3,064 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 19 Mar 2022”

  1. If you were a kelpie the aggregate should be around 180.

    You got the answer you deserved.


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  2. Being the only one in your neighbourhood who enjoys thinking and discussing things other than sport can be distressing.

    Makes you sound like Bob Carr. What a terrible thing to say about anyone.


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  3. H B Bearsays:

    March 21, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Rolfe got charged with murder, and 1) was immediately given bail, and 2) bailed to stay OUT of the NT until the trial date.

    Makes perfect sense if your objective was to keep it off p1 of the papers.

    I think they hoped that, as Jesus said, “take this cup away from me”.
    I think they were secretly hoping the High Court might scotch the whole thing before it launched.


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  4. Aha! Kim Kellett is the chap’s name from Cutta Cutta (south of Katherine). The NT News:

    The matter was adjourned for a bail application on March 31 in the Darwin Local Court.



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  5. “He was charged with sexually touching another person without consent and granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday April 13.”

    Considering his handling errors, he probably went to shake her hand & missed.


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  6. Seven News

    “Police located the body of a male person who was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.”

    Det Snr Sgt Evans said officers were called to the house after receiving a report about a male intruder inside the home.

    He said the man in custody and a woman and two children were in the home at the time.

    The house is located about 30km south of Katherine near the Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park.

    Det Snr Sgt Evans said detectives are also examining whether the incident was linked to an absconder who fled the Venndale Rehabilitation Centre, about 10km south of the caves.

    The Venndale facility is a residential drug rehabilitation centre for Indigenous people.



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  7. I think they were secretly hoping the High Court might scotch the whole thing before it launched.

    You wouldn’t put your own money on that as a strategy. Taxpayers- possibly?


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  8. What are Lark up to?
    From the Oz.

    In late January, some 480,000 litres of whisky sat in barrels owned by Shene Estate, a Tasmanian distillery linked to an 1819 grant of 800 acres by Lachlan Macquarie to a relative of King George III.

    That whisky was expected to have a value of $24m once it matured.

    On February 2, Shene’s larger Tasmanian rival – ASX-listed Lark Distilling – completed its acquisition of the company, naming it Pontville Distillery and Estate.

    The same 483,000 litres sat in the same barrels. Only now, according to Lark, it will have a value at maturation of more than $104.3m. This figure featured prominently in investor presentations the company rolled out as it raised $53m to fund the purchase.


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  9. twostix says:
    March 21, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    There’s a retard retired geriatric group of effeminate midwits here: Rex, Leigh low , etc. […] in a place like this realestate is a thing and a page can only contain so many comments and the good ones disappear three pages back before anyone reads them. So quantity, tactily organised by an effeminate clutch of domesticated henpecking hens, can indeed beat quality any time.

    And boy do they go for quantity over quality.
    […]

    This is particularly noticeable as the Pro-‘ukraine’ Mob keep working to bury real news of how the Russians are winning this war, while they keep repeating the insane, “Ukraine Is Winning!” propaganda that is doing nothing other than getting more young people senselessly killed.

    Notice how they dare not try to argue any of the Live From The Spot news of what’s happening and why it’s the Russians who are being humane while the ‘Ukrainians’ have just turned into torturers & murderers of fellow Ukrainians and fools they suckered into going there to fight, sorry, die for them.

    So, here’s just one for those who missed it under all the squawking from the Pro-Slaughter By & Of Ukraine, mob –

    What’s Happening on the Ground In Ukraine w/ Gonzalo Lira
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtzkaqdlci0&t=191s


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  10. DrBeauGan says:
    March 21, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    I joined when I was 17 to see what it was like and dropped out shortly after.

    Ditto, although I was about 30 at the time. They never told me my test scores, might have been a clerical error!


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  11. Brisbane Girls Grammar School group call themselves ‘furries’ and act like cats

    Are they taking the piss?
    Actual anime cat girls?
    Josie and the Pussycats?

    There could be a good anime made out of this.

    Maybe they watched The Cat Returns too many times.


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  12. They never told me my test scores

    I think that’s some sort of secret, in the interests of avoiding a ‘hierarchy’ (seriously).


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  13. I don’t usually get cranky about things over which I have no control, but the ongoing Rolfe saga is starting to really get up my nose. A brave young copper doing his duty is pilloried by desk bound chiefs with the collusion of government ministers.

    A ridiculous charge brought in record time, political interference and now NT police hierarchy attempting to get rid of Rolfe on dubious “disciplinary” offences.

    Now sounding like the media was kept informed and used to gee up public sentiment against Rolfe as well.

    A distubing and disgraceful affair from the time Rolfe was arrested onwards,


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  14. Can’t imagine IQ scores would be much use if you are measuring things like 40 and below.

    The Black Swan Leb dude argues very close to that point. He reckons the only thing IQ tests are good for is to measure extreme thickness.


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  15. Does anyone have a view as to why the New York Times ran the story about the 50 intel liars where Times essentially called them liars and bullshitters.
    Why now?

    JC, in order to save the Biden presidency, the New York Times had to admit that Hunter Biden is totally corrupt and that the story the American left concocted in 2021 that the stuff in his laptop was “Russian disinformation” is bullshit.

    The NYT is now concocting a new story that, for example, postulates that Hunter Biden is not corrupt, but simply doing what needs to be done to save the USA – just like the left’s story in Time magazine in 2019 about how it “saved” the 2020 election.

    The NYT now simply has to create a new framework for its lies about the family of the bloke the leftist cabal running the White House installed as the fake American president in 2020.


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  16. A brave young copper doing his duty is pilloried by desk bound chiefs with the collusion of government ministers.

    Rolfe was supposed to have been found “Guilty” to placate the “Blak Lives Matter” mob.


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  17. A ridiculous charge brought in record time, political interference and now NT police hierarchy attempting to get rid of Rolfe on dubious “disciplinary” offences.

    The acquittal wasn’t the end, Pedro. It’s just the end of the beginning. Two bits from different NT News articles today are keeping the flames burning. One:

    A SUPREME Court judge referenced comments made by Chief Minister Michael Gunner and former ICAC Commissioner Ken Fleming when he moved Constable Zach Rolfe’s murder trial from Alice Springs to Darwin.

    Mr Gunner travelled to Yuendumu three days after Constable Rolfe shot dead Kumanjayi Walker during an arrest attempt in the remote community in November 2019.

    He told community members “consequences will flow” from a coronial inquest into the shooting. A day later Constable Rolfe was charged with murder.

    Mr Gunner has dismissed criticism of his comments, accusing the Northern Territory Police Association of running a deliberate campaign to misconstrue his words.

    After a suppression order was lifted last Friday, it can be revealed Justice Dean Mildren referred to Mr Gunner’s comments when he made the decision to move Constable Rolfe’s trial from Alice Springs to Darwin.

    Justice Mildren said by the end of November 2019 there had been 1029 publications about the Rolfe case on television and radio, 200 press reports and 135 publications on the internet.

    He said “some of the publications on the internet could be described as irresponsible and inflammatory”.

    He then listed several examples including “claims that a leading politician told a public meeting in Yuendumu that ‘consequences will flow’ as a result of the investigation into the matter”.

    Another example cited was “reports of the ICAC Commissioner at a rally in Alice Springs addressing the crowd and stating that ‘black lives matter’ and that ‘anyone who says contrary to that is guilty of corrupt behaviour’.”

    The other:

    HEALTH Minister Natasha Fyles held no formal meetings with Chief Minister Michael Gunner in the four days after Kumanjayi Walker was shot dead by police at Yuendumu.

    During an interview on Mix FM last week, Mr Gunner said he had travelled to Yuendumu three days after the shooting to address concerns that health staff had been evacuated from the community on the day Walker was shot dead by Constable Zachary Rolfe during a failed arrest attempt.

    The Opposition has since questioned why Mr Gunner travelled to Yuendumu with Police Minister Nicole Manison, rather than Ms Fyles.

    Dunno about Gunner, but Chalker the Commish is a dead man walking. Gorn by year’s end if not before, I reckon.


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  18. I don’t need IQ testing. I went to Melbourne High, which basically makes me a genius.

    Just kidding. I dunno how the fuck I scraped in there and it wasn’t a footy scholarship e. I had to sit for a test. I can’t forget the verbal test had the Cronkite’s favorite word as a multiple choice. Concupiscence.


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  19. MatrixTransform says:
    March 21, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    joint’s lost the plot

    it has become absurd
    the misrepresentation is infantile

    AKA a circle jerk.


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  20. Draft an Australian Bill of Rights that doesn’t suck ass and which isn’t subject to “reasonableness”

    Some ideas.

    Sorry, this will read like a stream of consciousness, these are my ideas or ideas picked up here over the last two or more years. About 1/5 cut out for clarity and concision.

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    TCRF. US BOR at a minimum and absolute.

    Sortition/demarchy

    5/10 year term House (sortition) and Senate (appointed by House with half rotations).

    Double supermajorities to alter

    Confederation with rotating Presidency

    More states

    autonomous shires

    Voluntary voting and tax

    Chair/board — CEO analogy to Governor/Premier President/Chancellor?

    In super national state, get rid of national vice chancellors appointed by Chancellor/Premier?

    Executive board supervising President supervising Chancellor like Vermont and NH/Maine.

    Negative CIR – recall, negative initiative

    All laws subject to initiative at regular elections (before sunset clauses take effect).

    All laws sunset

    Grand juries for comittal, only form of indictment unless waived.

    Waiveable right to grand jury or jury trial in civil/criminal cases.

    Individual sovereignty

    National non defence or external affairs matters to be handled by internal treaty and state courts

    House confirmation: by local and state auths. plus Hare clark voting. Senate: same?

    Executive? Preferential after the same.

    Judicial appointment: legislative confirmation plus approval voting.

    Strict separation of powers: also strict separation of judicial, regulatory and police powers.

    All delegated instruments must be approved by Parliament without exception.

    NO privative clauses.

    Enshrined statute of civil and criminal limitations of 5 & 30 years save for equitable tolling and exclusions for murder, treason, terrorism and piracy.

    NO retrospective legislation.

    Pardon on repeal of laws breached.

    Absolute bar on double jeopardy without strict judicially reviewed reasons satisfying strict criteria.

    Absolute bar on CP save for murder, terrorism, treason, piracy and subject to roman law, two direct corroborating pieces of evidence and compulsory judicial review, unanimous verdicts by juries and judges and automatic and strict age and mental health requirements etc, request pre trial and standard of evidence to be above ANY doubt.

