Open Thread – Tues 18 April 2023


The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, Caravaggio, 1601

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Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Bourne1879 says: April 17, 2023 at 11:12 pm
Caught the Sharri Markson interview with Catherine Deves. She was clearly out to attack Deves and might as well have been the ABC.

Just caught up with it myself.
Ms. Markson went for her like a rabid dog. She certainly went waaaay beyond “holding a politician (candidate) to account”. Quentin Dempster will be jealous.

You’re not wrong, Mrs. Deves would have gotten a much fairer hearing from the ABC.

Gabor
Gabor
April 18, 2023 12:38 am

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity says:
April 18, 2023 at 12:02 am

Bourne1879 says: April 17, 2023 at 11:12 pm
Caught the Sharri Markson interview with Catherine Deves. She was clearly out to attack Deves and might as well have been the ABC.

You’re not wrong, Mrs. Deves would have gotten a much fairer hearing from the ABC.

Saw her years ago on Bolt’s show when I was still watching TV and Bolt reckoned she was going to be the bee’s knees in journalism. He was right in a way but her politics changed, or never revealed, both have lost me.
I don’t think they are losing a lot of sleep over it but.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 18, 2023 2:40 am
Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 18, 2023 2:54 am
Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:11 am
Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:12 am
Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:14 am
Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 4:15 am
Crossie
Crossie
April 18, 2023 6:08 am

Thanks for the toons Tom. Spooner got it.

132andBush
132andBush
April 18, 2023 6:21 am

What the hell is Knight on about?

rosie
rosie
April 18, 2023 6:39 am

At least Nicky had a skin tone.
Now we get people claiming to be ‘blak’ who are no different in appearance to the rest of ‘white’ Australia.
And I’m guessing based on the notification at Ancestry that quite a few aren’t getting the DNA confirmations they want.
It’s getting ridiculous.
I remember the dark skinned gentleman at a q&a session ?pointing out to a couple of identifiers that unlike him they wouldn’t have difficulty getting a cab home from the studio.
The victim hood of the 1/16 1/32 1/64 urbanites who refuse to acknowledge their non aboriginal heritage is astounding. Wallowing in, and sometimes, profiting from a stolen victim hood.
All Australians should be checking to see if they have indigenous heritage to get a piece of that voice pie.

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 18, 2023 6:41 am

Markson’s attack on Deves finishes her as a show worth watching.

Gabor
Gabor
April 18, 2023 6:42 am

132andBush says:
April 18, 2023 at 6:21 am

What the hell is Knight on about?

Not sure, but I seem to remember when Nicky pointed to his skin colour.
What it has to do with anything?
I’m as much in the dark as you are. / No pun intended

rosie
rosie
April 18, 2023 6:43 am

And slapping on make up several tones darker than your natural skin tone.
What does that say about you?

rosie
rosie
April 18, 2023 6:46 am
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 18, 2023 6:48 am

Snooker is bad for the planet.

Just Stop Oil protestors crash World Snooker match and cover table in orange powder (17 Apr)

Just Stop Oil protestors forced a match at the World Snooker Championship to be abandoned after an individual threw orange paint onto the table. The first-round match-up between Joe Perry and Rob Milkins had to be rescheduled after ‘scary’ scenes in which a man made his way onto the table and covered the surface with dried orange powder.

Good thing he didn’t glue himself the the table. The competitors might’ve started throwing the snooker balls at him.

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 18, 2023 6:50 am

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is in talks with Twitter regarding a new “Government-Funded Media” label which emerged on its ABC News Twitter account overnight.
Diddums!
I’d add another one:
“Mostly unwatchable”.
Story is at News.com.au.
Link

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 18, 2023 6:51 am

When the Welsh aren’t praying on their knees and on their neighbours,
they’re blaming a logo for global climate warming change.

Crossie
Crossie
April 18, 2023 6:51 am

rosie says:
April 18, 2023 at 6:46 am
a picture

In that picture Marcia Langton is whiter than I am, probably whiter than 90% of the population.

rosie
rosie
April 18, 2023 6:52 am
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 18, 2023 6:53 am

Caught the Sharri Markson interview with Catherine Deves. She was clearly out to attack

‘In the right light and studio conditions, she might look prettier than me.’

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 18, 2023 6:54 am

How about “incurably left-green compulsorily taxpayer funded media”?

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 18, 2023 6:58 am

It’s notable that the ABC trots out The Charter and pretends to adhere to it when they spend all their time subverting it.

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 18, 2023 7:05 am

Shock, the Horror, the Horror! Also at News.com.au:
Australia’s 15 largest superannuation funds have more than $25 billion invested in companies that are expanding their coal, oil and gas production and the organisations have been criticised for setting up young Aussies for a worse climate future.
Nearly a fifth of this amount – $4.66 billion – is invested in just three big polluting companies: Woodside, Chevron and Santos, the new analysis from the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) found.

Funds AustralianSuper, Unisuper, Hesta and Australian Retirement Trust are the biggest investors in companies putting money into fossil fuel expansion, it added.

“Australia’s biggest super funds have enormous influence in facilitating Australia’s energy transformation – or blocking it,” said ACF’s corporate campaigner Jonathan Moylan.

rosie
rosie
April 18, 2023 7:07 am

Sharing Markson wrote a great article about the treatment of Melbourne based aged care residents with covid in 2020.
Have never seem her on TV, would rather chew glass than watch talking heads, any kind, especially after seeing Bolt once or twice several years ago.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 18, 2023 7:12 am

I was a groomsman at a wedding once, where the mother of the bride was a complete mole who insisted on making the entire event all about her at the expense of her daughter and everyone else.

Her dress, the styling involved, the venue, catering, guest list, seating plans, music, ushers’ outfits – all of it was centred around her, with her daughter’s actual marriage taking a distant second place.

When she realised that there was a level of polite but growing discontent from the actual bride et al, she hoisted herself so high on the cross she could see the Earth’s curvature before screamily disengaging herself from proceedings altogether and not going to the wedding at all.

In that vein – this is the future Bridezilla Mother, Sparkles McBoltOns (NewsCorp):

The Duchess of Sussex has turned down the coronation for fear of being “overshadowed” on King Charles III’s big day and is said to be seething that she and the Duke have been banned from the Palace balcony appearance.

“Meghan is terrified she’ll be overshadowed at the coronation, she won’t completely dominate it, as it’s the King’s most important day, but she knows not making the balcony, or getting placed in Westminster Abbey next to Prince Andrew and the nonworking royals is not a good look,” said royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams.

“Everyone knows what Meghan wants, Meghan gets, and she would only have come if it suited her. She doesn’t want to be in the background and be upstaged by the coronation, it’s not her style; that’s why she’s turned it down.”

The wedding was pretty good. Outstanding bridesmaids. Just outstanding.

rosie
rosie
April 18, 2023 7:17 am

BTW don’t tell me my affection for and connection with the country places where my ancestors toiled from dawn to dusk, and in some places left to die, very quickly, their remains scattered to the wind or returned to die, slowly and painfully in consequence of service for their country is any less important than the ‘spiritual’ connection of several generations of urban aboriginal identifiers.
Post Christian deification of Aboriginal Spirituality might reach its zenith in the Warrior Serpent Culvert, but I doubt it.

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 18, 2023 7:22 am

Life imitates art.

rosie
rosie
April 18, 2023 7:24 am

Australian Super funds should be forced to redirect their investments, completely ignoring the wishes of the fund owners to investing in fake Green Bonds, like Mr Scruby (who was rich enough to chase his money and get it back) and other rubbish investments for the planet should they?
People wishing to invest their retirement savings in so called ethical funds already have that option, so naff off ACF.

Perfidious Albino
Perfidious Albino
April 18, 2023 7:37 am

I happened across Stan Grant on tv the other day (flicking channels), my god, his current skin tone is extraordinary.

I mean, for years he rightly had the piss taken out of him for his liberal and obvious application of Ambre Solaire, but he’s becoming an even more ridiculous caricature now.

Cassie of Sydney
April 18, 2023 7:37 am

It is unlikely Lidia Thorpe will ever face any consequences for her ongoing theatrics. She can’t be suspended/expelled from the senate. Until the day comes when she’s charged with an offence, suspension/expulsion will not happen. The thing is though, given the woke times we live in, where everything is defined by progressive politics and particularly by racial politics, I doubt she’d ever be charged with anything, she could rob a bank and nothing would happen. Why? Because Thorpe belongs to a class of protected species, protected by her so called race and secondly, and more importantly, she’s protected because she’s of the progressive left. They carry with them, at all times, a get out of jail free card.

I read this morning that Pauline Hanson has urged Victorian Police to investigate, not a bad call, and I wonder if Vic plod will follow up Hanson’s call, because we all know how politically compromised Vic Plod is. My issue with Thorpe’s antics outside the strip club have nothing whatsoever to do with her profanities, we all knew that she’s one vulgar, common and very unhinged slag. No, no, my issue is the part when she deliberately cleared her throat, pointed her bony and very white finger, and spoke directly at the face of one of the men, presumably the white male, and then said to him in a very rational, calm and cold voice, “and you, you’re marked“. That was a sinister threat, maybe not a physical threat but a chilling one nonetheless. And that is what we should be concerned about, not her verbal spraying of words such as “c*nt” and “f*ck”, because that’s her vernacular anyway. I’m not sure her range of words extends beyond “c*nt” and “f*ck”.

From The Oz…

Pauline Hanson wants police to review Lidia Thorpe outburst

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson says independent senator Lidia Thorpe should be investigated by police after she was captured on video outside a strip club at 3am yelling profanities.

The senator responded to her critics on Monday, saying it was “sad people are using whatever they can to drag me down when we’re trying to discuss important issues in this country”.

Video footage shows the former Greens senator leaving the Brunswick club at about 3am on Sunday morning while celebrating a friend’s 50th birthday. She was shown shouting obscenities at men standing outside.

The manager of the strip club says the rogue senator was going up to white men before the incident saying: “You stole my land.”

Senator Hanson said police should be “carefully examining the footage to deter­mine if Senator Thorpe has broken the law”.

“The Australian Human Rights Commission might also consider examining the footage for possible breaches of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. I think the people subjected to her abuse on the weekend should come forward,” she said.

