1,483 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tues 2 Aug 2022”

  1. Perhaps I am being unfair, but my image of anyone who joins the Liberals when they are young is of an effete little sycophant (lapdog) looking for arse to kiss so they can rise to mediocrity.

    And they – thoroughly indoctrinated in progressive dogmas – constitute a goodly part of the “talent pool” the Liberal Party of Australia will draw upon for future candidates.


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  2. How very Rousseau…if anything European colonisation helped protect Aboriginal women.

    It’s an inconvenient that there were those Aboriginal women who preferred European men as partners – they were generally treated much better….


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  3. dover0beachsays:
    August 5, 2022 at 12:03 pm
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    hank you, P. There was no way I could get to Tom’s tunes on the previous page this morning.

    JMH, what was the last comment you could see on page 4 and when were you looking for them and not finding them?

    Dover, Arky at 12.15 am. This freezing started about four or five days ago. I found a workaround which failed this morning. When I used the workaround – either hitting “home” or “about” and then going to the comments r/h/s – about 5 of Tom’s came up but none of them took me to the cartoons on page 4. Came straight in just now and also, user name and email plus the ‘save my name’ tick on the comment window are now present..


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  4. shatterzzz says:
    August 5, 2022 at 3:34 pm
    tho I am surprised that owing the ATO money can be absolved thru bankruptcy .. I thought that once you owe the tax man you owe until it’s paid regardless ……

    I believe ‘it depends’. Income tax debts greater than 3 years old are extinguished but not those newer. However, if the ATO has obtained a judgement in the courts (even for older tax debt), I don’t think that is extinguished. Child support and HECS debts are not extinguished nor are court imposed fines.


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  5. The Point of No Return

    By Thomas Sowell

    This is an election year. But the issues this year are not about Democrats and Republicans. The big issue is whether this nation has degenerated to a point of no return — a point where we risk destroying ourselves, before our enemies can destroy us.

    If there is one moment that symbolized our degeneration, it was when an enraged mob gathered in front of the Supreme Court and a leader of the United States Senate shouted threats against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, saying “You won’t know what hit you!”

    There have always been irresponsible demagogues. But there was once a time when anyone who shouted threats to a Supreme Court Justice would see the end of his own political career, and could not show his face in decent society again.

    You either believe in laws or you believe in mob rule. It doesn’t matter whether you agree with the law or agree with the mob on some particular issue. If threats of violence against judges — and publishing where a judge’s children go to school — is the way to settle issues, then there is not much point in having elections or laws.

    There is also not much point in expecting to have freedom. Threats and violence were the way the Nazis came to power in Germany. Freedom is not free. If you can’t be bothered to vote against storm-trooper tactics — regardless of who engages in them, or over what issue — then you can forfeit your freedom.

    Claiming that it was nearly impossible to amend the Constitution, Progressives advocated that judges “interpret” the Constitutional limits out of the way.

    This was just the first in a long series of sophistries.

    In reality, the Constitution was amended 4 times in 8 years — from 1913 through 1920 — during the heyday of the Progressive era.

    When the people wanted the Constitution amended, it was amended. When the elites wanted the Constitution amended, but the people did not, that is called democracy.

    Voters need to find out who is for or against mob rule, whether they are Democrats or Republicans. We are not going to be a free or decent society otherwise.


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  6. dover0beachsays:
    August 5, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    JMH, was it like shatterzzz indicated:

    Nothing between 12.15am and the Rowe cartoon (top of page) for me this morning?

    Let me know.

    Sorry for the late replies, Dover. R/L. Yes. It was.


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  7. Rogersays:
    August 5, 2022 at 3:44 pm
    Perhaps I am being unfair, but my image of anyone who joins the Liberals when they are young is of an effete little sycophant (lapdog) looking for arse to kiss so they can rise to mediocrity

    In early 60s was looking at joining the Liberal Party, but it was only because they had great functions and they were the best place to meet Good Looking Girls


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  8. I thought there is < 100 people with the pox?

    10 News First

    @10NewsFirst
    #Breaking: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Health Minister Mark Butler have confirmed Australia has secured 450,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine by Bavarian Nordic.

    The first delivery of about 22,000 doses will arrive in the country later this week. #auspol #monkeypox


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  9. Bankruptcy law applies to all debts once bankruptcy is declared , either by debtors petition or creditors petition.

    The trustee gets paid, secured creditors next, unsecured (including ATO) get anything left.

    Usually no one gets much. Except the trustee.


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  10. Lady twerking in Chicago on a police car vs naked bloke on a taxi in the Alice.

    Hmmm.

    I do know in our trip to the USA coming up I will be prepared due to my “training courses” in the NT.

    (Tell a lie. In previous trips to the US it was noticeable how orderly it was. The meeja love to put alarmist isolated stuff on the teev.)


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  11. The Palestinian student who got murdered by an Aboriginal man in Reservoir got quite a bit of coverage.
    ‘Reclaim the night’ murders.

    He was the original “aspiring rapper,” from memory.


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  12. shatterzzz

    tho I am surprised that owing the ATO money can be absolved thru bankruptcy .. I thought that once you owe the tax man you owe until it’s paid regardless ……

    Senator Thorpe might receive bigger tax bill this year than she expected. The mills of the ATO may grind slow, but they do grind woe.


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  13. Aspiring Rapper

    North American euphemism for a member of the urban criminal class. This unusual occupation is usually mentioned in conjunction with the subject either being slain or being taken into custody for a violent or property-related crime. A relative of the subject usually points out that the subjects demise or incarceration comes at an extremely inopportune moment, ocurring just as they subject was “turning they(sic) life around.


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  14. Tell a lie. In previous trips to the US it was noticeable how orderly it was. The meeja love to put alarmist isolated stuff on the teev.

    Going out at night in the USA is pretty safe, going out at night in the UK is genuinely dangerous.


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  15. I thought there is < 100 people with the pox? .

    Yep, and they’re all gay men. Why do we need 450,000 doses? AusGov panicking again and doing crazy shit.


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  16. Senator Thorpe might receive bigger tax bill this year than she expected

    It will all be a white, racist, plot to bring her down…


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  17. The NSW LNP is fucked. Kean will beat Elliot and keep the deputy and treasurer’s job and will become opposition leader when the LNP is reduced to about 10 in next March’s election.

    Nothing will be learnt from WA, SA victoristan and soon NSW. They are beyond redemption and must be regarded as merely a faction of the alp/filth.


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  18. Going out at night in the USA is pretty safe, going out at night in the UK is genuinely dangerous.

    Going out in Victoria, anywhere, at anytime, had it’s perils, not all that long ago.

    The ‘Brown Shirts in Blue’ were at the top of their game.


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  19. Yep, and they’re all gay men. Why do we need 450,000 doses? AusGov panicking again and doing crazy shit.

    what there’s nearly half a million fags?!?!? I call BS


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  20. Some titles for the jaded. In the 1950s and 1960s there were some great magazines for red blooded men. Mans Peril was one of them and below is a sample of the outstanding articles to be found in just one edition:

    Nympho Queens Who Rule the Mafia
    Bizarre Sex Kicks of Jet-Set He Men
    Kill Crazy Captain of Company C
    Man Eating Cougars Wanted Our Flesh!
    I Battled the Blood Hungry Hell Cultists



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  21. Eddie Bett’s story relates to a pre-season training camp run by the Adelaide Crows.

    Players were subjected a “mind bending” exercise to reveal their secrets and history = supposedly in confidence – to focus on toughness and single mindedness for the coming season.