    Unanimity of juries not to be diminished in any way at all, nor burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt diminished.

    Absolute bar on hearsay and illegal evidence, probity not considered.

    All branch and level of government subject to same restrictions.

    All matters of law to have same rules – i.e. property law consistent with tax law. To avoid tax and regulators acting above law.

    Ambiguous powers are void.

    No deeming legislation.

    Restrictions on stupid and verbose judgments. Judgments to adjudicate or announce law as settled.

    Legislation, regulation, orders and judgements to be plain language AND concise.

    No Federal judiciary bar high court.

    Equity equal to and enshrined in and as law. Applicable to all areas of law.

    Constructive murder only strictly construed and no CP.

    CP for murder ONLY aggravated murder.

    Jury nullification
    Judgment notwithstanding verdict (not guilty verdicts only)

    Federal system –> con federal. No sitting national government. States rotating presidency.

    No appeal against not guilty verdicts
    Mistrials count in double jeopardy counts
    All indictment by grand jury
    All jury decisions unanimous
    Burden of proof – beyond any doubt in civil and criminal trials
    All government decisions must be unanimous (judiciary, cabinet, exec board, chambers of parliament)

    Decision notwithstanding verdict also applies to civil trials (all cases, entire judicial panel must agree).

    Any loss of property or liberty must be before jury unless waived.

    Ban on entrapment and stings.

    Cannot offer to be party to a crime or enter into a void contract that facilitates a crime, or fund or organise such a transaction, nor can it incite or intimate incitement of a new offence.

    Cannot ask questions that would breach evidence act, that is, ask questions which risk possible false admissions. Information must be freely given and not initiated by police.

    Cannot operate an illegal, plain clothes, undercover or intercepted operation of any kind unless approved by commissioner and supreme court judge – must conform with the above and also be approved by the attorney general and with the purpose of collecting information and not soliciting a confession not freely given or initiated by police questioning.

    Interception includes the clandestine observation or recording or interception of any communication.

    Any direct evidence that contradicts any evidence submitted by the prosecution is grounds for acquittal.

    5 years + equitable tolling limitations on all claims bar murder.

    Murder: 50 years.

    Nominal bar is absolute bar.

    Juries are triers of fact in family law matters (all civil and criminal matters?).

    Cannot change indictment from committal to trial.

    Local courts: no trials? Or must use juries. No one can be incarcerated except for contempt or before a bail hearing without a unanimous jury conviction beyond any doubt.

    Laws (incl. regulation) must be made available to be read by the public for at least 30 days before they are enacted into law.

    Indictment: GJ.

    Committal: judge.

    Bail & minor fines: magistrate. Try to use community judges where points of law are not needed.

    Voting rights tied to taxes paid?

    Responsibilitism?

    Repeal of law automatically grants pardon and release/refund of fines

    Charges and even civil cases ought not to be tried “in the alternative”.

    Sunset clauses on caselaw as well
    Codification
    Participatory democracy
    Jury nullification
    Citizen’s referenda

    All matters of law to have same rules – i.e. property law consistent with tax law. To avoid tax and regulators acting above law.

    Thus administrative law can be used in criminal defence, unlike in DPP v Barton (drunk sent to bail/comittal magistrate against his will).

    Some of the best things we could have done constitutionally to avoid the last 18 months of dystopia:

    Break the Federation and reform as a Confederation.
    Create more states out of the existing ones.
    Give the electorate recall & initiative power.
    Have term limits on all officeholders.
    Have automatic sunset clauses on all legislation.
    Remove the plenary legislative power of State Parliaments.
    Collate and reinforce the rights we have under privacy, medical, general human rights, evidence, criminal, constitutional and anti-discrimination law.

    Punish malicious or incompetent prosecutions (caluminators) as well as false accusers – job losses, fines on top of gaol times.

    Abolish delegated legislation entirely.


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  21. I joined when I was 17 to see what it was like and dropped out shortly after.

    Phew. That puts my attendance of the Dalkeith Young Liberals at Steve’s into perspective.


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  22. Dot, you want to trust the state with capital punishment?
    The same state that has effectively rigged trials against defendants?
    And that has overseen the last two year?
    No fucking way mate.


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  23. feelthebernsays:

    March 21, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    What are Lark up to?

    Spooky.
    I was just reading that and thinking the same.
    Revaluing inventory in a business like that is absolutely fraught.
    They were saying the product sells for $270 per 500 ml which looks like a good margin above valuation.
    Several points:-
    .1 How much of that is GST and Duty?
    .2 What are marketing and delivery costs?
    .3 What is estimated evaporation and other losses?
    .4 That is their top of the range product. What is the spread of product prices in their inferior lines?
    Remember, this is the company which lost it’s (alleged) meth-smoking CEO a month ago, but only after he tried to bury the Oz story by planting a bullshit defence story in Fewfacts.
    A story which accused the Oz of being part of an extortion racket.
    I don’t know what the current Lark management and board had to do with that, but I predicted at the time that the Oz were going to ride that moron and anyone associated with him good and hard.


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  24. Tom

    Lol… leftie readers would believe that. I’ve mentioned it before if where where we are now because of terrible lies the demonrats told with the Russian angle.

    I have a theory about the Wussiagate crap. I have a inkling limey intel started it (using Steele) in order to crucify Trump as they didn’t want the US making nice with Russia. The UK’s best position as seen then by UK intel was for the US to dislike Russia and visa versa.


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  25. No bern

    Put those restrictions in place because they are very rigid.

    Think of game theory.

    If those rules got put in place – they could be removed under what circumstances? The government gets backlash.

    If the argument is they won’t follow the rules at all, than it is arguably no different to now.

    We also have a very immoral form of capital punishment, where we allow (some of the worst) prisoners to do it somewhat indiscriminately.


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  26. Ed Casesays:
    March 21, 2022 at 7:51 pm
    It bears keeping in mind the opponent may just have a hair trigger response to any NATO incursion – as Putin has been warning for years.

    Disagree.
    Putin is a weak leader.
    What he shoulda done was a Blitzkrieg, the war woulda been over inside the week and the Police Operation would follow.
    While he appears to be winning, it’s been way too slow and he’s given NATO time to regroup and wreak havoc.

    Field Marshal Sir Richard Head, VC, DSO, MG, jssc, psc, C-in-C has spoken. Heed his words Tsar Vladimir I.


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  27. Anyone seen those patches advertised that you stick on your feet overnight & it sucks the bad shit out of you?
    Where’s the TGA on that scam?


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  28. Dotsays:

    March 21, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Lark Distillery make fantastic liquor.

    I don’t care if the CEO was caught listening to Enya and wearing a corset & blow up Tijuana donkey.

    You are talking as a consumer Dot, which is fine.
    But most shareholders don’t like throwing shitloads of cash into an outfit run by a glass barbie aficionado.


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  29. feelthebernsays:

    March 21, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Anyone seen those patches advertised that you stick on your feet overnight & it sucks the bad shit out of you?

    My Philipino maid does that.


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  30. Does anyone have a view as to why the New York Times ran the story about the 50 intel liars where Times essentially called them liars and bullshitters.

    No, but what shits me about it, is that we have known since the NYP published the story that it was true. Why does it take the NYT – with absolutely no credibility – to admit it for the story to now be seen as factual?


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  31. Hollywood High School is in Nedlands in Perth. Greta Scatchi went there. It had a bad rep for drugs in the 70s and a good rep for turning out good students. They bulldozed it for the real estate i the nineties. Fucking hated the place.


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  32. 1. Not under those circumstances.
    2. It’s not banned now save for international treaties which were ignored with COVID lockdowns.
    3. The rules are strict, but it doesn’t mean you HAVE to have it. Many States abolished CP before we “banned” it.
    4. What do you do with a Himmler or Hans Frank?
    5. Isn’t it better to have due process instead of what happened in France after the war?

    Repealing a prohibition on CP might be easier than altering an almost unworkable version of it where people may have an emotional connection to some of the rights it entails.

    If you don’t like it, just ban it altogether but consider the game theoretic argument for the rules and that you likely believe we should have an army.


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  33. This is just evil –

    JC says:
    March 21, 2022 at 6:12 pm
    […]
    To call a win to the Russians is a huge call unless they go absolutely Nazi and start a 10 for 1 scheme of arrangement where 1 Russian killed will mean 10 randomly chosen Ukrainians for execution.
    […]

    JC is saying that when the Russians win it will only because they were evil when he knows it’s the Ukraine/Western Mobsters who are actually using savage, torturing, murdering Nazi’s now, to keep getting Ukrainians slaughtered for nothing.

    Again, a short & longer interview of Gonzalo Lira –

    Gonzalo Lira
    on
    The Mother of All Talkshows with George Galloway – Episode 147

    https://youtu.be/QiK7rUH9nws?t=1718

    What’s Happening on the Ground In Ukraine w/ Gonzalo Lira
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtzkaqdlci0&t=191s


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  34. Absolute bar on CP save for murder, terrorism, treason, piracy and subject to roman law,

    … and people who drive below the speed limit in the right hand lane on a crowded freeway.


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  35. David Frum
    @davidfrum
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    Mar 20
    Ukraine may be the first example in human history of a country that under the pressure of war is becoming *more* tolerant and *more* liberal

    Five or so hours later Zelensky banned several opposition parties incl. the second largest, and subsumed national media into a unitary platform.
    Neocons are, frankly, shameless morons.


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  36. feelthebernsays:

    March 21, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Lark Distillery make fantastic liquor.

    Unless your name is De Beers, best to value your inventory at cost.

    Correct.
    Particularly in something which might have years to go before retail sale.
    Very … courageous.


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  37. “Hollywood High School is in Nedlands in Perth. Greta Scatchi went there. It had a bad rep for drugs in the 70s and a good rep for turning out good students. They bulldozed it for the real estate i the nineties. Fucking hated the place.”

    I went to a private girl’s school on Stirling Highway in the late 1970s. Hated it, desperately wanted to go to Hollywood High. My parents refused to grant my wish.


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  38. I went to a private girl’s school on Stirling Highway in the late 1970s. Hated it, desperately wanted to go to Hollywood High. My parents refused to grant my wish.

    Sliding doors.
    You could have been Mrs H. B. Bear.

    OK.
    I’ll just leave it at that.


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  39. What are the limits on delegated legislation?

    What the parent legislation says.

