Open Thread – Weekend 17 Dec 2022


The Luncheon, Claude Monet, 1873


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

  1. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    It’s all he ever thinks about.

  2. dover0beach Avatar

    Melbourne councils are chopping down trees and removing vegetation from footpaths to make way for Australia Post’s new environmentally friendly fleet of electric delivery vehicles.

    The Right completely underestimated the importance of local councils and of local politics. You could have resisted this sort of stupidity arising if you had common sense conservatives in local offices, but instead we have fringe left advocates cutting their teeth and implementing the stupidest, ugliest, and costliest proposals that barely survive a few years before being replaced by something even more hideous. There is no way back without a serious effort to reverse the Left’s hold locally.

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

    H B Bear says: December 19, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    As an ex-postie mate said about the bikes – All tourque and no action.

    Pretty much pin the throttle and sit back for the ride. Could get a bit sketchy on gravel and sand.

    They don’t go real well through a mush of dropped mangos either.
    The Postmistress here spent a good 6 weeks laid up with a broken leg, coz when she rode through the usual couple of inches deep of soft/rotten fallen mangos the bike shot out from under her just like a TV cartoon – as she phrased it. (Mango trees overhand the footpath here everywhere)

  4. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Leach 2 bowled, 1 LB, in 7 balls.

  5. JC Avatar

    it may look like he’s a stumbling dumbarse who got lucky but really he is a mastermind

    Yeah, he’s stumbling because Twitter use is on fire and he’s freed up discussion. You big , fat useless lesbian.

  6. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    He’s thinking about Nude Cricket now.

  7. m0nty Avatar

    I believe Carnarvon residents need to resort to the three S’s to sort their problem. I wouldn’t be surprised if it starts happening soon

    Strumpets, skimpies and sodomy?

  8. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Trump is playing eleven-dimensional chess

    Well the universe is eleven dimensional according to physics.
    Which means he’s just being a realist, isn’t he Monty?
    Lefties seem to be very one dimensional.

  9. Zipster Avatar

    It’s a complete f*ing mystery!!!

    Tripledemic Update: RSV, Covid And Flu
    The United States has already plunged into one of the roughest seasons of winter illnesses in decades. After nearly three years of being sequestered, children and adults are back out in crowds, with no masks, no distancing, and viruses waiting with open arms.

  10. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Even better, Musk could declare the counting suspended, then do a few late night dumps of votes to ‘fortify” the election..

  11. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    Apparently this column by Jeremy Clarkson has hit the nail square on the head..

    WE all know in our heart of hearts that Harold Markle is a slightly dim but fun-loving chin who flew Apache helicopter gunships in Afghanistan and cavorted around Las Vegas hotel rooms with naked hookers.

    But then along came Meghan, who obviously used some vivid bedroom promises to turn him into a warrior of woke.

    And now it seems that she has her arm so far up his bottom, she can use her fingers to alter his facial expressions.

    I actually feel rather sorry for him because today he’s just a glove puppet with no more control over what he says or does than Basil Brush.

    Meghan, though, is a different story. 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.

    But what makes me despair is that younger people, especially girls, think she’s pretty cool.

    They think she was a prisoner of Buckingham Palace, forced to talk about nothing but embroidery and kittens.

    That makes me even angrier. Can’t they see everything that’s happening is so very obviously pre-planned.

    Leave the UK. Blame the royals. Do an interview with Oprah.

    Get Basil Brush to write a book. Do a Netflix series — which should have been called A Woman, Talking Bollocks.

    I can see it clearly. The studied pauses. The mock incredulity.

    And the B-movie, soap-actress, quivery-voiced, more-in-sorrow-than-anger stories that are so obviously claptrap.

    Do you really think she would have entertained a move to New Zealand? That’s 13 hours away from everything.

    SLAVES AND EUNUCHS

    The spotlight of fame she craves so desperately would have been a 40-watt bulb, and no one would have seen it.

    Nah. She was always going to end up in California.

    And I can tell you, with absolute certainty, what’s coming next.

    Harold’s Spare book will be released.

    Then she’ll do one called I Think I May Be God. And then she’ll have exhausted the whole royal thing — so will be off.

    We will see Diana-style photographs of her, all on her own, outside the Taj Mahal.

    And then she will be pictured gazing into the middle distance, on the back of a playboy’s superyacht and will marry a tech billionaire and they’ll have a child called something vomitty like Peace. Or Truth.

    Or Love.

    Harold, meanwhile, will be stuck in California with no friends, either there or here, no family to support him and an army of young girls who’ll believe Meghan’s story that the marriage break-up was all his fault because he’s, like, you know, sooooo a man.

    And the Royal Family?

    She’s going to damage them — be in no doubt about that.

    Because one day soon, my generation will all be dead, and we will be replaced by a new bunch who are growing up believing that Charles and William and Co are bullies who are waited on hand and foot by slaves, eunuchs and spin doctors.

    Unless, of course, when Meghan takes her hand out of the ginger glove puppet, he remembers who he is and gives us “the” truth.

    Not hers.

  12. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Must be about time for a “you lot”.

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

    Monty posts a comment saying Catallaxians (i.e. “you lot”) know a winner when they see one:

    m0ntysays: December 19, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    Cats during the Trump era: actually Trump is playing eleven-dimensional chess, it may look like he’s a stumbling dumbarse who got lucky but really he is a mastermind

    Cats during the Musk era: actually Musk is playing eleven-dimensional chess, it may look like he’s a stumbling dumbarse who got lucky but really he is a mastermind

  14. JC Avatar

    Unreal.

    Long term environmental disaster? Victoria’s Gippsland coast to become Australia’s first offshore windfarm zone

    Miles and miles of them wrecking the Southern coastline.
    Read on.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/dec/19/victorias-gippsland-coast-to-become-australias-first-offshore-windfarm-zone

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

    To correct Monty: Neither Trump, nor Musk, has ever looked like a “stumbling dumbarse”
    Your judgement sux dude, it sux bigtime.

  16. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    If I ran twatter I’d have one compulsory nude day a week.

    Staff or customers?

    Was Toobin* just an early adopter of what will come to be known by future historians as “the cohenite atrocity”.

    *The looks of the 2 chicks in the middle are priceless.

  17. shatterzzz Avatar
    shatterzzz

    Sooooo .. chopping down nature[s own product(s) is classed as ‘environmentally friendly” ..
    sheesh! .. who’d a thunk it! ..
    Melbourne councils are chopping down trees and removing vegetation from footpaths to make way for Australia Post’s new environmentally friendly fleet of electric delivery vehicles.

    We’ve had these vehicles in Fairfield, NSW for at least 12 months without any loss of trees/vegetation tho most “posties” appear to prefer their bikes …….

  18. m0nty Avatar

    Victoria’s Gippsland coast to become Australia’s first offshore windfarm zone

    Good. Not many people down there, distinct lack of NIMBY from rich bastards, they need jobs, lots of wind, win win.

  19. Zipster Avatar

    Strumpets, skimpies and sodomy?

    is smutley trying to share something with us?

