Open Thread – Weekend 16 March 2024


Church of St. Thomas – Sydney, Conrad Martens, 1850

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Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 17, 2024 10:44 am

New format might take a bit of getting used to, but looks OK.

local oaf
March 17, 2024 10:47 am

Now I get it, just keep persisting trying to login to wordpress.
They finally accepted one of the passwords their website generated.

/testing

shatterzzz
March 17, 2024 10:50 am

. Ms Allouache is a public servant.
Obviously, at a higher pay grade than a, mere, “advisor” …

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 17, 2024 10:51 am

More weddings than a Home and Away script. In tonight’s episode the part of Alf Stewart will be played by Anthony Albanese.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 17, 2024 10:52 am

I note, in Blair’s column, that Greene outright repudiates the notion that the ABC should be impartial, insisting instead that its purpose is to fill what he calls ‘niche’ needs.

As far as he is concerned every fringe idiocy deserves its cut of the ABC budget. Every grievance group griping about mainstream Australia must be given a pulpit from which to denigrate the rest of the country for not making them feel as special as they deem their due.

The Left’s (and, hence, the ABC’s) usual modus operandi is, no matter what mental or demographic ailment afflicts the new victimhood, to prescribe other people’s time, money, and self-loathing obeisance.the fact these remedies do not treat the sickness is neither here nor there. It is the only treatment they deal in so, as society’s doctor, they will prescribe it without pause and without fail.

Some small group of fringe fetishists are aware that they are a minority – well that is an injustice already. Normies are oppressing them! The fetishists defining oddity is something repugnant to the thinking, mores, or morals of any or all of mainstream Australia? Then the majority must denounce their own beliefs so the weirdos can claim to be normal.

Actually that last is not quite right. It is not enough for the majority to denounce their beliefs. They must be mocked and shamed for them. They must be derided as troglodytes at best, but more commonly as hostile, hate filled throw backs that delight in persecuting the powerless minorities, a slavering mob that hates what is different to itself.

In this schema then the freaks are better than normal people, to be praised and feted above all others, and there is a cathartic pleasure in watching the mutants thrust their perversions as aggressively and nakedly into the face of mainstream Australia as possible – part of the ABC’s mission as far as Greene is concerned.

One last comment on Greene in Blair’s article – he pines for a past time where the internet-scape was dominated by what he would consider a benevolent spirit where the ABC (for example) was less drowned out by newer discordant voices. It sounds to me Greene is wistfully indulging in nostalgia for a now gone, better time – the same way progs like to pretend conservatives do for a time of ‘white picket fences’.

The ABC was created to serve a specific need, to fill in the gaps, to provide a source of media to places where it was not commercially viable. That need has gone. The need for the ABC is gone. It should be bulldozed into a pit and concreted over.

But Greene insists on living in the past.

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H B Bear
H B Bear
March 17, 2024 10:53 am

Red tuxedo. To match the book.

shatterzzz
March 17, 2024 10:55 am

Bloody ‘ell! ….. and this is on top of their “pensions” .. FFS!

Pms
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Top Ender
Top Ender
March 17, 2024 10:55 am

Another test of picture embed….

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 17, 2024 10:56 am

Traitors in the midst. James Campbell:

Migration lawyers are using Facebook to encourage gay people to make asylum applications by running ads on the platform which target foreign nationals, telling them “they could be eligible to stay permanently in Australia”.

A review of ads running on Facebook has revealed migration lawyers are aggressively targeting gay people from countries with a history of persecution of homosexuals, telling them they could qualify for a protection visa.

Other ads simply ask “Do you fear returning to Myanmar?”, answering “You may be eligible for permanent residency in Australia”.

Other ads on Facebook target gay Indians, Malaysians and Indonesians.

In one case a migration firm is even advertising on Facebook that it offers, “Everything you need to know to prepare your protection visa interview”.

Another firm which touts for asylum seeker business on its website claims it is “critical that you have excellent legal representation to ensure that you have the best chance of success.” Explaining each country that persecutes people has different history, it says: “it’s better to consult an immigration lawyer who can assist you with preparing your protection visa application, researching country information and putting forward the best submissions that are credible, logical and persuasive and assist the departmental case officer in making a decision on your visa application”.

It then adds: “we have assisted protection visa applicants from all over the world who have escaped death, torture and other forms of mistreatment. Our wealth of knowledge about each country sets us apart.”

The online asylum advertising blitz and touting for business has raised fears the migration advisers are stoking the surging protection visa numbers.

At the end of last year there were 109,000 people in Australia waiting for decision on their asylum applications, 23,000 had arrived by plane that year which saw only 39 failed claimants deported.

At present there are more people seeking asylum in Australia each day than are being deported every year.

In a speech to immigration lawyers in Melbourne on Friday, Opposition immigration spokesman Dan Tehan warned the country faced a wave of “opportunistic asylum seekers who want access to our way of life” who “know they have weak claims for protection but having come to Australia they make an application as a means to extend their stay.”

He said the problem was exacerbated by the fact it takes about 10 years until all avenues of appeal are exhausted and an application finalised.

Muddy
Muddy
March 17, 2024 11:01 am

Possibly repetitious (sorry, no time to scroll back/up/sideways):

Via Powerline, a John Spencer interview with P.M. Netanyahu, who has just stated the figure of ‘around’ 16,000 civilian casualties, which I think was referring to Gazan civilians. I’m unsure if these are deaths or include killed and wounded.

Muddy
Muddy
March 17, 2024 11:04 am

Victory is within reach, according to P.M. Netanyahu: two battalions of h@m@s (or pij, I’m unsure) in the centre of Gaza, and four in Rafah still to be reduced. (I’m unsure how dated this interview is).

JC
JC
March 17, 2024 11:05 am

Nice rant , mother lode

Muddy
Muddy
March 17, 2024 11:10 am

I’m only 8 minutes into a 31 minute interview (Spencer and P.M. Netanyahu, as mentioned above), but this is quite interesting. Spencer is emphasising how Israel has reduced the advantage of surprise by the leaflet dropping and phone calls/texts to civilians in the areas they intend to occupy, thus providing advanced warning to their enemies.

Baba
Baba
March 17, 2024 11:11 am

If you can’t believe Netanyahu’s civilian casualty figures, whose can you believe?

Roger
Roger
March 17, 2024 11:12 am

Labor heartland seat West Ipswich falls to the LNP.

QLD’s Boy Premier isn’t giggling now.

Muddy
Muddy
March 17, 2024 11:27 am

The ABCess likes to think of itself as a ‘Resistance.’

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 17, 2024 11:32 am

For some eye candy another fissure eruption started in Iceland about 4 hours ago.

Volcanic eruption on Reykjanes Peninsula (RÚV live blog)

I can’t directly link it but they managed to get a video of exactly when and where the fissure split open the land and the lava started spraying up. The webcam was luckily pointing in the right direction. Quite amazing! Maybe they’ll put it up on YT eventually but so far it’s only viewable on this thread.

Muddy
Muddy
March 17, 2024 11:38 am

From Powerline’s The Week in Pictures:

I’ll tell you what’s wrong with society. No one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.

