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Jorge
Jorge
October 3, 2022 2:21 pm

Football Australia promises ‘strong and swift action’ against Nazi-saluting fans

Same problem at games in Hong Kong. Stand up and look solemn when the Chinese national anthem is played.

They send plain clothes narks on to the ground who face the crowd and take shots of those who laugh, give Nazi salutes or make noise.

Deplorables everywhere.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 2:21 pm

Trump got one thing done: a tax cut for the rich, for which McConnell should really take the credit. Everything else was ephemeral.

You reading the ABC playbook again Munt? I guess, by your standards, Gillard passing the most pages of legislation made her the “most effective” PM evah?

m0nty
m0nty
October 3, 2022 2:22 pm

Gillard got far more done than Abbott, yes.

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
October 3, 2022 2:22 pm

NSW’s hidden psychological experiment revealed
A ‘clandestine’ team of government workers who used psychology to “nudge” behaviour and increase compliance during the pandemic has been called into question.

That’s a headline at the Telegraph. I assume it’s about the Behavioural Insights Unit.
Chilling inferences and I don’t trust the NSW govt to be anything but sneaky.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 2:25 pm

m0nty says:
October 3, 2022 at 2:22 pm

Gillard got far more done than Abbott, yes.

Sure did. Regulated labor markets to extent that they’re now more hamstrung than under Keating and the Lying Slapper saddled us with the NDIS that turning into a bottomless pit with rampant corruption. She’s great. Got a lot done.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
October 3, 2022 2:26 pm

From lunchtime:

He died of a heart attack while walking his dog, Lucky.

Hahahahaaaa. Aaaahaha.

Brilliant.

feelthebern
feelthebern
October 3, 2022 2:28 pm

So what does George, the dutiful board member do?
Does he confront the CEO with direct questions?
Nup. He disowns the grandson.

Demonstrates human behavior.
The species hates being told they are wrong.
Goes positively ape shit when proven they are wrong.

bespoke
bespoke
October 3, 2022 2:29 pm

Did cpac pay respect to past present and future indigenous elders or is the next year?

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 2:30 pm

Kari Lake is really good value.

So persuasive and challenging the leftoids all the time.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 2:31 pm

And Abbott’s great decision was to close down subsidies to those car industry parasites, which included both the companies and the unions.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 2:35 pm

Good link thanks JC.

I note, though, at least in the US you can have a debate about abortion.

Here in Australia, you can’t even get the data on aborted babies and nor can you even start the debate.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 2:37 pm

Polls are bullshit. Nearly all of them are becoming leftwing tools to lie and help the cheating. For the past several months all we’ve seen was how Lula was going to handily beat the incumbent. Now… looksee.

Brazil braces for run-off as Bolsonaro beats expectations

It is an unexpectedly strong election result for combative ex-army captain Jair Bolsonaro – and for Brazil’s far-right – against frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Popular but tarnished is how the Leftwinger is described. FMD

Brazil’s bitterly divisive presidential election is headed for a run-off on October 30 as incumbent Jair Bolsonaro beat expectations to finish a closer-than-expected second to frontrunner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Lula, the veteran leftist seeking a presidential comeback, had 48.4 percent of the vote to 43.2 percent for the far-right president with more than 99 percent of polling station results in, according to the Superior Electoral Tribunal.

It was an unexpectedly strong result for combative ex-army captain Bolsonaro – and for Brazil’s far-right, which also had surprise good showings in a series of key Congressional and governors’ races.

Lula, the popular but tarnished ex-president who led Brazil from 2003 to 2010, had been the favorite to win the race – possibly in a single round.

On the eve of the election, leading polling firm Datafolha had given Lula 50 percent of the vote to 36 percent for Bolsonaro.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 2:37 pm

I recall one Lib MP in WA asked the McClown govt why at least 5 babies who were born as a result of a “failed abortion” were left alone on a Joondalup hospital tray to die. No MSM followed up.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
October 3, 2022 2:38 pm

A small edit –

(the timid civilised world)

The Liberal Party of Australia

has found nothing with which to oppose the onslaught of a sudden revival of barefaced barbarity, other than concessions and smiles.
— Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 2:39 pm

Lysander

The leftwing lunatic, according to Lake, supports the killing of a kid that survives an abortion. How the fuck is that not outright murder? You don’t even have to be anti-abortion to be repulsed by such a view.

Old bloke
Old bloke
October 3, 2022 2:42 pm

areff says:
October 3, 2022 at 11:01 am

The Hasids and Lubavitchers were at odds and came to blows in Brooklyn about 25 years ago — if memory serves it was sparked by one or other being spotted riding a bus on Shabbos.

I suppose that relates to the Sabbath restriction on lighting fires? I’ve heard that there are some ultra-orthodox communities in Jerusalem which pelt cars with stones if they are driven on the Sabbath as the internal-combustion engine is powered by a series of “fires”.

Would the Rabbi’s journey have been kosher if he was travelling on an electric bus?

rickw
rickw
October 3, 2022 2:45 pm

Are you blokes are turning out 50mm stub axles?

I had been thinking about doing them on my CNC (Colchester 3000L).

Cassie of Sydney
October 3, 2022 2:46 pm

“It is an unexpectedly strong election result for combative ex-army captain Jair Bolsonaro – and for Brazil’s far-right “

Ahhhh yes, that old canard “far-right”….now everyone who’s not on the left is now far-right and the smear “far-right” is designed to shout down and silence people. Even ordinary Australians who attend CPAC are “far-right”.

It is laughable, but the thing is….it isn’t very funny.

I should add JC, that isn’t just polls that are bullshit, the real problem is the MSM.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 2:47 pm

Yep, Cassie.

Tom
Tom
October 3, 2022 2:50 pm

Lula, the veteran leftist seeking a presidential comeback, had 48.4 percent of the vote to 43.2 percent for the far-right president with more than 99 percent of polling station results in, according to the Superior Electoral Tribunal.

Here we go again.

Any media outlet that describes an elected leader — in this case, a re-elected national leader — as “far right” exists mainly to proliferate leftwing talking points. It is not a “news” organisation.

Journalists are enemies of the people — elitist kingmakers who consider commoners too stupid to think for themselves.

Cassie of Sydney
October 3, 2022 2:50 pm

“I suppose that relates to the Sabbath restriction on lighting fires? “

Correct.

Tom
Tom
October 3, 2022 2:50 pm

Snap, Cassie.

Cassie of Sydney
October 3, 2022 2:51 pm

“Any media outlet that describes an elected leader — in this case, a re-elected national leader — as “far right” exists mainly to proliferate leftwing talking points. It is not a “news” organisation.

Journalists are enemies of the people — elitist kingmakers who consider commoners too stupid to think for themselves.”

You said it better than me. Thanks Tom.

rickw
rickw
October 3, 2022 2:52 pm

And Abbott’s great decision was to close down subsidies to those car industry parasites, which included both the companies and the unions.

Didn’t finish the job and scrap all the bullshit import restrictions and the massive bureaucracy that oversees this.

All apparently because some kiwi idiots imported cars to NZ that they had trouble getting parts for and then whinged about it.

