Open Thread – Tues 23 May 2023


Harbour of Trieste, Egon Schiele, 1907

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Cassie of Sydney
May 25, 2023 5:46 pm

Could see the fire from our office block (I am high up). Massive, massive.

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 5:48 pm

never impressed with anonymous dickheads talking a tough game

Quite so.

Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 5:48 pm

This wanker will end up giving oxygen to the The No Argument is 100% Owned by Supreme Gay Grampians tendency.

Stan’s career has been mostly SBS, overseas and more recently the ABC.

Your average Aussie might be hard placed to name him.

I agree, doesn’t help though.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 25, 2023 5:49 pm

But alas, this is not the trial, it is an inquiry looking at whether due process was followed and if current due process is conducive to the practice of good law in our court system

The terms of reference were tightly controlled. I doubt Albo could contain it if it looks like Federal involvement moves beyond speculation but you never know.

Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 5:50 pm

Could see the fire from our office block (I am high up). Massive, massive.

Er…my wife is flying into Sydney tomorrow and staying somewhere near Central.

Should I be concerned?

Cassie of Sydney
May 25, 2023 5:55 pm

“A chap I know used to have a habit of getting blind drunk then taking his kit off.
He grew out of it by his late 20’s but it was not uncommon for someone to cover him with a blanket after he had passed out naked.
Pretty sure that wasn’t evidentiary support of anything.”

Indeed, I’ve heard similar tales. In the 1960s my uncle, then a student studying at Sydney University, got very very drunk and managed to stumble on a train back to his parent’s home in the shire. He got off the train, managed to walk to my grandparents house, took off his clothes, lay naked on the front lawn and went to sleep. My grandmother discovered him in the morning. Needless to say, she was shocked.

Cassie of Sydney
May 25, 2023 6:00 pm

“Should I be concerned?”

No, it was a derelict block. I hope no one was inside. I have never seen such smoke or flames.

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 6:02 pm

The fire was in a heritage listed old hat factory. Building slated for re-development as a hotel.

Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 6:02 pm

OK, thanks Cassie.

I remember last time I was in Sydney staying in Kent St and looking down on a derelict building…frankly I was surprised such still existed in the CBD.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 25, 2023 6:04 pm

The fire was in a heritage listed old hat factory.

So it was asking for it then?

Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 6:05 pm

The fire was in a heritage listed old hat factory. Building slated for re-development as a hotel.

Ah…we have a few of those in Brisbane’s CBD.

Stayed in what was once a hardware store on the last visit to Babylon by the Brisbane when my wife wanted a break from the country estate (cough).

Very spacious rooms with the highest ceilings I’ve ever seen.

bespoke
bespoke
May 25, 2023 6:05 pm

Not a StanFan, but never impressed with anonymous dickheads talking a tough game. This wanker will end up giving oxygen to the The No Argument is 100% Owned by Supreme Gay Grampians tendency.

Whenever some momentum is going in right direction some moron pops up to derail it, Drf.

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 6:07 pm

Lol. Seven News interviewing the most entertaining witness I’ve ever heard!

Well done, madam! She even did sound effects.

Good stuff.

Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 6:09 pm

My wife’s aunt – last surviving sister of five – is visiting from the US, probably for the last time, so she’s going down to catch up with her and family.

Lysander
Lysander
May 25, 2023 6:09 pm
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 25, 2023 6:12 pm

It’s worse when it’s done into the fresh ironing basket

Hey, you leave that on the floor and it’s open season.

Perhaps…..

It could have been……

Well….

Put away.

Diogenes
Diogenes
May 25, 2023 6:13 pm

that is, a story that would be lucky to make the top 10 stories on the 6pm network news.

2nd story on 9 Brisbane. After the story about the Poowoomba copper run over the other day

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 25, 2023 6:13 pm

AND:

in the immortal words of that bloke in the TV ad years ago:

‘Before ya staaart…’

I meant that obviously any bloke in the house would have done the ironing, and put it away. That way, chicks wouldn’t get up in the middle of the night and piss all over it.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 25, 2023 6:14 pm

Great save.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 25, 2023 6:16 pm

The United Spot:

1:36

Twitter Spaces DeSaster

Not Uh oh
Not Uh oh
May 25, 2023 6:16 pm

feelthebernsays:
May 25, 2023 at 5:15 pm
Romani stocktake down Surry Hills way.
Near Central.

Heritage listed; or at least it used to be.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 25, 2023 6:18 pm

It doesn’t take much for an old building to fall into an economic state. Vast areas of Perf above the ground floor retail are vacant. A particularly large and special area might make a historic restoration work – such as the old Treasury building which used to house the Stamps Office, a regular port of call when outside clerking. I guess it’s no different to the usual renovate or demolish decision.

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 6:19 pm

😀

Let’s just say somnambulism and a little too much good cheer don’t mix well with laundry. Guess it would have been worse had the night walker visited the home office.

Ren and Stimpy and electric fences.

rickw
rickw
May 25, 2023 6:20 pm

A chap I know used to have a habit of getting blind drunk then taking his kit off.

Sometimes you just feel hot and have to do something about it!

Robert Sewell
May 25, 2023 6:21 pm

ZK2A:

What are the odds she implodes before her term is up and retires to attend to her mental health/family/her people’s real needs/insert here?

Lydia is a loose cannon in the historical sense of the words.
Keep her in the enemy front line where she will continue to do do damage to her own side.

Robert Sewell
May 25, 2023 6:25 pm

Cassie of Sydney:

No, it was a derelict block. I hope no one was inside. I have never seen such smoke or flames.

If it was that bad, should the firies be looking at the presence of accelerants? Just a thought.
Mind you, you didn’t see the fire that ensued at my last birthday cake conflagration…

Frank
Frank
May 25, 2023 6:26 pm

Had a friend wake up and walk into a flatmate’s bedroom while drunk before proceeding to lift up a towel that was hanging over a chair thinking it was the toilet seat. Apparently the shouting woke him up before anything drastic happened.

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 6:26 pm

Watching Modi’s finger licker in Parliament, moaning about the opposition.

Where is our thirty billion dollars a year going, Albo?

Thirty billion.

And Dutton is the “bad guy”?

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 25, 2023 6:29 pm

Let’s not be too harsh in rushing to judgment. Just getting to bed some nights was an achievement in the good old days.

Robert Sewell
May 25, 2023 6:30 pm

Witnesses have described near constant crashing noises and ambers raining down.

Whatever happened to the people who corrected the headlines?
This reminds me of the old Farmers building burning down in Sydney.
All those buildings that stored wool and the wood was saturated with lanolin…

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 25, 2023 6:33 pm

Shearing shed party, one night, way back when. The drink was flowing freely, a young couple conceived a grand passion for each other, and decided to consummate that passion, then and there. He went outside to empty his bladder – guess who pizzed over an electric fence in the dark…..

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
May 25, 2023 6:36 pm

Another chap I know had a horrible habit of getting home blind drunk and wetting the bed…while his missus was in it.

