🇷🇺

  90. TailgunneR says:

    Didn’t someone once call pilots glorified bus drivers?
    Well, it wasn’t Lord FlashHeart!!

  91. TailgunneR says:

    DPLRBL is set up to be a mountain lion, not a drag car, Colonel.
    Nice observation.

  92. JC says:

    It’s just rough, Driller. The cost of branding is either in the gross margin or done by the owner himself.

    We’re trying to figure how may “sheeps” it takes to accumulate $50 million before tax over a 20 year period.

    If you have better workings we’d love to see it,

  93. custard says:

    New development in USA election integrity
    https://www.americangreatnessfund.com/electionintegrity

  94. FlyingPigs says:

    Tony Rooney says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Have a look at the Courier Mails Kingaroy Anzac Day Photo Gallery.

    Thanks Tony R

    Some great photos there.

  95. Rex Mango says:

    Even the bloke who wrote On The Road was a closet train man. Here’s pic of Jack Kerouac with The Brakeman’s Handbook in his pocket:

    https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.143965.html

  96. TailgunneR says:

    MG42 attached to the sidecar
    Defeat the D-Day landings on your bike, with your chick along for a picnic?
    Priceless.

  97. kaysee says:

    Sprouts Farmers: A man goes shopping. Mask-free

    Part 1

    Part 2

  98. Leigh Lowe says:

    Wait- There are planes that actuslly insult the pilots on landing?

    I did hear a Welsh comedian a while back doing a GPS voiceover like a backseat driver.
    Getting insulting if you miss the turn.
    Refusing to give any more directions because “you’re obviously not listening”.

  99. Infidel Tiger says:

    As if a truck could ever get this reaction:

    https://youtu.be/hMW6de1c5Xc

  100. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Cancel culture turns its guns on Napoleon amid 200th anniversary of his death

    By Agencies
    AFP
    2:47PM May 5, 2021
    16 Comments

    French President Emmanuel Macron is to lay a wreath at the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte to mark the 200th anniversary of his death on Wednesday after months of debate about the legacy of the country’s most famous autocrat.

    Macron waited until the last minute to announce his plans for the tricky bicentenary and is seeking to walk a middle path between those who wanted a celebration, and others who called for a boycott.

    The famed Corsican is one of the most divisive figures in French history, his huge contribution to the creation of the modern state set against his imperialism and war-mongering.

    But in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the emergence of a new generation of vocal anti-racism campaigners in France, Napoleon’s decision to re-establish slavery in 1802 has become the focus of debate.

    “It will be a commemoration, not a celebration,” an aide to the French president told reporters on Monday, adding that the day’s ceremonies would include a wreath-laying and a speech.

    Macron has criticised recent attempts to topple statues of French figures involved in slavery, and he has condemned so-called “cancel culture” as an attempt to “erase what we are”.

    “Our approach is to look at history in the face,” the presidential aide said, adding that the approach meant “neither denial, nor repentance”.

    Macron believed it was wrong to judge figures of the past by today’s ethical standards, the aide added.

    “Someone at the start of the 21st century does not think like someone at the start of the 19th century,” he said. “Our history is our history and we accept it.”

    But in a speech at the Institut de France, one of many Napoleonic institutions, the French president will condemn slavery as “an abomination, including in the context of the era,” the aide said.

    The 43-year-old president, elected as France’s youngest leader since Napoleon, will also dwell on his lasting impact on the state bureaucracy, as well as the school and legal systems.

  101. Nick says:

    I want Brian Blessed to do my Satnav voice

  102. kaysee says:

    Coca-Cola pauses aggressive diversity plan after chief lawyer resigns

    Woke Coke has gone flat.

    Coca-Cola has paused its controversial diversity plan — that included penalties on outside law firms if they failed to meet racial diversity quotas — after intense backlash.

    The pause comes after the orchestrator of the plan, Coke’s former general counsel Bradley Gayton, abruptly resigned last month after less than a year on the job and as criticism of the quotas mounted.

  103. Tony Rooney says:

    1735099 says:
    May 5, 2021 at 7:06 am
    Date, unit, and third-party corroboration would be good. Otherwise, these “recollections” run the risk of being rationalised or weathered/recovered memory.

    “In April 1970, in an area about 50 kilometres from the Cambodian border near the famous “Parrot’s Beak”, a sound like distant thunder woke me from an uncomfortable daylight doze.

    My platoon was resting from patrolling and ambushing near the border between Phuoc Tuy and Long Khan province. This was well to the north of our usual area of operations and my second operation in the country. The rumbling sound continued unabated for 30 minutes or more. Although at the time we didn’t know it we were in earshot of the bombing of Cambodia. Scores of B-52s were carpet-bombing suspected North Vietnamese concentrations many kilometers north west across the border with the ruthless efficiency developed by the Americans after years of practice in a wide range of conflicts.”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

  104. Rex Mango says:

    Alan Jones recounting story by Christine Sykes who grew up in same street in Cabramatta that the Whitlams moved to from Cronulla (think 57 he said). Seems the Whitlams had an architecturally designed house built, with a flat roof. Book is out today, Gough & Me by Christine Sykes.

