2,410 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 18 June 2022”

  1. I expect the Brittany trial should provide plenty of insights into the life of a parliamentary intern which should be a cross between a Gold Coast amateur porn career and a Christian Porter inter school debating trip.


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  2. Warning. Tom Hanks is not:

    – an airline pilot
    – an infantry captain
    – a destroyer commander
    – an astronaut
    – a lawyer

    He is an actor, someone who gets paid to pretend he is someone else. He collects manual typewriters.

    Why he or any other actor should be listened to for words of wisdom is beyond me.


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  3. This is about the visual distortion of history.

    “Gay character must be played by gay actor…”

    Otoh,

    “White character can be played by black actor…”

    I think it’s about more jobs for minority actors.

    It’s a pretty competitive profession, or so they say.

    The business has never much cared about historical accuracy anyway.

    And because it’s a business, how far it goes will be determined by the customer’s response.


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  4. I’m also very suspicious of this “long Covid” caper. It sounds very much like post viral syndrome to me. I’ve had it, and it isn’t pleasant – it can hang around for years and make life very difficult.

    However, it has all the hallmarks of being played as a threshold into the NDIS and permanent disability status.


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  5. Most of my rellies have tested +ve for the rat test over the last couple on months. All Sandgropers. No hospitalisations. Maybe I had it last week, two days of the sniffles. Did not do the test.


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  6. Calli:
    Not sure why I haven’t caught it.
    Go to IGA, lick the handles of the trolleys, pick up used kleenexes and chew on ’em for a larf, but I haven’t been crook since the transplant and that’s 7 – 8 years now that my immune system has been bashed to buggery by drugs.
    Hmmm…
    Could that be it?


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  7. And because it’s a business, how far it goes will be determined by the customer’s response.

    They’re taking their time over it. There have been enough woke flops that you’d think they would have learned, but they keep churning them out.
    Maybe they think that if the “entertainment industry” cartel keeps serving up a sufficient deluge of woke rubbish the customers will eventually get used to it and start paying to watch it.


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  8. Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
    June 21, 2022 at 9:20 am
    Secondly she was nude as seen by Security officer later that night .

    Security officer’s evidence should be interesting.

    How she got in that state is conjecture considering she has already said she doesn’t remember anything of the late night escapades. Her statement alone and the lack of any evidence bar feelz should have seen this go nowhere including the releasing of the accused name.


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  9. Top Endersays:
    June 21, 2022 at 9:35 am
    Warning. Tom Hanks is not:

    – an airline pilot
    – an infantry captain
    – a destroyer commander
    – an astronaut
    – a lawyer

    He is an actor, someone who gets paid to pretend he is someone else. He collects manual typewriters.

    Why he or any other actor should be listened to for words of wisdom is beyond me.

    This comes as big disappointment to me, next thing we’ll be told Roger was not the best secret agent ever.


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  10. Regarding Adam Bandt and the flag, it seems Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe was asked on Melbourne radio if she took the oath of allegiance to the British Crown. Her response was, essentially, that she only took the oath to get the job, and she didn’t really mean it…Be PROUD, Greens voters..


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  11. I expect the Brittany trial should provide plenty of insights into the life of a parliamentary intern which should be a cross between a Gold Coast amateur porn career and a Christian Porter inter school debating trip.

    There must be a spin-off quid in this.
    ‘Naughty Intern’ fantasy costumes.
    ‘Ministerial Release Tingle Gel’.


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  12. In Victorian schools:

    Schools will be strongly ­encouraged to mark Sorry Day, recognise the “significant trauma” of colonisation, hold welcome to country celebrations and fly the Aboriginal flag, under new state laws.

    Even schools, kinders, universities and state-run childcare centres without Indigenous students must ­become culturally inclusive or risk running afoul of new child safe standards.

    From next term all Victorian educational settings must provide culturally safe environments in which Aboriginal young people are ­respected and valued.

    This includes recognition that “Australia’s colonial history has caused significant trauma and hurt that individuals, families and communities still feel today”.

    Of course this will become cemented in place, and the end results will be – a divided and embittered school where some are “special” and the others are well, just guilty.

    Herald-Sun


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  13. Top Ender says:
    June 21, 2022 at 9:35 am
    Warning. Tom Hanks is not:

    – an airline pilot
    – an infantry captain
    – a destroyer commander
    – an astronaut
    – a lawyer

    – gay with aids.
    – autistic

    The list goes on and on.


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  14. That does it! Flounce out of the room whenever it turns up on the teev:

    Rugby league has become the second major sporting body to ban transgender athletes from competing in international events. News Corp can reveal that the International Rugby League has decided that male-to-female players will be unable to play in sanctioned international rugby league matches until further research is completed into the issue.

    It means that transgender athletes will be precluded from competing at the World Cup, to be played in England later this year.


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  15. John Sheldricksays:
    June 21, 2022 at 10:17 am
    This comes as big disappointment to me, next thing we’ll be told Roger was not the best secret agent ever.

    Emmmmmmm. That was Sean Connery IMHO.

    That maybe true but Sean Connery is dead.


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  16. “White character can be played by black actor…”

    “Jaws” could never have been cast as a dwarf methinks. Or “Rambo” as a Goalkeeper in football (soccer)………Errrrrrr. But then again, maybe he could.


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  17. Of course this will become cemented in place, and the end results will be – a divided and embittered school where some are “special” and the others are well, just guilty.

    Certain schools, in Western Australia, showed the children the film “Rabbit Proof Fence” so many times that the children, several of who had had families farming on the Rabbit Proof Fence at the time the film was set, lost all interest.


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  18. This is about the visual distortion of history. We are being forced to accept things that we know are not true. The more ridiculous the distortion, the more the pressure to conform.

    This is what it is for me. The clearer your grasp of history, the more it will be rankled by liberties taken for the sake of present vanities. The most obvious cases are the inserting of black people in Northern European stories. When they do it, my first response is that they did it because they want me to think a certain way, to change my history. If you respect history you don’t change it.

    It goes beyond that, of course. The movie 300 laughably tried to paint the Spartans as the champions of freedom. This would have come as a shock to the helots against whom the Spartan state would declare war every year so citizens could injure of kill them with impunity for whatever reason without it being a crime or incurring divine displeasure. The Spartans would not have liked being so depicted either. They loved their state and would not want to be presented as heroes of individual freedom.

    I understand that almost any story from set in another time must nevertheless resonate with the present. It is not a weakness that science fiction dramas that they look at questions of competing loyalties, or the mixed blessings of technology, or good and evil – these are our questions. There would be no interest in a drama about giant sentient purple worms and their ritual turning inside-out unless it could be mapped onto a contemporary issue like environmental degradation or something.

    That there were people of African extraction in Rome goes without saying. The Romans, while dependent on slavery, did let people be freed from slavery and their offspring could even hope to be citizens, so a few black legionaries and even officers, perhaps even knights and Senators makes sense. But making them constantly subject to racial abuse and being singularly altruistic is just trying too hard, and not trying history at all.

    I was pleased that the last season of The Last Kingdom that included a black priest. The Church was THE international institution of the day, and a priest of any talent might expect to find himself being sent elsewhere in Christendom. I believe the Celtic Christians had maintained close connections with Egypt. I knew it could happen, but it was a pleasant surprise to see it since I had not actually imagined it. Same thing in The Name of the Rose – that Abby attracted some of the most talented people from all around the Mediterranean and beyond.


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  19. They’re taking their time over it. There have been enough woke flops that you’d think they would have learned, but they keep churning them out.

    The rule of thumb is 3 major flops in a year will bankrupt a studio.

    Seems they’re determined to test that.


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  20. This includes recognition that “Australia’s colonial history has caused significant trauma and hurt that individuals, families and communities still feel today”.

    Yes and the Roman invasion of Britannia, which was a proper invasion BTW, has had the same effect on the Britons (Celts) that now remain mainly in Wales and Cornwall. Compensation cases are currently proceeding in the Hague at the International Court of “Hard Done by Cases”……………………..


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  21. Rugby league has become the second major sporting body to ban transgender athletes from competing in international events.

    I always thought soccer was very gay.

    New FIFA Rules Would Allow Men to Compete Against Women Without Testosterone Suppressors (20 Jun)

    The new rules proposed by international soccer’s governing body, FIFA, are looking to erase testosterone requirements and allow trans female athletes to play against natural-born women just by “self-identifying.”

