Open Thread – Wed 13 March 2024


Autumn thoughts, Arnold Böcklin, late 1800s

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John H.
John H.
March 15, 2024 4:34 pm

Speedbox
Mar 15, 2024 3:52 PM
JC
Mar 15, 2024 11:37 AM
Since 2008, ironically, at the beginning of the Kenyan’s presidency, the US media has been on a single course direction to portray whites as evil and blacks as permanently oppressed. All communication in fact has run that way from the MSM, blue states and the federal government.

Accept what you say JC but I would be interested in further detail. For example, does the average white US citizen recognise their society is becoming more “them and us”?

They certainly do but it is not black and white it is red and blue.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 15, 2024 4:35 pm

Apart from western Sydney and north-western Melbourne, where are the Parliamentary seats with high Muslim populations located?

Lysander
Lysander
March 15, 2024 4:43 pm

Apart from western Sydney and north-western Melbourne, where are the Parliamentary seats with high Muslim populations located?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Australia#:~:text=In%20Sydney%2C%20adherents%20of%20the,Wiley%20Park%2C%20Bankstown%20and%20Auburn.

Roger
Roger
March 15, 2024 4:44 pm

Italy: Catholic Diocese Urges Faithful to Participate in Islamic Prayers During Ramadan (11 Mar)

The Catholic Herald reported Friday that the Italian diocese of Bergamo is “instructing its priests to participate in Islamic rituals, citing Pope Francis’ directives on interreligious dialogue.”

So…which one is the prophet, Jesus or Mohammed?

I don’t suppose the bishop of Bergamo would be able to give a straight answer.

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 15, 2024 4:47 pm

FMD
https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/startup-says-massive-plane-could-make-wind-energy-viable
Note the requirement a 6000 foot packed dirt runway at each wind farm.

Lysander
Lysander
March 15, 2024 4:48 pm
Lysander
Lysander
March 15, 2024 4:50 pm

Pope Francis’ directives on interreligious dialogue.”

Is that the one where we’re finally being allowed to build Catholic churches and proselytise in Mohammered countries?

Lysander
Lysander
March 15, 2024 4:57 pm

John Pesutto is a goner.

Apparently.

cohenite
March 15, 2024 5:08 pm

Ken Buck, a never Trumper and RINO, is leaving congress next week and apparently taking another 3 RINOs with him. This will reduce the 218 – 213 GOP majority to at most 2. If the demorats held the house when Trump became POTUS they could disenfranchise him. Lauren Boebert was going to run in Buck’s seat but could have been rejected by the RINOs after giving up her current seat reducing the majority by another. She has rejected this preserving the slim GOP House majority.

The left play politics so much better than the right.

cohenite
March 15, 2024 5:10 pm

A Dutch court of appeals has decided that a small group of climate activists who received two month in jail for gluing themselves to Johannes Vermeer‘s The Girl with the Pearl Earring no longer need to serve their sentence.

According to CNN, the court said that the three activists, who are part of the protest group Just Stop Oil Belgium, spent 23 days in holding cells leading up to the trial. The court ruled that additional prison time “would have been excessive.”

The court added that doling out a severe punishment might have a “chilling effect,” and that it wanted to ensure that those who want to peacefully protest or exercise their right to freedom of expression aren’t discouraged.

The left control the system. Anyone who seeks justice in the system has their head up their arse.

cohenite
March 15, 2024 5:16 pm

Finally a new study finds the suicide rate amongst trannie women is twice as high after getting their dick cut off and replaced with a non-moist hole.

Vicki
Vicki
March 15, 2024 5:22 pm

Professor Clancy and many within the medical and research community have a very different view. The symptom presentation is different. Even the claim it is a respiratory infection is up for debate because the serious impact is on the vascular network, although numerous studies highlight wide ranging organ damage.

Oh John H, you are so right! I especially think that the vascular network is severely compromised in initial and recovering phases in many cases of Covid. Why some are severely affected is no different, I guess, from most other issues in medicine.

So….even though I would concur that there are structural similarities between Post Viral Syndrome and Long Covid/Long Vax, this swine of a spike pathogen has more secret weapons than we ever imagined. As my GP mumbled, “Well, its not natural, is it?”

Prof. Clancy is such an under utilised resource for Covid! He is an expert in respiratory and other immunological disorders & from the get-go noted that it was generated in the mucosal system and predicted (to no effect!) that vaccines would ever stop it. He is currently exploring ways of helping those who are severely compromised by Long Covid or Long Vax. He is a bloody angel – because virtually no GPs or specialists seem brave enough to go near it.

Incidentally, the vascular effect of Covid is often overlooked – even though myocarditis and periocarditis are now recognised complications -especially in relation to the effects of the reproductive spike proteins in the gene therapy (AKA mRNA vaccines).

Lysander
Lysander
March 15, 2024 5:24 pm

US battleground state polls released today.

Pennsylvania: Trump leading 52-48
Michigan: Trump leading 48-45
Nevada: Trump leading 45-40

Also non-battleground states.

Ohio: Trump leading 50-38
Alaska: Trump leading 53-41

Lysander
Lysander
March 15, 2024 5:24 pm

Oh, and AZ was 49-45 for DJT. 🙂

Vicki
Vicki
March 15, 2024 5:24 pm

….”no vaccines would ever stop it..” !!!!!!

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 15, 2024 5:25 pm

duncanm
Mar 15, 2024 3:30 PM
dripping vs. soggy

I think that’s before and after.

Bread and dripping. Oliver Twist’s favourite. Never soggy if done right.

Indolent
Indolent
March 15, 2024 5:27 pm

I’m not sure I agree with Tucker who doesn’t want TikTok banned:

It’s not TikTok they want to ban, it X and Rumble. This is only setting the precedent. Nancy Polosi is pushing it for all she’s worth. That should tell you something.

