Open Thread – Tues 7 March 2023


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Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 10:59 am

Little Billy asks his dad for a TV in his room. Dad reluctantly agrees. Next day Billy comes downstairs and asks “Dad, what’s love juice?” Dad looks horrified and tells Billy all about sex. Billy just sat there with his mouth open in amazement. Dad says “So what were you watching?” Billy says “Wimbledon”.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 10:59 am

What’s the timing of the Lehrmann defamation case and the Soronoff inquiry?

Anyway. Let’s see the chat logs of the handbag hitsquad.

I just KNOW they’re above any impropriety.

calli
calli
March 8, 2023 11:00 am

Odd name for a hammer, but go on.

Chuckle.

Dot on a bad day.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 11:01 am

There was something very rotten that Cassie pointed out regarding Gallagher and Higgins. It sort of proved lying and collusion.

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 11:02 am

I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.

– Jimi Hendrix

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2023 11:03 am

Colonel Crispin Berka at 10:30

The Prime Minister will today head off to India, where he will lead a major trade and business delegation.

Albo knows the Departure Lounge is his friend.

calli
calli
March 8, 2023 11:04 am

Network ten also claims that Mr Lehrmann filed his claim more than a year after the publications complained of, and is outside the one year limitations period.

The only factual point in that whole melange of hearsay and conjecture.

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 11:05 am

m0nty=fa is now fully on board with the Domino Effect.

Monty Pox Virus is a dead cert for Snakes and Ladders being the snake……………………..

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 11:06 am

It is undeniable now that ANTIFA is a terrorist organisation.

Time to go ham on them.

HT
HT
March 8, 2023 11:07 am

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:
March 8, 2023 at 10:49 am
Channel 10 will try to prove Bruce Lehrmann raped Brittany Higgins

A civil case has a much lower standard of proof required for a criminal case. My read is the current reporting of hyperbole, Wilkinsons defence will likely argue an “absence of malice” type defence, her ability to prove a rape did occur is highly improbable.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2023 11:10 am

Wow Channel 10.
Way to go with that “model litigant” angle.

Curious as to what you mean. Channel 10 would be operating on the civil standard of proof and have none of the DPP constraints around its defence. For the record, I’m not sure Lehrmann didn’t do it either. Which is a completely separate matter from proving he did it within established court procedures.

HT
HT
March 8, 2023 11:10 am

A civil case has a much lower standard of proof required for a criminal case. My read is the current reporting of hyperbole, Wilkinsons defence will likely argue an “absence of malice” type defence, her ability to prove a rape did occur is highly improbable.

Bloody iPhone and autocorrect and tiny screens >:(

A civil case has a much lower standard of proof required for a criminal case, nonetheless my read is that the current reporting is hyperbole; Wilkinsons defence will likely argue an “absence of malice” type defence. Her ability to prove a rape did occur, even with a lower standard of proof, is highly improbable.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 8, 2023 11:12 am

Putrid Lisa made a bad call
Putrid Lisa had a big fall
All Ten’s lawyers and all Ten’s men
couldn’t put Lisa together again.

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 8, 2023 11:12 am

A Russian victory in Bakhmut would be a costly strategic defeat for Putin.

Maybe, if the Ukies have some sort of Pattonesque
Grab them by the Nose and Kick them in the Pants strategy
built around Bakhmut holding out.
Except the thaw is coming, and Bakhmut will achieve strategically unimportant status before the ground firms up enough for the Ukies’ Spring Awakening.
Probably.

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2023 11:12 am

That’s how this pysop rolls.

I doubt anyone who works for Civitas would be engaged in psyops.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2023 11:12 am

I don’t see how they could run the defamation trial and the ACT inquiry alongside each other. I would have expected this question to have been dealt with by now.

areff
areff
March 8, 2023 11:15 am

Amusing scenes from the NYC subway system:

https://twitter.com/Texas_Made956/status/1633091847483523072

The mad bloke with the faces is hilarious

cohenite
March 8, 2023 11:17 am

rosiesays:

March 8, 2023 at 8:48 am

Reminds me,
What happened to Navy hijabi?

You mean captain shindy, the pride of the ADF:

https://www.bernardgaynor.com.au/2016/01/08/navyislamic-what-a-tangled-tale-you-tell-chief-of-navy/

rosie
rosie
March 8, 2023 11:18 am

I did say rare, not non existent, I’m aware of three girls who had it mid seventies, and of more recent incidences, varying in severity.
I was just pointing out it’s not like sudden onset gender dysphoria which is now almost fashionable.

rickw
rickw
March 8, 2023 11:23 am

Waiting for bus, morning prayers booming out. Way less offensive than having constant LBGTQI propaganda shoved in your face by the Homo Idiocracy,

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 11:24 am

Wait and see Bear. If it falls over, they will be asked why they made such a defence.

They’ve got a massive problem: Linda Reynolds.

https://newcatallaxy.blog/2023/02/14/open-thread-tues-14-feb-2023/comment-page-8/#comment-460043

Reynolds also relayed in her formal police statement that during this meeting Higgins was “extremely apologetic”, described her actions as “unprofessional” and said to Reynolds that “she didn’t want to lose her job”.

I ask: Did Higgins tell Reynolds that she was raped that night?

“No,” says Reynolds, “there was never any allegation of rape.”

Did she say she was assaulted in some way?

“No,” says Reynolds.

Did Brown tell Reynolds that Higgins mentioned a rape or assault to her? “No,” says Reynolds.

Also, see here:

https://newcatallaxy.blog/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/Bettina-Arndt-Only-a-few-months-ago-the-ACT-Director-of-Public-Prosecutions-Shane-Drumgold-SC-1.pdf

Judging from the conduct of Senator Katy Gallagher, the now Finance Minister, it’s not unreasonable to suspect she played a key role in that interference.

Lehrman’s lawyers played to the court an excerpt of a six-hour recording in 2021 involving staff at Channel 10’s The Project and Higgins’s partner, David Sharaz, during which Higgins was present.
In the audio, Sharaz is heard saying they wanted the story to break at the start of a sitting week and that he had a “friend” on the Labor side, Katy Gallagher, who would “probe and continue it going”.

“So, sitting week – story comes out, they have to answer questions in question time, it’s a mess for them,” he said.

These are shocking revelations and trying on such a claim (we can prove it happened) might see them get shitcanned. “We were acting on instructions” only goes so far.

My advice would be to make a settlement, move on from Infotainment and make some interesting lifestyle and reality shows and import the best new English and US comedies and animation.

You know, like when it used to be a (semi) profitable venture.

Cassie of Sydney
March 8, 2023 11:25 am

Whatever happens, it’s safe to say that Bruce Lehmann’s life has been destroyed.

He should leave the country, problem is he can’t.

rickw
rickw
March 8, 2023 11:28 am

The Prime Minister will today head off to India, where he will lead a major trade and business delegation.

I’m sure Albo have pranced about in “Pride Parade” will help cement something….

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 8, 2023 11:28 am

Britnee the knickerless cried uncontrollably for the rest of the weekend coz she got shitfaced and realised that she would get sacked on monday. Poor little thing said she didn’t know what happened in the first place. How does one person saying they didn’t know what happened and the only other person concerned said nothing happened prove she was graped? Never should have got to court.

rosie
rosie
March 8, 2023 11:29 am

I don’t think many people would choose living in a muslim theocracy than in the decadent West no matter how irritating gay pride might be.
I wouldn’t want my daughters or granddaughters living in one, not for a minute.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 8, 2023 11:30 am

Finally!

The Oz has a good editorial about Dan Andrews handling of Covid lockdowns etc. Plus how Government fought to prevent FOI so would not come out before the election.

Perhaps somebody can cut and paste. Plenty of comments there already.

rickw
rickw
March 8, 2023 11:31 am

Whatever happens, it’s safe to say that Bruce Lehmann’s life has been destroyed.

He should leave the country, problem is he can’t.

Leaving Australia is a proven remedy for the effects of living in the shithole.

cohenite
March 8, 2023 11:32 am

Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
March 8, 2023 at 10:49 am
Channel 10 will try to prove Bruce Lehrmann raped Brittany Higgins

By STEPHEN RICE
NSW Editor
@riceyontheroad
10:42AM March 8, 2023

Channel 10 will seek to prove the allegation that former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann raped Brittany Higgins, echoing the defence of its star presenter Lisa Wilkinson to Mr Lehrmann’s defamation claim.

First they will have to prove that a root actually occurred and then whether the root was rape or pissed passion.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 11:32 am

A Russian victory in Bakhmut would be a costly strategic defeat for Putin

With all this propaganda from every direction I don’t know what exactly is happening in Bakhmut. First Z was softening up the voters ready for a withdrawal – that was last week. Now the MSM reporting seems to be that they’re going to keep defending the place. On the other hand Prigozhin apparently has been threatening to pull his guys out unilaterally. That seems to be some internal politicking, or perhaps an issue with ammo supply, or both. Then there’s Mr Dugin:

Putin’s ‘Brain’ Warns Nuclear-Armed Russia ‘Cannot’ Lose, Ceding Territory Would Lead to ‘Civil War’ (6 Mar)

According to Dugin, any Russian decision to cede conquered territory “would lead to a domestic explosion,” with Russia finding itself in a “civil war.”

“Russia cannot lose under any circumstance, since a single step backwards would lead to a thousand steps backwards,” he said.

