Open Forum: May 1, 2021

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  1. H B Bear says:

    Good Lord, no!

    Thought so. It did seem a bit extreme.

  2. miltonf says:

    Personally, I think “falling down stairs” is a great way to get rid of a premier.
    Should be more of it.

    I’m surprised the ALP and the meja didn’t control the ‘narrative’ a bit better. So vague about what really happened or what’s really going on. Palace coup/feud maybe. Whatever, people, probably correctly, think the worst.

  3. incoherent rambler says:

    Personally, I think “falling down stairs” is a great way to get rid of a premier dictator tyrant.

    FIFY

  4. Roger says:

    Napoleon was a truly great man…

    That depends on what you mean by great.

    He was technically a great soldier and his impact on Europe was certainly great, but he was the prototype of the modern dictator, motivated not by patriotism but by his lust for power.

  5. incoherent rambler says:

    Palace coup/feud

    Who could doubt it?

  6. miltonf says:

    It’s a bid sad when one looks at the fine building in Spring St, a thing of beauty, and then contemplates the vermin within.

  7. Leigh Lowe says:

    Farmer Gez says:
    May 6, 2021 at 7:46 am
    Notice that nobody seems to care about Chairman Dan.
    Even the ABC fan club hasn’t held a meeting for a while.

    A perceptible change.
    I have noticed the words “apologise” and “regret” have been added to the Victorian Labor lexicon since Dan Xi-Man started doing his own stunts.
    Not a lot, but a sprinkling of feigned humility here and there.

  8. miltonf says:

    The Federal parliament, on the other hand, truly describes the modern pollimuppet- band and uninspiring and not built very well so I am told.

  9. Leigh Lowe says:

    What?
    Napoleon is dead?
    When did this happen?

  10. Infidel Tiger says:

    He wasn’t necessarily a good man, but he was definitely a great man.

  11. Arky says:

    That there is no fawning media whore coverage of Dan’s recovery tells you something. If it was just an accident and nothing to see here except an accident, do you think they wouldn’t be playing it up for sympathy and votes?
    Instead we have to Soviet – like interpret what doesn’t get reported.
    Fucking country.

  12. buckshot says:

    Farmer Gez says:
    May 6, 2021 at 7:46 am
    Notice that nobody seems to care about Chairman Dan.

    Breaking news from Playschool:

    There were 800 dead
    and the grey lady said
    “Roll over, roll over”
    So they all rolled over
    and Dan fell out!

    He wasn’t pushed
    He didn’t jump
    It was an accident
    A ‘creeping assumption’.

    All sorted, move along

  13. Arky says:

    No bright and breezy morning TV bits with a brave and smiling Dan waving his good hand or getting his cast signed by schoolgirls?
    Nah.
    He’s fucked.

  14. H B Bear says:

    He wasn’t necessarily a good man, but he was definitely a great man.

    Didn’t die wondering.

  15. Roger says:

    He wasn’t necessarily a good man, but he was definitely a great man.

    His record of victories vs defeats speaks for itself.

    But thank God for Wellington.

  16. Leigh Lowe says:

    Infidel Tiger says:

    May 6, 2021 at 11:05 am

    He wasn’t necessarily a good man, but he was definitely a great man.

    Who?
    Napoleon?
    Dan Andrews?
    Michael Slater?
    Be pacific, man!

  17. Arky says:

    In communist regimes you must figure out what’s going on by what doesn’t get said.
    And here we are.

  18. Morsie says:

    Why can’t I read all of the Open Forum?Is there some IT trick I am missing?

  19. Lysander says:

    I’m not a big smoker but I usually smoke the roll-your-own brand cos they taste better.

    This morning I just decided, on a whim, to buy a pack of usual smokes. $65 for 40 smokes!!! Sweet Jesus! The tax on these things is surely a matter of discrimination given those who smoke are, usually, working class, Asian and Aboriginal (not always as I am neither but these would be large proportions of smokers).

    Despite Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines (which included smokes), a year and a half ago in Manilla I bought a pack of 30 smokes for $1.99US. Imagine my shock when I then travelled to Sri Lanka and had to pay a whopping $5US for the same pack… Just before ChindFlu I was in Israel where they cost about $15US for a similar stock and then on the way home through Thailand airport, bought a whole carton (ten packs) for $20US!!

    Huge taxation does not dissuade large cohorts of smokers from smoking. It simply makes the poor, poorer as they’re more likely to buy smokes than good food or new clothes etc… or, like the fellas who sleep in the park across the road from my work, they wander the city picking up butts waiting for pay day to buy their own.

    **Rant out**

  20. Arky says:

    Why can’t I read all of the Open Forum?Is there some IT trick I am missing?

    ..
    If you want to continue through to the asio monitored version click on the date under the open forum link.
    Hi boys.

  21. Leigh Lowe says:

    Morsie.
    Post a comment.
    Tick the box saying “save my name, email etc etc” below your screen-name and email at the bottom of the text box.

  22. bespoke says:

    Why can’t I read all of the Open Forum?Is there some IT trick I am missing?

    Tick save my name or click on permalink if you just ant the latest.

    Odd this hasn’t been fixed?

  23. wivenhoe says:

    What?
    Napoleon is dead?
    When did this happen?

    Yeah, all true, LL. his carriage got wiped out by a train whilst playing chicken on a level crossing.

  24. H B Bear says:

    Odd this hasn’t been fixed?

    “I think these lights are out on purpose.”

  25. Leigh Lowe says:

    Fucking trains!
    Although, there is one interesting stat.
    In the US each year 1,500 people go missing while hitch-hiking.
    91.3% of these are picked up by truck drivers.
    So far, no disappearances have been linked to trains.
    Hmmmmm.

  26. Top Ender says:

    Used to work with a bloke who smoked 60 a day.

    It was in the ADF, and he was a colonel rank, so had plenty of dosh. Even so must have made a very significant dent in his pay packet.

    Also dented his credibility. The only smoking place was under the building, but it was the back entrance to the car park, so plenty of people going past saw him puffing away; lighting up one from the butt of another, and so on. The amount of time away from work led to lots of adverse comments about fairness and so on.

  27. Roger says:

    Germany has just recorded its coldest April since 1977.

    Global warming blamed.

  28. Leigh Lowe says:

    Yeah, all true, LL. his carriage got wiped out by a train whilst playing chicken on a level crossing.

    If only his carriage had been fitted with an “approaching train!” alert buzzer.

  29. H B Bear says:

    I can’t afford a smoking habit.

  30. Welcome back, where Day Four of the Truck v Train Test is about to get under way at this magnificent venue.

    But is the pitch a road or a track?

  31. Lysander says:

    I say that “I really only smoke to display my affluence” lol! 😛

  32. feelthebern says:

    The way NSW Police is going out of their way to say MacGill is the worlds best bloke is odd.
    One might speculate that someone was an informant.

  33. bespoke says:

    Me too Bear or something to do with stairs.

  34. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    Little Johnny Howard – yet he is taller than was Hawke, and again on Abbott, and very successfully so in that case.

    The leader of the Australian Democrats, at the time, whose name escapes me, was taller then Bob Hawke.

  35. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    Lysander, the tax on smokes really does hit harder on the poor and indigent on the dole, often mentally ill. They won’t give them up either. They scour the streets and rubbish bins for butts. And the market for chop chop (black market grown) is running hot. I think free nicarettes on prescription would be useful given the grip of so-called public health measures which won’t lessen on these poor people. At least it can tide them over to next dole day.

