Open Thread – Tues 29 Mar 2022


Rasputitsa, Alexei Savrasov, 1894

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Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 4:24 pm

You should be a sommelier, St Ruth.
Not only can you discern human diarrhoea from that of other mammals from a mere speck on your boot, but you seem to be able to ascertain the country of birth of the owner of the loose movement.

Struth
March 29, 2022 4:25 pm

Say what you like about Indian truckies, but I’ve never seen one of them touting for business outside the toilets at the Balranald Caltex wearing new boots and old jocks.

That’s better.

4/10.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 29, 2022 4:26 pm

Like not the address but the state or country?

JC, Australia spread over WA, Vicco and Queensland.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 4:26 pm

callisays:

March 29, 2022 at 4:09 pm

I miss Deadman.

He would give us the lowdown on English as it is spoke.

Well, he wouldn’t say “lowdown” for a start.

Struth
March 29, 2022 4:27 pm

You should be a sommelier, St Ruth.
Not only can you discern human diarrhoea from that of other mammals from a mere speck on your boot, but you seem to be able to ascertain the country of birth of the owner of the loose movement.

What is it with the little gang of sneerers and their inability to read?

The last score has been docked 2 points.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 4:31 pm

And people like JC, Frank, Notafan, and a few others will visciously defend their right …

Visciously?
Do you mean vicious? As in “mean, aggressive and angry”?
Or viscous? As in “slippery, lubricated”? Like a bit of warm diarrhoea on a crepe-soled driving shoe?
Or is it a whole new word?

bespoke
bespoke
March 29, 2022 4:32 pm

Is there anything this ‘bloke’ will not bogart as his own?

I guess for a cover singer it comes naturally.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 29, 2022 4:33 pm

I assume that you are excluding Mossad?
A reputation for competence has not done them any harm.

They were mostly up against Arabs, johanna.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
March 29, 2022 4:34 pm

Struth says:
March 29, 2022 at 4:25 pm

March 29, 2022 at 4:27 pm

Is critiquing posts for the purposes of anklebiting an accepted employment-related activity for Centrelink these days, Cats?

Or is it just more evidence that Mrs Struth needs to control her woman?

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
March 29, 2022 4:34 pm

Roger:

When the dust settles, it will be interesting to see which heads roll in Moscow.

If the rumours of corruption in the military have any basis – fuel being stolen, wages not being paid, equipment going missing, then Putin must purge the military and get rid of the crooks.
When the level of graft compromises the national defence, it’s time to sort it out.
I can see Putin doing the “Mother Russia has many sons, but not so many they can be traded for a Generals dacha.” line – and the people will lap it up. Especially the mothers.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 4:36 pm

Thank allah, Eyrie. I was worried it was the same dude and it’s not. Close shave as I’d have to discontinue my friendship otherwise. 🙂

Franx
Franx
March 29, 2022 4:37 pm

Sneering can be smit without anyone being smitten in which case sneering becomes a thing smitted.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 4:40 pm

Ker-ching!
BHP dividend just landed.
Might upgrade meself to one of them fancy Mer-Say-Deees EV’s that JC’s bin talkin’ ’bout.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
March 29, 2022 4:42 pm

Sneering can be smit without anyone being smitten in which case sneering becomes a thing smitted.

Unless it’s smut.

Then it gets smote.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
March 29, 2022 4:42 pm

Lizzie:

For instance, he recognised the swimmer who came ‘second’ behind Lia-the-Bloke as Florida’s real winner and 500 metre women’s champion.

Considering how quickly the “Let’s Go Brandon” meme took off, I’d like to see mass rejection of these ‘women’ by crowds standing and shouting “Cheater!”
Now, that would be effective – a mob doesn’t always have to be Leftist.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 29, 2022 4:42 pm

crepe-soled driving shoe

Like boat shoes? Ideal for driving crashranger boxgears, I’d have thought.

Plasmamortar
Plasmamortar
March 29, 2022 4:42 pm

Might upgrade meself to one of them fancy Mer-Say-Deees EV’s

You mean a Johnny Cab??? 🙂

Frank
Frank
March 29, 2022 4:42 pm

Then there is the snit between those not smitten that initiates the smiting, layers upon layers.

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 29, 2022 4:43 pm

Panzer, tomorrow Twiggy gets a dividend of $972,973,900.
Doesn’t crack the bill this half.
Sad.

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 29, 2022 4:44 pm

Speaking of Trump, I’m hoping everyone has seen his press release regarding his hole in one.

bespoke
bespoke
March 29, 2022 4:46 pm

Stormy footing the bill is old news Bern.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
March 29, 2022 4:46 pm

Eyrie:

So far ONE Cat knew somebody at school who had a heart attack at 14 years old. Anyone else?

None.

bespoke
bespoke
March 29, 2022 4:51 pm

No one at my school got Tuberculosis.

Franx
Franx
March 29, 2022 4:51 pm

Rex Anger, smut is a good move, or in the case of some long hauls, a nasty find, yet smut cannot get smote. It gets smitten, which would be odd because the nasty find has no agency; otherwise it gets smitted.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 4:58 pm

Great news, Sanchez. I hope you spend the money wisely and not fritter it away on useless stuff like a private jet and one of the oligarch’s yacht’s which I’m sure is be up for sale. 🙂

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 29, 2022 4:59 pm

No one at my school got Tuberculosis.

Friend of ours in his early 70’s is immune compromised due to cancer treatment.
He has suddenly developed tuberculosis; apparently it has lain dormant since childhood when it was never diagnosed but has now reactivated. He is being treated for it, isn’t infectious, but has been advised to stay stum about it.
People still react badly to the word.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
March 29, 2022 4:59 pm

Rex Anger, smut is a good move, or in the case of some long hauls, a nasty find

I take it you’ve been on a steam-hauled tourist train recently, then? 😉

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
March 29, 2022 5:00 pm

smite (v.)

“to hit, strike, beat,” mid-12c., from Old English smitan, which however is attested only as “to daub, smear on; soil, pollute, blemish, defile” (strong verb, past tense smat, past participle smiten), from Proto-Germanic *smitan (source also of Swedish smita, Danish smide “to smear, fling,” Old Frisian smita, Middle Low German and Middle Dutch smiten “to cast, fling,” Dutch smijten “to throw,” Old High German smizan “to rub, strike,” German schmeißen “to cast, fling,” Gothic bismeitan “to spread, smear”). “The development of the various senses is not quite clear, but that of throwing is perh. the original one” [OED]. Watkins suggests “the semantic channel may have been slapping mud on walls in wattle and daub construction” and connects it with PIE *sme- “to smear;” Klein’s sources also say this.
Sense of “slay in combat” (c. 1300) is from Biblical expression smite to death, first attested c. 1200. Meaning “visit disastrously” is mid-12c., also Biblical. Meaning “strike with passion or emotion” is from c. 1300.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 5:01 pm

feelthebernsays:

March 29, 2022 at 4:43 pm

Panzer, tomorrow Twiggy gets a dividend of $972,973,900.
Doesn’t crack the bill this half.
Sad.

Yeah, well, wait until my Atlassian dividend comes through!

bespoke
bespoke
March 29, 2022 5:01 pm

No stay out of my lane.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 5:02 pm

JCsays:

March 29, 2022 at 4:58 pm

Great news, Sanchez. I hope you spend the money wisely and not fritter it away on useless stuff like a private jet and one of the oligarch’s yacht’s which I’m sure is be up for sale. 

