Open Thread – Tues 12 April 2022


On the barricades on the Rue Soufflot, Horace Vernet, 1848/9

2,156 responses to “Open Thread – Tues 12 April 2022”

  1. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I (stupidly) explained that this is just biology, my dearest, & it will be worse if you wear revealing clothing.

    The Memsahib taught her daughters that “You can provoke a reaction by the way you dress – if you don’t like the reaction, change the way you dress.”

  2. Gabor Avatar
    Gabor

    bespoke says:
    April 15, 2022 at 7:58 am

    I respect those that robustly defends there religion more then the ones that meekly allow interlopers to speek for them.

    Tell me you don’t do this abomination of grammar&spelling on purpose?

  3. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    I thought a brigade and regiment were more or less the same thing?

    Generally, a brigade is a formation whereas a regiment is a unit.

  4. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    You I don’t. Feel free to to poke fun or correct. All good, Gabor.

  5. Dot Avatar

    PayPal co-founder and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel has accused some of the most prominent American financial figures of trying to lock cryptocurrencies out of the mainstream.

    Speaking at the Bitcoin 2022 conference in Miami Beach on Thursday, Thiel said that Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett was “enemy number one.” He described the investment icon as a “sociopathic grandpa from Omaha.”

    Next up on the crypto-unfriendly list are JPMorgan chief executive Jamie Dimon and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink.

    “These names on my list stand in the way of Bitcoin’s progress. These are the things we have to fight for to get Bitcoin to go 10x or 100x from here,” said Thiel, who has been claiming that digital currencies could supplant the current financial system.

    The businessman also argued that traditional investors should be putting money in Bitcoin. “When they choose not to allocate to Bitcoin, that is a deeply political choice, and we need to be pushing back against them,” he said.

    Thiel also pointed to the ESG (environmental, social, and governance standards) problem, which is an increasingly popular way to evaluate investments and the impact they have on the world.

    “The finance gerontocracy that runs the country through whatever silly virtue signaling slash hate factory term like ESG they have, versus what I would call, what we have to think of as a revolutionary youth movement,” he said.

  6. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Um, isn’t that a division? I thought a brigade and regiment were more or less the same thing? Or, how big is a division in the Australian Army? I thought we had two, plus a reserve one.

    My understanding is that a regiment is several battalions, each of the same type – e.g., the nine (?) infantry battalions that make up the Royal Australian Regiment, but a brigade has battalions, each of different arms.

  7. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    I blame KD.

  8. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Franxsays:
    April 14, 2022 at 11:57 pm
    Difficult to accept that it was a fire and not a shelling of the Moskva. A distraction nevertheless from Mariupol.

    Soviet ship designs (the Moskva is a Slava Class GM cruiser from the 1980s) had some apparent issues with fires on board. They lost a Kashin Class destroyer in the Black Sea in the 1970s, and had a problem with another in the Norwegian Sea a few years later.

  9. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    Due to a slight administrative error, someone won’t be on suicide watch.

  10. calli Avatar
    calli

    Interesting Roger.

    At first glance it looks as though she’s trying to fit something not-in-scripture into a contemporary setting to support her own world view.

    Christians do it all the time and usually come unstuck. They speculate on the “what if” and ignore what the text actually says. Were some left behind? Did some refuse to smear the blood on the door? We don’t know. What we do know is that they grumbled mightily on the way and pined for Egyptian rations, even as the highly visible cloud and pillar of fire led them on.

    Which is probably a more fruitful meditation and more to the nub of why some support for the political cause du jour instead of concentrating on their walk.

  11. Kneel Avatar
    Kneel

    BoN:”OK, Kneel, explain this data then.”

    Firstly BoN, I said I thought the vax was at least as dangerous as the disease, if not worse – not denying that, I am arguing about long term consequences of vax.

    As I noted there are many possible confounding factors that we need to consider as well.

    And then there is the actual stats treatment, and what actual data shows.

    For instance (and this is hardly exhaustive, but would be a good start in considering what the data is telling us):
    How long is the time series of comparable data – 100 years is more useful than 10 years.
    What is the variance? – how much does it jump up and down anyway.
    What is the base? – 10 to 14 and 10,000 to 14,000 are both 40%, the second is more indicative of a widespread issue.
    Was the “baseline” period typical? – when looking at long term data, is the “previous 5 year average” unusually low.
    Have we seen comparable excursions before and can we attribute them to any cause?

    In short, we need to know if we should expect – statistically – to see this sort of change on a cyclic or random basis, how likely such an expectation is, and so on and so on.

    You can cite any particular stat and conclude based on that one stat alone that things are good/bad/whatever, and be very wrong because you have ignored the actual data to focus on one number that “shows” your point.

    As I said, we don’t know because we can’t know – yet. And while I certainly agree that such stats are “concerning” and worthy of further investigation, they most certainly are NOT the smoking gun you seem to think they are – for reasons of confounding factors and statistical treatment.

    The same is true by the way for the logic used to mandate vaxes, lockdowns, social distancing and masks – there was insufficient data on the safety and efficacy of the vaxes, there was no data on the efficacy of lockdowns (which now appears to be very, very small), social distancing (ditto) or masks (ditto). We got these anyway because “common sense” and/or “expert advise” – opinion, IOW, not data and not “science”.

    So don’t think I’m “against” your argument – I’m not, I just don’t think you have the “proof” you think you do, just as GovCo didn’t have the proof to warrant what they did either. And if I paste GovCo for acting rashly, and you appear to be doing the same, I should paste you too shouldn’t I? I said “Think!” and I meant it – for all sides of all arguments. Driving people to do things with emotional arguments is certainly effective, but in the end it creates more problems than it solves. Emotions are “simple” arguments, and these are complicated problems that we need to consider carefully.

  12. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Russia’s Black Sea flagship sinks after ‘direct hits’
    Kremlin blames ‘ammunition explosion’ for Moskva damage
    updated
    Charlie Parker,
    Larisa Brown
    Thursday April 14 2022, 10.20pm BST, The Times
    Ukraine

    The flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet has sunk in what western officials have described as a “massive blow” to the Kremlin.

    Moskva, a Slava-class warship that commanded about 30 vessels in the region, is thought to be the first cruiser lost in conflict since the sinking of the General Belgrano in the Falklands war in 1982 and the first such loss of a Russian vessel since the Second World War.

    Kyiv said that the vessel took two direct hits from Ukrainian long-range Neptune anti-ship missiles and was left burning on the water last night. Hours later, the Kremlin said the ship’s crew of 510 evacuated, though it claimed that a fire on deck had caused an “ammunition explosion”.

  13. Winston Smith Avatar

    A leftist magazine co-founded by former President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor Robert Reich urged the federal government to seize control of the fossil fuel industry. Because climate change.

    The American Prospect, of which Reich is founding editor, ran an April 8 article headlined, “Nationalize the U.S. Fossil Fuel Industry to Save the Planet.” Leftist economist Robert Pollin argued that “Turning the biggest oil companies over to public ownership would serve several goals at once, including climate resilience.”

  14. Winston Smith Avatar

    Grey Ranga:

    Vicki tell granddaughter it could be worse if they never noticed her.

    “The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.” Some bloke.
    The granddaughter is just fishing for compliments and wants to talk about herself and how pretty she is.
    Let her sulk in her room like a ten year old.

  15. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    Soviet ship designs …

    Their cheap and cheerful solution to housing honking great ‘splodey things has to be
    one of the greatest disasters-in-waiting in the history of naval architecture.

  16. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Pope at Chrism Mass: Priests must fix eyes on Jesus, cast aside hidden idols

    I might be mistaken in the particulars, but didn’t Frank the crank have some animistic token placed in some especially sacred (to Catholics at least) location like a cathedral?

  17. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Interesting Roger.

    At first glance it looks as though she’s trying to fit something not-in-scripture into a contemporary setting to support her own world view.

    She’s saying liberalism = Pharoah.

    And Jews who support woke causes are building the new pyramids.

  18. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    animistic token

    animistic totem

  19. Rockdoctor Avatar
    Rockdoctor

    Dot Aus Army follows British conventions. 3 Bn makes a Brigade & 3 Brigades a Division. I believe the Soviet Bloc convention is different.

    Russian Cruiser sunk in stormy weather while being towed apparently too. Ruski’s themselves have admitted.

