Open Thread – Weekend 17 Dec 2022


The Luncheon, Claude Monet, 1873


1,769 responses to “Open Thread – Weekend 17 Dec 2022”

  1. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    He said he contacted police about the weapons and they were eventually taken away.

    Police “eventually taking away” dumped loaded weapons. Doesn’t seem very realistic. Least of all because they might yield useful forensic evidence. “So we’ll just leave them in the hands of some random farmer until we get around to it….”

  2. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Story last week one 13yo had 92 charges this year alone, magistrate gives him bail, despite the fact that 2 days earlier he had been given bail for another set of offences.

    Prosecutors should present the case against these vermin in such a way that the magistrate or judge will think that they are next on the little thugs’ lists.

    We are familiar with cases where the defendant batters a venerable old man or woman within an inch of their lives with their own walking frame because they probably have $5 in their dresser, or sneaking up with a brick behind some young bloke and leaving him with permanent injuries and brain damage just because he was there when the thug was angry – and the judge maintains their mien of unperturbed magisterial detachment, but they shake with barely restrained rage if the same little bastard says a bad word in their presence.

    A lot of judges seem to believe in the blackest of black letter law when they are affected.

  3. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    It may change but Dutton is playing small target politics

    The $275 Power Bill reduction promise is the only issue in town and Albanese knows it.
    He’s flailing like a broken arsed brolga in a muddy swamp.
    … probably because when the recession hits next year he figures his dry powder will be enough to sway the horrible polls he’s generating.
    Why wait for next year when he’s already winning?
    Given the SFL’s track record and his team of numpties, I’m not so confident.
    He’s reestablishing the Party’s liberalism in voters minds.
    That will take a while, but he’s got 3 years and Labor are bereft of Policies and ideas already.

  4. Struth Avatar

    Lift your game. Questioning my masculinity and wishing I was vax-sick doesn’t cut it any more, you dribbling mediocrity.

    According to who?

    I said you needed a girlfriend.

    It seems you still do.

    Both you and Sancho get sick from the jab and disappear.
    Then after months, you both turn up on the same day within minutes.

    So you have got a girlfriend after all.

  5. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    McGowan’s little bitch or Sanchooooo…

    It’s quite amusing how you somehow think we’re the same people, Struth.

    Again, you cannot demonstrate your supposed superiority.

    Go have another cry about me to your ‘friends.’

  6. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Police “eventually taking away” dumped loaded weapons. Doesn’t seem very realistic.
    Very unrealistic.
    This “farmer” wouldn’t be “ex” military, by any chance?

  7. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    So you have got a girlfriend after all.

    As in, a full and joyous life outside of logging onto the Cat every morning to abuse everyone I don’t like, bask in the upticks of those who find your nuffery inspirational and leaving before anyone dares speak back to you?

    Absolutely 🙂

    You beige little man.

  8. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Don’t go the furniture shop KD it’ll make you go blind. Struthpid can do it left handed as well. As a matter of interest in the macabre, does graham go the full bird over there or is it only full road rager.

  9. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    He’s reestablishing the Party’s liberalism in voters minds.
    That will take a while

    If someone competent started at it now, it would take more than a decade. Which is about the same time the SFL’s wasted while in power doing absolutely NOTHING to quell the advance of Marxism and Socialism in this country and win the public. That’s because they have no conviction save remain at the trough.

    It will require a lot more than your Walter Mitty fantasies to set the country on the right path.

  10. Struth Avatar

    It’s quite amusing how you somehow think we’re the same people, Struth.

    In so many ways.

  11. Bar Beach Swimmer Avatar
    Bar Beach Swimmer

    has been acknowledge over and over again, BBS.

    Bespoke, I haven’t seen one politician, govt official, myriad of govt depts and large corporates who sacked their workers, doctors, the MSM, acknowledge it. In fact, no-one, afaik, has done so.

    In fact, there are still cases before the courts and many, more complainants before the various Human Rights bodies.

  12. Struth Avatar

    As in, a full and joyous life outside of logging onto the Cat every morning to abuse everyone I don’t like, bask in the upticks of those who find your nuffery inspirational and leaving before anyone dares speak back to you?

    Absolutely ?

    You beige little man.

    And he comes straight in with his obsession with upticks.

    In so many ways, the same person.

    Oh and you might want to ask around.
    I’ve hardly been here.

  13. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    As a matter of interest in the macabre, does graham go the full bird over there or is it only full road rager.

    I watched once.

    Imagine Bird as a toddler who is IV’d full of red cordial, then given other red cordial’d toddler (or two or three) like SRR and/or Faulty to bounce off. With a few desultory ‘stop fingerpainting poo on the walls, or I’ll have to ban you again’ from the likes of Struth and occasionally Faulty. Which leads to Bird throwing a hyper-tantrum, flinging said poo and getting blocked anyway.

    Rinse and repeat.

  14. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    I refering to the cat,BBS.

  15. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Oh and you might want to ask around.
    I’ve hardly been here.

    So, you turned up the same time I did?

    And you call me obsessive?

    As the man said himself…

    #Mediocre

  16. Struth Avatar

    Imagine Bird as a toddler who is IV’d full of red cordial, then given other red cordial’d toddler (or two or three) like SRR and/or Faulty to bounce off. With a few desultory ‘stop fingerpainting poo on the walls, or I’ll have to ban you again’ from the likes of Struth and occasionally Faulty. Which leads to Bird throwing a hyper-tantrum, flinging said poo and getting blocked anyway.

    Rinse and repeat.

    Hypocrisy means never looking at yourself.

    Are you saying bird has never done that here and more than once?

    There’s more to it than that.
    You little gang of sneerers can’t control a format like that and so it threatens you.
    Poor saps.

  17. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    I wrote:
    He’s reestablishing the Party’s liberalism in voters minds.
    That will take a while

    Some wheedler replied:
    If someone competent started at it now, it would take more than a decade.
    We’ll see.
    Dutton has positioned the Party on the side of the little people,
    Albanese as the guy who makes deals with and hands over compensation to the Big End of Town.
    Sounds like a winning hand to me.

  18. Struth Avatar

    Oh and you might want to ask around.
    I’ve hardly been here.

    So, you turned up the same time I did?

    How he can come to that conclusion from what I said shows a deep emotional imbalance combined with a lack of reading and comprehension skills

  19. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    She certainly is oblivious to what the unjabbed went through and are still going through.

    I remain unjabbed by these experimental (mental) gene therapy emergency approved drugs. And I am happily going about my daily business at age 70 years. On the other hand, there is a certain poster on this Blog who can’t STFU.

  20. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Rex not sure if I mentioned it before but “struthpid” and “think” should not be seen in the same sentence as they are opposing concepts.

  21. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Sounds like a winning hand to me.

    Sure is. For the leftist swill you are carrying bags for.

  22. JC Avatar

    Oh goodness, the Gestapo is copping it from all sides.

    @laurenboebert
    America needs a functioning FBI that investigates and dismantles violent gangs, sex traffickers, public corruption, terrorism, and more.

    But sitting around and flagging tweets they don’t like? That ain’t it.

  23. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Hypocrisy means never looking at yourself.

    I’m not Bird, nor responsible for moderating his outbursts at a site I champion as being so much better than the Cat or anywhere else.

    Are you saying bird has never done that here and more than once?

    False equivalence. You and Faulty repeatedly let him go unchecked far beyond what Sinclair or Dover or theor audiences ever will. You know what he is, but you try to prove to yourselves you’re better than the rest of us. And waste your own time in the process.

    Freedom of speech is not letting madmen scream at clouds and trying to bite passers-by because Individual Rights, Man!. It’s a juvenile and potentially mendacious misinterpretation better left to the uneducated idiots of the Left.

    You of all people, as an apparent champion of conservative values and wisdom should appreciate that.

