Open Thread – Tues 20 Sept 2022


The Tapestry Weavers, Diego Velazquez, c. 1655-1660

2,957 responses to “Open Thread – Tues 20 Sept 2022”

  1. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Custard are you the new Moses or the new Jesus Christ?
    Sorry, but I had to ask.

  2. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    custardsays:

    September 23, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Look at the window on the right behind Biden at the 50 second mark. Who is that?
    Then walks past the left window!

    It looks a little like Charlie Manson to me.
    Which proves my point.

  3. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    The Jackson Dome, which sits 2,900 feet beneath Jackson, Mississippi, has provided CO2 to the restaurant and beer industries going all the way back to 1977, but this summer, the supply was contaminated by raw gas which means the CO2 is useless and has led to a shortage of the gas that is critical to the brewing industry. You know where this is going: the supply chain is being wrecked and prices have jumped as a result.

    BUT i fought’ that there was so much CO2 in the Atmosfere’. Can’t they get it from there?…………LOL

  4. Turnip Avatar
    Turnip

    I’m a glutton for punishment. Just had a punt on various GOP senate and Gov races.
    Surely they can’t fix this one too?

  5. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Can you imagine the bunfight over who should be the eldest elder?
    Yeah nah.

  6. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    I nominate Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO.

  7. JC Avatar

    Turnip

    Just an opinion. If they cheated last time… well they did.. then the close senate races are baked in. Senate races are state wide, so I would assume the count is done in a similar way to the prez race. That’s where there could be an issue. It would be much harder to cheat in the house races. And look at the evidence from last time. The house swung towards the GOP and the senate didn’t.

  8. Kneel Avatar
    Kneel

    “A dog accepts you as the boss… a cat wants to see your resume.”

    Dogs have owners.
    Cats have staff.

  9. Zatara Avatar
    Zatara

    JC

    I think your overall theory is correct. A large number of the ballots for Biden did not have any votes at all in the down ticket races as it takes too long for forgers to fill them all out. So big ticket races are more likely to be fudged than the lesser ones.

  10. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    So if all of you Victorians vote Desperate Dan back in again then you only have yourselves to blame.

    – Sunny Shoe

  11. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Her family were very establishment, Sandringham, British India posts, etc).

    Sandringham, eh, Dot?
    What’s that about?

  12. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Waleed needs to get off the gunja…

    So there’d be a racial test for Head of State.

    Progress!

  13. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    I was also thinking Warren Mundine, as long as they don’t make it hereditary.

  14. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    If you built a time machine, Eddie, why did you choose to travel back to the 1950s antebellum south?

    Heheh, just a sample of the wrongology, and he keeps on in that vein for 2,000 words.
    Any chance of a “More” button as well as a downvote button?

  15. JC Avatar

    I suspect so Zat and the house and senate pattern also suggests it was possible.

    The other thing they did to mask this charade, I think, was the 81 million votes. The fraud to up the popular vote tally was most likely committed in the blue states where GOP supervision is very weak for the obvious reason relating to resource management. They padded the popular vote too and did so to mask the cheating in the so-called marginals.

    I have to tell you, it looks like an incredibly well planned heist. However, it looks so because the MSM is in their pocket. Very impressive.

  16. JC Avatar

    Head, please don’t ever change.

  17. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    How about making it Hereditary, starting with Big Toby?
    Or, give Pat O’Shane the job?

  18. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Lysandersays:

    September 23, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Waleed needs to get off the gunja…

    What if, instead of a monarch or a president, we had an Australian Elder? That is, a recognised Indigenous elder, appointed as our head of state for life.

    I think I said here a couple of weeks ago that “The Republic” and “da Voice” were becoming intertwined.
    And predicted that the Republic would replace the Monarch with a Council of First Nations Aunties and Uncles.

  19. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    The Incompetence of Democrats and the US Government Administration

    To Quote an Australian Vernacular “Couldn’t run a Piss-Up in a Brewery”

    US watchdog admits $46 BILLION in pandemic unemployment benefits was stolen by fraudsters using the SSNs of DEAD people and prisoners – year after saying it was just $16billion

    . The inspector general for the Labor Department on Thursday published a report into fraud during the pandemic, finding billions in false unemployment claims
    . Some 205,000 Social Security numbers that belonged to dead people were used to claim benefits
    . Other criminals took the Social Security numbers of criminals and used them to make claims
    . The office has opened 190,000 investigations related to unemployment insurance fraud, they said in the report
    . Separately, the Justice Department on Thursday said 1,000 people have now been charged for fraudulently claiming unemployment during the pandemic

    Fraudsters stole nearly $46billion in unlawful unemployment claims during the pandemic, the Labor Department concluded on Thursday – while warning that the actual figure may be even higher.

  20. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    I think I said here a couple of weeks ago that “The Republic” and “da Voice” were becoming intertwined.

    Please Mr. Elbow…can we have two referenda for the price of one?

  21. JC Avatar

    I think I said here a couple of weeks ago that “The Republic” and “da Voice” were becoming intertwined.

    I don’t get this. How is the FTA TV program The Voice, always mentioned with Australian political events? I thought the show was about finding a great singing voice.

  22. JC Avatar

    Old Ozzie..

    Let’s be fair about this. It wasn’t just the demonrats, but the GOP and the Trump administration set up the payment scheme. Obviously well intentioned.

    The reality is that the US Government that is federal government apparatus is no good. You don’t know and you cannot figure just how shockingly inept, useless, stupid, disgustingly inefficient it is until you’ve experienced it. One cannot conceive this is the government of a first world country.

  23. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    But one of the great things about some Indigenous ceremonies – like, say, welcomes to country – is that they are often endearingly informal.

    Endearingly Informal: It’s hard to do it the proper way when it’s all just made up BS!

  24. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    The pool story sounds a bit flimsy to me

    Just a bit. Can you imagine a staff member asking an Aboriginal guy to get out of the pool because an old couple claimed he made them feel uncomfortable? It’s laughably preposterous.

  25. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Can you imagine the bunfight over who should be the eldest elder?

    I’m all for tradition, no buns, clubs, sticks and rocks thanks!

  26. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    welcomes to country – is that they are often endearingly informal.

    The overwhelming majority of welcomes to/acknowledgements of country are acknowledgements of country. And virtually all of the acknowledgements of country are repetitive, robotically scripted and sanitised, hollow and performative.

  27. JMH Avatar
    JMH

    sancho,

    playing coy won’t work.

    you are just gonna mouth off all night and make yourselves look even more stupid

    That’s a given. Dog turds have to turd.

  28. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Day off today, magnificent weather, everything about to shutdown for lunchtime “prayer”.

  29. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    JCsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 4:37 pm
    Old Ozzie..

    Let’s be fair about this. It wasn’t just the demonrats, but the GOP and the Trump administration set up the payment scheme. Obviously well intentioned.

    The reality is that the US Government that is federal government apparatus is no good. You don’t know and you cannot figure just how shockingly inept, useless, stupid, disgustingly inefficient it is until you’ve experienced it. One cannot conceive this is the government of a first world country.

    You could be talking about the RBA

    Mired in red ink: Turns out the RBA’s money printing was no free lunch

    The Reserve Bank’s $37 billion loss shows there was no free lunch in its extraordinary monetary interventions during the pandemic. Just as well the RBA can’t go bankrupt.

    John Kehoe Economics editor

    If the Reserve Bank of Australia was a commercial bank or hedge fund, it would be bankrupt.

    The RBA reported on Wednesday that it plunged into negative equity of $12.4 billion last financial year after reporting an accounting loss of $36.7 billion

    The RBA posted huge mark-to-market paper losses on its purchase of $300 billion of government bonds and actual cash losses related to the $188 billion term funding facility that provided super-cheap loans to commercial banks during the pandemic.

    Sharp interest rate rises have smashed its financial portfolio.

