1,900 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tuesday 17 May 2022”

  1. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-10837201/How-catch-monkeypox-symptoms-need-know-virus.html

    “A disproportionate number of cases are in gay and bisexual men, authorities have said. Health chiefs say the pattern of transmission is ‘highly suggestive of spread in sexual networks’.”

    Guys, stop rooting the monkeys.
    I immediately suspected the gay network a couple of days ago when the ABC mentioned males in two unrelated cases and then started telling us how ‘rare’ and ‘insignificant’ it was.
    …and there’s a treatment for it.
    A Vaccine.
    In the US Emergency Medical Stockpile. (Forgotten the name) Some 2 million doses.
    So there’s enough for the the people who matter.


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  2. Museums R Us right now, as we are visiting some with regard to my family’s history in the seventeenth century involved as French Adventurers in draining the Fens. Thorney and its abbey, founded in the C7th as a series of wattle and daub huts but built in stone in the 12th century and later, proved interesting. The museum opened specially for us, by prearrangement, and I took pleasure in finding one of my named lineal ancestors owned land in a subdivision there before he moved down to coast to Essex. A tale that he insisted on firing his lands before plowing them formed his legacy there, for he was chased away because to fire lands in a peat region was a big no no. You set the peat fields one fire. These fires can even today only be put out by digging a deep channel around the fire area and filling it with water.

    The kind lady who opened up the museum for us suggested we eat lunch at a local cafe as she locked up and departed for her home. Thorney is a village, and the village seemed deserted. Who would the cafe serve, we wondered, and how old would their food be? We entered to find the place roaring with locals, like some Agatha Chrisie mystery all in together, the food home made and famous for its home-baked cakes. We ordered and I reached for my handbag for my phone, for my phone, for my phone, where the hell was my phone? You had it in the museum showing her those photos of the family name writ large in the Church of Our Lady in Bruges (clearly before they turned Protestant) says my dearly beloved. I thought that was your phone, I reply to Hairy, for he was the one who decided to show those photos. It was on the table in the second room, surely you picked it up? he accuses, he who took it unbenowst to me out of my handbag. Marital recriminations aside, what to do without my lifeline to home and many friends here?

    I had a brainwave and asked the waitress if she had a phone number for this lady from the museum, as I had done all my contacting via email and I needed my phone soonest. I was desperatly hoping she didn’t live out of town and had just gone on holidays and closed the place down for two weeks. Of course we do, she soothed me, and told the proprietor, who provided the very best solution. The Chairman of the Board of the Museum was sitting at a table opposite us. I have a key, he announced. She used two on the door to lock up, I wail. I have both of them, he says, producing them like some conjurer, big traditional keys. They sent a boy down at the run, and he returned with my phone. What are the odds of that? Overflowing relief and thanks and the whole cafe now had a further tale about the fecklessness of the latest generation of this family, for the village grapevine knew exactly who I was and when I was coming.


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  3. We are in Lincoln in a place right near the castle and the Cathedral, which has a view over the town area from a summery terrace. Apparently it is part of an old Vicarage, and we are in the Curate’s quarters. Like the Curate’s egg, it is good in parts. Well furnished and with a huge king bed but sadly also with a huge featherdown doona which I must grapple with when getting the sheets off for us later. Very modernised and with parking, so suits us well for three days here. We’ve just had a starter at the local up the road, a gastro pub serving a Stilton Souffle, which Hairy scoffed up before we came back here to cook our dinner and watch the BBC (erk). Their news on the Australian election was all about how Australians were turning towards matters climatic since our bushfires, droughts and floods had been our wake-up call, and the teal group of 20 women were being highly praised.

    They have no idea, says Hairy in disgust, as he listened to what he now terms ‘pure narrative, absolutely no facts’ on these and other matters. We didn’t watch it at all in the Fenland cottage, and were far better off for that.


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  4. Zulu, my best wishes to Mme Zulu, she is lucky to have you by her side.

    Rabz, after years of trashing the 70s, you do seem to be having a bit of fun doing research. 🙂

    I like 70s music, probably an accident of birth, but there are exceptions.

    Queen were and are an abomination. 🙁


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  5. Has enough been done to prevent a repeat of the 2020 steal this November?
    The cover ups continue and all the evidence is being memory-holed.
    Read all about it.
    And: there’s a comment by URSA down the page which seems prescient. It forecasts a deferral due to civil unrest!


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  6. I like 70s music, probably an accident of birth

    Try listening to Coles musak Johanna. I’m often amused that supermarkets play stuff from the 70’s through 90’s and almost nothing newer…because if they did the complaints from sore-ear shoppers would be overwhelming. The Left has destroyed music as well as comedy and fillums.


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  7. Bruce of Newcastle says:
    May 21, 2022 at 6:42 am

    I like 70s music, probably an accident of birth

    Try listening to Coles musak Johanna. I’m often amused that supermarkets play stuff from the 70’s through 90’s and almost nothing newer…because if they did the complaints from sore-ear shoppers would be overwhelming. The Left has destroyed music as well as comedy and fillums.

    There is a good reason for it, once you start calling rap “music” you lost it.


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  8. There is a good reason for it, once you start calling rap “music” you lost it.

    Terrible statement.

    Rap music is perhaps the sole reason stutterers are tolerated in our society.


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  9. Exhibit A – The Fresh Prince:

    The F-f-f-Fresh P-p-p-Prince is who-who I am
    So tell my mother that I never make a whack jam
    But sometimes I get n-n-nervous and start to stutter
    And I f-fumble every f- word, f-f word I utter
    So I just try to ch-ch-ch-chi-ch-ch-ch-ch-chill
    But it gets worse-a but worse-a but-but-but worse still
    I need the c-c-c-crowd to k-k-kick into it



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  10. My friend and I both voted in biro – I specifically asked the lovely AEC lady if we could just to be sure they know we don’t trust them.