    Did we ever find out what the French were so nervous about in Mariupol? There were a lot of rumours flying around last week of NATO spooks or SF dudes in the factory area. Seems to have been nothing.

  20. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    I thought a brigade and regiment were more or less the same thing?

    Often not in armies descended from the British Commonwealth and Empire.

  21. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    ABC radio this morning hoping everyone loves their ugly pets.

    Host chats to political correspondent in Sydney on the election trail.

    Talk about the long campaign and the predictability of it all, then wonder if the republic or an indigenous voice in parliament will be canvassed at any time.

  22. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    A leftist magazine co-founded by former President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor Robert Reich…

    Robert Reich was a fairly regular commenter on US affairs when I used to watch 7:30.

    They always addressed him like he was some sort of guru.

  23. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.

    Oscar Wilde.

  24. Dot Avatar

    Robert Reich is a crackpot and the most far left Clintonite.

    Rubin was far superior. Thank god Rubin had the higher position and labour laws are generally state matters.

  25. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg UNLEASHES on ‘colonialist’ Australia for ‘oppressive’ referendum on an Indigenous voice in parliament: ‘It’s their land, man’

    Osher Gunsberg hits out at government’s failure to listen to First Nation voices
    He said there shouldn’t have to be referendum to recognise the Uluru Statement
    Statement agreed First Nations voice be constitutionally enshrined in Parliament
    TV host described notion of asking Australians to vote as ‘colonialist oppression’

    Who is this Osher Gunsberg, and why should I give a rat’s rectum what he thinks?

  26. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    Multipke Regiments of. Plus over a Brigade of Russian troops and specially deployed Chechen battalions used as shock troops and such and such and so on and so forth.

    And between the lot of them, seven weeks

    Russian command has been told to minimise casualties, the number of body bags coming home is not helping the cause.

  27. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    lotocotisays:
    April 15, 2022 at 8:48 am
    Soviet ship designs …

    Their cheap and cheerful solution to housing honking great ‘splodey things has to be
    one of the greatest disasters-in-waiting in the history of naval architecture.

    They also lost at least two ballistic missile submarines, one in the Pacific (a Golf Class, subject of an attempt at salvage by the US) and one off Bermuda (a Yankee Class).

  28. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    The pachamama controversy.
    Yes well those always on the lookout for something to condemn make the claim.

    Of course Catholics are well known to be idolators with their plaster saints Virgin Mary etc.

  29. chrisl Avatar
    chrisl

    Who to vote for …
    Vote for the underdog , that’s my rule of thumb
    I think I’ll vote for tweedledum
    But wait a minute , what’s in it for me ?
    I think I’ll vote for tweedledee

  30. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Talk about the long campaign and the predictability of it all…

    So he expected Albo’s gaffes then?

    The latest being offshore detention not necessary.

    He’s shaping up as the Kamala Harris of Australian politics.

  31. Dot Avatar

    Osher Gunsberg hits out at government’s failure to listen to First Nation voices
    He said there shouldn’t have to be referendum to recognise the Uluru Statement
    Statement agreed First Nations voice be constitutionally enshrined in Parliament
    TV host described notion of asking Australians to vote as ‘colonialist oppression’

    Ah yes, referendums to change the basic law and rules the government has to follow are oppressive?

    Wait until he hears about sortition.

  32. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    They also lost at least two ballistic missile submarines …

    Their one and only Papa too, IIRC.
    Don’t know if her nuclear tipped torps were ever recovered.

  33. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Qantas say they have 20-50 % staff absences due to covid rules.
    The utter stupidity of covid rules is plainly served up to the public with air travel.
    Other industries are still being crippled without the attention but the ramifications are known in the working economy. That’s not laptop tappers.

  34. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    Not the Papa.
    Should’ve looked before leaping.

  35. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    A leftist magazine co-founded by former President Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor Robert Reich urged the federal government to seize control of the fossil fuel industry. Because climate change.

    Well, that will ensure a shortage of fossil fuels. Who was it said if the government ran the Sahara desert there would be a shortage of sand in 5 years?

  36. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Qantas say they have 20-50 % staff absences due to covid rules.
    The utter stupidity of covid rules is plainly served up to the public with air travel.

    Of even more consequence, medical treatment in hospitals is still being delayed due to covid rule induced staff shortages.

  37. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Who is this Osher Gunsberg, and why should I give a rat’s rectum what he thinks?

    A blonde himbette with much publicised mental elf problems.
    Off the pills I’d say.

  38. Indolent Avatar
    Indolent

    At the Aged.
    No doubt where NSW leads Victoria will follow
    Vaccinated economy could end within weeks

    Yes, you will note that –

    1. NSW and Victoria are again conspiring (Perrottet made it clear earlier that his decisions were based not so much on the actual situation here but on tik tacking with Victoria) and

    2. They are just adjusting the leading reins, the barriers. No intention whatsoever of lifting the “emergency” powers and just letting us get on with our lives. Just like China, this can all be reversed tomorrow and likely will be when cases rise in winter.

    And, by the way, the “vaccinated economy” has NOT ended in NSW, it’s just been made less obvious.

  39. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    “Playing fair”, i.e. pointing out the bleedin’ obvious, part eleventy gazillion, etc.

    St Ruth, you can accuse me of having “detoriated” once you stop blundering onto this blog and incessantly abusing everyone in the most foul, preposterous and utterly tiresome manner.

    Talk about motes and beams, FFS.

  40. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    by the way, the “vaccinated economy” has NOT ended in NSW, it’s just been made less obvious

    Exactly.

  41. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    Champion golfer Jack Newton brown bread at 72…survived walking into a spinning aircraft prop….

    Daily Mail

  42. calli Avatar
    calli

    She’s saying liberalism = Pharoah.

    And Jews who support woke causes are building the new pyramids.

    Yes. I know what she’s saying. Some people choose slavery rather than risk. In this case slavery to fashionable causes.

    The Jews are not alone in this.

  43. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Robert Reich was a fairly regular commenter on US affairs when I used to watch 7:30

    Not a ringing endorsement. Unfortunately.

  44. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    The supermarkets are still short on many lines before Easter.
    The holiday work break will make this far worse. Our local has been cleaned out by the caravan crowd passing through.
    Don’t bother trying to get a sausage.

  45. Big_Nambas Avatar
    Big_Nambas

    London, 14 April – A systematic review of climate trends and observational data by an eminent climate scientist has found no evidence to support the claim of a climate crisis.

    In his annual State of the Climate report, Ole Humlum, emeritus professor at the University of Oslo, examined detailed patterns in temperature changes in the atmosphere and oceans together with trends in climate impacts.

    Many of these show no significant trends and suggest that poorly understood natural cycles are involved.

    And while the report finds gentle warming, there is no evidence of dramatic changes, with snow cover stable, sea ice levels recovering, and no change in storm activity.

    Professor Humlum said:

    “A year ago, I warned that there was great risk in using computer modelling and immature science to make extraordinary claims. The empirical observations I have reviewed show very gentle warming and no evidence of a climate crisis.”

    https://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2022/04/Humlum-State-of-Climate-2021-.pdf?mc_cid=2b0d86682b&mc_eid=30fe4a4429

  46. Indolent Avatar
    Indolent

    The Pontiff of Trucking, (currently stuck on the couch) really has tabs on himself, when in fact he’s a constant source of humour and ridicule.

    Ridiculing someone does not affect the validity or otherwise of his argument. In fact, it’s starting to look very much like a distraction from it.

  47. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    lotocotisays:
    April 15, 2022 at 9:06 am
    They also lost at least two ballistic missile submarines …

    Their one and only Papa too, IIRC.
    Don’t know if her nuclear tipped torps were ever recovered.

    Then there was the Kursk. Also a November Class SSN lost SW of the UK, a Charlie Class was lost twice, but salvaged only once.

  48. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Due to a slight administrative error, someone won’t be on suicide watch.

    And as luck would have it, they will put him in the one cell where the cameras are on the blink.

  49. Miltonf Avatar
    Miltonf

    St Ruth is an obnoxious old clown

  50. Winston Smith Avatar

    Rumour:
    Elon Musk has offered Twitter CEO job to Donald Trump if he takes over.

  51. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Speaking of preposterous, here’s his “Official Department of Labore portrait”:

    Robert Reich

    Having briefly perused some details of his life, he strikes me as quite possibly one the most useless individuals to have existed in human history.

