1,701 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 5 Nov 2022”

  1. November 7, 2022 at 3:51 pm
    Thanks Cats for all the comments on the VW contretemps. Lots of food for thought. In retrospect, I jumped the gun in the re-sale. Rather than accepting the dealer’s despicable trade-in valuation for a new Golf, I ended up selling the Passat wagon through Car Sales for considerably more.

    Which means opportunistic dealers were just suppressing trade-in prices and John Citizen didn’t give a rats.
    The biggest factor running against re-sale now is the price of diesel. The differential between diesel and ULP has flipped over the last ten years.
    I maybe could have paid cesh for our new car and wrung a bit more out of Carsales, but couldn’t be bothered.


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  2. m0nty-fa

    Dunno about you mole, but I am tired of talking to them and about them. Do we have to defeat them every damn day? How much is enough? They never stop unless they are stopped. That already happened in 1945. Do we have to go over and over it?

    Change the date to 2022, and normal people could say the same about communists. You know, the ones who started mass murder before the Nazis, and continued it long after the Nazis were defeated, even unto the present day. And you and your ilk utter not a word of condemnation,

    Now bugger off and enlist for the (nuclear world) war against Wussian imperialism that you were demanding, before you went all pacifist.

    PS, how many Nazis have you met face to face to talk to them, and teach them reality?


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  3. Amazing what you find in links:

    Top Ender says: November 7, 2022 at 1:52 pm
    Lord Lucan still alive and living near Brisbane?

    Lord Lucan aside, about halfway down Top Ender’s linked article, is a reproduction of the front page, 12th November 1974, The Daily Mail.
    Beside the Lord Lucan story is a large photograph accompanying a story of an actress being sacked from a Broadway play Love for Love on the first night.

    Sacked was Scots actress Mary Ure, whom some may remember as the hotter than ten pistols female lead in Where Eagles Dare.
    She was the wife of Robert Shaw, likely remembered by many here for being the ‘mark’ in The Sting, & the panzer officer in Battle of the Bulge, and the shark fisherman in Jaws (3rd man in the scene with Richard Dreyfus & Roy Schieder “we’re gonna need a bigger boat”.)

    Why was she sacked?
    The cover story reported in the article is she “didn’t communicate with the audience”
    She lived only another Five months, drinking herself to death & making sure of by getting drunk & overdosing.
    Cats may draw their own conclusion as to why she was sacked.

    The at the time insignificant twist: Her role in Love for Love was taken over by the understudy, described in The Daily Mail as “a 22 year old college student”

    Glenn Close.


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  4. Only 1,500 comments in a bit over two days.
    This place is circling the plughole and I think we all know why.

    Total mystery.


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  5. Dunno about you mole, but I am tired of talking to them and about them. Do we have to defeat them every damn day? How much is enough? They never stop unless they are stopped. That already happened in 1945. Do we have to go over and over it?

    Much like the dickhead specter of Communism, the “war” (in debate terms) is never over.
    Once you cease the war of words you are left with what idiots do, repression, censorship and a spiral into ever ratcheting up surveillance and punishment.
    Far better to keep having the argument over and over.

    The “right” after Regan made the terrible mistake of thinking once Commie Russia was cactus and all its awful shit was exposed no-one would be stupid enough to hanker after it. So it was no longer necessary to debate/ridicule and make odious the ideas of communitards. Which led to rebrandings and repackaging of shit ideas. (largely under the green banner)

    There are pockets of sub-normals who simultaneously think repression of their enemies by any means is legitimate, and also think it cant be used against them by those enemies.


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  6. Only 1,500 comments in a bit over two days.
    This place is circling the plughole and I think we all know why.

    I’m not insulting head prefect enough: that always gets the crowds in.


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  7. So what is Monty saying? That the arguments of the Nazis were so convincing and unanswerable that the only defence against them is never to hear them?

    Or is he conceding that having a government control what is not reported, what is, and how it is reported (a la Goebbels) is a surefire way to find yourself trapped in a Nazi headlock?

    I wonder what we should do about communists and socialists, whose headcount sadly dwarves that of the Nazis and is still being added to even to this day?


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  8. Between this:

    Dunno about you mole, but I am tired of talking to them and about them. Do we have to defeat them every damn day? How much is enough? They never stop unless they are stopped.

    And this:

    m0nty
    #2275181, posted on January 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    yes, it is always correct to punch Nazis. They lost the right to not be punched in the face when they started spouting genocidal ideologies that in living memory killed millions upon millions of people.

    Well said, that man.

    Perhaps Monty should watch this:

    Are we the baddies?


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  9. Cats may draw their own conclusion as to why she was sacked.

    Stigma attached to alcoholism by an unfeeling puritanical public – patriarchy writ on a death certificate.

    Whiteness too.

    Were it not for that she could yet be a tottering bibulous ornament to the stage.

    Ah, the bottle. The love that dare not (often cannot) speak its name!


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  10. From the AFR (Chanticleer):

    Atlassian’s drubbing shows big tech’s big problem

    The staggering fall in the software company’s share price on Friday shows how the business is being hit by the same headwinds buffeting the technology sector.

    You can’t accuse Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar of not living up to their values.

    The foundations of workplace software giant Atlassian have long espoused an “open company, no bullshit” mantra at the NASDAQ-listed giant, and its September quarter update was refreshingly honest about the way the macroeconomic environment is hitting the business.

    Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar say they are prepared for the downturn.  David Rowe

    Free subscriptions to their products, which help teams become better organised and more efficient, are failing to convert to paid ones as frequently as they previously did. And existing paid subscribers aren’t adding as many new users as they once did.

    In their analyst call on Thursday night after the market had closed, Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar emphasised their belief that underlying demand and their competitive position remained strong. And they said their experience in starting the company just after the dotcom crash, and surviving the global financial crisis, gives them confidence they can win market share from weakened competitors and hire top talent let go by other tech giants.

    “Turbulent markets provide an opportunity to shake up the leaderboards, and we are poised to play offence in this environment,” the pair’s letter to investors says.

    Advertisement

    But Atlassian will be playing offence as a much smaller company after Friday night saw the stock plunge a staggering 29 per cent, even worse than Thursday night’s after-market trade suggested.

    Atlassian shares are now off 65 per cent for the year, which is almost double the fall in the benchmark tech index, the Nasdaq Composite. And it’s not a million miles from 2022’s biggest tech disaster, Meta, whose shares are off 73 per cent.

    Rising interest rates are poison

    Atlassian is suffering from the same headwinds as its big tech counterparts.

    First, rising interest rates are poison for highly valued tech firms, because they increase the rate by which the market discounts future profits.

    With rates likely to keep rising in the US well into 2023, there seems little chance of a change in investor sentiment. Even giants like Alphabet (down 40 per cent this year), Amazon (down 46 per cent) and Apple (down 24 per cent) have gone from being places for investors to ride out the market storm to stocks to be wary of.
    But now tech stocks are experiencing the second-order effect of rising interest rates: a slowing economy.

