Open Thread – Weekend 29 July 2023


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

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 8:20 pm

“unceeded territory”.

You couldn’t defend that territory. Very few, if, any races were conquered so utterly, or mounted such an ineffectual resistance. A few unarmed settlers and their families murdered is hardly Little Big Horn.

Robert Sewell
July 29, 2023 8:21 pm

Steve trickler
Jul 28, 2023 8:12 PM

Hachiko!
Hachiko, more than a story

I hope – if we can make it to another Planet – the colonists get to take along some dogs. They’ve been a wonderful partners since the last Ice Age.
Cats will just stowaway as they wish, and is their self proclaimed right.

Muddy
Muddy
July 29, 2023 8:23 pm

calli
Jul 29, 2023 7:50 PM

Most “Economics” is just common sense leavened with some basic knowledge of the Scientific Method.

Plus chicken entrails.

The presence of moisture is a clear sign of the need for gubbermint stimulus. Ditto with dessication.

Pogria
Pogria
July 29, 2023 8:24 pm

Nelson,
commiserations. When mum came to live with me, the siblings had gone through her stuff and kept the valuables and discarded what I believed priceless, childhood items which mum had been keeping for the fledging who had left home early.

Razey
Razey
July 29, 2023 8:25 pm

We invite pallid female drips onto the pitch to tell us how horrible we are. They cavort around a bit and are paid handsomely for their efforts. Then we applaud them.

Stupid country.

Part of the demoralisation process so we will acquiesce and pay the rent willingly.

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 8:26 pm

“unceded territory”.

In a sense, it’s true. It was hunter/gatherer territory.

Homonyms matter. 🙂

Bar Beach Swimmer
July 29, 2023 8:29 pm

On the “welcome” vs. “acknowledgement”…

Calli, Aborigines do “welcomes”; others (aka white fellas) do “acknowledgements”. See Qantas staff for the latter.

Rabz
July 29, 2023 8:31 pm

Mum’s still driving to the shops, not sure for how long now. At least it’s a small degree of independence.

err, NKP, at 90?

If she is, then good on her. 🙂

We are free beings on this planet.

Indolent
Indolent
July 29, 2023 8:37 pm
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 29, 2023 8:39 pm

Mum’s still driving to the shops, not sure for how long now. At least it’s a small degree of independence.

err, NKP, at 90?

My aunt in Louisiana was still driving to Canasta at 96. She gave it away at 97 and one of the cousins had to drive her twice weekly, as she was a top player still.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 8:40 pm

Mum’s still driving to the shops, not sure for how long now. At least it’s a small degree of independence.

My mother is 92 – she still goes to the shops on a mobility scooter, and is in the habit of writing peevish letters to the local papers, on issues that displease her.

Robert Sewell
July 29, 2023 8:41 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Jul 28, 2023 9:54 PM

Farmers’ revolt threatens to stifle the Indigenous voice to parliament

It would be interesting to see what a half crop planting would do to the governments attention. Perhaps it would focus it somewhat.
The big Co Ops wouldn’t go for it. How much of the crop do they bring in?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 8:42 pm

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

LizzieB – I’m reading Anne De Courcey’s book “The Husband Hunters” Your review, published in Quadrant magazine, is tipped inside…

calli
calli
July 29, 2023 8:43 pm

Oops. Homophones matter even more!

Muddy
Muddy
July 29, 2023 8:44 pm

Steve trickler
Jul 29, 2023 7:53 PM

A revisit of this clip.

Thanks, Steve. A good find. I’ve only watched a minute or two, but bookmarked it for another day.

Back when I had a couple of spare smackers, I was a fan of the British ‘After the Battle’ magazine series, which has been doing the then & now angle for several decades, albeit in still form. I have a stack of great quality hardcovers of their collected titles, such as Gallipoli Then and New, Monte Cassino, Battle of Britain, etc.

Once we discard history, we are no more superior than any other animal, despite our fondness for self-deception.

Robert Sewell
July 29, 2023 8:45 pm

thefrollickingmole
Jul 28, 2023 10:22 PM

“ new improved turd on a string, just like a turd, but lovingly polished with taxpayer money, dipped in up to 16% Aboriginality* and on a string

You can’t polish a turd, but you can roll it in glitter.
Hmmm… I spy with my little eye, A Global Glitter Shortage!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 8:47 pm

It would be interesting to see what a half crop planting would do to the governments attention. Perhaps it would focus it somewhat.

Any resistance is likely to take the form of total and utter non- compliance.

Robert Sewell
July 29, 2023 8:49 pm

Robert Sewell
Jul 29, 2023 10:29 AM
Indolent:

BREAKING Rep. James Comer says six banks, including JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo, submitted over 170 suspicious activity reports to the Treasury Department regarding the Biden family, alleging their involvement in money laundering, human trafficking, and tax fraud.

The boil is being lanced, and the Operating Theatre is flowing with Biden pus. It’s like the Sorcerers Apprentice from when Disney made good films.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 8:49 pm

“Daily Mail.” Getting better then the circus.

Brittany Higgins: Public war of words between journalists Janet Albrechtsen and Samantha Maiden over coverage

Nelson_Kidd-Players
July 29, 2023 8:56 pm

When I was a kid my Mum told me of her mother’s brother driving in Florida in his 90s and even then I had visions of this old guy cruising US freeways in his land yacht under endless sunshine. It seemed so exotic to me then!

Nelson_Kidd-Players
July 29, 2023 9:00 pm

Much better than a freeway full of SUVs, even in the peak malaise era.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=hnMh5rTe-KY

Muddy
Muddy
July 29, 2023 9:08 pm

Random thoughts on history.

There is a difference – often ill-defined – between a lesson observed and a lesson learned.

From a practical perspective, there is too much recorded human history to expect us (so preoccupied with surviving in the here and now, or planning for/worrying about, the future), to recollect and then act upon, any past lessons.

Without fail, we regard our own generations as more intelligent and enlightened; therefore unlikely to make the mistakes of our ancestors.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 9:11 pm

Much better than a freeway full of SUVs, even in the peak malaise era.

David Halberstam’s book “The Reckoning”, about how Ford Motor Company was overtaken by Nissan, of Japan, who were, in their turn overtaken by Hyundai, makes interesting reading.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 29, 2023 9:16 pm

Robert Sewell
Jul 29, 2023 8:21 PM
Steve trickler
Jul 28, 2023 8:12 PM

Hachiko!
Hachiko, more than a story

I hope – if we can make it to another Planet – the colonists get to take along some dogs. They’ve been a wonderful partners since the last Ice Age.
Cats will just stowaway as they wish, and is their self proclaimed right.

I remember the phone call from mum when Oma’s dog passed. Oma passed away a year before. The cat was headbutting her non stop early in the morning and she ignored her. After a hour she got up to let her out thinking she needed a piss. The cat didn’t move from the bed and Borris on the floor the didn’t move. He’d gone.

I drove over and dug the hole in the backyard around sun up. Pick him up, wrapped in him a blanket and laid him down.

We’d let him off the leash in the hospice where Oma was staying and he’d just visit rooms under his own accord. The nurses were cool and smiles abound.

I miss him and so does the cat. He was a miniature Collie.

Indolent
Indolent
July 29, 2023 9:22 pm
Rabz
July 29, 2023 9:23 pm

Miss Planet – accept no substitutes …

Oz’s premier singing and dancing goil – rendering the K irrelevant.

🙂

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 9:30 pm

FDrom the Rockingham by – election. Even the cockroaches normally vote Labor.

Primary swing of 30 per cent against Labor in first three booths

The first three booths have reported results, with a consistent 30 per cent swing against Labor emerging.

Numbers from Bungaree Primary School, Cooloongup Primary School and East Waikiki Primary School have all shown a drop from the historic high of 2021.

However, given the high levels of support, the results mean Magenta Marshall will win each of the three booths – the latter two on primary support alone.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 29, 2023 9:43 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgZoOGO0F0o

The Can – can – danced at the Moulin Rouge. Shocked and stunned I was – shocked and stunned.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 29, 2023 9:47 pm

Hunter Biden Remains a ‘Good Standing’ D.C. Bar Member

Hunter Biden remains a “good standing” member of the D.C. Bar’s association, despite evidence of illicit activities and court proceedings, according to the bar’s website.

During Wednesday’s court proceedings, Hunter Biden told the judge he was licensed to practice law in Washington, DC, and Connecticut.

In February, the D.C. Bar told Breitbart News that Hunter is “not a member of the D.C. Bar.”

The bar’s statement was consistent with the Associated Press’s reporting from 2014 in which it claimed the “Current District of Columbia bar records do not show Biden as member.” However, Hunter’s D.C. Bar license says he was admitted in 2007.

Breitbart News followed up by sending a screenshot of the search query of the D.C. Bar’s website that listed Hunter as a member.

The D.C. Bar’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel replied they had searched their records in error and that Hunter was indeed a member of the D.C. Bar.

“I confirmed,” Disciplinary Counsel Phil Fox of the D.C. Bar replied. “He is admitted in D.C.; we just didn’t know his [Hunter Biden] first name was Robert when we looked him up.”

Hunter Biden is also licensed to practice law in Connecticut. As Breitbart News reported in February, Hunter Biden’s law license remains administratively suspended:

Hunter is forbidden from practicing law in Connecticut until he pays the $75 fee assessed to every lawyer in the state and a $75 reinstatement fee, according to Section 2-79 of Connecticut’s Practice Book. A search of Connecticut’s license database reveals Hunter failed to pay the small fee three times in two years.

The database shows Hunter’s license was first administratively suspended on March 16, 2021. The database additionally indicates Hunter was most recently flagged on June 14, 2022, for “failure to pay the Client Security Fund fee in accordance with Practice Book Section 2-70.”

It is unclear why Hunter has not paid the fee. Lawyers can pay the fee online at http://www.jud.ct.gov.

Hunter’s Connecticut license shows it is registered at an address located at the House of Sweden in Washington, DC, at an office space he used to facilitate a Chinese energy deal with CEFC China Energy Co. In 2017, Hunter earned a $1 million legal retainer from the company’s chairman, Ye Jianming. Hunter also received a large diamond from Ye worth an estimated $80,000 in February 2017.

In March, Republican investigators obtained SARs on Rob 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.

Muddy
Muddy
July 29, 2023 10:08 pm

Gimme a dog for company any day. Kelpie.
I’d be shattered without mine – even more of an anti-social, possible danger-to-society than I’m planning to become.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 29, 2023 10:10 pm

The AFR View

Perilous policies scare away scarce investment capital

Australia’s politicians need to learn how to attract mobile capital – not shrug it off in the manner of Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

Dan Andrews is darn right about markets. If housing investors don’t like his plans for rent controls and land taxes, then “it’s a market economy”, he said. They are free to sell up in Victoria and go elsewhere.

And leave behind a state so short of accommodation that it has to renege on its Commonwealth Games commitments to pay for new social housing projects – and which has chosen what’s viewed by almost every economist as the most counterproductive housing supply-stifling response available in its attempts to fix the problem.

If only such complacency ended at the Victorian border. Even within the federal government there is sometimes little grasp of what mobile capital means or what is needed to attract it.

Australia’s future bounty in critical clean-tech metals like lithium and copper as the global energy transition takes off could be worth more than now-declining thermal coal prices as soon as 2025. But are governments actively out there attracting the investment it needs, or just shrugging it off Andrews-style with poor policies and avoidable cost hits?