This TikTok bill is the Alex Jones of the legislative world.

Start by targeting an app that has been demonized, and then use the tactic to stifle/suppress other social media platforms.

This will eventually target any politically disfavoured speech under the TikTok pretext.

Lysander
Lysander
March 15, 2024 5:37 pm

I do get that Indolent.

And they may try that; however it’s a different argument that they’d need to launch, as it’s not the content on TikTok, it’s the owner.

Zafiro
Zafiro
March 15, 2024 5:37 pm

replaced with a non-moist hole.

Most excellent usage of moist.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 15, 2024 5:38 pm

Mainstream News is Committing Suicide

“Virtually everyone I talk to thinks mainstream news is just propaganda. COVID drove a spike through the very heart and soul of the First Amendment. Even five years later, people generally respected the news. COVID appears to have been the death knell to mainstream news. This chart shows the results of Gallop Polls, and the trust in American media is down well below 40%. Our models warn that when confidence in government falls below 40%, governments begin to collapse.

Last October, the Pew Research Center reported that Americans follow the news less closely than they used to. I remember growing up, and my father and mother would first watch the nightly news, and then the shows would come on. Never did I ever hear my father call the news fake or propaganda. Indeed, back in 2016, 51% of American adults surveyed indicated that they do so “all or most of the time.” That number dropped to 38% in 2022.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/propaganda/mainstream-news-is-committing-suicide/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Lysander
Lysander
March 15, 2024 5:41 pm

Simulation of Russia getting nuked by the West.

https://twitter.com/RectaSapere/status/1768323340291153950

45 million die in ten minutes (the simulation fails to show “MAD”)

JC
JC
March 15, 2024 5:49 pm

Sancho Panzer
Mar 15, 2024 3:13 PM
JC
Mar 15, 2024 10:41 AM
Once a year story in the NYTimes about Australia and you end up with this.

Add it to the WarmList. Snake catchers’ income rises.

Be nice if they didn’t release them behind your back fence after they caught them.

There’s a sign beside the Yarra near the corner of Chapel and Alexandra ave, slap bang in front of Melbourne High saying , Beware of Snakes. You can’t get more inner city than that.

The peninsula is littered with them.

Original owners can’t be touched I guess.

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 15, 2024 5:51 pm

REMINDER: This Bipartisan Push to Ban TikTok Is *Not* About Chinese Spying

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNNYhLZ0IXU

The funny thing is that even if TikTok is hived off in the US, their data & moderation will look nothing like TikTok China or TikTok Australia.
But it will keep the establishment & security state happy.

John H.
John H.
March 15, 2024 5:54 pm

Vicki
Mar 15, 2024 5:22 PM
Professor Clancy and many within the medical and research community have a very different view. The symptom presentation is different. Even the claim it is a respiratory infection is up for debate because the serious impact is on the vascular network, although numerous studies highlight wide ranging organ damage.

Oh John H, you are so right! I especially think that the vascular network is severely compromised in initial and recovering phases in many cases of Covid. Why some are severely affected is no different, I guess, from most other issues in medicine.

So….even though I would concur that there are structural similarities between Post Viral Syndrome and Long Covid/Long Vax, this swine of a spike pathogen has more secret weapons than we ever imagined. As my GP mumbled, “Well, its not natural, is it?”

I can’t dismiss the possibility the virus was engineered. It can’t be proven but it is a remarkable coincidence that it originated in a city with a biolab. I suspect agencies are avoiding that conclusion because there are many biolabs and governments don’t want protests about gain of function research.

I contracted the virus when I visited two people. They said they weren’t feeling well and I asked them 3 times if they did a RAT. They replied it wasn’t Covid. They never did a RAT because they had a recent booster shot so thought it couldn’t be Covid. Three days later they told me it was Covid. I was furious because in the interim I was visiting people. I was sick for one day, I had two shots to maintain access, the last a year beforehand. Both of them were sick for weeks, the older one was hit hard. When he came out of hospital I took one look at him and perceived damage upstairs. He’s been going downhill ever since. I was taking zinc, magnesium and D.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 15, 2024 5:55 pm

Wodney at 5:38.
Two paragraphs.
Well done you!
I knew you could do it!

Indolent
Indolent
March 15, 2024 6:03 pm
Winston Smith
March 15, 2024 6:08 pm

Just looking at the BoM site.
Not a white dot on the 256km screen.
Wait.
Yes, the sprinklers are on at Longreach Airport.

Roger
Roger
March 15, 2024 6:11 pm

He’s been going downhill ever since. I was taking zinc, magnesium and D.

You would think simple, non-controversial prophylactics like that would be recommended to older patients by every conscientious GP.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 15, 2024 6:12 pm

Finally a new study finds the suicide rate amongst trannie women is twice as high after getting their dick cut off and replaced with a non-moist hole.

Beautiful work Cohenite @05:16pm 🙂

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 15, 2024 6:19 pm

Just spent nearly 2 months in Victoria. I rarely saw anything on the opposition, apart from Prescutto it’s invisible. Nationals even worse, do they even have a heartbeat?

I just had a peruse of the below website on the Liberals. Leader well enough said on him, Southwick despite shadow police minister under COVID lockdowns was pretty mute on the brutalisation, Crozier is a midwife whose profession seem to spawn left wingers, Mulholland who is an ex Jismist with News Corpse, then the rest. Only one I’d be semi interested in was the ex cop Battin.

https://vic.liberal.org.au/our-team

Wow Victoria you ae doomed…

Roger
Roger
March 15, 2024 6:21 pm

Peter Hitchens on the BBC.