Thorpe ‘highly unlikely’ to be suspended from parliament following strip club incident
UNSW’s Law Professor George Williams says it would be “highly unlikely” for Lidia Thorpe to be suspended from federal parliament following an incident outside a Melbourne strip club. “If she crosses a line they might suspend her for a period of time, but even that is highly unlikely,” Mr More

A senior opposition source told The Australian there was “no doubt that if Lidia Thorpe was in one of the major parties, or a bloke, everyone would be calling on her to go”.

“The Greens never called out her bullying or her bad behaviour,” they said.

Senior Labor frontbencher Tanya Plibersek said Senator Thorpe’s behaviour was “obviously unacceptable”.

“It doesn’t matter whether you’re a member of parliament or your average person. I think that sort of behaviour in public is just not acceptable. As for whether the parliament should have an ability to intervene … that’s something you’d have to consider very carefully,” she said.

On this, Plibersek is right. It would set a precedent that would be used like a political football, and particularly against right of centre politicians such as Hanson. The problem with Thorpe and why she’s in parliament is twofold, one is that the Victorian Greens put her up as a senate candidate, and secondly, that some Victorians voted for her. As I’ve long said, it isn’t scum like Thorpe who concern me, it’s the fact that some Australians vote for scum like her.

As an aside, Thorpe’s D-grade melodramatics are why I’m glad Mark Latham didn’t apologise for his very accurate words about the very creepy and sinister Alex Greenwich. Firstly, if Latham had apologised, the apology would not have been accepted so, why should he bother, and secondly, given the news cycle, people have already forgotten about what he said. And note, Thorpe is also refusing to apologise, for far worse words, and for far worse behaviour.

Finally, there are commentators here who say some of us exaggerate and inflate the decline of this country and other western countries. To this I say…no, we don’t exaggerate or inflate, and the evidence is Lidia Thorpe’s antics outside a strip club on the weekend. The fact that such a woman is in parliament is proof how far this country has sunk and is now, I suspect, unsalvageable.

Cassie of Sydney
April 18, 2023 7:39 am

“‘In the right light and studio conditions, she might look prettier than me.’”

Correct, and that’s the root of Markson and Maiden’s hostility to Deves. It’s good old fashioned female jealousy. If it was some hairy old lesbian appearing before Markson, there’s no way she would have savaged her the way she savaged Deves.

duncanm
duncanm
April 18, 2023 7:53 am

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is in talks with Twitter regarding a new “Government-Funded Media” label which emerged on its ABC News Twitter account overnight.

do they want a more appropriate label, something along the lines of “funded involuntarily by the public under threat of incarceration” ?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 18, 2023 8:06 am

I must say Katherine Deves does scrub up rather nice. Mind you at my age most women do. Thinking about it that’s been the case all my life. Gotta make syre the species continues. That said there seems to be a new species trying to take over called Freaks. More identify as Freaks than white Aboriginals.

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 8:07 am

as it’s the King’s most important day

That may be so. In the greater scheme of things, the Coronation is England’s most important day.

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 8:09 am

A Trojan Voice spruiked by Stolen Injury.

There is nothing authentic in any of it.

Cassie of Sydney
April 18, 2023 8:10 am

I’ve met Kath Deves, she’s tall, thin, blond, beautiful, and nice, very nice, and that’s why Markson and Maiden hate her.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 8:10 am

The Duchess of Sussex has turned down the coronation for fear of being “overshadowed”

Dickhead you married into a royal family where your husband is now what, 5th in line and almost certainly will never, ever be King and maybe never the Duke of York?

Perplexed of Brisbane
Perplexed of Brisbane
April 18, 2023 8:10 am

rosiesays:
April 18, 2023 at 6:46 am

a picture

I see two aboriginals, a white chick and Jack Thompson.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 18, 2023 8:11 am

I think the Libs are, by and large, too stupid to draw the right lesson, but there may be some on the periphery who might be able to make some sense of it.

I speak of the power of being strident and the appeal of confidence.

One cause after another the Libs seem to have walk over to the political left perspectives and then taken a single step back toward the right – but keeping themselves still well and truly on the left. The initiative is almost always with Labor and on the rare occasions they say something useful unprompted a couple of name calls and some unsubstantiated (and later utterly discredited) accusations put them on the defensive and they back down, trying to explain that what they were talking about was something that approximated Labor’s idea. Often enough a scalp is taken and those remaining sit wide-eyed, still shaking from the adrenalin and bladders, lately so distended but stoppered by fear, now flaccid and thoroughly emptied – relieved that it was someone else that got the chop. This time.

And public discourse invariably revolves around the position and tacit acknowledgement of the underlying tenets of the left wing position. Is it surprising that support from the people the Libs take for granted is so luke warm?

What they ought to learn is that people will rally around you for big things, the things they care about.

Boris Johnson unleashed a storm with Brexit. He raised the option and people all over the UK were fired up. They spoke loudly, saw their numbers, made their arguments, certainly swayed other people in their opinions, and gave them belief, and they were inspired to take responsibility for getting it done. After that, everything he did was the old model, and he faded back to the ambient temperature of British politics – which leans left.

Trump was able to summon astounding support, such as Romney and McCain likely thought not possible and therefore not worth aiming for. And how did he do it? MAGA. He stood for the ideals so many Americans hold to and he convinced them he would fight to bring them back into policy.

It is surely one of the most cogent proofs that Biden’s presidency was won through skullduggery – there is no, and never has been, any actual enthusiasm for him. As ex-President Trump still commanded more attention and enthusiasm that Biden has in office.

Granted there is a difference between Australia and the US: Voting is not compulsory there. You don’t have to steal votes from your opponent, just win your own. But nevertheless in Australia, every vote you don’t win will go to your opponent.

Much as people may despise Howard he appealed to people. Second longest serving PM – doing something right. The Tampa issue? He did not talk about the poor refugees that the left were. He made the talked about our borders and our being able decide who came in. And when did he lose? In that last campaign he seemed like a loser already. Kevin 07 had the initiative and Howard was spent. Then there was the sad sop to AGW. It was over.

The Greens have made themselves a force through their evangelistic zeal, speaking for the foolish, the gullible, the self-important, and those whose fathers did not hug them enough.

Pauline Hanson’s party has become a presence that cannot be ignored. She speaks loud and directly in terms of ‘Australian traditions’.

If the Libs ever hope to get back in, they must let go of the Labor-Lite approach and assuming that as long as they are by even the merest sliver to the right of Labor the right of centre vote is theirs (a la Mark Textor). They have to stand for something, and that something has to be what people want.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 8:12 am

The wedding was pretty good. Outstanding bridesmaids. Just outstanding.

Well champ, don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

duncanm
duncanm
April 18, 2023 8:12 am

That said there seems to be a new species trying to take over called Freaks

the freaks are nobbling themselves – they can’t reproduce.
Unfortunately, they rely on parasitizing the young and impressionable through our educational institutions.

duncanm
duncanm
April 18, 2023 8:14 am

Mr Scruby

I had wondered why that serial pest hadn’t been out attacking cyclists for the last few years. Thought he’d withered at the vine. But no, he was distracted by losing his shirt.

I’ve little sympathy for him.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 18, 2023 8:15 am

Every day there are multiple articles about the pros and cons of the Voice.

We know there will be 24 chosen ones but exactly how are they chosen? If for example there are 3 from NT what is the procedure to choose them? What is to stop non Aboriginals identifying as one and voting ? How many candidates ? Is there campaigning? Is the “election” run by indigenous groups or the AEC? What is the cost of holding such an election? Etc etc.

What is salary of the 24? Is there an appointed leader of the 24? How many support staff each? Where will offices be and how much ? Will they have 2nd office and support staff in their community?

Just their upkeep is going to be very significant.

Naturally we don’t know and once chosen good luck to whoever has to deal with their demands. That alone is going to involve more staff.

Too many unknowns.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 8:16 am

Just Stop Oil

Just Stop Breathing
Just Stop Not Freezing to Death
Just stop Eating
Just be Homeless

All equally valid ideas.

PS

These lists, like those classic lists (like out cementitious product related movies from last night) I come up with are a cinch when one is languishing in the Cambodian jungle…what for though?

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 18, 2023 8:17 am

The Australian‘s censors are loosening up a bit. Managed to get this published the other day:

One of the oddest things about “discrimination against black people” is that it infers prejudiced behaviour against people because of their colour – that is, the actual colour of their skin being a very visible marker they are different. If you like, it’s a label.

But now increasingly people can claim they are “black” and their skin is the same shade as those who would label themselves as white. This is illogical. How are they being discriminated against?

Story: ‘Race shifting’ casts long shadow over cultural identity

A year to two ago wouldn’t have been possible.

duncanm
duncanm
April 18, 2023 8:19 am

Mother Lode says:
April 18, 2023 at 8:11 am

They have to stand for something, and that something has to be what people want.

I have been reminding my local members of this for a long time.

.. but I would argue standing for *something* is more important than what it is you stand for. People respect politicians with values they stand by. They do not respect Morrisons’ who bend with the breeze of a poll or harpy screech.

Even rabid anti-libs I talk to agree they respected Tony Abbott much more than the recent lot; they could see he was a moral and upstanding person who walked the walk. He is held in higher regard with respect to indigenous issues, for example, due to his voluntary work on the ground over the years.

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 8:20 am

I mentioned authenticity up thread. Maiden and Markson may simply be responding the usual way smooth, malleable types do when they hit genuine, unmovable resolve. They may not “like” Deves because she represents everything they are not.

If she was a pretty woman who agreed with them, they’d all be sistas together against the world.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 18, 2023 8:22 am

It’s notable that the ABC trots out The Charter and pretends to adhere to it when they spend all their time subverting it.

When set up it was deliberately given editorial independence so no government of the day could use it to push their agenda.

What the ABC has done with that is interpret it as a right to pursue their own agenda – which happens to be that shared by one of the minor parties. So in effect the minor party has its own state funded broadcast arm.

The ABC’s independence was meant to safeguard its impartiality. Instead it is being used to enable their extreme bias.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 8:22 am

Just Eat Ze Bugs
Just Give Up Social Media
Just Give Up Electricity
Just Give Up iPhones
Just Give Up Slave Labor (Smartphones, diamonds & rechargeable batteries)
Just Give Up Civilisation
Just Give Up Modernity
Just Give Up Progress
Just Give Up Mass Production
Just Give Up Your Car and Economic Freedom
Just Give Up Modern Agricultural Yields
Just Give Up Medical Science
Just Give Up Reliable Energy for Respirators

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 18, 2023 8:23 am

Moira Deeming should also avoid Markson. Instead, she’s on with Credlin tonight.

