Open Thread – Weekend 4 March 2023


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Pogria
Pogria
March 4, 2023 8:57 pm

God made pants with elastic waists and I make the most of them.

You wear mummy jeans?

They were good enough for Obama.

calli
calli
March 4, 2023 9:02 pm

Rouge and rogue.

Pogria
Pogria
March 4, 2023 9:02 pm

Upthread there was talk of “Mutton dressed as Lamb” regarding Skeletor. My first thought was “Cecil the Ram” from the only good thing to come out of Un Zud, which was “Footrot Flats”.
When I googled “Cecil the Ram, this page came up.
Dear God! Has anyone ever heard of “Sheep Boy”?!?

bons
bons
March 4, 2023 9:02 pm

Someone upthread accurately identified the sham spat between Rugg and Ryan as a scam intended to gain overtime and penalties for these already obscenely paid never worked pollie whores.
True.
If democracy ever returns, setting qualification and experience requirements on MP’s whores must be up there with defunding ABC, AHRC and James Cook University.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 4, 2023 9:03 pm

Those interested in Russian organisations and tactics in Ukraine could look for “The Russian Way of War”, by Lester Grau and Charles Bartles. It was published in 2016, but references Russian operations in eastern Ukraine, and at a quick look seems reasonably current. It was sponsored by an element of the US Army.

Lots of detail for those who enjoy such.

bons
bons
March 4, 2023 9:12 pm

“Mutton dressed as lamb”.
An associate who was appointed as a contractor within a Public Service contract management team (poor bastard) was placed under supervision because at morning coffee he described the faggot festival as “mutton dressed as ram”.
Being very smart and well qualified, he told HR to F O and departed to a very successful career well away from Government. Unfortunately he subsequently attracted some of our better people.

Dot
Dot
March 4, 2023 9:13 pm

Thanks, Mitch M.

I know one guy who got his shit together from microdosing shrooms.

He stopped using nearly all other drugs, drank less, got fit, played sportzball in 1st grade again, finished his apprenticeship and started dating an influencer whose dad was a specialist surgeon (then everyone clapped).

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 4, 2023 9:19 pm

My first thought was “Cecil the Ram” from the only good thing to come out of Un Zud, which was “Footrot Flats”.

Mrs Eyrie is from Un Zud. Thank God for a smart, hard working, loyal, loving, good looking farmer’s daughter.

Alamak!
Alamak!
March 4, 2023 9:21 pm

This won’t be the last scam/scandal for the Teals who seem to have class interests & (green) money invested in their political careers but no actual personal ethics.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 4, 2023 9:23 pm

Mrs Eyrie is from Un Zud. Thank God for a smart, hard working, loyal, loving, good looking farmer’s daughter.

Cheeky Hobson!

rosie
rosie
March 4, 2023 9:31 pm

Also seem to think hours spent in the office is the same as hours worked.
I think Rugg is definitely testing the pay and conditions waters but she’s seriously embarrassed Ryan, there can be no love lost there.

John H.
John H.
March 4, 2023 9:37 pm

Dotsays:
March 4, 2023 at 9:13 pm
Thanks, Mitch M.

I know one guy who got his shit together from microdosing shrooms.

He stopped using nearly all other drugs, drank less, got fit, played sportzball in 1st grade again, finished his apprenticeship and started dating an influencer whose dad was a specialist surgeon (then everyone clapped).

You’re smart enough to get handle on this.

What surprised me was the neurogenesis potential of antidepressants and shrooms. I’ve managed to track that down but only partially. It relates to growth related enzymes and brain derived neurotrophic factor, a critical factor for promote neurite growth in neurons. ECT and exercise boosts BDNF, the latest claim that exercise is superior to psychotherapy and medication makes sense in that light but I’m very suspicious of that study. SSRIs and TCAs both can act on the relevant BDNF receptor. I only chanced across that when I saw that receptor, TrkB, mentioned in an abstract. It has been argued that unless neurogenesis is reinitiated there is no recovery from depression. The hippocampus, which can shrink with sustained major depression, is the principal region for neurogenesis and has the relevant serotonin receptors.

John H.
John H.
March 4, 2023 9:40 pm

BTW DOT there is some remarkable findings on Lion’s Mane. Supplement use a hit in Silicon valley. Similar effects on neurite outgrowth. It also appears to boost BDNF.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 4, 2023 9:44 pm

My first thought was “Cecil the Ram” from the only good thing to come out of Un Zud, which was “Footrot Flats”.

On exercise with the New Zealand military – almost forty years ago now – one of the New Zealanders came from the same patch as the drawer of the “Footrot Flats’ cartoon. He was offered a small fortune to go home, and find out the name of the dog….

rosie
rosie
March 4, 2023 9:47 pm

Ali and his wife in their salad days were ‘devoted’ muslims but clearly now are clan not koran.
He probably got death threats, not for the first time.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

… was placed under supervision because at morning coffee he described the faggot festival as “mutton dressed as ram”.

I’ve no idea what placed under supervision even means. (My best guess: “being treated like a naughty child“)
His comment should have got a few wry grins before the next sip of coffee, & been forgotten before the cup emptied.

The pubic service ain’t like the world outside the school grounds.
Hang the project they were working on, I’ve a feeling his joke would have been the biggest event in that dept for that day, possibly that week.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

He was offered a small fortune to go home, and find out the name of the dog

Having mixed with those sort of fellers in Southland, I’ll state there’s an even chance, or better, the name really was a generic; “Dog”

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 4, 2023 10:04 pm

Having mixed with those sort of fellers in Southland, I’ll state there’s an even chance, or better, the name really was a generic; “Dog”

I was betting on “Mongreluselessvookingblakbarsteward” – it’s a Maori term, meaning “Noble and hardworking hound.”

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 4, 2023 10:20 pm

Psays:

March 4, 2023 at 5:27 pm

You could almost write a novel just using the song titles from 1956.

It was my second year at work and I was in 1956 in the ANZ Bank …

Was it called ANZ back then?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 4, 2023 10:52 pm

Anyway, dinner at Casa de Zulu is takeaway piazza, washed down with Moet Chandon Imperial champagne..

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 4, 2023 11:09 pm

Today I met with friends on the Northern Beaches for a morning coffee. As I slowly turned a corner from Pittwater Road a large group of mostly older people were waving around placards of some female political aspirant, obviously a Teal, with teal borders on the posters. These people were all wearing teal-coloured t-shirts.

As was I in my little Corolla hybrid hire car. They waved at me and cheered me on. The humiliation.
I called into a shopping centre and purchased another of colour t-shirt to wear immediately.

They have ruined a perfectly good colour.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 4, 2023 11:11 pm

Careful with that piazza, Zulu.
They can be quite large.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 4, 2023 11:12 pm

Pineapple on the pizza Zulu?
May as well while your eating dough with bubbles.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Sancho Panzer says: March 4, 2023 at 10:20 pm

It was my second year at work and I was in 1956 in the ANZ Bank …

Was it called ANZ back then?

It was in my town.
The branch was in my pub.
The letters ANZ are carved into the stone above the door lintel of the pub, dating from a couple of years before ’56.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 4, 2023 11:31 pm

The replacement tongue-and-hole belt also cost $50 and, having held up my strides for 18 months, is indicating it won’t be doing so for much longer.

US$10 in Mexico will get you a very nice leather belt with Texas bull horns on the buckle.

