Open Thread – Weekend 11 March 2023


The Carrousel – Autumn Morning, Camille Pissarro, 1899


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shatterzzz
March 12, 2023 4:24 pm

They are sooo getting bailed out before Monday.

all of this could have been avoided if someone had raised the Ukrainian flag over the door last Thursday

Roger
Roger
March 12, 2023 4:26 pm

I wonder if Oprah recommended the bank to Hazza & Meg?

Roger
Roger
March 12, 2023 4:27 pm

“You’ll love this bank. It’s so woke.”

jupes
jupes
March 12, 2023 4:28 pm

Tszyu!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 12, 2023 4:31 pm

callisays:

March 12, 2023 at 4:09 pm

I’m not sure how we ended up here, but I don’t think you’ve read what I said very well.

I read it extremely well, Winston.

You said the Lehrman’s life was not destroyed by the appalling injustice he was subjected to. He will have to go on to do something else and get on with it.

Yeah.
He can go lay bricks or pick fruit.
It will be very liberating we are told.
Until some spiky-haired activist or disapproving Teal-Karen in HR at his employer, or at one of his clients spots him.
Then he moves on to his next low level job.
And it happens again and again.
Pretty easy for someone who has been in a safe job all their life to glibly advise someone to become a modern day swaggy, without the benefit of anonymity every time he shows up in a new town.

calli
calli
March 12, 2023 4:35 pm

I wasn’t suggesting that at all Sancho and you know it.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 12, 2023 4:35 pm

jupessays:

March 12, 2023 at 4:28 pm

Tszyu!

Bless you!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 12, 2023 4:36 pm

callisays:

March 12, 2023 at 4:35 pm

I wasn’t suggesting that at all Sancho and you know it.

I wasn’t referring to you.

Dot
Dot
March 12, 2023 4:41 pm

You said the Lehrman’s life was not destroyed by the appalling injustice he was subjected to. He will have to go on to do something else and get on with it.

Regardless of slights or perceived slights here, what is needed is a victory in the defamation case with terms of apologies being made in major newspapers and massive monetary compensation, along with trying anyone for perjury who has already made an admission to the fact.

Until this happens regularly, false accusers will continue their vile work.

wivenhoe
wivenhoe
March 12, 2023 4:41 pm

How many people decided to get the jab without asking the wankers in the nursing home to wheel their parents out on their beds and into the sunlight so there would be no need for the jab status?

Is it a prison?

I’m guessing, not many.

Can not speak for other establishments other than the nursing home I am stuck in, but in this case, if you left the building for any reason at all you were placed into ten days isolation. Maybe some people thought that was too high a price to pay for a twenty minute visit.

calli
calli
March 12, 2023 4:41 pm

Iagreed with Winston about getting on with it. I still do.

The alternatives are unappealing and pointless.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 12, 2023 4:42 pm

He can go lay bricks or pick fruit.
It will be very liberating we are told.

Like learning to code.

will
will
March 12, 2023 4:44 pm

deposits from the commercial entities which generally have accounts with a number of banks and can quickly move their deposits around in a flash.

when I worked corporate treasury funds were invested with a range of institutions for a variety of terms to meet cash flow requirements – they were not al at call

Not if they’re all underwater and on the books at historical cost.

so they should have been doing a Value at Risk model at least daily, but the something else is clearly incompetence: maybe go woke go broke

Dot
Dot
March 12, 2023 4:44 pm

along with trying anyone for perjury who has already made an admission to the fact.

…and ruthlessly going after those who conspired, incited or incentivised a crime to be committed.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 12, 2023 4:44 pm

Channel 10 have decided to fight after all, so Lehrmann’s not getting an 8 figure payout after all.

Prediction:
He’ll do a Porter at the Mediation and everyone will meet his own Costs.
It still wouldn’t surprise if he resurfaces on Kevin Rudd’s Washington Staff, possibly as a valet?

Dot
Dot
March 12, 2023 4:45 pm

ALM was never about having everything at call, it was about matching assets to liabilities.

It’s like they didn’t or were unable to trade through the recent rate rises.

Isn’t that what trading desks actually do in institutions; shuffle around their portfolio?

m0nty
March 12, 2023 4:45 pm

Regardless of slights or perceived slights here, what is needed is a victory in the defamation case with terms of apologies being made in major newspapers and massive monetary compensation, along with trying anyone for perjury who has already made an admission to the fact.

Geez Dot, I can remember when you used to be a libertarian.

calli
calli
March 12, 2023 4:46 pm

Personally, I think any useful employment that actually produces something is better than being a shiny arsed bureaucrat advisor.

Do you honestly think a stratospheric career within the halls of the copybook headers is worthwhile employment? I must have been at the wrong blog for twelve years.

He could consider the sale of smallgoods in Darwin Town. 😀

Vicki
Vicki
March 12, 2023 4:49 pm

Can not speak for other establishments other than the nursing home I am stuck in, but in this case, if you left the building for any reason at all you were placed into ten days isolation.

And so the truly dreadful events come to light.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 12, 2023 4:53 pm

Personally, I think any useful employment that actually produces something is better than being a shiny arsed bureaucrat advisor.

I agree, but this is Bruce Lehrmann we’re tokkin’ ’bout here.

Basically, he’s never worked a day in his life, and it’s too late fo’ him to start now.

Oh come on
Oh come on
March 12, 2023 4:54 pm

Journalistic apartheid is ushered in at the ABC by sTan Grant:

At times like this I wonder what is the point in writing anything that appeals to the better angels of white people because that seems like a fool’s errand. I am writing this only for my people.

No doubt soon you’ll have to show your Blak card to continue reading.

Racism that happens away from the headlines and never stops.

I am writing because it has happened to my children playing sport.

It happens to my parents.

It has happened to me.

It happened only last year when I was called a n***** loudly to my face by a passer-by while filming out the back of the ABC.

I felt like I had been punched in the face. I felt angry, hurt, confused. And then I cried.

Lol is this guy for real? Does anyone seriously believe this happened?

I am not writing this to make white people understand. I am not writing this expecting it will change anything.

Well, you could always end the article there so as not to waste your time.

I have made the mistake time and again of trying to bridge the divide in our country, in the hope that we can be better and look what keeps happening.

I have wanted to believe in this country’s promise of a fair go and look what keeps happening.

What is it that keeps happening? Is it you getting another promotion?

Racism is written into our constitution. There it is still, in Section 25, a heinous clause that can allow for people to be denied the right to vote on the basis of race.

Sigh. It does no such thing. The purpose of s 25 was to dissuade individual states from excluding ‘races’ from voting in state elections by subtracting the excluded people from the impugned state’s population for the purpose of calculating the proportion of its representation in the HoR relative to that of other states. In fact, it was targeting only non-Indigenous races, given s 127 excluded Aboriginals from these counts.

The only way it could possibly be said to “allow for people to be denied the right to vote on the basis of race” is that it does not expressly forbid this, but the same could be said for every other constitutional provision. sTan is talking bollocks.

Section 51:26 says the parliament can make laws for the people of any race.

That is known as the “race power” and it is used to make special laws for my people.

What do you mean, “my people”? Don’t you mean ‘us’? Aren’t you writing for your people, sTan? Why aren’t you talking to them?

Why am I writing at all? I am writing this for my people. To offer what I can to how we might survive. How we might endure.