    Confidences were betrayed in open session to all and sundry. Betts and some other aboriginal players felt they had betrayed family and clan.

    Other players (non-aboriginal) were put through the same wringer and were pissed off by it. Josh Jenkins has now gone public about it..

    A fuck up by someone in charge at Adelaide (probably the coach got sucked in) and the AFL tried to ignore it and probably instructed the AFL Players Assn to do likewise.

    Not sure if it was the same camp where they did the fire walking and burnt players feet.


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  22. Nothing will be learnt from WA, SA victoristan and soon NSW

    We are hurtling towards a socialist kleptocracy and there’s nothing out there to stop it, at least politically. It will pretend to be something else while there’s benefit in pretending. Soon there will be no need at all.

    The LNP snakes have read the writing on the wall and it offers nothing for them unless they roll over and play at being “opposition”. The money and power will still be available, just not the principles which have long since fled and simply don’t matter any more.

    I realised that when I was told I didn’t matter. And I don’t. “The Base” is meaningless.

    Mammon is king.


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  23. The car begins to drive off and the man then sits on the roof with his legs dangling over the windscreen, holding his penis again.

    If it wasn’t for the risk of being charged by police, my guess is that the second foot onto the bonnet would have resulted in a planted foot and penis holder exiting over the rear of the vehicle for some well earned gravel rash.


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  24. Barking Toadsays:
    August 5, 2022 at 4:41 pm
    Eddie Bett’s story relates to a pre-season training camp run by the Adelaide Crows.

    And, commendably, Betts has said publicly that it wasn’t just the Aboriginal players, it was all players.
    Unfortunate news for the grievance industry that a high profile indigenous person isn’t going to make every incident a racially divisive one.


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  25. Pedro, I am an Army brat so maybe old knowledge.

    Accommodation wouldn’t be an issue she would get a married quarter these days. Also non field force postings.


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  26. The NSW LNP is fucked.

    Theu AGM, at which the membership base will attempt to wrest control from the factions, is tomorrow.

    That’s their last chance.


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  27. Well, Cassie, it’s like this…

    If a boyfriend, or even a friend, told me I didn’t matter to them and then tried to wheedle their way back into my good graces because they thought I had no other alternative, what do you think I’d do?

    These jerks think I’m desperate. I’m not. And neither is a great proportion of The Base. Sure, there will be some needy rusted-ons, but they are ever diminishing.

    Abusive relationships have to be walked away from. And, unlike Lot’s wife, you never turn back.

    Conservatives aren’t like Labor’s True Believers. Principles matter.


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  28. Curious as to how the Army would accomodate a single mum and a bub.

    If she was screaming ‘compo’ every five minutes, and potentially living in the bongo barracks – or if a baby was in the picture, as RD says, perhaps an unused married quarter.

    Jacquie ‘Shagger’s Back’ Lambie would have had a couple of options.


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  29. Thanks OldOzzie @ August 5, 2022 at 3:53 pm

    Sowell is always worth listening to.

    The man really has a gift – or rather, we as an audience have a gift that we can hear and reflect on what he says, and the question is whether people have the intelligence to hear what he says.


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  30. Yep, and they’re all gay men. Why do we need 450,000 doses? AusGov panicking again and doing crazy shit

    In preparation for Sydney worldpride 2023.

    Although the traditional Pride month in the northern hemisphere is June, Sydney WorldPride 2023 will be staged Friday 17 February – Sunday 5 March 2023 which is the traditional timing of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and of course, in the heart of the Australian summer!

    Not only does Sydney WorldPride represent the first time the event will be staged in the southern hemisphere, but the 2023 festival coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first Australian Gay Pride Week, the 45th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the fifth anniversary of Marriage Equality in Australia.


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  31. Julie Kelly ??
    @julie_kelly2
    Yellowstone Season 11
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    Liz Cheney
    @Liz_Cheney
    · 12h
    “In our nation’s 246 year history there has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our Republic than Donald Trump.” Dick Cheney

    It’s instructive that the Dems are shoulder to shoulder now with Dick Cheney. You can barely tell them apart.


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  32. Politics isn’t a matter of conviction any longer. Our politicians have degenerated into the type I saw back in the 80’s in PNG. Nothing and no one stands in the way of a quick buck and a grab at power and influence.

    A nice little earner with a chance to suction up some more dosh by way of committees and advisories and any other scheme they can get their filthy mitts on. And a heads up on developments and changes to legislation – the ultimate in insider trading.

    They don’t even need to be smart any more. How else to explain why a rabid bankrupt non-entity like Thorpe can wield power and ram our traditions, traditions that she has benefited from, back in our faces? Or Hanson Young, or Jackie Jackie? They are worse than useless, they are malignant Jezebels.

    And the men are no better. Oily, supine, mendacious, lazy, opportunistic. They disgust me.


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  33. err, WTF – it took Jackie Jacqui 22 weeks to realise she was up the duff?

    Thank you Squire, I was wondering myself.

    Mark you, this is someone who transferred to the Elephant Trackers (Military Police) because she wanted to join the Federal Police after discharge, so she became a traffic controller – wearing the reflective gauntlets, and making sure all the trucks in the convoy went the same way…..


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  34. Zipstersays:
    August 5, 2022 at 4:36 pm
    Yep, and they’re all gay men. Why do we need 450,000 doses? AusGov panicking again and doing crazy shit.

    what there’s nearly half a million fags?!?!? I call BS

    I reckon there’d be close to 100,000 in Canberra. Half of them. their wives wouldn’t know. How does Head Homo keep getting elected.


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  35. shatterzzzsays:
    August 5, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Not sure what goes on here. An acquaintance of mine, dependant on an Aged Pension, has a considerable debt to the ATO coming via the CSA which we know is part of the aforementioned body. The offspring for which the debt was accrued is now over 30 years of age and the principle of the debt, and more, has been long paid. The guy’s magnanimous pension is deducted fortnightly to recover “interest payments” apparently now in the tens of thousands of dollars. His fortnightly deductions have just been increased. Is this where we want to be?


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  36. “Although the traditional Pride month in the northern hemisphere is June, Sydney WorldPride 2023 will be staged Friday 17 February – Sunday 5 March 2023 which is the traditional timing of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and of course, in the heart of the Australian summer!”

    Perfect conditions for “Schlong Covid”.


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  37. Biloela family granted permanent visas
    Noah Yim

    Immigration and Citizenship Minister Andrew Giles has issued the Nadesalingam family – the Biloela family – with permanent visas.

    “Following careful consideration of all relevant matters and options before me, I exercised my power … to intervene in the case of the Nadesalingam family,” Mr Giles said in a media release.

    “This government made a commitment before the election that if elected we would allow the family to return to Biloela and resolve the family’s immigration status. Today, the government has delivered on that promise.

    “This decision follows careful consideration of the Nadesalingam family’s complex and specific circumstances.”

    This comes after acting Home Affairs Minister Jim Chalmers issued the family with bridging visas in the first week under the Albanese government.

    The Tamil family made national headlines when they were taken to immigration detention in 2018 under the former Coalition government after their bridging visas expired.

    The family said they would face persecution if deported to Sri Lanka, but were found not to meet refugee requirements.



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  38. callisays:
    August 5, 2022 at 5:09 pm
    Interesting to see a push to remove Kean from the Deputy job in NSW. I doubt it will happen but even if it does, I suspect it’s too little, too late. KANAVAN FOR PM.