I’m all in with the Ruskies.
Not buyin’ no dirty stinkin’ confiscated yacht on principle.

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 29, 2022 5:04 pm

Seriously, Trump put out a press release re his hole-in-one.
Apparently he released a video too but I haven’t seen that.

bespoke
bespoke
March 29, 2022 5:05 pm

Ok it was about gulf, bern. My bad.

Franx
Franx
March 29, 2022 5:07 pm

Rex Anger – Checked out the link. I don’t get it yet it is still hilariously funny. Not sure why. So much to which there is no available answer.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 5:09 pm

Feelthebern says:
March 29, 2022 at 4:43 pm

Panzer, tomorrow Twiggy gets a dividend of $972,973,900.
Doesn’t crack the bill this half.
Sad.

No biggie , Bern. That’s like loose change for some people. 🙂

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 29, 2022 5:15 pm

Ker-ching!
BHP dividend just landed.

Ker – ching! It has indeed – Wesfarmers tomorrow or the next day……….

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 5:16 pm

I’m all in with the Ruskies.
Not buyin’ no dirty stinkin’ confiscated yacht on principle.

Sanchez, Dude . You own 14.35% of BHP so you should look to up the ante a little and buy an oligarch’s boat. It would suit you.

On a similar note.. we had some friends – Australian – living in NYC. The dude ran an specialized infrastructure fund and flew over the financial crisis because his fund locked investors in for something like a decade. He bought a “ship” in 09 as a distressed sale and ended up paying something like 80% of the original price. They’re too important to know now – ), but our kid spent a month with the family sailing around the Caribbean as our kids went to the same school in NYC.

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 29, 2022 5:17 pm

Imagine if BHP had spun out their coal assets, not sold them for a bargain basement price.

bespoke
bespoke
March 29, 2022 5:18 pm

Fishing for Bundy, JC?

twostix
twostix
March 29, 2022 5:19 pm

I go away for a few days, come back and the usual suspects, now finished pretending to not be massive covid karens, have now moved onto becoming full blown reddit goons “you dumb racist white male, accept your replacement!” the smirk at white australian men complaining about industry after industry being absolutely swamped with the absolute dregs of the third world.

Holy shit lol, the absolute state of these fucking lifeless retards.

“Don’t you know true conservatives should want white men to become 35% of the Australian population!” says the gutless retired cuck who lives in Victoria and gets pegged by African warlords while wearing two masks and is being monitored via Andrew’s ordered ankle bracelet by a govt department consisting of 87% Indians, Asians and Afghani’s.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 5:20 pm

Bespoke

Leave the kid alone. He’s hauling the last load to bananas on the truck. Disturb him and he looses his daily performance bonus for picking so many in a day.

bespoke
bespoke
March 29, 2022 5:20 pm

Lol!

custard
custard
March 29, 2022 5:21 pm

The latest instalment in a very credible theory.

https://patelpatriot.substack.com/p/devolution-part-19?s=r

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 29, 2022 5:21 pm

Ker – ching – Wesfarmers tomorrow……

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 5:22 pm

HutuStix was gone for a few days? No wonder i thought something was missing on the blog.

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 29, 2022 5:23 pm

BHP spin-offs.
Bluescope.
One Steel.
South 32.
Newcrest (in the way way back machine).
Soon to be a phat Woodside component too.
Just imagine if the domestic coal assets were added to that.

PS, you had ample time to sell One Steel at a profit.

calli
calli
March 29, 2022 5:31 pm

Smite the smut
For snitty soot
Will smog the blog
…and get the boot.

Frank
Frank
March 29, 2022 5:32 pm

Don’t recall a recent pegging by African warlords. No doubt memory loss associated with the long covid.

Speedbox
March 29, 2022 5:32 pm

Winston Smith says:
March 29, 2022 at 4:34 pm
If the rumours of corruption in the military have any basis…..

I’m sure you already know but corruption of public officials is endemic in Russia. From the very top to the lowest grade public servant at the equivalent of a local council office. In fairness, definitely not all of them, not even half, but you don’t have to look too hard. There will always be someone who will ‘grease the wheels’ of the bureaucracy or alternatively, is expecting to receive a portion of the funding for whatever project is being undertaken.

It’s usually quite subtle – not an outright demand – but it is the way of many in the civil service and everybody knows it. Don’t want to offer anything? Ok, but your project/issue/requirement will languish for days/weeks/months when it could be fixed this afternoon. This corruption is largely fed by a combination of ultra low public service wages and a ‘monkey see, monkey do’ attitude. In other words, a low paid clerk is less likely to refuse a bribe when they see their immediate superior accepting one. And this all filters down from the top.

Want that big government project? You know what you need to do.

Periodically, there is a clean out and a couple of thousand public servants are fired but this is just a ‘show’. Corruption of officials is one of the biggest issues facing Russia internally – potentially the biggest as its tentacles have spread throughout government.

I have no trouble believing – none whatsoever – that vast sums meant for defense purchases was siphoned off at various stages by every person with access.

Frank
Frank
March 29, 2022 5:33 pm

Zelensky. Or is it?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 29, 2022 5:37 pm

Winston Smithsays:
March 29, 2022 at 4:42 pm
Lizzie:

For instance, he recognised the swimmer who came ‘second’ behind Lia-the-Bloke as Florida’s real winner and 500 metre women’s champion.

Considering how quickly the “Let’s Go Brandon” meme took off, I’d like to see mass rejection of these ‘women’ by crowds standing and shouting “Cheater!”
Now, that would be effective – a mob doesn’t always have to be Leftist.

I don’t know why the women just wait until the Freak finishes then swim their own race. Too frightened to do it. Better still walk off after the Freak dives in or even better not line up to compete. Make the the Freak and the Freaks enablers look stupid. Until this happens nothing will change. Maybe they get banned, so what, under these conditions they’re never going to win.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
March 29, 2022 5:38 pm

feelthebernsays:
March 29, 2022 at 5:23 pm
BHP spin-offs.

South32 has done pretty well for a company that started out being colloquially referred to as “CrapCo” because of its function as a means of BHP unloading a lot of no longer wanted assets.

calli
calli
March 29, 2022 5:40 pm

I like that idea, Ranga.

Tough it out on the blocks. Then a slow clap for the grand finale.

The cheat wouldn’t know what to do and the crowd noise would cover the demo right to the end.

JMH
JMH
March 29, 2022 5:41 pm

Smitten – past participle. He has been smitte

`n.

I will not submit to being smitten. Ever!

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 5:44 pm

I’ve seen a gin take a dump on the carpet of the Westpac bank in Alice Springs

It’s making a deposit. You can do it through an ATM but it is hard to balance on that little shelf.

Roger
Roger
March 29, 2022 5:45 pm

If the rumours of corruption in the military have any basis – fuel being stolen, wages not being paid, equipment going missing, then Putin must purge the military and get rid of the crooks.

Trouble is he mightn’t have much of the military left at the end of the process.

Russia is a rotten country, and it starts at the top.

Putin made his first fortune when he was a functionary and later deputy mayor of the city council of St. Petersburg in the early 1990s, effectively stealing from the people of the city when they were going through a very difficult time with food and other shortages.

Delta A
Delta A
March 29, 2022 5:46 pm

‘To have been’ is past tense yet not in the active but in the passive voice requiring the past participle.

