Open Thread – Weekend 18 Nov 2023


Misty Morning, Ivan Shishkin, 1885

1,171 responses to “Open Thread – Weekend 18 Nov 2023”

  1. Dot Avatar

    Martin Armstrong on how 9/11 and 7/10 were false flags and inside jobs:

    https://zeeemedia.com/interview/world-war-zeee-ft-martin-armstrong-israel-false-flag-russia-ww3/

    From 6:57 to 7:55.

    He’s a nut.

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  2. JC Avatar
    JC

    It’s laughable Dot. The Leavenworth economic forecaster reckons that 3 wars spaced 80 years apart carries weight.

    Scammers will scam on the weak.

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  3. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    A dark tale of sexuality amid the incalculably rich upper classes

    There is plenty that is lurid and grotesque in Saltburn, a film focused on a posh English family. But the big plot developments are telegraphed well in advance.

    John McDonald Film reviewer

    Downton Abbey it ain’t.

    The grand estate of Saltburn may be even larger than the Crawleys’ ancestral home, but the tone is distinctly lower.

    In Emerald Fennell’s second outing as a director, she takes aim at a subject that has been shot full of holes on many occasions: the English upper classes.

    If Fennell’s previous film, Promising Young Woman (2020), was a feminist revenge tale, this movie deals with a clandestine act of class warfare.

    Both films display a pitch-black sense of humour with some decidedly tasteless moments.

    The story is steeped in sexuality, in rather perverse forms. By this stage I know exactly what you’re thinking: “It sounds irresistible!”

    If this is largely true, it’s because of a deft, unsettling performance by Barry Keoghan, whom you may remember as the oversexed teenager, Dominic, in last year’s The Banshees of Inisherin. Keoghan scored an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for that minor role. But in Saltburn, he is the dark heart of the story who quietly purloins every scene.

    The story begins at Oxford, where Keoghan’s Oliver Quick – a name with Dickensian overtones – arrives as an undergraduate.

    A scholarship boy who hails from Preston, he soon finds he is a second-class citizen alongside the rich, glamorous young things who have followed their parents to the hallowed halls. Although Oliver is a hard worker, and the gilded ones spend all their time drinking and carousing, it’s class rather than commitment that counts.

    Among the wealthy crowd, the most charismatic figure is Felix Catton, played by Australian heartthrob Jacob Elordi, soon to be seen in the role of Elvis in Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla.

    Homely, uncool Oliver looks upon Felix as if he were a Greek god and contrives to make his acquaintance. The frightening alternative is to spend his time with a maths nerd named Michael (Ewan Mitchell), who is clearly on the spectrum.

    Oliver finds Felix to be a loyal, sympathetic friend who takes him under his wing and tries to make him part of the in-crowd. When the end of term rolls around and Oliver explains how he dreads returning to his broken home in Preston, he is invited by Felix to stay at Saltburn.

    Upon arrivalc, he is met by the “terrifying” butler, Duncan (Paul Rhys), and treated to a lavish display of false warmth from Felix’s family, notably his scatterbrain mother, Elspeth (Rosamund Pike at her best), and eccentric father, Sir James (Richard E. Grant, doing his usual routine).

    The group is completed by Felix’s sister, Venetia (Alison Oliver); his relative, Farleigh (Archie Madekwe), whom Oliver knows and dislikes from Oxford; and another strange cousin, “Poor Dear Pamela” (a fleeting Carey Mulligan).

    At every turn, Oliver is made aware of his lack of distinction and his status as a patronised, barely tolerated guest. In this, he is similar to Fairleigh, with whom he is in unspoken competition. But Fairleigh has been entrenched in the Catton household since childhood and considers Oliver to be nothing more than a passing nuisance.

    To Venetia, he is one of Felix’s “toys”, like a stray dog or cat that has been taken in and fed – although she herself is so deranged and needy, she sits scantily clad in the courtyard at night inviting Oliver’s sexual advances.

    From the beginning we have been alerted that Oliver is not the non-entity he appears to be at Oxford or around the Cattons’ dinner table. In a voiceover, he admits that he loved Felix but wasn’t “in love with him” – a neat distinction that will be teased out as the story unfolds. We feel the sinister overtones of the past tense and recognise that something bad is going to happen.

    Because we view events through Oliver’s eyes, there is a natural tendency to sympathise with his position. It’s obvious to him that the Cattons are empty, decadent people who go through the motions of upper-class etiquette, such as dressing for dinner, but spend their evenings clustered around the TV set watching horror movies.

    The favoured reading matter for the entire family seems to be Harry Potter, while the library, with its leather-bound folios of Shakespeare, looks as if it’s never been touched.

    When Oliver ventures in, he is chased out by the butler, who imagines he must have become lost.

    The Cattons are incalculably rich and unspeakably vulgar. Their greatest source of distraction is to hold a party for a hundred, or maybe two hundred, people. They are loud, boozy affairs that end in chaos. Their dinner parties devolve into hideous karaoke sessions. Oliver, who grows increasingly feral as this tale progresses, believes he has their measure.

    Oliver also has his own set of weird obsessions, with his longing for Felix leading to the kind of scenarios that make audiences go “Uuurrgghhh!” He is no longer the underdog, but a master manipulator who uses his wits to get the better of his hosts.

    This progression is clear enough, but Fennell feels the need to explain everything at the end. It would have been better to simply add a few clues into each scene and skip the big reveal.

    It’s not the plot that holds our attention, because there’s an inevitability about the outcome. Saltburn owes its lurid magnetism to the grotesque nature of the characters.

    We feel the hatred, lust and envy beneath Oliver’s deadpan demeanour, and the superficiality of Felix’s compassion, born from a life of shameless privilege.

    Venetia is sexually and emotionally scarred to the point of no return, while Fairleigh is terminally resentful of his status as the poor cousin. Elspeth and Sir James, in their own unique way, will do anything to keep reality at bay.

    It’s a fast-forward version of the decline of the English aristocracy, mapped out by a soundtrack that begins with one of Handel’s coronation anthems and ends with a disco tune called Murder on the Dancefloor.

    Whatever one might say about Emerald Fennell’s directorial style, she could never be accused of subtlety.

    View – Saltburn | Official Trailer

  4. dover0beach Avatar

    It didn’t work because they all weren’t dumped out of there, otherwise why are there now 2.7 million in Gaza.

    Pre-’67, the Israelis weren’t in Gaza or the West Bank, the refugees there were those dispossessed by the ’48 war. After ’67, you had those same people plus those in those areas under Israeli occupation incl. the Sinai to the Suez, plus anywhere b/w 200-500K in Lebanon.

  5. JC Avatar
    JC

    Dragnet

    Did you know your pal is in league with a financial fraud before you introduced the pos shit here? You said you’ve known him for 11 years. Were you aware of any of his anti-social behavior?

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  6. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    A massage (message) for Tug and Rub Airbus Albo –

    It’s good to shut up sometimes.

    – Marcel Marceau

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  7. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Toorak: Site with plans for a five-storey cruiseliner-style mansion set to make waves

    A Toorak site with approved plans to build a five-storey cruiseliner-style mansion has sailed onto the market with $10.5m-$11.5m price hopes.

    In July, Stonnington Council granted millionaire businessman Howard Armitage permission to construct the 10m-high house at 100 St Georges Rd.

    Set on 1365sq m, the project would have seen the site’s existing home demolished and replaced with the ship-like pad featuring a rooftop spa and bar, pool, internal garage for six or more cars, gym, sauna room and private Yarra River jetty.

  8. JC Avatar
    JC

    Pre-’67, the Israelis weren’t in Gaza or the West Bank, the refugees there were those dispossessed by the ’48 war. After ’67, you had those same people plus those in those areas under Israeli occupation incl. the Sinai to the Suez, plus anywhere b/w 200-500K in Lebanon.

    But they weren’t “billeted” were they? That was my point.

    That didn’t work pre-’67 when they were billeted in Lebanon, Egypt, etc.

    They were living in the same lands as now with varying degrees of autonomy. The PLO was officially around in 64 and also unofficially before that.

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  9. Dot Avatar

    An artist’s impression of how the mansion at 100 St Georges Rd, Toorak, could look. The design is by Rob Mills Architecture & Interiors.

    Only JC, cohenite, Donald Trump and Howard Armitage could possibly think this was a good idea.

    Give me Rippon Lea any day over that trash.

    What a bunch of losers. NO ONE ACTUALLY LIKES FEDERATION SQUARE.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/architecture/comments/uffv74/so_i_tried_to_have_a_conversation_with_one_of_the/

    It’s the alt right! Reee, etc.

  10. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    STRATEGY GUIDE: What are the possible race strategies for the Las Vegas Grand Prix?

    A weekend of disrupted practice and a brand new track to learn means it’s far from a clear picture when it comes to race day strategy in Las Vegas. So here are a few of the options that are open to the teams and drivers for the first race down the iconic Strip on Saturday night…

    What’s the quickest strategy?

    With the limited amount of data that there is for the Las Vegas Strip Circuit, there’s a little bit of uncertainty on which strategy should get top billing. But leaning into Charles Leclerc’s comments that he found overtaking a little bit more challenging than he was expecting during practice, I’m going to open proceedings with the one-stop strategy.

    That’s because if overtaking does prove to be slightly more difficult than many were predicting, then track position will be prioritised and the number of pit stops reduced to limit how often a driver would have to deal with traffic.

    All of the main options suggest starting on the medium compound tyre in order to get the right balance between the pace of the soft tyre with the longevity of the hard, which will be particularly important on the opening lap when drivers will want as much grip as possible to be able to try and gain – or defend – positions.

    Looking after that first set of mediums on high fuel would see a target pit stop window of between Lap 18 and Lap 24, before switching to the hard to run to the end of the 50-lap race.

    How about a different option for the top 10?

    Once again starting on the medium tyre, a two-stop strategy is still a close challenger to the one-stopper in terms of overall race time if you factor in traffic.

    The options available to teams will depend on the tyre sets they have returned to Pirelli but if they have two sets of mediums available then that provides the opportunity for the quicker of two similar two-stoppers.

    With a shorter first stint length than the one above – running for as little as just 12 laps – a driver could then pit for a set of hard tyres for the middle stint of the race. This might see them find some clean air for a spell to use any better pace, but also ticks the box that requires teams to use at least two different tyre compounds during a fully dry race.

    The second pit stop could come as early as Lap 32 – or perhaps marginally earlier due to the track evolution and lower fuel – at which point drivers would return to the medium compound again for the run to the finish.

    For those who don’t have two sets of medium tyres available but do have an extra set of hards, a a similar strategy that could be used is a two-stop race using the hard compound for the final two stints.

    That opens up the potential to make an even earlier first pit stop – somewhere between Lap 10 and Lap 15 – and then to run two stints of relatively equal length. With a second pit window from Lap 29 to 34, hards would be used for the rest of the race.

    That’s a strategy open to many of the frontrunners, with only Pierre Gasly, Alex Albon, Logan Sargeant and Valtteri Bottas of the top 10 without a second set of hards.

    Only one driver has managed to carry two sets of mediums and two sets of hards through to tonight’s race though, and therefore can choose which compound is best to use after trying both during the race. And that’s Max Verstappen.

    What are the options for the bottom half of the field?

    The beauty of the above two strategies is also the fact that they both allow for the potential of a third option using all three compounds.

    They both allow a similar approach so a later decision on the final tyre compound can be taken, meaning drivers would start on the medium and pit between Lap 12 and Lap 17 to switch to the hard. Two different tyre compounds would have been used at this stage, and like Verstappen above they would then be able to work out which of the medium or hard was the better race tyre.

    But if the driver then didn’t have a second set of the preferred tyre, they could look to extend the middle stint to Lap 35 at least, and fit a set of softs to the end.

    While unlikely to be a race tyre early on due to graining – when little bits of the tyre tear off in colder conditions but then stick back to the surface instantly, reducing grip – the soft could prove useful when the cars are at their lightest with lower fuel loads, as well as when the track has been rubbered in the most.

  11. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    JC
    Nov 19, 2023 1:09 PM

    LOL. The Blog’s Pompous Windbag and self appointed Milk Monitor is on the head case once again. Doesn’t like posts that he/she/it/whatever doesn’t approve of. Luckily this Blog is run by someone with more sense and who accepts free speech. So up yours with a rubber hose Junior Cretin. Dipstick.

    Agent Rotten, over and out (for now).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1ULWx0eflM

    Get back to the Fat Pizza Bar and put on more kgs.

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  12. Robert Sewell Avatar

    Megan

    Nov 19, 2023 11:50 AM
    I suspect we will need the political equivalent of a giant euthanasia needle to get rid of it – it’s neither sustainable nor salvageable.