The CIA would just love a Russian political collapse, so if that’s the sort of intel getting to the various Western general staffs you can expect them to pressure the pollies to keep on supporting the Ukies.

So overall Bakhmut seems quite a mess, both on the ground and politically. I have no idea how it’ll all go.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 11:35 am

Everyone has to read that Bettina Arndt article.

Central to this issue is the Moller report – Detective Superintendent Scott Moller was the guy in charge of the AFP investigation.

After a four-month investigation of evidence presented by Higgins, with police travelling across the country to check facts in her story, examining 32,736 phone messages and 173,531 media files from Higgins’ phone, Moller concluded that “throughout the investigation, Ms Higgins has been evasive, uncooperative and manipulative.”

The report cites: Her repeated refusal to hand over her phone. When she finally did, she had deleted key evidence: “I’m clearing out my phone ahead of police,” she acknowledged.

Her claim to have sought medical attention and the morning-after pill after the incident. The police travelled to Perth and Brisbane and found she’d misled them about the medical assistance. She later admitted she’d lied about this.

Her earlier text exchange about the need for an impressive political sex scandal: “Exactly! A sex scandal the party can be proud of. Another Barnaby but without the baby ha ha.”

Her history of anxiety and depression: AFP officers wrote that they believed Higgins “is at risk of self-harm should this matter progress to prosecution.”

The AFP concluded that “there were serious concerns in relation to the strength and reliability of her evidence but also more importantly her mental health and how any future prosecution may affect her wellbeing.”

This is in addition to:

Refusing to get a sexual assault kit, report early, give clothes to police, her statements to Reynolds and the Project/Shiraz/sitting week conspiracy.

She also perjured herself (yes, statements to the police can be perjury: see s 327 (1) through (4) of the NSW Crimes Act) and they have a ready made confession.

There is no way Channel 10 can win.

I have said it before, this whole stinking mess may see Higgins go to gaol and bring down the Federal Labor government.

m0nty
m0nty
March 8, 2023 11:35 am

Hmm, that’s very interesting. How many men are they saying are committed to the front on both sides? I mean, earlier you said RUS are losing a thousand a day. Are you saying they’ve lost 60K over the last two months? Is NATO saying that? With purported losses in that vicinity, and given they are still advancing, have they committed double or three times that to Bakhmut front? And does that mean that UKR have 40-60K in its defense?

From what I have read, it seems to be widely accepted that Russia has the manpower advantage at the front, which happened with their mobilisation surge. Anyone who pretends to know an exact number of troops on both sides would be lying, it’s all guesswork.

NATO posts estimated troop losses every day, you can take those with a pinch of salt of course but they regularly put daily Russian losses in four figures. I am sure there must be a tally of these estimates kept somewhere, look it up.

rickw
rickw
March 8, 2023 11:36 am

I wouldn’t want my daughters or granddaughters living in one, not for a minute.

They would never have to deal with a bloke pretending to be a woman in their toilets.

(It’s far from ideal, but when The West has transformed itself into a beacon of shitness)

rickw
rickw
March 8, 2023 11:38 am

General Muntifa just burst in with a handful of maps and a new analysis.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 8, 2023 11:41 am

A Tasmanian Indigenous artist is asking for an “Australian of British descent” to donate their corpse to be used in a taxpayer-funded public art installation that will “speak to sacrifice for past sins”.

The Australian on Tuesday revealed Nathan Maynard, a playwright, writer and producer, was the anonymous artist behind an unusual ad that appeared in mainland newspapers including The Age last weekend, sparking speculation on social media.

“Palawa artist wanting to find an Australian of British descent who is willing to donate their future deceased body to an art installation,” the ad read.

News.com

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 11:41 am

Zulu Kilo Two Alphasays:
March 8, 2023 at 10:49 am
Channel 10 will try to prove Bruce Lehrmann raped Brittany Higgins

Channel 10 will very soon be Chanel 0 again. Bankrupt (of any integrity) and flat broke. Good riddance.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 8, 2023 11:43 am

Crossiesays:

March 8, 2023 at 9:58 am

The perfect example of a figurehead rather than a leader was the Optus data hack. The young woman CEO looked like a deer in the headlights because she had no idea what happened and what to do about it. She was not on top of anything. The most damning information about her was that she could not be contactable until 8:30 am because of her work/life balance commitment.

Yes.
I don’t necessarily blame her for the IT breach, but reacting like a teenage schoolgirl didn’t inspire confidence that she could contain of fix the problem.
Mind you, the data breach might have been indirectly her fault. I wonder how many times “IT Security” got relegated on Exec Meeting agendas in favour of navel gazing about diversity, equity, transgender employment opportunities, yada, yada.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2023 11:43 am

Wait and see Bear. If it falls over, they will be asked why they made such a defence.

Yep, should get interesting.

cohenite
March 8, 2023 11:44 am

I have said it before, this whole stinking mess may see Higgins go to gaol and bring down the Federal Labor government.

I on the other hand think there’s a good chance save britannee will be our first President once we go republic.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 8, 2023 11:46 am

In Gold Standard (Tabloid Version) news:

Ten describes Ms Higgins as having spent “the entire weekend of 23 and 24 March 2019 crying uncontrollably and bedbound in her bedroom and there was no reason for her to do so other than the fact that she had been raped by Lehrmann.”

Well, that’s conclusive.
Slam dunk.

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2023 11:48 am

Mind you, the data breach might have been indirectly her fault. I wonder how many times “IT Security” got relegated on Exec Meeting agendas in favour of navel gazing about diversity, equity, transgender employment opportunities, yada, yada.

Quite a bit going by reports at the time.

They were cutting corners with it.

HT
HT
March 8, 2023 11:48 am

Roger says:
March 8, 2023 at 10:46 am
True equality between the sexes won’t be reached until women enjoy the same life expectancy as men.

…or pass through the glass basement and perform base work routinely assigned as “male only”.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 8, 2023 11:49 am

m0nty=fa

NATO posts estimated troop losses every day, you can take those with a pinch of salt of course but they regularly put daily Russian losses in four figures. I am sure there must be a tally of these estimates kept somewhere, look it up.

You made the claim, you provide the evidence.

We all realise that providing evidence is not the way of the modern j’ismist, but this is your chance to get ahead of the trend.

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2023 11:52 am

“Palawa artist [Nathan Maynard] wanting to find an Australian of British descent who is willing to donate their future deceased body to an art installation,” the ad read.

Maynard is a surname that suggests British descent.

Tom
Tom
March 8, 2023 11:56 am

With all this propaganda from every direction I don’t know what exactly is happening in Bakhmut.

Correct, Bruce of Newk.

The only thing I’m 100% sure of is that truth is always the first casualty of war.

But propaganda (a.k.a. lying) is bigger now than at any time since the Third Reich so every second halfwit 15,000 kms from Kiev with zero knowledge of the situation on the ground claims to know Putin/Zelenskyy is winning.

The rise of knowall propaganda via the Silicon Valley social media monopolies is the story of the century, not the Ukraine war.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2023 11:57 am

“Palawa artist wanting to find an Australian of British descent who is willing to donate their future deceased body to an art installation,” the ad read.

Im willing to donate a Fitzsimian.
Some deadening required, but otherwise ok.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2023 11:57 am

Dot

I have said it before, this whole stinking mess may see Higgins go to gaol and bring down the Federal Labor government.

It certainly has a Watergate-y feel about it. Long way to go yet.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 12:02 pm

A Tasmanian Indigenous artist is asking for an “Australian of British descent” to donate their corpse to be used in a taxpayer-funded public art installation that will “speak to sacrifice for past sins”.

Has he considered donating his own corpse? It would probably fit the criteria.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 12:04 pm

Favourite word of 2023:

Discovery

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2023 12:05 pm

Rationalization hamsters have gone plaid!

Whats a good card carrying leftist/feminist/intersectionist to do when she notices certain ethnic groups appear to be making her feel unsafe??
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/mar/07/safer-streets-women-racial-stereoptyping-fear

But in my recent conversations with some women about their feelings of safety, I have noticed underlying coded messages. They say things like “it’s a dodgy area”; that they “wouldn’t want to be alone around there”. They say they are scared of men in hoodies.

Some forego any pretence. One woman said to me: “I probably do find Black men in hoodies more scary.” Others admit they quicken their pace when they see a Black man walking down the street.

When women talk in general terms of “dodgy” areas or that some “types” of men feel scary, often a lightly masked stereotype has informed that fear. Studies have shown time and again that images of Black men were seen as larger, more threatening and potentially more harmful in an altercation than a white person. Being scared of certain areas where there are more of the “types” of men perceived as scary, then, becomes code for being more scared of Black and minority-ethnic men in public. When I’ve challenged these women, they protest: “It’s just the crime statistics!”, without acknowledging that behind these statistics lie stories of police harassment, ethnic profiling and racial criminalisation.

So – denial it is then.
Theory and severe university based education have resulted in a person too stupid to avoid people going out of their way to appear menacing or unfriendly (45% according to Dilbert guy/Rassumen)

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 8, 2023 12:09 pm

A civil case has a much lower standard of proof required for a criminal case. My read is the current reporting of hyperbole, Wilkinsons defence will likely argue an “absence of malice” type defence, her ability to prove a rape did occur is highly improbable.

