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Battle of Poitiers, Charles de Steuben, 1834-37

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
October 14, 2022 10:41 pm

looks like a young Nick Cave … and some blue-haired skank

He’s only there because he wants to get into her knickers..

MatrixTransform
October 14, 2022 10:44 pm

because he wants to get into her knickers

with an under-bite like that, he won’t be chewing though any time soon

Razey
Razey
October 14, 2022 10:45 pm

reffsays:
October 14, 2022 at 10:25 pm
https://twitter.com/damiengayle/status/1580864210741133312

Eco-activist idiots throw tomato soup all over a Van Gogh

Eco-pests are the very definition of useless eaters.

m0nty
m0nty
October 14, 2022 10:53 pm

If eco-activists wanted to make themselves truly useful they would learn how to dive, so they could emulate that Nord Stream attack. Throwing soup at a painting will do nothing.

MatrixTransform
October 14, 2022 10:55 pm

Throwing soup at a painting will do nothing.

mUnty, you make me chuckle with your metaphors

JC
JC
October 14, 2022 11:00 pm

The Chart of Doom of the German housing market. The price-to-book ratio of the German real estate gaint #Vonovia has fallen below 1 this year for the first time ever and is now in free fall. The chart suggests that the German real estate market is heading for a sharp correction.

And I’m not sure it recovers. German fertility rate is almost bad as Italy and Japan.

Italy 1.27 births per woman (2019) 47.3

Germany 1.54 births per woman 46

Japan 1.36 births per woman (2019) median age 49

Germany isn’t going to race back from this slump. The population isn’t young and adaptable.

Ironically for nations of old geezers they ought to be the least concerned about gerbil warming.

Rabz
October 14, 2022 11:03 pm

Kwasi Kwarteng

Seriously – this is an actual personage?

Razey
Razey
October 14, 2022 11:04 pm

Nigel Farage: After 12 years of Tory misrule, we need a realignment in British politics.

https://gettr.com/vision/p1u8zo2d64d

When Labor get voted in they will finish off the UK .

custard
custard
October 14, 2022 11:09 pm

There has only been 45 US Presidents of the USA

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
October 14, 2022 11:10 pm

Anyway, “Sliante” to all you hairy mob. South 32 dividend has gone into my private account – I’ve invested part of it in some quality Scotch, and a couple of interesting books. That’s the dividend season over for another six months….

Rabz
October 14, 2022 11:11 pm

Sacre bleu! It is indeed.

Could “the Torries”* be any more ridiculous if they tried?

*Fought incessantly by the Albansleazey since he began existing in council housing as the ‘umble bastard of an italian waiter on a cruise ship, which he’s been too modest to repeatedly remind everyone on this planet about …

Oh hang on, the staggeringly stupid hideously uglee illiterate innumerate anti scientific fact and evidence free gargoyle has been doing exactly that – who’da thunk it, I asks ya? 😕

Megan
Megan
October 14, 2022 11:15 pm

Magan, I’m very troubled that some people are having real issues closing their PP off.

I would expect that when a punter lands on the PP site and logs in, they ‘should’ get the same page and back-end script that I got.

seems that isn’t the case and that there are some other shenanigans afoot

tip-of-the-iceberg is my worry

I’m certain that there are definite shenanagins afoot. It’s clear, after the two calls Ive made, that the call centre responders are simply reading responses from a script. They were offering identical platitudes to ‘acknowledge’ my concerns and defuse the situation but did not once respond to my concerns in any reasonable way. Simply regurgitated the company line. It was infuriating.

Were you ever asked to provide photo ID to PayPal? Any other Cats asked to provide a passport or licence to keep their account working?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
October 14, 2022 11:17 pm

Fought incessantly by the Albansleazey since he began existing in council housing

Albo sees himself as the reincarnation of Labor politicians like John Curtin and Arthur Augustus Calwell…

Rabz
October 14, 2022 11:17 pm

Kwasi Kwarteng

Various Nigerian Princes with way too much (imaginary) moolah will be dining out on the Kwarteng’s non existent credentials for many many moons to come. 🙂

And Queenslanders will be among the best investors of this “unleashed loot” on the planet (again) …

Razey
Razey
October 14, 2022 11:22 pm

The UK might have to get into high seas piracy to pay off their debts.

Rabz
October 14, 2022 11:31 pm

The UK might have to get into high seas piracy to pay off their debts

His Pirate Holiness Wallee N’jdagoogoo der Qwuarlinee II* appointed as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer by Liz Truss in a desperate attempt to restore some credibility to her stupid, stupid government …

*First of ‘is name, Lord of the high Seas, Consumer of any and all seafood that appears in his vision, etc …

Speedbox
October 14, 2022 11:32 pm

JC – Zelensky has painted himself into a corner, in part on the back of US/EU assurances they will support Ukraine by pledging that he won’t negotiate with Russia; that all Ukraine must be free of Russian soldiers, forever; guarantee of Ukraine sovereignty over all territory including the Donbass and Crimea; guaranteed ongoing reparations beyond the transfer of frozen Russian fx to Ukraine (about $US300Bn), and so on. Many world leaders are cheering him on (esp. Biden) and he has ‘rock star’ status and access to forums where he wouldn’t normally get in the door.