    That was the intention when the Gillard forced it into the budget.
    (How many people got the gravatar joke?)

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  13. Gabor Avatar
    Gabor

    OldOzzie
    Nov 19, 2023 1:11 PM

    Toorak: Site with plans for a five-storey cruiseliner-style mansion set to make waves

    Not sure how it fits in the neighborhood, never been there, but I like it.
    And I’m usually a traditionalist.

  14. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Am I bad because I am looking forward to using some of these on my own kid??

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1725196622437478677

  15. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Only JC, cohenite, Donald Trump and Howard Armitage could possibly think this was a good idea.

    Not true, cohenite would have space for Brazilian waxing.

  16. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Dot,

    this more to your liking?

    141-year-old country church for sale

    A STONE Midlands building dating back to the 1880s is in need of a new custodian.

    This fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture at No.52a-54 Church St in Ross has a long history as a place of worship, although not in recent years.

    Formerly home to the Uniting Church in Australia, the last congregation was about five years ago.

    EIS Property senior consultant Deb Stephens said since then it has been open to the public for visitors to enjoy the beautiful architecture and the solitude of this landmark property.

    Mrs Stephens has sold a number of former churches this year, but she expects this one to be different.

    “I’m expecting this one will generate a huge amount of interest,” she said.

    “Perhaps more than the others because of the sheer size and stature, the prominence of the location and its beauty.

    “This church has been a standout historical attraction for the Ross township. And it is the first time it has been on the market.”

    The 221sq m church was built from sandstone and timber, and is set on 6020sq m of land.

    Mrs Stephens described it as one of Tasmania’s finest examples of the craftsmanship of a bygone era dating back to 1882.

    “It has incredible scale, proportions and architectural features — it takes your breath away,” she said.

    “The timberwork and the timeless elegance of vaulted Oregon pine ceilings will delight architecture enthusiasts and history buffs alike.”

    There are polished floorboards throughout most of the building, an octagonal spire, Tasmanian blackwood pews, a gabled slate roof, Horton window and stained glass windows.

    The church is Heritage Listed.

    The property’s Community Purpose zoning allows for a number of potential uses, including emergency services, community meeting and entertainment, education, business and professional services, food, general retail, residential, or a tourist operation. Some will require permits and will be open to objection.

    Should the next owner wish, Mrs Stephens said a cafe would be perfect for this property’s next chapter.

    No.52a-54 Church St, Ross will be sold via expressions of interest over $450,000. It will be open for inspection this Saturday, November 18, from 1pm-2pm.

  17. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    JC
    Nov 19, 2023 1:06 PM
    It’s laughable Dot. The Leavenworth economic forecaster reckons that 3 wars spaced 80 years apart carries weight.

    While quietly ignoring the First World War and the Russian Revolution at the 50 year mark.

  18. Dot Avatar

    mole

    I worked with a lady who spent a lot of time on farm with her pop growing up.

    I would cop up to 100 Dad jokes a day. Mostly new material.

    “Abracadabra” – now that is gold.

  19. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    🌭😉

  20. JC Avatar
    JC

    Dot, Buck palace on the same street.

    But modernism sucks compared to a more “traditional classic” look.

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  21. Dot Avatar

    I could not live in a church, even a protestant one. Even a Uniting Church chapel etc.

    I like the architecture but it’s beyond the pale to me.

  22. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Gabor
    Nov 19, 2023 1:21 PM

    OldOzzie
    Nov 19, 2023 1:11 PM

    Toorak: Site with plans for a five-storey cruiseliner-style mansion set to make waves

    Not sure how it fits in the neighborhood, never been there, but I like it.
    And I’m usually a traditionalist.

    Gabor,

    as my Melbourne Grandsons go to St Kevin’s neraby, I drive past there quite often when in Melbourne & I agree I like the design & besides the 6 Car Garage, even more unusual is to have a private Yarra River jetty.

  23. JC Avatar
    JC

    LOL. The Blog’s Pompous Windbag and self appointed Milk Monitor is on the head case once again. Doesn’t like posts that he/she/it/whatever doesn’t approve of. Luckily this Blog is run by someone with more sense and who accepts free speech. So up yours with a rubber hose Junior Cretin. Dipstick.

    Agent Rotten, over and out (for now).

    Yeah, referred to as pompous by someone who thinks he’s 007.

    LOL It is free speech by protesting the Mary farts, you stupid limey pos. Now go cuddle ladyboy.

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  24. Dot Avatar

    Let’s not get crazy with gauche reproductions.

    I will show you some WV homes. We’re getting screwed.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/97-Bethany-Pike_Wheeling_WV_26003_M97712-04259?from=srp-list-card

    $749,900

    9bed
    4bath
    7,193sqft7,193 square feet
    4.34acre lot4.34 acre lot

    97 Bethany Pike, Wheeling, WV 26003

    Property type
    Single family
    Time on Realtor.com
    37 days

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4557-Shamblin-Run-Rd_Given_WV_25245_M48080-27732?from=srp-list-card

    $74,900

    3bed
    2bath
    1,925sqft1,925 square feet
    3.8acre lot3.8 acre lot

    4557 Shamblin Run Rd, Given, WV 25245

    Property type
    Farm
    Time on Realtor.com

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/833-Long-Run-Rd_Napier_WV_26631_M94834-26121?from=srp-list-card

    $299,000

    3bed
    2bath
    117acre lot117 acre lot

    More to come

  25. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    This is What “Hot” Men dress like now – OK Hands Up if this is You!

    Famous Gen Z men are having fun with fashion

    This week, photos have revealed that Gen Z men are not prepared to dress like the Millennials before them – they’ve gone a much more fun route.

    Crop tops, baggy pants and see-through dresses – and that is just what the men were wearing at the ARIAS this year.

    Australia’s biggest night for music has always been a place to take risks, making it so exciting.

    This year, we got to see Jessica Mauboy debut a new Garfield-inspired hair colour, and, yet, the boys were the ones having the most fun.

    They ditched the classic male uniform of beige chino pants, paired with a navy blazer and shockingly white veneers, and instead went rogue but in a good way, not in a Karl Stefanovic forgetting to sober up before hosting a morning show after The Logies in 2009 way.

    Often, photos of famous men at Australian awards nights look like they could have been taken at any formal event: Christening, wedding, that weirdly formal lunch you have once a year with the fancy side of the family.

    If you look back at past award show photos you wouldn’t be blamed for getting confused. Is that Osher at the Logies or my cousin’s boyfriend with the excellent hair at nan’s 90th?

    This year, the boys turned up and they didn’t look like they were just wearing the good shirts their mum bought and demanded they put on. I’m just going to say it: some of them even managed to out-dress Marcia Hines, and that isn’t an easy feat, especially considering she’d popped on neon for the event.

    And Now for the Puke

    The most significant fashion moment of the night went to Richard Wilkins’ impressive spawn, Christian Wilkins, who easily out-dressed everyone while barely wearing anything.

    Christian turned up in a see-through dress, a ponytail tighter than anyone’s Botox, and ruled the carpet.

    It was the kind of fashion moment that you know we will be able to look back on and say, “That was so 2023” – similar to how chunky belts scream 2003.

  26. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Never get a mime talking. He won’t stop.

    – Marcel Marceau

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  27. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    “Abracadabra” – now that is gold.

    I was expecting the “put my head between 2 slices of bread” version.

  28. Dot Avatar

    I think the most expensive property in WV is overpriced.

    Here’s some more.

    833 Long Run Rd, Napier, WV 26631

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2443-Little-Elk-Creek-Rd_Wallace_WV_26448_M98305-96409?from=srp-list-card

    $384,933

    4bed
    3.5+bath
    4,200sqft4,200 square feet
    174.4acre lot174.4 acre lot

    2443 Little Elk Creek Rd, Wallace, WV 26448

    Property type
    Single family

    Most expensive WV home:

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/4428-Irish-Heights-Dr_Summersville_WV_26651_M98462-49944?from=srp-list-card

    $19,500,000

    5bed
    6.5+bath
    9,846sqft9,846 square feet
    110.92acre lot110.92 acre lot

    4428 Irish Heights Dr, Summersville, WV 26651

    Property type
    Single family
    Time on Realtor.com
    935 days
    Price per sqftPrice per square feet
    $1,980

    A few good ones around the 5 mn USD mark

  29. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Only JC, cohenite, Donald Trump and Howard Armitage could possibly think this was a good idea.

    Outstanding.

    STFU bespoke; head prefect does all my waxing (when he is not disease ridden: I do have standards), and he is not Brazilian.

  30. Dot Avatar

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/200-Meander-Way_Shepherdstown_WV_25443_M93280-28124?from=srp-list-card

    $5,200,000

    11bed
    8.5+bath
    10,285sqft10,285 square feet
    13.5acre lot13.5 acre lot

    200 Meander Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443

    White Sulphur Springs is one of the most expensive zip codes in WV.

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/564-Wilson-Rdg-Unit-RGM099_White-Sulphur-Springs_WV_24986_M96622-27918?from=srp-list-card

    $4,995,000

    4bed
    6bath
    7.68acre lot7.68 acre lot

    564 Wilson Rdg Unit RGM099, White Sulphur Springs, WV 24986

    This is just land but WOW

    https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/Guy-Kelly-Rd_Bruceton-Mills_WV_26525_M99664-76441?from=srp-list-card

    Stunning lower alpine shallow rocky river through your land

    $4,900,000

    630acre lot630 acre lot

    Guy Kelly Rd, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525

  31. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Schoolies in Australia never really changes

    There’s always lots of talk about how Australia is changing but a series of wild pictures reveal just how much it isn’t.

    Every generation believes they are doing something radically different, but once you glance at photos from Schoolies in the early 2000s, the images prove the theory wrong.

    Schoolies week is a cultural rite of passage for Aussie school leavers. They go and party in Queensland for a week and text their parents that it isn’t as wild as it looks on the television.

    There are lanyards, themed parties — where everyone goes as the sexy version of the theme — and a horrifying amount of alcoholic drinks that taste like lolly water.

    It is a time when people are heavy-handed with their fake tanning and light-handed with their standards, and Jason Derulo’s music reigns supreme.

    Schoolies are fun to look back on because nothing changes. Like Richard Wilkins and his gorgeous hair, it is something we can count on.

    The best thing about the annual event is that it is the great equaliser.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re a top student who is set to study medicine or someone who spent their entire senior year vaping in the school bathroom. You’ll both look the same once you touch down in Queensland.

    Slightly trashy.

    The trashiness of Schoolies is part of the raw appeal.

    Whenever there’s a new young generation, there’s always talk about how they are different.

    They are anti-drinking, less interested in sex and meticulous about how they use their language.

    They probably won’t hug family members just because it is polite, and there’s a high chance they’ll lecture you on how a word you use is now considered offensive.

    This is a good thing; we want younger generations to challenge previous generations; otherwise, we’d never evolve.

    But still, when Schoolies rolls around all that progress falls by the wayside, and they behave just as ridiculously as the drunk ones that came before them.

    All common sense goes out the window along and Schoolies people just desperately want to wear neon pink and a denim mini skirt with giant sunglasses.

    They always look like a combination of Kesha meets Corey Worthington when he threw that infamous house party in 2008.

    The school-leavers get to dress as they would if they didn’t have to walk past their parents, who would likely heckle.

    “You’re not going out like that!”

    Which means we can always count on fashion chaos at Schoolies; that and someone thinking it is the prime time to debut extensions, which always get caught in something.

    Generation Z has brought back low-rise jeans, be-careful-how-you-bend skirts and belly shirts, and there’s no doubt they’ll be showing them off this week.

    Prepare for a gaggle of girls in miniskirts with tiny handbags creating havoc through the streets.

    By havoc, I mean someone will definitely cry because someone kissed some guy they said they wouldn’t.

    This will then cause the girl stuck in the middle of the feuding girls to hold separate consulting meetings about the matter.

    Usually, one cries in a gutter, and the other cries while resting against a wall, and both have been drinking Smirnoff Ice Double Blacks

  32. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Daily Mail – breaking news.

    Israel and Hamas ‘tentatively agree to five day CEASEFIRE in US-brokered deal so women and children held hostage in Gaza can be freed’

  33. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    And these Aussie lads didn’t like all that immigration 40 years ago. Luckily I was invited in back in 1976. Thank you. But then again, I’m not a rag head and I speak and write English. Always a plus yer’ know..

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

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  34. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    ‘Change the law’: Opposition dismisses claim 93 ‘hardened criminals’ released after High Court decision can’t be re-detained

    Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor has dismissed Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil’s claim the government can’t re-detain the 93 “hardened criminals” released following a High Court decision, accusing the Albanese government of being “asleep at the wheel”.

    The Coalition has accused the Albanese government of being ‘caught on the backfoot’ by the High Court’s recent immigration decision.