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 18, 2023 8:25 am

The Australian‘s censors are loosening up a bit.
I think quite a few of us canned our subscriptions, and hopefully this is more than a blip.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 8:25 am

Correct, and that’s the root of Markson and Maiden’s hostility to Deves. It’s good old fashioned female jealousy. If it was some hairy old lesbian appearing before Markson, there’s no way she would have savaged her the way she savaged Deves.

The Wisdom of Solomon demands a Greek letter fraternity inspired contest of sorts.

I’ll sit back and sagaciously microsculpt my chin whiskers with my hands and let the drunk uncles here (Knuckles, Bear etc) judge for me.

My voice is too pure to make crude decisions.

rosie
rosie
April 18, 2023 8:26 am

Still corresponding with Qantas trying to get a refund.
It doesn’t matter if we issued you a ticket dated the 21st you should have been there on the 20th isn’t cutting it.

shatterzzz
April 18, 2023 8:26 am

“and you, you’re marked“
Is she pointing the “bone” or, more worrying for the target, her bikie maaates ………

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 8:28 am

she’s on with Credlin tonight.

Once these vainglorious harridans are deprived of meat to savage, they might revert to their original training as journalists. As Cassie refers up thread, they are capable of it.

I live in hope.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 18, 2023 8:28 am

The Australian‘s censors are loosening up a bit.

Newscorp likes to try to socially engineer their unreconstructed readers. Unfortunately for them it doesn’t work, all the readers do is cancel their subscriptions and go away. Which has a predictable result on the bottom line…

Jorge
Jorge
April 18, 2023 8:29 am

The fact that such a woman is in parliament is proof how far this country has sunk …..

Yes.

OTOH there is the reaction of the crowd of young blokes who were her target. They gave it back, remained calm, and seemed as appalled as the rest of us.

Mind you, they’ll probably vote yes because ‘racist’ so it’s hard to be too optimistic about the state of the country.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 8:29 am

I made a joke once about pointing the bone and well sir it wasn’t taken lightly.

Has anyone got emu feathers or murray cod bones I can borrow? Just need them for one night.

shatterzzz
April 18, 2023 8:30 am

one is that the Victorian Greens put her up as a senate candidate, and secondly, that some Victorians voted for her.
There is NO vote for an individual in the Senate the party chooses its candidates and you vote for a party en masse ………

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 18, 2023 8:32 am

but he’s becoming an even more ridiculous caricature now.

Every time he goes to K-Mart and sees the shelves with the blankets for sale he stops on the spot, his eyes looking through the blankets to another place and time, littered with corpses mottled with yellow pustules and red sores.

And a drop of sweat trickles down his cold cheek.

Cassie of Sydney
April 18, 2023 8:33 am

“There is NO vote for an individual in the Senate the party chooses its candidates and you vote for a party en masse ………”

Yes, I’m aware of that. She was part of the Greens ticket and hence Victorians voted for her.

P
P
April 18, 2023 8:35 am
shatterzzz
April 18, 2023 8:35 am

I see two aboriginals, a white chick and Jack Thompson.

Jack, the quintessential Ozzie? .. I thought it was Bruce, black-fella imperitus ….

Roger
Roger
April 18, 2023 8:40 am

“There is NO vote for an individual in the Senate the party chooses its candidates and you vote for a party en masse ………”

Vote below the line.

Indolent
Indolent
April 18, 2023 8:41 am

Meme

We’ve seen this before, but worth repeating.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 8:41 am

I see two aboriginals, a white chick and Jack Thompson.

CLEO Magazine didn’t recreate an infamous photo with some outrageously hideous bimbette hangers on did they?

shatterzzz
April 18, 2023 8:42 am

We know there will be 24 chosen ones but exactly how are they chosen?

“We’ll take the whole 251 Nations, we’ll put them on the Canberra reservation” ect, ect ….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caCvDB9ivOE

Roger
Roger
April 18, 2023 8:42 am

As I predicted, to some scepticism here, Shorten has flagged reforms to the NDIS.

What’s been announced thus far is merely restoring some good housekeeping.

Future budget constraints will see real tightening of eligibility.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
April 18, 2023 8:43 am

The meeting of Group of Seven energy and environment ministers ended Sunday without a deadline to halt new coal investments or the kinds of firm commitments that climate advocates have said are necessary to limit global warming.
Little snippets of reality showing through;

G-7 ministers on climate, energy and environment pose for a photo during its photo session in Sapporo, northern Japan, Saturday, April 15, 2023.(AP)

In its official communique, the Group of Seven ministers pledged to work toward cleaning emissions from power generation and reducing vehicle emissions by 2035, but it left open the door to new investment in natural gas and ongoing use of fossil fuels.

The seven most developed economies see themselves as leaders

Indolent
Indolent
April 18, 2023 8:45 am

The simple truth.

Catturd ™
@catturd2

Our government and especially the Democrat party hates U.S. citizens.

They lie about everything.

They lie under oath.

They control 99% of the media who are merely paid government propagandists.

They call us white supremacists, domestic terrorists, deplorables, extremists, and every name in the book 24/7.

They tried to lock us down, bankrupt us, force an untested “vaccine” into our arms, then called us grandma murderers and told us we’d all die in a winter of death – when we wouldn’t comply. Meanwhile, they left all the big corporations open for business and made them and Big Pharma filthy rich.

They work with big tech to silence free speech. We tell the truth, they label it hate speech and scream MISINFORMATION!

They closed churches, left liquor stores open, and try to destroy our religious beliefs on a daily basis – then they shove their warped, twisted, woke, evil alternate reality down our throats 24/7.

They send 100s of billions to protect Ukraine’s borders while leaving ours wide open.

They use the intel community, corrupt judges, corrupt DAs, and the full might of the U.S government to illegally crush their political opposition. Meanwhile, ignoring blatantly obvious crimes in their own party.

They release murderers, thieves, rapists, and career criminals back onto our streets with a slap on the wrist to assault us over and over.

And they finance it all by stealing half our money and somehow they all miraculously become filthy rich themselves while in office.

Our biggest enemies aren’t outside our borders – they’re right here at home.

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 8:47 am

From P’s Speccie link:

The Liberals are a small racist rump sliding into irrelevance. The rest of the country is starting to reckon with its past as we march towards a treaty, but Peter Dutton is trying to ignite a culture war. Peter Dutton sat out the apology, and under his leadership, the Liberals have found themselves on the wrong side of history yet again.

This from Adam Bandt. Note the language – march towards a treaty, ignite a culture war, wrong side of history.

Marx, Trotsky, Stalin and Mao all rolled into one.

This guy can’t even be original in his call to arms. And that is exactly what it is.

Indolent
Indolent
April 18, 2023 8:47 am
shatterzzz
April 18, 2023 8:47 am

Future budget constraints will see real tightening of eligibility.
That horse has well & truly bolted .. they’ll be shutting the barn doors with band-aid ties …..!

Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 8:48 am

Correct, and that’s the root of Markson and Maiden’s hostility to Deves. It’s good old fashioned female jealousy. If it was some hairy old lesbian appearing before Markson, there’s no way she would have savaged her the way she savaged Deves.

Thanks for the confirmation, Cassie: Deves is gorgeous and Markson is jealous. FMD.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 18, 2023 8:49 am

Carpe Donktum is fun! The best bit is all the lefties who thought it was real.

Twitter Memester Carpe Donktum Mocks the Trans Cult, and It’s Riotous (17 Apr)

“Many didn’t get the sarcasm and took Carpe Donktum’s claims with the utmost seriousness. One down-the-line Leftist activist with “#WearAMask, #Vaccinate, #MyBodyMyChoice” in her Twitter bio tweeted: “Holy crap! This teacher is baptizing kids in her classroom sink, ‘as long as they don’t tell their parents’!” Another fumed at Carpe: “Shut up you lying turd. Separation of church and state exists because of people like you who brainwash and abuse children. You shouldn’t have your job and you should lose your children if you have any.” Others tagged the ACLU, trying to get Carpe fired from his alleged job, and far-Left Star Trek actor George Takei, trying to make Carpe the focus of a more general cancellation.”

Not only are they tin-eared but they really don’t like being made fun of!

Cassie of Sydney
April 18, 2023 8:51 am

“Mother Lodesays:
April 18, 2023 at 8:11 am”

Excellent comment ML.

I note the MSM are running stories story about how an ex-MP, Pat Farmer, who I don’t recall ever contributing much to political life, has resigned from the party and is now pushing for da Voice, and that a reptilian and very forgettable ex-premier of Tasmania by the name of “Gutwein”, again another Liberal not noted for contributing much to political life, is currently denouncing the federal Liberals for not supporting the Voice, for not being of the “centre”…whatever the f*ck that means, and is accusing Peter Dutton “of dividing Australians”. All manna from heaven to the left. All this gaslighting and dog whistling about how the Liberals have moved too far to the right, well it’s worked a treat, it’s basically rendered the party unelectable, because the party, since 2013, has governed from the centre left and all it’s done is make the party unelectable.

I read Dribbler Sheridan’s piece today in the Oz. As always, he needs treatment for his Trump derangement syndrome but he’s written something that I wrote here last week, maybe Dribbler reads the Cat! I wrote here last week, in the aftermath of the Aston loss, that Tudge should not have resigned so prematurely. Sheridan in the Oz….

“Finally, conservatives should respect institutions, both national institutions and the institutions of their own party. The immediate cause of much of Peter Dutton’s difficulties is the shock loss in the Aston by-election. Here’s the first question: why did Alan Tudge stand for re-election in Aston if he couldn’t sustain the position for three years? If he wanted a low profile, why didn’t he go the backbench for a term? He could have taken six months’ sick leave or family leave and no one would have batted an eye. Resigning when he did inflicted immense damage on Dutton and the Liberals.”

Dribbler is right. Why did Tudge stand for reelection last year? In other words, as with Christian Porter, he has ended up folding and capitulating. Louse Nilligan, their ABC, Scumbag Morrison and all the rest who targeted him, who destroyed his career, and in the case of Morrison, who never had his back, well Tudge didn’t fight. He should have come out swinging. At least Laming fought. I ask, where are the Liberal Spartans?