    But hey, I wouldn’t want to seem judgemental or anything.

  52. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Open corruption.

    When I saw from the link text that it was Nancy Pelosi, I just thought of the stench of decomposition.

  53. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Not a ringing endorsement. Unfortunately.

    One of the reasons I gave up watching it.

    The amour-propre on display starting getting under my skin.

  54. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    This sudden and widespread outbreak in Shanghai has sent the formerly civilized city back to a primitive and savage state overnight. As many supermarkets are forced to close and thousands of delivery workers are forbidden to travel, supplies of necessities for some 26 million residents are severely disrupted. So are medical services.
    The CCP deployed its troops to Shanghai overnight. Military transport planes flew to Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport, military vehicles appeared on the highway and parked in the city. It might make sense to see military medical staff sent to Shanghai but why are military vehicles and non-medical soldiers? This is because there have been many odd elements about the outbreak in Shanghai, and infights among the top brass of the CCP are involved.

  55. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Robert Reich

    A proud Egyptian.

  56. Winston Smith Avatar

    Who is Osher Gunsberg?
    He’s a self absorbed flog, but I’ll let him tell you that.

  57. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Speaking of preposterous, here’s his “Official Department of Labore portrait”

    That’s the beauty of talking heads TV: I’d never have guessed he was a manikin.

  58. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Channel 10 personality. Talk about an oxymoron.

  59. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Scroll down for the pic with Clinton, if you can be bothered. He’s standing, btw.

    Not that he can help his genes, poor chap.

    But you’d have thought his stature would have gotten in the way of his self-regard.

  60. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Prof van Wrongselen might disagree but he is a respected academic.

  61. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Winston – no forgiveness, ever for that. Be interesting to do a word count on the use of personal pronouns in that stream of interminable narcissistic idiocy.

    If such solipsistic onanists didn’t exist, satirists would have to invent them.

  62. Struth Avatar

    St Ruth, you can accuse me of having “detoriated” once you stop blundering onto this blog and incessantly abusing everyone in the most foul, preposterous and utterly tiresome manner.

    When you stop being foul, preposteeous and utterly tiresome clowns.
    No self reflection.
    Absolutely none.
    While I was working last night (unlike union rail bludgers I can’t comment here whilst doing so) the usual suspects, you now included , were having little pot shots because I live in your heads.
    When I respond you have tearies like this.
    If you can’t handle getting it, stop dishing it out…..ever heard that old chestnut, sook?

  63. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Who is Osher Gunsberg?
    He’s a self absorbed flog, but I’ll let him tell you that.

    Yes Winston.
    You couldn’t get more silver spoon than this sad excuse for a man.
    I’m sure the shift workers of the western suburbs are hanging on his every word.

  64. Struth Avatar

    Grey Ranga is Nick.

  65. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    No self reflection.
    Absolutely none.

    LOL.

  66. Frank Avatar
    Frank

    If Vikki’s granddaughter takes to sunbathing she won’t have to worry much past the age of 35.

  67. Struth Avatar

    St Ruth is an obnoxious old clown

    Translation.
    He won’t let me forget what a dickhead I’ve been by getting jabbed.

  68. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    callisays:

    April 15, 2022 at 7:45 am

    Can we cut out the judgment on exactly who is a “good Christian” and who isn’t?

    Has someone been casting the first stone again?

  69. Struth Avatar

    Rabz, (or should I just call you sniffles)

    I hadn’t made a comment for hours and yet you decided to have a swipe.

    Poor form grizzle guts.

    And now “how dare struth respond”
    A fucking child has more self awareness.

  70. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    I’ve just noticed that leftard Samantha Maiden (who today pens a gotcha on Liberal candidate Katherine Deves because Deves is against the wrecking of women’s sport by trans activists – which all leftards are required to support) is now “national political editor” at The Australian – while Simon Benson, who grinds no political axes, is “political editor” and Dennis Shanahan is “national editor” – all covering federal politics in Canberra.

    This is what happens when editors try to accommodate the egos of senior journos – everyone has to be an editor.

    Even Alice Workman, who the Paywallian imported several years ago from leftard website Buzzfeed (where she was “political editor”) is now “Strewth editor” at the national broadsheet – that is, she writes a daily column called Strewth, but her gargantuan ego demanded more, so she’s now “editor” of the column she writes. Lunacy.

    Hint: only Benson and Shanahan are professionals who keep their own politics our of their work. Maiden and Workman are leftard gotcha merchants with their personal politics plastered over everything they write. I think it’s a chick thing.

  71. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “An interesting meditation here, with relevance for Christians too:

    The Jews who didn’t leave Egypt.”

    Thanks Roger…..a good and interesting piece.

    “For American Jews, our addiction to being insiders is especially dangerous at this moment, because it means siding with people who don’t like Jews very much, and in some cases actively wish us harm. “

    Umm, yes, a very polite way of saying that progressive American Jews or Jews who remain attached to the Democrat Party and discredited organisations such as the ACLU, are participating in the destruction of American Judaism. But that destruction also beings with such as basic things as intermarriage. The future of Judaism across the West, just like the future of Christianity across the West, belongs with the religious and it is only them who will be able to combat the menace that is Islam.

    I believe that progressive Jews, both in the US and even here in Oz, actively give cover and even legitimacy to the left’s anti-Semitism. Left-wing Jews always make excuses for anti-Semitism from the left in a way they would never ever do for anti-Semitism from the right (which is rare).

  72. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Rabz, I vote Electronica.

    Didn’t get around to thanking you for doing a sterling job on Disco, against your better judgement. I thoroughly enjoyed the clips, despite loathing 95% of the genre.

    BTW, in case you missed it, I put this up for you yesterday. One of the better outputs of an era that is not a particular favourite of mine, but is of yours. 🙂

  73. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    You have not pleased St ruth. Begone!

  74. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Rogersays:
    April 15, 2022 at 9:37 am
    Scroll down for the pic with Clinton, if you can be bothered. He’s standing, btw.

    Not that he can help his genes, poor chap.

    But you’d have thought his stature would have gotten in the way of his self-regard.

    Old saying: Big man, big prick. Little man, all prick.

  75. min Avatar
    min

    Vicki as a psychologist, a keen observer of human behaviour, this is the part of sex education that is neglected. I am very against the modern day feminist movement as they want equality with men without understanding male biology . Eg The Higgins woman . I operate on being able to behave best I think , described as androgynous .
    Interesting when the most eligible man here , a new resident , discovered me
    and we started a hot romance , which he signalled to all and sundry by kissing me in the restaurant , it was the women asking all the questions like are you sleeping with him , unbelievable . Interesting is I don’t flirt like I see other women even my age fluttering their eyes at the men.
    Anyway relationship on hold , lovely man but needs to see a good psychologist because of life long issues ,and I sent him off to doctor when life events outside of the relationship , caused the Black Dog to bite with a vengeance , even more distressing his doctor had not noticed his depression even though a long time patient and knows his history of life events .. Any way poor doctor patient practices is another issue , talking with those in medical profession lack of diagnosis skills these days .

  76. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Tom, Wokeman is the personification of the drivel she spouts – i.e. a fat ugly erko clad inner city screecher labouring under the delusion that she’s oh so witty and insightful.

    Yet another reason why I haven’t regretted for a second ditching my Oz subscription. Talk about a waste of money.

  77. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Thanks Tom. I rarely pay attention to the shifting of the deck chairs on the Titanic that is Newscorpse. There is plenty of dross in them there cubicles.

  78. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Thanks, Joh. Electronica seems to be racking up the votes.

  79. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Farmer Gezsays:

    April 15, 2022 at 9:09 am

    Qantas say they have 20-50 % staff absences due to covid rules.

    Scheduled to work over Easter?
    And you’d rather not?
    Fix it with three magic words spoken softly into the phone … “positive RAT test”.

