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JC
JC
October 13, 2023 9:41 pm

Reckoning day could be arriving at top US universities sooner than later.

Billionaire CEO demands UPenn leaders quit and donations halt over alleged failure to address antisemitism on campus

Wall Street CEO Marc Rowan is calling for the leaders of the University of Pennsylvania to resign and donors to close their checkbooks over an alleged failure to condemn antisemitism and hate.

Rowan, the CEO of private equity giant Apollo Global Management, wrote in an op-ed posted online Wednesday that UPenn failed to condemn an event held on campus last month that the university acknowledged included speakers with a history of making antisemitic remarks.

“Why is UPenn repeating tragic mistakes of the past? Words of hate and violence must be met with clear, reasoned condemnation, rooted in morality from those in positions of authority,” Rowan wrote.

Rowan, whose fortune is estimated by Forbes to be nearly $6 billion, is one of the university’s wealthiest donors and supporters. He chairs the board of advisors at the university’s famed Wharton School and is the latest business leader to slam an Ivy League school over its handling of antisemitism in the wake of Hamas deadly attack on Israel.

Speedbox
October 13, 2023 9:42 pm

Roger
Oct 13, 2023 9:23 PM

Not that I’ve seen. The relationship between Russia and Israel used to be relatively strong but has fallen away in the past 18 months notwithstanding that a stated part of the reason for the conflict in Ukraine was to rid it of Nazis. Ergo, if the destruction of Nazi ideology is a partial motivator (even a small one), then the next obvious step is to deplore any actions that are anti-Jewish. But, Israel has supported Ukraine so the relationship has cooled.

Putin did say that the Hamas attack showed US policy in the ME wasn’t working but that is an entirely different issue.

Very poor form IMO. Events of the past few days deserve global condemnation but geo-politics always comes into play. Same can be said of China’s response.

Black Ball
Black Ball
October 13, 2023 9:43 pm

Wonder if that phuckwit Blinken has asked Hamas to use restraint? Saying he has Israel’s back then saying this shit doesn’t gel.

Roger
Roger
October 13, 2023 9:45 pm

The IDF is reported to have a 150% report rate among their reservists. People whose service obligations are over are coming back with whatever kit they still have.

Take note, Peter West.

JC
JC
October 13, 2023 9:45 pm

Top Ender
Oct 13, 2023 9:40 PM

JC, what’s your state prediction?

Dunno Ender. I’m just focused on the popular vote. Make them up for me if you like 🙂

Roger
Roger
October 13, 2023 9:47 pm

Same can be said of China’s response.

Indeed; China & Russia are both seeking to use Palestine as a wedge against Western nations to further their own agendas.

JC
JC
October 13, 2023 9:47 pm

Speedbox

I understood the Israeli position on the Ukraine war was neutral and carefully so.

Cassie of Sydney
October 13, 2023 9:50 pm

Just in from the Oz…

The Indigenous voice to parliament is set to fail , and may even fall short of securing a majority in any state, despite a late swing toward a Yes vote in the final days of the campaign as both sides launch their final offensives ahead of the nation’s historic referendum.

As campaign officials from the Yes and No camps warn that a ­potential low voter turnout could produce a closer result, an exclusive Newspoll conducted for The Weekend Australian shows a three-point swing toward a Yes vote over the past week to 37 per cent. This is the highest level of support for an alteration to the Constitution recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through an enshrined voice to parliament since the start of the official campaign in early September.

The lift in support is significant and will offer some optimism for the Yes23 campaign, but the ­improvement in the polls would not be near enough to overcome the current level of opposition.

With 57 per cent of surveyed voters saying they intended to vote No as of Friday, a point down on the previous poll published on Monday, the referendum would be lost if the poll results were reflected at the ballot box on Saturday. Only 6 per cent of voters said they remained undecided. If this number broke proportionally for both sides of the debate on the day, which cannot be predicted, the final result would be 60-40 against the voice.

The strongest level of support for the voice, according to the poll, remains in Victoria, the only state that could produce a majority Yes vote, followed by NSW and Tasmania.