    Tech investors have switched from putting a premium on growth to putting a premium on sustainable earnings, which had already let tech companies to tighten their belts by trimming costs and staff.

    But as interest rates start to bite, the economy slows and demand slips, the job of becoming profitable or growing profits is going to be harder. Tech companies will likely be forced to cut costs harder, which is bad news for the companies that provide services to them.

    So, Atlassian finds itself in the worst of all worlds. Not only is it still unprofitable, but its revenue growth has weakened, and will probably weaken further as its customers feel the pain from the macroeconomic environment.

    Those future profits its investors were banking on seem even further away. And that’s why sentiment shifted hard and fast on Friday night.

    Farquhar and Cannon-Brookes are right in that Atlassian is well placed to ride out a downturn. First, it has experience of managing through lean periods in a way that companies born after 2012 don’t.

    Second, its products are relatively inexpensive and as close to an essential service as you can get in tech.

    Third, the broad tailwind of companies trying to become more digital and more efficient could well accelerate at a time like this, as firms try to do more with less. That should underpin demand.

    The billionaire duo have made it clear they don’t worry about money, and are instead guided by an ambition to build a company that can outlast them, and live for 100 years. As such, there’s no doubt the long-term play is to try to use a tricky moment like this to grow.

    But in an environment when investors can barely envisage the next 100 days, profits will count for more than lofty ambitions. And that’s no bullshit.

    Kind of touched on the problems but gives the Messiah twins a bit of a free pass.
    Bought into the line that it is “sector wide” problems (err, why has it fallen twice as far as the tech index?).
    As for them telling it straight with no bullshit?
    Spare me.
    And their software being “close to an essential service”?
    FMD.
    Their letter to shareholders was fucking pure unadulterated tripe. Not one number or a hint of a plan throughout the whole thing. Just cliches like “headwinds” and “we’ve toughed it out before” and “shake up the leaderboard”.
    But I guess there are no harbour cruise Christmas cocktails for a Sydney journo who puts the boots into the Messiah Brothers


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  11. Hey Cats
    what time (say, Perth time) will midterm results start coming through and when?

    Most of Yankee Land is a day behind us so voting Wednesday .. should see results starting to come thru after midnight Wednesday ……


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  12. Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and mining magnate Andrew Forrest top the list of Australians on a global ranking of billionaires with the biggest carbon footprint.

    Don’t tell me that the technothug Cannon-Brookes that’s bought one of our major coal mines to close it down because of so-called climate Armageddon and the green hydrogen promoter Twiggy Forest, are each bigger emitters than mining magnate, Gina Reinhardt? Blow me down with a feather!


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  13. Amazing how monty got many of you to argue about Nazism as if Ye or the other fella were promoting Nazism.

    Not promoting Nazism, Dover, just that which Monty labels as Nazism…which could be damned near anything, certainly everything he doesn’t agree with.


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  14. dover0beach

    Because extreme mongnitude of saying free speech is equal to supporting nazis needs to be smacked around and not left as a Montyfact*

    *Not a fact.


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  15. yes, it is always correct to punch Nazis.

    So, is a Nazi someone who has joined the Nazi party and actually killed people? Or is it used as a synonym for people with a morbid fascination in that event in history and just talks big? Or some skinhead who needs to think his skin colour makes him important because without that belief he will be stuck with the fact he isn’t.

    How many people that you call Nazis have perpetuated the evil deeds that you use to justify punching them? Is it guilt by association?

    My suspicion is that, if Monty were to take a swing at a neo-Nazi or a skinhead, it would not go well for him. They do seem a physical lot to compensate for their lack of cerebral heft, and with hair-trigger tempers. They might not be able to count past 2, but they can beat people up. (I am sure Monty would agree with that characterisation.) So, if someone with the physique of the Michelin Man when his tyres are down to about 2 psi were to take a swing at one of these brutish savages – what does anyone think the final outcome would be.

    Why would you engage someone in a physical contest if you think their weakness (and your supremacy) resides in the intellectual? Once they win and you lose on their terms, you still have to try to contest with them on yours, but by then six of your teeth are already in the gutter and anyone watching would see you as just desperately trying for ‘best out of three’.

    What person confident in the moral and intellectual truth of their convictions would opt for a physical confrontation.

    I think someone here is a moronic thug posing as an intelligent person but instinctively resorting to their moronic thuggish nature.


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  16. Gunyah, Goondie and Wurley.
    The Aboriginal Architecture of Australia.

    Not on my to get list – waiting for the one out soon: Australian Spacecraft of the Dreamtime: how 60,000 years of indigenous technology inspired the Apollo missions


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  17. Knuckle Draggersays:
    November 7, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    Ha ha.

    Well said, and Jerky Crunt (JC) should be banned.

    Rotten is JHM.

    Back up this allegation or apologise!


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  18. Australian Spacecraft of the Dreamtime: how 60,000 years of indigenous technology inspired the Apollo missions

    Australian Agriculture of the Dreamtime: How the Australian Aborigine invented broad-acre, minimum till, mechanized agriculture.


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  19. November 7, 2022 at 4:45 pm
    Only 1,500 comments in a bit over two days.
    This place is circling the plughole and I think we all know why.

    I’m not insulting head prefect enough: that always gets the crowds in.

    Not sure that is it.
    Others are taking up the slack.
    Although, to be fair, their insults lack the incisive eloquence of yours.
    Carry on.


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  20. JMHsays:
    November 7, 2022 at 5:15 pm
    Knuckle Draggersays:
    November 7, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    Ha ha.

    Well said, and Jerky Crunt (JC) should be banned.

    Rotten is JHM.

    Back up this allegation or apologise!

    Why are you jumping in to defend JHM?


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  21. This one’s for West Australian Cats. Good riddance….

    McGowan’s captain pick to stand down
    Staff writers
    STAFF WRITERS

    Outspoken West Australian Labor minister Alannah MacTiernan has called time on her 34-year career, which included a stint in federal politics.

    Ms MacTiernan, 69, said she had “learnt to live with high stress levels” during her career – which also included local politics and 13 years in various ministerial roles – and that it was time for the next generation to take over.

    “It’s time for me to pass on the baton,” she told reporters on Monday.

    The Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture said she told Premier Mark McGowan before the 2021 state election she would only serve two years in parliament.

    “That’s her call; that’s her decision,” Mr McGowan told reporters.

    There were very few people who had achieved what she had during her time in politics, he added.

    Mr McGowan said Ms MacTiernan was always kind, uplifting, unstoppable, passionate and hardworking.

    She also often had a unique analysis of situations and people, he said.

    “Alannah’s one of those people you can’t help but like,” he said.



