Open Thread – Weekend 28 May 2022


The Japanese Bridge, Claude Monet, 1900


2,036 responses to “Open Thread – Weekend 28 May 2022”

  1. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    Howzaaaaat.

  2. pete of perth Avatar
    pete of perth

    pretty good

  3. John Sheldrick Avatar

    The third comment here but with all those preferences that I have, then It’s first place at the end of the day for me.

  4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I hold no preferences, because I put an ‘e’ on the end of the pig’s sty, and thus I am very bad as pulled up by Dr. BG and enthused over by eight upticks, for with an ‘e’ the sty has to be a stye in the eye, which I used to get quite a lot as a child. That sort of stye is usually due to Staphylococcus Aureus aka Golden Staph, which was around a lot in my pre-antibiotic childhood. The word ‘sty’ however, Dr. BG, may I assure you, can stand alone, or it can combine into pigsty, a noun in itself, which usage I am happy to follow as you direct. As you can see above though, I have used it separately with the pig being in possession as demonstrated by the apostrophe.

    Our particular sty, called The Sty in brochures and on the gate, is supremely comfortable and elegant, with classic rural views, but a century ago it certainly housed many pigs. Today it even has underfloor heating, an idea pinched from the Romans two millennia ago around here.

    Speaking of whom, we saw the Roman exhibit in the York Minster today. In the 1980’s when the main tower started to give way once again at the base (which it had done a lot in the past) they went for broke in fixing it for once and for all, digging into the foundations and discovering that the fourth main column of the square tower was the only one not built on the foundations of York’s major Roman fort, thus causing a wobble, like a chair with a bad leg. A lot of digging and many tons of concrete stabilised the tower. A happy side-effect was a lot of Roman archaeology being revealed which now forms an underground museum, open to all who pay the twelve pounds entrance to the Cathedral. You also get a free tour given by a very amusing and knowlegeable chap, and free entrance to this museum, as well as being able to admire the best collection of medieval stained glass-in-situ to be found in Europe. York has been an archbishopric (of sorts) since the earliest days of the Roman Christian revival in Britain, a rival to Augustine’s seat at Canterbury. This heritage shows in the way later generations viewed this town, so significant to Rome and to Christianity. Various conquerers and kings have held parliaments here.

    Constantine the Great was proclaimed here in York by his troops on this very spot following the death of his father the General Constantius Chlorus, says the museum, and I am suitably impressed, standing there somewhat footsore myself from trooping around just as those soliders in their hard leather sandals must have been. For Christianity, the rest was to follow – first the Edict of Toleration, and then Constantine’s deathbed baptism, sealing the deal between the Christian Church and the Imperial Roman State that was fully charged by 381AD under the reign of Theodosius 1. Gibbon blamed this linkage for the fall of Rome, but that was hardly fair; so much else was also happening by then.

    I wasn’t sure the Hairy would enjoy the guided tour when I suggested it, but in the event he did enjoy it, for the excellent commentary and also because he felt it was so good to be amongst a group of international travellers again – people from Chile, the US, Africa, Singapore and the Philippines as well as some Brits and us from Oz. People are on the move all over the world again. Bravo.

  5. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Thanks for the toons, Tom. Always appreciated.

  6. bespoke Avatar
  7. Bourne1879 Avatar
    Bourne1879

    Thanks Tom. Always enjoy the toons and when I first joined the Cat it was through you found the Week in Pictures.

    Other thanks to the travellers who post. Most recently Rosie, Liz and Calli on their adventures in Europe, UK and around Oz. Keep it up as it adds to the variety of the blog.

    Have enjoyed the recent political commentary and diversity of opinions and thanks to our host for making it possible.

    Now back to bed for a few more hours sleep.

  8. Winston Smith Avatar
    Winston Smith

    36th episode of Battlestorm is up – the continuing advances by South West Front in the north, and the opening of the Don Front against 4th Rumanian Army.

  9. Petros Avatar
    Petros

    That definition of insanity quote is not from Einstein. It came from Narcotics Anonymous apparently.

  10. Winston Smith Avatar
    Winston Smith

    From the US Naval Institute:
    Kanyon breaks all the traditional nuclear deterrence and classification rules. It is a nuclear-powered weapon, therefore possessing theoretically unlimited range. It has the potential to be both a strategic and tactical nuclear weapon and does not fall within the weapon definitions of the New START treaty.

  11. Winston Smith Avatar
    Winston Smith

    Biden’s Department of Homeland Security Announces It Will Not Conduct Immigration Enforcement in Uvalde, Texas at this Time After Mass Shooting.
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/bidens-department-homeland-security-announces-will-not-conduct-immigration-enforcement-uvalde-texas-time/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=the-gateway-pundit&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=2022-05-27
    Surely this becomes an impeachable offence for the Democrats?

  12. JC Avatar
    JC

    One of the weirdest things happened to me today, which makes me now 99.9899% certain we’re living in a simulation.

    I had an issue with the Apple TV remote and was messing around with it for a while as the Apple one wouldn’t work but the LG one did. Eventually, I realized the issue was that the remote needed recharging. Anyway, I began to mess around the various channels and ended up on HBOmax. We were about the go out but our kid was getting ready so I started a doco about Woody Allen’s family making accusations against him.
    We were about 15 minutes in and I turned off the tv.

    The three of us were walking down Park Ave talking about the show. Our kid spots Woody Allen on the sidewalk walking the opposite way. I look at him and he looks back at me while continuing to walk the other way. He’s an old little runt.

  13. Winston Smith Avatar

    There are three possible explanations–cowardice, incompetence or slaves to doctrine. In an ideal world, police confronted with an active shooter will call immediately on a SWAT team. There was no SWAT team in Uvalde, Texas. Instead of improvising and conducting their own assault, the police chose to sit back and wait.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/police-uvalde-texas-cowards-incompetent-slaves-doctrine/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=the-gateway-pundit&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=2022-05-27

  14. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Our kid spots Woody Allen on the sidewalk walking the opposite way.

    Cue spooky music.

  15. 2dogs Avatar
    2dogs

    Gibbon blamed this linkage for the fall of Rome, but that was hardly fair; so much else was also happening by then.

    It meant the prophesy was true; one wonders the extent to which it was self-fulfilling.

  16. Travelin' man Avatar
    Travelin’ man

    Woody Allen was creepy all his life.
    There is something about him.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Irish stew in the name of the law.

    Jubilee scandal: Royal Military Police arrest six Irish guards days before Queen’s parade (27 May)

    ROYAL MILITARY POLICE have arrested six Irish guards days ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next week.

    The serving members of the Irish Guards have been held on suspicion of dealing an illegal substance, as well as running a loan shark operation. The drug sting was led by the Royal Military Police and has taken several months to organise.

    Those arrested were accused of alleged conspiring to supply drugs, as well lending money and other laundering offences.

    Those bear fur hats are quite capacious, and not the sort of place you’d usually check for interesting chemicals.

  18. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Hey JC was Woody thinking the same thing. Another thing, about the energiser cars, I saw an S Tesla, one of the locals traded his 3 Tesla. They are quite nice looking, not like the 3 series.

  19. JC Avatar
    JC

    Ranga, Arma

    Weird or what!

  20. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    There are three possible explanations–cowardice, incompetence or slaves to doctrine

    You missed the most likely:
    it was a simulation staged for political purposes by the FBI.
    The cops were just following orders in blocking access to the “scene”.

    While this is the most sinister explanation, at least it doesn’t require dead children.

  21. Vicki Avatar
    Vicki

    Lizzie
    Loved to read your description of the ruins of the York tower. Made me very nostalgic for travel – but particularly travel visiting archaeological sites. My dear husband has always been so patient with my obsession & we have seen many significant sites. I doubt if we will see many, if any, in the future. For so many reasons – but particularly the imminent eruption in Europe.

    This is very emotional for me this morning. Yesterday I attended a Requiem Mass for an old school friend who became quite a celebrated Chronicler of politics in Canberra &. Menzies expert. Many Lib heavies were there, including the old man himself (not Menzies!) who knew how to defeat Labor.
    But the wonder for me was the appearance of our old Ancient History teacher . Blow me down – he would be 85 but didn’t look like a day over 65! A schoolmate who was also taught, like me and the deceased, by this teacher was there – he is now a Professor of Ancient History.

