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

  1. It hasn’t caught up with texts, phone spams, social media, youtube etc…

    Whilst I agree with the UAP’s general direction on the issue, their SMS about the pandemic treaty is comedy gold.

    Better than Mediscare. About 100 times better.


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  2. I have never seen so many people vote early.

    That’s to keep the weekend free which is their most important priority.
    They are in for a very rude shock.


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  3. Ugh…John Adams says BTC came about after the GFC…

    No, maybe the credit crunch.

    From wiki (more annoyed grunting).

    Background
    Prior to the release of bitcoin, there were a number of digital cash technologies starting with the issuer based ecash protocols of David Chaum and Stefan Brands.[3][4][5] The idea that solutions to computational puzzles could have some value was first proposed by cryptographers Cynthia Dwork and Moni Naor in 1992. The idea was independently rediscovered by Adam Back who developed hashcash, a proof-of-work scheme for spam control in 1997.[6] The first proposals for distributed digital scarcity based cryptocurrencies were Wei Dai’s b-money[7] and Nick Szabo’s bit gold.[8][9] Hal Finney developed reusable proof of work (RPOW) using hashcash as its proof of work algorithm.[10]

    In the bit gold proposal which proposed a collectible market-based mechanism for inflation control, Nick Szabo also investigated some additional aspects including a Byzantine fault-tolerant agreement protocol based on quorum addresses to store and transfer the chained proof-of-work solutions, which was vulnerable to Sybil attacks, though.[9]

    Creation
    On the 4th of January 2008, the domain name bitcoin.org was registered.[11] Later that year, on 31 October, a link to a paper authored by Satoshi Nakamoto titled Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System[12] was posted to a cryptography mailing list.[13] This paper detailed methods of using a peer-to-peer network to generate what was described as “a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust”.[14][15][16] On 3 January 2009, the bitcoin network came into existence with Satoshi Nakamoto mining the genesis block of bitcoin (block number 0), which had a reward of 50 bitcoins.[14][17] Embedded in the coinbase of this block was the text:

    The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks[18]

    The text refers to a headline in The Times published on 3 January 2009.[19] This note has been interpreted as both a timestamp of the genesis date and a derisive comment on the instability caused by fractional-reserve banking.[20]:?18?

    The first open source bitcoin client was released on 9 January 2009, hosted at SourceForge.[21][22]

    One of the first supporters, adopters, contributors to bitcoin and receiver of the first bitcoin transaction was programmer Hal Finney. Finney downloaded the bitcoin software the day it was released, and received 10 bitcoins from Nakamoto in the world’s first bitcoin transaction on 12 January 2009 (bloc 170).[23][24] Other early supporters were Wei Dai, creator of bitcoin predecessor b-money, and Nick Szabo, creator of bitcoin predecessor bit gold.[14]



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  4. Moondarra Lake is a must-see if you’re in Isa. An extensive, earth wall structure, it sends out fingers of life sustaining water into a dozen drowned valleys. And, of course, it supplies the city. I believe it’s best viewed at sunset, when you get a magnificent light display. Not for us, sadly.

    There are a number of attractive picnic areas complete with peacocks of all things. These are determined cadgers of tidbits, a fine feathered mafia running a waterside protection racket.

    The Beloved ventured “off road” for a bit on the flats beside the lake. I felt tempted to suggest he wore his “Durango” hat, bought in Wyoming, but decided not to tempt fate. Decided to return to the designated road when the inclines got a bit too much. A pair of massive bulls grazing waterside might have influenced things too.

    You simply can’t get lost here. Everywhere you lurk that monstrous chimney intrudes. Re-crossing the Leichhardt I noticed that while the northern side of the bridge is just puddles, the southern side opens out into quite a substantial body of water. How welcome it must have been for those early explorers.


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  5. Adams and Martin say the NSA had something to do with it in 1996, but it was being proposed as far back as 1992, openly and publicly by academics.

    They’re like Jadis. They haven’t looked back far enough. There is a magic deeper than time, the spooks can’t win.


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  6. Randomly scanning through the online rags in a quiet moment.

    I would assert, at this juncture, that the following does not qualify as dead horse flogging – because there’s a genuine question behind it. This is part of a piece in adelaidenow (the ex-‘Tiser) on ‘quirky candidates’:

    A South Australian federal election candidate has taken to social media to claim Australians are on the brink of being sent to forced labour camps.

    Suzanne Waters, the United Australia candidate for Grey which spans 92 per cent of the state, said the election was “a choice between freedom and communism” before comparing the country’s future to the system of the Gulag.

    The Gulag was a series of forced labour camps and prisons set up in Soviet Russia from the 1920s to the mid-1950s through which it is believed 18 million people passed and between 1.2 and 1.8 million died as a result of their incarceration.

    “After this election, if we don’t have a change, we might all end up in the Gulag – and that is not a far stretch,” Ms Waters said.

    “This will be the last chance you have at (freedom), there will be no turning back after this election.

    “You will have no hope. We’re about to have a tyrannical takeover in our government.”

    My question is this – noting the concepts and language used by this fully-UAP-endorsed woman, and making the obvious comparison – what the hell is Clive playing at?


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  7. You’re impressed by Z Car Detective then Rosie?

    My dad – still with us – was a London Met copper in the 50s and up to 1965 when we emigrated.

    Might get it for him if you think it’s worth it. I see it’s on Abebooks.


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  8. Scott Morrison says people smugglers in Indonesia are “getting ready” if a Labor government is elected, as he doubled down on his refusal to intervene to allow the Murugappan family, pictured above, to return to Biloela.

    The Prime Minister said the family had not been found to be valid refugees by a court, warning granting them visas could set a dangerous precedent and lead to an influx of people coming to Australia by boat.

    “If you grant visas to people who have illegally entered Australia, you may as well start writing the prospectus for people smugglers.

    “Now, I know when I say that people go, that couldn’t be true. That’s what Kevin Rudd thought in 2007. And then he got rid of temporary protection visas as Anthony Albanese says he’s going to do, and then 50,000 people turned up on 800 boats.”

    Right now in Indonesia, those people smugglers are getting ready if a Labor government is elected. This is an important election. If you change course on border protection, as Labor are saying they will do, you can see all of that terror come back.”

    Oz


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  9. ABC radio news balanced to a fault.
    Juliar gets a voiced misogyny dig in.
    Monique Ryan gets an extended plug in for her faux covid vote fear.
    LNP gets a two second mention of super for housing plan.
    Barry Cassidy coming on to right the ship no doubt. It’s anyone’s guess how Barry will fall on matters political.
    -Media are awful to the pollies.
    -Barry quoting David Marr.
    -First caller bagging the UAP advertising.
    – News Corp going after the Teals.
    – Very worried about Clive being awful.
    – Barry picks……?……..Labor like 2007.


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  10. My question is this – noting the concepts and language used by this fully-UAP-endorsed woman, and making the obvious comparison – what the hell is Clive playing at?

    These are probably better ppl than you’d get with sortition.


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  11. Ok Cats this is it. Call it as you see it. What is your predication of the election result?\

    I’ll chuck in a prize: Australia Remembers 4 – the Bombing of Darwin, a book for your grandies or kids, suitable for upper primary/lower secondary. Prize includes postage to destination of your choice, and signed dedication.

    One choice only; no changes to your suggestion once sent. I’ll begin.

