1,925 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 14 May 2022”

  1. He’s going to gift us Albanese as PM. Thanks Scumbag.

    I’m betting on a re- run of the Whitlam “reign of terror.”


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  2. Too young, far too young. Symonds was one of my favourites, with his zinc lips and ready smile.

    A very decent bloke.

    After he made some inane remark about Marnus Labuschagne on a hot mic, he squared it away with Marnus. Then, at a QC function, he spotted Labuschagne’s parents and went up to apologise to them as well. Marnus’s mum threw her arms around him and assured him he was forgiven.

    Vale, Andrew.


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  3. The Pentagon Testified Assessing Ukraine and No One Noticed

    May 14, 2022 – Sundance

    As we contemplate the massive $40 billion transfer of U.S. taxpayer funds to Ukraine, a few things need to be emphasized.

    First, congress has decided to pay the salaries, benefits and pensions of Ukraine political officials and citizens. As U.S. citizens try and figure out how to afford housing, gasoline, food and basic goods, congress has decided to subsidize another country. That’s the first point.

    Second, as to the pragmatic question of “to what end?” There was a critical point made last week by Defense Intel Agency (DIA) Director Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, that not a single media outlet or politician discussed. During his briefing to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Berrier was asked “can Ukraine win” the conflict against Russia?

    Lt. General Berrier replied: “That is a difficult predication to make. I think where the assessment is at, is a prolonged stalemate should no factor change on either side. In other words, the Russians continue to do what they’re doing, and we continue to do what we are doing for the Ukranians.” WATCH:

    The Pentagon assessment is the best that can be achieved is a stalemate. Billions of billions of dollars being poured into Ukraine, and the most likely outcome is a stalemate. More people killed, an endless need for continued money to be poured into the ‘war’, and the best possible outcome is a stalemate.

    So, riddle me this, why isn’t the U.S. policy position advocating for Zelenskyy and Putin to enter negotiations for a resolution?

    What possible U.S. interest can be advanced, knowing the only outcome is a stalemate, where people are killed on either side and money spent on a proxy conflict that ends in loggerheads at some distant point months from now?

    Also, why has no U.S. media outlet or pundit played the remarks and assessment from the Defense Intelligence Agency, so that the American people can understand the intent of U.S. policy?


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  4. I’m also glad Latham hasn’t publicly flagellated himself over his tweet last Sunday night. I suppose he won’t be welcome on Andrew Blot’s show but that’s no loss.


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  5. Oliver and Steyn Discuss the Continued Censorship of COVID Opinion
    May 14, 2022 | Sundance

    As more data leading to increased scrutiny surfaces, Neil Oliver (U.K.) and Mark Steyn (Canada) discuss the continued suppression and censorship of any COVID discussion that is antithetical to the official position of western government.

    The suppression/censorship of reasonable discussion is a unique element of the COVID framework that has been maintained for well over two years. As the danger and fear have subsided, one must reasonably ask why the continued need for this level of control?

    What is it they fear, and who are ‘they‘?


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  6. Mouth-breather

    Miranda Devine
    @mirandadevine

    Kristina Keneally chewing gum and looking glum at a pre-poll in Fowler where local independent Dai Le is challenging the Labor machine.

    From the Comments

    – Not a good look on a human. maybe for a cow

    – Just another gum chewing Streetwalker

    – Chewing gum……..or keeping in practice?


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  7. Bear Necessitiessays:
    May 15, 2022 at 8:50 am
    RIP Andrew Symonds. According to channel 9 he died in a car accident last night.

    An exceptional 1 day cricketer. Would be in our greatest 1 day cricket 11.

    Car was probably vaxxed!


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  8. I’m betting on a re- run of the Whitlam “reign of terror.”

    The Great Man’s shoes are big ones to fill. It took roughly 20 years to undo the damage. In economics things can go South quicker than they can recover. In truth, the first week of the Albo campaign should have been the end of him.


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  9. However before he packs his bags and leaves the lodge, Scumbag actually does owe an apology to a few people, people he’s casually thrown to the lions….

    Michael Towke should probably be at the head of that list; that’s where it all began.


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  10. Republican Senate Leadership Travel to Kyiv, Ukraine to Inspect the Treasury

    May 14, 2022- Sundance

    Comrade taxpayers, as the glorious and esteemed senate move through the procedural hurdles to pass a massive $40 billion spending bill for the U.S. altruistic Ukraine money laundering operation, a fabulous diplomatic envoy consisting of Mitch McConnell, John Barrasso, John Cornyn and Susan Collins travel to Kyiv to meet the magnanimous defender of the international treasury and wealth transfer operation, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    The magnificent republican leaders went to visit the nicest war zone their bipartisan efforts have created in the past four decades. As the angels of abundance parted the clouds, many congratulations were shared from the delegation toward their generous host and the expressions of appreciation and respect for the generosity were reciprocated. WATCH:

    No U.S. border security, no gas money, no grocery money, no infant formula, no voting integrity…. Meh, no problem comrades. We’ve got Ukrainians to support. We are paying the pensions and benefits of Ukraine government officials and Ukraine citizens.

    Keep in mind, the politicians are not tone deaf, out of touch or disconnected; they simply do not care. We The People are irrelevant to them.

    We are in an abusive relationship with our own government.


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  11. sfwsays:
    May 15, 2022 at 9:02 am
    Roger, I can understand it with our near neighbours, but India? WTF should we pay for access?

    Counter balance to Chynerrr.


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  12. Cassie of Sydneysays:
    May 15, 2022 at 9:18 am
    I’m also glad Latham hasn’t publicly flagellated himself over his tweet last Sunday night. I suppose he won’t be welcome on Andrew Blot’s show but that’s no loss.

    When dealing with the woke crowd, never apologise. It’s taken as an admission of guilt and used to push for more punishment.


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  13. Boambee John: There’s not much love for China in India and even if there was, our piddling millions of $ wouldn’t be a decimal point in what China would pay if they were so inclined. We have more than our share of Indians here, why bother giving their homeland money?


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  14. Whining people not satisfied, whine more.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/15/im-excited-by-the-teal-independents-but-wheres-the-racial-and-ethnic-diversity
    But of course, as everyone keeps telling us, the real story of the 2022 election isn’t about the blokes in suits, it’s about a wave of women in teal who have no qualms about saying what they stand for. This is partially true, of course, but I keep waiting for someone to point out the blindingly obvious.

    As important as they are as a phenomenon, the independents replicate parliament’s current racial and ethnic diversity problem. If the legislature has begun to see a gender reckoning, it is clear it is still not ready for what a racial reckoning might look like.


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  15. As important as they are as a phenomenon, the independents replicate parliament’s current racial and ethnic diversity problem. If the legislature has begun to see a gender reckoning, it is clear it is still not ready for what a racial reckoning might look like.

    I’d settle for a competency reckoning.


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  16. How Racist! Pelosi Opens Liquor Store In Congress But You Must Show an ID to Get Served!

    Members of the House of Representatives can now order alcoholic beverages for delivery directly to their offices from 8 am to 4 pm.

    As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lamented the demise of Democrat legislation to protect abortions and feigned outrage over America’s “unconscionable” baby formula crisis, her administrative office ramped up benefits for lawmakers.

    House members received notification from the House Chief Administrative Officer announcing two new perks offered this week compliments of the chamber’s Democrat leadership: fully paid gym memberships and “House Drinks storefront” a brand new liquor and drinks outlet in the Rayburn House Office Building.

    And lawmakers must show an ID to get served — unlike voting in Democrat states.


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  17. In truth, the first week of the Albo campaign should have been the end of him.

    The media “coverage” of the election campaign reflects the fact that between 90% and 99% of Australian journalists (and pollsters, for that matter) vote for the Greens or Labor.

    As in 2019, the election “coverage” is mostly journalists hoping and wishing for a change of government. None of them is interested in what the public thinks. Journalists are nothing like the public; they’re the lunatic fringe.


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  18. In case anyone is unfamiliar with Michael Towke, via Wiki:

    “Morrison sought Liberal preselection for the division of Cook, an electorate in the southern suburbs of Sydney which includes Cronulla, Caringbah, and Miranda, for the 2007 election, following the retirement of Bruce Baird, who had served as the member since 1998. He lost the ballot to Michael Towke, a telecommunications engineer and the candidate of the Liberals’ right faction, by 82 votes to 8.

    However, allegations surfaced that Towke had engaged in branch stacking and had embellished his resume. The state executive of the Liberal Party disendorsed Towke and held a new pre-selection ballot, which Morrison won. The allegations subsequently proved to be false, and The Daily Telegraph was forced to pay an undisclosed amount to settle a defamation suit filed by Towke. ..

