Open Thread – Weekend 29 July 2023


The Heart of the Andes, Frederic Edwin Church, 1859.

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Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 29, 2023 12:13 am

BAM!

pete of perth
pete of perth
July 29, 2023 12:15 am

Guy digs a tunnel from his house to his shed.

pete of perth
pete of perth
July 29, 2023 12:15 am
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 29, 2023 12:15 am

This thread dedicated to the use of unfamiliar yet apt words, including but not limited to:

Concomitant
Popery
Decolletage
Minutiae

NFA
NFA
July 29, 2023 12:24 am

Great painting dover0beach.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
July 29, 2023 12:24 am

This thread dedicated to the use of unfamiliar yet apt words, including but not limited to:

Contumelious = one of my favourites.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
July 29, 2023 12:26 am

pete of perth Jul 29, 2023 12:15 AM
Guy digs a tunnel from his house to his shed.

Crikey, that video is two & a half hours long!

Top Ender
Top Ender
July 29, 2023 1:01 am

Have decided now we’re in Seville that I would like to see a bullfight one day.

The highlight of this southern Spanish city was the bull ring for me. Bullfighting remains an interesting part of Spanish culture today. We went through the museum located inside the Seville bullring, and then out onto the sand.

One interesting aspect of the museum was that there were no photographs. Matador costumes; paintings, saddles, lances and so on, but no pix – apparently the best photographers would want continuing payments and own the copyright so the museum doesn’t. The shops had flamenco dresses for children and of course lots of fans – which people do use, both men and women. Apparently you can book a ticket for either the “shade or the sun” for the fight.

The last stop for the matadors is a small chapel. So far over 300 years of records nearly 600 have died in the ring – about two a year – so a dangerous occupation. There are a lot of ritual aspects to the game. Apparently one of them is for a matador who has excelled in his bravery to be carried out of the royal gate on the shoulders of the crowd – happens about every 30 years.

No fights scheduled for the days/cities we have left, but should be able to make it one day. Unless of course it’s outlawed by then.

JC
JC
July 29, 2023 2:11 am

Bruce
Jul 28, 2023 8:23 PM

@ JC:

“Yeah, I’ve been to two out of three. Have you?”

All of the above, plus Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and a lot of Japan. With most of my work being done in smaller regional centres, I got to sample “budget accommodation” in detail. Great way to meet a lot of interesting people.

Bruce, some of what I said was a little tongue in cheek, but just don’t like Asia very much and I don’t like staying in hotels either and I’ve stayed in some really good ones too. Since our return to Australia, we’ve stayed in places owned. by pals when we travel. We went to Portugal last month and spent most of the time at our friends place, just outside of Lisbon.

In November we’re heading off back to the US and we’re doing Thanksgiving in Miami. Pals have a massive spread with a guest house. 🙂
Perhaps, I just don’t like to sight seeing much. 🙂

JC
JC
July 29, 2023 2:45 am

Miranda Devine’s piece is up, explaining clearly what Joe Hiden’s economic policy is all about.

The real scoop on Bidenomics: Corruption, tax evasion and Hunter

No kidding, she’s single-handedly taking this mafia -like crime family apart.

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 4:47 am

It’s a marvellous painting, and it’s enormous. A treasure of the Met.

Did you know Church always placed a church in his paintings as a type of signature?

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 4:50 am

From the dead thread…just read Rollason’s open letter to Tony Abbot.

Unhinged, bunny boiler stuff. No wonder she adopted her husband’s name and succumbed to the patriarchy for a fig leaf of anonymity. I hope he sleeps with one eye open.

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 5:00 am

It must be terrible to be so unhappy so early in the morning. Cheer up, Net Zero.

Today will be another beautiful day.

Gabor
Gabor
July 29, 2023 5:18 am

Tom must be unlucky with his computer gear, no toons again.

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 5:27 am

One of the up-sides of jet lag and its subsequent insomnia is the pleasure of an early morning dip into all the little mementoes of travel, some purchased weeks ago.

It was like Christmas morning today, paper and wrapping everywhere as I unstuck parcels and unwound bubble wrap. Music CDs from churches we visited, a little textured rolling pin from Iceland, lovely tea towels, fragrant soap, some hand spun and dyed wool (bought to prolong the visit into next winter), French cookware.

Taking each one in turn, I retrod the path we took across England and Wales, up to Iceland and then into France. Naturally…other goodies to remember the trip are safely in the snug of the grog cupboard, including a bottle of Icelandic Christmas gin to be enjoyed with the girls come the season. The Beloved’s scotch will do for the boys.

johanna
johanna
July 29, 2023 5:34 am

I do hope that Tom sorts out the problem.

Exactly the same thing happened to me a while ago, with an existing computer and setup. It kicked in after one of MicroSatan’s ‘updates’ of W10.

Can’t remember how I fixed it, but what I did was disconnect the mouse and use the keypad to search for solutions until I found one that worked. It was slow and painful.

Typically, MicroSatan takes no responsibility whatsoever for their products in cases like this, even though it severely impairs use of your computer.

Gabor
Gabor
July 29, 2023 5:48 am

In Tom’s place I would try an other mouse, preferably a wireless Logitech.
Now that you mention it I had the same problem and it was an incompatible mouse driver, the old mouse just wouldn’t work, kept scrolling.

Although I had help with it I must admit, not a computer whizz I am.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
July 29, 2023 5:53 am

calli, want to thank you so much for my vicarious journey with you and the Beloved. I’ve savoured every word picture, meandered the markets, shoppes and stalls with you and you’ve taken me to places I’ll never see. Bless you.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
July 29, 2023 6:00 am

Here’s Janet’s article in full sorry it’s a word wall and apologies for not taking the fiddly bits out and we’re off to the markets now.

In Higgins saga, how close is too close?
The media’s role in the Brittany Higgins imbroglio has escaped scrutiny for too long.

By JANET ALBRECHTSEN
Brittany Higgins at the Women’s March4Justice in Canberra in 2021. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
Brittany Higgins at the Women’s March4Justice in Canberra in 2021. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
From Inquirer
July 29, 2023
14 MINUTE READ
There is no one-size-fits-all model for journalism. Journalists will court a source and maintain that relationship in their own way. Looking inside a story is a little like watching a sausage being made. Not always pretty. There is much preparation, even mess.

This applies even more so in the case of investigative reporting which, almost by definition, involves persuading someone to say things they are reluctant to share.

It often requires great powers of persuasion to convince a source they and their story are in safe hands, and to do so may require a degree of cajoling, or of feigned intimacy. There is also, often, a great deal of genuine care and compassion shown by a journalist to a person who is telling a story that is deeply personal and difficult.

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On February 15, 2021, journalists Samantha Maiden and Lisa Wilkinson broke the story of political staffer Brittany Higgins’s alleged late-night rape in March 2019 in the office of her boss, defence industry minister Linda Reynolds. It was the first day of a sitting week in Canberra. That week, and for months to come, many of our elected representatives in the nation’s parliament casu­ally tossed aside the presumption of innocence.

At the end of that week, Maiden thanked Higgins: “Just having played my little part in your operation has been one of the greatest moments in journalism I’ve ever had. So, thank you,” she texted.

The “operation”, as Maiden called it, raised concerns from those early days that the combined media and political frenzy was undermining justice. This, after all, was an extremely serious allegation. Bruce Lehrmann – the fellow staffer accused by Higgins – was entitled to due process, a fair trial and the presumption of innocence, principles that underpin the rule of law in a healthy democracy. Lehrmann has always maintained his innocence.

READ MORE: ‘Prefer to silence victims’: Higgins slams Reynolds | ‘Recklessly indifferent to truth’: Reynolds blasts DPP | Higgins, Lehrmann CCTV footage handed to court | Higgins hit with Reynolds legal action threat | ‘Time to stop’: Higgins lashes out against Reynolds | Victim angry over Sharaz tweet | Brittany Higgins’ book: ‘Here I am in the mud with the pigs’
He was not named in Maiden’s or Wilkinson’s report. Wilkinson’s story is now the subject of defamation proceedings brought by Lehrmann, who says he was identifiable in the Ten story.

Higgins aired her allegations in the media before she progressed a formal rape complaint with police. Texts revealed by this masthead between Higgins and her then boyfriend, now fiance, David Sharaz, show another part of their strategy was to seek Labor’s help to prosecute her claims in the political arena.

Higgins and Sharaz sought out favoured journalists to amplify the political angles. They picked Wilkinson and Maiden.

Once Higgins decided on media and politics first, and formal police complaint second, the behaviour of the media – along with the behaviour of politicians, the police and the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions – inevitably would come under scrutiny in this national political scandal.

An undated social media image of journalist Lisa Wilkinson and Higgins.
An undated social media image of journalist Lisa Wilkinson and Higgins.
Higgins’s strategy led to a trial by media that enveloped Lehrmann. Because of sub judice rules, had Higgins gone to the police first and Lehrmann been charged, any public reporting would have had to proceed on the assumption he was innocent, making clear there had been no finding of fact against the former staffer. Instead, the only law that might have restricted publication was defamation.

Reynolds, who subsequently was wrongly accused of covering up the alleged rape, has lodged a submission in recent days to the ACT board of inquiry run by Walter Sofronoff KC that there should be a criminal deterrent to stop people airing an alleged criminal offence in the media and in the political forum to advance their own interests. Reynolds has suggested changes to the ACT Crimes Act to reflect NSW provisions that make it an indictable offence for anyone who knows or believes a serious indictable offence has been committed and fails to report it to police.

Though there are exceptions for circumstances where disclosure is not required, they do not let a person off the hook where a complainant wants to first pursue a claim through the media and through parliament.

Higgins responded that this would “silence victims”. In fact, Reynolds’s submission is that the proper operation of the criminal justice system will allow prosecutions to take place free from media frenzies.

There may be room for law reform. There is, most definitely, room for reflection. In a sign of how skewed this story became, the evidence to date suggests the only two people who encouraged Higgins to go to the police when there was an inkling of sexual activity were Reynolds and her former chief of staff, Fiona Brown: the same two people who were pilloried in the media, day in, day out, for not supporting Higgins.

There was, however, plenty of support from others in the media. Inquirer has seen many text messages exchanged between Maiden and Higgins from January 2021 until mid-2022. If these were simply exchanges between two friends, they should remain private. But these are texts between a woman who alleged rape and a political cover-up, and a journalist who chose to tell the story and pursue many angles of the story as told to her by Higgins and others.

On January 22, 2021, three weeks before Maiden published her exclusive story, the journalist texted Higgins suggesting she get legal advice about a potential workplace claim:

“I spoke to the lawyer from Maurice Blackburn. He’s happy to talk to you informally – no charge next week. But only if you want to – I just want to make sure you’ve got some sort of advice about potential employment claim.”

Samantha Maiden, national political editor of news.com.au. Picture: Hugh Stewart
Samantha Maiden, national political editor of news.com.au. Picture: Hugh Stewart
Three weeks later, on February 18, 2021, Maiden texted Higgins again about getting legal advice. Higgins responded: “I’m really cognisant of not wanting to go after anyone for money.” That evening and the following day, in another 10 text messages, Maiden continued to encourage Higgins to speak with an employment lawyer and mentioned ComCare and the Department of Finance.

“I think a specialist employment lawyer who has experience with Comcar [sic] claims and department finance would he [sic] good,” she texted Higgins.

Higgins did put in a claim with the Department of Finance – for $3m – using a lawyer from a different firm.

The claim was uncontested and settled by the commonwealth in December last year. The secret settlement, reported to be about $2m, has generated a great deal of public interest. Reynolds has revealed that she may refer the circumstances around the payment to Higgins to the new National Anti-Corruption Commission.

Testimony given at the Sofronoff inquiry uncovered many examples of how red-hot media coverage affected the workings of the criminal justice system in this case. Australian Federal Police Commander Michael Chew, deputy chief of ACT Police between August 2018 and 2021, told the inquiry that intense media pressure led to him directing his subordinate Detective Superintendent Scott Moller in early August 2021 to charge Lehrmann despite police concerns about lack of evidence.

The AFP acted in haste, presumably under similar media pressure, and wrongly included protected material in the brief of evidence that went to defence lawyers and the ACT DPP. It’s hard to imagine media pressure did not play a part in the DPP going to extraordinary lengths not to disclose certain documents to the defence.

