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Knostrop Cut, Leeds, Sunday Night, John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1893

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Rabz
February 29, 2024 2:04 pm

KD – how did Fordham manage to incite the trusted blogger’s ire?

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 2:07 pm

Hamilton’s had an “interesting” ideological trajectory, when you think about.

LOL

He bemoaned middle-class consumerism as the cause for economic malaise and widespread mental health problems as he was being interviewed in a Melbin apartment with a white baby grand piano in the background.

Pianos were the go-to status symbol in early modern history by the wealthy, aping monarchies and hereditary lords.

JC
JC
February 29, 2024 2:10 pm

I suspect the ASIO director deliberately let the cat out of the bag to force the issue about the spying pol out in the open, and for him/her to be named.

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 2:10 pm

Papa don’t preach, I’ve had my patties cooked in the heat
Papa don’t preach, I’ve had a pickle in me deep
But I made up my mind, I’m keeping my burger, hm
I’m gonna keep my burger, hm

Boambee John
Boambee John
February 29, 2024 2:11 pm

Winston

Our problem in Australia is that we have no cadre of experienced soldiers/officers for step one. Instead we’ve abused our special forces and driven them into the ground instead of sending a combat formation – I’d suggest a Brigade – and importantly all its supporting units like medical/supply/admin etc. They need on the job training as well.

Not going to happen, even the UK doesn’t really consider anything above a brigade, and we would struggle to put one together (and could not rotate it anyway).

And pointless anyway, unless the top echelons are fixed. Think of the “leadership” of the Afghanistan commitment, from thousands of kms away.

Start at the top, and the lower levels would correct themselves anyway. See the US Army under Marshall, which also was without any significant cadre of experienced soldiers.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 29, 2024 2:15 pm

I’d suggest justice would be better served by him paying paying substantial restitution to the victim (over time via instalments if necessary)

I think in addition to the sentence given.

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 2:18 pm

Maybe a Shakespearean remedy of forcing him to eat the baby-infused Big Macs.

(Wait, are we talking about the same case or not?)

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 2:20 pm

Apropos of the Big Mac Baby Back Baby Back Baby Back Ribs guy:

That’s my Bush: A forgotten masterpiece.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 29, 2024 2:20 pm

Think of the “leadership” of the Afghanistan commitment, from thousands of kms away.

Hey, the shiny bums earned those gongs !

duncanm
duncanm
February 29, 2024 2:20 pm

Roger
Feb 29, 2024 12:41 PM
I think the un-nameable ex-politician is Dastyari

He was named/accused at the time.

A top former intelligence official believes there is evidence that Labor senator Sam Dastyari was deliberately targeted by the China government to advance its interests in Australia.

“There is evidence that he may have been recruited as an agent of influence,” said Ross Babbage, a former head of strategic analysis at the Office of National Assessments, the government’s peak intelligence adviser. “That’s my belief.”

https://www.afr.com/politics/sam-dastyari-is-a-chinese-agent-of-influence-exintelligence-chief-20171203-gzxktb

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 2:22 pm

It’s my belief that Sam Dastyari is a c^%*.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 29, 2024 2:22 pm

I’ve seen Sweaty Joe Hockey being vocal today about ASIO naming names ie they should do it immediately.

Vicki
Vicki
February 29, 2024 2:25 pm

I was surprised that Burgess chose to raise the issue of the politician all in with the Chinese. If it is who many think it is – it is an incredibly stale bit of news.

I can only think that by referring to a Labor operative, he might get the current Lefties off his back if and when he pursues the Palestinian supporters when they go really “over the top”.

Or he is conscious of the anger of conservatives that the Palies have been getting away with outrageous behaviour and intimidation of the Jewish community.

Vicki
Vicki
February 29, 2024 2:26 pm

A top former intelligence official believes there is evidence that Labor senator Sam Dastyari was deliberately targeted by the China government to advance its interests in Australia.

I really thought that this was a widespread belief in the political community.

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 2:30 pm

I hold the quaint view that the less we know that ASIO is doing stuff, the better off we are for it.

They’ve not had an embarrassing public event like the Sheraton Hotel incident that ASIS did in 1983.

Things that make me feel comfortable:

Quiet security agencies that don’t get laughed at in the press
Major nuclear powers not guaranteeing deployment of ground troops
A low crime rate, a real one, not a faked one

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 29, 2024 2:31 pm

I’d suggest justice would be better served by him paying paying substantial restitution to the victim (over time via instalments if necessary)

The civil litigation will handle that.
Morris Blakberne or Slaytuh & Gawdin will already be in touch with the victim.
The case should be a lay down misere for the plaintiff.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 2:31 pm

Australia’s top spy boss has revealed a crack unit of spies ‘cultivated and recruited’ a former politician who then ‘sold out’ their country, party and former colleagues to help the foreign regime

Why does an old tale about Mark twain spring to mind. (though it may be a general tale not his)

“I once sent a dozen of my friends a telegram saying ‘flee at once – all is discovered.’ They all left town immediately.”

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 29, 2024 2:32 pm

Dot Feb 29, 2024 2:22 PM
It’s my belief that Sam Dastyari is a c^%*.

Your belief is correct.

Winston Smith
February 29, 2024 2:35 pm

Crossie
Feb 29, 2024 1:21 PM:

Just curious, did it go through Panama Canal or around the Horn? (Too lazy to click through.)

Damn.
I just realised you are talking about the reenactment, and was going to give you a dozen upticks for being a funny girl/boy/thing.

JC
JC
February 29, 2024 2:35 pm

I also think that by mentioning domestic risk groups, he’s pretty much suggesting they also need to keep an eye on things after the melee that occurred in New Zealand. It’s also a way of mollifying the left.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 29, 2024 2:43 pm

A conspiracy theorist and self-styled political “free thinker” who believes McDonald’s uses baby meat has admitted to harassing 2GB host Ben Fordham. David Michael Graham, 62, pleaded guilty at Downing Centre Local Court

He’s a Swiftie?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 2:48 pm

Reading a book on the Frog revolution.

Robespierre was a shit.

Everyone who allowed the Paris mob to effectively “become” the revolution was a shit.

Also picked up a little detail I hadnt seen before.
Assignats.

Because Louis the headless was broke, the state he left the French was even broker.
First the repealed a lot of old quite unjust exemptions granted to noble families.
Then they still had nowhere near enough money so they nationalised and sold off all the churches lands/properties.
Problem: selling all that at once would crash the value and leave them just as broke.
Solution: Sell more slowly and issue assignats (paper interest bearing money/bonds) redeemable at a later date as the properties values were realised.
Problem 2: Politicians had found a magic money tree and couldnt stop printing the things until they were worth 5% or less of their face value.
Solution 2: Invade other countries to “liberate” them, then seize sell off their property to produce more assignats.

Havent got to the bit where Robespierre gets his comeuppance.

m0nty
m0nty
February 29, 2024 2:49 pm
thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 2:55 pm

A name, a name!!

Alex Turnbull, the son of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, is quoted in news.com.au saying that he believes he may have been the target of an approach referred to by spy chief Mike Burgess.

He reportedly said he expressed no interest and forwarded the details immediately to the authorities.

Alex Turnbull told Guardian Australia:

Inoculation is cheap and good. Not everyone is going to be as attuned to the risks. If you spend your whole life in Australia, this stuff is pretty foreign and not something you normally have to think about. Asio needs to sit people down for a half day of training.

JC
JC
February 29, 2024 2:58 pm

True

James Morrow
@pwafork
·
6h
Is anyone surprised a country whose elite are so ambivalent about their country that they can’t even manage a national holiday without an orgy of self-flagellation also can’t manage to prosecute a former MP for what looks by all accounts to be treason?

