Open Thread – Tues 28 March 2023


Autumn (The Spies with the Grapes of the Promised Land), Nicolas Poussin, 1660-64

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OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 12:17 am

WATCH: Ricciardo back behind the wheel with Red Bull for epic Australian road trip

Daniel Ricciardo returned to action for Red Bull ahead of this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, but rather than completing a few laps around an F1 circuit, he experienced a very different outing…

While he won’t be racing at his home event this year, Ricciardo made the most of his new third driver role with an off-track road trip across Australia aboard Red Bull’s double title-winning RB7, experiencing a host of conditions from beaches to the outback.

Pit-stops included visits to a cattle station, the outback city of Broken Hill, the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge and one of Australia’s most famous circuits, Mount Panorama – all combining for a dream homecoming trip.

To help Ricciardo along the way, Red Bull also called on some local racing experts in Supercars champion Shane Van Gisbergen, enduro motorsports legends Toby Price and Daniel Sanders, and aerobatic pilot Matt Hall.

“After my first Red Bull Racing Road Trip in San Francisco, I’ve always wanted the opportunity to do this in Australia,” said Ricciardo.

“There’s nothing that compares to the Aussie conditions; we had a lot of fun ripping through the outback and tearing across the Sea Cliff Bridge.

“To be back home, taking the RB7 across the Aussie outback, and sharing the best Australia has to offer with the world; what better way to celebrate my first F1 event at home since returning to Oracle Red Bull Racing.”

Check out Ricciardo’s epic Australian adventure in the video player above.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 12:21 am

Questions Without Answers About Ukraine

And they need to be answered – as the carnage rises and the nuclear threshold falls.

March 27, 2023 by Victor Davis Hanson

Ukrainians, and many Europeans and Americans, are defining an envisioned Ukrainian victory as the complete expulsion of all Russians from its 2013 borders. Or, as a Ukrainian national security chief put it, the war ends with Ukrainian tanks in Red Square.

But mysteries remain about such ambitious agendas.

What would that goal entail?

Giving Ukraine American F-16s to strike bases and depots in Mother Russia? The gifting of 1,000 M1 Abrams tanks? Using American Harpoon missiles to sink the Russian Black Sea fleet?

A huge arsenal that would guarantee total victory rather than not losing?

Russia’s cruel strategy is to grind down Ukraine and turn its eastern regions into a Verdun-like deathscape.

So is a brave Ukraine really winning the war when it loses about 0.6 soldiers for every Russian it kills?

Russia plans to leverage its extra 100 million people, its 10-times larger economy, and its 30-times larger territory to pulverize Ukraine and tire its Western patrons – whatever the costs to Russia.

Yet why were only a few in past administrations calling for a joint Western effort to expel Putin’s forces from the borderlands and Crimea captured in 2014?

Why are Putin’s 2014 invasions now seen as urgent rectifiable crimes of aggression in 2022, but were not regarded as reparable during the prior eight years?

Is the United States economically capable or politically unified or socially stable enough to wage a huge proxy war on the frontiers of a nuclear Russia?

During the last comparable multibillion-dollar military efforts – the First Gulf War in 1990-1991 and the 2003 invasion of Iraq – the ratio of American debt to GDP was respectively 40 and 50 percent.

Today it hovers at nearly three times that figure at 129%, given some $33 trillion in accumulated debt.

Currently, the American economy is entering a stagflationary crisis. Banking, real estate, and financial sectors seem on the brink of imploding, especially after the near-record multibillion-dollar collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX, and the meltdowns of the Silicon Valley and Signature banks.

Around 7 million illegal entries have occurred across the southern border since January 2021 alone.

Millions of new impoverished foreign nationals tax social services, spike crime, and strain relations with an increasingly antagonistic Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

An emboldened Lopez Obrador now brags that 40 million of his countrymen have cumulatively crossed the border, many illegally. He urges them to vote for Democratic candidates to ensure more open borders.

Last year, over 100,000 Americans died of opiate overdoses. Most of the deaths were attributable to Mexican cartels’ brazen export of fentanyl across an open border.

Nearly a million Americans have likely died of such overdoses since 2000 – more than double the number of fatalities in World War II.

Given its shell-shocked inner cities and toxic downtowns, America is beginning to resemble mid-19th-century England that sent forces all over its global empire while novelist Charles Dickens chronicled the misery and poverty at the imperial core in London.

Is the Ukrainian war also creating the most dangerous anti-American alliance since World War II?

China is buying cheap Russian oil, while stealthily supplying its weapons.

India, normally a rock-solid democratic ally, keeps buying both banned Russian oil and armaments.

Most of the major countries in South America have not joined the sanctions.

Clients like nuclear North Korea and soon to be nuclear Iran are empowered by overt help from Russia.

NATO member Turkey and once-allied Saudi Arabia appear now friendlier to Iran, friendlier to China, and friendlier to Russia, than they are to America.

In terms of combined oil reserves, nukes, population, area, and GDP, this new loose coalition of apparent anti-Americans seems more powerful than the U.S. and its squabbling friends in Europe.

Why were those now calling for a veritable blank check for Ukraine formerly quiet when the U.S. fled in humiliation from Afghanistan?

Why were they mostly silent when an appeasing President Joe Biden begged Russian President Vladimir Putin at least to spare some U.S. targets on his otherwise extensive anti-American cyberwar hit list?

Or why were they indifferent when Biden said he would have fewer objections if Putin’s anticipated attack on Ukraine would be “minor”?

Or why were they not so eager for confrontation when Putin earlier acquired the Eastern Ukrainian borderlands and Crimea in 2014 in the first place?

Or why so subdued when the U.S. in 2015-16 refused to sell Ukrainian offensive weapons?

Why does the U.S. discount the serial and ascending nuclear threats from Russia, but we remain careful not to antagonize China?

After all, China sent a spy balloon brazenly across the U.S. to surveille and spy on American strategic locations.

And why is the administration so quiet about a likely leak of an engineered deadly COVID-19 virus from a Chinese virology lab that killed 1 million Americans?

These are Ukrainian war-related questions that never seem to be answered – but should be as the carnage rises and the nuclear threshold falls.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 12:27 am

No, America Should Not Ditch Strategic Ambiguity For Reckless Hawkishness On Taiwan

By: Rand Paul – March 27, 2023

Keeping China guessing about America’s response has kept the peace. America and the world cannot afford to abandon the one-China policy.

For several decades, the United States has had to navigate the tense conflict between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan. This residual dispute from the Cold War could turn hot should America abandon a tried-and-true strategy in favor of reckless hawkishness.

For over 50 years, the United States has maintained a one-China policy, which asserts there is one China of which Taiwan is part. Successive administrations from both parties maintained a “strategic ambiguity” when asked whether the United States would fight to defend Taiwan. This approach has kept the peace in the Taiwan Strait because China could never be sure if it would have to contend with America’s military might.

But casual discussions on Sunday talk shows about our ability to repel the People’s Liberation Army aside, a war in the Taiwan Strait would be catastrophic.

Despite Carl von Clausewitz’s warning that “war is the realm of uncertainty,” we can be sure such a war would, at a minimum, disrupt the global economy, cost billions of dollars, and take an untold amount of lives.

Some of the world’s largest economies would clash on a global battleground. China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and all those doing business with those countries operate within the potential battle zone.

More than 80 percent of the world’s largest container ships connect the global economy through the Taiwan Strait. For perspective, imagine the disruption of the Covid lockdowns and multiply it by 10.

Specific sectors of the global economy would be devastated. Taiwan is a major player in the global technology business. Taiwan’s semiconductor sector industry accounts for U.S. $115 billion, and Taiwanese companies account for 60 percent of the world’s semiconductor market. A disruption to Taiwan’s economy would hamper the production of these vital products and services.

And if you think the over $113 billion in aid the United States provided to Ukraine in the last year is high, the price tag for a war over Taiwan would easily surpass that amount.

Taiwan is an island nation with limited resources and would need everything from the materials to wage war to food. This cost will primarily fall on American taxpayers, regardless of whether their opinions are considered about the wisdom of intervention.

Unlike the artillery-dominated war in Ukraine, a war in the Taiwan Strait would be conducted by waves of aircraft, fleets of ships at sea, and high-tech missiles.

With that kind of warfare comes a hideous cost of life. Taiwan is home to nearly 24 million people. Every bomb, bullet, or missile that hits Taiwan will do damage and cause casualties. To put it in perspective with current events, Taiwan is less than one-tenth the size of Ukraine with half as many people. There is nowhere to run on the island. The casualties both in and out of uniform would be horrendous.

Fortunately, the one-China policy has avoided this kind of war. But hawks in Congress and the administration are pushing for a more aggressive stance against China, at times even expressing support for a break from the one-China policy and at least tacitly pushing for Taiwanese independence. While one can understand the desire to support the self-determination of the Taiwanese people, the bellicose tone taken by some risks talking the United States into a war with a China that has a growing military and alliances with other American adversaries.

Some would suggest that unambiguously aggressive support for Taiwan against the PRC is the best way to support self-determination and avoid war. But we must remember that taking a jingoistic adversarial position could elicit a stronger reaction than anticipated. Pushing for Taiwan’s independence is creating a self-fulfilling prophecy that is more likely to cause the very war we are trying to prevent. In any naval war with China, we stand the chance of losing more Americans in a day than we did in the 20 years of our wars in the Middle East. The loss of one aircraft carrier alone could mean 5,000 casualties. China isn’t Iraq, and it isn’t Russia.

While we seek those solutions, let’s not continue to toss matches at a pool of gasoline.

Certainly, we can take the steps that are prudent to ensure our military can handle any scenario, but these must be done without fanfare.

The way to preserve peace is to reaffirm the one-China policy. Aggressive U.S. policies designed for domestic audiences without regard for international ones could inadvertently signal to China that it has no choice but to prepare for war and strike when conditions are most advantageous.

Keeping China guessing about America’s response has kept the peace. America and the world cannot afford to abandon the one-China policy.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 12:31 am

ESPN Honors a Biological Male for Women’s History Month

Riley Gaines, a 12-time All-American female swimmer, blasted ESPN for highlighting the accomplishments of a biological male during the network’s coverage of Women’s History Month.