  20. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    If I ran twatter I’d have one compulsory nude day a week.

    Much as I adore you, cohenite, I’d rather not see you nude every week.

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

    *The looks of the 2 chicks in the middle are priceless.

    The bloke in bottom left likewise.
    That sheila in the centre seems to have a pair of cats sitting atop her head.

  22. JC Avatar

    I don’t think he’s this stupid. There could be a pile of cash sitting somewhere.

    Chris Bowen
    @Bowenchris
    ·
    Dec 18
    As the Chief Executive of our Energy Market Operator says: Renewables are the cheapest form of energy, including the cost of transmission and storage.

    We’re getting on with the job of transforming our electricity system to 82% renewables by 2030.

    Dickhead Homes a coort ( yeah deliberate) is sitting on sizeable investments in this space. He ran the houswives to try and protect his investments.

  23. Mater Avatar
    Mater

    If I ran twatter I’d have one compulsory nude day a week.

    Much as I adore you, cohenite, I’d rather not see you nude every week.

    What’s more, Monty looks like he’s on Twitter.

  24. JC Avatar

    Nothing personal, Fatboy. I hope they shut off your electricity permanently.

  25. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    I’m wondering why we haven’t heard about the mother of the shooters? It’s all been about their “pastor dad.”
    She was an Abo.
    Ron appears normal [for a Pastor] but then, why did he marry an Abo?
    Some of the stories via the ABC appear to be Propaganda, they’ve recycled the “pig carcases hanging from trees” bullshit that they ran after the cops burnt all the houses [bar 2] at Cedar Bay in 1976.

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

    Homes a Coot ( that works perfectly )

    Apropos of recent dialect discussion, “Coot” is a word I’ve not heard for a while.

  27. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Good. Not many people down there, distinct lack of NIMBY from rich bastards, they need jobs, lots of wind, win win.

    Heres Montynomics in action.

    Instead of one big facility, with attendant mines suppling bulk energy at low cost on a reliable basis the fat dork thinks hundreds of small intermittent generators serviced by many multiples of people more is good because “more jerbs!!!”

    And will deliver the mythical “power too cheap to meter“* (remember that one) as well as thousands of high paid Jerbs!!!

    *Warning- Leads to Quiggin level wrongology
    Now suppose, instead of private capital, solar projects were financed using thirty-year government bonds. Remarkably, the real rate of interest on these bonds has fallen to zero or below — and if the current judgements of investors are correct, rates will remain at or close to zero for decades to come.

    Once a solar module has been installed, a zero rate of interest means that the electricity it generates is virtually free. Spread over the lifetime of the module, the cost is around 2c/kWh (assuming $1/watt cost, 2000 operating hours per year and a twenty-five-year lifetime). That cost would be indexed to the rate of inflation, but would probably never exceed 3c/kWh.

  28. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    A Somali arrives in Australia as a new immigrant. He stops the first person he sees walking down the street and says “Thank you Mr Aussie for letting me in this country!” But the passer-by says “You are mistaken, I am Indian”.

    The man goes on and encounters another passer-by. “Thank you for having such a beautiful country here in Australia!” The person says “I am not Aussie, I am Pakistani!”

    The Somali chap continues on, and the next person he sees he stops, shakes his hand and says “Thank you for the wonderful Australia!” That person says “I am from Iraq, I am not Aussie!”

    He finally sees a nice lady and cautiously asks “Are you an Australian citizen?” She says “No, I am from Lebanon!” He is puzzled, and asks her “Where are all the Aussies?” The Lebanese lady looks at her watch, shrugs and says, “Probably at work”.

  29. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Munty can’t play 2 dimensional chess. Checkers with only rainbow colours or his perennial favourite, Rakes and Basements.

  30. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Just males, right? You’re “dis-interested” in female bodies.

    Time for some cute owls.

    STFU crotchless.

  31. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    I nominate Delta A as the Dover Cat’s official South Australian correspondent.

    Delta has witnessed most of the state’s idiocies, right back to the seventies and Don Dunstan’s hot pants (when I also spent a decade in Adelaide — don’t ask).

  32. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    We are always the same age inside.

    – Gertrude Stein

  33. JC Avatar

    Time for some cute owls.

    WTF Cronkite, he’s a running back for the Chicago Bears.

  34. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    ginger glove puppet

    LOL Clarkson is a bit a prat but you have to excuse it while you get stuff like this. And shafting the BBC.

  35. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    We are always the same age inside.
    Dunstan reckoned that too.
    You’re quotes have taken a disturbing turn, Schmendrick?
    Anything you want to get off your chest?

  36. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    Victoria’s Gippsland coast to become Australia’s first offshore windfarm zone

    jesus I hate these numerically illiterate idiots.

    The future farms would be hooked into energy grids on the mainland in Gippsland and Latrobe valley, with the potential to provide 10 gigawatts a year of wind power.

  37. Makka Avatar
    Makka

    JC says:
    December 19, 2022 at 12:53 pm
    If it looks like no US recession, US stocks particularly the financial will go ballistic on the upside, but not yet.

    Hopes and prayers to those long in BTC and gold.

    Pray for printing.

    The only way the US avoids a recession is if the Fed pivots early and takes it’s foot off the throat of the economy. Also perhaps stopping QT. Meaning inflation remains somewhat elevated although at a lower level and the USD backs off. In which case gold and BTC will take off. Along with a whole lot of commodities.

  38. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Remember Cedar Bay, Tom?

  39. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Not many people down there, distinct lack of NIMBY from rich bastards, they need jobs, lots of wind, win win.

    Except for the birds.
    You don’t like birds do you Monty?
    Greens are hypocrites.

  40. dover0beach Avatar

    Wind-generated electricity is the worst, and if its east Gippsland, just imagine the transmission loss.

    We’re getting on with the job of transforming our electricity system to 82% renewables by 2030.

    82% in eight years? Madness.

  41. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    WTF Cronkite, he’s a running back for the Chicago Bears.

    SHE can run on my back anytime. here’s some of her mates. Suck it up.

  42. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Victoria’s Gippsland coast to become Australia’s first offshore windfarm zone

    Probably can’t pile there without hitting a gas field. A perfect metaphor for life under Chairman Dan.

  43. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    … with the potential to provide 10 gigawatts a year of hippie wind power …

    Thanks for Australia’s Nimbin fantasy power grid, Elbow.

  44. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    .. .. oh

    the project seadragon says its

    a 1,500MW energy transition project.

    So.. 1500e6 x 24 x 365 = 12e12.

    That’s a 12,000 GWh per annum nameplate capacity

    Capacity factor for offshore wind in Europe is about 52% – so there’s no way this thing is going to deliver anything like 10,000 GW(hours!). More like 6,000 GWh

  45. Mater Avatar
    Mater

    Victoria’s Gippsland coast to become Australia’s first offshore windfarm zone

    Put them out there, I say.
    When commonsense prevails, they can be detonated and became artificial reefs for the wildlife.

