Open Thread – Wed 20 Sept 2023


Still Life with Bouquet, August Renoir, 1871

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Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
September 20, 2023 1:00 am

Hello

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
September 20, 2023 1:01 am

Not really. The biggest kahuna of the lot was a socialist, but not a Marxist. He was a Nazi.

Adolph wasn’t an atheist. At least he said he wasn’t.

JC
JC
September 20, 2023 1:22 am

Adolph wasn’t an atheist. At least, he said he wasn’t.

What did he say he was then?

He may have said he wasn’t, but historians believe that was said for political purposes.

You also made an earlier comment that those nasty atheists were Marxists. Atheism has to come first in order to lay the foundation for Marxism.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
September 20, 2023 1:27 am

One cool cat.

—-

steveinman :

The Karate Kitt

Alamak!
September 20, 2023 1:28 am

Before atheism came cryptorchidism, the foundational fault which drove him to abandon religion and regular politics.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
September 20, 2023 1:40 am

Atheism has to come first in order to lay the foundation for Marxism.

Atheism isn’t a foundation for Marxism. These days many Marxists claim to be Christian. The current pope, for example. Marx was an atheist, but that wasn’t central to Marxism. He built on Hegel and basically claimed to have developed a science of society. Not that he had the faintest understanding of science.

Adolph made various claims to religion. He seemed to favour the old religion of the Norse gods at times. But he never claimed to be an atheist.

Marx spoke of religion being the opiate of the masses, but Marxism has all the features of a religion. There is no god, but the state is offered as a substitute.

JC
JC
September 20, 2023 1:59 am

Atheism isn’t a foundation for Marxism.

Of course it is.

These days many Marxists claim to be Christian.

Don’t confuse Marxism with socialism. The Catholic pope is a socialist, but I wouldn’t call him a Marxist at least not yet.

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Marx was an atheist, but that wasn’t central to Marxism. He built on Hegel and basically claimed to have developed a science of society. Not that he had the faintest understanding of science.

The foundational belief of atheism and Marxism is materialism. Atheism has to come first.

More tomorrow.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
September 20, 2023 2:00 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
September 20, 2023 2:30 am

Adolph made various claims to religion. He seemed to favour the old religion of the Norse gods at times. But he never claimed to be an atheist.

He was more into gnosticism.
TIK has picked up on this in a ham fisted way but a few have gone into this before.
The problem is to really go into his battiness on religion & gnosticism, it means reading/listening to a lot of analysis of Mein Kampf (TIK got that part right).

Tom
Tom
September 20, 2023 4:00 am
Tom
Tom
September 20, 2023 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
September 20, 2023 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
September 20, 2023 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
September 20, 2023 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
September 20, 2023 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
September 20, 2023 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
September 20, 2023 4:09 am
Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
September 20, 2023 4:45 am

Thanks Tom.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 20, 2023 5:31 am

Glenn Greenwald reviews the Russell Brand allegations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFHe6cPVoWY

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 20, 2023 5:47 am

The gist of what Hitler believed (according to the gnostic theory) is that he didn’t believe in the christian god.
He believed in the gnostic “super-god”.
Whenever he referenced god in Mein Kampf or speeches, he was referring to this super-god.
All his fruity nazi buddies bought into it (probably not Goering but most of the rest).
And the super-god power/energy/chi only flowed through aryan blood.
Similar to scientology, you only found out about the super-god once you were high enough up the food chain.
That’s the gnostic super-god Hitler theory.

Very f*cking fruity.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 20, 2023 6:21 am

And the server error thingy ate my post on oil getting closer to 100USD at the same time the AUD getting close to 12 month lows.
Ah well.

bons
bons
September 20, 2023 6:41 am

Telling shot on Sky last night when the amazing Marrickville houso was being questioned about the Qatar corruption.
There, standing behind his shoulder was the organ grinder – Andrews.
He was always Andrew’s cypher.
His arrogant pronouncements and sneering dismissils of opponents or rare questioners are straight out of Andrew’s playbook.

bons
bons
September 20, 2023 6:44 am

I was on the phone to the harvest and trucking contractor for our sorghum operation up on the Gregory.
He said that a couple of the blackfellas in his team have been copping rather robust abuse for working for whitey and not promoting the Voice.
He claimed that the abusers weren’t locals. Race relations up there, as opposed to on the coast, have always been excellent, unnoticeable. Good relations extend way back to pioneer days and there is lots of employment and business relations, and of course sport.
He claimed that these blokes were from Townsville which sounds about right – a s’hole. They must be keen. It’s a long long drive.
He believed that they were from JCU. Everyone up there hates JCU, so that is probably a suspect assertion.

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 20, 2023 6:54 am

Telling shot on Sky last night when the amazing Marrickville houso was being questioned about the Qatar corruption.
There, standing behind his shoulder was the organ grinder – Andrews.
He was always Andrew’s cypher.
His arrogant pronouncements and sneering dismissils of opponents or rare questioners are straight out of Andrew’s playbook.

You could be right bons but all of the Labor/Green set are nasty individuals.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 20, 2023 6:57 am

35 degrees and windy in Sydney town today.
A good day to wash a quilt & hang it up outside for nature to take its course.

Cassie of Sydney
September 20, 2023 6:57 am

“The gist of what Hitler believed (according to the gnostic theory) is that he didn’t believe in the christian god.
He believed in the gnostic “super-god”.”

I would agree with that. I would add that he was obsessed with the Pagan German/Viking Indo-European deities.

Hitler loathed Christianity.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 7:02 am

bons at 6:41

His arrogant pronouncements and sneering dismissils of opponents or rare questioners are straight out of Andrew’s playbook.

The editing of the stuff on the 6pm News certainly was unflattering. I would give him less than 3 months after the Voice fails.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 7:10 am

His arrogant pronouncements and sneering dismissils of opponents or rare questioners are straight out of Andrew’s playbook.

That stuff only works when you have a Cabinet of mushrooms and the Victoriastan Lieborals in Opposition. Mr 32% has at least a couple of colleagues with ice picks and Spud isn’t doing a bad job. The SloMo factor is already history.

Cassie of Sydney
September 20, 2023 7:13 am

The ACT is a far-left sewer, which should be smashed to smithereens by a Coalition government…

Bruce Lehrmann matter goes from bad to worse
JANET ALBRECHTSEN

When it comes to the nation’s most controversial scandal, the Lehrmann matter goes from bad to worse. There are further disturbing signs of institutional failure in the ACT.

So far there is no indication that the ACT government will take any action against the territory’s former chief prosecutor Shane Drumgold despite the public board of inquiry’s damning findings against him. The ACT Greens-Labor government didn’t even sack him, instead allowing Drumgold to resign.

Based on the findings of the Sofronoff report, the ACT government could be demanding that Drumgold be charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice or the common-law offence of misconduct in public office.

‘He has a lot to answer for’: Bruce Lehrmann says Shane Drumgold’s head is ‘still in the sand’

These governmental failures were compounded in recent weeks by other institutions dragging their feet. The ACT Bar Association and the ACT Supreme Court, likewise, have shown no signs of upholding the integrity of the legal profession and the court system, respectively, after the former director of public prosecution’s misbehaviour during the nation’s most controversial sexual assault trial.

The people of the ACT are still waiting for the Bar Association to do what it is charged to do under the Legal Profession Act 2006 – to promote and enforce the professional standards, competence and honesty of the legal profession, and provide a means of redress for complaints about lawyers.

Bruce Lehrmann complained about Drumgold’s behaviour to the ACT Bar Association on December 9 last year – before the ACT government announced a public inquiry.

Lehrmann is still waiting for some sign of action. Nine councillors sit on the ACT Bar Council, the body at the top of the ACT Bar Association that “is responsible for regulating the professional conduct” of the practising barristers. The Bar Council wrote back to Lehrmann in May.

In a profession that charges by the hour, it pays to be unhurried. But, still, that doesn’t explain why it took the Bar Council five months to tell Lehrmann it needed more information on one matter, and as to the other issues raised by Lehrmann, including that the DPP “did not fulfil the prosecutorial obligation to ensure a fair trial” – the Bar Council would wait for the final report of the Sofronoff inquiry.

The Sofronoff report was released on July 30. A week later, the ACT Bar Council said the findings “will receive careful consideration in the context of its role as the professional regulator of the ACT Bar”. It is September, and it’s crickets – still.

There is no indication that the ACT Bar Council has considered the report or intends to look at Lehrmann’s complaints against Drumgold.

Not unreasonably, this past weekend Lehrmann wrote back to them asking for an update.

“The findings of the report touched on some areas I raised in my complaint but uncovered alarming new examples of misconduct by Mr Drumgold that many were unaware of including further examples of deceit and non-disclosure to the defence team,” wrote Lehrmann.

The former Liberal staffer who has always maintained his innocence suggested the council “should adopt the inquiry report as evidence to support any investigation under way of Mr Drumgold”. While the council has power to reprimand a lawyer and order compensation, Lehrmann said those actions would be “woefully inadequate” given the serious findings in the Sofronoff report.

Instead, the ACT Bar Council should be referring this matter to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, the body with the power to recommend the ultimate sanction, that a lawyer be removed from the roll of practitioners.

Indeed, the Bar Council has the power under section 411 of the Legal Profession Act to refer this matter to ACAT – without starting or finishing an investigation, if the council is satisfied there is a reasonable likelihood that Drumgold would be found guilty by ACAT of unsatisfactory professional conduct or professional misconduct.

What is the ACT Bar Council waiting for? What more does it need than the Sofronoff report for it to act?

There were a number of tax scandals in the 1990s where lawyers who engaged in misconduct handed in their practising certificates. The relevant ruling bar councils said that was not enough to signal the seriousness of the misconduct, and instigated proceedings to have the lawyers removed from the roll of practitioners.

Walter Sofronoff KC found that the ACT’s chief prosecutor knowingly lied to the Supreme Court, engaged in serious malpractice and grossly unethical conduct, “preyed on a junior lawyer’s inexperience” and treated criminal litigation as “a poker game in which a prosecutor can hide the cards”.

Had Drumgold succeeded in dishonestly preventing Lehrmann from obtaining material that could have helped his defence, any conviction would have been set aside on the ground of a miscarriage of justice, Sofronoff found.

What further prosecutorial misconduct is required for the ACT Bar Council to step up?

Lawyers are also wondering why the Chief Justice of the ACT Supreme Court has gone so quiet, apart from spruiking her commitment to social justice a few weeks ago in a YouTube clip for the University of NSW.

There are no signs that Chief Justice Lucy McCallum, the winner of the 2023 Alumni Award for Professional Achievement, is proposing to take any against a chief prosecutor who was found to have lied to her during a trial where a man could have gone to jail.