Worse still is when you get up in the morning and, trying to be unobtrusive for others, piss on the side of the bowl – only to have them look up unappreciatively from eating their cereal.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 25, 2023 6:39 pm

Renewable Energy Zones.

In addition to providing reliable clean energy for NSW consumers, the REZs will help service the growing energy needs of emerging green manufacturing, energy intensive agriculture and export market opportunities. This makes REZs the ideal place to both generate and use renewable energy and affords the regional communities hosting these zones with substantial opportunities to capitalise on and share in the benefits of the energy transformation.

Translation:
– forcing renewable power infrastructure on rural communities.
– allowing big foreign energy companies a free go at gobbling up any land they can lay their hands on.
– ‘hosting’ means coercive state power will be used to access land from unwilling farmers.
– renewable energy companies don’t produce a damn thing that can be exported but instead take land out of production that already grow export commodities with an existing value adding industry.
– green manufacturing is a term pulled straight out of a public servants arse.
– rural communities won’t be capitalising on green electricity anymore than they do with coal generated power. It’s an input not a product.
– NSW consumers will get more expensive power and will also be paying massive transmission cost increases because of the ten billion dollar build that has to be recouped from customers.
– AEMO will be arbitraging between the generators and the retailers as they do in Victoria as well as charging grid access fees to generators. Who do you think will be getting the revenue that flows from this? Hint – AEMO is owned by government.
-big power industry players in Sydney mapped out these zones and conducted zero consultation with anyone within the rural areas chosen.

This is a monumental money pit in the making. It’s Stalinist in planning and crony capitalist in operation.
Pay up suckers.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 25, 2023 6:40 pm

I’ll still enjoy Rolf Harris songs.

Saddest thing for me is that his TV shows when I was a kid were amazing.
He did a thing where he’d tell a story and then paint a huge painting on the fly.
Size of a bed sheet or even bigger. Large buckets of paint and a four inch brush. In a few minutes he would do a marvelous impressionist painting that these days could sell for a huge amount. Really seriously good art, and done with panache and style live on TV. Then he’d sing a song about the topic of the painting. I think genius comes with giant sized flaws. Harris had both.

bespoke
bespoke
May 25, 2023 6:42 pm
Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 6:43 pm

And Dutton is the “bad guy”?

It wouldn’t be any different under Dutton.

That being said, Elbow’s currying favour with Modi will come back to haunt him.

(Currying…you see what I did there?)

cohenite
May 25, 2023 6:45 pm

NSW Chief Justice Andrew Bell has ticked off one of his judges for sending an email to Nationals MP Pat Conaghan that called his views on the Voice “disgusting”, paternalistic and racist.

Justice Ian Harrison wrote to Mr Conaghan at 8.45am on Wednesday via his Supreme Court email account. Its contents were later revealed by The Australian.

Justice Harrison was not available for comment, but Chief Justice Bell issued a short statement on Thursday morning.

“It is generally prudent for judges to avoid making public statements on topics of political or public controversy,” he said.

“Justice Harrison’s email to Mr Conaghan was not a public statement nor intended for public consumption.”

Justice Harrison is a former president of the NSW Bar Association who has been on the bench since 2007. He recently presided over the trial of Christopher Dawson, who was sentenced to 18 years’ jail for the murder of his wife Lynette in 1982.

In his email, the judge told Mr Conaghan that his speech to parliament on Tuesday – the MP said the Voice “divides the nation arbitrarily on the lines of race” and would offer no practical benefits – was “the lowest ebb in my day”.

“I appreciate that you are a member of Mr [David] Littleproud’s party, one of the first publicly to support the NO vote,” Justice Harrison wrote.

“I despaired when he announced that decision, replete as it was with the perpetuation of institutional abuse of Australia’s First Nations people. You [sic] speech last night only increased my despair.”

Justice Harrison expressed his “complete sadness, not that you have predictably taken the stand that you have, but that you obviously do not understand or appreciate the depths of paternalism and racism that oozed from your words”.

“Your argument is predicated upon the position that the Voice will add nothing practical to the lives of indigenous Australians.

“We can argue about that forever, but I will not do so here. However, what is so subtly disgusting about your contention is that it promotes the counterfeit spectre of harm to the Australian community while ignoring the immense and patently harmless symbolic benefit that recognition of the Voice will give to a long-neglected section of our society.

“There are no sleeping constitutional issues here. It is a simple matter of human decency. Your position, and the position of your party, is niggardly and cruel and mean-spirited. It is patently based upon a political stance that is indecent in its ignorance. May you live long enough, and acquire sufficient wisdom and self-awareness, to be ashamed of yourself.”

Mr Conaghan, a former solicitor and member of the joint select committee for the Voice, told The Australian he was “astounded” by the email,

He said he was seeking legal advice on whether there had been any breach of the separation of powers.

Imagine after the screech gets passed a dispute between a landowner and the local tribe who have come around and told the land-owner to piss off comes before this wig. He should be stood down immediately.

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 6:45 pm

This is getting into Truth or Dare territory.

Tomorrow night guys. Always best hidden on the end of the thread.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 25, 2023 6:47 pm

pretty good pics of Sydney fire here

Not the Scientologist’s building then. Ah well. It was the narrow one on the corner. I don’t know if they still are in it but they’d accost us students as we were on the way to uni.

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 6:50 pm

It’s Stalinist in planning and crony capitalist in operation.

Hmmmm. Does that sort of stuff have a name?

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 25, 2023 6:52 pm

Romani stocktake? A Melbourne accountant I used to know called it a Jewish stocktake.
He was Jewish.

Razey
Razey
May 25, 2023 6:57 pm

Lol. Seven News interviewing the most entertaining witness I’ve ever heard!

Well done, madam! She even did sound effects.

Good stuff.

Not as good as this guy 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QCgqQdmr0M

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 6:57 pm

It wouldn’t be any different under Dutton.

Except that Dutton hasn’t pinned his prestige on a stupid referendum, based on a lie, and utterly opaque in consequences.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 25, 2023 6:59 pm

I think Jewish is the preferred racial slur. Pretty common with heritage pubs when the turnover falls away.

MatrixTransform
May 25, 2023 6:59 pm

derelict … slated for re-development as a hotel

ahh
stocktake-fire

Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 7:01 pm

Romani stocktake?

Far be it from me to perpetuate unjust stereotypes, but I don’t think the Romani have ever been into shopkeeping in a big way.

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 7:02 pm

Razey, the Beloved has been known to race up the sleepy streets of a north west Sydney suburb in nothing but his polka dot shorts (read undies) in pursuit of a bicycle thief.

Who later turned out to have a cache of firearms.

I don’t know which would have been worse – baled up at gunpoint or arrested for indecent exposure. 😀

Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 7:04 pm

Except that Dutton hasn’t pinned his prestige on a stupid referendum, based on a lie, and utterly opaque in consequences.

True, calli, but you referenced the $30b expenditure on indigenous affairs.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 25, 2023 7:05 pm

Praise me! I need my ego stroked.