Uncomfortable Net Zero Truth Bombs Dropped on the BBC

Sunak’s proposed gas plants mean that the UK will never achieve Net Zero.

It’s over.

Chris Bowen didn’t return our calls.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 15, 2024 6:24 pm

There’s esoteric and then there’s really really esoteric.

Contagious disease spread through faeces runs rampant amongst psychedelic festival-goers as health officials urge better hygiene (Sky News, 15 Mar)

A highly contagious bowel disease, spread through faeces-to-mouth contact, has broken out at a psychedelic bush doof festival in Victoria.

A Shigellosis disease outbreak has been confirmed at Victoria’s Esoteric Festival, with festival-goers warned that the highly contagious bowel infection can have dire symptoms.

Shigellosis (Shigella) is a bowel infection that is often spread by coming into contact with infected faeces.

It can be spread by getting the bacteria on your hands and touching your mouth, or sexually by oral-anal contact.

Health authorities are urging Victorians who attended the Esoteric Festival from March 8 to March 12 to get tested for shigella immediately if they experience gastro-like symptoms.

The warning follows a confirmed outbreak of the disease at the psychedelic event, held in Donald, almost 300km from Melbourne.

People with symptoms are urged to practice safer sex, maintain good hygiene, practice handwashing, and avoid preparing food for others.

Maybe get tested for monkey pox as well, you never know.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 15, 2024 6:27 pm

Sancho Panzer
Mar 15, 2024 5:55 PM
Wodney at 5:38.
Two paragraphs.
Well done you!
I knew you could do it!

Mrs Stencho Pantyhose – Another self appointed Blog Milk Monitor on the case. Head case that is.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 15, 2024 6:32 pm

Chris Bowen didn’t return our calls.

Blackout Bowen has already achieved Net Zero. It’s his IQ.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 15, 2024 6:34 pm

That’s a very big blueberry.

Coffs Harbour farm grows the world’s heaviest blueberry (Ncl local news, 15 Mar)

The world’s heaviest blueberry has been grown by a farm in Australia.

Weighing 20.40 grams and measuring 39.31 mm, the fruit grown in New South Wales has set a new Guinness World Record mark, surpassing the previous record from 2020 recorded by a 16.20 gram blueberry in Western Australia.

They should build the Big Blueberry on the other side of the highway from the Big Banana. It could become a competition for which fruit gets the most tourists!

JohnJJJ
JohnJJJ
March 15, 2024 6:35 pm

but it is a remarkable coincidence that it originated in a city with a biolab

WE need to knock this on the head. It originated in the Wuhan Lab. Simple probability analysis shows that you can bet your dog on it. How many wet markets in China 10,000? 100, 000 – let’s say 50,000. The probability that it originated from a wet market next to a Lab working on exactly these projects then is 1 in 50,000 i.e. 0.00002%. The wet market pangolin or bat or wombat origin is just a cover. It certainly came from the Lab.
The Chinese know the gweilo leaders are compromised and the rest are idiots.

JohnJJJ
JohnJJJ
March 15, 2024 6:38 pm

Big Blueberry on the other side of the highway from the Big Banana Great idea. How about
Put two big blue berries down one end of the banana and then….

Crossie
Crossie
March 15, 2024 6:51 pm

Lysander
Mar 15, 2024 4:57 PM
John Pesutto is a goner.

Apparently.

When? Next year?

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 15, 2024 6:55 pm

Bowen’s place in Albo’s neo Whitlamesque circus is assured.

Speedbox
March 15, 2024 6:56 pm

Lysander
Mar 15, 2024 5:41 PM
Simulation of Russia getting nuked by the West.
https://twitter.com/RectaSapere/status/1768323340291153950
45 million die in ten minutes (the simulation fails to show “MAD”)

What a terrible thing. Most of Russia would be uninhabitable for generations. 45 million dead and another 45 million suffering appalling injuries and radiation sickness.

But we are all finished. MAD, as you say, will wreak havoc across the globe. Billions will die or be injured from the blasts, or consequently by radiation.

Roger
Roger
March 15, 2024 6:56 pm

Some Weekend Reading up for your consideration.

Thanks, dover.

The Feser article looks interesting.

cohenite
March 15, 2024 6:58 pm

WE need to knock this on the head. It originated in the Wuhan Lab.

Fuking oath. The only issue is was it a profit making project and there is some evidence for this since a patent was already in place for the covid vaccine (sic); or was it a foray into bio-weapon territory.

Dot
Dot
March 15, 2024 6:59 pm

The court ruled that additional prison time “would have been excessive.”

I can trade liberal rule of law for anarchic justice.

What would a mob do? After all the left represents “the people”, right?

Dot
Dot
March 15, 2024 7:04 pm

Italy: Catholic Diocese Urges Faithful to Participate in Islamic Prayers During Ramadan

It’s lent.

Try the fish.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 15, 2024 7:05 pm

“How Russia is fighting the Ukraine war“

https://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2024/03/a-very-interesting-russian-document-has.html

Courtesy of ‘another ian’ at Jo Nova Blog.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 15, 2024 7:08 pm

H B Bear
Mar 15, 2024 6:55 PM
Bowen’s place in Albo’s neo Whitlamesque circus is assured.

He’s channeling Rex Connor.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 15, 2024 7:19 pm

Judge asks whether Higgins should be recalled over $2.4m compo evidence

By stephen rice
NSW Editor
Updated 7:08PM March 15, 2024, First published at 5:45PM March 15, 2024

The judge in Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation case has sensationally asked whether Brittany Higgins should be recalled to give evidence about her $2.4m compensation payout, after the Ten Network suggested it would be unfair to her for the court to make findings about whether she had made false represent­ations to the commonwealth.