  80. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “I’ve just noticed that leftard Samantha Maiden (who today pens a gotcha on Liberal candidate Katherine Deves because Deves is against the wrecking of women’s sport by trans activists “

    Thanks Tom, I just had a look at the front page of the Oz and there’s a gotcha piece on Deves, apparently she’s referred to trans activists as “Nazis”…..not a bad analogy. Of course it’s always okay when those on the left routinely refer to anyone on the right as “Nazis”….there’s never a peep of outrage, in fact such comparisons happen everyday on social media sewers. Deves, of course, should not apologise but we live in a time here in Oz when the right bend over to capitulate to the left. One thing is clear, the left are out to destroy Deves’ campaign. The problem is that the spineless toad and all round fair-weather friend that is Morrison has already dumped on Deves, despite her being a “captain’s pick”. The idea of protecting women’s sport is a vote winner…..but Morrison the Capitulating Coward runs a mile from any culture war. Morrison should publicly stand up and ask why the left want to mutilate children…..but he won’t because he’s a coward and he’s beholden to the left in his party with such scum like Fiona Martin, Dave Sharma and Andrew Bragg.

    Anyway, as I wrote last night, I cannot and will not in good conscience vote for Morrison or the Liberals. They are capitulating cowards.

    LDP!

  81. Dot Avatar

    Hmm

    I used to quite like Ray Dalio.

    He’s a CCP shill now and the Chinese are very disgruntled with the government, the regime is not sustainable.

    Singapore is majority Chinese, if Chinamen have an inclination, it’s to capitalism, not communsim.

    If Dalio lives long enough, it will be egg on his face.

  82. Dot Avatar

    Rumour has it a positive RAT can be faked with clear acidic solutions and a negative can be faked with clear basic solutions.

    Does anyone have white vinegar or bicarb soda at home?

    I ask for my friends.

  83. Struth Avatar

    I think questioning faith compared to allegience to a religious bureaucracy is a relevent discussion right now.
    The Pope is a South American communist plant.
    That’s obvious.
    People like Notafan will defend the corrupt church bureaucracy, while not ashering to the faith.

    We know, she’s a confused little banana, and a twisted hypocrite.
    That church bureaucracy is now split, as well acknowledged by the clergy, that’s to Pope commo the first.
    One who’s Easter messages will ring hollow, and one who won’t show the cross lest it offend evil.This catholic knows what he’s talking about.

  84. calli Avatar
    calli

    Electronica? Like this?

    A festival of Genesis and Yes?

  85. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Yes Winston.
    You couldn’t get more silver spoon than this sad excuse for a man.
    I’m sure the shift workers of the western suburbs are hanging on his every word.

    He strikes me as the sort of woke, aware individual, who would hand over all he possesses to the Aboriginals who he believes this country belongs to, and pollute some other corner of the globe with his presence.

  86. Franx Avatar
    Franx

    The banner depicting the Crucifixion is both wonderful and scandalous. Thanks.

  87. calli Avatar
    calli

    Does anyone have white vinegar or bicarb soda at home?

    Household staples of cleaning magicalness.

  88. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    JAN MOIR: Sorry, but women don’t want changing rooms open to all… Public spaces where women and girls are undressing should be sacrosanct

    By Jan Moir for the Daily Mail

    Published: 08:29 AEST, 15 April 2022 | Updated: 08:31 AEST, 15 April 2022

    What a right shower they are at Monsoon.

    Following a complaint by one non?binary teenager this week — let me repeat, a single person who made one solitary protest on social media — the fashion chain, whose entire range is designed for women and children only, has declared that its changing rooms are now ‘available to all customers’.

    Does this mean that any dirty old men who want to spy on young girls trying on crop tops should throw on their crusty macs and thunder down to one of Monsoon’s 180 shops pronto, grab some floaty skirts and head for the changing rooms? Who knows? But if they did, no one at Monsoon would be able to stop them.

  89. Dot Avatar

    Just remember, if you’re doing it tough this Easter.

    Shit could be worse.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/sadcringe/comments/4g0j4z/furry_coming_out_to_parents/

  90. Struth Avatar

    Ok, I’ll stop…..I give up…….anything you want………..but please can someone make min stop talking about hot romances in the old folks home….FFS

  91. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    I used to quite like Ray Dalio.

    dalio’s views that the US is a waning power and china is a rising power seems to be taken as gospel by the globalist and davos crowd, to the point self-fulfilment.

  92. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    St ruth is not pleased. *turns up the Waylon Jennings casette*

  93. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Elon Musk has offered Twitter CEO job to Donald Trump if he takes over.

    Someone is trolling or if true Musk ain’t that smart, Winton.

  94. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Robert Reich

    Gruinaid stalwart.
    https://www.theguardian.com/profile/robert-reich
    Stal as in stale, wart as in genital.

    There is no topic which his ‘hot take’ cant make worse.

    Examples.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/12/elon-musk-internet-twitter
    At least the US responded to Trump’s lies. Trump had 88 million Twitter followers before Twitter took him off its platform – just two days after the attack on the Capitol, which he provoked, in part, with his tweets. (Trump’s social media accounts were also suspended on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitch and TikTok.)

    These moves were necessary to protect American democracy. But Elon Musk – the richest man in the world, with 80 million Twitter followers – wasn’t pleased. Musk tweeted that US tech companies shouldn’t be acting “as the de facto arbiter of free speech”.

    Big oil could bring US gas prices down but won’t – so hit it with a windfall tax
    Robert Reich

    Why do Putin, Trump, Tucker Carlson and the Republican party sound so alike?
    Robert Reich

    Why the White House stopped telling the truth about inflation and corporate power
    Robert Reich
    Starbucks, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Amazon – all protect profits by making customers pay more. We need the political courage to say they can and should cover rising costs themselves

    Beware of this deadly mix: oligarchic economics and racist, nationalist populism
    Robert Reich

    The man is a deranged flogbag.

  95. Dot Avatar

    which he provoked, in part, with his tweets.

    Trump LITERALLY told people to stay at home, at least 20 glowies were involved, others have been acquitted given they were invited in.

  96. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    Elon Musk has offered Twitter CEO job to Donald Trump if he takes over.

    Someone is trolling or if true Musk ain’t that smart, Winton.

    its a quote from a parody account

  97. Struth Avatar

    The very first night where I could work in a pub in Qld, I got a booking, but it was not the raging success it was hoped for by the publicans.

    It was a good night and more people there than would have otherwise been the case with segregation, but such is the anger of those that remained staunch and unjabbed at all and sundry who complied, many stated they refused to ever hand a dime to the businesses that complied to any of it.
    In this particular case the publican was not jabbed, but her enthusiastic young Nazi bar staff were.
    Sometimes, depending on who was working, you got in sometimes you couldn’t, and people talk.

    And there are so many out there.
    So many.
    Millions.

    “We can’t get workers”
    You can, but they’re unjabbed and defiant.
    Their anger is real and justified.
    I believe if we had fair elections, they’d be enough in numbers to bring about a change of direction in parliament.
    But our election is well rigged with postals and even by phone allowed.
    The election will be a joke.
    And what good is a parliament all but closed while the National Cabinet barks out the globalist’s orders?

  98. Dot Avatar

    The election will be a joke.

    Same as it ever was.

  99. calli Avatar
    calli

    If defiant workers aren’t working, how are the eating and paying bills?

  100. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    The RAT is mostly an honour system, so faking it is only a prob if the boss asks for a photo of the test.

    Speaking of honour (honor), a pairing of Donna Summer and country.
    Just because it’s Friday.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WFEONip5k_k

  101. Struth Avatar

    St ruth is not pleased. *turns up the Waylon Jennings casette*

    Wow that hurts.

    Hey keep going dick head, it’s says way more about you than me.

  102. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Just as St. Ruth attempted (and failed) to hijack ANZAC Day, using false patriotism to recruit the entire country to his cause and loudly denounced as cowards those who didn’t do it his way, now it’s the turn of poor old Jesus to be dragged along behind the Kenworth:

    Usually getting your good nazi tick and participating in a segregated society to the point of going on holidays wouldn’t see Jesus giving you a high score in the category of good catholic.

    There are people who take their faith extremely seriously, St. Ruth. I am not one of them, but I hold the ones who do in some regard.

    Clearly, you do not. You presumed to think the entire country should do what you wanted, and your childish and unsolicited Liberace haymakers* over the past eight months were both telling and extremely amusing as you tied yourself in ‘I did not!’ knots.

    Now you’ve presumed Jesus’ thoughts on certain individuals. Deliberately, and at Easter. You’re really bad at this.

    A failed lightweight would-be totalitarian, still with Bosi pictures on his bedroom wall.

    *I used this yesterday, but I kinda like it.

