2,656 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 9 April”

  1. callisays:

    April 12, 2022 at 8:34 am

    I use the cup holders for pens and keys.

    Never drink and drive.

    I’ve got one of those F1 helmets with a built-in straw.


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  2. Rudd’s church door presser became a hermetically sealed prepared statement, bathed in borrowed sanctity, unquestioned by the attending cadets, released into a Sunday evening news vacuum. He was pretty cunning, our Kev.


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  3. He was pretty cunning, our Kev.

    Not to mention an expert on Bonhoeffer.

    Truly the multi-talented man for our times.

    If only we’d let him wreck the UN.


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  4. KRudd v the UN would have been a very interesting social experiment. I’m not prepared to call it. The UN seems to be able to accommodate former NZ Prime Ministers so it is probably ahead on points.


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  5. Here’s a radical idea no one has ever come up with – let clubs and associations make up their own rules.
    The problem with that is – can those rules break State or Australian law?


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  6. H B Bearsays:

    April 12, 2022 at 8:47 am

    KRudd v the UN would have been a very interesting social experiment. I’m not prepared to call it.

    Not prepared to call it?
    I think the phrase is:-
    “I am not in possession of sufficient informative data to engage in predictive specificity”.


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  7. Can’t be long before we hear urgent calls to rescue the many Australian pensioners stranded there.

    From memory, wasn’t the last group demanding to be flown home for free, with an unlimited luggage allowance?


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  8. Eight Members of Iran’s ‘Women’s’ Soccer Team Are Men Awaiting Sex Change Surgery

    You would think the Iranians would have very little time for transgenders considering they hang gay men with cranes or bulldoze walls over them for their deviance.

    Perhaps immediately after surgery the doctors need only pull out one set of IVs and put in a new set that deliver lethal injection in a great display of economy – as they lose control of their body function and evacuate they will only be staining the same sheets that are already covered with their blood.

    Only downside would be no public display of suffering such as they use to make Iranians love the regime more.


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  9. In response to the first round of the French election Mark Steyn has reprised a column about a previous French election:
    “…a candidate who’s left of right of left of centre, and a candidate who’s right of left of right of left of centre…a both-of-the-neither-of-the-above pantomime horse comprised of two rear ends.”

    But France has Marine Le Pen in its second round this time, so (whatever you think of Le Pen) I think we can claim the “pantomime horse with two rear ends” title.


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  10. From memory, wasn’t the last group demanding to be flown home for free, with an unlimited luggage allowance?

    That might explain why we sent a ship instead?


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  11. Speaking of car bits, anyone fitted an after-market reversing camera to a car?

    One of our cars has one; the other doesn’t. It’s a Mazda CX3 SUV thingie, and the rear vision is not good anyway.

    Just want something simple, so when you think you’re going to reverse you turn it on – not fitted into the car’s electronics.


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  12. You would think the Iranians would have very little time for transgenders considering they hang gay men with cranes or bulldoze walls over them for their deviance.

    In fact, “gender reassigmment” surgery is subsidised by the Iranian state. One suspects their is a very Islamic jurisprudential reasoning behind this…i.e. if they become “women” they are no longer tainted by homosexuality.


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  13. Franksays:

    April 12, 2022 at 8:57 am

    I am thinking of opening a café.

    Rancho Sancho.

    Nice.
    I am afraid of being confused with Pablo.
    Remember that crap?
    I wonder if they still sell it.


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  14. ML. I assume that stuff has to be turned off every time you drive?

    The cruise control defaults to ‘off’ every time you start just like normal cruise control and defaults to maximum distance to next car when you turn it on. And that makes sense since there will be lower risk of a vehicular liaison (with trysted metal) with more time to react.

    As for the lane thing – to be honest I don’t remember. I may have simply got used to turning it off. Given the logic of the cruise control I can imagine the same car designers would want people to have to ‘opt out’ of the safety feature.


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  15. Given the logic of the cruise control I can imagine the same car designers would want people to have to ‘opt out’ of the safety feature.

    Just think…if women weren’t permitted to drive in the first instance we wouldn’t need all these safety gadgets incorporated into car design.

    Stepping back slowly from keyboard…


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  16. I can imagine the same car designers would want people to have to ‘opt out’ of the safety feature.

    Like those infernal bloody fuel saving cut-outs when you stop at the lights.
    Have to be reset every time you get in the car.
    Mine uses 1 litre per hour when stopped and idling. On a thirty second traffic light cycle the cut-out saves 8 mls of fuel.
    Half a teaspoon.