    The Requiem Mass must have been two hours long. All solemn ritual, & very beautiful – except for the suffocating incense.As usual, the final music from Elgar had me sobbing. I remarked to my old teacher & old school friend how beautiful the ritual was in an age of Profanity. They looked at me in astonishment, for they are unbelievers and Greens to boot.

    I wake up this morning longing to return to my valley.

  22. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    ABC was declaring the Tasmanian seat of Lyons a hold for Labor MP Brian Mitchell.

    Also at that link, the figures for Gilmore [Andrew Constance 286 votes ahead of the Labor Member] have been unchanged since Tuesday.
    Now 250 votes ahead
    Labor is battling to get to 76 Seats, would the AEC put a finger on the scales?
    Or does that only occur in U.S. Elections?

  23. sfw Avatar
    sfw

    Australia is now in the hands of the inner city elites, don’t know how it can be reversed, too many people clustered in the main cities outnumber and outvote the rest of us. Tim Quilty’s plan for a new state is a start but we need more states with distributed populations. The uniparty will never let it happen if they can help it.
    https://www.tallyroom.com.au/47855

  24. Perplexed of Brisbane Avatar
    Perplexed of Brisbane

    So the plan for Sri Lankan illegal immigrants now is to arrive on our shores, get knocked up immediately and then go to Biloela.

    ALP already unlocking the door.

  25. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Looking at the non Liberal Tasmanian Seats, Labor only managed 29% of the vote in Lyons, the Greens 11%, Lambie Network 10%.
    Franklin is their best Seat in Tasmania, they get 36% and the Greens get them over the line.
    In Wilkie’s Seat of Clark, the figure is only 18%, Wilkie got an absolute Majority in 2019, dropped 4% this time.
    The 5 Tasmanian Seats used to go to Labor when they won Government,
    I’d say the Labor Party is in a lot of trouble on the Right from The Greens and they’ve gotta keep feeding Lambie too.

  26. Struth Avatar

    I think I get a lot of disagreement and opposition from people who have too much trust in their fellow man, espcially leftists, and what they are truly out to achieve and what they are capable of.

    Many of you know that I led a convoy that taught me a great deal about just how bad the media are, and have spent much of my life travelling Australia for work and have much to do with aboriginal communities and know first hand just what lefties will do to aboriginal people for their own sick reasons.

    So when I say this next thing, people will call me a conspiracy theorist, and yes I could be wrong BUT

    My take on the shootings in Texas.

    The left are at war with the west.
    Full stop.
    No ifs and no buts.
    They are at war with the west and the western white people that created it.
    And western white people did create it.

    When you are at war with these people you attempt to take down their defences, to disarm them.

    People dying, children and women are just collateral damage all sacrificed for the greater good.
    Some lefties believe that what has to be done must be done to save the planet…….their superiors are power and money hungry , godless evil.

    If they need to incite another school shooting to get the guns from the citizens they will do it.
    And the police will be ordered to stay put.

    And the MSM will then do their jobs.

    Nothing in this world has changed.

    He who has the guns has the power.
    None of their new tech control methods they plan to introduce can work without a disarmed citizenry.
    That’s why I have alway said that the fight against the globalist Communists (for that is what they are at the WEF) will be fought in the USA.
    And all we can hope for now is the brave there to come forward, the Trumps etc to stand up and face this age old evil again.

    If you think the left would not incite a school shooting you do not know them.
    I am not a conspiracy theorist, I have witnessed it for myself.
    Some of you also have if you are honest.

    The control they have over aboriginal communities is all encompassing and complete and the most disgusting, miserable, violent, disease ridden shitholes on this planet.
    These people are kept this way to further the power grab of the left.
    Human life is of no concern and in many cases , it’s despised and loathed.

    It is there only to be used.

    Do you really scoff when I say they’d be inciting massacres right now?
    I’m sure you will.
    And that’s why they are winning.

  27. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Looking at the closest three remaining Gilmore, Lyons and Deakin I noticed Gilmore had 127,000 eligible voters, Deakin 112,000 and Lyons 85,000.
    Seems a little uneven to me.

  28. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    Very funny Bob Moran this morning.

    Thanks Tom.

  29. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    It’s fantastic that Lizzie is safe in the UK, not a hint of trouble.

  30. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    The end is nigh!

  31. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    From The Oz….more election wrap up….from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

    Election 2022: Change agents at teal heart not all ex-Liberals

    Of the dozens of suburbs that turned teal last Saturday, turfing six Liberal moderates out of parliament and contributing to the downfall of the Morrison government, beachside Avalon on Sydney’s northern beaches was the tealest of them all.

    But electoral analysis by The Weekend Australian has disproved the widespread belief that all of the new ­Climate 200-backed independents picked up the ­majority of their votes from dis­affected Liberal ­voters.

    In the Melbourne seat of Kooyong, the swing against Josh Frydenberg was smaller than the swings against each of the Labor and Greens candidates, while in another three teal victory seats, the swing against the sitting Liberal was smaller than the combined swing against Labor, the Greens and all other candidates.

    Nationwide, voters at 12 booths in three different seats were so ­attracted to the teal option, the majority gave the independent their first ­preference.

    In the quiet enclave of the sunburnt and the wealthy that is Sydney’s northern peninsula, four polling booths in Jason Falinski’s seat of Mackellar reported more than 50 per cent first preference votes for Sophie Scamps.

    Avalon South recorded 56.3 per cent, the highest teal independent primary vote of any large booth in the country, followed by Avalon Beach (55.4 per cent), Bilgola Plateau (53.1 per cent) and Avalon (52.4 per cent).

    Former state independent upper house member for Pittwater Alex McTaggart said Avalon was a wealthy, well-educated community that prioritised climate as a key issue. “Avalon’s right on the coast and the average young person here is involved in the surf or the surf club,” Mr McTaggart said.

    “They see the effects of climate on the coast.”

    Mr McTaggart said a federal anti-corruption commission and health – the nearest hospital is 22km away – were other issues on which Dr Scamps successfully campaigned.

    Most of the teal independents picked up many of their votes from Labor or Greens voters. In Kooyong, the former Liberal treasurer’s primary vote fell by 6.3 per cent while Labor lost 11.1 per cent and the Greens 15 per cent.

    In nearby Goldstein, where ­former ABC journalist Zoe Daniel overcame Tim Wilson, the swing against Labor almost hit 18 per cent, compared with the ousted Liberal MP’s 11.7 per cent.

    The vote pattern was different in North Sydney, where Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman suffered a primary vote fall of 13.7 per cent, much larger than Labor’s 3.6 per cent and the Greens’ 5.7 per cent. And in Wentworth, teal victor Allegra Spender’s 38.8 per cent primary vote drew largely on the vote former independent Kerryn Phelps won in 2019 and Liberal MP Dave Sharma’s support. Labor and Greens votes held steady.

    Redbridge executive director Kos Samaras, whose polling company undertook research for the Climate 200 candidates, said the location of polling booths influenced how the primary vote split. A high proportion of younger voters and renters translated into a stronger turnout for teals.

    Four of the top five teal booths in Kooyong weres in Hawthorn, a suburb that mixes wealthy families in $20m mansions and students in rental apartments, while top of the list in North Sydney was Greenwich, another suburb with a high proportion of apartments. And Wentworth’s top booths were in renter-heavy Bondi, Paddington and Bronte

    Dr Scamps had a campaign budget of $1.4m, half of which was raised from the community and the other half coming from millionaire climate activist Simon Holmes a Court’s fundraising war chest Climate 200.

    Semi-retired teacher John Lettoof, 65, has lived in Avalon for 30 years and said he voted Greens one and Dr Scamps second due to concerns over climate change.

    “You can just see it (climate change),” said Mr Lettoof, a keen surfer and fisherman.

    “You know I could point behind me right now to the shellfish that are missing off the rocks – the pool is denuded, it‘s not full of life as it normally is.”