ACT Victims of Crime Commissioner Heidi Yates’s presence with Higgins in front of the cameras raised concerns that a jury would be confused about whether Higgins was a victim or a complainant.

ACT DPP Shane Drumgold’s public statement when he declared there would not be a second trial but said he believed he would have secured a conviction had there been one fed the sense that here was a trial by media. His expression of sympathy for Higgins, with no word about Lehrmann’s right to the presumption of innocence, added to the media circus.

Those who know Maiden say she is a tenacious journalist. A range of her text exchanges with the former Liberal staffer shows a diligent reporter at work: checking details with Higgins, for example as to when she went to the cops in 2019; asking questions, for example of the former staffer’s photo of her bruised leg; seeking quotes from her; discussing other journalists, politicians, staffers, the Women’s March, politics of the day; and so on. Indeed, in March last year I congratulated Maiden on being a great journalist. It was many months before this newspaper revealed a swath of material that shed more light on the saga.

That includes the five-plus hour audio conversation between Wilkinson and Higgins and texts between Maiden and Higgins. In those texts seen by Inquirer, Maiden does not discourage Higgins from speaking to police, nor does she encourage her. Wilkinson’s exchanges with Higgins, recorded by her own producers, include the journalist strategising about how the story could be politically amplified by senior Labor figures. Maiden’s texts with Higgins include nothing like this.

But other text messages from Maiden to Higgins raise questions about whether she got too close to Higgins. And how close is too close?

On March 22, 2021, Four Corners ran Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a story that featured Maiden speaking about the rape claim. During that program Maiden said this of Higgins: “She’s highly intelligent. She’s very analytical. Uh, she’s very impressive. And she’s very dignified … If you think about what she’s actually achieved, of all the investigations that have been triggered. She put everything on the line, right?”

After the program aired, Maiden texted Higgins:

9:21:06pm Maiden: I hope that was ok

9:21:06pm Maiden: I hope I said the right things

9:21:23pm Maiden: You’re a hero never forget that

Minutes later, Higgins told Maiden she didn’t watch the program.

Jumping forward to August that year, Maiden said “I’m proud of you” and “if you ever need somewhere to stay in Canberra you’re welcome to stay with me”. In late September, Maiden suggested to Higgins that they go on a road trip to Tamworth for the Walkleys award night next year.

Throughout the period Maiden was, of course, covering other stories, apparently without fear or favour, and a story on Wilkinson in October 2021 caused some friction.

In her memoir, It Wasn’t Meant to Be Like This, Wilkinson claimed she left the Nine Network due to the gender pay gap and that she could no longer stay silent and “keep men’s secrets”. Maiden revealed there was more to Wilkinson’s claim about being paid less than her co-host, Karl Stefanovic, than first met the eye: “Multiple sources familiar with the contract negotiations at the time have told news.com.au that while there was a longstanding pay gap between the two hosts, it was the other way around,” she wrote. “They insist that for half a decade it was Stefanovic, not Wilkinson, who was getting far less money than the other co-host.”

A few hours later Higgins tweeted: “Pressing update in the midst of a sitting week from the political reporter of news.com.au.”

That evening Maiden, clearly upset at Higgins attacking her in public, texted her 38 times. When Higgins insisted she was entitled to her own opinion, Maiden responded.

6:22:16pm Maiden: Yes no worries – publicly attacking me though I think given I will always be supportive was unnecessary and sad. I think you probably owed me a ohone [sic] call but so be it.

6:22:35pm Maiden: I will say I will never publicly attack you – ever.

6:22:50pm Maiden: I simply wouldn’t

In mid-November there was another exchange where Maiden appeared upset.

5:15:08pm Maiden: Hey there sorry to be paranoid, but you keep liking tweets where people are having a go at me or something it’s beginning to feel a little strange? Happy to talk if you want to. I’m just Weirded out as you don’t follow me on Twitter.

5:16:29pm Maiden: I’m a bit confused about what’s going on and I feel like I’m in an episode of mean girls or something. And it’s just upsetting that’s all.

5:16:44pm Higgins: Sam, chill. I accidentally liked it scrolling through Twitter. We’re fine.

Was Higgins freezing Maiden out of her “operation”? Perhaps.

Given Higgins’s media strategy, Maiden’s relationship with Higgins is every bit as relevant as that of Wilkinson, whose conduct in this saga has been dissected and critiqued. Wilkinson’s foolish Logies speech led to the trial being delayed. The Sofronoff inquiry revealed a dispute over the DPP’s warning to Wilkinson about her intended Logies speech. Sofronoff may make findings about this.

Regardless, many have asked, not unfairly, whether someone who has worked in the media as long as Wilkinson should have worked out for herself that her words that night could derail a trial.

Wilkinson’s conduct during a five-plus hour chat with Higgins before The Project interview that aired has been scrutinised too, with questions as to whether the Ten Network celebrity showed enough curiosity and whether she coached Higgins. Wilkinson said to Higgins: “I don’t want to put words in your mouth, but if you can enunciate the fact that this place is all about suppression of people’s natural sense of justice.”

On Wednesday, February 9, last year, a sitting week in Canberra, Higgins appeared on stage with Grace Tame at the National Press Club in Canberra. On the Monday, as Maiden and Higgins text about spare seats, and pursuing strong angles that will go into question time, Higgins texted Maiden: “I’m crashing at Laura’s house tonight.”

National Press Club president Laura Tingle with Higgins last year. Picture: Getty Images
National Press Club president Laura Tingle with Higgins last year. Picture: Getty Images
Laura Tingle became president of the press club in December 2020. If Higgins stayed at Tingle’s house, is this another example of a senior journalist getting too close to an interview subject whose serious allegations of rape have not been tested by a court?

There is a larger question about the level of professionalism at the National Press Club. Did no one on the board of that organisation raise concerns about having Tame, who was a victim of sexual abuse, and Higgins, who had made an allegation with no finding of fact yet made, on stage together? Did anyone consider that the celebration of Higgins alongside Tame might undermine the presumption of innocence for a defendant?

That distinction went over the heads of a room full of senior journalists. Not to mention the scores of female journalists who attended that event. Why didn’t any of them raise this issue in their reporting? Was there some #MeToo spell cast over the many female journalists who wrote about this saga with so little curiosity or care?

Tingle’s texts with Higgins raise concerns about whether their relationship, also, was too close. When Higgins told Tingle about a complaint she planned to lodge about the inclusion of protected material in the brief of evidence sent to defence lawyers, Tingle texted back: “Oh Britt. I’m so sorry. You need this like a hole in the head. How sh.t. How f…ing outrageous.” Tingle texted “lots of Hugs” and signed off with a kiss.

As revealed during the Sofronoff inquiry, the irony is that the febrile media environment caused police to make these mistakes in their rush to pull together the brief of evidence.

Many female journalists attended the March4Justice in early March 2021 where Higgins spoke. It is not unreasonable for journalists to protest against a rotten culture in their workplace – in this case Parliament House. But celebrating Higgins had become a vehicle to do many additional things: advance careers, join the #MeToo juggernaut, indict politicians in general and Scott Morrison in particular.

Behind the scenes, senior male journalists have expressed their concerns to me that the atmosphere at press conferences they attended where these issues were raised had become overwrought and that questions went to women by default as if this had become women’s-only business.

This is not a sign of healthy journalism. It raises the possibility of vigilante journalism by some female journalists who are too invested in an issue to report it fairly by exploring every angle and keeping in mind fundamental principles of our criminal justice system.

The feverishness among some of these journalists matches their hypocrisy. Many journalists and commentators can hardly disguise their squeamishness at new disclosures about the Higgins scandal run by this masthead and elsewhere. There are complaints about privacy and needless political point-scoring, for example aimed at Finance Minister Katy Gallagher and her level of knowledge about the rape allegation before it was made public. The critics were not concerned with privacy and political point-scoring at the start of those scandals.

That’s not how journalism works. No, this is not the time for us to down tools. The media’s role has escaped scrutiny for too long.

In March last year, Maiden texted Higgins: “To the vast majority of Australians – and to me as an outsider your name has been exalted as a hero.” But Maiden was no outsider in this scandal. She assumed a central role once Higgins settled on a strategy of making this a political and media story instead of solely a criminal justice matter. A month earlier, Maiden had won the Gold Walkley for her coverage of the saga.

On June 14 last year, with the trial approaching, Maiden gave Higgins some sage advice: “You’re [sic] only guiding principle is trial. Don’t talk about this in public. Respect the court. Don’t do anything on social media.” Days later, that trial was derailed by Wilkinson’s Logie speech and coverage of it. Maiden knew better than to report what Wilkinson had said that night.

Delaying the hearing in the ACT Supreme Court, Chief Justice Lucy McCallum castigated Wilkinson and other sections of the media where, she said, “the distinction between an allegation and a finding of guilt has been obliterated”.

“I trusted the press,” she said, “and I was wrong.”

Journalists must establish trust
By Samantha Maiden

As anyone who engages in daily journalism knows, one of the elements of writing a news story – especially based on the disclosures of a frightened or stressed source – is to establish trust.

I do not have any retrospective concern about my recommendation to Brittany Higgins that she seek the advice of a respected employment lawyer before going public with her story.

Ultimately, she did not take up the suggestion at the time and did not speak to the lawyer I suggested.

But the original suggestion was entirely about ensuring she had ongoing access to healthcare, counselling and mental health support, a fact confirmed in other discussions in the brief of evidence.

I was not involved in any way in the legal claim that was negotiated years later, including her choice of legal representation.

As for my reassurances to her during a period of great stress and turmoil: what of it? I formed the view from the outset that she was a young woman under great stress and, as such, I did believe her to be courageous. The Australian has published on Saturday some messages I exchanged with Higgins, provided under subpoena to police, prosecutors and the defence team but never tendered in evidence.

I would estimate that the people I contacted in researching this story would number in the hundreds.

You haven’t seen the messages that I continue to exchange with parties who disagree with or challenge Higgins’s version of events including Bruce Lehrmann’s legal representatives and supporters.

That’s how journalism works – you seek the views of all participants in an issue and do not cherrypick the evidence to suit a preferred narrative.

Over the years we had differences of opinion on various issues from time to time, as is the case in any normal relationship.

I continue to respect her and care about her wellbeing.

In fact, I caught up with Higgins recently, and I was struck by the fact that the kind and thoughtful woman I spent time with bears no relationship to the person who emerges in some of the reporting by those who have never bothered to pick up a phone and speak to her.

Samantha Maiden is the national political editor for news.com.au

JANET ALBRECHTSEN COLUMNIST

johanna
johanna
July 29, 2023 6:05 am

Agreed, Tinta. I’m not a fan of travelogues, but calli’s are refreshingly concise and well written, and focused on things other than the writer.

Top Ender is pretty good, but not as good as calli.

Yep, tough crowd. 🙂

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 6:12 am

Thanks, Tinta. It was my pleasure (and I also thank Dover for indulging me).

It’s a beautiful world out there, and all of us were robbed of enjoying it for three long years. All over nothing. It’s as if it never happened, and the most rabid and cruel are pretending everything’s okay…hell, they’re even being rewarded (like that creep Sutton). A positive take away is that I’ve learned a few unpleasant things about myself too – a bit too willing to go along with things and not rock the boat, particularly where family is concerned, is one of them. What I’ve learned about others in my immediate circle I will not forget easily. Like the SSM debate, it was fraught and full of hyperbole and emotional blackmail.

And no matter how much they try to whitewash it, I will never forget what our governments did, lock step with perilously few questioners. This does not bode well for the future, because they will try it again. I can see them gearing up right now over climate, instilling fear and anger into entire populations.

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 6:19 am

Thanks for your kind words. We all have something to bring to the table. For some it’s what we see, others how we experience it.

I’ll spare you the next one…it will be a corporate beano in Cairns. The Beloved can attend the presentations, I’m sitting resolutely by the pool stitching. 😀

A hiatus after that, then this little antipodean penguin is off to see the Northern Lights and waddle around the Christmas markets in Germany. I’m going to have to brush up on low light photography.

johanna
johanna
July 29, 2023 6:28 am

Plenty to see around Cairns while Himself is working.

