Open Thread – Wed 20 Dec 2023


The Grand Canal, Venice, Maurice Prendergast, 1899

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Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 8:50 am

feelthebern

Dec 21, 2023 8:14 AM

Ok, Neil the Seal seems like a bit of a j*rk, as far as seals go.

PS, Dover J-E-R-K is a banned word ?

Yes.
Marty Armstrong’s local rep was using it too freely as an insult, coupled with “off”.

Black Ball
Black Ball
December 21, 2023 8:53 am

May have been noted on these pages but I see Albo has racked up some impressive numbers. Not in any way helpful to Australia as a whole, but still I dips me Akubra lid to the prick. Excerpt from the Hun:

Analysis of the figures shows Mr Albanese travelled 371.7 hours domestically and 346.4 internationally on special purpose military flights costing a total of $3,915,886 as of June 2023.

You ever get the feeling Australia is being had by those dickweeds occupying the plush green seats of Canberra?

Rabz
December 21, 2023 8:58 am

Australians hate radicalism and voted for it in 2022 only because the “conservative” LNP government had become Labor lite — as Turnbuckle’s anointed successor intended.

I hold Goose Morristeen personally responsible for the current labore sh*tshow we’re being forced to tolerate, just as I hold Dumb Parrothead responsible for the unfolding Ho-chi Minns disaster.

You would have thought that the subterranean new lows plumbed by the Rudd/Gillard clownshow couldn’t have been easily exceeded, yet Turnbuckle, Morristeen and now Albansleazey have all effortlessly done so.

This is the worst federal government in my lifetime by a country mile and they’re barely halfway through their first (and hopefully only) term.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – our political system is irreparably damaged. There is barely a single government, federal, state or local that now enacts policy that benefits Australians.

Were I to list for example, all the incredibly bad, stupid and destructive policies of this Albansleazey goat rodeo, it would be so lengthy as to warrant a guest post.

If people are interested in such a post, let me know. The concept of opportunity cost can be covered in it as well. I’m about to go on holidays, so it could be a worthwhile (if both infuriating and depressing) little assignment.

Rabz
December 21, 2023 9:02 am

BB – I hadn’t read your comment before posting the one above.

Yep, they’re all unrepentantly on the take, trough snouting like there’s no tomorrow and corrupt as fork.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 21, 2023 9:06 am

Rabz

Were I to list for example, all the incredibly bad, stupid and destructive policies of this Albansleazey goat rodeo, it would be so lengthy as to warrant a guest post.

If people are interested in such a post, let me know. The concept of opportunity cost can be covered in it as well. I’m about to go on holidays, so it could be a worthwhile (if both infuriating and depressing) little assignment.

Go for it, but it might require not only a separate post, but an entirely new blog!

Turnip
Turnip
December 21, 2023 9:11 am

Neal the Seal was a solid 7 but since he blubbered up he’s a 4.

On the Goldie he’s a 2.

Rabz
December 21, 2023 9:12 am

There are Jews in office in the Party. Greypus, Danby?

calli – Danby is an ex-politician who now regularly appears on Sky of an evening denouncing the anti-Semitic idiocy of the labore pardee.

Just one little problem – he was a labore pardee member when a politician (Melbourne Ports) and he hasn’t been out of politics that long.

He’s a fraudulent hypocrite.

Indolent
Indolent
December 21, 2023 9:14 am
Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 9:16 am

I rate Brumble a 4.

Indolent
Indolent
December 21, 2023 9:19 am
Crossie
Crossie
December 21, 2023 9:19 am

Beertruk
Dec 21, 2023 8:34 AM
All they have to do is check who is selling hams and meat on eBay and pay them a visit.

Or at the local pub.

Raffle meat trays?

What does Salvatore think about it?

Beertruk
Beertruk
December 21, 2023 9:22 am

Rabz
Dec 21, 2023 8:58 AM

Rabz, thats a goer from me.
I am sure that Zulu and Top Ender will be with the affirmative.

Crossie
Crossie
December 21, 2023 9:24 am

I suspect this is now a very common experience. I had pretty much the same exchange with another Jewish person at a social function where there were very few other Jews present. Nobody said anything nasty or political there but you are always aware that it could happen.

I was shocked by so many people coming out as antisemites, people I thought were moderate and smart. I now wonder what other horrid views they hold.

Gabor
Gabor
December 21, 2023 9:26 am

Rabz
Dec 21, 2023 9:12 AM

There are Jews in office in the Party. Greypus, Danby?

calli – Danby is an ex-politician who now regularly appears on Sky of an evening denouncing the anti-Semitic idiocy of the labore pardee.

Just one little problem – he was a labore pardee member when a politician (Melbourne Ports) and he hasn’t been out of politics that long.

He’s a fraudulent hypocrite.

Yes, many years ago I followed politics and I was wondering about him, don’t know how effective he was as a local member, but in the federal scene he was practically invisible until the year he retired.
He felt free or ‘freer’ to offer an opinion?
I’m guessing.

Might not call him a hypocrite, just a loyal left wing party member.

Given up on politics some time ago now, bad for your blood pressure for one thing and naught I can do about anything anyway.

calli
calli
December 21, 2023 9:32 am

Thanks Rabz. I didn’t know he was retired. Dreyfus certainly isn’t.

Hiding behind the “I’m a Jew but not a Zionist” figleaf just won’t wash. They are practically the same thing, at least in the minds of their cruel enemies.

Just remember how many “peaceniks” and “Israel adjacents” were murdered, tortured or kidnapped on Oct 7.

It reminded me of those who had fought and beed decorated in WWI imagining that it gave them some sort of immunity from what was to come. These are types who don’t differentiate, don’t discriminate.

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 9:38 am

There are Jews in office in the Party. Dreyfus, Danby? Where are you and what do you think? Or are you laying low and hoping at all goes away? It won’t.

Danby’s successor Josh Burns is Jewish.

He was highly critical of Albanese’s ceasefire call.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 21, 2023 9:39 am

calli – Danby is an ex-politician who now regularly appears on Sky of an evening denouncing the anti-Semitic idiocy of the labore pardee.

So just another Liar on the road to Damascus having thrown off the shackles of preselection?

calli
calli
December 21, 2023 9:39 am

He was highly critical of Albanese’s ceasefire call.

Was he? Must have missed that.

A highly publicised resignation from the party would have had greater impact.

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 9:41 am

Typo in Spooner’s cartoon.

I guess the AI proofreader can’t read hand written text.

alwaysright
alwaysright
December 21, 2023 9:42 am

If people are interested in such a post, let me know. The concept of opportunity cost can be covered in it as well. I’m about to go on holidays, so it could be a worthwhile (if both infuriating and depressing) little assignment.

Yes please. I’ll have two of those.

Rabz Johnson is right. Always.

Gabor
Gabor
December 21, 2023 9:44 am

A highly publicised resignation from the party would have had greater impact.

But no preselection for the next election.
Priorities.

alwaysright
alwaysright
December 21, 2023 9:45 am

Get ready for your new digital ID.

(It makes things easier for Skynet to recognize you.)

Top Ender
Top Ender
December 21, 2023 9:46 am

Great letter Vicki. I particularly liked the wham at the end.

Min
Min
December 21, 2023 9:48 am

What happens to Toto when Elbow takes him overseas . ?Do quarantine regulations apply to him?

Gabor
Gabor
December 21, 2023 9:51 am

All they have to do is check who is selling hams and meat on eBay and pay them a visit.

No need for that, 3 wheely bins of meat?
Al he needs is a decent size freezer and he is set for a year, or less depending on family numbers.

Provided he is smart.

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 9:51 am

A highly publicised resignation from the party would have had greater impact.

Over the long term…probably not.

He seems a principled chap for a Labor Party member.

Better to have him there as the ALP’s conscience on this issue.

alwaysright
alwaysright
December 21, 2023 9:51 am

What happens to Toto when Elbow takes him overseas . ?Do quarantine regulations apply to him?

Nope.
But they should apply to the wong chap.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 21, 2023 9:52 am

Dover

the US simply had no resources in theatre to even attempt this strike having already situated a CSG in the East Med and Gulf.