Worth the trip.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 4, 2023 11:49 pm

I am still not well but just had to get out from mooching around at home.
The Sydney Saturday traffic though was awful, it’s getting worse and worse.

It’s always up-cheering to have a laugh with some friends.
At the same time I organised a bbq lunch at ours for when I’m better.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

US$10 in Mexico will get you a very nice leather belt with Texas bull horns on the buckle.

The commute is a bit steep though.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 4, 2023 11:51 pm

I am still not well but just had to get out from mooching around at home.

All good wishes for a full recovery, LizzieB

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 5, 2023 12:05 am

Thanks, Zulu.

They’ve upped the dose of the alcohol-verboten antibiotics.
Hit it for six, sweetheart, says my lovely Hairy.

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 5, 2023 12:31 am

Platoon just finished. First time I had seen it in its entirety. Powerful, the descent of man into animals.
Charlie Sheen is superb in an all star cast. But you knew that.

Pedro the Loafer
Pedro the Loafer
March 5, 2023 12:33 am

Just back from leaning on the bar at my local in the WA Wheatbelt.

Three sheets to the wind courtesy of a group of very generous and happy crusty old wheat farmers whose record sized cheques have just come in.

Didn’t stop the grumbling about fuel and fertiliser costs from one old boy who ten minutes earlier was skiting about placing an order for a nice shiny new Range Rover, though.

Good luck to them. Many years of hard work deserve their reward.

Happy days.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

So King Chilla has slung Ginger & Whinger out of Frogmore Cottage. Heh heh. Chilla is a King after my own heart.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

A few dozen blokes strolled along the street in Newtown saying the Hail Mary has triggered the rainbow/tranny/extended pinkie brigade.
They don’t like being played at their own game.

Hehehhe, lotsa saltiness on social media. Domestic terrorism, fascism, right-wing mob, etc etc etc.

I feel like sending a couple of cartons to Cremorne Maronite church.

rosie
rosie
March 5, 2023 1:29 am

Huelva is not a tourist destination but their little (free) museum is good, despite no ingles.
Archaeological downstairs, fine art up. Only 500,000 years of human history though.
Most of the fine art seems to have been transferred from Seville which probably have thousands more items not on display.
Huelva is mostly mid to late 20th Century six storey apartment blocks, mine is only three but not in the centre, single bedroom modern comfortable, great for a single or a couple.
There is a cliff just behind us with remnants of demolished houses on the cliff face, with one lonely two storey 19th century building sitting a few meters down to the left.
I suppose it was all substandard and probably in danger of slips in heavy rainfall.
And I was wondering why the cathedral was clearly once the oratory of a convent and away from the city centre, explained by its very recent elevation to cathedral status, built in 1605 and damaged in the 1755 earthquake, in another earthquake a few years later and yet another in 1969.
The convent, now a government building, part of the university, belonged to the Mercedarians whose mission was the ransoming of Christian slaves.
Was mentioned yesterday La Rapida was a safe house for when pirates came visiting.

rosie
rosie
March 5, 2023 1:34 am

Next time, pair your champagne with KFC.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 5, 2023 2:00 am

Platoon just finished. First time I had seen it in its entirety. Powerful, the descent of man into animals

Great film. I can’t put all the best quotes in because swearing. Tom Berenger was magnificent.

The only thing that can kill Barnes, is Barnes!

C.L.
C.L.
March 5, 2023 3:17 am

Platoon just finished. First time I had seen it in its entirety. Powerful, the descent of man into animals.
Charlie Sheen is superb in an all star cast. But you knew that.

Have to disagree. If cliches were mines, nobody could escape it with limbs. It even features the traditional greenhorn schlub who shows Sheen a picture of his sweetheart back home. You know immediately that he’s history.

But the worst thing about it is that the gay sound of the weapons.

Stone should ask Michael Mann to re-dub the firefights.

Interestingly, it was one of the first films Dale Dye did the technical work on. He also played Captain Harris. Dye is the real deal: a decorated USMC veteran of Vietnam (Bronze Star with combat “V” for heroism + three Purple Hearts), he did multiple tours and survived 31 major combat engagements in country. Also did ‘work’ for Uncle Sam in El Salvador and Nicaragua. He built an advisory business for war films after retiring (having served for 20 years) – now operating worldwide.

Barnes was a great character, though – brilliantly played by Berenger.

Tom
Tom
March 5, 2023 4:00 am
bons
bons
March 5, 2023 5:38 am

Why does United Airlines even know that their LGB whatsit crew are LGBwhatsit?
Not for me as a passsenger I’m afraid. As we have seen with queer members of parliament, they tend not to be capable of focusing exclusively on the main game.
That an airline would tout anything in a crew profile other than technical competence is insane and hopefully financially disasterous.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
March 5, 2023 5:41 am

Thanks Tom.

rosie
rosie
March 5, 2023 6:40 am
miltonf
miltonf
March 5, 2023 6:48 am

Warm hubs have sprouted across Britain by the thousands this winter as soaring food and energy prices drive millions to turn down the thermostat or skimp on hot meals. Research by the opposition Labour Party counted almost 13,000 such hubs, funded by a mix of charities, community groups and the government and nestled in libraries, churches, community centres, and even a tearoom at King Charles III’s Highgrove country estate.-This is by design. The new feudalism has well and truly arrived.

miltonf
miltonf
March 5, 2023 7:11 am
Diogenes
Diogenes
March 5, 2023 7:17 am

So King Chilla has slung Ginger & Whinger out of Frogmore Cottage. Heh heh. Chilla is a King after my own heart.

It also means that the Ginger has lost his spot on the Royal Council without being officially sacked.

Smart move Chuck!

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 5, 2023 7:28 am

That an airline would tout anything in a crew profile other than technical competence is insane and hopefully financially disasterous.

We have just put United on our ‘do not fly’ list.

I expect we are not the first to do so either. I’ll bet quite a few lefties do so too.
No-one wants their pilot to be a diversity hire. Bad move, United.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 5, 2023 7:31 am

Or their Air Traffic Controller for that matter.
There I think it’s more a matter for the airport than the airline.
Dangerous times ahead in many fields due to this hiring stupidity.
That feminist bridge a while back didn’t do too well.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 5, 2023 7:31 am
Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
March 5, 2023 7:33 am

Sorry if this has been put up previously and hope the link works: Russel Brand goes on Bill Maher’s show with some facts

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 7:59 am

They’ve upped the dose of the alcohol-verboten antibiotics.

Yeah, be careful with that.
The only instance I personally know of is the idiot who washed Amoxycillin down with a few beers and ended up at the bottom of the pool.

Then there was the bloke on a course of antibiotics who had a skinful at Tarragindi Bowls Club on a Saturday arvo and drove off.

He woke up next Tuesday morning behind the wheel in pitch darkness, he’d driven out to New Chum and followed an old railway line 600 metres into a coal mine.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 5, 2023 8:02 am

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:

March 4, 2023 at 11:11 pm

Careful with that piazza, Zulu.
They can be quite large.

And the cobblestones can get caught in your teeth.

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 8:03 am

Thanks Tom. I won’t link as you can’t open it…but I did like the satisfied, healthy tiger. 😀

…. and the “747”.

miltonf
miltonf
March 5, 2023 8:05 am

Francis’ intellectual decline was on full display during a speech to seminarians last December, where he very suddenly and bizarrely launched into a foul-mouthed tirade in his native Spanish against ‘f—ing careerists who f— up the lives of others’.What a dirty old stink cranky frankie is. An evil Pope.

