Open Thread – Tues 29 Mar 2022


Rasputitsa, Alexei Savrasov, 1894

2,897 responses to “Open Thread – Tues 29 Mar 2022”

  1. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    JCsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 9:40 am
    Fuck off thought leader

    The ridiculous incel was telling us for the past 5 years battery tech had reached the limits. This was when Tesla was eking out 250 miles a charge. It’s up to 500 now.

    What exactly is the change in “battery tech” that’s supposed to do this? Nothing I’ve read suggests Musk has developed any actual change in the technology. It’s still lithium ion.
    He does seem to have made some minor tweaks to how the energy flows in the battery, but that’s mainly a manufacturing cost issue, and even Musk wasn’t claiming that that itself would greatly increase the range (about 16%, he said).
    Musk, like Mercedes, has done a lot of design changes on the cars, in Tesla’s case at least including changing the shape of the battery, and the changes in shape of the car are claimed to increase range by aerodynamic efficiency. However that’s not a “battery technology” change, and in any case Musk’s 500 miles a charge seems still to be in the future.

  2. Gab Avatar
    Gab

    Eyriesays:
    April 1, 2022 at 11:21 am
    Does Australia now do a pre-emptive invasion of the Solomons?

    LOL. The only thing the Government knows how to do with precision is invade its citizens’ lives.

  3. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    Does Australia now do a pre-emptive invasion of the Solomons?
    LOL. The only thing the Government knows how to do with precision is invade its citizens’ lives.

    Just putting it out there. Unfriendly power gains strategic position to Australia’s disadvantage and future security risk. Do we nip it in the bud?

  4. incoherent rambler Avatar
    incoherent rambler

    What happened when the Solomon’s were invaded the last two times?

  5. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Eyriesays:

    April 1, 2022 at 11:01 am

    You would be out on your arse after six months.

    He said he had years where he made losing trades.

    Look, I don’t want a stouché over this, but go back and read it carefully.
    Having “losing trades in a year” does not mean “I made an aggregate loss in that year”.
    In fact, the thrust of the argument is that, in a tight year, the raw number of trades could fall 50:50 profit/loss.
    But the mark of a good trader would be to ensure the $ value of profitable trades significantly outweighs the $ value of losses.
    I can do a worked example if you like.

  6. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    If you want your electric car battery to last you’ll knock a fair bit off the quoted range. Don’t charge more than 80-90% and don’t discharge below 25%. So you’ll get maybe 60% of the quoted range.
    As Musk has been thoroughly red pilled lately I suspect he knows that electric cars are no cure for the (non existent) climate change but it’s all good because he’s taking heaps of money off rich virtue signaling wankers.

  7. JC Avatar
    JC

    Eyrie

    Can you do some more concern trolling as it’s funny.

    Also, who woke you up to troll me? 🙂

  8. calli Avatar
    calli

    I was one of those first girls trialled in those combat units.

    Absence of power steering in military vehicles?

    Tough gig.

  9. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    The Democrats have finally found a way to get rid of Kamala.

    Biden’s 2023 budget will ‘land the first woman and person of color on the moon’ (31 Mar)

    The Biden administration’s proposed $7.5 billion 2023 budget contains a provision to put the “first woman and person of color on the Moon.” Under the section to fund NASA, the provision is to enhance “US Human Spaceflight Leadership,” and the plan is for this monumental event to happen by 2025, just about three years from now.

    It isn’t just in space flight that the Biden administration seeks to embed concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion, but across the entire budget. The preamble for the budget includes numerous references to expanding equity through funding across all federal agencies, and the budget itself uses the word equity 158 times in its 158 pages.

    Upon taking office, Biden was insistent that equity would be a key component of every aspect of his administration’s governance, and this 2023 budget has funding for equity in every agency.

    The budget states that “the President has taken historic steps to put equity at the center of his agenda—and why the President assembled the most diverse cabinet in American history to deliver on this Government-wide effort.”

    His Cabinet certainly is the most diverse bunch of fruits and nuts I’ve ever seen in government my whole life. So he’s been very successful in that, if you can call such things success.

  10. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    As Musk has been thoroughly red pilled lately I suspect he knows that electric cars are no cure for the (non existent) climate change but it’s all good because he’s taking heaps of money off rich virtue signaling wankers.

    It’s called turning stupid into cash, a sound business model because the supply of stupid is infinite.

  11. JC Avatar
    JC

    Tim

    I believe they’ve managed to tweak battery energy intensity. But ask the Inventor as I’m sure he’d know 🙂

    Tesla began with a battery life km of around 40% below current levels.

    The inventor bet against Musk and he lost like many others have done.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Eyrie – Musk’s Tesla business has the same aim as his SpaceX, Solar City and Boring Company businesses.

    For a colony on Mars you need:

    – electric vehicles, since there’s no air to burn fuel with
    – tunnels to live in
    – rockets to get to and from it
    – solar electricity to power it

    So he’s shamelessly exploiting the Left to do all of this. But it looks like he’s getting pretty fed up with them. We’ll see if the Left’s spiteful revenge knobbles him: already he’s having increasing difficulty with the FAA over SpaceX plans.

  13. JC Avatar
    JC

    Doc

    Stupid really doesn’t work when it’s applied to the people buying Tesla. In fact making such a comment is stupid.

  14. JC Avatar
    JC

    So he’s shamelessly exploiting the Left to do all of this. But it looks like he’s getting pretty fed up with them. We’ll see if the Left’s spiteful revenge knobbles him: already he’s having increasing difficulty with the FAA over SpaceX plans.

    Very scientific and no mind reading at all from the Inventor. Brucie, go feed to seagulls and just shut up.

  15. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Here’s a prediction: Musk will make a serious offer to buy the space station once NASA decides they’re finished with it.

  16. calli Avatar
    calli

    Depending on where you are, all the April 1 silliness stops at Midday.

    Those in the Permit State get a bit longer.

    Here’s my thought for the day, spoken without a word.

  17. JC Avatar
    JC

    Bruce of Newcastle says:
    April 1, 2022 at 11:51 am
    Here’s a prediction: Musk will make a serious offer to buy the space station once NASA decides they’re finished with it.

    Enuff. Just stop.

  18. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    April 1, 2022 at 11:45 am
    Eyrie – Musk’s Tesla business has the same aim as his SpaceX, Solar City and Boring Company businesses.

    For a colony on Mars you need:

    – electric vehicles, since there’s no air to burn fuel with
    – tunnels to live in
    – rockets to get to and from it
    – solar electricity to power it

    So he’s shamelessly exploiting the Left to do all of this. But it looks like he’s getting pretty fed up with them. We’ll see if the Left’s spiteful revenge knobbles him: already he’s having increasing difficulty with the FAA over SpaceX plans.

    Bruce the Mars colony stuff is nonsense because even short stays in low gravity has troubling effects on physiology. Our physiology is adapted to this planet that astronauts experience a wide range of changes in their physiology and we don’t understand many of those changes. I hope Musk’s silliness about colonies on Mars isn’t reflective of his other business ventures because if that is true he is biggest conman of all time.

  19. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    I hope Musk’s silliness about colonies on Mars isn’t reflective of his other business ventures because if that is true he is biggest conman of all time.

    I think Gonzalo Lira is throwing down a serious challenge there.

  20. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    John – I’d say more that he’s a romantic who read a lot of science fiction in his youth, rather than a conman. Although as I said he had been conning the Left rather effectively by making out he’s a fellow traveler. That seems to’ve changed somewhat now he’s better established.

  21. Winston Smith Avatar

    Rex Anger:

    Australian armour, while sneered at by media pundits and easily distracted think-tank theorists in love with missile telemetry and sexy fast jets, is the one thing (short of never going to war in the first place) that will keep Diggers alive when shit goes sideways.

    The never ending story of the balance between firepower/protection/mobility continues. The tank will continue evolving within these parameters. People were saying the tank is dead when the Israeli armour met the Soviet ‘Sagger’ missile in the Sinai. Combined arms warfare evolved to meet and defeat the new anti tank missile.
    That is just the way of warfare – it evolves.

  22. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    April 1, 2022 at 12:02 pm
    John – I’d say more that he’s a romantic who read a lot of science fiction in his youth, rather than a conman. Although as I said he had been conning the Left rather effectively by making out he’s a fellow traveler. That seems to’ve changed somewhat now he’s better established.

    That could be true. He’s very bright though so I’m struggling to comprehend how he has glossed over the numerous problems of setting up colonies of Mars.

  23. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    Bruce the Mars colony stuff is nonsense because even short stays in low gravity has troubling effects on physiology. Our physiology is adapted to this planet that astronauts experience a wide range of changes in their physiology and we don’t understand many of those changes

    humans will be modified to live elsewhere. its inevitable.

  24. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Winston Smithsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 12:07 pm
    Rex Anger:

    Australian armour, while sneered at by media pundits and easily distracted think-tank theorists in love with missile telemetry and sexy fast jets, is the one thing (short of never going to war in the first place) that will keep Diggers alive when shit goes sideways.

    The never ending story of the balance between firepower/protection/mobility continues. The tank will continue evolving within these parameters. People were saying the tank is dead when the Israeli armour met the Soviet ‘Sagger’ missile in the Sinai. Combined arms warfare evolved to meet and defeat the new anti tank missile.
    That is just the way of warfare – it evolves.

    It pays to keep up with the evolving. A doco I watched on the tank wars with the USA and Iraq painted a terrible account of Iraqi losses. The Abrams had laser targeting and was picking ’em off like ducks in a row. The poor Iraqis would have been better off jumping out of the tanks and running. The USA lost more armour to friendly fire than to the Iraqis.

  25. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Zipstersays:
    April 1, 2022 at 12:12 pm
    Bruce the Mars colony stuff is nonsense because even short stays in low gravity has troubling effects on physiology. Our physiology is adapted to this planet that astronauts experience a wide range of changes in their physiology and we don’t understand many of those changes

    humans will be modified to live elsewhere. its inevitable.

    If we survive long enough.

  26. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    JC.
    Shut up about batteries.
    I’ll bet you can’t even work a 17 speed Road Rager box.

  27. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    Having “losing trades in a year” does not mean “I made an aggregate loss in that year”.

    So say so. I’d think there would be lots of losing trades *every* year.

  28. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    Being a Tassie boy, I have a special and depressing insight into Jackie Jackie’s survival strategy.

    She actually lost her seat a few year back. Originally was there from 2014 to 2017, and re-elected in 2019. I was down in Hobart in 2018 and saw her in campaign mode.