    Now considering how crazy the GST legislation is for example; s 165.55 of the GST “A New Tax System” Act,

    The Commissioner may:

    (a) treat a particular event that actually happened as not having happened; and

    (b) treat a particular event that did not actually happen as having happened and, if appropriate, treat the event as:

    (i) having happened at a particular time; and

    (ii) having involved particular action by a particular entity; and

    (c) treat a particular event that actually happened as:

    (i) having happened at a time different from the time it actually happened; or

    (ii) having involved particular action by a particular entity (whether or not the event actually involved any action by that entity).

    you can see this is pretty absurd stuff given that if a business did the same, it would be fraud; if you gave evidence like that in court, it would be at least perjury.


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  40. Cassie of Sydneysays:

    March 21, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    “Sliding doors.
    You could have been Mrs H. B. Bear.”

    I could have been Mrs Forrest too.

    Come on!
    Surely your standards are above that.


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  41. Edmond
    11 minutes ago
    Drinking Lark is a bit like wearing a fake Rolex. Shame.

    That is sort of what I meant by “long time to market”.
    Yep.
    Every hipster (and Dot) might be throwing it down at $70 a shot right now.
    But in 2025?
    Who knows?
    They could be all into pet-nat sparkling or Japanese plum wine or Guatemalan pink gin.


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  42. All laws sunset

    Great list Dot.

    But this one’s really important. If something shit gets through, at least it expires and they then need to take the heat of pushing it through again.

    Also might stop Australia from sinking under the sheer physical weight of paper with legislation on it.


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  43. Unless your name is De Beers, best to value your inventory at cost.

    What’s the reason for this?
    It’s cropped up in two circumstances in my life.
    Magistrates are always insisting my stock is valued at what it cost me, not the opportunity cost of replacing it.

    Yet in cattle duffing cases, the value is the sale price of the stock, not the cost.

    So confusing.


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  44. Top Ender, I recognise a lot of the names who are donating. This young couple are respected and well liked in the Katherine area. Dani who is the mother of two, one a newborn is a lovely girl and a ranger herself. My son works with her in an associated capacity and thinks highly of her.

    Her husband Kim is a terrific fellow, he would have to be for Dani to marry him.

    It happened at 4.00 am in the morning when these types of things are best for robbery or rape or both. I can imagine all Kim could think about was to protect his wife and children and good on him.

    I am chilled that there is no bail, that Dani and her kids dont have their husband and father with them, I hope she is ok and this will end well, but my thoughts are that Gunner wants a scalp. How come the coppers who killed that 19 year old in Darwin are not on remand?

    Kim and Dani dont have the resources to fight this, I doubt there is a union to help, so they need all the help others can provide.


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  45. I’m shocked Axe never bonked Siff in earlier shows. What a pusy.

    They swam together in the nude. But they mainly didn’t because he’s a better person then her fatr bastard of a hubbie.

    Does anyone have a view as to why the New York Times ran the story about the 50 intel liars where Times essentially called them liars and bullshitters.
    Why now?

    Long enough after Trump was cheated so nothing can be done, and long enough before the mid-terms so they can appear to have done their duty to report and it won’t colour their future lies.


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  46. From today’s AAP “Media Movements” newsletter (published twice weekly):

    Sky News Australia has hired Megyn Kelly, Nigel Farage and Douglas Murray as on-air and online contributors.


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  47. srr says:
    March 21, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    Those who insist on constantly giving Ukrainians the absurd false hope that they can win….

    ..
    Explain how that would work, SRR?
    How would anyone external to Ukraine be in a better position than the actual Ukrainians to know the situation in Ukraine?
    And if it’s the Ukrainians overrating their battlefield performance, then how is anyone else responsible?
    Why don’t we leave them to decide for themselves if and how they want to defend themselves? From an actual invasion.
    If the answer is “Yes” then propaganda goes along with that. Always has, always will. No country goes to war and doesn’t from the very first plan an information war to go along with the other hostilities.
    You’ll know how the war went after it’s all over. Maybe.
    Meanwhile, the inter webs are a mess of competing lies, and debate is broken after two years of Covid stupidity.
    I’ll take any outcome that dissuades or delays Xi from going at Taiwan.
    And as much as I love Taiwan, I could see how if Xi does go, many of the same arguments about Ukraine could be used on Taiwan to justify leaving her to her fate as the enemy propaganda ramps up over that one. No place on Earth is an absolute paragon of virtue.
    We might not like this current version of the globalised world order, but it’s still our world order.
    Under a Chinese co- prosperity sphere, our lives would be very cheap. And the same type of people we don’t like in charge now will still rule over us as collaborators.
    Maybe this will be the act that begins a great reversal.
    Maybe now they’ll see that you need energy security. That you need certain essential production within your own borders. That you need a degree of social cohesion. That they need the ordinary working man after all, and he has to be given meaning and freedom, family and outlet for the productive urges that all good men have.
    I’m seeing much more “Made in USA”, “Made in France”, “Made in Sweden” and “Made in Taiwan” in our tool shops.
    I even just bought a bathroom fan that was “Made in Ukraine”.
    What we want is our own little dictators to back off, wise up and ease down. Not for the foreign even worserer dictators to take over the world.
    No one story explains the last two years. Nothing fits completely. Anyone thinking they have a simple explanation for how the world went mad for two years straight hasn’t thought it all through.
    If Xi goes at Taiwan, and the US intervenes, and we fall in, then those shipping lanes we rely on close.
    If we don’t oppose it, then Xi has his first stepping off point down the Pacific wrapped up, and an even bigger proportion of the world’s industrial capacity, including silicon chip production.
    Ukraine matter. It matters to the Ukrainians, and it matters to us as a guide to how the coming war in our region will unfold.
    War is coming.
    Quicker than I have predicted.


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  48. I don’t understand how they are exploiting the system. Can you mansplain it for me please?

    Winnie, these students don’t for one minute truly believe that they’re cats. But they’ve been taught that a man identifying as a woman is a woman and don’t dare question that. So why not identify as a cat and make the woke mob toe the line?

    Can’t be challenged, unlimited attention and endless perks. Their teachers are fools and the kids are exploiting that.


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  49. KD he was shot in the house, which is not in the back running across the paddock in the dead of night. Kim would have to be a brilliant shot to pull that off, OR just unlucky .

    Thanks for your notes re bail etc and murder.


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  50. KD he was shot in the house, which is not in the back running across the paddock in the dead of night.

    Fair enough Helen. I hope the bloke gets bail on 31 March, for a start.


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  51. Arkybsays:
    March 21, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Arky Johnson is right. Raging against your chosen enemy’s propaganda on behalf of your side really does achieve nothing except a bit of a flag wave on your part. It’s like watching Cats and Pies fans swearing and flapping their scarves at each other on Match Day.

    But I agree that any outcome that forestalls the brewing Second Asia-Pacific War between China and all-comers is not a bad thing. Especially if it also leads to Sniffy and his handlers being tipped out and realists (even if they are still Deep Democrat State bastards) who actually believe in America and the West they grew up in reasserting control.

    In the meantime, watching the Nuffy brigade rally and then get nastier and more belt-fed this evening because their Thought Leader pulled a Johnny Farnham* has been, errr….interesting.

    * I swear this is gonna be the last time, peoples! Honest!


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  52. Yet in cattle duffing cases, the value is the sale price of the stock, not the cost.

    Maybe because natural increase doesn’t have a “cost” in an accounting sense, so you could argue that “at cost” you didn’t steal nuffink.


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  53. Maybe because natural increase doesn’t have a “cost” in an accounting sense, so you could argue that “at cost” you didn’t steal nuffink.

    It’s a funny one, coz livestock always has a book value.


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  54. Yet in cattle duffing cases, the value is the sale price of the stock, not the cost.

    Maybe because natural increase doesn’t have a “cost” in an accounting sense, so you could argue that “at cost” you didn’t steal nuffink.

    I’ve had the job of explaining to two high school students, dressed in their elder siblings police uniforms, as a joke, that, yes cattle and sheep stealing still goes on in rural Australia, and yes, I do want the thieving barstewards caught, give a fair trial and hanged in public.


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  55. Does anyone have a view as to why the New York Times ran the story about the 50 intel liars where Times essentially called them liars and bullshitters.
    Why now?

    Don’t know.
    But in a few months’ time they’ll be claiming that they courageously broke the story, and the rest of the MSM will join in the acclamation.
    Thus they’ll portray themselves during the midterm campaign as the “impartial” voice of truth.


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  56. Maybe because natural increase doesn’t have a “cost” in an accounting sense, so you could argue that “at cost” you didn’t steal nuffink.

    I think ‘bern and I were talking normal inventories of goods.
    Valuation of natural increase of livestock is a whole different thing.
    One thing is for sure.
    A day old calf is by no means ‘free’.
    And a yearling steer certainly isn’t.


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  57. Tim, Cronkers

    I don’t quite get it . How do they think they can away wit it because omission is also a lie. They can’t turn around easily and say oh, oh we reported on it almost 2 years later. The truth and bullshit gap is too wide.


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  58. How come the coppers who killed that 19 year old in Darwin are not on remand?

    I didn’t think the bloke was dead.

    This is the wannabe spearman, right?

    Six shots fired, dunno how many hit. The media have gone all quiet on it.

    Spearman’s name not mentioned, and is he charged?


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  59. Ben Roberts-Smith‘s alleged ’mistress’ prepares to face court
    Perry DuffinNCA NewsWire
    Mon, 21 March 2022 2:47P

    Ben Roberts-Smith‘s alleged mistress is expected to appear before the defamation trial of the century this week, where lawyers will quiz her on a turbulent relationship with the famed former soldier.

    Meanwhile, an SAS officer has told the court he knew it was wrong to speak to journalists to discredit Mr Roberts-Smith’s Victoria Cross award for bravery – but he did it anyway.

    Mr Roberts-Smith is suing Nine newspapers and journalists over a series of articles claiming he committed war crimes in Afghanistan, bullied other SAS soldiers and abused a woman they described as his “mistress”.

    The retired soldier denies every allegation.

    Nine claims Person 17, a lawyer who cannot be identified, dated Mr Roberts-Smith in late 2017 and 2018 while both were still married.

    Mr Roberts-Smith has told the court he was separated from his now ex-wife during his relationship with Person 17.

    The relationship was marred by mutual distrust and confrontations, the court has heard.

    Nine’s most damaging claim is that Mr Roberts-Smith struck Person 17 in the face after she drunkenly fell down some stairs at a ritzy party in Canberra.

    Mr Roberts-Smith told the court the fall is what injured the woman and he had stayed up all night caring for her.

    On another occasion, the court has heard, Person 17 told Mr Roberts-Smith she was pregnant with his child and they organised for her to have an abortion in Brisbane.