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  39. From the ACT local mayor…..

    Chief Minister Andrew Barr has called for the public commentary around monkeypox to be measured and respectful, saying it’s not just a gay man’s disease, it can affect anyone.

    Fair chance if you’re not into the sport of punching the mud button you should be OK though.


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  40. “I immediately picked up my dog’s balls and grabbed his collar and hightailed it. I was petrified,” she said.

    Lucky her dog didn’t bite her.

    Reminds me of the joke. Paddy and Mick are going home after getting plastered at the local pub. Mick looks at a dog in the gutter licking his balls. Mick says to Paddy “I wish I could do that”. “I think I’d pat him first” replies Paddy.


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  41. Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
    August 5, 2022 at 5:36 pm
    Clear message here for the smugglers handbook handed out to passengers. When you get there, fornicate, fornicate fornicate, Just get someone up the duff,


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  42. Renewed Driver’s Licence for 5 years this arvo. $192 for 5 years. Must say the operation was swift. 3 minutes max, “touch here with credit card sir” and seeya later. Now I know what sheep feel like in the shearing shed. I feel shorn.


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  43. It’s Friday. Lot’s wife, Jezebel…next it will be the ghastly Ahab.

    If only they could all go mad and start eating the PH grass roof (Nebuchadnezzar).

    I’m going all Biblical! 😀


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  44. Clear message here for the smugglers handbook handed out to passengers. When you get there, fornicate, fornicate fornicate, Just get someone up the duff,

    From memory, this couple were advised that having children would not allow them to stay in Australia.


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  45. Zyconoclastsays:
    August 5, 2022 at 3:50 pm

    Ted Cruz again, this time with the State Department Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer.

    Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley – always impressive to see a South Australian do well.

    Cruz is a bulldog. He is relentless. And he he goes for the throat.

    But as for Abercrombie-Winstanley: I wonder what would happen if a white male was made an officer for Diversity and Inclusion? The objections would be that a person already with access to all the supposed special rights cannot understand the gripes of the wounded. It could easily be argued that he understands them better because he actually exercises them.

    Instead it must go to the aggrieved, who see these rights from the outside. Who must surmise what these special rights are.

    And from what we see these imagined ‘rights’ are quite ridiculous. It is the flights of fancy as to what someone can do, overlaid with someone else can do, and the gap between them is called injustice.

    Look at ‘Da Pay Gapp’. Someone thinking about all the stuff they could do with the money that some guy makes, superimposed on the reality of what they actually do, and the difference is prejudice or injustice or whatever.

    And all based on reward, and no consideration of responsibility – of the 80 hours weeks, of the bearing of failure, of the risks taken. Of the ulcers, of the broken marriages and so on. All invisible from their point of view.

    Point is that they think only the angry self-ascribed outsider can do this, not a person who has lived it.


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  46. Eyriesays:
    August 5, 2022 at 5:47 pm
    Great line in The Magnificent Seven from Eli Wallach’s bandit character: “If God didn’t want them shorn, he wouldn’t have made them sheep”. You there Wolfman at the movies?


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  47. Reminds me of the joke. Paddy and Mick are going home after getting plastered at the local pub. Mick looks at a dog in the gutter licking his balls. Mick says to Paddy “I wish I could do that”. “I think I’d pat him first” replies Paddy.

    Or……….

    “I bet you can’t do that!”

    “Hold the dog.”


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  48. One-legged dementia sufferer, 93, died after Sussex police tasered him in care home
    Emma Yeomans
    Friday August 05 2022, 12.01am BST, The Times
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    A 93-year-old dementia sufferer with one leg died after police officers pepper-sprayed and shot him with a Taser inside his care home.

    Police were called to the home in St Leonards-on-Sea in East Sussex after reports that an elderly man in a wheelchair was threatening staff with a knife.

    When two officers arrived, they found Donald Burgess, a resident who suffered from advanced dementia, holding a knife.

    After speaking to him briefly, one of the officers pepper-sprayed him and then used his baton while the second officer tasered him.

    After being disarmed, Burgess was handcuffed and taken to hospital on June 21. He died after three weeks in hospital, although the exact cause of death has not been established.

    Sussex police voluntarily referred themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) over excessive use of force by the officers, both of whom are constables.

    The two have been told that they are under criminal investigation for manslaughter. They have also been handed gross misconduct notices.

    The IOPC said that initial steps carried out in the investigation included taking witness statements and reviewing the officers’ body-worn video footage. Graham Beesley, IOPC regional director, said: “I want to express my sympathies to the man’s relatives and those who knew him. We have advised his next-of-kin of our independent investigation and explained the steps we will be taking.

    “This will include investigating whether the force used by the two officers against this male was reasonable, necessary and proportionate.”

    Tanya Jones, assistant chief constable of Sussex police, said: “We want to express our sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Burgess.

    “We are providing every assistance to the IOPC to allow for a thorough investigation and for the family to receive the answers they need.”

    There have been concerns over police use of Tasers following other incidents in which people died after one was used against them.



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  49. tyrant big mad

    China fires missiles ‘over mainland Taiwan’ in serious escalation of military threats
    Claims came from Japan’s Defence Ministry, and would mark the first time Beijing has sent missiles across the island



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  50. The fact that the press have been unable to find that heterosexual monkeypox “survivor” to make into the face of the disease tells you pretty much all you need to know.


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  51. Paddy asks Mick why do you have a large bandage on each of your ears.
    Mick says I was doing the ironing and the phone rang. I accidentally put the iron to my ear.
    Paddy asks what happened to your other ear?
    Mick says I had to call the ambulance. ..


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  52. The security video shot in Alice Springs shows the man wearing only casual shoes,

    Standards slip rapidly once you leave the metropolitan area. I would have thought a leather loafer would have been appropriate.


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  53. Mick says I had to call the ambulance. ..

    True story.

    The Government of Eire was advised that, to be qualify for entry into the EEC, they would have to appoint a Commissioner of Equal Opportunity, to investigate claims of sexual discrimination.

    The position was duly advertised – with separate pay-scales – for men and women…


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  54. Barking Toadsays:
    August 5, 2022 at 5:58 pm
    The Irishman was asleep in the gutter (no offence, I identify as both Irish and porcine) with a pig when a rather prurient woman was walking by. She said “You can tell the one who boozes by the company he chooses and with that the pig got up and walked away”.


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  55. Labor a bit touchy about being seen as weak on border control:

    An Australian Border force ship, which intercepted a people smugglers’ boat carrying 46 Sri Lankans, has docked in Colombo port in what is believed to be the first Australian deportation by sea of Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

    Sri Lankan naval authorities confirmed the ABF Ocean Shield arrived in Sri Lankan waters outside the high security port in the Sri Lankan capital about 9am Friday morning (local time) and offloaded the Sri Lankan returnees.

    But Sri Lankan navy operations director Prasanna Mahawithana told The Australian authorities there had been expecting the Ocean Shield, having been made aware of the interception by the ABF and would process the returnees, who were likely to be charged with immigration offences and face court in the capital.


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  56. Zipstersays:
    August 5, 2022 at 5:05 pm
    Tucker Carlson shreds Soros-backed prosecutors #shorts

    The fact that soros still has a heartbeat says all you need to know about the world. That and the fact the sheeple vote for these POSs.


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  57. Great line in The Magnificent Seven from Eli Wallach’s bandit character: “If God didn’t want them shorn, he wouldn’t have made them sheep”.

    Hearkens back to line by the Empower Tiberius in reference to taxation

    ‘It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them.’



