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Boar Lane Leeds, John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1881

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Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

New day, new thread.
Hope it’s a better day in my world than the past few have been.

rickw
rickw
August 23, 2022 2:12 am

2nd!

rickw
rickw
August 23, 2022 3:29 am

Western media excusing Dugin’s daughters assassination:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlzACqRp7tU

Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:11 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:12 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:13 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:14 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:16 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:17 am
Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 4:18 am
DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
August 23, 2022 4:23 am

Thanks Tom. Ramirez is weird today.

rosie
rosie
August 23, 2022 4:27 am

You know, when the biggest talking points of ardent McGowan supporters was Mirabella’s personal relationships, something was rotten.
Farmers and country town dwellers aren’t immune to the green dream, Benalla and Wangaratta (where Andrews hails from incidentally) pfft.
Not to mention the only person iirc to get charged (though the charge was later withdrawn) with providing an electoral address in Indi while being a lawyer living in Darwin was a McGowan niece.
Everything about that get up campaign stunk.
Still a grand template for the teals.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 23, 2022 4:51 am

Rubes who thought Durham would do anything apart from being an annoyance to the Washington blob are now asking why his lead prosecutor has just withdrawn from the biggest case in his career.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 23, 2022 4:57 am

Biden signs the green new deal lite.
Biden spruiks Ford making green cars of the future with substantial taxpayer subsidies.
Overnight Ford sacks 3000 workers overnight.

Anchor What
Anchor What
August 23, 2022 5:17 am

Revisiting exceptional singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon.
Via Powerline

Anchor What
Anchor What
August 23, 2022 5:29 am

Royal Air Force (RAF) recruiters have allegedly been ordered to hire ethnic minorities and women over white males in an effort to meet government-backed diversity targets, leaks have reportedly revealed.
How to dilute your military forces.
The woke approach is purposefully poisonous to western democracies.

rosie
rosie
August 23, 2022 5:49 am
rosie
rosie
August 23, 2022 5:51 am
rosie
rosie
August 23, 2022 5:55 am

Once again Tim Flannery has been proven right.
Flooding plains as River Murray hits six-year flow peak

rosie
rosie
August 23, 2022 5:59 am

And the Thomson is 94% full.
Lisa Neville also soooooo right back in 2019 about why Victoria should never build new dams.

Water Minister Lisa Neville says water in the state’s rivers will halve by 2065, citing this forecast in her refusal to build even one dam, even though over that period the state’s population is expected to double

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 6:01 am

Only [7] days left to save the Daily Exposé.

rosie
rosie
August 23, 2022 6:09 am

It’s been 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 days for the last 12 months.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 6:16 am

So it gets saved every time?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
August 23, 2022 6:44 am

The plea must be working

calli
calli
August 23, 2022 6:45 am

Ramirez now goes into the same dustbin as dopes who call AGW skeptics “climate deniers”.

“Election deniers” is just a lazy, nonsensical slur. There was a presidential election in 2020. No one is denying it. There was ballot tampering which has been systematically covered up. There is plenty of evidence of this. It’s the extent of the tampering that is in play – some believe it is so staggering that elections in the US will never been free and fair again.

Having Never Trumpers thrown out in GOP primaries is not proof that the 2020 election was clean.

Ramirez, like so many cartoonists and pundits on this side of the Pacific, will be quite content to watch his country go down the toilet provided he gets an opportunity to sneer at people he thinks are not quite on his level of intelligence and sophistication.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 23, 2022 6:51 am

I can’t believe this is still going on.

Electrical Brain Stimulation Improves Memory, New Study Shows
Scientists have found a way to improve memory in older people. Zapping the brain with electrical currents enhanced short-term memory, a new study shows.

I know someone who underwent ECT here in Australian about 10 years ago.
They have the worst memory of a middle aged person I know.
It’s butchery & should be banned.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 23, 2022 6:53 am
Cassie of Sydney
August 23, 2022 6:54 am

“Everything about that get up campaign stunk.
Still a grand template for the teals.”

Yes. And in 2019 everything around the campaign against Abbott stunk, it was open season on him. Abbott was even smeared, because he was a friend of Cardinal Pell who was in prison at the time, as a friend of pedophiles.

Crossie
Crossie
August 23, 2022 7:04 am

I never knew Ramirez’s real identity is Mitch McConnell but he couldn’t hide it any longer.

calli
calli
August 23, 2022 7:06 am

First comment in Bruce’s Fauci link:

Science has left the building.

It’s interesting that the “self criticism phase” has been identified.

And of course it’s controlled, same as it is here. I’m seeing Morrison as a convenient scapegoat for the lot, focussed mainly on the multiple ministries, not the principal culprit – ceding unfettered power and money to state premiers to operate local fiefdoms.

Crossie
Crossie
August 23, 2022 7:06 am

Bruce, Fauci may have announced that he is resigning in December but that is only if Republicans win the midterm elections. If he was really serious about it two weeks notice is more than enough.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 23, 2022 7:16 am

They say never meet your heroes (the Hun):

Michael Slater’s ex-girlfriends say he’s a “serial abuser” who is using his “status” and mental health grounds to manipulate the system and avoid punishment for his behaviour.

One:

The mother of three, who doesn’t want to be identified, said Slater pulled her hair and threw her to the ground, threatened to publish personal images without her consent in an act of revenge porn, stalked her and bombarded her with abusive messages from various burner phones.

He also repeatedly threatened to kill himself if she broke up with him or didn’t get back together with him once they separated.

And:

On one occasion police were called to her house after Slater became intoxicated at a sporting event. He waited in an alleyway behind her house, tried to stop her from leaving her home and was arrested by police.

“He’s a narcissist who gaslights, manipulates and has coercive control over his victims. He has abused multiple women … the term ‘serial abuser’ should be used to describe him,” she said.

Another:

the Herald Sun has obtained a copy of an AVO of another former partner of Slater’s, from Sydney, which states that he controlled her, sent her hundreds of text messages in a row, abused her and caused her to be fearful of her safety.

He also went through that ex-partner’s garbage for proof she was cheating on him and cut her off from friends and family, the AVO against him reveals.

And:

The Victorian woman said the former cricketer, who is believed to be in a Sydney mental health facility again after breaching bail conditions, is manipulating the system by using mental health grounds as an excuse for his behaviour.

“The days of him being referred to as a legend are long gone,” she said.

“Labelling him a legend and star creates a flattering picture and places him on a pedestal when in real terms he is a serial offender who abuses women and is continuing to reoffend without sufficient consequence … because of his ’status’ and public profile.”

And:

Since 2021, Slater has faced multiple assault, intimidation and harassment charges, but has repeatedly avoided jail and has instead been placed on bail on mental health grounds.

He has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, alcohol addiction, borderline personality disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Slater has repeatedly broken bail conditions that barred him from using alcohol or drugs and stopped him from contacting a number of people who have domestic violence orders against him.

Slater’s point of view, sent via texts:

In the aftermath of their break-up, emails and texts seen by the Herald Sun show Slater telling her his behaviour is all her fault.

“I am going to do my best to make you feel my pain,” one message warned.

“I’m now completely over you and going to bring you down. No one deserves the treatment I’ve received,” ­another said.

Yet another good thing Justin Langer did for crikkit was replacing Slater at the top of the order during the 2001 Ashes, reportedly (in part) because Slater was putting the hard word on his teammates’ other halves.

Another argument for a permanent ‘no dickhead’ policy.

Mater
August 23, 2022 7:20 am

I’m seeing Morrison as a convenient scapegoat for the lot, focussed mainly on the multiple ministries, not the principal culprit – ceding unfettered power and money to state premiers to operate local fiefdoms.