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  17. Mine uses 1 litre per hour when stopped and idling. On a thirty second traffic light cycle the cut-out saves 8 mls of fuel.
    Half a teaspoon.

    I dare say the reason for this is not to reduce fuel consumption but the dreaded carbon emissions.


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  18. In fact, “gender reassigmment” surgery is subsidised by the Iranian state.

    Now that is interesting. I would have thought it meant that transgenders meant Allah had made a mistake, or that they were going against the nature that Allah had ordained for them.


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  19. On a thirty second traffic light cycle the cut-out saves 8 mls of fuel.

    Probably worse for CO2e than not saving it, given you’d be going through more batteries, plus wear and tear from continually starting the motor.


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  20. You can’t permanently set it to off?

    that stupid thing making bong-bong noises is on again every day.

    find the button

    … use yr thumb


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  21. Speaking of car bits, anyone fitted an after-market reversing camera to a car?

    I did on our Honda Accord 2000 around 6 years ago (car since deceased).
    Rear unit with camera transmits wirelessly to screen unit. Rear unit powers from car reversing lights, front I found a connection on the back of the fuse box. Worked well. Screen became large rear view mirror when not reversing.


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  22. Hey Dot, and the beat goes on.

    he asks? Meanwhile, insurance companies are reporting skyrocketing death claims and will seek to show that vaccines are the cause which will limit their liability. This would trigger financial collapse in the value of the Covid vaccine manufacturers, says Dowd

    https://spectator.com.au/2022/04/coming-soon-the-great-vax-crash/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MDS%20%2020220412%20%20GK&utm_content=MDS%20%2020220412%20%20GK+CID_75938e775818b20920b2cc153b691a9f&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Australia&utm_term=Coming%20soon%20the%20great%20vax%20crash


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  23. I dare say the reason for this is not to reduce fuel consumption but the dreaded carbon emissions.
    For any given fuel type, CO2 is a linear function of fuel consumption.
    BoN has a point. Extra load on battery to start leads to charging which energy comes from burning extra fuel. Looks like another greenie fail.


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  24. I think it’s against the law, but you can get the engine cut out tripped off the system by a decent mechanic. I know someone who has done that, but it may play havoc with the warranty.


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  25. worth quoting from yesterday

    Explaining why females were stymied throughout history because of biology, childbearing and being physically weaker than men, and how things will be different in the future, was not enough for feminists. They had to rewrite the past as a patriarchal conspiracy against women, and what better way to accomplish this agenda than to use the illogical philosophies of Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard, etc., whose ideas can be crudely summed up in one all-encompassing idea: there is no such thing as truth or, at best, truth is relative. What feminists did with the philosophy, however, was to disingenuously reject truths they didn’t like and substitute feminist ideology as a new metaphysics. It was politics masquerading as philosophical principle. When feminist domination of third-level education became absolute, the ideology was channelled through academia, first in the humanities and social sciences, and then throughout the university system, to the point where we now called upon to view even physics through a social justice lens.

    To give two examples of irrational ideas from the feminist criticism of science and reason (they are legion), Luce Irigaray argued that E = MC2 is a ‘sexed equation’ and Sandra Harding called Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica ‘a rape manual’. The same approach, for example, inspires the feminist reading of art history. Because there are no female Michelangelos, Leonardo Da Vincis or Picassos, feminists claimed that quilts are as important to art, relatively speaking, as the Sistine Chapel, the Mona Lisa and Guernica.



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  26. Now that is interesting. I would have thought it meant that transgenders meant Allah had made a mistake, or that they were going against the nature that Allah had ordained for them.

    Being a religion based on observance of the law, Islam also has a highly casuistic system of jurisprudence in which, of course, there is no separation of religion and state. But the imperative of keeping the law above all else inevitably means first principles can be lost sight of. Mullahs may reach a judgement which to them seems perfectly sound because the letter of the law is upheld even though larger theological matters are set aside in doing so.

    You’ll find plenty of paralells in the Gospels when Jesus comes up against the Pharisees.


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  27. Overnight multiple states changed hands after President Trump was winning them all. In multiple states, we saw hundreds of thousands of Biden-only ballots get counted and the leads change from that point forward.

