Open Thread – Weekend 26 Mar 2022


Giovannina sitting by the window, Pavel Chistyakov, 1864

1,936 responses to “Open Thread – Weekend 26 Mar 2022”

  1. bons Avatar
    bons

    Wow. I was pointed towards a Ukraine online fundraiser that for some reason included a story by a very elderly Australian cossack who had escaped from Stalin’s clutches when his family were one of the thousands handed to Stalin by the communist State Department and Foreign Office after Yalta.
    He was a very young kid. His not much older brother pulled him away from a steppe railway station when it became obvious that their parents had been murdered.
    A year’s worth of hardships, beatings, starvation and slavery found them in Roumania where a volunteer Brit DP organisation smuggled them into Greece.
    They fell into the hands of ELAS who, after using them as slaves, wanted to send them back to Stalin.
    They were rescued by an actual non-communist MI6 agent who convinced a couple of DPs to claim them as their children and got them onto a ship to Egypt.
    Long processes saw them eventually come to Oz.
    The old fella was incredibly balanced and matter of fact about the whole episode, except for his contempt for the Brits.
    So many apparently every day people have incredible backgrounds. A book is needed.

  2. sfw Avatar
    sfw

    Salv “Is that Norm Needham & Ian Wright’s Landcruiser raft? Abandoned?”, could be but I don’t know. I wasn’t aware of their trip until the following year. That scene was at the Wenlock River. It was a great trip, after drowning my Landcruiser in the Jardine, I had to wait on the bank for a few days till it dried out and also changed all the oils, engine, gearbox, transfer case and diffs. I was pretty well prepared.

    JC dunno where you live but 99%+ of Australian homes old or new are single phase. The only place I come across lots of houses with three phase was places like Toorak.

  3. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    My hunch is electric cars are only intended for the nomenklatura. They’re systematically destroying generating capacity so that’s the only way it makes sense to me.

  4. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Malamoo oztent beach tent gets an 9/10. Pretty good!

  5. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    My hunch is electric cars are only intended for the nomenklatura. They’re systematically destroying generating capacity so that’s the only way it makes sense to me.

    Much easier to control as well. Difficult to sneak around with a 20L can of electricity. Don’t want any trucker repeats.

  6. JC Avatar
    JC

    Who votes on the election of speaker JC?
    Congress members?

    Yea, they do. It would be a huge break with convention if they did vote in Trump as speaker. But how great would that be at the State of the Union Address.

    They’re going to impeach dementia.

  7. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    JCsays:
    March 27, 2022 at 5:28 pm
    But, but johnH, only pro Russian so-called news is propaganda shit whereas anti- Russian pro Ukraine news is real news and not propagandist bullshit. Thank God for our thought leadership. If only the Russians had our thought leadership.

    So no-one is entitled to an opinion.

  8. JC Avatar
    JC

    You’re only allowed anti-Russian opinion. John H. Thought leadership demands it.

  9. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    Pretty sure the Ukies interrogating Ruski PWs won’t be on the six o’clock news.

  10. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Rex Angersays:
    March 27, 2022 at 4:54 pm
    They should have focused their resources on taking the Kyiv and capturing Zelenskyy. That would have been a huge win.

    Or just charged into and forcibly occupied the Eastern regions and land bridge from Sevastopol they wanted in the first place. The supply lines and logistical effort would have favoured them to do so.

    Kiev was just a power move, as in “Look at us! We total Chads not only took your land off you without a shot being fired 8 years ago, now we just took your capital and topped your elected leadership and you cpuldn’t do a thing to stop us! WOOOOOO!”

    Except that it didn’t quite work out that way…

    Yep that was the other option but I think Putin wanted the whole country. I don’t understand their strategy of attacking on such a wide front. The clown is outsmarting the generals.

  11. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    lotocotisays:
    March 27, 2022 at 5:50 pm
    Pretty sure the Ukies interrogating Ruski PWs won’t be on the six o’clock news.

    Ukrainian interrogation is a euphemism for Rule 303.

  12. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    JCsays:
    March 27, 2022 at 5:47 pm
    You’re only allowed anti-Russian opinion. John H. Thought leadership demands it.

    What is this thought leadership you speak of?

  13. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    ‘It has been said … that there are few situations in life that cannot be honourably settled, and without loss of time, either by suicide, a bag of gold, or by thrusting a despised antagonist over the edge of a precipice upon a dark night.’

    I’m a precipice man.

  14. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Goes back a few months, but still good for a chuckle.

    Canadian forces bombardier spiked live-firing exercise with cannabis cupcakes
    Charlie Mitchell, Ottawa
    Friday August 20 2021, 12.01am BST, The Times
    Canada

    A Canadian soldier has been found guilty of drugging an artillery unit with cannabis-infused cupcakes, prompting chaotic scenes during a live firing exercise.

    Bombardier Chelsea Cogswell, who has served since 2011, was convicted of eight charges of administering a noxious substance and one count of behaving in a disgraceful manner by a military court.

    The incident occurred on a military base in Gagetown, New Brunswick, in July 2018, during Common Gunner, a combined training exercise with the Royal Canadian Artillery School.

    Cogswell, who was operating a mobile canteen, was accused of putting cannabis into cupcakes she had baked at home before giving them to soldiers at lunchtime without telling them about the secret ingredient. In video statements played at the trial, she admitted making the cakes but denied adding cannabis. She pleaded not guilty to all charges, but did not give evidence at the hearing.

    The court heard that five soldiers tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, as did a cupcake wrapper.

    The eight soldiers who ate the chocolate cupcakes said they felt paranoia, anxiety, fatigue, drunkenness and a dry mouth after about half an hour, leaving them unable to focus on their duties.

    One incorrectly set an artillery timing fuse and a gunner wandered aimlessly in front of a howitzer, the court heard. Another soldier almost crashed his military truck. Some fell to the ground in laughing fits.

    Commander Sandra Sukstorf, the judge presiding over the court martial, called Cogswell’s behaviour “shockingly unacceptable” and said her actions could have resulted in the deaths of her colleagues.

    Canada legalised cannabis in October 2018, three months after Cogswell baked the cupcakes. She had access to medical marijuana at the time to help her sleep.

    Her defence lawyer, Ian Kasper, said the evidence was circumstantial and suggested the soldiers could have been made ill by something else, such as heat exhaustion. He said even if cannabis was detected, it could have come from elsewhere, and that there was no evidence showing Cogswell tampered with the cakes. He argued that the military police were negligent in their investigation.

    Sukstorf cited inconsistencies in Cogswell’s statements to police and suggestions she that might have been upset with her colleagues.

    Cogswell, from New Brunswick, whose mother, father and sister all served in the Canadian military, became a qualified artillery gunner in 2013 and was promoted to the rank of bombardier in 2015.

    She faces a maximum of five years in prison and “dismissal with disgrace” from the military.

