Open Thread – Mon 7 Aug 2023


The Sacrifice of Vesta, Francisco Goya, 1771

1,478 responses to “Open Thread – Mon 7 Aug 2023”

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  1. Tintarella di Luna Avatar
    Tintarella di Luna

    Steve trickler
    Aug 9, 2023 7:49 PM
    For Cat lady, Tinta.

    Mina – Tintarella di luna (1959)

    Thanks Steve, Mina was what my parents called an “urlatora” – she really could belt out a song — this is one of my favourites of hers — and very apt as we had the beautiful Claudia Cardinale earlier — this beautiful song “Un cielo in una stanza” was the theme song for a Claudia Cardinale movie – La Ragazza con la valigia – The Girl with the Suitcase – the translation really doesn’t capture the sensual nature of the song

  2. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    Cassie of Sydney
    Aug 9, 2023 8:18 PM
    “Was Fermi Jewish?”

    No he wasn’t, nor was Neils Bohr. I did say “almost all”. LOL.

    However, they were ALL geniuses.

    That was the disappointment for me, there they were, the intellectual firepower of the century (millennium even) in one place that I expected more to be shown of their interactions, disagreements, debates, collaborations.

    The political shit show at the end was just unnecessary but I suppose they had to justify giving Robert Downey Junior a role in the film.

  3. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    True Zulu. Without looking it up IIRR all Japanese females from 13 on up to a much later age were suddenly part of the militia. Throwing oneself under a tank with a satchel charge doesn’t do much for the reproductive capacity of a nation.

  4. Aaron Avatar
    Aaron

    Three mins of Chris Kenny was enough and he may have to resign or overdose on humble pie.

    Good attacking the ABC, soft left on everything else.

    Well, except the invoice where he is becoming hysterical.

  5. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    On my last visit to Melbourne in May to my Victorian relatives I asked how they were coping with Dan the tyrant and was flabbergasted when uncle tried to make excuses for him

    Curiously, for someone who’s won government twice, you struggle to find anyone who voted for him. Victoriastanis get quite upset if you say they deserve him and all that entails.

  6. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Well, except the invoice where he is becoming hysterical.

    Expect more of this.

  7. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “That was the disappointment for me, there they were, the intellectual firepower of the century (millennium even) in one place that I expected more to be shown of their interactions, disagreements, debates, collaborations.”

    I thought it showed some disagreements quite well, particularly with Teller.

    I thought the movie was superb, and I loved Robert Downey Jnr as Lewis Strauss, but I love Robert Downey Jnr.

  8. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    Aug 9, 2023 8:31 PM
    Of course I was also interested as I’m visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki next month.

    I know a very woke young lady who visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and came back appalled that you could use such a weapon against women and children.

    Those members of her family, who had suffered heavily at the hands of the Japanese, regarded it as a pity the Americans had only dropped two bombs…

    The first fire bombing of Tokyo is estimated to have killed 80,000-100,000 people. It was such a success that latter raids burned the greater majority of Japanese cities to the ground. They ran out of bombing targets. I’d rather die in an atomic blast than spend days in agony dying from burns.

    My father told me how Japanese soldiers pegged Australian nurses in the courtyard and raped them until dead. What about Nanking FFS!? Or how Japanese blooded their troops using live Chinese people as practice for bayonet charges? Or that the Japanese were regularly using gas and planning to use biological weapons?

    People need to get over the atom bomb issue. So much happened that was much, much worse.

  9. Barking Toad Avatar
    Barking Toad

    Craven’s piece in the Oz is just narcissistic fluff.

    Why didn’t he call out the vile behaviour of Dickhead Dan on covid at the time it was happening?

    Just like his dithering on the inVoice. Called out obvious failings then said “I’ll vote for it anyway”. Because feelz. Insipid.

  10. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    Rosie
    Aug 9, 2023 8:10 PM
    Of course I was also interested as I’m visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki next month.

    I would love to do the same and am looking at cruises that go to both places or at least one.