While humorous, there’s truth in this regarding conflicts involving western democracies (or republics): ‘Victory’ is defined as the temporary neutralization of a threat, rather than destruction of the same. (Is the complete destruction of an enemy even possible now?).

will
will
March 17, 2024 11:40 am

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will
will
March 17, 2024 11:45 am

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Roger
Roger
March 17, 2024 11:46 am

Is the complete destruction of an enemy even possible now?

Not if they embed themselves in a friendly civilian population.

Roger
Roger
March 17, 2024 11:52 am

One last comment on Greene in Blair’s article – he pines for a past time where the internet-scape was dominated by what he would consider a benevolent spirit where the ABC (for example) was less drowned out by newer discordant voices.

Pining for the past or predicting the future?

The ABC’s strategy is to become a digital content provider.

The Labor government (or a Labor-Green govt) will attempt to clear that path for them by censoring alternatives using misinformation laws.

Vicki
Vicki
March 17, 2024 11:57 am

Dr. Naomi Wolf has written a sad indictment of what Wokism and the dominance of the Democrats have done to New York. It is a city that I loved as so many others have. It is a heartbreaking indictment of the serious decline of western culture.

I am in New York again, and I am sending you this a postcard from a city I love and have loved; from a broken city. Broken; yet struggling to reimagine itself, as it has so many times before. 
Are we better? Are we lost? Are we changed, changed utterly?
Here are some images, some moments, for you.
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We are post-Tower of Babel now.

The culture of New York is now utterly fragmented, and this happened through language. 
It used to be that while there were a million different languages and accents here, everyone was trying to communicate as best he or she could — all the time. New Yorkers were famous for this! Any given day was thrilling, because random strangers, from whatever part of the world, would say something silly or funny or wise to you in passing, and everyone would manage to get the gist of each other, whatever anyone’s level of English. We were all present in the joy of being Americans — New Yorkers!— together.

That commonality is simply gone. Culturally, this city could now be anywhere in the world — any globalist, polyglot city. The culture that was New York has been smashed right through. 
This is the globalist play, right? The globalists understand better even than we had done, how precious a specific culture is, and they understand that if you throw enough people at it from everywhere in the word, with no acculturating processes or numerical limits, there is eventually no culture left there at all.

English-speakers are no better than anyone else, of course, but there is value in a shared culture that can only come about via a shared language; indeed, a lingua franca; national language. 
The fact that somehow, all at once, English has collapsed as even the remotest goal of New York City common speech, and that speaking English seems not to be important at all to many of the newest immigrants, means that there is a loneliness and sadness and boredom and homesickness, involved with getting around New York City and its boroughs — journeys that used to be thrilling because you met people from everywhere, through their English. 

Somehow it has suddenly become acceptable completely to ignore people in ordinary human interactions, and not even to try to communicate with them in even very basic English. 
I got into an Uber to go from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and the Nigerian driver kept speaking into his headphone in Yoruba (I think); he barely acknowledged me in English once I entered his car. Gone are the days of deep philosophical discussions with New York City cab drivers, of whatever origins. This driver kept on speaking Yoruba (I think) to the invisible presence in his headphones, as I left his car.

I entered the supermarket near our Brooklyn apartment, and the young lady checking out my groceries kept speaking in Spanish to her colleagues throughout the entire checkout process, not interrupting her conversation with them once. She did not say a word to me in English, though I was friendly throughout. That linguistic iciness never used to happen. 

Even recent immigrants with very little English in New York used gladly to say “Good morning!” or “Have a nice day!” — whatever chit-chat their language levels allowed — as recently as just a few months ago. We were all participating in a common linguistic community, at whatever level anyone happened to be. 

Now that effort of participation seems to have simply been dropped in many quarters. I don’t know how or why cultures suddenly shift in these ways or why the prestige of English suddenly collapsed; but the fact that many people in the City now have given up trying to communicate in English, and tend to ignore those who do not speak their languages, creates an anomie, a fractured civitas; atomization. And it weakens us as a city. We cannot speak to one another in a crisis, let alone create culture, dance, or music together, or even spark romance or build families together; we can no longer have those moments of humor or goofiness or the deep many-cultured into one-cultured exchanges, that I miss so much.
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There is a marked degradation in what can only be called aesthetics, and a great deal of erasure of what had been the presence of the treasures of Western culture.
There is almost no fashion.

Almost no young women are wearing dresses, or pretty blouses or skirts. “Pretty” seems pretty unfashionable right now. And “feminine” is totally out of the window. Most trendy young women are wearing wide-legged slacks and chunky army boots; there are plenty of piercings. There is a bit of a dominatrix thing going on as well, with some young women wearing tiny shorts and black thigh-high leather boots. Young women now sit, when they wear slacks, with their legs wide apart, and fashion images on billboards are full of models in this pose. I am not a prude but perhaps I am old-fashioned, as my grandmother taught me that doing this was unladylike, and I do find the repetition of this image — of young women everywhere shown with legs splayed — degrading, in relation to the idea of the feminine.
I took the subway on Wednesday up to Harlem. I was rather proud of myself, as I had hesitated to take subways again since the fallout from “Defund the Police,” one of the dumbest movements in US history. I was edgy though. 

The subways no longer have Western cultural markers that I recognize. There were city-funded “art” panels that showed a red Chinese dragon. There was an “art” panel in which a child playing an instrument seemed to have three horns on her head. There were no ads any longer — at least not in the cars in which I rode or in the stations I saw — for museum exhibits or concerts involving our Western classical past. No Impressionists, no Mozart. The Brooklyn Museum had a range of exhibits. Many seemed to me disturbing, or random. Others were critiques of received history.

I don’t mean to be a troglodyte, but only one exhibit – about the Renaissance sculptor Luca Della Robbia — even referenced our Western artistic or art-historical tradition. (Exhibits on design and on period rooms, both more utilitarian than is art itself, were allowed to remain). If you are a child going to the Brooklyn Museum on a field trip, you will literally have no idea what the Western artistic heritage has been, but you will learn that it is bad.
Later that day, a subway station through which I had passed, Hoyt-Schermerhorn, was the scene of a brutal gunfight, in which the initial shooter was badly wounded. Social media buzzed that afternoon with video of New Yorkers cowering, some praying, on the floor of the subway car — as the shooter paced about.
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When I got off the subway, upon taking in 125th Street, I was disoriented. When I’d last been here — in 2019 – it was an urban crossroads that was sleek and polished, and electric with pride. 
At that time, money had been pouring in to Harlem. Many wealthy people had moved uptown and, while I acknowledge that gentrification can be a mixed blessing, the neighborhood was prosperous; in many areas, flush. New businesses were opening; “Restaurant Row”, which features such legendary soul food restaurants as Sylvia’s and The Red Rooster, sparkled. The Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture showcased documentaries and exhibits. The resplendent history and culture of Harlem at that time were not being erased, but celebrated. People flocked from all over the city to Harlem because of the vibrancy of the culture, and of the area’s remarkable history. 
Now, I could scarcely believe my eyes. A dozen haunted-looking homeless people, with the skeletal builds and splayed teeth of meth addicts, wandered around the broad sidewalk, asking everyone who emerged from the subway for money. Their mouths were so distorted, and their eyes so glazed, that they could barely speak. The construction boom pre-”pandemic” seemed to have come to a standstill. Windows were boarded up. Trash and graffiti were everywhere. More than anything, the vibe, the pride, the exuberance — were gone, or at least very subdued. 