    Taking the exact opposite track as the ruling announced last weekend by swimming’s governing body where trans athletes will find more restrictions to participation, soccer looks to be ready to throw out all restrictions and allow any trans athlete to play just because they claim to be a woman, the Daily Mail reported.

    The Iranian Women’s soccer team smiles.


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  22. It goes beyond that, of course. The movie 300 laughably tried to paint the Spartans as the champions of freedom.

    On the other hand almost all the kids who watched 300 in the cinema would never have heard of Herodotus or Simonides. The movie is basically an adaptation of a graphic novel, ie cartoon book. Like the Asterix ones. But reading Asterix gets you to Julius Caesar’s Gallic War and 300 gets you to quite a lot of serious Greek history. The really good thing is any kid after watching the movie can look up Thermopylae on Wikipedia and get a reasonable snapshot. Whereas they’d never get any of it in school (unless Bruce Pascoe has written a book about the heroic Aboriginal hoplite mercenaries who fought with Leonidas).


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  23. John Sheldricksays:
    June 21, 2022 at 10:27 am
    That maybe true but Sean Connery is dead.

    And so is Roger Moore who is no more…………………..

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo


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  24. The Saudis ban rainbow coloured toys because of gay.
    The Premier League was ok for the Saudis to buy Newcastle.
    Not a peep from the woke community in the UK.


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  25. Watch this story disappear. Mosque in outer Melbourne gets trashed in the wee hours. Police make arrests. No description of suspects or motive. Another case of dinky-di Aussie bigotry and Islamophobia perhaps? If you leapt to that conclusion, nothing to indicate otherwise.

    But … not mentioned is that the mosque is of the Ahmadiyya persuasion, a schismatic doctrine denounced by both Shia and Sunni.

    Strongly suspect ‘Muhammad’ and its many variations will figure strongly in the list of alleged vandals. And that means, of course, it will be all quietly forgotten.

    Ain’t multiculturalism just beaut!

    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/group-charged-over-damage-to-langwarrin-mosque-20220620-p5av63.html


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  26. I don’t know if anyone remembers that show Frasier, but the likeable but crusty father was, I had been told, gay. No big deal. (Apparently in stark contrast to his character he was the most refined of the actors being an aficionado of wine, opera and such.)

    Whilst idling some time away I looked him up on Wikipedia to see when he died. The article states that he had several long term relationships with women – probably not gay then.

    But the most interesting part was:

    He was a Catholic who called Christianity “probably the most important facet of my life” and prayed “Most glorious blessed spirit, I thank you for all the gifts and talents that you’ve given me. Please help me to use all these gifts and talents to their fullest. And please accept this performance as a prayer of praise and thanks to you,” prior to each of his performances. Mahoney would also say prayers upon waking up and before going to sleep daily, and would repeatedly pray “Dear God, please help me to treat everybody – including myself – with love, respect, and dignity.”

    A very private man.


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  27. BoN: Spot on about 300. Fruit of my loins saw it with me in his final year of high school and. after wondering why all the Spartans looked like refugees from the LeatherMen contingent at the Gay Pride Parade, the next thing he did was read Steven Pressfield’s ‘Gates of Fire’, and after that, Xenophon in both Pressfield’s account and the original.

    Despite the rhinoceros, 300 was an educational plus.


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  28. And so is Roger Moore who is no more…………………..

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    He lives on at the Daily Express most weekends.

    +’Don’t touch me’ Roger Moore’s horror at James Bond co-star’s ‘unnatural lusts’ (19 Jun)
    +James Bond: Roger Moore’s horrific underwater discovery on The Man with the Golden Gun set (19 Jun)
    +Roger Moore ‘used body double’ as he couldn’t finish Bond scene with Jane Seymour (18 Jun)
    +Roger Moore: ‘Illness played a great and unwelcome role’ in star’s life before death (18 Jun)

    Another three or four stories mention him, it’s quite amusing.


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  29. Compensation cases are currently proceeding in the Hague at the International Court of “Hard Done by Cases”……………………..

    Family folklore is that some of my father’s mother’s ancestors were Huguenots who had to flee France after the St Bartholomew’s Eve massacre.
    There’s no evidence of course, but that’s what I’ve been told, and feeelz.
    Every time I was bumped or tackled in a football match against a Catholic school or college I felt the intergenerational trauma.
    How many Euros compensation from France, the EU and the Vatican do you think I should hold out for?


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  30. H B Bearsays:

    June 21, 2022 at 10:23 am

    The Tudge Tickler didn’t work very well either and ended up costing me money.

    Mine started to play up as soon as it was out of warranty.


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  31. Let me say first that she’s an 8.96, but by lord I’d love to short her art.

    It’s the most overhyped crap I’ve seen. Gagosian is the biggest private art dealer in the world and I think he getting a legover. Larry’s 77.

    WSJ

    Three Years Ago, Her Art Sold for $400 at the Beach. Now It Fetches Up To $1.6 Million at Auction
    Anna Weyant, a new art star whose work evokes a millennial Botticelli, was discovered on Instagram. She’s also dating her dealer, Larry Gagosian.

    I can’t link so look her up.


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  32. Thermopylae was introduced to my son at college. A whole new world opened up to him. Somewhat changed his opinion of history. I wish my own had been the same. Congress of Vienna, the lecturer read from a book with no interest nor discussion why events happened and turned out. Turned me off history for years.


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  33. Mother Lodesays:

    June 21, 2022 at 10:53 am

    I don’t know if anyone remembers that show Frasier, but the likeable but crusty father was, I had been told, gay

    Well over 50% of the regulars on the show were gay.
    Including “Bulldog” the loud-mouthed lecherous sports commentator.


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  34. I don’t know if anyone remembers that show Frasier, but the likeable but crusty father was, I had been told, gay. No big deal. (Apparently in stark contrast to his character he was the most refined of the actors being an aficionado of wine, opera and such.)

    Whilst idling some time away I looked him up on Wikipedia to see when he died. The article states that he had several long term relationships with women – probably not gay then.

    But the most interesting part was:

    He was a Catholic who called Christianity “probably the most important facet of my life” and prayed “Most glorious blessed spirit, I thank you for all the gifts and talents that you’ve given me. Please help me to use all these gifts and talents to their fullest. And please accept this performance as a prayer of praise and thanks to you,” prior to each of his performances. Mahoney would also say prayers upon waking up and before going to sleep daily, and would repeatedly pray “Dear God, please help me to treat everybody – including myself – with love, respect, and dignity.”

    A very private man.

    Thank you for this, ML. I absolutely hate this ‘oh, did you hear, he’s gay’ gossip as if this were some revelation. This same mania now also includes gender, which is why there’s a proliferation of pronouns.

    Frasier was a very good show. One of those shows you can still watch over 20 years later and still enjoy.


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  35. Frasier was a very good show. One of those shows you can still watch over 20 years later and still enjoy.

    It is.
    The writing was very clever.


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  36. Trump may need a sheila to run with him

    Um, almost.

    Grenell Headed to Iowa Amid Trump VP Speculation (Newsmax, 20 Jun)

    Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell is scheduled to speak in Iowa this week amid early speculation that he is among 2024 vice presidential possibilities for former President Donald Trump.

    First gay Vice President of the USA a Republican? Lefty heads would explode like fireworks!


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  37. Edward Hibbert AKA Gil Chesterton on Frasier, KACL’s premier food critic and “absolutely flaming fop”.  On a number of occasions Gil has gone out of his way to ‘IN’ himself, as Frasier put it, by mentioning his wife.

    He rants about how people are so presumptuous and that ‘honestly, just because a man dresses well and knows how to use a pastry bag makes people jump to wild conclusions!’

    That is a good line.


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  38. Well im certainly shocked by this.

    Who would imagine an industry whos entire modus oparandi is picking beautiful young things and dressing them as revealingly as possible while surrounding them with a whirlwind of drugs and booze might be a gateway to abuse & prostitution??

    There was an excellent undercover show about this a decade ago, this is well ploughed ground.
    A simple search of youtube shows dozens.

    https://youtu.be/ua7uutzL-sc


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  39. JC had a look. Her painting is expressionless, no life about the subject. Botticelli would be insulted, yes the style is copied without the grace. His subjects are looking at something making us wonder what of if their eyes are closed thinking or praying but it makes us think about what. Hers look into space not seeing nor thinking. Rather simplistic.


