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  1. Steve Hilton makes a great introduction about patriotism and using Cruise’s latest as an example of how patriotism makes money. It’s a point I made after I saw it. It is one of Tom’s best and unabashedly pro-West and has returned >$1 billion on a $170 million investment. My only sore point is the mission in it is based on Trump bombing the shit out of Shayrat air-field and the Russians and Trump never received a credit or guest appearance in the movie.

    By way of contrast the fucking MSM is still reporting the Jan 6 witch hunt and that kunt Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony as though it was true instead of a pack of lies.


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  2. BIL bought a Nissan GTR and drove it around for 6 months and sold it back to the dealer for what he paid for it. Plenty of Landcruisers get moved on at a profit, especially if the AUD has shat itself in the meantime.


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  3. H B Bear says:
    July 4, 2022 at 5:40 pm
    I’m constantly amazed what people will spend on their cars and dogs.

    Dude, an average breed of pooch (not car) is 5 K these days and for a popular breed they will ask 10K. This is for a fury fuck that you have to support. If he wasn’t 12, I’d sell ours without a tinge of guilt. About a year or so ago, I put a lifetime vet cost limit of 1k from then on. If he approached the figure, he needed to go to sleep permanently. Wifey just ignored me and blew past it.


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  4. BMW dealerships made me feel poor and were not good for my self esteem.

    They gave me a peaked cap and two logo key rings.

    Maybe they though it would go with my cool zip up Armani. I think it does, truth to tell.

    But Audi in Sydney have the nicest showroom/service waiting rooms.
    They provide nibbles as well as coffee, wifi access and newspapers, plus an Audi magazine
    BMW bring you coffee or bottled water but that’s your lot.
    When you buy a new car from either of these Sydney dealers they make a big performance of when you pick it up. They load the car bonnet with a big bow and place bunches of fixed helium balloons on either side. Audi as I recall also had a little notice board welcoming you by name to your new car.
    They ask to take a photograph of you next to the car to memorialise the day.


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  5. bespoke says:
    July 4, 2022 at 5:45 pm
    A good guard/companion dog is worth the money, Bear.

    Bespoke, there’s nothing under 5 k these days.


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  6. I probably can’t talk. For a long time I hadn’t bought surf wax, relying on getting a couple of blocks with a new board. A mate refers to all this stuff as carrots because you need it to keep you going.


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  7. Johanna, it happens to me from time to time too.

    Save your comment and scrub the error message from your history. Close the site and re-open it. Try again.


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  8. Bespoke, there’s nothing under 5 k these days.

    And a nice black market run by suburban mummies to pay for the renovations.
    Bitches is selling bitches.


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  9. John Howard would never be seen in a war zone not in khaki.

    No, he thinks guns are icky and no Australian should ever defend the lives of him or herself and loved ones using one. They should just quietly die and have candlelit vigils held in their memory.
    Unless it is important people like him who have armed security, of course.


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  10. And a nice black market run by suburban mummies to pay for the renovations.
    Bitches is selling bitches.

    That cant be so.
    The government made that illegal.
    There must be some other factor leading to the sudden spike in prices for even sub par pooches.

    Possibly bikies.
    Or terrorists
    Or terrorist bikies.


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  11. But Audi in Sydney have the nicest showroom/service waiting rooms.
    They provide nibbles as well as coffee, wifi access and newspapers, plus an Audi magazine

    They do that instead of selling reasonably priced, reliable cars.


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  12. Bull shit . I’m not talking about a hand bag dog.

    Anecdote. May have mentioned this on exCat once.

    Mate #1 got monstered by his girlfriend-at-the-time to get a French bulldog because cuuuuuuuute and wookitdawiddle face. This is here in Darwin about three years back.

    French bulldog is an inside dog. Obviously. Mate #1 has to go away with girlfriend-at-the-time and spend shitloads on her for a fortnight. Mate #1 says to Mate #2, can you look after my ‘dog’ for two weeks. Mate #2 goes no worries, it will be kept company by my two dogs.


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  13. cohenite

    By way of contrast the fucking MSM is still reporting the Jan 6 witch hunt and that kunt Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony as though it was true instead of a pack of lies.

    Call it by its correct name. The House Un-American Activities Committee enquiry into events on January 6 2021. Senor adviser: Senator Joe McCarthy (dec’d).

    I know that Senator joe was generally correct in his accusations, but bringing his name in will send the fascist left nuts!


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  14. As one of the country’s most revered and important cultural institutions marks its 90th anniversary, Sky News will explore the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s role in modern Australia with a new one-hour investigation Your ABC Exposed, premiering on Tuesday July 26 at 8pm AEST.

    Sky News host and Associate Editor at The Australian, Chris Kenny will examine the origin, purpose and performance of the national broadcaster, its contribution to public debate and whether this taxpayer-funded service enhances national unity or division.

    The ABC says it is “Your ABC” but who is actually in charge of this billion-dollars-a-year broadcasting behemoth?

    “As it celebrates 90 years, it is time to ask whether the ABC is still fit for purpose,” Chris Kenny said.

    Sky


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  15. II.

    Mate #1 brings French bulldog over to Mate #2’s house the day before he goes away with girlfriend-at-the-time, to ensure the dogs get on well. I am at Mate #2’s house when this happens.

    Mate #1: ‘It’s an inside dog.’
    Mate #2: ‘Fuck off it is for the next fortnight. It can stay out here with the others.’
    Mate #1: Oh. Ah, righto.’

    French bulldog in Mate #2’s yard goes straight up to one of Mate #1’s dogs. Right in its face. Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip rrrrrrr yap yap yip. Mate#2’s dog, a Bull Arab, just looks at it and French Bulldog retreats and sits under Mate #1’s chair.

    Mate #2’s other dog is an American Staffy cross.


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  16. Travelling today on business. Mel to Syd, then Syd to Bne. Flight cancelled to start the day, bumped to a later flight, later flight delayed. Missed morning meetings. This evenings flight delayed 1 hour. Virgin advise due to a lack of staff. Struggled to crew the flight out of Melbourne. Cancelled flights all over the boards. Terminals full of families and kids for school holidays.

    Our beloved leaders really have king hit the lucky country. But hey they don’t travel like the rest of us. It’s private Jets and chauffeurs all the way.


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  17. The dog market is crazy. We lost 14 yo border collie during Victoria never ending lockdown. After 6 months we decided to go again. The prices.. holy cow. We bought a mutt for $1500. Dumb as a box of hammers but he’s got character…character goes a long way. For those who have border collies …worth their weight in gold!


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  18. In comes the jab’s leading saleswoman.

    People are dying from it and she still pushes it.
    What a fucking arsehole.
    Pure and simple.