    Yes. It was so obvious. Cassie and I were at CPAC and all around us psephologists and others who have had a lot to do with campaigns were nodding and saying yes, it’s in the bag, Trump’s home and hosed, no problems, but Cassie and I were, oh dear, we hope so, you just can’t trust these leftist buggers, but it really does look as though we can start to celebrate big time, but doing just about the very last of our nail biting, starting to dare to believe when very suddenly, in came the Biden-only ballots in major lead-changing numbers for the nowhere candidate, arriving in lots late at night dropped off by mysterious strangers in exactly the places that Biden needed to turn. Whaaatt the f……. ?


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  28. We watched it from the videos in the tally rooms, as it happened, in real time. Good CPAC coverage.
    It looked terribly shonky, those late nite arrivals being wheeled in on trolleys, with a ‘something’s up’ feel about it that couldn’t be denied.


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  29. Mine uses 1 litre per hour when stopped and idling. On a thirty second traffic light cycle the cut-out saves 8 mls of fuel.

    Isn’t there a meter somewhere in the car that marked ‘virtue’?

    Actually, I suppose not. ‘Virtue’ only works when other people see it. Virtue is when you derive sadistic delight in making other people feel small because they are not as virtuous as you.

    Perhaps a giant display on the roof of the car…


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  30. I dare say the reason for this is not to reduce fuel consumption but the dreaded carbon emissions.

    Yep.
    So they can shave 0.01 off the city cycle l/100 km sticker.
    Oh, and MT, it is merely a mild annoyance.
    It doesn’t cause me to set my hair on fire, throw my trousers out the window and plough through a kindergarten.


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  31. In fact, “gender reassigmment” surgery is subsidised by the Iranian state.

    Now that is interesting. I would have thought it meant that transgenders meant Allah had made a mistake, or that they were going against the nature that Allah had ordained for them.

    As we heard from appalled soldiers in Afghanistan, there is a lot of lady-boy love in Islamic cultures.

    They are just keeping up the supply. Nothing to see here, move on.


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  32. I dare say the reason for this is not to reduce fuel consumption but the dreaded carbon emissions.

    They sell it as reducing fuel consumption. I don’t give a rats. The first thing I do on getting into the Audi is to turn it off at the button on the dash. I find if I forget and leave it on if you want to go leadfoot at the traffic lights there is a split second hesitation for the engine to kick in again. It feels horrible.


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  33. I am afraid of being confused with Pablo.
    Remember that crap?

    Brings back memories of being an impoverished student in a group house. Bad memories.

    After an unsuccessful plea at a house meeting to not buy Pablo, I resorted to buying my own instant coffee, which was promptly plundered by turncoat Pablo supporters from the house meeting.

    It was my first inkling of what collectivism was really like.


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  34. Mullahs may reach a judgement which to them seems perfectly sound because the letter of the law is upheld even though larger theological matters are set aside in doing so.

    And so bacha bazi is ok but homosexuals get tossed off tall buildings.


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  35. Albo’s time to shine.

    Ah…the soul nourishing glow of a self-immolation.

    Not that I particularly want the Libs to win – the difference between the Libs and Labor is about 4 weeks.


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  36. Be aware – in Mazdas the i-Stop function will go haywire if the battery starts to get low, and by “low” mine registered at 47% (probably exacerbated by being garaged during all the lockdowns and aftermath).

    New battery required.

    Take that! carbins.


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  37. It was my first inkling of what collectivism was really like.

    I had my introduction to that when a friend of a housemate moved back from interstate and moved in.
    Waiting for his new job to start.
    “I didn’t think I would have to pay rent until I started work.”


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  38. I am afraid of being confused with Pablo.
    Remember that crap?

    I have many memories of fellowship and camaraderie in the midst of great suffering thanks to Pablo.

    Pablo, of course, was the great suffering.


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  39. The Whiteness of Wokeness

    Amusing the Supervirtuous 200 are getting stick for insufficient wokeness.

    ‘Part of a broader problem’: Climate 200 accused of white privilege (Sky News, 10 Apr)

    Democratic Alliance candidate Kyinzom Dhongdue is a refugee who was previously an MP in the Dalai Lama’s Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and is now running for the seat of Bennelong.

    Ms Dhongdue told The Australian that in part she did not fit the Climate 200 mould of a white upper middle-class candidate after she was rejected to join twice by the group.

    I wonder if the Climate 200 fake independents are getting Chinese money?


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  40. Of course the government/ABC isn’t lying to us!

    Unvaccinated people continue to be significantly over-represented in hospital admissions, accounting for 31 per cent of admissions in the week of the peak, but only being about 1 per cent of the population.