  105. kaysee says:

    The Wokeley Oscars🤠
     
    One-a
     
    One-b
     
    One-c

  106. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    I’m thinking that the ABC has been trying to work out how to stump the government with its travails over the Indian-Australian cohort currently stuck in India.

    It’s a bit of a bummer that, throughout this entire Pandemicy Pandemic ™, the ABC has been at the forefront of lockdowns, contact tracing, control orders and border controls for everyone. Dr Norman Swann has been leading the attack; fully supportive of the health advice for the good of the nation and the government’s refusal to be sidetracked.

    But with the government sustaining flak because of questions of racism, here is the ABC with its pants down and with no counter attack in which to pivot. Until now.

    Noticed that there’s a new found sympathy at Aunty for our “Australian Cricket Boys” who, along with all our poor Australian refugees, need to be brought home tout suite from the ‘rona-rancid sub-continent?

  107. twostix says:

    The Drum just had story about ABC investigative reporter Laura Dingle discovering she had sperm donor dad & no rights to find out who …

    There’s always some problem in these people’s backgrounds.

    What a head fuck though right – the product of a seedy anoymous wanker. Real fairy tale stuff for a person to learn, and certainly affects their view of themselves and the world.

  108. Nick says:

    Lol well spotted BBS

  109. kaysee says:

    🐹
     
    One
     
    Two
     
    Three

  110. Leigh Lowe says:

    Nick says:

    May 5, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    I want Brian Blessed to do my Satnav voice

    Michael Caine.
    The other thing I like to do if I am going to say, Shepparton, is to get on the Hume and dial up Bairnsdale.
    Then set the voice to female and take great pleasure ignoring everything she says.
    “Make a u-turn in 200 metres”
    “No!”
    “Take the next exit”
    “Get fucked.”

  111. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Scores of B-52s were carpet-bombing suspected North Vietnamese concentrations many kilometers north west across the border with the ruthless efficiency developed by the Americans after years of practice in a wide range of conflicts.”

    North Vietnamese concentrations, established in Cambodia, despite the Cambodian Government declaring that county neutral?

  112. Leigh Lowe says:

    Flat roofs vs gabled roofs.
    (Or is that rooves?)
    This will make Trains vs Trucks look like a three-round undercard fight.

  113. Nick says:

    PIERS MORGAN: How the hell can Meghan ‘I hate royalty but call me Duchess’ Markle preach about father-child relationships when she’s disowned her own Dad, and wrecked her husband’s relationship with his?

  114. Rex Mango says:

    BBS, yes good point. The ABC v slow out of the blocks to attack the government re India ban.

  115. JC says:

    Nick

    That’s like a splinter lodging underneath a fingernail.

  116. notafan says:

    Apparently 22 countries have banned flights from India.

  117. Tony Rooney says:

    1735099 says:
    May 5, 2021 at 7:06 am

    The Central Limit Theory has its limitations, especially when applied to a discrete (and generally exceptional sample) of National servicemen.

    Somebody who is barely capable of primary school arithmetic and completely incapable of simple percentage calculations is now holding himself out to have some knowledge of statistics.

    Gobsmacking audacity.

    “a discrete (and generally exceptional sample)”

    Lord take me now…

  118. Rex Mango says:

    One funny aspect of Numbers’ quote above when he could hear B52’s 200km away is him describing them operating with “…ruthless efficiency… …after years of practice…”. Very different tone to most of his comments re the US military, perhaps because he made it up.

  119. Knuckle Dragger says:

    ‘I want Brian Blessed to do my Satnav voice’

    Or Connery, yes.

    On birthdays and weekends I want Bobcat Goldthwaite.

  120. Steve trickler says:

    Interesting.

    Looking up Influenza – A, via the WA Health Dept site yields server error 500. Good be just that.

    C-19 aside, what is this years .Gov push vaccine for A @ B? Or have these viruses just vanished….even cured?

  121. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    What a head fuck though right – the product of a seedy anoymous wanker. Real fairy tale stuff for a person to learn, and certainly affects their view of themselves and the world

    A number of years ago on Australian Story was the story of exactly that scenario. The “donor” was discovered to be the son of Manning Clark. The show explored the beginning of the relationship between Clark’s son and his newly identified daughter and with her half-siblings.

    I don’t know how the relationship developed. But I couldn’t help wondering whether it could and would last and how much of a burden for the poor girl to carry that knowledge of her beginnings it may have been.