The Gulf is part of the “theatre”, and I suspect that aircraft operating from the CSG are well within range of Yemen.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 21, 2023 9:53 am

CSG there …

Top Ender
Top Ender
December 21, 2023 9:55 am

If people are interested in such a post, let me know.

Go for it!

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 21, 2023 9:55 am

Christmas ham for a year? I’m sick of it by New Years.

Rabz
December 21, 2023 9:56 am

Do quarantine regulations apply to him?

Pistol and Boo are presumably unavailable for comment.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
December 21, 2023 9:56 am

What happens to Toto when Elbow takes him overseas . ?

That Wong chap isn’t allowed to dog-sit. Them & It would have the spit turning.

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 9:58 am

The Guardian – ‘Steven Miles’s flood response key to Labor election hopes’

Miles to Queenslanders – ‘We need to talk about climate change.’

LOL.

Rabz
December 21, 2023 9:58 am

Mind you, the Beetrooter would still be available.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
December 21, 2023 9:59 am

alwaysright
Dec 21, 2023 9:42 AM
If people are interested in such a post, let me know. The concept of opportunity cost can be covered in it as well. I’m about to go on holidays, so it could be a worthwhile (if both infuriating and depressing) little assignment.

Yes please. I’ll have two of those.

Rabz Johnson is right. Always.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
December 21, 2023 9:59 am

Could someone email me (via DB) about meeting of cats?

Cassie of Sydney
December 21, 2023 10:09 am

“He’s a fraudulent hypocrite”

No, Michael Danby is sincere. The Labor party he joined no longer exists, and he knows it. Well actually, a Labor party does continue to exist but it is now called “One Nation”. I’d be very surprised if Michael Danby, in the privacy of a ballot box, continues to vote for the ALP.

Dreyfus is a grub.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 21, 2023 10:13 am

Ex schoolteacher to run the NT. A great day for believers in stereotypes.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 21, 2023 10:17 am

It’s an improvement from an ex Holiday Swimming Teacher, Humphrey

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 21, 2023 10:17 am

Dreyfus is a grub.

You are being very unfair – to grubs.

P
P
December 21, 2023 10:18 am

CHRISTMAS IN A TIME OF WAR
by George Weigel
12 . 20 . 23

Because there is no Christianity without Judaism, we should first stand in solidarity with those who, as Vatican II taught, were the first to receive God’s promises: promises of which God has never repented.

MatrixTransform
December 21, 2023 10:24 am

Electric scooter company Bird files for bankruptcy

The electric scooter company Bird, once valued at $2.5 billion by investors …

brainiacs

bons
bons
December 21, 2023 10:24 am

SBS has reluctantly issued an apology to Mundine at the insistance of the Ombudsthing who no doubt went through endless contortions in an attempt to avoid attributing any wrongdoing to ‘STAR’ Neralda Jacobs.

Which implies that in the intervening period before the directive to apologise was issued, SBS management approved of her complete loss of control, abuse and bias. Even The Project would have blushed at her behaviour. I have certainly not seen its equal.

Pushing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour by SBS and ABC will become increasingly common until budgetary penalties are introduced and the protective clauses in their charters are removed.

For now, it is just the cause of a bit of a giggle at the Fuk Australia Staff Cafeteria. I retain by behief that SBS is a far more insidious risk to Australia’s democracy than are the ABC boofheads.

Zatara
Zatara
December 21, 2023 10:25 am

This means that all the major ocean container lines have abandoned the region

Apparently they didn’t get the memo.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 21, 2023 10:26 am

incompetence of the RAN brass in this matter

On the subject of military high-level brass, which someone mentioned on an earlier thread, it is not just the numbers of Star level officers that is the problem. Each of them will have a group of staff, ranging from drivers up to senior non-stars as office minders and paper shufflers, who will sit on top of a promotion pyramid starting at Lieutenant level, all requiring career management and a range of postings to be “developed”.

IIRC, back in the 1990s, the number of Lieutenants needed by the Army at the base of the pyramid was such that many were posted to combat and logistics units as supernumaries, to give them duties to carry out. Not an optimal start to a career!

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 10:26 am

You’d be wrong.

Not at all.

It would be demoralising.

Especially when the political reason we’re not sending a ship is because of a strategic shift in focus to the Indo-Pacific due to…China.

calli
calli
December 21, 2023 10:30 am

Consciences need to have arms and legs.

Without those appendages, they are just words.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
December 21, 2023 10:31 am

Ramaswamy Threatens To Boycott Colorado Primary, Turley Rages, And Luntz Warns Of ‘Backfiring’ Lawfare Against Trump

From the Comments

– The only thing less desirable than a Harvard Diploma these days is a Colorado License Plate!

– Due to the rising cost of ammunition, no warning shots will be provided.

– This a LONG PATTERN of abuse against him since the day he took office, nothing appears off limits including unconstitutional maneuvers like this.

How can any sane person believe that they didn’t also cheat against him in the last election?

Seriously

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 21, 2023 10:34 am

Electric scooter company Bird files for bankruptcy

Hmmm, on walk this morning I can’t recall seeing any purple Beam bikes or scooters. Which is odd going into the school hols.

Saw plenty of Birds, but not the ones with batteries. 😀

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 21, 2023 10:34 am

Doubt Danby would even get preselection for Melbourne Ports today. Another Liar seat that once it falls to the Greens will never be regained.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 10:35 am

OldOzzie

Dec 21, 2023 10:12 AM

As predicted, serial race-baiting professional victim Antoinette Lattouf plays the legal-action card

As far as I could tell, she was a fill in presenter for someone on a WEB, and they cancelled the last two days of her stint.
No doubt a contract/casual position, so the “taking leagal advice” is pure posturing.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
December 21, 2023 10:36 am

Bizarre theory on why women are getting dumped

A wild relationship theory is going viral with women sharing why they believe their partners have left them – and it’s got many ladies worried.

Buying your boyfriend a pair of shoes to cover up his trotters for Christmas could be the catalyst for him walking out on you.

This theory, of course, is entirely unverified and an old wives’ tale that has been around for decades. But it has now become a popular idea to discuss on TikTok.

She said she believed you shouldn’t gift your partner a pair of shoes because it meant you were destined to break up.

Angela claimed that the superstition was born because, in Chinese, the word “shoe” sounds similar to the word “evil”, so can be seen as bad luck.

Angela then warned people not to buy anyone you want to keep in your life a pair of shoes during the holiday season.

She did, however, point out that if you want someone to walk out of your life …. well, some foot coverings could be the perfect option.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 21, 2023 10:39 am

SBS has reluctantly issued an apology to Mundine at the insistance of the Ombudsthing who no doubt went through endless contortions in an attempt to avoid attributing any wrongdoing to ‘STAR’ Neralda Jacobs.

No longer an unwatched newsreader in Perf, an unwatched POC on our tab.

JC
JC
December 21, 2023 10:39 am

It’s cope.

It is cope, but not from my side.

The only ‘evidence’ you return is the USD as a safe haven which entirely relies on its continuing status as a reserve currency.

I never mentioned anything to do with reserve currency nor reserve status as it has nothing to do with anpplying exchange rates to measure relative GDP. I mentioned exchange rates because at least the US Dollar has a value determined by market process and therefore offers a more realistic view. PPP is interesting but it can also be way out depending on weightings. It’s broadly okay when PPP is outside of a 20% band. That’s coping, right?

But they are the factory of the world right now. Amazing that being the leading producer is no ‘big freaking deal’.

Low end manufacturing mostly and their factories basically operate at breakeven which means in the long term they’re dead because they don’t make enough profits to replace capital equipment.

LOL. Your diplomatic approach is “You must do whatever the US says or we will bomb you, OK?”

Really? Mind reading much?

I haven’t made any.

Read your latest post and then read the rest of what you’ve written.

By the way, the Houthis have a per capita GDP of US$700 pa. It’s coping to think those low IQ idiots have much up their sleeve.

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 10:40 am

I retain by behief that SBS is a far more insidious risk to Australia’s democracy than are the ABC boofheads.

Then you’ll be happy to hear that their ratings hover around 4% on a good day.

Quite a few programs are in the 0.X% range.

