Open Thread – Mon 10 July 2023

The Colosseum in Rome, Fyodor Matveyev ,1816

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  1. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Ed – I hope the might of the state doesn’t land on you with a horde of KCs.

    Lawfare sucks. Russell is probably as skint as a peeled prawn right now, he deserves some ABC court-ordered monetary lurve. I hope he gets a lot of it.

    Rabz the ABC now, with polonium.

  2. cohenite Avatar

    I’d much rather a former Commando be living it up at the Cross with fine cigars, expensive women & even better scotch.

    He’s gay.

  3. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    Principle Engineers? Sounds like the staffing of the Misinformation Bill, LOL AMIRITE.

  4. Crossie Avatar

    I’d much rather a former Commando be living it up at the Cross with fine cigars, expensive women & even better scotch.

    Sal, I believe Heston is not into women but other than that he should go and live it up with the ABC’s money.

  5. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer


    Jul 12, 2023 8:25 PM

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    Jul 12, 2023 7:20 PM
    ABC drops defence in ex-commando’s defamation suit to avoid naming source

    And the source has already been identified.

    Is this grounds for contempt? To publicly identify a source then swear to a court that they can’t produce that source?

    Was this josh POS part of the BRS crap as well?

    It might explain why they don’t want him in the box.

  6. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    Misinformation Bill must be so on-the-nose for the electorate (you know, like every other major policy launched by Albo) that Labor are now reduced to pointing out it wasn’t their idea.

    Labor Senator Deborah O’Neil says the Albanese government’s plan to introduce a misinformation bill is originally a plan from the former Liberal government.
    “They (Meta) were on board with the work of the previous government and they’ve signed up to the voluntary code,” Ms O’Neil told Sky News host Sharri Markson.
    “Now the next step was actually heralded on the 21st of March by the honourable Paul Fletcher MP.
    “Essentially this is what was recommended in the review by ACMA to what needs to happen – it was adopted and there’s a press release from the previous government.”

    So we’ve got the explanation for why there has been no opposition by the Opposition to this popularly opposed bill!

    Now the hill’s next real trick will be the stunning chutzpah of passing this Orwellian nonsense even in spite of Labor admitting it wasn’t their idea and in spite of nobody in the public wanting it.

  7. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    . Russell is probably as skint as a peeled prawn right now,
    Who’s funding his legal action then?
    … he deserves some ABC court-ordered monetary lurve.

    No he doesn’t.
    He needs to get a job, like everyone else.
    And get a real name.
    Heston sucks dead dogs.

  8. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    Is the Army mass producing Flamers now?

    The Navy, well, it goes with the territory …

  9. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Salvatore, Iron Publican

    Jul 12, 2023 8:54 PM

    Does surrendering on the courthouse steps mean there is no case & thus no costs to be awarded?

    He will get damages and costs right up until now.
    He would only be at risk of not getting costs if, in the opinion of the judge, Their ABC made a reasonable offer to settle and he refused. Even if he won, he might not get costs beyond that point in time.
    But a moot point, because no offer was made.

  10. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    And get a real name.
    Heston sucks dead dogs.

    Anyone named “Grogarly” is in no position to stand in judgement of anyone else’s name.

  11. Dunny Brush Avatar
    Dunny Brush

    Can we get Ed Case’s comments put up in a different colour or font or something? I often find myself reading them by accident before whatever banal point he’s making makes me skip back to the top and confirm it’s him. Different colours or font would mean I could just keep strolling. All for free speech etc, and he can keep posting whatever he wants. It would just be a time saver.

  12. cohenite Avatar

    Salvatore, Iron Publican

    Jul 12, 2023 8:54 PM

    Does surrendering on the courthouse steps mean there is no case & thus no costs to be awarded?

    Heston, a lovely name, will be eligible for indemnity costs.

  13. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Ed isn’t happy. This is not good. We should flee.

  14. Razey Avatar

    Ed will dob this site to the ministry of truth.

  15. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    She’s got as many shades as Tan Grant

    Pay that one!

  16. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    Good morning, kids. In case you missed it, there was an horrific mass stabbing at a Chinese kindergarten the other day that left six dead, three of whom were children.

    JJ Sefton I believe does the morning report on that excellent site JC. A must read with your coffee when you arise from bed. Or right now as his next offering is up.

  17. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Can we get Ed Case’s comments put up in a different colour or font or something?

    Something to match the jacarandas would be nice.

  18. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Can we get Ed Case’s comments put up in a different colour or font or something?

    White font colour might be the go.