The first instinct of many in the Albanese government, as the Productivity Commission has just highlighted, is to load up the critical minerals industry with costs by trying to turn it into an uncompetitive battery-making industry, vainly trying to outplay the trillion-dollar subsidy machines in the US, Europe and China.

Australia should instead be using American taxpayers’ generous incentives to supply raw materials to all the battery contenders from its huge competitive deposits. That’s what Resources Minister Madeleine King rightly calls the “smarts, not subsidies” that built Western Australia’s resources export miracle.

Australia’s cost competitiveness is at stake. And it’s now set alongside the unavoidable financial cost of global warming.

Australia “needs to play to its natural advantages”, she says. That means getting mineral extraction and processing right has to be the first priority.

Yet the government is carelessly putting formidable barriers in front of people trying to do precisely that.

BHP is set to merge its Olympic Dam and Oak Dam mines with the former OZ Minerals Prominent Hill and Carrapeteena mines that it now owns, to create a single huge South Australian copper basin to compete with the world’s biggest copper miner, Chile.

Ominously, minerals explorer Rudy Gomez, who discovered the Carrapeteena deposit, tells AFR Weekend that for all the rhetoric about clean technology, such finds would be much harder in today’s political and regulatory environment.

BHP Australia boss Geraldine Slattery says that the Albanese government’s “same work, same pay” labour hire rules could increase the copper basin’s costs by $200 million to $500 million a year, adding up to a $2 billion hit on its growth potential.

Cost of meeting union demands

That is the cost of meeting the ACTU’s political demands on the Albanese government, and with no productivity dividend in return.

And it’s despite the fact that workers at BHP’s in-house labour hire company have just voted up a new agreement in the face of union opposition.

Battery metals are naturally more expensive to mine and process than iron ore or coal, making them more cost-sensitive. Whether it’s copper, LNG or iron ore, Australia has to compete for the capital of our big mining companies with opportunities in the rest of the world. Rio Tinto is increasing spending on its Simandou iron ore project in Guinea. Notoriously expensive Australian LNG projects have to add up against gas prospects in developing nations, which have cost obstacles of their own.

And more broadly, business investment is driving America’s surprise 2.4 per cent second-quarter GDP growth. That’s unlikely here.

Australia’s cost competitiveness is at stake. And it’s now set alongside the unavoidable financial cost of global warming, which has delivered a brutal reminder in this northern summer’s prolonged heat waves.

Rio Tinto has written down the value of two Australian alumina refineries by $1.2 billion to meet the cost of the safeguard mechanism. Energy giant AGL’s chair Patricia McKenzie warned this week that “we haven’t even begun to pay for this transition yet”, and fears the cost-of-living crisis could undermine political support for it.

Isn’t that just all the more reason not to further inflate the cost of the green transition with ineffective subsidy schemes, poor use of Australia’s natural advantages, and productivity-killing workplace deals – while undermining Australia’s national competitiveness in the process?

Muddy
Muddy
July 29, 2023 10:15 pm

Indolent.
Jul 29, 2023 9:25 PM

We must NEVER forget what they have done.

Four years ago I would have read that, said a quiet ‘Ooookay then’ and rolled my eyes.
Not now.
I don’t blame individuals who succumbed because of coercion.
I DO blame those who coerced, and I DO blame the bajillions of so-called community and social organisations, none of which – NONE – gave a peep about those they claimed to represent.

Blame isn’t enough though. It’s hollow and unproductive.
Bitterness and venom only poisons oneself.
But what else is there?
Disengagement. Pffft.

I feel like a ronin searching for a master.

Rabz
July 29, 2023 10:20 pm

He knows he shouldn’t kill
Yet he knows he always will

He is the one who must decide who’s to live and who’s to die
yet he never sees the writing on the wall …

He’s the universal soldier and he really is to blame …

As uglee, ridiculous and hippee as the concepts above are, the donovan raises no interesting points at all.

FFS, my ol’ man was a “Universal Soldier”. He was not to blame. He did however, help to put an end to a monstrous war.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
July 29, 2023 10:22 pm

Hypothetically
If someone caught an instigator of the lockdowns and gave them the choice of losing a hand vs losing their wedding tackle could you be charged for what they chose?
After all it wasn’t coercion ( under their new, improved meaning) as they had a choice.

Much like lose job/ career vs take unwanted medical intervention.

This might be the perfect loophole for all budding serial mutilators.
“ I didn’t assault them, they chose to have their foot hacked off”

/ asio kiddie hits big red button

Rabz
July 29, 2023 10:25 pm
Razey
Razey
July 29, 2023 10:27 pm

I feel like a ronin searching for a master.

I’m thinking to just live like Martin Riggs.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 29, 2023 10:29 pm

Yesterday, in line with our view that we need to see a bit of the country we are visiting, and not just ‘let people serve us in a hotel’ as Bruce imagines, we took a car and a driver and ventured forth to ‘the other side of the island’, which is what the town of Balik Pulau means. It was good to get a glimpse of how life is lived away from the more built up areas, in villages, and also to drive through the more salubrious parts of Penang where the houses are impressive and the schools are mostly private; similar to major cities everywhere in that regard. Penang island is 60% Chinese, 30% Islamic Malay and the rest of mix of ethnicities and religions. The Chinese are Buddhist or Christian. The total island population is circa 1.3 million.

We saw paddy fields, orchards and other local horticulture and small-scale service industries and local shops lining main streets, there’s even a horse-riding school, but what impressed the most was the way in which areas ‘belonged’ to either Buddhist Chinese, Islamic Malays or Chinese Roman Catholics. Indians seem to stay in Penang in Little India and have a major Hindu temple there. Education was clearly a paramount value for every group, for there were well-kept schools everywhere. As it was Friday, an Islamic primary school was letting students out at noon for Friday prayers in an Islamic community. The pick-up by parents was on and it seemed so familiar, with parents in cars (and, because it’s Asia, on motorbikes) awaiting the little ones, all girls. Even the five year olds were wearing the islamic schoolgirl hijabs (rather like a hood reaching over the shoulders) essential to their uniform . Mum, dad and two little girls waved happily at us as they all took off on dad’s motor bike, a kid between each adult.

We then moved on to the actual town of Balik Palau, which features a monument at some 3-way crossroads, originally the town water pump where in the eighteenth century horses and elephants (none left on the island now) used to drink, with the monument raised to celebrate the visit of a British Colonial governor in 1882. A Chinese businessman paid for it. It seems a strange tribute given its purpose, for although it’s a traditional small spire, on its base a small red sun-head gargoyle was bulging-eyed and hideous, to drive off evil spirits, or maybe the Governor?

The pride of this town, and only other tourist monument, standing at the top of the high street is its French-styled Catholic church, the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, a truly gracious and beautiful building, white with a long nave with carved oak pews and a transept with many beautiful stained glass windows up near the altar. The nave was lined by plain arched windows and embellished only with small paintings of the many Stations of the Cross. A seagoing touch is introuced on pedestals at the door, where two giant clam shell halves form the basins for holy water. A statue of the church’s patron saint, Our Lady of Fatima was on display gorgeously gowned in a glass case just inside the door, as embellished as the golden spire on the square tower at the entrance. Pope John Paul 11 visited to congratulate the church, founded in 1852, for its 150th century and a half of Christian worship. His picture and message of hope is between the conch shell pedestals. A group of Chinese people came in as we left, and went straight to the altar to pray. A school and presbytery is attached, and so, if I may lower the tone, I was to discover, was a very clean European public toilet.

On the way out of Penang we’d passed by many small mosques and in Penang itself the big main mosque, and as a final conclusion to a tiring day our driver insisted we visit the major Buddhist temple, which occupies a whole hillside. He’d picked up that we enjoyed religious sites. It took an age and much effort to climb up to the funicular lift that took visitors up to see the statue of Buddha at the peak. We bought two tickets and then gave them away as we realised the wait among the crowds would be long. There was no shortage of golden Buddhas to see in the many shrines on the hillside anyway, and a massive major golden Buddha in the main shrine, with many gesticulating smaller ones in gold lining either side of the shrine. On the way home we also sped along a major road where Christian missions of all denominations were staking their claim on buildings. Methodists were big, so were SDA’s, and Jehovah’s Witnesses, but the Church of Englands were notable only by their few remaining churches. I wonder if they were less missionary and more there for the British rulers of the day. Our driver, Hussein, told us he want to a Methodist school, along with many other Islamic students, and said that all publically funded schools were ethnically mixed by law. He also said Allah would forgive him for praying late this Friday, after he had delivered us back to our hotel, because he was doing essential work. Earning money for the family is allowed, he said very firmly.

Muddy
Muddy
July 29, 2023 10:32 pm

thefrollickingmole
Jul 29, 2023 10:22 PM

It’s only safe to respond to that using facial expressions.
Just a minute while I add another three layers of tape over my webcam.
(Hi Simon. I hope your hypertension is under control now).

Muddy
Muddy
July 29, 2023 10:42 pm

Razey
Jul 29, 2023 10:27 PM

I’m thinking to just live like Martin Riggs.

Or the bad dude from Gibson’s Apocalypto.
Not sure I’d want to share a lift with him.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 29, 2023 10:44 pm

I had forgotten these – was on SBS 2017, but worth watching – as a commenter says

This is probably the single most important video to understand the current war in the Ukraine. Absolutely incredible.

Oliver Stone 2017 -the putin interviews part 1 480p hdtv x264 rmteam

The Putin Interviews Oliver Stone Part 2 of 4 ENG SUB

Interview with Vladimir Putin Part 3 – Oliver Stone

Interview with Vladimir Putin Part 4 – Oliver Stone

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 29, 2023 10:54 pm

LizzieB – I’m reading Anne De Courcey’s book “The Husband Hunters” Your review, published in Quadrant magazine, is tipped inside…

Inside a new edition? Gosh, these reviews do get around. People have also contacted me re the Arthurian stuff.

Amor Towels read my review of his book A Gentleman in Moscow, and got in touch with me about it. As he’s a NY Times Bestselling Author, I was pleased. Hairy’s currently reading his latest book, The Lincoln Highway, on my recommendation. Maybe I should review it for Quadrant, lol, later, later maybe, but right now dinner awaits, room service has just arrived with it.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 29, 2023 10:58 pm
Rabz
July 29, 2023 11:05 pm
slackster
slackster
July 29, 2023 11:20 pm

Amazing footage of a Russian T62 tank commander with brass balls this morning in Ukraine:

https://litter.catbox.moe/kbrl1t.mp4

Rabz
July 29, 2023 11:21 pm

A goil – in LA before she went to Noo Yoik.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
July 29, 2023 11:22 pm

Was there any confirmation/ name in the rumour McClown had got another member of his party preggers?

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 29, 2023 11:35 pm
thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
July 29, 2023 11:36 pm

Slackster

Big brass ones indeed.
Feel bad for the poor bloody conscripts getting minced though.

Indolent
Indolent
July 29, 2023 11:41 pm
Rabz
July 29, 2023 11:41 pm

She’s a Star, featuring the Keeley*

*No, not the other womanage, you pervs … 🙂

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 29, 2023 11:48 pm
Indolent
Indolent
July 29, 2023 11:48 pm
Indolent
Indolent
July 30, 2023 12:00 am

Very little that we don’t already know about. No one held to account for any of it.