  46. johanna Avatar
    johanna

    duncanm says:
    December 19, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    Melbourne councils are chopping down trees and removing vegetation from footpaths to make way for Australia Post’s new environmentally friendly fleet of electric delivery vehicles.

    Just like the Greenies destroyed the magnificent entrance to Canberra from the south, a huge median strip with alternate eucalypts and conifers that went for a couple of miles. It was a perfect description of Old Canberra, a garden city combining native and introduced species.

    When politicians went to their international (presumably non-carbon dioxide emitting) meetings 20 years ago, everyone had a Blackberry and a tram. So, now we are still paying for it.

    I have been reading Ian Rankin’s (Scottish crime novelist) latest and the disruption and destruction of Edinburgh because of the fad for toy railways crops up again and again. It is reminiscent of what has happened in Sydney, another victim of political vanity.

  47. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Capacity factor for offshore wind in Europe is about 52%

    Got a source for that; the max I’ve read is just over 30%. As well as no wind the high wind speeds shut the stupid things down as well.

  48. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Ed Casesays:
    December 19, 2022 at 5:13 pm
    We are always the same age inside.
    Dunstan reckoned that too.
    You’re quotes have taken a disturbing turn, Schmendrick?
    Anything you want to get off your chest?

    Head Case and a Suitable Case for Treatment. They are not my Quotes. Maybe you can’t see that in which Case just nip along to SpecSavers and they may be able to assist.

  49. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Nice to see Teh Paywallian keeping an eye on Quentin Dumpster in retirement. Shouldn’t have to fall back on the pension any time soon. #nomenclaturalyf

  50. duncanm Avatar
    duncanm

    cohenitesays:
    December 19, 2022 at 5:29 pm
    Capacity factor for offshore wind in Europe is about 52%

    Got a source for that; the max I’ve read is just over 30%. As well as no wind the high wind speeds shut the stupid things down as well.

    Cohenite, I’m going off this: https://windeurope.org/about-wind/daily-wind/capacity-factors

    Onshore is ~ 30% as you say. Offshore is better due to more consistent wind.

  51. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    Hard to believe Phillip Adams is 83…

    I guess we won’t have to put up with him for much longer…

  52. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    Dunno if still current HB….

    According to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, there are two companies that call Dempster’s “grand Victorian Italianate terrace” their principal place of business.

    One is the Walkley Foundation – a perfect home for Australia’s most pretentious industry gongs. The second is Dempster’s private company. It’s name? Diva Holdings. The prosecution rests.

  53. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    m0ntysays:
    December 19, 2022 at 4:42 pm
    Cats during the Trump era: actually Trump is playing eleven-dimensional chess, it may look like he’s a stumbling dumbarse who got lucky but really he is a mastermind

    Cats during the Musk era: actually Musk is playing eleven-dimensional chess, it may look like he’s a stumbling dumbarse who got lucky but really he is a mastermind

    m0nty=fa since 2020: actually, Biden is a genius. It may look as if he is a senile old fool with a penchant for sniffing around underage kids, but he is really playing eleven-dimensional chess.

  54. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    Bit weird that Quentin’s joint doesn’t have a carbon monoxide alert but does have an open fire place?

    https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/17045036?source_impression_id=p3_1671432174_NE3m9QkDFXCOZ4OK

  55. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    If people like Quentin Dumpster did not exist,satirists would be reduced to inventing them. Phatty Adams too.

  56. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    m0ntysays:
    December 19, 2022 at 4:59 pm
    Victoria’s Gippsland coast to become Australia’s first offshore windfarm zone

    Good. Not many people down there, distinct lack of NIMBY from rich bastards, they need jobs, lots of wind, win win.

    Has m0nty=fa gone heavy into ruinables, and become a subsidy farmer?

    PS, NIMBY rich bastards used to be known as “environmentalists” until they realised how environmentally destructive ruinables are.

  57. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    For it is in giving that we receive.

    – Francis of Assisi

  58. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    A theme with Democrats:

    We’ve all got that crazy aunt, uncle, or cousin that mom and dad don’t want mentioned at the church picnic. In the case of the Clinton political dynasty, it’s former President Bill Clinton’s brother Roger Clinton Jr. Half-brother, technically. The guy is so sketchy that the Secret Service gave him the code name “Headache” during the Clinton presidency, according to The New York Times. (Hilary’s brother’s were reportedly a handful, as well.) So just how much trouble does one have to get into to earn such a nickname during an administration so fraught with its own ignominy? That was a question that Roger Clinton Jr. found an answer to.

    Read More: https://www.grunge.com/466215/the-truth-about-bill-clintons-sketchy-brother/?utm_campaign=clip

  59. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    The future farms would be hooked into energy grids on the mainland in Gippsland and Latrobe valley, with the potential to provide 10 gigawatts a year of wind power.

    “potential” is a strange way to spell “if”.

  60. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Three guys are golfing with the club pro. First guy tees off and hits a dribbler about 60 yards. He turns to the pro and says “What did I do wrong?” The pro says “Loft”.

    The next guy tees off and hits a duck hook into the woods. He asks the pro “What did I do wrong?” The pro says “Loft”.

    The third guy tees off and hits a slice into a pond. He asks the pro “What did I do wrong?” The pro says “Loft”.

    As they’re walking to their balls, the first guy finally speaks up. He says to the pro “The three of us hit completely different tee shots, and when we asked you what we did wrong you gave the same exact answer each time, what is ‘loft?’ ”

    The pro says “Lack Of Fucking Talent”.

  61. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Quentin’s place is at least $500 a night, cheaper to go to Europe.

  62. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    I’m going for Kari Lake as Elon’s successor…. she’s smart, media savvy, right of centre, New York…

    Any takers?

  63. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    I nominate Delta A as the Dover Cat’s official South Australian correspondent.

    I’d be honoured, Tom, but I’d need the assistance of all SA Cats who come to the discussion from varied and valued viewpoints.

    Yes, we’ve had our share of humiliating debacles: Mike Rann blowing up our power stations, then sneaking in diesel generators to keep the lights of. Wendy Chapman and Hindmarsh Island secret women’s con and many more, not the least, as Tom said, Dunstan and his pink shorts.

    Confession: I did vote for Peter Duncan when he was parachuted from state into the federal arena, just in time for the 1984 election. A sole aberration and one which I hope won’t void Tom’s nomination.

  64. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    This is a joke, right:

    NY Times crossword, on Chanuka, represents the nazi symbol?

  65. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    duncanmsays:
    December 19, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    I get the 30% for offshore from here:

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/09/17/the-costs-and-fallibility-of-uk-weather-dependent-renewables-2017-2018/

  66. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    to keep the lights of

    Duh! To keep the lights on.

  67. Big_Nambas Avatar
    Big_Nambas

    Lysander says:
    December 19, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Hard to believe Phillip Adams is 83…

    I guess we won’t have to put up with him for much longer…

    He is a total fuckwit, a true legend in his own bathwater.