    1% of the population is unvaxxed? That’s a new low. Soon we’re going to be able to publish the number of unvaxxed people rather than the proportion of the population. And we can watch that number get smaller and smaller and smaller…small enough so we can start putting names and faces to numbers so we can single them out for individual shaming and shunning…then, when the number is small enough – maybe a 100 people, maybe a 1000 (white people only, by the way) – we can round them all up and force vaxx them or lock them away forever or just herd them into an open volcano, who cares, just get rid of them – then we can declare EVERYONE is vaxxed and problem solved.

    Then we get to move on to the next Emergency where we’ll be subject to a new compliance test that strips away more of our basic liberties, but next time it won’t take two years to ensure total compliance (or the perception thereof), because now we know what to we must do.

    And the Emergency after that – plot twist – it never ends! Interesting times ahead.


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  41. Ah, shared house memories, one in particular: looking for the one saucepan still with a handle and finding it boiling away on the stove with the resident junkie’s kit getting a good wash. Of course, once you have a heroin addict under the roof, his friends come over. After that, you come home and find someone has broken in and stolen the stereo.


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  42. It was my first inkling of what collectivism was really like.

    Nothing like a share house to introduce people to the tragedy of the commons – or strata plan living.


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  43. The Beloved shared a house with four others for a few years. They ate his food, scratched his records, made a hell of a mess that he cleaned up, used his car and never refilled the thing.

    Then I came along and took over with improved efficiency.


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  44. Pablo, of course, was the great suffering.

    I worked in an office where the accountant purchased Pablo coffee for the smoke oh room – No one was likely to steal it…


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  45. callisays:

    April 12, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Albo’s time to shine.

    I hope those present wore protective goggles. I understand the flash can cause blindness.

    It is more like that great cracker night moment.
    Dad puts the big rocket in the longneck and lights the wick.
    We all watch in eager anticipation as the fuse burns shorter.
    Then, at the critical juncture, a gust of wind topples the longneck, and the rocket launches across the yard and fizzles out in the wet grass near the shithouse.
    That’s it until next year kids.


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  46. Ahhhh…Pablo.

    My first job, apart from processing dishonoured cheques, was Tea Girl. Naturally I ran out of International Roast, the bank johnnies coffee of necessity. Panicking, I searched the back of the cupboard…and there it was, a divine light shining forth from the dark recesses. A tin of Pablo. Eureka!

    Upon opening, I realised my mistake. Not a new tin. Inside, the years of neglect showed. A withered, brown tinted lump of something resembling dry pottery clay lurked, defying spoons, knives or any other weapon in the cutlery drawer.

    Tea was late that morning.

    There are a million tales in the Naked City. This has been one of them.


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  47. The key to shared-house living is to make sure it isn’t an all-male affair. That way the carpets get a hoovering and countertop fungus lives in fear.


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  48. Russians With Attitude
    @RWApodcast
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    5h
    Not surprising at all. The US military has most likely been in charge of the Ukrainian General Staff for years & “Ukrainian military intelligence” is a joke, it’s just NATO live feeds. The only reason no one admits that Russia and NATO are in an open state of war is fear of nukes

    Quote Tweet
    no one
    @antiwar_soldier
    · 5h
    French reporter returning from Ukraine “Americans are directly in charge of the war on the ground.”

    Is Zelensky really in charge?


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  49. Unvaccinated people continue to be significantly over-represented in hospital admissions, accounting for 31 per cent of admissions in the week of the peak, but only being about 1 per cent of the population.

    Official Victorian government figures (yes I know but bear with me).
    As of today 95.9% of age 12 and over Victorians have had the first dose (with 94.4% having had two doses).
    In rough terms, Victoria has 26% of Australia’s population, and persons 14 and under are 17.75% of Australia’s population, so the 12 and over demographic in Victoria is somewhat more than 21.3% of Australia’s population.
    So the unvaccinated 12 and overs in Victoria are something well over 0.8767% of the population of Australia, even if you’re not counting 1 shot only as “unvaccinated”.
    So the vaccination rate among the rest of the nation must be in the order of 99.84% even counting right down to newborns. In fact if you’re counting only 12 and over the vaxx rate among the rest of the nation is over 100%.

    The ABC – Australia’s most trusted news source.


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  50. callisays:
    April 12, 2022 at 10:33 am
    The Beloved shared a house with four others for a few years. They ate his food, scratched his records, made a hell of a mess that he cleaned up, used his car and never refilled the thing.

    Then I came along and took over with improved efficiency.

    Put 4 others out of a job. Ha!