    The 1970s in particular seem to have been the worst of the “it’ll be a rosy-future-for-us- all” mindset wherein the lives of innocent kids were the experiments in the petri dish – (no pun intended).

    ps. Hope my concerns did not materialise and that she has been fully accepted and nurtured in her “family”.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-18/sperm-donor-conceived-woman-related-to-professor-manning-clark/5679580?nw=0

  122. Knuckle Dragger says:

    ‘Very different tone to most of his comments re the US military, perhaps because he made it up.’

    Rex. Tell it to the Marines, bub.

  123. Leigh Lowe says:

    Apparently 22 countries have banned flights from India.

    I am guessing Pakistan is one?

  124. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Lord take me now…

    An increasing amount of Cats are calling on the Almighty these days, what’s happening?

  125. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Going to weigh in here.

    The problem, of course, with VFTs is that it is very difficult to get to the end of any decent murder mystery before it reaches its destination.

    I mean, you can’t really proclaim ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my melancholy duty to inform you that the killer – is someone in this VERY CARRIAGE!’ while waiting to get your luggage thrown down from the roof onto the platform.

  126. Bruce in WA says:

    Their Italian cheesecake is to die for.

    Phrasing!!

  127. Leigh Lowe says:

    ‘I want Brian Blessed to do my Satnav voice’

    Or Steven Wright.
    Favourite Steven Wright line.

    I like to pick up hitch-hikers.
    I don’t say anything for a few minutes.
    Then I say, “Sooooo. Where did you think you were going?

  128. Tony Rooney says:

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:
    May 5, 2021 at 9:28 pm
    Lord take me now…

    An increasing amount of Cats are calling on the Almighty these days, what’s happening?

    Stations of the Cross.

  129. Beertruk says:

    For you Navy types:

    Australian Naval Institute
    Indonesian sub loss: lessons for Australia

    Indonesian submarine wreck
    By Denis Mole*

    The loss of any submarine should be a catalyst for countries with submarines to review the likely causes and responses to determine if any lessons can be learned, in much the same way that airlines seek to learn from air disasters.

    The tragic sinking of the Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala 402 with its 53 crew has added significance for Australia because of our proximity, being between Australia and the highly contested South China Sea. What submarine search and rescue capability does Australia have and what is available in the region?

    Although the Australian frigate HMAS Ballarat arrived early in the area where the Nanggalawent missing, its sonar isn’t optimised for searching for wrecked or disabled vessels on the seabed. The wreck of the Nanggala was first detected by Indonesia’s KRI Rigelhydrographic survey vessel and confirmed by Singapore’s MV Swift submarine support and rescue vessel.

    For the crew to escape or be rescued from a submerged submarine, the vessel must be lying intact on the seabed with survivors in at least one watertight compartment.

    While accidents such as fires, floods and power failures do occasionally occur in submarines, an accident rendering a submarine incapable of surfacing is extremely rare. If a submarine sinks irretrievably, it’s even rarer that there are survivors to escape or rescue. More than 90% of the seabed is deeper than the crush depth of combat submarines, as was the case with the Nanggala.

    The Royal Australian Navy’s six Collins-class submarines are based at HMAS Stirling, south of Perth, as are its two submarine rescue ships, MV Besant and MV Stoker. A rescue submersible, LR5, owned and operated by JFD Australia, is located nearby.

    Considering the time required to install the LR5 system and the transit speed of the Besantand Stoker, it’s unlikely that the ships would be able to respond meaningfully to a disabled submarine any further away than Adelaide or Broome, and even that would require survivors to be contained in good conditions until a rescue could be attempted.

    This raises a question of how the Australian Defence Force would respond to a RAN submarine that was disabled on the seabed further away.

    The LR5 rescue system is air-transportable in the ADF’s C-17 transport aircraft, so it can be deployed to suitable ships that happen to be in the right place and are available to respond to disasters under the Vessels of Opportunity (VOO) program. Offshore oil and gas rig support vessels, for instance, typically have the necessary deck space and systems for the submarine rescue equipment. There are many such VOOs to the northwest of Australia and in Southeast Asia.

    Australia could also seek the assistance of other nations such as Singapore with its Swiftrescue craft.

    Unfortunately, with the occasional exception of a vessel in Bass Strait, suitable VOOs are rare on Australia’s east coast. If a RAN submarine got into trouble off the east coast, where they frequently exercise, there probably wouldn’t be a rescue ship available in time.

    We could not afford the cost of having dedicated submarine rescue ships ready on the east coast or in most other areas where RAN submarines might operate, nor should that be necessary.

    A better option would be to require certain ships designed for other duties to be able to embark and use the submarine rescue system. For example, an ability to embark and operate the full deployable submarine rescue system could be a capability requirement for the replacement for the landing ship HMAS Choules.

    Until a few years ago, a ship was located at Western Port in Victoria tasked with RAN recruit sea training. It was also capable of supporting the deployable submarine rescue system. The RAN would benefit from a new recruit sea training vessel that could support diving and salvage operations, and submarine rescue. Such a vessel could provide the close escort for submarines doing sea trials off Adelaide following construction or maintenance, while simultaneously conducting recruit sea training.