AFP Commissioner reveals Gen Z need vastly more praise from supervisors than the previous two generations (Sky News 25 May)

The newest generation of Australian Federal Police officers require vastly more praise from their supervisors than either Millennials or Generation X. AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw revealed the insight during a senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Thursday.

“Just as an aside… we learned too that Gen Z, the younger generation, need three times a week praise from their supervisors. The next generation only need three times a year and my generation only need once a year,” Commissioner Kershaw said, before Labor’s Anthony Chisolm joked that Senators needed more than that.

Snowflakes gotta snowflake. And here we boomers get pilloried constantly! Maybe younger generations will be a tad regretful once we’re gone and they have to deal with these amazingly entitled kiddies without any further help.

Bill P
Bill P
May 25, 2023 7:06 pm

Calli

It’s worse when it’s done into the fresh ironing basket.

As rumour has it.

Or the cutlery drawer?

Frank
Frank
May 25, 2023 7:06 pm

Romani stocktake?

Gangs stealing meat from supermarkets?

Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 7:07 pm

Pretty common with heritage pubs when the turnover falls away.

And the local police, usually zealous in their pursuit of infringements of the most minor aspects of the law, always seem to be philosophical about it.

Funny that.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

This “romani-stocktake” type comment must be southern or urban dialect. IRL I’ve only ever heard it called the Red Steer, eg: “Didja hear that Jacko from the Commerical up in Ironbark has gone and put the red steer through the joint?”

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
May 25, 2023 7:10 pm

The Menzies Research Centre’s Nick Cater says the more Anthony Albanese explains about the Voice referendum, the “more people back away”…

Keep talking, Albo!

Following the Presidential campaign announced by Ron DeBackstabbis, Orange Man referred to him as “Rob” instead of Ron, putting DeBackstabbis in the same category of Mick Trumble.

Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 7:11 pm

Call me cynical, but I suspect Dutton’s opposition to the Voice is purely political.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

The cost of insurance drives some “unexplained” fires. The ruthless bastards cut no slack during lockdown either, it was pay yer premiums, pay ’em in full, or have yer cover revoked.

There’s no choice on that one, coz insurance revoked = your life is down the drain.

MatrixTransform
May 25, 2023 7:13 pm

Romani stocktake?

oh … snap!

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 7:13 pm

Or the cutlery drawer?

Lol. Run out of Silvo?

Taking the old “spit and polish” thing a bit far.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 25, 2023 7:15 pm

Juvenile ABC & SBS are highlighting negative Twitter tags after DeSantis announced his nomination.
‘De Saster’
Grow up you lazy stupid millennials.

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 7:17 pm

On a little cogitation…it might be how you tell the plate from the solid stuff.

As for Dutton and political expediency….how DARE you!

And stocktakes…the immediate reaction from a certain person in this household was of the Inscrutable kind. It mist be a regional thing.

Tom
Tom
May 25, 2023 7:18 pm

Call me cynical, but I suspect Dutton’s opposition to the Voice is purely political.

Ahem, Roger, politics is purely political. It’s what they do for a living.

Dutton isn’t shining, but he isn’t stuffing up either.

He’s going OK.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 25, 2023 7:19 pm

Daily Mail.

Australia’s most decorated soldier Ben Roberts-Smith to finally learn the outcome of his ‘defamation trial of the century’

Federal Court will rule on Nine newspapers case next week

June 1st. I hope he is awarded gazillions.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 25, 2023 7:19 pm

The fire was in a heritage listed old hat factory. Building slated for re-development as a hotel.

Ah…we have a few of those in Brisbane’s CBD.

Post the Deen Brothers, Brisbane used to have a tendency towards surprising fires in well-located but inconvenient and heritage-listed buildings.

The Council seems to have largely controlled this phenomenon by making it the invariable practice that, when a HL building unexpectedly burns down, the owner can rebuild exactly as was, or wait 15 years for a DA to be considered – and then only if based on restoration of the shell.

Currently there are at least two on the waiting list – one of which has apparently sent the former owner to the wall.

bespoke
bespoke
May 25, 2023 7:21 pm

And here we boomers get pilloried constantly!

Give it right back, BoN. Its not just cathartic it thinkens the skin.
My boys aren’t snowflakes because of cross generation ribbing.

Entropy
Entropy
May 25, 2023 7:26 pm

Like the old Broadway hotel near the Gabba?

flyingduk
flyingduk
May 25, 2023 7:27 pm

Hunchback about to announce rent caps. Things gonna get hot this winter.

Because price controls *dont* lead to shortages – like the one we already have?

Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 7:28 pm

Ahem, Roger, politics is purely political. It’s what they do for a living.

I see my shtick is too subtle.

You’d have thought I’d have learned by now.

No wonder I didn’t make it in show business.

😀

calli
calli
May 25, 2023 7:30 pm

I noticed roger. But I averted my eyes.

As a lady should.

Plasmamortar
Plasmamortar
May 25, 2023 7:30 pm

The Council seems to have largely controlled this phenomenon by making it the invariable practice that, when a HL building unexpectedly burns down, the owner can rebuild exactly as was, or wait 15 years for a DA to be considered – and then only if based on restoration of the shell.

As nice as it is to see older style architecture, heritage listing is just another level of red tape and government control that limits what an ‘owner’ is allowed to do with what is supposedly their property.

If the owner can’t build what they want, the land will remain vacant once cleared.

Maybe they want to capitalise on the location with medium to high density apartments?
This would be a prime location, but you’re not allowed to…

This adds fuel to the fire of our sky-rocketing home prices in our major cities.

The heart of the issue here is that existing residents don’t want new housing (reduces their home values)
And don’t want old buildings torn down because they like looking at them…

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 25, 2023 7:31 pm

Post the Deen Brothers, Brisbane used to have a tendency towards surprising fires in well-located but inconvenient and heritage-listed buildings.

Yes some aspects of the Bjelke-Petersen era weren’t that good.

Roger
Roger
May 25, 2023 7:32 pm

I noticed roger. But I averted my eyes.

As a lady should.

Bless you, dear lady.

And good night.

Rabz
May 25, 2023 7:33 pm

What Frazelled said was that Hoggins’ nakedness was “some evidentiary support” for a finding of ultimate fact that intercourse took place

Yeah, no.

Again.

Zero evidence until Eddles cajoles or if necessary bludgeons out of the CCP the CCTV footage from inside Reynolds’ office on the morning in question and then hands it over to those legendary legal luminaries in Scamberra.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 25, 2023 7:36 pm

Young people get drunk & take their clothes off.
Doesn’t mean adult relations have been had.

Rabz
May 25, 2023 7:37 pm

Cheerful squalor. Idyllic poverty.

Our (soon to be immediate) future in Gumba-Wumba Veneztraliastan.