    Mr Roberts-Smith told the court he distrusted Person 17 and sent a private investigator to tail her to the clinic – and she emerged looking well.

    However, Person 17 met with him at a hotel minutes later, Mr Roberts-Smith said, and appeared frail and sick.

    Mr Roberts-Smith said he confronted Person 17 and she revealed she lied about the abortion – she had the procedure elsewhere.

    The relationship self-destructed in early 2018, he told the court, when Person 17 showed up at his marital home and revealed herself to Mr Roberts-Smith’s then wife and family.

    Person 17’s identity will not be revealed after she told the court, in an affidavit, that she feared people would harass her believing she was a “lying woman trying to bring down a war hero”.

    Her evidence will mark a significant change in the trial which has seen Mr Roberts-Smith face his accusers within the SAS for weeks.



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  60. In ‘Trooble at Mill’ breaking news here is the latest in Furniture Store shenanigans:-
    The Great Predictionator Faulty says …

    Fair enough.

    When this forum disappears in ten weeks time, along with all other such sites of dissent, be sure to write and thank Roberts, Hanson and Kelly for their unswerving defence of democracy.

    Time to watch some TV.

    NoFixedAddress (who set the place up) replies …

    So, you just enjoy hanging shit on people and can’t be bothered giving solutions!
    Come 12:am May 31, 2022 you will not have access to this site, according to you, so just to make sure I’ll ask the script monkeys to ban you on that USA date and time.
    Enjoy.

    Now NFA might be a cranky old nufty but credit where it is due.
    That is the best calling of a bluff I have seen in a while.
    Golf clap.


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  61. JCsays:

    March 21, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Tim, Cronkers

    I don’t quite get it

    It smacks of internal Dems manouvering.
    It just remains to be seen who gets to carry the can.
    Is it to nobble Hillary for good?
    To push President HairSniffer under the bus?
    Kill someone off before the mid-terms?
    Who knows?


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  62. Sanchez

    Back in 2020, a white robed Faultyverse was handing out exact dates for a stockmarket crash, which he suggested was going to be of historic proportions. It’s funny, because almost from the day he began to call an exactly dated crash, the bullmarket began (again) and took on a new life.

    What is it with him and these exactly dated predictions? Even the worst palm readers would tell you to stay away from (exact) “carbon dating” always go ambiguous with dates and shit. Another thing I don’t get this evening. 🙂

    I don’t the NYTimes pretending they carry the news and Faultyverse handing out exact dates.


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  63. Amid a storm of damaging headlines in mid-2018, Mr Roberts-Smith hit back at those soldiers calling them “cowards” who were tearing him down from the shadows.

    One of his most vehement critics within the SAS is a Warrant Officer Class Two known only as Person 7 who turned secret source for Nine.

    Person 7 told the court he shared multiple allegations against Mr Roberts-Smith, including claims of war crimes he did not witness and rumours about the elite soldier’s personal life and family.

    Some of the claims were just “petty, childish gossip”, he told Mr Roberts-Smith’s barrister, Arthur Moses SC.

    But, Person 7 told the court, he felt it was “a bit rich” for Mr Roberts-Smith to accuse him of cowardice and that motivated him to speak out.

    “Wasn’t it a bit rich for you to speak to a journalist anonymously to accuse your colleague of a war crime?” Mr Moses asked.

    “You could say it was a bit rich, I did the wrong thing and I knew I was doing the wrong thing… But I still did it,” the soldier responded.

    Person 7 had also cast doubt on Mr Roberts-Smith’s many commendations, including the prized Victoria Cross, the top military honour that thrust Mr Roberts-Smith into the national spotlight.

    The Victoria Cross was awarded to Mr Roberts-Smith after the legendary battle of Tizak, in 2010, in which he stormed a Taliban machine gun nest to save his mates.

    But Person 7 on Monday went line-by-line through Mr Roberts-Smith’s official commendation pointing out what he claims are “lies and embellishments”.

    According to the citation, and the official record, Mr Roberts-Smith’s SAS patrol was pinned down by heavy machine gun fire.

    Mr Roberts-Smith and a handful of other soldiers advanced on the machine guns, exposing themselves to near certain death to kill the Taliban militants.

    Person 7 told the court he wasn’t “brave enough” to be at the front of the assault on the gunners but he concluded Mr Roberts-Smith and another senior soldier had effectively stolen the glory of another SAS operator.

    “Are you suggesting Mr Roberts-Smith stole the credit that belonged to others in relation to the Victoria Cross citation?” Mr Moses asked.

    “I believe Mr Roberts-Smith and Person 5 may have done that, yes,” Person 7 said.

    “It’s a very serious allegation, yes, it’s a very serious thing to do.”

    Person 7 disputed multiple parts of the citation – everything from the size of the compound‘s walls to the distance Mr Roberts-Smith ran to the gunners.

    He told the court he heard Mr Roberts-Smith had thrown a grenade without removing its pin and one of the insurgents was unarmed.
    SAS Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith VC., MG., with the Australian Special Operations Task Group prepares to deploy to the Shah Wali Kot Offensive, Afghanistan, in June 2010. DEPT. OF DEFENCE IMAGE.
    Mr Roberts-Smith shortly before the 2010 battle of Tizak, where he would earn his Victoria Cross. Credit: News Corp Australia

    The soldier who had his glory allegedly stolen was an SAS operator known as Person 4, the court heard.

    Person 4, in his own evidence, told the court he became “bitter” that he did not get a Victoria Cross and claimed he had killed one of the machine gunners.

    He also told the court he witnessed Mr Roberts-Smith kick an unarmed Afghan down a cliff before the man was executed by another SAS soldier.

    Person 4 told the court he felt Person 7 and other anti-Roberts-Smith soldiers “manipulated” him to speak out against the Victoria Cross recipient using his bitterness about Tizak.

    If Ben Roberts Smith is successful in this action, what sort of future do some of these “witnesses” have in the military?


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  64. Six shots fired, dunno how many hit. The media have gone all quiet on it.

    Three hit him. The rest went into a concrete/render wall. Not great, but into a moving target with a handgun across a road, not terrible.

    Spearman’s name not mentioned, and is he charged?

    No names as he’s not charged yet (but apparently will be). Still in hospital, in ICU. Not guarded, and highly unlikely to be spearing anyone in future.


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  65. It smacks of internal Dems manouvering.
    It just remains to be seen who gets to carry the can.
    Is it to nobble Hillary for good?
    To push President HairSniffer under the bus?
    Kill someone off before the mid-terms?
    Who knows?

    Here’s another point though. The NYTimes fingered 50 fuckhead so called intel experts and essentially called them liars and cheats. In the future, who is ever going to lie again to cover demonrat corruption when the NYTimes will out their own allies? You’re not going to get another 50 dirtbags signing a bullshit letter for a long time after this.


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  66. JC.
    It also isn’t wise to predict blog Armageddon to a grumpy old blog owner who can pull the plug on you.
    Prepare for some Torvill and Dean standard backwards skating.


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  67. Ummmm , isn’t this a drone?

    In only three years, the Royal Australian Air Force’s revolutionary pilotless combat aircraft went from an idea to take to the sky.

    Now it has a name: the MQ-28A Ghost Bat, the first warplane in half a century to be designed and built in this country.

    As the prototype was wheeled out at Amberley air base west of Brisbane on Monday, Defence Minister Peter Dutton said fast-tracked development was what he wanted – and an increasingly perilous strategic outlook demanded – of defence acquisition … not decades to bring on new weapon systems but a time­frame whittled down to a handful of years.

    Instead of developing a drone from scratch, why not buy a few off the shelf?


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  68. I think ‘bern and I were talking normal inventories of goods.

    I see the valuation you were talking about.

    In the circumstances “Normal” valuation may not be the appropriate term. (If everything was “normal” nobody would be talking about it.)
    The actual value is a really grey area & depends which angle the valuation is coming from.
    Curiouser & curiouser.


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  69. This is extract from CBC Canada web page article from 18 March. Note the bit about saying Omicron is an escape variant and first two doses do little against it. Then goes on to say take the booster which is exactly the same.

    It is yet another example of how the medical experts are letting us down with their BS. Meanwhile our media simply does not seriously challenge the fact people are losing their jobs because don’t want to take a vaccine that clearly does not work against Omicron and for a virus that mainly affects the elderly with comorbidities.

    Had 2 not having a third.

    “Tam (CHO Canada) said all federal vaccine mandates are under review now because the science tells us the primary series of the COVID-19 vaccine — the first two doses — offers very little protection against the Omicron variant.

    While scientists and vaccine developers initially thought those first two shots would reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the emergence of new variants with different characteristics has upended that thinking, Tam said.

    Vaccine mandates were first pitched as a way to make some spaces safer by limiting entry to the vaccinated. But given what is now known about the primary series’ effectiveness against transmission, those policies are being reviewed, Tam said.

    “The game changer has been an Omicron variant, which is a vaccine-escape variant,” Tam said.

    “What we know is that, with the Omicron variant, having two doses — the protection against infection and further transmission goes really low. You really need a third dose to provide augmentation against transmission. All that should be taken into account as the federal government looks at the policies going forward.”

    While the first two doses do very little to stop someone from contracting COVID-19, Tam said they still offer some protection against severe outcomes like hospitalization and death.

    Boosters are critically important now, Tam says

    While Canada’s high vaccination rate has helped protect the country’s hospitals from being overwhelmed to the point of collapse during the Omicron wave, Tam said it’s critically important that more people get a booster dose — a third shot that is even more effective at keeping people out of hospital”.

    She said more people over the age of 50 need to get the booster to make Canada’s public health system more resilient as governments begin to lift COVID-19-related measures, such as limits on social gatherings and mask mandates”.

    Meanwhile CHO Qld not been heard from for a couple of weeks as more lose their jobs or can’t find new jobs.


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  70. Like a bat out of hell: pilotless combat aircraft takes flight

    Jamie Walker
    ASSOCIATE EDITOR
    @JamieWalkerOz
    2 hours ago March 21, 2022
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    In only three years, the Royal Australian Air Force’s revolutionary pilotless combat aircraft went from an idea to take to the sky.

    Now it has a name: the MQ-28A Ghost Bat, the first warplane in half a century to be designed and built in this country.

    I’m a bit out of touch with these matters – what was the last “warplane” designed and built in this country?


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  71. … what was the last “warplane” designed and built in this country?

    We’ll be on the same page here.
    The Boomerang. Though “half a century” is a bit wide of the mark.