However, the Newspoll found there was not a single state where the Yes vote was ahead of the No vote. This would mean that the referendum would fail the dual test of securing a ­national majority and a majority of the six states.”

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
October 13, 2023 9:51 pm

Yes 29%
No 71%

No in all states.

This is proof that I’m not the Mr. Grumpypants you think I am.

Cassie of Sydney
October 13, 2023 9:52 pm

Israel has trodden carefully with Russia because of Hezbollah on its northern border. Russia has considerable sway over the Awalite Assads in Syria and over the Shia Hezbollah.

JC
JC
October 13, 2023 9:54 pm

Cassie

Does the Israeli government side with Assad? If so, it’s possibly the best of the worst.

Dot
Dot
October 13, 2023 9:54 pm

Also, the IDF bombed the runways in Allepo and Damascus

Russia should get out of the way.

Katzenjammer
Katzenjammer
October 13, 2023 9:55 pm

“There are severely ill people whose injuries mean their only chances of survival is being on life support, such as mechanical ventilators,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

To keep them safe from Israel’s bombs move them to hospitals in Sderot to greet rockets from Hamas.

Cassie of Sydney
October 13, 2023 9:57 pm

“Does the Israeli government side with Assad? If so, it’s possibly the best of the worst.”

Not side, but the Israelis aren’t stupid, Assad is better than having ISIS on its border.

Top Ender
Top Ender
October 13, 2023 9:57 pm

A Referendum Result competition

No will win…. (in order of No winning magnitude)

Bar Beach Swimmer: No 72%, 28% yes
States for Yes: none
States for No: all

Barking Toad: No 70%, Yes 30%
States for Yes: none
States for No: all

Thefrollickingmole: No 70%, Yes: 30%
States for Yes: none
States for No: all

John Brumble: No: 70%, Yes: 30%,
States: 50/50 split

GreyRanga
No: 69%, Yes 31%
States for Yes: none
States for No: all

Speedbox: No: 67.5%, Yes: 32.5%.
States for Yes: Vic
States for No: Qld, WA, NSW, SA, Tas

Lysander: No 67%, Yes 33%
States for Yes: Victoria
States for No: NSW, Tas, WA, Qld, WA, SA

Alamak!: No 66%, Yes 33%
States for Yes: Vic, Tas
States for No: Qld, WA, NSW, SA

Top Ender: No 65%, Yes 35%.
States for Yes: Victoria
States for No: NSW, Tas, WA, Qld, WA, SA

Megan: No: 64%, Yes: 32%
States for Yes: Vic
States for No: Qld, NSW, SA, WA, Tas

Mizaris: No 63.5%, Yes 36.5%
States for Yes: none
States for No: all

Salvatore, Iron Publican: No 61%, Yes 38%
States for Yes: none
States for No: all

Delta A: No 60%, Yes 40%
States for Yes: Vic, Tas.
States for No: Qld, NSW, SA, WA

Robert Sewell: Yes 60%, No 40%
Yes states: Victoria, NSW
No states: Tas, WA, Qld, WA, SA

Rosie: No 59%, Yes 41%
States for Yes: Vic, SA
States for No: WA, Qld, Tas, NSW

Sancho Panzer
No 59%, Yes 41%
States for Yes: none
States for No: all

Razey: No: 58%, No 42%
States for Yes: Tas
States for No: NSW, WA, Qld, SA, Vic

Rabz No: 58%, Yes 42%
States for Yes: Vic, Tas, SA
States for No: NSW, WA, Qld

Bruce in WA: No: 58, Yes 42
States for Yes: Victoria; Tas
States for No: NSW, WA, Qld, SA

Local oaf: No 58%, Yes 42%
States for Yes: Tas, Vic
States for No: NSW, WA, Qld, SA

Beertruk: No 57%, Yes 43 %
All states: No

JC: No 56; yes 44
States for Yes:
States for No:

Cohenite: No: 55%, Yes: 45%
States for Yes: Vic
States for No: all the others

Yes will win….(in order of Yes winning magnitude)

Alwaysright: Yes: 51%, No: 49%
States for Yes: Vic, NSW, Tas, Qld
States for No: WA, SA

Correct me if wrong

Rabz
October 13, 2023 9:58 pm

Cats – it’s a Friday night. We need to move back and on from the edge of the world.