  19. Dunny Brush Avatar
    Dunny Brush


  20. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    I’ve been watching a bit of telly, my wife and kids are away up the coast, and I’m putting it on for background noise company, and then watching a bit of odd stuff in between the tennis. After not watching much at all for ten years or more, a few observations-
    -a large slice of TV ads have become shallow Bud-Lite like “we’re all just a bunch of goofballs”.
    -the weird phenomenon of ad men wearing unbuttoned shirts over white t-shirts continues. You never, ever see that in real life.
    -Ad men have lost weight significantly, and started shaving again. Ad youth have become fatter, obnoxiously dressed and pierced.
    -SBS is full of lisping queens, talking too quick
    SBS showed Israeli protesets against Netanyahu’s government doing something shocking, shocking I tells ya. Although tens of thousands were cited, the protesting crowds were shown in curiously tight shots, and a huge percentage of them had Israeli flags which were all the same size and colour. This might not be that stunning, but they were all the same size, condition, colour, flagpoles all the same height… a very well resourced and co-ordinated spontaneous grassroots protest. There were also a lot of 2021 edition LGB rainbow flags, just so we know they’re the good guys. Mic given to some old bat who, on cue, called the government far right extremists. The departing shot was a streetscape by night, with a few thousand marchers I suppose, but no rainbow rags.
    Final video montage was of PM Albanese hamming it up in Vilnius for NATO- laughing, leaning in to Trudeau to fire off a bon mot, crowing over his shoulder when LaGarde said hi, shaking hands with Napoleon Zelenskyy with a massive, massive grin. You wouldn’t reckon there’s a war on over there, or a cost of living crisis at home.

  21. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Another sign-o-the-times observation- “The Rookie” has morphed from a buddy-cop, May to December police procedural, to a full-on gun-fu vigilante takedown show.

  22. Indolent Avatar

    Two-Tiered ‘Justice’ Intended to Incite Rebellion

    John and Nisha Whitehead over at The Rutherford Institute always write compelling essays documenting America’s descent toward tyranny. “A State of Martial Law: America Is a Military Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy” is no exception and deserves reading.

    In that essay, the legal duo reminded me of something John Lennon once warned: “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you — pull your beard, flick your face — to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you.”

    There is no question that the D.C. Establishment has been picking a fight with ordinary Americans for quite some time. The Department of (in)Justice and federal law enforcement routinely look the other way whenever Antifa and Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists rough up citizens and destroy small businesses. Then a bunch of patriotic Americans without criminal records show up at the U.S. Capitol to protest the fraudulent 2020 election, and the Stasi FBI immediately labels every grandparent and veteran within miles an “insurrectionist.”

  23. Alamak! Avatar

    Can we get Ed Case’s comments put up in a different colour or font or something?

    Puce, a mix of purple and brown, seems like a good colour for purple prose mixed with large amounts of c.r.a.p.

  24. Indolent Avatar

    The Andrew Tate interviews. It wouldn’t have hurt that Elon Musk tweeted about it.

    Catturd ™

    Almost 37 million views!

  25. JC Avatar

    This is hugely interesting.

    They ignored all the COVID directions such as mask wearing, vax and 90% of them contracted COVID, but look at what happened.

    As we recently reported, a study conducted by the Vaccine Safety Research Foundation (VSRF) found that Covid death rates among Amish communities are 90 times lower than for the rest of America.

    The main difference, the study revealed, is that Amish communities completely ignored the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Amish families did not get vaccinated or wear masks, nor did they engage in lockdowns, social distancing, or any other type of restrictions.

    But the separated communities didn’t avoid catching the virus, however, as roughly 90% of the Amish have been infected with Covid.

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  27. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger


    Idi Amin

  28. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    My wife and I often joke that our youngest daughter is “on the spectrum”. She probably is, but we’re resolved to never let a diagnosis get anywhere near her. What we have to do- that is, what I have to do- is get over my dissappointment and resentment, and find a way to love her as she is, because she’ll only have one dad, and in a few short years she could be out the door.

    I do appreciate what you are doing, Wally. At least you have plenty of info (John H’s links are good) on ‘spectrum’ issues and can get an idea of what may be amiss with your daughter, if anything, and take it from there. I had no diagnosis for my son, 45 years ago autism had to be severe before it was recognised at all and that in itself was only since the 1930’s. I just knew something was wrong. Anne Deveson wrote movingly of her schizophrenic son as her little bird with a broken wing, trying to fly and failing to do so. I knew my son wasn’t schizophrenic, but he was something odd and unknowable at the time, trying desperately to fly, and unable to do so. It’s hard to see an intelligent child fail so often and so completely and no-one able at that to to tell us why.