Yes, let’s not forget that as the Victorian Health Minister Dan Andrews wrote the Governor-in-Council out of the Health Emergency process in 2008, effectively removing the checks and balances, and placing incredible tyrannical powers with the Minister alone.

The turn energy off to Victorian consumers (in an emergency), the Governor-in-Council must make the call, but to strip away every assumed right we have as humans and citizens, the Health Minister alone need only feel the urge.

Unbelievable that this is not up in the headlines, too.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 7:23 am

The mother of three, who doesn’t want to be identified, said Slater pulled her hair and threw her to the ground, threatened to publish personal images without her consent in an act of revenge porn, stalked her and bombarded her with abusive messages from various burner phones.

He also repeatedly threatened to kill himself if she broke up with him or didn’t get back together with him once they separated.

And they say romance is dead.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 23, 2022 7:23 am

Stupid me.
I assumed the DOJ would have had a special master overseeing the Trump docs as part of the process of getting the warrant.
I am so naive.

I can guarantee you when the House starts subpoenaing Hunter Biden docs next year, a judge will be demanding a special master before anything gets looked at.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 7:25 am

Cage fight.
Michael Slater vs Andrew O’Keefe.
Both very keen amateur pugilists.
Have at it.

PeterM
PeterM
August 23, 2022 7:25 am

Why is Albo focussed on dumping on ScoMo? It’s like they think ScoMo has some kind of Trumpian grass roots support and needs to be taken out of the race. I think the reverse is true and that ScoMo abandoned his base.
Whether Dutton has the policies and personality to win back the base is yet to be seen, but I’m not unhappy that the focus is on ScoMo for the present.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
August 23, 2022 7:31 am

Knuckles the no dickheads policy is right. The only problem is that only leaves me and you. I’m not too sure about me.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 23, 2022 7:33 am

Cage fight.
Michael Slater vs Andrew O’Keefe.

Stuart MacGill running the book.

On a related note – it’s one of life’s great mysteries that you only ever see the Slaters and O’Keefes of this world taking on ladeees that have rejected them.

The abovementioned cage fight would be exactly like those clips of two dogs snarling at each through a gate, fangs bared. The gate opens – the double back down occurs. Gate closes – fangs out and they find their voices again.

In a less civilised society, one could safely remark that the best thing for this pair of cockheads would be for them to be on the receiving end of a frightful hiding.

Indolent
Indolent
August 23, 2022 7:34 am
Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
August 23, 2022 7:35 am

Russian government shocked at political assassination.
In other reports – a man who taught his dog to bite is surprised to be bitten himself.

Cassie of Sydney
August 23, 2022 7:43 am

” It’s like they think ScoMo has some kind of Trumpian grass roots support and needs to be taken out of the race. I think the reverse is true and that ScoMo abandoned his base.”

Correct, however I don’t believe it will work targeting Scumbag as Oz’s “Trump”. They’re are completely different fish…..

Fact 1. Donald Trump is adored by the GOP base, Scumbag is despised by the Liberal base.

Fact 2. Donald Trump listened to and heeded the GOP base, Scumbag ignored and spat on the Liberal base.

Fact 3. Donald Trump Trump grew the GOP base, Scumbag decimated the Liberal base.

The targeting of Morrison is classic deflection, it might work for a few months, but as soaring grocery bills and exorbitant power prices hit middle and working Australia, the deflection won’t work and reality will come home to haunt Albanese and all the progressive MSM spin and all the ABC luvvies won’t be able to save Albanese and Labor.

As for Dutton, if he doesn’t stand up and say NO to the Voice, then the Liberal base will say NO to Dutton.

Indolent
Indolent
August 23, 2022 7:45 am
johanna
johanna
August 23, 2022 7:46 am

Can anyone interpret this word salad from the BOM about their new rainfall predictor app?

They claim that they junked the old one because when they said there was a 70% chance of rain, people thought this meant 70% of the predicted amount of rainfall. I find this very, very hard to believe.

So, they are up to something (apart from wasting our money). But what?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 7:50 am

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Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
August 23, 2022 7:51 am

Alan Joyce apologises to Australians for causing lost luggage, long queues to check in, cancelled flights, late departures and arrivals – with a patronising and demeaning $50 return flight credit.

To add insult to injury, and Qantas’ eternal shame, the web site processing the credits crashes!!!!!

A heartless observer would laugh out loud.

sfw
sfw
August 23, 2022 7:52 am

ftb, ECT can be a lifesaver for many, anyone who disparages it really doesn’t know much about it. Someone very dear to me ended up in a psych hospital for almost two years after her second child. Nothing worked very well. However after each ECT session she improved, after maybe 40 or more she really started functioning normally, Since then has become a wonderful loving mother and wife, returned to nursing and is currently doing her masters in palliative care. She is also on regular meds, for the first few years after hospitalisation still had ECT on a semi regular basis till the shrinks thought she could go without it.

She has lost large chunks of her memory from that period, probably a good thing, however if it wasn’t for ECT she would likely be dead or homeless now, wandering the streets with other unfortunates. I guess some people may have no benefit and only adverse effects from it, but for many it’s a life saver.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 7:55 am

RFK junior is not a fan of ECT.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 23, 2022 8:00 am

sfw, you’re welcome to your opinion.
But saying a critic of ECT doesn’t know much about it is like saying a former Lib member was less than ideal because they didn’t engage with you (or even worse because of their ethnicity…was it because she was Italian (sic) or because she was Greek).

Dot
Dot
August 23, 2022 8:00 am

He also repeatedly threatened to kill himself if she broke up with him or didn’t get back together with him once they separated.

So you’re saying there’s still a chance?

calli
calli
August 23, 2022 8:01 am

The Qantas website is a shambles at the best of times. When you phone them, you end up with either a computer or a queue into the next century.

But, like most airlines, they’re Fully Woke so you can rest assured that they’ll pat you on the hand as they skin you alive.

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
August 23, 2022 8:03 am

The targeting of Morrison is classic deflection

Cassie, I don’t think there’s any logic behind Elbow’s attack on Morrison.
Just instinctive reflex aggression from a pencil neck whose raison d’être is to “fight Tories”

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 8:07 am

ECT is no good.
Always go the lobotomy.

johanna
johanna
August 23, 2022 8:10 am

Now, here’s an app that could be constructively used by conservatives:

In what appears to be one of the latest instances of such an ideological push, students being taught at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) were told to use a digital reporting system put in place by the school to anonymously accuse teachers and tutors of committing “microaggressions”.

To do so, The Telegraph reports that a student could scan a QR code located in the institution’s classrooms, which would direct them straight to the school’s “Micro-Aggression Reporting Form”, where they would reportedly be able to not only describe the alleged instance, but what they would like to happen to the supposed perpetrator.

‘what they would like done to the supposed perpetrator’ opens endless possibilities to conservatives offended by microagressions like assuming that male and female, black and white, gay and straight are all interchangeable in drama.

I’m talking head shaving, the stocks (with rotten fruit and eggs supplied), pond-dunking, shunning, blacklisting, and a whole host of other options up to and including HOPS.

Be careful what you wish for, dickheads.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 8:26 am

Is Dash-Cat winding up?

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
August 23, 2022 8:31 am

what they would like done to the supposed perpetrator’ opens endless options..