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  11. Driving music – made the fatal mistake of not bringing enough. A trip of this length needs its own suitcase full.

    I will have a Doobies earworm for the rest of my life.


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  12. True, Bruce, they sometimes even play blanded out versions of songs from the 1960s. Since they do painstaking market research, we can only surmise that rap and hip hop and so on do not put people in the frame of mind (happy) that encourages them to buy.

    Scrolling through TheirABC ‘news’ I have just come to a story in the hallowed tradition of impartiality, where the opening lines are:

    Long searches, skyrocketing prices, and diminishing quality. Sydney has become a landlord’s market, and desperate renters are paying the price.

    I will skim through the rest, but it’s predictable. It’s the fault of evil landlords (how sexist!) and the gummint should do stuff.

    Having rented in Sydney for a couple of decades, let me remind the goldfish brains at TheirABC of the reality of renting in a large city anywhere in the world.

    1. It’s never ‘fair.’
    2. The market fluctuates all the time.
    3. There are good landlords and bad landlords and sort of OK landlords.

    In my half a dozen or so rentals, I only struck one really crummy landlord. Cats and Kittehs will be amazed to hear that she was a lesbian from Leichhardt. Among other things, when rising damp destroyed the contents of a built in wardrobe via mould (I’m talking suede and leather coats and jackets and boots as well as other stuff) she basically told me to f off, and doubled the rent. I opened the sliding door as winter came on, and everything was covered in mould. Destroyed, unfixable.

    The process for getting compensation was long and complicated, so I just wrote it off to experience. Bitch.

    My other clothing destruction experience was not the landlord’s fault. I was living in a tiny terrace house in East Sydney, and the alleged second bedroom was about the size of a large cupboard. I chucked all my winter clothes in a heap in there and forgot about them – pure wool, cashmere, that kind of thing.

    As you have probably guessed, when I went back in autumn to start retrieving them, the Mothras had struck. I had to throw out the lot.

    One thing renting is good for – revitalising your wardrobe. 🙂


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  13. There’s a problem with TE’s election lotto parameters.

    The original question was who will win and by how much? Not the composition of the new parliament. My “LNP to win by 1” could mean anything.


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  14. It’s foolish advocating anyone vote in any particular way. We all live in different electorates with different candidates of varying ability. The Senate is a different kettle of sea lice.


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  15. Bruce reminded me of a song that I hear frequently in places where they play recorded music. Assuming she gets royalties, Annie Lennox is set for life with Sweet Dreams:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeMFqkcPYcg

    Scotland has produced many fine bands, singers, writers, actors etc. That redhead gene seems to help the creative arts. Not forgetting magnificent past performances in science, medicine and engineering. OK, and whisky.

    Nowadays Scotland is broke, woke and only kept alive by transfusions of cash from people who work for a living elsewhere in the UK. But, they keep doubling down on woke.

    Perhaps it is true that all the Scots with get up and go got up and went.


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  16. Scrolling through TheirABC ‘news’ I have just come to a story in the hallowed tradition of impartiality, where the opening lines are:

    Long searches, skyrocketing prices, and diminishing quality. Sydney has become a landlord’s market, and desperate renters are paying the price.

    Decoded … Someone junior reporterette at the ABC wants a fully renovated four bedroom three bathroom terrace in Paddo for $400 per week.


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  17. callisays:

    May 21, 2022 at 7:38 am

    It’s foolish advocating anyone vote in any particular way. 

    Except “put the sitting member last”.
    We all support that.


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  18. A very high profile Australian businessman has gotten someone (other than his wife) pregnant.
    The ABC news room has the story & is sitting on it until after the election.


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  19. Joe Hildebrand in the Tele – who, incidentally, is also running the poor-boy-single-mum-pension line:

    Instead Albo’s policies have the only two qualities that matter in politics: They are electable and they are achievable.

    But more important than any of this is that he is a good bloke with good instincts.

    You could write a thesis on all the things that are wrong in those two sentences.


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  20. feelthebernsays:

    May 21, 2022 at 8:07 am

    A very high profile Australian businessman has gotten someone (other than his wife) pregnant.

    The process of elimination begins:-
    Alan Joyce.


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  21. Nowadays Scotland is broke, woke and only kept alive by transfusions of cash from people who work for a living elsewhere in the UK. But, they keep doubling down on woke.

    Lowlanders eventually ruined the place.


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  22. Labor

    When I joined the Labor Party, it contained the cream of the working class. But as I look about me now, all I see are the dregs of the middle class. When will you middle class perverts stop using the Labor Party as a cultural spittoon? – Kim Beazley Snr to an ALP State Conference, circa 1970.

    If there was a university degree for greed, you cunts would all get first-class honours. – Australian Treasurer Paul Keating in 1985 after backbenchers had complained about having to substantiate, for tax purposes, their electoral allowances.


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  23. Instead Albo’s policies have the only two qualities that matter in politics: They are electable and they are achievable.

    Just a pity Elbow can never remember what they are.


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  24. I seem to recall Hildebrand’s columns on the Covid response and the overzealousness of government.

    Oddly enough, the Leader of the Opposition was MIA as an advocate for workers across the spectrum.

    Perhaps Hildebrand is experiencing a convenient amnesia.


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  25. Posted yesterday, but still in moderation. Admittedly, I did include a bit of swearing.

    Not sure how the Teal “independents” will do in general, but a lot of talking heads on the telly seem to think Tim Wilson is a goner. It’d be worth the laugh to see it happen, I guess.

    Anyway, I find it hard to care who wins, as we don’t have a conservative party, and despite Paul Murray insisting the contrary, ScoMo’ll sign away our sovereignty to WHO. The phuk-knuckle was boasting about it before vehemently denying it.