Everything forward is ‘crystal ball gazing’ but we all know for certain that the world, economically at least, is in for a very rocky time for at least the next 12-24 months and easily more. This winter in Europe will be brutal and the economic shocks are amplified. It’s public record that people are beginning to protest in France and Germany over rising costs, lack of energy and polls in Germany suggest that 50% of Germans think the sanctions are hurting Germany far more than they are hurting Russia. Who will crack first? Dunno, but under Russian law, Putin can remain in office until 2028. Can Europe outlast him? And even if they can, who comes next?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
October 14, 2022 11:39 pm

Daily Mail.

Furious woman accuses university of sending her a racial slur… before the surprising truth is revealed

A furious former student takes to social media about a ‘racist’ ethnic slur
Sierra Chen received a letter addressed to Ms. Ching Chong from a university
The University of Queensland Sport letter turned out to be a misunderstanding
Jane Chong whose birth name is Ching Chong said the letter was for her

Snork, snork…….

JC
JC
October 14, 2022 11:44 pm

Three large US banks reported this evening. Results were pretty good, or rather excellent when you think about the bad shape psychology is in at the moment.

Rabz
October 14, 2022 11:47 pm

custard says: October 14, 2022 at 9:36 pm

NOT HAVING IT, I TELLS YA! 😕

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
October 14, 2022 11:47 pm

Sierra Chen received a letter addressed to Ms. Ching Chong

This needs to go deep into the new thread.

MatrixTransform
October 14, 2022 11:47 pm

Were you ever asked to provide photo ID to PayPal?

nope .

just clicked cancel and it was done

Jorge
Jorge
October 14, 2022 11:49 pm

If those are included, all she was wearing was a white cocktail dress. Are they still a somewhat short length?

In the Pell trial the judges put aside time to go somewhere and inspect his robes.

Perhaps Britneh could dress up and meet them in somebody’s office.

Due diligence and all that.

Rabz
October 14, 2022 11:52 pm

A letter addressed to Ms Ching Chong from the erstwhile Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Kwasi Kwarteng …

Stop this planet, I want off, for the good of everyone else. Just wanting to be left alone, FFS.

Pluto looks noice. 🙂

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Perhaps Britneh could dress up and meet them in somebody’s office.

Wouldn’t take long, it’s not as if she’s got to put on anything else except slip the dress over her head.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

On second thoughts, there’s not a hope in hell of Britters getting into that dress today.
She’d be twice the girl she was back then.

Bruce in WA
October 14, 2022 11:55 pm

Melbourne school boycotts national anthem at awards night
A principal has defended his school’s decision not to sing the national anthem at an awards ceremony.

A Melbourne school has doubled down on its decision not to sing the Australian national anthem at an awards ceremony on Monday night, with the principal saying Advance Australia Fair “may well be” finished in the long term.

Instead of the national anthem, attendees of Overnewton Anglican Community College’s presentation night, held at Southbanks’s Hamer Hall, sang Aunty Ruby Hunter’s Welcome to All People after students objected to the former on the grounds it was offensive to Indigenous Australians.

Overnewton principal Jim Laussen said there was a “growing number” of students at the school who refused to sing the national anthem.

Speaking on Melbourne radio, Mr Laussen said the college captain announced the decision not to sing the national anthem, a trend the school began during this year’s Reconciliation Week, where students asked not to sing the national anthem out of respect for Indigenous Australians speaking at school assemblies that week.

Mr Laussen said the decision to reject the national anthem was a decision students had come to themselves and it “may well be finished” in the long term.

He said the school had about 11 Indigenous pupils who objected to Advance Australia Fair, and he had spoken to a parent who objected to the school’s decision.

“If we had not even mentioned we weren’t doing the national anthem, no one would have cared because no one would have noticed,” Mr Laussen said.

He said Indigenous parents had objected to “deeply hurtful” words contained in the national anthem.

Mr Laussen said the school, which continued to sing the national anthem from time to time, was “creating a conversation and a dialogue” and many people had congratulated him over the school’s decision.

Fucking speechless …

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
October 14, 2022 11:55 pm

Wouldn’t take long, it’s not as if she’s got to put on anything else except slip the dress over her head.

Yerg.

Looking at the Daily Mail pics in the earlier links – try that now and she’d need several cans of WD40 for that.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
October 14, 2022 11:56 pm

On second thoughts, there’s not a hope in hell of Britters getting into that dress today.

Snap Sal.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
October 14, 2022 11:57 pm

He said Indigenous parents had objected to “deeply hurtful” words contained in the national anthem.

And they are absolutely right.

‘Girt’ hurts everyone.