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  40. ADF in Vietnam ‘gender, peace’ operation
    Sarah Ison
    Political Reporter
    8:48PM June 20, 2022
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    The Australian Defence Force is sending 30 personnel to Vietnam with a focus on “gender and peace” operations.

    The contingent arrived on Monday in Vietnam for the annual Pacific Partnership, the biggest multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific, and joined gender, peace and security advisers along with Australian navy musicians.

    It follows an updated national action plan released last year on women, peace and security, which included goals to increase women’s participation in conflict prevention and peace processes.

    “Achieving gender equality is one of the most effective ways to secure sustainable peace and resilient communities,” the plan reads. “A deeper understanding of the gendered drivers of inequality and violence, including the different roles and experiences of all actors in crises, can help shape effective conflict prevention responses.”

    A push for soldiers to undertake a $12,000 Monash University Gender Peace and Security Course as part of the plan has ­attracted controversy in recent years, with concerns such training is not the best use of taxpayer funds.

    The Department of Defence stressed the importance of the program and said it encouraged greater participation of women in the workforce and ensured more women’s voices were heard in the defence and foreign affairs areas.

    The three-week trip to Vietnam will include a focus on gender, peace and security.

    “The ADF contingent will provide tailored medical, dental and surgical support … and participate in a variety of training opportunities and information exchanges,” Defence said in a statement on Monday.

    Words fail me, they honestly do.


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  41. Happy winter solstice, cats and kittehs.

    Although it keeps getting colder for another six weeks or so, at least the days begin to get slightly longer. Where I live, the benefit is often wiped out by morning fog which can last until almost noon on a bad day.

    But, fog can have its charm. I will never forget sitting in a taxi on the way to work in Canberra early one foggy morning, driving through an old suburb with lots of grassy verge and hedges (Griffith.) As we slowed down before an intersection, four white rabbits hopped out of the mist onto the grass and began having breakfast. It was surreal, beautiful, and I’ll never forget it. A cross between Alice in Wonderland and the best Disney animations.


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  42. From Elon’s kids court papers.

    “Gender identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form,” she explains.

    Will they say the same about Elon’s money ?


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  43. Haha, don’t you just love the all seeing eye of Goolag. I comment on Greek ancient history via a VPN server in New Zealand and now I’m getting ads for an Ancient Greek special exhibition at Auckland Museum.

    Looks good, but I’m not flying there for it. Anyway the British Museum who loaned it to the Kiwis has vastly more stuff.

    Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes (Auckland Museum website)

    Immerse yourself in a world more than 2000 years old with the largest exhibition the British Museum has ever loaned to Aotearoa, New Zealand. Featuring more than 170 ancient Greek artefacts, including priceless statues, weapons, jewellery and pottery – this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

    Leonidas could’ve used a few Maoris at Thermopylae, I think.


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  44. Bruce O’Newk:

    Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell is scheduled to speak in Iowa this week amid early speculation that he is among 2024 vice presidential possibilities for former President Donald Trump.

    Why do I get the instant thought of Tulsi Gabbard and a Democrat wolf in a sheepskin?


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  45. Grenell is more politically sound on the big issues than Mike Pence was.
    I have previously said he or Kellyanne Conway will be the Trump surrogate in the VP role for whoever is the candidate in 2024 (which will not be Trump).


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  46. Hindu caste divisions are reportedly rife in Silicon Valley and Californian universities.

    The whole back channel that most of us will never understand, nor want to understand.


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  47. Dr Faustus says: June 21, 2022 at 10:16 am

    I expect the Brittany trial should provide plenty of insights into the life of a parliamentary intern which should be a cross between a Gold Coast amateur porn career and a Christian Porter inter school debating trip.

    There must be a spin-off quid in this.
    ‘Naughty Intern’ fantasy costumes.
    ‘Ministerial Release Tingle Gel’.

    Had “the industry” not been ruined by only fans amateurs & free access upload sites, the market would already be seeing titles published:
    “Brittany in turn” & so on.


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  48. Bourne 1879

    The new analysis which saw researchers examine antibodies in more than 5000 blood samples has revealed an estimated 3.4 million Australians or 17 per cent of the population had contracted the virus by the end of February this year.

    They can’t add up.

    Seventeen percent is about a sixth. If that is 3.4 million, as claimed, then the Australian population seems to now be around 20 million. What happened to the rest?


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  49. Today the owner of the Washington Commanders (formally the Redskins) didn’t show up for a congressional hearing.
    Last week Peter Navarro was a no show & got arrested.
    Will the billionaire owner of the Redskins get arrested?
    PS, this is just a ploy by the NFL to boot him & sell the franchise to Bezos.


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  50. Words fail me, they honestly do.

    Government departments always end up doing everything other than what they’re supposed to do.

    The ADF doesn’t appear to be immune to this trajectory.


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  51. Seventeen percent is about a sixth. If that is 3.4 million, as claimed, then the Australian population seems to now be around 20 million. What happened to the rest?

    Died of the jab.
    Or in the Deaf Camps.


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  52. Sorry if this has already been discussed. In haste. Busy packing up house, leaving Viktoriastan in 10 days.

    Extremely disappointing that this “survey” of only some 500 people gets promoted as being representative of true public opinion.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/world/january-6-hearing-majority-of-us-believes-donald-trump-should-be-charged-over-riots/news-story/e0a7382ba0ba65cf4c7d4d7d865e9c8c

    More than half of Americans say Donald Trump should be charged with a crime over his role in the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill, according to a new poll that suggests the Congressional committee charged with investigating the traumatic day might be having an impact on public opinion.

    At the halfway point of six public and televised hearings into the January 6th riots, which have accused the former president of instigating and encouraging the riot, 58 per cent of Americans said the former president “should be charged with a crime” according to an ABC News/IPSOS poll, up from 52 per cent in a separate poll in April.

    The poll, conducted after the third public hearing that aired last Thursday (Friday AEST), found three quarters of respondents believed Mr Trump bore some blame for the historic riot, which saw hundreds of pro-Trump supporters storm the Capitol building, demanding then vice-president Mike Pence overturn the 2020 election.

    “Partisanship appears to be the largest driver behind these sentiments, with almost all Democrats believing Trump is responsible versus fewer than a quarter of Republicans,” IPSOS said in a statement, noting 91 per cent of Democrats said Mr Trump was culpable compared with 19 per cent of Republicans.

    THEAUSTRALIAN.COM.AU08:31
    Trump’s power over the Republican Party remains ‘unabashed’
    The University of Sydney’s Simon Jackman says he doesn’t think the January 6 hearings will hurt Donald Trump “at all” with the people that… matter most. “Such is the power of Donald Trump,” he said. “Senate Republicans do not want to cross Donald Trump. Mr Jackman said it More
    A third of Americans, according to the poll of 545 voters, said they had watched the hearings “closely”, while 37 per cent said they had paid little attention. “Sixty per cent believe the committee is conducting a fair and impartial investigation,” IPSOS said.



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  53. Rape trial delay request over Lisa Wilkinson’s Brit­tany Higgins Logie speech
    Alexandra Middleton
    Cadet Reporter
    @alexandraamidd
    2 hours ago June 21, 2022

    The man accused of raping former Liberal staff member Brit­tany Higgins is attempting to delay his trial after journalist Lisa Wilkinson’s highly publicised speech at the Logie Awards on Sunday.

    Wilkinson won the Logie for most outstanding news coverage or public affairs report for her interview with Ms Higgins last year over the alleged rape of the former Liberal staffer by Bruce Lehrmann inside senator Linda Reynolds’ office at Parliament House in March 2019.

    Mr Lehrmann was charged last year and pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting Ms Higgins.

    He is due to face the ACT Supreme Court next Monday but his barrister, Steve Whybrow, has asked the court to delay proceedings following the widespread publicity of Wilkinson’s speech in order to give Mr Lehrmann a fair trial.

    Mr Whybrow said TV ratings indicated more than 800,000 people tuned in to the Logies on Sunday and that Wilkinson’s speech received countless reactions on social media and news outlets, resulting in intense scrutiny ahead of the trial.

    Mr Whybrow said his client would rather not delay proceedings.

    “He wants to get it on, but he wants a fair trial,” he said.

    Wilkinson referred to Ms Higgins’ story in her acceptance speech as “a political problem”, adding that it was the most important journalism she had worked on across her 40-year-long career.

