Open Thread – Tues 29 Mar 2022


Rasputitsa, Alexei Savrasov, 1894

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

  1. JC Avatar
    JC

    You’re not clever. And picking up Trump’s signature move isn’t original.

    I was using nicknames well before Trump was even on the scene , your Thought Leadership. You complete buffoon.

  2. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Here his is making nice with Turtlehead against me.
    ..
    Winston is a gentleman.
    You are an idiot who thinks in black and white and who can’t seperate the argument from the person.
    You probably think I feel anger or resentment towards you.
    I don’t, and hope I never do.
    I wish you the best despite the utter stupidity of todays shit.

  3. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Block quote again.
    I give up.

  4. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    I was using nicknames well before Trump was even on the scene , your Thought Leadership. You complete buffoon.

    ..
    Stupid ones, maybe.
    All the remotely clever ones you steal off others.

  5. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    My banana picking is worth more than your info.

    So, how come you are still picking bananas* and he is cruising around in a car as big as a whale** trailing ciggy smoke and wearing patent leather loafers with diamante tassels?

    * Not that there is anything wrong with that.
    ** According to m0nster, so you know …

  6. Winston Smith Avatar

    Eyrie:

    Does Australia now do a pre-emptive invasion of the Solomons?

    For Gods sake, Eyrie, don’t give the idiots any funny ideas.

  7. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    I must say, the bonhomie has fallen off as the day progressed.

    Approaching the church scene in Kingsman level by 9PM is my guess.

  8. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    First time I did business in the US I got mightily ripped off for truck transport.
    After than I delivered stuff to the depot myself.
    The depot guys thought I was entertaining but I was not paying $1500 again to get a few pallets shipped 12 miles.
    After the depot it was rail to LA and then the slow boat via China (I think).

  9. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Just fuck off biggles, tell me where my post is wrong, you know…like critique it you dumb fuck.
    You haven’t bragged about your immense success in the financial industry for a day or so, have you found the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?

  10. Struth Avatar

    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.

    let me explain why.
    I don’t respond to all choo choo’s insanity, but just lately, while trolling away, he sniff, sorry, sniff…..it’s hard for me to relay his sad story, bare with me….sniff……had to get jabbed or he’d be sacked.
    Simultaneously he said there were thousands of jobs everywhere.
    Especially in road transport.

    Why do you think it was truckies and not railworkers in Canada.
    Freedom and self reliance are strong in my breed.
    Scoff as you will.
    But these men will not be told by a fucking bureacrat to take a jab and get a green tick.
    We have a keen sense of being nobody’s bitch.

    Thousands of truck driving jobs are up for grabs.

    There are thousands of us unjabbed fuckers and bloody proud of them I am.

    Buy you see, the freight is brought to choo choo.
    We go and get it.
    From businesses who require enjabbination before we get through the gate.
    And three if it’s a mine site.

    I can’t destroy all his 24/7 lunacy and trolling.
    The fucker does nothing, our little union comrade troll.

  11. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    There appears to be some dispute here.
    I think we need to vote on the best Cat nick-names.
    Without wishing to influence anyone, I think St Ruth is a clear winner, followed by Kenn Worth – Road Ranger.

  12. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Freedom and self reliance are strong in my breed.
    Scoff as you will.

    OK.

  13. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Timing is everything in this game.

  14. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    Approaching the church scene in Kingsman level by 9PM is my guess.

    Dover, could you arrange for some fresh sawdust on the floor, please?

  15. Struth Avatar

    You know when you’ve lost Panzy Smollett of the Slip lane of lies?

    When you aren’t worth replying to.
    Do you have a wife?
    She must have caught you with your hand on it by now?

    Or do you have a good hiding spot?

    Or are you like the others who can’t get or keep a woman telling everyone else they are losers in life?

  16. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    You haven’t bragged about your immense success in the financial industry for a day or so, have you found the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?

    Well, funny you should ask.
    I have indeed Ted.
    Just updating my SMSF books.
    The pot ‘o gold this year comes in the form of the fully franked dividend component of off-market share buy-backs.
    CBA, Woollies and Westpac to name just three.
    Anything else you’d like to know?

  17. Winston Smith Avatar

    Cassie of Sydney:

    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.

    Cassie, there will be problems – there always is.
    We will solve them – as we always do.
    (Except for the truck/train problem.)

  18. Winston Smith Avatar

    OCO:

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

    If an infantryman stops for more than 10 minutes, he at least digs a shell scrape – an indentation in the ground that allows him to lie flat so shell splinters go over, not through.
    Yes it’s what soldiers do – especially the ones who want to make it back home.

  19. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Or are you like the others who can’t get or keep a woman telling everyone else they are losers in life?

    What inflation psi do you recommend again?

  20. Old bloke Avatar
    Old bloke

    Top Ender says:
    April 1, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    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.

    I thought that Harradine was a good Senator. Senators are supposed to represent their state’s interests, and Harradine certainly did that. Whenever a Prime Minister of any persuasion wanted something passed in the Senate, and he required Harradine’s vote, then Harradine would bargain for something which was in Tasmania’s interest.

    This is what we need in the Senate, people who represent their state’s interests rather than another party hack who votes according to his/her party line.

  21. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Winston Smithsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 4:57 pm
    Cassie of Sydney:

    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.

    Cassie, there will be problems – there always is.
    We will solve them – as we always do.
    (Except for the truck/train problem.)

    We’re good at solving engineering problems but human behavior problems are still very much a work in progress. That’s another aspect of long distance space travel people don’t think about. How will people respond to the prospect of no hospital, locked away in a small vessel for months on end with only a few people?

  22. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Sure biggles, please share the gps coordinates for the holy grail, you know every fucking thing else.

  23. John of Mel Avatar
    John of Mel

    BBS

    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.

    As someone (willfully pricked) said here something like “Stop making victims out of yourselves, get on with the program!”

    I’m afraid the gap between “clean” and “unclean” is unbridgeable now. This can only be changed by a massive economic depression, which could be around the corner, btw.

    I hear that NSW (this last great hope we had) bans any protest from tomorrow(?), unless you are protesting in a state-sanctioned place, on a state-sanctioned topic, and you have a prior permission of the state. So much for democracy.

  24. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    They make run flat dollies now you know.

  25. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    How will people respond to the prospect of no hospital, locked away in a small vessel for months on end with only a few people?

    About how they used to on one of the early transoceanic sailing ships.
    Also Starship isn’t that small and the way I’ve seen the proposals several ships will travel in loose formation. Transfers should be possible and if they have a JC on board there is the option of out the airlock without a suit.

  26. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    How will people respond to the prospect of no hospital, locked away in a small vessel for months on end with only a few people?

    The interplanetary flights will carry only people who enjoy cruises.
    Think B Ark.

  27. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Come on biggles….critique that post I made at 4.34.
    No insults just say where I am wrong or a different analysis.
    Come along you wet fuck.
    All you can do is insult.
    Dover should boot you and your gang to fuck, you ruin this place.

  28. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    How will people respond to the prospect of no hospital, locked away in a small vessel for months on end with only a few people?

    Compact, extremely advanced medical compartments will be in place for sure.All passengers/crew will be rigorously health screened to minimize any adverse situations. These trips won’t be for the average punter to begin with. And you will sign the obligatory waiver.