  68. Bear Necessities Avatar
    Bear Necessities

    The Guardian article doesn’t mention cost. I wonder how much grift for the unions and other hangers on has been factored into any costs.
    Bowen also mentions Danish experts giving their approval. Since the Danes have the highest energy costs in the world he probably thinks that’s an outcome worth mimicking.

  69. Lysander Avatar
    Lysander

    Ok, so not a joke by NY Times to publish a crossword in the shape of a Swastika (and they are obviously pro Hitler, like seriously):

    https://www.jpost.com/international/article-725239

  70. Zipster Avatar

    The future farms would be hooked into energy grids on the mainland in Gippsland and Latrobe valley, with the potential to provide 10 gigawatts a year of wind power.

    or 27.4 megawatts a day at best. big fucking whoop!

  71. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    jesus I hate these numerically illiterate idiots

    but …but … 10 gigawatts a year of wind power.

    the rule is
    whoever failed year 10 physics gets to make the decisions

  72. Big_Nambas Avatar
    Big_Nambas

    Just for J. Rotten.

    A blonde gets caught in a blizzard where it was snowing heavily and blowing to the point that visibility was almost zero. She makes her way to the car and wonders how she is going to make it home.

    She sat in her car while it warmed up and thought about her situation. She finally remembered dad’s advice that if she ever got caught in a blizzard she should wait for a snow plow to come by and follow it. This made her feel much better and sure enough in a little while a snow plow went by and she started to follow it.

    As she followed the snow plow she was feeling very smug as they continued and she was not having any problem with the blizzard conditions. After quite some time had passed she was somewhat surprised when the snow plow stopped and the driver got out and came back to her car and signaled for her to roll down her window. The snow plow driver wanted to know if she was all right as she had been following him for a long time. She said that she was fine and told him of her dad’s advice to follow a snow plow when caught in a blizzard.

    The driver replied that it was okay with him and she could continue following if she wanted but he was done with the Walmart parking lot and was going over to the K-mart next.

  73. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Sister bumped into a 25 y/o woman yesterday on crutches that she doesn’t know very well. I saw you on crutches 3 months ago, what’s wrong.

    Bad reaction to first vax, suffering partial paralysis, will never work again.

    “There’s another 20 like me in Albury base hospital……”

    Father of my son’s friend, vaxed to the max, had an episode experiencing colours in the periphery of his vision. Got the full cardio check out, nothing definitive yet. “Couldn’t possibly be the vax……”

    There’s a lot of strange illnesses and episodes going on…..

  74. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    For it is in giving that we receive.

    – Francis of Assisi

    He was a bird guy too. 😀

    I had a nice conversation during morning walk. Came to a house, there was a cockatoo on the balcony looking hopefully at the lady of the house. She saw me, waved, asked if I had anything for her watcher.

    I did, said I, and pulled a bit of bread from my pocket. She laughed at that. Two other cockies also were in the frangipani looking shy but hopeful.

    I offered balcony cockie the bread, but it looked at me then at her, then at me. Because she had a biscuit. Biscuits trump bread every day of the week. She relented and gave the cockie the biscuit. A happy cockie.

    The lady then pointed at the post holding the verandah roof up, it was somewhat frayed. “We replaced it a year ago”. Already has had bits et out of it. Yup, says I, they’re fun but they can eat your house. Literally in her case.

    Meanwhile another cockie was looking hungry in the frangipani, so I offered it the bread I had. Down it came, branch to branch, then gracefully accepted the offering. After which, now being completely out of bread, I went on my way on the rest of walk.

  75. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    and if its east Gippsland, just imagine the transmission loss

    the funny thing is that the transmission infrastructure is already built so on one level it makes sense to put a big wind gen down there.

    the un-funny thing is that if we read between the lines, then the enormity of what is about unfold starts to become apparent.

    they plan on going full-steam (bad pun) and turning of the thermal plants.

    this will be the most disastrous and destabilizing thing you could do to a grid.

  76. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    Elec Eng and assorted BsC will have been running models

    and what’s the bet that the physics flunkers are picking winners based on the most favourable models?

    the reality will be that we end up with a squillion dollars of windmills AND coal.

    fuck me dead these people are stupid

  77. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    the reality will be that we end up with a squillion dollars of windmills AND coal.

    best of both worlds for the pardeee.
    Union featherbeds in conventional power and unlimited opportunities for grist and graft in the renewed-balls arena.

  78. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Good pro gun video with arsehole Piers Morgan out argued by some smart 2nd amendment folk:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHtu-d36Dso

  79. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Unsurprisingly there is a strong interdependence between optimal generation decisions and optimal transmission decisions. Each will be suboptimal based on whatever of the other is on the ground at the time. Wind relies on geographic dispersal to avoid local wind droughts (not necessarily possible for some weather patterns). Traditional generation sources tend to be more thermal economies of scale.

  80. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Purple Party action.

    Dominic Perrottet reveals recall of NSW Parliament to pass energy legislation amid Albanese Government’s price relief bill (Sky News, 19 Dec)

    “New South Wales state politicians will sit for one last time this year after parliament was recalled to deal with energy legislation.

    Politicians on Wednesday will vote on a bill that is being introduced almost a week after the Albanese Government’s energy relief package passed the federal parliament.

    Premier Dominic Perrottet said he asked the Presiding Officers on Monday to recall the parliament, in a move that had the support of Opposition Leader Chris Minns.

    “The Energy and Utilities Administration (Amendment) Bill 2022 will enable the government to place a temporary cap on the price of coal used for domestic electricity generation at $125 a tonne,” Mr Perrottet said.”

    So now the Libs are supporting price controls. Someone nuke us please, were done for. Hopefully my brushtail possums will evolve into a race that has an actual brain.

  81. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Discussions with engineers tend to begin, “We would be more efficient but we had to work with what we’ve got,”. In one sense they’re right but it’s not terribly helpful. So they go away and work on a Masterplan.

  82. Vicki Avatar
    Vicki

    There’s a lot of strange illnesses and episodes going on

    I have already posted some examples in my circle of friends and acquaintances – although, thankfully, not as bad as the one you noted, Rick. The examples I know are mostly severe joint pain – probably the synovitis that some research papers have recently noted. Inflammation seems a common hallmark of both Covid and the vaccines.

    The point that many seem to not want to contemplate is that Covid was almost certainly a virus modified to be especially invasive and contagious to our species. Whilst the IFR was nowhere near what was originally broadcast by the authorities, I have never doubted that it is a mongrel thing to contract – not necessarily in its initial effect – but in the potential effects of which we know very little at this stage. Ditto for the genetic vaccines so stupidly mandated with insufficient (viz 10 years) research.

  83. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    featherbeds in conventional power and unlimited opportunities for grist and graft

    this whole thing is one big sales job

    and we still wonder where there driving force for unified state and corporate power comes from

    unless your’e a farmer

    you.are.the.farm

  84. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    The destruction of the inner part of Canberra CBD that johanna refers to above is continuing.

    The electric train the “government” cut all the trees down for is now going to continue south to the suburbs. To do this there are about three years of roadworks which have just started. To help pay for all of this there are now 40kph zones with speed cameras installed.