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 3:03 pm

Tudge was mentioned here before monty.

Daryl Maguire too was targeted by the Chinese. That was pure swindling though.

JC
JC
February 29, 2024 3:06 pm

It’s not Tudge, Asio honcho was referring to, Fatboy. It’s obviously from your “mob”.

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 3:06 pm

A Chinese Government-owned company said it was going to invest in a 400 million AUD project in a town with 50,000 people in Australia living there back in 2012.

It was basically a hotel and a DFO.

Daryl was targeted for a long while.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 3:07 pm

Monty according to Saint lydia (faeces be upon her) the ALP are the party of “native police”.

“We know increased punitive measures do nothing to address the underlying social issues, yet this so-called progressive Labor government have a few native police officers in their ranks,” Thorpe said.

“Your own Marion Scrymgour is making disgusting calls to treat our kids even more harshly, when they are already being openly hunted, locked up and tortured, and then Senator McCarthy is giving black money to the police dogs, adding to the billions of dollars being spent on this racist system every single year. Native police in your own ranks. Shame.”

I didnt realize just how unhinged her spray was.

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 3:09 pm

Alex Turnbull, the son of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, is quoted in news.com.au saying that he believes he may have been the target of an approach referred to by spy chief Mike Burgess.

I’m pretty sure I’ve met spies or at least assets in academia.

Unless they’re in cryptography, IT, military contracting, materials science or biotech, I don’t see what they’ll get that’s useful…

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 3:10 pm

Native police in your own ranks. Shame.”

Yes, Lydia.

The best thing for Aboriginal kids, like your idiot nephew, is that they run amok with no rules or consequences.

He’s dead now, isn’t he?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 29, 2024 3:14 pm

I’m surprised Monty hasn’t chirped up about the Illinois judge yet.
Ok maybe she’s too ludicrous even for him.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 3:15 pm

I have a confession to make…

I listened to about 20 minutes of LNL.

I have an excuse, it was in the interest of history.

You see the Phat Phuck was interviewing none other than the legendary MargoK ingson.

And, believe it or not, every right wing group is funded buy dark overseas money, but all the left ones are grassroots salt of the earth horny handed sons of the soil types.
Like that Holmes a court chap.

And despite her serial failing she still has unnamed benefactors funding her work in fighting torries!

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 29, 2024 3:18 pm

It’s my belief that Sam Dastyari is a c^%*.

CCP Operative?
Communist?
Corrupted Chap?
Chinese-friendly Cnut?

Pogria
Pogria
February 29, 2024 3:25 pm

Dover,
do you still have a link to Amazon?
I want to buy some books and thought I would go through your link.
Can’t see it on the page.

Lysander
Lysander
February 29, 2024 3:26 pm

One of the former immigration detainees released after last year’s landmark High Court ruling has been charged with sexual offences in Melbourne.

The 43-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday, days out from the Dunkley byelection, in which Labor’s handling of the High Court ruling has been a point of political dispute.

Speedbox
February 29, 2024 3:30 pm

Defence barrister Angus Edwards submitted that his client, who was working at Queens Wharf as plumber, made a mistake at a busy intersection and failed to keep a proper lookout for Ms Small. “He simply made a mistake he thought he had the green light when he didn’t,” Mr Edwards submitted

Winston Smith
Feb 29, 2024 12:40 PM

In this instance, both would be a good idea – custodial sentence to drive home the fact that he deliberately rode through a red light – “I’m riding a bike and saving the planet, so I’m untouchable.” then hit the idiot with restitution costs, and continue the punishment to all the arrogant arseholes of whatever type until they get the bloody message.

We’ve all seen it a thousand times. Cyclists seem to think the road rules don’t apply to them.

The area around William St and Victoria Bridge in Brisbane CBD has bike lanes (also used legally by escooter riders) and those lanes have specific traffic lights for the bike lane. The bike rider may have been intending to turn left to ride across the Victoria St bridge and the bike lane accommodates this – except there is a pedestrian crossing 10m before the left turn and bike lane lights would be installed there.

So, the bike lane lights are red but he obviously doesn’t care as the bike lane left turn across Victoria Bridge doesn’t interact with any vehicle traffic. The only potential slow down/stop is the pedestrian crossing before the turn.

Recently, I was working near the corner of George/Charlotte St and I can tell you that the (trades) people departing the Queens Wharf construction site between 2-3pm would routinely ride escooters and bikes without a care. Road rules were casually ignored. Very few wore helmets. Yet, not a copper was ever to be seen at would be an ‘infringement notice’ feeding frenzy.

Six months ago I saw an orange clad worker from the site ride the WRONG WAY against one way traffic down Charlotte St in the middle of the road. Oncoming traffic dodged and weaved to avoid him. He made it all the way to Albert St when I lost sight of him. No helmet and, didn’t care.

We’ve all seen these types of examples and it bewilders me that more cyclists are not skittled. To be fair, same can be said for some of the escooter riders.

Lysander
Lysander
February 29, 2024 3:35 pm

I thought Monty had died of ass cancer…

Oh well, there’s always hope.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
February 29, 2024 3:38 pm

Mr Most Punchable Face

Like one of those things you punch and it bounces back? They’re annoying.

Except in the case of Blackout Boy.

You just want to keep punching it.

Makka
Makka
February 29, 2024 3:42 pm

Burgess is angling for an increase in his budget. The bulk of the internal stuff is electronic so got have the latest widgets and software.

Boambee John
Boambee John
February 29, 2024 3:51 pm

feelthebern
Feb 29, 2024 2:20 PM

Think of the “leadership” of the Afghanistan commitment, from thousands of kms away.

Hey, the shiny bums earned those gongs !

Indeed, just ask them, they’ll tell you.

As for those scruffbags out in the scrub, ….

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 3:54 pm

Repost, too many links?? (3)

A bit late Dr Nick..

But your confession will earn you the kooka over the side of the boat treatment as opposed to “pen full of hungry pigs feet first” others will get.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13138687/Dr-Nick-Coatsworth-exposes-Australia-got-response-Covid-wrong-restrictions-harsh.html
Dr Nick Coatsworth, who helped lead Australia’s response to Covid, says draconian pandemic restrictions went for far too long and states should be stripped of their disease control powers.

The former deputy chief medical officer stated ‘group think’ and exhaustion led to poor Covid responses in a 10-page submission to the special commission of inquiry being held into the pandemic.

On Wednesday Dr Coatsworth made the stunning admission that imposing vaccine mandates was wrong in the wake of the Queensland Supreme Court finding that forcing police and paramedics to take the jab or lose their jobs was ‘unlawful’.

Worth a read, its as though they allowed the Im saving the world” to blind them to the evils they were perpetrating.
I mean they even had a pandemic response plan (2019, WHO approved0 ready to go, but ignored vast swathes of it for unscientific politicking and knee jerk stuff which was already assessed as ineffective, or counterproductive.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 3:56 pm

Dover, any chance you could try and work out why my last 2 went into moderation?

No sweary bits, and if you cant stick evil people into pens full of hungry pigs!

Pogria
Pogria
February 29, 2024 3:56 pm

Thanks Dover, that’s great.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
February 29, 2024 4:00 pm

Hahaha…..

The White House confirmed President Joe Biden did not take a cognitive test during his annual physical on Wednesday, and insisted he ‘doesn’t need’ one.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre brushed aside concerns the 81-year-old is not fit for a second term and touted his record.

She dismissed the need for a cognitive, despite the Department of Justice calling him an ‘elderly man with a poor memory’ in the special counsel report on his mishandling of classified documents.