  29. Struth Avatar

    Bar Beach Swimmer.
    I appreciate your comment.
    It is this simple for me.

    Now, remember, I think KD is a low fucker.
    He was the first to shout and point at me as to being a grifter for wanting to disobey orders and go to our cenotaphs on ANZAC day, somethind I still firmly believe would have given them reason to think twice regarding their next move.
    He really started rubbishing me and trying to classify me as a conspiracy theorist etc.
    I hold nothing but contempt for him.
    However he had good reason to get the jab.
    I’ve never had a go at him about that.
    (Maybe he would not of had to get the jab, if as a self proclaimed right wing type he supported disobedience early on, but that’s another story)

    Up until Kneel dropped his sandwiches, I was praising him for his attitude.
    And he’d had the jab.
    He was fuming about getting the jab.
    What I won’t fucking tolerate anymore, are the jabbed who start excusing themselves and then blaming the unjabbed for not being heroes like they apparently are by allowing a slave collar to be put around their necks without a fight.
    Grown fucking men sniffing about it being a personal choice when it’s anything but.
    You might expect that sort of irresponsible bullshit from a woman like Notaclue, but men have no excuse.
    Every person that surrendered and took a jab hurt other people in doing so.
    There should end the discussion and the reasoning.
    They helped destroy their nation, destroy children’s lives and their fellow countrymen, and any man, any right wing man that denies it is fooling himself, leading to denialism.
    But they’ll have a chance to change things now they know that submission didn’t work.
    How many boosters are they going to have?

    They problem is right wing men knew better.
    I haven’t hurt a soul in all this.
    I haven’t become anyone’s bitch.
    And yet choo choo keeps making money while he’s fine with all other Wesern Australians being basically imprisoned and faces covered.
    Fuck knows how you live with yourselves, because compliance let it happen.
    Compliance let it happen.
    Personal responsibility.
    The women have got mouthy and had too much to say in recent times.
    They’ve never had to worry about hard times because when they came, hard men came forward.
    They’ve never defended or built any civilisation and therefore have had way too much to say.
    But we as men should have, and I did, know when we should have stood firm.

    The point being, now you’ve made the situation worse for others and there will be boosters and other things that you’ll “have to do” to keep your green tick and your social credit points….when are you going to stand up?

  30. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    Dover, please define ’cause’. If a and b are events then if a is the cause of b, then I take it that a must precede b in time. This can’t be the sole condition or the assassination of Julius Caesar would be a cause of my having a shower. So what other conditions are required before we can say that a causes b? Would you, for example, require that b is never observed unless a has occurred? If so, then again, the assassination of Julius Caesar is a cause of my taking a shower. Are you happy with this usage?

  31. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Insanity is not attractive.
    Look at what this blog has become.

    As compared to the Judean Popular Peoples’ Front schtick you’ve got going on back at the Furniture Store?

    Where between yourself, ‘pete,’ SRR and Bird I’ve been truly and properly elevated to the status of Satan (or at least Emmanuel Goldstein, or Leon Trotsky after Stalin took over rhe Soviet Union)?

  32. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    JC,
    How do you rate 10y/2y spread as a predictor of recessions? It’s done very well since 1980.

    https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/T10Y2Y

  33. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    And children, please stop bickering. It’s tedious and makes me feel mature and wise, which I strongly dislike.

  34. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    I see that Struth is not going to give it a break.

    Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling. Life’s too short.

  35. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Dover, can you please change my account name to Emmanuel Goldstein-Devilbastard, please?

    My name is in the mouths of many angry, Nuffy people now, and I would like it to have some teeth…

  36. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    It’s tedious and makes me feel mature and wise, which I strongly dislike.

    Not warm and fuzzies? 🙁

  37. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    I can’t destroy all his 24/7 lunacy and trolling.
    The fucker does nothing, our little union comrade troll.

    You will call me by my name, tax-eater.

    Emmanuel Goldstein-Devilbastard.

    Or you will continue to clash your gears and jake-brake in the impotent frustration you share with your little Furniture Store ‘Friends.’

  38. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Emmanuel Goldstein-Devilbastard.

    The Third.

    Esquire.

    Formerly of the Goldschtein-Teuffelhunden of Potsdam und Pomerania am Zee…

  39. calli Avatar
    calli

    Did someone let the coup d’etat loose again?

    😀

    Don’t you fly a coup d’etat?

    Like Bons is right now.

  40. JC Avatar
    JC

    Makka , inversions are always problematic. It’s not just the yield curve, but the banks also took a hiding most likely in reaction to the inversion.

    Look, it is a pointer to recession but it doesn’t have to be. I think the fed won’t allow tightening to run the place over a cliff.

    Here’s my concern though. Commodities prices are causing price hikes. I do not believe that without corresponding wage compensation these price explosions are inflationary. In my mind it’s quite the opposite as it’s disinflationary. Eg. You need more money to fill up your tank and this takes away money from other spending.

    I think the market is possibly predicting that the fed may tighten in similar circumstances to what occurred in the GFC and thereby cause another recession.

    I don’t think the fed will though as I think they learned their lesson.

  41. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Franksays:

    April 1, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    They make run flat dollies now you know.

    Snort, cackle.

  42. calli Avatar
    calli

    And BBS. I enjoyed reading that.

  43. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Franksays:

    April 1, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    They make run flat dollies now you know.

    Yes.
    You don’t want it to go down on you, do you?
    Well you do.
    But you don’t.
    Ah, forget I said anything.

  44. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    Not warm and fuzzies?

    I’ve never had the warm and fuzzies. I’m a cold (liquid helium) hard bastard.

    Item: on my walk this morning I met three old ladies walking their dogs. One of the dogs growled at me and had to be held back from attacking me. The old lady said ‘He won’t hurt you’. I said I wasn’t afraid because I was much bigger than her dog. Also much nastier. If I wanted to attack someone as her dog did, I wouldn’t growl and show my fangs. I’d be all friendly until I got up close, then, without warning, bite his balls off.

    Dogs just aren’t a problem for me. I’m sometimes a problem for them.

  45. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Winston Smithsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 5:05 pm
    OCO:

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

    If an infantryman stops for more than 10 minutes, he at least digs a shell scrape – an indentation in the ground that allows him to lie flat so shell splinters go over, not through.
    Yes it’s what soldiers do – especially the ones who want to make it back home.

    Also the blast pressure wave. Destroys lungs and brains. In Iraq the USA developed an intriguing idea: use face shield to protect the brain from a pressure wave. The brain is something like jelly so any pressure wave can damage it. That’s why concussion can be so damaging.

    https://www.wired.com/2010/11/helmet-visor/

    Can’t remember where I heard this but I like it: the only glory in war is surviving.

  46. calli Avatar
    calli

    In canine world, you sound like my excellent guard dog in Goroka. Black as night she would spy suspicious characters but silently wait until a would-be raskol put a foot over the fence.

    Chomp!

    I’m more of a cocker spaniel without the charm.