  36. feelthebern says:

    Chelsea into the Champions League final.
    I think they will lose.
    My reasoning is they lost in Moscow (I wasn’t there), they won in Munich (I was there), and the upcoming one in Istanbul, I will not be there.
    Makes sense.

  37. Boambee John says:

    Some facts simply weren’t taught.
    My generation learned nothing about these facts in primary or secondary school.
    So were never had cause to disagree with our parents.

    But, but, but … surely content doesn’t matter?

  38. miltonf says:

    I don’t like cigarettes but I used to smoke OP’s and always woke up feeling rubbish the next day. Funny though in PC would tobacco is ++ungood but wacky baccy is ‘herbal’.

  39. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Mixed Messaging Lesson # 767

    Gladys decides to reduce indoor numbers because of one case who, despite being out in Sydney since late April, has to date it seems only infected his wife.

    Government Announces New indoor Numbers:
    At people’s homes numbers are to be reduced to 20. There’s to be no singing and no dancing anywhere, expect for weddings, which may have up to twenty people on a dance floor.

    Everyone at pubs are to sit still.

    The Health Minister says ‘it’s a very virulent and dangerous disease’.

    Then Gladys says, ‘I know it’s Mothers’ Day, and there are six league matches on over the weekend, don’t stay at home…if you’ve made plans, Go out! Enjoy yourselves!’

  40. Boambee John says:

    Roger says:
    May 6, 2021 at 11:10 am
    He wasn’t necessarily a good man, but he was definitely a great man.

    His record of victories vs defeats speaks for itself.

    But thank God for Wellington.

    And Blucher

  41. Infidel Tiger says:

    Boris Ryvkin
    @BRyvkin
    ·
    1h
    Napoleon I died OTD in 1821. It is the “Year of Napoleon” in France to commemorate this singular leader who led its armies to 20 yrs of glory, emancipated Europe’s Jews, created Code Napoleon & brought France out of the chaos of revolution. His spirit lives on. Vive L’Empereur!

  42. Infidel Tiger says:

    Boris Ryvkin
    @BRyvkin
    ·
    1h
    Napoleon I died OTD in 1821. It is the “Year of Napoleon” in France to commemorate this singular leader who led its armies to 20 yrs of glory, emancipated Europe’s Je ws, created Code Napoleon & brought France out of the chaos of revolution. His spirit lives on. Vive L’Empereur!

  43. feelthebern says:

    milton, if you smoked menthols, you wouldn’t have had that problem.
    Plus you would have looked cool in the ‘hood.

  44. Mother Lode says:

    Personally, I think “falling down stairs” is a great way to get rid of a premier.

    Don’t be silly.

    They tried it on a Biden and he is still there.

  45. Herodotus says:

    And the metric system!

  46. Top Ender says:

    Napoleon for President of Australia!

    You know you want it!

  47. Mother Lode says:

    since Dan Xi-Man started doing his own stunts

    I have just had a harrowing thought!

    Dan Xi might declare stairs are a threat and the state needs to be locked down again.

  48. Infidel Tiger says:

    Masks on Sydney.

    Covid is arriving at precisely 5pm

    You know it makes sense.

  49. Roger says:

    And Blucher

    Yes; heroic effort.

  50. Herodotus says:

    Any day now the idiots who run large container ships will see reason and instead use small craft carrying 2-3 containers.

  51. Infidel Tiger says:

    Gladys sounds quite sensible. Unfortunately she appears to be surrounded by hysterics.

  52. Herodotus says:

    Or Zeppelins which can drop the containers exactly where needed.

  53. miltonf says:

    Ha ha Alpine was for the chicks but I bought Winnie greens a few times. 🙂

  54. Boambee John says:

    And the market for chop chop (black market grown) is running hot.

    Tracking tobacco confiscation by Customs against the increase in excise would be an interesting way to check how (in) effective the nudge doctrine is?

  55. Lysander says:

    Menthols… ugh!!! Like smoking a pack of soothers.

    And Lizzie, I like your idea (although nothing is “free”) but patches are, by far, no substitute for a ciggy. As many a smoker on long haul flights will agree… I reckon they’d take the patch and then scour the streets still…

  56. Infidel Tiger says:

    St Moritz Menthols for us upper class types.

  57. Mother Lode says:

    And Blucher

    No relation.

  58. miltonf says:

    Bought a pack of Consulate when I was 14

  59. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Napoleon may have been a short angry Frenchman, but he has the biggest tomb on the planet

    There’s no way the cancel culture can dispense with that – otherwise it’d make a great big hole in the place!

  60. Roger says:

    And the metric system!

    And reintroduced slavery!

  61. Leigh Lowe says:

    feelthebern says:

    May 6, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Chelsea into the Champions League final.
    I think they will lose.
    My reasoning is they lost in Moscow …

    What a coincidence.
    So did Napoleon.

  62. Leigh Lowe says:

    And Hitler.
    Moscow is a bitch of away fixture.

  63. Struth says:

    Still living in heads I see.

    Oh well, Frank is still complaining that the maths he has asked for hasn’t been done when in fact it has, but he doesn’t want to see it.

    Rex, the fellow who will never know if his rail is truly competitive in cross country “subsidised by taxpayer” countainer freight movements, is still miffed.
    I apparently know nothing about his brilliance and skill, but still comment.
    Just like Frank is doing to me.
    However, the truth is, I never commented on his skills either way, at the start.
    I commented on his lying about not being subsidised, and he was caught out.
    Now he thinks he wants to use a Frank approach, ….make it up as you go along and keep on about it, day and night, to deflect.
    Try mocking and character assassination when caught out.
    Remember Rex, he’s made a goose of himself many times here, because he goes off half cocked, and lets emotion get the better of him.
    Not a good tactic to resort to his uni prat, “The Chaser boys” style.
    A recipe for disaster, as you are finding out.

    And others, so pissed off that I’m using arguments they would otherwise use if they didn’t have a hatred for men and trucks, and a love of choof choofs, prefer socialist reasoning to justify their position.

    They keep babbling.

    Like ol’ Frank who used his massive university brain and long haul trucking experience, to tell us the technology would be helpful to a driver if he just opened his mind to it….an inference that I’m an old cowboy who doesn’t like change, when in fact, the average reader might be able to work out, unlike a bloke who will tell you he’s smart, that I indeed gave it a go for 5 weeks.

    I lived with it for five weeks.

    Pretty open mind to it,….you might think, (if you had a brain), but never let facts get in the road.
    …….and then made my conclusions as a professional and experienced Heavy vehicle driver with over 35 year clean record.
    It was dangerous technology precisely because it was developed by arrogant know nothings like himself, and blood will be and probably already is being spilled because of it’s idiocy.
    Now try and work this out, if it’s not too hard for you.
    The weights a truck can carry on a road is dictated by the same people who build the road.
    The government.
    They charge (way more than they need) to cover it.
    If the roads are being ruined by the weight of trucks, and they most certainly are, if that is the case, what is the problem?