    You little gang of sneerers can’t control a format like that and so it threatens you.

    Why would I want to control your format? I just find your screams of FREEDUMB! a hilarious dichotomy with your demonstrated struggles and failures to make Freedom Australia a properly free space to speak, given you have encouraged it to fill up with folks who only like their own voices heard and opinions echoed. Including Bird.

    You’ve ended up with a site like reverse Twitter, where a minority of the most domineering and toxic viewpoints and voices hold sway. With your tacit encouragement.

    That your every post also suffers from the dichotomous thinking you share with folks like Bird (If I like it and it agrees with me = Good; If I don’t like it and it disagrees with me = Evil) doesn’t help you make your case.

  24. Cliff Boof Avatar
    Cliff Boof

    I live in the ACT and have noticed that a disproportionate number of staff at my local Coles and Woolworths are sub-Continentals.
    Have readers in other parts of Australia noticed a similar situation and if so, can anyone hazard a guess as to why?

  25. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    How he can come to that conclusion from what I said shows a deep emotional imbalance combined with a lack of reading and comprehension skills

    Again with the tit-for-tat, Struth.

    So Beige.

  26. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    the Gestapo is copping it from all sides.

    Good , but not nearly enough.

    Biden’s SS are diverting FBI resources from preventing the really nasty crimes to the twiddling thumbs on the imagined ones;

    And so, in response to Lieu’s tweet, Friend wrote: “Hey @tedlieu, I’ll be happy to explain how I was moved from investigating child exploitation and human trafficking and told to focus on January 6. I was told child pornographers should be considered a “local matter.””

    Taibbi;

    A Florida FBI agent blows the whistle on a Bureau that’s stopped worrying about making cases, shifting resources to a vast new mission: domestic spying without predicate.

    https://taibbi.substack.com/p/the-fbis-transformation-from-national?utm_source=post-email-title&publication_id=1042&post_id=82152100&isFreemail=true&utm_medium=email

  27. JC Avatar

    Makka

    The yield curve here is mildly positive. It’s not really indicating a recession here next year. It’s not always on time though. The US yield curve is problematic and the Fed may have gone too far too fast. It’s an incredible situation around the developed world, where the inflation rate has taken off, yet long-term bond yields aren’t liking being over 4% (with the US 10 year at around 3.6%). Weird, really freaking weird world. I suspect the market maybe saying that, at least, some of the upward move in prices was a change in relative prices and the price signal demanding more supply.

  28. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Buy gold and E Type Jaguars.

  29. Real Deal Avatar
    Real Deal

    Have readers in other parts of Australia noticed a similar situation and if so, can anyone hazard a guess as to why?

    Lots of Fijian Indian migration perhaps.

    Either that or interstate trucks now have an automatic flush system in their underseat commodes that reduces the need for a fourth crew member to lift the seat.

  30. JC Avatar

    cohenite says:
    December 18, 2022 at 2:37 pm

    Buy gold and E Type Jaguars.

    Buy great name brand stocks, they’re worth their weight in gold. There’s one of the best examples of an E-type in grey in the Stan series, American Gigolo. So so series but what a great car. Ralph Lauren had one for show in his Madison Ave store in red back in May this year. Absolutely perfecto condition. You should travel more, Cronkite. You’re too regional and need to broaden your experiences.

  31. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    I live in the ACT and have noticed that a disproportionate number of staff at my local Coles and Woolworths are sub-Continentals.
    Have readers in other parts of Australia noticed a similar situation and if so, can anyone hazard a guess as to why?

    I haven’t looked at the latest immigration stats but, in the past three years, the intake from our No.1 source, China, has collapsed (with the stench of guilt that the Chinese Communist Party deliberately caused the global Kung Flu epidemic as a bioweapon against Western capitalism) and Indians have gladly filled the subsequent void.

    Unhappily for our truckies (like Struth), the Indians make shit truck drivers and they’re replacing our superior home-grown talent.

  32. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    I’m reading James Lee Burke, one of his Billy Bob Holland titles.
    If you’re a crime afficiando and haven’t read these, or his Dave Robicheaux series, well worth trying.
    His descriptive writing is excellent.

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

    Unhappily for our truckies (like Struth), the Indians make shit truck drivers and they’re replacing our superior home-grown talent.

    Try hiring them as crowd controllers.
    (Individual results may vary.)

  34. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    I live in the ACT and have noticed that a disproportionate number of staff at my local Coles and Woolworths are sub-Continentals.
    Census doesn’t mention Pakis or Sri Lankans, but 1.9% of NSW are Indians.
    So, any more than 1 in 50 might be “disproportionate”.
    What’s the %, Boot?

  35. Morsie Avatar
    Morsie

    Again anecdotal daughters partner joined VicPol.
    His personality totally changed so she cut her losses and called it quits.
    Only took about 7 months

  36. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    You’re too regional and need to broaden your experiences.

    My experiences are very deep. I have great depth.

  37. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    I live in the ACT and have noticed that a disproportionate number of staff at my local Coles and Woolworths are sub-Continentals.
    Must be isolated. My local Coles must recruit from the local special needs kindergarten, with non-verbal minors being overseen by rainbow-haired heffalumps.

  38. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Unhappily for our truckies (like Struth), the Indians make shit truck drivers and they’re replacing our superior home-grown talent.

    They’re determined though.
    Saw a bloke craning a load of reo off his truck.
    He was parked under live [insulated] power lines at about 3.5 m height and he had to get the primary arm of his crane vertical to get enough radius to boom out to where he wanted to land the load.
    Anyway, he’d got the stick between the 2 power lines and he was trying to flick the furthest line backwards with the stick so as to be able to increase it’s height.
    Really amazing to see.
    Dunno the voltage, but it mighta been enough to set him on fire if there hadda been the tiniest crack in the insulation.

  39. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Had another meal at Trinity yesterday. Excellent as usual.

  40. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    … probably because when the recession hits next year he figures his dry powder will be enough to sway the horrible polls he’s generating.
    Why wait for next year when he’s already winning?

    Let’s refresh ourselves on some of Richard Cranium’s recent political (and other) predictions.

    “Scotty” was playing the opposition like a Stradivarius. Seems that the Strad was out of tune.

    Some Guy named Matthew was quids in for a thumping electoral victory in Victoria, definitely going to end up with 55 seats in the Legislative Assembly.

    And just to prove his predictive versatility, Mizzz Knickerless was going to see Lehrmann dragged off in chains once the Parliament House CCTV was played to the jury, showing the eeeevilll beast having his perverse and disgusting way with her.

    Stick to formaldehyde in the basement, Dick.

  41. Zipster Avatar

    Beijing is facing a loss of control over overseas students/Youths apologize to people in Hong Kong
    Overseas Chinese students used to be a considerable asset to the Chinese Communist Party CCP. In recent years, intelligence agencies in Western countries have come to realize that the Beijing government has a large network of secret agents abroad including various hometown associations, chambers of commerce, and the CSSA Chinese Students and Scholars Association at universities. In those CSSA, certain students are picked and paid by local embassies and consulates to help monitor other Chinese students. This network of Chinese students overseas has also been manipulated by the CCP to export its values to Western countries and to interfere in the internal affairs of the host countries.

  42. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    JCsays:
    December 18, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    Yes, weird, fragmented, disjointed.

    My general outlook is;

    – Oz will or will go very close to recession. Outside of Resources related it will certainly feel like one. By mid ’23 all the mortgage resets to variable will have transpired( around 30% of all mortgages), house rices will have continued lower and UE will have risen. Lowe does not want to be remembered for letting inflaton get the best of him so the end of IR increases isn’t yet in sight.