You would think that someone who has been in publishing all their adult* life would understand the shield and safety net provided by the word “allegedly”.
….
* allegedly an adult.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 12:14 pm

.@LeaderMcConnell: “It was a mistake in my view for Fox News to depict this in a way that’s completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks.”

Trump’s genius is a magical ability to strip the camouflage from people like McConnell. What is underneath it is really quite revealing.

(Tucker of course is the immediate reason for this astounding comment, but Trump is the catalyst for it.)

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2023 12:14 pm

The most troubling aspect of the whole Brittany saga is her apparent “type”, Sharaz, Lehrmann and the current fiancé. On the other hand if you’re a pasty, slightly ovoid gentleman who enjoys political machinations …

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 12:14 pm

I am starting to think a lot of the Ukrainian twitter accounts are spooks or have been literally bought off them by deep state spooks.

They’re all nationalists but they all just happen to hate Orban and Trump?

Chur, chur.

“Hillary Clinton is my favourite nationalist”

“American conservatives are dummies who support Putin” (No, really, despite the House giving billions to Kiev).

Yeah nah.

Not any of the NAFO fellas liked Trump? Even the Poles? They’re all trans supportive progressive and 7 ft tall hypermasculine warfighters or smoking hot Ukrainian mil-tech babes (who hate anyone to the right of Mike Pence)?

Chur, chur.

Lysander
Lysander
March 8, 2023 12:20 pm

US intelligence believes a pro-Ukrainian group may have blown up the Nordstream

Yes, indeed. The US!

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 12:21 pm

From what I have read, it seems to be widely accepted that Russia has the manpower advantage at the front, which happened with their mobilisation surge. Anyone who pretends to know an exact number of troops on both sides would be lying, it’s all guesswork.

No guesswork Monty Pox Virus. Try looking up Colonel Douglas McGregor –

Look and Learn you who doesn’t want to look and learn (anything)………………….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POuy-DRGShY

rickw
rickw
March 8, 2023 12:21 pm

On the other hand if you’re a pasty, slightly ovoid gentleman who enjoys political machinations …

If Munty ever gets tired of looking after the milkman’s kids!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 12:22 pm

Haha, this dataset is going to be deep sixed faster than you can say “China”.

NASA space mission takes stock of carbon dioxide emissions by countries (Phys.org, 7 Mar)

The map is amusing!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 8, 2023 12:23 pm

H B Bearsays:

March 8, 2023 at 11:57 am

Dot

I have said it before, this whole stinking mess may see Higgins go to gaol and bring down the Federal Labor government.

It certainly has a Watergate-y feel about it. Long way to go yet.

If only Shane had managed to get the jury over the line this would have all gone away.
Speaking of which, I watched a show the other night about Sammy “The Bull” Gravano and his erstwhile bestie John “Teflon Don” Gotti.
Gravano was asked about Gotti beating various charges over the years.
“He wasn’t lucky.
He wasn’t teflon.
He didn’t have good lawyers.
I tracked the jurors down and I fixed the trial.
Every single time.”
(Until Sammy turned dibber-dobber that is).

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2023 12:26 pm

If only Shane had managed to get the jury over the line this would have all gone away.

He’s got his own problems now.

P
P
March 8, 2023 12:27 pm

A PRO-FAMILY CAUCUS
by Tom McDonough
3 . 7 . 23

The family has been under attack for decades. It has been especially harmed in the past two years; the “Respect for Marriage Act” led many to proclaim the culture war permanently lost. But be of good cheer. The fight has just begun.

Today, Rep. Mary Miller and co-chairs Rep. Diana Harshbarger and Rep. Brian Babin are establishing the Congressional Family Caucus to defend the natural family from attempts to undermine and erode it.

“The natural family, a man and a woman committed for life to each other and to their children, was ordained by God as the foundation of our society,” Rep. Miller’s letter inviting members to join the caucus states. It continues:

The natural family is essential for a nation to prosper because the family is the root of self-government, service, community, and personal responsibility.

Today, we have too many hearts without God. Too many homes without fathers. And too many conservatives afraid to speak up. I believe we have a moral obligation as servant representatives to protect and conserve the family.
This is a groundbreaking development, if not the beginning of a counterrevolution.

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 12:28 pm

Bruce of Newcastlesays:
March 8, 2023 at 12:14 pm
.@LeaderMcConnell: “It was a mistake in my view for Fox News to depict this in a way that’s completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks.”

Trump’s genius is a magical ability to strip the camouflage from people like McConnell. What is underneath it is really quite revealing.

(Tucker of course is the immediate reason for this astounding comment, but Trump is the catalyst for it.)

I agree, and this is why I would like for Trump to have another go at rescuing the USA. He will have learned so much about the Deep State by now. Before he did not, as DC is not a Corporation. Now he knows how the Deep State/Mafia works. Trump 2.0 here we go…………………………………………

Cassie of Sydney
March 8, 2023 12:31 pm

It was obvious from day one that both the Higgins and Porter affairs were manufactured to destroy and bring down the Coalition government.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 8, 2023 12:43 pm

H B Bearsays:

March 8, 2023 at 12:26 pm

If only Shane had managed to get the jury over the line this would have all gone away.

He’s got his own problems now.

He is about to discover the Loneliness of the Long Distance Prosecutor.
And he can’t claim he was just being a good and faithful servant of the ACT Shire Council.

Crossie
Crossie
March 8, 2023 12:45 pm

Colonel Crispin Berka says:
March 8, 2023 at 10:30 am
Parliament Live: Albanese departs for India
The Prime Minister will today head off to India, where he will lead a major trade and business delegation.

Tata, Albo!

Ha, ha. I wonder if he will be picked up in one of these when gets there.

Tata

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
March 8, 2023 12:45 pm

As Carlson himself has said, the error on Sicknick was made by the media with premature reports, not the authorities.

Who get their cues from….

*drumroll*

Authorities of the Democrat persuasion.

You’re quite the thickie, Muttley.

Shy Ted
Shy Ted
March 8, 2023 12:48 pm

Albanese departs for India

I predict India will get lots of coal and boundless minerals and we’ll get lots of elderly Indians.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
March 8, 2023 12:51 pm

It was obvious from day one that both the Higgins and Porter affairs were manufactured to destroy and bring down the Coalition government.

That may be the case but the liberals were their own worst enemy. Too many wets and Matt Kean lovers, they would have lost no matter what. If you look at what the ALP are doing now you will realise that they understand that the Liberals are unelectable until they fix themselves. (unlikely in my lifetime.)

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 12:54 pm

Shy Tedsays:
March 8, 2023 at 12:48 pm
Albanese departs for India

I predict India will get lots of coal and boundless minerals and we’ll get lots of elderly Indians.

Who will all vote for Tennis Elbow,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 12:57 pm

I like this UK High Commissioner at the National Press Club talk.

Top stuff.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2023 1:01 pm

Jayne “supermong” Caro – diagnosing the problem as the cure since… forever.
Usual “why are women so shit” article that almost stumbles across a symptom, before dismissing it as the cure.
https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.smh.com.au%2Flifestyle%2Flife-and-relationships%2Fan-equal-society-isn-t-a-loss-for-men-but-a-gain-for-everyone-20230217-p5clf8.html

Australian women are among the best-educated* in the world according to the World Economic Forum, but we have fallen from 13th to 70th for women’s workplace participation and achievement. Surely such a criminal waste of talent ought to be cause for radical action (hello quotas), but frankly, little has been done.

If only there was a clue.. anything at all that might be related to womens employability.. anything at all.

*severely educated.

dopey
dopey
March 8, 2023 1:02 pm

Sydney Morning Herald
You claim to be concerned about the most pressing national challenges facing Australia. Three years from now, China, the US, Australia and the rest of the world will be totally pre-occupied with addressing the ravages of unchecked climate change, a far greater national and human security threat to us all than conventional geopolitics.
Ian Dunlop, Gordon
Because sea levels wil have risen five millimeters.

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2023 1:03 pm

I like this UK High Commissioner at the National Press Club talk.

We’ve generally received good HCs from the UK.

In return in recent decades we’ve sent them retired politicians of mediocre value.

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 1:07 pm

Rogersays:
March 8, 2023 at 1:03 pm
I like this UK High Commissioner at the National Press Club talk.

We’ve generally received good HCs from the UK.

In return in recent decades we’ve sent them retired politicians of mediocre value.

I am listening to here right now and she is better than Tennis Elbow and Dumbo Dutton………

Crossie
Crossie
March 8, 2023 1:07 pm

CSPAN
@cspan
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5h
.@LeaderMcConnell: “It was a mistake in my view for Fox News to depict this in a way that’s completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks.”
Reflect on that a little while.

Dover, I consider McConnell a bigger threat to the US than the Democrats. He has neutered his own side though I am still not sure why. He is already rich so probably not money so it must be some hidden hatred.

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 1:10 pm

This British HC is top stuff…………………….Not like J Erk Off Short Arse……………………….lol

Cassie of Sydney
March 8, 2023 1:10 pm

“That may be the case but the liberals were their own worst enemy. Too many wets and Matt Kean lovers, they would have lost no matter what. If you look at what the ALP are doing now you will realise that they understand that the Liberals are unelectable until they fix themselves. (unlikely in my lifetime.)”