    Consequently, the federal government will not receive the customary circa $2 billion annual dividend and could miss out on perhaps $20 billion over the next decade.

    To Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ relief, advice from the RBA and Treasury is that there is no need to repeat former treasurer Joe Hockey’s $8.8 billion capital injection into the RBA.

    Fortunately, a government-backed central bank that can print money cannot be insolvent and bankruptcy is somewhat of a theoretical concept.

    Nevertheless, the loss shows there was no free lunch in the RBA’s extraordinary monetary interventions during the pandemic.

    Printing money was not costless. Quantitative easing advocates who accused the RBA of under-doing QE and tried to pressure it to buy even more bonds should reflect on this.

    As interest rates continue to rise, the RBA’s balance sheet losses could hit $58 billion under a worst-case scenario disclosed by the bank.

    The RBA borrowed short and lent long when interest rates were rising.

    The RBA term funding facility (TFF) lent money to commercial banks at a fixed rate as low as 0.1 per cent for three years.

    The RBA is now paying those same banks a higher floating – and rising – rate of 2.25 per cent on $452 billion of deposits parked at the RBA.

    The TFF has become a wealth transfer from the public balance sheet to commercial banks and homeowners, who benefited from the TFF underwriting fixed mortgage rates of less than 2 per cent and turbocharging house prices.

    It will be years before we discover the full benefits and costs of the RBA’s pandemic interventions, particularly with inflation out of control from too much money supply.

    To be sure, deputy governor Michele Bullock and a published RBA review of the bond purchase program also pointed to other benefits of QE.

    Federal and state government borrowing costs were estimated to be $7 billion lower between November 2020 and February 2022 as a result of the RBA buying bonds.

    The exchange rate declined and helped Australia’s international competitiveness as foreign central banks were devaluing their currencies via huge QE programs.

    But weakening the exchange rate was less useful when the international border was closed for two years of the pandemic and foreign tourists couldn’t travel here.

  30. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    rickw
    apologies if I missed it.
    where is it that yr working?

  31. JC Avatar

    GMH appears to be really obsessed with feces. It appears to be all he writes about. There’s something more to this he’s not telling but we really don’t want to know.

    I agree with …… insert name..

  32. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Yeah, the story goes back to Charles’ Perkins Freedom Bus that went to Moree to protest segregated bathing in the town.
    The Australian is always getting het up about it.
    So, yeah, i’d say the story is made up, but Eddie isn’t the author, just the mouthpiece.

  33. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Thinking about a project, daughter needs a car soon, buy repairable write off Peugeot RCZ and fix it up?

    They seem to have a pretty good reputation for reliability, built by Steyr in Austria.

    The one I’m looking at would seem to be a good candidate for a bit of paint free dent removal. Although there’s a bit of a nasty crease low down on one of the doors.

  34. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    rickw
    apologies if I missed it.
    where is it that yr working?

    Working for the CCP in the Maldives.

  35. JC Avatar

    Ozzie

    There’s nothing at all surprising to the market about the RBA. Bond yields rose and the RBA has a heap of bonds on the balance sheet. When yields rise there’s a corresponding drop in the price/value of bonds.

    It’s not necessarily a bad thing and would have been expected. Think of it this way. Bond yields are rising because the economy isn’t in the huge soup.

    The RBA balance sheet is essentially an arm of the government anyway. At some stage the government will do a book entry on the budget to replenish the RBA balance sheet. The loss will be recognized in the budget. It’s not really a cash loss.

  36. JMH Avatar
    JMH

    rickwsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Thinking about a project, daughter needs a car soon, buy repairable write off Peugeot RCZ and fix it up?

    A Benz in similar condition might be worth a thought.

  37. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    And a hearty good afternoon to you, too, GMH.
    Wishing you lots of bonhomie and good humour (and also many, many upticks).

  38. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    Maldives … wait, what, you can get paid for working in paradise?

  39. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Maldives … wait, what, you can get paid for working in paradise?

    Yep! My kind of work to, blazing hot with lots and lots of challenges!

    The main mission at the moment is to get people to cooperate with each other. Yesterday evening I had two of the protagonists working together bolting up a pump coupling, it was a beautiful moment!

  40. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    I reported you rick. Then I read what you wrote. Send some good weather here.

  41. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    A Benz in similar condition might be worth a thought.

    I was thinking about that, will need to do more research, no BMW, I don’t want to give her a ticking Bavarian time bomb!

  42. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    The Bank of England All but admits a Recession

    From Martin Armstrong –

    “The Bank of England (BoE) all but admitted the UK is officially in a recession. Bank Governor Andrew Bailey stated weeks ago that there was nothing the central bank could do to prevent a recession at this stage. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to raise rates by half a percentage point to 2.25%, marking the highest level since 2008. The markets were expecting a 75 bps hike, but the central bank is moving slowly and aiming to avoid panic.

    The central bank foresees a 0.1% drop in GDP over the next three months after experiencing a 0.1% decline last quarter. The CPI report for August came in at 9.9%, which is only a slight drop from July’s 10.1% reading. Winter is coming, and that is when the full impact of the energy crisis will be felt. The BoE believes inflation will rise to 11% in October when energy caps are altered. Like the Federal Reserve, the BOE is a long way from its 2% inflation target and relied on QE for far too long.

    The dollar’s strength continues to cause a devaluation in sterling as the USD is seen as the last safe haven.

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/britain/the-bank-of-england-all-but-admits-recession/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

  43. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Maldives? Must be working underwater rick. Globul warming sank that place years ago.

  44. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    rickwsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:05 pm
    Maldives … wait, what, you can get paid for working in paradise?

    Yep! My kind of work to, blazing hot with lots and lots of challenges!

    The main mission at the moment is to get people to cooperate with each other. Yesterday evening I had two of the protagonists working together bolting up a pump coupling, it was a beautiful moment!

    But, but, but………I was led to believe from the UN, KRudd, Malcolm Bullshit Stein, Elbow, Turtle Head Bowen, Mr Flatulence and many many others that the Maldives were under water………………………….

    Sink me, said the Scarlett Pimpernel (Anthony Andrews)………………..lol

  45. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Parts are the biggest killer for euro cars.

  46. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    TAXES TORCHED Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng to ignite bonfire of taxes ‘to make families better off within six weeks’

    CHANCELLOR Kwasi Kwarteng will today light a bonfire of taxes to boost the economy and make families better off within six weeks.

    Promising a “new era” for Britain, he will announce 38 low-tax zones to get business booming.

    He will also speed up 100 major infrastructure projects as he and PM Liz Truss spearhead the largest package of tax cuts since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s to achieve their mission of 2.5 per cent growth.

    Ahead of today’s mini-Budget, Mr Kwarteng confirmed last April’s 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance will be axed from November 6.

    It will save 28?million people an average of £135 this year — and £330 next year.

    The planned rise in Corporation Tax from 19 to 25 per cent will also be scrapped. Stamp duty is set to be cut to help home buyers.

    The Chancellor will tell MPs: “Growth is not as high as it needs to be, which has made it harder to pay for public services, requiring taxes to rise. We are determined to break that cycle.”

    Environmental red tape will go, so 100 major projects like roads, rail and power stations can be built quicker.

    Thirty-eight “investment zones” will offer time-limited tax cuts for businesses in a bid to create jobs.

    The Sun understands ministers are looking at radically slashing business rates in the zones, with the lowest rates axed altogether. Planning rules in these areas will also be relaxed.

  47. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Prophesy is a good line of business, but it is full of risks.

    – Mark Twain

  48. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Watch this before buying a Mercedes!
    Then, buy a Mazda.

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Meekatharra: Nurse used ‘hairspray and lighter’ to fight off alleged intruders who ambushed her and colleague
    Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
    Fri, 23 September 2022 2:00AM

    A local nurse in the Mid West outback was reportedly forced to defend herself with a makeshift flamethrower using hairspray and a lighter during a terrifying home invasion this week.