  103. calli Avatar
    calli

    Something I have noticed – people’s habits have changed. The local food court used to be buzzing with patrons, and you’d think they’d all flock back for their morning teas and wraps and other good things.

    But they haven’t.

    They must be meeting up elsewhere, possibly in homes. Or not at all. Restrictions and lockdowns have changed the way people socialise, and it isn’t healthy.

  104. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Ridiculing someone does not affect the validity or otherwise of his argument. In fact, it’s starting to look very much like a distraction from it.

    Dunno Indolent. I reckon it’s got its place.

    For example, someone excitedly posting a clip about Disney CEOs laughing as they were being arrested for child trafficking and forgetting to check whether it was satire or not. That’s worth a bit of ridicule.

  105. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    Tonight is the start of Passover and we Jews celebrate with the Seder, where we tell the story of the exodus from Egypt. In a sense all Jews tonight relive that momentous occasion. That departure only happened thanks to the divine….God…..and God used his tool, the great Moses Rabbeinu, the greatest Rabbi to have ever lived. The crossing of the Red Sea was a testament to faith, the Midrash tells us that when we reached the Red Sea the waters didn’t immediately separate just because we arrived, apparently we stood at the banks and cried, wailed, despaired and even cursed God, But one person had faith and his name was Nahshon. Nahshon walked into the water and once the water was up to his nose, the sea parted. As the Midrash says, Nahshon had faith, he was a prince of Judah and an ancestor of King David and Jesus. The Exodus is the start of us as people, it was sealed at Sinai when we accepted God’s commandments.

    Today is also Good Friday, when Christians commemorate the Crucifixion of a Jew, Jesus, and his death and in a few days Christians will celebrate his resurrection. Both are momentous occasions in human history, from two religions, one a mother religion, one a daughter religion, both have given so much good to humanity.

    I can easily picture a world without Islam but a world without Judaism and Christianity is a world devoid of love, charity, goodness and kindness.

    Chag Sameach.

  106. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Thanks Roger…..a good and interesting piece.

    I thought you’d appreciate it, Cassie.

  107. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    The very first night where I could work in a pub in Qld, I got a booking, but it was not the raging success it was hoped for by the publicans.

    Probably due to the speeches between Peter Garrett songs.

    In this particular case the publican was not jabbed, but her enthusiastic young Nazi bar staff were.

    Everyone’s a Nazi. You can’t have an entry level job any more because the tubby guitar bloke said so, and at the same time he’s standing on stage getting paid.

  108. Dot Avatar

    WARNING

    THE GOVERNMENT IS EVIL AND CANNOT FIND SALVATION.

    https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/04/21/judge-tosses-evidence-obtained-by-fbi-malware-planted-on-dark-website/

    In a sense, Judge Young wrote, when the FBI took control and hosted the child abuse imagery website for a period of two weeks, the government was itself distributing the imagery, “continuing harm to the victims of this hideous form of child abuse.”

  109. calli Avatar
    calli

    Thanks, Cassie. Well said.

    We love because He loved us first. The two great faiths entwine themselves around this magnificent truth.

  110. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    RD, 8.49:

    Dot Aus Army follows British conventions. 3 Bn makes a Brigade & 3 Brigades a Division. I believe the Soviet Bloc convention is different.

    Correct. The European, and particularly Eastern European conventions of what is designated a what are way different to the British (which we still adhere to), and which are different again to the US.

  111. Dot Avatar

    Du du du du du du du du du.

  112. Dot Avatar

    Damned missed one.

    We carry in our hearts the true Queenthland
    and that cannot be broken

  113. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Drum solo!

  114. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    Russian are claiming they have captured Lt. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier Jr in mariupol, but have not backed up the claim. The Pentagon on the other hand is claiming he is still alive and trotting out “photos” of him and again have not brought him out to prove he is not captured. all very strange.

  115. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Chag Sameach.

    ??? ???????

  116. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    ??? ???????

    Mmm…Hebrew letters not recognised.

    Chag sameach!

  117. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    calli, thanks for the ELP ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ link. Haven’t heard it it many years.

    It certainly revitalised the Aaron Copeland tune in the public mind.

    Not really electronica, though. In fact, I noticed that the first half of the keyboard solo was Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple) played on keyboards. Some of the runs were exactly the same, the rest were derivatives.

    Not linking to spoil Rabz’ party, but Kraftwerk they were not.

  118. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    The very first night where I could work in a pub in Qld, I got a booking, but it was not the raging success it was hoped for by the publicans

    What?

    You mean people in the meatspace to not appreciate you strumming yourself, either?

  119. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    even more distressing his doctor had not noticed his depression even though a long time patient and knows his history of life events .. Any way poor doctor patient practices is another issue , talking with those in medical profession lack of diagnosis skills these days .

    Poor bloke just needs more leeches.
    For particularly stubborn cases a course of these beauties sees them never return, obviously cured.

  120. calli Avatar
    calli

    Thanks joh. I wasn’t quite sure whether it was moog stuff or something else. I’m looking forward to being edumacated.

  121. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    sfw at 7.59:

    Attended a ‘Meet the Candidiate’ thing yesterday, was going well and sort of interesting, then two women turned up in t shirts, the larger of the two gave a ‘clenched fist’ salute on entering. She then proceeded to say that the entire election was invalid, people will rise up and then descended into talk of Knights Templar, Masons, treason and Grand Juries etc.

    This was sadly part of the narratives put forth at various anti-mandate protests last year, and allowed to be put forth by protest organisers. This is from the Trusted Blogger sites that certain people read, take on as unadulterated fact, then throw shit at anyone that says that bullshit therein is in fact bullshit.

    It ruins – absolutely devastates – the extremely valid point of the protests in the first place.

    I read her screeds this morning and they speak of WA and Vic and that Australia is a private company run by the UN and much more.

    Welcome to Sovereign Citizen Land, another cause that certain failed lightweights took up and then publicly discarded. It’s surprising there wasn’t mention of birth certificates used as currency, ‘travelling in my conveyance’ replacing the term ‘driving’ and references to Maritime Law and 1619.

  122. Luzu Avatar

    Rex Anger,

    I don’t even know anybody called Richard.

    I am completely dickless.

  123. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    Might be known as Ruthian Flailing.

  124. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Another odd pairing.
    Checking the lambing ewes and one old girl’s got twins, one fully black and the other white. You don’t see that much.

  125. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Why is socialising at home a bad thing?

  126. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Afterthought:

    The very first night where I could work in a pub in Qld

    So it wasn’t standing, fighting or falling. As it always seems to be, it’s about the cash – which is apparently okay for some to chase, but not others.

  127. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Something I have noticed – people’s habits have changed.

    maybe theres a lot of these Karens about?

    ‘People feel abandoned’: as masks come off, thousands of Australians feel scared to go out
    As anti-Covid restrictions ease, many immunocompromised people feel theatres and concerts are now too risky. Are mask-only performances the answer?

    Whats being described is mental illness.
    Mental illness exacerbated, encouraged and in many cases caused by unrelenting 24/7 government propaganda.

    Sydney-based musician Liz Martin, who has a lifelong auto-immune condition, understands why so many Australians are raring to go out and want things to get back to normal.

    “But we are still in a pandemic, and it would be great if we could keep a lot of these simple measures in place to help ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of people that are more vulnerable,” she said.

    A recent survey of more than 8,000 Australians who had attended cultural events pre-Covid found that 59% felt they were now ready to go back “whenever permitted”.

    So 40% or so of Australians have been given a metal illness- a phobia- by government decrees.
    ..
    “But I feel like masks are the one thing that we can do as a community to protect the most vulnerable communities. And it’s really hard for people with a disability to see people without masks on, it’s such a small price to pay to protect people with disabilities and people whose [health] is compromised.”

    She feels masks should never come off.
    Yet has no faith that if she wears a mask all the time she will be protected…

    Martin said maintaining streamed performances, which many arts institutions introduced during lockdowns around the world, would also help make cultural events more accessible for those reluctant to risk Covid infection.

    “To see that stopping and people wanting to return to the way things were before and forgetting about all the things we’ve learned over the last couple of years, I find that very disappointing,” she said.

    We live in a mongocracy.

  128. calli Avatar
    calli

    Why is socialising at home a bad thing?

    It isn’t. Unless you’re socialising alone with the wine cask. That might be considered unhealthy.