    The known vax impact where I am currently working, around 60 people:

    1). Second vax, had blood / circulatory issues. One week in hospital. Long term effects unknown.
    2). Second vax, immediate reaction, heart / circulatory issues, week in hospital. Long term effects unknown.
    3). After being forced into vax, suffered a stroke, then minutes later suffered a second stroke on the other side of the brain. Permanently disabled, will never work again, currently seeking vax injury compensation.
    4). Months after vax, went to doctor because was feeling crook, was found to be having a heart attack in progress. Long term damage being ascertained. Doctors blaming vax, all post heart attack tests show no contributing health issues.

    Something is seriously wrong.


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  19. Car dealerships and servicing have to be one of the biggest rip-offs ever allowed in Oz.

    I’m all for a free market but some of them are little more than swindlers.

    My old man had a motor garage and I learnt the basics of servicing. Most of it can be carried out by an apprentice under supervision. Change the oil; two filters, check a few other levels – most of which don’t leak these days etc. Cars used to have grease nipples and now it’s all a sealed system so that’s not needed either.

    One of the best ones is the “safety check”. You sign that one and it’s another few hundred for – if you’re lucky – someone to check the wear and tear on your brakes. Some dealers don’t even check the tyres.

    Most of this sort of racket has been exposed time and again, but on it goes. Most of it seems to be fairly big concerns too. The home mechanic instead seems to be a pretty honest tradie. Has to be – word of mouth would send them broke otherwise. The dealers jack up the price and con you even more with the lounges and “free” coffee etc. That receptionist with the fingernail job is being paid by the mug punter.

    The new car frills are even worse. Balloons and so on when you collect the car. All out of the profit margin.


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  20. Mate#2’s dog, a Bull Arab, just looks at it and French Bulldog retreats and sits under Mate #1’s chair.

    I had never heard of Bull Arabs until three hours ago, when my (100% Aussie) cleaner told me about her son’s specially trained dogs which he takes pig hunting. Impressive breed… but I don’t want one, but.


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  21. III.

    Mate #1 goes on holidays with girlfriend-at-the-time. Day 1.

    Mate #2 rings me at mornos on Day 2. ‘Come round and give me hand if you can.’ No subject offered. ‘No probs’, I say and whip around there.

    In the yard is a Bull Arab, an American Staffy cross and bits of French bulldog scattered far and wide. Mate #2 goes ‘I heard it yipping and then it was on. By the time I got outside it was over. Tayla (the staffy) had bitten the fucking thing in half’. A garbage bag is produced. Luckily, it was bin day.

    Epilogue:
    Mate #1 tries to touch Mate #2 for EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS for the ex-French bulldog. Mate #2 tells Mate #1 to fuck off. Mate #1’s girlfriend-at-the-time leaves him for greener pastures.

    Much laughter ensues. From Mate #2 and I, anyway.

    You spend over a grand on a hound, best be prepared to reap the whirlwhind.


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  22. Prisons are now supposed to protect certain persons against being called names:

    The tribunal found the department’s own ‘Transgender and Intersex Offenders Prison Policy’ document “acknowledges the need to pay attention to the needs of transgender and intersex prisoners, including references to topics such as the need to treat offenders humanely and with dignity

    Readers may be shocked to discover that some prisoners are ‘called names’ while in prison by other inmates. This kind of hooliganism needs to be stopped.

    The policy states that transgender and intersex prisoners should not be subjected to ridicule or humiliation and that they should be given appropriate underwear on request and ensured privacy with access to shower and toilet facilities.

    Approriate underwear on request – surely they’re having a larff.


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  23. Seriously, Lizzie, don’t buy into the buttons vs touchscreen debate.
    You know who bitches about that the most?
    Motoring writers who drive a different car every week, that’s who.
    And boomers.
    It’s a total non-event.
    Drive the car for a week and you will intuitively know where everything is.


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  24. When you buy a new car from either of these Sydney dealers they make a big performance of when you pick it up. They load the car bonnet with a big bow and place bunches of fixed helium balloons on either side. Audi as I recall also had a little notice board welcoming you by name to your new car.
    They ask to take a photograph of you next to the car to memorialise the day.

    Ford does it too, or did four years ago.


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  25. Apparently Kenworths are a piece of piss. Ample seating, too.

    How much does it cost to get that added feature that precludes the need to stop for toilet breaks?


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  26. But Audi in Sydney have the nicest showroom/service waiting rooms.
    They provide nibbles as well as coffee, wifi access and newspapers, plus an Audi magazine
    BMW bring you coffee or bottled water but that’s your lot.
    When you buy a new car from either of these Sydney dealers they make a big performance of when you pick it up. They load the car bonnet with a big bow and place bunches of fixed helium balloons on either side. Audi as I recall also had a little notice board welcoming you by name to your new car.
    They ask to take a photograph of you next to the car to memorialise the day.

    They did that for my mate when he bought his new Yaris (spit, choke).

    Traded his Chrysler Crossfire SRT convertible in PRISTINE condition for the bloody Lego on wheels. His Misfire was one of just 75 sold in Australia. Toyota gave him $10k for it as a trade-in. On a Yaris! I almost cried.

    And why did he buy a Yaris? Purely because it had Apple CarPlay …


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  27. How much does it cost to get that added feature that precludes the need to stop for toilet breaks?

    Dealer fitted option. Likewise samosa holders.


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  28. JC, don’t worry about the cost of the car remote.
    I’ll bet they don’t stock replacements and have to ship it in from Manchester.
    When I took my car in for a service a while back, the guy points at the desk with my invoice and keys on it, “The lady before you needs one of those, and it will take 6-8 weeks from Chermany.”
    “One of what?”
    “The electronic key and ignition.”
    The key was wedged in the ignition and wouldn’t move fully in or out.
    No car for two months.


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  29. Liz

    We never knew you bought a BMW.

    It’s not skiting, JC. There’s nothing very special about that. Like I never knew you were a day trader or that you had a New York apartment or a long-suffering wifey.

    I share my life experiences here, just like you do, and we bought a new car.
    They’re not riveting revelations. Just a good distraction for me from doing more important things.
    Things that demand a lot more thought and attention than riffing on a blog.

    The Cat riff is pacey and fun though. The Cat is also a good aggregator of serious stuff.


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  30. Salesman handing us the keys had a parting shot.

    Don’t lose them. They cost an insane amount to replace.

    Even he admitted that.


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  31. Chrysler Crossfire SRT

    Very confident that I will never buy a car, regardless of make, that has ‘Crossfire’ in the model name.


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  32. Swapping my car over next week in Melbourne.
    With an eight hour round trip, I better be gone in 60 seconds.
    I don’t need no balloons or ribbons.


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  33. The key was wedged in the ignition

    All ignitions are now by remote, so that worry is over. The one-before-last Audi we owned had that sort of ignition, push in to start. What could possibly go wrong? Our new car still has the slot for a push in lighter but no burner attached – too many cars still on fire with them, said the salesman.