I’m not disputing any of that. The Liberals were at the tail end of almost a decade in power, it was a decaying termite ridden government, tired, effed up, slow, pathetic. People were over over Scott Morrison, who most people found sly and nauseating, his Covid management appalling, particularly his creation of the national cabinet and his refusal to speak up about the grotesque human rights violations committed by various state governments against ordinary Australians. He said nothing when ordinary Victorians were being bashed, beaten and bludgeoned….NOTHING. The final nail in the coffin for the Morrison government was its decision to sign up to net zero emissions. That was when they threw the baby out with the bath water, it was all over then. The current Liberal party, federally and in every state, stands for nothing, absolutely nothing. And they are about to be thumped here in NSW at the end of the month.

But back to Knickerless, one of the main reasons why many, including myself, found Morrison nauseating was his utter inability to deal with the Higgins and Porter affairs. He seemed paralysed by the allegations. Why? The Porter allegations was ludicrous from the beginning, laughable actually. As for the Knickerless allegation, all Morrison had to do was stand in front of the MSM and remind them that when allegations surfaced about the former leader of the Labor party, the Liberals did the right thing and allowed the police investigation to proceed. But no. One thing is for sure, Morrison clearly liked dumping on people, particularly his own, and so we’re left with a conga line of corpses, from Pell to Arndt to Kelly to Holgate to SAS soldiers to Christensen to Laming to Tudge to Porter to Lehmann. That’s Morrison’s true legacy there, not just a destroyed Liberal party but also destroyed lives and reputations.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 1:11 pm

Albanese departs for India

I hope he took his girlfriend with him, or she may be in some strife.

PM’s girlfriend Jodie Haydon’s radical super reform push raises questions over her links to Labor’s recent policy backflip (8 Mar)

“An article promoting radical super reform penned by the Prime Minister’s girlfriend has raised questions over her links to the Albanese government’s recent policy backflip.

Jodie Haydon in 2019 wrote an article for the Public Service Association of NSW union’s magazine calling for the then-Coalition government to make major changes to the superannuation system.

Ms Haydon – who has worked in the super industry for more than 20 years – discussed the gender super gap and laid out a five-point plan to address the inequalities in the system.”

She’s a PSA weenie eh? Our super is in very very very safe hands.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 8, 2023 1:11 pm

I’m not sure whether m0nty=fa has learned to accept defeat, or simply likes to demonstrate the vast breadth of his stupidity. There have been a couple of recent demonstrations to suggest one or the other.

Yesterday and today are good examples. He spent a lot of time pushing the “progressive” line on January 6 and the tapes that featured on Carlson’s show. he didn’t get much support, but a lot of pushback. Then, just like that, Ukraine became the hot topic, and comment on January 6 ended. He isn’t doing well there either.

I’m not sure that he is self-aware enough to recognise when he is on the wrong end of a losing argument, so maybe he either feels obliged to cover the full daily range of PC gibber, or else he simply loses focus.

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2023 1:14 pm

I am listening to here right now and she is better than Tennis Elbow and Dumbo Dutton…

I’m sure she’s much better than that! 😀

Crossie
Crossie
March 8, 2023 1:14 pm

Bruce of Newcastle says:
March 8, 2023 at 12:22 pm
Haha, this dataset is going to be deep sixed faster than you can say “China”.

NASA space mission takes stock of carbon dioxide emissions by countries (Phys.org, 7 Mar)

The map is amusing!

Bruce, I disagree with the it. Australia is coloured beige but Canada is green. We have the comparable land area and population ratios as well as same lack of industry so why is does Canada get a green rating?

The other really silly thing is having Alaska coloured the same as mainland US, or the lower 48 as the locals call it. There is no industry there and population is the size of that of our Northern Territory.

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 1:15 pm

I can’t wait for the Aus Guv’ment to get an Australian Nuclear Submarine whoever from. Fark the Chinese.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 8, 2023 1:19 pm

As Carlson himself has said, the error on Sicknick was made by the media with premature reports, not the authorities.

Option 1: There was no official position on the death (published or leaked), and the media just made shit up; or
Option 2: The relevant officials knew the truth (that his death had nothing to do with the mostly peaceful protests), but deliberately misled the media and put on a ghoulish carnival for PR purposes.

Pogria
Pogria
March 8, 2023 1:20 pm

Go Woke, Go Broke.
Another Aussie business about to hit the skids.
Also, if I can’t un see it, neither can you. 🙁

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 8, 2023 1:23 pm

But back to Knickerless, one of the main reasons why many, including myself, found Morrison nauseating was his utter inability to deal with the Higgins and Porter affairs. He seemed paralysed by the allegations. Why?

It was all about Saving Private Morrison.
His tactic was to keep pushing people under the ALP/MSM bus hoping it would get bogged in the blood and guts and wouldn’t get to him.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 1:23 pm

Crossie – The thermageddonists bend over backwards to avoid mentioning the “C” word. They love China to bits. No one is protesting China building two full coal fired power stations a week, nor that they produce more CO2 than all other nations put together.

So that map ain’t going to get much airplay…

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 8, 2023 1:27 pm

As for the Knickerless allegation, all Morrison had to do was stand in front of the MSM and remind them that when allegations surfaced about the former leader of the Labor party, the Liberals did the right thing and allowed the police investigation to proceed. But no.

But no, indeed.

Boom.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 1:28 pm

if I can’t un see it, neither can you

He certainly likes showing off his…junk.
Not going to sell many bikinis I suspect.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2023 1:34 pm

Sancho Panzersays:
March 8, 2023 at 1:19 pm

Moe to the point, the media, the Dems and the swamp Repubs all played along with the “lying in state” pantomime of the officers body weeks after the death.

Disgusting grubs.

This is why, they were made to feel scared and look foolish.

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Tom
Tom
March 8, 2023 1:35 pm

The second edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight’s investigation of the January 6 propaganda wall includes the hysterical overreaction to Carlson’s revelations yesterday about the content of the hidden security footage.

The coverup would never have happened – or even have been attempted – without nearly 100% of the news US media supporting the Democratic Party’s concealment and active censorship of the truth – the total subversion of the American free press’s historic mission as the public’s eyes and ears.

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 1:37 pm

I cBruce of Newcastlesays:
March 8, 2023 at 1:23 pm
Crossie – The thermageddonists bend over backwards to avoid mentioning the “C” word..

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 8, 2023 1:38 pm

NATO estimates are that Russia is losing five men to every Uke KIA.

Clarification, is this the same NATO that estimated they could defeat the Taliban and free women from oppression in the sandbox? …. asking for a friend….

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Crossie says: March 8, 2023 at 1:14 pm
… Alaska …. There is no industry there and population is the size of that of our Northern Territory.

Yep.
Crossie, Alaska has three times the population of the NT.
Once in the past I got really interested in farming there. As in settling there & taking up a farm.
Ever since I’ve had a skin-deep interest in how the place is going.
It is the same size as Queensland (the difference isn’t worth mentioning) yet is the same width as the continent of Australia – though only 2/3 as high.

It is bluddee undeveloped & should rate as superdupershamrock green on any environmental scale – & as usual with undeveloped country, few of the the old-time locals realise this or are prepared to make radical change to turn it into Iowa or Wyoming.

Lysander
Lysander
March 8, 2023 1:49 pm

January 6, 2020 proves one thing for sure.

America needs an insurrection.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Tom says: March 8, 2023 at 1:35 pm
The second edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight’s investigation of the January 6 propaganda wall includes the hysterical overreaction to Carlson’s revelations yesterday about the content of the hidden security footage.

Does it include Whoopi Goldberg & co responding to Tucker Carlson by accusing him without any irony of “cherry picking” video footage, and repeating (at least twice) that Five people were killed on January 6th?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 8, 2023 1:51 pm

Ive been acquainted recently with a Cambodian reffo. Came here due to Ros Kelly and the Liars. He said he is eternally grateful therefore will vote for them forever as repayment. He was a peasant. Has worked hard, educated his kids and is a multi millionaire. He came with nothing but took every opportunity given. Just the sort we want. The expectation these days is you lot, me included, will keep the next lot in sheer luxury without working for it. The Liars have to get the votes from somewhere. There are only so many munties.

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 1:52 pm

And I don’t mind being moderated by idiots…………………….Who cares

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2023 1:58 pm

That’s Morrison’s true legacy there, not just a destroyed Liberal party but also destroyed lives and reputations
No guts Morro. Worse, the entire parliamentary party backed him in his utterances. Also no guts.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2023 2:03 pm

It is the same size as Queensland (the difference isn’t worth mentioning) yet is the same width as the continent of Australia – though only 2/3 as high.

Go look at a globe, not a Mercator projection. More like the size of NSW/Vic combined.

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 2:05 pm

I agree so lets have a nice time……………..

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2023 2:06 pm

I have a feeling the Wagner dissention bit was desinformatziya so the Ukes would keep sending in people for the Russians to kill.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2023 2:09 pm

According to the NEMWatch widget Qld large scale solar not doing so well today due cloud. Wind is running 36MW (5%) of installed. Yay for renewables!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2023 2:10 pm

Daily Mail.

Extraordinary moment Australia’s first hijab-wearing Senator shouts at rivals for not listening to her speech: ‘Now you walk away… are you serious!’

Fatima Payman put Andrew Bragg and Jane Hume on notice
Her argument prompted Senator Bragg to leave the Senate

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Go look at a globe, not a Mercator projection. More like the size of NSW/Vic combined.