    Top Ender: Coalition to win by three seats.


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  12. Libs are losing 2PP to Labor. But UAP/PHON/LDP are winning 2PP against Labor. The only way to ensure that no UAP/PHON/LDP preferences spill to Labor – and Labor thereby wins – is to ensure they are not eliminated.

    Ha ha, UAP/PHON/LDP counted together aren’t drawing 5% of the vote.
    I’d say Palmer is dragging down the ALP Primary vote, though.


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  13. My question is this – noting the concepts and language used by this fully-UAP-endorsed woman, and making the obvious comparison – what the hell is Clive playing at?

    He’s trawling for Labor votes anywhere he can find them.
    His ads today offered a Bill Of Rights, bound to suck in a few DumDums, particularly on the Senate Paper.
    I’m pessimistic on Scotty getting up, but i’ll opine that Labor will get only 1 Senator in Queensland, The Greens will lose their Senator, Hanson and Palmer will be Elected and the LNP will hold their 3 Seats.


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  14. The Australian today reports that The Greens are a chance of winning Griffith from the ALP.
    I’d say that’s a strong possibility, the average Voter in Griffith has NFI who Terri Butler is, her main claim to fame is that she erected a VOTE LABOR
    marquee in Memorial Park Bulimba on Anzac Day 2019.


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  15. The Australian today reports that The Greens are a chance of winning Griffith from the ALP.

    Well, a former member for Griffith insisted that climate change is the great moral challenge of this generation. Seems that quite a few people in the electorate took him at his word. Now the chickens are coming home to roost for Terri Butler.


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  16. People really can’t be that stupid, to vote in a Labor government in the present situation of Australia vis a vis China and our need to revive a manufacturing industry and keep our mining going …. can they??

    The very thought of an Albo/Wong combo up and running through June gives me the heebies.
    I won’t want to come back to that.


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  17. Gosh, do we have to give a complete run-down of all results in order to win, as per Sancho?

    I wouldn’t be brave enough to do that. Just Libs by two will do me.


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  18. A South Australian federal election candidate has taken to social media to claim Australians are on the brink of being sent to forced labour camps.

    Which party?

    Suzanne Waters, the United Australia candidate for Grey …

    Oh.
    Right.
    Said it before and I’ll say it again.
    Massive tactical error to run in all seats instead of targeting 5-10 real possibilities.
    The media were always going to find a fruit-loop like Suzanne in an unwinnable seat in the last week of the campaign for some juicy quotes.


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  19. The media were always going to find a fruit-loop like Suzanne in an unwinnable seat in the last week of the campaign for some juicy quotes.

    The Australian news media is a political party to the left of the Greens.


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  20. And in this quiet moment, I’ll just add we had a great day yesterday consulting for two hours with the Director of Friends of Friendless Churches. You can see this lovely lady on their website. She was very helpful to us. We then had lunch where we met, in a rural cafe overlooking healthland while she was out on site location.

    Today we leave this quaint and quirky heritage cottage in the Fens, where everything is redolant of another time and era. One could imagine a writer of the Bloomsbury Set having a retreat here to muse upon things English. I have not so far (2 hours to go) broken my neck yet on the steep banisterless stairs with a trip to the loo for a pee being down these in the night (thus I made ‘alternative arrangements’ regarding chamber equipment, which we will draw a curtain over now). Bruce, Hairy says I must tell you we heard a cuckoo on the first night here, and last night a little roebuck came into the meadow at the rear and entertained us over dinner. We haven’t turned the tele on once while here; the place somehow doesn’t encourage you to do other than enjoy and muse.

    We head for Lincoln now, to stay in part of an old Vicarage. Like Rosie, I am enjoying the variety provided by using the airbnb opportunities.


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  21. I think we can safely put Liars, Teal and Green in the same column Lizzie.
    But actually, with 151 seats, unless you have one truly unaligned MP, winning by an even number is not possible (I assume we are excluding the winner having to provide a speaker).
    The possibilities of an LNP win are ..
    LNP 76 – ALP & Others 75 (majority of 1)
    LNP 77 – ALP & Others 74 (majority of 3)
    LNP 78 – ALP & Others 73 (majority of 5)
    And so on …


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  22. If you have it you don’t need to assure people of it.

    Absolutely! Every person I ever met that felt the need to talk about their own integrity had none!


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  23. Cat Call for Election 22…

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

    Coalition to win:

    Tom 86
    Top Ender 79 (ineligible for prize)
    Lizzie 78
    Calli 77

    Labor to win:

    Sancho Labor – 76; LNP – 73; Greens – 1; Teal – 1; UAP – 0


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  24. Absolutely! Every person I ever met that felt the need to talk about their own integrity had none!

    The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted the spoons.


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  25. The Australian today reports that The Greens are a chance of winning Griffith from the ALP.
    I’d say that’s a strong possibility, the average Voter in Griffith has NFI who Terri Butler is, her main claim to fame is that she erected a VOTE LABOR
    marquee in Memorial Park Bulimba on Anzac Day 2019.

    The Greens are a chance here in the Brisbane Inner West elecorate of Ryan. The Greens have a State representative within the boundaries of Ryan. The voters in this area have form for picking loonies.


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  26. People really can’t be that stupid, to vote in a Labor government in the present situation of prosperity and abundance.

    They can, it happened in 1972, Australia was the best place in the world, 3 years later at the end of the Whitlam Government, the Country was a smoking ruin, where it stayed for 20 years until John Howard gave us a break.


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  27. Hairy says I must tell you we heard a cuckoo on the first night here

    Lizzie – I’ve never heard a cuckoo of those sorts, although I have been to the UK for a few weeks once. Only one koel cuckoo turned up over summer at Cafe Bruce, but she remembered me, which isn’t bad for a bird that migrates so far. And fortunately none of the currawongs arrived with a channel-bill cuckoo chick, which spared my ears!

    Very redolent of English weather here today. BoM forecast 19 C but the highest it got to was 15 C. And drizzled on and off most of the day. Yech.


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  28. Hereward the Wake was a perhaps apocryphal leader in the Fens holding out for the Saxons against the Norman Conquest. Wild watery places tend to have strong mythologies associated with them.

    In the Museum at Ely we listened to three traditional folk tales; one about the existence of ‘Little People’ here, as in Ireland, who made milk go sour and other things go wrong if they were not placated with food offerings; the second tale telling how humans needed a wise-woman’s ‘charm’ to protect against the boggarts and boggles of the swamps when walking out at night (tellingly, not a Christian cross); and the third told of how the always-bright moon came down to earth and got lost, dragged into the swamps by evil spirits, until a good man walking by was saved by a scrap of her light and in return he pulled her out of the swamps to always shine bright for evermore, even though she now waxed and waned.


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  29. Boambee John:

    In 1942 0r 43, when Gordon Bennett commanded III Corps in WA, Blamey sent the 1st Armoured Division, commanded by HCH (Red Robbie) Robertson, to III Corps. He is claimed to have expressed the hope that “Those two red-headed bastards will kill each other”.

    Can we hope the same for a Pelosi/Shrillary contest?

    There’s a faint chance of that happening, BJ.
    The conflict between Pelosi and Shrillary will be to the death, and ALL weapons will be used.
    Blackmail, sabotage, the airing of dirty linen and the opening of books so far unlooked at would hopefully see the Democrat Party in gaols, or more likely in front of firing squads as past corrupt and treasonous behaviour comes to light.
    It will, in fact, be the trial of the century.