Indolent
Indolent
May 25, 2023 7:37 pm
Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
May 25, 2023 7:37 pm

Fred Pascoe (traditional owner in top end) defends the Voice as such:
* It’s not divisive.
* It’s only an advisory body, has no veto.
* There are no programmes that will be run by The Voice.
* This should be good for aboriginals economically, not just politically…
* But it won’t reignite rivers of gold being sent from Canberra to aboriginals communities.
* It will allow aboriginals to partake of funding already provided and participate in the economy around them.
* The “executive government” portion of the referendum question is there to allow the Voice to be more effective by… sending their advice direct to the public service and avoiding the parliament.

Never let it be said I didn’t give the other side a chance to explain it to me.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 25, 2023 7:41 pm

Classic.

——

Danger Dan Reviews:

It’s like he’s time travelled.

When comedy becomes a documentary. Ronnie Barker

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 25, 2023 7:41 pm

The North Face Follows the Lead of Bud Light and Target in Revolting Normal People

You have to wonder what is going through the brains of these people, if they have brains. Which I’m unsure about. Tofu maybe. They’re supposed to be selling stuff but they seem to want to piss off all their customers.

Nolte: Major League Baseball, Budweiser, Disney, and Target Hate You (24 May)

Obviously the North Face thing has come after he wrote this column, but it doesn’t change his conclusion. Rather it underlines it.

Robert Sewell
May 25, 2023 7:43 pm

Australia stands on the edge of the precipice that South Africa has leapt off.
The only winner is Socialist International.

You stupid, stupid bastards.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 25, 2023 7:44 pm

* It’s only an advisory body, has no veto.

Isn’t Albo on record as saying it would be a bold Government that ignored the advice of the Voice?

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 25, 2023 7:44 pm

Post the Deen Brothers, Brisbane used to have a tendency towards surprising fires in well-located but inconvenient and heritage-listed buildings.

Yes some aspects of the Bjelke-Petersen era weren’t that good.

What’s bad about that? If people want to keep the old buildings, nothing stopping them clubbing together and shelling out the shekels until the owner smiles.

MatrixTransform
May 25, 2023 7:45 pm

Cheerful squalor. Idyllic poverty

Bucolic Fiefdom

ie … shit-hole

Robert Sewell
May 25, 2023 7:45 pm

Calli:

Hmmmm. Does that sort of stuff have a name?

Yes, Calli.
It’s called Fascism.
And the Reichstag is burning.

Robert Sewell
May 25, 2023 7:49 pm

Calli:

I don’t know which would have been worse – baled up at gunpoint or arrested for indecent exposure. ?

He did, however, miss out on an opportunity to snaffle a cache of firearms that were untraceable. Or sort of untraceable.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 25, 2023 7:50 pm

Australia stands on the edge of the precipice that South Africa has leapt off.

Quite apt!

Rabz
May 25, 2023 7:51 pm

Could see the fire from our office block (I am high up). Massive, massive

A block away from my work. Some very unusual noises were emanating from the site of the fire.

A derelict heritage listed building in Sleazy Hills has gone up in flames. Colour me completely unsurprised.

Did you hear about the three Italian Furniture stores on Parramatta Rd in Ashfield in the mid 2000s?

They all burned to the ground.

The end.

Robert Sewell
May 25, 2023 7:52 pm

Bill P:

It’s worse when it’s done into the fresh ironing basket.
As rumour has it.

Or the cutlery drawer?

Perhaps we need to just be silent at this point?
Or I may be …..
No, just leave it.

Rabz
May 25, 2023 7:55 pm

When comedy becomes a documentary

See also “Idiocracy”.

Dot
Dot
May 25, 2023 7:57 pm

rabz

Your comment was so good I liked it into the shadow realm. Sorry squire.

Stay a while. Try the buffalo pho!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 25, 2023 7:57 pm

Australia stands on the edge of the precipice that South Africa has leapt off.
The only winner is Socialist International.

Nelson Mandela’s fan club went to great lengths to deny the fact that he’d been on the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party….

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 25, 2023 7:58 pm

Like the old Broadway hotel near the Gabba?

Arguably.
Or the Red Hill Skate Arena.

Razey
Razey
May 25, 2023 7:59 pm

I think as the economy goes backwards with hordes of Indian scab labour taking all the houses & jobs, people will vote No as punishment to the Marxist overlords.

Robert Sewell
May 25, 2023 8:01 pm

Doc Faustus:
I bought a series of the BBC show that had a sheilah sent to an unsolved crimes unit built around a few old codgers. One episode had them reminiscing about an insurance scammer called “Pat the Rat”. He’d catch a rat, douse it in petroleum jelly and set fire to it. It would run through the overinsured building, setting fire to everything and when the insurance blokes looked through the wreck, they’d find a dead rat. That was it.
Dead rat and payout.

Indolent
Indolent
May 25, 2023 8:01 pm
H B Bear
H B Bear
May 25, 2023 8:04 pm

Isn’t Albo on record as saying it would be a bold Government that ignored the advice of the Voice?

Once it goes in the Constitution what Albo (or any other PM thinks) is next to irrelevant.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 25, 2023 8:04 pm

Not Fascism.
Touting for foreign companies to exploit your land and de facto tax the citizens with the complicity of government has an African feel.
Congo Capitalism perhaps.

Frank
Frank
May 25, 2023 8:08 pm

The Clock Hotel in Surrey Hills seemed to have issues with several spot fires spontaneously starting in the basement. The open air drugs market in the back room and a creatively sourced goods bazar upstairs was obviously not paying the bills.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 25, 2023 8:08 pm

Razey.
Scab labour
That’s a red card for using Pommy shop steward language on the Cat.

Indolent
Indolent
May 25, 2023 8:09 pm
H B Bear
H B Bear
May 25, 2023 8:11 pm

We had a local barber shop go up in flames over the back fence one night a few years ago now. The local detectives were in earnest conversation with a number of men of Middle Eastern appearance when I wandered past to get a morning coffee the following morning. Not sure whether anything came of it.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
May 25, 2023 8:12 pm

Dunno if we can sledge the subcontinentals as “scab labour”, Razey. Every ethnic Indian I know are on long shifts, hard working, dedicated swots, and with a long-term view of business growth. Well dressed, well spoken, trim, men are shaved and the wimmin uninked. Bogan skips can go whistle in the dole queue as far as I’m concerned.

Razey
Razey
May 25, 2023 8:29 pm

Dunno if we can sledge the subcontinentals as “scab labour”, Razey. Every ethnic Indian I know are on long shifts, hard working, dedicated swots, and with a long-term view of business growth. Well dressed, well spoken, trim, men are shaved and the wimmin uninked. Bogan skips can go whistle in the dole queue as far as I’m concerned.

Not with the millions of them Sleazy has lined up. Watch what happens.

Razey
Razey
May 25, 2023 8:31 pm

Why go to Uni in Australia when you can just purchase a degree online from a ‘university’ in India. After all, Sleazy reckons they are equivalent now.