    Reminds me of nearly setting on fire a new Mercedes (owned by doctor I worked for in the 50’s when I was fifteen). I was with him when he went on a call, and idly pushed in the cigarette lighter. Then I couldn’t get the damned thing out. Smoke started to rise with a burning smell. The doc was very nice about it. He was a bit sweet on me. Married, twenty years older than me, and never did anything but enjoy my company. He found excuses to drive me around a lot to listen to all of his pig-shooting tales.
    They liked quiet, industrious and admiring females in those days. I liked the Mercedes, but how the town tongues did wag.


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  34. Drive the car for a week and you will intuitively know where everything is.

    Sorry Sancho – didn’t happen for husband when he bought a brand new Landcruiser 200 Series a few years ago. We had a wonderful 80 Series which finally gave up the ghost at just under 500,000km. It had the best seats we have ever had in ANY car (including Recaros) which were – & you won’t believe this – without a tear or “rub” after all those km around Australia.

    Now – to the 100 Series Landcruiser, new in 2019 – husband cannot work the SatNav without being distracted from the road. It is hopeless, and the Dealer doesn’t dispute it. Similarly the radio. And the seats are just damn uncomfortable, compared to the ones in the old car. Now we are car “nuts” & have other “city” cars (& husband is a hobby classic car restorer) – so we are familiar with other systems & have less trouble – although the newer they are, the more troublesome is the digitalised stuff.

    But the new Landcruiser was a big disappointment.


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  35. “As one of the country’s most revered and important cultural institutions marks its 90th anniversary, Sky News will explore the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s role in modern Australia with a new one-hour investigation Your ABC Exposed, premiering on Tuesday July 26 at 8pm AEST.”

    This is why Sky deserves our support. It’s trying to do stuff. Okay, it isn’t perfect but what is? And imagine life with no Sky.


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  36. Hopefully Chris Kenny will have Geoffrey Luck on. His regular skewerings of the ALPBC on Quadrant are things of beauty and he knows where the bodies are buried.


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  37. On the subject of doggies…

    I write this (with reservations) to shed an alternative light on veterinary advice and care.

    Six weeks ago the family’s silly border collie/kelpie pup was run over on the new property. I won’t describe the immediate, traumatic scenario. It was as awful as you can imagine. With no after hours vet care available, #1granddaughter drove to Adelaide with devastated Son in Law in the back, nursing the pup, wiping the blood from its face and supporting its limp rear end.

    The vet took an xray and offered two options: a $10,000 operation which might be successful, or goodnight for $1,500. SiL was too distraught to make a decision, so Grandie stepped up and said, “We’ll take him home and think about it.” The vet didn’t like that option and, after a gloomy sermon and a waiver, reluctantly let them go – without offering any pain relief or further advice.

    Unsure how to care for a half limp, half alive little pup, Daughter phoned my 100% Aussie cleaner, who works only to help pay the $500,000 annual bill for her 90 horses and breeding whippets and labradors (currently 15 pure bred puppies.) She and her vet nurse daughter arrived with sympathy, expertise, doggy drugs and excellent advice: keep the pup in a small box/crate to ensure that he doesn’t move, and load him up with drugs.

    Pup (Dudley) slept for almost a full week. After that, his miraculous recovery began in earnest. Within another week, he was sitting up, ready for dinner. A week or so later, he raised his back end to take care of toilets. At three weeks, he was whining from the laundry and when someone opened the door to check on him, he hauled himself out of the crate and dragged his limp back end out to sit by the fire.

    Long story short: today he is up on all fours, happily greeting visitors and longing to escape the small enclosure outside where he continues to recover. His right leg is still rigid, but when given the chance, he runs/hops/gallops all over the place. All this, just six weeks after the awful accident.

    PS: Daughter is comprising a letter to forward with a video of this happy, energetic pup, to the vet who would have charged $10,000 to maybe fix him, or to kill him outright.

    PPS: My wonderful cleaner friend assured us that a country dog isn’t worth anything until he’s been run over at least once.


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  38. Arnaud Bertrand
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    RIP German manufacturing.
    Quote Tweet

    Holger Zschaepitz
    @Schuldensuehner
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    Good Morning from #Germany, which is falling as an economic powerhouse on a global scale. Germany’s trade surplus is gone. Foreign trade balance came in at MINUS €1bn in May, which is the 1st negative print since 1991 due to its energy problems & weakness in manufacturing.

    Might be about time for some sane heads to enter the room.


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  39. Bit surprised you didn’t buy a Ford Maverick, Lizzie.
    Or at least a Jeep Renegade.

    Got me wrong there, Sancho.

    Keep trying. I think you’re grabbing the wrong end of the stick.
    And you remember what that metaphor originated from.
    The stick the Royal courtiers used to push the king’s poo down the long drop.
    Eeewww. Sticky fingers. 🙂


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  40. Lysander says:
    July 4, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Quadrant Gold!!! ?

    She discovered that modern usage of the name Ngunnawal did not come from Aboriginal tradition but from a park in the town of Bowning, near Yass, named by white people as Ngunnawal Park. A sign bearing that name was erected at the park in the 1960s, dedicated to Aboriginal people of the Yass district who the townspeople thought had died out in 1848. Some locals who identified as Aboriginal subsequently saw the sign and adopted it as their username.

    The indigenous tribe in the Canberra region were the Ngambri, their last leader was OnYong who died in 1850. OnYong is remembered for his friendship with an Irish convict named Garrett Cotter, whom he guided to a river in the Brindabellas now known as the Cotter River.


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  41. PS: Daughter is comprising a letter to forward with a video of this happy, energetic pup, to the vet who would have charged $10,000 to maybe fix him, or to kill him outright.

    My Lord, that is a wonderful ending for an all-too-common story on farms. Working dogs are generally smart enough to stay away from the wheels, but Jack Russells, for instance, often fall victim to such injuries.

    It takes a lot of belief to take the route your daughter took – but what a marvellous result for the pup. Has made my day!


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  42. Time for a drink.

    I am cooking Hairy some chips for tonight.
    To go with the pork chops he purchased today.
    He will cook those, with some cabbage added.

    My kids all grew up on chips.


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  43. Liz

    I’m not a day trader and never said I was such riff raff. They’re despicable people.

    I’ve mentioned a few times we bought and renovated an apartment but nothing over the top.

    You’ve been rabbiting on about this new car for 3 months. Also, please remind me. What suburb do you live again? I forgot. 🙂


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  44. Re the 20% drop in Hungarian births reported here yesterday – I didn’t get a response to my question re the source so I checked: Hungary had a bumper year of births in 2021, the largest cohort in a decade, so it stands to reason there might be a drop this year, but nowhere near 20%.

    And it’s even worse when you consider that Hungary is actively encouraging larger families (which might account for the bumper year in 2021). So, what happened?