    Dr Scamps’ campaign was also more youth-friendly, including a free concert on May 1 – called Election Beats – in Avalon’s Dunbar Park headlined by local artists Angus and Julia Stone, Lime Cordiale and comedian Dan Ilic. The event attracted about 1500 people. At the same time, Mr Falinski treated about 250 supporters to sausage rolls and beers at Cromer Golf Club.

    The first-world problems of ­Avalon residents were satirised in 2015 in the film Avalon Now, which later became a web series, depicting a couple torn between pairing pinot gris or pinot grigio with barramundi for dinner.

    There are many things to ponder here.

    1. Falinsky was a dud. A dripping wet dud, one of Photios’ picks. Without a doubt some of the vote against him was a protest vote against his dudness. Falinsky the Dud now has lots of time to work on his much desired republic with his clown friends, Pirate Man and Lord Malcolm the Most Miserable. I’m sure Karma Sharma and Trent Zimmerboy will join him.

    2. I’m glad Labor doesn’t require the votes of these Teals in the lower house.

    3. The northern beaches is very white and very, very insular. When the boats start to arrive (it’s inevitable) and they’re brought to Oz, it’s time they were settled in places like Mackellar, Warringah, Wentworth, Kooyong and Goldstein. The Northern Beaches…aka…the “Insular Peninsular” desperately requires a good dose of multiculturalism.

    4. If I was a hysterical about climate change, I’d also be insistent that that we need to do more. The northern beaches has lots of prime locations for solar farms, particularly along the beachfronts. Whilst the electorate of Warringah has prime locations to erect windmills on the cliffs around Manly, Mackellar can be a hive of solar. And surely, if “semi-retired teacher John Lettoof”, keen surfer and fisherman that he is as well someone who, apparently, is “very concerned about climate change”, then he should be more than happy to dispense with his surfing and fishing and insist that the beaches now be used for solar battery farms….you know, to save the planet.

    5. Why do I think that Mr Lettoof and others living on the “Insular Peninsular” are hypocrites? Why do I think it’s all about virtue signalling and not about action?

    I know why.

  32. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    David Rowe and Mark Knight are trying to put a spin on the naming of First Dog Toto.

  33. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Pauline looks home and hosed.”

    Some good news.

  34. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Do you really scoff when I say they’d be inciting massacres right now?
    I’m sure you will.
    And that’s why they are winning.

    Sancho:
    fuck off

  35. m0nty Avatar

    I see turnout for the election is up to 78%. Still not great, and down from the usual 91%.

  36. calli Avatar
    calli

    Take the spin further.

    Who are the picks for Heartless, Brainless and Cowardly?

    And who is pulling the levers behind the curtain?

    Fortunately Fake Glinda has been rocketed back to Scotland Island.

  37. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    “They see the effects of climate on the coast.”

    All they have is missing shellfish?
    Maybe someone was hungry.

  38. calli Avatar
    calli

    I doubt whether Oz will be following a yellowcake road any time soon.

  39. calli Avatar
    calli

    “They see the effects of climate on the coast.”

    So do I. A delightful sea breeze most of the time, with the nearby ocean ameliorating heat and cold.

    Something poorer, overheated buggers further inland can only wish for.

  40. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    AEC need to clarify turnout is interim until they finish the postal and absent counts.
    No doubt the same thing happens every election until this time, someone, desperate to prove every thing that happens in the US, must also happen here, jumped the gun and started throwing around accusations.

  41. Miltonf Avatar
    Miltonf

    We seem to have imported many CCP loyalists. Just what you would expect from Canbra. I’m sure many from Hong Kong, Vietnam and Taiwan would applaud a trough stance against the CCP

  42. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    In the clamour for an Indigenous voice, true suffering is being drowned out Jacinta Nampijinpa Price

    10:15PM May 27, 2022

    It is hard to hear the softest of voices in a room filled with clamouring chatter. Only in silence can the quiet truly be heard. Thus, the genuine voices of Indigenous suffering are being drowned out by the virtue-signalling calls for a “voice” and “recognition”.

    Indigenous recognition has become the latest virtuous fad; where on any given day in our nation you can be confronted with non-Indigenous Australians vying to have their virtues heard when they monotonously and mechanically pay their “respects to elders past, present and emerging”. Simultaneously, Australians with Indigenous heritage purport to be “proud” members of some – or a number of – tribes belonging to the fashionably termed “First Nations”.

    Labor prides itself on acknowledgments to “First Nations” Aboriginal Australians and there is nothing more “virtue-signalling” than Anthony Albanese’s self-gratifying act of flanking himself in the parliamentary press room with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.

    There is a stark difference, however, between “big-noting” oneself and actually acknowledging and committing to act on the fact that Indigenous women and children are still being victimised by domestic and family violence and sexual assault at many times the national rate.

    What becomes stark is the lack of “recognition” for the reality of the Indigenous voices of victims of violence and sexual abuse, which are blatantly ignored by the virtue signalling class.

    There is no mention in the voice to parliament about how we as Indigenous Australians, along with the wider Australian community, are going to confront this reality and start protecting and supporting victims.

    There is no mention in the Uluru Statement from the Heart how we as Indigenous Australians are going to confront the crisis of family violence and child sexual abuse.

    There is no mention in treaty talks of how Aboriginal Australians are going to work to end violence and sexual abuse in their communities suffering the highest rates of DV and sexual violence.

    In all of the fallout from the police shooting death of my nephew in Yuendumu, and the demands of “justice” for his death, there has never been a single demand from my family’s community for justice in response to the countless other homicides, sexual assaults and cases of horrific interpersonal violence caused by those we are related to as kin.

    I sat in a courtroom two years ago to support my niece as she and my cousin, her aunty, gave evidence in her case brought against her own father for r0ping and violently abusing her. Aside from my aunt, her aunt, my mother and my father, not once during the trial did our other family members come to her side in support of her as a victim, or to demand justice for the horrifying trauma inflicted on her by her own father. Instead, she and her aunt came under immediate threat for reporting the horror to police.

    It was the perpetrator who received and continues to receive support from family. So much so, his brother took it upon himself to attack my cousin, my niece’s aunt, with an axe while she worked at the primary school – simply for supporting her niece to fight for justice.

    The attack was witnessed by schoolchildren. If the brother of an accused ropist and abuser took it upon themselves to attack a woman with an axe in a school in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth, it would have made national headlines. The perpetrator would have been called out, marches for women would have taken to the streets of cities and there would have been grand demands to smash the patriarchy.

    But unfortunately for my cousin and my niece, they are voiceless Aboriginal women who are easily controlled and abused in communities that are out of sight and out of mind of the “virtue-signalling” class. These attacks cannot be fixed by “Welcome to Country” or elders past, present and emerging. Certainly the elders in my niece’s and cousin’s community did not acknowledge nor demand justice for the crimes committed against them.

    My niece has had to flee to another state for fear of further violent reprisals. She has been dispossessed of her community because her own family would side with the perpetrator. Yet no excuse exists for such violence and abuse to be acceptable. Nor does any excuse exist for any person – no matter who they are – to not call out this horror, stand up for victims and let them be heard.

    These raw and unpleasant truths must be dragged out of the darkness and into the light so Aboriginal women and girls – Australian citizens like my niece and cousin – might one day have their silenced voices heard.

    Yet still atop of the Labor government’s list of priorities for supposed betterment of our first people is recognition, treaty and – most ironically – voice

  43. 132andBush Avatar
    132andBush

    “They see the effects of climate on the coast.”

    These people see climate change everywhere.
    They are no different in thought pattern to all other conspiracy theorists, the scary thing is they have political power.

    Buy a generator.

  44. Tintarella di Luna Avatar
    Tintarella di Luna

    Cassie of Sydneysays:
    May 28, 2022 at 8:11 am

    Thank you Cassie for this excellent summary – if I may include the dudness of Fiona Martin – I am so glad that Labor will not rely on the votes of the performing Teals and the grifting Greens, I am also glad the invisible risable Fiona Martin is no longer my representative – her replacement is a tiny little asian woman Sally Sitou — I will be very interested in reading the inaugural speeches of the Performing Teals to see how far back they have to go to to find a tale of woe, I know Dai Le is a living embodiment of overcoming adversity in her lifetime, as for the rest of the incoming newbies this parliament I sure will have us living in intersting times.