Forced to listen to a full speech by AnAl , Bowen, SHY….and repeat.
Made a Carlton supporter
Put in relationship with M Slater.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 23, 2022 8:34 am

WA’s daylight saving debate to be reignited when MP Wilson Tucker’s new Bill hits Parliament
Joe SpagnoloThe West Australian
Mon, 22 August 2022 9:00PM
Comments

The WA daylight saving debate is being reignited, with a new push for more evening sunlight in the west.

Daylight Saving Party MP Wilson Tucker has drafted a new Bill aimed at bringing WA into line with NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and Norfolk Island, which all have daylight saving.

It’s a subject that has provoked debate in WA for decades, with the first of four referendums on the issue held in 1975.

But rather than hold a fifth, Mr Tucker said it was WA politicians that should decide by voting in Parliament on whether the west should turn the clocks forward an hour on the first Sunday of October each year, and back an hour on the first Sunday in April.

“I’ve been talking to MPs for the past year-and-a-half and I’ve discovered a large number of MPs support the issue,” Mr Tucker said.

“If the Premier wants to settle the issue of daylight saving in Western Australia once and for all, then now is his chance, by allowing a conscience vote on the Bill.

“We need leadership on the issue, not another referendum.

“WA also needs innovative ideas in this State, and daylight saving is one of the best.”

West Australians have rejected daylight saving in referendums in 1975, 1984, 1992 and 2009.

This peanut was elected with just 98 votes, and wants politicians to decide on an issue that’s been rejected by the voters, at referendum, four times already… Words fail me, they honestly do.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
August 23, 2022 8:35 am

feelthebernsays:
August 23, 2022 at 6:51 am
I can’t believe this is still going on.

Electrical Brain Stimulation Improves Memory, New Study Shows

It was only the startWorld Economic Forum Recommends Humans Become Cyborgs, Implant Brain Chips: There Are ‘Solid, Rational’ Reasons For Children To Be Microchipped

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
August 23, 2022 8:36 am

Made a Carlton supporter

That is a cruel punishment. Cruel, but fair.

It’s Tuesday and they’re still ninth 🙂

Cassie of Sydney
August 23, 2022 8:39 am

I know it might not sound possible but the NZ media is worse, far worse, than the MSM here in Oz. They are a completely lobotomised voice for Ardern’s government.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
August 23, 2022 8:42 am

There are also solid reasons to guillotine every member of the WEF and any reason is better than one reason to microchip a child or anyone for that matter. The mere suggestion is good enough reason for me.

johanna
johanna
August 23, 2022 8:44 am

Hang the expense! Oh, and I think the figure of $800 million-ish is complete bullshit:

The Victorian Greens has announced an ambitious plan to boost the frequency of public transport in Melbourne, enabling commuters to catch a train or tram every 10 minutes or less, on most of the network.

The election pledge would see trains run every five to 10 minutes, seven days a week, on every line except the Cranbourne, Williamstown and Upfield lines.

The frequency of trains would double on the Dandenong, Pakenham, Clifton Hill, Mernda, Hurstbridge, Werribee, Craigieburn, Sunbury, Newport and Glen Waverley lines, with commuters only having to wait for a maximum of 10 minutes for a train, between 7am and 7pm.

The party’s flagship transport policy has been independently costed by the Parliamentary Budget Office at $821.5 million, over the next four years.

The Parliamentary Budget Office has apparently been infested by greenies who introduce things like ‘cost of carbon’ into their sums. Otherwise, how could $200m a year possibly be true? Additional rolling stock, maintenance, more staff, penalty rates blah blah – if they were investment advisors, they’d be struck off.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 8:44 am

You lot are all on my “Do Not Read” list!!!
The lot youse!!
I am only reading Sancho from now on.

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 8:46 am

“WA also needs innovative ideas in this State, and daylight saving is one of the best.”

Because doing what everyone else is doing is innovative.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 23, 2022 8:48 am

Another argument for a permanent ‘no dickhead’ policy.

Can we extend that to pollies?

Elbow is letting the ABCcess fill endless amounts of ink and pixels over Morriswines ‘power grab”(somehow he missed the 2 years of lockdown and illegal compulsory medical procedures) and ignore any other issues for months on end.
What better way to start your term in office than to have the media fully focused on the opposition.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 23, 2022 8:50 am

” It’s like they think ScoMo has some kind of Trumpian grass roots support and needs to be taken out of the race.

I doubt it’s anything as strategic as that.

Morrison is dead meat, politically. Not a trace of Trump about him; no lingering love from the punters.
Goorne.
Twisting in the breeze.

Looking at the performance – and the narrative pushed by the supporting commentariat – the goal seems to be to stamp in the puddle to splash dirt on the Liberal shadow front bench.

The endless theatre of shitty retail politics. Gathering up the groats and mites of political advantage.

calli
calli
August 23, 2022 8:54 am

I wonder what the “Legal Advice” will entail? This from the Nine website yesterday:

Advice about the legality of former Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly appointing himself into five portfolios will be publicly released tomorrow, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has revealed.
The Solicitor Witch Finder General has been asked to discover precisely what happened, how it occurred, and whether there are any legal ramifications.
Albanese has not ruled out further inquiries and reforms to make sure there cannot be a similar scandal in the future.

Interesting should another “crisis” present itself and the government has tied its own hands.

2dogs
2dogs
August 23, 2022 8:55 am
thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 23, 2022 8:56 am

Cassie of Sydneysays:
August 23, 2022 at 8:39 am
I know it might not sound possible but the NZ media is worse, far worse, than the MSM here in Oz. They are a completely lobotomised voice for Ardern’s government.

I wonder why??

Its a mystery…

https://theplatform.kiwi/opinions/how-government-funding-is-used-to-muzzle-mainstream-media

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 23, 2022 8:59 am

Pillsbeserk reversed her ruling on the Burrup fertilizer plant.
Good news.
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/aug/23/tanya-plibersek-backs-contentious-fertiliser-plant-on-burrup-peninsula

The federal environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, has ruled a controversial $4.5bn fertiliser plant near ancient rock art on Western Australia’s Burrup peninsula can go ahead after being told it had the support of a local Aboriginal corporation.

Work on the development had stopped after Save Our Songlines, a separate traditional owners organisation opposed to the project, asked the minister to protect five culturally important sites, including petroglyphs. Three of the five are due to be moved during construction.

Plibersek visited the peninsula, in the Pilbara in the state’s north, earlier this month to meet with the two First Nations groups and representatives of Perdaman, the multinational company behind the development.

Plibersek said she had decided not to grant the request for an emergency pause on the project – made under section 9 of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act – because it was not supported by the corporation and its circle of elders. She said the corporation was recognised “as the most representative organisation on cultural knowledge for the five traditional owner groups in the region” and had agreed with Perdaman on the appropriate cultural treatment of the sites.

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 9:00 am

Looking at the performance – and the narrative pushed by the supporting commentariat – the goal seems to be to stamp in the puddle to splash dirt on the Liberal shadow front bench.

And the G-G.

calli
calli
August 23, 2022 9:00 am

What is this sudden interest in nitrogen all about?

The nitrogen cycle, like the water cycle, is a closed system. But, unlike water which can be polluted, nitrogen returns to the atmosphere to be reused over and over by plants. Have atmospheric nitrogen levels increased, and by how much? What exactly am I missing here?

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 23, 2022 9:03 am

I wonder what the “Legal Advice” will entail?

It will be interesting.
The Solicitor General’s officers advised Porter’s 2020 Constitutional Review and identified the loophole that allowed Morrison to (legally) cross dress.

I expect something along the lines of: “Impeccable technical advice, arguably used wrongly.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 23, 2022 9:04 am

And the G-G.