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  51. I’ve been pondering the point made about scepticism vs. denialism as I weeded the garden (my best place to ponder).

    Scepticism – a healthy approach to any argument

    Denialism – one of a variety of responses to any argument, ranging from acceptance, acceptance with reservations or rejection and all stops in between.

    I’ve also been imagining what the world would look like if a large chunk of humanity really believed they’d all be dead in a matter of months. The view was not pretty.


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  52. GreyRanga says:
    April 12, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Johanna my one uptick turned into 6? I really don’t know how anyone can drink instant coffee at all. They’re all disgusting.

    Impoverished students didn’t have a choice. Besides, habit can create good vibes – I still drink Nescafe 43 to this day, having tried brewing ‘real’ coffee at home a few times over the years. Not worth the mess and effort, to me.

    I still enjoy a good short black or double shot flat white when out and about. And, I mourn the disappearance of Vienna Coffee, a lot.


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  53. Thanks to the person/people who recommended Len Beadell’s books. Just bought a second hand set of 6 on ebay.

    If you have spent some time out in the bush they make interesting reading with photos and his own cartoons depicting his travels and travails.

    He mentions the explorer Giles’s observations from the 1800’s were within a few hundred yards of his own readings.


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  54. Impoverished students didn’t have a choice. Besides, habit can create good vibes – I still drink Nescafe 43 to this day, having tried brewing ‘real’ coffee at home a few times over the years. Not worth the mess and effort, to me.

    Needs to be in a foam cup stirred with an ice cream stick to unlock the full flavour!


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  55. Never move into a share house if there’s a guy with a drum kit set up in his bedroom.

    Once mum gave me a big tin of Pablo, knowing all five of us in house were skint students.
    We could not get through the whole can, it was so revolting. Managed about two thirds, after which it sat there. And sat there. The remaining third finally turned into a shrunken dark brown lump like sticky rubber.


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  56. Impoverished students didn’t have a choice. Besides, habit can create good vibes – I still drink Nescafe 43 to this day, having tried brewing ‘real’ coffee at home a few times over the years. Not worth the mess and effort, to me.

    Yep, at least three to start the day, johanna.


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  57. Albo’s time to shine.

    Ah…the soul nourishing glow of a self-immolation.

    In the immortal words of Robin Hitchcock.

    And there grease will sizzle,
    and the fat will roll,
    like a hamburger.
    Because that is all your porky soul is worth



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  58. I really don’t know how anyone can drink instant coffee at all.

    Water must be boiled in an old banged up kettle that defies physics and continues to work. The coffee must be made with care and presented in cheap unmatched Crockery mug (circa 1984) preferably with old grease stains around the outside that cannot be steam blasted off. Nothing better.


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  59. areffsays:
    April 12, 2022 at 10:41 am
    The key to shared-house living is to make sure it isn’t an all-male affair. That way the carpets get a hoovering and countertop fungus lives in fear.

    Mid 70’s living in flat with 2 mates. One used to use one of those push cleaners (don’t know what they’re called) every day after work. When he was finished he’d say “you bastards don’t do anything round here”. the cleaner had a belt arrangement to make the turning bristles go round. We took the belt off. Since he had the stereo going loud he couldn’t hear the thing not turning. took him 2 weeks to figure it out. For 18 months we ate steak, peas and mashed potato every night except Friday. Still can’t face the thought.


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  60. Ah, shared house memories, one in particular: looking for the one saucepan still with a handle and finding it boiling away on the stove with the resident junkie’s kit getting a good wash. Of course, once you have a heroin addict under the roof, his friends come over. After that, you come home and find someone has broken in and stolen the stereo.

    I haven’t lived.


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  61. The closest Albo gets to shining is when the sun reflects off those massive rat like incisors.

    He really does have distinct murine characteristics.


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  62. Needs to be in a foam cup stirred with an ice cream stick to unlock the full flavour!

    With powdered “whitener” (whatever the fuck that is) which doesn’t fully dissolve and leaves a few gummy lumps floating on the surface.


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  63. I do wonder about the engine and battery wear-and-tear factor with the cut-out switches.

    Most engine wear occurs on start up because the lubricant isn’t quite where it should be…..


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  64. Areff, the aspiring junkies in my group house moved out together when the rest of us made it clear that they were not welcome. All that vomit – eeeuw!

    But then, something worse happened. It started with a nice young woman with a job and a few hippie tendencies who moved in. No biggie, we thought. How wrong we were.

    Before long, a shaggy pal turned up to stay for a few nights. Then another one, and another one. Suddenly we had three freeloaders eating our food, occupying our space and facilities, and contributing zero.