Justice Michael Lee emailed parties to the defamation case earlier this week after receiving a submission from Ten that allegations Ms Higgins had “committed a fraud on the common­wealth” should not be adjudi­cated in the case.

Mr Lehrmann’s lawyers had argued that Ms Higgins made 11 separate representations about her alleged rape in her settlement that were either false or contradicted by her own evidence in the defamation case.

Ms Higgins made false representation “for the purposes of securing a life-changing payment” and were a breach of the warranties made by her in the deed, Mr Lehrmann’s lawyers ­alleged.

Ten had argued it was not its responsibility to act in Ms Higgins’ interest over the allegations, but said Justice Lee “should not make very serious findings of the kind alleged against an unrepresented witness who has not been heard in respect of them”.

Justice Lee noted Ten’s submission seemed to suggest there would be a denial of procedural fairness if he “considered it necessary to make any finding as to whether false representations had been made in the deed because it is relevant to any general credit finding made in relation to Ms Higgins”

In his email, released by the Federal Court on Friday, Justice Lee accepted he should not make any findings as to the legal characterisation of any false representations but wanted to know what Ten was suggesting if the submissions were about her ­credit as a witness. The judge expressed the view that recalling Ms Higgins was unnecessary but warned that “nothing in this email indicates a view, one way or another, as to the underlying merit of any credit submission based on the commonwealth deed”.

In response, Ten barrister Matt Collins KC said it would be “inappropriate for this court to make any finding as to the characterisation of Ms Higgins’ conduct contended for by Mr Lehrmann – in substance that she was prepared to tell lies, including elaborate lies, in respect of matters that she warranted to be true and correct with the intention of inducing the commonwealth of Australia to enter into the deed which provided for the payment of a life-changing settlement sum”.

“It would be extraneous to the determination of the issues in this case to make any findings as to the legal characterisation of any findings of any false representations in the deed (should they be made)”, Mr Collins argued.

The representations in the deed could only be considered “as part of an assessment of the ­general credit of Ms Higgins in the limited relevant sense, which is in short whether it discloses a preparedness to tell lies on solemn occasions that infects the court’s assessment of the evidence she gave in this proceeding”.

The majority of the inconsistent claims in the deed had been put to Ms Higgins in cross-­examination, so Ten did not consider it necessary to recall her to the witness box to provide her with procedural fairness, Mr Collins submitted.

Earlier this month, Mr Lehrmann’s lawyers set out a detailed comparison of the claims Ms Higgins made in the commonwealth deed with her evidence in the still-to-be-decided defamation case.

Among the claims made by Ms Higgins in the settlement deed, but disputed in a submission by Mr Lehrmann’s legal team, led by Steven Whybrow SC, were:

• That Mr Lehrmann got into Ms Higgins’ taxi on the night of the alleged rape without her agreement (she testified she had agreed).

• That he directed the cab to stop at Parliament House without her agreement (she gave evidence that she “just went along with it”);

• That he directed her to get out of the cab (she testified that “I don’t know why, but when it stopped I got out too”);

• That they didn’t speak on the Monday afterwards (they had coffee and exchanged emails).

Mr Lehrmann’s lawyers also point to claims made in the deed that have been strongly disputed in evidence, including that Ms Higgins told Fiona Brown – who was the chief of staff of Miss Higgins’ boss at the time, senator Linda Reynolds – that he had ­sexually assaulted her, an allegation that has always been vehemently denied by Ms Brown.

The settlement deed also stated Senator Reynolds did not ­engage with Ms Higgins at all during the election campaign. “She avoided (Ms Higgins) and made clear she did not want (Ms Higgins) attending events with her,” the settlement deed stated.

In fact, Ms Higgins was photographed seated next to Senator Reynolds during the election.

Giving evidence at the defamation trial, Ms Higgins said she was “accidentally” seated next to the then minister because she was one of the last to arrive.

The Albanese government paid Ms Higgins $2.445m in the settlement, which relied entirely on her version of events, after a single day ­of mediation that excluded evidence from Senator Reynolds.

Earlier this year, The Australian revealed that the National Anti-Corruption Commission was examining a complaint by Senator Reynolds against Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus over his handling of the Higgins settlement, to determine if an investigation should be launched.

Delta A
Delta A
March 15, 2024 7:22 pm

You would think simple, non-controversial prophylactics like that would be recommended to older patients by every conscientious GP.

I had a disturbing, but non-life threatening, (and ongoing,) event several years ago. On-the-ball doctor prescribed double dose of Vit D. Within a week, the symptons were gone.

He told me that he’d had extraordinary results after ordering extra D for his nursing home patients. Some, who had been non-ambulent for years, simply stood up and walked again. A wonderful result for them and for the dedicated young doctor who was committed to their well being.

Maman
Maman
March 15, 2024 7:29 pm

John H @ 5:54pm “I can’t dismiss the possibility the virus was engineered. It can’t be proven …”

John H and JohnJJJ, you might be interested in a Commentary at PubPeer by “Neocanthuparythium Echinatoides” that challenges the accuracy of the paper “The molecular epidemiology of the multiple zoonotic origins of SARS-CoV-2” published in SCIENCE 2022. (Apologies, unable to link.) (This paper was front page of the NYT supporting the theory the virus could not have come from the lab.)

The Commentary showing the order of magnitude errors was published August 2023. The authors of the paper corrected their calculations October 2023 without reference to the PubPeer Commentary.

Work to come, from Neo. Ech., may further reduce the paper’s findings that the pandemic was the result of multiple zoonotic introductions of the virus, and demonstrate how the virus had just one source and could only have been ‘constructed’.

