Open Thread – Mon 18 Sept 2023


The Iron Rolling Mill (Modern Cyclopes), Adolph Menzel, 1872-75

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Cassie of Sydney
September 19, 2023 9:43 am

Bummingham a “flog”? Yep, a flog, a flake, a fraud. Yet another example of my visceral loathing of the Liberal Party of Australia and why, if I lived in SA, I’d vote for Peter Malinauskas and Labor.

Just in from The Oz…

‘Disgusting’: Liddle, Malinauskus blast protest
David Penberthy

Liberal senator Kerrynne Liddle has blasted the actions of protesters at a No campaign event in Adelaide, describing it as “pretty disgusting behaviour”.

She was a keynote speaker at the Fair Australia rally headlined by leading No campaigners senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and Warren Mundine.

“I feel more for the people who spoke to me who said they were coming along to hear our views,” Senator Liddle told The Australian.

“The irony was that there were three Indigenous speakers and they were trying to drown out everyone’s voice.

“I spoke to a family from the western suburbs who had their children there. More power to them putting up with this rubbish.”

Senator Liddle said it appeared the protesters originally intended to picket another event but that they “flipped over their signs” and had pro-indigenous slogans written on the back.

“It was quite clear to me observing them early that they were focused on AUKUS,” she said.

Premier and Yes vote advocate Peter Malinauskas condemned the protesters, reiterating his earlier warning to the Left that calling No voters racists or ignorant was the surest way to alienate people from the cause.

“I’m deeply disappointed and frustrated by it,” he said.

“I do not know whose cause these people are helping. I’ve said from the outset that I don’t think somebody who votes no is automatically defined as a racist.

“I don’t think Australia is a racist country. If the people shouting and calling people names think they are changing anybody’s minds they don’t understand human behaviour very well.”

Well said Premier Malinauskas.

Hmm, wonder why the SA Liberals under Marshmallow lost in a landslide in March 2022? Not rocket science. By the way, Bummingham’s wife was Marshmallow’s Chief of Staff. LOL…seriously, you couldn’t make this shit up.

Makka
Makka
September 19, 2023 9:43 am

Abolishing the Dept of Ed is the only way forward.

Then let me know when you have done it. And dreaming the fantasy won’t cut it dotty.

Diogenes
Diogenes
September 19, 2023 9:44 am

Abolishing the Dept of Ed is the only way forward.

p

Abolish NESA, they write the curriculum in NSW,
manage teacher registration and register schools(ensuring they follow the curriculum).

A parting gift from that bald headed flog Piccoli when he got his sinecure at UNSW.

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 9:45 am

Re the NSW school closures, the decision was reportedly made on advice from the NSW Rural Fire Brigade.

On the face of it, it sounds overly cautious but then we don’t know what the local conditions are, including the fuel load and the manpower available.

We’ve recently had a fire in these parts that couldn’t be contained and led to properties being evacuated. It eventually burnt out 1000ha.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 9:46 am

Because nothing inspires you to work harder & smarter than the government’s hand in your pocket.

Saw that early on as a Trades Assistant in the mines during Uni holidays. We were changing out two grizzly feeders as a major shutdown. 8 hours normal time, 4 hours double time plus dinner at the mess for a fortnight. The foreman would come around at afternoon smoko to see who wanted to work back. “Nah,not worth it.” “Nah, just want to go home.” For a while there I was earning more than the old man as a GP. And the best bit they gave all the PAYG back when things started to get a bit lean during the year at tax time.

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 9:47 am

By the way, Bummingham’s wife was Marshmallow’s Chief of Staff. LOL…seriously, you couldn’t make this shit up.

Australia is fast moving from having a political class to a political caste.

Robert Sewell
September 19, 2023 9:51 am

Billie:
Do they read 1984 at schools these days?
Some school libraries have it in the SF section and others have it banned, and Animal Farm is in the Childrens section alongside Farmyard Fun for Kiddies.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 9:53 am

By the way, Bummingham’s wife was Marshmallow’s Chief of Staff. LOL…seriously, you couldn’t make this shit up.

The Australian way at work again. I guess it pays better than employing her in the electorate office. Maaaate.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 9:55 am

Birmingham is as soft and wet as a newly made big hole.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 19, 2023 9:58 am

Australia is fast moving from having a political class to a political caste.

Tanya Plibersek and Michael Cotts Trotter?

Robert Sewell
September 19, 2023 10:03 am

Black Ball:

Mr Dufty said along with council rates, petrol costs, and high food prices, many families were “getting smashed” and considering whether they can afford to buy new school uniforms for their kids or go away in school holidays.

I think there’s a lot more fat to trim if they are tossing up uniforms or going away for the holidays. Especially when it comes to mortgage or school excursions or food.
But we survived it, and so will they. It just takes some difficult decisions.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 19, 2023 10:03 am

Sky News. More
2 hours ago
Calls for government to denounce ‘unacceptable’ protests
Staff writers

Liberal MP Tony Pasin has called on the government to denounce the “abusive” behaviour of protestors who disrupted last night’s anti-voice rally in Adelaide.

“What I want to see is prominent Yes campaigners in Australia, in South Australia, the Prime Minister, Minster Linda Burney, (Senator) Penny Wong, (South Australian Premier) Peter Malinauskas… I want these people to call these protestors out and say this behavior is unacceptable,” Mr Pasin said.

“We’ve got to have a respectful debate and that wasn’t respectful, in fact it was (intimidating) and bordering on assault.”

Mr Pasin said his main concern was for young people who may have been affected by the abuse.

“I don’t want to see these scenes across the next four weeks, I don’t want to see them on referendum day, we need the leaders of the Yes campaign to call this behavior out as unacceptable and disassociate themselves with this rogue, radical element.”

Not Uh oh
Not Uh oh
September 19, 2023 10:04 am

Funny how they seldom tell us how the fire started.

Nelson_Kidd-Players
September 19, 2023 10:06 am

In addition to regulating the radio spectrum (necessary) and possibly regulating free speech ( 🙁 watch this space), ACMA already has a number of regulatory roles. Apparently Elon didn’t read the entire ACMA documentation and got caught out. ACMA have subsequently made an example of him:

19 September 2023
Starlink breaches consumer advertising rules
The ACMA has directed Starlink Internet Services Pte Ltd to comply with the Telecommunications Consumer Protections (TCP) Code after the company did not specify the end date of a ‘limited time offer’ advertised on its website.
Under the TCP Code, if a special promotion is advertised as being available for a limited time only, telcos must be transparent about the date the promotion will end.
Following a consumer complaint, the ACMA undertook an investigation into the promotion available on Starlink’s website between 1 June and 26 July 2023. The investigation found that the promotion, which offered discounted hardware and high-speed internet plans, did not include an end date as required.
When advertising special promotions, telcos must include information about important limitations to allow consumers to make informed choices.
In late July 2023, Starlink amended the promotion on its website to include an end date. The special promotion has since ended.
Telcos may face penalties of up to $250,000 for breaching ACMA directions to comply with the TCP Code.

I’d hate to think what they’d do with the misinformation powers.

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 10:06 am

Funny how they seldom tell us how the fire started.

Lightning strike in a national park, in the instance I cited.

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 10:09 am

Canada has expelled an Indian diplomat after claiming it had credible evidence of the involvement of Indian authorities in the murder of a Sikh activist (and Candain citizen) in British Columbia in June.

Shy Ted
Shy Ted
September 19, 2023 10:12 am

Governments should consider granting First Nations defendants special rights to be heard by a mixed jury of half Indigenous Australians, according to a report commissioned by a peak judicial body and backed by a Northern Territory Supreme Court judge as “ground breaking”. The report made strong recommendations that a national inquiry be launched immediately to remedy chronic under-representation of Indigenous jurors.

The top men seem to have forgotten to read the “ineligible for jury duty” rules – dot points 5, 6, 7 & 9 apply to pretty much all the blackfellas out bush.

Dot
Dot
September 19, 2023 10:20 am

Exactly my point. The custodians of the Ed Dept’s are marxists/green/left. Regardless who is in power. We can change Govt’s but does anyone really think the LNP has any where near the conviction needed to make foundational wholesale change to the curriculum? To take on these parasites and their comrade journos it the Marxist media?

Clearly, whoever is in power, they are our enemy. That is the situation we are now in. They do not represent us or our best interests. They are there for themselves and their interests. Daylight second. We are the necessary evil in their parasitic lifestyles.

…and you DON’T want to abolish the Dept of Ed, BOSTES, NESA, etc?

The only logical cure to an infected limb that can’t be treated with antibiotics is to have it amputated.

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 10:21 am

The German car industry has won a concession permitting it to continue to manufacture ICE vehicles after 2035 provided they run on synthetic fuel.

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 10:28 am

Germany scrambling to subsidise the power bills of industrial users after BASF announced it was pulling out and will build a $10bn plant in China because of cheaper electricity costs.

The government will draw on its $400bn climate transition fund to do so. The fund was initially set up to fund green technology.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
September 19, 2023 10:33 am

BASF …commitment to CC

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, we thus aim to achieve net zero CO
2
emissions by 2050. To achieve this, we become more efficient in our production and energy usage, we will increase our use of renewable energies and we will accelerate the development and deployment of new CO2-free processes for the production of chemicals.

…unless its too expensive, then we be off to Chy-nah!
But will continue to support local (German) initiatives to undermine industry. So good luck with that.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 19, 2023 10:34 am

Military Finds F-35 Debris 80 Miles From Pilot’s Ejection Area

The military has called for a two-day hat of all aircraft, both domestically and internationally. The developments in this story become more bizarre by the day.

The Babylon Bee provides a comedic take on the incident…

The Babylon Bee
@TheBabylonBee

strong>Military Personnel Seen Wandering Forest Pressing Button On F-35 Key Fob https://buff.ly/3t5TajB

What remains a mystery is why the pilot ejected.

Update (1456ET):

The F-35 is still missing. However, the flight tracking website Flightradar24 has revealed numerous aircraft have been searching an area north of North Charleston.

“How in the hell do you lose an F-35?” South Carolina Republican Representative Nancy Mace wrote on X Sunday night, adding, “How is there not a tracking device, and we’re asking the public to what, find a jet and turn it in?”

Have you guys checked Ukraine?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 19, 2023 10:34 am

What a curious mistake…

Racist pig: No protesters abuse Yes rally attendees (Oz, 19 Sep, not paywalled)

Campaigners on both sides of the Voice debate have been warned against ‘personal attacks’ after Yes campaigners hurled abuse at a No rally.

The headline is as it presently appears on the Oz main page. Exactly opposite of what the story says. Talk about gaslighting or what! I’m sure it’s a completely innocent error though.

Makka
Makka
September 19, 2023 10:36 am

…and you DON’T want to abolish the Dept of Ed, BOSTES, NESA, etc?

The only logical cure to an infected limb that can’t be treated with antibiotics is to have it amputated.

dotty, stop with the verballing and touting your opinion as mine.

Here’s my opinion: Change of Govt to the LNP will not fix this whatever cure is supposed to be. The reality is for now we only have Govts in Australia along the spectrum covering Marxist to Green/Left/CINO.