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 8:07 am

Tony Abbott made Jane Caro stupid?

I thought he had super powers, but I’ll have to revise my thinking. Anyone could do that.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 8:08 am

Always good advice for Health Ministers and CHOs.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 5, 2023 8:08 am

From the Oz this morning – the greens stake their claim on your super now …

The Greens will push the government to lower its proposed threshold on super balances facing cuts to tax concessions from $3m to $1.9m

Talk about scaring the horses

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 8:14 am

BREAKING: Australia’s drug regulator hid vaccine deaths from the public, concerned that ‘disclosure could undermine public confidence’

The hidden deaths include two children, seven and nine years old, who both suffered fatal cardiac arrests which the TGA assessed as causally linked to Covid vaccination

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Dr Melissa McCann reveal that the TGA appears to have hidden numerous vaccine-induced deaths from the public view, including those of two children.
Link

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 5, 2023 8:16 am

tax concessions

Every dollar you have, have had, or will have, is a concession from the government.

Amen.

Tom
Tom
March 5, 2023 8:23 am

All you money bilong us.

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 8:24 am

Someone asked about the ANZ up thread.

Its current corporate entity was established on 1 October 1970, when the Australia and New Zealand Bank (ANZ) merged with the English, Scottish & Australian Bank (ES&A). It was the largest bank merger in Australian history at the time. The Australia and New Zealand Bank had in turn been founded in 1951 as a merger of the Bank of Australasia and the Union Bank of Australia, which were established in 1835 and 1837 respectively.

It’s all the result of lots of mergers. I recall the ES&A advertising from childhood – little scottie dogs and the jingle “save for tomorrow today, bank ES&A”. Esanda became a banking division for ANZ much the same as AGC (Australian Guarantee Corporation) did for the Bank of New South Wales, later Westpac.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 8:26 am

Yesterday, Federal MP Russell Broadbent (Liberal Party) added further pressure to the TGA, referring to Dr McCann’s FOI 3727 in parliament,

“Why has the TGA not responded to doctors who raised these issues with you six months ago, including drawing your attention to those case reports? This information is extremely alarming and demands an immediate response from the TGA.”

(Statement at question time, 14 February 2023). An answer is yet to be supplied.
Link

Is this the reason for the last 2 weeks of Superannuation Jiggery Pokery?

To draw public attention away from alarming developments on the CovidVax injuries/deaths Front?

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
March 5, 2023 8:27 am

Francis’ intellectual decline was on full display during a speech to seminarians last December, where he very suddenly and bizarrely launched into a foul-mouthed tirade in his native Spanish against ‘f—ing careerists who f— up the lives of others’.What a dirty old stink cranky frankie is. An evil Pope.

I Papa but not my Pope – a big-nosed vainglorious communist hypocrite, a coward hiding behind the skirts of the Church

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 5, 2023 8:28 am

ES&A?
Ethiopian, Somalian and Arabic Bank?

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 8:30 am

Sorry. That quote was from Wiki.

It could easily be a nefarious Nigerian hoax and no one would notice.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
March 5, 2023 8:31 am

Il Papa – not my Pope – we have no Pope he is not the Vicar of Christ he’s a blasphemous viper and must be deposed – if not the African bishops will precipitate a schism in the Catholic Church

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 5, 2023 8:33 am

The Greens will push the government to lower its proposed threshold on super balances facing cuts to tax concessions from $3m to $1.9m

$1.9m is the soon to be limit for the Transfer Balance Cap (TBC) for next financial year.
It started at $1.6m but at least it is indexed.

Dot
Dot
March 5, 2023 8:40 am

Mitch M I wasn’t joking about the fat stoner, I just made an Undertale joke at the end.

He really, truly became a winner after he used microdosing on shrooms as a tool to clean up his room so to speak.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 8:45 am

Nine News asked for people to come forward if they’ve suffered a heart attack, and let’s just say things did not go as planned

Link to Dystopian Down Under

sfw
sfw
March 5, 2023 8:45 am

I’ve been long amused by some churches claim that the Pope is actually the Antichrist, now I’m beginning to think that there’s something in that claim.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 5, 2023 8:45 am

No idea why he popped up on my YouTube feed but some with an interest in guns might be interested in The Collector.

Clip I saw was about a tour of his mega mansion and his collection was impressive. Three different gun rooms of a huge variety. Plus his wife also collects American Indian artifacts, golf balls and Waterford.

No idea how he earned his money to pay for his and hers collections.

Has other nice toys.

Dot
Dot
March 5, 2023 8:48 am

I don’t trust anything the media says about Trump, Biden, Zelensky, Putin or the Pope.

I only believe direct quotes not taken out of context.

The Pope could say…the teachings of the church must remain the same, however we must love all people…

“POPE BLESSES DRAG QUEEN STORY HOUR…”

The press are court sycophants to the “Carhedral” so we know they’re lying to us, to what degree is the debatable point; they also know we know, they know that we know they know and they don’t care.

Channel 10 will blow itself up rather than have integrity, humility and respect for due process & clean legal proceedings.

The end of Channel 10: French New Wave Amphibianism

https://youtu.be/3FKMZUcWEjg

Dot
Dot
March 5, 2023 8:49 am

Cathedral, damn iPad!

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 5, 2023 8:50 am

Does monty have $1.9m in his super?

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 5, 2023 8:52 am

https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/more-half-global-population-overweight-or-obese-2035-report

I suspect more than 50% already are, or at least the subset that I interacted with as an anaesthetist – and I’m not talking 5 or 10kg over – at the start of my career, genuinely fat people were uncommon. By the end of it, it was *routine* to have 120 or even 150kg patients, and not exceptional to see 180kg+.

Remind me again what ‘the experts’ tell us a healthy diet consists of?

this is what they recommend comment image

this is what is healthy

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miltonf
miltonf
March 5, 2023 8:54 am

ES&A- English Scottish and Australian

miltonf
miltonf
March 5, 2023 8:57 am

The installation of cranky frankie was in line with the installation of Trumble, the old thief and Sunak. Also the one in Brazil just recently.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 5, 2023 9:00 am

Black Ballsays:
March 5, 2023 at 8:50 am
Does monty have $1.9m in his super?

And how far beyond just “0.5%” will a $1.9 million cap expand the tax take and the numbers targeted?

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 5, 2023 9:01 am

So, Rugg is on $190k?

Why are the champions of the the restored human, authentic, living an uncluttered life, freed from the chains of materialism, in harmony with nature – why is it they need such exorbitant salaries?

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 5, 2023 9:03 am

Peta Credlin:

Labor’s superannuation tax increase is a case study in how not to make policy. First, it’s a broken promise. Second, it wasn’t well thought through. And third, no one can explain it.

The result is a government that looks incompetent as well as dishonest. Ministers aren’t expected to be across every aspect of government policy, especially if there’s been no change to it. But heaven help senior ministers if the government announces a big policy change and they can’t even explain it, let alone defend it.

During the election, the Prime Minister couldn’t have been clearer. Labor, said Anthony Albanese, had no intention of making ANY change to super. It was what he HAD to say, of course, because it was Bill Shorten’s upfront commitments to increase taxes on investors and retirees that had given Scott Morrison his 2019 “miracle” win.

Fast-forward to a fortnight ago, and the Treasurer’s kite-flying speech on superannuation that sparked a week of damaging headlines; followed by the government’s formal announcement last Monday that there would, indeed, be a doubling of the tax paid on the income earned by super balances over $3 million; followed by complete confusion about what this might mean in practice.