    After a week or so, we asked their sponsor what was going on, and it became clear that she didn’t see any problem. They could stay as long as they wanted.

    I took matters into my own hands. I bought a can of red spraypaint, and sprayed ‘WE DRINK HIPPIES BLOOD’ with suitable dripmarks on the inside of the back door.

    They were gone within a day.

    It was an early lesson about not letting leeches settle in, and how easily direct resistance deters them.


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  65. I wonder how long before coffee becomes the “ultimate representation of colonial repression and exploitation” and woke hipsters have to go to Ovaltine.


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  66. Our unusual share house guy was about 30 and worked for VicPlod in some subunit of the TRG. Used to disappear for 30 days at a time undercover. It wasn’t unusual to come home and find handguns disassembled for cleaning on the coffee table. A bit of a strange dude.


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  67. Never move into a share house if there’s a guy with a drum kit set up in his bedroom.

    Rules to live by.

    Apart from the noise, drummers as a class are not likely to be good housemates.

    There is only one Phil Collins.


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  68. Johanna use a French Press, Ikea Upphetta 13.4 oz,$9.99. Use a coffee measuring spoon, compress the coffee against the side of the container for consistency, use the cup you’re going to drink out of filled to the top with less than boiling water, pour into French Press. Fit the plunger wait for a few minutes the firmly but slowly plunge the coffee. It should make the right amount. Don’t boil the water as it makes the coffee bitter. Vary the length of time brewed to mellow the flavour and vary the amount of coffee used according to taste. I use two measures of Vittoria Black Mountain. The dregs get rinsed down the sink. Easy.


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  69. “Been looking at a wired cam for the wife. Less delay and interference.”

    Plenty of cheap Chinese android car radios do that, as well as SatNav,dash-cam, MP3 music, and Bluetooth .
    Even hooks up to existing steering wheel controls.
    I have about 24 hours of music in mine (1300 tracks) – only half full.
    Reverse camera works well, even comes with IR lighting when active.
    Appears on radio screen (standard 2 DIN mounting with 7″ screen).
    Dash-cam even comes with Advanced driver assistance – drift out of lane, car ahead stopping and car ahead starting alerts (I don’t use these, but they work fine, if annoying).
    I have SatNav using Open Street Maps as off-line, includes voice direction through standard radio speakers (an add 3G/4G/5G USB dongle if you want on-line maps, and can share this over WiFi)
    Bluetooth through car speakers works fine, including muting audio (radio, MP3 or video).
    Dual video out for rear-seat passengers (not using it myself)
    cost me $120 plus GST, inc freight on AliExpress (wait and look for “specials”, you’ll find one eventually)
    Mounting “kit” inc car specific brackets and surround, plus car wiring to ISO plug cost me $50 locally, IIRC. This kit made it very easy to fit.
    Also paid about $5 for a new, car specific “launcher” app (Russian, actually!), that makes it much a easier/nicer user interface than standard android launcher in a car environment – and is fully configurable (move “buttons”, rename then, make them launch specific apps, colours, manufacturer logo etc etc)
    Been going great for 2 years so far.


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  70. The greatest advancement in the Australian civilisation in the past 30 years is that it is now virtually impossible to buy bad Australian shiraz — and coffee, provided the latter in brewed onsite in an expresso* machine.
    Good coffee is Italy’s greatest gift to Australia.
    *yes, expresso. Espresso is for wankers whose cultural cringe lives in Milan.


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  71. Can someone explain to me how Tudge the drudge was exonerated by a in-house enquiry after getting his leg-over a staff member whilst on tax payer funded “business” trips and then said staffer gets $half a million “let’s -forget-it-happened” money for something an investigation decided was A-OK cos he’s a maaate of BRADBURY and needed some sick leave to sort himself out but when he’s well he can have his old job & pay back! .. FFS!


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  72. *yes, expresso. Espresso is for wankers whose cultural cringe lives in Milan.

    I thought “Expresso” was Rex coming down the mainline and Ken Worth was crossing and had an emergency hole in the floor moment.


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  73. In fact, “gender reassigmment” surgery is subsidised by the Iranian state. One suspects their is a very Islamic jurisprudential reasoning behind this…i.e. if they become “women” they are no longer tainted by homosexuality.

    Except for the fact that most end up in lesbian relationships after the chop anyways


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  74. . For 18 months we ate steak, peas and mashed potato every night except Friday. Still can’t face the thought.