    Stop there Frank……..re- read that bit.
    Just three axles cost differing amount, depending these days on compliances and who you are, (corruption).
    Giving you an exact figure is impossible and varies between the states.
    My 11 tonne Prime Mover cost 20 000 dollars a year just to register, and thousand more for the single trailer behind it.
    The fuel at roughly 650 700 litres a day works out to roughly $400 dollars a day, or roughly $140,000 to the government just in fuel tax.
    I get taxed, and the business etc etc etc .
    But just basic vehicle vehicle costs, very basic, just rego and fuel, not the tax on tyres, nothing….the government get $160 000 a year.
    And that’s not even close to what they really get out of compliances, the trailers etc.

    But lets just keep it on those two basic costs.
    My truck is not doing $160,000 dollars worth of road damage a year.
    If it is, the roads weren’t built right and maintained in the first place.
    And the government collects a lot more off every working truck than just that.
    I would put the actual revenue from every individual truck linehaul type truck at about $500,000 a year.
    The government’s revenue increases per kilometre and fuel used.
    Hence legally, they let drivers stay behind the wheel for 14 hours, when it is 9 in Europe and about 11 in the USA.
    Greedy Australian government.
    And then dumb car drivers like Frank want their roads to be there for them as well.
    And their milk on the table, ………….

    No money is ever handed to the road transport industry as a subsidy.
    Far from it.
    We overpay for good roads that none of us get, and it’s killing people.
    Our trucks have to highly maintained to be allowed to travel on roads that destroy them.

    And then I get a choof choof driver talking about the efficiency of his beloved rail and the cost of putting containers on subsidised tracks being so much cheaper than trucks.
    Subsidised rail system????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    These are my arguments Rex.
    Stop pretending it’s about other things.

  64. bespoke says:

    Herodotus says:
    May 6, 2021 at 11:38 am
    Any day now the idiots who run large container ships will see reason and instead use small craft carrying 2-3 containers.

    Top idea then they can drop goods off via canal at your door.

  65. miltonf says:

    Scrollin scrollin scrollin

  66. Albatross says:

    Trains are shite. Bugmen buses I call them.

  67. Albatross says:

    I realise that’s unfair on bises, which can drive in any direction. Unlike trains.

  68. bespoke says:

    Jumped into a new grader a few years back. Two joy sticks Wow! lucky them.

  69. Rorschach says:

    Descended on a pillar of fire to a soft landing just like God and Mr Heinlein intended.

    One of the interesting things that Elon is doing is using stainless steel in his prototypes [rather than composites that should be lighter/stronger] because it is cheap. This allows SpaceX to build actual working models and test the propulsion and aerodynamics to destruction if ncessary [rather than do this in CAD and virtual simulations.] Presumably only the final prototypes will be built of expensive composite with heatshields etc. Agile engineering … reality teaches other things that you may not have thought off and programmed!

    I would say because of this that the SpaceX way in advance of Bezos’ Blue Origin – an Bezos’ lawsuit completely ignores and downplays this. [One of the arguments is that NASA was misjudging advantages of Blue Origin’s proposal and downplaying technical challenges in SpaceX’s [i.e. look at the blowups!].

    I would also think that Elon just won’t care in the end whether SpaceX gets the Artemis gig. He wants Mars. And while Tesla was a vehicle (haha) to get him SpaceX up and running (and made him the richest man), be aware that Starship will also allow 1000 passengers at a time to be transported anywhere in the world in an 1/2 hour or less economically … so may make him beyond rich!]

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1144004310503530496?s=20

    https://www.intelligentliving.co/spacex-starship/

  70. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    So no singing hymns in church again. Masks again. Does she realize how stupid she looks with this stuff?

    On the DT main page next to the Gladys’ announcement story is another one saying QR check-ins plunge. Wow, ain’t that strange?

    Greater Sydney COVID-19 restrictions will be enforced upon NSW residents of these suburbs (7 News)

  71. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Stupid cellulite laden menopausal shitheads maladministering NSW have gone full fucking karen – again.

    Face nappies from fucking 5:00pm. Why FFS, you fucking fascist morons??

  72. Albatross says:

    Bruce of Newcastle says:
    May 6, 2021 at 11:52 am
    So no singing hymns in church again. Masks again. Does she realize how stupid she looks with this stuff?

    Dancing also banned. Who figured current year for a Footloose reboot?

  73. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    By Denis Mole*

    *Someone clearly incapable of spelling their own name.

  74. Struth says:

    So no singing hymns in church again. Masks again. Does she realize how stupid she looks with this stuff?

    Not a stupid as the gutless dumb Australians complying with it.

  75. dopey says:

    Capstan. Turf. Quality smokes.

  76. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:

    I am still in hospital but hope to get out today. I have a few Key Performance Indicators to meet before being released which to date I have not been meeting too well. Keep drinking, is Hairy’s advice, his solution to many of life’s worries, but he means cordial for me today.

    They don’t seem to serve wine with meals in private care any more. There was a brief hiatus about 20 years ago, last time I was in, when you had flowers on the dinner tray and a little wine. Sadly, no more.

    Big buzzer going off here somewhere, and helicopter’s in. Never a dull moment.

  77. Lysander says:

    On trains, trucks and automobiles… I couldn’t give a rats.

    Libertarians might be interested to know the law in WA is really struggling with those motorised scooters as they’re not vehicles, nor bikes, nor toys. They can get up to 70kmph+ and coppers have no guidance on whether they should be on footpaths, roads or elsewhere…they also don’t know whether you can carry them onto trains or busses + helmets etc… I love it when the legislative program can’t keep up with technology…

  78. Tom says:

    I can’t afford a smoking habit.

    Me neither, Humphrey.

    It was either staying alive or the dhurries. Nearly 12 years ago.

    But I still dream about the magnificent, rich flavour of Old Holborn rollies. I miss them so much, but there’s no going back.

  79. Albatross says:

    Struth says:
    May 6, 2021 at 11:56 am
    […]
    Not a stupid as the gutless dumb Australians complying with it.

    Never worn them. I’m not raising my son to be a bugman.

  80. feelthebern says:

    Herodotus says:
    May 6, 2021 at 11:40 am
    Or Zeppelins which can drop the containers exactly where needed.

    Well said that man.

  81. Lysander says:

    Haha Dopey; Capstan is my regular!!! 😛 It’s “cheap” and not that bad actually.

  82. Albatross says:

    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:
    May 6, 2021 at 11:58 am
    I am still in hospital

    Good luck! She’ll be right!

  83. blind freddy says:

    hi

  84. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Drumroll – aaaaand the source of the Sydneystan bat flu infection is apparently is a returned traveller from the US.

    Hotel quarantine fuck up – again. For the last fucking time quarantine them out in the middle of the fucking desert, FFS.

  85. Albatross says:

    blind freddy says:
    May 6, 2021 at 12:01 pm
    hi

    Trains or trucks: your choice. You’re making a lot of enemies either way.

  86. Albatross says:

    Spurgeon Monkfish III says:
    May 6, 2021 at 12:02 pm
    […]
    Hotel quarantine fuck up – again. For the last fucking time quarantine them out in the middle of the fucking desert, FFS.

    Why not just shoot them big buddy? I’m fact – probably safer to gas ’em all. Then you’ll be safe from the Chinkflu!

  87. Leigh Lowe says:

    Big buzzer going off here somewhere …

    That will be St Ruth coming to visit.
    Probably parked across two parking bays and the alarm went off.

  88. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    You fucking knobhead – I don’t give a flying fuck about bat flu, I’m sick to fucking death of the stupid fascist arseholes attempting to restrict my freedoms.

    Of course you’d too be bloody stupid to comprehend that though, you monumental fuckwit.