Razey
Razey
May 25, 2023 8:33 pm

One other thing. Indians are very good at taking over certain areas once one of the their bro’s gets to the top. It all turns Indian. Similar to the Chinese I suppose.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 25, 2023 8:35 pm

glowie

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 25, 2023 8:38 pm

There’s a hell of a lot better chance of Indians assimilating than Chinese.
Indians don’t trust government and each other mostly – not a bad trait.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 25, 2023 8:47 pm

Indian money owns most of the roadhouses along Great Eastern Highway, here, and they’ve just brought my local I.G.A.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 25, 2023 8:48 pm

Daily Mail.

Female tourist, 28, is arrested after stripping NAKED and gatecrashing sacred performance at Bali temple, parading alongside stunned dancers

Darja Tuschinski, 28, staged the protest after being denied a ticket to the show
She was arrested and could now face up to two years and eight months in prison

MatrixTransform
May 25, 2023 8:50 pm

been watching The Old Man

liking … much pathos well written and acted.

a single scene where the old man’s dressing himself and the camera just lingered a little too long on the socks

…cracked me up

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 25, 2023 8:56 pm

Seems the female tourist was German – why did I assume she was Australian?

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 25, 2023 9:01 pm

Johanna, the Bar Council has been split on the issue with the Yes side marginally having the numbers to force a vote to be taken of the 2,200 members to see whether any position should be taken on the voice.
Retired Judge Terrence Cole from the NSW appeals court has come out against the voice too.

I have read of some others but don’t have handy references – certainly many barristers are against it.

I haven’t had dinner with a High Court Judge now for over twenty years, but I used to when Hairy was working in Sydney. He’s now retired. We are no longer friendly with judges we used to share BBQ’s at our place with then. I still know and speak to some barristers.

Hope that answers your concerns. Others may have more info on how legal eagles roll these days.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 25, 2023 9:01 pm

37 years on the microwave National -brand oven.

Still going strong.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 25, 2023 9:03 pm

I have been busy writing all arvo on some dating issues in the work of Gildas. Getting it down on paper at least. Hairy calling dinner right now. Can’t spend my life sorting out issues raised here.

cohenite
May 25, 2023 9:08 pm

been watching The Old Man

It’s on fu.king Disney though.

amortiser
amortiser
May 25, 2023 9:14 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says:
May 25, 2023 at 2:53 pm
The conditions claimed by Constable Frizzel as providing some evidentiary support to a rape allegation are outrageous
When the security guard asked Brittany if she wanted medical attention or an ambulance, she declined…..

That would make the security guard a suspect as well. He confirms he was there when she was naked. There is no such confirmation that Lehrmann was.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 25, 2023 9:19 pm

Kelvinator fridge and freezer ( separate units ) from 1986.

Still going strong.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 25, 2023 9:22 pm

That would make the security guard a suspect as well.

Ah, no.

Delta A
Delta A
May 25, 2023 9:22 pm

Dutton isn’t shining, but he isn’t stuffing up either.

He’s going OK.

I agree, Tom.

If nothing else, Dutton deserves Kudos for finally starting the nuclear conversation in Australia. No-one had dared mention it before. Now, there are opeds and articles on the subject almost every day, with surprisingly little argument from the Labor/Greens.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 25, 2023 9:23 pm

‘Worse than I saw in Africa’: the shocking state of health care in regional Australia

Sonia Henry is a GP in rural and regional Australia, who says city folk would be shocked by hospitals in which the only doctor is on a video screen, as the patients bleed in the waiting room.

By Sonia Henry
Contributor
8:00PM May 25, 2023
18 Comments

I am an outback GP, newly arrived in a small, remote place I’ll call River Town, because it’s on a river, about halfway between NSW and Queensland. I want to tell this story, because I think Australia needs to know exactly what kind of haves-and-haves not country we have created when it comes to health care. I also want to protect everyone’s privacy.

You will soon see why.

First, there is a lot of syphilis here, and not just new cases. There is tertiary syphilis, meaning there are people dying in local hospitals all along the river from the disease, apparently picked up from the same source in the 1970s, and then passed around.
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When I tell an infectious diseases specialist in Sydney about it, he says: “That wouldn’t surprise me. That, and the leprosy. You see it all out there.”

“Leprosy?”

“The things I’ve seen in that part of Australia, and into the Territory,” he tells me, “are equivalent to or worse than the things I was seeing when I did a stint in sub-Saharan Africa.”

“But no one knows! Or they don’t talk about it!” I say, angrily. “Don’t you think that’s just wrong?”

Of course it’s wrong. The town has been deserted by powers-that-be.

It’s not like River Town is all that far from Sydney: it’s a three-hour plane flight, maybe 10 hours in a car. Yet it has no regular doctor, only locums, like me. It wouldn’t actually be that hard to have regular cover by regular doctors. But that would mean we would have to admit what I am starting to realise: that Australia is not one country, with everyone having the same access to and quality of care. It is two countries, or three or more.

Certainly, my First Nations mates describe Australia as being around 500 different countries. But from my perspective, as a doctor, it is quite obvious where the line is.

My entire career I’ve focused on practising good medicine, meaning the careful assessment and treatment of patients. I think every Australian-trained doctor is the same.

But you can be the best doctor in the world, and you still can’t practise the kind of medicine you’d like to if the resources aren’t there.

While in a city there’s a hospital packed with specialists, in the areas I’ve been working – remote and regional Australia – there are hospitals with “video doctors” and maybe the odd locum, and that’s it.

And what I’m starting to realise is that when you leave the boundaries of a big city, then as soon as something bad happens, health-wise, there’s a good chance you’re pretty screwed.

During my time in River Town, a woman bleeds to death in the emergency department of a regional hospital about an hour from Mudgee. There are no doctors on the floor with her – they only appear over video. The media makes a fuss about it for a few days, acting like it’s a big surprise that a doctor hasn’t physically stepped foot inside the hospital the woman dies in for 4½ months.

But what about the flying doctors? People are always asking me that, like there is a squadron of doctors flying around Australia treating rural patients. In fact, they can only come if there are planes available.

Visiting specialists? They stopped coming during Covid, and even in normal times there were barely any of them. The infrastructure is also missing, and it’s pretty hard to do a procedure you need equipment for when that equipment isn’t available for a few hundred kilometres. And my favourite question: but what about the GPs?

Well, what GPs? There’s currently such an acute shortage of GPs in remote NSW there’s barely one to be found along the entirety of the Murray Darling.

But there are nurses, right?

Sometimes, but is it fair to make nurses run a hospital? To make them deal with people on death’s door, with just a virtual doctor or a locum to support them? Is that good medicine? Is that fair on the patients or on the health professionals? Can it change? Sure. Will it change? The answer to that question depends not just on how much people know, or how much they care. It depends on how much people want to know, and how much they want to care.

? ??

“Do you think I’m going to lose this foot too, Doc?”

My patient, Fred, is a diabetic. I stare with dread at the ulcer on his foot. I am trying to get him airlifted out, but the air team is telling me he isn’t sick enough for a flying doctor. There isn’t an ambulance available, so he might have to get someone to drive him five hours from River Town to Dubbo.

“Can anyone do that?” I ask him.

