Open Thread – Weekend 29 July 2023


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

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Megan
Megan
July 30, 2023 2:04 pm

I’ll take you up on your offer, Robert. Have a 10 year old grandie who would give it a good home and have no issues with the tech stuff.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 2:06 pm

Johnny Rotten
Jul 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

Thanks Johhny,

Dan Andrews
@DanielAndrewsMP

Good Friday night at home.

Potato, corn and tuna patties.

Stay safe – and stay home.

7:25 pm · 10 Apr 2020

Has Gas Srove Cooking in his house but is banning Gas Stoves in the Future

Here is Dictator Dan and Krudd cooking on a Gas BBQ

https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2023/07/two-imbeciles-cooking-with-gas.html#comment-6a0177444b0c2e970d02c1a6cfa7a5200b

Pure Hypocrite

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 2:08 pm

It’s a real tribute to Russia that so many people feel free to have different thoughts about the SMO and negotiation, and even disclose them to pollsters…

Not true in the US, where merely being in favor of Trump could put your job in danger, leading to completely deceptive poll results…

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 2:10 pm

From a couple of days ago!

Australia News

Andrew Bolt signs on for another two years at Sky News following ‘bitter, vindictive’ column from Malcolm Turnbull

Andrew Bolt has announced live on air that he has decided to stay at Sky News for another two years to give former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull more to “complain about”.
Amy Landsey
Amy Landsey
Digital Reporter

132andBush
132andBush
July 30, 2023 2:11 pm

But on solar, it has made big strides. According to the Clean Energy Council’s latest national report card, NSW hosted the majority of new large-scale solar projects completed and commissioned in Australia in 2022.

The “Clean Energy Council”?
Why can’t it be called what it actually is? “Bullshit”

Then the above quote would read

But on solar, it has made big strides. According to the Bullshit”s latest national report card, NSW hosted the majority of new large-scale solar projects completed and commissioned in Australia in 2022.

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 30, 2023 2:12 pm

Peta Credlin:

Don’t get too attached to your trusty gas appliances, your cooktop, gas hot water system or gas heating because, if Labor has its way, these will soon be banned as part of the crusade against climate change.

In Victoria, gas connections will be banned in new residential dwellings from the beginning of next year.

And because Daniel Andrews’ Victoria is the template for Labor governments right around the country, similar action can be expected everywhere.

Indeed, a few hours after last Friday’s announcement, the NSW Labor Premier Chris Minns refused to rule it out when pushed by the media, even though banning gas appliances will only further drive up costs to householders.

Plus, at least in the short term, also drive up emissions because gas has roughly half the emissions of the coal that still provides about 70 per cent of our electricity. This is just the latest instalment in the energy insanity gripping the country.

In making this absurd announcement, the Victorian government claimed that $1000 would be shaved from household energy bills each year.

But this is even less believable than the Albanese government’s fantasy pre-election promise to cut power bills by $275 per household per year, which was at least accompanied by spurious modelling.

If an all-electric household really is going to cut costs by $1000 a year, why did the government need to make it mandatory, given that rational householders would do it anyway?

In fact, the consumer organisation Choice puts the annualised cost of instant gas hot water at up to $400, compared to at least $650 for instant electric hot water.

What’s more, says Choice, gas-boosted solar hot water is roughly half the annualised cost, AND half the emissions, of electric-boosted solar hot water.

So what the hell is Labor on about?

Anything that has to be forced on consumers, rather than chosen on the basis of price and quality, is never cheaper.

In this case, all that really concerns the Andrews government is emissions, not price.

And yes, if the electricity supply does eventually become 80 or 90 per cent renewable, as the government wants, emissions might ultimately decline.

But reliability will decline too, given that there is currently no technically feasible and economically viable means of firming renewable (intermittent) power, other than the gas the Victorian government is so intent of demonising.

Just imagine being able to have a hot shower only on a windy day when the turbines are turning, or being able to cook only during daylight hours when the solar power is on, and not at night when it’s off.

That’s how crazy this is getting.

The MD of Seeley International, Australia’s biggest airconditioning and gas heating appliance manufacturer with brands like Breezair and Braemar, said on Friday that the Victorian government’s “foolish and shortsighted ban on gas … will only push emissions higher and increase the risk of blackouts”.

Jon Seeley demanded that the government “stop being dishonest with Victorians … (and) stop denying the simple science that right now, in Victorian homes, electricity from brown coal is four times more emissions intensive than natural gas”.

Seeley said the government was using “the cover of a righteous environmental pursuit … to spread mistruths and lies” and that the government’s claim that the gas sector represented 17 per cent of Victoria’s emissions “ignored the fact that residential gas (the focus of this ban) represents less than 2 per cent of emissions”.

These days, it’s a rare business chief who dares speak out against the emissions obsession, so Seeley’s denunciation testifies to the general alarm about this extraordinary measure.

Words can hardly do justice to the control freakery, the ideological idiocy and the sheer intellectual dishonesty of the Daniel Andrews government.

It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that most of the population of Victoria is suffering a form of Stockholm syndrome as hostages in a party-state under a boss who’s got the whole place in his pocket.

But unless people wake up to the folly of running a power system to reduce emissions rather than deliver affordable and reliable energy, this madness will soon spread across the entire country.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 30, 2023 2:13 pm

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc:

A Doctor’s Challenge to the BMA
28TH JULY 2023

I recently received a copy of a statement made by Mr Philip Banfield, an obstetrician who is the BMA UK Council Chair and who spoke at the official covid inquiry.

Banfield said: `Speaking in my capacity as BMA chair of council, I was acutely aware of the responsibility I held not only of speaking on behalf of its association and all its members, but for every single doctor working in our health service and the millions of patients they care for.’

I didn’t know whether to cry, scream or punch the wall when I read that. The arrogance! Banfield was not speaking for all doctors. And he certainly was not speaking for patients. The BMA has been the patients’ enemy for years, and never more than it is now. BMA strikes are causing untold damage to endless numbers of patients. Not surprisingly, hospital and GP patients are increasingly dissatisfied with the care they receive. For Banfield to claim that he was speaking for patients is simply extraordinary and shows a level of disconnect that is deeply worrying.

If BMA members had the guts to strike for better health care, for an end to working practices which have led to the longest waiting times in history or for the end of the General Medical Council’s absurd disciplinary process which punishes doctors who dare to ask questions or share truths, then I would not approve of their methods (doctors are never entitled to withdraw their labour by going on strike) but I would approve of their motives.

But BMA members are striking for more money.

Consultants on an average salary of £128,000 (plus pension) are striking for a 35% pay rise. That’s an extra £45,000 a year. They must know they cannot possible receive such a pay rise. If they did they would destroy what is left of the National Health Service and they would help push inflation still higher.

The doctors’ strikes are official BMA strikes. Far from caring for patients the BMA appears be using them as a weapon, boasting recently that one in six people will soon be on waiting lists if doctors don’t receive the 35% pay rise they are demanding.

It is the BMA which has, in my view, helped destroy health care in the UK. It was the decision of GPs not to work nights or weekends which destroyed hospitals and the ambulance service. And today the average GP works around three days a week. Librarians and accountants work longer hours than GPs.

Does the BMA want to destroy health care in Britain? Or does it want to destroy Britain?

I’m pretty sure it’s the latter. It seems to me that the BMA is helping to take us into a world of 15 minute cities, digitalisation, mass vaccination programmes and the Great Reset. It was, I remember, the BMA which said that climate change should be a new priority for doctors. It seems to concern them not at all that climate change is just a myth – and a myth, like covid and vaccination which must never, ever be debated.

Banfield of the BMA went on to discuss covid-19 as though it were a real pandemic. Does he really not know that the evidence proves that covid-19 was no more than the rebranded flu? Does he really not know that doctors and hospitals and bureaucrats and politicians killed more people than covid-19? Does he not know that all scientific debate was crushed by the medical establishment? Does he not know that the covid-19 `vaccine’ does not do what it is supposed to do and is so toxic that it should not have been given to one patient – let alone billions?

If he doesn’t know these things it may be because the medical establishment of which he is a part has crushed all debate and helped silence those telling the truth.

Once again I issue my now well-worn challenge.

I challenge Mr Banfield to debate his so-called pandemic, live on national television. I will prove to him that everything the medical establishment did made things worse. Those BMA members who followed the official party line and who wore masks and gave covid jabs were behaving like ignorant fools. They were the problem – not the solution. They should be ashamed.

But Mr Banfield won’t accept my challenge, of course. Even if he wanted to he wouldn’t be allowed to risk it. The establishment dare not risk allowing the truth to be broadcast on mainstream media.

And they know that I’d chew up Mr Banfield and spit him out in bits because I have the truth on my side. I can prove very quickly that if one of us is speaking on behalf of patients it isn’t him.

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Black Ball
Black Ball
July 30, 2023 2:16 pm

Credlin II:

Have you flown from Gadigal (Sydney) to Naarm (Melbourne) lately? Or maybe to Aotearoa (New Zealand)? Certainly, if you’ve landed anywhere recently (except on Rex) your crew would have acknowledged the traditional owners of the lands on which we “live, work and fly”.

Not long ago, Qantas crews were referencing NAIDOC week as well. But if a fuss is to be made about one group’s special time, why not Easter week, or Ramadan, or the Passover, or Diwali?

As you may have heard, about 10 days ago in Queensland, a woman was attacked by a dingo. Only, if you’d heard it on Channel 9, the incident took place on K’gari and involved a wongari, because not only has Annastacia Palaszczuk renamed “Fraser Island” but, in our enthusiasm for all things Indigenous, “dingo”, the term that Sydney Aboriginals had used for our native dog (and that the settlers then adopted), was replaced by a local name, even though this practice will end up giving “dingoes” a multiplicity of different names, given there were well over 300 different languages spoken by local peoples in 1788.

I’m all for recognition, I think most Australians are, but when does “recognition” become “replacement”, and non-Aboriginal Australians made to feel like strangers in their own land?

Welcomes to country, originally a nice gesture from the local elders when VIP guests turned up to Indigenous communities, have multiplied into the ubiquitous acknowledgements of country that now feature in everything from the opening of the school day to most official meetings. Often enough, when there are numerous speakers, each one of them will feel the need individually to acknowledge country, usually in an ever more extravagant way. Yet how can the traditional owners be fulsomely acknowledged without the inference that the land belongs to some more than to others, and that everyone who’s come since 1788 is here under sufferance?

Then there’s the now ever-present flying of the Aboriginal flag, equally with the national flag, as if the flag of some of us matters as much as the flag of all of us.

And, most recently, there’s this shift to use Indigenous names in news bulletins, advertisements or airline schedules, jointly or in substitution for the names we’re all familiar with.

All of this has happened by stealth. There has been no government announcement. No national debate. Just a whole lot of organisations, from local councils to surf lifesaving clubs and the national broadcaster, that have made the decision for us.

But there will soon be a good way for everyday Australians to have their say on what’s happened without their consent, by voting a resounding “no” to the Indigenous Voice, and thereby sending a clear message to everyone in authority: that we are a country of one people where, in Bob Hawke’s own words, there is “no hierarchy of descent” and “no privilege of origin”.

Credlin outlines a lot of phuckwhittery infesting the place. It will get louder, more in your face when the referendum nears. It’s vomit inducing and I am going to get some beer to watch the footy with.

Cassie of Sydney
July 30, 2023 2:17 pm

“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.”

Yes, she’s a good actress, and she was great in both films.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 2:22 pm

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areff
Jul 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

Thanks areff,

have sent to many old mates

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 30, 2023 2:27 pm

miltonf
Jul 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.

He needs to follow the example of his great-uncle Edward, and abdicate, lest he end up following the example of Charles I. It is not far from Buck Palace to the Banqueting House in Whitehall.