“In 2022, swimmer Lia Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I Championship by winning the 500 Freestyle,” the ESPN segment says. “The Texas native competed for three seasons on the men’s swim team at the University of Pennsylvania.”

The “Celebrating Women’s History Month” special included Thomas acknowledging the backlash over her transition but insisting it was not to be successful in the pool.

“People will say, ‘Oh, she just transitioned so she would have an advantage so she could win,’” Thomas says. “I transitioned to be happy.”

But Gaines, along with many others, denounced the network for including Thomas in the segment and called for a boycott of ESPN.

“Lia Thomas is not a brave, courageous woman who EARNED a national title. He is an arrogant, cheat who STOLE a national title from a hardworking, deserving woman. The @ncaa is responsible. If I was a woman working at ESPN, I would walk out. You’re spineless @espn #boycottESPN”

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 12:35 am

From the Old Thread – Just for Monty

Monty will be pleased!

Toy boy! Colombian man who is engaged to a RAG DOLL announces ‘birth’ of their third child together
Cristian Montenegro and his partner Natalia have named their son Sammy

Read More: Woman who ‘married’ a rag doll claims their relationship is ‘hanging on a thread’ after he ‘cheated’

A man who claims to be engaged to a rag doll has announced the ‘birth’ of their third child together.

Cristian Montenegro, from Colombia, has previously described his fiancé Natalia as the ‘love of his life’.

The couple – who already share a son and a daughter together – revealed that they have called their newborn Sammy.

Photos from the ‘birth’ show Natalia dressed in a hospital gown while lying down on a bed.

As her fiancé stands by her side, a rag doll doctor – dressed in a white lab coat, hair net and face mask – is seen attending to the expectant mother.

During the labour, Cristian is pictured covering his face with his hands as his fights back tears.

Moments after Sammy’s arrival, the proud father posed for a selfie with his new son laying on his mother’s stomach in the background.

Earlier this week, Cristian shared the happy news with his TikTok followers in a now-deleted video.

He captioned the clip: ‘Welcome Sammy Montenegro.’

Viewers rushed to congratulate the proud parents in the comments.

One replied: ‘Congratulations to you and your family.’

‘He is so beautiful,’ another added. ‘He looks like a little baby doll.’

‘Welcome Sammy,’ a third gushed.

John H.
John H.
March 28, 2023 1:54 am

Is America’s Patriot air defense system really any good?

23 minutes. Detailed.

I love the comment by a US fighter pilot that the patriot missile system is designed to hit the front of the aircraft so maximizing pilot kill probability. He also states that if you are targeted you should bail out because it is very hard to avoid. The claim by a former patriot operator that it has a 95% hit rate is too good to be true. Russia claims a 100% success rate with the s400.

What I don’t understand is why all these whiz bang technologies are being provided in such small amounts that don’t provide that much advantage. It can take weeks if not months to optimize training outcomes. They must be expecting this war to continue well into this year. I thought it would be over in the next few months.

rickw
rickw
March 28, 2023 2:22 am

They must be expecting this war to continue well into this year. I thought it would be over in the next few months.

There’s a lot of money to be made. The longer the window of war can be held open, the better. For some.

John H.
John H.
March 28, 2023 2:54 am

On Bolt tonight it was mentioned how Perrottet and Minns were so civil in their speeches. Has politics now reached the point where it is notable when opponents treat each other with respect?

Tom
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Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 28, 2023 5:43 am

Angry loner bloke, enraged with toxic masculinity?

Not this time (the Courier Mail):

A heavily-armed young female killed three children and three staff at an elementary school in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday, before being shot dead, police said.

“This shooter is a female. She appears to be in her teens although her identification has not been confirmed at this juncture,” Don Aaron of the Nashville police said.

“We know that she was armed with at least two assault type rifles and a handgun.”

Note the correct pronouns used.

The incident began just before 10:30am when officers received a call about an active shooter at the Covenant School, a private Christian school.

“[Three] paediatric patients were transported to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, all having suffered gunshot wounds. All three were pronounced dead after arrival,” John Howser, Chief Communications Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, said in a statement.

More wounded kiddies are expected to come in, according to the piece.

Hopefully this chick was gutshot, and bled out screaming over forty minutes or so.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
March 28, 2023 6:27 am

E buongiorno gatti e gattine, what’s happening? a parallel society looks like being the only way of surviving Mark Knight #1 cartoon — but we’ve been there before and all things will pass – it’s surviving and continuing to hope that counts. As they say in my mother tongue : Finché c’è vita c’è speranza, while there’s life, there’s hope and vice versa. Have a good one, and be good having it. Ciao

132andBush
132andBush
March 28, 2023 6:44 am

E buongiorno gatti e gattine, what’s happening?

Seed grading today!

Indolent
Indolent
March 28, 2023 7:23 am
Indolent
Indolent
March 28, 2023 7:33 am
Indolent
Indolent
March 28, 2023 7:36 am
John H.
John H.
March 28, 2023 7:43 am

rickwsays:
March 28, 2023 at 2:22 am
They must be expecting this war to continue well into this year. I thought it would be over in the next few months.

There’s a lot of money to be made. The longer the window of war can be held open, the better. For some.

There’s something else going on. It is costing the West money at a time when governments are already carrying huge debt. I think they want a warm war, enough to keep Russia bleeding without forcing a full NATO involvement.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 28, 2023 7:43 am

What a country.
We’re told to vote by the PM to subvert democracy by empowering a select committee and the courts to decide the legality of an elected government’s right to independently govern.
At the very least, if successful, The Voice will stop the winning party using the phrase “We have a mandate.”
Not any more you don’t, not unless it’s approved by the non elected permanent sub-parliamentary race committee.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 28, 2023 7:50 am

Here in NZ just walked past recycling bins with Maori words underneath the English signage.

Who knew the Maori word for “can” is “tini”? As in “chuck us another tinnie cuz.”

Now on the alert for evidence of ancient Maori words for trains, telecommunications, and cars.

John H.
John H.
March 28, 2023 7:51 am

Farmer Gezsays:
March 28, 2023 at 7:43 am
What a country.
We’re told to vote by the PM to subvert democracy by empowering a select committee and the courts to decide the legality of an elected government’s right to independently govern.
At the very least, if successful, The Voice will stop the winning party using the phrase “We have a mandate.”
Not any more you don’t, not unless it’s approved by the non elected permanent sub-parliamentary race committee.

Seen any media presence for the NO vote?

Anchor What
Anchor What
March 28, 2023 7:52 am

Melanie Phillips on the Israel situation:

The left are now aghast that the judiciary, upon whom they rely to hold the progressive line against those they collectively demonise as “the right”, may lose their power as the left’s political surrogates.

Democracy involves the rule of law anchored in the consent of the people, expressed through electing the politicians who make those laws. This is safeguarded by independent judges, police and prosecutors and a free press.

In Israel, however, ever since the 1990s when Supreme Court President Aharon Barak began to blur the boundary between law and political activism, the court has increasingly undermined democracy through behaviour that owes more to the judges’ political and ideological views than to law.

It allows anyone to petition the court even if they have no legal standing. It justifies its rulings on a vague and subjective term of “reasonableness” which has no basis in law.

It controls legal advisers who instruct every minister on what to do even if this runs contrary to government policy. The attorney-general may argue against the government in court, while banning it from seeking independent counsel to defend its policies.

The court routinely employs double standards by favouring left-wing over right-wing projects or the rights of Arabs over Israeli Jews. People say there’s no longer any point in voting since the judges run the country.

Under the reforms, the courts will still be able to hold ministers to account. They will be unable, however, to overturn laws passed by the Knesset unless they “clearly” violate an order “entrenched” in a Basic Law.

And politicians rather than judges will dominate the committee appointing new justices.

In the US, judges are political appointments. And Britain prohibits its own courts from striking down laws passed by parliament. Yet America and Britain are not fascist dictatorships.

Read it all, because our media isn’t doing its job properly, as usual.

Gabor
Gabor
March 28, 2023 8:11 am

Anchor What says:
March 28, 2023 at 7:52 am

Melanie Phillips on the Israel situation:

The left are now aghast that the judiciary, upon whom they rely to hold the progressive line against those they collectively demonise as “the right”, may lose their power as the left’s political surrogates.

There is a reason for courts to rein in politicians when acting outside their role.
But it can be also dangerous when judges acting as politicians.
Just read it this morning that people are appealing to the Israeli high court to stop Netanyahu dismissing his defense minister.
WTF?
A prime minister can’t appoint or sack a minister?
What next?

calli
calli
March 28, 2023 8:12 am

Finché c’è vita c’è speranza, while there’s life, there’s hope and vice versa.

It sounds better in Italian. 😀

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 28, 2023 8:17 am

callisays:
March 27, 2023 at 9:13 pm
M0nty, can I add to that description?

“Trans people” are, like so many, oppressed and troubled. They are fragile and easily swayed by cruel opportunists. They deserve kindness and pity. They also deserve time, especially if they are very young.

And, hiding within the maelstrom that is “trans” are the wicked. I’ve worked it out, why can’t you?

He failed Economics 1.

Cassie of Sydney
March 28, 2023 8:24 am

Geez…don’t you just love it when a weasel male dictates to a woman…..pure misogyny.

“Moira has nine months to prove herself’

Victorian Liberal Party leader John Pesutto says the future of suspended Liberal MP Moira Deeming is in her “own hands”, adding that she had reassured the party room that she condemned controversial British activist Kellie-Jay Keen.

However, just hours after the meeting in which Ms Deeming was suspended from the party, she issued several tweets suggesting she had not condemned the activists.

“Yesterday morning Moira provided to all members of the party room a written statement and in that statement she said several times that she unreservedly condemned the social media posts and other material referred to in the dossier I circulated last week,” Mr Pessuto told ABC News Breakfast.

“That’s the first thing, the second thing I’d say is the partyroom unanimously supported the amended proposal I put to the room after hearing Moira’s personal account.

“So what I would say is Moira made representations, both orally and in writing, to the party room, now the result of the suspension is that Moira is out of the partyroom.”