He looks so anxious I want to cry. Fred lives in a little house near the river, and his only son works full-time at the caravan park, and Fred doesn’t want to ask him. He’s so proud of his son’s job, that he doesn’t want him to get in trouble by taking time off to drive his sick dad to Dubbo.

“I’m sure he wouldn’t mind,’ I say, but Fred refuses.

“I’ll just wait at home,’ he says to me.

I call the renal physician in Dubbo. He says to keep Fred in River Town, at least for a few days. We decide on a regime of antibiotics, which is a bit tricky because Fred’s kidneys are stuffed.

“What if he gets worse?” I ask. “He’s febrile, and his ulcer is …”

I look again at the gaping, oozing hole on the sole of Fred’s foot, which is so deep I can see through the fascia to the dull grey white of bone.

“It’s pretty bad,’ I say, swallowing.

“He’ll have to be flown, I guess,” the renal bloke says.

But I know there won’t be any planes.

“Fred, we’ll pop you in hospital here,” I say. “I’ll organise it. Maybe the antibiotics will settle things down. But then you need to get you to Dubbo.”

But I have to wonder if he’ll make it.

Later, I’m sitting with my head on the desk. I’ve been going through the blood results. All show blood sugars well into life-threatening territory, and a variety of other numbers so alarming if I was back in Sydney they’d all already be admitted to hospital. One is for a 29-year-old woman. I have to call her, but I can’t phone her, because she doesn’t have a phone. Turning to my colleague, Harry, I say: “This isn’t right.”

He shrugs.

“At least you’re seeing it,” he says. “They talk about closing the gap. They say the Welcome to Country in the cities, and people talk about Invasion Day and Australia Day. They put those blackout squares up on their social media, have you seen those?”

“Yeah, I’ve seen them.”

“You only know how bad things are when you come out here,’ he says. “We’re dying out here. The gap is getting wider and wider and wider. But, hey, if you say ‘Welcome to Country’ in Sydney or Brisbane, then you must care about the blackfellas.”

As a doctor, I have felt many emotions: stress, guilt, fear, joy, deep sadness, bone-crushing fatigue, the full gamut, right up to total misery. But sitting there in that little consulting room in a town about three hours from the NSW- Queensland border, listening to Harry, all I felt was shame.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 25, 2023 9:23 pm

Aha.

Blockquote fail.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 25, 2023 9:25 pm

$160 second hand dishwasher ( albeit a bit loud when in operation ) from ??? … I think 2000?

Still going strong.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
May 25, 2023 9:30 pm

1974 Massey Ferguson 135… still pulling like a clydesdale, purring like a cat.

cohenite
May 25, 2023 9:37 pm

But sitting there in that little consulting room in a town about three hours from the NSW- Queensland border, listening to Harry, all I felt was shame.

And there’s the problem; he should feel anger at the black and white activists who use the 3rd nations as ideological tools.

cohenite
May 25, 2023 9:39 pm

I’ll finish up with Zeducation’s woke madness; it’s not as putrid as This Week in Culture but anyone who thinks Western society is not terminally decadent can watch it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsWl7DKCRwQ

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 25, 2023 9:53 pm

Delta.

If nothing else, Dutton deserves Kudos for finally starting the nuclear conversation in Australia.

Hello.

Has he come out yet and gone on the attack against the CAGW fraud? I do not think he has? So, to promote nuclear on a fraud in order to reduce emissions to placate retards … he can go jump in a lake with concrete boots. If he has, can people point me to it. It should be a good read.

We should immediately build USC coal plants using our coal reserves and ultimately nuclear in the future. We do not do it based on frauds. I am 100% pro nuke for the record.

Until that admission, he can f-off!

( :

rosie
rosie
May 25, 2023 9:59 pm

I don’t know how excellent medical services can be provided to every ‘River Town’ in Australia. If I lived somewhere where there were very few jobs and a serious lack of services I needed to access, I’d seriously consider living, not in ‘River Town’.
The government cannot fix everything, it can’t even fix most things, the voice cannot fix the problems in rural and remote areas.
What to do?

Gabor
Gabor
May 25, 2023 10:06 pm

Steve trickler says:
May 25, 2023 at 9:01 pm

37 years on the microwave National -brand oven.
Still going strong.

Had one in the shop, same age, best we ever had just the right size too, but had to get rid of it because it was showing rust or peeling paint? in one corner and the health inspector wasn’t happy with it.
Fair enough.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
May 25, 2023 10:13 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha says: May 25, 2023 at 7:50 pm

Australia stands on the edge of the precipice that South Africa has leapt off.

Quite apt!

All our options are on the Table Mountain.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 25, 2023 10:14 pm

Gaborsays:
May 25, 2023 at 10:06 pm

No rust here. The amount of microwave ovens you see on the verges with council collections is astonishing.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 25, 2023 10:14 pm

feelthebernsays:

May 25, 2023 at 11:57 am

Rolf Harris was a predator.
He preyed upon under age children.
It was non-consensual.
He should have been pursued decades earlier.
He should have been sent to prison decades earlier.
The people who enabled him &/or said nothing should have been sharing a prison cell with him.

 12

Yes.
Sure, others maybe got off lighter or perhaps didn’t draw the media scrutiny.
That does not alter the fact that he was a grub in the Jimmy Saville mould, albeit not as brazen or prolific.
Their M.O. was identical.
Exploiting their fame to get access to and prey on under-age girls.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 25, 2023 10:21 pm

Judge to rule in Ben Roberts-Smith “war crimes” case

By STEPHEN RICE
NSW Editor
@riceyontheroad
6:43PM May 25, 2023

A judge will next week rule on whether Ben Roberts-Smith is a murderous war criminal or a wronged war hero, thereby either shattering the reputation of Australia’s most decorated soldier or striking a devastating – and hugely expensive – blow on the newspapers that published the allegations.

Judge Anthony Besanko has spent 10 months weighing his decision in Mr Robert-Smith’s defamation case against Nine newspapers over allegations he was involved in the murders of six civilians in Afghanistan and violence against his former mistress.

Next Thursday, Judge Besanko will hand down his judgment in a case that ran for more than three months and is likely to eclipse $25m in legal costs.
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The de facto war crimes trial involved a large number of allegations across several incidents, so Mr Roberts-Smith may win on some counts and not others.

However, a single finding that he was involved in any of the ­alleged murders would be devastating to his reputation, and to any award of damages.

Several SAS soldiers gave eyewitness accounts of the Victoria Cross ­recipient’s alleged involvement in murder, including kicking a handcuffed farmer off a cliff before ordering him shot dead and machine-gunning a prisoner to death.

Mr Roberts-Smith has denied all the claims and some soldiers gave evidence backing his version of events. His lawyers claimed former comrades were driven by bitterness and jealousy over his VC award.

The trial laid bare deep personal animosities that had divided Australia’s premier fighting force into two distinct camps for more than a decade, with hatred of – or loyalty towards – Mr Roberts-Smith at the core of the split.

The reputation of the SAS had already been tarnished by the Brereton inquiry’s finding that there was credible evidence that special forces soldiers committed 39 murders in Afghanistan and had covered them up by maintaining a band-of-brothers code of silence.