  47. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Come on biggles, critique my post, is there any truth in it or is there any argument against any of it?
    Even your financial hero hasn’t made a comment.
    You biggles are full of shit.
    None of your tag team have come to dispute it.
    As I have said many times biggles you are full of shit.
    Critique that post or forever lose what little credibility you ever had.

  48. calli Avatar
    calli

    The Beloved is more Saint Bernard.

    Big, lumbering, will find you and dig you out of whatever mess you’ve got into.

    And then offer you handy refreshments.

  49. calli Avatar
    calli

    Well that shut everyone up. 🙂

  50. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Does Australia now do a pre-emptive invasion of the Solomons?
    For Gods sake, Eyrie, don’t give the idiots any funny ideas.

    Apparently The Mongs had plenty of advice from the US not to leave after having been invited, until they had supervised elections.

    The Mongs having been their earlier assiduously cleaning up all the UXO and firearms also prevented Solomon Islanders from being able to sort out the problem themselves.

    Australian Pure Mong Foreign Policy.

  51. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Rickw, don’t forget that scummo is a complete cunt.

  52. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Come on biggles, critique my post, is there any truth in it or is there any argument against any of it?

    The ebb and flow of markets and geopolitics alike across the years will sort it out, Dribbler.

    Not Vlad Bae, nor his newly-minted entourage of internet Nuffies.

    And not Sniffy Joe nor his handlers, either.

    Nor the EU, nor the UN, nor the world’s oligarch classes. Not even mighty Elon Musk

    Not even your hated… CENTRAL BANKERS!

    Remember, China was supposed to be the ultimate and dominant power by now. And it has hitched itself to Russia’s resources because of the sheer stench it has made of itself to the rest of the world since 1997.

    Russia has potentially foreit its primacy as a cheap energy seller for at least the next decade, and needs China’s desperate shortages itself to survive.

    Smart cookies everywhere from Washington to Wallabah and Waziristan will be looking at the situation and planning accordingly.

  53. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Biggles I am still waiting for your rebuttal, or are you getting the groovy gang together?

  54. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Seems to me someone who this afternoon demanded ‘Biggles’ and others be booted* is quite the maestro of bonhomie and good cheer itself.

  55. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    There we go ….one of the tag team turns up…pathetic toss pots.

  56. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Check your emails groovy gang.

  57. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    I wouldn’t encourage handing out too many refreshments here calli.
    Get the impression some have already had more than their fair share.

  58. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Choo choo man, let biggles reply you insignificant parrot.

  59. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Notafan, just fuck off you useless pos.

  60. Diogenes Avatar
    Diogenes

    Yes it’s what soldiers do – especially the ones who want to make it back home.

    And if they know they are stopping in place for a few days they dig fighting pits, and then they start connecting them up and thus a trench is born.

  61. calli Avatar
    calli

    I’m sober as a judge. Unfortunately. At least the kilos are disappearing.

  62. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    Well that shut everyone up. ?

    Not for long, alas.

  63. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Choo choo man, let biggles reply you insignificant parrot.

    Poor Struth-sock.

    Incompetent and impotently inchoate as OG Struth, and doubly so under this login…

  64. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    Courier Mail has a hit piece on Russell Brand via The Sun. Starts off with

    “Having seen his Hollywood career flop and TV work dry up, Russell Brand has seemingly reinvented himself as a YouTube conspiracy theorist”.

    I must confess to listening to some of his podcasts and he goes out of his way to present the facts and let people make up their own minds. Conspiracies from 2 years ago are now facts.

    MSM wish they had 5.3m followers operating out of home with few overheads.

    Good luck to him.

  65. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Or he’s just a crank using this as an excuse.

    I wonder why the spooks haven’t taken him away like his been saying for many years.

    Useful tool for undermining the movement or just one many to insignificant not worthy of their time.

  66. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    All Brand fans will be upticking like crazy, any minute now.

  67. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Accident banning trans conversions would have been an interesting kink.
    uk conversion therapy banned not banned banned?

  68. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Runnybumsays:

    April 1, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    Come on biggles, critique my post

    Let’s do it in person.
    I see you missed my standing invitation again today.
    What is it now?
    Nine weeks in a row?

  69. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    Thank you Calli, on behalf of all us dogs, er, I mean husbands.

  70. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Thank you Calli, on behalf of all us dogs, er, I mean husbands.

    The critique wasn’t too Ruff…

  71. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    sfw says:
    April 1, 2022 at 4:19 pm

    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.

    It’s a popular myth, but it’s not that simple.

    Firstly, it only applies in some States. In others, it’s the same as here – a debt is a debt.

    Secondly, if you do walk away legally, it is a huge black mark on your credit rating, which is not trivial if you ever want to get a loan of any size in the future. In other words, your chances of ever getting another home loan are vanishingly small. Unless, of course, some idiot politician introduces yet another boondoggle which enables it.

  72. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    UAP and LDP on Credlin, hosted by Rowan Dean tonight, endorse Nuclear!!
    They are both candidates for the seat of Wentworth.

  73. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Secondly, if you do walk away legally, it is a huge black mark on your credit rating, which is not trivial if you ever want to get a loan of any size in the future. In other words, your chances of ever getting another home loan are vanishingly small. Unless, of course, some idiot politician introduces yet another boondoggle which enables it.

    2 words some form of that concept will likely appear under innthe very near future:

    “Housing Equity.”

    More short-sighted and unthought-out Equality of Outcome politics to satisfy rich ‘radicals.’

    I’m pretty sure it was bad loans like that which provoked the Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae collapses and the whole GFC business, correct?

  74. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    The Solomons – Beijing goes Ka-Ching!

  75. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    The Solomons – Beijing goes Ka-Ching!

    And/or us, other Solly elements, the NZers (maybe) and the USMC eventually get to re-enact the Battle of Guadalcanal in 2042…

  76. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    Not content with the fragmentation of USA politics, education, energy and education, the left has now inserted a hand grenade up the fundamental orifice of entertainment legend Disney.

  77. Anchor What Avatar
    Anchor What

    Indeed, indeed, I do repeat myself.

  78. Dot Avatar

    Anchor Whatsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 6:31 pm
    UAP and LDP on Credlin, hosted by Rowan Dean tonight, endorse Nuclear!!
    They are both candidates for the seat of Wentworth.

    YES!

    YES!

    YES!

    I’ll have what Lockheed Martin, NuScale and Kirk Sorenson are having.

  79. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    They are both candidates for the seat of Wentworth.

    Urk, that’d be a ghastly place to live right now. Electronic cacophony. Only after the last election has Hunter come into play, and recently the Nat has somehow gotten my email address. I’ve refrained from telling him what I think.

  80. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    That was a reply to BBS at 4:26 pm

  81. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “UAP and LDP on Credlin, hosted by Rowan Dean tonight, endorse Nuclear!!
    They are both candidates for the seat of Wentworth.”

    As I live in Wentworth I’ll be voting LDP.

    Dave Sharma can fuck right off.

  82. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Urk, that’d be a ghastly place to live right now. “

    Well no. Wentworth is a nice place to live right now, it just has too many ghastly hypocrites living here right now.

  83. calli Avatar
    calli

    I wasn’t aware of Brand promoting “conspiracy theories”. What he does is present all the aspects of a story in an entertaining way, gives his opinion and asks his audience for theirs.