The Rolling Stones™

Are they the greatest purveyors of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Human History?

My definitive Stones line up is:

Charlie W
Bill W
Placeholder: Brian J, Mick T, Ron W
The Keef
Mickey J

Only saying this because of this, which is the only “new” Stones’ song I’ve bothered to listen to since Tattoo You …

And I love it!

Hollyweirdettes forevah! 🙂

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
October 13, 2023 9:59 pm

Putin has his nuts in a vice a bit.
Still has some troops in Syria, who knows what deals have been done with who there.

Hezbollocks have fought alongside Wagner/ Russian troops there.

I hope the complications are giving him ulcers.

Rabz
October 13, 2023 9:59 pm

jupes, CL and various others, just have at it … 😕

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
October 13, 2023 10:01 pm

Voice referendum: Noel Pearson a bully and misogynist, says Jacinta Price

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By janet albrechtsen
Columnist
@jkalbrechtsen
and joe kelly
National Affairs editor
@joekellyoz
8:18PM October 13, 2023
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Opposition Indigenous Australians spokeswoman Jacinta Price – the face of the No campaign against the Indigenous voice to parliament – has hit out at leading Yes campaigner Noel Pearson, labelling him a “misogynist” after he suggested she was being manipulated by conservative think tanks.

In a private speech delivered on Monday evening, Mr Pearson – a co-architect of the voice proposal – took aim at Senator Price and fellow No campaigner Warren Mundine for their roles opposing the voice.

Addressing a crowd of more than 100 partners and clients at Gilbert + Tobin law firm, the Cape York leader argued Senator Price and Mr Mundine did not “have their own mind” and were influenced by conservative think tanks, including the Institute of Public Affairs and the Centre for Independent Studies.
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Senator Price was previously the head of the CIS’s Indigenous affairs program, where she looked at education and welfare reform as well as Aboriginal customary law.

Mr Mundine is the director of the CIS Indigenous Forum.

Senator Price rejected the arguments from Mr Pearson and hit back, telling The Weekend Australian: “I think Pearson is a misogynist who’s been allowed to get away with his bullying and his misogyny.”

She said the referendum campaign had shown that “powerful Aboriginal men are untouchable” and were “not held to the same standards as what the left would hold – what they regard as the patriarchy, the white colonial patriarchy to that standard”.

“They don’t hold men like Noel Pearson to that standard. And so Pearson gets away with such disrespectful behaviour.”

Senator Price said Aboriginal women had “never had our feminist movement”.

“We are up against powerful men who are never held to ­account. And basically when the left-wing media ignore this ­misogyny, Aboriginal women are effectively being told … you’re not important.

“There is no, you know, ­equivalent to an Aboriginal Grace Tame.”

Katzenjammer
Katzenjammer
October 13, 2023 10:03 pm

After Israel has finished the country should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for taming Gaza and ridding the district of Hamas.

Black Ball
Black Ball
October 13, 2023 10:04 pm

The best Seinfeld episode screening. The Understudy. Brilliant on every front.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
October 13, 2023 10:04 pm

Tom @ Oct 13, 2023 7:13 PM

Laughing out loud at the ABC’s Laura Tingle’s comical lack of self-awareness. I hope you can view the clip Rita Panahi just played on her Sky News show.

Eh?
You got one dem linky links?

Top Ender
Top Ender
October 13, 2023 10:05 pm

Will catch up Mr G

Black Ball
Black Ball
October 13, 2023 10:06 pm

“i once spoke to the Reverend Sun Myung Moon…”

cohenite
October 13, 2023 10:08 pm

The Western media is putrid; even Sky news is riddled with poignant images of the poor pallis suffering under the relentless, heartless barrage of Israeli missiles. Palli women screaming, palli kids in hospital ad nauseum. if there ever was a class of people whose eradication would improve society it is the media.