Corny and touristy, but I loved the Yellow Submarine!

johanna
johanna
July 29, 2023 6:54 am

Did Boris appoint this bimbette to the House of Lords on a whim, or to emphasise how absurd it is, or both?

Britain’s House of Lords was once a place reserved for bishops, magnates and nobleman, but still in the 21st century the appointment of a 30-year-old woman has sparked national controversy.

When Charlotte Owen entered the lavishly decorated upper chamber in Westminster to take her seat, she was more than 40 years younger than the average peer.

She is believed to be the youngest person in history to be given a life peerage in the once highly aristocratic, male-dominated, House of Lords.

The position brings with it the title of baroness, a $640 daily allowance for each sitting day attended, and a vote on government policy.

Her appointment has not been celebrated, but questioned, ridiculed, and even led to renewed calls to reform the UK’s “deeply undemocratic” upper house.

Unlike MPs in the House of Commons, those who sit in the upper chamber are not elected, most are appointed by the monarch on advice of the prime minister and government, then called peers.

Dozens of Church of England leaders and around 90 hereditary peers also make up 827 members, with about 784 of them eligible to attend proceedings.
The new Baroness Owen of Alderley Edge

Former British prime minister Boris Johnson granted Lady Owen and six other individuals life peerage in his resignation honours list, labelled as his “final act of madness,” by the Independent newspaper.

The House of Lords:

The House of Lords is the second largest parliamentary chamber in the world. Only China’s National People’s Congress is bigger.

847 members, mostly appointed by politicians. What a rabble!

johanna
johanna
July 29, 2023 6:59 am

TheirABC:

Trump took boxes of classified documents home and kept them next to his toilet. Here’s why it could land him in jail
By Matt Bevan and Yasmin Parry for If You’re Listening

I thought that Zoe, who asked her children for insights into US politics, hit the bottom of the barrel.

I was wrong.

johanna
johanna
July 29, 2023 7:00 am

Tap, tap. Is this thing on?

miltonf
miltonf
July 29, 2023 7:06 am

Yes it is- Cairns is a great spot hoping to get up there later this year

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 7:08 am

Those who know Maiden say she is a tenacious journalist.

And, it appears, a very carefully blinkered one.

I’m less disturbed by a scribbler taking sides than I am of people like Drumgold and Yates – people employed on the public purse, given positions of influence and trust, who then poop all over them for political gain.

miltonf
miltonf
July 29, 2023 7:10 am

You notice the condescending tone of that ABC garbage too- that these graduates are doing us a great favour by taking the time to ‘enlighten’ us ordinary working people.

miltonf
miltonf
July 29, 2023 7:11 am

Drumgold and Yates give an insight into the canbra mindset.

eric hinton
eric hinton
July 29, 2023 7:12 am

Test

Leak Jnr

eric hinton
eric hinton
July 29, 2023 7:13 am

OK. While Tom is indisposed, go there in person.

lotocoti
lotocoti
July 29, 2023 7:14 am

…mostly appointed by politicians.

Another one of Tony Blair’s great ideas.

sfw
sfw
July 29, 2023 7:14 am

I reckon the punter who put a million on Collingwood to beat Carlton won’t be having a good morning. I suppose the bet looked good on paper, even with the Blues good form a couple of weeks ago. Trouble with traditional rivalries like Carlton/Collingwood is they can bring out a teams best and upset what seemed like a sure thing.

https://www.zerohanger.com/afl-punter-puts-record-wager-on-collingwood-vs-carlton-clash-139767/#:~:text=%22Yesterday%20we%20took%20a%20%241,we've%20ever%20taken.%22&text=Carlton%20are%20paying%20%243.00%20to,line%20is%20placed%20at%2016.5.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 29, 2023 7:25 am

Here you go Eric:

Johannes Leak

The trick is to right click on the cartoon and pick ‘copy image address’. Then paste just the image link. Otherwise you hit the paywall. That’s in Brave, I’m sure there’re similar functions in other browsers, but I don’t know how you’d do it on a phone.

johanna
johanna
July 29, 2023 7:31 am

miltonf
Jul 29, 2023 7:10 AM

You notice the condescending tone of that ABC garbage too- that these graduates are doing us a great favour by taking the time to ‘enlighten’ us ordinary working people.

Oh, yes. The one that irks me is the stories headed ‘this is what you need to know.’

They have decided what we ‘need to know.’ Funded by taxpayers. Controlled by leftists. Promoting Barbie while scandals here and in the US are unreported.

This is what you need to know.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 29, 2023 7:39 am

Is “The Big Guy Mr 10%” getting it with his War in Ukraine?

Bidens Wanted Billions, Not Millions, From Burisma

Was Joe Biden planning to buy his way back into the White House using Burisma’s money?

The release of an FBI informant’s allegations about the Biden family’s dealings with Burisma finally explains what a Ukrainian energy company wanted with a corrupt American political clan.

Why was Burisma paying a vice president’s son tens of thousands of dollars a month?

According to the allegations on the FBI’s FD-1023 form released to Sen. Chuck Grassley by whistleblowers, Burisma wanted to launch an IPO in the United States and was looking to first buy an American energy company. Such a move would have required regulatory approval and would have also potentially been very lucrative for anyone on the inside.

The allegations by the FBI informant describes Mykola Zlochevsky, Burisma’s co-founder and a former minister in the ousted pro-Russian Yanukovych government, saying that “it costs 5 (million) to pay one Biden, and 5 (million) to another Biden”.

And yet the rewards could have been even richer.

While the informant urged Zlochevsky to launch his IPO by forming an American company or buying a shell company, Hunter Biden had allegedly told the energy boss that his company “could raise much more capital if Burisma purchased a larger US-based business that already had a history In the US oil and gas sector.” Allegedly some Texas companies were on the table.

Why did Hunter Biden allegedly pitch Burisma on a messier and more expensive process? An obvious potential answer is that the Biden family may have hoped to cash in by being on the inside. To understand Burisma’s plans and those of the Biden family, we need to look at what was going on with the oil and gas sector beginning in 2014, when Hunter started being paid a small fortune to sit on the Ukrainian energy company’s board, through 2016 when some of the initial conversations that the informant reported to the FBI were first taking place.

2014 was a good year for oil and gas IPOs. Texas’ Parsley Energy rode annual revenues below Burisma’s estimated $400 million to a big IPO, rising revenues and an eventual $4.5 billion sale. Looking at examples like these, Hunter and Zlochevsky could have envisioned bringing together a Texas oil company and a Ukrainian oil company united around a similar political business model. The Biden name would have cleared the way for permits in Texas and political cover in Ukraine. Indeed the one thing we know that Joe Biden did for Burisma was threaten to pull foreign aid unless the Ukrainian government fired Viktor Shokin, a prosecutor who had been looking into Burisma’s affairs, and was seen as a block to any successful IPO in America.

The plan, implied by the FBI informant, was for Joe Biden to clear away Burisma’s problems in Ukraine and pave the way for the takeover of a Texas energy company. The Biden family would have potentially been on the ground floor of the Texas deal (and Hunter and other Biden family members could have been cut sizable checks or received shares on the American end) before being on the inside of an IPO for a combined company that would potentially be worth billions.

But political developments in Ukraine and a roller coaster ride in the energy markets, made that a shaky proposition. The Texas deal and the IPO never happened. Burisma and the Bidens didn’t look like they had much of a future. In the fall of 2015, Joe Biden held a press conference with Barack Obama at which he announced that he would not run for president.

This is when the FBI informant began meeting with Burisma officials and they vented about Hunter Biden who was increasingly outliving his purpose, but who was also too dangerous to let go. Only in March 2017 was Hunter’s $1 million a year salary finally cut. By then Zlochevsky had been entangled in legal proceedings and a Burisma launch in the United States was impossible.

Any political future for Joe Biden or financial future for Hunter Biden seemed to be equally done.

As the Burisma deal began falling apart, so did Hunter Biden. His ex-wife Kathleen Buhle’s memoir describes his transition from alcoholism to heavy drugs beginning around the start of the Burisma deal. Between the various memoirs and investigations, it’s widely known that Hunter burned through a massive fortune.

“The board fee had morphed into a wicked sort of funny money,” Hunter Biden wrote in his own memoir. “It hounded me to spend recklessly, dangerously, destructively. Humiliatingly. So I did.”

But the Burisma millions may have just been the beginning of a much bigger pay day. Before his father visited Ukraine, Hunter wrote of the Burisma arrangements, “this is a huge step for us.”

“We need to have a plan on how we develop a corporate entity or LLP that allows us to draw on funds generated here to free us from existing (under-producing current commitments) and to build our own investment and expansion strategy.”

Hunter Biden was living like a guy who expected to be making much more than he was. Burisma, like his Chinese deals, remained unfulfilled. Hunter may have been out to be more than a mere millionaire on paper while trying to keep up with payments on his houses and his Porsche, but aspiring to become a billionaire. The vice president’s disfavored son had spent much of the Obama administration trying to monetize his dad’s position for the rest of the family.

Joe Biden had something Barack Obama did not: a brother and a son who could hustle aggressively. And yet with the Obama administration approaching its end, Hunter had come away with only a taste of the foreign money that the Clintons had gorged themselves on.

Burisma, like the China deals, had never delivered the big payoff that Hunter had been chasing. The foreign companies remained foreign and they quickly tired of paying Hunter. The deal of a lifetime was slipping away even as his father’s time was drawing near. By the end of 2015, a Biden presidency seemed wildly unlikely. The smart money was on Hillary Clinton winning and then serving two terms. As painful as that was for Republicans, it was even more so for Hunter who was watching the last opportunity to monetize his father’s career slipping away.

Any chance that Joe Biden had for a future presidential campaign would require big money.

Hunter’s debts were piling up and once his father left office, they would come due. It’s not surprising that Hunter’s substance abuse issues, which had been around for a while, became catastrophic. One way or another the good life was over and Hunter had decided to go out with a bang. Only when his father relaunched his political career did the spree become inconvenient.

Hunter Biden wrecked his last opportunities under Vice President Biden and made himself too toxic to be able to significantly cash in with foreign investors under President Biden.

The FBI’s informant lays out an implied picture of just how much money the Bidens were chasing. This was not about the millions of dollars, money that Hunter casually wasted on crack, prostitutes and a lifestyle beyond his means, but potentially billions of dollars.

From the Comments

– And then there’s this huge elephant in the room, a war in the same country.

195 to 1 chance?

– I don’t know but somebody or several somebodies (smiling photo ops there come to mind) benefitted from billions recently sent to Ukraine

– Good summary of the outrageous corrupt undertakings by the Biden Crime Family.

There’s only one question left: Do they get away with it?

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 7:39 am

What’s with all this waffling about branded mice and replacements .. I’ve been using $2 mice from the discount stores forever and can’t ever recall a problem ..!
What on earth does a multi-dollar brand mouse do that a $2 doesn’t? ..
Mice have one function to get the cursor around the screen .. PERIOD ….!

Simple solution to Tom’s problem .. take the bloody thing back! .. and get either a replacement or refund .. Officeworks is the tech part of the Kmart chain .. returns/replacement/refund won’t/shouldn’t be a hassle …….. FFS!

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 29, 2023 7:43 am

Have decided now we’re in Seville that I would like to see a bullfight one day.

I know a chap who went to one way way back.
He said the cruelty haunted him for years.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 29, 2023 7:45 am

Gangsters in the Whitehouse?

James Comer Raises Concerns of Biden Racketeering

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) raised concerns that the Biden family could be involved in racketeering, the act of operating a business with illegally derived income through money laundering.

Speaking on the Verdict with Ted Cruz podcast this week, Comer revealed the Biden family business caused six banks to flag over 170 “large” amounts of money in Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to the treasury for review, 20 more than previously known. SARs “often contain evidence of potential criminal activities, such as money laundering and fraud,” according to a 2020 Senate report.

Comer, who is a former bank board member of ten years, said from his experience that just two SARs would make it difficult for an average citizen to open a bank account. SARs occur very seldom, Comer explained.

“How many [SARs] were issued concerning Hunter Biden and Joe Biden, the Biden family?” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked Comer.

“Over 170,” he replied.

“You were on a bank [board for ten years], and they issued two [SARs]?” Cruz asked.