  89. Albatross says:

    Spurgeon Monkfish III says:
    May 6, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Steady on spergo. I’m sure if you give up a few more freedoms that’ll fix it.

  90. feelthebern says:

    Hotel quarantine ?

  91. Infidel Tiger King says:

    100% increase in Covid cases in Sydney.

    Won’t be long until India bans Australians on those numbers.

  92. bespoke says:

    😎…

  93. Struth says:

    Hotel quarantine fuck up – again. For the last fucking time quarantine them out in the middle of the fucking desert, FFS.

    There’s a cure for tyranny for you.

  94. 1735099 says:

    Does she realize how stupid she looks with this stuff?

    You look a damn sight sillier in a ventilator.

  95. Albatross says:

    1735099 says:
    May 6, 2021 at 12:12 pm
    Does she realize how stupid she looks with this stuff?

    You look a damn sight sillier in a ventilator.

    Red hot take slave.

  96. egg_ says:

    bespoke says:
    May 6, 2021 at 12:10 pm
    😎…

    Be•sock’n speaking his usual gibberish.

  97. Struth says:

    When the North Koreans want to leave the country they are also told it is too dangerous to……
    The WEST is out there!!!!

  98. bespoke says:

    😁…🍻

  99. Lysander says:

    Spurgeon, I don’t agree with all of the chinaflu hysteria at all but, given “they” do, a desert quarantine won’t work in “their” eyes as: There’s not enough beds, there’s no large primary hospitals nearby to cater for the massive death rate that will occur in “their” eyes. There’s not enough staff willing to move to the desert to deal with Armageddon too. The logistics of food and transport (via train or truck :P) also makes it difficult. And sub-tertiary health facilities in desert regions can’t deal with it. According to “them” based on “their” hysteria.

  100. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Hahahahaha, Numbers goes the full health fascist. I already know from past efforts your familiarity with statistics is a gnat’s testicle above zero. This time you are going even below that august level.

  101. mh says:

    For the last fucking time quarantine them out in the middle of the fucking desert, FFS.

    And get them to do some work while they are out there.
    It doesn’t have to be breaking rocks.

  102. egg_ says:

    What’s the impact of Musk’s electric trucks on our roads and electrical infrastructure?

    8x car battery modules per truck?

  103. egg_ says:

    A B-Double EV?

    One trailer for the batteries?

  104. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    a desert quarantine won’t work in “their” eyes

    I don’t see why not.

  105. Leigh Lowe says:

    🚂🚄🚅🚇🚈🚉🚝🚋

  106. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    I should buy a Lotto ticket. I’ve an orders of magnitude chance of winning the top prize than ending up on a ventilator after going to church on Sunday. I know of no one anywhere in the world who caught the heinous crud from singing.

  107. bespoke says:

    Spurg only anointed truckie/’artist’ types are aloud to say things in frustration.

  108. Albatross says:

    Leigh Lowe says:
    May 6, 2021 at 12:20 pm
    🚂🚄🚅🚇🚈🚉🚝🚋

    Shithouse post with too few trucks.

  109. egg_ says:

    Drumroll – aaaaand the source of the Sydneystan bat flu infection is apparently is a returned traveller from the US.

    Hotel quarantine fuck up – again.

    ‘Elf Nazi’s fvck up again?

    Are they giving out Ruby Princess awards?

    ‘Elf Hazzard Awards?

  110. Leigh Lowe says:

    🚂🚞🚞🚞🚞🚋🚞🚞🚞🚞

  111. egg_ says:

    🚂🚄🚅🚇🚈🚉🚝🚋

    The socks in Spain travel mainly on the train?

  112. bespoke says:

    and MX5 owners/teachers.

  113. Lysander says:

    Haha nice one Spurgeon 🙂

  114. Diogenes says:

    Then Gladys says, ‘I know it’s Mothers’ Day, and there are six league matches

    I knew it, I just knew it !
    I nust hope pileoshit doesnt close the border again. Son and dil need Mrs Ds help with freshly hatched favourite no 3 grandson , and favourite no1 and grandsons.

  115. Struth says:

    Spurg only anointed truckie/’artist’ types are

    aloud

    to say things in frustration.

    I get frustrated with the pour levil off spelling around hear.

  116. egg_ says:

    I know of no one anywhere in the world who caught the heinous crud from singing.

    Academics cite infection via droplets into the eyes and throat mucous membranes – do we need safety glasses in Church, with all of that expectorate?

  117. egg_ says:

    I get frustrated with the pour levil off spelling around hear.

    Yu’d thunk Grugs wud be rite unto it!?

  118. Struth says:

    The source of the Batflu is a faulty/ corrupted test on a healthy person.
    It was NSW’s turn, that is all.
    Did people think this commo panic porn was going to end this year?

  119. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    What’s the impact of Musk’s electric trucks on our roads and electrical infrastructure?

    Nothing at all. They’ve been banned.

    It’s a fun story: Tesla built their trucks a fraction too wide (2.55m vs limit of 2.5m). Then when the government said no, build them to the law, Tesla said chance the law you colonial hicks. Or words to that effect. Not exactly the way to get pollies on your side!

  120. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Change the law not chance it. Grr.

  121. mh says:

    Diogenes says:
    May 6, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    What was the bet you wanted to place?

  122. mh says:

    Is NRL still on in Sydney this weekend?

  123. egg_ says:

    100% increase in Covid cases in Sydney.

    Won’t be long until India bans Australians on those numbers.

    Recall the furore on Insiders when PvO refused to shake Hunt’s hand in the Green Room as Scumoron had just returned from the US, where one of Trump’s cabinet had the beer bug?

    How times change!

  124. Albatross says:

    Struth says:
    May 6, 2021 at 12:31 pm
    The source of the Batflu is a faulty/ corrupted test on a healthy person.
    It was NSW’s turn, that is all.
    Did people think this commo panic porn was going to end this year?

    It will if we intern people in the desert. Get with the program.

  125. bespoke says:

    Very entertaining St ruth only you and wang can cry about people picking on your spelling then do the same the next day.

    🥂

  126. mh says:

    NSW COVID-risk visitors must quarantine in Qld hotels
    The Chief Health Officer has declared all visitors arriving from potential NSW COVID-19 exposure sites must undergo hotel quarantine from 1am on Friday after a second case of community transmission was detected there.

    😷😷😷

  127. egg_ says:

    The source of the Batflu is a faulty/ corrupted test on a healthy person.
    It was NSW’s turn, that is all.
    Did people think this commo panic porn was going to end this year?

    How reliable are the IR thermometer readings, as they’re being used as a condition of entry to some buildings.

  128. egg_ says:

    Tesla built their trucks a fraction too wide

    Jeremy Clarkson pointed out in his video on the Tesla Model X that it was too wide for the entry lane guards on one of London’s bridges (doh!).

  129. Mark A says:

    If you are really interested in facts about damage to roads, obviously not as it only took a few minutes to find info.

    Damage to our roads caused by heavy trucks.

    PDF_1

    PDF_2

    I have not read the PDFs you can draw your own conclusions, again, if interested that is,

  130. Struth says:

    Is NRL still on in Sydney this weekend?

    You’ll need to be injected and carry your passport with you, then wear two masks,, sign a no farting/dancing/ singing waiver. If you have booed lately, or not shed a tear for the indigenous, not QR’d Gto G’d or denounced the Lord,, don’t expect your App to go green.
    Once inside, surveillance will decide if your behaviour and level of enthusiasm for government messaging at half time was sufficient, if not you will find your seat shaking and alarms going of.
    Open your mind to it, you old cowboy.