    Jackie is proud Tassie bogan, and for that reason will keep getting elected. She was walking around Hobart with some mates – or paid workers – who were wearing signboards. It was all about “we’ve been dudded” and “put Jackie Jackie back in to show those bastards.”

    Tasmania has a long history of pollies using resentment of the mainland as a push factor to get votes. Brian Harradine served for 30 years in the Senate, from 1975 on. I remember being a kid in Hobart and being vaguely aware of him every election pushing “for money for Tasmania” from the feds.

    Even though the island state is a mendicant one, it also has a resentful attitude to its mainland master. It manifests itself in demanding a lot, and giving little, while fostering an attitude of “Tassie is the best place in the world.” There used to be a tea-towel down there – probably still sold in local shops – which had a big map of the island with “World’s best apples” and “Australia’s best crayfish” and so on all over it. Up the top there was a very small map of the mainland labeled “The Other Island”.

    Jackie Jackie has tapped into that attitude, and will exploit it forever. She’s in her 50s now, and will probably suckle on the Senate teat for the next 20 years. How sad.

  29. Winston Smith Avatar

    Farmer Gez:

    No, spot on.
    I’ve got a hundred lambs and harvest their legs every six months.

    Do you harvest all the legs in one go, or just one per lamb?
    I’d think just one at a time, or you will have real mobility problems for when they can’t get to the grass.
    Actually, I understand that is how the giraffe evolved – the Masai would harvest all the legs, and only the long necked ones would survive until they regrew their legs.
    Think of it as evolution in action.
    Do you think we’ll see long necked sheep in our time?

  30. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Our physiology is adapted to this planet that astronauts experience a wide range of changes in their physiology and we don’t understand many of those changes. “

    John H. Given the time it would take to journey to other planets along with trying to establish a colony on a planet like Mars, I agree with you. I don’t think we can live anywhere else.

  31. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Top Endersays:
    April 1, 2022 at 12:17 pm
    Being a Tassie boy, I have a special and depressing insight into Jackie Jackie’s survival strategy.

    She knows how to push the buttons TE. On Q&A last night that was on display. There is a directness and emotionality about her that people find appealing. Perhaps that is a mask. Doesn’t matter, it works very well with the general public.

  32. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    I see my question about the size of the internet has gone unanswered.
    However, I understand it is really, really big.
    Like yuuuuge.
    So I have a proposed solution to a conundrum raised overnight.
    Allegedly many posters here have flounced because they don’t like some of the people who post here (let’s call them the Gang ‘o Four or G4 for short).
    Similarly, many lurkers are dying to post but live in deathly fear of G4.
    Yeah, I know, but stay with me here.
    The proposed solution was to ban G4 from here.
    But how about this?
    What about the large number of disaffected and timid lurkers stake out another place on the vast expanses of the internet and set up a blogue exactly like this one. Same typefaces, the lot.
    We could try to get G4 to promise to stay away.
    And Dover is a magnanimous chap.
    I am sure he would even let them post links here so the Disenfranchised Masses could find their way to their Safe Space.
    I would even donate for the fluffy toys and the man-sized tissue boxes.

  33. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Haha, the Ruby Princess is baaaack…

    ‘100 Percent’ Vaccinated Cruise Ship Hit With COVID-19 Outbreak (1 Apr)

    Princess Cruises confirmed that one of its cruise liners, the Ruby Princess, reported a COVID-19 outbreak before docking in San Francisco.

    “As with all Princess itineraries, this cruise is operated as a vaccinated cruise, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” the company told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Guests and crew vaccination rates were at 100 percent.” … Princess Cruises also mandates passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test and proof of vaccination to board, according to its website.

    Quick, someone ring up Gladys to tell her she has a consultancy opportunity.

  34. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    Even the ABC is finding it difficult to hide the bullshit coming out of the Ukrainian propaganda machine:

    Russian forces leave Chernobyl nuclear plant, transferring control to Ukraine

    Ukraine’s state power company, Energoatom, said Russian troops began leaving the nuclear plant after soldiers got “significant doses” of radiation from digging trenches at the highly contaminated site.

    Digging trenches? Why on earth would they be digging trenches? Because digging trenches is what soldiers do? Or maybe they’re history enthusiasts and were planning on staging a re-enactment of the Battle of the Somme or something.

    Energoatom provided no details on the condition of the troops or how many were affected. But it said the Russians had dug in the forest inside the exclusion zone around the now-closed plant, the site in 1986 of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

    Of course, as the Russians would have no idea about the dangers of digging up the forest around Chernobyl. It’s not as though the Chernobyl disaster mitigation effort was planned and managed from Moscow or anything like that.

    So the ABC needs an expert to back the claim up so they find some guy and and the best he can say is like ummm well what the Ukrainians are claiming is theoretically possible, but…

    Edwin Lyman, a nuclear expert with the US-based Union of Concerned Scientists, said it “seems unlikely” a large number of troops would develop severe radiation illness, but it was impossible to know for sure without more details.

    He said contaminated material was probably buried or covered with new topsoil during the clean-up of Chernobyl, and some soldiers might have been exposed to a “hotspot” of radiation while digging.

    Others might have assumed they were at risk too, he said.

    Yep that sounds plausible. A bunch of clueless Russian soldiers digging in random spots around Chernobyl like constipated cats on a beach, one of them shovels up something glowing, he gets sick and then the rest of them all imagine they’re sick too. And then the terrified Russians, who have no idea about this mysterious illness afflicting them, get the hell out, leaving the area contacting the dormant power stations that were shut down for some reason. Makes sense.

    Here’s a crazy alternative explanation that involves looking at a map. The Russian military looks to me to be in control of the territory that encompasses the Chernobyl site. The Russians don’t need to secure the actual site anymore. Maybe that’s why the Russian soldiers are leaving.

    Or everyone could uncritically believe what the Ukrainian government is claiming. The benefit of this latter option is easier because you don’t need to think. The drawback is that you’re going to be extremely confused at some point soon, and for the same reason anyone who believed Comical Ali’s claims were confused when reality, in the form of an M1-Abrams, rolled over the claims.

  35. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    Test. a<b

  36. calli Avatar
    calli

    directness and emotionality

    It’s a toxic veneer for manipulators. Which is what she is. No one ever looks behind the mask.

  37. calli Avatar
    calli

    Princess Cruises also mandates passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test and proof of vaccination to board, according to its website.

    So much for RATs then.

  38. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Scanning through this morning’s bonhomie, it is interesting to note that as fluid and unpredictable humans in action are, some laws of physics still apply.

    One such law is that nature abhors a vacuum.

    In the (thankful) absence of one abysmal basket case soaking up its fair share of pixels, other stoushes of more minor stature but equal in total volume have flowed in to fill its place.

    I think it’s a really interesting example of human behaviour.

  39. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    I’ve met with the ‘mainlander’ attitude common in Tasmania Top Ender.
    My family on my mum’s side all originally landed in Van Diemen’s Land.
    One even build one of those public hotels before going broke and leaving for the mainland.
    Though not for the goldfields as one Tasmanian suggested, two decades too late. (turncoatery apparently).
    Thought about moving down there at one stage but lack of opportunities for offspring changed my mind.

  40. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Brian Harradine served for 30 years in the Senate, from 1975 on

    Just after the Mabo judgement was extended to the mainland, there was a proposal to compile a register of “sacred sites” together with a time limit, from memory of thirty years, which would be the cutoff point. Harradine opposed the suggestion – it would be unfair to the indigenous, and “place pressure on them..”

  41. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    You are right Sancho.
    The ‘better people’ deserve something better.

  42. sfw Avatar
    sfw

    Re battery range, the range is only relevant to the size and weight of the battery, if Tesla is getting twice the range out of a battery the same mass and size then that’s a massive improvement, if they’ve put in bigger batteries etc it gets rather hard to compare. I had a mate who could get 1000 miles between filling up in his car, trouble was it had massive long range tanks.

  43. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Or it could be a simple case of baton passing in the stoush relay kd.

  44. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Humans will be able to live everywhere. Otherwise they couldn’t make shows like The Expanse.

  45. calli Avatar
    calli

    Well, if Lizzie won’t do it, I can be a stand-in raconteur. Not that there’s much to talk about.

    The rain has swept the butcherbird family under my back porch, all sitting on the chair backs, cold and bedraggled. They don’t want food, just shelter. Same for a lone kooka who is doing a wet dishcloth impersonation. The kangaroos all stand munching grass, backs to the endless, flurrying rain.

    Meanwhile Mr Spooner, the local spoonbill, wades the shallows patiently frogging and sifting.

  46. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    and communities see such a pissy little amount

    Ahem…

    Total direct expenditure on services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in 2012-13 was estimated to be $30.3 billion, accounting for 6.1% of total direct general government expenditure.

    The same report also found that:

    Estimated expenditure per person in 2012-13 was $43,449 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, compared with $20,900 for other Australians (a ratio of 2.08 to 1 — an increase from a ratio of 1.93 to 1 in 2008-09).

    Plus.
    https://www.ato.gov.au/General/Aboriginal-and-Torres-Strait-Islander-people/In-detail/Receiving-native-title-benefits/

    Example – Individual receiving a native title benefit

    Mae is an Aboriginal woman who lives in Western Australia. Every year, she receives a $100,000 native title benefit from a mining company. The mining company uses the land to mine for iron ore.

    Mae is not taxed on this $100,000 because it is a native title benefit, which is NANE income and is not taxable.

    They get nuffink.
    Nufink at all.

  47. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    The time has come for world governments to unite as one and tackle global problems such as climate change, trade, and economic disruption without hinderance or delay, World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab announced Wednesday.

    Xi & Putin just blew a raspberry at Klaus.

  48. bons Avatar
    bons

    Time for us to re-stoke the ‘Free Malaita’ fires again.
    A few chunk heads on poles should do it.
    But yes, we must do something. Obviously chunk eyes are focused on the Solomons strstegically for the potential for interrupting shipping lanes, airspace and regional relationships, and having airfields within easy range of Oz.
    Going to be fun watching how the ABC handles it.
    It is a terrifying situation with an ignorant and gratuitously spiteful Labor Govt on the horizon. They will surrender the whole of the SW Pacific.
    It is amazing that our massive Dept of Foreign Affairs did nothing to prevent this disaster. Too busy attending trans rights conferences in Upper Volta I assume.
    It is defeat of such proportion that any half decent PM would have the Sec and Minister out of there immediately.
    If nothing else can be done, we will just have to send in Lambie. The chunks will run in terror, we do.