    The government came under immense pressure this week following a High Court ruling that led to the release of 93 foreigners from immigration detention.

    Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil defended the government’s response on Sunday, claiming it was absolutely “not possible” for the government to re-detain the individuals – some of whom have done “deplorable, disgusting things” – and insisting Labor had moved “moved quickly to manage the fallout of a major constitutional decision”.

    However shadow treasurer Angus Taylor dismissed the minister’s claims, accusing the government of being “asleep at the wheel” and claiming Ms O’Neil was trying to recreate history.”

    Speaking to Sky News Australia’s Sunday Agenda immediately after the Home Affairs Minister, Mr Taylor said it “very clear this week they were caught on the backfoot” by the High Court decision.

    “The legislation that ultimately went through was with strong amendments that came from us.

    “We hear in that interview, some kind of recreation of history where Claire O’Neill is claiming that that was what the government was going to do anything anyway. Well, there was absolutely no sign of that.”

    Mr Taylor also disputed Minister O’Neil’s claim that the government could not re-detain the 93 foreigners.

    “She’s now saying that she’s absolutely sure she can’t re-detain any of these people – child sex offenders, murderers, rapists,” he said.

    “The rationale for that is not at all clear.

    “She keeps saying that they’ve got to obey the law.

    Well, the job of government is to change the law.

    “And we’ve been very clear with the government that we’ll work with them to change the law to make sure community safety is respected.

    “If she has advice saying that the law can’t be changed, she should be clear about that advice.

    That’s not what she said in the interview.”

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  35. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Dot
    Nov 19, 2023 1:38 PM

    So we have a gay castle, no doubt ridden with disco lights; a lumberjack’s pub and a trout stream.

    You’re on the turps again aren’t you.

  36. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    Nov 19, 2023 1:42 PM

    And that is Good News !!!!!!!

  37. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    I’m not totally sure, but……

    There may have almost been an argument about the relative merits of circumcision not so long ago.

    Ah. That takes me back.

  38. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Luckily I was invited in back in 1976

    Invited to piss off back to Blighty, I suspect.

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  39. Dot Avatar

    So we have a gay castle, no doubt ridden with disco lights; a lumberjack’s pub and a trout stream.

    You’re on the turps again aren’t you.

    People who like normal houses are gay lumberjacks and fish.

    Okay, Got it. Get back in the polycarbonate egg and wax yourself, Space Boy.

  40. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Immigration is shaping to become Anthony Albanese’s Achilles heel at the next election as Labor fumbles on anti-Semitism and detainee release

    The Prime Minister is quickly losing any credibility he has on immigration thanks to the debacle over the release of non-citizen criminals in detention and his failure to properly condemn un-Australian displays of anti-Semitism, writes Nick Cater.

    Nick Cater – SkyNews.com.au Contributor and Political Commentator

    The screeching sound from the cross benches in Parliament on Thursday was confirmation that Labor had crawled to the right place on the treatment of illegal migrants guilty of serious crimes.

    When Senator Sarah Hanson-Young says Labor has no spine and Senator Mehreen Faruqi mutters darkly about the evils of “white Australia”, it’s safe to assume that public concerns are at last being heard.

    Yet it is too late to avoid immigration becoming an issue at the next election, coupled with the cost of housing and crowded roads, hospitals and schools.

    The annual Scanlon Social Cohesion survey published this week shows that Labor was in deep trouble on immigration before the High Court decided to release illegal migrants guilty of serious crimes from indefinite detention.

    The proportion of Australians who think immigration levels are too high jumped from just under a quarter (24 per cent) to a third (33 per cent), the highest yearly increase since Labor was last in office struggling to control the arrival of illegal migrants by sea.

    That will hardly be a surprise when migrants are arriving in unprecedented numbers.

    In the 12 months to March this year, the most recent period for which ABS data is available, 13,000 migrants were arriving in the average week while 4300 were departing, leading to a net migration intake of 454,400, a number equivalent to the population of the ACT.

    The Scanlon survey confirmed that Australians have no issue with immigration in theory. The percentage that believes multicultural immigration is good for Australia remains above 80 per cent.

    They only ask that the government sticks to the rules established by consensus since the post-war migration boom of the 1940s and 1950s.

    Chief among the rules is that migration numbers should reflect underlying economic conditions.

    The Scanlon survey reports a significant jump in families experiencing financial stress, with 12 per cent saying they often or sometimes could not pay their rent or mortgage.

    When migrants are arriving faster than we are adding to the housing stock, something has to give.

    Yet the Prime Minister appears to be doing everything he can to undermine support for immigration, ignoring the simple maxim first uttered by John Howard that we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.

    Australians expect immigrants to leave past loyalties behind and honour their responsibilities as citizens.

    Historical grievances, like dog fur and tree bark, are forbidden items in every immigrant’s baggage.

    That’s why the outbreak of open anti-Semitism in pro-Palestinian demonstrations has been deeply troubling for all who value Australia’s peaceful and respectful way of life.

    It is compounded by the apparent reluctance of police to use the anti-vilification laws with conviction.

    The Prime Minister’s equivocating response has not dispelled concerns that there is a level of official tolerance for such un-Australian behaviour.

    There are few more egregious examples of “both-sideism” than Albanese’s refusal to utter the word anti-semitism without including Islamophobia in the same breath.

    To stick this convention in reaction to last week’s ugly scenes in Caulfield, where protestors prevented Jews from attending synagogue, was perverse.

    We have never read reports of anti-Islam demonstrations in Broadmeadows or of people too frightened to participate in prayers at the Nicholson St Mosque in Coburg.

    Now comes the debacle over the release of non-citizens guilty of serious crimes from detention.

    The High Court’s decision was hardly unexpected, yet the government appeared not to have given the consequences a moment’s thought.

    It is doubtful that the government would have produced new legislation at all were it not for the goading of the Opposition and Peter Dutton’s help in its drafting.

    It’s unlikely that Albanese has the resolve to stare down the woke wing of his party by working on a more permanent solution for violent and dangerous illegal immigrants.

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  41. C.L. Avatar
    C.L.

    Real estate news…

    Move into a house in Japan for 0 yen.

    A marvelously crazy Japanese story:

    This Japanese village was on the verge of being deserted, so a resident filled it with life-size dolls.

  42. JC Avatar
    JC

    The Buck palace link was in the AFR and not sure it works.

    It’s here.

    Dot, Faux French provincial vs modernist would run at 50:1 so I wouldn’t worry about Toorak being taken over by modernist homes. Having lots of money doesn’t equal good taste.

    This is for sale with river frontage in Toorak. See if you like it.. 🙂

    Price guide is only ~$25 mill

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  43. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Home Affairs Minister admits she is powerless to stop detainees from being released after the High Court decision – amid warnings another 250 will be set free next year

    . Six more detained criminals freed
    . Sam Ibrahim wants to join them

    Another 250 immigration detainees, including some who have done ‘deplorable and disgusting things’, could be released into the community next year.

    They come from a bigger cohort of 340 people who have been in immigration detention for longer than a year.

    Notorious underworld figure Sam Ibrahim, who is being held in a Perth detention centre while the government tries to deport him to Lebanon, has flagged that he believes the ruling could apply to him.

  44. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Daily Mail – breaking news.

    I saw this morning that Hamas had offered to release 87 hostages in return for a ceasefire. Is that what this is?

    Whilst I think caving to terrorists is a mistake the political imperative to get 87 people released would be very powerful.

    Hamas: 87 hostages in exchange for ceasefire, terrorists, and fuel (Arutz Sheva, 18 Nov)

  45. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Schoolies kicks off as thousands of high school leavers hit the Gold Coast to celebrate end-of-year tradition

    . Schoolies celebrations kick off in style on Gold Coast
    . Around 20,000 expected, with many already there

  46. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    The Joys of Middle Eastern Males

    Six men charged with a string of rapes and sex offences in Brighton UK after police investigations revealed several women had been assaulted on pier and beach

    Ahmed Lahmatar, 36, of no fixed address, has been charged with rape and attempted rape and remanded in custody.

    He is due to appear for trial at a court to be confirmed on March 4, 2024.

    A second investigation, Operation Carpenter, was launched after police were called to the beach near the Kings Road Arches at around 5.35am on September 10 by a member of the public concerned for the welfare of a woman in her 30s.

    Ali Reza Mozaffari, 36, of Brent Cross, London, has been charged with rape and remanded in custody.

    Isaac Cid-Lopez, 22, of Walthamstow, London, has been charged with rape and theft. He has been released on court bail with strict conditions.

    Altaib Hamed, 25, of Brighton, has now been charged with rape and remanded in custody.

    Bader Saleh, 23, of Brighton, has been charged with sexual assault and remanded in custody.

  47. flyingduk Avatar
    flyingduk

    The fact you do not know choose not to acknowledge the practical side is very telling, duk.

    And what are the ‘practical’ reasons for lopping the healthy foreskins of *infant* males instead of waiting till they reach the age of consent and can decide for themselves?

    Please dont say

    1) cancer prevention – the data is dubious, and penile cancer occurs much later … plenty of time to sign up as an adult if u wish

    2) Phimosis – again there are alternative treatments, butalmost all infant circs involve healthy foreskins, not diseased.

    3) ‘cleanliness’ – the foreskin is there to keep the tender infant glans protected whilst sitting in the dirt – there is no need to forcibly retract it till its ready – usually much later

    4) ‘STD Prevention’ – again the data is dubious, but hardly a prioriy for infant males anyway

    5) ‘UTI prevention’ – male UTI is rare, and *not* a reason to remove healthy foreskins from boys with no histoey.

    Lets face it, routine removal of healthy foreskins from small boys was either

    1) A religious ritual (jews and muslims) – ie a sacrifice – and sacrifices have to be valuable to have meaning
    2) A puritanical ritual – mainly to stop boys masturbating.

    The indecent rush to force it upon children to prevent them refusing as adults (as most do) should be a serious red flag for all of us.

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  48. Dot Avatar

    Modernism done well will always be better than cringeworthy, new money reproductions.

    I wish I owned something like the Willits, Martin, Clooney the Little (Lloyd Wright) Houses but finished with traditional facings. So I guess I am meeting you halfway.

    Fallingwater looks like a Bachelor Pad for bored NFL players meeting chicks off Instagram.

  49. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Immigration is shaping to become Anthony Albanese’s Achilles heel at the next election as Labor fumbles on anti-Semitism and detainee release

    Just as immigration policy got the Liars thrown out of government in 2013, it now looks it will do the same in 2024-25.

    Lefties can’t help themselves. They hate their country so bad they want to change it forever by flooding it with a new immigrant servant class (of which they’ll be the masters), who’ll keep voting for them because of all the Free Stuff they were bribed with.

    Meanwhile, Elbow’s not a leader’s bottom so he has to keep hiding overseas.

    Bring on the election!

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  50. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    OldOzzie
    Nov 19, 2023 1:43 PM
    ‘Change the law’: Opposition dismisses claim 93 ‘hardened criminals’ released after High Court decision can’t be re-detained

    The KRudd and Bowen (the Minister for constant Fark Ups) and the Marxist Laybore Guv’ment let in how many Boat People?

    And Abbott stopped the boats. Now Tennis/Airbus Elbow is letting in 500,000 migrants a year. FFS. And what checks are Border Farce doing?

  51. Dot Avatar

    What I really want is a Scots Baronial, Indo-Saracenic, Tudor but most importantly, ABBA monstrosity with a lot of detailing with bricks of various colours and shapes (bullnose, etc), Roman arches, french doors etc. I appreciate a random ashlar wall here and there, something nice modernist houses can have.

    I hope the bricks are fired with brown coal too.

    I also hope Space Boys JC and cohenite are frightened back into their polycarbonate egg UFO as well by the sheer volume of bricks.

  52. JC Avatar
    JC

    Have a gig at the work of these two firms, Dot. My fave two firms in the world.

    Sheldon Mindel

    They will even do up the interiors of your private jet. Their one downside is that they did up Uncle George’s offices.

    My Faves are these dudes.
    1100 Architects.

    Their downside is they’re German.

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  53. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Generative AI will go mainstream in 2024

    Data-savvy firms will benefit first

    When new technologies emerge they benefit different groups at different times. Generative artificial intelligence (ai) first helped software developers, who could use GitHub Copilot, a code-writing ai assistant, from 2021.

    The next year came other tools, such as Chatgpt and dall-e 2, which let all manner of consumers instantly produce words and pictures.

    In 2023 tech giants gained, as investors grew more excited about the prospects of generative ai.

    An equally weighted share-price index of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Microsoft and Nvidia grew by nearly 80% (see chart). T

    ech firms benefited because they supply either the ai models themselves, or the infrastructure that powers and delivers them.

