2,505 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tues 4 Oct 2022”

  1. The issue for employers in the private sector is that this is legal arse covering thing – if they request vaccination.

    How does that still apply when its not even mandatory to isolate if you are COVID positive. BTW, I don’t think the legal argument ever made sense.


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  2. ?PREVENT?EXPOSURE?OR?CONTINUATION?OF?PRESIDENCY?SHOULD?COUNTER?FAIL?TO?ENSURE?OPERATORS,?ACTORS,?AGENTS?OF?POWER,??PAST?&?PRESENT,?REMAIN?IN?CONTROL,?

    It’s one of those things.

    The occasional misplaced capital letter, the odd REPORT THIS AD used to be enough. But then, much like the advent of mobile phones, a new and glorious horizon opens up.


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  3. What a shit day:

    My dealer mate managed to pick up all my bang sticks.

    Application lodged by manual form. CCP scanner was clipping parts of the page so fuck knows how that will go.

    Their list was missing firearms.

    The CCP finally got off their arse and went to buy a torque wrench, to find sold out.

    The CCP forgot to order epoxy for touching up inside filter vessels.

    CCP political officer lost his shit and went to punch client.


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  4. Roger that Custard at 11:01.
    Will activate Project Orangeman immediately.

    You’re using the old codebook.
    Current codebook says Project Orangeman is “Punch an Irish Catholic”

    You may be thinking of “Operation wilting flower”, which requires you to prepare by toughening up your private parts, lay them on the bench & bang away at them with a 7-lb sledgehammer for a while, that sort of thing.
    The mission requires you to penetrate the Pelosi compound & occupy Nance while covert operatives carry out the secret part of the mission.


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  5. Stories from here, why you always need a knife and fork user up front:

    New runway was essentially complete but could not yet be used because some buildings in proximity needed to be demolished.

    New runway had big flashing X’s at either end and they had used white geofabric held down by timbers and I beams to create huge X’s along the runway length. There was also a Notam out saying that the new runway was not yet in use.

    So what happens?

    Indian low cost carrier (A320) lines up and lands on the new runway which results in timbers and I beams flying everywhere and Geofabric tangled up in landing gear. Miraculously the brakes didn’t ignite the geographic and there was no FOD damage or other damage to the aircraft. The runway did however sustain a long and deep gouge when the entangled Geofabric launched an I beam at it.

    How did this accident happen?

    Pilot: I saw such a big beautiful runway, it looked ok, I couldn’t resist, so I went for it!


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  6. Mr Mayor Adams must have rocks in his head.
    Compare and contrast to USNS Comfort, deployed to the Hudson for what appeared to be a genuine crisis at the time… because Carlson et al certainly will, and I’m sure the God Emperor will make some modest allusions.


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  7. Wally’s waffles
    1. The NRL Welcome to Country was openly boo’ed because it was delivered by a bloke in a suit. Wouldn’t have happened to a woman, a child or someone in white slap and red nappy.
    2. Brittanneeyyy Higgins Pty Ltd has constructed a multi-directional stitch-up of an innocent bloke, and done it over a few months through many different forums and actors. Is anyone else baffled by her bruised thigh “from” the bloke’s knee? I just can’t picture how it’s meant to fit- unless the offender is a dwarf. I pray that the jury finds reasonable doubt, puts it down to PFO.


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  8. I was going into the local shopping centre when a dishevelled beggar jumped in front of me. Beggar: “Any change mate?” Me: “I don’t have any change”. Beggar “C’mon…” Me: I don’t have ANY change”. Beggar: “I can’t accept that”. Me: “Sigh! You can’t accept that? jeez…okay okay, will you take a note?” Beggar: “Sure… that would be great!” he said with a grin. So I took a piece of paper and a pencil out of my briefcase, wrote “I don’t have ANY FUCKING CHANGE!” handed it to the prick, and walked off.


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  9. Jorgesays:
    October 5, 2022 at 11:46 pm
    …… somebody who believes gays should go to hell …..

    There’s no ‘should’, Barrie.

    Feel that hatred, and it ain’t coming from Christians.

    Too true and it comes from those followers of Islam…………………And they shag goats and camels…………….FFS


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  10. A lawyer boarded an airplane in New Orleans with a box of frozen crabs and asked a blonde stewardess to take care of them for him. She took the box and promised to put it in the crew’s refrigerator. He advised her that he was holding her personally responsible for them staying frozen, mentioning in a very haughty manner that he was a lawyer, and proceeded to rant at her about what would happen if she let them thaw out. Needless to say, she was annoyed by his behaviour. Shortly before landing in New York, she used the intercom to announce to the entire cabin “Would the lawyer who gave me the crabs in New Orleans, please raise your hand”. Not one hand went up… so she took them home and ate them.


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  11. Bring jihadi families home at our peril

    PETA CREDLIN

    If, as seems likely, the Albanese government has decided to bring 16 “jihadi brides” and their 42 children to Australia, it has weighed the wellbeing of terrorist sympathisers and their dependants against the safety of the Australian community and concluded a serious risk to people who rejected their country justifies the risk to others and the ongoing expense of bringing them back.

    I don’t come to this issue as a mere commentator. I was the prime minister’s chief of staff when Australia took on the war against Islamic State and committed our military. I sat through high-level security briefings (including imagery I will never forget) laying bare the group’s violent depravity and bloodlust in pursuit of a terrorist caliphate.

    When we consider bringing these women home, it’s those images I can’t forget or the evidence I heard time and again about the involvement of women and youths in the work of Islamic State. It was women, in many instances, who reached out online and helped radicalise young Westerners to join their cause. It was women who fled their countries to join the death cult and act as the breeders for a new generation of jihadis.

    Sure, now they tell us they recant this ideology of hate, but who among us wouldn’t when confronted with life in a Syrian prison camp versus the comfort of the Australian suburbs with housing and welfare payments and healthcare laid on?

    That’s certainly the wager the Albanese government is making, hoping that, having tasted life under Islamic State and the other uncompromising regimes of the Middle East, these women will have thought better of their fanaticism and will settle quietly back into Australia.

    Maybe some of them will. But bitter experience may not be enough to shake the kind of fervour that drives people to forsake normal life for jihad or to be an accomplice to it. It wasn’t as if they were not aware of the sort of violence Islamic State deployed in its cause before they fled, given the group’s slick and easily available videos of slaughter, is it? Indeed, the high-production values were a powerful tool in Islamic State’s recruitment drive. This week The Australian has run a series of quotes from these women in Syria and almost all profess to have had a change of heart.

    Child and adolescent psychologist Clare Rowe says the reintegration of children of Islamic State fighters from Syrian camps is a “complex and difficult issue”.

    But past experience shows us a different reality. Of the 25 suspected terrorists and terrorist trainees who returned to Australia from Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban two decades back, 15 subsequently were involved in terrorist activities here and nine were convicted.

    Of course, these were former fighters rather than the partners of fighters. And the returning jihadi brides won’t slip immediately back into the community the way their Islamist forebears mostly did, especially if, as is reported, all of them have agreed to submit to control orders. But I wouldn’t want any Australian to think control orders are a panacea. They require judicial approval and that’s not always guaranteed; they’re subject to resourcing constraints and a heavy cost to taxpayers. In the end, even most convicted terrorists end up back on our streets.

    Talk, too, that some of these women might actually be charged with terror offences needs to be weighed against the difficulty prosecutors face getting enough evidence, years on, out of a war zone to meet the standard of proof required in an Australian court.

    And for all the talk this week that we can just deradicalise Islamic State sympathisers, it’s far from clear any of these deradicalisation programs actually work.

    After two recent terrorist attacks in Britain (including the 2019 London Bridge attack by someone who had been through multiple deradicalisation programs) a House of Lords committee looking into them cited a 2018 Home Office evaluation that concluded 95 per cent of them were “ineffective”. Notwithstanding the appointment to British prisons of 22 specially trained imams, supposedly to help terror offenders see the error of their ways, some prisoners, the Lords report said, “simply refused to engage with attempts to turn (them) away from violence”.

