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Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 2:48 pm

Unmanned Aircrafts Will Fight the Next World War

“The US Air Force received their request by Congress to spend $5.8 billion on construction up to 2,000 unmanned aircrafts. These AI drones can operate autonomously without human interference. This means that the decision to decimate masses will not be up to human judgement. The Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) program has been approved and the US government is actively preparing to fight in a largescale war.

The Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie cost up to $7 million per unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV). They have a range of 3,500 miles (5,600 kilometers) with a cruise speed of 548 mph (882 km/h). Kratos Defense and Security Systems owns the UCAV, and the two largest shareholders, of course, are BlackRock and Vanguard.

This will change the entire nature of war, shrouded in a grey area regarding ethics. Militaries can try to omit responsibility if they say a UCAV was operating on its own free will. Perhaps the aircraft will choose to liberate more poor nations in need of Democracy, especially if they have natural resources like oil. “AI will be a critical element to future warfighting and the speed at which we’re going to have to understand the operational picture and make decisions,” Brig. Gen. Scott Cain, the lab’s commander, said. “AI, Autonomous Operations, and Human-Machine Teaming continue to evolve at an unprecedented pace and we need the coordinated efforts of our government, academia, and industry partners to keep pace.”

This is a solution to the military personnel shortage every branch besides the Marines face. However, the destruction these AI machines will cause is untold. Kratos admits the XQ-58A Valkyrie is experimental. “The operational options that our family of UAVs brings to the warfighter are limited only by the imagination and provide CONOPS/CONEMPS options unavailable by any other competitor in the market,” Kratos notes on its website. The country with the most effective technology will win future wars. All bets are off as they do not know how these unmanned aircrafts will operate amid an ongoing battle, but the US is willing to bet $5.8 billion on their success.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/war/unmanned-aircrafts-will-fight-the-next-world-war/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

johanna
johanna
September 8, 2023 2:48 pm

Johnny Rotten
Sep 8, 2023 2:18 PM

The way that the MSM goes on about this storm going through the Sydney region overnight and earlier today is just bonkers.

I remember in the late 1980s when a storm from the west smashed a wave from through to the Sydney Lower North Shore with tremendous hail, winds and rain. Tiles on our house roof were smashed, birds were killed even when hiding in trees, leaves and branches everywhere and our Car along with hundreds of others were written off with hail damage.

Could be the same one, Johnny, when I was living in Newtown in the 80s. We had been out somewhere, and drove home through knee deep water, with flailing trees and debris everywhere.

Typical Sydney storm combined with ancient drainage systems in the inner city.

Somehow, we all bravely got up the next day and soldiered on. 🙂

Lysander
Lysander
September 8, 2023 2:54 pm
johanna
johanna
September 8, 2023 2:55 pm

Rabz
Sep 8, 2023 2:38 PM

This snowflake wants Parliament to be a ‘safe space’ – perhaps MPs should be issued with teddy bears?

Parliament could then be known as “the Teddy Bear Pit”.

Nice! 🙂

For non NSW readers, the floor of the Lower House in NSW has long been known as ‘the bear pit.’

Lysander
Lysander
September 8, 2023 3:01 pm

Trump is bringing in “a reciprocal foreign tax” for countries that tax US goods entry into their countries, Trump will tax that country’s goods the equal amount coming into the US. LOl! 😛

Makka
Makka
September 8, 2023 3:07 pm

Kratos Defense and Security Systems owns the UCAV, and the two largest shareholders, of course, are BlackRock and Vanguard.

… and most of the insiders in the US Senate and House.

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 8, 2023 3:07 pm

Their fans don’t exactly help their image.

Oi! Collingwood are on par with the mighty Liverpool squire. Don’t forget that!

Lysander
Lysander
September 8, 2023 3:10 pm

“Now we don’t call her Crooked Hillary, we call her Beautiful Hillary. She’s a beautiful, beautiful woman” lol!

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
September 8, 2023 3:14 pm

‘Those students are still there but they are now the faculty and making sure a new generation doesn’t dare challenge them as they did their professors when they were young. They learned how not to give up their power as it was always about power, not free speech.’

Exactly right, Crossie. Whereas those old-school liberal educators whom the 60s and 70s student radicals vilified as elitist Tory reactionaries would encourage their students to think for themselves and didn’t mind if that meant disagreement.

Vicki
Vicki
September 8, 2023 3:15 pm

Husband just had furious debate on phone with “issues resolver” of the company which supplies electricity to the farm (& to which we supply electricity from our 10kw solar system). After the installation of a “smart meter” a couple of months ago our bill has absolutely soared for the excess electricity we buy off the grid.

Something is amiss, and we can see on the internet that others are having similar problems. The graph of electricity usage and sale to them just doesn’t make sense. Yet we can’t get any resolution of the problem. The only resolution seems to be to purchase an extremely expensive battery in order to go completly “off grid”.

Crossie
Crossie
September 8, 2023 3:18 pm

Could be the same one, Johnny, when I was living in Newtown in the 80s. We had been out somewhere, and drove home through knee deep water, with flailing trees and debris everywhere.

Typical Sydney storm combined with ancient drainage systems in the inner city.

And yet they want to convert office towers in the CBD into residential units. I expect that is going to put huge pressure on the sewer system that could back up into their bathrooms.

Crossie
Crossie
September 8, 2023 3:25 pm

Something is amiss, and we can see on the internet that others are having similar problems. The graph of electricity usage and sale to them just doesn’t make sense. Yet we can’t get any resolution of the problem. The only resolution seems to be to purchase an extremely expensive battery in order to go completly “off grid”.

I think you got the increase that we were told will be 30% up on previous bills. I got my electricity bill last week and think it may be even higher than the proposed 30% rise. I’m just thinking about poor pensioners and families on fixed incomes, how they will manage. Chris Bowen in the most evil politician of living memory, he doesn’t give a damn what his Net Zero target is doing to the country.

flyingduk
flyingduk
September 8, 2023 3:29 pm

Penalties for manufacturing or producing illicit tobacco include:

criminal penalty – this is a criminal conviction with a prison sentence of up to 10 years or a fine between $156,500 and $469,500, or both.

Mafia don’t allow no competition…..

shatterzzz
September 8, 2023 3:38 pm

I think you got the increase that we were told will be 30% up on previous bills. I got my electricity bill last week and think it may be even higher than the proposed 30% rise.

I got my gas bill this week $255 for 3 months .. last year same period $140 .. (both include applied OAP credits)
admittedly I do have gas heating but on the unit figures listed almost twice the MJ cost to last year ……

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
September 8, 2023 3:40 pm

Monty at home pulling his dick in orgasmic frenzy.

Thanks, Blackball, I’ve ripped my eyes out and am now ripping out my brain with a spoon.

Diogenes
Diogenes
September 8, 2023 3:43 pm

Trump will tax that country’s goods the equal amount coming into the US. LOl! ?

Iirc correctly Pauline proposed similar.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
September 8, 2023 3:45 pm

You see Vicki, you’re 10 kw system is of no value in the Bowen plan as the big project investors who will provide the generation need to own that supply.
You are an annoying gnat to them, only useful in camouflaging the growing shortfall in electricity while the big pigs wrestle their way to the subsidy trough.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 3:47 pm

Mafia don’t allow no competition…..

Sounds like Marlon Brando there.

The Mafia doesn’t allow any competition.

Barry
Barry
September 8, 2023 3:48 pm

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Johnny Rotten
Sep 8, 2023 2:48 PM

Unmanned Aircrafts Will Fight the Next World War

“The US Air Force received their request by Congress to spend $5.8 billion on construction up to 2,000 unmanned aircrafts. These AI drones can operate autonomously without human interference. This means that the decision to decimate masses will not be up to human judgement. The Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) program has been approved and the US government is actively preparing to fight in a largescale war.

This is our destiny

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 8, 2023 3:48 pm

Did Kelce play?

Injured.
When you know the second string tight end is playing, it makes it so much easier to defend even with all the weapons Mahomes has.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 8, 2023 3:50 pm

ProPublica has an in-depth piece on the LCS black hole.
It’s good journalism.

https://www.propublica.org/article/how-navy-spent-billions-littoral-combat-ship?utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=majorinvestigations&utm_content=feature

The Inside Story of How the Navy Spent Billions on the “Little Crappy Ship

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 8, 2023 3:53 pm

Would you pay more for an ‘adults only’ flight?

Another airline has announced it will soon implement child-free zones on its flights. As a parent, I have thoughts.
By elle halliwell
From Travel
September 8, 2023
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I like kids. I have one of my own; an energetic six-year-old who can fortunately now be placated for long periods by the lure of unlimited YouTube viewing, should the need arise.

I think toddlers and babies are cute, too, just not when I’m seated near one in an aircraft.

I’d like to apologise (again) to the man who was seated in front of me and my son on a TigerAir flight from Sydney to Brisbane in 2019.
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I’m sure the hour-long flight felt like an eternity as he endured continual seat-kicks, ear-piercing squeals of delight and an unrequested hairstyling session from my uncontrollable toddler, who, unlike us, was thoroughly enjoying himself.

It was my first flight with a child in tow, and the last, I vowed, until my son turned 18 (or was old enough to sit still for an hour).