An old friend of Brian’s and of mine met me, and we went to Sylvia’s for a drink. I mentioned that the city seemed broken. 
“Broken in what way?” he asked, genuinely interested. 
Broken in what way? The unanswerable question. 
In nine million ways.
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I think if one lives here day to day, the shocking decline of the city is not so obvious. But to me, the change in the city was like seeing a beloved friend, who had formerly been beautiful and enchanting and witty, in a hospital bed, on an IV drip, half-unconscious.

John H.
John H.
March 17, 2024 11:59 am

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Helen
Helen
March 17, 2024 12:04 pm

Liking it
Loads faster
Not sure about the comms not visible til selected but leave it with me
I will get around to logging in with WordPress to allow me to support a comment by tick one day when not so busy ?

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 17, 2024 12:13 pm

Starting to get the hang of the new format.

Will just have to do without the thumbs up/down as it seems I’ve got to sign up to WordPress. Not keen on that atm.

Steve Trickler
Steve Trickler
March 17, 2024 12:13 pm

Canada is F*cked!

David Menzies Released From Jail And Charged With Two Crimes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eK0YZdECvGw

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 17, 2024 12:16 pm

Oh it hurts! It hurts! Make it stop!

Hertz CEO Out As Firm Seeks Traction After Big EV Bet Goes Bust (17 Mar)

CEO Stephen Scherr’s barely two-year ride with Hertz came to a screeching halt on Friday. In his wake, he leaves a company still working to recover from a big bet on electric vehicles gone bad. 

Scherr, who came on board in February 2022 after 30 years at Goldman Sachs, ushered the company through its emergence from bankruptcy. Hertz’s EV push began in the previous year, with a splashy move to order 100,000 Tesla Model 3 vehicles. After taking the reins of the Estero, Florida-headquartered company, Scherr doubled down on the green vision, committing to purchased another 65,000 EVs from Polestar, a Swedish company.

Polestar is also currently dying. All this is such wonderful green schadenfreude, when governments tried to shove these critters down our throats only for the proles to give them the impudent finger. Maybe Mr Scherr could get a job from Bowen driving his electric Commcar for him.

Roger
Roger
March 17, 2024 12:16 pm

I am in New York again…

A mistake you won’t make again if you can possibly avoid it.

The same goes for London and possibly Paris.

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 17, 2024 12:25 pm

Test

Pogria
Pogria
March 17, 2024 12:32 pm

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Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 17, 2024 12:37 pm

I am in New York again…

A mistake you won’t make again if you can possibly avoid it.
The same goes for London and possibly Paris.

The Best place in London is –

https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/the-stadium/

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 17, 2024 12:37 pm

Must be some sort of Jaguar car club rolling through town. Some very beautiful machinery on display, c’est magnifique

cohenite
March 17, 2024 12:51 pm

The last photo in WIP once again shows a couple of marvellous IDF ladies with AR-15s:

I reckon they’d be better off with a couple of these.

Last edited 4 months ago by cohenite
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 17, 2024 12:52 pm

These nongs in Central Australia are inadvertently – once again – making the greatest argument ever for the closure of ‘communities’ (the NT News):

A company freighting essential supplies to a remote Central Australian community says it will not return without police escort after a truckie was allegedly ambushed by a large group of youths.

For 15 years Stanes Transport has delivered a weekly shipment of food, medical, disability and teaching supplies to Yuendumu, 330km northwest of Alice Springs.

The company is refusing to send any more drivers to the town without a commitment from the government that it would be supported by police to deliver the goods safely, with four triple-0 calls going unanswered during the incident on Friday.

I would imagine that the reason four 000 calls went unanswered is because the local, single crew of Yuendumu jacks were fully involved in sorting out people smacking their wives and husbands about with the traditional weapon of choice, the three-foot star picket.

At 5am on Friday a 53m Stanes road train was unloading at the first of Yuendumu’s two community stores, Big Shop.

According to Ms Stanes, two cars pulled up and about a dozen young people got out – some allegedly throwing rocks at the driver and store manager while the others allegedly began stealing from the pallets.

After multiple calls to emergency services, the driver was forced to lock himself in the truck and leave town.

The premature exit meant half of the community’s supplies were not delivered for this week, including goods for Yuendumu’s aged care services, dialysis, and health clinic.

The key word here is ‘community‘. If the ‘community‘ want things like food, medical services and education, then perhaps the ‘community‘ should sort out the people in that ‘community‘ who are denying people those services because the jacks cannot be everywhere at once.

Every time, and it’s nowhere near the first time clinic nurses have abandoned their workplaces and riven out, never to return because their houses keep getting broken into by punters trying to rape them.

Let’s see if the alleged elders can actually exert the control over their people they say they can.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 17, 2024 12:55 pm

*abandoned their workplaces and driven out*

If only there was an edit function.

Oh wait.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 17, 2024 1:27 pm

The key word here is ‘community

The so-called “communities” across the Top End of Oz are never going to work as they are.

They consist of several hundred people living on welfare. Somehow Oz has committed to supplying education, health, and policing services. There’s nothing for anyone to do apart from so-called cultural stuff, and sitting around on the ganja and grog.

They are therefore a model for dysfunction and always will be.

Roger
Roger
March 17, 2024 1:32 pm

Remote communities are another lasting aspect of Gough Whitlam’s legacy.

Roger
Roger
March 17, 2024 1:35 pm

Let’s see if the alleged elders can actually exert the control over their people they say they can.

The means they would once have used to exert control are now redundant and illegal. “Culture” is only artificially preserved without the larger application of law/lore to all aspects of life. Living in this no man’s land is untenable. Either return to hunting and gathering or assimilate with mainstream society.

Last edited 4 months ago by Roger
Pogria
Pogria
March 17, 2024 1:46 pm
Pogria
Pogria
March 17, 2024 1:50 pm

Cohenite,
re your AR 15.
This is what a single round from an AR-15 does to the human body. There is no reason for these weapons of war to be in civilian hands!”

https://twitter.com/OntWtf/status/1768668693649580032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1768668693649580032%7Ctwgr%5E8e6528fa5bab614866b70eb6a56822a10c09d53a%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Face.mu.nu%2F

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 17, 2024 1:50 pm

Apropos of remote communities:

I heard a story once. It happened about 15 years ago in Central Australia. A local ‘community’ store had been smashed open overnight and trashed.

Only packets of chips and Coke bottles were stolen, but the store had sustained such damage that it was closed for two days.

On the first of those two days, every adult in the joint rounded up all yoof from 10 to 15 that they couldn’t account for over the night in question. The council bloke rolled up at the front of the store, where all the aforementioned yoof had been corralled, with a front end loader.

The adults made the yoof – by one means or another – to get into the loader bucket, and the council dude lifted the bucket up and drove off down a dirt track out of town, followed by the adults and the local plod.

About 500m down the track the loader turned off into the scrub. The adults then told the sardined kiddies that the loader would dig a hole, and that they would be put in it if anyone, at any time, ever went near that store when it was closed ever again.