Getting close to pluperfect territory, Franx.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 29, 2022 5:50 pm

Calli, that was my take from the very first time the Freaks started doing this. The left are are rubbishing women doing this and the women of the left are more responsible but I blame myself for not calling it out no matter the cost.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 5:50 pm

Other than size, what;s the huge difference between Rio, BHP and Fortesque other than size. Fortesque sounds like a French cheese.

calli
calli
March 29, 2022 5:50 pm

Watch it. All this parsing and you’ll get subjunctivitis.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 29, 2022 5:53 pm

A court will consider compelling an SAS soldier to give evidence about the alleged murder of an unarmed Afghan in the defamation trial launched by Ben Roberts-Smith despite his lawyer warning it could expose him to war crime prosecution.

Any of the bush lawyers help out? Just how can the Court compel someone to give evidence? Throw him in gaol, until he agrees to talk?

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
March 29, 2022 5:53 pm

Rex Anger – Checked out the link. I don’t get it yet it is still hilariously funny. Not sure why. So much to which there is no available answer.

Coal smuts in your eyes, mate.

They get in under everything.

Sometimes, they even burn a bit when they land, too. 🙂

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 5:54 pm

Another day another attempt to fuck over Trump.

WASHINGTON—A federal judge said that former President Donald Trump and a law professor “more likely than not” committed a felony in their efforts to block the 2020 election results, in a ruling clearing the way for related emails to be turned over to congressional investigators.

John Eastman had sought to stop the release of the emails to the House select committee probing the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol. In rejecting his lawsuit, Judge David O. Carter of the Central District of California cited the crime-fraud exception, which removes protections for documents written in furtherance of crime.

“Based on the evidence, the Court finds that it is more likely than not that President Trump and Dr. Eastman dishonestly conspired to obstruct the Joint Session of Congress” the day of the riot, ruled Judge Carter, who was appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton in 1998.

Yep, judge Carter was a Clinton appointment.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
March 29, 2022 5:55 pm

Other than size, what;s the huge difference between Rio, BHP and Fortesque other than size. Fortesque sounds like a French cheese.

Twiggy needs another name and a hyphen to tack on the back, then he’ll be a right proper Adelaidean.

(It’s not like he can’t afford to do it, either…)

Roger
Roger
March 29, 2022 6:00 pm

Just how can the Court compel someone to give evidence?

By holding the charge of contempt of court over them if they refuse to do so.

rickw
rickw
March 29, 2022 6:00 pm

It’s making a deposit. You can do it through an ATM but it is hard to balance on that little shelf.

Experience?

That freaking Bears back at the ATM!

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 6:01 pm

Panzer, tomorrow Twiggy gets a dividend of $972,973,900.

Twiggy is now a recognised industry sector of the WA economy. Everybody knows somebody who works at Tattarang.

rosie
rosie
March 29, 2022 6:02 pm

We’ve had the smote/smitten discussion before.
Iirc the general consensus was smitten was considered to be lurv related, not an undignified exit from a private blog.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
March 29, 2022 6:03 pm

In a statement by Ms Plibersek, the shadow education minister, and five Labor senators last night, Labor committed $14 million to 60 primary schools to hire full-time First Nations language teachers if elected.

That’s almost a quarter of a million per school. Really?

Other demographic groups maintain their own culture. I’ve known people who as kids went to Ukrainian school or Latvian school for a couple of hours a week outside normal school. Isn’t indigenous culture important enough to indigenous Australians for them to do that themselves? Why do taxpayers have to be soaked yet again?

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 29, 2022 6:04 pm

60,000 have left Melbourne in a year.
TaliDan, you’ve done it again you Marxist piece of crap.

Runnybum
Runnybum
March 29, 2022 6:10 pm

Still unjabbed & happy.
Looking at the info coming out, even the insurance companies (& they don’t fk about) are wary of the jabbed.
Good luck jabbees.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 6:10 pm

Zulu – there is provision for the court to issue a certificate against any evidence being used against them. I expect the issue is any certificate would be useless in any potential ICC prosecution. I would be surprised if the court would wear that one.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 6:12 pm

Plibbers as Minister for Education? Could undo a lot of Julia’s good work.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 29, 2022 6:13 pm

You and st Ruth have something in common then runnybum

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 29, 2022 6:16 pm

60,000 have left Melbourne in a year.

Farmer Gez, is that an official stat?
I’ve seen data saying it’s 50,000 leaving Victoria since the start of 2020.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 29, 2022 6:26 pm

Farmer Gez, is that an official stat?

Just heard it on ABC news.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 29, 2022 6:26 pm

Isn’t indigenous culture important enough to indigenous Australians for them to do that themselves?

How do you deal with the situation where some Aboriginal children finish primary school full bottle on “First Nations” language and culture, but barely literate in English?

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Zyconoclast says: March 29, 2022 at 3:43 pm

For the benefit of the thirsty, (& those who claim there is no rationing, coz they visited Woolies last week & there was a bottle on the shelf)
The following beers are currently rationed:
XXXX Gold Kegs
XXXX Gold Cans
XXXX Gold Stubbies
XXXX Bitter Cans
Tooheys New Cans
Tooheys Extra Dry Stubbies
Hahn Super Dry Stubbies

Good. They are awful.

Factcheck status of your claim: True

The punters might have to try something decent like Stella Artois.

Huh? Stella Artois?
OMG, I’m so sorry Zyco, I did not realise you are transitioning.
Henceforth shall you be known as Lia-conoclast?

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 29, 2022 6:28 pm

Wow.
Victoria.
The Illinois of Australia.

shatterzzz
March 29, 2022 6:28 pm

Isn’t indigenous culture important enough to indigenous Australians for them to do that themselves? Why do taxpayers have to be soaked yet again?

HOW DARE YOU!
.. to suggest that a PROUD, mollycoddled & privileged race, actually, give a bit back instead of always taking! .. Shame, shame, shame! ……..

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 29, 2022 6:32 pm

Good luck jabbees.

You won’t be saying that when you’re in the death camp, complete with gas showers.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 29, 2022 6:32 pm

28 minutes till Dark and Stormy #2 kicks in, then it’s bedtime.

Apparently.

Speedbox
March 29, 2022 6:33 pm

Timothy Neilson says:
March 29, 2022 at 6:03 pm
Other demographic groups maintain their own culture. I’ve known people who as kids went to Ukrainian school or Latvian school for a couple of hours a week outside normal school.

All of our kids went to Russian school for a period and at various stages. On Saturday mornings for about 3.5 hours. Reading/writing in cyrillic, and basic history. No big deal. As you say, many ethnic groups run similar programs for children of the relevant ethnicity. We paid ourselves and no government assistance was sought or offered.

I think you know the answer why the taxpayer needs to be soaked for the indigenous version.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 6:34 pm

Driller

No pubbling. Pubble at your own blog.

Runnybum
Runnybum
March 29, 2022 6:42 pm

We sure do miltonf it is called common sense.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 6:45 pm

60,000 have left Melbourne in a year.

I think an MCG is the preferred unit of measure ie 0.6 MCGs. Nice work by the Chairman, particularly if you are on the members waitlist or just trying to get a seat on Friday nights.

cohenite
March 29, 2022 6:47 pm

Any of the bush lawyers help out? Just how can the Court compel someone to give evidence? Throw him in gaol, until he agrees to talk?

http://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdb/au/legis/nsw/consol_act/ea199580/

Ss:12 for compulsion; 13-19 for exceptions.