“If you had two SARS against you, it would be hard for you to open an account somewhere,” Comer explained. “There wouldn’t be any bank that would want to have you as a customer because it’s not worth the paperwork.”

“Remember, when the bank files one of these [SARs] — you could understand this, appreciate this, senator — that’s inviting the regulators to come in and regulate [the bank]. That’s the last thing the bank [wants].”

“What triggers it?” Cruz asked. “You’re a banker. What is it that makes you say, ‘We ought to file a SAR?’”

“A large transaction that comes out of the blue,” Comer replied. “I’ll use the Robinson Walker account [for example] because that was the first bank account we subpoenaed.”

Rob Walker is a Biden associate who Comer says funneled money from China and Romania. In March, Comer obtained SARs on Walker, who received a $3 million wire transfer from CEFC China Energy Co. in 2017. In turn, four Biden family members — Hunter, James, Hallie, and an unidentified “Biden” — received a collective $1.3 million cut from the $3 million wire transfer.

“Now remember, this account never had much activity in it over the course of 10 years. [It] maintained around a $40,000 or $50,000 balance. Then one day, out of the blue, they get a $3 million wire from China,” Comer explained. “And he’d never gotten a foreign wire before … then, all of a sudden, a $3 million wire.”

Comer believes the Biden family opened more than 20 shell companies to hide payments and launder money.

“Just after 24 hours, the next day, they [the Bidens] start wiring incremental payments to different Biden shell companies,” Comer said. “When you set up a bunch of shell companies for the sole purpose to launder money, that is called racketeering.”

According to legal experts, the law defines 35 offenses that constitute racketeering, including gambling, murder, kidnapping, arson, drug dealing, and bribery. In 1987, former United States Attorney Rudolph Giuliani indicted the heads of New York City’s “Five Families” under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Eight of them were convicted under RICO.

eric hinton
eric hinton
July 29, 2023 7:46 am

Gentlemen do not phone.

In the mid 80’s the WEA (Workers Education Association) in Sydney offered a course titled something like: Letter Writing, A Dying Art. It was cancelled due to lack of numbers.

johanna
johanna
July 29, 2023 7:46 am

calli, the hotel I last stayed in in Cairns had a central courtyard with a big pool full of barramundi. You could take your chance of losing part of a digit by feeding them – they were big, around 75cm.

Barramundi (unlike humans) change sex as they get older. They are all born boys, and the survivors become females Reputable fishers don’t keep large barra, because they are females and are needed for breeding.

Rosie
Rosie
July 29, 2023 7:47 am

I thought it was two years of being unable to travel outside Australia.
Not three.
I have a confession to make as well, despite my aversion to hotels, am staying in them while visiting to Japan as fellow travellers had a preference and I acquiesced.
Not long to go now.
I think Sancho and I will be offering duelling Japanese travelogues.

Rosie
Rosie
July 29, 2023 7:51 am

My youngest granddaughter, ten months, started walking on Thursday.
Saw her briefly yesterday, despite not being very well, she was all smiles walking to Grandma, in between singing me her version of row your boat with a little scream for the crocodile at the end.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 29, 2023 7:51 am

DOJ Adds Charges to Trump a Day After Sweetheart Hunter Biden Deal Exposed

While critics of former President Donald Trump celebrated, the juxtaposition of these two events is certain to lend weight and urgency to the charge that the DOJ is rife with political bias and continues to be weaponized.

As Breitbart News reported, the plea bargain that DOJ prosecutors reached with Hunter Biden’s lawyers fell apart on Wednesday after Judge Maryellen Noreika questioned its terms.

Specifically, she queried a clause in an annex to the agreement — which she was apparently only shown right before the hearing — that would have given Hunter Biden immunity from any further prosecution related to his lucrative foreign business dealings.

Here’s a wild detail from the Hunter Biden court transcript:

The infamous “paragraph 15” — which contained a stunning non-prosecution agreement for Hunter — wasn’t provided to the judge until just before the hearing.

JUDGE: “I didn’t get a copy of paragraph 15”

Judge Noreika asked both the prosecution and the defense whether there was any precedent for such a deal in the history of the DOJ.

Both said that they were not aware of any such precedent; it was a special agreement.

The following day, Special Counsel Jack Smith filed a superseding indictment against Trump that added three new charges, plus a new defendant, Mar-a-Lago property manager Carlos de Oliveira, to the original case.

Also on Wednesday, the DOJ announced that it was dropping campaign finance charges against billionaire Democratic Party donor Sam Bankman-Fried. He still faces other charges, but the political charges are gone.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 29, 2023 7:53 am

Last night I went to a place called Arthur in Surry Hills.
Been around for a bit, but in more recent times they’ve move to set menus (5 or 8 courses) over two sittings (6pm or 8:30).
Frickin’ amazing.
You stand outside before the sitting and they opened the doors at 8:30 and welcome you in one by one.
Kind of reminded me of The Menu.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 29, 2023 7:57 am

Trump calls for jailing of DOJ’s Jack Smith, Merrick Garland and Lisa Monaco

Former President Donald Trump lashed out at special counsel Jack Smith and President Biden’s Department of Justice, calling for Mr. Smith and others to be jailed.

Mr. Trump took to his social media platform on to lambast Mr. Smith, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco.

“They ought to throw Deranged Jack Smith and his Thug Prosecutors in jail, with Meritless Garland and Trump Hating Lisa Monaco,” Mr. Trump wrote Friday on Truth Social. “They have totally Weaponized the Department of Injustice.”

Mr. Trump railed: “Whatever happened to the Crooked Joe Biden Boxes Case? Why was Hillary Clinton allowed to delete 33,000 emails, many of them Classified, AFTER getting a Subpoena from Congress? Why was Bill Clinton allowed to take tapes out of the W.H. in his socks? Why has no other President ever been charged? ELECTION FRAUD!”

His barbed post comes after Mr. Smith filed further charges in his investigation into whether the former president illegally mishandled classified government documents.

The latest charges were for willful retention of national defense information and two more obstruction counts. Mr. Smith’s added charges bring the total to 40 criminal counts against Mr. Trump.

The former president’s lawyers wrapped up a meeting on Thursday with federal prosecutors over a possible third stack of indictments against Mr. Trump for his involvement in attempting to overturn the 2020 election and events that lead up to the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Mr. Trump said his lawyers warned after the meeting that another indictment against him would be unjustified, and destroy an already divided country.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 29, 2023 8:01 am

To put the bullfight into perspective, the same fellow was in Mongolia and they did the whole kill a goat and use every part of it.
Goat killing is almost a touristy thing to do up there and you can participate to the extent you want to, which he did.
He said that was a messy affair but very worthwhile.
Polar opposite to the bullfight in Spain.

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 8:03 am

people employed on the public purse, given positions of influence and trust, who then poop all over them for political gain.

Methinx,, that, and personal enrichment, are part & parcel of the, upper level, Public Sector job requirements these dayz .. LOL!

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 29, 2023 8:04 am

The Weekend Oz has earned every penny of the sub today.
If you don’t subscribe and not a regular reader, worthwhile popping out and buying the thing.

Rosie
Rosie
July 29, 2023 8:06 am

I was also fascinated by the tour of the Seville bullfighting ring and museum, a few years ago.
The blood stained matador’s outfit in the glass cabinet was tiny.
I think bull fighting season is after Easter.
I never seem to be in Spain at the right time.
Probably just as well.
An earlier King tried to substitute some other form of entertainment but the people wouldn’t have it, not just because the meat used to be distributed to the poor (not any more, it goes to fancy restaurants) though of course it is now banned in several Spanish provinces.
When I was in Bilboa, also some years ago, there was a big campaign to end bullfighting in the Basque region, don’t know if it was successful. There was also bullfighting on the French side of Basque country.
I suppose it is cruel, slow deaths are, but the focus is bravery and skill.
Not as bad as dying slowly and painfully over weeks, months, years.

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 8:06 am

Rosie, Australia is part of our beautiful world.

I remember your interstate run very well. Kudos.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 29, 2023 8:07 am

Son-in-law in Melbourne really into Pickleball

Pickleball is the biggest sport you’ve never heard of

Gus McCubbing
Reporter

Sydneysider Rohit Ninan found out about Pickleball through TikTok and now is hooked on what has become the fastest-growing sport in the United States.

Pickleball, which was first played in 1965 but experienced a boom in popularity during the pandemic, is somewhere between ping pong, tennis and badminton.

Mr Ninan, who is 27 and works for a start-up, is one of about 25,000 Australians to have picked up a paddle, according to Pickleball Australia.

The US, meanwhile, has seen a stratospheric uptake, with 8.9 million players in 2022, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, up from 3.1 million in 2017. NBA star LeBron James has already bought a pro team.

Played on a court that is 6.1 metres x 13.41 metres (the same size as a badminton court), it has a low net, underarm serves, and a non-volley zone known as “the kitchen”.

Given the compact court, pickleball relies more on touch and strategy than pure athleticism, with trick shots including the “nasty Nelson”, a body shot, and the “Erne”, where you hit the ball while jumping into the kitchen. Another key departure from tennis is that doubles, rather than singles, is considered the main game.

“It’s just so accessible,” Mr Ninan, who has published an online directory to help players find courts called Pickle Pals, told AFR Weekend.

“Sometimes playing tennis with my friends can be frustrating if you’re not all on the same level. But pickleball is simple to pick up.

“The different tactics are really innovative and exciting to be part of something that is booming in popularity.”

Naomi Osaka, LeBron James, Nick Kyrgios and Tom Brady have all invested in pickleball in the US.

Australia’s top pickleball player, Sarah Burr, was drafted by Arizona Drive – which counts American swimming legend Michael Phelps and NBA star Devin Booker among its major investors – for the first season of the US Major League Pickleball tournament in January.

This was the grand payoff after the Gold Coast primary school teacher and her husband, Shannon, a plumber, who both took two months off work late last year so Ms Burr, 37, could chase her “pickleball dream” in the US.

“It was a crazy experience to be honest … we were just living like backpackers out of suitcases, eating boiled rice and eggs, playing pickleball tournaments until the money ran out,” Ms Burr.

Australian Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios also bought into the Miami Pickleball Club alongside four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka. US teams are now worth up to $10 million, according to the major league’s chief executive Julio DePietro, having been bought for as low as $100,000 in 2021.

But while the US remains the centre of the pickleball universe, local tournaments are gaining momentum and financial heft.

More than 600 competitors are expected to take part in the Australian Pickleball Championships, held at the Blacktown Leisure Centre, in Sydney’s west, at the end of September, with $50,000 up for grabs at other tournaments in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney later in the year.

Australia’s top competition, the Pacific Pro League, which has four teams including the Brisbane Breakers, Sydney Smash, Melbourne Mavericks, and Ms Burr’s home team, the Gold Coast Glory, launches in September.

Queensland’s sunny climate has put it at the forefront of the sport in Australia, with 2500 official members, according to Pickleball Australia executive officer Brendan Lee, followed by NSW with 1800, and Victoria with 800.

The sport is favoured by Baby Boomers, with an average age of 57, given that games can mainly be played at recreation centres and tennis clubs during off-peak times. But the average age is trending downwards as more youngsters, like Mr Ninan, get hooked on the game.

“Managing the growth of the sport will have its challenges and relies ultimately on more courts being available,” Mr Lee told AFR Weekend.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner earlier this month announced four new dedicated pickleball courts would be rolled out across the city during the 2023-24 financial year.

Ulton accounting firm chief operating officer Jodie Dunstan is one of the 6000 pickleball players in Brisbane, having started playing last year alongside her two teenage children.

“The beauty of the game is that it’s simple to learn but unravels in strategic complexity as you improve and actually requires a fair bit of brain power,” Ms Dunstan said. “It is easy to become addicted to the sport.”

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 8:09 am

Duelling gaku-biwas!

This I have to see.

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 8:09 am

johanna
Jul 29, 2023 7:46 AM

Not into fish or fishing but luvved that bit of Barramundi trivia/life .. 10/10 .. LOL!

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 8:10 am

Can we have duelling kabuki too?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 29, 2023 8:10 am

What happens when you make a product no one wants, in a country where electricity is too expensive.

Ford Expects to Lose $4.5B on EVs This Year (28 Jul)

Automaker Ford estimates its electric vehicle division will lose $4.5 billion this year, $1.5 billion more than it predicted in March.