    In a Strategist post last year, I suggested that a support ship as a base at Manus Island would provide more value and flexibility than fixed infrastructure. Such a ship could be designed and built to accommodate the deployable submarine rescue system. A large fleet support ship need not be overly expensive; it could be built to commercial standards and operated by a core civilian crew as are current navy support ships Sycamore, Besant and Stoker. Navy and contractor personnel needed to support RAN ships could be embarked as ‘special personnel’, not crew, on a fly-in, fly-out basis.

    I suggested that a Manus Island-based support ship should be optimised to support the Attack-class submarines that are being built for the RAN, but it should also be able to support destroyers, frigates and small vessels.

    As the submarine force grows from six to 12 vessels, it’s likely to have a permanent presence on both coasts of Australia. A support ship, with submarine rescue compatibility, could be based on the east coast, offering flexibility to relocate as operational situations demand.

    If Australia’s security situation continues to deteriorate, the government might recognise that nuclear-powered submarines are considerably more effective than conventional submarines and offer better value for money. Nuclear-powered vessels are not authorised to enter Sydney Harbour. A fleet support ship optimised for submarine support could be based in Sydney for conventional submarines or located elsewhere if nuclear-powered vessels are acquired.

    The nuclear question is vexing when it comes to expenditure on submarine rescue systems. Why should Australia spend significant funds on world-class rescue systems and yet expect submariners to go to war in conventional diesel boats against superior nuclear-powered submarines?

    Is nuclear power the right choice for our submarines, but not politically popular? As ASPI’s Peter Jennings wrote last week: ‘When it comes to defence and security, governments need to do what is right for Australia’s interests, not necessarily what is popular, but it’s clear that public opinion has been ahead of government on the big strategic issues for some time.’

    To encourage discussion on the nuclear issue, the Submarine Institute of Australia will convene a seminar in Canberra on 15 July, ‘Might submarines lead a nuclear industry in Australia? Continuing the conversation’.

    Regardless of whether we opt for nuclear or conventional submarines, Australia’s defence policymakers and capability developers need to consider the geographic limitations of our current rescue ships and whether there are relatively low-cost, flexible options that might increase the chances of a successful rescue if disaster strikes one of our submarines.

    *Denis Mole served in the Royal Australian Navy for more than 35 years, commanding submarines and attaining the rank of commodore. He has recently retired from the commercial marine and defence support sector.
    First published by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute https://www.aspistrategist.org.au

  130. Leigh Lowe says:

    Stations of the Cross.

    So.
    We’re back on to railways are we?

  131. Mater says:

    One funny aspect of Numbers’ quote above

    Personally, the memorial part of today was him taking a huge shit on a fellow member of his Battalion (and Association) by inferring that he was a liar.

    1735099 says:
    May 5, 2021 at 9:47 am
    But you allowed numerous false statements about Nashos volunteering in opt-out parades by the usual suspects to pass, over and over again.
    The difference is not what was said, but who said it.
    Think Johnno and Kev, if you’re not sure who I’m talking about.

    Especially after this crap about marching on ANZAC Day:

    1735099 says:
    April 26, 2021 at 12:58 pm
    My motives for marching have nothing to do with “defending rights and freedoms”.
    I march to honour a 50+ year bond surrounding the people I served with.
    I march to honour them and the strength of that enduring bond.

    Not such an enduring bond, hey Bob?

  132. Rex Mango says:

    While back it was 50yr anniversary of Bullet Train in Japan & no accidents/fatalities etc in that time despite travelling approx 300kph with earthquakes/tsunami/Godzilla. In same period City Rail operating trains at fraction that speed around metro Sydney has had bunches of fatal crashes, with worst being Granville 1977 that killed 83.

  133. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Stations of the Cross.

    “Listen, mate, you drop that cross one more time, you’re off this parade.”

  134. Rex Anger says:

    So.
    We’re back on to railways are we?

    Kings Cross is overrated.

    Paddington.

    #ThereAreTwoWaysOfDoingThings

    #TheGreatWesternWayAndTheWrongWay

  135. JC says:

    Oh dear God, he’s drunk and strutting around with a tiny pair of borrowed testicles.

  136. Nick says:

    Stations of the Cross.

    Flinders St. Jesus is moved on by VicPol centurions for tarrying under the clocks

  137. DrBeauGan says:

    Macron has criticised recent attempts to topple statues of French figures involved in slavery, and he has condemned so-called “cancel culture” as an attempt to “erase what we are”.

    All this demonisation of slavery assumes nobody wants to be a slave. This is obviously untrue.

  138. dover_beach says:

    CulturalHusbandry
    @APhilosophae
    ·
    9h
    Strap in champ, this is going to take a while.