The last weeks of the trial were overshadowed by allegations of collusion between a small inner circle of Mr Roberts-Smith’s witnesses, a potentially fatal blow for significant parts of his case.

The onus is on Nine to prove the substantial truth of what its journalists wrote, but it must do so only on the balance of probabilities, not to a criminal case standard of beyond reasonable doubt.

Also watching the outcome with interest will be war crimes investigators from the Office of the Special Investigator. Their focus is not just on Mr Roberts-Smith – many witnesses gave evidence of crimes committed by other SAS soldiers. Others have implicated themselves in covering up war crimes.

Judge Besanko’s decision is not necessarily the end of the defamation case. The losing side may seek leave to appeal.

Media mogul Kerry Stokes, who employed ­Mr Roberts-Smith at his Seven Network and has bankrolled ­the defamation case, is said to remain convinced of ­the former soldier’s innocence.

MatrixTransform
May 25, 2023 10:25 pm

It’s on fu.king Disney though

Oh, I forgot about that Disney thing.

The Crazy Old Mole got on for a 30 day trial especially for this because she heard it was bloke friendly.

Louis Litt
Louis Litt
May 25, 2023 10:34 pm

Bruuuuu of Newcastle 25/5 @ 11:12
That was amazing
I can’t describe how amazing it is in English I am about to explode into full throttle Duetsch

Indolent
Indolent
May 25, 2023 10:36 pm

I bought a series of the BBC show that had a sheilah sent to an unsolved crimes unit built around a few old codgers. One episode had them reminiscing about an insurance scammer called “Pat the Rat”. He’d catch a rat, douse it in petroleum jelly and set fire to it.

New Tricks. One of my favourite shows.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 25, 2023 10:41 pm
rosie
rosie
May 25, 2023 10:41 pm
Dot
Dot
May 25, 2023 10:43 pm

It’s the cultural influence of James Cook. Change the name! Now!

Indolent
Indolent
May 25, 2023 10:49 pm

By the way if Florida is so bad has Trump left yet?

Ever heard of controlled opposition?

rosie
rosie
May 25, 2023 10:52 pm

I leapt to an entirely different conclusion dot but point, James Cook is clearly the real villain here.

Chris
Chris
May 25, 2023 10:55 pm

dover, THANK you for the Egon Schiele header for this thread. My artist has pounced on it and LOVES the structure and lines and colour for all those trained artist reasons!
I get to just say “I might not know much about art but damn I like this!”

Indolent
Indolent
May 25, 2023 10:58 pm
rosie
rosie
May 25, 2023 11:01 pm
Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 25, 2023 11:11 pm

Tina Turner and Mark Knopfler – he wrote Private Dancer and Tina took it to massive heights.

Foreign Affair – Tina Turner feat. Mark Knopfler

Louis Litt
Louis Litt
May 25, 2023 11:23 pm

Wicki 25/5 @ 3.05
Your comment re older men lusting after younger women.
I find this difficult – there is a age difference you don’t go out of 4 yrs.
I have daughters in the 20s – as a result I can’t find them lustful – cant do it.
In my 50s I did find women in this age bracket and older in the 60s with grey hair attractive – lustful.
That’s the way it is.
I like to hear what other blokes think .

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 25, 2023 11:33 pm
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 25, 2023 11:38 pm

I’ve just read back thread from where I stopped just before dinner to answer Johanna’s comment, which I note has now been upticked by four people who think her slagging off at me was valuable. It wasn’t and still isn’t. Quite unnecessary actually.

Just want to say thanks to those who have added the names of a couple of other Judges who have come out against the voice. I knew I’d read of more than those top of mind when I made my not unreasonable comment on the news of the day, for the Bar Report issue and its resolution in being put to a vote had featured today in the press, having been bubbling along now for some weeks.

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 25, 2023 11:38 pm

The police officer charged with assaulting a 95-year-old great-grandmother allegedly said “No, bugger it” before Tasering her.

Clare Nowland’s grieving family said she died on Wednesday after she was Tasered and knocked unconscious at her aged care facility in Cooma last week.

A police investigation considered the sequence of events that led to Senior Constable Kristian White, 33, being charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

It is understood the female acting sergeant who was with him will not be charged, but may face disciplinary action for possibly failing to de-escalate the situation.

Staff at the Yallambee Lodge aged care facility in the Snowy Mountains had called emergency services for assistance after dementia sufferer Ms Nowland had been holding a steak knife in the early hours of Wednesday, May 17.

Ambulance officers also attended the scene and were attempting to persuade Ms Nowland to hand over the knife when she slowly got to her feet. Senior Constable White put on slash-proof gloves.

The popular great-grandmother, who weighed just 43kg, used her walker to approach the officers with the knife in her right hand.

The female officer is understood to have said: “I can take it (the knife) off her.”

Sen Const White then allegedly sparked the Taser in warning as Ms Nowland raised her right hand with the knife still in it.

Police believe that, exasperated, Sen Const White then allegedly said “No, bugger it,” and fired the Taser, shocking Ms Nowland, who fell backwards, hitting her head and fracturing her skull.

The officer then said: “Got her, grab it.”

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 25, 2023 11:48 pm

Cass, remind me to tell you my story one day about my drinks with a certain female High Court Judge.
Nothing salacious, but indicative of her character and entitled approach. Not for publication of course.

Thanks, Johanna, for reminding me of those days. Your uptickers are also good for a laugh.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
May 25, 2023 11:50 pm

It is understood the female acting sergeant who was with him will not be charged, but may face disciplinary action for possibly failing to de-escalate the situation.
How very underwhelming. We wonder why cops are generally held in disdain these days.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 25, 2023 11:57 pm

We’re heading for bed, nearly at the end of another ‘found’ TV series. One more episode to go. This show is on Netflix, and called Transatlantic. Only one series of 7 episodes. Set in the south of France just before the US joined the war, it tells the story of the many displaced persons, mainly Jewish, seeking visas to the US and being aided by a US group living in Marseilles. It’s an extravaganza which you have to get used to, but the themes are deadly serious. The settings are perfectly lovely, very French traditional, and you can get swept up in the scenic joy of it all, only to come back to earth with a thump when something unpleasant happens. Lots of sex, including cross-racial black and white bodies in the act, also some homosexual kissing, but it is not unrealistic in the context and doesn’t seem at all woke.

The 40’s fashions, somewhat exaggerated, are set into dioramas to die for, so are the architectural exteriors and the splashy interiors, the bone dry countryside a great contrast as 40’s mercedes and beamers plow through long dusty roads, plus there is a scrumptiously arty party in an old mansion where lots of hair gets let down. Stay with it and you will reap rewards.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 26, 2023 12:44 am

Dickless downtickers.
For shame.

Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
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Tom
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Tom
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Tom
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feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2023 5:06 am

The female officer is understood to have said: “I can take it (the knife) off her.”

In situations like this, all the body cam footage should be released promptly.
Enough of this gate keeping of information.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2023 5:08 am

Satya Nadella isn’t given the credit he deserves.