Even if a witness sits mute or dissembles the compulsion can include contempt and imprisonment.

Roger
Roger
March 29, 2022 6:48 pm

Isn’t indigenous culture important enough to indigenous Australians for them to do that themselves? Why do taxpayers have to be soaked yet again?

I suspect because it’s going to be taught to non-indigenous kids as well.

Btw, Speedbox, good to hear your kids went to Russian school.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 6:49 pm

Is that a net outflow. In other words is it counting also the people who’ve moved here? Yea I know it’s small but everything is relative and imagine being jailed in Tasmania, SA OR WA?

Franx
Franx
March 29, 2022 6:52 pm

The Indians, the Asians, the Afghanis, the Africans are pawns just like the rest of us not awaiting investment windfalls. The cultural practices of newcomers can indeed be offensive, often more to do with misunderstanding, sometimes to do with actual and sheer offensiveness. At times, too, a willingness or the pressing need on the part of newcomers to work under woeful conditions is harmful to everyone else. And yet the unions remain unaccountable, as do the employers who also have washed their hands of accountability. All a bit dog eat dog. We are more and more finding ourselves fragmented into insular ever narrowing circles of meaningful human interaction. And the emergency powers and their wellsprings are reinforcing the anomie, having first created it. The digital world provides limited escape routes, yet the digital world and that of simulacra is no substitute for the real world and real people. Sometimes it’s the most undesirable persons who are more truly ‘real’ – I have serious problems with the homeless in the Melbourne cbd. And yet, and yet. There is an essence of humanity in the large gathering of homeless persons of a Sunday evening outside the vic market enjoying, actually enjoying each other’s company and their sausage sizzle. They sit around, with music in the background, on makeshift seats along the footpath the length of a block between William and Queen streets, and for a very brief time they are a community. They are a reminder of Orwell’s 1984 proles and of daring to hope in them. I’ll also mention the foreign students on their killer food delivery bikes. Hateful. And yet coming across these riders congregating in dark kitchen doorways, leaning on their bikes, waiting for orders, smoking their heads off and smiling and laughing, is enlivening. Yes, they are foreigners and I disapprove of the mercenary practice of the education industry, yet as in all cases when people are at their best, there is nothing like it, irrespective of where the people are from. I think this country had what it takes once and can find it again, but it will take doing.

rosie
rosie
March 29, 2022 6:52 pm

Posted on abc website an hour ago.
The latest population data according to the bureau of stats is skewed because of people belatedly updating their Medicare addresses because of the vaccine.

Victoria’s population shrank by almost 45,000 at pandemic’s height

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 6:53 pm

In other words is it counting also the people who’ve moved here?

Both of them?

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 6:55 pm

Bear

Don’t be so smug. You would’ve moved here in a heart beat. Dude, you were living in North Korea for 2 years so don’t get uppity. 🙂

rosie
rosie
March 29, 2022 6:56 pm

Relatives of mine were 4 of the 45,000, bought in qld in late 2020, though they’d skipped earlier.
Blue ribbon Andrewites.

Roger
Roger
March 29, 2022 6:56 pm

I think this country had what it takes once and can find it again, but it will take doing.

Crucial to that, Franx, is the newcomers being socialised into Australian society and feeling they have more at stake here than at “home”.

Arky
March 29, 2022 6:58 pm

A lone Russian vehicle finds itself exploding because the Russians apparently still haven’t learned how warfare in the 21st century works.

I don’t know who’s in charge of the Russian war machine, but the entire Russian military needs to apply the brakes and kick the guy off. At this point, the incompetence we’re seeing with these guys puts them at a “near peer” level with the FSA rebels we saw their Syrian counter-parts fighting way back in the day.

I don’t have context for this video, other than it’s yet another lone piece of Russian armor getting itself killed because the basic principles of combat have been lost to the Russian military at this point. If your military doctrine ends at doing stupid parades on big parade decks so your toy soldiers can look fancy for the camera crew, I’ve got bad news for you. You trained for the wrong cameras

..
https://funker530.com/video/drone-records-the-destruction-of-a-lone-russian-vehicle/

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 6:59 pm

I can’t leave WA. I can’t get back in. It’s like being at the WACA and they won’t give you a Pass Out to go and get a full strength beer.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 29, 2022 7:00 pm

Plonk time.
Plonk in a glass and plonk on the couch.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Re vaccine mandates:
Just received an advice from Big Fella Gubbermint reminding me the vaccine mandate is law & is in full force & I am obliged to not allow unvaccinated into the pub, blah blah blah, penalties apply, blah blah blah, .. & so on.

The penultimate paragraph:
Unvaccinated patrons are allowed into the pub (any pub in Qld) with full blessing of Big Nanny Anna:
If they are a participant in a vaccine trial, they may enter & are to be treated as if they are vaccinated (must provide the official form confirming their participation) & it is an offence for me to refuse such an unvaccinated person or to discriminate against them in any way.

To be clear:
Anyone who is in the placebo or untouched trial group, i.e. totally unvaccinated, may enter the pub & rub shoulders with everybody else.

The letter ends with a stern reminder of my legal obligation to keep unvaccinated out, coz public health is not worth the risk.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 29, 2022 7:01 pm

I suspect because it’s going to be taught to non-indigenous kids as well.

Country school in Western Australia showed the film “Rabbit Proof Fence” so often the students could not have cared less…

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 7:04 pm

H B Bear says:
March 29, 2022 at 6:59 pm

I can’t leave WA. I can’t get back in. It’s like being at the WACA and they won’t give you a Pass Out to go and get a full strength beer.

Why did you want to get back in? It’s like the biggest quarantine station in the world. 2.646 million km² quarantine station.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 29, 2022 7:06 pm

My elder sister died of a genetic heart illness when she was young. She, myself and my younger siblings all have a heart condition.

Geez, Cassie, I know you well IRL but I didn’t know that. That’s rough.

Oh, and while I am here ducking in and out, last nite Arky called Cassie a ‘hag’.
Quite uncalled for. Cassie is a vivacious and attractive woman of a certain age, much younger than me and even more youthful than my Beloved One, who enjoys his email exchanages with her between meet-ups. Cassie is not at all any sort of ‘hag’, in looks or personality. And even if she was plain as day wrinkled and boring, which she is not, then it is still not a nice thing to call any contributory Kitteh on here.
Save it for the harridens of the left.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 29, 2022 7:06 pm

Just read this comment:

True. The SAS issue was caused by NCOs attempting to gain entrance in Delta Force “clubs”. Utterly disgusting and out of character and heads are rolling.

Any comments on the veracity of this claim?

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 7:09 pm

Hahahahahahahahahahaha

Franx
Franx
March 29, 2022 7:09 pm

Roger, assimilation became a dirty word replaced by multiculturalism which in turn became a political football. No longer in vogue. Diversity it is, then.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 29, 2022 7:13 pm

Any comments on the veracity of this claim?

Sorry, Grogs, you have a point you wish to make?

Roger
Roger
March 29, 2022 7:15 pm

Roger, assimilation became a dirty word replaced by multiculturalism which in turn became a political football.

Frank, despite multikulti most migrants assimilate by the second generation and keep whatever of their mother culture they deem worthy of preservation and compatible with their new lives. I write most advisedly, because some take a different tack.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 7:18 pm

When you go to the beach but it’s only Port Phillip Bay you’ll understand. Admittedly it’s better than swimming in the Swan River but no one does that except Ben Cousins fleeing the cops.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 29, 2022 7:20 pm

Ok, I get it now. A mistake in my name. I am not Lizzieo. lol.