Truth Justice ™
@SpartaJustice

THE CIA EXPOSED: Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. exposes the CIA for crimes committed on U.S. soil against millions of Americans involving Bioweapons, Experiments, Operation Paperclip, MK Ultra mind control, Anthrax attack on U.S. Capitol and the Milgram experiment.

In a separate interview Jim Caviezel confirms that the CIA operates the world’s biggest Pedophile ring involving the trafficking of millions of innocent children.

Operation Paperclip was a secret United States intelligence program in which more than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians were taken from the former Nazi Germany to the U.S. for government employment after the end of World War II. Many of these personnel were former members and some were former leaders of the Nazi Party.

MK Ultra was a top secret CIA project in which the agency conducted hundreds of clandestine experiments, sometimes on unwitting U.S. citizens to assess the potential use of LSD and other drugs for mind control, information gathering and psychological torture. The secret program didn’t become public until 1975 during a congressional investigation into widespread illegal CIA activities within the United States and around the world. It is still being used today.

The Milgram Experiment was an obedience to authority figure experiment in which a series of social psychology experiments were conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram. They measured the willingness of study participants. Forty men in the age range of 20 to 50 from a diverse range of occupations with varying levels of education to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts conflicting with their personal conscience.

Participants were led to believe that they were assisting an unrelated experiment in which they had to administer electric shocks to a “learner.” These fake electric shocks gradually increased to levels that would have been fatal had they been real. The experiment found unexpectedly that a very high proportion of subjects would fully obey the instructions with every participant going up to 300 volts and 65% going up to the full 450 volts which would kill the participants.

The CIA is the tool used by the Committee of 300 to accomplish their will upon humanity. We must unite together as a people and finish the fight that Joseph Kennedy started 60 years ago when he recommended the disbanding of the CIA.

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated because he exposed the CIA and the Committee of 300 for its corruption and murder. He wanted to splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter them to the winds. We will finish this fight and we will reclaim humanity.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
July 30, 2023 12:06 am

Rabz
I am shocked and appalled.
I click every one of your links which isn’t YouTube, cos my household has signed me out for my own protection.
Shocked, appalled, and bookmarked for later reference.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 30, 2023 12:26 am

Indolent
Jul 30, 2023 12:01 AM
Tom Renz
@RenzTom

Anthony Fauci belongs under GITMO. He is one of the most corrupt people on the planet, and what he’s done is mind blowing. But Anthony Fauci is a smart guy and he knows where the bodies are buried and that’s why he’s still so protected. If Fauci squawks then this whole thing comes down.

It was that f*cking bitch Deborah Birx who was barking orders to Fauci.

She’s still under the radar.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 30, 2023 12:47 am
Chris
Chris
July 30, 2023 1:04 am

The Can – can – danced at the Moulin Rouge. Shocked and stunned I was – shocked and stunned.

by the stunning… er, cunning…

In other news, Jessica Biel in the local repertory Can-Can – Easy VIrtue.

The tango scene in that movie is a ripper.

Chris
Chris
July 30, 2023 1:17 am

But I love Argentine Tango in the movies.

But THIS is the real deal. She is gorgeous but he is just velvet.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 30, 2023 1:20 am

Sat’dy nite here, and it’s two hours behind Sydney.

Sorry, Cassie, to hear of your woes with the elderly. I have lotsa Sportscraft, new Sheriden sheets and towels (just the other day), and new clothing still tagged because it was aspirational when I bought it and things have only got worse in terms of fit since then.

Maybe it’s just because I am getting on a bit. 🙂

Today we had brekkie, I read my book and while Hairy went to the gym I did two Mr. Motivator sessions online in the privacy of our suite (heaps roomy), we had lunch chez nous, then showered ready for our couples massage. Do you want separate rooms, they asked, and Hairy blanched and clung to me (more or less) and we stayed together. I told him he had to put the little black disposable panties on (like for an xray, I consoled) and the hairnet, but he refused the hairnet. We were both pushed, rubbed and pummeled for an hour and a half (I found the going rather tough there), and then we had a swim, and ‘quality time’ together. Dins chez nous too.

I’m really quite done in, had enough for today. Best to you with your mum. She’s only two years older than me. As others have said, those falls really do need investigation, but also, how is she sleeping? Lack of sleep can induce a tendency to fall, so check that out too. She’s obviously deeply grieved over your stepfather, so give it time as well. Things may settle down yet.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 30, 2023 1:24 am

Cassie, Sportscraft have just opened up in Rose Bay. lol. They must be on to something.
All of us passing by old ladies hop in and say, oh glory be, what a bargain, etc. 🙂

pete of perth
pete of perth
July 30, 2023 2:10 am

Magneta claims labour victory link

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 2:37 am

Robert Sewell
Jul 29, 2023 7:35 PM

Cohenite:
I posted:
“These tweets of threats – you HAVE passed them on to the the police haven’ t you?”
She sounds like someone who makes claims on line, but can’t/won’t prove them.

Here’s proof of one of Turtlehead’s lies about me.

The “Brian” comment, which has been posted several times to counter Turtlehead’s constant lie.

Brian of Moorabbin
#2589657, posted on December 21, 2017 at 2:01 am

FOR THE LAST TIME

JC DID NOT phone my superiors, nor did he send a letter to them.

The phonecall was made by a FEMALE (which JC most definitely is not), and the caller ID pinged the phone as being from a university in Queensland.

The letter was stamped with a Queensland Post Office stamp.

Please cease all further commentary on this matter, lest I make a formal complaint to the DoomLord requesting that people engaging in slanderous behaviour be banned from this site.

Go brawl with each other over some other issue… do NOT drag me into it!

Enough is enough, ffs…

Found here

calli
calli
July 30, 2023 5:34 am

That was an interesting walk down Memory Lane. Scrolled past old familiar names…was it only six years ago? So much has changed.

Doomlord’s “intervention” is hilarious.

And then there’s this:

John Constantine
#2589727, posted on December 21, 2017 at 7:49 am
Australia, remember when their ABC used to lecture the proles that generous socialism spending was required because:

“We are such a wealthy country?.”

In yarragrad we are now so wealthy that rural open road speed limits on gravel are to be cut to seventy kilometers an hour from a hundred.

Cheaper than fixing the roads.

Our ability to force the proles to drive slower on broken roads is our strength.

Comrades.

I hope he’s still with us. An occasional lurker, perhaps.

rugbyskier
rugbyskier
July 30, 2023 6:36 am

My laptop’s still working but Tom’s isn’t, so here’s The Week in Pictures

miltonf
miltonf
July 30, 2023 6:42 am

Prior to her candidacy, Magenta worked briefly as a minor officer at the Transport Workers Union,[4] then worked four years as an electorate officer to David Michael MLA between 2017 and 2021.[4] After that, she worked one year as a campaign director at WA Labor, responsible for ‘local campaigns and women’s organising’

miltonf
miltonf
July 30, 2023 6:45 am

I’m beginning to think political office is not available for real people.

calli
calli
July 30, 2023 6:56 am

Thanks ‘skier.

My personal favourites (which I can’t link…grrrrr)

– the Marxberg
– personal water bottle (right at the very end)

Those idiotic bottles drive me crazy. Hung on backpacks, they clout you in the face when the halfwit turns, they roll under the seats of buses (usually mine) so the owner ferrets around under you looking for it, if they’re glass they smash, if they’re plastic what’s the point, if they’re aluminium they’re solid electricity. As the meme suggests they appear to be an adult dummy. /rant

Gabor
Gabor
July 30, 2023 6:58 am

calli
Jul 30, 2023 5:34 AM

That was an interesting walk down Memory Lane.

I did scroll down too, although all of that was before my time on the blog.
Interesting to find some of the same characters, but I was not impressed by the recall of posts.

They were neither enlightening nor illuminating on the subject matter, simply the same insults thrown around as is today, without a shred of evidence from either side.

Trying to prove a negative? It’s like Ed asking to be proved wrong.
How do you prove “He/she/it didn’t do it?

Ps, ‘Serena of the pub’ I assume is the publican of many names from the north?

lotocoti
lotocoti
July 30, 2023 7:08 am

The palestinian flags make it perfect.

Pogria
Pogria
July 30, 2023 7:08 am

McGowan’s replacement in WA.
It’s just a jump to the left.

http://www.rockyhorrorwiki.org/wiki2/index.php?title=File:Magenta_RHPS.jpg

calli
calli
July 30, 2023 7:09 am

Very difficult Gabor, but the person in the best position to know (apart from the clown who phoned/wrote) said the accusation was untrue and said why.

I choose to believe Brian.

All water under the bridge now. Those of us who have been around a long time have our own theories. And I’ll leave it at that for Brian’s sake and as he requested.

calli
calli
July 30, 2023 7:12 am

In other news, still not back to EST, seem to be three hours ahead. So I’ve knocked over a basket of pre-dawn ironing before heading off to church.

For extra righteousness! 😀

Gabor
Gabor
July 30, 2023 7:19 am

For extra righteousness! ?

Could do with some spiritual reinforcing myself, I tend to have less than Christian thoughts about my fellow men.

lotocoti
lotocoti
July 30, 2023 7:40 am

Those poor wee kiddies fleeing war torn Albania have really riled up the Oirish.

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 30, 2023 7:43 am

Piers Akerman might just read this blog:

Park your reasoning at the exit for Logic, 580km southwest of Sydney, when you head down the Hume Highway to darkest Danistan, as I did last week. It’s apparently an industrial estate but it may be where rational thinking stops.

There are plenty of pubs in Victoria and there wouldn’t be one in which Victorian Premier Dan Andrews could pass any sort of trustworthiness test. The cancellation of the 2026 Commonwealth Games was just the latest in a series of policy backflips which defy rational explanation.

Andrews said the Games had to be ditched because of a cost blowout of some $4bn since the estimated $2.6bn in the May budget.

His squad of truth polluters employed diversionary tactics to get locals to look away at a train test-driving on a new line.

More than $50bn was spent on service contacts and consultants in 2020-21, two-thirds on government employees, and the tripling cost of the Games went unnoticed.

The parliamentary secretary responsible for managing the event, Darren Cheeseman, was last week still being paid nearly $50,000 a year, plus expenses, on top of his base wage of nearly $200,000.

Millions more were going to Games executives hired by regional councils to oversee the implementation of the non-events in their areas.

Compensation for the cancellation is expected to cost more than $1bn, though no agreement was reached after a team flew to a fruitless meeting with the Games administrators in the UK.

Paying billions for nothing is not a new practice for Victoria under Labor though. Andrews paid out over $1bn for an East-West link road that was never built, though he pledged that the contract could be ripped up at no cost because it was not worth the paper it was written on.

The state’s net debt is projected to reach $171bn by June 2027, from $22bn in 2018, and is expected to reach $234bn in 2032-33 if the debt ratio remains stable. That’s larger than the combined debts of NSW, Queensland and Tasmania.

Interest on the debt, nearly a quarter of the size of the state’s economy and the largest in the nation by many a country mile, will cost Victorians about $4bn this year.

While the fiscal disaster is there in black and white and massive amounts of red, there is another stench that is unavoidable in what was once regarded as the Garden State.

That is the inescapable, all-pervading, overpowering stink that surrounds the justice system, from the police force to the judiciary.