“We don’t want to repeat what happened in NZ!” (Idiots suffering the consequences of idiotic decisions.)

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 2:55 pm

While Thatcher’s intellect was over-rated,

Sure Head. Totally and completely overrated, you fat-mouthed goofball.

Oxford.. No biggie, right. You idiot, Head.

Roberts attended Huntingtower Road Primary School and won a scholarship to Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, a grammar school.[6][14] Her school reports showed hard work and continual improvement; her extracurricular activities included the piano, field hockey, poetry recitals, swimming and walking.[15] She was head girl in 1942–43,[16] and outside school, while the Second World War was ongoing, she voluntarily worked as a fire watcher in the local ARP service.[17] Other students thought of Roberts as the “star scientist”, although mistaken advice regarding cleaning ink from parquetry almost caused chlorine gas poisoning. In her upper sixth year Roberts was accepted for a scholarship to study chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford, a women’s college, starting in 1944. After another candidate withdrew, Roberts entered Oxford in October 1943.[18][13]

H B Bear
H B Bear
October 3, 2022 2:56 pm

Any media outlet that describes an elected leader — in this case, a re-elected national leader — as “far right” exists mainly to proliferate leftwing talking points. It is not a “news” organisation.

No surprise ALPBC News falls straight into line.

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 2:56 pm

Ed Casesays:
October 3, 2022 at 1:42 pm
Quisling gets a bad rap.
His “crime” was to be an inept politician who wound up on the losing side.
A Norwegian Malcolm Turnbull, if you like.

Few would regard that as a ringing endorsement!

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 2:57 pm

I should add JC, that isn’t just polls that are bullshit, the real problem is the MSM.

I have to say that I am thoroughly enjoying the Peoples Pundit’s daily updates on US polls. According to him, the MSM/Left are push pollers and, despite what you read from them, the House and Senate are 100% on-track for a red wave still.

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 2:58 pm

Ed Casesays:
October 3, 2022 at 1:47 pm
From a strategic point of view, I think Putin had no choice.

Seriously?
He’s got Nukes, but he decided losing 100,000 soldiers plus was the correct option?

Richard Cranium

Would you have preferred 5 MT on Kyiv?

feelthebern
feelthebern
October 3, 2022 2:59 pm

Lula, the popular but tarnished ex-president who led Brazil from 2003 to 2010, had been the favorite to win the race – possibly in a single round.

What makes this surprising is that Lula has built a pretty broad based coalition with some of Bolsonaro’s former allies.
It’s a pity Greenwald has been out of action for the last month or so.
What are the odds of his partner being in intensive care for a month with a UTI that developed into to a major health issue the month before the election.

rosie
rosie
October 3, 2022 2:59 pm

Laborites, still convincing themselves that passing reams and reams of legislation is the pinnacle of government achievement while expecting people to take them seriously.
Seriously.

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 3:00 pm

JC

Snap.

H B Bear
H B Bear
October 3, 2022 3:00 pm

Now that Pirate Pete has fallen on his sword ( no pun intended) who can the Australian Republican Movement get to replace him? Dick Pusey? Harold Scruby? Is there a Nomination Committee?

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 3:06 pm

B John

I swear to God Almighty, he’s a laugh everyday. He genuinely amuses me to no end which is why I always beg him not to change. Ever!

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 3:07 pm

Harold Scruby?

It has to be Harold, who on the old Cat was voted the most boring human being alive.

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 3:07 pm

I certainly had a laugh at Abbott for being an international joke. I know you conservatives love it when your leader puffs their chest out and acts tough, that’s all you really want from a leader when it comes down to it even if it is all toothless bluster. People with brains prefer someone who actually gets things done, whether loud or quiet.

This is why m0nty-fa supports Biden. Because m0nty-fa has no brains.

H B Bear
H B Bear
October 3, 2022 3:08 pm

Teh Paywallian reporting Craig “Fozzy” Foster has the inside running.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 3:09 pm

HB – for the ARM, I genuinely think they need a conservative in charge. Someone like Hendo who can help to convince the Right.

A bit like what Albo has done with Chris Kenny on the Voice (although I think that the harder sale).

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 3:09 pm

Oh Okay, Bear. That sounds like a decent pick. Who is he?

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 3:13 pm

m0ntysays:
October 3, 2022 at 2:17 pm
Trump got one thing done: a tax cut for the rich, for which McConnell should really take the credit. Everything else was ephemeral.

And Biden’s achievements are?

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 3:15 pm

Lysandersays:
October 3, 2022 at 2:18 pm
Is Colonel Doug Mcgregor a reliable source?

It seems Fox daytime don’t like him but Fox “after dark” do?

He is very good on military tactics and organisation.

Johnny Rotten
October 3, 2022 3:17 pm

A man walking along a California beach was deep in prayer.

All of a sudden, he said out loud “Lord, grant me one wish”.

Suddenly the sky clouded above his head and in a booming voice the Lord said “Because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish”. The man said “Build a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over anytime I want”.

The Lord said “Your request is very materialistic. Think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking. The supports that would be required to reach the bottom of the Pacific! The concrete and steel it would take! I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things. Take a little more time and think of another wish, a wish you think would honour and glorify Me”.

The man thought about it for a long time.

Finally, he said “Lord, I wish that I could understand women. I want to know how they feel inside, what they are thinking when they give me the silent treatment, why they cry, what they mean when they say ‘nothing’, and how I can make a woman truly happy”.

The Lord replied “You want two lanes or four on that bridge?”

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 3:18 pm

I read somewhere yesterday that Fox Five, a Fox News program is the most popular and most watched program in cable history. Never watched it though. Fox News dominates the top seven spots.

Johnny Rotten
October 3, 2022 3:18 pm

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

– Sun Tzu

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 3:19 pm

m0ntysays:
October 3, 2022 at 2:22 pm
Gillard got far more done than Abbott, yes.

That wasn’t the question, but since none of what she did had any long-term value, the answer is clear.

Gillard’s achievements were all ephemeral.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 3:20 pm

Joke of the hour

A woman was mixing ingredients to bake a cake. The husband walked into the kitchen followed by their youngest child. The child scraped the bowl.

That’s it. That’s the joke. I’ll get another ready in the next hour.
Just kidding.

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 3:23 pm

Tom

Journalists are enemies of the people — elitist kingmakers who consider commoners too stupid to think for themselves.

If m0nty-fa is a representative j’ismist, then they are all irredeemably stupid.

bespoke
bespoke
October 3, 2022 3:26 pm

How many libertarians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
None, the lightbulb has to pull itself up by the bootstraps and screw itself in

bespoke
bespoke
October 3, 2022 3:28 pm

What’s the difference between a libertarian wedding and a libertarian funeral?
One less opinion

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 3:30 pm

Johnny Rottensays:
October 3, 2022 at 3:18 pm
The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

– Sun Tzu

Profound quote, Johnny. Maybe your man Putin should have read it 7 months ago.

Speedbox
October 3, 2022 3:32 pm

JC – What’s going on with Credit Suisse and to a somewhat lesser extent, Deutsche Bank?

I appreciate that rumours sometimes masquerade as fact, but their share price decline over the past few months shows the bears have it by the balls. Any linkage to the Russia/Ukraine conflict do you think or is this entirely self-inflicted?