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  58. Dover

    WorldPride just as Lent begins. How instructive.

    Bit of irony here. I interpret this as meaning there will be more people abstaining from meat during Lent, given that these trendy crowds are very closely cross fertilised.


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  59. Just booked my first interstate trip since..er.. 2019.
    Apart from having to put shoes, trousers & a coat on, is there anything else a bloke should know about Sydney? (i.e. mask or vaccination rules)


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  60. Calli:

    Why do we need 450,000 doses?

    Who got the Spotter’s Fee?

    I’d put good money on the bulk of them being similar to the Soviet ‘Plan’ product.
    Antibiotics made in excess of planned and budgeted production. Bonuses all round for fulfilling quota. The bottles and vials probably contained little more than distilled water.


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  61. Barking Toad says: August 5, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Clean underpants – in case you’re in an accident. Ask ya mum.

    You’re advising two layers of clothing?

    Thanks for the heads up. A bloke forgets just how cold it gets down south, need two layers of clothes… crikey!


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  62. Just booked my first interstate trip since..er.. 2019.
    Apart from having to put shoes, trousers & a coat on, is there anything else a bloke should know about Sydney?

    Best avoided Friday 17 February – Sunday 5 March 2023.


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  63. China fires missiles ‘over mainland Taiwan’ in serious escalation of military threats
    Claims came from Japan’s Defence Ministry, and would mark the first time Beijing has sent missiles across the island

    I have a vague memory of someone being able to create an EMP without nuclear weapons – something to do with explosively crushing different types of metal together.
    If China is sending non nuclear weapons over Taiwan, could they be trying for a sucker punch of Taiwans defences, despite them being already hardened against the electromagnetic pulse?


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  64. Roger says: August 5, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    …is there anything else a bloke should know about Sydney?

    Best avoided Friday 17 February – Sunday 5 March 2023.

    Er.. yeah.
    That’s Seven months away. Trip is next week. I should be outta town on time.

    Is Mike Baird-time’s & the Stupid effing Liberal party’s business-killing pseudo-prohibition & early lockdown still in effect?


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  65. Eyriesays: August 5, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Wonder how long they’ll be calling Biloela home before the “big smoke” beckons? ..
    They’ll be in Brissy or Sydney within a month.

    They’re Sri Lankan.
    Melbourne will be their concrete jungle of choice.


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  66. calli says:
    August 5, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    Politics isn’t a matter of conviction any longer. Our politicians have degenerated into the type I saw back in the 80’s in PNG. Nothing and no one stands in the way of a quick buck and a grab at power and influence.

    A nice little earner with a chance to suction up some more dosh by way of committees and advisories and any other scheme they can get their filthy mitts on. And a heads up on developments and changes to legislation – the ultimate in insider trading.

    They don’t even need to be smart any more. How else to explain why a rabid bankrupt non-entity like Thorpe can wield power and ram our traditions, traditions that she has benefited from, back in our faces? Or Hanson Young, or Jackie Jackie? They are worse than useless, they are malignant Jezebels.

    And the men are no better. Oily, supine, mendacious, lazy, opportunistic. They disgust me.

    I’ll add to that outstanding passage.

    The rot includes the hangers on in the private sphere. The already wealthy who hover like so many flies around a cow pat, getting the inside running and/or influence on decisions etc etc.

    From what I’ve seen this parasitic swarm is also worse than ever, thanks mainly to the climate scam.


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  67. Sal, wear a skin tight powder blue suit and brown shoes with no socks. Man bun optional.

    You don’t want to stand out from the normies in Sydney.


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  68. Patrick Kellysays:
    August 5, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    That’s atrocious! .. as a, long time, OAP I’ve always thought the OAP untouchable by garnishee! .. bloody thing is low enuf to try and make ends meet without gummint bodies being able to access it .. FFS!


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  69. Pedro the Loafer says: August 5, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Sal, wear a skin tight powder blue suit and brown shoes with no socks. Man bun optional.
    You don’t want to stand out from the normies in Sydney.

    Pedro, you give wise advice.
    I’ll write that one down, lest I misremember it on the day.

    With your guidance I may surpass my previous high in Sydney, when the nature of my attire led a trio of security guards to assume I was a supporter of Nick Xenophon who’d strayed from a nearby Xenophon street demonstration.


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  70. That’s atrocious! .. as a, long time, OAP I’ve always thought the OAP untouchable by garnishee!

    Once the payment hits your account it is no longer considered inalienable.


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  71. Unheard: What happened to Jordan Peterson

    This bloke does not get how implacable the radical left is.
    He still thinks they can be reasoned with, or there’s some middle ground to be found.

    Doesn’t like that JP dug in over the Twatter ban and has hardened his overall approach.
    He’s a sanctimonious fool who is more than ready to run up a white flag.

    He’s the reason the left win.


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  72. They’re Sri Lankan.
    Melbourne will be their concrete jungle of choice.

    Harris Park, next station to Parramatta, is a Sri Lankan enclave, as well ! ..


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  73. 5:46PM Friday, August 5th, 2022

    Daily Telegraph

    PM Anthony Albanese on the Indigenous Voice to parliament referendum

    Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has revealed exclusive details on his Voice to parliament plan – including the structure and if it will include reparations to Indigenous Australians.
    Douglas Smithr
    @smith_dougy
    4 min read
    August 5, 2022 – 6:08PM
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    dailytelegraph.com.au08:50
    Albanese delivers promise for Indigenous Voice

    A Voice to parliament would be an advisory body only and would not involve reparations to Indigenous Australians, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

    In an exclusive interview with The Advertiser’s Indigenous Affairs reporter Douglas Smith, the Prime Minister said he believed Australians were generous enough to support a referendum to enshrine the body in the constitution.

    He said he sees the Voice as the first step in fulfilling the three steps of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

    The second step is a Makarrata Commission for truth telling and then Treaty, which would be an agreement between the government and Indigenous people.

    Mr Albanese said the Voice was the first step in recognising Indigenous Australians in the “nation’s birth certificate” and without it the country was “diminished by not recognising our history”.

    IS AUSTRALIA READY FOR AN INDIGENOUS VOICE TO PARLIAMENT?
    YES
    22 %
    NO
    78 %
    1231 votes

    “We should be proud that we have the oldest continuous civilisation,” he added.

    When asked about when detail of how the Voice would work would emerge, Mr Albanese said the parliament would devise legislation to underpin it.

    “It not seeking something that is above parliament,” he said.

    “It is something that is subservient to the parliament.

    “It will be just an advisory group.

    “The parliament remains sovereign.”

    It would not be a third chamber, he said, and would instead consult First Nations people.

    “People should be consulted on matters that affect them, that’s just good manners,” he said.

    Mr Albanese revealed he had already spoken to the AFL, NRL and Netball Australia as he builds a coalition to support a Voice.

    When asked about calls for reparations for Indigenous Australians, Mr Albanese said there would be none.

    “No, that’s not something that is part of the proposal,” he said.

    No reparations – dream on Albo. Oh, and the oldest continuous civilization is NOT the Aborigine.


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  74. Barking Toad at 4:41.
    No, the fire-walking debacle at the Adelaide Crows was years before.
    But, yes, these “challenge camps” have been all the go in professional sport for a while, with a scaled back version being used in the corporate world.
    Usually run by dubious snake-oil salesmen using simplistic homespun psychology.
    I reckon this type of thing is now dead in the sporting world, and probably corporate as well.