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  72. Instead of developing a drone from scratch, why not buy a few off the shelf?

    It’ll mean we’ve the skillset here to manufacture them & alter design if circumstances call for it.
    If it all hits the fan, we (hopefully) will be able to churn out more, working from chookyards & back sheds if need be.


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  73. JCsays:
    March 21, 2022 at 11:38 pm
    Ummmm , isn’t this a drone?

    In only three years, the Royal Australian Air Force’s revolutionary pilotless combat aircraft went from an idea to take to the sky.

    Now it has a name: the MQ-28A Ghost Bat, the first warplane in half a century to be designed and built in this country.

    As the prototype was wheeled out at Amberley air base west of Brisbane on Monday, Defence Minister Peter Dutton said fast-tracked development was what he wanted – and an increasingly perilous strategic outlook demanded – of defence acquisition … not decades to bring on new weapon systems but a time­frame whittled down to a handful of years.

    Instead of developing a drone from scratch, why not buy a few off the shelf?

    Designed here by people working for a US contractor. It is just Uncle Sam spreading some money around. The drone is probably the final product of many prior prototypes.


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  74. CAC Sabre?

    We’ve built a few, design is another matter.
    AFAIK the Boomerang is the only one totally designed here. (Though the Wirraway may have been used as a starting point)


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  75. Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
    March 21, 2022 at 11:57 pm
    The Boomerang. Though “half a century” is a bit wide of the mark.

    CAC Sabre?

    The failed Nomad?


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  76. WA gun laws: McGowan Government to rewrite State’s legislation as shocking data reveals extent of ownership
    Peter Law
    The West Australian
    Mon, 21 March 2022 8:30PM

    WA’s outdated firearms laws will be completely rewritten by the McGowan Government, as shocking new maps reveal the true scale of gun ownership in suburban Perth.

    The maps — provided to The West Australian from the WA Police Force database — show how prolific the potentially lethal weapons have become in every corner of the city.

    Each green dot represents a house where a handgun – such as a revolver or pistol – is being stored, while the thousands of blue dots are for longarm guns like rifles and shotguns.

    The number of licenced guns in WA has soared from 218,765 in 2009 to 349,492 in January this year — an increase of 60 per cent in 13 years.

    Over the same time period, the number of WA residents who hold a gun licence has remained static at just over 89,000. This means, on average, each licence holder now has four guns.

    Police Minister Paul Papalia admitted to being “quite taken aback” by the sheer prevalence of guns in Perth when he first viewed the police maps, saying there was “barely a street in the State without a firearms licence holder”.

    No chance of overthrowing the McGowan regime by force of arms, then?


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  77. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupiditysays:
    March 22, 2022 at 12:12 am
    Nomad, lol. When you said “warplane”, I was thinking of an actual….. warplane.

    I think it was marketed as a military utility aircraft. What you are thinking of is something Pakistan(with China), India, Israel, China, Sweden, France, Japan, South Korea(with Indonesia an uncooperative partner), have built.

    We’re complete crap when it comes to original design. This stupid bloody country. Lose the manufacturing base and a whole lot of intellectual capital goes with it. We have been and remain so bloody stupid. A politician could never made those statements but it is high time someone in politics pointed out to Australians that we while do great on the sporting field in the intellectual field we are F for Fail.


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  78. Lose the manufacturing base and a whole lot of intellectual capital goes with it

    Thanks very much, Goof Whitlam and the Lima accord.

    Went on a river cruise, down the Murray River a few years ago. Went past the closed down Horwood Bagshaw factory on the way. Just about summed it all up.


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  79. WA’s outdated firearms laws will be completely rewritten by the McGowan Government, as shocking new maps reveal the true scale of gun ownership in suburban Perth.

    Question for this j’ismist Peter Law, who in my opinion is a flog, what is (a) shocking about the map, & (b) wtf is wrong with lotsa lotsa gun ownership?


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  80. What you are thinking of is something Pakistan(with China), India, Israel, China, Sweden, France, Japan, South Korea(with Indonesia an uncooperative partner), have built.

    I was thinking of the actual Nomad, which is about as much a warplane as a Dixie & KFS set is a “weapon of war”.
    (Though I see lotsa ppl to the north of us are using the Nomad, or something like it, in military use, perhaps to carry rations to patrols who got lost on exercise or something.)

    You’re not wrong though, for a start I was, Hahahaha, actually thinking of the Neptune.
    “Nomad” just didn’t register in the context of warplane.

    (Given the choice of a Nomad or a Nepture, I’m not sure which I’d least like to go to war in.)


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  81. Question for this j’ismist Peter Law, who in my opinion is a flog, what is (a) shocking about the map, & (b) wtf is wrong with lotsa lotsa gun ownership?

    Salvatore, don’t ask me how I know, but Perth coppers have been piZZing themselves for some time now, that lots of guns in the community, might (shock, horror) tempt the population into ( more shock, horror) taking the law into their own hands (end of the shock, horror, let the concentrated knicker wetting begin.


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  82. “The monitoring was from her own side, which didn’t trust her. Kitching, a Victorian Labor MP who died on March 10, complained that Labor colleague Tim Ayres had been placed on two parliamentary committees with her, one that monitored government administration and another on foreign affairs and defence policy. Ayers was also assigned to sit next to her in the second row of the Senate chamber.”
    Kitching believed Labor senator was ordered to monitor her afr paywalled


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  83. joint’s lost the plot
    it has become absurd

    A valid fear. Introspection seems to have been eschewed.
    Today was nothing but self-validation of the mocking of each other.

    My previous posted comment was intended to be a broad brush-stroke. The most vocal seem to have instead interpreted it as striving to be an exhaustive detailing of the ailments of this page and the shortcomings of each commentator, and pointed out their perceived gaps in the “report”, in similar manner as the recounting today of President Carter’s preoccupation with minutiae whilst simultaneously avoiding the macro.

    There certainly was no intention to imply Struth has not been the author of his own miring. However the mocking of him has become repetitive and in some cases infantile, continuing long past the point where it has any value.

    Regards having a Monty or Numbers, to play the role of foil. That does not advance discussion or encourage knowledge sharing.
    That style of surrounding and browbeating an alternative thinker is unbecoming of adults and should remain on ABC TV’s Q&A program.

    Numbers, to use his popular nickname, made unreadable every thread he occupied. To quote one of today’s commentators, Numbers was boring. It was the same worn out arguments and responses, for thread after thread.
    It was near impossible to lurk once he arrived in a thread. Any sane reader clicked over to another website, or perhaps another thread.
    Thankfully the old Catallaxy had many side threads which were eminently readable.
    That is not yet quite the case with new Catallaxy.

    Departures over the past few weeks aside, there have been quite some thoughtful, interesting commentators who have disappeared. No one commentator is key to the site’s success. Everybody here is dispensable.
    Sometimes culling is painful, though necessary.

    The fiery commentator JC’s propensity to use randomly assigned nicknames is not endearing or entertaining, it is in fact quite confusing, serving only to add a layer of incomprehension to his comments. On a site comprised of pseudonyms there is no leeway for a secret and random second language, known only to one person.

    His claims of never initiating a stoush seem a very good tongue-in-cheek display. Until the point where it become clear to even the most casual of observers that he believes it, and that his obsessive pursuit of those to whom he arbitrarily takes a dislike is not an act, instead being deadly serious.
    The nature of his propensity to harbour a multi-day obsession with almost any other commentator, over a random and unpredictable minor point, would in real life be chilling. Nor should it be taken lightly on this page.
    Loud proclamations are always made that someone is being pursued because they are “wrong”, when usually this is not the case.
    It is the domain of a severe narcissist to obtusely believe they are always right whilst others are always wrong.

    The obsession this person has with selected other commentators can only be described as insane.

    Normal people may not be interested in pushing through this type of headwind, to comment on what seems to be turning into an “insiders only” blog atmosphere.

    There is every likelihood such conduct has been turning off prospective commentators, driving away sensible commentators, and causing readers to drift away.

    Catallaxy is unique. It must not be allowed to wither so.


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  84. rosie says:
    March 22, 2022 at 4:55 am
    Posobiec on American volunteers going to Kiev, scroll down for photos of Gypsy women getting the Ukrainian treatment.

    Those not on Twitter can’t scroll down, they get blocked.

    You have to link to what you want people to see.


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  85. Ukraine Adopts WEF Proposals

    Posted Mar 17, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

    Zelensky has just signed into law the first steps of Schwab’s Great Reset. He announced he is introducing a Social Credit Application combining Universal Basic Income (UBI), a Digital Identity & a Vaccine Passport all within their Diia app. He also says that because so much money is coming into Ukraine as he has become an international celebrity, he has legalized cryptocurrencies in Ukraine. He will allow foreign and Ukrainian cryptocurrencies exchanges to operate legally, according to the country’s Ministry of Digital Transformation.

    [Crypto Announcement img]

    So far, he has taken in over $63 million in cryptocurrency donations.

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/war/ukraine-adopts-wef-proposals/
    ________________________________________

    Funny how the whole, ‘Crypto is the Dark Money of the Dark Web where there is Nothing you Can’t Buy’, has been memory holed just in time to sell crypto to every average Joe & Jane & Mum & Dad when their ‘support’ for the WEF’s whole new system of things also needs to be ‘bought’.


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  86. Neocon Plot to Overthrow Putin & Xi
    Posted Mar 21, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

    [img of Soros beating the anti-Xi & anti-Putin war drums; link below]

    This war has really nothing to do with Ukraine for this country has been used as cannon fodder to overthrow Putin – the second target in this New World Order. The first was the removal of Trump and the last will be the removal of Xi Jinping. This is a major effort to cause regime change in Russia. The sanction has been so outrageous that they are indeed an act of outright war. The strategy to remove all three has been in play and you can tell the very same tactics are used. They DEMONIZE the leader in order to defeat him and to cause people to hate him.

    In the case of Putin, they have been doing that in the United States when Hillary, a Neocon herself, manufactured the entire Russia Conspiracy that Putin interfered in the 2016 election. It was Hillary who allowed the bankers to intervene in the Russian 2000 election which backfired and Yeltsin turned to Putin once he discovered the plot.

    Video Player [Lindsey Graham link below]
    01:58

    Lindsey Graham is also a Neocon who has outright called for Russians to assassinate Putin. All we are getting now is propaganda pushing the agenda of regime change in Russia. The story being put out by Ukrainian Intelligence is that a group of Russian elites are allegedly now conspiring to overthrow Putin and “restore economic ties” with the West. They are posting this on Facebook post from the Chief Directorate of Intelligence for the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. This is clearly propaganda for if there was truly a plot, they would not be warning Putin. Instead, they are creating an imaginary plot in hope for forming one and to create discord in the politics of Russia. It is a ploy as old as history.

