Open Thread – Thurs 7 March 2024


Young Man at His Window, Gustave Caillebotte, 1876

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thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 7, 2024 6:56 pm

This site has a time lapse maps section for the Ukie war.

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/733fe90805894bfc8562d90b106aa895

The early part really brings home how close the Russians came to hitting the target in the first week, then were pushed back pretty near to their own jump off points.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 7, 2024 6:57 pm

Bolton, earlier:

Just popping in for a look

Got bail, did you?

132andBush
132andBush
March 7, 2024 7:02 pm

I just heard the US will be up to its 10th round of Covid vaccination’s running into the second half of the year (Fall).

Unfckngblvble

Roger
Roger
March 7, 2024 7:06 pm

I just heard the US will be up to its 10th round of Covid vaccination’s running into the second half of the year (Fall).

What is the participation rate?

If it’s anything like here, most are “unvaccinated” because they haven’t kept up.

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 7, 2024 7:06 pm

Cope!

Skull!

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 7, 2024 7:07 pm
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 7, 2024 7:08 pm

From this morning:

bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey were selling for as much as $1000 a bottle in Wadeye.

johanna:

I call BS on that. It doesn’t make sense. For a grand, the purchaser could have travelled to any number of places where whisky was much cheaper.

It’s deep into the last phase of the Wet, johanna. Most of the contractors either drive down the one sealed road into Wadeye/Keats or fly in and use pre-positioned materials. It’s not that simple to get out of there this time of year.

For people already on bail and who have to report to the jack shop daily – if they don’t they’ll have a warrant out for them at the end of the day.

Besides, who in Wadeye has that much money to spend on a single bottle of liquor? They are all on benefits.

Most are double-dipping on benefits using both traditional and anglicised surnames. It’s one of the great scams the Commonwealth doesn’t want to look into. On top of that, most of the family groups there receive millions in royalties.

$700 for a bottle of Bundy is par for the course in many small towns and ‘communities’ where you have to have a permit to bring grog in. If you’re caught driving grog into one of the restricted areas without one, you’re up before the beak AND they’ll take your car. Not impound it for 48 hours, take it.

A gorilla for a bottle of Johnny Black, in that part of the world, at this time of the year is absolutely unremarkable.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 7, 2024 7:09 pm

Minor blockquote fail, just above.

I’m watching the crikkit. Poms being destroyed by India.

Speedbox
March 7, 2024 7:11 pm

dover0beach
Mar 7, 2024 2:24 PM
OK, let’s say he says, “Sure, let’s negotiate”, what’s NATO’s opening offer?

I think Russia will require:

1. Ukraine pledge (via Constitutional amendment if necessary) to forever be neutral.
2. That Crimea be permanently ceded to Russia and international recognition;
3. Those districts currently occupied by Russia be permitted to hold referendum to either remain part of Ukraine, gain independence or join Russian Federation.
4. Immediate lifting of all international sanctions.

(In fairness, Ukraine cannot pledge item 4 but can ask the West to lift sanctions. Weirdly, the sanctions have probably strengthened Russia in some respects.)

Ukraine will require, if Russian demands agreed:

1. Immediate cessation of hostilities and withdrawal of Russian forces to pre 2022 borders.
2. Repatriation of all Ukraine POW.
3. Reparations of an amount determined by panel of non-aligned specialists (not appealable).
4. Non-aggression guarantee (legislated) by Russia and Belarus.

I’d also try for long term low/zero interest loans from Russia (over and above reparations), free grain, fertilizer, farming equipment and a host of other equipment. And 99 year free gas supply.

Ultimately, Russia sees this as about their national security. The most basic requirements will be Ukraine neutrality and ceding of Crimea. Everything else is probably negotiable.

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 7:12 pm

The early part really brings home how close the Russians came to hitting the target in the first week, then were pushed back pretty near to their own jump off points.

Yes, from their peak to the present, the map haven’t changed much at all. I looked at the map last night.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 7, 2024 7:20 pm

Young Warwick in slow motion.

Haha, blast from the past! I recall young Warwick turning up to board meetings in his old Datsun, as I recall. I don’t think Lachlan or James would be seen dead in one of those.

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 7:21 pm

It’s not Trump’s mess.

It is his mess, the moment he’s sworn in.

Still, the idea that Trump is going to destroy his second term with a foreign adventure that would make Vietnam look like a paper cut is absurd.

Walking away under the sorts of terms you’re intimating would not be in his character.

It’s not ‘Putin love’, I’m just immune to the Regime propaganda drip that has you rabid about Putin.

Please.

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 7:24 pm

Both the frontline and the balance of forces has changed materially.

Not from the peak to now it hasn’t, which is what I meant with respect to the frontline. Go take a look at the interactive map.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 7, 2024 7:25 pm

Optus employ clowns.

Spent an hour on chat trying to take them up on their NBN upgrade offer…had to go through the process twice. Then received in their quaint brand of English:

I’m really sorry to inform you this I’m unable to process with this order due to some error also there is a pending order in your account which is locked by the previous experts.

In this case I kindly you to visit the nearest Optus store and get this done.

miltonf
miltonf
March 7, 2024 7:32 pm

I’ve never really taken Optus seriously.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 7, 2024 7:34 pm

Both the frontline and the balance of forces has changed materially.

Not that I can detect. Russia burned a lot of resources to get Avdiivka in time for the election. Especially air support.

We’ll see what happens after the election. I suspect a fairly large call up will occur.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 7, 2024 7:38 pm

The southern part has been a flogging for the Ukies, but most of the rest is a bitter slog and near stalemate.

As for troops & equipment, you would have to think that favours the Russians hugely as time goes on.

BUT, it could end up like WW1 again, where once morale collapses the front does as well.
Nearly happened to the Frogs in 1917, did happen with the Boxheads a year later.

And heres a little bit I hadnt read before on the mutiny..
The mutinies were kept secret from the Germans and their full extent was not revealed until decades later. The German failure to detect the mutinies has been described as one of the most serious intelligence failures of the war.

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 7:50 pm

Mole

Mutinies as in desertions?

Dot
Dot
March 7, 2024 7:50 pm

The question is what does Russia offer Ukraine?

Nothing.

Alamak!
Alamak!
March 7, 2024 7:54 pm

Young Warwick in slow motion.

Haha, blast from the past! I recall young Warwick turning up to board meetings in his old Datsun, as I recall. I don’t think Lachlan or James would be seen dead in one of those.

120Y or 260Z, not the same kind of rice-burner iirc.

Vicki
Vicki
March 7, 2024 7:55 pm

The revolting Katy Gallagher has announced that companies that do not measure up to the government’s gender targets will not be awarded government contracts.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/world/businesses-will-miss-out-on-government-contracts-if-they-fail-to-meet-gender-targets-5602521

cohenite
March 7, 2024 7:57 pm

The US media have revealed their line of attack against Trump: he’s Hitler and a racist for opposing the harmless, Bambi like folk flocking across the border. MSNBC is the worse with the kunts Joy Reid and pussy poodler Maddow calling people who vote for Trump brownshirts and racists. That weirdo morning Joe is the worst of the worst; he is bizarre and apparently the blown bimbo who seats next to him has a permanent hand on his limp dick as he insanely vents against Trump.