If you didn’t laugh at all of this, you’d weep for hours. No wonder Monty and the left are laughing at us. They’re right to.

Roger
Roger
April 18, 2023 8:52 am

In that picture Marcia Langton is whiter than I am, probably whiter than 90% of the population.

She’s also redder than 90% of the population.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 18, 2023 8:52 am

I would like to say something in defence of Lidia Thorpe.

So if I can come up with anything, I will let you know.

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 8:54 am

He reeled them in Bruce, Tatania McGrath style. The “as long as they don’t tell their parents” was the give-away.

Also, we know faith can’t be coerced. We’ll leave do it or else to the progressives.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 18, 2023 8:57 am

Reading “Menzies.”

“A common explanation of Menzies’s electoral successes is to attribute them to the inadequacies, shortcomings and divisions of his opponents. Certainly he was very fortunate in this respect. Menzies was helped because Chifely was out of his depth, Evatt was out of his mind, and Calwell was out of luck in almost every respect.” Page 117.

johanna
johanna
April 18, 2023 8:59 am

In that picture Marcia Langton is whiter than I am, probably whiter than 90% of the population.

It’s just another example of how the camera often lies, contrary to the old saw.

Having seen Marcia IRL, I can assure readers that she is mid to dark brown (but not black) and unmistakably Aboriginal in appearance.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
April 18, 2023 9:01 am

As an aside, Thorpe’s D-grade melodramatics are why I’m glad Mark Latham didn’t apologise for his very accurate words about the very creepy and sinister Alex Greenwich. Firstly, if Latham had apologised, the apology would not have been accepted so, why should he bother, and secondly, given the news cycle, people have already forgotten about what he said. And note, Thorpe is also refusing to apologise, for far worse words, and for far worse behaviour.

I had a discussion on the weekend with a sibling whom I thought quite sensible and who’d joined our friends for lunch. The topic turned to the antics of the human alphabet-soup sent by the egregious Alex Greenwich to protest at a Church at which Mark Latham was speaking on various topics including freedom of/from religious belief. I asked if anyone at the table knew of the content of Mark Latham’s tweet some didn’t so I enlightened them — approximately Disgusting? so what is sticking your dick up a man’s arse and covering it in shit?

My sibling said it was disgusting – I asked: you mean the tweet or the act? – isn’t that the truth of the homosexual act? Well is it? to which she averred– I asked: would it have been better for you if Mark Latham had said: Disgusting? so what is sticking your penis up a man’s rectum and covering it in excrement? would that have been better?

I also said it was great he hadn’t apologised because forgiveness is not within the mob’s capacity. And and also whaddaya know everyone has moved on.

I was very very peeved but not surprised as this sibling now is considering voting yes to the inVoice but wants more information — I said what more information do you need than to know that racism will be inserted into the Constitution of our nation to divide us by race? She must be talking to her brainwashed, know-it-all millennial offspring.

Johnny Rotten
April 18, 2023 9:02 am

This is the bombshell Tennis Elbow tried to hide.

But now it’s out and every Australian needs to hear it before voting on the divisive Voice.

You know how the PM keeps saying the Voice is a “modest change” to the Constitution?

Well, the real agenda behind his Voice referendum has finally been revealed.

Secret government documents the National Indigenous Australians Agency was forced to release under freedom of information laws say that “any Voice to Parliament should be designed so that it could support and promote a treaty-making process”1.

And what’s in the treaty?

According to these secret documents, it must include a “fixed percentage of Gross National Product. Rates/land tax/royalties”.

The documents explain:

…a Treaty could include a proper say in decision-making, the establishment of a truth commission, reparations, a financial settlement (such as seeking a percentage of GDP), the resolution of land, water and resources issues, recognition of authority and customary law…

This a direct quote from the secret Voice documents:

“Australia got a whole country for nothing, they haven’t even begun to pay for it.”

Doesn’t that just tell you everything you need to know?

But it gets worse.

According to these documents, they want to abolish the Australian flag, because “the Australian flag symbolised the injustices of colonisation”.

This is why I get so angry when Albo says this is a modest proposal.

What’s modest about forcing you to change your flag or pay a percentage of the entire economy as reparations?

Sounds like a bloody BIG change to me!

Just to be super clear, this is how their plan works:

?They enshrine the divisive Voice in the Constitution and it’s there forever.

?The Voice forces Australians into a “treaty”.

?The treaty means Australians pay a percentage of the GDP – that is, a percentage of the entire nation’s economy – to the Voice … every year.

?On top of that, Australians are forced to pay “rates/land tax/royalties” to the Voice.

This is why Albo wants you to think you’re voting on a “modest” change.

Because when Australians find out the truth, there’s no way they’d support it, let alone enshrine it in their Constitution forever.

Yours in unity,

Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
on behalf of FAIR AUSTRALIA

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 18, 2023 9:06 am

The rest of the country is starting to reckon with its past as we march towards a treaty

Remembering the legal battle that erupted after the Barnett Government signed what was described as a “de facto” treaty with the Noongar people – SEVEN Noongars claimed they hadn’t been properly consulted, and took legal action demanding billions of dollars in compensation – what makes Bandt think that any treaty won’t result in a legal dogfight of even more monumental proportions? BTW, the latest demand was for a treaty with each of five hundred or so “First Nations.”

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 9:06 am

Future budget constraints

This takes me back!

I remember when I thought establishment politicians were sane.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 18, 2023 9:09 am

I don’t think Bud Lite is going to be forgiven anytime soon.

Nashville Concert Crowd Goes Crazy When Country Star Drops ‘Bud Light’ from Popular Song (16 Apr)

“On Friday night in Nashville, country music singer Riley Green decided to swap the “Bud Light” lyric in his song to a more palatable one. (Tweet/Video) “When @RileyGreenMusic sang his hit song ‘I Wish Grandpa’s Never Died”’ last night, he changed the lyrics a bit,” Rogan Handley said. “The new line is ‘and coolers never ran out of cold Coors Light’ instead of Bud Light. The crowd goes nuts,” he added.”

When you’ve lost the country & western demographic a brewer may as well give up and pour their beer down the nearest sink.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 18, 2023 9:09 am

Is the United States Reaching Banana Republic Status?

At some point, people in the United States will have to realize that their country is descending into Banana Republic-style despotism.

From the imprisonment of January 6 protestors to the recent indictment of former President Donald Trump, all signs point to the United States descending into a tyrannical state that would only be found in the Third World.

This goes to show that even the most economically prosperous and politically stable societies can descend to such lows.

To quote Thomas Jefferson, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

Sadly, most of us have not been vigilant and thought we could just coast along thinking that our rights will be safe just because America is “exceptional.”

While the US is a special nation due to its respect for individual liberties, free markets, and limited government, it is still a polity filled with humans. At the end of the day, humans are flawed creatures who can be corrupted and fall for the pettiest of vices.

When societies don’t check the most predatory of individuals who enter politics, all types of trouble ensue.

No matter how strong a political system is, if people fall asleep at the wheel by allowing the most corrupt to rise to the top, these systems will be well on the path to decay.

The US might just be the latest historical chapter of this predictable cycle of civilizational decline.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 9:11 am

Remembering the legal battle that erupted after the Barnett Government signed what was described as a “de facto” treaty with the Noongar people – SEVEN Noongars claimed they hadn’t been properly consulted, and took legal action demanding billions of dollars in compensation

They would have no claim against Federal legislation enshrined in the constitution which would expand upon an already established power.

They just don’t.* Obviously a few hundred million+ each is a frivolous action with ambit claims, especially when it would seemingly enrich them unfairly beyond what other Noongar were getting or got.

*Outside of what we’ve agreed to in treaties, we can make any law we like for Aborigines – and this is obviously bad.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 18, 2023 9:11 am

The manager of the strip club says the rogue senator was going up to white men before the incident saying: “You stole my land.”
Who cares?
Katherine Deves:
Couldn’t win one booth in Warringah as the endorsed Liberal candidate, the Liberal Party held the seat from 1946 to 2019.

Here’s what that tell you in clear unambiguous terms:
Liberal and conservative voters won’t rally to limit Trans Rights.
It’s a non issue for them.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 9:11 am

Jesus christ man.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 18, 2023 9:14 am

As Peanut Head tries to reign in the Frankenstein’s monster that is the NDIS perhaps the Liars are the only branch that can even attempt the task. Imagine the ALPBC and Liars if the Lieborals tried to do the same. Your TV screens would be full of wheelchair bound vegetables (I can probably say that) when a quick look at the NDIS spending shows the bulk of the money goes to minors. I said at the time the NDIS was a Gillard Fabian wet dream and nothing I have seen since would cause me to alter this view.

Roger
Roger
April 18, 2023 9:15 am

This takes me back!

I remember when I thought establishment politicians were sane.

External forces will force some sanity on them, dot.

It’s the stuff of Jim Chalmers’s nightmares; occasionally what he sees in them even escapes from his lips.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 18, 2023 9:15 am

As I predicted, to some scepticism here, Shorten has flagged reforms to the NDIS.

But, but, but – there should have been no scepticism, only last October Bruvva Bill announced the creation of the NDIS Fraud Fusion Taskforce, replacing the existing Fraud Taskforce.

This apex crime fighting fusion was promised to save $290 million over four years for a very modest outlay of $126 million.

Possibly by recruiting the NDIS fraudsters into the Family.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 18, 2023 9:16 am

“Gutwein”, again another Liberal not noted for contributing much to political life, is currently denouncing the federal Liberals for not supporting the Voice, for not being of the “centre”…whatever the f*ck that means, and is accusing Peter Dutton “of dividing Australians”

Dutton is dividing Australians? Is it possible Gutwein is unaware of what Da Voice is about?

If Gutwein is serious about the centre then having a left wing government alternating with a ‘centre’ government would seem to put the balance on the left. If Gutwhine wants Australia to have government to the centre then he should press for a party that balances the left-wing pull of Labor.