    -US is a hell of a mess. On the one hand I see the Fed raising to around 5% (maybe more) but in smaller increments than .75% . On the other Biden is spending like a drunken sailor still feeding demand. I don’t see prices receding that much once oil starts moving up again after China stabilizes after opening post covid lockdowns. In fact Fed speak is saying as much in their expectations. I think the US recession will not be too deep but it will feel lengthy. Over 12 months? Very slow growth if any and UE will stay stubbornly low for longer. Which might make Powell over cook rates! Commodities are going to ramp up as the USD starts peaking (may have already) and China starts moving again. WH policy making is scary , especially the Ukraine situation.

    I think this week might tell us if the S&P holds the lows or we go down to 3200-3000 level.

    I suspect the market maybe saying that, at least, some of the upward move in prices was a change in relative prices and the price signal demanding more supply.

    Yes, supply chain disruption has increased prices but that rate of change should moderate (leaving us all with much higher stable prices!). The problem is these fkwits are not even looking at supply.With Biden’s crazy green clowns killing new mines and resource exploration/exploitation. Even so, onshoring (ex-China) will be a big issue in future which will raise the price level.
    of goods.

    Treasuries seem to be finding a level so maybe between slowing growth and QT, bond yields may be getting in balance. But if the Fed has to start buying again we’ll see commodities really spike.

  43. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Only took about 7 months

    Congrats Morsie. You did well by her.

  44. JC Avatar

    Have a looksee at this stock, Cronkite. It is or was in Buffet’s portfolio since the 70’s. Proctor and Gamble , which for all intents is or has been a freaking brand name detergent maker forever.

    The chart goes back to 1985 when the stock was US3.51. Assume it’s spat out dividends of 3.5% for the entire period. I don’t know for sure but it’s a reasonable guess. The compound return for this soapmaker is 10.7%. Add in the assumed div and we’re hitting close 15% compound.

    He has or had Coca Cola at the bottom of his draw since the 80s. I recall him buying the stock and I don’t think the aspergers fuck has ever let go.

    Again, in 1985 the stock was US$1.45. It’s US$62.75 now and the div would also be around 3.5% for the period. Fucking amazing, it shows almost the eggsact same return as P&G of around 15% annually with dividend.

    Gold over the same period.

    Gold in Jan 1985 was US$ 305. It’s now 1792.50. The compound return is 4.9%. Gold was on its lows in 1985.

    You need to broaden your horizons , Cronkite. You’re a lawyer of some international renown, so you can’t be seen with just gold in the back pocket. Gold is so gay.

  45. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    What investment would have produced 4,414% Gain since 1932?

    From Armstrong Economics –

    “Imagine if you could have bought a loaf of bread in 1932 for 7 cents. That 7 cents would be $3.09 today would be a gain of 4,414%. Of course, you could not even freeze it that long. That is also the problem with many who sell investments. Gold was $20.67 in 1932 so that has been a gain of 8,990%. On the other hand, the Dow Jones Industrials bottomed in 1932 at 40.56. That has been a gain of 83,992%.

    In 1955, the Dreyfus Fund was established by a New York stockbroker named Jack J. Dreyfus, Jr. (1913–2009) It was Dreyfus who acquired the open-end Nesbett Fund, which had $2.3 million in assets. This ambitious stockbroker renamed the fund bestowing his own family name upon it which would become a household word in the decades ahead. By year end, the assets grew to $5.6 million as 1955 drew to a close. The best decision Dreyfus made was to buy 400 shares of an unlisted stock. That “sleeper” stock was Polaroid which he bought for $31 7/8. Dreyfus would watch this single purchase rise to $6,372 per share – not counting splits – in the years ahead. This outstanding performance almost single-handedly led to the mutual fund boom in the 1960s.

    Sometimes a new technology paves the way for something that changes the game.”

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/traders/what-investment-would-have-produced-4414-gain-since-1932/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

  46. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Look at these pervs. Grooming kids nice and early on the “social-emotional” spectrum of deviance.

    NYC Council Member Erik Bottcher
    @ebottcher
    Reading encourages skills like language and literacy, plus cognitive development and social-emotional growth, too. Thank you to Drag Queen Story Hour for bringing your program to Chelsea!

    https://twitter.com/ebottcher/status/1604212317969068032

    Yep you guessed it. Eric’s bio;

    “Erik Bottcher is a dedicated public servant and activist who has devoted his life to progressive causes and to the betterment of the community he loves.”

    And, we have our own mOron in here defending the progressive cause daily, supporting this filth.

  47. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    A Police officer stopped at a farm and talked with an old farmer who was working on his tractor.

    He told the farmer “I have suspicion that there is cannabis growing on your property and I need to inspect your farm for illegally grown drugs right now”. The old timer said “Okay officer, but please don’t go in that field over there”. as he pointed out the location.

    The cop verbally exploded saying ” Mister, I have the authority of the State and Federal Government with me!” He instantly opened his police wallet to produce his badge and arrogantly displayed it in the farmers face.

    “See this badge mate?! This badge means I am allowed by law to go wherever I wish… On any land!
    No questions asked! DO YOU UNDERSTAND?!!”

    The farmer nodded politely, apologised, he continued working on his tractor.

    A short time later, the old farmer heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the cop running for his life, being chased by the farmer’s big Brahman bull with the biggest horns in town. With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he’d sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified.

    The old timer threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs… “Your badge, show him your BADGE!!”

  48. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    I always reckon that Jag Mk 2’s in either Coventry Grey or Silver with red leather interior were worth it:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_Mark_2

  49. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn’t grow up can be vice president.

    – Johnny Carson

  50. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Jaapies 3/5, recovering somewhat to be 5/48.

    They still trail Straya, and it’s not a shit batting lineup.

    Commentators et al will be frantically booking golf courses in Brisbane, with tee times from tomorrow morning on.

  51. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    6/48.

    Every first over Scott Boland bowls, you can put him down for a minimum of two poles.

    Every single time.

  52. JC Avatar

    Ralph Lauren has one of the best car collections in the world. I made a mistake earlier when I said his store was showing a red E-Type. It was this magnificent female. A Ferrari 250 GTO. The curves are simply amazing.

    If you really really like cars though, his Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic would have to be the most beautiful piece of machinery ever built. This is just gorgeous, going back to the 30s I think.

    Rest are here:

    https://www.hotcars.com/the-sickest-cars-in-ralph-laurens-car-collection/

  53. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    There’ll always be stocks which out perform other stocks but gold is so pretty. Anyway I’m focusing on AAR which now has over a million ozs, is close to infrastructure, relatively low share issue and is ripe for a rise. Put the word out will you. I’ve got an E-Type now I want one of these.

  54. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    I always reckon that Jag Mk 2’s in either Coventry Grey or Silver with red leather interior were worth it:

    The Inspector Morse Mk2 is pretty good, too.

    This is what is best in life.

  55. Cliff Boof Avatar
    Cliff Boof

    Census doesn’t mention Pakis or Sri Lankans, but 1.9% of NSW are Indians.
    So, any more than 1 in 50 might be “disproportionate”.
    What’s the %, Boot?

    about 30%, Woolies Tuggeranong Town Centre, this Sunday arvo.

  56. JC Avatar

    Really Cronkers, you have a E-type? Wow. Seriously, take a look at the one in the series I told you about. It’s gorgeous in grey.

  57. Struth Avatar

    I’m not Bird, nor responsible for moderating his outbursts at a site I champion as being so much better than the Cat or anywhere else.

    Thank god for that.

    Are you saying bird has never done that here and more than once?

    False equivalence.

    If it’s me it’s different argument.
    FMD.

    You and Faulty repeatedly let him go unchecked far beyond what Sinclair or Dover or theor audiences ever will.

    Thank you, however, Faulty is just a visitor and can’t block him.

    You know what he is, but you try to prove to yourselves you’re better than the rest of us. And waste your own time in the process.