On Thursday, the independent corruption investigation (IBAC) released a report on its Operation Sandon, which exposed improper conduct, corruption risks in planning, political donations, lobbying, and council governance in Victoria.

According to The Australian, Andrews’ name appeared in the draft report but had been removed from the final findings. The deception squad immediately announced gas fittings would be banned from all future homes – don’t look at the IBAC report, this is more engaging.

In 2020, the High Court exposed the state’s justice system’s failings in its unanimous rejection of the charges of sexual abuse brought against the late Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the nation. It found the Victorian Court of Appeal should not have upheld Pell’ s conviction, as the evidence could not support a guilty verdict. Pell endured 406 days in solitary confinement in Victorian jails but Andrews never offered an apology for remarks he made before Pell’s grotesque trials.

Victorian Director of Public Prosecutions, Kerri Judd, was grilled by the High Court justices and the prosecution evidence was found wanting. Last week, her refusal to lay charges in the infamous Lawyer X case, in which disgraced barrister Nicola Gobbo gave police information provided by her clients, led to special investigator, former high court judge Geoffrey Nettle, closing his office (OSI).

It’s now been revealed by the Herald Sun that Judd once represented Simon Overland, the former police chief at the centre of the Lawyer X scandal. Judd’s office said she did not have a conflict of interest. According to Victorian shadow attorney-general Michael O’Brien, the Lawyer X scandal has cost taxpayers upwards of $100m.

Just a few examples of the lunacy prevailing in Danistan. Real world sanity may kick in when I reach Logic on my way home.

Top Ender
Top Ender
July 30, 2023 7:56 am

Over at Quadrant – “The Medals that Never made it into Darwin” – and quite rightly should be awarded:

https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2023/07/the-medals-that-never-made-it-into-darwin/#comment-180395

miltonf
miltonf
July 30, 2023 8:05 am

Thanks for posting BB. Remember back in 2014 how ambulances were covered in anti Napthine graffiti? Still makes me sick to think about it.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 8:10 am

Re my posting the Oliver Stone Putin Interviews from 2017 earlier – worth watching to get an understanding of Putin

Biden may start ‘World War III’ – Oliver Stone

The famed director said that voting for the aging Democrat was “a mistake”

US President Joe Biden is following a “suicidal” course in Ukraine and may drag the US “stupidly into a confrontation” with Russia, acclaimed director Oliver Stone said during a recent podcast appearance.

Speaking on an episode of British commentator Russell Brand’s ‘Stay Free’ podcast released on Friday, Stone blamed the conflict in Ukraine on the “neoconservative movement who started the war in Iraq,” and who still occupy prominent positions in Biden’s government.

“Biden is an old Cold Warrior, and he really hates the old Soviet Union which he confounds again with the Russian Federation, which is not communist,” Stone continued. “It seems that he’s dragging us stupidly into a confrontation with a power that is not going to give. This is [Russia’s] borders. This is their world. This is NATO going into Ukraine. This is a whole other story.”

Stone revealed that he voted for Biden in 2020, a decision that he now considers “a mistake.”

“I was thinking he was an old man now that he would calm down, that he would be more mellow and so forth,” Stone said, adding that he now sees “a man who maybe is not in charge of his own administration. Who knows?”

Back in 2016, Stone produced a documentary, ‘Ukraine on Fire’, explaining the role of the US in the 2014 overthrow of Ukraine’s democratically-elected president, Viktor Yanukovich.

The film was highly critical of NATO’s eastward expansion, the US’ sponsorship of Ukrainian neo-Nazis, and the war on Donetsk and Lugansk waged by Yanukovich’s US-backed successor, Pyotr Poroshenko.

The Euromaidan coup, he told Brand, “was a very deep plan to penetrate the Russian Federation.”

Stone has repeatedly expressed this sentiment in the years since ‘Ukraine on Fire’ was released. “Since 2014, Ukraine was no longer neutral but anti-Russian, and that’s what disrupted the balance,” he told the Serbian daily Politika in December, adding that “every war has causes and consequences.”

Though Stone was a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump and voted for his Democratic opponent in 2020, his views on the Ukraine conflict align with Trump’s.

The former president and 2024 Republican frontrunner has also named the same neoconservatives as key architects of the conflict, while accusing Biden of dragging the US into “a third world war.”

Stone interviewed Russia’s Vladimir Putin for his four-part Showtime docuseries The Putin Interviews in 2017.

Though he opposed former President Donald Trump, Stone lashed out at Twitter in 2021 over its decision to ban Trump, calling the move “shocking” while also criticizing the country’s growing trend toward censorship, which is being carried out by social media companies at the behest of the Biden administration.

President Biden has boasted of his commitment to ongoing military aid to Ukraine — now at $43 billion and counting. He has admitted to causing a shortage of ammunition for U.S. servicemembers with this aid — offering this admission, bizarrely, as a justification for sending cluster bombs, which will likely harm civilians for years to come.

Johnny Rotten
July 30, 2023 8:11 am

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.

– W. C. Fields

areff
areff
July 30, 2023 8:15 am

I’m listening to Macca and I don’t care who knows it.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 8:15 am

James O’Keefe Interviews Robert Kennedy Jr

July 29, 2023 | Sundance | 603 Comments

I saw this interview surface and just the headline was enough to pique my interest; so, I watched it, and I’m glad I did.

The interview between James O’Keefe and Robert Kennedy Jr is very interesting {Direct Rumble Link Here}. O’Keefe is a good interviewer, with questions that are not ordinarily asked and generates a depth in response not often seen.

The interview highlights the perspective of Robert Kennedy Jr as the candidate looks at the total administrative state now assembled in the U.S. government.

I don’t want to lead viewers/readers too much, because the times we are living in require an investment of self in order to evaluate information. However, what RFK Jr says toward the end of the interview, about his ability to win the election is very interesting.

The interview is 48 minutes, and it held my interest the entire time.

Quizzically, RFK Jr doesn’t touch on Joe Biden as a political opponent. Kennedy doesn’t mention Biden, nor does he mention the Democrat nomination. Instead, Kennedy jumps immediately to the general election and frames his ability to defeat Donald Trump.

There’s something revelatory about the psyche of a person when asked a question in a comfortable environment and how they respond. I’m not exactly sure what is driving RFK Jr here, but what I can say with some confidence is that he sees the Trump movement as the tribe he can influence.

WATCH and let me know your thoughts.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 8:20 am

Election Interference: YouTube Takes Down James O’Keefe’s Interview with Presidential Candidate Robert Kennedy, Jr.

On Friday, James O’Keefe published his interview with Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, Jr. The two luminaries discussed lawsuits, Anthony Fauci, Fear as a political tool, the FBI, the presidency and more.

The interview was posted on Twitter and YouTube.

My full interview with Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Lawsuits, Anthony Fauci, Fear, FBI, Becoming Commander-in-Chief and more! pic.twitter.com/IswUL6cjhd

— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) July 27, 2023

Unfortunately, YouTube took the video down saying, “This video has been removed for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”

YouTube is doing its best to interfere in the 2024 election. They are afraid of Robert Kennedy, Jr. The more you hear him the more you agree.

Again, this is election interference.

YouTube removed this video for “medical misinformation”

Thankfully, you can still watch it here on the public square pic.twitter.com/IswUL6cjhd

— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) July 28, 2023

Trending Politics posted reaction.

At what point can something like this legally be called election interference? I know YouTube can ban any normal person for pretty much anything… But this is a presidential candidate.

Aren’t they in a special category? Isn’t there historical precedent for media as it relates?

— CJP (@mrtimer2022) July 28, 2023

Imagine being confused between YouTube and a communist government

— I Got A New Pony (@IGotANewPony) July 28, 2023

Hasn’t just about everything that Robert Kennedy, Jr. said on the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and the origins of Covid-19, turned out to be true?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 8:24 am

Furious Judge Noreika Banned Hunter Biden’s Attorneys from Contacting Clerks Again After Tricking Them into Removing Filing Under False Pretense of Representing GOP Lawyer

Furious Judge Maryellen Noreika ordered the lawyers representing Hunter Biden, who had deceived and lied to a court clerk into removing a legal document by falsely claiming to represent GOP lawyer Ted Kittila, to cease all direct communications with court clerks.

The Gateway Pundit previously reported that Hunter Biden’s legal team is facing possible sanctions after they lied about their identity to have the testimony of IRS whistleblowers removed from the docket in Hunter’s tax fraud case.

Judge Maryellen Noreika had demanded an explanation from Biden’s lawyers by 9 pm ET Tuesday night.

This controversy happened on the eve of Hunter Biden’s plea of guilty to misdemeanor tax charges on Wednesday, while he is expected to avoid jail time on a separate gun charge.

A member of Biden’s legal team misrepresented herself when asking for amicus materials to be removed. According to reports, she called the clerk and requested that the information be sealed due to its sensitive nature, including grand jury, taxpayer, and social security details.

An order from Judge Noreika read,

“The Court has discussed the matter with the relevant individuals in the Clerk’s Office and has been informed that the caller, Ms. Jessica Bengels, represented that she worked with Mr. Kittila and requested the amicus materials be taken down.”

Tom
Tom
July 30, 2023 8:26 am

Hi, Cats! Hope I’ll be able to join you sometime this week. My online fate is in the hands of Telstra because the iPhone “personal hotspot” that connects me to the internet via my laptop stipped working on Friday night. I’m sure it’ s something simple, but it’s beyond tech neanderthals like me. Spent an hour on the phone yesterday with a very helpful chick from Telstra without success so my problem has been escalated to the Telstra tech-heads. It being the weekend, I don’t expect a resolution before tomorrow.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 8:29 am

THE WEEK IN PICTURES: HUNTER OR HUNTED EDITION

Hunter Biden must have misunderstood his lawyers, and thought they said “flea bargain” instead of “plea bargain,” as they hoped they could sneak a general grant of immunity by a federal judge if it was written in a font the size of a flea in an appendix the judge only received the morning of the hearing.

Hunter still hasn’t actually been formally indicted for anything (important not so small detail), while Trump got some extra love from DoJ.

Will wonders never cease.

Oh, don’t forget that this is the week we officially went from “climate crisis” to “global boiling.”

Now back to our regularly scheduled Barbenheimer.

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 30, 2023 8:32 am

The future of much-loved Melbourne tourism landmark Cooks’ Cottage is under a cloud.

The city council is reviewing the viability of the 18th century building in Fitzroy Gardens, the Sunday Herald Sun believes.

The cottage, built by explorer Captain James Cook’s parents in 1755, was dismantled and transported to Melbourne in 1934.

So far, so good.

The two-storey home has stood in the gardens, complete with an original fireplace, period furnishing and English-style garden in the 90 years since its reconstruction.

But it’s believed that falling patronage, exacerbated by pandemic restrictions and fewer overseas tourists, has prompted the review at Town Hall, although any decision is likely to be months away.

Really? Town Hall wants to spend a couple of hundred dollars to remove the cottage? I think it may be deeper than that. I think readers may, or may not be surprised:

The cottage, described by the council website as an “historic oddity’’, was once a regular destination for Melbourne schoolchildren but has dropped in popularity.

It’s also believed doubts exist about the appropriateness of its colonial connections and its place in modern Melbourne.

The cottage has been the target of anti-colonial protests in the past.

Ah, there tis!

Capt Cook was thought to have never actually lived in the home, but is likely to have visited upon returning from his voyages.