    Facebook has changed its guidelines to allow for the posting of violence against Russia and calling for the death of Putin. Zuckerberg is also one of these Young Global Leaders of the WEF. As many are praying, his stock should keep going down for the plots that have been hatched in Facebook.

    The Ukrainians are even naming Alexander Bortnikov, the Russian Director of the Federal Security Service and a member of Putin’s inner circle, as a successor to the president. They are seeking the conquest of Russia but forcing the people to rise up and overthrow their government because of the sanctions. Biden even threatened China according to the White House stating that serious “implications and consequences” will follow if Beijing decides to give material aid to Russia to support its war in Ukraine. The White House claimed that Biden laid out for Mr. Xi the punishments the United States will inflict upon China and it too would pay a similarly heavy price if it supported Putin.

    “He made clear what the implications and consequences would be if China provides material support to Russia as it conducts brutal attacks against Ukrainian cities and civilians,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Friday afternoon. She declined to say how Mr. Xi responded or give details on the costs the United States has threatened to impose on Beijing, as reported in the New York Times.

    China released the transcript of the phone call between Biden and Xi on Chinese state media. Xi expressed opposition to the broad sanctions the United States, European and Asian nations have imposed on Russia, warning they could trigger crises in the global economy. In this score, he is absolutely right. These very same tactics will be turned on China after they are finished with regime change in Russia. Xi referenced a Chinese saying, “Let he who tied the bell on the tiger take it off,” which is an idiom that the responsibility for solving a problem should fall on the person who created it. The transcript does not indicate that Xi would play a role in ending the war.

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a “turning point for the world,” arguing that a victory for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces would herald “a new age of intimidation.”

    We are looking at the beginning of World War III. In order to pull off this Great Reset, they needed to remove Trump, Putin, and Xi in hopes of then subordinating both China and Russia to the New World Order with the United Nations in control.

    [more links] https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/products_services/products/neocon-plot-to-overthrow-putin-xi/


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  87. Those not on Twitter can’t scroll down, they get blocked.

    I’m not on twitter, but had no problem scrolling down to the item, although I think it’s a beat up.
    Believe it not gypsies are notorious for appropriating property not belonging to them, to put it mildly, so they are treated just like other looters, nothing to do with ethnicity.


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  88. Twitter long ago started blocking people not on Twitter from seeing more than a couple or few Tweets from a link.

    This is to keep brainwashing Twits and keeping other’s views from asking the questions that snap Twits out of the propaganda they’re fed.

    So this doesn’t surprise me, not from rosie/notafan who long ago gave up her ever so pious Christian character and settled into her natural, mean spirited self –

    srr says:
    March 22, 2022 at 5:02 am

    rosie says:
    March 22, 2022 at 4:55 am
    Posobiec on American volunteers going to Kiev, scroll down for photos of Gypsy women getting the Ukrainian treatment.

    Those not on Twitter can’t scroll down, they get blocked.

    You have to link to what you want people to see.

    rosie says:
    March 22, 2022 at 5:21 am

    Funnily enough I don’t care if you can see it or not.

    So then Gabor, would you please post the link for those of us who Twitter does block?

    Gabor says:
    March 22, 2022 at 5:38 am

    Those not on Twitter can’t scroll down, they get blocked.

    I’m not on twitter, but had no problem scrolling down to the item, although I think it’s a beat up.
    Believe it not gypsies are notorious for appropriating property not belonging to them, to put it mildly, so they are treated just like other looters, nothing to do with ethnicity.



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  89. Thread 4:33 pm · 21 Mar 2022

    Gonzalo Lira @realGonzaloLira
    IMPORTANT

    A thread about civilians in Mariupol.

    I just got word from a Ukrainian acquaintance.

    Her parents and aunt and uncle were living in Mariupol (she was raised there but moved away for university).
    1/4

    She tells me that her family were shot at by Ukrainian Armed Forces on multiple occasions, which prevented them from leaving the city. She did not explain the circumstances of them being fired upon, but said that it had been more than once.
    2/4

    However, they said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces were losing, and had finally left their residential area, allowing them to flee to the Russians.

    The Russians fed them, and put them on transportation to Rostov (she didn’t say what sort of transportation).
    3/4

    They said the biggest deal was that the Russians gave them a lot of food, because they had been starving during the siege.

    This is actual testimony from a person whom I’ve known for some time, so I know that it’s not propaganda or nonsense—this is as real as it gets.
    4/4


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  90. ssr said

    would you please post the link for those of us who Twitter does block?

    How would I know that?
    But now that you mention it, you were booted off twitter as I recall, so that maybe the reason.
    Try a VPN?


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  91. Gabor says:
    March 22, 2022 at 6:24 am

    ssr said

    would you please post the link for those of us who Twitter does block?

    How would I know that?
    But now that you mention it, you were booted off twitter as I recall, so that maybe the reason.
    Try a VPN?

    So sorry, I misunderstood, here is the link I used, I assume it’s the same as what was posted.

    Apologies, ssr.


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  92. With reference JC’s comment last night “Why come clean on the Hunter Biden laptop now”.
    Who knows, but maybe it’s got something to do with Hunters tax evasion case.


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  93. Warning: Incoming rant:

    Thanks to the watchers and sharers on Catallaxy I saw/heard Lara Logan’s interview on Rumble about what was happening on the ground in the Russia/Ukraine contretemps garnished with a little history – what a gal she is fearless and it was truth bombs all the way.

    It all goes back to US interference:

    The corruption of the US great societal experiment established by its Founding Fathers with a Constitutional Republic as its crown has been utterly corrupted by small, soulless, immoral, venal, evil and power-hungry men and now women (Victoria Nuland and before her Madeline Albright and after her the head of that covenous(?) threesome Hillary Clinton) the destruction of the great USA is tragic for the people who honour and believe in the values expressed in their Constitution. (They say 200-300 years is the average for a civilisation, where are we now)

    The US it is no longer a beacon for the good but has latterly become a dim lantern lighting the way to Hell -it was good while it lasted – it is ever thus –

    God made humanity in his image but gave us free will and sadly it is the flawed, ill-disciplined and sinful who use that free will to do evil while the good stand by – of the 7 deadly sins hubristic pride is the worst -some poetry has always stayed with me – W. B Yeats The Second Coming‘s opening stanza is so prophetic of the tumultuous times in which we now live:

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre/ The falcon cannot hear the falconer;/Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;/Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,/ The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/ the ceremony if innocence is drowned/ The best lack all conviction, while the worst/ Are full of passionate intensity/

    The whole thing echoes the devastation in Europe written as it was just after the end of the First World War, riven by the Spanish flu (his pregnant wife almost died), the Bolsheviks began their murderous regime, hope was in scarce supply indeed.

    While the first stanza of T.S. Elliott’s The Hollow Men so perfectly describes the current corrupt, spineless and weak leadership in the declining, crumbling , irreligious, immoral West which is the reason we are in this spot. Looking at you Wobbleguts and the rest of the tuckers.

    We are the hollow men/We are the stuffed men/Leaning together/Headpiece filled
    with straw.Alas!/Our dried voices, when/ we whisper together/ Are quiet and meaningless/As wind in dry grass/Or rats’ feet over broken glass/In our dry cellar/
    (I can hear the faltering incohernt croaks of those evil corruptocrats Biden and Pelosi)

    Rant over/ too much coffee is way too much.


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  94. Gabor says:
    March 22, 2022 at 6:27 am
    […]
    So sorry, I misunderstood, here is the link I used, I assume it’s the same as what was posted.

    Apologies, ssr.

    Thanks but that was the same link rosie posted, not what she told us to scroll down to.

    And yeah, I don’t know why anyone still uses being banned by Facebook, Twitter & the rest of the Social Media Narrative Controlling platforms is a bad thing.

    Some of the very best follows are on that list, the sort of people who can get you banned for sharing their content. People such as Donald J. Trump, 45th President of The United States.


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  95. On the Ukrainian gypsies.

    Not on Twitter. You can sneak past the “block” if you have patience.

    There is talk that they were looters. Maybe. In a war, looters are generally shot on sight. Who the hell knows?


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  96. Tintarella di Luna says:
    March 22, 2022 at 6:59 am
    Warning: Incoming rant:

    Thanks to the watchers and sharers on Catallaxy I saw/heard Lara Logan’s interview on Rumble […]

    Yes it was good to listen to more than some short snippets posted elsewhere and actually see that she personally understands The Big Picture & isn’t simply putting out the latest talking points.


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  97. No matter what Biden says, he can not undo the time line around the firing of the Ukrainian prosecutor.

    I wonder when the NYT will get around to Biden’s daughter and her lost diary?
    Amazing how all this stuff we have discussed is being verified.
    As Tinta says: the corruption is breathtaking.


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  98. “multifloriate rose”

    You mean multifoliate rose? – in my interpretation I never thought about sex but that the multifoliate rose could be about hope and renewal which has so many different aspects


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  99. Tinta, the moment in November 2020 that the vast election corruption became apparent, I opined that the US had lost all moral authority in world affairs. Two months later, that view was cemented by the Capital protests.

    No amount of “revelations” by the media and backpedaling by politicians will change that. It’s like respect – once it’s lost it can never be regained. The house of cards has fallen.

    Where to from here?


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  100. “It all goes back to US interference:”

    Yes. And note that not one MSM outlet in Australia* (or anywhere in the West for that matter) has seriously analysed/discussed this critical contributing cause to the Ukraine conflict.

    It’s probably been said here before but just imagine for a moment if China, Russia or Iran was using Mexico as a proxy to cause instability on the US’s borders and in the US itself, you don’t think that a US administration would not take measures, including military, to curb this interference?

    * The only remotely serious look at what else could have caused the invasion of Ukraine was two weeks ago on Sky when Cory Bernardi dared to mention US interference in Ukraine over the last eight years. Since then, nothing, nada, zip, zilch, zero serious commentary on why Russia invaded. It’s just hysterical commentary such as……..Wussia evil and Putin is the new Hitler (he’s no such thing) and he should be assassinated from the likes of Andrew Blot.

    It’s a joke…except none of this is funny.


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  101. Bramston being upset in the Oz this morning. Looks like Kitching was not going to be pre-selected again:

    Penny Wong and Kristina Keneally have repudiated multiple media reports, including my column on this page last Tuesday (“Kitching didn’t deserve to be treated so poorly”, 15/3), that chronicled the systematic isolation and exclusion of Kitching in the Senate.