If the survival of sTan’s people depends on what he offers through his writing, his people are doomed.

I have gone home even more this year. I spend so much of my time trying to be a translator to explain myself. Home — on country — is the untranslatable space.

Even more this year? So he went there once? Being in the untranslatable space for an hour or two translates into countless race grievance columns, so it has its benefits I suppose.

Oh come on
Oh come on
March 12, 2023 4:55 pm
calli
calli
March 12, 2023 4:59 pm

My hope for Lehrman is that he gets a job doing something productive, meets a lovely girl, gets married, has a family and settles down in suburban bliss and contentment.

The antithesis of the Canberra zoo. Because a life well lived is the best revenge, and also the most fun.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 12, 2023 5:05 pm

My hope for Lehrman is that he gets a job doing something productive, meets a lovely girl, gets married, has a family and settles down in suburban bliss and contentment.

That’s very sweet, Calli.

This lovely girl, she’ll hafta get used to sleeping with one eye open,
right?
And be wearing 4 pairs of undies?

calli
calli
March 12, 2023 5:06 pm

Until this happens regularly, false accusers will continue their vile work.

Yes Dot. But we have two different things here.

First is the question for the falsely accused – where do I go from here? If there is no remedy through the courts, what then?

The second it the principle itself – a false accuser must be punished. My punishment would be in line with a very old and well-established one – the person should suffer the same fate as that which would be meted out on the accused.

Cassie of Sydney
March 12, 2023 5:09 pm

Lehmann plans to study law, I think he’d be better off studying carpentry, plumbing, or some other trade.

At the moment his life is in limbo and will remain in limbo for a while yet.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
March 12, 2023 5:09 pm
Louis Litt
March 12, 2023 5:20 pm

Dover – The Carrousel is how high density housing could look at least in Adelaide and in the semi arid areas of SA.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
March 12, 2023 5:20 pm

Check out these Lions.

How Kevin Richardson JUGGLES LIONS | The Lion Whisperer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxsrti1s3y4&t

cohenite
March 12, 2023 5:31 pm

Oh come onsays:
March 12, 2023 at 4:54 pm

So poor old stan was called a N…..! And him as white as the Ace of Spades!

JC
JC
March 12, 2023 5:37 pm

You gotta laugh.

The myth of Chinese supremacy
Strategic incompetence has always plagued Beijing

……….but many of the misrepresentations of that 1972 trip linger till this day — of which the most important by far is the legend of China’s strategic statecraft, superior by virtue of its very long-range perspective, then personified by Zhou Enlai. Because Kissinger negotiated primarily with Zhou, he elevated that servile toady — who never once tried to save life-long colleagues from Mao’s murderous intrigues — into a statesman of transcendental wisdom, fully endowed in the long-view department.

They should not. Chas W. Freeman, the interpreter, immediately told Kissinger that Zhou was referring to the 1968 student uprising that overthrew De Gaulle, whose final outcome was indeed still unclear in 1972. But Kissinger refused to give up his two centuries for a mere four years, and continued to repeat the story when gracing the dinner tables of the extremely rich in subsequent decades.

This was exemplified by Zhou’s answer to Kissinger’s fawning request for his retrospective view of the French Revolution. Indeed, Kissinger never tired of relaying the Great Man’s answer: “Too early to tell”. You see, you see, Kissinger would add, China’s greatest minds look ahead 200 years. Today, authors and publishers still use “playing the long game” in the subtitles of books about China.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 12, 2023 5:39 pm

Groogs calls it. That’s why he’s a big swinging dick in Chambers. Buy him a mutton sandwich if you see him around.

calli
calli
March 12, 2023 5:39 pm

It happened only last year when I was called a n***** loudly to my face by a passer-by while filming out the back of the ABC.

I felt like I had been punched in the face. I felt angry, hurt, confused. And then I cried.

In Ultimo?

Get a grip.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 12, 2023 5:42 pm

Lehmann plans to study law …

Aspiring rap for the aggrieved.

calli
calli
March 12, 2023 5:42 pm

Sooo…here I am watching Sydney Weekender and some bloke in drag is telling me all about his wigs. Erk. Click.

SBS Food should be okay, Giada cooking Italian. And there’s Brittany telling me all about “her” truth.

There is no escaping Woke on FTA.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 12, 2023 5:45 pm

He could consider the sale of smallgoods in Darwin Town

Hey!

It’s not just ‘smallgoods’. Anyone can do that. It’s the brand reputation that only poorly-cooked smallgoods can achieve that delivers the magic.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 12, 2023 5:49 pm

Ed Casesays:
March 12, 2023 at 5:05 pm
My hope for Lehrman is that he gets a job doing something productive, meets a lovely girl, gets married, has a family and settles down in suburban bliss and contentment.

That’s very sweet, Calli.

This lovely girl, she’ll hafta get used to sleeping with one eye open,
right?
And be wearing 4 pairs of undies?

Richard Cranium, you really are grotesque.

calli
calli
March 12, 2023 5:49 pm

Lehmann plans to study law

There goes that then. Silly man.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 12, 2023 5:51 pm

At times like this I wonder what is the point in writing anything that appeals to the better angels of white people because that seems like a fool’s errand.

I wouldn’t. If you do that Stan those angels just might smite you.
It’s you that is looking to bring in a racism-based one party state.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 12, 2023 5:52 pm

cohenitesays:
March 12, 2023 at 5:31 pm
Oh come onsays:
March 12, 2023 at 4:54 pm

So poor old stan was called a N…..! And him as white as the Ace of Spades!

He might have spent a bit too long on the tanning bed.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 12, 2023 5:53 pm

It’s not just ‘smallgoods’. Anyone can do that. It’s the brand reputation that only poorly-cooked smallgoods can achieve that delivers the magic.

So,
would you consider taking Bruce under your wing?

Roger
Roger
March 12, 2023 5:53 pm

I am writing this for my people. To offer what I can to how we might survive. How we might endure.

A sept of Grants in Australia?

Sterling idea.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 12, 2023 5:54 pm

Knuckles has the contract with the staff ar ER to make sure they get more OT in the weekends. My niece was on for a while and said there was more food poising occurring in the weekend. Whether knuckles caused it is up for discussion.

bons
bons
March 12, 2023 5:55 pm

It’s surprising that 60 Minutes, of all shows, has picked up the Ben Smith false accusations story.
Given the show’s history of total ‘me too’ mania it can be assumed that the program will focus on police failings and totally ignore the fact that all of his problems stem totally from a woman criminally levelling false accusations against him. A woman who will avoid deserved retribution.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 12, 2023 5:55 pm

Sooo…here I am watching Sydney Weekender and some bloke in drag is telling me all about his wigs. Erk. Click.

I hate TV- well actually I hate the meja.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 12, 2023 5:56 pm

Look, it’s great for any of us to say what career path might be fulfilling for Lehrmann.
But what does he think?
Maybe he doesn’t want to be a brickie or a landscape gardener or a burger flipper.
Dot is right.
Unless he wins his defamation case, which will provide de-facto protection against employment discrimination. What HR Karen would dare mark his cards and say it out loud if he wins?

cohenite
March 12, 2023 5:59 pm

Steve tricklersays:
March 12, 2023 at 5:09 pm
That thing has a dick.

https://rumble.com/v2aef9o-official-govt-docs-expose-michelle-obamas-14-year-history-as-a-man.html

Assuming the photos are roger dodger then that is stiff evidence that michelle’s cocksure attitude is rooted in fact. No wonder (s)he is so ballsy. But where did the sprogs come from?