So stop harping on about your mystical solutions because they are pure fantasy. I’m dealing with reality here- while you are off with the pixies.

Dot
Dot
September 19, 2023 10:37 am

What’s your solution Makka?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 19, 2023 10:39 am

Trump Leads Biden Nationally As RealClear Asks ‘What Happened To DeSantis?’

Ron who?

Meanwhile, RealClear Politics’ Sean Terende asks: “What happened to the DeSantis campaign?”

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
September 19, 2023 10:40 am

“We’ve got to have a respectful debate and that wasn’t respectful, in fact it was (intimidating) and bordering on assault.”

Using the Lefts words, it would be defined as violence. But hey its against the other side so its play on, nothing to see here.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 19, 2023 10:41 am

The German car industry has won a concession permitting it to continue to manufacture ICE vehicles after 2035 provided they run on synthetic fuel.

It’ll be a complete and total surprise to everyone when some bright spark notices that the e-Fuel Porsches and VWs also can run on petrol.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 10:41 am

The German car industry has won a concession permitting it to continue to manufacture ICE vehicles after 2035 provided they run on synthetic fuel.

Things weren’t looking too good without it. Light bulb goes on for Big Business. Big Car generally doesn’t have much to worry about, particularly in Germany. The door is always open.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 19, 2023 10:42 am

Bruce of Newcastle
Sep 19, 2023 10:34 AM

What a curious mistake…

Racist pig: No protesters abuse Yes rally attendees (Oz, 19 Sep, not paywalled)

Bruce,

thanks for that post – Question – How come not paywalled?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
September 19, 2023 10:43 am

It wouldnt be impossible to wreck the education mafia.
Straight forward as vouchers for schools and only mandating the broad areas needing to be covered.
Eg: 10 hours per week on math, 10 per week on literacy etc.
And nuking the departments from space to ensure not enough remains to start the creep into micro managing again.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 19, 2023 10:44 am

And, right on cue, Liberal wet Simon Bummingham calls on both sides to show respeck.

I remember years ago seeing a joke on TV where they posed the question:

Spot the odd one out.
Gorgonzola
Cheddar
Limburger
Birmingham

And the answer is, of course, Cheddar – as it is the only one that does not smell disgusting.

That is how I think of Simon.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 19, 2023 10:48 am

By the way, Bummingham’s wife was Marshmallow’s Chief of Staff. LOL…seriously, you couldn’t make this shit up.

The Australian way at work again. I guess it pays better than employing her in the electorate office. Maaaate.

Speaking of such things…

Nicola Roxon to chair new $1.4trn industry super lobby group (AFR, 19 Sep, paywalled)

Get your super out when you can, before it gets used on union boondoggles and green woke stuff. Or simply stolen by the government like Argentina did.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 19, 2023 10:48 am

President Trump Will Give Speech in Detroit on Night of Second GOPe Debate for First Losers

September 18, 2023 – Sundance

A smart and strategic move by President Trump, the MAGA warrior of the middle and working-class.

On the night of the second GOPe ‘first loser’ debate, President Donald Trump will be in Detroit giving remarks to striking union workers, pipefitters and various trade workers.

The core of the MAGA coalition is the working and forgotten men and women who keep this nation functioning; a constituency that extends far beyond all races, colors, creeds and affiliations.

(New York Times) – Former President Donald J. Trump is planning to travel to Detroit on the day of the next Republican primary debate, according to two Trump advisers with knowledge of the plans, injecting himself into the labor dispute between striking autoworkers and the nation’s leading auto manufacturers.

The trip, which will include a prime-time speech before current and former union members, is the second consecutive primary debate that Mr. Trump is skipping to instead hold his own counterprogramming. He sat for an interview with the former Fox News host Tucker Carlson that posted online during the first G.O.P. presidential debate in August.

The decision to go to Michigan just days after the United Auto Workers went on strike shows the extent to which Mr. Trump wants to be seen as looking past his primary rivals — and the reality that both he and his political apparatus are already focused on the possibility of a rematch with President Biden.

So instead of attending the next G.O.P. debate — on Sept. 27 in California at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum — Mr. Trump intends to speak to over 500 workers, with his campaign planning to fill the room with plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, as well as autoworkers, according to one of the Trump advisers familiar with the planning. Mr. Trump has not directly addressed the wage demands of striking workers and has attacked the union leadership, but he has tried to more broadly cast himself on the side of autoworkers. (read more)

As a businessman and Main Street builder, President Trump knows the value of labor and is well known for treating his employees and staff exceptionally well.

As a builder in many metropolitan areas, for decades Donald Trump has maintained a good working relationship with labor unions and trade workers.

One of the distinctions that separated Donald Trump from the professional Republican field in 2016, was his support for organized labor and his belief that all deals and business enterprises should start with a common respect for the people who do the work.

Many stories have been told about President Trump just listening to the people closest to the work to find optimal solutions for the organization; it has been a very effective style of leadership.

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 10:48 am

Light bulb goes on for Big Business.

Lit with subsidised electricity.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 10:49 am

Japanese motorcycle manufacturers are being crippled by EU emissions regulations which now act as as a global defacto standard. The big winners BMW and KTM (Austria) together with their Indian and Chinese manufacturing partners. The way the game has always been played.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 19, 2023 10:51 am

Nicola Roxon to chair new $1.4trn industry super lobby group

Hannah Wootton and Joanna Mather

Former Labor health minister and attorney-general Nicola Roxon will chair a new superannuation policy and lobby group expected to be dominated by Labor party and industry super heavyweights.

The new body, named the Super Members Council of Australia (SMC), combines two industry bodies – Industry Super Australia and Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees – and establishes a new “big eight” group of funds that will dominate the $3.5 trillion system.

As first reported in The Australian Financial Review, those eight funds – AustralianSuper, Cbus, HESTA, Hostplus, Aware Super, ART and REST – drove the merger of the two groups and will each get a seat on the final board.

The funds selected Ms Roxon, who chairs HESTA, as interim chairwoman last week pending a formal selection process when the final board is determined.

There are five more spots on the board yet to be filled, which will include three representatives of small-to-medium profit-to-member funds and two non-voting directors from the Australian Council of Trade Unions and employer groups.

The SMC’s formation comes as non-profit super funds emerge as the leaders of the mammoth retirement industry and a key force in shaping politics and capital markets after several high-profile mergers and ructions with retail funds.

The marriage of the more politically and union-aligned AustralianSuper, Cbus, HESTA, REST and Hostplus with the historically less Labor-linked UniSuper, Aware and ART also indicates that big super is becoming a powerful unified block.

$1.4 trillion in funds

The SMC will have significant lobbying power to government and industry, given that it will represent more than $1.4 trillion in the retirement savings of more than 10 million people.

Ms Roxon said the group would engage with all political parties and levels of government and industry to advocate for “stable, effective and equitable” superannuation policy.

“The nature of work and the workforce itself are changing, as are patterns and expectations in retirement. As many members’ balances grow, those in lower paid or less secure work risk being left behind,” she said.

“Our promise is member-centric advocacy that seeks to work with all political parties to deliver the best possible retirement outcomes for the millions of Australians we represent.”

The Financial Review understands that the ISA and AIST merger process was rocky at the start, with the big eight funds flexing their muscle to shape the new organisation.

The ACTU and employer non-voting board seats were granted in part to quell their disquiet over this, while the three seats for smaller funds partly compensate for the fact the merger diminishes their power.

They had more influence in the AIST, which has four times as many members as ISA including several not-for-profit but non-industry linked funds such as State Super and Super SA, but will now fold under the deal.

In addition to consolidating power, the SMC’s creation was driven by funds trying to cut down costs that are not directly linked to investments amid greater parliamentary and regulatory scrutiny of whether all their decisions are made in members’ best financial interests. Doubling up on memberships to industry groups such as ISA and AIST is one such cost.

The SMC will be operational from October 1 and is currently recruiting an inaugural CEO.

Alamak!
September 19, 2023 10:51 am

It’ll be a complete and total surprise to everyone when some bright spark notices that the e-Fuel Porsches and VWs also can run on petrol.

… built for “export only”

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 19, 2023 10:54 am

Question – How come not paywalled?

I have no idea Old Ozzie. I tend to click through to the paywall since it’s then easier to block-copy and paste the headline and the teaser text. I was surprised when this time the full story came up. I’m not a subscriber.

(My version of the Oz daily quiz is to ask the question is it worth subscribing. So far I’ve scored zero on that quiz. Here’s a good example: another weirdly unpaywalled article on the Oz website today. It’s total unadulterated cow slime.)

Lysander
Lysander
September 19, 2023 10:58 am

Interesting:

On 5 December 2011, an American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was captured by Iranian forces near the city of Kashmar in northeastern Iran. The Iranian government announced that the UAV was brought down by its cyberwarfare unit which commandeered the aircraft and safely landed it, after initial reports from Western news sources disputedly claimed that it had been “shot down”.

Makka
Makka
September 19, 2023 10:58 am

What’s your solution Makka?

I don’t have one. My kid is already 6 years out of HS, 2 out of Uni and working. In that respect, it’s no longer my problem. My kid isn’t woke and is rather smart. We have made sure over the years she can see leftist/woke propaganda for what it really is and thinks for herself. No doubt her offspring will benefit from that.

For those parents and kids still in the “system”, I can only wish them the best of luck and hope that somehow, someway they wake up to the institutionalized brainwashing and lies they are being subjected to 24/7/365. And take the time to de-brainwash their kids. That helps a lot- sensible discussions in the home.

Until we have a real Right party here with the courage in Govt to do battle and IMPLEMENT sensible Christian centric values (zero woke/green/gender/LGBTQI teachings) and remove power of these destructive leftist freaks in our institutions, there will be no change in these institutions, no change to the Ed curriculum. No change- period. Each year, another cohort rolls off the line.

So I suggest people plan accordingly in their own way.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 19, 2023 11:03 am

Very weird the F-35 incident.

At least it shows the radar-proof paint job obviously works.

It does sound like a software problem though: if the plane got stuck in autopilot and couldn’t be rebooted then the pilot wouldn’t have much choice but bail. Insanely complex software on these high tech critters is more and more a significant problem.

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 11:04 am

For those parents and kids still in the “system”, I can only wish them the best of luck and hope that somehow, someway they wake up to the institutionalized brainwashing and lies they are being subjected to 24/7/365.

And don’t imagine that the schools run by the mainstream churches are any different to state schools now in that regard.

You have to find a truly independent school – there are still some of those – or educate at home.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 19, 2023 11:04 am

13% American Amish Strike Again

Police Seek Help in Identifying Teen Robbers Who Looted Gas Station and Brutally Beat Clerk in Seattle Suburb Normandy Park (Video)

Store surveillance video released over the weekend shows a clerk at the Friendly Normandy Market gas station in the Seattle suburb of Normandy Park being brutally beaten by a teenage thug during a gang robbery last Friday night.