Good point.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 23, 2022 9:04 am

Pillsbeserk reversed her ruling on the Burrup fertilizer plant.

The “Voice” will not be happy..

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 9:04 am

Mordecai Bromberg was welcomed to the Tiwis with a smoking ceremony as he arrived to hear evidence from locals that Santos did not properly consult them after it gained approval for Australia’s biggest oil & gas development in a decade.

johanna
johanna
August 23, 2022 9:05 am

Not long after claiming that koalas are on the verge of extinction, the usual suspects are at it again:

Ecologists are warning platypus populations could be in trouble in New South Wales, but say they have no way of knowing because there is no state monitoring system.
Key points:

Ecologists say the platypus may be struggling in many parts of Australia after the Black Summer bushfires

A lack of baseline data and monitoring means scientists are unsure to what extent the species has been affected

Citizen scientists are being relied on to help make a case for platypuses to join the threatened species list

Conservation ecologist Gilad Bino from the University of NSW said researchers have relied on reports of opportunistic sightings and data from citizen scientists to make the case for the animal to be put on the threatened species list.

Last year, researchers at UNSW appealed to the Threatened Species Scientific Committee to list the platypus as a nationally threatened species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The case was rejected, largely due to a lack of baseline data.

The decision means researchers are stuck, both needing the species to be put on the threatened species list to trigger monitoring, and needing the monitoring to be able to get it on the list in the first place.

“It’s a catch-22,” Dr Bino said.

“It’s not on any listing in New South Wales or Queensland, so it’s not being monitored or considered at all.”

Translation: we need more ‘ecologists’ employed to harass animals by catching them, weighing and measuring them and putting trackers on them. Repeatedly.

Well, here’s the news, Dr Bino. There is a healthy population of platypuses in Lake Burley Griffin and also in the Queanbeyan River – I’ve seen them multiple times in both. Although, the latest eco-fad of removing willows has done them no favours. They like nesting and hanging out in willow roots. But, Purity! Purity!

They are very shy animals, and you have to be lucky to see them. But, if people like Dr Bino would just leave them alone, they’ll be fine.

lotocoti
lotocoti
August 23, 2022 9:07 am

Looks like 100% renewable electricity isn’t too cheap to meter in Scotchlandia.

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 9:08 am

I expect something along the lines of: “Impeccable technical advice, arguably used wrongly.”

Not unconstitutional, but unwise. And a good insight into Morrison’s helter-skelter state of mind at the time. He panicked.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
August 23, 2022 9:08 am

So you’re saying there’s still a chance?

Ahaha.

Good to see Channel Stokes gave Slater the lemon and sars after his very public display of ingratitude while ‘imprisoned’ in the Maldives on his way back from the IPL last year.

He found out very quickly that openly trashing the ex-squeeze is very different to trying it on with experienced TV sharks.

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 9:10 am

Labor will then proceed with its own inquiry which will question the G-G’s role.

Very handy for a PM who’s announced we’re going to become a republic and has assigned an assistant minister to the task.

132andBush
132andBush
August 23, 2022 9:10 am

It’s rained again and I’ve had a chance to catch up.

Re Mirrabella: The same phenomenon that followed Abbott, contrived demonisation. Everyone disliked her because she was “just so awfully awful”.
Yet ask anyone why Abbott was supposedly so bad and you would never get a cogent answer.
Same for Mirrabella.
Same for Trump.
Same for Pell.

It’s all about feels not facts and wow, hasn’t that worked out great for us in the last two and a bit years?

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 9:15 am

Well, here’s the news, Dr Bino. There is a healthy population of platypuses in Lake Burley Griffin and also in the Queanbeyan River – I’ve seen them multiple times in both.

Colony in this region too. Protected in a properly managed national park surrounded by farmland.

Zipster
Zipster
August 23, 2022 9:19 am

Russian government shocked at political assassination.

There seems to be nobody with half a brain in ukraine, what do they think will happen when you put out a hit on a member of a mafia cartel?

Zipster
Zipster
August 23, 2022 9:20 am

What is this sudden interest in nitrogen all about?

demand destruction doesn’t seem to be enough, some production destruction thrown in for good measure

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 23, 2022 9:20 am

Mordecai Bromberg was welcomed to the Tiwis with a smoking ceremony

Why should that name ring a bell? Wasn’t he the Judge who overturned a deportation order on the Tamil family?

H B Bear
H B Bear
August 23, 2022 9:22 am

Another argument for a permanent ‘no dickhead’ policy.

I don’t think the Channel 9 commentary box has ever had one of those. It would be a lonely place otherwise.

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 9:23 am

Why should that name ring a bell? Wasn’t he the Judge who overturned a deportation order on the Tamil family?

I didn’t think he needed an introduction here.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 23, 2022 9:23 am

Daily wail so pop up city.

But this is news to me.
I would have thought the US would have snatched all this demand up.

Tanker carrying first Australian gas shipment to Europe in more than five years will dock in UK before most of it is piped into continent to storage sites

Tom
Tom
August 23, 2022 9:27 am

Can anyone interpret this word salad from the BOM about their new rainfall predictor app?

They claim that they junked the old one because when they said there was a 70% chance of rain, people thought this meant 70% of the predicted amount of rainfall. I find this very, very hard to believe.

So, they are up to something (apart from wasting our money). But what?

Joh, it appears to be an arse-covering exercise, designed to limit the government’s legal liability.

It does not predict the percentage likelihood of rain as it claims to do.

Like the BoM’s climate predictions, the percentages are a worst-case scenario by the junior forecaster on duty.

They are rarely accurate.

The object is to stop people taking legal action against BoM over its shit forecasting.

Brought to us by yet another giant, unaccountable, fully funded government bureaucracy like the ABC.

132andBush
132andBush
August 23, 2022 9:28 am

River Murray flows into South Australia are exceeding 50,000 megalitres a day for the first time since December 2016, with its high waters bringing new life to long dry wetlands and floodplains.

From Rosie’s link @5:55

So “long dry” = six years?

It has to be remembered, but never is, that flows down the Murray have been kept artificially high in the intervening years thanks to STORED water from 2016. In it’s natural state this end of the river would have been very bloody dry from late 2017 to late 2020.

H B Bear
H B Bear
August 23, 2022 9:29 am

johanna at 7:46 – one day I actually looked up what the BOM rainfall prediction meant (I need help). I doubt more than half a dozen people could explain it, perhaps fewer than preferential voting. I’m not sure that ALPBC piece helps.

Angus Black
Angus Black
August 23, 2022 9:31 am

West Australians have rejected daylight saving in referendums in 1975, 1984, 1992 and 2009.

Quite right! No one wants to have their morning erection on the bus trip to work. And then there’s the fading curtains to think of. Honestly, what are they thinking over in the “Eastern States”?

Also, gorgeous painting today, Dover. I find your choices quite uplifting.

Zipster
Zipster
August 23, 2022 9:34 am

biden’s weimar republic

Next Wave of Stimulus Checks Coming, Despite 40-Year High Inflation

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 9:36 am

Neil Oliver: MSM pretend the elephant is not in the room over excess deaths

I mentioned yesterday that ABC RN AM has reported on non-covid excess deaths in Australia, the US & UK twice in the last fortnight. Yesterday they cited an epidemiologist and the president of the RACP who both pointed to conditions imposed by the lockdowns as the likely ultimate cause.

calli
calli
August 23, 2022 9:36 am

If you want to know about how much rain and when, look at the radar.

I have a window of about six hours before the heavens open. Or, as is often the case, the rain will slide on past to the south and Newcastle and CC will get a drenching.

Gardening time.