    Compare and contrast with the shrieking partisan monobrowed Imperial Media, pushing one side of a story and one side only, then “interpreting” the story to push their pre-conceived narrative, and only accepting feedback from those who agree.

    Hollywood career “tanked”? Laurence Fox could give a useful insight as to why.

  84. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    All the remotely clever ones you steal off others.

    TurtleHead is a good one.
    Who’d he steal that offa?

  85. Iron Cove Avatar
    Iron Cove

    Jc and Arky, Siamese Twins conjoined at the head.
    Seperate obviously, but still sharing the same brain tumour.

    55 posts directed at each other between them.

    33 from Arky averaging 10.5 upticks each.
    22 from JC averaging 2.5 ticks each.

    Worthy winners both of the first ever Will Smith Bitchy Slap award.

  86. calli Avatar
    calli

    preconceived s/b predetermined

    I should read my rants more carefully.

  87. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Brand is a Flamer, so is PaulJosephWatson, there may be others …
    Ben Shapiro, deffo on a watch list for signs of Flamin’.

  88. calli Avatar
    calli

    Did you count them Iron Cove? 😀

    On the upticks…be aware that there be dragons.

  89. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Courier Mail has a hit piece on Russell Brand via The Sun.”

    Designed to delegitimise and silence…….they tried similar back in January with Joe Rogan. It won’t work.

  90. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    FMD. I’ve got RSI in my scrolling finger and run of Woodstock cans. I blame you lot.

  91. Rockdoctor Avatar
    Rockdoctor

    shatterzzzsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 8:31 am

    Same in one side of my family as well. Grew up in Liverpool/Green Valley then similar areas around Campbelltown. Most turned out very successful to the point of a a few SME’s owners these days, despite humble beginnings. Also probably some of the down to earth people you will meet.

    Albo’s academic CV looks nothing like any of my relatives that came out of disadvantage. In all fairness if his mum was instrumental on getting him scholarship to St Mary’s then all credence to her and him but if not who paid for the tuition at St Mary’s? Not a cheap school by the looks.

  92. calli Avatar
    calli

    Would anyone who reads the Courier Mail even be aware of Russell Brand as a social/political commentator?

    They may have directed a bit more traffic his way.

  93. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    . In all fairness if his mum was instrumental on getting him scholarship to St Mary’s then all credence to her and him but if not who paid for the tuition at St Mary’s?

    Albo’s Daddy, who clearly isn’t an Italian steward.

  94. C.L. Avatar
    C.L.

    Good luck to Grace Tame’s fiancee.

  95. calli Avatar
    calli

    Lol, Davey. I was thinking something a little cuter.

  96. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    Brand is a Flamer, so is PaulJosephWatson, there may be others …
    Ben Shapiro, deffo on a watch list for signs of Flamin’.

    They can be as queer as clockwork oranges and I don’t give a damn as long as they produce sensible arguments and provide evidence for their claims.

    I find brand goes too slowly and dwells on the bleeding obvious. PJW is OK. Shapiro is a bit academic, but usually tolerable. As to whom they shag, I have zero interest.

  97. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Wentworth is a nice place to live right now

    Cassie – You must have a good ad blocker, a super secret email address, a silent phone, and a large rottweiler with a sign around his neck saying “I eat door-knocking politicians”.

  98. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Latest from the wacky world of islam:

    Minneapolis allows Islamic call to prayer to be broadcast over loudspeakers three times a day

    Nigeria: Muslims raid town, find it largely empty, tear down houses and set fire to 80-year-old man

    Pakistan: Three female students slaughter their seminary teacher over alleged blasphemy

    https://preview.mailerlite.com/x9d2g0r4n8/1918696616580093338/m4s8/

  99. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    How conspiracy theories work.

    Introduce some plausibility.

    Others take it as gospel.

    Such as uptick inflation.

  100. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    For some real estate pron Teh Paywallian has a $50m house that has not been on the market since 1910 – 83 Fitzwilliam St Vaucluse. You could probably go powerwalking with Lizzie and Hairy!

  101. calli Avatar
    calli

    What’s the difference between a conspiracy theory and an Imperial Media false narrative?

  102. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    Tomsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 1:48 pm

    Great comment Tom. Particularly this….

    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.

    And this “queering”, which started with SSM, involves the deliberate sexualisation and grooming of children in order for adults to gain sexual access to them.

    I believe that the progressive campaign for the normalisation of “minor attraction”, as they so quaintly describe it, is only a few years away……if that.

  103. Fair Shake Avatar
    Fair Shake

    Just finished listening to an audio book by Andrew Roberts on Winston Churchill. Took a few weeks to find time to listen to all 50 hours of it.
    Now as I read Cat blogs all the comments are coming through in my minds voices as the narrators Churchill like voice. Very odd but very funny.

    I did like Churchill’s quote from his late 70s. ‘I get all the exercise I need by being a pallbearer for my friends who exercised their whole lives!’
    He also enjoyed reading the obituaries of people he knew who were younger than He was and were either tea totalers and/or vegans.

  104. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Would anyone who reads the Courier Mail even be aware of Russell Brand as a social/political commentator?

    Russell Brand…is he one of those TV chefs plugging a line of kitchenware?

  105. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Wrong question I think calli.

    Its’s how you approaches them?.

    With scepticism not just with them your own confirmation bias.

  106. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Look, it is a pointer to recession but it doesn’t have to be. I think the fed won’t allow tightening to run the place over a cliff.

    This is key. The Fed’s record (vs the yield curve) isn’t great by any means. And the current batch of wise men don’t instill confidence. Currently the gap to inversion is a minuscule .04 and with 6 for 6 accuracy since 1980 I’d be very surprised indeed if this Fed can beat history. I do agree though that commodities be going higher and if so bring on the recession eventually- we will be seeing much higher energy and metals prices.

  107. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    What’s the difference between a conspiracy theory and an Imperial Media false narrative?

    Maximum 6-18 months for the latter to implode or expose itself.

    The former is indeterminate, and like bad 1970s fashion, comes and goes in cycles. With periodic renamings to maintain brand freshness.

    E.g. 50 years ago, the mass murdergenocidal and bodily-fluid enslaving New World Order was called the Club of Rome and headed up by Maurice Strong. Now it is called the World Economic Forum and is figureheaded by Klaus Schwab…

  108. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Just finished listening to an audio book by Andrew Roberts on Winston Churchill.

    I’d be interested in knowing where you scored that one?

  109. GoTiges Avatar
    GoTiges

    Russell Brand is in the remake of Death on the Nile, just released. He plays the part of the Doctor and does a reasonable job of it in a fairly forgettable remake. But I’m confused, was his career finished before that, or is it finished now?

  110. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    Jordan Peterson’s podcasts are now almost entirely unlistenable – he interrupts his guests constantly to talk about himself, his experiences, some observation of his or factoid he knows, and it’s usually something he must have mentioned dozens, maybe hundreds of times before. And very frequently, it’s when one of his guests is in the middle of saying something interesting. It is so frustrating. Stfu and let your damn guest finish a sentence, Jordan.

  111. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Old bloke says:
    April 1, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    Top Ender says:
    April 1, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    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.

