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The Umbrellas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1866

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H B Bear
H B Bear
February 13, 2024 8:45 pm

Up 1566.67% on the ASX today.

That’s a speeding fine.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 8:45 pm

Thanks HB, I’ll be sure to read that. I loathe Morrison viscerally. I hope he gets extremely sensitive piles.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 13, 2024 8:45 pm

Gilas at 5:16

After a brutal afternoon’s cross-examination by Mr Elliott SC, acting for Bunyons, as well as some precise skewering of her carotids by Lee, Tisha Smithie, the Ch 10 lawyer who allegedly advised Bunyons into the deep excrement pool will be immensely lucky to just retain her practicing licence.
In fact, she’ll will be lucky to avoid having to repay Ch 10’s wages for the last couple of years.
An appearance in front of the Law Society as sure as the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.

Just been catching up on the events of the day.
I did suggest the other day that, if indeed a Ten lawyer gave an unconditional tick to Cane Toad’s speech, then this could be career truncating stuff.
A possible saving grace might have been for Tisha Smithie* to throw herself on the mercy of the court and admit she was star-struck, young and naive and very, very sorry.
Instead she went the full suicide bomber.
She tried to match wits with Justice Lee and came up short.

* Never, ever engage a lawyer called “Tisha”.

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 8:45 pm

As to Occ Health and Safety .. I once posted that… I did my best to make the blokes on my crew went home in the same shape as they showed up… Oh The Howls of outrage for weeks I was a derided as a Recalcitrant Union Shop Steward .. a destroyer of fair enterprise… a commie ..

Well you blokes have control over your own thoughts …

I tried my best to make the workplace safe for my blokes … I jolly well nearly killed one of them once by letting him ride on the running board of my tractor … he was dozing .. it was a hard slog and I should have made him walk … he fell off … the tractor had no brakes .. because of the mud and stuff… his eyes caught mine … panic !! and he rolled out of harm’s way .. the tyres missed crushing him ..

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
February 13, 2024 8:54 pm

* Never, ever engage a lawyer called “Tisha”.

Words of wisdom Sancho.

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 8:54 pm

It was the end of a hard day and he was exausted … Mt Merton in Tasmainia .. we both were … so what am I gonna do ? Make the bloke trudge ? Make the bloke stay alert enough to hold onto the hand rails ? Am I supposed to get inside his head?

But No one died that day .. a very close run thing however . Thank The Lord.

But this pissing and moaning about Occ Heath and Saftey … as if it is just some pointless sinecure…

Alamak!
February 13, 2024 8:58 pm

A possible saving grace might have been for Tisha Smithie* to throw herself on the mercy of the court and admit she was star-struck, young and naive and very, very sorry.
Instead she went the full suicide bomber.
She tried to match wits with Justice Lee and came up short.

courageous move … coming into a battle of wits unarmed.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 13, 2024 9:00 pm

Oh The Howls of outrage for weeks I was a derided as a Recalcitrant Union Shop Steward

None of that happened.

I tried my best to make the workplace safe for my blokes

A noble endeavour.

… I jolly well nearly killed one of them once by letting him ride on the running board of my tractor

Oh. Doesn’t sound that safe.

he fell off … the tractor had no brakes .. because of the mud and stuff

Oh my dear wordy lordy.

This tale belongs on the shelf, right next to ‘when I was journalism student at a university whose name I cannot spell’ and ‘Before I was in jail I worked with a crew of people and pilots who allllll told me they were in the SAS and I believed them’.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 9:01 pm

But this pissing and moaning about Occ Heath and Saftey … as if it is just some pointless sinecure…

Not being an “at risk” industry, I’ve seen OH&S only once in my working life. They’re total wankers & it shows.

This retard turns up to the driveway & & watches the ladder to the mezzanine level where lotsa beer cartons are stored. He was offended to see the staff going up & down the ladder to bring down cartons of beer.

To solve this obvious OH&S issue, he issued a written directive that when “climbing a ladder” we must maintain a minimum of Four points of contact at all times.

It was near 15 seconds before he realised his error. However once a directive is written, they’re not really in a position to rescind it.

132andBush
132andBush
February 13, 2024 9:06 pm

That is my view. Take it to the bank.

Then by your standards, Bruce, Hekmatullah is a hero.