The Legal Profession Act makes it clear that nothing in the Act disturbs the inherent jurisdiction of the ACT Supreme Court. In other words, the court has the ultimate supervisory jurisdiction to deal with misconduct by lawyers.

The Chief Justice could initiate contempt proceedings, through the registrar of the Supreme Court, against the man who was found to have made false claims to her in court.

McCallum could initiate proceedings through the registrar of the Supreme Court to have Drumgold removed from the roll of practitioners.

In 2018, the prothonotary (a posh word for registrar) of the NSW Supreme Court took action to have disgraced former Labor MP Craig Thomson struck off the roll of practitioners.

The only discernible action taken at the ACT Supreme Court in relation to this matter is this: on September 14 the court set up an online file to make it easier for the media to follow Drumgold’s application for judicial review, launched last month to have the Sofronoff findings quashed.

To sum up, then, the ACT Supreme Court has taken no action against a prosecutor who was found to have lied to the Chief Justice but has taken action to assist the media in following Drumgold’s legal claim.

What makes this doubly weird is that the ACT Supreme Court didn’t offer the same ease of access to the media during the Lehrmann trial.

During the latter part of the public board of inquiry, Sofronoff sent Drumgold a notice of possible adverse findings against him. One was that Sofronoff could have found the DPP was not a fit and proper person to remain on the roll of barristers, or to remain in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In response Drumgold’s lawyer, Mark Tedeschi SC, said those decisions were not part of Sofronoff’s remit.

And Sofronoff agreed. Instead, the judge set out the facts, made serious findings and left it to other institutions to do their job.

Those other institutions entrusted by the law, and by citizens, with upholding the administration of justice have done zip.

It would be unfortunate if this inaction leads people, not just lawyers, to wonder whether there is widespread institutional failure within the ACT, from the government to the legal profession to the judicial system.”

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 20, 2023 7:14 am

FMD get a load of this headline from the Hun:

International Association of Academicians for Peace Oceania report says Indigenous elders should be brought into schools

So guessing there are other Academicians on the other continents. Article by Susie O’Brien:

Indigenous elders should be ­invited into schools to share their “values and wisdom” with students, global leaders say.

Rejecting a “back to basics” model of education, the international experts argue for a “renaissance in values education” in Australian schools and tertiary institutions.

So let’s not worry about the 3 Rs. What will these enlightened beings teach?

This includes the teaching of civics, citizenship, sexual ethics, cultural sensitivity and community engagement.

Mmmyes go on.

A report from the International Association of Academicians for Peace Oceania says strategies for teaching values could include bringing Indigenous elders into schools, along with the promotion of healthy attitudes to sex and the safe use of digital technology.

My parents and other elders around town wouldn’t know how to send an email. Like my manager at work.

One of Australia’s top education officials promoting ­values education is David de Carvalho, chief executive of the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority, the body that runs NAPLAN tests.

Mr Carvalho is quoted in the report as saying “we have much to learn about values education from our First ­Nations peoples” because of their “universal values” going back thousands of years.

He said there was a need to “recognise the central role that Aboriginal histories and ­cultures have played and continue to play in our wider ­history”.

Mr Carvalho also said the sexual assaults in the Australian parliament as well as the testimonies from “thousands of brave young women educated at some of our most prestigious schools” showed that values education was needed.

So asking elders of a culture who had child brides is the answer according to Mr Carvalho.

La Trobe University researcher Anna Urban, a former principal of St John’s College Preston, said most schools had values “but it’s not much good if they are little more than publicly displayed artefacts”.

“Are they known and understood; are they shared?” she said.

“Are they applied on the ground rather than just ­accepted as abstract concepts?”

Ms Urban said values “could also be used as reference points if things go wrong”.

Another researcher, Terry Lovat, is quoted in the report as saying testing regimes such as NAPLAN were standing in the way of values education.

“We used to go to principals’ meetings and people would be talking about the values and the wonderful imaginative things happening in their schools,” he said.

“Now we are talking about their NAPLAN results, basic literacy and numeracy skills development, and a kind of testing regime, which is frankly killing good education, and this sort of thing is happening all around the world.

He’s serious.

“We need to stop.”

I see. Another academician pipes up:

Universal Peace Federation Australia vice-president John Bellavance, lead author of the report, said values education led to enhanced social and emotional wellbeing as well as significant academic improvement.

The research draws on 51 values in schools projects running over four years that involve 312 schools, 100,000 students and 5000 teachers.

So don’t expect to send your kids to school for an education and learning math or science, oh no. Values and sexual ethics from Aboriginal elders. FMD.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 20, 2023 7:18 am

UN general assembly AND climate change week in NY.
3.5 star rooms anywhere near the circus are 1000/night.
Other peoples money, of course.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 7:18 am

Cassie of Sydney at 7:13 – ACT town council doesn’t come out of that well. It has all the trappings of a grown up (State) but really is just a big club. Throw the NT in there as well.

Cassie of Sydney
September 20, 2023 7:21 am

Coming on the heels of the Lyle Shelton legal win, in further good news….

Anti-trans sport campaigner claims win as AVO withdrawn
Clarissa Bye

A conservative campaigner against trans players in female sport says she feels vindicated after an AVO taken against her by police on behalf of a Sydney transwoman soccer player was withdrawn in court.

Mum of three Kirralie Smith believes this is the first case in Australia where police apprehended violence orders were used in response to a social media post questioning a transgender woman playing in a female soccer competition.

Ms Smith, 52, was forced to hire top lawyers to defend her at Burwood Local Court — including former NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith, SC, to argue on free speech on constitutional grounds, and police withdrew the AVO in court at the last minute.

“It’s a win for free speech,” Ms Smith, a director of Binary Australia, said.

“It should never have been brought against me. It was ridiculous, I am one of the most polite, tamest Twitter users there are.”

Police served the AVO on behalf of Riley Dennis on the basis of a tweet Ms Smith posted critical of the fact the player was the highest goal scorer in the Football NSW League One Women’s first grade competition at the time.

In her tweet she did not name Ms Dennis but described the player as a male and questioned how fair the competition was.

Police served the AVO on behalf of soccer play Riley Dennis (dark uniform), who was the top goal scorer in the First Grade FNSW League 1 Womens competition.

After a complaint by Football Australia (FA), police visited Ms Smith and issued the AVO, preventing her from approaching or discussing Ms Dennis or visiting FA’s offices, despite Ms Smith living 300km away on the NSW north coast.

“She’s never met this person, never contacted this person, they didn’t email each other, they didn’t talk on social media,” Ms Smith’s solicitor Kyle Kutasi said.

“All she did was point out there were men playing women’s football and that was enough for Football Australia to bring a complaint to NSW Police on this person’s behalf. It’s highly extraordinary.”

Ms Smith said the AVO was taken out because her post incited violence but she said all she did was “repost publicly available information from Football NSW”.

“Our argument was going to be firstly, it doesn’t reach the standards of violence, and an AVO is an inappropriate use of that law,” she said.

“If that failed, we were going into a constitutional argument about implied freedom of political speech.

“I should have every right to use public information to inform the public about males playing in female sporting teams. The process of all this is the punishment.”

Ms Smith still faces more court battles over other social media posts, including a test case before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal for “misgendering” the player.

Football NSW and Football Australia have been approached for a response.”

Nice to know that the NSW Police do the bidding of transperverts.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 7:22 am

Bar councils are notoriously clubby, even in the largest States.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
September 20, 2023 7:22 am

So asking elders of a culture who had child brides is the answer according to Mr Carvalho.

Boom.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 7:25 am

Nice to know that the NSW Police do the bidding of transperverts.

Police functions in relation to AVOs are purely administrative.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 20, 2023 7:27 am

Ms Smith, 52, was forced to hire top lawyers to defend her at Burwood Local Court — including former NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith, SC, to argue on free speech on constitutional grounds, and police withdrew the AVO in court at the last minute.

It should be noted that AVO’s & DVO’s are rarely contested & withdrawn even more rarely.
The threshold is just so low.
For the plod to withdraw it (as in this case) or a magistrate to set one aside demonstrates how fanciful the claims were.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
September 20, 2023 7:27 am

Cassie I loathe having to live in the ACT but needs must. In answer to the last proposition by Janet Albrechtsen is simply yes,yes and yes.

shatterzzz
September 20, 2023 7:29 am

Makes you wonder! .. William Tyrell getz a headline media run every 3 weeks for years yet these 4 kids don’t get more than a mention half way down the media pages .. missing nearly a week and yet no media outcry, no plod appeal(s) ..
Reminds me of that 3 years old girl who disappeared out of a bedroom window she wasn’t tall enuf to reach in Leumea all those years ago .. no real outcry back then just aparagraph or two in the 3 day cycle …….
Makes you think that ROP kids disappearing, never to be seen again, is a fairly common event ……
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-12533751/Children-missing-Doonside-Mother-shares-heartbreaking-plea.html

Cassie of Sydney
September 20, 2023 7:29 am

Mr 32% has at least a couple of colleagues with ice picks and Spud isn’t doing a bad job. The SloMo factor is already history.

Those colleagues might have ice picks ready but given the leadership rules brought in by KRudd in 2013, unless he resigns he’ll be hard to get rid of. Sleazy and his Squeezy are enjoying the trappings.

I do agree that Dutton is doing a reasonable job, it’s Dutton who has the ice pick, and he’s slowly and very surely picking away at Sleazy.

Gilas
Gilas
September 20, 2023 7:37 am

I received this email last night, from ADVANCE

The Yes campaign is spending MILLIONS

Dear XYZ,

Make no mistake:
This referendum is going down to the wire.
Last weekend, the Yes campaign revealed it is unleashing a $20 million advertising campaign*, backed by the mainstream media and big companies like Qantas.
They have big money and big celebrities on their side and they are letting us know it.
They have hit the ground running, with all guns blazing for the final weeks of the campaign.
But you and I know Australians want to be united under our Constitution, not divided by a Voice.
And that’s why I believe you and I can still win this.
Still, it’s going to be close.
The Yes campaign needs to spend big across the country, but in South Australia and Tasmania – the states you and I need to win to defeat the Voice – they will only spend about $3 million on TV and radio advertising.
Which means you and I can still match them by getting your powerful ‘no’ message out to as many people as possible in the key battleground states where the outcome of this referendum will be decided.
We need resources on the ground to win every vote we can.
Your fully tax-deductible contribution to the Fair Australia No campaign will go straight to the frontlines and help meet a crucial $3 million campaign funding target that will be critical for victory.
And your gift today will be DOUBLED by a $250,000 Matching Fund – thanks to Simon Fenwick, a generous supporter who wants to win this campaign for a FAIR AUSTRALIA by matching your gift dollar for dollar.
The full $250,000 Match Fund will only be released if friends like you respond to this challenge by midnight on Friday 22 September, which is why your support today is so important – whatever portion of the fund is not matched will be lost!
By investing your $500 today, thanks to the Match Fund your gift will be doubled to become $1000.
This is the only way we can come close to matching the Yes campaign’s advertising in South Australia and Tasmania.
This is how you can make sure the fight is in full force every single minute until the polls close on October 14.
Because you and I know Australia needs this referendum to be defeated.
The cost of waking up Sunday morning with the Voice enshrined in our Constitution is just too great.
Your contribution will strengthen the fight and make sure ‘no’ stays within striking distance as the race tightens ahead of referendum day.
This is your chance to win this fight.