The thug pummeled the clerk into submission while his accomplices robbed the store. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the at least six suspects who arrived at the station in two stolen cars, a Kia and Hyundai which were later recovered by police.

In an interview with KCPQ, the clerk said the robbers were laughing during the attack:

From the Comments

– When the criminals are described as “teens” or “youths”:, we all know what that’s code for, don’t we?

– Yep, we all know. It’s the “I dindo nuffin” crowd.

– As Leo would say in Lethal Weapon, they’re “blek.”

– Ninjas – You have the first two letters correct. After those letters could be “ggers”.

– The 13%ers?

– Vikings, Amish? (Extreme sarcasm)

Cassie of Sydney
September 19, 2023 11:09 am

“You have to find a truly independent school – there are still some of those – or educate at home.”

There’s one here in Sydney that’s been set up….Hartford College. A Catholic boy’s school. The founder spoke at CPAC.

“Hartford College is Australia’s first Liberal Arts school for boys (Years 5-12) based in Sydney’s South East.

Our highly regarded mentoring program, unique liberal arts curriculum and parent focused philosophy sets Hartford apart.”

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 11:11 am

Nicola Roxon to chair new $1.4trn industry super lobby group

Working exactly as intended. Maaaaate.

Cassie of Sydney
September 19, 2023 11:13 am

Some of us are happy to spend our hard earned money subscribing to the Oz. The journalism of the Janet A and others makes it worthwhile. Whilst not perfect, the Oz is better than the rest.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 11:15 am

From the Comments
– When the criminals are described as “teens” or “youths”:, we all know what that’s code for, don’t we?

Men of Middle Eastern appearance breathe a sigh of relief and go back to working out the next drive by.

Alamak!
September 19, 2023 11:19 am

You have to find a truly independent school – there are still some of those – or educate at home.

Or, possibly, implement the core teaching of math/english/classics yourself. I have two school-age students who are not getting much in the way of solid Math, English and Classics(history, culture, philosophy that made us what we are now) at school.

So I prepared a small set of books to read (1984, Alice in Wonderland, Moby Dick, …), exercises to work through and also some cards listing artists & thinkers they should be familiar with (plato, einstein, curie, picasso, mondrian, okeefe, …). Tried asking teachers at school but they don’t want any extra work.

Interested to hear if there is a better way to deliver this “basics + classics” extra education. With Chat GPT, online teaching via MOOCs etc I believe there could be a way to educate students in a true sense.

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 11:21 am

There’s one here in Sydney that’s been set up….Hartford College. A Catholic boy’s school. The founder spoke at CPAC.

There’s also around 80 independent, parent controlled Christian schools operating in all states. They were originally associated with Dutch Reformed migrants in the ’50s & early ’60s but were always intended to be under the oversight of parents rather than a denomination as a matter of principle.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
September 19, 2023 11:23 am

Fears ahead of bushfire season as RFSQ loses 10,000 volunteers in four years.
Concerns are growing for Queensland’s preparedness ahead of the upcoming bushfire season.

Palacechook is not worried about the loss of volunteers as she has a new strategy for containing bushfire. From the start of summer bush fires will be in lockdown. Fires will only be permitted to burn outdoors for 1 hour within 3km of their starting point. They are confined to their home the rest of the time. Palacechook encourages fires to have wood delivered to their home to avoid the need for overland travel.
Flying embers will be strictly policed.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
September 19, 2023 11:23 am

How come it has taken so long to get Nicola Roxon back in the trough. I know, I know, she’s been at the hairdresser trying to make it look better.

Makka
Makka
September 19, 2023 11:24 am

And don’t imagine that the schools run by the mainstream churches are any different to state schools now in that regard.

Exactly. Our kid went to a Christian College in HS and part of Primary. Since she left, her old school has severely ramped up leftism/wokeism even more. But while she was in school we were always involved with homework and generally discussing the daily school work. That presented many opportunities to debunk or at least counterbalance the teaching with sensible fact based values and alternate perspectives. Uni didn’t present an issue in the Science/Commerce diplomas.

The kids now are being brainwashed with the guilt being piled on to them- for such “crimes”as the climate, the indigenous, gender/inclusion, colonialism/race etc. Subtle to be sure, but very real. Hence the breeding of today’s activists. They believe they have to assuage their enormous inherited guilt for these past wrongs. It’s a sick but effective system.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 19, 2023 11:26 am

Looks like Dutton might be making some way in the nuke debate. He has Bowen on the defensive – relying on his modelling of the cost of nukes, but then his modelling also said the price of electricity was going to go down (by $275/year by 2025) while it has actually gone up in the last year by up to 30%.

Good timing too. Summer is coming. Brown outs and black outs await.

At the same time usually talk about nuke centres around Chernobyl and Hiroshima (and now Fukushima). But instead we are hearing a lot about the US, UK, France and even Ontario. Looking at where it works and where it delivers instead of disaster pr0n.

This is a dramatic shift in what people think nuclear is. It is not an atom bomb ready to kill, but a quiet and efficient and clean source of cheap reliable electricity.

Add that to the Voice. Remember that the Coalition did not leap to the ‘No’ side on instinct. It took them a few weeks to make up their mind, but I think they could sniff the wind and they are now reaping the benefits.

We have also had the reality of the Aboriginal industry being exposed through the referendum – the enormous sums already spent for a start. But also we are hearing about the insane land-grabs, and now about a push to create special juries for Indigenous miscreants.

It is becoming clearer that the people behind the ‘Yes’ vote are not compassionate types but nasty, vicious, politically connected creatures who speak of other Australians in the most derogatory way they know. Stupid too. Histrionic appeals as to what the rest of the world thinks, or sides of history, or if you don’t grant special privilege to one race then you are racist, are not fooling anyone. Marcia’s bitterness has now been broadcast far and wide as densely packed with the word ‘racist’ as a bogan might say “fuckin’” – and in both cases with as little focus on literal meaning.

Marcia arriving at her office might go like this:

Racist! I’ve just had the racist most racist mornin’. First me racist clock didn’t wake me up so I racist slept in. Then me racist car wouldn’t racist start, so I ‘ad to get the racist NRMA, and they take racist forever, just to fiddle with a few racist wires. Then there was the racist traffic racist, and when I get in, I can’t get me racist muffin from the racist cafe ’cause I was racist late and some racist racist from the top floor took the last racist one.

Such racist bullshit.

Cassie of Sydney
September 19, 2023 11:27 am

My God I love this woman, just in from The Oz. This is what you do, you don’t turn the other cheek, you don’t wimp and cower in the corner, you throw it back.

Leading No campaigner Jacinta Nampijinpa Price has accused “tolerant Yes people” of “abusing and denigrating” attendees of Fair Australia’s South Australian No campaign launch on Monday night.

“The tolerant Yes people were busy abusing and denigrating attendees of our event in Adelaide last night,” Senator Price said on Facebook after protesters yelled “racist dog” and “racist pig”.

“Clearly if you don’t toe their ideological line you’re a racist dog amongst other things. Didn’t appear to be a single Aboriginal person amongst them – oh the irony.”

You go girl! And what a contrast to that SA flog, Bummingham.

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 11:29 am

Interested to hear if there is a better way to deliver this “basics + classics” extra education.

Alamak, the books of Susan Wise Bauer might be of assistance to you in this endeavour.

Try ‘Rethinking School: How to take charge of your child’s education’ to begin with.

Alamak!
September 19, 2023 11:32 am

Thanks, Roger. Will take a look.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 19, 2023 11:36 am

In moderation.

Perhaps if I tweak the language which was not intended as gratuitous…

Looks like Dutton might be making some way in the nuke debate. He has Bowen on the defensive – relying on his modelling of the cost of nukes, but then his modelling also said the price of electricity was going to go down (by $275/year by 2025) while it has actually gone up in the last year by up to 30%.

Good timing too. Summer is coming. Brown outs and black outs await.

At the same time usually talk about nuke centres around Chernobyl and Hiroshima (and now Fukushima). But instead we are hearing a lot about the US, UK, France and even Ontario. Looking at where it works and where it delivers instead of disaster pr0n.

This is a dramatic shift in what people think nuclear is. It is not an atom bomb ready to kill, but a quiet and efficient and clean source of cheap reliable electricity.

Add that to the Voice. Remember that the Coalition did not leap to the ‘No’ side on instinct. It took them a few weeks to make up their mind, but I think they could sniff the wind and they are now reaping the benefits.

We have also had the reality of the Aboriginal industry being exposed through the referendum – the enormous sums already spent for a start. But also we are hearing about the insane land-grabs, and now about a push to create special juries for Indigenous miscreants.

It is becoming clearer that the people behind the ‘Yes’ vote are not compassionate types but nasty, vicious, politically connected creatures who speak of other Australians in the most derogatory way they know. Stupid too. Histrionic appeals as to what the rest of the world thinks, or sides of history, or if you don’t grant special privilege to one race then you are racist, are not fooling anyone. Marcia’s bitterness has now been broadcast far and wide as densely packed with the word ‘racist’ as a bogan might say “f*ckin’” – and in both cases with as little focus on literal meaning.

Marcia arriving at her office might go like this:

Racist! I’ve just had the racist most racist mornin’. First me racist clock didn’t wake me up so I racist slept in. Then me racist car wouldn’t racist start, so I ‘ad to get the racist NRMA, and they take racist forever, just to fiddle with a few racist wires. Then there was the racist traffic racist, and when I get in, I can’t get me racist muffin from the racist cafe ’cause I was racist late and some racist racist from the top floor took the last racist one.

Such racist bullsh*t.

shatterzzz
September 19, 2023 11:40 am

If 251s are so disadvantaged and ignored how did they manage to score a “referendum” .. ? .. The majority of the vote-herd who fill the gummint coffers are never asked if they’d like to see any changes to improve their lives ..! .. When was the last time that we were consulted about the high levels of immigration or what could be dun to lower energy costs .. answer .. NEVER & nor will we ever be .. this referendum is no more than a single cell wet-dream of Luigi sold under the guise of “level playing field” .. a “field” the vote-herd will never play on ..!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 19, 2023 11:41 am

Didn’t appear to be a single Aboriginal person amongst them – oh the irony.”

They do appear to all be as white as Snow White’s bum, indeed.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 19, 2023 11:46 am

dover0beach

Sep 19, 2023 10:42 AM

Very weird the F-35 incident.

Premature ejection?

Tom
Tom
September 19, 2023 11:47 am

Germany scrambling to subsidise the power bills of industrial users after BASF announced it was pulling out and will build a $10bn plant in China because of cheaper electricity costs.

The Chinese Communist Party can’t believe the success of its strategy of using the climate superstitions of its useful idiots in the West to sabotage the capitalist free market.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
September 19, 2023 11:47 am

Remember that the Coalition did not leap to the ‘No’ side on instinct. It took them a few weeks to make up their mind, but I think they could sniff the wind and they are now reaping the benefits.

This is like some kind of zen politicking.
It was not leadership exactly, it was following public opinion before it moved.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
September 19, 2023 11:52 am

I know, I know, she’s been at the hairdresser trying to make it look better.