Alamak!
February 13, 2024 9:12 pm

Mark Bolton == Sandy Stone with a spelling defect.

“Well not much that I can say about Tuesday, except it was a very nice night’s entertainment. We’re not one for the pictures as a rule. When we go we like to see a good, bright show. After all, there’s enough unhappiness in the world…..”

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 13, 2024 9:15 pm

Then by your standards, Bruce, Hekmatullah is a hero.

Don’t verbal me Bushie.

Do you really think the plebs in Afghanistan are anything different from those in Gaza. They believe the same religion in the same way with the same intensity. Taqiyya is their coinage.

There are men, a very few heroes, who are prepared to stand between our civilization and barbarism. Yet the powers that be persecute them for doing their job. It seems to be a consistent phenomenon, arising from the Left. Well I have no truck with any of that BS.

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 9:17 pm

!
Feb 13, 2024 9:12 PM

RIP Barry Old Mate !

A genius… and an inspiration to us all.

Baba
Baba
February 13, 2024 9:18 pm

Beheaded babies? How many? 40?

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 13, 2024 9:25 pm

I loathe Morrison viscerally

You’re not Robinson Crusoe. That’s how we ended up with PM Albo who’s been overlooked at every opportunity for every position his entire career.

Alamak!
February 13, 2024 9:26 pm

Sandy Stone falls in love with Beryl

“I let my hand slide along the grass till my little finger was just touching Beryl’s and she didn’t move it and we stayed for why seems like donkey’s years till it got dark and I could feel me old ticker golf ninety to the dozen and I knew it was the real thing. Then Beryl jumped up laughing …. and I could still feel the burning of her little finger, and I looked and saw my hand was touching the blessed Thermos. I didn’t mess around much after that.”

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 9:27 pm

In a risky industry .. let’s face it …all industries are risky …there are three points of contact.

I just so love it when i see a bloke using three points of contact even when operating in suburbia.

I give them one thumb because the rest of my appendages are doing the whole three points thing …

and I get a nod and a wink from a Brother who has likely worked in the Mining industry ..

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 13, 2024 9:31 pm

BoN at 9:15.
You forgot to add a “You can’t handle the truth!” at the end of that.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 13, 2024 9:33 pm

Beheaded babies? How many? 40?

The use of all those nails was especially revolting. And several other actions that I won’t soil this blog with descriptions of. It is pretty eyeopening what Muslims are prepared to do when they think they can get away with it.

Well, now they’re reaping what they sowed.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 9:35 pm

In a risky industry .. let’s face it …all industries are risky …there are three points of contact.

What risk? ffs.
Nope. I have it in writing from the head sherang of the OH&S office in town:
When climbing a ladder there must at all times be a minimum of Four points of contact.
When descending a ladder, there are no rules. 😏

132andBush
132andBush
February 13, 2024 9:36 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Feb 13, 2024 8:29 PM

Bushie – From what I’ve seen there’s a lot of personal animus going on under the surface of these cases.

Seems there’s a certain amount of “He got a medal, I should have got one.”

Yeah, nah

A lot of these blokes would much rather fly under the radar. That came out in court and I have been told the same.

132andBush
132andBush
February 13, 2024 9:38 pm

A lot of these blokes would much rather fly under the radar. That came out in court and I have been told the same.

In fact given the integrity of the people concerned it was always a bs angle to attack them on.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 13, 2024 9:38 pm

You forgot to add a “You can’t handle the truth!” at the end of that.

I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide and then questions the manner in which I provide it.

I would rather that you just said “thank you” and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand the post. Either way, I don’t give a DAMN what you think you’re entitled to!

Code Reds incoming!

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 13, 2024 9:40 pm

‘Did you order the Code Red?’

‘YOU’RE GODDAMN RIGHT I DID!’

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 9:42 pm

@Bruce of Newcastle
Feb 13, 2024 9:33 PM

With the greatest respect the “beaded babies” count whether 40 or 400 was a lie Israel told … they cant walk that back nor seem minded to do so..

Every participant in this conflict will “reap” .

mc
mc
February 13, 2024 9:44 pm

Power back on in Bendigo. They must have stood the solar panels back up.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 9:45 pm

‘Did you order the Code Red?’
‘YOU’RE GODDAMN RIGHT I DID!’