  15. Winston Smith Avatar

    Zipster:
    Freedom Under Seige.

    He’s correct in his view that Relativism destroys ones ability to draw a line in the sand…

  16. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ukrainian interrogation is a euphemism for Rule 303.

    “Geneva Convention, Tovarich? What is this “Geneva Convention” of which you speak?”

  17. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Thought leadership from the US state department

  18. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    JC won’t want to be with you either.

    JC is such a two-timer

  19. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    miltonfsays:
    March 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm
    Thought leadership from the US state department

    If you call that leadership I have a nuclear submarine you can buy for nicks.

  20. calli Avatar
    calli

    MatrixTransform says:
    March 27, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Yes, it’s obvious what the limitations are going to be.

    What happens when the street all plug in, or even every second or third house? How will the local transformers (some of them quite elderly) cope?

  21. bons Avatar
    bons

    Yes the House does elect the speaker, but in the Democrats the position us based strictly on seniority.
    Apparently Pelosi will have to be carried out because whoever is next in line in seniority is from a different faction who despise Pelosi and her West Coast thugs.

  22. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Can’t wait for the news stories of the tremendous acceleration capacity of EVs as the well to do elderly drivers plough through unsuspecting pedestrians and shops.
    Carnage, I tells ya.

  23. Winston Smith Avatar

    Roger:

    If you’re a Queenslander you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll be hit up twice to pay for the state government’s charging station network – once by William Street and again by your local council.

    Roger, are you saying my rates will go up so the people who can afford an EV can get their vehicles recharged?

  24. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    It’s the waste of space Clyburn I believe. Another geriatric.

  25. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    I remember a story from the 70s where travellers to the USSR were approached to sell their Levis to the locals.

    The sanctions on Russia must be monstering the Adidas bottom line.

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

    This has the capacity to change votes, in quantities sufficient to change seats (& thus the state govt)

    If you’re a Queenslander you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll be hit up twice to pay for the state government’s charging station network – once by William Street and again by your local council.

    Roger, are you saying my rates will go up so the people who can afford an EV can get their vehicles recharged?

    Those fellers who voted against having Shorto take their weekend, their ute, & their job – they’re still there & handled properly by the LNP this would be an electoral gift…….

    ……oh yeah… I spot the problem already.

  27. srr Avatar
    srr

    John H. says:
    March 27, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Farmer Gez says:
    March 27, 2022 at 4:25 pm
    Are there any front lines in Ukraine?
    It seems a very disperse and haphazard affair with the exception of a few city sieges.

    The vid I posed highlighted that disperse nature of the invasion. It is a big strategic error. They should have focused their resources on taking the Kyiv and capturing Zelenskyy. That would have been a huge win.

    Now I’ll watch Arky’s vid.

    Zelenskyy is NOT in Ukraine and hasn’t been for a very long time.

    ‘Ukrainian’ Govt/West/NATO, STARTED the War & continued it for over 8 years and were just about to go in and finish off slaughtering the Eastern Ukrainians when Russia went in and prevented that.

    Want to angry at War Mongers, get angry at the War Mongers, such as Tony Abbott who helped set up this current insane, blind hatred of everyone one & thing Russian, just so they can get the world on board with a full blown WW3.

    So many mass slaughters of civilians in advance, just to set up a ‘justification’ to blow up the evidence of Western Govt Corruptocrats evil works in the Ukraine.

  28. calli Avatar
    calli

    Chuckle. Forty six years ago I was walking demurely down the aisle on Dad’s arm to this ditty belted out on the mighty pipe organ. The Beloved’s boyhood mate on the keyboard pulled out all the stops and just about lifted the roof.

    Good times.

  29. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Tim Tszyu bounces back from knockdown to defeat Terrell Gausha on points;

    highlights are on the net.

  30. srr Avatar
    srr

    Matt Couch @RealMattCouch
    · 1m

    Extremists Biden Removed from Terror Watch List Launch Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities

    A group of Iranian backed extremists, which President Joe Biden recent removed from the official FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization) list, have claimed credit for a large attack on Saudi energy fa…
    https://thedcpatriot.com/extremists-biden-removed-from-terror-watch-list-launch-attacks-on-saudi-oil-facilities/

    https://gettr.com/post/p124ct71e82
    thedcpatriot.com

  31. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    I reckon all this Russia Russia Russia puke is coming from the US State dept and the Democratic Party (same thing really). It is obediently amplified by the imperial meja (thanks to RB) and the conja line of vomitous mediocrities that are the western political class.

  32. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Farmer Gezsays:

    March 27, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    Can’t wait for the news stories of the tremendous acceleration capacity of EVs as the well to do elderly drivers plough through unsuspecting pedestrians and shops.
    Carnage, I tells ya.

    Not to mention half-deaf pensioners being mown down by cars they can’t hear.
    Maybe Teslas should be fitted with a Mr Whippy soundtrack, or a Bing Bong! device.

  33. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    A stone cold mystery only Hercule Poirot could solve.

    How much of the house did they have to demolish to get out the carcass? Or did they go the time honoured explosives route?

    or
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xUynRdzzsM

  34. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    bons says:
    March 27, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    James Clyburne, head of the black caucus and whip. He is next in line (seniority and also the black card) but so much of a liability that Pelosi can’t retire. Not of the tard calibre of Rep. Hank Johnson who was worried about Guam tipping over if everyone rushed to one side at once. Probably just a rapacious crook.

    Snap miltonf.

  35. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    How will the local transformers (some of them quite elderly) cope?

    I dunno a lot about transmission and distribution infrastructure but, I’m guessing it wont cope

    imagine upgrading all the wires and trannies that have been fine for decades simply because every-mong comes home and plugs the truck in and makes a cuppa

  36. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    great excuse for a sickie
    shit, sorry boss
    forgot to plug the ute in

  37. srr Avatar
    srr

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  38. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    MatrixTransformsays:
    March 27, 2022 at 6:19 pm
    great excuse for a sickie
    shit, sorry boss
    forgot to plug the ute in

    Sorry boss dog pissed on the Tesla box.

  39. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    imagine upgrading all the wires and trannies that have been fine for decades simply because every-mong comes home and plugs the truck in and makes a cuppa

    Daily Mail has the odd story about someone who finds that the neighbors are using his external power-point to recharge their truck..

  40. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    How will the local transformers (some of them quite elderly) cope?

    They won’t.

  41. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    It will be much easier to hide a grow house if everyone else is sucking power at the same time.

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

    sfw says: March 27, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Upon closer look that is not Norm Needham’s raft.
    Similar, but definitely not the same raft: The weldmesh pattern enclosing the floats is so different that it cannot be the same contraption. Besides which, he did say he brought his home & later given it to someone else, the ultimate fate being unknown. Movie footage does show the floats on the roof of each Toyota both as he travels south & as he arrives home.