All present and correct now.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 29, 2022 7:22 pm

I was getting the ‘in moderation’ italics.

Thinking OMG, what have I said now?

Frank
Frank
March 29, 2022 7:24 pm

It’s making a deposit. You can do it through an ATM but it is hard to balance on that little shelf.

There is a new Jackass movie out soon apparently.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 29, 2022 7:26 pm

SAS NCOs attempting to gain entry to Delta Force clubs.
So, there was more than one bloke up to savage mischief?

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 7:26 pm

When you go to the beach but it’s only Port Phillip Bay you’ll understand.

Bear, sure the water is cold, but head down to the Peninsula. The clarity of the water is so good, you can see the bottom walking along the Portsea pier. Fisherman’s beach just next to the pier is beautiful, but ignore the huge sacks of sand on the other side protecting the Portsea pub.

I think it’s a fact, but nearly every beach in Australia is gorgeous with one exception. Western Port Bay is a disgusting mud hole.

Arky
March 29, 2022 7:27 pm

Quite uncalled for.

..
No.
A long time coming and with a lot of self restraint.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 29, 2022 7:28 pm

Memory test: I was driving the chase car and you were beside me. About 1km into a special stage (Montacute) we came across a competitor vehicle that had left the road and was in a ditch. Driver was a bit banged up (but largely ok), co-driver was ok. This was many years ago (20-22).

Hmms – I have a *great* memory for crashes and a terrible memory for names. Most likely that was Roger Pattersons ‘Sportsmed’ Porsche. If I remember correctly, he was still in the seat, dazed with the car on its side in a shallow creek – to add insult to injury, his door had come open just enough to let his phone fall into the water.

As to your good self … hmmms… refer to ‘terrible memory for names’ above 🙂

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 7:29 pm

Huh! I thought it descended from Delta, but no.

The fact that the virus developed the ability to infect people who had been vaccinated or previously infected shouldn’t have been a surprise, but how it happened with Omicron certainly was. Evolution often proceeds stepwise, with new successful variants descended from recent successful ones. That’s why six months ago many scientists, including us, thought the next variant would descend from Delta, which was dominant at the time. But evolution defied our expectations, and we got Omicron, which has a huge number of mutations and isn’t descended from Delta. It’s not known exactly how the virus made the big evolutionary jump that led to Omicron, although many scientists (including us) suspect the variant may have emerged from someone who couldn’t fight off the virus well, allowing it time to mutate.

It’s impossible to say whether future variants will have more big Omicron-like jumps or more typical stepwise changes, but we are confident SARS-CoV-2 will continue to evolve to escape immunity.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 29, 2022 7:30 pm

As if I could ever successfully run a sock.

I can’t even run myself on here or anywhere else. lol.

My Dear One is going spare fixing all of my credit card regular payments onto another credit card for me, because the card I use has had to be stopped. Unaccountably, someone has opened an Amazon account on it. Not me, def not me. My Amazon account is defunct with no active cards because I disapprove of them these days. Only ever used it for books anyway.

Credit card fraud strikes again. And bugger, we will be going o/s in just over three weeks. With our bi-weekly postal service here in the wilds of Vaucluse we may not receive a replacement in time.

Lucky we have other cards we can use.

Rabz
March 29, 2022 7:31 pm

OK, Cats, off to watch Joshi Frydchickenberger deliver the 2022 Feral Fudgit.

I may be some time …

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 7:34 pm

Free money.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 7:38 pm

Portsea is better. If you are driving all that way you might as well go and play golf and grab a beer. There is a reason people fly to the Sunshine Coast.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 7:40 pm

Brett Stephens NYTimes

The usual date given for the start of World War II is Sept. 1, 1939, when Hitler invaded Poland after the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. But that was just one in a series of events that at the time could have seemed disconnected.

Among them: Japan’s invasion of Manchuria in 1931. Italy’s invasion of Abyssinia in 1935. The remilitarization of the Rhineland in 1936 and the Spanish Civil War, which started the same year. Anschluss with Austria and the Sudeten crisis of 1938. The Soviet invasion of Poland weeks after the German one and Germany’s western invasions the following year. Operation Barbarossa and Pearl Harbor in 1941.

The point is, World War II didn’t so much begin as it gathered, like water rising until it breaches a dam. We, too, have been living through years of rising waters, though it took Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for much of the world to notice.

Then at the end

Bottom line: Expect him to double down. If he uses chemical weapons, as Bashar al-Assad did, or deploys a battlefield nuclear weapon, in keeping with longstanding Russian military doctrine, does he lose more than he gains? The question answers itself. He wins swiftly. He terrifies the West. He consolidates power. He suffers consequences only marginally graver than the ones already inflicted. And his fellow travelers in Beijing, Tehran and Pyongyang take note.

How does the next world war begin? The same way the last one did.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 29, 2022 7:41 pm

Ed Casesays:
March 29, 2022 at 7:06 pm
Just read this comment:

True. The SAS issue was caused by NCOs attempting to gain entrance in Delta Force “clubs”. Utterly disgusting and out of character and heads are rolling.

Any comments on the veracity of this claim?

Is it more or less reliable than your claim that no Australian soldier who served on the Kokoda Trail ever mentioned shooting Japanese prisoners at any time?

Zipster
Zipster
March 29, 2022 7:42 pm
JC
JC
March 29, 2022 7:44 pm

Portsea is better. If you are driving all that way you might as well go and play golf and grab a beer.

I can’t recall if it Portsea or Sorrento , or even both. You can play the course without membership.

bespoke
bespoke
March 29, 2022 7:46 pm

Plonk time.
Plonk in a glass and plonk on the couch.

OMG! OMG! OMG!

Did I say that right, Gez?

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 29, 2022 7:48 pm

What’s a Delta Force club?
Anybody know?

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 7:50 pm

Bear

Take a looksee at the revamped Hotel in Sorrento. They spent about $150 million and will be managed by the Intercontinental Group.

It’s an incredible reno, which I think well do wonders to the area.

You can hire a cabana in the pool areas I believe, which will be like an LA hotel.

https://thecontinentalsorrento.com.au/#audreys

Runnybum
Runnybum
March 29, 2022 7:52 pm

Test

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 7:52 pm

H B Bearsays:

March 29, 2022 at 6:01 pm

Panzer, tomorrow Twiggy gets a dividend of $972,973,900.

Twiggy is now a recognised industry sector of the WA economy. Everybody knows somebody who works at Tattarang.

Oh, man, I can remember when he was almost an untouchable credit risk.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 7:52 pm

fail

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 29, 2022 7:57 pm

Ed Casesays:
March 29, 2022 at 7:48 pm
What’s a Delta Force club?
Anybody know?

Something used to kill prisoners without wasting ammunition?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 7:59 pm

Victoria’s population shrank by almost 45,000 at pandemic’s height

All jab victims.
All buried in the Little Desert.
Driven there in refrigerated semis driven by Indians (four per).
A bloke at the golf club knows a bloke whose brother-in-law is best mates with the bloke who supplied the air in the tyres.

cohenite
March 29, 2022 8:00 pm
JC
JC
March 29, 2022 8:00 pm

Oh, man, I can remember when he was almost an untouchable credit risk.

This helps

Put up the 30 year chart for Iron ore.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 29, 2022 8:02 pm

Any of the bush lawyers help out? Just how can the Court compel someone to give evidence? Throw him in gaol, until he agrees to talk?