Last month Corendon became the first European airline to implement a cabin area reserved for passengers over 16 years. The Turkish-Dutch airline announced that from November 3 it would begin offering passengers the option to book a seat in a child-free zone for an extra €45 ($75).

It’s not a new concept. AirAsia and Singapore-based airline Scoot began offering seats in adults-only zones more than a decade ago, and in 2019 Japan Airlines introduced a “baby map” to alert fellow passengers to the locations of infants on their flights.

All it takes is a quick glance around a long-haul business class cabin as a parent wrestles their two-year-old into a nearby seat to realise this idea is a no-brainer. Passengers visually blanch as their expectations of a relaxing, quiet flight (which they probably paid a premium for) disappear.

And if you thought the parents were too busy dangling noisy toys in their baby’s face to notice the muffled groans and contemptuous side-eyes, you’d be wrong.

Child-free zones are a win-win for everyone: travellers can pay extra to avoid being seated beside wailing newborns, and stressed-out parents can call out disgruntled flyers for not forking out a bit more money for the privilege of a child-free trip.

So why aren’t more airlines adopting them?

Tour operator Evie Farrell agrees the concept should be more widely adopted by airlines.

The Mumpack Travel founder, who coordinates travel for families, says flying with a baby or toddler for the first time is one of the most common fears among her clients.

“I have a lot of parents ask questions like ‘Is my child going to cry a lot and upset other passengers?’,” she says.

“If you haven’t flown with a child before, the lead-up is so nerve-racking. For parents knowing that if there are people who are really against travelling with kids in their area of the plane, if they know if they’re elsewhere in their child-free happy place, that’s a real relief.”

At the time of publishing, requests to Qantas for comment regarding any plans to implement child-free areas on its flights went unanswered.

For passengers flying on airlines which haven’t (yet) embraced the idea of child-free cabin areas, it’s worth noting that bassinets are usually fixed to bulkhead walls behind the galley, bathroom, and other cabin areas, so book with caution. And don’t forget the ear plugs, and a bit of compassion.

Parents travelling with noisy children should be banished to the cargo hold.

Vicki
Vicki
September 8, 2023 3:56 pm

You see Vicki, you’re 10 kw system is of no value in the Bowen plan as the big project investors who will provide the generation need to own that supply.

You are absolutely right, Gez. But it is SO annoying. We are also having problems with the new smart meter on the city property & we suspect that these meters can be programmed to get the result that they want. I guess we can change electricity suppliers & see what happens. Don’t feel like splurging on a big battery and disconnecting from the grid at this stage.

Indolent
Indolent
September 8, 2023 3:58 pm
Vicki
Vicki
September 8, 2023 4:02 pm

BTW – re the 30% rise: we are arguing that their figures on actual usage can’t be right, based on previous years. The young bloke in the resolution centre kept quoting different periods for comparison. It is almost impossible to get them on the same page. He got a bit agitated though when husband said that there are similar disputes from others on the internet.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 4:04 pm

I like kids. I have one of my own; an energetic six-year-old who can fortunately now be placated for long periods by the lure of unlimited YouTube viewing, should the need arise.

I think toddlers and babies are cute, too, just not when I’m seated near one in an aircraft.

The trouble with an adult – or is that ‘a dolt’ is that they forget that they were once a child. And in such a case, so is MontyPox Virus. A dolt as well as a child.

Makka
Makka
September 8, 2023 4:05 pm

Surveillance software and international collaboration , vaccines, , pandemics, social credit scores, bank account cancellations, CBDC’s, drones & AI – the network tying it all together ……. etc. It really isn’t difficult to join some dots and see what the future is likely to look like for us. It may take a few more decades to fully implement and there is more technology to be developed but all the elements of tyrannical total control are already visible.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
September 8, 2023 4:16 pm

I got my gas bill this week $255 for 3 months .. last year same period $140 .. (both include applied OAP credits)
admittedly I do have gas heating but on the unit figures listed almost twice the MJ cost to last year ……

This is the Albanese/Bowen gas price cap working hard for you.

AEMO tells us that the average Short Term Trading Price for gas in the East Coast markets for the 3 months to 31 August 2023 was +/- $11.50/GJ ($0.0115/MJ) and in the corresponding previous quarter+/-$33.50/GJ ($0.0335/MJ).

In safe hands.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 8, 2023 4:17 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRPhGCcQ6nk

Keep going, Marcia. Bring on the referendum, the sooner the better.

johanna
johanna
September 8, 2023 4:18 pm

For those of us in the south east just now – Singing Winds, Crying Beasts via Carlos Santana:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN9fclFzG7U

People who love sailing are a strange breed.

Kneel
Kneel
September 8, 2023 4:20 pm

“I guess we can change electricity suppliers & see what happens.”

See what GloBird energy will do – I changed to them 18-24 months ago, and even after the rises in tariffs, am now paying what I was before I switched…

calli
calli
September 8, 2023 4:23 pm

Keep going, Marcia.

Blair is right. She does sound like Sir Les.

Can’t be unheard now. 😀

Makka
Makka
September 8, 2023 4:23 pm
Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 8, 2023 4:26 pm

Monty at home pulling his dick in orgasmic frenzy.

DANG, BB!

Lysander
Lysander
September 8, 2023 4:26 pm

Wowee ZKTA…. let’s hope the MSM pick up on Marcia’s speech. Asking for an Australian Watangi treaty ugh ffs! Calling our National Anthem abhorrent… she’s a full-on Marxist and, as Tucker says:

“Have you ever met a Marxist leader who ever liked their own people?”

Nope.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 8, 2023 4:29 pm

she’s a full-on Marxist

Links between the Communist Party of Australia and the “Land Rights” movement go back to the late 1930’s.

JMH
JMH
September 8, 2023 4:30 pm

Vicki – Try Red Energy. Australian owned. My bills have hardly moved with them.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 4:38 pm

johanna
Sep 8, 2023 4:18 PM
For those of us in the south east just now – Singing Winds, Crying Beasts via Carlos Santana:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN9fclFzG7U

People who love sailing are a strange breed.

Cool music by Santana –

And a good job that Captain Cook liked sailing – around the World that is.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 4:42 pm

a good job that Captain Cook liked sailing – around the World that is

Not to mention good ol’ Rusty Crowe

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 8, 2023 4:44 pm

Parents travelling with noisy children should be banished to the cargo hold.

What the hell are they doing treating children as people! At home they have various fences perimeters and cages they put the meeting little mucus factories in.

Put them in the hold along with the other creatures that become unruly in unfamiliar situations such as dogs, cats, and bogans. If a person says their child is an emotional support primate then give them a collapsible chair and hot water bottle and let them go to the hold also.

Why is this even being talked about?

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 4:50 pm

Rabz
Sep 8, 2023 4:42 PM
a good job that Captain Cook liked sailing – around the World that is

Not to mention good ol’ Rusty Crowe …

How about this then –

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

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
September 8, 2023 4:50 pm

Red Energy

Used them when living in Singleton, agree. Fringe benefit of QFF points.

Dunno if these guys still exist but equally little problems with Pacific Hydro when I was renovating a house in Victoria. Cheap too.

Avoid Click, we put them on for the gas on said renovation when I was painting & needed to dry the house in a Victorian winter. The no fees is false advertising, they tried charging a connection fee of $88 till I basically told them I’ll take it to the ombudsman and the call centres were all sub continentals that were equally as useless.

JC
JC
September 8, 2023 4:52 pm

Mother Lode

Sometimes kids are too young and can’t help it. They don’t know how to unblock their ears due to pressure and end up crying. One of our kids once cried all the way from LA to the other side and only stopped when we landed. It was freaking hell at 35,000 feet and very embarrassing. I still haven’t forgiven him.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 8, 2023 4:58 pm

I am blessed with the ability to block out kids screaming & babies crying on planes.
People eating chips on planes with their mouths open, not so much.

JC
JC
September 8, 2023 4:59 pm

Oh yeah like they really, really regret it. Truly so. Really sorry. It was a mistake.

The ABC has been forced to apologise for providing video and audio for the Yes campaign’s John Farnham “You’re the Voice” television advertisement.

Davey Boy
Davey Boy
September 8, 2023 5:02 pm

A Parliamentary petition has been set up against the Illawarra offshore wind farm proposal. If you’re opposed to this atrocity which will stretch from Wombarra to Kiama, make sure you jump on sign up so we can tell the Federal Government where their proposal belongs.
https://www.aph.gov.au/e-petitions/petition/EN5402

This petition is opposing the Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen’s plans to build an offshore windfarm off the coast of the Illawarra. Chris Bowens plans leave affected citizens to negotiate with private individual companies who will hold licences to develop these structures in terms of scope, and impacts. There is no proposed limits in height, distance from shore or number of turbines that can be installed. There is also no clear plan for remediation or disposal once turbines reach their end of life. They will be visible from shore. This will not only be damaging to tourism but will also impact fishing, shipping and marine life.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
September 8, 2023 5:09 pm

Went to dinner with some Italian cousins recently GST was 22% — no wonder they can’t get over here – cost of living is extortionate over there.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 8, 2023 5:09 pm

Square payments have crashed today.
For anyone looking to attend markets on a Saturday morning around the country, remember to take cash.
So many of the vendors have that Square terminal only.
I imagine some will wonder whether its turning up tomorrow.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
September 8, 2023 5:09 pm

Sometimes kids are too young and can’t help it.