Last December, Peter Lee, who oversees Microsoft’s sprawling research efforts, was briefing Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO, and his deputies about a series of tests Microsoft had conducted of GPT-4, the then-unreleased new artificial intelligence large-language model built by OpenAI. Lee told Nadella Microsoft’s researchers were blown away by the model’s ability to understand conversational language and generate humanlike answers, and they believed it showed sparks of artificial general intelligence—capabilities on par with those of a human mind.

But Nadella abruptly cut off Lee midsentence, demanding to know how OpenAI had managed to surpass the capabilities of the AI project Microsoft’s 1,500-person research team had been working on for decades. “OpenAI built this with 250 people,” Nadella said, according to Lee, who is executive vice president and head of Microsoft Research. “Why do we have Microsoft Research at all?”

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2023 5:17 am

If a migrant family buys a business (supermarket, service station etc) and runs it, pays taxes, employs people, why would anyone have a problem with that?
The vendor would have had a commercial sales process & if the new Australian was the successful bidder they should be congratulated for backing themselves.

Diogenes
Diogenes
May 26, 2023 5:44 am

But Nadella abruptly cut off Lee midsentence, demanding to know how OpenAI had managed to surpass the capabilities of the AI project Microsoft’s 1,500-person research team had been working on for decades.

In the question lies the answer.

Razey
Razey
May 26, 2023 5:51 am

I like to hear what other blokes think .

For me young lasses are more a work of art, well a lot of them anyway. Face pearcings and tatts…nope.

will
will
May 26, 2023 6:33 am

rosiesays:
May 25, 2023 at 10:51 pm
at least in Australia you’re not forced to share lottery winnings with the government (which is the only reason this scheme even existed)

Aust is probably one of the few counties in the world where “windfall gains” such as from gambling, are not taxed as income.

will
will
May 26, 2023 6:33 am

rosiesays:
May 25, 2023 at 10:51 pm
at least in Australia you’re not forced to share lottery winnings with the government (which is the only reason this scheme even existed)

Aust is probably one of the few counties in the world where “windfall gains” such as from gambling, are not taxed as income.

Anchor What
Anchor What
May 26, 2023 6:43 am

“If climate skeptics got $8m in funding from anywhere, the media would be all over it. But when one of the core groups of the media world sells out journalism to politically motivated vested interests most of the most lauded reporters in the world won’t even notice…“
AP sells out. This is why we are getting so many climate disaster stories.
Via Jo Nova

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2023 6:51 am

An Australian company that was a shareholder in the Dominion Voting parent announced it’s cut of the loot after all legal fees.
It looks like the lawyers took between 30-40% of the gross payout.
Still reading about it.

WesternDecliner
May 26, 2023 6:54 am

There are quite a few transformer-based LLM models out there but openai have managed to optimise theirs faster and better than any one else.

Sometimes having a large effort on research makes it harder to change course when a breakthrough happens, like GPT 3.5 and 4.0.

Anchor What
Anchor What
May 26, 2023 6:59 am

Jay Valentine:
“ The 2022 stolen Arizona governor’s election is an ideal template for 2024 — and it is equally a mirror reflection, with all the moving parts, of 2020.

This week, Kari Lake lost, again, in a court that wouldn’t have given her a victory had 240,000 citizens signed affidavits saying their ballots were stolen and changed at gunpoint.

The courtroom exhibits may not have swayed the jurists, but those signature mismatches showed plenty of evidence that Kari Lake’s election was stolen by a lack of signature verification — and more.

Kari Lake’s election is the template for important American elections from now on.”

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2023 7:07 am

Some sad news.

Fury as Chinese scavengers desecrate war graves of 840 Royal Navy sailors killed in WW2 (25 May)

Chinese scavengers have violated the sanctity of the war graves of 840 Royal Navy sailors. Individuals from China illegally extracted remnants of wreckage from the sunken World War 2 ships, HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse which were targeted by Japanese torpedo bombers near the Malaysian coast, a mere two days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Photographs obtained by The Sun show the immense dredger named Chuan Hong 68 in the vicinity of the wrecks. This vessel operates under the Chinese flag and has previously been associated with unauthorized salvage operations.

Not a small operation, the salvage ship is enormous. Well if the Chinese are willing to poison babies with melamine to save some money on baby formula production you can see why they wouldn’t care about people who helped them defend against the Japanese. I’m disgusted.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 26, 2023 7:15 am

The unprofessional behaviour of AEMO continues. A proposed path for the VNI West transmission line has now been changed. Instead of heading from Stawell to just west of Echuca, it now exits Vic near Barham.
This was just released today. The landholders in the new path would have no idea they are included.
Dan Andrews said six weeks is enough time for consultation in his usual prick style – not if you found out today it isn’t.
It’s a very expensive circus.

bespoke
bespoke
May 26, 2023 7:18 am

feelthebernsays:
May 26, 2023 at 5:06 am
The female officer is understood to have said: “I can take it (the knife) off her.”

In situations like this, all the body cam footage should be released promptly.
Enough of this gate keeping of information.

And manifestos of killers.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
May 26, 2023 7:33 am

Douche who presented the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act harped on again and again about long consultation process. And co-design, stakeholder engagement- all weasel words designed to present a unilateral and irreversible grab for assets by the ruling class as a voluntary scouts jamboree.
Aslo said time and again that the new act was actually only just replacing the 1972 act. After a fair few prompts establishing that it also replaced riparian rights, effectively re-started Native Title contests, and more or less ended freehold title as we’ve known it for eight hundred years, I said out loud that it was effectively an act of siezing assets and grabbing an endless lein on industry.

sfw
sfw
May 26, 2023 7:33 am

“It is understood the female acting sergeant who was with him will not be charged, but may face disciplinary action for possibly failing to de-escalate the situation.”

Dunno about NSW but in Vic there was a lot of training for police in de escalation. It was the goal of almost all situations where things could get worse. Vicpol and the Gov threw all that away during the covid madness, maybe they did the same in NSW.

calli
calli
May 26, 2023 7:43 am

a small, remote place I’ll call River Town, because it’s on a river, about halfway between NSW and Queensland.

I’m still struggling with this doctor’s geography. That would locate it on the centre line of either the Dumaresque, MacIntyre or Barwon. I can only presume he means halfway between Sydney and the Queensland border.

In addition, anyone living in remote Australia has little opportunity to get the type of health services available in the big cities.

But it also poses and reinforces the same question I asked last night. Where is that 30 billion dollars per annum going exactly?

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2023 7:47 am

I was wondering about Dr Shame, will he dedicate his life to providing medical services to the good people of River Town, or after a year or so will he be back in Big City?

  1. Good rant from the Rev: Glastonbury baby, left wing hypocrite rant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqkzRfCK9oM

  2. I gave it up aged 80 after a not very long or difficult trip on an Icelandic pony. They have…

  3. Appalling to see my old Alma Mater brought down to such a low. Mark Scott was a disastrous apoointment.

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