Robert Sewell
October 13, 2023 10:10 pm

Not on tonight, Bignose – I’ve a busy day tomorrow and I’m taking an early night.
So you’re going to have to take your frustrations out on someone else you despise – which seems to be anyone who won’t kiss your perfumed arse.

Speedbox
October 13, 2023 10:14 pm

JC
Oct 13, 2023 9:47 PM
I understood the Israeli position on the Ukraine war was neutral and carefully so.

Yes, they have been walking on egg-shells and have been in an invidious position.

It is effectively ‘compelled’ to side with the West (lest it irritate the USA and others) and show nominal support for Ukraine’s Jewish President. However, they don’t want to irritate Russia because of Syria. Plus, Ukraine and Russia both have significant Jewish communities.

Israel has been a conduit for some US weapons to Ukraine, which the Russians didn’t take kindly to, and also has been under pressure to supply its own weapons.

On balance, Israel has done a reasonable job of being notionally neutral and Russia has also tried to accept their position but Israel has been critical of Russia and is sending non-lethal aid to Ukraine. Ukraine has been stirring the pot by trying to get the Iron Dome system, which Israel doesn’t want to give, and most recently Zelensky wants to visit Israel as a gesture of solidarity over this terror event (pure BS – that isn’t why he wants to go). To say the obvious, these aspects need to be carefully managed.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
October 13, 2023 10:18 pm

For those manning the booths.
I wouldn’t get too disheartened.
Firstly, this isn’t a Reps election with ten unknown candidates, or a bedsheet sized Senate paper that the punters will be looking for a formline on.
A lack of engagement with HTV people probably means their minds are made up.
As for Yessirs badgering them?
Fill your boots.
That will only turn any waverers off.

Rabz
October 13, 2023 10:19 pm

The Screeech is going down like the Hindenburg, Cats.

If it does not you, are free to loudly denounce me, on this august blogue, in the most colourful terms, forevah.

If there has ever been a more obvious example of the contempt politicians have for voters, then this might just be it.

There needs to be a public accountability reckoning afterwards.

Various grifters will screech in an outer space audible sense. It has to be done, or we keep vanishing down their plughole.

NO to dividing Ozzies by race
NO to corruptocrats wasting trillions of OPM
NO to braindead labore greenfilth mediocrities trying to launch a marxist putsch

Enough. Or else.

HOP Time™ will be visited upon youse, with great vengeance and furious anger.

I tells ya. 🙂

JC
JC
October 13, 2023 10:20 pm

Speedbox

It would be interesting to get a handle how Russian Jews view the war.

miltonf
miltonf
October 13, 2023 10:20 pm

Duncan Lewis was a former Major General

David Morrison was a Lieutenant General. Another canbra mediocrity

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
October 13, 2023 10:21 pm

I know the world is a stupid woke place now but I also know that Israel has the right and obligation to eliminate Hamas. I hope there is not too much collateral damage but this is one time when “whatever it takes” works for me.

Rabz
October 13, 2023 10:21 pm

Hi Eddles, you sad, creepy weirdo! 🙂

miltonf
miltonf
October 13, 2023 10:22 pm

Addressing a crowd of more than 100 partners and clients at Gilbert + Tobin law firm

big business, big gubmint and big law against the people

JC
JC
October 13, 2023 10:22 pm

This is going to leave a mark

Dave Rubin
@RubinReport
·
18h
Maybe the West has a chance.
Quote
Hananya Naftali
@HananyaNaftali
·
19h
BREAKING: France has just banned pro-Palestine protests.

Speedbox
October 13, 2023 10:24 pm

JC
Oct 13, 2023 10:20 PM

Agreed. I will need to make some calls/emails. But am going to watch a show on Netflix now. I will get back to you.

Crossie
Crossie
October 13, 2023 10:26 pm

Cassie of Sydney
Oct 13, 2023 8:53 PM
UK comedian Andrew Lawrence has just uploaded this….

It’s funny because it’s true.

JC
JC
October 13, 2023 10:26 pm

Oh Okay, thanks Speedb

Dino Saur
Dino Saur
October 13, 2023 10:26 pm

Today’s Aboriginal “leadership” have not made friends among the people who will matter on Sunday if “No” wins,. There’s going to be a reckoning .