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  30. Bruce, our weather here starts dullish and by afternoon is full and glorious Spring sunshine, ideal for driving around in to admire the open fenland vistas. Where so much is treed in this world, a wide vista only interspersed with trees is so enjoyable. Even here, the Ship of the Fens cathedral at Ely floats in a flat land far less than it once did when I first visited there in 1973, for now Ely is very much a treed town.

    I miss my Currawongs.


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  31. Anyone else having trouble getting Hendo’s site to load?

    If you’ve read one Hendo column, you’ve read them all.
    So I read it for you.
    Yeah, Bob Ellis, Mike Carlton, Philip Adams, Laura Tingle, Speersy, Niki Savva, Benjamin Law, Dr Jenna Price, Louise Milligan, they’re all there.


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  32. rickw:

    Mungo Man was significant because it had evidence of partial cremation.

    Or BBQ went wrong.

    Or most likely – caught in a bushfire.
    ‘When you hear hooves, think horses – not Zebras.’


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  33. Calli:

    Plus a bag of dirty laundry countermeasures.

    I can imagine the distress a cluster bomb from a Dirty Laundry Mortar would cause.
    Are you sure that wouldn’t be illegal under Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties?


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  34. Tom 86

    Top Ender, you are misrepresenting me.

    The Australian House of Representatives has 150 seats. I am tipping the LNP by 10, which is 155 to 145 for the opposition — of whatever stripe.


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  35. Massive tactical error to run in all seats instead of targeting 5-10 real possibilities.
    There are 0 real possibilities in the House of Representatives.
    Palmer improves his chances of Senators by having volunteers in every HoR Electorate at every booth.
    The Liberal Party and the LNP are preferencing him at 3 in the Senate, behind PHON, which helps him too.


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  36. TE
    I’m sure your dad will relate, it was first published in 1964 so fairly sedate, it manages to make the outrageous mundane.
    I’d call it a good ordinary book à la Jack Dyer
    It was reissued as a readers book club book.
    Very cheap on ebay too.


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  37. Simon Holmes a’Court’s leg-openers: 0.

    That’s the odd thing about Zali Steggall, Monique Ryan, Zoe Daniels, Allegra Spender, Sophie Scamps, Kate Chaney.
    They all look like women that hate the idea of having sex.


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  38. Instead of a 3 year term couldn’t we just extend the PMs contract for 12months …footy coach style. The country needs to get up the ladder for education (real not woke) , energy (cheap sustainable base load that is) , security (ability to defend ourselves for more than 48hours), oh and freedom (pass to guns back and let them try lock us down again- monkey or donkey pox ).


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  39. I’m tipping Scomo as a minority govmint …but only after two weeks of recounts. He takes it by 2.

    Looks fwd to 2025 when the then leader Matt Kean takes the party over a cliff or jumps the shark!


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  40. Who will win? I just don’t know. I suspect Labor but it won’t be a landslide. I’m worried about the Teals because there are many young, affluent, stupid, indoctrinated morons out there, mainly living in those wealthy electorates (like Wentworth) being targeted by Svengali Simon and his Stepford cuties because, don’t you know, these same affluent hypocrites are worried about the cliiiiiiiimate.

    I hope I’m wrong, I truly do.

    I will say this though, if Labor forms an alliance with the Greens or a Teal, we’re fucked…pardon the language.


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  41. I’ll chuck in a prize: Australia Remembers 4 – the Bombing of Darwin, a book for your grandies or kids

    Very kind of you, TE. It makes the lotto – and the election – even more interesting.

    I’m tipping hung parliament, – 74 seats each – with greens and One nation voting each way. Rebekha Sharkie (Centre Alliance) eventually, after much grandstanding, going with LNP.


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  42. We head for Lincoln now, to stay in part of an old Vicarage.

    Good for you Lizzie. My mum’s home town. Lincoln Cathedral was the tallest building in the world for over a century back in the 14th and 15th centuries and Lincoln castle houses one of the four surviving Magna Cartas . Tuck into Lincoln sausages if you get the chance. Superb.


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  43. Lysander:
    Re the MonkeyPox outbreak.
    Notice in the ABC article that there are several similarities in the way it is being treated.
    .1 Monkeypox is a viral infection which does not spread easily between people and tends to be mild in presentation.
    .2 The man, in his 40s, went to his GP with mild symptoms several days after landing in NSW.
    .3 The man and a close contact are now isolating at home with care and support being provided by NSW Health and his GP.
    .4 “The transmission of the virus can be through the fluids, the material within lesions in those pox,” he said.
    .5 “There can also be respiratory transmission for people who are in close contact with each another… or close skin-to-skin contact.”
    .6 Professor Sutton said the risk of transmission was “not great” and described the monkeypox virus as “rare”.
    So, nothing to be concerned about “but that version of monkeypox still had a fatality rate of between 1 and 5 per cent”. 1% (Western Africa clade), up to 10% (Congo Basin clade, untreated)
    I don’t have any information on Clade Variant.
    But we have a vaccine!


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  44. Zipster says:
    May 20, 2022 at 5:39 pm
    People from across the globe are taking to the streets in protest against rising food prices and inflation.

    People in non western countries know that high fuel costs directly lead to high food prices.
    Our Teal ladies think you can produce fertiliser without carbon fuels, but then of course they are idiots.


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  45. Rebekha Sharkie (Centre Alliance) eventually, after much grandstanding, going with LNP.

    Yes, I think she has indicated her intentions already; then add Katter and Steggall.


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  46. I’ll chuck in a prize: Australia Remembers 4 – the Bombing of Darwin, a book for your grandies or kids

    TE, regardless of my Election Lotto result, I would like to order (signed) copies of that book. Is it best to order through the link you provided?


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  47. Tomsays:

    May 20, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    Tom 86

    Top Ender, you are misrepresenting me.

    The Australian House of Representatives has 150 seats. I am tipping the LNP by 10, which is 155 to 145 for the opposition — of whatever stripe.

    Tom.
    With 151 seats, an LNP victory by 10 is LNP 81, ALP & others 70, with the LNP providing a speaker.


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  48. Actually TE you could have my copy if you want it I’m about finished reading it and would be putting it in a street library or something anyhow.


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  49. Cassie of Sydneysays:

    May 20, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    Who will win? I just don’t know. I suspect Labor but it won’t be a landslide.

    Which has robbed them of the “crushing mandate for sweeping change”

    I’m worried about the Teals …

    Mmmyes.
    Apparently all their supporters now have got Kung Flu and need to vote by phone.
    I smell a Biden-steal.


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  50. “Fair Shakesays:
    May 20, 2022 at 6:06 pm
    Did Cassie make it to Birdsville?”

    Umm, not yet, maybe by tomorrow night if bird brain Princess Allegra wins Wentworth.


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  51. Yes, I think she has indicated her intentions already; then add Katter and Steggall.
    Katter either voted with Labor during the Gillard/Rudd travesty or didn’t show up for the vote he promised Christopher Pyne.

    Zali Steggall was funded by Labor connected entities and Sharkie was part of the Labor/Phelps/Julia Banks Clownshow that tried to topple Scotty after Turnbull walked thru the trapdoor.


