Open Thread – Weekend 14 May 2022


Overgrown pond at the edge of the forest (Siverskaya), Ivan Shishkin, 1883

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Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 16, 2022 6:31 pm

Voting ticket in Wentworth had a long list of unknown parties pretending to be real ones, and a few ‘obvious’ single issue ones, such as the Senior’s Party and Animal Justice Party. In the Senate you have to pick six above the line, not just one, as previously. It was a bit of a task finding six that were bearable to number when I felt not up to date with recent goings on in Australia.

The whole country here is currently going beserko over the Platinum Jubilee, 70 years of Elizabeth the Second. We will be back in Australia on June 2, the day it really reaches its finale here. Last night was part of the intro on ITV, doing the Queen’s Horse Parade thingo, which she has attended now for 79 years straight, never missing one. It is rather like the Edinburgh Tattoo in style, full of Commonwealth colour, as it were. Her Maj was there last night, looking good, engaged and smiling, and clearly Queen of people’s hearts; she’d made it her one outing favoring it above the Westminster Parliamentary Reading, which was done by Prince Charles. Kathleen Jenkins sang like an angel, and Helen Mirren ended proceedings as a very impressive Elizabeth the First congratulating her successor.

Winston Smith
May 16, 2022 6:31 pm

Calli:

Nearly run down by a phalanx of the halfwits on a Darwin pavement this morning. Almost ran down another last night – idiot trying to overtake our 4wd on a darkened street, no lights on the scooter, natch.
How soon before someone dies?

Think of it as evolution in action.

rickw
rickw
May 16, 2022 6:32 pm

Chris Rock’s educational video on not getting your arse kicked by police

Wonder what Munty makes of this? White supremacist? Uncle Tom?

Cassie of Sydney
May 16, 2022 6:32 pm

“I hope Elbow, assisted into gov’t by Allegra, introduces a wealth tax and a death tax.

Democracy…good and hard.”

Yep, that’s how I feel.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 16, 2022 6:32 pm

not only am I on Facebook, but Jess Mauboy is a friend.

Criminy.

The adrenaline dumps must be volcanic.

Bluey
Bluey
May 16, 2022 6:33 pm

Cassie of Sydneysays:
May 16, 2022 at 6:26 pm
Who knew that Scott Morrison has taken the Liberal Party to the far-right? Well apparently he has….

Example One, yesterday I waited outside my home for a friend to collect me. An elderly man, who I vaguely know, walked past and stopped for a chat. We started talking about the election and he told me he was supporting Princess Allegra because Morrison has taken the Liberal Party to the far-right. I kid you not.

Example Two, speaking to another friend last night, she told me how she went to a party on Saturday night and whilst she was talking to a couple of people, she overheard a group of men saying how Scott Morrison has taken the Liberal Party to the far-right. I kid you not.

Example Three, today at work some of my colleagues started talking about the election. I don’t join the conversation and listening to them I felt my hackles rising. They were talking about how Scott Morrison has taken the Liberal Party to the far-right. I kid you not.

I’m speechless.

Can you imagine if Dutton had won the leadership? Far right, nazi, and a bunch of others have become meaningless because they’ve become a synonym for “someone I don’t agree with”.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 16, 2022 6:36 pm

Cookers are

‘What the fuck is that?’
‘That’s an early Kooka, mate.’

– Conversation between one of NSW’s finest and grifting lawyer Brian Alexander, just before Brian went swimming (the timeless ABC miniseries Blue Murder).

rickw
rickw
May 16, 2022 6:36 pm

I wonder if he lost the knack because he made himself the invisible man throughout 2020 and much of 2021.

Knowing our luck, it’s early onset dementia.

Roger
Roger
May 16, 2022 6:37 pm

Criminy.

The adrenaline dumps must be volcanic.

Purely platonic as I’m happily married.

But she’s a globalist’s sweetheart, she really is.

As I was saying to Klaus….

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 16, 2022 6:39 pm

Cookers are conspiracy theory believers

Who knew that Capt James Cook didn’t find a nuclear powered civilization in Australia? And that him coming here was the best thing ever to happen to the aboriginal people? At least until the Labor Party got their hooks into them.

Amazing these conspiracy theories. Next you’ll be telling us that the British Empire was bad for civilization and that we should all return to the caves and eat tofu.

Frank
Frank
May 16, 2022 6:39 pm

They were talking about how Scott Morrison has taken the Liberal Party to the far-right.

Believing that free speech might be a good thing is enough to be a Nazi so by modern logic he probably has.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
May 16, 2022 6:40 pm

Such a great video, and reminds me of a couple of incidents in motor bike days.

. Chris Rock’s don’t get your arse kicked and George Carlin’s “The Planet is fine …. the people are fucked” always gives me reason to smile. Oh and not forgetting Cathy Newman’s so you’re saying – with Jordan Peterson (almost 38million views when I watched it the other day)

calli
calli
May 16, 2022 6:41 pm

Err, batteries + fish.
Not so sure about that.

Good Lord! Did I really need the /sarc tag?

dopey
dopey
May 16, 2022 6:43 pm

More ABC ‘reporting’….’Liberal Party could be set to lose SA’s seat of Boothby.’

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 16, 2022 6:44 pm

We must stop Kimberley crime wave at its source, says worker
Holly Thompson
By Holly Thompson
May 16, 2022 — 3.00am

Millions in funding just promised for the beautiful but troubled West Australian Kimberley to address skyrocketing youth crime will not fix the problem at its core, say those on the front line.

In an opinion piece on Monday, a Kimberley-based youth worker, who cannot be named to protect his job, called out a lack of screening for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder despite a decade of pleas, as crimes linked to the disorder range from petty to spectacularly violent.

The youth worker said children breaking the law and being sent to juvenile detention suffered from mental impairments such as FASD at “almost endemic rates and are far behind their peers, both emotionally and cognitively.”

This is echoed by prior research which showed almost all children in youth detention at Banksia Hill had a cognitive impairment, mostly FASD.

Last week, a $40.4 million package to tackle juvenile crime was handed down in the state budget, including a $15 million youth residential facility in the Kimberley; an on-country alternative to youth detention. In addition, a $6.1 million funding boost was given to WA’s Preventing FASD Project, which is focused on public education and prevention, not screening for children who already have FASD.

It followed a leaked briefing note from a meeting involving WA government ministers and community leaders, citing information from WA Police that youth crime rates in the region had increased 54 per cent over the past two years.

But the youth worker said funding needed to target the times “before these young people break the law” and that “prevention is cheaper (and more beneficial to the child in question) than cure.”

Curtin University’s Dr Jocelyn Jones has expertise in how FASD is impacting the Kimberley community and said the biggest problem was the cost to improve screening services and provide the training required.

“I think there’s a big investment that needs to happen. Maybe the way to do this is to not only focus on training for screening FASD, maybe it’s providing training on neurodevelopmental disorders as a collective,” she said.

“It’s then about funding that training and resources, and being able to provide screening for FASD in the remote areas, rather than having people come down to the city or go into the more populated parts of the regions.

“At the moment, FASD is commonly misdiagnosed as autism or ADHD.”
Dr Jocelyn Jones is a Nyoongar woman from Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute. She is program leader and senior research fellow in the Needs of Aboriginal Australians program.

Dr Jocelyn Jones is a Nyoongar woman from Curtin University’s National Drug Research Institute. She is program leader and senior research fellow in the Needs of Aboriginal Australians program.

Jones also said there needed to be better communication between the remote Aboriginal communities and state government agencies.

“A lot of women don’t come forward, even if they suspect their child could have FASD because they are scared the Department of Child Protection will take their kids away,” she said.

calli
calli
May 16, 2022 6:44 pm

Cookers are conspiracy theory believers

It depends on the “conspiracy theory”.

I believe the really big one. It has cosmic proportions and eternal implications.

Perhaps all the others are simply distractions.

Pedro the Loafer
Pedro the Loafer
May 16, 2022 6:46 pm

Monty, WTF are “cookers” (besides old cast iron stoves)?

I obviously live on the wrong side of the rabbit proof fence to keep up with the cool kids and the new slanguage currently in vogue around the campus and vegan cafe.

Cassie of Sydney
May 16, 2022 6:47 pm

“Cookers are conspiracy theory believers who attend regular protests. Bosi has been seen every week addressing the cookers in Canberra. Other prominent cookers include the aforementioned Mack, Graham Hood, and Monica Smits.”

What about their “legitimate grievances” Monty? Or is that you’re rather selective when it comes to “legitimate grievances”, because the only ones you’ll tolerate are the ones that suit your favourite ideological narratives.

Monty’s world view…..

Conspiracy theorists = bad
anti-Semites = good

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 16, 2022 6:47 pm

munty

Cookers are conspiracy theory believers who attend regular protests. Bosi has been seen every week addressing the cookers in Canberra.

You mean like BLM, Ante-fa, the raving Greens? Riiight!