  131. Struth says:

    Very entertaining St ruth only you and wang can cry about people picking on your spelling then do the same the next day.

    I don’t know of anyone who has ever picked my spelling except for Commo Bob.
    We then wait for his next comment to point out he is a terrible spellur azwell.
    Stop sniveling bespoke.

  132. Albatross says:

    Mark A says:
    May 6, 2021 at 12:43 pm
    If you are really interested in facts about damage to roads
    […]
    I have not read the PDFs you can draw your own conclusions, again, if interested that is,

    Hmmm. This pdfsays the opposite, however. And it’s not too kind to trains either.

  133. Woolfe says:

    Get well soon Lizzie.

    Tell Hairy that apparently red wine looks just like coke when decanted.

  134. Mark A says:

    Now that I looked there a dozens of sites relating to damage to roads by heavy vehicles , but be careful who is publishing the ‘data’

    Here is an example by this crowd.

    By way of example, the current annual fee for a six axle semitrailer is A$6,334 and for a nine axle B-Double is A$15,016. With rebates, most trucks pay fuel excise of 25.9 cents per litre (this will change to 24.8 cents per litre on 1 July), whilst motorists pay 40.1 cents per litre.

    Way different from what Struth quoted.

  135. Infidel Tiger King says:

    What time does Marxy Marx and The Fascist Bunch let us know if we have to keep pretending the Covids are coming?

  136. Diogenes says:

    MH,
    That at least one state would be in lockdown for Mothers’ Day.

  137. bespoke says:

    Couldn’t be bothered scrolling back to find it, it’ll be met with another bizarre accusation of me oppressing him by posting his own words anyway. 😎

  138. egg_ says:

    Way different from what Struth quoted.

    As with all rubbery figures – who’s paying for the research?

  139. Pedro the Loafer says:

    A bit peripheral to the truck vs train debate, but this is a pointer to the future:

    Three Billion Tonnes Hauled No Drivers

  140. incoherent rambler says:

    How reliable are the IR thermometer readings

    Not very.

    The “dick in your ear” thermometers are very good by comparison.

  141. Woolfe says:

    Soon electrical powered drone aircraft will be delivering freight to West Australia. Just have to put it on trucks when they land after 10 minutes.

  142. Mother Lode says:

    So we are getting the stupid restrictions in all Sydney because two people tested positive in the Eastern Suburbs.

    Really?

  143. 1735099 says:

    Gorgeous George is planning his future post-politics.

    The Australian reported that Christensen is seeking to be disendorsed by the LNP which would make him eligible for a $105,600 resettlement allowance. And now a sudden pivot towards book recommendations shows how he’s trying to make money from his engaged online fanbase.

  144. Mother Lode says:

    The NSW Health Website is a bit of a muddle.

    Are there travel restrictions too? I was heading off to Orange for the weekend.

  145. twostix says:

    Masks are a cultural / political thing now.

    For a big chunk of the dead-inside professional classes they love the masks, not in and of themselves (though many do – so weird), they don’t like wearing them, but they love that they have the cultural power to make everyone else wear them.

    So they love them. Same as they don’t care for trannies, but they love that they can force everyone to pretend a man is a woman. It’s exactly that, but in physical form now.

    And to top it off they’ve become a lazy way for governments to pretend to do something about something something cases. “here have masks in the supermarket for a couple of days, and also a mandatory pocket full of posies to ward off the evil covid spirit!”.

    Perfect storm for this to go on forever.

  146. Old School Conservative says:

    Loging in

  147. Infidel Tiger King says:

    AFL great Dani Laidley cuts a stylish figure as she sues cops for ‘leaking mugshot showing her wearing a wig and dress while describing her as a “full blown tranny” in WhatsApp group’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9544379/AFL-coach-Dani-Laidley-steps-style.html

    If propagandas true aim is to humiliate and make you feel hopeless and despondent, then modern “news” is working.

    Dean Laidley was socking cocks in alleyways for meth a few months ago. Now he’s transsexual style agent.

  148. Mark A says:

    The bottom line is, (and I’m not advocating it or am I in favour of it) we could live very well without railways, but not without trucks.

    The simple fact that road transport exists speaks for the shortcomings of rail.

    Having said that I’m in wonder of steam engines especially steam locomotives.

    Nothing is more awe inspiring than standing next to one of them.

    The hissing of escaping steam makes them seem alive, and when they start off with wheels turning fast slipping to get the train in motion reminds one of a great thoroughbred horse pawing the ground to get traction.

    Magnificent.
    All the other power engines petrol, diesel or electric are just tech, mechanical stuff compared to those beasts.
    Long they may live.

  149. Mark A says:

    egg_ says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Way different from what Struth quoted.

    As with all rubbery figures – who’s paying for the research?

    Yes that’s what I alluded to, I tend to believe the bloke who actually pays the bills.

  150. Rorschach says:

    Tesla built their trucks a fraction too wide

    The other units are just about right!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EiM-9J4XsAAGvOU.png

  151. Lysander says:

    Democrats performed badly at a federal House by-election in Texas on Saturday. Trump beat Biden by just three points in this district, but Republicans overall crushed Democrats 62-37. Democrats failed to make the top two, meaning the runoff will be R vs R.

  152. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    So we are getting the stupid restrictions in all Sydney because two people tested positive in the Eastern Suburbs. Really?

    Yep – and yet that stupid repulsive and corrupt slag Beryl Gladyschlocklian is repeatedly boosted on Sky for example, as the most sensible and restrained premier. Whereas in reality, she’s an hysterical out of control fascist moron, just like all the rest of them.

    they love the masks, not in and of themselves (though many do – so weird), they don’t like wearing them, but they love that they have the cultural power to make everyone else wear them

    Face nappie mandates have only ever been about humiliation and control.

  153. bespoke says:

    We could live without railways, Mark but how well is subjective.

  154. Infidel Tiger King says:

    Tesla built their trucks a fraction too wide

    They were never intended to go into production. They were intended to sucker investors though.

  155. Infidel Tiger King says:

    Yep – and yet that stupid repulsive and corrupt slag Beryl Gladyschlocklian is repeatedly boosted on Sky for example, as the most sensible and restrained premier. Whereas in reality, she’s an hysterical out of control fascist moron, just like all the rest of them.

    Would trade Marxy Marx for Gladbags any day.

  156. Eyrie says:

    Rorschach,

    There are no plans at SpaceX to go back to carbon fiber or anything other than stainless steel for all the Starships and Super Heavy boosters. They had got as far as building a 9 meter diameter mandrel out of Invar for the carbon, then decided to go with stainless. It is better at cryogenic temperatures (fuel tanks), a bit worse at room temperature and far better at high temperatures which allows them to have a thinner and lighter heat shield. An inspired decision and I want to read the book about all that when it comes out. It isn’t a new material for rockets. The Atlas missile was made of stainless and the Centaur upper stage still is.
    Blue Origin’s lunar lander proposal was outside the terms of the bid. The bid required no advance payments so BO put in one that did. The Dynetics (also protesting the award) was a far better design than the BO one but was overweight in the design stage. This almost never gets fixed when the real hardware is built so it was incapable of fulfilling the mission. Bezos seems more interested in a way of getting on the government teat than building rockets.