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 12, 2023 6:02 pm

Groogs, you still on parole for snowdropping? Better be careful Little Buddy.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 12, 2023 6:03 pm

Whether knuckles caused it is up for discussion

Business creates business. Everyone’s hungry when they leave hospital – a pop-up outside the main gate can be invaluable, regardless of the reason for the punters’ attendance there in the first place.

At this juncture I would like to thank Armstrong Economics for their invaluable business insights, thus allowing me different-coloured jetskis.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 12, 2023 6:04 pm

sTan’s struggle is our struggle.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 12, 2023 6:05 pm

Maybe he doesn’t want to be a brickie or a landscape gardener or a burger flipper.

Who does?
The problem here is IQ, Bruce Lehrmann doesn’t have enough to be a Brickie.

Zipster
Zipster
March 12, 2023 6:07 pm
Ed Case
Ed Case
March 12, 2023 6:08 pm

But where did the sprogs come from?

From someone with a uterus?

Chris
Chris
March 12, 2023 6:17 pm

I find the Michelle-is-a-man schtick rather tasteless and reflects on the person making that joke. Odds are she isn’t. That African arse is very female, even if her looks and school-lunch-Karening demand mockery.
“Yebo Mama”

Carry on.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 12, 2023 6:22 pm

So where is Barry getting his Mom jeans?

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 12, 2023 6:35 pm

There’s been a few Flamers as U.S. Presidents,
Buchanan
Honest Abe
Chester Arthur
TR
Wilson
FDR
JFK
LBJ
Nixon
Bubba
The Shrub
Obama
Trump
But Obama was the first to marry a dude.

bons
bons
March 12, 2023 6:36 pm

Absolute cracker of a thunderstorm at the moment.
If the doggo clings any tighter she will choke me.
My old trick of wrapping a towel around her head is not working this time.
It is amazing that they don t experience a coronary given the out of control quivering.

cohenite
March 12, 2023 6:39 pm

I find the Michelle-is-a-man schtick rather tasteless and reflects on the person making that joke.

So, you’re saying Steve Trickler is a black poofta?

calli
calli
March 12, 2023 6:53 pm

Okay. Decided that WokeBS Food was not for me, nor was Sydney Dragender.

The answer…Bean. Seen it a gazillion times and still laughing. And no, it isn’t to everyone’s taste. Shamelessly silly.

Robert Sewell
March 12, 2023 6:56 pm

Milton F:

I thought male nurses were all poofters

A surprising amount are, but not this one.
I know damn well what my arse is for.

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
March 12, 2023 7:05 pm

Everyone’s hungry when they leave hospital – a pop-up outside the main gate can be invaluable,

Thats why Macca is in the forecourt of Royal Childerens’ Melbourne – still. Plenty of staff as customers

Gabor
Gabor
March 12, 2023 7:06 pm

China’s greatest minds look ahead 200 years

Perhaps.
But even if true, the intervening years and circumstances matter more than the end goal.
If you mess it up the now and the near future, you never get to the 200 year’s aim.

mem
mem
March 12, 2023 7:09 pm

I’m a little late to the table but offer this link as an aperitif. It concerns the belly-up circumstances of the Silicon Valley Bank. Whilst I would normally sympathize with those who lost investments, on this occasion I can’t help but celebrate a little. https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2023/03/11/pinkerton-green-woke-and-now-broke-how-svb-became-the-2nd-biggest-bank-failure-in-u-s-history/

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 12, 2023 7:12 pm

The Dems are still trying to get Michelle to run for Prez.

Michelle Obama for POTUS in 2024? (6 Mar)

Among the names of possible contenders, former first lady Michelle Obama’s name was floated ahead of the last Democratic presidential primary, although she has repeatedly denied any interest in seeking office. At 59, and with her “it” factor (as McKinnon labels it) she could emerge as a top candidate and Democrats could look to push her to run.

Maybe he means the Cousin It factor. I hope she’s sensible enough to stay right out of it. Being a pawn of the ghastly people running Joe is something I wouldn’t wish upon her.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 12, 2023 7:22 pm

I’m a little late to the table but offer this link as an aperitif.

Fine article Mem. He broadsides the woke, the climate luvvies, the Dems and the ESG/DIE crowd with a full battery of 16″ guns. Thanks for the link!

Perfidious Albino
Perfidious Albino
March 12, 2023 7:22 pm

Bruce – ‘Michelle’ IS one of the ghastly people running Joe…

Perfidious Albino
Perfidious Albino
March 12, 2023 7:27 pm

sTan is cooked, he is all the way through the looking glass people. He forgets in his racist, divisive prose that HIS people are Australian. Full stop.

cohenite
March 12, 2023 7:28 pm

Highlights from the whacky world of islam:

UK: Qur’an teacher gets 10 years for trying to rape young boy and abusing another for three years

UK: Muslim tweeted image of severed head, encouraged decapitation of anyone insulting Islam

UK: Kate Middleton, wife of the future king, dons hijab on visit to Islamic center

and just to show it’s not all about the UK:

Just Another Day: ‘Queer, Non-Binary,’ Sharia-Adherent State Rep Hid Trans Activist Who Assaulted Cop

Jihad Watch

rosie
rosie
March 12, 2023 7:29 pm

When you have been streamrollered by the ‘law’ it makes some sense to want to be a driver rather than the flattened.
Higgins is also planning to study law, isnt she.
Lehrmann could end up in the burbs doing conveyancing.

Diogenes
Diogenes
March 12, 2023 7:31 pm

So poor old stan was called a N…..! And him as white as the Ace of Spades!

I have never in 63 years on this earth heard of an Aboriginal called a n…. . Boong on the other hand lots and lots and lots.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 12, 2023 7:36 pm

sTan is cooked, he is all the way through the looking glass people. He forgets in his racist, divisive prose that HIS people are Australian. Full stop.

Stan lost all credibility when he repeated all the tired old bullsh!t about poisoning the waterholes..

Zipster
Zipster
March 12, 2023 7:36 pm
cohenite
March 12, 2023 7:42 pm

Bret Walker QC comes out with most detailed defence of the screech yet: if you don’t support the voice, you’re a racist. Legalese at its most nuanced!

Shy Ted
Shy Ted
March 12, 2023 7:44 pm

Never talk about the National Indigenous Australians Agency without linking to the CEO.
She’s not even trying.

rickw
rickw
March 12, 2023 7:44 pm

Boong on the other hand lots and lots and lots.

Only ever heard reference to a brand of cheese.

MatrixTransform
March 12, 2023 7:47 pm

so SVG are a go-between for starry-eyed tech tossers and punters with too much cash.

individual and corporate muppets give SVG bucks and SVG promise to turn that into bucks+ by picking winners among start-ups.

SVG get busy pushing start-up management around, creating wank-websites, grooming clients, and charging fees.

Presumably they offer loans as well.