    In 2024 the big beneficiaries will be companies outside the technology sector, as they adopt ai in earnest with the aim of cutting costs and boosting productivity.

    There are three reasons to expect enterprise adoption to take off.

    First, large companies spent much of 2023 experimenting with generative ai. Plenty of firms are using it to write the first drafts of documents, from legal contracts to marketing material. JPMorgan Chase, a bank, used the technology to analyse Federal Reserve meetings to try to glean insights for its trading desk.

    As the experimental phase winds down, firms are planning to deploy generative ai on a larger scale. That could mean using it to summarise recordings of meetings or supercharging research and development. A survey by kpmg, an audit firm, found that four-fifths of firms said they planned to increase their investment in it by over 50% by the middle of 2024.

    Second, more ai products will hit the market. In late 2023 Microsoft rolled out an ai chatbot to assist users of its productivity software, such as Word and Excel. It launched the same thing for its Windows operating system. Google will follow suit, injecting ai into Google Docs and Sheets. Startups will pile in, too. In 2023 venture-capital investors poured over $36bn into generative ai, more than twice as much as in 2022.

    The third reason is talent.

    ai gurus are still in high demand. PredictLeads, a research firm, says about two-thirds of s&p 500 firms have posted job adverts mentioning ai. For those companies, 5% of adverts now mention the technology, up from an average of 2.5% over the past three years.

    But the market is easing. A survey by McKinsey, a consultancy, found that in 2023 firms said it was getting easier to hire for ai-related roles.

    Which firms will be the early adopters? Smaller ones will probably take the lead. That is what happened in previous waves of technology such as smartphones and the cloud.

    Tiddlers are usually more nimble and see technology as a way to gain an edge over bigger fish.

    Among larger companies, data-centric firms, like those in health care and financial services, will be able to move fastest.

    That is because poor data management is a big risk for deploying ai.

    Managers worry about valuable data leaking out through ai tools.

    Firms without solid data management may have to reorganise their systems before it is feasible to deploy generative ai.

    Using the technology can feel like science fiction, but getting it to work safely is a much more humdrum affair.

    guy scriven, us technology editor, The Economist

  54. C.L. Avatar
    C.L.

    And what are the ‘practical’ reasons for lopping the healthy foreskins of *infant* males instead of waiting till they reach the age of consent and can decide for themselves?

    The consent angle is pretty silly.

    We don’t ask toddlers’ consent to be chucked into ‘child care’ or to start the long march through our Prussian school system either.

    See also, eating vegetables, bathing etc.

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  55. Bruce of Newcastle Avatar
    Bruce of Newcastle

    Bring on the election!

    I wish I could say it was a contest between comforting lies and brutal truth. But sadly it’s really a contest between comforting lies and other comforting lies. I think the only way to win the game is to not play.

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  56. Dot Avatar

    2. Wooden interiors. Warmth. Also to make any Lebanese feel at home.
    3. Mosaic tiles. Simply because it’s different to what everyone has now, massive thin veneer tiles or tiny uniform tiles with colour flashes.

  57. Dot Avatar

    They’re a good firm JC. They do modern and traditional stuff. They do both well, modern can be okay but it isn’t for me.

  58. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    After five years, 24 court appearances, 20 judges and £85,000 in legal aid, Britain finally sends plane-mutiny rapist back to Somalia… with plush hotel, armed guards and therapy you paid for

    Daily Mail

  59. Mark Bolton Avatar

    miltonf
    Nov 19, 2023 11:34 AM

    “Might have hurt at the time but I don’t remember.”

    Speak for yourself Mate ! I couldn’t walk for a year… 😉

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  60. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    The Economist – Middle East and Africa – The region reacts

    Many Arab governments would like to see Hamas gone

    And they worry that the war in Gaza will upset their economic plans

    They all want the war to end. And they all want someone else to end it.

    That was the message, at once banal and controversial, from the leaders of the 22-member Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (oic), a grouping of 57 mostly Muslim-majority states.

    It was all to show from an extraordinary summit on November 11th in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

    The meeting came more than a month into a Gaza war that remains a fixture on television screens and in conversations across the Middle East.

    The plight of the Palestinians captures Arab attention and inflames emotion in a way that the plight of Sudanese or Yemenis or Syrians does not.

    The joint summit ended with a sharp statement reflecting that anger: it called for an immediate ceasefire, implored member-states to “break the siege on Gaza” and urged an arms embargo on Israel.

    It would be easy to dismiss the gathering as a talking-shop, which the Arab League often is.

    Several leaders denounced the West’s double standards when it comes to Palestinians. Fair enough.

    Yet they did so at a summit where Bashar al-Assad, one of this century’s worst war criminals, was invited to pontificate about Israeli war crimes: their own bit of hypocrisy.

    Parts of the final communiqué were similarly ironic.

    Far from breaking Gaza’s siege, Egypt has helped maintain it for almost two decades.

    No one in the oic sells weapons to Israel—though some member-states do buy them from Israel.

    Read between the lines, though, and the summit was revealing.

    Deep contradictions sit beside the regional reaction to the war.

    Many Gulf states, for example, would like Israel to get rid of Hamas, even as they fear that doing so will awaken extremism in their own countries.

    They want to see Iran’s “axis of resistance” of proxy militias wounded, but worry about being caught in the crossfire.

    For several years they have promoted the narrative of a new Middle East, focused on economics rather than ideology. They fret that a long war in Gaza will upset such plans.

    Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s hawkish president, spoke for almost 40 minutes at the summit; beneath his clerical robe he wore a keffiyeh, the headscarf that is a symbol of Palestinian identity.

    At one point he urged Muslim countries to send weapons to the Palestinians.

    That suggestion was politely ignored.

    Several other participants urged diplomatic and economic sanctions on Israel but those, too, were swatted away.

    A few Arab countries have recalled their ambassadors to Israel, but those with diplomatic ties are unwilling to sever them.

    They have also ruled out using oil as a weapon, as they did in 1973, when opec imposed an embargo on countries that supported Israel during the Yom Kippur war.

    “That is not on the table today,” said Khalid al-Falih, the Saudi investment minister, at another conference earlier this month. The Saudis need many years of stable oil revenue to finance their plans for economic diversification.

    The last thing they want to do is force an embargo that would spur Western countries to accelerate their transition away from oil.

    The outcome of the summit was divisive.

    Some Arabs were pleased with the tough rhetoric; others complained that their governments are too passive about the war. Take away military threats or economic sanctions, and all that is left is tough talk.

    Everyone is acting out of self-interest.

    The Saudis decided to go ahead with Riyadh Season, an annual festival that is part of Muhammad bin Salman’s plan to loosen the kingdom’s cultural strictures. That has brought them a heap of criticism: the crown prince wants people in Riyadh to have fun while people in Gaza are dying.

    Such condemnation rankles with the Saudis, who feel that they are being singled out, as if they alone are partying while the rest of the region mourns.

    Yet much of the region is trying to act as if it is business as usual.

    Even Iran has so far allowed a measure of pragmatism to restrain its actions.

    Though its militias have carried out regular attacks on Israeli and American targets, it has decided not to waste Hizbullah, the Lebanese Shia group that is its most powerful proxy, on an all-out battle to support the Palestinians.

    On the sidelines of the summit Prince Muhammad held talks with Mr Raisi, their first face-to-face meeting and the first visit to the kingdom by an Iranian president since 2012. It was a sign that the detente they struck in March still stands. No one wants a regional war—at least not now.

    In the long run, though, the events of the past six weeks are a reminder that the Middle East’s recent calm is fragile.

    The region is still at a crossroads between endless conflict and ending its conflicts, and the Gaza war has only sharpened the choice. “If the peace camp fails, it is only a matter of time” before a wider war comes, says Mohammed Alyahya, a Saudi fellow at the Belfer Centre at Harvard University.

    But for it to succeed, Israel would have to make concessions. That may seem far-fetched. Although nothing would undermine Iran and its proxies more than a peace deal with the Palestinians, a right-wing Israeli government and a discredited Palestinian one do not seem poised to revive the moribund peace process.

    However peace talks are the best hope other Arab states can muster.

    America has pushed them to commit to a multinational force to secure Gaza after the war. At a press conference after the Riyadh summit an exasperated Faisal bin Farhan, the Saudi foreign minister, told reporters to stop asking him about plans for a post-war Gaza. “The only future, and this is the unifying position of the Arab [world], is an immediate ceasefire,” he said.

    The longer the war drags on, Arab diplomats argue, the harder it will be to imagine what comes next.

  61. Dot Avatar

    I feel violated.

    NSFW, but safe for YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/shorts/iXSoToT7MF8

    Chick in gym bikini and painted on shorts rides a stabilised e-unicycle over a woodedn plank bridge (“suspension test”).

    People don’t have shame anymore.

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  62. JC Avatar
    JC

    Also, this Australian/Italian firm is great.

    Morq

  63. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Get back in the polycarbonate egg and wax yourself,

    WTF is a polycarbonate egg?

    Space Boy.

    No need to be personal. It’s not my fault your taste is houses is worse than head prefects. I deal in reality. This is a nice 3 storey pile at Kingscliff on the beach. About $5.5 mill will get it.

  64. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    JC
    Nov 19, 2023 2:07 PM

    The downside is that you are a constant Blog fat arsed/short arse moaner.

    Free speech rules and your constant verbal diarrhea and pathetic bullying doesn’t work. On me.

    Diarrhea is when your stools are loose and watery. You may also need to go to the bathroom more often. Diarrhea is a common problem. It may last 1 or 2 days and goes away on its own. If diarrhea lasts more than 2 days it may mean you have a more serious problem.

    Sounds just like Junior Cretin after another fat pizza.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1ULWx0eflM

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  65. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @ Bruce

    I found the Teaching Company course on Game Theory very rewarding. It Mathmatesises (a word?) … the way of disengaging choice from emotion.

  66. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Dot
    Nov 19, 2023 2:15 PM

    I feel violated.

    NSFW, but safe for YouTube.

    https://www.youtube.com/shorts/iXSoToT7MF8

    Chick in gym bikini and painted on shorts rides a stabilised e-unicycle over a woodedn plank bridge (“suspension test”).

    People don’t have shame anymore.

    Dot,

    what was that about? – I only saw wobbling white

  67. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    JC
    Nov 19, 2023 2:18 PM
    Also, this Australian/Italian firm is great.

    Morq

    I saw that; it was used a the entrance to a bomb shelter in Tom’s movie Oblivion.

  68. Dot Avatar

    It’s not my fault your taste is houses is worse than head prefects.

    You got cranky about a blue ribbon trout stream.

    That house is okay, but not for me.

  69. Dot Avatar

    Mr Hilfiger is a crowd pleaser.

    Something for everyone.

    https://www.re-thinkingthefuture.com/rtf-architectural-reviews/a5771-an-inside-look-at-all-the-houses-owned-by-tommy-hilfiger/

    Clearly, I like the Connecticut home the most.

  70. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    The Economist explains

    Was Israel’s attack on al-Shifa hospital justified?

    Israel has so far offered little evidence that it was. More may yet turn up

    The laws of war give special protection to hospitals. They lose that protection if they are used for “harmful” acts.

    Israel has long claimed that al-Shifa hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip, serves as a key command centre for Hamas, the group which killed or took hostage around 1,400 people in Israel on October 7th. In the early hours of November 15th, after a tense six-day stand-off, members of Shaldag, an elite Israeli air-force commando unit, entered one wing of the hospital.

    So far there is little evidence of its being a major military facility. Only the coming days will determine whether Israel has in fact rooted out a Hamas headquarters.

    Whether good evidence turns up matters to both sides. For Israel, the hospital is a prime example of how Hamas hides behind innocent civilians inside targets that are calculated to provoke outrage if they are attacked. For the Palestinians, targeting a hospital is emblematic of how cheaply Israel values Palestinian suffering. If Israel fails to justify its charges against al-Shifa, its operation in Gaza will be undermined.

    Start with the public claims. On October 27th the Israel Defence Forces (idf) said that al-Shifa, which is in the centre of Gaza city, was the “focus” of Hamas’s activity in the Gaza Strip. It said the site had “several underground complexes” used by leaders, including a “control centre” for Hamas’s internal-security unit and a “headquarters” to direct rocket fire, command forces and store weapons. A slick “intelligence-based” video published by the idf the same day showed a 3D model of the hospital with a Bond-villain lair beneath, including labyrinthine corridors, large meeting rooms and rows of laptops.

    Israeli officials have said that Hamas had begun creating the facility by 2007, enlarging basements originally dug by Israel when it expanded the hospital in the 1980s. They have also said it had several floors and space for several hundred people.