  11. Razey Avatar
    Razey

    visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki

    Most of the statues provided by commie countries back in the 60’s and 70s. Been there done that, yeah, nahh, I thought I’d feel sorry for them, but I didn’t. Of course, only my opinion.

    Nagasaki was a bit boring. But, it is easily walkable in two loops starting from the main train station (the tram is worth a trip too, up and down). I walked a loop up to Sofukuj, (likely to have it all to yourself) then back through Chinatown and up to Dutch Slope and on to Glover Garden – he was quite the character that had a hand in starting Mitsubishi. Dont bother paying to enter Oura Cathedral, its shit. After you’ve had fun there, you can then go to Mt. Inasayama Observatory to the north, thats pretty good (rope way). Best to do the A-bomb memorial (and maybe museum?) first to get your bearings, then when you see it from the observatory, you can see the location, bowl like, that contained all the destruction. Thats why the yanks chose Nagasaki? All in all, 1.5 days in Nagasaki is heaps, max 2 days.

    Hiroshima, wasnt there long. The best part was finding the gumtree (that I didnt know about before) that survived the bomb and relaxing at the park where the castle is watching the young families enjoying the sunshine. As a bit of a Saba fish connoisseur (grilled mackerel) I recommend Sabar restaurant in Kokusaidori, well that is if you like eating fish hah!

  12. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    2025 Boiler ban: ‘We will never achieve anything by making ourselves cold & poor’ | Jacob Rees Mogg

    The collective are after the Mogg.

    Jacob Rees-Mogg targeted in new Ofcom investigation into GB News’s politician presenters (7 Aug)

    Broadcaster watchdog Ofcom has launched four investigations into GB News as the channel’s novel approach to news clashes with inflexible TV regulations.

    Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, Esther McVey and Philip Davies are among the four new investigators facing probes by Ofcom.

    Thou shalt not say stuff the collective dislikes. It’s a pity Mr Mogg has the charisma of a cane toad, as he’d otherwise be an excellent guy to lead Britain.

  13. JC Avatar

    Or that the Japanese were regularly using gas and planning to use biological weapons?

    I think the Japanese tried that on by sending balloons with anthrax attached to be released over the West Coast. The exercise failed though. FMD, they deserved a decent thrashing.

  14. Robert Sewell Avatar

    https://youtu.be/jcfPKB9x8p0
    Unloading a coal train.
    Something that will have Greenies chucking a fit.

  15. Razey Avatar
    Razey

    *Note: The locals seem way friendlier in Hiroshima than Nagasaki.

  16. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    Rosie
    Aug 9, 2023 8:25 PM
    I guess in the 1930s people might have a little bit of an excuse to be naive about communism.

    You have a point. It wasn’t until after WWII that the truth started coming out of the Soviet Union. I think Pasternak’s Dr Zhivago, book and film, started the awareness campaign with Sholzhenitsyn delivering the coup de grace.

  17. John H. Avatar
    John H.

    JC
    Aug 9, 2023 8:48 PM
    Or that the Japanese were regularly using gas and planning to use biological weapons?

    I think the Japanese tried that on by sending balloons with anthrax attached to be released over the West Coast. The exercise failed though. FMD, they deserved a decent thrashing.

    I’ll give them credit for a crazy idea. They built a submarine that carrying aircraft. The idea was to sail to Panama and blow up the canal!

    Japan started a plan in August 1943 to bomb the Panama Canal with plans from Submarine aircraft carriers, like the I-400-class submarines with three Seiran aircraft each. Japan trained for the Panama Canal attack. Japan canceled the plan to attack the Panama Canal in June 1945, as the war was taking a toll on Japan.

  18. Razey Avatar
    Razey

    JC
    Aug 9, 2023 8:48 PM
    Or that the Japanese were regularly using gas and planning to use biological weapons?

    I think the Japanese tried that on by sending balloons with anthrax attached to be released over the West Coast. The exercise failed though. FMD, they deserved a decent thrashing.

    Unit 731.