    I thought that Harradine was a good Senator. Senators are supposed to represent their state’s interests, and Harradine certainly did that. Whenever a Prime Minister of any persuasion wanted something passed in the Senate, and he required Harradine’s vote, then Harradine would bargain for something which was in Tasmania’s interest.

    This is what we need in the Senate, people who represent their state’s interests rather than another party hack who votes according to his/her party line.

    That’s OK as far as it goes. But, I remember dealing with Harradine during the Telstra sale, and he milked hundreds of millions of dollars for Tasmania. Good stuff, you might say. But 20 odd years later, the money has seeped into the sand, and Tasmania is just as much of a mendicant State as it was then.

    The Harradines of this world firmly believe that giving other people’s money to their pet projects will stimulate the local economy. No matter how many times that is proved to be false, they never stop believing it, especially if it coincides with their re-election prospects.

    Playing the hero while holding the balance of power is much easier than fixing the structural problems which keep the place permanently broke.

  112. Wally Dali Avatar
    Wally Dali

    Russel Brand is a brilliant actor. His early work as a guttersnipe intellefty was fun and accessible, but the second act, re-interpreting (or maybe simply re-citing) anti-globalist podcasts is a tour de faux.

  113. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    I find brand goes too slowly and dwells on the bleeding obvious. PJW is OK. Shapiro is a bit academic, but usually tolerable. As to whom they shag, I have zero interest.
    Zero interest, eh?
    The issue isn’t “who they shag”[aka their victims],
    but the fact that they’re talentless flamers.

  114. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    Bespoke, so glad you’re here.

    I’ve just made you some ultra-yummy Brussel Sprouts baked with bacon, garlic and swirled in a balsamic glaze.

    No, no, don’t thank me. 🙂

  115. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    So Lucy Turnbull put up a tweet (that she’s since retracted) comparing the floods and climate change to the Holocaust.

    An utterly repugnant family.

  116. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Jordan Peterson, another Spook.
    These people’s mission is to demoralise you, not to entertain you.

  117. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    So Lucy Turnbull put up a tweet (that she’s since retracted) comparing the floods and climate change to the Holocaust.

    Deniers= SS.

  118. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    But I’m confused, was his career finished before that, or is it finished now?

    I just thought Russell Brand played Russell Brand.

    And Hollywood got bored with Russell Brand playing Russell Brand, in a way they haven’t yet tired of Ryan Reynolds playing Ryan Reynolds…*

    * Deadpool and Deadpool 2 were pretty good. Ryan Reynolds plays a better Ryan Reynolds than Russell Brand plays Russel Brand, I guess.

  119. Dot Avatar

    We are all spooks in the long run.

    We are all spooks now.

  120. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    So Lucy Turnbull put up a tweet (that she’s since retracted) comparing the floods and climate change to the Holocaust.

    ScoMo as Hitler?

  121. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Jordan Peterson, another Spook.
    These people’s mission is to demoralise you, not to entertain you.

    Grigory obviously doesn’t like people making their beds as the first step to regaining control of themselves…

  122. Dot Avatar

    Ed

    Prove I’m not Scott Morrison.

    Basically, if you disbelieve me, you’re a discredited conspiracy theorist.

  123. Vicki Avatar

    Jordan Peterson’s podcasts are now almost entirely unlistenable – he interrupts his guests constantly to talk about himself, his experiences, some observation of his or factoid he knows, and it’s usually something he must have mentioned dozens, maybe hundreds of times before.

    Jordan has not been the same since his life-threatening episode a couple of years ago. It was very very weird (probably due to the nutsy diet he was one) & he ended up in a comatose state in Russia (of all places) being treated for the condition.

    I agree he is very “wound up , even more than usual. Even so, he still has much to offer – although I tend to read his offerings, and only watch interviews occasionally.

    I am debating whether to purchase tickets for his tour of Oz later this year. I saw him when he toured years ago, and he was inspiring. This time I want to take my 19 year old grandson who is (typically) going through a difficult period of not knowing what direction in life to follow, having dropped out of a Commerce degree. He is not “scholastic”, but has a good “bullshit detector” & is just the sort of lad who responds to what Jordan says – IF you can get them to listen.

  124. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Well unlike Winston with his fear driven screeching.

    That hit the targed, Delta.

    Someone worthy of my declaration of war.

    Not very lady like and considering your age to be throwing vegetable poo around.

  125. Winston Smith Avatar

    John H:

    We’re good at solving engineering problems but human behavior problems are still very much a work in progress. That’s another aspect of long distance space travel people don’t think about. How will people respond to the prospect of no hospital, locked away in a small vessel for months on end with only a few people?

    I put in for one of the Antarctic jobs as an RN in the support role – coincidentally it was the year the lady doctor found a lump in her breast and removed it herself. Unfortunately I didn’t get the position, it would have been great.
    Remote Health personnel are happy to do all kinds of stuff beyond the normal fringes of practice. Perhaps it takes a person of independent character to take on a space travel job, but even now at 70, I’d do it even if it was just doling out the radiation pills. The men on Shackletons voyages had no guarantee of hospitals or even survival, but they went anyway.

    Yes, the enclosed environment would be a challenge. Personalities will grate on each other after just a small amount of time, but remember that we’ve been putting men (and Women!) in submarines for a very long time. Long term isolation shouldn’t be a problem especially given the sorts of personalities that would be picked.
    The pioneering/explorer gene has not yet been extinguished.

  126. Iron Cove Avatar
    Iron Cove

    Yeah calli, I did count them. But my mental arithmetic aint what is was so I’d only vouch for 95% accuracy.

    As for the upticks, who knows? I wouldn’t put it passed JC to manipulate his numbers! (As Mr. Rock might say, “it was a joke!”).

  127. Tintarella di Luna Avatar
    Tintarella di Luna

    An utterly repugnant family.</blockquote
    no redeeming features at all, none – hubristic pride and malicious envy does that.

  128. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Brand is a Flamer

    In breaking news, Katie Perry outed as a tranny... by our chief tranny sniffer, Ed-Mong.

    Ed-Mong has uncovered a whole nest of them..
    https://www.whosdatedwho.com/dating/russell-brand

    Ed-Mong can sniff a tucked tockley from miles away!
    Its gifted like that.

  129. Tintarella di Luna Avatar
    Tintarella di Luna

    oops blockquote fail – sorry

  130. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    Russell Brand…is he one of those TV chefs plugging a line of kitchenware?

    He has come a long way from his crack head days and being married to Katie Perry. Don’t know what he was famous for the first time around.

  131. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Biggles, you back to growing balls again?
    Your way of showing the blog how tough you are again?
    What a total wanker.

  132. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Hi, Bundy.

    and Ed

  133. Winston Smith Avatar

    Tom:

    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.

    The agreement at the end of negotiations with the Left isn’t the end of it – it’s the start of the next demand.

    Winston Smith – The Art of Diplomacy .

  134. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Winston Smithsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 7:36 pm
    John H:

    We’re good at solving engineering problems but human behavior problems are still very much a work in progress. That’s another aspect of long distance space travel people don’t think about. How will people respond to the prospect of no hospital, locked away in a small vessel for months on end with only a few people?