    1. Witnesses in past contested elections

    FL Presidential 2000: 2
    MO 78th District 2016: 16
    NC 9th District 2018: 6
    NY 22nd District 2020: 2
    GA Presidential 2020: 100
    MI Presidential 2020: 131
    PA Presidential 2020: 300

    Outstanding thread. RTWT.

  139. Rex Mango says:

    Kings Cross train station is the only part of Potts Point bearing that name now.

  140. jo says:

    Went from Kagashima to Kanazawa, 10 hours but not on Shinkansen, next fastest. They can’t run Shinkansen down the coast of Kyushu. Too winding and more likely not enough passengers.

  141. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Just so everyone knows – I had both Railway Stations of the Cross and Kings Cross ready to go, but the phone rang before I could get them down.

    Luckily, content matters very little.

  142. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    Bastard!
    I’ve been watching that show myself.
    But MAGA broke.
    Elon likes the dog

    bought @9c now sitting on 89c, going to let it ride the bitch

  143. jo says:

    Rex Mango, spud doesn’t make things up. He lies.

  144. RobK says:

    Flat roofs vs gabled roofs
    What happened to Beta vs VHS?

  145. Bruce in WA says:

    Ref Michael Caine as a GPS voice.

  146. Rex Mango says:

    Dover, just spent 10min reading that thread & very good.

  147. Rex Mango says:

    Wouldn’t you want Winston Churchill, as your GPS voice? You would always be heading to the beach.

  148. Bruce in WA says:

    I love trains; sadly, my wife doesn’t.

    Did manage to get her on the Rocky Mountaineer (Goldleaf) which was just a dream.

    On the Italian high-speed train (FrecciaRossa?), I booked the two of us and my sis-in-law and bro-in-law in business/first class without saying anything. When the steward brought around our meals on a tray, with a bottle of good red wine — each!! — I could see they approved.

    Would love to do the Ghan but no interest from Mrs BiWA.

  149. Tony Rooney says:

    Knuckle Dragger says:
    May 5, 2021 at 9:39 pm
    Just so everyone knows – I had both Railway Stations of the Cross and Kings Cross ready to go, but the phone rang before I could get them down.

    Luckily, content matters very little.

    Quite so.

  150. Rex Mango says:

    Wonder what most romantic truck drive in the world is? First left hander heading North out of Port Augusta.

  151. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    I love trains; sadly, my wife doesn’t.

    The Memsahib enjoys train travel – From Capetown to Pretoria by Rovos Rail, through the Highlands of Scotland , and across Canada by rail are three of the more memorable experiences.

    My mother, in her late 60’s, did the Trans Siberian…

  152. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Crikey.

    Trowel some of that facepaint off the Veronicas and they’d be solid 4s, tops. Gone downhill, sadly.

    I didn’t notice either of them wiping people’s faces in that clip, either. Just sayin’.

  153. Infidel Tiger says:

    Wonder what most romantic truck drive in the world is? First left hander heading North out of Port Augusta.

    Iron Knob in the distance, Conway Twitty on the 8 track and an ice pack on your haemorrhoids. Heaven.

  154. TailgunneR says:

    Sex on a train.
    Right, it’s now on the list.
    A truck? Or a 1976 Passat wagon?
    🤔🤣
    Same,same

  155. mh says:

    On the first page of the Cat all but 2 posts are from Currency Lad.

    As much as we love him, where is the new blood?

  156. Infidel Tiger says:

    Sex on a train.
    Right, it’s now on the list.

    Risky Business. Rebecca de Mornay.

  157. TailgunneR says:

    the Veronicas
    Always skinny-fat drug pigs.
    Avoid.

  158. Rex Anger says:

    Sex on a train.
    Right, it’s now on the list.

    Get a decent Sleeper compartment.

    Firm tossup between the Blue Train in South Africa and India’s Maharajah Express.

  159. Fair Shake says:

    Picked up son from Hisense arena in Melbourne. Cannot bring myself to call it John Cain Arena despite the 50 or so illuminated signs on the joint

  160. Bruce in WA says:

    My mother, in her late 60’s, did the Trans Siberian…

    On my bucket list — in winter.

    Mrs BiWA wants instead the Moscow to St Petersburg river cruise.

    “Why not both?” I ask, hiding the latest bank statement from her.

  161. Tony Rooney says:

    Knuckle Dragger says:
    May 5, 2021 at 10:05 pm
    Crikey.

    Trowel some of that facepaint off the Veronicas and they’d be solid 4s, tops. Gone downhill, sadly.

    I didn’t notice either of them wiping people’s faces in that clip, either. Just sayin’.

    I’ve seen worse.

    Just sayin’

  162. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    “Why not both?” I ask, hiding the latest bank statement from her.

    As Billy Connolly said “You must do these things,”

  163. Knuckle Dragger says:

    Bloody hell Tony.

    The gob on it.