  129. Struth Avatar

    If defiant workers aren’t working, how are the eating and paying bills?

    They are not, many of them.
    To them it’s a clear choice.
    Poverty or death by injection.
    And death of their nation by submitting.

    I had a thriving business in entertainment gone.
    A paid employee in the dry season as a tour driver.
    Gone.

    I went and got part time jobs when entertainment came back partially, that was enough between the both.
    Then I lost the business again by being required to be jabbed to enter pubs and clubs, of which I had got myself onto a well paying circuit before this, through one booking agent, and smaller wilder pubs booking direct.
    I’ve been working part time in the seafood industry unloading trawlers and down to scaling fish during this time.
    So oddly enough, handling food UNJABBED.
    Not once have I ever put on a mask, or taken one test.

    I have never put my hand out to government.
    I have never let my arse grow fat on a couch.
    I sold my boat ………at one stage as things were going backwards, which I regret.
    A bit of a panic sale as those big bills like new hot water services and a new roof etc need paying.
    However, and this being the point of writing this……..I haven’t been doing it as hard as many who have stuck to their guns, and they continue to do so.
    They are getting desperate, gone broke, families have split up and one bloke a couple of days ago in my town did himself in, partly due to his fucktard wife’s desperate need to comply.
    They are not going to be jabbed now with all the evidence coming out about how deadly the jabs are and how many they are only starting to kill.

    The question is……….how many of these people do you really think there are?
    If you are jabbed, would you be going on all the facebook pages set up to show which businesses in your area are complying to know just how many unjabbed there are?
    My guesstimate would be no more than 70% jabbed , at the very most.
    So it’s probably eight million or so in this nation unjabbed.
    No wonder they can’t get workers.
    People want to work, but they also want to live, because the sane know that you can’t work if you’re dead, and you are of no use to others either dead or vaxx injured.

  130. Indolent Avatar
    Indolent

    I read her screeds this morning and they speak of WA and Vic and that Australia is a private company run by the UN and much more.

    You don’t have to look far for globalist plots against us. No further than the WEF website. To put it in the very mildest terms, they already have undue influence over the people who are supposed to represent us. I have called Morrison a traitor multiple time and can see no reason to change my view. And he’s not the only one.

  131. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    We carry in our hearts the true Queenthland
    and that cannot be broken

    We carry in our hearts the Last Holdout
    Except for all the baaaaaar staff

  132. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Correct. The European, and particularly Eastern European conventions of what is designated a what are way different to the British (which we still adhere to), and which are different again to the US.

    According to current Russian usage, I should use Regiment correctly as the discrete tactical unit, rather than the administrative grouping of similar battalions. As such, tbe Ukranian order of battle at Mariupol was about 5-7 Regiments, dependent on their numbers. Effectively a Brigade.

    While Dot’s assessment of the Russians being Divisional strength is about correct.

    Regardless of the organisational nomenclature, 7 weeks to crush a formation your side outnumbers by 4:1 in a total area of 244 sq. km and enjoys near-total control over and above is getting a bit ridiculous. Grozny was 324 sq. km and Berlin 891 sq. km.

    And trying to excuse that by saying they needed to minimise casualties for domestic political reasons is a tad silly- Slowing your operational tempo in a city fight does not reduce your casualty rates or ratios (Giving your enemy time to regroup and prepare defences and ambushes only exacerbates it). Nor, necessarily, does bombing the place flat. Good tactics and a coherent strategy will, to a certain extent.

  133. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    I have never let my arse grow fat on a couch.

    Yet, and earlier:

    Socialism has sat me on my arse.

    The internet is forever.

  134. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Restrictions and lockdowns have changed the way people socialise, and it isn’t healthy.

    Can’t say I’ve noticed that on my ventures into civilisation here.

    But for the chair spacing the food court is fully occupied & the Coffee Club is back to doing a roaring trade. Boomer whores to one world government do love their morning teas out, it seems.

  135. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Drinking wine enyware is antisocial.

  136. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    We carry in our hearts the Last Holdout
    Except for all the baaaaaar staff

    [Strummed chord]

    BAAAAAAAAR STAAAAAAAAAAAARRRF!

    ***Epileptic Seizure-Dancing on the spot Intensifies***

  137. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Joh and Calli, you have to remember ELP’s Fanfare for the Common Man is very much a product of its time, 1977, when popular music was transitioning out the explosive era of sixties R&B, soul and blues into its next phase, which included orchestral rock as practised by the likes of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

    It was exciting and experimental as rock musos had only just worked out how to make electronic instruments sound like an orchestra.

    It may sound bland now, but that’s putting 2022 sensibilities onto something conceived and produced 45 years ago.

    Popular music is an endless system of innovation and reinvention. Perhaps the biggest change of the past half-century is that popular music is no longer the soundtrack of our lives, as it was then, but just background noise, only a small proportion of which is memorable.

  138. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Farmer Gez says:
    April 15, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Another odd pairing.
    Checking the lambing ewes and one old girl’s got twins, one fully black and the other white. You don’t see that much.

    Is it the same as in other mammals, meaning that she got impregnated by two different males? I always thought that sheep usually had a single sire (like Cedric, of Footrot Flats) servicing the ewes.

    Anyway, ultra cute, any chance of some pics?

  139. Struth Avatar

    KD, when you’re having an emotional meltdown about me, you gutless flog, trying to conflate things and align me with certain types, you might just want to keep a sense of a time line, again I only do this to help you stop making such a goat of yourself.

    I went back into the pubs once the segregation was lifted NOT before.
    I also went back into a pub that I knew the publican was unjabbed and doing all she could, and had basically closed the pub down until last night.

    But it is as I said, times have now changed, compliance at the start has allowed for a change in society.
    And a great division.

  140. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    No surprise Struth still complaining after his first gig for a long time. If you were the owner of that place you would be better off paying him to stay away. His conversation would clearly depress any visitor.

    Now even the bar staff are Nazis. He says people will remember what they did but he still fronted up to take the owners money. So much for standing up for his beliefs.

  141. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Dotsays:

    April 15, 2022 at 10:06 am

    Rumour has it a positive RAT can be faked with clear acidic solutions and a negative can be faked with clear basic solutions.

    Or, you can ring up work holding a teaspoon in your hand and say “I’m positive”.

  142. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Tom, it was also a time when rock bands began to mesh with classical music and play with symphony orchestras.

    There is a lot of Bach floating around in heavy rock of the time.

  143. Struth Avatar

    KD, you muppet.
    The meltdown of the little gang of sneerers.

  144. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Struthsays:

    April 15, 2022 at 10:07 am

    I think questioning faith …

    Hush ever-body.
    The Taliban just rode into town.

  145. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    when you’re having an emotional meltdown about me, you gutless flog

    There’s that dancing mentioned just now.

    I will assert that ‘enthusiastic Nazi bar staff’ deserves its own monologue.

  146. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Rex Anger,

    I don’t even know anybody called Richard.

    I am completely dickless.

    You are indeed, Luzu. 🙂

    You are the most Dickless Upticker of us all.

    Pray, continue to do so… 🙂

  147. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    KD

    Just as St. Ruth attempted (and failed) to hijack ANZAC Day, using false patriotism to recruit the entire country to his cause and loudly denounced as cowards those who didn’t do it his way,

    His way being “Fix bayonets and charge”, paraphrased as
    “stand, and if necessary fall”?

  148. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Rogersays:

    April 15, 2022 at 10:50 am

    Chag Sameach.

    Is it Irish Whiskey?

  149. incoherent rambler Avatar
    incoherent rambler

    Why is socialising at home a bad thing?

    Nothing wrong with it. Daisy (my blow up doll) and I think it is just fine.

  150. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    St. Ruth at 11.20:

    Gave you a dickless uptick for that one. Look at you go. Yessss, I can see you doing a handstand in the backyard. Let’s put this wordwall right here on the fridge so I can see it every day. So proud.

    As an aside, I will sneer all day at those who repost links from cash-from-the-gullible sites like the one from earlier today, and who proclaim them as ‘fact’ and ‘truth’.

    As for scoffing – well, let’s cross each bridge as it comes.

  151. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    The publican could be humouring St ruth to shut him up.

  152. Helen Davidson (nmrn) Avatar
    Helen Davidson (nmrn)

    Something I have noticed – people’s habits have changed.