    Memo: don’t go anywhere near the big department stores there for a long time.

  85. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    And in shocking news from another southern capital:

    Another hot food favourite is in short supply across Victoria as farmers struggle to meet consumer demands in the wake of mass damage to cabbage crops.

    The beloved dim sim – both fried and steamed – has in recent months become a rare commodity at many of the state’s retailers and supermarkets.

    Devastating floods, rising costs and unfavourable weather conditions have hampered peak growing seasons over winter and spring, forcing many farmers forced to start from scratch.

  86. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    Wind relies on geographic dispersal to avoid local wind droughts (not necessarily possible for some weather patterns)

    spark up windy.com
    turn on the pressure isobars
    make sure you are using the ECMWF model

    and using the scooter at the bottom of the map, scoot forward to Xmas day 0600

    now imagine Xmas 2030

  87. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Light rail is the planners’ wet dream du jour. There is usually one. The others are typically being blown up, demolished or making peoples lives either crap, miserable or dangerous.

  88. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    I’ve just had to rectify a little travel booking miscalculation and am going to spend just one night in Cassino.
    Looks like a place where you need three or four nights to do it any kind of justice.
    I noticed on the feedback comments that air-conditioning wasn’t needed in August because the fans were sufficient despite temps between 35 and 41c. Lucky as also stated that air-conditioning was rationed to two hours a day.
    Something more to look forward to here.

  89. P Avatar
    P

    Lysander says:
    December 19, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Hard to believe Phillip Adams is 83…

    I guess we won’t have to put up with him for much longer…

    If it is because he is 83 (six months older than I) then I consider your comment indelicate.

  90. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Add that to the chip rationing TE, I noticed in Coles frozen chips were limited to 2 packs per person due to supply issues.

  91. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    If it is because he is 83 (six months older than I) then I consider your comment indelicate.

    Imagine how Macbeth must feel.

  92. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Melbourne councils are chopping down trees and removing vegetation from footpaths to make way for Australia Post’s new environmentally friendly fleet of electric delivery vehicles.

    Ugly urban design and soul crushing architecture are one of the grim dehumanising signatures of socialist governments.

  93. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    soul crushing architecture are one of the grim dehumanising signatures of socialist governments

    https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/most-beautiful-brutalist-buildings-world

  94. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    The electric vehicles won’t do so well in my street or the road nearby, we have no footpaths and the road only has footpaths on one side so we’ll still get the nature strip destroying motorcycles..
    I think the big attraction for auspost is the tripling of capacity which means posties can deliver a lot more small parcels, and/or cover a bigger patch.

  95. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    After 35 years of marriage, a husband and wife came for counselling. When asked what the problem was, the wife went into a tirade listing every problem they had ever had in the years they had been married. On and on and on – neglect, lack of intimacy, emptiness, loneliness, feeling unloved and unlovable, an entire laundry list of unmet needs she had endured.

    Finally, after allowing this for a sufficient length of time, the therapist got up, walked around the desk and after asking the wife to stand, he embraced and kissed her long and passionately as her husband watched with a raised eyebrow.

    The woman shut up and quietly sat down in a daze.

    The therapist turned to the husband and said. “This is what your wife needs at least 3 times a week. Can you do this?”

    “Well, I can drop her off here on Monday and Wednesday… but I fish on Fridays!!”

  96. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Dover is correct about the danger of greens infesting councils. It’s very hard to know who to vote for and who NOT to vote for.

  97. rickw Avatar
    rickw

    Interesting how private firearm ownership is almost simultaneously back in the spotlight in all Western countries.

    It’s like someone sent out a memo.

  98. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Hard to believe Phillip Adams is 83…

    And hasn’t had a new idea for at least the last fifty of those years.

  99. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.

    – Jesse Owens

  100. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Lysandersays:
    December 19, 2022 at 6:19 pm
    Ok, so not a joke by NY Times to publish a crossword in the shape of a Swastika (and they are obviously pro Hitler, like seriously):

    It could have been worse, they might have made it show the number 88.

  101. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Interesting how private firearm ownership is almost simultaneously back in the spotlight in all Western countries.

    It’s like someone sent out a memo.

    been like that for a long time- I’ve heard the Columbia school of germalism is one central point that coordinates globalist assaults on freedom and people’s livelihoods

  102. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Zipstersays:
    December 19, 2022 at 6:19 pm
    The future farms would be hooked into energy grids on the mainland in Gippsland and Latrobe valley, with the potential to provide 10 gigawatts a year of wind power.

    or 27.4 megawatts a day at best. big fucking whoop!

    Deceiving the innumerate, like the reference I found recently to a “big Battery” being able to provide 2000 MW seconds (assuming it is fully charged when needed).

  103. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    And hasn’t had a new idea for at least the last fifty of those years.

    Wasn’t Phillip Adams one of those who signed that infamous letter, calling on the President of Venezuela to come to Australia and reform the Australian economy? That was about when he went silent?

  104. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    Who the hell is paying for all these bird mashers? The dick-tator has just about sent Vicco broke right?

  105. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    In my view, Covid and/or the Covid vaxxes may be precipitating variables – in some cases, given some conditions, and given that all other factors are equal across a study population (which of course they mostly are not).

    Perhaps I should have added to this: in other words, you are going to be pushing excrement uphill to try and prove anything very much in terms of admissible evidence via ‘studies’ re any longer term effects.

  106. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Carnarvon crime crisis: Police Minister Paul Papalia says issues cannot be solved ‘by policing alone’
    Headshot of Shannon Hampton
    Shannon Hampton
    The West Australian
    Mon, 19 December 2022 12:06PM

    Police Minister Paul Papalia says Carnarvon’s crime crisis “cannot be fixed by policing alone” and hundreds of years of “disadvantage, disempowerment and dysfunction” was to blame for towns with “disproportionate rates of Aboriginal juvenile offending”.

    Mr Papalia’s comments on Monday came as North West Central MP Merome Beard, who lives in Carnarvon, said she would personally plead with Mark McGowan to visit the town to see the issues for himself before Christmas.

    The Nationals MP said residents of her hometown were too frightened to leave their own homes, and wants more police, safe places for troubled youth who are running the streets and help for fatigued support workers over the summer period.

    As reported by The West Australian, Carnarvon leaders have warned of looming vigilantism as angry residents grow tired of being bashed by children as young as eight and having their homes burgled.

    Other concerning stories have also emerged, including that a young boy was having bowel problems because he was one of several youths selling their bodies on the street to fuel drug habits. A 14-year-old girl had been recently rushed to hospital for a breech birth.

    And a local doctor is about to leave town after having a concrete block through his car with his children inside, while police cars are being smashed up while they attend incidents.

    Shire of Carnarvon chief executive Andrea Selvey told The West, “This is not about Carnarvon being a bad place, it’s about how (State and Federal Governments) have failed us”.

    Responding to the report, and claims locals feel forgotten and ignored, Mr Papalia said Operational Regional Shield, which had been set up to target acute juvenile crime in the regions, was available and had been sent to Carnarvon.