Had an 8 month old do similar for a short period on a MEL-SIN flight. From lift off till the seat belt sign went off where I took her for a walk she screamed her lungs out. We were in Premium Economy too.

One lap of normal economy, being allowed to crawl for a bit & a few hostesses fawning over her she calmed down quickly. She was the sort of baby who worked out at 4 months old grinning at ladies in public got her heaps of attention.

The looks of death at the start compared to even some of the males giving her attention on landing couldn’t be contrasted any different. Yes it was extremely awkward to begin (seeing’s I had considered we probably should go cattle class but we decided she had done about 4-5 domestic flights by that age she’ll be right).

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 5:11 pm

Davey Boy
Sep 8, 2023 5:02 PM
A Parliamentary petition has been set up against the Illawarra offshore wind farm proposal. If you’re opposed to this atrocity which will stretch from Wombarra to Kiama, make sure you jump on sign up so we can tell the Federal Government where their proposal belongs.
https://www.aph.gov.au/e-petitions/petition/EN5402

The interesting thing with all these stupid Windmill plantations is that the Environment is paramount. Get Tanya Plebersuck and the UN on the case. Save the Whales. Maybe get Greenpeace to help.

Blackout Bowen is on very dodgy sandy foundations here. And serves him right. Plonker.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 8, 2023 5:13 pm

Financial regulator ASIC has taken superannuation giant Australian Super to court over its alleged failures to address multiple accounts for almost a decade, which cost 90,000 members about $69m in fees and insurance premiums.

TPD premiums are the sweetest of all premiums.
Industry super lives on them.

JC
JC
September 8, 2023 5:28 pm

Generally don’t like lifting and posting entire pieces, but this deserves a shot. How science is misused.

Author, John Grisham wrote the oped in the WSJ. Just incredible how potentially many innocent people have been caught up.

Texas May Execute a Man Based on a Scrapped Medical Theory
Autistic father Robert Roberson was wrongfully convicted of murdering his 2-year-old daughter.

By

John Grisham

For a parent, nothing is worse than the death of a child. Imagine the horror, though, of being falsely accused and wrongly convicted of killing your child.

Twenty years ago, prosecutors in Anderson County, Texas, relied on a now-discredited hypothesis about “shaken baby syndrome” to convict Robert Roberson of the capital murder of his chronically sick 2-year-old daughter Nikki. Countless caregivers have been prosecuted since British pediatrician Norman Guthkelch first posited in the early 1970s that shaking a baby could cause brain bleeding and even death. Many have been convicted and sent to prison, a few even to death row. Mr. Roberson could be the first to be executed. Texas may execute an innocent man.

Mr. Roberson has autism and was a special-education student before dropping out of school in the ninth grade. He had his challenges in life, including past drug addiction that had prompted convictions for writing a hot check and burglary. But he loved being a father to Nikki.

She, too, had her challenges. Child Protective Services forced Nikki’s mother to give her up at birth. Nikki suffered from chronic and severe middle-ear infections. In late January 2002, she had a high fever and undiagnosed pneumonia. Mr. Roberson put Nikki to bed but awoke later and found her on the floor. Mr. Roberson told police that Nikki didn’t appear to have any injuries. She was awake and talking as he tried to soothe her. Father and daughter managed to get back to sleep, but the next morning Nikki was unresponsive. Mr. Roberson brought her to an emergency room in Palestine, Texas. He told hospital staff that she had fallen out of bed, but they didn’t believe him. They didn’t know he was autistic and decided he didn’t show the proper emotions given the dire situation. Doctors transferred Nikki to a children’s hospital in Dallas, but it was too late. She died on Feb. 2.

Mr. Roberson was distraught but his nightmare was only beginning. The Anderson County District Attorney’s Office accused him of killing Nikki and sought the death penalty.

The deck was stacked against Mr. Roberson from the beginning. Accepted medical wisdom at the time was that any child with a triad of symptoms like Nikki’s—brain bleeding, brain swelling and bleeding in the eyes—had been violently shaken or hit against a surface, absent evidence of some other massive trauma such as a car accident or a multistory fall. The medical consensus viewed the presence of the triad to be diagnostic and considered the caregiver the culprit.

In a rush to judgment that is the hallmark of wrongful convictions, one doctor’s hunch about Nikki’s death led to Mr. Roberson’s arrest for murder. Even Mr. Roberson’s court-appointed lawyer agreed this was a “classic” shaken-baby case because, 20 years ago, the triad was considered diagnostic.

Astonishingly, a nurse claimed to law enforcement—and later in front of the jury—that Nikki had been sexually abused, even though no doctor endorsed that belief and there was no autopsy or crime scene evidence of it. The judge allowed the nurse’s testimony and prosecutors’ argument that Mr. Roberson was the kind of person capable of violently shaking a child to death. The jury agreed.

Dr. Guthkelch eventually became distressed at the aggressive misuse of his work by prosecutors. “I am frankly quite disturbed that what I intended as a friendly suggestion for avoiding injury to children has become an excuse for imprisoning innocent people,” he said in 2012 while arguing that convictions like Mr. Roberson’s should be reviewed. “We went badly off the rails.”

Slowly, belatedly, things are changing. Courts in 17 states have exonerated people convicted decades ago of murder or child abuse based on the outdated shaken-baby hypothesis. In 2016, days before Mr. Roberson was set to die, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals returned his case to the trial court for an exhaustive 10-day hearing. Mr. Roberson’s legal team presented six experts who showed that the outdated version of shaken-baby syndrome used at his trial has been discredited and that Nikki died as a result of her undiagnosed pneumonia, medications and accidental fall.

To overturn his conviction, Mr. Roberson’s lawyers had to accomplish two things. First, they had to show that the science used to convict him was wrong (or that the understanding of that science had changed since his trial). Second, they needed to demonstrate that the original jury wouldn’t have convicted him if it knew then what we know now about the shaken-baby syndrome hypothesis. Mr. Roberson’s legal team did more than those two things: It produced unrebutted evidence that no homicide had in fact occurred.

Mr. Roberson’s lawyers presented a 302-page document to the court that comprehensively summarized the new evidence from the experts. Anderson County prosecutors submitted a 17-page brief that hardly touched on the new science—instead rehashing outdated evidence and theories from the original trial in 2003. Mr. Roberson’s lawyers were surprised at the paltry offering. They were flabbergasted when Judge Deborah Evans rubber-stamped it, following the prosecution’s lead in ignoring most of the new expert testimony and all of the scientific studies showing a change in understanding of shaken-baby syndrome. Instead, the trial court’s recommendation cited the same trial testimony that had been challenged as wholly inconsistent with contemporary scientific understanding.

We expect our courts to weigh the evidence before them carefully and thoughtfully. But in Mr. Roberson’s case, and in a shocking number of wrongful convictions, judges simply agree with prosecutors and protect bad convictions despite overwhelming evidence of innocence. We should demand more from judges than a copy-and-paste job that entirely ignores changes in the scientific understanding of a case, especially when a life is on the line.

Nikki’s death was a tragedy, not a crime. Robert Roberson may be out of options unless the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear his case.

Mr. Grisham, a novelist, serves on the boards of the Innocence Project and Centurion Ministries, organizations dedicated to exonerating defendants who were wrongfully convicted.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 5:29 pm

feelthebern
Sep 8, 2023 5:13 PM
Financial regulator ASIC has taken superannuation giant Australian Super to court over its alleged failures to address multiple accounts for almost a decade, which cost 90,000 members about $69m in fees and insurance premiums.

TPD premiums are the sweetest of all premiums.
Industry super lives on them.

Years ago when signing up to Australian Super the Insurance/TPD option was a given. You had to tick the right box on the Application Form to opt out. What crooks as most people didn’t realise that they were signing up to Insurance/TPD with the Application. Without specifically applying for it.

Union Super is not that super.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 8, 2023 5:35 pm

Insurance/TPD with the Application

Money for nothing
Chicks for free

JC
JC
September 8, 2023 5:40 pm

Has to be a record outside whatever the Saudis are paying sports dudes.

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals have secured the future for their long-term quarterback.

Joe Burrow reached an agreement on a five-year, $275 million extension with the team that includes $219.01 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.

The contract averages $55 million per year. The deal ends months of negotiations and rewards a player who has flipped Cincinnati’s fortunes.

On Wednesday, Burrow spoke to reporters for the first time since he strained his right calf in late July, and he reiterated his desire to spend his long-term future with the Bengals.

There are 17 games each season, which means the dude is earning 3.2 million a regular game.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 8, 2023 5:41 pm

Someone has to pay for Greg Combet’s cycle tours through France now the taxpayer is not picking up the tab.

Lysander
Lysander
September 8, 2023 5:51 pm

Shocking story from Grisham JC, almost makes me sick to my stomach!