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  22. They do seem a physical lot to compensate for their lack of cerebral heft, and with hair-trigger tempers. They might not be able to count past 2, but they can beat people up.

    Not sure what evidence you are using to make this conclusion, but I haven’t seen much of it.

    Modern neo-Nazis are mostly weedy Anglo-Saxon untermenschen with delusions of grandeur. That’s often why they become neo-Nazis, because they have literally nothing else going for them except their skin colour.

    Remember when a bunch of them got sprung in a van in Idaho near a pride rally? Their mugshots are instructive – hardly exemplars of their race.


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  23. Top Endersays:
    November 7, 2022 at 5:13 pm
    Gunyah, Goondie and Wurley.
    The Aboriginal Architecture of Australia.

    I’ve got to say that empty cardboard wine casks (with the silver pillows still inside) and stacked into a dwelling type shape, should offer considerable thermal insulation. That is definitely ahead of its time.


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  24. Election Wizard ??
    @ElectionWiz
    BREAKING: Patrick Basham, the pollster who correctly predicted Brexit and Trump 2016 says midterm “Red Wave” is forming into a full-on “Red Tsunami.”

    and

    Rich Baris “The People’s Pundit”
    @Peoples_Pundit
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    Folks, @YossiGestetner with vids & pictures that are really good news for @leezeldin, who even got endorsements from several Orthodox Jewish groups still backing DEMs down-ballot. Ramapo in the previous tweet. Turnout is impressive and there are a lot of votes in these places.
    Quote Tweet

    Yossi Gestetner
    @YossiGestetner
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    WOWOWOW! The voting line this AM at Ramapo Town Hall in #NY17 is worse/longer than it usually is in the final hours of Election Day.



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  25. Modern neo-Nazis are mostly weedy Anglo-Saxon untermenschen with delusions of grandeur.

    Is it time to post a couple of pics from The Men of Devil Bend GC calendar?


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  26. So, is a Nazi someone who has joined the Nazi party and actually killed people? Or is it used as a synonym for people with a morbid fascination in that event in history and just talks big? Or some skinhead who needs to think his skin colour makes him important because without that belief he will be stuck with the fact he isn’t.

    On the rare occasions when neo-Nazis have been punched in recent times, they are not sitting in the privacy of their mum’s basement playing on Xbox. They are out in the world actively being a neo-Nazi, by agitating for and arguing for their sick, twisted beliefs. When they are doing that, they are fair game in my eyes.

    Would I encourage Paul Pelosi-style home invasions to hit Nazis on the head with a hammer? No. If they are out and about spreading their vileness, yes they should be punched in the head.


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  27. Election Wizard ??
    @ElectionWiz
    BREAKING: Patrick Basham, the pollster who correctly predicted Brexit and Trump 2016 says midterm “Red Wave” is forming into a full-on “Red Tsunami.”

    It would be great if Trump said nothing about 2024 before Tuesday night.


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  28. They are out in the world actively being a neo-Nazi, by agitating for and arguing for their sick, twisted beliefs. When they are doing that, they are fair game in my eyes.

    ie BLM and antifa


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  29. Mother Lode

    m0nty-fa’s fragile state of health is such that he personally does not do the Nazi punching. He sub-contracts that task to the fascists of Antefa, and cheers them on from the lounge room side of his TV set.


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  30. Only 1,500 comments in a bit over two days.
    This place is circling the plughole and I think we all know why.

    The new guy isn’t following your directions?


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  31. Would I encourage Paul Pelosi-style home invasions

    Monty makes an assumption based on his political views, not the evidence from the night.


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  32. Come Wednesday/Thursday – I expect there to be much chanting, cheering and commenting.

    Expect 10,000 comments! 😛

    Munt – you’re going to get so sick of #winning!!!!


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  33. she told Premier Mark McGowan before the 2021 state election she would only serve two years in parliament.

    So what you’re saying is that she lied to the electorate by letting them assume they were electing her for a full term.


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  34. Mr McGowan said Ms MacTiernan was always kind, uplifting, unstoppable, passionate and hardworking.

    She also often had a unique analysis of situations and people, he said.

    “Alannah’s one of those people you can’t help but like,” he said.

    Seems to have forgotten that she has been pissed for the last 10 years! She drinks like Nancy!


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  35. Would I encourage Paul Pelosi-style home invasions to hit Nazis on the head with a hammer? No. If they are out and about spreading their vileness, yes they should be punched in the head.

    Note the weasel wording segueing from an assault with a hammer to a ‘punch in the head’.

    Monty: free speech is violence.
    Also Monty: My sides violence is free speech.

    Id defend a rabid, frothing anti semite standing on a soapbox from a proto-monty wanting to hit them with a hammer. Not because I support the frothing loon, but because there is a clear demarcation between idiotic speech and physical violence.

    Similar to doing the same vs some idiot spouting beardie weirdie or leftist shit.
    Speech is not violence.
    You think that way then you are down the slope of “its justifiable to do ‘x” to prevent your speech”..


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  36. As already mentioned – the Hammer of Hawthorn on Nazis:

    If they are out and about spreading their vileness, yes they should be punched in the head.

    By someone else.

    Because should mUnter actually punch these people in the head, it would no doubt encourage them to take over the whole country.


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  37. WA Liars have got no one when Sneakers goes. He has already made himself Premier and Treasurer, exactly like Emperor Barney did when Porter left for the green pastures of Canberra. Not sure people will wear Rita Saffioti as Premier. That said, the Lieborals are a decade and 3 elections away from even being competitive.


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  38. If they are out and about spreading their vileness, yes they should be punched in the head.
    What about if they’ve got Eggshell Skull and the punch kills them?
    Is it still okay?


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  39. Remember when a bunch of them got sprung in a van in Idaho near a pride rally? Their mugshots are instructive – hardly exemplars of their race.

    Which one is you dickless. On second thoughts they all look too fit.


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  40. BREAKING: Patrick Basham, the pollster who correctly predicted Brexit and Trump 2016 says midterm “Red Wave” is forming into a full-on “Red Tsunami.”

    That would explian the Democrats trying to run away from its landfall, policy by policy.

    Of course, nobody shoulod believe them.


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  41. Foreign cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka will remain behind bars after he was charged with the sexual assault of a Sydney woman but he has the “full support” of the Sri Lankan high commission.

    The international cricket star, 31, appeared at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court on Monday via audio visual link from Surry Hills Police Station after he was arrested at a Sussex St hotel in the city’s CBD about 1am on Sunday.

    Detectives from the State Crime Command’s sex crimes squad and Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command began a joint investigation following allegations a 29-year-old woman was sexually assaulted.

    Mr Gunathilaka was arrested in the early hours of the morning and taken to Surry Hills Police Station where he was charged with four counts of sexual intercourse without consent.

    He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday, but the court papers did not make it and he spent another night in custody on remand as the matter was moved to Monday morning.