  45. Struth Avatar

    The left have been at war with the west since ww2.
    Then since the Frankfurt school.
    They have never rested.
    They fight full of hate and loathing.
    That hate is so overwhelming and drives them, as they know they can’t defeat a healthy western civilisation the old way, with armies.
    That really got up their nose.
    Many years ago, the thing that disgusted the MSM the most when they saw people like me on the stage adressing the punters at the protest, was that it was people like me.
    They spat their venom at these fucking upstarts.
    Who told middle aged white men they they should be heard!?
    The concept that white men, blue collar white men were expecting to be heard, when they had caused all of this terrible western civilisation was beyond the pale…
    It was not what we were saying (well it was but) that we dared have the audacity to say it, after all we should just be apologising prefusely for the mess of western cililisation and remain silent so our multiculti betters can fix the mess with a good bought of communism.

    These are the people that told you to be scared of a cold virus.
    They are at war with you.
    The are not stupid (in the sense that you think they are), they are brainwashed by communists in university and they are at war with you.
    And killing you, you disgusting white trash, is a net good for the world.
    Especially if you are a right wing male.
    They want you disarmed and then removed from the surface of the earth, or at the very least, silenced, shamed and enslaved.

    And I will be called a conspiracy theorist for saying so.
    That’s why I’d never let these types jab me in a month of Sundays.

    You’d better stop this denialism and wake up to the mental sickness, to the true evil at war with you, or you’ll be doing insane things like taking boosters from these people.

  46. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    5. Why do I think that Mr Lettoof and others living on the “Insular Peninsular” are hypocrites? Why do I think it’s all about virtue signalling and not about action?

    How does one Virtue Signal with a Secret Ballot.
    Whether Climate Change is real or not [it’s not], the reality is that
    Australia has signed up to various International Agreements.
    Reneging on International Agreements means Sanctions, means we get the South Africa treatment.
    Walking away from International Agreements means we get Sanctions and the South Africa treatment.

    There were 2 Options at this Election:
    The Coalition would finesse NetZero to 26 million people’s advantage, the ALP would follow NetZero to the letter, to 26 million people’s great disadvantage.
    Then Senator Canavan and Colon Boyce popped up and declared NetZero dead.
    That was 2022’s Bob Brown Convoy moment.
    Yeah, it mighta got Colon up in Flynn, but it took plenty of Liberals down in the Cities.

  47. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    If the turnout number is continuing to increase Monty it is neither great or not great.

  48. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Was someone going for ‘Churchillian’?

  49. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Having a look at Dover’s painting, unlike some here I didn’t do a lot of travelling but the absolute highlight was a visit to Monet’s garden in late summer. A mate’s wife got sick of me hanging around their kitchen in Battersea and stuck me on the Eurostar for 3 days in Paris. I headed off from Gard du Nord and beat the Japanese and the hordes. Clearly most of the flowers were past their peak but most still had blooms. After a few hours I walked back into the village for duck confit and salad sitting in the sun. A perfect day.

  50. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    The left have been at war with the west since ww2.

    The Right have been at war with the West since WW2. That’s why America brought all the Nazi scientists to the United States.
    Ever heard of Werner von Braun, Sancho?
    Course you have.

    Then since the Frankfurt school.

    The Frankfurt School was a Twenties Fake Left Wing Push, they became the NeoCons in 1951.

  51. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Ms Liu said she understood the negative sentiments of the community when they heard their country of origin that they still felt affection for being constantly targeted by the Australian government

    I am old enough to remember when Australians who showed affection for their former homelands in the UK and mainland Europe were sneered at and constantly targeted by the snooty members of the fascist so-called “progressive” left.

  52. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Very nice Bear.
    I’ve only been to France in the off-season, Dec to March but Giverny looks fantastic.

    giverny

  53. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    but the absolute highlight was a visit to Monet’s garden in late summer.

    Mme Zulu and I shared Monet’s garden with half a dozen – armed – French Marine paratroopers…

  54. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    I suppose the UK slapped arbitrary bans on Australian goods, spied, and played lots of other little games that justified the sneering.

  55. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    From “The Age.”

    Greens have mandate to stop new oil and gas projects: Bandt tells Labor
    Latika Bourke
    By Latika Bourke
    May 28, 2022 — 5.00am

    Federal election 2022
    Full election results
    ALP
    75
    LNP
    57
    IND
    10
    GRN
    3
    OTH
    2
    76 seats needed for a majority
    4
    Still to call
    77.96%
    counted
    Updated May 28, 2022, 8.38am

    Greens leader Adam Bandt says the party has a mandate to stop new coal and gas mines and warned the Labor government that it will use its balance of power in the Senate to introduce legislation to block new mines.

    The Greens look set to quadruple their lower house representation by robbing the LNP of their Queensland seats of Brisbane and Ryan and booting Labor frontbencher Terri Butler from the seat of Griffith.

    Labor remains one seat shy of securing a 76th seat that it needs to govern in majority and the Greens are expected to hold 12 seats in the Senate, most likely giving the party the balance of power.

    This means that wherever Labor failed to secure the support of the opposition – set to be led by Peter Dutton – the government would need the votes of the crossbench to pass laws, making them kingmakers capable of blocking or passing key legislation in the Senate.

    Bandt told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that the Greens wanted to be constructive at the outset, but the parties that stood for more coal and gas had to recognise that their votes went backwards.

    “Labor may squeak through a majority in the lower house, we’ll see,” he said.

    “Less than one in three people voted for them, they’ve got to accept the reality of that, they’re in government but the Greens and the independents, whose presence in parliament went up, were demanding more ambitious climate action and at some point Labor has to recognise that that’s what people want.

    “Our preference is for a cooperative government, but we’re not there to rubber stamp, so they can’t take our votes in the Senate for granted … our clear, strong preference is to have a productive relationship.

  56. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    ” if I may include the dudness of Fiona Martin”

    Tinta….absolutely. My sister lives in the same electorate as you do, Reid. Martin needed voters like you and my sister but she was soooooooo execrable that my sister voted UAP and put Martin second last (The Greens were last).

    For me personally, the only loss is Josh. Fiona “call the police” Martin, Katie Allen (for a doctor she is), Dave Karma Sharma, Trent Zimmerboy, Jason Foolinksi…..all gone and good riddance. It was the likes of them who damaged the Liberal brand. They crossed the floor (except Foolinski)….and the people repaid in kind.

    I was thinking about the execrable Katie Allen this week. Whenever she appeared on Kenny, she’d be sitting in front of a bookcase (as everyone usually does) and she’d invariably have the following books behind her as a pointer to what she’d read or was reading….so I would usually spy books such as “Dreams from My Father” and “Becoming Michelle”.

    What kind of Liberal gives prominence to such absolute shit? A “moderate” Liberal, that’s who.

    They will not be missed.

  57. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Dickless

    How does one Virtue Signal with a Secret Ballot.

    By loudly proclaiming that you voted for the “virtuous” candidate, whether or not you did?

    Reneging on International Agreements means Sanctions, means we get the South Africa treatment.
    Walking away from International Agreements means we get Sanctions and the South Africa treatment.

    Will the sanctions be worse than economic suicide by ruinable electrickery? How are they working against Wussia? Have you purchased your White Flag of surrender yet?

    The Coalition would finesse NetZero to 26 million people’s advantage,

    With the so-called “Liberal” wets all returned? If you will believe this, ….

  58. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    I am old enough to remember when Australians who showed affection for their former homelands in the UK and mainland Europe were sneered at and constantly targeted by the snooty members of the fascist so-called “progressive” left.

    When did this fantasy of yours occur, SpongeBob?
    By the way, the Labor Party is a Right Wing movement, your threadbombing can’t change that.

  59. Eyrie Avatar
    Eyrie

    the only loss is Josh.
    Nah, he’s a dick. No losh Josh.