All these shitheads are paid by Comcast which is owned by this bastard.

miltonf
miltonf
March 7, 2024 7:58 pm

Gallagher canbra trash born and bred

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 7, 2024 7:59 pm

Mutinies as in desertions?

French
Whole divisions refused orders to attack again.
Some refused to rotate back into the line but they kept their discipline enough to agree to keep in the trenches on the defensive.

Boxheads: Instead of the usual counterattacks and regrouping surrender in large groups.
Plus the Navy in open revolt and refusing to sail out, I think they killed some of their officers as well.

Winston Smith
March 7, 2024 8:00 pm

johanna
Mar 7, 2024 4:55 PM

He had heard anecdotally that bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label whiskey were selling for as much as $1000 a bottle in Wadeye.

I call BS on that. It doesn’t make sense. For a grand, the purchaser could have travelled to any number of places where whisky was much cheaper.
Besides, who in Wadeye has that much money to spend on a single bottle of liquor? They are all on benefits.

File with Stories my Nanna told me.

Johanna, you’re correct to call bullshit on the JW $1k bottle, but the rest of the story? There’s money in these places. I’ve personally stood behind a bloke in Laverton W.A, who banked a bag of $50 notes. A stack of those goes $5k/cm thickness. (I just checked.) This bloke would have banked – I wasn’t interested in the total sum – $100k in one hit. They took him into the back room to sit down and count it out. This money was from card games. When the mining money comes out, they play hard.
The people who say poverty is the main issue are wrong. Dead wrong. There are billions of dollars handed into the communities every year. But none gets past the Big Men without some quid pro quo.
It’s like any crooked administration, the dollars stay with the bosses and the cents get to the people who really are destitute. The money keeps them in misery and the Big Men will not change the system which pays so well.
It’s called conspicuous consumption or Potlatch behaviour. They wouldn’t do it with Johnny Walker Black – they’d do it with French Champagne worth $1k a bottle.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 7, 2024 8:00 pm

Most are double-dipping on benefits using both traditional and anglicised surnames. It’s one of the great scams the Commonwealth doesn’t want to look into.

That lurk extended to houses in some communities….you lived in one, while the other was repaired..rinse, and repeat.

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 8:03 pm

That weirdo morning Joe is the worst of the worst; he is bizarre and apparently the blown bimbo who seats next to him has a permanent hand on his limp dick as he insanely vents against Trump.

In the 90s Joe was Florida GOP congressman and pretty conservative at the time.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 7, 2024 8:04 pm

$1000 for a bottle of Johnny Black.

On the black market. In that place. At this time of year.

This is correct.

Winston Smith
March 7, 2024 8:05 pm

wivenhoe

Mar 7, 2024 4:58 PM
I would like a T/shirt that says.., always was always will be GOD’S land. But I do not have the ability or Knowledge to create one.

You can get Tshirts done with this sort of stuff by Vistaprint. They will do straight out words or logos. I have had made about 40 different Tshirt designs done over the last 3 years.
If you need more details, just get my email from DB.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 7, 2024 8:07 pm

Crikkit news for RacerX:

The Poms were 3/179. They are now 8/206.

Imploding like Hillary Clinton after an election result.

Winston Smith
March 7, 2024 8:08 pm

dover0beach
Mar 7, 2024 5:03 PM

Them’s fighting words, Monty. Looking to resolve the regional war or escalate?

It’s black knight bluster.

It’s Sea Going Cosmic Class Idiocy.

Winston Smith
March 7, 2024 8:16 pm

Boambee John
Mar 7, 2024 5:10 PM
Bungonia Bee
Mar 7, 2024 4:18 PM

Settler-colonists, pfft. Always was, always will be Mastodon land.
I’m still waiting for the true narrative to emerge: who ate/dispossessed the pygmy people who were here a long, long time ago?

Some of them were still around into the 1900s. There are photos, and several articles appeared in Quadrant back in the early Noughties. I think they might also have got a run in one of Keith Windschuttle’s books on aboriginal history.

Boambee John, I spoke of this to old mate 84 yo, and he knew personally of two women who fitted the description of these little people when he was growing up in the 40’s in outback Qld around the Alpha/Julia Creek area. Apparently they married white/aboriginal men and the size of their kids were short to normal. It looks like they bred out but there would still be some genetic history if someone were to look. (good luck getting funding for something that would expose the narrative, but)

Dot
Dot
March 7, 2024 8:17 pm

Russia has nothing to offer Ukraine other than they promise to stop shooting and stop occupying Ukraine.

Lowest votes in Ukrainian 1991 independence referendum

% votes cast and % of electorate

Sevastopol City 57.07 36[20]
Crimean ASSR 54.19 37[20]
Donetsk Oblast 83.90 64
Odesa Oblast 85.38 64
Kharkiv Oblast 86.33 65
Luhansk Oblast 83.86 68
Zaporizhzhia Oblast 90.66 73
Dnipropetrovsk Oblast 90.36 74
Kherson Oblast 90.13 75
Mykolayiv Oblast 89.45

This is interesting. Also lazily scraped from Wikipedia.

Crimean Gothic, an East Germanic language, became extinct around the 18th century, while the Crimean Goths diffused into other ethnicities much earlier on. Old English was also spoken by settlers from England, who were eventually absorbed into the Tatar population. According to Ukraine’s 2001 census, the ethnic makeup of Crimea’s population consisted primarily of the following self-reported groups: Russians (1.492 million, 67.9%), Ukrainians (344,515; 15.7%), Crimean Tatars (245,000; 12.6%), Belarusians (35,000; 1.4%), other Tatars (13,500; 0.5%), Armenians (10,000; 0.4%), and Jews (5,500; 0.2%).[7]

My solution:

Give Sevastopol to Uzbekistan and the rest of Crimea to Britain…

Always was, is and will be!

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 7, 2024 8:17 pm

What pity for the Facebook mummy lynch mob who were certain Samantha Murphy’s husband was guilty because he was a chunky range who didn’t cry enough.
Well done girls, those female intuition skills are razor sharp.
Feelz like justice.

Muddy
Muddy
March 7, 2024 8:17 pm

.

.. companies that do not measure up to the government’s gender targets will not be awarded government contracts.

I trust this ‘gender equality’ will apply to ALL 74.3 genders (including Furries*)? If not, they’re obviously NOT SERIOUS about representation, and I DEMAND compensation for any future indirect trauma I may read about others experiencing!

* I’m pretty sure this means devotees of excess armpit hair?

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 7, 2024 8:21 pm

“Ranga”

Dot
Dot
March 7, 2024 8:21 pm

Queen Victoria was just fighting for her land rights through the line back to William I, but through Matilda through her line back to Alfred the Great and Saint Margaret of Scotland (Wessex).

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 7, 2024 8:22 pm

Anthony Albanese
Federal Politics
Politics
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese racks up $1.2m travel bill over first six months in office
Dylan Caporn
The West Australian
Thu, 7 March 2024 5:03PM

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese spent more than $1 million on travel in the first six months of his term, with new figures showing the cost of his high-flying.