    Police say a man and two teenagers broke into a home on Haveluck Close in Meekatharra just after midnight on Tuesday.

    The WA Country Health Service confirmed a “violent break-in” had occurred at staff accommodation in Meekatharra.

    Meekatharra Shire president Harvey Nichols is demanding urgent action, saying enough is enough amid fears vital workers will choose to leave town if this sort of offending continued.

    Mr Nichols said this was the last thing the town needed at a time when health services were already strained in regional and rural WA.

    Cr Nichols told the Geraldton Guardian there was speculation the shocking incident involved attempted assault and threats of sexual assault against the two nurses inside the home.

    “Two local criminals broke into the hospital complex, climbed in, drank some beers and waited until (they thought) she was alone,” he said.

    Strikes me that this lady would make a damnfine Kitteh.

  50. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    JCsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 2:02 pm
    Cronkite
    Can I respond to a few of the points:
    1 Previous levels of CO2 were much higher than today and correlated with temperatures higher, the same and lower than today.
    Previous as in when? How can we reliably and accurately surmise this when we’re talking about tiny movements presently for which there was no precise data say at the beginning of the Holocene?
    2 Movements of CO2 do not correlate with movements in temperature; during the 20th Century from 1940-1976 CO2 increased but temperatures dropped; the same from 1998. Generally, throughout geologic history CO2 follows temperature movements.
    Can you prove this. Also, how do we know there weren’t any other factors that were impacting?
    3 According to the IPCC the Climate sensitivity of a doubling of CO2 will result in a temperature increase of 3.2C. Since 1900 CO2 has increased 40% which should have produced a temperature increase of 1.3C. However temperature has only increased by 0.7C. Of that 0.7C increase solar influence has been 0.1-0.4C and natural variation at least 0.3C.
    Explain in some details what has been the solar influence and how has it been measured?

    You understand head prefect I wouldn’t do this for anyone else.

    1 CO2 is very accurately measured over all time spans including the recent geologic period of the Holocene; here is a CO/2 temp graph for the last 500 million years:

    http://www.co2science.org/articles/V21/sep/a13.php

    The Holocene did not have tiny movements; temperature variation just prior to the H featured global movements, hot and cold of up to 15C in 50 years. This were called Heinrich and D-O events. There was no correlation with CO2
    2 At best CO2 follows temp but often there is NO correlation:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=993521367330814&set=gm.371633609671471&type=3&theater&ifg=1

    Lansner sums it up: http://icecap.us/images/uploads/CO2,Temperaturesandiceages-f.pdf

    3 TSI or total solar irradiance is the measure; read David Stockwell’s paper:

    https://vixra.org/pdf/1108.0004v1.pdf

    I’ll have to do the rest later.

  51. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Here’s why broke people buy Mercedes Benz and rich people buy cheap cars.
    Scotty Kilmer

  52. JMH Avatar
    JMH

    rickwsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:08 pm
    A Benz in similar condition might be worth a thought.

    I was thinking about that, will need to do more research, no BMW, I don’t want to give her a ticking Bavarian time bomb!

    The strength in the chassis – and probably all over is worth consideration with regard to keeping her relatively safe should she ever have a bingle. Merc would be my choice.

  53. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    UK has gone from
    CLIMATE NOW!
    to
    CLIMATE LATER!

  54. JMH Avatar
    JMH

    GreyRangasays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    Parts are the biggest killer for euro cars.

    Then there’s always the local Merc wreckers!

  55. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Merc would be my choice.

    Couldn’t agree more.

  56. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Merc would be my choice.

    Downvote button required.

  57. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Scotty Kilmer

    Love Scotty!

  58. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:27 pm
    Here’s why broke people buy Mercedes Benz and rich people buy cheap cars.
    Scotty Kilmer

    Gordon Bennet Head Case and a Suitable Case for Treatment. That must be the worse Web link that I have ever seen here. Two stupid Adverts to start wiv’ and then A Yank going off like a pork chop. Was that you on the video Ed? I switched orf’ after 10 seconds. Wot’ a load of BS………………….

  59. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Good to see the Brits have decided that the way to grow an economy is to cut taxes and let people decide where their money delivers most value, rather than government taking the money and ‘investing’ it in areas no one wants and which offer no real return.

  60. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:35 pm
    Merc would be my choice.

    Downvote button required.

    Head Case you are so silly. Mind you every time you comment I would give you 100 down sticks……………………………..

  61. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    China’s Blockade Will Trigger Response: US Navy; Russia, China Meeting After Putin’s Nuclear Threat
    China in Focus – NTD
    00:55 Russia, China Meeting After Putin’s Nuclear Threat
    02:25 U.S. Banks to Leave China If Beijing Invades Taiwan
    03:49 China’s Blockade Will Trigger Response: U.S. Navy
    04:28 Chinese Business Owner Fled Country Over Harassment
    08:01 European Group Warns of Loss of Confidence in China
    09:13 Q&A on Falun Gong’s Image Inside, Outside China

  62. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Then there’s always the local Merc wreckers!

    Google and wreckers are your friend. Had a BMW that had the engine and transmission apparently stop talking to each other. Forums say oxygen sensor. Replaced oxygen sensor for $20. All fixed.

    (That doesn’t get you away from the initial reaction that something horrible and expensive has gone wrong!)

  63. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Mother Lodesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:37 pm
    Good to see the Brits have decided that the way to grow an economy is to cut taxes and let people decide where their money delivers most value, rather than government taking the money and ‘investing’ it in areas no one wants and which offer no real return.

    Very well said and that is what I like to hear on a True Libertarian Website.

  64. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    But, but, but………I was led to believe from the UN, KRudd, Malcolm Bullshit Stein, Elbow, Turtle Head Bowen, Mr Flatulence and many many others that the Maldives were under water………………………….

    They don’t believe it unless there’s some Mong Western politician with an open cheque book.

  65. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Good to see the Brits have decided that the way to grow an economy is to cut taxes and let people decide where their money delivers most value, rather than government taking the money and ‘investing’ it in areas no one wants and which offer no real return.

    Yeah, Schmendrick, CornHolio and SpongeBob can pool all the dosh they saved in Taxes and build a few Ports, a half dozen bridges, 3 Highways, etc.
    Wake up to yourself.

  66. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    Look at the window on the right behind Biden at the 50 second mark. Who is that?

    slenderman

  67. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Rosie – The vibes are interesting seeing that Liz Truss is an ex-LibDem.

    We have another Margaret Thatcher on our hands – it’s about time! says FREDERICK FORSYTH (23 Sep)

    I certainly wouldn’t be so effusive myself, although the Mogg has been exploding lefty heads as her newly appointed Business Minister. Rees-Mogg’s the guy who OKed fracking and the Left is not at all happy.

    He’s also quite complimentary about Charles. Mr Forsyth is quite a Cattish righty I think, although I haven’t read many of his columns for the Express. About the only thing some Cats would dislike is he’s barracking for Ukraine a fair bit – but then his novels reflect a lifetime writing about such stuff, so that’s probably forgivable.

  68. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    We saw what happened with Fraser and Thatcher, they cut Taxes, stopped building stuff, Unemployment skyrocketed, half a Generation got left behind on the Dole.
    That’s the reality of Tax Cuts, those on the bottom end up with the Green Dream.

  69. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Why I Joined Mike Lindell’s Legal Team

    Respect for civil liberties and the Constitution is more important than partisan differences.

    By Alan M. Dershowitz

    I disagree with My Pillow founder Mike Lindell about a lot of things, including his belief that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. I’m a liberal Democrat; he is a conservative Republican.

    Yet I am enthusiastically representing him in his lawsuit against the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation over the recent search and seizure of his telephone.

    As soon as it was announced that I would be joining his defense team, people asked why I would be representing somebody they believe is trying to destroy American democracy. It’s a good question.