    Not trying to prove anything.
    If he talks about other subjects, is not breaking the law, who am I to stop him?
    I am better than you.
    I understand free speech.

    Freedom of speech is not letting madmen scream at clouds

    Yes it is unless you want to decide who is a madman……

    and trying to bite passers-by because Individual Rights, Man!. It’s a juvenile and potentially mendacious misinterpretation better left to the uneducated idiots of the Left.

    No one can bite anyone from inside the ‘puter….

    You of all people, as an apparent champion of conservative values and wisdom should appreciate that.

    As I am teaching you now.

    You little gang of sneerers can’t control a format like that and so it threatens you.

    Why would I want to control your format? I just find your screams of FREEDUMB! a hilarious dichotomy with your demonstrated struggles and failures to make Freedom Australia a properly free space to speak, given you have encouraged it to fill up with folks who only like their own voices heard and opinions echoed. Including Bird.

    So much emotion muddling thinking.
    I’m sure you do find freedom hilarious.
    Freedom Australia IS a free space to speak.
    You are typing here because you like having your voice heard.
    You’re a delusional hypocrite.
    If bird had the power to silence you, should he, if you are saying nothing wrong?
    He probably thinks you’re a madman as well.
    None of that is my call, and it’s not yours either, dickhead.
    It’s called freedom of speech.

    You’ve ended up with a site like reverse Twitter, where a minority of the most domineering and toxic viewpoints and voices hold sway. With your tacit encouragement.

    Certainly is with my encouragement…although toxic view points I see fuck all of there.
    That’s your opinion, (you’re quite the tribal totalitarian).

    That your every post also suffers from the dichotomous thinking you share with folks like Bird (If I like it and it agrees with me = Good; If I don’t like it and it disagrees with me = Evil) doesn’t help you make your case.

    I recognise evil when I see it and call it out when I see it.
    Our forebears fought against it because they could see it too.

    You are a jabbed, submissive […] with tendancies toward silencing others, as these statements of yours prove.

    I am a conservative and I am right wing and I don’t ban people’s free speech on “who” they are[…].

  58. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    “Dry fuel burns in bush”
    It’s not exactly stop-the-presses stuff… and given that the rest appear to be made of tech-screwed radiata pine, i’d reckon the whole set will be reduced to either charcoal and CO2, or humus and methane, in three years, tops.

  59. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    The chart goes back to 1985 when the stock was US3.51.

    The last 12 and the next 6-9 months are what’s in focus I guess. But some great buying opps are presenting no doubt so a good time to filter them out. After 40 years of a trending decline in rates , the next 15-20 won’t be the same as the preceding.

  60. JC Avatar

    This is a Bugatti which I think was built in the 30s. Has there ever been a more gorgeous car ever built. It’s not a car, but a work of art. I think Bugatti was Swiss and then moved his operation to France.

  61. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    The early E-Types were straight and V-6s and are worth more than the post 1971 V-12s.

  62. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    The Bugatti’s are worth multiple millions. Be sensible.

  63. JC Avatar

    Bugatti was based in Germany initially.

    Automobiles Ettore Bugatti was a German then French manufacturer of high-performance automobiles. The company was founded in 1909 in the then-German city of Molsheim, Alsace, by the Italian-born industrial designer Ettore Bugatti. The cars were known for their design beauty and for their many race victories. Famous Bugatti automobiles include the Type 35 Grand Prix cars, the Type 41 “Royale”, the Type 57 “Atlantic” and the Type 55 sports car.

    The death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947 proved to be a severe blow for the marque, and the death of his son Jean Bugatti in 1939 meant that there was no successor to lead the factory. No more than about 8,000 cars were made. The company struggled financially, and it released one last model in the 1950s before eventually being purchased for its airplane parts business in 1963.

  64. Plasmamortar Avatar
    Plasmamortar

    I finished restoring a VJ charger recently.

    I’d also like one of these though

  65. JC Avatar

    cohenite says:
    December 18, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    The Bugatti’s are worth multiple millions. Be sensible.

    I am being sensible. All I need is a penny shit stock I own to go from 8 cents to 50 dollars and I could end up with a convertible Bugatti. It’s not a huge move, Cronkite. 🙂

    How much is a decent E-type in tip top condition?

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

    Strictly speaking, Bugatti didn’t move. Germany did.

  67. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    How much is a decent E-type in tip top condition?

    Make sure you thrown a good chunk for the mechanic to fix all the oil leaks. Ditto for Italian jobs. Italian cars = “leaks on wheels”.

  68. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    The MGB is a good starter but make sure you get one with R&P steering. There’s nothing like it.

  69. JC Avatar

    Makka says:
    December 18, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    How much is a decent E-type in tip top condition?

    Make sure you thrown a good chunk for the mechanic to fix all the oil leaks. Ditto for Italian jobs. Italian cars = “leaks on wheels”.

    No way am I getting one then …. the garage floor .. you could eat off it.. and won’t tolerate a single oil stain. (not that I had any intention of getting one).

  70. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    $250K.

  71. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Setting my sights a bit lower.
    But it would tick my boxes of
    1, being simple enough to keep running myself, jump start safe, tow start-able
    2, being modest enough to leave the windows down in summer
    3, being light enough to push to the bowser

  72. John Brumble Avatar
    John Brumble

    Boland has done very well. But let’s be honest- if Starc can take 7 for not much with a red ball, the batting is pretty rubbish.

    Appalling T20-style garbage. From both sides (bar Head, and Labuchagne and Smith are entitled to a non-century every now and then).

    It’s a tough pitch to bat on, but bot that tough

  73. Vicki Avatar
    Vicki

    If anyone is still doubtful that the Woke/Left movement is dedicated to destroying our way of life, think again:

    https://justthenews.com/nation/states/center-square/ny-pet-stores-will-be-banned-selling-pets

  74. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    Salvatore,
    re, Len Evan’s Pea soup recipe, I sent Dover an email giving permission for you to have my email. You have to ask Dover for details. I thought you had gone off Pea Soup. 😉

  75. JC Avatar

    You know, if they left places alone.. Northern Italy, southern Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, England and along with parts of France. I’m have missed some parts, but if they left them alone, these folks are genius. They an incredible bunch of people .

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

    Salvatore,
    re, Len Evan’s Pea soup recipe, I sent Dover an email giving permission for you to have my email. You have to ask Dover for details. I thought you had gone off Pea Soup.

    Oic, how silly am I.
    On the strength of your recommendation, I ordered Len Evans cookbook, turns out I got the one without any Pea & Ham soup recipe.
    (By the time I’ve cooked my way through that book I’ll be 20kg fatter – it’s pretty much the opposite of Jack Absolom’s cookbook, or “the station cook’s cookbook”)

  77. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    I had a good day yesterday. Fortunate son came for the day and completed some desperately needed work on the farm.
    When we were finished for the day, he bagged four rent avoiding bunnies for me. Skinned and cleaned them also. Said bunnies are now slowly simmering in a pot with plenty of aromatics. Their future as Rabbit Pie is assured!
    Will probably add a bit of left over Christmas Ham to the pie as well. mmmmmmmmmm

  78. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    It’s a tough pitch to bat on, but bot that tough

    I can’t recall the Gabba pitch being so green for a test match.I’d say it’s a nightmare against the quicks.

  79. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    They an incredible bunch of people .

    Add in the Basque.

  80. JC Avatar

    Talk about Len Evans

    Has anyone seen those black&white ads for Dan Murphy ? Is that really Dan or just bullshit?

  81. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    hehe, silly bugger!
    If you still want the recipe, you know what to do.
    I will also send you the Duck soup story from his book.
    I have Jack Absolom’s book, was going to use his Cockatoo Soup recipe if I manage to bag my Wombat.
    Haven’t heard of the Station Cook’s Cookbook. Will look for it.
    Cheers.