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  52. “Which has robbed them of the “crushing mandate for sweeping change””

    They’ll do it anyway. That’s how the left works.


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  53. Cat Call for Election 22…

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

    Coalition to win:

    Tom 86 (what should this say instead???)
    Eyrie 81
    Top Ender 79 (ineligible for prize)
    Lizzie 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
    Chrisl Put me down for 3 ????
    Delta A Hung parliament – 74 seats each – with Greens and One nation voting each way. Rebekha Sharkie (Centre Alliance) going with LNP.

    Labor to win:

    Sancho Labor – 76; LNP – 73; Greens – 1; Teal – 1; UAP – 0


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  54. Okay, what are Sharkie’s conditions?
    If it’s something like a Federal ICAC, Scotty will tell her to do one and she’ll go out like Windsor and Oakeshott.


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  55. Sharkie, to her credit, has said that she’d support the LNP if it’s a hung parliament….but she does have conditions.

    Yes, Morrison’s resignation.

    Perhaps they could woo her or Haines with the Speaker’s office.


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  56. Craig McLachlan has dropped his defamation case.
    I wonder why?

    Presumably one of the witnesses threatened to go ballistic which reminded McLachlan of evidence he omitted to tell his barrister.


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  57. Cassie of Sydneysays:

    May 20, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Sharkie, to her credit, has said that she’d support the LNP if it’s a hung parliament….but she does have conditions.

    Classic bait and switch.
    Harvesting LNP voters then pulling an Oakeshott/Windsor next week due to some “horrifying revelation” next Monday.


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  58. Top Endersays:
    May 20, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    Are we being optimistic or realistic?

    I’m working on a general c. 2% swing against LNP, while they still manage to pick up a few seats against trend…so just not enough to get Labor over the line, thanks largely to Elbow’s less than stellar campaign performance.


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  59. Can’t predict numbers.

    But I keep thinking of all those families at the Canberra vaccine protest rally. I reckon that although they say that 95% of adult population are vaccinated – 30% of those are beyond angry and maybe out for revenge. Another 30% are having “buyer’s remorse”, & are not happy with any Party.

    How that will pan out – I don’t know. But me? I am praying for a hung Parliament with UAP/One Nation holding the balance of power.

    Oh the joy that would bring.


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  60. From “The Age.”

    Roberts-Smith punched soldier who acted ‘jovial’ after bungled mission, court told
    Michaela Whitbourn
    By Michaela Whitbourn
    May 20, 2022 — 10.39am

    A former elite soldier supporting Ben Roberts-Smith in his Federal Court defamation case has given evidence that the war veteran punched a comrade who acted “jovial” after a bungled mission in Afghanistan.

    Roberts-Smith has admitted punching the soldier, dubbed Person 10, after the mission on July 15, 2012, during which Person 10 has said he inadvertently fired shots near a woman and child. Nobody was injured in the incident, the court has heard.

    Roberts-Smith rejects an allegation that punching Person 10 amounted to bullying, and is suing The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times for defamation over a series of articles in 2018 that he says accuse him of bullying fellow soldiers and the unlawful killing of Afghan prisoners. The media outlets are seeking to rely on a defence of truth.

    A friend of Roberts-Smith, a former Special Air Service soldier known as Person 22, gave evidence on Friday that he was on the mission with Roberts-Smith and Person 10 in 2012.

    Person 22 said Person 10 started shooting at one stage, but it was unclear “what he was shooting at”. He said Person 10 did not respond to requests for information about his target.

    Person 10 told the court this year that shots were fired in the direction of his patrol, he perceived a threat and he “did not fire willingly at a woman and child”. He said a separate accusation that he fired at a “friendly call sign”, meaning other SAS troops, was false.

    Roberts-Smith told the court last year that Person 10 “giggled” during a subsequent patrol debrief, and he punched him to underscore the gravity of the incident. Person 10 has denied giggling.

    On Friday, Person 22 told the court that Person 10 was not laughing or giggling before Roberts-Smith punched him, but was “jovial” and “not grasping the situation”. He said Roberts-Smith had previously asked Person 10 if he had fired at a friendly patrol or women and children.

    One of Roberts-Smith’s barristers, Bruce McClintock, SC, said last year that his client punched Person 10 and “he should not have done so” but the court should find it was “not bullying in that situation”.

    But Person 10 said this year: “I’d say … punching someone in the face, berating them in front of their patrol, could be a form of bullying.”

    The trial continues.



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  61. Ed Case says:
    May 20, 2022 at 6:03 pm
    Dr. Sophie Scamps looks normal

    Dr. Sophie is another highly educated (public purse) individual whose working knowledge of energy and food production is at kindergarten level.
    Her teenage kids won’t starve to death but some kids in Africa certainly will because Sophie knows fuck all about anything other than medicine.


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  62. You think the Pandemic Treaty is bad?
    Just wait until you see the Refugee Treaty!

    Now you know why the government wants to own 40% of your house.
    They’re going to fill it up with illegal refugees from crisis ravaged nations that haven’t got a clue what a democracy is. Or even a regular job.


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  63. https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2022/04/05/report-biden-desperate-for-oil-from-canada-just-not-thru-keystone-xl-pipeline/

    According to the Wall Street Journal, the Biden administration is seeking to increase Canadian oil imports through rail, which is dirtier and riskier for the environment than pipelines, as Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has admitted.

    It looks like the people who own the railways are getting a good return on their $500k investment in their donation to the Dems.


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  64. TE:

    Truly, this is baddies vs baddies.

    The single saving grace – and do not take this as any sort of compliment to that effete milquetoast Morrison – is that had Peanut Head or Elbow been in the chair for the past three years, we’d still be locked down while new ways were found to extort the remainder of our collective health and lifestyles.

    Coalition. 80.


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  65. It looks like the people who own the railways are getting a good return on their $500k investment in their donation to the Dems.

    Buffett, Warren, not Jimmy.


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  66. Hung parliament with about 65 each for the majors. Large cross bench.

    I know the polls are wrong – the variance between them too low for funny business not to exist. This seems my best guess as to what the true picture might be.
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  67. Ed October, 5.49:

    They all look like women that hate the idea of having sex.

    Perhaps they just hate the idea of having sex with you.


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  68. Hung parliament with about 65 each for the majors. Large cross bench. I know the polls are wrong – the variance between them too low for funny business not to exist. This seems my best guess as to what the true picture might be.


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  69. I can’t believe the Army is not there’: Sources say people too scared to enter Wadeye fearing violence

    The Wadeye clusterfuck is the culmination of 50 years of failed policy in Aboriginal Affairs.

    They have been applying the same policies over this period with bigger and bigger budgets accompanying each “ reform”. All the reforms undertaken can be summed up as rebadging the name.

    So we now have over 100 houses destroyed, at least 500 people homeless, one person dead after being speared through the head, multiple people injured, and front line service providers fleeing the community.

    I haven’t heard a word about this from any of the major parties. If this occurred in a suburban city setting a state of emergency would have been called.

    The NT police force appears to be powerless to intervene with these riots being going on for more than a month.


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  70. In other news, does Tom Cruise have an attic somewhere? And in that attic a portrait covered with a dust sheet?
    Good one Calli.
    I’m always tempted to retort, whenever people say I look younger than I should at my age, “thank you, but the most curious things are happening to my portrait in the attic.”