    “I knew it from the very first phone call I had early last year with a young woman whose name she told me was Brittany Higgins,” Wilkinson said.

    “Four incredibly intense sleepless weeks later, when our story went to air, the entire country knew the name Brittany Higgins.

    “As Brittany warned me before we went to air, her story would be seen by many of the most powerful people in this country not as a human problem but as a political problem.”

    Wilkinson has been approached for comment.

    ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum will consider the application to vacate the trial on Tuesday.

    Surely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre should have known enough to keep her trap shut, regarding a matter that was before the courts?


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  54. Grenell is more politically sound on the big issues than Mike Pence was.

    Pence was intended to smooge the conservative Christian wing of the GOP, which was necessary due to Stormy and etc. They’re the bunch who refused to vote for Romney. Unfortunately Pence turned out to be GOP-elite, and not of the sweaty-shirted proletarian Trump insurgency. I hope Pence stands in the 2024 primary so we can see how low his vote comes in at.

    Trump has now demonstrated very clearly to the Christian right that he’s kosher, so he can afford to pick someone like Grenell. That’d be A grade trolling of the Dems, but I’d prefer Candace Owens myself though.


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  55. Surely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre should have known enough to keep her trap shut, regarding a matter that was before the courts?

    It was a “points scoring” exercise! .. she knew it would garner media-hype publicity far better than the non-event of winning a past-its-use-by date-TV bauble ……!


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  56. Being overly bright is an accusation that ain’t never likely to be levelled at Mrs. Bandana.


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  57. The biggest issues in the US are:
    1A;
    2A;
    De-banking;
    E-commerce de-platforming.

    Then the border & energy.
    Grenell is strong on all of these.


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  58. Surely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre should have known enough to keep her trap shut, regarding a matter that was before the courts?

    Young and naïve.
    That’s absolutely not the way the Politico-Journo-Legal complex works.

    Justice may be blind; but she better be paying close attention to the narrative.


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  59. Olga Khazan
    @olgakhazan
    · Jun 20
    I’m still curious how women are supposed to have kids before they’re 35 if they make $40,000 before they’re 35 and childcare is $40,000

    Who’s going to tell her.


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  60. I don’t think they can run as POTUS and VP because Trump may need a sheila to run with him, Lauren Boebert would be great, but who knows.

    Desantis for POTUS, Sarah Palin for VP.

    Appoint Trump as Secretary of State


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  61. Surely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre

    BB gun calibre, but sly also.

    So you really reckon Ms Higgins’ champions want a trial? Not likely. She served her purpose as an albatross about the former government’s neck and that was enough.

    The misadventures of a grass-stained, post-adolescent pisspot unlawfully cavorting in a minister’s office after hours … an attack for which there is no evidence …. and a ‘victim’ who says her memory is foggy at best, even jurors dopey as those who convicted Pell wouldn’t swallow that.

    They have never wanted the case to go to trial, hence the avalanche of sub judice.


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  62. To clarify my comment about the accused in a high profile rape trial – I have no opinion about whether he is guilty or innocent, unlike some here. How can anyone who wasn’t there know for sure what happened? Seems to me that a lot of people here are making a judgement based on the feelz. That’s not justice.

    FWIW, I think he’s a sleazebag and she’s a tramp. Neither of them deserves to be elevated to the status of a ‘victim.’

    This ‘poor young man’ (h/t Cassie) is not someone worth lionising personally. His treatment – sure. But, having spent some time in that environment, I can assure readers that creepy, opportunistic little shits like him are a dime a dozen.


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  63. Lauren Boebert would be great

    LB looks ok as a VP option.

    Trump should just go away.
    Story has it he has grifted $250M since the last election.

    If he couldn’t win while being POTUS, he has no chance in 2022.
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  64. Surely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre should have known enough to keep her trap shut, regarding a matter that was before the courts?

    yeh – but the little ‘me me meeee!’ voice in her head took over.

    It’s as if she has the dick of Narcissus


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  65. Lauren Boebert would be great

    LB looks ok as a VP option.

    Trump should just go away. Story has it he has grifted $250M since the last election. If he couldn’t win while being POTUS, he has no chance in 2022.


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  66. The man accused of raping former Liberal staff member Brit­tany Higgins is attempting to delay his trial after journalist Lisa Wilkinson’s highly publicised speech at the Logie Awards on Sunday.

    The last thing that Mzzzz Wilkinson and her ilk want is an actual trial, with actual evidence on oath. Far better to have the trial abandoned, and keep Btittaneeee as a perpetual martyr to the Liberal’s “woman problem”, to be trotted out for every election for the next decade.


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  67. No-one has ‘lionised’ the accused in the Higgins allegations.
    We don’t even know if he had intentions of a sexual nature, they shared a taxi, he called into the office to get something.
    Noone deserves trial by media (and the Prime Minister)


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  68. Trump VP Speculation (Newsmax, 20 Jun)
    Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell is scheduled to speak in Iowa this week amid early speculation that he is among 2024 vice presidential possibilities for former President Donald Trump.
    First gay Vice President of the USA a Republican? Lefty heads would explode like fireworks!

    Great way to wedge the Rats: how can they use this to keep their black vote without alienating their blue hair vote.


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  69. Re Frasier, it really has aged well, unlike many other TV comedies. Any suggestions as to others?
    I rewatched Steptoe and Son it still stands up well.


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  70. Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
    June 21, 2022 at 9:20 am
    Secondly she was nude as seen by Security officer later that night .
    Security officer’s evidence should be interesting.

    Very difficult to remove the clothing completely on a comatose body, most likely the subject / victim removed it herself, even if they had no memory of this.

    Love to see a courtroom scene where the prosecution is asked to demonstrate how to remove the clothing of an limp body.


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  71. Someone linked to an SBS bleeding heart story earlier, the story stated that there are 500,000 of them in Australia, can that be right? That’s 2% of our population made up of welfare soaks country shopping.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/the-worst-visa-in-the-world-one-mans-plea-to-the-new-australian-government/4gpf32ef0?utm_source=newsshowcase&utm_medium=discover&utm_campaign=CCwqGAgwKhAIACoHCAowzYuBCzDM_PsCMPaXWDC2-2M&utm_content=bullets


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  72. Surely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre should have known enough to keep her trap shut, regarding a matter that was before the courts?

    Not sure they spent much time on the legal aspect of jurnalism in the orientation course at Dolly.


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  73. Love to see a courtroom scene where the prosecution is asked to demonstrate how to remove the clothing of an limp body.

    If they cain’t strip, you gotta acquit!


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  74. Agree with areff and BJ that they want to abort the trial.
    But I think there is more to it than just making her a martyr and a touchstone for feminist angst.
    There is a more sinister undertone and it has been bubbling along since Pell.
    They want to change the rules of evidence in sexual assault cases.
    They want to turn it into “she said – he said“.


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  75. rosiesays:
    June 21, 2022 at 1:02 pm
    Down syndrome tied to 10 times the risk of COVID-19 death

    There could be a genetic component, or it could be a factor of many older (and over 40 is very old for Downs, they age badly) Downs syndrome people being placed on old peoples homes/group living.

    As usual sometimes bald faced reporting misses some fairly essential bits, particularly in the media.


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  76. Surely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre should have known enough to keep her trap shut, regarding a matter that was before the courts?

    Calibre and journalist are not words I’d use for this skank. She and her slut of a hubbie are scabs on the carcase of Australian leftism; or vice versa.


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  77. According to the ABCcess this morning banning men from beating women in womens events is sexist and a blow for women everywhere.

    They has a ‘sports lawyer” on the radio salivating at making a 10 year career out of pushing absurdity through various courts/tribunals/local councils


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  78. League pissing off transgender blokes.

    Gillian at the AFL will want to make his last mark before retiring to show his wokeness.

    “Cocks in frocks will always be welcome to bash up girls on the field and look at their naughty bits in the shower because we promote gender neutral inclusiveness and will have a special round to celebrate this .” (*)

    *(may not be actual quote)


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  79. What to do about Yuendumu?
    Where black female lives appear not to matter

    By Tony Letford / The Spectator

    The Weekend Australian recently ran a series of articles providing in unflinching, graphic detail, an account of a young woman from the remote Central Desert community of Yuendumu, ‘Ruby’, who was repeatedly bashed and raped by her own father. The depravity depicted in the story was truly shocking. What made it worse was that, when Ruby went to the police to complain, her extended family ostracised her for reporting the matter.