The transportation of the home from Yorkshire to Melbourne was arranged by Melbourne businessman Sir Russell Grimwade as a gift to Victoria to mark 100 years of white settlement.

Gasp!

The businessman was a member of the prominent Grimwade family which helped to establish Grimwade House, the junior campus of Melbourne Grammar School by gifting its ‘Harleston’ home and land in Caulfield in 1917.

Fred Grimwade, Sir Russell’s great great nephew, told the Sunday Herald Sun the family had no active involvement with the cottage.

“While I cannot comment on behalf of the extended Grimwade family or the City of Melbourne, my wife and I support ongoing efforts to ensure that the cottage continues to be presented in a context and manner that reflects contemporary social and community attitudes but is respectful of history,’’ Mr Grimwade said.

A City of Melbourne spokesperson said in a statement: “No decision has been made to close Cooks’ Cottage.”

Doesn’t bode well that the family spokesman puts ‘contemporary social and community attitudes’ into the commentary.

Ron Mccalman and wife Libby were down from NSW for the rugby.

“Just having a walk through the park and thought it’d be nice to come and have a look at the cottage given the history,” Mr Mccalman said.

“It was worth the visit. It was interesting to see the scale of the building. It’s very small, so obviously people were very small back then.”

Sydney visitors Cheryl and Philip Mead were curious about the cottage.

“It draws you in with the name Cook and then you realise he didn’t live there at all when you go in,” Mr Mead said.

“The surname Cook is synonymous with Australian European discovery and we live in Sydney so Cook has a lot of relationships with Sydney.”

New Zealand tourists Ron Smith and Janine Jennings said they enjoyed the visit.

“We have the Cook Statue in New Zealand, so coming here and seeing this cottage was interesting,” Ms Jennings said.

“The guides were also very great and informative.”

Visitor Olivia O’Connor said she was six when she last visited.

“I remember going through with my grandpa and he told me lots of stories about it”

“It’s very historical and I think it should stay.”

The cottage has vandalised in 2014 when the words “26th Jan Australia’s shame’’ were daubed on a wall.

And in 2013 the building was twice sprayed with paint, the second time with the words “Cappy Cook was a crook killer liar theif (sic)”.

Horrible people.

Top Ender
Top Ender
July 30, 2023 8:32 am

On the “looking after your oldies” theme…

Mother in Law (now RIP) had one of those personal alarms. Hated it and most of the time refused to wear it hanging around her neck on its loop.

Fell over one day and being a big lady with health problems couldn’t get up off the floor in her one person retirement unit. Alarm was on the bench 1.2 metres up and 4 away. Might as well have been on the Moon.

She would have died there except for a neighbour calling around as she hadn’t made it to stitch ‘n’ bitch and wouldn’t answer the phone or the door so called the police.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 30, 2023 8:32 am

My online fate is in the hands of Telstra

Telstra is great when everything is working.
When it isn’t, it takes 3 months to get problems fixed.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 8:37 am

From the West Australian.

Mr McGowan was not at the celebrations last night and, after declaring he was done with politics when he quit in May, this might be the last we see of him spruiking the ALP to voters. The Premier entered the Rockingham Bowling Club to the beat of Sia’s Never Give Up.

For Mr Cook this was an important victory. He would have been lambasted, had Labor lost one of the nation’s safest seats.

And he took a veiled swipe at opponents to the Voice — and the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act.

“Once again we acknowledge that only WA Labor will stand up for the most disadvantaged, those people who don’t have a voice — only WA Labor will stand up for Aboriginal people,” Mr Cook said.

“The Government I lead is here to listen, and we are here to help.

132andBush
132andBush
July 30, 2023 8:42 am

I hope he’s still with us. An occasional lurker, perhaps.

I got the impression he was quite crook at one stage.
A unique style of invective, sorely missed.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 30, 2023 8:49 am

OldOzzie
Jul 30, 2023 8:10 AM
Re my posting the Oliver Stone Putin Interviews from 2017 earlier – worth watching to get an understanding of Putin

Biden may start ‘World War III’ – Oliver Stone

The famed director said that voting for the aging Democrat was “a mistake”

When their left has lost Oliver Stone ….

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 30, 2023 8:54 am

OldOzzie
Jul 30, 2023 8:24 AM
Furious Judge Noreika Banned Hunter Biden’s Attorneys from Contacting Clerks Again After Tricking Them into Removing Filing Under False Pretense of Representing GOP Lawyer

Furious Judge Maryellen Noreika ordered the lawyers representing Hunter Biden, who had deceived and lied to a court clerk into removing a legal document by falsely claiming to represent GOP lawyer Ted Kittila, to cease all direct communications with court clerks.

The DemonRats are determined to put real meaning into the phrase “Worse than Watergate”.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
July 30, 2023 8:54 am

Cassie only catching up with the sad happenings in your life at the moment. It is a difficult ‘time of life’ watching parents decline before your eyes. I saw a suggestion to see if there is a rabbi whom your mother trusts, I hope that might help.

My siblings and I were spared the decline in our parents, they died quite young, Dad 67 major heart attack and Mum 79 of heart failure brought on by pneumonia.

Together with your family, there will be a way forward. Warm regards.

lotocoti
lotocoti
July 30, 2023 9:05 am

It appears some of the less cosmopolitan Oirish aren’t keen on those
poor wee kiddies fleeing war torn Albania calling on their daughters.

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 30, 2023 9:27 am

Of course it wasn’t worth watching. All Blacks smack the Wallabies 38-7. Raelene Castle smiling brightly, her work has been done.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
July 30, 2023 9:29 am

Is it just me, or is Our Margot Robbie a bit of a Page Three fizzog? I mean, she might have a nice bod, but she’s got weird tiny irises and a huge gob, so she’s massively miscast for Barbie. Maybe it’s a live action thing- like Julia Roberts, who was always funny looking in posters but wonderful in motion. I don’t think I’ve seen Robbie in anything, come to think of it, all her stuff so far has been woke wubbish like Wolf Of Wall Street and Bombshell.

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 30, 2023 9:37 am

Forgot to mention that the All Blacks have now held the Bledisloe Cup for 21 years. Consecutive. That’s domination on a grand scale.

Johnny Rotten
July 30, 2023 9:43 am

“The Government I lead is here to listen, and we are here to help.”

Don’t they all say that and then do the exact opposite.

Makka
Makka
July 30, 2023 9:44 am

One Russian tank takes out 8 Ukr armored vehicles.

Big Serge ??????
@witte_sergei
Genuinely crazy footage. A lone Russian tank massacres an AFU column.

https://twitter.com/witte_sergei/status/1685294054681276417

Jorge
Jorge
July 30, 2023 9:51 am

Oliver Stone having buyer’s remorse. Knobhead. It’s too late now as he’s starting to sense. Regrets, he’ll have more than just a few.

Makka
Makka
July 30, 2023 9:51 am

What a surpise. The global boiling in Europe is all bullsh*t.

Feverish BBC Reporting On European ‘Heatwaves’ Debunked By Actual Temperature Readings

Greece fires: Firefighters say “there are indications of arson”.

Are climate activists beyond starting a few fires?

https://www.zerohedge.com/weather/feverish-bbc-reporting-european-heatwaves-debunked-actual-temperature-readings

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 30, 2023 9:52 am

Makka
Jul 30, 2023 9:44 AM
One Russian tank takes out 8 Ukr armored vehicles.

Big Serge ??????
@witte_sergei
Genuinely crazy footage. A lone Russian tank massacres an AFU column.

Not quite Wittmann at Villers Bocage, but a good start.

Makka
Makka
July 30, 2023 9:57 am

Not quite Wittmann at Villers Bocage, but a good start.

It looks like the Russian made the initial strike on the advancing column ate point blank range , quickly took out 3-4, then high tailed it back to the treeline. Then , turned around and came back at speed to finish the rest off after the Ukr’s gathered around their fallen mates. The Ukr’s were grouped so tightly , making perfect targets.

Carnage.

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 9:59 am

areff
Jul 30, 2023 8:15 AM
I’m listening to Macca and I don’t care who knows it.

Who is Macca?

Pogria
Pogria
July 30, 2023 10:01 am

Tom,
it’s time to invest in Starlink. Telstra, NBN etc blow chunks. Yes, It is more expensive, but you set it up yourself, takes ten minutes, three pieces. The system arrives in around three days. You can also do what I did, had an aerial guy mount it on the roof. Unless the power was off, I have not been without the net since I installed Starlink.

There is an added bonus, Starlink boosts the capability of your mobile reach. Because I live in an old stone cottage, I couldn’t use my phone in the middle of the house. Had to be in the kitchen near the window or outside. Since Starlink, I can use my phone anywhere in the house. Where I live, the only mobile signal that works is Telstra. If you have a mobile with someone else, it won’t work here. Since Starlink, anyone who visits and has a mobile other than Telstra has been able to send and receive.

I had two sparkys here some weeks back and one of them had Vodaphone and was totally surprised when his phone rang. Had never been able to use his phone before when he was working here.

And no, I do not receive anything from Starlink.

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 10:08 am

Not quite Wittmann at Villers Bocage, but a good start.

It looks like the Russian made the initial strike on the advancing column ate point blank range , quickly took out 3-4, then high tailed it back to the treeline. Then , turned around and came back at speed to finish the rest off after the Ukr’s gathered around their fallen mates. The Ukr’s were grouped so tightly , making perfect targets.

Carnage.

Much like the Werhmacht, as the best soldiers are eventually killed off, the fighting effectiveness declines. The end is near for Ukraine, unless NATO puts troops on the ground.

Makka
Makka
July 30, 2023 10:10 am

H/t Kyle Bass;

Illegal,Secret Chinese Bioagent Lab raided by FBI,CDC,and California Public Health Dept. In Fresno County. ?CDC’s division of select agents found INFECTIOUS BACTERIAL & VIRAL AGENTS at the site which was listed as an empty building.BIOAGENTS INCLUDED MALARIA, RUBELLA,HIV 1/11

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1685250307154948098.html

So while the senile Pervert in Chief does his level best to hide his corrupt family’s involvement in Ukraine and preventing any kind of settlement between Ukr/Russia, he allows this kind deceit to blossom in his own backyard. Fetid corruption at it’s best.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 30, 2023 10:13 am

it’s time to invest in Starlink.

When I was holidaying at Beach Village recently, the people I knew up there all had Starlink.
It went viral when the NBN was down for a week a year or so back.

Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 10:14 am

Furious Judge Maryellen Noreika ordered the lawyers representing Hunter Biden, who had deceived and lied to a court clerk into removing a legal document by falsely claiming to represent GOP lawyer Ted Kittila, to cease all direct communications with court clerks.

They should be in gaol.

There is no defence to this.

It is perverting the course of justice or the equivalent and they should get the maximum sentence.

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 10:16 am

WTF

“I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This” – Mysterious Chinese Bio-Lab Discovered In Remote California City

https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/ive-never-seen-anything-mysterious-chinese-bio-lab-discovered-remote-california-city

Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 10:18 am

Much like the Werhmacht, as the best soldiers are eventually killed off, the fighting effectiveness declines. The end is near for Ukraine,

It will likely drag on for ages and they are fighting over a pile of rubble.

They should both listen to Xi and the Vatican – at least a ceasefire and eventual neutral peacekeepers & open plebiscites.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 30, 2023 10:20 am

It is perverting the course of justice or the equivalent and they should get the maximum sentence.