Roger
Roger
March 15, 2024 7:30 pm

A wonderful result for them and for the dedicated young doctor who was committed to their well being.

Thanks for that, Delta!

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 15, 2024 7:33 pm

What sort of fish do have on the NewCat? Dover Sole! I’ll see my own way out.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 15, 2024 7:42 pm

Hmm, TV tonight pathetic. Early night/early start?

7mate destroys its blokey image with a chick flick again.
7flix takes a break from wall to wall tv series to give us Total Recall which was on one of the ch 7 chanels about a week ago (Still love it but I could imagine the “Again!!!’ from the other half)
ch9 chick flick that look just as lame as 7mate’s
9go woke adaption of LOTR trilogy, yeah na
Ch10 & variants, yeah na, Please hurry up and die

other than that lotsa sports, whats not to like?

Australian roads are rubbish as well, but I think I opined enough on my trip south.

miltonf
miltonf
March 15, 2024 7:49 pm

Hume’s ok once you cross into NSW. Pacific pretty good except at Hexham. There was a time when the Vicco Hume was better than the NSW one.

As for TV, fta or pay, yes hurry up and die.

Dragnet
Dragnet
March 15, 2024 7:50 pm

Sancho @ 7.08
Rex Connor, for all his dumbo misconceptions and policy stumbles was at least (IMO) a genuine Australian patriot, who had had a pre-politics exposure to the reality of being a small businessman.
Neither of the above apply to Bowen !

Rosie
Rosie
March 15, 2024 7:52 pm

Lyon postcard.
It was an interesting journey.
The airport bus was a little late, I lashed out and paid 50c extra for the express.
Air Malta flight to Lyon was full so I’m glad I booked it three weeks ago. I could have gone to Brussels instead, didn’t think of that. Next time.
The Rhone Express navette is just two carriages, and was crowded. There was an ad for it running on a loop as we travelled, not quite the same as reality.
My google transport options kept changing as the journey progressed, I should have clicked on ‘start’ but decided to just get to Part Dieu and take it from there.
I thought I would be taking an underground metro but though they have those it was trams on wheels for me.
I was a little confused and asked a young lady in a jihad for confirmation I was in the right place, I was but it was a forty minutes wait. Another young women was very excited to help me, took me to the ticket machine I was a little wary, she was very helpful but put her hand on my credit card, but I was able to quickly grab it without a problem and put it away. She may have had no ill intention but it was an odd thing to do. Her and her two friends said it would be quicker to take a different tram and change, they caught the tram two stops with me. The boy wanted to practice his English asked me in a funny way where I was from. Australia. That’s near Germany he said. My father is from Germany. I think he meant Turkey but anyhow I managed to establish that Australia was not near Germany. My suitcase kept wanting to get a seat in the next carriage and another kind gentleman kept stopping it for me. After my three little friends were gone he pointed out the location of my connecting tram as we rolled to a stop. Got out, it’s dark, there’s an underground metro station nearby about six intersecting streets with buses and trams going in all directions with me peering at Google maps trying to follow the blue line. Another local, this time an older Chinese gentleman asked me if I needed help, I showed him, follow me he said, then where are you from. Australia? I’m from London myself. Tram found, boarded, offered a seat by a North African, declined. My place is on the other side of the river, location somewhat bleak so I bought a baguette to cheer myself up. My self entry instructions was via a video starting with a lock box attached to a bicycle rack on the other side of the street. Evening prayers had obviously just finished near by as there were a lot of men in traditional Muslim costume walking my way. After finding the first key, got inside, found the second set of keys, started hauling suitcase up ancient narrow staircase. Young man entered, offered some help. I gratefully accepted it for the last six steps around the corner.
Inside I smell cigarettes, not strong but there. Contracted the host who offered to switch me to a different apartment next door, so I’ll be moving today. Sat on edge of bed, mattress tipped and put me on the floor. For some reason the mattress is wider than the base and whoever had made the bed hadn’t centred it so about six inches on the left was hanging off. Then for the first time since I’ve been here I obviously hadn’t drunk enough water and got cramps in my left leg, mattress tipped again.
Fortunately Lyonese tap water is tolerable so I drank it, and all was well.
Despite the tipping quality the bed was comfortable, though I don’t know how a couple would go, it’s a very small double. The trick seems to be to approach it from the right, then it doesn’t try to throw you off.
I’m in a suburb called Caluire et Cuire, close to the river probably not the best choice but there is plenty of public transport and I’ll make the best of it.
Everything is different in daylight.

miltonf
miltonf
March 15, 2024 7:53 pm

Neither of the above apply to Bowen !

thinks of it- both Bowen and Anal products of the fetid halls of the Merewether Building.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 15, 2024 7:55 pm

The Brittany saga rolls on. Lee J has a few thoughts and questions as the judgment hits the paper.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 15, 2024 7:56 pm

Na on the Newell.

Haven’t graced the Hume since COVID kicked off when we sprung mum from Victoria to Lake Macquarie just before Dan put the shutters down.

Agree if still in that state road was good.

Roger
Roger
March 15, 2024 7:56 pm

Hume’s ok once you cross into NSW.

Shake the dust off your feet as you go.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 15, 2024 7:57 pm

Rockdoctor
Mar 15, 2024 7:42 PM
Hmm, TV tonight pathetic. Early night/early start?

Ch 92 and David Attenborough – Elephant. Top Notch.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 15, 2024 7:59 pm

What was the end result of the Perth mediation on the Reynolds defamation? That just seemed to fizzle out without any conclusion being reached.

Dot
Dot
March 15, 2024 8:00 pm

Mr Lehrmann’s lawyers had argued that Ms Higgins made 11 separate representations about her alleged rape in her settlement that were either false or contradicted by her own evidence in the defamation case.