    Are Wong and Keneally implying that these articles have been made up?

    Wong told Chris Uhlmann on Nine’s Weekend Today on Sunday that Kitching was not bullied or isolated by her Senate colleagues and, moreover, those saying she was lacked “common decency”.

    Keneally, interviewed by Kieran Gilbert on Sky News’ Afternoon Agenda last Tuesday, said that my “assertions” were “not true”.

    The journalists who have raised how Kitching felt based on conversations they had with her or with others span the media spectrum and include Andrew Probyn (ABC), Rob Harris (The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age), Samantha Maiden (news.com.au) and Sharri Markson (The Australian/Sky News).

    Last Friday Wong, Keneally and Katy Gallagher issued an extraordinary statement saying “the allegations of bullying are untrue” and “other assertions” are also “similarly inaccurate”. The statement says their priority has been concern for Kitching’s family and loved ones, and they have not responded “out of respect for them”.

    The problem with this statement, apart from being so coldly calculating, is that Kitching’s closest friends and her parliamentary and party colleagues have been raising how she felt and the stress she was under.

    They are in no doubt – absolutely no doubt – that this pressure worsened any underlying health issues she had.

    Kitching told me herself about how she was being treated by Labor’s Senate leadership team, as she did other journalists. We know it to be true because we heard it from her.

    There has been no pushback from Kitching’s friends, family or colleagues about this reporting.

    It only adds to their grief to hear it said that it is not true or now is not the time to mention these matters.

    Shorten acknowledged that Kitching was under pressure at the time of her death. He was well aware of the discussions over her preselection.

    “I have no doubt that the stress of politics in the machinations in the back rooms had its toll,” he said. “Stress is like invisible coats of paint. It’s got to be having an impact. And she was greatly stressed.”

    The day before she died, senior Victorian Labor Right faction leaders held a Zoom meeting to discuss the Senate preselection. All lower house preselections in Victoria have been finalised.

    That meeting did not endorse Kitching’s preselection and said the matter would be referred to the national executive, where the Left faction holds a majority.

    The Plumbers Union’s Earl Setches was at the meeting. He has spoken about the impact of that meeting on Kitching’s state of mind.

    “You’ve lost your job, publicly humiliated going through that whole process,” he said. “Of course, there were other health issues, but Christ it would have been enormous stress and strain on her.”

    The most devastating attack on Kitching’s Labor colleagues has come from her friend, Health Workers Union secretary Diana Asmar, in an article for the Herald Sun on Saturday.

    Asmar, who was also on that Zoom meeting and well aware of how Kitching was treated by her Senate colleagues, wrote that she was certain “the workplace bullying” had “significantly worsened her health”.

    Wong has acknowledged personally denigrating Kitching in front of colleagues when she said during an internal debate on climate change in 2019: “Well, if you had children, you might understand why there is a climate emergency.”

    Wong disputes the words but not the substance of what she said. And she did not apologise until it was made public.

    Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles, like Wong and Keneally, said it had not been the right time to discuss these matters so soon after Kitching’s death.

    But they have declined to say, repeatedly, when the right time is. Is now the right time, given her funeral was held on Monday?

    Marles has his own questions to answer, which he has so far ducked and weaved.

    Marles is a leading figure in the Victorian Labor Right faction. Kitching reportedly raised how she was treated with Marles at a meeting last year.

    How did he respond? Labor leader Anthony Albanese says he was not aware of Kitching feeling bullied and isolated.

    The only way forward for Labor is to announce an independent inquiry into how Kitching was treated by her party colleagues.

    This will allow her family, friends, staff and colleagues to come forward and report what they know.

    Asmar said she was writing to Labor’s national executive about how Kitching was treated by “Labor’s leadership group”.

    But this is a leadership test for Albanese. Labor has rightly lashed the Coalition for how it has handled issues of sexual harassment and assault, and bullying, in its ranks.

    For Labor to not act decisively when it concerns one of its own is hypocritical. Albanese should initiate an inquiry. Kitching is owed nothing less.


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  102. It’s probably been said here before but just imagine for a moment if China, Russia or Iran was using Mexico as a proxy to cause instability on the US’s borders and in the US itself, you don’t think that a US administration would not take measures, including military, to curb this interference?

    Yes I have said as much to family members while explaining a bit of recent history vis a vis the Minsk agreement/the Maidan revolution (the revolution of dignity – ha!) – they know none of it at all sadly, my family’s consumption of MSM is rotting their brains —

    Indeed Cassie I use exactly this case in point — anyone remember the Cuban missile crisis? JFK wasn’t having any of it.


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  103. I had to look a couple of times at Alexopolous this morning. In the end, the swim goggles gave it away.

    Same, same Knuckle Dragger – then “dingggg!’


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  104. “Police located the body of a male person who was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.”
    The house is located about 30km south of Katherine near the Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park.

    30kms for Katherine and he doesn’t have a backhoe?


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  105. ” I opined that the US had lost all moral authority in world affairs.”

    It isn’t just the US…it’s the West. And this has been my argument for the last four weeks. I don’t like Putin or the invasion but I feel such tepidness and emptiness about defending the West now that I can no longer do it. As far as I’m concerned, there’s little to save. It isn’t even the West of twenty years ago. Now this is a microcosm of what has contributed to this moral rot but when we have a full bodied male swimmer, with penis and testicles, who simply “identifies” as a woman (so he’s given a free pass) and who parades his genitalia around in a women’s change room, making the other young females uncomfortable, then goes out and swims against biological women and thrashes them…..and yet an audience applauds HIM and the MSM (including so called conservative publications) all refer to HIM as SHE/HER, it’s beyond rot…..a society is finished.

    Everyday we are being gaslighted and lied to…but you know what’s worse? We’re being encouraged and told to lie. I don’t know about others but I will not.

    Bit by bit the West is falling….it’s near rock bottom.


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  106. The house of cards has fallen.

    I was re-reading a longish piece about the Fall of Constantinople last night. Not the Crusader fall of 1204, the biggest and last at the hands of Mehmet II in 1453.

    1500 years. Gone, and for reasons over time that seem plainly obvious to the reader but (I would imagine) seem almost indiscernible to someone living through it. The US is a much shorter, much brighter flame in comparison, and is likely to burn out much quicker.


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  107. Same, Tinta. Conversation just yesterday with another stitcher and bitcher – she knew nothing about ongoing US interference in Ukraine and the web of corruption. It was all black and white – Ukraine holy, Russia evil.

    ABC viewer, naturally.

    On Kitching:

    We know it to be true because we heard it from her.

    Wait! What? A reporter getting information from a primary source? How about that!

    Looks like everyone knew about the toxic culture in Labor but no one was game to talk about it. It took a death to unseal their lips and typing fingers. Funny how the “wymmyn problems” always involve conservative politicians until they don’t.


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  108. So much for no mendacious trolling.
    Srr’s constant personal abuse, claiming among other things that I am pro abortion and profit from the abortion industry gives me zero inclination to follow her orders.


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  109. Looks like Kitching was not going to be pre-selected again:

    Yes Top Ender – One of Kimberley Kitching’s good friends Diana Asmar (Health Service Union) tweeted about this and said on the drive home from hearing that she was not to be pre-selected her ‘beautiful heart’ gave up.


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  110. And yes Gabor having travelled extensively in Europe I’m well aware of gypsies and their reputation but that doesn’t mean that one can assume caught red handed looting.


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  111. “Departures over the past few weeks aside, there have been quite some thoughtful, interesting commentators who have disappeared. No one commentator is key to the site’s success. Everybody here is dispensable.
    Sometimes culling is painful, though necessary.”

    Firstly, who has disappeared? Struth melodramatically went and returned, in the space of forty-eight hours. I guess that’s why we like him.

    Secondly, I wouldn’t describe Struth, who’s long been known to have a hissy fit or two as “thoughtful and interesting”, his Covid ranting over the last two years has been anything but “thoughtful and interesting”. With Struth it’s either his way or no way and that ain’t very “thoughtful”.

    Thirdly, your statement “culling is painful, though necessary“….so you want people smited? Who do you have in mind? Do you have a list, like any good totalitarian censor?


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  112. What’s with randoms dropping in to complain about the quality of the discourse?
    Don’t like the entertainment here, the internet is a house of many rooms.


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  113. Cardinal George Pell has given a wide-ranging interview to The Spectator’s Holy Smoke podcast in which he criticises the Vatican’s 2018 deal with Beijing and especially the secrecy surrounding it.

    While affirming his loyalty to Pope Francis, Pell also makes clear his unhappiness with the sudden move last year to restrict celebrations of the traditional Latin Mass. And so on. 19 mins

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast/-i-don-t-think-we-ve-gained-anything-cardinal-pell-on-the-vatican-and-china


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  114. “Top Endersays:
    March 22, 2022 at 7:43 am”

    Thanks TE for that. As Mark Latham said the other day n Sky, if Wonk had any decency, she’d resign.

    As evidence of their behaviour, last night Andrew Bolt also showed what Senator Linda Reynolds endured last year at a senate hearing at the hands of two of those evil nasty witches….Wonk and Gallagher. I was shocked at the unhinged aggression from Wonk and Gallagher. Reynolds would have received more compassion and decency from Macbeth’s witches.


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  115. With reference JC’s comment last night “Why come clean on the Hunter Biden laptop now”.

    The Post should actually keep tabs and report on how the Grey Old Catlady tries to spin this and pounce on each piece of false narrative building as it emerges.

    Make sure the topic remains the dereliction of the Progressive Press.


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  116. Been commenting on the Cat(s) for over 10 years now. People come and go. When they come back, they always get a warm welcome from me (unless it’s a new name, I can never pick them).

    If you want change, achieve it through your own comments. If you dislike on-line abuse, never abuse others, if you can’t bear pile-ons, don’t join them, if you find a subject distasteful, write something entertaining about something different.

    Don’t be like those demonstrators yesterday, piling up all that flood waste and whinging about no one helping clean it up. Instead…help clean it up.


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  117. Someone I know is helping in flood clean up in an official capacity.
    They are getting thankyous but zero offers of assistance.
    That’s how it is.


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  118. This morning when discussing the Covid death of a 2 year old, Norman Swan claimed that treating doctors had the right to use “off label” early treatment medication to treat Covid.

    Try telling that to doctors such as Dr Mark Hobart who was disbarred for prescribing Ivermectin & had his clients’ records confiscated!