Fortune said Ford’s revised forecast comes from a sluggish receptiveness by consumers to the new battery-powered vehicles.

Europe faces Chinese cheap car ‘invasion’, Vauxhall owner warns (27 Jul)

Vauxhall owner Stellantis has warned of a coming “invasion” of cheap Chinese cars as it pressures its suppliers to cut costs to compete.

The firm, which also owns Peugeot, Fiat and Jeep, will also use its heft to demand lower prices from partners as it tries to bring down the cost of electric cars.

China has low cost coal-fired electricity, plus access to the metals needed for battery manufacturing. Western producers have neither. And soon they won’t have a car industry too if they keep on believing the climate crazies. Which China doesn’t.

johanna
johanna
July 29, 2023 8:10 am

I stayed in a lot of hotels and motels during my working life.

I loved The Windsor in Melbourne.

Stayed in plenty of expensive plastic hotels – can’t even recall the name of one of them. By the time you worked out how to switch the lights on and off, you were checking out.

JC is right about that.

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 8:16 am

Rosie
Jul 29, 2023 7:51 AM

Grandkids .. gotta luv em! .. lol!
One of mine, Ms 5, has been sending me video msgs of her Taylor Swift duets …….
facial expressions beat the singing by a country mile ……..

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 8:23 am

And also, on the “us” issue, I was identifying with the unvaccinated as well as those with “papers”. The US only lifted its restrictions in May this year.

Razey
Razey
July 29, 2023 8:27 am

US only lifted its restrictions in May

‘Land of the free’.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 8:28 am

I reckon the punter who put a million on Collingwood to beat Carlton

Was hopefully Dick Dolthaus.

Boo! Hiss!

(Sorry Sancho, we know it’s you).

Rosie
Rosie
July 29, 2023 8:41 am

Not just May 2020.
My daughter and granddaughter flew down to Melbourne for a baptism in early December 2020 then a bunch of us rendezvoused in Nelson Bay just before Christmas 2020.
I drove up to Queensland again to visit them in May or June 2021, my daughter flew down to Melbourne with the baby for another week in early 2021, none of those trips had anything to do with vaxxed or not vaxxed; it was a matter of taking the chance every time the opportunity arose.

Vagabond
Vagabond
July 29, 2023 8:42 am

I was also fascinated by the tour of the Seville bullfighting ring and museum, a few years ago.
The blood stained matador’s outfit in the glass cabinet was tiny.

I went a tour of a bullfighting arena in Spain (can’t remember exactly where). I was impressed by the fully equipped orthopaedic operating theatre next to the chapel.

The hotel in Madrid we stayed in was frequented by bullfighting aficionados. they had big screens set up in the public areas with lots of people sitting in front of them nudging each other and pointing out the finer points of the carnage, a bit like footy fans. However unlike the bulls, football players don’t stagger around the area vomiting blood before collapsing.

Maybe the AFL should look into that for future spectacles…..

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 8:45 am

Gold Coast Glory

Not their full name. Up the…oh my.

I’m sceptical of new sports because there are a lot already that are similar.

AFL/Gaelic
Soccer/European Handball/Hockey/Lacrosse/Shinty/Hurling
Union/League/Calico Fiorentino/Grid Iron Football games
Netball/Basketball
Cricket/Rounders/Baseball
Tennis/Squash/Badminton…Pickleball?
Bowls/Curling/Bocce/Croquet/Indoor bowling
Cue sports
Darts, shooting, archery

How is it going to get up with that competition plus extreme sportz, track and field, gymnastics, swimming, bodybuilding, cross fit (believe it or not), pugilism & many other martial arts and indoor/outdoor/and modified versions of the above?

Plus the “unathletic lefty non binary couch potatoes are rooly gud at it” angle.

That’s what sets off my spite and jealousy alarms.

Rosie
Rosie
July 29, 2023 8:47 am

Many other blood sports, bear baiting cock and dog fighting are still popular around the world.
I know there was clandestine dog fighting in the western suburbs when I lived there.
At least in bull fighting it is man versus beast, and man doesn’t always win.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 8:48 am

I do recommend Balti in Perf Chitty.

Not perfect but the food was very good and the customer service was very good.

Service for main was not as quick as I liked but they did well to keep everything going. It’s run well and I could smell it a block away, yum yum.

Indolent
Indolent
July 29, 2023 8:49 am
Rosie
Rosie
July 29, 2023 8:49 am

What does it matter dot?
Isn’t this just a grass roots game that doesn’t need to worry about inclusion in the Olympics?

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 29, 2023 8:49 am

Courier Mail

Four people are feared dead after an Australian military helicopter plunged into the ocean off the Queensland coast overnight during Exercise Talisman Sabre.

Defence Minister Richard Marles confirmed the helicopter was forced to ditch into waters near Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays during a two aircraft exercise on Thursday night.

Four Australian personnel on board the MRH-90 which crashed about 10.30pm are yet to be located.

Mr Marles said a search and rescue mission was able to begin immediately due to the presence of the other helicopter taking part in the exercise.

The families of the four crew members have been notified of the situation

Mr Marles said it was early days and there would be more information provided.

“But defence exercises which are so necessary for the readiness of our defence force are serious and they carry risk,” he said.

“And as we desperately hope for better news during the course of this day we are reminded about the gravity of the act which comes with wearing our nation’s uniform.”

General Angus Campbell said he appreciated the assistance of Queensland Police, Australian Maritime Safety Authority and US allies.

“Our focus at the moment is finding our people and supporting their families and the rest of our team,” he said.

“This is indeed a terrible moment.”

The wreckage was found in the water just south of Hamilton Island off Shute Harbour but the search was hampered by poor weather.

Talisman Sabre is the Australian Defence Force’s largest training exercise and involves more than 31,000 soldiers, marines, sailors, pilots and other personnel from 13 nations.

eric hinton
eric hinton
July 29, 2023 8:51 am

At least in bull fighting it is man versus beast, and man doesn’t always win.

Marquez Vs Honda

Miltonf
Miltonf
July 29, 2023 8:51 am

The old thief is a rancid old turd. Amoral and immoral. What kind of a place is Delaware?7

Indolent
Indolent
July 29, 2023 8:52 am
Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 8:52 am

PS

I will be happy if Hockey and Rugby don’t die in their own self importance and decay cycles and boxing and other martial arts are not banned by coots like the Mayor of Wolllongong who publicly rebuked Alexander Volkanovski.

Bushkid
Bushkid
July 29, 2023 8:54 am

calli
Jul 29, 2023 5:27 AM
One of the up-sides of jet lag and its subsequent insomnia is the pleasure of an early morning dip into all the little mementoes of travel, some purchased weeks ago.

Crikey Calli, did you have any room for clothes, or did you take an extra suitcase? That’s quite a haul!

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your posts from interesting places, so well written that one could almost have been there beside you. Thank you. 🙂

Indeed, the pleasures of unpacking and enjoying the treasures gleaned on any travels are marvellous.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 8:54 am

Sumo is awesome.

Man-beast vs man-beast!

What else could you ask for!?

Join us or perish! Do you dare to take Dot’s 600 lb diet challenge! I’m disrespectful to dirt!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 29, 2023 8:59 am

That ship is going to be a write-off even if it doesn’t sink.

500 EVs Among The 3000 Cars On Burning Ship Off Dutch Coast (28 Jul)

The massive roll-on, roll-off ship ablaze off the Dutch coast is transporting 500 electric vehicles. The ship’s total cargo is around 3,800 vehicles, some of which are BMWs and Mercedes.

Shipping blog TradeWinds reported Japan’s K Line is the operator of “Fremantle Highway.” According to K Line’s figures, there are 3,783 vehicles, of which 489 are EVs. Earlier estimates had the number of EVs at 25.

“The figure is far higher than first estimated and appears to raise the likelihood that a lithium-ion battery in an EV either caused the blaze in the 6,210-ceu Fremantle Highway (built 2013) or added to its severity,” TradeWinds said.

With that many EVs there’ll probably be a chain reaction as one after another go up exothermically. Very hard to stop. Interesting that the initial number was only 25 but now it’s 489. I wonder if the freight company was trying to minimize the bad press that EVs would get from this fiasco?

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 8:59 am

What does it matter dot?
Isn’t this just a grass roots game that doesn’t need to worry about inclusion in the Olympics?

If it is a “grass roots game” the ABC wouldn’t be wanking about it.

It is the sort of game Kevin & Therese Rudd could get medical clearances to play.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 29, 2023 9:02 am

Rosie
Jul 29, 2023 8:47 AM
Many other blood sports, bear baiting cock and dog fighting are still popular around the world.
I know there was clandestine dog fighting in the western suburbs when I lived there.
At least in bull fighting it is man versus beast, and man doesn’t always win.

Reminds me of an old joke.

Pommy went on holidays to Spain every year. On the last night of his holiday, he would visit a local cafe, which served meat balls with special tasty sauce, and always generous servings.

One year, he visited the cafe as usual. However, while the sauce was excellent as always, the servings were less than generous. He asked the waiter (Manuel?) what had happened.

“Ah senor, in Spain, toreadors fight toros every day. Usually toreador wins, but not today. Today, toros had a good day, toreadors not so much.”

Indolent
Indolent
July 29, 2023 9:05 am
Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
July 29, 2023 9:08 am

feelthebern
Jul 29, 2023 8:04 AM
The Weekend Oz has earned every penny of the sub today.
If you don’t subscribe and not a regular reader, worthwhile popping out and buying the thing.

I agree and the front page is about Dr Tony Fauci and “Covid cover-up: how science was silenced”.

So he did lie under oath to Congress. In the Slammer you go you crook.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 9:10 am

Clapper lied to Congress like it was mandatory and he had to do it to keep breathing!

He’s the worst of the beltway crooks.

Razey
Razey
July 29, 2023 9:10 am

I’m ashamed of our colour on that map. I never thought Australians were that credulous.

At least we know where the real low IQ countries are.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 9:11 am

How you Victorians elect people as dumb and aggressive as Lily d’Ambrosio?

Razey
Razey
July 29, 2023 9:12 am

How you Victorians elect people as dumb and aggressive as Lily d’Ambrosio?

Never heard of it.

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 9:13 am

That’s quite a haul!

My almost 71 year old manservant, on lugging our not quite 23kg suitcases on and off trains mumbled under his breath…I’m too old for this sh*t!

And this morning he’s on the interwebs planning the next trip. I guess it must be like childbirth.

Gabor
Gabor
July 29, 2023 9:16 am

Bruce of Newcastle
Jul 29, 2023 8:59 AM

That ship is going to be a write-off even if it doesn’t sink.

500 EVs Among The 3000 Cars On Burning Ship Off Dutch Coast (28 Jul)

BoN, I’m thinking, wouldn’t it be better, if possible, to create a safe method transport of batteries and shipping them separately?

After all we are transporting some really dangerous chemicals across the oceans already.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 9:16 am

Trump needs to be elected and have a very long memory.

The idea you have to record evidence for the prosecution and keep it for them and you can be secretly recorded by others is terrifying.

Now let’s say you’re not a billionaire like Trump.

How can you fight such backwards, oppressive and quite frankly anti American legal ideals?

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 9:18 am

Imagine being on a container ship with only EV batteries though!

Razey
Razey
July 29, 2023 9:22 am

Imagine being on a container ship with only EV batteries though!

Battery powered cars should have stayed with kids toys.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 29, 2023 9:23 am

Sorry Richard Fidler, Craig Reucassel is the most sanctimonious codependent former comedian still clinging to Aunty’s apron strings and payroll.

Crossie
Crossie
July 29, 2023 9:25 am

5:15:08pm Maiden: Hey there sorry to be paranoid, but you keep liking tweets where people are having a go at me or something it’s beginning to feel a little strange? Happy to talk if you want to. I’m just Weirded out as you don’t follow me on Twitter.

Samantha Maiden doesn’t sound very smart, particularly for a “journalist”. Knickerless played her like a Stradivarius and then discarded her when she no longer needed her. I thought it’s usually the other way around.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 29, 2023 9:27 am

feelthebern

Jul 29, 2023 7:43 AM

Have decided now we’re in Seville that I would like to see a bullfight one day.