I’ve had a look at some of their entries and they appear to be mostly bullshit based on software.

these clowns have been playing both sides and seem to have forgotten that at some point your start-ups need to actually make both a real product and real money.

the actual ‘product’, appears to have been mostly promises

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 12, 2023 7:48 pm

Shy Tedsays:
March 12, 2023 at 7:44 pm
Never talk about the National Indigenous Australians Agency without linking to the CEO.
She’s not even trying.

At least sTan makes the effort to darken his skin.

Crossie
Crossie
March 12, 2023 7:52 pm

Amanda Stoker just aired on Sky her talking to people on the streets of Brisbane for their opinions. Some nong was going on about global warming that is just crazy. He was wearing a coat. In Brisbane. In summer. I refrained from throwing something at the TV.

rickw
rickw
March 12, 2023 7:56 pm

It happened only last year when I was called a n***** loudly to my face by a passer-by while filming out the back of the ABC.

I felt like I had been punched in the face. I felt angry, hurt, confused. And then I cried.

What’s wrong with these people?

Every time I get called a “white (or local word for white) c’nt (or local word for it, arse, dick, demon etc.)” I laugh!

It’s a sign that you’re doing you job properly and pissing off the right people!

Crossie
Crossie
March 12, 2023 7:59 pm

Reports are that Prince Harry had his money in SVB. Some people would call that poetic justice, I call it God having a sense of humour.

On second thoughts, Prince Harry is the embodiment of the parable of the Prodigal Son. Imagine if he had to go to Dad for financial help again.

Christine
Christine
March 12, 2023 8:14 pm

I always like the prodigal son parable; but I wondered how it turned out. Did he stay on the farm and help his brother?
The King probably hasn’t enough years to do the seventy-times-seven forgiveness.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 12, 2023 8:24 pm

Crickit.
Straya makes 480.
Injuns now all square at 5/480 with Kohli still in.
118 overs left.
Only one side can win this one.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 12, 2023 8:25 pm

I always like the prodigal son parable

The fun thing is the coronation, on 6 May.
That gives two months for some serious repentancing.
Empty bank accounts are like empty bellies.

Roger
Roger
March 12, 2023 8:25 pm

Bret Walker QC comes out with most detailed defence of the screech yet: if you don’t support the voice, you’re a racist.

Thanks for the heads up on the nefarious intentions of Jacinta Price & Warren Mundine, Bret.

Robert Sewell
March 12, 2023 8:29 pm

Cassie of Sydney:

Further to “being sensitive to feelings”, we’re in this mess, precisely because as Kellie Jay and Matt Walsh both say, we’ve been far too nice for far too long.

Correct, Cassie.
But I’d like to add the ‘nice’ was a very convenient cover for a whole lot of intellectual cowardice.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 12, 2023 8:40 pm

Smith didn’t even try for a catch off Koona.

He woulda had a go at it if Lyon had been bowling.

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

Smith didn’t even try for a catch off Koona.

Yeah, I know, right?
We need Joe Burns back at slip.

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 12, 2023 8:44 pm

Jacinta Price split from touring with Warren Mundine, Roger.

Does anyone know her reasons for opposing the Constitutional Amendment?

calli
calli
March 12, 2023 8:46 pm

Did someone mention a coronation?

Not…Johnny English by any chance? 😀

Ed Case
Ed Case
March 12, 2023 8:48 pm

Joe Burns doesn’t field at Leg Slip.

What’s needed is a captain who can set a field and not play politics with his bowlers.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 12, 2023 8:51 pm

Never mind the fielding. How about the jacarandas?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 12, 2023 8:52 pm

Every time I get called a “white (or local word for white) c’nt (or local word for it, arse, dick, demon etc.)” I laugh!

I reply, with the most racist of expressions.

One day, I’ll encounter an Aborigine who speaks Afrikaans….

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 12, 2023 8:58 pm

Smithy is a real mutton-head.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 12, 2023 9:01 pm

Another dropped catch off Koony!
The bloke fifteen rows back at square leg put it down!
Admittedly he had a samosa snack pack in his left hand.

Zipster
Zipster
March 12, 2023 9:01 pm
Oh come on
Oh come on
March 12, 2023 9:02 pm

I’m still chuckling at the mental image of sTan bursting into tears after being called a mean word.

Real Deal
Real Deal
March 12, 2023 9:05 pm

How come it’s bad to be called a black “c”, but if someone calls you a big fat “c” that is okay? Asking for a friend.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
March 12, 2023 9:06 pm

Lawrence of Arabia • Overture • Maurice Jarre

Soundtrack from the 1962 David Lean film “Lawrence of Arabia” with Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains, Jose Ferrer, Arthur Kennedy & Anthony Quayle.

HD Film Tributes makes zero money from YouTube as obviously none of our uploads will ever be monetized by us. Any and all ad revenue that’s generated from our channel goes directly to Google as well as to the various copyright owners; the film studios and the recording industry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr5E54nCDg0

Zipster
Zipster
March 12, 2023 9:14 pm
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 12, 2023 9:15 pm

Shut up’ is out: sensitivity editors come for Famous Five

By CLAIRE HARVEY
March 12, 2023
3 minute read

The phrases “Shut up”, “Don’t be an ass”, and “Don’t be an idiot” have been quietly cut from Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, in the latest example of children’s literature being rewritten to suit modern sensibilities.

The move comes less than a month after UK publisher Puffin was forced into a backdown after attempting to remove words such as “fat” and “ugly” from Roald Dahl classics including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

An audiobook of one of the ­Famous Five’s adventures, The Famous Five Short Story Collection, has been edited in recent months to delete the phrases, ­uttered by the child characters ­beloved by generations of readers.
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The first tale in the collection, Five Have a Puzzling Time, was first published in a children’s comic in 1960.

It involves the Five – cousins Julian, Dick, George and Anne, as well as faithful dog Timmy – venturing to wild Kirrin Island to ­investigate mysterious lights.

In the original version, George wakes her cousin Anne, who says: “Oh George, don’t be an ass. As if you could get your boat and row across the bay in the middle of the night!”

This phrase has suddenly been deleted from the audiobook, which now has Anne saying: “Oh George. As if you could get your boat and row across the bay in the middle of the night!”

In the original, George’s cousin Julian also rebukes her, saying: “Shut up, George. Be sensible.”

In the audiobook, “shut up” has been deleted and Julian simply says: “George, be sensible.”

The Famous Five, which Blyton first released in 1942 and continued writing through to the 1960s, is notable for the inclusion of a female character – Georgina Kirrin – who dresses and acts as a boy, and refuses to answer to any name except “George”. Other “tomboy” characters appear in the series, including a girl named Henrietta who insists on being known as Henry, and demands to be treated as a boy.

Those references appear to have been left untouched in the new edits.

At least two instances of “Don’t be an idiot” have been cut from the Famous Five Short Story Collection audiobook, including in another story called George’s Hair Is Too Long, where George insists on getting a haircut because she looks too much like a girl.

Dick’s exclamation “Don’t be an idiot’’ has been cut from that story in the audiobook.

However, another instance of “shut up” remains in the story, this time uttered by a thief apprehended by the children.

“You shut up and clear off,” the man tells Julian and Dick in both the original and audiobook ­editions.

The phrases “shut up” and “idiot” also remain in a Hodder Children’s Books edition of the same book, available in e-bookstores as a downloadable title.

However, the e-book has been purged of the word “ass”, with Anne’s phrase “Don’t be an ass” amended in the e-book to read “Don’t be an idiot”.