Compare how the DOJ acts with Hunter Biden to how it has pursued some of the January 6th people who didn’t even enter the Captiol building.

Gabor
Gabor
July 30, 2023 10:20 am

Pogria
Jul 30, 2023 10:01 AM

Tom,
it’s time to invest in Starlink. Telstra, NBN etc blow chunks.

Sorry, I do not know the state of his internet access, but what I gather he has no permanent ie. wired connection and relies on a ‘hotspot’ from his phone. Even an ADSL phone line is way more reliable and faster than that. That is I take it he can’t have NBN or cable, or doesn’t want to.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 10:23 am
Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 10:25 am

Jorge
Jul 30, 2023 9:51 AM
Oliver Stone having buyer’s remorse. Knobhead. It’s too late now as he’s starting to sense. Regrets, he’ll have more than just a few.

He should be commended for being able to change his mind.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 30, 2023 10:30 am

At some stage, a GOP presidential candidate has to say how they will review the Jan 6th protestors.
If you didn’t enter the Capitol, you should be pardoned.
If you entered the Capitol but were non-violent, it should have been a simple misdemeanour (trespass).
There literally was a handful of violent protestors.

Pogria
Pogria
July 30, 2023 10:32 am

Hi Gabor,
Starlink isn’t a wired or street cable connection. That is the beauty of it. You receive a satellite dish which is a little larger than a shoe box, a smaller version of the dish which you place inside the house. This is the wifi. Plus a cable to connect to electricity.

If you live in a remote area like I do, it is the best system, bar none. When I collected my parcel from the rural shop where the big deliveries are sent to, there were two other systems waiting to be collected by their respective owners. Many Starlink users out my way.

If anything goes wrong, it is usually a hardware issue so you just order a new part.

Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 10:34 am

There’s a possibility Albanese will do the DD election rather than swallow his pride and set a referendum date.

Given most polling 2PP are close to or within the margin of error, he may as well chance it and become the most strident socialist PM we have ever had – and predictably the worst PM ever.

(The last essential 2PP poll I could find had the ALP on 50% and the LNP on 45%…???).

Gabor
Gabor
July 30, 2023 10:38 am

Pogria
Jul 30, 2023 10:32 AM

Hi Gabor,
Starlink isn’t a wired or street cable connection.

Yes.
I know, my point was that he doesn’t have any of that, at least not that I know of.

Subbing a phone hotspot for any permanent internet, be it wired or satellite, is, in my opinion, a poor substitute.
Only he can answer why is doing that.

Let’s hope he can sort it one way or other.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 10:48 am

Genuinely crazy footage. A lone Russian tank massacres an AFU column.

Genuinely crazy footage. A lone Ukrainian tank massacres an AFU column.

Drone video shows lone Ukrainian tank ambush Russian armored column near Kyiv (Apr 2022)

What goes around comes around. This is a new and very dangerous battlefield, armour is something you really really don’t want to be inside of. The poor guys on both sides are in wheeled coffins.

mizaris
mizaris
July 30, 2023 10:49 am

“The Government I lead is here to listen, and we are here to help.”

Your cheque is in the mail.

I’ll still respect you in the morning.

I promise…in your mouth.

Cassie of Sydney
July 30, 2023 10:51 am

“Given most polling 2PP are close to or within the margin of error, he may as well chance it and become the most strident socialist PM we have ever had – and predictably the worst PM ever.”

I don’t believe the polls, that’s not say that Labor wouldn’t win an election again, they probably would, but if Sleazy was to call a DD I have no doubt he’d lose a chunk of lower house seats and he’d probably lose some senate seats. Remember, at last year’s federal election, thanks to the perpetually stupid f*cking Liberals preferencing PHON below the Greens and Labor, Labor picked up a senate spot, that senate spot now occupied by a female, hijab wearing, Muslim anti-Israel lowlife. Labor were handed that senate spot by the stupid f*cking Liberals. Given what’s ensued in WA, there’s now way Labor would win that senate spot again, I also believe that they’d lose WA seats.

Threats from Sleazy are his stock and trade. He’s a nasty bully, always has been, always will be. It was interesting reading the piece in yesterday’s Oz about the Greens member for KRudd’s old seat, Griffith. Being a Green, of course he has a double barrelled name, Max Chandler-Mather….makes me laugh! Anyway, remember Sleazy’s promise to make parliament and politics “kinder” and not to indulge in muckraking and bullying? Well, that hasn’t lasted very long. Labor and Sleazy are intimidating and bullying Chandler-Mather, not that I feel sorry for any Greens MP or senator but I find the hypocrisy from Sleazy and his comrades staggering…but I shouldn’t be surprised by such hypocrisy, should I?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 10:55 am

Oops, I should’ve written “AFR column”. I misread AFU as AFV, which means “armoured fighting vehicle”.

Makka
Makka
July 30, 2023 10:57 am

but if Sleazy was to call a DD

.. Dutton has to make it about the Voice. It’s the best chance of taking back Govt. Dial the wasted Billions, discrimination against taxpayers, the corruption and the threat of perpetual indigenous treaty Billion $ payments etc up to eleventy.

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 30, 2023 11:06 am

A poll of note, Hun:

Support for net zero falls away if it means eating less meat and paying $20 a month extra in energy bills, according to new research that shows Greens, Coalition and Labor voters have very different priorities around the target.

The figure was calculated by pollster Freshwater Strategy, which asked respondents to choose between two scenarios.

In the first Australia achieves net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but energy bills rise each month; in the second, Australia does not achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and energy bills stay about the same.

The pollster then tested at what price point a majority of the voters switch from between meeting the target and not meeting the target.

It also tested how people would react when they were told reaching net zero would mean eating less meat, getting rid of petrol and diesel cars, and household gas appliances by 2030, and jumping on fewer planes. It also tested differences in what Labor, Coalition and Greens voters were prepared to give up to reach the target.

Overall the tipping point at which support for net zero turns negative is a jump of $10 and $20 in monthly energy bills. But, not surprisingly, voters of different parties had very different attitudes to the target.

Coalition voters were the least keen on paying to reach net zero, turning against it if it meant a $5 to $10 increase in their monthly energy bills.

Labor voters had a greater appetite for saving the world, prepared to endure higher bills of between $20 and $40.

The voters most prepared to put their money where their mouth was were Greens supporters, which perhaps reflects the fact the party represents some of the wealthiest areas of Australia.

But it appears even Greens have a tipping point: ­between $40 and $80 a month extra on their gas and electricity bills.

The pollster also asked people about their attitudes to trade-offs that might be ­required for Australia to be ­removed from what Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has called “the naughty corner” of countries rejecting climate change.

The most popular position was there be “no additional ­restrictions on how Australians live”, while the least popular “limits on consumption of meat and other carbon-­intensive proteins”.

This was only slightly less popular than banning natural gas appliances by 2030, then banning petrol and diesel cars by the same year.

Of the choices offered, talking “slightly fewer” flights by 2030 received the least ­objections.

But again the differences ­between the supporters of different parties was stark.

Restrictions on the consumption of meat led to the largest drop in support for net zero from Coalition and Labor ­voters.

But for many Greens it would seem flying to ­Europe each winter was a net zero deal breaker, with restrictions on flights their biggest turn-off.

Sounds like having the cake and eating it too. The last paragraph is telling.

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 11:08 am

.. Dutton has to make it about the Voice. It’s the best chance of taking back Govt. Dial the wasted Billions, discrimination against taxpayers, the corruption and the threat of perpetual indigenous treaty Billion $ payments etc up to eleventy.

Once the Voice gets up, it is entirely feasible for all lands to be given back to the aboriginals and converted to lease hold. You WILL be paying rent, forever. They want you to know that you will never ‘own’ a square mm. You don’t actually have a country.

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 30, 2023 11:22 am

…and we are here to help.”

Didn’t Mark Riley utter something like this to Rudd or Gillard?

Jorge
Jorge
July 30, 2023 11:22 am

Two books that explore the murky worlds of shipping insurance, employment conditions on cruise ships and freighters and the pandemic. The two Princesses get a mention.

Dead in the Water: Murder and Fraud in the World’s Most Secretive Industry
by Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel.

Cabin Fever: Trapped On Board a Cruise Ship When the Pandemic Hit
by Michael Smith and Jonathan Franklin.

Michael Smith and Jonathan Franklin tell the horror story of another plague ship, the Zaandam, owned and operated by Holland America, which left Buenos Aires on 6 March 2020. The cruise ship companies already knew that their vessels were hothouses for the mysterious pathogen, and yet they still allowed their ships to set sail. Cabin Fever traces the spread of the virus aboard the Zaandam as port after port along South America’s Pacific coast refused it harbour. There were reports at the time of the horror felt by its elderly passengers as more and more of them fell ill, but Smith and Franklin also tell us about the crew members – still working their shifts however ill they were, while being denied the scarce medication, which was reserved for passengers. The Zaandam was finally allowed to transit the Panama Canal on 29 March, but then had to wait a few days before the White House and the Florida administration granted permission for those on board to go ashore. The passengers disembarked at Port Everglades in Florida, were taken to Atlanta and then flew on to their final destinations, all without a single public health precaution being put in place. The crew members, meanwhile, remained on board for weeks as the Zaandam circled the Caribbean. None of them had any idea when they would be allowed to go home.

Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 11:24 am

Once the Voice gets up, it is entirely feasible for all lands to be given back to the aboriginals and converted to lease hold. You WILL be paying rent, forever. They want you to know that you will never ‘own’ a square mm. You don’t actually have a country.

It wouldn’t be as direct as this the Aboriginals won’t be the true beneficiaries.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 11:25 am

One DOJ Official Could Have Stopped Biden Family Crime Racket Years Ago: Jack Smith

As head of DOJs Public Integrity Section from 2010 until 2015, the now Special Counsel was responsible for investigating corruption among government officials and their associates.

Why not the Bidens?

In May 2014, the Obama/Biden White House was scrambling to deflect questions related to Hunter Biden’s new gig as a board member at Burisma, the compromised Ukrainian energy conglomerate; the news came just a few weeks after Vice President Joe Biden visited Kiev and promised Ukrainian leaders that the U.S. was “ready to assist” the country’s efforts to accelerate natural gas exploration. (At the time, Burisma was Ukraine’s biggest natural gas producer.)

The day after Burisma issued a public statement boasting about their latest hire, White House press secretary Jay Carney ducked questions about the younger Biden during a May 13, 2014 briefing:

Reporter: On another subject, Hunter Biden has now taken a position with the largest oil and gas company–holding company in Ukraine. Is there any concern about at least the appearance of a conflict there–for the Vice President’s son to take a-

Carney: I would refer you to the Vice President’s office. I saw those reports. Hunter Biden and other members of the Biden family are obviously private citizens and where they work does not reflect an endorsement by the administration or by the Vice President or President. But I would refer you to the Vice President’s office.

Kendra Barkoff, a Biden spokeswoman, offered the same talking points in a terse statement to the media. “Hunter Biden is a private citizen and a lawyer. The vice president does not endorse any particular company and has no involvement with this company.”

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also brushed aside inquiries later that day:

Nevertheless, major news outlets here and around the world continued to raise the improper, if not brazenly pay-to-play, nature of the arrangement. “Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son Hunter Biden has joined the board of directors of Ukraine’s largest oil company at a time that the U.S. is urging Ukraine to develop energy independence from Russia and just days after the vice president visited Ukraine,” ABC News reported in May 2014, noting the fortuitous timing of the announcement.