H B Bear
H B Bear
October 3, 2022 3:38 pm

JC – ex Socceroo. SBS wogball correspondent. Would be less controversial than the Pirate at least.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 3:41 pm

SpeedB

I posted something earlier. I don’t think there’s a great deal of tension these two banks are going bust. Sure, there is that fear, but I think it more to do with the fact both need to do heavy duty recaps and consequent existing shareholder dilution. I can’t believe what’s happened to CS. I worked there for a long time and it was a profitable bank. Clients would trade with us because of our high credit rating. There have been missteps after missteps for past 10 years or so. If it turns really sour the two banks will be bailed out, but the current shareholders will be zeroed.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 3:43 pm

What’s all this about? JC???

It is anticipated that the closed meeting of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 3, 2022, will be held under expedited procedures, as set forth in section 261b.7 of the Board’s Rules Regarding Public Observation of Meetings, at the Board’s offices at 20th and C Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C. and by audio/video conference call. The following items of official Board business are tentatively scheduled to be considered at that meeting.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 3:45 pm

Agenda
Meeting Date: Monday, October 3, 2022

Matter(s) to be Considered:
1.Review and determination by the Board of Governors of the advance and discount rates to be charged by the Federal Reserve Banks.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 3:46 pm

Speedb

The euro markets are open and there’s little fanfare. The Swiss market (SMI) is up about 1.4%, CS is up 3.9%. German stocks are down .5% and Deutsche Bank is up tiny – about .75%.

If there was anything to the rumors, these markets and stocks would be well down and they aren’t, so they live for another day.

Top Ender
Top Ender
October 3, 2022 3:48 pm

British academics are calling for the Rosetta Stone to be returned to Egypt after more than 200 years in the UK.

Experts have signed a petition saying the treasured 2,200-year-old slab, which enabled the decoding of hieroglyphs in 1822-1824, should be handed back.

Daily Mail

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 3:52 pm

Dunno Lysander. it sounds like it’s technical. It could also be a cloak of some sort, letting them discuss tensions in Euroweenie financial markets and even perhaps discuss how they walk back some of their hawkish blather.

The US Dollar is very strong, which may means there could be a Dollar shortage developing around the world and there may need to be some lending program set up for the ECB etc to counter the liquidity issue.

All speculation for me.

Johnny Rotten
October 3, 2022 3:53 pm

The Federal Reserve Is Raising Interest Rates – Get Used To It

“The title speaks for itself. The Fed is going to continue raising rates until inflation shows notable improvement. Some still question whether the Fed will ease on its hawkish policies, but there is absolutely every indication to believe they will continue at full speed. Core PCE rose 4.9% in August from the year prior and increased 0.6% for the month.

Before the aforementioned data was released, Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans said he was “cautiously optimistic” that the US could avoid a recession. “There are lags in monetary policy and we have moved expeditiously. We have done three 75 basis point increases in a row and there is a talk of more to get to that 4.25% to 4.5% by the end of the year, you’re not leaving much time to sort of look at each monthly release,” Evans, who is set to retire next year, said.

The truth of the matter is that the White House simply changed the definition of a recession. The majority is hurting financially right now, and I don’t think we need the talking heads to tell us that we are already in a recession. The typical analysis looks only at domestic conditions, but internationally, most central banks are in the process of raising rates and backtracking on failed QE policies.

Every month there are reports of the market being “spooked” by rate hikes. People come on TV and act surprised that the Fed has the audacity to raise rates yet again. Why? Powell stated in every possible way that the FOMC will raise rates for “some time.” In Powell language, that means rates will continue to rise for a while. The computer foresees havoc going into 2023. Things must get worse before they become better. Unemployment must rise, rates must go higher, and you must adjust your strategy accordingly.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/markets-by-sector/interest-rates/the-federal-reserve-is-raising-rates-get-used-to-it/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Same here with the RBA……………………………..

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 3:55 pm

Thanks JC.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
October 3, 2022 3:56 pm

Experts have signed a petition saying the treasured 2,200-year-old slab, which enabled the decoding of hieroglyphs in 1822-1824, should be handed back.

Ah righto. Experts, again.

rosie
rosie
October 3, 2022 3:59 pm

How many modern day Egyptians are related to the Egyptians who lived in Egypt way back when?
perhaps not many.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
October 3, 2022 3:59 pm

Experts have signed a petition saying the treasured 2,200-year-old slab, which enabled the decoding of hieroglyphs in 1822-1824, should be handed back.

Next, the Elgin marbles. Decolonise!

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 3:59 pm

A man got in the car and turned on the engine. He looked into the review mirror and saw there were no cars coming. He then turned on the right indicator and drove off.

End of joke.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
October 3, 2022 4:03 pm

How many modern day Egyptians are related to the Egyptians who lived in Egypt way back when?
perhaps not many.

Compare the bust of Nefertiti with contemporary Egyptians.

bespoke
bespoke
October 3, 2022 4:05 pm

Little girl: “Mommy, I want to be a feminist when I grow up.”
Mom: “Well pick one sweetie, you can’t do both.?”

Ed Case
Ed Case
October 3, 2022 4:05 pm

How many Egyptians of today are descended from the Egyptians of 200 years ago, when the Stone was purloined?
All of them, i’d say.

Ed Case
Ed Case
October 3, 2022 4:07 pm

Compare the bust of Nefertiti with contemporary Egyptians.

So it’s okay to steal any Egyptian antiques, then?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
October 3, 2022 4:08 pm

British academics are calling for the Rosetta Stone to be returned to Egypt after more than 200 years in the UK.

Keep the stone and deport the academics to Egypt.

Speedbox
October 3, 2022 4:09 pm

Cheers JC.

Makka
Makka
October 3, 2022 4:13 pm

how many armies have been fucked over by a Russian winter!!

Not one Russian army.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
October 3, 2022 4:19 pm

Content of jokes:

JC – 1
JR – 0

politichix
politichix
October 3, 2022 4:23 pm
rosie
rosie
October 3, 2022 4:25 pm

I guess Napoleon ‘stole’ it, even though the Egyptians didn’t know it existed.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 4:28 pm

Speedb

It does sound from this today’s WSJ piece that it’s more like I suggested. The recap is going to screw the existing shareholders. CS has a ton of liquidity and they maybe lying, but I don’t really think so.

Credit Suisse CS 0.00%? Group AG tried to assuage fears about its health in a memo to employees and in a round of phone calls to investors and clients over the weekend, according to people familiar with the matter.

Credit Suisse shares are down 21% this month and spreads on its credit-default swaps, a type of insurance against default, rose to their highest level of the year on Friday. The deteriorated market condition indicates that Credit Suisse could struggle to raise new shares to pay for a planned restructuring and that its funding costs could rise sharply.

There hasn’t been a formal approach to any shareholders about issuing new shares, the people familiar with the matter said.

Credit Suisse in late July said it would refashion its investment bank and exit some other businesses to become a leaner, less risky institution, following financial disasters that included a $5.1 billion hit last year from client Archegos Capital Management.