I know a chap who went to one way way back.
He said the cruelty haunted him for years.

We went to the bullfight in Seville back in the late 90’s.
Yes, it is brutal, but I would urge anyone with the opportunity to go.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 9:27 am

Crossie – see the old case Kakavas v Crown Melbourne Ltd for an apt description of the relationship.

Ah yes, mutual exploitation comes to mind.

flyingduk
flyingduk
July 29, 2023 9:30 am

Four people are feared dead after an Australian military helicopter plunged into the ocean off the Queensland coast overnight during Exercise Talisman Sabre.

Last time I did TS, I did a short hop out to sea in a US CH46. Whilst boarding, I noted the obvious discomfort of another passenger who was seated right next to the open door (apparently afraid of fallling out!) , and chivilrously offered to change seats – always sit near an exit, particularly in helicopters flying over water 😉

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 29, 2023 9:30 am

JC
Jul 29, 2023 3:42 AM

How global warming is the direct cause of those very nasty European forest fires.

The only substance to (Catastrophic) Global Warming is all fear, panic, bans, laws, and an army of unthinking drones like ants, but these between them account for all the disasters – like the unprecedented fires fuelled by neglected forest litter and arsonists trying to ‘prove’ the climate is causing the fires by starting fires themselves.

Absent in all this is the influence of the actual climate itself.

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 29, 2023 9:30 am

Vicki Campion:

“Yes” campaigner and activist Thomas Mayo fronted a Year 6 class in Bundaberg this week, unbeknown to parents, leaving students with a simplistic view of history and the Voice, an insult to those who were there in the era before him.

Mayo had travelled from Melbourne to Hervey Bay for the Yes campaign, to talk to Bundaberg Catholic Primary School without the school informing parents that he would be addressing children about the Voice.

The self-declared former communist and MUA activist lectured 11-year-olds for 1½ hours, as he does in his children’s book, that “when Captain Cook came, our life changed, we were treated badly and ignored”.

One Bundaberg dad said his daughter was “straight onto me about the referendum” after school.

Mayo had convinced the 11-year-old the No campaign was lying. She became aggravated with her father, arguing “the Voice was all about recognition”.

The baffled dad explained that Mayo does not represent an entire demographic. “I had some work to do to convince her,” her father said.

While Mayo was in Bundaberg, Noel Pearson presented the Voice to North Sydney preschoolers’ parents, with Climate 200’s Kylea Tink.

History is more complex, and in many places, not even similar to what Mayo told Bundaberg’s schoolchildren.

If you listen to Mayo and Pearson, Australia was a cesspit of interracial conflict and discrimination.

Alternate facts show it was a meeting of two different ways of life, often lived in parallel, rather than at each other’s throats.

Mayo is rewriting history, and suppressing powerful positive stories to get a Yes vote so we are all maligned with a hereditary stain.

The truth of my valley says that is not so.

About 100 years ago, on the remote property in Danglemah where I live, early residents’ written accounts survived the rewriting of history.

Aboriginal tribes came from over the ranges, camped here, and worked – when they wished – with the remote people on the property, paid with fresh meat.

It was here “Queen Mary” met “Missus Lily”, who lived here 100 years before I did. Her real name has been lost, but she called herself Queen Mary, the chief’s wife; he wore the breastplate inscribed “king”.

Mary helped Lily on wash days, and Lily gave her flour, soap, fruit or tobacco in return.

Then, like now, there was no shop. They relied on the land.

When Lily wanted a school to educate her children on her veranda, and hired a governess, Mary wanted the same for the camp children and brought six.

There was no “them and us” attitude; the railway children, Aboriginal children and manager’s children all came because they were wanted, equally entitled in Lily’s eyes.

The 1920s veranda school showed acceptance. As evidence, the enamel basins Lily bought for the kids were, until recently, still under the house.

One night, Mary arrived on Lily’s doorstep beside herself.

She begged Lily “to go to the camp as they were killing each other”. Lily’s husband was worried, but reluctantly allowed her to go because he knew Mary needed help. They trusted each other.

Lily ripped up old sheets for bandages. And set out through the dark valley.

Who now would run into a war zone in the middle of the night, unarmed, with a rudimentary first aid kit? Today it would be left to the police and ambulance, but in the 1920s, Lily and Mary — the “missus” and the “Queen” — were all the camp children had.

Confronting Lily were “awful wounds” which she cleaned and bandaged. Then she walked home alone through the dark valley.

“She’d never seen such a sight, and it made her feel quite sick”, a written account from her daughter said.

I trace the footsteps between the house and the camp that Lily and Mary made that night about 100 years ago. An hour at least, in pitch-black. Their bravery, courage and generosity should be remembered.

These are hardly the actions of a racist bigot. But Thomas Mayo doesn’t tell stories like this to kids.

This was not the story of two ethnicities at war. Lily was no rich landholder, and no tyrant to Queen Mary’s tribe that camped nearby.

While 100 years ago, they were sharing lessons on their veranda school, activists are now sneaking into classrooms and claiming all were treated terribly. History must never be changed, and that’s why the full story should be told.

Australian history should feature all available comprehensive accounts, not cherrypicked items presented as the complete picture.

Tell stories of Mary, “the Queen”, and Lily, the “missus” – living in a remote place where all relied on their wits and resilience, on the land and the orchard.

Instead, Mayo left kids in Bundaberg with a one-sided view – and left Bundaberg Catholic Primary to apologise to parents on Friday for failing to inform them of his visit.

The school has now invited federal MP Keith Pitt to present the other side of the Voice debate to the Year 6 class – but as Pitt says, when he talks to kids, it’s about the fundamentals of democracy, not his view of politics.

After a decade of talking to schools, Pitt’s favourite question from a student is: “Is the Prime Minister your friend? Do you have his mobile number?”

They are 11, after all. And that’s a lesson the Yes case could learn.

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 9:31 am

Imagine being on a container ship with only EV batteries though!

Imagine being on an overnight car ferry.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 9:32 am

The proposed section 129 creates another Commission the Federal government controls.

It is about POWER and nothing else.

Real Deal
Real Deal
July 29, 2023 9:33 am

Whatever else you could say about Sam Maiden, the most charitable thing you could say is that she is not a journalist.

Cassie of Sydney
July 29, 2023 9:34 am

Janet Albrechtsen’s journalistic scorched earth torching of the Knickerless imbroglio and the ego driven maggots, Amphibian, Shingle and Maiden, who were up to their necks in it from the beginning, who aided and abetted Knickers and Shazza so as to inflict damage on a Liberal government and its spineless leader, is worth every cent of my Oz subscription.

I suspect there’s no love lost between Albrechtsen and Maiden.

Maiden was also up to her neck in the ludicrous and fantastical Porter allegation.

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 9:38 am

Bit of STONEHENGE trivia ..!
https://ibb.co/XCsSvFy

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 9:43 am

My mate is on a better income than I am but he also spoils his nephews.

No wonder my parents said “no”, they had to keep the water and power on and keep us fed and clothed.

Lego Icons:

Rivendell (actually amazing for a Lego set)
Lion Knights Castle (I always wanted the ye olde medieval stuff, only had City and dabbled in the Space stuff).
El Dorado Fortress (Never liked the Pirate stuff as a kid, I think I had a bad eye…)

Total cost for three “Fire station” sized Lego kits:

> $1700

I think he’s a sucker enough to buy them.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 29, 2023 9:46 am

I suspect there’s no love lost between Albrechtsen and Maiden.

Albrechtsen voodoo dolls are always a big seller at the Walkleys.

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 9:46 am

Many other blood sports, bear baiting cock and dog fighting are still popular around the world.

Whippet coursing (with live bunnies) was big in the Durham coalfields when I was a kid .. no idea if it’s still dun ……

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 9:48 am

Maiden was also up to her neck in the ludicrous and fantastical Porter allegation.

You almost wonder if there is a group chat and evidence trail for female ALP senior MPs and Senators along with their journalist allies.

Bushkid
Bushkid
July 29, 2023 9:48 am

Rosie
Jul 29, 2023 8:41 AM
Not just May 2020.
My daughter and granddaughter flew down to Melbourne for a baptism in early December 2020 then a bunch of us rendezvoused in Nelson Bay just before Christmas 2020.
I drove up to Queensland again to visit them in May or June 2021, my daughter flew down to Melbourne with the baby for another week in early 2021, none of those trips had anything to do with vaxxed or not vaxxed; it was a matter of taking the chance every time the opportunity arose.

So, Rosie, you’re quite OK with Australian citizens being shut out of their own country, not allowed to travel freely within their own country, separated from family and excluded from funerals, unable to support loved ones in illness or impending death by arbitrary state government closure of internal borders and other inhumane measures – so long as you have the means and opportunity to take advantage of the unpredictable, brief and passing gaps in the closures and lock-outs to satisfy your own desires?

In the Army we called that attitude “jack”; as in the selfish and callous had the attitude of “I’m alright, Jack, so stuff you”.

We must never forget what our own governments did to us – all in the name of supposedly protecting us.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 29, 2023 9:49 am

Maiden was also up to her neck in the ludicrous and fantastical Porter allegation.

Still the high point for the use of multicoloured spiral writing in Australian j’ism.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 29, 2023 9:52 am

I think Sancho and I will be offering duelling Japanese travelogues.

I don’t do travelogues.
Pay your own way and see it yourself.
Don’t sponge off me.

local oaf
July 29, 2023 9:53 am

I’m ashamed of our colour on that map. I never thought Australians were that credulous.

Not that easy to see the details in some areas, is that Serbia and perhaps Bulgaria relatively unjabbed?

A little surprising to see anywhere in Europe looking a tad more sane than Oz

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 29, 2023 9:53 am

Anything Sam Maiden texts after lunch can be safely ignored.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 9:58 am

“Yes” campaigner and activist Thomas Mayo fronted a Year 6 class in Bundaberg this week

Did he have the appropriate clearances to be there? “Working with children?”

eric hinton
eric hinton
July 29, 2023 9:59 am

flyingduk
Jul 29, 2023 9:30 AM

Last time I did TS, I did a short hop out to sea in a US CH46. Whilst boarding, I noted the obvious discomfort of another passenger who was seated right next to the open door (apparently afraid of fallling out!) , and chivilrously offered to change seats – always sit near an exit, particularly in helicopters flying over water ?

Was that you hanging off the chopper flying across Strong Tide Passage from Townsend Island? Tell you what, those F111’s can give a bloke a fright when they creep up on you at mangrove height.

Gabor
Gabor
July 29, 2023 10:01 am

Regarding EV battery transport, I was thinking along the lines of refrigerated containers positioned on deck with some means of quickly dumping them overboard when a temperature anomaly occurs.

With the size of the batteries I don’t think it would be more than a few containers at any time.

I’m musing here, no idea if it’s feasible at all. Still a lot cheaper than losing a whole ship and cargo.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 10:01 am

We must never forget what our own governments did to us – all in the name of supposedly protecting us.

All of us.

1. Some were forced to follow silly rules.
2. Some were punished by silly rules or questioning them.
3. The rest were punished by refusing to comply and say what the people often in groups 1. and 2. were thinking.
4. The bench acted spinelessly, hearing meaningful arguments after the executive had already inflicted damage on society and our economy, after they refused to hear arguments when it was relevant; in NSW for example the executive was effectively ruling by decree after Parliament had not sat for months on end and there was no way to disallow changes to delegated legislation. Clearly, this was not what was meant by the plenary powers of the Parliament that are shared in all other State constitutions. It is either a step away from precedence or repudiates the spirit of the Magna Carta [and its antecedents and descendant rules and principles], or both.
5. The High Court twisting section 92 of the Commonwealth Constitution which is plainly written and unambiguous into a post-modern mess of gibberish to support a concerted effort to ignore the constitution and impose an illegal emergency State has stained the careers of those judges forever. On top of Cole v Whifield, section 92 has effectively been repealed by lunatic judgments by politically appointed judges and has enshrined patronage which was only ever a gentleman’s agreement and occasionally a non partisan judge could be appointed. The High Court rolled over for a tummy rub and a schmacko.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 29, 2023 10:03 am

You almost wonder if there is a group chat and evidence trail for female ALP senior MPs and Senators along with their journalist allies.