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  75. “132andBushsays:
    August 5, 2022 at 7:46 pm”

    He’s a sanctimonious fool who is more than ready to run up a white flag.

    He’s the reason the left win.

    Yep, David Fuller is a progressive lightweight. I’ve never liked him.


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  76. One law for plod another for ordinary folk .. Someone should have been charged with manslaughter .. immediately .. not being investigated .. how on earth could, so called, TRAINED plod feel threatened into using weapons .. I know he had a knife but one leg, wheelchair bound & dementia .. given 3 minutes he’s of probably fallen asleep .. FFS!

    A 93-year-old dementia sufferer with one leg died after police officers pepper-sprayed and shot him with a Taser inside his care home.
    Tanya Jones, assistant chief constable of Sussex police, said: “We want to express our sympathies to the family and friends of Mr Burgess.
    “We are providing every assistance to the IOPC to allow for a thorough investigation and for the family to receive the answers they need.”



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  77. Yep, David Fuller is a progressive lightweight. I’ve never liked him.

    Never heard of him, but the collarless shirt aroused my suspicions immediately.

    Go on…call me superficial!


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  78. JCsays:
    August 5, 2022 at 7:52 pm
    The blog is so rooted with tech problems.

    I wonder what the problems is?

    Again iMac – macOS Monterey ver 12.5 Chrome/Firefox Adblock with and without VPN, Safari mo AdBlock all working with no problems whatsover


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  79. 20 Percent Of The USAF’s B-2 Force Is Deployed ‘Down Under’

    The B-2 deployment to Australia comes as the USAF ramps up its presence in the Indo-Pacific region amid growing tensions with China.

    Recent imagery obtained by The War Zone from Planet Labs shows four USAF B-2 Spirit stealth bombers lined up at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Amberley airbase in Queensland. Considering the USAF currently only operates 20 B-2 bombers, the photo provides an unprecedented glimpse from space of one-fifth of the service’s entire B-2 fleet deployed ‘down under.’ That being said, it will likely become a very normal sight as the U.S. and Australia work more closely to deter China.

    The photo highlights the growing presence of USAF B-2s in Australia in recent months – signaling the U.S.’ commitment to maintaining stability within the Indo-Pacific amid growing tensions with China. The four B-2s currently stationed at Amberley were sent from the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to support a Pacific Air Forces Bomber Task Force. Two B-2s arrived at Amberley on July 10, while another two B-2s arrived on July 12. While B-2s have visited Australia before, this is the first deployment of B-2s to the country as part of the Bomber Task Force (BTF), according to Janes. USAF and RAAF flyers have focused on “training missions and strategic deterrence missions” since the four USAF B-2s arrived at Amberley as part of the Enhanced Cooperation Initiative under the Force Posture Agreement between the U.S. and Australia.

    The first pair of B-2s to arrive at Amberley will remain there “throughout the months of July and August and are planning to be involved in various Australian Defence Force (ADF) exercises such as Exercise ‘Koolendong’ and Exercise ‘Arnhem Thunder,’” an Australian Department of Defense spokesperson said. Exercise Koolendong 2022 wrapped up at the end of July.


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  80. Never heard of him, but the collarless shirt aroused my suspicions immediately.

    Go on…call me superficial!

    No.
    You’re very perceptive.


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  81. OldOzziesays:
    August 5, 2022 at 8:07 pm
    20 Percent Of The USAF’s B-2 Force Is Deployed ‘Down Under’

    Very depressing news, Tells me that they don’t have much.


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  82. That’s atrocious! .. as a, long time, OAP I’ve always thought the OAP untouchable by garnishee!
    Once the payment hits your account it is no longer considered inalienable.

    i thought a “garnishee” was against a specific source of income not your bank account ..
    shirley if it was used against a bank account all you’d do is empty the account and send any regular incoming monies elsewhere …… that’d be the “houso” way, anyway .. LOL!


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  83. Cronkite

    There’s a theory about Uncle George, which is pretty credible. In a recent recent interview , Uncle George was asked very clearly why he supported some of these wacky DA’s. His answer appeared to be totally incoherent strongly suggesting he had zero idea what was going on.

    He’s 91.

    The theory is that the money being distributed has a partial payback angle for the person or people responsible in the family office. They’re getting a cut. Sounds plausible.


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  84. 20 Percent Of The USAF’s B-2 Force Is Deployed ‘Down Under’
    Very depressing news, Tells me that they don’t have much.

    I read the 20% as part of the number stationed on Guam .. not the entire fleet …….


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  85. Holidaying with family in Sri Lanka before Christmas.
    I think they got a nice sum through go fund me and children need to meet their grandparents.


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  86. A Voice to parliament would be an advisory body only and would not involve reparations to Indigenous Australians, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

    Then why does the referendum wording give parliament the ability to determine the “powers” of the “voice”?
    Whether “powers” is intended to have its plain English meaning or its legal technical meaning (and tell me an activist Court wouldn’t choose the one which gives the “progressives” the most latitude), why does a pure “advisory” body need “powers”. If it said “such powers as are necessary for a purely advisory function” that mightn’t be an issue (though tell me an activist Court wouldn’t give that a wide operation), but why is it just open ended?


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  87. 20 Percent Of The USAF’s B-2 Force Is Deployed ‘Down Under’
    Very depressing news, Tells me that they don’t have much.
    I read the 20% as part of the number stationed on Guam .. not the entire fleet …….

    I read a different article to OLD OZZIES which wasn’t as detailed .. I stand corrected!
    tho surprised the USAAF would station that amount of a specific aircraft fleet on foreign soil


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  88. 20 Percent Of The USAF’s B-2 Force Is Deployed ‘Down Under’
    Very depressing news, Tells me that they don’t have much.

    They built 21 B-2’s. One was crashed on takeoff leaving 20. Knew a lady who worked on the wind tunnel when they were building it. Have a genuine Northrop model shop display model of one on the shelf above me .


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  89. Best avoided Friday 17 February – Sunday 5 March 2023.

    Er.. yeah.
    That’s Seven months away. Trip is next week. I should be outta town on time.

    ooops, sorry, should be specific : year 17 Feb 2022 to Sunday 5 Mar 2023.
    I reckon you will survive. Take an umbrella.


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  90. Holidaying with family in Sri Lanka before Christmas.
    I think they got a nice sum through go fund me and children need to meet their grandparents.

    Go Fund Me? .. didn’t they make a bundle out of compensation off the mug tax payers thru their various court trips .. the sort that the average, mug, Oz tax payer can’t afford .. FFS!


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  91. The four B-2s currently stationed at Amberley were sent from the 509th Bomb Wing

    The Hiroshima/Nagasaki attacks unit. I wonder if any of their aircraft is named Enola Gay or Bocks Car?


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  92. shatterzzz

    You deserve what you get in Harris Park but surely Wentworthville should have been immune, Alas not. Only five or six householders in my street would now be considered neighbours, Speakers of English are a rarity, Sad. The larger the influx the quicker the locals move out. We are empty nesters, so the following doesn’t matter to me but I will say that I wouldn’t be happy sending my, then, young boys to school with kids that were from a totally different culture and encouraged to speak a different language at home,


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  93. There’s a theory about Uncle George, which is pretty credible. In a recent recent interview , Uncle George was asked very clearly why he supported some of these wacky DA’s. His answer appeared to be totally incoherent strongly suggesting he had zero idea what was going on.

