Open Thread – Weekend 29 April 2023


Road along the Loing Canal, Camille Pissaro, 1902

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Rabz
April 30, 2023 7:52 pm

Some Strats and Teles ringing out:

The powers that be
They force us to live like we do
Bring me to my knees
When I see what they’ve done to you …

And I’ll die as I stand here today
Knowing that deep in my heart
They’ll fall to ruin one day
For making us part …

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 30, 2023 7:54 pm

Just saw a “yes” ad on SBS. The argument appears to be that the 122 year old Constitution doesn’t recognise indigenous Australians.

The Constitution doesn’t recognise anyone – Indigenous, British or little green people from Mars.

It’s there as a power sharing agreement between the Commonwealth and the States, and as an operating manual for Parliament.

H/T Peter O’Brien’s book “The No Case.”

Dot
Dot
April 30, 2023 7:55 pm

pizza knives

???

132andBush
132andBush
April 30, 2023 7:56 pm

Ah Rabz

Memories.

Rabz
April 30, 2023 7:57 pm

LOL – a pre-meteor dinosaur convention gathering in the middle of the road … 🙂

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 30, 2023 8:00 pm

What is winning?
Seriously.
How do conservatives define winning?

I’m not a conservative either, but I define winning rather like Cohen the barbarian. It involves driving my enemies before me and eating the lamingtons of their women.

Muddy
Muddy
April 30, 2023 8:02 pm

Boambee John: More of a they win, we lose program. They care not for our happiness, as long as they have absolute authority over every aspect of our lives, in accordance with whatever the latest fad might be.

Hence my emphasis on the competitive nature of our task.
Not co-operation, collaboration, or compromise.
Winning is a mound of skulls.
Theirs or ours?

Muddy
Muddy
April 30, 2023 8:05 pm

Snap, Dr. Beau!

Cassie of Sydney
April 30, 2023 8:06 pm

“Cassie, apologies – I was not accurate in my comments re Trump and senility. He is lazy on detail, careless on legal risk and unable to covert his previous electoral gains into substantial change but so far he is not senile.

Anyways, it seems many here like the Donald and dislike Biden, but not able to share data/facts/evidence. Relying more on the noise & fury from USA political circus which is not a source of truth I rely on.”

Umm….NO. Firstly Alamak, nobody here just relies on just ‘noise and fury from the USA’ before we comment. Many of us, if not most of us, keep abreast of what’s happening in the US, we read and monitor what’s going on from various sources, in fact one of us spends considerable time living in the US. Do you? Everyday on this blog, various facts/data/evidence about the dismal Biden administration and particularly the Sniffer’s s cognitive decline is posted here. Oh and speaking of the Sniffer’s “cognitive decline”, all I can say Alamak is that if you can’t see the Sniffer’s cognitive decline, and if you think that Trump also suffers from the same “cognitive decline”, then you need to go to Specsavers, pronto.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 30, 2023 8:06 pm

I’m not a conservative either, but I define winning rather like Cohen the barbarian

Admiral Jackie Fisher – making a dunghill of your enemies house, a widow of his wife, and his children fatherless.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 30, 2023 8:07 pm

It’s there as a power sharing agreement between the Commonwealth and the States

Unkind people might suggest blame shifting.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 30, 2023 8:10 pm

Alice Springs businessman Garth Thompson lodges legal complaint with ABC over Alice Springs coverage

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The organiser of an Alice Springs town meeting has lodged a legal complaint with the ABC following reports published by the public broadcaster that claimed the gathering displayed elements of “white supremacy”.

Resident and businessman Garth Thompson, who led the Save Alice Springs meeting in January alongside his mother, Mich­elle, has engaged lawyers over his on-air portrayal by the ABC, and he is in discussions with it over the matter.

Mr Thompson wants several articles published by the ABC about the meeting to be retracted, and a national apology given to the community of Alice Springs.
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“We were hung out to dry­ ­because of the way they portrayed us,” he told The Australian.

“I want the stories removed and I want a full nationwide apology to our town.

“I’ve been criticised Australia-wide and I’ve copped abuse and all sorts of crap from people who believe what the ABC has written.

“All they did was hang off the attitude of a couple of hippy mung beans that walked in there (to the meeting) with that same ­attitude.

“I bust my arse with my family, and we work, and this is home and has been for over 40 years; we don’t like where the town is at, and we need to see things change.”

Mr Thompson has repeatedly voiced his concerns about the ongoing crime and violence in Alice Springs and said the ABC had made the community “look like a joke”.

In newly released information published last week, the ABC confirmed it had received a legal complaint about its coverage of issues in the Northern Territory community but refused to provide any further details about the matter.

Rabz
April 30, 2023 8:15 pm

the ALPBC confirmed it had received a legal complaint about its coverage of issues in the Northern Territory community but refused to provide any further details about the matter

Shut it down
Fire them all
Mound of skulls
Salt the earth
Nuke from orbit …

Cassie of Sydney
April 30, 2023 8:16 pm

Just got back from a family function in Sydney’s Point Piper. There were several elderly people there, and it was interesting to hear their take on the Voice because several of them, stupidly, voted for Allegra Da Big Spenda. The takedown from today was that they think Allegra is a disgrace, a vacuous waste of space and that they won’t be voting for her again, and that there is NO way, NO way in the world, that any of them will be voting yes to da Voice.

I said to one of them that perhaps it will be the over 60s who save this country! The nodded in agreement. We can only hope.

Dot
Dot
April 30, 2023 8:16 pm

…and call off Christmas!

Dot
Dot
April 30, 2023 8:17 pm

The takedown from today was that they think Allegra is a disgrace, a vacuous waste of space and that they won’t be voting for her again, and that there is NO way, NO way in the world, that any of them will be voting yes to da Voice.

In a democracy you get what…

I’m proud of my brother in law admitting it was a mistake to vote for Kevin Rudd.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 30, 2023 8:18 pm

a pre-meteor dinosaur convention

Nice ensemble! Seriously recent also, like last week. Iggy is always amazing and Shirley Manson has done well singing for Garbage, whose first three albums I like a lot.
Pretenders are ace.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 30, 2023 8:26 pm

I’m proud of my brother in law admitting it was a mistake to vote for Kevin Rudd.

At least he wasn’t in Caucus I trust.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
April 30, 2023 8:26 pm

Snap, Dr. Beau!

Yep. It’s called a realistic appraisal of the situation.

I’m always in favour of reason and argument, but it has no effect on leftards. They think shouting abuse and cheating is the way to go.

That, ultimately, leads to mountains of skulls. Unsightly, I admit, but inevitable. Regrettable, but I didn’t start it.

Cassie of Sydney
April 30, 2023 8:27 pm

“In a democracy you get what…

I’m proud of my brother in law admitting it was a mistake to vote for Kevin Rudd.”

I said to one of them, who’s daughter (of course) works at the ABC, that he was stupid to vote for Allegra. Why did he? This is whilst my mother is yelling across the table….”I didn’t vote for a Teal”, meanwhile my stepfather, who can’t hear anything despite his hearing aid, sits and says nothing, and just sips glasses of Sav Blanc.

It was a raucous and opinionated function, and it was hysterical listening to the oldies talk about Australia in the 1950s and 1960s, they were all talking about “Goof” (Gough) and how he destroyed the country.

I was struggling to control my laughter, my nephews and their partners were also finding it hard to hold back laughter.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
April 30, 2023 8:31 pm

Trump could hardly be lazy on detail and run a big business. His memory for faces and names is top notch for any age.
His big failing is a self centred approach on all matters. His years as a showman promoter of his business ventures can’t be easily erased.
Biden reminds me of old blokes I meet at my mother’s aged care home. I doubt he could manage by himself if he lived alone.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 30, 2023 8:31 pm

Unkind souls on the Oz website are crass enough to point out that Albo spent longer partying at THAT wedding, then he spent on the ground at Alice Springs….

