Open Thread – Wednesday 23 Mar 2022


Ophelia, John Everett Millais, 1851/52

1,772 responses to “Open Thread – Wednesday 23 Mar 2022”

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  1. calli Avatar
    calli

    Whoops! Someone’s reeling! I knew it!

  2. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    overweight with CBD properties valued on juicy annual rental increases

    yr not right but, yr not wrong either.

    premium valuations for the most part, are based on yield.

    what is happening is that tenants are vacating or shrinking
    cost of cap-ex is going up
    cost of outgoings is going up

    serious pressure on yields
    as if they weren’t bad enough already

    about the only thing putting lift under valuations is institutional investors like consolidated Super who are gobbling up distressed but over-priced assets with everybody’s retirement money

    something’s gonna give eventually

    the city is a slum or soon will be.

    its a shit-hole because we have local and state govts with shit-holification policies.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Bruce, you are about to enter a world of pain.

    ‘Way beyond that Pogria! Just back from a walk I do most days when I feel like it. I take food, which makes exercise more interesting. Several magpies come swooping down usually at points along the route and today I had a cockie watching me handing out bread to some noisy miners in the middle of the street. The noisies are graduates of the Cafe assembly line who’ve moved away. Cockie wasn’t sure, but then two more noisies arrived, accepting bread bits. So then cockie comes over and takes a bit of bread too. They are intelligent enough to work out motives from watching how someone interacts with another creature.

    The best moment of the walk was when a peewee landed on my hat. That was about half a k from home. He’d been booted recently from the Cafe by two other peewees, but has now established himself in a territory at the far end of my street. He collected a bit of mince and flew off to enjoy it.

  4. Old bloke Avatar
    Old bloke

    Rex Anger says:
    March 25, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    As such, Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra’s trams are all vanity projects that will eventually have to be torn up and replaced with their original rail and bus services once again.

    I remember when the Sydney trams stopped running and all the lines were pulled up, they were a traffic hazard particularly if you were on a motorbike.

    The Canberra tram is a stupid idea, the rail service used to run from Queanbeyan to Canberra city (Garema Place is where the Canberra railway station was), with stops at Kingston, Russell and Reid on the way. That could have been extended through Belconnen to Yass to connect with the Sydney-Melbourne line, trams are a waste of money.

  5. srr Avatar
    srr

    Dot says:
    March 25, 2022 at 9:35 am
    srr

    Go and see a doctor if you have an ongoing injury and you are unsatisfied with the treatment received from other health professionals.

    This will also help any legal claim you have. You cannot give professional opinions as evidence in court.

    Dot, I’ve been seeing my doctor twice a week since it happened, which I just did again this afternoon.

    Another new nurse, also aghast at what wasn’t done at the hospital, but I am on the mend (poor nurse cringed when she saw the state of it, then was shocked to see the photo of how much worse it was 4 days ago), and I’m happy with that for now.

    My doctor’s been photographing it at each visit, I have my family to testify that I’ve been following doctor’s orders, so if it goes backward & lose my foot I’d have damages that may be worth the extra hell of going to law against medicos, if I also ‘called up a favour’, because that’s the only way to beat that mob.

  6. srr Avatar
    srr

    Dr Faustus says:
    March 25, 2022 at 10:12 am

    Ben Roberts-Smith […]

    So, hearsay about hearsay.
    Is this a new standard being set?

    Sadly, depending on who went to Law against who for what, that ‘standard’ was set long ago.

    It’s one of the reason’s I don’t take problems to Law.

  7. areff Avatar
    areff

    No, JC. I avoid the CBD like the plague, as do all sensible people these days.

  8. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    if you can get a parking spot the cost per metred hour is ruinous. Private parking — as much as $50 for two hours — is ruinous.

    https://www.sro.vic.gov.au/car-parks

    I know one building where they cut the number of carparks in half to reduce the levy from about $8M/yr to &4M/yr

    Melb council required that they install cyclone wire fencing to make it ‘permanent’

  9. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    Aspiring rapper?

    A crime-linked Sydney rapper has attacked another controversial music group, OneFour, in his latest song, sparking fears a feud could erupt between the rival groups.

    Ali Younes, who goes by the rap name “Ay Huncho”, was arrested on December 16 as part of a major crackdown by NSW Police on the alleged workings of the Alameddine and Hamzy clans – whose bloody war has been running rampant across Sydney’s west for almost 18 months. After spending the summer in jail, he was released on bail in February.

  10. areff Avatar
    areff

    The airport used to have a row of clocks showing the time in London, New York, Paris and… Hobart.

    Once you’ve seen the Cat and Fiddle clock, nothing else compares

  11. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Hastie not helping BRS.

  12. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    I presume the rail line into the canbra cbd was removed when the started the fake lake.

  13. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Hastie not helping BRS.

    Hastie is just telling the truth.
    Is there anyone in the SAS that doesn’t despise Roberts-Smith?
    If there is, he hasn’t come forward yet.

  14. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Drove the length of Collins St early this morning and I couldn’t help thinking how much Melbourne has declined. Still quite nice at the “Parisian” end.

  15. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    Sometimes though people can live with stuff stuck in them.

    William Rooke Creswell, the naval officer who eventually pretty much founded the RAN, got shot in an anti-piracy raid, from memory in SE Asia.

    The hit was from a .577 Snider bullet, again from memory. Was somewhere not too crucial and as the medicos couldn’t get it out safely, they left it there. He carried it around for the rest of his days.

  16. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    So the ‘tards mooing and lowing over “you can fit 100 bikes in the space taken up by ten cars” seem to be missing the vital factor.
    I ride 7 days a week being retired and trips range from 50kms to 150kms a day out in western Sydney (Fairfield/Parramatta/Liverpool/Blacktown) and, to be honest, I could count on my fingers how many other cyclists I see in a week & that includes on bike tracks .. During the lockdown(s) this increased by 10 to 20 times but now things are going back to normal they all seem to have disappeared back to whatever they were doing/using originally …

  17. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Spencer St end is turning into the Elizabeth/Flinders tram terminus.

  18. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Because nowhere in Oz has trams. Well, that place, of course…but not the special ones we want.

    Brisbane had trams.

    Then Clem Jones went to LA on a Fulbright around the time they were closing their streetcar system and saw the future. It didn’t include urban passenger light rail but focused on the automobile. There’s something to be said for that, provided roads keep up with population.

  19. dover0beach Avatar

    Areff, have you headed south on St. Kilda road out of the city? St Kilda road, without exaggeration, would have to have been one of the most beautiful and comfortable boulevards of any city in the world.

    Yep, used to love catching the tram up St Kilda Rd from home back in the 80s. The tree-lined boulevard up from Glenhuntly Rd through Ripponlea, Balaclava, then St Kilda was beautiful, with houses to match. The second half up through Prahran and South Yarra had become commercial by then but you could still see some of the mansions that once lined this half of the boulevard.

  20. Helen Avatar
    Helen

    I cant get givesendgo to open, has anyone heard if they are being attacked by bad actors again?

  21. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Hastie is just telling the truth.

    You keep fucking that donut donut.

  22. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Since when did not wearing a uniform in combat situations offer you any protection under “warfare” rules?

    Goatherders and farmers don’t wear uniforms, dickhead.