    Loogshury. Wimp.

    I’ll see your steak etc and raise you tuna casserole.


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  75. Last share house ever lived in was with three sheilas. One was a dope fiend.

    She had a male friend – not boyfriend – who used to turn up at mealtimes, and ask if he could join us. Never brought anything to contribute.

    After a while he would turn up even if his friend wasn’t there. On occasion we locked all the doors and windows beforehand and pretended we were out. Didn’t deter him from knocking in several places.

    Some people have no shame.


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  76. GreyRangasays:
    April 12, 2022 at 11:31 am
    Johanna use a French Press, Ikea Upphetta 13.4 oz,$9.99. Use a coffee measuring spoon, compress the coffee against the side of the container for consistency, use the cup you’re going to drink out of filled to the top with less than boiling water, pour into French Press. Fit the plunger wait for a few minutes the firmly but slowly plunge the coffee. It should make the right amount. Don’t boil the water as it makes the coffee bitter. Vary the length of time brewed to mellow the flavour and vary the amount of coffee used according to taste. I use two measures of Vittoria Black Mountain. The dregs get rinsed down the sink. Easy.

    One spoon of coffee two spoons of sugar add boiling water and milk, Go!


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  77. Sancho Panzer says:
    April 12, 2022 at 11:15 am

    Needs to be in a foam cup stirred with an ice cream stick to unlock the full flavour!

    With powdered “whitener” (whatever the fuck that is) which doesn’t fully dissolve and leaves a few gummy lumps floating on the surface.

    It reminds me of the US. An admirable country in many ways, but it always amazed me how awful their favourite drink, coffee, was. The concept of putting actual milk into coffee was completely alien outside specialist outlets. Your ‘endless cup’ came courtesy of a jug on a lukewarm base, and was better than Pablo, but not much.

    I’m currently reading Billy Thorpe’s (of The Aztecs) book about Kings Cross in the 1960s, and it reminds me that we have been lucky enough to get good coffee for a long time. Those big, hissy machines imported at great expense by Italian migrants in the 60s and 70s mean that our cafe and restaurant coffee is pretty damn good.

    I can remember getting cappucinos – ultra kewl – in the late 60s and early 70s. Meanwhile, Murricans were still drinking stewed swill. Maybe that’s why Starbucks took off.


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  78. Someone mentioned the other day that they thought Malcolm Fraser’s property “Nareen” was 9,000 acres.
    I don’t think it is that big (something under 5,000 acres I think).
    But, having sold it for $3.8m in the 1990’s, it would now be worth an order of magnitude higher than that.
    $30 – $40 meg, minimum, not counting the value of the homestead itself.


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  79. With powdered “whitener” (whatever the fuck that is) which doesn’t fully dissolve and leaves a few gummy lumps floating on the surface.

    That’s “Islands Style” real milk is never available!


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  80. I thought “Expresso” was Rex coming down the mainline and Ken Worth was crossing and had an emergency hole in the floor moment.

    It’s a Code Brown moment until the vehicle disappears under your windscreen.

    Then it’s just waiting to hear the crunch.

    I am very pleased to say that of the 3 or 4 I have had in my life so far between tourist trains and mainline work, I haven’t yet heard the crunch…


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  81. GreyRanga says:
    April 12, 2022 at 11:31 am

    Johanna use a French Press, Ikea Upphetta 13.4 oz,$9.99. Use a coffee measuring spoon, compress the coffee against the side of the container for consistency, use the cup you’re going to drink out of filled to the top with less than boiling water, pour into French Press. Fit the plunger wait for a few minutes the firmly but slowly plunge the coffee. It should make the right amount. Don’t boil the water as it makes the coffee bitter. Vary the length of time brewed to mellow the flavour and vary the amount of coffee used according to taste. I use two measures of Vittoria Black Mountain. The dregs get rinsed down the sink. Easy.

    🙂


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  82. I thought “Expresso” was Rex coming down the mainline and Ken Worth was crossing and had an emergency hole in the floor moment.

    Wasn’t there an Andy Stewart song, “Kenny, where’s your trousers?”


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  83. then said staffer gets $half a million “let’s -forget-it-happened” money for something an investigation decided was A-OK

    The problem with shut-up money is lefties never shut up.
    #Stormy

    Lib staffers tend to be lefties because the Libs are controlled by lefty Photios acolytes and no visibly righty staffer would ever be allowed into the hallowed halls.