    In Australia we’ve spent many millions on deradicalisation programs, including $61.7m in February under the Morrison govern­ment, for a range of “countering violence extremism” programs with little in the way of publicly available assessments as to their efficacy. In government, I often asked questions about the millions being paid to community groups, and when I asked “Are we sure these groups are sound and their programs work?”, I got little back in the way of concrete assurances – more like “we hope so”.

    Without knowing more about the particular individuals who are to be repatriated, it’s hard to be specific about their exact roles in supporting Islamic State. Yet there’s no doubt that some women have been recruiters for the death cult, acted as decoys for terrorist attacks and in some cases acted themselves as suicide bombers. As well, adolescent boys, the “cubs of the caliphate”, also have been involved in serious terrorism. It’s possible that none of these potential returnees has been much more than an unwitting dupe of their jihadi partner or parents, but without a briefing from the security agencies that have been monitoring their cases we just can’t know.

    I am not sure enough of us understand that serious monitoring of a suspected potential terrorist involves upwards of 12 full-time specially trained police and/or intelligence officers, which is why it costs in the region of $2m per individual a year. An ankle bracelet may tell authorities where suspects are but it can’t interdict a potential offence. Given that there are already numbers of seemingly unreformed convicted terrorists soon leaving prison, the former defence minister, now Opposition Leader, Peter Dutton, rightly raised concerns this week that bringing home these jihadi families could gravely overstretch police resources.

    But it’s not just the risks to the Australian community should they return. Given the lawlessness of that corner of the Middle East, the rescue mission itself could put Australian personnel at significant risk if reports of earlier would-be hostage-taking of rescue teams are accurate.

    If the Albanese government really is convinced that bringing one-time terrorist supporters back from Syria is a humanitarian imperative, why was this not even mentioned during the recent election campaign?

    I am not blind to the arguments about the right of Australian citizens to return home and am sympathetic to the cause of the children caught up in this hell that is not of their own making.

    But I am hard-line on adults who threw away their chance to live in a country such as Australia and to whatever degree signed on to helping build a terrorist state. The fact they risked their lives to get to the Islamic State heartland is evidence enough for me of the strength of that commitment.

    Just because we have been focused on Covid-19 and the great-power belligerence of Russia and China, it’s easy to assume the threat of terrorism has passed. Just because jihadism has dropped from public attention doesn’t mean it has gone away.

    The continued radicalisation of young people here in Australia means it’s wrong to assume we can readily cope with more proven Islamic State supporters in our midst, however contrite they may seem.

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    Peta Credlin AO is a weekly columnist with The Australian. Since 2017, she has hosted her successful prime-time program Credlin on Sky News each weeknight at 6pm. For 16 years, Peta was a policy adviser to Howard government ministers in the portfolios of defence, communications, immigration and foreign affairs.

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  12. 1. The NRL Welcome to Country was openly boo’ed because it was delivered by a bloke in a suit. Wouldn’t have happened to a woman, a child or someone in white slap and red nappy.

    I think he was booed because of how long it went on for.
    It wasn’t your typical welcome to country.
    It just didn’t stop.


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  13. Bring jihadi families home at our peril

    The risk of having them commit more terrorism has to be balanced against the warm glow of virtue from being forgiving.

    Trouble is, the warm inner glowies and those at risk are different ppl. The political/parasite class gets to feel the glow of virtue, while us peasants get to bear the risk.


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  14. Hello Mr. Flannery. Anymore developments on that no rainfall prediction of yours many years ago. Sydney has already had 2 metres of rainfall this year and the BOM Offices have been flooded several times. Flooded with irate emails about the weather.

    Raining again today and the weekend looks wet.

    Hope that you are safe and sound on the banks of the Hawkesbury.


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  15. DrBeauGansays:
    October 6, 2022 at 6:30 am
    Bring jihadi families home at our peril

    The risk of having them commit more terrorism has to be balanced against the warm glow of virtue from being forgiving.

    Trouble is, the warm inner glowies and those at risk are different ppl. The political/parasite class gets to feel the glow of virtue, while us peasants get to bear the risk.

    I would locate them in residences as close as possible to all of those Federal LayBore and Green ‘Pollies’. There. That should give them plenty of inner glows………………….


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  16. Personally, I cannot tell you how demeaning and isolating it was – and to some degree – still is.

    I get it BBS. This has exposed what people truly are.


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  17. John Hinderaker at Powerline:
    “ Human history has largely been a struggle to get enough to eat. Starvation was an ever-present threat, almost everywhere, until very recently. Only in the last century or two has even part of the world learned how to produce an abundant and reliable supply of food. It requires a scientific approach to hybridization, crop rotation, intensive fertilization, pest control, and more. As a result of these modern farming methods, for the first time ever the vast majority of the world’s population is not imminently threatened by starvation.

    But that could change. The international “environmentalist” movement is determined to outlaw modern farming practices, ostensibly for the sake of our climate. ”
    Read it all.


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  18. If the Jihadi brides are brought to Australia, will their new husbands (in some cases) also be brought to Australia?
    If Dutton wasn’t a potato head he’d be asking these questions in public when in front of the media.
    “Who exactly is coming”
    The more questions that get asked the more Albo etc have to wonder why they are doing this.


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  19. Keep in mind this wouldn’t be an issue if Malcolm didn’t derail Abbott’s plan to strip them of citizenship.
    Also, this wouldn’t be an issue if Abbott had the backbone to tell Malcolm to fuck off.


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  20. We need a list of people that get to come back to Australia.
    Top of the list is Assange.
    Next are the handful of punters in Chinese jails.
    The jihadi’s can take a number & go to the back of the line.


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  21. Also, I can’t believe we haven’t done a deal with the Indo’s by now to have dickhead Aussies serve their sentences in Australia.
    Hats off to Israel doing deals all over the world to allow their citizens to serve their sentences in their own country.


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  22. Trumps Sues CNN

    From Armstrong Economics –

    “Former President Trump has filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN. It is of no surprise that the network repeatedly bashed the president before, during, and after his presidency. Trump’s attorney claims the network “has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source — to defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for ‘[getting] Trump out’ in the 2020 presidential election.” Trump is seeking $475 million in damages.

    Some believe this may be a publicity stunt as defamation suits are notoriously difficult to win. However, we cannot deny that CNN was running a smear campaign against Donald Trump. They reported on the Steele Dossier, Russian collusion, and other completely fake stories as if they were factual. It seemed as if CNN was running a 24/7 channel designed for the purpose of bashing Trump.

    Trump’s lawyer also claimed that CNN told their viewers he was a cult leader, associating his likelihood with that of Adolf Hitler. Under this umbrella, the current White House and every other media outlet should be punished for defamation. Joe Biden himself declared MAGA Republicans the biggest threat to democracy, and violence against conservatives has ensued. Let us also not forget how CNN treated Trump during his debates.

    This would be a huge step in the right direction for journalism at large if CNN lost. It is unlikely that CNN will completely lose, but they are in the wrong. Journalism has become nothing more than a tool of propaganda that cannot be trusted.”

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/international-news/politics/trump-sues-cnn/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS


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  23. At a national conference of the Australian Hotels Association, the general managers of Cascade Brewery (Tasmania), Toohey’s (New South Wales), XXXX (Queensland), CUB (Victoria) and Coopers (South Australia) found themselves sitting at the same table for lunch.

    When the waitress asked what they wanted to drink, the GM of Toohey’s said without hesitation “I’ll have a Toohey’s New”.

    The head of Carlton & United smiled and said “Make mine a VB”.

    To which the boss of XXXX said “I’ll have a XXXX, the King of Beers”.

    And the bloke from Cascade asked for “A Cascade, the cleanest draught on the planet”.