  157. Albatross says:

    Infidel Tiger King says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:23 pm
    Tesla built their trucks a fraction too wide

    They were never intended to go into production. They were intended to sucker investors though.

    This guy gets it. For a man who regularly rides a bicycle in jorts, you’re quite perceptive.

  158. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    in alleyways for meth a few months ago

    Were there not allegations also made in the media at the time that Laidley was harassing certain members of VikPol? Jupes and I had a good ol’ laugh speculating if it might have been poor ol’ Fatty Ashton on the receiving end.

  159. Mother Lode says:

    So what will it take for them to decide that we need not fear sudden lockdowns and face-nappying.

    Are they ever going to be satisfied that Covid has descended to an acceptable risk?

    Do we have to wait until all diseases are eradicated?

    What is the point of two parties if they aren’t going to call each other out when they act like idiots?

  160. Albatross says:

    bespoke says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:23 pm
    We could live without railways, Mark but how well is subjective.

    Here we go. How much is big rail paying you buddy?

  161. Spurgeon Monkfish III says:

    Would trade Marxy Marx for Gladbags any day

    Wonderful, like a choice between Ebola or arse cancer.

  162. Albatross says:

    What is the point of two parties

    The illusion of control.

  163. Mark A says:

    bespoke says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    We could live without railways, Mark but how well is subjective.

    Not advocating it, but coastal shipping could easily take up the load from Mel or Ade, as the rail runs parallel to it anyway.

    Someone mentioned canals or the Murry-darling for inland, the possibilities are numerous but picking the right one is tricky as it depends on who is in favour of the politicians at the time when all options are available.

    Also very much depends on geography, no sea, no ships no waterways no canals, elementary.

  164. Albatross says:

    Mark A says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Let’s not bring ships into this Jesus.

  165. Herodotus says:

    I’m in no way an anti-vaxxer, having been jabbed with all manner of vaccines most of my life, which in any event will draw to a close before the world’s emissions drop one iota.
    But this article at American Thinker about the madness of vaccine coercion with gene-based vaccines, particularly of the young, is accompanied by a stern warning from a real medico, not a faux fauc type. Aldous Huxley, like George Orwell, was a bit prescient on this matter.
    The vaccines that are being offered at the moment are dangerous, he says, and explains why. He also maintains that our natural immune systems can cope with this virus just as it has many others. Turbo-charging the immune system will have some nasty side effects in a number of cases, and repeat jabs will only make that worse.
    Watch the whole video after reading the article.

  166. Steve trickler says:

    A few freezing cold days, 4 degrees Celsius and below will wake up the mask wearing sheep. Some will probably freak out.

    All that condensation venting from their lungs, bypassing the leaky masks, will become self-evident. When such imagery surfaces, expect .Gov retards mandating for two masks to be worn.

    And when that fails, it’ll be three.

  167. H B Bear says:

    Tracking tobacco confiscation by Customs against the increase in excise would be an interesting way to check how (in) effective the nudge doctrine is?

    Best left to Snic types. Wouldn’t make a bad Ph D unless you had better things to do with your time, like changing the knob on the Miata.

  168. Lysander says:

    What is the point of two parties if they aren’t going to call each other out when they act like idiots?

    Yup, seeing the same in US with “RINOs” with a Democrat DNA. Same here with SFLs and Liebor.

    Guess we could have a Chinese system where you can choose which candidate you want (but from the same party and who has to tow the Xi-line {no reference to trains there})?

  169. Nick says:

    That will be St Ruth coming to visit.
    Probably parked across two parking bays and the alarm went off.

    Retard, retard, retard

  170. Boambee John says:

    And now a sudden pivot towards book recommendations shows how he’s trying to make money from his engaged online fanbase.

    Can’t have him getting into the book market, competing with Bullseyes in the Bush!

  171. Lysander says:

    Let’s not bring ships into this Jesus.

    Jesus was here? Going on about fishing again eh?

    Didn’t know he was a fan of the Cat? 😛

  172. Diogenes says:

    The bottom line is, (and I’m not advocating it or am I in favour of it) we could live very well without railways, but not without trucks.

    We need both. I could not image what the New England Highway and the roads into Port Waratah would be like if coal wasn’t hauled by train

  173. H B Bear says:

    By Denis Mole*
    *Someone clearly incapable of spelling their own name.

    Maybe Richard Dennnissss can help. First vaguely useful thing The Ponds Institute will have ever done.

  174. incoherent rambler says:

    We could live without railways

    For Northwest Iron Ore trains?
    QLD coal trains?

  175. sfw says:

    Egg, the average car weighs around 2 tonne, I assume that the Teslas etc are similar, the range of an electric car at 100kph is what? Around 400km? Anyway the average single trailer semi max weight is around 42.5 tonne, it varies according to different things you pay for. A B Double say 62 tonne maybe more. Any way say a Telsa battery pack gets 2 tonne around 400km then to get 42+ tonne 400km would at least 20 battery packs. next problem is that to fill a truck can take 15 minutes maybe longer from empty, to recharge a battery pack can take from 1 hour to 4 or more depending on equipment, mains supply etc. So your truckie is going to have to stop every 400km and wait at least an hour probably several hours to get going again, repeat every 400km.

    Next, weight a semi will use around 40l/100km so 400km uses around 160l which weighs around 160kg. I don’t know the weight of a Tesla battery pack but I’m certain it’ll be a lot more than40kg probably 100kg likely more. So 40 100kg batteries for the semi is 4000kg – 4 tonne minimum. There goes around 20% of his payload. It’s never gunna work on any long distance route, possible ok for metro deliveries as long as the boss doesn’t mind it stopped for 12 hours a day for charging.

  176. Mark A says:

    Diogenes says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    The bottom line is, (and I’m not advocating it or am I in favour of it) we could live very well without railways, but not without trucks.

    We need both. I could not image what the New England Highway and the roads into Port Waratah would be like if coal wasn’t hauled by train

    Bugga, I had in mind to out in exceptions for coal and iron ore but missed it copletely sorry you are perfectly right.

  177. Lysander says:

    Maybe Richard Dennnissss can help. First vaguely useful thing The Ponds Institute will have ever done.

    Good point buddy. But I asked Richard Dennis “why do you sound like a jockey?” And I got blocked in seconds. Almost like the time Gareth Evans told me to fuck off at a UWA event for asking him about Cheryl…

  178. Mark A says:

    Put in not “out”

  179. Mark A says:

    incoherent rambler says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    We could live without railways

    For Northwest Iron Ore trains?
    QLD coal trains?

    See my answer to Diogenes, I’m sorry I was meaning to make exceptions as I said.

  180. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    We could live without railways,

    Hauling grain, at harvest time?

  181. Mark A says:

    Anyway I’m not advocating for it and it will never happen, so there.

  182. Albatross says:

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:43 pm
    We could live without railways,

    Hauling grain, at harvest time?

    Or your many, many sheep…

  183. Mark A says:

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    We could live without railways,

    Hauling grain, at harvest time?

    Not going to scroll back but didn’t someone mentioned trucks instead of rail yesterday being the preferred option?

  184. Rorschach says:

    It is better at cryogenic temperatures (fuel tanks), a bit worse at room temperature and far better at high temperatures which allows them to have a thinner and lighter heat shield. An inspired decision

    Yes … I read that too.