His doctor, including the neurologist, do not believe that he needs one,’ Jean-Pierre said at Wednesday’s press briefing.

She responded: ‘Folks need to understand that the president passes a cognitive test every day!’

Hahaha – my dementia is hurting.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 29, 2024 4:17 pm

She responded: ‘Folks need to understand that the president passes a cognitive test every day!’

This claim is not consistent with any amount of video footage.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 4:18 pm

Aston Martin buyers regard buying the V8 entry level.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 4:19 pm

She responded: ‘Folks need to understand that the president passes a cognitive test every day!’

Does he pass?

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 29, 2024 4:28 pm

I’m able to remember back to 2018, when President Trump was forced into seeing a navy doctor for a cognitive test.
At that time Trump was 12 years younger than Biden now is.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 4:29 pm

Didn’t Dastyari disappear straight into Crown during the Packer years? Probably picked up Xi at Mascot personally with one of those little cardboard signs.

Roger
Roger
February 29, 2024 4:32 pm

The 43-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday, days out from the Dunkley byelection, in which Labor’s handling of the High Court ruling has been a point of political dispute.

No wonder Albanese would rather be partying at the Mardi Gras than on TV answering difficult questions.

Zafiro
Zafiro
February 29, 2024 4:32 pm

Ton up in the last over of the day for Cam Green. Great knock. 9/279 on a bowler friendly wicket a good effort.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 4:32 pm

Folks need to understand that the president passes a cognitive test every day!

Now heres the question, does the spokesthing know the difference between an arse biscuit/ bowel movement and a cognitive test?

For that matter does Biden.

Roger
Roger
February 29, 2024 4:36 pm

I’m able to remember back to 2018, when President Trump was forced into seeing a navy doctor for a cognitive test. At that time Trump was 12 years younger than Biden now is.

I suspect Biden might have trouble with “Who is the President of the United States?”

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 4:40 pm

I suspect Biden might have trouble with “Who is the President of the United States?”

Barrack someone or other.

Roger
Roger
February 29, 2024 4:46 pm

I suspect Biden might have trouble with “Who is the President of the United States?”

Barrack someone or other.

“Donald Trump. And I’m gonna beat him at the last election in 1963.”

“Do I get ice cream now?”

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 4:52 pm
Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 4:59 pm

Everyone bookmark the CSIRO Megatrends thing they wrote in 2022.

Preparing to live in a hotter world

Global extreme temperature events are reaching unprecedented levels, with temperatures exceeding previous records by over two standard deviations.26
Temperatures observed across cities in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates already exceed the human body’s threshold for survivability in humid heat conditions.27 Heat-related deaths are predicted to grow by 60.5% or more across major Australian capital cities from 2020–50,28 but this is likely to be a conservative estimate. Recent research suggests that official records of deaths attributed to excessive heat in Australia are underestimated by at least 50 fold.29,30 Heatwaves can also damage infrastructure
and cause operational problems for critical services such as transportation, healthcare and energy supply. Several urgent policy actions have been suggested, including addressing heat inequities and improving heat-related health metrics and heat governance.

Yep.

Heat governance.

AT LEAST 80 TIMES CURRENT HEAT-RELATED DEATHS!

I no longer take the CSIRO seriously.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 29, 2024 5:04 pm

I think the CSIRO has an underground or resistance movement that keeps doing decent tech stuff.
They continue to incubate some interesting stuff that ends up in VC land.
But yes, the blob controls it & most of its output.

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 5:05 pm

Another gem from the CSIRO:

Climate-driven mass migration

In 2020, less than 1% of the global land surface was classified as an extremely hot zone, but by 2070, this is predicted to increase to 19%, impacting 3.5 billion people who live in these regions.41 Moreover, the share of humanity living in areas that exceed a deadly
temperature–humidity combination for at least 20 days per year is predicted to rise from 30% today to 74% by 2100.42 Assuming a mostly stable Antarctic, 150 million
people worldwide live on land that could be vulnerable to future sea-level rises by 2050 and this could increase to 300 million if the Antarctic becomes unstable.43 Climate pressures could give rise to a significant wave of climate-driven global migration in the decades leading up to the mid-century and beyond, but this is dependent
on the broader social, cultural and political context.

Ah yes. Nice arse covering.

Boambee John
Boambee John
February 29, 2024 5:05 pm

Heat-related deaths are predicted to grow by 60.5% or more across major Australian capital cities from 2020–50,28 but this is likely to be a conservative estimate. Recent research suggests that official records of deaths attributed to excessive heat in Australia are underestimated by at least 50 fold.29,30

This “suggestion” is necessary in order to avoid accepting the reality that cold kills at many time the rate that heat does. “Research” to “prove” this will be produced at an increasing rate, and with increasingly hysterical headlines.

alwaysright
alwaysright
February 29, 2024 5:06 pm

“I once sent a dozen of my friends a telegram saying ‘flee at once – all is discovered.’ They all left town immediately.”

Like the Tumble Weeds cartoon, where someone walks into the bar and yells “Say your prayers cheater. Your time has come!”

Stampede for the doorway….

Vicki
Vicki
February 29, 2024 5:07 pm

An interesting comment by Jim Rickards on the legal persecution of Trump by NY prosecution:

Trump’s Business Is Being Destroyed. Will New York Destroy Itself Next?

You’ve seen the stories about how Donald Trump and his businesses have been treated in the State of New York. The State Attorney General Letitia James ran for election on a platform of destroying Trump. She said so explicitly in her campaign appearances and TV ads. She brought what is normally a routine business records case against Trump. The allegation was that Trump had overstated the value of certain properties when making a loan application for financing secured by those properties.

Anyone who knows anything about commercial real estate knows that valuations vary widely, many different models are used, and estimates are volatile and can change rapidly. Trump’s loan application explicitly told the lender not to rely on the Trump valuations and to do their own due diligence. The lending bank did that. They decided to make the loan. The loan was repaid with interest on time and as agreed. There was no fraud in the transaction and no loss. The lender made money. There was no victim.

A case like this (even if the allegations are stretched thin) is typically handled in an administrative setting with a small fine, if that, or maybe just a warning to be more careful in the future. Instead, the radical prosecutor and biased judge railroaded the case into a $350 million award and over $90 million of back interest and collateral fines all payable to the State of New York. The total judgement comes to $464 million. Over $111,000 per day of interest is being added until it’s paid.

Trump can appeal but has to post a $350 million bond and is prohibited from borrowing the bond money from New York banks. He’s also banned from doing business in New York for three years.

This episode is a gross miscarriage of justice, an example of selective prosecution, and almost certainly unconstitutional as a denial of due process.

But is it worse than that? This article by noted business reporter Charlie Gasparino says, yes. Gasparino points out that other investors and entrepreneurs are watching the case closely. In many cases, these investors have a choice of investing in Florida, Texas, and other business-friendly jurisdictions. As they gradually move out of New York or simply decline to invest, the State of New York will suffer lost jobs, lost taxes, and declining business overall. That will cost New York more than it’s costing Trump. But politicians don’t care about the people or the state. They just care about their own headlines.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 29, 2024 5:07 pm

I suspect Biden might have trouble with “Who is the President of the United States?”

George Washington.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 29, 2024 5:10 pm

AT LEAST 80 TIMES CURRENT HEAT-RELATED DEATHS!

I’m expecting lurid headlines Hottest Leap Day Evah666!

Reached 40 C here at the Cafe on the last day of summer. Actually three degrees above the forecast. We’re all going to diieee.