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  71. Which has robbed them of the “crushing mandate for sweeping change”

    whether Labor win by 1 vote or 21 .. the “sweeping change” will be the same .. once the kiddies get behind the counter in thelolly shop it’ll be on .. I was gonna LOL but realised ……… duuuuuuh!


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  72. the war veteran punched a comrade who acted “jovial” after a bungled mission in Afghanistan.
    According to books I’ve read those SAS types (or Seals) fight each other just for the hell of it, pretty much any time they aren’t actually in the field, but particularly when having a few sherbets later.


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  73. Cat Call for Election 22…

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

    Coalition to win:

    Tom 86
    Eyrie 81
    Knuckle Dragger 80
    Top Ender 79 (ineligible for prize)
    Lizzie 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
    Chrisl Put me down for 3. ?????

    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

    Labor to win:

    Sancho Labor – 76; LNP – 73; Greens – 1; Teal – 1; UAP – 0


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  74. FMD. Apparently my mother “volunteered” me to hand out HTV’s for Barney for a couple of hours tomorrow. Total waste of time as he will romp it in.

    I’ve gotten an invite to the “after party”. It had better be free piss, otherwise I’m going to be a “no show”.


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  75. Roger at 6:21 – broadly in agreement. Inconceivable there won’t be a swing to the Liars, so LNP lose government at that point. Doesn’t feel like a baseball bat election, say 5-7% but Albo has been shithouse so knock 3% off for that. There will be wins/loses around that. I expect the Liars will pick up a couple in WA and Chaney to fall short in Curtin. My crystal ball is getting foggy ….


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  76. They’re going to fill it up with illegal refugees from crisis ravaged nations that haven’t got a clue what a democracy is. Or even a regular job.

    Functional acquaintance with the concept of indoor facilities would be nice.


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  77. In relation to the “Aboriginal bones” stuff, I’ve read John Oxley’s diaries in relation to his travels through these parts. He makes a “couple of references” to the local inhabitants funeral habits.

    The first confirms that they used “wooden piers” in the area. The next was him coming across a badly deformed male, who appeared to have suffered some sort of injuries a year or so previously. He was all alone and stumbling about the place, but had somehow managed to survive on whatever he could. Oxley’s summation was that “the tribe” just left him there to die as he was probably a hindrance to the tribes nomadic movement. Not much of a burial in that case. Just left to die.


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  78. The NT police force appears to be powerless to intervene with these riots being going on for more than a month.

    Perhaps the lack of enthusiasm is due to the clowns in Darwin charging NT police officer Zachary Rolfe with murder


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  79. Dr Dalrymple at Taki’s site:

    One of the reasons we could not guarantee this is that a condition of attaining power in modern democracies (other than insensate ambition and inner emptiness) is that those who seek power must promise six impossible things before breakfast to their credulous electorates. They must promise to square the circle, to part the Red Sea, to turn back the waves, to reconcile the irreconcilable. Afterward, they are trapped by their own rhetoric. When the circle refuses to be squared, the person who promised it becomes a figure of hate, ridicule, or contempt. It goes without saying that no electorate ever blames itself, any more than any fly blames itself for being a nuisance.

    Seems topical.


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  80. Perhaps the lack of enthusiasm is due to the clowns in Darwin charging NT police officer Zachary Rolfe with murder
    Perhaps, but it might also be down to a Labor Government not wanting to be seen bashing up Aborigines during an Election campaign.

    I’m expecting the bashings to resume after May 21.


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  81. Cat Call for Election 22…

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

    Coalition to win:

    Winston Smith 84
    Eyrie 81
    Knuckle Dragger 80
    Tom 80 LNP, 70 the rest (Liars-Filth). Simon’s leg-openers: ZERO.
    Top Ender 79 (ineligible for prize)
    Lizzie 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
    Chris Put me down for 3?????

    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

    Labor to win:

    Sancho Labor – 76; LNP – 73; Greens – 1; Teal – 1; UAP – 0
    MatrixTransform Liars 67; Crossbench 13; LNP 71



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  82. Recently sent a photo of a newspaper clipping to a mate about the early settlers (one bearing his family name). It basically said that this bloke came here from Germany as a shepherd for Goonoo Goonoo Station in the 1850’s.

    No dingos in this area, and foxes were released in the Melbourne area in 1855. I ponder from what he was shepherding the sheep? Can’t think of too many predators (other than humans and possibly hawks/eagles perhaps).

    It’s not as if there were filthy giraffes roaming the countryside, killing everything that crossed their path.


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  83. Our Teal ladies think you can produce fertiliser without carbon fuels, but then of course they are idiots

    They dribble enough shit to fertilise a fair few paddocks. Maybe that’s their understanding…or not.


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  84. Sancho Panzer:

    Classic bait and switch.
    Harvesting LNP voters then pulling an Oakeshott/Windsor next week due to some “horrifying revelation” next Monday.

    Yes – we’ve seen this movie too.


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  85. Just got a text saying “Australia transferring all AU hospital & health to World Health Org immediately. Stop them. Vote 1 United Australia Party”


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  86. Went to vote in my electorate of Reid where there is an invisible, risible MP, not one vote for the majors in the Senate and PML for me and my friend. He voted absentee and voted for Pauline and put the majors last, I voted for UAP and put the majors last

    If corflutes were votes the scrub-faced one would be a shoe-in — all the AEC workers were lovely, my friend is a very disabled man and loves Pauline, I was his support worker for the day; we were both ushered in he to the absentee table, I was told I had to get back in the queue but the nice lady from AEC surreptitiously brought me my ballot and senate tablecloth so my friend and voted side by side to do our bit to save the nation.


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  87. Calli:

    Keep an eye out for the Min Min lights.

    And go to the lookout where you can see the curvature of the Earth – easy if you have a theodolite or a long straight edge ruler.
    A bit of tightly strung fishing line between a couple of trees/cars is good, too.


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  88. I got that text, too, TE. It’s hysterical nonsense — WHO taking over Australia won’t happen ’til next year whoever’s in charge.


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  89. Just got a text saying “Australia transferring all AU hospital & health to World Health Org immediately. Stop them. Vote 1 United Australia Party”

    Snap Top Ender


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  90. I am basing my Coalition by 5 seats on the way the ASX has gone up this last week. Apart from Thursday’s hiccup but we didn’t get hit nearly as badly as the US which is somewhat unusual. So I think the smart money knows something.
    This happened in 2019 when everyone thought the Liars were a shoo in.


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  91. Amanda Stoker on Bernardi bemoaning the fragmentation of the right.

    Well Amanda, you reap what you sow.

    . How’s that Senate censuring of a private citizen working out for you Amanda?


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  92. Just turned on the Rugby on Stan. Qld Reds vs a combined Pacific Islander team. All good.

    But then we must have the ever present ‘Welcome to Country’ by a dear ‘elder’ and, for a change, a darker skinned aboriginal lady. And the Qld side have jerseys with the required dot painting all over it. Not the standard jersey, no, we must pay our respects, or submit in every way possible.

    And for what I ask. What is meant by all this stuff. What is it meant to address, or have the spectators respond….

    We either are one country or not. If not then what.

    I am totally over it.


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  93. I haven’t received that text from Clive. Yet.

    Raj, the local Indian social media maestro UAP candidate spoken of the other day had better get his skates on.


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  94. How’s that Senate censuring of a private citizen working out for you Amanda?