The Swiss bank has a large domestic business serving all types of customers and competes globally in wealth management, investment banking and asset management. Its stock has traded below book value, a commonly followed metric by investors, for years as a succession of executive teams struggled to contain problems within the bank.

In a memo to staff on Friday, Chief Executive Ulrich Körner told employees that the bank is at a critical moment before it presents a strategy update outlining plans for the investment bank on Oct. 27. He said not to confuse its stock price performance with its capital strength and liquidity.

The memo appeared to spark fresh concerns and spilled into an online frenzy on Twitter and on Reddit investment discussion boards on Saturday and Sunday.

In talking points updated on Sunday for its bankers and relationship managers, Credit Suisse said it has close to a $100 billion capital buffer and continues to expect a 13% to 14% ratio for its highest quality equity capital through the rest of the year.

According to the points, viewed by The Wall Street Journal, Credit Suisse’s high quality liquid assets were around $238 billion at the end of June. That hasn’t changed materially since then, a person familiar with the matter said. Credit Suisse’s leverage exposure was around $873 billion at the end of June, according to its second-quarter financial statements.

Some of the investor concern around Credit Suisse’s health has centered around its leveraged finance portfolios, which the bank said totaled $5.9 billion at June 30. It was among the top lenders to the leveraged buyout of Citrix Systems Inc., a deal that left a consortium of banks with losses.

Another area of focus is its securitized products group, with around $75 billion in gross exposure to mortgage bonds and asset finance. In July, Credit Suisse said it could bring down the capital funding the group with an outside investor, but hasn’t signed a deal yet.

Mr. Körner in his memo Friday compared Credit Suisse to a rising phoenix that will be sustainable for the long term. The bank was founded by entrepreneur-financier Alfred Escher in 1856.

The bank is Switzerland’s second-largest by assets, after UBS Group AG, which faced its own existential crisis and needed a government bailout in the 2008 financial crisis, followed by a major restructuring. UBS has since emerged as the stronger of the pair.

The leverage appears to be pretty low.

johanna
johanna
October 3, 2022 4:34 pm

It seems that Asian tourism is back, in a small way at least.

Over the long weekend several Chinese families/couples have stayed at the motel, which is a sensible alternative to staying in Canberra (at least $100 a night saving). This is after a long drought during the COVID period. There have also been Koreans and the ubiquitous Indians.

They are, for the most part, well behaved guests. The proprietor told me today that the most annoying ones are locals that call her every few hours to let her know how close they are to arriving. It seems to be an offshoot of the culture where people text each other every 10 minutes to let their friends know where they are and what they are doing.

As she said – why would I care that you are in Goulburn having coffee?

Generation something or other.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 4:34 pm

Munt
have you ordered an ISIS bride yet?

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 4:40 pm

I don’t get why you Putinist cranks keep crapping on about Teh Harsh Russian Winters, as if that is going to mean anything in Ukraine, a temperate climate on the same latitude as France! Too much hopium and copium, not enough basic geography.

Johnny Rotten
October 3, 2022 4:42 pm

A man and his young son are in the chemist, when the son comes across the condom and asks his father what they are. The dad replies “Well son those are condoms and they’re for protection when you’re having sex”. The son then picks up one of the packs and ask why it has three condoms in it. The dad replies “Those are for high school boys one for Friday one for Saturday and one for Sunday”. The son then picks up one with six condoms and ask “Why six? “The dad replies “Well son those are for uni students – two for Friday, two for Saturday and two for Sunday”. The son then notices the 12 pack of condoms and asks the same question. The dad replies “Son those are for married men one for January, one for February, one for March…”

Johnny Rotten
October 3, 2022 4:44 pm

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

– Confucius

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 4:46 pm

politichix says:
October 3, 2022 at 4:23 pm

Destroying the “Mother of All Proxy Armies” in Ukraine

Explain this Fisk.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 4:48 pm

DaSpincht
Firstly, I am not a Putinista (others may be, but I am not).

Secondly, minus 5 in the Ukraine is pretty fucking cold when you don’t have enough power/gas.

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 4:50 pm

, the guy is a lunatic. Just read this part, it really speaks for itself –

As one who recognized as early as February 28th that the Russian army was executing a strategic feint in and around the Ukrainian capital

johanna
johanna
October 3, 2022 4:51 pm

I note that Sweden and Denmark have abolished mass immunisation against COVID for under 18’s, while the morons running things here are still advocating sticking needles in the arms of infants.

The only good news is that the uptake has been what the advocates would call ‘disappointing.’

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 4:52 pm

Secondly, minus 5 in the Ukraine is pretty fucking cold when you don’t have enough power/gas.

Oh, I’m sure they’ll cope in the circumstances, lol (FFS, you really are revealing yourself here!)

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 4:52 pm

Okay, Fisk.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 4:56 pm

FFS, you really are revealing yourself here

As what? A person who puts the heater on in Perth when it dips below 10 degrees?

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 4:58 pm

And look up Naftogaz in UKR and ask why UKR will need to import gas this winter despite having one of the greatest gas reserves in the world.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 5:01 pm

Yurii Vitrenko, the head of the state gas company Naftogaz, said indoor temperatures would be set at between 17 and 18C, about four degrees lower than normal, and he advised people to stock up on blankets and warm clothes for when outdoor temperatures fall to and beyond the -10C winter average.

“Heating season”, the period when the central heating is on, will come later and end earlier, said Vitrenko.

The target depends on Ukraine’s international allies giving it the necessary funds to import 4bn cubic metres-worth of gas, as well as no wildcards playing out – such as Russia destroying gas infrastructure or further decreasing its gas supplies to Europe.

“Without the [western] financial support we will lack gas and it will mean we’ll have really high risks for the power system [going] down,” Vitrenko said. He described how Naftogaz backed up some of Ukraine’s power companies with gas in March when coal supplies were halted by the war. “[Otherwise] there would have been no electricity,” he said.

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 5:04 pm

As what? A person who puts the heater on in Perth when it dips below 10 degrees?

OK, but you are from Perth. They aren’t from Perth. Or Russia for that matter. They’re from a different country, have lived there for a thousand oddyears, and probably know how to deal with a bit of cold weather (and a few other things that have been thrown their way, such as war and famine, mostly by their generous Russian neighbours). I think they’ll be fine, you can relax now!

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 5:05 pm

“Heating season”, the period when the central heating is on, will come later and end earlier, said Vitrenko.

Shit man. They’re definitely going to surrender to Putin and let him annex their country now!

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 5:08 pm

OK, but you are from Perth. They aren’t from Perth. Or Russia for that matter.

When you’re talking about where a people are from in an area dominated by ancient feuding clans, kings, conquerors and c-nts, it becomes a bit redundant, right?

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 5:14 pm

Well, I guess that’s progress. We started out this thread with an imminent nuclear war as the reason why Ukraine must surrender to Putin, and we’ve dialed it back to not enough cardigans to go around as the reason why Ukraine must surrender to Putin. The world just keeps getting better in small increments!

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 5:20 pm

Never said that Fisk.

Winter wont help but it’ll hardly be deciding factor in Russia winning.