Mr Pesutto added that it was up to Ms Deeming to prove herself after she narrowly escaped expulsion.

“What I would say is that if there are tweets going out that in any way contradict the assurances, the representations that Moira has provided to the party room, that would obviously be a serious matter for the partyroom but Moira has nine months to prove herself and it’s up to her,” he said.

Some points…

1. Moira should leave the Liberal Party.

2. Pussotto is a creep.

3. Pussotto is a dead man walking.

4. The Victorian Liberal is unelectable.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 28, 2023 8:24 am

Is m0nty=fa going to spend today frantically defending a bunch of fascist misogynists, or will he skip to another subject?

Recently he has done 14 minute cities, drag queen story hour, the Let Women Speak rallies, and the NSW election. What is next on the leftard talking points list? Perhaps the triumph of AnAl and the Slime destroying mining jobs in regional Australia and energy security in the cities?

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 28, 2023 8:25 am

Every night will be Burns Night, now that the oleaginousHumza Yousaf of the Glencoe Yousafs has taken the helm of the Scotchlandian National Socialist Party.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 28, 2023 8:31 am

John Pesutto

Pesullanimous.

Bar Beach Swimmer
March 28, 2023 8:34 am

From the OOT
Perhaps it’s Karma that women, (who in the 70’s, started all this divisiveness by demanding not only equality, but superiority over males,) are suffering intrusion into their spaces

Bespoke: This is why I can’t alie with the old guard feminist as some have done, Delta. They built the totem poll thinking they will always be on top. They started the demonisation of masculinity. This should not be forgotten.

Whatever happened in the 1970s is no reason for women of today to take one for the team.

I was a child in the 70s. But that logic would have me and those younger, or not even born at that time, to be the ones who must be put at risk, and not those women who wanted to “lord it over men”.

And what about women of that generation who were not part of that? Women like my mother and my aunts, as well as my many older female cousins? None of them behaved in that way – so why, along with my generation, and those who would come after, should they, and we, be made accountable and held up for such treatment?

How long would this go on for? It sounds too much like collectivism with the odour of guilt reparations swirling about.

Society and culture evolve. Sometimes that evolutionary process may end up a dead end, or worse. In this case, the “worse” of radical feminism, then, to the toxic transgender power grabs of now.

Which is why whatever change the current players are contemplating making in regard to whatever the next big thing is and how to govern for it – they must discern prudently about the present for the sake of the future.

As to the 70s, perhaps the problem can be put at the feet of that generation of males who just stood around and let it happen – who unconsciously accepted that loss of their overt masculinity to the radical feminists, because it came with it the promise of the sexual liberation of the latter, from which they benefited.

P
P
March 28, 2023 8:38 am

Faith groups hopeful new NSW Labor government will invest in religious communities
A spokesperson for Premier-Elect Chris Minns said members of the Coalition’s new religious advisory council would continue in their roles

Mr Flynn said Christian groups have welcomed Labor’s commitment to establish a faith affairs council which would be made up of representatives appointed by the various faiths and which would be able to meet and present their concerns directly to the new government.

“It’s a great initiative and it reflects very well on Premier Minns who is a man very committed to his Catholic faith and so to have an organised mechanism in place, for faith leaders to be able to raise their needs and concerns directly with government, is a very positive step in the right direction,” he said.

Mr Minns has confirmed that the Labor MP for Rockdale, Steve Kamper, will be the government’s point of contact for faith communities on the new faith affairs council.

Crossie
Crossie
March 28, 2023 8:44 am

At the very least, if successful, The Voice will stop the winning party using the phrase “We have a mandate.”
Not any more you don’t, not unless it’s approved by the non elected permanent sub-parliamentary race committee.

What they are doing is urging turkeys to vote for Christmas. We will have to see in a few months whether the country is full of turkeys.

Crossie
Crossie
March 28, 2023 8:46 am

Top Ender says:
March 28, 2023 at 7:50 am
Here in NZ just walked past recycling bins with Maori words underneath the English signage.

Who knew the Maori word for “can” is “tini”? As in “chuck us another tinnie cuz.”

Now on the alert for evidence of ancient Maori words for trains, telecommunications, and cars.

The French also resisted introducing the new IT terminology and insisted on coming up with their own words. I don’t know how well they succeeded.

calli
calli
March 28, 2023 8:47 am

Men in the 70’s were more than happy to trade their traditional roles for no strings attached sex. It seemed like a good deal at the time.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 8:49 am
Indolent
Indolent
March 28, 2023 8:50 am
Dot
Dot
March 28, 2023 8:51 am

Men in the 70’s were more than happy to trade their traditional roles for no strings attached sex. It seemed like a good deal at the time.

Were they having sex with men?

calli
calli
March 28, 2023 8:52 am

No Dot. Some probably were though.

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 28, 2023 8:53 am

The snow capped genny makes it perfect.

Dot
Dot
March 28, 2023 8:55 am

I can’t see a referendum getting up out of cycle when we don’t even know what we are voting for.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 8:57 am

Indolent says:
March 28, 2023 at 8:53 am

Gonzalo Lira
@GonzaloLira1968

I’ve been saying this for months, I will say it again — the next candidate for regime change is Saudi Arabia.

They are already priming the pump.

From the Comments

Once Victoria Nuland surfaces in Saudi Arabia, you will know it’s happening.

John H.
John H.
March 28, 2023 8:58 am

Dotsays:
March 28, 2023 at 8:55 am
I can’t see a referendum getting up out of cycle when we don’t even know what we are voting for.

You are assuming that the general public knows they don’t know what they are voting for.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 8:58 am

Moira should leave the Liberal Party.

She thought they were serious when they said “We believe in those most basic freedoms of parliamentary democracy – the freedom of thought, worship, speech and association.”

calli
calli
March 28, 2023 8:59 am

We do know what we’re voting for.

Yes = sunshine, lollipops and rainbows

No = bigotty bigotted bigots

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 28, 2023 8:59 am

Pessutto really is a rare breed of weasel.

He didn’t just dump on a member of his own party, but also on all those women at the rally who were defending women’s and girls’ rights to their own spaces. They are not the radicals. It has been an idea so obvious for so long as to not needing to be defended in theory or in practice until these mentally unwell freaks came along. They are the ones who want to turn things upside down. They are the radicals.

Yet the Libs, following the lead of Pessutto, cannot find it in them to separate out the (quasi-)nazis and the women who have a point. Instead he is singing from Labor’s hymn book that women who don’t want these sick demands foist upon them are the trouble-makers and Nazis.

I gather Pessutto has three daughters. Does her really have no trouble with the possibility of one or more of the slavering trans mob following his daughters into the bathrooms and change – areas that he could not enter himself?

I suppose he has worked out that they will not do anything to his daughters because he is a useful ally. It is only everyone else’s daughters. Mind you, I wonder if his position would not also make it worthwhile for one of the trans mob to start cultivating one of his daughters.

Truthfully, the Liberal party in Victoria has been languishing in irrelevance for so long. (And, in fact, they have just retreated from relevance again in knuckling under the the Trans loons.) Pessutto being leader is not really important to anyone. Surely not the voters. He is ineffectual and could be replaced by any number of similarly ineffectual people. It would have minimal impact upon anyone to dispatch him from the obscure office he occupies and replace him with someone else.

Actually, the Libs could their leadership woes more interesting to the public by getting rid of each one in their turn in increasingly spectacular fashions. At least then they would remember the name of the next one coming in, take bets on when they are going to self-immolate, and start keeping track of what the Libs are doing to monitor the bets.

Pessutto could do more for his party by being tarred and feathered, and dropped from a helicopter than by anything else he has done or will do.

Indolent
Indolent
March 28, 2023 9:01 am
Eyrie
Eyrie
March 28, 2023 9:01 am

So is a brave Ukraine really winning the war when it loses about 0.6 soldiers for every Russian it kills?
LOL! VDH just burned his credibility.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 9:02 am

28-Year-Old Deceased Nashville Shooter Identified- ‘Audrey Hale” an Illustrator, Identifies as Transgender – Included Manifesto (PHOTOS)

The mass shooter who killed at least 6 people dead Nashville’s Covenant School Monday morning, including 3 children has been identified by police as Audrey Hale.

The New York Post reported that Hale was a former student at Covenant School and online profile listed her as working in Commercial Illustration and Graphic Design.

Hale was shot dead by police at the elementary school at 10:57 AM.

The Gateway Pundit previously confirmed the mass shooter was a former student at the school.

The Biden regime immediately responded to the horrific shooting by demanding gun control, including a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”

Hale is a biological female who identifies as male and uses he/him pronouns. As DC_Draino notes, Hale has some disturbing artwork.

The police confirmed Audrey was transgender and had a manifesto.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 9:04 am
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 28, 2023 9:10 am

The police confirmed Audrey was transgender and had a manifesto.

Ooooh. She/they would never.

Dot
Dot
March 28, 2023 9:12 am

Let’s hope Deeming joins a minor party that represents her views or at least lets her speak her mind.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 28, 2023 9:13 am

In Once in a Corporate Lifetime news:

Origin snapped up in $18bn takeover deal with giant green energy pledge
(Unlinkable Oz)

Origin Energy has signed a $18.7bn takeover deal with suitors Brookfield

Asset Management and MidOcean Energy after months of talks and pledged to build a giant 14 gigawatts of new renewable and storage generation in Australia over the next decade.

The proposed investment in new-build renewables represents one-fifth of the total utility-scale renewable capacity required to be developed across the national electricity market through to 2030.

The consortium said the level of spending was “expected to enable the retirement of one of Australia’s largest coal-fired power generation plants, Eraring, and will be undertaken with the highest regard for network reliability and security.”

There’s $100 billion flagged right there; building out 70GW of renewables by 2030 to support ~20GW of non-coal unserved demand.

Technical note: Brookfield’s core strategy targets “low risk assets” yielding net returns of 12%-15% “over the long term”. Accounting for the risks and costs of bedding down an acquisition, the perceived yield on the Origin acquisition must significantly exceed 15% (unless Brookfield is planning to drive its long-term yield down).