    Just another political trollop — an unprincipled hack who’ll bend over for the party.


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  95. You know, whatever the outcome tomorrow night and I reckon Labor will win by a narrow margin, maybe two or three seats, it would be so delicious, so delectable and so divine to see Nobody’s Girl lose in Fowler.

    I’m praying!

    Oh and if she loses, you can bet your bottom dollar that Nobody’s Girl won’t hang around in Fowler, she’ll quickly vacate her rented lodgings in Cabramatta and scoot back to Scotland Island faster than a speeding train.


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  96. Looks like the Deep State is going after Elon. Via Seeking Alpha who got it from Business Insider.
    Besides running Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), SpaceX (SPACE), The Boring Company and Neuralink, as well as trying/not trying to take over Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), Elon Musk has a another thing to deal with. Insider has reported that SpaceX (SPACE) shelled out $250,000 in severance to a flight attendant who had accused the billionaire of sexual misconduct. The alleged incident occurred in Musk’s room aboard a SpaceX (SPACE) jet in late 2016 during an in-flight, full-body massage that is apparently not unusual among company executives.

    The reports: In addition to exposing himself, Musk allegedly rubbed the flight attendant’s thigh and offered to buy her a horse if she would “do more” during the in-flight massage. She rejected his proposition and went on to file a complaint with SpaceX’s (SPACE) human resources department in 2018, claiming her career opportunities had been hurt by her refusal and she was being retaliated against when her shifts were cut back. SpaceX (SPACE) took the issue to a mediator, and the woman signed a restrictive non-disclosure and non-disparagement clause that included a promise to never discuss the severance payment or divulge any information of any kind about Musk and his businesses.

    Insider said it contacted Musk for comment, but he emailed back to ask for more time to respond, saying there was “a lot more to this story.” “If I were inclined to engage in sexual harassment, this is unlikely to be the first time in my entire 30-year career that it comes to light,” he wrote, calling the story a “politically motivated hit piece.” The account was leaked by the flight attendant’s friend, who felt that “remaining silent would make her complicit.”

    Response via Twitter: “For the record, those wild accusations are utterly untrue. I have a challenge to this liar who claims their friend saw me “exposed” – describe just one thing, anything at all (scars, tattoos, …) that isn’t known by the public. She won’t be able to do so, because it never happened. The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens – this is their standard (despicable) playbook – but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech. Finally, we get to use Elongate as scandal name. It’s kinda perfect.”

    I think Elon’s only sexual harassment problems would be from women wanting him to “grab them by the pussy”.


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  97. Just another political trollop — an unprincipled hack who’ll bend over for the party.

    . And where did it get her? Obviously did bend over far enough- she was dropped down the ticket in favour of an ugly unprincipled hack, who bent just that bit deeper.


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  98. I’m praying!

    #MeToo, Cassie, let there be on foul Fowl of Fowler – that piece of work really is unworthy and Dai Le whom I’ve met is another woman scorned by the Liberals. She is the real deal, smart, principled and a local. Dai Le deserves to win for the people of that electorate, hard-working immigrants who are real success stories not the gum-chewing, grater-voiced POW Nobody’s girl


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  99. foul fowl of Fowler

    Foul fowl (or owl) of Fowler, or perhaps a foul powerful owl of Fowler.

    If there was a foul powerful owl of Fowler, one could howl:

    ‘Ow! You foul powerful owl of Fowler, off my jowl…….’

    God, the footy’s boring tonight.


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  100. Not one of the Teals wants to win. Stuck in Canberra for three years. Not bloody likely.

    how suffocatingly tiresome, and the weather is just so climatey too — Allegra on the other hand is promising a better climate for Wentworth – so the good burgers of Double Pay will be sooooo grateful.

    I am at my son’s house minding my little grandies and there is some Allegra festooning on his fence. It’s his birthday today he’s nearly 40 so what can I say other than he attended university.


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  101. God, the footy’s boring tonight.

    I can tell even from here, I am watching you tube videos of buttercream posies being composed. Delightful –


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  102. That’s damning enough.

    My hardworking illiterate papa and his nonno used to say that some people exited university knowing less than they went in — I think he was onto something there.


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  103. Winston Smithsays:
    May 20, 2022 at 7:13 pm
    Top Ender:
    I’m in for Conservative win of eight seats.

    Who are these “Conservatives” of whom you speak?


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  104. My apologies if this has already been posted:

    Sky News Australia
    2.48M subscribers
    Jim’s Mowing founder Jim Penman is taking a legal battle to the Supreme Court to get access to the health advice the Victorian government used to enforce the world’s longest COVID lockdown.

    It comes after Victoria’s Civil and Administrative Tribunal knocked back a request to see the documents behind the decision.

    “It’s a fight for the future because if the government can get away with this kind of outrageous actions once, they’ll do it again,” Mr Penman told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

    “This won’t be the last lockdown, this won’t be the last epidemic we suffer but it’s important that governments are held to the rule of law which they’re not.

    “This is an absolutely outrageous decision, the government’s own law says that they will not take away our livelihood without good reason, so what’s your reason? They can’t tell us. They will not tell us.

    “So, the reality is they had no reason at all. The Premier was in breach of his own law and the only way you can explain this ridiculous finding is that the Tribunal is simply – they’re minions of the state government, they do whatever the government tells them.”

    ‘Breach of his own law’: Jim’s Mowing founder takes lockdown legal battle to Supreme Court

    Good on you Jim, these people have to be held to account for the damage they have done.


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  105. It’s his birthday today he’s nearly 40 so what can I say other than he attended university.

    Academia, when you absolutely positively need to find a group of people that profess to be unable to tell the difference between men and women.


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  106. Apologies to Cassie and Calli for the Birdsville mixup.

    I dropped in to the cinema to watch a movie called Mincemeat which I took for a cooking show. And cook up they did. Slow and dry. But a jolly good story. Im giving it 4 stars Margaret.


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  107. Academia, when you absolutely positively need to find a group of people that profess to be unable to tell the difference between men and women.

    They don’t want your sex life to be better than theirs.


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  108. Interesting last interview of Leigh Sales of Albo before D Day. I thought she gave him a hard time in spite of letting him waffle on too much. But even that gave him enough rope to hang himself with.

    Really……can’t the Labor Party do any better than this old Labor has been?


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  109. rosiesays:

    May 20, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    I think most of us are wishful thinkers.

    I don’t want Elbow to win.
    Just being realistic about the way the cards will fall.


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  110. When are the testing centres for the Monkey virus opening up? I want to be first in the queue and line me up for at least quarterly jabs.


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  111. Morrison: Hung parliament would be ‘governed’ by Twitter
    The Australian leader has claimed a hung parliament would be governed by Twitter if no party secures a majority on Saturday.

    Morrison is afraid of a hung Parliament next week?
    You mean… it’s a possibility? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ⛳
    Things are looking up already!

    And if Musk buys Twitter, I’m fine with Parliament being run by Twitter.


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  112. Fat Cloive hasn’t sent me a text.
    But John Howard called.
    He’s a bit of a rude bastard.
    Just kept talking over me when I asked him what the fuck he was thinking telling Trumble to stay on in the party.
    In the end I told him to fuck off and hung up.


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  113. They don’t want your sex life to be better than theirs.