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

    Gone off Pea & Ham soup?” That’ll never happen!

    Matter of fact, right now there’s 4 x ham hocks + 2 x split pig trotters (thank you Calli) defrosting to start a P&H soup tonight.
    About 6 litres of (still dry) green split peas waiting to be put in water later this arvo.

  83. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    a disproportionate number of staff at my local Coles and Woolworths are sub-Continentals.

    because management is too
    and they only employ qualified people

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

    I have Jack Absolom’s book

    Which one? There’s two main ones (I think)
    Station cooks cookbook? I don’t recommend it. So difficult to read, as it was designed by someone with zero aptitude for graphic design.
    The text is superimposed over extremely colourful pictures & you can’t see anything.

    I’m in the middle of transcribing it (at the current rate it’ll take only another 40 yrs)

  85. John Brumble Avatar
    John Brumble

    Certainly a tough pitch, but not as bad as it’s been made out. Gabba pitches are often green-looking.

    If players didn’t play away from their bodies so so much, moved their feet, and left balls with their hands low, the first innings would have been 250 and the second still going in the way to 300.

    Travis Head is good, but not that good, and Aus batsmen other than Warner got a start. When the entire Seth African batting line up can’t do (or barely can) as “well” as Khawaja …

  86. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Hi Struth,

    Nice tit-for-tat.

    Shame you proved my point and can’t help being your juvenile little self.

    And regardless of how you present yourself as a true champion of FREEDUMB!, saying Bird is saying nothing wrong just proves you and your site are a pack of angry nuffies with an axe to grind.

    Off to enjoy my life now.

    Byeeeeeee. 🙂

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

    Station Cooks Handbook = the title. It was a “Dolly’s Dream” project.
    If they ever do another print run, I really hope they remove the background photos.

  88. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    rainbow-haired heffalumps

    our local is the same.

    nepotism…the boss is a bull-dyke

  89. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    “Outback Cooking in the Camp Oven.”
    That was the book that tied in with his television program.
    Thanks for the heads up re the Station Cook’s book.
    If you like simple, but tasty Aussie fare, you can’t go past “My Smoko Break Cookbook.”
    It’s written by an outback sheep farmer’s wife. She also has a good blog.
    I also have some very ancient Australian cookbooks.
    I am a bit of a collector.

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

    “Outback Cooking in the Camp Oven.”

    Jack Absolom’s “Barbecue Cookbook” = is also quite good, & has little to no crossover with “Outback cooking in the Camp Oven”

  91. Vicki Avatar
    Vicki

    Good to see Cats appreciate classic cars. Husband is a dedicated car nut, and I have lost count of the cars we have owned over the years. Early on, he was a fan of English cars and we had minis (for car club events) & then a couple of MGAs and an MGB. Still in car clubs, he raced a Torana SLR 5000, before beginning a romance with Italian cars. He owned a very dodgy Alfa Romeo for a while, before it had a cracked head (aluminium as I recall) & a lot of expenses. As the business which paid for all of this grew, he eventually bought the car of his dreams – A Ferrari 308 GTB. This was a “glass” bodied model – not the usual rust buckets that brought so much grief. We had it for many years as a “going out” car, as in those days Ferraris were often scratched or damaged by ratbags if left unattended. But when the shock absorbers became hard from lack of use, we decided to sell the car we said we would keep forever.

    From that period we had a series of Porsches – a big mother 928 and later a super little Boxster S, which (I hesitate to admit) I almost wrote off on one occasion. This is because, as husband says, I am a “motorist”, not a “driver.” For that reason, I have always driven sedans – initially British ones, and in my latter years a Mercedes CLK 350 which is an incredibly comfortable car – some 20 years old, but still a head turner and in immaculate condition. The local Mercedes dealer recently gave me a courtesy car – a ticky tacky late model with a computer screen! I simply couldn’t drive it.

    Husband still indulges himself and a year ago bought himself an Audi R8. It is by far the most beautiful (admittedly in a techo way), advanced and amazing vehicle we have ever owned. Unlike the Ferrari, no one wants to damage it. Tradies regularly lean out of trucks with a grin on their face to say, “Nice car, mate”. Husband still hankers after his dream car – a 1953 C Type Jaguar which won 3 Le Mans events, according to him. Sadly, he is forbidden to have one – even though he knows one that is for sale. It is stratospherically expensive and is not for every day use like the R8. Meantime, he mostly drives the Landcruiser for practical everyday use – and THAT is a great car for what it is designed to do on our rough roads out west.

  92. Morsie Avatar
    Morsie

    I am an old fart but T20 seems to have destroyed the art of test batting.
    Most players seem to only be able to concentrate for no more than half an hour.Boland is being talked about as some sort of genius when he has trundle away in the Shield for years with some success but no one thought he was test material.
    I am also old enough to remember batsmen who would walk into this test team who couldn’t get a test such as Potter ,Trimble ,Siddons .
    Anyway enough whingeing,this wil, be over in two days.

  93. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    Rex Angersays:
    December 18, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    How many jabs have you had?

  94. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Stairway to heaven.*

    Proof of biblical kings of Israel, Judah deciphered on Jerusalem rock inscriptions (JPost, 17 Dec)

    What a University of Haifa professor of biblical studies and ancient history has called “one of the most important archaeological discoveries in Israel of all time” – five monumental, new royal inscriptions of King Hezekiah of Judah, which together include dozens of lines and hundreds of letters – have now been deciphered.

    2,200-year-old coin hoard gives hard proof of Book of Maccabees, say archaeologists (ToI, 13 Dec)

    Archaeologists have uncovered a cache of 2,200-year-old silver coins near the Dead Sea, which they say is the first physical proof that Jews fled to the Judean Desert during the upheaval and persecution under Hanukkah villain Antiochus IV Epiphanes.

    As told in I Maccabees 2:29, in the period prior to the Maccabean Revolt, righteous men were exhorted to leave everything and flee to the desert.

    Interesting how archaeology is finding this stuff just as the whole world rejects Christianity and Judaism for paganism and earth-mother worship.

    * Not the song. Readers of the Bible will know the allusion!

  95. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    SPEHSS MUSICS!

    From a time when the BBC did not produce utter shit.

    (And some more of the Radiophonic Workshop’s very best from an entry that isn’t in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but really, really should be…)

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

    A Ferrari 308 GTB. …We had it for many years as a “going out” car, as in those days Ferraris were often scratched or damaged by ratbags if left unattended.

    These days it is the Landcruiser that is at risk, from swampies letting down the tyres to protest your “planet raping fuel guzzler”

  97. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Green is a fly ball magnet.

  98. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    How many jabs have you had?

    That’s a very good question, Steve T.

    Based on the fact that Struth got himself moderated for his inability to articulate a reply without calling me names and your clumsy attempt at baiting here, I’d say I got in quite a few… 😉

  99. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    Vicki,
    you have had some great cars.
    I mentioned some months back that I own an ’81 Valiant Station Wagon. It had been my everyday car until six weeks ago when I purchased a 2018 Subaru Outback, Turbo Diesel.
    I love my old car and drove it almost every day for seven years. The Outback though is kinder on my back and easier to get in and out of. I am not parting with the old girl though, she needs a respray and some touching up and I will keep her as my Sunday car.
    What I do miss about driving the Valiant is, without fail, every where I stopped and parked someone would come over and admire her and we’d chat about cars. I have actually made friends over the years that I am still in touch with because of that car. Also had plenty of offers to buy her.
    Much as I like the Subaru, NOBODY comes up to you at the servo or the pub and says, “ooooh wow, a Subaru!!!”. 😉

  100. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    @JC any thoughts on AT&T shares?

  101. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Trimble played a Test, but got a duck.
    He led an Australian 11 to New Zealand in 1969, but the Rep Matches aren’t classed as Tests.