    The General Manager of Coopers paused a moment and then placed his order: “I’ll have a Diet Coke”.

    The others looked at him as if he had sprouted a new head.

    “Well, he said with a shrug, if you Wowsers aren’t drinking beer, then neither will I”.


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  24. Today I learned that the uncle of Taylor Lorenz (rich kid sook who works for the Washington Post after the NYT moved her on in early 2022) owns the WayBack Machine.
    It looks like internet archive itself is worse than Orwell could have imagined.


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  25. After checking into the hotel, Father Murphy finds a Bible on the bedside table.

    He reads it for a couple of hours and then leaves his room and wanders into the lobby. There he strikes up a conversation with the pretty young receptionist.

    After she has finished work, they share a few drinks in the bar and then retire to Father Murphy’s room, but when the priest starts removing her clothes, she begins to have second thoughts.

    “Are you sure this is alright?” she asks. “I mean, you are a priest”. “Don’t worry, my dear” he replies “it is written in the Bible”.

    She believes him and the two of them spend a very pleasant night together.

    But in the morning, as the girl is preparing to leave, she says “You know, Father, I don’t remember that part in the Bible you mentioned last night. Could you show it to me?”

    So the priest takes the Bible from the bedside table, opens the cover and points to the bottom of the title page, where someone has written in pencil ‘The girl in reception is a bloody great root!’


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  26. So last night we went from this:

    JC says:
    October 5, 2022 at 8:24 pm
    Any evidence to this claim? I’d like to see it because in Victoria no one requires evidence of vaccination for work any longer.

    To this:

    JC says:
    October 5, 2022 at 8:45 pm
    FMD, you’re stupid. I said show evidence the state government requires proof of vaccination.

    To this:

    JC says:
    October 5, 2022 at 9:14 pm
    The Government edict requiring vax ended in late June this year with the exceptions stated.

    Christ, that was a triple backflip…with a pike.

    Here is the current Workplace Order mandating up-to-date vaccines for certain workers, which includes:

    Custodial workers
    Disability workers
    Emergency service workers

    The list is reducing slowly, but despite what you are selling, the government edicts have not ended, and people are still being required to vaccinate.
    The one I have linked to is due to end at 11:59pm on 12 October 2022. It will undoubtedly be replaced by another.

    The list has changed continuously, but it hasn’t been erased, just called a different name.

    Seriously, you’re fucking terrible with links.

    Hmmmm. Okey dokey.


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  27. I can’t believe we haven’t done a deal with the Indo’s by now to have dickhead Aussies serve their sentences in Australia.

    Dunno bern.

    If that had been the case, the Bogan Queen and her bodyboard cover would have premiered on every reality show in the country.

    It’d be a licence for Australians to be even more infuriating while overseas than they already are, knowing there’d be hospital wards and Foxtel and microwaves and social workers.

    The prospect of having to elbow the rats out of the way to get to the best bits of someone else’s diarrhoea in C Block is the only thing keeping most Australians in Indonesia under control.


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  28. Hahaha. Laughing out loud at Daniel Andrews on the AFL: “there is no place for bigotry” — except for the AFL’s institutional bigotry against Christians, which Andrews fully supports.

    Clowns like that have no-one on their massive government staff of spin doctors to tell them how stupid they sound.


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  29. Yes Marter, I mentioned specific workers are still required to show proof. This was mentioned several times in various comments, yet you left that out in your most recent silly comment. Let me know if you want me to copy and paste them and I will be happy to.

    The point being that for the vast, vast number of workers the mandate ended on 22 June.
    I have no idea what you’re trying to suggest with the last gotcha. You were wrong again as you almost always are and I was right. And yes, your links appear to always disagree with your argument.


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  30. Tomsays:

    October 6, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Hahaha. Laughing out loud at Daniel Andrews on the AFL: “there is no place for bigotry

    ALP polling in inner city seats must be horrendous. This is a play to take ground from the greens.


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  31. everything the left touches turns to shit

    Curtis Sliwa’s Guardian Angels plan to plaster the Queens district of defund-the-police City Councilwoman Tiffany Cabán on Tuesday with fliers urging local residents to call the cops when they need help.

    The move comes after the lefty pol and state Assembly member Zohran Kwame Mamdani released a guide for small-business owners encouraging them to try to mediate a situation themselves or call alternate city services instead of police when dealing with people with issues such as mental illness.

    Two days later after the pair released the guide, an FDNY paramedic was randomly stabbed to death on the street, allegedly by a diagnosed schizophrenic.

    The guide has drawn a heated response from critics who argue that Cabán is soft on crime.

    The Guardian Angels’ poster, aping the prompts from Cabán’s guide, says, “If you see a conflict that appears to be escalating; If you see someone having a mental health crisis; If you see someone experiencing drug overdose: CALL 911.

    “Always, always, always call the NYPD,” the poster continues in all-caps.

    Cabán’s office did not reply to a request for comment Monday.



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  32. Due to Europe’s rising energy costs BMW is looking at sending some of its vehicle production overseas. I’m guessing this will be a bonus for Chy-na.

    Cause and effect. The Greens really are a Marxist cancer in society. And their plans are coming together nicely.


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  33. Yes Marter, I mentioned specific workers are still required to show proof.

    Gee, I’ve now qualified for a JC allocated nickname.
    I’m honoured.

    As for that equivocation you posted, delude yourself all you want, but the blog audience has eyes, ears and brains of their own.


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  34. Geraldo Rivera says ….
    Fox News must just keep him on as a panelist to play the vaudvillain!
    His opinions aren’t worth much more than Monty’s.


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  35. The NRL Welcome to Country was openly boo’ed because

    because it’s insulting to be welcomed to your own country as though you don’t belong here


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  36. The Greens really are a Marxist cancer in society.
    They are problematic, but without media and political chicanery they would have had little effect.


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  37. Zipstersays:

    October 6, 2022 at 8:34 am

    The NRL Welcome to Country was openly boo’ed because

    because it’s insulting to be welcomed to your own country as though you don’t belong here

    Wut?
    Their own country?
    Most supporters of the Grand Final teams are from Lebanon.


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  38. the sort of stunts wyminsis play

    Kanye West eviscerated Khloé Kardashian on Instagram after she dared to defend her sister Kim Kardashian’s parenting.

    The Yeezy fashion designer addressed most of the Good American co-founder’s claims, starting by resurfacing his previous allegation that the Kardashian-Jenners “kidnapped” his daughter Chicago, reports the New York Post.

    “You are lying and are liars yall basically kidnapped Chicago on her birthday so she could remember her father not being there,” West began his all-capital-letters tirade against Khloé,



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  39. This may come as a shock to the Canberra ponytails, but not every swarthy ME type is cheering the return of IS to our shores (the Tele):

    The Albanese government’s decision to repatriate the family members of Islamic State fighters has been slammed as “irresponsible and offensive” by members of western Sydney’s largest Assyrian community, many of whom fled Syria and Iraq to escape ISIS atrocities.

    “ISIS raped our women and burned down our churches and homes,” said Fairfield Deputy Mayor Reni Barkho, an Assyrian who migrated to Australia in 1994 and has a number of family members who escaped Islamic State.

    “We can never forgive or forget or welcome those that travelled to help persecute us in our own homes in Iraq and Syria,” he said.

    And:

    In 2015, ISIS made headlines globally when it attacked the Assyrian village of Tel Tamr in the country’s north-east, killing 64 defenders and kidnapping 231 men, women, and children while also destroying 11 churches.

    That same year, the government of Tony Abbott issued 12,000 visas to persecuted religious minorities fleeing ISIS, with the majority going to Assyrians and many of them settling in the Fairfield area. Fairfield sits in the heart of Energy Minister Chris Bowen’s electorate of McMahon.

    The Mayor of Fairfield, a chap by the name of Frank Carbone spake thusly:

    Fairfield Mayor Frank Carbone said of those being brought back to Australia, “they will never be welcomed in our city where so many have fled to seek refuge after being persecuted by ISIS.”