Given the target ROI and the capital inefficiencies of renewable technology, expect:

• Eraring to be gorne in 2025; and

• Average wholesale power prices to remain in the $250-$300+/MW region because gentailer market gaming.

Top men, swarming from all over to feast on Australian government-backed, low-risk high-return investment opportunities.

Oddly, nobody in the media seems to have picked up on all this.
Perhaps I’m hopelessly wrong.

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 28, 2023 9:17 am

Ooooh. She/they would never.

It was the Evil Black Gun wot done it.

calli
calli
March 28, 2023 9:17 am

Thanks Ozzie. I did wonder when I heard the news this morning.

Not mentally disturbed at all. No sir-ee.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 28, 2023 9:18 am

OldOzziesays:

March 28, 2023 at 9:02 am

28-Year-Old Deceased Nashville Shooter Identified- ‘Audrey Hale” an Illustrator, Identifies as Transgender – Included Manifesto (PHOTOS)

I wonder if he/she/ze got any urging online from passive-militant couch potatoes to ‘stop polishing her weapons and exercise her Second Amendment rights’?

Dot
Dot
March 28, 2023 9:18 am

targets “low risk assets” yielding net returns of 12%-15% “over the long term”

If I wanted to read fan fiction I’d be on Reddit, not reading corporate annual reports.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 28, 2023 9:19 am

A great day for the ruinables in the west of Vic – dead calm and foggy.
‘Does it come with batteries?’

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 9:22 am

Knuckle Dragger says:
March 28, 2023 at 9:10 am

The police confirmed Audrey was transgender and had a manifesto.

Ooooh. She/they would never.

KD,

Actually He/Him

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 9:27 am

TikTok Blamed for Ukraine Ammunition Shortage

March 27, 2023 – Sundance

Put this in the ‘how far can we stretch a narrative’ file.

According to multiple sources, Ukraine is running out of ammunition in the war against Russia. However, according to Newsweek who is pushing the message from the Nordic Ammunition Supply Company, TikTok cat videos are to blame. Yes, you read that correctly…

(Newsweek) – One of Europe’s largest ammunition manufacturers has said it’s unable to expand to meet new quotas and respond to Ukraine’s increased demand because a nearby data center is using up all the electricity in the central Norway region to store TikTok videos.

The Norwegian group Nordic Ammunition Company, better known as Nammo, told the U.K. newspaper Financial Times that there’s no surplus of energy for its Raufoss plant, where the new factory was planned.

The electricity of the region is being used up by a data center whose bigger client is TikTok. The embattled social-media platform has come under increased scrutiny in the U.S. for its ties with China.

“We are concerned because we see our future growth is challenged by the storage of cat videos,” Nammo chief executive Morten Brandtzæg told the newspaper.

Local energy provider Elvia confirmed to the Financial Times that the network has no electricity to spare, and that the energy is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Should Nammo require more energy, it will take time to make this available to the ammunition manufacturer. (read more)

Europeans must immediately stop watching cat videos, in order to protect Ukraine.

ZeroHedge has more information about the ammunition shortage:

[…] The very fact that Ukraine is out of ammunition proves that the West’s defeat in its self-declared “race of logistics” with Russia might already be a fait accompli by this point since it’s clear that Kiev can’t keep pace with its opponent despite being backed by all of NATO’s military-industrial capacity. Zelensky almost certainly didn’t realize that his candid admission essentially amounted to this, but it’s presently unclear whether the MSM will inform their audience about this or not.

On the one hand, doing so could contribute to his forthcoming begging campaign, but it could also backfire if taxpayers start asking whether it’s worth ponying up even more money if Ukraine already ran out of ammo despite the over $100 billion in aid that it’s received thus far. After all, if that astronomical sum wasn’t enough to keep their guns firing, then there’s no telling how much will be needed for Kiev to reconquer more of its lost territory like it intends to do. (more)

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 9:30 am

Nordic nation’s military bans use of TikTok – media

Sweden’s Defense Ministry has reportedly barred employees from using the Chinese-owned app on their work phones

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 28, 2023 9:30 am

I don’t pick up much moral outrage re formerly-women-men showing up in gents toilets etc. Perhaps there’s some practical impediment – but it doesn’t seem to be a media issue and certainly not one I have personally experienced*.

As a cis-person, I’d just like to thank women for taking one for the team and welcoming the bulk of the fragile, unstable, performative, and potentially suicidal trans-persons into their lady-bits places on my behalf.
Champions.

* Discounting the presumed ladies avoiding a two-hour queue and using the gents urinals on Circular Quay during the 1988 Bicentennial.

Tom
Tom
March 28, 2023 9:32 am

Pessutto could do more for his party by being tarred and feathered, and dropped from a helicopter than by anything else he has done or will do.

Pesutto is a dripping wet idiot who has been talking about the SFLs’ need to be Labor light for years.

He became leader because, the SFLs having been shellacked after they took Labor light policies to the state election last November, a) other leadership contenders had already been thrown out for having the Menzian idea that the SFL party is meant to be conservative; b) other leadership contenders lost their seats last November; or c) no-one else wanted the job.

I think Deeming should stay on and vote to topple Pesutto when the SFL party room calls time on his disastrous “leadership”, which has just alienated Victorian women by sidelining a vocal women’s advocate. As Cassie says, he’s a dead man walking.

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 28, 2023 9:33 am

mØnty’s Our Team performs a traffic stop.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 9:35 am

Where’s all the Ukraine money going? This person can help find the truth

Senate to vote on having inspector general track every single taxpayer dollar going to Ukraine

Sen. Josh Hawley

Congress cares about making sure that cash is well spent, they should go on record about it.

This week, the Senate will vote on my amendment to set up an inspector general to track every single taxpayer dollar going to Ukraine. Who could oppose that?

Since Russia’s invasion began in February 2022, Congress has lavished Ukraine with $113 billion in aid spending – including both weapons and direct payments to the Ukrainian government. That’s almost four times the annual budget of my home state of Missouri. And it doesn’t look like they’re poised to turn off the spigot anytime soon.

To be clear, that’s the wrong call. America needs those resources elsewhere – to stop the cartels on our southern border; to deter China in the Pacific.

It’s long past time for our European NATO allies to step up and take primary responsibility for Europe’s security. Continued spending on Ukraine isn’t serving the American interest.

But set that aside. Everyone – especially Washington Republicans – should at least agree that Americans deserve to know how their money is being spent.

Astoundingly, right now that isn’t the case. Despite repeatedly asking for more funding for Ukraine aid, the Biden administration hasn’t rigorously kept track of the money. That’s right: billions upon billions of American dollars are pouring into a war-torn country without any serious oversight.

That makes no sense. In fact, it’s far from clear that American aid dollars are even flowing to the battlefront.

A huge portion of U.S. assistance is provided directly to the Ukrainian government – straight cash, spent by foreign government bureaucrats.

Meanwhile, just a few months ago, Ukraine dropped out of consideration for the 2030 World Cup after its sports officials were caught embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Too corrupt for FIFA – the famously shady soccer authority – is saying a lot.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 28, 2023 9:35 am

* Discounting the presumed ladies avoiding a two-hour queue and using the gents urinals on Circular Quay during the 1988 Bicentennial

And every raceday at Hanging Rock since 1957.

P
P
March 28, 2023 9:38 am

Zealous factcheckers are a threat to fair reporting on Australia’s referendum on ‘the voice’
They tend to favour a progressive view of the world

… it is deeply alarming to read that the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is exploring a partnership with the RMIT ABC factcheckers for the upcoming voice referendum.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 28, 2023 9:39 am

It is telling that Pessutto has a dossier on Moira Deeming and spent the last week attacking her.
Does he have a dossier on Dan Andrews?

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 28, 2023 9:45 am

Let’s hope Deeming joins a minor party that represents her views or at least lets her speak her mind.

Indeed, it would be a pity to waste someone with convictions in the Liberal Party.

Only problem becomes how to be heard?

Latho’s trick seems to be to appall the MSM but say something a lot of people agree with. As much as the MSM might abhor his ideas they have an irrepressibly impulse to be seen denouncing them, as if anyone cares about the press’ opinions. Latham is a scrappy fighter.

Similar thing happened with Pauline when she first appeared. The press hated her guts and broadcast how much disdain they had for her – but in the process they repeated what she said and it resonated with a lot of people.

Not saying that Moira should join One Nation, just pointing out two good examples. What Moira needs is an independent party that will commit itself to helping her get her message out – getting her platforms and podia and visibly rallying behind her so her message really gets out, so much that the MSM can’t ignore it.

Tom
Tom
March 28, 2023 9:45 am

28-Year-Old Deceased Nashville Shooter Identified- ‘Audrey Hale” an Illustrator, Identifies as Transgender – Included Manifesto (PHOTOS)

Australian radio newsrooms are now working overtime to censor the fact that the shooter was a mentally unstable male homosexual dressed as a woman.

Journalists are meant to be the public’s eyes and ears. Now they’ve become censors because they’re driven by ideology instead of old-fashioned curiosity and news sense.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 9:46 am

The federal government is reportedly paying for the funerals of clients of an indigenous funeral insurance business that went belly up.

By my calculations the bill is c. $1ok per funeral.

For some obscure reason the business was allowed to operate for 30 years outside of the oversight of prudential regulators.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 9:50 am

And every raceday at Hanging Rock since 1957.

How refreshing. Better than the carpark while you’re waiting for a taxi.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 28, 2023 9:51 am

The police confirmed Audrey was transgender and had a manifesto.

You know who else had a manifesto?

HITLER!

So I bet this woman was a TERF pretending to be Trans to make Trannies look violent and intolerant.

Or I’ll smash your teeth in.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 9:53 am

Tom says:
March 28, 2023 at 9:45 am

28-Year-Old Deceased Nashville Shooter Identified- ‘Audrey Hale” an Illustrator, Identifies as Transgender – Included Manifesto (PHOTOS)

Australian radio newsrooms are now working overtime to censor the fact that the shooter was a mentally unstable male homosexual dressed as a woman.

Tom,

I think it was the other way round –

On March 24th, three days ago, a biological woman who identifies as a man (trans-male) named Audrey Hale had his 28th birthday in Tennessee.