Between July and December 2022, the new data, released by the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority shows Mr Albanese and his team spent $1,232,000 travelling the world.

Over the period, more than $1 million was spent on staff members accompanying the Prime Minister on trips both across Australia, and to countries including the USA, Japan, Indonesia, the UK and South East Asia.

In the same six month period, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton spent more than $520,000 on staff travel, and claimed travel allowances of almost $25,000.

The working class can kiss my arze….I’ve got the bosses job at last…

Roger
Roger
March 7, 2024 8:24 pm

The revolting Katy Gallagher has announced that companies that do not measure up to the government’s gender targets will not be awarded government contracts.

Vicki, this has been in place for some time.

I haven’t looked closely enough at her announcement to see whether it’s an expansion of the existing program (which was on the cards) or just a massaged press release to provide cover for some bad news.

Muddy
Muddy
March 7, 2024 8:26 pm

Indolent
Mar 7, 2024 6:36 PM

Dr. John Campbell

New and damning evidence

Given the memory-holing on this topic (the covidiocy) so far, I’m sceptical, to say the least, that anyone in authority will be held responsible for their actions.

I haven’t yet watched Dr. Campbell’s YouTube vid (I had thought he was in Sydney at the moment?), but I did read the linked letter from the U.K. Member of Parliament to the top cop, and it was bereft of details. My fragile mental state will remain on ice for the time being.

Dot
Dot
March 7, 2024 8:27 pm

What pity for the Facebook mummy lynch mob who were certain Samantha Murphy’s husband was guilty because he was a chunky range who didn’t cry enough.

They probably have a support group for the Mushroom Lady.

Alamak!
Alamak!
March 7, 2024 8:29 pm

I trust this ‘gender equality’ will apply to ALL 74.3 genders (including Furries*)? If not, they’re obviously NOT SERIOUS about representation, and I DEMAND compensation for any future indirect trauma I may read about others experiencing!

I guess gender re-assignment will be needed, sometimes at short notice, if Gender Balance % is the make or break for federal munee to be shared out. I will be male for most of the time but female if needed on the days we submit proposals to Canbra involving $$$$.

What is a Woman? That which makes the Canbra monee train rain $$$ upon the righteous …

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 7, 2024 8:29 pm

Testing.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 7, 2024 8:30 pm

Knuckle Dragger
Mar 7, 2024 8:04 PM
$1000 for a bottle of Johnny Black.

On the black market. In that place. At this time of year.

This is correct.

Jeez.
So what does a bottle of 1982 Chateau Lafite go for at the Thirsty Camel in Wadeye, then?

Dot
Dot
March 7, 2024 8:31 pm

I’m not concerned if the GG, PM, DPM, MINDEF & FM travel frequently, and occasionally the Treasurer and AG or their associated civilian secretaries or uniformed officers.

Everyone else Federally can bugger off.

State and Local travelling is bit of a joke really.

Dot
Dot
March 7, 2024 8:32 pm

Russia has nothing to offer Ukraine other than they promise to stop shooting and stop occupying Ukraine.

Lmao.

What have they got to offer Ukraine?

Out with it!

cohenite
March 7, 2024 8:35 pm

In the 90s Joe was Florida GOP congressman and pretty conservative at the time.

No, he pretended to be conservative; a genuinely conservative person doesn’t end up like this. I can’t think of a greater reversal than what this prick has done; it is beyond ordinary TDS. It may have something to do with the blonde bimbo sitting next to him. Trump is like a test: if your ego is all there is to you he will excoriate you and the result is people like morning joe who are only motivated in getting square and destroying Trump no matter what that does to the country.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 7, 2024 8:37 pm

What pity for the Facebook mummy lynch mob who were certain Samantha Murphy’s husband was guilty because he was a chunky range who didn’t cry enough.
Well done girls, those female intuition skills are razor sharp.
Feelz like justice.

Bang on the money.

Hubby was apparently guilty because chick spider sense created a vibe.

‘Ooooh, he’s got beady eyes he must be GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY!’

Ladies, you may return to your embroidery.

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 7, 2024 8:37 pm

What have they got to offer Ukraine?

The benevolent leadership of Vlad the shirtless.

Zafiro
Zafiro
March 7, 2024 8:39 pm

What pity for the Facebook mummy lynch mob who were certain Samantha Murphy’s husband was guilty because he was a chunky range who didn’t cry enough.
Well done girls, those female intuition skills are razor sharp.
Feelz like justice.

Totally. Add my sister to that list.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 7, 2024 8:42 pm

So what does a bottle of 1982 Chateau Lafite go for at the Thirsty Camel in Wadeye, then?

If there was demand for it, it would be trucked (or trained, depending on preference) in by the pallet. The reality is that the countrymen – a polite term – don’t go for status, they go for immediate bang – which is why two litre casks of Yellowtail and Bundy cans and bottles, along with green cans from interstate are displayed and sold in heroic amounts.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 7, 2024 8:43 pm

Daily Mail.

EXCLUSIVEBruce Lehrmann will launch defamation action against Shane Drumgold’s old Director of Public Prosecutions Office

Bruce Lehrmann to sue the DPP’s office and the ACT government
He will claim malicious prosecution and defamation

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 7, 2024 8:50 pm

What pity for the Facebook mummy lynch mob who were certain Samantha Murphy’s husband was guilty because he was a chunky range who didn’t cry enough.

When someone goes missing, it is often someone close to them which is involved.
For all those budding Agatha Christies out there this does not translate to “the husband is guilty 100% of the time”.

cohenite
March 7, 2024 8:51 pm

Kevin Costner obviously learnt from Yellowstone: his new movie Horizon: An American Saga.

Dot
Dot
March 7, 2024 8:52 pm

Bruce Lehrmann to sue the DPP’s office and the ACT government
He will claim malicious prosecution and defamation

This is a bottomless pint of beer.

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 8:53 pm

about the balance of forces or the momentum over the last 6 months?

I’m not interested in momentum. I’m only interested where the frontline is now. Worry about momentum after the fact. We’ve seen momentum before, from both sides, and we’ve also seen reverse momentum as a result of that initial momentum.

Zafiro
Zafiro
March 7, 2024 8:54 pm

’twas only a matter of time. I’m surprised it took 36 hours actually. Is the nothing Leftoids can’t convolute?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 7, 2024 8:58 pm

For all those budding Agatha Christies out there this does not translate to “the husband is guilty 100% of the time”.

Another ‘well what was I supposed to think?’ moment.

Dot
Dot
March 7, 2024 9:00 pm

Whatever is left of their country.

Like I said, all Putin has is a threat. He has nothing of value to offer.

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 9:01 pm

cohenite
Mar 7, 2024 8:51 PM

Kevin Costner obviously learnt from Yellowstone: his new movie Horizon: An American Saga.

Cronkite, I have to pick you up on your previous 5/5 star rating for this series, as you appear totally blind to the final part. You realize Mr. Yellowstone is now banging the activist that was jailed, and being governor, he commuted her sentence to house arrest on his property. Did you spare a thought about where that’s heading, or were you willfully blind to the storyline at this point? His banging the activist and going green. I can’t believe this went way over your head, as you generally have a good antenna for this sort of stuff. Sharpen up.