  19. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My father told me how Japanese soldiers pegged Australian nurses in the courtyard and raped them until dead

    Story goes that a group of Japanese soldier was condemned to death, for such an atrocity.

    The hangman later confessed that he hadn’t been too precise about where he put the noose, and they could dance at the end of the rope, while they thought about what they had done to those Aussie girls.

  20. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    Elon Musk is a wanker.

  21. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Curiously, for someone who’s won government twice, you struggle to find anyone who voted for him. Victoriastanis get quite upset if you say they deserve him and all that entails.

    Just ask Jerk Off Cretin as he is a Sictorian short ar*e who just loves NY and all that jazz. Maybe he/she/it should just p*ss orf ‘ there and get out of the sand pit which is Sictoria.

  22. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    Cassie of Sydney
    Aug 9, 2023 8:41 PM
    “That was the disappointment for me, there they were, the intellectual firepower of the century (millennium even) in one place that I expected more to be shown of their interactions, disagreements, debates, collaborations.”

    I thought it showed some disagreements quite well, particularly with Teller.
    I thought the movie was superb, and I loved Robert Downey Jnr as Lewis Strauss, but I love Robert Downey Jnr.

    Maybe I’m just picky and wanted more particularly considering the length of the movie. I saw the movie with grandson who was happy picking out all the Hollywood stars and the scientific royalty. He was particularly chuffed to have recognised Cillian Murphy from Peaky Blinders.

  23. Razey Avatar
    Razey

    Steve trickler
    Aug 9, 2023 9:01 PM
    Elon Musk is a wanker.

    LOL. What set you off brah?

  24. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    Steve trickler
    Aug 9, 2023 9:01 PM
    Elon Musk is a wanker.

    We know. Any new reasons why?

  25. JC Avatar

    The northern iceberg may just have a chance.

    Canada.

    Surging support for Conservatives now has Poilievre in sight of a majority

    While one pollster’s projection of 165 Tory seats is still short of the 170 needed to form a majority, it would be enough to defeat any new attempts at a Liberal-NDP coalition

  26. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    FWIW, the reading is Greg Steinmetz’s biography of Jay Gould – the bloke who built Wall Street’s largest fortune – in a world where the authorities tolerated insider trading and stock price manipulation, because they believed regulation would hinder progress.

    Alan Bond would have been right at home. Good reading.

  27. Rosie Avatar
    Rosie

    I’m going to Nagasaki, in fact, the reason I’m going to Japan is because I read a biography of Dr Takeshi Nagai, ‘A Song for Nagasaki’.
    I plan to visit his home and attend mass at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, immortalised in the movie the Bells of Nagasaki no matter what you might think of it. Catholic churches are never only about aesthetics for me.
    My main interest in Nagasaki is the hidden Catholic community that survived for well over two centuries.
    Catholic history of Nagasaki

  28. Siltstone Avatar
    Siltstone

    Went to A bomb museum in Hiroshima in the late 1980’s. Horrific images posted. But no context whatsoever. As if the bomb had fallen upon the folk for no reason at all. Twenty years later I went to Dachau. I thought the presentations were sober and contextual and quite in contrast to that earlier Japanese way.

  29. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    When I was at Rolls Royce in 1972 as an Engineering Apprentice, there was a delegation of Japanese who wanted to see the RB211 jet engine operating on a Test Bed for the Lockheed Tri Star airplane. The Japs were looking at buying the Tri Star at the time.

    Come the time of the demonstration, everyone of the workers walked off the job and the RR Executives didn’t know how to handle it. Nor did the Japs. Most of the workers were ex RAF from WW2. How stupid of the RR Executives not to realise what had happened thirty years earlier.

    Mind you, a lot of people were buying Japanese cars at the time as they were much better and more reliable than the British cars. And they still are.

  30. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Elon Musk is a wanker.

    He has ten kids.
    Which suggests that observation isn’t true.

  31. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Good article on the 2020 election corruption. Imagine what they’re gonna do this time.

  32. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    . As if the bomb had fallen upon the folk for no reason at all.