    Anyway… my prediction is still Coalition with an increased majority. Mostly just because I like being contrarian… but here’s hoping parties like LDP and PHON cause havoc in the senate.
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  26. Except “put the sitting member last”.
    We all support that.

    Well, not if they’re independent. Or the wrong sort of independent.

    Or if they have brown hair. Or are too fat. Or if their eyes are too close together


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  27. A bunch of pox stocks have taken off in the US.

    What’s a pox stock? I’ve owned a few poxy stocks over the years. Shoulda held them.


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  28. Elbow was just on Seven rattling off all his “policies”, which were just a shopping list of fashionable causes into which government will dump money.

    No one dared interrupt him with a question – we know why. He was like an automaton and any break to the flow would bring immediate dislocation and confusion.


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  29. Mercifully I’ve avoided seeing any politicians talking for quite some time.
    I think the last time was soso during lockdown in 2020 when I was trapped in the waiting room at the tyre shop.


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  30. Australia under Elbow to follow Dictator Dan in VictoriaStan and Mcgowan WA

    Biden’s America Rots from the Head Down

    When a man lacking the requisite character to hold great power is overwhelmed by his own moral turpitude, entire nations fall apart.

    Perhaps no head of state before Joe Biden has so completely personified the maritime proverb that the fish rots from the head down. In both deed and physical decay, he is that putrefying rancidness wafting from where offal is tossed near the dock whose ability to trigger the gag reflexes of unsuspecting travelers seems the perfect metaphor for this nauseating moment in American history. Not only is Joe’s walking corpse a fitting symbol for a country that has never looked more debilitated, but the reality (ignored by the State’s slavishly devoted press corps) that his cognitive acuity is plummeting so fast that terminal velocity was reached long ago drives the point home that the head of our head of state is rotting, too.

    When Biden’s handlers sent him to Buffalo, New York, to exploit a mass murder by blaming conservatives, liberty-lovers, Trump Republicans, Fox News, and just about anybody to the right of Karl Marx for a crime whose perpetrator didn’t even merit the faux-president’s direct condemnation, angry, spiteful Joe Biden showed just what a miserable, acidic, revolting excuse for a human being he’s always been.


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  31. Jeepers.
    A former Good Burgher of Griffith – other than one term of Kevni Fever,
    the Lnp reliably bagged the FTP spot and LAB needed filth preferences to scrape through.
    This year, Sportsbet has them at $51.00.
    LAB $1.30.
    Filth $3.25.
    Now ensconced in a lNP seat:
    lNP $1.01.
    LAB $14.00.
    Filfth $91.00.


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  32. Knuckle Draggersays:

    May 21, 2022 at 8:17 am

    Except “put the sitting member last”.
    We all support that.

    Well, not if they’re independent. Or the wrong sort of independent.

    Please.
    No scoffing and sneering.
    That was all fully explained in a post which Sinclair Davidson went back in and deleted.


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  33. Talk about deadly obesity risks in America? Fat chance

    Is it fun to be fat? That´s what Cosmopolitan magazine claimed in February 2021. That month’s cover was of a morbidly obese woman looking cheerful while attempting some acrobatics. The headline: “This is healthy! 11 women on why wellness doesn’t have to be one size fits all.”

    The timing could hardly have been worse. After all, this was in a period when the Coronavirus was leading to lockdowns around the world. And one thing we knew very early about the virus was that one of the main factors that lead to hospitalizations and even death was if the patient was fat. Almost nothing in the often confusing COVID era was ever as clear as this. Nearly 80% of Americans who were hospitalized with COVID were obese. And just as being obese put you at special risk from the virus, so losing weight lessened your chances of being hospitalized.

    But you can tell a lot about a society by what it will not say. And through the whole of the last two years almost nobody in any position of authority dared issue any public lessons about this.

    By contrast, there was very scant evidence that a little cloth mask could save you from the virus. Yet we were all forced to wear them. There was no evidence that children were at any risk from the virus. Yet we shut all the schools. But when it came to the question of obesity and the virus nobody dared say anything.

    Most likely because America is the fattest country in the western world.

    The facts on that are also painfully plain. An estimated 40% of Americans — that is 138 million people — are overweight. The only country near us is New Zealand, where 30% of the population are overweight.

    Sabrina Strings of the University of California explores “The racist roots of fatphobia.” And she has even managed to claim that this “phobia” goes back to — you’ll never guess — “slavery.”

    “While many believe that fatphobia is a relatively recent invention” says Strings, “I will underscore the centrality of slavery and race science in its perpetuation throughout the western world.”


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  34. Mummyblogger

    According to one reporter on the teev this morning, ScoMo will lose because women don’t like him.

    A younger and more handsome LNP leader could have been a better bet. Josh with hair perhaps.

    Women wouldn’t be that superficial, would they?


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  35. Probably today’s most important talking point – chick footy (the Tele):

    Pressure is mounting on the NRL to drastically increase its investment in the women’s professional game with the average wage for an NRLW player just $10,000 compared to AFLW players who are earning on average, $47,407 under a new agreement announced this week.

    The NRL’s spend of less than $2 million on female contracts is dwarfed by the AFL, which is spending a whopping $25.6 million now it has expanded to a full 18-team women’s competition.

    Aspiring to mediocrity.

    the NRLW this season produced better TV ratings (average audience 64,000) than the comparative juggernaut that is the Women’s Big Bash League (average audience 46,000) across the Foxtel Group.

    The Big Chick Bash is many things. ‘Comparative juggernaut’ is not one of them.

    Yet female cricketers are the highest paid in the country with an average wage of $86,456, just ahead of Super Netball ($75,167), while rugby league stars like Sarah Togatuki from the Sydney Roosters have struggled to hold down jobs as they are forced to combine work with pursuing their sporting dream on a minimum wage of $8000.