    Amnesty International, a human-rights organisation, has said that Hamas had used parts of al-Shifa “to detain, interrogate, torture and otherwise ill-treat suspects” in 2014.

    Hamas’s leadership is thought to have holed up below the hospital during wars in 2009 and 2014. Israeli officials say it has been used to treat the 240 hostages captured on October 7th, some of whom were wounded or had pre-existing conditions.

    America has endorsed many of these claims.

    On November 14th John Kirby, a spokesman for the White House, said that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a smaller group, operated a “command-and-control node” from al-Shifa. On November 16th, after the idf had entered the site, Mr Kirby said America was “still convinced of the soundness of [its] intelligence”.

    Hamas denies the allegations, and medical personnel at al-Shifa say they have seen no evidence of them. The proof Israel has produced so far has been underwhelming. The idf says it has found “intelligence materials, military technologies and equipment, command-and-control centres, and communications equipment” at al-Shifa. It has published photographs showing guns, ammunition and Iranian-made anti-tank rockets it says were found in the mri department, as well as the entrance to an unexplored tunnel shaft.

    Separately, the idf has found the bodies of two hostages near the hospital. It has also taken some unidentified bodies back to Israel.

    It is too early to reach a definitive judgment on whether Israel’s most dramatic claims will eventually be backed by evidence.

    One reason is that it has so far combed through only a small part of the hospital compound.

    The idf is negotiating with medical staff on evacuating the site, which is likely to take several days.

    Troops are also moving slowly for fear of booby traps. They are under strict orders not to enter tunnels and have used robots and sniffer-dogs to explore them.

    Israeli officials insist that “there is much more terror infrastructure in the area of the complex that is well hidden.” What’s more, they say, Hamas has had weeks to cover its tracks since it became clear that Israel’s ground offensive would be far larger than in the past.

    Even if Israel does find evidence, it may not meet the expectations of the watching world. In legal terms, the discovery of a weapons cache could be enough to cause a hospital to lose its protection. However, the Geneva conventions specify that the presence of small arms and ammunition taken from wounded combatants is not enough to qualify. And whatever the letter of the law, finding a clutch of Kalashnikovs and grenades would not be seen by many to justify taking over Gaza’s largest hospital.

    As a further complication, a command-and-control “node” or “headquarters” is unlikely to resemble the operations room of a conventional army or the idf video. One tell-tale sign might be communications infrastructure:

    Hamas is thought to have planned the October 7th attack using hardwired telephone lines, rather than mobile-phone and internet networks monitored by Israel.

    Israel itself is largely responsible for the high expectations. Many Israeli defence personnel are privately critical of the idf Spokesperson’s Unit for building up an unrealistic picture of what might be found underneath al-Shifa and exaggerating its centrality to Hamas. Even Israeli intelligence officials do not believe that the group currently has its main headquarters—to the extent that such a thing exists—below the hospital.

    These, they say, have probably moved to Khan Younis, a city in southern Gaza that lies beyond Israel’s current zone of operations. On November 15th the idf dropped leaflets on the city warning residents of certain neighbourhoods to leave.

    In practice, Hamas’s command-and-control structure is fluid. The group’s military wing, the Qassam Brigades, does not have a single official headquarters or permanent bases.

    That has presented the idf with two challenges.

    One is the intelligence problem of finding commanders. In recent years, the idf’s military-intelligence branch has attempted to refresh its pre-war “target bank” by using artificial intelligence to analyse data collected from satellites and aerial surveillance. That process is opaque.

    The other challenge is legal.

    Under the laws of war, an otherwise-civilian object can become a military one by its “purpose”—if Hamas intends to return to a site in the future, it may be targeted. But the rules for hospitals are tighter. The International Committee of the Red Cross, a humanitarian organisation, says that an army must “interrupt” its attack “if the facility no longer meets the criteria leading to the loss of protected status”—for instance, if combatants have fled.

    The idf, which appears to take an expansive view of the rules for hospitals as it does with all targeting, says that after several wars in which Hamas leaders have hunkered down under al-Shifa, Israel intends to clear out the hospital once and for all.

  71. Mark Bolton Avatar

    Just back from the shops in the “Booka” … (Buying some smokes for me and Meds for Her indoors) Pallis and Muzzies out there “Pressing the Flesh” good and hard.

  72. JC Avatar
    JC

    Johnny Rotten
    Nov 19, 2023 2:20 PM

    Ask people for an open vote and see how many likes to Marty farts you get. Go ahead. Not ticks because you cheat, but open votes and see where it goes, you piece of garbage.

    …………………….007 LOL.

    Wodney, *fark off you limey wog. You’re a crook just like your pal. Human garbage like you. And you’re dumb as a ox too.

    * your word, not mine.

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  73. Winston Smith Avatar

    Old Ozzie:

    There are few more egregious examples of “both-sideism” than Albanese’s refusal to utter the word anti-semitism without including Islamophobia in the same breath.
    To stick this convention in reaction to last week’s ugly scenes in Caulfield, where protestors prevented Jews from attending synagogue, was perverse.
    We have never read reports of anti-Islam demonstrations in Broadmeadows or of people too frightened to participate in prayers at the Nicholson St Mosque in Coburg.

    That’s easily fixed – a Shia bomb in a Sunni Mosque will put everything back into the correct perspective – the Mohammedan as a “victim”.

  74. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    The indecent rush to force it upon children to prevent them refusing as adults (as most do) should be a serious red flag for all of us.

    No one is going around claiming life long trauma from being circumcised.

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  75. JC Avatar
    JC

    Wodney’s now spamming the site with Marty farts out of spite. Unreal.

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  76. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Israel-Hamas war latest: Israel and Hamas ‘close to deal to pause conflict and free hostages’ Updated 24 minutes ago

    Israel, the United States and Hamas are close to an agreement to free dozens of hostages in Gaza in exchange for a five-day pause in fighting, it has been reported.

    According to the Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the agreement, the release of hostages could begin within days.

    Fifty or more hostages would be released in batches every 24 hours, according to the six-page agreement, the newspaper reported, while a pause in fighting would allow an influx of humanitarian aid to the besieged Gaza Strip.

    There are 239 people believed to be held captive by Hamas after they were kidnapped in the terror attack on October 7.

    The Israeli embassy in Washington declined to comment on the report, while a White House spokesperson said Israel and Hamas have not yet reached a deal on a temporary ceasefire.

    It comes after Israel on Saturday was preparing to expand its offensive against Hamas militants to southern Gaza while air strikes killed dozens of Palestinians, including civilians reported to be sheltering at two schools.

    Follow the latest updates below

  77. Dot Avatar

    No one is going around claiming life long trauma from being circumcised.

    Well, actually.

    The Silent Hill Circumcision Meltdown – Tales From the Internet

    Silent Hill distinguished itself from Resident Evil and the rest of the survival horror pack by having a more open approach to horror that leaves a lot up for interpretation. This approach has given rise to several fan theories of varying quality. One of the most infamous Silent Hill fan theories rose to prominence in December of 2015, when users realized that an admin of the Silent Hill wiki, AlexShepherd, had added tons of commentary about circumcision to the entry on Walter Sullivan, the main antagonist of Silent Hill 4.

    I’m sure I’ve brought this up before too.

  78. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Just watching the film called ‘Resistance’ on SBS World Movies Channel 32. Marcel Marceau was involved in saving the lives of a load of Jewish children in France in WW2.

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  79. JC Avatar
    JC

    Cronkite

    They’re building this block in Sth Yarra. Tell me you’d hate to live in one with a cute owl.

    https://www.morq.it/projects/architecture/residential/inliving-melbourne/

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  80. Mark Bolton Avatar

    The “Booka” is a rough and tumble suburb that those who talk about expensive houses might only ever learn about when hiring a cleaning lady.

    I am surrounded by Muzzies. They dont deal drugs .. they dont steal. They respect The Almighty in what ever form (unknowable according to them … I tend to concur ..beats the Hell out of me !) …

    so glad to see the back of the trash next door… a constant war zone … now next doors are decent white wukkas … but the whole street is becoming much more God Fearing.

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  81. alwaysright Avatar
    alwaysright

    Hamas had offered to release 87 hostages in return for a ceasefire

    If it was up to me:
    Get the hostages safe and sound then break the ceasefire.

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  82. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Haley Is Surging and Still Completely Irrelevant Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate

    The GOP’s Alternate Universe Front-Runner

    Well, well, well: If it isn’t an authentic presidential primary surge/boomlet! Former South Carolina Gov. and United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley is en fuego.

    This fall, she’s up almost 10 points in Iowa and 15 points in New Hampshire; she also maintains a strong position in her native state.

    She keeps winning polls that ask voters who they think won the most recent Republican debate.

    She’s pulling donors away from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis—and is even possibly on the verge of landing the support of big-fish billionaire Ken Griffin. Her squishy, poll-informed position on abortion—combined with her relative youth and her canny decision not to have been president when inflation went wild—would likely make her a good general election candidate against Joe Biden.

    Do we have a real race on our hands? Not between Haley and Donald Trump, or at least not yet.

    While she has moved into position to finish in what her campaign is no doubt prepared to call “a strong second” in early primary states, Trump remains in what experts call “an even stronger and way-ahead first.”

    And say what you will about the moral aspects of Haley’s decision not to directly denounce Trump, but it was probably the right one strategically. She’s not going to take him down, and attempts to do so will only make her unpopular. She’s just got to wait.

    Trump is thus, more immediately, racing against time and the Department of Justice. Can he win the nomination before being convicted of one of the sundry crimes he’s been accused of—a conviction that some voters say would change their minds about whether they are willing to make him president again, and possibly make Haley relevant?

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  83. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    White House rejects congressional requests tied to GOP-led House impeachment inquiry against Biden, as special counsel charges appear unlikely

    Washington — A top White House lawyer rejected requests from congressional Republicans to interview members of President Joe Biden’s staff, his family and a former senior White House aide. The requests were part of the Republicans’ inquiry into Mr. Biden’s handling of classified documents and their probe of the Biden family’s business activities.

    The White House response was sent Friday by White House attorney Richard Sauber to the chairmen of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees, Reps. James Comer and Jim Jordan.

    Earlier this week, Comer sent requests to four current White House staff members for transcribed interviews and a subpoena to depose former White House counsel Dana Remus as part of the documents investigation. Comer previously subpoenaed President Biden’s son, Hunter, and the president’s brother, James, related to their finances.

    House Republicans have alleged Biden family members are engaged in “influence peddling,” although the investigating committees have produced no evidence so far that the president engaged in any wrongdoing. The subpoenas and interview requests are tied to efforts to substantiate the impeachment inquiry and the White House’s response sets up a future battle over congressional demand to comply with subpoenas.

    “If President Biden has nothing to hide, then he should make his current and former staff available to testify before Congress about his mishandling of classified documents,” Comer said in a statement.

    In the letter Friday, the White House accused House Republicans of being motivated by an attempt to “boost” their subpoena numbers, “rather than any legitimate investigative interest.” It also accused the Republican committee chairs of engaging in “harassment of the President to score political points.”

    “The Committees are particularly concerned about President Biden’s mishandling of classified information given the Oversight Committee’s discoveries that the Biden family received millions of dollars from foreign sources for unknown services,” said Comer’s letter requesting interviews related to the documents matter.

    “You should reconsider your current course of action and withdraw these subpoenas and demands for interviews,” Sauber told Comer and Jordan. “If you do in fact have legitimate requests for information within the White House pursuant to an appropriate oversight inquiry, please contact the undersigned so that the constitutionally approved processes can be implemented.”

    The congressional probe into Mr. Biden’s handling of classified documents is playing out alongside special counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into the same matter.

  84. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Watching an old B&W filum..

    “The man who laughs”.
    Well made so far, and if anyone wants to know the origins of the batman villain “the joker” skip to about 50 minutes in.

    Enjoying it so far, the harlot duchess is a treat.
    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x22yaio

  85. Dot Avatar

    Magic Muslims from Mirrabooka.

    Sure.

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  86. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Tenured barbarians

    On academic anti-Semitism.

    It’s been many years since we have had occasion to mention Rashid Khalidi—enthusiast for the Palestinian cause, bosom buddy of Barack Obama, and the Edward Said (!) Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University—in this space.

    Back in June 2005, in a column called “Faculty follies,” we quoted Khalidi’s thundering dismissal of what he called “the utterly spurious assumption that universities are strongholds of radical and liberal beliefs.”

    As if to underscore the malign fatuousness of that declaration, Professor Khalidi has just put his name to an open letter, signed by more than a hundred of his Columbia colleagues, calling on the university to defend those students who publicly support Hamas, the terrorist organization that controls the Gaza Strip and that, without warning, slaughtered more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians, in southern Israel on October 7.