  49. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Nothing wrong with directness should be more of it but coupled with hyper emotionality changes as calli said it becomes manipulative.

    Plus it’s so cliché now days I become indifferent to its use.

  50. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    He’s very bright though so I’m struggling to comprehend how he has glossed over the numerous problems of setting up colonies of Mars.

    John – Considering the enormous technical problems he’s overcome to build his businesses I suspect he thinks he has a good chance to develop answers to the other problems. Medicine is also rapidly advancing, and I suspect he’s been keeping an eye on such things. The physiology issues are a hurdle that really don’t come for a while in the Ganttish development arc he seems to be undertaking. It’ll be many years yet before astronauts can even attempt a short mission to Mars. The radiation issues in transit are another big hurdle.

    I really do hope Superheavy works. As I said the FAA are being bastards:

    SpaceX forced to wait longer for Super Heavy flight clearance (27 Mar)

    Just a few days after SpaceX chief Elon Musk said he hoped to see the next-generation Starship rocket take its first orbital flight in May, an issue has cropped up that has the potential to delay the plan.

    SpaceX is waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to grant it permission to launch the rocket from its site in Boca Chica, Texas.

    A decision was supposed to be published at the end of 2021, but the agency said it was taking longer than expected to complete the necessary work and ended up pushing the date to February, then to the end of this month.

    But now the FAA says it plans to reveal its decision on April 29.

    The FAA says it needs more time to conduct a review covering various issues linked to the launch. It includes the evaluation of “overflight of populated areas and payload contents; national security or foreign policy concerns; insurance requirements for the launch operator; and potential environmental impact.”

    Environmental impact? Typical bureaucratic rubbish. I take this to mean the Left is unhappy with Musk’s loss of ideological purity, so that a little herding back into the fold is required.

  51. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    You remind me of our brief stay in Nelson Bay calli, much raining then too.
    Poor soil, scrubby bush but the water views made up for it.
    That and my daughter mispronouncing bream and then telling us the delightful story of her friend asking for a pint pronouncing the ‘i’ as in insect.

  52. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    Harradine IIRR was a very strange blend of Catholic conservative and Labor party union.

    He voted for Mabo, I think, but was also anti-abortion. And so on.

  53. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Ex DLP?

  54. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Eyriesays:

    April 1, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    Having “losing trades in a year” does not mean “I made an aggregate loss in that year”.

    So say so. I’d think there would be lots of losing trades *every* year.

    I genuinely have no idea where you are going with this.
    And, with respect, I don’t think you do either.
    So what that there are losing trades every year.
    Every trader would have some losing trades.
    Who cares if they made an overall profit, and followed whatever stop-loss and profit-taking guidelines they were given.
    In fact, if a full-time trader was working for me and claimed he had made no loss trades I would audit his books with a fine tooth comb to see if he was rolling or hiding dead trades.

  55. Dot Avatar

    Test

    A is A

    Beep boop! Overall result = PASS

  56. Dot Avatar

    Anyone growing sunflower now/after winter?

  57. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Harradine IIRR was a very strange blend of Catholic conservative and Labor party union.

    Ex-Clerk’s Union official. They were one of the unions successfully wrestled from Communist influence by Santamaria’s Movement in the 1950s.

  58. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    But now the FAA says it plans to reveal its decision on April 29.

    a reveal! how exciting. is it a gender rocket reveal party?

  59. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    callisays:

    April 1, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Well, if Lizzie won’t do it, I can be a stand-in raconteur. 

    This is why I never book matinee tickets.
    You always get the under-study.

  60. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Digging trenches? Why on earth would they be digging trenches? Because digging trenches is what soldiers do?

    OCO – I thought that could be plausible since the reflex action of the officers on arrival would be to get their guys to dig in. I vaguely recall there was a bit of fighting in the area on day one or two of the incursion from Belarus to the plant area. I doubt junior officers and other ranks would know enough about the place to realize a lot of fallout from the reactor fire would be beneath the surface.

    I tried to verify the radiation exposure claims yesterday, from non-Ukrainian sources. There was one report with a photo of Russian soldiers being admitted to a radiation hospital in Minsk that comes from a Belarussian source. The guy seems kosher since his feed is almost all Belarussian stuff.

    MotolkoHelp@MotolkoHelp
    12:20, Gomel
    About 7 medical PAZ buses arrived at the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Radiation Medicine and Human Ecology. The photo shows people in the cars. It should be noted that Russian soldiers are brought to this center on a regular basis.
    10:14 PM · Mar 30, 2022

    His caveat is very reasonable, since if there’s radiation exposure that’s the likely place they’d be sent to, but likewise if there are casualties from the fighting in the north the serious cases might be sent to such a hospital too. On the other hand if 7 medical buses arrive at the same time a day after the troops were withdrawn from the plant it would suggest a specific reason.

  61. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Beep boop! Overall result = PASS

    Please.
    No Beep Boops! here.
    It is not that sort of blog.

  62. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Mutations in noncoding DNA are found to protect the brain from ALS

    Junk DNA my ass. The Human Genome Project misled so many into thinking we understand genetics. The project didn’t even map all the relevant coding let alone show what genes do what. The way advanced in biomedicine are presented is often very misleading. We can’t cure autoimmune diseases or dementia or most cancers. Progress is painfully slow. I remember people arguing stem cells would open a vast new range of treatment possibilities. Hasn’t happened, we don’t even understand how placing a stem cell in a different geometric structure will induce the production of different cells.

  63. Old bloke Avatar
    Old bloke

    George Christensen’s final speech in Parliament.

    It’s a pity that he’s leaving, he is one of our better parliamentarians.

  64. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    They were one of the unions successfully wrestled from Communist influence by Santamaria’s Movement in the 1950s.

    Way back when, I worked with someone who had been one of “The Movement” – – he’d been bashed with a iron bar and had his teeth smashed in. He seemed pleasantly surprised to find there were those of us who had learned about Bob Santamaria and the “Movement” in history lessons at school…

  65. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Because Americans hate the fake moral crisis that the Democratic Party’s neo-liberals have created in the past five years, Joe Biden is the last neo-liberal president in US history.

    Ballot-rigging or not, the Dems will be smashed in November in what historian Victor Davis Hanson reckons will be the biggest American political reset since the 1930s. Tucker Carlson Tonight.

  66. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    Just out of interest: why would Ukraine want Bushmasters? What would they be used for, apart from Russian target practice? Don’t get me wrong – I’m sure they’re great when your enemy doesn’t have surveillance satellites and drones, attack helicopters, air supremacy and things like that.

    As for giving Ukraine our tanks – last time I checked we had a few dozen MBTs. Not sure that’s going to be a huge help.

    And how are we going to get our tanks and Bushmasters over there in a timely fashion? I guess you can squeeze an M1-Abrams onto a C-17. Or 4-5 Bushmasters. I guess that’d require 100-150 round trips to Poland. What’s the cost per flight hour of a fully-loaded C-17? Probably cheap. Let’s do this!

  67. calli Avatar
    calli

    You always get the under-study.

    I’m the Teddy to Lizzie’s Bill. Without the bullet, thankfully.

  68. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    He seemed pleasantly surprised to find there were those of us who had learned about Bob Santamaria and the “Movement” in history lessons at school…

    If you were compiling a list of the 100 most influential Australians of the 20th C., as a primer or intro to that period in our history, Satamaria would have to be right up there.

  69. Winston Smith Avatar

    Zipster:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAlmV7-DzrU
    Biden is being thrown under the bus, along with his family.
    About bloody time.
    However, as the scab is being lifted off the Democrat political sore, the US is going to be weakened – badly – at a time when it needs all the cohesiveness it can get.

  70. JC Avatar
    JC

    Eyrie

    Without a doubt, you’re one the biggest wanker cretins here. You’re just thick no matter how you attempt to cover it up.

  71. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    JCsays:

    April 1, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Eyrie

    Without a doubt, you’re one the biggest wanker cretins here.

    Well, that’s a bit harsh.
    Look, he clearly doesn’t get financial trading, but that’s OK.
    A lot of people don’t understand it, or don’t have the discipline to succeed at it.
    I am sure he is very, very good in his Special Mastermind subject domain.
    As we all are.

  72. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    I shoulda checked before posting. Yep, it’s happening all right:
    Scott Morrison says Australia will send Bushmasters to Ukraine and fill Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s request

    And on C-17s, too. Cool. I doubt we had much use for them anyway. I hear Ukraine’s Navy is kind of non-existent at the moment. Maybe they want a few of our subs? We’ve got plenty to spare. Just send them six. No doubt the valiant Ukrainian warriors will have recaptured Crimea by the time they get there and so they’ll have a base and stuff. What else might they need? We now have a helicopter carrier, right? Why not. Only the best for Zelenskyy! Send him our F-35s, too. I’m sure Ukrainian pilots are fast learners.

  73. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Anyone growing sunflower now/after winter?

    Nobody answer that. It’s undoubtedly code for something.

    Something sinister.

  74. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    Scott Morrison says Australia will send Bushmasters to Ukraine and fill Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s request

    there goes the Russian caviar

  75. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    As for giving Ukraine our tanks – last time I checked we had a few dozen MBTs. Not sure that’s going to be a huge help.

    Should imagine that the American suppliers of those tanks would be chuffed to little green mint balls if the Russians got their hands on a couple of late model Abrams……

  76. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    So he’s shamelessly exploiting the Left to do all of this. But it looks like he’s getting pretty fed up with them. We’ll see if the Left’s spiteful revenge knobbles him: already he’s having increasing difficulty with the FAA over SpaceX plans.
    Yep. Already had environmental approval to launch big rockets (Falcon Heavy) and wants to launch larger rockets with more environmentally friendly fuel (methane vs kerosene).
    Effect on wildlife – “fuck what’s that loud noise” “Ok it’s gone now, everybody back to what you were doing.”. It is also not like there aren’t a few hundred kilometers of similar environment to the north.
    Humans can live in space in rotating space stations or O’Neill habitats at any convenient gravity that is found to be the minimum required for long term health. At present we do not know what this is. We know zero g isn’t good long term but hours to days to a couple of weeks is fine. We know 1 g is OK (Earth). Is Mars’s 0.38 g enough? Luna’s 0.16? We simply do not know. There was meant to be a variable g facility on the ISS but it got cancelled.
    I increasingly suspect that Musk’s Mars colony goal serves as a point of focus. He’s not building “a” spceship, he’s building a spaceship factory production line. Once flying, anywhere this side to the asteroid belt is accessible as low cost. A Mars colony is but one end use.