I’m a lawyer, well a bullshit artist, its just I can’t tell the difference. The answer is simple. ” I don’t recall”. See every other scumbag politician hauled up for being a scumbag, other than just breathing. Standard operating procedure. You can guarantee the bastards would remember they were owed a paperclip from twenty years previous. It pisses me off no end all the people that kill themselves their family is wasted when they could have done something useful like outing a poli, preferably live on TV. Make free to air worth looking at.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 29, 2022 8:02 pm

Is it more or less reliable than your claim that no Australian soldier who served on the Kokoda Trail ever mentioned shooting Japanese prisoners at any time?

Boambee John, have you any idea what the old crepsecule is raving about now?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 29, 2022 8:04 pm

Never hated anyone, coz I’m too lazy to put the effort in but the the current crop are making it look like it may be worthwhile.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 8:05 pm

Cronkite

Please stop being an idiot. The boat in your link is the tiny $US100 million dinghy, towed behind his real ship, the $US700 million super yacht.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 8:06 pm

Did Twiggy ever raise any debt in Australia before going into production? I thought it was all US bonds repayable in iron ore.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 29, 2022 8:13 pm

bespoke says:
March 29, 2022 at 7:46 pm
Plonk time.
Plonk in a glass and plonk on the couch.
OMG! OMG! OMG!

Did I say that right, Gez?

Go away boy, Mafs is on.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 29, 2022 8:15 pm

SpongeBob has no idea, Full Stop.
SAS NCOs seeking admittance to Delta Force clubs, that’s what it’s all about.
And destroying the good reputation of the ADF.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 29, 2022 8:17 pm

What’s a Delta Force club?

I know of a certain ‘Lady’ who shall remain nameless, has a spare leg she no longer has a use for. I figure her to be a tough old biddy who takes no prisoners. I’m sure she wouldn’t waste it when it could come in handy.

Frank
Frank
March 29, 2022 8:21 pm

Putin’s private yacht.

Made in Russia.

John H.
John H.
March 29, 2022 8:21 pm

GreyRangasays:
March 29, 2022 at 8:04 pm
Never hated anyone, coz I’m too lazy to put the effort in but the the current crop are making it look like it may be worthwhile.

I like hating people, it makes life more meaningful. I prefer this attitude:

I have a most peaceable disposition. My desires are for a modest hut, a thatched roof, but a good bed, good food, very fresh milk and butter, flowers in front of my window and a few pretty trees by my door. And should the good Lord wish to make me really happy, he will allow me the pleasure of seeing about six or seven of my enemies hanged upon those trees.

Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 29, 2022 8:21 pm

What does an SAS NCO have to do to be admitted to a Delta Force club?

Frank
Frank
March 29, 2022 8:24 pm

Go away boy, Mafs is on.

What strange and wondrous perversity could lead to tuning in to that one?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 8:25 pm

JC.
How dare you accuse me of owning 14% of BHP.
Come on, man!
I was fucking joking about owning stacks of BHP.
Who in their right mind would do that?
To my eternal shame I still own a few hundred shares.
Mrs P owns them in her fund and won’t let me unload the last of them.
Still in thrall of those Big Australian adverts I think.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 29, 2022 8:26 pm

Greens’ Bandt complains of budget of bribes
Alasdair Belling
ALASDAIR BELLING

Greens leader Adam Bandt has labelled the 2022 budget one of “bribes”, aimed at funding “coal and gas,” as well as making “housing more expensive.”

In a Twitter thread, Mr Bandt took aim at Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s declaration of Australian resilience.

“We have to be. We’ve put up with almost 10 years of your bullshit,” he said.

Mr Bandt was critical of funding set aside for renewable projects, noting that the budget “gives $3 billion to renewables and disaster preparedness, but more than 10 times that in handouts to coal, oil and gas corporations.”

“Climate-fuelled floods, droughts and bushfires will get worse because of Liberal and Labor’s plan to open up 114 new coal and gas projects,” he said.

“Cuts to fuel excise and petrol savings could be wiped out overnight by changes to global prices and profiteering by oil and gas corporations.”

He also took aim at stimulus packages, noting that the budget “gives millionaires & billionaires $9075 a year.”

“The Greens will permanently boost the pension by almost $250 a fortnight – not $250 an election,” he said.

“Our plan lifts people out of poverty with rates raised to $88 a day.”

132andBush
132andBush
March 29, 2022 8:26 pm

Re Struths” comments on sub continental truck drivers and other observations of the road.
I’ll back up just about every word he’s said.
I’m spending a bit of time behind the wheel lately, mostly local grain delivery with some interstate , averaging about 2000km/ wk.
I’d say 90% of drivers for the big companies are sub continental, doing boxes and line haul or similar (thinking about the chook trucks around Griffith, A to B and return)..
Grain hauling is all “anglo” based as is stock transport, two areas that require attention to detail and care with manoeuvring, particularly stock crates.
The inability to speak the English language with at least a base level of legibility is dangerous.
I “walk” my harvester many KM each year on the roads and the number of trucks who don’t respond to my escort or myself on the UHF has tripled in the last five years.
Make of this what you will.

The poor bastards cop a LOT of abuse from some Aussie drivers and a lot of overt racism. And you have to give them credit for being prepared to come here and have a go.
I suppose I just sense a scam around the employment of them along the lines of the students from India etc working in every bloody servo around the country and literally pushing local people out of work ( as happened in our town).

I know this isn’t on many peoples radar but I think it’s shifting our work ethic for the worse.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 8:27 pm

H B Bearsays:

March 29, 2022 at 8:06 pm

Did Twiggy ever raise any debt in Australia before going into production? I thought it was all US bonds repayable in iron ore.

Not banking debt Bear.
Trade debtors for sub-contract services.
Engineers don’t like being paid in red dirt.

Frank
Frank
March 29, 2022 8:28 pm

I like hating people, it makes life more meaningful.

As a default strategy it is certainly more efficient in the long run. Saves on all that time and energy that getting to know them first requires.

jock
jock
March 29, 2022 8:28 pm

This used to be an economics/ finance blog with politics thrown in. Any thoughts o the budget? Or for that matter the outlook for interest rates around the world or energy prices. Impacts on globalisation and supply chains? Net zero and the impact of the SEC mandating co2 reporting?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 8:30 pm

JCsays:

March 29, 2022 at 8:00 pm

Oh, man, I can remember when he was almost an untouchable credit risk.

This helps

Put up the 30 year chart for Iron ore.

Yeah, I know.
Twiggy was sailing close to the wind on some of those price dips.

John H.
John H.
March 29, 2022 8:30 pm

jocksays:
March 29, 2022 at 8:28 pm
This used to be an economics/ finance blog with politics thrown in. Any thoughts o the budget? Or for that matter the outlook for interest rates around the world or energy prices. Impacts on globalisation and supply chains? Net zero and the impact of the SEC mandating co2 reporting?

I am consciously avoiding that subject. It is an election budget. It is a vote for us budget. That’s all folks. Now it is time to go shoot down some aircraft and blow up some comms towers. I’ll be back.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 29, 2022 8:32 pm

. And you have to give them credit for being prepared to come here and have a go.