Grateful for you,

Matthew Sheahan
Director, ADVANCE

*The Sydney Morning Herald, ‘“Will I live as long as other Australians?” Yes launches last chance $20 million ad blitz’, September 15, 2023.

If Cats would like to contribute, they can do so here.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
September 20, 2023 7:38 am

The morning newspaper tells me that Top Men at the Bureau have declared an El Nino and that Dangerous Heating will occur in Meanjin this afternoon – 29°, rising to an unbearable 33° tomorrow.

While cleaning the Webley at the breakfast table, I assure Mrs Faustus that I won’t let her or the dogs suffer.

Grand lass that she is, she tells me it will all be fine and puts on a great show of getting ready for work as usual. Of course, she’s trying to take some of the burden from me.

Dot
Dot
September 20, 2023 7:39 am

Yeah so “the” Sound of Freedom guy, Tom Ballard has been “Russell Branded” only days after he declared he’s run against Mitt Romney for a Senate seat.

Interesting.

Yet the Ghislaine Maxwell court docs are under wraps still.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 7:40 am

KRuddy’s rule changes certainly helped him. Whether they were any good for Australian democracy is another question. Albo’s relationship with da bruvvers is quite different. I suspect more Gillard, less KRudd.

Dot
Dot
September 20, 2023 7:42 am

he’s runNING

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 7:43 am

Although da bruvvas black balled Albo when Peanut Head had his turn.

Indolent
Indolent
September 20, 2023 7:48 am

Dr. John Campbell interviewing Mr Ches Crosbie, National Citizens Inquiry administrator. Canadian authorities have not held any enquiry into their Covid response.

Canada, National Citizens Inquiry

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
September 20, 2023 7:51 am

Near Penrith atm.

37 on Mon, 35 yesterday & 36 today. On Monday exiting ferry at Circular Quay sun was hot but soon as we went into the shade didn’t feel like 30, more like 25 with a cool breeze. Even western suburbs are bearable. However in 3 months time if this keeps up be like the summers of the early 1980’s that I remember as a schoolchild. Maybe get tar melting as well…

duncanm
duncanm
September 20, 2023 7:54 am

Steve trickler
Sep 20, 2023 2:00 AM
Brilliant.

‘Dancing On The Ceiling’ – An Old School Mash Up

Dammit Steve, now you’ve got me watching wholesome dancing videos to 80’s hits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6awYEek4Lc

calli
calli
September 20, 2023 7:55 am

Sleazy and his Squeezy

Chuckle. If Timmeh was “First Bloke”, then Squeezy is “First Concubine”.

Historically more elevated than “First Girlfriend”.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 20, 2023 7:55 am

Nice to know that the NSW Police do the bidding of transperverts.

This next story is a mystery, a really inscrutable mystery.

Dire NSW cop shortage forcing detectives back on the beat (DT, 18 Sep, paywalled)

Detectives across the state are being pulled off investigations and put back into uniform to cover shortages on the front line due to a staffing crisis in the NSW Police Force.

Maybe if they stopped persecuting righties on social media they’d have more time to chase crooks? It’s a thought.

Gilas
Gilas
September 20, 2023 8:00 am

Apropos of the No campaign email at 7:37 AM:

Cats should note how active the YES maggots are. Making a concerted effort, which also happens to be well funded.
On the other hand, I detect significant complacency on the NO side, thinking they’ve already won, so, just coasting on this one.

This is why Leftards win: commitment to the cause AND sustained, almost fanatical amounts of effort. This despite the extensive support of the MSM.
When one adds the potential for AEC vote-rigging..

I hope I am wrong.

calli
calli
September 20, 2023 8:00 am

And thanks for the discussion on Hypatia, and the contemporary political life of Alexandria.

If in Egypt, worth a look at the city, and of course the new library.

There’s a lot of bull surrounding the lady, all viewed as usual through the modern lens and not the brutal realities of life in the final days of Rome. We do like to make our heroines thoroughly modern women, #metoo pioneers.

Indolent
Indolent
September 20, 2023 8:01 am
calli
calli
September 20, 2023 8:04 am

Oh, and good morning to you too, my sweet little fantroll. *waves*

Black Ball
Black Ball
September 20, 2023 8:04 am

Those same Top Men assured me that it would get to 34 degrees here on Monday Dr Faustus. Wasn’t a bad day, nice weather but it only got to 26. That $80 million supercomputer working a treat.

lotocoti
lotocoti
September 20, 2023 8:06 am

Pretty sure there’ll never be a Nipponese book
declaring the Yamato race were black.

Roger
Roger
September 20, 2023 8:11 am

Grattan Institute says Bowen’s nuclear figures are dodgy.

However, “There is also a lack of a social licence to support a nuclear industry in Australia at the moment and there would need to be work done to develop community support…”

Expect that “social license” to be granted come the blackouts.

lotocoti
lotocoti
September 20, 2023 8:14 am

The Pom’s online safety bill has passed its final reading.

If social media platforms do not comply with these rules, Ofcom could fine them up to £18 million or 10% of their global annual revenue, whichever is biggest – meaning fines handed down to the biggest platforms could reach billions of pounds.

Indolent
Indolent
September 20, 2023 8:15 am
Crossie
Crossie
September 20, 2023 8:21 am

“Now we are talking about their NAPLAN results, basic literacy and numeracy skills development, and a kind of testing regime, which is frankly killing good education, and this sort of thing is happening all around the world.

No, it is only happening in the degenerate western countries. China, Russia and other grown-up Asian countries know what is a good education. It is development of literacy and numeracy skills that advances humanity, not learning how to gender transition or glorifying long discarded Stone Age practices.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 20, 2023 8:22 am

Re – https://joannenova.com.au/2023/09/let-the-mind-games-begin-scorching-summer-of-brutal-bushfire-hell-is-in-the-news-before-it-even-happens/#comment-2701438

Yet Again I refer to Melbourne 1968

Get your Weather Station Number from here

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/data/lists_by_element/alphaAUS_122.txt

Insert station number having selected Daily Maximum Temperature with

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/data/index.shtml

Select 1968 & Days Above 30C

http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/ncc/cdio/weatherData/av?p_nccObsCode=122&p_display_type=dailyDataFile&p_startYear=1968&p_c=-1481760365&p_stn_num=086071

Melbourne 30 Days above 30C for Jan-Feb-Mar 1968

1968 Days above 35C

Melbourne 19 Days above 35C for Jan-Feb-Mar 1968

1968 days above 40C

Melbourne 4 Days above 40C for Jan-Feb-Mar 1968

It’s called Summer in Australia and it is no hotter today

Top Ender
Top Ender
September 20, 2023 8:23 am

Measures tried so far have included free breakfasts, a bus from the kid’s door to school, making the curriculum “relevant” – whatever that means – and teaching in the kid’s local language:

Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney will expand on what she will seek advice on from the voice, citing the remote school attendance strategy as a Canberra-developed program that “isn’t working”.

More than $270m has been spent on the strategy since 2014 but in very remote areas Indigenous students’ attendance has gone from 67.9 per cent in 2014 to 52.2 per cent last year.
“(The program was) developed with good intentions, but without listening,” Mr Burney will say, according to a preview of her speech to a CEDA forum in Perth on Wednesday.

“Across the 84 schools in the program attendance has actually gone backwards … even before COVID. It’s what happens when governments make policies for Indigenous communities, not with communities.

“As the Minister, I will go to the voice and say: ‘this school attendance program isn’t working, help me to get the best possible advice to fix it from every corner of the country – about how we can do better’.”

How about closing down the concept of a community where adults model what’s best by having no job and yet getting money from the government?

Oz

Dot
Dot
September 20, 2023 8:23 am

Please refer to “Great” Britain as Airstrip One from now on.

You can’t spell CUCK without the UK!

johanna
johanna
September 20, 2023 8:23 am

Hi calli, saw your comment about the latest outrage against the work of The Divine Agatha.

Whoever it is in charge of administering her literary estate should hang their heads in shame. The insertion of ‘woke’ themes and characters in the TV adaptations is bad enough, but this latest one is plain ridiculous.

They are also censoring the books to comport with the current ‘progressive’ agendas, which is vandalism, pure and simple.

Knowing what I do about her as a personality, I find it impossible to believe that she would be OK with this stuff if she were still alive. And let’s face it, it’s not as if she needed the money.

A pox on these intellectual and moral midgets, say I! 🙁

Peter Greagg
Peter Greagg
September 20, 2023 8:24 am

Another piece at the Oz about how universities are indoctrinating trainee teachers, with a heavy emphasis on all the Woke stuff.

Fortunately, apparantly, some of these trainees are complaining that they would prefer to be taught how to keep order in class and how to actually teach the children how to read and write.

No wonder our school children’s education is going backwards.

Universities deliver ‘woke’ degrees to trainee teachers who demand more practical training

“Woke’’ universities are instructing trainee teachers in gender theory, climate activism and race relations, as young teachers demand practical classroom skills.

One in five teachers has warned the federal Education Department that universities failed to teach them all the practical skills required to teach children to read and write, or to manage classrooms.

Up to one-third of recent teaching graduates from some universities declared their degree had failed to prepare them for the classroom.
Teachers-in-training have been lectured on “postmodernism, existentialism and reconstructionism” in the University of Canberra’s initial teacher education degree.

Course materials sent to students show lecturers have critiqued the “social and political content’’ of the Australian Curriculum, mandated by the nation’s education ministers for teaching children from primary school through to year 10.

A lecture slide notes “we aren’t even doing a very good job”, tallying up 19 references to social justice, Aboriginal rights, invasion, colonisation, the Stolen Generation, assimilation, social justice and racism.
The course material includes a slide from CNN, with the title “Our World Today’’, linking climate change to aggression and violent behaviour, depression and anxiety, farmer suicide and forced migration.

Thousands of students skipped school on Friday to march in “School Strikes 4 Climate’’ protests in Brisbane, Darwin and Melbourne.

One protester brandished a misspelt placard declaring “I’M MAD AND DISSAPOINTED”.