    Interesting that someone came up with a similar contraption that same year.
    (side note: He reports the Wenlock was two metres deep when he crossed – clearly you drove across – except for that Landrover that .. well… acted like a Landrover)

    Landrover: Excellent vehicle for 4wd journeys, unless you wanted something that would last long enough to get you home again. (or you wanted enough actual horsepower to climb out of a gully)

  43. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    @ John H.

    JC is referring to Arky.

  44. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    JC is referring to Arky.

    ah yes of course

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

    JC is referring to Arky.

    No, he’s referring to Dover.

  46. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Rex Angersays:

    March 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

    @ John H.

    JC is referring to Arky.

    I am not entirely sure of the level of sincerity.

  47. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    No, he’s referring to Dover.

    No

  48. JC Avatar
    JC

    It’s incredible how infrastructure lasts forever. It never needs replacing.

  49. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    New titles for the jaded:

    Atomic Blonde: she dealt in hot cars and her hot flesh but had a heart as cold as death.
    Strange Embrace: what unholy bonds held two beautiful actresses in a drama that had no parts for male actors.
    Passion Blues: Sherry pleased, Linda teased – and then there was Ava.
    Cancel Those Vows: suburban husbands and wives on the loose and on the prowl.

  50. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupiditysays:

    March 27, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    JC is referring to Arky.

    No, he’s referring to Dover.

    Chalk up another one in the “Bzzt Wrong” column.

  51. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    How will the local transformers (some of them quite elderly) cope?

    Im not saying they will use your social credit score to decide whos appliances get switched off via smart meters…

    But I bet they will use your social credit score to decide whos appliances get switched off via smart meters…

    Pom version.
    Smart meters: handing over control of electricity usage

  52. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    New titles for the jaded:

    Cohenite, you are one seriously funny dude.

  53. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    I don’t understand their strategy of attacking on such a wide front.

    it was fairly obvious from the start that the aim was to tie up large portions of the ukrainian military away from Donbas. A limited front in the Donbas would have been a recipe for a prolonged conflict and quite frankly a bad strategy.

  54. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Smart meters might be a harder sell after Covid. Shades of “… out of my cold dead hands.”

  55. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    I’m a precipice man.

    I like the Yellowstone way; a trip to the train station.

  56. dover0beach Avatar

    Ukrainian soldiers shoot Russian prisoners of war in the legs and afterwards give them a severe beating.

    Why would you record this? Not likely to be well received by their opposites in the immediate area.

  57. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Zipstersays:
    March 27, 2022 at 6:39 pm
    I don’t understand their strategy of attacking on such a wide front.

    it was fairly obvious from the start that the aim was to tie up large portions of the ukrainian military away from Donbas. A limited front in the Donbas would have been a recipe for a prolonged conflict and quite frankly a bad strategy.

    Hasn’t worked. Bogged down. Violates strategy 101. If you want to capture an area go in hard and fast with a high concentration of power. The only obvious thing about Russian strategy is that it has not been working.

  58. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    They offered to me a Smart meter but the box is made out of wood and asbestos, shame.

  59. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    If you want to capture an area go in hard and fast with a high concentration of power

    Unless it’s not your objective. If Russia wanted Kiev and deployed max force hard and fast to take it, there would tens of thousands of civilian casualties. Already. With propaganda all over the net. There isn’t. THAT might be an objective, in fact a primary one.

  60. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    They offered to me a Smart meter but the box is made out of wood and asbestos, shame.

    They only read the meter about once or twice a year here, the rest is guesswork. Still charge for the meter reading fee in every bill though. At least they would be stopping with all that if it’s electronic smart technology. Surely there could be no charge for it afterwards.

  61. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    One thing i have been wondering about is that the Russians now have control of most of the Ukraines power sources.
    I would have thought switching off your opponents power would be a high priority.
    Or do they have shared power with Poland?

  62. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Makkasays:
    March 27, 2022 at 6:48 pm
    If you want to capture an area go in hard and fast with a high concentration of power

    Unless it’s not your objective. If Russia wanted Kiev and deployed max force hard and fast to take it, there would tens of thousands of civilian casualties. Already. With propaganda all over the net. There isn’t. THAT might be an objective, in fact a primary one.

    This is about Donbas, not Kiev. Civilian casualties are already a big problem for Russia, as if invading a country isn’t bad enough. So they’ve failed on that front too.

  63. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Kim Il Carr gets the boot. How much has he cost the country?

  64. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    Not likely to be well received by their opposites in the immediate area.

    Any area.
    See what happens if you surrender to them.

  65. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    No doubt social media has raised the difficulty of waging war.

  66. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    This is about Donbas, not Kiev. Civilian casualties are already a big problem for Russia, as if invading a country isn’t bad enough. So they’ve failed on that front too.

    You keep changing your tune. First it was about taking Ukraine, now it’s just the Donbas. Get your story straight.

    Civilian casualties in this war so far from what I can put together are being largely propagated by Ukraine NOT allowing civilians out of combat zones. Particularly in Mariupol where they are being used as human shields by the Azov Brigade. Most I’m seeing of Russian areas captured are civilians receiving assistance.

    The Ukraianians , EU, NATO and US didn’t give a flying fk about the Ukraine regime and their nazi armies shelling and killing ethnic Russian civilians for 8 years. In fact the west cheered them on and sent support for the slaughter. They waged an intense propaganda war too which clowns have swallowed.

    No to long back the US invaded the ME and completely fkd it. But that’s ok JohnH because allies. Shove your propagandist bs.

    This is how Ukraine shelter their troops and weapons in residential areas;

    https://twitter.com/Cyberspec1/status/1507959229877227524

  67. srr Avatar
    srr

    Lara Logan – Nobody owns me & nobody ever will.
    @laralogan
    ·
    16h
    Remember all the innocent victims of slaughter in Ukraine – not just those dying now, what about those lying in mass graves across the east of the country who were killed by their own government?

    “There are mass graves scattered across Donbass, from which bodies of civilians are regularly .

    laralogan.locals.com
    https://laralogan.locals.com/upost/1870964/there-are-mass-graves-scattered-across-donbass-from-which-bodies-of-civilians-are-regularly-exhu
    ______________________________

    Nothing Ukraine or Covid is loading for me anymore.

    Keep getting “no internet”, when there’s internet, “blank pages” when there’s live addresses etc.

    It started when I was looking to put related Ukraine & Covid news together.
    Plenty of others have, so probably worth digging them up and looking for the bits they’re missing (they are missing key bits), while you can.

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

    No, he’s referring to Dover.

    No

    Prolly Zulu then.

  69. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    There isn’t. THAT might be an objective, in fact a primary one.

    Makka, the outright avoidance or prevention of non-military casualties is not a workable primary objective for a combatant (for anyone, let alone Russia), as the only practical way to achieve it is to not go into someone else’s territory and try to take things off them.