As Blyton readers will know, “ass” is used in her books in the traditional English sense to mean “donkey”.

Blyton has been the subject of debate over the representations of characters in her stories, including the Golliwogs in the Noddy books. Names have been altered in some of Blyton’s other books,

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
March 12, 2023 9:16 pm

The Right Stuff • Soundtrack Suite • Bill Conti

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkiY1a-ljYE

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 12, 2023 9:21 pm

Quite so. The collision of cultures and subcultures within the army. Courage and cowardice, foolhardiness and ingenuity. You see the way the British fought with precision and discipline, and that is matched by Cetshwayo’s warriors. The tactics are different but effective.

I wonder why the Zulus didn’t attack at night.

mem
mem
March 12, 2023 9:28 pm

Last June I sat with my young financial adviser. Having sold investment property at the peak we talked about what to do after capital gains took chunk. He was partially swayed by woke ie green energy, rare earths etc. but my view was that if interest rates rise such companies will likely be in more trouble as they are highly leveraged, therefore we shifted investments to companies not leveraged but in same field. Sure some of those companies we discarded might skyrocket in the interim but not for me. I don’t need the adrenalin. Investments now returning 7.9%. So happy for the moment but who knows what next. Never forget the “Black Swan”.

Robert Sewell
March 12, 2023 9:28 pm

sfw:

Not looking for financial advice just some thoughts from you smart people out there. If you had a lazy $100k+ coming soon, any thoughts on where to park it for a while.

Gold.
Pool allocated.
$100,000
$2,869.00 ounce, buyback $2,802.57

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 12, 2023 9:31 pm

Joe Burns doesn’t field at Leg Slip.

Right now, he’s not fielding anywhere.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 12, 2023 9:43 pm

I wonder why the Zulus didn’t attack at night.

I don’t have a reference, but, apparently the Zulus had a similar belief to the American Indians – if you were killed fighting at night, your soul was condemned to wander all eternity, with no hope of rest or respite.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 12, 2023 9:48 pm

I wonder why the Zulus didn’t attack at night.

No night vision goggles.

WolfmanOz
March 12, 2023 9:50 pm

flyingduk says:
March 12, 2023 at 9:21 pm
I wonder why the Zulus didn’t attack at night.

They did . . . the hospital was attacked in the evening and throughout the night, the Zulus kept up a constant assault against the British positions.

It was actually depicted in the film – which was reasonably accurate.

Crossie
Crossie
March 12, 2023 9:51 pm

calli says:
March 12, 2023 at 5:49 pm
Lehmann plans to study law
There goes that then. Silly man.

Yes, not a wise choice. It seems every spiv in jail is also studying law.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 12, 2023 9:52 pm

12 overs left in the day.

It’s all about intent. If India were serious they’d declare now with a slight lead, give Straya (remembering Khawaja’s apparently injured) a red hot nine overs and see if they want to go for gold with a declaration of their own around tea time tomorrow.

Or, they could just keep on going and turn the entire fifth day into junk time if they wanted to be squeezers about it.

duncanm
duncanm
March 12, 2023 9:52 pm

#2. The main burden of taxation is
[i] Income Tax
[ii] GST
[iii] Fuel taxes
These taxes are levied by the Federal Government, so Parrothead is powerless there.

back to form again, I see, Special Ed.

Parrot-heads $28k will contribute somewhat to the $25 to $85k
of development contributions required to build a dwelling in NSW.

ie: straight back to the government.

Nice churn you’ve got there.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 12, 2023 9:56 pm

India now 8/570, 90 ahead. Kohli on 185 reds.

If he wants his double ton, he needs to swing for the cheap seats in the next two overs I reckon.

duncanm
duncanm
March 12, 2023 9:56 pm

The angry pixie has deleted this tweet, but we’re only three months from the end of humanity, so put your boots on.

Crossie
Crossie
March 12, 2023 9:58 pm

I hope she’s sensible enough to stay right out of it. Being a pawn of the ghastly people running Joe is something I wouldn’t wish upon her.

Bruce, those running Joe are Michelle Obama’s husband’s people. She would feel right at home.

Crossie
Crossie
March 12, 2023 10:02 pm

Perfidious Albino says:
March 12, 2023 at 7:27 pm
sTan is cooked, he is all the way through the looking glass people. He forgets in his racist, divisive prose that HIS people are Australian. Full stop.

Not so much cooked as crooked.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 12, 2023 10:05 pm

It was actually depicted in the film – which was reasonably accurate.

From memory, it was Donald Morris’ book “The Washing of the Spears” that made the point that it was unusual for the Zulu’s to fight at night.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 12, 2023 10:08 pm

Obama never ran anything. The same bunch running Joe were running him.

Obama isn’t smart enough. The intelligence of a smart dog. Look at the way he looks up to the left and right when he finishes a speech. Like a dog seeking approval from his master.

Nelson_Kidd-Players
March 12, 2023 10:20 pm

From the cricket:

4.40pm Welcome back. So Matthew Kuhnemann will open alongside Travis Head, as a nightwatcher.

Someone’s taken the nightwatchman out the back…

:-/

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 12, 2023 10:21 pm

Koonsy has taken Joe’s spot!

rosie
rosie
March 12, 2023 10:23 pm

Stan’s problem is that he thinks the people that cope abuse are his people.
And that that is the only abuse that matters.
Casual abuse, offence on the basis of religion race, gender appearance etc etc happens to most everyone.
As for withdrawing from broader society because of it.
Only if you’re a professional victim.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 12, 2023 10:25 pm

Told youse!

All gone for 571. Better than declaration, and still gives Straya a hard time for a few overs before stumps.

rosie
rosie
March 12, 2023 10:28 pm

I think Blyton had a character called Fanny, which wasn’t a good fit for the US market.
Iirc characters names in some books were changed a few years ago then changed back.

rosie
rosie
March 12, 2023 10:34 pm

Sounds like SVB parked too much of their money in ‘safe’ low interest government bonds that lost value as interest rates rose, and hid their problems with some fancy accounting.
And if most of their investors had deposits of over $250,000 where was their due diligence?

rosie
rosie
March 12, 2023 10:39 pm

It’s interesting how incredibly multi cultural western countries are, I doubt you would see anything like it in the ME, Asia or Africa.
The only thing missing in the Australian mix is a visible cohort of South American Indian faces, like you see in Portugal and Spain.
I’m convinced if it were so bad as you claim, Stan, people wouldn’t be immigrating west in their millions.

rickw
rickw
March 12, 2023 10:50 pm

And if most of their investors had deposits of over $250,000 where was their due diligence?

Who’s got time for due diligence when you’re flat out virtue signalling on LinkedIn?!

2dogs
2dogs
March 12, 2023 10:59 pm

It is possible to get second, private autopsies done?

Can we crowd fund such autopsies for Jeffery Epstein and Mark Middleton?

WolfmanOz
March 12, 2023 11:04 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:
March 12, 2023 at 10:05 pm
It was actually depicted in the film – which was reasonably accurate.
From memory, it was Donald Morris’ book “The Washing of the Spears” that made the point that it was unusual for the Zulu’s to fight at night.