Please keep in mind:
Vic/NSW = 400,000 sq miles
Qld =715,000 sq miles
Alaska =660,000 sq miles

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2023 2:11 pm

Seems Jim “Boofhead” Chalmers is about to attack imputation credits. On my email feed from business Australian but I don’t subscribe so does anyone have the story?

Cassie of Sydney
March 8, 2023 2:12 pm

“No guts Morro. Worse, the entire parliamentary party backed him in his utterances. Also no guts.”

I have a theory about Morrison, which is that after his “I believe in miracles” win 2019, he saw himself as “El Morro”, and he governed the cabinet and party like some South American tin pot dictator, and given his accumulation of portfolios, it makes sense. I believe he thought of himself as a messiah type figure. I find it hard to believe that there weren’t people in cabinet and the wider party room who didn’t speak up and offer differing opinions, about the Higgins and Porter imbroglios, about the wisdom of apologising to Higgins for an allegation that hadn’t been tested in court, or about the appalling idea of a national cabinet, or about the net zero decision and so on. Or maybe they were just happy to lie down and allow Morrison to walk all over them. Whatever, his tenure was a complete disaster for the Liberal Party, coming on the heels of Turdbull and the lacklustre Abbott. I don’t think the party can ever recover.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 8, 2023 2:20 pm

its road connections to Kramatorsk and Sloviansk – two densely populated, industrial urban hubs to the northwest – mean those cities be next in Russia’s crosshairs if they are able to take control

It’s a transport hub with roads able to be used 12 months a year, and therefore logistically gold – a facto that doesn’t often crop up on Call of Duty.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 8, 2023 2:21 pm

Factor.

Not ‘facto’. Factor.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 8, 2023 2:22 pm

‘I picked up this chick at the pub on Saturday night, and factor at her place later on.’

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2023 2:23 pm

Markets under threat as Chalmers launches franking credit attack
Robert Gottliebsen Follow @BGottliebsen

2:00PM March 8, 2023
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As the Australian economy reels in the wake of local and US interest rate rises the government has decided introduce deep uncertainty into a pillar of the Australian share market – franking credits.

And the franking attack comes at the same time as Treasurer Jim Chalmers is launching a similar attack on another key pillar, superannuation.

In the case of superannuation it is not the $3m cap that raises the alarm but rather the draconian taxes introduced to enforce it.
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The franking attack uses a similar mechanism with powerful legislative powers accompanied by an assurance they won’t be unfairly used.

The Treasurer’s effort to ‘de-Keating’ Australia that started with his remarkable January manifesto that, I explained under the heading ‘Jim Chalmers’ divine intervention ends Keating-era prosperity’, is now gathering pace.

The Chalmers’ attack is less precise but, longer term creates uncertainty that is arguably as devastating.

And because it is backdated to last September it has already created extreme doubt to a legitimate a franking credit dividend declared by a listed Australian company.

If the Chalmers Bill passes through parliament many more will follow. BHP is in a vulnerable space and will need to be careful.

To understand how this new attack works readers need to understand that it is masked by a legitimate franking credit refinement that, in my view, does not attack the share market franking pillar.

Accordingly, the first part of the act is a series of measures dealing with various dubious uses of franking credits when companies undertake share buybacks. On that front Chalmers deserves praise.

But then comes the killer blow.

Treasury hated Paul Keating’s franking credits from day one. As former Treasurer Peter Costello recalls, most new treasurers get a list of measures to raise money from Treasury and its soulmate the Australian Taxation Office.

For many years buried in the regular treasury list was its plan to give the ATO the power to substantially reduce franking credits.

Most new treasurers picked up the franking credit motivation but Scott Morrison when he was treasurer was tricked and actually announced a very similar plan to the one that being embraced by Chalmers.

But, streetwise, Josh Frydenberg became treasurer before it was implemented. It took Frydenberg less than a minute to realise what the ATO and Treasury were up to so he simply didn’t proceed with it.

Chalmers has embraced the plan.

Currently franking credits are seen as a shareholder asset that can be distributed by being attached to a dividend. That freedom era ends if the legislation is passed because the ATO is to be handed the power to declare that a dividend is what the legislation describes as being “unfrankable”

The first requirement to make a distribution “unfrankable” is that “the distribution must not be consistent with an established practice of the entity of making distributions of that kind regularly”.

Presumably the intention of the legislation is that companies will declare in advance their policy of dividend distributions which may be related to profit levels. But any variation, including special dividends linked to prosperity, look vulnerable but there is a morass of words that could have many meanings.

The second essential requirement for a distribution to be declared “unfrankable” is there must have been an issue of equity interest (i.e. capital raising) by the entity or any other entity. This requirement is broad.

The issue of equity interest can occur before or after the distribution. The entity issuing the equity interests does not need to be the company paying the dividend. Another morass of words follows but the bottom line is that any dividends that are suspect under the first requirement should not be accompanied with equity issues.

And so in the BHP takeover bid for Oz Minerals there is a provision for a special franked dividend by Oz Minerals which might be “unfrankable” if BHP had used shares rather than cash as part of the bid.

Indeed BHP needs to make an undertaking not to issue equity for an extended period for fear that it would make the Oz Minerals dividend “unfrankable”.

The morass of words give the ATO huge power he matters like this.

The listed company Tribeca Global Natural Resources has declared a fully-franked interim dividend of 5c per share and a special fully franked dividend of 7.5c per share.

It goes ex-dividend next month. It has also announced a share issue plus a dividend reinvestment plan. The franking credits in its special dividend are in grave jeopardy and even franking in the normal dividend might be at risk given the issue and dividend reinvestment plan plus the uncertainty created by the morass of words in the bill

A fundamental pillar of the Keating franking credit strategy was that companies would pay high dividends and replace the capital when appropriate.

It was a brilliant strategy that greatly contributed to Australia’s prosperity and it‘s reversal via uncertainty will reduce that prosperity.

Moreover it considerably increases the dangers to our banking system in a crisis. Around 2008 and in the early Covid period banks clearly paid dividends out of funds raised in equity placements which was encouraged by APRA who wanted to ensure the solvency of our banking system.

If we have another crisis APRA will again urge banks to pay dividends to hold their share price and fund those dividends out of equity issues. This legislation stops that safety mechanism by declaring those dividends “unfrankable”.

In another area of policy making the Australian government wants to encourage local manufacturing.

But manufacturing in an inflationary environment requires extra equity to fund working capital so while some working capital/dividends can be financed via debt, equity issues are vital.

Warren Buffett defined the impact of inflation on manufacturing working capital as “a gigantic corporate tape worm that eats cash flow from the inside“ due to its impact on working capital.

The government’s new manufacturers will be hit by the Chalmers blows and many will be sold overseas.

Chalmers will of course say I am exaggerating and have it wrong.

That’s his privilege.

Boofhead is playing to the public perception that franking credits are some sort of tax rort, practised by the very rich, to escape paying tax.

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 2:27 pm

I love these questions from another Tosser who from that who cannot answer it. Apart from this about out PLAN

132andBush
132andBush
March 8, 2023 2:28 pm

I believe he thought of himself as a messiah type figure.

It’s not just Morro.
Way too many of the grifters in parliament see themselves as messiah figures these days.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2023 2:28 pm

References to the sizes of places seem to be all over the place. Britannica says Alaska is 586,000 sq. miles. Still doesn’t make much sense on my globe though.
Too much snow and ice for too long each year.
I do like the floatplane base at Fairbanks. Anchorages are passed from parents to children and they learn to fly as soon as they can reach the controls. About half of the pilot population have licences. They are regarded as pussies.

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 2:32 pm

callisays:
March 8, 2023 at 8:01 am
It’s a very smooth brain there Cassie. It segues seamlessly between talking points and arrant nonsense back to normal stuff. Never missing a beat.

You have to admire the foot soldiers of progressivism. They are impervious to embarrassment, dedicated to the cause, unswerving in their downhill trajectory.

Sometimes I feel like Ransom conversing with Weston.

NO, It means that they are shits.

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Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 2:37 pm

As An Old Old Age Pensioner how does it help me?

Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2023 2:39 pm

What a Load of BOLLOCKS

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 2:44 pm

Bakhmut is only a little larger than Gympie. It is irrelevant strategically. It’s importance is entirely political. All of the stuff in the MSM is posturing for the audience. Who that audience is is the real question.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 8, 2023 2:48 pm

According to the NEMWatch widget Qld large scale solar not doing so well today due cloud. Wind is running 36MW (5%) of installed. Yay for renewables!

That can’t be right.
We’re in Day 3 of the Low Intensity Thermageddon here, so how can solar be going other than gangbusters?

Bar Beach Swimmer
March 8, 2023 2:52 pm

“Women often need to be championed.”

I would prefer it if Australia was being defended.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2023 2:56 pm

I wasnt paying attention, I was watching the weather report…

Whats the temp here tomorrow.?
I have no idea, but its hot.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2023 2:56 pm

WA man fined $500 for using council power to charge e-vehicle

By Anthony Anderson
NCA NewsWire
2:00PM March 8, 2023
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A man’s been fined after using a local council power box to charge his electric car.

It happened about noon on Sunday in the West Australian Great Southern town of Mt Barker, about 363km southeast of Perth.

Hidden CCTV images captured the 78-year-old Cranbrook man using the power box to top up his e-vehicle.