“The appointment of the vice president’s son to a Ukrainian oil board looks nepotistic at best, nefarious at worst,” Adam Taylor, Washington Post foreign affairs reporter, surmised in a May 14, 2014 article. “No matter how qualified Biden is, it ties into the idea that U.S. foreign policy is self-interested. [You] have to wonder how big the salary has to be to put U.S. soft power at risk like this.”

And despite Psaki’s spin, State Department officials soon after expressed concern about the “perception of a conflict of interest,” even taking those concerns to Vice President Joe Biden’s office in early 2015.

But one person in official Washington seemed uninterested in the shady deal between a corrupt international gas company operating in a notoriously unstable country and America’s most troubled nepo-baby:

Jack Smith.

Smith—appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland last year to take over DOJs dual investigations into Donald Trump for alleged mishandling of classified documents and the events of January 6—was named chief of the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, or PIN, in August 2010.

Operating within the criminal division, PIN maintains broad purview over public corruption investigations on the federal, state, and local level including cases tied to “a government official…or someone associated with such an official,” according to the office’s annual report.

Smith held that powerful position until February 2015—meaning Hunter Biden’s years-long board position with Burisma eventually resulting in a $4 million haul for the vice president’s son began right under Jack Smith’s nose.

But we’ve been told Jack Smith is the toughest and most unbiased government prosecutor of all time…

This is certainly contrary to what the public has been told about Jack Smith. The news media, “legal experts” in particular, insist Jack Smith is a no-nonsense federal prosecutor with unmatched integrity and devotion to the rule of law. Smith, according to his former DOJ colleague Andrew Weissmann, is a “consummate professional” and a “skilled and fast prosecutor who does not let the grass grow under his feet.”

So, what happened? How did the keen-eyed, apolitical Smith and his 30-plus lawyers miss what was happening just blocks from their DOJ offices?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 11:31 am

This one’s for LizzieB, on the subject of American heiresses, and English Lords.

Cite you the case of the heiress who crossed the Atlantic to join her new husband’s family, at their ancestral home.

She discovered a portrait of her husband’s current mistress, the notorious Lady Colin Campbell, in pride of place – depicted nude….

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 11:34 am

Marcia Langton – a key architect of the Voice to Parliament – details plans to ‘compensate’ Aboriginal people and return ‘stolen land’

Academic says No vote ‘dooms Aboriginal people’
‘Politically immature’ to deny ‘cultural obligations’

By Brittany Chain, Political Correspondent For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 10:25 AEST, 30 July 2023 | Updated: 10:25 AEST, 30 July 2023

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A key architect of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament thinks Australia is obligated to return ‘stolen cultural land’ and ‘compensate’ First Nations people.

Marcia Langton has republished her ‘Welcome to Country Handbook’ with new details pertaining to the upcoming referendum.

The academic said a No vote would ‘doom’ Aboriginal Australians ‘to a permanent status as marginalised peoples’ and cited a ‘growing impatience’ over the delays in ‘righting the fundamental injustice’.

The prominent anthropologist and geographer is the latest in a string of government advisors on the ‘Yes’ side of the referendum who have publicly discussed compensation and land being returned to traditional owners, after Thomas Mayo and Teela Reid made similar representations.

‘Our predicament is known the world over, and in other such countries there has been a reckoning with the colonial past,’ she said.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 11:38 am

Labor voters had a greater appetite for saving the world, prepared to endure higher bills of between $20 and $40.

Someone should tell them they’re already paying $100-$200 extra per month to save the world. Maybe more.

The Left wants to keep us all in the dark, regarding actual costs, and feeds us endless you know what.

miltonf
miltonf
July 30, 2023 11:40 am

Why does Longton have an English name and why would she want to be a perfessr? Isn’t that a whitefella occupation? Maybe it’s Marx rather than gum trees and boomerangs. Just like lady elders- something contrived by marxist dons over the last 60 years.

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 11:42 am

Labor voters had a greater appetite for saving the world, prepared to endure higher bills of between $20 and $40.

Someone should tell them they’re already paying $100-$200 extra per month to save the world. Maybe more.

The Left wants to keep us all in the dark, regarding actual costs, and feeds us endless you know what.

They will only pay attention when the smashed avocado on toast price goes up $20 a month.

Muddy
Muddy
July 30, 2023 11:43 am

Razey
Jul 30, 2023 11:08 AM

You don’t actually have a country.

Effin’ oath.
Nailed it with a rusty star picket.

shatterzzz
July 30, 2023 11:45 am

Why is this renaming stuff with 251 names gaining any traction? .. Brizzie is , apparently, Meanjin .. yet the 251s didn’t have any cities to name! .. Brizzie didn’t exist before “whitie” built it .. FFS!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 11:46 am

Daily Mail has just closed off comments on the Langton article.

calli
calli
July 30, 2023 11:46 am

Margot Robbie’s breakthrough role came in I, Tonya. A really good movie. Fast forward a few years and she’s Tate in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, another excellent performance.

Last week I watched her in Amsterdam, something completely different again.

She’s had some real howlers though. Barbie looks like being one of them, despite the box office.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 11:47 am

Yesterday Seaforth Oval Saturday Morning Soccer – lots of young uns, girls & boys playing soccer all over the ground

Amazing View and No 8 Grandchild 9 yr Old Grandson Playing under 10 Soccer – 1 Girl on team – great in sun – cool when clouds went over

Bacon/Hash Brown/Egg/Sausage/Onions/Tomato on Big Bun – “The Lot” (forwent Mushrooms) after.

Not one fat kid anywhere – all lean & slim

This Sunday Morning AFL Balgowlah Oval – loads of Girls & Boys playing AusKick AFL

Superb Sunny Winters Day – took jumper off and relaxed in sun

No 8 Grandchild 9 yr Old Grandson playing U11 AFL today – no Girls in this game

Again (other than me) – all lean kids & Parents – not one fat kid – as Wife said when I made comment – perhaps because they are all into sport

No “The Lot” as Big Sirloin Boned Steak for BBQ this afternoon after watching F1 Sprint Qualifying & Sprint Race drinking Pepsi Max & Bundy

Life is Good in Australia

calli
calli
July 30, 2023 11:50 am

The academic said a No vote would ‘doom’ Aboriginal Australians ‘to a permanent status as marginalised peoples’ and cited a ‘growing impatience’ over the delays in ‘righting the fundamental injustice’.

Complete garbage.

At thirty billion dollars + a year, hardly marginalised. More than adequately compensated rather.

Being impatient for more sit down money isn’t fighting imagined injustice. It’s entitlement.

miltonf
miltonf
July 30, 2023 11:53 am

Being impatient for more sit down money isn’t fighting imagined injustice. It’s entitlement.

it’s not just about money- it’s about destroying property rights and the real economy (agriculture and mining)

Muddy
Muddy
July 30, 2023 11:54 am

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Jul 30, 2023 10:23 AM
Thanks. Good letter from the Brig. As an anti-trans (context irrelevant) he’ll be ignored, however. People like him are deemed greater threats than external actors.

To wit: From a commenter in the most recent Wip:

I bet aliens ride past Earth and lock their doors.

flyingduk
Jul 30, 2023 10:12 AM
The link doesn’t work for me. I guess it could be my system though.

shatterzzz
July 30, 2023 11:55 am

There’s a possibility Albanese will do the DD election rather than swallow his pride and set a referendum date.

Wouldn’t be putting money on it! .. Luigi is enjoying his “free” OS travel (23 trips to date) too much to endanger that .. losing the VOICE vote will/should be terminal but not before or close to the next election so he’s still got a few getawayz to go ..!

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 11:55 am

It’s entitlement.

More like parasitism.

Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 11:57 am

Well sir, we already pay rent to the traditional owners.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 11:58 am

Margot Robbie’s breakthrough role came in I, Tonya.

She’s pretty good with a baseball bat also.

Muddy
Muddy
July 30, 2023 11:58 am

Oh, snap!
Sorry, I’m borrowing from Powerline’s WiP again:

Climate Change is where your money CHANGES from your hand to the government’s pocket. The weather stays the same.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 11:59 am

I’m prepared to take one for the team – I’ve ordered a revised copy of Marcia Langton’s handbook on the Treaty.

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 12:00 pm

Well sir, we already pay rent to the traditional owners.

Dot,

True. But the key is that you will have a bill that says you are paying the rent. This is to assist in fully demoralising the population.

shatterzzz
July 30, 2023 12:05 pm

Well sir, we already pay rent to the traditional owners.

Yep, close on $40billion a year but for some reason it getz flicked by as inconsequential..

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 12:06 pm

Quick question someone link to post of Dan Andrews cooking on gas stove in his house – I think it was on current thread?

Morsie
Morsie
July 30, 2023 12:10 pm

Lizzie
The best place to stay in Penang is the Blue Mansion, built by a fabulously wealthy Chinese guy known as teh Asian Rockefeller.It as Chinese porcelain Scottish wrought iron and British tiles.
He was an amzing guy ,had businesses all through Asia each run by a separate wife.He was in the last cabinet of teh last Emperor and it is claimed he introduce \ wine making, railways and banking to China.
The building is worth a visit.It became derelict until rejuvenated by a local developer in return for planning permission for a huge other project.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 30, 2023 12:13 pm

Cosmetics news (the Hun):

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has removed hundreds of illegal advertisements from popular social media platforms spruiking the sale of illegal ‘Barbie drug’ Melanotan-II.

The Saturday Herald Sun can reveal the TGA has a number of investigations underway cracking down on the promotion of the banned tanning drug, which is readily available in the forms of nasal sprays and injectables through dodgy online sellers.

And:

The drug, which is a prescription-only medicine, is an illegal synthetic hormone designed to boost the body’s melanocortin receptors to create melanin, darkening the user’s complexion.

It has been flagged by the TGA as dangerous and not safe for consumption.

This, released as sTan Grant is ‘taking a break’.

Coincidence? YOU DECIDE!

This is what happens when you go too hard on the nose melanins.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 30, 2023 12:17 pm

feelthebern
Jul 30, 2023 10:30 AM
At some stage, a GOP presidential candidate has to say how they will review the Jan 6th protestors.
If you didn’t enter the Capitol, you should be pardoned.
If you entered the Capitol but were non-violent, it should have been a simple misdemeanour (trespass).
There literally was a handful of violent protestors.

And how many of the “volent protestors” were agents provocateurs?

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 30, 2023 12:17 pm

feelthebern
Jul 30, 2023 10:30 AM
At some stage, a GOP presidential candidate has to say how they will review the Jan 6th protestors.
If you didn’t enter the Capitol, you should be pardoned.
If you entered the Capitol but were non-violent, it should have been a simple misdemeanour (trespass).
There literally was a handful of violent protestors.

And how many of the “violent protestors” were agents provocateurs?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 30, 2023 12:24 pm

Also in the Hun:

Police officer’s son among four missing air crew

Unsure why this detail is regarded as important.

Nobody runs headlines that say ‘Plumber’s son among four missing aircrew’ or ‘Bookstore franchise owner’s son among four missing aircrew’ or ‘Prominent pop-up baked potato van mogul’s son among four missing aircrew’.