    In 2022, Towke accused Morrison of engaging in ‘racial vilification’ during the 2007 preselection, including ‘saying Mr Morrison told party members they should not vote for him because he was from a Lebanese family and because of rumours he was a Muslim,’ a claim Morrison denied.”


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  19. We also give money to India and they have an advanced space program. Our entire aid budget needs a complete revision.

    Here’s the problem:
    Aussie Lesbians are in the habit of traveling to India as tourists, where they sometimes get into trouble.
    Since there’s no Rule Of Law [as we know it] in India, the Aid Money
    serves as an advance bribe to get things sorted at the highest levels.


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  20. Lydia Thorpe suggests parliament can’t handle much more racial diversity

    Lydia Thorpe is a constant reminder as to who the Greens deem a fit and proper person to represent those demented enough, to vote for them in the Senate.


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  21. Metric/Imperial: There’s no metric equivalent for “inch that along a bit mate”, or “we had acres of fun down at the river”, or “a pound of flesh”, or the scale of “a bushel and a peck”.

    Metric is bland, uninteresting, but ok for measurements. But metric has no cultural resonnances. Some of the metric unit names are from history (eg. Newtons) but none of the sizes are based on historical practices (eg. chain & link, horsepower). Metric is often impractical – how do you pack multiples or fractions of 10 items in a box compared to the variety of ways of arranging multiples or fractions of a dozen.


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  22. David Limbrick on Outsiders pointing out something that should be shouted from the rooftops again and again – Goose Morristeen was complicit in that grotesque deformed jug eared imbecile’s bonfire of human rights in Disasterstan over the last two years.

    Morristeen enabled the abuse and then sat on his house sized backside and pretended it wasn’t his doing. He’s a fat evil piece of excrement.


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  23. In 2022, Towke accused Morrison of engaging in ‘racial vilification’ during the 2007 preselection, including ‘saying Mr Morrison told party members they should not vote for him because he was from a Lebanese family and because of rumours he was a Muslim,’ a claim Morrison denied.”

    Bottom line:
    The Towkester was a shithouse candidate who didn’t have a hope of holding heavily AngloSaxon Cook in the 2007 RuddSlide.


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  24. The state executive of the Liberal Party disendorsed Towke and held a new pre-selection ballot, which Morrison won

    The state executive of the Liberal Party…
    This is from where a lot of the rot has stemmed.


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  25. The cricket world is in mourning today following the death of popular former Test all-rounder Andrew Symonds in a car accident.

    Symonds was involved in an accident outside Townsville where he lived in retirement.

    The flamboyant all-rounder was one of cricket’s most popular characters during the peak of his career, before forging a successful career as a media identity on Fox Sports.

    Could have been absolutely anything in crikkit. He was already in the top order of somethings, but could have been up there with the Bothams and Sobers (both of whom he outclassed by miles as a fieldsman anyway) – had he not been hounded out of the team by those lovable rogues at Cricket Australia.

    When Monkeygate happened (Harbajhan Singh, in a classic case of reverse racism) Symonds, Ponting and only one or two others stuck by him. Cricket Australia absolutely dead-set refused to complain about the pissweak penalty set down, didn’t back Symonds one iota and then effectively froze him out of the squad because he ‘made trouble’, which is code for daring to complain about being called a monkey by an Indian.

    To his absolute credit, he didn’t perform like Harry O’Brienlumumba at Collingwood – he got on with it and made shit tins as a commentator. Semi-retired at 46 is kicking goals in any field of endeavour.

    I haven’t looked, but at some point today there will be a simpering yet beige five para statement from Cricket Australia on the passing of one of this country’s best, but unrecognised as such, sportsmen.

    I fucking loved him shoulder-charging that streaker.


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  26. The state executive of the Liberal Party…
    This is from where a lot of the rot has stemmed.

    Indeed; and note Towke was from the right faction of the NSW Libs.


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  27. In truth, the first week of the Albo campaign should have been the end of him.

    Albanese is the stupidest politician to have run for PM in my lifetime.

    No mean feat, when you think about it.


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  28. Why Frydenberg is in trouble.
    My sister who works in hospital admin has a discussion with colleagues over lunch and the election came up as a topic.

    “We want to vote Morrison out” was stated by quite a few of the ladies present. My sister pointed out that they’re not in Sydney so you can’t do that and you’re actually voting out Frydenberg, who they all quite liked.

    As my sister said to me “These people with degrees and responsible jobs don’t even understand the Westminster system of government.”


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  29. No pressure Aussie farmers, but a good season might be needed to stave off a even more critical shortage of death gluten this year.

    India bans all wheat exports over food security risk
    Move imposed with immediate effect in attempt to control prices after heatwave damages crops

    A notice in the government gazette by the directorate of foreign trade, dated Friday, said a rise in global prices for wheat was threatening the food security of India and neighbouring and vulnerable countries.

    A key aim is to control rising domestic prices. Global wheat prices have increased by more than 40% since the beginning of the year.

    Before the war, Ukraine and Russia accounted for a third of global wheat and barley exports. Since Russia’s 24 February invasion, Ukraine’s ports have been blocked and civilian infrastructure and grain silos destroyed.

    At the same time, India’s own wheat harvest has suffered a record-breaking heatwave that is stunting production.
    Even though it is the world’s second largest producer of wheat, India consumes most of the wheat it produces. It had set a goal of exporting 10m tonnes of the grain in 2022-23, looking to capitalise on global disruption to wheat supplies from the war and find new markets for its wheat in Europe, Africa and Asia.

    Much of that would have gone to other developing countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

    Apart from problems with weather damaging harvests, India’s vast stocks of wheat – a buffer against famine – have been strained by distribution of free grain during the pandemic to about 800 million people.

    To balance supply and demand, the government needs about 25m tonnes of wheat each year for an extensive food welfare programme that usually feeds more than 80 million people.


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  30. So, this time next week, Albo will be on Day 1 of his term.

    Does anyone know if the French Foreign Legion is still accepting recruits?


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  31. Metric/Imperial: There’s no metric equivalent for “inch that along a bit mate”, or “we had acres of fun down at the river”, or “a pound of flesh”, or the scale of “a bushel and a peck”.

    Then there’s the “Bees dick” and “Mick hair” units of linear measurement.

    Almost unique in their ability to be expressed in both imperial and metric.


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  32. Then there’s the “Bees dick” and “Mick hair” units of linear measurement.

    And for very fine measure a “Poofteenth”
    Or “Two fifths of bugger all”


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  33. If Scotty loses then it’s best for the Party if Frydenburg loses too.
    The guy is being touted as the next Leader, but he lost their safest Seat?
    He’s the Liberal Party’s Nathan Buckley.
    A loser.


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  34. Ed.
    Someone mentioned the chap.
    Another person posted a link as background for those who didnt know/had forgotten and about 2 comments mentioned it since then.

    “pushed’ means something different in your world does it?


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  35. Bottom line:
    The Towkester was a shithouse candidate who didn’t have a hope of holding heavily AngloSaxon Cook in the 2007 RuddSlide.

    A perfect illustration of the contempt for the views of their membership and voters that has brought the Liberal Party undone.


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  36. Special Ed,
    How’s the research into the slave trade to the Arab world going?
    And who stopped it?
    And where it’s still practiced in the world?


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  37. Wow, the revolutionary 60’s left were a bunch of serial perverts in france.

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/may/14/camille-kouchner-familia-grande-olivier-duhamel-abuse-interview

    RTWT, France is the closest you will get to thinking ‘there might be something about red shoes/tunnels and missing kids after all’..

    In it, Kouchner accuses her stepfather of sexually abusing her twin brother when they were teenagers.

    That stepfather is Olivier Duhamel, an intellectual heavyweight well known in France as president of the National Foundation of Political Science (FNSP), the board that oversees the governance of Sciences Po, the prestigious university attended by much of France’s political class. Also a leading political commentator on radio and television, Duhamel sat at the summit of French cultural and intellectual life – until, that is, his stepdaughter’s revelation…

    A year earlier, in 2020, Vanessa Springora’s Consent (translated into English by Natasha Lehrer), had shone another ugly light on the mores of the 70s and 80s in French intellectual quarters. Her testimony revealed how, aged 13, she was first groomed and then abused for two years by the 50-year-old writer Gabriel Matzneff who was renowned for his sexual taste for adolescents. He even published an essay entitled “Under 16 Years Old” in 1974, in which he wrote “To sleep with a child, it’s a holy experience, a baptismal event, a sacred adventure”. At the time, nobody batted an eyelid (under French law children of any age could arguably “consent” to sex with an adult, including blood relatives).