Most of my birdies have been secluded deep in cool leafy trees, so it is actually a touch warmish. Rain radar sez a thunderstorm is due in about half an hour though, which will cool things down nicely.

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 5:13 pm

Super serious science. The CSIRO are super serious people of the highest calibre.

As a climate scientist, I’m not surprised by the bushfires.
What I am is exhausted.

– Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Australian Climate
Scientist (quoted in Vox, 24 January 2020).

So obviously she predicted the magnitude, overall area and ignition point & dates of the fires?

No?

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-04-27/black-saturday-arsonist-sentenced-to-28holdholdhold29/3976564

Apparently, it’s misinformation that arson is a problem.

I’ll ask CNN:

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/07/australia/australia-fires-police-action-trnd/index.html

Police in Australia accuse 24 of deliberately setting bushfires amid natural factors

Wed, Jan 8, 2020

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 5:14 pm

m0nty sez:

Oh dear!

Clare O’Neil says she’s not offended the traitor politician has been left unnamed, opening the floor for widespread questioning.(ABC News: Nick Haggarty)

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
February 29, 2024 5:22 pm

Bruce of Newcastle
Feb 29, 2024 5:10 PM
AT LEAST 80 TIMES CURRENT HEAT-RELATED DEATHS!

I’m expecting lurid headlines Hottest Leap Day Evah666!

Reached 40 C here at the Cafe on the last day of summer. Actually three degrees above the forecast. We’re all going to diieee.

Most of my birdies have been secluded deep in cool leafy trees, so it is actually a touch warmish. Rain radar sez a thunderstorm is due in about half an hour though, which will cool things down nicely.

I would love a thunderstorm. No chance in Perth right now.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 29, 2024 5:25 pm

Thailand to ban recreational cannabis use by year-end
Panarat Thepgumpanat and Panu Wongcha-umReuters
Thu, 29 February 2024 1:38PM

Thailand will ban recreational use of marijuana by the end of the year but continue to allow its use for medical purposes, the health minister says.

After Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to free up medicinal use in 2018, then recreational use in 2022, tens of thousands of cannabis shops have sprung up in an industry projected to be worth up to $US1.2 billion by next year.

Critics say piecemeal rules were rushed out and adopted within a week of decriminalisation, and the government has drafted a new law to regulate cannabis use that is expected to take effect by year-end.

The draft bill would go to cabinet for approval in March before heading to parliament to be passed before the end of the year, Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew told Reuters.

“Without the law to regulate cannabis it will be misused,” Cholnan said on Wednesday, referring to recreational use.

“The misuse of cannabis has a negative impact on Thai children,” he said.

“In the long run it could lead to other drugs.”

The previous government had failed to push legislation through parliament before the general election of May 2023, leaving Thailand without an umbrella law to regulate its use.

Cannabis shops that operate illegally would not be allowed to continue, while home-grown cannabis would also be discouraged, said Cholnan, who put the number of legally registered shops at 20,000.

“In the new law, cannabis will be a controlled plant so growing it would require permission,” he said.

“We will support (cannabis cultivation) for the medical and health industry.”

The draft law specifies a fine of up to 60,000 baht ($A2600) for recreational use, while those selling cannabis for such use and taking part in advertisement or marketing of buds, resin, extract or smoking devices face jail terms of up to a year, or a fine of up to 100,000 baht or both.

It also toughens punishment for cannabis farming without a licence, with jail terms ranging from one to three years and fines from 20,000 baht to 300,000 baht.

Import, export, cultivation and commercial use of cannabis would require permits, the minister said.

Always surprises me the amount of people who think the use of cannabis in the Netherlands is legal.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
February 29, 2024 5:27 pm

We’re all going to diieee.

I’m pretty sure that’s true. And in less than two centuries from now. Much less in most cases.

I wish the mass media would hurry up and do it.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
February 29, 2024 5:29 pm
johanna
johanna
February 29, 2024 5:38 pm

Boambee John
Feb 29, 2024 5:05 PM

Heat-related deaths are predicted to grow by 60.5% or more across major Australian capital cities from 2020–50,28 but this is likely to be a conservative estimate. Recent research suggests that official records of deaths attributed to excessive heat in Australia are underestimated by at least 50 fold.29,30

This “suggestion” is necessary in order to avoid accepting the reality that cold kills at many time the rate that heat does. “Research” to “prove” this will be produced at an increasing rate, and with increasingly hysterical headlines.

It seems to be the latest talking points missive from that global alarmist media collective whose name I can’t remember.

Here, there and everywhere I see statements like ‘heatwaves are the biggest natural disaster killer of all, and there are more and more of them.’

So many lies in one sentence. Anything above 25C in England is now a ‘heatwave’, as is the dishonest assertion that temperatures above average constitute a heatwave. The meaning of the word ‘average’ is lost on innumerate churnalists and their readers.

As Cohenite, Bruce and many others have pointed out again and again, it is statistically undeniable that cold is the biggest killer. What’s more, if the proponents of ‘equity’ really care, cold disproportionately kills poor people who are homeless or who can’t afford to heat their homes. Skyrocketing energy prices not only make more people homeless because they can’t pay their bills, they leave poor people who have homes shivering in the dark.

Yet, this lying assertion pops up all over the place and not a single scientist, epidemiologist (spit) or statistician is ever reported as refuting it.

There are real victims of the ‘climate crisis’, just not the ones reported in the fact-free MSM.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 29, 2024 5:44 pm

Royal Flying Doctor Service a hundred years old in 2028.

Rosie
Rosie
February 29, 2024 5:46 pm
GreyRanga
GreyRanga
February 29, 2024 5:50 pm

At the Casa del Beachranga it was a balmy 29 deg. A little humid but I suppose I can cope. Better have a beer.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 29, 2024 5:53 pm

Joe Hockey has a most valid point.

Anders
Anders
February 29, 2024 6:04 pm

We’ve learnt from Christian Porter vs “Senior Labor Figure” which side is named/not named when serious allegations are raised.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
February 29, 2024 6:06 pm

Seems there are a lot of potential spy candidates in Labor NSW.

Kim Philby would be proud.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
February 29, 2024 6:06 pm

It is understood that the sensationally unnamed accused is Mr Dunkley Bye-Election.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
February 29, 2024 6:13 pm

Joe Hockey has a most valid point.

Yep. Could have been any of the buggers.

Rosie
Rosie
February 29, 2024 6:15 pm

Taormina.
Second day of grey skies and the coldest day since I’ve been in Europe put a cloud over my Taormina experience.
Both museums of interest to me were closed, even though there seemed to be enough tourists around. I had a look at the Roman Baths, but the gate that would allow you to wander was locked.
Several of the churches had been repurposed, a couple of church shaped buildings not acknowledging their past.
Lots of beautiful gothic facades for which a little history card would have been greatly appreciated by me.
If I came this way again I think I would stay in Mazzaro, where the cable car descends to, which is far more lively than the tiny village I’m in, there is a bar restaurant down on the beach, you have to go under the train line to reach it but it’s closed. About half the buildings here are derelict, though mine is a recent renovation.
Opposite the station, which featured in The Godfather III is the Hotel Moderna, long abandoned, with broken windows, flapping shutters, and blackberry overtaking the garden at the side.
It is for sake though, so someone might one day rejuvenate, more likely as an airbnb enterprise, there are numerous hotel ruins winding up the hill to Taormina.
Behind my place is an overgrown set of brick stairs set against the cliff face with buckling metal railings, I climbed to the first landing, a shadow of a building on the ground, there were more stairs and railings further back suggesting more buildings higher up.
Another hotel complex, I’m guessing, too dilapidated even for Italians to leave standing, perhaps the overhanging cliff was too prone to sharing.
Off to hopefully sunny Sicacusa this morning.