Empeas will guard the kernel.

Baba
Baba
February 13, 2024 9:45 pm

AK-47? Check!
Spare mags? Check!
Grenades? Check!
Nails? Check!
Allahu Akbar! Let’s go!

Alamak!
February 13, 2024 9:46 pm

With the greatest respect the “beaded babies” count whether 40 or 400 was a lie Israel told … they cant walk that back nor seem minded to do so..

Seems a minor point to be quibbling over given the scale of the attack. Lie or not the Israelis suffered an attack we can’t really comprehend in sunny sandy stone suburbia …

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 9:49 pm

With the greatest respect the “beaded babies” count whether 40 or 400 was a lie Israel told … they cant walk that back nor seem minded to do so..

I was horrified by Hamas/Gaza’s depraved savagery of 7th of October, which they livestreamed whilst cackling with manic laughter.
I wanted Hamas smashed.

But when I learned that fewer than 40 babies had been beheaded, I couldn’t imagine how maligned Gazans must have felt at this libel that was designed to make them look bad, and I totally switched to being Gaza sympathetic.
Now I want Israel taught a big lesson.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 13, 2024 9:49 pm

BTW, did anyone else have “mouldy dildo” on their buzzword bingo card today?
No?
Well, pay me then!

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 9:51 pm

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 13, 2024 9:35 PM

If some one were to suggest four points of contact then that is clearly wrong .. it is possible if a wukka plans on never moving.

Have it out with who ever is giving you grief over such an impossible conjecture …but dont let that stand in your way of providing a safe work place for your people.

Bloke we deal with the Real.

I am sure you would make that happen anyway.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 13, 2024 9:55 pm

Anyone who says you can’t maintain four points of contact on a ladder obviously can’t maintain an erection at heights.
Beta.

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 9:55 pm

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 13, 2024 9:49 PM

Here is an alternative …. dont be wooed one way or the next by any propaganda.

Oh come on
Oh come on
February 13, 2024 9:58 pm

OCO – I linked it for you. Look up Putin’s Peter The Great speech.

Bruce, I didn’t see any link. I would have clicked it if I did. I’d be much obliged if you could provide it again.

And if you have a link to the text of the speech you referenced (as opposed to media reporting on the speech), that would also be appreciated.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 13, 2024 9:58 pm

It’s pretty clear that Lee has used this affair to shine further light on Drumgold who he doesn’t appear to think worthy of his former title.
It’s about time McCallum unsealed all her stuff she has gagged.

Bespoke
Bespoke
February 13, 2024 9:59 pm

Bush
Haven’t been following the BRS saga, too much noise.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 13, 2024 10:00 pm

The chances of ‘mouldy dildo’ appearing in any given thread are low, but never zero.

Muddy
Muddy
February 13, 2024 10:01 pm

The International [Committee of the] Red Cross is so invested in this project of helping the Palestinian terrorists that have been arrested by Israel, that it even knowingly facilitates the PA’s [Palestinian Authority] ‘Pay for Slay’ program. It’s the Red Cross that signs the terrorists up on Powers of Attorney by which the terrorists designate where their money will go.

[Approx 9 min mark: The Failure of the International Committee of the Red Cross to Protect Israelis].

NOTE: This is 46 min in length, and I have not watched further than the statement above, which I will admit to not yet understanding.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 13, 2024 10:04 pm

dont let that stand in your way of providing a safe work place for your people

Safe Work practitioners are far better off allowing their exhausted staff to hitch rides on tractors through mud, to the point where the machinery’s brakes fail and they fall off next to the tyres.

And then using that as a case study of how awesome they are at WHS.

Muddy
Muddy
February 13, 2024 10:06 pm

Apparently, prior to 7 Oct, 2023 in Israel, there were two Israeli citizens [I don’t have any more details yet] who were held captive in Gaza for approximately 10 years?

Rosie
Rosie
February 13, 2024 10:08 pm

Interesting thread on the conquest of Mecca and the breaking of the kaaba.
Many claiming that only 30% of Iranian are now muslim and many are converting to Zoroastrian.
tahir

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 13, 2024 10:09 pm

Tell you what.

Straya need three per ball now after 15 overs, and with four poles already in the shed.