Hahaha – nice one Centurion Ranga.

Makka
Makka
September 19, 2023 11:52 am

But instead we are hearing a lot about the US, UK, France and even Ontario. Looking at where it works and where it delivers instead of disaster pr0n.

I should have put a LOT more into Uranium miner shares. Luckily it’s only just the start.

shatterzzz
September 19, 2023 11:52 am

Re the NSW school closures, the decision was reportedly made on advice from the NSW Rural Fire Brigade.

Another example of the “it ain’t 2019 anymore” attitude that seems to rule the post BAT FLU era …. if in doubt stamp it out …….. it’s better to be WOKE than getting on with daily life ……

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 11:53 am

Thanks, Roger. Will take a look.

Just a suggestion. There’s a sample available on Amazon (makes sign of cross).

There’s no shortage of material out there as a lot of people find themselves in the same situation.

Roger
Roger
September 19, 2023 11:55 am

The Chinese Communist Party can’t believe the success of its strategy of using the climate superstitions of its useful idiots in the West to sabotage the capitalist free market.

That thought did cross my mind, Tom.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
September 19, 2023 11:56 am

My concern with the Yes campaign is that they are engaged in an effective social media campaign, Dan Andrews style. This is not visible in the traditional way. Andrews proved you did not need to be seen in the electorate or walk the shopping centres, as his social media team pump out their message day in and day out.
So whilst the No campaign is making headway in the papers. The Yes campaign may be making progress underground , cancer style.

amortiser
amortiser
September 19, 2023 12:18 pm

These juries were employed in at least two separate Australian trials concerning Chinese defendants in the 1800s: the Melbourne trial of Ah Toon and the Northern Territory trial of Ah Kim.

After a few years of experience they said “Ah fuk”
and ditched the whole silly idea.

Vicki
Vicki
September 19, 2023 12:22 pm

Oh – so the head bureaucrats in the RFS made the decision. They are despised by many at ground level (literally) in rural RFS brigades. As one of our blokes said at a meeting a few years ago – those blokes (there were visiting RFS heavies) go home at 5pm.

C.L.
C.L.
September 19, 2023 12:23 pm

Sheridan dumps AUKUS, dismisses it today as a ridiculous fantasy and boondoggle.

Spinning Mouse
Spinning Mouse
September 19, 2023 12:25 pm

His rhetoric is direct and withering. A year ago British prime minister John Major dismissed Goldsmith as “living in cloud-cuckoo-land.” Goldsmith has always voted Conservative, but he thinks the current Conservative government is “appalling on all the most important issues that matter for me.” Major, in Goldsmith’s view, “doesn’t dare lead. He thinks leadership is equilibrium. He is the ultimate rubber man.” Nor does Goldsmith have much use for Tony Blair and his “New Labour” image. Labour, he says, has become “the soft Conservative Party. They are all one party.”

from a magazine interview of Sir James Goldsmith, almost 30 years ago.

A really interesting bloke. Interesting family background and interesting family or families of his own. Mates with Kerry Packer too?

johanna
johanna
September 19, 2023 12:28 pm

Some of us are happy to spend our hard earned money subscribing to the Oz. The journalism of the Janet A and others makes it worthwhile. Whilst not perfect, the Oz is better than the rest.

I read it for free at the coffee shop. True, I spend money at the shop, but I’d be doing that anyway as they supply a lot of my staples while living at the motel. Plus, their home made vanilla custard cannolis are magnificent!

The coffee shop has multiple copies of the ghastly Canberra Crimes, probably available at no charge to the proprietors. Once or twice, when the Oz was unavailable, I took one to read. OMG, what drivel – very little in the way of content, just dribblings from J school pampered eejits. The local paper when I was growing up, the St George and Sutherland Shire Leader, had much more content, and it was free.

Daily papers used to be called fishwrappers. Firstly, that is no longer allowed because elf and safety (wankers! Nobody ever died because of their fish and chips being wrapped in newspaper.) More importantly, the idea was that yesterday’s news was dead and gone. Well, the Crimes contains no news at all that I can detect, so that is now irrelevant.

The coffee shop does stock the Sunday Telegraph, which has the odd interesting article. But it is awash with wokeness as well.

I haven’t looked at the figures for print magazines for a while. I’m guessing that there is still a market for glossy design and fashion magazines, if only so that they can be displayed on coffee tables.

When it comes to newspapers, the combination of technological change and takeovers by leftist churnalist ‘collectives’ has destroyed an entire industry.

C.L.
C.L.
September 19, 2023 12:32 pm

The Chinese Communist Party can’t believe the success of its strategy of using the climate superstitions of its useful idiots in the West to sabotage the capitalist free market.

And it’s important to note that there are different kinds of useful idiot.

Nuclear power is no longer a fringe dream but is now mainstream – and that’s good.

What’s bad is that the Liberals and various commentators are selling it as desirable because it would help the nation ‘achieve’ so-called ‘net zero.’ This is the classical ratchet trap that gets our conservative halfwits every time. You MUST reject the false premise to make long-lasting change.

1. Reject the case for net zero – in toto.
2. Commit to a veritable Bradfield Scheme for nationwide energy modernisation – including coal, oil, gas and nuclear.

John H.
John H.
September 19, 2023 12:43 pm

Tomorrow. Is that it? We’re finished? Should have enough time for one more run at ANNO 1404.

Dot
Dot
September 19, 2023 12:49 pm

Independent schooling and homeschooling is all well and good until the machine fights back.

Homeschooling is ILLEGAL in Germany, John Taylor Gatto wrote about this in “Weapons of Mass Instruction”.

Here’s a staunchly Catholic alternative to university entry:

https://augustineacademy.com.au/

Privatisation to the local community is the most important solution in the long run.

Great, your kids aren’t brainwashed, but what about 95% of the school population who will vote when they turn 18?

Gifting public schools to local communities (all property owners are shareholders in a non-profit charity)stops dead the typical low IQ lefty arguments about GREED! and so on.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 19, 2023 12:49 pm

I also note that the ABC is running segments now about ‘renewables vs nuclear’.

As with every topic except the grandiose delusions of leftist thought I cannot help but laugh at them pretending to have anything to offer.

The technical matters like energy production, finance and markets are simply so far beyond them that the only thing sparing them embarrassment is an unassailable conviction that they are smart and everyone else is stupid.

Every time a prediction fails to come to fruition they assume malice on the part of the people they misunderstood – so it is their fault, not the ABC’s.

Have they ever got anything right?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 19, 2023 12:50 pm

You go girl! And what a contrast to that SA flog, Bummingham.

And Bummingham is an enabler for this sort of Oz headline …

Campaigners on both sides of the Voice debate have been warned against ‘personal attacks’ after Yes campaigners hurled abuse at a No rally.

Dot
Dot
September 19, 2023 12:50 pm

Is it time?

C.L.
C.L.
September 19, 2023 12:52 pm

Lampedusa proves that we have to be very wary of hailing ‘right-wing’ firebrands who give lyrical, inspiring speeches.

Alamak!
September 19, 2023 1:03 pm

This is the classical ratchet trap that gets our conservative halfwits every time. You MUST reject the false premise to make long-lasting change.

I wonder why a phrase like “Energy Security” is not used by pollies as it captures the essential key element missing from the whole zero carbon discussion i.e. will we have a secure energy provision at a reasonable cost under plan 2030/2050/etc?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
September 19, 2023 1:06 pm

Wot’s this Centurion Ranga stuff BarkingToad? I’m only 70.

Morsie
Morsie
September 19, 2023 1:12 pm

I reckon this stuff about schools sending kids home when it reached 100f is bs.
At the two primary schools I attended we were never sent home.

Cassie of Sydney
September 19, 2023 1:16 pm

I am so sick of this Voice shit. Just went to a Pilates class and the teacher asked if I went to the Voice march on Sunday.

I said no because I will be voting NO.

Silence.

Top Ender
Top Ender
September 19, 2023 1:20 pm

Interestingly, in the latest Speccie there is an article about rampant shop-lifting crime now increasing in British towns and cities.

A Philadelphia cheesesteak restaurant has hired guards armed with assault rifles as zombified homeless drug addicts continue to plague the city.

The original Jim’s Steaks has reopened under the new name Jim’s West, and have added stricter security measures.

It comes as the city has become overwhelmed by drug-fueled crime under Democratic District Attorney Larry Krasner, a self-described ‘progressive prosecutor.’

Daily Mail

johanna
johanna
September 19, 2023 1:24 pm

For once, the Ponds Institute did some decent work, albeit fro the wrong reasons:

Supermarkets reaping big profits are slow to support the removal of unnecessary use-by-date labels as Australian food waste soars, according to information gathered by The Australia Institute.
Key points:

The Australia Institute says supermarkets are making $1.2 billion a year in profit due to food waste
It says regulation of best-before and use-by dates needs to be changed
Supermarkets say they are not opposed to labelling reform

The public policy think tank said Australians wasted 7.6 million tonnes of food each year, costing households $19.3 billion in 2018–19.

The institute’s 2021 National Food Waste Strategy Feasibility Study found the average Australian household wasted between $2,000 and $2,500 worth of food each year.

In its September 2023 discussion paper, the think tank said profits gained from food waste presented supermarkets with a strong incentive to resist policy changes to remove best-before dates on products that did not need them.

Australia Institute polling showed strong support for policies that would reduce food waste, including labelling reform, relaxed cosmetic standards, and kerbside
collection of food waste.

Senior economist Matt Grudnoff said consumers were concerned about waste and change was not happening fast enough.
A profile image of a man with brown hair and a beard, wearing a shirt and dark suit jacket.
Matt Grudnoff says UK supermarkets have removed best-before dates on hundreds of items.(Supplied: Matt Grudnoff)

“It’s high time for the government to act on food labelling reform and the other recommendations of the National Food Waste Strategy Feasibility Study,” Mr Grudnoff said.

“It proposed removing best-before dates from products that do not need them, scrapping sell-by and display-until dates, and extending allowable use-by dates for long-life products.”

I always ignore those labels, except when snapping up bargains at the supermarket because they are about to ‘expire.’

As a survivor of group student houses in the 1970s, I can assure readers that short of complete stupidity, it is difficult to get food poisioning.

Unless you are a Greenie who refuses to eat eggs that have been washed with an antibacterial solution, as supermarket barn and cage eggs are.

Then, you can get infected by E. coli, as patrons of a trendy Canberra restaurant serving ‘free range’ eggs were a few years ago, and end up in hospital.

I especially loathe the ‘use by’ dates on yoghurt. FFS, it’s made out of soured milk! I keep it in the fridge for weeks and months, it’s never given me so much as an untoward burp.

Viva
Viva
September 19, 2023 1:25 pm

Stand by for Ursula’s sure fire plan to help Italy with the current invasion from Africa

Ms von der Leyen said her aid plan for Italy included increased support for the European Agency for Asylum and the EU’s Frontex border control agency to register new arrivals. The increased measures include ensuring that fingerprints are taken and conducting interviews to make sure people are directed toward the proper authorities.

Can Moroni do much better?