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  45. My “all bells and whistles” Subaru was off the road for a month and I drove a Hyundai i30 rental.
    I was very happy with the reversion to simple mechanical operating levers and buttons that resonated with muscle memory from cars of years gone by. No touch screen(s) confusion there.
    And cheaper petrol too – Hertz advised me to use E10, which is a lot cheaper than Premium 98 which is allegedly “best” for the Boxer engine in the Subaru.


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  46. Chrysler have tried a few things up and down the range.
    The 300c.
    The Crossfire.
    And that PT Cruiser thing.
    All epic fails in my view.


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  47. You’ve been rabbiting on about this new car for 3 months.

    Lighten up, JC. We only decided to buy this car three weeks ago when we saw a model we liked parked in a street in Leichhardt, would ya believe it, to which awful haunt of previous lefty times we came back in order for me to see Downton Abbey (Hairy suffered it well) in the last place in Sydney to be showing it and the last place we’d ever want to visit. Just us and three pairs of lesbians in there.

    Before that we thought we would thrash the older Audi into the ground first.
    We can be impulsive like that. See something, get it, book it, or eat it.
    We bought the first one we saw, in the only colour available. No messing around waiting.


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  48. its time for another dog here too. The trouble is finding one.

    she’ll very likely be another heeler but not one of the blockheaded ones … prolly $1500 to 2000

    waiting for the right litter to appear

    mate just bought a Kelpie a few months ago … and his life is hell


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  49. You are welcome to drop in and visit us in Vaucluse any time, JC.

    Remember to wear your tasselled loafers though.
    Can’t let the neighbourhood down.
    I do enough of that as it is. 🙂


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  50. Chrysler have tried a few things up and down the range.
    The 300c.
    The Crossfire.
    And that PT Cruiser thing.
    All epic fails in my view.

    None come close to a VX Commodore with a CFMEU sticker in the back window.
    They never seem to be off the road.


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  51. Chrysler have tried a few things up and down the range.
    The 300c.
    The Crossfire.
    And that PT Cruiser thing.
    All epic fails in my view.

    Apparently for the PT cruiser they had to get the front fenders made by some small time spare parts manufacturer because they no longer knew how to make that odd shape. Despite the fact that every car for a period of 50 years had a similar shape.


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  52. My “all bells and whistles” Subaru was off the road for a month

    two cars I bought were off the road for months as soon as I drove them

    2005 Ford Territory and a 2102 Mazda Sex

    both engines shit themselves on the first drive and had to be changed


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  53. she’ll very likely be another heeler but not one of the blockheaded ones … prolly $1500 to 2000

    Speak to Bushie.
    He can’t keep the neighbours dogs from servicing his bitch, and he can’t give away the progeny fast enough…even for free.


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  54. One of the girls at work was the partner of one of Setka’s 2ICs. At one stage I got a full pack of CFMEU stickers. Luckily he never came to any work dos.


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  55. Might be about time for some sane heads to enter the room.

    Germany made that mistake last year.
    They have a stab at correcting things in 2025.


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  56. The Beloved spotted a jaunty little Westie going for walkies this afternoon as we drove home from the docs. The little bugger had a tartan overcoat.

    No! No more dergs! said I. And I meant it. I’m still heartbroken over saying goodbye to the last one. Old softie I’m afraid.


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  57. My sister’s cat got cat napped. They got it back but it had cat PTSD or something.

    Tell it that “we” call Rhodesia “Zimbabwe now

    …Staring intensifies…

    RHODESIANS NEVER DIE!

    …Cat shakes head, blinks, “meow”…


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  58. Composed a comment a while back, every time I click post it gets a n ‘Internal server’ error message.

    Change it a bit and try again. That way the system gets a fresh look at it.


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  59. Full bred working dogs…he said, whilst trying to offload one on me.

    And just a touch too large to fit on your lap in the morning.


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  60. this joint is a work site and its glorious.

    the missus is going nuts … told youse she was like a cat.

    40 m.sq of tiling ripped up and binned
    40 m.sq of bamboo floating floor … gone (well set aside if anybody wants it)
    everything boxed and shipped to storage
    carpets upstairs will be in the bin tomorrow

    painters through today and all the Mission Brown has been sanded back and prepped
    windows blacked out with rubbish bags and masking tape
    it looks like a drug-house from the outside

    solid american oak kitchen that must have cost $40k in 2005 … we are painting it.

    the new floor will be fair dinkum Black Butt.
    when we were so the floor, apparently the wood was about to hit the mill
    now, it’s gonna be on the mill soon
    maybe
    they;ll tell us next week
    and then, just 6 weeks for it to be seasoned

    … I’m starting to wonder if they’ve even grown the bloody trees yet.


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  61. From The Times, in today’s Oz

    Chinese researchers claim to have developed artificial intelligence they say can read the minds of Communist Party members and make them more receptive to “thought education”.

    Hefei Comprehensive National Science Centre said the system could read facial expressions and brain waves, analysing how attentive a member was to “thought and political education” so as to “further solidify their confidence and determination to be grateful to the party, listen to the party and follow the party”.

    However, the article disappeared from the internet shortly after its publication on July 1, the party’s founding day, apparently after public outcry that such an AI system was too much even in a society where the state routinely compromises individual privacy.

    Time for some push back on this from democratic nations.
    Bunnings and KMart still doing facial recognition on customers, but The Good Guys have bowed to pressure and have said they wil desist. It’s the sort of thing that leads to what Xi is doing right now.


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  62. On dogs:

    Never forget the rescue dog route.

    Unless they are damaged by human arseholes (in which case, the green dream is the only real option), dogs are generally super responsive to direction and discipline in a new family/pack.

    We’ve just replaced our old bloke with a $300 Staffie cross, who is shaping up as a Good Boy, a Very Good Boy. It takes a bit of time and consistency – but it’s worth the effort.

    $10,000 dogs need exactly the same input.


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  63. My reading this evening has been of the time when the Royal Australian Navy Reserve conquered a country in two days.

    Operation COUNTENANCE

    Only somewhat exaggerating, they really did it. HMAS Kanimbla and HMAS Yarra especially. A lot of fun, but a bit hard on the Persians.

    Great to hear about Dudley the Border Collie. If I ever got a dog he/she would be a collie, they’re just the best. I’m instant friends with walkers’ dogs when I’m out walking (and the walkers too usually). Alas I don’t like the necessary hierarchical nature of doggie politics, so will persist with currawongs and suchlike.


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  64. Most Liberal women in federal and state parliaments are complete duds. Think Julie Bitchop, the occultist Sussan Ley, Jane Hume, Amanda Stoker, the execrable Fiona Martin, the Obama loving Katie Allen, Marise Payne and on and on it goes.

    I don’t mind Sarah Henderson but it’s slim pickings.

    Anyway, the weather here in Wentworth is dreadful. Oxford Street was like a river tonight with cards literally floating on the water. So much for a better climate for Wentworth. Apart from the fact that Albo the clown is swanning around with another clown, Princess Allegra is strangely quiet about the weather and floods. Odd that, she had a lot to say earlier this year about the weather and floods. Skanky hypocrite that she is.