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 16, 2022 6:48 pm

Who knew that Scott Morrison has taken the Liberal Party to the far-right? Well apparently he has….

These ppl are like m0nty. They can mouth any proposition, no matter how ludicrous, because their social circle say it. None of their seeming assertions are connected via meaning to any actual state of the world.

It’s a strange use of language, it signals group membership and nothing else. Once you come to terms with it, you realise the futility of argument.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
May 16, 2022 6:50 pm

My beloved Sunbather showed me the Spectator’s front cover — it’s the people in the back that caught my eye

Roger
Roger
May 16, 2022 6:51 pm

As I was saying to Klaus….

She’s destined for bigger things than The Voice, I said…much bigger things.

He agreed, but averred gravely that he was preoccupied with the recalcitrance of Xi and Putin presently.

I understand, I offered symapthetically.

Thereupon he wandered off as if in a daze, repeating rythmically, “Multipolarity…multipolarity…”

calli
calli
May 16, 2022 6:55 pm

I love the “Mean Girl” tag, Tinta.

Where oh where are those horrid Mean Girls? Are they still running for Parliament? Why yes! Yes they are!

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 16, 2022 6:55 pm

It depends on the “conspiracy theory”.
I believe the really big one.

I am with you there. 100%, all the way down the line. For you uninformed sheeple, this is The Big One:

In the latter half of 1979, a chap called Brian James Dixon was Victoria’s Housing Minister. Dixon had previously played 252 VFL games for the Melbourne Football Club.

Very shortly after he took over the Housing portfolio, Dixon paid the VFL Grand Final boundary umpires a hefty sling. The result was simple – Carlton’s Wayne Harmes brought a ball back into the field of play from about 10 metres (half a chain) beyond the boundary line to a teammate who kicked the winning goal against Collingwood in the game’s dying moments.

Carlton won the flag. Collingwood’s real estate prices stayed in the cellar, poncy East Melbourne went through the roof and Dixon retired early, probably, on the proceeds of his investments in that patch.

Believe. The truth will set you free.

JC
JC
May 16, 2022 6:55 pm

BLM was a 100% Demonrat astroturf operation. It was meant to show the GOP and Trump in a bad light and persuade the punters they were hate filled racists.

Marc Alias, Clinton’s despicable election lawyer was on the board.

Frank
Frank
May 16, 2022 7:01 pm

The fact that BLM even existed was considered to be a wing nut conspiracy theory for a while back there. They were meant to be unorganised concerned citizens that just congregated organically to right injustices as opposed to being a coordinated group.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 16, 2022 7:02 pm

Rogersays:

May 16, 2022 at 6:30 pm

I’m speechless.

I hope Elbow, assisted into gov’t by Allegra, introduces a wealth tax and a death tax

There might be some buyer’s remorse next week among the leafy Greens if Jim Chalmers gets stuck into family trusts.

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 16, 2022 7:04 pm

if Jim Chalmers gets stuck into family trusts.
Won’t happen. The Liars are all into them.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
May 16, 2022 7:04 pm

Where oh where are those horrid Mean Girls? Are they still running for Parliament? Why yes! Yes they are!

I’ve doubled my prayer quota and top of the list is my prayer that Dai Le wins the seat of Fowler — however tempting it is to change KKK (Komrade Killing Keneally) for FFF the Foul Fowl of Fowler – I’d prefer KKK not win the seat at all — an unbroken record of failure would be just the icing on her grifitng political career.

miltonf
miltonf
May 16, 2022 7:04 pm

Correct JC- the Demorats started a race war. They don’t want minorities being productive citizens. They want them rotting on welfare (good source of cannon fodder for their wars too).

Real Deal
Real Deal
May 16, 2022 7:05 pm

The pseudonymous Walter Waverley has his latest on Allegra at Quadrant. His responses to her Bot texts are magnificent. It almost has a Professor Bunyip feel to it.

For all of Spender’s canned riff about government accountability and failure to listen, it appears she has no appetite for listening to her potential electorate herself.

The upside of all this is that if the Teals do have the balance of power and side with Albo, they will likely repeat the chaos and shambles of Windsor and Oakeshott. The lead up to a 2025 election would be a clown show that could make Rudd-Gillard-Rudd a model of stability.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 16, 2022 7:09 pm

In the latter half of 1979, a chap called Brian James Dixon was Victoria’s Housing Minister.

From memory his not-so-official title was “Minister for Getting His Picture in the Paper”.

Wally Dali
Wally Dali
May 16, 2022 7:10 pm

KD, so why is St Kilda so pricey this last half century?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 16, 2022 7:11 pm

Please.
No Klaus jokes.
A Deaf Camp with gas plumbed to the showers is no laughing matter.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 16, 2022 7:11 pm

The good thing about Australian politics is that it makes Cuba look quite sane and reasonable by comparison. I don’t think Cuban cops would get the sack for pointing out that there are two sexes.

And American politics makes Russia look sane and reasonable by comparison. I am pretty sure Putin could say what a woman is.

Pedro the Loafer
Pedro the Loafer
May 16, 2022 7:13 pm

This is from Bob Barker, the goal umpire in the infamous 1979 Grand Final.

In the immortal words of Pommy pin up gal Mandy Rice Davies; “Well he would say that wouldn’t he”

Bob’s take; “It was above the boundary line!”

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 16, 2022 7:14 pm

I am currently reading a book I picked up at Hairy’s brother’s place. It is a very British book about growing up, growing older and achieving self-realisation by sticking to a challenge, the challenge in this case being chalking up 200 birds in a one-year bird-watching marathon. Its author is Lev Parikian, a noted orchestral conductor, a Londoner who is gainfully employed by the grace of the many community orchestras in which London abounds, one of which has Hairy’s brother and his wife as participant musicians.

A lapsed birdwatcher from childhood (as is Hairy), this unlikely top-selling book is a highly amusing and engaging account of Parikian’s quest for life’s meaning at a certain age, where honesty about sightings is the key rather than previous childhood aggrandizement about them. It rather reminds me of Alasdair Moffat’s similar search for meaning at Lindisfarne, in a book I reviewed a few years ago for Quadrant. Like Moffat, Parikian presents as another mad Britisher of a vague and not-too-dangerously leftie turn (par for the London elites) realising that life’s twig from which we must all fall is getting shorter.

Australians similarly placed on the twig with an interest in music and birds would enjoy it, for he welds his themes in a bracingly honest self-revealing dialogue with himself about his trials, within his family and with other watchers in bird-hides, that keeps you page-turning. It might make a Quadrant review, with some choice excerpts to give the flavour. Lots of ifs though: I have time and if they might want it.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 16, 2022 7:15 pm

You just get the feeling that Roger is going to cop a serve from the couch sometime soon.

Bruce in WA
May 16, 2022 7:15 pm

We’ve already had a couple of deaths on escooters here in Perth. One or two councils are looking at putting a ban on their use after dark. Why not? They ban every other bloody thing.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 16, 2022 7:16 pm

A Deaf Camp with gas plumbed to the showers is no laughing matter.

The WEF are doing well to get a plumber at the moment.

Bluey
Bluey
May 16, 2022 7:18 pm

DrBeauGansays:
May 16, 2022 at 7:11 pm
The good thing about Australian politics is that it makes Cuba look quite sane and reasonable by comparison. I don’t think Cuban cops would get the sack for pointing out that there are two sexes.

And American politics makes Russia look sane and reasonable by comparison. I am pretty sure Putin could say what a woman is.

I recall Putin making a point of honoring mothers sometime in the last couple of years, for being the ones who create a future for Russia. Can you imagine a politician here doing that?
Didn’t Viktor Orban do much the same for Hungary too? Despite his credentials standing up to the soviet union, he’s been castigated by pretty much all and sundry outside Hungary.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 16, 2022 7:20 pm

Bob’s take; “It was above the boundary line!”

It was three rows back.
It came back with tomato sauce on it.
But it only upsets KD, so we probably shouldn’t talk about it.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 16, 2022 7:21 pm

The book is titled ‘Why do Birds Suddenly Disappear?’ and fear not, it is not a book about ‘climate change’ or an overwrought view of the loss of species in Britain. It is about how it is difficult to hunt out rarer birds in their habitat because they are pesky little hiders, the ones you really really want to spot, who set out deliberately the thwart you; or so it seems.

Figures
Figures
May 16, 2022 7:22 pm

So according to m0nty there has never once in history been a conspiracy of any kind.

No terrorists, no organized crime, no gangs, no state/military secrets, no security clearances. Nobody has ever engaged in secret nefarious activity before and anybody who says they have is a “cooker”.

FMD leftists would be hilarious except they’re allowed to vote. They all started using the term “cooker” to describe people who objected to taking lots of drugs and they all think they’re really clever for having done so.