Pogria
Pogria
July 30, 2023 2:29 pm

re the laptop sagas that have been foisted on some regular commenters here, my two cents worth of personal experience. I bought a little Lenovo about six weeks ago on the advice of a techie at Hardly Normal. I haven’t had a problem using it since day one.
I did ask here for help regarding copy and paste without a mouse and received excellent advice.

After I had bought my Lenovo, I discovered from friends when asked what I had bought, that most of them said I had made an excellent choice.

Must say I have been happy with my little Lenovo.

bons
bons
July 30, 2023 2:37 pm

I find myself unable to watch or read material regarding the Holocaust. It is simply too disturbing.
But I stumbled over something this morning that raises endless questions.
The author claimed that in even the very worst antisemetic countries, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, possibly not Ukraine, there were thousands of brave families who were willing to take in and protect Jewish kids.
Sadly, it was impossible. Most kids only spoke Yiddish and thus were impossible to hide.
I am not going to start a fight about cultural incarceration, but ……

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 30, 2023 2:44 pm

Yep, Elon f*cked up hiring that WEF bitch ( actually he didn’t, it’s part of the plan )

Expect Pfizer and Big-Pharma adds to pollute the joint in the near future. What was also mentioned is that the QWERTY mob can post what they like, with no pushback* Perhaps Twitter = X, should be XXX for the filth allowed to be posted there. Qwerty people, post what you like.

*I can’t confirm because it will not sign up to verify the claims. Up to you to find out. My gut tells me the guest is truthful.

Stew Peters is being shadow banned ( censorship ) because he goes after B-Pharma and the Qwerty perverts with gusto. Care to defend twatter doing this?

We’ll done, Elon. I made mention a while back when he hired Linda Yaccarino that this would happen … and it has.

Elon is a C-bomb!

—–

Stew Peters Show:

We are told by Con Inc talking heads that Elon Musk is saving free speech but Twitter is still banning speech.
Anesthesiologist Mark Huffman is back with Stew to talk about why Twitter banned his account.
In June, Elon Musk named Klaus Schwab slave Linda Yaccarino as the CEO of Twitter.
Yaccarino has said that Twitter needs to be more attractive to advertisers.
That likely means she wants to bring back censorship and ban speech.
Mark Huffman recounted a viral story in a tweet about a father who was kicked out of an Olive Garden restaurant because his daughter was frightened of a tranny waiter.
Huffman also called out Darden Restaurants which is the umbrella company of Olive Garden and this is likely why he was banned.
Under Linda Yaccarino’s new policy it’s likely not considered “advertiser friendly” to call out major companies for sheltering and defending tranny freaks.
Additionally, many Twitter accounts including Stew Peters’ are being shadow banned again.
Darden Restaurants has recently expressed excitement about their perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equity Index.
Some on the Left said they hoped the little girl who was scared of the Trans would choke on a breadstick.
Twitter laughably claims the reason they kicked Mark Huffman off of Twitter is because he called for schools to be burned to the ground and rebuilt because they are ugly and look like prisons.
He was not calling for violence.
He was making an architectural point that schools are not pleasing to the eye.
All of this trans normalization and expecting kids to not be afraid is about the eventual legalization of pedophilia.
The endgame is unfettered access to children to abuse and teach them to become perverts just like them.
Back during the war in Afghanistan the American military allied with an Afghan faction that molested and abused young boys.
The U.S. military looked the other way while children were raped.
These people are sick and look at children as commodities to be traded.
We live in a world where we do not know who was on Ghislaine’s Maxwell’s sex trafficking list.
Drag queen story hour is rampant and library associations are fighting good laws from Christian Red States.
Gay marriage was legalized in 2015 and now so called conservative platforms from the Blaze to the Daily Wire give platforms to sodomites.
Elon Musk is surrounding himself with the wrong people.
They are part of the agenda to promote ever increasing levels of immorality.
Stew Peters Twitter account went from 450 million impressions in June to less than 1 million in the month of July.
American foreign policy is now all about a man’s “right” to sodomize other men and they call this “democracy”.
Elon Musk is also attempting to take down Rumble because they allow free speech and he wants a competing video streaming platform.
The trans ideology is based upon a demonic mental illness and we must stand up and save our children.

Twitter Bans Account For Reporting On Trans FREAK: Olive Garden KICKS Father Out Of Restaurant

flyingduk
flyingduk
July 30, 2023 2:47 pm

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.

Quite, COVID was only ever an ‘opportunity target’, an unexpected break in the clouds through which to drop bombs -albeit a wildly successful one.

Ratcheting up the control apparatus via the klimate emergency was and still is the main game – if its worth lockdowns to save grandma, its worth them to save mother earth right?

You will have noted they have already flipped back to it in the Northern Hemisphere (hottest day evva) and are prepping the battlefield in Australia too – already they are telling us that next summer will be a bad one for fires – fires which will largely be arson btw.

Robert Sewell
July 30, 2023 2:48 pm

https://www.theepochtimes.com/world/it-will-be-a-bit-contested-australia-to-introduce-national-digital-id-by-mid-2024-post-5429057
We gave this insidious plot a damn good kicking when it first stuck its head up years ago. We’ll be doing the same, with a lot more enthusiasm this time around.
I will be taking note of the politicians who vote yes.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
July 30, 2023 2:52 pm

Day 820 of Build Back Better

More like – Build Back Worse –

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rickw
rickw
July 30, 2023 2:53 pm

In Victoria, gas connections will be banned in new residential dwellings from the beginning of next year.

And because Daniel Andrews’ Victoria is the template for Labor governments right around the country, similar action can be expected everywhere.

The criminal scum running Australia plough on unhindered.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
July 30, 2023 2:55 pm

Robert Sewell
Jul 30, 2023 2:48 PM
https://www.theepochtimes.com/world/it-will-be-a-bit-contested-australia-to-introduce-national-digital-id-by-mid-2024-post-5429057
We gave this insidious plot a damn good kicking when it first stuck its head up years ago. We’ll be doing the same, with a lot more enthusiasm this time around.
I will be taking note of the politicians who vote yes.

Australia already has the Medicare Card Number and the Tax File Number.

There is no need for a National ID Card with another number either physical or digital.

Cassie of Sydney
July 30, 2023 3:02 pm

“Most kids only spoke Yiddish and thus were impossible to hide.
I am not going to start a fight about cultural incarceration, but ……”

Not sure about that, whilst a lot of children who lived in the shtetls, villages, towns and cities of Eastern Europe did speak Yiddish in the home, they would also have spoken the local language, be it Polish, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Latvian, Russian and so on. The survivors I know were multilingual from childhood (they remain multilingual). I know two Hungarian survivors of Auschwitz who came from very, very secular families, they didn’t speak any Yiddish at home, their language in the home and outside the home was Hungarian, it didn’t stop them from rounded up and transported. I had an aunt who died decades ago, she was taken in by nuns and hidden in a convent near Budapest, whilst in hiding she was never allowed outside the gates of the convent, and this restriction saved her life.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 30, 2023 3:04 pm

The usual spin coming out of the Swinging Pig byelection. The Cookie Monster describes a 33% swing against the Liars on primary votes as a “solid result”. I would hate to see a bad one. I’m off to make enquires about Lieboral preselection.

Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 3:05 pm

Indeed, a few hours after last Friday’s announcement, the NSW Labor Premier Chris Minns refused to rule it out when pushed by the media, even though banning gas appliances will only further drive up costs to householders.

He continues to stumble upwards.

What a career!

???

rickw
rickw
July 30, 2023 3:06 pm

What we’ve discovered that the government don’t want you to know.

If you’re an average punter living in the Maldives, one of the things that was open for everyone to enjoy was the vision of the ocean and the waves breaking on the outer reef.

That view, that simple pleasure, is now obstructed in many places by shit Chinese solar installations. Contributes bugger all to power supply and due to proximity to the ocean will be lucky to last a couple of years.

Solar is the industrialisation of everywhere.

Robert Sewell
July 30, 2023 3:06 pm

Bushkid:

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

Australia is slowly polarising into three camps – The Sheep, The Drovers, and The Individuals. Which is just what the criminals want.
Animal Farm and 1984 should be compulsory studies in School.

shatterzzz
July 30, 2023 3:07 pm

ON laptops .. methinx like anything else someone somewhere getz a lemon .. just luck of the draw ..
I’ve an HP Inspiron (14inch 6gb 500gb HD) 10 years old bought for $100 new cos running W7 when the next W came out .. in 1st 3 weeks it crashed 3 times after I’d re-installed Windows .. so fed-up wiped Windows .. installed Linux Ubuntu ……
never had a problem since .. and wiv the lid covered in “toon” stickers it couldn’t be happier! … LOL!

flyingduk
flyingduk
July 30, 2023 3:09 pm

Australia already has the Medicare Card Number and the Tax File Number.

There is no need for a National ID Card with another number either physical or digital.

Yes thats largely true – I did my tax last week, and my accountant already knew everything about my income and bank accounts – even tiny amounts I had forgotten. The ATO also had a pretty good handle on my crypto income (or at least they think they did 😉

I think the best we can manage in the future is to have an official, visible financial life, and a parallel, hidden set of assets and transactions – like the old ‘cash’ economy, but obviously cash is a dying medium of exchange.

Grab your own ‘hidden assets’ now while you still can (precious metals, ballistic metals, etc etc etc).

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 3:11 pm

We gave this insidious plot a damn good kicking when it first stuck its head up years ago. We’ll be doing the same, with a lot more enthusiasm this time around.

Different world now. The population is thoroughly demoralised and all the WW2 vets are gone.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 3:13 pm

breaking
Queensland helicopter crash: Identities of four missing ADF personnel revealed
Dan Jervis-BardyThe West Australian
Sun, 30 July 2023 11:08AM

The identities of the four Defence personnel missing and feared dead after a helicopter crash off the Queensland coast have been revealed.

Captain Daniel Lyon, Lieutenant Maxwell Nugent, Warrant Officer Class Two Joseph Laycock and Corporal Alexander Naggs were on board the MHR-90 helicopter when it crashed off waters near Hamilton Island around 11pm on Friday night.

Chief of the Australian Army Lieutenant General Simon Stuart revealed the names on Sunday as the search operation continues.

A large-scale rescue operation was launched after an MHR-90 helicopter crashed off waters near Hamilton Island in Queensland around 11pm on Friday night.

Wreckage was discovered on Saturday.

Indolent
Indolent
July 30, 2023 3:23 pm
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 3:28 pm

Roger Cook describes Labor’s by-election win as solid result despite party’s drop in support
Jake DietschThe West Australian
Sun, 30 July 2023 12:15PM
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Premier Roger Cook has described Saturday’s Rockingham by-election as a “solid result”, despite a 33 per cent drop in Labor’s primary vote in the once ultra-safe seat for the Government.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday after Labor’s Magenta Marshall retained the seat on Saturday night, Mr Cook said he would not take the electorate for granted.

But an emboldened Liberal leader Libby Mettam, whose party candidate Peter Hudson saw a meagre 8 per cent rise in support, said the result had put the Premier on notice.

The count on Sunday morning showed Labor’s Magenta Marshall just short of a majority of the primary vote, winning the seat with more than 65 per cent of the vote after preferences, a two party swing of more than 20 per cent against Labor.

The WA Liberals received less than 18 per cent of the vote in the by-election caused by Mark McGowan’s shock decision to resign from parliament.

The Premier said Labor did not take Rockingham, its safest seat where Mr McGowan received nearly 83 per cent of the primary vote in 2021, for granted.

“Like I’ve always said we took nothing for granted in relation to Rockingham and that’s why we put forward a positive plan which focuses on the issues that concern people today,” he said.

“This is a solid result for Labor and won of which we are very proud.

“We knew that with any by-election, with its own unique set of circumstances and issues impacting on both the local state and national level, that it was always going to be tough.

“The fact that we’ve produced such a solid result was obviously a great testament to the fact that we had a wonderful candidate in Magenta Marshall.”