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 30, 2023 8:37 pm

The problem with sTeals is they’re lying, but it takes a lot of mental effort for people to ascertain that what someone is saying is lies.

The other problem with sTeals is they believe the lies they are speaking, which makes it even harder for ordinary people to work out that what they’re saying is lies.

Education is the answer. Which is why the Left took that whole sector over.

Digger
Digger
April 30, 2023 8:38 pm

I wouldn’t piss on Obama if he was on fire.

I would piss on the prick if he was on fire or not…

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
April 30, 2023 8:43 pm

Public holiday in Qld tomorrow. Not often I am home for it. Tomorrow will be dead round town a bit like Sundays before they changed the rules on trading. Good day for beers & a BBQ lunch.

20mm early this morning and a cloudy day. Was a nice change from the clear humid days we have been getting.

Out next week though. Have a great night all.

cohenite
April 30, 2023 8:44 pm

Liddell gone and right now coal and gas providing 85% of NSW’s power with Hydro another 12%. Wind 3%, solar 0% despite there being more installed wind and solar capacity than fossils and hydro combined:

https://www.aemo.com.au/energy-systems/electricity/national-electricity-market-nem/data-nem/data-dashboard-nem#price-demand

Razey
Razey
April 30, 2023 8:45 pm

Two brown outs in afdanistan so far tonight. Fukcn greens climate wankers.

Muddy
Muddy
April 30, 2023 8:50 pm

BoN:
Education is the answer.

Yeah, but nah.
Arguably, skuuling has played a part in reducing the capacity of people to analyse the information they are bombarded with (or choose to absorb). However, laying the blame for the state of our social decay on one or more such institutions is also a cop-out. It is a means for conservatives (or however you define yourself if you lean right-ish) to avoid responsibility for counteracting the efforts of our ideological opponents (competitors), and more effectively communicating conservatism as a viable alternative. If you don’t consider that collectively, we’ve done a sh!t job over the past four or five decades, well …

Muddy
Muddy
April 30, 2023 8:57 pm

Having rolled that over-ripe pumpkin into the party crowd, I’m also off to seek sleep. I’m working tomorrow, but very pleased to be doing so after a long period of unemployment and high-anxiety thanks to the jabbing psychopaths at Qld Health. F#ck you Peter Gillies. Rock up to my gym and do the same things to my face, you sniveling coward.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 30, 2023 9:01 pm

However, laying the blame for the state of our social decay on one or more such institutions is also a cop-out.

Muddy – I don’t blame the state, I blame the teachers’ unions.

There’s a lot going for the homeschooling model, which many of the kids in the church I’ve been attending have had. They’ve turned out good adults. Unfortunately home schooling is tough, time consuming, appallingly persecuted by the state and very very expensive to have to do. Especially when your taxes are also being used to support the marxist-controlled public school system you aren’t using.

When I was a kid in a country school half a century ago it was still innocent. It is not so now.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 30, 2023 9:05 pm

Oh and ACARA, which is totally captured by the Left.
Rabz ’em now.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 30, 2023 9:10 pm

AlamaK is a backward Kamala., and we know how thick the cackling ninny she is.

Crossie
Crossie
April 30, 2023 9:13 pm

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:
April 30, 2023 at 10:58 am
Buying our industrial capacity, i.e. our ‘renewable’ energy infrastructure, directly from China, is probably the most stupid piece of military planning any country ever engaged in (although German reliance on Russian gas is a pretty close second).

It never made any sense yet our elites kept with it now for almost 20 years. Both sides of politics are either stupid or treacherous. I will be kind and call them stupid.

As for Germans and the Russian gas, at least they are prepared to admit that they may have been wrong by reactivating their fossil fuelled power stations. Our leaders want to blow up all capacity so that they can’t recant.

cohenite
April 30, 2023 9:14 pm

Samantha Ratnam is a filth pollie in victoristan who supports drag queens reading porn to kiddies. The comments at least in response to the bitch are encouraging.

MatrixTransform
April 30, 2023 9:20 pm

Turning off Liddell wont make a difference, the burden will simply be shifted to other coal burners.

How stupid we have become.

Razey
Razey
April 30, 2023 9:21 pm

cohenitesays:
April 30, 2023 at 9:14 pm
Samantha Ratnam is a filth pollie in victoristan who supports drag queens reading porn to kiddies. The comments at least in response to the bitch are encouraging.

Hence the need for psyc testing all politicians. If they are defective, they’re out.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 30, 2023 9:26 pm

I demand Grey haired Rangas get recognised in the Constitution. I don’t want to be told what to do, I don’t want to be taxed just so some waker can give it back to me after he’s be living on high first and I don’t want my porcine nose in the trough, just left alone. Is it too much to ask? I’ve made enough mistakes in my life without government making worse. I can’t remember any government making life better except for themselves.

Indolent
Indolent
April 30, 2023 9:28 pm
Crossie
Crossie
April 30, 2023 9:31 pm

hzhousewife says:
April 30, 2023 at 11:05 am
Under what circumstances does anyone think Australia would stop exporting coal to China?

Don’t be too sure about that, the greens and Pocock hold the balance of power for Albo and may well demand it. Can you see Twiggy Forrest not comply?

Crossie
Crossie
April 30, 2023 9:49 pm

Bourne1879 says:
April 30, 2023 at 11:38 am
As Roger points out Tucker is still under contract to Fox. Just read good Breitbart article via top of Powerline blog about Tucker and Bongino.
Plenty of comments coming out that Fox will want Tucker out of the picture due to fear of competition and preferably not being able to have an impact on 2024 election. The remaining $’s from his contract is going to be tens of millions and hard for Tucker to give up.

I read somewhere that Carlson is independently wealthy and doesn’t need the money. I hope that’s the case and he can tell the Murdochs where to stick it.

Cassie of Sydney
April 30, 2023 9:52 pm

I still watch SBS and tonight there was a very good documentary on that famous plane crash in the Andes in 1972. The plane was flying to Chile to play a rugby match, and was carrying a Uruguayan rugby team of young men, and many of these young men were accompanied on the plane by mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. Most died and only eighteen survived. We all know the story, how they survived, what they did to survive, and how they were rescued. It is a for the ages, a story of faith and courage.

These men weren’t cannibals, cannibals are people who kill to consume human flesh. The men survived because they made the correct decision to consume the flesh of the dead so that they could survive. And survive they did, they now have children and grandchildren. If they hadn’t made that decision, they would have all died. It is an inspiring story, a testament to human courage.

It remains an inspiring story, .

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 30, 2023 9:56 pm

Daily Mail. Who was the pollie who was at that wedding again?

Who is Kyle Sandilands’ best man Simon Main? Drug trafficking pimp who ferried sex workers in a limo dubbed the Booty Bentley is staunchly defended by radio king at his wedding with Tegan

C.L.
C.L.
April 30, 2023 9:59 pm

Biden is senile and can authorise nuclear strikes.

I doubt it, Dot.
The Trump/Milley/China episode convinced me that Presidents don’t control nuclear strikes.
The Pentagon does.

The idea that a bloke with a launch “football” follows the President around and that the latter can nuke China with a code number is ridiculous.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 30, 2023 10:01 pm

I read somewhere that Carlson is independently wealthy and doesn’t need the money.

He’s been getting twenty million a year from Frox.

Report today is that Newsmax have put to him an enormous offer. Add that to fairly stupendous offers from OAN and Glen Beck already.

Newsmax Steps Up And Makes Huge Offer to Tucker Carlson: Report (29 Apr)

Not just money but basically the entire network. Wow. Newsmax already has nearly the same number of eyeballs that CNN has, which means they want to take on Frox mano e themo.