    If the Russians are pulling their punches to the extent your line of argument alleges (notwithstanding the experiences of the civil populations of Karkohv, Kerson, Mariupol- Whether they’re all Nazis who deserve everything they get, or not- and Kiev’s outskirt settlements under Russian bombardment and ground assault thus far), then they are doomed to fail because they cannot enter any populated area that offers even token resistance, for fear of hurting a single hair on a brother Slav’s head.

    Good military planning acknowledges the risk of non-combatant casualties and collateral damage, and attempts to minimise it, but no military force in human history has managed to achieve its objectives without impacting their opponents’ non-military population in some way. By accident or design.

  70. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    No to long back the US invaded the ME and completely fkd it. But that’s ok JohnH because allies. Shove your propagandist bs.

    ..
    You are very emotional.

  71. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Ha! that was funning Salv.

  72. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    You are very emotional.

    No, but you’re a dickhead.

  73. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Ho hum.

  74. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    Someone is overcompensating a bit. The production values are there and all the angles are correct but there is still something uncanny valley going on. It is big though.

  75. Indolent Avatar
    Indolent

    Okay, no I don’t have a fully formed theory of quasi-communist State indoctrination of kiddies through school, but examples would be welcomed.

    Gonzalo Lira explains it perfectly in this fascinating presentation which is quite long but so interesting I couldn’t stop watching.

    Why The Western Elites Are Foolish and Amoral

  76. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Makkasays:
    March 27, 2022 at 7:06 pm
    This is about Donbas, not Kiev. Civilian casualties are already a big problem for Russia, as if invading a country isn’t bad enough. So they’ve failed on that front too.

    You keep changing your tune. First it was about taking Ukraine, now it’s just the Donbas. Get your story straight.

    I didn’t change my tune. My point was in reference to Zipster’s idea about Donbas being the target. Invading a city requires an entirely different strategy that is a street by street tactics. I’m not reading the rest of your response because you’ve verballed me.

  77. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    The Ukes’ policy of handing out assorted weaponry to the civilian population has been gold for the Russians.

    They no longer need to go ‘let’s leave that high-rise apartment block alone’, because they will justifiably assume that the joint’s full of AK-waving locals ready to take (poorly-aimed) pot shots at them, and HE the Christ out of it.

    The civvies can’t complain, and neither can anyone else.

  78. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Arkysays:
    March 27, 2022 at 7:11 pm
    No to long back the US invaded the ME and completely fkd it. But that’s ok JohnH because allies. Shove your propagandist bs.

    ..
    You are very emotional.

    Who wrote that Arky? The verbalist? Obviously doesn’t have a memory because I have repeatedly condemned Western military adventurism. Some people seem to find it difficult to comprehend that other people are capable of recognising that all sides can be bad.

  79. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    then they are doomed to fail because they cannot enter any populated area that offers even token resistance, for fear of hurting a single hair on a brother Slav’s head.

    Not doomed at all. Although not entirely successfully, the Russians are deploying precision type guided weapons to reduce the UAF. They are not standing off and flattening city after city with Armour and artillery barrages. They are choking off major centres like Kiev and Kharkhov, taking control of all transport links in and out.

  80. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Vlad Bae must win his Holy War against the Ukie-Nazis and their WEF Pizza-Lizard masters.

    And be seen to win it convincingly, hold the moral, ethical and spiritual high ground as he does so.

    Or some folks here will be very upset…

  81. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Not doomed at all. Although not entirely successfully, the Russians are deploying precision type guided weapons to reduce the UAF. They are not standing off and flattening city after city with Armour and artillery barrages. They are choking off major centres like Kiev and Kharkhov, taking control of all transport links in and out.

    That’s a nice excuse. But ‘choking off’ a centre is not to occupy it and put an end to any questions about who is controlling what. Especially when you do not its hinterland and all its approaches, from where relief or counterattacks may come. That speaks to this former Soldier of an incompletely-executed plan, undergoing desperate attempts to salvage it from prior setbacks.

    Also, 2 weeks ago, Kharkhov’s outskirts were being bombarded. And still are.

  82. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Rex Angersays:

    March 27, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Vlad Bae must win his Holy War against the Ukie-Nazis and their WEF Pizza-Lizard masters.

    Ah, look.
    There’s a couple of things about Vlad you need to know.

  83. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Vlad Bae must win his Holy War against the Ukie-Nazis and their WEF Pizza-Lizard masters.

    The best he will get over time are the Donbas and southern territories. I suspect he’ll get the boot in the medium term. He’s basically crushed the Russian economy which will devastate millions.

    And the clowns will rejoice because big bad Vlad and evil Wussia will be conquered by the righteous EU/NATO/US cabal – we will happily ever after because we just know how much the freedom loving “west” care about the little bloke.

  84. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    is not to occupy it and put an end to any questions about who is controlling what.

    Occupation isn’t an ultimate objective IMO. Choking off these cities during “negotiations” just might be.

  85. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    That speaks to this former Soldier of an incompletely-executed plan, undergoing desperate attempts to salvage it from prior setbacks.

    I doubt Vlad runs his geopolitical strategy past the grunts.

  86. Plasmamortar Avatar
    Plasmamortar

    Many seem to be forgetting that there are factors that led up to this conflict that date back tot he late 90’s…
    1. Expansion of NATO beyond what was agreed
    2. coup led by the U.S. in 2014 to remove a fairly elected leader of Ukraine who was pro Russia in favour of a U.S. puppet.
    3. The call to include Ukraine into NATO would allow the U.S. to place nuclear weapons in Ukraine, far too close to Moscow to be not considered a threat by the Russians. (Cuban Missile Crisis anyone?)
    4. With a weak U.S. administration and a weak NATO in general, this was a necessary self-defensive action by Putin.
    All of the information is there, this can hardly be considered a surprise…

    Also, the sanctions will lead to an economic alliance between Russia and China, who, between the two of them, supply almost all critical export goods to Europe and Asia…

    The west has no cards to play against Russia… We require their exports, they know this.

    I personally couldn’t care less about what happens in Ukraine, however, It is obvious to anyone who looks objectively and does some basic research that this is a necessary action by Russia to protect itself from Western bullying….

  87. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Taylor Hawkins died ‘with 10 drugs in his system’

    About as surprising as the untimely death of the Ox*.

    That is, not at all.

    *Note well, the White Levi’s Jacket. 🙂

  88. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    The civvies can’t complain, and neither can anyone else.

    I’m pretty sure someone will be having words with the manager.

  89. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Occupation isn’t an ultimate objective IMO. Choking off these cities during “negotiations” just might be.

    Only if the beseiging effort is sufficiently impregnable to force the Ukrainian government to sue for peace. And all evidence seems to suggest that not a single effort in Kiev or any other surrounded or fought-over city thus far is sufficient to break the defending government’s and peoples’s will to fight.