    He’s not biden who has no brain or morality. Soros knows what he is doing. So does Gates and the other tech billionaires. They’re a combination of misanthropy and vanity. It’s not rocket science: spiteful kids with money and power because our pollies have caved, except for Trump, DeSantis, our Pauline. Whether they’re being used by the Frankfurt School/commies or vice-versa is irrelevant.


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  94. I have a feeling that Peta Credlin reads the Cat. Just a feeling.

    ditto, which is why it is so very important that contributors keep adding their ideas and reporting back what their communities think about current trends.


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  95. I don’t know shatterzzz, you sound like you’re fit enough to work part-time if the pension isn’t sufficient for your needs.
    I’m fit enuf to work full-time + umpteen hours O/T but I promised myself after being conned into work-for-the-dole voluntary stuff in my early 60s ( after Cancer) and realising it was nothing more than free labour for the charities involved (Foodbank NSW & Salvos) that once I turned 65 that would be it ..
    never again .. retirement is retirement as far as I’m concerned ..!


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  96. A Voice to parliament would be an advisory body only and would not involve reparations to Indigenous Australians, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

    Yeah, just like the Trade union Movement, and the Daffodil Growers Society, and all the other lobby groups, they are all advisory bodies not requiring reparitions, eh?


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  97. I watched the German warmie lady, I think a 23 minute YouTube record for me.
    Nuclear is too expensive and scary (except in France and other countries that have nuclear already) and one day uranium will run out, or perhaps not, depending on technology advances.
    Wind and solar takes up too much space and simply doesn’t work well enough in countries which don’t get sufficient sun and wind (obviously).
    Hydro also not suitable for everyone.
    Coal and gas, probably, but we can’t really tell, could be killing millions of people with good old pollution (just guessing!), and of course carbon polluting bad, very bad.
    If she wasn’t a warmie she’d admit in terms of reliability, cost (including the loss of thousands of acres no longer available for other purposes), footprint (yes we don’t need to rip out millions of carbon eating trees and plants for wind and solar farms) coal is best.
    Was worth watching and I shared it, thank you.


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  98. The Treasury’s answer to economic problems seems to be to increase
    GDP (ie tax base) via increased immigration. This has been an ongoing policy under all governments. What does it do for Australians?


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  99. Only five or six householders in my street would now be considered neighbours, Speakers of English are a rarity, Sad.
    I haven’t had anyone (can’t call ’em neighbours cos) living within 20 houses of me who use English as a 1st language (other than the kids) in 20 years! .. other than when my youngest visits my usual daily English use is, basically, “please & thank you” with shop assistants ….


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  100. Patrick Kellysays:
    August 5, 2022 at 8:18 pm
    OldOzziesays:
    August 5, 2022 at 8:07 pm
    20 Percent Of The USAF’s B-2 Force Is Deployed ‘Down Under’

    Very depressing news, Tells me that they don’t have much.

    What advantage is it for USAF to have everybody at home in mainland US?


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  101. Patrick Kellysays:
    August 5, 2022 at 8:47 pm
    The Treasury’s answer to economic problems seems to be to increase
    GDP (ie tax base) via increased immigration. This has been an ongoing policy under all governments. What does it do for Australians?

    For the general public, SFA. For the “connected” ones, opportunities for grift and graft.


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  102. The Hiroshima/Nagasaki attacks unit. I wonder if any of their aircraft is named Enola Gay or Bocks Car?

    Could you imagine the inter generational trauma, that that would cause the “woke?”


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  103. The Treasury’s answer to economic problems seems to be to increase
    GDP (ie tax base) via increased immigration

    Putative immigrants will soon work out that they are being welcomed solely as a source of taxes, and stay home. Even the poor ones are not stpid.


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  104. They got one lot of legal fees for the youngest. Haven’t heard of any compensation. The parents and the oldest daughter exhausted all their legal avenues and lost.


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  105. For the general public, SFA. For the “connected” ones, opportunities for grift and graft.

    It’s worse than SFA.
    Pushes up the cost of housing,
    Depresses salaries and greatly reduces the amenity, increased crime rate.


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  106. Rosie.
    These are the same people that converted coal fired stations to wood fired stations with imported fuel harvested from wood chips reaped from virgin North American hardwood forests. Spare my days!


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  107. The Hiroshima/Nagasaki attacks unit. I wonder if any of their aircraft is named Enola Gay or Bocks Car?

    “Hiroshima Tower, this is USAF aircraft “Enola Gay” requesting clearance to land..”


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  108. Sorry wifey, but they will prefer to be relatively poor here rather than genuinely poor in Sri Lanka.

    The truly poor from refugee camps are a different kettle of fish from the applicants via Dept of Immigration, vetted by people recently immigrants themselves.


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  109. Nuclear is too expensive and scary (except in France and other countries that have nuclear already) and one day uranium will run out, or perhaps not, depending on technology advances.

    Complete and utter bullshit. New generation nukes use much less fissionable material greatly increasing known stock life which even with old nuke tech was measured in millennia. Same with new gen coal.


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  110. I’m interested to know what the wait time is currently for family reunion status for immigrants – it was getting quite long pre-covid, my guess is that things have settled down with inability to travel for a couple of years, and elderly parents getting older by the day. Any one know?


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  111. OK – I’m going to blunder into a “contested space”, here, Cats.

    If you can’t define what a “woman” is, then you are clearly too stupid to be on the public payroll.

    Miss Planet, on the other hand … 🙂

    Yo 🙂


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  112. Everything’s gone green.

    Thought you were referencing that line from Death at a Funeral that got delivered whenever anyone took the not paracetamol tablets. Second only in the memorability stakes to “I have uncle Monty’s shit in my mouth”.


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  113. hzhousewife

    I’m interested to know what the wait time is currently for family reunion status for immigrants – it was getting quite long pre-covid, my guess is that things have settled down with inability to travel for a couple of years, and elderly parents getting older by the day. Any one know?

    Interesting question wifey. Family reunion has always been problematic to me. For every approved entrant, how many entrants do we actually get? We have approved refugees from places that they “were in danger” known to have gone back to their places of origin in apparent safety. They also have ‘rights’ to bring their extended families here. Hence the massive congestion of enclaves in areas such as where I live.


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  114. Quite frankly, I have always believed that if you want to reunite with your family, you are welcome to go home. This is a crock emanating from UN treaties.


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  115. This bloke does not get how implacable the radical left is.

    He’s a silly wet. He liked the Jungian fluff and the sense of insight which is spurious and leads nowhere, while struggling for neutrality. Staying neutral when someone is hellbent on destroying your civilisation isn’t noble and brave. It’s blackest treachery.


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  116. Interesting question wifey. Family reunion has always been problematic to me.

    The Indian subcontinent diaspora would be interesting to watch in this regard. I suspect quite a few will end up going home when their aspirations are not fulfilled to the satisfaction of their dreams, and as the mortgage interest rates climb.


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  117. Wonder how long they’ll be calling Biloela home before the “big smoke” beckons?

    And:

    They’ll be in Brissy or Sydney within a month.

    I doubt they’ll go back in Biloela. The ‘outpouring of community support’ – that I saw, at least – was from a couple of whiny tree-changers yapping about the family having settled into the bedrock of the town.

    Depends on what you mean by ‘settled’. Small towns like that have long wait times before you’re considered part of it.


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  118. In fact, they’ll be absorbed into one of the big city Sri Lankan communities. After the obligatory brief stay in one of the million dollar single-fronted townhouses with ‘Refugees Welcome Here’ signs out the front.

    Which will be a bit shambolic, because they’re not refugees.