John Brumble
John Brumble
August 23, 2022 9:38 am

ABC today:
“Conservationists are concerned over work that has made some of the Whitsunday islands look like they belong in the South Pacific.”

ffs.

132andBush
132andBush
August 23, 2022 9:39 am

calli says:
August 23, 2022 at 9:00 am

What is this sudden interest in nitrogen all about?

Because it costs $1,300/t , if you can source it and they think we throw it around like confetti and lose it all to the atmosphere whence it came.

or

They want less food to be grown.

There will be something tragically wrong with phosphate next.

johanna
johanna
August 23, 2022 9:40 am

I can’t see how what Morro did was unconstitutional, although it may have been illegal. There is nothing in the Constitution that touches on the appointment of Ministers. As for it being illegal, that is for the dozens of drones in law firms currently combing the statutes and case law for answers.

Of course, there is a predictable cohort who claim that anything they don’t like is unconstitutional. Like the National Cabinet, which is perfectly legal.

It was certainly awkward – if you have two Ministers, and they disagree, which one do you obey? Fortunately, that never arose.

COVID certainly revealed a lot about our ‘leaders’.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 23, 2022 9:43 am

And they say romance is dead.

For never was a story of more woe
Than this of woman and her AVO.

132andBush
132andBush
August 23, 2022 9:43 am

They are very shy animals, and you have to be lucky to see them. But, if people like Dr Bino would just leave them alone, they’ll be fine.

Exactly.
It’s not as if the dams and river systems have dried out.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 23, 2022 9:43 am

Good old Q&A from Uncle Milt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F94jGTWNWsA

A degraded and unserious population will enable a government to ruin it.

H B Bear
H B Bear
August 23, 2022 9:45 am

The BOM is probably on a hiding to nothing because everybody uses the forecast for different things. In my case – how likely will it be on my 10 minute wheelchair run to get a coffee. Most farmers – do I spend a couple of weeks and $100,000+ seeding. No substitute for your own judgment.

areff
areff
August 23, 2022 9:46 am

flows down the Murray have been kept artificially high

Flinders sailed past the Murray’s mouth and didn’t notice it, being closed at the time.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 23, 2022 9:52 am

Don’t be silly. Dugina was a civilian

The hit was intended for her dad, who is Putin’s favourite adviser and a guy who advocated assassination of Ukrainian leaders. Today:

Mr Dugin, who is sometimes referred to as “Putin’s brain” supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, losing his job as a department head at Moscow State University for calling on Russia to “kill, kill, kill” Ukraine’s leaders.

Ukrainophiles are saying it was a false flag but it seems likely to me that this guy was targeted as a response to him pushing the “decapitation strategy” which went into action day one but failed. As you sow so shall you reap seems to be the message. Unfortunately his daughter was the unlucky victim, not him.

As with everything associated with this war the propaganda from all sides is very difficult to get past, but this hypothesis fits better than other ones I’ve seen.

Beertruk
Beertruk
August 23, 2022 9:54 am

“Anchor What:
August 23, 2022 at 5:29 am
No consideration was to be given to their performance, so long as they have achieved the minimum standard, they were prioritised for movement forward, essentially meaning white males were left behind in the process or offered dates for their next test that were after their prioritised peers,” they continued.

Awesome.
Will make the reading of Board of Inquiries and maintenance defieciency reports interesting reading after shit starts falling out of the sky or does not make it off the ground because ‘minimum standard.’

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
August 23, 2022 9:55 am

Thanks ‘mole.
“We have met the enemy and they is us” – Uncle Milt explaining why politicians keep spending like drunken sailors.

132andBush
132andBush
August 23, 2022 9:59 am

Flinders sailed past the Murray’s mouth and didn’t notice it, being closed at the time.

As it was his white privilege to do.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 23, 2022 10:00 am

I didn’t think he needed an introduction here.

I just remember after Bromberg handed down the verdict in the Eatock Vs Bolt case, Geoff Clark – onetime head of ATSIC, remember him? – was raving on about “the sword of justice…”

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 10:04 am

Dr Faustussays:

August 23, 2022 at 9:04 am

And the G-G.

Good point

Tony Burqa has already started beating the Republic drum.
Keep it up.
When people arrive home with a handful of groceries costing $100 and find a monster power bill in the letterbox, I’m not sure how they’ll react to The Voice and Republic on high rotation on the news.

johanna
johanna
August 23, 2022 10:05 am

Well said, areff.

Natural variation is the enemy of greenies, who imagine a Nirvana based on yesterday, or today, or sometime in the future.

That some things are out of their control brings them out in a rash.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 23, 2022 10:07 am

I wonder what the “Legal Advice” will entail?

It does look like Elbow is aping the Dimocrats in the US – going after the previous President (or PM in our case) to make it look like he is the biggest threat, even as one thing after another that he had promised to nurture to abundance withers and rots.

All he has to do now is send the AFP to raid Morro’s home in The Shire.

I can see it now – jackbooted AFP goons in balaclavas and clanking with their M-16’s, Glocks, grenades, tasers, knives, pointed-sticks etc emerging from the smoking ruins (there having been a firefight in response to a non-complying dog) carrying a box. A box containing a backbone, still sealed, never been used.

Got ‘im!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 10:09 am

Good to see Channel Stokes gave Slater the lemon and sars after his very public display of ingratitude while ‘imprisoned’ in the Maldives on his way back from the IPL last year.

I think the problem was he was sharing his cell with a mini-bar.

H B Bear
H B Bear
August 23, 2022 10:11 am

I can see it now – jackbooted AFP goons in balaclavas and clanking with their M-16’s, Glocks, grenades, tasers, knives, pointed-sticks etc emerging from the smoking ruins

Nobody said fighting Tories would be easy. Albo is an intellectual pygmy seen against The Great Man.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
August 23, 2022 10:12 am

Pillsbeserk reversed her ruling on the Burrup fertilizer plant.
Good news.

No doubt the ‘welcome to wads is cash’
ceremony sealed the deal.

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
August 23, 2022 10:14 am

Better than Tom’s Toons:
Wikipedia is asking for donations so they can keep providing “reliable, neutral information”.

John Brumble
John Brumble
August 23, 2022 10:16 am

Here’s what will happen with the legal advice.

1) The request for advice will have been very carefully worded so as to elicit a response. For example, I’d bet dollars to donuts that one of the questions will be “could Morrison be brought before the [insert kangaroo court the media pretends isn’t just a “get conservatives” establishment]”. The legal answer to that is “yes”.
2) It’s being shown to cabinet. Why? Because it can then be claimed to be a cabinet document.
3) If the legal advice steps beyond the questions and actually gives context, Elbow will claim the advice is confidential in cabinet “but he’ll be more than happy to release a summary”. For example, if the answer in 1 above is not just “yes”, but rather “yes, but this isn’t relevant because any politician can be bought before [insert kangaroo court]”, then we get the summary.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
August 23, 2022 10:17 am

Hey Bush,
I’d like the rain to push off for a few weeks. 30mm here in the past few days and it’s hard to get dry ground for spraying fungicides.
How’s the countryside in your parts?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 23, 2022 10:18 am

No doubt the ‘welcome to wads is cash’
ceremony sealed the deal.

Dunno. Those asking what relevance song lines and cave paintings have, to the twenty first century, might have had something to do with the deal.

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
August 23, 2022 10:20 am

More great humour from America’s newspaper of record:
“Pentagon mandates monkeypox vaccine, but only for Navy” (the Bee)

( With so many women in the armed services, the navy’s biggest problem is pregnancies.)