    For some years after the war, Japanese school history texts covered World War Two in one sentence – “Japan went to war throughout the Pacific, and caused great inconvenience thereby” followed by two pages of the terrible destruction wrought by the atomic bombs.

  33. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    My main interest in Nagasaki is the hidden Catholic community that survived for well over two centuries.
    Catholic history of Nagasaki

    On a 2016 cruise around Japan I visited the Motomachi Catholic church in Hakodate on Hokkaido. The altar and the stations of the cross were presented to the church by Pope Benedict XVI some years before that. It is a neo-gothic corner of Christianity in northern Japan.

  34. Razey Avatar
    Razey

    JC
    Aug 9, 2023 9:10 PM
    The northern iceberg may just have a chance.

    Canada.

    Surging support for Conservatives now has Poilievre in sight of a majority

    While one pollster’s projection of 165 Tory seats is still short of the 170 needed to form a majority, it would be enough to defeat any new attempts at a Liberal-NDP coalition

    But Klaus ‘Anal’ Shwab has penetrated the Canadian government!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjxJ1wPnkk4

  35. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    Bruce of Newcastle
    Aug 9, 2023 9:21 PM
    Elon Musk is a wanker.

    He has ten kids.
    Which suggests that observation isn’t true.

    Ha! He obviously doesn’t believe in the overpopulation theory.

  36. JC Avatar

    Ha! He obviously doesn’t believe in the overpopulation theory.

    He actually believes in the underpopulation debacle we’re going to experience. He’s right.

  37. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “My main interest in Nagasaki is the hidden Catholic community that survived for well over two centuries.
    Catholic history of Nagasaki”

    There’s a very good Martin Scorsese film called Silence, about the Catholic Jesuit missionaries from Macau who went into Japan back in the 17th century to spread Christianity.

  38. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “Elon Musk is a wanker.”

    Nup.

  39. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “He actually believes in the underpopulation debacle we’re going to experience. He’s right.”

    Yep.

  40. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    John Anderson is really letting the Voice have it with both barrels on Paul Murray’s show, tonight being hosted by James Morrow.

  41. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    I’m very picky about the movies I choose to see, which is why I went to see Oppenheimer and why I’m looking forward to seeing Napoleon.

  42. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    John Anderson obviously thought this issue is important enough to come into the studio and have his say rather than via zoom.

  43. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    Catholic churches are never only about aesthetics for me.

    Rosie, nor me. I take a few minutes to kneel and pray in every church I visit, even if not Catholic.

  44. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    From the Hun.

    Gina Rinehart backs Gold Coast bid for 2026 Commonwealth Games

    Australia’s richest person has breathed new life into the Gold Coast’s audacious bid to pick up the 2026 Commonwealth Games dumped by Victoria.

  45. JC Avatar

    I used to occasionally wonder just in passing, on the odd but unfortunate times I had to drive to New Jersey, and now I finally know why you didn’t pump your own petrol in Jersey. There was/is a freaking law.

    Sometimes , you just have to wonder how the most advanced nation on earth is so comically backward in certain ways.

    Pump Your Own Gas in New Jersey? Fuhgeddaboudit.
    Many Garden State residents are proud to be the last U.S. state to prohibit self-service gasoline stations

    New Jersey resident Nyoami Winterburn knows this: If her state ever abolishes full-service gasoline stations, then baby, she was born to run.

    “I will move out of New Jersey. I’m not kidding. It is one of the big perks of living here,” Winterburn said Saturday outside a gas station along Route 4 near Englewood, N.J. “I don’t like to pump my own gas, especially when it’s cold.”

    Fellow New Jerseyite Suni Brown, who counts having to pump his own gas as reason to avoid leaving the state, feels the same.

    “I like being able to sit in the car,” the Englewood resident said. “It’s just easier for me.”

    On Saturday, a day after Oregon revoked its 72-year-old ban on self-service gas stations, many New Jersey drivers along the busy commuter corridor that feeds into the George Washington Bridge said they are proud to be the last U.S. state to prohibit the self pump.