This case is the gift that keeps on giving.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 15, 2024 8:01 pm

Sancho Panzer
Mar 15, 2024 7:08 PM
H B Bear
Mar 15, 2024 6:55 PM
Bowen’s place in Albo’s neo Whitlamesque circus is assured.

He’s channeling Rex Connor.

No, he isn’t. Rex Connor wanted the full nuclear fuel cycle to be established in Australia. Mining, processing, enrichment, fabrication of fuel rods, power reactors and re-processing of used fuel rods, and presumably storage of waste.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 15, 2024 8:01 pm

Hmm, TV tonight pathetic. Early night/early start?

Youtube RD. I’ve been indulging in vids from Michael (with Travolta and William Hurt…links into the Big Banana if you know the movie 😀 ), Buckaroo Banzai and Gorky Park. John Lithgow in Banzai is just wonderful.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 15, 2024 8:04 pm

Justice Lee is all over the slapper’s fibs.

Hope he rules she has to front court again. Just to put another dent into the taxpayer’s jnvoluntary largesse

Roger
Roger
March 15, 2024 8:12 pm

What was the end result of the Perth mediation on the Reynolds defamation?

On hold for two weeks.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 15, 2024 8:13 pm

Ta Johnny Lydon, will have a look at or it will be Total Recall with all its glorious corniness.

Put mum back on the XPT back to Sydney a day or 2 ago. Wowee did Constance run the fleet down that bad? Dirty, damages everywhere, was not a good look. Trips I did down to Sydney from Singleton on the Armidale/Moree service were always good.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 15, 2024 8:14 pm

Reigning premiers, Collingwood, up against the Sydney Mancravers this evening.

Relatively even first quarter, possibly because the post-Mardi Gras MDMA and amyl nitrite hasn’t yet worn off for the Oxford Street aficionados.

Will see what ensues.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 15, 2024 8:16 pm

On hold for two weeks.

From memory, Brittany was taken off to hospital?

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 15, 2024 8:18 pm

Eff off Papley you swan shite.

Winston Smith
March 15, 2024 8:19 pm

Tractor Wars.
It’s an hour long, but fascinating despite its US focus.
Excellent way to spend an hour while having a few tinnies…
Farmer Gez, you’d probably really like it.

Roger
Roger
March 15, 2024 8:20 pm

From memory, Brittany was taken off to hospital?

A cynic might aver that she suddenly realised what was at stake.

Roger
Roger
March 15, 2024 8:22 pm

Needless to say, but lawyers fees would eat through $2.5m rather quickly.

Winston Smith
March 15, 2024 8:30 pm

Guys, it’s just a simulation with bugger all facts behind it.
Just a bit of pretty graphics, versions of which have been being produced by art studios for over a generation.
It’s meant to frighten us and make us uneasy – ignore it.

Muddy
Muddy
March 15, 2024 8:42 pm

Apropos of nothing:
While waiting in line to vote early in the local council erections (sic) this afternoon, I noted a bloke sitting in a high-set wheelchair named Bob Connolly. He was standing for a division not my own, but when I voiced to no-one in particular that local councils were far too big for their boots, and that I wanted to know which candidate was in favour of a back-to-basics approach, he broke the sound of crickets and uncomfortable sky-gazing by agreeing. (I think. He started to mention living a few years in France and how their political system operated – re taxes and their destination – but I had to move on).

I haven’t followed professional sport for at least a decade, but I do know that the same bloke coached the Reds for a bit, and perhaps briefly the Wobblies as well? Dunno what confined him to the chair.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 15, 2024 8:48 pm

Dynasties II just finished with Dave and the African elephants. Bugger.

Over to TR, they remade it! No way zaaap.

Here I am till sleep calls…

On council elections did by postal vote, penis on the Mayoral vote and rude words on the councillor ballot. Absolutely pathetic choice between Labor and ex Labor in my riding.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 15, 2024 8:48 pm

Roger
Mar 15, 2024 8:12 PM
What was the end result of the Perth mediation on the Reynolds defamation?

On hold for two weeks.

Mizzz Knickerless going all mental ‘elf again?

Rabz
March 15, 2024 9:05 pm

So…which one is the prophet, jesus or mohammered?

Cats, I was cogitatin’ on this controversial subject today while going about the daily business.

Let’s start with the alleged “son of god”. I can accept that there may have been a personage who existed back in Roman times in Judea who was known as “Jesus”. The Romans and their satraps correctly perceived him to be a communist hippy troublemaker.

Was he the “son of god”? Seriously?

Those simple Judean peoples existed back in very superstitious times. The Romans were about the only peoples on the planet who were even remotely “evidence based”, hence their still relevant engineering and cultural advances. They also did not put up with any crap from back o’ buggery hippy egotists, a lesson that needs to be relearned again, in this supposedly “modern age”

So, no. He was not the son of a non existent god, despite the fawning pieces posted by his j’ismist press corps (all twelve of them) claiming that he was.

As for mo the hammered – yeah, well, there is no evidence of that monumental fascist imbecile’s existence.

Religion, Cats. It is, as far as I’m concerned, supercilious, superstitious bullshit.

So feel free to have at it, I tells ya. 🙂

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 15, 2024 9:19 pm

Rabz pulls the pin, shouts “Grenade” throws, but doesn’t take cover.

John H.
John H.
March 15, 2024 9:20 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Mar 15, 2024 8:16 PM
On hold for two weeks.

From memory, Brittany was taken off to hospital?