Police subsequently charged the man with stealing and fined him $500.

It’s illegal in WA to charge an e-vehicle in public anywhere but an approved service point.

Mt Barker police used their Twitter account on Tuesday evening to make an example of the man.

“To clarify. If you want to recharge your e-vehicle, DON’T steal the electricity to do so,” they posted, along with a photo of the man’s car plugged into the power box.

“Police will prosecute in EVERY instance. This recharge cost the vehicle owner a $500 fine, for stealing from the Shire. Be better.”

The Electric Vehicle Council’s Australian EV Charger Map on their website shows a Shire of Plantagenet charging station in Mt Barker, another in Cranbrook, and two more in Kendenup, which is between the two towns.

The Twitter post was shared by the main WA Police Force Facebook account, with the resulting comments a mixed bag.

Some said the incident showed why e-vehicles weren’t a viable option in regional areas, while others said it showed more country charging stations needed to be installed.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 8, 2023 3:03 pm

I have a theory about Morrison, which is that after his “I believe in miracles” win 2019, he saw himself as “El Morro”, and he governed the cabinet and party like some South American tin pot dictator…

Add to that his striding like a chubby Colossus through the Island of Oz Covid adventure playground, doing and spending and mandating with minimal insight, oversight or opposition.

He ended any pretence that the Liberal Party is home to competent management.

m0nty
m0nty
March 8, 2023 3:04 pm

Are you/ they talking about Bakhmut or along the entire front? And who is widely accepting this manpower advantage?

Bakhmut specifically.

NATO does this daily? Where? Or are you confusing the British MoD or OSW with NATO?

Right, it’s Ukraine and the Poms. But then in addition to the daily reports you often see quotes out of NATO intelligence.

The overall picture is hard to see through the fog of war, of course. There has been a fair bit of chat about Ukraine withdrawing from Bakhmut, especially now that its supply lines are degraded. Russia has been trying to perform an encirclement but they are having trouble because the two advancing lines they are trying to meet up to finish the circle are now vulnerable salients to be attacked themselves.

The victory, if it comes, would be as memorable as that other town in the middle of nowhere that Russia took over a month ago whose name everyone has since forgotten.

calli
calli
March 8, 2023 3:04 pm

Dover, I consider McConnell a bigger threat to the US than the Democrats. He has neutered his own side though I am still not sure why. He is already rich so probably not money so it must be some hidden hatred.

Crossie, it’s hard to work out. For some people too much money is never enough. They want more.

There is also deep seated fear there too – fear of losing what they imagine they’ve worked so hard for. And of course the corrupting influence of unfettered power. It has a taste like no other.

cohenite
March 8, 2023 3:05 pm

If Trump got fair media coverage (which is an impossibility since the media is the West’s greatest threat because it is implacably left wing) the world would not be in the mess it is today. Trump’s speech at CPAC was amazing. DeSantis is great but an apprentice compared to Trump.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2023 3:06 pm

Who had “nuclear war in the middle east” on their bingo card?

https://order-order.com/2023/03/07/pentagons-top-officials-visit-israel-following-discovery-of-irans-weapons-grade-uranium/

Last month the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported finding 84% enriched uranium in Iran’s Fordo underground plant – near enough weapons grade. Analysts had hitherto estimated that Israel had more than a year to complete preparations for an attack on Iran and any retaliation that might follow in its wake. Israeli hawks now believe their window of opportunity is reduced. The White House is reportedly concerned that Israel could pre-empt matters.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2023 3:06 pm

Two arms of the pincer on high ground with the road vulnerable to direct fire. Leave an escape route but kill anything that uses it. Let more fresh meat in.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 3:12 pm

Don’t shoot the messenger.

Keep in mind 900,000 people have left Russia since the invasion/SMO started.

https://www.minusrus.com/en

Russia’s losses
07.03.2023
Approximate assessment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine 24.02.2022

Personnel
~620.320 +4240
killed ~154.830
wounded ~464.490
prisoner of war ~1.000

Armored combat vehicles
6714 +11

Tanks
3432 +9

Artillery
2456 +23

calli
calli
March 8, 2023 3:13 pm

The bushfire criticism stung him. Really stung, right to the marrow.

He thought he could get away with “niceness”, being Turncoat’s successor and next best thing. But the media went for him in an unexpected, and to be honest, really unfair way. He wasn’t about to let that happen again.

When the Covid panic started, he was on the front foot and stayed there. To appear pro-active, he ditched COAG and formed the National Cabinet. Being a Teflon sort of character, the horrid decisions were farmed out to the Premiers. Figuratively, they would “hold the hose” this time. He foolishly imagined that none of their heinous decisions would be sheeted back to his abrogation of responsibility. Big mistake.

The net result of his stupidity and cowardice is wall to wall Labor governments and no way out of the progressive maze for the foreseeable.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 3:14 pm

Two arms of the pincer on high ground with the road vulnerable to direct fire. Leave an escape route but kill anything that uses it. Let more fresh meat in.

Crab pincers, yum! With a bit of lemon juice.

Sieges aren’t always successful. Those flanking formations are hanging in the air.

The Russians should take the place, but they are making rather heavy going of it. Which suggest they’re overstretched. That historically has led to previous pull-backs in Kiev, Chernigov, Kherson and Lyman. Gerasimov knows his stuff, but if he’s under pressure from above he could be stuck between a rock and a hard place. The change in flavour of the Ukie press releases in the last week, from defeatism to heroic hero-ness, has been interesting.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 8, 2023 3:15 pm

DrF the sun is shining on the BoM thermometer and not on the ‘to cheap to meter’ panels. Really is that too hard to understand? Anything else you want explained simply, I’m here to help.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 8, 2023 3:18 pm

As the Australian economy reels in the wake of local and US interest rate rises the government has decided introduce deep uncertainty into a pillar of the Australian share market – franking credits.

Chalmers is like a wild ravenous beast. Now he wants to double tax dividends.

In an ideal world (well, a less dysfunctional one) school kids would learn a few principles of capitalism at school. Not full blown economics mind you, just principles that they can observe. An imaginary start up business (lawn mowing businesses seem a popular example) with a few scenarios to show how things work.

Chalmers should be compelled to attend such a class too.

Hey, it would also be fun to teach kids what makes innovation happen – and then ask them if they would be prepared to give up i-Phones or go back to playing Pong rather than Minecraft. That would be like taking a limb. ‘Cos if Chalmers’ predecessors succeeded in the 70’s that would be the world the kids would be in.

calli
calli
March 8, 2023 3:19 pm

Rotten, I don’t think you understand who Ransom and Weston are.

The comparison was hardly complimentary. “Shits” barely covers it. 🙂

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 8, 2023 3:22 pm

Police subsequently charged the man with stealing and fined him $500.

Police charge a man for charging.

m0nty
m0nty
March 8, 2023 3:22 pm

As I said months ago, the battle of Bakhmut is essentially a stalemate during winter. Both sides are accepting attrition and trying to conserve ammo for when the fighting becomes strategically meaningful – especially when the European tanks arrive. Once the ground thaws out, Bakhmut will be overtaken by events.

m0nty
m0nty
March 8, 2023 3:24 pm

Anderson Cooper: “You know, I mean, the idea of Tucker Carlson being in that mob that day and not wetting his pants is hard to imagine.”

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 3:25 pm

Talk is cheap monty.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2023 3:26 pm

It would be nice if some business leaders would stand up and defend capitalism in the manner of Avi Parbo or Rod Carnegie back in the day instead of cowering and snuggling up to Big Government.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2023 3:29 pm

Chalmers is like a wild ravenous beast. Now he wants to double tax dividends.

Stopping the double taxation of dividends, and introducing franking credits, was Paul Keating’s sole achievement of any note.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 3:31 pm

The tactic I’ve used a lot in wargaming is hammer-and-anvil. You set up an anvil, invite attack upon it. Then you hook around with the hammer. It’s very well known, but still works over and over.

Russian military officers are reportedly refusing to launch a new attack on the Ukrainian town of Vugledar after suffering heavy losses in a tank battle. It has been claimed that Russia lost around 130 tanks and armoured fighting vehicles in a recent offensive to take the town, located in the Donetsk oblast.

Ukie data so go find corroboration if you can. I haven’t bothered. But if Bakhmut is an anvil then Vugledar may be where the hammer is.

Russian officers stage mutiny and ‘abandon attack’ on key town after losses (8 Mar)

cohenite
March 8, 2023 3:32 pm

“You know, I mean, the idea of Tucker Carlson being in that mob that day and not wetting his pants is hard to imagine.”

You’d have to use a catheter to wet your pants dickless.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 3:35 pm

Anderson Cooper

Maybe you’ll quote Keith Olbermann next, eh Monty?
Anderson Cooper…CNNLOL.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 8, 2023 3:38 pm

m0nty=fa

NATO does this daily? Where? Or are you confusing the British MoD or OSW with NATO?

Right, it’s Ukraine and the Poms. But then in addition to the daily reports you often see quotes out of NATO intelligence.

A “professional” j’ismist who doesn’t know the difference between the UK and NATO? Seppuku for you.

The overall picture is hard to see through the fog of war, of course.

As with most j’ismists, you haven’t let that restrain you from making bold predictions about events.

Learn some humility.

Cassie of Sydney
March 8, 2023 3:38 pm

“The White House is reportedly concerned that Israel could pre-empt matters.”