One thing Da Voice has done is turned on the light and set so many Liberal cockroaches scurrying.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
April 18, 2023 9:19 am

Still corresponding with Qantas trying to get a refund.
It doesn’t matter if we issued you a ticket dated the 21st you should have been there on the 20th isn’t cutting it.

rosie I have a relative who works in the complaints section of QANTAS and said they are so inundated that they are just not coping at all — Persistence weakens resistance is my motto — best of luck

Roger
Roger
April 18, 2023 9:23 am

Disney reportedly lost US$200m on its animated Christmas release Strange World, which featured a homosexual relationship.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 18, 2023 9:24 am

… when a quick look at the NDIS spending shows the bulk of the money goes to minors.
Yeah, brilliant politics from Gillard.
Subsidise The Church of Single Motherhood and grow the Labor vote.
Strip Single Mothers, bloc voting by Indians & Chinese and cranky old RCs out of the 32%, and there’s not much left.

johanna
johanna
April 18, 2023 9:26 am

tries to reign in

Bear, I can forgive the no pants thing – I’m broad minded.

But not this.

‘reign in’ makes no sense. ‘rein in’ is a reference to horse riding and makes sense.

There is a story at TheirABC this morning that commits the same malapropism. But, I gave up on on basic spelling and grammar there a long time ago.

TheirABC is the Senate, while this is more like a strip club – thank goodness. 🙂

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 18, 2023 9:26 am

Gary Ablett Snr launches legal action against AFL, Hawthorn, Geelong over concussions during career

Anyone know if nose candy can cause brain injury.
Asking for a footy club.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 18, 2023 9:29 am

From the Hun.

One of Australia’s leading radio personalities has blasted Senator Lidia Thorpe in the wake of her explosive strip club meltdown.

Dramatic CCTV footage has emerged of the politician abusing a group of men outside Maxine’s Gentleman’s Club in Brunswick, Victoria over the weekend, accusing them of stealing her land and making lewd comments about their genitalia.

On Monday, 2GB’s Ben Fordham weighed into the messy saga, accusing the independent of “acting like a lunatic”.

“Lidia, you need a check up. You need help. Storming around a strip joint at 3 o’clock in the morning and abusing people is no way of conducting an important discussion about the future of this country,” Fordham said on air.

“Accusing strangers of stealing your land is race baiting. You’re provoking people and trying to start fights.

“Go home – why didn’t someone say to Lidia, ‘Lidia, go home?’

“I’m guessing they’ve seen it all at Maxine’s, but they won’t cop a racist politician acting like a thug.”

Crossie
Crossie
April 18, 2023 9:30 am

Funds AustralianSuper, Unisuper, Hesta and Australian Retirement Trust are the biggest investors in companies putting money into fossil fuel expansion, it added.

“Australia’s biggest super funds have enormous influence in facilitating Australia’s energy transformation – or blocking it,” said ACF’s corporate campaigner Jonathan Moylan.

I’m glad that my super fund is among those investing wisely to maximise their members’ returns.

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 9:31 am

Try getting a refund out of Alitalia. 🙂

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 9:32 am

Australian politics is 100% bullshit. Maybe I expect too much from people.

All of these rock ribbed conservatives who voted for Operation Sovereign Borders suddenly support The Voice?

A lot of them must. They can’t have all simply died off. Abbott won in a landslide in 2013.

They’re all wind vanes, not just the MPs, the electors included (this means *YOU*). Not only that, they will vote who they are told to vote for. Middle aged men listen to Ray! Hadley! (for example) more authoritatively then their own friends, family or reason.

I know there has been demographic change and the republic is a tricky issue but the fact that we rejected our own head of state and seem to be hurtling towards a yes vote to enshrine ATSIC – a far more radical proposal that has concerned lawyers on the YES side – nothing demonstrates the fact that we are emotional voters. There were arguments why the 1999 republic was ill considered but some of those criticisms apply to at least in part, what we have now with the monarchy and viceroy.

No, it’s not about “optics” unless you can confidently second guess the media or predict their every move (as the media existing at all influences reality and other people’s behaviour, as well as their motives [sensationalism] and their uniformity [per the “Sinclair Media Group”, etc].

I love the Queen
I love Aborigines
I love John Howard (and thus TA)

and not

The Republic essentially replicates the systems we have. We can vote for a direct election model like Ireland has either way, later on.
The Aboriginal clause in the constitution for race based laws is wrong on principle and may have dangerous unintended consequences. Seeking to expand this power to benefit Aborigines is unwise and lacks foresight.
John Howard’s (and TA’s) achievements on reflection, are a mixed bag and not overall failure, certainly not excellent.

Basically if the media gaslights people; “if you don’t vote for this, you’re an arsehole” it has a good chance of succeeding.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 18, 2023 9:32 am

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is in talks with Twitter regarding a new “Government-Funded Media” label which emerged on its ABC News Twitter account overnight.

How can they claim this is inaccurate?
They prefer the term “publicly funded”, which I guess carries undertones of voluntary crowd-funding.
“In talks with” = sent an email which has been binned

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 9:33 am

“Charles reigns in Camilla at Polo chukka”

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 18, 2023 9:33 am

Disney reportedly lost US$200m on its animated Christmas release Strange World, which featured a homosexual relationship.

Apparently not enough loss.

‘Our membership has spoken’: Hollywood screenwriters authorize a strike if studios don’t meet their demands for more pay

Issues in negotiations include pay, writers’ ability to work for different shows during downtime from other projects, and, according to Variety, the use of artificial intelligence in the script process.

[ChatGPT give me a 5000 word script – with New York liberal humor references- about two homosexuals who save the world from an evil fossil fuel baron and find love.]

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 9:33 am

The kids have Disney channel subs. Now having to strictly vet supposed “child friendly” content.

Probably won’t renew.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 18, 2023 9:33 am

“ I’m guessing they’ve seen it all at Maxine’s …”

A fair assumption.

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 9:35 am

“Charles reigns in Camilla at Polo chukka”

But only in inclement weather.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 18, 2023 9:36 am

‘reign in’ makes no sense. ‘rein in’ is a reference to horse riding and makes sense.
Look, I applaud your holding Bear to account, he gets away with far too much stupidity.
In this instance, though, his choice of words is inspired:
As Peanut Head tries to reign in the Frankenstein’s monster that is the NDIS …
Albanese gave him either the worst or the 2nd worst job in Canberra.
It’s a toss up between that and offsider on the shitcart.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 9:36 am

On Monday, 2GB’s Ben Fordham weighed into the messy saga, accusing the independent of “acting like a lunatic”.

“Lidia, you need a check up. You need help. Storming around a strip joint at 3 o’clock in the morning and abusing people is no way of conducting an important discussion about the future of this country,” Fordham said on air.

“Accusing strangers of stealing your land is race baiting. You’re provoking people and trying to start fights.

“Go home – why didn’t someone say to Lidia, ‘Lidia, go home?’

“I’m guessing they’ve seen it all at Maxine’s, but they won’t cop a racist politician acting like a thug.”

I think youngish Ben is becoming wise as he ages. That’s good to see given he influences so many people.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 9:38 am

There are two other homophones, one of which is unfit for publication.

All three of them make sense 😉

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 18, 2023 9:39 am

LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE – THIS BUD’S NOT FOR YOU

Anheuser-Busch has released a feel-good ad seeking to undo the damage its association with Dylan Mulvaney has done. The ad made me laugh because it has the feel of an outtake from Mr. Ed. It should be titled The Return of Mr. Ed.

Looking around online for a video of the ad I came across the parody below.

The parody video includes a second or two of the original with the Mr. Ed voiceover. The parodist channels Michael Ramirez in the cartoon I posted in “Have we reached peak madness?” and adds a few twists of his own.

Crossie
Crossie
April 18, 2023 9:45 am

If the Libs ever hope to get back in, they must let go of the Labor-Lite approach and assuming that as long as they are by even the merest sliver to the right of Labor the right of centre vote is theirs (a la Mark Textor). They have to stand for something, and that something has to be what people want.

And that is the nub of it. We know what Kean and Textor stand for and we don’t want it. I believe it’s called retail politics for a reason. They want to be in parliament and we want certain things from the government. If they refuse to deliver then we are not buying or rather voting.

P
P
April 18, 2023 9:52 am

Solicitor-general’s advice on voice to be made public

The advice from the nation’s second law officer on the Indigenous voice will be made public, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton, who opposes the voice being enshrined in the constitution, has been calling on Mr Albanese to release the advice provided by the solicitor-general to cabinet.

Mr Albanese said while the full cabinet documentation would not be released, the solicitor-general’s view would be made known through Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 18, 2023 9:56 am

There’s no Left anymore.
Liberal voters aren’t buying a shift to the Right of Labor, the default for liberals then becomes voting for the ALP.

It’s not Rocket Science.

Roger
Roger
April 18, 2023 9:59 am

[The Liberals] have to stand for something, and that something has to be what people want.

Mmm…

What they stand for is plainly declared in their statement of beliefs.

It’s not a bad statement as far as it goes. If only Liberal politicians subscribed to it.

Their problem has come about because they’ve abandoned those beliefs to pursue what people want according to polling and focus group feedback. But wants are endless (and often contradictory) and it’s not the task of governments to supply most of them.

If Liberal politicians aren’t going to prosecute the case for their beliefs before the electorate and seek to pursaude voters as to why they should support them and not their socialist opposition there is really no point to them.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 18, 2023 10:01 am

Price appointed to Indigenous Affairs portfolio
Rhiannon Down
Rhiannon Down

Nationals Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price will take on the Indigenous Australians portfolio in a shadow cabinet reshuffle announced by Opposition Leader Peter Dutton.

“I’m absolutely delighted that Senator Jacinta Price will take on the role of shadow minister for Indigenous Australians,” Mr Dutton said.

“Many Australians know Jacinta well. She’s a fighter. She’s a warrior for Indigenous Australians. And she’s a very proud territorian.

“She’s a former councillor, mayor of Alice Springs and small business-owner. She’s always fought hard to improve the lives of Indigenous women and kids and we’ve seen that in recent days.

“She’s done an incredible amount of work to tackle tough issues like the scourge of sexual abuse, domestic violence and the crisis in law and order in some Indigenous communities, particularly Alice Springs most recently.”

dopey
dopey
April 18, 2023 10:02 am

SMH: ‘Former Indian MP shot dead live on television.’

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 18, 2023 10:04 am

2 minutes ago
Price raises concerns on false Aboriginality claims
Rhiannon Down
Rhiannon Down

Nationals senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price has raised concerns about Australians falsely claiming Aboriginality, in one of her first remarks as Opposition Indigenous Australians spokesperson.

When asked what lessons could be gleaned from the South Australian model for the voice, Senator Price said she was alarmed that Australians only required a statutory declaration claiming Indigenous heritage.