And I mean complete confusion. The shambles just got worse as the week wore on and the government’s ignorance of its own system became more obvious. Plainly the government always intended to hit super with more taxes, and plainly has been talking to Treasury, for months, about how to do it. But in the current Labor cabinet, there’s barely anyone who’s ever run a business, and there’s probably no one among the former party bigwigs and union officials with a self-managed super fund, nor among Treasury officials either, who helped cook up this policy.

That’s the trouble when the government announces a sudden change in a complex area; especially one that gravely concerns a small but important section of the community, who study it incessantly, worry about it constantly, and are inherently suspicious of anything government does to raid their nest egg.

Especially when it’s a blatant broken promise – that looks and smells like premeditated deception.

So here’s the still-newish government, thinking it’s got an unassailable poll lead, and that the opposition are unelectable, flying a kite on the left-wing Holy Grail of class warfare, that then has a light bulb moment. Let’s just tax the rich more. Let’s just hit income, on super balances, over $3 million. No one cares about millionaires with $3 million or more in their super, do they? So what could be politically simpler and administratively easier than that?

And in making the announcement, so it would have gone, let’s reinforce how minor this change is by telling people about all the other taxes we might collect, on franking credits, on capital gains tax concession, and even on the family home – which they did – to stress how tiny the $2 billion raised by this really is. Funny how no one had thought about the practical problems.

First, people with more than $3 million in super often have self-managed funds, including property, and, unless it’s actually just been sold, how do you know what it’s really worth? And if it hasn’t been sold, how can you say that its value takes the fund over $3 million without, in effect, taxing an unrealised capital gain? Or in simple terms, the house that hasn’t been sold? Second, every single salary earner has super, so when the politicians break their promises and make a change where they said they wouldn’t, everyone wants to know if it impacts them. Yet the government announced a policy without working out the details first; there’s no legislation yet, not even a working paper.

Hence a series of trainwreck interviews over a week, starting with the Treasurer himself failing to rule out a tax on the family home (and having to be overruled by the PM who no-one now believes tells the truth on super anyway) and culminating with the Deputy PM on Friday, who was asked three times how to calculate unrealised capital gains – and even then, he was still stumped!

Any wonder people are angry because, even if not caught up in this now, they might be in the future because the $3 million cap isn’t indexed to go up with inflation. So while $3 million might seem like a big super balance now, if you’re a young person it’s not. Just think back what a house was worth 30 years ago and what it’s worth now and you will see my point.

Whether it is this broken promise on super, or the broken promise to cut your power bills by $275 dollars a year, or the promise to raise real wages, that can’t be met; this looks more and more like a government that just can’t be trusted.

miltonf
miltonf
March 5, 2023 9:04 am

So, Rugg is on $190k?

Grotesque isn’t it. Think that people on low incomes working at JB hifi actually pay for this.

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 9:04 am

The parallel with the CofE is stark. As is the restless, faithful and dismayed African communion.

I’m not a Catholic, so it’s cheeky to comment, but I do sympathise. All I can do is advise that you look to the true Shepherd of the flock and draw comfort from Him.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 9:09 am

Every dollar you have, have had, or will have, is a concession from the government.

I dunno about a Concession, but the Government issued the money, so I guess it’s theirs.

The real issue is how heavily Government leans on PAYE taxpayers.

If you add all the taxes up [Income Tax, Petrol Tax, GST, Medicare Levy, Sin Taxes], Australians pay more in Tax than the Scandinavian Countries
that run generous Welfare States.

Ed claimed Long Service recently, 32% taxed before he ever saw the dosh.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 5, 2023 9:13 am

You can get away with a drink or two with other antibiotics, but with metronidazole alcohol is completely verboten; warnings everywhere. I am on a reasonably high dose of metronidazole and one other antibiotic (I am allergic to penicillin).
Next stop is on a drip in hospital with surgeons hovering so I am trying to avoid that.

Indolent
Indolent
March 5, 2023 9:19 am
Black Ball
Black Ball
March 5, 2023 9:21 am

Ageism! Hun:

Older public servants are set to be offered generous “early retirement” packages in a desperate bid to reduce staff costs and rein in the State Budget.
The move to pay out mid-tier bureaucrats comes as the Andrews Government scrambles to contain spending in the public sector at the same time as it funds expensive election commitments.
The government’s expenditure review committee has made it clear that health and SEC commitments are untouchable during funding negotiations, but that capital works projects will have to be cut back significantly in some sectors — once pre-election promises are booked.

This is likely to impact portfolios of housing, environment, education and regional development.

“The pressures in the budget are forcing some pretty tense discussions,” a senior public servant said.

Huge cost blowouts on major projects, and the state’s record debt level — forecast to surpass $166bn by 2026 — will likely spark further cutbacks if economic conditions worsen.

A government spokesperson said “governments right around the world are dealing with challenging economic conditions but we’re focused on delivering the projects that Victorians voted for, from education to health, transport and bringing back the SEC”.

The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal government departments are set to apply to the tax office for an allocation of early retirements, with permission required by the ATO due to generous tax concessions associated with the scheme.

The scheme, which first ran in 2021, pays out leave entitlements plus a lump sum of $15,000, as well as two weeks’ pay for every year of service, capped at 30 weeks.

Those who apply must be over a certain age, and are barred from working in the public service for 12 months.

This short period has led to criticisms that it could see a revolving door for some staff, due to the fact the positions retirees had are not made redundant.

The looming reopening of the retirements scheme comes as the Sunday Herald Sun can reveal public service staff numbers have ballooned to more than 58,400 people — up 20,500 since Daniel Andrews swept to power.

Government employee expenses cost taxpayers almost $30.6bn in 2021, up from $18.4bn in the year ending June 2025, (?) according to budget papers.

The Victorian Public Service – which includes those employed by government departments and administrative offices – saw a 17.6 per cent employment spike in 2020-21 alone – the highest increase across the entire public sector workforce, according to the Victorian Public Sector Commission.
This included an extra 3062 fixed term roles at Covid Quarantine Victoria, and more than 2000 new employees across the Department of Health and the Department of Families Fairness and Housing.

More broadly, there are now nearly 80,000 more public sector workers — which includes positions such as teachers, public health nurses, and police — in Victoria since Daniel Andrews won office in 2014.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 9:25 am

So, Rugg is on $190k?

Grotesque isn’t it. Think that people on low incomes working at JB hifi actually pay for this.

The $190k isn’t really the issue.
Eyebrows were raised at the time Dr. Monny employed her, since Rugg is a GetUp activist with no background as a political adviser.

Problems arose when Dr. Monny started flogging her with requests to work crazy amounts of hours.

Here’s my [tentative] opinion:
We know from sworn Evidence at the recent Trial that Brittany Higgins was only employed in Linda Reynolds office because Senior Adviser Bruce Lehrmann asked another staffer to employ Higgins
“because she’s very good looking”.
Things went, er, downhill from there.

Dr. Monny is a total frump and about 25 years older than the Ruggster.
Were there any expectations of Lehrmann-style tussling from Mon’s end?

Indolent
Indolent
March 5, 2023 9:25 am
miltonf
miltonf
March 5, 2023 9:26 am

Seems like Vicco has moved into the same phase as in the early 90s when mother russia ran out of OPM. I suppose it was only a question of when.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 5, 2023 9:26 am

Russell Brand gets his views out far more than most mainstream media. He now has over 6m subscribers on YouTube and is probably making a very good living out of that alone.