    “Anthony Albanese should never forget that many here have had their families killed and homes burned to the ground.”

    “If Albo loves ISIS sympathisers so much, he can put them up in his own neighbourhood, or maybe send them to Scotland Island,” he said.

    Bravo, Mr Carbone. A Martha’s Vineyard moment. The dynamic in Fairfield is a bit different to regional Syrian villages. No convoys of technicals. No hundreds of armed yet poorly-trained dickheads enslaving the populace.

    The Syrians have had almost eight years in the heart of illegal semi-auto firearm acquisition country (ie, Fairfield) to set up networks and do all the things they should. It should come as no surprise when ventilated and headless former IS corpses start turning up in the streets.


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  40. the bugmen state doubles down on fuckwitry

    Ivermectin clarification
    Dr. John Campbell

    Campbell makes it pretty clear. He’s being censored by YouTube to prevent any discussion of ivermectin; the clinical trial results are being suppressed; he has ivermectin on hand for his own use.

    YouTube is going to have to ban people from saying YouTube has warned them to shut up.

    This is an outrage.


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  41. Good News!
    The Sword of Damocles has been taken away!
    There is now no definite and imminent deadline to save the Daily Exposé.
    But he does still need our money, Cats.
    Hop to it!


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  42. “Anthony Albanese should never forget that many here have had their families killed and homes burned to the ground.”

    I’m sure Jason Clare & Chris Bowen, whose electorates are within the city of Fairfield, are making strenuous representations on behalf of those constituents as we speak.

    Cough.


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  43. In regard to my gripe about CCI .22 subsonics last night.
    Replies:
    -Bad shot
    -dirty barrel
    -general poor maintenance of firearm
    -poor ammunition sorting
    Tail between my legs I’m heading to the workshop to clean the gun and sight it in.


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  44. I didn’t outright accuse you of poor marksmanship Gez.
    I simply say operator error should always be included on the list of possible causes.


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  45. Sancho Panzersays:
    October 5, 2022 at 10:10 pm
    KD.
    There was also a report about another bloke who was being a shoulder to cry on, telling Britnah to go to the doc and generally being an all round jolly good chap.
    They then “briefly rekindled a previous relationship”.
    FMD, the scriptwriters for “Home and Away” have got nothing on this.

    Sounds like the Lieborals are trying to compete with the Liars in the bed-hopping stakes.


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  46. Australia spent more than $1 billion building COVID-19 facilities. What happens now they’re closed?

    A politician tells us:

    Victorian Minister for Police Anthony Carbines said the Victorian Quarantine Hub had served its purpose in keeping people safe from COVID-19.

    “Its closure is another step in our recovery from the pandemic,” he said.
    “Australia needed these facilities before the pandemic first hit – but this important facility now exists as an insurance policy in the event of a future pandemic, or to provide accommodation in emergencies like natural disasters.”

    An Expert tells us:

    Professor Tim Harcourt, professor and chief economist at the University of Technology Sydney, says there are a few angles to consider when evaluating whether the hundreds of millions of dollars was money well spent.

    “I suppose there’s an account and an accounting aspect, which is, did you build up the most efficient way you could?” he said.

    “But then there’s the economic question, which is, what happens if you hadn’t built them? What happens if there was another pandemic in the future – which is quite possible – and you knock them down and rebuild them again, that will probably cost more.”

    Professor Harcourt says economically, the facilities can be viewed as a “sunk cost”.

    “Now we’ve got them, economists call it a sunk cost … you’ve got them now and hindsight’s a wonderful thing; let’s see what we can re-purpose them to use them for.”

    Technical Note: In the private sector, capital decisions taken like this would result in share price collapse, auditor’s qualifications on carrying value, sackings, forced resignations, and shareholder/ASIC questions about the proper exercise of director’s duties.

    A BEcon from UTS must be a thing to behold.


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  47. Good Mourning.

    Where’s choo choo….?

    Tick…tick …..tick.

    It was the Salmon Mousse.
    That he died from mean words from me is just a filthy rotten lie.

    Surely we must take into consideration he missed a check up.
    I mean thousands of extra Aussies have died from something unknown which has the doctors baffled I suspect could be caused by not supporting women’s footy.


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  48. From the Credlin article.

    Talk, too, that some of these women might actually be charged with terror offences needs to be weighed against the difficulty prosecutors face getting enough evidence, years on, out of a war zone to meet the standard of proof required in an Australian court.

    Strangely, this “difficulty” does not seem to apply to the cases of accused Special Forces soldiers.


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  49. Remember. …if you soon find out you have severe cancer of the nuts….or bazoombas…..or your jabbed youngns can’t reproduce, blood clots give you a stroke or heart attack etc etc etc…..none of these things could possibly be caused by the jab.
    The jab only effects other people and they aren’t actual side effects anyway…….are they?
    No….it was the lockdown that caused young healthy people to drop dead of heart attacks.

    Tick…tick….tick……


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  50. “Australia needed these facilities before the pandemic first hit – but this important facility now exists as an insurance policy in the event of a future pandemic, or to provide accommodation in emergencies like natural disasters.”

    Just like the Wonthaggi desalination plant it will never be used and millions spent maintaining it.
    How is that “water shortage” working out?


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  51. After several years of serving the church in a faraway land, a priest is requested to report to his new assignment at a church in the South Bronx, New York.

    He set out immediately to learn the new culture by taking a walk down the street in plain clothes.

    On his way, a loose looking woman approaches him and in a lowered voice says “Hey Buddy… blow job 25 bucks”. The priest glares at her confused and says “What’s a blowjob?” The woman is just as confused and says “What are you? A comedian?” and walks off.

    The priest, undaunted, walks on to the next block and again another seedy looking woman confronts him and again repeats “Hey mister, blowjob 25 bucks?” The priest quickly replies “What is this blowjob!?” The woman looks at him surprised and thinking something’s wrong hurries off.

    The priest, now very curious, returns to the church to ask anyone he can find what exactly a ‘blowjob’ is.

    The priest sees the mother superior and says “I have a question: what’s a blow job?” Mother superior quickly goes to shut the door and upon returning to her seat she replies in a whisper “Same as on the outside… $25 bucks!”


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  52. How pathetic does it get, ya gotta feel for the bloke! .. over 16 000 fans at the game .. ample footage and still shots available .. 75% of them Sydney 58 supporters and an enquiry by both FAA and plod managed to identify one unlucky sod and bring the full weight of Oz sporting justice down on him ……!
    A Sydney United 58 fan caught performing a Nazi salute during the Australia Cup final has been slapped with a life-time ban from governing body Football Australia (FA).


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  53. Of course you are all innocent? !

    The world is better off without those willing to be the privileged group in a segregated society.
    Fuck you.
    Tick tick tick


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  54. ICAN has now obtained CDC data for the approximate 10 million v-safe users.

    As explained in our prior update, v-safe is a new smartphone-based CDC program that allows users to register after getting a Covid-19 vaccine and provide health check-ins.

    ICAN wanted to obtain this data. So, it deployed its legal team, headed by Aaron Siri, to obtain the v-safe data.

    After suing the CDC twice, and following months of legal wrangling, the CDC finally capitulated, resulting in a court order that required it to produce this data. The first batch of data, containing 144 million rows of health entries by v-safe users, has now been obtained by ICAN and you can search it using a user-friendly interface that ICAN worked around the clock to create.

    https://www.icandecide.org/ican_press/breaking-news-ican-obtains-cdc-v-safe-data/


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  55. Tomsays:
    October 6, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Hahaha. Laughing out loud at Daniel Andrews on the AFL: “there is no place for bigotry” — except for the AFL’s institutional bigotry against Christians, which Andrews fully supports.

    Clowns like that have no-one on their massive government staff of spin doctors to tell them how stupid they sound.