    $8000? Why is that?

    Premiership stars Millie Boyle and Tamika Upton have just become the NRLW’s first six-figure players by signing $100,000 deals with the Newcastle Knights

    $100K. There you go. Equalidee for all.

    The NRLW only has a five-week regular season, compared with the AFLW increasing to 10 and cricket’s one-day competition boosting to 12, Super Netball and the A-League soccer having 14 matches, and the WNBL with a total season of 21 regular games.

    What?

    There are chicks going around earning $100,000 for a five week season? $20K for 80 minutes’ ‘work’? Even the $8000 sooks are getting $1600 a game.

    A five week season is not a full-time job. You cannot expect to be paid in the manner of blokes who are into it 48 weeks a year at least, for whom expectations and competition are through the roof and who are bigger, faster, stronger, more skilful and who draw crowds and sponsors to pay for it all. This is world-class sookage.

    The motto of adult women’s sport: We’re trying really hard here.


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  36. Done distasteful deed of the day. Not raining, but grey and cold. It was fun though since a small cloud of noisy miners and magpies came along for the first few hundred metres on the way to the polling place. Fortunately they were wary of all the people approaching the booth so left off after that, saving me odd looks. Then on the way back after voting was bailed up around the corner by the booth pair of magpies. They’re on my normal walking route and are very tame.


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  37. Women wouldn’t be that superficial, would they?

    One woman I knew wasn’t going to vote Labor because she didn’t like Anita Keating’s hairstyle.


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  38. Soso wasn’t bad looking in his youth.
    Are people claiming Elbow as he is now is a very handsome man and the collar turned up portfolio shots will get him over the line?


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  39. There was a middle-aged chap asleep yesterday at about noon on one of the benches thoughtfully provided by Centrelink outside their office here. He had a supermarket trolley adjacent, full of stuff including a personal hygeine pack provided by the gummint or a charity. I could see a toothbrush and paste, shampoo and even a little pack of J&J baby powder.

    The general consensus seems to have been to let him have a kip, as he was still there a couple of hours later. Nobody called the police, or if they did, no-one came.

    If there were hundreds of people like him all over town, that would be a very different matter.


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  40. If there were hundreds of people like him all over town, that would be a very different matter

    how long since you visited Melb?


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  41. And so it begins….from The Daily Telegraph…

    “Anthony Albanese said he won’t rule out negotiating with independents if the Labor Party forms a minority government after tonight’s election. Latest updates, where to vote”

    Which is also code for “he won’t rule out negotiating with Greens”.

    It’s gonna be a fun three years.


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  42. Even the $8000 sooks are getting $1600 a game.

    That’s more than the win only match payments some blokes were on, back in the day.
    Once, an intra team blue nearly kicked off at Leichardt when some of the win only blokes thought a couple of the Balmain stars were swinging the lead.


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  43. Sabrina Strings of the University of California explores “The racist roots of fatphobia.” And she has even managed to claim that this “phobia” goes back to — you’ll never guess — “slavery.”

    all that fried chicken and grits…. wtf are grits anyway….


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  44. Soso wasn’t bad looking in his youth.
    Are people claiming Elbow as he is now is a very handsome man and the collar turned up portfolio shots will get him over the line.

    It’s the god bothering combination that’s probably the tipping point.
    ScoMo tries but simply lacks the personable factor.
    Josh has it and win or lose, he’ll end up leader.


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  45. MatrixTransform says:
    May 21, 2022 at 8:45 am

    If there were hundreds of people like him all over town, that would be a very different matter

    how long since you visited Melb?

    I can’t speak for people in Melbourne. Here in Queanbeyan, there is not a lot of tolerance for grifters, but quite a bit for people down on their luck.


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  46. “Anthony Albanese said he won’t rule out negotiating with independents if the Labor Party forms a minority government after tonight’s election. Latest updates, where to vote”

    Which is also code for “he won’t rule out negotiating with Greens”.

    Surely not…he assured us yesterday he was a man of integrity.


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  47. Farmer Gezsays:
    May 21, 2022 at 8:35 am
    Mummyblogger

    According to one reporter on the teev this morning, ScoMo will lose because women don’t like him.

    A younger and more handsome LNP leader could have been a better bet. Josh with hair perhaps.

    Women wouldn’t be that superficial, would they?

    I direct you to Canada, where there were many votes given because “he’s got great hair!”


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  48. how long since you visited Melb?
    I thought we paid high taxes and had a welfare system so we would not have beggars in the streets. Now here we are with high taxes and a welfare system and beggars in the streets. Heard a woman behind us the other day in a shopping center panhandling someone behind us.


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  49. A very high profile Australian businessman has gotten someone (other than his wife) pregnant.
    The ABC news room has the story & is sitting on it until after the election.

    The ABC fast descending to the level of Truth.

    Laura Tingle will call them out any minute now…


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  50. A very high profile Australian businessman has gotten someone (other than his wife) pregnant.

    Just do a Dick Pratt. Helps if you have a private jet and you haven’t lent it to Peanut Head.


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  51. You running a hot dog stand out the front of the school you have to vote at today?

    A noble pursuit. And certainly the high point of the democratic process today which is the equivalent of walking barefoot through the dog off-lead exercise area at night.


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  52. Newspoll has the Greens primary vote at 12%.
    That’s 2% better than their last result with Di Natale as leader. Bandt hasn’t had the same profile and in fact has virtually disappeared from view with the Simon’s Wood Ducks capturing the Marxist mummy’s attention.


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  53. If ABC is hiding damaging information until after the election, I think we can guess that it’s a high profile businessman who has been dabbling in politics and has a group that is against the current government.