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 29, 2024 6:18 pm

It is understood that the sensationally unnamed accused is Mr Dunkley Bye-Election

right, W-Dali … was wondering myself cui bono? and does anyone in Dunkley care?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 6:18 pm

Dot newest favourite movie just dropped.
And thats a good thing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY5FmbI45YU

JC
JC
February 29, 2024 6:18 pm

I don’t care for her. But really, hate group?

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party has been branded a ‘hate group’ by global think tank
The Australian political party is among the 20 groups listed by the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism.

Who is this “global think tank”?

Get a load of the two founders.

caveman
caveman
February 29, 2024 6:22 pm

“GPAHE does not list staff names for security reasons.”

Oh…ok, then.

JC
JC
February 29, 2024 6:22 pm

Here’s one I never thought of. Is the Hunch Back the traitor?

Zafiro
Zafiro
February 29, 2024 6:23 pm

My stab in the dark regards this ASIO stuff is Harold Holt / Sonia McMahon.

Come on. Time for SpyLotto.

Zafiro
Zafiro
February 29, 2024 6:24 pm

Here’s one I never thought of. Is the Hunch Back the traitor?

That’s a no brainer. I thought the assertion was regards to a federal politician.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 6:26 pm

It is understood that the sensationally unnamed accused is Mr Dunkley Bye-Election

That would be quite a substantial try on, even for the Victoriastan Liars. You wouldn’t rule it out however. Quite a few lumps in the carpet coming up to Saturday.

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 6:27 pm

Cool mole.

I will now blow my brains out with my Glock(TM) revolver.

Wow. Impressive. I had no idea a trailer could be this bad!

I look forward to be blamed for when this show fails

Didn’t they do this show like 7 years ago? It was called Embeds then and had a male lead played by Taylor Zakhar Perez form Red, White, and Royal Blue.

Brain melted after the 2 min god that was soul killing ??

as a man watching this my eyeballs rolled out of my head.

I just laughed. Women are to be laughed at now. Not respected. Respect is earned.

Top Ender
Top Ender
February 29, 2024 6:28 pm

Famous person quiz: Who am I?

1. I survived six shipwrecks in my career

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 29, 2024 6:28 pm

“GPAHE does not list staff names for security reasons.”

Because there is no staff.
It is two rather unattractive fat single land whales in Alabama, who post shit online in between feeding their cats.

It’s a coupe of years now since they declared PHON to be a “hate group” – can’t imagine they’ve changed their minds.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 6:29 pm

This might be the equivalent of knitting the shark, while jumping the kangaroo in a burning bus full of orphan clowns into the dingo compound.

The Austfailure institute has possibly the most cringe/idiotic and outright lying spiel against “fossil fuels” ever seen.

Be warned, link contains irretrievably brain damaged mong hooking bandwagon to a “Youth thing” for relevance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY5FmbI45YU

“the arts industry is the backbone of the Australian economy because it employs more people”…

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 6:30 pm

I found an apprentice to The Critical Drinker.

Girls on the Bus Is PEAK Car Crash TV

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 29, 2024 6:31 pm

Who is this “global think tank”?

JC> Like racisme the demand for far-right activities to justify all the funding of groups by ‘GPAHE’ far exceeds supply. Could be a career for the Gen-Z acting as ‘alt-right’ cartoon figures to enable lefty groups to get funded. Some kind of revenue sharing could be worked out …

JC
JC
February 29, 2024 6:31 pm

TE.

I was an expert on Frank in my primary school days, having done an assignment on him. Still recall the 6 shipwrecks. Make it harder next time.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 6:31 pm

Between Sneakers and the Chairman there has been a few surprise disappearances of late. I expect it is ancient history, used only knowing that it will eventually leak.

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 6:31 pm

It is two rather unattractive fat single land whales in Alabama, who post shit online in between feeding their cats.

Shitposting Redditors?

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 29, 2024 6:33 pm

“the arts industry is the backbone of the Australian economy because it employs more people”…

😕 😕 😕

That’s up there with “expert on economics” John Queegan, who says “stamp duty is is backbone of the Qld economy” 😕 😕 😕

Lysander
Lysander
February 29, 2024 6:34 pm

It’s gotta be Shanghai Sam.

We only saw the tip of the iceberg when he changed his policy position on the South China Seas… I reckon there was a lot more going on than just that.

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 29, 2024 6:34 pm

Shitposting Redditors?

repeating yourself

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 29, 2024 6:38 pm

I’ve followed, on a casual basis, the global project against hate & extremism for the past 2 yrs. (Ever since they declared PHON to be an “extremist hate group”

Never have I seen even the faintest indication that there is anything more to it than those two sacks of blubber with a laptop & an internet connection.

Mark Bolton
Mark Bolton
February 29, 2024 6:40 pm

Lysander
Feb 29, 2024 3:35 PM

“I thought Monty had died of ass cancer…

Oh well, there’s always hope.”

There really is no limit to the petty minded unfunny sinister nastiness of you people is there .

I could never bring myself to say such a thing about another Human Being even in jest…

Take a look at your selves and Have some Shame …

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 29, 2024 6:42 pm

I survived six shipwrecks in my career

I was going to say Elizabeth Taylor, but I think she survived eight or nine.

Pissing down at the Cafe. The poor birdies spent all day hiding from the heat in leafy trees, now they’re hiding from the drenching rain, thunder and lightning.

Delta A
Delta A
February 29, 2024 6:44 pm

Curiouser and curiouser.

At around 3:00 to 4:00 pm, The Australian clickbait named Alan Tudge as the traitor. I didn’t post it because I thought the Sherlock Cat’s would be all over it. Suddenly, (amid fervent denials by Wong and Dastyari,) that article has vanished into the ether capacious.

The Oz legal department better hope Mr Tudge didn’t spy it during its brief appearance.

Boambee John
Boambee John
February 29, 2024 6:46 pm

Mark B

I could never bring myself to say such a thing about another Human Being even in jest…

You are assuming that mUnty is human, and not just a blob of well chewed donut.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 29, 2024 6:50 pm

“I thought Monty had died of ass cancer…

Oh well, there’s always hope.”

There really is no limit to the petty minded unfunny sinister nastiness of you people is there .

I could never bring myself to say such a thing about another Human Being even in jest…

Take a look at your selves and Have some Shame …

You’re new here, aren’t you?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 6:50 pm

FIFY

I could never bring myself to say such a thing about another cancer even in jest…

What did cancer do to deserve Monty.

Lysander
Lysander
February 29, 2024 6:52 pm

Mark. GGF’d.

If you want civility, go somewhere else.

Montard has proven time and time again that he’d have our backs against the wall and would shoot us in the head if he could get immunity. He’s a filthy, fat f$$ker who deserves no civility whatsoever. None.

This is why conservatives like you are useless. The Left have infiltrated every aspect of every inch of all of our systems, are destroying our country and our children and there will soon come a time when “dissidents” like you and I will be gaoled.

Monty will rejoice. You will say “thank you” ffs…

Top Ender
Top Ender
February 29, 2024 6:52 pm

Famous person quiz: Who am I?

1. I survived six shipwrecks in my career
2. Aged 67, I helped evacuate soldiers from Dunkirk by sea in a small boat

Mark Bolton
Mark Bolton
February 29, 2024 6:53 pm

Boambee John
Feb 29, 2024 6:46 PM

Monty ? The Bloke is a Bloke and I have had crack at him, more than once, fair and square, But I never denied His Humanity nor Wished Him dead…

This is not the way Gentle folk conduct debate …

Mark Bolton
Mark Bolton
February 29, 2024 6:54 pm

Lysander
Feb 29, 2024 6:52 PM

Mark. GGF’d.” He Explained.