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  84. Tom says:
    April 12, 2022 at 11:34 am

    The greatest advancement in the Australian civilisation in the past 30 years is that it is now virtually impossible to buy bad Australian shiraz — and coffee, provided the latter in brewed onsite in an expresso* machine.
    Good coffee is Italy’s greatest gift to Australia.
    *yes, expresso. Espresso is for wankers whose cultural cringe lives in Milan.

    Plenty of room for nitpicking, Tom. 🙂

    But yes, to add, fantastic food and wine, space and scenery, pick the climate of your choice.

    As I have said before, all the ‘this is a shit stained toilet bowl’ discussions end abruptly when realistic alternatives are put into the equation. Where are they?

    People who hate their country are not the kind of people I would want to support.


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  85. “What brand and make kneel?
    Hit n miss with Chinese stuff.”

    Generic, IIRC – no “brand” as such. Mine is very similar to this one:
    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005004008658612.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.67b04cd67Ea9gh&algo_pvid=efce1143-12e0-4e9a-a9cb-a7e1b307257f&algo_exp_id=efce1143-12e0-4e9a-a9cb-a7e1b307257f-3&pdp_ext_f=%7B%22sku_id%22%3A%2212000027724176111%22%7D&pdp_pi=-1%3B16.03%3B-1%3B-1%40salePrice%3BAUD%3Bsearch-mainSearch

    Generally had OK luck with making sure you DON’T get the biggest/newest/bestest one and go sort of “previous generation” one instead.


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  86. Barista, it’s a thing man. Sort of like when some fast food chain tried to turn slops gopher into “wrap artists” to increase the esprit du corps among employees. Works on some people for a while. You’ll own nothing and be happy continues apace.


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  87. Also paid about $5 for a new, car specific “launcher” app (Russian, actually!), that makes it much a easier/nicer user interface than standard android launcher in a car environment – and is fully configurable (move “buttons”, rename then, make them launch specific apps, colours, manufacturer logo etc etc)

    kneel, sounds great. I have the same hardware called iMArs 7″ which I got from ebay from Australian stock. $107 a year ago.
    What is the name of the launcher program?


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  88. The ABC – Australia’s most trusted news source.

    So they tell us. Must be true, since they are Australia’s most trusted news source.

    But kidding aside, I do find it funny that (according to the research they pay for) more people in Australia trust the ABC than actually watch it – supposedly most Australians trust it, but we also know they ratings.

    I think much of the trust they enjoy is an artefact from an earlier time when their partisanship was less obvious. People don’t watch it, but they retain an opinion formed from decades ago. And the people who have the responsibility to call them to account on our behalf – the government – is scared of them.

    They have even got people to believe that the ABC’s only requirement is independence rather than impartiality, so they can be as independently biased as they like. If they were impartial it would not matter if they were legally independent or not, being impartial would make them editorially independent – which is what the independence thing was always meant to be about.

    The people who watch the ABC and trust it tend to be people devoted to it. A closed community of their own. And the ABC persuades them that their only hope for salvation is to watch and listen intently. Hostages to their own fears.


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  89. I dunno. You get a decent choice of coffee in NYC at least. There are actually quite a few coffee places now run by astryans. There are three or four on the upper eastside that I know of and always seem to be busy. I’m sure Crooklyn is littered with Aussie coffee joints. You can tell because the Aussie cool in NYC is to wear a beanie possibly even in the summer.

    If you ask for “American coffee” you get filtered coffee which I like and often prefer to expresso crap.


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  90. Dot:

    Tranny on Medium ladypages calls straight men bigots for not wanting to date, kiss or have sex with trans “women”.
    It totally backfires. Normies are calling this out as basically the same as demanding lesbians to have sex with straight men, and that the trans activists have demands far beyond what the gays and lesbians ever asked for – basically acceptance vs capitulation.

    These freaks might be able to fool my eyes, but they sure as hell can’t fool my dick.


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  91. Interesting coincidence, compounds which protect against snake venom poisoning also protect against Covid-19:

    Nicotine
    Zinc
    Hydroxychloroquine
    Ivermectin
    Quercetin
    N.A.C.
    Vitamin C
    Copper
    Bentonite clay
    Corticosteroids
    Budesonide (Nebulised)

    The deadly component of the SARS-Cov-2 virus resembles venom from the king cobra and red-headed krait snakes. It is also found in the mRNA vaxxines, and in the officially endorsed treatment, Remdesivir.

    Cigars smoking should be made mandatory to protect against catching Covid-19.

    LIVE WORLD PREMIERE: WATCH THE WATER


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