They’d want to pull their fingers out, in the manner of a mining chemistry journalist shop steward trying to get to the ‘Booka Thirsty Camel five minutes before closing time.

Muddy
Muddy
February 13, 2024 10:09 pm

A lawsuit has been filed in the Jerusalem District Court against the International Red Cross by Shurat HaDin – Israeli Law Center.

132andBush
132andBush
February 13, 2024 10:10 pm

Bushie – From what I’ve seen there’s a lot of personal animus going on under the surface of these cases.

Yep, mostly instigated and perpetuated by BRS and co. Read the books and court transcripts.

To safeguard a nation you need people who will serve.

Lets flip this. Hekmatullah, in the eyes of his countrymen/comrades, was doing just that.
Except instead of killing unarmed and bound people who may or may not have been “Talibs”, Hekmatullah infiltrated enemy lines and killed known enemy who, if not directly carrying weapons, would’ve had them nearby, and then made good his escape.

I’m not verballing you, I’m pointing out a double standard.

There are men, a very few heroes, who are prepared to stand between our civilization and barbarism. Yet the powers that be persecute them for doing their job.

They were not “doing their job”. That’s the point.

Rosie
Rosie
February 13, 2024 10:10 pm

Yes, one an Arab Bedouin, one an Ethiopian Jew, both with mental health issues, who separately crossed the border in 2014 and 2015.
Says a lot about Gaza.

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 10:16 pm

Using machinery such as 4 WD tractors on Mt Merton in Tasmania, we already knew the brakes were going to be ineffective. Going down hill in a mess of mud , a tractor was barely controllable ..blokes are tired .. already a hard day soil sampling.

Blokes are tired.

We both got home alive that day and , for that I am well pleased.

And for Folks that think such an out come might be a source of mirth .. Well good for You …

Rosie
Rosie
February 13, 2024 10:16 pm

What are the odds of hamas terrorists finding a handy box of nails on a kibbutz in the several hours they were wandering around doing their thing, I’d say about zero chance too.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 10:20 pm

If some one were to suggest four points of contact then that is clearly wrong

Nope, it is in writing, from a govt WH&S officer. He had some pretty stern words to accompany issue of the directive.
Immediately & in front of this pencil-neck, the shop manager climbed a ladder, using his chin to maintain 4 points of contact, then put a carton of beer on his shoulder & trotted back to ground level using only his feet to touch the ladder. – all as per the written directive & right in front of the pencil-neck, who was invited to state if any part of his directive had been breached.

Have it out with who ever is giving you grief over such an impossible conjecture …but dont let that stand in your way of providing a safe work place for your people.

Have it out? Crikey the wanker was transferred to another town, years ago.
Apart from having to chin ladders when ascending, in what manner would my workplace be unsafe?

JC
JC
February 13, 2024 10:23 pm

No apology from the ATO?

You saw Barndoor Joyce, his back spread out on the footpath with a phone to his oversized ear, right?

He was calling in an apology.

Muddy
Muddy
February 13, 2024 10:23 pm

Thanks, Rosie.

Iron Cove
Iron Cove
February 13, 2024 10:25 pm

Did Lisa W write the Logies speech which Ten okayed?
If she did would this count in Lee’s findings?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 13, 2024 10:25 pm

11 sixes off 12 balls required.

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 10:27 pm

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 13, 2024 10:20 PM

In the Final Analysis only You can know if your work site is safe ..

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 10:29 pm

In the Final Analysis only You can know if your work site is safe ..

It is safe.

Zafiro
Zafiro
February 13, 2024 10:35 pm

Best cricket game was T20 World Cup Final 2016.

Poms only put on 150. Windies looked gorn at 3/10 etc. Gayle was out, but Marlon Samuels glued it with 85 not out.

Needing 19 runs off the last over, I remember Samuels revving up Carlos Brathwaite.

Ben Stokes bowled. Six, six, six, six. Get that up you. Funny as. A couple were 9 iron/pitching wedge type strokes off the toes. It was brilliant

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 10:35 pm

Mark Bolton Feb 13, 2024 9:55 PM

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 13, 2024 9:49 PM
Here is an alternative …. dont be wooed one way or the next by any propaganda.

On the contrary, my viewpoint is 100% in synch with Hamas’ messages.
I believe every bit of their real-time video uploads (& accompanying soundtrack, also live) of the 7th of October.