  164. TailgunneR says:

    My mother, in her late 60’s, did the Trans Siberian…
    Lol, Russian girls. As I always say.
    🤣🤣
    Phrasingly!

  165. MatrixTransform says:

    The gob on it.

    you could u-turn a semi in in there

  166. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Firm tossup between the Blue Train in South Africa and India’s Maharajah Express.

    Don’t know about the Blue Train, but Rovos Rail had queen sized beds in First Class.

  167. TailgunneR says:

    Moscow to St Petersburg river cruise.
    The Volga to Stalingrad local boat is on mine. Vodka,beer&chess. And a little smuggling?

  168. Beertruk says:

    Would love to do the Ghan but no interest from Mrs BiWA.

    My mother, in her late 60’s, did the Trans Siberian…

    You don’t know you are alive unless you have been on the overnight Grafton to Sydney North Coast Mail.
    From memory it was from 14 to 15 plus hours.

  169. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Sex on a train

    TG, one of the great movies – North by Northwest – Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint on the 20th Century Limited.

    at the height of train travel.

    Trains used to romantic and exotic. Even in Australia. We had the Southern Aurora, the Spirit of Progress and the Intercapital Daylight Of course, we’ve still got the Indian-Pacific, the Ghan and the

    A sleeper service with starched white sheets, napkins and full dining service.

    ps good to see Pepe’s back!

  170. Black Ball says:

    The tongue bath Eddie McGuire just gave Tayla Harris was quite stunning.
    The lass is after 150k a year. McGuire says she is a quote, unquote ‘icon’ who probably won’t be worth the coin. But her boxing exploits would make her worth that much. The publicity would make it so. Despite doing what Paddy shot on the field. FMD

  171. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Try the “Prospector” from Kalgoorlie to Perth just before Christmas, in the mid 1970’s.

    It had been known for the train to stop at Northam, and hand all the drunks over to the Northam wallopers.

  172. Tony Rooney says:

    mh says:
    May 5, 2021 at 10:09 pm
    On the first page of the Cat all but 2 posts are from Currency Lad.

    As much as we love him, where is the new blood?

    CL is much loved.

    I’m up for a guest post.

    Working title. “Menzies how good was he? – Darkening Regional Clouds at a time of full employment – A tale for our times?”

    I’m thinking a 3,000 word introduction for a total of 10,000 words. Sort of PhD length…

    The field work’s done. Can have it in Sinc’s inbox Friday a month from now.

    The Readers Digest version would be available sooner.

    Obviously.

  173. Albatross says:

    Rex Mango says:
    May 5, 2021 at 8:53 pm
    Even the bloke who wrote On The Road was a closet train man.

    https://youtu.be/7LKC10CYj3c

  174. Rex Mango says:

    Show on ABC Tele finishing at moment called The Set is beyond parody for obvious attempt to be diverse. Male lead guitarist in stilletos, Rasta man upfront with unpronounceable name. Plenty of women of colour & some weird half male/female character too. Hosted by hip dude in wheelchair.

  175. The Barking Toad says:

    Terrified former Test cricket star Stuart MacGill hid out in a nondescript motel for nearly a week in fear of his life after allegedly being abducted at gunpoint by members of an accused crime syndicate.

    The former spin wizard booked himself into the motel rather than return to his north shore home near where he was grabbed off the street and bundled into a car.

    It is alleged that somehow MacGill got himself tangled up between two syndicates involved in a drug deal, believed to be worth up to $2 million.

    Bit more to come about this I suspect.

  176. Tony Rooney says:

    Knuckle Dragger says:
    May 5, 2021 at 10:20 pm
    Bloody hell Tony.

    The gob on it.

    Granted. The snorkle wasn’t that flash either.

    But there’s apparently a Spanish Urban Legend. Read utter bullshit if you like, that if you say, “Then the Vietnamese Nanna mopped my brow” three times in a row, horrible things happen to you.

    At least I think that’s the incantation. I’ll be the first to admit my Spanish isn’t that flash.

    Entonces la vietnamita Nanna me secó la frente.

  177. Who hasn’t gotten themselves tangled up in between two drug syndicates & a multi-million dollar drug deal?

  178. Bar Beach Swimmer May 5, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    I would love to own a British Racing Green 1935 Bentley Blower. When I was about 11 I read a library book about such a car that won the Le Mans.🏎🏎🥰

    Speed Six!

  179. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Who hasn’t gotten themselves tangled up in between two drug syndicates & a multi-million dollar drug deal?

    Every Saturday night, outside the old Warrachuppin Tavern.

  180. FlyingPigs says:

    Tony Rooney says:
    May 5, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    CL is much loved.

    I’m up for a guest post.

    Working title.

    “Menzies how good was he? – Darkening Regional Clouds at a time of full employment – A tale for our times?”

    It is a topic worthy of our times.

  181. Knuckle Dragger says:

    ‘Hosted by hip dude in wheelchair.’