    The other reason is that steel is ductile and allows a bit of flex. This means that it can have micro-cracks and structural imperfections that won’t lead to catastrophic failure like those that may occur with inflexible carbon composites.

    The point remains that logic would suggest that carbon which is lighter and stronger than steel would be better – but experimentally that may not be so. And this would not be shown in computer modelling! [And why I was suggesting that SpaceX failures are a better indication of progress that BluOrigin computer design!]

  185. From the Gateway Pundit:
    Antrim County offers proof of voting machine irregularities.

  186. H B Bear says:

    Almost like the time Gareth Evans told me to fuck off at a UWA event for asking him about Cheryl…

    That would make a great YouTube. I hope you got blacklisted for that one.

  187. egg_ says:

    if coal wasn’t hauled by train

    One of the first uses of the steam engine.

  188. bespoke says:

    How much is big rail paying you buddy?

    Nothing but I do have a vested interest in keeping my bosses trucks on the road. This doesn’t have to be a one or the other discussion.

  189. Dr Faustus says:

    I’m quite surprised that nobody has noted the awesomeness of hovercraft; almost no impact on roads, don’t need river bridges, and can be pointed anywhere. (They have a few minor disadvantages, but we don’t need to go there.)

    Most importantly, unlike road and rail, 97.3% unsubsidised.

  190. H B Bear says:

    Unless you have been blacklisted or blackballed you aren’t really trying.

  191. H B Bear says:

    Hovercraft did alright crossing the Channel till the Chunnel. Advantage trains trucks to serve.

  192. bespoke says:

    But canals was a rare brain fart from Tel or hopefully a troll.

  193. Lysander says:

    Yeah true shame HB… I was there for a China is wonderful conference back in about 2011. While having a sneaky smoko “with” him, I asked him what he thought of Keating the Musical and the Gareth song.

    He wasn’t too happy to say the least. But you’re right, a blacklisting would’ve been a real victory.

  194. Eyrie says:

    sfw, a 100 Kw- Hour Tesla battery pack is more like 500 Kg so 40 packs will be 20 tonnes. There’s a reason we haven’t seen battery trucks in large scale use.

  195. H B Bear says:

    I suspect Biggles expected more from his courtiers.

  196. Eyrie says:

    Current readily available Li-ion cells get about 250 watt-hours/kg. Say 200 by the time you put in the temperature control system, packaging, interconnects etc.

  197. Bons says:

    Two million slaughtered Europeans may have disagreed regarding Napoleon’s greatness.
    Not, mind you, that I have any deep philosophical objection to the concept of slaughtered Europeans.

  198. Lysander says:

    Ok I’ll weigh in to traink debate…

    No transport is better than a 1967 Cadillac Eldorado convertible that’s hot pink with whale skin hubcaps and all leather cow interior along with big brown baby seal eyes for head lights; getting 1 mile per gallon.

  199. egg_ says:

    bespoke says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:51 pm
    But canals was a rare brain fart from Tel or hopefully a troll.

    Irony bypass.

    /”You don’t know who I am!”

  200. Mark A says:

    bespoke says:
    May 6, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    But canals was a rare brain fart from Tel or hopefully a troll.

    Could be, but ideas matter, even impractical ones. That’s how we progress, or not.
    Anyhooo it’s 6 AM on the way to work, have fun.👍😊

  201. H B Bear says:

    Lysander – take heart, you are probably on a Do not Phone register or something. Do you get an annual UWA mail out looking for money?

  202. sfw says:

    Eyrie, well there you go an electric truck will use all it’s permitted payload to pull the batteries around. I guess the gov could subsidise it and like solar etc they could still make a profit.

  203. Eyrie says:

    Rorshach, there was quite a large area of heat shield tiles on SN15. They seem to be intact.
    As is often the case in engineering the “best” material for the particular job isn’t always the strongest, lightest or most expensive. Stainless vs carbon is the case here.

  204. From the Epoch Times:
    Supreme Court Declines to Hear Arizona Election Fraud-Related Challenge.

  205. egg_ says:

    No transport is better than a 1967 Cadillac Eldorado convertible that’s hot pink with whale skin hubcaps and all leather cow interior along with big brown baby seal eyes for head lights; getting 1 mile per gallon.

    And even with exorbitant fuel excise, one-eyed Adam Spazter wanted extra rego on V8’s as his think tank brain fart; never mind lard @rsed 4WDs.

    I guess Doctor Karl could afford that on his V8 Monaro that he refused to give up when promoting Green Energy.

    Their hypocritical ABC.

  206. bespoke says:

    Methane, It’s obvious I hopped Tel was trolling not a troll.

    Irony I leave up to experts.

  207. Lysander says:

    No HB.

    I was actually enrolled at UWA for my PhD on the topic of “what policy impact have libertarian beliefs had on Australian public policy debate since Federation.” Under the well-known wrongologist… he was more interested in his mirror and so my PhD floundered… might start looking for new suitors at some point in the future as was very interesting and nobody had done much academically in that space (exception being the likes of a David Kemp).

  208. From the Epoch Times:
    Dinesh D’Souza – Abolish the FBI.
    He definitely has a point – the rot started under O’Bama, and now the FBI is out of control.

  209. H B Bear says:

    I want Trump reinstated just for the Lefty head explosions. Imagine Pirate Pete’s Australia Day bbq.

  210. Infidel Tiger King says:

    Our Satanic Majesty, Marxy Marx will address his serfs at 12:45pm.

  211. bespoke says:

    Cheers Mark.

  212. Farmer Gez says:

    Mark A says:
    May 6, 2021 at 12:43 pm
    If you are really interested in facts about damage to roads, obviously not as it only took a few minutes to find info.

    Damage to our roads caused by heavy trucks.

    A bit hard to use this data as the axles and payloads are not metric and don’t comply with our standards.
    40 ton total weight or load?
    If it’s a B double truck then our trucks typically have 9 axles not 8.
    The steer axle is different from the drives and their different from the trailer axle weight.

  213. H B Bear says:

    Is Ken Clements (sp ?) still at UWA economics? He was one of the more interesting lecturers when I did my B Ec – and promptly forgot what little I ever learnt.

  214. Rorschach says:

    No transport is better than a 1967 Cadillac Eldorado convertible that’s hot pink with whale skin hubcaps and all leather cow interior along with big brown baby seal eyes for head lights; getting 1 mile per gallon.

    https://cdn05.carsforsale.com/008c6f95cd5042c50cdcb9cc72e0fee710/1280×960/1967-cadillac-eldorado.jpg

  215. Farmer Gez says:

    Did you learn to assume HB?
    That’s a real skill apparently. Widely used everywhere these days.

  216. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV) says:

    Another clip behind the ears for aus

    Singapore: Beijing has cut off all diplomatic contact with the Australian government under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, a key channel of communication between the two countries.

  217. Lysander says:

    Not sure HB sorry. I had Michael McLure as Secondary Supervisor but at least he was honest and said “I don’t know enough about libertarian economics to supervise you.”

    The wrongologist (whom I spent a fair bit of my “EFTSOL” with) jetted off to Sky News with the promise “I’ll be in touch.” Which carries its own irony as he wrote an article in the Australian about how his supervisor (I think Prof David Black) never paid him any attention or gave him any help and he was repulsed by it.

  218. H B Bear says:

    Can Snic supervise Ph Ds or has that ship sailed? I always liked the Ph D gowns. So colourful but then so was the fools.