No more trouble.

It’s amazing how all those child psychologists and taxpayer-funded handpatters could all be wrong about how to approach this sort of thing, but here we are.

johanna
johanna
March 17, 2024 1:58 pm

Not loving the new format.

As others have said, the small grey text is considerably harder to read than its predecesssor.

I don’t like having to give my email address to WordPress – never used to be required. WP is a nasty outfit and it leaks like a sieve when they are not selling your info to third parties. Anthony Watts had a lot of trouble with them across a range of issues over a long period.

It’s nice to be able to post pictures and video images, but I remember that Sinc deleted that feature because it slowed the site down noticeably.

The most irritating feature of the old version still exists, which is that when you return after an absence and refresh, it takes you to the latest comment instead of where you stopped reading last time. Latest comment is in the sidebar for those who want it, but otherwise you have to note the date and time of where you stopped and go back and find it.

As for nesting, IMO it works OK on sites with not a lot of traffic. On this site, it doesn’t work for long because as has been pointed out, hardly anyone is going to go back through hundreds of coments in search of unidentifiable new comments in nesting.

Don’t mind the edit feature, noting that it only lasts for 15 minutes, not a dealbreaker one way or the other for me. Same goes for thumbs up and down.

Haven’t tried to navigate the blockquotes and other features yet. A quick guide might be helpful, preferably able to accept input from users of different devices – maybe a sticky post?

Sorry to be critical, but I’m just not seeing any important improvements here and quite a few downsides.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 17, 2024 2:00 pm

Yuendumu. Constable Rolfe can confirm it is a peace living community with youth who are an example to their people.

cohenite
March 17, 2024 2:02 pm

“This is what a single round from an AR-15 does to the human body. There is no reason for these weapons of war to be in civilian hands!”

Are you channelling the walking corpse?

Here’s one reason:

Knuckle Dragger
 March 17, 2024 12:52 pm

These nongs in Central Australia are inadvertently – once again – making the greatest argument ever for the closure of ‘communities’ (the NT News):

Here’s another: the last picture in WIP. And of course Oct 7. So tell that to the Israelis. And of course we’re busy importing the same bastards who committed Oct 7.

Anyone who thinks the authorities will protect them deserves all they get; and it only has to happen once.

JC
JC
March 17, 2024 2:05 pm

Cronkite

What happened to the crazy book titles? That’s always been your best work here by far.

cohenite
March 17, 2024 2:10 pm

What happened to the crazy book titles? That’s always been your best work here by far.

I put one on this thread to celebrate the new format. It’s on page 1 I think.

cohenite
March 17, 2024 2:14 pm

Reprinted by popular demand:

To celebrate the new look some titles for the jaded:
The Streetwalker: she slept till noon, preyed all night; and turned a good town bad.
The Trailer Park Girls: their love was as mobile as their vans and their bodies just as well travelled.
Hotel Doctor: night after night the girls tried to corrupt his medical ethics but only his stethoscope touched their pulsating bodies.
Talk of the Town: every time she walked down the street she was on trial and the evidence of her passionate guilt was plain.

Indolent
Indolent
March 17, 2024 2:19 pm
Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 17, 2024 2:21 pm

In light of flood of Haitian arrivals in USA they might have to add another question for those seeking asylum.
That would be “have you eaten human meat”.?

Pogria
Pogria
March 17, 2024 2:24 pm

Cohenite,
you did watch the video did you not?
No walking corpse, just tongue in cheek humour.
I wouldn’t mind a single-shot AR-15 like the one used in the clip.

Indolent
Indolent
March 17, 2024 2:28 pm
Indolent
Indolent
March 17, 2024 2:29 pm
Speedbox
March 17, 2024 2:38 pm

Test 4

Bikini-atoll
cohenite
March 17, 2024 3:07 pm

you did watch the video did you not?
No walking corpse, just tongue in cheek humour.
I wouldn’t mind a single-shot AR-15 like the one used in the clip.

Sorry. I just watched it then. Good for you. My point for the lovely ladies of the IDF was for them to carry the more portable 9mm.

Last edited 4 months ago by cohenite
Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 17, 2024 3:29 pm

This reminds me of the Climate Alarmists and all of their ‘predictions’ –

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johanna
johanna
March 17, 2024 3:38 pm

Vicki, thanks for the article at 11.57 am.

I am sceptical about Naomi Wolf, who has a track record of falsifying references and generally making stuff up.Climate fraud followers know what I am talking about.

She’s a good writer, but that is irrelevant.

Her characterisation of New York City (population 8.2 million) as some sort of ‘community’ is nonsense.

There used to be, in the early to mid C20th, ‘communities’ of Italians, Irish, Jews, Chinese etc.There are commercial remnants like Chinatown, but her generalisations are rubbish.

Her whining about the loss of ‘community’ manages to ignore that tens of thousands of illegal immigrants are now polluting her desirable neighbourhoods. A policy this previously 100% Hillary-aligned liberal-dribbler was all in favour of.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 17, 2024 3:46 pm

Testing image post – Shark Attack!

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Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 17, 2024 3:47 pm

Well that failed!

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 17, 2024 3:47 pm

Apropos of remote communities:

One of the retirees who lives up here, ran the store in a outback community.

He said the major problem he had was teaching the staff that their aunties and uncles didn’t shop for free – they had to pay for their groceries the same as anyone else.

Vicki
Vicki
March 17, 2024 4:19 pm

Yuendumu. Constable Rolfe can confirm it is a peace living community with youth who are an example to their people.

Of all the “communities” we have driven through, Yuendemu was the scariest. We had previously filled up at Rabbit Flat (before it closed) so we didn’t need to get fuel, thank goodness.

It was a local “Beirut” (and this was about 17 years ago) with campfires on the streets that you had to drive around. The only buildings surrounded by barb wire fences were the police station and, if I recall correctly, the local store and petrol station. It had a “dangerous” feeling about it, even all those years ago.

Diogenes
Diogenes
March 17, 2024 4:22 pm

Test. It seems that the sidebar links have moved out of synch and the last post was over half an hour ago. Even stranger I am seeing toad url as the lat post on my PC and 2nd last on the phone.

Diogenes
Diogenes
March 17, 2024 4:23 pm

Sidebar seems to have fixed itself

johanna
johanna
March 17, 2024 4:27 pm

Anyone who has ‘enjoyed’ QANTAS so-called baggage hanlers will relate:

(Here goes)

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-17/australian-musicians-instruments-damaged-while-flying-airlines/103438044

Linked, but not to the text. OK. Try again:

Akers said she flew on multiple airlines to get to the remote community and at some point during transit, the body of her acoustic guitar was cracked along the preamp control panel.
Quick thinking saw Akers take to the stage with the guitar held together with duct tape. 
“It didn’t sound great, but it was the best that we could do,” she said.
Akers said she tried to get compensation, but due to multiple flights with multiple carriers, none of the airlines she flew with would admit fault. 
“I haven’t played [that guitar] since, and nobody wants to take responsibility,” she said.

For touring musicians, a broken instrument is more than just an inconvenience, it puts their livelihoods in jeopardy.