Not one bit of my opinion on Gaza/Hamas is due to any propaganda put out by the Zionist entity.

I believe Hamas.

Dot
Dot
February 13, 2024 10:36 pm

They were not “doing their job”. That’s the point.

The testimony was complete nonsense and relies on the Afghani witnesses being able to see through forests etc.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 13, 2024 10:39 pm

It’s all thatrum, sodomy and the lash….

Commander of HMAS Brisbane stood down over alleged drunken incident
Andrew Probyn
By Andrew Probyn
February 13, 2024 — 3.00pm

Listen to this article
5 min

The commander of Australia’s most lethal warship has been stood down after allegations of a drunken episode that caused the navy international embarrassment.

Commander Kingsley Scarce was relieved of his command of HMAS Brisbane in mid-September when the $3 billion guided missile destroyer was docked at Cairns.

A formal complaint had been made against Scarce from within the Australian Defence Force. The allegations were considered of such a serious nature that he was immediately stood down and replaced by an interim commanding officer.

Defence is still investigating the complaint, and while Nine News has been told a court martial is not expected if the allegations are found to be true, the matter could lead to career-ending administrative sanction.

Scarce, the son of former South Australian governor Kevin Scarce, was accused of excessive alcohol use at sea and causing embarrassment to Australia at an international event involving US counterparts.

The complaint against Scarce came after his alleged conduct came to the notice of Director General Maritime Operations Commodore Mick Harris.

Alcohol has long been restricted in the navy and last year, after the Brereton war crimes report, Defence issued a directive banning alcohol consumption on operations or exercises. Alcohol in “non-war-like operations” is restricted to two drinks, but only with approval and on national holidays.

In the lead-up to Scarce’s suspension, HMAS Brisbane had been involved in Malabar, a joint naval exercise with US, Japanese and Indian forces in August 2023.

“One good thing about exercises like Malabar is that we get to understand the people at the other end of the systems, how they think, how they talk because whilst we might speak English, we don’t necessarily speak the same kind of English,” Scarce told reporters during the exercises.

“It can be even something as simple as if I’m talking to some of my American colleagues and I say, ‘Do you want to go for a brew?’, I’m talking coffee, they’re talking beer. I’m happy with both outcomes. But it’s very important that we understand the language that you’re using and what we actually mean when we’re talking to each other.

HMAS Brisbane, under Scarce, also took part in Talisman Sabre, a multinational military exercise led by Australia and the United States involving 30,000 personnel and 13 nations.

He was commanding officer of the warship when it helped in the search-and-rescue effort after a Taipan helicopter crashed off Lindeman Island in Queensland on July 28, killing four airmen. Navy personnel involved in the operation are known to have found it traumatic.

Sources with knowledge of the matter but not free to discuss it on the record said that when the warship was at port in Cairns on September 18, its 220 crew members were ordered to “clear lower decks” to witness the arrival of interim Commander Grant Coleman who was accompanied by a one-star commodore.

Some crew members had earlier witnessed Scarce leaving the warship.

Later that day, HMAS Brisbane set sail for Darwin before a three-month tour north via Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and Guam.

HMAS Brisbane was forced to dock for repairs at Port Sembawang in Singapore when a fire broke out in the galley. It was also on the scene when HMAS Toowoomba was “pinged” by a Chinese warship on November 14 and on its return to Australia, the ship was diverted to Willis Island to rescue four Bureau of Meteorology staff as a cyclone approached.

While not naming Scarce, Defence confirmed a member had been stood down pending the outcome of an inquiry.

“There is no place for unacceptable behaviour or conduct within Defence,” a department spokeswoman said. “All allegations of unacceptable behaviour are taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly following due process.”

Defence said it could provide no further comment due to obligations under the Privacy Act.

Former independent senator and one-time submariner Rex Patrick said the ADF was unnecessarily secretive.

“Our Defence Force is extremely opaque, unnecessarily opaque,” Patrick said. “Defence needs to be open with the Australian public if they want to gain their confidence.

“It’s a really important arm of government. It receives tens of billions of dollars in public funding. We need to be confident in the manner in which defence is exercising its responsibilities and functions.”