And, I don’t typically buy what the UN sells, but they put out this release recently:

“Speaking from bomb-shattered ruins in Irpin and Bucha near the capital Kyiv, UNHCR High Commissioner, Filippo Grandi warned that winter was only around the corner: “And winters in Ukraine are very harsh and severe, extremely cold. So, we must do everything possible to prevent the cold of winter from becoming the next challenge for people that already have to face so much in their lives.”

Makka
Makka
October 3, 2022 5:22 pm

Fisk, the very bottom line is this;

It’s no longer about who will win in Ukraine. It’s gone far beyond that now. Much bigger risks are in play.

What it is about now is how much is our mentally retarded , corrupt deviant western leadership willing to risk in pushing Russia towards capitulation? Or quite probably disintegration? Now , we know how completely inept these morons are yet we (the citizens in the west) are forced to trust these utter scumbags. And if their judgement is wrong , that risk is potentially a nuclear exchange.

That to me is far FAR too big a risk to entrust to these idiot corruptocrats to get right. These are the very same psychogrubs who gave us the Covid mandates and the corruption and brutality that accompanied it, the imposition of the LGBTQI deviant ideology and its oppressive corruption of our education systems and children, the conspiracy with big tech to impose censorship of any and all opposing opinions, the ruining of our economies with their AGW scam. The same grubs who steal elections.

We are traversing a very dangerous period and cheering for the demented team that intends to provoke a nuclear launch is an obscenity. The Donbass is and never was worth the serious risk of a nuclear exchange. Although the frothing mouth pro-Biden/left/EU media will have you believe it’s a cause worth that same risk.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 5:23 pm

Alternately, you can hear what Zelensky had to say about their upcoming winter:

Zelenskyy’s remarks came a day after he warned Europeans that Russia was preparing “a decisive energy blow” during the cold months ahead.

But yeah Fisk, you (apparently) know better than Zelensky.

calli
calli
October 3, 2022 5:23 pm

Bons, loved you story about Wyoming. I was there in Oct 2018 and just like you, was blown away by the scenery. So much natural beauty.

Stayed in Jackson Hole.

Looked around Holyrood yesterday (closed today for the King’s visit). Saw the “bloodstained” floor where Darnley had Rizzio dispatched. Off to St Andrews today, then Wick. Hopefully we aren’t blown into the North Sea.

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 5:24 pm

OK, got it. Your concern for Ukrainians’ capacity to live in a climate they’ve inhabited for about a millennium is noted. I’m sure it comes from a genuine feeling of human solidarity or something. /hugs

calli
calli
October 3, 2022 5:26 pm

Lots of being “blown away” in that comment.

With multiple meanings. Isn’t English wonderful?

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 5:27 pm

Hi Makka, you’ve obviously thought about this a lot. Leaving aside the LGBT stuff, who do you think is going to launch a nuclear weapon and under what circumstances?

calli
calli
October 3, 2022 5:29 pm

This morning I woke to a “news” presentation on saving electricity. One tip – measure out a single cup of water and heat it in the kettle for a cuppa.

This is where they are right now.

Ed Case
Ed Case
October 3, 2022 5:35 pm


Putin speaks about Russian greatness
in a Brioni jacket costing half a million rubles.

It was also reported in the mass media that the “concert” was mostly attended by “extras” – people who were paid 800 roubles (13 US dollars) to attend or were sent away from their place of work. Some said they were given flyers at work and “asked to come.”

You’d hafta wonder how much popular support Putin had for his fake War?

johanna
johanna
October 3, 2022 5:36 pm

Don’t be dissin’ cardigans.

Them’s fightin’ words.

Re the armchair experts’ latest wank:

Seriously, people thousands of miles away getting all het up about events that are cloaked in the fog of war and propaganda – I suppose it’s like playing a video game.

Yah- I got one! Blam, well, how about this! etc, etc.

The real concern is the machinations of the EU and the US , both of which seem determined to ramp things up.

Luckily, the EU is now facing an energy crisis, which they brought on themselves with just a nudge or two from Putin. It’s hard to fight a war when your own country is about to run out of electricity and petrol. Especially when it is because of your own laws (the net zero nonsense).

Putin has done us a big favour by highlighting the unicorn fart underpinning of Green fantasists.

I don’t think that Europe will collapse, although parts of it may. The pragmatic Dutch, the fierce Hungarians, the self-serving French, the proud Poles – and so on. Each will find their own way, and sacrificing to Germany will drop down the menu list of options.

Old bloke
Old bloke
October 3, 2022 5:37 pm

A good investment might be European diesel generator manufacturers. There will be a big demand for their products in the coming months, they should do well provided they can secure sufficient energy supplies to keep manufacturing going.

calli
calli
October 3, 2022 5:40 pm

Oh, and running washing machines on low temperatures to avoid heating bills. One problem – most front loaders need heat to keep the mechanisms and lines clear of gunk buildup.

I predict failures and floodings.

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 5:41 pm

callisays:
October 3, 2022 at 5:29 pm
This morning I woke to a “news” presentation on saving electricity. One tip – measure out a single cup of water and heat it in the kettle for a cuppa.

Most electric kettles seem to have a “minimum” level for safe use, generally more than one cup.

But they should feel free to burn out their elements, if they so desire.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 5:42 pm

You’d hafta wonder how much popular support Putin had for his fake War?

Waning, I’d say.

However, one US commentator who lives in Moscow said “Russians’ support for Russia (not Putin), despite how bad things become, never wanes.”

Makka
Makka
October 3, 2022 5:42 pm

Leaving aside the LGBT stuff, who do you think is going to launch a nuclear weapon and under what circumstances?

Stop with the stupid bs questions Fisk. I’m far more concerned now about the trajectory in which this shitstorm is headed. And what could possibly change it. My hope is that this coming winter will be severe enough on European public opinion to force the EU deviants to cave leaving the senile airhead in the WH without Euro support. And that the winter grind in Ukraine results in somewhat of a stalemate at the new Russia/ Donbass borders.

I wouldn’t speculate on who initiates a nuke exchange but I know who is provoking it and why.

calli
calli
October 3, 2022 5:43 pm

The head of steam from the boiling water trips the cut off switch, so the whole thing is self defeating.

I love “experts”.

johanna
johanna
October 3, 2022 5:43 pm

calli says:
October 3, 2022 at 5:23 pm

Bons, loved you story about Wyoming. I was there in Oct 2018 and just like you, was blown away by the scenery. So much natural beauty.

Stayed in Jackson Hole.

Yeah, meant to respond to that.

Wyoming is awesome – it is wild, untamed, beautiful. Huge vistas, vast skies.

Also, there is not only a Gideon Bible but also a Book of Mormon in the motel drawer.

Hard to believe that the same country has Wyoming and the shit, crime and fake trannie infested cities below.

calli
calli
October 3, 2022 5:45 pm

But they feel like they’re “doing something”.

Just like Gillard.

Trouble is the “something” causes more problems.

Cassie of Sydney
October 3, 2022 5:47 pm

On his programme tonight Chris Kenny said, in his introduction to a segment on those female black crows who are stuck in no man’s land in Northern Syria, that they were “trafficked or coerced to enter Syria“.