John H.
John H.
May 16, 2022 7:22 pm

First combat loss of a Russian T-90M tank by a Swedish delivered Carl Gustaf 8.4cm recoilless rifle

Can this be true? I knew it was a thing in WW2 but expected that modern armour would have eliminated this threat.

Cassie of Sydney
May 16, 2022 7:23 pm

In NSW we have Matt Kean, aka Mr Green who, when he isn’t trying to disendorse Katherine Deves, is smearing conservatives as Trumpists and Putin sympathisers.

In Victoria they have Groundhog Guy. I don’t know who’s worse….

“Controversial Victorian Liberal Bernie Finn says he finds it “extraordinary” that his colleagues are moving to expel him from the party days before a federal election.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy confirmed on Monday afternoon that Victorian Liberal MPs will vote on Mr Finn’s future in the party when state parliament resumes next week.

“It is imperative that Liberal Members of Parliament must be solely focused on recovering and rebuilding Victoria,” Mr Guy said.

“A continued lack of discipline and repeated actions detrimental to the party’s ability to stand up for the interests of Victorians has left no other option but to consider Mr Finn’s eligibility to represent the Liberal Party.”

Mr Finn resigned as opposition whip last week after Mr Guy publicly rebuked social media comments that he is “praying” for abortion to be banned in Australia, in response to the leaked US Supreme Court draft decision on the issue.

He subsequently publicly declared that rape victims should not be given access to abortion.

Responding to Mr Guy’s statement on Monday, Mr Finn told The Australian: “I find it extraordinary that this move would come the week of a federal election.”

“The federal government is facing a huge challenge on Saturday to be re-elected. For somebody to deliberately and with malice start a factional hit job within the state parliamentary party right now, I find obscene.

“This is insanity. The last thing the federal government needs now is a major show of disunity in the Victorian division.”

Mr Finn said Mr Guy had not spoken to him directly “for some months” and he had learnt of the move to expel him through the media.

“After 23 years in the parliamentary party, I would have thought the leader would at least be prepared to make a phone call,” he said.

“I thought one of the basic tenets of the Liberal Party was freedom of speech. What I said last week is nothing new.

“Matthew Guy sat next to me in a number of divisions through the abortion debate in 2008. We voted exactly the same on every single division. Now he tells me there’s no room for my views in the party.”

JC
JC
May 16, 2022 7:24 pm

Dot

Nice piece about NGDP targeting. If the Fed was following a 4% target, it would have tightened policy last year.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 16, 2022 7:26 pm

FMD.
My dog Spot (not his real name) is an expensive klutz.
His latest trick?
Managed to hook a dew claw into his collar and then tore the claw trying to untangle it.
Off to the vet and $120 later it is fixed.

miltonf
miltonf
May 16, 2022 7:27 pm

Yes the ‘west’ in in the grip of a marxist death cult which is why I prefer Putin to any of the poisonous mediocrities from Justine to blojo. First it was killing the unborn, now it’s mutilating boys and girls. What kind of a society does that to its future citizens and workers?

Vicki
Vicki
May 16, 2022 7:29 pm

Australians are generally imbeciles.

I can only speak for the areas I know. Those in the well heeled suburbs often are. There are an incredible number of ex-Libs on north side who think Zali Steggall is fantastic – although they can’t say exactly what she has achieved for the electorate. Similarly, there are still Lib devotees who can’t see how Morrison has betrayed the Party’s ideals. On the other hand, it would seem that the “westies”don’t see advantage in any of the major Parties. Good for them. West of Sydney, on the other side of the mountains, in the Central Tablelands, I see a lot of placards for UAP on house fences in the small towns.

miltonf
miltonf
May 16, 2022 7:34 pm

I’m coming to the view that there’s more wisdom in the tradie class than in the so called professional classes.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 16, 2022 7:34 pm

munty’s argument about “cookers” seems to be a bit circular.

Those who describe others as “cookers” (Hello munty!) because the others supposedly see conspiracies everywhere themselves seem to be seeing conspiracies involving the alleged “cookers”.

It seems that munty and his fellows are themselves “cookers”.

calli
calli
May 16, 2022 7:35 pm

Wrong Conspiracy Theory, KD.

“Cosmic” and “eternal” were the hints.

Let’s just say humanity has been in a hidden conflict since a certain entity decided to tempt them and have them for his own. With mixed results.

Bar Beach Swimmer
May 16, 2022 7:38 pm

Tom says:
May 16, 2022 at 9:17 am
Gez at 8.38am, don’t blame voters for the s**t politicians Australia has. It’s not their fault and they don’t have the attention span of gnats: people have lives and don’t want to waste their time thinking about politics except for a week or so once in every cycle — a luxury they’re currently forced to forgo as we don’t have politicians we can trust on any level.

Tom, BC, (before covid), I would’ve agreed. PC, (post covid, and during the health and financial debacle of the last two years), there is a huge number of average Aussies who’ve woken up, been woken, by what’s been done to them and the country.

Earlier tonight, I saw Craig Kelly on Kenny on Sky. He said that he’s noted a significant number of electors entering pre-polls not asking for HTV cards – they know what they’re doing this time ‘round. So they’re no longer busy and disengaged.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 16, 2022 7:38 pm

Most vets wouldn’t get out of bed for $120. Our last dog had to go to the vet because it ate a whole potato which got stuck and affected its heart beat. Always chew your food.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 16, 2022 7:39 pm

Eyriesays:
May 16, 2022 at 7:04 pm
if Jim Chalmers gets stuck into family trusts.
Won’t happen. The Liars are all into them.

Same with a wealth tax and death duties. These days, the liars (Parliamentary and party officials) are big holders of investment houses and share portfolios. Only idiots like munty still believe that they are poor but honest wukkas, doing their best for their former production line maaaates.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 16, 2022 7:40 pm

He said that he’s noted a significant number of electors entering pre-polls not asking for HTV cards – they know what they’re doing this time ‘round. So they’re no longer busy and disengaged

That doesn’t sound good for SloMo.

Ed Case
Ed Case
May 16, 2022 7:41 pm

I’m quite surprised how bad Albo has been on the campaign trail. He wasn’t such a crappy media performer in the past.

He’s never been under any pressure before.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
May 16, 2022 7:43 pm

I’m coming to the view that there’s more wisdom in the tradie class than in the so called professional classes.

Because they have most probably been educated beyond their intellectual capacity.

Rabz
May 16, 2022 7:43 pm

Conspiracy Theory

I prefer the term “Conspiracy Hypothesis”.

Indolent
Indolent
May 16, 2022 7:45 pm
H B Bear
H B Bear
May 16, 2022 7:46 pm

Significant Albo wasn’t given a major portfolio like Heath or Education. Either in Government or Opposition. Groogs could be right. *shakes head and goes away to check his workings*.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 16, 2022 7:46 pm

miltonfsays:
May 16, 2022 at 7:34 pm
I’m coming to the view that there’s more wisdom in the tradie class than in the so called professional classes.

As a retired member of the so-called “professional class”, I have felt that for a considerable time.

132andBush
132andBush
May 16, 2022 7:47 pm

Rosie,

And I agree farmers produce but rural towns have their fair share of intergenerational welfare types.

We certainly do, although even they have been shamed into some sort of occupation because of the labour shortage out here.

Rabz
May 16, 2022 7:49 pm

although they can’t say exactly what she (Steggles) has achieved for the electorate

Precisely bugger all. Which is why in any sane world she’d be a very good chance to be punted on Saturday (or not even elected in the first place, but that’s another issue entirely).

P.S. The Fat Cloive Party ads are on very high rotation this evening on Sky.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 16, 2022 7:49 pm

These days, the liars (Parliamentary and party officials) are big holders of investment houses and share portfolio

That’s labor philosophy as espoused by Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, Julia Gilliard and Bill Shorten. “We live in waterfront mansions, have multi million dollar share portfolios and investment properties for the good of the wukkas. You who live in such a style are filthy Tories, from the top end of town.”

Anyone know where I can buy a “T” shirt, ridiculing Albo’s pompous remark?

miltonf
miltonf
May 16, 2022 7:54 pm

Peacock got it right about little filth in 1984 and wasn’t he dragged over the coals for stating the truth.

132andBush
132andBush
May 16, 2022 7:56 pm

DrBeauGan says:
May 16, 2022 at 5:05 pm

Accidentally reported.
Sorry

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 16, 2022 7:58 pm

There are some “interesting” domestic situations in rural areas. The Old Man had some pigs on “agistment” at a neighbours place which seemed to take a very flexible approach to the requirement for school attendance.

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
May 16, 2022 8:00 pm

If they are Taiwanese and Christian, won’t the Woke be demanding that they get a medal?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-05-16/one-person-dead-after-shooting-at-presbyterian-church-california/101071164

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 16, 2022 8:02 pm

And I agree farmers produce but rural towns have their fair share of intergenerational welfare types.

We certainly do, although even they have been shamed into some sort of occupation because of the labour shortage out here.