    He wore thongs, dark blue jeans and a grey T-shirt when he faced Downing Centre Local Court on Monday.

    He held his head down as he heard a police prosecutor tell the court she would be applying for an interim non-publication order over the bail hearing.

    The result was granted and the court was closed to the public for legal reasons.

    Magistrate Robert Williams refused Mr Gunathilaka’s bail, meaning he will spend the next two months behind bars on remand until the matter is next before the court in January.

    Defence lawyer Ananda Amaranath told media outside court that he wanted the court to remain open.

    “The magistrate made the order the court be closed,” he said.

    Mr Amaranath said his client was “disappointed” by the result.

    “He will be disappointed clearly … but we have to accept the decision,” Mr Amaranath said.

    “He has the full support of the Sri Lankan high commission and the cricket board.”

    During a police press conference on Sunday, Detective Superintendent Jayne Doherty from the child abuse and sex crimes squad said Mr Gunathilaka and the woman allegedly matched on a dating app.

    She told reporters they communicated on various platforms, including video calling, before meeting up.

    A crime scene examination was undertaken at the address on Saturday.

    It is understood the rest of the Sri Lankan team has already flown home without Mr Gunathilaka.

    “The male is being supported by the Sri Lankan consulate,” Superintendent Doherty said.

    Oz


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  42. Boris Ryvkin
    @BRyvkin
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    The level of contempt that Xi has for the pathetically weak and compromised Scholz is astonishing. Germans of all parties should feel embarrassed.
    Quote Tweet

    ??? Bad ? ucao
    @badiucao
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    Nov 4
    when Xi meets Scholz
    he does not even address him as name or title for the ’greeting‘
    he just said “??? Ah hello”

    All the reports I’ve heard are that this meeting was terrible for Scholz. Germany went to China for a parachute but got rebuffed because the Chinese do not trust the Germans to not worm their way back to the US once they’re safely back on the ground.


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  43. A Katherine man who fatally shot a home intruder earlier this year has been sentenced.

    Kim Jamie Keith Kellett, 39, will remain behind bars until at least January of 2024, after pleading guilty to a downgraded charge of manslaughter when he faced Darwin Supreme Court.

    Family and friends crowed into the courtroom, shouting their support as Kellett arrived.

    He was sentenced to four years and 10 months in jail and this was backdated to March 17.

    The sentence will be suspended from January 17, 2024.

    Kellett was living in a ranger’s cabin with his wife and young son near the Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, about 30km south of Katherine, when the killing happened.

    On March 16, a 26-year-old man approached the house and let himself inside.

    Kellett’s wife Danielle went into the kitchen to make a bottle for their two-year-old daughter.

    It was then she spotted the intruder, who was wearing boxer shorts and was covered in grass.

    Her screams woke Kellett.

    The court heard Kellett rushed into the kitchen, telling the man to “f*** off”, before chasing him out of the house and locking the door.

    At 4.08am, Ms Kellett rang triple-0.

    She said she was sitting with a gun, telling the operator: “Hurry up mate because he’s gonna get shot. Mate, my kids are here.”

    After hearing noises outside, Kellett took the .308 bolt-action rifle from his wife and ventured outside.

    He walked three metres to the corner of the concrete at his front entrance, shouldered the rifle and shot down the driveway.

    A bullet went into the victim.

    At 4.36am, a police officer arrived on the scene to find the dead man lying on his back.

    As Kellett approached the officer he was heard to say: “Oh, s*** – I only just fired a warning shot”.

    Justice John Burns called the shooting “highly reckless”.

    Justice Burns said the presence of an intruder would understandably cause “a very real fear”.

    “We cannot know why the deceased entered your home, dressed as he was, in the middle of the night,” Justice Burns said.

    “You did not know the deceased, you did not know anything about his background, all you knew was he was a person who entered your home in a partially undressed state.

    “The conduct of the deceased was clearly of the nature that would cause a very real fear in your mind both as a resident of the dwelling and as a parent.

    “Your act of raising the rifle to your shoulder and firing in circumstances where you thought the noise may have been made by the deceased was nevertheless highly reckless.”

    Justice Burns called the incident “out of character” for Kellett, stating the Crown accepted he “did not intend to cause serious harm” to the intruder.

    “The present offence is out of character for you,” he said.

    “I am satisfied that you are basically a decent man who made a very poor decision in difficult circumstances on the night in question.

    “The Crown accepts that you did not intend to cause the death of or serious harm to the deceased.”


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  44. Sample stories from latest Geller:

    Democrat Political Violence Rages Against Republican Candidates, Staffers, Volunteers
    “BROKEN”: House Republicans Release Whistleblower Report on DOJ Abuses [Full Report Here]
    George Soros Behind The Attacks on Musk and Free Speech
    IT BEGINS: “Widespread Outage” in Pennsylvania Voter Database As Election Day Nears
    If You’re White and Fork Over $85,000, This Prestigious University Will Teach You to Hate Yourself



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  45. The outpouring of grief for Cassius is a tragic reminder that too many First Nations Australians have died as the result of violence.

    That’s why the Senate Inquiry into missing and murdered First Nations women and children is so important.

    Careful what you wish for. You might find the results…inconvenient.


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  46. When I think about pelosi trash and the cretins what vote for the dirty old woman, the mafia princess, I think another earthquake would be a damn good thing.


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  47. In all fairness – and speaking as a person who has never been in the situation and so cannot declare what ‘normal’ behaviour would be, but I would expect a warning shot to be significantly above the plane where another person might be.

    You would be shooting up into the air.

    But maybe that is the situation in cases like this: you are not trying to do what the Hollywood movies would have you do. Maybe your instinct is to scare the blue cheeses out of people by firing close to them. It being more frightening than popping off a shot toward the Southern Cross.


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  48. I was struck by the cop’s comment after a rampage of stolen vehicles and property damage worth hundreds of thousands of dollars that ‘a crash is the worst possible result’ (or similar, I haven’t copied it.)

    Here’s the thing. As long as those kids know that this is your mindset, nothing will change. They know that in a game of chicken, you will always back off.

    Of course a lot of them will die due to what happens when kids try to impress their mates and girlfriends and siblings by hurtling around in stolen cars at high speed with no concern that the cops will try to stop them. Hoo-wee!

    As for Alice Springs, the state of paralysis about what is happening seems to show no sign of resolution. First the ideologues closed off The Rock, now they are letting the town turn into a slum which you might find in rural Nigeria.

    But, it’s Inclusive!
    There are several taxpayer funded operatives there to prove it!


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  49. Warning shots are considered in some situations to be a waste of time.

    ADF in the Iraq war were not permitted to use them. Fire to defend yourself if you had to – aim at the body mass.