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  54. Roger says:
    May 21, 2022 at 8:59 am
    A very high profile Australian businessman has gotten someone (other than his wife) pregnant.
    The ABC news room has the story & is sitting on it until after the election.

    Let it be Twiggy.


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  55. Women wouldn’t be that superficial, would they?

    Apparently, Canada’s Trudeau gets elected because he makes women’s gyny’s tingle. Or so I’ve heard from some women.

    Universal suffrage was a mistake.
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  56. Johanna remember when Queanbeyan was called struggle town. When we came to Canberra over 20yrs ago you could buy places not far from you for $80k or less. There were 5 of them. I told my wife they were a good buy. She still regrets it. 2 of them were next to each other.


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  57. Pressure is mounting on the NRL to drastically increase its investment in the women’s professional game with the average wage for an NRLW player just $10,000 compared to AFLW players who are earning on average, $47,407 under a new agreement announced this week.

    Just remember:

    Your pet labrador or shih tzu is a comparative juggernaut to compared to one of the denizens of Fraggle Rock.


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  58. Beware the E-bike menace in NYC — they must be banned

    Could be Manly Beach where kids run out from parked cars to cross Bicycle/Pedestrian pathway where e bikes exceed road speed limit of 30 Km/hr

    Are you about to cross the street? Look both ways — and pray.

    The e-bike swarm makes a stroll to the other side so risky, it’s a wonder that pedestrians aren’t required to sign a liability release before stepping off the curb.

    The menace that sets New Yorkers scrambling for their lives at every corner calls for only one solution:

    Ban e-bikes completely, no matter how much car-hating bike advocates scream and impatient New Yorkers gripe about their General Tso’s chicken taking a few minutes longer to arrive.

    New Yorkers must watch out for muggers and crazies lurking under scaffolds and on subway platforms. Now, since the state legalized e-bikes in 2020, we put our lives on the line every time we step out of our homes in broad daylight. It will be even worse as spring turns to summer. Citi Bikes just began rolling out 1,500 more, fancier e-bikes to its 5,000-strong fleet.

    The new e-bikes have handlebar LED screens to show speed and directions. Imagine, riders who rarely bother to look left or right can now focus all their attention on a tiny, handlebars-mounted screen with sound!

    Incredibly, e-bike riders don’t need licenses. But the two-wheel terrors are a license to kill and maim.

    The city that closes restaurants over a dead fly winks at the electric-powered “pedal-boosting” bikes that bear down on hapless pedestrians at 25 mph — silently, often from the wrong direction, and frequently on sidewalks (where not even regular bikes are allowed).


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  59. Goose Morristeen: “We haven’t mandated vaccines, except when we have”.

    Keep that li’l nugget in mind when you visit a polling place today, Cats.

    #putthegliberalslast


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  60. Greyranga, don’t understand what you want….

    Chris Put me down for 3?????

    Cat Call for Election 22…

    Predicted result out of 151 seats up for grabs. (76 to win)

    Coalition to win:

    Winston Smith 84
    Knuckle Dragger 80
    Tom 80 LNP, 70 the rest (Liars-Filth). Simon’s leg-openers: ZERO.
    Top Ender 79 (ineligible for prize)
    Lizzie 78
    Eyrie 78
    Calli 77
    Rosie LNP by one; nothing for teals, 1 green 2 independents.
    Roger LNP to win 73 seats (ALP 72) & form government with support of independents
    Fair Shake Scomo as a minority government…after two weeks of recounts. He takes it by 2

    Delta A Hung parliament – 74 seats each – with Greens and One nation voting each way. Rebekha Sharkie (Centre Alliance) going with LNP.

    2dogs Hung parliament with about 65 each for the majors
    Armadillo hung Parliament with one teal holding the balance of power

    Labor to win:

    Cassie of Sydney two or three seats
    Leon L ALP + Greens + TEALS 90; LNP et al 61
    Sancho Labor – 76; LNP – 73; Greens – 1; Teal – 1; UAP – 0
    MatrixTransform Liars 67; Crossbench 13; LNP 71



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  61. Australian journalist Caroline Jones died on Friday aged 84.

    With a career spanning more than 40 years, Jones joined the ABC in 1963 and went on to host investigative journalism program Four Corners.

    At age 31 she was the first woman reporter on This Day Tonight and the first woman to anchor Four Corners from 1972 to 1981.

    also the first presenter for the ABC’s profile series Australian Story where she worked on the program from the show’s beginning in 1996 to her retirement in 2016.

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  62. A very high profile Australian businessman has gotten someone (other than his wife) pregnant.
    The ABC news room has the story & is sitting on it until after the election.

    I have a feeling they have a name which is French sounding but as authentic as a $30 note.


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  63. At Least 8 Shot, 2 Fatally, Outside a McDonald’s in Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago

    but Mayor Lori Lightfoot later backed up her superintendent, saying she agreed that young people have been “fussing and fighting since the beginning of time,” and the only difference now is that too many of them are settling their differences with a gun.

    “There are many young people that I’ve sat with who tell me that they feel like they need a gun to feel safe,” she said at an afternoon news conference with Brown at her side. “Frankly, that’s a horrible indictment on our failings as adults.”

    As she did earlier in the week after the Millennium Park shooting, the mayor demanded that parents and guardians be “held accountable” for young people who are “clearly lost.”

    “Parents, you’ve got to know where your kids are,” she said. “This is your responsibility first and foremost. We’re going to do our part. But parents, guardians and caring adults in these children’s lives — they must absolutely step up. We will never solve this problem without that first line of defense. We won’t.”

    From the Comments

    I’m guessing the 13% misbehaving again.