But Liberal leader Libby Mettam said her party, which holds just two seats in the lower house, could take “much encouragement” in one of the safest Labor seats in the country.

“A huge swing against the Labor government, clearly the Premier is on notice,” she said.

Ms Mettam dismissed concerns that her party’s primary vote had only grown by 8 per cent.

“We can understand that for some in protesting against the Labor government it was too much to vote for the Liberal Party in one of the safest Labor seats in the country. But this is the best result for the Liberal Party in over a decade in WA Labor’s safest seat,” she said.

“It’s still an improvement on 2017.”

Liberal candidate Peter Hudson said forcing Labor to rely on preferences to win the seat for the first time since Mr McGowan was initially elected showed the people of Rockingham were “listening to the Labor government’s failures”.

“The shambolic implementation of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act is an example of some of the worst policy ever implemented in the WA parliament,” Mr Hudson said.

“The people of Rockingham, with a strong Liberal voice in Rockingham will not take the inadequacies of the Cook Labor government.”

areff
areff
July 30, 2023 3:31 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.

Megan, sorry to hear that. I’ve been using nothing but a 4G mobile modem since around 2016. Never had a problem, but then I’m in line of sight of the local tower.

Are you a long way distant from a tower?

shatterzzz
July 30, 2023 3:34 pm

Indeed, a few hours after last Friday’s announcement, the NSW Labor Premier Chris Minns refused to rule it out when pushed by the media, even though banning gas appliances will only further drive up costs to householders.

He may dream of banning ’em in “new” “private” dwellings, like the Vic idiot, but he won’t be forcing it on the “already connected” ..
NSW has 250 000 public housing properties, 95% have gas connections (NSW also has a, current , pay to connect contract wiv AGL for public housing dwellings) so not only would he be up for a contract penalty but also the astronomical cost of mass conversion .. not mentioning that given the age of 3/4 of these properties it, probably, wouldn’t be financially viable …….
I know a proper inspection of my place would entail , at least, $10 000 of upgrade repairs on top of conversion .. they avoid these sort of repairs by relying on tenant complaints & tenants don’t bother complaining (unless it’s really serious!) cos they know it’s a waste of time .. but wiv the full inspection an electric refit would entail they (Housing) wouldn’t be able to keep the additional problems under wraps …… occasionally a bit of media publicity can be a wake-up call .. LOL!
Given some of the dithering that Ho Chi Minns has dispayed so far he’s trying harder to be liked rather than undertaking contentious decisions ….
He’s more inclined towards the “Barrel” than “Gladys” image ……

rickw
rickw
July 30, 2023 3:37 pm

About to give up my Australian phone number.

Telstra completely f’cking useless:

“We can’t guarantee call or text services in some locations, it all depends on how your phone registers on the network when you first turn it on….”

Honestly what is this f*cking sh*t?!!

rickw
rickw
July 30, 2023 3:39 pm

‘Man-Made’ Climate Change: Majority of Greek Wildfires Result of Arson, Minister Admits

I think enviro-loons have discovered a useful tool.

Indolent
Indolent
July 30, 2023 3:39 pm
flyingduk
flyingduk
July 30, 2023 3:40 pm

CIA has a well-documented history of planting fake “UFO stories” when they want to distract the public…

G Edward Griffen discussed this in his 1970s book ‘ The Creature from Jekyl Island’, after the ‘business as usual’ (profiteering from war) model became too dangerous after the advent of the A Bomb, they went looking for newer, safer forms of ‘war’ to continue to scare the people into accepting the constant profiteering of the big guys (and their bought and paid for politicians).

Amongst their future strategies were: global cooling, acid rain, global warming, pandemics and alien invasion.

It looks like they are pretty mch through their list now!

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
July 30, 2023 3:40 pm

I have been told that the movie Barbie has caused “conservative outrage”.
Is this true?

Vicki
Vicki
July 30, 2023 3:41 pm

Of course they do. Lying is their top accomplishment.

CIA has a well-documented history of planting fake “UFO stories” when they want to distract the public…

I don’t doubt that, of course. But weirdly, local night sky watchers in our valley (with the lack of city and town lighting, a clear night sky here is breathtaking) a few nights ago recorded a very weird movement of a bright object. I don’t understand the controllability of satellites – maybe that is what it was – but it darted around and then disappeared. Hmmmm……

shatterzzz
July 30, 2023 3:43 pm

We gave this insidious plot a damn good kicking when it first stuck its head up years ago. We’ll be doing the same, with a lot more enthusiasm this time around.

The BAT FLU lockdowns proved they (gummints) can do as they like cos most will obey .. sure there’ll be lotza bleating as there aslwayz is with contentious issues but the end result is you’ll carry & show the “card” when demanded …….. life 101!

https://ibb.co/V9wmqBp

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 3:43 pm

This song is a wonderful tribute to people who really love this land. It’s a stark contrast to the other remote dwellers who destroy their communities, beat their families and do bugger all. It’s also a stark contrast to the inner city pale indigenes with ambitions of owning the continent.

Seasons – The New Graces

P
P
July 30, 2023 3:44 pm

On this glorious Sydney day from 10:30am Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral:

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah

132andBush
132andBush
July 30, 2023 3:45 pm

I think enviro-loons have discovered a useful tool.

Yep.
As I’ve said before, it will be tried in Australia.
It’s a means to a righteous end after all.

Indolent
Indolent
July 30, 2023 3:49 pm

Dr. John Campbell

Freedom of speech

Cassie of Sydney
July 30, 2023 3:49 pm

“He continues to stumble upwards.

What a career!

???”

Indeed, but ya reckon it would be any different under a Parrothead Liberal government with the Kean Green cockroach pulling the strings? Ya reckon the Liberals wouldn’t also be planning to ban new gas connections and gas cooktops in new homes?

I reckon I should form a new party called the “Gas is Best Party”, and campaign on the fact that gas is the best fuel to heat and cool a home and to cook with. We should campaign in state electorates like Ryde, Strathfield, and federal electorates like Bennelong where there are many, many Chinese, Koreans and other Asians living, who use gas to cook to cook with, try using a wok on an electric cooktop!

As an aside, during the week I had lunch at “Margaret”, Neil Perry’s restaurant in Double Bay. It’s a fabulous restaurant, I highly recommend it. However Neil Perry is also a spruiker of the whole climate hysteria, and particularly the ridiculous, and the the very absurd crap that……”gas is evil”, yet sitting in his restaurant I couldn’t help but notice that in his kitchen (it’s an open kitchen), there are quite a few organic chickens being rotisseried over burning wood, and as I sipped a glass of South Australian Riesling, I watched all that nasty smoke rise above the rotisserie, and I thought to myself, Mr Perry is the proprietor of a restaurant that is committing a climate crime, his restaurant is adding more evil toxic hydrocarbons into the atmosphere, further boiling the planet, but I then I remembered, it’s the electorate of Wentworth, and apart from the likes of myself, Lizzie, Hairy and some others, nobody does hypocrisy, especially climate hypocrisy, like the residents of Wentworth.

Having said all of this, I do recommend the restaurant.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
July 30, 2023 3:52 pm

Robert Sewell said:

Animal Farm and 1984 should be compulsory studies in School.

Exactly. We’re going to centrally plan a programme that coerces you into understanding how bad centrally planned coercion has been.
Hmmm. Well, just treat it as a “do as I say, not as I do” type of lesson.

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 3:52 pm

Dan Andrews
@DanielAndrewsMP

Has Gas Srove Cooking in his house but is banning Gas Stoves in the Future

It’s different when they do it.

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 3:53 pm

Don’t get too attached to your trusty gas appliances, your cooktop, gas hot water system or gas heating because, if Labor has its way, these will soon be banned as part of the crusade against climate change.

Not to worry. The bugs will come pre-cooked.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 3:56 pm

This song is a wonderful tribute to people who really love this land.

Good song, but farming in that part of the world is living proof that George Goyder was right, all those years ago!

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 3:58 pm

I’m all for recognition, I think most Australians are, but when does “recognition” become “replacement”, and non-Aboriginal Australians made to feel like strangers in their own land?

This is from Peta Credlin’s second article.

I will not vote even for recognition as it will result in the same misuse as the Voice. The High Court will see to it. It’s best and safest not to add anything to the constitution, the indigenes will simply have to be equal to the rest of us.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 30, 2023 3:58 pm

Australia already has the Medicare Card Number and the Tax File Number.
There is no need for a National ID Card with another number either physical or digital.

A decentralised ID number is currently being worked on by the Federal government & two of the big four accounting firms.
The idea is that you give this decentralised ID number to all your service providers instead of giving your drivers licence or passport.
They are trying to build the digital infrastructure that meets all the AML & CRS agreements Australia has signed up to but protects the punters from all the data hacking.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 4:01 pm

Robert Sewell
Jul 30, 2023 2:48 PM

https://www.theepochtimes.com/world/it-will-be-a-bit-contested-australia-to-introduce-national-digital-id-by-mid-2024-post-5429057
We gave this insidious plot a damn good kicking when it first stuck its head up years ago. We’ll be doing the same, with a lot more enthusiasm this time around.
I will be taking note of the politicians who vote yes.

We’re sure they’ll be all shitting in their underwear. Broken down moron in some Queensland rural shithole is going to take note. Scary as hell. Frightening!

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
July 30, 2023 4:04 pm

The idea is that you give this decentralised ID number to all your service providers instead of giving your drivers licence or passport.
They are trying to build the digital infrastructure that meets all the AML & CRS agreements Australia has signed up to but protects the punters from all the data hacking.

You will also have total privacy^ this way.

^ = The government’s definition of privacy is having the bureaucracy be the only party who knows absolutely everything about you.

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 30, 2023 4:05 pm
JC
JC
July 30, 2023 4:07 pm

Bern

As you imply, It’s not a big deal as some folks here are making out, although it would be good if it failed.

There’s a medicare number, driver’s license, government services number ( the actual name that I forget), TFN.

As you probably know, people had to sign up for an International ID if owning a company or being a director. Was this the same as the director’s ID ASIC required recently.

Damon
Damon
July 30, 2023 4:11 pm

I am not aware of any instance in evolutionary history where a more primitive life form has survived in competition with advanced forms. Primitive cultures may be preserved, but as demonstrated in NT and elsewhere, they are not functional. To create a constitutional reform to accommodate that is simply ludicrous, and will do long-term damage to the parent culture.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 4:11 pm

‘Man-Made’ Climate Change: Majority of Greek Wildfires Result of Arson, Minister Admits

There’re lots of eucalypts in Greece.
Eucalypts tend to need fire to propagate.
They are arboreal arsonists by their evolution.
Any wonder that bushfires in Greece are fierce?

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 30, 2023 4:13 pm

On laptops, I think I paid around $3k for an old Intel 386 Compaq around 1984 in 1984 dollars for my second time around UWA. No cheapies to be had in those days.

Robert Sewell
July 30, 2023 4:14 pm

Boambee John:

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

The big Red Button won’t be pushed by someone thinking rationally. It will be pushed by someone under extreme pressure from many different sources. Trouble in the ruling body, an attempted push to overthrow them or get them out of office, It will be a culmination of events, all disconnected until they land on the desk with the Big Red Button it.
…and my bet swings toward the swamp dwellers under real threat of treason charges more than Putin.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
July 30, 2023 4:15 pm

They are trying to build the digital infrastructure that meets all the AML & CRS agreements Australia has signed up to but protects the punters from all the data hacking.

Prevents data hacking? LOL. And the ATO just lost how many hundreds of millions to the Scammers/Hackers. FFS. Trust Guv’ments at your peril.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 4:17 pm

Damon
Jul 30, 2023 4:11 PM

I am not aware of any instance in evolutionary history where a more primitive life form has survived in competition with advanced forms.