Rabz
October 15, 2022 12:03 am

Girt hurts, love scars
Girt wounds and marks
Any heart
Not tough or strong enough
To take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain

Girt is like a cloud
Holds a lot of rain
Girt hurts
Ooh, ooh, Girt hurts
I’m young, I know, but even so
I know a thing or two
I learned from you
I really learned a lot, really learned a lot
Girt is like a flame
It burns you when it’s hot
Girt hurts
Ooh, ooh, girt hurts
Some fools think of happiness
Blissfulness, togetherness
Some fools fool themselves, I guess
They’re not foolin’ me
I know it isn’t true
I know it isn’t true
Girt is just a lie
Made to make you blue
Girt hurts
Ooh, ooh, girt hurts
Ooh, ooh, girt hurts
I know it isn’t true
I know it isn’t true
Girt is just a lie
Made to make you blue
Girt hurts
Ooh, ooh, girt hurts
Ooh, ooh, girt hurts …

H B Bear
H B Bear
October 15, 2022 12:04 am

Albo sees himself as the reincarnation of Labor politicians like John Curtin and Arthur Augustus Calwell…

Liar myth making runs deep. Ever since you find yourself seated under the Tree of Knowledge.

areff
areff
October 15, 2022 12:06 am

Memories from the playpen, courtesy of my gran, who sang it in a reedy contralto:

Ching Chong Chinaman
Had a penny doll
He washed it,
Dressed it
And called it Pretty Pol

Rabz
October 15, 2022 12:09 am

A principal has defended his school’s decision not to sing the national anthem at an awards ceremony

I don’t remember “singing” the national dirge (or being semi obliged to) at anything while I was at school.

The kiddies should remain as grateful.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
October 15, 2022 12:12 am

Speaking on Melbourne radio, Mr Laussen said the college captain announced the decision not to sing the national anthem, a trend the school began during this year’s Reconciliation Week,

Does anyone else see the irony here?

For what it’s worth, one of the local schoolchildren was asked if they knew what “National Sorry Day”
was about.

“Yes – that’s when the Aboriginal kids say “Sorry” for beating us up after school, and stealing our bikes…”

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
October 15, 2022 12:20 am

New thread up, ladies and gentlemen of the Cat.

Rabz
October 15, 2022 12:22 am

Miss Maggie Dodgers, Cats:

Want want … 🙂

Bruce in WA
October 15, 2022 12:29 am

Friday night. Time for a voice like I’ve never heard before; a FIVEoctave range!

Winston Smith
October 15, 2022 3:43 am

rickw:

1943 – World War II: The United States Eighth Air Force loses 60 of 291 B-17 Flying Fortresses during the Second Raid on Schweinfurt.

Going after the bearing factories in Schweinfurt IIRC.

As part of the USAAF/RAF disassembling of the German production effort, bearings were changed in type for tank turrets. Initially ball bearings were used but after the raids and the damage done, they were changed to roller bearings.
So my question is this – why not use roller bearings in the first place? Surely a roller bearing has greater surface area to enable heavy loads to turn?
There may be a very simple reason for this, but my limited knowledge of machining and engineering is failing me.

rickw
rickw
October 15, 2022 4:51 am

An interesting paper on Sweden, SKF and bearings for Nazi Germany:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03585522.1975.10407803

rickw
rickw
October 15, 2022 5:03 am

why not use roller bearings in the first place? Surely a roller bearing has greater surface area to enable heavy loads to turn?

Ball bearings can handle both axial and radial loads. To achieve the same with a roller bearing arrangement can be difficult. The normal way this is done is to have rollers where the length is the same as the diameter and they are fed into the race in alternating orientations.

Given the ring diameter on the tanks, the load bearing capacity was probably not the limiting factor, so balls were probably initially selected because they were easier to assemble. A bit of googling shows that most German tanks used different methods to space out the balls, this seems to support the idea that there was no particular problem with ball bearings being able to support the loads.

rickw
rickw
October 15, 2022 5:05 am

Apparently you can buy old German tank turret balls:

https://relicsfromthefront.co.uk/products/ni34

rickw
rickw
October 15, 2022 5:45 am
Boambee John
Boambee John
October 15, 2022 8:12 am

m0ntysays:
October 14, 2022 at 10:24 pm
I mean, four words for you: Four Seasons Total Landscaping. The writing in this movie is terrible. The characters are not believable, the relationships are ridiculous, the dialogue is insane gibberish.

If it was an actual movie it would have been canned at the concept stage.

Just as the “gay” Son of Superman movies was? Oh, sorry, it went ahead to be produced.

Boambee John
Boambee John
October 15, 2022 8:14 am

Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
October 14, 2022 at 10:41 pm
looks like a young Nick Cave … and some blue-haired skank

He’s only there because he wants to get into her knickers..

Is she wearing knickers?

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
November 16, 2022 2:09 pm

We have just arrived in the Mariott at LAX and viewing Trumps’ election speech with a rum and coke (me) and a beer (Hairy) after a long trip with a change in Atlanta. We are impressed. I told you he was the only candidate and the real hope, says Hairy, and I have to agree with him at the moment. Two years though, a lot can happen, but right now Trump is trumps. Hairy wins.

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