But in this day & age, who in the heck knows!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 28, 2023 9:55 am

Meet the new experts.

Wash, blow dry & talk to me about global warming please: Hairdressers trained to talk about ‘climate action’ to customers (27 Mar)

A salon in Sydney is spearheading workshops for hairdressers on how to steer small talk about the weather into conversations about global heating. … More than 400 hairdressers have attended workshops as part of a project called A Brush With Climate…During the sessions, hairdressers hear the basics of climate science and get to role play how conversations might go.

Garcia tells a story about one regular client, a mother of two. After having the climate chat and talking about solar power and ethical banking, she left happy. “She came back eight weeks later and she’s made all these changes. She was really proud.”

Douglas Adams was amazing in predicting this with his B Ark.

alwaysright
alwaysright
March 28, 2023 9:57 am

I’m ignoring NSW until they buy a better class of corrupt politician.
And they also need to win a shield cricket game.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 28, 2023 9:58 am

For some obscure reason the business was allowed to operate for 30 years outside of the oversight of prudential regulators.

Pascoe-accounting.

“How much money left in the accounts?”

“Let me check…One, two, many.”

“How much does a retreat on the Gold Coast cost?”

“Many dollars.”

“Sweet. We have enough. Go home and pack your possum skin scungies, we’re off on secret Indigenous Funeral Insurance business!”

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 9:58 am

The police confirmed Audrey was transgender and had a manifesto.

ABC persisting with “woman”.

Stay tuned…

JC
JC
March 28, 2023 9:59 am

I wonder if he/she/ze got any urging online from passive-militant couch potatoes to ‘stop polishing her weapons and exercise her Second Amendment rights’?

That’s perfectly fine, but make sure you don’t the f word though. 🙂

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 10:00 am

Oddly, ML, the business was based on the Gold Coast.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 28, 2023 10:01 am

I think Audrey Hale definitely started xe’s “journey” as a female.
Which means using xe’s “dead name” of Audrey is a mortal media sin.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 28, 2023 10:01 am

the business was based on the Gold Coast.

Man, did they get ripped off or what?

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 10:01 am

Adam Creighton in Teh Paywallian is saying tranny shooter. This won’t help tranny press.

Cassie of Sydney
March 28, 2023 10:02 am

Journalists are meant to be the public’s eyes and ears. Now they’ve become censors because they’re driven by ideology instead of old-fashioned curiosity and news sense.”

And therein lies the rub, neither Tom nor I nor anyone else here has ever said that the journalism profession and journalists were ever perfect but once upon time journalism was driven by “old-fashioned curiosity and news sense“, now it’s completely corrupted, bar a few exceptions, by far-left ideology. These ideologies that are now journalists aren’t curious about anything, all they do is parrot the ideological line. An example, where’s the journalistic curiosity about the sudden and very odd appearance in Melbourne of a dozen Nazis, timed perfectly to waltz through a Let Women Speak rally? Where’s the journalistic curiosity as to why Vic plod waved the Nazis through? There’s a story there, an interesting story, it’s very obvious that those Nazis didn’t appear out of no where. In fact I would argue that the strange appearance of the Grampian Nazis was staged, with the intimate involvement of Victorian Police and the Andrews’ government. Prove me wrong.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 10:03 am

Warning sign for Aston after Chinese voters spurn Liberals in NSW

Gus McCubbing Reporter

Chinese-Australian voters turned away from the Liberals in droves at the NSW election in a bad sign for the party ahead of the Aston federal byelection in Victoria this weekend.

More than 14 per cent of the population in the Aston electorate has Chinese ancestry, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, which is nearly three times higher than national figure of 5.5 per cent.

Liberal candidate Roshena Campbell has paid for advertising on Chinese social media platform WeChat, but Labor candidate Mary Doyle says voters remember the former Morrison government’s anti-China rhetoric.

The top 10 electorates in NSW by Chinese ancestry all swung away from the Liberals at the state election on Saturday, mirroring a trend at last year’s federal election.

Labor gained Parramatta, home to 21,033 people with Chinese ancestry, after recording a 15.2 per cent swing. The Chris Minns-led party might also take Ryde, where it used Chinese-language attack advertisements that said a vote for Liberal candidate Jordan Lane meant a vote for Peter Dutton, alongside an ominous image of the federal opposition leader.

NSW Labor MP Jason Yat-Sen Li, the son of migrant parents from Hong Kong, believes the Liberal party will also face backlash from Chinese-Australian voters at the Aston byelection on Saturday.

“People are still angry about the fearmongering around China that was used as a political weapon. Chinese Australians became collateral damage,” Mr Li told The Australian Financial Review.

“Imagine if the country you are from and identified with is portrayed as an enemy, aggressor or threat to Australia and how difficult it makes thing like applying for a job or just going about your life. It goes to whether you feel like you can belong in a place. That’s why these emotions run deep, and I think it will play a role in Aston.”

Deakin University researcher Fan Yang, who has been examining the use of WeChat in both the NSW state election and Aston byelection, said users on the Chinese social media platform had described Mr Dutton as a “monster”.

“Dutton isn’t supported by Chinese communities, largely because of his ‘war with China’ speech,” Dr Yang told the Financial Review.

“On WeChat, there was an expectation [former treasurer] Josh Frydenberg would return to lead the LNP. That would change how Chinese communities see the Liberal Party drastically.”

Ms Campbell fired up a WeChat presence two weeks ago in a bid to tap into the Chinese-Australian voters’ base in Aston, with an article on an official account, Melbourne Wei Life, which has about 280,000 followers, according to Dr Yang.

In the article, Ms Campbell touted her advocacy skills based on her professional experience as a former barrister and local councillor. It also mentions that her parents migrated to Australia in 1970 and were hard-working small business owners.

Electorates with large numbers of voters of Chinese heritage turned against the Coalition at last year’s federal election, in a sign the Liberal Party’s hawkish anti-China rhetoric cost it dearly at the ballot box.

The Liberals suffered an 8.7 per cent decline in their primary vote in the Victorian seat of Chisholm, which has more Mandarin speakers than any other electorate in Australia, compared with the party’s statewide negative swing of 5.6 per cent.

Former deputy state director of the Victorian party, Tony Barry, said the fact the NSW Liberals suffered a “blood nose” in electorates with high Chinese populations including Ryde, Parramatta, Oatley, Drummoyne and Willoughby, showed there was a “legacy effect” in the Chinese vote.

Mr Frydenberg featured heavily on WeChat account Australian Financial News last year, while incoming NSW Premier Chris Minns paid for advertising ahead of the March 25 state election.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 28, 2023 10:03 am

Nobody identifies as Frank ‘N’ Furter any more.

Why is that?

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
March 28, 2023 10:04 am

Where are all the vaccine shills on this blog now?

Despite everything we know about the deadly and ineffective nature of the COVID shots, our government recommends four booster doses for people as young as 6 months old. The shots have even been added to the child immunization schedule. Yet there is no protest whatsoever from the GOP establishment, including the biggest voice among them – Donald J. Trump. Just how radical is this? Even Australia – the poster child for COVID fascism – now only recommends the shots for the elderly and those with health risks. Perhaps it’s because the excess deaths down under have become too big to ignore.

Australia is experiencing worse excess mortality than at any point in 80 years, while neighboring New Zealand is experiencing the worst mortality since the Spanish flu. Officials won’t openly acknowledge the likely cause, but their policy changes regarding boosters clearly demonstrate a quiet walk-back of the needle idol. The latest booster advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) only recommends new doses for those over 65 and those “at risk,” while recommending against the shots for children.

Moreover, as our government continues to completely deny any risk in the shots, the government of Western Australia’s Department of Health recently revealed that its own safety monitoring showed that there is a 24 times greater risk of adverse events following the COVID shots than other vaccines.

Cassie of Sydney
March 28, 2023 10:04 am

“I want her to be full of blood” – says the trans activist who threw tomato soup over Kellie-Jay Keen.
The deep-seated envy and hatred of real women seeps through the performative pink trans cosplay”

Pure misogynism.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 28, 2023 10:06 am

Rogersays:

March 28, 2023 at 9:46 am

The federal government is reportedly paying for the funerals of clients of an indigenous funeral insurance business that went belly up.

Maybe they calculated premiums using white-fella actuarial tables.
Didn’t fumeral plans and phone plans being sold to Aboriginals at exhorbitant prices get a run in the Banking RC.
Where’s the moral hazard if you bail the crooks out?

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 28, 2023 10:06 am

ABC persisting with “woman”.

I thought dead naming was the ultimate crime.
Or is their ABC just as confused as the nut job?

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 10:08 am

Former deputy state director of the Victorian party, Tony Barry, said the fact the NSW Liberals suffered a “blood nose” in electorates with high Chinese populations including Ryde, Parramatta, Oatley, Drummoyne and Willoughby, showed there was a “legacy effect” in the Chinese vote.

How’s that population ponzi scheme working out for you, Liberals?

Robert Sewell
March 28, 2023 10:08 am

Boambee John:

Recently he has done 14 minute cities, drag queen story hour, the Let Women Speak rallies, and the NSW election. What is next on the leftard talking points list?

So far, I haven’t seen a map of the 15 minute restrictions the Left are calling for.
I’d really like to see one, and the way they are going to enforce them. Will they have digital currency areas? Ones where on say, Thursday, your CC wouldn’t work in the Colesworths 16 km away?
It’d be an education and a half.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 10:08 am

NYC Spending $5.3M to Install Toilets

By Adam Andrzejewski, RealClearInvestigations
March 27, 2023

New York City is planning to spend $5.3 million to install high-tech toilets in public parks in each of the five boroughs. Those five toilets, however, cost less than $1 million to purchase, according to The New York Post.

Each toilet from Portland Loo only cost about $185,000, putting the total price tag at $925,000.

The other $4 million in costs comes from high infrastructure costs and navigating the complex and bureaucratic installation process.

From the Comments

– They’ll all be trashed and out of order within six months tops

– The good news is that NYC isn’t wasting $100 billion like CA is on its train to nowhere. In Dem political circles, the waste of a mere $5 million is chump change.