Entered ”Enter’ and everything below indented. As you can see.

A mess.

johanna
johanna
March 17, 2024 4:29 pm

I’m ‘awaiting for approval’ under the new regime.

Rabz
March 17, 2024 4:50 pm

Sacré bleu, Cats!

Has anyone else found themselves gifted with the new Fender Strat ad?

Monstrous – an absolute butchering of this classic, which none of the tuneless tone deaf wallies could have imitated in the first place, given I didn’t see a right handed one being played upside down by a left hander.

It’s not right, I tells ya! 😕

Rabz
March 17, 2024 4:58 pm

Having said that, there are guitars and there are Strats, Cats.

Everything else is just chaff.

That’s mine above, a 1996 Fender 50th Anniversary Edition in Candy Apple, with a Maple neck.

For when you need those cultural classics. 🙂

Rabz
March 17, 2024 5:11 pm

Greene outright repudiates the notion that the ABC should be impartial

Jonathon Greene – the collectivist crackpot that gifted us the term “j’ism” while heroically trying to contract “journalism”, in a desperate attempt to scrape in under the ol’ twatter character limit, while bloviating about Ozzies’ refusal to take them seriously.

Timbo Blair seized on the absurdity and the rest is history. 🙂

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 17, 2024 5:18 pm

For a mere eighty grand you could have one of these Rabz!

Including Gibson’s latest reissue: 50 hand-signed clones of Jimmy Page’s iconic doubleneck EDS-1275 for [US]$50k each, modeled after the six and 12-string twin-necked electric guitar he used throughout the 1970s to play songs such as “Stairway to Heaven,” “The Song Remains the Same,” and “The Rain Song” on stage

From a fairly epic ax post on Instapundit today.

“The higher end the guitar, the more robust the demand is:” Why are guitars getting more expensive? We spoke to the world’s biggest guitar companies to find out. (16 Mar)

Rabz
March 17, 2024 5:19 pm

Dr. Naomi Wolf

A cluebat clobbered personage.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 17, 2024 5:21 pm

This one’s for military Cats.

GM

1 hour ago
Our ADF top brass appear to be doing pretty well for themselves in terms of salary and workload when compared with those occupying similar portfolios overseas:
The Australian Chief of Defence General Angus Campbell receives an annual salary of $1,062,702 while Defense Secretary Greg Moriarty gets $1,006,474 . 
By way of comparison:
• General Campbell’s counterpart in the UK receives an annual salary equivalent to AUD$530,000.
• Secretary Moriarty counterpart in the UK receives an annual salary equivalent to AUD$298,800
• The highest paid rank in the Australian army is that of Lieutenant General at AUD$440,000
• The Chief of Staff of the US Army General Randy A. George receives an annual salary of AUD equivalent $387,692
• The highest paid rank in the US army is that of a 5-star general at equivalent of AUD$306,609 Comparison with the US military demonstrate just how ‘braid-heavy’ the ADF has become:
• For every one of the 219 star-ranked officers in the Australian Defence Force, there are just 260 other officers and enlisted members,
• For every one of the 863 star-ranked officers in the US military, there are 1,500 other officers and enlisted members,

• For every one of the 115 star-ranked officers in the UK there are 1,200 other officers and enlisted members.

JC
JC
March 17, 2024 5:22 pm

Jeez Qantas are freaking arseholes; at least their domestic ground staff are the pits.

Then, when you’re either on the plane or calling them, the biggest clue that Qantas or other firms are just arseholes is when they ask that you treat them with “respect”, and they will do the same with you. That’s the biggest clue you’re dealing with arsehole firms.

JC
JC
March 17, 2024 5:26 pm

As you would expect, Blackrock’s recorded message before you get onto them, is that they expect to be treated with respect and they undertake to do the same with you.

Huge clue bat.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 17, 2024 5:28 pm

Wankers thinking they sound like Jimmy Page by playing a knock off of his guitar.

Rabz
March 17, 2024 5:30 pm

For a mere eighty grand you could have one of these

Yeah, no, BoN. No Gibbos in my existence.

Unless it’s the ’61 Gibson ES-355 wielded by the Butler*, being as he was, the greatest guitarist of his generation.

*From 1′:30″ on …

Roger
Roger
March 17, 2024 5:39 pm

Yeah, no, BoN. No Gibbos in my existence.

Even as their prices have gone up Gibson’s quality has remained inconsistent.

I played three of the same model Les Pauls in a shop once. There was only one I’d have considered buying.

Tip for young players – don’t buy guitars on-line!
(Unless they’re very reputable, the shop will probably send you the one no walk-ins want to buy.)

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Rabz
March 17, 2024 5:41 pm

Time for a Sunday evening tune, Cats:

The Stones – Waitin’ on a Friend

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 17, 2024 5:44 pm

Bloody hell ZK2A @05:20pm.

That is eye watering bad. Especially with the useless performance of shiny bums in Russell Offices

Marles won’t make a dent in this debacle while Angus is in charge of collecting medals for the Brass while troops on the ground get pilloried because they don’t worry about DEI bull..

No wonder they can’t recruit.

Roger
Roger
March 17, 2024 5:44 pm

The Australian Chief of Defence General Angus Campbell receives an annual salary of $1,062,702 while Defense Secretary Greg Moriarty gets $1,006,474 . 

If you pay peanuts you get monkeys.

Oh, wait…

cohenite
March 17, 2024 5:48 pm

Week in Culture.

Fuk me fuking dead.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 17, 2024 5:48 pm

Mad bad Britain:
Teacher ‘sacked after refusing to treat eight-year-old as a boy’ over concerns for child’s welfare after head ordered her to go along with pupil’s wishes
Link

Rabz
March 17, 2024 5:51 pm

The Australian Chief of Defence General Angus Campbell receives an annual salary of $1,062,702 while Defense Secretary Greg Moriarty gets $1,006,474

Oh, FFS. What cannot last, will not.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 17, 2024 5:51 pm

If you pay peanuts you get monkeys.

Oh, wait…

Leave a feast out you get flies.

miltonf
miltonf
March 17, 2024 5:53 pm

Tax leach millionaires

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 17, 2024 5:55 pm

Rabz – links no workee. New version of the new Cat is a bit finicky. I quite like it though.

Need to either use the chain link icon thingie or just paste the url in.

JC
JC
March 17, 2024 5:56 pm

This weeks Barron’s

A New Approach to Sanctions Is Pushing Up Energy Prices and Crimping Russia’s Revenue

By

Rachel Ziemba

https://images.barrons.com/im-99969122?width=639&height=426

Russia’s oil pipeline giant Transneft on Dec. 13, 2023. A focus on enforcing sanctions is starting to take effect, Rachel Ziemba writes. Natalia Kolesnikova/ AFP via Getty Images

About the author: Rachel Ziemba is the founder of Ziemba Insights and an adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. She is a senior advisor at Horizon Engage.

The cat-and-mouse game between authoritarian energy powers and the U.S. and its allies often seems unwinnable. Russia, Iran, and Venezuela all have continued to export energy despite Western sanctions. But there are indications that the sanctioning countries might finally be having some success. They’re using the policy tools they built last year to potentially restrict their adversaries’ revenues and push global energy prices higher.