Eloquently argued…

Lysander
Lysander
February 29, 2024 6:57 pm

Eloquently argued…

Agreed.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
February 29, 2024 6:57 pm

Bolt-ons has never tried the veal!

Dot
Dot
February 29, 2024 6:58 pm

Monty ? The Bloke is a Bloke and I have had crack at him, more than once, fair and square, But I never denied His Humanity nor Wished Him dead…

This is not the way Gentle folk conduct debate …

We cann decide this at the Garfvelly Beach Rd Pub you cgunt, tomorrow night, at 9:15 PM.

Lysander
Lysander
February 29, 2024 6:58 pm

What did cancer do to deserve Monty.

A better argument than I could ever mount.

Mark Bolton
Mark Bolton
February 29, 2024 6:58 pm

You Folks are the very worst of the Normiewaffen In Vitro, to be observed and horrified by .

If You exemplify “Rock Ribbed ” Conservatism ..

Well ..

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
February 29, 2024 6:59 pm

As for suggesting mutley chews Krispy Kremes, what does the front end loader driver say?

Indolent
Indolent
February 29, 2024 7:02 pm
Lysander
Lysander
February 29, 2024 7:03 pm

Monty ? The Bloke is a Bloke and I have had crack at him, more than once, fair and square, But I never denied His Humanity nor Wished Him dead…

This is not the way Gentle folk conduct debate …

Secondly, Montard can’t define a “bloke” and he’s not “gentle” and he’s not worth debating? The only debating he does is in his mum’s basement while watching Justin Castreau videos. When their revolution comes, you’ll be his pick against the wall but I’m sure you’ll be happy as long as he says “please” before he shoots.

Roger
Roger
February 29, 2024 7:03 pm

Here’s one I never thought of. Is the Hunch Back the traitor?

The term “NSW Labor figure” is now being used by some who might be in a position to know.

Mark Bolton
Mark Bolton
February 29, 2024 7:03 pm

@Dot Avatar
Dot
Feb 29, 2024 6:58 PM

Oh and I thought you had been to University. Was trained in the arts of Elegance and Discourse and such ? Are you challenging me and others to Fisticuffs ? Oh I blush for you ..

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 29, 2024 7:05 pm

1. I survived six shipwrecks in my career
2. Aged 67, I helped evacuate soldiers from Dunkirk by sea in a small boat

Charles Lightoller, of “Titanic?”

Mark Bolton
Mark Bolton
February 29, 2024 7:05 pm

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Lysander
Feb 29, 2024 7:03 PM

It isnt 1917 and Monty never said anything like that.

Indolent
Indolent
February 29, 2024 7:07 pm
Roger
Roger
February 29, 2024 7:07 pm

You Folks are…

“You lot…”

Mark Bolton
Mark Bolton
February 29, 2024 7:09 pm

For all Montie’s short comings he was only ever a self satisfied flatulent Leftie.

I will take him to task over that but no more , I would NEVER wish Him terminal Illness.

Here is the thing … I have seen others wish such on others and wanna know what .. Satan is listening.

But You should be listening to yourselves first.

Lysander
Lysander
February 29, 2024 7:11 pm

It isnt 1917 and Monty never said anything like that.

Yep, you are new here in comparison to many of us who’ve been here well over a decade and seen his vile posts that would sicken Ted Bundy.

And BTW – Munted wants it to be 1917.

Mark Bolton
Mark Bolton
February 29, 2024 7:13 pm

Out to You

Lysander
Lysander
February 29, 2024 7:14 pm

I will take him to task over that but no more , I would NEVER wish Him terminal Illness.

Here is the thing … I have seen others wish such on others and wanna know what .. Satan is listening.

Jesus? Is that you?

Thanks for popping by.

Crossie
Crossie
February 29, 2024 7:14 pm

I think Burgess is holding the name of the traitor over Albo’s head, as it is a Labor politician, to get increased funding. If he doesn’t get more funding we might find out the truth, if he does get the money he will say it was Dastiyari after all which is inconsequential as he is a yesterday man. Then again Burgess may chicken out altogether and once again it will be Dastiyari.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 29, 2024 7:17 pm

Ripper.

Bolton wants fisticuffs, Gravelly Hotel car park-style.

In prison, this is usually done via a sneak go with a sharpened toothbrush.

Indolent
Indolent
February 29, 2024 7:17 pm
Crossie
Crossie
February 29, 2024 7:20 pm

Roger
Feb 29, 2024 7:03 PM
Here’s one I never thought of. Is the Hunch Back the traitor?

The term “NSW Labor figure” is now being used by some who might be in a position to know.

Dan Andrews certainly has the personality for it. “NSW Labor figure” might be an effort to confuse.

Lysander
Lysander
February 29, 2024 7:22 pm

Before I run (to watch the Swans whose game is running late due to a blackout), a **hat tip** to Roger!

Your “you people” quote of Munted was a fantastic parallel.

Alamak!
Alamak!
February 29, 2024 7:22 pm

I apologize for possibly giving you a hard time, CL.

obsequiousity, in the wrong channel.

Roger
Roger
February 29, 2024 7:25 pm

Then again Burgess may chicken out altogether and once again it will be Dastiyari.

If you were writing a novel or a screenplay premised upon espionage in Australia in which the agent of influence/villain was an Iranian-born unibrow midget university dropout your publisher/producer would say, “Don’t be ridiculous. Nobody would believe it”

Mr. Dastyari denies all wrong-doing, btw.

Roger
Roger
February 29, 2024 7:27 pm

“NSW Labor figure” might be an effort to confuse.

Except it’s coming from sources close to federal Liberal members with security clearances.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
February 29, 2024 7:28 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Feb 29, 2024 7:05 PM
1. I survived six shipwrecks in my career
2. Aged 67, I helped evacuate soldiers from Dunkirk by sea in a small boat

Charles Lightoller, of “Titanic?”

I agree Zulu. I tried to post that but I had trouble with the internet. I needed to put another shilling in the gas meter………………………Said Eccles !!!!!!

duncanm
duncanm
February 29, 2024 7:28 pm

JC
Feb 29, 2024 6:18 PM
I don’t care for her. But really, hate group?

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party has been branded a ‘hate group’ by global think tank
The Australian political party is among the 20 groups listed by the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism.

Who is this “global think tank”?

Get a load of the two founders.

Quelle Surprise! They’re both from the southern poverty law center.

https://www.splcenter.org/about/staff/heidi-beirich
https://www.conservapedia.com/Southern_Poverty_Law_Center

Indolent
Indolent
February 29, 2024 7:28 pm
johanna
johanna
February 29, 2024 7:28 pm

Here we go again. Comment after comment of personal abuse. Boring and pointless. Nothing that hasn’t been said before. Kindy kids go wild!

As for Burgess, a distraction if ever I saw one. Dozens of possible candidates. No reason to do it except to blow smoke. And it’s working.

There is a Battle of the Bands happening here – The Shrieking Cockies vs the Yelling Currawongs. It’s deafening out there.

A few raindrops, hope more will happen, as it’s 29C and humid.

Straya.

JC
JC
February 29, 2024 7:30 pm

She’s back. As nasty as ever.

Concerns over ABC ‘hit job’ on the prestigious Cranbrook School

The ABC is planning a “hit-job” on one of Australia’s most prestigious schools, Cranbrook.

The broadcaster’s flagship current affairs program, Four Corners, is set to air its investigation into the $41,800-a-year school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on Monday night.