The passive aggressive Noel Person has also now thrown the PM under the bus . Is he hoping that Shorten will save him because his fellow Aboriginals won’t?

Crossie
Crossie
October 13, 2023 10:27 pm

cohenite
Oct 13, 2023 10:08 PM
The Western media is putrid; even Sky news is riddled with poignant images of the poor pallis suffering under the relentless, heartless barrage of Israeli missiles. Palli women screaming, palli kids in hospital ad nauseum.

I’m not buying any of it.

Rabz
October 13, 2023 10:28 pm

I’m a womanage” …

Indeed she is 🙂

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
October 13, 2023 10:31 pm

The most ghastly thing to ever occur on a cruise ship wasn’t the Achille Lauro hijack, or even the Titanic or the Lusitania.
It was Luigi Senior hiding the salami with Elbow’s mum.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
October 13, 2023 10:32 pm

Today’s Aboriginal “leadership” have not made friends among the people who will matter on Sunday if “No” wins,. There’s going to be a reckoning .

Hopefully, along with a serious inquiry as to where all the money spent on indigenous matters goes. All those new Landcruisers…

JC
JC
October 13, 2023 10:32 pm
Rabz
October 13, 2023 10:36 pm

Is he hoping that teats shorten will save him because his fellow Aboriginals won’t?

Am I the only person in this country who has insider information that can sink Teats Peanuthead forever, FFS?

The Ozzie braindead lamestream meeja – you staggeringly stupid uninquisitive incurious illiterate innumerate imbeciles.

I’ve gifted you “the story” of this indescribable albansleazey goat rodeo and you’ve covered it with a pillow.

Until Dead.

You ridiculous beyond parody frauds. 😡

Indolent
Indolent
October 13, 2023 10:36 pm
JC
JC
October 13, 2023 10:37 pm

Am I the only person in this country who has insider information that can sink Teats Peanuthead forever, FFS?

Do share. Don’t keep us in suspense.

flyingduk
flyingduk
October 13, 2023 10:38 pm

“There are severely ill people whose injuries mean their only chances of survival is being on life support, such as mechanical ventilators,” WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

“So moving those people is a death sentence. Asking health workers to do so is beyond cruel.”

I spent decades moving critically ill patients by helicopter and fixed wing aircraft, sometimes over thousands of km. Moving them 10 or 20km by road would be a doddle, and if its not ….. use triage, this is war after all.

I used to get asked by my registrars what to do with the patient if they ditched in the ocean. My answer – stand on them as you get out.

MatrixTransform
October 13, 2023 10:40 pm

not the original … Georgia Women

Crossie
Crossie
October 13, 2023 10:43 pm

Rabz
Oct 13, 2023 9:58 PM
Cats – it’s a Friday night. We need to move back and on from the edge of the world.

The Rolling Stones™

Are they the greatest purveyors of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Human History?

OK, Stones it is and a song to suit the day.

Paint It Black

Black Ball
Black Ball
October 13, 2023 10:44 pm

Is he hoping that Shorten will save him because his fellow Aboriginals won’t?

Tits Shorten has his eye on the big chair. The end.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
October 13, 2023 10:46 pm

and no amount of obsequiousness on our part, humility, love, seems to ever melt their hearts,

We don’t want you to be obsequious, you ghastly creep. Nor full of humility. Stand up for what you believe in and tell the truth. That’s enough for us to listen to you.

As it is, most of us have come to the conclusion that you’re a dishonest grifter. You’ve lived parasitically off the misery and ignorance of others and done little for them.

MatrixTransform
October 13, 2023 10:47 pm
Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
October 13, 2023 10:48 pm

JC

Oct 13, 2023 9:45 PM

Top Ender
Oct 13, 2023 9:40 PM

JC, what’s your state prediction?

Dunno Ender. I’m just focused on the popular vote. Make them up for me if you like ?