– They always forget how much is kickbacks to Demonrats who approve this.

– Someone had to take over the graft from the mafia.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 10:09 am

Nobody identifies as Frank ‘N’ Furter any more.
Why is that?

Didn’t work out very well for Jason Donovan.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 28, 2023 10:15 am

Weird this ‘identify as’ thing.

I am a man. Simple. I do not consider myself as one (which makes it sound like it is an opinion) or see myself as one – there is no intermediary act that reveals man-ness to me. I am a man. That is how normal people speak.

Trannies ‘identifies’ as a women or man – the opposite of what they recognise they are more fundamentally in one way or another. Genitals, I suppose. But ‘identifying’ is an extra mental step. And when they ‘demand’ we call them whatever it is they are thinking they are saying we have to accept a mental step we cannot see and, therefore, recognise as true. We must just obey.

And they reckon we non-trannies are taking away their rights when they would deny us access to our own judgement.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 10:16 am

Dutton undermining Indigenous recognition: Albanese

Tom McIlroy – Political reporter

Anthony Albanese has rebuffed demands from Peter Dutton for the government to release expert legal advice on the Voice to parliament proposal, accusing the opposition leader of seeking to undermine Indigenous constitutional recognition.

Days after the government released its revised draft wording for the looming referendum, including clarifying that the Voice would advise parliament as well as the executive government, Mr Dutton called on Labor to make public legal advice from Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue, over concerns about possible High Court challenges in the future.

Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney and Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus have both confirmed Mr Donaghue’s advice supported the wording decided by the government’s working group and endorsed by cabinet. But Labor will hold the line and withhold the advice, citing past practice by federal governments not to release cabinet papers.

Despite a series of one-on-one meetings and months of debate about the Voice, Mr Albanese said he saw no evidence Mr Dutton wanted to offer the plan meaningful bipartisan support.

He challenged journalists to name any sign that the Liberal leader was doing something other than “undermining support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people”.

“I’m awaiting it,” Mr Albanese said. “I’ve had seven meetings with him. He’s met with the referendum working group. There are no signs.

“And he was a member of a government that did not release any cabinet papers or advice to the cabinet in the nine years in which he was a member of the cabinet.”

Labor MP Josh Burns called Mr Dutton “the leader of the No campaign” in parliament on Monday.

“He says no, but Australia will say yes,” Mr Burns said. “This leader of the opposition does not have questions. All he has are tricky political tactics that are aimed at undermining reconciliation.”

Leading constitutional lawyer Bret Walker, SC, said the new draft was appropriate, including its reference to executive government.

“It seemed to me to be a very safe formula, with a bit of a double precaution against some of the notions that were slated by opponents,” he told ABC radio.

“There’s absolutely no possibility now that parliament will not be able to control the manner in which executive, for example, will deal with representations by the Voice. All of that now has been put beyond any doubt by the explicit capacity of parliament.”

Mr Walker said the High Court would not delay government decision-making, taking issue with critics of the plan who say it will lead to lengthy legal challenges.

“Things don’t get stuck in the High Court,” he said. “There is no prospect in my view of there being a problem of what government wants to do lawfully being held up by litigation.”

Shadow attorney-general Julian Leeser used question time to ask Ms Burney if the Reserve Bank would have to consult the Voice on interest rate decisions, a suggestion she dismissed out of hand.

The government plans to introduce legislation for the referendum on Thursday, ahead of a lengthy committee review and a vote by MPs in June.

The national referendum vote is expected around October.

Westpac has become the latest Australian corporate to come out in support of the Voice, describing it as an important step in the country’s reconciliation process

Chief executive Peter King said the bank would encourage staff to learn about the proposal, and prioritise First Nations voices internally.

“The logical way to solve any problem is to listen to the people who are closest to the issues, show respect and make practical changes – which is exactly what the Voice to parliament can help us do,” he said.

Cassie of Sydney
March 28, 2023 10:18 am

“Didn’t work out very well for Jason Donovan.

You mean Craig McLachlan.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 28, 2023 10:18 am

The latest booster advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) only recommends new doses for those over 65 and those “at risk,”

So that group will die sooner and reduce the financial burden of the medical and pension system.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 28, 2023 10:19 am

Given the events in Nashville overnight (our time), it is absolutely no surprise that mUntler (mUntyHitler) suddenly found essential things to do in the fantasy football field of endeavour that prevents him from whining that deficient trannies are normal people and should be unconditionally loved, in the manner of a recently-orphaned golden labrador pup.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 10:21 am

You mean Craig McLachlan.

See what I mean.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 10:22 am

It’s not clear the shooter even played fantasy football.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 28, 2023 10:24 am

When Pessutto is finished impersonating Simon Wiesenthal he might find a bit of time to actually be Leader of the Opposition.

Shy Ted
Shy Ted
March 28, 2023 10:24 am

The federal government is reportedly paying for the funerals of clients of an indigenous funeral insurance business that went belly up.
By my calculations the bill is c. $1ok per funeral.

Minimum. Everyone gets a new set of clothes for every funeral. Dozens to hundreds of people attending. Soon adds up.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 10:24 am

“He says no, but Australia will say yes,” Mr Burns said. “This leader of the opposition does not have questions. All he has are tricky political tactics that are aimed at undermining reconciliation.”

Can Mr. Burns define the end point of reconciliation?

Just so we all know when it’s achieved.

Ta.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 10:24 am

It’s a problem when you’re distraction squirrel becomes roadkill.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
March 28, 2023 10:28 am

The IRS Makes a Strange House Call

An agent shows up at the home of Twitter files journalist Matt Taibbi.

By The WSJ Editorial Board

Democrats are denouncing the House GOP investigation into the weaponization of government, but maybe that’s because Republicans are getting somewhere.

That includes new evidence that the Internal Revenue Service may be targeting a journalist who testified before the weaponization committee.

House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan sent a letter Monday to IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen seeking an explanation for why journalist Matt Taibbi received an unannounced home visit from an IRS agent. We’ve seen the letter, and both the circumstances and timing of the IRS focus on this journalist raise serious questions.

Mr. Taibbi has provoked the ire of Democrats and other journalists for his role in researching Twitter records and then releasing internal communications from the social-media giant that expose its censorship and its contacts with government officials. This effort has already inspired government bullying, with Chair Lina Khan’s Federal Trade Commission targeting new Twitter owner Elon Musk and demanding the company “identify all journalists” granted access to the Twitter files.

Now Mr. Taibbi has told Mr. Jordan’s committee that an IRS agent showed up at his personal residence in New Jersey on March 9. That happens to be the same day Mr. Taibbi testified before the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government about what he learned about Twitter.

The taxman left a note instructing Mr. Taibbi to call the IRS four days later. Mr. Taibbi was told in a call with the agent that both his 2018 and 2021 tax returns had been rejected owing to concerns over identity theft.

Mr. Taibbi has provided the committee with documentation showing his 2018 return had been electronically accepted, and he says the IRS never notified him or his accountants of a problem after he filed that 2018 return more than four-and-a-half years ago.

He says the IRS initially rejected his 2021 return, which he later refiled, and it was rejected again—even though Mr. Taibbi says his accountants refiled it with an IRS-provided pin number. Mr. Taibbi notes that in neither case was the issue “monetary,” and that the IRS owes him a “considerable” sum..

The bigger question is when did the IRS start to dispatch agents for surprise house calls?

Typically when the IRS challenges some part of a tax return, it sends a dunning letter.

Or it might seek more information from the taxpayer or tax preparer. If the IRS wants to audit a return, it schedules a meeting at the agent’s office. It doesn’t drop by unannounced.

The curious timing of this visit, on the heels of the FTC demand that Twitter turn over names of journalists, raises questions about potential intimidation, and Mr. Jordan is right to want to see documents and communications relating to the Taibbi visit

The fear of many Americans is that, flush with its new $80 billion in funding from Congress, the IRS will unleash its fearsome power against political opponents.

Mr. Taibbi deserves to know why the agency decided to pursue him with a very strange house call.

Vicki
Vicki
March 28, 2023 10:30 am

The latest booster advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) only recommends new doses for those over 65 and those “at risk,”

I noticed that the latest newsletter from our GP practice in the city does not even include this latest ATAGI advice!

IMO the medical profession, with perhaps the exception of some of the geniuses in surgery, are a disgraced profession.

Cassie of Sydney
March 28, 2023 10:30 am

“Pessutto just idiotically stumbled into this controversy as if he’d been backgrounded by a blue-haired 20-something who’s pronouns are xe/xir. What a clown.”

It’s the Victorian Liberal Party, nothing would surprise me.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 28, 2023 10:30 am

When you confuse Craig McLachlan with Jason Donovan you need to take a good hard look at yourself.
With trousers on.

Robert Sewell
March 28, 2023 10:31 am

Old Ozzie:
From the Comments:

Once Victoria Nuland surfaces in Saudi Arabia, you will know it’s happening.

Perhaps said in jest, OO. But perhaps not as well.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 10:31 am

Minimum. Everyone gets a new set of clothes for every funeral. Dozens to hundreds of people attending. Soon adds up.

Let’s stick with the facts.

Thus far $1.4m has been spent on 149 funerals.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 10:36 am

And the company had c. 30 000 clients.

So c. $300 000 000 all up if the government continues to pick up the tab, although rising funeral costs over time would also have to be factored in.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 28, 2023 10:44 am

So is a brave Ukraine really winning the war when it loses about 0.6 soldiers for every Russian it kills?
LOL! VDH just burned his credibility.

Im not sure that ratio would be far off.
Remember the attacker usually suffers more casualties than the defender, its almost baked into any assumption about offensives.
Mass artillery helps reduce that a lot – usually.

But if its attack/counterattack then ratios should be more even.

Im fairly sure the ukes real time overview (thanks to Nato satellite and recon) would be excellent which might even it up a touch more.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 28, 2023 10:44 am

Rogersays:

March 28, 2023 at 10:36 am

And the company had c. 30 000 clients.

So c. $300 000 000 all up if the government continues to pick up the tab, although rising funeral costs over time would also have to be factored in.