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 5:51 pm

H B Bear
Sep 8, 2023 5:41 PM
Someone has to pay for Greg Combet’s cycle tours through France now the taxpayer is not picking up the tab.

How can he go on a cycle tour with those red underpants on his head. Surely they will stop him from seeing where he is coming and going .

Lysander
Lysander
September 8, 2023 5:52 pm

And in news not as serious as that, but still very concerning, Hendo writes to McClellan asking why, as part of the RC into institutional child abuse, he selected 58 schools’ to be reviewed for peddos (with every single school selected being a faith-based school and not a govt school)

https://thesydneyinstitute.com.au/blog/issue-651/

Unsurprisingly no response from f-wit McClellan.

calli
calli
September 8, 2023 5:54 pm

Red Underpants = Conroy

Tour de France = Combet (and Juanita)

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 8, 2023 5:58 pm

The TPD insurance is hard to access & getting harder.
The other aspect is that even if you have multiple super accounts with TPD on all of them, guess what, only one pays.
Which is why the insurers love it.
Nothing better than writing a policy that rarely pays.

calli
calli
September 8, 2023 5:58 pm

Tour de Burley Griffin = McLeay (plus payout for shocking injuries) /sarc

Indolent
Indolent
September 8, 2023 5:58 pm
calli
calli
September 8, 2023 5:59 pm

Nothing better than writing a policy that rarely pays.

Like selling tickets for nonexistent flights.

Alamak!
September 8, 2023 5:59 pm

BTW – re the 30% rise: we are arguing that their figures on actual usage can’t be right, based on previous years.

My usage figures doubled last month, in addition to the increase. I am guessing they turned the ‘estimate customer usage” dial to 11 assuming we’d never notice it with the price increase. Hmm.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
September 8, 2023 6:01 pm

Something I came across today and proves 5 minute of searching shows what an incestuous bunch the media is these days.

Apparently, a go pro & 2L coke bottle are evidence of plastic pollution in the ocean found in a sinkhole in Belize. Note an airline magnate like Branson virtue signalling get a mention but I digress:

https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/disturbing-discovery-at-bottom-of-huge-ocean-hole/news-story/fb6158701ecb8941a4ad7e79f8af145b

Was thinking what drivel to try/link 2 causes climate change & plastics in one preachy article. Well Chloe Whelan or as her Linkedin profile reveals Chloe Overington Whelan (who with a bunch of Google searches throws up a high likelihood) could be related to Caroline Overington. Obviously the jismist gene wasn’t passed on with this one.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 8, 2023 6:01 pm

Leaping Leo – the original and still the best.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
September 8, 2023 6:05 pm

Here’s a silly quiz for those in their 70’s and 80’s who want to waste a bit of time on a wet Sydney day answering 50 multi-choice questions. How much can you remember about things that happened in the 50’s? I got 45, only getting knocked out on some American supermarket knowledge and one date. Quite a few you can do through a memory jog combined with a process of elimination. Plenty are still part of today’s general cultural literacy so yoof Cats and Kittehs in their 60’s and even 50’s could have a go. You have to keep score in your head or use a pen. 40 and over is considered pretty good. Most of the people commenting on this vid seem to come in mid-range 40’s.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
September 8, 2023 6:06 pm

It’s supposed to be a memory test for those in their 80’s but any age could have a go.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 8, 2023 6:08 pm

Just because you’re inside the Parliamentary triangle doesn’t mean you can’t go off on compo.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 6:09 pm

Like selling tickets for nonexistent flights.

Now who would ever think of doing that and thinking that they could ever get away with it?

Quaintarse indeed as Alf Garnett said in 1970………………………….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBRPx21Qn1c

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 8, 2023 6:10 pm

Sometimes kids are too young and can’t help it.

I know. I was just being a bit silly.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
September 8, 2023 6:18 pm

Just did another one, one proverbs. Only a few multiple choice, then you had to know. lol in the comments though, for the quizmakers were in it for the quid, not the accuracy of the proverbs, which have to be word correct to be viable proverbs. Like most of this sort of click bait, the quiz was poorly produced. One commenter said:

A fun idea, but do YOU know your proverbs, Mr. Quiz Time? ?Actions speak (not action speaks) louder than words. Idle hands (not brain) are the devil’s workshop. A bad workman blames his tools (not tool). Beggars can’t (not cannot) be choosers. Where (not when) there’s smoke, there’s fire. Strike while (not when) the iron is hot. A picture is worth a thousand (not hundred) words.

Another commenter, who like me got them all right, said she’d done much better in that than the quizmasters.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 8, 2023 6:22 pm

Actually, when I fly I expend great effort to popping my ears. I seem more irritated by even the smallest pressure difference than other people. So I will sit there (trying to be discreet) with eyes wide open, laboriously opening my jaws to full gape before snapping shut and instantly trying again.

I would look like a goldfish that has leapt out of the bowl and lying on the carpet.

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 8, 2023 6:29 pm

I see Greenpeace are putting some advertisements out saying we should save the whales. A worthy cause but how do they square that with offshore wind installations?
Dumb phucks

Indolent
Indolent
September 8, 2023 6:32 pm
Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
September 8, 2023 6:33 pm

ML

Hold your nose, close mouth & blow. Called a Valsalva and will pop your ears. I showed it to my children when flying and it stopped complaints about hurting ears.

I used the same technique snorkelling when diving on some wrecks in Solomon Is to avoid the pain in the opposite pressure differential.

So works both ways.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 8, 2023 6:36 pm

ML and Rokdoc

I find that pinching the nose, then swallowing, also works.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 6:40 pm

Rockdoctor
Sep 8, 2023 6:33 PM
ML

Hold your nose, close mouth & blow. Called a Valsalva and will pop your ears. I showed it to my children when flying and it stopped complaints about hurting ears.

Just give the ankle biters a few gob stoppers and that should do it. And if the wife or the stewardess complains then give them a gob stopper or two…………..

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 8, 2023 6:42 pm

It’s supposed to be a memory test for those in their 80’s but any age could have a go.

Just did Lizzie. 40 for me.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
September 8, 2023 6:44 pm

Don’t fly without Minties.

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 8, 2023 6:49 pm

Yoof crime again, Shannon Deery:

Raising the age of criminal responsibility will be a tough balancing act for the Andrews government.

The government has committed to raising the age a child can be arrested, charged or jailed from 10 to 12 by the end of next year.

By 2027, it will be raised again to 14.

And yet, every year hundreds of children aged 13 and under are charged with serious crimes.

Thursday’s arrest of a boy who had not long ago turned 14 over the abduction and stabbing of a Glen Eira College student is the latest shocking crime involving young teens.

The government has flagged the higher age of criminality may not apply for murder and terrorism style offences, meaning there would be some exemptions from the planned changes.

But what of serious assaults that leave victims fighting for life, sexual offending or serial repeat offending involving young teens?

The government has said it’s too early to determine exactly which serious crimes would be included in any carve out clauses.

Balancing the interests of community safety with the interests of young offenders will be key to striking the right chord with any legislative change.

It is internationally accepted that locking kids up is in many cases futile, and also heightens the risk of recidivism.

Victoria’s current regime is at odds with expert medical advice, and lags behind international standards.

But raising the age can’t be done responsibly without wholesale reform of the criminal justice system.

Supports need to be put into place to address problem behaviour before it occurs, but also to address otherwise criminal behaviour as it arises.

The government has committed to this.

But how it can strike the right balance doing this will be the challenge.

Maybe, just maybe a size 12 up the Khyber Pass might set them on the right track.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 6:57 pm

Farmer Gez
Sep 8, 2023 6:44 PM
Don’t fly without Minties.

As long as you don’t have loose fillings in your teeth……………

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
September 8, 2023 7:00 pm

Tried Lizzie’s quiz and lost interest around question 30.
Needed are far more attractive presenter and someone who knows how to pronounce names correctly.
Perfect score in the arsehole test for me.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 8, 2023 7:00 pm

George Monbiot DESTROYS Rishi Sunak AND Keir Starmer

Not going to watch the video but the idea of the Moonbat fighting with WEF Boy and the Easter Island Statue is rather amusing.

Just leave us alone elite peoples, and get your teeth out of our necks.

Muddy
Muddy
September 8, 2023 7:01 pm

… all the elements of tyrannical total control are already visible.

Surreal.
adjective. bizarre; fantastic; grotesque … having the disorienting, hallucinatory quality of a dream; unreal; fantastic…
[Collins dictionary online].

The surreality for me is in relation to time. It seems like just last week I was reading of this science fiction in school. but now … Here we are. I must have been in a coma for several decades without knowing.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 7:02 pm

The government has committed to this.

But how it can strike the right balance doing this will be the challenge.

Maybe, just maybe a size 12 up the Khyber Pass might set them on the right track.

And what would be the attitude of the Sictorian Guv’ment if one of their own with their children were subjected to a serious yoof’ attack?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 8, 2023 7:07 pm

Maybe, just maybe a size 12 up the Khyber Pass might set them on the right track.

Country coppers in Western Australia used to round up Aboriginal juvenile offenders on a dark night, drive them a few miles out of town, and tell them to walk home. In a refinement, they would tell the offenders that Katchdika man – the tribal sorcerer – was about, and he would creep up behind them, and dash their brains out, with his stone club. Very few of them ever re- offended.