    The family was at the heart of the left-leaning French cultural elite. Her mother was Évelyne Pisier, a renowned feminist and political scientist who had had a four-year affair with Fidel Castro in the 60s. Her father is Bernard Kouchner, one of the founders of Médecins Sans Frontières, and a key player in different governments on the left and right: he was health minister under François Mitterrand and then Jacques Chirac, and foreign affairs minister under Nicolas Sarkozy. Her aunt, Marie-France Pisier, was talent-spotted aged 16 by the New Wave film director François Truffaut and enjoyed a long screen acting career.

    I knew their little games. Some of the parents and children at Sanary kissed one another on the mouth. My stepfather would ‘warm up’ his friends’ wives. The friends came on to the nannies. Young men were offered to older women. I remember, under the table, my stepfather stroking a woman’s leg. I remember my mother’s explanation when I relayed it to her: ‘There is no harm. I know about it. Fucking is our freedom.’

    But was it allowed with my brother, too?


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  38. Metric is bland, uninteresting, but ok for measurements.

    Back to cubits and talents then.
    I liked “bath” as a measure for wine.
    Or a tun. A tun of wine is a nice thing to have.


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  39. Andrew Symonds. Made a lively 70 one Ashes test at the MCG. That was his natural game. The crowd loved it. He’d been under pressure before then. He was proud of that innings with good reason.


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  40. Apartheid in LGAs of concern,
    namely: Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and some suburbs in Penrith
    should have been overridden by emergency ruling/legislation by the Federal Government, IMO.
    Next Saturday I reckon those who were so mistreated will not forget the “not my responsibility” PM of the day.


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  41. Next Saturday I reckon those who were so mistreated will not forget the “not my responsibility” PM of the day.

    Labor Councils oppressed their own people [news at 11], so it’s Scotty Morrison’s fault?
    Gimme a fucking break.


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  42. Armchair Warlord
    @ArmchairW
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    3h
    As I reposted on my Telegram, the Lugansk governor-in-pretense is claiming that the Ukrainians expect a large-scale offensive to cut off Severodonetsk-Lisichansk from Belgorovka and Popasna… which suggests to me that Belgorovka is now in Russian hands.

    And here’s me, online and IRL, arguing with people that deny RUS successfully crossed Severdonetsk River in the last week and is preparing to breakout.


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  43. Busy 24 hours on the phones. Austin, Macron, and Scholz all calling Putin pleading for a ceasefire, we’ll let you have the Donbass, etc. Things must be desperate for UKR. Some levity:

    Russians With Attitude
    @RWApodcast
    ·
    7h
    just ghost him sis ?
    Quote Tweet

    Teri Schultz
    @terischultz
    · May 14
    Estonian Premier @kajakallas is exasperated that Vladimir Putin’s phone line is so busy.

    “If you really want him to get the message that he’s isolated,” she says, boiling it down. “Don’t. Call. Him.” #LennartMeriConference



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  44. Mosman’s trophy-home owners are set to welcome Qantas boss Alan Joyce and his husband Shane Lloyd to the well-heeled neighbourhood after the couple bought a federation mansion on Mosman Bay for $19 million.

    So how do they decide which one is called the husband?

    Maybe the Wong chap could advise…


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  45. H B Bearsays:

    May 15, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Disappointing to see no Bentleys in the Bathurst 12 hour. I had my man turn it off.

    Rightfully so.
    Any Wolsleys?


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  46. Wow, the revolutionary 60’s left were a bunch of serial perverts in france.

    It started well before the ’60s.

    Sartre and “feminist icon” de Beauvoir used to prey on underage schoolgirls.


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  47. But of course, as everyone keeps telling us, the real story of the 2022 election isn’t about the blokes in suits, it’s about a wave of women in teal who have no qualms about saying what they stand for.

    Yes indeed. At long last, affluent upper middle class “progressive” urban-dwelling white women are breaking their many decades of total silence.
    And being funded by a male billionaire to do it.


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  48. Hmmmmm….

    That does appear to be a significant ‘blip’ in deaths.

    Im more inclined to put it down to self harm/drugs/despondency brought about by the restrictions and closures rather than the jab, at least without better info.

    Seems to be around twice more than the average dying in those age groups.
    https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/are-the-covid-vaccines-killing-people-over-time-the-data-suggests-yes/

    Something is killing off large numbers of 25- to 54-year-olds in the United States, and the powers that be in government and the media are pretending it is not happening. There is no visible effort to study the alarming statistics gathered by actuaries for the life insurance industry, which keeps track of deaths because they directly impact their bottom line through claims from the insured. [emphasis in original]

    Seems immune system problems are on the rise, significantly.


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  49. Oh, OK, Sancho, I get it…the husband is the “dominant” one?

    It’s like this, TE…you know how in baseball there’s a pitcher and a catcher?

    Not something you want to dwell on for too long though.


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  50. Hmmm, but the ladies do it too. There’s always one who’s the frilly female, and the other one wears the trousers and suits. The Wong chap again.


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  51. Or “Two fifths of bugger all”

    Surely that’s just a metric approximation to the original imperial definition which would have been three eighths of bugger all.


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  52. Im more inclined to put it down to self harm/drugs/despondency brought about by the restrictions and closures rather than the jab, at least without better info.
    Lol.
    You’ve got no info, but you’re drawing a conclusion anyway?
    fuckwit


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  53. Colonel Crispin Berka says:
    May 15, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Or “Two fifths of bugger all”

    Surely that’s just a metric approximation to the original imperial definition which would have been three eighths of bugger all.

    Call me old school but i prefer “nine sixty-fourths”


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  54. Struth.
    You see horseface in NZ has caught the couf?
    Describes it as a normal experience in NZ now.

    Why doesn’t she try horse dewormer?


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  55. It’s:
    five fifths of fuck all
    Always was, always will be, let’s talk about something other than Flamers,
    Lezzos, tank turrets, and shopping.


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  56. Here’s another one:
    If that massive increase in deaths isn’t caused by
    Covid/19 Vaccines,
    i’ll suck a dead dog’s dick til it barks.


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  57. You’ve got no info, but you’re drawing a conclusion anyway?

    Ed-Mong has trouble speaking human.
    As a poorly programmed Turing machine it fails to pick out what is obviously a “I dont know” plus speculation as a “conclusion”.
    Ed-Mong also fails to comprehend the link led to information supporting the claim of excess deaths and a so far unexplained increase in immune disease numbers.

    In short Ed-Mong-fails.


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  58. Michael Smith News – the chosen method of transport of those putting out Zalli Steggal’s electioneering material..

    Do as we say, not as we do.
    Sunday, 15 May 2022

    An intense adrenaline rush and continuous moments of joy – driven by our most powerful eight-cylinder engine. Yet the best thing about the Cayenne Turbo remains its superior sports car feel.

    With 541 hp, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with twin-scroll turbocharger proves to be particularly powerful. The maximum torque of 6,800 rpm is reached between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes just 3.9 seconds.



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  59. Putin’s redeemable qualities. Anyone?

    250b fortune + the worlds largest nuclear missile fleet.

    amber heard was unavailable for comment at the time of publication of this blog comment entry


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  60. 250b fortune + the worlds largest nuclear missile fleet.

    Being a thief and a danger to world peace aren’t exactly redeemable qualities in a person.

    (Actually, it was a rhetorical question, but, hey…I’ll roll with it.)


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  61. As I’ve noted before, aid is not about aid, it’s about projecting soft power in our region.

    Is that a polite way of saying bribery, or tribute?


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  62. Is that a polite way of saying bribery, or tribute?

    See the ensuing discussion, Frank.

    Our leaders know. But what are they planning?

    Hopefully, something involving a glass of scotch, a library and a loaded revolver.

    It’s about all they could manage to carry off succesfully.


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  63. Hopefully, something involving a glass of scotch, a library and a loaded revolver.

    It’s about all they could manage to carry off succesfully.

    They’d likely be incompetent enough to miss.


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  64. Albo and Greens will take us back to Whitlam chaos years Terry McCrann

    8:48PM May 13, 2022
    62 Comments

    If as now seems all but certain we emerge with an Albanese-led Labor-Green government, it will be a return not to a 1980s Hawke-Keating future but to the Whitlam chaos years of the 1970s.

    Let me hasten to make two very salient points.

    I am most definitely not suggesting that Anthony Albanese will or indeed ever could be Gough Whitlam Version 2.0.

    To borrow from a certain late US senator, I – very distantly, as a young journalist – “knew” Gough Whitlam; Mr Wannabe-PM, and now it seems PM-in-Waiting, you’re no Gough Whitlam.