Here’s the reality:
There’s no Rule Of Law in India.
If you’ve got something someone more powerful wants, then Hard Luck Charlie.
Bottom line:
Import India, become India.

rosie
rosie
March 29, 2022 8:32 pm

Nilk, iirc, mentioned a few years ago the company she worked for had to employ a reversing guy at the warehouse because skills.
The employment of illiterate Afghans and others in the transport industry was being thrashed out at the time.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 29, 2022 8:34 pm

This used to be an economics/ finance blog with politics thrown in.

Many years ago.
Then the libertarians showed up.

Speedbox
March 29, 2022 8:36 pm

flyingduk says:
March 29, 2022 at 7:28 pm

Most likely that was Roger Patterson’s ‘Sportsmed’ Porsche. If I remember correctly, he was still in the seat, dazed with the car on its side in a shallow creek – to add insult to injury, his door had come open just enough to let his phone fall into the water.

100% Duk, but jeez, I’d forgotten about the ‘phone!! You’re right though. 🙂

As for me, it doesn’t matter but if nothing else, demonstrates our small world. All these years later.

I hope that when this vax madness ends you are able to re-assert yourself. Your experience and advice was invaluable to motorsport, and I daresay to others as well.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 29, 2022 8:36 pm

Looking at Putin’s boat makes me think I should get into this billionaire stuff, at the moment I seem to be about a billion short but thats about it. I love boats and anything about them from dingys to supertankers. The feeling of wind in the sails surging on the swell to sticking my finger in the hole I just made with a knife in my mates inflatable while fishing the reef off Hillarys ( not the Arkancide one, WA)

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 8:36 pm

Franksays:

March 29, 2022 at 8:24 pm

Go away boy, Mafs is on.

What strange and wondrous perversity could lead to tuning in to that one?

It is actually an interesting insight into the Insta-generation.
About half the chicks and a quarter of the guys are there aspiring to build an Instagram profile they can live off.
The producers of the show then pick the ones they are going to cut from the herd and destroy.
Occasionally they get a real life bunny boiler who does it without manipulative editing.
They’ve hit paydirt this year.
Two bunny boilers.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 29, 2022 8:37 pm

Frank says:
March 29, 2022 at 8:24 pm
Go away boy, Mafs is on.
What strange and wondrous perversity could lead to tuning in to that one?

A more comprehensive understanding of the female psyche.
The Mean Girls younger acolytes at work and equally oblivious to their own serious personality disorders.

Franx
Franx
March 29, 2022 8:40 pm

132andBush
Is it that there are no standards which the foreign drivers are required to meet, or is it that there are standards but the foreign drivers do not meet them?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 8:41 pm

Arkysays:

March 29, 2022 at 7:27 pm

Quite uncalled for.

..
No.
A long time coming and with a lot of self restraint.

We’ve all seen your “self restraint” you fucking lunatic.
Calling someone like Cassie a hag.
And spare us the military tactics commentary.
A couple of weekends camping in Tassie with the cut-lunch commandos?
Spare me.
I may as well ask Boy George what he thinks.
Wanna talk about it man-to-man?

bespoke
bespoke
March 29, 2022 8:41 pm

What strange and wondrous perversity could lead to tuning in to that one?

He sat in a John Deere and never been the same since, Frank.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 29, 2022 8:42 pm

This used to be an economics/ finance blog with politics thrown in.

No difference between economics and politics, neither have anything to do with making money. Economics has become a byword for ‘why politicians are shit at everything they do’.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 8:43 pm

Jock.

I’ve thought net zero is actually a big number. It’s the first time they’ve quantified it and set a date for the developed world. It’s those two things that make it novel and very important. It’s not something that now can be dismissed.

Globalization, in the old sense ,with the entire world participating, is deadsky, I think. What will eventually evolve will be closed system of largely democratic states. Australia could end up having a hard of it longer term if we’re only shipping our stuff to the inside group. Developed countries use about 20% of raw iron ore to make steel with the balance recycled. Supply chains are currently messy , but the truly amazing thing is just how flexible the developed world has become. I can’t imagine a world say 40 years ago being able to handle a major pandemic and a back to back war in Europe at all well.. Sure, things are a little rough at the moment, but I’m optimistic.

Energy prices will stay high while the West dithers and the US does in particular. Goldman Sachs came out with a research piece, I’m told, where they measured the average lifespan for similar sanctions we imposed Russia as 16 years. They aren’t going to come off sanctions for a long time.

Interest rates/ monetary policy will remain accommodating for the next 15 years. Our debt is too high to allow otherwise. Inflation helps the rich as they own assets so it could be a rich man’s world for the next 15 years or so. 🙂

Hope that helps.

dopey
dopey
March 29, 2022 8:46 pm

Continental Hotel Sorrento. Harold Holt is under there somewhere.

bespoke
bespoke
March 29, 2022 8:47 pm

I declare war on Sancho and Gez for being temptresses of the dark side.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 8:48 pm

Snap Gez.
It is an insight.
On a base level, who would do that just for the potential Insta exposure?
It is interesting to see those who have obviously framed a strategy to max out their Soshul Meeja profile and see selected ones being demolished.
And then yo got yo Natural Born Bunny Boilers.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 29, 2022 8:48 pm

I hope that when this vax madness ends you are able to re-assert yourself. Your experience and advice was invaluable to motorsport, and I daresay to others as well.

NOPE, the world has changed and the robotic capitulation of my profession means I have *no* desire to return to it. The world aint returning to normal – its all downhill from here until it all collapses. I have sold my toys and kept my tools – my job now is to help my children navigate their uncertain future.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
March 29, 2022 8:51 pm

Knuckle Dragger:

Lethality in Combat.
It’s a cracking read.

Righto – I have that one. Must reread.

Crossie
Crossie
March 29, 2022 8:51 pm

Eyrie says:
March 29, 2022 at 9:16 am
Report: Scientists Seek to Make a ‘Self-Spreading’ Vaccine

Anyone else want to join a mob with pitchforks, torches and boiled rope aimed at doing over these guys?

This was from this morning but I was busy and couldn’t reply.

The more of these sorts of things are aired in the media the more people lose faith in the medical and scientific professions. This is how we slide back into the dark ages where we trust nobody and believe nothing. Or we believe anything as someone else said.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

FMD, the cluelessness:
Sky News with a panel of “typical swinging voters” as a budget focus group.

They start with some cast-for-age bank clerk: “Diane, you worked in a bank, you’d know all about debt” Er.. no. She’d know about making entries in a ledger & stamping a passbook.

Next was some effiminate rooster who felt the govt is “denying climate change”
Some chicky next, concered about house prices.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 8:52 pm

bespokesays:

March 29, 2022 at 8:47 pm

I declare war on Sancho and Gez for being temptresses of the dark side.

There are numerous sites devoted to commentary on the show.
None of them are kind.
Mrs P reads a selection each morning over coffee.
Some are fucking hilarious.
Most of them are so ‘viscious’ Dover would ban them in a heartbeat.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 29, 2022 8:53 pm

he will allow me the pleasure of seeing about six or seven of my enemies hanged upon those trees.

Hating makes decisions irrational. I don’t have enemies only people who I owe money to and people who know me and don’t lend me money.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 8:55 pm

This used to be an economics/ finance blog with politics thrown in

Not today. It’s a DIY blog for snapping one off on the road. Probably a more useful life skill. All you need to know about the Budget is that the Lieborals won’t be around to implement it and the Liars certainly won’t.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 29, 2022 8:57 pm

Zulu

Boambee John, have you any idea what the old crepsecule is raving about now?