Is the Commonwealth collecting ongoing premiums?

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 10:45 am

ABC now only reporting about a “shooter” and a “suspect”.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 10:51 am

When you confuse Craig McLachlan with Jason Donovan you need to take a good hard look at yourself

Jason Donovan got sent to Perth with Charlene to open a service station. That was soap opera cancelled when we didn’t even have a word for it. At least they could have had the decency to have them die in a fiery car crash or kidnapped by Alf Stewart in a psychotic meth bender.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 10:52 am

Is the Commonwealth collecting ongoing premiums?

It would appear they’ll be presented today with a request for an ex gratia compensation payout. $20k for one client mentioned. Whether they’ll continue to pay for the funerals remains to be seen.

Worst case scenario for the tax payer is this could nudge towards $1bn.

MatrixTransform
March 28, 2023 10:53 am

as if he’d been backgrounded by a blue-haired 20-something who’s pronouns are xe/xir.

with 3 “daughters” … there’s a strong chance

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 28, 2023 10:53 am

As I see it the shooting Audrey could have been avoided if they had invested less in armed police and more in social workers to talk her/him/it/?.

If they had invested in a properly equipped SWAT (Social Workers and Therapists) team then, sure, there would still be six people on slabs who that morning were probably looking forward to nothing more than parties and cake, or a night out to unwind over a drink, but at least Audrey would be in a position to talk about her/his/its/? feelings and explain how it is not her/his/its/? fault but everyone else’s.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 10:53 am

ABC now only reporting about a “shooter” and a “suspect”.

cf: batter

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 28, 2023 10:57 am

On topic:

kidnapped by Alf Stewart in a psychotic meth bender

The ending of Romper Stomper could have inspired a Neighbours series finale for the ages.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 10:58 am

Buffalo Bill was another one of those reskinning Mother types wasn’t he?

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 10:59 am

I’m sure Linda Burney will prove a tough negotiator on our behalf.

Thankfully Katy Gallagher holds the purse strings.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 11:00 am

Thankfully Katy Gallagher holds the purse strings.

For how much longer?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 28, 2023 11:02 am

Whether they’ll continue to pay for the funerals remains to be seen.

Err, wut?
As if.
Who wants to be the first racist to knock back a claim?

Slim Cognito
Slim Cognito
March 28, 2023 11:04 am

IMO the medical profession, with perhaps the exception of some of the geniuses in surgery, are a disgraced profession.

None of them are talking about it. It’s like it never happened.

I have annual visits to my cardiologist. Last year he wouldn’t even let me in the door as I wasn’t vaxxed.
This year was no issue and my non vaxxed status was not even mentioned. Same thing last time I went to the GP.

Tom
Tom
March 28, 2023 11:05 am

My apologies. The Nashville shooter was indeed a transvestite, but a biological woman “identifying” as a man, not the other way around — a crucial fact still being withheld from some Australian audiences by journalists on the side of the trans movement.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 28, 2023 11:06 am

kidnapped by Alf Stewart in a psychotic meth bender

I never watch it, but I do see promos for Home and Away.
It seems to be a never ending stream of fiery crashes, love quadrangles, long lost adopted relatives turning up unannounced, weddings and bad boys lobbing in town after being in jail.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 28, 2023 11:09 am

In WTF news:

President Joe Biden joked Monday that he only showed up to a White House event because he heard there would be ice cream — before addressing the horrific mass school shooting that left six dead hours earlier.

“My name is Joe Biden. I’m Dr. Jill Biden’s husband,” the 80-year-old president began his remarks at an East Room gathering of women-owned businesses.

“And I eat Jeni’s ice cream — chocolate chip. I came down because I heard there was chocolate chip ice cream,” he said.

“By the way, I have a whole refrigerator full upstairs,” Biden added at his only scheduled public appearance of the day. “You think I’m kidding? I’m not.”

The president then turned serious to address the shooting at the Covenant School, in which three students and three staff members were killed, calling it “sick” and “a family’s worst nightmare” before demanding once again that Congress pass a ban on assault weapons.

“It’s about time we began to make some more progress,” he said.

Remarkably, Biden again returned to the subject of ice cream with another shout-out to a rep from Jeni’s, an Ohio-based chain with shops across the country, including a location near the White House.

Stunned anchors on Fox News were forced to cut the vision on live TV as Biden continued to discuss ice-cream.

“We’ll jump back in here, considering the moment, the school shooting that just happened left three adults dead – we were told he would be addressing this off the top,” a female presenter said.

“It’s rather surprising, I thought a sombre President Biden would have come to the podium here and addressed the school shooting.”

Look on the bright side, no toileting malfunction with this one.

Not too hard to understand Emperor Xi’s drawcard status in the Turd World.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 28, 2023 11:09 am

Anthony Albanese has rebuffed demands from Peter Dutton for the government to release expert legal advice on the Voice to parliament proposal, accusing the opposition leader of seeking to undermine Indigenous constitutional recognition.

Luigi the Arfur Daley of political crusades..

“He’s an invertebrate liar”

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 11:09 am

My apologies. The Nashville shooter was indeed a transvestite, but a biological woman “identifying” as a man…

Stand by for the ABC to call it a man in 3,2,1…

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 28, 2023 11:12 am

Is this likely to go anywhere of fishing for go away money from the bank??

Barclays says Epstein allegations against ex-boss Jes Staley ‘serious and new’
Bank further distanced itself from its former chief executive who resigned in November 2021

Doesnt seem to be any doubt the bank boss was a Lolita express frequent flyer.
But it appears that he provided Epstein with a lot of banking services helping facilitate that.
Does the actual bank have liability because the bloke in charge was a shonk??

Barclays has said allegations that its former chief executive Jes Staley was aware of sex trafficking operations run by the late billionaire Jeffrey Epstein were “serious and new”, as it further distanced itself from its ex-boss.

It is the most substantial comment made by Barclays since Staley resigned in November 2021 after a UK regulatory investigation into his relationship with the convicted sex offender, who was one of Staley’s clients when he worked at JP Morgan years earlier.

The comments also signalled Barclays was further distancing itself from its former chief executive, having previously expressed disappointment at his departure.

Two lawsuits aimed at JP Morgan claim Staley “observed victims personally”, including “visiting young girls at Epstein’s apartments”, and exchanged 1,200 emails with the late financier that included photos of young women in seductive poses and referring to women by the names of Disney princesses.

JP Morgan has countered that the lawsuits are “misplaced and without merit”, adding that the “plaintiffs have made troubling allegations concerning the conduct of our former employee, and if true he should be held responsible for his actions”.

The US bank is also suing Staley, saying he should be made liable for any penalties the US bank may face as a result of lawsuits.

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 28, 2023 11:14 am

ABC now only reporting about a “shooter” and a “suspect”.

That’s because guntransman crashes the ENPS splel checker.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 11:16 am

Rural Scotland is dying of cold.

I’m sure this will be at the top of Humza Yousaf’s “to deal with” list.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 28, 2023 11:24 am

look at this mong – look and laugh.

https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.smh.com.au%2Fpolitics%2Ffederal%2Fspender-to-hold-own-tax-summit-wants-more-than-a-dusty-document-20230327-p5cvj5.html

The MP for one of the richest electorates in the country will bring together some of the best tax minds in the country for her own summit this week, saying voters want a tax system that will pay for government services and help grow the economy.
….
She said many of her constituents could understand the government’s superannuation proposals but had legitimate questions about how it would operate, its treatment of capital gains and whether the $3 million threshold should be indexed to inflation.

“People are also saying that they can see the argument for changes to superannuation, but then ask why isn’t there a super profits tax on coal and gas,” Spender said.

“They want to see a tax system that is calibrated to cover the increasing costs that the budget is going to carry, but that is also going to help drive growth and innovation.”

Spender said the tax system in its current shape would not be able to deal with the challenges that were likely to emerge over the next decade, including the level of debt now carried by the federal government, the demand for extra services such as health and the cost of dealing with climate change.

So the summit will be to increase taxes- full stop.
Preferably on those plebs working in extractive industries.

Arky
March 28, 2023 11:25 am

Top Ender says:
March 28, 2023 at 7:50 am
Here in NZ just walked past recycling bins with Maori words underneath the English signage.

Who knew the Maori word for “can” is “tini”? As in “chuck us another tinnie cuz.”

Now on the alert for evidence of ancient Maori words for trains, telecommunications, and cars.

..
Thus:
..

…On arriving here, a large corpus of language was no longer relevant and, importantly, new words were needed.

The word niu (coconut), for example, would have become obsolete along with terms used to describe how it was harvested and prepared. Moa (chicken) made the cut, though, although the moa they stumbled upon here were a lot larger than those they left behind in the islands.

Since M?ori set foot on these shores, they?have been in the business of creating new words. That business boomed with the arrival of later immigrants, and it’s still growing today.?

The green glass bottle introduced by early settlers, for example, was termed pounamu because it resembled our very own greenstone. The liquid I’m guessing it contained, also new to this land, was called waipiro (alcohol), which is made up of two words, wai (water) and piro (rotten or putrid). The round-shaped spectacles early missionaries wore were given the name m?whiti (ring or hoop), and the book they carried in hand, pukapuka.

These three methods of creating new words are still carried out by M?ori-speaking communities today. In looking at pounamu and m?whiti, M?ori developed a name for new technology based on its likeness to something that already existed in their own world.

Waipiro consists of two M?ori words merged to form one, while pukapuka is a transliteration of the English word book.

Contemporary examples that follow these methods set in place by the ancestors include umu (oven), the word for the native earth oven; rorohiko (computer), formed by merging roro (brain) and hiko (electric), and ?m?ra (email), a good old transliteration.
..

-https://www.nzherald.co.nz/kahu/maori-language-week-2020-new-words-keep-the-te-reo-alive-hemi-kelly/WZ6UBV7NRMI6TKEV3VXKC2EW3E/
..
If you want to keep a language continually alive you must incorporate words for new things as they come along. M?ori has been in continuous use throughout. It’s unsurprising that people should want to keep and use the language of their ancestors.
..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GxaJSmNxcQ

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 11:25 am

The anonymous shooter now has a name but no known motive.