    If the Kerson-Mariupol-Donetsk-Luhansk axis has been effectively abandoned in favour of Kharkov, Kiev and reinforcing Odessa against any attempted amphibious assault, then the fight will continue until the invaders or defenders run out of blood and treasure. And all evidence that has appeared thus far suggests that the Russians’ rear area security and lines of communication into Belarus and Russia need to be strengthened and stabilised if they want to be able to force the issue.

    Being able as an individual Ukrainian territorial to casually wander up and RPG an enemy truck or AFV effectively unchallenged is one heck of a slap in the face to an apparently superior invading military force. And a terrible risk to take when your fighting forces are so far inland.

  90. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    this is a necessary action by Russia to protect itself from Western bullying….

    ..
    Righto. So we’re the evil empire now.
    You’d better pack you bags and head off to Moscow or Beijing then, eh? Get on the right side of things.

  91. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    The best he will get over time are the Donbas and southern territories. I suspect he’ll get the boot in the medium term. He’s basically crushed the Russian economy which will devastate millions.

    Tripe.
    Russia is almost self sufficient, since they reestablished their offshored heavy industries, and he has massive support both in Russia and Eastern and Southern Ukraine.
    Ukraine has missed it’s chance to negotiate peace.

  92. Plasmamortar Avatar
    Plasmamortar

    Righto. So we’re the evil empire now.

    Think about how all our governments have treated us the last 2 years and tell me yourself…

  93. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    I doubt Vlad runs his geopolitical strategy past the grunts.

    I may not know what Vlad Bae is thinking, but I know what actions on the ground look like.

  94. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Why don’t you head baci to New Zealand?
    Your village must be missing it’s idiot by now.

  95. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    necessary action by Russia to protect itself from Western bullying….

    Vlad Bae’s boosters were saying that about the Crimea in 2014, and when he rolled his forces into Georgia in 2008 before that.

    No-one is without sin…

  96. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Agree 100% Plasmamortar- the west in general and the US in particular is not a beacon of liberty and decency. It’s a kleptocratic cesspit of perversion and criminality intent on taking us back to the feudal era. Insider trading for Congressmen? Sure! Tax breaks for billionaires? You bet! All summed up in The Revolt of the Elites: And the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch.

  97. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Why don’t you head baci to New Zealand?
    Your village must be missing it’s idiot by now.

    So what’s your excuse for hanging about, Grigory?

  98. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Righto. So we’re the evil empire now.

    Think about how all our governments have treated us the last 2 years and tell me yourself…

    Correct- 30 years ago I could have given an eloquent summary on why we were better than the Soviet Union. Not any more.

  99. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Wow, I seem to have blundered into a multi personage Sunday Night Stoush*

    Let us have some aesthetically pleasing young women to cool those hot empty heads. 🙂

    *SNS – every Sunday on the Cat from about beer o’clock onwards, peoples.

  100. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Tax breaks for billionaires? You bet!

    ..
    If your attempts to understand this war descends to who’s billionaires are more corrupt…
    Arguments about the wrongs and rights of this thing are pointless, peppered with whataboutism and on both sides fuelled by obvious and in most cases quite stupid propaganda.

  101. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    So what’s your excuse for hanging about, Grigory?

    Grogs is a remittance man…

  102. Plasmamortar Avatar
    Plasmamortar

    30 years ago I could have given an eloquent summary on why we were better than the Soviet Union. Not any more.

    No, the USSR was replaced by the New Alliance of Totalitarian Oligarchs (NATO) 🙂

  103. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    It’s a kleptocratic cesspit of perversion and criminality intent on taking us back to the feudal era.

    Well put, I don’t think you missed anything!

  104. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    I thought you weren’t engaging with people here anymore Arky because of your limited time.

  105. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    So we’re the evil empire now.

    Yes. Zero moral authority.

    It doesn’t mean the alternates are better.

    Just that being least worst counts for little.

  106. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    it was fairly obvious from the start that the aim was to tie up large portions of the ukrainian military away from Donbas. A limited front in the Donbas would have been a recipe for a prolonged conflict and quite frankly a bad strategy.

    Hasn’t worked. Bogged down. Violates strategy 101. If you want to capture an area go in hard and fast with a high concentration of power. The only obvious thing about Russian strategy is that it has not been working.

    I am not sure where you get this idea the aim was to capture an area? the aim was stated up front to destroy the ukrainian armed forces and in particular the nazi battalions. The main azov battalion is being exterminated as we speak. The ukrainian armed forces are no longer any form of cohesive force. The russian were prepared to fight a war of attrition, which is where we are currently. This is not something the ukrainians can win, no amount of western nlaws or mpads will save them.

  107. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    It’s a kleptocratic cesspit of perversion and criminality intent on taking us back to the feudal era.

    But enough about the joys of the Cat’s Sunday Night Stoushes … 😕

  108. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Correct- 30 years ago I could have given an eloquent summary on why we were better than the Soviet Union. Not any more.

    ..
    We both know that much of what you might consider evil about the West was propagated within our societies by fifth columnists paid for by Moscow and Beijing.
    The Soviet archives for the brief time they were opened fully supports our worst suspicions on that matter.

  109. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Dave Hughes on Skah, looking like he’s just shot up again.

  110. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    It is in itself quite interesting that the Russians have again limited access to Soviet era records.

  111. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    I have no illusions about the USSR whatsoever. In fact many of the illnesses we are experiencing now seem to be a re run of those bad old days- compliant media, censorship, being penalized for saying what you think, losing your job for wrong think.

  112. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Detention without trial in the US, rigging elections

  113. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    I am not sure where you get this idea the aim was to capture an area? the aim was stated up front to destroy the ukrainian armed forces and in particular the nazi battalions

    A glorified punitive raid on a sovereign nation that has suddenly found itself the recipients of aid up to, but just short of NATO troops marching in? If breaking Ukraine’s military truly was the plan, the invasion efforts out of Belarus would have been better aimed at capturing Lvov and cutting off the Polish and Moldovan border regions than Kharkov and Kiev.

    And sending forth a whole deployable army, air force and the entire Black Sea Fleet to eradicate single battalion of an thousand or so alleged neo-Nazis is a bit laughable. No matter how poorly one thinks of Ukraine.

    30 days in and the statement The ukrainian armed forces are no longer any form of cohesive force seems to be an optimistic statement at best…

  114. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    I haven’t been to Russia but it certainly interests me. The US has turned out to be a big disappointment and now it is despicable.

  115. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    The best he will get over time are the Donbas and southern territories. I suspect he’ll get the boot in the medium term. He’s basically crushed the Russian economy which will devastate millions.

    Most Russians are quite stoic about this, like it’s hardly the first time they have been through worst hardships.