    Actually, come to think of it, most women in politics are duds, be they Liberal, Labor, Green or Teal. I’m beginning to think that female suffrage has been a disaster for the world….and I’m a woman…so I can say that.


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  65. Most Liberal women in federal and state parliaments are complete duds. Think Julie Bitchop, the occultist Sussan Ley, Jane Hume, Amanda Stoker, the execrable Fiona Martin, the Obama loving Katie Allen, Marise Payne and on and on it goes.

    What’s wrong with Stoker?


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  66. Pronoun badges backfire for embarrassed banks

    Steerpike – The Spectator

    Pride month means only one thing: the chance for corporations to embarrass themselves with the latest right-on social media stunt. This year it was the turn of Halifax, which took to Twitter last week to declare that ‘Pronouns matter’ alongside an image of its new-style staff name badge, featuring the words ‘she/her/hers’ underneath. Other banks quickly piled in, with HSBC heralding this ‘positive step forward for equality and inclusion’ as ‘it’s vital that everyone can be themselves in the workplace.’

    Unfortunately though, it seems that these citadels of capital forgot to ask one crucial stakeholder group in all of this: the customer. Halifax account-holders – many of whom are no-nonsense Yorkshire types – don’t take too kindly to being lectured by banks, those paragons of virtue. Since Halifax’s statement, the bank is facing a reported ‘mass exodus’ of customers, with some cutting up their credit cards. Others are lodging complaints about Halifax’s social media manager who, when customers accused the bank of ‘virtue-signalling’, told them: ‘If you disagree with our values, you’re welcome to close your account.’

    Many are now, er, doing exactly that. The Daily Mail reports that more than 150 social media users said they would boycott the former building society. One account holder claimed to have already pulled out investments and savings worth £450,000 while many more said they are closing ISAs. To add insult to injury was the criticism of the bank’s former employee Howard Brown, who became a household name as the face of Halifax for over a decade. He branded the bank’s attitude towards customers as ‘disgraceful’, saying:

    That’s not the Halifax I knew, that’s not the customer service I knew. If this had happened when I was working there, we’d all have been shocked and disappointed. It’s a service industry – you should leave politics to the politicians. They’ve got this one wrong.

    As for HSBC, they suffered a different form of embarrassment. After the Asian banking giant began trending on Twitter, a number of accounts began highlighting the bank’s money-laundering failures and pointing out its role in abetting the Chinese government’s crackdown on Hong Kong. HSBC not only publicly backed the draconian National Security Law but also froze the bank accounts of prominent pro-democracy activists in exile at the behest of Beijing.

    Ironically, HSBC’s involvement in the pronouns campaign therefore led to various Twitter users being made aware of the bank’s own stance on China – hardly a sphere where the bank’s liberal ‘principles’ have been much in evidence. Its chief executive, Noel Quinn, gave a lamentable performance before MPs last year, in which he could only bleat that ‘I can’t cherry-pick which laws to follow.’

    True, though cherry-picking is exactly what Quinn’s social media team seem to be doing when it comes to promoting certain messages to certain audiences. Mr S suspects that the pronoun badges won’t be seen much in China, for instance, where same-sex couples are unable to marry or adopt, and where there’s been a push back in recent years on depictions of homosexuals and ‘effeminate men‘ on television.

    Hardly a record that fills you with Pride.


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  67. Anders Åslund
    @anders_aslund
    · Jun 28
    A few thoughts about Russia’s war on Ukraine:
    1. The Russians have spent a lot of resources to seize Severodonetsk to little military benefit. The much higher located Lysychansk is far more important & better fortified. Ukraine is not likely to give it up or lose much there.

    Amazing how these commentators survive repeated analytic failures.


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  68. “What’s wrong with Stoker?”

    Stoker supported that disgraceful senate censure motion against Bettina Arndt back in February 2020. A senate motion put up by two Labor bitches, Senators Wonk and Keneally. Stoker should have walked, she didn’t. I will never forgive her. Oh and the only two senators who refused to support that disgraceful motion were Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts.

    I’m glad that Pauline won the senate seat….not Amanda.


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  69. Unless they are damaged by human arseholes (in which case, the green dream is the only real option)

    Apply it to the previous owners first so the dog at least gets a sense of justice out of it.

    Chinese dog eating festival just finished again.


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  70. Dover Beach:

    Holger Zschaepitz
    @Schuldensuehner
    · 2h
    Good Morning from #Germany, which is falling as an economic powerhouse on a global scale. Germany’s trade surplus is gone. Foreign trade balance came in at MINUS €1bn in May, which is the 1st negative print since 1991 due to its energy problems & weakness in manufacturing.

    Might be about time for some sane heads to enter the room.

    Bit bloody late for that, DB. Their steam train just pulled out of the station.


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  71. Others are lodging complaints about Halifax’s social media manager who, when customers accused the bank of ‘virtue-signalling’, told them: ‘If you disagree with our values, you’re welcome to close your account.’

    They don’t matter!

    Textor, where art thou?


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  72. Lovely old Oliver.

    They are human.
    We used to have a neighbour’s old dog come and visit our dogs just for a “chat”. He was lame and nearly blind and the 5km trek must’ve been hard for him but every now and then he’d pop in, tail wagging while ours “ruff ruffed” their welcomes and played around.

    He stopped coming a few years ago.


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  73. Ah, gotcha Bespoke.
    The Denis Waterman car?
    I was thinking of that abomination Ford Capri convertible produced in the mid ’90’s.


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  74. Amazing how these commentators survive repeated analytic failures.

    Well actually the Ukrainians were still defending the place this morning when I checked.
    Russia tends to overclaim. Usually they get there in the end though.
    The slow advance by the Russian Army implies serious losses though, you do realize that Dover? It’s a nearly WW1 western front campaign level: the Russians have artillery superiority but the Ukrainians do have a lot too, especially newly received long range tubes. In such an environment the losses are bad for both sides. It’s how it goes. The guy the Russians have found to general this campaign is doing the right thing, but he can’t emulate Brusilov because he can’t get the guys out of their tracks. It’s an infantry war and the BTG model is a panzerblitz war-of-manoeuvre one.


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  75. I’m reading an account of life in the English “Stately homes.” One peer owned SIX “stately homes.”

    He lived in one “stately home” , with his mistress. His wife lived in another, as far away as she could get.


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  76. Richard Marles needs to own these floods.

    Marles didn’t get where he is by owning things.

    Bit of plausible deniability…
    Bit of disowning…


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  77. A while back I wrote the following in regards to this tweet
    WTF are they on about?
    Jan – 8917
    Feb – 8544
    Mar – 9191
    Apr – 8802

    I see they were actually talking 2021 vs 2022 numbers (though the tweet is not clear).
    Month, 2021, 2022 live births
    Jan: 9071,8917
    Feb: 8989,8544
    Mar: 10067,9191
    Apr: 9823, 8802

    This is the same thing bad cattitude analysed (in a more comprehensive fashion).