Not going to happen but would be interesting to see if somebody like Andrew Bolt could make a go of it if went independent on YouTube and Substack.

I don’t think Alan Jones TV channel gets too many viewers but may still be early days and he has been troubled by ill health.

Anybody come across an Aussie Substack with a lot of subscribers? Dr Phillip Altman is there but don’t think many have found him yet.

miltonf
miltonf
March 5, 2023 9:28 am

I’ve been wondering for years here Andrews was getting all this money from. I know the ChiComs were throwing in a fair bit.

Crossie
Crossie
March 5, 2023 9:29 am

The assertion from the Project about the Jesus joke is that they were all taken by surprise. Rita insists that the programme is very scripted so it wouldn’t have been a surprise. I looked at the clip again and the only person there who at least looked dubious at first was Kate Langbroek though even she laughed later.

Indolent
Indolent
March 5, 2023 9:29 am
Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 5, 2023 9:29 am

I think Rugg-Muncher was (is?) on about $130k plus a $30k “extra hours” allowance.
It might end up resulting in extra political staff numbers, but I don’t think Ryan and Rugg-Muncher are playing that game. There has been too much personal invective for this to be solely a staffing numbers sham case.

Crossie
Crossie
March 5, 2023 9:30 am

Sorry, need to reference better. The assertion from my previous comment came from Rita Panahi on this morning’s The Outsiders.

Dot
Dot
March 5, 2023 9:32 am

Absolutely ridiculous “research”

Claims that high protein diet destroys muscle mass…!

Dr Brad Stanfield talks about this bizarre paper.

The researchers seem incompetent, do not understand self selection bias.

https://youtu.be/jQFDV5L2Nlg

Cassie of Sydney
March 5, 2023 9:33 am

“Not going to happen but would be interesting to see if somebody like Andrew Bolt could make a go of it if went independent on YouTube and Substack.

I don’t think Alan Jones TV channel gets too many viewers but may still be early days and he has been troubled by ill health.”

Not Bolt, he’s a shill who, on most things, never steps outside the mainstream box (although to his credit, he did with Pell). Alan Jones’ TV Channel, ADH TV, has a future. As I wrote yesterday about the suggestion that Fat Clive should buy Channel Ten, I don’t think so, he should throw his money at something like ADH TV.

Cassie of Sydney
March 5, 2023 9:34 am

“There has been too much personal invective for this to be solely a staffing numbers sham case.”

Correct.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 9:35 am

Sally Rugg is no good, but she’s not really the baddie here.

Sure, you could say she shoulda made a few things clear with Ryan before

she signed up, but the bottom line appears to be that Ryan is a closeted

Lezzo who expects to exercise Noblesse Oblige over female

staffers and when the inevitable knockback ensues, she segues into

Tyrannosaurus Rex mode.

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 9:37 am

Crossie, programs like The Project are not “live to air”. They have a few seconds delay and a kill switch.

That’s the elephant in the room.

It’s easy to be offended in retrospect, once the bad reviews appear.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 5, 2023 9:40 am

Going back to bed now.

This thing is ridiculous, with mine largely due to peritonitis as a child due to burst appendix creating adhesions. Thus I’ve had occasional bouts of infective diverticulitis all my life. And that is more than anyone here needs to know, except that it is very painful during a flare up and a pest and no-one wants to operate again, nor do I want them to.

Diverticulosis is quite common in both men and women. Infective diverticulitis less so, although age doesn’t help. There may also be a genetic element. Dr. Google has more. Dr. Duk would know too.

Health is a lottery in which I have been mostly very lucky so far at eighty. I have no arthritis, sight and hearing doing well, balance fine, and I still have a very functional short-term memory.

I was on the phone to Hairy yesterday. Go on, move, bloody well move, I say emphatically in the midst of our conversation. Ah, he says, I can hear you are driving.

Counting blessings. Still able to drive as well. 🙂

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 5, 2023 9:41 am

A New Climate Terror arises:

Summer just won’t leave south-east Queensland behind as low-intensity heatwave rolls in

Parts of south-east Queensland and the northern New South Wales coast are expected to experience a low-severity heatwave this week, with temperatures forecast to peak on Wednesday.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), by mid-week, temperatures will rise to 35 degrees Celsius in Brisbane, 37C in Ipswich and 32C in Coolangatta.

Pray for us.
(In a low intensity sort of way.)

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 9:41 am

The Ryan-Rugg schemozzle highlights the problem of too much pay for too little work.

These women need something useful to do. Something in line with their intelligence quotient.

Dot
Dot
March 5, 2023 9:41 am

Jesus Christ how many words can ‘Ed Case write about Sally Rugg in one day?

10,000?

100,000?

Let’s go for gold, ‘Ed. 1,000,000+ is the new target.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 9:41 am

It’s an old story by the way, Peter Slipper was undone over similar issues.

The problem for the Teals is that they can’t disavow Ryan, since there’s no Party to expel her from.

Yesterday I was predicting Dutton’s Liberals will take back Warringah, Kooyong, Mackellar and Goldstein, but now i’m thinking Dr. Monny will bring all the Teals down.

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 9:46 am

Since when are temps in the mid 30’s a “heatwave”?

I know the WHO believes we should all be living in air conditioned comfort powered by fairy farts, but in Australia? When did hairy chested Queenslanders become such wusses?

I blame Pony Girl. Because I can.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 5, 2023 9:48 am

Thanks for that BB.

So, Andrews has discovered he can reduce the size and cost of the public service when needed.

And what is the need? Securing re-election. Using taxpayers’ money to bribe them to vote for him.

But before now he saw no need to save money. Not so he could reduce taxes, not so he could stop racking up so much debt in the taxpayers’ name.

Nope. His political survival is a categorical imperative. The other thing is just a quaint notion, a simplistic childish fancy to be to be left behind in childhood. Not the way of a grown man.

Nelson_Kidd-Players
March 5, 2023 9:48 am

With Week in Pictures, I love how every time in the Headlines section I encounter a headline that I’m already aware of through a different source.

Just that little reassurance of authenticity in a weekly sea of insanity. It’s authentically insane!

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 5, 2023 9:49 am

A fresh horror has entered the world.

After a successful tasting experience, I bought an experimental 4pack of the new Stradbroke Brewery’s Session Ale.

Imagine my shock at finding the cans are held together by a sort of stiff paper maché collar, rather than the usual plastic loop thingy.

Only Jim Chalmers could fail to foresee the awful tragedies that lie ahead…

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 9:49 am

The Ryan-Rugg schemozzle highlights the problem of too much pay for too little work.

No, it’s not.

Monica Ryan was flogging Sally Rugg to make her quit and then she sacked her.
Massive own goal there, but why should Sally let her get away with it, because this sort of behaviour appears to be a pattern for Dr Monica Ryan?

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
March 5, 2023 9:54 am

These women need something useful to do. Something in line with their intelligence quotient.

It wouldn’t occur to them to volunteer to hear reading aloud at the local primary school in order to lift the current woeful literacy level. Or even better, go to an outback settlement and spend some time with the women encouraging them to housekeep and raise their children in a healthier way.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 5, 2023 9:54 am

I blame Pony Girl. Because I can.

I blame Pony Girl for the outbreak of WW1 and decimalisation.
Because it feels right.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

So, Rugg is on $190k?