    There is even a popular bumper sticker that says “Jersey Girls Don’t Pump Gas,” an homage to the Garden State’s 1949 law banning self-service stations for fire-safety and other concerns.

    WSJ

  46. Razey Avatar
    Razey

    Gina Rinehart backs Gold Coast bid for 2026 Commonwealth Games

    Eat shit Hunchback. Not even Gina likes you.

  47. Dunny Brush Avatar
    Dunny Brush

    Just on the existential problem of being Victorian: I’m ashamed to to be a Victorian. I’ve lived in most other states over the journey. All great. But I love Victoria. I despise what the lefty lunatics have done to the place. Pell, Covid, Nicola, abusive cops, corrupted judiciary and on and on. Public service here is utterly corrupt and almost all live in Brunswick. It just never ends. A still day in late May with a big swell will always be paradise though.

  48. Sancho Panzer Avatar
    Sancho Panzer

    Tinta at 7:58 re Dumgeld.
    Quite so.
    It isn’t just wrongful convictions we should look at.
    What about the flip side?
    The non-prosecutions, gross downgrades of charges, and general foot dragging?

  49. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Gina Rinehart backs Gold Coast bid for 2026 Commonwealth Games

    Australia’s richest person has breathed new life into the Gold Coast’s audacious bid to pick up the 2026 Commonwealth Games dumped by Victoria.

    Hahaha ha haaaaa.

    Gina dumps the netty girls. Dan picks up their sponsorship, on behalf of the taxpayer.

    Dan then dumps the Commonwealth Games, after spending millions more of the aforementioned taxpayer cash on the prep work.

    Gina goes ‘no worries, I’ll have it. I’ll back it, which means I’ll have it.’

    The greatest sack whack to the hunched-up puritan yet.

  50. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Eat shit Hunchback. Not even Gina likes you.

    Gina will buy your pathetic little State, and turn it into a Siberian style slave camp.

  51. hzhousewife Avatar
    hzhousewife

    When we saw Oppenheimer, they showed shorts of the upcoming Gudinski bio movie – would like to see that just for the old footage.

  52. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_t8iWyH3r4

    \\

    Peter Sarsedt – “Where do you go to, my lovely?”

  53. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    hzhousewife
    Aug 9, 2023 10:10 PM
    When we saw Oppenheimer, they showed shorts of the upcoming Gudinski bio movie – would like to see that just for the old footage.

    Hopefully they will include a whole heap of the old music seeing as he was Mr Mushroom Records.

  54. Razey Avatar
    Razey

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    Aug 9, 2023 10:10 PM
    Eat shit Hunchback. Not even Gina likes you.

    Gina will buy your pathetic little State, and turn it into a Siberian style slave camp.

    An improvement.

  55. Dot Avatar

    How stupid of the RR Executives not to realise what had happened thirty years earlier.

    You sack employees like these. They tried to sabotage a sale.

    They were the 1970s version of David Pocock or Alan Joyce.

  56. Jorge Avatar
    Jorge

    On Andrews: yesterday he was questioned about his relationship with former Australian head of PwC who is also president of Carlton FC. The VIC Gov shelled out $80m in fees over five years to this mob but Andrews emphasised that their relationship was personal rather than professional.

    In the past these two would have been class enemies. Now they’re great mates. there are interlocking networks everywhere in Victoria that upend the old ways. Nobody really believes in anything and there is only one side, the money side. The Liberals think of themselves as the party of enterprise and individual advancement but that rug has been pulled out from under long ago. But it can’t go on. The money has run out.

  57. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Daily Mail. Has someone finally explained the facts of life to the fair Lidia?

    Lidia Thorpe erupts at Labor for ‘whitesplaining’ as she teams up with two Indigenous senators to crack down on Aboriginal corporations

    Jacinta Nampijinpa Price wants inquiry into First Nations bodies
    Independent Senator Lidia Thorpe supports the motion
    Labor slammed as ‘No campaign’ trick, says Voice could have those powers
    Ms Thorpe hit back at Labor for ‘whitesplaining’ to her

  58. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    I’ve heard many times how Sinead O’Connor was a trailblazer. Can anyone here tell me how? Nothing Compares To You was written by Prince, was it because she had a buzzcut?
    I’m genuinely puzzled.