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  119. OK Cats, I’m going to get all controversial.

    Fatty Trump needs to stand down for the next election.

    This bizarre US Gerontrocracy needs to be brought to a long overdue end.

    If the DeSantis runs for the presidency, it will be all over bar the election shenanigans.

    Politicians of the Farage and the DeSantis Style are needed here, desperately.

    Everywhere I look, it’s imbeciles busily selling this mighty country down the nearest euphemism.

    This needs to stop, Cats. 😕


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  120. Holocaust twins turning 100 are living proof miracles happen

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    28 minutes ago August 5, 2022
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    Phillip Maisel says he has enjoyed two miracles in his life. The first was during the war when both he and his twin sister Bella survived the Nazi extermination camps of the Holocaust. The second was in Melbourne this week, when they both turned 100.

    Or did they? The letters of congratulation that these living treasures received from the Queen, the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and the Premier say their birthday is not until August 15. But that is an 80-year lie which Maisel told to the Nazis – a lie that was never corrected.

    “When I was in the concentration camp I needed to hide my identity in case I escaped, so I changed my birthday from 31st July to 15th August. When we both came to Australia in 1949, I never bothered to change it back,” Maisel says with a grin.

    So Phillip and Bella and their family celebrated their real 100th birthday last Sunday, July 31 – and now they will have to wait until Monday week, August 15, for it to become official.

    There was also a third miracle in Phillip’s large life that could have been taken straight from the script of a Hollywood movie.

    Having somehow survived a series of concentration camps, Phillip found himself stranded and alone in Germany in the months after the war with no knowledge of whether his family, including Bella, was still alive.

    One day a man approached him and commented on his unusual Yiddish accent, saying he had just been at a displaced persons camp in another part of Germany where he had met a woman with a similar distinctive accent.

    Phillip knew it was a “one in a million” chance that it was his twin sister Bella but he had to find out. So he took his 250cc motor­cycle that he had bought from the Soviet Red Army in exchange for fuel and rode more than 150km across Germany to the camp in Landsberg to search for the girl with the strange accent.

    Bella, who had assumed Phillip was dead, says she was dumbstruck when her twin brother suddenly appeared in front of her.

    “I couldn’t believe it. We looked at each other and we couldn’t talk. I was just so incredibly happy,” she says. “Then after a while we started to tell our story.”

    Their family in Vilna, which was then a part of Poland, had been ripped apart by the Germans who placed Phillip and his father in a Jewish ghetto.

    Two years later, Bella watched as soldiers arrested Phillip and dragged him away. They never saw each other for the rest of the war. Bella was arrested and charged with being a member of the Polish underground and was thrown into a concentration camp. Phillip was moved to a ­series of concentration camps for years, narrowly escaping death numerous times.

    They learned after the war that their father was put to death by the Nazis just one day before his camp was liberated.

    After the war, Phillip and Bella moved together to Melbourne, where they had an uncle, and started a new life. They both married, raised families and were happy, but in 1992 Phillip felt an itch that he knew he had to scratch.

    “In my concentration camp there were three of us who made a vow,” he says. “We promised one another if we survive even for five minutes we will tell the world what the Germans have done to Jews. And because I survived I could help fulfil the promise.”

    So, at the age of 70, Phillip ­devoted four days a week for the next 29 years to recording the ­testimonies of Holocaust survivors at Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre.

    He has recorded 1400 of them, adding richly to Australia’s understanding of what these immigrants went through before starting a new life here.

    Phillip says he loved recording the testimonies so that future generations would understand the stories of Holocaust survivors, but he admits that sometimes the horror and the heartbreak of their tales got to him.

    “When I would come home (from recording) I would often think about it and feel the pain of the person,” he says. “But there was one very important thing that made me feel better – they survived. That was a very positive thing.”

    Despite the horrors of the Holocaust, both Bella and Phillip still believe that humans are fundamentally decent.

    “I believe that human beings are good,” says Bella.

    “Unfortunately, during the war, the propaganda and the politics forced them and they lost sight of what was right.”

    Phillip says: “In general I try to be positive but very often I am disappointed. Take Ukraine, for example. People are not bad but they can be misled so that even good people commit terrible atrocities. People have to be educated so that they are not willing to believe in false gods.”

    Both Phillip and Bella admit that in the dark days of 1941 they could never have imagined in their wildest dreams that they would both survive the war, emigrate to Australia together and then live to see 100. “These are miracles,” says Phillip.

    So is there a secret to their ­longevity and luck?

    “Just be positive,” he says.

    “Always be positive.”



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  121. Alex Antic
    Gerard Rennick
    Matt Caravan

    Deserving of minor honourable mentions.

    However, to paraphrase Cap’n Kiesel, “if they’re the last of us, then god help us!” 😕


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  122. 214k go fund me

    If the if the two white people are grifters and nicked the money then fair enough.
    If the money was actually used to help keep the others…


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  123. The blogue has been misbehaving ever since it went to large font in the blockquotes

    Pancho, the large font blockquotes haven’t been in evidence since last weekend or possibly earlier.

    If it’s any consolation, Doves, everything appears to be working as expected (for a change).

    You deserve better than trying to satisfy a bunch of very loud “commentaters*” …

    *Deliberate, you pedants. 🙂


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  124. Matt Canavan very good in that clip above. He may be a Senator but he could be drafted in for a run as Liberal leader if the going got tough. Hawke was drafted in, late, and won hugely. After two and a half more years of Labor and the Greens, who knows what might be in the minds of the voters and who will become heir to the political throne, the person they seek to change directions? I think it will need to be someone like Canavan, who has fire and says what everyone is thinking. Pauline does that, but she’s a muddling communicator. Matt speaks well, easily, and cuts through strongly.

    I feel as do Calli and Cassie; a sense of rejection and hopelessness and a desire to retreat into my own world and my own concerns. I think I will do so for a while; feel less involved and be less involved. Each of us must find our own accommodation to these mad times. This small holiday is doing me good.


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  125. They are claiming he folded in order to get back on Twitter.

    He kind of did.
    Berenson is shooting from the hip at the moment.
    Needs to get back to long form data analysis.


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  126. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says: August 5, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    Matt Canavan very good in that clip above. He may be a Senator but he could be drafted in for a run as Liberal leader if the going got tough.

    Matt Canavan is not a Liberal.
    Matt Canavan is a National.


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  127. Small holiday fun tonite. We decided to use the little kitchen in this one-bedroom apartment and have a good home-cooked meal of steak and salad with sweet potato chips, and relax ‘at home’. The pub meal last nite had been disappointing. There is a fully equipped kitchen but the induction stove is one of those ones with obscure modes of operation, sliding your finger and tapping lightly and hopefully in the right place, for nothing was apparent. The stove got greasy, the tapping stopped working, the steak was on high and we couldn’t turn the damn hotplates down, the extractor fan was feeble and the fire alarm went off just after I had raced to open the doors to the balcony and started waving a tea-towel around to dispell the fug. This is a very large resort complex and I was feared we would call the place out, with everyone having to troop downstairs.

    But the alarm stopped, I continued waving my teatowel getting a through draft via the entrance door to the open balcony door, and soon there appeared a security man and a housekeeper woman. They were very nice. Cooking? they enquired. Those stoves are so difficult to work, consoled the woman. No worries, said the security, you’ve got the extractor fan on and the doors open, the alarms off on the main console downstairs, and we’ve investigated, but next time, don’t open the door to the corridor as this can bring out the whole building.