    Rex – at any point, did this bloke say ‘I’m not a flamin’ pot plant?’

    Just checking to see if YKW’s ‘experience’ was universal.

  182. Bruce in WA says:

    The name’s Bond, James Bond.

    James Bond’s first Bentley was a 4½ litre with Amherst Villiers supercharger, one of the “blower” Bentleys originally built in Welwyn Garden City in 1929/30 – just 55 were made, compared with 665 normally aspirated cars – with a distinctive supercharger mounted forward of the radiator grill.

  183. feelthebern says:

    Trucks versus trains.
    Old money versus new money.

  184. mh says:

    Who hasn’t gotten themselves tangled up in between two drug syndicates & a multi-million dollar drug deal?

    We’ve all been there.

  185. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    James Bond’s first Bentley was a 4½ litre with Amherst Villiers supercharger, one of the “blower” Bentleys originally built in Welwyn Garden City in 1929/30

    What was the car Alan Clark drove, and described in his diaries as “Being built at the height of the Empire, and the Grand Fleet ruled the seas?”

  186. Steve trickler says:

    Benny, cops a proverbial whack from Dice. Not exactly new information here.

    Ben Shapiro Caught on Hot Mic – Reveals Who He Really Is When He Thinks No One is Listening

  187. It’s sorta like knife fights as a teenager (when you’re just ‘having fun’) being kidnapped & held as part of a million dollar organised crime drug dispute… no big deal.

  188. FlyingPigs says:

    Salvatore, Social Distance Martyr says:
    May 5, 2021 at 11:08 pm
    It’s sorta like knife fights as a teenager (when you’re just ‘having fun’) being kidnapped & held as part of a million dollar organised crime drug dispute… no big deal.

    cricketers are always batting with their balls

  189. JC says:

    mh

    Rick Ross blew $ 1 million in a Florida strip joint on single night last decade.

    Risk was also a jail guard before he turned to hip hop. The hood didn’t know and wasn’t happy about it.

    During the course of the night, Ross reportedly spent $1 million at the popular Miami strip club, where Lil Wayne also celebrated his return to the city, after serving jail time in New York. NBC Nitecap correspondent, Peter Bailey, captured some of the action from Ross’ birthday blowout on video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zez6Mi2mxZI

    Respect.

  190. JC says:

    I always like Rick’s Santorini Greece.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isD2-s8eZfQ

  191. Bruce in WA says:

    What was the car Alan Clark drove, and described in his diaries as “Being built at the height of the Empire, and the Grand Fleet ruled the seas?”

    BENTLEY R-TYPE CONTINENTAL??

  192. mh says:

    I knew Rick Ross was in security, didn’t know it was jails.

    Dot, get in here!

  193. JC says:

    I never thought about it before, but it’s very possible Rick Ross and the Rones met up in the same strip joint.

    Damn, Ross has used the same war cry in a couple of his songs.

    That’s the Ronery family’s war cry when they enter a pub or a brothel all over the world and boy sheilas find it hugely attractive, which is why Rones is such a ladies man.

    “Nolli Illegitemum se Carborundum”

    The war cry of the “Two Alpha” family

    Roared out loud in pub brawls, knocking shops, and low dives, fanrom Amsterdam to Wellington.

    and Santorini.

  194. JC says:

    mh says:
    May 5, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    I knew Rick Ross was in security, didn’t know it was jails.

    The Dotster found Ross because of me. I can’t be 100% sure but I was talking about Ross blowing a cool mill on the blog a decade ago.

    I’m pretty sure he worked in a jail – perhaps a private jail. Just going from memory.

  195. feelthebern says:

    I think I’m tripping.
    JC posting rapper stuff.
    What was in my vitamins?

  196. JC says:

    Lol
    Bern, Ross is what made America great. Where else in the world would someone blow a mill in strip joint.

  197. mh says:

    I think all those guys have been influenced by Isaac Hayes, even if they don’t know it, but I expect they do.

    Walk On By (Single Edit – Remaster)

  198. The Barking Toad says:

    A Comanchero associate and his brother were allegedly the hired muscle called in to help kidnap ­former Australian Test cricketer Stuart MacGill over an alleged money dispute.

    Richard Schaaf, 29, and his brother Frederick Schaaf, 27, were among four men arrested over the snatching of the former Test bowler from a street in Cremorne on Sydney’s north shore on April 14. Police sources told The Daily Telegraph that Richard Schaaf was known to be a Comanchero bikie gang ­associate.
    Marino Sotiropoulos, 46, the brother of MacGill’s latest partner Maria O’Meagher, and Son Minh Nguyen, 42, also faced Sutherland Local Court on Wednesday over their alleged involvement in the kidnapping.