Imagine the impact on ACT chardonnay sales.

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 10:06 am

Mayo had travelled from Melbourne to Hervey Bay for the Yes campaign, to talk to Bundaberg Catholic Primary School without the school informing parents that he would be addressing children about the Voice.

Wouldn’t Mayo need a “Working with Children” certificate, given he has no education qualifications, to address schoolkids without parental consent and why do any school authorities allow any sort of politically flavoured waffle directed at primary age kids? ….

Indolent
Indolent
July 29, 2023 10:08 am

A little surprising to see anywhere in Europe looking a tad more sane than Oz

I said “credulous” and perhaps “trusting” would have been a kinder word. There are lots of people in Eastern Europe with plenty of reasons not to be too trusting.

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 10:08 am

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Jul 29, 2023 9:58 AM

Typed my query before scrolling ……..! duuuuuuuh!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 10:11 am

Typed my query before scrolling ……..! duuuuuuuh!

You raised a couple of very valid points I had overlooked.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 10:14 am

Daily Mail. Where does all this fooking farce end?

EXCLUSIVE: How Brittany Higgins identifies as an Aboriginal Australian – and why mate Emma Webster laughed at her response to which ‘mob’ she was from in a text message exchange

Ms Webster got her a job in first nations branch of government
She also stood by Ms Higgins side everyday during rape trial

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 10:15 am

Here’s the thing.

What States have repealed their Public Health Acts after the years of COVID nonsense such as lockdowns, forced medical experimentation and suspension of normal Parliamentary procedure?

None of them.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 29, 2023 10:18 am

Mayo had travelled from Melbourne to Hervey Bay for the Yes campaign, to talk to Bundaberg Catholic Primary School

Melbourne to North Queensland in July to speak to a group ineligible to vote – nice work if you can get it (Hint – you can’t).

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 29, 2023 10:19 am

I know a lot don’t care much for soccer but Robbie Slater gives the Australian side, namely the coach, a decent whack.

The Matildas’ entire FIFA Women’s World Cup is in danger of blowing up in the face of coach Tony Gustavsson.

There is no doubt that Gustavsson’s job is on the line when Australia meets Canada on Monday night in Melbourne.

Should the Matildas fail against the Olympic champions and be knocked out of the tournament in the group stages. Gustavsson must either be sacked or resign, even though he is contracted until next year.

The Matildas’ whole Cup campaign, starting with the squad that was named, has been a mess.

Gustavsson’s selection of unfit forward Kyah Simon in his squad has made no sense because he said he had chosen her because of her “game-breaking” ability off the bench.

Why then didn’t he bring Simon on to ‘”change the game” when the Matildas were in deep trouble against Nigeria on Thursday night.

He has wasted a spot on a player that’s not fit when he could have chosen another attacking player, perhaps Emily Gielnik or Larissa Crummer, in his 23-strong squad.

And instead of bringing on a forward when the Matildas were trailing 3-1 to the Super Falcons, he brought on a defender in Clare Polkinghorne.

Yes, he pushed centre-back Alanna Kennedy up front when Polkinghorne came on, but he needed more attacking players on the park.

It also raises the question whether attacking option Tameka Yallop has properly recovered from the thigh injury she suffered in Australia’s pre-tournament friendly against France.

Yallop didn’t play in the Matildas’ 1-0 win over Ireland, and despite insisting she was fit in the build-up to the game against Nigeria, she again watched the entire match from the bench despite Australia chasing the game and in need of another attacker on the park.

The day before the game, Gustavsson said Yallop would be right to play “limited minutes”, so why not use her at all?

For the second game in succession, Gustavsson only used two of his five permitted substitutes.

That would be fair enough if the Matildas were playing well, but the truth is they haven’t played well enough in either of their World Cup games despite beating the Irish.

And let’s not forget the whole Sam Kerr situation.

The ongoing secrecy around her calf injury has become laughable.

Gustavsson has handled it all wrong, and it has put pressure on his players every time they are asked about Kerr’s injury and when, or if, she will play any part in the tournament.

He should have been up front as soon as the injury happened. It would have stopped the constant questioning about it, which would have allowed his players to focus on performing well on home soil.

Instead, he has let the Kerr issue grow to the point where it’s again going to be a huge talking point ahead of the game against Canada.

If Kerr’s calf is torn, there is no way she can play in that match, but such is the Matildas’ plight, thanks to the poor performance from Gustavsson, their captain might be thrust into action, which could have disastrous long-term consequences.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 29, 2023 10:20 am

always sit near an exit, particularly in helicopters flying over water

Wise advice.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 10:21 am

The public and separated parents should not be liable to pay race-based welfare payments or child support without proof from DNA-based ancestry and paternity testing.

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 10:23 am

Apologies for being a bit tardy this morning, especially with sooo many desperate for my regular Womens “fitba” update ….. LOL!
England looked the “goods” last night against Denmark .. they only scored one but very impressive performance .. deserving of early favouritism on that outing ….!
China – Haiti more about poor refereeing/VAR involving penalty calls (4) than for anything else ……..!

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 29, 2023 10:23 am

Albrechtsen, who must surely be a pariah in her own industry right now:

The media’s role has escaped scrutiny for too long

Massive, throbbing uptick.

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 29, 2023 10:25 am

Shorter Robbie Slater, go away Gustavsson you useless prick.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 29, 2023 10:27 am

Reposted for excellence – calli, at 6.12:

What I’ve learned about others in my immediate circle I will not forget easily. Like the SSM debate, it was fraught and full of hyperbole and emotional blackmail.

And no matter how much they try to whitewash it, I will never forget what our governments did, lock step with perilously few questioners. This does not bode well for the future, because they will try it again.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 10:28 am

It’s actually on channel Seven now.

“Sack the coach mid tourney”

Even coifed and troweled on make up bobble heads realise this is an insane idea.

If he’s so bad a coach, who appointed him, and shouldn’t they step down?

LOL

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 29, 2023 10:28 am

You wonder if the YES campaign have chosen to not spread the Mayo too thick with actual voters.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 10:31 am

Australian-based missile manufacture?

We already have that in Young, NSW.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 29, 2023 10:31 am

Imagine being on an overnight car ferry.

The Norwegian ferry line Havila Kystruten banned EVs in January this year. I don’t know whether that ban has held, or if they had to back down.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 29, 2023 10:31 am

Please. Let’s at least get knocked out before calling for repercussions. Are we no better than the British press?

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 10:36 am

And instead of bringing on a forward when the Matildas were trailing 3-1 to the Super Falcons, he brought on a defender in Clare Polkinghorne.

Hmm yes because you can’t win even if they keep on scoring more goals than you. Which players were buggered? Defenders? A strategy of scoring three unanswered goals purely by attacking really disregards the abilities of the other team.

That makes sense. The fresh guys can link up with and rotate through the midfield.

Were trailing 3-1 and lost 3-2.

So it sort of worked. They conceded too many unanswered goals early on.

No no, there shouldn’t be a discussion of why goals were let in, why goals were not scored or if the midfield was outplayed.

No, sack the coach!

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 10:37 am

And let’s not forget the whole Sam Kerr situation.

This is something that should never have become a “thing” .. Kerr isn’t your average striker but she ain’t any world beater, either ! .. the media created the hype around her to boost the WWC publicity and have dun her or the team no favours ..
It takes a “team” to win games, on occasion the individual stands out but 98% of win/lose is on all 11 ..
Reality is, besides all this substitute/coach blaming for the Nigeria defeat has shadowed the fact that the Oz goalkeeper had a shocker!.. she was caught out of place for both the 2nd & 3rd goals … tho the defensive supporting cast involvement was woeful for both those goals, as well ..!

JC
JC
July 29, 2023 10:39 am

Mother lode

Did you click on the link. Some areshole is lighting a fire in southern Italy caught by a drone vid.

Muddy
Muddy
July 29, 2023 10:40 am

Politicians are the most deceitful creatures to have ever existed.

If the inVoice were serious about changing measurable outcomes (rather than processes) for the most comparatively disadvantaged of our indigenous sisters and brothers, they would not seek to increase the breeding of an organism that arguably contributes nothing to its environment but waste.

Yet, still excited from the thrills of covidiocy, these Ladies & Lords of Fire want to burn baby, burn. Social pyromaniacs. Deviant, deceitful, pulseless enemas of morality.

flyingduk
flyingduk
July 29, 2023 10:41 am

Imagine being on a ship full of EVs….

Imagine being in a lift when an E bike goes nuclear

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/amazing-but-true/on-cam-e-bike-bursts-into-flames-inside-an-elevator/videoshow/82630172.cms

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
July 29, 2023 10:43 am

A positive take away is that I’ve learned a few unpleasant things about myself too – a bit too willing to go along with things and not rock the boat, particularly where family is concerned, is one of them. What I’ve learned about others in my immediate circle I will not forget easily.

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Yes calli, love of family is a biggie. When I was a little girl my paternal nonna said to me you should never show your children how much you love them” I asked why? She replied: if your children know how much you love them they can use that love as a weapon against you. At that moment I resolved to never deny myself the joy of loving my children if I ever had them, and of showing them my love, however, further to that was my resolve to never allow my child/children to weaponise my love for them against me.

And as it came to pass 55 years later that resolve was tested and, by the grace of God I was steadfast and now it’s as if nothing happened but I will never forget what was said to me and the threats made. I have forgiven but will never forget.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 10:46 am

Core logic guy on TV:

It takes 10 years to save 15% of your income to get a 20% deposit for the “average” home.

Sure, save with “low” inflation of 6% and gas and electricity bills going up 20-25% per quarter.

flyingduk
flyingduk
July 29, 2023 10:49 am

We must never forget what our own governments did to us – all in the name of supposedly protecting us.

And the shamefull collaboration of our vichy neighbours, workmates, friends, family etc.

If the people had said no, it would have finished in a week.

It was a character test which most failed…. I learned a lot about a lot of people, forgetting will never be an option.

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 10:51 am

When 2 EVs collide .. WOOF! ….

https://youtu.be/bVnEw8kk2l0

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 10:51 am

Yallop didn’t play in the Matildas’ 1-0 win over Ireland, and despite insisting she was fit in the build-up to the game against Nigeria, she again watched the entire match from the bench despite Australia chasing the game and in need of another attacker on the park.

The day before the game, Gustavsson said Yallop would be right to play “limited minutes”, so why not use her at all?

For the second game in succession, Gustavsson only used two of his five permitted substitutes.

This crystal ball gazing is really silly.

The coach knows the form the players are in and is communicating with them for the whole game. He said she was fit but was cautious. Now she can keep playing on.

The goal is to beat Canada and he has two of his best players ready to go.

Dot
Dot
July 29, 2023 10:54 am

If the people had said no, it would have finished in a week.

I held out for as long as I could on the vaccines.

People I worked with got vaccinated so they could go to the pub.

We all have corruptible principles but some people have a price that is far too low.

Rabz
July 29, 2023 10:57 am

I learned a lot about a lot of people, forgetting will never be an option

Nor will forgiving.

Revenge is a dish best served cold. Happy to bide my time.

cohenite
July 29, 2023 10:59 am

We all have corruptible principles but some people have a price that is far too low.

My price is enormous: I held out until my missus told me to get the jab. She’s very expensive.

local oaf
July 29, 2023 10:59 am

I said “credulous” and perhaps “trusting” would have been a kinder word. There are lots of people in Eastern Europe with plenty of reasons not to be too trusting.

Indeed.

35 years ago, people in Eastern Europe reached out to western intellectuals like Roger Scruton for advice on how to re-instate civil society.

Will the west have to ask Eastern Europe for help to do the same in the future?

Also, who will be left in the west who even understand what they have lost?

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 29, 2023 11:00 am

Gustavsson has been drinking his own bathwater, along with the rest of the squad. Favourable coverage with good lead in results for the tournament proper, on home soil. It made for a blockbuster campaign and the players love the limelight, but they haven’t performed.
The champions love the competition at its peak, see Messi and Mbappe.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 29, 2023 11:02 am

And no matter how much they try to whitewash it, I will never forget what our governments did, lock step with perilously few questioners. This does not bode well for the future, because they will try it again.

Yup.