  116. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Where are you from, Franger?
    Tell the truth for once in your BackDooring, sniveling, Schlepping, cockroach scuttlin’ excuse for a life, because it’s not Australia.

  117. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Why would you record this? Not likely to be well received by their opposites in the immediate area.

    Nazi’s aren’t smart, they’re Nazi’s.

  118. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    rigging elections

    ..
    Elections have always been rigged throughout history.
    And as for the last two years, where did both the virus and the idea of locking people down come from?
    And if you had lived through the last two years in sat, Florida, how would your experience of the compare to those in Melbourne or Wuhan?
    Florida and Texas are as much the “West” as Melbourne or Toronto.

  119. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Florida and Texas are still under control of DC.

  120. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    It is in itself quite interesting that the Russians have again limited access to Soviet era records.

    Like a magician keeping his illusions closely-guarded.

    Post-Soviet Russia and China alike have found such assymetrical tactics far too useful to their foreign policies for so long to permit their targets’ academics and information/intelligence/influence warfare experts to learn A) just how badly we’ve been duped and by whom over the years, B) a blueprint for how it is done and C) how to develop effective counter-tactics from the information gleaned from outcomes A) and B).

  121. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    and on both sides fuelled by obvious and in most cases quite stupid propaganda.

    If you believe that, then why are you commenting on it?
    To give lesser mortals the benefit of your wisdom?

  122. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Elections have always been rigged throughout history.

    and?

  123. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Where are you from, Franger?
    Tell the truth for once in your BackDooring, sniveling, Schlepping, cockroach scuttlin’ excuse for a life, because it’s not Australia.

    Perth.

  124. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Texas is currently being invaded btw and the Feds are obviously cheering it on.

  125. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    If you believe that, then why are you commenting on it?
    To give lesser mortals the benefit of your wisdom?

    Grigs baby, that’s your excuse.

    What’s gotten into you of late?

    Did you find a warble fly in your mutton this morning?

    Spray of gypsum in your eye?

    One of your skinsuit donors fought back a little harder than usual and got you?

  126. Plasmamortar Avatar
    Plasmamortar

    And as for the last two years, where did both the virus and the idea of locking people down come from?

    Just because someone gives you an idea doesn’t mean you have to take it and execute it yourself….

    and yes, I’m well aware that countries all over the world went full Stalin on their respective citizens…

    Right now, there are no “good guys” in this world, just varying degrees of bad…

  127. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    For those struggling to define “what is a woman”, here’s the mighty Miss Planet explaining it for you. 🙂

  128. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Remind us what name you used to post under?
    Was it this one?

    Prince Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin-Tauricheski was a Russian military leader, statesman, nobleman, and favourite of Catherine the Great. He died during negotiations over the Treaty of Jassy, which ended a war with the Ottoman Empire that he had overseen.

  129. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    From an interview with Colonel of the Russian Guard Alexander Denisov

    “I spent many years in wars, but our enemy in this special military operation surprised and amazed me.

    – How?

    — Ruthlessness to its own population.

    I was in Nagorno-Karabakh, Sumgayit, Yerevan and Spitak, participated in the reconciliation of the Ossetian-Ingush conflict and the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus.
    No one – neither the Azerbaijanis with the Armenians, nor the Chechens – no one has ever put their people under fire.
    Here, non-humans are fighting against us, who specially arrange combat positions in the residential sector and themselves fire rocket-propelled “Grads” at high-rise buildings.

    This is some kind of quintessence of fascism, inhumanity, brought to the absolute.

    The truth about this atrocity must be conveyed to every Ukrainian.”

    Military review

  130. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Knuckle Draggersays:

    March 27, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Dave Hughes on Skah, looking like he’s just shot up again.

    He has just joined the ranks of “Old Men who Look Like Lezzos”.

  131. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    30 days in and the statement The ukrainian armed forces are no longer any form of cohesive force seems to be an optimistic statement at best…

    aside from the odd pictures of tank ambushes, there are no reports of any significant gains by ukrainian forces anywhere. On the other hand russians are making slow and steady gains. Ukes have no ability to rescue the 14000 forces that were trapped in mariupol. No one is coming to rescue the forces caught up near donetsk or luhansk either.

    I don’t think there is any intention of taking Odessa, I have been there it’s basically one large historical museum, it would be a great pity to have to invade it. The russians would understand what a cultural loss it would be.

  132. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    One reason I want to go to Russia is see if what the culture is like.

    I find culture in the US, which has been exported here, to be obscene, sneering, world weary, cynical and very nasty. Certainly designed to give youngsters a gloomy view on life. Cultural marxism.

    Even in China, I deeply dislike the CCP but I respect them, I found their TV (eg CCTV) a much more pleasant viewing experience than watching the muck served up here. Certainly preferred CCTV to the BBC.

  133. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Here, non-humans are fighting against us, who specially arrange combat positions in the residential sector and themselves fire rocket-propelled “Grads” at high-rise buildings.

    This is some kind of quintessence of fascism, inhumanity, brought to the absolute.

    The truth about this atrocity must be conveyed to every Ukrainian.”

    OK, so Russian troops have never encountered opponents who ‘unsportingly’ use built-up areas to complicate counter-battery fire.

    Or Grigs’ quoted source is putting it on a bit for his Russian domestic audience, repeated verbatim by the ‘Military Review…’

    Less Nuffing out you, please Grigs. You don’t believe well enough in the Cause to shill effectively for Vlad Bae.

    Just stick to garden variety grief-trolling.

    And gypsum. You can’t go far wrong with gypsum…

  134. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Early calls that the Foo Fighters chap might have been a vax victim seem to have faded.

  135. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    We both know that much of what you might consider evil about the West was propagated within our societies by fifth columnists paid for by Moscow and Beijing.
    The Soviet archives for the brief time they were opened fully supports our worst suspicions on that matter.

    The guys who thought it up and carried it out must be pinching themselves in amazement at how well it all worked.

  136. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    there are no reports of any significant gains by ukrainian forces anywhere. On the other hand russians are making slow and steady gains. Ukes have no ability to rescue the 14000 forces that were trapped in mariupol. No one is coming to rescue the forces caught up near donetsk or luhansk either.

    But that does not mean that the UAF has been broken, either.

  137. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Early calls that the Foo Fighters chap might have been a vax victim seem to have faded.

    Because he had 10 different types of drug in his system, and also because of his long-standing love affair with heroin.

    Still, if you listen to the right people, you will learn that he has died of AIDS caused by the vax. Chalk another one up to the Stonecutters, I guess.

  138. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Chalk another one up to the Stonecutters, I guess.

    Welp, we’re all deniers and Nazis if we say otherwise, eh?

    #OyVey

  139. Winston Smith Avatar

    Arky:
    Re – The Bear Trap:
    The issue now is whether Putin will use Chemical weapons – or – God forbid – nukes. Leaders who are pushed into a corner will do almost anything to avoid defeat.