  23. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    ‘We made a total mistake’: Jack Dorsey questioned over Hunter Biden censorship

    Dorsey doesn’t look like a member of The Taliban by accident.

  24. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    I’m not sure if it’s just road, but I think there’s now a straight run by railroad from Beijing to Europe. Do you know?

    Correct. Europe to China via Kazakhstan.

    https://www.sinoeurorailway.com/service/china-to-europe-railway

  25. Diogenes Avatar
    Diogenes

    guy from Qld Education Dept both said their Departments were now into taking their booster shots. Not a choice

    Nothing official has come down from Queensland Education.
    My contract has been extended next term as the refusenik I am replacing has been stood down for another term.

  26. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    You have a similar network of Chinese-funded roads along that way, but the road transit may be somewhat slower.

  27. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    town planners

    When you’re too dumb to get into sports administration.

  28. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    The climateers want people to ride electric bikes. No surprise that. But despite ebikes not needing licenses and despite their being quite cheap I don’t see many when out on treadly myself. Sometimes one or two. They’re split between two types of people. Very elderly, who can’t do a standard treadly, and ferals who’ve clearly lost their car licenses.

    At least with the ferals their ebikes aren’t those filthy petrol ones they used to ride, that’s an improvement.

  29. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Goatherders and farmers don’t wear uniforms, dickhead.

    Point missed, Grigory.

    From 2008 onwards under the Obama Government, as the US pivoted towards Afghanistan (being a more ‘palatable’ war for the woke), the convergence of legalism and woke ideology steadily eroded military morale and combat capability by rendering the rules of engagement all but impossible, incentivising captured enemy by letting them go free to kill again (Catch-and-release) and aggressively prosecuting, railroading and jailing anyone who was even said to have transgressed. This was the era of the Biden 4 debacle, and more.

    This second Afghanistan campaign was not only the most tightly scrutinised, surveilled and micromanaged conflict in human history to date, it also, in my opinion shows the first instance of a national power going to war and then going to the very limits of its abilities to deliberately lose it. Short of physically opening fire on its own troops…

  30. dover0beach Avatar

    I’m not against a city or town designed around walking and PT but that is only going to work in a space that has medium-density apartments/ townhouses and. Getting around NYC for dinner in PT was never a problem and if you couldn’t be bothered using it to get home or to someone else’s place you got an Uber. But Melbourne is not that city.

    I would, however, like to see something like that tried in a regional town. Three/ four-story townhouses and five/ six story apartments adjacent to the retail/ commercial centre.

  31. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    Brisbane had trams.

    Would’ve been nice to still be able to stroll up to Old Cleveland Rd
    and catch a tram to the Gabba for the Lions.

  32. Dot Avatar

    srr

    Does Vicco have an ‘Elf Ombudsman?

  33. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Would’ve been nice to still be able to stroll up to Old Cleveland Rd
    and catch a tram to the Gabba for the Lions.

    Or the cricket.

    Although the bus service on OCR was decent enough.

    I just missed out on the trams but the tracks were still in situ.

    A stop or two inbound and you’d go past Clem’s bungalow.

  34. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canberra_railway_station

    It looks like the Canberra Railway Station has only ever been at Kingston since 1924, sadly.

    And gosh, that 1966 rebuild hasn’t aged well. Then again, most Brutalist structures don’t…

  35. Helen Avatar
    Helen

    Dettol is actually necrotic in that it kills cells so best not to use inside anything, fine for cleansing outside. Inside, better off with bettadine. I found out the hard way, killing a foal by cleaning its barbed wire wounds inside its hind legs with Dettol. Active ingredient in dettol is chloroxylenol, a phenol, which is corrosive and necrotic to tissue.

    Pivodine ointment or bettadine or iodine is fine.

  36. dover0beach Avatar

    IT was right, Melbourne had (still does) some of the most beautiful suburbs. I used to live for a few years near Central Park in Malvern. Tree-lined streets, gorgeous Victorian, Edwardian, Queen Anne, and Californian houses. Taking a walk through the streets was always a visual feast. I hope that area of Melbourne never changes, but it will.

  37. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    shatterzzzsays:
    March 25, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    They are a pest down my way so i’t my melancholy duty to declar war on you.

  38. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    It’s just amazing how bad Woodrow Wilson was.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/03/the-haters-guide-to-woodrow-wilson/

    It’s even more amazing how his racist, luddite behaviour began 4 years after Teddy, not 40 years before.

  39. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    i’t my melancholy duty to declar war on you

    Did you discuss your convoy plan with all your drivers beforehand?

    And have you nobbled every tractor within a forty-mile radius of your intended route? 😉

    Graders v. cyclists. Nasty…

  40. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    It no coverage but an Obama appointed judge tossed an case against Amazon this week.
    The FTC brought a poorly put together case.
    Everyone knew it would fall at the first hurdle.
    As if the Biden administration is going to do anything that will penalise one of his biggest supporters.
    What a swamp.

  41. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    Tossed an anti-trust case against Amazon.

  42. jupes Avatar
    jupes

    Hastie not helping BRS.

    All he is contributing is scuttlebutt. Reckons he doesn’t want to be there but was subpoenaed. Well, why did they want him to testify unless he had been talking to the press. Fuckwit.

  43. Winston Smith Avatar

    Corrupt Politicians Are to Blame for Massive Inflation – The Increasing Price of Oil is Leading to an Emerging “Inflation Bomb”

  44. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    It’s even more amazing how his racist, luddite behaviour began 4 years after Teddy, not 40 years before.

    A hipster Obama. In before it was fashionable.

    Teddy Roosevelt, by comparison to both of them, was an utter badass.

  45. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    Who’da thunk the Ruskis are the go to guys for Brisbane trams/

  46. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    The Increasing Price of Oil is Leading to an Emerging “Inflation Bomb”

    Where the US goes, we follow.

    In the supermarket I’m noticing price increases of 10% within a week.

  47. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Who’da thunk the Ruskis are the go to guys for Brisbane trams/

    Order one before they’re banned!

  48. areff Avatar
    areff

    Keep your eyes on the eagles’ Jack Darling against the Shinboners. He didn’t want the vax but eventually gave in and was jabbed in mid January. Booster in late February (presumably) means he’s right in the zone for exertion-related heart trouble.

    Christian charity recommends the hope that he suffers no ill effects. The growing incidence of ticker troubles in fit young folk says otherwise.

  49. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Order one before they’re banned!

    Or a Ukranian collector rolls up with his model tractor and tow-rope and says “mine!”

  50. Winston Smith Avatar

    Net Zero Watch:
    Multiple stories on the effect of the Green anti business movement.

  51. areff Avatar
    areff

    Who’da thunk the Ruskis are the go to guys for Brisbane trams

    Also the go-to guys for getting into all sorts of trouble when pissed as 40 czars under the Queensland sun. A very funny story:

    https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2018/01-02/vladimir-petrov-surfers-paradise/

  52. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Hastie is an arsehole.

    Why else would he have moved into politics?

  53. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    Hastie whether we like it or not is telling the truth about the “incentivising”. I had heard about this from a Special Forces guy with multiple Afghan tours probably 3/4 years ago when the stories were coming up in newspaper articles.