    It is important for Democrats who support Joe Biden’s legitimate presidency and object to Mr. Trump’s violations of constitutional norms to resist unconstitutional efforts by Mr. Biden’s administration and supporters to abuse the law, particularly the criminal-justice system, against our political opponents. It is easy for Republicans to criticize the Justice Department for overreaching, just as it was easy for Democrats to criticize the Trump administration. What is difficult is to criticize officials of one’s own party when they go too far. Yet it’s essential to keep politics out of the justice system—for principled Democrats and Republicans alike to advocate strict compliance with constitutional norms, regardless of whose ox is being gored. This principled attitude was exemplified by Republican leaders who condemned Mr. Trump for his dangerous electoral shenanigans. Democrats should follow their example.

    In my view as a lifelong civil libertarian, the Justice Department went too far in seeking a search warrant against Mr. Trump’s property at Mar-a-Largo. It could have asked the court to enforce the subpoena it issued and taken other less intrusive measures. It was also wrong in opposing a special master and demanding that the department’s own lawyers be the only ones to determine whether privileged material was seized.

    I also believe the department exceeded its constitutional authority by seeking and executing a search warrant against Mr. Lindell’s telephone, which gives investigators access to his computer files and other private and business data. The Framers of the Constitution abhorred the British practice of issuing general warrants, which empowered the government to search entire homes and businesses. The seizure and search of a cellphone in today’s connected world is more of a general search than rummaging through a home. Your entire life is stored on electronic devices.

    Although the warrant in the Lindell case specified files that could be searched, it didn’t specify a protocol for separating the searchable from the private and privileged, thus leaving it to the discretion of Justice Department officials to make these constitutionally critical determinations. This is why we seek judicial relief, including the appointment of a special master and an injunction against Justice Department lawyers now combing through Mr. Lindell’s files. We are also trying to unseal the affidavit that accompanied the warrant request and to learn whether the FBI found Mr. Lindell at a Hardee’s restaurant in Mankato, Minn., via electronic surveillance performed without a warrant.

    The power of the government to surveil and search its citizens shouldn’t be an issue that separates Democrats from Republicans or liberals from conservatives. All Americans should be concerned about limiting the power of the government. Tragically, we live in an age when partisanship determines which side of an important constitutional issue most people take.

    If the Trump administration had done to a prominent Democratic supporter precisely what the Biden administration has done to Mr. Lindell, many Democrats would be outraged and support judicial relief. But today few Democratic lawyers will represent Trump Republicans whose constitutional rights have been violated. This is a tragedy that endangers the neutrality of our Constitution and the legal profession. I will continue to defend the Constitution equally on behalf of Democrats and Republicans.

    Mr. Dershowitz is a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School and author of “The Price of Principle: Why Integrity Is Worth the Consequences.”

  70. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Cats! 🙂

  71. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Actually where I am right now is a great example of the “sinking islands” BS.

    Hulhumale

    The original land are of this atoll is where the airport is. All the rest of the land area you see within the lagoon perimeter is reclaimed. Basically they tripled the land area of the island. They simply sped up a process that was naturally occurring.

    For most coral atolls, very large amounts of land area can be reclaimed relatively cheaply if you work within the lagoon. Very little protection against the sea required as the reef already does that which is why the atoll started to form in the first place.

  72. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Mogg is an opportunist.
    He jumped on the Johnson bandwagon early on, Johnson now discredited but Rees-Mogg has ended up with a better job.
    Fracking is vandalism, it doesn’t stack up, but there’s a quid in it for someone.

  73. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Good to see the Brits have decided that the way to grow an economy is to cut taxes and let people decide where their money delivers most value, rather than government taking the money and ‘investing’ it in areas no one wants and which offer no real return.

    They did this during the Great Depression as well, and came out of it far more rapidly that the US did. For all their libertarian foundation, the US has a long history of government help screwing things up.

  74. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:49 pm
    Good to see the Brits have decided that the way to grow an economy is to cut taxes and let people decide where their money delivers most value, rather than government taking the money and ‘investing’ it in areas no one wants and which offer no real return.

    Yeah, Schmendrick, CornHolio and SpongeBob can pool all the dosh they saved in Taxes and build a few Ports, a half dozen bridges, 3 Highways, etc.
    Wake up to yourself.

    Head Case and a Suitable Case for Treatment. You are a Dinosaur and have no place on a Libertarian Blog. Go and play in the traffic you Economic Cretin.

    People vote with their feet and the money in their pockets can be spent the way that they want to. Guv’ments should just get out of the way and downsize. Even better as it saves tax money all round……………………..Freeeeeeeeeedom

  75. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    4 The mechanism by which CO2 causes heating has never been adequately explained.
    Is C02 a greenhouse gas or not? Detail please.
    5 Optical depth, which is as good a measure of the ‘greenhouse’ effect as any, has not increased in 60 years of measurement.
    Is it the only marker or one of many? Which others are there? Going back to Uncle Fester’s chart, snowfall hasn’t recovered to the preceding 25 years albeit it’s flatlined.
    6 The amount of radiation leaving from the top of the atmosphere has increased which means CO2 is not trapping heat.
    Why would the heat be trapped only at the top and not somewhat below. Why is this a good marker and what are the others?

    4 CO2 is a GHG; all that means is that CO2, like H2O, CH4 and the other rare gases, can absorb radiation at Earth frequencies, which means in the IFR. The principle of AGW is that when the radiation is emitted from the CO2 (it is not trapped or stored) it can go up or down (which is called isotropy). This is not correct. The radiation goes all over the place and can be transferred as energy by collision to the non-GHGs, such as N and O2 which make up 98% of the atmosphere. IFR also can’t penetrate the ocean and therefore heat the ocean.

    5 OD is THE measure of the greenhouse effect as it measures the number of times CO2 absorbs and emits IFR. Since CO2 has increased over the last 150 years you would expect with more CO2 that the OD would increase. it hasn’t because of a slight decline water vapor which shows water vapor is a much more important GHG. Forget the fucking snow.

    6 Heat rises and the measure at the top of the atmosphere which is called outgoing longwave radiation, OLR, is crucial because if OLR is leaving it can’t be converted to heat in the atmosphere, hence the term missing heat.

  76. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Dershowitz gets it?

  77. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Err strike the question mark.

  78. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Here’s some context re the Mogg exploding heads.

    ‘Extremely disappointed!’ Speaker lashes out at Rees-Mogg for disrespecting Parliament (22 Sep)

    New Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg was called to the Commons to explain the Government’s policies on energy bills and fracking.

    Furious Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle expressed his “extreme disappointment” as he publicly berated Jacob Rees-Mogg for disrespecting Parliament. The new Business Secretary had announced a new policy on energy bills and fracking without bothering to come to MPs to answer questions. Instead, he was hauled into the Commons chamber with an urgent question from Labour.

    Sounds like he’s upsetting all the right people.

  79. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:57 pm
    Mogg is an opportunist.
    He jumped on the Johnson bandwagon early on, Johnson now discredited but Rees-Mogg has ended up with a better job.
    Fracking is vandalism, it doesn’t stack up, but there’s a quid in it for someone.

    Head Case you are a fracking nut job. And you talk a load of BS. Gas is gas and ever more shall be so.

  80. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Cats – on the subject of the next Radio Show, Saturday 1 October – following a suggestion by good ol’ Rog:

    Psychedelia

    Break out the twelve strings, mellotrons, granny glasses, striped stoves, suede Chelsea boots, corduroy Levi’s jackets and paisley shirts* after imbibing various mind altering substances …

    You know you want to … 🙂

    *Audible in space … 😕

  81. Zyconoclast Avatar
    Zyconoclast

    cohenite says:
    September 23, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Cute owls.

    Not that cute.

  82. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    Welcome to Country is endearingly grating. The only formal part about it is the exchange of money.

  83. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    Who appointed a woman barely out of her teens as CEO of Optus? Who thought a company that size would be safe in her hands? I hope the board has learnt and the next CEO is somebody with more business and life experience.