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 9:02 pm

damn iphone His.. He’s

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 7, 2024 9:03 pm

JC, my best mate is like that with politics as well. His comes from his looney tunes wife. When I stayed with them she’s going TDS, I said he was the best President they ever had. Screaming ensued. If I hadn’t known him for so long I would have walked out. I keep setting him straight but he gets her yap yapping all the time.

Winston Smith
March 7, 2024 9:05 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Mar 7, 2024 8:00 PM
Most are double-dipping on benefits using both traditional and anglicised surnames. It’s one of the great scams the Commonwealth doesn’t want to look into.

That lurk extended to houses in some communities….you lived in one, while the other was repaired..rinse, and repeat.

Willcannia – one of the Aboriginal Health Care nurses was on full time pay, full time money from the local corporation under her ‘tribal name’ and on unemployment benefits + the benefits, on her maiden name.
I spoke to the welfare/unemployment people about it and was ignored.
The figures for Aboriginals are 812k in Australia. How many are there really? 270K?
🙂

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
March 7, 2024 9:11 pm

132andBush
Mar 7, 2024 7:02 PM
I just heard the US will be up to its 10th round of Covid vaccination’s running into the second half of the year (Fall).

Unfckngblvble

So many dumb c*nts getting them.

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 9:13 pm

LOL Ranga. We don’t talk politics.

TDS is amazing to watch though. The cognitive dissonance is just incredible.

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 9:18 pm

The frontline situation now is worse for Ukraine then it was a month ago and there is no sign this deterioration is going to get any better in the next 9 months given the balance of forces.

Yeah, well people were saying the “special operation” forces were going to be pushed back all the way to Vald’s home town – Vladivostok. (vladi, get it).

This is a WW1 battle and the frontline can move anytime. It’s currently a stalemate for all intents.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 7, 2024 9:21 pm

I spoke to the welfare/unemployment people about it and was ignored.
The figures for Aboriginals are 812k in Australia. How many are there really? 270K?

I hope you reported the stolen petrol too.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 7, 2024 9:24 pm

The frontline situation now is worse for Ukraine then it was a month ago and there is no sign this deterioration is going to get any better

Not from what I can see. The Russians put together enough to take Avdiivka, and achieve the required political goals, but the carnage has bled them so much they have now hit the wall. Credit to the RGS: they knew they had to put up serious tactical air support, but the cost to do that was high, very high.

Black comedy the story today about the Russians seducing Indian peasants then sending them to the front line with barely any training. I think the warm body problem the Russian Army has is a lot worse than you think. We will see what transpires after the election is out of the way.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
March 7, 2024 9:31 pm
Salvatore, Iron Publican
March 7, 2024 9:32 pm

Top Ender Mar 7, 2024 7:25 PM
Optus employ clowns.
Spent an hour on chat trying to take them up on their NBN upgrade offer…had to go through the process twice.

Wow, they’re exactly the same as Telstra!
Spent today One & a quarter hours on the phone to Telstra trying to buy a phone/intercom system.

Called the number on an online ad for Telstra Business Telephone Systems.

They got from me: My full name + date of birth, Three times.
I got from them: An email address of a Telstra Business Technologies department in Townsville, to which I may email my desire for a phone/intercom system.
The series of telephone consultants to whom I spoke were unable to open an order for me or in any way help me, other than to inform me of an email address.
They wouldn’t have even given me that had I not vehemently insisted.

One and a quarter hours!

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 9:37 pm

Dover, earlier you posted how Chinese exports are up by 7%. I don’t know if this is true or not, but let’s assume it’s right.

It was supposed to be an argument that the Chinese economy is going gangbusters contrary to what other people are saying.

Chinese exports account for 19% of Chinese GDP. If we assume the GDP is around US$23 trillion, exports total around US$4.5 trillion. 7% of that is US$315 billion. That’s a drop in the bucket for what’s occurring in the domestic economy.

We need to be careful when anyone presents percentages only to dramatize an argument because it’s invariably bullshiting. We also require the raw numbers to make sense of percentage moves.

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 9:38 pm

It’s not currently a stalemate. Just look at the gains over the last month.

And look at the gains by Ukraine just around 12 months ago until it came to a stop.

cohenite
March 7, 2024 9:49 pm

You realize Mr. Yellowstone is now banging the activist that was jailed, and being governor, he commuted her sentence to house arrest on his property.

This is the theme of the show: John Dutton takes in strays, waifs, ne’er-do-wells, shonks, bibber-bobbers and turns them into tough pioneer shit stompers. This activist will be out dehorning steers, cooking steaks and shooting rustlers when he’s finished with her.

Baba
Baba
March 7, 2024 9:53 pm

Credit to the RGS: they knew they had to put up serious tactical air support, but the cost to do that was high, very high.

The Ukies must be really pissed that all 13 Russian aircraft they claim to have shot down fell into Russian-held territory. Apparently.

They could do with some propaganda videos.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 7, 2024 10:03 pm

This activist will be out dehorning steers, cooking steaks and shooting rustlers when he’s finished with her.

So.
Another Cue Towel trannie, then?

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
March 7, 2024 10:05 pm

Heavy D is just shaking his head.

Watching that Blackhawk fly in was pretty effin cool.

—-

WhistlinDiesel :

Buying my first Helicopter without a pilots license!

JC
JC
March 7, 2024 10:24 pm

Dover

Push down and try to take a big breath.

what are the raw numbers? It’s meaningless unless we the numbers to work with.

Indolent
Indolent
March 7, 2024 10:32 pm
custard
custard
March 7, 2024 10:49 pm

Donald J Trump overnight will live fact check and critique Biden’s SOTU speech, which is not mandatory. I’d say it will get a lot more views than the rEsIDeNt.

BTC is going to affect everyone and everyone will get BTC at the price they deserve.

Just think about Blackrock buying 12,000 + BTC today!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 7, 2024 10:53 pm

The Ukies must be really pissed that all 13 Russian aircraft they claim to have shot down fell into Russian-held territory. Apparently.

Of course. The RuAF aren’t insane. In the Avdiivka assault they were extensively using glide bombs from about 100 km out. That was the tactical air support the guys on the ground needed. It was the most close air support used that I’ve seen from the Russians in two years. But even from that far behind the lines the Ukies still potted a dozen aircraft, including a rare as hens’ teeth A-50 AWACS.

The AWACS is a serious loss, since they’ve been the primary radar platform to keep watch on the Black Sea. Not altogether surprising that the Ukies then sank another missile corvette last week. Very hard to replace such aircraft, and certainly not quickly.

Indolent
Indolent
March 7, 2024 10:54 pm
Salvatore, Iron Publican
March 7, 2024 10:59 pm

In news of a great loss, apropos several mentions upthread of Kevin Costner & Yellerstone TV series, was going to post a link to an on-site interview with the former manager for Koch Brothers, of the only ranch that remotely matches the Yellowstone in location & size, the Beaverhead Ranch.