    Equally insulting is that the Hunchback will be re-elected. There is no Opposition.


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  56. “Would the lawyer who gave me the crabs in New Orleans, please raise your hand”. Not one hand went up… so she took them home and ate them.

    That’s actually a true story – the speaker was a hostess on the old Mac Robertson Millar Airways, as the aircraft landed in Perth. “Will the gentleman who gave me the crabs in Broome, please see me at the exit?”


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  57. No Tricks Zone
    https://notrickszone.com/2022/10/05/french-general-tributes-the-unvaccinated-superheroes-who-embody-the-best-of-humanity/

    They are there, by your side, they seem normal, but they are superheroes.

    Even if I were fully vaccinated, I would admire the unvaccinated for withstanding the greatest pressures I have ever seen, including from spouses, parents, children, friends, colleagues and doctors.

    People who were capable of such character, courage and critical thinking undoubtedly embody the best of humanity.

    They can be found everywhere, in all age groups, educational levels, countries and opinions.

    They are of a special kind. They are the soldiers that every army of light wants to have in its ranks.

    They are the parents that every child desires and the children that every parent dreams of.

    They are beings beyond the average of their societies, they are the essence of the peoples who have built all cultures and conquered all horizons.

    They are with you, by your side, they seem normal, but they are superheroes.

    They did what others could not, they were the tree that withstood the hurricane of insults, discrimination and social exclusion.

    And they did it because they thought they were alone, and they believed they were alone.

    Excluded from their families’ Christmas tables, they had never seen anything so cruel. They lost their jobs, they let go of their careers, they had no money…

    … But they persevered.

    They suffered immeasurable discrimination, denunciations, betrayals and humiliations…

    … yet they persevered.

    Never before in human history has there been such a “casting”, we now know who the resistance fighters are on planet Earth.

    Women, men, old, young, rich, poor, of all races and all religions, the unvaccinated, the chosen ones of the invisible ark, the only ones who managed to resist when everything collapsed.

    You are the ones who passed an unimaginable test that many of the toughest Marines, commandos, Green Berets, astronauts and geniuses could not master.

    You are cut from the cloth of the greatest who ever lived, those heroes born among ordinary men who glow in the dark.”

    – Gen. Christian Blanchon (8 September 2022)


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  58. “The Albanese government’s decision to repatriate the family members of Islamic State fighters has been slammed as “irresponsible and offensive” by members of western Sydney’s largest Assyrian community, many of whom fled Syria and Iraq to escape ISIS atrocities.

    “ISIS raped our women and burned down our churches and homes,” said Fairfield Deputy Mayor Reni Barkho, an Assyrian who migrated to Australia in 1994 and has a number of family members who escaped Islamic State.

    “We can never forgive or forget or welcome those that travelled to help persecute us in our own homes in Iraq and Syria,” he said.

    And:

    In 2015, ISIS made headlines globally when it attacked the Assyrian village of Tel Tamr in the country’s north-east, killing 64 defenders and kidnapping 231 men, women, and children while also destroying 11 churches.

    That same year, the government of Tony Abbott issued 12,000 visas to persecuted religious minorities fleeing ISIS, with the majority going to Assyrians and many of them settling in the Fairfield area. Fairfield sits in the heart of Energy Minister Chris Bowen’s electorate of McMahon.”

    Assyrians are Syrian and Iraqi Christians….and in Western Sydney their votes don’t count…instead Labor is too busy cuddling up to ISIS apologists.

    Oh and what army liberated Assyrian villages in Syria from ISIS butchery? Here’s a clue, it wasn’t the US army, it wasn’t the Australian Army, it wasn’t the British army and it wasn’t the French army.

    But you know, I’m just a “Putinist”.


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  59. The world is better off without those willing to be the privileged group in a segregated society.
    Fuck you.
    Tick tick tick

    Big Corporate pays a visit, complete with company logo on the hi-viz.

    Angry, failed (repeatedly) and frustrated because nobody recognises his inherent greatness.


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  60. AFL: “there is no place for bigotry”

    This is an Andrews speciality which he picked up from Goebbels.

    Smear with lying innuendo as in heartless bigots are causing young people to take their own lives.

    No evidence ever given.


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  61. I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

    – Groucho Marx


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  62. over 16 000 fans at the game .. ample footage and still shots available .. 75% of them Sydney 58 supporters and an enquiry by both FAA and plod managed to identify one unlucky sod and bring the full weight of Oz sporting justice down on him ……!

    Unlucky or just stupid?

    He was evidently “known to police”, as they say.


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  63. You are cut from the cloth of the greatest who ever lived, those heroes born among ordinary men who glow in the dark.”

    – Gen. Christian Blanchon (8 September 2022)

    Fortunately, it was quite easy for me not to get jabbed. For many, many others – Not so unfortunately.


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  64. Re mandates and the like:

    Some of Australia’s biggest employers will continue to require their workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 even after state government mandates are abolished.

    The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald have confirmed that supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths, Virgin Australia, Telstra and Commonwealth Bank will maintain vaccine directives irrespective of government policies.

    I’m not sure if all have maintained them since but the government mandate allowed them to get around the privacy issue and they’re likely free to ask this question of new applicants and act as they wish. Would be interesting to know who has maintained them across the majors.


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  65. U.S. Plans to Ease Venezuela Sanctions, Enabling Chevron to Pump Oil
    The Biden administration is preparing to scale down sanctions on Venezuela’s authoritarian regime to allow Chevron to resume pumping oil there, paving the way for a potential reopening of U.S. and European markets to oil exports from Venezuela, according to multiple people familiar with the proposal.

    Anything to get energy prices down before the mid-terms.
    Let’s see if they maintain the rage once the 8th Nov is in the rear view mirror.


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  66. Most mornings I read several Oz news sites to see what is going on in Oz/world .. reality is that we have no worthwhile/believable outlets so the going is tuff! ..
    one thing I have noticed of late tho is “our” ABC seems to have abandoned “news” in favour of whinge-ing .. article after article of “sob” stories detailing some failure or other of gummints (state & Fed) to ensure “cradle to grave” happiness for ailment/monetary problems or other that according to “our” ABC can be cured by throwing money, especially lotza tax payer funded money at them .. this week’s, overwhelming, favourites are paying the mortgage, high rental leading to “homeless” and for some ABC reason NDIS and its failure to provide for the over 65s (something it has NEVER dun!) ..
    and a week ago I was hoping, praying for something, anything to push Ukraine out of top spot ..
    I WUZ WRONG! …..


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  67. struthsays:

    October 6, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Of course you are all innocent? !

    The world is better off without those willing to be the privileged group in a segregated society.

    Sounding like a call for a purge.
    Like the old-school SoCiALists and CoMmunIstS used to do.


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  68. Denialist scum conveniently forgetting how they treated those who argued hard day in and day out for two years to not take tbe jab.
    Smug ignorant arseholes the lot

    Submissive and weak.
    Now the tables are turned they speak of decency ad if they know it and live it.
    Hypocritical scum.


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  69. struthsays:

    October 6, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Yep.
    Exactly what I said.
    No hiviz here fuckhead.

    Sorry.
    I think you’re looking for “Abuse”.
    Down the hall, third on the left.
    Just past “Duelling”.


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  70. bespokesays:
    October 6, 2022 at 7:13 am
    Geraldo Rivera says Gov. Ron DeSantis will ‘soon feel the wrath of Florida’s Latino voters’ (opinions vary)

    Rivera is a piece of shit; it is great when the creep gets on The Five and Watters and Gutfeld and the ladies, especially the Judge, rip him to shreds.


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  71. struthsays:

    October 6, 2022 at 10:18 am

    You’ve already been purged you brain dead throbber.

    Right!
    See you at the Duelling Thread!
    Let’s have at it!


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  72. You are cut from the cloth of the greatest who ever lived, those heroes born among ordinary men who glow in the dark.”