    The SAS guys risking their lives to pick up targets who are released a few days later. Then in some cases tasked again and find it is same guy picked up before. They know what is going to happen if goes back to base again and so, allegedly, take the appropriate / inappropriate action depending on your viewpoint.

    You know who never gets mentioned in any of the inquiries or in this defamation case? The Intelligence guys who gave SF the briefings and allocated targets. As Jupes said the ADF higher ups were happy to let the situation go and were culpable. Based on what Hastie is saying there is no way the SAS/SF command and Task Force HQ did not know what was going on. Plus there was a lot of drone activity watching from above although obviously not captured every incident. You can bet if it did it was destroyed. Did the Bereton inquiry look into whether incidents or suspicions were recorded by senior NCO’s or officers and past up the line ? Inconvenient as some of those commanders have gone on to become top leaders in the Army and have the medals to show for it.

    Then you have the other factor that the SF guys were seriously overworked and rotating through Afghanistan at much higher rates than they were supposed to. This is because they bore the brunt of the fighting even though there were infantry and others deployed in larger numbers. One of the main witnesses against BRS clearly had psychological issues before being deployed and yet he went up again.

    The SAS guys like BRS took out the trash and constantly risked their lives whilst pretty much every senior officer got a medal for “leadership” just for appearing in the country.

    If somebody said to me I had to pick a team to go overseas on a dangerous combat mission BRS would be top of the list. Note I have no military experience. Plus of course he is a big unit and good for hiding behind if bullets start flying.

    Personally I hope BRS is not found guilty of anything at the end if he ever faces a criminal trial. It was a shitty war with the other side not playing by the rules and most of the time hard to know if a local was Taliban or not.

    “SAS officer turned MP Andrew Hastie warned top military brass that Australian troops were “incentivised” to execute detained Afghans because the suspected Taliban insurgents were being released within days of capture, a court has heard”

  54. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Ed Casesays:
    March 25, 2022 at 6:42 pm
    Since when did not wearing a uniform in combat situations offer you any protection under “warfare” rules?

    Goatherders and farmers don’t wear uniforms, dickhead.

    Sa, low energy.

    Dick Ed, QC, LLB, High Court associate, is unaware of changes dating back to the 1990s. Under those changes, people like those “goatherders and farmers” are required to wear a visible identifying uniform or insignia, to distinguish them from genuine goatherders and farmers, if they want to receive the protection of the Geneva Conventions.

  55. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    Order one before they’re banned!

    Looking at the prices, one of Peter Faberge’s descendants
    hand carves them from platinum ingots.

  56. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    Diogenes,

    Have never met the guy before. The way he said he was from Education Qld suggested to me he was admin type in a Govt office and not a teacher.

    Last night I mentioned a relief teacher saying she was happy with all the extra work. I will ask her if word come down to her about booster as she gets called to different schools. She was supposed to go on a camp today and she was one of main organisers. Tested positive for Covid yesterday !

    “Nothing official has come down from Queensland Education”.

  57. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    lotocotisays:
    March 25, 2022 at 7:23 pm
    Who’da thunk the Ruskis are the go to guys for Brisbane trams/

    That door ahead of the front bogies was a problem. The bogies swung out as the tram went around corners. People who didn’t want to walk back from the official stop would hop out that door at the corner. The occasional one would stumble on the tracks, and go under the bogies. Much delay would ensue.

  58. Winston Smith Avatar

    Dover Beach:

    I would, however, like to see something like that tried in a regional town. Three/ four-story townhouses and five/ six story apartments adjacent to the retail/ commercial centre.

    Sounds like a somewhat less developed version of Todos Santos from Oath of Fealty.

  59. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    March 25, 2022 at 6:06 pm
    Our town planners went to Europe and saw trams.

    Ha ha.
    I said that on our recent trip to Canbra.
    “Someone has been to Brussels.”

  60. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I blew the whistle on VC hero Ben Roberts-Smith, says Andrew Hastie
    Ben Packham
    FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENCE CORRESPONDENT
    @bennpackham
    5 minutes ago March 25, 2022

    Assistant Defence Minister ­Andrew Hastie has outed himself as a source for articles alleging Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith is a war criminal, ­revealing he suspected by 2013 that the decorated soldier had been involved in executing ­Afghan prisoners.

    The federal Liberal MP and former SAS captain told the Federal Court on Friday that there were persistent rumours within the Special Air Service Regiment that Mr Roberts-Smith kicked an Afghan prisoner off a cliff in 2012, and he believed he may have ­ordered a subordinate to kill an unarmed prisoner the same year.

    Mr Hastie, an SAS captain for five years before he stood for parliament, said he spoke informally to his commanders in 2012 about alleged war crimes by the SASR in Afghanistan, amid rumours and “a gut feeling that something wasn’t right”.

    But said he did not have enough evidence at the time to make a formal complaint about any individual, warning instead a policy to release suspected Taliban members “incentivises killing rather than capturing”.

    Mr Hastie said he had spoken on and off the record about war-crime allegations to Nine journalists Nick McKenzie and Chris Masters, and had “probably” passed on rumours Mr Roberts-Smith had committed war crimes.

    But he rejected suggestions by Mr Roberts-Smith’s barrister, ­Arthur Moses SC, that he had provided them with information to secure “favourable” coverage for himself as a politician.

  61. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    Thanks for the article Zulu.

    If he was a Captain then it suggests he was telling a Major at least and you would think a Lt COL. Does not indicate if he raised issues in Afghanistan or back in Perth.

    Either way the whole thing is a disaster for the SAS in terms of morale and reputation and backstabbing each other.

  62. Thefrollickingmole Avatar
    Thefrollickingmole

    So Hastie knew the rules of engagement were bound to lead to repeat prisoners ( id’ed by intelligence as bombers/ Talibs) being removed permanently.

    Then goes on to brief a journo on “ stuff he heard”.
    And is apparently comfortable with no repercussions for the mongs who set the catch and release policies.

    What a turd

  63. Diogenes Avatar
    Diogenes

    Last night I mentioned a relief teacher saying she was happy with all the extra work. I will ask her if word come down to her about booster as she gets called

    I have been fielding calls with offers of contracts since this term began and, today, Murphy struck, after agreeing to the extension, I was offered a job in my teaching area, 15 minutes from home, as opposed to the hour drive and I don’t have any classes in my area.

    The DP HR was making noises that they would like me to stay on all year, even if only as guaranteed relief teacher.

  64. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    Todos Santos from Oath of Fealty.
    Liked the bit about the diving board on the roof with the sign “Think of it as evolution in action”.

  65. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Either way the whole thing is a disaster for the SAS in terms of morale and reputation and backstabbing each other.

    Hastie is a fucking snake.

  66. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    Far out. West Coast will be missing 12 players with the ‘rona on Sunday. TWELVE. Only 17 listed players are available, which means some top up players will be making their debut who haven’t even trained with the team or met the coach.

    McClownshow has done a great job protecting WA.

  67. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    areffsays:
    March 25, 2022 at 6:27 pm
    No, JC. I avoid the CBD like the plague, as do all sensible people these days.