  84. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:53 pm
    We saw what happened with Fraser and Thatcher, they cut Taxes, stopped building stuff, Unemployment skyrocketed, half a Generation got left behind on the Dole.
    That’s the reality of Tax Cuts, those on the bottom end up with the Green Dream.

    Go back to Skool and do your homework. In May 1979 when Maggie was elected, the UK was broke. Broke because of Laybore Guv’ments pandering to the Unions. It was the Winter of Discontent prior to May 1979. The British people had had enough. And booted out Laybore.

    Maggie then had to give the British some tough medicine which did not go down very well as a Recession was happening at the same time. However, the UK came out of it a heck of a lot stronger and better for it.

    So you left wing Nut Job just suck it up………………………….

  85. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    7 Solar radiation at the surface increased during the crucial period of AGW warming from 1983-2001 and this by itself can explain the warming which took place during this period.
    Any detailed evidence for this?
    8 Clouds are a negative feedback which means they are a brake to any warming.
    So what? Are there more or less clouds than usual on average? What’s the point?
    9 Water vapour has not increased as required by AGW theory.
    Evidence please
    10 The Medieval Warming Period was at least as warm as today which means that the centre-piece of AGW, the hockey-stick, is wrong.
    The hockey stick was complete bullshit and we most certainly have no idea of previous temps otherwise the hockey may have a point. Stay away from this one as it makes zero sense.

    7 Pinker et al. Jo Nova explains it for you: https://joannenova.com.au/2010/02/lamberts-pinker-tape-ambush-pr-stunt/

    8 Clouds are a negative feedback to both warming and cooling. In a 2007 paper Roy Spencer and Danny Braswell undertook empirical measurements of cloud radiative forcings which are a net result of blockage by clouds of solar radiation coming into the atmosphere [cooling] and blockage by clouds of long-wave radiation leaving the atmosphere [warming]; they concluded that

    “the net radiative effect of clouds…is to cool the ocean atmosphere system during its tropospheric warm phase and warm it during its cool phase.”

    https://weatherstreet.com/weatherquestions/Spencer_07GRL.pdf

    9 section 4 here: https://australianclimatesceptics.com/?p=111

    10 I don’t have to stay away from the Hockey Stick; it was eviscerated by this paper https://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1104/1104.4002v1.pdf

  86. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    That’s the reality of Tax Cuts, those on the bottom end up with the Green Dream.

    Ed-Mong pining for the days of 83% tax, death duties and closed shop industries producing Amiga 500s in the Iphone world.
    In the 1970s, the highest rate of income tax on earned income was 83 per cent.

    Its also just lived through a period where government power was used to destroy thousands of businesses and violate civil rights on a scale not seen outside wartime and thinks to itself “gee, they seem a little starved for cash, wed better give them more so they can do it harder”…

    Maroon

  87. mc Avatar
    mc

    Thinking about a project, daughter needs a car soon, buy repairable write off Peugeot RCZ and fix it up?

    Got a Mini for my daughter….she absolutely loves it. She even resprayed it during her covid isolation. Replacing the clutch was a bit of a pain but not difficult.

  88. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Welcome to Country is utterly infuriating.

    Compelled speech, which we have no protection against in this country.

    The compelled speech doctrine sets out the principle that the government cannot force an individual or group to support certain expression. Thus, the First Amendment not only limits the government from punishing a person for his speech, it also prevents the government from punishing a person for refusing to articulate, advocate, or adhere to the government’s approved messages.

    Yet here we are. A load of ahistorical bollocks, invented by a dodgy z-grade hypocrite (BIRM) in the seventies.

  89. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    I left out the cute owls because head prefect distracted me.

  90. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:53 pm
    We saw what happened with Fraser and Thatcher, they cut Taxes, stopped building stuff, Unemployment skyrocketed, half a Generation got left behind on the Dole.
    That’s the reality of Tax Cuts, those on the bottom end up with the Green Dream.

    Ed Casesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 5:57 pm
    Mogg is an opportunist.
    He jumped on the Johnson bandwagon early on, Johnson now discredited but Rees-Mogg has ended up with a better job.
    Fracking is vandalism, it doesn’t stack up, but there’s a quid in it for someone.

    The real Dickless comes out from behind the mask.

  91. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Did someone say cute hooters?

  92. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    OldOzzie at 1:16 pm,

    Are Democrats Deliberately Choosing Impaired Candidates?

    It’s not only the Democrats, the Republicans in McConnell’s camp are trying their hardest to choose non-MAGA candidates. McConnell wants to be a leader but without responsibilities while MAGA candidates want to represent their voters and their interests and to actually be effective. As things are at present neither party gives a damn about their voters or the country.

  93. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    The welcome to country ceremonies have even infected Catholic schools. I went to a high school graduation this week and the MC did the whole acknowledgement spiel before the awards ceremony. Granted a Mass was said first but I’m pretty certain that going along with this at all is bowing down to paganism.

  94. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    The real Dickless comes out from behind the mask.

    He is an economic moron and a waste of space. Head Case and a Suitable Case for Treatment. What a left wing nut job with the cheek to come onto this Blog with his nonsense. Please put him back in his case or box or whatever.

  95. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Oi, that’s our village idiot you’re talking about.

  96. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    PETA’s sex strike demand designed to get meat-eating men to ‘sit up and take notice’ (Sky, 23 Sep)

    Only prostitutes barter for sex.

  97. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    Alex Karp from Palantir talking on Ukraine for the first 10mins.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJqx6GzyCHU

    He bullshits a bit about the surveillance state but he really is a genius.
    Another of Thiel’s brains trust.

  98. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    Forget the fucking snow

    *chuckles

  99. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Looks like the voting machines in the 2020 election are indeed questionable.

    Pennsylvania County Sues Dominion Voting Systems Over ‘Severe Anomalies’ In 2020 Election (23 Sep)

    Officials cite a report from earlier this month which revealed that “security measures necessary to harden and secure” Dominion’s systems had not been performed, and that “external USB hard drives had been inserted in the machines on several occasions” when there was “no known list of approved external drives that could have been or were used or inserted into the machines.”

    The county allegedly discovered that a “python script” had been installed on one device, which was “connected to an external device on an external network” reportedly located in Canada.

    The script “can exploit and create any number of vulnerabilities including, external access to the system, data export of the tabulations, or introduction of other metrics not part of or allowed by the certification process.”

    How odd…

  100. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    PETA’s sex strike demand designed to get meat-eating men to ‘sit up and take notice

    Nice to see PETA helping men dodge a whole bunch of bullets. Never stick it in crazy.

  101. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    So Vic Govt has the spigot open
    they’re giving away money like crazy

    apparently you get 25% of your entertainment and take-away food bill
    until the money runs out.

    got a daughter collecting our Thai food receipts

    the missus tells me there’s another movement afoot
    punters are claiming the 25% rebate and and then donating it iCook for the slug-gate battle

    and what a beautiful thing it is

  102. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    A guy dies and wakes up to find he is in hell.

    He’s really depressed as he stands in the processing line waiting to talk to an admittance counsellor. He thinks to himself “I know I led a wild life but I wasn’t that bad. I never thought it would come to this”. Looking up he sees that it is his turn to be processed into hell. With fear and a heavy heart, he walks up to the counsellor.

    COUNSELLOR: “What’s the problem, you look depressed?”

    GUY: “Well, what do you think? I’m in hell”.
    COUNSELLOR: “Hell’s not so bad, we actually have a lot of fun. Do you like to drink?”
    GUY: “Sure, I love a drink”.
    COUNSELLOR: “Well then, you are going to LOVE Monday’s. On Monday’s we drink up a storm. You can have whiskey, rum, tequila, beer, whatever you want and as much a you want. We party all night long. You’ll love Monday’s. Do you smoke?”