Homewest, here in the Wild West, brought houses in certain regional towns, and moved families out of certain Perth suburbs to live. The thinking was that they could spend their welfare cheques in the local town, their kids could boost the numbers at the local school, and there was plenty of work available. To be fair, there have been a few sucess stories, but by and large, it hasn’t been a successful experiment . Nobody understands their special needs, there are no support networks, and the work available is “demeaning.”

Thefrollickingmole
Thefrollickingmole
May 16, 2022 8:02 pm

Monty.

A felon or ex felon, regardless of race will be over represented in numbers shot by police.

Anyway you are determined to argue in bad faith, and stupidly at that.

There are cases to be made where local governments treat their population as a cash cow and traffic violations are rightly seen as victimising people.

JC
JC
May 16, 2022 8:09 pm

How do agist pigs, Bear. Were they racing pigs?

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
May 16, 2022 8:09 pm

You’re spot on about Albo, HB Bear. My contacts in the transport sector say he was a huge disappointment as Transport and Infrastructure minister. He and the hacks in his office showed no interest whatsoever in transport policy or portfolio administration: it was only ever about press releases, opinion polls and caucus numbers. The gotcha moments are no surprise: we have a mind unclouded by policy principles, let alone by policy detail.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 16, 2022 8:14 pm

How do agist pigs, Bear

Good question.

Thefrollickingmole
Thefrollickingmole
May 16, 2022 8:22 pm

JC
We had 500 or so emus on agistment when I worked on an emu farm.

Ed Case
Ed Case
May 16, 2022 8:22 pm

A felon or ex felon, regardless of race will be over represented in numbers shot by police.
Blacks are more likely to be felons or ex felons?
That’s a pretty racist assumption, would you care to walk it back?

JC
JC
May 16, 2022 8:27 pm

Mole I was kidding around. Normally,I just hear agistment applying to horses.

JC
JC
May 16, 2022 8:31 pm

FMD, I never thought I’d see the day.
52/39.

Just wow!

You can read the polls and see the trends. In 2012, Obama went 71% to Romney’s anemic 27% among Hispanic voters. Sure, Romney is a dog-tormenting sack of human Miracle Whip, yet wow – that sucked. But today, our doddering dust puppet of a president is scoring just 26% approval with Hispanics; there are more popular foot fungi. In a recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, Latinos prefer Republicans in the mid-terms 52 to 39 percent. That’s a thermonuclear bomb detonating under the Dems’ hopes and dreams.

Not just a bomb, but the tsar bomb.

JC
JC
May 16, 2022 8:32 pm

Mole
Why do they farm emus.

MatrixTransform
May 16, 2022 8:32 pm

When the fat imbecile starts lying about what other people have said …

there’s a broad principle that could have some merit

just sayin’

MatrixTransform
May 16, 2022 8:33 pm

ps: they don’t have to be fat

132andBush
132andBush
May 16, 2022 8:34 pm

Special Ed,
How’d the research go on the slaves?

Ed Case
Ed Case
May 16, 2022 8:38 pm

Do your own research.
Don’t tell me how you went.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 16, 2022 8:39 pm

Dickless

Blacks are more likely to be felons or ex felons?
That’s a pretty racist assumption, would you care to walk it back?

In the US, it is a fact supported by masses of data. If you regard facts as “waaaaysssisssst”, that is simply your disconnection from reality.

Ed Case
Ed Case
May 16, 2022 8:40 pm

Why do they farm emus.
Because they can.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 16, 2022 8:41 pm

Ed Casesays:
May 16, 2022 at 8:38 pm
Do your own research.
Don’t tell me how you went.

Again, Dickless runs a mile from potential exposure to factual data.

Sad, low energy.

Frank
Frank
May 16, 2022 8:43 pm

H B Bear

Our last dog had to go to the vet because it ate a whole potato which got stuck and affected its heart beat.

What breed was it? How big was the spud?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 16, 2022 8:46 pm

I hadn’t realised it was so easy to make a conspiracy theory out of thin air. I only wanted to create a tarted-up reply to calli about Big Theories.

The Harmes Fit-Up of ’79. Three seconds of thought – cui bono, ie who gains from that result? Property developers? Collingwood’s shit, certainly was at the time and was a three wood away from ponced-up East Melbourne, just hitting his straps.

Who was the Housing Minister? Oh, Brian Dixon, the Melbourne bloke. Stroke of luck. A cheap unverifiable hypothesis attached to a single uninteresting standalone fact, and you get:

In the latter half of 1979, a chap called Brian James Dixon was Victoria’s Housing Minister. Dixon had reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Less than a minute’s work. Give me (or anyone) half an hour and JFK will be next up, and sorted.

Frank
Frank
May 16, 2022 8:48 pm

Emu oil.

JC
JC
May 16, 2022 8:49 pm

America’s wealthy aren’t the tech idiots.

It’s the dude who owns the Toyota franchise or the liquor distributor. Generally, there businesses are very boring.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/14/opinion/sunday/rich-happiness-big-data.html

JC
JC
May 16, 2022 8:51 pm

STFU , mr Ed.

JC
JC
May 16, 2022 8:54 pm

Their

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 16, 2022 8:58 pm

Wally Dali at 7.10:

KD, so why is St Kilda so pricey this last half century?

It’s close to the fentanyl wholesalers.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 16, 2022 8:59 pm

Emu oil.

I’ve seen emu meat for sale.

132andBush
132andBush
May 16, 2022 9:00 pm

A cheap unverifiable hypothesis attached to a single uninteresting standalone fact, and you get:

And now you too can go about your life, smug in the assurance that you know something no-one else does.

132andBush
132andBush
May 16, 2022 9:03 pm

Ed Case says:
May 16, 2022 at 8:38 pm

Do your own research.
Don’t tell me how you went.

Bit testy tonight, Special.

Constipation?
Try drinking more water.

Frank
Frank
May 16, 2022 9:07 pm

Emu leather sounds familiar too.

Frank
Frank
May 16, 2022 9:09 pm

The airport in Melbourne seemed to sell coin purses made out of kangaroo testicles.

National symbols get no respect in this country.

Cassie of Sydney
May 16, 2022 9:21 pm

“And American politics makes Russia look sane and reasonable by comparison. I am pretty sure Putin could say what a woman is.”

Careful DrBG, DaStiff might accuse you of being a Putin apologist.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 16, 2022 9:23 pm

It would appear John Wick’s hooked up again, has a child and is sending said child to primary school in Darwin (the NT News):

A STUDENT at a Top End primary school has stabbed a staff member in the eye with a pencil, the NT News understands.

The Department of Education confirmed they were aware of “a student incident at Jingili Primary School last week”. The incident occurred last Wednesday and an internal review is currently underway by the department.

Presumably the report concluded that the staff member was part of the Russian Mafia, wasn’t quick enough and should have snapped the kid’s neck before he got within range.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 16, 2022 9:27 pm

Franksays:
May 16, 2022 at 9:09 pm
The airport in Melbourne seemed to sell coin purses made out of kangaroo testicles.

National symbols get no respect in this country.

More likely scrotums (scrota?) than testicles.

132andBush
132andBush
May 16, 2022 9:33 pm

A STUDENT at a Top End primary school has stabbed a staff member in the eye with a f u c k i n g pencil, the NT News understands.

Fixed.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 16, 2022 9:38 pm

I just want to highlight Vicki’s post below.
Her link leads to one article and from there you can read several about the whole IVM saga. One has a link to a IVM timeline summary which is very detailed. Includes fact the Japanese inventor also suggested something going on in relation to conflicts of interest relating to Merck his original partner. Another mentions conflicts of interest.
Some may have seen the Dr Tess Lawrie clip where she shows Zoom call with Dr Andrew Hill (Liverpool Uni) who basically trashed IVM when they were about to ask UK Health to recommend it urgently. The links below go into more detail and mentions another Dr (Owen) from Liverpool who stands to gain if IVM used in injectable form. Gates and his charity also.
It weaves an incredible story with many links to his sources.
This should be front page news worldwide but wont even get a mention in MSM. The articles explain the financial implications of why IVM was trashed.
Perhaps not unrelated to fact Bill Gates gave hundreds of millions to newspapers in past few years.
Not seen the author on any podcasts yet but would love to see Rogan have him on as heads would explode with that kind of exposure.
Thanks Vicki as that was one of best links I have seen posted here.

Vickisays:
May 16, 2022 at 2:46 pm
Don’t know if I have posted this before.

Unitaid and Medincell are looking to develop Ivermectin in vaccine form. It seems that although patent has run out on Ivermectin in current form as animal drench and human tablet for parasites, it would resume currency for vaccine reincarnation.

Money always triumphs. Is it the most disgusting aspect of the human species??

https://philharper.substack.com/p/why-unitaid-keep-turning-up-for-ivermectin?utm_source=email

Thefrollickingmole
Thefrollickingmole
May 16, 2022 9:46 pm

It was back quite a while ago
Other places have tulip mania or other weird manias.
Australia had a emu farm “ bubble”
Emus were selling for hundreds of Dallas each.
Then it cratered after someone asked “ what are you going to do with a shift on of emus”.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 16, 2022 10:07 pm

Watching a bit of Danger Close.