Nicole Schwab, daughter of WEF’s Klaus Schwab Admits Covid Tyranny Was a Precursor to Coming Climate Lockdowns – Seeks to ‘create a change that is not incremental…to position nature at the core of the economy’ (28 Jul)

Nicole Schwab, daughter of WEF founder, Klaus Schwab: “Covid” has demonstrated that rapid and extreme changes to the fabric of society can be implemented when people perceive an immediate sense of emergency—a mechanism that can be applied to the “climate crisis” in order to accelerate the WEF’s ‘Great Reset’ agenda.

Chip off the old block. Does fascist insanity run in families? I hope she doesn’t get hot and excited with George Soros’s son, the progeny could well be mistaken for the kid from The Omen.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
July 29, 2023 11:06 am

Bruce of Newcastle
Jul 29, 2023 10:31 AM
Imagine being on an overnight car ferry.

The Norwegian ferry line Havila Kystruten banned EVs in January this year. I don’t know whether that ban has held, or if they had to back down.

The upshot is that these shipping companies shipping EVs will find it nigh on impossible to get any insurance cover or if they can then the insurance premiums will be sky high. Imagine a ship being powered by a giant battery. Boom comes to mind.

Jorge
Jorge
July 29, 2023 11:06 am

To me, it is incomprehensible that the Catholic bishops in Australia are not telling their parishioners that voting for the Labor party cannot be justified.

A pro-abortion group in the Labor Party known as “EMILY’s List” plans to move at the Australian Labor Party (ALP) National Conference in Brisbane 17 – 19 August 2023 to sanction free abortions.

Please contact the Prime Minister NOW – Stop the Expansion of Abortions in Australia

Tragically the practice and availability of the destruction of the lives of babies before birth by abortion is widespread in Australia today.
Since 1979 your taxes have been used to pay for abortions via Medicare.
Gradually every state and territory has moved to make abortion freely available at all stages of pregnancy right up to birth. This is disguised by the use of the term “reproductive health”.
Ironically today we see babies moving and growing inside the womb of mothers through ultrasound.
Even a child recognises a human baby if shown an ultrasound photo of an unborn baby.
A pro-abortion group in the Labor Party known as “EMILY’S List” plans to move [at ALP conference in Brisbane 17 – 19 August 2023] to sanction free abortions.
In other words your taxes and my taxes will contribute even more towards the killing of the unborn (even those born alive after abortion). They will be killed free of charge. Truly an Australian Holocaust!

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 29, 2023 11:06 am

Via Tim Blair comes this item. And you thought EVs were a waste of time. They are ushering in a new communal spirit!

miltonf
miltonf
July 29, 2023 11:08 am

It would also be impossible to imagine the late Queen sharing the podium, as Charles recently did, with London mayor Sadiq Khan for the launch of his ‘Climate Clock’, a doomsday stunt billed as a ‘visual reminder of the urgency of the climate crisis’.

When the Palace is challenged about such activism, the response is that the science of climate change is ‘settled’ and that the issue is therefore above politics.King Tampon I not getting off to a good start. I’ve had enough of him already.

eric hinton
eric hinton
July 29, 2023 11:09 am

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, we have our word of the day.

coots

miltonf
miltonf
July 29, 2023 11:09 am

Since 1979 your taxes have been used to pay for abortions via Medicare.

yes I thought so- Fraser as bad or worse than Whitlam

miltonf
miltonf
July 29, 2023 11:14 am

When I think of Fraser and McPhee I think hard left.

cohenite
July 29, 2023 11:17 am

King Tampon I not getting off to a good start. I’ve had enough of him already.

He’s an inbred POS. It’s hard to believe he comes from such sensible stock as Madge and Phil. The trouble is his chosen one, Will, looks to be just as stupid about this as his big eared dad.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 29, 2023 11:18 am

When I think of Fraser and McPhee I think hard left.

Wets. A beautiful description.

flyingduk
flyingduk
July 29, 2023 11:21 am

I learned a lot about a lot of people, forgetting will never be an option

Nor will forgiving.

I attended a leadership training day recently, one of the topics was ‘what to do when you were wrong’

Their template?

1) Say ‘I did this’
2) Say ‘I was wrong’
3) Say ‘I am sorry’
4) Spell out what you learned and why it won’t happen again
5) Ask if:
a) they can accept your apology
b) they can, perhaps at some future time, forgive

Note that accepting the apology, and forgiving, are NOT the same thing…..

Rabz
July 29, 2023 11:23 am

I’ve had enough of him already.

I’ve hated the pompous inbred imbecile for decades.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 29, 2023 11:25 am

Meme

Goes well with Johannes Leak’s toon today!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 11:30 am

Roger Cook predicts tight election as voters decide on who replaces McGowan in Rockingham
Joe SpagnoloThe West Australian
Sat, 29 July 2023 8:06AM
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WA Premier Roger Cook says today’s Rockingham by-election result “will be tight” as Labor fights to hold on to a seat that was once unwinnable for opponents.

With Rockingham voters turning out today (Saturday) to decide on former member Mark McGowan’s replacement, Labor operatives were privately fearing the worst and facing up to the unthinkable – that a 38 per cent safe Labor seat might fall to the Liberals, or an independent.

But Mr Cook was trying to keep positive.

“There are nine candidates, we have got the McGowan factor, we have issues around the Voice impacting on the community conversation as well,” Mr Cook said of obstacles Labor had faced this by-election.

“From that perspective I have been saying to the team ‘we can’t leave any stone turned.

“I think it will be tight, but I remain confident.”

But Mr Cook’s confidence was not being shared by Labor operatives who told The Sunday Times controversy surrounding the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act and the Voice had dominated the campaign.

Labor’s candidate is 28-year-old Magenta Marshall, while 21-year-old Peter Hudson is Liberal’s candidate.

Liberals last night were “quietly confident” that the result would go to preferences.

They hoped they would finish second after primaries were counted, but feared independent Hayley Edwards would score more votes on the back of disenchanted Labor voters.

At the 2021 state Election, Mr McGowan scored an 82.7 primary vote – winning every election since 1996 on first preferences.

A Liberal source said Labor had spent an estimated $150,000 on the campaign, while Mr Hudson’s campaign had been less than $50,000.

But as Rockingham residents wake to vote on what could be one of the biggest boilovers in WA political history, Ms Edwards was firming as a possible winner this election.

Ms Edwards, the deputy Mayor Rockingham whose term expires in October, was denied a chance to put her name up for Labor because her membership was 21 days overdue.

She said she was told the Labor Party had already made up its decision on its candidate prior to pre-selection.

“The feedback I am getting is that Rockingham is ready for change,” she said.

“A lot of residents feel they have been undervalued and ignored for a very long time.”

Rabz
July 29, 2023 11:31 am

Leak’s ‘toon today is hilarious.

“In space, no one can hear you crap on about your imaginary underprivileged upbringing.”

Except when they can, it seems.

Robert Sewell
July 29, 2023 11:35 am

Rosie
Jul 28, 2023 8:50 AM

it’s not fair but I don’t care, not really.

Please show me the ‘unfair’ bit.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 11:37 am

yes I thought so- Fraser as bad or worse than Whitlam

Fraser was the first of the LINO – elected with a massive majority in both Houses, given a clear mandate to clean up the shambles left by Goof the Whitless, and always seeing too timid to exercise that mandate for fear of what the Left would say about him.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 29, 2023 11:37 am

Good. Now roll the same out here.

UK Banks Commit to “the Principle of Non-Discrimination Based on Lawful Freedom of Expression” as to Clients (27 Jul)

The Treasury said the bank bosses at the meeting had committed to “the principle of non-discrimination based on lawful freedom of expression.”

The financial companies represented at the meeting were apparently Barclays UK, HSBC UK, Lloyds, Nationwide, NatWest, and Santander UK.

Somehow I doubt Albo will get around to doing this. It’s just too useful for the Left to ban inconvenient opponents from society.

Robert Sewell
July 29, 2023 11:37 am

calli
Jul 28, 2023 8:54 AM

Heard some twerp on WSFM on the way home shrieking that the water temperature in the Caribbean had reached 37 degrees!
We’re all going to dieeeeeeeee!

And here’s me, just finished putting out the medications for the next month.
You could have told me yesterday.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 29, 2023 11:47 am

Via Tim Blair comes this item. And you thought EVs were a waste of time. They are ushering in a new communal spirit!

Always fun to look up the authors of such stuff.

Betsy Reed (wiki)

She has also edited several books of investigative journalism, including Blackwater and Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill, and the essay collection Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare.[2]

Meeeoww!

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 29, 2023 11:48 am

Big problems for the WA Liars if the Swinging Pig goes marginal. Fun times.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 29, 2023 11:51 am

Knuckle Dragger
Jul 29, 2023 10:20 AM
always sit near an exit, particularly in helicopters flying over water

Wise advice.

Old saying.
“When helicopter hits deck accident only just beginning”.
I do believe that, if you want to be particularly annoying, you take the door seat during HUET training, and fiddle with the escape handle for 2.5 seconds more than necessary.
Apparently it causes an undue level of alarm.

Robert Sewell
July 29, 2023 11:51 am

Bruce:
https://www.foxla.com/news/tesla-flies-off-10-freeway-into-homeless-encampment
By the time this gets to court, the tent will have been holding 184 people of indeterminate sex, and 5 other of indeterminate species.
None of them will be homeless a day after the payout.
Reminds of the bus crashes in NY when dozens of people would fight to get on a bus after a minor collision, and hold their necks.

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 11:53 am

For the second game in succession, Gustavsson only used two of his five permitted substitutes.

Whether you need them or not, whether they play 30 minutes or 3 you use all 5 every game .. this why you see soo many coaches putting players on with 5 & less minutes to go .. not for impact but too wear the clock down ..
A coach doesn’t have any physical control of on-field play but is crucial in the use substitutes to gain advantage .. using only 2 of 5 in a must-win situation is ridiculous ..!

JC
JC
July 29, 2023 11:54 am

H B Bear
Jul 29, 2023 11:48 AM

Big problems for the WA Liars if the Swinging Pig goes marginal. Fun times.

Bear, can you elaborate on that in east coast English?

shatterzzz
July 29, 2023 11:55 am

The goal is to beat Canada and he has two of his best players ready to go.

Optimism! .. gotta luv it .. LOL!

Robert Sewell
July 29, 2023 11:56 am

OldOzzie
Jul 28, 2023 9:15 AM
OPERA BUFFA IN UKRAINE

As the war drags on, delusions mount, with no end, or victory, in sight

“What will Putin do? We don’t think that far,” the official said. “Our national strategy is that Zelensky can do whatever he wants to do. There’s no adult supervision.”

They may want to rethink that statement when Putin does his lolly and hits the nuclear power station with a 20kt tactical nuke when the wind is travelling east to west.

miltonf
miltonf
July 29, 2023 11:56 am

I’ve had enough of him already.

I’ve hated the pompous inbred imbecile for decades.

I used to think he was an amiable idiot but harmless- WRONG

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
July 29, 2023 11:58 am

Imagine being in a lift when an E bike goes nuclear

We had the old bloke in Feraldton incinerated when the batteries in his mobility scooter went up.

Robert Sewell
July 29, 2023 11:59 am

ZK2A:

Seems one Michael Caine – you may have heard of him – was a Communist sympathiser – went to serve in Korea – came home a staunch anti – Communist.

Not many people knew that.
🙂

JC
JC
July 29, 2023 12:01 pm

It sounds very plausible from what I read earlier.

Zelensky has all the goods on the Hiden crime family, so Hiden has become the Z man’s little bitch.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 29, 2023 12:03 pm

Robert S

They may want to rethink that statement when Putin does his lolly and hits the nuclear power station with a 20kt tactical nuke when the wind is travelling east to west.

I doubt that Putin is silly enough to rely on a long term change in the wind.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 29, 2023 12:04 pm

Bear, can you elaborate on that in east coast English?

Gotta keep the spooks on their toes.

JC
JC
July 29, 2023 12:05 pm

ladies, look! Also for trannies too I guess.

A new wearable ultrasound patch designed to fit inside a bra could expedite the detection of breast cancer. This device is engineered to monitor breast tissue and identify tumors in their early stages, significantly boosting patients’ survival rates.

More here.

JC
JC
July 29, 2023 12:06 pm

Okay, but WTF is the “swinging pig”?

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