  102. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    Rex Angersays:
    December 18, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    A lot of good questions to have with family around the table, soon. I envisage fireworks.

    Cheers and all the best.

  103. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    (And some more of the Radiophonic Workshop’s very best from an entry that isn’t in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but really, really should be…)

    Dalek meets stairs, Dalek wins.
    I don’t have a vid of Daleks doing disco though.

  104. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    His faux presidency will be remembered as one of the darkest periods of American history. We can only hope that the damage he leaves behind him will not be completely irreversible.The old thief really is a piece of shit-to think that this human garbage is polluting the White House. Filth is not a strong word.

  105. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    It’s a major flaw in the Philadelphia system that shit bird states like Delaware and Rhode Island send two senators to congress.

  106. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Cummins gets his 5th. Now we get to see if Davey can reach double figures.

  107. JC Avatar
    JC

    A old friend had a new fangled Porsche racing car and he took me around the Sandown track a few times. He planted it to 240k , which is the fastest I’ve ever been on a road. At 240, scenery begins to look different as it’s hard to take in. He subsequently totalled it during a race in Tassie.

  108. John Brumble Avatar
    John Brumble

    Single figures, Makka. Single figures

  109. John Brumble Avatar
    John Brumble

    He’ll be fine, though. Definitely issues against the short ball, but reckon he was preempting a full ball. You can see him taking a leaf out of the Finch/ Slater style of batting by numbers fairly regularly in test. Every so often that sort of thing is going to leave you looking silly.

  110. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    All out 99.
    Not a great achievement, but better than Sydney Thunder yesterday.

  111. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    I see Davey let Khawaja open the batting. (No, it was Khawaja’s turn.) Lol.

  112. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    err, peoples – as some of you would know, I’m an inveterate fan of the roundball game – so much so that I no longer follow any of the eggball codes or even the cricket. “Football is life“.

    What happened in Melbourne yesterday evening was an abomination. The perpetrators need to be tracked down and issued with lifetime bans so that such disgusting scenes never blight my beloved beautiful game ever again.

    I tells ya. 😡

  113. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Khawaja isn’t a team player, he’s batting for his average.
    Davey has still got batspeed, but he’s just not picking up the ball in flight.

  114. JC Avatar

    Rabz

    The way I saw the vid is like this. Some moron flew a flare onto the pitch. The punk goalie picked it up and then threw it into the crowd. By Jesus the folks that went onto the pitch had a right to stick it to goalie. He ought to be charged with endangerment by his action and he deserved the head whacks. One person was responsible for the flare – not every single person behind the goal posts. He deserved a clipping.

  115. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Thanks, JC – I wasn’t aware of that factlet you’ve just pointed out.

  116. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Rabz – Americans think soccer is boring.. They have a point. That’s because they decided that the best thing you could do with football is armour-up all the participants and fight the Civil War all over again. Which is why I like gridiron best. No crowd would throw stuff at NFL players since it would just bounce off.

  117. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    What happened in Melbourne yesterday evening was an abomination.

    No it wasn’t. Rabz. Sad to say it’s what soccer fans always do. They’re barbarians.

    Hence the stereotypical newspaper headlines.

    Until soccer fans stop behaving like barbarians, they will continue to get stereotypical — and justified — newspaper headlines.

  118. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Warner 3 gorn

  119. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Single figures, Davey.

  120. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    Another one for Rosie to explain away as nothing unusual, totes normal, nothing to see here etc:

    A serving member of the Northern Territory government has died suddenly, at the age of 52.

    Actually, the article (from the ABC, of course) has done it for her:

    It is at least the second time a current or former member for Arafura has died suddenly.

    On Christmas Day 2010, Maurice Rioli – who held the seat from 1992 to 2001 – died after suffering a heart attack at the age of 53.

    Is there a difference? Well, yes – I doubt this person’s death was reported as him having “died suddenly”. But for some reason, there seems to be endless “died suddenly” deaths kicking around. I’m sure it’s nothing.

  121. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Aussies trying hard.
    2/9 chasing 34 for victory.
    KD will be unhappy that Warner (3) got one more run than Khawarja (2).

  122. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    In a Match where 19 batsmen scored 3 or less, Davey’s 0 & 3 doesn’t
    particularly stand out.

  123. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Now on to more important things than the bloody A League.

    This morning’s World Cup Final is a true Blockbuster.

    Le Bleus – the best team throughout the tournament by a country mile.

    Mbappe is a veritable Python just wating to strike. Ably abetted by Ozzie Dembélé, whose return to prominence has been long overdue.

    Yet, the Belgranoes have their own special motivation.

    The world’s greatest ever player.

    The World Cup being the only triumph missing from his locker.

    Enjoy, Cats!

  124. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Australia 15 to win with 7 wickets; this will be close.

  125. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Just visiting Pentridge.

    Ned Kelly: I have been wronged!

    No shit buddy! This is Victoria!

  126. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Smiff gone. 3/19.
    Nice Mr Rabada, who got a hat trick on his first international, has all three poles.

  127. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    4/24 chasing 34.

    What?

  128. Farmer Gez Avatar
    Farmer Gez

    The header is operational after another fix and Warner is gone for three. Happy days.
    Enough on the tools today for an old fella, I’m getting pizzas to have with a pale ale.

  129. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    10 to win with 6 wickets. Are both teams on drugs?

  130. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Geez, Davey could be close to top score at 3 this innings!

  131. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Yet, the Belgranoes have their own special motivation.

    Rabz, my only interest in the game is whether Messi wins it for the Argies.

    The fact that the Frogs make the world’s best tucker isn’t enough to make me barrack for them in the world’s most effeminate football code.

  132. JC Avatar

    miltonf says:
    December 18, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    @JC any thoughts on AT&T shares?

    Milton no, no view. Here’s a little research piece from an Investment Bank. They’re neutral on the stock with a target of 18 bucks

    Wireless Telecommunication Services | Research Bulletin
    T.N
    AT&T

    NEUTRAL

    Target price (US$) : 18.00

    AT&T reported 3Q revenue 90bp and EBITDA 190bp ahead of our estimates at +3.1%/+4.7% Y/Y (the beat in Business Wireline, in good part due to intellectual property sales). Postpaid net adds were right in line (708k vs. our 693k, albeit 144k ahead of the Street), Fiber net adds right in line at 338k (DSL 21k worse, so total internet net losses were -50k vs. +6k net adds last year), and FCF was reasonably close at $4.2b (vs. our $4.4b). Wireless postpaid phone churn was up 12bp to 0.84% vs. 0.72% in 3Q21, though up a seasonally typical 9bp Q/Q. Postpaid phone ARPU grew 2.4% Y/Y, as expected, as AT&T moves through the peak impact from phone subsidy amortization and benefits from rate increases, tiering up, and the return of roaming. Wireless margins were stable for the first time this year, though still down 60+ bp Y/Y excluding the 3G shut-down costs in 3Q21 and CAF II headwind in 3Q22.

    All guidance was reaffirmed except wireless service revenue now at the high end of the previous 4.5-5.0% range and remainco Adj. EPS $2.50+ vs. $2.42-$2.46 prior. Note that Adj. EPS beat by $0.07 at $0.68, though only $0.02 was operational, and the rest was below-the-line (pension accounting and income taxes), hence the EPS raise.

    Overall, given the 1H disruption due to inflation, including lowered guidance last quarter, this in line-to-ahead result is certainly a positive. Key remains mgmt commentary around the key debates: macro, wireless, broadband and the 2023 FCF guide, in addition to last night’s news report follow-up that AT&T is seeking outside investors to expand its fiber build outside its footprint.

  133. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Lol; 2 5 ball wides; Australia will win on sundries.

  134. John Brumble Avatar
    John Brumble

    What absolutely garbage batting. Only Warner is excused- the rest had no business playing those shots. None at all.