Two of Australia’s most eminent scientists – Nobel laureate and Australian National University vice-chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt and former chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel – this week criticised the poor levels of literacy and numeracy among school students and called for greater focus on schools teaching the basics of English and mathematics.

One-third of school students failed to meet the minimum standards for reading, writing and numeracy in this year’s NAPLAN (National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy) tests, with students twice as likely to fail than to excel in the tests.

But many teachers are struggling with literacy and numeracy themselves, as universities fill their teaching degrees with lectures on social justice.

The federal Education Department revealed on Tuesday that many teachers fresh from university feel their degrees failed to prepare them for classroom teaching.

“A lot of students talked about the need to have more practical on-the-job training as part of the course and some suggested something along the lines of an apprenticeship model,’’ said Lisa Bolton, director of research and strategy for the department’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching survey of university graduates.

“They wanted to know more about classroom behaviour management, dealing with parents and dealing with students with particular learning needs.

“They said the placement was too short, the course was too theoretical and even a bit outdated. A few had made comments about wanting the lecturers to have more recent teaching experience in schools.’’

One University of Canberra final-year student told The Australian the education degree was “teaching us to indoctrinate students’’. “It teaches about gender diversity and critical race theory rather than drilling down on the fundamental skills so we can be really effective teachers ourselves,’’ the student said.

“I’m pretty irritated by all the politically correct and woke stuff.

“We could learn more in a school classroom than in the university … and save ourselves and the taxpayer a lot of money.’’

At the University of Canberra, a lecturer’s slide about “postmodernist writing’’ includes a rambling and incomprehensible 92-word sentence: “The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.’’

A University of Canberra spokeswoman said the student’s complaints “do not accurately represent’’ the quality and content of its degree. She said trainee teachers were given practicum placements in schools, ranging from a week in the first year to 30 days in the fourth year of study.

“Taken together, all units of study that focus on a key learning area of the Australian Curriculum – mathematics, English, science etc – represent approximately 50 per cent of the total units studied by students in an undergraduate course of initial teacher education,’’ the spokeswoman said.

“The other half of the courses focuses on educational and developmental psychology, classroom and behaviour management, the use of data to improve learning, designing learning for diversity and inclusion, and the development of a professional identity well-informed by policy, theory, appropriate sources of professional learning and codes of conduct and practice.’’

Federal, state and territory education ministers have given universities until the start of 2025 to update their degrees to focus more on classroom management, children’s brain development and the teaching of phonics-based reading and writing, as well as mathematics.

The detail of what is taught in existing university degrees is kept secret: universities must submit course content to state and territory teaching accreditation bodies for approval, but most only publish a broad outline on their websites.

The Australian sought the universities’ course materials from the Queensland College of Teachers but was told they could not be released “for privacy reasons’’.

The University of Queensland’s website shows that teaching students spend the first six weeks of their degree learning about “sociological ideas and concepts needed for understanding the complexities of schooling and the social processes that often go on within them”. “We delve into the history of knowledge production in sociology, and explore the need to decolonise, expand and diversify what we know about schools and the processes that go on in them,’’ it states.

Students are assessed, in part, on a 10-minute verbal presentation explaining concepts such as “decolonising knowledge’’, the “myth of meritocracy” and “deficit discourses’’. Another lecture is about “expanding notions of sex, gender and sexuality’’.

At Victoria University, the very first subject in its teaching degree aims to “develop understanding for the cultures, histories and languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and to use this knowledge in the promotion of reconciliation”.

The teaching of science, maths and reading is not covered until the second year, and students must wait until the final year of their four-year degree to specialise in subjects such as biology and humanities, or to integrate the use of digital technologies in lessons.

Charles Sturt University’s course handbook for its Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) has a list of 11 outcomes for its graduates.

The top priority is for graduates to be “agents of change’’’.

“Graduates from this course will teach for social justice and equity,’’ it states. The fifth priority is that “graduates from this course will teach for student learning’’.

At the University of Adelaide, an introduction to Australian history “treats the development of Australian society to the present through the lenses of Aboriginal deep time history; convicts and colonialism; war and conflict; migration and multiculturalism; landscape and the environment, and; the development of democratic institutions”.

Despite 13 years at school and four at university, 7 per cent of the 20,000 final-year trainee teachers failed to pass the mandatory literacy and numeracy test in 2021.

The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students was set up as a guardrail to keep poorly trained teachers out of classrooms.

The test includes questions that could be answered by primary school students, such as correcting a spelling error or answering: “This year a teacher spent $383.30 on stationery. Last year the teacher spent $257.85 on stationery. How much more did the teacher spend this year than last year?’’

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 20, 2023 8:25 am

Bowen is running out of time and options on power

Chris Bowen is proof that Australians are likely to pay a high price for ideological purity when it comes to energy.

By The Australian EDITORIAL

Makka
Makka
September 20, 2023 8:25 am

basic literacy and numeracy skills development, and a kind of testing regime, which is frankly killing good education,

This can be fixed, by bringing in abo elders to our schools and inspiring the kids with their stories of the noble savages out in the community,hunting and gathering, looking after their families and making yuuge contributions to our society.

This will really prepare them for their working future.

Crossie
Crossie
September 20, 2023 8:25 am

Indolent
Sep 20, 2023 7:58 AM
The Redheaded libertarian
@TRHLofficial

All Russell Brand’s accusers went through the media, not the courts. They made a documentary, they didn’t file a police report. Convince me they want Justice, and not money.

It’s the Knickerless justice system.

Roger
Roger
September 20, 2023 8:26 am

‘Barrelling towards catastrophe’ as extreme heat flares

– AAP

‘El Nino threat stalks beaches and beyond’

– The Australian

‘Fire weather on steroids’

– Daily Telegraph

‘El Nino announcement comes with grim climate warning’

– New Daily

‘‘Extreme’: Brutal Aussie summer declared’

– Yahoo news

‘BOM’s wild map after big summer call’

– news.com.au

And they wonder that kids have mental health issues.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 20, 2023 8:27 am

Confirmation of something I thought was happening:

EV Sales In Decline To Private Buyers (19 Sep)

However, the number of [battery] electric cars bought by private owners has fallen from more than one in three of the BEV market to less than one in four in just a year. … The vast majority of new BEV registrations this year — more than 75 per cent — were with fleets and business owners

It’s companies and fleets that are buying them, ordinary people aren’t so much. Got to do the ESG virtue signalling rituals! And the few that private buyers do actually buy probably reflect the looney green end of the political spectrum, which is a very limited market. And even then they’re likely to be second cars for high income people who also have a ICE car as well.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
September 20, 2023 8:31 am

Top men.
Can someone tell me where this term comes from. Its one of my fav expressions in the comments. Is its a Yes Minister reference or other?

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 20, 2023 8:32 am

International Association of Academicians for Peace Oceania report says Indigenous elders should be brought into schools

Enlightened Benighted words from the hallowed hollowed halls of Academe.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 20, 2023 8:34 am

Measures tried so far have included free breakfasts, a bus from the kid’s door to school, making the curriculum “relevant” – whatever that means – and teaching in the kid’s local language:

There are children in some of the remote communities that have English as a third or fourth language. I’m sure being fluent in a dialect that probably about thirty other people on the face of the earth also speak is really going to help in the twenty first century.

Dot
Dot
September 20, 2023 8:35 am

A correspondent informs me of this article:

WHO moving ahead with a Global Digital Health Certification Network

— an interlinked, global system to recognize the validity of health certificates and vaccine passports.

Cool.

Good stuff.

I’ll add to this we’re in the very best of hands.

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
September 20, 2023 8:36 am

The main BEV (Battery Elec Vehicles) issue for private buyers is the residual value. Dealers are reluctant to take a Tesla as a trade-in as second hand Teslas don’t sell without a huge price reduction. Dealers have been burnt over the last 1-2 years. Tesla owners are being advised to sell privately. That’s when outdated tech and recent price reductions flow on to the Used Car market….reality bites the Tesla owner and it bites hard.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 20, 2023 8:37 am

Another piece at the Oz about how universities are indoctrinating trainee teachers, with a heavy emphasis on all the Woke stuff.

Credentialization is also rampant.

Teachers With MAs Don’t Know How to Teach Children to Read (19 Sep)

When teachers with MAs can’t figure out how to teach children to read, that’s a devastating indictment of a failed system. If we want more kids reading, we need fewer MAs.

If teachers in training are kept in the university system for four, five or even six years then they are nicely sorted into a lockstep-lefty cohort. Righties either won’t endure the ideology for so long, or they will be failed by their progressive professors.

The article is US-centric, but fits well with the article in the Oz.

Peter Greagg
Peter Greagg
September 20, 2023 8:37 am

Top Ender
Sep 19, 2023 10:40 PM
Universities deliver ‘woke’ degrees to trainee teachers who demand more practical training

“Woke’’ universities are instructing trainee teachers in gender theory, climate activism and race relations, as young teachers demand practical classroom skills.

Ooops, I didn’t read back far enough. Sorry.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
September 20, 2023 8:45 am

Rollout rage: power struggle and a ‘shocked minister’
[unlinkable OZ]

Infrastructure Minister Catherine King joined farmers, councils and environmentalists in attacking consultation on the Victorian-NSW Interconnector transmission project, which will plug renewables into the grid and help achieve Labor’s 2030 emissions ­reduction target.

Amid growing concerns in ­regional Australia about transmission line upgrades and offshore wind turbines, Ms King told the Australian Energy Market Operator to “engage thoroughly and honestly with impacted communities … from project conception, to construction and beyond”.

Ms King’s extraordinary intervention heaps pressure on Energy Minister Chris Bowen to urgently address rising community anger over government consultation on renewable projects and massive transmission lines integrating solar and wind farms into the electricity system.

A Minister with integrity throwing her career on the line in the National Interest?

In her submission to AEMO, which is overseeing a project plagued by delays and cost blowouts, Ms King said parts of her electorate would be significantly impacted if a Western Renewables Link transmission station was built by VNI West north of ­Ballarat.

Perhaps not.
Appears that Farmer Gez has yanked the big lever marked ‘Self Interest’ into the ‘Panic’ position.

Technical Note: The AEMO Clown Circus is turning out to be Shitweasel Bowen’s most dangerous political enemy.

Dot
Dot
September 20, 2023 8:45 am

While cleaning the Webley at the breakfast table, I assure Mrs Faustus that I won’t let her or the dogs suffer.

Do you have enough Scotch Whiskey though to commit to your act of mercy?

I mean this angry boiling heat and all, the Scotch won’t go off, will it?

That would be a tragedy.

Indolent
Indolent
September 20, 2023 8:48 am
OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 20, 2023 8:48 am

Bruce of Newcastle
Sep 20, 2023 8:37 AM

Another piece at the Oz about how universities are indoctrinating trainee teachers, with a heavy emphasis on all the Woke stuff.