Jeez.
I’ll do your homework for you.
If you are going 55:45 No as a national vote, the butcher’s paper says Victoria Yes, the rest No.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
October 13, 2023 10:50 pm

Am I the only person in this country who has insider information that can sink Teats Peanuthead forever, FFS?

Technically it’s not bestality if it was you in the goat costume.
More like a Toowoomba Mardi gras

Rabz
October 13, 2023 10:57 pm

Do share. Don’t keep us in suspense.

JC – you really are hopeless at picking up on and purveying gossip.

I dated a goil* last year whom I’ve known for many moons and it was all going well until she dumped me for teats peanuthead. 🙁

She’s determined to f*ck her way into politics.

*A 9.5

Rabz
October 13, 2023 10:59 pm

mole 🙂

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
October 13, 2023 11:04 pm

Don’t worry RABZ, what happens at the Matia helldrivers club, stays at the club

Rabz
October 13, 2023 11:14 pm

Top Ender

Our Resident Screeech Statistician, Cats.

Let’s give him a very big hand for his book recording and prediction taking efforts, Cats! 🙂

JC
JC
October 13, 2023 11:20 pm

JC – you really are hopeless at picking up on and purveying gossip.

I didn’t know, so was I supposed to guess?

Rabz
October 13, 2023 11:29 pm

You may find yourself in a beautiful house
With a beautiful woife
And you may ask yourself
How did I get here
I asks ya? 😕

Same as it ever was …

Rabz
October 13, 2023 11:35 pm

JC – it’s part of life’s rich tapestry. There is no reason for anyone on this planet with a functioning brain to give a rodent’s backside about my blundering around on this planet with aesthetically pleasing personages of the opposite sex.

I tells ya. 🙂

JC
JC
October 13, 2023 11:43 pm

Rabz

Where are you going with this wall rug,

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
October 13, 2023 11:43 pm

Correct me if wrong

You missed me, topender. NO 71% YES 29% and NO majority in all states.

John Brumble
John Brumble
October 13, 2023 11:45 pm

TE.
Come on, mate. Clearly I don’t think the states split 50/50.

My No win was with only one Yes state.

JC
JC
October 13, 2023 11:48 pm

Omg they didn’t. How could they?Those Jews again.

This is a war crime.

Israeli Airstrike Destroys Planned Parenthood Abortion Center

As Israel seeks to defend itself from the Hamas terrorist attack launched against it over the weekend, the Middle Eastern nation has launched its own counterattack on Hamas radicals in Gaza.

As a result of one of the airstrikes, the world’s biggest abortion business lost one of its centers, located in the Gaza strip section controlled by Palestinians.

“On 8 October, PFPPA’s only center in Gaza was destroyed following an Israeli airstrike to an adjacent building,” the abortion giant said.

The Planned Parenthood abortion business has sent out an emergency alert to its supporters asking for donations and complaining that women who can’t get abortions would be “forced to give birth.”

Crossie
Crossie
October 13, 2023 11:48 pm

I dated a goil* last year whom I’ve known for many moons and it was all going well until she dumped me for teats peanuthead. ?

She’s determined to f*ck her way into politics.

*A 9.5

Rabz, she would have to be 9.5 to disLodge Chloe.

Rabz
October 13, 2023 11:50 pm

Where are you going with this wall rug

Just essaying the many terrible tribulations of my ‘orrible existence, squire.

“I’ve been dumped by a 9 (again), not happy I tells ya! 🙂

Crossie
Crossie
October 13, 2023 11:52 pm

Israeli Airstrike Destroys Planned Parenthood Abortion Center

Ha, ha, ha.

Rabz
October 13, 2023 11:52 pm

Cats – quite frankly, I’m happy to name her.

They’ve been going at like rabbits since December last year.

JC
JC
October 13, 2023 11:54 pm

Think of it this way. She was a 9. 9 isn’t 10, so it’s fine.

Rabz
October 13, 2023 11:59 pm

JC – the last thing I need at this time of my life is Sirens.

As aesthetically pleasing as they may be … 🙂

JC
JC
October 14, 2023 12:02 am

How do you know they’ve been going at it like rabbits? Surely, you’re not witnessing each rabbit event.