$160,000 apparently. ($130,000 salary + $30,000 personal allowance)
Though what’s thirty grand when you’re talking, gasp, 70 hr weeks.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

“There has been too much personal invective for this to be solely a staffing numbers sham case.”

Yeah Doctor So-smart-you-didn’t-turn-up-to-vote-in-the-House-and-the-bill-was-voted-down Ryan, how’s that all female office working out for you?

Kooyong is sooooo much better served than when that juvenile sexist doofus Frydenberg was ruining the lives of the electors.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 5, 2023 10:01 am

callisays:

March 5, 2023 at 9:46 am

Since when are temps in the mid 30’s a “heatwave”?

The magic number used to be the century, 100 Fahrenheit (or a touch under 38 Celsius).
And you would need three days of it before anyone would cry “heatwave!”.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 10:04 am

Groogs is angling for that vacant spot on The Project . We’re right behind you Groogs. Good luck little buddy.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 5, 2023 10:04 am

Imagine my shock at finding the cans are held together by a sort of stiff paper maché collar, rather than the usual plastic loop thingy.

In my yoof the thing was to fold the six plastic loops into one single loop then try to pull it apart.
There wasn’t a lot to do back then.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 5, 2023 10:09 am

You know, the history of trams in Paris is fascinating. They also had a cable system as well as steam.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 10:12 am

Does monty have $1.9m in his super?

Please. mUnty is upper middle class and finally asset rich. Let’s have no more of these vulgar questions. Pass me a Woodie, please.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
March 5, 2023 10:13 am

(Calli) These women need something useful to do. Something in line with their intelligence quotient.

(HZ) It wouldn’t occur to them to volunteer to hear reading aloud at the local primary school in order to lift the current woeful literacy level. Or even better, go to an outback settlement and spend some time with the women encouraging them to housekeep and raise their children in a healthier way.

I’ve done both at various times in my life. You can use your IQ well doing this, although emotional IQ matters more. If they don’t like you, you’re going nowhere. I think Monique Put-Your-Mask-On lacks stellar performance on the listening and smiling scale.

P
P
March 5, 2023 10:15 am

Second Sunday of Lent

The Transfiguration Teaches Us That the Cross Leads to Glory

The Second Sunday of Lent always features the Transfiguration. It is commonly held that Jesus did this to prepare his apostles for the difficult days ahead. But the Lord is showing us what the end shall be.

There is a cross to get through but there is glory on the other side.

Dot
Dot
March 5, 2023 10:18 am

32C in Coolangatta

Who goes to Coolangatta but not to be a beach bum?

Plus that’s a max temp, these fat, pasty urinalists need a clip over the ears.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 10:19 am

miltonf at 9:26

Seems like Vicco has moved into the same phase as in the early 90s when mother russia ran out of OPM. I suppose it was only a question of when.
Must be close. They’re finished. Just need Chalmers and the RBA to knock in the final nails.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 10:20 am

Looks like my formatting needs work.

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 5, 2023 10:23 am

Kellyanne has kicked fat George to the curb.
Now she has to kick out stupid bitch daughter.

Dot
Dot
March 5, 2023 10:25 am

She’s not 18 yet bern. IIRC she’s still a minor, just.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 10:26 am

C.L. March 4, 2023 at 2:09 pm

Abanese ought to be midly concerned at least. He now has his own Gillardian stalking horse.

Albo will be checking The Lodge for ice picks. He probably skipped that bit as an 18yo Trot.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 10:34 am

Ed Case at 9:41

The problem for the Teals is that they can’t disavow Ryan, since there’s no Party to expel her from.

Simon should ask for his T shirts back at least.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 10:35 am

The bottom line is that political staffers have no rights and the employer can put them thru hell if they like.

Some clown upthread “thinks” that 70 hours work a week is no big deal
and that may be correct for the Self Employed.

Having Granny Gruesome summoning you at all hours of the Night, Weekend and Public Holidays because she can’t find the paperclips, that’s another story.

Diogenes
Diogenes
March 5, 2023 10:38 am

Some clown upthread “thinks” that 70 hours work a week is no big deal

When we sold to another company, somebody asked about flexible hours. The answer was “Yes we have flexible working, you can work any 80 hours a week you like”.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

As a veteran of mostly female workplaces & the dynamics of frumpy, unbangable types having power over very pretty younger chicks, I wouldn’t rule out as an underlying cause; Ryan is at best a “Two – but I’d rather go to the pub” while Rugg is the diametric opposite.

Diogenes
Diogenes
March 5, 2023 10:39 am

Some clown upthread “thinks” that 70 hours work a week is no big deal

When we sold to another company, somebody asked about flexible hours. The answer was “Yes we have flexible working, you can work any 80 hours a week you like”.

That was actually not far from the truth.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 10:39 am

Careful with those inverted commas Little Buddy. First stone and all that.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 10:48 am

“Yes we have flexible working, you can work any 80 hours a week you like”.

That’s how those (and many other) jobs work. Nobody is checking whether you’re back from the pub at 2:00 on Friday but your expected to be available to fly out 3pm Sunday. Not sure what the courts will have to say.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 5, 2023 10:51 am

In my yoof the thing was to fold the six plastic loops into one single loop then try to pull it apart.
There wasn’t a lot to do back then.

I used to look forward to Christmas every year, when I would get a new stick and a plastic bucket to rattle it in.

Tom
Tom
March 5, 2023 10:54 am

Thanks, FTB at 10.23am. What took her so long considering hubby was a fierce opponent of the high-profile job she got in 2017?

Kellyanne Conway and George Conway to divorce after 22 years of marriage

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 5, 2023 11:00 am

Since you live in the woods Bear, is ‘pass me a Woodie,please’ a euphemism for something?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 5, 2023 11:02 am

We were so poor we only got a hole in our pocket to play with at Christmas.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 5, 2023 11:05 am

I used to look forward to Christmas every year, when I would get a new stick and a plastic bucket to rattle it in.

Luxury!
I would get the stick for Christmas but had to wait until my birthday in August for the bucket.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 5, 2023 11:07 am

Many years ago worked in a job that required a lot of overtime but none of it paid.

One of my favourite bosses as he used to walk out of the door at 5pm once said ” don’t work too hard, but make sure everything is done”. Made me laugh when he said it.

However he was one who also put in considerable overtime when needed.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 11:07 am

Since you live in the woods Bear, is ‘pass me a Woodie,please’ a euphemism for something?

I am not going to dignify this question with an answer. I’m presuming you will see yourself out.

Pogria
Pogria
March 5, 2023 11:08 am

We put a poster on a corkboard and chuck darts at it.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
March 5, 2023 11:09 am

I’m not a Catholic, so it’s cheeky to comment, but I do sympathise. All I can do is advise that you look to the true Shepherd of the flock and draw comfort from Him.

Thanks calli, I am a Catholic and I do take comfort from Our Lord Jesus Christ, after all it’s all about Him anyway and besides I value your comments on any topic anyway.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 11:10 am

It was 40 years ago today

that the Hawke/Keating disaster was inflicted on us.

cohenite
March 5, 2023 11:12 am

Crossie, programs like The Project are not “live to air”. They have a few seconds delay and a kill switch.

PML trialled phone-ins some time ago without a kill switch. I rang and suggested Bruce Pascoe should be criminally prosecuted. Noticing the shocked expressions I quickly moved on to matt kean and how the green bureaucrats supporting the bastard should be named and shamed before being fired. That was a step too far and instead of a kill switch they switched off the sound so PML had about 30 seconds of silent stunned mullet expressions before the call was ended. That was the end of joe public being able to ring in to PML. I must say Jacinta was on the panel that night and looked very amused.

cohenite
March 5, 2023 11:15 am

that the Hawke/Keating disaster was inflicted on us.

