Open Thread – Thurs 7 March 2024


Young Man at His Window, Gustave Caillebotte, 1876

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Crossie
Crossie
March 8, 2024 9:19 am

Rafiki
Mar 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.

When Joe Camilleri formed his next band the Black Sorrows he had the Bull sisters as his backing singers.

Beertruk
Beertruk
March 8, 2024 9:20 am

Curses…I think ‘protect’ would have been a better word than ‘stop.’

Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 9:22 am

A good-looking chick friend of a friend I used to know (with jet-black hair –natch) was Maltese and drove a Falcon, which she called the Maltese Falcon.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 9:23 am

Suddenly, Biden’s color revolution has gone grayscale…

Every single Ukrainian province voted for independence in 1991.

Yanukovych was a crook and a traitor. He (his surrogates) was (were) caught red handed rigging votes in Ukrainian Parliament.

Trump started the material support of Zelensky.

The regime is rightly criticised but don’t be fooled by Russian propaganda.

Crossie
Crossie
March 8, 2024 9:23 am

Indolent
Mar 8, 2024 9:09 AM
Exclusive — Feds Build a Wall for Joe Biden’s SOTU Address: ‘Walls Work’

Though only in Washington DC.

Crossie
Crossie
March 8, 2024 9:27 am

Indolent
Mar 8, 2024 8:59 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

And rightfully so. These bastards are all on his side and therefore OK with his policies.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 8, 2024 9:30 am

Dot
Mar 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.

mUnty doesn’t understand all that technical stuff. He failed Economics 1.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 9:31 am

US social security is only fully funded until 2034. Then it’s 80% funded. Americans can confirm this on their official notices.

That is a likely reason for tax hikes.

Tax hikes in an election year certainly is ballsy, considering how well Trump performed economically.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 8, 2024 9:34 am

The Maltese Falcon! Love it. So woggie so Melbourne

Indolent
Indolent
March 8, 2024 9:37 am
thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 9:40 am

Is the US tax rate going up to pay for all of sundown Joes new wars?

Monty barracking for Boeing and Raytheon.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2024 9:41 am

For your own safety, do not fly today.
Stupid remark. Ladies can fly as well as blokes can and are probably less likely to do really dumb things. “Hold my beer and watch this” is a significant cause of aviation accidents.

cohenite
March 8, 2024 9:42 am

Black Ball
Mar 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.

So many false accusations with the liars suffering no consequences at all

Indolent
Indolent
March 8, 2024 9:43 am
Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2024 9:43 am

Every single Ukrainian province voted for independence in 1991.

33 years later this has what relevance?

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 9:43 am

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.

Quotas are entrenching incompetence at all levels of our society.

cohenite
March 8, 2024 9:43 am

I see Trump begged on his knees to Elon for some cash to pay his debts, but got stiffed.

Dickless drawing upon his many years of sucking dick to slander Trump and Elon.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2024 9:51 am

Germany to reintroduce universal military service – Der Spiegel

Should read “Germany to introduce slavery”

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 8, 2024 9:52 am

Indolent
Mar 8, 2024 9:37 AM
causing prosperity

Cheers.

Crossie
Crossie
March 8, 2024 9:53 am

Tom
Mar 8, 2024 9:22 AM
A good-looking chick friend of a friend I used to know (with jet-black hair –natch) was Maltese and drove a Falcon, which she called the Maltese Falcon.

Popular culture of our youth was very witty and cultured AND had great fashions, even big hair. Today it’s all tattoos, danger-alert hair dyes and sexual confusion. I like a goos spectacle but there is so little to see.

Crossie
Crossie
March 8, 2024 9:56 am

Indolent
Mar 8, 2024 9:31 AM
JK Rowling reported to UK police for ‘misgendering’ trans broadcaster as a ‘man’

Has UK turned into a Harry Potter world while nobody was looking?

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 8, 2024 10:02 am

Meanwhile in the Territory:

Alice Springs man dead, eight others flee scene after stolen car rolls

NT News

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 8, 2024 10:16 am

Ya getting weirder every day, Dover.

Go fishing or lawn bowls, do something!

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 10:16 am

33 years later this has what relevance?

Putin is a war criminal.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 10:18 am

The Poms are cooked.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2024/mar/07/uk-taxes-have-reached-1948-levels-but-the-contrast-between-the-budgets-is-stark
According to official forecasts, measures in Wednesday’s budget have left tax as a share of national income at 37.1%

Last time taxes were that high was straight after WW2.

And they will have to do cuts to departments because its not enough.

johanna
johanna
March 8, 2024 10:18 am

I read with interest comments about my scepticism of reports of $1,000 bottles of JW Black in Wadeye.

Point of clarification – I was speaking specifically about Wadeye. I do not doubt for a second that such things happen in other places.

AFAIK, there is no stream of millions of dollars of royalties pouring into Wadeye – but happy to be corrected if this is wrong. Because of that, the idea of thousands of dollars washing around to be spent on a single bottle of booze just doesn’t add up. Claims of multiple identities to claim benefits don’t bridge the gap.

Even if every Wadeye resident is claiming three sets of dole money, which is unlikely, it still doesn’t compute.

But the broader issue remains. We have a culture where people spend huge sums on illegal booze while complaining that their taxpayer funded roofs leak, or there are not enough taxpayer funded facilities for recreation, yada yada.

Thanks to taxpayer funded paternalism, the notion that these communities should take some responsibility for their living conditions is completely alien. They complain about expensive fresh food, but where are the home vege patches and chooks and fruit trees?

And, as a long term renter before I bought my first house, I always tried to maintain and even improve (at minimal cost) the properties being rented. It was a win-win for me and the landlord/lady – they got a good tenant and I got a good living space with minimal invasion of privacy.

The relationship between public housing authorities and Aboriginal tenants in regional/remote locations is completely different, and apparently designed to avoid responsibility by either party. There is always the fallback of taxpayers, prompted by the guilt industry, to paper over the cracks.

As with the Cable-Tie-Two, what is needed is honesty and structural reform if anything is to change.

Oh well. 🙁

Diogenes
Diogenes
March 8, 2024 10:19 am

When is International Men’s Day? I don’t really want to know if there is one.

November 19 – but you don’t wish to know that

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 10:23 am

Eyrie
Mar 8, 2024 9:41 AM
For your own safety, do not fly today.
Stupid remark. Ladies can fly as well as blokes can and are probably less likely to do really dumb things. “Hold my beer and watch this” is a significant cause of aviation accidents.

Good luck flying when the doors are blown off, the plane is rapidly depressurised at 41,000 ft and everyone is unconscious.

Did men or women do that?

Also remember the DEI sub engineers & Boeing forced IQ sacrifice.

RIP Revlon.

Winston Smith
March 8, 2024 10:24 am

https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1765822381413593293
We need one of those here. The Libs don’t have the guts to put it to the people.
Someone who would never vote for them might say “Racist!”

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 10:31 am

Last time taxes were that high was straight after WW2.

The biggest expenditure item is the NHS, followed by social welfare.

And they’re facing tax hikes to continue to fund both at present levels thanks to a migration system that adds costs without sufficient much value to the public purse.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2024 10:31 am

Putin is a war criminal.

What does that stupid remark make the Ukes who were shelling Donbass since 2014?

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 10:33 am

delete ‘much’

Speedbox
March 8, 2024 10:34 am

GreyRanga
Mar 8, 2024 9:11 AM
When is International Men’s Day? I don’t really want to know if there is one.

November 19. Also shares the date with World Toilet Day. I have never thought that was a coincidence.

Miltonf
Miltonf
March 8, 2024 10:35 am

Agree Eyrie. The Washington war machine wanted another war. The human garbage in Washington DC are the war criminals.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 8, 2024 10:36 am

Good points Johanna.

If I remember rightly Bradley Murdoch, the Peter Falconio murderer, was involved in smuggling large quantities of drugs across borders to reach places up north. Apparently extremely lucrative.

Due for parole in 2023 and makes desserts in quantity in the NT bin.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 10:36 am

AFAIK, there is no stream of millions of dollars of royalties pouring into Wadeye – but happy to be corrected if this is wrong.

There is mention (after a quick look) of payments being made, but no sums mentioned or if they are going to a body or individuals.
Deliberate murkiness doesnt inspire a lot of confidence.
Plus $600million + getting dumped into providing more housing for “communities”.

Apparently, here the local tribal group money is run by one family in particular who are well set up in “toyota dreaming”. Everyone else kisses the ring for crumbs.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2024 10:38 am

If anyone wants to start a nuclear war tomorrow would be a great day to do it.

Can Dr. Feelgood Save Biden’s State of the Union Address? (7 Mar)

We may never learn what crazy-quilt array of drugs Presidentish Joe Biden is on, but after four years of watching him visibly fade after about 60 minutes or so — which seems to be the limit of their effectiveness — you’d have to be a hardcore Democrat or a member of the mainstream media (but I repeat myself) not to know that Biden is jacked up on something for his most important public appearances.

While several Democrats have anonymously admitted to the press that they’re worried that Biden might “glitch” during the speech, I’d bet on him making it through without any major malfunctions. Dr. Feelgood will have him extra-juiced tonight so that the press can fawn over his “energetic” performance. And the speech won’t last much more than an hour, getting Biden safely tucked away before that crazy-quilt array of drugs completely wears off.

Between the black pupils and worsening performances the brain-chemistry mechanics have their work cut out this time. And I doubt we’ll see him resurface for a week or so. Anyone see the Secretary of Defense lately? He seems not in great shape either.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2024 10:39 am

Good luck flying when the doors are blown off, the plane is rapidly depressurised at 41,000 ft and everyone is unconscious.