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  50. After nearly 3 years I have finally caught the Rona. Sore throat, lack of energy and some nose blockage. I’ve had it for 3 days so hopefully it clears in the next 2 or so.


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  51. A Katherine man who fatally shot a home intruder earlier this year has been sentenced.

    I feel for him, & for his family.
    It’s not as if the dear departed was minding their own business at home when someone turned up & shot him dead.
    The dear departed was intruding into someone’s home, &.. .. how to say this?…. was intruding not in the manner of a stranded motorist requiring a fan belt or to use the phone, nor a backpacker who has managed to get free of a kidnapper.

    If only he could have been sentenced in Texas.


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  52. Warning shots are considered in some situations to be a waste of time.

    Warning shots are a good way to waste valuable ammunition…
    You either shoot to kill, or don’t shoot at all.
    There is no in between.


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  53. They just can’t let it go. Just appeared in my news feed:

    The grandchildren of Omicron have landed in Sydney. What does it mean for Christmas?

    Go away you stupid, panic mongering numbats. Go play in the traffic.


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  54. A Katherine man who fatally shot a home intruder earlier this year has been sentenced.

    Lesson. Never ever call the cops. Bury them in the backyard. Who is going to know?


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  55. Bear Necessitiessays:
    November 7, 2022 at 7:01 pm
    After nearly 3 years I have finally caught the Rona. Sore throat, lack of energy and some nose blockage. I’ve had it for 3 days so hopefully it clears in the next 2 or so.

    LOL. Common cold symptoms.


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  56. Razey, I think when the cops were called the baddy might have still been prowling around the house.


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  57. Awesome levels of mongnitude here in WA.
    Closed down the debil debil coal fired power plant…

    And advanced to using diesel.

    ‘Dirty’ diesel generators may be needed during Perth summer as WA energy crisis deepens

    Lets cherry pick just 2 numbers from this whole sharticle to show its a political, not a generation problem.

    the Australian Energy Market Operator called for bids in September from energy companies and users to provide an extra 174MW of capacity for four months from December 1

    ….
    In calling for extra capacity, AEMO in September noted the system was dealing with a “shortfall” of reserves caused by a number of different reasons.

    Among them was the early retirement of a power station in Kwinana, south of Perth, an unexpected outage of another gas-fired plant north of the city and an increase in forecasts for peak demand.

    On top of this, AEMO and the state Labor government have also been hit by the fallout from a worsening crisis in WA’s coal basin, which has long formed the backbone of the electricity industry.

    Two months ago, the Indian-owned Griffin Coal mine near Collie, 180km south of Perth, fell into receivership following years of operating problems and mounting losses and debt.

    At the same time, Griffin’s rival Premier Coal was plagued with problems of its own including declining ore reserves and a safety incident that interrupted operations.

    Western Australia’s coal reserves have taken a big hit in recent months.
    Combined, the difficulties at the state’s two coal producers have forced major customers including listed miner South32, as well as state-owned power provider Synergy, to look at importing coal from interstate and abroad despite sky-high prices.

    They also prompted the state government to take the extraordinary decision of mothballing from September until January 1 the 340MW Collie coal-fired power station to preserve fuel supplies.

    So the utter, utter spastics have mothballed 340 MW and are calling for emergency generation of 174MW..


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  58. It may have to get to the point where museums just show copies/fakes of masterpieces.

    Climate Protesters Throw Mashed Potatoes on $110 Million Monet Painting.

    Two climate protesters splattered mashed potatoes on Claude Monet’s “Grainstacks” painting Sunday at the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany. The 19th-century frame sustained damage but the canvas itself was unharmed, the museum said.

    https://www.wsj.com/video/watch-climate-protesters-throw-mashed-potatoes-on-110-million-monet-painting/15B39FA2-5CA3-48D6-8451-B2EB4B51CDC5.html


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  59. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupiditysays:
    November 7, 2022 at 7:13 pm
    A Katherine man who fatally shot a home intruder earlier this year has been sentenced.

    Seriously fucked. The gun is the key. In WA s 248 of the Criminal Code Act Compilation Act 1913 and Zecevic v DPP 1987 define self-defence rights. Basically, in defending yourself the onus of proof of reasonableness is on the defender and as a general rule the method of self-defence cannot exceed the method of attack. Here, the intruder, from a mental institution, did not have a gun.

    By comparison in NSW under Ss 418-421 Criminal Code 1900, self-defence can include killing an assailant with the method of self-defence irrelevant as long as it doesn’t include a gun and the wallopers have to prove the self-defence which caused death was unreasonable in protection of a person or person, but not property.


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  60. The purpose of a ‘warning shot’ is to keep the defender of the household out of jail.
    Also helps if the bullet entry wound is in the front of the despatched criminal, rather than the middle of the back.
    Coz judges & the like, most of whom have never lived these things, tend to not have a frigging clue what it is like to be facing intruders.


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  61. dover0beach says:
    November 7, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    Amazing how monty got many of you to argue about Nazism as if Ye or the other fella were promoting Nazism.

    Indeed. It is remarkable how many ‘independent thinkers’ around here allow themselves to be led by the nose by trolls like monty and ed. They put up some absurdity, and straightaway some people cannot wait to show how smart they are by disproving obvious trolling. It makes them feel good about themselves.

    It gives trolls attention that they do not warrant, but crave above everything. And you give it to them.

    It’s the main reason I don’t comment here so much, having to scroll through the trolls and their feeders and enablers. They end up in a symbiotic relationship which is no doubt gratifying to them, but boring at best and off-putting at worst to the other 99.999%.

    The childish and repetetive playfights from a decade ago don’t help. Dover, you assigned a Duelling Thread and then just let the usual suspects carry on as normal. Step up or back off, and admit that you will never restrict certain people because they have been around for a long time.

    How many times?

    Are you going to do the Dr Spock parent thing again?


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  62. Warning shots are considered in some situations to be a waste of time.

    Concur with Plasmamortar.

    The warning shot should indeed be a warning.

    To others, as they stare at the body.


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  63. The purpose of a ‘warning shot’ is to keep the defender of the household out of jail.

    Unfortunately, depending on the intruder and/or your neighbours, you can still end up with at ‘attempted murder charge.
    Which, if proof of firearm discharge is available, you are finished…


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  64. “Winston Peters is adamant Jacinda Ardern will be thrown out of Government in the next election”

    I recall Mr Peters in 2017 adamantly installing Jacinta Ardern into government.


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  65. I was struck by the cop’s comment after a rampage of stolen vehicles and property damage worth hundreds of thousands of dollars that ‘a crash is the worst possible result’ (or similar, I haven’t copied it.)

    Aren’t the casualties of any such crashes listed as “Black deaths in Custody?”


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  66. I learned in PNG that if there’s an intruder in the house you shoot to kill them. Unfortunate, but there it is.

    What’s unfortunate is that in Australia a householder can no longer keep & bear arms in self-defence.