Top Ender
Top Ender
August 23, 2022 10:24 am

Reporting in from Brooklyn, New York, where on one subway platform into town from the airport we saw within 50m of us six primary school age kids throw a glass bottle at an incoming train. They then raced off screaming.

Apart from that settled in to a tiny walkup apartment which has everything we need, and the weather is about 27 and humid.

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 10:26 am

I can’t see how what Morro did was unconstitutional, although it may have been illegal. There is nothing in the Constitution that touches on the appointment of Ministers. As for it being illegal, that is for the dozens of drones in law firms currently combing the statutes and case law for answers.

Not much for the lawyers to pick over. These matters are governed by tradition & convention. Labor’s inquiry will highlight that as a problem requiring attention, “the system is broken”, etc..

johanna
johanna
August 23, 2022 10:27 am

The encroachment continues:

A loophole that means most elected councillors and MPs in Queensland can avoid drug and alcohol testing may soon be tightened in one local council area.
Key points:

Policies in most councils only apply to staff and not elected officials
There is also no drug and alcohol policy for state MPs
Those behind the policy say it won’t ban drinking at events or functions but councillors would need to remain under 0.05 BAC

In most councils and State Parliament, the policies only apply to staff and not those who are voted into office.

But one North Queensland council will soon consider a change that would see its councillors subjected to random testing and testing on suspicion.

“Staff are required to submit to drug and alcohol tests, so why shouldn’t we be?” said Fran Mann from the Mackay Regional Council

Because others are forced to be tested, this is a ‘loophole’?

The ever-tightening noose on the right to privacy.

Cassie of Sydney
August 23, 2022 10:30 am

I wonder how long before Morrison’s house in the shire is raided?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 10:31 am

I can’t see how what Morro did was unconstitutional, although it may have been illegal. There is nothing in the Constitution that touches on the appointment of Ministers

Has anyone got a copy of the Constitution handy?

PeterM
PeterM
August 23, 2022 10:34 am

Just Emailed my local Liberals:

I felt utterly betrayed by the Morrison Government mainly on it’s ridiculous climate change policy, but also for not stepping up and challenging the premiers and bureaucrats over-reach on the COVID responses. I’m not alone, as I think much of the Liberal Party base has been alienated.

I’m looking for a party that supports nuclear power generation as the only sensible and non-destructive approach to reducing carbon emissions. The party should also strongly oppose “The Voice” as the obscene racist scam that it is.

Are you that party?

Are your federal counterparts that party?

Don’t be shy, let people know.

jupes
jupes
August 23, 2022 10:39 am

I’m looking for a party that supports nuclear power generation as the only sensible and non-destructive approach to reducing carbon emissions.

There is no reason for Australia to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. None. To do so, is to agree with Green propaganda.

Give yourself an uppercut Pete.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 23, 2022 10:39 am

Has anyone got a copy of the Constitution handy?

Don’t.
Fkn don’t.

H B Bear
H B Bear
August 23, 2022 10:41 am

I suspect if Albo has been looking for some law that has been broken he will be disappointed. Much better to keep fulminating at press conferences among friends.

Zipster
Zipster
August 23, 2022 10:41 am

‘We’re in the Matrix’: U.S. On a Trajectory That’s Not Going to End Well, Warns David Morgan
Stansberry Research

The Inflation Reduction Act passed last week does almost anything except address inflation, says David Morgan, author of The Silver Manifesto and founder of TheMorganReport.com. The “misnomer bill” only accelerates the current trajectory of the U.S., “and it does not end well,” he tells our Daniela Cambone. Based on the current geopolitical landscape, “globalization is breaking up and is basically a failure,” Morgan concludes.

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 10:46 am

The ever-tightening noose on the right to privacy.

Not helped by a SEQ mayor allegedly being drunk while on a zoom call with family members of drink driving victims* and subsequently slamming her car into a tree after crossing four lanes of a motorway.

* Currently under investigation by two relevant authorities.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 23, 2022 10:56 am

Dover – I just report what I see, with caveats as befit. It’s very well known that there was up to three teams in place in Kiev in February to attempt assassination of the Ukrainian leadership. One of those I recall were Wagner employees, the other two I can’t recall off hand who they were. Zelenskyy at the time said publicly he wasn’t sure how long he’d remain alive. I suspect that was because of the attempts which were foiled.

Now we are seeing several things that are new in the last week or two.

One is Ukrainian special forces active in Crimea in particular, such that traffic was prevented from leaving Sevastopol a couple days ago as the Russians searched for the SF team which carried out a short range drone strike on the Black Sea Fleet HQ. Dunno what its outcome was but it stirred up the Russians. And today we’re seeing an APB put out in Moscow for a Ukrainian special forces woman who is the alleged attempted assassin of Dugin.

So why is there such black stuff going on by the Ukrainians now, after six long months? The behind-the-lines military strikes are logical. The assassination attempt isn’t. But it is if the Russians are again trying decapitation operations. If they are then this car bomb was a message to Putin that he should stop, and that two can play the game. Dugin was just who you would pick in such a scenario. Sadly his daughter chose that day to drive dad’s car when he was going with someone else – which also makes complete sense since they’d want the car to drive home in.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 10:56 am

Rogersays:

August 23, 2022 at 10:46 am

The ever-tightening noose on the right to privacy.

Not helped by a SEQ mayor allegedly being drunk while on a zoom call with family members of drink driving victims

I don’t have a problem with D&A testing in the workplace, and think it should be one in-all in.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
August 23, 2022 10:58 am

Jab jab booster?

Despite billions of dollars in spending, somehow modern medicine is seven times less likely to know what someone died of than it was two years ago. Does anything else capture just how far medicine has advanced during the pandemic (all the way back to 1910?).

That’s a pretty significant signal there in 2021. In the world we thought we lived in, governments would have arranged a SWAT team of medico’s to investigate, the opposition would be baying from the side and the media would be all over it. And the rollout of new experimental medical interventions would be halted immediately.

Sometimes things are so crazy-strange that satire makes more sense. Here’s the excellent JP Sears:

““Good Evening. People are dropping like flies from a mysterious killer called ‘unknown case of death.’ So tonight we’re bringing you a special report on this unknown case of death killer so we can steer your thinking in the right direction. “

https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/the-new-killer-called-unknown-causes/

Angus Black
Angus Black
August 23, 2022 11:01 am

How’s the countryside in your parts?

Well here in southern Tassie, we’ve had 5 inches of rain over the last 10 days or so, consequently the price of fertiliser is moot…you’d need a boat to spread it.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
August 23, 2022 11:01 am

There is nothing in the Constitution that touches on the appointment of Ministers.

To be more precise there is nothing which specifies what portfolios one individual can or can’t hold. (See ss 61-70 in general.)
There may possibly be something in an Act of Parliament that defines a particular portfolio and restricts who can hold it, but I’m not aware of any such provision and I very much doubt one exists.

local oaf
August 23, 2022 11:02 am

It’s like they think ScoMo has some kind of Trumpian grass roots support and needs to be taken out of the race.

They actually believe this sort of shit.

I know lefties who genuinely believe the Libs lost because they went too far right! They thought both Turnbull and Morrison were extreme far-right ideologues.

These people vote.

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 11:04 am

I don’t have a problem with D&A testing in the workplace, and think it should be one in-all in.

The mayor has since returned to work after her self-described “lapse of judgment.”

If it had been a council employee they’d have been terminated.

It’s not surprising that the public should arc up at the double standard.

For the record, I’d rather not see random drug & alcohol testing in work places because of privacy concerns, but if they are introduced management should lead the way.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 23, 2022 11:06 am

The penny drops.
A couple of ALP boosters are promoting the following.