No Mr Kenny, the fact is that most of these females who travelled to Syria went voluntarily, so as to fight a holy war against infidels, a “war” which involved butchering Christian, Yazidi and Alawite men and boys and enslaving Christian, Yazidi and Alawite women and girls.

Cassie of Sydney
October 3, 2022 5:52 pm

“Stop with the stupid bs questions Fisk. “

He can’t, he gets off on them.

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 5:52 pm

I wouldn’t speculate on who initiates a nuke exchange but I know who is provoking it and why.

OK no problem, we’ll come back to the first point later. Who do you think is provoking a nuclear exchange and through which specific actions?

m0nty
m0nty
October 3, 2022 5:52 pm

I have no patience with those who preach appeasement in the face of Putin threatening nukes.

If you give in to that, it sets a very bad precedent. The likes of Pakistan and NK would see it as a signal that they can boss the West around.

You can’t send the message that the West gives in once nukes are involved. That enables terrorism, state or otherwise.

That is quite apart from the obvious bad faith of many right-wing culture warriors who want to let Putin run free regardless in the name of Christ, and are just using nukes as an excuse.

Eyrie
Eyrie
October 3, 2022 5:53 pm

What it is about now is how much is our mentally retarded , corrupt deviant western leadership willing to risk in pushing Russia towards capitulation?

Well there’s potentially a lot of loot on the table. They don’t care about Uke “democracy” and “freedom”(there isn’t any), they want Russia to disintegrate so they can loot the place like they did during the 1990’s.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
October 3, 2022 5:55 pm

Where is Ukraine getting gas from? Very vague, nothing up to date. I’m wondering if goolag is sensoring information. Apparently pute is still paying totransit gas through Ukraine but who really knows?

Ed Case
Ed Case
October 3, 2022 5:55 pm

I wouldn’t speculate on who initiates a nuke exchange but I know who is provoking it and why.

Nukes aren’t a big deal.
People never stopped living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and they’d be back at Chernobyl if not for the armed guards.
But let’s say Putin nuked Kiev.
It would be completely pointless, since the War is being run from Washington.
What’s more likely is that Joe Brandon nukes Kiev, blames Putin, and NATO troops [officially] hit the ground in Ukraine.

Ed Case
Ed Case
October 3, 2022 5:56 pm

Where is Ukraine getting gas from?

From Russia, where else?
The War is totally fake.

m0nty
m0nty
October 3, 2022 5:57 pm

FFS shut up Ed.

Cassie of Sydney
October 3, 2022 5:58 pm

“I have no patience with those who preach appeasement in the face of Putin threatening nukes.”

Oh, goodness, how decent, yet you are silent about the Biden administration continuing with the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, despite the fact that Iran threatens the sole Jewish state on the planet with annihilation every day and despite the fact that Iran using proxies in Lebanon and in Gaza.

You really are stupid, offensively stupid.

Cassie of Sydney
October 3, 2022 5:59 pm

The fat fascist fuckwit doesn’t mind some appeasement, it all depends on who’s doing the appeasing and who is being appeased.

rosie
rosie
October 3, 2022 6:00 pm

I have no patience with people who see the lives of Ukrainians and Russians as completely expendable because ‘appeasement’.

Top Ender
Top Ender
October 3, 2022 6:02 pm

Doing the rounds on Facebook:

Robert Sterne, Casting Director of the Netflix series The Crown, is looking for a young actor to play Prince Harry in the next series. Strong physical resemblance wanted – no experience necessary.

Let the memes commence!

miltonf
miltonf
October 3, 2022 6:03 pm

Wow montypox sounds like dubya

Ed Case
Ed Case
October 3, 2022 6:04 pm

Iran threatens nobody, it’s surrounded by U.S. bases.
Israel tried to destroy Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006, suffered a strategic defeat, and now wants America to do the dirty work for them.

johanna
johanna
October 3, 2022 6:04 pm

Why are we bringing back the women who voluntarily went to join a cult that wanted to annihilate Western civilisation? No holds barred. Murder unrestrained.

Of course they want to come back, and will say and promise anything to get there, as the sun rises in the East. Living here for free with sanitation and money.

They will be a constant cost to taxpayers, being surveilled, collecting welfare, and contributing nothing.

Well done, Elbow!

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 6:08 pm

A woman is standing on the side of the road looking both sides to cross the street. She finds a gap in the traffic and walks across.

Cassie of Sydney
October 3, 2022 6:12 pm

“Wow montypox sounds like dubya”

I know….amazing.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 6:12 pm

When you show your ability to write contradictory sentences in less than 10 words:

Iran threatens nobody, it’s surrounded by U.S. bases.

miltonf
miltonf
October 3, 2022 6:12 pm

If we have to have jokes, short and snappy are the best.

2dogs
2dogs
October 3, 2022 6:14 pm

FFS shut up Ed.

Sealioning is not so funny when it is against you, is it Monty?

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 6:17 pm

I have no patience with those who preach appeasement in the face of Putin threatening nukes.

If you give in to that, it sets a very bad precedent. The likes of Pakistan and NK would see it as a signal that they can boss the West around.

You can’t send the message that the West gives in once nukes are involved. That enables terrorism, state or otherwise.

That is quite apart from the obvious bad faith of many right-wing culture warriors who want to let Putin run free regardless in the name of Christ, and are just using nukes as an excuse.

m0nty-fa has become a convert to Mutually Assured Destruction. How very neo-con.

That is quite apart from the obvious bad faith of many left-wing culture warriors who want to let political correctness in all of its gross variants run free regardless, in the name of so-called “progressivism”, the actuality of which is fascism.

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 6:18 pm

Nukes aren’t a big deal.

Unless they land where you live, Richard Cranium.

Ed Case
Ed Case
October 3, 2022 6:20 pm

I’m not SeaLioning Monty, i’m upticking him.
My only advice, if I was giving any, is to remember the words of Marcus Aurelius, to wit:
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 6:21 pm

m0ntysays:
October 3, 2022 at 5:57 pm
FFS shut up Ed.

Having in the past 48 hours accepted pre-emptive police shootings of demonstrators and the use of nuclear weapons, m0nty-fa suddenly notices that he and Richard Cranium Case are as one, a team of pseudo-fascist neo-cons.

Speedbox
October 3, 2022 6:21 pm

Eyrie says:
October 3, 2022 at 5:53 pm
Well there’s potentially a lot of loot on the table. They don’t care about Uke “democracy” and “freedom”(there isn’t any), they want Russia to disintegrate so they can loot the place like they did during the 1990’s.

Spot on. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Western (read USA) response has provided a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to finish off Russia. The collapse of the USSR was only a portion of the desired ‘solution’. Mineral resources in Russia are beyond vast – they are effectively incalculable – and the reorganisation of the current Russian Federation into, say, eight or nine new autonomous countries (like the ‘Stans’) presents a mouth watering prospect for some in the West. China can then be largely sidelined from a resource and manufacturing perspective as those new countries friendly to the West, will see hundreds of billions (trillions over time) of sponsored dollars into new industry. Consequently, China’s capacity to be a global ‘bad actor’ is severely curtailed as its economy falls and cuts must be made to its expansionist plans.