The White House is trying to orchestrate regime change in Israel and Hungary. A repeat of what they did in Ukraine back in 2014.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 8, 2023 3:43 pm

m0ntysays:
March 8, 2023 at 3:24 pm
Anderson Cooper: “You know, I mean, the idea of Tucker Carlson being in that mob that day and not wetting his pants is hard to imagine.”

Meeeeeoooooowwww!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 3:44 pm

What exactly determines the strategic significance of this that location?

Dover – The only real strategic significance of Bakhmut (prewar pop: 71,000) is if it is used to break the other side. Which is quite possible in either direction. The place itself has little advantage, but a win by the Russians with likely capture of a couple divisions of Ukies would be the biggest victory they’ve had so far. Conversely if the Ukies break the teeth of the Russian offensive on their fortifications, that then enables outflanking and a possible general pullback – as has happened elsewhere.

A small version of Stalingrad if you like. Same concept: get them focused on the prize then hit their flanks and surround the force in a pocket. Both sides are trying exactly that – to each other.

I dunno how it will work out.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 8, 2023 3:47 pm

“The White House is reportedly concerned that Israel could pre-empt matters.”

So the Mad Mullahs in Iran, who have constantly declared their intent to annihilate Israel, have progressed their nuclear program further than anyone expected and the fear is that Israel might try to defend themselves before Iran is ready?

Remember when Trump was thwarting Iran’s plans (rhymes!) and Biden rescinded it? I expect Raggedy Anne, who would have been the press corps chook-feeder at the time, explained how Biden’s policy of bending over and holding out a bottle of lube between his legs was better?

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
March 8, 2023 3:53 pm

Kudos (pun intended) to The Australian for digging up the story on QDOS and its secret political polling for Andrews.

But The Aus seems to have missed the essential point. This was blatantly party-political stuff which should have been funded by the ALP, not the poor long-suffering taxpayer.

m0nty
m0nty
March 8, 2023 3:53 pm

If Bakhmut isn’t strategically meaningful, is Kramatorsk? Slavyansk? What exactly determines the strategic significance of this that location?

Kramatorsk is certainly meaningful, given its size and military factories plus it’s the HQ for the oblast. Sloviansk not as much.

None of them are as meaningful as, say, Kherson, Kharkiv or Mariupol.

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 8, 2023 4:25 pm

Don’t shoot the messenger.

Why minusrus? Why not Sarah Ashton-Cirillo or Visegrad 24?

Crossie
Crossie
March 8, 2023 4:25 pm

Pogria says:
March 8, 2023 at 1:20 pm
Go Woke, Go Broke.
Another Aussie business about to hit the skids.
Also, if I can’t un see it, neither can you. ?

I used to buy Seafolly in the 80s but that was because they actually advertised using pretty girls. Which woman in her right mind would buy a bikini worn by a man? And an ugly man at that. Deserve to go bankrupt.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 8, 2023 4:30 pm

Who had “nuclear war in the middle east” on their bingo card?

It’s always been better than an outside chance. Only Unicornists believed that Iran’s nuclear program was anything other than a bomb-in-the-basement in plain sight.

The risk is that Mutually Assured Destruction breaks down when you get people around the launch button who believe that death comes with a reward.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 8, 2023 4:30 pm

But The Aus seems to have missed the essential point. This was blatantly party-political stuff which should have been funded by the ALP, not the poor long-suffering taxpayer.

Sure, The Australian always seems to miss the point when it’s Labor Party racketeering.

Perhaps the real mission is to reinforce the narrative that Covid/19 is a deadly disease to prepare the ground for Covid/19 Mk. 2 and a fresh round of Vaccinations?
Hasn’t 3RAR been practicing going house to house lately?

Pogria
Pogria
March 8, 2023 4:37 pm

Crossie,
Sea Folly’s attempt at virtue signalling is an affront, an insult to all the women and girls who have made them the successful business they are.
I hope they die screaming.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 8, 2023 4:52 pm

I’m the one that has to die when it’s time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.
Jimi Hendrix

Waterboarded to death with red wine and Dr. Bob Brown’s Heydrich like visage was the last thing he ever saw?

Well, okay.

Mark from Melbourne
Mark from Melbourne
March 8, 2023 4:59 pm

I was just pointing out it’s not like sudden onset gender dysphoria which is now almost fashionable.

No, anorexia isn’t at all like gender dysphoria, in one key area. We don’t encourage anorexics.

Otherwise, they seem pretty darn similar to me.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2023 5:04 pm

Apparently 9% of boys aged between 5 & 7 are on the NDIS.

A few bits from their report.
https://www.ndis.gov.au/media/4477/download?attachment

It’s quite high for children who are 5–7 years old.
9% of boys this age take part in the NDIS.
And it’s about 4% of girls.


Over the last 2 years, funding has grown by 59%


Funding for SIL (supported independent living) grew 34% each year for the
past 3 years.

from the funding report
https://www.ndis.gov.au/media/5565/download?attachment

We expect the average funding participants use
to be $59,400 in 2022-23


At the end of June 2022, the NDIS had
534,655 participants

534,655 x 59,400 = $31, 758, 507,000 last year.

Or, nearly the same amount spent daily on Aboriginal funding.. $87,009,608pd

calli
calli
March 8, 2023 5:05 pm

I doubt whether my friend who works in the swimwear shop will be putting up posters of Mr Bulge in his Sea Folly.

She knows it won’t sell a single cozzie.

And she can see their folly.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 5:05 pm

Why Minus Rus?

Because someone asked.

Everyone can decide for themselves if it is credible or not.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 8, 2023 5:07 pm

Whole lotta Tut-Tuting about Brittany Higgins goin’ on.

The reality is that Higgins identified herself as the Complainant when she was under no obligation to do so.

Lehrmann had pro bono lawyers that went to the High Court in a bid to prevent him being identified.
Then spent the rest of the year in a Private Clinic where the cops couldn’t interview him.
Then sought injunctions, Pro Bono, natch, to stop any Trial.

Now he’s going to Court again as a Litigant, pro bono, natch.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 8, 2023 5:19 pm

Ed Casesays:
March 8, 2023 at 5:07 pm
Whole lotta Tut-Tuting about Brittany Higgins goin’ on.

The reality is that Higgins identified herself as the Complainant when she was under no obligation to do so.

Perhaps she wanted the publicity for political purposes? That seems to have been one of the principal aims of her and her hangers-on.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 5:20 pm

Sedan had a pop. a little over 10,000 in 1940. And yet.

That’s what I mean Dover.
Or Passchendaele or Verdun.

Wasn’t until Brusilov and Monash, when tactical and materiel advances changed the balance from defensive advantage back to offensive. This war is mostly stuck in the former due to the advances in man-portable AA and AT systems.

Interesting what happens when someone gets a battlefield laser system working which can intercept artillery and mortar rounds. The US and Israel are close to doing so. Removing artillery as an important support would have an enormous impact on the tactical balance.

calli
calli
March 8, 2023 5:22 pm

Excellent Dover.

I have to say I prefer the shofar.

Lysander
Lysander
March 8, 2023 5:30 pm

Hahaha it appears Mark McMclown has stepped in some shit with the Perth Mint “watering down” gold bars it sold with silver. And, it seems many in the chain new this was happening…

Sure, it was only a few per cent, but the total value of bars sold with this “watering down” was a meagre $8,000,0000,000.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 5:33 pm

Whole lotta Tut-Tuting about Brittany Higgins goin’ on.

Yes, she lied about getting the morning after pill to the police – she committed perjury and has made an admission about this being a lie. She also handed her phone over after trying to nuke her data and messages/call logs.

Ch 10 is going to throw her under a bus.

Tut tut indeed.

rosie
rosie
March 8, 2023 5:34 pm

They would never have to deal with a bloke pretending to be a woman in their toilets.

No I imagine that would be the least of their worries.

Tom
Tom
March 8, 2023 5:34 pm

Sky News is breaking the story that RBA Governor Philip Lowe benefited from a $240,000 staff loan at half the standard cash rate to buy a $1.7 million property.

Sharri Markson’s Sky News weekday show has picked up the story and has called for Lowe’s resignation: he was getting special preferential treatment from the RBA at the same time his policies were inflicting mortgage pain on borrowers who don’t have his political connections.

m0nty
m0nty
March 8, 2023 5:35 pm

Ed Krassenstein @EdKrassen

BREAKING: Several hundred pages of private texts, emails and testimony from Fox News executives and journalists have just been released in the Dominion lawsuit.

They show that after colleagues called Arizona in favor of Joe Biden, Tucker Carlson wrote to Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, saying “We devote our lives to building an audience and they let Chris Wallace and Leland Vittert wreck it.”

All Carlson cared about was his audience size, not the truth.

In a separate text message, Maria Bartiromo started crying conservative tears, and was obviously in denial that Biden had won, writing, “OMG, I’m so depressed. I can’t take this. I told my team we are not allowed to say pres-elect at all. Not in scripts or in banners on air.”

More details from the Dominion court filing show a transcript of Rupert Murdoch’s January deposition, revealing that Murdoch dismissed any conspiracy theories regarding Dominion, saying repeatedly that he did not believe Dominion was engaged in a massive effort to steal the 2020 election and said he never saw any evidence of such.