Going really hard on the stupid today, Dot.
The pilots will immediately don their emergency oxygen masks and begin an emergency descent to 14,000 feet. This is a standard emergency procedure.
Doesn’t matter whether the pilots are men or women, a properly trained airline crew will follow the trained procedures. You’d better hope the emergency is one that does get trained for, if not you better hope the crew are really on the ball and figure things out.
BTW ladies fly just about all the aircraft in the US armed forces inventory and have commanded the Space Shuttle and Space Station.
Also, plenty of airliners have been crashed by all male flight crews.

bons
bons
March 8, 2024 10:47 am

I have flown on an all male QANTAS aircraft.

Some of the men wore skirts!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2024 10:48 am

It seems that the images of Aboriginal children, bound with cable ties in Broome, arouses memories of Aboriginal people, in chains, as late as the 1950’s.

KevinM
KevinM
March 8, 2024 10:51 am

Eyrie
Mar 8, 2024 10:39 AM

Good luck flying when the doors are blown off, the plane is rapidly depressurised at 41,000 ft and everyone is unconscious.


Going really hard on the stupid today, Dot.

Not only today Eyrie, if you haven’t noticed, Dot’s offerings are harder and harder to decipher lately, so much so that scrolling is needed most of the time.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 10:54 am

What does that stupid remark make the Ukes who were shelling Donbass since 2014?

Their country voted overwhelmingly for independence. Do you propose that Russia can annex whatever country they like if they don’t have constant independence referendums every 25 to 30 years?

Listen to yourself. This is loopy stuff.

Putin destabilises them for six years then they turn up with an astroturfed army and start kidnapping children.

“Why is Ukraine shelling us?”

Platinum grade level stupidity.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 10:58 am

Good luck flying when the doors are blown off, the plane is rapidly depressurised at 41,000 ft and everyone is unconscious.

It’s a sacrifice we need to remember on International Women’s Day. Did male engineers or flight techs cause that calamity?

Hilarious that “politically incorrect” conservatives need to be shamed into admitting men and women are different, or that women fu$& up in technical jobs because they’re not held to the same standards as men (RIP Revlon).

I’ll remind you in a month’s time when I troll you with the notion of female SAS officers, the army instruction book says they are to be trained to the exact same standard.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 8, 2024 11:00 am

Doesn’t matter whether the pilots are men or women, a properly trained airline crew will follow the trained procedures

Not if the lady pilots are arguing because they both wore the same outfit, they won’t.

shatterzzz
March 8, 2024 11:04 am

So a bunch of bleeding hearts with more money than sense have contributed to the cable-tie gang .. .. seems a go-fund-me page for the trespasser/truants raised $5K enuf for a backyard Big W pool .. I’m guessin’ school isn’t gonna be a priority .. problems will again arise once the water needz changing , methinx ……!

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 11:04 am

properly trained airline crew

This is true by definition but we all know for a fact women are given a pass in flight school, militaries and universities, even schools.

What’s funny is how agreeable they are over salary but know how to negotiate their marks upwards. Men tend to be the opposite.

Salvatore, Iron Publican
March 8, 2024 11:07 am

… seems a go-fund-me page for the trespasser/truants raised $5K enuf for a backyard Big W pool

Unless it is firstly a self-installing, and then self-cleaning, pool, nothing is going to change.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 11:09 am

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

Maybe Women are better at not being caught.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2024 11:12 am

Not if the lady pilots are arguing because they both wore the same outfit, they won’t.

They wear uniforms.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 11:13 am

Dot
Mar 8, 2024 10:54 AM
What does that stupid remark make the Ukes who were shelling Donbass since 2014?

Their country voted overwhelmingly for independence. Do you propose that Russia can annex whatever country they like if they don’t have constant independence referendums every 25 to 30 years?

Listen to yourself. This is loopy stuff.

Putin destabilises them for six years then they turn up with an astroturfed army and start kidnapping children.

“Why is Ukraine shelling us?”

Platinum grade level stupidity.

You have obviously never heard of the Minsk Agreements.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minsk_agreements

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2024 11:15 am

Their country voted overwhelmingly for independence

In 1991. Run the same vote today and you will get a vastly different result. Times change, opinions change. If the Russian speaking Ukes want to be part of Russia, let them. Then the Uke speakers in those areas and the Russian speakers the rest of Ukraine can either live with it or do a housing swap.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 11:17 am

Going really hard on the stupid today, Dot.

Not only today Eyrie, if you haven’t noticed, Dot’s offerings are harder and harder to decipher lately, so much so that scrolling is needed most of the time.

Yes and a really Dotty Dot of Dottiness.

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 11:18 am

The charity responsible for England’s historic monuments says Hadrian’s Wall is “a symbol of LGBT history.”

Does this mean the threat was from Caledonian homophobes?

johanna
johanna
March 8, 2024 11:19 am

All those junkets to climate conferences won’t pay for themselves:

Nearly five years after a new weather radar was promised for the vast Barkly region in the Northern Territory, locals are still waiting and say the delay is causing problems.

Residents protested against the closure of the Old Tennant Creek radar, but it was shut down in 2015 and a new Doppler radar was expected to be operational by 2021, but was delayed due to COVID-19.

Hayfield Station pastoralist Sally Dyer said the missing radar was a safety issue, after a medical transport plane couldn’t take off due to a lack of weather information available to the pilot.

“Luckily it wasn’t life threatening, but they were stuck here overnight,” she said.

“It was a logistical nightmare for them trying to source fuel and get from A to B, because they’d spent a lot more time trying to dodge storms than what they were expecting.”

Local weather is sooo boring, when there are overseas trips and internal promotion prospects available for the doomsayers.

Disgraceful. Where are the local MP and the Minister?

Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 11:21 am

Doesn’t matter whether the pilots are men or women, a properly trained airline crew will follow the trained procedures.

Not if the lady pilots are arguing because they both wore the same outfit, they won’t.

KD wins the Friday internets.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 8, 2024 11:22 am

m0nty
Mar 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.

If only the leftards here in Australia could introduce such “punitive” tax rates.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 11:26 am

Ah yes the Minsk Agreements.

Putin: You are bound to these totally legally sound agreements.

Also Putin: You are not a real country who could ever sign a treaty or accord and your de jure government at the time was illegitimate.

Putin after three wives: I’m here to save you from being further subverted by the west and declining into deep illegitimacy.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 11:27 am

wines

!!!

Winston Smith
March 8, 2024 11:27 am

Eyrie

Mar 8, 2024 10:39 AM
Also, plenty of airliners have been crashed by all male flight crews.

The best one was from the Mexican airlines pilot who put his aircraft into the dirt, after being made aware by Bitchin’ Betty that he needed to pull up…
“Shutup Gringo bitch, I know what I’m doing!”
All flight crew dead – not a passenger flight.

Winston Smith
March 8, 2024 11:32 am

Johanna:

Local weather is sooo boring, when there are overseas trips and internal promotion prospects available for the doomsayers.
Disgraceful. Where are the local MP and the Minister?

They’re in the Maldives. At a conference on Gerbil Wormening. For the next month.

Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 11:33 am

Putin after three wives:

I assume all three are now dead.

I’d love to see their death certificates. #Alexei Navalny.

Speedbox
March 8, 2024 11:43 am

Dot
Mar 8, 2024 11:26 AM
Putin after three wives: I’m here to save you from being further subverted by the west and declining into deep illegitimacy.

Boris Johnson has had three wives and has seven children – is that relevant?

Emmanuel Macron’s wife is 25 years older than him – is that relevant?

Perhaps you can let us know the relevance of Putin’s three marriages.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 11:43 am

Reminder – whenever you see “the pay gap” mentioned, its compulsory to send them this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pdnkbs4l_g

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 8, 2024 11:46 am

Court gag order now lifted for alleged murderer Partick Orren Stephenson.

No news yet on location of the body of Samantha Murphy.

Details in the dailymail online

Gag order was ridiculous from the get go seeing full details of his name etc had been plastered all over the internet and social media. Dumb Victorian magistrate Myktowycz.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 11:53 am

The charity responsible for England’s historic monuments says Hadrian’s Wall is “a symbol of LGBT history.

Well they were being homophobic against large ginger chaps in skirts.
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Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 11:54 am

Dumb Victorian magistrate Myktowycz.

A Daniel Andrews special from his inventory of bleeding heart Labor mates in the judiciary, who specialise in judgements that favour criminals.

Winston Smith
March 8, 2024 12:00 pm

Dot:

Putin after three wives: I’m here to save you from being further subverted by the west and declining into deep illegitimacy.

Wines!!!

Excellent trolling, Dot of Dottiness!
You certainly got some bites with a just a single pouch serving of of Chum!

Alamak!
Alamak!
March 8, 2024 12:02 pm

For your own safety, do not fly today.
Stupid remark. Ladies can fly as well as blokes can and are probably less likely to do really dumb things. “Hold my beer and watch this” is a significant cause of aviation accidents.

For increasing chances of surviving flights I’d suggest the following rules

– avoid Boeing 737 Max (still working out those pesky flight control issues)
– avoid airlines based in countries like Malaysia
– avoid airlines that trumpet DEI

plus some data on crashing planes turns out experience helps …

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2024 12:08 pm

So a bunch of bleeding hearts with more money than sense have contributed to the cable-tie gang .. .. seems a go-fund-me page for the trespasser/truants raised $5K enuf for a backyard Big W pool

No doubt designated “Slegs vir swart mense?”

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 12:15 pm

A Daniel Andrews special from his inventory of bleeding heart Labor mates in the judiciary, who specialise in judgements that favour criminals.

Appointed within 8 years of being admitted.