ScoMo’s self appointment was not legal.
Therefore all ScoMo appointments post that time are tainted.
Therefore all ScoMo appointments for the past two years need to be reviewed.

Considering the boosters are pushing these talking points, let’s see if the msm start to run with it.
End result could be Albo saying “I don’t want to do it, but we are obliged to review all ScoMo appointments”.
Time will tell.

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 23, 2022 11:09 am

If that talking point turns into the narrative turns into action, I wonder who’s a relatively new appointment at the AAT.
If this happens, it is one of the most punitive actions taken by a new government ever.

Jorge
Jorge
August 23, 2022 11:16 am

I see the Andrews hit job on John Farnham did not go to plan.

The referendum on The Voice was being taken as a vote for Farnham as the next king of Moomba or something. The Victorian hit squad swung into action.

Ah well, gives them extra time to plan the next State funeral.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 23, 2022 11:17 am

ScoMo appointing himself to those ministries, five of them, can only be because of advice from the pandemic team. It doesn’t make sense otherwise. He’s so terrified of public opinion he’d never do such a thing unless he was told to. And by someone he wouldn’t be able to defy, ie health department nazis in the middle of a supposed pandemic.

It also makes sense why he wouldn’t fess that this was the case because the pandemic provision stuff they developed back in 2008 (iirc) is so fascist that they keep the details quiet so as not to stir up the plebs. We’ve seen some of it come out, but not all of it.

lotocoti
lotocoti
August 23, 2022 11:21 am

Tautology alert: green fascist.

johanna
johanna
August 23, 2022 11:22 am

Timothy Neilson says:
August 23, 2022 at 11:01 am

There is nothing in the Constitution that touches on the appointment of Ministers.

To be more precise there is nothing which specifies what portfolios one individual can or can’t hold. (See ss 61-70 in general.)

You are not being ‘more precise’, you are shifting the goalposts.

Don’t think you will get away with that shit here.

Cassie of Sydney
August 23, 2022 11:22 am

“They actually believe this sort of shit.

I know lefties who genuinely believe the Libs lost because they went too far right! They thought both Turnbull and Morrison were extreme far-right ideologues.

These people vote.”

Umm…yep. There were plenty here in Wentworth who believed this shit about Morrison being “too far right”. Somebody made the claim here last night that nobody watches their ABC anymore. Not true, there are still plenty who watch their ABC and who read Nine Newspapers, particularly in Teal electorates. The MSM deliberately painted Scumbag and his motley government as “too far right” and it worked a treat. I know, I know, it’s laughable but this spin worked in electorates like Wentworth. I had conversations with people who believed this shit. Also, the MSM painted Scumbag as being beholden to Barnaby…..coz…wait for it, Barnaby had an affair! Again, I heard this shit said numerous times and, when I heard it, I would asked them about Shorten and Burqua’s affairs…and then I’d see either a blank look on their faces or a look of complete bewilderment. These lies worked in electorates like Wentworth, I don’t think they made much difference in outer electorates like Reid or Bennelong, I think people in those kinds of electorates were either angry at Morrison’s ineptness or just tired of the Liberal government after nearly nine years in office. I had a conversation, post-election, with someone who gave out Liberal party HTV’s at a local pre-poll here in Wentworth…she said that many, on their way to vote, would come to her and complain about Barnaby.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 23, 2022 11:23 am

It’s like they think ScoMo has some kind of Trumpian grass roots support and needs to be taken out of the race.

No this is all squirrel. ScoMo is the furry bait to distract the proles from the green policy pain that Albo is putting in place. Energy prices, inflation, shortages and running roughshod over international gas contracts. Giving something the MSM can fill pages with without having to report the real stuff that actually affects people.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
August 23, 2022 11:26 am

Just been watching Sabine Hossenfelder’s new video about Dunkelflaute, and even cold Dunkelflaute and energy storage.

One line that deserves to be repeated in reference to the putting up of windfarms and the assumptions about them working:

“Maybe, just maybe, banking on stable climate patterns is not a good idea if the problem you’re trying to address is that the climate changes. Just a thought.”

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
August 23, 2022 11:27 am

Tautology alert: green fascist.

LOL. Someone should ask nice Mr Kotsko whether his plan should apply to aboriginal people too…

rickw
rickw
August 23, 2022 11:29 am

Despite billions of dollars in spending, somehow modern medicine is seven times less likely to know what someone died of than it was two years ago.

To be fair, people have been injected with shit that might kill them in dozens of different ways, it’s hard!

rickw
rickw
August 23, 2022 11:32 am

There is no reason for Australia to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. None. To do so, is to agree with Green propaganda.

Exactly, we shouldn’t be co-opted into half measures, the whole thing is bullshit, no need for ANY change.

local oaf
August 23, 2022 11:33 am

For the record, I’d rather not see random drug & alcohol testing in work places because of privacy concerns, but if they are introduced management should lead the way.

Back in the 90s in my workplace (factory shop floor), there was a surprise raid by a squad of cops, complete with dogs, etc. Looking for drugs! Whole thing had been instigated by union figure trying to boost his CV and supported by management.
Plod barged around and found almost nothing except one poor apprentice who had a pipe in his locker. No weed, just a pipe. Management tried to sack the kid on the spot.

In a rare double twist, we saw the only worthwhile action by a union I’d ever seen in 30 years when they stood up for the kid and saved his job!

Management had been in the habit of having a few drinks at lunchtime on Fridays. This was widely known and nobody really cared until it was then pointed out that the guys trying to sack the kid were routinely under the influence of alcohol on the company time.

End result was colossal waste of taxpayers money and everyone pissed off with everyone.

Either universal testing or none I say.

Lysander
Lysander
August 23, 2022 11:49 am

The Age are informing us that Elbow is doing so well he’s almost certainly guaranteed a second term. Ugh.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
August 23, 2022 11:51 am

T Neilsen

To be more precise there is nothing which specifies what portfolios one individual can or can’t hold. (See ss 61-70 in general.)

Don’t quote the Constitution.
It’s not that sort of blog.
I reckon this will end up with some hair-splitting like … “The XYZ Act refers to ‘the Minister’ – singular – which means having two Ministers is in breach of the Act.”
Which will be reported as “broke the law”.

Zipster
Zipster
August 23, 2022 11:51 am

The Age are informing us that Elbow is doing so well he’s almost certainly guaranteed a second term. Ugh.

shaping the battlefield

next up, handouts and tax hikes

Zipster
Zipster
August 23, 2022 11:53 am

“Maybe, just maybe, banking on stable climate patterns is not a good idea if the problem you’re trying to address is that the climate changes. Just a thought.”

if only “climate change” had anything to do with climate….

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 23, 2022 12:01 pm

Either universal testing or none I say.

“Elites” first.
And often.
And publicly.
Maximum penalty under all and every law for breaches.

Lysander
Lysander
August 23, 2022 12:02 pm

Yup Dover. Fuck me – read this shite:

A gale-force wind has just lifted Anthony Albanese to new political heights and given him a chance to turn this stunning support into a foundation for the future – and a second term.

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-on-track-for-a-second-term-if-he-can-cement-his-new-support-20220822-p5bbtr.html

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 23, 2022 12:02 pm

db, they miss that the first incident at the site was prompted by the FBI shooting the family dog.
Malice covered this ages ago that when all else fails to prompt a response the FBI will shoot a family dog.
Law enforcement all over the US use this tactic.
People would be shocked how often this happens.