    The story moved Northern Territory Supreme Court Judge Judith Kelly to go public and give an interview to the Weekend Australian to draw attention to the problem of domestic violence in the NT, (‘Epidemic of violence plagues women: judge’). Justice Kelly said Ruby’s account failed to shock her ‘Because it’s a horrendous story but we see that every day’. Justice Kelly noted that between 2000 and 2002, two Aboriginal men were fatally shot by the police and, ‘In that same period, 52 women have been the victims of homicide, mostly by their partners’.

    While Supreme Court judges can sometimes make generalised comments about society when passing judgement in court cases, it is rare for them to speak out so frankly at other times. So Justice Kelly’s incendiary remarks should have created a massive response in the media. Instead the national mainstream media had other issues of concern. The ABC decided that a traffic accident involving two Aboriginal adolescents on bicycles and a white driver who allegedly called them ‘black dogs’ was of national importance. I couldn’t see why the murder of 52 Aboriginal women was less important than an incident of alleged racial abuse by a white male driver so I sent the following request to the ABC on its online contact system for clarification.

    ‘Today your Mildura office published a story about two kids who were allegedly racially abused by a motorist who damaged their bikes. The story included photos of the kids and their father. Last Saturday, the Australian had a front page story in which a senior NT judge spoke about the epidemic of domestic violence in indigenous communities and the ‘vast numbers of Aboriginal women in the morgue and in hospitals. I am a writer and am looking into an article about the ABC coverage of indigenous affairs.’

    ‘I wonder if you could tell me if anyone in your news rooms read the article in last Saturday’s Australian and if there was any attempt to follow it up? If not, would it be correct to conclude that, when some racist idiot shouts at a couple of Aboriginal kids, its national news for the ABC but, when a young girl is raped by her father then ostracised by her community for reporting it to the police, it isn’t worth covering?’

    ‘Also, when a senior judge speaks out so strongly about domestic violence in Indigenous communities, why it isn’t deemed worth reporting?’

    But answer came there none. Possibly the ABC journos, are too busy looking for more examples of motorists abusing kids to look into the stories behind the Aboriginal women murdered in domestic violence disputes. The ABC is not alone in its somewhat selective reporting of indigenous affairs. When the NT police officer accused of the murder of Kumanjayi Walker was found not guilty and acquitted, the Harvey Norman Herald which used to be known as the Sydney Morning Herald, commented, ‘The verdict inevitably caused anguish and despair for Mr Walker’s family and, more broadly, Indigenous Australians who believe – with some justification – that the justice system is stacked against them’ (Profound issues remain after acquittal in Kumanjayi Walker case SMH 13/3).

    Like the ABC, the Herald is more concerned about one man who was shot by a white police officer while resisting arrest than the murders of numerous Aboriginal women by their partners.

    In some ways the willful blindness of left journalists covering indigenous affairs resembles the self-deception that Russians seem to have in relation to the invasion of Ukraine. Numerous surveys have shown that Russians overwhelmingly believe that blame for the ‘military operation’ in Ukraine can be laid at the door of the US and Nato. Depending on which survey you use, somewhere between only four to seven per cent of the population believe that the war was caused by Russia. People, it would seem, can be made to believe anything if it resonates with their world view.

    If the distorted or mad view of the Russian people about the Ukraine invasion can be attributed to restricted access to the truth and lies told by their government, then how do we explain the inability or refusal of many Australian journalists to recognise the horror of life for indigenous women in communities such as Yuendumu? Unlike the Russians, Australian journalists are well educated and have unrestricted access to the vast amount of information that is available concerning dysfunction and criminality in remote Aboriginal communities in the deep north. Yet while the daily incidence of serious criminal assaults due to domestic violence continues, it is rarely mentioned in mainstream media.

    In the May edition of the Monthly, Melbourne writer Anna Krien is allowed almost twenty pages to go into forensic detail about the shooting of Kumanjayi Walker by Constable Zachary Rolfe. (‘A shooting in Yuendumu’). Ms Krien presents a superficially neutral account of the shooting and subsequent trial of Rolfe but can’t resist concluding, with a literary flourish by claiming that ‘Walker never stood a chance against Rolfe. Not in life and not in death’ and, while Krien goes into great detail about aggressive police behaviour in the community, she glosses over the violence that women in the community experience on a daily basis.

    In a recent edition of Justinian, Richard Ackland’s online blog about the law, Justice Kelly said, ‘Like most people, I would like to see an end to indigenous disadvantage. Like most people, I am pretty clueless about how that is to be accomplished. I would also like to see an end to the kind of polarisation that has people isolated in bubbles of the like-minded not listening to each other – but this is not happening’.

    The refreshing, honest, candour of Justice Kelly stands in contrast to the obfuscations, and distortions that too many journalists use when discussing places like Yuendumu. If our journalists could exhibit the same honesty about remote indigenous communities as Justice Kelly, it may not immediately solve anything but it would be a start.


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  80. “As Brittany warned me before we went to air, her story would be seen by many of the most powerful people in this country not as a human problem but as a political problem.”

    Sadly for Britnee, after Team Scummo’s ignominious departure from the political spotlight last month, her Use By Date has come and gone.

    She’s become yesterday’s news for “many of the most powerful people in this country”. Shagged, or not shagged; only one political non-entity is going to be brought crashing down in this saga.

    Whatever Lisa Wilkinson is doing with her is strictly for Lisa’s own benefit – perhaps the traditional ‘book’ is needing a bit of a fluff through the publishing houses.


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  81. On Frasier:

    The ol’ Dad was gay (which I never knew)
    Frasier was a poof who only got it on with women
    As for Niles, he’s entire closets full of Levi’s jackets and adidas boxing boots territory. Yet he also (allegedly) only got it on with women.

    I always had a soft spot for Daphne, though.


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  82. With power prices trading five times higher than they were a year ago, the competition watchdog will probe the profits of energy companies

    Just don’t expect the phrase “deliberately engineered supply shortages” to be mentioned anywhere in the watchpup’s findings.


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  83. “As Brittany warned me before we went to air, her story would be seen by many of the most powerful people in this country not as a human problem but as a political problem.”

    True! The left wing activists, feminists, radical journos and Labor/Greens politicians weren’t the slightest bit interested in what actually happened, but only what political mileage they could get out of the circus.


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  84. Like most people, I am pretty clueless about how that is to be accomplished.

    An extra flag on the harbour bridge should do it.
    It’ll help some ten year old in Wilcannia with VD too.
    Apparently.


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  85. Referring to ‘little shits’ in Canberra is not quite ‘having no opinion’ about the accused who, moreover, is not accused of being one of many-a ‘little shit’ in Canberra but a rapist.


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  86. I’m all in favour of getting off the Hollywood starmaker bandwagon, but the push for reparations via acting equity is stock standard Leftism, taking a cherished cultural institution and gutting it.

    Wally, there is nothing worth defending in Hollywood. It is not a ‘cherished cultural institution’.

    Like every other entertainment business full of wannabees, it is and has always been utterly ruthless and amoral.


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  87. Zyconoclastsays:
    June 21, 2022 at 12:59 pm
    Lauren Boebert would be great
    LB looks ok as a VP option.
    Trump should just go away. Story has it he has grifted $250M since the last election. If he couldn’t win while being POTUS, he has no chance in 2022.

    “story goes” is the last gasp of the stupid and incredulous.

    and he won the election


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  88. An enormous sunspot that has doubled in size in only 24 hours is now facing Earth—meaning it could send a solar flare our way.

    Where’s my copy of Inconstant Moon?


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  89. As Brittany warned me before we went to air, her story would be seen by many of the most powerful people in this country not as a human problem but as a political problem.

    Everything that happens in Canberra is a political problem. And that itself is a problem. Still the dumbest idea since Federation.


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  90. Like most people, I am pretty clueless about how that is to be accomplished.

    Constitutional recognition, a “voice” in Parliament, and a “Treaty” will solve all ills, surely.


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  91. Surely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre should have known enough to keep her trap shut, regarding a matter that was before the courts?

    She is a large bore with a left twist. She is mated with a dense slug.

    If her ratings continue to languish she will be fired.


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  92. Flags – in 2003 Eddie complied with protocol.

    The Collingwood logo (on official documents, merchandise etc) had the Collingwood flag on the left and the Australian flag on the right. It was changed to the other way around on advice of the relevant department.