Additionally during November 2020, Lou Dobbs, who was then a Fox Business host, inquired from Fox producer John Fawcett for his opinion on a lawsuit filed by Sidney Powell that sought to overturn the 2020 election.

“It’s complete bs,” Fawcett wrote to Dobbs, “I can’t believe that was the kraken.”

In another email from Rupert Murdoch to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott, about 2 weeks after January 6, he said “Maybe Sean [Hannity] and Laura [Ingraham] went too far. All very well for Sean to tell you he was in despair about Trump but what did he tell his viewers?”

Fox News viewers are dumb arses.

Anchor What
Anchor What
March 8, 2023 5:36 pm

We watch a fair bit of Sky and Fox News. It’s noticeable that on Daytime Sky the Labor pollies are very relaxed and get to present their spiel in a smooth manner – no doubt because they know they are not going to be savaged by their left leaning journo mates.
It has also been noticeable that the NSW rail unions are going flat out to help Labor across the line in the state election that looms large now; train “safety” problems weekly.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2023 5:40 pm

The Russians should take the place, but they are making rather heavy going of it

What’s the hurry? Take it slow, save your people while killing a bottled up enemy who keeps sending more troops for you to kill.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2023 5:40 pm

$1.7 million property

Sadly, that almost could be a new 2 bdr unit in the Shire; not on the water either.

Your first property will be 24 times your wage after graduation.

It’s tough out there. Moving to a less salubrious suburb isn’t an option really anymore.

calli
calli
March 8, 2023 5:41 pm

Channel Seven are doing their bit too, Anchor. They’ve always fancied themselves as Labor kingmakers.

They got Kevni over the line and look how that turned out.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 8, 2023 5:42 pm

This Seafolly poster, larger than life, has been in the front window of a surfwear shop in sleepy Busselona for about ten years straight I reckon.
If the owners have any sense, they’ll leave her there for another decade.

calli
calli
March 8, 2023 5:47 pm

Your first property will be 24 times your wage after graduation

That’s interesting Dot. I did a little extrapolation. My first salary in 1972 was $1,200 pa and my first property bought in 1977 was $32,000 (2 b/r unit).

Took out two mortgages and a small c/c debt. Eye watering stuff.

Learned the Many Ways of Mince in the process.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 5:49 pm

DeSantis is in the wars.

DeSantis Denounces Florida Legislator’s Blogger Registry Proposal (8 Mar)

“As the New York Post reports, DeSantis distanced himself from his fellow Republican’s proposal, saying it was “not anything I’ve ever supported,” while adding that “I don’t control every single bill that has been filed.”

The proposed bill criminalizes people who criticize Governors on blogs without previously being registered. I have no idea what the Republican guy putting the bill up was thinking since the blogosphere is the core support base for the Republicans against the MSM, and they would totally hate the idea. I certainly do.

Why DeSantis Can’t Announce A Presidential Run Yet (8 Mar)

“With the release of his book last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has begun his campaign for an office he hasn’t declared he’s seeking. It’s not officially a campaign. It’s called instead a book tour for “The Courage to be Free: Florida’s Blueprint for America’s Revival.”

Why hasn’t he declared for office? He’s said he’s first concerned with Florida’s legislative session, beginning March 7 and lasting until May 5. There’s another reason, though. Florida law now requires him to resign as governor—in a second term he took the oath of office for just two months ago—if he runs for another office.”

Given Trump is light years ahead of DeSantis in the primary polls he’s in a terrible bind. Still, it makes sense to keep his powder dry as something might exclude Trump from the campaign. Of course if that happens the 40 million hard-line Trump supporters will all stay home cleaning their firearms and drinking Coors on election day. Which means DeSantis will’ve wasted his time anyway.

rosie
rosie
March 8, 2023 5:53 pm

Gender dysphoria and anorexia are both mental health problems but you are correct Mark one is encouraged! and the other rightly recognised as a mental health problem (that also has serious physical consequences).

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 8, 2023 6:00 pm

m0nty=fa

Fox News viewers are dumb arses.

But not as dumb as CNN and MSNBC viewers.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2023 6:02 pm

Lysander at 5:30

Hahaha it appears Mark McMclown has stepped in some shit with the Perth Mint “watering down” gold bars it sold with silver. And, it seems many in the chain new this was happening…

We may need to re-gild the codpiece on the Big Sneakers.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 8, 2023 6:05 pm

dover0beachsays:
March 8, 2023 at 5:54 pm
They show that after colleagues called Arizona in favor of Joe Biden, Tucker Carlson wrote to Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, saying “We devote our lives to building an audience and they let Chris Wallace and Leland Vittert wreck it.”

All Carlson cared about was his audience size, not the truth.

Pretty tendentious conclusion to draw from that one sentence.

I doubt that m0nty=fa had to read that sentence to reach a conclusion that he has held for some time. He is just using the sentence to troll.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2023 6:06 pm

“What this country needs is a short victorious war to stem the tide of revolution.”
– Vyacheslav von Plehve, Russian Interior Minister, 1904

Protests Break Out As Chinese Cities Drown Under $10 Trillion In Debt, Fail To Make Payments (8 Mar)

“The last time we checked in on China’s debt, the IIF calculated that it was just shy of 300% its GDP, a record high, and more than double where it was a decade ago. … the WSJ reports overnight, China’s economy is “being weighed down by the colossal debts of its local governments, which swelled during the pandemic and are starting to come to a head” and nowhere is this more visible than at the city level.

Xi Jinping’s now defunct zero-Covid campaign buried cities under billions of dollars in unplanned expenditures for mass testing and lockdowns. At the same time, Beijing’s crackdown on excessive property-market leverage led to a sharp drop in land sales, depriving cities of one of their biggest revenue sources.

As a result, the WSJ notes that according to S&P Global calculations, two-thirds of local governments are now in danger of breaching unofficial debt thresholds set by Beijing to signify severe funding stress, with their outstanding debt exceeding 120% of income last year.

About a third of China’s major cities are struggling to pay just the interest on debt they owe, according to a survey by Rhodium Group, a New York-based research firm. In one extreme case, in Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu province, interest payments were the equivalent of 74% of fiscal revenue in 2021.”

Knock-on fallout from the West’s rising interest rates (like Mr Mate’s Rates Loan‘s 0.25% increase yesterday). China has to keep up or the currency collapses, but in keeping up all the wastrel tinpot provincial governments will go bankrupt. The fallout could lead to interesting times, as Chinese people are inclined to say.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 8, 2023 6:06 pm

PS, IIRC, Wallace at least no longer works at Fox.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 8, 2023 6:09 pm

Yes, she lied about getting the morning after pill to the police…

If she did, which I doubt, big deal.

Lehrmann booked into a private nuthouse for 8 months to avoid talking to the Cops.
Who, it turned out, were very reluctant to prosecute.

calli
calli
March 8, 2023 6:13 pm

Lying to the police when you are the complainant is a big deal.

It might make them think you are lying about other things.

Oh. That’s right. She was.

Delta A
Delta A
March 8, 2023 6:13 pm

I’ve had a niggling concern since granddaughter#1 21st birthday party last Saturday night. Certainly, it was a wonderful party with out-of-this-world food and constant live music, (at least 50% from the talented fam,) and a big British brekkie for the 25 who stayed over (making 40 in all at the tables).

As with most young people who have grown up with the heavy Left influence of their school years, Granddaughter has a wide and eclectic friendship group, some more important to her than others. Among the latter was a groupt of four 20-something women, three of whom were what boy Cats would describe as tatted landwhales. The fourth – tall, willowy and pretty in a ‘granny outfit’ including yellow skirt and cardi – sent my BS meter off the charts.

“That isn’t a woman,” I whispered to Best Man.

He wasn’t. But he danced with all landwhales, who took turns kissing him, although one, who wore an almost boob-containing, wrapover top, stamped her ownership by whisking him away for five minutes every now and then. He returned giggling sweetly, while the others descended on him again.

Let me state that I abhor the trans BS, especially the expectation that I will defy my eyes and pander to their pronoun perversions. However, I actually felt very sorry for this young man. As I saw it, he was (maybe) playing a role to be accepted by the bad girls who, in turn, saw their social cred boosted by pandering to a tranny. As I said above, I’m still a tad shaken by it all.

PS: this was all happening on the perimeter of the party, where I was parked in my liberating buggy. Granddaughter saw nothing of this. I will discuss it with her one day soon.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 8, 2023 6:15 pm

… she committed perjury and has made an admission about this being a lie.

Huh?
Proof, or you’re lying again.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
March 8, 2023 6:15 pm

Apparently 9% of boys aged between 5 & 7 are on the NDIS.

Would the cause of disability be the fact that they do not have any men teaching them at school and are being nannified to within an inch of their sanity?

Tom
Tom
March 8, 2023 6:16 pm

Oh gawd. It being international chicks day, Sky’s Sharri Markson just had Liars federal aged care minister Anika Wells on and asked her why there was such a gender pay gap in sports.

FFS, Sharri, what TV networks pay for sports rights is determined by the number of eyeballs watching them – and, compared with bloke sports, no-one wants to watch chick sports.

So, in both cricket and footy, popular blokes sports are subsidising chick sports which no-one wants to watch.

International Womens Day? Don’t tell the go-you-gurrl chicks they’re more dependent than ever on bloke sports to provide them with their pay packets and TV networks are willing to play along with the façade – for now — even though it’s costing them money.

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