Crocs and alligators are prehistoric and believed not to have evolved much if at all, but they’re still around.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
July 30, 2023 4:22 pm

The article on Andrew Bolt re-signing with Sky:
Andrew Bolt tells Malcolm Turnbull to ‘suck that up’ as he dumps retirement plans
NICK TABAKOFFnick tabakoff
Andrew Bolt addresses Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘spray’.
Andrew Bolt addresses Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘spray’.
1:26PM JULY 30, 2023
It’s not often that an ex-prime minister plays a direct role in influencing contract negotiations for big-name media personalities.

But that’s exactly what happened last week with star Sky News presenter Andrew Bolt, when Malcolm Turnbull published a scathing article – co-authored with former ACTU president Sharan Burrow – in online news site The Guardian about Sky.

Turnbull claimed in the piece on Tuesday that Sky presenters were specialising in “angertainment” in relation to the voice, and that a new channel launched last week on Sky risked becoming a “factory for misinformation” about the upcoming referendum’s ‘yes’ case.

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The former Liberal PM repeated his allegations in an interview with Patricia Karvelas the next morning, on Radio National’s breakfast program.

THEAUSTRALIAN.COM.AU07:43
‘What a bitter man’: Andrew Bolt blasts Turnbull for giving Sky News an ‘almighty spray’

Sky News host Andrew Bolt has taken former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to task over his recent appearance… on ABC radio where he gave Sky News an “almighty spray”. “What a bitter, vindictive man. A hypocrite,” Mr Bolt said. “And what seems to have inspired this latest attack from More

Turnbull’s comments on radio were the final straw to motivate Bolt into making an extraordinary move on his eponymous nightly show on Wednesday night: live texting his acceptance of a new two-year deal to his bosses at Sky.

Bolt revealed live-to-air that he had been “agonising” for a fortnight over whether to accept a new contract with Sky. “It’s an old story: I wanted to retire years ago, and every year it’s the same old stupid agonising, the Nellie Melba kind of thing. And I haven’t known my mind.”

But Bolt noted that Turnbull’s words to Karvelas that morning had a magical effect on his powers of decision making.

“Now that Turnbull’s done this, I’ll tell you what: you’ve inspired me – and I’m going to send Boris (Sky News CEO Paul Whittaker), my boss, a text,” Bolt said live-to-air as he turned to his phone. “Make it one year more. No, no – make it two years, just to get Turnbull really upset, make it two years. And send.”

Before Bolt let the subject of his contract renewal go, he had one more message for the former PM. “There you go Malcolm – you’ve got two more years of me to complain about. Suck that up!”

Bolt has since shared with Diary proof that he did indeed send his job acceptance message to the Sky CEO while he was on-air that night, just under 10 minutes into his show at 7:09PM.

His message to Whittaker was unequivocal: “I am sorry to have agonised for so long. Make it two years.”

Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 4:23 pm

As you imply, It’s not a big deal as some folks here are making out, although it would be good if it failed.

It is awful because it is one step closer to “Papers please”.

We’re already living under a surveillance state though.

eric hinton
eric hinton
July 30, 2023 4:29 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Jul 30, 2023 3:56 PM
This song is a wonderful tribute to people who really love this land.

Good song, but farming in that part of the world is living proof that George Goyder was right, all those years ago!

And in irrational exuberance news, a 12 month old bull sold for $360,000 at the Texas Angus sale in Warialda . That’s up in the wagyusphere.

Even the vendor was a bit surprised given the softening of saleyard prices and things looking a bit dry. Hope it’s not another harbinger of all restocked and ready to start offloading.

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 4:30 pm

A decentralised ID number is currently being worked on by the Federal government & two of the big four accounting firms.
The idea is that you give this decentralised ID number to all your service providers instead of giving your drivers licence or passport.
They are trying to build the digital infrastructure that meets all the AML & CRS agreements Australia has signed up to but protects the punters from all the data hacking.

The whole country’s citizenry’s details all in one place, just waiting for an enterprising hacker.

Cassie of Sydney
July 30, 2023 4:30 pm

Oh dear, the Victorian Liberals…

Vic Lib forced to apologise, settle over ‘smear’ of LNP member in Age article
By RACHEL BAXENDALE

A member of John Pesutto’s Victorian Liberal leadership team has been forced to reach a financial settlement and publicly apologise to a Brisbane lawyer, think-tank director and senior LNP member, after being accused of defaming him.

Upper house deputy leader Matt Bach has covered Dan Ryan’s legal costs and issued a formal apology, after penning an article in The Age accusing the Mandarin-speaker and former Australia-China Council board member of “odious race-baiting”.

The settlement and apology come as Mr Pesutto faces the prospect of federal court action after being issued with three defamation concerns notices by expelled Liberal Moira Deeming, who accused him of portraying her as a “Nazi sympathiser and Nazi ­associate” following a March Let Women Speak rally which was gatecrashed by neo-Nazis.

The Age earlier this month apologised for Dr Bach’s June article, entitled “Menzies is dead. It’s time for the Liberals to forge a new path”, and retracted the reference, after Mr Ryan issued both Nine Newspapers and Dr Bach with a defamation concerns notice.

Dr Bach’s claims related to an opinion piece Mr Ryan had written in The Australian, in which Mr Ryan argued immigrants “strain the social fabric by culturally transforming suburbs”.

Mr Ryan – who is the director of Brisbane-based think tank Australian Institute for Progress also contended in the article that “at some level Menzies underestimated the capacity that Australia would eventually have for incorporating people from different walks of life”.

In an apology sent to Mr Ryan by HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, acting on Dr Bach’s behalf, the Liberal education and child protection spokesman made reference to his Age article.

“Mr Ryan considered that some of the comments made by me in the article were defamatory of him,” Dr Bach said in the apology.

“I retract the comments made in the article about Mr Ryan and sincerely apologise to Mr Ryan for such comments.”

Dr Bach also removed references to the article from his social media.

Mr Ryan said he was grateful to have received apologies from both Dr Bach and The Age.

“There is no reason why people thoughtfully discussing important issues like immigration policy or any other issue should be smeared as racist or similar,” Mr Ryan said.

“Menzies would certainly have agreed with me on that. I wish the best of luck to Moira Deeming and others in their defamation actions in Victoria.”

Dr Bach did not respond to a request for comment.

Well done Mr Ryan. It seems that according to the geniuses that make up the leadership in the Victorian Liberal Party, if you’re speak up about high immigration, you’re a racist, and if you’re worried about biological men in women’s spaces and competing against women in sport, you’re a Nazi.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 4:31 pm

Dot,

Yeah, we are already living under a surveillance state. I forgot to include passport number on that list.

Every, let me repeat, every single one of those numbers/codes has been abused by government since their inception. There could be one or two exceptions because Directors’ ID and the international ID are new and the state hasn’t thought of a reason to abuse them yet.

The fight to take the hill was lost a long time ago.

The best solution in living under these circumstances is to lead a simple and boring life, thereby making the state totally uninterested in you. 🙂

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 4:32 pm

Reading Peter Sutton’s book “The Politics Of Suffering.” Sutton has lived and worked with Aboriginal communities since 1969.

He makes the point that the average life expectancy of a house in many specifically indigenous communities is extraordinarily short, often about seven years. (Page 127.)

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 30, 2023 4:32 pm

JC
Jul 30, 2023 4:17 PM
Damon
Jul 30, 2023 4:11 PM

I am not aware of any instance in evolutionary history where a more primitive life form has survived in competition with advanced forms.

Crocs and alligators are prehistoric and believed not to have evolved much if at all, but they’re still around.

In their own environment, crocs and alligators (and great white and tiger sharks and killer whales in the sea) are the peak of the evolutionary chain. Yet, if it were not for human intervention, all would probably now be extinct or threatened.

Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 4:34 pm

The best solution in living under these circumstances is to lead a simple and boring life, thereby making the state totally uninterested in you.

There are only three days to save my austere lifestyle, buy me a coffee.

calli
calli
July 30, 2023 4:34 pm

They are arboreal arsonists by their evolution.

I Michael Cained* that point to many…many people during our holiday. They were completely unaware of how dangerous eucs are and how utterly stupid governments were in selecting them for reforestation programs.

With a few exceptions, northern hemisphere trees, when set alight, release water vapour. Eucs release flammable oil. Bombs with branches.

* not a lot of people know that

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 30, 2023 4:34 pm

Bolt doing a show tonight? Thinking that Turnbull kerfuffle may occupy half an hour.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 4:35 pm

The international ID bullshit, is a requirement for the EU I think. If you deal in financial instruments that are EU related you have to obtain this ID in order to participate. It’s about 20 numbers and letters long. 🙂

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 30, 2023 4:36 pm

Crossie
Jul 30, 2023 4:30 PM
A decentralised ID number is currently being worked on by the Federal government & two of the big four accounting firms.
The idea is that you give this decentralised ID number to all your service providers instead of giving your drivers licence or passport.
They are trying to build the digital infrastructure that meets all the AML & CRS agreements Australia has signed up to but protects the punters from all the data hacking.

The whole country’s citizenry’s details all in one place, just waiting for an enterprising hacker.

Much like China’s social credit system? If the NSA can get into that system, it will be on like Donkey Kong.

Cassie of Sydney
July 30, 2023 4:38 pm

The best solution in living under these circumstances is to lead a simple and boring life, thereby making the state totally uninterested in you. ?”

Yep.

Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 4:39 pm

Meet me in my yurt, JC.

I refuse to write my signature in cursive.

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 4:40 pm

It is awful because it is one step closer to “Papers please”.

Will be linked to Vax status. It will be much easier to cancel the non-compliant.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 4:40 pm

Also, where was all the screaming and hollering when a TFN is a requirement to open a bank, brokerage or super account, just to list a few of the many times a TFN is demanded? I think for some you also need a passport photo and number.

This requirement is one of the worst abuses ever instigated.

calli
calli
July 30, 2023 4:43 pm

Heh. Nothing escapes the Eye of Sauron.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 4:46 pm

rickw
Jul 30, 2023 3:37 PM

About to give up my Australian phone number.

Telstra completely f’cking useless:

“We can’t guarantee call or text services in some locations, it all depends on how your phone registers on the network when you first turn it on….”

Honestly what is this f*cking sh*t?!!

After years of reliable copper twisted pair telephone connection that always worked in a blckout, had to move to VOIP with NBN – obviously does not work in blackout and Australian Government calls this progress

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
July 30, 2023 4:50 pm

Cooks’ Cottage: House built by James Cook’s parents and brought to Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens could be dismantled as anti-colonial sentiment grows

. Cooks’ Cottage considered to be closed by city’s council
. The attraction has seen falling visitors and critiques of its history

When this Voice vote goes down, I can hear the howling now ‘my boomerang won’t come back’!

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
July 30, 2023 4:57 pm

Ramesh Thakur gets it said: Article in the Oz: Apologies if it has been posted previously:

Reject race-based ‘poison’, privilege the Indigenous voice to parliament will deliver
RAMESH THAKUR
Linda Burney is no match for the hard-hitting intellectual firepower and cut-through messaging skills of Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, pictured, writes Ramesh Thakur. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Glenn Campbell

The voice referendum deserves to be defeated on the ethics of conviction and consequences. I write as a proud Australian of Indian heritage. I pay my respects to the Aboriginal communities that have lived here since Dreamtime; but also to the pioneers who established modern Australia as a stable and prosperous democracy, and to the visionary leaders who strove tirelessly to create a society that grants equal citizenship to everyone in a vibrant multicultural country.

I seek no privilege, right or obligation of citizenship not available to every Australian. I do claim, for myself and my descendants, every opportunity to participate in civic life. This is the ethic of conviction.

Using sectarian ancestry as the organising principle to add a chapter to the nation’s foundational governance document will inject the poison of race-based preferential access to parliament and government into the heart of the body politic.

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In a curious juxtaposition, the US Supreme Court struck down race-based affirmative action policies in university admissions. Against efforts under way at de-racialising America, the Albanese government is bent on re-racialising Australia. I suspect most Australians do not realise the US suit was brought by Asian-Americans who have been the biggest victims of Harvard’s discriminatory admissions policies.