  59. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Tonight James Morrow was replacing Paul Murray, so we watched because James is always intelligent and amusing. He had on Holly Hughes, who was very strong against Joe Hildebrandt on the Voice, eviscerated him, and he knew it. I enjoyed Joe last night though going head to head on The Late Show with Liz Storer, who is very good value indeed. They make a good oppositional team moderated by James MacPherson, fencing at each other with a lot of zest and energy, where Liz always comes off best while Joe does his I’m only here for the kicks schtick.

    I had to come in here just now though and strongly recommend Morrow’s interview with John Anderson. One of the best I’ve seen on the Voice, the nature of Australia, and things aboriginal. Anderson is a statesman, an honest representative of rural interests and has aboriginal people’s interests deeply at heart – hence he says Vote No to stop more of the same shameful things happening to remote area aboriginal kids, for the Voice is simply encouraging more of the same. Australians are getting towards the end of their tether with the activists, he says (rather echoing what Tony Abbott has said today). I was very taken with Anderson tonight, and Hairy says you always were, you had the hots for him when he was younger. He doesn’t have to be younger, I say back, lifting my wine glass towards his image on screen.

  60. Jorge Avatar
    Jorge

    How many times are we going to hear the the new VIC Governor is a republican ? The media keep mentioning it.

    The whole thing is laughable.

    So Victorian: nobody actually believes in anything. Hey, it comes with a fat salary and excellent super.

    OK, get on board.

  61. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Just scrolled back, Crossie, and see you found much to admire in John Anderson’s presence on PML with James Morrow tonight.

    Hope we might say hello at CPAC sometime.

  62. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I visited the Motomachi Catholic church in Hakodate on Hokkaido.

    We had a proper afternoon tea in the Old British Consulate turned tearooms in Hakodate a few years back in Hokkaido and then a look around the Catholic church. Hakodate was a key trading area and a not much visited echo of Imperialism. Seems it’s now on a cruise ship route, which may change things. There’s a rather lovely cherry tree orchard and walkway there too.

  63. Louis Litt Avatar
    Louis Litt

    Cassie 9/8 @ 7:19
    Agreed re also – never grown up.

  64. Crossie Avatar
    Crossie

    I was very taken with Anderson tonight, and Hairy says you always were, you had the hots for him when he was younger. He doesn’t have to be younger, I say back, lifting my wine glass towards his image on screen.

    Ooh you are awful, Muriel (couldn’t resist it).

  65. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    I’ll say one thing for Orange Man, he’s absolutely got the knack of finding and hiring hot lawyers for his team. The fairy tale that began with Jenna Ellis continues with Alina Habba.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksOR-geuBEQ

    Hubba hubba Habba!

  66. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Vivek G. Ramaswamy (/v??ve?k r??m???sw??mi?/; born August 9, 1985) is an American entrepreneur and a candidate in the 2024 Republican Party presidential primaries. Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S. Ramaswamy was born in Cincinnati to Indian immigrant parents.

    Farage is tipping this young candidate in his late 30’s as a suitable Vice President for President Trump to pick as his running mate. He’s certainly clever and very unwoke and full of determination to raise up an America of small businesspeople over the current corporates. Smoke out of the ears, maybe JC? New blood, young family.

  67. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Ooh you are awful, Muriel (couldn’t resist it).

    lol, Crossie.

  68. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Vivek is also very rich, a billionaire in his own right. He’d get a lot of support so it will be fascinating to see how he goes in the upcoming debates.

  69. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    In line with current culinary trends, I fed Hairy (and myself) a sauce with our wagyu strips tonight, which I fried Japanese style on a grid. The sauce was composed of butter-fried red onion and many cut up mushrooms blended with paprika and cream cheese. An invented dish, turned over the meat, that worked. Not all of mine do.