Goooood.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
April 30, 2023 10:09 pm

Who is Kyle Sandilands’ best man Simon Main? Drug trafficking pimp who ferried sex workers in a limo dubbed the Booty Bentley is staunchly defended by radio king at his wedding with Tegan

Each to his own but imagine if a Liberal Politician attended a similar crowd let alone a sitting PM and Premier of Australia’s most populous state. So now consorting with known criminals is ok if the ALP do it?

NSW Pol, quite sure there are laws on the books against this, over to you…

That said how is a grub and bottom feeder like Sandilands even entertained by anyone?

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 30, 2023 10:10 pm

Arguably the greatest fraud in Australian literary history will star at the Melbourne Writers Festival, proving organisers want fantasy over reality.

Andrew Bolt

I may be some time. I start my huge retirement trip this week, hoping to worry less about the death of truth.

Perfect timing. The Melbourne Writers Festival starts on Thursday – a towering example of the unchallenged power today of lies.

Oh, wait. My critics mustn’t crack that champagne just yet. I obviously got talked out of retiring this year, but not out of cancelling this trip, because I’ll sure need it.

That’s because Professor Bruce Pascoe, arguably the greatest fraud in Australian literary history, flies into Melbourne this week to star at this taxpayer-funded festival and prove our cultural elite really does prefer fakes to facts.

This threatens me, because I’m an outsider who thought truth and reason could save me from the mob.

In fact, the Melbourne Writers Festival claimed just last year to also believe facts were sacred, asking a panel to discuss “how Australia can prevent the proliferation of fake news and disinformation to safeguard public and political discourse”.

Yet now these hypocrites invite Pascoe to talk as a “Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian writer” when he’s a white who identified as Aboriginal only after a Canberra Times reviewer said his first novel would have been better had he been one.

There can be no one in the festival management who does not know Pascoe’s claim to be Aboriginal is shonky. An hour of Googling would confirm that two organisations representing tribes to which he now claims to belong have called him a fraud.

They’d also learn that his bestseller, Dark Emu – claiming Aborigines were originally farmers living in towns of 1000 people – is bunkum.

The question is: Why, when the truth is so obvious, do our guardians of public debate prefer Pascoe’s falsehoods? This is the true significance of Pascoe.

True, some on the right also prefer fantasy to facts. Just last week I damned Tucker Carlson, the sacked Fox News host, for peddling bizarre conspiracy theories (and wait until now-redacted emails from the Dominion court case shed light on his character).

But whoever’s worse, we suffer the final ghastly victory of the “deconstruction theory” invented 70 years ago by philosopher Jacques Derrida, encouraging lazy and stupid people to dismiss someone’s argument not by checking the truth but attacking their motive.

So why keep flinging facts at people who prefer Big Lies?

Time to chill.

MatrixTransform
April 30, 2023 10:11 pm

the NEM
right now
3% wind

fmd

MatrixTransform
April 30, 2023 10:14 pm

QLD … !!

carries the day with black coal

things were better when they were worse

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 30, 2023 10:15 pm

So now consorting with known criminals is ok if the ALP do it?

There was a bumper sticker in Perth some years ago.

“Help Fight Organized Crime. Disband the Australian Labor Party.”

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
April 30, 2023 10:29 pm

Exactly ZK2A, they are all at some level of influence but what I resent is the double standards.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 30, 2023 10:32 pm

There can be no one in the festival management who does not know Pascoe’s claim to be Aboriginal is shonky.

I don’t understand. I’ve seen the withering contempt held by Aborigines, to someone claiming Aboriginal heritage, who turned out to be as white as Snow White’s bum. How does Pascoe get away with it?

Dot
Dot
April 30, 2023 10:35 pm

The idea that a bloke with a launch “football” follows the President around and that the latter can nuke China with a code number is ridiculous.

Americans be very ridiculous. Grain fed “prime” steak, regular people stop playing team sport after school if they don’t try to become extremely wealthy professionals, the nation founded by puritans and tax protestors has religious freedom and an authoritarian tax authority; also a country with an isolationist mindset liberates others if they like it or not by force.

If Biden has no authority then he just emboldens the Deep State.

Arky
April 30, 2023 10:39 pm

DrBeauGan says:
April 30, 2023 at 8:00 pm
What is winning?
Seriously.
How do conservatives define winning?
I’m not a conservative either, but I define winning rather like Cohen the barbarian. It involves driving my enemies before me and eating the lamingtons of their women

..
Winning is anything that draws in more people to traditional, tried and true values.
As libertarians don’t believe in traditional values and conservatives are rather dense and uncreative by nature, and all the incentives run the other way, it’s going to be a rough, long journey.

Dot
Dot
April 30, 2023 10:39 pm

I see. A mezzaluna used to cut pizza.

“Knife!”

How doughy. That’s a stretch.

Dot
Dot
April 30, 2023 10:45 pm

the NEM
right now
3% wind

How’s solar doing tonight (and how did it go today)?

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
April 30, 2023 10:55 pm

Good to see Cohen the Barbarian getting a namecheck here.
I was just thinking about him, after looking at some of Cohenite’s leathery thong’ed Owls.

Gabor
Gabor
April 30, 2023 10:55 pm

Cassie of Sydney says:
April 30, 2023 at 9:52 pm

We all know the story, how they survived, what they did to survive, and how they were rescued. It is a for the ages, a story of faith and courage.

These men weren’t cannibals, cannibals are people who kill to consume human flesh. The men survived because they made the correct decision to consume the flesh of the dead so that they could survive. And survive they did, they now have children and grandchildren. If they hadn’t made that decision, they would have all died. It is an inspiring story, a testament to human courage.

Thank you Cassie, that’s the only proper way to look at it.

MatrixTransform
April 30, 2023 10:59 pm

How’s solar doing tonight

output seems low

the should check their instruments

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 30, 2023 11:07 pm

MatrixTransform says:
April 30, 2023 at 10:11 pm

the NEM
right now
3% wind

fmd

The low-carbon future (or at least AEMO’s vision of the future). On a night like tonight, Australia will be running on vewy, vewy expensive batteries – or paying thieves to run their naughty gas turbines.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 30, 2023 11:10 pm

I read Bolt’s article about Tucker and was not impressed at all. Bolt has been a good voice for the right but seems to be too enthusiastic about putting boot into Tucker. Note the mention of more to come.

“True, some on the right also prefer fantasy to facts. Just last week I damned Tucker Carlson, the sacked Fox News host, for peddling bizarre conspiracy theories (and wait until now-redacted emails from the Dominion court case shed light on his character).”

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 30, 2023 11:12 pm

I am somewhat at a loss to know precisely how one is expected to transport sex workers between engagements, however it strikes me that one’s Bentley is possibly not the most ideal way. Particularly if you have chosen the Ivory leather option.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 30, 2023 11:17 pm

I am somewhat at a loss to know precisely how one is expected to transport sex workers between engagements, however it strikes me that one’s Bentley is possibly not the most ideal way. Particularly if you have chosen the Ivory leather option.

Personally, I give them a towel to sit on.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
April 30, 2023 11:20 pm

They don’t “sit” in the boot. Well some the more flexible ones could I suppose, but you’ll get six to eight in if you lay them parallel.

Digger
Digger
April 30, 2023 11:32 pm

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare says:
April 30, 2023 at 10:58 am
Buying our industrial capacity, i.e. our ‘renewable’ energy infrastructure, directly from China, is probably the most stupid piece of military planning any country ever engaged in (although German reliance on Russian gas is a pretty close second).

The single biggest mistake ever made by western society happened when Whitlam visited China in July 1971, then Nixon in February 1972 and the door was opened for diplomatic relations and trade to begin. Australia established diplomatic relations with the communists in 1972 and the U.S. in 1978 and the floodgates of corporate greed opened and our demise was not only set in train but 100% funded by our corporations shipping tens of millions of jobs and every level of technology to the communists… purely for the bank balances of greedy bastards… We are now about to pay for that greed and there is no way out of it for us.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 30, 2023 11:39 pm

but not able to share data/facts/evidence.