Shameless plug for my post a four months ago on this magnificent film.

https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/12/01/wolfmanoz-at-the-movies-47/

From the comments received I’d wager this would rank as one of the Cats favourite movie.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 12, 2023 11:12 pm

Yeah, it’s an ok movie.
… but it’s no “Strzlecki”

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 12, 2023 11:22 pm

From the comments received I’d wager this would rank as one of the Cats favourite movie.

Walking over both those battlefields is one of those experiences – Isandlwana, you can follow the course of the battle from where Durnfords men first engaged the oncoming Zulu’s, to the cairns of stones where the “last stands” took place, and Rorke’s Drift, where there is a very fine museum and display of the course of the battle.

JC
JC
March 12, 2023 11:49 pm

Jeez

It’s easy when you have the best oil patch in the world.

Biggest corporate profit in history.

Saudi oil giant Aramco posts record $161 billion profit for 2022

Saudi Arabia’s state-controlled oil giant Aramco posted a record net income of $161.1 billion for 2022, up by 46.5 percent over the year.
“This is probably the highest net income ever recorded in the corporate world,” Aramco CEO Amin Nasser said on a Sunday earnings call.

JC
JC
March 13, 2023 12:13 am
rosie
rosie
March 13, 2023 12:21 am

I notice Jordan Peterson has two children and Stephen J Shaw has two adult sons and a teenage daughter.
*birthgap*

rickw
rickw
March 13, 2023 12:37 am

Fascinating WWI research stemming from a flea market find:

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

rickw
rickw
March 13, 2023 12:40 am

It’s easy when you have the best oil patch in the world.

It also helps in you’re not woke oil.

How many hours would Nasser have spend on LGBTQI instead of running the company?

MatrixTransform
March 13, 2023 12:52 am

nice sentiments
I really enjoyed the gentle way she put her argument

nice work mole

Oh come on
Oh come on
March 13, 2023 12:52 am

I think Blyton had a character called Fanny, which wasn’t a good fit for the US market.

How was it a not good look for the US, relative to its home turf (and here)? There, fanny means arse. Here, fanny means can’t say that.

rosie
rosie
March 13, 2023 1:05 am

I don’t know, it was obviously an acceptable girl’s name when Blyton wrote the books but times changed.
Funnily enough I wasn’t aware of anything other than the US use of fanny.
It’s not a word that got thrown around at the cat with gay abandon.
discussed here

MatrixTransform
March 13, 2023 1:17 am
Oh come on
Oh come on
March 13, 2023 1:35 am

Let’s not forget Dick and Fanny were chums. Are we going to pretend magic mushroom chomper Blyton didn’t know what she was doing?

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
March 13, 2023 1:52 am

Cash!

Cash 2.0 Great Dane at The Grove and Farmers Market in Los Angeles 38

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIJO0tsl8ak&t

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 13, 2023 2:21 am

It’s easy when you have the best oil patch in the world

Spearheaded by a tsunami of toxic masculinity, thus enabling the job gets done.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Let’s not forget Dick and Fanny were chums. Are we going to pretend magic mushroom chomper Blyton didn’t know what she was doing?

Perhaps.
Until I brought the new meaning home from school, my parents had never heard “Dick” as anything but something to call blokes named Richard & were somewhat mystified as to where this meaning had come from.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

2dogs says: March 12, 2023 at 10:59 pm
It is possible to get second, private autopsies done?
Can we crowd fund such autopsies for Jeffery Epstein and Mark Middleton?

Performing autopsies upon cadavers post-cremation will be quite a feat.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
March 13, 2023 3:04 am

RickW thank you.
The video of the wwI helmet was tre good.

Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:07 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:12 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:13 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:15 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:16 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:17 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:19 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:20 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:21 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:22 am
Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 4:23 am
Top Ender
Top Ender
March 13, 2023 5:01 am

Thanks for the ‘toons, Tom.

Zipster
Zipster
March 13, 2023 6:31 am
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 13, 2023 6:46 am

Yellen says the Feds won’t bail out SVB.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Sunday that the federal government would not bail out Silicon Valley Bank, but is working to help depositors who are concerned about their money.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens on the ASX. Futures are -0.4% according to the AFR. That seems surprising since the Israel market, which trades on a Sunday, fell more than 4%.

Crossie
Crossie
March 13, 2023 6:53 am

Is Johannes on holidays? One of his cartoons hasn’t been included in ages.

Crossie
Crossie
March 13, 2023 7:02 am

Zipster says:
March 13, 2023 at 6:31 am
The snake shows its true face
‘History will hold Donald Trump accountable’ for Capitol riots, says Pence

What a piece of excrement. Mike Pence’s statements to the reporters were remarkably similar to those of Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. In the light of Tucker Carlson’s revelations you would think he would keep his mouth shut.

The other thing that is odd, his party lost the election and he takes his whole family to watch him certify the loss. Who does that unless he plays for the other team?

calli
calli
March 13, 2023 7:08 am

Ahahaha! Just caught the Beloved in a secret vice – he’s watching the Sunrise News.

And what do you know? There’s Kochie blaring in front to the Red Filter of Terror…again.

This time it’s Bank Collapse!!!!!!!!!!!! Reeeeeeee!!!!!!

calli
calli
March 13, 2023 7:09 am

Okay. Even his stomach isn’t strong enough for Eddie and the Academy Awards Carnie Folk.

Click.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 13, 2023 7:10 am

Aww, sads.

Climate Activists Despair as Oil Giant Saudi Aramco Posts Record $161 Billion Profit for 2022 (12 Mar)

“Climate activists reacted with equal measures of anger and despair Sunday at the news oil giant Saudi Aramco achieved record profits totalling $161.1 billion last year as global demand for fossil fuels shows no sign of abating anytime soon.

Agnes Callamard, secretary-general of Amnesty International, issued a statement in response to the profits castigating the company for profiting from global demand for its product:

“It is shocking for a company to make a profit of more than $161 billion in a single year through the sale of fossil fuel –- the single largest driver of the climate crisis.”

I like how with one sentence Amnesty International demonstrates that they are communist climate wackos. Which we probably knew, but it’s always good to hear it directly from the horse’s mouth.

shatterzzz
March 13, 2023 7:24 am

President Donald J Trump & the 6 January Prison Choir ……

https://twitter.com/i/status/1634558244214435841

calli
calli
March 13, 2023 7:26 am

JC posted photos of the beautiful but demolished Penn Station.

In Sydney, we nearly had our own disaster. Apparently Siedler didn’t like it much. 😀

Oddly enough, I prefer it to his hideous Blues Point Tower. But what would I know?

calli
calli
March 13, 2023 7:33 am

Pence is one of the Borg. He was simply better at disguising it with a veil of respectability. He’s Romney’s Protestant equivalent, with an appeal to a certain section of the electorate.

He fooled me for quite a while there with his talk about avoidance of a particular type of scandal, which was his one trick schtick. The discovery that he was a curate’s egg type of man was pretty disheartening.

calli
calli
March 13, 2023 7:39 am

I beg Cat’s pardon. For some stupid reason I typed Protestant, then memory tweaked the synapse. Pence is a Catholic.

Trump is agnostic, but baptised Presbyterian.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 13, 2023 7:41 am

NEM time 6:40am. Wind power totally absent from Queensland.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 13, 2023 7:42 am

duncanmsays:
March 12, 2023 at 9:52 pm
#2. The main burden of taxation is
[i] Income Tax
[ii] GST
[iii] Fuel taxes
These taxes are levied by the Federal Government, so Parrothead is powerless there.

back to form again, I see, Special Ed.