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
September 19, 2023 1:27 pm

Morsie
Sep 19, 2023 1:12 PM
I reckon this stuff about schools sending kids home when it reached 100f is bs.
At the two primary schools I attended we were never sent home.

We did in High School when it cranked over 40 degrees in the late 80’s early 90’s.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
September 19, 2023 1:36 pm

One of the peak mongdom indicators for me is the ban on feeding pigs ” swill”.

Incredible amounts of veggie and meat are wasted when it should be a no brainer to convert it to bacon.

I suspect it’s because the authorities know a lot of overseas products contain disease which won’t do bugger all to people but might infect pigs.

( eg- pork sausage from countries with swine flu)

In a sane world massive amounts of Colesworth waste could be turned into pig feed.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
September 19, 2023 1:36 pm

DR Koncerthuset:

Premiered on 17 Sept 2023
“Thor’s Arrival – The Giant’s Theme – The Rainbow Bridge – The Whistling Song” from “Valhalla”

Composed by Ron Goodwin, Bent Hesselmann

Performed by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, DR Big Band and Danish National Concert Choir Conducted by Christian Schumann.

This performance was a part of the film music concert Cartoons in Concert (Så er der Tegnfilm i Symfonien) broadcasted on The Danish Broadcast Corporation (DR)

Light design: Jonas Bøgh
Director of photography: Karsten Andersen
Sound producers: Lars C Bruun & Ossian Ryner
Executive Producer, idea and concept: Nicolai Abrahamsen

Performed and recorded in DR Koncerthuset All rights reserved DR 2022

Valhalla // Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Concert Choir & DR Big Band (Live)

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 19, 2023 1:40 pm

I can assure readers that short of complete stupidity, it is difficult to get food poisioning.

Try the fish…

California mom had all her limbs amputated after consuming bad tilapia: ‘She almost lost her life’ (16 Sep)

Messina says Barajas was infected with Vibrio vulnificus, a potentially fatal bacterium found in raw seafood and seawater.

“The ways you can get infected with this bacteria are, one, you can eat something that’s contaminated with it [and] the other way is by having a cut or tattoo exposed to water in which this bug lives,” UCSF infectious disease expert Dr. Natasha Spottiswoode told KRON.

I’m a believer in antibacterial solution washing! Especially raw chicken. Had to give up on 4 leaf salads from Coles, even though I like ’em. Two doses of the runs this year cured me of my addiction.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 19, 2023 1:47 pm

Sheridan dumps AUKUS, dismisses it today as a ridiculous fantasy and boondoggle.

I wonder what changed for him?

He must read the Cat.

Jorge
Jorge
September 19, 2023 1:52 pm

Libya and Morocco will only add to the number of ‘refugees’ crossing to Italy.
Ursula’s plan is to move them on to other parts of Europe but nobody is lining up to usher them across the border.
If they are moved off Lampedusa the next lot is already on the way.
This is called solving the problem but it is just kicking the can down the track.

SBS reported on Lampedusa. We listened to two women with children describing their hunger, then a small kid also talked about how little food she’d received. A totally false picture of who these ‘refugees’ were, deliberately designed to pull the heartstrings. 95% are exultant, grinning military aged males out to raid the treasure house that is Europe.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 1:57 pm

They do appear to all be as white as Snow White’s bum, indeed.

As white as a Friends of the ALPBC meeting.

Vicki
Vicki
September 19, 2023 1:58 pm

Feeling a bit blue as have just heard that a motor bike rider died on the road in the valley this morning. Since the road has been improved we have had a significant increase in groups of enthusiasts driving this scenic and challenging route.

It is especially hard on local responders. One of our local farmers gave him CPR to no avail.

Cassie of Sydney
September 19, 2023 2:00 pm

I think I might complain to the owner of the Pilates studio. I don’t think a Pilates studio should be a place where a teacher proselytises for the Voice.

I am quite angry about it.

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
September 19, 2023 2:04 pm

Fascinating opinion poll reported in the Australian this morning. Over 50 per cent of Labor voters are open to the idea of nuclear power, roughly a third are undecided, and only 14 per cent are categorically opposed. To underline the point, these figures are for Labor voters, not the general population.

Then the SMH reported yesterday (a severe failure in censorship at the worker Soviet) that a majority of those polled in NSW would support spending restraint to get the budget back into the black.

The greenleftians must be in despair.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 19, 2023 2:06 pm

Over 50 per cent of Labor voters are open to the idea of nuclear power, roughly a third are undecided,

Not surprising.
Gas, electricity & petrol bills all add up.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 2:07 pm

Feeling a bit blue as have just heard that a motor bike rider died on the road in the valley this morning

Things aren’t in your favour when things go wrong. Didn’t ride the Dandenongs often but sirens and helicopters never far away. No way motorcycling would be legal if invented today.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 2:10 pm

… where a teacher proselytises …

They can’t help it.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 19, 2023 2:13 pm

Sad to hear that Vicki. At least the guy went out doing something he loved.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 2:13 pm

Then the SMH reported yesterday (a severe failure in censorship at the worker Soviet) that a majority of those polled in NSW would support spending restraint to get the budget back into the black.

Everybody wants more government spending until the bills start coming in.

areff
areff
September 19, 2023 2:19 pm

No way motorcycling would be legal if invented today.

AFL likewise.

Diogenes
Diogenes
September 19, 2023 2:23 pm

And don’t imagine that the schools run by the mainstream churches are any different to state schools now in that regard.

Given teachers are all trained the same (need to have training courses registered by state teachers registration body), need to teach the same curriculum* (the teachers registration and school registration authorities), and school have to be registered, what does one expect? That’s why bodies NESA, ACARA, AITSL need to be full Rabz’d

* There is some scope for subversion 🙂 As part of computing and manual arts curriculums I have to teach “sustainability”. I do. I give the definition as per the UN, and then show YouTube footage of Lake Baidoa (was farming land, now massive lake of waste caused by solar panel manufacturing), carbon fibre windmill blades being buried, lithium fires, abandoned and rusting windfarms in California, the devestation of the rainforest above Cairns (windfarms) etc etc and ask how these meet the UN definition.

johanna
johanna
September 19, 2023 2:27 pm

areff
Sep 19, 2023 2:19 PM

No way motorcycling would be legal if invented today.

AFL likewise.

Or many household products like bleach, vinegar or even commonly used disinfectants.

The march of the Nanny State goes on and on.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
September 19, 2023 2:30 pm

At least the guy went out doing something he loved

Having his spinal cord snapped at the base of the neck?

Trying to breathe blood because the ribs in a flail chest have punctured both lungs?

Wondering what the involuntary spasms are all about?

Screaming, until the burns, multiple fractures and shock send him unconscious just before the brain turns itself off?

Very, very few people die instantly in prangs, despite what the papers would have one believe. Relatives and/or next of kin are routinely told that, though, rather than any of the above. For obvious reasons.

Apparently.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 19, 2023 2:31 pm

There’s a whole lot to say about the missing F-35, none of it good (but some of it funny)

It’s not a news story anyone in America ever expected to read, although maybe two-and-a-half years into the Biden administration, we should have learned to expect the unexpected: An unpiloted F-35 combat aircraft is flying somewhere over America on a trajectory known only to itself.

The memes are wonderful, but the facts should disturb all of us.

The story sounds like a Cold War farce but, as the local Charleston paper reports, it’s very real:

A Marine Corps team is on the ground in the Lowcountry searching for a missing fighter jet after its pilot ejected Sept. 17 and surfaced in a North Charleston neighborhood.

The transponder on the jet that disappeared Sunday was not working correctly, which made it difficult to know its exact location, Huggins said.

Marine Capt. Joseph Leitner at the Beaufort air station confirmed that the plane was not carrying any live missiles. “There was no air-to-ground or air-to-air ordinance aboard the aircraft,” he said.

North Charleston police were called to a home on the street at 1:46 p.m. after the pilot landed in a resident’s backyard, according to an incident report. Security personnel from Joint Base Charleston arrived and took possession of the pilot’s parachute and other military gear. But a search was still underway for the cockpit seat, the report stated.

At least we know that the jet, which was designed to be a stealth fighter, lives up to that reputation.

Meanwhile

NEW: Zelensky finds missing F-35 jet in Kyiv

Says he will return it after the war (maybe)

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 2:45 pm

This imbecile is in parliament. Unless I’m mistaken she replaced Tony Abbott in the seat. As bad as he was in certain things, was he even .1% worse than brainless moron?

@zalisteggall
On nuclear:
How many reactors?
Where?
How long to get them?
How much?
Who will pay?
What % of energy grid?

What is coalition’s 2030 or 2035 emissions reduction target?

Coalition doing everything to distract from climate urgency & delay transition to renewables. ?????
#auspol

Bruce in WA
September 19, 2023 2:47 pm

I especially loathe the ‘use by’ dates on yoghurt. FFS, it’s made out of soured milk! I keep it in the fridge for weeks and months, it’s never given me so much as an untoward burp

Have a friend’s young daughter who declined a glass of mineral water when visiting. She later admitted it was because she saw it was past its “best by” date two days before.

Water. ?

Robert Sewell
September 19, 2023 2:49 pm

Steve trickler

We did in High School when it cranked over 40 degrees in the late 80’s early 90’s.

Piss Weak!
We were allowed to take our jumpers off if it got to 44 degrees.

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 2:51 pm

Man, there’s supposed to be some awful flu going around. I caught the worst of it and have been flat on the back since last night. I’ve never had COVID, I don’t think, but it can’t possibly be worse than this crap. You may as well be dead with this strain.

And no, no Ukraine discussion. I’m not getting roped into that until I’m over this thing, except for one last point.

Annie
Annie
September 19, 2023 2:55 pm

Hi Cassie,

Apologies for a couple of accidental losses of upticks. I waited a long time for a tick to show up and when nothing happened tried again, only to find a rapid down in your uptick number. Why the reduction should show up so quickly when the addition failed to show remains a mystery to me. I just thought I’d not tapped accurately…sorry.

I really like your comments.

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 3:03 pm

Cassie of Sydney
Sep 19, 2023 2:00 PM

I think I might complain to the owner of the Pilates studio. I don’t think a Pilates studio should be a place where a teacher proselytises for the Voice.

I am quite angry about it.

Cass, there’s a studio on every street corner. You should just tell the owner you are going elsewhere, as you took up membership for pilates and not political indoctrination. Tell him or her there are other members thinking the same way. The last bit may be bullshit, but strike the fear of God into them. That’s what I’d do anyway. Also, don’t show anger, just present with a cold blooded smile as that’s more threatening. 🙂

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 19, 2023 3:04 pm

Jeff Kennett:

Sing Fat Lady, Sing

The old saying “it ain’t over till the fat lady sings” so often proves itself to be correct (although I guess I will have a reader suggest it should be “the overweight person” now to be politically correct).

In sport, in politics, in life itself.

The AFL game between Carlton and Melbourne last Friday night proved the adage correct yet again, when Melbourne seemed to have the game won in the dying minute of the game before Carlton stormed from the centre and kicked the winning goal.