How did any “technical adviser” have the Brig referring to the senior RAAFie as Captain, not Group Captain, and the Groupie referring to one of his pilots as Lieutenant rather than Flight Lieutenant?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 16, 2022 10:09 pm

Any of the bush lawyers on the Cat help out? What happens if West Australian coppers don’t prepare their brief of evidence in the ten weeks allowed by the Court?

Wooroloo arson: Time running out for prosecutors in case against accused fire starter Daniel Gunter Preuss
Tim Clarke
The West Australian
Mon, 16 May 2022 11:13AM

Prosecutors have been warned that their time is running out to prepare the brief of evidence against the man accused of causing the Wooroloo bushfire which destroyed 86 homes and scorched more than 10,000ha.

Daniel Gunter Preuss, 41, was back in Perth Magistrates Court on Monday, more than 15 months after the vicious blaze which tore through the rural area last February.

The fire is regarded as one of the worst in WA history.

It is not alleged that Mr Preuss deliberately lit the blaze.

But he is facing allegations that failed to take reasonable precautions while using an angle grinder to remove a padlock from a sea container on his Wooroloo property on that day when a total fire ban was in place.
The Wooroloo bushfires through 10,000ha and destroyed 86 homes in the Perth Hills.

He has also been charged with carrying out an activity in the open air that caused or was likely to cause a fire. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years jail.

On Monday, prosecutors told magistrate Cillian Stockdale that police were still conducting interviews as part of the case, and needed weeks more time.

Magistrate Stockdale said he would give the prosecution ten more weeks.

But by then the prosecution would have to be ready to send the case to the District Court, where a potential trial could be heard.

Mr Preuss, who is on bail, will have to come to court in July.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 16, 2022 10:23 pm

Watching a bit of Danger Close.

Only watched a bit of “Danger Close.”

Dunno who the military advisor was.

Vietnam a “civil war?” Only according to the North Vietnamese propaganda machine.

Two section scouts, practically holding hands, walking into an open clearing, not around?

Senior officers, shouting at each other, in the command post, in front of “Other Ranks?”

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 16, 2022 10:28 pm

I’m coming to the view that there’s more wisdom in the tradie class than in the so called professional classes.

The so called professional classes these days comprise mainly the obedient and conformist part of the population. They used to be selected for intelligence; now they are selected for neuroticism.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 16, 2022 10:30 pm

They used to be selected for intelligence; now they are selected for neuroticism.

They are good at soaking up uncritically whatever ideas are floating around. Critical thought, not so much.

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 16, 2022 10:43 pm

Chris Dawson ‘had no reason to kill or get rid of his wife’

Chris Dawson’s defence has declared he is innocent of his missing wife Lynette’s murder, saying she had reason to want to dis­appear.

His barrister, Pauline David, delivered her opening address at his murder trial on Monday, telling the court there was “not a scintilla of truth” in him approaching anyone to get rid of his wife.

She said it was not in issue that there were problems in the marriage, with Mr Dawson forming a relationship with a teenage student, but while Mr Dawson had no reason whatsoever to be motivated to kill or get rid of his wife, there was much reason for Lynette Dawson to be motivated to rid herself of him and disappear, she said.

“Christopher Dawson, the accused, did not kill Lynette Dawson,” Ms David said.

Lynette Dawson’s neighbour and friend Julie Andrew on Monday became the first witness at the trial, testifying that she saw Mr Dawson “towering” over and screaming at his wife, with at least one hand on her shoulder”.

The incident occurred near a trampoline on the Dawson family’s property at Bayview on Sydney’s northern beaches in December 1981, Ms Andrew said. Weeks later, Lyn, 33, vanished.

Ms Andrew said she moved closer as the incident unfolded as she was “really frightened for her”. The Dawsons’ youngest daughter, Sherryn, had come into view.

She heard Lyn say: “What’s Daddy doing to us?”

A few hours later, Ms Andrew phoned to see whether Lyn was OK then went over to see her, the court was told.

Lyn had already alluded to being aware of a relationship between her husband and JC, the family’s babysitter, she said.

Mr Dawson was infatuated with JC and Lyn was worried about her moving in.

Ms Andrew told the court she didn’t swear regularly but told Lyn: “You can’t have her move in here, he’s f..king the babysitter.”

Mr Dawson, 73, sat with his arms crossed looking at Ms Andrew for parts of her evidence.

Ms Andrew said JC was at the Dawsons’ swimming pool topless several times, once wearing only a G-string. Lyn’s self-­esteem had plummeted, she said. The trampoline incident was the last time she saw or spoke to Lyn.

Ms Andrew was grilled by the defence on her interactions with The Australian’s Hedley Thomas for the podcast series The Teacher’s Pet, with snippets of their recorded conversations played in court.

Interest in the podcast from Australian actor Hugh Jackman and other stars, and plans for a book and a TV series or movie, were discussed during the recordings.

On the day of Mr Dawson’s arrest for Lynette’s alleged murder, Ms Andrew said in a recording they had to enjoy the moment but it was just the beginning. Winning the game would be seeing him convicted, held accountable and spending the rest of his life in prison, she said in the call.

Ms David suggested to Ms Andrew she was in a “mutual admiration society”.

She asked Ms Andrew if she wanted to make sure she had something pretty significant to say because of her importance to the podcast, adding that she was receiving a “significant amount of flattery”.

Ms Andrew said she was not easily flattered, and denied repeated suggestions from the barrister that she had invented, altered or embellished her evidence.

Lynette would not have left her children, she insisted. “She was wonderful. She was very caring. Very loving. She was an inspiration,” Ms Andrew said.

“I do believe Chris Dawson murdered his wife. I’d be lying to you if I said otherwise.”

The defence barrister suggested Ms Andrew had come to court “to portray Mr Dawson in the most monstrous manner you possibly can”.

Ms Andrew replied: “I’ve come to tell the truth.”

Her language in describing events may have changed over time but the incident in her mind had not changed, she said.

Ms David outlined the former teacher and professional footballer’s version of events, saying he had driven his wife to a bus stop at Mona Vale to go shopping on January 9, 1982.

Lynette was due to meet her husband, her mother, Helena Simms, and her children at the Northbridge Baths where Mr Dawson was working that day.

At 3pm, a staff member at the baths’ kiosk notified Mr Dawson of an STD phone call.

Mr Dawson took the call and spoke to Lynette, who said in effect she was not going to be at the pool or be returning home that day, Ms David said.

Mr Dawson returned and spoke to Lyn’s mother and another witness, Phillip Day, who both observed he was shaken, she said.

It was not in issue that there had been no personal contact between Lyn and her family since that time, but Mr Dawson denied she was dead.

Subsequent phone calls to Mr Dawson and bank card transactions showed Lyn was alive after the last time she spoke to her family, Ms David said.

The crown had opened by saying police were unable to find any evidence that Lyn survived after January 9.

It was the very lack of police investigation that had “caused great prejudice” to Mr Dawson, his barrister said.

Police investigations into Lyn’s disappearance were characterised by inexplicable delays, the loss of records and the failure to follow up leads that Lyn was alive, she said. Some leads were “just ignored”.

Ms David then turned to the “so-called hit man allegation”.

The prosecution alleges Mr Dawson approached a former Newtown Jets teammate, Robert Silkman, on a plane six years before she disappeared and asked him to help get rid of Lyn.

Mr Dawson’s former teenage lover, JC, has separately told police that in 1981 he spoke of contemplating getting a hit man to kill Lyn.

“It is a suggestion that is emphatically and utterly denied,” Ms David said.

JC’s first account about Mr Dawson discussing a hit man was made in 1990 during a “bitter custody dispute” shortly after she and Mr Dawson had separated, the court was told.

Lyn’s sister Pat Jenkins has begun giving evidence, telling the court Lyn was devoted to her children after initially struggling to fall pregnant.

Lyn was “so affectionate to my children” and “just wanted children of her own”, Ms Jenkins said.

She will continue giving evidence on Tuesday.

Oz

Tom
Tom
May 16, 2022 10:52 pm

It’s buried in the pay TV audience figures, but Piers Morgan’s arrival in Australia in a deal with Rupert Murdoch’s global TV empire via its local affiliate Sky News Australia is turning into a giant ratings turkey.

Morgan has been parked in the difficult 9.30pm timeslot on Tuesday to Friday nights and is rating less than half the network’s daily ratings hit, Paul Murray Live.

Murray attracts around 80,000 viewers per night nationally on Sky News, but Morgan is garnering less than half that on most nights.

On his night off on Mondays, Morgan is even being out-rated by his fill-in, Rita Panahi, who is attracting more than 40,000 viewers.