  60. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Greens leader Adam Bandt says the party has a mandate to stop new coal and gas mines and warned the Labor government that it will use its balance of power in the Senate to introduce legislation to block new mines.

    How long before Bum Bandit rubs AnAl’s nose in the number of Liars seats that were won only on Slime preferences?

  61. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    “Labor government that it will use its balance of power in the Senate to introduce legislation to block new mines.”
    This is where the Liberal party can make themselves very useful.
    Mr Dutton, I’m sure, can put Australia’s best interests first.

  62. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Semi-retired teacher John Lettoof, 65 …

    Everything you need to know about the Teal phenomenon right there.

  63. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Struth, note I didn’t use Ken, that is the most sensible thing you’ve said in the last 2yrs. See you can do it. I think the ruling class are not left, right or anything. They use anyone, and the left are the easily lead. This Australian eCommissioner at Davos is not part of the ruling class. Just a pawn who thinks they have a seat at the table. If those attending WEF are functionaries they are the useful idiots. I’m not a conspiracy theorist except for what I see as the ruling class, whoever they are, stirring the pot everywhere, it doesn’t matter where as long as the status quo doesn’t continue. Power comes manipulating events like Biden being Prez. Everyone knows he’s not capable of running anything, but who exactly is running him, the swamp is not the answer. Who is running the swamp?

  64. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    ABCcess appears to have just outright plagiarized the US democrats press release on the school shootings there.

    Though this line made me laugh.
    It is impossible to know what George Washington would make of an AR-15.

    The revered father of the nation was once shot during America’s revolutionary war, and the four musket balls simply lodged in the fabric of his coat.

    Through the magic of the internet i bring you George Washington’s ghost giving his opinion.

  65. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Dickless

    When did this fantasy of yours occur, SpongeBob?
    By the way, the Labor Party is a Right Wing movement, your threadbombing can’t change that.

    Google the phrase “cultural cringe”, (very) young person of possible male characteristics.

    The current Labor Party is a fascist movement, and thus Left Wing. Your thread bombing can’t change that!

  66. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Greens leader Adam Bandt says the party has a mandate to stop new coal and gas mines and warned the Labor government that it will use its balance of power in the Senate to introduce legislation to block new mines.”

    Good. The Liberal party must sit back and let Labor dalliance with the Greens. Getting into bed with the Greens has always been electoral suicide for Labor.

    All those Hunter electorates that voted for Labor, you will reap what you sow.

  67. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Sancho:
    fuck off

    Dr Grooglery heal thyself.

  68. calli Avatar
    calli

    Giverny – arrive early. Really early, before the buses descend. Skip breakfast – most tour groups are still rolling out of bed or checking out the croissants.

    Go to the water garden immediately (signs point the way, tunnel under road). Do not faff around near the house – you can do that later.

    Take many…many photos in solitude. The bridge will be empty and photogenic.

    Do not fall into the lake.

  69. m0nty Avatar
    m0nty

    LOL at Cassie whining about the Northern Beaches. They spend generations voting for Liberals, but the first time they don’t you turn on them like mangy dogs.

    The Liberal Party can’t function without its blue ribbon seats. Labor can go on without the inner city seats that the Greens are pinching, because they still have a bunch of safe seats in the working class suburbs. Where are the safe spaces for the Libs now? Tasmania, which is turning into one big retirement village? The Nats are fine but the Libs are in big trouble.

  70. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Points taken calli.
    I’m sure one could have a very very early bowl of cereal though.

  71. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    In an interview with a German newspaper published on the eve of this year’s Davos meeting, globalist nabob Klaus Schwab has conceded WEF memberships are down and the world is trending towards becoming multipolar rather than the globalist utopia/dystopia he’s spent 50 years promoting.

    Someone break it gently to Struth.

  72. calli Avatar
    calli

    Art is better appreciated with a growling tummy.

    You are at one with the creative spirit starving in his garret.

  73. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Get a grip Monty.
    The Australian electorate can be remarkably fickle.
    And Labor will have its finger on the focus group pulse, always.
    Three word slogan.
    Stop the boats.
    Might end up being ‘liberal lite’.

  74. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    … so I would usually spy books such as “Dreams from My Father” and “Becoming Michelle”.

    I’ll take your word on that, it’s really quite amazing that she would think Obama is a Liberal Party vote winner.

    What kind of Liberal gives prominence to such absolute shit? A “moderate” Liberal, that’s who.

    She was a Fake Moderate.
    Interesting that no Teal stood against her, Higgins is the leafiest, wealthiest Seat in Melbourne by a bit.
    Basically, she lost votes to the Right, i.e. Labor and The Greens.
    Liberal, Labor, Greens got 92% of the Primary vote in a field of 8.

  75. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    The left are at war with the west.
    Full stop.

    yep
    been brewing for a couple of decades at least

    two years ago somebody in this forum asked, “what the hell’s going on”

    my answer today is same as it was then, “the commies are making their play”

  76. calli Avatar
    calli

    Qantas Founders now. Wing walk amongst other stuff.

    There was a big shindig there last night complete with fireworks. Hope I don’t trip over any late risers.

  77. m0nty Avatar
    m0nty

    It is also funny that you lot imagine the working class with a very male slant: butch tradies holding sprocket wrenches, and FIFO mine workers with a shovel over the shoulder.

    And yet, the median working class person in Australia these days is a nurse or a teacher, or a service worker at a small business. The Libs have to change their policies to appeal to those kinds of voters.

  78. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “The Liberal Party can’t function without its blue ribbon seats. Labor can go on without the inner city seats that the Greens are pinching, because they still have a bunch of safe seats in the working class suburbs.”

    Actually fatso fascist, Labor won’t survive without its working class seats, Fowler’s gone, when Werriwa, the Hunter seats and so on go, Labor will be in a worse position that the Liberals, much worse.

    Have you scoffed your morning donut yet? I’m sure you didn’t stop at one.

  79. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    This is where the Liberal party can make themselves very useful.
    Mr Dutton, I’m sure, can put Australia’s best interests first.

    I doubt it since the Libs banned gas drilling off Newcastle a couple of months ago.
    Dutton will have numerous wet white ants to deal with, just like Tony Abbott.

  80. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Greens leader Adam Bandt says the party has a mandate to stop new coal and gas mines…

    At the risk of invoking Godwin’s Law, at least Hitler got above 30% of the vote before claiming a mandate to ruin the country.

  81. calli Avatar
    calli

    Hmmm…Working Class.

    Blue collars, white collars, dirty and clean.

    I just see productive and non productive. Builders/makers and those who serve them.

    They’re all workers.

  82. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    I sense a distant pivoting in The Force.

  83. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “that you lot imagine the working class with a very male slant: butch tradies holding sprocket wrenches, and FIFO mine workers with a shovel over the shoulder.”

    What a load of bullshit.

  84. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    BJ I don’t know why the liars pander to the green slime. The slime are never going to side with anything conservative. The teals are ex-liberal that drank the cool aid. Personally I think the teals would particularly want to have anything to do with the unwashed greens. They’re simply not our class. I haven’t checked whether the teals and greens had a high primary vote in the same electorate or the teals took the green vote.

  85. Perplexed of Brisbane Avatar
    Perplexed of Brisbane

    rosiesays:
    May 28, 2022 at 8:15 am
    I feel very dissatisfied with Australian citizens who think we should kowtow to a communist bully
    Many Chinese Australians have expressed their dissatisfaction towards the former Coalition government for taking a strong stance against China, which some say had left them vulnerable to racial discrimination and verbal abuse.

    Ms Liu said she understood the negative sentiments of the community when they heard their country of origin that they still felt affection for being constantly targeted by the Australian government

    So Ms Liu et al can’t seem to differentiate between China / Chinese people and the CCP government? So why did so many Chinese emigrate to Australia post-gold rush? There’s more billionaires and millionaires there than here, so it can’t be for economic reasons.

    I wonder what it could be? I guess if you are that offended that your ‘homeland’ is being insulted, then there really is only one option………

    We have enough political problems here without pandering to the sensitivities of people who aren’t really loyal to this country.