In a message sent to parents via WhatsApp this week, the school expressed concern about the contents of the upcoming episode.

The Cranbrook School Parents Association president Sam Roberts shared a message with parents on behalf that she said was “important information from the school”.

“We believe the programme will attempt to characterise negatively the culture and leadership of the School,” the note said.

“We understand how unsettling this news is to our families and want to reassure you that we will strongly assert our belief that Cranbrook has a kind, inclusive and respectful environment for our students, staff and families.”

The message also stated that Cranbrook had “engaged with the ABC” about the episode’s contents of the episode titled “The secrets of Cranbrook”.

The Australian sent questions to the ABC and a spokeswoman said: “As a rule we don’t discuss upcoming investigations.”

But one insider familiar with the ABC’s line of questioning to the single-sex school told The Australian that the program was a “hit job”.

It is understood principal Nicholas Sampson was approached by the ABC on February 19 for an interview but declined, choosing to only respond in writing due to having no confidence the story would be portrayed fairly.

High-profile former students who attended the school include James Packer, David Gyngell and Mike Cannon-Brookes.

Four Corners journalist Louise Milligan will front the report about the Bellevue Hill school.

The promo for the episodes shows Milligan asking a male interviewee, “How do you feel when you go past that place?”

He replied: “It’s a facade because I know what happened on the inside.”

A woman also says in the promo: “It’s like lambs to the slaughter and it needs to stop.”

Milligan asks: “Why should the rest of Australia care about what’s happening at this fancy school?”

Activist Chanel Contos replies: “Those people go on to run our country for better or for worse.”

Cranbrook made headlines in 2023 over a messy internal spat, which saw the school’s board attempt to oust Mr Sampson over plans to shift to a coeducational school.

Ten of the 11 council members quit over the issue.

A statement from Cranbrook School Council president Geoff Lovell said the Four Corners program had been in production for at least four months and the school, “has taken a decision not to accept the ABC’s invitation to participate in on camera interviews for the program”.

“We have done so on the basis that we have little confidence the School’s position would be presented in a balanced manner or in its correct context,” he said.

“The tone, structure and content of the questions put to the School by the ABC give every indication that the issues at hand have been prejudged and that the School’s participation would make little or no difference to how the program intends to portray the School.”

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 7:31 pm

You expect Parliamentary Privilege will figure prominently in any speculation of Reds under the bed.

Top Ender
Top Ender
February 29, 2024 7:31 pm

1. I survived six shipwrecks in my career
2. Aged 67, I helped evacuate soldiers from Dunkirk by sea in a small boat

Zulu: Charles Lightoller, of “Titanic?”

Well done that man.

Other clues were going to be:

3. Was awarded the DCS for wartime exploits
4. was awarded the DSC again – so DSC and Bar
5. commanded an RN destroyer in WWI
6. rammed and sank a U-boat
7. survived the siking of the Titanic in 1912, as Second Officer

I am Charles Lightoller

Indolent
Indolent
February 29, 2024 7:32 pm
johanna
johanna
February 29, 2024 7:33 pm

Quelle Surprise! They’re both from the southern poverty law center.

https://www.splcenter.org/about/staff/heidi-beirich
https://www.conservapedia.com/Southern_Poverty_Law_Center

Nuff said, it’s as reliable as Brer Fox on his future intentions.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
February 29, 2024 7:35 pm

Mark Bolton
Feb 29, 2024 6:58 PM
You Folks are the very worst of the Normiewaffen In Vitro, to be observed and horrified by .

If You exemplify “Rock Ribbed ” Conservatism ..

Well ..

What the heck are you on about? Wot’ is “Normiewaffenin Vitro”? A new brand of German shite red wine or what?

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 29, 2024 7:36 pm


Four Corners journalist Louise Milligan will front the report about the Bellevue Hill school.

I imagine this would have been through the legal wringer so many times there won’t be anything of substance or juicy in it.

Rabz
February 29, 2024 7:40 pm

If you were writing a novel or a screenplay premised upon espionage in Australia in which the agent of influence/villain was an Iranian-born unibrow midget university dropout your publisher/producer would say, “Don’t be ridiculous. Nobody would believe it”

Rog, I trust you’re not implying that (unnamed) NSW labore figures are beyond parody?

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
February 29, 2024 7:41 pm

Four Corners journalist Louise Milligan will front the report about the Bellevue Hill school.

This person, if I can call her that, is NOT A JOURNALIST. Get it right the ALPBC. You Plonkers.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 29, 2024 7:42 pm

2. Aged 67, I helped evacuate soldiers from Dunkirk by sea in a small boat

One of the soldiers, being evacuated was told that Lightoller had served on the “Titanic.” He retorted that, in that case, he might as well jump overboard now, and not wait for the boat to sink. He was told that, if someone could survive the “Titanic”, he could survive anything.

Rabz
February 29, 2024 7:43 pm

there won’t be anything of substance or juicy in it.

Until there is and taxpayers end up getting stung for the consequences of her shoddy j’ism (again).

Roger
Roger
February 29, 2024 7:45 pm

Rog, I trust you’re not implying that (unnamed) NSW labore figures are beyond parody?

Not at all, Rabz.

I’m suggesting that publishers and producers lack imagination.

😀

Roger
Roger
February 29, 2024 7:46 pm

“Those people go on to run our country for better or for worse.”

Best not to ask what goes on at Labor party youth conferences then.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 29, 2024 7:49 pm

There is a Battle of the Bands happening here – The Shrieking Cockies vs the Yelling Currawongs. It’s deafening out there.

Haha, you should see what it’s like here Johanna. They’re like Montagues and Capulets. The currawongs love tweaking the tailfeathers of the cockies and the cockies bite the currawongs. No love lost, not at all.

Best event of the day was when I was out walking. A peewee unexpectedly landed on my shoulder. She’s a graduate of the Cafe and now has a territory about a km away, on my walk route.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 7:52 pm

Has any ALPBC program fallen further than Four Corners? Nilligan not afraid to get in the gutter to further the narrative.

Rabz
February 29, 2024 7:53 pm

Currently on Sky: “Questions surround empty Victorian prison”

Reminiscent of the empty hospital in Yes Minister.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
February 29, 2024 7:53 pm

“the arts industry is the backbone of the Australian economy because it employs more people”…

Tell that to Coal, LNG, Wheat, Wool (and sheep) and the blood sucking Feral and State/Territory Guv’ments (who rely on the taxes and royalties).

As the Minister of the Yartz, Sir Lez Patterson, would say, Yes and more booze if yer’ don’t mind. We need it. Well I do anyway.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 7:53 pm

Will we get Jamie Packer’s spiral diary entries from Vail?

cohenite
February 29, 2024 7:56 pm

There really is no limit to the petty minded unfunny sinister nastiness of you people is there .

I could never bring myself to say such a thing about another Human Being even in jest…

Take a look at your selves and Have some Shame …

Hahahahahahaha; ah, hahahahahaha.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 29, 2024 7:57 pm

His majesty apologising unreservedly in public, for being a shithead. We can guess what brought that on.

Boambee John
Boambee John
February 29, 2024 7:57 pm

Mark Bolton
Feb 29, 2024 7:09 PM
For all Montie’s short comings he was only ever a self satisfied flatulent Leftie.

I will take him to task over that but no more , I would NEVER wish Him terminal Illness.

No need to wish it on mUnty. We are all suffering from a terminal condition, we have all been born, we will all die.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 7:59 pm

Bolton is very disappointed in you lot. For shame.

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
February 29, 2024 7:59 pm

Mark Bolton, you are an appalling, unthinking fool who imagines that a conversation comprises an exchange of inane pieties. Nobody else here, not even m0nty, is that stupidly mindless.