It didn’t help that Morgan’s first act in his new Murdoch deal was to dump a bucket on former US president Donald Trump, who is very popular on Sky News Australia’s top-rating Sunday show, Outsiders.

I predict Murdoch will be facing a big payout in the next few weeks when Sky admits defeat and pulls the Piers Morgan show off the air.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 16, 2022 10:56 pm

Watching a bit of Danger Close.

Interesting that the Cross at Long Tan, is one of two memorials to “imperialist” soldiers in Vietnam – the other is the memorial to the French paratroopers, on top of what was “Elaine 2” at Dien Bien Phu.

Anything else was quietly bulldozed after “Reunification.”

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 16, 2022 11:44 pm

From Gateway Pundit.

“Bill Gates told Anderson Cooper’s audience that people over the age of 50 will probably have to get Covid boosters every 6 months until we get a better vaccine”.

So basically if it is not effective you need to take it more often.

Unfortunately I get the strong feeling our medical experts would be more than happy to go with that.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 16, 2022 11:46 pm

Zulu,
Long Tan Cross was brought to Australia a few years ago and now in War Memorial.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 16, 2022 11:53 pm

Seeing him dump on Trump and his constant saying no issues with 2020 election made me have zero interest in Morgan’s show. I think a fair chunk of Sky Oz viewers might have similar thoughts.

I don’t see how 9.30 pm is the prime slot either.

Go Rita !

“It didn’t help that Morgan’s first act in his new Murdoch deal was to dump a bucket on former US president Donald Trump, who is very popular on Sky News Au”.

John H.
John H.
May 17, 2022 12:39 am

DrBeauGansays:
May 16, 2022 at 10:28 pm
I’m coming to the view that there’s more wisdom in the tradie class than in the so called professional classes.

The so called professional classes these days comprise mainly the obedient and conformist part of the population. They used to be selected for intelligence; now they are selected for neuroticism.

I wonder if that is a function of the media choosing to present the professional classes to us. The issue isn’t neuroticism which has a specific meaning relating to anxiety, negativity, and depression. There are plenty of very good professional people but those aren’t presented to the general public. What I find so infuriating about modern discourse in the public realm is the narrow range of views provided by the media. The problem is modern journalists have opinions about subjects of which they are very ignorant and choose the professionals to provide them with confirmation of their opinions. The journalists I respect are the ones who specialise in specific fields but they are a minority in the profession and have little control over the discourse.

Winston Smith
May 17, 2022 3:17 am

Frank:

Emu leather sounds familiar too.

Had a youngish fellow in the High Dependency Unit in Kalgoorlie. He was carving an emu egg and he’d done one for one of the girls, charged her $10 and a smile.
I asked him who he was giving this one to, and he mentioned a famous bloke who was doing the rounds with his band.
Intrigued, I asked him how mush he was charging him.
“Fuck ‘im, that bloke rollin’ in cash. I charge the bugger full price 500 buck.”

Tom
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johanna
johanna
May 17, 2022 4:36 am

I’m not a close follower of criquet, but it does seem that there is a difference between the sentiments being expressed about the sad departures of two prominent players.

One set of reactions is like those after the demise of a rock star, while the other set is about the demise of someone who was held in high regard by people who actually knew him, with a dash of the rock star element.

Takes all kinds, I guess.

Gabor
Gabor
May 17, 2022 4:46 am

Looks like Turkey has considered the implications of Finland’s and treacherous Sweden’s applications for membership in NATO after all and will veto it, for very valid reasons too.

Still, remains to be seen what happens, there are a couple of other members with reservations.

johanna
johanna
May 17, 2022 4:51 am

Surprise, surprise:

Would a first home buyer, then, be better off leaving their money in their super fund and allowing it to compound over time?

Or would they be better off pulling it out and putting towards their first home, and then selling it at some stage later?

The Australia Institute modelling for ABC News shows they are likely better off leaving their money in superannuation.

Readers, if you or anyone you know is in a position to become a home owner via their super, assuming that the repayments are affordable and the property is sound – do it!

TheirABC pays The ALP/Ponds Institute to deter people from owning their own homes – quelle surprise. They are also against owning your own car, private schools and a myriad of other sins against their Utopian vision of shared property/poverty.

TheirABC runs stories every day demanding that the State purchase more property to redistribute via the taxes of the productive. What they never do is analyse (h/t dot) the component of property prices that is due to government regulation and taxation.

Winston Smith
May 17, 2022 5:04 am

Gabor:

Looks like Turkey has considered the implications of Finland’s and treacherous Sweden’s applications for membership in NATO after all and will veto it, for very valid reasons too.

I’d be very interested in the rationale behind those statements, Gabor.
Personally I’d like to see Turkey turfed out of NATO for their continued threats to let illegal refugees from the Middle East.

Winston Smith
May 17, 2022 5:19 am

After Causing the US Baby Formula Crisis, FDA Head Now OK with Opening Plant FDA Shut Down Three Months Ago – in two weeks time.
So why not let the plant open today?
Because they want the baby food crisis to continue. It will be a month before product is available nationwide.
This is just sheer bastardisation.

Gabor
Gabor
May 17, 2022 5:19 am

Winston Smith says:
May 17, 2022 at 5:04 am

I’d be very interested in the rationale behind those statements, Gabor.
Personally I’d like to see Turkey turfed out of NATO for their continued threats to let illegal refugees from the Middle East.

I didn’t post the link bc. it’s in a foreign lingo. Look for Kurdish influence in Sweden and Finland. Spec numbers in parliament in Sweden and the fact that Turkey regards them as a terrorist organization against Turkey and that Sweden especially has no problem with them operating there and extending their influence, wide and far.

I don’t care if they get in or not, but I do not think it’s a good idea and conceived in a rush of adrenaline, without thinking through the implications.
Seems to me it’s happening not only on inconsequential blogs but in seats of power as well

Gabor
Gabor
May 17, 2022 5:32 am

Wilson, making decisions based on emotion.
PS, see Eurovision, or was it Eurosong? winner.
What a farce.

Winston Smith
May 17, 2022 5:33 am

From Solar Power to a cow shed.
https://dailycaller.com/2022/05/15/greenpeace-solar-farm-india-cattle-shed-renewable-energy/
Just another waste of money.

johanna
johanna
May 17, 2022 5:37 am

Both NATO and the EU are becoming more and more unmanageable because they keep trying to expand, even if it means incorporating countries which are clearly a bad fit. It’s the bureaucratic imperative writ large – grow or die.

Turkey is an economic basket case approaching Venezuealan dimensions – runaway inflation, currency only worth washers etc. Whatever they do, be assured that it will come with a big financial bailout bill.

Gabor
Gabor
May 17, 2022 5:44 am

A nice little earner.
Since 2000 the EU sent 852 Mil Euro to Palestine.

Turkey is not in the EU, only in NATO and it’s highly unlikely that they are ever will be admitted.

Winston Smith
May 17, 2022 5:45 am

There’s a repeating story here:
Several alarms were raised, Law enforcement failed to act, he shouldn’t have been anywhere near a weapon, there were multiple crazy internet/social media comments by the young man, and yet – No One Acted.

will
will
May 17, 2022 5:46 am
rosie
rosie
May 17, 2022 5:47 am

Good to see the covid ivermectin drums still beating.
Even Victoria hasn’t mandated universal boosters.
It’s omicron.
If a 92 year old who’s been confined to a wheelchair for six years can ‘beat it’ the stories of I took this and that are somewhat ludicrous.

rickw
rickw
May 17, 2022 5:53 am

Two section scouts, practically holding hands, walking into an open clearing, not around?

A near universal feature of most recent war movies. Such an obvious error, maybe they can’t get the dramatic shot they want any more realistically.

win
win
May 17, 2022 6:00 am

Tintarella 6.40 “Petersens Cathy Newmans “so what you are saying”interview struck a chord in me and perhaps a lot of others at the contemptability of our own Cathy Newmans who to my mind are far worse .The promotion by Their ABC of some of the most unpleasant supercilious self satisfied and abhorrent women and their method of interviewing non conformists and their interference in election propaganda are rewarded with even higher salaries and greater promotion. Thank you Jorden Petersen.

johanna
johanna
May 17, 2022 6:05 am

TheirABC is worried about the fact that scrutineers from nasty extreme right wing parties are going to be present at the counting of votes. Why the presence of scrutineers is suddenly a Bad Thing is never explained:

The AEC is also being warned of a possible influx of scrutineers being recruited by “freedom parties” and advocacy groups linked to Australia’s anti-lockdown movement to challenge vote counting at the federal election.

Fuelled by conspiracy theories about voter fraud, teams of volunteers are attending training and gearing up to monitor vote counting on polling day.

johanna
johanna
May 17, 2022 6:06 am

Blockquote fail. The last two paras are courtesy of TheirABC.

rickw
rickw
May 17, 2022 6:20 am

Fuelled by conspiracy theories about voter fraud, teams of volunteers are attending training and gearing up to monitor vote counting on polling day.