The ethic of conviction also rejects the soft bigotry of low expectations that cannot conceive of Aboriginal Australians as anything but dependent wards of the state. In 2007, US Chief Justice John Roberts argued: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.” The best way to harden and institutionalise racial identity is to carve it into the Constitution.

Hundreds of millions of people around the world are born into all manner of disadvantage. Some allow themselves to be sucked into a self-destructive cycle of victimhood and grievance; others resign themselves to a lifetime of disadvantage; but some, trapped in identical circumstances, apply themselves to escape the cycle through education, skills, ambition and application.

READ MORE: Voice ‘will let us make real deals’: Pearson | Making the case for No, straight from horse’s mouth | Voters may be misled over true repercussions of a voice | Without the voice, a treaty is vulnerable | Maori experience offers crucial lessons on ‘top down’ voice | Voice not needed if bureaucracy is made accountable
The number of successful Indigenous people across all sectors of Australian life has been growing. That is as much a reality of modern Australia as the persistent disadvantages and sorry statistics that continue to define Aboriginal life as “nasty, brutish and short”. Aboriginal leaders should forget the cheese of a voice and instead focus on escaping the trap of grievance-fuelling victimhood.

The first component of the ethic of consequences is a “sin of omission”. The overriding goal of the voice should be the difference it will make on the ground, not making us feel virtuous the morning after the referendum. Yet it will deliver no practical outcomes. I am yet to hear anyone describe a single effective, or even potentially effective, measure that cannot be implemented now by government without the voice, or one that will be helped in any form with the voice. Australians are familiar with the litany of failures afflicting Aboriginal communities. The voice will make little practical difference in remote communities to the metrics of life expectancy, literacy, housing, violence, incarceration rates, suicide rates, community safety and so on.

Most Australians would actively and wholeheartedly support practical and effective measures to bring an end to this woeful pathology. Entrenching the voice in the Constitution is a cynical ploy to substitute symbolism for substance, to codify both an alibi for inaction on the government’s part and the sense of grievance on Indigenous Australians’ part.

The ethic of consequences argues even more strongly on “sins of commission”. The harms the voice will cause to Australia will be many, substantial and long-lasting. The proposal has already caused polarisation and bitterness, dividing Aboriginal spokespeople, constitutional lawyers, jurists and citizens. Going by experience elsewhere, power, resources and influence will be concentrated in an elite dependent for continued existence and expanded power and resources on identifying ongoing disadvantage and grievance.

It will vastly complicate Australia’s challenge of effective and timely governance in the national interest for the common good. It will risk governmental paralysis, be complex in its bureaucratic sprawl, attract grifters and rent-seekers, prove costly in implementation and heighten disconnection and disenchantment on the ground.

The most powerful tool yet invented to make any governance problem permanent is to give it its own permanent bureaucracy.

That’s how bureaucracies work. Just look at how the DIE (diversity, inclusiveness and equity) industry has insinuated itself into every institution in the public and educational sectors, businesses, media and even sporting codes.

Polls indicate moral intimidation by the self-appointed custodians of public virtue to shame Australians into voting yes isn’t working. In part this is because the sales assistants are not on top of their game. Linda Burney is no match for the hard-hitting intellectual firepower and cut-through messaging skills of Jacinta Nampijinpa Price.

The sales pitch is also deeply flawed, riddled with confusion and mixed messages. How would another body solve Aboriginal disadvantages when all existing bodies with a $30bn combined annual budget have failed? At a time of falling trust in politicians, Anthony Albanese wants voters to sign on the dotted line and trust politicians to fill in the blanks later. To keep faith with Aboriginal people demanding a voice with punch, he assures them it will be meaningful and substantive. To allay concerns in the broader community, he insists it will be modest and symbolic.

Mostly, however, public support is slipping because the product itself is flawed. Its major effects will be to entrench identity politics, make Australia a more racially divided society, empower a new bureaucracy, make the task of governing more complicated, cumbersome and litigious, give oxygen to radicals making more extreme demands – and all for little practical gain in the daily lives of the vast majority of Aborigines.

The voice speaks not to all Australians’ better angels but to some white Australians’ guilt complex. Permanently codifying racial grievance into the Constitution will guarantee it is weaponised and monetised sometime in the future by activists making increasingly radical demands and stoking resentment and backlash. If approved, the voice will not mark the end of a successful process of reconciliation but the beginning of fresh claims for co-sovereignty, treaty and reparations, using the Constitution’s authority as the enabling mechanism.

Ramesh Thakur is emeritus professor at ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy and is a former UN assistant secretary-general.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 5:00 pm

When this Voice vote goes down, I can hear the howling now ‘my boomerang won’t come back’!

For shame, don’t you realize that, when this voice vote goes down, Aboriginal souls will be crushed? Nah, me neither.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 30, 2023 5:11 pm

ZK2A the only souls to be crushed are R-Soles.

Robert Sewell
July 30, 2023 5:11 pm

JC:

You agreed to ignore each other’s comments after you emailed him tiddle taddling and sobbing to the Sinclair. It lasted around three months, after which you began to grovel to me, thinking everything was good. I choose to disregard it. When it became evident that I didn’t want anything to do with you, you turned angry, like a woman scorned.

Again with the lies.
After months of abuse from you, I asked Sinclair to intercede, as it was pissing everyone else off, and dragging the site down.
After three months I tentatively asked for a restart to the conversation thinking we could talk in a civil manner.
Boy! Was I wrong!
But at least I made the attempt to bury the hatchet. You know, like adults do?
This has gone on for over ten years now – you see me write something and you take it as me trying to take over your sandpit. The attacks have never ceased. They are personal and frankly disgraceful.
I will not stop commenting here, and I will not stop defending myself against a pathological liar like yourself, unless we both get banned by DB.
And for the sake of the blog I think that would be best.

Rabz
July 30, 2023 5:11 pm

Cats, I’ve come up with the first topic for the hopefully regular monthly Economics Posts (if Doves hasn’t banned me).

However, a theme for next week’s radio show has not been selected.

Suggestions are much appreciated.

Magnificent day in Sydney. 25 Degrees and almost not a cloud in the brilliant azure sky. 🙂

Bar Beach Swimmer
July 30, 2023 5:13 pm

[we] are the peak of the evolutionary chain

except we allowed ourselves to be dealt out of that position.

Bar Beach Swimmer
July 30, 2023 5:15 pm

Rabz,
what about songs about cars?

Salvatore, Iron Publican
July 30, 2023 5:18 pm

There’s one and one only, common denominator to all abuse, invective & childishness on this blog.

eric hinton
eric hinton
July 30, 2023 5:20 pm

Badloves Sweet Limousine

Rabz
July 30, 2023 5:26 pm

Thanks, BBS – that makes sense – cars being freedom machines that collectivists are steadfastly determined to outlaw.

They will have to pry my six speed petrol fuelled convertible from my cold dead hands. 🙂

Back when collectivists pretended to offer some sort of alternative to staid ol’ conservatives …

Tom
Tom
July 30, 2023 5:26 pm

Rabz:: the best pure groove non-political rock songs of the 1960s — which were wasted on the Beatles. You know you want to — a rich musical harvest awaits.

Robert Sewell
July 30, 2023 5:27 pm

Razey:

“I want to find a guy.” After a long pause, she added, “But it’s hard.”
“-because he must own a house outright and have $2mill cash in the bank, be 6’2?, handsome and come from a wealthy family well connected to the CCP”

Interesting list of expectations, Razey. I wonder what she brings to the relationship, besides a demanding mother?
Any Westerner Male who was presented with a set of demands like this would rightfully laugh at her.

calli
calli
July 30, 2023 5:30 pm

Magnificent day in Sydney. 25 Degrees and almost not a cloud in the brilliant azure sky.

Weather tunes.

Start with this one. 😀

Vicki
Vicki
July 30, 2023 5:30 pm

Reading Peter Sutton’s book “The Politics Of Suffering.” Sutton has lived and worked with Aboriginal communities since 1969.

He makes the point that the average life expectancy of a house in many specifically indigenous communities is extraordinarily short, often about seven years. (Page 127.)

Ah Zulu – I bought and read that book many moons ago. Sutton is a professional anthropologist and lived, as I recall, in the community of Arukun with his wife and child for some years. I always recall his account of finding an Aboriginal woman, who was minding his (then) toddler, pinching the little fellow who was crying out. The woman protested that this must be done to make children tough!

Sutton became disenchanted by the repeated suicides and self harm amongst the young, and blamed this (as I recall) on the meaningless life and limited opportunities in these communities.

In recent times he has been involved in a continuing battles with Bruce Pascoe over the latter’s ridiculous claims for Aboriginal systems of “agriculture,” permanent building structures and other imagined technical accomplishments. It is infuriating that the luvvies refuse to listen to a qualified anthrolpogist who has studied Aboriginal communities for the duration of his academic life, and prefer the outrageous and unproven claims of Pascoe.

Perfidious Albino
Perfidious Albino
July 30, 2023 5:31 pm

I would be prepared to finance Whitby taking Cook’s Cottage back stone by stone just to spite the City of Melbourne.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 5:32 pm

Suggestions are much appreciated.

Seventies rock.

This week Sir Mick Jagger turned 80, and Randy Meisner of the Eagles died aged 77.

All power to these guys, well Mick at least. I hope they buried Randy with his guitar.

Music is dying, literally, of old age.

Rabz
July 30, 2023 5:33 pm

the best pure groove non-political rock songs of the 1960s

Tom – any examples?

Here is one.

Here is another … 🙂

Rabz
July 30, 2023 5:35 pm
Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
July 30, 2023 5:35 pm

Bruce of Newcastle
Jul 30, 2023 5:32 PM
Suggestions are much appreciated.

Seventies rock.

This week Sir Mick Jagger turned 80, and Randy Meisner of the Eagles died aged 77.

All power to these guys, well Mick at least. I hope they buried Randy with his guitar.

Music is dying, literally, of old age.

The music never dies.

Robert Sewell
July 30, 2023 5:39 pm

Muddy:

I used to be fascinated by ancient history, but since the covidiocy, I’ve decided to convert all of my energy into bitterness and a pathological desire for vengeance.

You too?
But never forget to make sure you leave nothing for the Taxman by quaffing like water some of the worlds finest scotch – last expedition to the Big Smoke, I bought a 500ml bottle of Lark – tassies single malt. $200 for 500ml.
I’m not getting any younger, and that scotch isn’t getting any older.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 5:42 pm

In recent times he has been involved in a continuing battles with Bruce Pascoe over the latter’s ridiculous claims for Aboriginal systems of “agriculture,” permanent building structures

That’s the latest claim of the ‘activists” in this part of the world. Family groups lived in clusters of huts along the river, and all was peace and harmony, until the evil whitefella arrived, and smashed everything.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 5:44 pm

I bought a 500ml bottle of Lark – tassies single malt. $200 for 500ml.

Has the standard of Tasmanian single malt improved since it was made from potatoes, and served admirably to dip sheep?

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 5:45 pm

Bar Beach Swimmer
Jul 30, 2023 5:15 PM
Rabz,
what about songs about cars?

How about include all kinds of transport to widen the field and not run out of material?

Bar Beach Swimmer
July 30, 2023 5:46 pm

They will have to pry my six speed petrol fuelled convertible from my cold dead hands.

We went for a drive today in ours. All new paint, body work and bright, shiny chrome, to a small village about an hour from here and had a very nice ploughman’s lunch.

https://youtu.be/l1nJC4CXsok

Muddy
Muddy
July 30, 2023 5:48 pm

When this Voice vote goes down…

… the states will step in on account of the people’s failure. The states will offer compensation for present and future generational trauma due to the negative outcome of the inVoice, and continue with their ‘reparations’ (submission to blackmail).