Scarce has not publicly commented on the allegations or the alleged complaint. HMAS Brisbane returned home to Sydney on December 15 under the command of Bernard Dobson, who took over from Coleman on November 7 in Nagasaki, Japan.

JC
JC
February 13, 2024 10:39 pm

Just watched Ferrari with Adam Driver in the hot seat. Great name, Adam Driver, as the main actor in a movie about racing cars.
The movie was made for American audiences as there were a lot of “feelings” being discussed between the Enzo man, the embittered wife, and the girlfriend. Enzo had a really peculiar business model. Every other carmaker was totally focused on selling cars to the public and racing a distant second, but not the Enzo man. He just made enough cars to sell in order to sustain the racing side. Racing drove the entire business.

Apart from being too American, it was actually a decent movie, as the racing and the crashes were spectacular. The thing that amazed me, though, was just how vulnerable the drivers were in those 50s and 60s cars. If the car tipped over, the driver would have invariably lost his head.

I’d give it 7 1/2 out of 10. I paid 25 bucks, but I’d recommend waiting a week or two for the piece to drop.

Dot
Dot
February 13, 2024 10:39 pm

Relied upon…

Part of the Channel 9 nonsense was a witness who didn’t see anything but heard small arms fire aboard a helicopter taking off in a hostile region, to their stern or laterally to the helicopter.

Oh come on
Oh come on
February 13, 2024 10:42 pm

Many claiming that only 30% of Iranian are now muslim and many are converting to Zoroastrian.

Sounds like wishful thinking. People have been saying the days of the mullahs are numbered ever since Khamenei took over, and that was a very long time ago. Iran in its current iteration doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. In fact, it appears to be getting stronger.

Not saying I like it. Although it’s better to deal in reality than to fool yourself into believing that Zoroastrianism is making a massive yet massively discreet comeback.

JC
JC
February 13, 2024 10:43 pm

Adam Driver

Maad Driver. The Simulation is playing tricks.

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 10:43 pm

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 13, 2024 10:29 PM
In which case you are doing the best you possibly can to send those Euro Honeys back to where ever they came from, perfectly intact … in wind and limb …

dont NO take heed of Gubbermint wankers … in fact if you are busy bloke ..as I might suppose you are … the intervention from such as these is likely to draw your attenion away from looking after the actual well being of your staff…

But Mate you hired them … it is on You … have their 6

Oh come on
Oh come on
February 13, 2024 10:46 pm

We paid $3 billion for a destroyer? Makes an AUKUS class sub seem cheap by comparison. Okay stick a fork in Oz.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 13, 2024 10:46 pm

I’d give it 7 1/2 out of 10.

Really David?
I give it 2/10.
Ghastly unsustainable macho stuff.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 10:47 pm

the intervention from such as these is likely to draw your attention away from looking after the actual well being of your staff…

Are you Fair Dinkum?
Are you seriously suggesting that some pencil-neck with an IQ <100 and a ticket book, turning up at my place & telling me "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you" may actually distract me from my core duties?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
February 13, 2024 10:48 pm

The commander of Australia’s most lethal warship has been stood down after allegations of a drunken episode that caused the navy international embarrassment.

But … but … gold braid on my sleeve!

Harlequin Decline
February 13, 2024 10:50 pm

Something would seem to be amiss with the design and/or construction of the Victorian transmission towers.

Fifty years ago power transmission lines used to be designed for the worst case of temperature, shorting current, wind loading etc. Presumably they still are , but maybe not given the event.

Unless there is a one in a hundred+ year event they should not fail. It seems that more than one tower failed so the design is faulty or the construction was not to spec.

Dot
Dot
February 13, 2024 10:51 pm

Are you seriously suggesting that some pencil-neck with an IQ <100 and a ticket book, turning up at my place & telling me "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you" may actually distract me from my core duties?

I think you should. They are a dangerous person and agent of chaos.

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 10:52 pm

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 13, 2024 10:29 PM

That isnt what I said …

Dot
Dot
February 13, 2024 10:57 pm

A correspondent writes:

Victorian Premier first thing tomorrow morning –

“This climate change blackout proves we have to GO HARDER at renewables….”

F$&@ them, they are retarded, they deserve it, and F$&@ them.

I think there’s something in that for all of us.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 10:57 pm

I think you should. They are a dangerous person and agent of chaos.