    Whitlam had as PM an imperial grandeur that no prime minister since has equalled or even approached. And that was to a very significant extent exactly the problem. He sat above it all, as the chaos reigned and raged around the cabinet table, as each and every minister embarked like satraps on frolics of their own.

    From the extraordinary 1974 budget that lifted spending by what can only be described as a breathtaking 40 per cent in a single year – true, “only” 20 per cent in real terms thanks to the raging inflation – to the Khemlani loans ­affair, and innumerable other imbroglios along the way.

    It’s the chaos that a PM-Albo threatens, indeed promises to replicate; in large part I would venture to suggest in anticipation, precisely because he is no Gough, more what used to be called a milksop.

    The satraps from Chris to Kristina will run as wild; while Jim, I also “knew” Paul, and Treasurer-in-Waiting, you’re no Paul Keating.

    The second point is more chillingly substantive.

    In all the discussion about hung parliaments and minority governments, with the focus on the fake independents in the lower house, the Greens in the Senate have been all but forgotten.

    If Labor wins government, whether as a minority or in its own right, it will be in coalition with the Greens, even if only de facto.

    Despite the fake claims – this is less a Seinfeldian election about nothing and much more one populated by fakes and fakery – about replicating Hawke-Keating, an Albo-led government would in policy and practice be all but indistinguishable from a Green one.

    At a more basic level, while the nine or so Greens in the Senate after the election might not be able to guarantee a Labor-Green maj­ority, a Labor government would not be able to get anything through the Senate without at least their support – apart from everyday bipartisan legislation.

    And be afraid, be really afraid, if we get a Labor minority government, that would have to be, would leap to be, in coalition with fake independents in the lower house and with all-too-true Dark Greens in the upper.

    So, we will have a Labor-Green government. It will embrace the chaos of the Whitlam years. It will be led by someone who in the past five weeks has shown he is quite simply not up to the job.



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  65. And here’s me, online and IRL, arguing with people that deny RUS successfully crossed Severdonetsk River in the last week and is preparing to breakout.

    I agree that you should be very excited, Dover.

    8 years and 80-odd days into their ‘Special Operation,’ and this is the first Russian feint that might actually succeed. 🙂

    It’s a terrible shame though, that at the same time the Ukrainian counter-offensive that isn’t real has pushed Vlad Bae’s minions and their Donbassian proxy troops out of Kharkov and over the Russian border (and they wouldn’t let their loyal and heroic Ethnic Russian allies in!) threatening the top of the entire Izyum salient (and thus that entire front), Russian forces are digging in on the Kherson oblast instead of squaring up for a push to Odessa and pro-RU milbloggers on Telegram have finally caught onto the fact that the multiple attempts at crossing the Severskyi Donets this week was a bit of a mess, and are now publicly doubting their own Narrative and commanders…

    There’s a Hole in your Cauldron
    Dear Vlad Bae, dear Vlad Bae

    There’s a hole in your Cauldron,
    Dear Vlad Bae, a hole…



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  66. Yes indeed. At long last, affluent upper middle class “progressive” urban-dwelling white women are breaking their many decades of total silence.
    And being funded by a male billionaire to do it.

    Tim, I wouldn’t be surprised if dickhead Cannon-Brookes (who has never turned a profit at Atlassian) is funding part of the sorority’s campaign.


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  67. On metric vs imperial.
    Years ago I had an old carpenter do some work for me.
    No 32nds and 64ths.
    He would measure something as “five foot four and 3/8 … proud” or “seven foot nine and 3/4 … fine”.
    Proud = a tad over.
    Fine = a bit under.


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  68. (Should also mention the promised Russian cauldron effort that will finally overwhelm Severodonetsk and justify the entire war to date, is coming almost exclusively from the south, very veeeeeery slowly up from Popasna. Not from the vaunted river crossing in which a total victory was somehow obtained by the RU forces, despite the Motor Rifle Brigade detailed to the task being more or less totally wiped outand multiple precisous pontoon bridges splattered…)


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  69. Hopefully, something involving a glass of scotch, a library and a loaded revolver.

    True story, my father knew someone that did exactly that. The guy involved shredded all of his correspondence before he did it and being curious dad bought the confetti home in a suitcase. For the next few weeks he pieced it together with my mother like some jigsaw problem to try to find out the cause of the suicide. Turns out it was drinking, gambling and carousing with floozies that bought about a financial collapse the wife taking off with the kids. Sordid story. As dad said “it was a bugger to clean up”.

    It’s probably more considerate to do it in the bathroom or the conservatory than the library.


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  70. The Towkester was a shithouse candidate who didn’t have a hope of holding heavily AngloSaxon Cook in the 2007 RuddSlide.

    What do you have against Lebanese? Waaaayyyssssisssssmmm?


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  71. Sanchez

    I think Dotster said it well. Imperial is more human and great for day to day measurement, which is all that 90% of the population require.

    I’m heading off the Bunnings now to buy a couple of furlongs or rope and 1/2 a chain of string.


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  72. Sancho Panzer says:
    May 15, 2022 at 12:33 pm

    I see we had a late night tutorial in NASA moonshot maths last night.

    Yes, he’s quite the little astronaut. He’s been up to the space station 1/2 dozen times. A national treasure.


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  73. Zipstersays:
    May 15, 2022 at 11:50 am
    Putin’s redeemable qualities. Anyone?

    250b fortune + the worlds largest nuclear missile fleet.

    amber heard was unavailable for comment at the time of publication of this blog comment entry

    I’ve wondered where exactly that fortune is. If it was in the west you know it would’ve been seized. If it’s in Russia, well, that just ties his future to Russia doesn’t it? Unlike our political creatures running off to some UN position or similar.


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  74. Ed Casesays:
    May 15, 2022 at 11:31 am
    It’s:
    five fifths of fuck all
    Always was, always will be, let’s talk about something other than Flamers,
    Lezzos, tank turrets, and shopping.

    Dickloess

    You left out spooks.


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  75. True story, my father knew someone that did exactly that

    Supposed to have been a true story, from the London clubs.

    “I say, you fellows. Pemberthy’s gone, and shot himself in the club library. Made the Devil of a mess, he has. Chaps should think of others, before they do something like that. Not good for the younger members.”


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  76. It’s probably more considerate to do it in the bathroom or the conservatory than the library.

    Better yet, walk off into the bush somewhere, as Adam Lindsay Gordon did.

    Be that as it may…

    Areff, re Joe Dolce’s latest piece at Q Online: Madame Blavatsky (nee von Hahn) was ethnically Russo-German and a subject of the Russian empire, not Ukrainian, as Joe has it. (I’m not making a political point here, just pointing out a factual inaccuracy.)


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  77. Should also mention the promised Russian cauldron effort that will finally overwhelm Severodonetsk and justify the entire war to date, is coming almost exclusively from the south

    listening to the war analysts, one day it’s the russians have stalled they will need to call a general mobilisation, a few days later it’s, oh they now control such and such a town. rinse and repeat. it’s a meat grinder that will take months to play out with much back and forward.

    day one I said, the ukies should rush the to the negotiating table and abandon the donbass. would have save 10s of thousands of lives.


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  78. JC, I might have been exaggerating about NASA moonshot maths.
    We were talking about PLC coding.
    Aside from things like welding robots in a Tesla factory, most of it is about as complex as programming the microwave to cook your baked beans.


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  79. Trader blog.

    I don’t think it will happen, but as he says bear markets are very, very cruel. Generally, stock valuations shouldn’t be impacted much by politics until they are and this is a time they most certainly are by the most inept, dogmatically leftwing administration since the first two years of Clinton, which was when the Hildabeast was unofficially in charge.

    Hiden closed down oil leases in Alaska and the Gulf last week. I’ve been thinking that these hooligans are quietly cheering for a potential recession as they are appalled by economic growth. They actually love high oil prices and the higher the price goes the better because it means it will encourage switching to electric or actually driving less.

    Don’t any longer assume the left encourages economic growth as I believe they see it as a cancer on Gaia.

    The truth is, markets are trying to discovery a price that can be called a “bottom” based upon valuations. Presently the market s trading 14.5x earnings on a median basis. This is not including the potential 40% decline in earnings. If we factor that in, the market would need to trade about 35% lower in order to be considered “cheap” on a historical basis. This of course is predicated on recession and high unemployment, none of those things are present today. If the economy doesn’t slow to a degree that would reduce earnings by 40% (I am using CSCO’s earnings drawdown in 2002, 2008 as my base case) then markets are 25% cheap right now.