Thoroughly entertaining & a solid “Ten” on the Salvatore scale of watchability, it is one of the better interviews you’d ever see about a ranch, or with a cattleman. Alas no longer online. It was up for 2 months only. We just missed it by *snaps fingers* that much.

Phooey!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 7, 2024 11:01 pm

You’re wasting your time Custard.
This blog is waaay off the pace.

custard
custard
March 7, 2024 11:03 pm

Sancho said it, not me

Bitcoin maximalist like me are just here to push things forward

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 7, 2024 11:03 pm

Serial Road Pest news (the Courier-Mail):

Caravan ownership surged during the coronavirus pandemic, with Queensland leading the nation in sales of caravans and other recreational vehicles such as campervans.

However, the boom has also raised concerns, with fears there are “too many cowboys” among the cohort of new owners, creating a recipe for disaster on the state’s roads.

Not so much cowboys – more elderly ‘I know boats’ types strapping the Jayco to the brand new, retirement-purchased Prado complete with extended wing mirrors, and then spending the remainder of their golden years traversing the nation at 70kph on major highways with wraparound shades, Bunnings gardening hats and Kool Mint tins in the console, stopping only to critique the budget buffets at RSLs across this wide brown land.

Tony Maddison, director of towing technology company WiTi, said owners should be required to undergo an accredited towing course along with passing a test for a licence before they hit the open road.

Yes.

Queensland’s peak motoring organisation, RACQ, also backs calls for increased driver training, a position also supported by the Caravan and Industries Trade Association Australia.

Yep.

News of the potential changes sparked furious debate among readers. Steve argued it was time to look at the drivers.

“Some grey nomads should potentially no longer have a driver’s licence let alone be towing a caravan,” he wrote.

While John fired back: “@Steve don’t forget that one day you will also have the same problem. Another selfish and woke opinion.”

The ‘same problem’ referred to is the potential sacking of a licence to drive a Toyota Crown to the bowlo, let alone a poorly-stacked Mallard (resulting in death wobbles at anything over 40 kph) into the paths of people going about their daily lives.

‘I’m old. Get out of my way!’

I will reiterate my earlier position. Drivers 75 and older should be restricted to vehicles no faster than a steamroller, and which should have a constantly playing mariachi horn to warn the general public of their approach.

custard
custard
March 7, 2024 11:04 pm

BTW I hope you’re all well

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 7, 2024 11:07 pm

Hi Custard! I hope things are well for you.

Gold is following BTC lately.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 7, 2024 11:08 pm

All the best, custard. Good to see you back.

custard
custard
March 7, 2024 11:10 pm

BoN kind regards.

Gold isn’t/won’t solve anything.

custard
custard
March 7, 2024 11:11 pm

Zulu!

Should we do breakfast in your town?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 7, 2024 11:13 pm

Should we do breakfast in your town?

Life is a little lumpy at the moment, but, yes, when some normality returns.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 7, 2024 11:14 pm

traversing the nation at 70kph on major highways with wraparound shades, Bunnings gardening hats and Kool Mint tins in the console, stopping only to critique the budget buffets at RSLs across this wide brown land.

You forgot “parking across eight parking bays because site fees are too expensive, eating Aldi packet meals and complaining that the economic benefit they bring with them to rural Straya aren’t fully respected and valued”.

Zafiro
Zafiro
March 7, 2024 11:16 pm

In news of a great loss, apropos several mentions upthread of Kevin Costner & Yellerstone TV series, was going to post a link to an on-site interview with the former manager for Koch Brothers, of the only ranch that remotely matches the Yellowstone in location & size, the Beaverhead Ranch.

Rupe Mudrock owns that ranch now. Link

custard
custard
March 7, 2024 11:19 pm

It’s quite a journey to say that I’ve been described as a ….

Election denier
Conspiracy Theorist
Anti Vaxxer
Prepper
Cooker
Stacker
and now a
Bitcoin Maximalist

I’m very comfortable with all of these labels

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 7, 2024 11:28 pm

…traversing the nation at 70kph on major highways with wraparound shades, Bunnings gardening hats and Kool Mint tins in the console…

I treasure conversations I have had with Ken and Sylvia (Ch 18) as I’ve tried to persuade them to let me pass on less-than-major highways.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
March 7, 2024 11:29 pm

I will reiterate my earlier position. Drivers 75 and older should be restricted to vehicles no faster than a steamroller, and which should have a constantly playing mariachi horn to warn the general public of their approach.

My dad & KD are about to have a fundamental disagreement on a key point.

custard
custard
March 7, 2024 11:34 pm

S at the pub , kind regards

Salvatore, Iron Publican
March 7, 2024 11:35 pm

Rupe Mudrock owns that ranch now. Link

Yes dammit. When Koch bros were selling it, I was sooo hoping for a windfall that’d allow me to buy the place. I went so far as to meet God halfway by actually purchasing a lottery ticket.

Alas that was $12.70 totally wasted!

Curiously, the big hootin’ joint they had in Texas didn’t do much for me. I quite liked the ranch they had in Kansas (the first one they sold) It would have done me.

Ah well, there’s more hairs on ranching in USA than I’m comfortable with. That’s how I comfort myself.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
March 7, 2024 11:37 pm

Good evening Custard!

Muddy
Muddy
March 7, 2024 11:38 pm

custard
Mar 7, 2024 11:19 PM

I’m very comfortable with all of these labels

It gives a broad range of choice when introducing yourself to a stranger.
Some of us have to flip a coin between ‘introvert’ and ‘weirdo.’
I wish I had label privilege.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 7, 2024 11:39 pm

My dad & KD are about to have a fundamental disagreement on a key point

If pressed, I will be prepared to substitute the mariachi horn for Vengaboys at full blast.

custard
custard
March 7, 2024 11:45 pm

I hope everyone is enjoying the second term of the Trump administration (in devolution) .

The third term is looking epic!

Good night.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
March 7, 2024 11:46 pm

I will be prepared to substitute the mariachi horn for Vengaboys at full blast.

……… the two parties are still a long way apart, mediation could go on for quite some time.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 7, 2024 11:54 pm

Don’t forget the pineapple symbols on the van indicating certain nocturnal activities for the brave and blind.

G’day custard, all ready for round 2 of the god emporers reign?

Rosie
Rosie
March 8, 2024 12:13 am

The 74 bus turned up today so I made it to Hagar Qim, the 3600BC megalithic site. Only 350 metres from bus stop to entrance.
Both of the sites 500 metres apart are now protected by giant sailcloth and you can walk inside, to an extent rather than peer from a distance.
The wildflowers are blooming, and there is a flat topped rock island off the coast, with lots of little fields surrounded by four foot high dry stone walls, everything in the local limestone.
I jumped on a different bus and just took the ride to wherever as all roads lead to Valletta.
It was the 201 which stops at ‘The Cliffs’ very popular with hikers, stunning views from steep heights. I wasn’t that enthusiastic.
Have fortuitously ended up in the walled city of M’dina. It’s a bright sunshiney day for exploring.