The trusted national broadcaster is edging towards the truth.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 11:26 am

The mental illness trope must be on standby.

rickw
rickw
March 28, 2023 11:28 am

mØnty’s Our Team performs a traffic stop.

Ukies, top people, pity they weren’t driving a bushmaster.

Robert Sewell
March 28, 2023 11:31 am

Mother Lode:

Yet the Libs, following the lead of Pessutto, cannot find it in them to separate out the (quasi-)nazis and the women who have a point. Instead he is singing from Labor’s hymn book that women who don’t want these sick demands foist upon them are the trouble-makers and Nazis.

That’s because he’s Uniparty. It’s their platform.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 11:32 am

It’s unsurprising that people should want to keep and use the language of their ancestors.

Sure, but I understand the push is on to make NZ bilingual in practice.

People will have to speak Maori just as some Canadians have to speak French just to navigate everyday life.

cohenite
March 28, 2023 11:36 am

Tomsays:
March 28, 2023 at 11:05 am
My apologies. The Nashville shooter was indeed a transvestite, but a biological woman “identifying” as a man, not the other way around — a crucial fact still being withheld from some Australian audiences by journalists on the side of the trans movement.

Police: Suspect in Christian School Shooting Identified as Transgender

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 11:37 am

Stand by for the ABC to call it a man in 3,2,1…

There will be some hastily convened meetings in Ultimo. Takeaway oat milk lattes today.

Robert Sewell
March 28, 2023 11:38 am

https://twitter.com/i/status/1640375712690454529
No wonder the Ukies are running short of ammo if that’s the way they use it up.
Unusual unit marking on the left rear of their vehicle – anyone know where they’re from?

I mentioned this in relation to the Trump/DeSantis presidential run. Sometimes you need to be convinced in the gut what your intellect is telling you.
The Ukrainians are the baddies.
The Jury is still out on the Russians.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 11:45 am

Reading @sullydish on transgenderism is like watching a Menshevik panic as the Bolsheviks outflank him.

Gold.

Arky
March 28, 2023 11:46 am

Roger says:
March 28, 2023 at 11:32 am
It’s unsurprising that people should want to keep and use the language of their ancestors.
Sure, but I understand the push is on to make NZ bilingual in practice.

People will have to speak Maori just as some Canadians have to speak French just to navigate everyday life.

..
They are still almost twenty percent of the population.
And never conquered. If we had had to fight them to the end they could well have won. They beat the living shit out of the British army in numerous battles.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 28, 2023 11:47 am

I thought the reporting on Bidens joking about ice creams before switching to being all sombre about the school shooting has to be exaggerated.

It wasnt
https://nypost.com/2023/03/27/bidens-bizarre-ice-cream-joke-in-nashville-shooting-remarks/

Even worse is the press catamites hooting and clapping at the mindworm infested old perverts spiel.

rickw
rickw
March 28, 2023 11:51 am

The Nashville shooter was indeed a transvestite, but a biological woman “identifying” as a man, not the other way around — a crucial fact still being withheld from some Australian audiences by journalists on the side of the trans movement.

No doubt furiously masturbating over the types of firearms used.

They are absolute scum, a vile and unhinged propaganda machine.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 28, 2023 11:52 am

Rogersays:

March 28, 2023 at 11:09 am

My apologies. The Nashville shooter was indeed a transvestite, but a biological woman “identifying” as a man…

Stand by for the ABC to call it a man in 3,2,1…

I think when the talking points go out in the next 24 hours, it will be “Look what you made xe do!”.
That is, the target school (being Christian) is “problematic” and “controversial” and their intolerance of their former student’s preferences may have led to xe “being caught up in a violent cycle” and “lashing out at Christian bigotry”.
The ABC report is largely based on the BBC report. The BBC uses the “tranny” word but that seems to have dropped off the ABC version.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 11:53 am

They are still almost twenty percent of the population.

D.v. I’ll be there in November.

Will polish up my Maori in the meantime.

😀

cohenite
March 28, 2023 11:53 am

Just to be clear, the Nashville bastard was a bloke pretending to be a woman. As I said given that the vast majority of murders in the US are by young black men and transwomen are catching up, then a black transwoman is the most dangerous person on the planet.

cohenite
March 28, 2023 11:55 am

The Nashville shooter was indeed a transvestite, but a biological woman “identifying” as a man, not the other way around — a crucial fact still being withheld from some Australian audiences by journalists on the side of the trans movement.

Ok, I’m confused. The shooter was a woman pretending to be a bloke and not the other way round?

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 11:55 am

The BBC uses the “tranny” word….

Aunty is misgendering the perp?

There’ll be hell to pay.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 28, 2023 11:55 am

Cassie

In fact I would argue that the strange appearance of the Grampian Nazis was staged, with the intimate involvement of Victorian Police and the Andrews’ government. Prove me wrong.

Sorry, I tried sooooo hard, but I could not prove you wrong. I concede.

Signed, m0nty=fa

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 28, 2023 11:58 am

NSW Labor MP Jason Yat-Sen Li, the son of migrant parents from Hong Kong, …

“People are still angry about the fearmongering around China that was used as a political weapon. Chinese Australians became collateral damage,” Mr Li told The Australian Financial Review.

“Imagine if the country you are from and identified with is portrayed as an enemy, aggressor or threat to Australia and how difficult it makes thing like applying for a job or just going about your life. It goes to whether you feel like you can belong in a place.

Jason has made it clear that he never did “belong in [this] place”.

rickw
rickw
March 28, 2023 11:59 am

voters want a tax system that will pay for government services and help grow the economy

Pure Mong. Tax is the handbrake on growing the economy.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 12:03 pm

To borrow a line from James Joyce…

The contemporary world is a nightmare from which I’m trying to wake up.

Robert Sewell
March 28, 2023 12:10 pm

Wodger:
Rural Scotland is dying of cold.

I’m sure this will be at the top of Humza Yousaf’s “to deal with” list.

The real point is that this is deliberate. The governments have made this crisis so they can brag to their mates about the efforts needed to deal with climate change, while they pauperise the peasants with taxes that keep themselves warm.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 28, 2023 12:10 pm

In Liveable City news:

Disgusting ‘fatbergs’ and ‘rags’ blocking Australian city’s pipes

Perth. In dire need of training how to use the sewage system.

The top three Perth suburbs for rag blockages last year include Baldivis, Mount Lawley and Mosman Park.

For fatbergs it was Wembley, Nedlands and Armadale.

No mention of a pair of bear-sized trousers…

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 28, 2023 12:10 pm

I feel a disturbance in the Montyverse, like a billion montyfacts all screamed out as one before being slapped in the ladyballs…

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11907547/Transgender-woman-54-jailed-nine-years-stabbing-trans-woman.html

Transgender woman, 54, who was convicted of rape in 1998 when she was a man is jailed for nine years for stabbing another trans woman, tying her to a chair with tights and stealing her cash

The court heard that the defendant was currently in the process of transitioning and was referred to with ‘she/her’ pronouns.

Prosecutor Lydia Pearce said today that the defendant had been out drinking before she made demands for money in her shared flat.

She then attacked her victim – who was able to stem the bleeding from her ‘superficial’ wounds with a cloth – while demanding to know her PIN number.

The police were contacted after a district nurse saw the complainant’s healing wounds during a visit a few days later and Jade was then arrested.

Deputy circuit judge Timothy Clayson was told that back in 1988, Jade had been locked up for five years for rape and other sexual offences.

He was also informed that in 2013, she had been jailed again for another sexual matter.

Barrister Richard Canning, representing Jade, said her main focus was now to complete her transition while adding she knew what she had done was wrong.

Bar Beach Swimmer
March 28, 2023 12:10 pm

DB @ 10:31am
I was thinking the same thing.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 12:11 pm

You could have then argued that there was space for both a consideration of women’s concerns, while also allowing some room for confused people and how they acted in their private life, and this would have played very well in the centre and in the right as well.

Oh for the days when politicians had convictions and not advisers.

C.L.
C.L.
March 28, 2023 12:12 pm

I thought the reporting on Biden joking about ice creams before switching to being all sombre about the school shooting has to be exaggerated.

It wasn’t.

Biden is mentally ill.

At the same presser, he also commented on the “good looking” children present.

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 28, 2023 12:13 pm

There’s probably a Sun Tzu quote for this.

The CEO told the FT that the company’s growth is
being “challenged by the storage of cat videos.”

rickw
rickw
March 28, 2023 12:15 pm

Given the events in Nashville overnight (our time), it is absolutely no surprise that mUntler (mUntyHitler) suddenly found essential things to do

At Cassie’s encouragement my guess he let his wife read some of his shitposts. Currently recovering from a frying pan injury whilst negotiating with the milkman over continued residence in the laundry.

Roger
Roger
March 28, 2023 12:16 pm

The governments have made this crisis so they can brag to their mates about the efforts needed to deal with climate change, while they pauperise the peasants with taxes that keep themselves warm.

I’ve never been one for peasant revolts but I could warm to the idea.

Alas, I suspect Scotland’s poor have been so demoralised by government policies over the years that they’ll go out with a whimper rather than a bang.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 12:16 pm

Fatbergs in Wembley? Maybe it will be an oat milk latte for me too.

rickw
rickw
March 28, 2023 12:17 pm

Biden is mentally ill.

At the same presser, he also commented on the “good looking” children present.

I don’t think he’s mentally ill. Just alzheimers stripping away a pedo’s jaw handbrake.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 28, 2023 12:19 pm

Drainage is a bit of an issue here. Between the wars pipes, fairly flat terrain doesn’t do us any favours. We are well known to WaterCorp.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 28, 2023 12:23 pm

I thought if you were from Hong Kong, Mainland China was the enemy. Li has been around a long time. Used to be on the Smith family – volunteer or not I wonder.

rosie
rosie
March 28, 2023 12:25 pm

Thank you for the article Roger.
I now wonder how many excess deaths in the UK over winter are the result of energy poverty.
Do UK statisticians track excess deaths by location and or socio-economic status?
Good to see people resorting to peat, I’m sure the Scottish government will be most anxious to count those emissions.

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