  86. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Allegedly Big spender is an economist*

    Makes moaning noises about reform then has the cure…

    Spender is adamant we must significantly increase migration – at least temporarily – to deal with staff shortages caused by COVID-19 border closures. She has floated the figure of 220,000 a year instead of the current 160,000, with 70 per cent being skilled migrants.

    *Fucktard edition

  87. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “you lot”

    There’s nothing like fascists dehumanising others. It makes it easier for them to send those who dissent off camps, gulags and executions.

  88. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    After a few hours I walked back into the village for duck confit and salad sitting in the sun. A perfect day.

    I hope you then sat back, puffing on a Gauliose, with your beret sitting at an impossibly jaunty angle.
    You did wear a beret, right?

  89. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Labor can go on without the inner city seats that the Greens are pinching, because they still have a bunch of safe seats in the working class suburbs.

    Sez munty with all his fingers and toes crossed, and a knot in his dick. There are many, many, votes there for the Liberals to harvest, with the correct approach.

  90. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    The serving members of the Irish Guards have been held on suspicion of dealing an illegal substance, as well as running a loan shark operation. The drug sting was led by the Royal Military Police and has taken several months to organise.

    Strange? .. I read elsewhere last night, forget where, but it said they were arrested for stealing & selling guns & other armaments (hand grenades ect) ……..!

  91. m0nty Avatar
    m0nty

    Help help I’m being oppressed, they cry, as I fling the terrible insult of *checks notes* “you lot”.

    Harden up, princesses.

  92. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    A bit tongue in cheek to attract the media but he’s making serious points.

    https://www.ladbible.com/news/latest-jeremy-clarkson-worried-about-cannibalism-food-shortages-20220518

    Davos should be turned into the BBQ of the vanities.

  93. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    According to the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Collective) Elbow has had a “stellar” first week as PM.

    Perhaps that was because he was out of the country for most of it?

    And at least he didn’t salute the POTUS.

    However, they warn it will get harder for him from here.

    You think?

  94. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Dickless

    Basically, she lost votes to the Right, i.e. Labor and The Greens.

    How many times must you be told that they are fascists, and therefore Left Wing?

  95. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    the only loss is Josh.

    While he is nowhere near as bad as the others I would put him in the “part of the problem” column. A big government conservative in the Father of Middle Class Welfare mould.

  96. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    It was you Monty that claimed there was a fine line between a tradie and a houso in creating a working class stereotype.
    Teachers would no doubt self identify as middle class.
    I agree ‘service workers’ in aged care retail etc make up a good percentage of the aspirationals in the outer burbs these days.
    Many of them are first and second generation immigrants and if Labor dramatically increases the cost of living through 2030 policies and undermining family values they’d better watch out.

  97. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    callisays:
    May 28, 2022 at 9:00 am
    Hmmm…Working Class.

    Blue collars, white collars, dirty and clean.

    I just see productive and non productive. Builders/makers and those who serve them.

    They’re all workers.

    As the “Only true conservative on the blog”, munty has difficulty relating to these groups.

  98. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    sprocket wrenches

    there’s a sale on down at Total Tools where you might pick up a whole set of sprocket wrenches.

    hurry down before they’re all gone

  99. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Montys brain, imagining mechanics and miners, animated

    “that you lot imagine the working class with a very male slant: butch tradies holding sprocket wrenches, and FIFO mine workers with a shovel over the shoulder.”

  100. 132andBush Avatar
    132andBush

    m0nty says:
    May 28, 2022 at 8:57 am

    It is also funny that you lot imagine the working class with a very male slant: butch tradies holding sprocket wrenches, and FIFO mine workers with a shovel over the shoulder.

    No, this is a clear example of you projecting.
    You could be the subject of a case study into ideological capture.

    Also:

    And yet, the median working class person in Australia these days is a nurse or a teacher, or a service worker at a small business. The Libs have to change their policies to appeal to those kinds of voters.

    I note that none of these could or would be a NET tax payer.

  101. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    m0ntysays:

    May 28, 2022 at 8:57 am

    It is also funny that you lot imagine the working class with a very male slant: butch tradies holding sprocket wrenches …

    A what?

  102. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Allegedly Big spender is an economist*

    I’ll tell you what she is: a shill for big business.

  103. Dot Avatar

    It was you Monty that claimed there was a fine line between a tradie and a houso in creating a working class stereotype.

    About 100k a year sometimes.

  104. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Spender is adamant we must significantly increase migration –

    More serfs are needed to service the genTeal aristocracy of the best postcodes.

  105. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    You lotting is simply stupid.
    Should be obvious even to a labor party paving stone, that opinions on this blog are somewhat diverse.

  106. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    About 100k

    more in a good year

  107. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Do these tradies cycle to work, m0nster?

  108. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    I think Monty meant sprocket wenches.

  109. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    the only loss is Josh.

    If Josh was the answer the Liberal Party was asking the wrong question.

  110. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    MatrixTransformsays:
    May 28, 2022 at 9:11 am
    sprocket wrenches

    there’s a sale on down at Total Tools where you might pick up a whole set of sprocket wrenches.

    hurry down before they’re all gone

    As the “Only true conservative on the blog”, munty is not familiar with these odd varieties of tools. He will ask his man to explain what minor error he seems to have made.

  111. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    A what?

    We call them ratchets or sockets.
    Monster’s been watching too much US tv.

  112. Dot Avatar

    It is also funny that you lot imagine the working class with a very male slant: butch tradies holding sprocket wrenches, and FIFO mine workers with a shovel over the shoulder.

    What’s wrong with this, you raging feminist intellectual?

    Would you like a world without sewerage, motor vehicles, minerals or energy?

  113. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Rogersays:
    May 28, 2022 at 9:13 am
    Allegedly Big spender is an economist*

    I’ll tell you what she is: a shill for big business.

    But only one Big Business – subsidy harvesting!

  114. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Farmer Gezsays:
    May 28, 2022 at 9:13 am
    Spender is adamant we must significantly increase migration –

    More serfs are needed to service the genTeal aristocracy of the best postcodes.

    Are you using “service” in the agricultural sense?

  115. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    A real tradie uses the correct sized socket. And a 3 foot length of pipe. If speed is of the essence, reach for the gas axe.

  116. Dot Avatar

    By definition there are no left wing economists.

  117. lotocoti Avatar
    lotocoti

    Semi-retired teacher…

    Straying very close to parody territory with that.
    Much like a Daily Snail woe-is-us story the other day
    on the rising cost of living in the UK.
    Their go tos included a struggling sustainable lifestyle expert*, a coffee expert**
    and the owners of something called a beauty and holistic therapy business***.
    *Had to be a piss take.
    **Presumably, coffee expert is how you rebrand yourself when you’re 37 and still doing an after school job at the local caff.
    *** Just no.

  118. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Total Tools

    Ha. Got it.

    Would you like a world without sewerage, motor vehicles, minerals or energy?

    It’s all done by magic, silly.

  119. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    The Liberal Party can’t function without its blue ribbon seats.

    It needs to stop selecting fake Liberals in those Seats.

    Labor can go on without the inner city seats that the Greens are pinching, because they still have a bunch of safe seats in the working class suburbs.

    Labor need those Electorate Offices in the Inner Cities for organising.
    Griffith and Ryan are University Electorates.
    Labor can never afford to lose Griffith and they’ve missed their best opportunity to pick up Ryan for the first time at a G.E.

    Where are the safe spaces for the Libs now? Tasmania, which is turning into one big retirement village? The Nats are fine but the Libs are in big trouble.

    The Liberals are competitive everywhere, they just had some fake liberals camped in their safest seats.
    Elsewhere, Bert Van Manen was easily returned in Forde, lot of hardscrabble areas there, same as Peter Dutton’s electorate.
    The problem for the Liberals was that Scotty wouldn’t make a decision he didn’t want to make.
    He shoulda punted Deves when Matt Kean raised the alarm, he mighta saved a few people and won a couple of seats from Labor.

  120. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Are you using “service” in the agricultural sense?