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  67. I recall Mr Peters in 2017 adamantly installing Jacinta Ardern into government.

    Mr Peters might want to check his bottom in the bathroom mirror.

    I believe his Use By date has expired.


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  68. They are out in the world actively being a neo-Nazi, by agitating for and arguing for their sick, twisted beliefs. When they are doing that, they are fair game in my eyes.

    That would justify my beating the shit out of you, m0nty. Your sick, twisted beliefs are also disgusting.

    Thank you for giving me permission.


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  69. Top Endersays:
    November 7, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Happens often in NQ and from the stints I have done in Darwin exactly same there. Personally I think the no chase policy is the problem, these crims are still killing & injuring people just the media doesn’t report that inconvenient little fact. Little old ladies on a Sunday, old mate on his way home from work etc. The level of emotion is quite high, last year some of the little darling wrote off a car in Duckworth st Garbutt. The next day there was a memorial on the roundabout that didn’t even last 24hrs. Regular as clockwork family totted out race instead of the fact said progeny were driving a stolen car at dangerous speeds in suburbia.


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  70. Montypox/ed-Mong will do what numbers used to do.

    Even if his mongnitude is ignored he will deposit increasingly hysterical idiocy over the place.
    The argument isnt to teach him anything, god knows thats a lost cause, its for anyone reading who might pick up little facts and info from responses to the troll droppings.

    The “oh its so boring to have to refute dumb arguments” is why we have Biden & Elbow in power, sterilization for pre teens and the dickheads in government setting up a Aboriginal shadow state fully funded by taxpayers.

    Cats arent fanatics, our opponents are, thats why they win.


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  71. The childish and repetetive playfights from a decade ago don’t help.”

    Couldn’t agree more. Please remember your own words next time you start an attack on Lizzie for no good reason, or do your words only apply to others?


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  72. The warning shot should indeed be a warning.

    To others, as they stare at the body.

    As soon as he said it was a warning shot, he was going to have a problem.

    Better to say the dude was coming to attack you.


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  73. Lesson. Never ever call the cops. Bury them in the backyard. Who is going to know?

    A couple of ouens prowling around the place. Ring the coppers – the nearest manned station is two hundred kilometers away. Collect two friends – Mr Lee and Mr Enfield – and go and investigate.

    “Get off this place, and get off it now!”

    “You use that thing on me and I’ll see you in court.”

    “Court? Mate, this is Snowy Rowles country…”


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  74. Better to say the dude was coming to attack you.

    The bullet hole being in the middle of the back would present quite some difficulty in explaining under cross-examination.


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  75. Dead UN chief Dag Hammarskjold’s ace of spades riddle

    By Jane Flanagan and Constance Kampfner
    The Times
    16 minutes ago November 7, 2022
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    One of the Cold War’s murkiest mysteries has been injected with fresh intrigue after witness accounts linked white mercenaries to the plane crash that killed UN chief Dag Hammarskjold.

    The suggestion that Congolese rebels and “dogs of war” were in cahoots with Western intelligence has lingered since the Swede’s death in 1961, when his chartered DC-6 Albertina fell out of the sky during an African peace mission.

    Now, a progress report on the UN investigation into the incident highlights discrepancies at the crash site, a heavy mercenary presence and the failure by Britain and the US to disclose key intelligence, which have only added weight to conspiracy theories.

    Hammarskjold’s unburnt body was found, with the ace of spades playing card tucked into a collar, near the wreckage and the charred remains of 14 other passengers near Ndola in what was then the British colony of Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia.

    One survivor died of his injuries days later. The UN secretary-general had been due to negotiate a ceasefire in the mineral-rich breakaway republic of Katanga shortly after Congo’s independence from Belgium and at the height of the Cold War.

    New information “supports the finding that foreign mercenaries, including pilots, were a significant force in and around Katanga in September 1961”, Mohamed Chande Othman, who is leading the investigation, wrote to Antonio Guterres, the present UN Secretary-General, in a recent letter.

    Accounts given to Mr Othman’s team included a witness who stumbled upon the crash site and observed that the surrounding bush was on fire, but not the plane itself. In a statement, the man said he was ordered to leave by white men in combat fatigues whose commander spoke with a South African accent, according to Mr Othman’s letter, which has been seen by The Times.

    The official account was that the plane was not found until 15 hours after it failed to land, Mr Othman, a former chief justice of Tanzania, said. “Numerous sources refer to unidentified persons visiting the crash site before it was officially discovered, suggesting potentially either involvement in a ground attack or an attempt to cover up or delay the discovery of the crash,” he wrote.

    Hammarskjold’s mission was being closely monitored by major powers that all had an eye on Katanga’s vast mineral riches and were fearful the Soviet Union would capitalise on Congo’s independence.

    Radio traffic intercepted by British and US intelligence on the night of the crash – September 17 – was cited by Mr Othman in an earlier update to Mr Guterres as key to solving the decades-old riddle. The UN investigation was ordered in 2015 after research, including the 2011 book Who Killed Hammarskjold?, turned up “persuasive evidence” that his plane had been shot down.

    The biggest obstacle to getting to the truth, Mr Othman’s letter said, was the lack of information from Britain and the US.

    A post-mortem examination found that the crash killed Hammarskjold and there was no sign of foul play on his body, facts confirmed by a later review.

    The Foreign Office said: “The UK has fully co-operated with the Dag Hammarskjold inquiry and provided all the relevant information we hold.”



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  76. It doesn’t need anything from me to pin Hyacinth x Gloria.

    The WIP image of the screaming baby going on about how he/she was (a) resigning and then (b) hanging around desperately to find out of anyone cared was very reminscient of our long term narcissist.


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  77. The State of American Politics | Paul Rahe
    John Anderson

    Watched it last night.

    Worth it.

    Academic at a truly independent American college (i.e. refuses federal funding).


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  78. “The “oh its so boring to have to refute dumb arguments” is why we have Biden & Elbow in power, sterilization for pre teens and the dickheads in government setting up a Aboriginal shadow state fully funded by taxpayers.”

    Well said. Thanks Mole.


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  79. Regards a certain cricket player. Several of my staff are Sri Lankan nationals & follow cricket to a degree that makes KD’s cricket-watching look like my AFLW watching.

    This afternoon raised with them the matter of the legal troubles of a certain cricket player.
    Lots of rolled eyes & comments of “He might have a bit more trouble than usual getting out of it this time

    Using comments I’d seen on the Cat to pretend I had actual knowledge, I explored the matter of Wednesday/Saturday & how players don’t have time to scratch themselves on match days.
    They all looked at me like I’d just arrived from Mars. “Sir, but he did not play on the Saturday, he was off all that week.”


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  80. Academic at a truly independent American college (i.e. refuses federal funding).

    N.B.

    No Australian school or university will ever be truly independent until they refuse government funding.