    However, Mr Papalia said the strategy, which injects more officers and resources into areas when needed, was not operational at the moment because “the local police are dealing with the challenge they are confronted (with)“.

    He added: “One of the things that that story focused on, without saying it, is Aboriginal juvenile offending.

    “The challenge that we confront, particularly in the regions, but everywhere with high rates, disproportionate rates of Aboriginal juvenile offending, is a result of 200 years plus of disadvantage, disempowerment and dysfunction in communities.

    “It’s understandable that what happens, happens.

    “It’s not excusable, but it also won’t be resolved overnight by any one person, or any one agency and cannot be fixed by policing alone.

    “This is a really challenging problem that applies (to) everybody, all governments, all communities, to work at. But it won’t be fixed overnight.”

  107. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hard to believe Phillip Adams is 83…

    Why? He’s still functioning mentally. Nothing unusual about that.
    Still rock hard in his leftist opinions though. With him it’s religious.
    It invalidates his life if he changes now.

  108. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I guess we won’t have to put up with him for much longer…

    If it is because he is 83 (six months older than I) then I consider your comment indelicate.

    Indeed it is, P. Made by someone who is less aware than those of us who have survived this far that a bus tearing down the inside lane could be due to take him out before us. We’ve seen it all before.
    Treasure every day at any age.

  109. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Imagine how Macbeth must feel.

    I’d wager that Macbeth feels pretty good to still be alive and kicking and reading the yoof here showing that yoof is wasted on the young – those under seventy, that is.

  110. Indolent Avatar
    Indolent

    And I have seen very little hard evidence either way, and no evidence that governments anywhere are much concerned.

    Ed Dowd, a former BlackRock portfolio manager recently participated in Senator Johnson roundtable including many eminent doctors. He concentrates solely on the data. He starts speaking just after the 21 minute mark and talks for only about 5 minutes. His point is that not only did excess deaths and disability increase from 2021 onwards, but the increase was significantly greater in what would normally be expected to be the heathiest cohort, people in long term employment covered by medical insurance through their work. Suddenly, they were seeing higher deaths and disability than the general population, which was a complete switch around. What had changed? Ony one thing – the vaccine mandates.

  111. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “The Right completely underestimated the importance of local councils and of local politics. You could have resisted this sort of stupidity arising if you had common sense conservatives in local offices, but instead we have fringe left advocates cutting their teeth and implementing the stupidest, ugliest, and costliest proposals that barely survive a few years before being replaced by something even more hideous. There is no way back without a serious effort to reverse the Left’s hold locally.”

    Exactly, thanks Dover. I’ve argued this here before, which is that the road for the right to claw back political influence and to enact political and social changes is to begin locally. The right must do what the Greens have done successfully over the last three decades, infiltrate (for want of a better word) local councils and make changes from there. Sure, it’s a long slow road, but it works. The Greens, before they hit the federal senate, before they hit the federal House of Reps, before they ran in state elections, began in local councils. The Greens now dominate or make up a large chunk of many councils across the country, which is why so many local councils are now hotbeds of far-left ideology, they’re too busy spruiking BDS boycotts, trans issues, green claptrap and so on rather than the fundamentals of roads, rates and rubbish. They’ve provided us with a template to follow, it’s time some on the right took up this political fight, politics isn’t just downstream from culture, it’s also local.

  112. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    Police Minister Paul Papalia says Carnarvon’s crime crisis “cannot be fixed by policing alone” and hundreds of years of “disadvantage, disempowerment and dysfunction” was to blame for towns with “disproportionate rates of Aboriginal juvenile offending”.

    What was the rate of indigenous juvenile offending in Carnarvon and like towns in the 1950s & 60s?

    Negligible, I suspect.

    What has changed?

    The application of liberal theories of crime and punishment, for one, a dead end road which Mr. Papalia seems determined to continue down.

  113. Pedro the Loafer Avatar
    Pedro the Loafer

    Casa Pedro’s resident hound just came home from from his daily stroll in the bush with a three foot dugite in his gob.

    Dead, thankfully (the snake, not the hound).

    Not renowned for his brains.

  114. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    The application of liberal theories of crime and punishment, for one

    The rise of the Aboriginal grievance Industry, for two.

  115. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    The coldest December night since 1995 expected in these parts of Queensland tonight.

    Almost worth lighting up the fireplace for.

  116. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Vicki, do you have a link for recent research on synovitis as a reaction to Covid jab? My son got that, badly, in both wrists, two weeks after the second jab which was only three weeks after the first. I couldn’t find anything on it when I searched a last Christmas when his pain was excruciating.
    Proven as bilateral synovitis of sudden development with no past history by MRI which I paid for, because no doc would chase it up any further on public money nor attribute it to the jab – Emergency at Prince of Wales simply said maybe you’ve fractured a wrist and xrayed the worst one which of course wouldn’t pick up synovitis (this on a bilateral presentation, so that’s the quality of interns these days).

  117. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    The application of liberal theories of crime and punishment, for one

    The rise of the Aboriginal grievance Industry, for two.

    One follows the other, like night follows day, as a democracy based on the rights and duties of citizenship slides into neo-tribalism, aided and abetted by the philosophically & morally bankrupt two main political parties, who’ve each in their own way betrayed their foundational principles in the quest for power. But to what end?

  118. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    The coldest December night since 1995 expected in these parts of Queensland tonight.

    Suspect you won’t be getting any of the from Sneakersland any more till May. Feels like Summer is underway everywhere. The North has been doing it tough for weeks already.

  119. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What was the rate of indigenous juvenile offending in Carnarvon and like towns in the 1950s & 60s?

    Indigenous juvenile offenders in the Wheatbelt town I grew up in would be collected by the local cops on a dark and moonless night, driven several miles out of town, dropped off, and told to walk home. “Oh, and by the way, Katchdika man’s out there, he’;ll sneak up on you in the dark, and smash your heads in with his stone club…”

    The Aboriginal Legal Service put a stop to that one…

  120. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    What was the rate of indigenous juvenile offending in Carnarvon and like towns in the 1950s & 60s?
    In Qld, being out and about in some towns after dark might result in a quick trot 5 miles out of town attached to the bumper of a Police Car.
    Everyone knew the Rules and most were able to exist within those Rules.

    Sorta like Jim Crow in America.
    Not all Races are similar or interchangeable.
    Unless you’re a Marxist.

  121. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Stories Mother would probably tell us.

  122. Pedro the Loafer Avatar
    Pedro the Loafer

    Some of the smaller WA towns don’t have much of a problem with their aboriginal yoof because they also have a responsible elder or two to keep them in line.

    If any of the local ferals play up, the elders send the miscreants up to the Kimberley to have some culture beaten into them at one of the “communities”.

    The yoofs hate losing their playstations and daily diet of Maccas/KFC/Hungry Jacks.

    Only works if the elders are from the same mob as the villains.

  123. Indolent Avatar
    Indolent

    Interesting postulation

    Why did we obey them so readily?

  124. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Toyota V6 front oil cooler line replacement.
    Sorry for all the swearing, neighbours.