You do wonder when no one you know voted for the filth that won.

johanna
johanna
May 17, 2022 6:24 am

Turkey is not in the EU, only in NATO and it’s highly unlikely that they are ever will be admitted.

Au contraire, there are powerful forces seeking to admit Turkey into the EU, notably Chermany, which has a substantial Turkish population. The EU has thrown large amounts of money at Turkey in the past, after Turkey threatened to open the floodgates of ‘refugees’ within their borders and let them into the EU to collect welfare.

Bloody Europe, always fomenting wars and trying to drag everyone else in. Always trying to create empires which fall apart for predictable reasons.

When you look at the tangled web of alliances that led to WWI, the sense of deja vu is unmistakeable. Here we go again. So what are they doing? Just as they’ve always done, creating new agreements across each other until the whole thing is an impenetrable funnel web spider hole, with only one entry or exit.

If it happens, I hope that not one Australian drop of blood is expended this time.

Winston Smith
May 17, 2022 6:28 am

https://www.eugyppius.com/p/on-the-failure-of-conservatives-to?utm_source=email&s=r

I was first summoned from inattentive normie sleep in 2015, when Angela Merkel opened the German borders to mass third-world immigration. It was an intensely strange moment. Weeks upon weeks of clearly manufactured media hysteria culminated in people of all political persuasions donating money and clothes to notional Syrian refugees and joining welcome parties at train stations. There they encountered primarily fighting-age men from across the Middle East and Africa, a far cry from the crowds of Syrian women and children and “doctors” that the media had promised. These refugees, supported by taxpayers and unleashed upon the indigenous population of Europe, behaved after the pattern of invaders across history. The press and government officials studiously hid the details of their conduct until the mass sexual assaults perpetrated at Cologne on Silvesternacht 2015/16 overwhelmed even the propaganda capacities of German state media.

Read on.

132andBush
132andBush
May 17, 2022 6:36 am

johanna says:
May 17, 2022 at 4:51 am

In that article it’s stated that the average age for having a deposit is 36.

If that’s the case there are a lot of people out there not having a go.

2dogs
2dogs
May 17, 2022 6:48 am

Turkey is only allowed in NATO so they can be sold armaments.

Russia is kept out of NATO because the arms manufacturers don’t want competition.

johanna
johanna
May 17, 2022 6:52 am

The greenie doomsayers keep talking about ‘stranded assets’ like coal mines and oil wells.

A dose of reality:

ESG AND GREEN BUSINESS
Giant global asset managers have $82 billion in coal projects, $468 billion in oil and gas
PUBLISHED WED, APR 20 2022

Catherine Clifford

Giant global asset managers are still dumping tens of billions of dollars into new coal projects and hundreds of billions of dollars into major oil and gas companies.

That’s according to a report out Wednesday from Reclaim Finance, an organization disclosing financial sector investments in fossil fuels.

The report, titled “The Asset Managers Fueling Climate Chaos,” found that collectively 30 asset managers have $82 billion in companies developing new coal projects and $468 billion in 12 major oil and gas companies.

“Is the asset management industry changing its investment practices in line with climate science, reducing investments in coal, oil, or gas expansion? Unfortunately, the answer is an emphatic ‘no,’” Lara Cuvelier of Reclaim Finance said in a statement released alongside the report. “Leading asset managers are kicking the can down the road without even asking companies to stop worsening the climate crisis.”

Divest away, virtue-signallers! The rewards will be reaped by those who buy your shares.

Dot
Dot
May 17, 2022 6:52 am

Bush

The cheapest brick freestanding home in Penrith I looked at yesterday is selling for 849k.

I don’t think people want to be anti natalist and live in dog boxes.

However, the choice has been made for them.

If you sock away 300-400 pw for ten+ years after graduation or trade school, the average age of first home buyers starts to make sense.

To even qualify for a loan at 3% for 30 years from a major bank for that home with a minimal deposit (say, 5% plus 3% of gifts and subsidies), you need to be basically making $130k p.a.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 17, 2022 6:53 am

A massive crater in my life this morning.

The outside TV has not completely shit itself, but is on the way out. From the look of it, a bird or something’s powered into the bottom left corner at some point yesterday, and now there’s the sinister picture fading in waves across the screen. Faded to black a couple of times last night (and again, as I type, just now).

I tried everything. Reset it, recabled, Googled. Everything TV medicine had to offer, I offered. Five years we were together, sitting under the verandah with a front row seat to life. Baking heat. Torrential rain. Lightning, and lots of it. Cyclones. The lot. Now it’s just sound without fury, but still signifying nothing.

Of course, if I took it to hospital the evil doctors there would kill it with their fake medicine and salt deprivation.

Anchor What
Anchor What
May 17, 2022 6:57 am

Today in No Evidence of Election Fraud:
“2000 Mules just the tip of the iceberg” says Michigan.
Gateway Pundit

johanna
johanna
May 17, 2022 6:58 am

KD, definitely don’t take it to hospital, especially Emergency.

You see those skeletons?

They are people who didn’t have wi fi.

Dot
Dot
May 17, 2022 7:00 am

Of course, if I took it to hospital the evil doctors there would kill it with their fake medicine and salt deprivation.

Voltage is healing.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 17, 2022 7:00 am

On the upside, the TV’s demise did spark a convo between the son and heir and I on the relative merits of buying versus renting items such as larger TVs in this day and age.

Right now the poor thing’s full bleck again, but still putting out perfect sound. It knows it’s gorn, but by Christ it’s going out with its boots on. The subtext is clear:

‘I’m not quite dead yet’

‘I don’t want to go on the cart’

Anchor What
Anchor What
May 17, 2022 7:01 am

Leigh Sales backed up Tom’s assertion that most of the media are drooling at the prospect of a change to Labor by asking Morro if he’d resign if he loses the election.

Diogenes
Diogenes
May 17, 2022 7:08 am

To even qualify for a loan at 3% for 30 years from a major bank for that home with a minimal deposit (say, 5% plus 3% of gifts and subsidies), you need to be basically making $130k p.a.

Don’t forget that you need to have saved for the stamp duty and money for the transfers upfront as well. On that cheapest house in Penriff, you have to pony up another 36+ k to give the government, add in a few k for your conveyancer and search fees and you are looking at having to save another 40k on top of the deposit.

132andBush
132andBush
May 17, 2022 7:09 am

Dot,

Then move away to regional areas.
Work everywhere, even for the unskilled.
Admittedly, before the covid shitshow , housing was cheaper but still affordable especially in smaller towns.

Like I said, people are not having a go.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 17, 2022 7:21 am

This one will amuse Dover.

Former M16 chief backs claims Vladimir Putin is in poor health following reports president is ‘very ill with blood cancer’ (Sky News, 16 May)

A former British spy who alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election campaign has backed claims Russian President Vladimir Putin is suffering from a serious illness.

Christopher Steele, who ran the Russian desk at M16 in London between 2006 and 2009, said Mr Putin’s illness is “part of the equation” of what is happening to Ukraine.

“Certainly, from what we’re hearing from sources in Russia and elsewhere, is that Putin is, in fact, quite seriously ill,” he told Sky News on Sunday.

You would think by now that Sky would have learned not to quote Christopher Steele about anything, let alone something Wussian.

What is it about the righty media that causes them to be sucked down the rabbithole along with the likes of CNN? Is there no media outlet that can sustain a conservative right wing outlook?

sfw
sfw
May 17, 2022 7:21 am

A couple of observations on posts from last night.

Lizzie wrote something about “chalking up 200 birds in one year” at last something about a modern Casanova, but it was about real birds, disappointing.

Emu farms, my brother ran an emu farm in Tassie in the late 90’s, the owner established it as a practice farm and intended to convert it to an ostrich farm once it was established. My brother actually got it making a small profit, the oil and skin were fairly easy to sell but you need to sell everything and the market for the meat was small. On top of that he had to get a local abattoir to establish a section for the emus as they required different handling and techniques. Then after starting with nothing and getting it going he came back from town one day and there was a ‘For Sale’ sign on the gate. The owner changed his mind about farming and without even telling my brother put it on the market.

My brother tried to buy it but couldn’t get the finance. It sold quick and he was left with 200 or more emus he couldn’t sell and so shot the lot and buried them in a gully up the back. Broke his heart it did.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
May 17, 2022 7:30 am

I watched an old episode of CSI yesterday.

One of the cases was that of a successful woman who had committed suicide. Whodunnit? Right?

Well they gave the game away when they assayed her room for clues and came across photos of her with famous people – turns out she was a newspaper editor. There was a photo of her with Nelson Mandela, and one with Bill Clinton, and…never mind. Crime solved.