Few in the West were ready to do without supply from Russia, one of the world’s largest energy producers or, pay the financial cost of quitting it, particularly not if other producers like Iran and Venezuela were also sidelined. The solution was a price cap, a maximum price placed on purchases of Russian oil shipped with Western services such as insurance. The Group of Seven, along with other allies, adopted the policy in 2022. Only recently did they shift into enforcement mode on this policy, and coupled it with new threats on Russia’s non-energy trade.

This shift has been a long time coming, and there are signs it is having an effect. Russian fuel export volumes are down, including to major buyers such as India, who may be using the tighter environment to negotiate on price. Discounts on fuel are up. Sanctions-sensitive shippers—European Union companies—are also finally exiting the trade.

How persistent will this impact be? How long will it last? And will it really make a dent in Russia’s revenues and ability to procure military equipment? This all depends on the G7’s commitment to enforcement for energy and other sanctions, and how quickly Russia and buyers can establish new trade routes that remove their final links to G7 markets. In the interim, expect price volatility, exacerbated by opacity of data, which makes it harder to assess oil fundamentals.

Many sanctions watchers have been skeptical about the willingness and ability of the G7 to enforce sanctions. To the skeptics, the thousands of sanctions recently rolled out by the Western sanctioning coalition are by and large more of the same. They focus on similar targets sectorally (future energy resources not current volumes), aim to close loopholes, and target new ways to try to choke off trade that supplies Russian military rearmament. This is, in a word, incrementalism.

Maybe so. But incrementalism appears to be working, at least partially.

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For much of last summer and early fall, Biden administration officials and allies talked about energy sanctions enforcement but did little that affected current volumes. Russian prices for oil, especially the Russia-specific Urals benchmark, rose well over the $60 a barrel price cap. Similarly, half a million barrels of oil from Iran entered the market, suggesting that U.S. policymakers were prioritizing increased oil volumes. Their credibility fell. At the time, at least with Russia, the priority was to stop military procurement rather than just lower revenues. That was a valid choice, but as the rise of an extensive parallel trade has shown, it was one that was fraught with other implementation challenges.

A policy shift began in mid-October. The U.S. began to designate tankers and their owners for price-cap violations, via the small links violators retained to the U.S. financial system. The designations picked up in the following months. Iranian targets were added too, especially those with connections to the Houthis, Hamas, and Hezbollah.

In December, the U.S. announced legal authorities that put foreign financial institutions at risk of secondary sanctions if they even unknowingly facilitate Russian military supply chains. Those authorities continue to exclude the energy trade. However, the combination of new rules for price cap compliance, new export controls, restrictions on Russia’s long-term mineral extraction and secondary-sanctions threats made banks skittish. Banks from China and the United Arab Emirates have made a show of cutting ties. Early data suggests that overall trade volumes are softer in the first quarter, more than just seasonality would indicate.

This new enforcement push appears to be a modest success. Recent data

suggest that Russia’s revenues have fallen in the last few months, even if they remain well above where they were at the start of 2023 when most Russian cargoes were sold below the $60 price cap. Buyers like India are reporting payment challenges, although they may also be seeking the best price.

Data from Tankertrackers and Vortexa shows that volumes of Russian and Iranian fuel exports have fallen since their October peaks. EU-affiliated vessels are unsurprisingly leaving the illicit Russia trade, likely because the costs of fines, compliance, and potential exclusion from the legal trade fail to meet the benefits of transporting illicit oil. For now, sanctions seem to be shrinking the size of the illicit fleet and may boost its costs and increase Russia’s discounts versus rising global benchmarks.

In Iran, export volumes rose steadily for much of 2023, but that too seems to have changed. Traded volumes appear to have peaked in October and November. Now Iran is again filling storage, while ships are waiting offshore at Asian ports. Sanctions leave Iran subject to Chinese price whims. Volumes haven’t fallen off a cliff, but 2024 looks tougher.

Heightened U.S. sanctions enforcement has also raised the importance of China as the buyer of last resort for Russia. China may soon take on that status again for Venezuela as well if the U.S. withdraws its recent sanctions relief.

Enforcement of U.S. energy sanctions on Russia and Iran may have come late especially given the coincident delays in U.S. military aid or reconstruction aid to Ukraine. The revenue losses so far may tighten Russia’s budget but seem far from putting Moscow’s war effort at risk. Cracking down on this parallel trade will probably require actually designating facilitating banks rather than just threatening it. Still, moves to date do seem to be increasing competition among sanctioned barrels and between these producers and their OPEC+ peers.

Paradoxically, the sanctions enforcement may help OPEC+ meet its “voluntary” targets

. If so, global markets will tighten, and the sanctioned countries’ revenue will fall. OPEC+ continues to see little interest in making it easier for the U.S. and its allies to set the rules for energy trading. The Gulf Cooperation Council countries are willing to pick back up market share in India, but are likely to draw the line at major increases in overall supply.

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Actors tend to adjust to sanctions over time. The current measures may be trimming Russian revenues and making it more difficult for them to use them, but new workarounds will develop. Moreover, the U.S. preference, as expressed by White House energy advisor Amos Hochstein

recently, remains that Russia sell the oil at a discount rather than to take supplies off the market. This balancing act will remain difficult and suggests new waves of enforcement to keep up.

At this point, the combination of natural and geopolitical chokepoints to shipping and sanctions enforcement look to be boosting the shipping and crude markets. Nonsanctioned suppliers of fuel seem to be benefiting for now, but global consumers may face higher bills.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
March 17, 2024 6:07 pm

Georgia Needs to be Expelled from United States – with NY & Calif – NOW to save Society!

“The absurd decision that Fani Willis is not disqualified after meeting with the Vice President and having her lover appointed the prosecutor over Trump, who was also meeting with the Department of Justice, demonstrates that the legal system is just a political charade. A judge is supposed to be recused when a reasonable person might question their impartiality. This is all political, and the entire world knows it. The emails I get from overseas have been thoroughly disgusted at how the Biden Administration has weaponized the legal system to ensure its policies influenced by the Soros Conspiracy have waged war on the people of the United States.

The United States has lost any credibility in the eyes of the world. It is no longer the land of the free and home of the brave. The new interpretation is that the government is free to do as it likes and intimidate private enterprises to censor free speech, which they are prohibited from doing by the Constitution directly. There is no longer any question. The United States will be unable to survive this as a union. Political corruption has stopped to a new low, and when any nation has gone that far down the slope of corruption, it cannot stand.”

https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/world-news/civil-unrest/georgia-needs-to-be-expelled-from-united-states-with-ny-calif-now-to-save-society/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=RSS

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 17, 2024 6:10 pm

Wikipedia really is an uneven place.

Last night, while enjoying a bottle of Levrier 2015 ‘Argos’ Eden Valley Shiraz, I thought to look up the Argos reference. I knew of Argos Panoptes (the 100 eyed giant), Argo the ship sailed by Jason, Argos faithful dog of Odysseus, and of course the city of Argos.

When I went to the Wiki page for the mutt the summary panel they had for it reported as if he was a real dog – species, sex, ‘birthname’, but my favourite had to be appearance. Are you expecting to hear about colour, size, eyes etc.