Seems the Chief Magistrate wasn’t too happy with her decision.

johanna
johanna
March 8, 2024 12:20 pm

Another Greens candidate turns out to be an anti-Semite. Who’d a thunk it?

The post, which was published on Mr Tomlins’ personal Facebook account in September 2023 and was still up as of Thursday, was shared with the caption: “What Australian (sic) need is a government owned by the people that is elected by the people. Not Zionist (sic) or co-operations (sic)”.

The post labels prominent Australian-Jewish businessman Mark Leibler a “global executive Zionist” and a “puppet master” in his role as co-chair of the Referendum Council.

and

Asked about the Police Minister’s posts on Thursday, Suki Dorras-Walker, the Greens candidate vying for his Fannie Bay seat, told the ABC: “It is on everyone in our community to call them out when we come across these views”.

“The point that I’m most disappointed by is that these posts are being defended and downplayed by Brent Potter and the Chief Minister [Eva Lawler],” she said.

However, Ms Dorras-Walker said if it were found that a Greens candidate had shared inappropriate content, it would be “a conversation for the party when it comes up”.

“Obviously it will depend on the post, and it will depend on community reaction,” she said.
.
Mr Tomlins previously ran for the Greens in 2020.(ABC News: Xavier Martin)

Ms Dorras-Walker also said a probity check was conducted on all Greens candidates prior to preselection and that they had the opportunity to “discuss issues that might come up”.

Mr Tomlins ran unsuccessfully for the Greens in the Alice Springs seat of Braitling in 2020.

Just like the former President of Harvard, apparently ‘context’ is all important.

Fact is, the Greens are riddled with anti-Semites, which is crazy considering that Karl Marx was a Jew by birth and culture.

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 12:26 pm

Ice core data indicating minimal anthropogenic global warming

In summary this data indicates there is no significant global warming signal coming from one of the most sensitive parts of the planet. Any warming may be latent, but this seems bit of a stretch.

This absence of a signal could be explained by the fact that the relationship of carbon dioxide to global temperature is logarithmic and above a certain concentration there is minimal impact relative to solar cycles.

Crossie
Crossie
March 8, 2024 12:31 pm

Eyrie
Mar 8, 2024 11:15 AM
Their country voted overwhelmingly for independence

In 1991. Run the same vote today and you will get a vastly different result. Times change, opinions change. If the Russian speaking Ukes want to be part of Russia, let them. Then the Uke speakers in those areas and the Russian speakers the rest of Ukraine can either live with it or do a housing swap.

Housing swap is the most practical solution and that is why it cannot be done. A casus belli was needed and there it was. On the other hand, a lot of people are stubborn and would never move.

johanna
johanna
March 8, 2024 12:41 pm

Winston Smith
Mar 8, 2024 11:32 AM

Johanna:

Local weather is sooo boring, when there are overseas trips and internal promotion prospects available for the doomsayers.
Disgraceful. Where are the local MP and the Minister?

They’re in the Maldives. At a conference on Gerbil Wormening. For the next month.

Flying in and out of the new airstrips recently built despite impending catastrophe.

BTW, I see that TheirABC is still running the line that heatwaves are the biggest killers, by deliberately designing paramaters excluding the real killer – cold.

Arseholes. Pensioners dying in their freezing surroundings don’t count, because it wasn’t a ‘climate emergency event’ or something. They couldn’t afford heating thanks to prices rising at least 50% while pensions didn’t.

As an old person, I can’t imagine how age pensioners (slightly better if they are in public housing) are surviving. Never mind the BS CPI. Food and groceries have gone up at least 20%.

These middle class pricks wanking on about Da Planet while they drive pensioners into extreme poverty are the lowest of the low.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 8, 2024 12:43 pm

johanna

These middle class pricks wanking on about Da Planet while they drive pensioners into extreme poverty are the lowest of the low.

You are far too kind to them.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2024 12:44 pm

Another Greens candidate turns out to be an anti-Semite. Who’d a thunk it?

What do you expect from a movement that is nothing more then Nazism, thinly disguised?

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 1:01 pm

Arseholes. Pensioners dying in their freezing surroundings don’t count, because it wasn’t a ‘climate emergency event’ or something. They couldn’t afford heating thanks to prices rising at least 50% while pensions didn’t.

As an old person, I can’t imagine how age pensioners (slightly better if they are in public housing) are surviving. Never mind the BS CPI. Food and groceries have gone up at least 20%.

These middle class pricks wanking on about Da Planet while they drive pensioners into extreme poverty are the lowest of the low.

Yes, and trying to knock off Pensioners in order to reduce the Age Pension Bill.

And this Cartoon this morning says it all – Illegal Migrants get a better deal than the locals –

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Vicki
Vicki
March 8, 2024 1:13 pm

The charity responsible for England’s historic monuments says Hadrian’s Wall is “a symbol of LGBT history.

Well they were being homophobic against large ginger chaps in skirts.
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Very funny. But, OMG, surely these clowns are not now going out after the Romans for sins against “their people” (am I allowed to say that?) ????

It is now getting beyond silliness into sickness territory….if it wasn’t always there……

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 1:16 pm

A bounty hunter rides into a small wild-west town one day, and heads straight for the Sheriff’s office to see if there are any bad guys that need rounding up.

“Well”’ said the Sheriff. “There’s only the one at the moment: The Brown Paper Kid”.

“The Brown Papoer Kid?, Ain’t never heard of him. What does he look like?”

“He wears a brown paper hat, a brown paper coat, brown paper pants and brown paper boots. And…” added the sheriff. “He rides a brown paper horse”.

What’s he wanted for?”

“Rustling”

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2024 1:24 pm

Independent Kate Chaney confirms she will run for Curtin again
Katina Curtis
The West Australian
Fri, 8 March 2024 7:47AM
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Independent Kate Chaney has declared she will run again for Curtin, only confirming the move after the Liberals preselected Tom White as their candidate in a bid to win back the seat.

The electorate covering Perth’s Golden Triangle was a prized Liberal seat until the 2022 election when the so-called teal independents won a swathe of similar electorates around the country.

Ms Chaney has kept her intentions for the next election closely held, which she conceded on Friday had prompted questions from her constituents as well as media and colleagues.

She labelled speculation about her future a distraction.

“As we’re just over halfway through the term, I intend to remain focused on representing Curtin, rather than campaigning. I’m pretty sure people living in Curtin would prefer I keep working hard for them,” she said.

The WA Liberals state council confirmed last weekend that Mr White, a former Uber executive and one-time adviser to Peter Collier, would be the party’s candidate.

He won preselection over Defence industry advocate and former journalist Matt Moran in a comprehensive 192-64 vote of party members.
Perth-based Independent MP Kate Chaney took the audience through how her campaign operated during the 2022 election.

Ms Chaney said her campaign platform would focus on there being more work to do to re-establish integrity in politics, reduce emissions and reform the tax system to set the budget on a more solid foundation.

She did not believe the Liberals had changed under Peter Dutton’s leadership.

“In fact, it’s become more divisive and polarised, driven by fear and anger and devoid of genuine policy ideas or constructive engagement. Peter Dutton’s Liberal Party does not represent the values of Curtin,” she said.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2024 1:26 pm

Michael
5 minutes ago
The Teals are simply cashed up Greens.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2024 1:27 pm

Peter Dutton’s Liberal Party does not represent the values of Curtin,” she said.

Simon Holmes A Court does represent the values of Curtin?

johanna
johanna
March 8, 2024 1:28 pm

Trouble at mill:

Dozens of planning executives, including those instrumental in developing the Minns government’s signature housing reforms, might soon be out of a job.

The Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure is on the cusp of losing key staff with decades of experience to deliver on a Labor election promise.

Senior planning staff are right now battling it out with their peers to see who will remain in their role.

Critics say it’s the wrong time to embark on mass job cuts, but others see it as a chance to weed out underperforming executives on fat salaries and remove any duplicate roles.

Ahead of the 2023 state election, Premier Chris Minns pledged to shake up the public service by guillotining 15 per cent of senior executives and imposing a two year pay freeze on those remaining.

Dozens of planning executives, including those instrumental in developing the Minns government’s signature housing reforms, might soon be out of a job.

The Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure is on the cusp of losing key staff with decades of experience to deliver on a Labor election promise.

Senior planning staff are right now battling it out with their peers to see who will remain in their role.

Critics say it’s the wrong time to embark on mass job cuts, but others see it as a chance to weed out underperforming executives on fat salaries and remove any duplicate roles.

Ahead of the 2023 state election, Premier Chris Minns pledged to shake up the public service by guillotining 15 per cent of senior executives and imposing a two year pay freeze on those remaining.

Weird blockquotery.

Anyway, the NSW Deep State is fighting back, as expected. Minns’ timid tiptoe into the tulips will probably be greeted with a large front end loader, courtesy of Da Bruvvers.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2024 1:32 pm

For increasing chances of surviving flights I’d suggest the following rules

– avoid Boeing 737 Max (still working out those pesky flight control issues)
– avoid airlines based in countries like Malaysia
– avoid airlines that trumpet DEI

And especially avoid green aircraft designed by NASA and Boeing together.

New look at NASA Boeing sustainable experimental airliner (7 Mar)

As NASA and Boeing enter the early stages of producing the X-66, the first X-plane specifically focused on helping the United States achieve net-zero aviation emissions by 2050, the team is already picturing what the aircraft will look like soaring above the clouds.

I think they’ll get their net-zero aviation this way, but not quite in the manner they intend. GWGB.

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 8, 2024 1:33 pm

Rita Panahi:

It’s been fascinating watching perpetually outraged, race-obsessed activist and media types tie themselves in knots trying to make sense of the Sam Kerr saga.