Credentialization is also rampant.

Teachers With MAs Don’t Know How to Teach Children to Read (19 Sep)

When teachers with MAs can’t figure out how to teach children to read, that’s a devastating indictment of a failed system. If we want more kids reading, we need fewer MAs.

If teachers in training are kept in the university system for four, five or even six years then they are nicely sorted into a lockstep-lefty cohort. Righties either won’t endure the ideology for so long, or they will be failed by their progressive professors.

The article is US-centric, but fits well with the article in the Oz.

The Old Teachers College Scholarship seemed to work well

There were 600 students and thirty-odd staff members at Teachers College in 1962. Most of us had only just turned sixteen when we started at Armidale, and would be out in front of classes by the time we turned eighteen.

At college, we learnt how to teach all the theory subjects, as well as choosing several options seen as being part of our general educational enhancement. It was like an American campus, in that everything took place on site and we were housed in segregated student accommodation colleges within walking distance of the college on the hill. There was little chance of sexual misconduct in those days, as we had to be inside by nine o’clock during the week and eleven on weekends.

One of my options was Philosophy with Miss Margaret Mackie. (See the tiny stockinged figure in the bottom far-right of the student and staff photo). She was a brilliant teacher. An inspirational teacher. She taught me how to think. It was during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet bloc. We discussed issues to do with the atomic bomb that made it less frightening for us.

Miss Mackie made me realise that you could have different opinions from the rest of the crowd without feeling like a renegade.

She made us all think. I even loved doing her syllogisms.

She taught us about Socrates and Plato and regaled me with stories of the Delphic Oracle.

Despite having studied with other fantastic lecturers in universities both here and overseas, no-one surpassed Margaret Mackie for sheer pedagogical brilliance.

The Deterioration of Teacher Training

From the early 20th century until die late 1960s teacher training was conducted
mainly in small teachers’ colleges, controlled by State Departments of Education.
The colleges trained primary teachers in two-year courses. Secondary teachers obtained a university degree and then completed a one-year Diploma in Education
course given at a college. The colleges had close contact with the schools and devised their courses to suit the local school system. The lecturers were recruited
from successful teachers in state schools. The students held Departmental scholarships and in return signed a bond to serve in government schools, usually for threeyears, wherever required. After the probationary teachers had taught for three
years, inspectors, aided by school principals, confirmed that they were of adequate
standard.

The constant shortage of teachers from 1941 to 1975 made it hard to set very
high entry standards, and some poor-quality candidates were recruited. On the
other hand, the shortage until the 1960s of alternative jobs, in a pioneering society,
for educated men and women ensured that many entrants into teacher training had
fairly high academic qualifications. By and large, this centralised, state-dominated
system produced ‘fair average quality’ teachers.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 20, 2023 8:48 am

However, “There is also a lack of a social licence to support a nuclear industry in Australia at the moment

The last episode of Q&A had some young bloke from QLD putting forward the case for nuclear – or at least pointing out the nonsense of Bowen’s position.

Here is a clip of Chris Kenny interviewing him including snippets from the program.

What I noticed was that when the kid made his points he was applauded. And this is Q&A, with its audience balance of 80:20 left v right. That would seem to bespeak something about social license.

(Okay, in fairness ‘social license’ was only ever a made up thing meant to be separate from the views of society at large. Bob Brown might have made it up, I think.)

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
September 20, 2023 8:49 am

Former Labor senator Stephen Conroy says essential services are “monopoly services”.

Is he wrong about that?

lotocoti
lotocoti
September 20, 2023 8:49 am
Crossie
Crossie
September 20, 2023 8:50 am

‘Fire weather on steroids’
– Daily Telegraph
‘El Nino announcement comes with grim climate warning’
– New Daily
‘‘Extreme’: Brutal Aussie summer declared’
– Yahoo news
‘BOM’s wild map after big summer call’
– news.com.au

And they wonder that kids have mental health issues.

Why do we need the BOM or media weather reporters? Let’s go straight to the top poultry expert “The Sky Is Falling”.

calli
calli
September 20, 2023 8:51 am

And they wonder that kids have mental health issues.

And wonder why those so inclined, go out into bushland with a box of matches and watch the ensuing media frenzy.

“I did that”.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
September 20, 2023 8:52 am

as young teachers demand practical classroom skills.

Because they finally realise they’ve been brainwashed by woke teachers from primary school to high school and then to university who never taught them to read, write or do simple arithmetic.

calli
calli
September 20, 2023 8:55 am

Top men.
Can someone tell me where this term comes from. Its one of my fav expressions in the comments. Is its a Yes Minister reference or other?

Final scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Here.

calli
calli
September 20, 2023 8:55 am

Top Men get Top o’ Page.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
September 20, 2023 8:57 am

Those same Top Men assured me that it would get to 34 degrees here on Monday Dr Faustus. Wasn’t a bad day, nice weather but it only got to 26. That $80 million supercomputer working a treat.

In the workshop at the moment – normally a furnace, running 5° more Dangerous Heating than outside. The Nino Soopercompuder hasn’t started work yet so it’s a very comfortable 21°.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
September 20, 2023 8:57 am

Jeffrey Sachs and the Real History of the War in Ukraine –

Guest Post by Jeffrey D Sachs

The American people urgently need to know the true history of the war in Ukraine and its current prospects. Unfortunately, the mainstream media—The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, MSNBC, and CNN—have become mere mouthpieces of the government, repeating US President Joe Biden’s lies and hiding history from the public.

Biden is again denigrating Russian President Vladimir Putin, this time accusing Putin of a “craven lust for land and power,” after declaring last year that “For God’s sake, that man [Putin] cannot stay in power.” Yet Biden is the one who is trapping Ukraine in an open-ended war by continuing to push NATO enlargement to Ukraine. He is afraid to tell the truth to the American and Ukrainian people, rejecting diplomacy, and opting instead for perpetual war.

Expanding NATO to Ukraine, which Biden has long promoted, is a U.S. gambit that has failed. The neocons, including Biden, thought from the late 1990s onward that the US could expand NATO to Ukraine (and Georgia) despite Russia’s vociferous and long-standing opposition. They didn’t believe that Putin would actually go to war over NATO expansion.

Yet for Russia, NATO enlargement to Ukraine (and Georgia) is viewed as an existential threat to Russia’s national security, notably given Russia’s 2,000-km border with Ukraine, and Georgia’s strategic position on the eastern edge of the Black Sea. U.S. diplomats have explained this basic reality to U.S. politicians and generals for decades, but the politicians and generals have arrogantly and crudely persisted in pushing NATO enlargement nonetheless.

At this point, Biden knows full well that NATO enlargement to Ukraine would trigger World War III. That’s why behind the scenes Biden put NATO enlargement into low gear at the Vilnius NATO Summit. Yet rather than admit the truth – that Ukraine will not be part of NATO – Biden prevaricates, promising Ukraine’s eventual membership. In reality, he is committing Ukraine to ongoing bloodletting for no reason other than U.S. domestic politics, specifically Biden’s fear of looking weak to his political foes. (A half-century ago, Presidents Johnson and Nixon sustained the Vietnam War for essentially the same pathetic reason, and with the same lying, as the late Daniel Ellsberg brilliantly explained.)

Ukraine can’t win. Russia is more likely than not to prevail on the battlefield, as it seems now to be doing. Yet even if Ukraine were to break through with conventional forces and NATO weaponry, Russia would escalate to nuclear war if necessary to prevent NATO in Ukraine.

Throughout his entire career, Biden has served the military-industrial complex. He has relentlessly promoted NATO enlargement and supported America’s deeply destabilizing wars of choice in Afghanistan, Serbia, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and now Ukraine. He defers to generals who want more war and more “surges,” and who predict imminent victory just ahead to keep the gullible public onside.

Moreover, Biden and his team (Antony Blinken, Jake Sullivan, Victoria Nuland) seem to have believed their own propaganda that Western sanctions would strangle the Russian economy, while miracle weapons such as HIMARS would defeat Russia. And all the while, they have been telling Americans to pay no attention to Russia’s 6,000 nuclear weapons…

Alamak!
September 20, 2023 8:57 am

When teachers with MAs can’t figure out how to teach children to read, that’s a devastating indictment of a failed system. If we want more kids reading, we need fewer MAs.

Just import competent, smart English and Math teachers. Why should the aussie arts grads be sheltered from global competition leaving kids to produce ever-falling literacy and numeracy results.

johanna
johanna
September 20, 2023 9:01 am

I mean this angry boiling heat and all, the Scotch won’t go off, will it?

He needs to check the ‘use by’ date. Wouldn’t want to risk getting a tummy ache. 🙂

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
September 20, 2023 9:03 am

Fair Shake.

Doc Faustus usually signs off with it as an accurate description of those running the power generation grid without ther sarc tag.

Unsure if it originates somwhere else.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 20, 2023 9:05 am

DrBeauGan
Sep 19, 2023 10:22 PM

The Christian believers will pray for you. The Muslim will put a knife to your throat. Tell me again how you find them equal.

I didn’t say they are equal. I prefer the Christians, at least the old-fashioned sort. But only some of them. The Christian mob who murdered Hypatia were as vile as any Muslim terrorists.

The killers of Hypatia are both long dead, and their cause discredited. The Muslim terrorists walk among us to this day, and are lauded by many of their co-religionists.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 9:05 am

Having got 6 weeks into a teaching degree before thinking “There’s no way I can do this” as a potential mature aged recruit, there is no other “discipline” that spends more time looking at its navel than teaching. Mostly by largely female ex teacher academics. Correlation is not causation but people are invited to draw their own conclusions.

Dot
Dot
September 20, 2023 9:05 am

I like this Josh Fluke fella. From 2022.

Dave Ramsay’s most unhinged rant yet!

Ramsey thinks working multiple WFH jobs is stealing. He also sacks workers to free them “in Jesus’ name”.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
September 20, 2023 9:05 am

the Scotch won’t go off, will it?

Never goes off – it’s always 5:00 O’Clock somewhere. Thanks Jimmy B.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 20, 2023 9:06 am

A University of Canberra spokeswoman said the student’s complaints “do not accurately represent’’ the quality and content of its degree.

To paraphrase Mandy Rice-Davies, “Well, she would say that, wouldn’t she?”

“Taken together, all units of study that focus on a key learning area of the Australian Curriculum – mathematics, English, science etc – represent approximately 50 per cent of the total units studied by students in an undergraduate course of initial teacher education,’’ the spokeswoman said.

“The other half of the courses focuses on educational and developmental psychology, classroom and behaviour management, the use of data to improve learning, designing learning for diversity and inclusion, and the development of a professional identity well-informed by policy, theory, appropriate sources of professional learning and codes of conduct and practice.’’