Their Worldwatch multilingual news channel routinely posts an audience of 0.0.

What is the rationale for SBS?

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
December 21, 2023 10:40 am

Remarkably, base political considerations in those largely Islamic Labor seats played a significant part in the Albanese government’s decision not to send a warship to the Red Sea.

Glad to see the Telegraph editorial nail it. We are currently being run by the opinions of Marrickville Council (in Albanese’s green-left electorate). The whole of Australia’s current foreign policy can be found in this Council’s frequent support of Hamas. And they are, of course, proudly non-nuclear. So one local council now shapes our nation’s defense policy.

What a vile weakling Albanese is running protection for his own skin. Some of us always knew he was a mouse trying to roar, but now everyone knows.

Old School Conservative
Old School Conservative
December 21, 2023 10:40 am

If people are interested in such a post, let me know.

Rabz, do it, I furkan derya.
Seriously, I’d love to see the litany of incompetence posted here.

Zafiro
Zafiro
December 21, 2023 10:41 am

Media and FENZ now saying EV wasn’t responsible for the fire. Witness’ phone video proves otherwise. 7 mins

Chris
Chris
December 21, 2023 10:41 am

OldOzzie, can we have an XY plot of the Hot scores vs success of the shoe gift prediction of being dumped?
With a pocket protector and a whiteboard this could be bigger than the Hot/Crazy Matrix.

mizaris
mizaris
December 21, 2023 10:41 am

Yes please Rabz.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 10:41 am

bons

Dec 21, 2023 10:24 AM

SBS has reluctantly issued an apology to Mundine at the insistance of the Ombudsthing who no doubt went through endless contortions in an attempt to avoid attributing any wrongdoing to ‘STAR’ Neralda Jacobs.

From the standpoint of a purely television spectacle, Jacobs and SBS blew it.
Intervening with “How dare you … national treasure” and muting Mundine’s microphone truncated what could have been one of the epic TV stoushes, replayed for years to come.
Something to put Normie Rowe and Won Casey in the shade.
Most TV hosts love it when public figures drop the mask and go for it.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 21, 2023 10:42 am

Bizarre theory on why women are getting dumped

From the people who think rhino horn gives you a better boner. Bat eaters.

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 10:43 am

Words are never “just words”, calli.

They do things.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
December 21, 2023 10:44 am

Congrats on getting a letter published in today’s Oz, Vicki. Well done to demonstrate there is a popular uprising against Albo’s failures to speak up for the safety of Jewish citizens here. Every bit of editorialising opinion counts.

dopey
dopey
December 21, 2023 10:46 am

Danby goes back to when the ALP had some strong supporters of Israel. Bob Hawke, Barry Cohen and others now forgotten. Hawke would have stood up the vile chants of the pali mob, unlike our present leader.

Chris
Chris
December 21, 2023 10:46 am

Nobody said anything nasty or political there but you are always aware that it could happen.

I have a couple of Egyptian colleagues who I have befriended.
One of these friends (before Oct 7) told me that for the Exodus, the Jews borrowed gold jewelry from their neighbours on the excuse of going to a wedding.

One showed me video of his little daughters at their school singing a song about Palestine.
I pulled up this.

The phrase in my head for two months has been ‘A dog with rabies must be put down without mercy.’ Please God let me be more diplomatic.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 21, 2023 10:48 am

It nevertheless still means China’s industrial sector is substantially larger than the US which is all it needs to do.

Laying flat news.

America Had ‘Quiet Quitting.’ In China, Young People Are ‘Letting It Rot.’ (20 Dec)

Many are quitting their jobs and turning to meditation and other forms of spirituality. Some are moving far from China’s megacities to start lives anew in places like Dali, a southwestern city famous within China as a hub for digital nomads and dropouts.

Others are flooding fortune-teller stands and Buddhist temples in mountainous areas, or exploring Chinese and Western philosophers and writers from Laozi to Hermann Hesse. Some are throwing “quitting parties” with banners celebrating their newfound freedom.

If young people can’t find work or are dropping out of a working-age population that’s already shrinking, that’s a real problem.

Yep, and it’s a tell that there’s stuff going on under the surface which isn’t good for the Party. The CCP is trying to pump up the real estate sector and issued an edict yesterday that companies should borrow money from banks to pay out extra dividends to their shareholders, which is extremely irresponsible and very bad corporate practice. It does however point to big biiig problems in the Chinese economy.

China’s Securities Regulator Warns Companies To Increase Dividends & Buybacks… Or Else (19 Dec)

P
P
December 21, 2023 10:49 am

Big tree, big hearts, big blessings

It’s important to celebrate every moment of joy, Leila added, “because life can change in the blink of an eye.”

In 2020, that truth revealed itself in tragic fashion when three of their children Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, Sienna, eight, entered heaven after being killed by a drunk driver.

But today, as The Catholic Weekly accompany them on a trip out to Dural to help them pick this year’s tree, their message is all about new life, forgiveness and remembering their three “angels.”

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 21, 2023 10:49 am

Western Sydney and Sydney talkback radio hold a strange sway on Australian plolitics when seen from the other side of the desert. Federal elections are usually won or lost in Queensland. But that is a topic for another day.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 10:50 am

What is the rationale for SBS?

In an internet connected world with 24/7 streaming from anywhere in the world, the original premise of providing New Strayans with news and culture from the Homeland is totally redundant.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
December 21, 2023 10:51 am

How can any sane person believe that they didn’t also cheat against him in the last election?

Nails it.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
December 21, 2023 10:53 am

But today, as The Catholic Weekly accompany them on a trip out to Dural to help them pick this year’s tree, their message is all about new life, forgiveness and remembering their three “angels.”

Heartbreaking, so hard at Christmas, a time for all children.

Cassie of Sydney
December 21, 2023 10:54 am

Could someone email me (via DB) about meeting of cats?

Sure, are you in Sydney?

Dot
Dot
December 21, 2023 10:55 am

I would have a LTR with Jana Hocking but unless I’m infertile we’re not getting married and it would go nowhere after a few years.

She’s angry about something.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/real-life/article-12862223/Jana-Hocking-reveals-incels-slimy-tactics-against-vulnerable-women.html

There’s the creepy bald guy in America who has half a million followers on his YouTube channel who dissects my articles each week.

He gives these videos titles such as ‘Dating Expert’ Jana Hocking shows why women are shocked when they hit the wall.’

And ‘Post wall, No eggs, Jana Hocking wants $2000 to sleep with her.’ Yes, he’s taking aim at my fertility and age.

His videos are so factually incorrect on so many levels – but it’s the ‘No eggs’ part that I find so shocking.

If he looked like Brad Pitt, what would be different?

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
December 21, 2023 10:55 am

Watching the barrister for CH10 spruiking before Justice Lee.

An actor relishing being centre stage.

The regular two-handed adjustment of the gown, the fluffing of the bib, the waving of the glasses that don’t need to be worn.

He’s loving being on TV.

calli
calli
December 21, 2023 10:57 am

Roger
Dec 21, 2023 10:43 AM
Words are never “just words”, calli.

They do things.

Quite so.

They cause other people to “do things”.

Just ask Iago.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
December 21, 2023 10:57 am

Australian plolitics

A fun typo, HB. Conveys the sense of plodding along. Wot most of them do.

Dot
Dot
December 21, 2023 11:00 am

Best are criminal trials involving plotting by the less educated. The learned friends jump at the chance to swear in court like a little boy reading an avant garde play at his Montessori School, the SMS or iMessage reads:

“We will burn your house down c**t…”

So the barrister sez:

We will BURN your house down, C**T!

Gabor
Gabor
December 21, 2023 11:01 am

Zafiro
Dec 21, 2023 10:41 AM

Media and FENZ now saying EV wasn’t responsible for the fire. Witness’ phone video proves otherwise. 7 mins

Wow!
That is such a clear case if deflecting as you can get.
They are simply shameless.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 21, 2023 11:04 am

Media and FENZ now saying EV wasn’t responsible for the fire. Witness’ phone video proves otherwise. 7 mins

Haha, do I believe the government or my lying eyes? It’s obvious.
Scratch one expensive house and car.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 21, 2023 11:04 am

From the “West Australian” Closing arguments in THAT defamation case.