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  64. Grey Ranga, the down-the-nose attitude of Canberrans towards Queanbeyan is very enlightening. What they fail to realise is that Queanbeyan is more representative of the rest of the country than them. Queanbeyan has its wealthy areas, its poor areas and areas in between and they all live side by side. I worked in the local department store on Saturday mornings when I was in Year 11 and 12 and you’d see everyone from well dressed matrons to the German derro who lived in a humpy by the river and smelled of campfire smoke and BO.


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  65. Morning all. Busy atm but whisper from another blog from party internal polling confirms some suspicions of mine. Entsch is gone in Leichardt but Thompson will hold Herbert. Dutton apparently line ball.

    I still think it will be line ball on the winner now. If hung parliament with independents will be a minority ALP Gov, however without Katter like last time.

    After a wet couple of days first signs of winter, cool southerlies this morning. Enjoy all.


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  66. Soo many good cartoons this morning with the best ones from Moran and Garrison. Thank you, Tom.

    Agreed. Moran is fast becoming my favourite cartoonist after Leak Jr.


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  67. I haven’t talked to a mate now in the APS after a catch up where he called people “lowies” and didn’t see anything wrong with seeing the underclass as an enemy. Low SES shouldn’t be made into slang.

    I see them as constrained mostly by circumstance (of the making of policy or misfortune) that leads to poor choices or sets of choices.

    He might have forgotten too how poor my mother’s family were. The common clay of the west…

    I didn’t take offence but I was shocked by it, no doubt I was naive.


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  68. Dow Jones Industrial Average On Longest Losing Streak Since 1932

    After a promising start to morning trading, the major stock indexes turned sharply negative Friday with the S&P 500 tumbling into bear market territory and the Dow Jones Industrial Average setting up for the longest streak of weekly losses since the Great Depression.

    And then stocks turned around again, to end the day mostly flat.

    The Dow ended the day nearly flat, which brings its weekly decline to 2.77 percent. This was eighth consecutive weekly loss for the index. That is the longest losing streak since 1932.


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  69. I think we are fkd. The best result I can see for the LNP is a tied race with Labor governing with Green consent of some kind. There is no way Albo and his pillaging marxist parasites will walk away from the PMship if he gets that close. I hope I’m wrong.

    These incompetent braindead thieves could take over the levers and the (empty) kitty with all the wrong things happening; China seriously struggling but expanding their military presence, a socialist Administration doing their best to ruin the nation, IR’s about to sky rocket, COL choking households, markets looking bearish, our debt ridiculously out of control, the states mostly marxist governments gaining federal alliance ….. etc. They’ll come to power and being totally inept , they will still enforce on us all their marxist socialist agenda and an economic shitstorm with frothy mouthed fervour. Making our lives much much worse. For much longer …. possibly permanently.


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  70. When I visited Chile as a reporter in 1990 during the general election banned after Augusto PInochet’s 1973 coup d’etat, democracy was a festival celebrated enthusiastically by the masses. Not even being doused in tear gas by the carabineros of the outgoing regime (as I and thousands of others were) could cool the celebrations.

    I’ve never forgotten that since as Australians we take democracy for granted. So this morning I exercised the only power I have in our Kung Flu-battered democracy.

    OK, voting is compulsory here, but the queue at 8am outside the main polling station in our large country town was yuuuge. Turnout in Australia is usually in the low 90s (%), but this time I reckon it will be nudging 100% because of the inescapable ramifications for ordinary people.

    I hope all Cats have or plan to indulge in the privilege of voting. I’m also thinking of the millions of Americans disenfrachised by election cheats.


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  71. “I still think it will be line ball on the winner now. If hung parliament with independents will be a minority ALP Gov, however without Katter like last time.”

    I’m pretty sure Katter didn’t support Gillard from 2010 to 2013.


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  72. You will never go broke underestimating the intelligence of the average Australian voter.

    Tell me my grandfather was wrong, after thee counting is over!


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  73. Dutton apparently line ball.

    LOL. He was apparently “line ball” in 2019.

    On a related note, voters of Fowler, it’s up to you to try and put a smile on the majority of the electorate’s dials.


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  74. They’ll come to power and being totally inept , they will still enforce on us all their marxist socialist agenda and an economic shitstorm with frothy mouthed fervour. Making our lives much much worse. For much longer …. possibly permanently.

    Yes. No one seems to be worried about the level of public debt anymore.


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  75. Scored a 1st this morning .. drawing my OAP out at the ATM (yep, i get paid on a Saturday) and it came in $100 bills .. never had $100s before, ever! .. usually $50s and a coupla times full on $20 hiccups but never $100 notes .. mix of old & new … noice!
    Also voted .. quite pleasant .. weather (wet) here in Fairfield has kept the pamphleteers away plus no queue just in, vote Cloive & Pauline folk tops and out again …..


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  76. Katter didn’t support Gillard from 2010 to 2013

    Apparently, Cassie – although if you checked his voting record, he may well have on certain occasions.

    We were gifted with two and half years of that idiotic droning dragon courtesy of those two “conservative rural independents”, Oakeshitte and Windbag, neither of whom had the guts to face their electorates following that act of treacherous bastardry.

    BTW, Oakeshitte supplements his income from his Jim’s Mowing franchise by running for election every three years. Nice (non) work if you can get it.


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  77. They’ll come to power and being totally inept , they will still enforce on us all their marxist socialist agenda and an economic shitstorm with frothy mouthed fervour. Making our lives much much worse. For much longer …. possibly permanently.

    Just like the last three years, only with more attitude.


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  78. Some quality analysis from our national broadcaster:

    Party sources have told the ABC that polling suggests women are backing Labor at a greater proportion than men, with the opposite for the Coalition.

    Mr Albanese seized on that and recruited former prime minister Julia Gillard to make a rare political appearance on the campaign trail.