The exact type of edu-babble that the students are complaining about. Condemned by her own words.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 20, 2023 9:06 am

“It’s too late for us now to be talking about assimilation. We’re not gonna turn into whitefellas tomorrow,” Mr Pearson said.

“Our children are gonna remain Aboriginal. And I think we can accept that I think Australians accept that. You can’t turn the clock back. It’s gonna be an enriching thing for the country when we do this.”

Pearson, and almost certainly his children, have adopted the western lifestyle, via education, housing location choice, clothing style, transport and so many other elements, that they are well over 90% assimilated.

Perhaps he should move from the Sunshine Coast to Aurukun, live in a humpy, and hunt with a spear and boomerang while clothed in a tuft of grass if he truly believes what he says.

Dot
Dot
September 20, 2023 9:07 am

Just import competent, smart English and Math teachers. Why should the aussie arts grads be sheltered from global competition leaving kids to produce ever-falling literacy and numeracy results.

(Just watch good teachers online. Make the Dept of Ed obsolete!)

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
September 20, 2023 9:07 am

Somewhere deep in the scuppers of the Yes campaign, dreaded pirate Captain Mayonnaise shouted the order “Release the Cathken!”

Ms Freeman has called on Australians to support the constitutional change.
“I can’t remember a time when change has felt so urgent … we have the chance to be part of a moment that brings people together,” Ms Freeman said.

Hmmm. The urgency gambit. What’s the deadline for the ATSIVTP and what other forecast event was it derived from? There isn’t one. There is plenty of time to get it right and you have to say no to bad deals to get a good one.

The Cathken also said this was a chance for us all “to work hard for something that we can all believe in.”
Ticking a box is working hard?

They should have paid extra to get the Kraken; the Cathken is flailing about with no firm contact.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 20, 2023 9:07 am

The Struggle Over Teacher Training – 14 Page PDF

The Arrival of Neo-Progressive Education

In the late 1960s a new pedagogy, progressive education, swept through Australian schools. Strictly speaking, this should be called ‘neo-progressive’ education, for it was a new version of earlier ‘progressive’ principles about a child-centred curriculum, activity methods of learning and integrated subjects.

To this the neoprogressives added ‘open education’.

This could be physically open — several classes in a large open space, with team teaching — but also intellectually open, in the sense that teachers should not impose their ideas on students. This latter view, asserting that all beliefs were equally valid, was an expression of cultural and moral relativism.

Another progressive reform making teaching more difficult was a new approach
to the curriculum.

Around 1971, departments of education ceased to issue syllabuses;

teachers were expected to devise their own ‘school-based’ curricula. Inspection was almost abolished.

The resignation rate rose rapidly, particularly in secondary schools. In New South Wales, for instance, the resignadon rate in state secondary schools rose from 9.6 per cent in 1965/66 to 13 per cent in 1968/69 (Barcan,
1977:154).

Teachers’ salaries fell relative to other vocations. More money was found for education, but it was spent on buildings, on equipment and materials, and on expanding the non-teaching ancilliary staff and on increasing the number of teachers.

More teachers meant smaller classes, but this was not sufficient to restore the attraction and prestige of teaching.

Moreover, by the late 1960s a much wider range of jobs was available for those who once would have had few alternadves to teaching.

Many lecturers in ‘teacher preparation’ courses in CAEs and universities welcomed thee new progressive pedagogy. But the progressives lacked a strong theoretical base. It was the neo-Marxists, the radical educationists, who had the theoretical strength.

Unlike classical Marxism, which regarded education as part of the
‘superstructure’ of society, neo-Marxism held that the schools were vital agents for
changing society;

the ‘traditional’ curriculum was a ‘social construct’ reflecting class
interests and possessing no intrinsic validity; working-class ‘kids’ should not be
forced to acquire ‘middle-class’ knowledge.

These ideas gained theoretical expression and respectability through the ‘new sociology of education’ and its offspring, the sociology of knowledge.

These new ideologies were expounded in many Teacher-preparation courses by lecturers who compensated for their limited knowledge of or interest in school realities by developing an enthusiastic appetite for social theory.

Many schools soon abandoned the more extravagant experiments, but in the
training institutions many lecturers clung to progressive and/or radical ideologies.

Teacher-preparation courses often served to alienate trainee teachers from their future profession.

The problems facing future primary and secondary teachers differed.

In secondary schools, particularly senior secondary schools, academic subjects remained strong and future teachers needed a firm foundation in subject content and in related teaching skills.

But in primary schools, and to some extent in the junior years of secondary schools, the absence of external examinations, syllabuses or inspection encouraged a shift of emphasis from content to process.

It was argued that ‘learning how to learn’ was more important than learning specific content. Inappropriate methods of teaching reading and writing in infant classes, justified by the findings of ‘educational research’, weakened standards in later primary and secondary grades.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 20, 2023 9:09 am

International Association of Academicians for Peace Oceania report says Indigenous elders should be brought into schools

Some old pizz wreck, banging on about how the white man never broke the spirit of the proud, young, Aboriginal warriors will make all the difference.

calli
calli
September 20, 2023 9:12 am

Doc Faustus usually signs off with it as an accurate description of those running the power generation grid without ther sarc tag.

Yes. I assumed he got it from Raiders.

The sublime example of overrated idiots being entrusted with the prize of the ages, saturated with incredible destructive power…and then losing it.

Crossie
Crossie
September 20, 2023 9:13 am

The drive by the aboriginal industry, different from aboriginal people, to stop teaching English to indigenous children is a wrong move on several fronts. One, these children are then isolated not only from the wider Australia society but from the world universally. Two, this makes them unemployable, even in the aboriginal industry. Could this be a strategy to remove any challenges to the industry? Three, this isolates aboriginal children even from other aboriginals who speak a different language to others, we are told there are 251. They are building a Tower of Babel.

Not learning English is a short-sighted decision seeing as it has become the language of the world. Wherever you go speaking and understanding English is an advantage, every little hamlet anywhere in the world has somebody who knows it or at least a bit of it. English is what Esperanto was supposed to be but it developed organically by absorbing words from every language on earth and making them universally understood. English grammar is simple though spelling can be a problem though the texting crowd is simplifying even that.

As has already been said by others on this blog, not teaching English to aboriginal children is damning them to a life of isolation, a museum existence, to be an exhibit for visiting media and aboriginal industry elites.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
September 20, 2023 9:14 am

Top men.
Can someone tell me where this term comes from.

For me, it’s an echo from the past, of clueless government officials trying to calm the flock: ‘Don’t you worry about that, top men are looking into it’.

From the same family as ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 9:15 am

That last post reads a little unfairly. I would place teaching alongside entrepreneurship as an amalgam of traits that cannot readily be taught. Thing back to my good teachers (of which I would say there was only a handful), they were all quite different sorts of people. General child rearing and more broad societal changes aren’t helping either. Scanning the PISA tables would suggest cultural factors are not insignificant either.

calli
calli
September 20, 2023 9:15 am

“It’s too late for us now to be talking about assimilation. We’re not gonna turn into whitefellas tomorrow,” Mr Pearson said.

It’s not about becoming “whitefellas” you obtuse, oleaginous racist d*ckhead.

It’s about participating in Western society in a meaningful, beneficial way. Which you already do, but appear to deny your special exhibits.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 20, 2023 9:17 am

As has already been said by others on this blog, not teaching English to aboriginal children is damning them to a life of isolation, a museum existence, to be an exhibit for visiting media and aboriginal industry elites.

Well said!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 20, 2023 9:18 am

Former Labor senator Stephen Conroy says essential services are “monopoly services”.

He’s not a happy chappy.

Day after referendum will be ‘sombre’: Stephen Conroy (19 Sep)

Former Labor senator Stephen Conroy says the day after the referendum day place will be “sombre”.

Mr Conroy said if the polls are accurate then the ‘Yes’ case will lose and potentially quite heavily.

Console yourself, son, with some nice radioactive milk, and put on your red undies.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
September 20, 2023 9:20 am

Reposted for excellence – Faustus at 7.38 and apropos of the Great Heat:

While cleaning the Webley at the breakfast table, I assure Mrs Faustus that I won’t let her or the dogs suffer.

Ha.

Incidentally, and particularly with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of computer equipment at their disposal, the BOM should be compelled to issue public apologies when their dire predictions do not come to pass.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 9:21 am

The notion of self directed learning is perhaps the greatest nonsense going around, particularly in schools. It might work if you’re Issac Newton but the rest of us need to be taught.

Dot
Dot
September 20, 2023 9:24 am

The notion of self directed learning is perhaps the greatest nonsense going around, particularly in schools.

A younger me, to younger adults:

“Have you done the readings?”

All I got in response was awkward smiling.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 20, 2023 9:25 am

Former Labor senator Stephen Conroy says the day after the referendum day place will be “sombre”.

It probably will be.
We spent yesterday afternoon buying up our 4.5 litres of booze to take home.
I am not sure if I mentioned it, but alcohol is very cheap in Japan.
If the No vote wins I will make a decent dint in one of those bottles of gin on the Saturday night so, yes, I am expecting Sunday 15th to be very sombre.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 9:26 am

“Release the Cathken!”

Obviously Shaq had no cut through.

Crossie
Crossie
September 20, 2023 9:26 am

Dot
Sep 20, 2023 9:07 AM
Just import competent, smart English and Math teachers. Why should the aussie arts grads be sheltered from global competition leaving kids to produce ever-falling literacy and numeracy results.

(Just watch good teachers online. Make the Dept of Ed obsolete!)

At least the kids would be able to learn at their own pace and not get sidetracked by other noisy schoolchildren. The downside is isolation and lack of socialisation which is as valuable as a good education.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 9:28 am

I expect The Lodge cellar will take a hammering too.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 20, 2023 9:29 am

H B Bear

Sep 20, 2023 9:26 AM

“Release the Cathken!”

Obviously Shaq had no cut through.

Luigi’s “all blackfellas look the same to me” moment.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 20, 2023 9:31 am

H B Bear

Sep 20, 2023 9:28 AM

I expect The Lodge cellar will take a hammering too.

Grange and bitters on the rocks?
As for Mrs Luigi, is the cellar stocked with West Coast Coolers?

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 20, 2023 9:31 am

“Across the 84 schools in the program attendance has actually gone backwards … even before COVID. It’s what happens when governments make policies for Indigenous communities, not with communities.

I look forward to the Commonwealth government accepting that centralised decision making is bad for everyone, not only for the indigenous.

Subsidiarity anyone?

Roger
Roger
September 20, 2023 9:33 am

Subsidiarity anyone?

Yes please.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
September 20, 2023 9:34 am

She obviously knows her snakes.