    So which is it? I have my assumptions, but like you, I haven’t the slightest fucking idea.



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  80. day one I said, the ukies should rush the to the negotiating table and abandon the donbass. would have save 10s of thousands of lives.

    No question about it, Zipster. Yet no one in the West – particularly here – seems to have recognised the futility of the belief in a victory to Zelensky in expelling the Russian forces without massive losses – if it was at at all possible.

    It is as if no one noticed that there had been an ongoing civil war in eastern Ukraine for the last 8 years. And this is in spite of the loss of Australian lives when the Malaysian airline was shot down in the midst of it all.


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  81. Bush, the sorority are basically empty headed imbeciles so there’s nothing else to discuss other than say racks, legs and looks.

    Am I being too hostile? Am I being too sexist? I sincerely hope not.


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  82. I wonder, out of the Holmes a’Court sorority, which one has the best the best rack?

    A very good question.
    I’ve done the research, Zoe Daniels wins hands down, though she’s a 2 bagger.
    Honourable mention to Kate Chaney, Julie Bishop style low hangers there, possible breast binding going on?
    https://www.katechaney.com.au


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  83. It is as if no one noticed that there had been an ongoing civil war in eastern Ukraine for the last 8 years. And this is in spite of the loss of Australian lives when the Malaysian airline was shot down in the midst of it all.

    So, ceding to Russia all territories Vlad Bae’s troops took immediately after invading was going to somehow sate him and stop him doing it all again in a few years?

    Anybody asked Georgia, Dagestan, Chechnya or Armenia how that went?


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  84. Mosman’s trophy-home owners are set to welcome Qantas boss Alan Joyce and his husband Shane Lloyd to the well-heeled neighbourhood after the couple bought a federation mansion on Mosman Bay for $19 million.

    Joyce had better avoid taking morning coffee in one of the cafes on the Balmoral esplanade. There are too many ex QANTAS pilots there who hate his guts.


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  85. Family members seeing Father Stu this afternoon.
    Hoping they enjoy.
    I’ll see it back in Victoria.
    As Roger mentioned, first sign of the sun since I arrived in QLD.


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  86. day one I said, the ukies should rush the to the negotiating table and abandon the donbass. would have save 10s of thousands of lives.

    That would have been the pragmatic solution, but a number of factors prevented it, not least:

    Zelensky doesn’t have the authority to cede Ukrainian territory without a referendum.

    Putin was not engaged in a “minor incursion” but a major invasion with the goal of taking Kiev and territory in the south, which left the Ukrainians with no option but to defend their homeland. Now they’re not inclined ot make any concessions

    As I’ve written before, there’s no shortage of blame to go around for this war; Putin certainly bears much of it, but also France & Germany for not pushing Ukraine to adhere to their agreements in Minsk II and the Americans for their usual inept meddling carried out under the cover of “spreading democracy”.


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  87. Cassie of Sydney says: May 14, 2022 at 10:01 am

    I don’t know whether others saw Chris Kenny’s interview with Princess Allegra yesterday?

    Yep. “Let them eat cake” sums up her comments.

    He had to waylay her, she spoke ninety to the dozen & callously waved away the financial pain of the little people with glib one-liners.
    No depth, no policy depth whatsoever.

    Overbearing pushiness dialled up to Eleventy Eleven.


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  88. Ed Casesays:
    May 15, 2022 at 11:35 am
    Here’s another one:
    If that massive increase in deaths isn’t caused by
    Covid/19 Vaccines,
    i’ll suck a dead dog’s dick til it barks.

    We’ll require video, or it didn’t happen.


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  89. Just so folks are aware, oil closed at $110 a barrel on Friday in the US. The higher it goes, the more the Hiden administration is cheering it on. They’re choking the shit out of oil supplies. Just the most evil sacks of shit in US political history.

    And

    Trump won.


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  90. Zipstersays:
    May 15, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    day one I said, the ukies should rush the to the negotiating table and abandon the donbass. would have save 10s of thousands of lives.

    Alternatively “My bad, I’ll recall all the troops now.” The argument put forward here, that Ukraine should raise the white flag, were the same arguments against Britain continuing to fight after the fall of France. Calling it quits would have emboldened Putin and forced Ukrainians to accept a government doing Russia’s bidding.


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  91. Joyce had better avoid taking morning coffee in one of the cafes on the Balmoral esplanade. There are too many ex QANTAS pilots there who hate his guts.

    Much as I can’t stand Joyce, Qantas did need a shake-up, including the drivers.


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  92. Much as I can’t stand Joyce, Qantas did need a shake-up, including the drivers.

    Correct.


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  93. Calling it quits would have emboldened Putin and forced Ukrainians to accept a government doing Russia’s bidding.
    Uke Army will be surrendering in droves by the end of the month, why not call a ceasefire now and save a few thousand Conscript lives?


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  94. THIS Kate Chaney?

    Acknowledgment of Country

    Kate Chaney acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land the Whadjuk people. She wishes to acknowledge their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and region. Sovereignty was never ceded.



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  95. rosiesays:
    May 15, 2022 at 1:26 pm
    Crap economic policies or not I hope he takes a lot of votes from the majors, especially Labor.

    In an unprecedented move, Clive Palmer has negotiated has a deal with Australia’s three commercial FTA broadcasters to secure the right to broadcast a 1-hour commercial promoting his political party in the lead up to election day.

    I very much like that he appears to be having everyday aussies stand in the seats he’s contesting. Unlike the teal “independents”, or the Liberal/Labor parachuting a party loyalist in.


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  96. Uke Army will be surrendering in droves by the end of the month, why not call a ceasefire now and save a few thousand Conscript lives?

    The world’s top military strategist, Field Marshal Sir Dickless Ballsup, VD and scratch, has reviewed the chicken entrails to bring you this valuable insight.


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  97. Uke Army will be surrendering in droves by the end of the month, why not call a ceasefire now and save a few thousand Conscript lives?

    Grigory feints as well as the Russian Army does…


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  98. The silvertails seem to have become lefties, I guess it’s from the ‘bogans shouldn’t have nice things’ mindset.

    The same people who bunged on a proper tantrum when .. hi-viz swamped the Qantas Frequent Flyer’s Lounge.

    Turned out it was supposed to be a social barrier & flying frequently wasn’t meant to be the criterion for entry.


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  99. Crap economic policies or not I hope he takes a lot of votes from the majors, especially Labor.

    It couldn’t hurt.

    While it may well be all but impossible to wrest the reins of the ALP from the hard-left, greens and their union allies no matter how hard they get dashed on the rocks of reality, a decent internal pendulum swing away from Photios-brand Liberal members might make them a workable political faction once again.

    And the Photios-ites can all go form a party with the Teals. Simon can pay for all their champagne and nibblies.

    #Hopium


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  100. Calling it quits would have emboldened Putin and forced Ukrainians to accept a government doing Russia’s bidding.
    How many dead Ukie Conscripts up against Russian Artillery would it
    take before a ceasefire and negotiations becomes a good idea?


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  101. miltonfsays:

    May 15, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Before it went full on PC, Qantas under the leprechaun was actually a pretty good airline. 

    For international travel, there is only one problem with Qantas.
    The price.
    It is actually a boomer-driven thing.
    They insist on Q because they have bought into the idea that furrin’ airlines crash 50% of the time, the food is salmonella swill and nobody speaks English.


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  102. Scotty announces $50 grand drawdown from Super for first Home Buyers.

    Would like to see the numbers on how many first home buyers have $50k in Super.


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  103. Am I being too hostile? Am I being too sexist? I sincerely hope not.

    Not at all. Holmes a’Court shoukl have called his sugarbabes the Rich Bimbos party. They all look like Hollywood b-listers, too: high-maintenance , flat-chested, empty-headed cash-eaters.


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  104. Reading on Martyanov’s Blog that surrendering Uke Conscripts are often
    Russian speaking Ukes who fled Lugansk for Western Ukraine years ago to avoid the continuous Uke shelling, got conscripted anyway and sent to the front lines.
    The Galicians sure don’t give a fuck how many of these guys die.


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  105. Ed Casesays:
    May 15, 2022 at 1:41 pm
    Calling it quits would have emboldened Putin and forced Ukrainians to accept a government doing Russia’s bidding.
    How many dead Ukie Conscripts up against Russian Artillery would it
    take before a ceasefire and negotiations becomes a good idea?

    Negotiations are always a good idea but the assumption that Putin was only interested in Donbass is incorrect. The wide front was not a feint it was done in the hope of a quick collapse. Putin wants the whole country. How many Russians must die before Putin decides he should withdraw to protect his people? Why is Zelenskyy responsible for the deaths when Putin started the war?