    That grinning idiot Sally Capp on the news every night with a plan to “revive the CBD”.
    Almost invariably shit people don’t want or are indifferent about at best.
    Bike lanes, street art (i.e. graffiti), a zip line over the Yarra, e-scooters, you name it.
    One idea which has evaded all of them for some reason … CLEAN THE FUCKING PLACE UP.
    Chockers full of junkies and beggars, which is going to improve no end when they open an injecting room in Flinders St.
    Just a little example. On two trips into the city I have seen three separate examples of toothless mongs just walking out into traffic against a red light, and going off their nut if anyone tells them to get off the road.

  68. srr Avatar
    srr

    Ignore Facts and Stick To Your Beliefs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z7T4iPtyHY

    Mar 25, 2022
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    33K subscribers

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    Watch the full interview with Dr Debbie Garratt: https://discernable.io/dr-debbie-garratt-manipulated-by-covid-19-messaging/

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  69. jupes Avatar
    jupes

    Assistant Defence Minister ­Andrew Hastie has outed himself as a source for articles alleging Victoria Cross winner Ben Roberts-Smith is a war criminal, ­revealing he suspected by 2013 that the decorated soldier had been involved in executing ­Afghan prisoners.

    Wow. The creep runs to the press because he “suspected” wrongdoing. Just wow. The mystique of the SAS blown by a junior officer. For what? To suck up to the press in order to further his political career? Stupid and venal.

  70. Old bloke Avatar
    Old bloke

    miltonf says:
    March 25, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    I presume the rail line into the canbra cbd was removed when the started the fake lake.

    No Milton, it was closed quite a few years before they started to fill the lake. The line ran from Kingston over a causeway raised above the Molongo floodplain, then over a wooden trestle bridge over the Molongo River somewhere between Russell and Duntroon.

    The bridge was washed away sometime early in Canberra’s history one year when the Molongo River flooded and it was never replaced. That’s why the railway terminates at the Kingston station these days.

  71. Diogenes Avatar
    Diogenes

    Hastie is a fucking snake.

    Back when I was still playing soldiers in the ARes, I would have trusted any of the SAS cadre with my life,OTOH the ex SAS officers, I wouldn’t trust as far as I trust any politician.

    It looks like things have changed for the former, and not at all for the latter.

  72. Megan Avatar
    Megan

    Andrew Hastie’s reputation is now in the toilet as far as I’m concerned. He is perfectly situated as the biggest and most despicable snake in the snake pit that is masquerading as our government.

  73. Megan Avatar
    Megan

    Areff, have you headed south on St. Kilda road out of the city? St Kilda road, without exaggeration, would have to have been one of the most beautiful and comfortable boulevards of any city in the world.

    Same with Royal Parade at the other end back in the day. The RMH and Melbourne University have bought everything in their way and with the assistance of council turned it into a sinkhole of mediocrity.

  74. Bar Beach Swimmer Avatar
    Bar Beach Swimmer

    From 7 news (I made a search because of cohenite’s link and found this from the 18/11/21)

    Perth politician and Australia’s assistant defence minister Andrew Hastie has revealed he’s being paid a gift by Nine.

    He’s listed the media organisation as providing the gift of legal advice and representation, as Nine and the member for Canning fight defamation claims linked to a covert recording.

    Hastie has revealed on his parliamentary register of interests, “gifts in relation to a future legal proceeding to be heard in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, legal advice and representation is being provided by the Nine group of companies.”

    Watch the latest News on Channel 7 or stream for free on 7plus >>

    The “proceedings” are a defamation fight ignited over two stories run by Nine News masthead WA Today.

    At the heart of the case is a recording of a meeting at the Subiaco Hotel between businessman Greg Poland and three others.

    Poland’s lawyers allege it was made illegally, and distributed by Hastie to former WA Today journalist Nathan Hondros in a breach of the WA Surveillance Devices Act.

    The legal team also argue that a 22-minute call the day before the first article was published, inferred Hastie may have had some control of the article.

    When the Member for Canning was named in the action in August he said he was “not intimidated.”

    “One of the enduring lessons that I’ve taken from Afghanistan and I know many other veterans share the same view, and it’s this – weakness is provocative,” he said.

    “So I’m not intimidated by this legal action, I’m proud of my service as a federal member for Canning.

    “I’ve fought for my community, I’ve fought for my country.

    “And so I welcome a thorough forensic searching and expansive examination of the plaintiff’s claim in open court.”

    No comment
    On Wednesday Hastie’s office issued a statement saying, “as this matter is before the courts, Mr Hastie is not going to comment.”

    “He has always stood by his conviction that elected government officials and their appointees should behave transparently and in the interests of the community, not themselves,” the statement read.

    “Mr Hastie has complied with all requirements in disclosing his legal representation to the Prime Minister and to the parliament.”

    Nine wouldn’t comment on the payments when contacted on Wednesday.

    But 7NEWS understands they plan to cover the costs of Hastie’s legal fees as the litigation plays out in court.

    There’s no dollar amount on the legal support because it’s not yet clear how long the trial run.

    There are questions as to why Nine is footing the Perth politician’s legal costs when he’s appearing as a defence witness in the media company’s own defamation trial.

  75. srr Avatar
    srr

    🙂 Mister Understatement, you know you have to give some more reason to click than your feather light little tease here 😉 –

    custard says:
    March 25, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    https://thenationalpulse.com/2022/03/24/biden-linked-company-partnered-with-ukraine-biolabs/

    Could be significant.

    Not only significant, it’s times like this I wish we could post images here – anyway, custard’s link above begins like this –

    “EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden Bio Firm Partnered With Ukrainian Researchers ‘Isolating Deadly Pathogens’ Using Funds From Obama’s Defense Department.

    The U.S. President’s son was instrumental in funding a firm conducting pathogen and anthrax research in Ukrainian biolabs.

    by Natalie Winters
    Raheem J. Kassam
    March 24, 2022″

    – then gets really juicy!

  76. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    “Think of it as evolution in action”

    We need more Nivens and Pournelles.
    Now I’m going to have to read all the Known Space stories again.
    Then King David’s Spaceship.

  77. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    Not sure if anybody mentioned before but The Daily Wire have created their own brand of razors in response to being dumped by a razor company, Harry’s Razors, over comments made by one of their guys.

    Check out on YouTube

    Jeremy’s Razors – the greatest commercial ever made.

    Jeremy is Jeremy Boreland boss of Daily Wire and the ad is brilliant. Involves a sports car, hot babes and an Elon Musk flamethrower and is an ad against woke corporations including Gillette. When Jeremy goes into his office one of his staff goes to high five him and he rejects it. That is Michael Knowles who made the comments complained about.

    For further background the latest Tim Pool podcast features Jeremy with more background to the ad and why got into the razor business. Interesting to hear DW turns over US$120m a year. The actual footage that was complained about was not even a DW clip but a Praeger U clip with Constance Owens. Harry’s dropped DW due to some woke nerd complaining.

    Harry must be regretting going woke as the commercial has had 5 million views in 2 days and takes a big swipe at Harry’s. Harry’s sales will be taking a hit.

  78. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    Col. Douglas Macgregor:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXmIT6JW9pM

    Thanks to mh from the polite Cat.

  79. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    Hastie is so hopelessly compromised he can’t remain in a decision making capacity.
    Luckily he’ll be in opposition shortly.

  80. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    We need more Nivens and Pournelles.
    Unfortunately Lrry is pretty old and Jerry’s gig is in Murphy’s Hall nowadays.