11 minutes ago
David Johns
Both witnesses have believability issues: Justice Lee

“The two witnesses both have real credit issues,” Justice Lee says.

“Various parts of each witness’ evidence simply can’t be accepted.”

Dr Collins says Ms Wilkinson’s legal team agrees with that assertion.
12 minutes ago
David Johns
We contend that ‘Mr Lehrmann raped Ms Higgins’: Ten Lawyer

The two versions of what happened that night are “utterly irreconcilable”.

Dr Collins says both Mr Lehrmann and Ms Higgins disagree about what happened in Linda Reynolds’ office. One says there was a sexual encounter, and the other denies it.

Mr Lehrmann was “found to be wholly inconsistent” in his memory of the events of the evening, Dr Collins says.
26 minutes ago
David Johns
Identification case ‘weak’: Ten lawyer

“Overall, we say the identification case is weak,” Dr Collins says.

“The damages in this case, if Mr Lehrmann was to succeed, would be completely out of proportion to the cost of this case.”
29 minutes ago
David Johns
Discussion over damages

Dr Collins has flagged the discussion of damages if the defence does lose.

“It’s a case of limited publication at the end of the day to people who would reasonably identify Mr Lehrmann,” he says.

“The vast overwhelming majority of viewers would have no idea that the identity of (the person Ms Higgins was accusing) was Mr Lehrmann.”

Dr Collins recalled a historical precedent where $10 in damages was awarded for a trial with a similar claim.

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 11:04 am

Western Sydney and Sydney talkback radio hold a strange sway on Australian plolitics when seen from the other side of the desert.

Speaking of western Sydney…

Reports that Arab leaders will be urging their communities to vote Green at the next election.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 21, 2023 11:04 am

Roger
Dec 21, 2023 10:40 AM
I retain by behief that SBS is a far more insidious risk to Australia’s democracy than are the ABC boofheads.

Then you’ll be happy to hear that their ratings hover around 4% on a good day.

The late nght “tits and bums” shows?

Quite a few programs are in the 0.X% range.

Their Worldwatch multilingual news channel routinely posts an audience of 0.0.

What is the rationale for SBS?

Their rationale disappeared years ago, with the arrival of satellite TV. Notice that they are now broadcasting a higher proportion of “non-ethnic” movies, in a probably vain attempt to boost viewer numbers. Vain because they are generally nor recent releases.

I wonder what the viewer numbers are for NITV?

Dot
Dot
December 21, 2023 11:06 am

Words are never “just words”, calli.

Words are magic spells. People think words can change meanings; so in the least they change perception. An example: Tonnee Yabbot is a Miss Ogee Nist because the “official” dictionary changed the definition. I’m a woman because I demand to be called Mz Dickenballz.

You don’t have to go all ATL Carver & Meme magic on the matter but consider occultists use “spells” and being literate and knowing word composition (in order) is spelling.

There’s also the matter of “dark” ages education revolving around learning languages through prayers. It’s how Old English is taught somewhat now.

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 11:06 am

I wonder what the viewer numbers are for NITV?

Less than 1%.

Anders
Anders
December 21, 2023 11:07 am

Another Mental Health triumph:

A man accused of attacking two women — killing one and seriously injuring another — was discharged from the Royal Adelaide Hospital on Monday, where he was being treated for a mental health condition.

Julie “Julez” Seed was allegedly stabbed at a real estate business on Lydia Street in Plympton about 3:40pm on Wednesday. The 38-year-old died at the scene.

A second woman, aged 50, is in a stable condition at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) after sustaining serious injuries.

Kneel
Kneel
December 21, 2023 11:08 am

… likely extend the time before it gets to SCOTUS hearing it until AFTER the 2024 election and so it would become moot and they can dodge the entire shit-fight.

Which is the same as refusing to take the case.”

Not exactly – because they have agreed to take it and there is no resolution as yet, the existing ruling is stayed (ie, Trump stays on the ballot). After that election is completed, it is moot and they don’t have to rule on the merits.
If they refuse to hear it, then the stay on existing ruling is lifted and Trump is off the ballot.

Big difference – the former is kicking the can down the road, the latter is essentially a ruling by default.

I just think that based on previous cases, they would prefer to kick the can down the road, which makes everyone unhappy, rather than refuse to hear it which makes one side unhappy, or take it ASAP, and then their ruling makes one side or the other unhappy. Since they can’t win the approbation of both sides with a ruling, they’ll delay and not make a ruling, just say “oh, sorry – too late now, dismissed”. They have a history of doing this – they only want to make case law when they are forced to, and because of the time limit, they don’t have to.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
December 21, 2023 11:10 am

In Should Be Beaten With Sticks news:

Joint media release: GenCost confirms renewables remain the cheapest form of energy, as the cost of nuclear reactors skyrocket

The consultation draft of the 2023-24 GenCost report released today confirms again that firmed renewables are the cheapest form of reliable energy in Australia now and to 2030.

GenCost?is an annual collaboration between Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

It further proves the Albanese Government’s plan to deliver a cheaper, cleaner and more reliable grid through the expanded Capacity Investment Scheme, Rewiring the Nation and the Gas Code is the lowest-cost and best path for our country as aging and increasingly unreliable coal-fired power continues to retire.

The 2023 draft GenCost Report tells a slightly more nuanced story:

The LCOE price of electricity from coal is penalised by a 5% risk premium over the ~7% return assumed for renewables. (Note: nobody is investing in renewables for a 7% return.)

All assumptions about renewable energy future capital costs depend on technology curves that by 2035 have:

– storage batteries costing 30% of 2022 $/MW (installed);
– offshore wind costing 50% – 30% of 2022 $/MW (installed);
– hydrogen electrolysers costing 10% (yes, 10%) of 2022 $/MW (installed).

Despite the heroic technology curve assumptions above, the actual average capital costs of energy technology increased by 20% in 2022. But this is apparently a “bubble” for renewable technologies (although it is ‘the future’ for coal and nuclear).

Despite GE, Rolls Royce, Hitachi etc. thinking differently, Top Men at CSIRO and AEMO know that SMR’s will never be economic. Never. Ever. So, no further discussion will be entered into.

Large scale nuclear could be cheaper but couldn’t be implemented in Australia because Australia is too undeveloped in technology and as a market.

No mention at all of the early and continuous capital replacement required for battery storage, or the limited life of wind/solar generation, or the infrastructure/transmission issues as wind/solar farms start to decline. Details. Taken care of by LCOE modelling. Money? Doesn’t it just come from someone?

One nearly honest thing shown in the GenCost report is that electricity generated by hydrogen combustion is eye wateringly uneconomical as peaking fuel: around $600/MWh vs $250/MWh for gas. Even with almost free electrolysers.

Obviously Snotbubble didn’t get the memo on that:

$2 billion renewable hydrogen program reaches a milestone

The largest-ever Commonwealth funding program for renewable hydrogen is a step closer with the shortlisting of 6 applicants who could help transform Australia into a renewable energy superpower.

Australia. In the best of hands.

Oops, a rant is born.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 21, 2023 11:10 am

dover0beach
Dec 21, 2023 10:51 AM
The Gulf is part of the “theatre”, and I suspect that aircraft operating from the CSG are well within range of Yemen.

No, it would be stretching or beyond the operational range of their aircraft. It ‘s beyond 1000km from the Gulf to the Read Sea Coast.

Hmmm, 1000 kms is roughly 500 nm. A nuclear-powered carrier can do well over 30 knots. In 16 hours it could be off Aden, but it doesn’t need to get that close. The aircraft can strike from at least 6 hours out.

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 11:14 am

People think words can change meanings; so in the least they change perception.

They can do much more than that.