    – Gen. Christian Blanchon (8 September 2022)

    Aw, shucks. It was nutt’n.


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  73. No hiviz here fuckhead.

    Suuuure there’s not. You big old fake.

    Denialist scum conveniently forgetting how they treated those who argued hard day in and day out for two years to not take tbe jab.

    I remember how many were ‘treated’ by squealy cloak-wearing protest cover song writers and failed conspiracy party candidates with no skin in the game, who demanded (as opposed to ‘argued’) that people in vastly different circumstances throw their families into the street because of said aspiring totalitarians wanted to keep their boats.

    Public, angry failure was and is unseemly.


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  74. because of said

    Hmm. That ‘of’ shouldn’t have been there. It’s a mystery.

    I’ll just put that in the same file as ‘stolen freeDom votes’.


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  75. Apropos the above, pro-UKR talking heads were arguing it was an inside job:

    Kamil Galeev
    @kamilkazani
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    Aug 23
    Darya Dugina’s assassination was almost certainly organised by the Russian FSB. Assuming this is true, then:

    1. Order must’ve been explicitly/implicitly given by Putin
    2. It was Darya, not Alexander who was the target
    3. Alexander knew it ofc. He’s just making show for a public

    They are doing the same now with Nordstream.


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  76. JK Rowling on fire on twitter.

    I’ve just finished her* latest CB Strike book which is essentially a commentary on social media storms and trolling. Bit slow, but worth a read.

    *Written under her male pen name


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  77. Yep. Labor will extract ISIS brides.

    But won’t lift a finger to bring home Australian citizen Chau Van Kham, even though the United Nations has ruled the 72-year-old father is unlawfully detained (he is imprisoned in Vietnam, a country with which Oz has very good bilateral relations).

    Local Labor MP & climate alarmist Sally Sitou has pointedly ignored all pleas (even though Mr Kham’s family are from her electorate). Wearing #RacismNotWelcome T-Shirts is more her schtick it seems.


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  78. Bring jihadi families home at our peril
    The risk of having them commit more terrorism has to be balanced against the warm glow of virtue from being forgiving.

    This isn’t about “virtue” it’s about 15 federal seats that require the musso vote to ensure they stay wiv the “pardy” ……. straight forward future electioneering policy .. which is why it wasn’t publicized during the campaign …
    Are we really meant to believe that the gummint has dun all the necessary checks & balances on “our” safety concerns that it claims in the 3 months since the election .. given that neither the PM or Foreign ministe rha spsent mor ethan a fortnight in Oz since the election .,. so who made & authorized these “thorough” determinations in such a short time frame? .. not too mention that the previous gummint considered the whole idea to risky to put “boots on the ground”
    Methinx, as usual, we is being sold a “bridge”with compulsory bidding conditions finalized ……!


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  79. 10 years ago Rowling would have been viewed as far left by the generic classifications.
    But because she speaks common sense regarding trans issues & overnight a pedo comment she’s double Hitler-devil-Trumpian.


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  80. This isn’t about “virtue” it’s about 15 federal seats that require the musso vote to ensure they stay wiv the “pardy” …

    If true, that means there’s widespread support for IS among Australia’s Muslims, which means the 60 or so being repatriated are the least of our worries.


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  81. The reason why you bring citizens home to serve their sentence is because it becomes a better use of resources.
    You don’t have to burn embassy/consulate resources non stop.
    You don’t have to deal with the family travelling to wherever it is.
    The other part is you take the family out of being some way productive as their life becomes the care of the incarcerated family member overseas.
    Israel makes it work.
    Australia could too.


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  82. bespokesays:
    October 6, 2022 at 10:29 am
    Rivera is a professional doormat, cohenite. Only there for balance.

    I like the token lefties they have on The Five. Currently they are Jessica Tarlov, Geraldo Rivera and Harold Ford Jr. Tarlov is the worst but the Judge tolerates nothing from her and Watters is particularly eviscerating when she wheels out the demorat tropes.


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  83. because it becomes a better use of resources.

    No let the bastards rot where they committed their crimes. I don’t care how “efficient” it is for the family members. If they serve their time here it means the govt is sticking it’s hand in MY pocket to look after them.


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  84. If they serve their time here it means the govt is sticking it’s hand in MY pocket to look after them.

    They already are.
    That’s the point.
    Who said lateral thought was dead.


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  85. feelthebernsays:

    October 6, 2022 at 10:48 am

    The reason why you bring citizens home to serve their sentence is because it becomes a better use of resources.

    You know why countries like Indonesia don’t buy that?
    For two reasons.
    .1 They regard prison as punishment. They see Oz prisons as holiday camps;
    .2 They know that a 20 year drugs sentence will turn into 18 months as soon as they set foot back here.

    You don’t have to burn embassy/consulate resources non stop.

    So don’t.
    Once sentenced, call it case closed.
    No further correspondence, except for a six-monthly welfare check.

    You don’t have to deal with the family travelling to wherever it is.

    So don’t.
    Help them with the first jail visit then bundle them up with any other tourists after that.


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  86. A lot are “let the bastard rot” until they have a family member wrongly imprisoned overseas.
    Then they become bleeding hearts.
    The goal is to put a productive structure in place before it’s needed.
    Hence why Israel is far and away the global leader in this regard.


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  87. which is why it wasn’t publicized during the campaign …

    “Once we get in, we’ll just do what we want…” or words to that effect.

    Labor’s hubris in office thus far belies the fact they were elected with just 32% of the primary vote.

    Even the moribund Liberal Party led by Scott Morrison attracted more support.

    Pandering to minorities from such a position is not a recipe for expanding their voter base.


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  88. Apropos the above

    General view I get Dover is they were after her dad, who may’ve represented a convenient target to tell Mr Putin to stop trying to assassinate Ukrainian government office-holders. The message being that two can play that game. Unfortunately Ms Dugina drove her dad’s car to an event where they were both going, so that he could ride with a guy he wanted to talk with.

    Aside from occasional gravitationally-challenged oligarchs the assassinations seem to’ve stopped in Moscow, which suggests the results of that car bombing were not helpful to Kiev. Nor do the Russians seem to be doing much in the way of black ops either. Good. Even if the way they got to this tacit understanding was so tragic and sad.


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  89. I like the token lefties they have on The Five.

    It’s the top-rating show on America’s top-rating cable network. Carlson and Hannity can’t get near them.

    Fox News is number 1 in the US ratings because, from its founding in the 1990s, it has taken a tactical marketing decision to air both sides of every argument — unlike the leftwing networks (CNN, MSNBC, etc), which don’t and are now comparatively unwatched as a result.


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  90. Tom
    Clowns like that have no-one on their massive government staff of spin doctors to tell them how stupid they sound.

    And all the journalists of all the MSM are simply progressive cheer leaders who also won’t tell them how stupid they are.


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  91. If prisoner repatriation was a thing, run it like “no body, no parole” for murderers.
    No repatriation until they give up everyone at the Australian end of their criminal enterprise.


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  92. They already are. That’s the point.

    The cost of a prison inmate in Australia is $100K+ p.a.

    I doubt we expend that much on consular services to each of those imprisoned overseas.

    There may be humanitarian arguments for the proposal, but the economic case doesn’t fly.


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  93. My views on locking people up haven’t changed.
    The only people that should be locked up are violent crims & white collar crims.
    The idea of bringing expats home is using a great example set by Israel & applying it here.


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    Diogenessays:

    October 6, 2022 at 10:55 am

    because it becomes a better use of resources.

    No let the bastards rot where they committed their crimes.

    Some would view you as a bleeding heart lefty.
    Jailin’ is too good for ’em.
    There are those among us who (rightfully) decry the actions of Hunchback Dan as a gross infringement of civil rights, but in the next breath, they are applauding Duerte in the Philippines summarily popping off “drug lords” (ie anyone Duerte and his henchmen didn’t like).