  81. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    Sorry, Larry not lrry..
    As for Murphy’s Hall, old (1970) Poul and Karen Anderson story. Look it up, worthwhile. Dark and frightening when you look round today.

  82. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    The Brits really are a sad bunch of bastards you know.

  83. srr Avatar
    srr

    feelthebern says:
    March 25, 2022 at 12:45 pm
    From the AFR.

    Australians opening TikTok in the run-up to the federal election will be directed to check or update their enrolment status after the popular social media app committed to removing damaging political misinformation.

    While the major parties put finishing touches on their campaign pitches to voters, TikTok will on Friday release an in-app election guide, supported by the Australian Electoral Commission.

    How about they spend more time on cleaning up electoral roles & making sure activists aren’t voting multiple times.
    _______________________________

    Because our Electoral Commissions (Fed & States), are as filthy as $#@!, which means they not only install who is to be installed, but even better for our enemies within, who the mobsters inflict on us keep average Aussies bitching and fighting with each other instead of the mobsters.

    Seriously, even, especially at the various cats, you think of how many attack people both for “who they elected”, and for daring to suggest that our EC’s are screwing us over.

    It always has to be ‘the voters fault’, never the crooked bastards everyone bitches about being filthy crooked all the rest of the time.

  84. Old bloke Avatar
    Old bloke

    Rex Anger says:
    March 25, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canberra_railway_station

    It looks like the Canberra Railway Station has only ever been at Kingston since 1924, sadly.

    And gosh, that 1966 rebuild hasn’t aged well. Then again, most Brutalist structures don’t…

    Up to 1923 the train terminated at Garema Place in the CBD, then it went to the marshaling yards in Braddon, just to the north of the CBD. The bridge over the Molongo was washed away in July 1922 and from then on all rail services terminate in Kingston.

    Why does the Sydney-Canberra train stop in Kingston and not the CBD?

  85. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    The Climate Sceptics Blog which was a library of information about AGW and ruinables was closed down by an offshoot of google. With Liddell slated for closure this no longer available article on Liddell explains why this is such a stupid decision:

    In digging around for ‘Energy Crisis’ data, I contacted the former Chairman of Macquarie Power, Evan Rees, whom I have known for many years, looking for some best evidence on Liddell Power Station. As a result, Evan provided the response to my question below, that provides some very interesting, but disturbing information:

    Here is Evan’s email to me on 14th October 2017:

    Hi John
    As you know I was Chairman of Bayswater and Liddell power stations from 1996 till 2008. During this time we spent millions on up grading facilities to ensure that their life was extended and we also did a study on building a third plant called Bayswater 2 . The govt. did not strip maintenance funds from us. We had a $300M per year, depreciation figure which we used to enhance the future continuation of the business. In fact the treasurers both Michael Egan and Michael Costa were very supportive to us improving the business.

    In 1996 the biggest problem facing Liddell was their control systems. These were replaced with a DCS system over two years.

    This system was state of the art and good for another at least 20 years. We spent some $30M on this and there is not a plant in Australia that has a more modern system. We went from 4 control offices to one.

    Next we upgraded the Dust Collection system to the best standard.

    In approx.. 2002 we upgraded the 4 X 500Mw turbines with new state of the art Turbines that paid for themselves with efficiencies.

    From memory we increased them to 6ooMw and improved efficiency by 7 %. Which is a lot in this type of equipment. This production improvement and coal saving per Mw produced gave us something like a 5 year payback. Again with regular care and maintenance [R&M ] this plant could last 20 to 25 years.

    The boilers are a different problem they are old but again we tackled the main problem areas. Boilers by nature are self-destructive and require costly and regular attention.

    However what we did we re-engineered many of the regular trouble spots such as Ash-handling, Ash-pumps, water treatment so these areas had the best gear available.

    Boilers did have some internal changes to reduce repair costs.

    In my opinion if you had the WILL to keep this plant running it can be done. The cost is easily off-set by current power prices. We had this plant making handsome profits with a dispatch price of $27 / Mwh.

    Today’s dispatch price is in excess of $ 100/Mwh.

    Added other plant to reduce costs of production for Bayswater and Liddell and make provision for a new ” Clean Coal Plant ” of 2000 Mw with the following additions.

    To ensure that the plants were Drought Proof we increased pumping capacity at the cost of $60M
    To ensure that increased coal demands in the future and reduce current day costs we put in a coal unloader that could take the largest of Coal Trains at a cost of $100M
    Started two new coal mines to provide ample coal into the future. I believe AGL is aiming to sell this coal to an exporter and so make millions of profit. At the time of sale these contract between buying and selling were worth in the order of $3 Bill.
    The new ” Clean Coal ” station was to be on existing land held by our company. It would be what we call a ” Brown Fields ” site . This site had Geo-Tech testing and approved. EPA provisionally approved the air quality. So all the major impediments had been covered. On a dispatch figure of $30/ MWh and allowed to run at full performance 24 X 7 Hrs it had an investor return of 30% ROI. The idea is that you would run the new more efficient plant to full capacity and flex the older plants like Liddell.

    John, I believe that the management of AGL are conspiring to close coal fired plant to make power cost go much higher and improve their personal wellbeing. One of the Power Engineers did a brief estimate of how many Wind Turbines are required to replace Liddell’s Power capacity. He said if you placed all the turbines in the most favourable place for breeze ie on the coast then if you put them starting at Sydney North Head and inland as far as Strathfield. You would need to extend the field as far as Byron Bay. The shear cost of the Turbines and the subsidy will send Australia broke.

    Regards Evan

    Evan has confirmed that I can use this information and he is happy to confirm his statements.

    When Macquarie handed over Liddell to AGL, we had a plant at Liddell with an estimated life of 20-25 years that was delivering to the Grid at $27 – $30/MWh and providing in the order of 30% Return on Investment.

    AGL is now being paid >$100MWh despatched to the grid that must provide a financially viable and profitable operation, so they are obviously not operating Liddell at a loss.

    To suggest Liddell has reached the end of its life by 2022 is obviously untrue and therefore, there must be a reason other than lack of plant profit generating capacity to justify its early closure.

    If AGL is exploiting energy market opportunities to gain highly elevated income by its unnecessary but deliberate restriction of supply to the grid from a plant that could efficiently and profitably delivered higher output, in order to obtain an elevated despatch price to the grid to the consumers’ major financial penalty, would AGL be in legal breach of the Trade Practices Act ?
    If so, what can be done to correct this Restrictive Trade Practice ?

  86. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    We need more Nivens and Pournelles.

    Even ten years ago, an adaption of The Legacy of Heorot would’ve been a blast.
    These days, only the alphabet people would be unaffected by hibernation instability.

  87. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    The media is softening the photos of that swimmer bloke; his dick still sticks out though:

    https://www.breitbart.com/sports/2022/03/24/photog-blasts0nbc-softening-pics-lia-thomas-more-feminine-look/

  88. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    Even ten years ago, an adaption of The Legacy of Heorot would’ve been a blast.

    Grendels on speed. Shudder.

  89. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    If AGL is exploiting energy market opportunities to gain highly elevated income by its unnecessary but deliberate restriction of supply to the grid from a plant that could efficiently and profitably delivered higher output, in order to obtain an elevated despatch price to the grid to the consumers’ major financial penalty, would AGL be in legal breach of the Trade Practices Act ?