  77. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Ballot-rigging or not, the Dems will be smashed in November in what historian Victor Davis Hanson reckons will be the biggest American political reset since the 1930s.

    An article I read recently (can’t find the link right now) said Biden has lurched so far left that he’s turned moderates into activists against his agenda, citing parents taking on woke school boards as an example.

  78. calli Avatar
    calli

    Is it just possible, for once in our sorry, busybody lives, not to get involved in a convoluted unwinable foreign fracas?

    Pretty please?

  79. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Scott Morrison says Australia will send Bushmasters to Ukraine and fill Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s request

    And on C-17s, too. Cool. I doubt we had much use for them anyway.

    Well we sure aren’t going to need them in the Solomons any more. Nor in Timor Leste. Can’t be long until a Chinese base gets built there too, given how much they dislike Aussies.

    Your comment about Ukrainians flying F-35s reminded me of Firefox, where Clint Eastwood steals a an advanced Mig-31. Hard to believe it came out 40 years ago.

  80. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    How the New York Times gave disinformation a free swing
    Follow @JacktheInsider

    On March 30, a headline in The China Daily screamed, “Hunter Biden’s old emails linked to Ukraine labs.”

    Doesn’t that sound interesting? Here is evidence that not only do Ukrainian bio-labs exist, not only were they funded by the US, thus creating the possibility of a bio-warfare capability in Ukraine, but even more salaciously, those dark deeds could be linked directly to the 46th POTUS through his bad boy son, Hunter.

    But we must pause before reading further and acknowledge that the China Daily is an English language newspaper wholly owned and run by the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

    Publicity equals propaganda. In this case the PRC was offering a helping publicity hand across the Gobi Desert to their friends in Russia.

    The China Daily is not a reliable source and its claims in the headline and body copy cannot be taken seriously without corroboration from a more reputable source.

    The question is, who might that more reputable source be?

    To understand the origins of this story, we need to go back a step or two, indeed a year or two when we were told by mainstream media and a large collective of US security folk back in the blast-furnace heat of the 2020 presidential campaign, that the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop and the emails therein were the products of a Russian disinformation campaign. Thus, the story was not pursued by almost everyone in the MSM.

    More than 50 former senior CIA spooks, DoJ officials and FBI agents came forward to denounce the story which tells us that these 50-odd people were determined not to see Trump re-elected which is interesting in itself.

    The story goes that Hunter parked his Apple Mac at a repair shop in Delaware and left it there. Why? Well, as the contents of the laptop would show, Hunter had a massive drug problem. He filmed himself in several five-star hotels smoking crystal meth and engaging in sex with prostitutes. Drug addicts are not generally self-aware when it comes to leaving self-incriminating evidence.

    The repairman who is legally blind, contacted the FBI who took some interest in the contents of the laptop, made a copy of the hard drive, and then went away never to return.

    Long story short, copies of the hard drive then found their way into the New York Post, who ran the story but found themselves cast out of social media, including Twitter, for their trouble. They were, Twitter said, spreading disinformation. The New York Post and several journalists from the Post were banned from Twitter for periods of time.

    On October 14, 2020, Twitter said the stories violated its hacked materials policy and that the social media platform was limiting the article’s spread due to questions about “the origins of the materials” included in the article. The ban on the Daily Post was lifted six days later.

    But the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop were not some murky Russian disinformation campaign. They were genuine. Worse, the New York Times, arguably once the most prestigious newspaper in the US, was in receipt of a copy of the hard drive, and knew it was genuine, too. The paper chose not to cover the story, two weeks out from the US election.

    Not only did the hard drive include photos of Hunter doing what he does best, taking drugs and having sex with prostitutes, but there were emails where he was communicating with Ukrainian and Chinese businesses that may see him prosecuted for lobbying on behalf of a foreign nation in breach of the US Foreign Agents Registration Act.

    The emails show that Hunter referred to ‘the Big Guy’, believed to be his father, Joe when Joe was Veep and may have involved the then Veep now POTUS receiving bribes from foreign interests or might have been Hunter blowing his own bags, exaggerating his powers of influence.

    Clearly this should have been the subject of objective reporting from anyone in receipt of the goods, including the New York Times.

    At a time when the MSM is under attack from almost every quarter, the New York Times’ conduct was poor at best and reveals its editors were in the business of partisan reporting.

    Had the New York Times chosen to live by its motto, “All the news that’s fit to print,” would we have had a different result in the 2020 Presidential election? One poll in the US suggested eight per cent of Americans would have changed their vote. But what was done could not be undone and so the answer lies deeply in the hypothetical.

    When a newspaper chooses to ignore a story that is unquestionably in the public interest, the graver consequences are the loss of trust and confidence not just to its own masthead but more generally to the mainstream media.

    And now we see that selective reporting contrary to the public interest (and even its own commercial interests — who doesn’t think the story would have led to more sales and more subscriptions to the NYT?), opens a window for the legitimisation of propaganda and disinformation.

    In a time where truth is becoming increasingly difficult to discern, the actions of the New York Times have shown it to be acting in a partisan fashion, a cheer squad for regime change. Moreover, the sin of deliberately veering from the objective, from the rational and from the important business of investigative journalism, gives disinformation and the propagandists who practice it a free swing.

  81. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    Wow! So Hunter laptop has made it to MSM in Australia:

    https://www.watoday.com.au/world/north-america/hunter-biden-s-laptop-scandal-gets-rebooted-ahead-of-mid-terms-20220401-p5a9z0.html

    .. but can’t help thinking Kamala is behind all of this or will be the great beneficiary in the end…

  82. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    From the Oz..

    “Bruce Lehrmann: defence applies for permanent stay in Higgins rape trial

    Defence lawyers have applied to permanently block the high-profile rape trial of the man accused of raping Brittany Higgins.

    Lawyers for former Liberal Staffer Bruce Lehrmann have applied for a permanent stay on his upcoming rape trial.

    If successful, the application would permanently prevent the case against Mr Lehrmann from being heard in court.

    In concluding Friday’s hearing ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum reserved her decision, and said she would hand down her judgement next week.

    Mr Lehrmann has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of sexual intercourse without consent.

    Police allege Mr Lehrmann raped Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins in the office of Linda Reynolds on March 23, 2019.”

    The plain truth is that given the pre-trial publicity, Lehrmann cannot receive a fair trial.

  83. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    On the day of the final presidential debate, Trump even invited a former Hunter Biden associate, Tony Bobulinski, to conduct a press conference as his special guest, hoping it would give weight to claims that Joe Biden was somehow corruptly tied to the affairs of his son.

    The problem? With the exception of Trump-friendly media outlets, much of the mainstream press ignored the issue.

    What’s more, Twitter briefly blocked links to the story amid concerns that it contained hacked material, while Facebook temporarily restricted it as possible “misinformation” – an argument that the Democrats had also made.

  84. Kneel Avatar
    Kneel

    “Bruce the Mars colony stuff is nonsense …”

    6 months to get there.
    6 months to get back.
    IIRC, 2 years wait in between, or you don’t gain anything anyway – the return trip will just take longer.
    So, getting something together that allows you to live there long enough to create the fuel you need to get back is vital – you can’t carry the required fuel to get back, too much mass. You can’t carry that much food either, so need a way to survive in place using local resources. At that point, it may as well be a “colony”, or at the very least the start of one.

    I think Musk is on the right track if that is what he ultimately wants – commercialising space transport is certainly step one, and he’s on track for that.
    Then a “space resort” in orbit to test out the closed eco-systems and so on – close enough that if things go wrong, you can get back or be “rescued” in short order. Lots of manufacturing possibilities there too, like foamed metal, alloys and organics (medicines etc) that you can’t make in a gravity field and so on.
    Perhaps a moon base after that – still relatively close (especially if you already have many resources in earth orbit), but also far enough away that transporting resources for continued survival is not viable. And plenty of “local” resources for oxygen and fuel. And no greenies telling you to mind the locals 🙂

    If Elon is lucky, he might live long enough to see a Mars colony.

  85. Speedbox Avatar
    Speedbox

    Sancho Panzer says:
    April 1, 2022 at 12:51 pm
    In fact, if a full-time trader was working for me and claimed he had made no loss trades I would audit his books…..

    I would suggest you are going further than you need. Any trader who says they haven’t had a loosing trade is a flat-out liar. That, or they aren’t actually a trader at all. Either way, I wouldn’t trust them with my dog’s biscuits much less my money.

  86. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    A decade ago, the global left launched its gay marriage campaign. It won that campaign effortlessly a few years later, when governments began buckling to the demands of the gay lobby and altering the law to enable homosexual “marriage”.

    But all of the energy and fund-raising that powered that campaign didn’t suddenly go away after it succeeded. It is now being used to make the whole world “queer” by getting behind the transgender movement.

    That campaign is also succeeding beyond its wildest dreams, capturing the Democratic Party and its latest ill-gotten prize, the Biden White House.

    So the politicised gay world now has a new objective: to turn the whole world into poofters.

    So much for tolerance and live and let live.

  87. JC Avatar
    JC

    Yes Sanchez, but this is the clown who puts down trading and economics. Meanwhile, he once claims to have degree in climate science from the 70s. Basically weather divining.. He’s as self aware as The Thought Leadership.
    That paranoid fuck thinks we talk about him behind his back. We don’t. I’ve only spoken to you on here.

    Meanwhile, I’m sure thought
    Leadership was annoying
    Liz. I’d bet my house on that one.

    He accuses people of being rude, meanwhile the fuck was calling someone
    here an old hag just a few days ago.

    The level of self awareness with some of this cretins is beyond funny.

  88. calli Avatar
    calli

    I see C.L. is eviscerating ScoMo’s telescopic philanthropy* too. With reference to woeful neglect of our own elderly.

    Go and have a look.

    * or is it telescopic bellicosity?

  89. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    The level of self awareness

    ..
    Either be a goddam man, pick up the phone and thrash it out, or just shut your gob.
    No one here cares why you can’t shut the up about me.

  90. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    So much for tolerance and live and let live.

    Indeed Tom. In fact the LBGTXYZ main argument was “what we do behind closed doors doesn’t affect you” – many a smart Cat knew exactly what this meant.