Boambee John
Boambee John
August 23, 2022 12:03 pm

Via johanna

Ecologists say the platypus may be struggling in many parts of Australia after the Black Summer bushfires

Well, perhaps if the idiots (synonym for ecologists) would permit sensible fuel reduction programs, then the problem, if such actually exists, would be lessened?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
August 23, 2022 12:05 pm

Finnish women post videos of themselves dancing on social media in show of support for partying Prime Minister Sanna Marin

Women empowered by everything a woman does….

Lysander
Lysander
August 23, 2022 12:05 pm

Albo runs on wind power?

feelthebern
feelthebern
August 23, 2022 12:06 pm

Weird.
I thought the Finns would be a war footing right now.
Or is that just LARPing?

Barry
Barry
August 23, 2022 12:08 pm

Sancho Panzer says:
August 23, 2022 at 11:51 am

T Neilsen

To be more precise there is nothing which specifies what portfolios one individual can or can’t hold. (See ss 61-70 in general.)

Don’t quote the Constitution.
It’s not that sort of blog.
I reckon this will end up with some hair-splitting like … “The XYZ Act refers to ‘the Minister’ – singular – which means having two Ministers is in breach of the Act.”
Which will be reported as “broke the law”.

Nah.

ACTS INTERPRETATION ACT 1901 – SECT 23
Rules as to gender and number

In any Act:

(a) words importing a gender include every other gender; and

(b) words in the singular number include the plural and words in the plural number include the singular.

So multiple ministers are all good.

Old bloke
Old bloke
August 23, 2022 12:08 pm

lotocoti says:
August 23, 2022 at 9:07 am

Looks like 100% renewable electricity isn’t too cheap to meter in Scotchlandia.

That lady should move to Ukraine were she’d get free electricity. The Russians took over the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant and kept it running, it’s the largest NPP in Europe and supplies 20% of Ukrainian’s power needs.

I doubt that Moscow is sending out electric bills to the Ukrainian customers.

It looks like they will have to turn their lights off soon though as the Russians say the Ukrainian shelling of the plant is making it too dangerous to keep it operating. The Poles, Belorussians, Baltic states and the Scandinavian countries will breathe a sigh of relief if the Russians close it down safely, they don’t need another Chernobyl.

Kneel
Kneel
August 23, 2022 12:10 pm

“What is this sudden interest in nitrogen all about? “

Try:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5svHnExYGw

Jorge
Jorge
August 23, 2022 12:12 pm

“Secret power grab”: Their ABC.

LOL.

Zipster
Zipster
August 23, 2022 12:14 pm

(b) words in the singular number include the plural and words in the plural number include the singular.

schizophrenics are good too

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 23, 2022 12:18 pm

For the record, I’d rather not see random drug & alcohol testing in work places because of privacy concerns, but if they are introduced management should lead the way.

And:

Either universal testing or none I say.

In my experience the culture of being on the lunchtime grog – and then going back to work – largely died out in the 1990’s and was a rarity by the early 2000’s. Most people can manage this unaided.

On the operational side, the resources industry has routinely D&A tested for 20-30 years. If it’s not a 100% testing regime (my experience in the oil and gas sector), management is randomly selected more often than not. It would be a massive industrial issue otherwise.

Technical note: Obviously politicians and political staffers are a different breed of human and apparently function exactly as normal while shitfaced.

I don’t know this for sure, but Parliament may be the last workplace in Australia that provides alcohol to employees on an ‘as-needs’ basis.

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 12:20 pm

Having touted the Liberal Party as a broad church for decades, John Howard is now lamenting that so many in power in the party are out of touch with “our basic values”.

The candidate he backed for NSW state president, a conservative who promised reform of the party organisation, was roundly defeated by Matt Kean’s preferred nominee.

Barely reported in the media, this probably signals the death of the Liberals as a centre-right party.

Barry
Barry
August 23, 2022 12:20 pm

Zipster says:
August 23, 2022 at 12:14 pm

(b) words in the singular number include the plural and words in the plural number include the singular.
schizophrenics are good too

But how about

every other gender

“male” includes “non-specific lesbian tending asexual furry”?

Cassie of Sydney
August 23, 2022 12:23 pm

“Barely reported in the media, this probably signals the death of the Liberals as a centre-right party.”

The Liberal Party died in September 2015.

Lysander
Lysander
August 23, 2022 12:23 pm

DrF – the problem with pollies and grog is you very regularly get invited to round table lunches, conferences, lunch meetings – it’s all legitimate work but, invariably, grog is served.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
August 23, 2022 12:24 pm

The Age are informing us that Elbow is doing so well he’s almost certainly guaranteed a second term. Ugh.

I’m just seeing a re – run of the Whitlam years – tax and spend, with the soothing mantra playing in the background that “you needn’t bother, the Government is here to take care of all your problems.’

Lysander
Lysander
August 23, 2022 12:25 pm

The Liberal Party died in September 2015.

Well, don’t forget to “get your grog on” in two days as it marks the 4th anniversary of the Miserable Ghost being shafted as PM.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
August 23, 2022 12:30 pm

DrF – the problem with pollies and grog is you very regularly get invited to round table lunches, conferences, lunch meetings – it’s all legitimate work but, invariably, grog is served.

I understand that completely, it’s obviously not dissimilar to what’s on offer elsewhere in the working economy.

The difference is, private sector tends to work on the basis of: drink piss at lunch = don’t go back to work.

It’s a choice.

Normally you don’t want impaired people doing anything with consequences.

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
August 23, 2022 12:32 pm

johannasays:
August 23, 2022 at 11:22 am
[Timothy Neilson says:
August 23, 2022 at 11:01 am

There is nothing in the Constitution that touches on the appointment of Ministers.

To be more precise there is nothing which specifies what portfolios one individual can or can’t hold. (See ss 61-70 in general.)]

You are not being ‘more precise’, you are shifting the goalposts.

Don’t think you will get away with that shit here.

Where were the “goalposts” before I shifted them?
Weren’t we talking about the allegation that it was somehow unlawful for Scomo to hold more than one portfolio (or to be appointed to a portfolio to which someone else had already been appointed)?

Roger
Roger
August 23, 2022 12:33 pm

No this is all squirrel. ScoMo is the furry bait to distract the proles from the green policy pain that Albo is putting in place.

If Labor thinks the political prosecution of dead man walking Scott Morrison in the media is going to distract people from their rapidly escalating monthly power bill they’re even more cocooned in an alternative reality than the Greens.

As I wrote earlier, Labor will instigate an inquiry, the ultimate goal of which will be to tarnish the office and powers of the G-G.

Lysander
Lysander
August 23, 2022 12:34 pm

Normally you don’t want impaired people doing anything with consequences.

Indeed…. like, voting on legislation!!

Diogenes
Diogenes
August 23, 2022 12:35 pm

As I wrote earlier, Labor will instigate an inquiry, the ultimate goal of which will be to tarnish the office and powers of the G-G

Which will be fuel for “why don’t we hold a referendum for a republic at the same time as the inVoice?

Lysander
Lysander
August 23, 2022 12:36 pm

As I wrote earlier, Labor will instigate an inquiry, the ultimate goal of which will be to tarnish the office and powers of the G-G.

It’s an interesting theory Roger… and I guess the outcome would be that it needs an overhaul and a President would be better….?

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
August 23, 2022 12:36 pm

Barrysays:
August 23, 2022 at 12:08 pm

Correct.
But I don’t think Sancho was suggesting that it was a good argument, he was just predicting that that’s the kind of thing that will be used as a pretext for more probity LARPing from the party of Craig Thomson.

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