    Don’t be fatuous Jeffrey.

  121. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Disney must know this series is going to suck, so they have picked the diversity hire as the “oh its racists who dont like it”.

    Despite the fact that as a new character (as opposed to changing the sex/race of an established one for shits and giggles) she should be fine. (as long as she can act ok)
    https://thepostmillennial.com/lucasfilm-prepped-star-wars-actress-against-racist-blowback-for-obi-wan-role
    She does seem woefully lacking in the ability to keep her yawp shut rather than reveal her lack of knowledge, which is likely to irritate fanbois more.

    In her interview with the Independent, the “Obi-Wan” actress tackles diversity issues in the franchise. “To me, it’s long overdue. If you’ve got talking droids and aliens, but no people of colour, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s 2022, you know. So we’re just at the beginning of that change. But I think to start that change is better than never having started it.”

    She does have a point though.
    All the storm troopers are white on the outside…

  122. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    that you lot imagine the working class as

    Well, I know what it isn’t.

    It isn’t flabby football fantasists hiding indoors and acquiring capitalist cash while preaching Marx.

  123. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    H B Bearsays:
    May 28, 2022 at 9:19 am
    A real tradie uses the correct sized socket. And a 3 foot length of pipe. If speed is of the essence, reach for the gas axe.

    I can remember standing (or,rather, jumping) on the end of a longer pipe, to tighten the wheel nuts on buses back in the 1960s.

  124. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    lotocoti – hard to tell. I would give them the benefit of the doubt but I’m not sure they deserve it.

  125. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    KD

    Would you like a world without sewerage, motor vehicles, minerals or energy?

    It’s all done by magic, silly.

    The Davos mob certainly seem to think so. Could be a shock ahead for them.

  126. The Beer whisperer Avatar
    The Beer whisperer

    From ye olde fred…

    I know a bloke wot knows a bloke, and he says “Used to do this all the time in Iraq. Shotgun to take the hinges off the door, chummy gets a double tap into the chest to teach him manners, and we’d be back on base before the pogo’s had scoffed all the corn flakes, in the mess.”

    Instead they sat around all day and into the night scratching their arses while the decision makers made no decisions at all.

  127. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    If you’ve got talking droids and aliens, but no people of colour, it doesn’t make any sense. It’s 2022, you know.

    If one were to search for a before-its-time-standout of diversity and inclusion, look no further than the ‘wretched hive of scum and villainy’ that is The Mos Eisley cantina.

    So – to summarise; fuck off, girly.

  128. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Dickless

    The problem for the Liberals was that Scotty wouldn’t make a decision he didn’t want to make.
    He shoulda punted Deves when Matt Kean raised the alarm, he mighta saved a few people and won a couple of seats from Labor.

    Or he mighta notta.

  129. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    The Northern Beaches…aka…the “Insular Peninsular” desperately requires a good dose of multiculturalism.
    definitely not! .. I live in a “houso’ enclave and am the only English as a 1st language resident in my street , nowadays .. my son lives, beachside, on the Central Coast, one of the sort after areas full of the over a million dollar properties & WHITE, WHITE, WHITE folk everywhere! ..
    an absolute joy to visit grandees and enter another world from my multicultural, welfare obsessed area and you want to pollute it wiv me next door types ( can’t call ’em neighbours cos I haven’t spoken to anyone nearby in 20 years .. language problems LOL!) .. shame. shame. shame!

  130. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Spender is adamant we must significantly increase migration –

    Yep, increasing unskilled Migration was always a plank of the Menzies Liberal Party to drive wages down.

  131. Struth Avatar

    There were 2 Options at this Election:
    The Coalition would finesse NetZero to 26 million people’s advantage, the ALP would follow NetZero to the letter, to 26 million people’s great disadvantage.
    Then Senator Canavan and Colon Boyce popped up and declared NetZero dead.
    That was 2022’s Bob Brown Convoy moment.
    Yeah, it mighta got Colon up in Flynn, but it took plenty of Liberals down in the Cities.

    Hey you lot……
    A lot of Yanks were very happy Trump didn’t listen to this “already defeated” garbage.
    And we have all the resources.
    Mind sets like this are the reason this country is fucked.

  132. Big_Nambas Avatar
    Big_Nambas

    Funny how this bloke sees Australia exactly as it is, and lots of Australians still don’t get it.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/commentary/cartoons/johannes-leak-cartoons/image-gallery/de8f7d34d6dcf6dbb2f01239663cedd7

  133. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    The Davos mob certainly seem to think so. Could be a shock ahead for them.

    Perhaps all those little black people far away could do it for them. You know, the ones who dig up the things for mobile phones and EV batteries.

    Yes. Yes, those people can do that. Don’t bring them near me, though. Yuck.

  134. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    And yet, the median working class person in Australia these days is a nurse or a teacher, or a service worker at a small business.

    Working class reimagined.

    Until May 28, 2022 at 8:57 am, the term “working class” was used to describe people employed as labour in unskilled/semi-skilled work.

  135. 132andBush Avatar
    132andBush

    Well, I know what it isn’t.

    It isn’t flabby football fantasists hiding indoors and acquiring capitalist cash while preaching Marx.

    Boom!

  136. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    He will ask his man to explain

    He doesn’t know any men

    … likes to make sure that the company he keeps are all equals

  137. The Beer whisperer Avatar
    The Beer whisperer

    Interesting tidbit on Twitter, throwing our entire election into question.

    The WEF had its hands all over our election.

  138. Big_Nambas Avatar
    Big_Nambas

    Shit they go the paywall up, sorry.

  139. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Dickless

    PS, the “few people” mighta included some of those “fake Liberals” you keep talking about.

  140. Struth Avatar

    The left have been at war with the west since ww2.

    The Right have been at war with the West since WW2. That’s why America brought all the Nazi scientists to the United States.
    Ever heard of Werner von Braun, Sancho?
    Course you have.

    Then since the Frankfurt school.

    The Frankfurt School was a Twenties Fake Left Wing Push, they became the NeoCons in 1951.

    Hey you lot…
    Heavy delusion here.

    Alinsky was right wing!

  141. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Asian security company Certis worked with ‘their partner’ the AEC to secure Australian election

    The last month has been an incredibly busy time for Australians as we prepared for the recent Federal Election. This was particularly true for Certis Security Australia, as we worked with our partner, the Australian Electoral Commission, to secure voting outpost centres across the country.

    Once the election was called, Certis Security Australia had seven days to prepare operations for 73 sites. This soon grew to 250 sites, with hundreds of Certis Security Australia guards deployed across Australia. Until the end of June, our role is to ensure the security of ballot papers and outpost sites until all votes have been counted. The security of these outpost sites is essential to the democratic process.

    Certis Security Australia was chosen as the Australian Electoral Commission’s new security partner for the 2022 election, due to our success in providing security in previous state elections. Over the last two months, our guards have worked night shifts on weekdays and provided 24-hour coverage on weekends securing outpost centres, as well as safeguarding ballots at pre-polling centres.

  142. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Albanese flags relief as power bills rise as much as 95pc

    Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has signalled additional cost of living relief as the global energy crisis hits Australia, with some households in NSW warned that their power bills will rise by as much as 95 per cent.

    On Friday, Mr Albanese ruled out adopting a UK-style tax on the profits of oil and gas companies to provide relief for households but acknowledged that energy prices were adding to cost of living pressures.

    UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £5 billion ($8.9 billion) windfall tax to help fund a £15 billion support package for British families hit by rising prices.

    “No, we won’t be going down that track,”? Mr Albanese said.

    Some customers face 95pc rise

    The cost of living pressures come as NSW household customers of power retailer Electricity in a Box have been told of a 95 per cent increase in their bills. Gas prices have surged four-fold for two textile manufacturers in Melbourne as the global energy crunch finally slams home.

    The extraordinary price increases provide evidence that the regulated rise in electricity tariffs of up to 18 per cent announced this week is only a pale shadow of the dark energy price crisis starting to grip Australia, which has been described by one energy user as “frightening”?.