    And as I like to remind my friends and colleagues: A majority of Australians did not support SSM since a 61% approval rating for SSM from 79% of voters is not a majority. Not that it matters now, just a gentle barb.

  91. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    I feel sorry for the accused in the Higgins case…..because his life is ruined. Whilst I hope his request for a stay is granted due to the pre-trial prejudicial publicity, a trial could have cleared his name.

  92. Winston Smith Avatar

    Knuckle Dragger:

    Contrary to the death camp fan’s assertions, I’ve never asked for anyone to be smote, ever.

    I have repeatedly asked for Calli to be smote for her three old ladies picture.
    But nooo! she leads a charmed life in blog wrecking.
    So!

  93. Winston Smith Avatar

    Eyrie:

    I’ll just point out that the Israeli’s fired the first shots. Actually just destroyed most Arab airpower on the ground.
    Justified?

    Yes.

    You have a large group of your ethnic brothers and sisters in an adjoining country who are about to get murdered by a bunch of Nazis so you intervene to stop that.
    Justified?

    Yes.

  94. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    The Darwin spearman/aspiring rapper with the family-proclaimed weird name is awake! NT Police don’t know what happened!

    A TEENAGER who was shot at six times and had a taser fired at him has woken up from his 13-day coma.

    The family of the Palmerston 19-year-old said he remained in a critical but stable condition following the police shooting in Gray on Tuesday, March 8.

    His family, who referred to the 19-year-old as Big Brotha of 0830, said their son, grandson, nephew and brother was awake after nearly a fortnight of unconsciousness.

    “Thank you to the doctors and nurses in the intensive care unit for all your hard work and effort to look after our boy,” his family said in a statement.

    Big Brotha of 0830’s family said they would be providing more updates when they were ready to speak.

    On Tuesday, NT Police confirmed the investigation was ongoing but did not provide further details about the circumstances around the police shooting.

    Earlier this month, NT Police Assistant Commissioner Michael White said a male and female officer were responding to an unrelated incident on Tuesday morning when they were allegedly confronted with the teenager armed with a spear.

    Mr White alleged the teenager raised the spear and attempted to throw it at one of the officers.

    He alleged after repeated warnings, one officer deployed a taser around the same time as their partner pulled a lethal weapon and fired their gun six times in quick succession.

    He said it was still unknown how many bullets actually hit the teenager, if the taser made contact, how far away he was from officers and how quickly the incident unfolded.

    NT News

  95. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    a trial could have cleared his name.

    Wouldn’t matter. The sisterhood would still regard him as “Guilty.”

  96. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Pick one JC.
    Either I’m “a piece of shit” who doesn’t deserve response, OR whatever the hell it is I apparently did that caused your brain to explode is worth month after month of this absolute utter bullshit, in which case, let’s sort it.
    Either way, move it off here.
    I don’t hold grudges, not for this low level nonsense.
    Nor do I think anyone is a “piece of shit” and worth treating as subhuman.
    Get this shit off here, do the right thing, pick up the phone and scream at me for whatever the fuck this is really about.
    Because I don’t get it. I really, honestly don’t.

  97. calli Avatar
    calli

    On smiting, calls for smiting, and potential smiting…this.

  98. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    WA TAXPAYERS FUND ADULT ENTERTAINMENT WORKSHOP FOR KIDS

    prep for an onlyfans career

  99. JC Avatar
    JC

    Dickhead, you and I will never have any contact again . Get it through your head that it’s never going to happen.

    You fucking idiot.

    You’re calling people old hags and then criticising others for being abusive.

    You accuse others of talking behind your back and the are doing the same by pestering Liz.

    You accuse others of not having expertise on a subject but have done the same with the we make nafink crap.

    You accuse others of bringing up old sores etc but showed no hesitation breaking confidence.

    The stupid fuck started on me this morning after I gave The Inventor a whack over the ears and he’s now suggesting I started on him.
    Unreal.

  100. Eddystone Avatar
    Eddystone

    callisays:
    April 1, 2022 at 1:29 pm
    Is it just possible, for once in our sorry, busybody lives, not to get involved in a convoluted unwinable foreign fracas?

    Pretty please?

    That’s pretty much what I wrote in my comment on the Bushmaster article in the Oz. (Not as eloquently but.)

    Not a lot of agreement by other commenters though.

  101. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    You accuse others of bringing up old sores etc but showed no hesitation breaking confidence.

    ..
    Are you serious?
    Are you really that without class that you want to do this for an audience?
    How is that “no contact”? It isn’t. We’re in contact here.
    You want the contact and the audience.
    Either state exactly what confidence I broke or stop making these accusations on a blog.
    Man the fuck up. Do the right thing, make your case on the phone and stop boring these people.

  102. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Get a room you 2.

  103. calli Avatar
    calli

    No, Eddy. They’ll all be gee-ed up emotionally by the selective reporting and historical backgrounding of the conflict.

    It’s the childish good/bad stuff that Abbott ran aground on with his Baddies/Baddies comments.

    Charity begins at home. Our taxes should be spent looking after our vulnerable, then we should look further afield.

    Meanwhile, the government and its despicable agencies have been doing their darndest over many years to erode the very structures of volunteering that relieved them of pressure. Then they have the cheek to whinge that no one volunteers any more and all these services cost way too much.

  104. Winston Smith Avatar

    Bespoke:

    That’s funny, I thought it was cat last night at work whimpering in pain and even felt sorry for the decrepit product of first cousins.
    But it was you Winston.

    A dirty rotten lie – just what I’ve ever expected from a Stella Artois drinker.
    I have never whimpered in my life.

    OK -once.
    I realised this girl would never know the delight of me.

  105. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    I’m fair dinkum.
    Call me, explain yourself, yell and scream and swear if that’s what it takes, I’m in a good place today and can handle it. No problems. If I’m in the wrong I and you convince of such, I will publicly apologise on here.

  106. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Speedbox at 1:46.

    I would suggest you are going further than you need. Any trader who says they haven’t had a loosing trade is a flat-out liar.

    Exsctly.
    Like the bloke who has played cricket for twenty years and never made a duck.

  107. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    JC.
    Check your email.

  108. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Cassie at 2:09.
    Agreed.
    A permanent stay lifts the criminal legal burden (which is no small thing).
    However he will have to wear the “R” label all his life.
    And the Feminasties will be screaming “got off on a technicality” and “legal patriarchy”.

  109. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    And the Feminasties will be screaming “got off on a technicality” and “legal patriarchy”.

    That’s the point I was trying to make – well said!

  110. Winston Smith Avatar

    Top Ender:

    Child behavioural experts warned the prolonged use of masks had “deprived” children of meeting learning outcomes and developing socially.

    I wrote of this at the time last year, but it does bear a repeat.
    Sitting outside Prince Charles Hosp. after a session with the docs, everyone wearing masks. Ethnic mum pushing the matrimonial fruit basket goes past with 4 yo leetle girl looking at everyone with a puzzled expression on her face.
    Winston, maskless, gives the little girl a smile and is rewarded with a huge smile in return. The leetle girl cranes her head around the side of the matrimonial fruit basket, still smiling and waving as they disappear around a corner.
    Despite the negativity of Nurse Ratchet who got all soggy and hard to light over my refusal to wear a mask, (despite her being shown my docs exemption) that kids smile remains with me over a year later.

  111. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    A serious question directed at no-one in particular.
    Why do some people on a blogue crave to meet others on the blogue, have personal contact and learn all about them, and others want to maintain strict distance an anonymity?
    I have my theories but keen to know what others think.

  112. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    What the hell is Stella Artois Winston?

    Something you’ve used to seduce Gerbil’s with?

  113. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    bespokesays:

    April 1, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    What the hell is Stella Artois Winston?

    It’s a brand of truck gearbox I think.
    Merger between Stella Artois KrankenSchaft GmbH and Winston Transmissions plc back in 1998.

  114. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    JC.
    Call me.
    Call me now.

  115. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Olympic champion Nancy Hogshead-Makar on why trans women get an unfair advantage in sport
    Nancy Hogshead-Makar‘s activism dates back to the days of East German drug cheats.
    Jessica Halloran
    Chief Sports Writer
    @JessiHalloran
    An hour ago April 1, 2022
    No Comments

    When asked how she felt when American transgender swimmer Lia Thomas took the blocks at the NCAA championships last week, Olympic champion, civil rights lawyer and women’s sport activist Nancy Hogshead-Makar replied “disgust” around the unfairness of it all.

    “Lia is not that same calibre athlete,” Hogshead-Makar tells The Weekend Australian. “Look, she’s the last person off the starting blocks. She has terrible turns. She has no underwater game — but she has what nobody else has, which is male puberty.”

    Hogshead-Maker is a strong voice in a fierce debate that has been triggered again, this time by the rise of Thomas, who at the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships last week was first in the 500-yard freestyle final, beating her nearest competitor, Olympic silver medallist Emma Weyant, by more than a second and a half.

    Thomas, who started her collegiate swimming career with three years on the men’s team before having hormone therapy and taking her place on the women’s team this year, recently told Sports Illustrated she would like to swim at the Paris Olympics.

    “I just want to show trans kids and younger trans athletes that they’re not alone,” Thomas said. “They don’t have to choose between who they are and the sport they love.”

    Thomas was not breaking the rules by competing last week — she had been on hormone therapy for two years, longer than the NCAA required one year — but her recent performances have thrust the issues around trans women elite athletes into the spotlight

  116. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Ex-SAS soldier in Ben Roberts-Smith case admits taking explicit photo during drunken incident in Kabul
    Michaela Whitbourn
    By Michaela Whitbourn
    April 1, 2022 — 1.55pm

    A former elite soldier who was punched in the jaw by war veteran Ben Roberts-Smith after a mission in Afghanistan has denied he had a drinking problem but admitted he took an explicit photo on a female intelligence liaison officer’s phone while drunk in Kabul.

    Person 10, a former Special Air Service soldier who served briefly in Afghanistan, has given evidence in Mr Roberts-Smith’s Federal Court defamation case that the decorated former soldier punched him in Afghanistan and ordered the mock execution of a prisoner during an earlier training exercise in Australia.

    Person 10 denied on Friday that he had a problem with alcohol consumption in Afghanistan, but admitted to a drunken incident in Kabul in 2012 in which he took a phone from a female intelligence liaison officer and photographed his penis.

    “I took responsibility for that action, Mr Moses,” he told Mr Roberts-Smith’s barrister, Arthur Moses, SC.