“I think it is utterly ridiculous that it is being left open for individuals to declare their Aboriginality and just based on that the fact that a citizen of South Australia can write a statutory declaration and claim to be Indigenous is deeply concerning,” she said.

“Another matter that is of great concern, talked about by a lot of Indigenous people around the country, are those who claim to be Indigenous who aren’t necessarily Indigenous.”

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 18, 2023 10:07 am

Lode at 8.11:

Outstanding post.

johanna
johanna
April 18, 2023 10:07 am

The advice from the nation’s second law officer on the Indigenous voice will be made public, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says.

Softball ‘journalism’ again. He won’t say when it will be released, or why it wasn’t released from the start. And nobody is asking.

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 18, 2023 10:10 am

There’s no such thing as “first nations”.
They were tribes, but they weren’t even the first tribes.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 18, 2023 10:12 am

“Another matter that is of great concern, talked about by a lot of Indigenous people around the country, are those who claim to be Indigenous who aren’t necessarily Indigenous.”

Translation:
The more people nominal Indigenous there are, the less my share of the pot of gold is.
The reality is that many more people have some in Indigenous ancestry but haven’t claimed it on the Census.
So, the first thing Price has done in her first day in the job is to get a few hundred thousand people offside.
Great work.

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 18, 2023 10:12 am

I was born here, both my parents were born here, and three out of four grandparents, ditto.
Therefore I’m as indigenous as the next man.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 18, 2023 10:13 am

There’s no such thing as “first nations”.

Tell a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 18, 2023 10:15 am

get a few hundred thousand people offside. Great work.
And a lot more onside, which is more than you can do, head case.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 18, 2023 10:22 am

Nationals Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price will take on the Indigenous Australians portfolio in a shadow cabinet reshuffle announced by Opposition Leader Peter Dutton.

Excellent news!

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 18, 2023 10:23 am

Disney reportedly lost US$200m on its animated Christmas release Strange World, which featured a homosexual relationship.

By contrast Nintendo’s The Super Mario Bros. Movie is just raking it in.

Box Office Stunner: ‘Super Mario Bros.’ Scores $92.5M in Second Weekend, Crosses $700M Globally

Apparently when it came out wokeratti were offended. (That is how they experience the world – for us light and sound inform and orientate us. For them it is the topography of offence.) But, yes, the woke were offended because not only did they not use real Italians for the voice actors, but they used the much despised Christian, Chris Pratt.

The linked article also indicates that going into last weekend, the second biggest draw was Russell Crowe’s movie The Pope’s Exorcist, and third place went to John Wick 4.

There may have been some Marvel and some Star Wars movies released last weekend, but you would never know.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 18, 2023 10:23 am

Blowout feared in transmission costs as energy transition worries grow

Angela Macdonald-Smith – Senior resources writer

New electricity transmission projects needed to support the transition to renewable energy in Australia may cost as much as 40 per cent more than currently estimated, the Australian Energy Market Operator has been advised.

The warning adds to mounting worries about the cost to consumers of the move to low-carbon energy.

The KPMG estimate factors in supply chain pressures hitting the delivery of materials and equipment, which may also cause “damaging delays” to transmission projects, of which about $12.8 billion-worth have been deemed priority projects by AEMO.

In some cases, the expected surge in costs may result in the “indefinite postponement” of planned transmission corridors, exacerbating the pressure on networks and limiting new generation connecting into the national grid, the firm said.

The 40 per cent blowout estimate was first made by KPMG in a report it prepared last year. AEMO is now citing the figure in a consultation paper for the next blueprint for the electricity grid, due to be released in 2024.

Since then, fears about spiralling costs have been confirmed by the massive blowout in the CopperString transmission project in North Queensland, which the state government revealed last month has more than tripled from $1.5 billion to $5 billion in four years.

That could leave energy consumers on the hook for paying for the greatly increased project expense, depending on how it is funded, said University of NSW senior research associate Dylan McConnell.

Still, KPMG partner Sally Torgoman – who compiled the firm’s report last year – pointed to some mitigating factors that mean that the potential 40 per cent cost increase could now be a worst-case scenario. She said feedback from industry demonstrated a slight lessening in the expected blowout, due to an easing in the long-term inflation forecast, more clarity on the scope of transmission projects, and more sensible risk allocation between the public and private sector, which had led to improvements in pricing.

“There have been cost increases still,” Ms Torgoman said. “There is a little bit of relief in some of the common areas of supply, but still there are issues around steel, and the supply of essential components.”

The surge is adding to concerns among large energy users about the overall financial burden on consumers from the energy transition, which are also being fuelled by the looming closure of coal power plants – starting with AGL Energy’s Liddell this month.

The removal of Liddell’s remaining 1200 megawatts of baseload coal power capacity – now due to be completed by April 28 – is set to be followed by four other coal power station closures by 2030, AEMO estimates, with the installation of replacement clean generation, transmission and storage lagging behind what is needed.

Meanwhile, new transmission projects are also facing increasing hostility among communities in regional Victoria and elsewhere. Local protests against the planned $3.3 billion VNI West interconnector project between Victoria and NSW kicked off again on Monday, with farmers set to drive a convoy of tractors and trucks into St Arnaud on Monday afternoon, according to The Weekly Times.

Emma Germano, president of the Victorian Farmers’ Federation, which is supporting the protests, said the state government has “completely dropped the ball and failed to properly prepare for the transition to renewable energy”.

“We won’t accept that farmers are being made to bear the brunt of years of inaction, while they have a complete lack of detail on a project that has the potential to threaten their livelihoods,” Ms Germano said.

Large industrial energy users have voiced concerns that the process for determining whether VNI West will have a net benefit for consumers is being steam-rolled by the Victorian government, which in February committed to accelerate development of the project.

The uncertainty over how much transmission projects will actually cost just adds to those concerns, said Andrew Richards, CEO of the Energy Users’ Association of Australia, which includes manufacturers such as Brickworks and Orica.

“It’s interesting and terrifying in trying to build anything at the moment. The way global supply chains are, everyone is trying to do this at the same time … the costs are going to go up,” Mr Richards said.

“So given this environment – and the history of these projects so far is that costs just balloon out – how can you have any confidence around net benefits when you have virtually zero confidence around costs?”

Electricity suppliers have also expressed concerns about cutting short the full assessment test on costs and benefits for transmission, given consumers will foot the bill under the system for regulated assets.

“The Australian Energy Council agrees additional transmission will be part of the energy transition, but they are very expensive long-lived assets paid by consumers,” said the Australian Energy Council, whose members include big suppliers such as AGL, Origin Energy and Alinta Energy. “It is imperative they are each carefully assessed for their cost-benefit.”

The industry group said alternatives to new transmission should be examined, including the option of locating generation and storage closer to customers, or in places with spare capacity such as the Latrobe Valley – something that is favoured by Victoria Energy Policy Centre.

“A clear and careful planning framework is also helpful to provide clarity for generation and storage investors,” the AEC said.

“The AEC has previously expressed concerns about legislation that empowers the Victorian minister to direct the building of transmission outside the normal regulatory process.”

Fifty tractors and 30 trucks rolled into St Arnaud, Victoria, on Monday, as farmers fight to stop a massive 500kV transmission line carving up their land.

Vicki
Vicki
April 18, 2023 10:26 am

“Tribe” is not really an appropriate term either for Aboriginal regional groups. “Clans” or “language groups” are more accurate.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 18, 2023 10:30 am

“Charles reigns in Camilla at Polo chukka”

Unless one moves in these circles regularly you don’t know what goes on really. Ask any Bentley dealer.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 18, 2023 10:32 am

Charles needs to distinguish.

He will reign from his throne.

While holding his reins he may be thrown.

Don’t imagine he does much riding any more, though.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 18, 2023 10:32 am

Knuckle Dragger says:
April 18, 2023 at 7:12 am

I was a groomsman at a wedding once, where the mother of the bride was a complete mole who insisted on making the entire event all about her at the expense of her daughter and everyone else.

We witnessed something similar last year.
Mother of the groom this time.
Mutton wearing a “look at moi” outfit.
Revelled in being called the “matriarch”.
We were subjected to ‘cultural music’ from the land of her forebears for hours, and she made a great show of handing out wads of her hubbies hard-earned to the band (as is the tradition apparently).
The other ethnicities represented didn’t get a look in.
As soon as it ceased to be about her she sulked at her table.
Felt sorry for the kid marrying into that.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 18, 2023 10:34 am

Dutton calls for action on social issues facing NT
Rhiannon Down
Rhiannon Down

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has called for action on the social issues facing the Northern Territory including claims of rampant sexual abuse, as he announces the appointment of two Indigenous women to the shadow ministry.

“There is a systemic problem in Alice Springs, the NT and other parts of the country and a big part of the decision to put Jacinta Price into this portfolio and Kerrynne Liddle into her portfolio is because we want to provide a brighter future for those kids,” he said.

“We can’t have a situation where we have young children being sexually abused, the impact psychologically on them, the difficulties it creates within a home environment.

“As we know, in Alice Springs at the moment, there are very significant issues.

“And I just think instead of running off on red herrings and trying to create these distractions, if the Prime Minister doesn’t understand that there’s a problem in Alice Springs, then he should fly there tomorrow.

Mr Dutton also responded to criticism that he was using allegations of sexual abuse against Indigenous children for political gain.

“It’s not about a political advantage, as I’ve seen some of the Labor people comment,” he said

Tom
Tom
April 18, 2023 10:34 am

Fifty tractors and 30 trucks rolled into St Arnaud, Victoria, on Monday, as farmers fight to stop a massive 500kV transmission line carving up their land.

Go you good things! Millions of Victorians are rooting for you.

Real Deal
Real Deal
April 18, 2023 10:39 am

Perfidious at 7.37

I mean, for years he rightly had the piss taken out of him for his liberal and obvious application of Ambre Solaire, but he’s becoming an even more ridiculous caricature now.

He was on Ambre Solaire SPF 15. He now uses Reef Oil SPF Al Jolson.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 18, 2023 10:39 am

Albrechtsen has a rather cryptic story on the Brittany saga in today’s Paywallian. Things have moved well beyond Ms Higgins lack of panties (of which I naturally applaud).

johanna
johanna
April 18, 2023 10:41 am

A government infrastructure project may cost 40% more than estimated?

Optimistic, to say the least. History suggests double as a starting point. More to follow.