  135. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Rabada now has four poles. Great work sir! First baller for Mr Head, quack, quack.

  136. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    the world’s most effeminate football code

    Boom.

  137. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Ned Kelly: I have been wronged!

    No shit buddy! This is Victoria!

    Chuckle!

  138. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    4/24 chasing 34

    This test has been a joke. Whoever prepared the pitch (if it could be dignified with such a term) should be gifted with some Hop Time™ in the centre of the ‘Gabba upon the culmination of this almighty farce.

  139. areff Avatar
    areff

    Sad to say it’s what soccer fans always do.

    Wogs being wogs.

  140. John Brumble Avatar
    John Brumble

    Cameron Green “wins” the game by doing the simple thing that all of the players should have done.

  141. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Nortje, you great six foot six skirt.

    Having already done it once in the same over, you threw the toys out and deliberately did it again to hand the match over.

    Piss off. If I was skippering that side you’d be on the plane home tonight.

  142. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    back in 2010 Maurice Rioli died of a heart attack aged 53. Coincidence?

    Ummm, Rosie. You really should have read to the end of my comment, as you would have seen I’ve already provided the regime’s talking point. Now you’ve gone and given the game away by responding with it.

  143. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Thanks JC. Back in the glory DJT days they were $US38 a share.

  144. John Brumble Avatar
    John Brumble

    Not the pitch’s fault all 22 players have spent too much time in T20, Rabz.

    Almost all top-order wickets fell as a result of players playing at balls they should never, ever have tried to get near.

  145. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Whoever prepared the pitch (if it could be dignified with such a term) should be gifted with some Hop Time

    Dunno Rabz. It makes a refreshing change from some of the roads prepared and disguised as pitches in the West Indies series. A match dominated by the ball rather than the bat is always good.

    That said, most of the batting was sub-par. The only downside, though, is that the micro-cheat may yet get one final go in Melbourne on Boxing Day.

  146. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Australia wins with a wide. What a deserved hollow victory. Kaptain Klimate still needs to prove to me he’s more interested in taking wickets than politics.

  147. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Americans think soccer is boring

    BoN, in honour of this sacred 30 days, there are five International soccer strips hanging up in the large lounge room of the cottage. As part of yesterday’s festivities, the guests had to name all five of them.

    Not a single one of them was able to name the USA strip from the ’94 World Cup. Then again, none of them could name the Spanish strip either.

    Sad. 😕

  148. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Sundries 48.
    Only Bavuma, Kerreyne and Head outscored extras.

    South Africa’s bowlers will go into the Melbourne Test with their tails up after that.

  149. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Seff Efricans won’t be playing day nighters much longer.

    Biden pledges U.S. taxpayers will pay South Africa $8 billion to shut down their coal power plants (16 Dec)

    They already have blackouts half of each day, now Joe want to double that.

  150. Vicki Avatar
    Vicki

    He subsequently totalled it during a race in Tassie.

    The Targa is quite a dangerous race – if that was the one. Few realise how dangerous it is. Even the great Brock came to grief. We have crewed for a friend, but thankfully, husband never felt the inclination to participate behind the wheel.

  151. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Mighty effort by Cummins in the second innings.
    Another 30 runs for South Africa …

  152. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    South Africa’s bowlers will go into the Melbourne Test with their tails up after that.

    How fucking racist crotchless; none of the Prots have tails. Or at least visible ones.

  153. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Rabz, I once was in Rosario and my guide proudly pointed out their stadium where they won the World Cup. Us being beat by the Argies 2-1, with Harry missing a penalty to equalize, was a very decent showing. Plus lots to Mr Arnold and his guys.

    Being an Aussie I can speak in five footy languages: league, rules, AFL, soccer and gridiron. Ncl used to have a gridiron team, I haven’t looked them up for a while. Gronk is my favourite. Sad that Tom Brady got stung by the guy with the bad hair.

  154. JC Avatar

    Until soccer fans stop behaving like barbarians, they will continue to get stereotypical — and justified — newspaper headlines.

    Tom

    I don’t like soccer, so let me start there. Having said, the fans maybe unruly and all that, but by God they’re not woke and neither is the code management, I think.

    They aren’t going to put on an Aboriginal and LGTBQ pride because the fans won’t take the bullshit.

  155. JC Avatar

    Milton

    The stock has a huge div by American standards. 6% is yuge, but it could also be a sign of trouble too.

  156. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    A match dominated by the ball rather than the bat is always good

    Agreed, KD – but barely two days?

    The idiots are obviously playing way too much hit ‘n’ giggle garbage.

    Almost makes me want to see a new Boycott emerge from the miasma.

  157. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Yes JC the yield is massive- they call it the dividend king

  158. jupes Avatar
    jupes

    I don’t like soccer, so let me start there. Having said, the fans maybe unruly and all that, but by God they’re not woke and neither is the code management, I think.

    Yeah nah. European teams in Qatar got upset when the Muzzos wouldn’t let them wear poofter armbands. The Australian soccer team made a video about human rights. No seriously, they really did. Just embarrassing.

  159. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, mistake. Harry Kane missed a penalty for England, I think we missed being awarded a penalty for an Argie error. My memory ain’t so good for soccer unfortunately. But we did pretty ok.

  160. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Turns out my Irish convict ancestors story was a common one, stealing goods of low value, probably with the intention of being transported in 1846 and 1948, minor surname changes on leaving VDL and their criminal pasts behind them.

  161. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    The Voice referendum is purely and simply about the drive towards Aboriginal sovereignty, which can only be achieved by changing the nation’s foundational document and charter.

    A great article over at Quadrant.

  162. jupes Avatar
    jupes

    That said, most of the batting was sub-par. The only downside, though, is that the micro-cheat may yet get one final go in Melbourne on Boxing Day.

    Who would you replace him with?

  163. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    Jeremy Clarkson at full throttle:

    In a column for The Sun, Clarkson said: ‘I hate her. Not like I hate Nicola Sturgeon or Rose West. I hate her on a cellular level.

    ‘At night, I’m unable to sleep as I lie there, grinding my teeth and dreaming of the day when she is made to parade naked through the streets of every town in Britain while the crowds chant, “Shame!” and throw lumps of excrement at her.

    ‘Everyone who’s my age thinks the same way.’

    Daily Mail

  164. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    but by God they’re not woke and neither is the code management, I think.

    Then you don’t watch English PL then. Gay armbands, taking the BLM knee, Southgate is so fkg woke it’s sickening.

  165. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Things are getting pretty crazy.

    Two men charged with allegedly trying to loot cop killers’ rural Wieambilla property where two police officers, neighbour were killed (Sky News, 18 Dec)

    Two men have been charged after they were allegedly caught trying to steal two motorbikes from the remote Wieambilla property at the center of the horrifying shooting of two young police officers and a neighbour last week.

    Police allege the pair drove out to the Wains Road property at around 2am on Sunday, parked their car nearby and hiked through bushes until they reached the house.

    They then allegedly tried to take off with two motorcycles and were pushing them to their vehicle when they were spotted by police officers performing patrols as part of their crime scene duties.

    Ferals trying to pinch some bikes from a mass murder scene? Dumb and dumber.

  166. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    So yesterday we (being myself and my wife and our three kids aged 12, 8 and 2) had to endure an unreasonably long layover at Changi airport, which is a pretty damn good airport to endure a long layover in if one has no other option but to do so. The only complaint I have is that there is clearly insufficient capacity in its airside hotels – otherwise we would have stayed in one – because they’ve been fully booked for months (I’ve been checking). Normally, we would have gone through customs and stayed somewhere in the city, but you have to show vaxx passes and I can’t get one of them. The Mrs won’t out of principle, either. So we were confined to the airport for 18 hours.