  219. Lysander says:

    Awww she’s a beauty Rorsch! 😛

  220. egg_ says:

    Irony I leave up to experts.

    Socky McSockface?

  221. Lysander says:

    Dunno HB; and never asked Sinc. Got lots of help from the likes of Ron Manners, David Kemp and few others who were around in late 70’s when the ALP went into major economic reforms and the fact that a “gang” in Parliament had been formed to thrash out some libertarian ideas.

    The main problem with a PhD is: You have to embark on something new and not previously studied or written about. But you also need a supervisor with enough knowledge to oversee that… but how do you do that if not discovered or written about yet? I understand there are nuances but my supervisor ended up being an expert (like, a real expert) in Malaysian politics… hardly fitting for me so I put it on hold.

  222. Keith Forwheels says:

    Any news from Bern on the Zepplin IPO? Zepplins are where it’s at. Trucks and trains… … old tech…

  223. egg_ says:

    Singapore: Beijing has cut off all diplomatic contact with the Australian government under the China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue, a key channel of communication between the two countries.

    Speaking of PhD’s – roll in the armchair expert academics.

  224. Lysander says:

    I’m obviously a victim of Sky News (before dark) privilege. 😛

  225. egg_ says:

    Scumoron manages to both offend the CCP and align with the Globalists – out on an island all on his own.

  226. H B Bear says:

    Did you learn to assume HB?

    Actually a B Ec is probably as good as it is going to get nowadays. By 3rd year it was heading towards models, regressions and simulations. Time to join the real world – or at least a NAB graduate program (and have afternoon tea with Nobby Clark).

  227. Lysander says:

    Speaking of PhD’s – roll in the armchair expert academics.

    Hmm yes well egg, given the current paradigmatic nature of this narrative in which one finds themselves embedded in a pseudo-emotive-cum-post realist conundrum… (shall I go on :P)

  228. notafan says:

    Napoleon’s tomb and the French military museum well worth a visit. Easy walk from the Eiffel or catch the 96 bus.

    Attached to still operating veterans’ facilty iirc.

    Hankering for Europe.

  229. Rorschach says:

    Thanks for that Eyrie:

    Rorshach, there was quite a large area of heat shield tiles on SN15. They seem to be intact.

    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starship-sn15-starlink-dish-installed/starship-boca-chica-040921-nasaspaceflight-bocachicagal-sn15-pad-1-c/

    I thought that just the black section on the prototype was the heatshield test. But from the above, it looks like most of the belly is covered with silver tiles (or at least some cover). May need to dig into that tonight.

    But it is SO pleasing to have a successful test! I wonder if Elon will just fuel ‘er up and fly her again! [Rub it in!]

    The Artemis mission is such a bureucratic ear mark jobs for the boys mission. The (2) astronauts are to launch on the SLS and use Orion to get to lunar orbit, and there rendezvous with the lander…

    Elon should just offer to put the [hermetically sealed of course] Orion module AND the Blue Origin lander into a Starship and fly it out to the moon! And then have the 2 crew met on the surface by 20 partying Starship Lander crew already there cheering them on! [Offer them a spa treatment after the harrowing confined trip] 🙂

  230. notafan says:

    Napoleon’s foray into Russia was a disgrace.

    He has zero cares for his soldiers and deserted them when the chips were down.

    Out of 300,000 plus how many survived the campaign 15,000?

  231. The steer axle is different from the drives and their different from the trailer axle weight.

    My favourite part is where a semi-trailer is allowed to carry 22 tonnes.
    … however if the prime mover is twin-steer, the payload rises to 27 tonnes.

    Weight on the rear tri-axle doesn’t change.

  232. Steve trickler says:

    Tucker Carlson Tonight 05/05/2021 Opening Monologue

    Link

  233. H B Bear says:

    One of my unusual experiences was having a drink in the Hotel Costes in Paris with an Icelandic bond trader. He had been staying there for weeks, I imagine he got blown up in the GFC. AUD35 for a G&T. The olives were free though.

  234. Arky says:

    notafan says:
    May 6, 2021 at 2:28 pm
    Napoleon’s foray into Russia was a disgrace.

    He has zero cares for his soldiers and deserted them when the chips were down

    ..
    Yep.
    The retreat from Moscow sounds like a horror show.

  235. egg_ says:

    roll in the armchair expert academics.

    TheirABC variety.

  236. Rorschach says:

    I thought that just the black section on the prototype was the heatshield test. But from the above, it looks like most of the belly is covered with silver tiles (or at least some cover)

    Actually only the black section is the heatshield tiles:

    https://twitter.com/TylerG1998/status/1380288314876571648?s=20

  237. incoherent rambler says:

    Steel wheel on steel track has minimal rolling resistance (as told to me by a mech engineer).
    This is where rail wins for high volume lonnnnng distance freight.

  238. Rex Anger says:

    Hi All.

    Am I the new Notafan? Personally Nanna-killing the Australian road freight industry one (Struth-imagined) subsidy of $0.00 at a time?

    This is new to me.

    What can or should I do with my newfound power?

  239. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:

    He has zero cares for his soldiers and deserted them when the chips were down

    The Retreat from Moscow wasn’t the first time Napoleon had deserted his soldiers – didn’t he pull the same stunt in Egypt or Syria?

  240. egg_ says:

    a pseudo-emotive-cum-post realist conundrum…

    The emotive component is the weighting factor in human thought, else a bot, going by brain damaged patients research; autists are usually unaware of their own emotions.

  241. sfw says:

    Sal, I think that the max weight on the single steer is 6.5 tonnes on a twin steer it’s 11 tonne (RFS) so you have an extra 4.5 tonne on the steer but remember that the extra axle, suspension etc make up a fair bit of that extra weight.

  242. incoherent rambler says:

    Let’s talk about nuclear powered trains and trucks.
    I like the idea of a small nuke for a road train!

  243. feelthebern says:

    Lysander, so you’re saying you’re one of those intellectual types, eh?
    I though more of you when you were a hard drinking, skirt chasing, sports mad chap.

  244. feelthebern says:

    The Zeppelin IPO on hold.
    Investors thought the financials were full of hot air.

  245. Bar Beach Swimmer says:

    Mater says:
    May 6, 2021 at 7:52 am

    Now relegated to the bargain bin.

  246. bespoke says:

    What can or should I do with my newfound power?

    Travel Europe as her 2ic.

  247. 132andBush says:

    Apropos the international commodities outlook.
    This bloke is very good and obviously a big operator from Canada.

    Interesting comments @ 5min mark re the season start over there.

    It’s cold and relatively dry.

    Link

    A good watch.

  248. Rex Anger says:

    Speaking of Tel’ s clever ideas about inland shipping…

    He might be onto something there. Except he has just one problem.

    Leftists and bugmen hate water.

    Leftists and bugmen have hated water in this country ever since they first emerged and started insinuating themselves into positions of power.

    They have repeatedly stymied every idea and scheme and program for large-scale water collection and storage since the first water tanks were devised to catch drinking water for normies in the late 1700s.

    Tel could have his canals criss-crossing every inch of this wide brown land of ours, but the bugmen would never allow them to be filled.

    On the plus side they make excellent fire breaks, Struth would actually have something to complain about when he ignores his next lane departure warning and plunges into one, and some strategically laid canals along State and Territory borders with a limited number of mined bridges would make quarantine efforts (for diseases of tbe mind, body or Government) remarkably easy…

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