I haven’t seen you offer any. You just parrot MSM opinions.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 30, 2023 11:42 pm

High school pass marks lowered to under 50 per cent

Struggling Year 12 students who fail exams and assignments are still passing maths and English subjects, as state curriculum bodies push down pass marks to below 50 per cent.

In results that raise questions about teaching and syllabus standards, fresh “grade boundary” data from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) shows that Year 12 students scored a “C” pass-mark in specialist maths with an overall mark of 47 out of 100 last year.

In maths methods, a prerequisite for engineering, the pass mark was 45 out of 100 – the same as for base-level general maths.

In physics, students needed just 49 marks per cent to pass, while English students passed the subject with just 41 marks out of 100.

And Victoria’s “score ranges’’ for coursework units and written exams for each subject in 2021 reveal students could pass some of the final Year 12 science, maths and English exams despite getting two out of three questions wrong.

Teacher shortages are being blamed for the poor results, as schools struggle to find enough teachers with university qualifications in the hard-to-staff maths and science subjects.

Up to 40 per cent of Australian maths students are being taught by teachers who did not specialise in the subject during their four-year education degree at ­university.

Senior maths and science academics and teachers warned yesterday that too many students are leaving Year 12 without the necessary maths skills, blaming both teaching standards and the curriculum.

Professor Jennifer Stow, an eminent researcher at the University of Queensland’s Institute of Molecular Bioscience, said she was “hugely concerned’’ about falling standards among high school maths graduates and criticised “what is being taught and how it’s being taught’’.

“I think students aren’t being taught enough basics in maths to give them a good underpinning to build upon at a higher education level,’’ she said. “Assignments don’t teach them formulae or maths rules or how to do calculations – they are being assessed on assignments that anyone can mark. They should be drilled on maths rules and formulae, and shown the way to do things.’’

Maths teacher Dr Stephen Norton, who spent 15 years teaching mathematics to trainee teachers at Griffith University before returning to the classroom this year, said many students were finishing primary school without knowing their times tables, long division and multiplication, or fractions.

“When they get to high school they’re cactus,’’ he said.

“The biggest problem in secondary school is you get a whole bunch of kids coming to school in Grade 7 with the knowledge of Grade 4 or 5.

“For some of them, if you ask, ‘What’s seven multiplied by six?’ they can’t do it.

“They don’t know how to multiply, they haven’t been taught long division and they can’t add or multiply fractions.’’

Dr Norton said high school teachers were required to teach to a detailed curriculum so quickly that they did not have time to help students catch up on basic concepts.

“If you’ve got a struggling kid, or a kid who hasn’t quite got it, they will fall behind quite quickly,’’ he said.

Dr Norton said the best way to improve students’ maths results would be to ensure primary school teachers are given more training to teach the subject.

“The primary school teachers are so poorly prepared by universities,’’ he said.

Queensland is the only state to publish subject-level grade boundaries, which show that in maths methods, a prerequisite for engineering, the pass mark for Year 12 last year was 45 out of 100 – the same as for base-level general maths. In physics, students needed just 49 marks per cent to pass, while English students passed the subject with just 41 marks out of 100. In biology, the lowest pass mark for a C grade was 48, while in chemistry it was 50, and 44 in modern history.

In Victoria in 2021, the pass mark for the final written exam in biology was 108 out of a possible 240 marks – an effective pass mark of 45 per cent.

In chemistry, the lowest score for a C mark was 78 out of 240 – a pass mark of 32 per cent.

Maths methods had a pass score of 50 out of 160 in the mathematical methods exam, revealing that students answered just one in three questions correctly.

In specialist maths, the pass rate for the written exam was 35 out of 80 marks, meaning students could pass despite failing 56 per cent of the questions.

In the English exam, the lowest score was 26 out of 60 marks – a 40 per cent pass rate.

The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority did not respond to The Australian’s requests for comment.

A QCAA spokesman said that a grade of C “matches the objectives of the course and is considered ‘satisfactory’.’’

“Every year we look at the achievement of students to determine the grade boundaries,’’ he said. “This involves the QCAA and expert teachers looking at student performance across their range of assessments in every subject to determine cut-offs that align to each reporting standard on a 100-point scale.

“If the range for a C in a subject is 45-64 marks, it is because the student work that received marks in this range demonstrated the attributes of a C standard as described in the syllabus.

Dr Kevin Donnelly, a senior English teacher, curriculum writer and academic who reviewed the national curriculum in 2014, said Australia set a “low bar’’ for education. “We’ve lowered the bar to create a false picture of how well our students are doing and it breeds complacency,’’ he said.

Oz

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 30, 2023 11:43 pm

the floodgates of corporate greed opened and our demise was not only set in train but 100% funded by our corporations shipping tens of millions of jobs and every level of technology to the communists

Donald Trump was hugely aware of this and its deleterious effects upon America’s rust belt States.
He acted to pedal back on it and return manufacturing to America. We should be doing the same.

The Biden crime family have done nothing but suck on the teat of this corruption of trade.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
April 30, 2023 11:53 pm

all the incentives run the other way

Arky, I put a lot of faith in the fact that men and women fall in love and wish to procreate together to raise a family. That’s basic to our humanity, and a lot of good things can naturally flow from that wish.
People have survived and managed to grow families under all sorts of repressive regimes and attempts at ideological impositions. Nothing ever beats families and people will resist a lot to keep them intact. The ways may be in passive resistance and subtle subterfuge, but families endure. Communities and polities can grow too if family life is sustained and better ones arise again eventually.

Marxism (communism redux) works hard to destroy families, but kinship and connection wins out.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 1, 2023 12:00 am

Tonite we watched the third of the current series of Churchill, which is a biographical look at his political life pre-WW2 and his role in that war. We are currently at 1940, a crucial time, Dunkirk has just happened and Churchill has as one historian put it, just mobilised the English language and sent it to war. The show has its biases but it is well worth a watch.

We also saw Rowan Dean’s tribute to Barry Humphries fame and exuberance.
End of an era. Makes me sad, my times are fading.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 1, 2023 12:03 am

And now, Johanna if you’re around, I am off to bed! I hope you sleep well too.
The rest of you, don’t mess the place up overnight. Cushions don’t grow on trees.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 1, 2023 12:18 am

Seems Chris Mitchell also having a go at Tucker Carlson.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 1, 2023 12:45 am
Alamak!
Alamak!
May 1, 2023 1:11 am

Cassie of Sydney> I am sure people here read about the USA and its problematic political system. Possibly even spending time there which might provide more insights – as I have done.

What shows here on this site, though, are few facts or objective data from commenters … just a visceral, almost deranged dislike of Biden. Similar to that of the left for Trump. As mentioned, I don’t care who wins next election in USA, both Biden & Trump are very poor candidates when considered against a population of 300m.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
May 1, 2023 1:15 am

I bid you all a NSW 2736

Alamak!
Alamak!
May 1, 2023 1:19 am

I haven’t seen you offer any. You just parrot MSM opinions.

I threw out a challenge on Biden vs Trump to see what would be the response. Its been interesting to see that dislike of Biden & Trump appears to be quite similar with roots in emotion not reason. Hows that for a “MSM” opinion … 😉

JC
JC
May 1, 2023 1:33 am

Almanac

You don’t throw out challenges as no one’s interested in your challenges.

Hiden’s a crook. His family are crooks and he, Hiden, his brother and his son belong in jail. The only reason that hasn’t occurred is that the US legal system is currently one sided and the MSM is totally corrupt.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 1, 2023 2:25 am

Chemtrails!