Somebody made a complaint to the Aboriginal Legal Service, who put a stop to the practice.

Muddy
Muddy
September 8, 2023 7:09 pm

Chloe Overington Whelan

An interesting bathrobe monogram.

Cassie of Sydney
September 8, 2023 7:13 pm

“JC
Sep 8, 2023 5:28 PM”

Thanks for posting that, confirms my apprehension of the application of the death penalty, particularly in the USA.

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 8, 2023 7:16 pm

Here you are Rabz. Magnifique

Tom
Tom
September 8, 2023 7:21 pm

Pauline Hanson’s Please Explain.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 8, 2023 7:35 pm

Pauline Hanson’s Please Explain.

Substantial number of upticks!

Muddy
Muddy
September 8, 2023 7:42 pm

Pauline Hanson’s Please Explain.

Substantial number of upticks!

I concur.
Brilliant.

Indolent
Indolent
September 8, 2023 7:43 pm

Joe Rogan

Tulsi Gabbard on the Response to the Maui Wildfires

The word that sticks out most is “blockade”. People were blockaded from getting out and now are being blockaded from getting in, even to provide assistance, which the government itself is not doing.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
September 8, 2023 7:46 pm

Classics!

—-

Superwog:

If Superwog was a Teacher

KevinM
KevinM
September 8, 2023 7:48 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Sep 8, 2023 7:35 PM

Pauline Hanson’s Please Explain.

Substantial number of upticks!

No, no, no! No upticks here, you might hurt someone’s delicate feelings.
We can’t have that.

P
P
September 8, 2023 7:50 pm

‘Omit the part’ to end restrictions on prostitution
By Monica Doumit – September 8, 2023

In last week’s column, I foreshadowed that I would write this week about Sydney MP Alex Greenwich’s Equality Legislation Amendment (LGBTIQA+) Bill 2023.

I expected that this week’s column would detail the legion of attacks on religious freedoms the bill contained, particularly when it comes to how we operate our schools and other institutions. All those provisions are in the bill, outlined in its first 17 pages, and while they are important, it is page 48 that is the most astonishing page in the bill.

Page 48 has only 16 words on it. It reads: “Schedule 18 Amendment of Summary Offences Act 1988 No 25. Part 3 Prostitution. Omit the part.” The meaning behind the words “omit the part” is a near-complete removal of the remaining restrictions NSW law has over prostitution.

The goal isn’t only evident in this part of the bill. Greenwich is also seeking to add “sex work” as a protected ground of discrimination in the Anti-Discrimination Act. The effect of his proposed changes would be that a landlord could not treat a rental application from someone who listed their profession as “sex worker” differently to other applicants, nor a religious school insist that its principal did not also have a side gig as a prostitute.

Bill P
Bill P
September 8, 2023 8:00 pm

Here you are Rabz. Magnifique
No BB. That’s meant for JC

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 8:04 pm

No, no, no! No upticks here, you might hurt someone’s delicate feelings.
We can’t have that.

Even worse, there could be down ticks.

And that would crucify their egos Big Time. LOL

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 8, 2023 8:12 pm

you might hurt someone’s delicate feelings.

Anyone with delicate feelings would be well advised to stay off the Cat!

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
September 8, 2023 8:23 pm
Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
September 8, 2023 8:24 pm

Dot
Sep 8, 2023 2:34 PM
There is already an Indigenous NRL Team and to stretch into Union and International rules wouldn’t be hard.

At the developmental level, this has already happened in Rugby with great success.
Lloyd McDermott, Australia’s second Indigenous Rugby player and first barrister, did terrific work in funding and creating an Aboriginal youth development team/programme over many years.

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 8, 2023 8:25 pm

Just saw this Rockdoctor. A coloured man. Phuck him off.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 8:29 pm

Rockdoctor
Sep 8, 2023 8:23 PM
Be interesting to see how this is handled. Vic Pol or Victorian Gov aren’t to be trusted…

Really. You amaze me with your insight. LOL

Barry
Barry
September 8, 2023 8:33 pm

Allahu akbar.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
September 8, 2023 8:36 pm

Maybe linked to the arrests of the cultural enrichment team preying on school kids.

miltonf
miltonf
September 8, 2023 8:45 pm

Notice how canbra imports people who attack you and quite often kill you

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 8, 2023 8:47 pm

Margaret Betts obituary
Unassuming Bletchley Park machine operator who, after enlisting as a Wren at the age of 19, assisted Alan Turing’s codebreakers
Friday September 08 2023, 12.01am BST, The Times
London
Obituaries

For more than 40 years Margaret Betts never breathed a word about her wartime service at Bletchley Park, the secret code-breaking centre in Buckinghamshire. “It was only when documentaries started to appear on the TV and books started to be published that eventually she said, ‘You know, I was one of those’,” her son Jonathan said.

In 1942 the 19-year-old Margaret Booth, as she then was, had a job with the Inland Revenue but found the work “rather boring”. Her family’s life was upended when her newly married brother, Pat, was reported missing presumed dead after his ship was sunk by a German U-boat. She recalled thinking to herself: “What am I doing here, just working on people’s taxes?”

Determined to become involved in the war, she enlisted with the Women’s Royal Naval Service (Wrens). She was sent for initial training at Mill Hill School, north London, where the recruits were constantly observed. “One day, we were all called out into the hall. Seven or eight of us were told to be ready to leave Mill Hill tomorrow,” she said.

The next day she was summoned by “men in dark suits”, recalling: “I was told I was going to do some very, very secret work and I must never, ever talk about it, and I had to carry this secret to the end of my life . . . he was very emphatic.”

Betts had been selected to serve as a machine operator at Bletchley Park. She was introduced to the “bombe” decoding machine, taught how to feed in code and instructed to wait for a message to be identified. The drums whirred round and “every time it stopped we had to make a note of all the letters each one had stopped at”. She then took the results to one of the decoders, who used a captured German Enigma machine to decipher the code.

It was, she insisted, humdrum work. “We were operating machines night and day . . . You just had to stand by the machines, you had to concentrate when you were programming it and make sure it was set up correctly, and the rest of the time you were there watching it, waiting for it to come up with something.”

At first Betts was based at the Stanmore outstation in north London, recalling: “We used to dash up to London in our spare time, enjoying life.” Later she was posted to Bletchley Park itself. “We were very fed up . . . stuck in the countryside,” she said. “But looking back, we had far more fun.” Hitchhiking became a popular way of getting around, though she was astonished that no one ever questioned what a Wren was doing on the rural lanes.

She told of parties at American airbases with handsome servicemen. “They had proper food, as in Britain there was rationing but the Americans didn’t have it in the same way,” she said. On other occasions she went shopping in Northampton, overhearing gossip and rumours about Bletchley Park, including that it was a home for Wrens who had become pregnant out of wedlock. The Wrens were not keen to be thought of in that way but, she added, the cover story “rather suited the authorities”.

Betts insisted that she had been a small cog in a giant machine. “Please don’t come away with the idea that we’re all Alan Turings, because we’re not,” she said. “We were there operating the machines, we were obeying orders, we were applying logic to do what we were told to do and we were doing so efficiently and intelligently, but we didn’t design the machines for decoding. We were the service staff who were operating them.”

Margaret Booth was born in Ipswich in 1923, one of three children of Daniel Booth and his wife Dorothy (née Cubitt). Her brothers were Patrick and John. All three siblings won scholarships to Ipswich School. When war broke out her father joined the air ministry while her brothers signed up: Pat to the navy and John to the paratroopers.

In May 1945 she was in London to enjoy the VE Day celebrations but was asked to continue working on Japanese codes at Bletchley Park until VJ Day in August. Two years later she married Anthony Sneezum, whose family had founded a watchmaking business in Ipswich during the 1880s; they changed their surname to Betts. He never fully recovered from being held as a PoW by the Japanese.

They had five children: William, Helen, Clive, Jonathan and Alice. Anthony’s trauma meant that she “ran the family”, Jonathan said. For many years the only thing her children knew about her war service was that she worked in an office for the Royal Navy.

She taught at St John’s Church Sunday school in Ipswich and after Anthony’s death began to travel the world on her own. In her seventies she learnt Italian well enough to play Scrabble in the language but gave up on Sudoku puzzles because they were too easy. In her eighties she returned to visit Bletchley Park.

Asked by Jonathan in a video interview why it was not until the 1980s that she told him and his siblings about her contribution to the war effort, Betts replied: “Well, I signed the Official Secrets Act. We were told never to tell anyone. But it’s obvious now people are all talking about it.”

Margaret Betts, Bletchley Park machine operator, was born on December 27, 1923. She died on August 26, 2023, aged 99.

Dragnet
Dragnet
September 8, 2023 8:49 pm

I used to have beers with Lloyd McDermott back in the 1990’s, he had quite an original individualistic worldview.

Muddy
Muddy
September 8, 2023 8:51 pm

The ABCess online report about changing of the wording next to Roberts-Smith’s display at the AWM has comments turned off.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
September 8, 2023 8:51 pm

Maybe linked to the arrests of the cultural enrichment team preying on school kids.