Parrot-heads $28k will contribute somewhat to the $25 to $85k
of development contributions required to build a dwelling in NSW.

ie: straight back to the government.

Nice churn you’ve got there.

And a few jobs for bureaucrats on the way through, thus increasing the overall cost.

PS, I note that Richard Cranium did NOT respond to my question on this very subject when asked yesterday.

Gabor
Gabor
March 13, 2023 7:47 am

calli says:
March 13, 2023 at 7:33 am

I wrote something along those lines but discarded it for fear of being misunderstood.
I’m not fond of overtly pious people.
Sinning during the week, all is forgiven on Sunday sort of people I have in mind.

Anchor What
Anchor What
March 13, 2023 8:07 am

the Democrat-MSM Red Guards have had their Great Leap Backwards in ratings and credibility, so now they want to stop Fox News truth telling – it’s their version of the Cultural Revolution.
American Thinker

calli
calli
March 13, 2023 8:08 am

I understand it all too well, Gabor. Me being a sinner and all. It all boils down to where you put your reliance despite the circumstances you find yourself in.

Pence found himself between a rock and a hard place – we’ve all been there. By Jan 6 he would have known about the irregularities in the election, but perhaps not its extent. He must have known what happened in the Capitol building – he was there. I haven’t seen a peep from him about demonstrators being held without trial.

Crossie
Crossie
March 13, 2023 8:12 am

He fooled me for quite a while there with his talk about avoidance of a particular type of scandal, which was his one trick schtick. The discovery that he was a curate’s egg type of man was pretty disheartening.

He fooled me too, Calli. I thought what a refreshing change for a politician who did not betray his wife and didn’t even want to be accused of such. Yet he had no problems with betraying his voters, his country and his president.

What I find even more curious is that he thinks he has a chance winning the Republican presidential primary after such a low act. Obviously the vice-presidential pension isn’t much in the US.

Crossie
Crossie
March 13, 2023 8:15 am

Pence found himself between a rock and a hard place – we’ve all been there. By Jan 6 he would have known about the irregularities in the election, but perhaps not its extent. He must have known what happened in the Capitol building – he was there. I haven’t seen a peep from him about demonstrators being held without trial.

Calli, not only is he not advocating for justice for the Jan 6 prisoners but that interview reported in the Herald has him still mouthing all the slanders about that day.

bespoke
bespoke
March 13, 2023 8:27 am
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 13, 2023 8:28 am

Whatever you might say about Pence’s motives, every time he opens his mouth he makes himself even less electable. I can’t see him winning office anywhere now, not even as dog-catcher in a small town.

calli
calli
March 13, 2023 8:28 am

He will cling to the fiction like a life preserver. Despite the revelations on Fox, I don’t think any of it will come to anything. Some are saying that Carlson is controlled opposition. Who knows?

This is how politics in the USA rolls. Grifters and charlatans and windbags on both sides, with the added frisson of internet yappers and slick productions garnering donations from the gullible. With the odd dumpster fire, looting and shooting thrown in to liven things up a bit.

What I do know is that the world is a far more perilous place post 2020. The man who was accused of fomenting war started nothing, the one hailed as the conquering hero looks like presiding over the next big one.

Cassie of Sydney
March 13, 2023 8:28 am

“I beg Cat’s pardon. For some stupid reason I typed Protestant, then memory tweaked the synapse. Pence is a Catholic.”

My understanding is that Pence is no longer a Catholic. He and his wife are now followers of an Protestant evangelical movement and have been for quite a few years now.

Happy to be corrected.

calli
calli
March 13, 2023 8:31 am

That’s probably where I got my wires crossed, Cassie. Half right on both counts. 😀

Makka
Makka
March 13, 2023 8:46 am

Don’t worry dear, they will bail out the depositors. If only to preserve the millionaire grifters in the climate change scam;

Sophia Kianni
@SophiaKianni
? The death of Silicon Valley Bank is bad news for climate change

1,500+ climate and energy-tech companies relied on the bank

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 13, 2023 8:48 am

Yellen says the Feds won’t bail out SVB.

Officially denied then eh? – its on then.

Bluey
Bluey
March 13, 2023 8:49 am

An interesting read, allegedly from 4chan, posted by vox day here:
https://voxday.net/2023/03/12/anacyclosis-in-action/

This was already noted by Polybios in the 2nd century BC, and he referred to his own society – the Hellenistic Greece. Polybios is recognized as “father of sociology”, and he witnessed his own civilization falling and being conquered by Rome.

Anacyclosis is the circulation of governmental forms: warlordship-monarchy-dictatorship-aristocracy-oligarchy-democracy-ochlocracy. Which follows with societal collapse and back into warlordship. The cycle starts anew. The cycle can skip one or more phases or go backwards, but it will never stop on itself.

The theory of anacyclosis is based upon the Greek typology of constitutional forms of rule by the one, the few, and the many. Anacyclosis states that three basic forms of “benign” government (monarchy, aristocracy, and democracy) are inherently weak and unstable, tending to degenerate rapidly into the three basic forms of “malignant” government (tyranny, oligarchy, and ochlocracy). They, however are disliked and not tolerated well, and people tend to seek the “benign” forms.

According to the doctrine, “benign” governments have the interests of all at heart, whereas “malignant” governments have the interests of a select few at heart. However, all six are considered unworkable because the first three rapidly transform into the latter three due to political corruption, and the latter three tend to collapse from violence.

Widespread Atheism is a sign of democracy transforming into ochlocracy – the mob rule – and Polybios himself witnessed that happening in the Hellenistic Greece. The rise of Materialism and philosophy had killed off the Greek Pagan religion, and it was nothing but an empty shell any more – he said nobody believed in the gods any more. The result was general hedonism, disinterest in upkeeping of the society, amassing of personal fortune and collapse of birth rates.

Polybios himself was a soldier, and he complained of the demoralization of the Hellenistic civilization in general. He lived through collapse of Macedon and defeat of the last king, Perseus, in the battle of Pydna 168 BC. Polybios stated that when a nation loses its faith on its gods, it loses its faith on itself and in the future. He also saw the Roman military, witnessed the Punic Wars and saw how Republican Rome was far less civilized than the Hellenistic sphere, but it was young and hungry.

Polybios considered democracy as the pinnacle of the anacyclosis. Yet in the same way that the descendants of kings and aristocrats abused their political status, so too will the descendants of democrats. Accordingly, democracy degenerates into ochlocracy, literally, “mob-rule”. In an ochlocracy, according to Polybius, the people of the state will become corrupted, and will develop a sense of entitlement and will be conditioned to accept the pandering of demagogues and Populist politicians. Essentially, government becomes a puppet show because a transition in power does not affect a civilian on a day-to-day basis.

This phase sees a widespread Atheism. People lose their faith in gods, and they lose their faith in the society and themselves and in the future. They rather concentrate on what they have here and now – and the result is widespread Hedonism, amassing of wealth and collapse of birth rates. Eventually an ochlocratic society will collapse – either into civil war and anarchy – or is conquered by an external conqueror. The cycle starts anew.