    Mr Roberts-Smith is suing The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times over a series of articles in 2018 that he says portray him as a bully and a war criminal who was involved in unlawful killings of Afghan detainees.

    The media outlets are seeking to rely on a defence of truth and allege Mr Roberts-Smith bullied SAS soldiers, including Person 10, and committed or was involved in six murders of Afghans under the control of Australian troops, when they cannot be killed under the rules of engagement.

    Mr Roberts-Smith denies bullying Person 10, but admits punching him after a mission in Afghanistan in 2012 in which Person 10 accidentally shot at a woman and child. The woman and child were not hurt.

    Person 10 said on Friday he was “firing to protect my mates moving across open ground” after three shots were fired from “an unconfirmed location”. He said a comrade, Person 22, “nearly got his head shot off”. He was told later the shots were fired by another SAS soldier, the court has heard.

    Person 10 said he had seen a fighting-age Afghan man acting suspiciously earlier in the mission, and started firing after he saw movement in his peripheral vision.

    Mr Roberts-Smith called “ceasefire” and he stopped firing, Person 10 has told the court. The woman and child emerged from the area where he had been shooting.

    The court heard Person 10 was subsequently removed from the SAS. He told the court that Mr Roberts-Smith urged him not to tell the truth in his statement about the incident in Afghanistan because “he said I could go to The Hague [the International Criminal Court] if I put that I was firing at a woman and child”.

    He said he spoke to a legal officer and “I kept my original statement … that I fired at the woman and child”. He agreed Mr Roberts-Smith ultimately did not stop him from putting that in his statement.

    Person 10 told the court on Thursday that Mr Roberts-Smith told him to stand up during a patrol debrief after the incident, punched him in the jaw and yelled at him. But he agreed that he had never suggested that Mr Roberts-Smith bullied him.

    “You accept, don’t you, that Mr Roberts-Smith has not bullied you?” Mr Moses said.

    “Depends what your definition of bullying is, Mr Moses. I would say, Mr Moses, that punching somebody in the face, berating them in front of the patrol, could be considered a form of bullying,” he said.

    Mr Roberts-Smith has admitted punching Person 10. He told the court last year the soldier “giggled” during the troops’ debrief, and he punched him to underscore the gravity of the incident. Person 10 has denied giggling.

    Person 10 also told the court on Thursday that Mr Roberts-Smith ordered him during a training exercise to “shoot” a soldier, Person 9, who was posing as a detainee. He said Mr Roberts-Smith told him: “That’s how it’s going to be on the day.” Mr Roberts-Smith denies the allegation.

    Mr Moses put it to Person 10 on Friday that he had “never come to grips with the fact you were a failed SASR soldier”.

    “I have, Mr Moses, and I have moved on,” he said. He denied fabricating parts of his evidence.

  117. JC Avatar
    JC

    I, I can’t call you as I don’t know your number. I also don’t know your email address, Sanchez.

    🙂

  118. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Zipster at 2:59.
    I don’t think that tells us much.
    Apart from the fact that the labour market is hot and this creates churn.

  119. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “civil rights lawyer and women’s sport activist Nancy Hogshead-Makar replied “disgust” around the unfairness of it all.”

    Good, I think it’s high time more people registered their disgust and spoke up about this lunacy.

  120. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    JCsays:

    April 1, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    I, I can’t call you as I don’t know your number. I also don’t know your email address, Sanchez.

    Oh.
    Yeah.
    Right.
    That does present something of a hurdle.
    My number is 1800 COCKSMOKE.
    Aksk for The Big Guy.

  121. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    It’s funny.. Perth data on covid shows massive spike from Monday to Thursday and then huge troughs each weekend.

    So, either covid isn’t catchy on Friday to Sunday or nobody cares about getting tested on weekends? Both answers point to: “Who gives a shit about covid?” 😛

  122. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Lol.

  123. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    What means “Lol”.

  124. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    “…the film is a cry for action, something Rennie says is sadly lacking from our federal government.”

    I’ve never heard of this bloke or his film but I’m betting there ain’t another mug apart from the Oz tax payer that would fund a 251 luv-in movie .. bitin’ the hand that feeds you .. as usual .. duuuuuuuh!

  125. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    So I guess we’re done for the day.
    You won’t state your alleged breaking confidences problem on here.
    You’re too much of a child to phone.
    And now all you have is playing with your pet blowfly Sancho the dullard.
    See ya.

  126. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    Charity begins at home. Our taxes should be spent looking after our vulnerable

    the left do not use this word, vulnerable, the same way normal people do.

  127. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    And now all you have is playing with your pet blowfly Sancho the dullard.
    See ya.

    Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Bzzzzz Bzzzzzzzzzz
    Bye.

  128. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    I don’t think that tells us much.
    Apart from the fact that the labour market is hot and this creates churn.

    Is it just churn?

  129. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Is it just churn?

    What else is it?
    If the theory is that it is permanent departures, you need stats showing a drop in total employment.

  130. Winston Smith Avatar

    Indolent:
    https://tass.com/economy/1430513?utm_source=freerepublic.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=freerepublic.com&utm_referrer=freerepublic.com
    Frankly, it serves them right.
    We’ve shouted ourselves hoarse trying to get the idiots to see reality, but no – too hard. This is what happens when 10% of the population decide the energy policy for the other 90%.
    Maybe something can be salvaged, but it isn’t looking great.

  131. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    TE, I hope it wasn’t your missus that cut me off, driving a white RAV4.

  132. JC Avatar
    JC

    Listen fuckhead, you and I will never have any discussion over the phone. The only means is here and if you’re rude to me (or anyone else now) you’ll be getting the same back in spades.
    No more Mr Nice Guy with a slimeball .

  133. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    No more Mr Nice Guy with a slimeball .

    ..
    Wooaaa. Waited till he thought I’d gone, then sparked up again.
    Mr. Nice Guy?
    Jesus. You are clueless.
    You abuse people on here day in, day out. The milder the victim, the worse you go at it. Coward.
    Get a little back and you have a meltdown, try to draw others into it, spit absolute vile crap all day.
    What an arsehole. An a grade arsehole.
    Get the fuck out of here.

  134. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    I thought America always had a highly mobile work force?

  135. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    JCsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 3:30 pm
    Listen fuckhead, you and I will never have any discussion over the phone.

    I know.
    That was a dodgy number I gave you.

  136. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Either state the broken confidence or get the fuck off the blog.

  137. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Get the fuck out of here.

    With respect, I don’t think that is your call to make.
    Much as you would like it to be, it isn’t.
    With respect.
    Oh, I already said “with respect”.
    Sorry.

  138. JC Avatar
    JC

    Nor do I think anyone is a “piece of shit” and worth treating as subhuman.

    “You old hag” is fine though?

  139. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Just popped in to see family, who were not impressed with the Elbow story, nothing extraordinary in the scheme of things, and perhaps put him in a much better position than many others from that era, access to rent capped public housing should be seen as advantage not disadvantage, if you are low income.

  140. Franx Avatar
    Franx

    If Lehrmann does not get an unprejudiced day in court to defend against the allegations, would he be able to bring a case of defamation in the civil courts?

  141. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    “You old hag” is fine though?

    ..
    As I said, got naffing, so dragging others into his battle.
    You’re a joke who does everything he accuses others of.
    What’s the broken confidence?
    Say it or get lost.

  142. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    rosiesays:
    April 1, 2022 at 3:34 pm
    I thought America always had a highly mobile work force?

    It does.
    Because barriers to termination are low.
    I honestly don’t know what the current situation is as compared with the past, but 3% resignations in the face of high labour demand is not, of itself, a big deal.

  143. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    If Lehrmann does not get an unprejudiced day in court to defend against the allegations, would he be able to bring a case of defamation in the civil courts?

    If he reads the Cat he’ll know the two golden rules:

    1 – Always escalate, and
    2 – Never apologise. 😛

  144. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Franxsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 3:40 pm
    If Lehrmann does not get an unprejudiced day in court to defend against the allegations, would he be able to bring a case of defamation in the civil courts?

    Dunno Franx.
    It would require a close examination of what was said.
    It was more in the nature of “I stand wif victims” rather than “He is guilty”.
    Although, if the context is squarely about Britnah, those two statements are almost synonymous.

  145. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Better watch out Thancho, Jacquie Jackie will be around looking for the big boy.
    In other news Zelensky is after Bushmasters, better to send him the bush pig.

  146. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    JC, 1st April 2022.

    I don’t have to know naffing”
    “The broken confidence was really naffing”.

  147. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    So as to induce a different fracas, here is the internet trying to explain Vlad Bae invading Ukraine and how the rest of the world responded.

    Badly.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mcWHUA26oNI

    #CanITakeABiteOutOfTHICCUkraine?

    #WhatYouAllGonnaDoAboutIt?

  148. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    I must say, the bonhomie has fallen off as the day progressed.
    The Good Cheer index is steady at 5.8, which is good, but not great.

  149. Indolent Avatar
    Indolent

    I’m sure it’s just the tippy tip top of the corruption and fraud.

    Pelosi Son’s Associate Convicted of Fraud For Scam That Pelosi’s Son Promoted in Ukraine

  150. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    GreyRangasays:
    April 1, 2022 at 3:44 pm
    Better watch out Thancho, Jacquie Jackie will be around looking for the big boy.

    Fuck!
    Really?
    I might be Gay For a Day when she turns up.

  151. JC Avatar
    JC

    As I said, got naffing, so dragging others into his battle.
    You’re a joke who does everything he accuses others of.
    What’s the broken confidence?
    Say it or get lost.

    I can’t figure out if you’re just stupid or a combination of being egotistical and stupid. In any event it doesn’t matter. You call me abusive yet you were throwing the “old hag” abuse at a valued commenter here. .. after which you’re pestering Liz. Go seek professional help as you demonstrate abnormal behavior. No one is posting comments because you claim to have walked away hoping you won’t see them. People mock you for being a dickhead and you are.

  152. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    That is very true Sancho.
    The people I know over there have moved interstate many times over the years for employment opportunities.
    No wonder u-haul is such a successful business.
    I think lower cost of housing makes it easier to do too.
    They were are all far less concerned about the cost of moving than we are, for good reason.
    Also far more blasé about walking away from underwater mortgages/hospital liens than I could imagine the average Australian.
    Mind you I’m talking about cheap houses in small town in Iowa, West Virginia and north Carolina.