May be clouding my judgement atm. Just looked at a few Age pics before the narrative is woven and could be some idiot losing control of a car also looking at the google maps of the intersection.

Will wait and see I suppose, already txt’ed a family member in Bendigo who is a tradie with links to boys working Melbourne building sites. I suppose I’ll hear plenty of gossip in the next couple of days…

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
September 8, 2023 8:54 pm
Delta A
Delta A
September 8, 2023 8:57 pm

Thanks, Black Ball, for all your interesting posts. Every day you put up pages of great stuff that I normally wouldn’t get to see.

Much appreciated.

miltonf
miltonf
September 8, 2023 8:59 pm

I second that Delta A

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
September 8, 2023 9:00 pm

Thanks, Black Ball, for all your interesting posts.

Hear hear

Cassie of Sydney
September 8, 2023 9:08 pm

You know, we really do live in a time where we are now surrounded by progressive cretins who endlessly push nonsense of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Just watch this, a few days ago, at the Venice film festival, these two Danish directors had to put up with a cretinous question from an imbecilic journalist who asked the directors why their film wasn’t more “diverse”. Watch the director on the left roll his eyes in dismay.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HduZFoUOE3I&t=13s

The director on the right calmly said it is just an historical fact that Denmark in the 1750s, the time the movie is set in, wasn’t a particularly “diverse time”.

Fuuuuuuuuccccccckkkkkkkkkkk.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 9:09 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Sep 8, 2023 8:47 PM
Margaret Betts obituary
Unassuming Bletchley Park machine operator who, after enlisting as a Wren at the age of 19, assisted Alan Turing’s codebreakers
Friday September 08 2023, 12.01am BST, The Times
London
Obituaries

Margaret Betts, Bletchley Park machine operator, was born on December 27, 1923. She died on August 26, 2023, aged 99.

Thank you Zulu Kilo Two Alpha – And I would never have known about a Lady that helped to save Britain. I was born in 1952 and she helped save me to be born with millions of others after the War. RIP.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
September 8, 2023 9:22 pm

Aaand cue talking head from Vic Pol on Sky News says that it isn’t Terrorism but a mental health issue.

Hope I’m wrong but big hmmmmm now.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 8, 2023 9:24 pm

Thank you Zulu Kilo Two Alpha – And I would never have known about a Lady that helped to save Britain

My pleasure, Johnny Rotten. Mme Zulu and I visited Bletchley Park, and were shown over it, by another of the wartime Wrens. Her father was a World War One veteran, and she was an only child, but she was able to tell her father before he passed that his daughter had made her contribution for King and Country.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 9:35 pm

The End of Dinner, Jules-Alexandre Grün, 1913

Just before “the lights went out (in Europe) and we will not see them lit again in our lifetimes”.

WW1. The greatest cataclysm in human history. Far, far worse than any meteor strike or volcanic eruption, or even the fall of ancient empires – and what purpose did it serve?

I’d ask “discuss”, but it’s a Friday night, Cats!

On a brighter note, the Sydney Toikeys are being hammered by Carltonini.

Thus demonstrating the vacuousness of modern life (which is rubbish) again … 😕

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 9:37 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Sep 8, 2023 9:24 PM

You are top people and I would not be alive at age 70 years now without all of those people that did what they did then.

I am always humbled by those stories that I never knew then but I now know now.

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 9:38 pm

Bin Away in the Big Smoke, so now to catch up:
Muddy:

Sep 3, 2023 6:03 PM
Re. ‘closing the gap‘: The problem is the people and organisations that have positioned themselves in that same gap, with no intention of moving out or aside, because they find that gap very, very comfortable and suited to their needs. It’s like trying to evict a possum from its cave in the shed: They’ll scratch your face off without blinking.

And they have many, many supporters who – in the effort to garner virtue points – help the possum scratch away, at the expense of the people who actually need help. Their virtue total means more to them than does a hungry and frightened child.

JC
JC
September 8, 2023 9:39 pm

Here you are Rabz. Magnifique

Black Ball, how could you? What got into you?

Next time, please put a warning label.

Mark from Melbourne
Mark from Melbourne
September 8, 2023 9:45 pm

Interest6ingt that the Oz mentions drugs pretty much only in the headline (as I write… no doubt lots of room for change!), but does get around to a comparison with “drug addled James Gargloulas”.

The fact that the bloke was dressed in a white caftan and sat on the bonnet of his car when it was done is, errm, odd. Most strange, I would think, that someone so drug-crazed as to plough through people would stop, and go all Zen on his bonnet.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 9:46 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Sep 8, 2023 9:24 PM

What you posted tonight puts Life into perspective.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 9:47 pm

Opposition health spokesthing Anne Rustadon U+1F996 said Labore’s tobacco measures would not be effective without tackling gaps in enforcement

Priorities, peasants, priorities!

Rabz
September 8, 2023 9:48 pm

Sacre Bleu! 🦖

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 8, 2023 9:52 pm

Delta A, miltonf and Rockdoctor, I present these works for your consumption.
I will continue to do so.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 9:53 pm

Here you are 🦖 Magnifique

This is otherwise known as “using my name in vain”, Squire.

Enough.

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 8, 2023 9:54 pm

Behave JC lol.
Anyway you look at this linky, it’s superb. Hot birds singing a Leonard Cohen effort is always good.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 9:56 pm

Hot birds singing a Leonard Cohen effort is always good

What a waste of feminine pulchritude, Squire.

rosie
rosie
September 8, 2023 9:58 pm

Oh, and the signs over the train doors on the inside also tell you what side the platform will be on so people can line up and others get out of the way before even reaching the platform.

They actually announce that too, in English, and, I presume, Japanese.
Today we caught the delightful little purple train, one carriage only, there, and then two carriages back, to the bamboo forest, which was busier than Burke st, not quite ah the serenity.
Though the observation platform in the gardens beside the forest, looking down into the gorge wasn’t anything like as popular, and came with a free fresh breeze.
If you can’t be bothered walking up to the forest you can rickshaw with a fellow wearing short shorts and what we called cow shoes or taxi up in either a black Toyota Crown or a red and white Toyota Comfort.

I wondered why face washers were for sale everywhere but finally realised they are used as perspiration moppers, and there is plenty of perspiration that needs mopping.
Though it finally feels like the evenings are getting a little cooler.
I bought a Japanese version of a lemon granita too, they use the lemon, skin and all, didn’t mind the zest, choked a bit on the pith.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 9:59 pm

Leonard Cohen effort is always good.

Leonard Cohen is boring. It’s like slash yer’ wrist music.

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 8, 2023 9:59 pm

The fact that the bloke was dressed in a white caftan and sat on the bonnet of his car when it was done is, errm, odd. Most strange, I would think, that someone so drug-crazed as to plough through people would stop, and go all Zen on his bonnet.

Allen’s Snackbar

JC
JC
September 8, 2023 10:00 pm

Saw a new name for Mitch McConnell. Glich McConnell

With this fcuker having a mini stroke most days of the week, how can the GOP accuse the Demons of running Demonrats with serious brain problems? I can’t believe they haven’t got rid of him yet.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 10:00 pm

Anyway, enough of that – how happy are we Cats, that Dildo Poocock combined with the Teals and the stupid, stupid gliberals to punt labore’s retrograde IR “reforms” into February 2024, I asks ya?

Hopefully, very.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 8, 2023 10:03 pm

Looks like the Lib Dems no vote ad campaign has started.

rosie
rosie
September 8, 2023 10:06 pm

Whereas there is no need to wonder about the sort of person chafing at the bit for downticks.

JC
JC
September 8, 2023 10:09 pm

ZuckerFraud.

Rachel Alexander
@Rach_IC
????????The testimony by the first witness Trump’s attorney John Eastman called to put on his side of the case in his disbarment trial has been nothing less than explosive. The trial ended for the day with more bombshells. He revealed that the Zuckbucks, $8.8 million from Zuckerberg’s Center for Tech & Civic Life (CTCL) provided to Wisconsin’s five large cities, violated the law. He said he doesn’t call them “grants,” he refers to it as “employment contracts,” since the CTCL employees actually go work with the clerks’ offices and get to see information about voters that the public can’t access as easily (the public has to pay $12,500 for voter roll info, only gets a snapshot of that instant, and usually has to wait 4-5 days for it, so there’s no way to determine whether someone was made active 2 weeks before the election then deactivated 2 weeks after the election). Also since if the clerks don’t comply with CTCL’s requirements, they have a huge penalty of giving money back. Those CTCL employees are able to determine if a voter was likely to vote for Trump or Biden. They were allowed to see voters who had requested ballots but hadn’t returned them, then go chase them down to get their ballots. The CTCL employees were “embedded” in the clerks’ offices and “running the elections.” Yet the Zuckerbergs had made statements they wanted to defeat Trump. He also said votes were “illegally cast” that were dropped off in the drop boxes, since the drop boxes violated the law by not being placed near the clerks’ offices – which the WI Supreme Court reaffimed; instead the clerks let CTCL dictate where they must be placed. The guy the Zuckerbergs hired to run this had written a book on how to defeat Trump, where he said the election would be won dueling it out block by block in these types of big cities.