Tin foil hat territory! Absolutely not! Evidence is overwhelming.

———

Stew Peters Show:

<a href = "https://rumble.com/v2l06cq-americans-breathing-poison-air-report-of-america-lives-with-dangerous-air-p.html&quot;

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 1, 2023 2:43 am

All the trolls on Rumble…..they are flowing in.

Wankers.

Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:12 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:13 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:15 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:16 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:17 am
Tom
Tom
May 1, 2023 4:18 am
DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 1, 2023 4:36 am

Thanks Tom.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 5:37 am

Went to a local Cafe restaurant.
Ordering via the app incurred a 10% surcharge.
We paid cash.
I don’t know whether that’s a dodge to get more cashies or something else.
ordering by qr code

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 1, 2023 5:43 am

The old thief has always been a low rent, crooked, pay to play political parasite. That’s just the grub’s ‘professional’ life. The incontinent geriatric’s personal conduct is another story again. A truly evil ‘man’.

Pogria
Pogria
May 1, 2023 6:03 am

The one thing the Chinese do very well is faking stuff.
Their Fake Bio-Diesel is sending smaller EU providers to the wall.
I couldn’t keep a straight face whilst reading the article.

132andBush
132andBush
May 1, 2023 6:22 am

The backwards Kamala

What shows here on this site, though, are few facts or objective data from commenters … just a visceral, almost deranged dislike of Biden. Similar to that of the left for Trump.

You cannot objectively draw any comparisons between the treatment of Trump, which can only be described as psychotic, and any criticism Biden is receiving.

Just pi$$ off, you dribbling moron.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 6:34 am

Just say no.
You shouldn’t get to import your cheap child care and palm off the balance of the cost to the taxpayer.

Treasury estimates that each parent-visa permanent migrant costs $393,000 over their remaining lifetime in Australia.

My grandparents waited six years for a parent visa. Today, they’d wait up to 50

Anchor What
Anchor What
May 1, 2023 6:37 am

The rot in the USA isn’t simply deep, it is evil. This article at American Thinker is superficially about the Fox News and Tucker Carlson split, but delves into the ongoing plan to transform America; something that both Obama and Schumer have said was going to happen.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 6:40 am

Hands up who’s sick of the constant scrabble to be on top of the professional victim heap.

Latho keeps swinging

Pogria
Pogria
May 1, 2023 6:43 am

Hey, it’s May Day today!

Bluey
Bluey
May 1, 2023 6:49 am

rosiesays:
May 1, 2023 at 5:37 am
Went to a local Cafe restaurant.
Ordering via the app incurred a 10% surcharge.
We paid cash.
I don’t know whether that’s a dodge to get more cashies or something else.
ordering by qr code

I’ve increasingly been running into places that don’t accept cash. Card as the sole option.
The place I last went out for dinner at did accept cash, and I tipped more than most places asked for a surcharge on ANZAC day.
Wonder how many think about the tips they’re losing? It’s easy to drop a couple of coins in a tip jar, vs. card paying exact numbers.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 6:49 am

There was an article in the Catholic weekly about a lovely gentleman who’s running 14,500 kilometres in support of the Voice.
Just seems so naive.
It’s becoming more and more obvious to me that privileged urban Aborigines already have far more influence over government policy than most of us realise and a Voice won’t make an iota of difference to the town camps but will cost the rest of us greatly when it comes to living our lives without interference.
Another poison chalice is mandating Aboriginal owned businesses are guaranteed a piece of government contract pies.
You can bet your life that’s a hotbed of corruption and it’s fundamentally unfair.
I’m thinking of a certain hotel quarantine security contract fiasco too.

Anchor What
Anchor What
May 1, 2023 6:50 am

To collapse a nation it’s said you need to undermine patriotism, morality and spirituality. From the article above I reckon you’d add education, as pass marks for maths, science and English are set to figures below 50%.
In our day at high school we’d be ashamed of a mark lower than 70.
Some kids now are going into high school unable to do simple multiplication in their heads because they weren’t pre-programmed in primary school with times tables. There’s nothing “progressive” about robbing kids of the basics.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 6:57 am

In Europe, possibly to prevent employee theft, a lot of cafe bakery businesses that accept cash have cash processing machines that means there is zero cash handling by staff.
Have never seen one here.

lotocoti
lotocoti
May 1, 2023 7:04 am
calli
calli
May 1, 2023 7:23 am

I thought they fought a Civil War over this stuff.

He’s there at the pleasure and consent of Parliament. And he ought to know it.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 7:30 am

From November 2022.
Check out the photo with the painted nails held to the face.
And we are supposed to respect these decisions.

Norwegian Man Now Identifies as a Disabled Woman, Uses Wheelchair “Almost All The Time”

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 1, 2023 7:30 am

Elon had a puzzle only 6% of ppl can solve. It shows three kids, two apples and a long knife. The puzzle is, how can the apples be shared equally with one cut of the knife.

I’m in the 6%. But I have a nasty mind.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 7:32 am

People in the UK fought a civil war over a pledge?

johanna
johanna
May 1, 2023 7:32 am

Hence the need for psyc testing all politicians. If they are defective, they’re out.

Assuming that there is an objective test that has validity (doubtful):

Who is going to devise the parameters and methodology, and conduct the testing?

No matter who it is at the outset, who will it be in the end?

Answers on a postcard.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 7:33 am

It’s a very simple puzzle. I don’t believe it’s only solvable by 6%.

Dot
Dot
May 1, 2023 7:33 am

Alamak! says:
May 1, 2023 at 1:19 am

I haven’t seen you offer any. You just parrot MSM opinions.

I threw out a challenge on Biden vs Trump to see what would be the response. Its been interesting to see that dislike of Biden & Trump appears to be quite similar with roots in emotion not reason. Hows that for a “MSM” opinion … ?

This gets very tiring.

Biden touching girls compilation (RAW CSPAN FOOTAGE)

Compilation of Vice President Joe Biden touching girls inappropriately live on CSPAN (RAW VIDEO & AUDIO) on January 6, 2015. Imagine what he does off camera.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4PLSPvJ9BY

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 1, 2023 7:34 am

I thought they fought a Civil War over this stuff.

As long as swearing allegiance is optional, I don’t mind.

Cassie of Sydney
May 1, 2023 7:35 am

“What shows here on this site, though, are few facts or objective data from commenters … just a visceral, almost deranged dislike of Biden. Similar to that of the left for Trump. As mentioned, I don’t care who wins next election in USA, both Biden & Trump are very poor candidates when considered against a population of 300m.”

Firstly, in an earlier comment you wrote that Donald Trump, like Joe Biden, is senile. NO, NO, NO, Donald Trump is not senile. When you make such absurd and preposterous statements here on this site, you will be called out and rightly rebutted. Secondly, I (and others here) don’t have a “visceral, almost deranged dislike of Biden“, NO, NO, NO, what we do here is call out Joe Biden for what he is, a decrepit, crooked, creepy, criminal elderly man, who is suffering obvious cognitive decline, a man who should not be in the position that he is. And strange, you seem obsessed with “data” yet, as Lizzie wrote above, you don’t provide any data with your claims.

When people come here and pontificate bullshit from ivory towers, they will be rebutted.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 7:36 am
calli
calli
May 1, 2023 7:37 am

No, rosie. You know exactly what they fought a civil war over.

Why not leave the coronation ceremony alone? And why expect people to make a supporting statement? Isn’t “God Save the King?” enough?

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 1, 2023 7:38 am

It’s a very simple puzzle. I don’t believe it’s only solvable by 6%.

What’s your solution, Rosie?

lotocoti
lotocoti
May 1, 2023 7:39 am

I’m surprised the Brummie* Women’s Hospital didn’t opt for a name change.
*Splelcheck thought bummed was the word I was looking for,
which would’ve worked too.

calli
calli
May 1, 2023 7:40 am

“I call upon all persons of goodwill in The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of the other Realms and the Territories, to make their homage, in heart and voice, to their undoubted King, defender of all.”