    Police will allege Banksia man Nguyen was the mastermind ­behind MacGill’s alleged kidnapping. Court papers revealed police believe Sotiropoulos, whose sister Ms O’Meagher owns the Aristotle restaurant at Neutral Bay where MacGill works, allegedly helped Nguyen and the Schaaf brothers to grab the cricketer off the street.

    MacGill, 50, was then allegedly driven across Sydney to a Bringelly property where police allege he was savagely bashed and threatened with a firearm.

    Interested to hear about Ms O’Meagher’s involvement in this.

  199. Rafiki says:

    I recall that Alan Clark’s car was a Jaguar roadster.

  200. dover_beach says:

    Saurabh Sharma
    @ssharmaUS
    ·
    26m
    The ecclesiastical council of liberalism has issued a verdict.

    Bow, paeans!

    You have no power here, only a motley assembly of NGO spooks tempered by a CATO VP can decide your speech rights.

    Quote Tweet
    Oliver Darcy
    @oliverdarcy
    · 24m
    JUST IN: ” The Board has upheld Facebook’s decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump’s access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account.”

    Indeed.

  201. Lazlo says:

    James Bond’s first Bentley was a 4½ litre with Amherst Villiers supercharger, one of the “blower” Bentleys originally built in Welwyn Garden City in 1929/30

    Was that the one with leather belts to keep the bonnet down? I believe it could have raced at Brooklands.

  202. Steve trickler says:

    The family leaves the dinner stable to eat in front of the BOX. It’s a wonderful world today.

    TV Dinners with Swanson – Life in America

  203. FlyingPigs says:

    Marino Sotiropoulos, 46, the brother of MacGill’s latest partner Maria O’Meagher

    bloody Scots/Irish

  204. FlyingPigs says:

    Marino Sotiropoulos is obviously a cousin of Jimmy O’Hooligan.

  205. Mark A says:

    Lame pics.

  206. Someone once likened those old Bentleys to trucks, so there’s that.

  207. FlyingPigs says:

    Remember the great Aussie battlers agin the rotten Facebook imbroglio?

    Making sure that the poor whipped Australian media was paid by the evil internet giants who just sucked the life out of hard working Bull Shit Media slaverings.

    What happened?

    Is The Conversation getting a kick back?

    Is Ita missing out?

  208. JC says:

    Areff

    Did you ever come across a dude by the name of Wayne Darwen.?

    There’s a Netflix doc about Son Of Sam. It’s really weird because Darwen and others believe son of Sam didn’t act alone.

    Darwen was an Australian journalist who worked for the NY Post

  209. FlyingPigs says:

    Those who live under oligarchies are not citizens—because oligarchy validates itself, decides for itself, within itself, and because it is committed above all to negating the people’s capacity to rule itself.

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/05/03/oligarchy-and-remedies/

  210. FlyingPigs says:

    JC says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:04 am
    Areff

    Did you ever come across a dude by the name of Wayne Darwen.?

    There’s a Netflix doc about Son Of Sam. It’s really weird because Darwen and others believe son of Sam didn’t act alone.

    Careful JC

    Just because there have been ‘some’ Democrats going down for child exploitation doesn’t mean that Bill Gates went to Einsteins paedo island and thats why he’s in the divorce court.

    sheesh…. some people

  211. Top Ender says:

    Bond.

    James Bond.

  212. FlyingPigs says:

    but what about the ducks ‘they’ kill in making duck tape.

    humanity is so cruel.

  213. Top Ender says:

    Confusing idiotic story leader of the month in the Daily Mail:

    How gender-neutral Victorian hotel quarantine boss who was stood down for refusing to take a Covid test once wrote about ‘designing a good death’ – as their morbid past is revealed

    Matiu Bush – who prefers to be referred to as ‘they’ or ‘them’ instead of ‘he’ or ‘him’ – was stood down on Wednesday after it emerged they refused a Covid-19 test.

  214. FlyingPigs says:

    What is Australia’s defence positioning with ‘Democrats’ in current control of The White House?

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/05/bidens_press_secretary_jen_psaki_completely_departs_from_reality.html

  215. FlyingPigs says:

    And just to start the day off properly before Tom comes along and ruins it with his ‘toons’ I’d like to remind everyone that Menzies did this to someone.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CHiUN8XTWs

  216. FlyingPigs says:

    From the “If you don’t laugh then you would have to cry department”….

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/05/covid-is-now-saving-lives-2.php

  217. FlyingPigs says:

    As America is such a racist country when will Australia shut down and leave the Australian Embassy in Washington as well as withdraw all staff that have to suffer working at the UN?

  218. Tintarella di Luna says:

    Wow, Johannes Leak’s cartoon is just brilliant, DanXi in the neck-brace and the Matto* Matiu is perfect

    Italian translation *matto = crazy

  219. buckshot says:

    Not sure if this has been posted previously, but Ita must be suspecting something:

    ABC chair links funding to extremism cases

    At least we know where Ita stands. We’re all extremists now.

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