  153. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    rosiesays:
    April 1, 2022 at 3:50 pm
    That is very true Sancho.
    The people I know over there have moved interstate many times over the years for employment opportunities.
    No wonder u-haul is such a successful business.
    I think lower cost of housing makes it easier to do too.
    They were are all far less concerned about the cost of moving than we are, for good reason.
    Also far more blasé about walking away from underwater mortgages/hospital liens than I could imagine the average Australian.
    Mind you I’m talking about cheap houses in small town in Iowa, West Virginia and north Carolina.

    A few days ago I watched a doco on the supply chain issue in the USA. Amazon warehouses have huge staff turnover rates but also huge rehiring rates. Strange situation, with low unemployment people are exploring different options because they can often get the old job back?

  154. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    People mock you for being a dickhead and you are.

    ..
    Keep at it.
    If you are directing this bilge at me, at least you are leaving others alone for the time being.
    Come on son, you can do better than that. Lift the level of invective from rank and boring to stupid but mildly amusing.
    You dismal pillock.

  155. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    It’s a child having a tantrum.
    It does it every damn day on here.
    The only thing that changes is the poor bastard on the end of the nasty stupidity.
    A spoilt, stupid bloody child.

  156. incoherent rambler Avatar
    incoherent rambler

    “You old hag” is fine though?

    Nicer than “You old crone”.

  157. Struth Avatar

    Insanity is not attractive.
    Look at what this blog has become.
    You can’t blame me for last night and this morning.

    Losing commenters left right and centre.
    So much scrolling required.

    But you made your beds.
    Let’s pick out one who thinks he’s making reasonable observations…I’m not talking about the hen peckers.
    One who ponders why I would be as I am.

    Struth

    Give it a break.

    Anyone who lurked or commented here for more than 48 hours in the last few months knows your views on the subject of vaxxines. Coming back multiple times every day to accuse everyone who might have had the jabs for any reason whatsoever, ranging from family reasons, through employment, to convenience, of committing treason against their spouses, children, parents, the ANZACS, Australia and anyone else you think of, is useless.

    Nothing you say can reverse those decisions, whatever you happen to think of them. All that you do is annoy people who might in other circumstances support you.

    I am my own man, I need no “support”
    (Although I readily admit many people are more succinct……….)

    I must ask.
    Is it willful ignorance, or an inability to read what you don’t want to know, when you suffer from denialism?
    Let me type this slowly…………..honestly,….what I do to try and help you retards…no thanks, just abuse.
    Such is the cross that being the nice bloke is.

    Here we go.

    Hold on….
    Don’t blink, look away, sneeze….read this.

    THERE WILL BE BOOSTERS MANDATED.

    Did you get that, stem head?
    Once again.
    THERE WILL BE BOOSTERS MANDATED.

    I’ve only said 100 times why there is still a need to talk about it.
    Men, you have others to protect bar yourself…(and…sniff,…….grizzle….sniff…it’s my own personal choice….sniff…and it hurts no one else)
    BULLSHIT and you know it.

    Of course surrender monkeys want it all forgotten, but that’s not going to happen.
    Not because I won’t let you forget, but because you’ve offered yourselves up as slaves to Tyranny
    Yes, with a capital fucking “T”.
    The government are going to keep coming for you and your children.
    I’m the least of your concerns…or I should be.

    I used to read most of your comments, because pre-Kung Flu you offered perspectives outside my experience. Now I might scan the first line, but generally I simply scroll past.

    I repeat, give it a break, for your own mental health and the sanity of the rest of us.

    Translated.
    As above.
    I’m driving surrender monkeys insane with the truth, they just want to forget and move on, after all what is done is done……while millions of Australians can’t go to work , go to pubs, leave the country……….they should just shut up and go away?
    Fuck you…….I may swear but which is a lower act?

    I’d like you to consider something.
    I am happy.
    I am very angry at the way the west has been taken over in this coup d’ etat.
    Of course I am.
    But no matter when or how I die, I die happy in the knowledge, I’m not you.
    And I never will be.
    I’m never anyone’s bitch, let alone the government’s.

    Look at the misery and mental torment JC is going through.
    Some of you aren’t quite as obvious, but it’s sad.
    He’s just stated he needed to get the jab to keep his business open when he got it before the mandates demanded it.
    A dear friend of mine, younger than me, and his wife, sunk all their money into a pub.
    They went hard and made the business boom.
    I got to know them playing in their pub.
    They were trying to get their town exciting again in many ways.
    With all the effort and financial investment, they would not surrender their principles and closed the lot down before partaking in segregation.
    Good people.

    Decent people.

    You know, people say I’m aggressive here, and they are wrong.
    I’m straight forward, which upsets many who fear plain talking.

    This is the main point I am making, and please get this and I won’t have to repeat it.

    I expect the left to fold and submit.
    I expected the young and naive to fold and submit.
    I expected many women to scream in hysterics and submit.

    But it’s the right wing men who knew better that I am disgusted with.
    And they were here once, on this blog.
    Well, they weren’t, but they claimed they were.
    And the insanity of denialism on this blog is due to people who knew better trying to live with the fact that the first time it got hard to live by the principles they’ve been loudly proclaiming all their lives as their own, they shit themselves and threw out the white flag.
    Why not…everyone else was doing it….
    It is causing severe mental regression here, and anger between them, and especially toward those that did not submit, who they definitely don’t want to hear from.
    And that’s why, even with me gone, they are bitching at each other, or as somebody rightly described, hen pecking, taking out the disgust in themselves on others.

    Sorry lads, but I am the one who is happy.
    Happy that no matter what, I am not you.
    And I never will be.
    Your arse is owned…up until you decide whether you’re going to still comply, and get that booster.
    If it was all over, I wouldn’t waste my time with you.

    Are you really going to put up with the noises of insanity here.
    Those like choochoo who just keeping talking and arguing in circles….in other words trolling.

    If you don’t sort the sneering fuckwits out, and men, face up to what you did and work out if you are going to continue to do so, which puts other lives at risk and destroys many……you’ll keep getting more and more niserable.
    I’m honestly trying to help, I have happened to a have spent many years on this bog.

    You may have noticed comments that struth wasn’t so bad, but now he annoys the shit out of me.
    OK…..it has to be me that’s changed, it could never be you.
    While I haven’t changed my stance on a thing.

    This is something you men once knew.
    You don’t surrender once and then it’s all forgotton.
    Only the insane and ahistoric speak as if it as done.
    And only the self obsessed do so while so many still stand against it.

    Do I think many will have the shits with me for saying this ……yes.
    The fact is, with right wing men, I should never have had to.

  158. JC Avatar
    JC

    oh yea, the person who caused the old blog to close down because of the abuse thrown around with Egg has finally found religion and peace.

    “You old hag”.

    Just worthless. Even the mild mannered “Tom” had enough of the slob’s behavior when he suggested he ought to just fuck right off.

  159. Winston Smith Avatar

    I would like to run a question past the economists here, about dumping.
    It’s been said that dumping – the selling of goods to other countries at below cost of production means the consumers in the manufacturing nation pay above market prices for that good.
    Therefore, if I can buy an item in Australia for $10, but instead buy it from China at $1, then the Chinese economy is $9 poorer?
    It doesn’t sound right.

  160. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    It’s fascinatingly different to here John.
    My friend worked one day at a fast food outlet, cocky young shift manager, after a busy lunch time crowd had eased, told her you don’t walk to the next task, you run, so she took off her hat and apron and ran out the door. Had another job the next day.
    She was a hard worker too, no job too humble, cleaner, factory assembly,line, bar, you name it, she’d give it a go.

  161. JC Avatar
    JC

    And here’s the other insightful genius hot off the Furniture factory site to impart his wisdom in case we didn’t read it.

  162. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Better watch out Thancho, Jacquie Jackie will be around looking for the big boy.

    I wondered where the 9kg fire extinguisher had gone

  163. Harlequin Decline Avatar
    Harlequin Decline

    Top Ender says:
    April 1, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    The Darwin spearman/aspiring rapper with the family-proclaimed weird name is awake! NT Police don’t know what happened!

    I was almost speared once.

    The spearman was my brother, he had a bit of a temper on him.

    I was about 12 and he was a bit younger but big for his age. As usual we had a fight and he seemed to be carrying a grudge afterwards.

    Later I opened the front door of the house to exit and then saw him standing about5 metres away holding a spear made out of a curtain rod with some sort of metal end he had fashioned.
    I taunted him with some jibe or another, suggesting he wouldn’t dare throw it.

    Before I finished my insults his arm went back , I realised perhaps I had misjudged matters and I jumped through the door slamming it shut as I did so.

    The spear went through where I was recently standing and then the glass panelling in the door exiting just behind me.

    About that time I decided it was time to tone down our various disputes.

    For his part my brother got a few cuffs around the ears from my mainly gentle father for that particular bit of aggro.

  164. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Did someone let the coup d’etat loose again?

  165. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    rosiesays:
    April 1, 2022 at 4:03 pm
    It’s fascinatingly different to here John.
    My friend worked one day at a fast food outlet, cocky young shift manager, after a busy lunch time crowd had eased, told her you don’t walk to the next task, you run, so she took off her hat and apron and ran out the door. Had another job the next day.
    She was a hard worker too, no job too humble, cleaner, factory assembly,line, bar, you name it, she’d give it a go.

    Rosie that touches on another aspect. For several years employers had it easy and could make demands on staff that were often unreasonable. The tables have turned. I don’t blame your friend for walking out. One of the more common findings about Millennials and Gen Z is that they demand better working conditions. At present they can get away with that and good luck to them.

  166. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    % minutes of ABCcess.

    Paraphrasing, but near verbatim ” We need to get back to before the misogyny brought to these shores by colonialism”…..

    Along with the usual woo about environmentalism and a peaceful continent.

    https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Native_American#Woo

  167. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    access to rent capped public housing should be seen as advantage not disadvantage, if you are low income.

    yep, lotza folk forget the subsidized rent .. I’m an OAP & my rent is capped at 25% of my pension .. just had a new assessment (yesterday) and it is $112.60 a week .. leaves me with enuf to get by on .. when my youngest was still living with me (6 months ago) we were paying $426 a week based mainly on her nett income from a, normal salaried, office clerical job combined with my OAP .. so she was assessed at just over $300 a week out of an ordinary wage.
    Surrounded by ethnic households with between 4 & 8 living in the houses and very few adults who’ve ever worked, very few (apart from kids) speak/use English .. regardless of amount of combined benefits the rent can’t exceed the area rental average .. which is around $430 a week here .. why would they want to work?