If this is true, then the converse will be true also. If you refuse to “make your homage” in heart and voice to Charles, you are not a person of goodwill.

Not buying it.

Bar Beach Swimmer
May 1, 2023 7:41 am

Calli,
I don’t see anything wrong with a general oath of allegiance rather than just the dukes, earls etc carrying out the act. Because it’s no longer just for the barons, the procession of rights has come down to all.

At their swearing in, parliamentarians are required to take the Oath of Allegiance thereby acknowledging that it is the Crown above all. In this case, it’s not being made mandatory, it’s just an act of involvement and real inclusion.

Cassie of Sydney
May 1, 2023 7:42 am

Can someone post evidence/facts/data here that Donald Trump is or might be “senile”? I can’t find any? Donald Trump has his faults but one thing is for sure, he is not suffering from senility. I am yet to see any footage of Trump stumbling over words, making incoherent babble that nobody understands, has a vacant look in his eyes that reeks of senility, or that he walks away from people is a daze, not knowing where he is, and not knowing if he is Arthur or Martha. Thanks in advance.

Dot
Dot
May 1, 2023 7:42 am

Good luck cutting two apples at one third width in one stroke without three hands. Only a sperg like Elon would think that’s practical, the awkwardness is funny. “Oh but it’s a very long knife”.”Oh it’s a puzzle”.

This lateral thinking stuff is a bit fruity. “Well, I am a Middle Eastern dictator, my elite guard turns up and we get a solution every time”.

“How would you code this?”

Given it’s a perfect world in your scenario, I would go somewhere that has sane middle managers that give me achievable tasks in well thought out projects.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 7:44 am

John Pesutto has a request for feedback at the bottom but why bother when the Transgreens have more influence than the Liberal Rump Party?

Next month, the Andrews Government will hand down its ninth budget (whose fault is that?) spite being in power for nearly a decade, the Premier wants to blame the Federal Government, COVID and the Reserve Bank to avoid taking responsibility for cost-of-living pressures, increasing problems in the health system and continued budget blow-outs.

In Victoria now we have:

Record level taxes with Victorians paying the highest taxes in Australia.
Delays to major rail projects including Melbourne Airport Rail Link and Melbourne to Geelong fast rail.
Major project cost blowouts of more than $30 billion including an additional $4.7 billion cost on the West Gate Tunnel.
A health system in crisis and ambulance waiting times causing distress to our families and seniors.
Energy price rises the highest in Australia and climbing an extra $426 on top of current prices from 1 July.
An interest bill on Victoria’s record debt of $10 million a day instead of creating new hospital beds, new classrooms, new ambulances or protecting our childrens’ mental health and safety

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 1, 2023 7:44 am

Alamak!

As mentioned, I don’t care who wins next election in USA

Suuuuuuure you don’t. LOL.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 7:45 am

Good luck cutting two apples at one third width in one stroke without three hands

Three people, six hands available?

Dot
Dot
May 1, 2023 7:48 am

It’s a very long knife with very smart children with great dexterity. It happens all of the time in the Musk household. Justine Wilson argued constantly over the games of knife Twister Elon would play. Like Crowder’s dog medicine, it’s the real reason they divorced.

calli
calli
May 1, 2023 7:48 am

Hang on. There’s wastage involved. Unless you’re a freak and like eating the core.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 7:50 am

Oooh the mathamagician doesn’t like the idea that anyone else could be part of the special people percent.
It’s pretty clear from the original skit there was no genuine 6%.
No-one commits suicide (or murder) in order to share two apples evenly between three people.

lotocoti
lotocoti
May 1, 2023 7:55 am

Three people, six hands available?

Or Sasaki Kojiro.

Frank
Frank
May 1, 2023 7:58 am

I’m in the 6%. But I have a nasty mind.

Upper management and boardroom psych evaluation. Yes Withers, you seem to have what it takes.

Bar Beach Swimmer
May 1, 2023 7:59 am

If this is true, then the converse will be true also. If you refuse to “make your homage” in heart and voice to Charles, you are not a person of goodwill.

What does it mean to be a person of “good will” and why is it important? These are the questions I look at in today’s blog.

An important part of Immanuel Kant’s theory of ethics is the Categorical Imperative. The Categorical Imperative determines the moral validity for a particular action: “Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.” The “maxim” of our acts can be thought of as the reason behind our acts. This version of the Categorical Imperative establishes that our reasons need to be universal. In other words, they need to be those we would want others to have in similar situations for similar reasons.

The question becomes how is one’s reasons for acting determined. One aspect I find very important and often ignored in today’s discussions of ethics is the concept of “good will.”

To act of a “good will” means to act out of a sense of moral obligation or “duty.” In other words, the moral agent does a particular action not because of what it produces (its consequences) in terms of human experience, but because the agent recognizes by reasoning that it is the morally right thing to do and, consequently, there is a moral duty or obligation to do that action.

https://www.ethicssage.com/2017/06/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-person-of-good-will.html

As a constitutional monarchy, the Crown is above all. It must be then assumed that the place of the Crown above politics is a moral good. The Oath acknowledges that.

If it were not a moral good to have the Crown then it must be morally bad. And we’re that so, morally it should be removed.

Gabor
Gabor
May 1, 2023 7:59 am

132andBush says:
May 1, 2023 at 6:22 am

The backwards Kamala

Yup,worked out his nick in seconds, I can’t see why is he bothering with trolling here?
If at least he/she was clever, but alas no such luck.

After all we have m0nty an Gregory, no need for more.

Dot
Dot
May 1, 2023 8:00 am

All of Dr BG’s posts will now be read in my mind with a Christian Bale voice.

“Now let’s look at Paul Allen’s solution…”

flyingduk
flyingduk
May 1, 2023 8:08 am

I’ve increasingly been running into places that don’t accept cash. Card as the sole option.

I went into ‘Total Tools’ last week to buy a new chainsaw. They said they would have to get one in. In order to do so, they said I had to sign up to their loyalty program. I explained I dont sign up to *any* loyalty programs *ever* as I regard them as tracking tools.

They insisted – I left the store.

Sadly, the great bulk of our sheeple confreres will go along with any level of herding into digital prisons and accept the loss of privacy and cash without a blink.

Get your gold and BTC for cash, while you still can.

Dot
Dot
May 1, 2023 8:08 am

Kamala Harris is the greatest Vice President of the United States ever. Her authentic black experience is uplifting. She resonates in black culture knowing less about black culture than a southern white trophy wife.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 8:11 am

That sounds like a Total Tools cutting off its nose to spite it’s face story.

Gabor
Gabor
May 1, 2023 8:11 am

Re. the Pope’s visit to Hungary.
He said something profound and at the same time something that everyone is instinctively aware of.

‘We need peace, the future needs cradles, not graves.
Banal? Maybe, but true nonetheless. Trouble is pollies are of a different mindset.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
May 1, 2023 8:15 am

They insisted – I left the store.
I’ve done that twice this last week.
Vive le resistance… it’s going to have to become the new normal.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 1, 2023 8:16 am

Finally, something interesting happened at a screamy transball game (the Tele):

A referee whose jaw was shattered and teeth knocked out by a disgruntled spectator at a soccer match says it won’t stop him officiating the game he loves.

Veteran referee Khoder Yaghi, 45, will undergo massive reconstructive surgery to his face on Monday after he was allegedly assaulted at the end of a men’s premier league game on Friday night.

The match was between Greenacre and Padstow. Greenacre lost 5-1. The punchy chap is said to be a Greenacre player who was suspended:

NSW Police arrested Greenacre player and amateur boxer Adam Abdallah, 25, on Sunday afternoon.