At first they were just confused but before long confusion turned to indignation when it became clear that the alleged victim of Kerr’s racist comment is a white, male police officer. Then they resumed doing what they do best; blaming racism and misogyny for Kerr’s predicament.

The Matildas captain and Chelsea striker has been charged with intentionally causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress to the officer over an incident in London on January 30, 2023 where she is alleged to have called him “a stupid white bastard”.

Australians, including her bosses at Football Australia, CEO James Johnson and Matildas coach Tony Gustavsson, were shocked to learn of the charges earlier this week when Kerr appeared at a court hearing via video link.

One can understand why Kerr failed to advise FA of the incident when it occurred, clearly hoping the matter would disappear but once charges were laid in January, 2024, she should’ve come clean with her various bosses.

The matter is set to be heard in February, 2025, but Kerr may escape that ordeal if she is successful in Kingston Crown Court next month where her lawyers are expected to argue the case should be dismissed for abuse of process.

Even if you back these draconian laws policing speech, one can argue that justice delayed is justice denied and authorities took almost a full year to charge Kerr and she has to wait another year for the matter to be finalised in court.

If the case does proceed to trial then the soccer star faces a fine or a maximum jail sentence of six months.

Any sort of penalty will be an enormous fall from grace for one of Australia’s biggest sporting stars. Kerr reportedly earned more than $3m in the year leading up to last year’s World Cup where her fame and earning capacity soared further.

It remains to be seen whether her marketability will be hurt by this saga and whether it’ll cost her sponsorships with the likes of Nike and EA Sports.

That seems unlikely. But already there are some folk who are normally outraged by any suggestion of racism, real or imagined, lining up to defend Kerr even if she is guilty of the offence, arguing that you can’t be racist towards white people. Then there were the feminists claiming that Kerr is being treated unfairly because she is a woman. Just don’t ask them “what is a woman?”.

Senator Lidia Thorpe wrote: “Replace all statues of captain cook (sic) with statues of Sam Kerr, our one true captain”

Former Labor MP Emma Hussar wrote: “Sam Kerr should I (sic) tell more men they’re stupid white bastards, (esp those in powerful positions) and continue her good service to Australian women everywhere. Sam is a legend.”

Sydney Morning Herald ran a headline asking “If Sam Kerr was a straight, white housewife, would she stand accused of racism?”

Writer Jane Caro said: “I hope that we don’t treat a female football player worse than we treat male football players who fall from grace … we sometimes have this double standards where we expect women to behave much better than men and when they don’t we punish them even more harshly.”

These intellectually dishonest positions are almost comical. We all know if a white player, male or female, had similarly sledged a black or brown officer the consequences would be far more serious, particularly with their football club and sponsors.

For many, Kerr’s biggest offence isn’t what she allegedly said in a heated moment, it’s the hypocrisy of lecturing others about racism and then allegedly falling short of that standard herself.

One had to laugh at this droll take from @ayedfy who posted: “Lot of people on the Left suddenly OK with a highly paid coloniser denigrating a working-class indigenous person with racial slurs. Good on the local police for resisting Kerr’s imperialist violence.”

I find the whole notion of having “mean words” criminalised absurd, that these laws exist and can be misused to pursue charges that can take years to finalise is grossly unfair.

But presumably the racism-obsessed activist class, including Kerr herself, back such laws. And, if you back these measures you must understand that it applies equally to all.

You cannot have an Orwellian some animals are more equal than others interpretation that exempts certain races from prosecution

Muddy
Muddy
March 8, 2024 1:40 pm

People over profits.
Profits over culture.
Profits over facts.

The first glib slogan above was roughly spray painted under a motorway overpass not far from me. The second and third statements – likely by the same individual/s as the first – were neatly stenciled under another motorway overpass about five kms or so from the first.

The easy response would be ‘Even an economic illiterate like myself knows that profits feed/clothe/house people, and allow culture (let’s say competitive sport, for example) to be experienced.’

What is more arguably more important than asking why fans of socialism don’t understand the benefits of capitalism, is ‘Why don’t conservatives use ‘stunts (tactics)’ like our competitors do?

I’ve stated numerous times that ‘We are in the midst of a competition for influence’ [which is not my original phrase, by the way]’ but conservatives don’t seem to understand as fully as our competitors, how to use the available tools in order to share our beliefs.

We consider ‘stunts’ to be beneath us, but if they work (gain media attention), that is more than what we achieve. All the effort of individuals (such as our own Rafe, for example) and organisations will come to nought if we don’t have a ‘shopfront’ for potential customers to know we even exist.

Tactics are the vehicle for sharing knowledge.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 1:40 pm

Ukraine war: Eastern residents brace for Russian advance

Even the BBC is recognising reality for once –

In eastern Ukraine, the tide of this war hasn’t just changed – it’s coming in fast.

“We know what’s coming,” says Mariya as she packs up the TV in her flat in Kostyantynivka. She’s having it delivered to Kyiv before making the journey there with her son.

“We’re tired all day [and suffer] moods and panic attacks. It’s constantly depressing, and we’re scared.”

In February, Russia captured the strategic town of Avdiivka. Since then, the invaders have advanced further west, and taken several villages.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-68493215

Rossini
Rossini
March 8, 2024 1:49 pm

“These middle class pricks wanking on about Da Planet while they drive pensioners into extreme poverty are the lowest of the low.”
Totally agree Johanna!

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2024 1:50 pm

New look at NASA Boeing sustainable experimental airliner (7 Mar)

Make the wings large span to reduce induced drag. High aspect ratio to reduce wing profile drag. This would be heavy so add struts to relieve wing bending moment near the root for lighter structure. The thing probably won’t be as fast as current airliners though but will have lower fuel burn.
At 2 to 2.5% of human CO2 emissions aviation isn’t exactly low hanging fruit for picking. Also probably the most difficult. Gravity is a bitch.

Tom
Tom
March 8, 2024 1:52 pm

From the US campaign trail, Roger Franklin:

(After the Civil War of the 1860s) there will be a natural reticence to entertain the thought that America is once again coming apart. It’s tinfoil hat stuff, surely — America remaking itself as a bad day in Beirut! Sell that movie treatment to Hollywood, you might scoff, because who can believe this country of hand-on-heart patriotic affirmations, of parking spots reserved for military vets and the Stars and Stripes flying proud over used-car yards could ever be anything but whole?

The thing is, though, the rifts are there and, unless you make a supreme blind-eye effort, impossible not to see. After my 10 weeks on the road, swinging up through the guts from Miami towards Iowa and then veering northeast to New England before turning dead south again for Dixie, the growing suspicion and, yes, the fear is that such a film will need to be a documentary.

RTWT

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 1:53 pm

Worth every cent of their 8 cents a day…
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-08/samantha-murphy-patrick-orren-stephenson-ballarat-murder-charge/103563850

The ABC understands Mr Stephenson played junior football for the Redan Football Netball Club.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 1:59 pm

The Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure –

May, “We the People” please ask the NSW Auditor-General to conduct an audit on the achievements of the Department of Planning, Housing and Infrastructure over say the past 5 years.

That is, did the Department meet it’s stated Aims/Objectives/KPI’s and other stated criteria over that time. Please report back to the People of NSW asap.

We are waiting with baited breath.

Oh, so We the People are not allowed to request such an audit?

Bugger that.

shatterzzz
March 8, 2024 1:59 pm

Oh dear! .. Spencer Lenui blunders into early “guilty” plea …..
1st rule! .. never plead guilty .. the woke/bleeding hearts will eat you alive .. Behave like “Sam” outwardly blaise and finger up attitude .. tho she only abused a white plod .. very small potatoes alongside 251 “tears” ..!

Speedbox
March 8, 2024 1:59 pm

dover0beach
Mar 8, 2024 1:03 PM
Reparations, out of the question. The ambit claim at the end would be unacceptable to most Russians.

I think the ambit claims could have a higher chance of success than the reparation money. Realistically, the ambits would cost Russia a few/several billion (ongoing for years) but again, the ultimate prize is no NATO and Crimea.

I also think Crimea may be negotiable to the extent of reconstituting the Crimean Autonomous Republic (similar to 1992-4) provided Russia maintains control over the Sevastopol port for their Black Sea navy units. Messy to negotiate but has potential.

I wonder whether a skillful negotiator could squeeze Russia for a wide range of practical and very valuable benefits for Ukraine in exchange for relinquishing captured areas. Those areas currently under Russian control have been largely devastated by the fighting so it is something of a pyrrhic victory for those villages. The rebuild cost would fall to Russia.

Would the Ukraine government be happy losing almost a fifth of their land area? No, of course not and will require constitutional amendment but, if I was them, I would look to the ‘least bad’ solution and milk Russia as deeply as possible. Ukraine should ‘read the room’. Western support is fragile and cannot be realistically deemed open ended – despite what the French or English might say. That largesse has limits. If Trump is re-elected (likely) then they are in more trouble as a one-armed wall paper hanger. Meanwhile, the Poles are making subtle noises about ‘recovering’ part of western Ukraine if the nation disintegrates.

Would the Ukraine people cop it? Hard to say but they are increasingly war weary and are not stupid – they know it has to come to an end and that Ukraine is being used as a battlefield. The cost in Ukraine blood has been very severe.

Of course, Russia could say ‘nah, up yours we’ll just take it’ to any negotiations but the cost in Russian blood and treasure will be higher than a negotiated settlement. Putin may be many things but he isn’t stupid and has gone out of his way to insulate Russian people from the impact of the war. He has largely succeeded but at the end of the day, Russia just wants a solid unchangeable commitment of Ukrainian neutrality. The rest is negotiable.