I suspect it is something to do with the US Delta Force, but have no actual information on their presence in or absence from Afghanistan.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 29, 2022 8:59 pm

Ed Casesays:
March 29, 2022 at 8:15 pm
SpongeBob has no idea, Full Stop.
SAS NCOs seeking admittance to Delta Force clubs, that’s what it’s all about.
And destroying the good reputation of the ADF.

Do you have any actual information on the subject (on past experience, probably not), or are you just trolling (on past experience, probably)?

Zipster
Zipster
March 29, 2022 8:59 pm
bespoke
bespoke
March 29, 2022 9:01 pm

We get a prototype of those characters popping in every day, Sancho. I have no desire to look for more so begone temptress.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 29, 2022 9:01 pm

Ed Casesays:
March 29, 2022 at 8:21 pm
What does an SAS NCO have to do to be admitted to a Delta Force club?

Eat mutton and snort gypsum? Or is it snort mutton and eat gypsum?

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 29, 2022 9:02 pm

Mafs also highlights the almost complete absence of humility in the twenty something generation.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 29, 2022 9:04 pm

Ask the other spooks, Dickless. They might be able to help.

Crossie
Crossie
March 29, 2022 9:04 pm

All you need to know about the Budget is that the Lieborals won’t be around to implement it and the Liars certainly won’t.

H B Bear, that’s why I’m not wasting my time watching the budget.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 29, 2022 9:05 pm

Zipstersays:
March 29, 2022 at 8:59 pm
Tucker: Biden can’t regulate his emotions

the e in emotions is superfluous.

132andBush
132andBush
March 29, 2022 9:06 pm

Franx says:
March 29, 2022 at 8:40 pm

Franx,
I think it’s a case of “this pedal is the go one, this pedal is the stop one, turn this wheel left to go left, right to go right and push this button to cruise”.

I have seen the “not able to reverse a single semi” scenario, alluded to by rosie above. It makes you wonder how the licence was obtained as this is a fundamental requirement for each class/combination.
Again to be fair to these blokes, the culture they have been lifted from has barely risen past the donkey and cart.

C.L.
C.L.
March 29, 2022 9:10 pm

Paul Murray: the greatest budget in the history of budgets.

Josh boasts that more women are now in employment than ever before.
He thinks that’s a good thing; ‘hear hears’ from the backbench.

Funniest moment: Josh announces a renewal of Australian manufacturing to counter supply chain weaknesses; his example: an MRNA factory in Melbourne. Not shipyards or Aussie-made tractors and widgets of every kind. No no. Vaccines.

Crossie
Crossie
March 29, 2022 9:14 pm

I hope that when this vax madness ends you are able to re-assert yourself. Your experience and advice was invaluable to motorsport, and I daresay to others as well.

I am very pessimistic today, the vax madness will never end and neither will the rains. The viruses may not be deadly but the moulds will be.

The upshot of all of the above is that too many of us may never fly or cruise again.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 29, 2022 9:15 pm

H B Bear, that’s why I’m not wasting my time watching the budget.

At best it gives you some thoughts around potential changes in tax law. If the Lieborals do not control the Senate it doesn’t even do that.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 29, 2022 9:15 pm

This overt racism against Indians – and it is racism – is, in fact, driven by insecurity.
I work in a large global engineering firm, and the trend has been to move a lot of design drafting, document control, and even basic accounting work offshore, first to China, now to India and I predict Africa might be next.
The reaction from those who could see their jobs being offshored was predictably defensive.
But illogically so.
The level of nit-picking scrutiny of standards of work delivered from offshore, but not applied to locally sourced work was something to behold.
Until one senior manager turned up to a design review one day, threw a bunch of documents with scores of post-it notes stuck to them on the table …
“Never, ever, complain about design work out of Beijing or India when your guys serve up shit like this”.
Mind you, no-one ever said there was shit on the drawings.
Just that they were shitty drawings.
Truth is, racism often surfaces when your position is threatened.

132andBush
132andBush
March 29, 2022 9:15 pm

No fertiliser plants.
No oil drilling/refining.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 29, 2022 9:18 pm

Fraudenberg lives on another planet. Democracy is so so broken.

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 29, 2022 9:18 pm

Fortescue story that ends with Jamie Dimon.

I think it was either 2011 or 2012 when iron ore was in the shitter, Fortescue had a big debt roll coming.
Bank of America (Merrill) was their banker who held some debt on their books but was managing the syndicate which included a few hedge funds & a dozen instos.
They put the acid on Twiggy right before maturity regarding the margin they were demanding.

Twiggy’s starts making calls & gets told by a lot of guys “sorry, can’t help because fund xyz will put us on a holiday if we’re part of anything that stops what they’re trying to do with you”.

So Twiggy’s in a bind.
Then ring ring, his mobile goes off.
“Please hold for Mr Dimon”.

Jamie Dimon has been told what BofA is trying to pull off.
He calls Twiggy, doesn’t just roll what was maturing, but re-fi’s all of Fortescue’s debt & JP Morgan takes the lot onto it’s books.
What made it easier was they did it as a secured lender, where as the BofA was only senior unsecured.
Over the next decade, JP Morgan re-financed, on-sold, restructured the debt a bunch of times so now Fortescue has no secured lending.

To this day, JP Morgan is still Fortescue’s debt syndicator.
A year or so back, some chap from the AFR calculated that BofA lost over $US100bill of debt business.
All because they were trying to squeeze a few extra bucks out of their client.

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
March 29, 2022 9:19 pm

Bespoke:

Total IDIOTS TRUCKS, IDIOTS Vs TRAIN | Close Calls , Crazy Train Crashes with Cars & Semi Trucks

Some people have no idea how quiet a train is when it’s coming toward you if it doesn’t blow its horn…

132andBush
132andBush
March 29, 2022 9:19 pm

Sancho,
If that’s your analogy to the trucking issue it’s a poor one.

Bar Beach Swimmer
March 29, 2022 9:19 pm

132andBush says:
March 29, 2022 at 8:26 pm

I very nearly got cleaned up by a semi transporting for a major supermarket chain last Saturday.

The truck was turning right through an intersection with traffic lights. I was at the red in the street he was turning into. Instead of backing up to realign his exit from the intersection – something I’ve seen happen numerous times – he kept coming, and to the extent that he crossed the double lines into my lane.

The only thing that saved me was there was no car behind me and I was able to reverse away. He couldn’t drive well enough to have a truck licence; he didn’t stop, given that he knew I was there; clearly he didn’t care.

Crossie
Crossie
March 29, 2022 9:20 pm

Funniest moment: Josh announces a renewal of Australian manufacturing to counter supply chain weaknesses; his example: an MRNA factory in Melbourne. Not shipyards or Aussie-made tractors and widgets of every kind. No no. Vaccines.

C.L. that’s not the funny I’m looking for, I prefer the ha ha type.

Tone deafness is the Coalition’s natural state. We are government by the smallest intellectual midgets ever to have existed since the multi-called organisms crawled out of the primordial slime.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 29, 2022 9:22 pm

I doubt if fraudenberg even possesses the ability to understand the importance of real inputs like fertilizer and fuel. These people are eloi.

JC
JC
March 29, 2022 9:23 pm

Zipster says:
March 29, 2022 at 8:59 pm

Tucker: Biden can’t regulate his emotions

Tucker’s right, Zip. They have to invoke the 5th as Hiden can’t remain in power. As terrible as it sounds, Harris could not be any worse than this demented crook.

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