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 10:11 pm

Don’t worry about the USA as we have Tennis Elbow and Company.

Boot them out first and worry about the rest of the World later. And how does this Energy Transition work again? Blackout Bowen where are you?

FFS

Johnny Rotten
September 8, 2023 10:15 pm

Whereas there is no need to wonder about the sort of person chafing at the bit for downticks.

Que?

cohenite
September 8, 2023 10:16 pm

P
Sep 8, 2023 7:50 PM
‘Omit the part’ to end restrictions on prostitution
By Monica Doumit – September 8, 2023

In last week’s column, I foreshadowed that I would write this week about Sydney MP Alex Greenwich’s Equality Legislation Amendment (LGBTIQA+) Bill 2023.

Greenwich personifies the disproportionate and insidious effect radical, fringe anti-traditional people can have when true conservatives don’t exist and the nominal conservatives are effectively cancelled like Latham.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 8, 2023 10:16 pm

Thank goodness.
The Oz is reporting that VicPlod has ruled out terrorism.

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 10:17 pm

thefrolickingmole

Sep 4, 2023 2:12 PM
Mates son just quit the army
Joined just in time for covid buggery arseing about.
Final straw is the number of cocks in frocks he was expected to salute each day.

Good man. Made his point without damaging himself. I expect to see more of it.
The interesting thing is that if the SHTF, the Cocks in Frocks will all be in HQ for their own safety – which is very sad, on several levels.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 10:18 pm

the Lib Dems

John Ruddick – “the gliberal party doesn’t give a rodent’s backside about John Ruddick’s opinions on how to reform the gliberal party” …

Which is why he is now a Liberal Democrat.

I still maintain this is a huge mistake. If non collectivists are to attempt to peacefully take back government in Oz (and hopefully soon at that), we need to infiltrate the gliberal party (which BTW, in Qld, is known as the “Johalition”).

Otherwise it’s just screaming into the void. Which will not be screaming back at me, thanks very much, I tells ya. 😕

Cassie of Sydney
September 8, 2023 10:23 pm

“Greenwich personifies the disproportionate and insidious effect radical, fringe anti-traditional people can have when true conservatives don’t exist and the nominal conservatives are effectively cancelled like Latham.”

Greenslime, a very sinister individual, was empowered by the Liberals. The Liberals are responsible for this creep. It’ll be interesting to see what Minns does. He doesn’t need him to get legislation through.

Mark from Melbourne
Mark from Melbourne
September 8, 2023 10:24 pm

I see lots of talk about how the Dems ease out Biden without “easing in” Kamala!, especially on the left, in the US. Good Plan on the face of it.

Also, about who on the R side is the best option (did I actually see one poll comparing Haley v Biden?) to run against either Biden or the hypothetical replacement, who isn’t Kamala!

Don Surber has a piece tonight (“Kamala Can Win”) which got me thinking that all this makes a key assumption…

Hypothetical :-

Biden dies of [insert disease of old age here], quite suddenly.
Kamala! assumes the Presidency, obviously.

What happens next?

On the D side, do they have any feasible way of not having Kamala! run in 2024? I can’t see it…

If they are up against Kamala! what is the optimal GOP opposition? I don’t want to make this some RDS v DJT thing… sort of more wondering if a return to an idea floated waaaay back might not be a good idea. DJT with RDS as VP.

Not sure you want to be running an old bloke without also a proven track record in the VP if the previous President has just popped his clogs from old age. Yes, egos will get in the way! But if not that combo, what (that the GOP base will tick off)?

Just a thought experiment… I obviously harbour Biden no ill-will (of that variety).

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 10:26 pm

Black Ball:

“Why would I?” Is that the death knell for the referendum? Tin eared doesn’t even come close to describing those words.

The smartarse in Canberra tried on a trick that would have passed in the Trot debating room, but has fallen flat on its arse with the sceptical Australian Public.
Serves the bastard right.
Sleazy bag of shit that he is.

Cassie of Sydney
September 8, 2023 10:29 pm

If the perpetrator is a Muslim, we’ll quickly read about mental illness, oh wait, we’re already are hearing from the Vic police about mental illness, and then tomorrow we’ll hear about social alienation, and then in two days the story will be buried, just like the story behind the jihadist decapitations of Zoe and Maurice Anthill was.

Cassie of Sydney
September 8, 2023 10:30 pm

“The Oz is reporting that VicPlod has ruled out terrorism.”

Of course it has.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 8, 2023 10:31 pm

Drinking good single malt, and watching “Sharpe’s Waterloo” on DVD.

“Your Grace, the Prussians are here.

Well, let’s see if we can find something useful for them to do.”

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
September 8, 2023 10:31 pm

Oh dear.

The Sydney Mancravers lost to Caaaarlton.

Time to hit the amyl nitrite on Oxford Street and get over it, lads.

The beauty of this is, of course, that the aforementioned Aaaarlton will get their own arses handed to them next week.

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 8, 2023 10:32 pm

The Oz is reporting that VicPlod has ruled out terrorism.

Mmmyes so I will posit on the record it is terrorism.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 8, 2023 10:33 pm

The smartarse in Canberra tried on a trick that would have passed in the Trot debating room, but has fallen flat on its arse with the sceptical Australian Public.

Writing on one side of the paper, using words of few syllables, what does a “Trotskyite”
actually believe in?

Rabz
September 8, 2023 10:37 pm

what does a “Trotskyite” actually believe in?

Eternal Revolution

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 10:43 pm

Calli:

Sep 4, 2023 7:33 AM
Another feature of the on air discussions that I have gathered…they’re talking about legislation in lieu of the No vote winning. Big mistake. All it means is that the will of the people simply doesn’t matter. It’s what the politicians want that counts and they are above such tawdry inconveniences.

This was an aspect that I put to my Australia Wide FB Readership – Both of them – that the government was so dismissive of our efforts and feelings on the Voice thingy, that they were going to push it on to us whether the Referendum was passed or not. The fact that the Qld and WA governments were determined to push it through made it an easy and believable claim to make.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 8, 2023 10:48 pm

Mmmm … yes … VicPlod. Nothing to see here. Move along please.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 10:48 pm

Watch out for the Skin Deep, Cats

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 10:50 pm

Bruce of Newcastle
Sep 4, 2023 7:41 AM
The ultimate in chutzpah.

Hospital That Fired Nurses for Refusing Vaccines Now Begging Them to Return (3 Sep)
Here’s another sad face for the autocratic bastards who have had a good kick in the nuts.
🙂

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 8, 2023 10:53 pm

Eternal Revolution

I am obliged to you, Squire. So, when their eternal revolution turns to a bag of worms, they want to come scurrying to the safety of the welfare State?

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 10:54 pm

Cassie of Sydney

Sep 4, 2023 7:46 AM
“Some credit needs to go to Dutton on this issue. The issue he has shown the most spine.”
Until yesterday and a “second referendum”. He should have kept shtum.

I feel Dutton has earned a quiet “lets see what hatches out of that egg that is now hatching under the Albos cloaca.”

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
September 8, 2023 10:56 pm

t’s supposed to be a memory test for those in their 80’s but any age could have a go.

Just did Lizzie. 40 for me.

Same as for Hairy, who is still only 71, vs my 45 at 81.

I was laughing behind him as he did it when I emailed him the URL.
I was cracking up behind him as he made ten wrong choices.
I know that effin’ dog’s name, he said; I know it, he repeated in anguish.
And he chose the wrong one.
I was there in real time, I snortled. You just heard about it.
Poor little doggie, we all said at the time, we’ll never forget you.

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 10:58 pm

Cassie of Sydney

Sep 4, 2023 7:50 AM
The Liberals in every state have proved themselves to be cowards and quislings.

Yes they have, Cassie. However wouldn’t it be nice to watch them as a junior partner in a National/PHON/Liberal Coalition?
The reorganisation on the Right may just be happening as we watch.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 11:00 pm

Hospital that fired Nurses for refusing vaccines now begging them to return

If true, an obscenity.

Did the “moral and ethical superiors” that constitute our not even remotely loved j’ismist class bother to ask the Nurses* why they refused the shots?

No, of course not.

Ladees (if you exist), stand your ground. You are being tested. You will pass with flying colours.

Your persecutors, not so much. Special circles in Hades’ Kingdom are awaiting them. 🙂

*Real or alleged

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 11:02 pm

Crossie

Sep 4, 2023 7:58 AM
The whole of Canberra is one big middle finger to the rest of Australia well exemplified by the shape of the Parliament House. The people populating the city, staffers and advisers, are far from the general population in attitudes and interests that they cannot know how the rest of us live and what we think.
I don’t know what the solution to this is as even the staffers and advisors brought from the regions soon get absorbed by the Canberra blob. One thing that could help is to hire older staffers who at least have some life experiences apart from social media savvy. I have ranted about this previously that ditzy twenty-somethings are not suited to purpose but seem the only ones who are hired.

Wot Crossie Sed.
With multiple upticks.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
September 8, 2023 11:10 pm

Biden dies of [insert disease of old age here], quite suddenly.
Kamala! assumes the Presidency, obviously.

What happens next?