Rosie
Rosie
March 8, 2024 12:16 am

The waitress was telling me about her friend who’s family ended up in Australia when there was a doctor’s strike in Malta and many Maltese doctor’s left. The friend didn’t like it, or was it her mother, and returned to Malta to live with her grandmother.
Rest of family settled in Australia.
Didn’t know where.
More Maltese in Australia than Malta apparently.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 8, 2024 12:24 am

I treasure conversations I have had with Ken and Sylvia (Ch 18) as I’ve tried to persuade them to let me pass on less-than-major highways.

What’s the code word for gettin’ it on with Sylvia at the next caravan park?
Most Coronet van owners like to watch.
Or so I am told.

Rosie
Rosie
March 8, 2024 12:30 am

Looks like Lehrmann’s lawyers liked the look of the latest Drumgold decision.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 8, 2024 12:31 am

What’s the code word for gettin’ it on with Sylvia at the next caravan park?

And I hope you crash and burn too, you rancid moll.

Is that it?

Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:00 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:07 am

Haha. Matt Margolis.

Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:11 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:12 am
Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 4:13 am
Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 4:18 am

Thanks Tom and Happy Friday.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
March 8, 2024 5:34 am
Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
March 8, 2024 5:48 am

Don’t forget the pineapple symbols on the van indicating certain nocturnal activities for the brave and blind.
“So have I heard and do in part believe it.
But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad,
Walks o’er the dew of yon high eastward hill …”

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 8, 2024 6:04 am

Bettina Arndt:

What a turnabout. The NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Sally Dowling SC last night announced an audit of all NSW sexual assault cases committed for trial.

This comes after months of denying that her office was failing to follow proper guidelines for prosecuting these matters, choosing instead to give most alleged victims their day in court.

Over the last six months five senior NSW district court judges have raised concerns about the way our rape trials are being mishandled.
Last week District Court Judge Peter Whitford really went to town, pointing out that pushing through unmeritorious cases risks “drawing the criminal justice system into disrepute.”

He said there is “something disturbing, Orwellian, even surreal” about the approach of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in relation to their published guidelines for conducting these cases and operating by reference to “opaque, even secret policies” which undermine these guidelines.

Of course, the secret policies he alludes to are based on believe-all-women justice where victim’s allegations alone are sufficient to warrant going to trial.

Sally Dowling was initially quick to bite back. “The judge’s comments are unfounded and inflammatory, and are unequivocally rejected,” she responded. But then came news of the audit.

Well, folks, don’t hold your breath awaiting proper reform. We’ve seen this all before.

In 2017 in the UK there was a huge scandal after a series of very public rape prosecutions collapsed due to withholding of critical evidence by the prosecution. The DPP, Alison Saunders, resigned and an audit held into earlier cases.

The resulting report was an “disgraceful exercise in obfuscation” according to British researcher Rick Bradford whose excellent book The Empathy Gap contains a forensic examination of this report and consequent political action.

Bradford reports that the UK feminists were quickly on the march again demanding more men are sent to prison. Boris Johnson promised targets for police to refer more “high quality rape cases” as well as targets on prosecutors to prosecute a greater volume of cases. The band rolled on.

Sally Dowling claims the fact that sexual assault conviction rates haven’t gone down undermines judges’ assertion that they are pushing through unmeritorious cases into court. If the cases are so feeble, more would have failed and the conviction rate would have fallen.

But what Dowling’s response doesn’t address is that for decades feminist lawmakers have changed rules to make this easier, introducing affirmative consent, restricting cross-examinations, denying juries information about a complainant’s sexual history, including previous false allegations, and so on.

And juries everywhere are enduring societal pressures by ideologues arguing they should believe the victim.

It’s actually a miracle that the conviction rate isn’t higher than it is, given feminist lawmakers’ efforts to stack the decks.

The unchanged conviction rate shows just how pathetic many of the cases really are because, despite the feminists’ best efforts, many are still failing in court.

And even though the proportion of accused men being convicted remains much the same, increasing numbers of sexual assault cases are being decided in our courts which means far more men sent to prison.

Sexual assault offences reported to police increased 30 per cent in the last five years. Most end up going to trial.

Some of these cases are an absolute disgrace. Last year there was another stoush between a judge, District Court Judge Robert Newlinds, and the DPP after he claimed her office was taking a “lazy and perhaps politically expedient” approach to rape cases.

The case that prompted Newlinds’ dummy spit is astonishing.

This complainant has nine times got totally pissed and had sex with separate men, only to turn around and report them for sexual assault claiming she’d been too drunk to give consent. All these cases resulted in the men facing a sexual assault charge, although three took a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to lesser offences.

It is appalling that this serial complainant is still out there, having experienced no consequences whatsoever for her abhorrent behaviour, free to make further complaints to destroy the lives of other men.

Newlinds rightly called out the utter madness of the jury being denied knowledge of this complainant’s history.

The judge tried to get the prosecutor to drop what he described as a “hopeless” case early in the trial, but the prosecutor made it clear that only the DPP had the power to discontinue.

For all the judges’ talk about unmeritorious cases being unlikely to convince a jury, the fact is that many of our captured juries are sending these accused men to prison — even when the evidence doesn’t stack up.

No wonder there’s a growing feeling of disquiet in sections of our judiciary about working in a system where the presumption of innocence is so under siege.

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 8, 2024 6:15 am

Chris Minns is a moron. But you knew that.

Fellow MPs have ripped into Chris Minns for his stance on the Sam Kerr controversy, after the NSW Premier said he didn’t think being called a “stupid white bastard” is racist.

Mr Minns said “no” when asked, if he was called the above name by someone, whether he would think that’s racist.

The Premier gave the single-word answer on Thursday morning, after news broke the night before alleging the Matildas captain used the term towards a police officer after a dispute over a taxi fare in London.

His stance drew a fiery response from One Nation MP Tania Mihailuk, who previously served alongside Mr Minns in the Labor Party, as well as Upper House MP Rod Roberts, a former detective sergeant in the NSW Police.

“I’ll call that out straight away – let’s reverse it and if someone called someone a stupid black bastard, we wouldn’t tolerate that,” Mr Roberts said.

The former cop said Kerr was allegedly speaking to a police officer “who’s in a position of authority which deserves respect”.

“We as a society wouldn’t tolerate that, they’d rush you right before an anti-discrimination board,” he said.

“We don’t stand for discrimination of any type at all, and it’s incumbent on our premier to set that standard.”

Ms Mihailuk, who defected to One Nation from Labor in 2022, also lashed the Premier’s position.

“The Premier has just endorsed racism. He also exposed himself as a total hypocrite, pandering to populism at the expense of sound judgement,” she said.

She claimed the Premier “would be leading the mob” if the comments were reversed.

“How can a premier endorse the use of such inappropriate language – what message does this send to our kids from the leader of our state,” she said.

“If the comments were reversed there would be a riot, and the Premier would be leading the mob.”

The Chelsea superstar denies the allegation and plead not guilty on Monday to a charge of intentionally causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress to a police officer.

NSW health Minister Ryan Park, when asked the same question as Mr Minns as to whether the remark was racist, said: “I’ve been called a lot worse, so no.”

Mr Minns found support from the other side of politics, with NSW Opposition leader Mark Speakman also answering “no” on Thursday when asked if the alleged phrase is racist.