Ffs Dot, I was being facetious.
Those arseholes totally & completely realign my entire week, possibly my entire frigging year.
One day another small business operator is going to snap & take one out, as happened 10 years ago near Croppa Creek in NSW.
When it happens, it’ll be no mystery why.

Dot
Dot
February 13, 2024 10:58 pm

That isn’t what I said …

Yes Sparky, that’s how disagreeing works.

Dot
Dot
February 13, 2024 11:00 pm

Ffs Dot, I was being facetious.

No, really?

I don’t think it’s possible on a family blog.

Rosie
Rosie
February 13, 2024 11:03 pm

Sassari archaeological museum.
Not huge but a decent collection especially of Nuraghe and Roman era artifices.
They also have some fossilised trees.
I think it’s possible to visit some nuaghic burial sites but I’m guessing it would be a view at a distance
Might be something at Porto Torres so shall go there tomorrow.
My landlord is a youngish tattooed man who spend a year in Sydney working as a kitchen hand in an Italian restaurant. He didn’t like Sydney, too expensive.
I assume he owns the building, perhaps he saved up his Sydney earnings.
Apartments around here start at €35,000 or was it €25,000. Whichever, very cheap.
Filetto di cavallo for lunch today.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 11:05 pm

Christ Dot, do you think this is my first day on the job? 😀
I’m in a state that is ruled (not governed, ruled) by a long term ALP unicameral parliament.
ALL they know how to do is appoint more & more “inspectors”
Try someday being on the business end of these arseholes.
Campbell Newman halted the rot overnight when he got in, however it has crept back up.

The biggest swept-under-the-rug issue, nationwide, is sure to be the mental health of non-firstnations males who own & run a mercantile-type business.

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 11:07 pm

There is room for well intentioned people to discuss heart felt disagreements in such a way as to try to understand why others might find a different perspective .

What is unhelpful is where some prod and provoke .. because they think that they are funny.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 11:09 pm

What is unhelpful is where some prod and provoke .. because they think that they are funny.

They not funny, they’re arseholes. We’d be better off without them.

Barry
Barry
February 13, 2024 11:13 pm
Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 11:16 pm

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 13, 2024 11:09 PM

I have taken the piss on you “Gimme a job and such ” You have always responded with grace and good humor.

~Tips me lid Kind Sir

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 11:19 pm

I have taken the piss on you “Gimme a job and such ” You have always responded with grace and good humor.

You may find yourself hired, after this cocksmoker from OH&S went over the place.
We’ll need someone to deal with ‘piss’, you may be the right man at the right time.

JC
JC
February 13, 2024 11:19 pm

Barry, how would they collate such information with that sort of number? Satellite?

JC
JC
February 13, 2024 11:26 pm

You have to hand it to him. He never gives up and has more front than Macy’s.

Trump plans to attend Georgia hearing on misconduct allegations against prosecutors

Former president Donald Trump plans to attend a Thursday hearing in Atlanta on allegations that Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis (D) engaged in an improper personal relationship with the lead prosecutor on the election interference case, according to two individuals with knowledge of the possible trip.

Bruce in WA
February 13, 2024 11:26 pm

They are a dangerous person and agent of chaos KAOS.

Missed it by that much, Chief!

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 11:32 pm

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 13, 2024 11:19 PM
Far canal i might just have landed a jeerb !! In all seriosness I can get blokes and blokesses home in one piece. I do know how to put the right pacifer in the correct orifece when it comes to Gubbermint operatives. I have my own off grid accommodation … a truck .

i know this is a tired old saw… any place in Australia suits me just fine .. about that Job Mate?

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 11:40 pm

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 13, 2024 11:19 PM
OK here is where I switch up tell me your Pub is in Vietnam and we are ready to rock .. 😉

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 13, 2024 11:41 pm

Crikey.

Someone wants to lure a backpacker or two into the bus.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 11:41 pm

Far canal i might just have landed a jeerb !!

That will depend what the WH&S wankers decide when they weigh up the results of their inspection.

In all seriosness I can get blokes and blokesses home in one piece.

That won’t be your role.

I do know how to put the right pacifer in the correct orifece when it comes to Gubbermint operatives.

Just so long as we understand the pacifier must be at a minimum the size of a baseball bat.

I have my own off grid accommodation … a truck .