    Loads of quality public seating areas and you can just about always find somewhere reasonably comfortable to sit and spread out a little even at peak times, most seating has nearby power points for charging your devices, there is fast wi-fi, several play spaces for the kids, free movie rooms, plenty of decent eating choices, spotlessly clean and seldom crowded bathrooms all over the place, drink fountains everywhere, good signage and everything is easy to navigate – overall, a well-run operation that’s very traveller-friendly, I’d say. Far better than anything we have in Australia.

  167. JC Avatar

    Fellas, I’m just talking about Aussie Soccer.

  168. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    South Africa are a real chance to win this Series.
    While they should boot Khawaja and give Green a rest, it’s unfair to
    bring a novice into the situation, and Harris is already a known quantity, AKA a dud.

  169. JC Avatar

    Just, so it’s clear, does the Aussie soccer comp have Aboriginal century and gay pride rounds? I didn’t think they do.

  170. JC Avatar

    Then you don’t watch English PL then. Gay armbands, taking the BLM knee, Southgate is so fkg woke it’s sickening.

    Lol. No, I don’t watch. Personally, I’d rather hang myself than watch a game.

  171. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    The fact that the Frogs make the world’s best tucker

    Yeah well, Tommy, being of Italiano stock, not quite sure I can agree with that statement.

    The Italianos won the 2021 European Championship, yet were dumped out of this year’s World Cup by North Macadamia.

    From Roosters to Feather Dusters in less than twelve months. 😕

    As one of my best mates*, of Siciliano stock opined – “It’s like a Formula One GP without a Ferrari”.

    *Whose ol’ man was a legendary figure. Died in 2010, a veteran of the Abyssinian Campaign, who was eventually captured by the Ozzies in North Africa in ’42. An unrepentant fascist during his captivity. Remained here after the war, to start his own mighty lineage. One of the most peaceful, wise and civilised ol’ men I’ve ever known in my life. His olives (grown in his Burwood backyard) were magnifique. 🙂

  172. Perplexed of Brisbane Avatar
    Perplexed of Brisbane

    Rabz,

    Messi the greatest ever?

    As far as Argentine players, I’d put one D. Maradona above him. The Brazilians would suggest one Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (Pele).

    I rate Alfredo Di Stefano as a dark horse for the greatest.

    It has got me thinking though. I haven’t really followed Football / Soccer in the last 10 years but the players of my youth certainly were great. I wonder what some of them would be worth today in comparison to some of those getting phenomenal salaries?

  173. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    Doc Coleman, is still banned on Twitter.

  174. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    overall, a well-run operation that’s very traveller-friendly, I’d say. Far better than anything we have in Australia.

    It’s awesome, I don’t know an airport that beats it. And they have a cinema at Changi as well. The bars are nice, varied. That hotel has all kinds of rooms catering from families to newly weds and you can get a day room for 8 hours. The old Changi Airport was a hot sticky shithole.

  175. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    Aboriginal century

    That would be insulting to the activist crowd because a century is barely a millisecond from the Indigenous perspective, which pre-exists life on earth. Actually, it pre-exists earth. And in any case, the Indigenous perspective is so advanced that it has transcended the very concept of time. So to describe something as an “Indigenous century” is to trivialise and mischaracterise the Indigenous experience. It’s probably an act of genocide as well. So it’s dangerous. You should be prosecuted.

  176. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Perplexed – given you’ve admitted to not following the game closely, go and look up Messi’s stats – they are phenomenal.

    Cristiano Ronaldo, who is probably his only comparable contemporary, I rate as about 60% of Messi – and that’s being generous.

  177. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    Cristiano Ronaldo, who is probably his only comparable contemporary, I rate as about 60% of Messi – and that’s being generous.

    Sorry. Have to disagree.

    At almost 40 Ronaldo is wayyyy past his prime. In his prime he’s run rings around Messi. In fact, Messi will never be in Ronaldo’s league from a career standpoint. You look at Ronaldo in the 2000’s when he first went to Old Trafford. A freak! 4 Ballon D’Ors?

    Messi besides is a fkg cry baby and an extremely dirty player. So, nah. Not my cup of tea. Sorry.

  178. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Personally, I’d rather hang myself than watch a game

    JC, funny you should say that – the only full matches I’ve watched this world cup were the Schlockeroos’ ones.

    25 minute “mini matches” are a blessing – no thanks, of course to bloody FIFA and SBS, who’ve conspired to ensure that the picture quality of any match replayed in any format is absolutely f*cked. 😡

  179. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Who would you replace him with?

    Henry Hunt from SA, or Daniel Hughes from NSW.

    Renshaw has had his go, and apparently he’s a giant flog to boot. Bancroft from WA should never have played anywhere again, so no, and Marcus Harris is provably vulnerable to the moving ball. There’s a bloke called Doran from Tassie who’s promising, but not there yet.

    However, and I may have mentioned this previously – there is a 20-year-old who debuted for the Vics this year called Ashley Chandrasinghe. Tallish left-hander, extremely focused and unlikely to let piss and women distract them as they do so many others. Unfortunately, I reckon he’s a year – potentially two – away from the Baggy Green.

  180. Dot Avatar

    Hmmm

    He planted it to 240k , which is the fastest I’ve ever been on a road. At 240, scenery begins to look different as it’s hard to take in.

    Now let’s go slumming.

    From high school: a 1982 VH Commodore with a 173 ci engine struggles to go quicker than 185 km/hr. Your position in society starts to look different.

    From uni and beyond: a LS CL Focus sedan starts getting airborne over 170 km/hr. Your mortality starts to look different.

  181. JC Avatar

    Rabz, I used to once give you stick for watching soccer. However, not since they dragged that 13 year girl out and interrogated her without the parents or guardian at a footy match because they claim she called that dickweed an ape have I bothered with Aussie rules. That was it for me. They took the kid for 2 hours! Since then, I haven’t criticized your affliction.

    I went one time and they have big screens pleading that people dob in fellow fans if they say something unwoke. Fuck that. I’ve even refused to go when someone offered corporate box seats.

  182. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    The bars are nice, varied.

    True – kinda pricey though. SG$21 for a pint is a bit steep. I bought a couple of beers at the 711 and drank them discreetly back at the recliner chair area where we spent the night. Lots of Muslim blokes with their black niqab-wearing wives and kids occupied that particular place – they colonised those chairs like German tourists monopolise poolside sun lounges, and I had to be quite strategic to nab a bank of them side-by-side. I’m not sure how they felt about me downing beer within eyesight. Maybe they didn’t give a shit. Some of the wives kept looking at me. At the time I assumed it was in disapproval, but hey, maybe they were checking me out! Impossible to tell with the face covering.

  183. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Kerry White, 3rd nations elder, very good on Outsiders about the duplicity of da Voice. Pity about her surname.

  184. JC Avatar

    From uni and beyond: a LS CL Focus sedan starts getting airborne over 170 km/hr. Your mortality starts to look different.

    Really, airborne?

    I recall now, it was a factory specced racing, Porsche GT

  185. Oh come on Avatar
    Oh come on

    The old Changi Airport was a hot sticky shithole.

    I’d believe it, as Terminal 1 remains a bit dog-eared and its AC is distinctly underpowered. T3 is awesome, though.

  186. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Makka – we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

    I always admired Ronaldo’s sheer arrogance. Sir Scottish Drunk seriously rated him.

    Messi always struck me as far more humble.

    This Match reminds me of one of Les Bleus mightiest warriors – le Zizou.

    His single handed demolition job of the Brazilians in the World Cup final of ’98 remains the stuff of legend.

  187. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Voice referendum is purely and simply about the drive towards Aboriginal sovereignty, which can only be achieved by changing the nation’s foundational document and charter.

    A sovereign Aboriginal Nation can levy taxes, and fund their own health, welfare, police and defence forces…

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