    Have you thought about how your daughter will cope when she leaves your loving care? Or in high school if she has school failures and peer rejections? You may wish to consider whether some testing might assist to define her ability to receive help in the future and to accommodate to peers who are like her and avoid the otherwise inevitable loneliness (you will find out how terrible it is to see a lonely teenager). Will she ever be able to sustain full time employment? If not, what then? And housing?

    On the other hand, I too have striven to keep my son within the ‘normal’ range of things because I so much wanted him to be normal, and this has helped him to try to fly, but it may also have held him back from some self-knowledge about his deficits, which were obvious to others who knew him for any reasonable length of time. No-one wants to ‘label’ their child, nor do children need to live by a label. I’ve had wonderful times with my son when he was little, and we still have sympatico together. I admire him, even though he drives me to distraction. The intelligent man underneath with the life experience of his fifty years is delightful. But living on the edge of normality, trying to be normal while over-sensitive to stimulus and with confusion about the meanings of others is such a strain for unprotected autistic adults, particularly as they can’t handle bureaucracies and the ensuing demands for form-filling and compliance that come with adulthood.

    There are no easy answers in all of this and much depends on your sense of how your child is managing. And your child when adult too. Just know that if she is truly substantially on the spectrum the row you hoe is going to be long and stressful for you and take care of your marriage when hoeing it and also of your other children who can feel the strain badly. Sorry if that sounds down, but know too that you aren’t alone, far less so now than in the past. Best of luck to you and your family, Wally.

  29. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    Mark Dice on the the Bohemian Grove:

    It’s 100% Real – Here’s What We Know For Sure

  30. JC Avatar

    The Amish thing would be a good topic for JohnH to comment on.

  31. JC Avatar

    US inflation rate now traveling at a 3% rate, which is still above the Fed’s target of 2%, but boy, what a come down.

    Financial stocks are going spastic to the upside.

  32. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Thanks Lizzie- our daughter, younger of two, is quite alright. The autist-ish side of her comes out badly in vicious anger, striking for the eyes while play-fighting, tormenting animals, blanking friends, breaking down in minor stress. The spectrum comes goodly with a punishing memory, maths proficiency, all feeding into a prodigious musical ability and a great gift for mimicry, fed by the memory of course. It’s frustrating that she has got so far without having to face any hurdles of committment or difficulty, and I’m wary that the gifted and talent school stream is taking “bright” kids and turning them into TikTok midwits. (minor victory, the PEAC co-ordinator whose feet I was holding to the fire with my requests to disclose exactly what she was doing with our kids for a day a week, has resigned mid-year… it might not be the end of the soft-fucus scandal, but at least I have a fresh nemesis to lay out my terms to).
    Daughter’s troubles came to a head through the Reset years, really bombing out with what is called “school refusal” with a side serving of hypochondria and then spreading to a whole social panic where she didn’t want to go anywhere, see anybody, do any sport or activity. In my mind I think a lot of this has been happening in our society linked to working mothers, early childhood abandonment, cortisol derangement- the peak battlefield of these times was trying to get the kid on the schoolbus while my wife went in the other direction for work. Work for her was stressful, with so many in her profession being women of childbearing age refusing the jab and/or dropping out of the workforce entirely, plus the hangover of animal breeding which was fomented by WA’s draconian lockdowns. If we had our time again, I’d go all-out to have the ability for her mum to be able to drop everything when it came to the crunch.

  33. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    None dare mention child trafficking. Bastards.


    Why Hollywood Elites Don’t Want You To Watch Sound Of Freedom

  34. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    LIzzie, funnily enough before your later comment touching on schizophrenia, I was reading your earlier and wondering about a dissociative disorder. A uni kid I’m working with was telling me about the ideation of an internal dialogue, the percentage of people who apparently don’t have one, and whether or not one can be cultivated.
    “Panic attack” has been mentioned with our kiddo, and although we can see the glassy-eyed pale sort of slow shock that comes over her, CBT seems a good path to cutting through the animal panicked brain, and either bringing back a calm narrative, or winnowing through the wild notions that must go through her mind sometimes.

  35. rosie Avatar

    Seems like low incidence of cancer in Amish communities generally is at least partially related to not smoking, not being promiscuous and possibly having lots of babies .
    general study on cancer in Ohio Amish

  36. The Beer whisperer Avatar
    The Beer whisperer

    Documents released under freedom of information laws by the National Indigenous Australians Agency reveal a long manifesto sitting behind the Uluru Statement from the Heart also reveal this “Makaratta” commission would take on the role of a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission”.

    Convincing yourself that this is anything but a trojan horse takes the gullibility of a small baby.

    Listening to Mark Steyn recently who claims Canadia is lost reminds me that if Australia isn’t already lost, it will be if the VTP gets up.

    Discuss it with everyone. Blow their gullibility out of the water. For their sake.

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