“I (n.) take thee (n.) to be my wedded wife…”

“I sentence you to…”

“I bequeath my estate to…”

“I forgive your sins…”

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
December 21, 2023 11:14 am

Western Sydney and Sydney talkback radio

My driving listening (my only radio time) alternates between Smooth FM and WS FM.
Smooth is pretty bland pop music with little talkback (they deliberately keep it that way) but WS has a lot of leftist opinion in its popular breakfast show called Jonsey and Amanda (Keller). Both stations use Fauxfax News. Keller is a pretend Westie, married to an ABC producer, and she lives in Coogee (though the station is essentially a Western and suburban Sydney wukkas and wukkas’ wives one). I only listen to WS for a touch of 80’s and 90’s rock-n-roll outside of breakfast hours as I can’t tolerate the leftism of this far too politically influential show. The leftism is put out as ‘normal’ and unexceptional thinking of the ‘everybody knows … ‘ sort.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
December 21, 2023 11:17 am

“It’s a case of limited publication at the end of the day to people who would reasonably identify Mr Lehrmann,” he says.

“The vast overwhelming majority of viewers would have no idea that the identity of (the person Ms Higgins was accusing) was Mr Lehrmann.”

I get that.
But the people whose adverse opinion would do him actual damage (as opposed to my private contempt of no consequence) would know exactly who he was.

Dot
Dot
December 21, 2023 11:20 am

Let’s say America hit the Houthis. As if sea launched airpower can’t take out insurgents shooting at shipping.

They wouldn’t even see it coming necessarily. At best they might hear something briefly.

Super Hornet F/A-18 E/F:

Service ceiling: 52,300 ft (15,940 m)

Night missions, J Stars from Diego Garcia and FLIR.

Do the Houthis have top level Russian radar?

The Americans might even keep it on the down low.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
December 21, 2023 11:21 am

Despite GE, Rolls Royce, Hitachi etc. thinking differently, Top Men at CSIRO and AEMO know that SMR’s will never be economic. Never. Ever. So, no further discussion will be entered into.

We need to get into the long international queue for these now.

Prices will rise before they fall for these.

And we need to start building our new big nuclear plant on an old coal site now too. This simply in order to keep our economy supplied to scale. If I had my way I’d built major new coal and gas plants too.

Oh, and for good measure, build more dams. while I’m thinking about population growth projections.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 21, 2023 11:21 am

Judge : both witnesses are bull shit artists

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
December 21, 2023 11:21 am

“What is the rationale for SBS”? Tits and bum.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 21, 2023 11:23 am

Why did they withdraw the malice claim ?
Is the threshold too high ?

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 21, 2023 11:25 am

Reedy a great witness ?
Many many lols.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
December 21, 2023 11:25 am

Let’s say America hit the Houthis. As if sea launched airpower can’t take out insurgents shooting at shipping.

We do have to think about doing this, and soonest. Currently what would be normal responsive military activity to damaging threats over shipping is being stymied by blatant political weakness.

Weak, weak, weak.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 21, 2023 11:27 am

GenCost confirms renewables remain the cheapest form of energy

Were they the ones saying Snowy 2.0 would cost only $2 billion to firm all that wonderfully cheap wind and solar electricty. You know, the project which is now expected to cost $25 billion. Or did they estimate the $1-2 billion for the 1000 km HVAC line from there to Sydney and Melbourne which will now cost $10 billion?

Asking for a former project financial analysis estimator.

(Btw CSIRO are all in on the climate scam. I wouldn’t trust a single thing they say.)

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 11:27 am

But the people whose adverse opinion would do him actual damage (as opposed to my private contempt of no consequence) would know exactly who he was.

It’s a little more than that, Dr F.
Those in the inner circle (which numbers in the hundreds BTW) now have the tools (e.g. Twitter) to publicise the name.
Ten knew that.
Why was there talk of Lehrmann being ruined and never getting a job again if they didn’t intend to ensure his name got out?

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 21, 2023 11:28 am

Lawyer : when BL lied it’s because he’s the devil
But when BH lied it’s because she’s Joan of Arc

Yes this is channel 10s lawyer.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 21, 2023 11:28 am

“The two witnesses both have real credit issues,” Justice Lee says.

Bit of a problem when you are relying on truth in a “He said, she said” case.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
December 21, 2023 11:29 am

Judge : both witnesses are bull shit artists

They can’t be.
They are both Top… men… Providing the sort of advice that has enabled Australia to be like it is.
Exemplars of our betters.
The cream of asparagus who, before this were working their way to preselection and glory.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 11:29 am

feelthebern

Dec 21, 2023 11:23 AM

Why did they withdraw the malice claim ?
Is the threshold too high ?

Lee seemed surprised at that, which tells you something.
Given the way the evidence has unfolded that could be a tactical error.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 11:30 am

“The two witnesses both have real credit issues,” Justice Lee says.

I guess even the best of us has Captain Obvious moments.

Perfidious Albino
Perfidious Albino
December 21, 2023 11:31 am

Agree with Cassie and others, Michael Danby was unusually sensible, had bipartisan respect and a degree of party political latitude in his time – a time where Labor cared about the Jewish vote. I have no doubt he would be genuinely appalled by the current state of affairs.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
December 21, 2023 11:32 am

I hope the 2025 election is fought with how-to-votes containing big maps of the land area that is to be devastated by Bowen’s current ruinable plans. With big red numbers showing how many houses will be supplied for how long by what areas of land, also slamming the costs of continually renewing this infrastructure from overseas sources presumed always friendly to us.

calli
calli
December 21, 2023 11:34 am

“The two witnesses both have real credit issues,” Justice Lee says.

Yes. But only one of them has been charged and acquitted (by default) of a serious crime.

The other has whisked away with 2.4million of our money.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
December 21, 2023 11:37 am

yet you prefer to continuing coping rather than revising your expectations.

I am in favour of revising their expectations.

Weakness is not a viable policy.

Dot
Dot
December 21, 2023 11:38 am

Why did they withdraw the malice claim ?
Is the threshold too high ?

It doesn’t matter. There are more targets now.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 11:38 am

Mole at 11:29.
I am on the board for a little local enterprise here and we had our final meeting for the year yesterday followed by a Christmas lunch at a local establishment. The twelve people on the board and executive come from really diverse backgrounds and when the conversation turned to Lehrrman v Ten and Others there were various views expressed, but there was consensus on one point … incredulity at the incompetent narcissists we have informing policy in Canbra.

Zatara
Zatara
December 21, 2023 11:38 am

the US simply had no resources in theatre to even attempt this strike having already situated a CSG in the East Med and Gulf.

No, it would be stretching or beyond the operational range of their aircraft. It ‘s beyond 1000km from the Gulf to the Read Sea Coast.

Wonderful thing about aircraft carriers is that they move, so there is no need to launch from the Persian Gulf or the Med. But if they wanted to there are plenty of tankers available to do so. The range would be similar to coalition airstrikes launched from Qatar and UAE into Iraq during the Gulf Wars.

Or, if USAF assets are prefered they can launch from Djibouti, from which one can spit and hit Yemen.

And there are plenty of TLAM shooters within range.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 21, 2023 11:39 am

Malice would be the easiest line item to reconcile. Slam dunk, in fact.
Big mistake backing off.
If Team Bruce are getting the fourth quarter yips and suddenly want to settle, they should negotiate a bit smarter than this.

Kneel
Kneel
December 21, 2023 11:40 am

“Electricity consumption? How about oil&gas?”

The big difference between the US and China WRT these is that the US has the resources to completely satisfy its own domestic demand for both, where China does not. Same with coal, although China is much closer with coal than with oil or gas.

As to why the US is not using its own resources, the usual answer is “green tape”, but I’m not so sure. Could also be crony capitalism or a strategic view of consuming resources from overseas first and saving domestic ones for when everyone else runs out. Or some combination of all three (that seems most likely to me).

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
December 21, 2023 11:42 am

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Dec 21, 2023 11:21 AM
Despite GE, Rolls Royce, Hitachi etc. thinking differently, Top Men at CSIRO and AEMO know that SMR’s will never be economic. Never. Ever. So, no further discussion will be entered into.

We need to get into the long international queue for these now.

Prices will rise before they fall for these.

And we need to start building our new big nuclear plant on an old coal site now too.
This simply in order to keep our economy supplied to scale. If I had my way I’d built major new coal and gas plants too.

Oh, and for good measure, build more dams. while I’m thinking about population growth projections.