    He thought there would be a next time! I’m never coming back to this stove again.


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  128. In two research reports this week I’ve seen the following numbers quoted.
    As at end of Dec 2019 debts to the ATO were 10bill.
    As at end if June 2022 debts to the ATO were 60bill.
    Can’t seem to find the data behind it but a few parties are now quoting each other.
    If true, that’s a pretty penny.


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  129. Barking mad ideologues, peoples – before the Albansleazey#, there just weren’t enough of them obnoxiously blundering into our existences, you know it to be factual*

    #A poverty stricken houso (BIRM) from Shamperdown who’s been dining out on his own mediocrity ever since he was able to blame his alleged problems on anyone except himself …

    *For the time being, until reviewed by MiniTru


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  130. ATO went through an unannounced process to take debts off the record as “uncollectable” 3-4 years ago. Reduced the amount of unpaid tax to buggery for government reporting.

    Of course, the debt was easily resurrected especially if a tax return was lodged with a refund result.


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  131. Matt Canavan is not a Liberal.
    Matt Canavan is a National.

    Yes, I know. I momentarily forgot but he could still be drafted. Nats might be the main game by then, or the Libs may have to give way and invite him in. I don’t have a crystal ball. He just seems a likely bright spark in a very dim picture right now.


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  132. Rosie, at 8.45 last nite, German warmie lady realising that coal is best.

    Gives one hope, as does the set of Jewish twins turning one hundred.

    Thanks Cats. Very upcheering. And thanks for the site, Dover.
    Appreciate a man who stands up for the C19th social theorists (apart from Marx).
    They did useful work in providing a focus on social stability and the changes of modernity.

    ps The Cat is working well from Mooloolabah on my laptop.
    Haven’t ever had any problems on it in Sydney either.


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  133. Glad you enjoyed the link, Rosie.

    Sad she is a warmie, but there you are.

    Economics and resource extraction are a little out of her wheelhouse but she still makes a robust case for nuclear on environmental grounds and the human cost, and she is alive to the fact that whatever the economics now she is still open minded, seeing that things evolve with time – a concept greenies and most warmies are determined to remain blind to.

    Typically greenies will insist that nuclear is not economic and then sit smugly back as if they have delivered the last word (this is when talking to someone open to nuclear despite all the ooga-booga that greenies, hippies, and other luddites have been prattling on with since the 60s). But she acknowledges that nuclear would get cheaper, and then went on to discuss new forms of nuclear already heading that way.

    One of the commenters is a lecturer at UNSW on a mining discipline who points out to her that the estimate of uranium available to us would be severely limited by the reluctance to search for and identify new reserves in these benighted ‘green’ times. But if, for example, the reserves of copper as known in 1980 happened to be all their was, we would have run out in the 2010’s (or thereabouts).

    Clearly we haven’t.

    And I love the way she pronounces Einstein – in German!


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  134. The blog is so rooted with tech problems.

    The blog needs updating and its own site?
    So how about we take up a collection?
    I’ll donate the $2 that JC owes me for the bet he lost about inflation and growth that he is trying to weasel out of by moving the goal posts with reference to year on year rolling averages.
    squeak squeak …sounds of flagposts moving…


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  135. Hey Doves, check your email, Squire.

    Thought tonight’s radio show would involve a brief introduction and now I feel like I’ve just written a bloody essay.

    Prepare some figurative ‘erb, peoples! 🙂


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  136. Dover

    Clorox thinks he’s doxed me.

    Clorox if you think this intimidates me in any way, you have to wrong person, you sad fucker.

    It could be the Thought Leadership again wanting to take over the blog.


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  137. Okay

    That’s a threat and first thing Monday morning I’ll speak to my lawyer and get advice. I’m sure he’ll then take it to the federal police. I’m not stopping now until I find out who you are, Clorox.


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  138. Timothy Neilson:

    A Voice to parliament would be an advisory body only and would not involve reparations to Indigenous Australians, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

    We don’t trust these bastards.

    Then why does the referendum wording give parliament the ability to determine the “powers” of the “voice”?

    And this is one reason why.

    …and which states of Australia are still in a State of Emergency?


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  139. You made a threat Clorox and attempts at doxing people is illegal.

    After an attempt at doxing you made this threat.

    Glycocalyx says:
    August 6, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    I know you.

    Next step is turning off your lights.

    Let’s see how it works out for you, you lowlife.


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  140. Bigger man than you’ll ever be, you coward. Attempting to dox and threaten people over the internet because you don’t like what they’re saying and doing so under a covered name. I don’t care how much it costs. You don’t make a threat toward me and get away with it, you pathetic turd.


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  141. Eyrie:

    They built 21 B-2’s. One was crashed on takeoff leaving 20. Knew a lady who worked on the wind tunnel when they were building it. Have a genuine Northrop model shop display model of one on the shelf above me .

    I loved building these kits when I was a kid, but eyesight and coordination are preventing me from taking up the hobby again.
    Any machinists know how difficult it would be to carve one out of aluminium on, say, a 5 axis machine?
    I appreciate the difficulty would be in the programming but.


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  142. Lol How about repeating this.

    You’re honour, I don’t know what came over me, making threats like that over the web. It was the medication, I think.

    Go on, repeat that Glorox. Repeat that me.


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  143. Glycocalyx says:
    August 6, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Um a lowlife cunt that picks on people because my parents were shit

    Say it

    But did I ever pick you Glorox? Did I make you unhappy?


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  144. Patrick Kelly:

    The Treasury’s answer to economic problems seems to be to increase
    GDP (ie tax base) via increased immigration. This has been an ongoing policy under all governments. What does it do for Australians?

    The increased cost of the immigrants lurks and perks mean our people are taxed harder and cannot afford as many kids.
    It’s about replacement, essentially.


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  145. ZK2A:

    The Hiroshima/Nagasaki attacks unit. I wonder if any of their aircraft is named Enola Gay or Bocks Car?

    Could you imagine the inter generational trauma, that that would cause the “woke?”

    Worthwhile doing for that purpose alone.


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  146. The increased cost of the immigrants lurks and perks mean our people are taxed harder and cannot afford as many kids.

    Detail the costs, Turtlehead. We’d like to see a breakdown of the costs you’re asserting.

    Go!


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  147. Why would I respond to a piece of shit on the web about parents, who makes threats and tries to dox people you disgusting lowrent cunt, Clorox. You don’t count. You dox people and threaten them.

    If you think you’ll get away with the threat you’re in turnip land.


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  148. Dover Beach:

    I’m going to text my friend Alex Jones how much I, along with countless millions of people, are proud of him for that answer.

    I couldn’t understand his answer and there are no subtitles.
    What did Alex Jones say?


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  149. Knuckle Dragger:

    Depends on what you mean by ‘settled’. Small towns like that have long wait times before you’re considered part of it.

    Barcaldine requires three generations buried in the local cemetery before you’re considered a local.
    🙂


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  150. “I have a vague memory of someone being able to create an EMP without nuclear weapons …”

    IIRC, a linear array of single-loop coils and some conventional explosive at one end.
    Coil spacing, current interruption and explosive shock wave velocity arranged such that all the “edges” of the magnetic field collapse in each coil align, creating the desired sharp-edged pulse in one direction (opposite end to explosive).
    Obviously less intense than nuclear, but also can be a “focused” attack too – you can take out radar, comms etc at the military sites without wiping out all the civilian infrastructure too. And of course, no radioactivity issues either. And presumably can be assembled with minimal training and little “restricted” materials.


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