While money, careers, and ego are to be made from stoking division, there will be no end. No winners; just carpet burn on the knees of ordinary, taxpaying Australians.

Note: The mesozoic media are the shipbuilders providing the new class of slave masters the means to transport their human chattels.

Robert Sewell
July 30, 2023 5:49 pm

Steve Trickler:
The Somme then and now.. 1916 – 2016
Can’t watch it. The sheer bloody waste of it all, the damage that reverberates down to even today as Europe – in fact – Western Civilisation no longer has the strength, moral or physical, industrial or social, to keep the Barbarians at bay.

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 5:52 pm

the states will step in on account of the people’s failure. The states will offer compensation for present and future generational trauma due to the negative outcome of the inVoice, and continue with their ‘reparations’ (submission to blackmail).

Wonder what recent gimmegrants think of all this.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 5:53 pm

Well, ok Rabz, you did that already. How bout birds? That way we could do the Eagles. I have absolutely no ulterior motive of course. Or we could do stones? I like stones, I grind them up and extract stuff out of them.

N.A.S.A. – Way Down (2009)

Constantines – Working Full-Time (2005)

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 5:55 pm

Muddy
Jul 30, 2023 5:48 PM
When this Voice vote goes down…

… the states will step in on account of the people’s failure. The states will offer compensation for present and future generational trauma due to the negative outcome of the inVoice, and continue with their ‘reparations’ (submission to blackmail).

The state premiers would like nothing better but I think the WA example and their by-election result may cool that enthusiasm, permanently I hope.

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 5:55 pm

Muddy
Jul 30, 2023 5:48 PM
When this Voice vote goes down…

… the states will step in on account of the people’s failure. The states will offer compensation for present and future generational trauma due to the negative outcome of the inVoice, and continue with their ‘reparations’ (submission to blackmail).

The state premiers would like nothing better but I think the WA example and their by-election result may cool that enthusiasm, permanently I hope.

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 5:56 pm

How did the double post happen? Please ignore.

Muddy
Muddy
July 30, 2023 5:58 pm

Robert Sewell
Jul 30, 2023 5:39 PM

I’m a bit rougher around the edges than a refined gentleman such as yourself, Robert. Though I have recently upgraded my drop of choice from Aldi-brand white vinegar to a local boutique distillery’s coffee liqueur.

As for the taxfiend: I got nuffin. (Seldom do humans choose humility – it is usually forced upon them).

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 30, 2023 6:02 pm

The best solution in living under these circumstances is to lead a simple and boring life, thereby making the state totally uninterested in you. ?”

Yep.

Check out this bloke. His life is not boring though.

Peter Santenello:

29 Jul 2023 KENTUCKY
Deep in the woods of rural Appalachia is a man that lives alone on his land. He grows his own food, has no government ID, his overhead is $140 a month, and he possesses a claimed happiness by being free from the system, inspired by faith. Join me as we travel into the sticks of Kentucky to dive into the fascinating world of Titus Morris. He also wanted to share his number with those who want to talk about faith or for that special lady who’s interested in him 🙂

Living Alone in Rural Appalachia ??

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 30, 2023 6:03 pm

Zulu first touched on this, now Bolt brings the hammer:

Brittany Higgins is now Aboriginal, too? And even got a job from Victoria’s version of Labor’s Aboriginal-only Voice?

Dear God. This Aboriginal identity craze is just too much.

And wait until I tell you about the latest very senior “Aboriginal” academic.

But let’s start with Higgins, whose story helps to explain why so many academics in particular say they’re Aboriginal when they’re not.

Higgins, you’ll know, controversially claimed she’d been raped in Parliament House by a Liberal colleague. He denied it, but she still won up to $3 million in compensation.

It was extraordinary. Higgins didn’t have to prove either the rape or the nasty treatment she claimed she’d got from the Morrison Liberal Government before the Albanese Labor Government gave this fortune to the woman who’d help them to smash the Liberals.

But Higgins had meanwhile hit a problem. Where could she find another job?

No problem! A friend working at Victoria’s First Peoples Assembly told her to apply there to be a media adviser, and apparently told her bosses Higgins had Aboriginal ancestry.

Text messages uncovered by the Daily Mail show that friend, Emma Webster, then asking Higgins what “mob” she was, adding the Assembly’s “co-chair and CEO are curious”.

Higgins replied that her grandfather was connected “to either the Nyawigi or Gugu Badhun people”. But “we’re not entirely sure which one” and her grandfather “didn’t want to progress any further” with inquiries after reconnecting with his “siblings from the orphanage”.

Higgins added: “We’ve all collectively as a family respected his wishes”, but “my grandma has all the documentation if you’d like”.

Be clear: I’m NOT calling Higgins a fake. Her grandfather may indeed have Aboriginal ancestry, but I wonder how anyone could claim Higgins is in any meaningful way Aboriginal herself, based on such uncertain connections.

Higgins got the job, but many other Australians who get jobs after claiming to be Aboriginal can’t even wave at any documents to supposedly prove it.

I’ve given examples before: author Bruce Pascoe, of course, now Professor of “Indigenous Agriculture” at Melbourne University; and Professor Kerrie Doyle of the non-existent “Winninninii” tribe. Both won’t explain why their genealogies show no Aboriginal ancestors.

But let me now introduce you to yet another academic who has longed claimed to be Aboriginal.

Margo Neale is an Australian National University adjunct professor, and head of the Centre for Indigenous Knowledges at the National Museum of Australia.

She’s been one of the gatekeepers of Aboriginal culture, organising exhibitions of Aboriginal art and working at the National Gallery of Australia and the state galleries of NSW and Queensland.

She’s big. She’s shared in seven Australian Research Council grants, and her many books include the Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture.

Part of Neale’s influence comes from claiming she’s Aboriginal herself – descended on her mother’s side from the “Mirning-language speakers of the Albany region, Western Australia”.

She’s also claimed she’s “Aboriginal descent, from Kulin nation with Gumbayngirr clan connections”, and even “clan-affiliated” with the Wiradjuri of NSW.

The trouble is that Neale’s family tree – now assembled by professional genealogists at dark-emu-exposed.org – suggests she’s actually 100 per cent of Irish, Welsh and English stock.

The researchers couldn’t find a single Aborigine among Neale’s ancestors, after consulting birth records, death records, newspaper clippings of family events, and the family trees and photographs posted on ancestry.com by two of Neale’s very close relatives.

Dark-emu-exposed.org wrote to Neale asking her if they’d overlooked something, but got no answer.

Then I wrote, asking Neale to identify her Aboriginal ancestor. I eventually received a response offering no name or evidence: “Aboriginal histories, as you know, can indeed be tricky particularly if one relies on western records during the long period of disruption and displacement …

“Aboriginal births, deaths and marriages were largely unrecorded outside missions and pastoral properties in earlier days at least, or inaccurately recorded for spurious purposes or surnames changed for legitimacy reasons.”

I’ve since asked Neale again which ancestor was Aboriginal and had their birth record inaccurately recorded.

I’m still waiting, but someone did meanwhile send me one university document which helps to explain why so many academics are now Aborigines about as pale as Higgins.

It was a Queensland University advertisement, seeking a lecturer in maths and physics, but insisting “the occupant must be of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander descent”. I’ve since found many more such racist ads.

How mad. No wonder a great race circus overwhelms even our universities and all common sense.

Rabz
July 30, 2023 6:10 pm

Cats, the first time I ever heard this now legendary term utilised:

Acted like an actor …
… Hollyweird

It is becoming “looking glass” stuff when a song by a black leftist jazz artist released in 1981 has as much relevance now as it did back then and non collectivists might find themselves agreeing with 91.3% of it.

Otherwise, it’s just an epic slab of seventies self indulgence. 🙂

“The screenplay adopted from the book called “Voodoo Economics” by George “Papa Doc” Bush.

MatrixTransform
July 30, 2023 6:13 pm

However, a theme for next week’s radio show has not been selected.

Call and Response songs

The Newcastle song

Rack off Normie

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 6:13 pm

We could do One Hit Wonders, I guess, unless we did that already. The UFO craze last week reminds me of this one:

Starlight – The Supermen Lovers (2001)

Btw “The Supermen Lovers” is one French guy. 😀 Fine track though.

Muddy
Muddy
July 30, 2023 6:13 pm

Steve trickler
Jul 30, 2023 6:02 PM

Deep in the woods of rural Appalachia is a man that lives alone on his land.

Fifty acres! Noice.

Pogria
Pogria
July 30, 2023 6:14 pm

urrgh, the Lurgeys are on tonight.

Boambee John
Boambee John
July 30, 2023 6:14 pm

Razey
Jul 30, 2023 5:52 PM
the states will step in on account of the people’s failure. The states will offer compensation for present and future generational trauma due to the negative outcome of the inVoice, and continue with their ‘reparations’ (submission to blackmail).

Wonder what recent gimmegrants think of all this.

Whatever they currently think, they will be royally p1zzed off when they realise that they will be paying also.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
July 30, 2023 6:15 pm

Black Ball
Jul 30, 2023 6:03 PM
Zulu first touched on this, now Bolt brings the hammer:

Brittany Higgins is now Aboriginal, too? And even got a job from Victoria’s version of Labor’s Aboriginal-only Voice?

At the next Australian Census, everyone should claim to be Aboriginal and let’s all get in on the gravy train racket. As they say. If you can’t beat them, then join them.

Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 6:15 pm

“Winninninii”

No, that’s rabz. He’s from the Wa Wa Nee tribe.

Great music only on this blogue. A televisualle feast.

Very manly singing too.

It may or may not be appropriate given the context of how the name of the rabz tribe was brought up.

Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 6:17 pm

Has the standard of Tasmanian single malt improved since it was made from potatoes, and served admirably to dip sheep?

Lark is very good.

Hopefully, the old CEO put some of his crack cocaine in some of the bottles too.

Alamak!
July 30, 2023 6:19 pm

Rabz> Don’t push me cos I’m close to the edge … its like a jungle sometimes I wonder how I keep from going under.

Sad but true that edgy, reality-based rap content from the seventies is still relevant.

for anyone wondering, the source of above is this classic

feelthebern
feelthebern
July 30, 2023 6:21 pm

Finally got around to watching Peacemaker.
Well written, funny & a good cast.

P
P
July 30, 2023 6:22 pm

How did the double post happen? Please ignore.

No. Most of your posts are worth reading again.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 6:22 pm

Again with the lies.

You mean your lies. All of them. I re-posted the Brian comment (above) for about the 5th time because you’re constantly suggesting I told on him and I didn’t, you defaming dickhead.

After months of abuse from you, I asked Sinclair to intercede, as it was pissing everyone else off, and dragging the site down.

My remarks to you were a response to the repeated lies you told about me regarding Brian, and we later learned that you went to Sinclair to complain that I was being mean to you. What an absurd act of hypocrisy.

We learn the scumbag went to the blog owner and threatened legal action. This was after the turtlehead joined pile-ons and repeatedly accused me of telling on Brian.

After three months I tentatively asked for a restart to the conversation thinking we could talk in a civil manner.
Boy! Was I wrong!

You dishonest loser, never asked. You started to grovel and sucking up to me, which was quite repulsive. I ignored you for the longest period before telling you to stop bothering me and obey the blog owner’s instructions.
You started acting like the normal little bitch that you always were. I then pleaded with you to quit trying to communicate with me. This caused waves of groveling intermingled with waves of bitchy comments because I didn’t take the bait. Disgusting.

But at least I made the attempt to bury the hatchet. You know, like adults do?

Since there was never going to be a chance, there was never any kvetching to be done. I’ve made it clear many times that I don’t respect or like you.

This has gone on for over ten years now – you see me write something and you take it as me trying to take over your sandpit. The attacks have never ceased. They are personal and frankly disgraceful.