Lizzie,

Australia under Labor/Greens/TEALS/Liberals are too stupid

AGL Initiates Construction of Grid-Scale Battery at Former Liddell Coal-Fired Power Plant Site

20-Dec-2023 3:30 PM – Journalist: Xiang Hong

AGL Energy has received approval for the development of a 500-megawatt energy storage facility on the grounds of the former Liddell coal-fired power plant.

The final investment decision was announced on Tuesday, marking a significant step for the energy company in its transition towards renewable energy solutions in the Hunter region of New South Wales.

The grid-scale battery, designed with a two-hour duration, is set to be a crucial component in AGL’s plan to achieve an interim target of installing approximately five gigawatts of new renewable energy and firming capacity by the year 2030.

The Liddell battery project, with an estimated total construction cost of $750 million, will be financed through AGL’s balance sheet.

AGL’s Chief Executive Officer, Damien Nicks, highlighted the critical role of the Liddell battery in the firm’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions, especially given AGL’s goal to shut down its final coal-powered facility by 2035.

According to Nicks, the conclusive investment decision for the Liddell battery initiative is a notable step forward in AGL’s journey towards decarbonization and the transformation of its energy portfolio.”

The Liddell battery project is scheduled for completion in 2026 and will join AGL’s growing fleet of battery assets, which already includes the 250MW Torrens Island battery in South Australia and the upcoming 50MW Broken Hill battery.

The addition of the Liddell battery is strategically important for New South Wales, contributing to the stability of the electricity grid and supporting the state government’s ambitious emissions reduction target of 70% by 2035, especially as coal-fired power stations are gradually retired.

To facilitate this groundbreaking project, AGL secured a $35 million grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (Arena).

Additionally, a long-term energy service agreement has been established with the New South Wales government, underscoring the collaborative efforts between the private and public sectors in advancing sustainable energy solutions.

The Liddell battery’s two-hour duration is a crucial factor in enhancing the grid’s reliability and supporting the integration of renewable energy sources.

It aligns with broader industry goals of transitioning towards cleaner and more sustainable energy alternatives.

AGL’s commitment to renewable energy projects reflects the evolving landscape of the energy sector, where a traditional coal-focused company is actively investing in and deploying cutting-edge technologies to meet environmental goals.

As AGL continues to diversify its energy portfolio, the Liddell battery stands as a testament to the company’s dedication to driving the transition towards a more sustainable and resilient energy future in Australia.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 11:43 am

Postscript to my 11:38.
One of the ladies at the lunch runs her own PR/Advertising consultancy with offices in all capitals except Perf and Hobart.
Her observation was that, even if she was silly enough to employ them in the first place, neither Britnah nor Brucie would last until morning tea in her business.
Objective observers agree with Justice Lee. They are both shifty.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 21, 2023 11:43 am

‘China is kaput’ is a veritable industry in the West.

China is kaput Dover, the demographics are brutal. The place will be a gigantic nursing home in about a decade.

Which leads to the question whether Xi will use it or lose it?

Given the disaster of the “special military operation” it seems likely that any action by China against Taiwan will be an own-goal of biblical proportions. It might even collapse China.

On the other hand dictators are never short on the ego side of things, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Xi convinces himself that he’s the next Alexander the Great. Seems to go with the species.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
December 21, 2023 11:44 am

The cream of asparagus who, before this were working their way to preselection and glory.

Love it.
Asparagus: strange looking things that pop out of the dirt at random intervals and don’t add much to most meals.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 11:45 am

Wally Dalí

Dec 21, 2023 11:39 AM

Malice would be the easiest line item to reconcile. Slam dunk, in fact.
Big mistake backing off.
If Team Bruce are getting the fourth quarter yips and suddenly want to settle, they should negotiate a bit smarter than this.

No.
The malice angle was dropped early on.
There seemed to be confusion between the ABC matter (settled) and these two actions (against Ten and Toad).
It is telling that Collins has quickly gone to a mitigation of damages discussion.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 21, 2023 11:47 am

Roger
Dec 21, 2023 11:04 AM
Western Sydney and Sydney talkback radio hold a strange sway on Australian plolitics when seen from the other side of the desert.

Speaking of western Sydney…

Reports that Arab leaders will be urging their communities to vote Green at the next election.

If you want Nazis, vote for the real thing, rather than a bunch of fascist weaklings?

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 21, 2023 11:48 am

Lee J “I don’t read between the lines … “.

He he. No bbq invite for you.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
December 21, 2023 11:48 am

Local politicians slam state govt over ‘rushed’ Penrith Beach as images emerge of car park reportedly damaged by rainfall

Penrith’s ‘Pondi’ beach has come under fresh scrutiny after a local councillor shared photos of severe damage reportedly caused to the attraction’s car park just a day after opening.

Penrith Beach has copped fresh criticism in its very first week from local politicians after Western Sydney residents left feeling underwhelmed from their first visit.

The highly-anticipated summer attraction opened on Tuesday in time for the start of school holidays however it struggled to flatter, despite the NSW government’s description of a “sun-kissed shore, where the sand meets crystal clear waters, offering a refreshing escape from the heat”.

On Wednesday afternoon after a rainy day across Sydney, local councillor Glenn Gardiner posted images to Facebook of significant damage to the car park at the beach which he suggested was caused by the wet weather.

The images showed parts of a road with massive holes and cracks, leaving it inaccessible as a result.

“Be careful at the Penrith Beach Car park,” Councillor Gardiner said.

“Just 30mm of rain on the day after it opened and the car park is washing away.

“This is beyond words, does the State Government know it rains in the west too?”

Melissa McIntosh, a Liberal member and MP for Lindsay, shared the images and stated her community deserved better.

“Everyone wanted it to be amazing for our community. Sadly, funds have been cut, things have been rushed, and everyone is laughing about Pondi. We deserve better,” she said on Facebook.

From the Comments

– Labor again went for the media splash and as usual it has turned to custard. They had a plan but could not execute!

– Since when do people have to “book” a car park? The world has gone mad.

– What a mess, but I’m starting to get used to messes in this country, can’t we do something properly anymore, a serious problem now, from the Snowy 2.0 to this beach and many other half baked ideas, sorry to say but the Left has a lot to answer for.

– As I commented yesterday, if Handsome boy had not blown $500 million this year, a wave machine and a quality car park could have been installed. Its a win win !

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
December 21, 2023 11:49 am

Justice Lee discussing evidence…

“I don’t read between the lines”

Cop that Pirate’s Missus!

JC
JC
December 21, 2023 11:49 am

Sure, sure. The US thought it could retard semiconductor development in China through sanctions and now it looks like they’ve got to manufacturing 5nm chips anyway and will soon get 3nm chips.

That’s great, I guess. However, let’s go back to your initial argument that the Chinese economy is larger. I’m humble enough to admit I’m wrong, if indeed I am, though it would be the first time ever.

1. Explain why you believe PPP is a better model to determine the relative size of economies than exchange rates.
2. Drill down into the PPP model applied by the Commie Times writer and explain the weightings determining whether PPP is accurate or at least has a better grounding than exchange rates.

I explained last evening that total electricity consumption cannot be just looked at on its own and that you need to look at other factors such as the energy consumption mix. Also, because of the population disparity, it would be better to use per capita consumption.

Why have you ignored all this and appear to be going with the “coping” model alone?

When I read your words I’m reading your mind.

When you’re reading into words what they don’t mean, that’s mind reading. The cope thing is a good example.

Which one?

All of them.

They have plenty. They have done more than you already expected and yet you prefer to continuing coping rather than revising your expectations.

Attacking commercial shipping isn’t a difficult thing to do. Piracy has been around for ages. The towel heads have been doing this for hundreds of years and, in fact, caused the birth of the US Navy. If you mean that I haven’t been eagerly reading various Twitter pages on this subject, that’s true. That’s because I view it more as a minor irritation than anything else. If it’s really bad, the workaround will be going around the Cape, which will add 8 days to a voyage. Depending on the size of the ship, larger vessels could even reduce the time to less because of the cargo/vessel size ratio. It’s not the end of the world.

I’ve actually been relying on your comments for a summary of what’s happening and all I’ve said is that those idiots are cruising for a severe bruising, which is something I believe will happen in due course.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 21, 2023 11:49 am

Roger
Dec 21, 2023 11:06 AM
I wonder what the viewer numbers are for NITV?