    Huh? So what’s the play here? Use Gillard to make more women vote Labor? I don’t see how the appearance of Gillard would bring more female votes into the ALP column. Gillard has her female fan base, of course, but those people are already firmly in the Labor camp. I reckon you could count on one hand the number of women who have decided to pull the lever for Labor on the basis that Gillard made an appearance.

    Or is the ABC suggesting that Gillard will make more men switch their vote to Labor? Ummm yeah I don’t see how that works. In fact, I reckon her appearance would be counter-productive if courting the undecided male vote. Outside of the party faithful, who looks back on the good old days of the Gillard government? Exactly.

    No, this is just another dumb assumption from some leftist ABC hack. If you wheel out the female ex-PM, this will mean more female votes. Idiocy.


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  79. came in $100 bills .. never had $100s before, ever!

    Shatterzzz, you’re not a proper Ozzie pensioner if your mattress isn’t stuffed full of $100 bills*. Lift your game, man.

    *Incredibly, this was cited as a reason by our beloved pollies for banning cash. I shit you not.


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  80. We were gifted with two and half years of that idiotic droning dragon courtesy of those two “conservative rural independents”, Oakeshitte and Windbag, neither of whom had the guts to face their electorates following that act of treacherous bastardry.

    BTW, Oakeshitte supplements his income from his Jim’s Mowing franchise by running for election every three years. Nice (non) work if you can get it.

    Is he still pursuing his dream of being a Transformer?

    Introducing Janitorion, the Ride on McCulloch lawnmower who transforms into a low IQ politician…


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  81. The same women who vote for Gillard because pussy gladly call themselves mad witches but would take over a parish council if they could have gay weddings for pugs, turn off the heaters and rewrite scripture to make Auntie Jane Kerosene put down her permanently raised eyebrow.


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  82. Yes. No one seems to be worried about the level of public debt anymore.

    Keeping within budgets and debt is soooooooo 2019-ish .. BAT FLU + era B & D are the same as pre- election promises .. pie-in-the-sky fodder to feed the vote-herd …


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  83. TE – neither party will reach 76, labore will form a “coalition” of sorts courtesy of various Mos Eisley cantina denizens.

    Yeah, OK, back to reality. Labore at least 78 seats.


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  84. Just like the last three years, only with more attitude

    Only question will be how long it takes to descend into Gillardesque chaos. Lots of familiar faces. Jim Chalmers looks like a rank amateur but has tiny shoes to fill. RBA will be playing catch up for years. It will be ugly.


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  85. Megyn Kelly latest podcast has a very good interview with Dinesh Souza talking about 2000 Mules. Includes clips from the movie. Interesting bit about mules around country wearing gloves only after there had been a case where mules were identified by fingerprints. Unfortunately movie makers were legally advised not to include names of organisations where the mules were picking up the ballots from. Also shows mule taking photo of them putting ballots in the box as this was how they confirmed done it and get paid.


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  86. Sorry poor wording. Know Katter didn’t support Gillard, voters of Kennedy would lynch him if he did. Like last time was meant in the context of him not supporting Gillard. However Rabz makes a good point, he did have a record of mostly supporting RGR on the floor.

    Either way that slimeball Entsch is looking like he is on the way out. Good riddence.


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  87. These are the worst political TV ads ever this cycle

    Indeed. St Ruth deserves to be hung drawn and quartered for composing and droning that excruciating Fat Cloive party ditty.


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  88. Also shows mule taking photo of them putting ballots in the box as this was how they confirmed done it and get paid.

    There is an evidence trail. I hope they don’t give up and this is prosecuted to the end, seeking maximum sentences.


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  89. Shatterzzz, you’re not a proper Ozzie pensioner if your mattress isn’t stuffed full of $100 bills*. Lift your game, man.

    Which is why I never leave it in the bank .. tho I prefer the safe space under one of my back garden beds to the mattress .. told the kids they’ll need to start gardening once I’ve gone .. LOL!


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  90. Grand daughter doctor , working in large public hospital in Vic came down with Covid a week ago . Seems to have a bad dose but said she had been on a teaching zoom whilst sick and many others also reporting with a bad case of Covid. . A new strain? Friends in ny age group who have caught it recently only had mild symptoms even with comorbidities . .
    Another friend has a 7 yr old great grandson who has just got jt for second time.


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  91. johanna

    Low SES shouldn’t be made into slang.

    When you wrote “low SES”, I thought your mate must be an Assistant Secretary, then the other acronym twigged with me.

    Calling an AS a “lowie” might be fun!


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  92. Is it fun to be fat? That´s what Cosmopolitan magazine claimed in February 2021. That month’s cover was of a morbidly obese woman looking cheerful while attempting some acrobatics. The headline: “This is healthy! 11 women on why wellness doesn’t have to be one size fits all.”

    You’re not attractive, YOU’RE DYING!


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  93. From “The Age.”

    Arrogance and entitlement finally caught up with McLachlan
    Kate McClymont
    Kate McClymont
    Senior Reporter
    May 21, 2022 — 5.00am

    As far as capitulations go, they don’t come much bigger than actor Craig McLachlan abandoning his high-profile defamation case and agreeing to pay the $2 million-plus costs of The Sydney Morning Herald and the ABC.

    After 10 days of presenting his case, McLachlan pulled the pin on the very day 11 women were due to start giving evidence about the actor, including incidents of sexual harassment, indecent exposure, indecent assault and bullying.

    In the end, it was perhaps McLachlan’s ongoing sense of entitlement that brought him undone. On Thursday, after his side finished giving their evidence, it was revealed that McLachlan had failed to hand over 4000 emails, texts and photos which had been extracted from his iPhone 3 by a forensic firm in November 2018. This was after he said he lost one phone and destroyed another.

    The court only learnt of this potentially vital haul of material after he was heard boasting about it in raw footage recorded during his tell-all interview with Channel 7’s Spotlight program.