    Do you think it is though? Apart from the cads that are into boinking the undergrads for improved marks most of them seem to lead a fairly staid existence with the same person and kids. Almost bourgeois even.


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  114. And if Musk buys Twitter, I’m fine with Parliament being run by Twitter.

    I’m hoping he manages to sink it somehow without having to buy it.


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  115. I am at my son’s house minding my little grandies and there is some Allegra festooning on his fence. It’s his birthday today he’s nearly 40 so what can I say other than he attended university.

    I feel your pain. My youngest, in a similar age group to yours, is the only one with a degree. He’s on Team Teal and handing out HTV cards for the excreble Dr Ryan (for a doctor she is) tomorrow.

    I am deeply ashamed. Still love the little dum-dum though.


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  116. There is no bad outcome in Fowler.
    .1 Nobody’s Girl loses. Begone! Good.
    .2 Nobody’s Girl wins. She is now in the lower house and white-anting Elbow.


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  117. ‘Sup bitches? This where the Cats hang out now? No pre-election Open Thread? I had to scroll to find this one.

    Not sure how the Teal “independents” will do in general, but a lot of talking heads on the tele 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 fuck-knuckle was boasting about it before vehemently denying it.

    Anyway… my prediction is still Coalition with an increased majority. Mostly because I like being contrarian… but here’s hoping parties like LDP and PHON cause havoc in the senate.
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  118. put up a dedicated Election thread around 6pm tomorrow

    The most relevant feral erection thread in this country.

    You want coverage, people?

    We have the most cutting edge.

    Beholden to none of them. 🙂


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  119. Foreign Minister Marise Payne proposed doubling Australia’s Pacific aid months before the Solomon Islands-China security pact but the Cabinet’s National Security Committee rejected the proposal.
    Ms Payne presented the bolstered Pacific Step-up strategy to Cabinet in November last year during the mid-year budget process on the premise that Australia needed to improve its support for nations in the Pacific to minimise Beijing’s influence in the region, according to The Australian.

    Who the hell is in this National Security Committee and how much is the CCP paying them?

    OTOH, this could be a sneaky move by ONA/BigDigger. If this pact allows Chinese weapons and defensive units out of China and into an environment where they are less secure, prying eyes might learn a thing or two about them.


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  120. The fix is in

    AEC formally expands telephone voting for thousands of COVID-positive Australians
    The Australian Electoral Commission ordered the last minute rule change following criticism that thousands of Australians would be unlikely to get their postal votes in on time.

    Yep, it’s The Great Preset.


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  121. Really……can’t the Labor Party do any better than this old Labor has been?

    I don’t see Albo as “old Labor” at all – he is very much “new Labor” along the example set by Bob Hawke, and followed by Paul Keating Kevin Rudd, Julia Gilliard, Bill Shorten et all.

    “We live in waterfront mansions and have investment properties, and all the trappings of the rich for the goods of the wukkas. We wouldn’t know a worker if we fell over one in the street. We believe in the redistribution of wealth, as long as it’s someone else’s wealth and not ours. Anyone else is from “the big end of town.”


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  122. Aboriginal burial practises vary widely across Oz.

    In the Kimberley I’ve seen rock covered graves a long way west of the Gibb River Road and an aboriginal skull in a rock niche in the eastern Leopold Ranges.

    A farmer from Ivanhoe we met said when he was growing up the stock men told him the local blackfellas used to bury their dead vertically in graves.

    And a pipeline welder , based in Darwin said when he was working in South Australia the excavator would be ahead cutting the trench and be accompanied by representatives of the local tribes, ostensibly to indicate where not to lay the route. In fact they had no idea where the sacred sites or burial locations where until the excavator dumped a load of soil with assorted bones and occasionally a skull. Work stopped followed by much swearing from the boss and long discussions with the tribal reps on how to proceed next.


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  123. H B Bearsays:

    May 20, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Those who haven’t yet ventured out – better lay off the monkey sex for a few weeks. Especially in Sydeney.

    I assume goats are still OK?


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  124. Albonsleazey has done his best.

    Staggeringly awful as it is. Dismissed for many, many ducks during his inglorious campaign. Innings: Many. Runs 1. Avg: 0.00001

    The 2019 “upset” and the result(s) of tomorrow night’s counting may yet see the gliberals stagger over the line.

    This election reminds me of Keato and “let them eat GST Cake” Hewson in 1993.

    “What’s the unemployment rate?”

    “Duuuuhhhhhh …”


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  125. This election reminds me of Keato and “let them eat GST Cake” Hewson in 1993.

    Keating was all in favor of a GST as part of “Option C” as a tax reform package in 1989 – he was never asked why he had abandoned his support, during the 1993 election campaign.


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  126. Craig McLachlan to pay $2m after case dropped

    Liam Mendes
    Reporter
    @liammendes
    An hour ago May 20, 2022

    Craig McLachlan has dropped his four-year defamation case against his former co-star, Nine newspapers and the ABC, prompting a court order to pay costs estimated to be about $2m.

    The television and musical theatre star said he was closing his case due to the “strain that this case has put on me and, more ­importantly, my family”.

    “I cannot continue to place my family under that strain, and my own mental health will not withstand the continuing pressure,” he said on Friday.

    “Ending the case now will ­finally bring to an end the four years we have endured since the publications were first made, as well as avoiding the need for other witnesses to have to endure the cross-examination process.”

    McLachlan referred to the ­assault and indecent assault criminal charges – over which he was acquitted in 2020 – saying he looks forward to restoring his health and spending more time with friends and family.

    The 56-year-old was suing his former co-star Christie Whelan Browne and the networks for defamation in the NSW Supreme Court.



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  127. – he was never asked why he had abandoned his support, during the 1993 election campaign.

    “What can we do to help Prime Minister?”


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  128. The election will eventually be decided by one vote.
    Mine
    I’m holding onto my postal vote until they announce its a dead beat with only my electorate left. Also a dead heat.

    Then Australia will beg for something as brief as the Oakshot/ Windsor announcement.
    I don’t want them to buy me a pony, oh no, I want them to be the pony.
    They will dance for my vote.

    A preview of my announcement.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=p_IYmE4Lobk

    In the unlikely event I’m wrong then it’s Mr Thai rub and tugs party by 10.
    I base that on 4000,000 early votes.


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  129. ‘Womxn’: Michelle Obama’s ‘mark of disrespect’ to ‘vast majority’ of women
    Former first lady Michelle Obama’s new way of spelling the word “woman” does nothing but deride women and make a mockery of the trans cause, says Sky News Australia host Piers Morgan.

    It comes as Ms Obama used the term “womxn” instead of “woman” in a recent Instagram post.

    “Ironically to promote women’s rights over abortion,” Mr Morgan said.

    “What makes this particularly absurd is that Ms Obama’s post was supposed to be supporting women’s rights.

    “Instead she’s trampled on them by pandering to a tiny minority of people who get upset when they hear a word that’s been used for centuries to describe people who aren’t men.”

    Mr Morgan said the term was a “mark of disrespect” to the vast majority who would just like to be called “women”.


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  130. Eyrie says:
    May 20, 2022 at 7:52 pm
    I am basing my Coalition by 5 seats on the way the ASX has gone up this last week. Apart from Thursday’s hiccup but we didn’t get hit nearly as badly as the US which is somewhat unusual. So I think the smart money knows something.
    This happened in 2019 when everyone thought the Liars were a shoo in.