Less than 1%.

Take away the leftard luvvies, and under a third of indigs follow it.

Morsie
Morsie
December 21, 2023 11:50 am

Everyone assuming SC will overturn the Colorado decision.
I reckon there is a strong possibility that they will not take the case.
Trump has few friends on that court, maybe Alito and Thomas but none else.
I hope I am wrong

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
December 21, 2023 11:50 am

‘Reckless’ renewables push slammed as ‘national self-harm’ on grand scale
15 hours ago

Sky News host Chris Kenny has slammed Australia’s “reckless” renewables push as “national self-harm” on a grand scale.

Energy giant AGL has announced approvals for a mega battery to be installed at the site of the old Liddell coal-fired power station in NSW’s Hunter Valley.

The battery will cost $750 million and supply 500 megawatts for a maximum of 2 hours.

“It is not the cheap or affordable option, and it is not the reliable option,” Mr Kenny said.

“It is consumers who will always wear the brunt of this, we will face the electricity shortages and we’ll get hit by the price increases and it is all getting worse.”

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
December 21, 2023 11:52 am

Battle over green energy projects in regional Australia could get ‘very ugly’

The development of green energy projects in regional Australia could become one of the biggest and most divisive issues next year, according to Sky News contributor Steve Price.

A string of major green electricity deals were struck in New South Wales, with a consortium awarded the contract to deliver an expanded Central-West Orana renewable energy zone, according to The Australian.

Mr Price expected the issue to receive more attention from the media next year as politicians “desperately” push to meet emissions targets.

“The battle over food-producing real estate and the largely foreign-backed green energy projects is going to get very ugly,” he said.

“It is in fact very ugly already in many parts of regional Australia, it is just that for city folk it’s out of sight out of mind.”

JC
JC
December 21, 2023 11:54 am

the Saudis have the largest CAS outside the US and yet they didn’t manage to defeat them.

The Saudi “military” only operates in air-conditioning. Surely you’re not using the Saudis here as the gold standard in military prowess. That war was like a Dumb and Dumber routine. Just stop it with the “Saudis”.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 11:54 am

Political advisers are not, as you might imagine, bookish swots (or policy wonks as some like to describe themselves) who work away on their particular special Mastermind subject in the background, waiting for the Minister to lob a request in their in-tray.
They all see themselves as junior politicians-in-waiting and the problem is that there is about twenty wannabes for every vacancy.
I’ll bet if you asked any of these advisers in Reynolds office for their thoughts on particular aspects of Defence policy after being there for two years, you wouldn’t be able to fill the back of a beer coaster.
And none of what they said would be policy analysis. It would be all PR talking points aimed at wedging the opposing party.

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 11:55 am

Asparagus: strange looking things that pop out of the dirt at random intervals and don’t add much to most meals.

Chock full of vitamins K & B.

Eat up!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 11:56 am

Barking Toad

Dec 21, 2023 11:49 AM

Justice Lee discussing evidence…

“I don’t read between the lines”

Cop that Pirate’s Missus!

Bwah ha ha ha.
Did he say that?
Would it be too much to ask that he mentions Dolly and Cleo?

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
December 21, 2023 11:59 am

Wonder who the slightly dusky sheila is sitting a cuppla rows behind the CH10 mouthpiece?

Glasses on the head, frocked up in an overcoat wearing gloves despite sitting in an air conditioned room probably set at 22C.

Feminazi?

Johnny Rotten
December 21, 2023 11:59 am

Analysis of the figures shows Mr Albanese travelled 371.7 hours domestically and 346.4 internationally on special purpose military flights costing a total of $3,915,886 as of June 2023.

And his contribution to Net Zero is -10000000000000000000000000000……………….To negative infinity and beyond.

YES is the word but NO is the answer. LOL

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 21, 2023 12:00 pm

dover0beach
Dec 21, 2023 11:37 AM
Hmmm, 1000 kms is roughly 500 nm. A nuclear-powered carrier can do well over 30 knots. In 16 hours it could be off Aden, but it doesn’t need to get that close. The aircraft can strike from at least 6 hours out.

So now you’re telling me it has to move closer than the Gulf to be in theatre which is what I said.

The whole area is a single “theatre”, under a single command.

You are getting close to angels on the heads of pins stuff.

Buccaneer
Buccaneer
December 21, 2023 12:02 pm

10 lawyer rewriting history, suggesting that Higgins would have had to give evidence under oath and testimony and that that means she wouldn’t have persisted with the complaint lightly. She avoided doing all that for as long as possible, which in my opinion suggests she didn’t expect to have to do that at all.

Johnny Rotten
December 21, 2023 12:02 pm

Asparagus: strange looking things that pop out of the dirt at random intervals and don’t add much to most meals.

Takes 3 years to grow so eat your GREENS. Adam Bandit should be the first eaten by a Great White.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 21, 2023 12:02 pm

The battery will cost $750 million and supply 500 megawatts for a maximum of 2 hours.

Was a lot cheaper when the Church was doing this in the Middle Ages.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 21, 2023 12:05 pm

A rep’s staff- and travel and board- should be funded out of the rep’s salary package. A bit of loading for remote reps, but no favours for ministers, premiers or debutantes.
Budgeted in advance, not funded post facto.
Because it’s not, we’ve got Brinny, Bruce, Airbus Albo, and 900+ for Team Dan Andrews.

Dot
Dot
December 21, 2023 12:05 pm

Oh God. John H has already intimated that the Saudis have the largest CAS outside the US and yet they didn’t manage to defeat them. Nothing short of sending troops in will be even close to sufficient.

Well hey I’m talking about interdiction.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
December 21, 2023 12:06 pm

Chock full of vitamins K & B.
Eat up!

Truth be told, I’m partial to lightly cooked asparagus pieces and peas tossed through buttered pasta.

Boambee John
Boambee John
December 21, 2023 12:07 pm

dover0beach
Dec 21, 2023 11:44 AM
Let’s say America hit the Houthis. As if sea launched airpower can’t take out insurgents shooting at shipping.

Oh God. John H has already intimated that the Saudis have the largest CAS outside the US and yet they didn’t manage to defeat them. Nothing short of sending troops in will be even close to sufficient.

The Houthis don’t have to be destroyed on the ground. Only their missiles (which are somewhat more difficult to conceal that a man with an AK-47) need to be found and destroyed, and the re-supply from Iran interdicted. (You don’t think that the Houthis have a missile factory, do you? If that is their source of supply, even better.)

JC
JC
December 21, 2023 12:07 pm

Dover, take note 🙂

Justice Lee discussing evidence…

“I don’t read between the lines”

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
December 21, 2023 12:07 pm

Woops – no gloves

But she’s jiggling her leg as if she’s busting for a piss

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 12:08 pm

Truth be told, I’m partial to lightly cooked asparagus pieces

Many veges got a bad name through overcooking by mums & boarding school cooks.

Take Brussels sprouts, for instance…

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 21, 2023 12:10 pm

3AW report …
“Despite attacks on the credibility of both witnesses the judge found that Lerhman was fundamentally dishonest.”
A bit fast and loose with the judge’s words (which I didn’t hear directly)?

dopey
dopey
December 21, 2023 12:12 pm

I don’t get this ‘ not anti – Israel, just anti – Zionist ‘ thing. Zionism achieved its goal in 1948, a Jewish homeland in Palestine – the State of Israel. So what does just anti – Zionist mean.

alwaysright
alwaysright
December 21, 2023 12:13 pm

Take Brussels sprouts, for instance…

Great with Pineapple.

Dot
Dot
December 21, 2023 12:14 pm

“Despite attacks on the credibility of both witnesses the judge found that Lerhman was fundamentally dishonest.”

Complete bullshit.

C.L.
C.L.
December 21, 2023 12:15 pm

Just chucking this in here…

No way is a man who dresses in matching white with his girlfriend at the airport and then matching black on arrival abroad is heterosexual.

Dot
Dot
December 21, 2023 12:15 pm

Many veges got a bad name through overcooking by mums & boarding school cooks.