    I don’t necessarily buy the conclusions — what if people were just having less sex due to the pandemic restrictions? (you know, stress and all that).


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  78. 132andBushsays:

    July 4, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Lovely old Oliver.

    They are human

    Well, you can do this.
    There is this app (I forget the name).
    You take a photo of your dog face on.
    You then look into the camera on the phone or i-pad and record a message. The app converts your voice, mouth and eye movements and reproduces them as an animation on the dog’s face.
    You can also play with the tone of your voice and disguise it.
    The results can be hilarious.


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  79. Any updates on how much of our hard earned $ and military equipment Albo has given to the Uke Neo Nazi’s?

    Paying tribute to Ukraine’s “bravery and determination” in resisting the Russian invasion, the Prime Minister said Australia would provide an additional 20 Bushmaster protected vehicles and a further 145 armoured personnel carriers to support the country’s war effort.



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  80. “Are you sure:”

    Yes I’m quite sure. Stoker later backtracked and apologised to Bettina…….BUT IT WAS TOO LATE. The damage had been done. Okay, okay, I’m beginning to think that the order to support that disgraceful Labor censure emanated from Scumbag himself….it certainly fits the pattern, given how he later treated Kelly, how he later cut off Porter, Tudge and Laming. It’s pretty clear that Scumbag wasn’t one to have the back of those on his own side but Stoker (and others) should have refused point blank to support that censure motion.

    I’ve spoken about this with Bettina herself. I told Arndt that whilst she might forgive Stoker, I never will.


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  81. The slow advance by the Russian Army implies serious losses though, you do realize that Dover?

    It might also imply that they’re not wasting their mens lives in rushing forward when the advance can still be achieved with time and artillery.


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  82. He stopped coming a few years ago.

    Sad. That’s how it is. I have an old currawong who comes each day. He has legs like tree trunks due to the mite infestation they get. Painful. With the east coast low he didn’t arrive last couple days and I thought he might have met his end. ECLs are a terminator for them: cold, wet. But he arrived today and accepted some food. Another day on the planet.


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  83. ZK2A:

    Paying tribute to Ukraine’s “bravery and determination” in resisting the Russian invasion, the Prime Minister said Australia would provide an additional 20 Bushmaster protected vehicles and a further 145 armoured personnel carriers to support the country’s war effort.

    We have 145 armoured personnel carriers?
    Do we have any left, you know, for Australia?


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  84. Paying tribute to Ukraine’s “bravery and determination” in resisting the Russian invasion, the Prime Minister said Australia would provide an additional 20 Bushmaster protected vehicles and a further 145 armoured personnel carriers to support the country’s war effort.

    Do they got the swastika’s painted on them before or after they’re shipped?

    145 APC’s? A bit of googling indicates that we only ever had 431 M113’s.

    So Albo had just given away roughly 33% of our entire APC compliment in this round of generosity alone….


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  85. It might also imply that they’re not wasting their mens lives in rushing forward when the advance can still be achieved with time and artillery.

    Haha. Sorry Rick, but the only way they aren’t bleeding out is if they aren’t advancing. Even if not advancing they will be taking losses from Ukrainian artillery. The problem our guys found on the western front was to attack you had to come out of your trenches. It’s the same here.

    If you’ve read about the Brusilov offensive you will know what I’m talking about. Monash repeated Brusilov’s tactics. The Russians aren’t doing that in this war, as their guys are trained as panzergrenadiers not classic infantry.


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  86. duncanm.
    I saw your comment earlier and I did think they were talking about year-on-year variations.
    Firstly, without putting the numbers through the sausage machine, a quick eye-balling of the numbers doesn’t look to show any statistically significant variation.
    Secondly, as you say, what other factors might drive variability, particularly in the midst of the greatest social upheaval in a generation?
    I guess what pisses me off is guys like Gonzalo Peso latching onto a simple variation and making a meal out of a crumb.
    He’s either a dim bulb, or a grifter looking to build a contribution base.


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  87. We have 145 armoured personnel carriers?
    Do we have any left, you know, for Australia?

    431 – 145 = 286

    Assume that we gave them only running ones and that there is 80% availability for ours.

    We have: 228 operational…..


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  88. Winston Smith says:
    July 4, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    ZK2A:

    Paying tribute to Ukraine’s “bravery and determination” in resisting the Russian invasion, the Prime Minister said Australia would provide an additional 20 Bushmaster protected vehicles and a further 145 armoured personnel carriers to support the country’s war effort.

    We have 145 armoured personnel carriers?
    Do we have any left, you know, for Australia?

    Took the words out… thought the same.


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  89. rosie says:
    July 4, 2022 at 9:01 pm

    same source shows Sweden with a consistent annual decline per 1000 of around .25%

    Over 70 years.
    Plus, the incredible volatility in birth rates as Swedish ‘whole of life’ social policies rolled out.


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  90. Even if not advancing they will be taking losses from Ukrainian artillery.

    This is a two way rifle range.

    The problem for the Russians is also a problem for the Ukes. Except, I haven’t heard many reports of Russian units being cut off and systematically pulverised into oblivion.


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  91. Daughter flying Syd Melb after a damp Byron Bay holiday. Due back in Melbourne at 8 pm . Partner needs to be back at work plus she has appointments. Flight cancelled anD rescheduled 4 hrs later ( arrive 11.35)
    Now cancelled and rescheduled to Wednesday . In two days time ! What a shitshow. Thanks Virgin


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  92. Waiting waiting at Sydney for flight to Brisbane. 6pm flight cancelled, bumped to 8pm. Delayed. Then called for boarding. Waiting, waiting…. Then glass doors open, out comes the captain. I suggest he is going for a ciggy and a pint. Guy next to me says ‘I bet his hours are up for the day. ‘
    Bingo! Now waiting for replacement Captain to fly in.

    I expect I will be tasked with turning the Terminal lights out shortly so we can all get a good nights sleep here.


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  93. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

    If you drive south on Blackburn Road through Syndal, watch out for the red-light/speed camera at High Street Road southbound.

    The camera’s recently been updated and I see now that there’s a 40 km/h zone from before the intersection. Sail through at 60 km/h as you’re accustomed, and you may get your picture taken.

    I reckon the revenue shall rival the similar 40 km/h zone at Warragul Road in Holmesglen.


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  94. Mate had a brand new BMW 5 series, this year .After a month he ran it through a puddle, a bit of water but not that deep.
    Car stopped and wouldn’t start. Had to be taken to dealers on a tow truck. Dealer could not get it started.
    Ok you can have a new one he was told .When he said?6 to 9 months was the answer.
    Bugger that he said , how much on the insurance?$120K he was told.
    So he took the insurance money and bought a second hand one for $90K.
    So much for German engineering.