So too is it of politics when the polling favourite gets beaten on polling day. Perhaps the last example being when the Bill Shorten ALP got beaten by Scott Morrison’s Liberals.

So might it be true for the forthcoming referendum on the 14th of October.

Right now, the opinion polls are all predicting the referendum will be lost. But polls are often wrong, and we will not know until polling concludes on Saturday the 14th the votes counted, and the results announced. Or the “fat lady sings.”

I will continue to argue strongly for the NO case on the one principle I have referred to often in this column.

Our Constitution should treat and respect all Australians equally, regardless of race, gender, or religion.

Our Constitution should not discriminate in favour or against any one citizen or groups of citizens, yet this is what the Federal government is asking us to support.

If the Yes case prevails, we will have entrenched within our Constitution positive discrimination, in favour of one group of Australians against the vast majority of Australians.

That is fundamentally and in principle wrong.

As I have said before this referendum, in the way it is being framed is so divisive. Sadly so, for whatever the result, one sector of Australians will be upset. Already we have been witness to some of the most bitter and disappointing language being used.

The community is about to be bombarded with an advertising campaign in support of the YES vote, funded by many Australian corporates.

I am sure once this referendum is concluded, many corporates and sporting codes will reassess their so public involvement in the referendum, which is of course a matter for the public’s decision, not corporates and sporting codes who don’t have a vote.

There is more than enough to occupy the minds of decision makers within their businesses and sporting codes without putting fifty per cent of their workforce, clients and customers off-side.

These bodies should be focusing on their core business and customers.

Take Qantas, the airline with a range of customer issues and reputation to address which I am sure they will do, but we have planes with the YES logo on their fuselage, and we get “welcome to country” over the public address system when on the plane.

All the passengers wants, all we pay for, is the plane to take off and land safely and on time, for our luggage to be handled efficiently, and to be welcomed and looked after professionally when in flight.

If I had been the new Qantas CEO Vanessa Hudson, on taking over from Alan Jones I would have ripped off the logos on those planes where they have been placed.

A small thing, but a message that the new management is more focused on the paying customer than being the self-appointed social conscience for their passengers.

Same with the AFL. People are attending the finals in droves. Why, because they want to go to the football. To get away from the things that so often cause them stress and anxiety, their families and place of employment.

But no, the AFL like Qantas wants to be the social conscious of the world.

A woman was turned away from the game in Brisbane for wearing a YES campaign T-shirt. Not allowed according to the message on the AFL seat and entry ticket because it is political! But what is Welcome to Country before each game?

Should not Qantas, the AFL and others just stick to their core business?

Have we not got enough serious issues to deal with every day of our lives, cost of living, crime rates, accommodation availability and so the list goes on and on.

I want Qantas to be again the Qantas of old. Reliable, a trip to enjoy. I want going to the football to be a football outing again.

Give me the leaders of the future, in all walks of life, who will stick to their core business, and discharge their responsibilities well.

After we, the “fat lady” sings on October the 14th, can we please get some balance back in our lives?

Frank
Frank
September 19, 2023 3:08 pm

I still despise him and hope he dies of arse cancer, but at least he’s worth an ounce of respect now.

Momentary relapses come with a high mortality rate, loss of tolerances and booze being the main culprits. Not uncommon either. So, there is at least that to look forward to.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
September 19, 2023 3:08 pm

re: C.L. and dover’s conniving about Meloni on Lampedusa,
MSM:

Meloni said at a conference in Budapest that some legal migration could benefit Europe economically, but could not be a solution to the continent’s demographic crisis.

Meloni’s take on Ukraine was the tell, C.L.

What what what?
The shine has gone off Meloni in Catallaxytopia? Why?

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 3:11 pm

The comment above got me thinking about what Cernovich was saying on his Twitter feed yesterday about some on the Right wanting or demanding perfection.

It’s related to abortion, and if you want to read it, go there, as I’m not going into it.

He basically told people that, as they’re looking for the perfect candidate with zero ambiguity on the issue, protesters in front of abortion clinics were taken by the FBI and are now in jail for trespass as a result of federal indictments brought about by Garland’s DOJ.

Think about that. Also, just to remind people that while they’re looking for perfection locally, the Hunchback has placed a 7% tax on folks letting out their AirBNB properties as he’s desperate for money.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 19, 2023 3:13 pm
OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 19, 2023 3:13 pm

The Harbour Trust has created a draft master plan for North Head Sanctuary and released it for public exhibition.

The North Head Sanctuary Draft Master Plan is now available for feedback on the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) consultation hub and members of the public have until 5pm AEDT on Tuesday 31 October 2023 to comment on it.

Visit the DCEEW hub to view the draft master plan in full as well as a summary document.

The draft master plan is a broad plan for North Head Sanctuary that guides the design and intent of the vision for the site. The vision proposed is one where everyone can:

Re – Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek has tasked the trust, a federal government agency that manages former defence land around Sydney’s waterfront, with balancing the preservation of heritage assets while opening up the sites to more visitors.

Her view underscores a long-running debate about making money through adaptive reuse of heritage sites around the harbour.

Last month, Plibersek declared that the nine historic defence sites around Sydney Harbour that were managed by the trust must raise revenue and attract more tourists, even as the agency scaled back plans to revamp one of the sites, Middle Head near Mosman, in the face of community pressure.

The portfolio also includes Cockatoo Island and Sub Base Platypus. The trust is due to release a draft master plan for Cockatoo Island this year.

local oaf
September 19, 2023 3:15 pm

We were allowed to take our jumpers off if it got to 44 degrees.

We were allowed to take our ties off if it got to 100F.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 19, 2023 3:17 pm

Having his spinal cord snapped at the base of the neck?

Trying to breathe blood because the ribs in a flail chest have punctured both lungs?

Wondering what the involuntary spasms are all about?

Screaming, until the burns, multiple fractures and shock send him unconscious just before the brain turns itself off?

KD – Yep. My brother is a bike guy. He’s gone very near the freeway exit two or three times. Broken all four limbs in various stacks. He’s survived all that. Fortunately. Very fortunately.

I liked skiing for a while. That sport turned Michael Schumacher into a vegetable. I don’t regret it, and I don’t think he would. Although it was ironic he did it skiing not like his colleague Ayrton Senna. We can’t live in cotton wool.

We all knew this sort of thing was possible when we signed up. You know that. Yet you did, as I did.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 3:20 pm

Motorbiking isn’t rational. But it’s bloody good fun.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 19, 2023 3:21 pm

Face reality about transfer of power from coal

Governments should accept that they may well be managing end-of-life coal generators for decades and that each will be more critical than the last.

Matthew Warren – Energy expert

Transitioning from a coal-based electricity system to renewables is like switching from rugby to hip-hop. They’re fundamentally different machines, united only in their ability to generate electricity at scale.

The baton change, the handover, will be everything. Despite pleading by engineers and technocrats over the past decade, governments have refused to embrace any kind of organised transfer of power.

The NSW government is talking with Origin Energy to keep the Eraring power station open longer. Bloomberg

Energy has become so politicised that even the appearance of managing coal has become a bad look. It’s so 20th century. Like kids at a pantomime, activists scream tropes like “coalkeeper” at anything that even hints at any sort of planned exit.

It might seem counter-intuitive, but careful management of the twilight of coal-fired power generation will be critical to decarbonising our electricity supply. Hounding coal out with torches and pitchforks might make a pleasing soundbite, but it will create unnecessary and unhelpful reliability risks, a triumph of spin over substance.

Each step towards a renewables-based grid gets harder, not easier.

Sensibly, the NSW Government has opened negotiations with Origin Energy about deferring the closure of Eraring, Australia’s biggest coal-fired electricity generator. Origin planned to close Eraring in 2025, the result of reputational risk and increasingly marginal profitability exacerbated by coal supply problems.

The immediate problem with Eraring’s proposed exit is well documented: the replacement kit isn’t ready yet. There’s an epidemic of delay in electricity infrastructure.

Snowy Hydro’s giant pumped storage project, Snowy 2.0, won’t be ready until the early 2030s while its gas-fired generator at Kurri Kurri is at least a year late. New renewable zones are being held up by delays in transmission lines to connect them, caused by supply chain bottlenecks and stiff opposition by some regional communities.

Even after these reinforcements arrive, how Eraring and at least some of the other 17 remaining coal-fired generators are managed will be critical.

All other countries aggressively pursuing a big renewables future are connected to supplies of big hydro, nuclear, or both. Electricity systems rely on a core of big engines to maintain critical technical services such as system strength and inertia.

Renewables can provide energy and batteries can replicate some functions, but the provision of these technical services in a renewables super grid is completely unproven.

The world’s most advanced experimental renewable grid is located on King Island in Bass Strait. Launched in 2010, the King Island grid can run for a day or so on pure renewables. Overall it uses 65 per cent renewables, but is still heavily reliant on the island’s old diesel generators as backup.

South Australia now runs at 70 per cent renewables, made possible because it uses the rest of the east-coast to balance it. When islanded it runs, at a stretch, at around 50 per cent renewables.

That’s a better indication of what is currently technically possible at grid scale. Australia’s current renewables target, 82 per cent by 2030, will need to go beyond these technical limitations into the unknown.

Because electricity systems supply continuous, large-scale energy, they are designed around basic principles of contingency and risk. If we’re going to boldly go where no electricity grid has gone before, it might be a good idea to pack a reserve parachute.

Maintaining a stable of the fittest and most flexible coal-fired generators will help reduce these risks and be able to maintain these technical services while we discover what works and what doesn’t in the national renewables experiment.

Coal doesn’t hold back solar and wind. It’s the other way around. Renewables undercut coal generation because they have zero marginal cost (no labour and no fuel), and so dispatch ahead of coal whenever there is sunshine or wind.

The more renewables get built, the faster coal-fired generators go broke. The Northern power station in South Australia was as fit as a Mallee bull when it shut in 2016, its commercial viability destroyed by big renewables.

That means governments will need to find ways of keeping key coal generators operational as we get deeper into the renewables dive. In the west, state-owned Synergy is wearing the declining performance of coal on its balance sheet. Victoria has cut confidential deals with two of its three coal-fired generators.

Queensland’s energy plan basically consists of building a complete renewables system before dismantling the old one. They are even exploring the idea of snap-freezing selected coal-fired generators, mothballing them as backup generators to help manage future black swan events.

Demonising coal becomes an irreversible, self-fulfilling prophecy. Like all engines, they cost more to maintain as they get older. The shorter a generator’s predicted future, the less is spent to maintain them and the faster they become inoperable.

Electricity is an essential service where the consequences of undersupply are far more severe than having too much. Each step towards a renewables-based grid gets harder, not easier.

Maintaining reliability will be critical for governments, which means they should accept reality now: that they may well be managing end-of-life coal generators for decades. Each coal-fired generator will be more critical than the last.

This isn’t about running coal more, but smarter. Managing risk using existing infrastructure will be cheaper and safer the sooner we accept this simple reality.