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  106. Rabz:

    Winston, you philistine – there have been few more perfectly proportioned young women in human history.
    Miss Ellie, in excelsis.
    Not having it, I tells ya.

    ‘In proportion’ being the operative word Rabz. She’s very pretty – but 5 kilos more wouldn’t go astray.


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  107. Kristina Keneally chewing gum and looking glum at a pre-poll in Fowler where local independent Dai Le is challenging the Labor machine.

    that would be the Labor-candidate-to-be before nobody’s girl parachuted in from Scotland Island, yes?

    Karma.


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  108. “Much as I can’t stand Joyce, Qantas did need a shake-up”

    While I know that it has been a while since anyone travelled OS, but pre-Covid QANTAS in-flight service has become crap compared to its competitors. And that goes for Business class, as well as the basic ticket.


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  109. Would like to see the numbers on how many first home buyers have $50k in Super.

    Not all.
    But say you took a grad job at 21 on $45k. That would be $4k super (ish).
    A few promotions and payrises and you are on $100k after nine years ($9k super), you would probably have at least $40 – $50k in SGC.
    With compound earnings, a 30 year old should have well over $50k.


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  110. How many dead Ukie Conscripts up against Russian Artillery would it
    take before a ceasefire and negotiations becomes a good idea?

    Let us know when the Russian Army gets there, Grigory.

    There’s been no shortage of Russian artillery for some 8.5 years. And those CoNsCrIpTs haven’t displayed any loss of appetite yet. As the abacus shows…

    (Handy hint, Gypsum snorter: Ukes got arty too. Plenty of it at the start. And even more now. That’s what made such a mess of the total victory the Russians had at the Severski-Donets river this week…)


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  111. For international travel, there is only one problem with Qantas.
    The price.

    They have to pay unionised Australians.
    I feel for them.
    Thai/Sia/JAL et al have nice fresh young hosties, who still have optimism in their psyche, & whose job depends on the customer service they gave on the last flight & their off duty conduct.

    Qantas boilers are there forever, on astronomical pay & leave scalse.
    Hence Qantas is:
    Waddaya friggen well want?” From some Mereen Feruqi or Magda Szubanski look-alike.


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  112. Am road tripping from Melb to QLD up the Newell Hwy. so far from the Vic border to Forbes lots of rain, dams full, water sitting on sides of the road and in paddocks. Should be a bumper winter crop ahead. Go you Aussie Farmers!


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  113. Teal voters, they’re a bright bunch. The Age reports:

    Kooyong independent candidate Monique Ryan’s decision not to allocate preferences on her how-to-vote cards is leading to invalid votes, prompting fears the confusion could hurt her chances of snatching the seat from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

    Ryan’s campaign, which has repeatedly stated that as few as 500 votes could decide the result, has been alarmed because some early voters have informed Ryan’s volunteers that they voted “1” for Ryan and did not allocate preferences to others.

    A volunteer for Ryan’s campaign has suggested as many as “thousands” of ballots cast for Ryan could be invalid, potentially derailing her bid to unseat Frydenberg, who has spent the final weeks of the campaign in his electorate amid concerns the challenge from Ryan could be successful…..


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  114. Alternatively “My bad, I’ll recall all the troops now.” The argument put forward here, that Ukraine should raise the white flag, were the same arguments against Britain continuing to fight after the fall of France. Calling it quits would have emboldened Putin and forced Ukrainians to accept a government doing Russia’s bidding.

    that’s a nonsensical analogy. russia is not a nazi germany, ukraine is the nazi state that was preparing to attack its own ppl.

    the ukrainians voted for peace they got an actor on a short leash that has led them into a war they can’t win. the death toll is well into the 10s of thousands and supposedly rising by 500 a day. at this rate the donbass army will be wiped out to the last man in about 3 months.

    there is absolutely no reason why the ukes would reject a neutral or russian aligned government, it is the west led subversive colour revolutions that agitate for conflict.

    the fall of the soviet union did not result in a free market western democracy, neither will the fall of the current regime, and it has a lot more to lose.


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  115. Would like to see the numbers on how many first home buyers have $50k in Super.
    Well, there’s 3 Trillion in the pot, 12 million workers, so that works out an average of $250,000/ worker.
    It wouldn’t matter if you only had $40 grand in the account, you could still draw it out for a deposit.


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  116. Currently checking out airlines for our trip to the USA. One factor is we have lotsa points with Virgin, but they don’t seem to be flying there any more.

    Delta, United, and American Airlines all don’t bring back pleasant memories. Could go Quantarse I suppose.


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  117. but pre-Covid QANTAS in-flight service has become crap compared to its competitors. And that goes for Business class, as well as the basic ticket.

    And the ticket price is 25% over the odds.
    Loyalty means nothing to us. We just pick the most suitable airline for our destination.
    In the last few years we have flown Swiss-Austrian, Cathay, Singapore, Air NZ and others.
    Some better than others, but all pretty good.
    I didn’t miss not being talked down to by an eye-rolling battleaxe or a mincing queen at all.
    I always look at Q, but it is eye-watering expensive.
    If you were looking at Business Class to Europe, most fares would be bunched around $5,500 – $6,000, with a few cheaper ones for multiple stops.
    Q was always $8-$9k.


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  118. Why is Zelenskyy responsible for the deaths when Putin started the war?
    Are you saying that Zelensky should never quit because he didn’t start it?
    That’s nuts.


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  119. Qantas, world champ at losing passengers’ bags, especially if you have to make the Oz-bound switch at LAX. And they’re really stingy with upgrades, even they lost your luggage on each of the previous five flights*

    *personal experiecne


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  120. areffsays:

    May 15, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Teal voters, they’re a bright bunch.

    I’m sure some helpful AEC staff-member will join the dots on the incomplete ballots.


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  121. Why is Zelenskyy responsible for the deaths when Putin started the war?

    Because the vast majority of right-leaning folks barracking for a Russian victory right now are psychically punishing Ukraine for the sins of the US Democrats from 2016 to now. They only got interested in the Obama-era activity to further justify their Opposition To The Current Thing.

    The Russiagate bullshit started with a Ukranian PR firm paid by Hillary to tip the political balance.

    Democrat wonks and Big Persons had been cultivating contacts and influence there, and raking in the dosh from them since 2014. Hunter Biden is but one example.

    And allegedly the entire EuroMaidan is exclusively the Americans’ fault, too.*

    The average Ukrainian doesn’t get (and isn’t allowed) a say in any of this prognostication. And these folks take great offence at the fact that for the last 80 or so days (and 8 years before that), the average Ukrainian has been saying their piece on the matter. Quite loudly…

    [* Though this was all apparently okay before 2021.]


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  122. Bluey, the UAP has selected ordinary people for most of the seats and they are working hard, (I know a few), however a big problem showed up in the last week or so. For months they have been campaigning on ‘never trust the majors again’ and ‘sitting member last’. Their HTV cards came out late and the candidates were in the main not asked for what they thought would be good, some committee somewhere did the preference orders for all seats. Most candidates didn’t even know what their preferences were until the cards arrived. Many are very disappointed as in many seats the UAP have put the Libs well up on the tickets, often in front of One Nation and other ‘freedom’ candidates.

    Clive was on TV and said that this may have happened in some electorates where few candidates were on the ballot but it also happened in seats with up to 10 candidates. More than a few unhappy UAP people out there. Many had their volunteers refuse to hand out the cards or do any more work. Many of those affected are now running a quite campaign and won’t be at any polling booths at all. Talk about an own goal from Clive.


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  123. Too thick to read the instructions on the ballot paper – serves them right..

    The official who checks you off the electoral roll & hands you the ballot paper, verbally issues clear, concise instructions to mark all squares, numerically in order of your choice, leaving no square unfilled.

    That has been the case at every booth I’ve voted at, ever.

    How dumb are these people?


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  124. Totem tests

    Interesting factoid…

    Centurion tank 169041 was less than half a km from the Totem explosion with engine running and test dummies inside.

    It was shipped off to the Vietnam war for action, and is now in Robertson Barracks in the NT.

    Centurion 169041


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  125. A volunteer for Ryan’s campaign has suggested as many as “thousands” of ballots cast for Ryan could be invalid, potentially derailing her bid to unseat Frydenberg, who has spent the final weeks of the campaign in his electorate amid concerns the challenge from Ryan could be successful…..