    These were purchased button style mushies so they are probably safe and we won’t keel over in the night. As Vicki also recalled re her childhood, when I was living on a backblocks farm we used to pick mushrooms in the morning dew. Big flat ones that were pink underneath. Fried cut up in butter with cream added, from the Jersey cow I milked every morning. I used to spend ages churning the butter in a hand churn. I’d never heard the word gourmet but that is what they were.

    A full meal when placed on two slices of white bread toast.

  70. Dot Avatar

    How many times are we going to hear the the new VIC Governor is a republican ? The media keep mentioning it.

    The belief in the non-sovereignty of the government they head (either as a State Governor under the GG & King presently or a President in the future) playing second fiddle to race-baiting activists is infinitely more worrying.

  71. dover0beach Avatar

    New OT up midnight.

  72. Dot Avatar

    Um…

    Looks like Liberland is almost a real country.

    WOW!

    We have some incredible news to share with you! We would like to announce the opening of our first border crossing with Croatia. This monumental achievement took place on August 6th, 2023, marking a significant stride towards international cooperation, freedom, and fairness.

    President Vit Jedlicka expressed, “This small step for Liberland is a giant leap for humanity. It mirrors our dedication to building stronger global connections and fostering a spirit of mutual respect.”

    We’re thrilled to inform you that Liberland is now accessible for visits. While planning your visit, kindly note that the border crossing is currently operational during daylight hours, as mutually agreed upon with the Croatian border police. The access point, situated in Zmajevac, allows both land and river traffic, but for now, only land traffic on foot is permitted into Liberland. The Liberty houseboat serves as the border checkpoint on the river.

    To ensure a smooth entry and exit process, visitors are required to follow the procedure established by the Liberland Border Ranger team. This involves a police check by the Croatian border police and passport control by the Liberland Border Ranger team. Prior to your visit, please share your travel details including full name, passport number, current residence address, and arrival date and time at border@liberland.org. The Liberland team will then provide you with precise visitation information.

    This momentous occasion comes in tandem with Liberland’s new Border Law, a comprehensive framework for immigration and border control. The Immigration and Border Service (IBIS) and dedicated Border Rangers will oversee these crucial aspects to ensure safe and secure border crossings.

    At the same time, we’d like to invite you for Liberwalks in Liberland.

    Dates:
    – Thursday, August 10th
    – Saturday, August 12th

    Meetup Point: Liberland ARK Village.

    Timing: Promptly at 10:00 AM.

    – Transport: If you have a car, please consider sharing a ride with fellow Liberlanders. We’ll attempt to arrange cars based on a first-come-first-serve approach.
    – Capacity: Limited spots available. RSVP early at rsvp@liberland.org. Specify if you’re attending on Thursday or Saturday and if you can offer car space.
    – Documents: Bring your passport. Ensure you can enter the Schengen area.
    – Avoid: If visiting the Batina border crossing point, leave behind any Liberland memorabilia like flags or pins.
    – Return Route: It’s recommended to pass back into Serbia via Erdut rather than Batina.
    – Trip Duration: Can be a swift 4-hour trip or extend over 10 hours. Be ready for either!

  73. Barking Toad Avatar
    Barking Toad

    A tad of nepotism.

    Victorian governor is spouse of Glyn Davis, parliamentary secretary of Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet.

    One appointed by Andrews, the other appointed by Sleaze.

    Jobs for bloke mates.

  74. Fair Shake Avatar
    Fair Shake

    Read this morning the P-plater who killed all 4 of his passengers due to his dangerous driving pled guilty. His defence team requested non custodial conditions until the sentencing due to autism assessment and treatment. Judge advised they have had 10 months to do that so no can do. Into the clink young chappie. Whilst in Vic the County court judge has given a dark chappie who invaded a family home, stabbed the father, stole a car with his mates…one month to get clinically diagnosed for ADHD. The forker has had 2+ years to come up with that. Meanwhile back home he goes until September. FFS.

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