Best you did not. Instead you get this:

Appearance: Lying neglected on a pile of cow manure, infested with fleas, old and very tired

I am not sure someone was not joking.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 17, 2024 6:11 pm

Ok I’ll do a music video. Been trying not to.

Gibson EDS-1275 in action!
(I know nothing about guitars, but I like finding things out, so once I found out what this one was I had to link the video. Sorry. Excellent track though.)

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 17, 2024 6:12 pm

BTW, the wine was very good. Coming up to 9 years but I reckon it might still have a year or two to go.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 17, 2024 6:16 pm

If you pay big bananas, you get fat, lazy, gorillas.

JC
JC
March 17, 2024 6:34 pm

The Telegraph

@Telegraph

https://abs-0.twimg.com/emoji/v2/svg/1f41f.svg London’s “best” fish and chip shop has been ordered to remove a Union flag mural by council officials

cohenite
March 17, 2024 6:37 pm

Guns, news – and real political action

If you don’t want to end up with a pop gun join!

Rabz
March 17, 2024 6:44 pm

“every conversation brings us closer to a woild without kiddie sexual abuse – unless the kiddies exist in a back o’ buggery indodgyknee hellhole”

http://www.endkiddieabuse.gov.au

Lying tax hoovering sh*tbags. 🙁

Dot
Dot
March 17, 2024 7:05 pm

What cannot last, will not.

https://www.aofm.gov.au/

AGS on Issue*$923.0b

Made up of

Treasury Bonds: $853.8b

Treasury Indexed Bonds $41.1b

Treasury Notes $28.0b

Term issuance this financial year

Treasury Bonds $30.0b
Treasury Indexed Bonds $1.7b

*Face value as at 15 March 2024

Keep in mind, this is only the Commonwealth – this does not include State and Local debt instruments on issue.

A comparison to note would be that the “shocking” 90 bn of debt Keating had that the LNP hammered the ALP over for 11 or so years whilst Howard held government, would pale to the inflation-adjusted (RBA calculator estimation) amount that the current 923 bn of AGS on issue equates to: 449 bn in 1996.

It is five times as worse, and the ALP and LNP have a consensus now that “deficits don’t matter”. There is absolutely no fiscal discipline at all now.

We don’t have a global reserve currency and we will be mugged by reality. The suffering will be immense.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 17, 2024 7:09 pm

Gibsons held on to quality for a long long time… but they’ve jumped the shark with the custom-weathered Murphy Labs tripe. File alongside Indo Gretsch and Chinese Hagstroms, and the increasingly batty Fender range of holiday decorations.
Rickenbacker are the one and only, dedicated to keepin’ on keepin’ on golden age maker left.
There’s a good podcast to be made about the amount of German luthiers who left for the US and escaped the hideous craftsmans’ guilds which had stitched up the european market, inc Herr Richenbacher, Gibson, Gretsch, and ironically, Guild.
*guitarist in my Neil Young cover band has a 90’s Gibson Firebird which is a gorgeous bit of gear. Gold metallics. Bumped me to get into a (indo Epiphone) Thunderbird Bass which I got to say is very well made, brilliant value for the price.

Rabz
March 17, 2024 7:16 pm

we will be mugged by reality. The suffering will be immense

Not here in the cottage, Squire!

I’ve spent the last few years insulating myself from reality.

For the time being …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuBU3pzy7is

Peter Greagg
Peter Greagg
March 17, 2024 7:17 pm

My first posting on Dover’s re-worked Cat.
Hope it works.

Many thanks to the Cat (can’t remember who?) who recommended Sandy Woodward’s One Hundred Days…) on the Falklands War.

An excellent read.

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 17, 2024 7:21 pm

Hello

Tom
Tom
March 17, 2024 7:22 pm

Joe Hildebrand is Elbow’s proxy on Sky News in the same way Monty comes here as the Labor/Grrens troll.

It’s time for Hildebrand to declare the details of the deal he reached with News Corp to represent the ALP’s political interests in the media and sell out the public interest.

miltonf
miltonf
March 17, 2024 7:27 pm

What I don’t get Dot is who the hell would buy Australian Treasury Bonds? Sure as shite I wouldn’t.

Rabz
March 17, 2024 7:28 pm

Joe Hildebeast is Elbow’s poxy on Sky News

This mighty Amazon needs to clobber him a lot more than she does …

miltonf
miltonf
March 17, 2024 7:31 pm

Isn’t canbra just printed money now too? Or QE?

miltonf
miltonf
March 17, 2024 7:32 pm

*printing

Rabz
March 17, 2024 7:47 pm

who the hell would buy Australian Treasury Bonds?

Ozzie taxpayers, Milt. The perfect self fellating circle of unrelenting idiocy.

They print, we (unknowingly) buy.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 17, 2024 7:53 pm

On the subject of our “highly” paid senior military officers and departmental secretaries (others like the secretaries of PM7C, DFAT, Treasury ad some other departments will be on similar rates), I am beginning to think that there needs to be a higher tax rate for income above, say, $500,000 pa. Perhaps the additional income should be a=taxed around $0.60 in the dollar?

Winston Smith
Winston Smith
March 17, 2024 7:58 pm

Dover, I still cannot register. I’ve gone through the process 3 times now and my password is continually refused. Attempts to get a link sent to my email address do not get a reply. No link has been sent.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 17, 2024 8:09 pm

So there’s a ginormous turbine farm going into the ocean off Cape Naturaliste. It will be, of course, so big that it can be significantly downscaled in Response To Community Concerns, so far off shore that it’s safe from protest and sabotage and sure to bleed gigawatts in transmission loss, and gold-plated by international treaties and finance.
For all the local eco-knobs, like Ben Elton, John Butler, Tim Winton, and Eddie Vedder are nowhere to be seen. Fly-in, fly out.
For all the endless spaffing of cash on LED ad hoarding bridges and Coldplay concerts to “showcase our wondrous state”, there’s no outcry that a visual monstrosity, offshore diesel sump and bleeder of gearbox oil berley might be a really bad idea. Fly-in, fly-out tourism will apparently not give a fig that the ocean looks just like every other windy bird mincer installation all over the gormless virtue-signalling West, from Wales to Waikiki.
For all the Screen Australia money wanked away on straight-to-iView fairytales like Breath and Blue Back, despite the horrendously innefficient economics of a fly-in, fly-out “film industry” no thought that the wind farm will kinda wreck the look of the place.
Each and every offshore gas and oil field has been banned even from exploratory seismic testing, because the whales will never return. I happen to believe that whales- like native forest- are a renewable resource and should be seen as our dominion, but it’s idiotic to not think there’s a parallel between blasting into the seafloor to sink titanic amounts of cement to anchor a chinese-made whirligig of Shopping Channel build quality.
The “Saltwater People”- I had my suspicions when the local aboriginal leaders quietly claimed that new quality a few years back- are nowhere to be seen. I suspect that their simony has already been bought, and someone will clay up their dreads and sing a soothing ditty to the whales, pink schnapper and dhufish- you know, the fishy characters which the pre-Euros only had interactions with when they washed up dead on the beach.
Every single SW industry which has been shut down by the Lizard People- sheep, coal, forestry- has been sated by the promise of a Tourism Boom. Even the horrible Albany Wind Farm is billed as a Tourist Attraction. Go walk the ridgeline- you’ll no longer see any ospreys, sea eagles or wedgies. If only we had a Tasmanian parrot and a man with the pain-in-the-arse kudos of Bob Brown to have stopped it.
My brother-in-law lives near the ridiculous Flat Rocks wind farm. It was built after some genius discovered a previously unknown stream of air movement 200m up, and also happened across three adjoining landowners who were happy to watch the blades spinning round and round… from Perth.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 17, 2024 8:19 pm

Evening, anyone in the NT’s Gulf Country needs to be locking down. Wowee over night and today Meghan is bombing, the change in convection in 24h has been insane. Some models tipping topping out at a Cat 4 others not so aggressive like ECMWF which is one of the better ones at low end Cat 3.