——
By the way, I sent you a guest post. Check your email.

Muddy
Muddy
March 8, 2024 2:04 pm

Is there any truth to the rumour – via Powerline – that U.S. troops will be used to secure a port in Gaza for the disembarkation and distribution of aid shipments? Allegedly this was a ‘big news’ item to be announced during the SOTU address.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 2:07 pm

dover0beach
Mar 8, 2024 1:57 PM
Anyone watching the SOTU?

No need as we all know full well that it’s in a right (actually full left) state.

Wally Dali
Wally Dali
March 8, 2024 2:12 pm

SOTU has the energy of a partially drunk step-grandad grabbing the mic at a wedding reception, mainly attended by the bride’s pole dancing posse

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
March 8, 2024 2:15 pm

Roger Franklin at Quadrant Online:
unny place to find oneself on Super Tuesday as the fog lifts, this ridgeline of hillocks and dips overlooking a broad swathe of pastures, fences and narrow tracks in the rolling ground of rural Pennsylvania. This is where they say — well, some say — the South’s defeat was sealed and with it two more years of slow retreat, defeat and bloody ruin. This southern aspect of Little Round Top (above — look closely, they are bodies amid the rocks) is the most visited site on the Gettysburg Battlefield’s monument-studded national park, the slope where Joshua Chamberlain famously led the 20th Maine in a death or glory bayonet charge. That was 159 years ago, when America was last at war with itself.

Gettysburg, about as far north as the Confederacy ever reached, is 1700 miles from Palmito Ranch in Texas, on the Mexico border, where the very last names were added to the 600,000-odd who perished in five years of settling irreconcilable differences. It was an easily appreciated divide back then, a geographic one, courtesy of Messrs Mason and Dixon having marked on their map the abrasive edges of abutting economies and cultures. Then those who elevated states’ rights above federal authority in defence of slavery struck the spark at Fort Sumpter that transformed the long-building heat of that friction into open conflict and the powder keg exploded.

Please, bear with me, because there will be a natural reticence to entertain the thought that America is once again coming apart. It’s tinfoil hat stuff, surely — America remaking itself as a bad day in Beirut! Sell that movie treatment to Hollywood, you might scoff, because who can believe this country of hand-on-heart patriotic affirmations, of parking spots reserved for military vets and the Stars and Stripes flying proud over used-car yards could ever be anything but whole? The thing is, though, the rifts are there and, unless you make a supreme blind-eye effort, impossible not to see. After my 10 weeks on the road, swinging up through the guts from Miami towards Iowa and then veering northeast to New England before turning dead south again for Dixie, the growing suspicion and, yes, the fear is that such a film will need to be a documentary.

In part, those fissures are what led to here. The intention had been to spend the night in Washington, where a former colleague and old friend works in Al Jazeera’s bureau, but that reunion fell through and without a reason to remain within DC’s boundaries these days it is best to get out of the place. It was bad in 2022, when I was in town for the congressional midterms, but it’s much worse now. Bums on every corner, murders, carjackings, the deranged roaming and howling. If there is an overhang to be found — even a showcase window, say, that juts above the sidewalk — there will likely be beneath it a shambles of filthy rags and cardboard bedding and some unfortunate who calls it home. At his stump rallies, Donald Trump makes a point to vow that cleaning up Washington, to “make it a great city again”, will be high on his to-do list and this pledge always gets a huge cheer. Americans for generations have headed to the national capital on school-bus excursions and summer holidays with Mom and Dad to take in the showcased wonders of American exceptionalism, from the Smithsonian’s aerospace Spirit of St Louis to the Capitol at one end of The Mall and Lincoln Monument at the other. Washington was laid out and built to inspire but can no longer serve that purpose, not in its current distressed condition. Ronald Reagan’s “shining city on the hill” has become a pig sty, so the easiest, fastest way Google could suggest an exit from the traffic-choked CBD was followed.

That route led through up-market Georgetown, expensively chic, largely white and still mostly safe, through small towns and villages to this damp rock overlooking Gettysburg’s vistas of former carnage. The only company in the morning’s calm being the calls of ravens and thoughts of how a nation can shred the rules and tear itself apart with such resolute determination.

In this light, consider the Supreme Court’s ruling which this week rebuked three states for their attempts to strip Trump from the November ballot. No way, said the Justices without dissent, ruling that citizens in Colorado, Illinois and Maine have a constitutional right to vote for whomever they like. Clear cut, right, no room for further argument? Not as far as congressional Democrats are concerned. No sooner had the decision been posted than a trio of prime movers in Trump’s two impeachments immediately announced they would explore what legislative powers might be brought to bear to stop a re-elected Trump entering the White House. In other words, they will set out to do precisely what they have spent three-plus years accusing Trump of doing on January 6, 2020: overturning the will of the people. Colorado’s thwarted attorney-general slammed the Supreme Court for trampling what she said were state’s rights.

The Ironic echoes of the Civil War grow louder.

TONIGHT on Capitol Hill, Joe Biden will deliver his third State of the Union address. He’ll claim the economy is singing (it is on Wall Street but not elsewhere), that inflation is declining (it isn’t), that the “our democracy” thing is strong but in dire peril (from Donald Trump). He may also insist, almost certainly will, that the southern border is secure, America’s enemies wouldn’t dare cock a snook, and the US military remains mighty and invulnerable. All lies and brazen lies at that. Apparently untroubled by US bombs, the Houthi sand goblins have continued bombarding Red Sea shipping, most recently sinking a British-registered vessel and seizing an American merchantman. Biden orders airstrikes and his handlers spawn sound bytes about the might of American arms. Yet the attacks continue and the volume of lies cranks up to match them. Most likely, at some point in proceedings, Biden will be jeered, which never used to happen on State of the Union night, but now is a regular feature. Decorum and good manners, like so many other quaint habits that lubricated political behaviour, have vanished from American politics.

Where it all ends, whether the frictions reach combustion point, no one can tell. But the signs are there that the trashing of so many conventions, the by any means necessary devotion to winning, isn’t going to end well, just as it didn’t in 1860. God help America if all Biden’s talk about Trump being “a threat to democracy” incites some fool to take a shot at him. It’s a big country. There are plenty more sites to host the invoked demons that once led to Gettysburg and might again.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
March 8, 2024 2:16 pm

The U.S. is basically stuffed, and while Dr. Trump might be re-elected, the patient is beyond help.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2024 2:17 pm

More excellent Ann Barnhardt memes:
https://www.barnhardt.biz/

Speedbox
March 8, 2024 2:24 pm

SOTU – Kamala Harris is up and down in her seat behind Biden like a Jack in the Box.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2024 2:25 pm

Amazing seeing footage of the National Guard in NYC subway conducting bag checks.

Coming to a train station near you.

‘Bad vibes’: Central Station tops most feared location for women (Tele, paywalled)

New mapping has pinpointed the locations where Sydney women feel most at risk with bus stops, dimly lit streets and the Central Station precinct topping the list.

This is what you get when plod are too busy arresting people playing with their kids in parks, or peacefully waving Israeli flags.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 2:28 pm

SOTU – Kamala Harris is up and down in her seat behind Biden like a Jack in the Box.

I remind you Sir, that this is a family blog.

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 8, 2024 2:29 pm

Stupid remark. Ladies can fly as well as blokes can and are probably less likely to do really dumb things. “

1) Evidence please
2) First principles says you are wrong – flying retains a goodly element of ‘hand-eye coordination, (just google ‘difficult crosswind landing, cockpit view’ if you doubt this) – which men, on average, are superior at.
3) As a proxy, look at the sex ratios among rally crews: almost *all* drivers are male (where hand-eye coordination and spatial orientation matter), yet navigators are often women (where multi-tasking – reading the notes, watching the road, speaking to the driver) is essential.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 2:36 pm

The Joe Biden speech is NOT a State of the Union as it actually is.

It is a load of stuff that are only dreams about the future. More promises, promises, promises.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 2:39 pm

SOTU might be approaching trainwreck status.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1765939554253443116

Entropy
Entropy
March 8, 2024 2:39 pm

There is a movie about to come out called “civil war” starring Kirsten Dunst as a reporter covering the war resulting from California and Texas trying to succeed. Human rights and war crimes all around.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2024 2:40 pm

1) Evidence please

57 years of aviation. Known many who were unlucky but most of the dead did dumb shit. Only one female in that time who died (flying up a valley that a Cessna 150 that couldn’t outclimb the terrain, not surprising if you know C150). The lady had also been instructing in the B737 sim that Mrs Eyrie bought me an hour in for birthday.
Flying actually is usually far less time critical than driving. Mainly need to plan, think well ahead and have options. Plenty of blokes have screwed up difficult crosswind landings too.

Speedbox
March 8, 2024 2:40 pm

Dot
Mar 8, 2024 2:28 PM
I remind you Sir, that this is a family blog.

haha. Before I pressed ‘post comment’ I did pause. Honest!

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 2:45 pm

Top men designing the power of the future
TOP…MEN…

https://twitter.com/_davidlimbrick/status/1765924026252480824

David Limbrick MP ?
@_davidlimbrick
Yesterday in Parliament, I had a rather heated discussion with the Government about the new energy storage target contained in in the Climate Change and Energy Legislation Amendment (Renewable Energy and Storage Targets) Bill 2023.

It seemed odd to me that the Government was setting an energy storage target but the unit of measurement was not energy. They specified “gigawatt”, which is a unit of power and could be taken to mean the maximum output of a battery. But it doesn’t specify storage capacity at all. Surely the amount of energy stored is important? Is this an error or are they not really setting a target for storage?