    That the Ramsey Centre, under John Howard, courted a place within several Australian universities, despite a substantial private endowment, and finally settled on Woollongong University, tells you all you need to know about the cluelessness of Australia’s mainstream conservatives.


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  81. as a general rule the method of self-defence cannot exceed the method of attack

    Oh great, The law wants to impose a fair fight on those who have been trespassed against. A fair fight usually means you haven’t done enough preparation and practice. Shoot, shutup and shovel seems to have its attractions.


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  82. m0nty-fa

    Different Cats, different opinions. It’s called “diversity”, but of thought, not something leftards can comprehend. You could try it sometimes. Ignore the talking points, look at the evidence and think for yourself.

    No hope of you doing that, however.


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  83. Cats: Nazi voices should be heard and contested!

    Also Cats: we should not contest leftist voices.

    As I’ve said before…

    Enough with the “you lot” isms, monty.

    Pick an interlocutor and take his/her arguments on.

    Anything less is a cop out.


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  84. as a general rule the method of self-defence cannot exceed the method of attack

    As a general rule, a defender in a home invasion has no knowledge of the method of attack. You know he’s an intruder. You don’t know if he has a gun, a knife, an ally in the next room, or a saintly disposition and a box of chocolates. Prudent ppl assume the worst case.


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  85. “Sir, but he did not play on the Saturday, he was off all that week.”

    Yep. He was injured.

    The Lankans weren’t playing on Wednesday, so he would have had nowhere to be. Saturday was very different, because injured players do not get to say ‘I’m off to the movies, see you blokes later.’ They have to be there, amongst the squad, in the team garb, showing a united front and so on.

    There are no exceptions at the international level, but the only reason I can think of is if the bloke was such a giant flog that the team and management didn’t want him around, or he’s run the ‘sick relative who I must see before he/she dies’ line.

    Either way. Froth and bubble.


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  86. You don’t know if he has a gun, a knife, an ally in the next room, or a saintly disposition and a box of chocolates. Prudent ppl assume the worst case.

    Even more prudent people get their stories right before they’re asked the hard questions, and best of luck to them if they do.


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  87. Cohenite @ 6.45;pm

    It comes as no surprise really given past posture but geez the Law Society are a loathsome organisation. They don’t deserve a cent of my / our money.

    I am going to have to suppress a strong gag reaction when I go to pay my next Practising Certificate “fee” aka tax / standover gouge


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  88. because injured players do not get to say ‘I’m off to the movies, see you blokes later.’

    Apparently something like that is his standard modus operandi. Well known tomcatter it seems.
    Favourite quote: “Yeah, he might have a bit more trouble than usual getting out of this one”

    You betcha. He’s banged up in the hoosegow & staying there for a couple of months.
    With that nugget of information in hand, the staff here reckon there won’t be any alleged re-offending for at least two months.


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  89. I don’t know why I’m bothering to link this. Enough evidence of malfeasance, and outright treason, by the Bidens has already been provided to sink the Titanic. Who’s going to do anything about it.

    EXCLUSIVE: ‘My dad’s speaking…you should come meet him.’ Hunter Biden’s ex business partner is set to blow whistle with explosive trove of never-before-seen messages, photos and recordings that could expose alleged criminal activity by the First Family


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  90. dover0beachsays:

    November 7, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Only 1,500 comments in a bit over two days.
    This place is circling the plughole and I think we all know why.

    Why?

    Zyconoclast, I believe the quoted comment was sarcastic

    Duh!
    Ya think?
    🙂


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  91. “Along with ideological indoctrination, a vital factor touched upon but not fully explored in Milgram’s experiments was conformity to the group. The battalion had orders to kill Jews, but each individual did not. Yet 80 to 90 percent of the men proceeded to kill, though almost all of them—at least initially—were horrified and disgusted by what they were doing. To break ranks and step out, to adopt overtly nonconformist behavior, was simply beyond most of the men. It was easier for them to shoot.”

    ? Christopher R. Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland


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  92. “Bauman argues that most people “slip” into the roles society provides them, and he is very critical of any implication that “faulty personalities” are the cause of human cruelty. For him the exception—the real “sleeper”—is the rare individual who has the capacity to resist authority and assert moral autonomy but who is seldom aware of this hidden strength until put to the test.”
    – Christopher R. Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland


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  93. I have purchased 9kg of silver
    Many people are buying silver

    – Custard.

    Silver, like gold, is a “safe haven” investment, but the gains have been minimal over the last two years.
    In June 2020 spot price was around $A26, and has averaged about $A30 per ounce since then.

    There have been long standing rumours about global silver price manipulation.

    Depends whether the Illuminati are investors I suppose.


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  94. Meanwhile the loonies in Britain are still up to no good:

    Just Stop Oil activists defied a High Court order banning them from disrupting the M25 today by scaling eight gantries and closing sections of the motorway in both directions as thousands of drivers desperately tried to get to work.

    Queues tailed back for miles in the middle of the Monday morning rush as police rushed to detain the rebels bringing traffic to a standstill at separate locations across the network.

    Officers were called to protests in Surrey – at junction 6 and in three other locations between junctions 8-9, 12-13 and 13-14 – as well as in Hertfordshire at junctions 22 and 23, east London at junction 25 and Essex at junction 30.

    The protests took place despite a major Metropolitan Police operation to foil their plans, which saw a number of demonstrators, including leader Roger Hallam, arrested last night.

    National Highways was also granted a court order which was meant to put an end to disruption on Britain’s busiest motorway.

    But the controversial campaigners, who carried out a full month of action in October, were back in force this morning, much to the fury of frustrated drivers.

    Daily Mail


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  95. It’s funded by an AIDs infected heiress who’s previous claim to fame was being a mindless drug/ cock Hoover in the middle of the original high point of the disease.

    That’s the quality of thinking going into ‘ stinkin devolution.

    Look her up.


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  96. Just a question for Victorians. Have recently realized that if you are not a member of Ambulance Victoria you get quicker service than if you are, but followed by an enormous bill. If you are a member then you have to wait and wait. Today at least an hour more for the same problem. In both instances kidney stones. Somethings rotten in Danistan.


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  97. BJ, Munty and thinking for yourself are words that are never seen in the same sentence. Munty thinking extends to, “will I have another Krispy Kreme or the rest of the box”. Anything else makes his head hurt.


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  98. callisays:

    November 7, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    What’s the story with Musk asking fired staff to return? 

    He fired 3,000.
    Apparently “dozens” have been invited back.
    By whom we do not know.
    As I said, I don’t think it matters.
    I am sure some ex employees will come back.
    But Musk has totally smoked the cancerous departments within Twitter. He didn’t leave a sleeper cell behind to go quiet for two weeks then start undermining him again.