    Protocol:
    Where all flagpoles are the same height and positioned in a straight row, the Australian National Flag should always be positioned on the far left (meaning the left of a person facing the building).

    The correct precedence or order for flying flags in the community is:

    Australian National Flag
    National flags of other nations
    State and territory flags
    Aboriginal Flag and Torres Strait Islander Flag, or other flags prescribed by the Flags Act 1953
    Ensigns and pennants (including local government, private organisations, sporting clubs and community groups).
    Unless all flags on display can be raised and lowered simultaneously, the Australian National Flag should be raised first and lowered last. If there are two Australian National Flags, one can be flown at each end of a line of flags.

    When flying the Australian National Flag alone at a building which has more than two flagpoles, the Australian National Flag should be flown in the centre, or as near as possible to it.

    Is that why the Collingwood flag isn’t flown on sid arbor bridge?

    Adam Bandt wasn’t available for comment.


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  93. Crossbows and bows stolen in one of two ram raids of a Darwin business have been used to shoot at least four people in Wadeye, sources have told the NT Independent, but the thefts and the shootings have not been made public by the NT Police in a continuation of authorities suppressing information about violence in the remote community.

    NT Independent


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  94. So this from the prosecutor Shane Drumgold on the Higgins case

    “It could be put, you should put out of your mind everything you think you know about this case,” Drumgold told the court. “The reporting in this matter, factually, is almost without exception wrong … almost without exception, contrary to the evidence that will be put to this courtroom.”

    so everything in the media has been “factually wrong”.

    Very interesting.


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  95. Re Frasier, it really has aged well, unlike many other TV comedies. Any suggestions as to others?

    It Ain’t Half Hot Mum is still great. It was never topical so it remains ageless.

    It mocks everybody equally, the British, the Indians, the concert party, the military, and the class system – both British and Indian.

    The taunting of those who appeared effeminate was really only from the sergeant major, the hapless concert party are sympathetic characters.

    The real offence of the show in the eyes of the left is that it accurately portrayed the strong discrimination by the Indians against other Indians of lower class.


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  96. oh.. and from the judge:

    Wilkinson’s speech, in which the journalist said the Higgins story was “by far the most important work I have ever done”, came after stern warnings from the court and the prosecutor to the Ten Network reporter and media generally about commenting on the matter before it went to trial.

    “You asked me to prohibit publication and I refused because … I trusted the press,” the judge told Drumgold. “You were right and I was wrong.”

    “Mightn’t good journalism be mindful of criminal proceedings and remembering to insert the magic word ‘alleged’?”



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  97. Re Frasier, it really has aged well, unlike many other TV comedies. Any suggestions as to others?

    Seinfeld.
    Blackadder.
    Little Britain
    The League of Gentlemen

    I’d like to say The Young Ones.. but I think that’s definitely aged.


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  98. Surely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre should have known enough to keep her trap shut, regarding a matter that was before the courts?

    .. and note the judge’s words.

    Wilkinson’s speech, in which the journalist said the Higgins story was “by far the most important work I have ever done”, came after stern warnings from the court and the prosecutor to the Ten Network reporter and media generally about commenting on the matter before it went to trial.



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  99. Love to see a courtroom scene where the prosecution is asked to demonstrate how to remove the clothing of an limp body.

    If they cain’t strip, you gotta acquit!

    If dingo can remove a baby’s clothes then it should be a piece of cake……………………


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  100. Can someone point me to where a commentator here has “lionised” the accused in the Higgins story? So feeling pity for a young man and writing “this poor young man”, a young man who’s had his presumption of innocence trashed by a scurrilous media, grubby politicians with a political agenda and scummy elites such as Mrs Pirate Man, is now “lionising”?

    I don’t think so.


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  101. urely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre should have known enough to keep her trap shut, regarding a matter that was before the courts?

    .. and note the judge’s words.

    Wilkinson’s speech, in which the journalist said the Higgins story was “by far the most important work I have ever done”, came after stern warnings from the court and the prosecutor to the Ten Network reporter and media generally about commenting on the matter before it went to trial.

    Can the court find Wilkinson in contempt in this instance? What do legal cats think?


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  102. “Stop the Steal” raised $US180mill last time I looked.
    Feel free to update me on how much was raised.
    Also feel free to link to who got it.


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  103. Sancho

    There is a more sinister undertone and it has been bubbling along since Pell.
    They want to change the rules of evidence in sexual assault cases.
    They want to turn it into “she said – he said“.

    Remember when To Kill a Mockingbird was a noble story of overcoming prejudice? They don’t.


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  104. “You asked me to prohibit publication and I refused because … I trusted the press,” the judge told Drumgold. “You were right and I was wrong.”

    What a naive numpty. Trust the press? A ridiculously stupid notion.


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  105. “The reporting in this matter, factually, is almost without exception wrong … almost without exception, contrary to the evidence that will be put to this courtroom.”

    I’ve assumed this since the story started.


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  106. Surely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre should have known enough to keep her trap shut, regarding a matter that was before the courts?

    Does utterly hopeless and totally compromised actually qualify as a ‘calibre’?


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  107. Major decision in Brittany Higgins rape case handed down
    Courtney Gould
    Sarah Ison
    Political Reporter
    NCA NewsWire
    11:34AM June 21, 2022

    Brittany Higgins’ case against her accused rapist has been delayed because of the spike in publicity prompted by Channel 10 journalist Lisa Wilkinson’s Logie award acceptance speech, where she made reference to the allegations.

    Lawyers for the accused, Bruce Lehrmann, argued the case was prejudiced after Ms Wilkinson’s speech and the following public interest. They pointed out Ms Wilkinson’s speech was searched for on Google more than 800,000 times on Monday alone.

    The trial was due to start on Monday June 27, but has now been stayed until later this year.

    Lehrmann has pleaded not guilty and denies the allegations.

    ACT Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucy McCallum made the judgement “regrettably and with gritted teeth”, noting the “corrosive effect” a delay would have on the course of justice.

    “The recent publicity does in my view change the landscape because of its immediacy, its intensity and its capacity to obliterate the important distinctions between an allegation that remains untested at law, and one that has been accepted by a jury giving a true verdict according to the evidence in accordance with the respective oaths or affirmations,” Ms McCallum said.



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  108. Considering how many super injunctions are granted in Australia these days, how the hell did the Higgins case not get one?
    Also, is this a bench trial?
    Or didn’t the chap get that option?


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  109. Everything that happens in Canberra is a political problem. And that itself is a problem. Still the dumbest idea since Federation.

    A sadly departed mentor of mine described it as “a waste of good grazing land”.


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  110. Surely a journalist of Lisa Wilkinson’s calibre should have known enough to keep her trap shut, regarding a matter that was before the courts?

    Lisa wasn’t/isn’t concerned she knows that no Oz judge would rebuke/hold her in contempt and risk not only their invites to social soirees but a negative appraisal in hubby’s “self-luv” column ..
    It’s the Oz way! .. one set of laws for “joe blow” and another set for “joe’s” betters .. LOL!


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  111. A lot of The Young Ones was just the usual suspects bleating about Thatcher

    (P)Rik bleating about Fatcha is still bloody hilarious. His ability to cite her as the root cause of pretty much everything that ailed him or wider society, no matter how tenuous or ridiculous, was always played for laughs at his expense.

    Not to mention the sheer timelessness of a certain fat communist bastard extolling the virtues of Dr Marten’s boots.

    Yes, some of it has aged, but most of it remains comedy gold.


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  112. Cassie @03:07pm
    grubby politicians

    Juvenile policy advisors with a BA majoring in gender studies told ScoMo that would be a good thing to hook into to show he lurved women. Virtually finding the bloke guilty in parliament.

    Worke well didn’t it


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  113. “Crossbows and bows stolen in one of two ram raids of a Darwin business have been used to shoot at least four people in Wadeye, sources have told the NT Independent”

    Shocked, shocked, I tellz ya! .. more “cultural appropriation” ..!


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  114. strong discrimination by the Indians against other Indians of lower class.

    Production engineer I worked with was high caste Indian. The contempt he showed for a low caste office worker was surprising to even the racist members of staff, and this was in the late 70’s.


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  115. one set of laws for “joe blow” and another set for “joe’s” betters .. LOL!

    I presume she didn’t issue a bench warrant for Mrs Pirate Pete at the same time. We lost a client (self represented at the time) to the holding cells for a while after calling a Magistrate a liar from the bench.