John H.
John H.
March 8, 2024 2:48 pm

Eyrie
Mar 8, 2024 2:40 PM
1) Evidence please

57 years of aviation. Known many who were unlucky but most of the dead did dumb shit. Only one female in that time who died (flying up a valley that a Cessna 150 that couldn’t outclimb the terrain, not surprising if you know C150). The lady had also been instructing in the B737 sim that Mrs Eyrie bought me an hour in for birthday.
Flying actually is usually far less time critical than driving. Mainly need to plan, think well ahead and have options. Plenty of blokes have screwed up difficult crosswind landings too.

There is a bloke on youtube that examines aircraft accidents. The accidents are not because the pilot didn’t act quickly enough. Most accidents happen because pilots don’t follow the required procedures leading to a situation where there is no hope of recovery. Even very experienced pilots can make stupid mistakes that can’t be fixed.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2024 2:50 pm

Daily Mail.

RSL Queensland slammed over new ‘acknowledgment of country’ for Anzac Day ceremonies: ‘Where do these things stop?’

Anzac Day in QLD to include Acknowledgement of Country
The decision has sparked backlash

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 2:54 pm

Take with a grain of salt or 2, but this provides a great explanation of why the mudering young chaps name was supressed.

I wonder if a certain magistrate has her name on some of the prior convictions and wet lettuce leaf slaps.

Rick
@colonelhogans
ALLEGEDLY from Ballarat public court records, in the past 6 years the accused murderer of Samantha Murphy has been to court 17 times for sexual assault, violence and Domestic Violence.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 2:57 pm

yet navigators are often women (where multi-tasking – reading the notes, watching the road, speaking to the driver) is essential.

You must be joking. My ex-wife always had the Sydney UBD/Map upside down and when correct about the directions (not very often) would tell me to take a left turn when I was about 10 feet away from the left turn doing 30 mph in our motor.

Missed it by that much………………………….

I always read the UBD/Maps before going anywhere so that I had a good idea where we had to go/and how to get there and what to expect from the ‘Navigator’.

shatterzzz
March 8, 2024 2:57 pm

SOTU – Kamala Harris is up and down in her seat behind Biden like a Jack in the Box.

Oh dear! .. I suddenly had vision of another speach from Police Academy ..
https://youtu.be/GSiJiDSmb1E

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 3:00 pm

Had a search of the court lists, and it looks like the “arrested before” is crap.
https://dailylists.magistratesvic.com.au/EFAS/CaseSearch

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 3:00 pm

mole

That might show that mental health issues were a real thing.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 3:01 pm

Speedbox
Mar 8, 2024 2:40 PM
Dot
Mar 8, 2024 2:28 PM
I remind you Sir, that this is a family blog.

haha. Before I pressed ‘post comment’ I did pause. Honest!

LOL. Please forward this onto the Stoush Nurse for comment as to this being a Family Blog.

Speedbox
March 8, 2024 3:04 pm

flyingduk
Mar 8, 2024 2:29 PM
3) As a proxy, look at the sex ratios among rally crews: almost *all* drivers are male (where hand-eye coordination and spatial orientation matter), yet navigators are often women (where multi-tasking – reading the notes, watching the road, speaking to the driver) is essential.

All true and as an added benefit, most women navigators are lighter than men. In low powered rally cars, those fewer kilos of weight (potentially 30-40kgs) can actually make a small difference.

I knew a bloke, back in the day, that would specifically use only female navigators for this reason. (you would know him as well – rallied a Mini – initials JB).

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 3:04 pm

Dot.
I think the mentions page would still bring something up.
But its Sicktoria, so god knows.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2024 3:10 pm

Simon Holmes A Court does represent the values of Curtin?

Sadly, probably yes. As an incumbent Chaney might be hard to dislodge. One to watch. WA Lieborals all jostling for places on the rebuild.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2024 3:21 pm

Who would have thought Curtin is now a marginal. Hopefully this means more “free” stuff. Hard to think what that might be. We don’t have any shooting facilities – if you don’t count the SAS range.

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 3:22 pm

58 000 full time jobs lost since June 2023.

– ABS

One economic target we’re going to hit early this year is the RBA’s end of year unemployment prediction, We’re only 0.2% behind in early March.

‘RBA’s last rate hike a mistake’

– Economists

You think?

Meanwhile, the migrants keep coming, unaware that they’ve bought into a ponzi about to collapse.

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 8, 2024 3:27 pm

Muddy

What ‘stunts’ do you propose, blocking traffic?

Indolent
Indolent
March 8, 2024 3:27 pm

This is from last year. Not sure if it’s been posted before. It’s about the effect the war in Ukraine is having on the relationship with China.

Did the Neocons Save the World from the Thucydides Trap?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 3:28 pm

Statement of the SOTU..

STEPHEN GREEN | MAR 07, 2024 9:48 PM EST
If the goal tonight was to prove that Grandpa can handle more juice in his veins than Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, then it’s Mission Accomplished.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2024 3:28 pm

Leongatha mushrooms accused hires Philip Dunn KC as her lawyer

EXCLUSIVE
By john ferguson
Associate Editor
3:17PM March 8, 2024

Accused mushroom murderer Erin Patterson has hired a legend of Australian criminal law as part of her legal team as she faces three murder and five attempted murder charges.

Philip Dunn KC, who has worked on some of the biggest criminal cases in Australia including the Great Bookie Robbery in the 1970s, will defend 49-year-old Ms Patterson.

Mr Dunn has represented people including late gangland boss Carl Williams and other gangland figures, and represented the wife of Melbourne society murders killer Matthew Wales, Maritza.

He is widely accepted to be one of the country’s greatest criminal lawyers, his specialities including alleged murder, conspiracy, corporate and tax fraud and drug and sex offence cases.

Melbourne lawyer Bill Doogue, who has worked for clients including former governor-general Peter Hollingworth, is Ms Patterson’s solicitor and Mr Dunn’s junior will be Sophie Stafford, a former associate to Victorian County Court judge Michael O’Connell.

The mushroom case is due to return to the Latrobe Valley Law Courts in Morwell in May, with the brief of evidence due to be finalised this month.

This will outline the evidence police have gathered after the deaths of three people after a toxic dish was allegedly served at Ms Patterson’s house in Leongatha, 135km southeast of Melbourne.

Ms Patterson’s alleged victims were her former parents-in-law Don and Gail Patterson, both 70, and Heather Wilkinson, 66, the aunt of her estranged husband Simon Patterson. Ms Patterson is accused of attempting to murder Simon Patterson several times and of attempting to kill Baptist minister Ian Wilkinson on the same day as the fateful meal.

Simon Patterson and Mr Wilkinson are both living in nearby Korumburra and attend the local Baptist church, and Mr Wilkinson’s health has improved steadily since he was admitted to hospital after the lunch.

His friends had feared he would die along with his wife.

Simon Patterson was not at the July 29 lunch last year, but Ms Patterson was also charged with attempting to murder him on that day.

Ms Patterson, who barely spoke when she appeared in court on November 3 last year, had previously stridently stated that she would never harm her former parents-in-law, who are buried in a single grave outside Korrumburra.

They are buried opposite Ms Wilkinson.

The engagement of Mr Dunn comes after Ms Patterson sold her city townhouse, in outer suburban Mt Waverley, for about $1m.

Expenses will depend on how the case progresses through the courts and the terms on which the lawyers are engaged. She still owns her $1m house at Leongatha.

Ms Patterson, who is the mother of two children, has not pleaded and the court process could last until well into 2025, depending on the prosecution’s case.

Police are alleging that Ms Patterson tried to kill her ex-husband three times in 10 months and again on the same day of the meal.

Ms Patterson is accused of ­attempting to kill her husband on four occasions between November 16, 2021, and July 29 2023, with claimed incidents also in May and September 2022.

JC
JC
March 8, 2024 3:30 pm

Johnny Rotten
Mar 8, 2024 2:57 PM

You must be joking. My ex-wife

Huge surprisel

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 8, 2024 3:33 pm

Mr Dunn has represented people including late gangland boss Carl Williams and other gangland figures, and represented the wife of Melbourne society murders killer Matthew Wales, Maritza

Mr Dunn KC is not exactly covering himself in glory here, certainly in terms of getting favourable results for his clients

He is widely accepted to be one of the country’s greatest criminal lawyers

In fields including siphoning Legal Aid cash.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 3:35 pm

One point from the shite of the union speech.
Apparently America is going to build a port and supply aid to the Palesimians, but have no boots on the ground…

So to what authority do the propose to turn the aid over to?
Theres one armed group which seems to have a fair bit of influence there already.
I wonder who they are.

JC
JC
March 8, 2024 3:37 pm

thefrollickingmole
Mar 8, 2024 3:28 PM

Statement of the SOTU..

STEPHEN GREEN | MAR 07, 2024 9:48 PM EST
If the goal tonight was to prove that Grandpa can handle more juice in his veins than Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, then it’s Mission Accomplished.

This is, most likely, his last public appearance in front of a large audience. What an angry speech.

Saw some polling earlier today. When folks are asked if they’re personally okay in terms of how the economy is treating them, by a wide margin, they’re saying they’re doing fine. But when asked about the economy in general, they’re reporting that it’s doing badly. It appears to be a total disconnect. I hope this keeps up into November.

Entropy
Entropy
March 8, 2024 3:40 pm

Should Limbrick asked the government if these legislated storage systems were capable of 1.21 gigawatts?

flyingduk
flyingduk
March 8, 2024 3:46 pm

knew a bloke, back in the day, that would specifically use only female navigators for this reason. (you would know him as well – ralliy a Mini – initials JB).

😉 …. more latterly, he did compromise with a more solid male (JH), but said chap was a wizzard tuning multiple carburettors, he used to do my Escort.