    GUY: “Yes, as a matter of fact I do”.
    COUNSELLOR: “You are going to LOVE Tuesday’s. Tuesday is smoke day. You get to smoke the finest cigars and best cigarettes available anywhere. And you smoke to your heart’s desire without worrying about cancer because you are already dead! Is that great or what? You are going to love Tuesday’s. Do you do drugs?”

    GUY: “Well… in my younger days I experimented a little”.
    COUNSELLOR: “You are going to LOVE Wednesdays. That’s drug day. You can experiment with any drug you want and you don’t have to worry about overdoses or getting hooked because you are already dead. You are going to love Wednesdays. Do you gamble?”

    GUY: “Oh yes, I like to gamble”.
    COUNSELLOR: “You are going to LOVE Thursday’s because we gamble all day and night – Blackjack, Craps, Poker, Slots, horse races – everything! You are going to love Thursday’s. Are you gay?”

    GUY: “Well, no I’m not”.
    COUNSELLOR: “Oh dear, you’re gonna hate Friday’s…”

  103. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Sri Lanka Mulls Taking On More Debt From China, India To Pay For Energy (23 Sep)

    Sri Lanka is considering purchasing solar panels through a credit line from India and China to offset rising electricity tariffs, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said on Tuesday.

    Buying solar panels on credit from China? When already in hoc to them for billions that you can’t repay? Oh dear, better start learning Mandarin on the internet while it’s still operating Sri Lankan elite peoples, you may need it.

  104. Indolent Avatar
    Indolent

    I don’t want to be the resident conspiracy nutter on this site (read “St Ruth”) but I can’t help thinking that the world is being pushed toward nuclear conflict thanks to ….

    The Obama/Clinton 16 year plan. Does anyone have a copy of the simple meme laying this out. Because Obama followed the first part to the letter. Trump then interrupted the plan but I clearly remember that it included nuclear war. They want nuclear war.

  105. Indolent Avatar
    Indolent

    To suppose that a colourless and odourless gas has significant influence is an utter failure of logic.

    Well it does, to the extent that there would be no life on earth without it. But certainly not in terms of driving the weather.

  106. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Rabz!
    Back in yer K-Tel reccud selector!
    It’s not Sat’dy.

  107. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    A Boston long gone

    Had to look up the soundtrack for the track that opens the trailer, which I’m embarrassed about since it’s one that’s so obvious I should’ve known instantly. Really should watch that movie some time.

    Gimme Shelter (Remastered 2019)

  108. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Indolent!
    Any further comment on the “WEF assassination of Shinzo Abe”?

  109. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Sri Lanka Mulls Taking On More Debt From China, India To Pay For Energy (23 Sep)

    This will happen here; as the fossils end and the renewables fail despite their IC being many times peak demand the idiots will say the solution is have even more renewables. The definition of madness etc.

  110. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Some good news in the energy world:

    1) Jacob Rees-Mogg lifts fracking ban and says we must tolerate tremors ‘in the national interest’
    The Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2022

    2) Government discussing plans to designate shale gas sites as nationally significant infrastructure projects
    The Guardian, 22 September 2022

    3) Jacob Rees-Mogg right to say Putin backed anti-fracking campaigns
    Guido Fakes, 22 September 2022

    4) Back to black: Britain extends the life of its coal power plants
    Bloomberg, 13 September 2022

    5) Back to black: South Korea turns to coal to meet energy needs
    Bloomberg, 21 September 2022

    6) China announces it has enough coal reserves to last another five decades (and it’s going to use them, no doubt)
    Bloomberg, 21 September 2022

    7) High natural gas prices push European manufacturers to shift to the U.S.
    The Wall Street Journal, 21 September 2022

    8) Europe’s deepening energy crisis pushes bill to $500 Billion
    Bloomberg, 21 September 2022

    9) US banks threaten to leave Mark Carney’s green alliance over legal risks
    Financial Times, 21 September 2022

    https://mailchi.mp/dae22722be2b/uk-government-lifts-shale-gas-moratorium-191303?e=170323d89f

  111. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Pancho – you’ve missed it, Squire – I’m spruiking next Saturday’s radio show, which, guess what – is not until next Saturday. 🙂

  112. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Feels like Saturday night down here

  113. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Cohenite at 7:14.
    1-4 will have heads popping off in the UK.
    And also a measure of how fucking useless BloJo was.

  114. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Rabzsays:

    September 23, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Pancho – you’ve missed it, Squire – I’m spruiking next Saturday’s radio show, which, guess what – is not until next Saturday. 

    Spruiking?
    As in advertising?
    My Cat subscription says “Ad free”.

  115. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    Sancho Panzer says: September 23, 2022 at 7:20 pm
    Cohenite at 7:14.
    1-4 will have heads popping off in the UK.

    Here is point#3:

    3) Jacob Rees-Mogg right to say Putin backed anti-fracking campaigns
    Guido Fakes, 22 September 2022

    Was it here (or another site) that someone linked to a middle-aged Labour party doxxy & the incredulous facial expression when she realised Rees-Mogg was telling the truth?

    And also a measure of how fucking useless BloJo was.

    Factcheck status: Bloody true!

  116. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Rabz.
    Ozarks banjo, washboard and jug bands?

  117. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    For future radio shows, Squire …

  118. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Rabzsays:

    September 23, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    For future radio shows, Squire …

    I think that is Rabz-speak for “parkas in hell” time.

  119. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Pancho – my definition of “spruiking” is not the same as yours.

    The next time you see a billboard next to a Disasterstanian tollway screeching the virtues of my radio shows, then get back to me. 🙂

  120. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    “parkas in hell”

    Fishtails. Pity there was never an excuse to don them, even in the middle of winter. 🙁

  121. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Fun to read the background to songs. So I did as you do and played this one after I ran Gimme Shelter earlier:

    You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Remastered 2019)

    The wiki is fun. I didn’t realize the single was actually a B side. Whoa the Stones’ B sides are everyone else’s classic anthems. But the best bit of the wiki was right at the end:

    Donald Trump played the Rolling Stones’ recording of the song at campaign appearances during the 2016 Republican primaries and the presidential election, including his nationally televised acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in July.[17] Although the campaign had attained a blanket licence from ASCAP,[18] after the convention, the band said publicly that they do not endorse Trump and requested that he cease all use of their songs immediately.[19] Despite the requests to stop, Trump continued using the song at campaign rallies before and after the 2016 election.[20] According to Jagger, the band considers the use of the song as a play-out at rallies to be “odd,” given that it is a “sort of doomy ballad about drugs in Chelsea.”[21] The Trump campaign continued to use the song during 2020, the most recent use being to close his political rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20, 2020.[22] Trump was again warned by the Stones not to use their music. They said they were working with the performing rights organisation, BMI to prevent unauthorised use.[23] The Trump campaign stopped using the song soon after and began playing “Y.M.C.A.” by Village People to end his rallies instead.[24]

    LOL, I wonder what both the Stones and the Village People think about that? Maybe he should start doing Prince or George Michael tracks, as at least since they’re dead they can’t complain so much.

  122. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Daily Mail.

    Australian anti-monarchy protesters are left red-faced as it’s revealed they smeared fake blood on the WRONG coat of arms during disrespectful rampage on Day of Mourning

    Melbourne anti-monarchy protesters smeared fake blood on the wrong emblem
    Demonstrators gathered on the national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth
    Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe gave a speech before the coat of arms was attacked
    Protesters smeared fake blood on the Portuguese coat of arms, not the British

  123. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Prince – a personage who was not a collectivist if you examine his life and times.

    Or, at least he knew enough to shut up and play that funky music … 🙂

  124. Zipster Avatar
    Zipster

    Alex Karp from Palantir talking on Ukraine for the first 10mins.

    Very interesting just how much US logistics and information gathering has played a role to date. The point about cornering a caged animal is clearly not being heeded.
    This going to make the cuban missile crisis seem mild. Team obama have better have some titanium undies.