Matthew Warren is a former chief executive of the Australian Energy Council, the Energy Supply Association of Australia and the Clean Energy Council.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
September 19, 2023 3:25 pm

“Have a friend’s young daughter who declined a glass of mineral water when visiting. She later admitted it was because she saw it was past its “best by” date two days before.”

…and I raise you my recently purchased shaker of salt. ..has a use-by date. LOL.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 19, 2023 3:27 pm

Folk legend Roger Whittaker, known for “Durham Town,” dead at 87.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 19, 2023 3:28 pm

Pretty sure a DEW was involved with the F35 disappearance.
Not much point looking for wreckage.
It would have been vaporised.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 3:28 pm

Fair Shake, not ignoring those is an everyday IQ test. Your friend’s daughter failed, alas.

Crossie
Crossie
September 19, 2023 3:29 pm

johanna
Sep 19, 2023 2:27 PM
areff
Sep 19, 2023 2:19 PM
No way motorcycling would be legal if invented today.
AFL likewise.
Or many household products like bleach, vinegar or even commonly used disinfectants.

Most cleaning products today are useless as the effective ingredients have been eliminated*. Bleach for mould remains the only one left while scum and grease must be removed by scrubbing which then damages the surfaces.

*Recently I found a cleaning spray at the back of a cupboard in the laundry that must be over 10 years old yet worked a treat when I sprayed it in the bathroom. I checked the contents against a currently available cleaning spray and the ingredients were completely different.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
September 19, 2023 3:29 pm

“Have a friend’s young daughter who declined a glass of mineral water when visiting. She later admitted it was because she saw it was past its “best by” date two days before.”

Because at the stroke of midnight on the best before date, mineral water immediately tastes like soap. 🙂

calli
calli
September 19, 2023 3:31 pm

You are very naughty, bern.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
September 19, 2023 3:33 pm

Pretty sure a DEW was involved with the F35 disappearance.
Not much point looking for wreckage.
It would have been vaporised.

I mean, obviously.

I think the site could still be found, but only by a crew of overlarge dogs.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 19, 2023 3:34 pm

We were allowed to take our jumpers off if it got to 44 degrees.

We were allowed to take our ties off if it got to 100F.

Looxury!

When I were at school, if we wanted a cooling breeze, we ‘ad to run round oval wit’ windpowered generator on our back and small fan in our ‘and.

My classes were on first floor, which were annoying as all the buildings were single storey. And roofs in those days were made of corrugated iron wit’ bitumen on top to make ’em water proof.

But, we were ‘appy.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 19, 2023 3:34 pm

Young people across the country are being urged to pick up their phone and help persuade their relatives to vote Yes in the upcoming Voice referendum.

Any of the younger generation, ringing me to urge me to vote “YES”, will be urged to consult a dictionary, as to the meaning of the word “Disinherited.”

calli
calli
September 19, 2023 3:35 pm

On skiing accidents, my sawbones had a horrid prang earlier this year. The tree did not give way, but his leg did in multiple places. He’s still in the process of recovery, with some procedures still to come.

Let’s just say the experience has made him very, very sympathetic to the use of painkillers. As and when required. Unlike my locum GP who handed out endone like it was De Beers diamonds.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 19, 2023 3:36 pm

With regards to designer babies.
I ready a stat years ago how the ratio of Stanford grads having kids with other Stanford grads was the highest amongst the top tier US colleges.
Even scarier it was that ratio increased with the kids of Stanford legacies having kids with other Stanford legacies.
Eugenics in action.
In 200 years Stanford legacies will resemble the British royal family.

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 3:40 pm

Eugenics in action.
In 200 years Stanford legacies will resemble the British royal family.

Charles Murray wrote a good book about that on how the American upper class has insulated.

With any luck the recent SCOTUS decision could help open the door a fraction.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 19, 2023 3:40 pm

Young people across the country are being urged to pick up their phone and help persuade their relatives to vote Yes in the upcoming Voice referendum.

Ah, the infallible wisdom of youth. Is there anything kids don’t have the answer for.

I hope one calls me because I would love to find out what of the many ostensible goals the Voice is meant to achieve that cannot be done now – and have it explained to me exactly how the Voice will make this will happen without the additional powers currently being denied by its advocates.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
September 19, 2023 3:40 pm

Young people across the country are being urged to pick up their phone and help persuade their relatives to vote Yes in the upcoming Voice referendum.

Such a suggestion could come only from someone who is utterly clueless about family dynamics.
Not to mention respect for elders.

The new left, they’re not like normal people.

Frank
Frank
September 19, 2023 3:41 pm

In 200 years Stanford legacies will resemble the British royal family.

Probably all from the arts faculties too. The engineers don’t usually present as much of a catch. Regression towards the mean rears its ugly head.

cohenite
September 19, 2023 3:42 pm

Australia’s fifth-largest bank, Macquarie Bank, has announced its transition to digital-only transactions. Starting from January 2024, the bank will begin phasing out all cash, cheque, and phone payment services in its 80 branches. By November 2024, all in-branch cash transactions will be completely discontinued.

“Between January 2024 and November 2024, we’ll be phasing out our cash and cheque services across all Macquarie banking and wealth management products, including pension and super accounts,” the bank said in a statement.

According to Investing.com, the bank has laid out a detailed timeline for this transition:

January 2024: Phasing out of new checkbooks for new cash management accounts, including any linked Macquarie Wrap accounts.
March 2024: Automated telephone banking services will be shut down, making phone payments impossible.
May 2024: Depositing or withdrawing cash or cheques over the counter at Macquarie branches will no longer be possible. Ordering checkbooks for existing accounts will also be discontinued.
November 2024: Writing or depositing cheques, including bank cheques, will be completely phased out. Superannuation contributions or payments using cheques will also cease.

Perfect; only drug dealers welcome.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 19, 2023 3:42 pm

When I were at school, if we wanted a cooling breeze, we ‘ad to run round oval wit’ windpowered generator on our back and small fan in our ‘and.

Looxory! Had to run round oval wit’ car door strapped to back, and window wound down!

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 19, 2023 3:43 pm

There is something sinister about trying to mobilise kids with scant life experience to push messages on adults who have been through so much more – and the scars to prove it.

It is also a confession of sorts that the arguments behind the Voice are not really arguments at all.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 3:43 pm

Let’s just say the experience has made him very, very sympathetic to the use of painkillers. As and when required.

My old mans attitude to the stuff he’d been prescribing all his life certainly changed on retirement.

Cassie of Sydney
September 19, 2023 3:44 pm

“Cass, there’s a studio on every street corner. You should just tell the owner you are going elsewhere, as you took up membership for pilates and not political indoctrination. Tell him or her there are other members thinking the same way. The last bit may be bullshit, but strike the fear of God into them. That’s what I’d do anyway. Also, don’t show anger, just present with a cold blooded smile as that’s more threatening. ?”

You’re right JC, I’ll speak to the owner.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
September 19, 2023 3:45 pm

FTB, ‘In 200 years Stanford legacies will resemble the British royal family.”

Great line in 30-Rock referencing Prince Gerhard the last male descendant of the imperial house of Hapsburg.

‘Do you think Gerhard is worried about several centuries on in-breeding? No, he’s too busy…staving off infection.’

calli
calli
September 19, 2023 3:46 pm

Young people across the country are being urged to pick up their phone and help persuade their relatives to vote Yes in the upcoming Voice referendum.

Another winning strategy.

Don’t have much left, do they? It’s as if all the corporate and government sponsorship, endorsements and media time has been to no avail.

Australians appear to remain defiantly stupid and racist. So disappointing for our betters.

bons
bons
September 19, 2023 3:47 pm

I found on the shelves ‘300 Million Year Old Himalayan Salt’. “Best before July 2025”.
I kid not.
Just shoot me.

Cassie of Sydney
September 19, 2023 3:47 pm

“There is something sinister about trying to mobilise kids with scant life experience to push messages on adults who have been through so much more – and the scars to prove it.”

Yep, classic totalitarianism, something the Nazis and Communists have always done, they’ve used children to push political messages. This must be repelled.

Vicki
Vicki
September 19, 2023 3:48 pm

Young people across the country are being urged to pick up their phone and help persuade their relatives to vote Yes in the upcoming Voice referendum.

We are taking our beautiful granddaughter out to lunch in Sydney tomorrow, but I doubt if we will be mentioning The Voice. The last time I tried to explain that the “Stolen Generation” was not actually stolen, nor were they the only children taken into the care of “welfare”, she ran off to her room crying.

That was some time ago. She recently praised my “mental strength” in volatile family situations – so I won’t be chancing it!

Frank
Frank
September 19, 2023 3:50 pm

Word for the day. Prognathism, aka The Hapsburg chin.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 19, 2023 3:51 pm

Pretty sure a DEW was involved with the F35 disappearance.
Not much point looking for wreckage.
It would have been vaporised.

That would’ve worked a whole lot better if they hadn’t’ve found the wreckage before you posted it…. 😀

The debris is in rural Williamsburg County, according to the Marine Corps’ Joint Base Charleston.

Residents near the wreckage, about two hours north-east of the base, have been asked to avoid the area while the recovery team works to secure it.

What ingrates, not letting the locals collect souveniers!

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 3:52 pm

Dunno about that, Frank. If you’re rich and have a dumb kid, enough money will get them into a top school, especially for a legacy. There’s so much crap that goes on too, and money counts there.

Wealthy parents have teams of people to help their kids. There are consultancies that help with the SATS, writing your entrance essays, coaching the kids through the interview process, and creating an interesting bio such as doing work on a Cambodian orphanage. You can spend 300K to get a useless kid into a good school, and that’s just the consultancy work. Then there’s the donation to the school, which can be as high as $5mill. All these numbers are pre-covid, so you need to take inflation into account for present day costs. 🙂

Vicki
Vicki
September 19, 2023 3:54 pm

“Have a friend’s young daughter who declined a glass of mineral water when visiting. She later admitted it was because she saw it was past its “best by” date two days before.”

We are creating nations of feeble wimps in the West. And it is stoked by the pollies, media and Big Business.

Frank
Frank
September 19, 2023 4:02 pm

There’s so much crap that goes on too, and money counts there.

Highly likely, but still best to avoid the ones with an under-bite. Nacent or otherwise.

Vicki
Vicki
September 19, 2023 4:02 pm

Wealthy parents have teams of people to help their kids. There are consultancies that help with the SATS, writing your entrance essays, coaching the kids through the interview process, and creating an interesting bio such as doing work on a Cambodian orphanage. You can spend 300K to get

From my experience most kids are booked into top schools from birth. I will grant you, even that is not enough these days – and the next requirement is an “old boy” parent. I dare say monetary “contributions” take place quietly, but the former process has been the norm from my experience. Our grandson was also an exceptional athlete, and that helped considerably. Granddaughter excelled both academically and musically.

It is certainly true that full quotas make it harder, year by year, to place kids in top schools without special qualifications or parental influence.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 19, 2023 4:02 pm

bons
Sep 19, 2023 3:47 PM
I found on the shelves ‘300 Million Year Old Himalayan Salt’. “Best before July 2025”.
I kid not.
Just shoot me.