Ballsy.

—-

steveinman:

Lady rescues man from a snake

Crossie
Crossie
September 20, 2023 9:35 am

calli
Sep 20, 2023 9:15 AM
“It’s too late for us now to be talking about assimilation. We’re not gonna turn into whitefellas tomorrow,” Mr Pearson said.

It’s not about becoming “whitefellas” you obtuse, oleaginous racist d*ckhead.
It’s about participating in Western society in a meaningful, beneficial way. Which you already do, but appear to deny your special exhibits.

Assimilation or integration are not evil but necessary to actually be independent. By keeping indigenous remote communities in their present state we are denying them a chance to be independent and autonomous. What dignity is there in relying on somebody else to feed, clothe and house you when you could do it yourself?

Salvatore, Iron Publican
September 20, 2023 9:37 am

… the Cathken is flailing about with no firm contact.

The Cathken is as dumb as a box of rocks, & totally oblivious when it comes to news & current affairs.
She’s not the intellectual giant & observer of society that is Thomas Mayo. She wouldn’t be able to handle softball questions from the ABC.

As can be seen from the extremely weak, ineffective lines she’s rote learned & speaks when a handler pulls the string in her back just before the sympathetic TV camera rolls for a few seconds.

Rufus T Firefly
Rufus T Firefly
September 20, 2023 9:38 am

In Ukraine a few weeks ago, a market in Konstantinovka, was hit by missiles, tragically causing multiple deaths.
Of course, the finger of accusation was immediately pointed at, ……, Russia.
To coin a phrase from one of the world’s greatest scientific minds, “How dare they!”

It would appear, that this “Dreyfus” moment, was yet another incorrect assertion, of the lapdog press.
Even the farcical New York Times, (no less), said that the missile(s) came from the Ukrainian occupied territories.
This is another example of Ukraine trying to deflect their inept/murderous actions toward some one else.
Recall the missiles that landed in Poland and killed two Polish farmers was blamed, (immediately of course, no investigation required), on Russia, but was found to be a Ukrainian S300.
Oddly, Article 5 of NATO, (an attack on one is an attack on all, ….., isn’t it?), was not invoked, just like the gas pipeline into Germany, who’s name dare not be mentioned, that was destroyed 16 months ago.

That the NYT publishes this, at the moment that the puppet clown enters the US, is clearly a message. We are in the end times now, for ‘elensky anyway.

Joe Biden-Jan 2023 “We will support Ukraine for as long as it takes.” We are 8 months into that statement. If I was ‘elensky, I wouldn’t buy any green bananas.

The final nail in Ukraine’s coffin, is exemplified by the fact that the world’s favourite psycopathatic couple, the Clintons, have announced that they are entering the arena to “help spread humanitarian aid”, with the use of the Clinton Global Foundation.
They want to hoover up as much cash as they can, before the money laundering machine, that is Project Ukraine, stops paying out.

Tom
Tom
September 20, 2023 9:39 am

…with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of computer equipment at their disposal, the BOM should be compelled to issue public apologies when their dire predictions do not come to pass.

Damn right, KD.

It’s costing us a bomb to finance BOM — nearly half a trillion dollars. That’s very expensive when you’re using ideology instead of science to compose forecasts.

Roger
Roger
September 20, 2023 9:39 am

“It’s too late for us now to be talking about assimilation. We’re not gonna turn into whitefellas tomorrow,” Mr Pearson said.

Says a bloke who was educated at one of Brisbone’s most expensive private schools.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 9:43 am

Says a bloke who was educated at one of Brisbone’s most expensive private schools.

Assimilation for me but not for thee.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 20, 2023 9:43 am

Alamak!
Sep 20, 2023 8:57 AM
When teachers with MAs can’t figure out how to teach children to read, that’s a devastating indictment of a failed system. If we want more kids reading, we need fewer MAs.

Just import competent, smart English and Math teachers.

From where?

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 9:45 am

Pearson and assimilation just the latest change of tack. Wonder who the Captain is?

Roger
Roger
September 20, 2023 9:46 am

Pearson and assimilation just the latest change of tack. Wonder who the Captain is?

Oh, Noel doesn’t take orders from anyone.

Boambee John
Boambee John
September 20, 2023 9:48 am

(Just watch good teachers online. Make the Dept of Ed obsolete!)

Dot

According to Linda Burney, centralised education departments are already obsolete (see my comment at 0931).

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 9:48 am

Joe Biden-Jan 2023 “We will support Ukraine for as long as it takes.”

Might not find a lot of support around Afghanistan airport for that one.

Jorge
Jorge
September 20, 2023 9:50 am

“They wanted to know more about classroom behaviour management, dealing with parents and dealing with students with particular learning needs.

Classroom management ? Why would academics know anything about that ? You learn about that from your own parents and growing up in a family. Or from other experienced teachers after you start your teaching career. Or from trying things with groups. Some things work with one lot. Some with another.
You have to work it out yourself. And kids respond differently to men and women teachers.

Top Ender
Top Ender
September 20, 2023 9:51 am

Former Labor senator Stephen Conroy says the day after the referendum day place will be “sombre”.

Could be. At Chez Top Ender it might be a bit quiet, as the hangover dissipates from the several bottles of champagne consumed as the No vote triumphed.

Vicki
Vicki
September 20, 2023 9:52 am

Have returned to Sydney and everyone in our “neck of the woods” is in panic about the hot conditions. What hot conditions? Sure, it is warm for early Spring – but it is NOT hot per se. The media is no doubt fuelling the concern.

The fire danger is quite another issue. A fairly dry winter after grass growth the previous season has created a real concern for grass fires in rural areas with warm weather & westerly winds from the interior.

Indolent
Indolent
September 20, 2023 9:52 am
H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 9:55 am

Oh, Noel doesn’t take orders from anyone.

Might be a good time to start. Those rocks look like they’re getting closer.

This reminds me of the last few days of my midweek sailing career. We were getting blown towards a concrete pylon at RFBYC having lost myself and one other crew off the boat in 28kt winds. We hurriedly started the motor and headed home. I rang the guy who owned the boat to offer my resignation. “Yes. That might be best.”

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 20, 2023 9:59 am

OldOzzie
September 20, 2023 at 8:18 am · Reply

Yet Again I refer to Melbourne 1968

Peter Fitzroy
September 20, 2023 at 8:38 am · Reply

It is early spring- not summer, your comparison is invalid

http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/ncc/cdio/weatherData/av?p_nccObsCode=122&p_display_type=dailyDataFile&p_startYear=2006&p_c=-872954526&p_stn_num=66062

3 days above 30C Sep 2006

http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/ncc/cdio/weatherData/av?p_nccObsCode=122&p_display_type=dailyDataFile&p_startYear=&p_c=&p_stn_num=66214

2 days above 30C Sep 2023 so far – today will make probably make 3 – seems normal hot weather to me – Try Researching Peter before commenting!

http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/ncc/cdio/weatherData/av?p_nccObsCode=122&p_display_type=dailyDataFile&p_startYear=2008&p_c=-872954526&p_stn_num=66062

3 days above 30C Sep 2008

http://www.bom.gov.au/jsp/ncc/cdio/weatherData/av?p_nccObsCode=122&p_display_type=dailyDataFile&p_startYear=2009&p_c=-872954526&p_stn_num=66062

3 days above 30C Sep 2009

3 days above 30C Sep 2013

Roger
Roger
September 20, 2023 9:59 am

Might be a good time to start. Those rocks look like they’re getting closer.

And it’ll be everyone else’s fault when he hits them.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 20, 2023 10:01 am

Former Labor senator Stephen Conroy says the day after the referendum day place will be “sombre”.

Pearson, Burney, Langton et all will be revealed in their true colors…(Pulls pin, shouts “Grenade” very loudly..)

Vicki
Vicki
September 20, 2023 10:01 am

(Just watch good teachers online. Make the Dept of Ed obsolete!)

I agree with that. But the trouble is that you can’t teach enthusiasm and passion. Great teachers are passionate about their subject matter. An academic from Wollongong University ( I can’t recall his name) once said that great teaching was akin to passing on a torch – in this case, a torch which illuminates.

The other critical factor in great teaching is a teacher’s ability to reduce subject matter to its central, and most cogent elements. This is commonly called “summarising”, and you would be surprised ( or would you?) how few teachers incorporate summaries into their teaching model.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 20, 2023 10:02 am

Link – OldOzzie
September 20, 2023 at 8:18 am · Reply

Yet Again I refer to Melbourne 1968

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
September 20, 2023 10:09 am

Activists silent as communists parade at ‘Yes23’ rally
Rod Lampard

From the “Spectator.”

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 10:11 am

Vicki, too true. I came across Khan Academy when I was (briefly) recruited to help my niece and nephew around year 7 and 8. Useful but no real substitute. I too didn’t last long, which was a relief for everyone concerned.

Dot
Dot
September 20, 2023 10:12 am

Ugly sob too

A cute owl in the making.

Vicki
Vicki
September 20, 2023 10:13 am

The notion of self directed learning is perhaps the greatest nonsense going around, particularly in schools. It might work if you’re Issac Newton but the rest of us need to be taught.

Self-directed learning & “child centred education” were the theoretical models that sank education in this country.

“I am here to teach you and you are here to learn” – was, and should be the motto of teaching. THEN the teacher should throw he or her “all” into that task, “inspiring” as well as “teaching”. Sound “pie-in-the-sky”? No – it actually works, though it does “wear out” really good teachers – which is why good teachers should be promoted and rewarded for excellence, rather than time on the job.

Roger
Roger
September 20, 2023 10:13 am

UK ban on sale of new petrol and diesel cars is expected to be pushed back 5 years to 2035 as private sales decline.

Meanwhile, on the continent, German car makers have won a concession that will allow them to continue to produce ICE vehicles that run on synthetic fuel after 2035.

Anyone who believes Australia is going to experience an EV revolution is nuts.

Yes, I’m looking at you, Chris Bowen.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 20, 2023 10:18 am

I must say, the quality and variety of Bing-Bongs in Japan is excellent.
The pedestrian crossings play a sort of Space Invader pinging noise when they turn green.
The upcoming station announcements on the Sashimi fast train are preceeded by a very satisfying full octave run up and down the scale.
Lifts have a pleasing assortment of dings and bings to announce the arrival at your floor.
The Seven-11 door binger can become a little annoying, though, especially at busy times.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 20, 2023 10:18 am

Zelensky Seeks To Cancel Russia At UN, Asks Why “Russian Terrorists” Have A Place

However, these reports of “Russia kidnapping children” have been based on the trend of Russian-speaking families of the Donbas in many cases willingly relocating to Russian territory, also given there had been a civil war raging there since 2014 involving pro-Kiev Ukrainians attacking pro-Russian Ukrainians in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Zelensky also used it as an occasion to condemn any potential peace plan offered by a third party which requires that Ukraine cede territory. The New York Times wrote, “Ukraine has been seeking backing for a 10-point settlement program that demands a full Russian withdrawal and payment of reparations.”