    That massacre, which also left some five thousand injured and saw more than two hundred people—including infants, toddlers, and the elderly—kidnapped and dragged back to the Gaza Strip, killed more Jews than any event since the Holocaust.

    Khalidi and his colleagues are incensed that the names and likenesses of some of these pro-Palestinian student protestors have been posted under the rubric “Columbia’s Leading Anti-Semites.” “As scholars,” the professors write, apparently without irony,

    who are committed to robust inquiry about the most challenging matters of our time, we feel compelled to respond to those who label our students anti-Semitic if they express empathy for the lives and dignity of Palestinians, and/or if they signed on to a student-written statement that situated the military action begun on October 7th within the larger context of the occupation of Palestine by Israel.

    Where does one start?

    We’re tempted to begin with the question of whether anyone anywhere has objected to people expressing “empathy for the lives and dignity of Palestinians.”

    But let’s leave that trope, along with the needling “as scholars” gambit, to one side for a moment and concentrate on two phrases: “military action begun on October 7th” and “the larger context of the occupation of Palestine by Israel.”

    In the modern world, a “military action” is understood to be an action undertaken to achieve a specific military objective and employing only those means that are in accordance with the recognized rules of combat.

    High up on the list of those rules is concern for noncombatants.

    It is an unfortunate fact that civilians are often killed in a military action. But they must not be explicitly targeted. Nor may they be deliberately mistreated.

    In this sense, what Hamas started on October 7 was not a “military action.” It was slaughter undertaken to foment terror.

    Civilians were not collateral victims of the operation. They were deliberately targeted for rape, torture, kidnapping, and murder. The vast majority of victims were civilians, not military personnel. It is also worth noting the video evidence that in some instances so-called civilian Gazans seem to have participated in the atrocities.

    Contrast the behavior of Hamas with the behavior of the Israeli Defense Forces responding to the massacre.

    For weeks after the attack, the idf urged civilians to evacuate to the south of the Gaza Strip, away from the headquarters of Hamas, which was certain to be the center of Israel’s operations.

    Close to a million Gazans did evacuate. More tried to do so but were prevented by Hamas, which confiscated their car keys and gasoline and destroyed humanitarian corridors that Israel had constructed to aid evacuation.

    Hamas, in direct flouting of the Geneva Conventions, has always used civilians as human shields.

    In this instance, the more than two hundred hostages it took from Israel are part of that shield. Who knows where they may be secreted?

    But by far the largest component of human bargaining chips have been ordinary Gazans.

    Hamas, again in violation of the Geneva Conventions, places military assets and command centers within, adjacent to, or underneath schools, mosques, hospitals, and residential buildings.

    Not only does this ensure collateral damage to life and property, it also transforms those nonmilitary sites into military targets.

    It is furthermore worth noting that not only does Hamas exaggerate the extent of its civilian casualties, it also, as many video clips have confirmed, displays fake deaths and injuries.

    The “corpses” that suddenly arise and walk or the gruesomely “injured” actor who is later seen cavorting on the street make for inadvertently amusing viewing.

    The same perfidy is true of Hamas’s cynical exploitation of sacrosanct symbols and protected assets.

    Ambulances have large red crosses painted on them to signal their exemption from assault. But the exemption is in force only so long as the vehicles are used for the purpose for which they were intended, the transportation of the sick and wounded.

    The idf has presented video footage of Hamas operatives using ambulances essentially as taxis to get around the city with impunity.

    That has the effect of making all ambulances suspect, and thus vulnerable, and transforming ones that are identified as transporting military personnel into targets.

    We would be hard-pressed to adduce examples of a military power operating with greater deliberateness or care for civilian life than the idf. Yes, civilian casualties have resulted from its military operations.

    But here is the difference: Hamas directly targets civilians.

    The idf does not. Moreover, Hamas does not simply kill its victims. Many are humiliated, raped, tortured, and beheaded. In one wrenching video, an injured ninety-four-year-old Israeli woman plaintively, agonizingly recounts how her granddaughter was raped and murdered before her eyes.

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  87. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    I wouldn’t imagine I would become famous in America for my talk shows.

    – Marcel Marceau

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  88. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    JC
    Nov 19, 2023 2:18 PM

    Also, this Australian/Italian firm is great.

    Morq

    JC,

    Concrete Brutalism – As an Italian Concretor – I Love IT!

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  89. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    Re, comments and opinions on circumcision, I will add what I added last time the subject came up. My son is uncircumcised. Before he was born I was going to have him cut automatically. His father was against it even though he himself was circumcised.
    He explained that he was never given the choice and he believed our son should have that choice. Having been confronted with the male’s view on the subject, I agreed.

    As for hygiene, as a bloke Cat posted previously when we had this discussion, what sort of filthy pig couldn’t be bothered cleaning himself. Most blokes have their hand on it practically non-stop. How hard is it to bloody keep it clean.

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  90. Winston Smith Avatar

    Old Ozzie:

    Chick in gym bikini and painted on shorts rides a stabilised e-unicycle over a woodedn plank bridge (“suspension test”).

    I watched it several times to check – those are real shorts, not painted on.
    You can see the seams move.

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  91. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @thefrollickingmole

    THX for the link … I love the Art from the “interwar years” ..and to them it was all new technology , a new beginning and didnt they do amazing things with it? … they had just emerged from a nightmare of blood and prayed it would never happen again ~Spoiler Alert~ … It did .

  92. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    And what checks are Border Farce doing?

    Hopefully, the same checks they should have been doing in ’76.

    A lot of questions relating to kippers and soap.

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  93. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Apparently the new Speaker has released ALL the video footage from J6.

  94. Winston Smith Avatar

    Pogria:

    As for hygiene, as a bloke Cat posted previously when we had this discussion, what sort of filthy pig couldn’t be bothered cleaning himself.

    4 – 8 year old boys, Pogria.
    But they quickly learn after having to have adhesions cut in a docs surgery.

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  95. Mark Bolton Avatar

    There is a living Museum in Gwalia… it as if those homes were recently vacated… and they were …. they were doing it tough (but better than many) …. as the Sun was setting I am convinced I could hear late 30s radio broadcasts ” the impending conflict” not that they could have afforded radios…

    Take Home …. ?

    Dont take our cushy life for granted….

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  96. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Most blokes have their hand on it practically non-stop. How hard is it to bloody keep it clean.

    Not all of us, Pogria.

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  97. P Avatar
    P

    Today at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney;

    Sweet Sacrament divine

    It was good to see Fr Brian Lucas again (many years ago Secy to Edward Clancy) who congratulated the choir on their enthusiasm and vigour!

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  98. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    ‘You fire missiles at us, we fly kites towards you’: Sydney’s Jewish community sends powerful message to Hamas

    By alexi demetriadi
    NSW Political Reporter
    @ADemetriadi
    and liam mendes
    Reporter
    @liammendes
    2:21PM November 19, 2023
    2 Comments

    Hundreds of members of Sydney’s Jewish community have come together in the city’s eastern suburbs to again urge for the release of 240 hostages – including 34 children – taken by Hamas.

    Inspired by ‘Afifoniada’, a kite flying festival for children scheduled to have taken place on October 7 in Kfar Aza Kibbutz near Gaza, Sunday’s event aimed to send a dignified message to Hamas: ‘You fire missiles at us, we fly kites towards you.’

    The event occurred around the same time it was reported Israel and Hamas reached a tentative US-brokered ceasefire to pause the war for five days, opening the option to free women and children hostages.
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    Organiser Lauren Placks said the focus of Sunday’s event was on the 34 children captured by Hamas, and said her own children are scared to go to school in their own uniforms due to rising cases of anti-Semitism.

    “We have probably never been more united as a Jewish community, but we also have never been more scared to be in a Jewish community,” Ms Placks said.

    “We’ve had issues very close to home, and it scares us that we’re having to explain things to our children about who they are and the religion that they hold.

    “We will continually stand strong and we will not be scared to come together at events like this and together to show our support with Israel because we feel like we are one family.”

    Several children spoke at the event, including Elly, 7, who reiterated calls to bring those children taken hostage home.

    “I can’t imagine being without my mum and dad, no one should (be in that position),” she said.

    Nine-year-old Remy said his own heart went out to the children kidnapped by Hamas.

    “It would be so scary for them,” Remy said.

    Alex Ryvchin, co-chief executive officer of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry said Australia has seen “historic levels” of anti-Semitism since Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7 and said the Jewish community was “anxious for what the future holds”.

    “We saw this inflaming of tensions, this escalation of rhetoric and seen it progress very quickly to physical assaults, to vandalism of Jewish businesses, organised boycotts of Jewish businesses, even targeting of Jewish schoolchildren.

    “So we’re anxious for the future, and we call on all Australians to be mindful of our unified society our multiculturalism, and to remember that we are one people together.”

    Mr Ryvchin said the condemnation of anti-Semitism must continue at all levels of government and society.

    “Convoys of cars menacingly driving to Jewish neighbourhoods looking for confrontation, these sorts of things need to stop,” he said.

    “The incitement we’re seeing at rallies every weekend, the calls for more attacks on Israeli civilians, this is not who we are as Australians. Tensions are high, feelings are strong about what’s happening in the Middle East, but ultimately, we’re Australians and we have to stand together now.

    “We’re worried by the trajectory of this all, and it all began with some vicious chants, and sermons by clerics in Western Sydney, inciting their flocks against our community and we’ve seen it progress to physical confrontation, vandalism of shops and where it goes from here is terrifying and a sobering thing to think about.”

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  99. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    Winston,
    my son only had a sticky situation once, when he was three. It never happened again. He had stated he could look after himself at that time. It was a lesson very well learned.
    Teaching boys to keep their intimate parts clean is a parents job. Mum and dad seem to have no trouble wiping the rear end during a nappy change. It is even easier to check the penis and make sure it is clean when nappy changing and bathing.

    It should never be allowed to become so gungy the child has to see a Doctor. Said Doc should give mum and dad a right bollocking.

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  100. Dot Avatar

    Apparently the new Speaker has released ALL the video footage from J6.

    That’s a win, of sorts.

  101. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    Not all of us, Pogria.

    Bespoke,
    to paraphrase the immortal words of Mandy Rice-Davies, “they would say that, wouldn’t they”.

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  102. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    Judging by the down thumbs my comments have, there are a lot of “sticky wickets”, on the Cat roll. Yuck.

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  103. mizaris Avatar
    mizaris

    This Mark Bolton is a bit of a snob.
    Mirrabooka isn’t that bad an area.

  104. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @Dot

    everyone who lives in the “Booka” is as magic as we can aspire to. We Help each other…

  105. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @mizaris

    Indeed not !! ~laughs~ the tone of the neighborhood has improved considerably since I moved here…. must be my settling influence?

  106. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    Cheeky! Pogria

    I suppose being satisfied and busy with other distractions makes a difference.

    I’m weary of perpetuating a feminist trope, though.

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  107. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Mirrabooka isn’t that bad an area.

    The soil’s quite good for mushrooms, apparently.

  108. Steve trickler Avatar
    Steve trickler

    mizaris
    Nov 19, 2023 3:17 PM
    This Mark Bolton is a bit of a snob.
    Mirrabooka isn’t that bad an area.

    It’s a sh*t hole.

  109. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    Today – 19 November – is International Men’s Day.

    Ladies, put your embroidery down and get cracking.

    Nothin extravagant. Ham, cheese, a bit of turkey, mustard and geez, would it kill you to toast it?

    Then go away. The World Cup final’s on in a couple of hours.

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  110. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    Bluey is just a beautiful cartoon.

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  111. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Most blokes have their hand on it practically non-stop. How hard is it to bloody keep it clean.

    You cant leave me an opening like that and not expect it to be filled.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAWxTMxsgQ0

  112. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    Today – 19 November – is International Men’s Day.

    Ladies, put your embroidery down and get cracking.

    Nothin extravagant. Ham, cheese, a bit of turkey, mustard and geez, would it kill you to toast it?

    Then go away. The World Cup final’s on in a couple of hours.

    And the beer Dragger. Don’t forget the beer.

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  113. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @Steve trickler

    Hey everyone gotta live somewhere … ?

    And if we do we have to do our best to keep it tolerable.

    I really like Mirrabooka ..

  114. Zafiro Avatar
    Zafiro

    I once lived in this 10 story block of units on Guildford Rd, Maylands. It was known as “The Bronx”

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  115. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    And the beer Dragger. Don’t forget the beer.

    Well, I thought that was a given. Also:

    You cant leave me an opening like that and not expect it to be filled.

    Obviously, another reference to Men’s Day.

    PHRASING.

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  116. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    Nothin extravagant. Ham, cheese, a bit of turkey, mustard and geez, would it kill you to toast it?