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 10:42 am

Reflecting on Charles and the odd media spin that it’s somehow “his” day.

This is where the cult of personality takes us. The Crown is bigger than the person sitting beneath it. This is symbolised by what is on top of it.

Shame they couldn’t have waited another couple of weeks for June 2. Perhaps her late Maj would have disapproved though, as it might have made it about her.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 18, 2023 10:43 am

Felt sorry for the kid marrying into that.

Hopefully there is a 20 acre vegetable farm awaiting rezoning or something to make it worthwhile.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 18, 2023 10:44 am

Confused? Join the club. The Bruce Lehrmann story I can’t bring you
Janet Albrechtsen Follow @jkalbrechtsen Janet Albrechtsen

9:21AM April 18, 2023

Just when you thought the twists and turns of the Lehrmann saga might have reached their zenith, another most curious chapter unfolded on Monday.

If you are confused about the story we have published, join the club. The really vexing part is that I am forbidden from fully informing you about this latest chapter to the Lehrmann-Higgins imbroglio.

Here’s what I can tell you. Late on Monday afternoon, Chief Justice Lucy McCallum in the ACT Supreme Court released her judgment from last December relating to why she suppressed details of an application brought by Bruce Lehrmann after the mistrial was declared last year.
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What is far more interesting than that judgment is what I cannot tell you.

I can’t tell you why that December 2, 2022, judgment only became public on Monday.

Nor can I tell you anything about the nature of the “application” that CJ McCallum alludes to that sparked the judgment that she released on Monday. The nature of that application brought by Lehrmann and his lawyers after the mistrial, and before the DPP decided not to retry Lehrmann, remains secret by decree of the court.

I can tell you that on the same day, just hours before CJ McCallum released her judgment about this unreportable application, the Sofronoff Inquiry got underway in Canberra. That inquiry, led by Walter Sofronoff KC, with an opening statement from Erin Longbottom SC, is inquiring into the conduct of the AFP, the DPP and the ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner during the Lehrmann-Higgins saga.

Was the timing of these two events coincidental? Or were they linked? I can’t tell you. I don’t think I’m allowed to.

And that’s what’s really rotten about this state of affairs: I am not even entirely sure what I can and cannot tell you. So I have to take the safe course and say less, not more. This is surely untenable in an open and healthy democracy.

Breaching a suppression order and a non-publication order is serious business. And I am not minded to be charged with, let alone find myself being found guilty of committing, a criminal offence.

Therefore, despite my strongest instincts to keep readers fully informed about every part of the Lehrmann saga, including this latest chapter involving our criminal justice system, I can’t.

Welcome to ‘open’ justice in 2023. It feels decidedly closed, even Kafkaesque.

What I can say, or more accurately ask, on behalf of Australians who believe in the overriding principle of open justice is this:

Given that a judge must have very sound reasons to suppress the nature of a legal application – because it is prima facie antithetical to open justice – are the reasons relied upon by the judge in December last year to prevent Australians from knowing about the nature of Lehrmann’s application still relevant more than four months later? Once I know the answer to that I will be sure to let you know.

johanna
johanna
April 18, 2023 10:46 am

I read somewhere that Elbow first denied that he had ever received representations about Aboriginal children being returned to abusive and/or neglectful situations. But then he admitted that ‘there might have been a letter somewhere.’

Of course there was a letter ‘somewhere’ – that’s why he put in the caveat – but nobody paid attention to it.

What a slimy creep.

Roger
Roger
April 18, 2023 10:47 am

“Tribe” is not really an appropriate term either for Aboriginal regional groups. “Clans” or “language groups” are more accurate.

Yes. You beat me to it.

bons
bons
April 18, 2023 10:48 am

The problem for the rural protest folks at St Arnaud is that they face a lawless and brutal police force who have repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to engage in violance for political purposes.
Brave people. Our thoughts be with you.

C.L.
C.L.
April 18, 2023 10:49 am

Young white woman finds herself isolated amidst a black mob in Chicago:

https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1648031930649047053

Related:

John Derbyshire fired for article urging children to avoid African Americans.

Among other things he says they should “stay out of heavily black neighborhoods” and “not attend events likely to draw a lot of blacks”.

“If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks,” Derbyshire wrote. “If you are at some public event at which the number of blacks suddenly swells, leave as quickly as possible.”

He also says not to live in an area run by African American politicians and to scrutinise black politicians more closely than white ones.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 18, 2023 10:51 am

You suspect Albo’s fact finding mission to Alice Springs was quite particular as to the facts he found. Then off to the tennis.

MatrixTransform
April 18, 2023 10:51 am

Fifty tractors and 30 trucks rolled into St Arnaud, Victoria, on Monday

the drivers should all dress up as Super Mario characters

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 10:53 am

johanna says:
April 18, 2023 at 10:41 am

A government infrastructure project may cost 40% more than estimated?

Optimistic, to say the least. History suggests double as a starting point. More to follow.

I was speaking to a knockabout blue collar guy yesterday, owns his own business.

He said Snowy 2.0 is not only way over budget, but there is an issue of not paying suppliers.

I took him at his word. How is this so? Are they that wasteful their “cost cutting” is being welshers on small businesses and small towns?

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 18, 2023 10:54 am

The 40 per cent blowout estimate was first made by KPMG in a report it prepared last year. AEMO is now citing the figure in a consultation paper for the next blueprint for the electricity grid, due to be released in 2024.

The fact that AEMO is relying on KPMG rather than an engineering shop with distribution system expertise tells you a lot about the integrity of the planning process for the national power supply.

It’s an Arts/Law thing. Price increases are fine because someone will pay; but inconvenient truths about assumptions and the basis of design by stupid little people Who Don’t Understand The Big Picture are haram.

Quality built into design.

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 10:57 am

Super Mario gets the tick of approval from the grandies. It will be released soon so worth acquiring for the video library.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 18, 2023 10:58 am

Big Accounting and Big Law have always loved Big Government. Ma and Pa stores, less so.

Lysander
Lysander
April 18, 2023 10:59 am

WA already has a “voice” and it goes live on 1 July.

It’s called the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2022 and it basically means that anyone, anywhere in WA, who wants to undertake any works on any land (like, digging a hole) needs to go and find the local indigen clan and get their written permission. If not, you will go to gaol.

(I wish I was bullshitting)

calli
calli
April 18, 2023 11:00 am

the drivers should all dress up as Super Mario characters

Gez can be Bowzer and thrash them.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 18, 2023 11:01 am

He said Snowy 2.0 is not only way over budget, but there is an issue of not paying suppliers.

Surely this is a head contractor issue? There was some media coverage in WA of trying to control it on public works.

Roger
Roger
April 18, 2023 11:03 am

It’s an Arts/Law thing.

The clerisy.

duncanm
duncanm
April 18, 2023 11:04 am

Johnny Rottensays:
April 18, 2023 at 9:02 am
This is the bombshell Tennis Elbow tried to hide.

just in case you think this is a conspiracy theory.
Here’s the minutes in question: https://www.niaa.gov.au/sites/default/files/foi-log/foi-2223-016.pdf

However t0 it does appear to be demands postulated in a bunch of working groups.

rickw
rickw
April 18, 2023 11:04 am

Young white woman finds herself isolated amidst a black mob in Chicago

You could try and return these animals to Africa, but Africa wouldn’t have them.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 18, 2023 11:05 am

Fifty tractors and 30 trucks rolled into St Arnaud, Victoria, on Monday, as farmers fight to stop a massive 500kV transmission line carving up their land.

Amazing how arrogant these renewbulls people are, and how much carnage they produce. They run roughshod over anything and anyone with impunity.

Report: Seabird numbers decrease by 90% near offshore wind farms (17 Apr)

A new study by German scientists has found that diving seabird numbers decreased by an alarming 90 percent near offshore wind turbine installations. … “Numbers of the birds were found to be up to 94 per cent lower within half a mile of the wind turbines, on average, after they were built. … “One farm, called Butendiek, experienced a 99 per cent decline in numbers of red-throated loons.”

And Albo wants to put hundreds and thousands of these things in Bass Strait and off the east coast.

rickw
rickw
April 18, 2023 11:07 am

John Derbyshire fired for article urging children to avoid African Americans.

Putting into print what Asians in Melbourne do with respect to African imports.

johanna
johanna
April 18, 2023 11:08 am

Democrats love showering awards on each other. Noo Joisey’s Democrat Governor has proclaimed Bruce Springsteen Day:

The awards, plaudits, public acclamations, and back slaps keep coming for Bruce Springsteen. Just weeks after President Joe Biden hosted the National Humanities Medals and the National Medal of Arts awards with the multi-millionaire rocker to the fore comes yet another tribute.

New Jersey will on 23 September celebrate Bruce Springsteen Day for the first time, a move announced by the governor, Phil Murphy, in the hours after the left wing singer and his wife, Patti Scialfa, tested positive for coronavirus.

The 73-year-old who loves his native state so much he once said he would pack up and flee to Australia if Donald Trump took office before saying how embarrassed he was by Trump’s ultimate victory now has a day to call his own.

What a phony Springsteen is. He’s about as blue collar as Malcolm Turnbull, and as loyal as … I’m struggling for a name here. 🙂

Despite his claimed working class roots, Springsteen himself has also courted controversy of his own.

“Bruce Springsteen does not care about you,” wrote NJ.com last year, an outlet straight out of Springsteen’s home state.

The complaint was over the ticket pricing for Springsteen’s 2023 tour which recently wound up.

Tickets went on sale with floor seats going for as high as $4,300. Standing room-only seats were also priced at $1,125.

Funny how every single ‘friend of the workers’ turns out to be a rapacious capitalist given the opportunity.

It’s not as if he needs the money.

Winston Smith
April 18, 2023 11:09 am

Rosie:

And slapping on make up several tones darker than your natural skin tone.
What does that say about you?

You mean like the photo I posted of Marcia Langton a couple of days ago? Same dress, same background, same photo exposure but with makeup that made her facial skin about three times darker while leaving her upper chest still as light as. That Marcia Langton?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 18, 2023 11:10 am

https://www.facebook.com/theweeklytimesau/videos/tractor-rally-rolls-into-st-arnaud/1480965159374202/

Fifty tractors and 30 trucks rolled into St Arnaud on Monday, as farmers fight to stop a massive 500kV transmission line carving up their land.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 18, 2023 11:14 am
cohenite
April 18, 2023 11:17 am

Rowe depicts the old pervert biden as a vigorous opponent to the chunks. I listen to other left idiots like keith suter who treat biden as a competent leader. FFS the senility and perversion and treasonous corruption of this old mongrel are plain.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 18, 2023 11:20 am

The awards, plaudits, public acclamations, and back slaps keep coming for Bruce Springsteen.