    For the first time in months, we had our ‘ladies lunch’ last Friday. Consistent with pre-Covid practice, we booked a table. Needn’t have bothered. A place that used to be full had two thirds of its tables empty, and when we left around 2.30pm, it was 90% empty.

    Venue was popular for workers lunches. Maybe there is still a lot of CBD staff working from home. Or maybe offices are short staffed and don’t have time for ‘team building’ lunches anymore?

    Hospitality NT is doing a lot of advertising trying to get people back to pubs, clubs and restaurants. Doesn’t appear to be working.

  153. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Anyway, ultra cute, any chance of some pics?

    The lambs are not cute at the moment, gooey would best describe them.

  154. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    The lambs are not cute at the moment, gooey would best describe them.

    Are they up, yet?

  155. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Elon Musk’s offer of $US43 billion to buy Twitter values the company at 50% more than what it was worth a month ago. But Twitter’s CEO and almost all of its staff hate Musk because he against the censorship they are using to stifle dissent against the far-left Biden White House.

    If Twitter rejects Musk’s offer, the company’s management is openly campaigning against the financial interests of its shareholders. Wow.

    Tucker Carlson Tonight.

  156. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Know I’m hungry for lamb. And with the cook away.

  157. Helen Davidson (nmrn) Avatar
    Helen Davidson (nmrn)

    Unless you’re socialising alone with the wine cask. That might be considered unhealthy.

    Is it okay if the wine is in a bottle (or two, or three…)?

    *apprehensively eying Riesling chilling in the fridge*

  158. calli Avatar
    calli

    Roger. Queensland is different.

    Sadly, I have never visited Coffee Club, apart from their website…out of curiosity. I’ll pass.

    A hotbed of Boomer perfidy you say? I don’t think that observation is, ahem, original. 😀

  159. DaFisk Avatar
    DaFisk

    So. Now officially confirmed, the Moskva has become the Black Sea’s artificial reef break. Epic humiliation for Putin, who is now threatening nuclear war against everyone like a deranged madman.

  160. calli Avatar
    calli

    Our Gloria Jeans closed down during the last lockdown. Is that a similar type of thing? It all looked a bit expensive to me, but then I’m a tightwad.

  161. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    joh,

    Apologies for the delay. I was doing stuff yesterday, then other stuff, in, out, asleep. Y’know.

    The CLP in the NT appears to be following the VicLibs in a sense. There is no way this incompetent cornucopia of failed local businessmen and bored housewives masquerading as a government could survive – but the CLP insist on becoming as Labor-like as they can, and they’ve layered on several inches of Bernardi-style ‘nice’ over the top to boot.

    It is unsurprising that some of the better ones have defected to the LDP and others. Hopefully, this is the start of meaningful change. The downside is that it will take years to achieve anything worthwhile.

  162. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    Checking the lambing ewes and one old girl’s got twins, one fully black and the other white.

    One of our Dorper Ladies had twins, one silky black and the other white with dalmation spots. Probably not uncommon for that breed, but it would be for merinos and the like.

  163. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    So. Now officially confirmed, the Moskva has become the Black Sea’s artificial reef break. Epic humiliation for Putin, who is now threatening nuclear war against everyone like a deranged madman.

    I thought I told you to wait in the car. enough of your impertinence, now do as you’re told

  164. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    One of our Dorper Ladies had twins, one silky black and the other white with dalmation spots.

    Not a sheep guy.

    But apparently, the thing to do is to punch them.

  165. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    How is the house going Delta?

  166. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Rex Anger says:
    April 15, 2022 at 11:34 am
    The lambs are not cute at the moment, gooey would best describe them.
    Are they up, yet?

    Drinking on wobbly legs.
    Not to be outdone another ewe has triplets at foot.

  167. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    Delta, thanks for reposting my comment at Adam’s. For future reference, anything I say in one place can be reposted anywhere else, no probs.

    Re the lambs – they are obviously non-identical twins, so I guess it is quite possible that the same sire could produce very different babies.

  168. Old bloke Avatar
    Old bloke

    Zipster says:
    April 14, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Could be Russian propaganda but there’s rumblings the azov guys in kiev are very unhappy with zelensky over mariupol. The fact they were unable to launch any form of major rescue shows you what position the ukes are in.

    The Russians have reported that several European languages have been heard on radio calls from Mariupol. The Ukrainians are very keen to rescue some people from Mariupol, they have lost six helicopters in rescue attempts, that they continued with these attempts with such drastic losses shows how determined they have been to pull some people out.

    This is followed by Boris Johnson’s surprise visit with Zelensky, then the failed attempt to run the Russian naval blockade of Mariupol to effect a rescue from the sea.

    Who is in Mariupol whose presence there causes so much alarm that such risky measures are undertaken to extricate him/them?

    Just a guess on my part, but I suspect that some British Army person or persons are there, hence Boris’s meeting with Zelensky and the subsequent rescue attempt from the sea. It’s common practice for militaries to place observers in foreign armies to obtain first-hand information on the weaponry and tactics of an adversary’s army, are there some British Army observers trapped in Mariupol?

    This would be a major embarrassment to the UK if some of their military were captured by the Russians, even if they were serving in a non-combat role. How would this affect Russia – NATO relations, and future Russia – UK trade relations?

  169. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Interesting. The liars candidate for Hunter, the big boofhead, dan repacholi, has sent out to all people in his electorate an AEC postal vote application form with his cover letter advising it be filled out and returned to him and a pre paid envelope with his return address.

  170. calli Avatar
    calli

    Meryl Swanson did the same here in Patterson.

    Must be a liars’ strategy.

  171. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    The boys are painting now, bespoke. All the interior work -gyprock, etc – is finished, so now begins the tiling and bathrooms. Son is over for a fortnight to dig the holes for septic tanks and also the drainage trench.

    Plumbers and air con guy all done. Electrician was almost finished final fit when he was called away to isolate because his daughter tested positive.

    We’re hoping to be in towards the end of May.

  172. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Drinking on wobbly legs.
    Not to be outdone another ewe has triplets at foot.

    Excellent news, Farmer Gez! 😀

  173. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Lamb should be getting cheaper at the butchers. It’s down 200 cents a kilo in sale yards from the top late last year.

    Covid rules stuffing up the works and supply keeps backing, forcing prices down.

  174. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    The liars candidate for Hunter, the big boofhead, dan repacholi, has sent out to all people in his electorate an AEC postal vote application form with his cover letter advising it be filled out and returned to him and a pre paid envelope with his return address.

    Mark Latham (I think) posted on FB a warning that candidates are doing this to harvest voter information.

  175. sfw Avatar
    sfw

    “If defiant workers aren’t working, how are the eating and paying bills?”

    I know more than a few, they’re using savings, going on the dole if they can, doing cash jobs if possible, dipping into super if they can, living as cheaply as possible, selling assets. Eventually they’ll go broke and I can’t believe that lots of people think this is a good idea.

    Re the dole, a relative has no house, a little in super and was sacked due to Dans arbitrary rules. He has registered for the dole but you can’t get it if you have over $5k of liquid assets, you can own a house worth millions and get it if you have less than $5k in the bank, but if you own nothing and have saved $10 or $20k you have to use it up before you get the dole, so the government forced your sacking and now it’s impoverishing you as well, all for a virus that is so bad you have to stay home and take panadol if you get it. My relative was once fairly well off but two ex wives and a bad business decision has ruined him.

  176. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Meryl Swanson did the same here in Patterson.

    Must be a liars’ strategy.

    Quick way of getting the punters details. And of course if you had a mind too, impersonating any or all of the punters in future elections. The return address is to NSW Labor not to repacholi.

    Apart from swanson does anyone know any other liars flog who has sent out one?

  177. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    On This Day:

    1912 – More than 1,500 people on the Titanic died when the passenger liner sank after colliding with an iceberg southeast of Newfoundland.

    An iceberg. Yeah right. From Trusted Bloggers, some alternative FacTs and Truth:

    According to one theory, it wasn’t the Titanic that sank on the night of April 14. Instead, it was her sister ship, the Olympic, which was swapped with the Titanic and sunk in a deliberate accident as part of an insurance scheme.

    And, with a Kraut flavour:

    Because the Titanic was supposed to be an engineering marvel, some have claimed that it was sunk by an outside force — not an iceberg, but a torpedo from a German submarine. Supporters of this theory pointed out that several survivors heard explosions after the ship began sinking, and some saw a searchlight in the distance prior to the arrival of the rescue ship.