Meanwhile, employing his UN-speak, Zelensky for a moment talked about the world body’s “climate policy objectives”…

Meanwhile, employing his UN-speak, Zelensky for a moment talked about the world body’s “climate policy objectives”…

From the Comments

– I’ll take the Russkies over the Ukronazis every day, twice in Sunday.

Curtailing aid to Ukraine from the allies will only prolong the war, and this will create risks for the West in its own backvard. It is impossible to predict how millions of Ukrainian refugees in European countries will react to the fact that their country was abandoned. Ukrainians generally “behaved well” and are “very grateful” to those who sheltered them. But it will not be a “good story” for Europe if it “pushes these people into a corner”.

Is Zelensky suggesting that Ukrainian refugees in other countries could be activated LIKE terrorist splinter cells if we stop funding Joe Biden’s proxy war with Russia?

This reads exactly like a threat while he calls Russia terrorists. Fuk this dummy dust snorting Khazarin cuck midget.

– Am I the only one getting sick of this little GI Joe *** grifter or are there others?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
September 20, 2023 10:20 am

Roger

Sep 20, 2023 9:59 AM

Might be a good time to start. Those rocks look like they’re getting closer.

And it’ll be everyone else’s fault when he hits them.

The rocks will have to accept their share of the blame as well.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 20, 2023 10:22 am

Meanwhile – Zelensky Fires Top Defense Officials In Corruption Purge Ahead Of Washington Trip

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed six high-ranking military officials. The sweeping firings come as the Ukrainian leader is traveling to Washington this week to lobby Congress to pass a multi-billion funding package for Kiev.

Taras Melnychuk, permanent representative of the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers, announced the six deputy defense ministers had been fired from their posts on Telegram. The deputies were fired two weeks after Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov was sacked over corruption. Melnychuk, or newly appointed Defense Minister Rustem Umerov, did not explain the reason for the recent terminations.

The New York Times reports Zelensky made the move to give the appearance of working to tackle corruption before he directly appeals to Congress for a new multi-billion dollar aid package.

“The shake-up in President Volodymyr Zelensky’s wartime leadership team came as he headed to the United States, keen to demonstrate to American officials and other Western leaders that his government is not squandering — on either graft of mismanagement — the tens of billions of dollars in aid they have sent to Ukraine,” the outlet explained.

The Times notes the impact of firing the officials is more likely to be felt in the long term. “Battlefield decisions runs directly from Mr. Zelensky to the military’s uniformed general staff, largely bypassing the civilians at the defense ministry, so the turnover is not expected to have an immediate effect on the course of the war,” the outlet explained. “The ministry’s role is primarily not in tactics but logistics — procurement, salaries and benefits — where changes may not be felt right away.”

Ukraine was infamous for being the most corrupt country in Europe before the Russian invasion. Since then, Washington has sent Kiev over $100 billion in weapons and other direct financial assistance.

The White House has fought against establishing an office to oversee aid shipments to monitor for corruption.

The Pentagon inspector general has found that American weapons shipped to Ukraine lack proper documentation. The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction has warned that without sufficient oversight of aid, corruption will run rampant and undermine Kiev’s military.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 20, 2023 10:23 am

A cute owl in the making.

Needs a bigger dick.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 20, 2023 10:25 am

What booze are you planning on bringing back Sancho-san ?
Something exotic & impossible to find?
Enough to take you to Rob Sitch level wankery at your next dinner party?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 20, 2023 10:27 am

Dover – I saw somewhere that the Azeris shot up some Russians in NK yesterday. I don’t know whether they were peacekeepers or advisors though. I think Azerbaijan is going for all the marbles while Russia is too distracted to prevent that. Be interesting what it sets off geopolitically.

Morsie
Morsie
September 20, 2023 10:30 am

On teaching English, Malaysia is a prime example of what can go wrong. About 20 years ago, the Education Minister decided that teaching English in government schools would stop as it was a nasty colonial language.
The results are obvious. When we lived there we had a cleaner, mid 50s who basically lived in a jungle village .She had great English. Go into a shop and the mid 20s shop assistants had no English.
All the politicians have English as they are of that generation .The Chines learn it on weekends.
The result is a Malay population insulated from the outside world becoming increasingly Islamic and ripe for indoctrination.
If indigenous kids never learn English the same will apply here, not necessarily islam but a population cut off from teh world and ready to be exploited.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 10:31 am

The rocks will have to accept their share of the blame as well.

I think Country gets a pass.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
September 20, 2023 10:31 am

Sleaze Conroy, he of the drink coaster calculations….

Console yourself, son, with some nice radioactive milk, and put on your red undies.

Darts BoN, lovely darts.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 10:32 am

Needs a bigger dick.

A common refrain.

feelthebern
feelthebern
September 20, 2023 10:34 am

There is a piece floating around regarding mobile phone usage in Russian & Ukraine.
Someone is trying to use that data to try plot how many people are no longer with us taking into account churn, multiple phones etc.
There are so many variables, including the underlying data itself that make it a useless exercise.
Long story short, it says that a gazillion Russians are dead versus a low amount of Ukrainians.
Based on that, I would think it will get some mainstream coverage at some stage.

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 10:37 am

If indigenous kids never learn English the same will apply here, not necessarily islam but a population cut off from teh world and ready to be exploited.

Often what happened to female post War migrants. The husband picked up English at work. The children at school. Mum was left at home or the visits to the migrant club.

lotocoti
lotocoti
September 20, 2023 10:45 am

I wonder what Zelenskyy wanted to show SloJo.

Roger
Roger
September 20, 2023 10:46 am

The pope’s address to the Clinton Foundation, Monday.

Seems he’s writing a new encyclical on the ecological catastrophe.

Fwiw.

flyingduk
flyingduk
September 20, 2023 10:51 am

Hmmm. The urgency gambit. What’s the deadline for the ATSIVTP and what other forecast event was it derived from? There isn’t one..

Might best best to concentrate on saving the planet then, we have less than 10y left, IIRR

areff
areff
September 20, 2023 10:52 am

If we want more kids reading, we need fewer MAs.

One savage nun with a leather persuader = 20 MAs

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
September 20, 2023 10:54 am

The pedestrian crossings play a sort of Space Invader pinging noise when they turn green.

The tune they play is apparently that of an old rhyme that warns (children) that when they leave a religious precinct (Buddhist temple or Shinto shrine, can’t recall which) they should leave by a different gateway than they entered. The reason for this is that evil spirits following you are unable to enter the temple/shrine and so wait at the entrance for you to come out. If you leave through a different gate then they will not be able to reattach themselves to you.

With regards to pedestrian crossings they remind you not to turn around part way and go back but instead to walk quickly and directly across the road.

Well, that was what I was told.

Different in Nara city but – it plays a stylised version of something like a Scottish fling.

flyingduk
flyingduk
September 20, 2023 10:54 am

Ivan Katchanovski
@I_Katchanovski
At least 300,000 people, primarily military, became disabled during #RussiaUkraineWar: “During the year and a half of the full-scale invasion, the number of Ukrainians with disabilities increased by 300,000.

So, a lesser kill rate than the clotshots then?

Indolent
Indolent
September 20, 2023 10:55 am
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 20, 2023 10:56 am

I haven’t seen this anywhere.

Dover – I can’t find it now, just noticed it in passing this morning. Maybe it was recycled old news, as I see there’ve been a number of Russian soldiers injured by mines and artillery fire in NK over the last few years.

Plenty on the NK attack by the Azeris though, the MSM is starting to report more about it in the last few hours. Goolag is the best site to get the news reports up, DDG and Brave Search are too slow for such breaking stories.

The various articles reckon there’re 2000 Russian peacekeepers in place – it will be interesting to see what the Azeris do. And the Russians.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
September 20, 2023 10:59 am

How did it take the Pentagon 28 HOURS to find missing F-35 that had crashed in a field 80 miles from base?

Mystery surrounds loss of $80M stealth fighter – as unearthed study raised fears jet could be HACKED by enemy

lotocoti
lotocoti
September 20, 2023 11:02 am

I haven’t seen this anywhere.

No mention of clashes with the Russians by Military Summary.
Sounds like the Armenian PM, Pashinyan, wants to throw the Artsakhis to the wolves.

Alamak!
September 20, 2023 11:03 am

When teachers with MAs can’t figure out how to teach children to read, that’s a devastating indictment of a failed system. If we want more kids reading, we need fewer MAs.

Just import competent, smart English and Math teachers.

From where?

From India and other developing nations that do a good job of teaching English as a second language. Likewise, though English skills might be a challenge, countries like Vietnam have excellent standards of technical education in math, tech and science

Agree with use of online teaching to fill some gaps but face to face is best

H B Bear
H B Bear
September 20, 2023 11:03 am

One savage nun with a leather persuader = 20 MAs

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ujxDA9VsQG4

Peter Greagg
Peter Greagg
September 20, 2023 11:03 am

Crossie
Sep 20, 2023 9:35 AM
calli
Sep 20, 2023 9:15 AM
“It’s too late for us now to be talking about assimilation. We’re not gonna turn into whitefellas tomorrow,” Mr Pearson said.

It’s not about becoming “whitefellas” you obtuse, oleaginous racist d*ckhead.
It’s about participating in Western society in a meaningful, beneficial way. Which you already do, but appear to deny your special exhibits.

Assimilation or integration are not evil but necessary to actually be independent. By keeping indigenous remote communities in their present state we are denying them a chance to be independent and autonomous. What dignity is there in relying on somebody else to feed, clothe and house you when you could do it yourself?

Well said.

As Gary Johns has said, the young aboriginals need to be able to speak English to be able to get the full value from their internet enabled smart phones.

Gary also points out that the aboriginal elite don’t appear to have any trouble speeking English and living the Western Way with their families. I don’t imagine their children go to state run high schools.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
September 20, 2023 11:04 am

Micheal Smith has another great post;

https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2023/09/the-left-exposed-by-a-woman-to-celebrate.html

About a real achiever! Oh and she is full blood aboriginal.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
September 20, 2023 11:05 am

Dover – NK is populated by ethnic Armenians. Eastern Ukraine is populated by ethnic Russians. So who exactly should own those areas? Geopolitics is seldom simple.

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  1. It’s almost as if constantly telling a small group of people that they are victims and everyone is against them…

  2. Emirates flights worldwide seriously disrupted due to flooding in Dubai. An airline hub is a great idea until it isn’t.

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