I had to check …
https://7news.com.au/news/brittany-higgins-treated-in-perth-hospital-after-lengthy-mediation-session-with-linda-reynolds-c-13853713

Why would women want her to be held up as an example? She crumbles under pressure, gave inconsistent evidence, waited far too long to lodge a complaint with the police, destroyed evidence(dress), and ran away to the other side of the world probably vainly hoping that would be the end of the matter.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 15, 2024 9:23 pm

Scene, in the bar of a top of the Wazza Perth Hotel.

“Hi, what can I get you?”

“Lagavulin, If you would be so kind.”

“Lagavulin? What’s that? Where’s that?

“Top shelf, there. Third from the right.”

“Would you like ice with that?”

Rabz
March 15, 2024 9:27 pm

As to why we exist on a planet in a solar system in a seemingly infinite universe in this (fleeting) time is admittedly beyond my comprehension.

One all powerful something or other?

What is comprehension?

What happens once our “souls” leave these earthy vessels?

Good ol’ Heaven? Re-incarnationionion?

The latter truly terrifies me, Cats.

Having woken up on this earth when I did, as one of the most privileged peoples to have existed in human history (along with everyone who comments here) what exactly does happen when we “cease to exist on an earthly plane”, so to speak?

😕

Rabz
March 15, 2024 9:36 pm

Sacré bleu, Cats! Apologies for going all existential on your existences on a Friday night, meant as they are, to be filled with frippery … 🙂

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 15, 2024 9:45 pm

filled with frippery

The blonde piece of kit in the car is one Sydney Sweeney? Inquiring minds want to know…

Rosie
Rosie
March 15, 2024 9:46 pm

Hurrah!
The street above, further from the river has all the things and the bus in front of my apartment runs to Corbeliers which is the heart of the tourist district.
It’s freezing though, as expected really.

Rabz
March 15, 2024 9:56 pm

Sydney Sweeney*

If it’s any consolation, you will not end up with her in some idealized universe once you depart this planet, Squire.

However, she will be in my mighty Universal Harem, the majority of which will be tastee brunettes. 🙂

*Trigger warning: Clad in a “legendary missing bikini” 😕

miltonf
miltonf
March 15, 2024 9:57 pm

nothing to apologize for Rabz. I’d stay and chat to you some more about it but sleep time for me. All I’ll say is the meek will not inherit the world and you don’t turn the other cheek. You hit back twice as hard. Shows I’m more of an OT guy than NT.

Rabz
March 15, 2024 10:00 pm

OK, Zulu – a href=”https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod/images/bgus-2586524-001-6408d67658d18.jpg?resize=980:*”>Goils that don’t go out and play … 😕

duncanm
duncanm
March 15, 2024 10:02 pm

Are the family clans in Gaza beginning to turn on Hamas?

https://twitter.com/realbassemeid/status/1768269364489240887

Rabz
March 15, 2024 10:08 pm

OK, Zulu – this is it … 😕

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 15, 2024 10:15 pm

Are the family clans in Gaza beginning to turn on Hamas?

During the days of the Arab Uprising of the late 1930’s, any of the members of the wealthy and powerful Palestinian clans, who advocated sharing the new homeland with the Jews, was murdered on the orders of the Nazi sympathizing Grand Mufti of Jeruselum..

Rabz
March 15, 2024 10:22 pm

Thanks, Milt. Religion has been given a free pass for way too long.

Especially as a particular version* is now causing even more eternal chaos.

*Which is not a religion, but a totalitarian collectivist idiotology … 😕

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 15, 2024 10:33 pm

However, she will be in my mighty Universal Harem, the majority of which will be tastee brunettes.

Rabz, just watched Gorky Park. Available online free. Excellent movie. Features this luminous lady.

Rabz
March 15, 2024 10:41 pm

Cats – we may need to stop investing so much emotional energy on the situation in Israel and start focussing on what might just happen here.

The ratio at the moment is 8:1, thanks to our quisling politicians.

Rabbi Benson and my ol’ man are revolving rapidly in their graves.

Is toughening up that bloody difficult, FFS?

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 15, 2024 10:42 pm

Best time of the year to be in Perth if you ask me. Ocean is fine until about ANZAC day and then you bust out the spring suit.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 15, 2024 10:42 pm

“Would you like ice with that?”

Ice in single malt – sacriledge.

Digger
Digger
March 15, 2024 10:43 pm

cohenite

The left play politics so much better than the right.

The left has always played hard and had a set… the right not so much…

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 15, 2024 10:43 pm

Why would women want her to be held up as an example?

“You go, girl! No-one will believe a man when he says he didn’t do it!

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 15, 2024 10:43 pm

“sacrilege” ffs!

Rabz
March 15, 2024 10:44 pm

BoN – nothing like a bit o’ luminousness … 🙂

Damon
Damon
March 15, 2024 10:46 pm

“Italy: Catholic Diocese Urges Faithful to Participate in Islamic Prayers During Ramadan (11 Mar)”

Be nice if Muslims were urged to respect Easter.

Arky
March 15, 2024 10:49 pm

what exactly does happen when we “cease to exist on an earthly plane”, so to speak?

..
Well, you’re in for an eternity of pronging from Satan’s massive, molten hot, three headed cock.
Repent now, you cur.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 15, 2024 10:54 pm

Ice in single malt – sacriledge.

I’ve posted this one before, but I’ve sat in a pub bar, in Edinburgh, giving a newly employed Aussie a lesson on how to serve whisky to Scotsmen….”I’m glad you walked in..”

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 15, 2024 10:57 pm

Ice in any spirits is just wrong.

Even the cheaper spirits – like Johnnie Walker Red label – don’t deserve ice pollution.

Rabz
March 15, 2024 11:09 pm

The left has always played hard and had a set… the right not so much…

Yet we non collectivists could crush them in an almost instantaneously instant.

Except that we’re too “civilised” to do so.