The French do it right. Uniform pieces, no overcooking and generous butter with moderate seasoning.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 21, 2023 12:15 pm

The channel 10 lawyer made the fundamentally dishonest comment.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 21, 2023 12:17 pm

The channel 10 lawyer is doing his job.
It’s a master class in gas lighting.

Roger
Roger
December 21, 2023 12:18 pm

And none of what they said would be policy analysis. It would be all PR talking points aimed at wedging the opposing party.

Exactly.

Neither Bruce nor Brittany ever contributed to a white paper.

They were junior political hacks.

C.L.
C.L.
December 21, 2023 12:19 pm
JC
JC
December 21, 2023 12:19 pm

Yemen/GDP per capita
701.71 USD (2018)

If only this was shown in terms of PPP.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
December 21, 2023 12:21 pm

Bruce of Newcastle
Dec 21, 2023 11:43 AM
‘China is kaput’ is a veritable industry in the West.

China is kaput Dover, the demographics are brutal. The place will be a gigantic nursing home in about a decade.

BON,

China is shipping its aged care/health problem to OZ – just look around when in Hospital Outpatients

JC
JC
December 21, 2023 12:22 pm

Keith Urban dons chunky footwear as wife Nicole Kidman towers over him at Expats screening in Sydney.

Surprised he hasn’t fully transitioned yet. It’s close though.

amortiser
amortiser
December 21, 2023 12:22 pm

Wonder who the slightly dusky sheila is sitting a cuppla rows behind the CH10 mouthpiece?

Glasses on the head, frocked up in an overcoat wearing gloves despite sitting in an air conditioned room probably set at 22C.

Feminazi?

I was wondering the same thing. Why the overcoat?

Johnny Rotten
December 21, 2023 12:23 pm

Despite GE, Rolls Royce, Hitachi etc. thinking differently, Top Men at CSIRO and AEMO know that SMR’s will never be economic. Never. Ever. So, no further discussion will be entered into.

You forgot Toshiba. They even have a mini SMR that can go into the basement of a building. Maybe the Feral Guv’ment could get one in Canberra. If it ever did leak radiation, we could save billions on Parliamentary Pensions and benefits. LOL

https://www.global.toshiba/ww/products-solutions/nuclearenergy/research/safety-reactor.html

calli
calli
December 21, 2023 12:23 pm

Did you catch the subtitles?

Oh Palestine we have come,
With steadfastness and bravery,
The strength of god is within us,
After Taha and his family.
The axis of something something are coming, oh Quds,
Oh misguided masses,
The fulfilment of the promise of the hereafter
and the triumph of the message!

Pi55 off d*ckheads. A couple of well aimed missiles should see off their “navy”.

duncanm
duncanm
December 21, 2023 12:24 pm

If you want to keep track of which of your local councillors etc. to send cranky letters to, the list for Palestine here is a petition currently circulating.

Figures
Figures
December 21, 2023 12:28 pm

Ch 10’s lawyers are basically ceding that there was no rape and that Higgins is a compulsive liar but Lehrmann wanted a root behind his girlfriend’s back and therefore Ch 10 was absolutely right to concoct an obviously wrong story about rape and an even more obviously wrong story about a government cover up.

It’s pretty disturbing. Their lawyers are arguing that Lehrmann has no right to choose the way to defend himself. He was supposed to defend himself in a manner that would have made it easier for Higgins and Ch 10.

JC
JC
December 21, 2023 12:28 pm

Qantas isn’t the worst then after a strong performance by Virgin.

Virgin Australia won the airline race to the bottom during the month of November, cancelling the most flights of any carrier and also suffering the worst on time departures, according to Australian government data.

It was a particularly poor showing from the Brisbane-based carrier, which had only just over half its flights land on time and only 57 per cent depart on time, with a cancellation rate of 6.2 per cent.

Dot
Dot
December 21, 2023 12:29 pm

Bloody hell.

Tinnies and 20 ft pleasurecraft.

One F/A-18E/F could lay waste to a few hundred of these per sortie.

feelthebern
feelthebern
December 21, 2023 12:29 pm

The air con in the federal court building might not be keeping up with the outside changes.
I’ve attended a mediation there.
Day one was too warm.
Day two was too cold.
Same room and there wasn’t an independent temp control.
Those rooms are a few floors above where the courts are.
I’m assuming this the federal court building on Macquarie street.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
December 21, 2023 12:30 pm

Take Brussels sprouts, for instance…

Much maligned – and delicious halved and fried with chopped smoked bacon.

The Land Rover of brassica.

Johnny Rotten
December 21, 2023 12:30 pm

China is shipping its aged care/health problem to OZ – just look around when in Hospital Outpatients

Prease bring over your Family members. All welcome. China town awaits. Special Visa but no American Express. And prease vote LayBore/GREEN.

Vicki
Vicki
December 21, 2023 12:31 pm

Re the positions of Malaysia & China re Israel:

Yep, the world is dividing into very clear blocs. Perhaps more than in the recent past. The effect on trade as well as domestic politics as economies are increasingly affected in 2024 & beyond …..,,…..

amortiser
amortiser
December 21, 2023 12:31 pm

Dr Collins can’t even get the last 5 PMs right in his hypothetical.

They were Rudd, Abbott, Turnbull, Morrison, Albanese.

Gillard doesn’t feature.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 21, 2023 12:32 pm

Daily Mail.

Justice Michael Lee describes Brittany Higgins’ fiancé David Sharaz as ‘The prophet Elijah … he’s always around’

Network Ten’s barrister Matthew Collins dismissed the notion that Brittany Higgins lied about the rape allegation to keep her job.

He asked why she would lie to keep her job, because she didn’t lose her job – the Liberal Party won the election and she carried on working in Parliament House for another two years.

‘Why would she then go public with her allegation, two years later?’ he asked.

Justice Lee said her motivations could have changed within that time, and the reason could be due to ‘a myriad of things’.

‘She chooses the mode by which she does that, it’s not to reactivate the Australian Federal Police complaint, it’s to use the medium of her boyfriend,’ he said.

‘To do it in such a way as to go to the media … and impact, what is clear, was a design to inflict maximum political damage, in the context of doing it, again, I presume, arguably to obtain a greater end – cultural change in the parliament.’ he said.

The judge said she could have met people who encouraged her to go public, before he mentioned her fiancé David Sharaz – who was not called to give evidence because he was not in Ms Higgins’ life at the time of the alleged assault.

‘Mr Sharaz is like the prophet Elijah – he’s always around,’ Justice Lee said, prompting laughs from the courtroom.

‘There’s a place for him at the passover table but he never turns up.’

He continued: ‘She goes to the police and arguably that was only something that was necessary for the final tick to be given.’

Justice Lee’s reference was to Elijah, a Biblical prophet from the time of Jesus who lived a long life performing miracles and driving evil from the world before patiently waiting for God to take him into heaven.

Elijah was eventually ‘taken up into the heavens in a fiery chariot drawn by fiery horses’.

H B Bear
H B Bear
December 21, 2023 12:33 pm

Still trying to work out why Ch 10 are here at all ( the trial specifically, at all more generally). Tom’s theory may be right.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
December 21, 2023 12:34 pm

C.L. are you saying Britnee has a strapon?

Perplexed of Brisbane
Perplexed of Brisbane
December 21, 2023 12:34 pm

Chris
Dec 21, 2023 10:46 AM

I have a couple of Egyptian colleagues who I have befriended.
One of these friends (before Oct 7) told me that for the Exodus, the Jews borrowed gold jewelry from their neighbours on the excuse of going to a wedding.

The Bible says that GOD made the Egyptians favourably disposed to the Israelites and that they were to ask them for items of jewellery. No mention of a wedding.

They probably thought like the Palis’ that they would get it all back when the army slaughtered the Jews. (My opinion, not in the Bible).

  1. Headline of the day: The Matildas and Arsenal weapon tasked with filling Kerr-sized hole Fnarrr.

  2. And puts lie to the media’s claim that he held a firearms licence “for recreational purposes”.

  3. The word doing the rounds (as yet unsubstantiated) is a total ban on “recreational” firearm use. Can see a lot…

  4. Outstanding. Just outstanding commentary on the current semitic sentiment in this country. The back end of a Gray Connolly piece…

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