You really don’t belong on a blog where most have a sense of humour and the concomitant sense of proportion. For everyone’s sake, go away.

cohenite
February 29, 2024 8:01 pm

Let us all say a quite prayer that SCOTUS decides Trump does have immunity and the Appeals court tells letitia and engoron to suck their dicks. That will leave fani and her rainy night in Georgia and the other fat black bastard alvin.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 29, 2024 8:01 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CElN3Lak2o

“Senator Thorpe, siddown and shuddup!”

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 29, 2024 8:02 pm

Has any ALPBC program fallen further than Four Corners?

No, nor any other program. ACA’s dogged pursuit of dodgy washing machine repairmen looks like a paragon of investigative journalism in comparison.

Consequently – Fockorners, moreso than any of the ABC’s stable is now generally ignored. As it should be.

Vicki
Vicki
February 29, 2024 8:03 pm

The currawongs love tweaking the tailfeathers of the cockies and the cockies bite the currawongs. No love lost, not at all.

Not surprisingly, the animal life in the suburbs are more comfortable with people than their rural cousins. This arvo we had a “standoff” between the rainbow lorikeets, a couple of maggies & a lone water dragon. All were on our top balcony where they bully my husband into feeding them.

Of course the dragon and the birds have different tastes, but it doesn’t stop the dragon from charging the birds if they get too close to his dinner plate. I might add that this particular water dragon also lunges at husband’s bare feet.

Must be the smelly toes.

Muddy
Muddy
February 29, 2024 8:05 pm

JC
Feb 29, 2024 7:07 PM

It both shocks and pains my ego to write this, but ‘credit where credit is due.’ To do so publicly, deserves acknowledgement. I’m impressed (on a sub-atomic scale), but also bewildered. I think my medication needs adjusting.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
February 29, 2024 8:08 pm

Mark Bolton, you are an appalling, unthinking fool who imagines that a conversation comprises an exchange of inane pieties

Hang on DBG.

Oh wait. That’s about right.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
February 29, 2024 8:21 pm

Must be the smelly toes

Smelly toes!

I don’t have any water dragons sadly, and nor does my local creek. Sometimes I see itinerant tortoises though, so the creek does have some inhabitants.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
February 29, 2024 8:21 pm

Consequently – Fockorners, moreso than any of the ABC’s stable is now generally ignored. As it should be.

Actually, Neanderthal Person, 4 Corners did a very good job on Snowy 2 and poor old Florence the Tunnel boring machine stuck in Malcolm Bull Shits Big A-Hole –

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2023-10-23/tunnel-vision:-the-nation-building-project-that/103012044

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
February 29, 2024 8:25 pm

That’s great coming from you Johanna, personal invective. No mirrors in the motel then?

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
February 29, 2024 8:25 pm

Good to watch with just still pics. Also good to know she received some decent coin in the long run. David Gilmour said yep. This has to be rectified …. 30 quid for this initial performance.

It involved legal.

Pink Floyd & Clare Torry The Great Gig in the Sky

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
February 29, 2024 8:26 pm

Trolling the wife..
Someone is giving away a full drum set on facebook, Ive told her Im getting it dropped off for the bezel-bub to play with..
Its getting a reaction.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
February 29, 2024 8:27 pm

Alannah’s back: MacTiernan registers as lobbyist but isn’t ‘open for business’
Hamish Hastie
By Hamish Hastie
February 29, 2024 — 4.11pm

Listen to this article
3 min

One of the state’s most recognisable political characters Alannah MacTiernan has found her way onto the WA register of lobbyists.

But the former state Labor minister and federal MP who retired after 30 years in politics in February last year insists she placed herself on the register out of an abundance of caution after starting a new job at rare earths minnow Victory Metals.

“I’m not sure I actually am one [a lobbyist] but just because I’m helping a rare earths company I put my name on there just to avoid any controversy,” she said.

“So I’m not open for business. I’ve just taken a role on with this company.

“This was just a project, someone that I’ve known for a long time asked me to get involved in, and I’m very excited by it.”

MacTiernan placed herself on the WA register of lobbyists on January 31.

ASX-listed Victory Metals is a rare earths explorer with several tenements about 420 kilometres near the township of Cue in WA’s Mid West region 420 kilometres north west of Geraldton.

Western Australian Cats will remember the name…

MatrixTransform
February 29, 2024 8:27 pm

My only regret is that I didn’t react in time to stop it.

can’t stop wetting yrself JC … have you tried adult diapers?

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
February 29, 2024 8:29 pm

Has any ALPBC program fallen further than Four Corners?

When I was young, 4 Corners with Chris Masters was unmissable viewing.
I can hear my father’s voice intoning “Oh, how the mighty have fallen”.

JC
JC
February 29, 2024 8:30 pm

Can I borrow yours, dickhead?

JC
JC
February 29, 2024 8:30 pm

Mud

I’m embarrassed to say, it’s been posted on the wrong blog. Seriously.I thought i was on CL’s and pressed post. I’ve asked Dover to remove it.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
February 29, 2024 8:32 pm

Bolton is very disappointed in you lot. For shame.

In the interests of inclusivity, most everybody else here will happily reciprocate that sentiment back to Mr. Bolton.

Roger
Roger
February 29, 2024 8:34 pm

When I was young, 4 Corners with Chris Masters was unmissable viewing.
I can hear my father’s voice intoning “Oh, how the mighty have fallen”.

The Moonlight State was his high tide mark.

And, mind you, that would have been impossible to produce without the work of a handful of honest QLD police officers who had everything documented.

MareeS
MareeS
February 29, 2024 8:36 pm

I thought everyone knew that about Dastyari.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 29, 2024 8:36 pm

I’ve listened to some of the Lex interview of Tucker.
It is more interesting hearing him discuss his interview with Putin than the original interview itself.
He intimated that off the record, before the interview started, Putin made it clear he wants a deal in Ukraine to end the war.

Mark Bolton
Mark Bolton
February 29, 2024 8:36 pm

So wishing lingering death. Infantile pub car park call outs … Lieing instantly and shamelessly about what others have said. Represents the pinnacle of urbane sophisticated upwardly mobile Normiewaffen badiniage.

JC
JC
February 29, 2024 8:38 pm

Top Ender

Feb 29, 2024 6:28 PM

Famous person quiz: Who am I?

1. I survived six shipwrecks in my career

I’m pretty sure Francis Drake survived 6 shipwrecks.

feelthebern
feelthebern
February 29, 2024 8:40 pm

VicPlod isn’t really up to the job is it.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 8:40 pm

How are the nanowrigglers?

Rosie
Rosie
February 29, 2024 8:42 pm

Infantile pub car park call outs

You really do have zero sense of humour.

Rosie
Rosie
February 29, 2024 8:42 pm

Sounds like nanowrigglers are about done and ready to move on.

Roger
Roger
February 29, 2024 8:43 pm

I thought everyone knew that about Dastyari.

As of today, Mr. Dastyari has denied being the ex-politician in question.

We might reasonably expect six more such denials from others before the Sabbath.

Muddy
Muddy
February 29, 2024 8:44 pm

Dammit, JC!
Did I just give you credit when I didn’t need to?
(Heh. Funny though).

Rosie
Rosie
February 29, 2024 8:44 pm

I reckon it’s someone more important, more influential.

H B Bear
H B Bear
February 29, 2024 8:45 pm

If you weren’t shipwrecked in those days were you even trying? I read one book where the guy was away about 6 years and came home to find his wife had remarried with kids. I think he just set off again, which seems fair enough.

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