For the West. it is a trifecta: 1 – Russia is destroyed and can never rise as a federation again to threaten the West; 2 – new West friendly countries are created giving access to incredible resources; 3 – China is nobbled as they can no longer afford their expansionist plans.

(yeah, I know, plenty can go wrong with this scenario).

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
October 3, 2022 6:22 pm

A joke.
I know what you mean, I had something very similar happen to me.
Like the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville.
I needed a new heel for m’shoe.
So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days.
So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time.
Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ’em. “Gimme five bees for a quarter,” you’d say.
Now where were we… oh yeah.
The important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time.
I didn’t have any white onions, because of the war.
The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones.

That’s it.

2dogs
2dogs
October 3, 2022 6:23 pm

those who preach appeasement

To avoid appeasement, there is a third way: set a high price. Like demanding Russia give up the Kuril Islands in exchange for Crimea. You can still get the negotiated settlement that ends the conflict, but without being seen as easy prey.

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 6:23 pm

Ed Casesays:
October 3, 2022 at 6:04 pm
Iran threatens nobody, it’s surrounded by U.S. bases.
Israel tried to destroy Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006, suffered a strategic defeat, and now wants America to do the dirty work for them.

And a nuclear armed Iran would never attack those bases of the Great Satan, nor Israel, the Lesser Satan, with nuclear weapons, would it?

You stupid idiot.

Johnny Rotten
October 3, 2022 6:24 pm

Citizens for Sanity

“Citizens for Sanity is trolling American Progressives by promoting their woke ideologies to show just how asinine the thinking has become.

The mission statement:

‘Citizens for Sanity’s mission is to return common sense to America, to highlight the importance of logic and reason, and to defeat “wokeism” and anti-critical thinking ideologies that have permeated every sector of our country and threaten the very freedoms that are foundational to the American Dream.’

These advertisements are clearly parodies, but they show what the far-left would like to normalize. They even call out individual politicians:

– In Atlanta, GA: “Thank you, Senator Warnock, for voting to keep violent criminals out of jail. Gang members need to earn a living too.”

– “Thank you, Senator Warnock, for voting to keep violent predators out of jail. Unmasked toddlers are the real criminals.”

– In Las Vegas, NV: “Thank you, Catherine Cortez Masto, for voting to keep our border open. Drug cartels need all the help they can get.”

– In Phoenix, AZ: “Thank you, Mark Kelly, for voting to keep our borders open. The drugs aren’t going to smuggle themselves.”

– In Epping, NH: “Thank you, Senator Hassan, for voting to keep our border open. Drug cartels need all the help they can get.”

– In Philadelphia: “Thank you, John Fetterman, for fighting to keep violent criminals out of jail. Gang members need to earn a living too.”

– In Miami, FL: Thank you, Val Demings, for fighting to keep violent criminals out of jail.”

The organization goes on to attack the IRS: “If you do not like being audited then you’re the problem.”

“Too much freedom is a bad thing. Get your IRS audit today.”

These advertisements are a good laugh, but in truth, they are a direct reflection of how woke culture is destroying America. There is no logic or reason behind the woke agenda, and yet, politicians are pandering to support it in an effort to seem “progressive.” America must restore its sanity.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/citizens-for-sanity/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Makka
Makka
October 3, 2022 6:26 pm

Who do you think is provoking a nuclear exchange and through which specific actions?

Globalists and neocons (of all stripes) in the US and Europe now clearly intend to press Russia into regime change and towards disintegration via the Ukraine conflict. That is what the Ukraine conflict is now about. Which of course Russia, Putin with his whole apparatus and regime will violently oppose -with the option of using everything at their disposal.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 6:26 pm

UK government is reversing portion of the tax cuts.

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government is expected to reverse the proposed scrapping of the highest rate of income tax that has sparked a backlash in the governing Conservative Party, the BBC reported on Monday.

That’s the end of the conservatives now. What a bunch of useless imbeciles.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 6:29 pm

Does Truss have kids? There was a Catallaxy rule to never have a sheila running the show who didn’t have kids.

🙂

What a useless bunch of amateurs.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 6:29 pm

Francis Fuckyuyama has made a prediction that something “big is going to hit Russia in the coming days.”

You should be banned from making predictions if all your previous predictions have all been wrong.

I mean, he could almost work for the United States Study Centre, he’s been that wrong so many times.

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 6:30 pm

Which of course Russia, Putin with his whole apparatus and regime will violently oppose -with the option of using everything at their disposal.

OK, so you ARE speculating after all that Putin will resort to a nuclear first strike if he loses a conventional war that he started. Thanks for clarifying! Weird that you don’t seem to think there’s anything wrong with that though.

Rabz
October 3, 2022 6:31 pm

It has to be Harold (Scruby), who on the old Cat was voted the most boring human being alive.

Not sure about that, JC. Hugh Mackay was considered by Tim Blair to be Oz’s most boring personage, with Bernard Salt running a close second.

The Scrubes was famous for being the Plenipotentiary Elect (in perpetuity) of Australia’s (Very) Pedestrian Council.

Ed Case
Ed Case
October 3, 2022 6:31 pm

You need to stop consuming the MSM, SpongeBob.
And give the Wheat a miss, it’s making you angry too.

Eyrie
Eyrie
October 3, 2022 6:33 pm

That is what the Ukraine conflict is now about.
It always was about that.

Ed Case
Ed Case
October 3, 2022 6:34 pm

Does Truss have kids?

No, but she’s got a great rack, not a Lezzo*, and roots like a rattlesnake.
And she’s as dumb as a fucking post.
* As far as we know.

Top Ender
Top Ender
October 3, 2022 6:34 pm

In Philadelphia: “Thank you, John Fetterman, for fighting to keep violent criminals out of jail. Gang members need to earn a living too.”

Great idea! Needed here. “Thank you Senator Wong, for promoting people to be international ambassadors based on their skin colour. Australians need more dividing every day”

rosie
rosie
October 3, 2022 6:34 pm

Truss totes two teens, JC.
Both girls.

Indolent
Indolent
October 3, 2022 6:35 pm

Former Dem Rep gets 30-month prison sentence in ballot-stuffing election fraud case

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 6:36 pm

The Scrubes was famous for being the Plenipotentiary Elect (in perpetuity) of Australia’s (Very) Pedestrian Council.

You recall that discussion on the old Cat? I think it goes as far back and Jason’s old Cat.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 6:37 pm

Rosie

They must be adopted!

Rabz
October 3, 2022 6:40 pm

“Thank you labore cretins, for importing yet more violent useless braindead moozley fuckwits who in any just world would have been strung up like the nayzees after Nuremburg. Australians need to have more of their income stolen to support these vile disgusting stone age savages, while being incessantly denounced as waycists.”

Top Ender
Top Ender
October 3, 2022 6:41 pm

Be aware you’re being BAD by not going to see a movie:

Bros writer and actor Billy Eichner took to Twitter on Sunday to reflect on the disappointing performance of his gay romcom at the box office following its opening weekend.

The 44-year-old actor-comedian issued a series of tweets about the film, which is the first LGBTQ romantic comedy given a large release by a major studio.