  140. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Not to mention half-deaf pensioners being mown down by cars they can’t hear.

    Latest EV accident in area was Manbunned Mong doing 20 clicks down the footpath on their electric scooter. Hit someone who was just stepping out of a shop, broke their ankle. Upside apparently was that Manbunned Mong broke his fall with his face. Bystanders may or may not have severely beaten him with his own satchel.

  141. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    G. K. Chesterton: It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged.

    In an ideal world, such a regrettable situation would never have arisen, much less have been crying out for rectification.

    BTW, I’ve unearthed a super secret squirrel picture of the monster fuelling the contretemps in Eastern Europe.

    Remember Cats, you saw it here first …

  142. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    KD.
    Just to clarify the depth of his love for heroin, he spent two weeks in a coma in 2001.
    To be clear, it doesn’t appear he died of an OD directly, but had a massively enlarged heart due to decades of drug abuse.
    I got to thinking about that.
    How do these guys source drugs as they travel the world?
    Do they find a new dealer in every city?
    Do they bring it in on the private jet and get a light touch from Customs?

  143. eb Avatar
    eb

    Ahh, Alexei Sayle… funny dude.

    Total Commie but!

  144. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    We both know that much of what you might consider evil about the West was propagated within our societies by fifth columnists paid for by Moscow and Beijing.

    these fifth columnists have basically overrun the place. law and order is a farce. industry has been hollowed out. education is churning out woke NPCs.
    I have been to both russia and china. russia is a corrupt shithole. china is an even bigger corrupt oppressed shithole. however nobody can honestly say that the west is a beacon of freedom and democracy any longer. the neo dark age is accelerating.

  145. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    We both know that much of what you might consider evil about the West was propagated within our societies by fifth columnists paid for by Moscow and Beijing.

    True, but it worked. So we’re one of three evil empires now.

  146. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    Rabzsays:
    March 27, 2022 at 7:51 pm
    Wow, I seem to have blundered into a multi personage Sunday Night Stoush*

    Multi-personage Cat stoushes are like a barroom brawl scene from the old style B Westerns.
    It starts with some incident between two people but then all of a sudden for no apparent reason it’s an all in. There aren’t discernible sides. Everyone just seems to be throwing punches at everyone else at random and smashing furniture over the first head that comes within range.

  147. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    What I mean about finding a new dealer in every city, that would be extremely high risk as to potency and quality.

  148. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    rickwsays:
    March 27, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Just that being least worst counts for little.

    Paging the Liberal Party! Paging the Liberal Party!

  149. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Timothy Neilsonsays:

    March 27, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    What are you lookin’ at?

  150. Plasmamortar Avatar
    Plasmamortar

    How do these guys source drugs as they travel the world?

    Similar to politicians, I’m sure they get special privileges as they travel the world and bring in tax revenue for each respective government.

  151. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    miltonfsays:
    March 27, 2022 at 8:20 pm
    I find culture in the US, which has been exported here, to be obscene, sneering, world weary, cynical and very nasty. Certainly designed to give youngsters a gloomy view on life. Cultural marxism

    I wouldn’t judge the US based on what the media claims as popular culture nor would I accept the same about Australia.

    As frustrating as things are the worst thing you could do is alienate allies within the US.

  152. Rabz Avatar
  153. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    just how badly we’ve been duped

    I don’t think there has been much duping, Bernie Sanders may be the last person alive that communists ever managed to dupe.

    There was however money, rivers of money….

  154. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    What are you lookin’ at?

    Which is, of course, the first question at every Collingwood Footy Club trivia night.

  155. Winston Smith Avatar

    Rex Anger:

    Or just charged into and forcibly occupied the Eastern regions and land bridge from Sevastopol they wanted in the first place. The supply lines and logistical effort would have favoured them to do so.

    Had they listened to me, sigh, and just gone for the Dnieper River option, they would have been fine. (And waited for April and firmer ground)
    🙂

  156. JC Avatar

    There’s a huge fucking difference with the US in the mid East vs Russia in Ukraine. There was never any intention for the US to invade and incorporate those lands into the American co-prosperity sphere. Obviously, unlike Russia.

  157. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Similar to politicians, I’m sure they get special privileges as they travel the world

    I once flew to MEL,AKL,WLG,CHC,MEL in one day on a Lear Jet. There was fuck all interest in what was on that Jet.

  158. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Timothy Neilson March 27, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Timbo, we would not be enjoying ourselves any other way.

    When too much (figurative) bare knuckled brawling is barely enough. 🙂

  159. JC Avatar

    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity says:
    March 27, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    No, he’s referring to Dover.

    Driller is gaslighting as usual. It’s all the criminal ever does.

  160. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    eb – the Sayle has a “full title”.

    I’ll try and unearth it.

  161. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Similar to politicians, I’m sure they get special privileges as they travel the world and bring in tax revenue for each respective government.

    Yeah, I guess it’s just another item on the list of demands in the rider list (probably not included in writing in Appendix B to the contract, but).

  162. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Rabzsays:

    March 27, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Who aksked you?

  163. Winston Smith Avatar

    JC:

    Yea, they do. It would be a huge break with convention if they did vote in Trump as speaker. But how great would that be at the State of the Union Address.

    Unfortunately, that scenario only works if the President and Vice President both kark it at the same time.
    The party is able to swear in one or the other by making Harris the President, and then selecting a new VP.

  164. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Just appeared in my fed.
    Ww2 everyday with army sizes.
    Rogers 2:1 ratio in pictures.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CqGeAmVu1I

  165. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    I once flew to MEL,AKL,WLG,CHC,MEL in one day on a Lear Jet. There was fuck all interest in what was on that Jet.

    Well Amber and Johnny managed to get two Yorky terriers past without being noticed.
    I can’t imagine 100 gms of powder would be terribly difficult.
    Packed in one of the helpers bags of course.

  166. srr Avatar
    srr

    Indolent says:
    March 27, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Okay, no I don’t have a fully formed theory of quasi-communist State indoctrination of kiddies through school, but examples would be welcomed.

    Gonzalo Lira explains it perfectly in this fascinating presentation which is quite long but so interesting I couldn’t stop watching.

    Why The Western Elites Are Foolish and Amoral
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDOa9PW3lnU

    The intensity with which cats are ignoring Gonzalo Lira says a lot.

    His many clearly explained observations & insights into what’s happening in Ukraine (where he is), keep being backed up by facts that escape the propaganda machines, and those insights & observations do not agree with the utter BS that Western Govts/MSM keep trying to sell us.

    And so he isn’t challenged here, simply ignored & quickly buried under reams of randomly tossed out of left field chit chat.

  167. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    It’s like the Western Bar scene where the two protagonists have drawn on each other and are working out how to back out of the situation without getting killed.

    Except one of them is a demented loon who is only vaguely aware of the gravity of the situation. He might just as readily start shooting, shit himself, or get distracted by some 12 year old girl.