Ignoring, of course, your criticisms of me, such as the times you make comments about me on other people here? You low IQ dunce, do you really believe that people don’t notice this kind of passive aggression?

I will not stop commenting here, and I will not stop defending myself against a pathological liar like yourself, unless we both get banned by DB.

I don’t care if you pass away right now, and I don’t care whether you continue reading my comments. If it were up to me, you would have long since been arsekicked to the furniture store, taking your proper position next to Faulty and those other inane loons.

But let me to be clear on this. Every comment made on this page is debatable, and I will respond to any comments that I consider absurd. There is no doubt about this.

As for pathological liar. How many times, even after posting Brian’s comments have you continued to accuse me of dobbing him in? There is nothing to lie about your your comments because in my opinion, they’re laughable hyperbolic crap.

And for the sake of the blog I think that would be best.

There is one last time out for you. You apologize to me and it needs to be meaningful and promise you will then never speak to me or about me again. You should consider this one last out as it’s a great deal.

And best for me? Don’t concern yourself with me, you genius. Now piss off.

Christine
Christine
July 30, 2023 6:25 pm

Thanks to P
for the hymn

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 6:30 pm

Up in the woods of rural Appalachia is a man that lives alone on his land. He grows his own food, has no government ID, his overhead is $140 a month, and he possesses a claimed happiness by being free from the system, inspired by faith. Join me as we travel into the sticks of Kentucky to dive into the fascinating world of Titus Morris. He also wanted to share his number with those who want to talk about faith or for that special lady who’s interested in him ?

Obviously not off the grid if he is happy to share his phone number with interested people. I expect part of the $140 per month includes phone fees. If you have a phone you are not isolated as such.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 6:30 pm

Gil Scott Heron would fit nicely under “birds”. So would The Newcastle Song”, in a different sense. Uuurrrrrgh! I want a FJ Holden with twin overhead foxtails.

Speedbox
July 30, 2023 6:31 pm

Robert Sewell
Jul 30, 2023 2:48 PM

From the Epoch Times article:

However, Ms. Gallagher argued the national ID was “really about you having control as citizens; control of their information that allows them to access government systems in a very easy, secure, voluntary and efficient way.” She added that the government wanted to see a digital identity model in “an economy-wide system.”

So, the ‘really having control as citizens’ line. Oh really. Who is having control? And ‘economy wide’. Uh huh. We know what that means but later she even told us so there is no doubt.

“We’re going to implement it in phases,” Ms. Gallagher noted.

Again, uh huh. It will start relatively small and the extent of intrusion will be limited but like all quasi socialist practices, will grow until we are all card-carrying. A simple ‘app’ will be available for your smart phone so you (hahaha) can control the information. I think the expression is ‘mission creep’.

“And I think our first, once we’ve got it up and running, the next stage is to really make sure that the State and Territory digital ID systems are interoperable, and then move to the private sector.” The universal ID is expected to also hold an individual’s creditcard, Australian Post, Centre Link details and Australian Payments Plus.

And there you have it. Interoperability between State and Federal agencies THEN the private sector will be induced to cooperate including your credit cards (which leads to income, spending habits, credit scoring).

Oh no they will say. This is purely administrative streamlining and you will be in control. Pull the other one – this is big brother on steroids. Within just a few years of implementation, every government agency who can demonstrate some ‘need to know’ at either State of Federal level will have access to your details.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 30, 2023 6:32 pm

Nice little trip in the DeLorean back to 2017, courtesy of JC last night.
Some much loved posters featuring … Geriatric Mayfly, Des Deskperson, Infidel Tiger, John Comnenus.
OTOH … St Ruth, Faulty, _eggster, Stimpson, testpattern.

Pogria
Pogria
July 30, 2023 6:33 pm

Speedbox,
got it in one.

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 6:34 pm

It was a Queensland University advertisement, seeking a lecturer in maths and physics, but insisting “the occupant must be of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander descent”. I’ve since found many more such racist ads.

How mad. No wonder a great race circus overwhelms even our universities and all common sense.

I don’t blame people for lying to get a job in these sort of circumstances because I think it is highly unethical to disqualify applicants on racial grounds.

Rosie
Rosie
July 30, 2023 6:34 pm

I’ve just seen that Bushkid has been what, gaslighting? strawmanning? me. Perhaps you should find a different dead horse to flog.

For the record, and the umpteenth time, I didn’t support any restrictions beyond the initial stage 2 or whatever they called it, prior to March 2020.
I don’t remember anyone else who posts here denouncing the refusal of flights from China etc either.
I was only referring to the article where some doctor person from Queensland was wondering why no-one was caring about the continuing small number of covid deaths that still occur and pointing out that deaths in the general population are now below the ‘baseline’* and since March there are only excess deaths in iirc women over 74 and men over 80, from a variety of causes, including covid, which as it is now an endemic disease it is now part of the landscape of cause of death for the old and frail.
As predicted.
*I know that doesn’t support the every one who got vaxxed is going to die, any minute now narrative, some are still wishing and hoping for.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
July 30, 2023 6:34 pm

Yep, there’s one and one only, common denominator to all abuse, invective & childishness on this blog.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 6:35 pm

Very manly singing too.

Dot – You could bounce rocks off their hair. I liked the Leningrad Cowboys, they took this silliness to a fine satirical level.

Rabz
July 30, 2023 6:35 pm

Pol – I’m still enjoying Miss Maggie and her Hollyweirdettes.

The brunette in the multicoloured top is (apparently) a well known “voice actress”.

Sacré bleu – she should be out there in front of the camera.

caveman
caveman
July 30, 2023 6:39 pm

So this National ID, will be like VIN number where you can tell the race, what factory u were made in, what chassis u were born with, year made etc.

calli
calli
July 30, 2023 6:39 pm

Bruce, my kids loved “Starlight” and the potato man.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 6:40 pm

Okay, who called security?

Not Uh oh
Not Uh oh
July 30, 2023 6:41 pm

Anyone know if that crashed Taipan was equipped with a black box flight recorder or locator device? I’m just a bit surprised that it’s taking so long to find it.

Robert Sewell
July 30, 2023 6:42 pm

Indolent:
This is a short clip that I’ve had the link printed out and give it to anyone who thinks we should just forget about it:
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=What+did+we+get+so+wrong%3F&atb=v307-1&iax=videos&ia=videos&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DZb-Ds_7qdZY
What did we get so wrong?

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 6:43 pm

P
Jul 30, 2023 6:22 PM
How did the double post happen? Please ignore.

No. Most of your posts are worth reading again.

Thank you P, you are very kind.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 6:43 pm

“Again, most Australians abhor clitoridectomy (also known as female circumcision) but most stand silent at the male circumcisions undergone by hundreds of boys over much of the outback each summer……..and may be carried out on those who are still legally children. (It involves slitting open a male’s urethra.) ”

“The Politics of Suffering”, Peter Sutton, Page 146.

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 6:50 pm

If you have a phone you are not isolated as such.

I would like to expand on this a bit. I am on a WhatsApp group with my children and grandchildren and keep everyone updated on my goings on as they all do. It is a very quick way of keeping up with the family.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 6:51 pm

Collaborations are excellent. Might be a theme!

This one is Serj Tankian from System of a Down doing a track with The Hu, who are a Mongolian heavy metal band. Dunno how you’d categorize it, but it’s awesome, and the video is fine also.

The HU – Black Thunder (2023)

P
P
July 30, 2023 6:53 pm

I liked the Leningrad Cowboys, they took this silliness to a fine satirical level.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh_h-KdbBrE

Alamak!
July 30, 2023 6:59 pm

this National ID, will be like [a] VIN number

Worse, much worse … think robodebt on a total scale.

Oz doesn’t have strong data privacy laws like GDPR so once an ID is established it will become the standard and any/all data shared to one entity will be copied to all others without chance to delete info or get it corrected easily.

Mistakes, as in Robodebt style stupid linking and calculations, will become our problems as we get cut off from banking services, lose academic and other records and get disbarred from travel due to name overlaps and mistakes.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 6:59 pm

I’ve just bought this book as it sounds really good.

The Beginning Of Infinity, by David Deutsch.

Here’s a summary of what it deals with.

This point is a pretty interesting observation.

7. **The importance of culture:** Deutsch also discusses how cultural evolution surpasses biological evolution in shaping human destiny. He emphasizes that our ability to create, share, and build upon ideas fuels our growth as a species.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 7:06 pm

P – The Leningrad Cowboys doing Back in the USSR is just wonderful. They’re actually a Finnish band, which says a lot about Finns.

Leningrad Cowboys – Back in the USSR (live 2011)

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 7:08 pm

’No excuse’ for report on Lehrmann rape case to be secret

By stephen rice
NSW Editor
@riceyontheroad
5:55PM July 30, 2023
2 Comments

The dispiriting mess of the Brittany Higgins-Bruce Lehrmann saga has bred hundreds of conspiracy theories, almost all of them based on ­ignorance and absence of facts.

Now, just when we were about to get the first independent, cool-headed look at what went wrong in the prosecution of the case, the ACT government has decreed that the findings of inquiry chair Walter Sofronoff KC – to be ­delivered on Monday – will be kept secret for at least another month.

The territory government has a reputation for own goals, but for sheer contempt of its own constituents, this one takes the trophy.
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There is no excuse for such a delay; not that Chief Minister ­Andrew Barr has bothered to offer one.

Barr says he “currently intends” to table some or all of the report at the end of August, at which time he “may” provide an interim response, pending a final response that “may take several months”.

Perhaps the government hopes the public interest in this matter will fade over time.

Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold SC demanded this inquiry after alleging political interference by Liberal MPs and police sabotage of his prosecution. He can’t complain now that it has not gone the way he wanted.

The ACT’s Labor-Greens coalition government happily commissioned the inquiry, no doubt anticipating some political scalps. It can’t bury the report now that it has not gone the way it expected.

The inquiry’s terms of reference were already so limited that Sofronoff had to ask that they be widened to ­include Drumgold’s conduct in the preparation of the proceedings and in the hearings.

The reasons for that are now obvious.

There are a number of potential adverse findings against Drumgold. Depending on what, if any, such findings are made against him, it could result in his instant dismissal.

The government set Sofronoff a gruelingly tight deadline to ­establish the facts, but has given itself a free pass to mull over the spin. When did this cabal plan to ­announce that the report wasn’t going to see the light of day for at least a month?

If The Australian hadn’t picked up a whiff of panic from the government and requested details of the release – the response to which arrived at 5.22pm on Friday; a time-honoured technique known as “putting out the trash” – we might still be none the wiser.

There is no evidence that ­Sofronoff has asked that the ­release of his report be delayed.

If there are parts of the report the commissioner thinks should be kept confidential, there is no reason to suppose he hasn’t made provision for that.

When Sofronoff handed down his report last year into Queensland’s failed forensic DNA testing, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk immediately released the findings and within 48 hours had accepted all 123 recommendations and ­announced $95m in funding to fix the problems.

Many lives have been damaged by the Lehrmann-Higgins case, and more pain has been inflicted thanks to an inquiry demanded by Drumgold, only for him to admit that his claims about political interference and police conspiring against him were wholly misconceived.

Lehrmann and Higgins are both entitled to know what ­Sofronoff has found about the way they were treated by police and prosecutors without it being parsed through “a proper cabinet process”.

Just as importantly, the criminal justice system in the ACT is in disarray.

Trust between ACT Policing and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions evaporated during the Lehrmann investigation, with morale at an all-time low and cases stagnating.

Both sides are waiting warily to see what comes of the inquiry.

Sofronoff’s report could well be the circuit-breaker needed to restore a viable working relationship between the two agencies. Another month, or more, of speculation and turmoil will only add to the hostility already rampant.

If there are rules to be changed, laws to be fixed, that is a debate we should be having in public.

The government needs to take a leaf out of Sofronoff’s book: just get on with the job and do it openly and transparently.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 30, 2023 7:13 pm

JC

Jul 30, 2023 6:22 PM

Again with the lies.