    I put in for one of the Antarctic jobs as an RN in the support role – coincidentally it was the year the lady doctor found a lump in her breast and removed it herself. Unfortunately I didn’t get the position, it would have been great.
    Remote Health personnel are happy to do all kinds of stuff beyond the normal fringes of practice. Perhaps it takes a person of independent character to take on a space travel job, but even now at 70, I’d do it even if it was just doling out the radiation pills. The men on Shackletons voyages had no guarantee of hospitals or even survival, but they went anyway.

    Yes, the enclosed environment would be a challenge. Personalities will grate on each other after just a small amount of time, but remember that we’ve been putting men (and Women!) in submarines for a very long time. Long term isolation shouldn’t be a problem especially given the sorts of personalities that would be picked.
    The pioneering/explorer gene has not yet been extinguished.

    Don’t know how you do that Winston. I couldn’t handle the constant people contact let alone sick people contact.

    For long distance space travel there are so many issues I think automation is a far better option than humans. Besides that we’re going to need some type of field to protect us from G forces during the acceleration phase. Even if we reach light speed that it is still 4 years to the closest star and multiples of that to the closest possibly habitable planet. I think before we get too carried away with the prospects we need a new kind of physics to address speed, G, and radiation issues. At present everything we know limits us to under light speed. If we don’t break that it won’t be worth the effort. The only other alternative would be an artificial planet, perhaps a powered asteroid made livable with humans basically accepting that as their lot in the life. Like The Space Beagle by A.E van Vogt.

  135. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    Ed has never been the same since mother showed him Hedwig and the angry inch?

  136. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Hello Beyonce.

  137. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    I think the Rantburg header would be appropriate for here:
    http://www.rantburg.com

  138. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Conversation about the most decorated Marine in history the other day.
    Someone claimed David Hackworth with 10 Silver Stars, but here’s another claimant:
    Puller is the most decorated Marine in American history. He was awarded 5 Navy Crosses and one Distinguished Service Cross. With 6 crosses, Puller is second behind Eddie Rickenbacker for citations of the nation’s second-highest military award for valor …
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesty_Puller

  139. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Biggles, once again you threaten me from a thousand miles?
    You brag many times of your wealth, so as I have asked you many times fly to Brisbane & we can sort things out.. you won’t as you are a bottleless turd.
    Don’t shout out on here, just do it, don’t let fear stop you.

  140. Winston Smith Avatar

    Cohenite:

    WA TAXPAYERS FUND ADULT ENTERTAINMENT WORKSHOP FOR KIDS

    It’s getting to the point where we need to start defending our kids ourselves because the authorities are refusing to do so.

  141. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Vickisays:
    April 1, 2022 at 7:35 pm
    Jordan Peterson’s podcasts are now almost entirely unlistenable – he interrupts his guests constantly to talk about himself, his experiences, some observation of his or factoid he knows, and it’s usually something he must have mentioned dozens, maybe hundreds of times before.

    Jordan has not been the same since his life-threatening episode a couple of years ago. It was very very weird (probably due to the nutsy diet he was one) & he ended up in a comatose state in Russia (of all places) being treated for the condition.

    I agree he is very “wound up , even more than usual. Even so, he still has much to offer – although I tend to read his offerings, and only watch interviews occasionally.

    I was never a fan of Peterson and now I feel sorry for him. He is broken. I watched him a few times recently and something is wrong. He hasn’t recovered, he tears up very easily, and he tries to cover too much territory. He did excellent research in his field and should return to that.

  142. Winston Smith Avatar

    Eddystone:

    Not a lot of agreement by other commenters though.

    I agreed, nodded several times, sighed, and thought “It doesn’t need a rant from me to belabour the point young Eddystone has made.”
    But I did give you 11 upticks!

  143. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Conversation about the most decorated Marine in history the other day.
    Someone claimed David Hackworth with 10 Silver Stars, but here’s another claimant:

    Umm, Grogs, the discussion was about the most decorated United States soldier in history – David Hackworth never served in the Marine Corps…. weapons grade stupidity…

  144. Winston Smith Avatar

    Sancho Panzer:

    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.

    I give in.
    I’ll play your silly bloody game, 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?
    Personality types?

  145. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    I’ll play:

    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 has ‘fiat’ written all over it, courtesy of the Poot’s current antics;

    It’s not backed, or convertible into any of those commodities;

    It’s not supported by an independent reserve bank – it could be marked to the Kwacha if the Poot saw some political benefit in doing so;

    It’s based on a modest-sized, sluggish economy;

    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.

    It’s certainly not backed by China. Emperor Xi is more likely to impose Yuan on Russia.

    But the $ is going to go on as the reserve currency?

    Yes, the trillions of debt is a problem.

    After this bunfight in the Ukraine, Russia is going to use the USA currency less & less…

    Almost certainly.

  146. Rockdoctor Avatar
    Rockdoctor

    More this week on BHP Coal haemorrhaging workers especially the skilled ones with experience. Most have had enough with diversity and the hiring of cleanskins it at an all time high.

    Peabody have had a merger of Moorevale & Coppabella with regard to the site management. Be interesting to see which SSE got the gig for this one, I hear the one at Moorevale may have been responsible for the dumping overburden on some areas they would have loved to have mined when he was working at Coppabella. Also I know the QG has told them no way on moving the Peak Downs Hwy (again) so they can push across to the south west. Seems to be a cone of silence on the particulars of the death at Goon Nth too which is odd.

    Also from those who have connections the predictions of the death of coal in Queensland are overstated. Apparently as usual Queensland Government is speaking on both sides of their mouth…

  147. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    No more cops killing our mob’: Reko Rennie’s new film hits home with stark message

    Two comments, then closed off…

  148. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Well said Winston, the idiot does it every other week or so & I should take no notice of the arsehole.

  149. Winston Smith Avatar

    Bespoke:

    What the hell is Stella Artois Winston?
    Something you’ve used to seduce Gerbil’s with?

    Stella Artois is the beer made on the other side of the planet to XXXX Bitter, and is used to grow hair on the heads of aging Grik tycoons so they can attract nubile young wyminses.
    XXXX Bitter is the nectar of the Gods that is the just reward for being Winston.
    I can rent you a couple of Gerbils at a good price – blow up valves are an extra.*
    *Warranty void if inflated beyond 300psi.

  150. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Hackworth wasn’t the most decorated American Soldier in history either.
    5 Navy Crosses and 1 Distinguished Service Cross outranks 10 Silver Stars.

  151. dover0beach Avatar

    Dover, please define ’cause’. If a and b are events then if a is the cause of b, then I take it that a must precede b in time. This can’t be the sole condition or the assassination of Julius Caesar would be a cause of my having a shower. So what other conditions are required before we can say that a causes b? Would you, for example, require that b is never observed unless a has occurred? If so, then again, the assassination of Julius Caesar is a cause of my taking a shower. Are you happy with this usage?

    ‘Whatever is moved is moved by another’ is sufficient. As to the example above, the absurdity you want to illustrate in each itself depends upon the principle of causality otherwise we would have no reason to find ascribing the cause of your taking a shower far-fetched. So, obviously, no.