  125. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    I highly recommend everyone watch this Youtube discussion between the divine Laurence Fox and one of my all time heroes, Victor David Hanson…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADjTmOqatx0&t=2065s

    It was only uploaded last night by Laurence Fox and it’s very recent. It makes for superb listening.

  126. win Avatar
    win

    One of Phillip Adams original ideas which I have never forgotten was a Saturday article in the Australian when he advised that the Aides epidemic was caused by American women with sagging vaginas caused by the over use of vibrators. I don’t know if he ever topped that as I stopped reading him then and the Australian not long after.

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

    … he advised that the Aides epidemic was caused by American women with sagging vaginas caused by the over use of vibrators.

    Is this fair dinkum?

  128. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Is this fair dinkum?

    Sounds fair to me.

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

    I knew Adams was a tool, but that is breaking new ground.

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

    Philip Adams, bringing a whole new perspective to pandemic research.

  131. Rockdoctor Avatar
    Rockdoctor

    Went here today:

    https://www.renown-travel.com/khmertemples/phanom-rung.html

    Recommended if you are travelling to the east & north east of Thailand. Signs in English as well. Equiv $4 entry fee. Too far out of Bangkok for a day trip though.

  132. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    he advised that the Aides epidemic was caused by American women with sagging vaginas caused by the over use of vibrators.

    I will go out on a non-vibrating limb here, and assert that the women Philip Adams knew are doing it wrong. In any event, he’s misspelled ‘post hole diggers’.

    I don’t know if he ever topped that as I stopped reading him then and the Australian not long after.

    Stopped? I would have started reading him after that.

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

    In any event, he’s misspelled ‘post hole diggers’.

    Regardless of the diameter & .. er… rotation speed of the … implement, I’m struggling to see how use, any use (even overuse) could possibly have caused the aids epidemic.

  134. Zipster Avatar

    One of Phillip Adams original ideas which I have never forgotten was a Saturday article in the Australian when he advised that the Aides epidemic was caused by American women with sagging vaginas caused by the over use of vibrators.

    the old lesbian is certainly qualified to know

  135. PeterM Avatar
    PeterM

    SBS news tells me that the Jan 6 committee is bi partisan.

    That’s a relief because I have been worried that Trump’s side of the story might not get told.

  136. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    bi partisan

    Stacked with maaaaaaaaaaates and a token maaaaaaaaaate with a different-coloured tie pinned on.

    Electoral kryptonite too, if you were to ask Liz Cheney in a vulnerable moment…*

    *And no Cats, I am not volunteering to face the Peril. There are not enough paper bags and volumes of booze-a-hol in existence. And her father might just ‘accidentally‘ a shotgun at me.

    #BaLaNcE

  137. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Feck. Page turn.

    Ignominy…

  138. jupes Avatar
    jupes

    The poll has finished and Musk lost bigly.

    Smart money’s on Jared Kushner to run twitter.

  139. Rockdoctor Avatar
    Rockdoctor

    Sort of trending atm here, Thai corvette foundered last night in Gulf of Thailand. As much as some prayers would help I don’t hold hope for the 31 missing crew.

    https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/2463789/navy-ship-sinks-in-storm-31-sailors-missing

    Wearing a uniform comes with risks no matter how developed a nation is. One of my hosts uncles did national service in the Navy.

  140. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    The poll has finished and Musk lost bigly.

    Smart money’s on Jared Kushner to run twitter.

    Gotta be Trump; or a Trump.

  141. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    I doubt Elon ever asks questions that he hasn’t got a good idea of what the answer is. The man is an inventor of sorts, but more than that, an ideas man, a problem solver and if he isn’t sure of the answer he knows who will. You don’t do what he has done with Space X in such a short time if you can’t solve problems. Does anyone really think Twitter for F**ks sake would interest him for long. I think he sees it as a money spinner, and as JC alluded to as vehicle to develop into something useful in the entertainment industry.

  142. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Even if you treat the purchase of Twitter as a Trump-style disruption of a comfy oligarchy, then it has done its job.

  143. Rex Anger Avatar
    Rex Anger

    Capitalism does not survive big oligarchies for long.

    Competition is healthy, no matter what Big Money, Big Corporate or Big Gummint say.

  144. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    2 hours ago
    Keep ceremonies on January 26: Price
    Laura Placella
    LAURA PLACELLA

    Indigenous Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price says she hopes local councils do not “jump on the bandwagon” and shift their citizenship ceremonies from January 26 because they will be disappointing migrants who have chosen to become Australian citizens.

    On Friday, Immigration Minister Andrew Giles announced that local councils will no longer be forced to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day, with Labor overturning rules introduced in 2019 by former prime minister Scott Morrison.

    Senator Price, speaking on Sky News, said it would be an “insult” to migrant communities if they were prevented from becoming a citizen on Australia Day.

    “As former Deputy Mayor of Alice Springs, Australia is always known for the most popular day of the year for new Australians to hold their citizenship ceremony, to pledge their loyalty, their allegiance, to this nation and (shifting the date of the ceremony) would absolutely ruin it for the many migrant Australians who have made this place their home,” she said.

    It remains to be seen how many local councils across the country will follow in the footsteps of the Yarra and Darebin councils in Melbourne, who voted to stop holding citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day back in 2017.

    Senator Price also criticised Channel 10, after its chief content officer Beverley McGarvey last week panned Australia Day as “not a day of celebration” in an internal note sent to her key programming and editorial staff.

    “I couldn’t think of a more out-of-touch, completely and utterly removed TV station than Channel 10,” Senator Price said.

    “I’m sick to death of all these privileged individuals … who have decided what’s best for us all and to assume that as a race … Indigenous Australians all think the same and view ourselves as victims. I think it’s really denigrating, removes our agency and it suggests, of course, that they know what’s best for us and our needs. It’s disgusting. I’m done with it.”

  145. jupes Avatar
    jupes

    Musk buying twitter is second only to Trump’s presidency in exposing the deep state and making lefties’ heads spin. The only win we’ve had in two years. No doubt he will leave in good hands.

  146. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Cuteness overload here so get the sick buckets ready.
    Took the little chap to the pool this arvo and spotted a swallow floundering in the deep end. Used to seeing them dive and skim the surface of the pool for a drink but this one was nearly cactus.
    Got the little bloke to fish it out with my hat and got a great pic of him pleased as punch with his rescued bird.
    Put the bird over in the sun to dry off and it was gone when we had finished the swim.

    / smug father of a future vet….

  147. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    Harry and Meghan self-pity marathon proves leftism is only for the rich

    Nauseating, hypocritical, narcissistic and unimaginably wealthy: Harry and Meghan’s racism claims are the ultimate bastardiation of anything good the left had to offer, writes Joe Hildebrand.

    Of all the questions that have emerged from Harry and Meghan’s ultra-marathon of self-pity, there is one that has been particularly haunting me: Why do I care?

    Sure, they are nauseating, hypocritical, narcissistic, disingenuous and unimaginably wealthy, despite no discernible skills or talent, but this is hardly unique to them. You could probably put 10 per cent of Californians and half the Teals in the same category.