The same happened to Rome 400 years later with the Third Century Crisis. The Roman Polytheism was moribund already in the Early Imperial era, and it collapsed during the Middle Imperial. The Roman Empire was basically a religious vacuum – or a chaotic hotbed of religious competition – by the 3rd century, and the Empire tore in three parts by 242. Only the reconquest of Aurelianus and the reforms of Diocletianus saved the moribund empire and purchased it 100 years more time. But the Empire cleft in two in 395 and the Western Empire went bankrupt 476. Only the rise of a new religion – Christianity – consolidated the situation, and saved the Roman civilization in West and the Roman Empire in the East – the Eastern Roman Empire lasted for 1000 years more.

But also the fate of the Cordoba caliphate in Spain and its collapse is an example of anacyclosis, and the most striking example is the fate of USSR – and each and every Communist regime.

Not all Atheists are Communists, but all Communists are Atheists. The USSR was a acumen of an Atheist society, and Atheism was enforced on all levels of the society. The result was an Orwellian totalitarian dictatorship – the worst tyranny and oppression the world has ever seen, a genocide of millions of people and destruction od centuries of culture – and eventually collapse. USSR collapsed in less than three generations after it had been founded. The only way it could stay together was excessive use of lies, coercion and state violence.

Both Dima Vorobiev, Misha Firer and Dimitry Kosh can confirm my observations and tell how it was. They lived through the USSR. They have first hand experience of it all. And they can tell how it went and what happened to Atheism in the USSR.

Another way to inspect the deleterious effect of widespread Atheism in society are the fates of various ideal communities and ideal societies. All non-religious ideal societies, such as kolkhozes, kibbutzim, Hippie communities and Naturist communities, have collapsed in three generations at latest – due to internal disputes and strife – while religious ideal societies can last for millennia. The Hutterites are a primary example of this, but so are monasteries. Monte Cassino was founded in 529 AD and Heian in 711 AD, and both Christian and Buddhist ideal societies are still going strong. The only kibbutzim in Israel today are those which are religious.

There is also a third way to observe and confirm this phenomenon – that widespread Atheism is a sign of a collapsing society – and it is meme theory, 12 leverage points’ theorem and cultural evolution. The meme theory claims the cultural evolution is analogous to biological evolution – the nature works on analogies – and same principles apply. The meme theory insists that cultural evolution works on similar information carrying replication units as the biological, called memes – which form memeplexes like the biological evolution forms organisms and species. And for each species there is an ecological niche – and the same applies for memeplexes in the cultural evolution.

Religion is perhaps the oldest memeplex there is – it predates Homo sapiens, and can even be observed on some animals. There clearly is thus an ecological niche for it. An ecological niche can be vacated, but never destroyed. And when an ecological niche is vacated, it keeps getting re-occupied – the evolutionary race to occupy it starts anew.

In the 12 leverage points’ theorem, religion corresponds to the most powerful leverage point – the power to transcend the paradigm. Religion is the only thing which can overcome the Dunbar number, and it is the mortar which binds the individual human bricks of the society into a durable societal edifice. Religion is the basis of all ethics, social contracts, how we form the society, how we relate to society, to each other, what we value, what we shun, what we consider beneath our dignity, how we relate to work and labour and how we relate to outsiders. Every religion creates a society of its image. Not the other way – this was Marx’s tragic error. Lutheranism creates the Scandinavian model while Islam creates Talibanistan.

Atheism corresponds to an empty ecological niche. It is basically an all-bets-are-off situation. Remove the mortar, and all you have is a heap of individual bricks, which will collapse at the slightest push. An Atheist society cannot endure setbacks or violent challenges, while religious can.

And KGB knew all this. It did not know of memetics, but it knew of “cultural hegemony” by Antonio Gramsci, and it knew religion was the only force which could turn the Communist subversion back and restore the citizen society. This was the reason why anti-religious work was so important in the ideological warfare of the Communist world against the free world. By rottening the religion from inside, USSR aimed for the collapse of the free world. And it was a success beyond measure. But the irony of history is that USSR collapsed first.

There is also a fourth way to confirm these observations. Religions do not spread by conversion. They spread by breeding. Remember Polybios observed that widespread Atheism goes hand in hand with collapsing birth rates?

This is exactly what is happening in the Western world today.

Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 8:53 am

Sophia Kianni
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? The death of Silicon Valley Bank is bad news for climate change
1,500+ climate and energy-tech companies relied on the bank

Aaaaaaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!

Makka
Makka
March 13, 2023 8:54 am

ZH is running a live blog on SVB. 2 hours ago;

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SVB Latest Developments Live Blog: Regulators Weighing Bailout Of All Unsecured SVB Depositors To Prevent “Banking Panic”

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 13, 2023 8:54 am

Does Pence realize how much he stinks? I guess when you’re in the bubble what real people think is irrelevant. The whole last six years has been a revelation. Phonies like Howard outing themselves.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 13, 2023 8:58 am

Officially denied then eh? – its on then.

Certainly mixed messages Duk.

“In a reversal of what Janet Yellen said just hours ago, WaPo reports that federal authorities are “seriously considering safeguarding all uninsured deposits at Silicon Valley Bank” – and by extension any other bank on the verge of failure – and are weighing an extraordinary intervention to prevent what they fear would be a panic in the U.S. financial system. Translation: bailout of all depositors, not just those guaranteed by the the FDIC (<$250K)."

The screeching from the left to bail out their blue-eye boy wonders (or whatever they identify as) must be shaking the White House like an earthquake. All those lefty tech firms, and as Makka says it appears SVB was deeply embedded in the climate scam too. Heller has a blog post up on this topic.

People Who Are Incapable Of Learning (12 Mar)

I’m sure SVB are major donors to the Democrats too, although I’ve seen no reports yet to that effect.

Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 9:00 am

1500+ climate and energy tech companies went broke trying to monetise a non-existent climate scare.

In the words of a long-dead Australian trade union leader (Norm Gallagher), it couldn’t have happened to a nicer pack of bastards.

calli
calli
March 13, 2023 9:01 am

1500+ climate and energy tech companies went broke trying to monetise a non-existent climate scare

When parasites finally consume the host organism.

Ho look! There’s another one! Off we go chums!

calli
calli
March 13, 2023 9:02 am

Chuckle. Dad once threw old Norm off a site.

He was bullying apprentices over which union to join.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 13, 2023 9:03 am

ZH is running a live blog on SVB.

Snap Makka! My “mixed messages” link is to that live blog if anyone wants to get there quickly.

Makka
Makka
March 13, 2023 9:03 am

Bloomie;

ByLydia Beyoud, Saleha Mohsin and Gillian Tan
March 13, 2023 at 8:26 AM GMT+11Updated onMarch 13, 2023 at 8:50 AM GMT+11
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@GillianTan

The Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department are preparing emergency measures to shore up banks and ensure they can meet potential demands by their customers to withdraw money, as the US seeks to stave off a deeper crisis after SVB Financial Group’s failure.

The Fed is planning to ease the terms of banks’ access to its discount window, giving firms a way to turn assets that have lost value into cash without the kind of losses that toppled SVB’s Silicon Valley Bank. The Fed and Treasury are also preparing a program to backstop deposits using the Fed’s emergency lending authority.

Tom
Tom
March 13, 2023 9:04 am

Woops. My bad. The climate scare certainly does exist, but the climate “crisis” is an hilarious case of mass mental illness among the wealthiest people on earth.

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