  152. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Here’s the ranking system for U.S. Military Medals:
    https://veteran.com/ranking-military-medals/

  153. Runnybum Avatar
    Runnybum

    Dr Faustus, the world’s economy is changing fast & I hope the western central banks get fucked over, it will hurt us all but a proper rebalance needs to occur.
    Paper is after all only paper.

  154. Bar Beach Swimmer Avatar
    Bar Beach Swimmer

    That was a reply to BBS at 4:26 pm

    Bespoke, that may or may not be true; who’s to know.

    But, like Struth, I’m worried that this is never going to end. And if it doesn’t, then that’s the end of all the freedoms that we have known.

  155. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    this blog needs an ‘ignore’ button that will hide posters.

  156. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    I only take Woodstock cans as tribute, Winston.

  157. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “But, like Struth, I’m worried that this is never going to end. And if it doesn’t, then that’s the end of all the freedoms that we have known.”

    It isn’t going to end, the last two years was simply a dress rehearsal.

  158. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    this blog needs an ‘ignore’ button that will hide posters.
    Is that possible on this system?
    A Downvote function is enough to identify the Trolls.

  159. Gab Avatar
    Gab

    But, like Struth, I’m worried that this is never going to end. And if it doesn’t, then that’s the end of all the freedoms that we have known.

    That’s what I’ve been afraid of, no, not the virus, but how easily the majority gave in to exchange their freedoms for an experimental toxin that is virtually useless, as we now know. The governments have seen how easy it is to control the population through fear in western countries and they will not give up that little morsel of poison.

    I wonder what the governments, backed by their media, will ”mandate” the population to take in future – oh for their own health and for the good of all, of course.

  160. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Hackworth wasn’t the most decorated American Soldier in history either.
    5 Navy Crosses and 1 Distinguished Service Cross outranks 10 Silver Stars.

    Ek rol op die vloer en lag my moergat af.

  161. Winston Smith Avatar

    Cassie:

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

    The “Lets Go Brandon” has shown us the way forward.
    All it takes is one person standing up in the crowd and shouting “Cheater!”

    As a secondary problem, we need to investigate how a cult that comprises <0.01% of our society has managed to garner such a huge amount of political clout, because if they can do it, then what happens when the next lunatic cult comes along?

  162. Timothy Neilson Avatar
    Timothy Neilson

    Ed Casesays:
    April 1, 2022 at 8:26 pm
    this blog needs an ‘ignore’ button that will hide posters.
    Is that possible on this system?
    A Downvote function is enough to identify the Trolls.

    Be careful what you wish for.

  163. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    It isn’t going to end, the last two years was simply a dress rehearsal.

    If you believe that, then why are you advocating for the destruction of the Morrison Government?

  164. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Here’s the ranking system for U.S. Military Medals

    I was just now looking up such things, since I’d earlier read in Long of a native PNG soldier of the Pacific Islands Regiment who was awarded a Bronze Star. The wiki though says it was a Legion of Merit, which was analogous to the Bronze Star before the latter was instituted in 1944. Either way a PNG guy in service of the Australian Army receiving a Bronze Star from the US Army would have quite a tale attached to it. I couldn’t find out anything about the guy or the circumstances though.

  165. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    I’m worried that this is never going to end.

    So am I, yet the internet is a big place and plenty of people to allied with without dealing with the baggage they carry, BBS.

  166. Gab Avatar
    Gab

    Fun watching them spin in their own uselessness and empty virute-signalling. What happens when a man has no principles:

    Boris goes full-circle on gay conversion ban: Chaos as PM u-turns on u-turn and WILL now proceed with move to outlaw controversial therapy after backlash when plans were ‘quietly dropped’

  167. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Be careful what you wish for.

    It doesn’t worry me.
    You might get a bit of a reality check yourself, though.

  168. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Ed Casesays:
    April 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm
    . In all fairness if his mum was instrumental on getting him scholarship to St Mary’s then all credence to her and him but if not who paid for the tuition at St Mary’s?

    Albo’s Daddy, who clearly isn’t an Italian steward.

    Let me guess. The Italian steward was clearly a flamer, and probably also a spook?

  169. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    I’m worried that this is never going to end.

    Mencken made the same complaint nearly a century ago. Seems to be taking a long time for Fahrenheit 451 to become a reality.

  170. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Failed’ SAS soldier tells court Ben Roberts-Smith threatened him

    Since when did any Australian unit. let alone Special Air Service regiment, kick out members for heavy drinking and lewd behaviour?

  171. dover0beach Avatar

    this blog needs an ‘ignore’ button that will hide posters.

    I’ve been trying to see if Woodpress had a plugin to do this to no avail since I started the blog. Locals platform allows muting and blocking. The search continues.

  172. Bar Beach Swimmer Avatar
    Bar Beach Swimmer

    I’ve just made you some ultra-yummy Brussel Sprouts baked with bacon, garlic and swirled in a balsamic glaze

    Delta, I love Brussel Sprouts done that way.

    A couple of years ago we went out to dinner here and had a slow cooked lamb shoulder, which included 18 baked potatoes (this meal was for only two people!) and Brussel Sprouts done with walnuts and balsamic vinegar – magnificent!

  173. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Let me guess. The Italian steward was clearly a flamer, and probably also a spook?

    bad guess.
    No surprise, since you’re an idiot.
    The Italian steward likely didn’t exist, since intelligence is inherited and Albanese is clearly a smart guy.
    But, it’s the Labor Party, so Spooks and Flamers are never in short supply.

  174. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    I’ve been trying to see if Woodpress had a plugin to do this to no avail since I started the blog. Locals platform allows muting and blocking. The search continues.

    You’re doing God’s work, dover.

  175. Rockdoctor Avatar
    Rockdoctor

    Dover, I am pretty chilled by online standards and I am pretty well much a ghost SM wise. I just scroll if I don’t think if it is worth reading after the first sentence. Like Bob mostly on Sinc’s iteration.

    I wouldn’t get too bent round the axles about Kiwi blog type low ratings. Just my 2c worth for what it is worth anyway.

  176. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Dover please ban all who like Brussel Sprouts.

    Cheers

  177. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Dover please ban all who like Brussel Sprouts.

    Mmm…Brussels Sprouts!

    Their earthy flavours complement the fattiness of lamb very nicely.

  178. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    dover0beachsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 8:44 pm
    this blog needs an ‘ignore’ button that will hide posters.

    I’ve been trying to see if Woodpress had a plugin to do this to no avail since I started the blog. Locals platform allows muting and blocking. The search continues.

    As an old usenet nut I advise that while it seems like a good idea to mute comments by certain people that can become very frustrating because the muted are quoted by others and hence the flow of discussion can be lost.

    Dover I appreciate what you do, much kudos, but I suggest you don’t sweat this one too much.

  179. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Banning the poor sic Brussel Sprouts addicts would not only lift civility of the place but give them time to see help.

  180. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    claire lehmann thread on home ownership for young Australians

    I don’t know who this young lady is but she appears to be making some good points, particularly re the connection between accessible home ownership and the aspiration to have children. The solution isn’t more government intervention, but less.

  181. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Thank you … I know you don’t think much of me

    St Ruth – it matters not what I or anyone else thinks of you.

    “A man is generally what he perceives himself to be.”

    So man up and stop lashing out incoherently, interminably.