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 3:48 pm

After announcing in August that he was “walking away” from journalism (to take up an academic post teaching journalism) Stan Grant will return to the fray at The Saturday Paper.

Meh…I’m over it.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2024 3:53 pm

Should Limbrick asked the government if these legislated storage systems were capable of 1.21 gigawatts?

Bowen probably means Cybertrucks. They look a little bit like a DeLorean. I wonder what happens when you get one up to 88 miles per hour?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 8, 2024 3:59 pm

After announcing in August that he was “walking away” from journalism (to take up an academic post teaching journalism) Stan Grant will return to the fray at The Saturday Paper.

His short lived career as an actor didn’t work out?

What is Stan Grant doing in this mess of a movie? (Paywallian)

It’s hard to believe the former ABC presenter read the script before agreeing to appear in Ricky Stanicky, a film shot in Melbourne that’s about as much fun as losing a limb.

Heh.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 8, 2024 4:00 pm

Crikkit news, for RacerX:

Cheaty McSook once again proves he’s not an opener’s ring gear. Padding up on the back foot to the new, moving pill on a first day greentop. LBW, naturally, and for bugger all as well.

That sort of shot would have had him sacked from any Under 16 team in the country.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2024 4:00 pm

… Stan Grant will return to the fray at The Saturday Paper.

The Jewish vanity press. Next stop – freelance.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 4:02 pm

Bidens border pitch…

People pay $8000 to smugglers
If we let them in but it only takes 6 weeks to process them they will stop…

Underpants gnome migration.

1:37 in hes announcing aid shipments to Hamas.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u42TQs4Pf2c

An telling the Israelis not to interfere with the transfer of supplies to hamas.
“2 state solution”.

A masterclass in “old man yells at nation”.

cohenite
March 8, 2024 4:08 pm
Speedbox
March 8, 2024 4:10 pm

flyingduk
Mar 8, 2024 3:46 PM

Yes, compromises must sometimes be made (sigh). Of course, years earlier JB also used Ivan S who, in no way, could be considered a man of light frame.

Separately, a looong time ago I had a mate who worked at Carburettor Sales and Service on Hutt St in the city (remember them?). Anyway, he was a wizard at triple Webers and those gigantic Holley carbys.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 8, 2024 4:24 pm

So i have just learned tgat there is a latin motto associated with the seal of Mosman council:

Tutus in undis

which they translate as “In safe waters”.

BUT, when I looked it up tutus was nominative, not ablative. It is also before the preposition which I know Latin is not too strict on, but in any event a better translation would be “Safe amidst the waves”.

Anyone actually studied Latin able to verify or correct?

This could be as scandalous as the ‘Great Sydney University Split Ablative Absolute Latin Grammar Crime-palooza’!

Sidere mens eadem mutato

I am reluctant to point this linguistic faux pas to the council. They will just yank out the Latin inscription and insert what some Elder-for-hire of the Gimmimunni tribe says is an authentic translation of ‘Trans rights are human rights!’

Speedbox
March 8, 2024 4:26 pm

Indolent
Mar 8, 2024 3:27 PM

A long read but very interesting. Thanks for posting.

I wonder whether the author has been reading the Cat? Specifically: “Xi wants to secure a place for himself in Chinese party history that is at least equal to Mao and greater than Deng.”

Many of us on the Cat have been saying this for a long time.

And: Xi met Putin for important talks at their Moscow summit and as he was departing, his remarks were recorded on video: “Right now there are changes – the likes of which we haven’t seen for 100 years – and we are the ones driving these changes together,” Xi told Putin as he stood at the door of the Kremlin to bid him farewell.

The Russian president responded: “I agree.”

Perhaps they also read the Cat?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 8, 2024 4:30 pm

Today is International Women’s Day.

It was supposed to be yesterday, but they weren’t ready.

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 4:37 pm

Today is International Women’s Day.

It was supposed to be yesterday, but they weren’t ready.

Would you recommend the veal?

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 8, 2024 4:37 pm

It was supposed to be yesterday, but they weren’t ready.

I asked a woman what we should do for it but she just huffed “Nothing!” and started typing harder on her keyboard.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 4:45 pm

Apparently this is a real thing a real Orange bad man posted on his site.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1765952831595721006

shatterzzz
March 8, 2024 4:45 pm

Normally, of course, Mam would have just retorted, “White c**t” to Spenser but realised the bloke wuz “blek” so teared up & sooked to the ref …
Tony Mundine opines on Mam’s tears …..
https://ibb.co/wJ98cx4

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 4:50 pm

I am reluctant to point this linguistic faux pas to the council.

I wouldn’t dare for the reason you mentioned.

(I’m a bit rusty, but wouldn’t amidst be medium? Whereas in is simply on.)

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 4:50 pm

So if this kid accused in Ballarat has been named, why wasn’t a very basic theory of the crime reported at the time of his bail hearing?

I don’t get why the police are so secretive as to what triggered the arrest.

Also shouldn’t they have gathered more evidence first, instead of after an arrest and charging?

Sure more evidence might turn up. As an outsider, they’re just excluding anyone devious enough to turn their mobile off and leave it at home.

If they correlated tower hits with incriminating texts, well, why not say so?

Bespoke
Bespoke
March 8, 2024 4:55 pm
Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 8, 2024 4:59 pm

wouldn’t amidst be medium?

I think in (with ablative) can be either ‘in’ or ‘on’. I just thought ‘amidst the waves’ might go better because otherwise it might read like being literally inside the waves.

Quidquid Latine dictum sit altum videtur.
(Whatever is said in Latin is seen as profound.)

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 5:01 pm

I’m not even sure you can assert a deliberate attack without a body, a weapon or accomplices. There’s just no corroborating evidence. Once again, why not reveal any incriminating mobile phone data?

The cops will hand over their evidence on July 25 for a committal hearing to trial on 8 August!

Unless he turned himself in, which does not seem to be the case.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 5:03 pm

Dot.

Always the chance he was caught on another camera somewhere.

People really, really underestimate the amount of surveillance they are under every day.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 5:04 pm

I really, really want this to be good.
They tick a lot of boxes for style and theres a fair few easter eggs in the trailer for people.

Fallout series.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1765739379853541510

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 5:05 pm

Sure, I agree, but I just don’t get why they don’t say so?

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 5:06 pm

I just thought ‘amidst the waves’ might go better because otherwise it might read like being literally inside the waves.

I take it to reflect their geographical position.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 5:07 pm

Seems a little unfair though mole.

4.5 months to build a case whilst you’re on remand for rather nebulous reasons.

Then you have two weeks to prepare for a committal hearing!

JohnJJJ
JohnJJJ
March 8, 2024 5:08 pm

I am not a big stock and shares guy, but it seems that Woolworth’s share price has dropped by 10% and Coles has increased by 10%, since late January. mmmmm

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 8, 2024 5:10 pm

I’ve got a feeling that Patrick Stephenson and his personal story is going to be a depressing tale.
BTW – From Ballarat friends – Plod weren’t directly involved in identifying him. They only confirmed his whereabouts.

Zafiro
Zafiro
March 8, 2024 5:16 pm

‘I will not canvass any details to do with the evidence in respect of the murder,’ Mr Patton said.

Dunno what the deal is. I had read somewhere, and also on Under Investigation TV show week before last that a car was involved (a damaged car seen leaving the area). As in deliberately run over.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 5:17 pm

The police have denied that too.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 8, 2024 5:22 pm

Denials from VicPol aren’t gold standard.

Indolent
Indolent
March 8, 2024 5:22 pm
cohenite
March 8, 2024 5:30 pm

Patrick Orren Stephenson: apparently some young woman had complained some time ago about being bashed with a rock by some young dude in the same area as Mrs Murphy was murdered; she managed to escape obviously. If the guy doesn’t reveal where he put the poor woman’s body I think some form of torture/interrogation is warranted. After all that grub Milat went to his grave without revealing details of his murders. The poor relatives still suffer.

slackster
slackster
March 8, 2024 5:32 pm

thefrollickingmole
Mar 8, 2024 5:04 PM
I really, really want this to be good.
They tick a lot of boxes for style and theres a fair few easter eggs in the trailer for people.

Fallout series.

I bet it won’t even come close to this amateur fallout series from 10 years ago :

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

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 8, 2024 5:32 pm

I think some form of torture/interrogation is warranted

Interesting angle…Bradley Murdoch – mentioned above – would disagree. The Falconio family wouldn’t.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2024 5:33 pm

If the guy doesn’t reveal where he put the poor woman’s body I think some form of torture/interrogation is warranted.

Anne Marie L’Amperage – the only proviso is that he survives the interrogation.

Dot
Dot
March 8, 2024 5:36 pm

As a competent magistrate would have said, some evidence would be nice.

Sure, it may turn out for the worst for Stephenson.

They have jumped the gun. It’s outrageous and shouldn’t happen.

Or they are playing 5D chess.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 8, 2024 5:40 pm

Denials from VicPol aren’t gold standard.

You aren’t on the High Court by any chance?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2024 5:40 pm

Interesting angle…Bradley Murdoch – mentioned above – would disagree.

The Bradley Murdoch who spends a lot of his time in separate accommodation, because of his choice of tattoos?

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 8, 2024 5:45 pm

The Bradley Murdoch who spends a lot of his time in separate accommodation, because of his choice of tattoos?

Haven’t heard of that one…he is well known for making desserts in the prison kitchen. Apparantly has some talent at it.

Apart from that survives on his size – very big fellow – and the notoriety of being a many of mystery. So I have heard.

JC
JC
March 8, 2024 5:48 pm

Nice piece by Henry Ergas. Very thorough too.