Interestingly, Mr Abdallah had his bail refused despite a high-profile Sidernee barrister turning up on a Sunday evening to represent him – which means he already has a history of punchiness and/or other assorted criminality. Also:

Greenacre Eagles condemned the violence and released a statement saying it had chosen to withdraw its team from the first-grade competition.

“As a result of the incident that occurred following the conclusion of the match, our club has made the decision to withdraw the team from the competition for the remainder of the 2023 season,” the statement said.

This is either a massive over-reaction from the club, or its management is sick of chest-thumping, mesh singlet-wearing beardy howlers infesting it and decided it’s line-in-the-sand and/or blow-the-club-up-to-save-it time.

If this keeps up socka may actually become interesting.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 1, 2023 8:22 am

My solution, assuming that the apples were of exactly equal size, is to use the knife to kill one of the others. If they are unequal, you have to kill both of the others in one slash, difficult but not impossible.

My solution is better because it’s more general. It works for mangos.

Muz
Muz
May 1, 2023 8:24 am

Calli 7.23,
In their Scottish coronations both Charles I and Charles II asked for the people to do similar.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 1, 2023 8:25 am

From the Hun.

Mass murderer Julian Knight is writing personal letters to veteran groups and agencies seeking details of their policies as he appears again to want to build a case for compensation.

Knight is serving life in Victoria’s maximum security Port Phillip Prison for killing seven people and injuring 19 others in the August 1987 Hoddle Street massacre.

In 2016 he lost his bid to receive Commonwealth compensation for abuse he suffered while a cadet at Canberra’s Royal Military College Duntroon; he has alleged bullying at the college in the months leading to the massacre was culpable for his action

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 8:30 am

Total Tools want you on the loyalty program to send you endless targeted advertising and capture your repeat business with a 5% discount.
I replaced my son’s stolen tools for him there, he took the five percent because it was a 2k purchase.
I’ve not been back, but then it wasn’t me that signed up.
I’ve got flybys, woolies, 7/11 for the fuel price discount, Qantas frequent flyer and now velocity which I’ve linked to flybys seeing as I plan to fly to Canberra on a regular basis may as well try for the odd free flight.
Qantas to Canberra is consistently more expensive than Virgin and unless it’s massively cheaper (it’s not) I am avoiding JetStar.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 1, 2023 8:34 am

Latham is spot on in giving Hamish McDonald a clip for whinging about his elite school experience because he is gay.
As my teacher wife often points out – the poor, the dumb, the unattractive, the physically or mentally disabled are still being bullied and humiliated everyday in our schools while they preach tolerance for gender diversity.
These kids are the quiet victims in the corner, nobody speaks for them and staff often say they being in on themselves by not participating or striking out when it gets too much.
Hamish walks straight past empathy and humility on his way to the mirror.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 8:35 am

The correct solution was to commit suicide.
Clearly makes it work for any two objects that need to be shared between three people.
here

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 8:39 am

Or more correctly shared ‘equally’.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 8:40 am
lotocoti
lotocoti
May 1, 2023 8:41 am

Meanwhile, at the Grauniad, publishing a cartoon is the only way to tell if it
doesn’t meet your editorial standards.
The cartoonist accidentally drew it.
Apparently.

Indolent
Indolent
May 1, 2023 8:42 am

We’ve seen this meme before, but well worth repeating.

calli
calli
May 1, 2023 8:45 am

The correct solution was to commit suicide.

Well, that’s a window on people’s thought processes. And also their intelligence, but not in a good way.

I prefer a “cheek” cut simultaneously from both apples (and this is possible if you have a long, sharp knife) with a little more on the remainder to allow for the core. Then we can all enjoy our delicious apples* and not have to dispose of the body and clean up afterwards.

The suicide approach sounds like a Green fantasy – except that they’ll want the suicide to be you not them.

* oh, and plant the cores and wait for nature to take its course…more apples

Indolent
Indolent
May 1, 2023 8:48 am
calli
calli
May 1, 2023 8:49 am

Calli 7.23,
In their Scottish coronations both Charles I and Charles II asked for the people to do similar.

Chuckle. There might be a hint for Charles there. 😀

Roger
Roger
May 1, 2023 8:50 am

The Brisbane Times yesterday:

The Queensland government has downgraded public transport forecasts, with less than 10 per cent of journeys in the south-east expected to be on the region’s trains, buses and ferries by 2050.

Another recent forecast from Mr. Bailey:

The cost of the cross-river rail project will balloon to $6.3bn, up almost $1bn from the previous figure. It will also be completed later than scheduled.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 1, 2023 8:51 am

WA Budget: 700 more social houses promised in $511 million cash splash to fix housing crisis
Tim Clarke
The West Australian
Mon, 1 May 2023 2:00AM
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Tim Clarke

WA’s housing crisis is firming as a focal point for the impending State Budget, with more than half a billion dollars to be devoted to social housing and the homeless.

Premier Mark McGowan will on Monday unveil a $511 million bricks-and-mortar cash splash in the 2023-24 Budget, the bulk of which will be spent on hundreds of new social housing homes.

About $450 million will be put towards building 700 more social homes across WA, as well as major refurbishments to the existing State-owned housing stock.

But no immediate timeline was set for when that new housing stock would be available to the growing waiting list — which stood at 19,000 applicants, and more than two years, at the end of 2022.

Monday’s pre-budget announcement will also include $49 million for a pilot program — partnering with community housing organisations — to provide 100 supported landlord homes for rough sleepers in regional WA.

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 1, 2023 8:51 am

That sounds like a Total Tools cutting off its nose to spite it’s face story.
Total Tools is the name of the business and also describes the staff and management.

Roger
Roger
May 1, 2023 8:53 am

Re. the Pope’s visit to Hungary.
He said something profound and at the same time something that everyone is instinctively aware of.

‘We need peace, the future needs cradles, not graves.
Banal? Maybe, but true nonetheless. Trouble is pollies are of a different mindset.

That was Viktor Orban on Facebook.

The Pope told Hungarians to be more open to immigration.

duncanm
duncanm
May 1, 2023 8:56 am

rosiesays:
May 1, 2023 at 6:57 am
In Europe, possibly to prevent employee theft, a lot of cafe bakery businesses that accept cash have cash processing machines that means there is zero cash handling by staff.
Have never seen one here.

saw one for the first time in a local IGA (/w liquor shop attached) the other day – I suspected it was a security measure against hold ups more than anything else.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 8:57 am
johanna
johanna
May 1, 2023 8:58 am

Maths teacher Dr Stephen Norton, who spent 15 years teaching mathematics to trainee teachers at Griffith University before returning to the classroom this year, said many students were finishing primary school without knowing their times tables, long division and multiplication, or fractions.

What a disgrace.

I was lucky enough to have basic maths drilled into me at primary and early secondary school – and no, it wasn’t fun.

I know my times table up to 12, can multiply and divide, understand ratios, percentages and fractions, and can do simultaneous equations. I also know some shortcuts to figure out whether an answer is out by an order of magnitude, and to do arithmetic in my head.

These skills have saved me from many a personal and professional disaster.

Sending young people out into the world without these skills is setting them, and the rest of us, up for catastrophic failures. I realise that not every kid is going to master all of it, but it seems like even the bright ones are sadly lacking in the basics.

Maybe that’s one reason why the absurd statements that we see every day in the MSM about ‘renewables’ go unchallenged. And climate stuff. And economics.

At the very least, it doesn’t help.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
May 1, 2023 8:59 am

I’ve increasingly been running into places that don’t accept cash. Card as the sole option

Same, all with the surcharges loaded on top. Same result as Duk, turn around and leave.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 9:00 am

That makes sense.
Maybe little bakeries and cafes are regular targets for hold ups in Europe now that banks are more difficult.