    KD,
    do you hold your sandwich with both hands? snort

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  117. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Separately, the idf has found the bodies of two hostages near the hospital. It has also taken some unidentified bodies back to Israel

    Oh definitely not a significant Hamas site.
    The talk of hostages being released is a game for hamas.
    They wanted to separate deeply traumatised children from their parents.
    They don’t care.
    They have kidnapped babies.

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  118. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    do you hold your sandwich with both hands?

    It’s generally large enough to require it.

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  119. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @ Zafiro

    I lived in Maylands once awhile ago… it was tasty for sure..

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  120. Black Ball Avatar
    Black Ball

    Peta Credlin:

    Anthony Albanese has just had by far the worst week of his prime ministership. That doesn’t mean that he’s going to lose the next election. But it does mean that Peter Dutton and the Coalition are now in with a fighting chance.

    With the PM yet again out of the country, on what is his 21st overseas trip in just a year and a half in office, last week the government was forced to accept a series of opposition amendments to pass legislation to address the mess of the 84 foreign criminals now loose on our streets, with perhaps 340 more to come.

    No thanks to the government but thanks, instead, to the opposition, these hardened criminals – including murderers, rapists and pedophiles – will at least have to wear ankle bracelets now that they have been released into the community; even though the only place they should be is in continuing detention or preferably out of the country.

    The fact they are free, even under tougher conditions than before, is an indictment of a government that’s been asleep at the wheel – probably because until last month, from the PM down, its members were focused on a race-based constitutional change that was never likely to pass.

    The government was warned back in June that the High Court was likely to reverse its previous judgment and order the release of foreign criminals who had served their sentences but were, for whatever reason, unable to be deported to their country of origin.

    But despite several months notice, and no doubt public service advice about a Plan B, it was caught completely flat-footed, thereby putting public safety at risk.

    Sure, events can throw even the best of governments off-balance – but good ones try to anticipate problems to be ready for whatever comes.

    In this case, though, the Albanese government was culpably clueless, and is now scrambling to deal with a contingency for which it should have been prepared.

    Make no mistake, this government is now in a world of political pain, not because the High Court made an awkward decision, but due to its own ineptitude on a whole range of issues.

    Almost six weeks after the October 7 atrocities in Israel – and the immediate eruption of “gas the Jews” hate speech on our streets – it still can’t decide whether the big problem is rampant anti-Semitism or an all-but-non-existent Islamophobia.

    And you have to question how much ethnic branch-stacking inside Labor is behind this moral weakness in failing to call out anti-Semitism without qualification.

    Then there’s the Chinese dictator’s insistence taking over independent Taiwan is “unstoppable”, meaning there’s trouble ahead for our region and the wider world.

    PM Albanese says he’s committed to boosting Australia’s military strength, but is actually starving all the other parts of our armed forces to pay for nuclear submarines that won’t arrive for a decade at least.

    The government’s union-dictated workplace changes are sapping the productivity on which our prosperity rests and on which our national security ultimately depends. The government’s emissions obsession is closing down coal-fired power, when reliable 24/7 alternatives are years away, because Labor’s green-left zealots keep saying that a climate “emergency” is the world’s biggest challenge. As if.

    Ask the Ukrainians or the Israelis or the Taiwanese what the biggest threat is, and none of them will mention the temperature in a few decades time.

    Indeed, as the Energy Regulator reported recently, the only way we’ll avoid blackouts this summer is by telling large factories to shut down.

    Meanwhile, despite Anthony Albanese promising to cut power bills by $275 per household per year, they’ve increased by at least 20 per cent in the past 12 months. And that cost of living pain on power is felt across the board on everything else as inflation remains an issue.

    Finally there’s immigration, now at record levels of at least 500,000 a year, the equivalent of a city the size of Canberra. While the vast majority of migrants will turn out to be fine Australians, migration at these levels is putting downward pressure on wages, upward pressure on housing costs, and massive pressure on infrastructure. No one voted for this, there is no population policy we’re working to, and the government has no idea how to manage it. Maybe that’s because the minister in charge is the same bloke who was asleep on these now-released detainees.

    On issues big and small, this government is either wrongheaded or confused and it’s decision-making seems to have more to do with political calculation than the long-term national interest.

    An incompetent government can win an election, but only if the opposition seems even worse. Yet for the past few months, especially since deciding to oppose the Voice, Peter Dutton hasn’t put a foot wrong. Last week, especially in the PM’s absence, he has dominated the parliament.

    For the Prime Minister, it looks like it’s going to be a torrid summer. And unless his government lifts its game, a torrid summer for all of us too.

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  121. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @Zafiro

    Northbridge was even more interesting … I still have a Pony Tail Palm I dug up from the fuel station there … before someone decided it might be a great place to build a Night Club ..

    I continue to water it and it continues not to die ..

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  122. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    They’re building this block in Sth Yarra. Tell me you’d hate to live in one with a cute owl.

    https://www.morq.it/projects/architecture/residential/inliving-melbourne/

    It looks a bit Harry Seidler.

  123. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Memo to self.

    (after watching movie)
    Despite latin being nice, resist the temptation to call my bog “man” in it.

    If it runs away I dont want to be wandering the park calling out “homo-Homo” and hoping he returns.

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  124. Mark Bolton Avatar

    It is never about the bricks and mortar.. It is about being the bloke next door ..that can be trusted.

    yes there are suburbs I would prefer to live in a humpy in the bush …. BUT what we need to do is keep our living spaces safe ..sure if that become impossible then “bug out” No shame in that … but try as hard as we can to maintain what little we have. ?

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  125. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    dog, goddamn it dog…

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  126. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @thefrollickingmole

    Thankfully some one has a sense of humor … “Nice one Centurion” …~applause~

  127. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    The indecent rush to force it upon children to prevent them refusing as adults (as most do) should be a serious red flag for all of us.
    Absolute rubbish

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  128. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @ follicking (opps sp)

    Magnificent movie… I just bathe in the music… such Joy…

    THX you made my day …

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  129. miltonf Avatar
    miltonf

    2) A puritanical ritual – mainly to stop boys masturbating.

    Rubbish

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  130. dover0beach Avatar

    But they weren’t “billeted” were they? That was my point.

    They were in camps.

    They were living in the same lands as now with varying degrees of autonomy.

    No, pre ’67 Gaza and the West Bank were governed by Egypt and Jordan, respectively, while those dispossessed by ’48 war were clearly not on the same lands.

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  131. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    35, humid and bastard hot again in D-town.

    Been feeding my hound, and that of the son and heir Zooper Doopers, for which they are most appreciative.

    Neither are lady dogs.

    Men’s Day.

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  132. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @miltonf

    much as I made the old joke…

    Needs must when Nature requires.

    So much easier to just whip out the old toger .. hands on hips and discreetly pass urine as if you are just admiring the view.

    That said I know of nothing different .. mutilated as I am …

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  133. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @Knuckle Dragger

    I was in D ..was it a year ago … Maybe two ? … there is a lot to love about the place..

    Emblematic perhaps is the fish cleaning places the council provides besides the boat ramp… bastards cant be bothered looking after the fish guts … Nah they just bugger off …. and behold a sink full of wriggling maggots.

    My memory of D …

  134. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @Knuckle Dragger

    Also I cant be kinder about my view of politics in that town … Gumbbermint money, is to them, like oil spurting out of the ground.. Like a new Arabian Gulf… and if it all turns to custard … Hey they are all wukkas and teachers Head Masters and administrators and such …. Dindonuffing.

  135. Mark Bolton Avatar

    @ Knuckle Dragger

    That said the Abos I met were worthwhile..

  136. Mark Bolton Avatar

    But even the Abos were losing it … thier spawn were just creating mayhem .. they didnt like it either.

  137. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    You may have seen maps of Israel – four of them side by side – purporting to show the progressive seizing of Palestinian land by Da Jooz.

    If anyone is interested and has 35 min to burn, this video looks into this tiresome tetraptych of Pali propaganda.

  138. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    do you hold your sandwich with both hands?

    Only if it’s a foot long.

    Pre-emptive “phrasing”.

  139. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    JC, if you like those places in South Yarra, you’d like these places going up in Elizabeth Bay.

    https://billyardave.com.au/residences/

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  140. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    News item:

    Firefighters have discovered a body inside a Sydney home after a woman was last seen by a neighbour screaming for help inside the property that was engulfed in flames.

    Neighhhhhhhbourrrrs,
    Need to get to know each othhhherrrr
    Next door is only a footstep away
    Neighhhhhhhbourrrrs,
    Should be there for one anooootherrrr

    Very current year.

  141. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Knuckle Dragger
    Nov 19, 2023 3:36 PM

    do you hold your sandwich with both hands?

    It’s generally large enough to require it.

    Knuckle Dragger,

    was that your Hot Dog starring in – Bachelor Party Hanks Future Mother In Law Grabs For Big Hot Dog?

    From the Comments

    – Mom is a champ. She wasn’t letting go and her grip was herculean

    – “Is that a foot long?” “And then some.”

    – Love the bride-to-be, “Mom, let go, please!”

  142. Top Ender Avatar
    Top Ender

    Today is the anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Sydney in 1941….

    Vale the 645 members of the ship’s company.

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  143. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2023/11/perfection.html

    “So far up yourself, you can’t see the light of day, until you yawn..”

  144. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    dover0beach
    Nov 19, 2023 4:14 PM
    But they weren’t “billeted” were they? That was my point.

    They were in camps.

    By at latest the 1970s, those “camps” were comprised of multi-story reinforced concrete apartment blocks.

    Puts a different light on the “refugee” status. Not quite glamping, but certainly not the Somalia/Kenya border style. For all practical purposes, except harassing Israel, they were migrants settled in a new country.

  145. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    A liar and a coward.

    Sad.

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  146. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    Not you, Boambee J.

    You are a gentleman.

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  147. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I could not live in a church, even a protestant one. Even a Uniting Church chapel etc.

    I like the architecture but it’s beyond the pale to me.

    We achieved a stay of execution for the family fifteenth century manorial church that I led a movement to save in England, but now the axe is falling. It will be put up for sale as a residence. It’s other future seemed to be further lack of structural repair and decay to a ruin, as it is in a quiet area well served by other churches.

    I still wonder at who might want to live surrounded by the charnel of six centuries in the graveyard. We’d hoped to turn it into a Huguenot museum. They won’t resume the bones of my ancestor in the nave, the only burial there, though they will remove his headstone to a corner of the churchyard reserved for these.

    I hope his ghost rattles their windows. I would.

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  148. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    You are a gentleman.

    I would take that as an insult.

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  149. Tom Avatar
    Tom

    Vale the 645 members of the ship’s company.

    Remember when we knew what we stood for (freedom) and were prepared to die for it?

    Neither do I. I was born after the onset of our self-hatred.

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  150. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    feelthebern
    Nov 19, 2023 4:44 PM
    do you hold your sandwich with both hands?

    Only if it’s a foot long.

    Pre-emptive “phrasing”.

    His name is black dick. If you like it.

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  151. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    JC, if you like those places in South Yarra, you’d like these places going up in Elizabeth Bay.

    The neighbours in the same sorts of Art Deco blocks knocked down for this don’t like it though. They have been vociferous in their protests.

    Protests against the march of time.
    Necessary at least to make a stand.
    Like me with our church in the saltbush fens.

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  152. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Knuckle Dragger
    Nov 19, 2023 3:32 PM

    Sheep Shagger still going on like a fart in a lift.

    C U in the N T

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  153. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Powerline Week in Pictures good for a Sunday laugh, thanks Tom.

    The timeless one for me is the use of one of those classic ‘old master’ style paintings of ancient robed peoples listening to a speaker on a rock (likely Socrates sounding-off on the Athenian Agora). Dumped there in the speaker’s place courtesy of photoshop is a modern yoof being asked by interested interlocutors – How do you make this ‘electricity’? I don’t know, replies the securely-clueless hapless modern yoof.

    A window on our future? Says it all, really.

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  154. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    In the Proud Cat Tradition of Playing the same ditty over and over again, I gives ya:

    Get higher Baybee …” 🙂

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  155. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Johnny Rotten, I’ve just got in.

    Do we really need this? On and on, it’s not the word it’s the repetition.

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  156. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    That was hilarious, ZK2A.

    For a poetry aficionado Anne has a very boring style of writing – you would expect a richer choice of words, especially since she is appealing to values rather than logic. But maybe that is the degenerate nature of poetry these days. Maybe it is as boring and shallow, and politically prosaic, as the rest of the arts.

  157. Dot Avatar

    On family law, “violence against women” and perjury – and state complicity – from the speccy.

    Flat White
    Evil genius at work
    Bettina Arndt

    11 April 2022

    4:00 AM

    https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/04/evil-genius-at-work/

    Imagine a sexual encounter involving a woman shagging a man, sitting on top of him, bouncing cheerfully. How could she be a rape victim?