    Shhh… If you go back 6 months and look at the bagging given to Morrison and the LNP in this blog you will be disappointing at least 50% of the posters here.

    Their focus, drive and compulsion is for a Labor victory, but they have disguised that, by encouraging others to vote for anyone except the LNP or casting their vote for some obscure nobody who has as much chance of forming government as a blancmange…


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  131. Regarding my dIsInFoRmAtIoN that “the fix is in”, I quote the last step in AEC’s description of the phone voting process now available to covidiots:

    An AEC voting assistant will record your vote onto hard copy ballot papers. The voting assistant will then place the ballot papers into an envelope and the envelope will be placed into a secure ballot box and then included in the count.

    You be the judge.


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  132. LOL – labore’s counter ads:

    “Goose Morristeen makes too many mistakes”

    Unlike the Albansleazey who is one unrelenting incontinent irredeemably incorrect imbecile – born of a sleazey dagoe and an unwitting female personage on a post WW2 cruise to the new woild as the self parody was.

    Section 44 suddenly rendered irrelevant as it is, for no good reason (again).


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  133. born of a sleazey dagoe and an unwitting female personage on a post WW2 cruise to the new woild as the self parody was.

    Someone over on Michael Smith has done some digging – it seems the relationship lasted past the cruise, to the point where Mary Anne Ellery took a flat in Southampton for six months, Albo’s father stopped by to discuss Ugandan affairs, between cruises, …she went home, three months pregnant, with a tale of being widowed as a result of a car accident…


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  134. Colonel Crispin Berka says:
    May 20, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Regarding my dIsInFoRmAtIoN that “the fix is in”, I quote the last step in AEC’s description of the phone voting process now available to covidiots:

    An AEC voting assistant will record your vote onto hard copy ballot papers. The voting assistant will then place the ballot papers into an envelope and the envelope will be placed into a secure ballot box and then included in the count.

    You be the judge.

    Without full scrutineering of every telephone vote and every postal vote from the time it’s placed in the postbox, this election is wide open for tampering.

    All the postal votes are being collected by Computershare, with nary a scrutineer in sight.

    It might be convenient, but it’s not secure.


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  135. The Airing of Grievances.

    I genuinely believe there should be a Feats of Strength component in selecting Prime Ministers, or at the very least some form of pushup benchmark.


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  136. Knuckle Dragger says:
    May 20, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    The Airing of Grievances.

    I genuinely believe there should be a Feats of Strength component in selecting Prime Ministers, or at the very least some form of pushup benchmark.

    Nah. Fight to the death. Preferably both of them.


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  137. I genuinely believe there should be a Feats of Strength component in selecting Prime Ministers, or at the very least some form of pushup benchmark.

    I favour the sublime Parkinson’s idea of compulsory dying for their country at the end of their reign.


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  138. Anyway, “Sliante” to all you horrible mob.

    Out of the daily routine of chemotherapy, and radiation treatment, the Memsahib is doing her best to give up cigarettes – after sixty years…..


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  139. PMs need this treatment once they resign.
    If they are booted then the same, but with the bees first.

    Something tells me you don’t like the parasitic class.


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  140. Let’s all go and cast a valid vote in the lower house

    Yeah, no.

    Cast a valid vote in the lower house and you are of the problem and not of the solution.

    You can cast a valid in the senate, if that’s any consolation.


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  141. I feel the same about this election as I do about the Russian/Ukraine brouhaha. It’s an absolute shame both sides can’t be thrown onto the electoral scrap heap by losing bigly. Boofhead v Useless.

    That said, I will take the LNP limping to the line by one, in the TopEnder sweepstakes.

    I pray for a Senate packed with sundry and various ratbag party chancers and grifters as opposed to Lib/Lab/Nat chancers and grifters. May they jointly and severally teach the idiots a lesson. Despite my gloomy observation that the current crop of politicians worldwide, with very few exceptions are ignorant to the point of being unteachable.

    I’ve committed to putting the majors last. Not one of them is worthy of my $2.80 primary vote.


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  142. Thefrollickingmolesays:
    May 20, 2022 at 10:20 pm
    The election will eventually be decided by one vote.
    Mine
    I’m holding onto my postal vote until they announce its a dead beat with only my electorate left. Also a dead heat.

    Then Australia will beg for something as brief as the Oakshot/ Windsor announcement.

    AS A YOUNG BOY, I DREAMED OF BEING A TRANSFORMER…


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  143. Yeah, no.

    Cast a valid vote in the lower house and you are of the problem and not of the solution.

    Depends. Your first preference is worth a few bucks to its recipient. If said recipient is particularly deserving, and the ultimate destination of your ballot paper not particularly consequential, why not help them out?

    Also, there’s a teal running in my electorate. I’m going to put that fucker last, and in ink.


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  144. Annabel Crabb attempts humour again.

    This kind of makes me want Morro to win. Crabb was so butthurt on election night 2019, making nasty comments about how Morro’s kids won’t have a father or some shit. Such delicious salt. I want more of it.


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  145. I might preference the Libs on the basis that doing so could result in an outcome that will piss off the likes of Annabel Crabb.

    Yes, I am that petty.


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  146. Also, there’s a teal running in my electorate. I’m going to put that fucker last, and in ink.

    The fuckers want a Federal IBAC.
    But the one running in our seat has been shouting from the rooftops about “committing his own money to the campaign”.
    Under pressure today he admits that his “own money” was previously owned by Holmes a Court.


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  147. An AEC voting assistant will record your vote onto hard copy ballot papers. The voting assistant will then place the ballot papers into an envelope and the envelope will be placed into a secure ballot box and then included in the count.

    AEC Mule.


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  148. Roger says:
    May 20, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Albo just assured everyone he “had Integrity”.

    If you have it you don’t need to assure people of it.

    Conversely, if you have to assure them, then you don’t have it.


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  149. WHO calls for global meetup on the monkeypox. If this thing is real, the world’s economic system will fall apart.

    I don’t think it’s real though as in real scary.

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


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  150. Boambee John:

    Who are these “Conservatives” of whom you speak?

    I’m divvying up the seats into Left and Right and whoever sides with who in the washup.
    Otherwise it’s Lefties 149 seats to 1 Rightie + Speaker.


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  151. This is what malignant stupidity looks like.

    About the baby formula shortage in the US.

    Meantime, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is blaming the shortage on—you can’t make this up—the 2017 GOP tax reform. What does one have to do with the other?

    A demonrat.

    Don’t forget Pelosi

    But Democrats say they don’t have time for bigger fixes—it’s so much easier to round up the usual suspects. They’ve already begun investigating Abbott and other producers. “I think there might be a need for indictment,” Nancy Pelosi said this week. She means business executives, not Members of Congress, alas.



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  152. Thanks, Tom. I liked them all. Except the Rowe, of course. But it’s useful to see how perverts think. If think is the right word.


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  153. J.C:

    But Democrats say they don’t have time for bigger fixes—it’s so much easier to round up the usual suspects. They’ve already begun investigating Abbott and other producers. “I think there might be a need for indictment,” Nancy Pelosi said this week. She means business executives, not Members of Congress, alas.

    That’d be right. Abbott want to produce but the Administration is preventing them from doing so. And they know it.
    This will rebound on the Administration.
    “Whatever the Left are accusing someone of doing, is something they are doing themselves.”


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