NATO can’t be blamed for Putin’s aggression

Nowadays, being in the West means always having to say you’re sorry – even, it seems, to Vladimir Putin. That’s because Putin, like just about everyone else, is a victim: or so claims Tom Switzer, writing last weekend on these pages.

Russia’s repeated attacks on its neighbours were not, he contends, unprovoked acts of aggression; they were an understandable “reaction to NATO’s open-door policy”. And the right response is not to help Russia’s targets defend themselves: it is to grant Putin his way.

Making sense of Switzer’s account, which entirely ignores the region’s history, is challenging. In effect, Russia’s violations of its neighbours’ sovereignty began long before NATO showed any sign of expanding. As early as August 1992, when ethnic violence exploded in Georgia’s provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Boris Yeltsin dispatched Russian “volunteers”, who, along with Russian-armed secessionists, unleashed mass killings aimed at “cleansing” the region of ethnic Georgians.

theaustralian.com.au05:19
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With the administration of George HW Bush showing no interest in ensuring Georgia’s territorial integrity, Russia’s ability to establish separatist enclaves in Abkhazia and South Ossetia set a pattern that was soon repeated in Moldova, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

Meanwhile, the Yeltsin government’s foreign policy review declared that the states which emerged from the Soviet Union’s collapse formed a zone of Russian “special interests”. Russia’s “vital concerns” in those states, it said, should be pursued by “all legitimate means”, including “divide-and-influence policies” that undermined their relatively weak governments and anchored them to Russia’s emerging kleptocracy.

Those developments made it clear to Poland and the Baltic states that their position was precarious. Given decades of accumulated hostility, passively submitting to renewed Russian domination was plainly unacceptable. The remaining options were stark: they could either greatly expand their military capabilities, which would have strained fragile economies and increased the risk of dangerous clashes; or they could seek the credible protection of an alliance – as they all did.
READ MORE: That’s because Putin, like just about everyone else, is a victim: or so claims Tom Switzer, writing last weekend on these pages. | IOC boss: Ukraine in, war-supporting Russians out of Games | Ukraine says destroyed another Russian warship in Black Sea | ‘I was a PoW. Russia traded me on the black market’ | Ukraine calls out Defence hesitancy | America’s top Russia hawk steps down |

That option, far from inciting conflict, stabilised a volatile situation. The NATO accession process helped avoid a military build-up in Eastern Europe; it gave the new members the time to consolidate democratic institutions, including through sweeping, NATO-assisted, reforms of Soviet-era armed forces; and it provided crucial security assurances to Finland, which was itself undergoing a difficult transition after the USSR’s collapse.

The stabilising effect of what Switzer calls “NATO’s open-door policy” is readily evidenced: the Alliance’s security guarantees completely deterred Russian incursions into the new members’ territory. In contrast, it was where and when NATO’s door was slammed shut that those incursions proliferated.

Critical in that respect was NATO’s disastrous Bucharest summit in April 2008. With Russia’s threats to Georgia escalating, the summit was expected to define a timeline for Georgia and Ukraine’s accession. Instead, Angela Merkel, whose sole concern was to protect Germany’s increasingly lucrative trade with Russia, vetoed any outcome that went beyond stating that NATO membership was in those countries’ long-term “vocation”.
Demonstrators holding a banner showing the Russian flag and the red paint-splattered image of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Demonstrators holding a banner showing the Russian flag and the red paint-splattered image of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The consequences didn’t take long to eventuate. Within 24 hours of the communique’s publication, Putin declared that Crimea was naturally Russian; and shortly after that, Russia’s attacks on Georgia became an all-out invasion.

The lame-duck administration of George W. Bush, which was struggling with the “forever” wars, effectively washed its hands of the situation, forcing Georgia into a settlement hastily brokered by France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy. Extraordinarily poorly designed, the agreement was supposed to result in the complete withdrawal of Russian “peacekeepers”. As it turned out, the peacekeepers were actually piece-keepers, whose role was to convert the separatist enclaves into permanent Russian outposts.

From then on, Western weakness invariably served as a prelude to further Russian aggression. It is no coincidence the invasion of Crimea occurred shortly after Barack Obama’s dismal failure to enforce the “red line” he had set down in Syria. And if Putin held any fears that aggression would lead to a strong Western reaction, Obama’s declaration that Russia’s control over Crimea was a “fait accompli”, along with Merkel’s decision to press ahead with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, put them firmly to rest.

“Germans should not freeze because of Ukraine,” said Merkel – nor did the downing of MH17 and the intensifying conflict in the Donbas change her mind or convince the Europeans to honour the ambitious defence spending pledges they had made at NATO’s 2014 summit.

But all of those capitulations paled compared to the US’s humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan. Watching the world’s pre-eminent power scurrying from the scene like a wounded dog, and confident the Europeans were too frightened, and too dependent on Russian gas, to react, Putin reiterated what he had said in 2002: that his prime objective was to recreate “Velikaya Rossiya” – the tsarist-era term for “Great Russia”.

At that moment, Ukraine’s fate was sealed. Switzer, pointing to the fact that only 190,000 Russian troops were deployed in the 2022 invasion, claims Putin’s war aims were limited. The reality is that Putin – like Stalin in the Winter and Continuation wars against Finland – had greatly underestimated Ukraine’s willingness and ability to resist.

But with Western public opinion showing growing signs of war-weariness, how much longer Ukraine can hold out is now uncertain. And uncertain too is where Putin, who is actively attacking Western interests worldwide, will strike next.

What is certain is that since the invasion there has been an avalanche of mea culpas – ranging from Henry Kissinger to Germany’s President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier – about the West’s failure to confront Russia earlier and decisively, including by expanding NATO to Ukraine and Georgia.
Ukrainian servicemen of the Donbass volunteer battalion take part in clean-up operations in a village in the Lysychansk district of the Lugansk region.
Ukrainian servicemen of the Donbass volunteer battalion take part in clean-up operations in a village in the Lysychansk district of the Lugansk region.

The glaring exception is Merkel. Far from expressing any regrets, she has, somewhat bizarrely, compared herself to Neville Chamberlain, saying that her repeated concessions to Putin bought the West “breathing space” in which to prepare for the worst. Having left Germany’s armed forces in a shambles, her attempted self-exculpation is laughable. But the comparison to Chamberlain is not.

After all, much as Merkel and Switzer with Putin, Chamberlain thought Hitler had legitimate grievances about Germany’s “natural” sphere of influence, which the UK should “admit and satisfy through rational negotiation and compromise”. And, much like Merkel and Switzer, he believed, against all the evidence, that giving ground would satiate the aggressor’s appetite and was, in any event, preferable to war, in which there “are no winners but all are losers”.

That was the dream; but as the fear of war dug the grave of peace, it turned into a nightmare. Then, as now, the free world had not done too much too soon, provoking aggression; rather, lacking resolve, and desperately hoping for a quiet life, it had done too little too late, allowing its enemies to gather strength.

That was the mistake we made in dealing with Russia. Repeating it, be it with Putin, Xi Jinping or Hamas, would not just be an error. It would be a tragedy.
Henry Ergas

m0nty
m0nty
March 8, 2024 5:52 pm

Is the US tax rate going up to pay for all of sundown Joes new wars?

Monty barracking for Boeing and Raytheon.

mole sounding like Green Left Weekly, db channeling Pravda, it’s very 1990s on the Cat today.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 5:58 pm

Popquiz: Whos the only US president in the last 30 years not to start a war…

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 8, 2024 6:02 pm

Haven’t heard of that one…he is well known for making desserts in the prison kitchen. Apparantly has some talent at it.

The judge said Murdoch, who had been beaten up several times by Aborigines when he was a boy, had a “longstanding hatred of Aborigines”. One of his tattoos shows an Aboriginal man hanging from a noose. Eighty per cent of the inmates of Darwin’s jail, where Murdoch will serve his time, are Aborigines.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 8, 2024 6:07 pm

I take it to reflect their geographical position.

It is a peninsula, I suppose.

Safe on the waves actually works better, I think.

Mind you, it is all within Port Jackson so waves are not really much of an issue.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 8, 2024 6:16 pm

I gather Biden is making a big promise to legalise abortion nationally if he gets back in with a Democrat majority.

I know even RBG thought Roe v Wade was bad law and was aware that it would likely be overturned. She was more in favour of what she saw as a growing acceptance among the states and Roe v Wade was too much too suddenly.

Anyway, Biden seems to think this a key issue.

Indolent
Indolent
March 8, 2024 6:24 pm

Tucker doesn’t pull any punches.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 8, 2024 6:28 pm

So i have just learned tgat there is a latin motto associated with the seal of Mosman council:

“Tutus in undis”

which they translate as “In safe waters”.

It could also be “Tutu’s in Undies” as worn by MontyPox Virus –

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Baba
Baba
March 8, 2024 6:28 pm

Judge denies Trump request to delay $83.3m E Jean Carroll payment

Could E Jean Carroll and Lewis Kaplan have anything in common apart from the court case?

Roger
Roger
March 8, 2024 6:35 pm

Seems Tom Switzer reads the Cat too.

Chuckle.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 8, 2024 6:38 pm

LOL, that Ergas article.

Seconded

cohenite
March 8, 2024 6:40 pm

Baba
Mar 8, 2024 6:28 PM
Judge denies Trump request to delay $83.3m E Jean Carroll payment

Amazing: Trump didn’t rape her but was held to have sexually assaulted her because he denied he raped her. The US is fuked.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 8, 2024 6:40 pm

Tucker was interesting on the US attorney generals pitch to black voters.

You are all to stupid to get ID so we will ban it being needed in elections…

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