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  116. Barking Toadsays:
    June 21, 2022 at 3:41 pm
    Fark where’s a “d” when you need one!

    d, here have one of mine I’m not using it at the moment.


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  117. And then there’s the Young Ones band cameo lineup-
    Madness! The Clash! Motorhead!
    NEVER to be repeated. Even South Park as a sitcom wouldn’t have pull to drag in acts of that calibre, with street cred to boot.


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  118. H B Bearsays:
    June 21, 2022 at 3:48 pm
    one set of laws for “joe blow” and another set for “joe’s” betters .. LOL!

    I presume she didn’t issue a bench warrant for Mrs Pirate Pete at the same time. We lost a client (self represented at the time) to the holding cells for a while after calling a Magistrate a liar from the bench.

    Was the magistrate a liar?


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  119. Little Britain ain’t shit.
    Fat jokes, men in drag, flaaaaming gays. Some ok ongoing routines, but ruined by the talk bloke whose idea of working-class character acting is talking wish hish tongue shtuck in hish shide teeth.
    Now, League of Gentlemen was something else. Piss funny and dangerously dark. Pay attention to where they’d let the ever-present laugh track fade away.


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  120. It’s telling that the magistrate needed a trending hashtag from Channel 10 to twig that the process of natural justice was being undermined by the outrage industry.


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  121. Everything that happens in Canberra is a political problem. And that itself is a problem. Still the dumbest idea since Federation.

    A sadly departed mentor of mine described it as “a waste of good grazing land”.

    Yes and bring back the sheep. Oh wait! Many of them are still there……………………………..


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  122. Aberdeen Floating restaurant sinks. From the Daily Mail

    “Floating Restaurant has capsized in the South China Sea less than a week after it was towed away from the city, its parent company said Monday.

    The restaurant encountered ‘adverse conditions’ on Saturday as it was passing the Xisha Islands, also known as the Paracel Islands, in the South China Sea, and water entered the vessel and it began to tip, according to Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises Ltd.

    The company said no one was injured, but that efforts to save the vessel failed and it capsized on Sunday”.

    Seems Covid played its part and had been closed since 2020.


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  123. I’ve been watching the series THE BOYS .. finished season 1 and into 2 and something was “deja vu-ing” me about it .. and the penny has dropped .. although completely different plotlines and setting it reminds me of another, now finished, series .. ZOMBIE NATION .. with “superheroes” instead of zombies .. wierd!


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  124. Never liked Little Britain, loved league of Gentlemen.

    The “Juliet bravo” scene was one for the ages.
    As well as the shocking revelation about Hillary Briss’ love life.
    ……….
    Crossbows and bows stolen in one of two ram raids of a Darwin business have been used to shoot at least four people in Wadeye

    Well they’ve gone mediaeval, in this case thats a couple of steps up from pointy fire hardened sticks and lumps of conveniently shaped bits of wood.


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  125. Sun hasn’t been seen in the ACT today. No wind.

    But town council electrons from NSW are all from ruinables according to the local poo denter in charge.


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  126. Big fan of the Young Ones. Who knew vegetables had feelings and were just as conceited as the rest of us. Some of the characters wanted to be communists …as long as there was some significant personal gain involved. Which is exactly how it works.
    The other characters were happy to turn the house into a fascist junta after finding oil in the basement.
    Meanwhile Dr Martens Dr Martens Dr Martens boots!


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  127. Diogenessays:
    June 21, 2022 at 7:01 am
    Doesn’t make him innocent though, rosie.

    Until convicted he is.

    Yes indeed my mistake, I should have added “or guilty”.

    Anyway johanna summed it up better then I could.


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  128. Why would they?
    They can cause a lot more grief by remaining.

    True, but does it mean they’re cozying to Russia, because if it does, it’s not good. Turkey’s waterway is a choke point for the Russians coming out of the Black sea.


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  129. Just got off a call from a Munich colleague who is a fully green leftie. This time he started banging on about how the German economy is going into recession, Vlad is turning down the gas, coal power stations are being kick started and nuclear is back on ze table. According to his well informed opinion nuclear …if fully costed…is the most expensive power supply ever. Takes over 15 years to build… meanwhile I moved the status to drivelcon 5!
    Doesn’t really say much for the education system there.


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  130. Can we ease back on all the discussion of “gay” actors/actrines please. Otherwise we will have Dick Ed here, calling everyone “Flamers”.


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  131. IMHO a daily reminder would not be too often:

    If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible what was the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men had forgotten God; that is why all this has happened.’

    — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


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  132. From the Hun.

    Lidia Thorpe says for First Nations people the Australian flag is ‘absurd’ and ‘an obscenity’

    Outspoken Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe has blasted the Australian flag as an “obscenity”, calling for a new national design.

    Her controversial comments come after Greens leader Adam Bandt refused to stand in front of the Australian flag, instead appearing with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags during a press conference on Monday.

    The stunt, which resulted in the national flag being moved to the side of the room, has sparked a wave of criticism from other federal politicians.

    But Senator Thorpe, who is indigenous, said: “The Australian flag represents a colonial invasion, which massacred and murdered thousands of Aboriginal women, men and children”.

    “For First Nations people that flag is absurd. It’s an obscenity,” she told 3AW.



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  133. JC

    Turkey’s waterway is a choke point for the Russians coming out of the Black sea.

    Unless Turkey abrogates the treaty governing passage through the Dardanelles, the current restrictions on certain classes of naval vessels would remain.

    And even if they do, it remains a choke point, with only one narrow exit to the Med.


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  134. “Lidia Thorpe says for First Nations people the Australian flag is ‘absurd’ and ‘an obscenity’”

    Thorpe should be censored in the senate.


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  135. Why is Thorpe in Parliament – supposedly representing Australians.

    She has as much bleck in her veins as mine – starting from a trip on a convict ship landed in Tas 1818.

    Windshuttle at Quadrant nails it.


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  136. duncanm, good list but Seinfeld is not aging well, it’s still watchable but that’s about it.

    Most (all?) of the comedies mentioned in posts are British, anything by the yanks?

    I don’t mind Raymond, has its moments and Archie Bunker while being a ripoff of Alf Garnett was ok too and still looks ok.


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  137. Unless Turkey abrogates the treaty governing passage through the Dardanelles, the current restrictions on certain classes of naval vessels would remain.

    And even if they do, it remains a choke point, with only one narrow exit to the Med.

    this is a nice backgrounder on the Montreux Convention and Turkey’s plan to bypass it by building a canal.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6I7eHVXh2A


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  138. sfwsays:
    June 21, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Married with children.

    Seinfeld has only aged due to over exposure. It is still as funny as shit on a stick. Who can forget Kramer’s golf drives into the ocean and George’s stunning victory as a marine biologist?


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  139. Lidia Thorpe says for First Nations people the Australian flag is ‘absurd’ and ‘an obscenity’

    yeh well.. I can say the same about the over use of the Aboriginal flag by the government that pretends to represent all Australians.


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  140. Lidia Thorpe says for First Nations people the Australian flag is ‘absurd’ and ‘an obscenity’

    Lidia should also know (but doesn’t, because she’s as thick as two short planks), that the presumed offensive part of the flag must be defeinition be limited to the Union Jack.


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  141. Mole

    Has mzzz thorpe grasped just how shit her ‘nation’ was if 213 men dodging getting shot at by Napoleon were enough to overthrow her ‘mob”?

    The First Fleet arrived here in January 1788. The French Revolution did not start until 1789, at which time Napoleon was still a relatively low level artillery officer.


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  142. We need to get the message out that you were not fully protected, particularly against Omicron, until you have three doses,” he said.

    According to Mark Butler, the new health minister, we are fully protected against Omicron after having three doses. How is it then, that people who are triple vaxed are contracting omicron? The minister must know this but he still peddles the fully protected narrative.

    The problem here is the vaccines were aimed at the original Covid 19 strain but the virus has moved on from there. They are banking on a vaccine that is obsolete. The original strain and most of the other derivatives have been crowded out by Omicron. They hang their hats on the lower sickness and hospitalisation threshold but that makes no sense. If it can’t stop you contracting and spreading the virus how does it mitigate the illness?

    These clowns are having a lend of us but the fact that people are averse to getting boostered indicates that more and more are waking up.


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  143. Dear Lord above, is that really how far we have fallen and failed as a people and a nation? That 800,000 of us would look up something that Lisa Wilkinson said?