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  95. He is not allowed any visitors because of his status,’ she claimed, before adding, ‘he has been declared a national security risk.’

    For unexplained reasons, Ms Olshannikova is certain she’ll have to go the full non-parole period without seeing her husband, though she said Boikov is looking to fight his convictions.

    ‘He has instructed his barrister to file an appeal to the District Court, thank you very much for all your donations, thank you very much for all your support,’ she said, as she paced outside the station.

    A casual and uninformed reader might assume this was a story from South America, or maybe somewhere in the former Eastern Block.


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  96. Cassie of Sydney says: July 4, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Okay, okay, I’m beginning to think that the order to support that disgraceful Labor censure emanated from Scumbag himself….it certainly fits the pattern… … … but Stoker (and others) should have refused point blank to support that censure motion.

    +1


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  97. Matersays:

    July 4, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Happy NAIDOC week?
    Didn’t we just do that?

    You didn’t show enough enthusiasm.
    We’re doing it again.

    Oh, for fuck’s sake!
    One sigh during Welcome to Country and an eye-roll and a glance at my watch when they couldn’t get the gum leaves lit?
    And we get to do a whole week of it again?


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  98. So much for German engineering

    I mucked around fixing E36’s for a while. Every second one had a stuffed valve train. That’s not bad luck, that’s shit engineering.

    If you don’t think it applies to their WWII tanks, watch the Cairns tank museum’s workshop and restoration channel.


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  99. My son got caught twice in one day week? at the Holmesglen one when it was first installed.
    Dan needs all the money he can get.
    Why I cruise control as much as possible.


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  100. 145 APC’s? A bit of googling indicates that we only ever had 431 M113’s.

    So Albo had just given away roughly 33% of our entire APC compliment in this round of generosity alone….

    Yes but he’s keeping all the important military supplies.
    The nail polish, the high heeled shoes, and the videos of General David Morrison giving lectures on equality.


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  101. If you keep complaining, you’ll get to dance in a loin cloth mid winter!

    Phht.
    If you’re looking for punishment you might want to start with something I don’t already do.


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  102. People paying upwards of five grand for a dog?
    Interest rates will be climbing back past 15% to get this amount of cash out of the economy


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  103. Mate has a X Lab pup he bought for $50. Can find dogs around if you want, was even vaccinated on sale. The rest was on him though.


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  104. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupiditysays:
    July 4, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks Sal.

    I had earlier thought that Aussie Cossack had brought it on himself by deliberately disobeying a Court order. People don’t get to pick and choose what laws they obey.
    Ten months did seem excessive. Derryn Hinch, serial offender, never got more than 50 days. But of course unless one knows all the details it’s difficult to form a concluded view.
    And I still think that way about the offence per se.
    But to deny him visitors for 10 months as a “National Security Risk” is clearly totalitarianism which must be opposed.


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  105. Real Dealsays:

    July 4, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    May have accidentally reported Mater at 9.14pm. My mistake

    Deserved for making me repeat NAIDOC week.


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  106. If you’re looking for punishment you might want to start with something I don’t already do.

    It’ll be clap sticks and a didgeridoo this time, not “The lion sleeps tonight”.


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  107. Except, I haven’t heard many reports of Russian units being cut off and systematically pulverised into oblivion.

    Rick – That’s only because you are reading Russophile sources.
    They have been quite a few. Ten or fifteen BTG’s worth iirc. Maybe more, I haven’t been keeping close track for a few weeks.

    This has been a bloody war for both sides. I think the losses are roughly 1:1, although it’s almost impossible to tell because of the propaganda from both sides.

    The Russians have though found their mojo, which is WW2 level massed artillery on a narrow front. To do that they had to denude the rest of the frontline to concentrate on the SD zone. It works. The heat maps and mobile phone maps are fun: basically every free Russian is in the same place, except from a light defensive skin elsewhere.


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  108. Weren’t they just an ugly rebodied Merc?

    Yep; still had some Marc stamping under the bonnet.

    Went like shite off a shovel though. His, in the condition it was in and with the low mileage, would have been worth about $50k. And he took 10k …


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  109. rosie says: July 4, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Sweden doesn’t want any more semi swedes.

    In the middle of the linked article, Sweden’s Migration Minister drops this little nugget:

    …we don’t want want that type of workforce immigration affecting the Swedish labour market, because we received 200,000 people from Syria, and a huge bunch of them are now unemployed, and we need to get them into work.”

    He may be in for one helluva a shock if he’s of the belief that stopping foreigners from arriving in Sweden & finding employment will prompt the 200,000 Syrians to move into a job.


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  110. Looked at link Indolent put up at 6.21.

    Found the Twitter page of Ralene Gotze whose daughter, 23, Caitlin died after 2nd Pfizzer jab. Had to take it to remain at work. Mother was told cause of death would likely be ruled as Undetermined although told had an enlarged heart. Saw her Twitter post saying Clive Palmer had donated $100,000 to their legal fund to fight for justice.

    Well done Clive.

    “Two minutes of absolute truth from a doctor at the AMPS Medico-Legal Summit attended by Malcolm Roberts”.


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  111. I have a rescue dog- $250 from the local pound in 2015. That included desexing and shots. Best dog I’ve ever owned. He’s sitting beside me now.


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  112. It’ll be clap sticks and a didgeridoo this time, not “The lion sleeps tonight”.

    Add in a cowbell, panpipe and a lead singer and we have a full on popular music group.


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  113. It’ll be clap sticks and a didgeridoo this time, not “The lion sleeps tonight”.

    I’ve seen a Zulu choir doing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight..”


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  114. I think BMW have been responsible for a few engineering disasters. Was reading about the V10 they dropped into the M5 a while back and thanking God I didn’t own one. Sounds like marking the end of warranty period on the calendar is time well spent,


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  115. Rick – That’s only because you are reading Russophile sources.

    I have mainly read French sources, but not many. In a war of attrition, Russia is most likely to win. I’m not a fan of either side, but particularly not the Ukes, there’s a lot wrong there.

    My principal interest in this is watching our various idiot politicians throw our $ at it and degrade our already pathetic defence capability into the bargain. The APC gift is pure insanity. Australians should be outraged at this pure wank.

    Ideally at least one Australian Politician would be ended by a Uke negligent discharge or Russian artillery shell during this farce. Maybe more if we got really lucky!


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  116. A chick. The perfect appointment for an emasculated army.

    Does that mean that the days when a Regimental Sergeant Major was nine feet tall, spat flame from both nostrils, and could eat three lance – corporals, without salt, before breakfast, are gone?


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  117. Saw her Twitter post saying Clive Palmer had donated $100,000 to their legal fund to fight for justice.

    Well done Clive.

    People need to be compensated, and when the damage is all tallied up, those responsible punished.

    TGA, CHO’s, Politicians.


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  118. What’s wrong with Stoker?