    AGL is protected by the need to spend a decent chunk of capital ($500m+) on the Liddell boilers to give the joint another 10 years beyond 2022.

    The spend would return a ball-tearing ROI. But not as much as a crop of subsidised windmills and batteries employed to game the market.

    The ACCC has no power to make anyone spend investment capital to achieve a market outcome.

  90. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Trivia:

    Today is the six month anniversary of the hilarious Bosi speech to a magistrate over the phone, that turned out to be less of a speech and more what happens when you pull into your driveway with the missus and she’s on the screech about something or other, and you get out and shut the car door with her still inside.

    His (unheard by the beak) ‘six days to repent or esle’ has evolved into 180+ days and counting.

    Compared to now, Bosi was 100% sane and leveled out when he made those remarks.

  91. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    The Brits really are a sad bunch of bastards you know.

    Matt Lucas is.
    Peter Kaye is fucking hilarious.

  92. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Jerry’s gig is in Murphy’s Hall nowadays

    He went out in a way any SF guy should.
    I was reading his blog, he went to a SF con.
    Came back saying he felt unwell, with flu.
    Died blogging to the end. Well done sir!
    Vale.

    David Weber then stepped in with Jerry’s son Phillip to complete the fourth novel in the Janissaries series from Jerry’s extensive writings, which became a fine story and an excellent epitaph.

  93. srr Avatar
    srr

    Oh johanna, how badly do you miss bitching WITH Lizzie, first you turn others into her, then you try turning me into … sign …

    johanna says:
    March 25, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    That the wound was not opened, cleaned & stitched on the night, was beyond odd, but as I was already exhausted and under the influence of a lot of pain killers by the time a doctor saw me I wasn’t in a state to argue.

    Anyone with basic First Aid, or even any of millions of people who know the basics of wound care, would have known to wash it out thoroughly and throw in some diluted Dettol. If the hospital didn’t do it, why didn’t you or those around you?

    This story is up there with the tentpegs.

    First bit of the first aid was trying to staunch the blood that was pumping out into the air like something from a horror movie, second bit was onto the ambos, taking their instruction while waiting for them, third was getting me into the ambulance where the ambo undid my DiL’s excellent job of bandaging to have blood piss all over the place again, quickly wash over the surface & bandage it back up.

    It was about 9 hours before I got to see a doctor, by which time I was doped to the nines and just happy to see a doctor.

    We called the ambos knowing it had to be Opened Up, Cleaned Out and Stitched.
    That the doctor didn’t do that but ordered a rebandaging because the blood was trying to clot by then, is the main complaint I have.

    Not prescribing antibiotics was another major concern.

    I was sent away made to believe it wasn’t that bad, just a script for a few days of pain killers and to just have my doctor see it in 4 to 7 days.

    If I had have waited the 7 days the untreated infection would have likely killed me.

    I mentioned this in relation to all the other stories of people missing out on appropriate medical care because of the Wu Flu BS.

    I’m only one of countless who’ve suffered due to all the Covid BS leaving hospitals terribly understaffed & overworked, one of the lucky ones because I was not killed by it, thank God.

  94. srr Avatar
    srr

    “Indolent says:
    March 25, 2022 at 3:15 pm
    This is from when Zelensky became President.

    Zelenskiy’s Oligarch Connection

    Gonzola Lira is proven right again.
    ______________________

    Yep, again & again & again, which is why so many race out to bury posts of his videos, one in particular under mountains of cryptic, click & see, one liners.

    Funny how many Jab Sellers also sell the cover stories for the US involvement in Ukraine Biolabs.

  95. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Part of a longer article, from WA Today, on the shooting of Walker at Yuendumu.

    On November 6, 2019, Yuendumu police tried to arrest Walker. When they approached, Walker charged with an axe, and they stepped aside to let him run past. Their response was appropriate, as their training stresses keeping distance from an offender with a sharp weapon.

    In Victoria, police recruits are given a training drill. An instructor armed with a red pen plays an offender while the recruit, wearing a white T-shirt, has to take defensive action. At the end of the exercise the T-shirt is always slashed with red marks, showing that someone with a knife coming forward moves faster than a police officer moving backwards. The safe distance is usually considered at least seven metres.

    Well-intentioned critics question why police are trained to use guns if the offender is “only” armed with a knife. Australian Institute of Criminology figures show of the 278 homicides in Australia in 2019-20, 104 were from stab wounds and 35 from gunshots.

    Because of Walker’s threatening response, local police called for the Alice Springs IRT to make the arrest. This was when Rolfe became involved. Requests to use local police as backup were refused. A message was sent through the community to ask Walker to surrender at the police station.

    He told an elder he would surrender but not until after the funeral of a community member on Saturday, November 9. This message was apparently not passed to police.

    Despite concerns, the arrest occurred on November 9, straight after the funeral. Some police recommended it should be set for the following morning. As a constable, it was not Rolfe’s call.

  96. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Another Michelle for the GOAT.

    Thank you very much Pakis, for your middle order collapse. Nothing like one of those on the last day of the series, handing it to the opposition in the process.

    One wicket to go.

  97. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Even though the use of fatal force was initially judged as justified, and the investigation was incomplete, and Rolfe was not an escape risk, he was charged with murder four days after the shooting.

    Was he charged on the evidence or to satisfy community demand and stop possible riots?

    It is unclear who made the decision but, under the doctrine of the Office of Constable, the arresting officer must reasonably believe the suspect committed the offence. The initial investigators did not reach that threshold. One of the fresh team wrote there was a “direction” to charge Rolfe with murder.

  98. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    KD at 9:33.
    You have no standing.
    Zero
    Zilch
    Zip.
    Fuck all.
    None.

  99. srr Avatar
    srr

    This –

    Zipster says:
    March 25, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    ‘We made a total mistake’: Jack Dorsey questioned over Hunter Biden censorship
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vJZdEk53xo

    And This –

    ‘It’s about time’: Trump suing Hillary Clinton over Russiagate scandal

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe9wZmNmFpU

    Mar 25, 2022
    Sky News Australia
    2.32M subscribers
    Donald Trump has officially filed a $24 million lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and her “cohorts” over their “unthinkable plot” to falsely tie the former president to Russia at the time of the 2016 federal election.

    – make things rather interesting …

  100. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    You have no standing.
    Zero
    Zilch

    You have six days to repent. Backdated to 25 October 2021.

  101. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Bluddee hell, Sacré bleu – as if the Schlockeroos woeful performance last evening wasn’t enough, the Azzuri have gone from Roosters to Feather Dusters in less than 12 months. The latter will now be absent from two Woild Cups in a row. As a mate observed this afternoon, it’s like a GP without a Ferrari.

  102. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    How can anyone apologise for something with which one had nothing to do? Except in the rhetorical, Bertie Wooster sense?

    The vice-chancellor of Bond University has apologised to students who have been sexually assaulted on campus.
    Key points:

    A national survey revealed Bond to be the worst for sexual assault among students in the country
    Vice-chancellor Tim Brailsford has promised “a task force to oversee an inquiry, review and reform”
    He says “any number above zero is unacceptable”

    Bond University has the highest reported prevalence of sexual assault among students since they started studying, according to the National Student Safety Survey of Australia’s 39 major universities.