    On the eve of that program, which aired in May 2021, McLachlan was busy exchanging text messages with fellow actor John Jarratt. The jury did not get to hear these exchanges, including this one from Jarratt to McLachlan.

    “You’re going to defam the C—s so they’re going to chuck everything at you. I read the shit, it’s pathetic. Tonight’s whinging bitch will be quickly forgotten once your powerful doco hits. The whole world is sick of this pathetic bullshit. What’s the actress’s name, I’ll get onto it ASAP. F— em. Your mate always, JJ.”



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  94. Half senate elections make the pundits think it’s a no show for interest.
    I’ve got a feeling that the senate is where people will vent over the pandemic lunacy and major party sameness.


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  95. To be fair, the idiocy is not confined to the ABC. There have been some really stupid assumptions made by the major party campaign strategists that illustrate how out-of-touch these people are. Here are a few I can think of:

    – that Julia Gillard can move the needle for Labor. They think she has juice. She doesn’t

    – that John Howard can move the needle away from the teals and back to the Libs in their blue ribbon seats. They think he has juice within these electorates. He doesn’t.

    -a special sandgroper edition: that welding yourself to Mark McGowan is going to win you votes because he’s so beloved by Western Australians. He isn’t. His temporary Covid-era sheen has well and truly worn off and he’s just another politician now – this has been the case for at least 6 months and probably longer. Yet Morro went out of his way to kiss McFuckface’s arse as frequently as possible while campaigning here, and Albo was seldom seen without McGowan by his side

    Is it any wonder that there is such widespread disaffection with the major parties? They are tired, stupid and unimaginative. They have nothing compelling to offer. They think lazy assumptions and looking to the past cuts through with voters. They are wrong. Ultimately, they don’t understand the electorate.


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  96. A very high profile Australian businessman has gotten someone (other than his wife) pregnant.

    Alternatively: someone other than a very high profile Australian businessman’s wife has just won the lottery.


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  97. Craig McLachlan is a goose. And, by the sounds of it, a bankrupt goose. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Don’t start defamation proceedings unless you’re sure your hands are clean (or clean enough).


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  98. A very high profile Australian businessman has gotten someone (other than his wife) pregnant.
    The ABC news room has the story & is sitting on it until after the election.

    We can only conclude it is a virtue signaler of the green-left.
    I wonder if we might have a wife-flounce and a distressed sale of overvalued assets to pay her out?


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  99. “While many believe that fatphobia is a relatively recent invention” says Strings, “I will underscore the centrality of slavery and race science in its perpetuation throughout the western world.”

    Have you seen the size of those plantation owners??

    Too many mint juleps and not enough brown sugar…


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  100. Boambee Johnsays:

    May 21, 2022 at 10:00 am

    johanna

    Low SES shouldn’t be made into slang.

    Bwah ha ha ha ha.
    Walking around Canbra after the protest in February we were joking about that.
    “I reckon this is an SES level 1 street”
    “Eewww. This suburb is soooo APS 4.”


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  101. Cassie:
    “Anthony Albanese said he won’t rule out negotiating with independents if the Labor Party forms a minority government after tonight’s election. Latest updates, where to vote”

    Which is also code for “he won’t rule out negotiating with Greens”.

    It’s gonna be a fun three years.

    Australia over the next three years is not going to be a boring place.
    Unpleasant as Hell, yes.
    But not boring.


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  102. At my local polling booth I was offered HTV leaflets by Labor, UAP, Liberal Democrats and Greens. Nobody there from the Coalition even though they had a candidate. Granted this is Chris Bowen’s electorate they should have made the effort if only for the sake of their senate vote.

    Last time things were this bad for Liberals was in 2016 when nobody would volunteer for Turnbull. From this alone I would extrapolate that Labor will squeak in.


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  103. Among the many annoyances created by the ABC, their belief that the death of one of their hacks merits national news coverage is up there with the worst.


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  104. Old Ozzie:

    I’m guessing the 13% misbehaving again.

    Using the Pravda/Trud News Interpretation Mod 2022.3, It would have been part of an ongoing Martian vs Venusian Triad squabble over Oxygen levels in their rented properties, OR another mob of Blacks/Hispanics fighting over a misspelled gang tag.
    Either is possible in Lightfoot City.


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  105. Indolent:

    Even Democrats Are Getting Sick of Presidentish Joe Biden

    The fact the O’Biden/Harris Administration isn’t being impeached in toto is an indication of how corrupt the US system is.


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  106. Shatterzzz, you’re not a proper Ozzie pensioner if your mattress isn’t stuffed full of $100 bills*

    The only time I have been burgled the prep (based on its disheveled nature) looked under the mattress. I assume he had some successful hits looking there.

    BTW he was caught due to an observant neighbour and prosecuted as a first time offender, but I doubt it was his first.


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  107. Dot:

    Yes. No one seems to be worried about the level of public debt anymore.

    I keep mentioning the Australian Federal and State government debt levels of $Trillion 1.5 and it just sinks like a stone – even here.

    Total Government Debt is the gross sum of liabilities across federal, state and local Government in Australia.
    Total Australian Government Debt increased by a mere 13.5% from December 1989 to December 2007, from AU$81.2 billion to AU$92.1 billion.
    However, from December 2008 to December 2017 Total Australian Government debt increased by over 520% from AU$115.4 billion to AU$716.3 billion.
    The primary reason behind this increase has been to provide depth in the market for government bonds so that the Reserve Bank of Australia can easily increase liquidity through open market operations by printing more Australian Dollars and buying the government bonds back.



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  108. Winston Smithsays:
    May 21, 2022 at 3:40 pm
    I keep mentioning the Australian Federal and State government debt levels of $Trillion 1.5 and it just sinks like a stone – even here.

    Not at all. many eyes take this in and will remember.


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