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  119. Old School Conservative says:
    March 22, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Exhibit A in the “write something entertaining”.

    That made me laugh so loud it startled the birds.


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  120. JC

    Instead of developing a drone from scratch, why not buy a few off the shelf?

    Australia has some history of developing drones. We had the Jindivik aerial target drone (around 360 built, lots of sales), and the Ikara anti-submarine drone, which flew out to the rough position of the target and dropped a homing torpedo.


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  121. Speaking as a lurker who has lurked here, lurkingly, for many years (some contiguous), I just want to say that it is sad to see how this once august blog has been degraded by regular commenters commenting.

    I think the blog owner, [insert name here], can only redeem this blog by handing over content wholesale to blow-ins from another site who are unable to attract visitors – so their voices can be heard!
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  122. who has disappeared?

    Excellent question.

    culling is painful, though necessary

    Necessary for who? For people who contribute nothing – nothing – to the forum but who pop up once every so often to complain about the free entertainment?

    It’s an analogy used before but accurate. It’s like someone rocking up to somebody else’s house every six months, demanding the occupant move the couches around in the lounge room, and would it kill you to put a feature wall in? before pissing off.

    Or the late-night talkback radio callers who moan about the timings of Carols by Candlelight on TV every year because it doesn’t fit their bedtime, and/or to agitate for the return of Denis Walter.


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  123. Everyday we are being gaslighted and lied to…but you know what’s worse? We’re being encouraged and told to lie. I don’t know about others but I will not.

    Cassie exactly what Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn exhorts every individual to do:

    “You can resolve to live your life with integrity. Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.”



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  124. calli says:
    March 22, 2022 at 7:15 am
    On the Ukrainian gypsies.

    Not on Twitter. You can sneak past the “block” if you have patience.

    There is talk that they were looters. Maybe. In a war, looters are generally shot on sight. Who the hell knows?

    Yep, Govt gave orders to shoot ‘looters’ on sight, plenty of videos showed them doing just that, or rather shooting anyone they saw and felt like shooting.

    Gabor says:
    March 22, 2022 at 7:11 am
    ssr
    OK got it not familiar with twitter, never use it and hardly ever follow links to it.
    This is the closer link,
    hope it works.

    Yep, that’s it not ‘looters’ who get shot, it’s evidence of what I kept trying to explain to Cassie and others; that I’m personally in more danger of the eugenics obsessed thugs running the world right now because I tick far more of their “Unpersoned” boxes, including my father’s Slav Gypsy phenotype, like the tortured women in those images.

    @majesstticc
    Replying to @JackPosobiec

    2022 . Europe ! Usual ,
    Ukrainian Lviv Nazism. Now about ethnicity. The photographs show representatives of the Gypsy diaspora.
    https://mobile.twitter.com/majesstticc/status/1505965125769080833


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  125. Further to what I say above, it anything represents the demise and inevitable collapse of the West it is this whole perverted nonsense that is transgenderism. A woman in the UK, spending time in a supposedly female hospital ward, claims she was raped by a male. The NHS authorities told her that was impossible as it was a female only ward, for months the woman has been pleading for justice and an investigation. It now turns out that the “female only ward” included a transgender “female”…which means that it was a male who simply identifies as a woman and thus, in our ludicrous woke times, was placed in a female only ward….to sexually harass and rape women. So the NSH is quite happy to cover up an alleged rape because the alleged perpetrator is a “transwoman”.

    Clown world…..except that none of this is funny.


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  126. rosie says:
    March 22, 2022 at 5:21 am
    Funnily enough I don’t care if you can see it or not.

    Well that one had me scratching my head.
    It appears you posted something for us to see but you don’t care if we can see it or not.


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  127. Letter to the Editor:

    Dear Sir,

    As someone who has received correspondence from Target for over forty years, I ask the question – why, oh why oh why are all the children pictured in the catalogues smiling?

    They should have a sombre expression, conveying the message that they are serious about embarking on their working lives in as little as ten years from now. Also, the colours of the clothes they wear are too bright and festive.

    It’s no wonder this country is going to hell in a handbasket when children in this day and age appear in my free glossy pamphlets looking like they have not a care in the world.

    I strongly suggest that whoever is responsible for producing my free catalogues take a good hard look at themselves, and lift their game. Don’t start me on the shiftless layabouts delivering them, and that I see through my lounge room window. At anywhere from 9.44 a.m. to as late as 3.12 p.m., mind, which is another thing I am less than impressed with.

    Yours sincerely,

    Enraged from Hampton


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  128. One of Kimberley Kitching’s good friends Diana Asmar (Health Service Union)

    I can understand why folks would take Diana’s words as gospel .. her appearance at the RC was on par with Kitching’s .. another “bruvva” who was well compensated for her testimony (HSU leadership)!


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  129. The solution is clear.

    There needs to be a third assignment of wards, loos, fitting rooms and other binary facilities to protect females physically and psychologically, and cater to the mental deficiencies of certain men.

    Add a “trans” room. Fixed.


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  130. I’m personally in more danger of the eugenics obsessed thugs running the world right now because I tick far more of their “Unpersoned” boxes, including my father’s Slav Gypsy phenotype

    Black helicopters full of lizards will be overhead in ten minutes. Better get to the Survival Room.


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  131. Meanwhile deadly Dumbicron rampages unchecked through entire populations.

    Five is the magic number that will save us all!

    Fourth ‘Spring’ Jab Offered to Britons, Health Secretary Hints at FIFTH Jab (21 Mar)

    Javid is not the first government official to hint at the possibility of a fifth vaccination, however.

    During an interview with American broadcaster NBC, the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, Dr Anthony Fauci, noted that it was “entirely conceivable” that additional boosters will be needed to fight off COVID.

    This is as crazy as the mad qwerty stuff. When will the human race come to its senses?


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  132. Australia has some history of developing drones. We had the Jindivik aerial target drone (around 360 built, lots of sales), and the Ikara anti-submarine drone, which flew out to the rough position of the target and dropped a homing torpedo.

    And there was Gillard.


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  133. Don’t be like those demonstrators yesterday, piling up all that flood waste and whinging about no one helping clean it up. Instead…help clean it up.

    Better still, don’t live where it floods frequently because the land was cheap.


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  134. It appears that the citizens of Ukraine are only 30% vaccinated. Dear, dear – the western Covidians don’t know quite how to respond as they accept the refugees:
    This, from this morning’s substack of eugyppius:

    Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Public Radio) notices that Ukrainian refugees are overwhelmingly unvaccinated:

    Only about a third of Ukrainians have been vaccinated against Corona, in part with vaccines that are unapproved in the EU. The low vaccination rate could cause problems in the refugee centres. The city of Nürnberg, for example, has set up three gymnasiums to accommodate 600 people, where many must share a small space. …

    Anyone who wants to can receive a vaccination a few hundred metres away … free of charge for Ukrainian refugees.

    “Unfortunately, we’re finding that the refugees aren’t exactly snatching the vaccines out of our hands,” says Nürnberg Mayor Marcus König.

    “Many new arrivals are very worried about ‘forced vaccinations’,” adds Thomas Jung, Mayor of Fürth. He says you have to approach the topic with sensitivity. …?

    It’s has been months of overt coercion to accept vaccination from politicians and the press here in the Federal Republic of Germany. Months of social exclusion and jeopardised careers and all the rest of it. Nobody has given the slightest thought to “sensitivity.” Why is that now appropriate for unvaccinated refugees?

    Jung explains that city officials pressed a Ukrainian doctor into service, to begin preaching the Gospel of Vaccination to refugees last Friday. It’s rare, because the West is so totalising, but every now and then you get an idea of what it must be like to look into this funhouse from the outside. You flee a war-zone and end up sleeping on the floor of some repurposed gym, while the locals scheme madly about how to inject you with their latest mRNA tech.



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  135. Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
    March 22, 2022 at 12:17 am
    WA gun laws: McGowan Government to rewrite State’s legislation as shocking data reveals extent of ownership
    Peter Law
    The West Australian
    Mon, 21 March 2022 8:30PM

    WA’s outdated firearms laws will be completely rewritten by the McGowan Government, as shocking new maps reveal the true scale of gun ownership in suburban Perth.

    The maps — provided to The West Australian from the WA Police Force database — show how prolific the potentially lethal weapons have become in every corner of the city.

    What’s the trend with gun crimes?
    Oh, sorry, stupid irrelevant question. Do carry on.


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  136. For Labor to not act decisively when it concerns one of its own is hypocritical. Albanese should initiate an inquiry.

    He probably should.
    The playbook says: appoint a safe ‘independent’ (say, a soft-Left retired QC) to head the inquiry, with a time line to deliver a report in (say) July – and then loudly demand everyone respect the process because Kimberly and STFU.

    But I hope they elect to stew in the issue.


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  137. Spot on Knuckles. What I like about the Flash Cat is the varied takes by commenters on the same subject, giving a perspective not reached by just reading a post. Also the differing backgrounds of commenters, most of whom have or are still contributing to our country. We are all biased in some way otherwise we wander round aimlessly. I never expect others to see things the way I do, all I hope is they may consider a differing point of view even if rejecting it as it tempers their own view.


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  138. We know it to be true because we heard it from her.
    Wait! What? A reporter getting information from a primary source? How about that!

    Im sure Kitching wouldn’t background the media because her casual vacancy as a mate of the (now deposed) Peanut Head was coming to an end.


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  139. Surprise, surprise! All those PCR tests were picking up false COVID positives it now appears. Just maybe….many (not all!) were the influenza, or just common old colds, as we suspected:

    The Lancet Respiratory Medicine: Role of Exosomes in False-Positive Covid-19 PCR Tests

    “We find that PCR testing data for the second and following wavesof COVID-19 pandemic indicate that these waves are mainly artefactsof false-positive results.”

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355972541_The_Lancet_Respiratory_Medicine_Role_of_exosomes_in_false-positive_covid-19_PCR_tests

    And what of the accuracy of RAT tests????


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  140. Eyrie, another time honoured solution to flooding – raise your house on stilts. You can always pick the flood areas by the old houses built so.

    Raft slabs are just that. In some areas paddles should be included in the purchase price.


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  141. I know Latho said Penny Wong should do the decent thing and resign, but lets be honest – politicians always respond to their opponents misdeeds by demanding they resign.

    And particularly in the case of people like Wong decency is a nicely worded press release, not something you feel.

    But you might insist that, at the very least, and if only going through the motions of decency (without comprehension or conviction) she at least admits to it.


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