  125. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 7:10 pm
    A Boston long gone

    Had to look up the soundtrack for the track that opens the trailer, which I’m embarrassed about since it’s one that’s so obvious I should’ve known instantly. Really should watch that movie some time.

    Gimme Shelter (Remastered 2019)

    And try this one………………………………

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgnClrx8N2k

  126. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    I liked the flash mob music Steve trickler used to post before the big split happened.

  127. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Rabzsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 7:32 pm
    How I feel about existing in the West (such as it is) …

    How I feel …

    Dead Souls

  128. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Rabzsays:

    September 23, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Pancho – my definition of “spruiking” is not the same as yours.

    Ah.
    In 2022 management speak you are “consulting stakeholders”.

  129. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    How I feel about existing in the West

    A favourite, although I have it as an Offspring cover from the Batman Forever soundtrack. Which is better than the movie. So here’s another one from that soundtrack:

    Bad Days – The Flaming Lips (1995)

  130. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    you are “consulting stakeholders”

    Pancho, if you believe that, many, many bridges I’ll successfully sell you …

    My definition of a stakeholder … 🙂

  131. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    Australian anti-monarchy protesters are left red-faced as it’s revealed they smeared fake blood on the WRONG coat of arms during disrespectful rampage on Day of Mourning

    These cockheads not noted for their research skills.

  132. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    How I feel about existing in the West (such as it is) …

    Where would you rather be, Rabz…

  133. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    UN Human Rights Committee finds Australia violated Torres Strait Islanders’ rights by failing to protect them from climate change
    Posted 53m ago, updated 12m ago – ABC/Reuters

    Judge Mordy is now chairing UN committees?

  134. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    John H.says:
    September 23, 2022 at 7:49 pm
    Rabzsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 7:32 pm
    How I feel about existing in the West (such as it is) …

    How I feel …

    Dead Souls

    Not much Joy in that IMHO……………..

    Try this for a Larf’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WGVgfjnLqc

  135. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    the flash mob music Steve trickler used to post

    Trickles was here the other nigh and dropped a link.

    be nice if he was back more often

  136. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    UN Human Rights Committee finds Australia violated Torres Strait Islanders’ rights by failing to protect them from climate change

    Let them seek refuge from the rising seas in Martha’s Vineyard.

  137. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    In an isolated space on this planet, Rog.

    As invented by Hollyweird. With the blonde goilfriend.

    Not asking for much, I tells ya. 😕

  138. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    And try this one

    Mr Rotten – That lyric vid is pretty much the best I’ve ever seen. Amazing what you can do with just the words. I don’t know who did it, seems it might’ve been Abkco, who is an independent label. The track is another Stones anthem of course.

    Btw your track about Liz is another anthem, as Rabz played earlier. Here’s a PiL version with some very fine graphics.

    PiL – God Save The Queen (Rome 2013)

    Nice that John Lydon has turned out to be one of the finest righty fighters we have.

  139. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    In an isolated space on this planet, Rog.

    You’d likely only find such a safe refuge possible in the West.

    Rule of law and all that.

    Just sayin’.

  140. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Rogersays:
    September 23, 2022 at 8:03 pm
    UN Human Rights Committee finds Australia violated Torres Strait Islanders’ rights by failing to protect them from climate change

    Let them seek refuge from the rising seas in Martha’s Vineyard.

    Even dumb animals have the good sense to move to higher ground if they are in trouble. So please tell me how much has the sea and Ocean risen around the Torres Strait Islands in the last 200 years. Scientific evidence only please and not any made up BS.

  141. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Nothing warms the cockles like being criticised by the UN.

  142. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Johnny Rottensays:
    September 23, 2022 at 8:01 pm
    John H.says:
    September 23, 2022 at 7:49 pm
    Rabzsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 7:32 pm
    How I feel about existing in the West (such as it is) …

    How I feel …

    Dead Souls

    Not much Joy in that IMHO……………..

    Try this for a Larf’

    The title may be from the Russian novelist Gogol’s unfinished novel Dead Souls which was in part about the decadence of the Russia aristocracy nobility and how serfs burial sites were counted as living serfs to increase their tax share. Curtis had a tendency to reference literature: Atrocity Exhibition(Ballard), Colony(Kafka), and there are hints of T. S. Eliot references. Atmosphere has the phrase “walking on Air”, which might be a reference to a statement by Wittgenstein about how people live the religious life.

  143. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Protesters smeared fake blood on the Portuguese coat of arms, not the British

    Pure Mongocracy,

  144. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Back by popular demand – Rabz’ Friday night Pop Tarts!

    Miss Maggie
    Miss Ellie
    Miss ONJ

    Sacré bleu! 🙂

  145. Bar Beach Swimmer Avatar
    Bar Beach Swimmer

    Cohenite, did I hear you this arvo on the radio talking about the Australia Act and changing the Governor General’s title to president?

  146. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    I like this chick

    Good stuff. The drum lady is feisty. Now listening to Crowd Control.

  147. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 8:10 pm
    And try this one

    Mr Rotten – That lyric vid is pretty much the best I’ve ever seen. Amazing what you can do with just the words. I don’t know who did it, seems it might’ve been Abkco, who is an independent label. The track is another Stones anthem of course.

    Btw your track about Liz is another anthem, as Rabz played earlier. Here’s a PiL version with some very fine graphics.

    PiL – God Save The Queen (Rome 2013)

    Nice that John Lydon has turned out to be one of the finest righty fighters we have.

    Thanks Bruce and I have never seen anything like that before.

    Mr Lydon is a very smart person and he is on the right side of freedom and free speech. We need more people like him. I just pinched his name for a few website blogs. Hope I’m not getting into trouble for that…………….lol

  148. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 8:23 pm
    I like this chick

    Good stuff. The drum lady is feisty. Now listening to Crowd Control.

    I would take her home if I could……………………..lol

    Nice Music and singing.

  149. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    Top Ender says: September 21, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    On Rolfe’s comments, lucky no-one knows of certain T-shirts worn in relax mode by members of the ADF on deployment in the Middle East. “Nuke it all from orbit” was the politest.

    Tsk tsk tsk, telling tales out of school there, TE.
    You know the rule.
    What happens on tour, stays on tour until the person who has the most to keep on tour pisses off the people helping him to keep it on tour and then it doesn’t stay on tour any more.
    It’s a bit of a mouthful, so people just call it the BRS rule.

  150. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    For those Friday nights that feel like Saturday Nights

    Needs a reply that does.

    Kiss (1988)

    He’s still a sex machine. The Express has articles on him endlessly, which suggests their female readers rather like him.

  151. Zipster Avatar
  152. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Rabzsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 8:21 pm
    Back by popular demand – Rabz’ Friday night Pop Tarts!

    Miss Maggie
    Miss Ellie
    Miss ONJ

    Sacré bleu! ?

    How about some randy tarts…………………….

  153. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    One hundred and seventy staff at a Lismore ice-cream factory are without work today and don’t know if they will receive redundancy payments, after the company failed to find enough money to keep them on.

    Staff were asked if instead of pay-outs they would accept mix-ins.

    😀

  154. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    nothing funny about that

  155. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    assume that’s Norco

  156. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    Jack Dyer not pleased with Norf in 1979
    https://youtu.be/Z0Q3E2F65vM

  157. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 8:35 pm
    For those Friday nights that feel like Saturday Nights

    Needs a reply that does.

    Kiss (1988)

    He’s still a sex machine. The Express has articles on him endlessly, which suggests their female readers rather like him.

    You are dead right with that one.

    Anyway, here is KISS with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra………………..

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

  158. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Try this for a Larf’

    There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards

    I’ve a cassette of “Jukebox Dury” sitting in front of me with that track on it, which says (C) Stiff Records 1981. A lot of clever bastards frequent the Cat. Vale Mr Dury.