    I suppose it is too much to hope that it was just 80 frightbats repeatedly opening it or sending links to each other in a frenzied belief that this will get the guy tossed in prison without poor Britnee having to run the gauntlet of evidence. Look what happened to poor Amber Heard!


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  144. Lidia Thorpe says for First Nations people the Australian flag is ‘absurd’ and ‘an obscenity’

    She presumes to speak for all indigenous people.

    Quite a few indigenous leaders came out today to criticse Bandt’s grandstanding.


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  145. There is something seriously wrong with an economy that enriches media parasites and attacks productive people like miners, farmers and manufacturers. The foul pair from Neutral Bay really are trash.


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  146. duncanm, good list but Seinfeld is not aging well, it’s still watchable but that’s about it.

    Have to disagree. The writing in Seinfeld is as good as anything from America. The characters were all superb eg Jackie Chiles.


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  147. I never really watched Cheers but got the sense from Frasier of how much they needed to fill out and tweak his character. At the beginning of season one he still sported that unworldly academic mop and dressed in drab clothes – in contrast to his brother.

    Before long they had him sporting Armani tuxedos, telling of the unique cocktail of oils he used for his bath, and swooning at the sight of shoes hand made by an obscure Italian cordwainer in some small town in Italy.


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  148. The brief Failyou-Napthine government in Vicco was disappointing but inoffensive imo. Maybe that’s a good as it gets. The current NSW Government is hard left.


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  149. Quite a few indigenous leaders came out today to criticse Bandt’s grandstanding

    Important to make it clear that Bandt does not speak for Aborigines – he just sees them as a cudgel to clobber mainstream Australia with.


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  150. The writing in Seinfeld is as good as anything from America. The characters were all superb eg Jackie Chiles.

    As was the acting.

    Which reminds me, Philip Baker Hall (library cop Lt. Joe Bookman) died last week.


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  151. The problem here is the vaccines were aimed at the original Covid 19 strain but the virus has moved on from there.

    Odd, isn’t it?

    They said they sequenced the original Covid strain in two days to make the miraculous vaccines, but somehow have never managed to repeat that parlour trick for Delta, Omicron 1, Ba 1,2 3, 4, 5.. etc..

    (HT. commenter “John from OA” at https://boriquagato.substack.com/p/stunning-interview-with-michael-yeadon)


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  152. According to Mark Butler, the new health minister, we are fully protected against Omicron after having three doses.

    One month from the election and the Health Minister is already lying blatantly?
    At least we now know that nothing they say is believable.


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  153. I follow a Seinfeld page on Instagram. Every post is followed by about 90 bits of script. It’s like an American Monty Python Flying Circus.


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  154. Has mzzz thorpe grasped just how shit her ‘nation’ was if 213 men dodging getting shot at by Napoleon were enough to overthrow her ‘mob”?

    “Muddy” summed up the situation well, on this blog, February 26th, 2018, at 3,43 P.M.

    “We can, and will do, nothing about the shame and humiliation you feel that your ancestors offered no real organized resistance, and indeed, in some circumstances enthusiastically enjoyed the improved life and benefits that the new civilization offered.”


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  155. Important to make it clear that Bandt does not speak for Aborigines – he just sees them as a cudgel to clobber mainstream Australia with.

    That’s exactly right- it’s all about marxist wrecking


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  156. Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    June 21, 2022 at 5:45 pm
    According to Mark Butler, the new health minister, we are fully protected against Omicron after having three doses.

    One month from the election and the Health Minister is already lying blatantly?
    At least we now know that nothing they say is believable.

    lies, lies…

    https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/weekly-reports.aspx

    80 COVID-19 deaths reported this week … 49 (61%) had received a third dose.

    For the NSW population – 64% have had a third dose.


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  157. So here is a possible scenario they go off for sex she passed out after undressing and he leaves.

    Lol x 1,000
    I’ve got another far more likely scenario, but why don’t we just wait for the Trial to start, if it ever does.
    If this guy’s got a good story to tell, perhaps he should switch lawyers because the ones he’s got aren’t keen for a Jury to hear it.


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  158. Rogersays:
    June 21, 2022 at 5:22 pm
    Lidia Thorpe says for First Nations people the Australian flag is ‘absurd’ and ‘an obscenity’

    She presumes to speak for all indigenous people.

    Quite a few indigenous leaders came out today to criticse Bandt’s grandstanding.

    Thorpe is one of about ten “indigenous members of Parliament (Senate and Reps). As such, she is currently a “Voice” to Parliament. Yet, other indigenous “voices” criticise her. How will adding another separate “Voice” gain any greater collective agreement?


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  159. Important to make it clear that Bandt does not speak for Aborigines – he just sees them as a cudgel to clobber mainstream Australia with.

    There’s no mainstream Australia anymore and Bandt doesn’t claim to speak for aborigines.
    As i’ve commented previously, The Tasmanian Greens were a leftist outfit and worthy of support.
    Brown and his backers hijacked the Party back in the 1980s and the only thing it stands for now is it’s extreme Right backers at the big end of town.

    That’s exactly right- it’s all about marxist wrecking

    Wrong.
    You wouldn’t know what Marxism is.


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  160. His treatment – sure. But, having spent some time in that environment, I can assure readers that creepy, opportunistic little shits like him are a dime a dozen.

    Appears to be a little shit rich environment. Male and female.


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  161. The basis from a mainstream point of view of rightful Aboriginal ownership of Australia (that is, excluding their mythology as we also exclude the Genesis story of Adam and Eve being given dominion over the all lands and animals), is that they were here first. Or, if they were not first they are the last ones who extant who enjoyed sole possession of Australia.

    Apart from the fact that they were not a united people and squabbled endlessly over pieces of it. Within their tribes there is room for a hierarchy of possession.

    But even the distinction between being the first people and being latest people still present does not give the same status as the second means taking possession of an occupied land.

    If, just for the moment, the original people were not hunted down but merely out-competed then the claim to the land becomes that they were better able to benefit from it, exploit it, whatever word you want.

    And I have some sympathy with this. This will have happened repeatedly in human history. As a principle it would seem to make no sense that a small group of people struggling on a piece of geography should prevent a people who would flourish in the same place, just because they were there before (not necessarily first). The displacement will of course be painful for the few, but it can turn out to be beneficial within a generation or two if the displaced are allowed to join and benefit. The Romans were good at this.

    This is what we did too.

    Finally, however, the fact of the matter is that ultimately people hold possession of land according to the force they can bring to bear. This underwrites all. Even in the case above the newer people will have to force themselves on the older inhabitants. If I can’t defend my land against those who come after it I will lose it. I can pine after it, lament the loss, sigh plaintively to the Gods that it is really my land – that there is a connection that no sword can cut – but the guys with the guns will stay there.


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  162. Spent the day at John Hunter – Dad will most likely go blind in one eye, poor old man. I have nothing but admiration for the medical staff there. They are first class.


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  163. But Senator Thorpe, who is indigenous, said: “The Australian flag represents a colonial invasion, which massacred and murdered thousands of Aboriginal women, men and children”.

    so fucking what. has this fuckwit no knowledge of european wars and those of the rest of the world.


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  164. Groogs returns to his Mastermind special subject

    Formaldehyde and home well construction?
    Trying to snatch Montys wrongology crown?
    Oh. Oh I know: WW2 Naval history!!


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  165. Bigger swing against LNP, though it went to UAP and Katter and most of that returned to the LNP.
    No Greens candidate stood, Labor and Animal Justice Party didn’t do much good in Biloela.
    Perhaps Biloela is the reason the Media didn’t mention it?


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  166. m0ntysays:
    June 21, 2022 at 6:07 pm
    Excellent trolling by Bandt, much respect. He certainly triggered all you delicate snowflakes ??.

    Stop projecting. No-one here has claimed to be distraught, or to feel “unsafe”, or to have any other symptoms of being “triggered”.
    You’re the one who squeals in sheer terror if someone expresses a view you don’t agree with, like you did during the vaxx mandates when others were opposing them.


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  167. The problem here is the vaccines were aimed at the original Covid 19 strain but the virus has moved on from there.

    Well duh! What pea brained imbecile wrote this?


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  168. Dad will most likely go blind in one eye, poor old man.

    Very sad for your dad and the family. But from what you have told us of him, I’m sure he will cope with his customary stoicism.


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