    So …
    Just like Burnside’s “candidacy”, this wasn’t a serious attempt to dislodge Frydenburg, but a heading off at the pass of any real Independent candidate, plus a drain on funds to defend other Liberal seats and challenge in Labor seats.
    No surprise really.
    Why would Ryan wanna swap a Million Bucks a year as a Pediatric Neurologist for a meaningless gig on the Crossbenches?


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  126. areffsays:

    May 15, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    Qantas, world champ at losing passengers’ bags

    A number of flights took off from Melbourne leaving baggage behind a couple of weeks ago.
    They blamed short-staffing, but I also suspect some union skullduggery as well.
    The next week ads appeared on Facebook promoting Qantas insurance, featuring an animation of a baggage carousel.
    Fuck, did it cop a pasting.


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  127. Qantas, world champ at losing passengers’ bags, especially if you have to make the Oz-bound switch at LAX. And they’re really stingy with upgrades, even they lost your luggage on each of the previous five flights*

    My luggage has been to many more places than I have.


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  128. areff.
    What odds these teal voters would describe themselves as “sophisticated and nuanced” in their voting patterns.
    Because that is the phrase they heard in the vegan cafe that morning.


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  129. The official who checks you off the electoral roll & hands you the ballot paper, verbally issues clear, concise instructions to mark all squares, numerically in order of your choice, leaving no square unfilled.
    Bullshit.
    Voted yesterday, all they say is number 6 above the line or 12 below the line, that’s only because I asked them what the system is this year.
    In fact, it’s a minimum of 12 below the line, but the AEC drones are too lazy to tell you that.
    Why, I hear you ask?
    Because the AEC is an arm of the Labor Party and Labor voters are the most disciplined of all voters, they follow the HTV in 249 of 250 cases.
    Everybody else is therefore a non Labor voter, so if they unwittingly vote Informally it’s a Win for Labor.


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  130. there is absolutely no reason why the ukes would reject a neutral or russian aligned government,

    If only the Russians hadn’t spent the last 8 years using the Donbass and its citizens (regardless of who and what they view themselves as- Ukrainian or Russian) as a fig leaf for trying to take all of Eastern Ukraine by force.

    You need a very big and sweet political carrot for your neighbours to accept your stated benignity, Zipster, if your stick is going to be years of Motorised and Tank Brigades attacking out of the territory you took from them by a mixture of political guile, exploiting legitimate popular grievances and brute forcing anyone there who didn’t fall in line with your actual plan. And there’s been no carrot for anyone.

    No matter what RT, Pravda and Sergei Lavrov say…


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  131. More than a few unhappy UAP people out there. Many had their volunteers refuse to hand out the cards or do any more work. Many of those affected are now running a quite campaign and won’t be at any polling booths at all. Talk about an own goal from Clive.

    Many, eh?

    Plenty of motivated youngsters handing out UAP HTVs at St. Stephen’s Church in Cav Rd yesterday arve.
    I’m calling bullshit on you, sfw.


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  132. thefrollickingmolesays:

    May 15, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Alexander Downer in the Speccie..

    Alexander Downer
    New Aussie rules: Conservative values have fallen out of fashion

    Partially because of white-anting by arsewipes like him, trying to suck up to the Crimtons by setting up one of Trump’s campaign staff.


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  133. Ed Casesays:

    May 15, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    I’m sure some helpful AEC staff-member will join the dots on the incomplete ballots.
    Nailed it.

    Please don’t damage my cred by affirming my posts Googlery.


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  134. How does Air New Zealand look?

    They aren’t flying to NY at present. We could of course fly to LAX – I think they go there – and then go internal across to NY.

    My travel sec is onto it – she does most of the research. I supply a list of battlefields and museums and so on, of course, in a kindly fashion. (This is actually a research trip on WWII bombers in reality….)


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  135. Visited Darwin Military Museum this morning – great place with many interactive displays. They also have a 13 minute feature on the bombing which was excellent. Good to see taxes spent wisely. Outside there’s a stack of old equipment and one particularly poignant one – an old rusted vehicle under a monstrous banyan tree with trunks coming up out of it. A tool of war returning to nature.

    I bought two of Top Ender’s books from the little shop (my brush with celebrity!). Dad will get them for his 91st birthday.

    We also did the tunnels but the Beloved had an asthma attack and had to get out. I soldiered on, natch. They were a familiar shape reminiscent of Baselgette’s London sewers – then I discovered why. The formwork used to construct them was stuff from the MWS&DB Sydney, all egg shaped.

    Then on to the Aviation museum – and the B52 towering over all the other little planes like a chook with her clutch of fledglings. Bought a book there, too – on the Black Cats. My uncle featured in it, so will give it to the New Broom, his namesake.

    Mindil markets this afternoon. Promise not to buy scented candles or other hippie crud.


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  136. Baggagewise I haven’t had too many problems with the Red Roo.

    1 lost bag that I knew was left behind in BNE when I arrived at Blackwater. Even the next day with the DH8 in the air they still couldn’t tell me where thee bag was, till the flight landed and said errant bag unloaded.

    Other time Transiting MEL-PER-SIN, B747 had a problem with aircon which would have had us missing the SIN connection. An A330 and crew was found setting us on our way but said bags were buried deep in the baggage bins in the B747. We were prewarned we would have baggage till it could be found and sent, 2am the next morning reception in Singapore rang saying our bags had been dropped in the foyer.

    Had a couple of damaged bags that wasn’t a problem, was duly compensated. I agree with the above though on the Red Roo, Joyce despite being rumours I have heard he is one you are on eggshells around he has done a good job of turning the airline around. I particularly liked the shut down, I was in Singapore when I found out about it but was flying Jetstar fortunately.


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  137. I was pretty happy with Qantas business class Singapore to Melbourne (only Qantas leg I flew) back in March, though I thought the pork chop is the main at dinner was a little dry.


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  138. On the House of Reps green form all boxes must be marked with a number 1 to however many candidates are listed. In our local electorate Chisholm we have 6 candidates so it needs to be 1 to 6. However if you only number 1 to 5 the remaining box is left blank the ARC advised it is inferred to be 6 and included for the count.
    If the form is marked 1 only it is declared invalid and not included at all.
    Bit of tough love there teals.


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  139. New Aussie rules: Conservative values have fallen out of fashion

    Lie. Conservative politicians have all but disappeared.

    Still plenty of people with conservative values.

    But they don’t matter.


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  140. If only the Russians hadn’t spent the last 8 years using the Donbass and its citizens (regardless of who and what they view themselves as- Ukrainian or Russian) as a fig leaf for trying to take all of Eastern Ukraine by force.

    You need a very big and sweet political carrot for your neighbours to accept your stated benignity, Zipster, if your stick is going to be years of Motorised and Tank Brigades attacking out of the territory you took from them by a mixture of political guile, exploiting legitimate popular grievances and brute forcing anyone there who didn’t fall in line with your actual plan. And there’s been no carrot for anyone.

    No matter what RT, Pravda and Sergei Lavrov say…

    it’s quite baffling how some can hold their nose and support neo-nazis, its up to the russian people to fix their own problems with its regime. the only way the west can make it happen is war and to invade, same with china

    perhaps that’s the end game


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  141. This is actually a research trip on WWII bombers in reality….

    Confederate Air Force visits pending, TE? 🙂

    ‘Fifi’ the B-29 would be an incredible sight in the flesh…


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  142. Joyce had better avoid taking morning coffee in one of the cafes on the Balmoral esplanade. There are too many ex QANTAS pilots there who hate his guts.

    Don’t want the shih tzu getting a kick up the date.


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  143. it’s quite baffling how some can hold their nose and support neo-nazis, its up to the russian people to fix their own problems with its regime.

    You need to do better than breathe Russian cope at me, Zip.

    And didn’t you mean Ukrainian people?

    Given that FaScIsT, ImPeRiAlIsT and NaZi are all standard slurs used since 1941 against anyone and anything any Russian establishment du jour doesn’t like?

    Wasn’t the whole idea at the start of Feb was to De-NaZiFy Ukraine, i.e. get rid of everyone Vlad Bae doesn’t like and reinstall people he does?


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  144. Former US president Donald Trump’s prediction about George Washington and the “efforts of the haters to expunge him from history” has come “perfectly true,” Sky News host James Morrow says.

    “First, cast your mind back to 2017, the early days of the Trump administration, when the then-president got into a fight with reporters over the Maoist attempts of the left to erase American history,” Mr Morrow said.

    “At the time so-called expert historians said that Trump was just being his normal hyperbolic self and that there was absolutely positively no way revolutionary general and first president of the United States George Washington, or any other of the founding fathers for that matter, might be next on the cancel train.

    “Not only is George Washington next, but there is now even a push on to rename even Washington DC’s George Washington University.