  159. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Judy Durham – just exquisite -voice like a bell

    Back when Ozzie men weren’t just yobbos.

  160. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    Rabz you had Pan’s People on the old Cat. That’s beauty right there
    https://youtu.be/V3kE0rvAJhM

  161. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    you had Pan’s People on the old Cat, that’s beauty right there

    BB – that film clip explains some immutable truths about “beauty”, being the indescribable concept as it is.

    That Brunettes are the best and blondes are an afterthought.

  162. Winston Smith Avatar

    Top Ender:
    Re Big Scare Event:

    this is a tad annoying, as I still have about 30 bottles of wine in the rack, and there’s no way I can drink them all by that time.

    You’re annoyed?
    I slept in today and found a carton of mixed reds on the doorstep I’d forgotten I’d ordered…

  163. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Jack Dyer not pleased with Norf

    BB that one reminds me so much of Les Murray.
    He didn’t do AFL but he got a song written for him.
    I backed Norf before Souf moved Norf, then I had to back Souf.
    Which lasted until Mr Goodes got his black armband on.
    Now I don’t back any of them. Sad Les is no longer with us.

    What Nationality Is Les Murray (1995)

  164. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    This was on the local AM station today. Almost brought me to tears
    https://youtu.be/s0KXV0gB0dw

  165. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    September 23, 2022 at 8:53 pm
    Try this for a Larf’

    There Ain’t Half Been Some Clever Bastards

    I’ve a cassette of “Jukebox Dury” sitting in front of me with that track on it, which says (C) Stiff Records 1981. A lot of clever bastards frequent the Cat. Vale Mr Dury.

    I saw Ian Dury and the Blockheads at the old Capitol Theatre in Sydney in 1982 and it was Brillo. The Blockheads all introduced themselves at the start whereupon Ian charged out from left field onto the middle of the Stage and said. ‘And Guess What? My name’s Ian………………And then it all kicked off for nearly 3 hours…………….Magic.

  166. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    How about some randy tarts

    Sacre bléu, señor rottanage – the Young Women featured in my posts of a weekend are here because they are “exquisite”.

    And they can belt it out. 🙂

  167. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    Brunettes are magnifique.

  168. Winston Smith Avatar

    JC:

    Tim , that’s some of the most laughable nonsense I’ve read from you in a while. The email would be like lots of business dealings – they’re unsolicited. I have to look back, but I’m reasonably sure the introduction came through this blog owner as I requested he ask if you would be kind enough to exchange emails – not that it matters. I was investigating service on a tax related matter. You’ve publicly state you’re a tax attorney and thought there could be a match. I appear to have dodged a bullet.

    If you think anyone would believe that heap of bullshit, JC, you’re stupider than you claim to be.

  169. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    What Nationality Is Les Murray

    Quite possibly the greatest Ozzie pop song, evah. 🙂

  170. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Brunettes are magnifique

    Yep. That contrast of pale skin and dark hair makes any sensible man want to go and get some.

  171. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    This one is for Tony Lockett.

    Camouflage – Stan Ridgeway (1986)

    If there’s anyone you could imagine to carry you out of the jungle at the SCG on a Friday night it would be Plugger.

  172. JC Avatar

    Thanks so much for taking the time and effort, Cronkers. Interesting.

  173. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    But, that’s enough of that, Cats – it’s all too easy to start lusting, given we exist in an era of unrepentant sexpots.

    As opposed to any other age in human history … 😕

  174. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Booker Prize-winning Wolf Half writer Dame Hilary Mantel dies aged 70

    Chloe Whelan
    Journalist
    7 minutes ago September 23, 2022
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    Dame Hilary Mantel, the two-time Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall, has died aged 70.

    Dame Hilary’s death was announced Friday by her literary agents AM Heath and publisher Harper Collins. She “died suddenly yet peacefully yesterday, surrounded by close family and friends”, they said.

    Best known for her acclaimed historical trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, 16th century English powerbroker, Dame Hilary won the Booker Prize twice – for Wolf Hall and for its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies.

    The conclusion of the trilogy, The Mirror and The Light, was published in 2020 to huge critical acclaim. Longlisted for the Booker Prize, the final novel also won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, which she first won for Wolf Hall.

    Dame Hilary was “one of the greatest English novelists of this century”, HarperCollins said.

    “Her beloved works are considered modern classics. She will be greatly missed.”

    The Wolf Hall trilogy has been translated into 41 languages, with sales of over five million worldwide. Both Wolf Hall and its sequel were adapted for film and television.

    “She will be remembered for her enormous generosity budding writers, her capacity to electrify a live audience, and the huge array of her journalism and criticism, producing some of the finest commentary on issues and books,” her agent Bill Hamilton said.

    “There was always a slight aura of otherworldliness about her, as she saw and felt things us ordinary mortals missed, but when she perceived the need for confrontation she would fearlessly go into battle.”

  175. DrBeauGan Avatar
    DrBeauGan

    Best known for her acclaimed historical trilogy about the life of Thomas Cromwell, 16th century English powerbroker, Dame Hilary won the Booker Prize twice – for Wolf Hall

    I gave up less than halfway through Wolf Hall because it was boring me rigid. Written by and for the totally bookish.

  176. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    Eels on enemy territory go through to the grand final

  177. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Bar Beach Swimmersays:
    September 23, 2022 at 8:22 pm
    Cohenite, did I hear you this arvo on the radio talking about the Australia Act and changing the Governor General’s title to president?

    Yes you did. I find it amazing that so many people have not heard of The Australia Act which removed ALL legal and political connections with the UK which means we are in all but name a republic. There is therefore no need for any change. If you rebranded the GG a president that would do.

  178. Razey Avatar
    Razey

    Gender Studies Grad Demands Blue-Collar Worker Pay Off Her Loans

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIZd4x0mD0I

  179. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    I saw Ian Dury and the Blockheads at the old Capitol Theatre in Sydney in 1982

    Seriously seriously cool. I think I’ve been there twice: once for Cats, which was damn fine, and once where I saw Jon English hung by the neck. Which he suffered several hundred times. 😀

    Jon English – Heaven On Their Minds (1972)

  180. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Rabzsays:
    September 23, 2022 at 9:16 pm
    you had Pan’s People on the old Cat, that’s beauty right there

    BB – that film clip explains some immutable truths about “beauty”, being the indescribable concept as it is.

    That Brunettes are the best and blondes are an afterthought.

    Hot Gossip were much better IMHO

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa3vHrTU1iw

  181. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    He’s a librarian.
    It’s not like he’s got anything else to do.

    I’m a super librarian and I’m very busy checking overdues.

  182. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    Winston Smith says: September 23, 2022 at 9:24 pm
    ….If you think anyone would believe that heap of bullshit… [etc. etc. etc.]

    Two hours & Thirty Nine minutes later that heap of bullshit was rebutted, resoundlingly so.

  183. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    . If you rebranded the GG a president that would do.

    Cohenite.
    Do we actually need a GG and state governors?
    Would it not be possible to have any real powers held by the GG exercised by the High Court, sitting as a Constitutional Court on the rare occasions it is required.
    Swearing in of ministers could be done by the Chief Justice.
    All the assorted ribbon cutting and lamington drive stuff could be assigned to junior ministers.

  184. calli Avatar
    calli

    Eels win! That put a smile on the beloved’s face.

    He turned 70 yesterday – I’m now married to a septuagenarian! A very youthful one.

    Leaving Zagreb today for LHR, but not before visiting the town square for one last time. Sadly it was packed with activists of the vegan/extinction rebellion/greenpeace genre. Soyboys and earnest, unhappy looking girls. The stalls were interesting – all advertising and selling products that looked like meat but weren’t. Why do they do that? If vegetables are so wonderful and healthy, why disguise them as something else? It smacks of deception.

    Tonight the ER loons will have a demmo there, poncing and cosplaying in their red draperies and white lead faces. And we will be gone.

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