Cassie of Sydney
May 17, 2022 7:47 am

On Saturday night there’ll be a change of government. As bad as Morrison and co. are, Albanese and his merrie mediocrities will be worse, far worse. This morning I’ve just read that Princess Allegra is on track to beat Sharma here in Wentworth. Whilst I’m sceptical of polls, I won’t be surprised if this happens, the Liberals have brought this on themselves, they’ve spent the last decade feeding the progressive crocodile in the hope of keeping it at bay but all it’s done is make the progressive crocodile hungrier. On Saturday night the crocodile will come for its pudding. But I digress, we must hope and pray that the senate is controlled by minor right of centre parties so that there is some form of circuit breaker in order to minimise the damage. The damage the Greens and the smug selfish band of despicable Teals will do to this country cannot be underestimated. I don’t know whether we should hope Labor wins a majority in its own right so that it doesn’t have to enter into unholy matrimony with the Greens and the Teals, or that it’s a hung parliament. However if it is a hung parliament then Labor will horse trade with the the Greens and Teals and this country will be on a trajectory towards disaster.

We need to keep the princesses from Wentworth, Kooyong, Goldstein etc away from power and then pray that the people’s judgment will drive these hideous fakes into a cellar of oblivion, just like the one in Ekaterinburg.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 17, 2022 7:47 am

Some very big holes developing in Russian energy production.
This puts will cause grief on two fronts.
Russian finances & the capacity for Europe to operate if it is a harsh summer.
As usual, the poor will cop it most.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 17, 2022 7:48 am

A big shout out to all you phobic people on IDAHOBIT Day.

A phobia is an uncontrollable, irrational, and lasting fear of a certain object, situation, or activity. This fear can be so overwhelming that a person may go to great lengths to avoid the source of this fear. One response can be a panic attack. This is a sudden, intense fear that lasts for several minutes.

How to win friends and influence people.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 17, 2022 7:54 am

I drove back to Sydney from Mudgee yesterday.
I was pleasantly surprised on one stretch of road when a truck pulled onto the shoulder at let a bunch of cars past (including myself).
I was shocked on two occasions between Mudgee & Katoomba someone was doing 70km/h in a 100 zone.
Thank goodness there were ample overtaking lanes.
That’s how accidents happen.
Boomers on both occasions.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 17, 2022 7:56 am

rickwsays:
May 17, 2022 at 5:53 am
Two section scouts, practically holding hands, walking into an open clearing, not around?

A near universal feature of most recent war movies. Such an obvious error, maybe they can’t get the dramatic shot they want any more realistically.

If they were properly spread out, there might only be two or three on the screen at a time. Not much for the audience to see.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
May 17, 2022 8:00 am

I was shocked on two occasions between Mudgee & Katoomba someone was doing 70km/h in a 100 zone.

I have found that a lot of people who drive below the speed limit will speed up when they get to where there are overtaking lanes – they feel safer when there is more road I suspect and subconsciously speed up.

What is annoying and unforgivable is when you are stuck in a queue of cars and the overtaking lane appears the first car will only overtake at the speed limit and it takes them so long to overtake that only a couple of cars get past. So you must wait for another (or perhaps even another) opportunity to overtake.

miltonf
miltonf
May 17, 2022 8:01 am

I drove back to Sydney from Mudgee yesterday.

Was in Mudgee last summer- God’s country, talk about the golden west!

miltonf
miltonf
May 17, 2022 8:04 am

I hate slow coaches and fast lane hogs too.

duncanm
duncanm
May 17, 2022 8:06 am

The Australia Institute modelling for ABC News shows they are likely better off leaving their money in superannuation.

FMD.. they didn’t factor in the differential cost of having a roof over your head ?

The flipside of opting to keep money in your super fund, he says, is that you still need a place to live and then must factor in rent.

calli
calli
May 17, 2022 8:14 am

the first car will only overtake at the speed limit

Slowvertaking

Drives me crazy.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 17, 2022 8:15 am

Then move away to regional areas.

I did suggest that to one millennial, complaining about the cost of urban housing. “Oh, no, we need art and culture, and we have to mix with our peer group..”

P
P
May 17, 2022 8:17 am
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 17, 2022 8:23 am

Zulu,
Long Tan Cross was brought to Australia a few years ago and now in War Memorial.

There’s a replica on the site of the battle itself. We visited there in 2013. We had to have an accredited guide, supplied by the local district committee. He did explain that ” the young Australians, the backpackers, show no respect for what happened here…All they want to do is get drunk in the bars of Baria….”

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 17, 2022 8:27 am

the first car will only overtake at the speed limit

Oh yes.

Those people are the reason we have directions on shampoo bottles.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 17, 2022 8:30 am

The Australia Institute modelling for ABC News shows they are likely better off leaving their money in superannuation.

Only a matter of time before The Ponds Institute got into the modelling game. Well done Australia’s most trusted news source.

johanna
johanna
May 17, 2022 8:30 am

Another gorgeous autumn sunrise here today. No wind, trees everywhere red and yellow and pale green.

Unlike politically correct Canberra, the city fathers and mothers of Queanbeyan realised that gumtrees are messmaking widowmakers. In the main street we have lots of native grasses, camellias, azaleas and crepe myrtles pruned by the people who brought you the Black Knight. It’s a mishmash, to be sure. But, in this old country town there are many elderly European trees, and the main park is at the point where some of them need to be removed, which is now verboten until somebody is killed.

There are little plaques in the footpath dedicated to locals of note. Needless to say, there is one to George Lazenby. 🙂

It’s a very multicultural town, and yesterday on the way to the mall I saw this small brown person with tightly wound hair, instantly recognisable as from PNG.

Winter is coming. I get that the EnZed crowd are used to chilly temps.

Why would someone from PNG be here?

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
May 17, 2022 8:31 am

WA radio ads before easter reminded the resident Cruiser drivers that, even when overtaking, speed limits mad to be adhered to, and the finebots would swinge accordingly.

miltonf
miltonf
May 17, 2022 8:32 am

I loathe the meja but I particularly detest Pommy Loud Mouth Morgan. I presume his show is beamed over here from the yookay, he doesn’t actually come here to present it?

shatterzzz
May 17, 2022 8:32 am

NSW justice system strikes again! .. OZ COSSACK arrested and refused bail for outing a pedophile ..
And they reckon justice is equal .. he’s inside, pedophile is outside .. FFS!
bloke should be given a medal but cos he often shows up NSW plod for the wankers they can be …. justice must be served ………!

lotocoti
lotocoti
May 17, 2022 8:38 am

Christopher Steele …

I prefer more plausible news sources.

flyingduk
flyingduk
May 17, 2022 8:39 am

I’m not a close follower of criquet, but it does seem that there is a difference between the sentiments being expressed about the sad departures of two prominent players.

One of my past jobs was as an accident investigator at Adelaide University. Sadly, Roys crash has a familiar pattern: single vehicle rollover at night, so theres a fair chance its alcohol involved. In addition, it looks pretty survivable (roofline still largely up) and the ‘first on scene’ report says that he was ‘face down out of the vehicle’, which also points to failure to wear a seatbelt… 🙁

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
May 17, 2022 8:41 am

p.s. for those Cats who are hard of thinking-
Compulsory Super is a tax and a pox, and an irresistible multi-tax magic pudding for the parasite class. I don’t care what our overlords now say we can spend it on.

shatterzzz
May 17, 2022 8:42 am

What a wonderful morning .. $20 on Toon to beat Arsenal @ $4.25 + $95 ..
Toon won 2-nil .. joy, joy, joy .. LOL!

Vagabond
Vagabond
May 17, 2022 8:44 am

Apologies if this has been posted here already, but here’s something for those who don’t think much of ScoMo:

https://sydneyreviewofbooks.com/essay/amen-snorter-rotten-fish/

I despise him for making Albo look like an acceptable alternative PM. That’s a feat that took REAL incompetence!!

flyingduk
flyingduk
May 17, 2022 8:44 am

What is annoying and unforgivable is when you are stuck in a queue of cars and the overtaking lane appears the first car will only overtake at the speed limit and it takes them so long to overtake that only a couple of cars get past.

Yep, yet another example of stupid government enforcement actually exacerbating the problem. I recently wound the Landcruiser up to 130km/h to pass a B Double in the bush when I noticed a ‘suspiciously parked’ van up ahead. Knowing this would trigger a ‘sorry sunshine, the speed limit is the speed limit’ response if snapped, I was forced to slow to the speed limit and spend and extra 30 seconds on the wrong side of the road, alongside the B Double, until I passed the camera and could then continue the overtake – idiots!

  1. Headline of the day: The Matildas and Arsenal weapon tasked with filling Kerr-sized hole Fnarrr.

  2. And puts lie to the media’s claim that he held a firearms licence “for recreational purposes”.

  3. The word doing the rounds (as yet unsubstantiated) is a total ban on “recreational” firearm use. Can see a lot…

  4. Outstanding. Just outstanding commentary on the current semitic sentiment in this country. The back end of a Gray Connolly piece…

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