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  99. What should happen:
    Cops: Hey, protesters! You coming down?
    Protesters: Nup!
    Cops: Okay, just let us apply these handcuffs…
    Cops: Okay, boys. Traffic flow can be resumed. The protesters have been secured and are not in danger from vehicles.
    Protesters: Hey! You just going to leave us here?
    Cops: Let us know when you’re ready to come down. But don’t call the emergency number. Use the non-urgent number. Cheerio!


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  100. Has any Australian newspaper even mentioned only tested on 8 rats ? You have to wonder when they took the money in 2020 did they understand how much they were going to keep hidden from their readers and more importantly their next door neighbours, friends and relatives. They sold out so much they don’t even realise this is going to affect them personally.

    If one editor or TV news boss actually reported and investigated properly this never ending sick joke would be over.

    “The one that was test on 8 rats?”


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  101. Rooster

    Care to explain what aspect was tested on 8 rats and why that is too few? As a fully accredited medical researcher of world renown how many rats should they have used?

    Goi!


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  102. Fair comment, and amusingly written, but Joe couldn’t forget his now preference in the last line:

    Joe Hildebrand: US midterms offer stark lessons for Australian Labor

    Just two years after the chaos of Donald Trump’s presidency, the Democrats are heading for a result that will make the Texas Chainsaw Massacre look like Peppa Pig, writes Joe Hildebrand.

    During the next 24 hours, tens of millions of Americans will go to the polls. On paper, it will be to elect hundreds of congress men and women, senators and governors to federal and state offices all over the country.

    But in truth it is a referendum on just one man: Joe Biden.

    And it is for this reason that just two years after the chaos of Donald Trump’s presidency, the Democrats are heading for a result that will make the Texas Chainsaw Massacre look like Peppa Pig.

    It would be easy to say that this is because Biden has spent much of his presidency mumbling incoherently and attempting to shake hands with pot plants, but the seeds of this disaster lie right at the heart of the Democratic Party itself – and offer stark lessons for Australian Labor.

    The fundamental question is: How is it that the biggest political machine in the world’s greatest democracy was faced with a president they derided as a dangerously incompetent fool, and yet when the time came to defeat him the best they could come up with was a brain-damaged geriatric who could barely string a sentence together?

    The reason is that the Democrats forgot about the middle.

    Not just Middle America, but the middle of their own party.

    At the bottom it had been hijacked by the same green-left activists we see buzzing around in Australia – feeding silly, identity politics-obsessed ideologues into congress – and at the top the party was effectively a multimillion-dollar seatwarmer for the Clintons.

    And so you had a party structure comprised of bourgeois radicals talking about defunding the police, stitched to a personality cult around arguably the most powerful couple in the world and deeply embedded with the most elite corporate and political establishment.

    But where were normal people?

    Indeed, it might as well be put down to divine intervention that spoilt Hillary’s first dance and gave Barack Obama eight effortless years in the White House.

    As soon as that was done, Hillary popped back up like an inflatable punching bag only to lose another unlosable race.

    And when the Dems needed someone to take on Trump, the cupboard was bare.

    Why? Because instead of searching for and developing mainstream middle-American candidates who could beat Trump at an actual election, both Hillary and the activist left were too busy whingeing and whining about how the election was stolen from them because the voting system wasn’t fair or because social media was spreading fake news – ironically, the same claims that Trump and his supporters make about his own loss.

    They were so obsessed with delegitimising Trump – whether by endless court cases, violent protests or inane #notmypresident hashtags – that they forgot to find someone who could beat him legitimately.

    And so when the time came and the party’s top brass realised that if middle-Americans ever came across a typical Democrat activist in the wild they’d pull out a 12-gauge, the closest thing they had to a leading moderate was Joe Biden.

    That is how the biggest democratic political operation on the planet ended up staging a real-world re-enactment of Weekend at Bernie’s. That is why Biden was only elected thanks to an unprecedented and one-off anti-Trump coalition ranging from Romney Republicans to Sanders Socialists.

    And that is why the Democrats will be trounced in the midterms even as Trump is contemplating a resurrection that would put Lazarus to shame.

    Likewise, British Labour was destroyed not so much by the electorate, but by its own hard-left base and their slavish devotion to the unreconstructed socialist Jeremy Corbyn – a man hated by his own colleagues.

    Corbynites were given false hope after riding a post-Brexit wave to come closer than expected to the beige and hamstrung Theresa May. In fact, Corbyn’s party was obliterated at the next poll once the Tories had a charismatic leader in Boris Johnson.

    Now under the centrist Keir Starmer, Labour is on track to win back power from opposition for the first time since the centrist Tony Blair did the same in 1997. And the lesson for Australian Labor is equally obvious. For a major party to win and hold government it must be mainstream and that means its membership and values must reflect those of mainstream Australia.

    So far, Anthony Albanese has done an admirable job of holding the centre line, but it is a thankless and sleepless job.

    Hardline elements are always seeking to hijack the ALP for their own personal or ideological purposes. They think they are activists, but they are more like electoral saboteurs.

    On Tuesday, the American Democratic Party is going to suffer the impact of such activism under somnambulant leadership.

    God willing, the Australian Labor Party won’t have to.


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  103. it is a referendum on just one man: Joe Biden.
    Garrison illustrated the real situation yesterday.
    Biden is president cardboard cutout, while behind him lurk the dark forces that menace America and seek to disintegrate it.
    As Schumer said before the last Georgia Senate runoff election (probably scammed as well) “if we win Georgia we will change America”.
    They proceeded to do just that, and the midterms will be just the start of a fightback. I’m not all that optimistic that the GOP can turn the tide by strictly normal political, administrative and judicial means.
    The Rot is Very Deep.


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  104. Real Rukshan on Facebook has published photos of Dan Xi Man’s vehicle from the accident with the cyclist.
    They clearly show that his story about the bike t-boning the car is … somewhat implausible.
    Can’t link.


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  105. Today at least an hour more for the same problem. In both instances kidney stones

    Curiously, the two guys next to me during my weekend “hospitalisation” both had kidney stones. One picked up on a CT scan that seemed to have disappeared. Another guy sounded like he was in more trouble with a blocked bile duct. Not sure if it was an age thing. I was the youngest guy there – not often I can say that anymore.


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  106. They clearly show that his story about the bike t-boning the car is … somewhat implausible.

    Would that not be consistent with the kid not slowing down nor seeing the car and riding into the side of it as the gravel bike track crosses the minor side road? The Google Maps picture has been posted previously.


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  107. Atlassian Corporation Plc

    Oh, right. It offers work-from-home platforms, and the gloss is coming off the whole wfh phenomenon.”

    JIRA is actually really very good for bug tracking and software development – that was what it was designed to do, and it is second to none in that arena.
    If anyone thought it would be good for general “collaboration”, they obviously weren’t paying attention, had never used it themselves, or were geeks who thought everything works like software development.


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