And they were the best of the liars.

Thanks for this astute observation crotchless. Keep up the good work.

Johnny Rotten
March 5, 2023 11:21 am

It was 40 years ago today

that the Hawke/Keating disaster was inflicted on us.

Hey Dickhead and a Suitable Case for Treatment. How was this a disaster when compared to the disastrous Gough Witless and disastrous Krudd/Gizzard/Krudd years?

You are the disaster here. Just look in the mirror sometime. And grow up.

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 5, 2023 11:22 am

If they ever try a mask mandate again, someone need to mass produce Ghost masks from Modern Warfare.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 11:22 am

Dot shrieks:
Absolutely ridiculous “research”

Claims that high protein diet destroys muscle mass…!

Yeah, it’s called Rabbit Starvation.
Look it up.

Tom
Tom
March 5, 2023 11:27 am

In the ad breaks on Sky Outsiders this morning, I’ve been watching a Fox doco, Great Australian Railway Journeys, with this one covering Port Augusta to Darwin on the Ghan, by former UK Conservative Party MP Michael Portillo.

Moral of the story: if you want to produce a credible doco, don’t use a politician as your frontman.

One of the first things Portillo fell for was the Stolen Generation myth as he chatted with a mixed-race central Australian Arrunte woman, who recited the Stolen Generation playbook lock, stock and barrel – minus the crucial fact that the missionaries separated children from their blackfella parents to protect them from alcoholism, domestic violence and family dysfunction.

As with our Stupid Frigging Liberals, former Conservative Party MPs make ideal useful idiots for the leftard industrial complex that controls our media.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 5, 2023 11:27 am

With Plibbers stirring the pot, Shitweasel decides to try for some profile:

Chris Bowen@Bowenchris

40 years ago today the Australian people elected the Hawke Government.

Much changed for the better as a result including the protection of Antarctica for ever, saving the Daintree and Franklin, defending the Kakadu National Park and starting Landcare.

The comments tell him how well it’s all travelling.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 11:28 am

Look out!

Jimmy Savile has woken up!

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 5, 2023 11:30 am

After a successful tasting experience, I bought an experimental 4pack of the new Stradbroke Brewery’s Session Ale.
Serves you right for dabbling with the devilish “four packs”, Faustus
They are the rainbow inclusion flag of beer

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 11:32 am

Here’s one of those comments:

George Smiley
@GeorgeS21916881
Replying to
@Bowenchris
Labor ministers never BS & deliberately lie to the public. ???
‘ … Quietly, at around 4.30pm on a Friday, in depressingly Morrisonian fashion, Plibersek’s office approved 116 new fossil fuel projects in QLD, many of them fracking wells with lifespans until 2070’

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 11:33 am

Décolletage and bear arms content warning…

Nobody want to see bear anything. Don’t ask me how I know.

Dot
Dot
March 5, 2023 11:33 am

Imagine hating a blog so much you troll it 24/7 with the dumbest ideas.

Nazi traffic cops, etc.

Poor prick.

Tom
Tom
March 5, 2023 11:33 am

Décolletage and bear arms content warning…

I see what you did there, CL.

cohenite
March 5, 2023 11:36 am

We was so poor, we lived in a puddle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAdlkunflRs

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 11:36 am

Décolletage and bear arms content warning…

Jeebus. There are other places on the net for that type of content. Amiright Ed?

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 5, 2023 11:38 am

Serves you right for dabbling with the devilish “four packs”, Faustus
They are the rainbow inclusion flag of beer

Yes, yes, I know. My bad.
It’s back to the trusty flagon of Royal Reserve from now on.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 5, 2023 11:39 am

If you’re going to crank one out for the genuinely childless, or those who want one as a fashion accessory, the ambience is apparently essential.

This unhappy dude blows (fnarr) the lid on a Sydney spoof bank (the Tele):

Exclusive: A man who has fathered several children through official sperm donation has lashed out at IVF clinics claiming men are being “milked like cows” and forced to watch “porn out of the 50s or 60s”.

“No water, no couches, no waiting area, no nice people say hello to you,” the donor said.

I’m sure there must be nice people. ‘Hello Mr Jones, ready to feed the chooks at 10.00 a.m.?’

He said while women undergoing IVF are ushered into designer lounges and offered refreshments men donating sperm are sent into a dingy corridor before being shoved into a tiny toilet cubicle sized room to make their donation.

“They sit you down on a couch that’s at least 40 years old where you have a TV that has straight porn or gay porn on it, but it is porn out of the 50s or 60s like it’s kind of not anything remotely modern, it’s quite antiquated,” he said.

On the other hand, it is excellent to see Caballero Entertainment still going strong.

The most difficult part of all for donors is trying to meet the requirement to put their product into a tiny urine specimen jar which is “impossible”, he said.

“They literally say to you if it touches your hand on the way, it contaminates the donation and can’t be used,” the man said.

The obvious solution here is to roll out plastic on the floor, a la Lethal Weapon II. This bloke’s also upset about needing to carbo-load to meet demand:

“There’s a lot of pressure on you to maximize the number of donations you give. So the clinic obviously makes money off your donations, and so they pressure you to try and do up to 10 donations,” he said.

The bloke in charge of one of these joints whips it out in return:

Genea’s medical director Associate Professor Mark Bowman said the experience described by the donor was not one he would receive at Genea.

“I don’t know how salubrious you want them (sperm donation rooms) to be but they’ve got Internet porn, proper recliner chairs and things.”

Recliners. Now that’s where it’s at.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 11:43 am

Imagine hating a blog so much you troll it 24/7 with the dumbest ideas.
Warning:
Massive lack of Self Awareness here.

And, apropos of nothing in particular, here is Cleckley’s checklist for Psychopaths:

Superficial charm and good “intelligence”
Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
Absence of “nervousness” or psychoneurotic manifestations
Unreliability
Untruthfulness and insincerity
Lack of remorse and shame
Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience
Pathologic egocentricity and incapacity for love
General poverty in major affective reactions
Specific loss of insight
Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations
Fantastic and uninviting behavior with drink and sometimes without
Suicide rarely carried out
Sex life impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated
Failure to follow any life plan

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 11:43 am

Sounds like an unhappy ending.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 5, 2023 11:45 am

The ship just pulled into Geraldton and the phone came back to life. Have several adverts for “jab number 5” and so on.

Covid – the annoyance that keeps on giving. And unlike smallpox and so on, there is no vaccine that prevents it.

Figures
Figures
March 5, 2023 11:46 am

And unlike smallpox and so on, there is no vaccine that prevents it.

You’ve learnt nothing.

Dot
Dot
March 5, 2023 11:46 am

And, apropos of nothing in particular, here is Cleckley’s checklist for Psychopaths:

Once again, you poor prick, Septimus/Grigs/robbiemac etc.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 11:49 am

Sounds like the old joke:
“And could you fill the specimen jar with urine.”
“What, from here?”

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 5, 2023 11:49 am

as she attends David Jones Stick Insect event in Melbourne.

Tweaked for accuracy.

C.L.
C.L.
March 5, 2023 11:50 am
Oh come on
Oh come on
March 5, 2023 11:54 am

sTan has published yet another of his undergraduate PPE essays.