    They have dashed hopes that homes and businesses will escape the crisis that has plagued European markets, pushed homes into energy poverty and closed energy-intensive manufacturing plants.

    The crunch also increases the complexity of the emissions reductions task for Australia’s new Labor government, already under pressure on climate commitments and which had promised before the election – as had the Coalition – lower energy prices under its watch.

    At Electricity in a Box, which has about 3000 household customers, chief executive Morgan Duncan said the electricity market was “broken”?, with soaring wholesale prices that showed no sign of abating.

  143. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    The Photo you didn’t see of Meghan Markle

    Action! Meghan Markle & Netflix need content.

    Saturday, 28 May 2022

    Thank you Bagman.

  144. m0nty Avatar
    m0nty

    “Sprocket wrench” was a gag, thanks for making it funny.

    The problem with your male-oriented stereotypes of the working class, Dot, is that you misunderstand how to appeal to it. The working class is mostly women, so if the Libs want to get their votes they will have to change a lot.

  145. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    It is impossible to know what George Washington would make of an AR-15.

    Try the novel, THE GUNS OF THE SOUTH by Harry Turtledove an alternate history tale involving 20th century South African mercenaries travelling back in time and supplying the Confederacy with AK47s ..
    very enjoyable .. ‘the South wins the War” novel …..

  146. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    At Electricity in a Box, which has about 3000 household customers, chief executive Morgan Duncan said the electricity market was “broken”

    Who broke it?

  147. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    m0ntysays:
    May 28, 2022 at 9:35 am
    “Sprocket wrench” was a gag, thanks for making it funny.

    Suuuuuure munty, we believe you, but we lot are sooooo much better than those other people that you avoid in the street.

  148. Dot Avatar

    The working class is mostly women

    …and what do they want?

    Albanese? Wong? Kristina Kenneally?

    LOL

  149. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Yeah, it’s the market’s fault. *shakes head and walks away*

  150. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    So Ms Liu et al can’t seem to differentiate between China / Chinese people and the CCP government? So why did so many Chinese emigrate to Australia post-gold rush?

    Not Post Gold Rush, during the Gold Rush.
    You’re talking 170 years ago.

    There’s more billionaires and millionaires there than here, so it can’t be for economic reasons.

    Huh?

  151. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    Working class

    Like the genTeal ladies, Monty is reimagining the class system.
    How bourgeois.

  152. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    Power price spike ‘just the start’ as smaller energy retailers struggle with surging wholesale market

    Aaand the fault belongs to:

    Coal still accounts for about two-thirds of the electricity used by Australians, and the commodity’s rise in price was last month cited as a major cause of ballooning wholesale costs.

    Odd then that mine mouth power stations – such as Loy Yang, Millmerran, Kogan Creek, and Callide – have long-term, CPI-based coal supply contracts, not affected by the Russia-augmented international thermal coal price.

    Someone is being a touch truthy…

  153. m0nty Avatar
    m0nty

    Until May 28, 2022 at 8:57 am, the term “working class” was used to describe people employed as labour in unskilled/semi-skilled work.

    Arguably, that also describes nurses and teachers. I remember the old days when the entrance scores for those two professions were very low.

  154. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Gez

    munty has been reimagining the whole political system for years. That’s why he’s the “Only true conservative” on the blog. He keeps changing the definition of everything until it matches his political preferences.

    See also his re-definition of Menzies as a muntian “progressive” on the No Likely Comeback thread.

  155. m0nty Avatar
    m0nty

    Albanese and Wong are some of the most popular politicians in the country, Dot. KK not so much, and good riddance tbh.

    They certainly won’t warm to Mr Potato Head.

  156. Dot Avatar

    Sure monty

    Gals with B.Ed & MA or B Nurs/M Med Sci want to be called “unskilled labour”. They demand to have it in their EBAs and want to talk with Albo about it over a beer.

    Have you had your shot of Clonazepam & Thorazine today?

  157. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    labour in unskilled/semi-skilled work.

    Arguably, that also describes nurses and teachers. I remember the old days when the entrance scores for those two professions were very low.

    munty does another re-definition. Any teachers/nurses here care to comment?

    PS, talk about living in the past! Nurses do things these days that only doctors did not many years ago, as do ambulance paramedics.

  158. Dr Faustus Avatar
    Dr Faustus

    Until May 28, 2022 at 8:57 am, the term “working class” was used to describe people employed as labour in unskilled/semi-skilled work.

    Arguably, that also describes nurses and teachers. I remember the old days when the entrance scores for those two professions were very low.

    Good Lord, monty; that’s leading with your chin like a dreadnaught.

  159. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Alinsky was right wing!

    Correct, though belonging to the Reactionary/Fascist extreme.
    No Working Class person in their right mind is voting for that, so he had to maintain a Man Of The People persona.

    Bob Brown did the same, the mask slipped when he made his
    Fellow Earthians in the Parliamentary forecourt and his handlers brought out the hook.

  160. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    In the vein of Andrew O’Keefe, doubtless this is someone or something else’s fault (the Hun):

    Former cricketer Michael Slater has been charged with assault and stalking/intimidating a woman following an incident last month.

    Slater was formally arrested at Sydney’s Manly police station early on Friday morning, after police were called to a unit in Manly on April 26. Slater appeared before a magistrate later on Friday, where he entered a plea of not guilty.

    The alleged assault occurred just hours after charges relating to a separate incident in 2021 were dismissed on mental health grounds.

    One or more of these cockheads need to be nailed upside down over the entrance to TV network buildings, as a reminder that past ability (in Slater’s case, world class talent) does not translate into a lifetime free pass.

  161. Dot Avatar

    monty’s mental health issues and lack of purpose are the same as Karl Marx’s.

    As Weber would describe him, he belongs to the leisure class. He’s too stupid to relate to other people.

  162. m0nty Avatar
    m0nty

    Older teachers get pay commensurate with the middle class, but young teachers – of which there are many, if. It a majority – still get paid poorly in comparison. Not sure what it’s like with full time nurses but many nurses are casual or part time and this don’t earn enough to be truly middle class.

    The fact that credentialism has crept into teaching and nursing does not necessarily mean that they can be thought of as highly paid.

  163. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    China in Focus – NTD
    00:57 More protests in Shanghai, residents detained
    03:01 Shanghai senior believed to have starved to death
    04:00 Reports: 2 foreigners dead amid Shanghai lockdown
    04:57 Chinese hackers steal trillions of dollars of IP
    06:43 Beijing tries to block Shen Yun shows in Mexico
    10:01 ‘Falling in love again’: Expert on U.S. – S. Korea ties

  164. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    mUnty would be right at home around the Gillard family kitchen table reliving the glories of 1950 Welsh miners strikes.

  165. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Dotsays:
    May 28, 2022 at 9:13 am
    It was you Monty that claimed there was a fine line between a tradie and a houso in creating a working class stereotype.

    About 100k a year sometimes.

    Yeh, the Tradie pays for the Houso to sit on his arse and whinge about why he needs more money for smokes and bourbon.

  166. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    labour in unskilled/semi-skilled work.
    Arguably, that also describes nurses and teachers. I remember the old days when the entrance scores for those two professions were very low.

    Not sure if my dil would agree she’s just qualified as a nurse after 4 years of study & exams in between raising 4 kids under 7 ……

  167. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Until May 28, 2022 at 8:57 am, the term “working class” was used to describe people employed as labour in unskilled/semi-skilled work.

    Rubbish.
    You might be on $500 grand/year operating a Tower Crane on a Melbourne High Rise, but you’re still Working Class, comrade.

    Arguably, that also describes nurses and teachers. I remember the old days when the entrance scores for those two professions were very low.

    Correct.
    Entrance to Teachers Training College was below Matriculation to University scores, you could enter Nursing as a Trainee after Year 10.
    Teachers Salary in Qld for 1964:
    [State] Primary School-1,100 Pounds/year
    ” High School – 1,200 ” /year.

  168. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    06:43 Beijing tries to block Shen Yun shows in Mexico

    Shen Yun couldn’t get a theatre booking in Brisbane and put their show “China Before Communism” on in Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre.

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