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  95. The marginal cost is not 100k as most of them would be in minimum security facilities.
    Pretty sure the petty crim in Vietnam isn’t going to a super max.


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  96. The only people that should be locked up are violent crims & white collar crims

    Many shopkeepers in the US Democrat-led cities would disagree with you.

    They now have to contend with repeated robberies of produce by crime who know they won’t be sent to jail.


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  97. What’s got into you, bern ?
    You’ve changed. Not just this issue.

    The taxation stuff was interesting and a bit of a return to form for the Cat. The Green-Left Radio (now Half) Hour formerly known as AM currently has the usual suspects saying (as always) that taxes need to rise.


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  98. General view I get Dover is they were after her dad, who may’ve represented a convenient target to tell Mr Putin to stop trying to assassinate Ukrainian government office-holders.

    I haven’t seen any of this, and it hasn’t stop the assassination of officeholders in the recently acquired oblasts.


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  99. Do you think the person whose cadaver is being repurposed gave consent to be recycled into a “neovagina”?

    Look, I’m no surgeon but ….
    Assuming the number of transitions in either direction is roughly in equilibrium, isn’t there a ready supply of spare parts?
    I know, I know, it’s a bit like Nike runners. They may not have the size and colour you want in stock, but it does the job.
    And it wouldn’t be nearly as uncomfortable as ill-fitting runners.


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  100. Sen. Alex Antic & Nick Cater are advising traditional Liberals from Sydney’s eastern suburbs on how to organise to prevent green left candidates from being preselected.

    Good for them. But are Sydney’ eastern suburbs really the future for the Liberal Party even if it can be returned to its centre right beliefs?

    Go west, young man!


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  101. Pandering to minorities from such a position is not a recipe for expanding their voter base.

    I ‘ve always thought that this was a normal “pardy” tactic .. seems to have worked quite well over the years under the umbrella of “welfare” … they occasionally lose elections but those ‘welfare” gains stay in play for future campaigns …….


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  102. Do you think the person whose cadaver is being repurposed gave consent to be recycled into a “neovagina”?

    the 2022 adaptation of silence of the lambs


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  103. currently has the usual suspects saying (as always) that taxes need to rise.

    I caught a snippet (mercifully short) of one on 3AW just now.

    “Tax fossil fuels to fund renewables.
    Straya is a low taxing country.
    More tax.
    More spend.
    Nom, nom, nom.”



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  104. Re Russian businessmen topping themselves in diverse and interesting ways, this is the most recent case:

    The latest member of Russia’s suspicious suicide squad? Railway executive, 52, is found shot dead on the balcony of his Moscow home (30 Sep)

    – Pavel Pchelnikov, 52, found dead at his home in Moscow on Wednesday morning
    – Pchelnikov, a railway PR executive, found with gunshot wounds on his balcony
    – Death has been deemed a suicide, but investigators have not disclosed motive
    – He is at least the tenth Russian executive to die in suspicious circumstances since Putin invaded Ukraine in late February

    I have no idea what this all is due to, or about, although there may’ve been a bit of opposition from these sorts of people to the war. The elites tend not to like being dragged into wars especially messy ones.


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  105. The marginal cost is not 100k as most of them would be in minimum security facilities.
    Pretty sure the petty crim in Vietnam isn’t going to a super max.

    I’m pretty sure the “average” gaol in Vietnam is the equivalent of our “super-max” .. don’t think they go in for ‘open” or “minimum” security facilities ..


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  106. Jorgesays:

    October 6, 2022 at 11:19 am

    They’ve got 42 kids between them. They won’t be in jail and the risk is more than minor that they will harm my grandkids later.

    Not all of them.
    But, from a sample of 42, the chances of 3-4 of them not pulling a jihad stunt in the next 10-15 years are close to zero.


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  107. currently has the usual suspects saying (as always) that taxes need to rise.

    It was pure rent-a-quote stuff. Poor underpaid nurses and teachers stuff. They must have missed the bit where education spending is up 20% while results continue to fall.


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  108. The marginal cost is not 100k as most of them would be in minimum security facilities.
    Pretty sure the petty crim in Vietnam isn’t going to a super max.

    The petty Australian crim locke dup in Vietnam wouldn’t even go to prison here unless an incorrigible recidivist.

    In any case, Australia’s prisons are among the the most expensive in the world and they’re already overcrowded.


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  109. I haven’t seen any of this, and it hasn’t stop the assassination of officeholders in the recently acquired oblasts.

    That’s a different issue Dover. It isn’t Ukrainian secret service black ops, like poor Ms Dugina. The local resistance cells have been getting better at their art, especially as the rear area security has been withdrawn to beef up the frontlines. It is no surprise that the Russians are seeing partisan activity in those areas, the same phenomenon tied down many German divisions in WW2.


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  110. KD.
    You’re having a meltdown.
    Again.

    Failure is being jabbed.

    I am a winner.
    Always have been.

    I mock those who killed themselves with a jab and then complain about those people taking the piss out of them for doing so

    Tick tick tick……

    .


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  111. currently has the usual suspects saying (as always) that taxes need to rise.

    Heard them promoting that earlier but didn’t bothe to tune in.

    “How to raise revenue?” they asked.

    What about cutting spending instead?

    Starting with health and education, how much federal expenditure duplicates what is (or could) be done at state level?

    And what exactly is the rationale for a public broadcaster in 2022?


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  112. In any case, Australia’s prisons are among the the most expensive in the world and they’re already overcrowded

    Older one’s yes but the newer ones are more bording schools with less restrictions. The high cost is in the services provided.


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  113. News.com.au has David Koch slamming a “controversial” pastor (the City on a Hill guy) about his views on gays and abortion

    How do you take a bald-headed flog like Koch seriously?


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  114. Fairfield Deputy Mayor Reni Barkho, an Assyrian who migrated to Australia in 1994 and has a number of family members who escaped Islamic State.

    You live & learn .. having lived in Fairfield for over 40 years I’d never heard of this bloke, not that I take too much interest on who is who on Council but most get mentioned, locally, sometime or other, so was surprised he is the deputy mayor turns out he is also my local councillor, a newbie, from last year’s election ..
    tho this isn’t reflected on the FCC website which currently lists DAI LE as deputy mayor ..


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  115. Finally, the real answer why your best ideas come during showering

    This possibly relates to what Hofstadter calls “joosting”, the experience to stepping outside of the usual frame of reference to explore new perspectives. Conscious application typically involves using the same approach but we can locked in by a frozen representation which prevents us considering other possibilities.

    For me it isn’t the shower, it is going for a walk after hours of reading. Then I my mind wanders over all the reading. That does help but only with the prior effort.


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  116. DC comics is going to have a hard time making a movie for the “super hero unvaxed”.

    They’ll also have a hard time getting people to watch any “super hero unwaxed” movie.


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  117. That’s a different issue Dover. It isn’t Ukrainian secret service black ops, like poor Ms Dugina. The local resistance cells have been getting better at their art

    Bruce, they aren’t acting without SBU support, but that still doesn’t address the matter about claimed attempts by FSB to assassinate Ukrainian officeholders or the analogue of Dugin.


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  118. this isn’t reflected on the FCC website which currently lists DAI LE as deputy mayor ..

    Ah…the lady who’s since taken up residence in KKK’s nightmares?

    Yes, they really should update that.

    😀


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  119. “Tax fossil fuels to fund renewables.
    Straya is a low taxing country.
    More tax.
    More spend.
    Nom, nom, nom.”

    Anyone wielding the special tax spotlight should be looking at the renewables sector.

    The fuckers are currently enjoying $90-170/MWh wholesale prices – propped up by Pootgas prices forced into the electricity market solely to prop up renewable shortfalls.

    Their marginal cost of sent out power is virtually $zero.

    Australia is not run in the interests of Australians.


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  120. For me it isn’t the shower, it is going for a walk after hours of reading.