Despite a $22million production budget and rave reviews, the film took in just $4.8million and landed fourth place at the US box office….

He said that ‘even with glowing reviews, great Rotten Tomatoes scores, an A CinemaScore etc, straight people, especially in certain parts of the country, just didn’t show up for Bros. And that’s disappointing but it is what it is.’

Eichner said that ‘everyone who ISN’T a homophobic weirdo should go see BROS tonight’ as ‘it *is* special and uniquely powerful to see this particular story on a big screen, esp for queer folks who don’t get this opportunity often.’

Daily Mail, with Eichner in a pink suit and a head tilt.

Makka
Makka
October 3, 2022 6:42 pm

OK, so you ARE speculating after all that Putin will resort to a nuclear first strike if he loses a conventional war that he started.

Don’t be intentionally dumb. What I’m speculating is that inept/corrupt western leaders will fuck up and press this war into Russia and attempt to destroy the Russian Federation , thereby PROVOKING a nuclear exchange. The west is provoking Russia into a nuke launch in that scenario. If you think that is a smart or wise strategy then you’re a lunatic.

Rabz
October 3, 2022 6:43 pm

JC – trust me on this. The Scrubes might be a lot of things (barking mad for starters), but I can’t recall him being described as anywhere near as boring as Hugh Mackay and Bernard Salt.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 6:45 pm

Okay Rabz, seeing others are talking appeasement here today, can we a least place the Scrubinator in second place. Third if it’s a must.

Rabz
October 3, 2022 6:46 pm

Hugh Mackay and Bernard Salt

I nearly nodded off just remembering their excruciating outpourings of utterly banal idiocy.

Rabz
October 3, 2022 6:47 pm

Third, JC. I’m not settling for anything less.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 6:48 pm

Dude, be fair and meet half way.

Eyrie
Eyrie
October 3, 2022 6:48 pm

I think the Poot should do an underground nuke test in their test area. It is detectable as such by the West. The message is – MY nukes work, do yours?
No damage to anybody, just a message.

H B Bear
H B Bear
October 3, 2022 6:51 pm

Hugh Mackay could bore for Australia. Fortunately he seems to have disappeared from Australian public life.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 6:52 pm

I think the Poot should do an underground nuke test in their test area.

IIRC, the US were setting off nukes in the South Pacific during the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Rabz
October 3, 2022 6:53 pm

FFS, these you tube ads are driving me batty – “carbon neutral internet” loudly purveyed by what appears to be a dancing prawn. 😕

Ah, the idiocy of modern life. Where would we be without it.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 6:54 pm

Interesting on the gay romp film….

The Buzz Lightyear movie (that, some versions, has a lezzo kiss scene in it) has also flopped at the box office and might not break even…

Although one woke j’smist wrote that low intake was “due to covid concerns and an upset public due to lezzo scene being deleted in some countries”

Rabz
October 3, 2022 6:54 pm

he seems to have disappeared from Australian public life

Which is all the more bereft for it, Bear. 🙂

Cassie of Sydney
October 3, 2022 6:56 pm

“Does Truss have kids?”

Yes she does.

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 6:56 pm

Ed Casesays:
October 3, 2022 at 6:31 pm
You need to stop consuming the MSM, SpongeBob.
And give the Wheat a miss, it’s making you angry too.

Feeling a little tetchy Richard Cranium. Too much gluten?

2dogs
2dogs
October 3, 2022 6:57 pm

They must be adopted!

They might not be her husband’s. She did have an affair.

DaFisk
DaFisk
October 3, 2022 6:57 pm

What I’m speculating is that inept/corrupt western leaders will fuck up and press this war into Russia and attempt to destroy the Russian Federation , thereby PROVOKING a nuclear exchange.

You think Biden is going to send troops into Russia? Don’t think so!

bespoke
bespoke
October 3, 2022 6:57 pm

Snap!

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 3, 2022 6:58 pm

Indolentsays:
October 3, 2022 at 6:35 pm
Former Dem Rep gets 30-month prison sentence in ballot-stuffing election fraud case

Impossible. m0nty-fa and every election eggspurt has assured us that this doesn’t happen.

JC
JC
October 3, 2022 7:00 pm

2dogs says:
October 3, 2022 at 6:57 pm

They must be adopted!

They might not be her husband’s. She did have an affair.

You’re kidding? Anyone of note?

And they made her PM?

The west is finito I think. Pull down the curtains it’s over.

cohenite
October 3, 2022 7:06 pm

Ed Casesays:
October 3, 2022 at 12:03 pm
You look at the irreparable damage Thatcher did to England, and wonder why some commenters urge conservative politics for Australia?

Outstanding piss taking by ed.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 7:08 pm

I wasn’t completely surprised when, a few months ago, my boss wrote me an email and I noticed that she’d put an Aboriginal and TSI flag in her signature block and a “recognition of country.” Then, today, I see her email signature has expanded to include “she/her.”

I guess, next up, I can expect a UKR flag followed by some statement on the climate emergency?

Signature blocks = the new ponzi scheme.

Indolent
Indolent
October 3, 2022 7:08 pm
JC
JC
October 3, 2022 7:08 pm

cohenite says:
October 3, 2022 at 7:06 pm

Ed Casesays:
October 3, 2022 at 12:03 pm
You look at the irreparable damage Thatcher did to England, and wonder why some commenters urge conservative politics for Australia?

Outstanding piss taking by ed.

He’s great value. He is, by far, the funniest dude at the Cat by far.

Indolent
Indolent
October 3, 2022 7:11 pm
Rabz
October 3, 2022 7:13 pm

conservative politics for Australia

Is there a single conservative politician in this country? They’re as rare as moozleys in a pigpen.

Hint (and trigger warning) – this preposterous hypocritical hideously uglee vainglorious imbecile is not one.

Indolent
Indolent
October 3, 2022 7:13 pm
Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 7:17 pm

Peoples Pundit showing wins for MAGA Republicans in NV, PA and Wisconsin Senate races.

Delta A
Delta A
October 3, 2022 7:17 pm

A woman is standing on the side of the road looking both sides to cross the street. She finds a gap in the traffic and walks across.

Aah, that’s where the chicken went wrong.

Indolent
Indolent
October 3, 2022 7:19 pm
JC
JC
October 3, 2022 7:20 pm

Delta

Please don’t ruin a perfectly decent joke, by adding something else. The joke stands on its own. 🙂

miltonf
miltonf
October 3, 2022 7:20 pm

Yes Joyce is one of the phonier phonies.

Lysander
Lysander
October 3, 2022 7:21 pm

Peoples Pundit also has some interesting insights into polling and that many who are supporting MAGA won’t let pollsters know (due to them being labelled/targeted as fascists)…

  1. Knuckle Dragger May 26, 2024 11:43 pm Headline of the day:The Matildas and Arsenal weapon tasked with filling Kerr-sized hole…

  2. Headline of the day: The Matildas and Arsenal weapon tasked with filling Kerr-sized hole Fnarrr.

  3. And puts lie to the media’s claim that he held a firearms licence “for recreational purposes”.

  4. The word doing the rounds (as yet unsubstantiated) is a total ban on “recreational” firearm use. Can see a lot…

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