Rabz
October 14, 2023 12:07 am
Rabz
October 14, 2023 12:12 am

JC – look up teats’ reputation.

It is not a proud one, but a loud one.

It’s a sleaze – see the Kate Ellis video from parlyfax house, for example. Not to mention the young labore conference rape allegations.

The bloated sack of protoplazm is monstrous.

mizaris
mizaris
October 14, 2023 12:54 am

Dr B G – I hope you’re the winner. I’d be overjoyed to be a loser if your numbers come in.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
October 14, 2023 2:56 am

What cruise line are you on Lizzie, and what ports are you visiting?

An Oceania Cruise on the ship named Marina, Top Ender. Going down the Adriatic, the West Greek coast, stops somewhere, then around to Santorini then over to Sicily and Rome.

Stops in the Adriatic are Split, Montenegro (today), then Corfu.

Oceania is noted for its food and I can’t fault that. We have a fare that includes three of the specialised restaurants for the Adriatic section, and the standard is high as it is also in the main dining room. Service is also very good.

Dress code has no formal nights, unlike Cunard. It is something called Country Club, either casual or elegant, depending on event. It is geared to the Americans on board I think, for mostly that is where the guests come from. Some Australians, occasional Britishers and Japanese. No ‘athletic shoes’ in the dining room at night, so that must exclude my good pair of white sneakers, not my walking ones. I will have to wear the two other pairs of shoes I have more than I want to do. So in Split I bought a basic pair of sandals.

I am doing my best to make my wardrobe comply. Cocktail Party last nite was a bit of a challenge, but I managed with something drifty and added jewellery. Elegant Casual, I hope. Wedge heels.

Cassie, glad to see you eyeing off shoes when shopping, always up-cheering. 🙂

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
October 14, 2023 10:53 pm

One talented bloke. Music made in real time … he could have rehearsed it? His street performances have been impressive. People get visually glued to him perform.

—-

Reinhardt Buhr:

Solar Drift (Single) by Reinhardt Buhr Live Looping

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
October 14, 2023 10:55 pm

Internet is very flakey on board during peak times, and we are on tours otherwise.

Yesterday was horrific, because I wasn’t expecting to hit any great mountain heights again, but there we were, on a bus being taken up to the very top of the towering mount that is one of a range below which Montenegro sits. It was around 5500 ft up from the sea level, and every bit of it was traversed in a huge modern bus over a goat track built centuries ago and then tarmaced over. It was to be regarded as an ‘adventure’ we were told, all twenty-five hairpin bends of it. The guide thoughtfully counted them up for us. The bridges were medieval and I thought the whole lot likely to collapse at any time. The perpendicular ravines all of the way down were just under my window, as was the occasional small car coming down, with literally two inches to spare on each side if they pulled in their driving mirrors, and that only on ‘passing’ places. It was a great relief when we were told that we would be joining a ‘regular’ road for our return, as this one couldn’t take a bus down it. It coudn’t take a bus up it either in my view, and that of other wobble-knee’d ladies who share feelings at the top with me when we got out. The view – well, stupendous. When I got my breath back.

We moved over to the ‘new’ road then which was a normal road, which descended slowly in an area of plateaus and passes where we visited an original city of the Black Mount (Montenegro), named after either the shadows there or the Phoenecian adventurers of the BC period (take your pick). Now a small small town in the hill folds, once the Provincial capital, it was a pretty small centre with a monastery that was destroyed by the Ottermans but later ruled by C19th King Nicola and his wife and their children. We were taken in to their home-like palace, full of memorabilia, as it is now a museum. These Royal people constituted part of the quickly defunct but nevertheless ancient monarchical Houses of Europe who fell after World Wars 1 or 2, all of whom had some ancestry back to Queen Vic of Britain. Their Kings are still memorialised in a history forgotten except in these minor remnants of their glory. Who has ever heard of King Daniel, and others even more obscure, outside Montenegro? As in Spit, they had fought off the Ottomans well though and are revered for that.

Noella Daricek
October 15, 2023 3:01 pm

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