You mean your lies. All of them. I re-posted the Brian comment (above) for about the 5th time because you’re constantly suggesting I told on him and I didn’t, you defaming dickhead.

Brian was in no doubt that the communications to VikPlod came from Queensssland.
Look, he wasn’t going to explicitly say so, but he hinted strongly that his boss thought (correctly) that they were dealing with a time-wasting dickhead, and had shown him everything which had been submitted.
This would enable Brian to narrow down who might have lodged the complaint, and to build a defence against any future frivolous complaints.
But, yes, adamant the dibber-dobber was a pineapple-head.
I think we all narrowed it down to two, maybe three, prime suspects.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 7:14 pm

Maybe, just maybe the Demonrat primaries are going to be contested.

Rich Baris “The People’s Pundit”
@Peoples_Pundit
·
10h
Dean Phillips has been arguing for over a year that Democrats needed someone to replace @JoeBiden
in 2024.

He was mocked by donors and the DGA.

Now, donors want him to jump into the race because they see the handwriting on the wall re: a Trump vs. Biden Rematch.

@NEWSMAX
·
14h
Democratic donors are urging third-term Rep. Dean Phillips from Minnesota to challenge President Joe Biden in the 2024 primary. https://bit.ly/3Oc9hTW

Rabz
July 30, 2023 7:19 pm

Sacré bleu, Cats – if there’s a better more fulfilling meal than homemade pizza, then I’m yet to hoover it! 🙂

Robert Sewell
July 30, 2023 7:19 pm

JC, thanks for that. My copy of that page – from the National Library collection – was corrupted, and only about 30% of the collection is now available. I’d forgotten about the Wayback Machine.
Now that I have the page and a printed copy to put in file, we can start on another of your nastier habits – making bullets and getting someone else to fire them off.
Shall we start digging for someone working at a University in Brisbane? A female someone?
And is she getting nervous about being duped by you?

cohenite
July 30, 2023 7:21 pm

The useless GOP are taking testimony from US female swimmers about the effect of lia thomas on their sport. Thomas and the forces behind him really should be eradicated.

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 7:23 pm

And there you have it. Interoperability between State and Federal agencies THEN the private sector will be induced to cooperate including your credit cards (which leads to income, spending habits, credit scoring).

Without a bill of rights there are no limits on their controls. The Sheep will go along with all this of course, and drag us into the abyss with them.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 7:24 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtRqkb5mFlw

“Downfall” takes on “Dark Emu.”

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
July 30, 2023 7:25 pm

Beer

Thanks for introducing Wodney to the blog. Tell us, do you have other high caliber friends like him?

JC, I have NFI who you’re talking about or how they were supposedly introduced by me.

Bar Beach Swimmer
July 30, 2023 7:28 pm

MT,

The Newcastle song would make as a car song as well!

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 7:29 pm

Robert Sewell
Jul 30, 2023 7:19 PM

JC, thanks for that.

I’m sure you’re grateful being shown to be a defaming turd one more time. Is that now the 5th go around, you dishonest weasel?

My copy of that page – from the National Library collection – was corrupted, and only about 30% of the collection is now available. I’d forgotten about the Wayback Machine.

Am I supposed to care?

Now that I have the page and a printed copy to put in file, we can start on another of your nastier habits – making bullets and getting someone else to fire them off.

Really? I thought it was you who joined pile ons and then when unable to team up, you went bawling to the blog owner. I fight my own battles, you big bawling mary.

Shall we start digging for someone working at a University in Brisbane? A female someone?

On your mark. Go!

And is she getting nervous about being duped by you?

Oh, that’s interesting. I duped a female at the UQ?
Are you currently being medicated for psychosis?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 30, 2023 7:32 pm

You need to lay off the iodine.
Go put a crimp in someone’s IV and check the drugs cabinet.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 7:33 pm

Beer

I thought it was you who told us you introduced Wodney Woddenhead (aka Johnny Rotten) to the blog. No, it wasn’t?

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 7:36 pm

Sancho Panzer
Jul 30, 2023 7:32 PM

You need to lay off the iodine.
Go put a crimp in someone’s IV and check the drugs cabinet.

FMD, he makes Faulty sound normal.

miltonf
miltonf
July 30, 2023 7:36 pm

So they’re coming for Captain Cook’s cottage now. Just like China in the 60s. Just ‘dismantled’ or do they really mean demolished? I wouldn’t expect anything else from Melbourne City Council. As BB said ‘horrible people’. The left really seems to be comprised of BPDs and psychopaths. They also don’t seem to know the difference between Cook and Phillip, between 1770 and 1788. What ‘anti colonial sentiment’? What they really mean is the Australian left taking its orders from the American left, the WEF, the pommy left and the UN.

Razey
Razey
July 30, 2023 7:37 pm

Even google bot agrees.

Does Australia violate human rights?

Yes, it does. The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has found on many occasions that Australia has breached the fundamental human rights of people living in Australia.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
July 30, 2023 7:39 pm

The Beer whisperer
Jul 30, 2023 7:25 PM
Beer

Thanks for introducing Wodney to the blog. Tell us, do you have other high caliber friends like him?

JC, I have NFI who you’re talking about or how they were supposedly introduced by me.

LOL. Jerk Off Cretin the Sictorian short ars# has been on the sauce again and he still has that lisp. Sirry iriot.

Next he will be blaming the wall and mumbling to it.

Reminds me of this other Sictorian –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYanZL8R0XA

And caliber is spelt calibre in Australia. You T.W.A.T.

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 7:39 pm

I think since I’m watching the Logies I might blog them.

It was a good lead in to the opening with past hosts advising Sam Pang.

And then it was all spoiled with the indigenous acknowledgement.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 7:42 pm

So they’re coming for Captain Cook’s cottage now. Just like China in the 60s.

We don’t need to go back to 60s China for an example. There have been numerous examples in the US over the past couple of years – taking down statues that basically harm no one.

I saw Columbus statue in Central painted over and largely defaced last year.

It takes 12 months for American bad habits to hit the Australian Left.

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 7:42 pm

I see the theme will be rubbishing Channel 7. That’s some nerve, biting the hand that feeds you. I bet it wouldn’t be tolerated on 9 or 10.

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
July 30, 2023 7:43 pm

Sacré bleu, Cats – if there’s a better more fulfilling meal than homemade pizza, then I’m yet to hoover it! ?

Probably can’t be beaten, considering you can anything you want on it, at any density, but homemade nachos comes close.

230g Aldi cheese corn chips with 500g cooked nacho spiced minced meat, 1 jar salsa dip topped with mozzarella cheese, 10 minutes in the oven and more than you can handle in a single sitting. Add guacamole, chopped tomato and sour cream and it’s heaven. Substitute some mince with black beans if you want to be authentic.

Whole thing costs less than 20 bucks all from Aldi and feeds 3-4.

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 7:44 pm

Wods, who was it that introduced you to the blog then? Someone claimed they did recently. Was it Destiny?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 30, 2023 7:45 pm

Browsing just now I found a trailer for Napoleon, by Ridley Scott with Joaquin Phoenix as the man hisself. We’ve talked about it in the last few weeks. I have to say it looks not bad.

NAPOLEON Official Trailer (July 2023)

Crossie
Crossie
July 30, 2023 7:47 pm

David Koch apparently retired from TV after 21 years. I seemed longer than that.

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
July 30, 2023 7:49 pm

Beer

I thought it was you who told us you introduced Wodney Woddenhead (aka Johnny Rotten) to the blog. No, it wasn’t?

Nope. Never met him.

As far as I’m aware…

Rabz
July 30, 2023 7:50 pm

Cats, this is Romance. Play it to your your goilfriend, wife, mistress etc and just get ready to experience the lurve happenin’ …

Goil,
I only wanna be down with you
Cos you got something, I just got to get with
I’ll pick you up late at night after woik
I said laydee, step inside my Hyundai
I’m gonna take you up to Glendale
Gonna take you for a real good meal
Cos when our eyes did meet
Goil, you knew I was packin’ heat …

I wanna get with you, Goil
And your sister
I think her name is Jennifer …

Debra

JC
JC
July 30, 2023 8:28 pm

Thanks for clarifying, Beer.

Cassie of Sydney
July 30, 2023 8:50 pm

Lizzie earlier, I know about the new Sportscraft store in Rose Bay. Mum told me about it, she’s already visited it (of course), and has bought something she’s yet to wear!

Tonight we had a family dinner at a Hungarian restaurant in Double Bay, a restaurant which is a family fave and one my mother has been going to since the early 1960s. Mum is exhausted and frail, so I don’t want her cooking. The restaurant’s menu comprises veal schnitzels, Hungarian goulash, tortes, cabbage rolls, stuffed capsicums, all the food I grew up with. Anyway, I had veal schnitzel, followed by a crepe stuff with walnuts and covered with chocolate sauce. Bloody delicious, am now stuffed. However, the restaurant is adjacent to the Double Bay Sportscraft store, and as we left the restaurant and walked past to go to the car, Mum stood in front of the Sportscraft store and peered in, and we all loudly said, “it’s closed”, and Mum said…..such a pity! I can guarantee you that if the store had been open, even on a Sunday night at 8.00p.m., Mum would have walked in and bought something!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 30, 2023 9:06 pm

Anybody else keep getting “time out?”

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 30, 2023 9:07 pm

you big bawling mary

Whap.

Pogria
Pogria
July 30, 2023 9:09 pm

Zulu,
I’ve been getting timed out for the last hour.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 30, 2023 9:26 pm

Who knows if this will post – time outs.

—–

Indigo Traveller:

Exploring northern and central regions of Mozambique.

Arriving in Northern Mozambique (government told me not to come)

Real Deal
Real Deal
July 30, 2023 9:29 pm

Britnah complaining about leaked texts. Reported on by that fearless paragon of unbiased journalism, Sam Maiden.

https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/media/brittany-higgins-lashes-out-at-public-humiliation-as-private-texts-published/news-story/96e58ed4b390269cf2531f1ad2f9cdcc

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 30, 2023 9:32 pm

Well, we’re back in the Sama Sama airport hotel in Kuala Lumpur where we started this short trip eight days ago, flying home tomorrow. A trip to the airport 30km from the other side of Penang in a car with driver was painless except a lot of traffic and took an hour, then into the maw of a very busy Malaysian airport where a thousand people were yammering away, not unlike the KL bus station, but with easier signage for Englishers. Once back in KL it took us as long to get to this international airport terminal 2 adjacent to the domestic terminal 1 as it took to fly from Penang (i.e. just over an hour), because you had to chase up the shuttle bus pick up place with luggage on perilous downward escalators (no lift), wait for 15 minutes, and then it went all around the world of airport car parking dropping off people to pick up their cars before dropping us at terminal 2. I got fed up waiting at first and said to Hairy let’s get a taxi, but he said no taxi would take such a short fare. My carry on with my computer in it went flying to the floor as we took a sharp corner in the bus, but this is the test run on the Cat and everything still seems to be working. I am heading for a whiskey (Hairy’s loot) and dry ginger any minute now.

The object lesson is don’t try to change terminals anywhere in Asia if you have a connecting flight, in fact My Rule (as I say to Hairy) is that we never, ever try to make a connecting flight on the same day anywhere in the world – always put a night in an airport hotel between us and that disaster. So all’s well that ends well enough, but it will be better when Hairy finds that whiskey.

Indolent
Indolent
July 30, 2023 10:20 pm
Dot
Dot
July 30, 2023 10:26 pm

New blog after we shoot Old Yella.

Indolent
Indolent
July 30, 2023 10:26 pm

He’s really taking up the cudgels. He’s created a new website to gather information on de-banking. Tens of thousands of individuals and businesses are affected from losing their banking facilities at will and without explanation. And cash is being targeted.

Nigel Farage calls for a Royal Commission into de-banking following NatWest scandal

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