The neuroscientist Abhijit Naskar famously said: “All notions of order are a myth, only order of the universe is chaos. Expand your sight and you’ll realise, there is order in every chaos.”

We live in a chaotic world to which we seek to bring order. Without order, could our natural state be perpetual war?

The philosopher Thomas Hobbes thought so. He warned that if unregulated, humans descend into a war of all against all.

His answer was to tame the state of nature with the Leviathan — the sovereign: the “common Power to keep them all in awe”.

Immanuel Kant argued for a “perpetual peace”, when all the nations of the Earth live under universal rule of law.

I think he might have got a credit for this one. The “famous” quote from some guy at the beginning may have pushed his grade above 60%. The yammering on about Hobbes and Kant is cribbed from the text book. A 1st year political philosophy unit I took way back when ran through those same philosophers, although sTan forgot the the empiricists between Hobbes and Kant. Oops! That’s why he didn’t get a distinction.

IIRC, it ends with Spinoza and the EU/UN supranational state, which was the pinnacle of civilisation we have yet to fully attain (although I don’t recall how Spinoza’s philosophy justified this). I suppose sTan is only a few weeks into the unit. He’ll get there one day.

cohenite
March 5, 2023 11:55 am
Ed Case
Ed Case
March 5, 2023 11:55 am

One of the first things Portillo fell for was the Stolen Generation myth as he chatted with a mixed-race central Australian Arrunte woman, who recited the Stolen Generation playbook lock, stock and barrel –

2 things Tom:
#1. Portillo is a Flamer
#2. Portillo is likely a Spook too

… minus the crucial fact that the missionaries separated children from their blackfella parents to protect them from alcoholism, domestic violence and family dysfunction.

2 more things:
#1. There was no Alcohol on the Missions, which tended to severely limit
D.V. and Family Dysfunction.

#2. Children from 2 to 16 were raised in single sex dormitories.
While clowns such as yourself may pretend that that’s healthy and acceptable, audiences in the U.K. may think otherwise.

132andBush
132andBush
March 5, 2023 11:56 am

Dr Faustus says:
March 5, 2023 at 9:41 am

A New Climate Terror arises:

The gaslighting continues.

A “low intensity heatwave” is a baseline description of ANY Australian summer.

Do these morons have any idea how moronic they are sounding?

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 11:57 am

*sob*

I’m being mocked for my interest in Parisian public transport.

Will the cruelty ever end?

Bazinga
Bazinga
March 5, 2023 12:00 pm

Not my catchphrase, but can we add “Climate Communism” to the catictionary.

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 5, 2023 12:00 pm

When Ukrainian propaganda is so bad it’s funny:

The Daily Fail really loves those Babuska-With-A-Jar-Of-Pickled-Tomatoes stories.

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 12:01 pm

A Low Intensity Heatwave is just a fancy of saying Summer.

Dot
Dot
March 5, 2023 12:01 pm

Exclusive: A man who has fathered several children through official sperm donation has lashed out at IVF clinics claiming men are being “milked like cows” and forced to watch “porn out of the 50s or 60s”.

The new “male pill” might make sperm rare.

Demand a premium. $50k per deposit.

Meme: Coomer with golden glasses frames, saying Kent Brockman’s “golden showers” line.

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 12:01 pm

Bother

fancy way

Dot
Dot
March 5, 2023 12:02 pm

Stan Grant doesn’t realise “perpetual peace” might mean Russian neoconservative ruler Vladimir Putin enforcing peace.

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 12:02 pm

One of the Laws of the Universe.

A typo may only be noticed after Post Comment is pressed.

C.L.
C.L.
March 5, 2023 12:03 pm

A man who has fathered several children through official sperm donation has lashed out…

That’s one way of putting it.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 12:05 pm

*sob*
I’m being mocked for my interest in Parisian public transport.

“Why are people so unkind?”

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 5, 2023 12:07 pm

Highly Intelligent and Possibly Invincible Super Pigs Are Invading America

Who had invading superpigs from Canada on their 2023 bingo card?
Also who had a black alcoholic fungus taking over an entire town?

Shocking new Daily Mail images show Tennessee town completely SMOTHERED by black whiskey fungus caused by local Jack Daniel’s distillery (4 Mar, via Lucianne)

Furious Tennessee residents have been blanketed by black ‘whiskey fungus’ after Jack Daniel’s failed to stop emissions leaking from its barrel houses.

The mold is fueled by ethanol vapor releasing into the air, leading nearby properties, road signs and vehicles to be routinely covered in the sooty smog.

DailyMail.com visited the scene to find the fungus has wreaked havoc on the small town of Lynchburg, which is under the shadow of the booze giant’s iconic distillery.

Fun photos!

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 12:10 pm

Tom Woolfe’s description of Julie Bishop types in Bonfire of the Vanities nailed it.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 5, 2023 12:10 pm

The “famous” quote from some guy at the beginning may have pushed his grade above 60%. The yammering on about Hobbes and Kant is cribbed from the text book.

I suspect that Stan has embraced ChatGPT, wildly, passionately, and unquestioningly:

give me a 150 words on chaos, referencing Naskar, Hobbes and Kant

According to Naskar, chaos is a natural state of the universe, and all attempts to impose order on it are ultimately futile. He believes that chaos is not something to be feared or avoided, but rather embraced as a fundamental aspect of existence.

Hobbes, on the other hand, viewed chaos as a threat to society and argued that the only way to prevent it was through the establishment of a strong central authority. In his view, the state of nature was one of chaos and violence, and it was only through the social contract that humans could escape this state and live in a peaceful and orderly society.

Kant believed that chaos was not inherent in the universe, but rather a product of our limited human perception. He argued that chaos was the result of our inability to comprehend the full complexity of the universe, and that it was only through the use of reason and rationality that we could begin to make sense of it.

Pass, maybe a Credit.
This is the future: everyone can be like Stan.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 5, 2023 12:12 pm

One nation, one Voice, standing as one on land never ceded (the Courier-Mail):

Police are investigating an alleged attack on an indigenous mine worker by an Aboriginal activist and rapper, just weeks after he made violent social media threats against the company’s First Nations employees.

Coedie McAvoy, also known as Gurridyula, has been illegally camped at the Bravus, formerly known as Adani, mine site near Clermont in central Queensland for 18 months where he has proclaimed himself a sovereign citizen.

His actions have angered traditional owners including elders in his own family.

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Vote yes!

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 12:12 pm

Also who had a black alcoholic fungus taking over an entire town?

Sydney is doing its best.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 5, 2023 12:13 pm

A Low Intensity Heatwave is just a fancy of saying Summer.

A low intensity heat wave is called “winter”.
A health-threatening heat wave is called “spring” or “autumn”.
A deadly racist genocidal heat wave which will destroy all humanity is called “summer”.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 5, 2023 12:17 pm

I suspect that Stan has embraced ChatGPT, wildly, passionately, and unquestioningly

sTan did it first. ChatGPT is playing catch up.

calli
calli
March 5, 2023 12:17 pm

Hopefully this works….

For Bruce.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 5, 2023 12:19 pm

*sob*
I’m being mocked for my interest in Parisian public transport.
Will the cruelty ever end?

It’s the arrival of Nemesis after your unkind comments earlier about square-jawed, flinty-eyed Queenslanders, stoically suffering in the Terrible Heat.
(Hopefully the jacarandas in New Farm Park remain in bloom after Wednesday’s thermal climax.)

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