Every time I get down and mercilessly bash collectivists according to the latter’s rules, it’s like, according to my supposed allies, “you’re an ‘orrible ‘ol fascist monster, as bad as they are”

This is why we are where we are at, Cats. The “middle of nowhere”, ideologically speaking.

Yes, I am an ‘orrible ol’ fascist monster and I’m proud of it.

My ol’ man invoked his ‘orrible ol’ fascist monster energy in ’43 in New Guinea.

If that makes me an evil ol’ personage in the eyes of various soft sellouts*, then so be it.

Time is running out, in case you think that “trillion dollar debts” are like, really really tops and will never have to be repaid in the lifetimes of anyone existing on this planet, I tells ya! 🙂

*Overweight personages of the collectivist persuasion (BIRM)

KevinM
KevinM
March 15, 2024 11:11 pm

Rabz
Mar 15, 2024 9:05 PM

So…which one is the prophet, jesus or mohammered?

Cats, I was cogitatin’ on this controversial subject today while going about the daily business.

Let’s start with the alleged “son of god”. I can accept that there may have been a personage who existed back in Roman times in Judea who was known as “Jesus”. The Romans and their satraps correctly perceived him to be a communist hippy troublemaker.

Was he the “son of god”? Seriously?

Sadly, for others, not for myself, I have to agree with you.
There are a lot of reasons I tend to be agnostic, reasons that the believers either overlook or explain away.
But Christianity today is mostly harmless, not too sure about the rest of the cults.

Rabz
March 15, 2024 11:17 pm

Kevni – I try to live my life by one simple Christian principle – Treat others as you would have them treat you.

It’s worked so far, despite the roiling internal thoughts about what I’d happily do to those that do not.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 15, 2024 11:24 pm

Kevni – I try to live my life by one simple Christian principle

I have lived my life by one simple Christian principle. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, only do it to them first, and twice as hard.”

Rabz
March 15, 2024 11:29 pm

Arks Mar 15, 2024 10:49 PM

Sacré bleu! 🙁

Digger
Digger
March 15, 2024 11:30 pm

KevinM

There are a lot of reasons I tend to be agnostic, reasons that the believers either overlook or explain away.

My reason is quite simple. I don’t believe the stories…

Stories which were written hundreds of years after the supposed events in an era when very few could read and even less could write and there was no paper or pens…

KevinM
KevinM
March 15, 2024 11:31 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Mar 15, 2024 11:24 PM

Zulu and Rabz, I think it’s just common sense and little to do with Christianity.
Why seek confrontation?

The fact that a lot of common sense sayings and practices are mentioned in the Bible and the koran is understandable, those who wrote them were not stupid, far from it.

Arky
March 15, 2024 11:33 pm

Rabz
Mar 15, 2024 11:29 PM
Arks Mar 15, 2024 10:49 PM

Sacré bleu! ?

..
I can prove to you that God exists.
Ask me how.

Iron Cove
Iron Cove
March 15, 2024 11:37 pm

FFS Rabz, your link at 10.08 is proof positive of the existence of god.
That’s moist moist.

Rabz
March 15, 2024 11:43 pm

OK – some discussion among commenters has been “encouraged” … 🙂

On the micro level, life is excellent.

On the macro level, not so much.

Staggering stupidity, everywhere. 😕

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 15, 2024 11:49 pm

Anyway “Sliante” to all you horrible mob. I’m off to have “the knees done” on Monday, after which I may be fit to rejoin the human race.

Night, all.

Arky
March 15, 2024 11:49 pm

OK. Don’t ask me. I’ll prove it anyway.
First, you must admit that if the biblical accounts of demonic spirits, Jesus casting out demons, struggles with Satan, etc are true, if such th8ngs exist, then it makes it much more likely that the rest of it is true.
In other words, if I can make you believe in demonic possession, something that you probably grew up thinking as stupid, then you must admit the rest of the bible is likely onto something.
Voila:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrZxNh0uck4

Rosie
Rosie
March 15, 2024 11:53 pm

I think last time I was in Lyon was twelve years ago, someone in Australia suggested I try the bouchon restaurant La Tete du Lard.
I just remembered Fat Head. Google told me it’s still here, must mean something and now, that will do me for lyonaisse bouchon cuisine.
Place is full of French people.

Rabz
March 16, 2024 12:01 am

Yeah, no, Arks …

John H.
John H.
March 16, 2024 12:10 am

Arky
Mar 15, 2024 11:49 PM
OK. Don’t ask me. I’ll prove it anyway.
First, you must admit that if the biblical accounts of demonic spirits, Jesus casting out demons, struggles with Satan, etc are true, if such th8ngs exist, then it makes it much more likely that the rest of it is true.
In other words, if I can make you believe in demonic possession, something that you probably grew up thinking as stupid, then you must admit the rest of the bible is likely onto something.

Not at all. It is well established that there is an element of truth in many stories but most of the story is made up. Geomythology is an interesting example. There are stories from primitive societies that mythologise a big geologic event. They dress it up with supernatural creatures. We laugh at their explanations because we know about volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis.

The gospels are like that. Why should we believe that an account written many decades after the events is reliable? In any other situation we would laugh at the idea that someone could accurately recall all the relevant details. Even studies on eye witness testimonies raise serious questions about those testimonies being reliable evidence. As a copper once said to me: there are 3 sides to every story, what the accuser said, what the accused said, and what happened. The famous experiments of Elizabeth Loftus highlight how we can easily make stuff up about past events.

slackster
slackster
March 16, 2024 1:01 am

Demographics is destiny,
Australia is fucked, it will no longer exist as it was.
It seems the current government wants to expedite this for some reason looking at the current immigration numbers

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