    The survey found that 13.2 per cent of students surveyed at Bond said they had been sexually assaulted — almost three times the national average of 4.5 per cent.

    Vice-chancellor Tim Brailsford has apologised to victim-survivors.

    The word ‘apology’ until very recently referred to a direct relationship between the wronger and the wrongee, where the wronger expressed remorse to the wrongee.

    Not in this post-modern world.

  103. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    How come you get a soccerball emoji?
    B!

  104. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    Mel Gibson from 1987.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORxcC_55X6s

    And they laughed at him.

  105. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Nothing like one of those on the last day of the series, handing it to the opposition in the process.

    Was at the SCG the day when the Paki wicketkeeper dropped five catches.
    Funny how that happens.

  106. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    So has Geriatric Joe the illegitimate syphilitic ol’ corruptocrat managed to engineer a nuclear contretemps yet?

    I’ve tuned out peoples. After those many regrettable debacles of the twentieth century, you would have hoped that humanity had finally realised that slaughtering peoples en masse really wasn’t a great way to solve various imaginary tribal problems.

    Yet here we are, again.

  107. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    Hopefully only tripled vaxxed patrons ran onto the field tonight to celebrate Buddy’s 1000th.

  108. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    MT
    ??
    ??
    ???
    ??

  109. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Another year, another fact and evidence free “campus rape epidemic study”, is vomited forth, the “findings” of which are loudly trumpeted incessantly on the ALPBC until the next Cause du Jour raises its uglee head (which would be about 23 hours later).

    Give it a rest, you preposterous pious knobheads.

  110. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Another year, another fact and evidence free “campus rape epidemic study”, is vomited forth, the “findings” of which are loudly trumpeted incessantly on the ALPBC until the next Cause du Jour raises its uglee head (which would be about 23 hours later).

    Give it a rest, you preposterous pious knobheads.

    All that tells you, Rabz, is that it’s Grant Season once again.

    Ditto the last few weeks of Ermagerding about the Great Barrier Reef.

    And whatever other pet projects make the news

  111. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Biden is a wooly headed wombat.
    Looks like he’s keen to have war for all of 2022.

  112. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    it’s Grant Season once again

    Indeed, Rex, it’s enough to make one want to superglue oneself to the driveway of Kirribilli House, surrounded by a massive mound of flood damaged household rubbish while screeching incessantly about a non existent climate emergency, I tells ya. 😕

  113. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    ussr @ 9:40.
    Saving Private Whinin’.

  114. srr Avatar
    srr

    Dot says:
    March 25, 2022 at 6:56 pm
    srr

    Does Vicco have an ‘Elf Ombudsman?

    Yep, both an Ombudsman ‘Service’ –

    Victorian Ombudsman Service
    Description
    The Victorian Ombudsman is an officer of the Victorian Parliament who investigates complaints about Victorian state government departments (such as theDepartment of Health & Human Services), most statutory authorities (such as WorkSafe) and local government.

    Services provided
    Formal investigation of complaints
    Reporting of results to both parties involved
    Complaint resolution

    And a, “Health Complaints Commissioner”, so yes, two mobs to cover Govt arses re: their stuff ups in health.

    Victorian Health is sadly as bad as VCAT and our Ombudsman ‘Service’, well you know they started calling it a ‘service’ when enough people complained that the bastards never did anything for the people.

    Unless you ‘trust the system’ and happily believe them when they say, ‘nothing else can be done’, you’re best off avoiding any entanglement with those mobsters.

    Funny, to me, the best thing about the Covid scams is that finally the world’s waking up to the “Health Profession”.

    Again, good & bad in every field of human endeavour.
    Thank God when you find the good but know the bad in some can be so very bad as to be demonic.

  115. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    You have six days to repent. Backdated to 25 October 2021.

    OK.
    Thanks.
    That explains me being knocked down by a lightning ball on Cup Day.
    Well, a lightning ball and three bottles of Mumm.

  116. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    rosiesays:

    March 25, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    bosi gets his very own fact check

    OK.
    He’s jumped the shark.
    Now he’s doing figure-8’s around the shark on a jet-ski.
    With a bleeding crushed foot.

  117. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    MT
    💻🐛
    🔖🖱
    🚗📢📢
    🕵😈

  118. dover0beach Avatar

    Berka, how did you do that?

  119. Slim Cognito Avatar
    Slim Cognito

    ?
    Test

  120. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Doves – I know, but I’m not telling.

  121. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    Got an update from cop contact in NZ. NZ PM / Government are scum.

    “on the last working day before the appeal deadline date, the Crown announced this morning they were appealing the ruling.

    Our lawyer has reviewed the basis of the Crowns appeal and deemed it weak at best and very narrow regarding a point of law.

    It’s obvious now the decision to appeal is politically motivated as opposed to an actual legal issue.

    The Govt are trying desperately to hang on to the ‘mandate’ option which is evident by the PMs comments on Wednesday.

    According to our lawyer the JR decision seriously damaged the Govt and in turn the police.

    Regardless the appeal announcement today was upsetting for our group as it not only threatens a return to work but questions the validity of the JR”.

    They are appealing a High Court Judge who gave them a major smacking over sacking people for not taking a jab. I guess they have a Supreme Court or Court of Case also involves NZ Defence.

  122. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    dover0beachsays:

    March 25, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Berka, how did you do that?

    I think we have unveiled the phantom upticker.

  123. Gab Avatar
    Gab

    ??
    ??
    ???
    ??

  124. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    I think we have unveiled the phantom upticker

    Pancho – a certain commenter here, who shall of course, remain nameless, revealed the secret.

    I’ve only just started the (subsequent) mining. The soccer ball above was the tip of the proverbial iceberg. 🙂

  125. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Not to mention purple monsters.

  126. dover0beach Avatar

    People, you can game it with much effort, but I can do this.

  127. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    ??
    ??
    ???
    ??

    F-

  128. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    for Berka
    Yield is the rate of return on an investment expressed as a percentage

    now fuck off and eat the bugs

  129. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    The revelations above have caused a Panic in … 😕

    FFS, crank it, peoples – this is Rock ‘n’ Roll 🙂

  130. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    MT,
    As your comment is content-free, I guess fucking off is the only option as there’s nothing to talk about.
    Any time you want to start making sense, I’m sure you have the ability.

  131. Megan Avatar
    Megan

    People, you can game it with much effort, but I can do this.

    And we have an unbeatable winner in the Uptick Stakes! Congrats dover.

  132. srr Avatar
    srr

    Hide Your Crypto [Warning, Hillary in opening!]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-69xOAbXFjA&t=21s

    Mar 25, 2022
    Discernable
    33K subscribers

    Government closing the last escape hatch…if you’re going to use crypto to either preserve your wealth, or to transact away from government eyes, make sure you are not relying on an exchange to hold your crypto keys.

    ‘Not your keys, not your coins’ as they say.

    Wallets are not hard to understand – so take responsibility for your own.

    This excerpt is from Season 6 Episode 2 of The People’s Project which you can watch in full at: https://discernable.io/the-peoples-project-season-6-episode-2-floods-masks-crypto-and-fear/

  133. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    we have an unbeatable winner in the Uptick Stakes!