Upper House Libertarian MP John Ruddick said if the allegations are proved to be true, then it was “textbook racism but it’s pathetic to make a big deal out of it”.

“Being aggressive towards a cop should involve a fine of some sort but I’m sick of the weaponisation of casual racism,” he said.

“Those who engage in casual racism should be socially reprimanded and perhaps ostracised … but I’m deeply uncomfortable about hauling someone to court for it.”

The Matildas star allegedly made the comment after being sick in the back of a taxi, according to The Sun.

The prosecution will allege Kerr made the comments in the early hours of January 30 last year, after police were called to the scene in Twickenham.

She had been celebrating a victory just hours earlier at Kingsmeadow Stadium where she scored three goals against Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

If found guilty Australia’s golden girl – who has scored 99 goals in 128 matches for Chelsea – faces a fine or a maximum jail sentence of six months.

The football superstar — widely regarded as Australia’s best player — is of Indian descent through her father Roger.

Unable to define what a woman is, unable to define racism. Your betters in action people.
Mr Minns you dickhead, the cop was belittled on the basis of his skin colour. Which when I last checked was racism. FMD

The Bungonia Bee
The Bungonia Bee
March 8, 2024 6:43 am
Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 8, 2024 6:47 am

If you get the time have a look through the companies and Bios of Albo’s ASEAN Business champions. All bar one being John George worship some of the list of sacred cows such as climate change, diversity, LGTI/”refugees”, indigenies and even islamophobia.

What’s a guess Dutton if elected doesn’t dispatch this thought from the nether regions to history like it should be. Just like Abbott & Stott Despoja.

While we are at Government thoughts from the nether regions another $2bil yesterday to fund chick super, WTF. He’s handing out money like treasury is a bottomless pit.

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 8, 2024 6:52 am

Wayne Swan weighs in, it isn’t racism according to him.

m0nty
m0nty
March 8, 2024 7:14 am

Monty thinks this is a sale where the buyer and seller can walk away with their cash and product, respectively, whereas on this analogy, the buyer may walk away with both their cash and the other’s product.

db thinks Russia is about to roll tanks into Kyiv, LOL.

Putin only started gaining territory again when the Ukes started conserving ammo. He will give it up again soon enough. The current supply shortfall will pass.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 8, 2024 7:21 am

Mark Knight is today’s winner.

m0nty
m0nty
March 8, 2024 7:32 am

Konstantinos V.
@KonstanVe
·
38m
????“The energy giant’s takings from oil and gas jumped more than 80% from a year ago, as Bloomberg reported. In particular, levies on crude and petroleum products more than doubled over the same period.” – Business Insider

I can’t breathe.

db having paroxysms over a huge increase in taxes, LOL. So much for rock-ribbed conservatism.

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 8, 2024 7:32 am

Upper House Libertarian MP John Ruddick said if the allegations are proved to be true, then it was “textbook racism but it’s pathetic to make a big deal out of it”.

I agree with him but the emphases should be calling out the hypocrisy otherwise you become are useful fool for “progressives’.

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 8, 2024 7:42 am

People can vote for Trump without becoming part of the swooning MAGA faithful. I’m not going to become one of the gaga-eyed denizens of Truth Social or get a MAGA tramp stamp.

Rosie
Rosie
March 8, 2024 7:47 am

Catching the bus today I saw one teeny tiny solar farm.
Malta is so very very small, they’re proposing all their renewable ie wind will go offshore.
Good luck.
kidding themselves

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 8, 2024 7:55 am

The 74 bus turned up today so I made it to Hagar Qim, the 3600BC megalithic site.

Screw all this talk about ‘oldest continuous culture’ we hear about in Australia.

That is an astoundingly ancient bus route. I suspect when it started even oxen were too precious to use to haul the bus, so people had to pay their fare and then get behind the bus and start pushing.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 8, 2024 8:01 am

AEMO oversaw a public relations disaster yesterday when planned meetings with invited community members were cancelled overnight.
Such is the micro management obsession of these corporate toss pots that they insisting security was needed and the locals had turned the meetings into public events.
They said we’d organised a town hall meeting, well we did, that’s because the small meeting room is in the town hall.
It’s all over the local airwaves this morning and we’re giving them a right kicking.

Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 8:07 am

What a turnabout. The NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Sally Dowling SC last night announced an audit of all NSW sexual assault cases committed for trial.

What they didn’t tell you in lefty sloganland is that the hysterical screeching of “believe all women” actually means “let’s throw justice and due process out the window”.

The blokes now in jail for rapes they didn’t commit are actually political prisoners, their freedom cancelled by fascist street mobs egged on by politicians and their supporters in state justice departments.

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 8, 2024 8:07 am

DEI has destroyed American colleges and universities. It infects many other institutions, of course, but the evidence is rapidly mounting about how destructive it is and has been to our education system. ‘Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’ have made colleges abandon merit and academic rigor in favor of a woke agenda that has nothing to do with teaching students HOW to think, and everything to do with ordering them WHAT to think.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 8, 2024 8:11 am

AEMO oversaw a public relations disaster yesterday

Whenever I see the word ‘AEMO’ I imagine a black-clad teenager with a bloodless complexion, wearing black eye-liner, sitting in a dark room with the shapes on some posters vaguely visible in the glow of an iPhone, and slowly cutting their arm with a razor because no one else understands them.

It is very satisfying.

m0nty
m0nty
March 8, 2024 8:11 am

I see Trump begged on his knees to Elon for some cash to pay his debts, but got stiffed. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 8, 2024 8:16 am

Wayne Swan BA (Hons). Universities have a lot to answer for.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 8, 2024 8:17 am

It’s all over the local airwaves this morning and we’re giving them a right kicking

Excellent.

lotocoti
lotocoti
March 8, 2024 8:19 am

Better than the Babylon Bee.

Before, I was screwed because I complied with the law. Now, I’m still complying with the law but, after finding my gender situation, I’ve been benefited. And if someone criticizes me, they may be committing a crime of transphobia.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2024 8:20 am

This, despite what you might think, is not a Bee headline…

John Kerry: People May ‘Feel Better’ About Russia if It Works Harder to ‘Reduce Emissions’ (7 Mar)

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 8, 2024 8:20 am

In todays Oz:

Sam Kerr to deny she used word ‘bastard’ against white cop
The Sam Kerr racism incident has taken another twist as her legal team prepares an attempt to have the whole case thrown out.

And it was interesting to see the blindness of the talking heads on “Sunrise’ this morning – a neutral story about Sam Kerr’s alleged racism being immediately followed by a condemning story about NRL player Spencir Leniu’s naughty words in the Vegas game – with our wise thought leaders opining that ‘there is no place for racism’ in the game, and a 6 week suspension would be appropriate.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 8, 2024 8:26 am

Qantas salutes Women’s Day with all-female crews
To mark the International Women’s Day on Friday, Qantas and its budget arm Jetstar will operate a series of all-female crewed and controlled flights

No comment……

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
March 8, 2024 8:31 am

In February, Russia raked in 945.6 billion rubles, or $10.4 billion, in oil and gas revenues, according to data from the country’s Finance Ministry published on Tuesday. That’s compared with 521.2 billion rubles in February 2023.