No need to shoot you, Himalayan salt is deficient in iodine, that will sort you out.

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 4:08 pm

Vicki

I was talking about American colleges.

Real Deal
Real Deal
September 19, 2023 4:08 pm

At least the guy went out doing something he loved

Having his spinal cord snapped at the base of the neck?

I think that one was used when Peter Brock died. I guess getting wrapped around a tree at speed is doing what you love. Likewise when a scuba divers was taken by a great white off Byron Bay back in the 90s the same phrase was trotted out.

I don’t think disappearing bodily into the maw of an 18 foot monster was doing what he loved.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 19, 2023 4:08 pm

There was a horrific injury in the NFL today.
If you want to see legs & knees bend in ways they should not bend, YouTube “Chubb, injury”.
If you’re so inclined, best to do on an empty stomach.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 19, 2023 4:08 pm

The last time I tried to explain that the “Stolen Generation” was not actually stolen, nor were they the only children taken into the care of “welfare”, she ran off to her room crying.

I can empathize – try explaining that the film “Rabbit Proof Fence” was largely fiction.

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 4:10 pm

Perfect; only drug dealers welcome.

Drugs is a cash business, Cronkite.

Vicki
Vicki
September 19, 2023 4:12 pm

I was talking about American colleges.

Sorry, JC.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 19, 2023 4:12 pm

Chamath said they should just publish the rate card to get into the top tier colleges.
His view is that it would save time.
And lessen the need for a huge admissions department.

And JC, it might not be 5mill anymore.
Chamath said someone in his circle paid 25mill to get their kid in to college.
But he’s a billionaire who hangs with other billionaires.
Maybe they get shaken down for more.

Lee
Lee
September 19, 2023 4:13 pm

Think about that. Also, just to remind people that while they’re looking for perfection locally, the Hunchback has placed a 7% tax on folks letting out their AirBNB properties as he’s desperate for money.

Which is entirely his own fault.

Yet many of my fellow Victorians keep voting him back in.

I, on the other hand, had an instant and instinctive loathing for the prick from the first moment I saw him, about 11-12 years ago.

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 4:14 pm

No biggie.

Pat Mac
Pat Mac
September 19, 2023 4:16 pm

Looxury!

Who had even seen a car door when we were kids?

Real Deal
Real Deal
September 19, 2023 4:18 pm

Zulu mentioned Roger Whittaker’s death at 87.

Benny Hill did a passable impersonation.

https://youtu.be/MOFsJLQZpcM?si=esG4OiO7YGF–aLq

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 4:18 pm

And JC, it might not be 5mill anymore.
Chamath said someone in his circle paid 25mill to get their kid in to college.
But he’s a billionaire who hangs with other billionaires.
Maybe they get shaken down for more.

Yeah, I never believed it but we heard of someone, whose son went to our kid’s school in the US paying 10 mill to get their daughter into Harvard. That was about 15 odd years ago, so a 25er wouldn’t be impossible these days.

Bruce in WA
September 19, 2023 4:19 pm

We were allowed to take our ties off if it got to 100F.

When I first started in the WA public service in 1968, about the second week in January, one of the clerks was sent around the building to let us know we were excused wearing ties and the ladies excused stockings. No, we had no aircon at all.

Kneel
Kneel
September 19, 2023 4:19 pm

“She later admitted it was because she saw it was past its “best by” date two days before.”

As previously posted:

“Pure salt, mined from 200 million year old salt deposits.
Best before December, 2023”

Because, you know, 200 million years in the wild it’s still fine, but 6 months after it lands on the supermarket shelf, don’t you dare risk using it!

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 19, 2023 4:19 pm

I can understand if a body corporate wants to put a surcharge on short stay rentals.
But what business is it of Dan Andrews if you’re renting out your property for the short term?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 19, 2023 4:20 pm

I don’t think disappearing bodily into the maw of an 18 foot monster was doing what he loved.

I suspect knowing the risks is part of it. As Bern just said, NFL is not dissimilar in this respect.

Locking yourself in a basement eating tofu and drinking rainwater (without pure grain alcohol) is not how to live. The climate zombies seem to think this way.

Pogria
Pogria
September 19, 2023 4:25 pm

“There is something sinister about trying to mobilise kids with scant life experience to push messages on adults who have been through so much more – and the scars to prove it.”

One thing to be thankful for, with the disappearance of plastic bags from the supermarkets, the kids won’t be able to come after us “Pol Pot” style if we disagree.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 19, 2023 4:26 pm

Even though I don’t agree with it, I understand why some cities have airbnb taxes.
NY has a room tax for hotels.
So the airbnb tax is meant to “equalise” that.

Does Victoria have a room tax on their hotels?

billie
billie
September 19, 2023 4:27 pm

In 200 years Stanford legacies will resemble the British royal family.

Ha, more like an Indian software company

I was in Palo Alto, in the Bay Area of San Francisco, recently, and walking around the cafes and shops and also on the Stanford campus, is a very high percentage of Indian people.

An aquaintance who works at Google (Mtn View, just south of PA), said tongue in cheek, they all have at least one relative there, another at HP or Dell and the younger family members all studying at Stanford. There are so many tech companies who import Indian software engineers and their families to the Bay area and Stanford is the top school to go to.

Going back 25+ years, it was as white as Cinderella’s bum in that whole area.

Pogria
Pogria
September 19, 2023 4:29 pm
feelthebern
feelthebern
September 19, 2023 4:31 pm

billie, the Stanford inbreeding may well end up with a browner pigment.
But I don’t like the chances of the kids of H-1B visa holders all getting into Stanford.
Unless they are good a football.

Vicki
Vicki
September 19, 2023 4:32 pm

Things aren’t in your favour when things go wrong. Didn’t ride the Dandenongs often but sirens and helicopters never far away. No way motorcycling would be legal if invented today.

Yeah. Groups of riders are frequent visitors as the road is “challenging” down mountain eucalyptus forest road and into the valley floor. But what new visitors don’t know is that the forested areas are crawling with kangaroos. They are, naturally, frequent in early morning and late afternoons, and absolutely deadly at night. You have reasonable protection with a decent bull bar on a Landcruiser, but I have seen horrific damage to the front and windscreen of local cars of women picking their kids up from school half an hour away.

It is obvious to say that hitting, or swerving to miss a roo is not a good prospect. Kangaroo signs are so common that I doubt if they are even noticed. I think we should suggest to local Mayor that something more emphatic in a sign would be useful.

Pogria
Pogria
September 19, 2023 4:34 pm

Dr Karl Zarse revealed the number one complaint he hears most from his patients – and it’s not what you think.

This has to be a made-up name, seriously!

Robert Sewell
September 19, 2023 4:37 pm

Just got an email from McAffee about my subscription which I had been expecting.
No email link, only a phone line. OK, get ready for a half hour wait…
Rang the number:
Subcontinental – Ullo?
No ‘This is McAffee, here’. Just ‘Ullo”
Hang up.
And the government wants to force us into this system?

Johnny rotten
September 19, 2023 4:37 pm

And how old is the water that you drink out of the tap? LOL.

Makka
Makka
September 19, 2023 4:39 pm

My understanding is that Schumacher was off piste when he collided with a tree. This is where much of the fatal and near fatal spinal type injuries occur.

Also , to avoid injury, pick your time to ski and location so that you tend to avoid drunken clowns colliding with you on the slopes. Some resorts have reputations for that sort of thing if you go looking. And steer clear of the crowded locations, which is why we don’t ski in Oz. Japan and Canada we found safer. Especially Japan.

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 4:42 pm

Unless they are good a football.

One kid worked at the family business for about six months before Stanford undergrad. She got in because she was an excellent hockey player and scored like 99.5 in VCE ( not the business- Stanford) :-). We used to make fun of her suggesting she needed to repeat VCE as she didn’t score high enough. Boy though she was/is whip smart. She wasn’t just intellectually smart, but had an incredible street smart about her.

calli
calli
September 19, 2023 4:46 pm

Thought for the day.

I’ve tried, and my guardian angel is very, very tired.

😀

mc
mc
September 19, 2023 4:48 pm

One of the peak mongdom indicators for me is the ban on feeding pigs ” swill”.

2000 fmd outbreak in the UK was due to swill feeding.

calli
calli
September 19, 2023 4:50 pm

Especially Japan.

That was where my doc came a cropper, poor bugger. That’s why they’re called accidents.

Anyways, I left him today with a very nice bottle of Claire Valley shiraz to celebrate both my excellent recovery and his eventual one.

JC
JC
September 19, 2023 4:52 pm

Turtlehead

I get fake McAfee subscription emails everyday. They’re a scam, you idiot. Trust you to fall for one of the stupidest scams going.

I’m not telling you to help you but this highlights why you’re an idiot. Check the return address as it shows it has nothing to do with the company.

The scammer on the other side answered that way because he may only have a couple of morons a year calling in and you startled him.

Seriously, trust you to fall for a scam like that. Presumably, you gave them your banking details, which by now means you need to check your account to see how much they removed.

Call the FBI!

FMD

calli
calli
September 19, 2023 4:53 pm

2000 fmd outbreak in the UK was due to swill feeding.

And yet that’s all we’re offered by both pollies and media from dawn to dusk.

And on that note, time to do another 1.5km walk. At this rate I’ll be up to 8 before the next trip.

Robert Sewell
September 19, 2023 4:57 pm

Vicki:

We are creating nations of feeble wimps in the West. And it is stoked by the pollies, media and Big Business.

They’ll toughen up when they get what they claim they want – a completely renewable power supply. Which will be no power supply at all.
The crunch will come when they find the icecream has melted in the fridge*.
And the iPod doesn’t work.
*Gratuitous reference from the story “Alas Babylon”.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 19, 2023 4:59 pm

I was in the UK for mad cow disease in the 90s. They reckon BSE got a foothold feeding cows (well bits of them) to cows. Best not to know too much about some farming practices.

Makka
Makka
September 19, 2023 5:00 pm

The vids I’ve seen of Lampedusa all show swarms of healthy military age black males dancing with very eager French and German girls.

Are they going to take one home?

Crossie
Crossie
September 19, 2023 5:03 pm

bons
Sep 19, 2023 3:47 PM
I found on the shelves ‘300 Million Year Old Himalayan Salt’. “Best before July 2025”.
I kid not.
Just shoot me.

I just checked mine, apparently it was best before 2019. Still put the crystals into the salt mill.

Pogria
Pogria
September 19, 2023 5:09 pm

The QWERTY mob are now demanding a VOICE of their own so they may ADVISE the Government on Qwerty needs. bwahahaha It begins!

State only, for now…

  1. Makes sense to transport an injured guy on the flat bonnet, where he can be secured and kept stable. Stuffing…

  2. Have a look at any contractual paperwork and see whether the supplier can bill on estimates and how this works.…

  3. Also include the opportunity cost of lost manufacturing industries driven overseas by a dearth of baseload power.

  4. Note that mUntard only refers to Megawatts or Gigawatts, he never adds the essential word “hours” to those numbers. I…

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