    You could be so much better than that. Shouting into a void is fine, until the void shouts you down.

    We are but pixels on a page. Stop wasting your energy. Channel it into something useful – for a change.

    You may just be able to.

  182. Jorge Avatar
    Jorge

    Read something yesterday by a Russian convinced that the US has made a blunder of unimaginable consequences in its confiscation of Russian assets. He argued that others have taken a lesson from this: that assets in USD everywhere are vulnerable and that this is so alarming that people and organisations the world over will take steps to secure their finances. No more reserve status for USD.

  183. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    No home, no kids, and nothing left to lose Claire Lehmann
    12:39PM April 1, 2022
    468 Comments

    Across the Western world wealth inequality is being usurped by housing inequality as the most reliable indicator of disparity in society. For many people of my generation – especially those who wish to start or expand their families – housing affordability is likely to become the single most important issue for them in federal and state elections.

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, residential property prices surged 23.7 per cent last year, the strongest annual growth since records began. A recently released report from ANZ Bank found that across Australia prices have increased 8.1 times faster than household income, with Australians needing to use 39.3 per cent of their income to service a mortgage after spending 10.8 years saving for a deposit.

    In Sydney, the statistics are more bleak. People who want to live in Sydney need to save for 16.6 years (if saving 15 per cent of their gross annual income each year) while spending 60.4 per cent of their annual income a year once they have a mortgage.

    The unaffordability of housing has some serious hidden costs that are rarely acknowledged and discussed, the most profound being that the rising cost of housing is discouraging family formation. In 1976, in Australia, 48 per cent of couples had children living with them at home. In 2016, that figure had declined to just 37 per cent.

    A 2016 study conducted in Britain found that after controlling for other variables, a 10 per cent increase in home prices correlated with a 1.3 per cent decrease in birthrates. Studies in the US have shown remarkably similar results, with the relationship between housing prices and birthrates being stronger than unemployment and birthrates.

    In Australia, rising house prices boost fertility in married couples who already own their own homes. But for renters, rising house prices and rising rental costs are a strong disincentive to having a baby. Because young people are likelier to rent than own their own homes, this results in a decline in the national birthrate overall.

    And like home ownership, the birthrate has been plummeting. In 2010, the fertility rate in Australia was 1.95 births per woman; in 2020 it had dropped to 1.58. Despite the coronavirus pandemic forcing everyone to stay home in 2020, a rise in births did not occur.

    Australians report that they would like to have more children than what they currently have. We know this because the University of Melbourne has been surveying a large cohort of Australians across a long time frame about such questions in the HILDA (Housing, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia) study. The HILDA study has found that of the women surveyed at age 35, one in four was hoping to still have one child or more in the future. But when surveyed again at age 49, more than half of these women had not had the number of children they had hoped for. A similar result for men is observed.

  184. Nelson_Kidd-Players Avatar

    Dover, since each comment has a linkable timestamp, perhaps a straightforward way is to have a scroll button to it’s right that takes one to the next comment. So, to take the current latest comments as I type:

    April 1, 2022 at 8:51 pm………….Scroll

    takes one to:

    April 1, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    No idea about obtaining or self-coding such a feature. I’ve never been under the hood with WordPress.

  185. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    As an old usenet nut I advise that while it seems like a good idea to mute comments by certain people that can become very frustrating because the muted are quoted by others and hence the flow of discussion can be lost.

    Pace John, that would seem to aid continuity rather than work against it, the quoters acting as editors. My 2 cents. Off to re-read The Clash of Civilisations now.

  186. Winston Smith Avatar

    Cohenite:

    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?

    It’s interesting, is it not?
    Who were the AFrican tribes that decided to kill off their cattle to not anger the Gods?
    What happened to them, again?
    Look, I have no sympathy for the idiots who have refused to work this out.
    I’ve just bought a 300l freezer and filled it with arfur cow, arfur pork, and arfur pig. I also ran the genset for for an hour to turn over the engine oil like I do every month.
    Unless it’s an EMP issue, I’ll be able to help out neighbours etc.
    And I’ve done it on a Pension.
    Next up is a 30k/l rainwater tank.
    There’s no excuse for not being at least a bit prepared.

  187. Nelson_Kidd-Players Avatar

    Bespoke was used as an example, not to be made an example. 😉

  188. Bar Beach Swimmer Avatar
    Bar Beach Swimmer

    Bespoke, ok, when we get to the gates of Mordor, for that looks like where we’re headed, I suppose there will be enough time to sit down and make our evaluations.

  189. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    I don’t know who this young lady is but she appears to be making some good points

    Yeah, of course not, Rog.

    She’s just one of those exquisite brunettes*, but sooner or later, the magic will evaporate.

    She’s also correct not all that often. But yeah, our tongues just happen to be hangin’ out for a reason – inexplicable as that might be … 😕

    * Just ask conservative spokesdouche, Gray Connolly …

  190. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Sure thing Nelson.

    And you’re not on my list.

    Trust me.

  191. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I don’t know who this young lady is but she appears to be making some good points, particularly re the connection between accessible home ownership and the aspiration to have children

    She lost me when she said that for many people of her generation, housing affordability was likely to become the most important factor in both State and Federal elections. I moved out of Sydney,way back when, in the interests of affordable housing, and I never thought of going back.

  192. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    affordable housing

    Which mysteriously is unavailable in this country, continent sized as it is.

    Now why might that be, Cats?

    There is a one word answer:

    Collectivism

  193. Winston Smith Avatar

    Arkysays:

    April 1, 2022 at 4:38 pm
    Here his is making nice with Turtlehead against me.

    ..

    Winston is a gentleman.
    You are an idiot who thinks in black and white and who can’t seperate the argument from the person.
    You probably think I feel anger or resentment towards you.
    I don’t, and hope I never do.
    I wish you the best despite the utter stupidity of todays shit.

    Arky, I picked JC about a decade ago on the old Cat. He hasn’t changed – he can’t.
    I’ve often thought that people, when given the right social environment, can defeat the reflexive “He doesn’t let me be the dominant in any relationship I have, so therefore he is an enemy and wrong.” but it hasn’t worked with JC. His insecurities are what drives him on, but will end up ruining him.
    Meh.
    His problem.

  194. Plasmamortar Avatar
    Plasmamortar

    Which mysteriously is unavailable in this country, continent sized as it is.

    Now why might that be, Cats?

    Most people want to live in the city, with all the conveniences it brings.

    Also, due to the ever increasing amount of government regulation, starting or investing in businesses is risky, so people invest in real estate as they can almost always find a renter.

  195. Winston Smith Avatar

    Sancho Panzer:

    There appears to be some dispute here.
    I think we need to vote on the best Cat nick-names.
    Without wishing to influence anyone, I think St Ruth is a clear winner, followed by Kenn Worth – Road Ranger.

    Please can I go back to misspelling peoples names as in Faltyu Twoers?
    It gave me endless pleasure and some were quite witty.
    NOT THAT ANYONE NOTICED.
    Bastards.

  196. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    Someone worthy of my declaration of war.

    Bring it on, Sonny.

  197. Winston Smith Avatar

    Frank:

    They make run flat dollies now you know.

    Now you bloody well tell me.

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