This means the energy giant’s takings from oil and gas jumped more than 80% from a year ago, as Bloomberg reported.

A big turnaround in February then:

Urals retreats toward $60/b price cap amid tighter sanction enforcement

Russia’s annual oil and gas revenues fell to Rb8.822 trillion ($99.34 billion) in 2023, down Rb2.746 trillion on the year and the lowest since 2020, according to a Jan. 11 report published by Russia’s finance ministry.

A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 8:33 am

Please explain is a cracker this morning…

Chinese spying.
https://youtu.be/iqPkcXLakQ8

vr
vr
March 8, 2024 8:35 am

Qantas salutes Women’s Day with all-female crews
To mark the International Women’s Day on Friday, Qantas and its budget arm Jetstar will operate a series of all-female crewed and controlled flights

I’ve been on a Qantas international flight where they entire crew was male.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 8, 2024 8:43 am

Please explain is a cracker this morning…

It is indeed.

‘There’s a chopstick in the fork drawer…’

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 8:43 am

For your own safety, do not fly today.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 8, 2024 8:43 am

Now, I’m still complying with the law but, after finding my gender situation, I’ve been benefited. And if someone criticizes me, they may be committing a crime of transphobia.

In fact, anything not being the way he/she/it likes he/she/it will be able to demand others kowtow because transphobia.

The left have discovered that they can no longer pretend to be champions of the traditional downtrodden – they are too effete to go near the homeless (have you smelt them?), factory workers, racial minorities (who seem increasingly to want to succeed for their family, not their class) – so they have had to concoct new downtrodden in the form of the QWERTY rainbow. Problem is that they are unlikeable people so they are not winning the old sympathy.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 8:46 am

I see Trump begged on his knees to Elon for some cash to pay his debts, but got stiffed. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer bloke.

You should probably list this assets and liabilities, including cash before making a pronouncement.

What is happening is X is open for analytics and targeting.

Trump or Elon giving each other 500 mn of cash is pointless.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 8:49 am

What they didn’t tell you in lefty sloganland is that the hysterical screeching of “believe all women” actually means “let’s throw justice and due process out the window”.

The blokes now in jail for rapes they didn’t commit are actually political prisoners, their freedom cancelled by fascist street mobs egged on by politicians and their supporters in state justice departments.

This is perfect, you have hit the nail on the head here. Very well said.

Draft Tom!

He has to run.

Let the man cook, the youth say nowadays…

Vote #1 Tom!

Crossie
Crossie
March 8, 2024 8:49 am

The waitress was telling me about her friend who’s family ended up in Australia when there was a doctor’s strike in Malta and many Maltese doctor’s left. The friend didn’t like it, or was it her mother, and returned to Malta to live with her grandmother.
Rest of family settled in Australia.
Didn’t know where.
More Maltese in Australia than Malta apparently.

Rosie, I’ve heard it said that there are more Maltese in Melbourne than in Malta.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 8:54 am

Looks like Lehrmann’s lawyers liked the look of the latest Drumgold decision.

Imagine how many smoking monkeys that can buy.

Look! He’s taking another puff!

Indolent
Indolent
March 8, 2024 8:56 am
Rafiki
Rafiki
March 8, 2024 8:56 am

One contribution of the Melbourne Maltese diaspora- Joe Joe Zep and the Falcons. Ahh! Memories of Melbourne pub bands of the late 70s.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 8, 2024 8:58 am

The blokes now in jail for rapes they didn’t commit are actually political prisoners, their freedom cancelled by fascist street mobs egged on by politicians and their supporters in state justice departments

Women comprise approximately 50% of the population. From the Law Society Journal:

In June 2022, women comprised 7 per cent of Australia’s overall prison population

This imbalance needs to be redressed, starting with these lying hoes along with each and every chick in every DPP office across the country.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 9:00 am

I keep on saying it.

An enviable and exemplary libertarian regime ought (must?) to be preceded by a vindictive nationalist regime.

Indolent
Indolent
March 8, 2024 9:04 am

Not if Gates et al have anything to do with it.

Fresh Take: Will Gen-Z Have Enough Farmers To Feed The U.S.?

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 9:04 am
Indolent
Indolent
March 8, 2024 9:07 am
Miltonf
Miltonf
March 8, 2024 9:11 am

Yes lots of Maltese or children or grandchildren of Maltese here in Melbourne. So I would believe Rosie’s assertion.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 8, 2024 9:11 am

I heard a beaut the other day about awoman who has a trannie partner. The question to ponder is, she a lesbian, bi or hetero? The dangling bits are yet to get the chop. Happy International Women’s Day, even if you don’t know what you are, there’ll be another freak to support you. When is International Men’s Day? I don’t really want to know if there is one. Its every other day for me.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 8, 2024 9:11 am

It’s quite a journey to say that I’ve been described as a ….

Election denier
Conspiracy Theorist
Anti Vaxxer
Prepper
Cooker
Stacker
and now a
Bitcoin Maximalist

I’m very comfortable with all of these labels

I resemble the above – and have my own page in Cookerpedia to prove it!

And, can I add, ‘climate denier’ – so thats a full house I believe.

m0nty
m0nty
March 8, 2024 9:11 am

Joe Biden to propose massive tax raid on super rich and corporate America in tonight’s State of the Union address with sweeping hikes including minimum corporate tax up from 15% to 21% and a 25% rate for billionaires

Whaaaaaaaat, you mean it’s actually the left who are the based populists while the right is in the tank for billionaires? Amazing.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2024 9:17 am

Watch out KD or the Gestapo will get you.

German Police Carry Out Dawn Raids on Homes of Suspected ‘Misogynistic Hate Speech’ Posters (7 Mar)

BERLIN (AP) – German authorities carried out raids Thursday across Germany against people suspected of posting misogynistic hate speech online.

Police raided homes and interrogated 45 suspects in 11 states early in the morning, German news agency dpa reported. None of the suspects were detained.

The raids were part of the annual “combating misogyny on the internet” day of action, which began in 2022 and comes one day before International´s Women´s Day.

I doubt this will go very far because the demographic most likely to commit such crimes is also quite excitable.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 8, 2024 9:18 am

Saw Joe Camilleri at the the old Basement venue in Sydney. One of the best I’ve been to.

Beertruk
Beertruk
March 8, 2024 9:18 am

DEI has destroyed…

The whole point of DEI in the public service, corporate and private industry is to employ unqualified people and then stop them from being fired or sacked.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 9:18 am

minimum corporate tax up from 15% to 21% and a 25% rate for billionaires

Explain how that works to create employment.

The alternative is they cut spending. Arguing the US government is not wasteful is laughable.

What if a mechanic or accountant has an LLC? They pay more tax? They’re disincentivised from growing their business past sole trader or partnership status.

Indolent
Indolent
March 8, 2024 9:18 am
  1. Dover, I avoided the whole “who did what” to focus on the reaction to the 2 attacks. In both cases…

  2. He’d been hoping to move to Federal, so it sounds like the Libs told him nope. Good. He can rot…

  3. Just coming out of a fentanyl haze. That and other ‘twilight’ drugs carefully mixed by a friendly anesthetist. So not…

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