Where ya gonna park it? I’m in the middle of town. Street camping ain’t viewed favourably here, the council is quick to act on grey nomads who camp under the bridge & places like that.
You’ll have to pay a caravan park for a lot.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 11:45 pm

Someone wants to lure a backpacker or two into the bus.

In my experience they don’t require much “luring”
i.e. once they realise one is leading them back to one’s humping den, the lasso rope you used goes loose & you can’t get it tight again.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 11:48 pm

OK here is where I switch up tell me your Pub is in Vietnam and we are ready to rock

Huh?
We aren’t “ready to rock” until a formal job offer has been made, & has been formally accepted.
Y’know, signatures on paper.

No job offer will be made until I see what these peckersniffers at WH&S want, most likely I’ll just tell them off, resoundingly, & then continue on as I was before – the two new Euro-honeys arrived this afternoon.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 13, 2024 11:50 pm

Mr. Mark Bolton: Are you in Australia?

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 11:53 pm

Again .. in all seriousnessnes this snipy and foul mouthed ad hom has no place in what is supposed to be a place of civil discussion. Regardless and probably because our view points may differ.

Mark Bolton
February 13, 2024 11:54 pm

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 13, 2024 11:50 PM

Indeed .. Perth ..

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 14, 2024 12:02 am

Hmm, to reach me in Vietnam, from Perth, your truck is facing quite an obstacle with all that salt water.
You should be okay if you just drive along the beach until you get here.

The truck may require dual fatties at low psi, and you’ll need to fill up in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Phnomh Penh & Saigon.
So bring plenty of local dinero for each of those places.

You should be mindful that in Vietnam the Fair Work Act does not apply, nor does much other Australian law, & I’ll be allowed by the authorities, nay encouraged, to authorise whipping for poor work performance.

Mark Bolton
February 14, 2024 12:04 am

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 13, 2024 11:50 PM

I was driving my truck around the place but am now am happily parked on a front lawn in Perth …

I love the boondies. ..

Last time I counted my tyres there were six.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 14, 2024 12:07 am

If your truck is an Acco 6×6 you may trigger flashbacks in some of the older residents here, especially if it is in matt-finish camo green.

Mark Bolton
February 14, 2024 12:07 am

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 14, 2024 12:02 AM

all that salt water !!! Hells Bells Boss I am an Australian … I can swim !!

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 14, 2024 12:09 am

Someone didn’t turn up for work tonight. I was a bit on the “Grrrr” side about it.
They’ve just phoned in, they hit a roo several miles out of town & have been by the road waiting for someone to come along & get ’em out of trouble.

I’ll accept that excuse. 😆

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 14, 2024 12:10 am

Hells Bells Boss I am an Australian … I can swim !!

Yeah, can your truck swim?

Mark Bolton
February 14, 2024 12:25 am

@Salvatore, Iron Publican
Feb 14, 2024 12:02 AM

If you are so fed up with the bullshit and you were to hire me as a Foreman to these Euro Honeys and such. Well I gotta be straight I dont know he pub business despite I have drained a beer or two in said establishments. I do know how to keep foreign wukkas onside having worked for Meriden Farms, yup even Euro Honeys ..

And I do know how to deal with meddling Gubbermit types.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 14, 2024 12:33 am

mouldy dildo

Clearly a word to the help is in order.

Boambee John
Boambee John
February 14, 2024 8:06 am

Commander Kingsley Scarce was relieved of his command of HMAS Brisbane in mid-September when the $3 billion guided missile destroyer was docked at Cairns.

That name rang a bell.

Back in the 1990s, I had peripheral dealings with a Commodore Kevin Scarce, later a Rear Admiral.

What are the chances of a familial link? Forget Rum, sodomy and the lash, how about nepotism?

Boambee John
Boambee John
February 14, 2024 8:07 am

Ha, ha, just read down and Kevin S gets a mention.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 14, 2024 12:28 pm

Winston Smith
February 14, 2024 1:41 pm

Dot
Feb 13, 2024 10:39 PM

Part of the Channel 9 nonsense was a witness who didn’t see anything but heard small arms fire aboard a helicopter taking off in a hostile region, to their stern or laterally to the helicopter.

They’re in a war zone, and that’s considered ‘evidence’?
What a stitch up!

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