    Yes Megs, but who’s going to win the figuring out the emoji lingo?

    There’ve been some not so auspicious attempts above, all of which have given me a laugh.

    It only took one “word”* to figure the concept out, peoples.

    You know you want to**. 🙂

    *Posted here about eight days ago

    **Crank it.

  134. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Cats, it’s the weekend!

    And I am feeling both Arthurian and Anarchic.

    So, following the example of Howard and Vince from The Mighty Boosh, I am going to take retro music to its logical conclusion:

    Medieval Coffin Dance

    And for the Ancient Rus, Raesputane

    For the Memes, Cats.

    For the Memes….

    #AllTheMemes

    #RexIsABardMan

    #AVeryBardManIndeed

  135. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    All Hail the Emperor of Upticks.
    This is like a marginal booth in Ohio in a Presidential election.

  136. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    Rabz.
    You know I know.
    And I know you know.
    As the only two holders of the emoji superpower, we could divide the Catworld between us.

    Or I could just paste my Python script here and then anyone who can follow 5 instructions on their computer could join the ⚛ club, causing a mushroom cloud of emojis to blossom all over the blog at least until the novelty wore off.

  137. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    &#128077

  138. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    As your comment is content-free,

    a string of emojis apparently make sense ?

    you’re fucking insane

  139. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Bugger!

  140. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    the fuck is wrong with you mongs??

  141. Gab Avatar
    Gab

    Hehehe ?????????

  142. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    dover,
    Yeah it would be easier if we could just copy and paste unicode characters as-is into the comment box and not have them utterly devoured by WordPress, which e.g. turns a ? (House) codepoint into question marks.
    But when that wasn’t working, I decided to write some code in Python to do it.
    Here ya go.

    “emojii2html.py”:

    #!/usr/bin/python3
    import sys

    s = sys.stdin.read()
    for c in s:
    if ord(c) < 127:
    print(c, end='')
    else:
    print("&#%i;" % ord(c), end='')

    So to use this…

    Install Python.
    Save that script to your computer, (and on Linux or Mac OS make the script executable).
    Use Character Map or https://unicode.org/emoji/charts/full-emoji-list.html to find the right characters for your message.
    Run a command line and echo whatever emoji-laden message you want into the script with a pipe.
    You can then paste its output into the WordPress comment box.

    Linux example:

    $ echo Monty eats ? all day. | ./emojii2html.py
    Monty eats 🍩 all day.

    Having said all that… I later found there is an even easier way.
    You just go to onlineunicodetools and their tool does it all for you in the blink of an eye.
    I still like my version better because it leaves all the letters and punctuation intact and only encodes the characters that need it.

    I am now the A.Q.Khan of emojis.

  143. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    And your version of WordPress does not accept the <PRE> tag either, so it messed up all the spacing and that text won’t work as a python script.
    Ah well, you have the onlineunicodetools doomsday device instead, which is more than sufficient.

  144. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    Come on peoples, what’s with all this bonhomie?
    No-one’s been called cock smoker all day. Lift your game!

  145. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    Come on peoples, what’s with all this bonhomie?
    No-one’s been called cock smoker all day. Lift your game!

    Andrew Hastie’s entry cannot be topped.

    A German porn star would in my opinion be envious of the grogan Mr. Hastie has in my opinion unloaded onto BRS.

    Have I time to move into the electorate of Hastings, so that I may vote against Hastie?

  146. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    How the heck did that happen? Bluddee autocorrect! Canning.

  147. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Yep, this is one of the main reasons I follow the Cats. The unmasking of Hastie is a revelation – to think that some of us (not me, I had no idea one way or the other) thought that Hastie was a valuable asset to the conservative cause. Now we know otherwise, but the average follower of events via the MSM or worse, social media, will have no idea.

    That story about a media outfit covering his personal legal bills is just appalling. How can a Minister of the Crown justify that? He should be sacked forthwith.

  148. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Beware military people going into politics.

    The joint’s awash with them. They use their previous military background (and, I suspect in some cases – looking at you Hastie – planning to use it while they’re still in) to gain instant cred with a large chunk of their prospective electorates. ‘Oh, a military man. Not just some layabout’ and so on.

    Too often, as demonstrated by Hastie, Lambie, Tinley (in WA), Urban (speaking of WA) and others, it’s all about them – and they use their prior service as a platform for their own profile, to hide their uselessness and to establish a firm place at the trough.

    Don’t start me on Bosi.

  149. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    No-one’s been called cock smoker all day. Lift your game!

    Not here, no. I’ve been yelling it at people outside the shops all afternoon.

    Mixed reviews.

  150. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Tom’s toons for today at the end of ye olde fredde.

  151. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Been here after waking up late in the pm because (a) my sleeping patterns have never been of the 24 hour variety; and (b) roofers have been working on the next door building, starting at 7 am, but basing themselves on the balcony outside my door. This means that from about 6.30 am there are shufflings and murmurs and phlegmy coughs and chuckles and bangs about 3m from my bed. Then they get on the metal roof next door wearing work boots and fire up the power tools. Usually 3 or 4 of them.

    I get that being a roofer is a hard job – even on days here when it was only 25C it would be searing hot on a metal roof in the sun. But the one hour smokos, the rubbish (discarded drink cans/bottles and food leftovers, plus boxes and bits of tape and plastic) left here and there do not endear them.

    I’m not doing an Elizabeth Farrelly on tradies here. Tradies are the bread and butter of the motel, and the vast majority of them are ordinary people, not particularly virtuous or bad. But they do work hard, and I just heard the first of them leave the carpark. I am told by management and the housemaids that some of them leave their room as though nobody was there, except for the slept-in bed.

    Could it be that because it is a hard job, roofers get away with more?

  152. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Local anecdote time – grasshoppers aplenty around here. Presumably that means that there are many, many more grasshoppers in the rural areas they came from.

  153. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Oh, and I note from way back the (correct) comment about Dettol not being suitable for deep wounds because it kills everything. Then again, deep wounds should not be treated at home.

    It is wrong to suggest that therefore it should never be used when the skin is broken. It’s one of the best ever household health products, along with Tea Tree Oil. Both need to be diluted at least 300% before use on skin or wounds.

  154. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Looking up, I see that the Space Station’s still up there, despite some master trolling by Putin about where it could fall. They had an infusion of Russians in the last couple of days, allegedly wearing ‘controversial’ colours that looked like the Ukrainian flag.

    Russians said that they were allowed to choose their own outfits, but there was a surplus of blue and white, so …

    Right.

  155. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Slugabeds Inc.

  156. Winston Smith Avatar

    Eyrie:

    Liked the bit about the diving board on the roof with the sign “Think of it as evolution in action”.

    Interesting novel.
    The social pressures that weren’t very well explored in it are probably a necessity if we are to develop Generation Ships.
    The attempt in the US didn’t – as far as I am aware – have the necessary population density or numbers to do a proper trial.
    Again, IIRC, the trial there was more about construction methods. And the funny part of that was the diminishing levels of CO2 when the curing concrete started to suck it out of the air supply and the crops were failing. You’d think the fact of lower CO2 and dying crops would have been remembered with the gerbil wormening crowd, but no, inconvenient facts are ignored.

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