    And that is the answer.

    As someone who grew up poor and was always raised and educated in the belief that the Left side of politics was about helping the poor, the spectacle of Harry and Meghan is grotesque not just because of who they are, but what they prove.

    And that is the sad and evermore intractable fact that left-wing politics has become a plaything for the rich.

    What was once a contest for the freedom of slaves and advancement of workers is now a contest for who can claim the most invisible and nonsensical oppression.

    And so the cause of the masses has been hijacked by the complaints of millionaires.

    The evidence is everywhere, but let’s just start with H&M and work our way down.

    The most watertight vessel for bullshit oppression is identity politics, and it is no coincidence that it is this ideology the modern upper-middle-class left climbs into like a liferaft at the mildest sign of a storm.

    Thus Harry and Meghan have spent years hanging out their shingle on the claim that Meghan was unforgivably racially vilified because of an alleged musing by an unidentified royal in a private conversation about what their baby might look like.

    Notwithstanding the fact that literally billions of families over the course of human history have speculated what babies could grow up to resemble – nor that the questioner was probably just hoping it wasn’t a ranga – even if such a comment was laced with such racist malice it would rank probably in the bottom 0.2 per cent of the world’s known problems.

    Possibly lower if you count Africa, ironically enough. But there we have it. A couple that says someone from the British royal family might have been mean to them at a tea party once gets a $US100m Netflix deal to complain about racism. Cool.

    This is the ultimate bastardisation of the Left – that the concept of underprivilege could be usurped by incredibly overprivileged people lamenting that despite all their privilege they are still not as privileged as those above them.

    Thus Harry complains that he wasn’t treated as well as William and Meghan complains that she wasn’t treated as well as Kate. And all this is supposedly in the name of equality.

    Yet it is no different to the attitude of Harry and Meghan’s new friends in Hollywood, where it has become fashionable to compare the pay of male and female co-stars in order to gauge how progressive a film or filmmaker might be.

    A female lead might complain about getting, say, $15m while her male counterpart pocketed $20m. Is that unfair? Probably. Are either of them oppressed? Probably not.

    In Australia, we recently saw the perplexing spectacle of a multi-millionaire female chief executive of a publicly owned company being targeted by Labor for handing out Cartier watches to her fellow executives, only to have her then cast as a victim of sexism when she was fired as a result.

    This was, needless to say, somewhat confusing for all involved.

    So far, so funny. But the bourgeoisie’s shameless overthrow of the class that was once supposed to overthrow them also has tragic consequences in the real world.

    Consider the Covid pandemic, during which affluent and outspoken elites with enormous political power and social media reach demanded restrictions on the masses – overwhelmingly in the name of
    so-called “progressive” politics.

    Lockdowns were called for by those with the biggest houses while the poorest were holed up in their flats for weeks and months on end.

    White-collar workers who could Zoom all day embraced the home revolution while blue-collar workers either had their jobs wiped out or were sent to the frontline.

    And the children of those most educated and available were able to continue online learning while the most at-risk kids silently disappeared.

    As reality and the Shergold inquiry have shown, this ideological campaign was almost entirely factually wrong and its effects were profoundly destructive to the most poor and vulnerable in our society.

    And it was all driven pretty much exclusively by wealthy left-wingers. Little wonder the working-class voters of Melbourne swung against Dan Andrews while upper-middle-class seats swung towards him.

    This is the real inconvenient truth the so-called progressive side of politics has to face: Wealthy leftists have stolen what was once the domain of the working class.

    But the resurgence of the Labor Right under the unassailable – albeit shamelessly isolationist – Mark McGowan, SA’s pro-nuclear Peter Malinauskas and NSW’s sensible Chris Minns gives hope that genuine defenders of the aspirational working class are rising again.

    The rich have stolen the Left. But, to quote the quintessentially woke rock god Bono: We’re stealing it back.

  148. Zipster Avatar

    The rich have stolen the Left. But, to quote the quintessentially woke rock god Bono: We’re stealing it back.

    good luck with that idea

    woke is a utopian post-logic secular religion.

  149. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Anyway, “Sliante ” to you mob. Drinking good single malt, and watching Richard Sharpe

    “There are ladies present. That being so, I would have thought there were also gentlemen present.”

  150. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    JEREMY CLARKSON One day, Harold the glove puppet will tell the truth about A Woman Talking B*****ks

    Jeremy Clarkson

    WE all know in our heart of hearts that Harold Markle is a slightly dim but fun-loving chin who flew Apache helicopter gunships in Afghanistan and cavorted around Las Vegas hotel rooms with naked hookers.

    But then along came Meghan, who obviously used some vivid bedroom promises to turn him into a warrior of woke.

    And now it seems that she has her arm so far up his bottom, she can use her fingers to alter his facial expressions.

    I actually feel rather sorry for him because today he’s just a glove puppet with no more control over what he says or does than Basil Brush.

    That makes me even angrier. Can’t they see everything that’s happening is so very obviously pre-planned.

    Leave the UK. Blame the royals. Do an interview with Oprah.

    Get Basil Brush to write a book. Do a Netflix series — which should have been called A Woman, Talking Bollocks.

    I can see it clearly. The studied pauses. The mock incredulity.

    And the B-movie, soap-actress, quivery-voiced, more-in-sorrow-than-anger stories that are so obviously claptrap.

    Do you really think she would have entertained a move to New Zealand? That’s 13 hours away from everything.

    And I can tell you, with absolute certainty, what’s coming next.

    Harold’s Spare book will be released.

    Then she’ll do one called I Think I May Be God. And then she’ll have exhausted the whole royal thing — so will be off.

    We will see Diana-style photographs of her, all on her own, outside the Taj Mahal.

    And then she will be pictured gazing into the middle distance, on the back of a playboy’s superyacht and will marry a tech billionaire and they’ll have a child called something vomitty like Peace. Or Truth.

    Or Love.

    Harold, meanwhile, will be stuck in California with no friends, either there or here, no family to support him and an army of young girls who’ll believe Meghan’s story that the marriage break-up was all his fault because he’s, like, you know, sooooo a man.

    And the Royal Family?

    She’s going to damage them — be in no doubt about that.

    Because one day soon, my generation will all be dead, and we will be replaced by a new bunch who are growing up believing that Charles and William and Co are bullies who are waited on hand and foot by slaves, eunuchs and spin doctors.

    Unless, of course, when Meghan takes her hand out of the ginger glove puppet, he remembers who he is and gives us “the” truth.

    Not hers.

  151. Louis Litt Avatar

    Delta A
    19 Dec at 6.03 – I will try to help.

    Playford to Dunstan in on swoop

  152. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Playford to Dunstan in on swoop

    I’m not sure most readers would be ready for that. I would struggle and I’ve still got my Salmon stubbies, although there are fewer occasions I can get them out.

  153. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Move over Mavis, Luigi gives The Great Man a tongue bath in today’s Paywallian. Is it the Wong time?

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