Roger
Roger
May 1, 2023 9:00 am

The Pope told Hungarians to be more open to immigration.

If the Pope came to Australia would he tell aborigines to accept colonisation?

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 1, 2023 9:00 am

I prefer a “cheek” cut simultaneously from both apples (and this is possible if you have a long, sharp knife) with a little more on the remainder to allow for the core. Then we can all enjoy our delicious apples* and not have to dispose of the body and clean up afterwards.

As dot correctly observes, there’s a fundamental silliness to all these puzzles, the terms are fairly dubious from the beginning. Getting them exactly fair and equal isn’t practical, and the one cut restriction isn’t remotely sensible. I’d abandon the one cut rule so as to avoid problems with the cores and the possibility that some might object to the peel.

If you make up a silly puzzle that’s far from reality, you have to put up with silly solutions.

Jorge
Jorge
May 1, 2023 9:05 am

So what was a once militantly splendid, “Defender of the Faith”, now whittled down to a bland, uncontroversial formulation, “defender of all”.

A coronation that eschews capital letters sounds like an apology.

Bar Beach Swimmer
May 1, 2023 9:08 am

The Pope told Hungarians to be more open to immigration.

Well, what can you say to an actual indigenous people who are on the way to being reduced to a rump by immigration?

For the left, when the situation changes, the principle changes.

Pogria
Pogria
May 1, 2023 9:09 am

Truth Telling is now called Defamation.

duncanm
duncanm
May 1, 2023 9:11 am

You could of course go the lateral-route; smoosh the apples with the flat of the blade (ala garlic cloves).

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 1, 2023 9:15 am

Maybe little bakeries and cafes are regular targets for hold ups in Europe now that banks are more difficult

The exact reason Strayan crooks without the stones or the expertise began sticking up outer city, regional and small town TABs instead of banks.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 9:16 am

If the Pope came to Australia would he tell aborigines to accept colonisation?

We live in hope.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
May 1, 2023 9:18 am

I was lucky enough to have basic maths drilled into me at primary and early secondary school – and no, it wasn’t fun.

My wife has a degree in marketing, can’t do very basic addition or subtraction without a calculator.

rosie
rosie
May 1, 2023 9:18 am

I imagine it’s more off faced druggie with a knife type robbery in a little bakery.

duncanm
duncanm
May 1, 2023 9:19 am

Pogriasays:
May 1, 2023 at 9:09 am
Truth Telling is now called Defamation.

I look forward to the court proceedings…

“Mr Greenwich.. do you engage in unprotected anal sex with your partner?
ermm.. yes
So the statement by Mr Latham is true and factual, then?
but he has an enema first!

Zatara
Zatara
May 1, 2023 9:21 am

About those ‘rules for radicals’…

“Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. There is no defense. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.”

Community members showed up in force at the Delaware County Council meeting Tuesday, and most who spoke were demanding Ryan Webb resign as a member of council following his declaration on Facebook earlier this month that he identifies as a woman of color (see picture).

Webb initially posted : “After much consideration I have decided to come out and finally feel comfortable announcing my true authentic self, It is with great relief that I announce to everyone that I identify as a woman and not just any woman but as a woman of color as well. I guess this would make me gay/lesbian as well, since I am attracted to women.”

Webb, and the rest of the council, sat silently as a parade of people addressed the elected officials, showing various degrees of disappointment and anger, each speaking for about three minutes as allowed by council rules.

Webb responded: “Charlize Jamieson, do you think you have the password to the forbidden world of coming out,” Webb said in reply, according to a printed record from Jamieson. “When you decided to become a woman did people tell you that it was unbecoming. Sorry pal but you don’t get to be the decider of who is acceptable and who isn’t. I was hoping that you and I could be friends now that we are both ladies who used to be men. I’ll give you some more time.”

“To clarify, I never claimed to be trans anything,” he said. “I simply expressed my own gender identity … I’m being dead serious. This isn’t a joke. I said what I said. I don’t know what to tell you. You don’t get to question me. You do not get to require proof from me. You were part of the movement that helped establish these rules and set the bar, OK? You don’t get to come later when someone else joins the club that you don’t want in … You don’t get to question how I identify.”

Later Webb told The Star Press that the people who spoke against him have a right to voice their concerns. But he said he wishes they would step back and realize they are “perpetuating hate, intolerance and bigotry towards me.”

“It’s just another example of the intolerant Left and their ideology of contradictions,” he said.

Boom.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 1, 2023 9:23 am

Nats big knob David Littleproud on the teev, on his way to Charlton to speak to farmers apropos of gummint clearing thousands upon thousands of acres of farmland for AEMO’s stupid idea – Gez’s most righteous cause.

Roger
Roger
May 1, 2023 9:25 am

So what was a once militantly splendid, “Defender of the Faith”, now whittled down to a bland, uncontroversial formulation, “defender of all”.

I thought Charles had eschewed this notion – indeed, he had – but it seems to have reared its head again.

Some context:

About 10% of the population of Britain has a connection to the CofE or its sister chuchres in Wales & Scotland. The average membership of a parish church is 27. I couldn’t find the average age but one can easily imagine. Not surprisingly, chuch buildings are closing at record rates as congregations find they can’t afford the upkeep.

“If present trends continue”, the CofE will cease to exist by c. 2060.*

I assume that in his mind he’s searching for relevance in a UK that is very different from the country which his mother became Queen of in 1952. It raises many questions though.

* As will the Roman Catholic church in the UK. The only historic church which is bucking the decline and growing in numbers is the decidedly conservative Free Church of Scotland.

bons
bons
May 1, 2023 9:30 am

Great article on Outsiders yesterday about the risks from local council voters not putting in the effort to effectively research local government candidates.
Marxist candidates lie, promote attractive policy that they have no intention of implementing and immediately implement repressive laws. It is then too late. It is worth a look.
On a grander scale, the same syndrome has applied disastrously to Blair’s devolution in the UK.
The poor old Welsh treated it as a joke. School teachers and public servants grabbed power and have turned the once lovely state into a marxist nightmare. More to come. No election for any body can be treated casually.

Acknowledging our betters in the ABC’.

JC
JC
May 1, 2023 9:32 am

DrBeauGan says:
May 1, 2023 at 7:30 am
Elon had a puzzle only 6% of ppl can solve. It shows three kids, two apples and a long knife. The puzzle is, how can the apples be shared equally with one cut of the knife.

I’m in the 6%. But I have a nasty mind.

You killed one of the people?

Me, I turn it into apple juice.

Zatara
Zatara
May 1, 2023 9:43 am

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Climate issues and pollution issues are being exploited by, you know, the the World Economic Forum and Bill Gates and all of these big, you know, mega billionaires. The same way that COVID was exploited to use it as an excuse to clamp down top down totalitarian controls on society and to and then to give us engineering solutions. And if you look closely, as it turns out, the guys who are promoting those engineering solutions are the people who own the IPS, the patents for those solutions. It’s a way they’ve given climate chaos a bad name because people now see that it’s just another crisis that’s being used to strip by the wealth of the poor and to enrich billionaires. And I, for 40 years, have had the same policy on climate and engineering. You can go check my speeches from the 1980s, and I’ve said, the most important solution for environmental issues? Not top down controls. It’s free market capitalism.

He certainly doesn’t sound like a progressive democrat. More like a bloke auditioning for a gig in Trump’s cabinet.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 1, 2023 9:44 am

Bolt writes an article about fakes which is mainly about Bruce Pascoe. Yet he manages to get Tucker into the article as well.

Likewise Chris Mitchell does an article about bias in the ABC and mentions Tucker as well.

Neither have made a convincing argument about what Tucker has been wrong about.

Just makes me want Tucker to succeed even more.

Jo Nova has an interesting article up about how Naomi Wolf changed her thinking about Tucker.

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