    And, with Egyptian undertones:

    a historian sailing on the Titanic was carrying the remains of an Egyptian mummy, which were stored on the bridge to avoid damage. […] Supposedly, the remains were cursed, causing the Titanic to sink mere days into the voyage.

    And my personal favourite:

    Another theory posits that rather than a terrible accident, the Titanic’s wreck was deliberate. According to its proponents, three passengers on the ship — John Jacob Astor IV, Benjamin Guggenheim, and Isador Strauss — were opposed to the creation of the Federal Reserve Bank. Their deaths in the wreck supposedly smoothed the way for the establishment of the Federal Reserve Bank the following year, in 1913.

    There are a few variations on this theory; in some versions, the men were opposed to income tax legislation as well. According to others, the Catholic order of Jesuits or the plutocrat J.P. Morgan lured the men onto the ship and to their deaths.

    The New World Order. Taking over the Earth for 110 years. Not counting the Knights Templar.

  178. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Or, you can ring up work holding a teaspoon in your hand and say “I’m positive”.

    I once tried doing this to my employers while holding an AA battery.

    I was nearly charged…

  179. Megan Avatar
    Megan

    The liars candidate for Hunter, the big boofhead, dan repacholi, has sent out to all people in his electorate an AEC postal vote application form with his cover letter advising it be filled out and returned to him and a pre paid envelope with his return address.

    Ditto us. Room for both of us to complete a postal vote registration, reply paid envelope and liar’s party sitting member for McEwen with smiling mug, front and centre.
    Only one issue. We are not in his electorate.

  180. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The New World Order. Taking over the Earth for 110 years. Not counting the Knights Templar.

    Can I suggest you change your medication?

  181. Old bloke Avatar
    Old bloke

    Apart from swanson does anyone know any other liars flog who has sent out one?

    I received a postal vote application from my local (Liberal Party) member, the return address is simply marked “Processing Centre” and a PO Box number in a Perth suburb. I think that’s the AEC address, I don’t know for sure, but I’ll be turning up in person on polling day to vote against my local member.

  182. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Eventually they’ll go broke and I can’t believe that lots of people think this is a good idea.

    I know a bloke who thinks this is a fantastic idea.

  183. DaFisk Avatar
    DaFisk

    If Twitter rejects Musk’s offer, the company’s management is openly campaigning against the financial interests of its shareholders.

    This is illegal right?

  184. Mak Siccar Avatar
    Mak Siccar

    Courtesy of Westprint Maps.

    Friday Funnies

    What do you call a rabbit with fleas? Bugs Bunny.

    What do you get when you pour hot water into a rabbit hole? Hot cross bunnies.

    What did the Easter Bunny say to the carrot? Nice gnawing you.

    What is Easter Bunny’s favorite kind of music? Hip-hop!

    How does an Easter Bunny keep his fur looking so good? Hare spray.

    Why was the Easter Bunny so sad? He was having a bad hare day.

    How does the Easter Bunny stay in shape? He eggs-ercises.

    How does the Easter Bunny stay fit? Hare-obics.

    How does the Easter Bunny travel? By hare-plane.

    How do you write a letter to an Easter Bunny? Use hare-mail!

    What do you call an Easter Bunny who gets kicked out of school? Egg-spelled.

    What the Easter Bunny’s favorite dance move? The bunny hop.

    Why does the Easter Bunny want to win a gold medal? Because he heard it’s 24 carrot.

    What kind of bunny can’t hop? A chocolate bunny.

    What kind of rabbit tells jokes? A funny bunny.

    Did you hear about the bunny who sat on a bumblebee? It’s a tender tail!

    Where does the Easter Bunny get his eggs? From an eggplant.

    What did the Easter bunny say about the Easter parade? It was eggs-cellent.

  185. Mak Siccar Avatar
    Mak Siccar

    But wait, there’s more!

    Some of the World’s Craziest Easter Traditions:

    A tradition of sending relatives and friends in Denmark, paper cuttings which often look like snowdrop/s is called gækkebrev. There is a rhyme hidden in each letter and the sender’s name is replaced with dots. If the recipient can guess who sent the letter, the sender owes them a chocolate egg.

    A popular tradition on Easter Monday in Hungary, when boys are visiting girls to tell a poem and sprinkle them with water or spray them with perfume to keep them young and fresh. As a reward they receive a neatly painted egg and they are served with a lot of different cakes, too. This tradition goes back to the ancient beliefs of fertility symbolised by the egg and the cleaning, healing effect of fresh water.

    It is not all about hot cross buns and chocolate eggs in basket delivered by the easter bunny. An older game in the north of England is to roll eggs against one another or down hill. Hard boiled eggs are rolled down slopes to see whose egg goes furthest. If eggs are banged against each other the owner of the egg that stays in one piece without any cracks the longest is the winner.

    It is worthwhile to visit the city of Haux in France this time of the year. You well may have served with a bit of a giant omelette in some of the town’s main square. The story behind this gastro feast goes back to Napoleon. When he and his army were traveling through south of France, they stopped in a small town and he ate omelettes. Napoleon liked it so much that he ordered the local people to gather all their eggs and make a giant omelette for his army as well. On Easter Monday, the residents of Haux (in France) usually crack more than 4,500 eggs into a gigantic pan to create a massive Easter omelette that serves over 1,000 people. Each family breaks the eggs in their homes in the morning and they gather in the main square where the eggs are cooked for lunch. And dinner. And breakfast the next morning…

    Easter is known around the world for multi-coloured, decorated eggs. But in Greece you will find only red eggs. Red is the colour of life, you see, as well as a representation of the blood of Christ. From ancient times, the egg has been a symbol of the renewal of life, and the message of the red eggs is victory over death. Got it?

    Easter time is crime time in Norway. Television channels run crime shows and a slew of new detective novels are commissioned to come out just before Easter. People across the country escape into their mountain cabins and spend the weekend with the ‘whodunnit’ television shows or books. Even the milk cartons carry short detective stories on their side during the season. The phenomenon was triggered by the immense popularity of a crime novel in 1923, set on the Bergen railway.

    While the rest of the world hunts for Easter eggs hidden around the house, the good folk of Otago in New Zealand grab their guns for the annual ‘Great Easter Bunny Hunt’. The idea is to rid farmlands of ‘invasive pests’, with over 500 hunters vying for the coveted trophy and the $NZ 3,500 prize money. With over 10,000 rabbits meeting their maker each year, the Easter Bunny sensibly gives this corner of New Zealand a miss.

    And Australia made the list: In an attempt to raise awareness about the dwindling Bilby population, confectioners in Australia have taken to making chocolate likenesses of this small rabbit-size marsupial. Aussies can scoff at will, knowing that every bite they take is helping to save an endangered species – which of course, would seem quite strange to the rest of the world.

  186. Dot Avatar

    “They” say Zelensky admires Tony Abbott.

    *We’ll stop the boats!*

  187. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    All good Delta.
    Just spent the last few days digging out and unblocking my septic.

  188. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    The New World Order. Taking over the Earth for 110 years. Not counting the Knights Templar.

    So does that make the post-1945 Russian Army NWO-level incompetent?

    Or are the NWO/WEF/Red Shoe-wearing Pizza Lizards latter day Russian Army-level incompetent?

  189. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    For those on the couch on Good Friday, Dean Lester, of RSN and Channel 7 fame, publishes his best weekend tip during the week on RSN (www.rsn.net.au) in what he calls “Rama’s roughie” (named after AFL player agent and former player Adam Ramanauskas). Lester is better than most in racing’s talking heads business and has picked out a 12/1 pop in the big money stakes meeting at Sale today, Never Say Nay (J: Luke Nolan. T: Ben and J.D. Hayes), which, as a result, has firmed from $13 to $7. Worth a punt each-way.

  190. Mak Siccar Avatar
    Mak Siccar

    Just a guess on my part, but I suspect that some British Army person or persons are there, hence Boris’s meeting with Zelensky and the subsequent rescue attempt from the sea. It’s common practice for militaries to place observers in foreign armies to obtain first-hand information on the weaponry and tactics of an adversary’s army, are there some British Army observers trapped in Mariupol?

    How about high ranking American military ‘observers’?

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