    It worked for me. Got a lot of ideas that way, many ended up in patents.
    Dunno why that happens, but it does. The other way was to sit at desk at work and woolgather. After an hour of that all sorts of interesting things would come together. It’s a similar mind state.


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  121. I am a winner.
    Always have been.

    First prize?
    A new boat!!!
    ….
    Only joking.
    First prize is an oar.
    A single oar.
    To help you keep paddling in circles.
    If you get your boat back.


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  122. Bruce, they aren’t acting without SBU support

    Dover – They certainly have Ukrainian state support of some kind, I agree. But I suspect more military logistical support rather than SBU. Perhaps army intelligence. Classic support of partisan resistance fighters with arms and ammunition. The front line seems fairly pervious from what I read, and certainly the numbers on each side don’t appear sufficient to fully close off a front that long. The Brits did this, and we did too in WW2.

    What is interesting is the 007 style stuff is less evident on both sides, in the respective capitals. Which is what makes me think there’s a bit of a tacit agreement since Ms Dugina got caught in that failed black op.


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  123. “But comparing abortion to the Holocaust is not love, it’s not inclusion,” Koch said.

    How is this even an argument? The only reason abortion gets a free ride is because we never show the aftermath of abortion at 12 weeks, at 15 weeks, at 18 weeks, and so on. BTW, is excluding people from public life on the basis of their now verboten views, love or inclusion?


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  124. Sorry Dover, to dumb to link but will paste below:-

    Sunrise host David Koch slams senior pastor linked to controversial beliefs
    The morning TV host used an interview with a controversial pastor to question his church’s views on homosexuality and abortion.

    Madeleine Achenza
    2 min read
    October 6, 2022 – 9:31AM
    NCA NewsWire
    143 comments

    00:53
    Kochie slams leader from Thorburn’s church (Sunrise)
    The sunrise host savaged a senior pastor from the church for their controversial statements about homosexuality and abortion.
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    Sunrise host David Koch has savaged a senior pastor at the church attended by former Essendon chief executive Andrew Thorburn.

    Mr Thorburn resigned from the role just 30 hours into the job after he was condemned for his links to the City on the Hill church.

    The church’s controversial views on abortion and homosexuality were found to be in direct contradiction to the values of the Essendon Football .

    The Sunrise morning show invited City on a Hill senior pastor Guy Mason to respond to public criticism of the church’s values.

    David Koch probed the church leader on the Christian church’s views. Picture: Sunrise
    David Koch probed the church leader on the Christian church’s views. Picture: Sunrise
    “Even the most conservative bloke I think I know, Peter Dutton, called your views an abomination,” Koch said to round out a heated interview with the pastor.

    Mr Mason was staunch in his defence of his church’s values and threw his support behind the former Essendon boss.

    “I know Andrew to be a great man, he is a man of integrity, generosity, warmth and he is a man of faith and I admire that in him,” Mr Mason said.

    Former Essendon chief executive Andrew Thorburn resigned on his second day in the role. Picture: Supplied
    Former Essendon chief executive Andrew Thorburn resigned on his second day in the role. Picture: Supplied
    Koch moved swiftly to confirm whether the former Essendon boss aligned with the church’s statements on abortion and homosexuality.

    “You need to ask him his views,” Mr Mason replied.

    “He wouldn’t be chairman of your board unless he shared the same views the church does,” Koch said.

    The morning show host pushed the pastor, asking the church leader to explain statements made by the church in past sermons.

    City on the Hill senior pastor Guy Mason said he would not use the same words he used in past statements. Picture: Sunrise
    City on the Hill senior pastor Guy Mason said he would not use the same words he used in past statements. Picture: Sunrise
    “But comparing abortion to the Holocaust is not love, it’s not inclusion,” Koch said.

    “There are so many other churches that are tolerant, are inclusive. You all read the same book, why do you have this hard line and not so loving view?”

    Mr Mason said Koch was taking a quote from 10 years ago and the statement was not meant to be “inflammatory”.

    “I’d use different words today,” he said.

    Koch drilled down on the church’s beliefs surrounding homosexuality and abortion. Picture: Sunrise
    Koch drilled down on the church’s beliefs surrounding homosexuality and abortion. Picture: Sunrise
    Finally, Koch called to question how the former AFL boss was going to stand up during the upcoming AFLW pride round and support the celebration of the game’s LGBTQIA+ community.

    “Why did he apply for the job when he knew the values of the Essendon Football Club were completely different to the values of his church and faith?” he asked.

    “When the pride round comes up in the AFLW in a couple of weeks, how could he have honestly stood there and encouraged the sentiment around pride round?”

    “A footy club is about loving the game and the jumper and it’s bringing together of people of all different walks of life,” Mr Mason replied


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  125. “When the pride round comes up in the AFLW in a couple of weeks, how could he have honestly stood there and encouraged the sentiment around pride round?”

    Koch says the quiet part out loud, the ‘pride’ round is an ideological test.


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  126. I surrendered lots of sleep watching CPAC, burning up my host’s excellent internet connection.
    It was cleverly presented, entertaining, but no more than comfort food for the dispossessed.
    The fact that the majority of speakers were Speccie staff or contributors, and no significant Liberal pollies attended, highlights the bankruptcy of Conservative support in Australia. The topics were tired.
    We are a people who cannot even prevent our premier state branch from implementing marxist tyranny on behalf of putrid cronies. These ‘Liberal’ creeps permitted a squilionaire thug to buy six ‘rotten boroughs’ in their heartland.
    We have to accept that Conservatism in this country lacks any levers that would permit influence, indeed we are about to learn that we cannot even protect ourselves from tyrannical supression and dispossession.
    Even the once reliable Murdoch outfit is on the cusp of total submission as a consequence of generation three decadence.
    The flagship IPA, remains a pompous irrelevant playground for academics too cowardly to face the fires of the campus. It is even deserted by its original sponsors, the Corporates.
    Mundine’s initiative is admirable but doomed. There is no money, no means of broad-based ‘in your face’ communication and is vulnerable to lawfare and gangsterism.
    It will take national collapse and a generation before conservative grass roots re-emerge.
    I will no longer donate or subscribe to organisations that have no chance of achieving change, or as in the case of the IPA, don’ seek change. We need to conserve our dwindling assets. Warm and fuzzy is no longer affordable.
    I’ll stick with the Speccie, solely because it is more entertaining and cheaper than Netflix.
    I’m still waiting for my Folau refund!


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  127. The church’s controversial views on abortion and homosexuality were found to be in direct contradiction to the values of the Essendon Football .

    essendon pooftaball club


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  128. Koch is and always was a repulsive meja parasite. The meja incubate and foster way too many of these types. Can’t the legacy meja just hurry up and die?


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  129. We have to accept that Conservatism in this country lacks any levers that would permit influence, indeed we are about to learn that we cannot even protect ourselves from tyrannical supression and dispossession.

    We’ve reached an end to the old left/right divide, the left are flaming out in a bonfire of madness and insanity, conservatives are deer caught in the headlight of the future. I expect both to reinvent themselves or be replaced entirely by new alternatives.


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  130. Part two of that analysis of the Ukraine war I linked to the other day.

    tl;dr (which is something you say on the Internet when you are about to sum up a link for those who don’t have time to read it):

    The Ukrainians have succeeded in two main areas, which are targeting Russian rail links with HIMARS artillery, and fooling Russians with deceptive propaganda to hide their real troop movements and targets. This has led to the current situation in Kherson where they are toying with 25,000 Russian troops like a cat with a half-dead bird, while they finish off cutting key supply lines.

    There is a fair bit of mayo on that article, but you can’t argue with most of it.


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  131. They breed ’em nasty in Perth:

    A teen who was with the 15-year-old accused of dragging a pregnant mum to the ground and sending her pram flying in an attempt to rob her is being held over a shockingly similar alleged crime.

    Daily Mail


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