    That was a key question at the heart of a case settled two years ago involving a Sydney man who achieved a substantial payout as settlement of a $1 million malicious prosecution case against NSW police and prosecutors. The case exposed the disgraceful behaviour of police and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in ignoring clear video evidence revealing his former wife’s rape and assault allegations to be falsehoods, the authorities’ role in encouraging her to concoct new allegations, and their lies told in court to try to keep him in prison.

    The settlement came at the end of a five-year ordeal for the man – I’ll call him ‘Peter’ – after his former wife, a medical specialist, told police he had raped her a few weeks after the couple had split up in 2015. The marriage fell apart when Peter discovered she was having an affair, but the couple then had a brief reconciliation which culminated in consensual sex on the day in question.

    Two months later Peter was arrested and charged with sexual assault and violence when he returned from a work trip to Europe. He spent a month in prison and over $350,000 in legal costs before the allegations were thrown out after a 10-day jury trial. The judge described the wife’s evidence as ‘demonstrably false’ and said that the prosecutors had failed to take into account ‘clear and consistent, objective evidence’ backing up Peter’s claim that he was being wrongly accused.

    Peter had installed video cameras that recorded the whole encounter, giving a lie to the wife’s allegation that he had jumped her immediately following her arrival at the former marital home. The cameras showed them fully dressed for almost an hour prior to the consensual sex which featured the woman in flagrante delicto, sitting riding him on the couch.

    And… wait for it…. During their lively encounter, the video evidence showed she actually stopped to ask if he was okay!

    The doctor has suffered no adverse consequences for her malicious lies. Peter’s efforts to have her charged with perjury have received persistent knock-backs from police, the DPP, and other relevant complaints bodies.

    That’s our justice system. Women accusing men of rape or violence have absolute license to perjure themselves in our courts and concoct elaborate mistruths which, even if proved false, will very rarely bear any adverse consequences.

    The official policy of our police and prosecutors is that women can lie with impunity. This week I canvased police officers across the country who all reported they are told never to take action against a woman caught out making false violence or rape allegations, lest punishment of false accusers deters genuine victims from coming forward.

    Now onto more of a family law focus:

    That’s the mantra making a mockery of our rule of law. Undermining our justice system. Encouraging women to play fast and loose with the truth.

    Look what happened in our family court system, where false allegations have long been rampant. The Howard Government made a noble effort to impose penalties aimed at reining them in, only to have their reforms rolled back by Labor’s mean girls as soon as they gained power.

    In 2006, Howard’s path-breaking new family law legislation included advice to courts to make cost orders against persons who knowingly made false allegations in family law proceedings – a measure stated to address concerns about widespread false allegations in The Family Court.

    A year later, the Howard government was gone and suddenly all the talk was about risks to children from violent dads. A Chisholm Review into violence and family law dutifully concluded that the cost orders provision might deter vulnerable parents from disclosing family violence and by 2011 Julia Gillard’s team had changed the legislation to ensure there were no longer any consequences for perjury.

    That’s been the case ever since. At hearings for the recent parliamentary inquiry into the family law system, a Deputy Secretary from the Attorney General’s Department showed that between 2014 and 2019 not a single family law-related perjury matter was investigated by Commonwealth prosecutors.

    I wrote last year about research showing family court judges determined that only 12 per cent of the child sexual abuse allegations involved in contested cases were found to be true. Accusations of abuse that were deliberately misleading were found to be twice as common as true allegations, according to the study by Webb, Moloney, Smyth, and Murphy, which reviewed family court cases from 2012 to 2019.

    Think about all those wrongly accused fathers, deliberately alienated from their children by such horrendous lies, children forced to suffer through embarrassing, damaging interviews from experts attempting to weed out the truth. Not one of these mothers faced legal consequences for what she did.

    The same unwritten rule applies in magistrates’ courts dealing with the weekly flood of false domestic violence allegations and the criminal courts handling sexual assault. Everyone knows that police and prosecutors will accept the most preposterous allegations and even if they ultimately get thrown out in court, the instigator gets off scot-free.

    Sorry to be a buttinski, but I’d like to give some facts rather than have people rip into each other without much substance.

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  158. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    And I watched the film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ a quite marvelous film. On SBS World Movies. Ch 32.

    The Brits di their bit.

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  159. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    err, Sorry Cats – we really should be discussing far more important issues, like how staggeringly stupid our not so beloved quisling politicians might just happen to be.

    You know it (does not) make sense … 😕

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  160. Delta A Avatar
    Delta A

    Dot
    Nov 19, 2023 6:03 PM

    That’s compelling evidence, rather than mindless throwaway lines.

    Thank you, Dot.

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  161. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Imagine a sexual encounter involving a woman shagging a man, sitting on top of him, bouncing cheerfully.

    I wake up every morning with a stiffy. Just a dream apparently. And then then they invented the floppy. LOL

    And the Junior Cretin wanted to be heard. Bwaaaaaaah,

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  162. P Avatar
    P

    Top Ender
    Nov 19, 2023 5:29 PM

    Vale the 645 members of the ship’s company.

    The Sinking of HMAS Sydney -19 November 1941

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  163. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    That’s the mantra making a mockery of our rule of law. Undermining our justice system. Encouraging women to play fast and loose with the truth.

    Look what happened in our family court system, where false allegations have long been rampant. The Howard Government made a noble effort to impose penalties aimed at reining them in, only to have their reforms rolled back by Labor’s mean girls as soon as they gained power.

    In 2006, Howard’s path-breaking new family law legislation included advice to courts to make cost orders against persons who knowingly made false allegations in family law proceedings – a measure stated to address concerns about widespread false allegations in The Family Court.

    Interesting post, thank you.

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  164. GreyRanga Avatar
    GreyRanga

    Rabz is that Lizzie?

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  165. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    At least with the church they are listening to us by putting various restraints on altering the basic appearance of the building, so from a distance it still lives as a church sited in farmlands.

    They are also being careful about the gravestones of more recent parishioners, including one of my great uncle and his wife buried there, a close familial relationship which along with others which bind me to the church, as well as my direct traceable patrillineal descent from the man buried in the nave.

    This ancestor in the nave has a large inscribed slab over his grave (not actually a headstone) and on the external walls of the church are a few other memorial stones to familial children buried unmarked in the graveyard. We are hoping to keep these latter in situ, even though the one inside the nave must be prised out or it will be destroyed by new flooring.

    It is almost as if the ancestors knew that any child burial would soon be overcome by time and wished to keep their children alive in memory on the external church wall itself. We who ‘pilgrimage’ from the antipodean diaspora to this church would like to keep them there, with ensured access to the site.

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  166. Dot Avatar

    It’s a great tune, rabz.

  167. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    And I watched the film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ a quite marvelous film. On SBS World Movies. Ch 32.

    A relative of mine was one of the Dutch POW’s who worked on that bridge. That film was the only war film he ever watched after the war, and he described it as rubbish “That bridge was built by Dutch and Australian Prisoners of war – there wasn’t a whistling Pommy for miles.”

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  168. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    For various furniture store numpties:

    Miss Maggie Dodgers

    Just exquisite … 🙂

  169. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    For the Prime Minister, it looks like it’s going to be a torrid summer. And unless his government lifts its game, a torrid summer for all of us too.

    He/She/It/Whatever has no farking idea. A one hit wonder is the Marxist way. 2025 will be a good year when they all get booted out.

    Hopefully before the Electricity Grid falls over.

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  170. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    lol, Rabz.

    I think I may have bin a wee bit under the influence.

    Hairy drove home. 🙂

  171. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    GreyRanga
    Nov 19, 2023 6:21 PM
    Rabz is that Lizzie?

    An old photo, taken around 18 months ago.

  172. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    There is only one Marceau.

    – Marcel Marceau

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  173. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Miss Maggie Dodgers*, this time for real, Cats.

    *In the Twentyfourth and a Half Century …

  174. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    Nov 19, 2023 6:25 PM
    And I watched the film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ a quite marvelous film. On SBS World Movies. Ch 32.

    A relative of mine was one of the Dutch POW’s who worked on that bridge. That film was the only war film he ever watched after the war, and he described it as rubbish “That bridge was built by Dutch and Australian Prisoners of war – there wasn’t a whistling Pommy for miles.”

    Plenty of Pommies worked on other sections of the railroad, and died there.

  175. Knuckle Dragger Avatar
    Knuckle Dragger

    I wake up every morning with a stiffy

    Nobody mentioned the ladyboy.

    I guess you both get to celebrate International Men’s Day.

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  176. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Rabz is that Lizzie?

    You mean the old lady with the tea tray? Certainly not.

    I think it can be conclusively said now that my assets can be verified real and still perky and could still, with a bit of a backwards lean, rest a tea cup, if we are going to bring tea cups into it.

    Thanks Rabz. A great arvo imbibing with friends and eating mucho meat.

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  177. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Peter’s efforts to have her charged with perjury have received persistent knock-backs from police, the DPP, and other relevant complaints bodies.

    Always a bugbear of mine.
    There can be no justice if lying in court is acceptable.

    If a judge can be sent to jail for perjury then why not anyone else deliberately lying in court.

    Also I love to compare and contrast, lying slag in that story is a Dr.
    No professional sanctions for her behaviour at all.

    compare
    https://www.medicalboard.gov.au/News/2023-09-26-Inappropriate-conduct-sees-medical-practitioner-disqualified.aspx?_gl=1*13uvkve*_ga*MTMzOTE0MzU3NS4xNzAwMzc5NTc4*_ga_F1G6LRCHZB*MTcwMDM3OTU3OC4xLjAuMTcwMDM3OTU3OC4wLjAuMA..

    https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/News/2023-11-2-Tribunal-Summary-Rees.aspx?_gl=1*9yp2bo*_ga*MTMzOTE0MzU3NS4xNzAwMzc5NTc4*_ga_F1G6LRCHZB*MTcwMDM3OTU3OC4xLjAuMTcwMDM3OTU3OC4wLjAuMA..

    Now in both those cases they deserved sanction, Im just wondering why false rape allegations wouldnt do the same?

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  178. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    The latest narrative regarding the massacre at the music festival is that hamas just stumbled on it, didn’t know it was on and that most of the casualties were caused by an Israeli Apache helicopter*.
    Funny that there is footage of hamas dragging an Arab Israeli out of a public bomb shelter and demanding he give them directions to Re’im (where the festival was held).
    *it is possible that Israelis did kill a small number of hostages being transported by fleeing terrorists

  179. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    Lizzee – we all had a wonderful time yesterday and I now have enough meat products in the frudge to make me wonder how (or if) they could be consumed.

    As obsessed as we are about the wanton consumption of meat and gerbil broiling, Cats.

    It’s not good.

    Until it is, fried up in lemon, lime and chili sauce. Served very, very hot (as some of us might like it) … 🙂

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  180. Aaron Avatar
    Aaron

    ” Elbow’s not a leader’s bottom”.

    Yes he is.

  181. feelthebern Avatar
    feelthebern

    Over the past few days there has been a Curb Your Enthusiasm marathon on one of the Fox channels.
    I’ve watched an episode here & there.
    It’s really bizarre watching comedy that is heavily influenced by Larry David’s life in the Jewish community even though he is very secular at the same time many Western “elites” are calling for the elimination of Israel for no other reason apart from the fact they are Jewish.

  182. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I see WHO put the unconditional release of hostages low down their list of priorities in Gaza and neglect to mention the major efforts being made by the IDF to ensure that Hamas does not get away with creating more civilian deaths to those many deaths for which Hamas are already responsible.

    Hostages first please, WHO. No more will die in this hospital now the IDF have arrived there. You should address your comments about other hospitals in Gaza to Hamas, who are still using hospitals for war purposes.

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  183. thefrollickingmole Avatar
    thefrollickingmole

    Knuckle Dragger
    Nov 19, 2023 6:36 PM

    Nice shot

  184. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Plenty of Pommies worked on other sections of the railroad, and died there.

    Point taken, it’s just that his objection was the film depicted them working on the bridge itself.

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  185. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The latest narrative regarding the massacre at the music festival is that hamas just stumbled on it, didn’t know it was on and that most of the casualties were caused by an Israeli Apache helicopter*.

    Unbelievable excuse-making for the Hamas massacre of young people, ironically young and carefree, like the propagandised young ones who are now mouthing these horrific lies against Israel.

    Your turn next, little ones, until you learn to discern what is true from what is propaganda.

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    DrBeauGan

    How do you make this ‘electricity’? I don’t know, replies the securely-clueless hapless modern yoof.

    A window on our future? Says it all, really.

    How would you explain it to ancient greeks, Lizzie?

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