  168. Winston Smith Avatar

    Arky:

    Here’s what you need to do. Don’t ever grovel to me as it’s disgusting.

    JC doesn’t understand the difference between grovelling and being polite. It’s an aspect of his personality that surfaces whenever his portfolio takes a hit.
    Notice that he has friends until there’s a market downturn, then whammo! Anyone who looks at him sideways cops his temper.
    I reckon he’s he’s had an EV in his garage for months which is why he’s taken on Bruce of Newcastle – he’s suffering from sort of derivative of range anxiety.

  169. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Speaking of woo.

    Power, too cheap to meter is just around the corner.!!!!

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-01/liddell-power-station-closure-wind-down-coal/100957890

  170. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    woo!!!!!
    Beyond April 2023, Liddell is ground zero for the Hunter Energy Hub site that will house a grid-scale battery, solar thermal storage, wind, hydrogen and pumped hydro.

  171. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    rosiesays:
    April 1, 2022 at 3:50 pm
    That is very true Sancho.
    The people I know over there have moved interstate many times over the years for employment opportunities.
    No wonder u-haul is such a successful business.

    Funny you say that.
    I worked for a large US company back last century and the decision was made to move our entire operation to Queensssland.
    My dotted line boss arrived from Cowifornia for a regular visit and asked how the move was going.
    I told him that the entire department was going.
    “They are all going to Queensssland? Great noos, Sancho!”
    “Ah, no. They are all going … as in, going out the door.”
    He couldn’t believe it.
    I explained to him about 3 weeks per year redundancy, plus 4 weeks in lieu of notice plus pro-rata LSL, all at concessional tax rates*, as against in the US being handed a U-haul card and told to report somewhere else on the 1st of next month.

    * I gave him a for instance. “That would amount to, say, in my case, more than a year’s net salary”.
    A polite way of saying, “I’m outta here too”.

  172. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    JCsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 4:04 pm
    And here’s the other insightful genius hot off the Furniture factory site to impart his wisdom in case we didn’t read it.

    Sorry JC this is all my fault. I raised an ontological question last night and philosophy drives people into strange states of mind. (:

  173. sfw Avatar
    sfw

    Rosie, it’s fairly easy to walk away from a home mortgage in the US, as all the bank can do is take back the house even if it won’t cover the debt. Here they can take away everything else you own or may earn in the future. Dunno if that’s a good or bad thing.

  174. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Rosie that touches on another aspect. For several years employers had it easy and could make demands on staff that were often unreasonable.

    JohnH, I suspect what is going on with employers is that they are using a variation on the Telstra/Big Four Banks business acquisition model.
    That is, provide incentives to attract new customers, but rely on inertia to retain existing customers.
    Same with employers.
    They fight tooth and nail against salary increases for existing staff, but happily pay overs for new recruits.
    Perfect conditions for churn.

  175. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    GreyRanga says: TE, I hope it wasn’t your missus that cut me off, driving a white RAV4.

    No mate, she’s too well trained for that. Besides, she drives a Goggomobil.

  176. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Bing Bong!
    Word wall alert Level 9.
    Activate your emergency plans.
    Bing Bong!

  177. Bar Beach Swimmer Avatar
    Bar Beach Swimmer

    (I’m still reading up on what happened yesterday so forgive my ignorance if others have noted anything similar. And because I haven’t been here much I’ve missed all the stuff that other commenters having been referring to regarding Struth and what he’s put up).

    One comment from yesterday referred to the long discussions about the Constitution that Struth had with another commenter (not sure who that was) but said that it was a very interesting discussion.

    That subject provides some understanding of where Struth’s mindset is and has always been. From where I sit, Struth is concerned/saddened/pissed off/disheartened/angry how the rights and freedoms that the citizens of this country once had have been permanently trampled on by the political class using the totalitarian instrument of force.

    Part of his lashing out at others is that he doesn’t want people to forget what “they’ve done to us” (thankyou ftb). So here we are, leading up to an election in the next six odd weeks and so much of what has happened is being ignored by the Government and Opposition, by the media and possibly by some people (who maybe just want to get on with their lives). Instead, Ukraine, the Budget, opinion polls and the election have taken centre stage. There are few questions in the media anymore on the pandemic and yet it still rules us in most (if not all) places across the country.

    Today in NSW all the coof controls were supposed to end. Late, last year the Coalition back bench refused to support Brad Hazzard’s push to extend the health orders all the way to next March, which supposedly ended martial law in this State. However, that is not quite correct. Some rules still exist including health status to access, well, health needs – so the other half will need to show vaccination status next week to see a physio!

    Yesterday, he saw his specialist for a review of his operation and was told in passing that after months of cancelling elective surgery because of the China Pestilence, the local hospital is finally restarting procedures; but everyone must be double/triple jabbed. This is disgusting. We’re supposed to have a universal health system; one that is paid for by taxpayers. It’s not something for which the government only “condescends” to assist us and if we say “please” and “thank you!”

    Struth has gone on at people for what he sees as “succumbing.” I realise (and presume that he does) that every day, everyone of us has to, in some way or other, “succumb.” We do these things to make our and our families lives a bit better – so we work, save, manage, care for and help out others. But up until this moment in time, those actions were done having neither thought or care for what status we brought to the “doing of them.” Now, the government is telling us that our birthright doesn’t matter – instead it’s become shockingly superfluous to medical procedure.

    This rant is not about people getting jabbed or not getting jabbed – people have always made their own decisions on their personal circumstances, as it should be. This rant is about the possible loss of a way of life and a way of thought and attitude that held that in this country we were One and we were Freebecause our forefathers had fought to make it so. We can’t let any of this be forgotten, especially not by the politicians and bureaucrats that did it to us. We need to fight back against this creeping totalitarian sh1t. Vaxxed or unvaxxed, we need to stand up together. As things currently stand in this country, nothing else should matter to any one of us but that.

  178. JC Avatar
    JC

    Turtlehead

    Of course I appreciate the difference. What you don’t appear to understand is I have zero respect for your opinions. I’ve also done the right thing with you and plead you refrain from agreeing or disagreeing with me. In fact, I get really concerned when you agree as I puts me off. Lastly, I don’t want anything to do with you because of your health situation as I won’t enjoy LongTime Lurker blaming me if you croak it after a stoush. Again, I have zero respect for you so stop grovelling to me and that way, you don’t need to get your drunken spouse to attack me in the early hours because I say I don’t wish to read your crappy replies to me.

  179. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Winston Smith says:
    April 1, 2022 at 4:10 pm
    Arky:

    ..
    Yes Winston.
    At some point one is just providing the child with what he wants, someone to take his shit out on.
    He’s like that bore who goes to the footy not to watch the game but to yell abuse at the ump. At the under sevens little league game.

  180. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    I know it sfw.
    The stories my friend told me about herself, and others I found shocking.
    Other friend’s sister had no health insurance, a couple of weeks in hospital after nearly dying falling into a diabetic coma, couldn’t pay, the hospital put up a lien to take her house when she died, they might not have even waited, as I haven’t asked. That actually happened while I was there in 2015, sister went up from NC where I was staying with them, to WV to fetch her from the hospital. That’s one of many stories my friends told me.
    Seems to be easy come, easy go.

  181. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    JC says:
    April 1, 2022 at 4:28 pm
    Turtlehead
    ..
    You’re not clever. And picking up Trump’s signature move isn’t original.
    You are just a rude c*nt who refuses to use the common courtesy everyone else here does of using peoples names.
    It goes along with that attitude of yours of calling people “pieces of shit”.
    Just pure, raw contempt and hate.
    Get help you angry idiot.

  182. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Block quote f- up.

  183. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Hey Head Prefect, the other day you were extolling the greatness of the US dollar as the reserve currency of the world.
    Well it appears Vlad is beginning to end that USA happiness.
    Unfriendly countries seem to have to pay in roubles for gas & the Germans are starting to shit themselves.
    I think you mentioned that the rouble was now the rubble? It seems to have climbed to pre invasion levels & climbing.
    The Russian currency has the backing of Gas, oil, wheat,fertiliser, numerous metals including platinum & palladium, don’t forget bugger all debt & it has gold reserves too.
    It is supported by a billion people in India & a billion people in China.
    Russia & India are arranging their own swift system & it is hoped to be running by mid this month & don’t forget the other BRICS countries.
    But the $ is going to go on as the reserve currency?
    After this bunfight in the Ukraine, Russia is going to use the USA currency less & less, the different countries around the world are beginning to figure out their commodities & goods are worth more than nicely painted paper.
    I forget the strength of the US dollar is backed up by something? Oh that’s right it is backed by $30 trillion of debt.
    The financial world is changing rapidly & anyone who takes your financial advice deserves all the shit coming from it.
    My banana picking is worth more than your info.

  184. JC Avatar
    JC

    Funny as . Earlier today thought leader was reaching paranoid conclusions people were ganging on the imbecile. Here his is making nice with Turtlehead against me.

    It’s like fish in a barrel with the arsehole. Incredible.

  185. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Power, too cheap to meter is just around the corner.!!!!

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-01/liddell-power-station-closure-wind-down-coal/100957890

    That’s about 3% of NSW’s electricity generation right there in one of Liddell’s turbines. I wonder if the bastards are just testing the grid capacity before they close the next 3.

    Question: when Liddell does go and rationing occurs who will you blame?

  186. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Sancho Panzersays:
    April 1, 2022 at 4:19 pm
    Rosie that touches on another aspect. For several years employers had it easy and could make demands on staff that were often unreasonable.

    JohnH, I suspect what is going on with employers is that they are using a variation on the Telstra/Big Four Banks business acquisition model.
    That is, provide incentives to attract new customers, but rely on inertia to retain existing customers.
    Same with employers.
    They fight tooth and nail against salary increases for existing staff, but happily pay overs for new recruits.
    Perfect conditions for churn.

    That’s a plausible explanation for the Amazon situation because losing warehouse staff for such a time critical operation has huge implications so perhaps staff have cottoned onto the idea of walking out because they know they can reapply and demand better pay. Warehouse work may be regarded as unskilled by some but an experienced worker in any role can be much more efficient than a noob.

    The other interesting aspect of the doco was the chronic shortage of truck drivers. Huge problem! There is a tendency to think of supply chain issues being about what is happening at the port but any bottleneck in the supply chain is a problem and at present a lack of truck drivers is a big bottleneck.

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