On a hypothetical put forward by James Morrow on his US Report tonight the Demons continue on happily as usual being run by Obama and his acolytes. If Biden is a puppet, simply now a useful walking corpse, then Kamala will up the ante on puppetry, with even more chance of being a totally amenable puppet than Joe (who has his snarly nasty moments of foot stamping for his ice cream). Kamala will be a dopey and ditzy you-go-cackle gurrl, which will go down well enough with the Dem women, not many of whom are deep thinkers. Thus, Obama for his fourth term. He’s said as much earlier on in that clip about needing his third term via a puppet with an earpiece.

Always done in plain sight, says Hairy softly.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 11:12 pm

err, Cats, has Disasterstan just been gifted with some (more) diversity mental illness joyessnous?

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 11:15 pm

Dot:

Sep 4, 2023 7:59 AM
Apologies if I am wrong, I am on the bleeding edge of the trend to not watch TV and watch online content creators. No offence but TV really is for boomers and otherwise watching some football games.
Plus my actual TV died the other day.

Dot, welcome to the world of the disconnected.
I bless the day our TV shit itself in 1985ish.
Since then I’ve had several TVs given to me by family who I regularly promise will move to the next stage of TV ownership by attaching it to the power point in the wall. Then I can enjoy the ecstasy of flipping that switch to the ‘On’ position.
At some stage I will try the ‘autotune’ function.
In, say 2030.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 11:21 pm

I am the son and heir
of nothing in particular …

You shut your mouth
How can you say
I go about things the wrong way
I am human and I want to be loved

Just like everybody else does …

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
September 8, 2023 11:25 pm

No, no, no! No upticks here, you might hurt someone’s delicate feelings.
We can’t have that.

I think you’ve already said that, Kevni.

Got anyone in mind? I’ve already said don’t look my way.

Why not try saying something of substance here instead?

One-tune player are you?

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 11:29 pm

Cassie of Sydney:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1FHvsuMzAc

Excellent stufff, Cassie.
This whole catastrophe could have been averted had the Ambassador Class done what was necessary when the Rhineland was remilitarised in ’36.
They failed then and have never been called to account since.
I suppose being on the Diplomatic Gravy Train was worth the 60+Million lives.

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 11:32 pm

Rufus T Firefly
Sep 4, 2023 8:19 AM

On Peter “Man of Steel” Dutton doing the right thing, opposing this travesty, it took him months to raise his head over the parapet, to initially say nothing, then meekly oppose it.

Dutton has been doing a sterling job taking this government to task over its policies.
If it’s not to your satisfaction, do better.

Nelson_Kidd-Players
September 8, 2023 11:32 pm

LOL

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 11:35 pm

bons
Sep 4, 2023 8:21 AM

I have always believed that the restoration of freedom will commence in the bush.

It will have to – the cities are just a series of plush holding pens for the abattoirs.

Nelson_Kidd-Players
September 8, 2023 11:36 pm

Rabz worthy?

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 11:38 pm

Pogria

Sep 4, 2023 8:32 AM
Then the article disintegrates in massive Trump Derangement Syndrome and an attack on conservative media. aaargh, I couldn’t bleach my eyes so I had to gargle with listerine.

Have you tried gargling with camel urine?
Apparently it works well with keeping the Faithful in line.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
September 8, 2023 11:39 pm

…. when I lived in Newtown in the 80’s ….

And blah, blah, blah, as usual from the stalker. Me, me, me, is alive and well and blogging on about the stalker’s favorite topic – herself. Cool inner-west rock groupie, we’ve heard it all before, the Kings Cross days of glory too, and so very much of it, so often, as well as running Jervis Bay and being a scion of our wonderful public sector too. As well as the horticultural meanderings and the rest.

I am happy to leave the stalker to it. This is a blog not an inquisition. I can scroll.

But I just had to point out the level of hypocrisy involved in stalking me.

Take note, Kevni, and up your game.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
September 8, 2023 11:44 pm

Se you all on the Weekend New Thread.

Will Dover give us Monet’s ‘ladies who lunch’, naked on the grass?
Not the same ladies, I suspect, who were dining elegantly on this thread.

For later discussion. Online Weekend Oz Magazine has a very revealing article about fostering aboriginal children. What a morass.

John H.
John H.
September 8, 2023 11:47 pm

Dot:

Sep 4, 2023 7:59 AM
Apologies if I am wrong, I am on the bleeding edge of the trend to not watch TV and watch online content creators. No offence but TV really is for boomers and otherwise watching some football games.
Plus my actual TV died the other day.

I’m subscribed to ~50 content creators. Better quality information, comment feedback is useful, and the shorts on youtube are funnier than most comedies on FTA. I cheated the other day, watched Barbie without paying a cent. What a waste of time, my cheating was justified. There are some FTA programs I watch. I do that through their online resources. For movies, I prefer South Korea, Russia, Japan, and a few European countries with France being a leader across most genres.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 8, 2023 11:47 pm

feelthebern

Sep 8, 2023 5:58 PM

The TPD insurance is hard to access & getting harder.
The other aspect is that even if you have multiple super accounts with TPD on all of them, guess what, only one pays.
Which is why the insurers love it.
Nothing better than writing a policy that rarely pays.

It’s not just TPD.
There would be a fixed monthly fee element on every account.
Ker-ching.
A couple of interesting parallels popped up again today.
We had a banking Royal Commission. Australian Super (maaaates) escaped scrutiny.
We had a child abuse Royal Commission. The number of cases in public institutions? Apparently it was zero.

Robert Sewell
September 8, 2023 11:49 pm

Roger
Sep 4, 2023 8:49 AM
OTOH, is there any famous Aussie song that could be used for No?

We are one.
But we are many.
And from all the lands on earth we come.
We’ll share a dream, and sing with one voice.
I am, you are, we are Australian.

Good. I have no damn time for the wankers of hyphenation.
If you think you are one of the hyphenated, piss off to your hyphenated other place.
I don’t give a damn if your parents came from Formosa or Greenland, Britain or the Steppes, Mars or frigging Venus.
You are Australian or you are not.
Tribalism will wreck this nation.

Rabz
September 8, 2023 11:52 pm

The Great Curve … 🙂

Rabz
September 8, 2023 11:57 pm

NKP – Noice – the Yaktress?

Nelson_Kidd-Players
September 9, 2023 12:08 am

Pinched from X, Rabz. Identity unknown.

Top Ender
Top Ender
September 9, 2023 12:10 am

Hmmm…drove north into central Greece. Looks like a mistake. Evidence of widespread floods; roads blocked, mud everywhere. Was diverted through a small village which had had six feet of water through it, according to some locals.

Might have put a stop to our travels north. Managed to see the site of the Battle of Thermopylae though.

KevinM
KevinM
September 9, 2023 12:11 am

Robert Sewell
Sep 8, 2023 10:58 PM

Cassie of Sydney

Sep 4, 2023 7:50 AM
The Liberals in every state have proved themselves to be cowards and quislings.

Yes they have, Cassie. However wouldn’t it be nice to watch them as a junior partner in a National/PHON/Liberal Coalition?
The reorganisation on the Right may just be happening as we watch.

Sadly, as much as I like Pauline and some of her approach to politics, this unification will never happen as long as she is in control of her party.

Just too much ego, partly justified I may add, she carried on when lesser people would’ve given up.

Robert Sewell
September 9, 2023 11:49 am

Roger:

What do you do with a youth under 16 with a pages long record of unlawful entry, breaking and entering and car theft?

Rattan cane.
Anyone who offends after 20 of these suckers goes into the Organ Banks.

Robert Sewell
September 9, 2023 3:48 pm

woo hoo hoo!
Upticks are back!

Robert Sewell
September 9, 2023 4:36 pm

Black Ball:

The controversial decision to block Qatar Airways adding more flights into Australia has been seized upon by the opposition during a fiery session of question time on Monday.

Wasn’t there a big stinkup over the forced female physical genital examination in an ambulance with armed police in attendance due to a premature baby being found?
About two years ago IIRC. Apparently multiple western women were involved in the ordeal, ordered by a Quatari policeman.

Robert Sewell
September 9, 2023 7:42 pm

KevinM:

I never had an iPhone and unlikely to have one in the future. Not shilling for the Chinese but what does an Apple phone do that an Android can’t do at a fraction of the price?

Some of you may remember my travails with a Samsung Tablet, which I found inoperable due to the hieroglyphics and confusing setup.
After nearly a day of struggling with the damn thing I gave it away.
Then I remembered the positive views of the Lenovo range of tablets and bought a Tab P11. Set up within two hours, and working withing three.
Simple as.
And Samsung wouldn’t honor their guarantee, so now they’re on my shit list as a new member.

Robert Sewell
September 9, 2023 8:01 pm

Cassie of Sydney
Sep 5, 2023 10:44 AM
Many a word said in jest, Cassie.
The DINK cohort is well ahead in the PS and in Health, the gay cohort are raking in the promotions. I don’t know what it’s like in the ABC, but when I left Health in about 2013, you could see the patterns evolving.

So, what’s your point? Much like Western Europe and the USA, but at least Russia doesn’t celebrate LGBTQI+ and so on. Here in the West it’s now compulsory.

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