    “The latest call for this has just been published in, wait for it, The Washington Post.”

    “What are often derided as petty culture war fights are actually so important and worth being had because it’s not just important to look at whatever the demand being made around the current thing is in isolation – but to understand where it is heading next.”


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  145. Wasn’t the whole idea at the start of Feb was to De-NaZiFy Ukraine, i.e. get rid of everyone Vlad Bae doesn’t like and reinstall people he does?

    and why is that our problem? where was the internation over-reaction when he invaded crimea, these areas consider themselves more ethnic russian than uke.

    there is something foul an odious about the obsession with ukraine by the left and other supporters because national sovereignty or some such rubbish


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  146. Ahahaha! The Beloved gave me a look when I yodelled “Top Ender” at the top of my voice when I saw the row of books.

    Anyway, I bought the Sheehan and War at Home. Dad will love them. The third was on the loss of A24-49. It had some photos with my uncle in it so I couldn’t resist.


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  147. Thanks JC. Regarding Downer, his association with and his channelling our money to Clinton means I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire.


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  148. Feelthebern:

    Abbott Labs are on the front foot saying the two babies that died had nothing to do with their formula.
    How long before someone inside the FDA spills the beans on the whole thing.

    Looks like being a disaster for the Democrats.
    People will forgive or accept a lot of shit, but don’t tamper with their kids.
    These are the areas that are arousing the primal instincts of many US voters:
    .1 Infant formulae,
    .2 Child indoctrination,
    .3 Abortion,
    .4 ‘Safe Schools’.

    The facts, however, are critical: A comprehensive investigation by Abbott, FDA and CDC found no evidence that our formulas caused infant illnesses. Specifically… [2/11]
    So why has the government not allowed their production centers to open?
    This looks like deliberate sabotage of the food chain to me.

    CDC concluded its investigation with no findings of a link between our formulas and infant illnesses.


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  149. I’m sure some helpful AEC staff-member will join the dots on the incomplete ballots.
    Nailed it.

    Ffs this old canard. Why don’t all of you who cast aspersions like this get off your collective arses and apply to work at an election and you can see what happens.

    Bullshit.
    Voted yesterday, all they say is number 6 above the line or 12 below the line, that’s only because I asked them what the system is this year.
    In fact, it’s a minimum of 12 below the line, but the AEC drones are too lazy to tell you that.

    Sheesh they allow you to vote ?
    You are confusing the instructions for the Reps with the Senate instructions.

    Also the lazy drones, as you put it, are reading the script they have been given. I bet you butted in being a smart arse before they had a chance to deliver the spiel. Because of morons like you who can’t tell the difference between the HoR and Senate, the instructions are simplified and tell you what you need to do for a valid vote. At the last election I worked people could not tell the difference between green and white and put their ballots in the wrong boxes.


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  150. Pelosi Opens Liquor Store In Congress

    Lol one of the interns must have forgetten to fax through Nancy’s weekly booze order. Imagine the scene: she rolls into the office one morning and, as always, heads straight to the liquor cabinet to mix her breakfast martini…and it’s totally freaking Mother Hubbard! Can you imagine the substances she had to consume to get her through the time it took for her people to procure the day’s supplies? Nail polish remover, whiteboard cleaner, paint stripper…her lipstick must have been extra smeared at that afternoon’s presser.


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  151. There is little point discussing the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It’s become one of Scott Adams’s ‘one screen, two movies’ issues.


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  152. *slap forehead* – most common imperial measure in use, understood & used by all ages, is;
    pounds per square inch.
    Just juiced up at a servo. (Eighth servo in the recent past.)
    Checking the tyres & realised the servo’s gauge is in lbs/sq in, with no hectapascal option.
    As has been every servo.

    This switch to full metric may take longer than first anticipated.


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  153. Daily Mail.

    Anthony Albanese in ANOTHER blunder after saying Australia’s lowest earners will get $1 extra a WEEK instead of per hour under his plan to boost wages

    Anthony Albanese made serious blunder on TV about minimum wage pay rise
    He claimed wage increase would lead to $1 extra a week – instead of every hour
    Insiders host David Speers was forced to correct Mr Albanese following blunder

    Albo’s cracking under the pressure..


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  154. It’s a terrible shame though, that at the same time the Ukrainian counter-offensive that isn’t real has pushed Vlad Bae’s minions and their Donbassian proxy troops out of Kharkov and over the Russian border (and they wouldn’t let their loyal and heroic Ethnic Russian allies in!) threatening the top of the entire Izyum salient (and thus that entire front), Russian forces are digging in on the Kherson oblast instead of squaring up for a push to Odessa and pro-RU milbloggers on Telegram have finally caught onto the fact that the multiple attempts at crossing the Severskyi Donets this week was a bit of a mess, and are now publicly doubting their own Narrative and commanders…

    LOL.


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  155. House of Reps procedural issue, & Ed Casement responds with the Senate rules.
    As dumb as a Teals voter.


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  156. Anyway, in order to ensure that never happens again, Nancy decided to open her own liquor store in Congress so the litres of scotch, gin and brandy she imbibes every day are never more than minutes from her desk.


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  157. Perhaps Zipster, some things in geopolitics vastly transcend the domestic travails of one side or the other.

    Sleepy Joe’s administration and the [Il-]Liberal Left establishment won’t collapse over this in the way a lot of people wish.

    But all of Europe is watching and changing its mind about its own equilibrium. Especially those who stand to again become the new frontier states of a belligerent power with openly and repeatedly stated imperial ambitions.

    What stopped it before now was the projection of strength from the US. Now we don’t have it, and any and all decent people beneath the feckless and foppish folks on both sides who led us here (just like the 1910s and 1930s) now have to make the best of a very bad situation.

    Look further out than The Current Thing.


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  158. It’s a terrible shame though, that at the same time the Ukrainian counter-offensive that isn’t real has pushed Vlad Bae’s minions and their Donbassian proxy troops out of Kharkov and over the Russian border (and they wouldn’t let their loyal and heroic Ethnic Russian allies in!) threatening the top of the entire Izyum salient (and thus that entire front), Russian forces are digging in on the Kherson oblast instead of squaring up for a push to Odessa and pro-RU milbloggers on Telegram have finally caught onto the fact that the multiple attempts at crossing the Severskyi Donets this week was a bit of a mess, and are now publicly doubting their own Narrative and commanders

    Ukrainian sources confirm this as correct.


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  159. The below Youtube clip popped up on my feed today.

    MP Craig Kelly clashes with Ally over COVID-19 claims | Today Show Australia 3 FEB 21
    Liberal MP Craig Kelly has clashed with Today Show host Ally Langdon over the spread of misinformation of COVID-19.

    Was interesting as Kelly stood his ground and was quoting Prof Robert Clancy (see several articles by him at Quadrant Online). Langdon pretty much said everything Kelly was saying was misinformation and this included Hydrochloxychorline (spelling) which as subsequently been approved for Covid use in Qld.

    Langdon is the perfect example of how MSM have tried to shut down anything that questions the Government line.


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  160. Tom:

    Just another bunch of rich fruit loops scared of the weather using the federal election to get oxygen. Australia is becoming the world capital of the doomsday cult.

    I’m waiting for the Giant Alien Starships to appear above the planet and announce:
    “O.K. Earthens. The experiment is over. You have failed. Please vacate our property, the planet Earth. Anyone still here in one hour will be disintegrated. Idiots.”
    tap tap.
    “Is this thing still on?”


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  161. LOL.

    That’s ok. I look forward to the proclamations next month that Severodonetsk was never really the target anyway (it was Budapest!), and Popasnaya was actually a feint…


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  162. (it was Budapest!)

    (I wanted to say Melbourne, but that would be silly. Why would the Russians want such a grey place as that? They’ve plenty of grey places at home already…)


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  163. So why has the government not allowed their production centers to open?
    This looks like deliberate sabotage of the food chain to me.

    It might be closer to the iCook Foods debacle, except that the Administration’s chosen ‘winner’/crony can’t keep up…


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  164. In the mornings, I listen to the racing station because it’s the only place I can find without smartarse knowall leftards spouting arrogant bullshit about politics.

    Likewise in the past few days, the SBS cooking channel (171 on Foxtel) has been a culinary escape from politics, but the retards have destroyed that sanctuary just now by having smartarse knowall academic parasite Bruce Pascoe as a guest.

    On a frigging cooking show. Click. FMD.


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  165. That’s ok. I look forward to the proclamations next month that Severodonetsk was never really the target anyway (it was Budapest!), and Popasnaya was actually a feint…

    RUS are already on the northern outskirts of Severodonstsk.


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