Maybe our own Wayne Goosesteen was onto something after all. No wonder he finds himself as a Liar elder statesman.

Roger
Roger
April 18, 2023 11:20 am

I see France has gone all in on multilateralism with China.

On paper, at least.

Plasmamortar
Plasmamortar
April 18, 2023 11:21 am

Fifty tractors and 30 trucks rolled into St Arnaud on Monday, as farmers fight to stop a massive 500kV transmission line carving up their land.

So, how far are these protestors willing to go though?

80 vehicles, probably 200 people tops?

Are they willing to stand their ground and go to war?

This will end the way every Australian protest that stands in the way of ‘progress’ ends…

cohenite
April 18, 2023 11:22 am

Re this Lesser idiot; Lessor personifies what is wrong with the libs: they are self indulgent, mired in the same woke issues which the alp/greens use to achieve power and have lost sight of the fundamental values of our Western democracy.

In short Lessor is a sap, a manipulated fool. The left don’t care about aboriginals or any of their designated victims, gays, trannies, the climate. These victims are only useful so the left can claim the right to solve the problem, which they never do, and attack our democracy, Saps like Lessor don’t understand this and fall into the trap baited by the left.

For decades vast amounts of money and privileges have been given to the aboriginals; and yet their problem has got worse. And what is their problem: no accountability. The basic value of our democracy is individual rights and responsibilities. The left have grouped all aboriginals as victims with no rights or responsibilities. The left has continually told them they are victims of invasion/colonialism/oppression etc and so we have a swath of the Australian population which doesn’t bother with trying or caring about themselves. It has been a terrible, destructive psychological trick. And Lessor endorses this.

Aboriginals should have equal rights to every other citizen, as individuals not as a group and be personally accountable for their actions. Lessor and the other Voice suckers are supporting inequality and the destruction of the core value of our society. He should be booted out of the libs along with that pencil neck, pious fool Birmingham and any other sap who blindly follows the trickery of the left.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 18, 2023 11:22 am

other left idiots like keith suter

The Cash Cow of international geo-political commentary.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 18, 2023 11:24 am

Indolent our greatest enemies are always closest to home. Whether spineless or in it for themselves they are the most insidious people, that’s why they used to hang traitors. We have a parliament full of them that I’d love to see on the gallows.

bons
bons
April 18, 2023 11:27 am

I sent my grump to Sky over Markson’s treatment of Deves.
Serves no purpose, but scatches an itch.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 18, 2023 11:28 am

“Bruce Springsteen does not care about you,”

His guitarist does.

Steven Van Zandt Is Bruce Springsteen’s Guitarist. He Hates You. He Wants You Dead. (10 Apr)

“Steven Van Zandt is a longtime guitarist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. He also played Silvio Dante in The Sopranos, as well as a number of other mobsters. Apparently, he has taken both Springsteen’s fanatical and unreflective Leftism and mob thuggishness deeply to heart and combined the two together; on Sunday, he tweeted a call to “Exterminate the (Republican) cockroaches.” He quickly deleted the tweet, but not because he thought better of it; in fact, he doubled down in a series of angry rants that demonstrated once again the ugly, hate-filled heart of the authoritarian Left.”

Lefties are such charming people.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 18, 2023 11:31 am

Still corresponding with Qantas trying to get a refund.

Booked to Japan on Cathay*.
There was a cock-up with our credit card and had to sort out payment.
Three relatively short calls to their call centre and it was all sorted.
Efficient and polite.

* Yeah, yeah, I know.
There will be Chinese tanks on the runways at Hong Kong airport by then.

johanna
johanna
April 18, 2023 11:32 am

Crony capitalism again:

The motor industry has urged the federal government to be ambitious in imposing CO2 limits on car makers, saying its own figures show there is room for the government to go harder than it previously thought.
Key points:

The government is considering whether to impose an emissions cap on the car industry
Motor industry representatives say their latest figures show there is room to be ambitious on a target
The EV Council says the government is already playing catch up and cannot afford further delay

Australia is one of just a handful of countries without a fuel efficiency standard, which requires car makers to meet certain emissions limits for their entire fleet or else face penalties, encouraging them to sell EVs or more fuel efficient vehicles.

The industry says the lack of a standard in Australia has put it at the end of the waitlist for in-demand EVs or efficient hybrids and petrol cars, which are shipped to countries that penalise car makers for exceeding emissions limits.

The industry is in the unusual position of asking to be regulated so that it can solve its supply issue, and is in lock-step with environment groups that Australia should set mandatory CO2 targets on car makers as soon as possible.

Translation: the government needs to ensure that consumers are forced to buy EVs, because the market demand is just not there.

BTW, I was almost skittled by one in the supermarket carpark the other day. I was walking along a line of parked cars towards the exit, when a silent EV backed out about 20cm in front of me. It was a close shave.

rickw
rickw
April 18, 2023 11:32 am

Lefties are such charming people.

Amazing how they want to kill you for having different ideas, yet whenever their ideas get a run, it always ends in a dumpster fire.

Winston Smith
April 18, 2023 11:34 am

Bruce O’Nuke:

Not only are they tin-eared but they really don’t like being made fun of!

I was surprised at the amount of people who got sucked in by it here.
It wasn’t until I told them the article was taking the piss that the outraged calls stopped and people started thinking.
The part about baptising in the sink was the killer. It pandered to every paranoid lefties sense of …paranoia.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
April 18, 2023 11:35 am

Jay Bhattacharya @DrJBhattacharya · Apr 15

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a public health authority committed to truth telling, informed consent, evidence based medicine, protection of the most vulnerable people, and the civil rights of the public?

Absolutely unhinged utopianism.
Also, yes.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
April 18, 2023 11:36 am

Dot says: April 18, 2023 at 8:22 am

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C.L.
C.L.
April 18, 2023 11:38 am

Steven Van Zandt is a longtime guitarist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

The genuine highlight of his entertainment career was playing Silvio Dante in The Sopranos.

He is, at best, a pub guitarist. Not that Bruce allows a guitarist to shine in such synthesiser-driven dross as Born In The USA.

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 18, 2023 11:40 am

Re this Lesser idiot; Lessor personifies what is wrong with the libs: they are self indulgent, mired in the same woke issues which the alp/greens use to achieve power and have lost sight of the fundamental values of our Western democracy.
Wrong.
Leeser is in the wrong Party.
The Liberals are pointing out that Albanese is saying
Until we get more Powers, we won’t address any issues in Aboriginal Communities.
Not hard to understand really.

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 18, 2023 11:45 am

Ed Casesays:
April 18, 2023 at 9:56 am
There’s no Left anymore.
Liberal voters aren’t buying a shift to the Right of Labor, the default for liberals then becomes voting for the ALP.

It’s not Rocket Science.

Grandpa Ed Simpson still pushing his – interesting – opinion that Labor is a right wing or conservative party.

To a degree, that might have included an element of truth 60 or more years ago, but anyone who claims that a party which has its MPs, its advisers, its junior staffers and its administrative staff essentially drawn from a narrow demographic of tertiary credentialled, inner-city dwelling, taxpayer dependent people is living in either cloud cuckoo land, or an episode of The Simpsons.

Grandpa Ed is a Liars shill.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 18, 2023 11:46 am

Dutton can’t have got Special Ed’s message about Jacinta Price being a lightweight.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
April 18, 2023 11:47 am

Peter Santenello did a doco with this family. I’ll post a link, shortly.

Jewish Man Surprises Amish by Speaking Pennsylvania Dutch

areff
areff
April 18, 2023 11:48 am

Off topic, but let me state for the record that I’m fond of cats. Just at the moment though, I’m looking at the fat white ball of malevolence asleep on the office chair and thinking she’d be better used as fur collar and cuffs on a parka.

Wretched creature took up residence on the keyboard overnight, sat on enough buttons to totally stuff the laptop, and has just obliged me to spend almost 90 minutes reloading windows and everything else.

Rethinking my donation to the Cat Protection Society.

Frank
Frank
April 18, 2023 11:53 am

Seems apropos for some reason.

16th & 17th District Chicago Police Scanner
@CPD1617Scanner
And I present to you now, the parents of those rambunctious rapscallions we saw downtown last night.

Harlem/Jackson at the Chicago/Oak Park border

Bit of a letdown really, nobody pulled a gun and opened up.

Dot
Dot
April 18, 2023 11:57 am

Lysander says:
April 18, 2023 at 10:59 am
WA already has a “voice” and it goes live on 1 July.

It’s called the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2022 and it basically means that anyone, anywhere in WA, who wants to undertake any works on any land (like, digging a hole) needs to go and find the local indigen clan and get their written permission. If not, you will go to gaol.

(I wish I was bullshitting)

I am from both the SuperPit and Mount Berghaus tribes. Welcome to country…but it will cost ya!

Ed Case
Ed Case
April 18, 2023 11:57 am

How hard is it to understand that Katherine Deves campaign against Transgender Rights is absolute poison to Liberal Voters?

Here’s Tony Abbott’s Booth results from 2019:
From 52 Booths, he won 6.
One by 1 vote, one by 2 votes, his best result was winning his home suburb by 83.
Katherine Deves couldn’t even match that.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 18, 2023 11:58 am

Sunjammer!

Solar sails could guide interplanetary travel, says new study (Phys.org, 17 Apr)

A team of scientists led by Slava Turyshev of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, which launched the Voyager satellites back in 1977, is anxious to get space exploration back on track. The team proposes a novel means of travel that could get us to the stars faster and cheaper.

Solar sails and miniaturization “have advanced in the past decade to the point where they may enable inspiring and affordable missions to reach farther and faster, deep into the outer regions of our solar system,” the report says.

The researchers refer to the merging of these two technologies as the Sundiver Concept.

“Fast, cost-effective and maneuverable sailcraft that may travel outside the ecliptic plane open new opportunities for affordable solar system exploration,” the report states, “with great promise for heliophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics.”

Sundiver was good too. Eyrie will get both references… 😀

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