Rosie
Rosie
July 30, 2023 12:26 pm

Gender not specified.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 30, 2023 12:30 pm

miltonf
Jul 30, 2023 11:53 AM
Being impatient for more sit down money isn’t fighting imagined injustice. It’s entitlement.

it’s not just about money- it’s about destroying property rights and the real economy (agriculture and mining)

And from where do they think (to use the word loosely) that the sit-down money will come from then?

PS, as this will all flow from the Constitution, what happens to “on just terms” when property rights are being destroyed?

Carpe Jugulum
Carpe Jugulum
July 30, 2023 12:31 pm

Good Morning Troops

Another day of fishing awaits, life is tough.

miltonf
miltonf
July 30, 2023 12:35 pm

And from where do they think (to use the word loosely) that the sit-down money will come from then?

They don’t care, they are not interested. The left is stupid and nasty. Of course money is only worth what it can buy.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 30, 2023 12:42 pm

Professor Steve Robson is, of course, a Quenthlander. He is also clinging to the authoritah delivered him by the covid shitshow and would very much like to see his godlike worshipping by idiots to continue (the Courier-Mail):

Covid has really been an extraordinary story and I think difficult to grasp because it’s out of the range of experience and really nothing of this magnitude has happened for 100 years, so it has been a big learning curve for every single person.

Oh, it was a learning curve all right. You betcha. Read the following sentence and wonder how it came to be that this chap is a professor of anything:

If we look at the data we see the effect around us at the moment, we know Covid infection is the third most common cause that Australians still die.

Semi-literate sensationalist bollocks. The Professor is also having trouble grasping the concept that people die in prodigious numbers of all causes every single day:

What surprises me is that deaths at such a massive rate in the country largely seem to go uncommented these days. For me that’s the big surprise.

Hey, Professor. You’re an academic living in a bubble who nobody cares about. Surprise!

I know it’s boring and you know people think “oh this week’s figures, it’s been going on for years now’. But in the end I think it really is startling that so many Australians are losing their lives and really there is this great wish to just get on with things and let it pass.

The ‘great wish’ is to be left alone, unburdened by the dead hand of medical bureaucracy.

But at the end of the day you just have to grit your teeth and say ‘its not over yet, if we all do what we know protects us then hopefully it will be over soon but we are not quite there yet’.

Trust the science, delivered to the masses by people very well renumerated to perpetuate a narrative rather than actual science. Got it. Because that worked soooo well previously.

Naturally, Professor Robson is the president of the AMA.

miltonf
miltonf
July 30, 2023 12:48 pm

Someone once remarked on talk back radio that the gaggle of dons that infest our ‘universities’ are more dangerous to Australia than the inmates at Long Bay.

Delta A
Delta A
July 30, 2023 12:49 pm

Another day of fishing awaits

Don’t forget the bait!

Johnny Rotten
July 30, 2023 12:59 pm

OldOzzie
Jul 30, 2023 12:06 PM
Quick question someone link to post of Dan Andrews cooking on gas stove in his house – I think it was on current thread?

Here it is –

https://twitter.com/DanielAndrewsMP/status/1248542493840257024

Min
Min
July 30, 2023 1:03 pm

A friend holidaying in the Kimberleys went on a cultural tour with local indigenous leader . He was told that WA will not vote yes as it was run by elites in Canberra . BTW afternoon tea was damper and billy tea made with tea bag and hot water from vacuum flask , Cultural appropriation for you .

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 30, 2023 1:09 pm

Re feverish over-reach about heatwaves, I am just catching up with the hard copy in our suitcase of last weekend’s Oz magazine, which has on its cover a sad old Tennant Creek aboriginal man living in a humpy. Inside the editorial blurb says that ‘the Climate Council’, that load of self-appointed histrionic old lefties, is funding many more weeks worth of this bullshit about the hottest hot evah in desert Australia, no doubt lacing it, as here, with aboriginal squalor to make us vote Yes.

If Tennant Creek has no public housing available then there is a reason for that. I don’t know what it is, government inertia or trashing by occupants of those already there, but what I would like to know is where is that more than thirty billion dollars gone in all of this decay?? Also, what about Land Rights monies? The wretched Voice will only produce more of the same, with Big Men in control, in cahoots with urban pale aboriginal grifters. Vote No, and let’s get to the bottom of all of this.

Also, I note that when I visited a local aboriginal village community, previously a mission, in Central Western NSW in the late 1970’s, some of the older people didn’t want to live in the housing, they preferred the humpies in the bush. The Tennant Creek Housing Initiative favoured in this article seems to want to encourage that, a ‘cultural’ choice, which I regard as a retrograde step.

flyingduk
flyingduk
July 30, 2023 1:17 pm

My earlier linky to Ed Dowds explosion in workplace disability numbers was US for some, hence relinked below

https://thehighwire.com/ark-videos/new-data-shows-deaths-and-disabilities-continue-to-skyrocket/

Makka
Makka
July 30, 2023 1:21 pm

I’m sure there are many sensible pople in the US, but this is what happens when leftist loonies take control of Govt.

??Travis??
@Travis_in_Flint
Just In: Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed a law that will allow illegal immigrants to become police officers and sheriffs deputies. In Illinois American citizens will be arrested by illegals.

Once this takes effect, people who are actively breaking federal law will be arresting Americans if they break they law. This madness from the democrat party is absolutely out of control.

areff
areff
July 30, 2023 1:22 pm

For those interested, Quadrant’s just-published online-only special edition on the Voice can be downloaded free of charge at the link below

https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/the-voice/2023/07/quadrants-special-august-edition-against-the-voice/

A sample already up onsite:

The Bumper Sticker Resistance

flyingduk
flyingduk
July 30, 2023 1:25 pm

Grrrr … Dowd linky censored?

Search ‘thehighwire.com’ instead if interested, scroll down to current Episode, Dowd is last 30m

Robert Sewell
July 30, 2023 1:27 pm

Calli:

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.

And that’s the point – they Will try it again. Just because they can
This is no longer a Representative Government of Australia it is representative only of itself and its own interests and the businesses that support it.

miltonf
miltonf
July 30, 2023 1:29 pm

In an inversion of the usual protocols, Biden met Prime Minister Sunak for about 50 minutes, but spent two hours with the King, largely in a climate-focused ‘roundtable’ involving the US and UK climate envoys John Kerry and Grant Shapps.

I linked to this article in the Speccie yesterday- I was thinking about it just now. It really is absolutely effing disgraceful to put it mildly. How can anyone with half a brain either here or the yookay tolerate this dangerous twerp.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 30, 2023 1:30 pm

Morsie, sadly we leave Penang today to fly back to Kuala Lumpur and the same in-airport hotel prior to our return to Australia tomorrow. That Chinese Blue Mansion sounds well worth a visit. As in many places in Asia, hidden gems abound from previous eras and so many of them are only just being recognised for the luxuries and heritage they were built to display. Georgetown here has a few building of the old Colonial era, but they are shockingly overshadowed and dwarfed by the new and garish. Heritage has quite a low priority when people are full of aspiration for a new and better way of life and who could blame them? I can’t. Saving some of it can be the concern of the well-off and educated, and ever t’was thus.

Rosie
Rosie
July 30, 2023 1:30 pm

March and April ABS statistics show that death rates for people below very old are ‘below the baseline’*
Old people are dying a bit more from various things, including covid.
I’m not convinced we need to take prodigious steps to do anything about deaths in over 80s.
I do note that the elderly at risk are still taking some precautions, if they so wish, a couple of couples that go to mass still wear masks and one of them sits out in the foyer, away from the pestilent crowd, as they are perfectly entitled to do.
They are also entitled to be protected from carriers of infection in ‘aged care settings’.
*a baseline that excludes iirc 2020 (too low) and 2022 (too high).

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 30, 2023 1:38 pm

flyingduk
Jul 30, 2023 1:25 PM
Grrrr … Dowd linky censored?

Search ‘thehighwire.com’ instead if interested, scroll down to current Episode, Dowd is last 30m

Go to Rumble.

The HighWire with Del Bigtree:

Returning guest and former BlackRock Equity Portfolio Manager, Edward Dowd, has been tracking the rising rate of non-COVID illness and excess deaths in the US and the UK since 2021, and has new alarming data on the skyrocketing rate of cardiovascular and hematological deaths. Hear the expert analysis on how these numbers may lead to a global economic crisis.

NEW DATA SHOWS DEATHS AND DISABILITIES CONTINUE TO SKYROCKET

Rosie
Rosie
July 30, 2023 1:40 pm

Don’t know if other states have similar arrangements but in case people weren’t aware there are a few little discounts available to poor old people.

seniors cards benefits Victoria

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
July 30, 2023 1:46 pm
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 30, 2023 1:54 pm

Life is Good in Australia

Yes, Old Ozzie. It’s always a relief to look forward to coming back home.

We have to work hard to keep it that way for our grandkids though.
Common sense has to win the voting day. And soon.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 1:56 pm

the hottest hot evah in desert Australia, no doubt lacing it, as here, with aboriginal squalor to make us vote Yes.

If Tennant Creek has no public housing available

In 1980 I spent my university holidays working at a copper mine west of Tennant Creek. For the first six weeks it never went below 100 F at midnight, which I knew since my clock radio had a liquid crystal thermometer scale on it. And I was doing a lot of afternoon and night shifts piloting a shovel, as you do.

That was only two or three years after the New Ice Age scare.

Then for the next 6 weeks it rained. And rained. And rained some more. The Single Men’s Quarters floated off its pilings, which was interesting since I was in it at the time. The entire plant was submerged and the mess was quite something, which we then had to clean up. I believe this is called “extreme weather” these days, and unlike in 1980 it is now caused by SUVs.

Robert Sewell
July 30, 2023 1:57 pm

Shatterzzz:

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

Recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 lite as a replacement for a Samsung Galaxy N8000. Explained what I needed on the chat line for the online store.
Also ordered a cover to keep the damn thing scratch free.
What arrived was a Tab S6 lite with a keyboard costing $175embedded in a cover. It took me a day to just get the two talking together because it would turn itself off after 10 seconds. You then needed to restart the damn thing with your password.
Nice screen, hieroglyphics are new. Excellent example of the software engineers art. But no idea of what they actually mean – look for the instruction manual – none provided.
Ring up complain about excessive complexity 3 times, each time having to start at the beginning of the complaint and having to supply name, model number, etc etc. Then get passed on to another department where the call drops out.
I realised after the three shots at trying to get some action about misrepresentation, they were running the clock down for my return. Demanded return sticker and refund.
Back to the start and ‘computer says No”.
They have no intention of living up to their own code of rules or even the Australian Standards of Return 2nd of which is misrepresentation of goods for purpose.
Angry not so much about the money, but the determined effort to not abide by the rules.
Samsung is now black balled in this household.
Do you want a free Galaxy Tab S6 Lite that incidentally weighs twice the N8000 that it was meant to replace.
Genuine offer – just give your address to DB or whatever and I’ll send it by mail.
It’s of no bloody use to me.
Rant over.

Megan
Megan
July 30, 2023 2:00 pm

I’ve just switched to 4G after the utter rubbish of the NBN but it has an even worse drop out rate than the old designed on the back of a napkin system it replaced.

I looked at Starlink but it seems to be not much chop in a big city. Can any clever cat confirm? I’d switch in a heartbeat if it would worked here in the edgy Melbornistan green belt.

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 2:03 pm

Common sense has to win the voting day.

– Chuckle –

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