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

  168. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Death on the Nile; marginally better than Orient Express.

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

    The party is able to swear in one or the other by making Harris the President, and then selecting a new VP.

    Except, as ye say, Hillary Rodham Clinton would never stand for the cackling idiot becoming the first female President.

  170. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Trump is not getting elected Speaker.
    Full stop.
    Even if the Republicans have a house majority after the mid-terms.
    I doubt he would get more than 100 of the 500+ votes cast.
    Plenty of Republicans hate him, and others would simply argue that it is too much of a departure from convention to elect someone from outside Congress.
    Interesting hypothetical, but not happening.

  171. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    Sancho Panzersays:
    March 27, 2022 at 8:34 pm
    Timothy Neilsonsays:

    March 27, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    What are you lookin’ at?

    I don’t want to be one of the ones fighting. I want to be the town drunk who takes the opportunity to grab a bottle of redeye off the shelf and dive behind the piano.

  172. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    ‘ere we go, then:

    My name is Alexei Yuri Gagarin Siege of Stalingrad Glorious Five Year Plan Sputnik Tractor Moscow Dynamo Back Four Balowski. Me Dad was a bit of a Communist, know what I mean?

    Rooshans. They are evil deceptive monsters, I tells ya. You would not be trusting them for as long as you could engage them in sweet passionate beast with two backs style activities* before dropping dead after chowing down on a post aforementioned activity polonium sandwich.

    *twominutemen

  173. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    There was never any intention for the US to invade and incorporate those lands into the American co-prosperity sphere.

    The US invaded Iraq intending for it to become a subsidiary of Schlumberger. It didn’t pan out.

  174. JC Avatar
    JC

    Sancho Panzer says:
    March 27, 2022 at 8:56 pm
    Trump is not getting elected Speaker.
    Full stop.

    Dream a little, Sanchez.

  175. Plasmamortar Avatar
    Plasmamortar

    I think we’ve had enough Russia/Ukraine talk for the night…

    Time for a subject change.

    For some positive news, I recently picked up my VJ charger, complete with triple weber install, just waiting now for new diff and braking components to finish it…..

    Who else has some positive news to share?? 🙂

  176. JC Avatar
    JC

    Makka

    No, just stop.

  177. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    I wouldn’t judge the US based on what the media claims as popular culture nor would I accept the same about Australia.

    As frustrating as things are the worst thing you could do is alienate allies within the US.

    That’s a fair point but it’s the crooks and marxists who are in charge. I hpe that they can be beaten but I’m not counting on it anymore.

  178. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    Multi-personage Cat stoushes

    Bit like this really.

  179. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Rex Angersays:
    March 27, 2022 at 7:46 pm
    Why don’t you head baci to New Zealand?
    Your village must be missing it’s idiot by now.

    So what’s your excuse for hanging about, Grigory?

    No village will accept him?

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

    For some positive news, I recently picked up my VJ charger, complete with triple weber install, just waiting now for new diff and braking components to finish it…..

    Speaking only English, I’ve no idea what you just said.

  181. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    Wrong link. Hate it when that happens.

  182. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Hey charger

  183. Real Deal Avatar
    Real Deal

    Kim Il Carr gets the boot. How much has he cost the country?

    If you’re talking about his brand of socialism, a huge amount.

    If you mean the cost of return trips to the parliamentary canteen buffet over his years in the Senate, it cannot be adequately measured.

  184. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Did someone mention B Movies?

    Hey Pancho – get off my planet before sundown, Squire, I tells ya!

  185. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    My name is Alexei Yuri Gagarin Siege of Stalingrad Glorious Five Year Plan Sputnik Tractor Moscow Dynamo Back Four Balowski.

    Got to be The Young Ones.
    Which the BBC put warnings on a week or so ago for thoughtcrime.

    THE YOUNG ONES, a British sitcom that launched in 1982, has reportedly been hit with a trigger warning for its “racist and homophobic” content.

    They insulted absolutely everyone so why get your panties in a twist only for special people? Sheesh the Beeb are hopeless nowadays.

  186. Plasmamortar Avatar
    Plasmamortar

    Speaking only English, I’ve no idea what you just said.

    I picked up my 1974 valiant charger with 3 side draught carburettors hanging of it after 11 years of restoration work…

    Need to wait another 6 weeks for the parts I need before I can register it 🙂

  187. Real Deal Avatar
    Real Deal

    For some positive news, I recently picked up my VJ charger, complete with triple weber install, just waiting now for new diff and braking components to finish it…..
    When I was 14-15 way back when. My brother-in-law had an E38 Charger. When he drove off late at night you could hear the beast’s exhaust rumbling up the road two or three kms away. A complete and beautiful beast.

  188. Razey Avatar
    Razey

    Here’s something fresh.

    IQ’s peaked in those born in 1975.
    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/13/health/falling-iq-scores-study-intl/index.html

    The clot shot stats clearly show the 45-49 year old cohort seem more resistant in the ‘older age’ groups. Every single state shows the same thing. 45-49 year olds are an outlier.

    https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2022/03/covid-19-vaccine-rollout-update-27-march-2022.pdf

    I can understand the 20 years olds avoiding it as much as possible with the well known heart issues.

  189. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Yes JC. Your US uber-alles claptrap is a joke.

  190. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    The intensity with which cats are ignoring Gonzalo Lira says a lot.

    The fact you link to him with as punctually and frequently as a Peak Hour All-Stations train, singing his praises while you do so might have something to do with that, SRR.

    If militant Nuffies and the Vlad Bae-lievers are experiencing episodes of mass gusset-moistening over his pronouncements, his objectivity could, quite resonably, be called into question…

  191. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Was there anything interesring about the Foo Fighters.
    Yeah, they resurrected the name from a Flash Gordon comic, but outsida that?
    And, by the way, I reckon the guy was a vaxx statistic.
    Otherwise, why leak the story about 10 different drugs in his system?
    Did they bleat about how much good stuff was in Charlie Watts’s system?

    I’ll bet it was more than 10.

  192. JC Avatar
    JC

    Yes JC. Your US uber-alles claptrap is a joke.

    Interesting, so the US left Iraq but really wanted to stay. Huh!

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

    Plasmamortar says: March 27, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Hehe, thank you so much for the retransmission en clair.

  194. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Here’s something fresh.

    Indeed- The Glowie’s reappeared!

    How are you? 😀

  195. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Cats, come with us back to those inglorious days when heroes weren’t zeroes … 🙂 A matinee feature laden with conservative legends as:

    Caspar “the Defensive” Weinberger
    Attilla the Haig
    The author of the best selling text, “Voodoo Economics“, George “Papa Doc” Bush

    Movies are looking worse than ever and now no one is looking because we’re starring in a B Movie and we would rather have had Uncle Joe.

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