    Hot air. No substance.

    I like her. Feisty and almost cute. Almost.
    Needs to lose the Dame Edna/Marine Payne glasses.


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  119. miltonfsays:

    July 4, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    PHON and UAP really need to merge

    Which won’t happen unless one of Fatso or Ginger dies.

    Correct. Pauline is good but experience has made her very untrusting and she has developed an ego.


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  120. Ok here’s a bbq stopper.
    Does the audience stand for Welcome To Countrys?
    Answer from my obs is no, they don’t- but I’d say yes, they should.
    It’s out and out a religious statement, what with the worship of the dead and indelible spiritual connection cited. So, stand up, as any Westerner does by tradition for a prayer, or singing an anthem- and the WtC has replaced the opening prayer.
    If the proud “auntie”- (and I can report that that infantile honorific has now invaded SW WA) or shanghai’d schoolkid finds it a bit intimidating, then so be it, they’re assuming quite a serious mantle. And would they think that an audience really takes it as given- generously, or as being ticked off, or a combo of the two- if they don’t have the hide to stand, instead fidgeting and surreptitiously swiping?


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  121. Well actually the Ukrainians were still defending the place this morning when I checked.
    Russia tends to overclaim. Usually they get there in the end though.
    The slow advance by the Russian Army implies serious losses though, you do realize that Dover? It’s a nearly WW1 western front campaign level: the Russians have artillery superiority but the Ukrainians do have a lot too, especially newly received long range tubes. In such an environment the losses are bad for both sides. It’s how it goes. The guy the Russians have found to general this campaign is doing the right thing, but he can’t emulate Brusilov because he can’t get the guys out of their tracks. It’s an infantry war and the BTG model is a panzerblitz war-of-manoeuvre one.

    The same was said re Mariupol even though what remained was contained and here its not even close. You can’t hide the speed with which Lisichansk and the westward areas fell to the RUS. It’s pretty much a clean up operation. Further, the UKR is outgunned 1:10 re ATY and their losses are probably in that order too. If it was 1:1 RUS wouldn’t be advancing now in a broadline westward towards Siversk and Bakhmut right now. Lastly, BTGs have plenty of ATY, and their mechanized, so they’re no different to CAV, and once you get out of the fortified areas, you can switch from positional to manoeuvre, because at some stage of attrition, their forces are going to lack ATY cover and they’re going to be vulnerable to exploitation.


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  122. Parallel to my thoughts on copping a haka.
    Australians, or whoever, are obliged to sit, or stand, and watch, and not question, and not step over the imaginary line, and not applaud. And not laugh, or haka back, which would be par for the course in everyday sports sledging. It’s steamrollered normal manners and customs.
    Welcome To Country has slipped in unopposed to Australian civil life, and a large part of anglostralian contrition has been letting it be because politeness.


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  123. Wally Dalísays:
    July 4, 2022 at 11:07 pm
    …bit quiet here.
    Is everyone waiting for the Tuesday Thread to open?

    It got a bit ‘tasty’ during the day so you have missed out on a bit of ‘fun’. There is always tomorrow. Errrrrrrrrrrr. I mean later on today………………………….


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  124. Just landed in Brisbane, not bad for a planned 6pm flight out of Sydney. But hey that doesn’t stop the V airline giving us a NAIDOC lecture on landing. FFS , a man has his limits!!

    SERENITY NOW!


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  125. Fair Shakesays:
    July 4, 2022 at 9:15 pm
    Waiting waiting at Sydney for flight to Brisbane. 6pm flight cancelled, bumped to 8pm. Delayed. Then called for boarding. Waiting, waiting…. Then glass doors open, out comes the captain. I suggest he is going for a ciggy and a pint. Guy next to me says ‘I bet his hours are up for the day. ‘
    Bingo! Now waiting for replacement Captain to fly in.

    I expect I will be tasked with turning the Terminal lights out shortly so we can all get a good nights sleep here.

    Must be due to all of that ‘far king’ rain again. Can’t be due to the Airlines or the Airport now can it. No, No, No, No, YES!


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  126. Fair Shakesays:
    July 5, 2022 at 12:31 am
    Just landed in Brisbane, not bad for a planned 6pm flight out of Sydney. But hey that doesn’t stop the V airline giving us a NAIDOC lecture on landing. FFS , a man has his limits!!

    SERENITY NOW!

    Well done! You got there the next day!


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  127. Gaborsays:
    July 4, 2022 at 9:07 pm
    Winston Smith says:
    July 4, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    ZK2A:

    Paying tribute to Ukraine’s “bravery and determination” in resisting the Russian invasion, the Prime Minister said Australia would provide an additional 20 Bushmaster protected vehicles and a further 145 armoured personnel carriers to support the country’s war effort.

    We have 145 armoured personnel carriers?
    Do we have any left, you know, for Australia?

    Took the words out… thought the same.

    They need to be converted to left hand drive first. By the time that’s done, the ‘Police Action’ may well be over.


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  128. the Prime Minister said Australia would provide an additional 20 Bushmaster protected vehicles

    Anyone who watches Twitter videos is acutely aware of the fate of the first batch.

    Well, of those that (post-fire/explosion) were in large enough pieces to be recognisable as a Bushmaster.


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  129. Seems ATAGI will make a decision on 4th dose eligibility on Wednesday.

    Online papers have plenty or articles about the experts views and seems they want bigger take up of boosters. Comments reflect that people have had enough.

    If you are a subscriber make sure you comment and like accordingly as they are itching to go to the next jab.

    Otherwise might have to spend some more time protesting.


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  130. “Here’s a fucking news flash.”

    Here’s another one:
    I make choices for me – not you, not anyone else.
    Those arseholes pushed me to the point I felt I didn’t have a choice.
    I didn’t have a 16ft boat to sell.
    I don’t live where plod looked the other way.
    I held out as long as I could.

    So fuck you, you whinging prick – let’s see how you go if you end up in a similar position (I hope you don’t – I hope no-one does)
    I did what I had to do.
    I didn’t like it.
    I thought it was risky.
    But I did it anyway – not for me, not so I could go on a holiday, but to keep the ones I care about alive and safe and well looked after.
    You and no-one else’s “position” came into it. And why would it? Those I care about come first, and if that puts you in bad position, too fucking bad for you – deal with it.


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  131. Im firmly of the opinion that agriculture was incredibly hard to work out and have trouble thinking of an area of the world where they had enough surplus to work out putting foodstuffs (grain) back in the ground for next year, at a certain time, was a good idea.

    Youd think the bloke was a loon.
    Everyone knows it is odin/earthmother/human sacrifice etc that makes the seasons change

    Well, it probably took thousands of years, and was due to a few mavericks. Still, I wonder how the species ever made it out of living in caves, as I am confronted daily by what can only be a mental asylum at work, and Camille Paglia was close to the truth to opine that “if women ran the world we would still be living in grass huts”.


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