My uninitiated 2c worth, southern quadrants seem to be already interacting with the land with the HIMAWARI 9 satellite they BOM uses, outflows equatorial/westward from JTWC moderately good, divergence/convergence slightly dislocated by moderate decreasing wind shear from CIMSS charts, SST well above genesis thresholds. This will pack a nasty punch but will be no Yasi.

Luckily very sparser populated apart from MacArthur River mine.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 17, 2024 8:26 pm

Guess the green Mustang is gonna be taken off him for a start:

Two people have been taken to hospital after a driver allegedly ran them down at a car meet in the Melbourne’s southeast.

Shocking footage has surfaced of the incident, showing a green Mustang ploughing into a man and a women before driving off.

The incident happened at the abandoned car park of a closed down hardware store on Thompson Rd on Cranbourne North on Sunday.

Witnesses told 7News that the event was a family-friendly car meet, but that the driver of the Mustang had been told to leave by organisers after he started doing burnouts.

The situation then escalated before the two people were hit.

miltonf
miltonf
March 17, 2024 8:28 pm

Ozzie taxpayers, Milt. The perfect self fellating circle of unrelenting idiocy.
They print, we (unknowingly) buy.

ok so it’s QE sorta thing more malicious incompetence which is the canbra way

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 17, 2024 8:29 pm

Luckily very sparser populated apart from MacArthur River mine.

They had to move the river to put in the mine. This is going to be quite messy for them I think!

I was working at a mine in NT when something like this happened. Our Single Men’s Quarters floated off its support pillars. Interesting feeling since I was in them when it happened. Didn’t sail away too far fortunately. All the gensets were submerged and the mess was beyond comprehension. We worked like trojans the next month to get the place operating again.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 17, 2024 8:44 pm

Mate who pulled the pin as an Infantry SNCO reckons Campbell is well above his ceiling rank but also says this happens to mediocre types with the right sponsors in peace time.

Also would love to see the British system come into play here, 21 years and if you don’t reach benchmarks at that 21y a pension handshake and politely put out to pasture. Reckons every British recruit is told this at the start. Believe the US system isn’t much different.

Will have to ask him when I get back to the ‘ville but he has an underground newsletter that was doing the round on Op Annode in Sol Is that had a roll of rank strength, from memory he told me at it height you could have had 1 major per section of diggers that are normally commanded by a Corporal on strength. In fact he has a pic of a sign on the checkpoint into the Australian base at Guadalcanal that was written on a ration box Recruit Another Major to Solomon Is for the missions acronym RAMSI.

miltonf
miltonf
March 17, 2024 8:46 pm

I can recall around 30 years ago there was a thing in canbra called ADEX or ADAX which exhibited military equipment. This was violently opposed by peace activists one of whom was on a scholarship from the DoD at the ANU. The canbra way again. A despicable place.

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 17, 2024 8:46 pm

Graham Richardson. FMD

miltonf
miltonf
March 17, 2024 8:51 pm

Noted. Thanks Dover.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 17, 2024 9:02 pm

Rockdoctor

 March 17, 2024 8:44 pm

Mate who pulled the pin as an Infantry SNCO reckons Campbell is well above his ceiling rank but also says this happens to mediocre types with the right sponsors in peace time.

Why do I suspect that one of his “sponsors” was General Red High Heels Morrison?

cohenite
March 17, 2024 9:19 pm

Apparently, the BBC has been alerted to expect a major announcement about Kate Middleton at any moment. Salty puts his spin on it:

JC
JC
March 17, 2024 9:38 pm

Wifey was telling me that their ABC was supposed to do a retrospective on Debra Conway’s music and they cancelled it. Conway is totally pro-Israel.

H B Bear
H B Bear
March 17, 2024 9:38 pm

Comments still require approval. Have I been blackballed?

Baba
Baba
March 17, 2024 9:44 pm

Salisbury Beach Citizens for Change, the volunteer organization behind the $500,000 dune project, said on Facebook that even though the expensive protection mechanism was destroyed within days, “the sacrificial dunes did their job”, arguing that much more could have been destroyed were it not for the presence of the dune.

As oceans around the world get warmer, sea levels rise due to thermal expansion and weather patterns get more extreme, boosting coastal erosion.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 17, 2024 9:44 pm

Last comment before I turn in. Developmental roads are a bint.

BJ funny you should mention high heels, mate tells me he was highly respected as the CO of 2RAR, something happened when he was elevated to staff level.

Yup also, after Slater the next CO was Campbell who took the Battalion to their 2nd tour of Timor.

JC
JC
March 17, 2024 9:52 pm

Rabz

March 17, 2024 7:47 pm

who the hell would buy Australian Treasury Bonds?

Ozzie taxpayers, Milt. The perfect self fellating circle of unrelenting idiocy.

They print, we (unknowingly) buy.

Rabz, I don’t know what the figure is now, but up to about 2 years ago foreigners held around 60% of the total Aussie government bonds issuance. It’s historically been pretty high.

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cohenite
March 17, 2024 9:57 pm

As oceans around the world get warmer, sea levels rise due to thermal expansion and weather patterns get more extreme, boosting coastal erosion.

Your link doesn’t work. OHC increase has been negligible. CO2 radiation, IFR, can’t heat the oceans, only the Sun can.

JC
JC
March 17, 2024 10:07 pm

Actually, the Aussie dollar is probably ranked around 7th in the world in terms of currency reserve status. It’s pretty high.

Indolent
Indolent
March 17, 2024 10:09 pm
Dot
Dot
March 17, 2024 10:13 pm

(8 March 2024)

Victoria’s government debt has blown out by another $11.7 billion to more than $126 billion and global ratings agency S&P warns the state is on track to almost double that number by 2027.

https://www.afr.com/politics/another-12b-debt-blowout-in-victoria-sets-scene-for-horror-budget-20240308-p5faxz

cohenite
March 17, 2024 10:13 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/13/sand-dune-tide-beach-house-massachusetts

Alarmists are vultures: any bad climatic event is offered up as proof of alarmism. The ARGO buoys have been measuring OHC for over 20 years; this is what they have found:

OHC-ARGO
JC
JC
March 17, 2024 10:24 pm

Victoria could be the first Australian government to default on its debt. Andrews has destroyed this state.

John Brumble
John Brumble
March 17, 2024 10:32 pm

If you increase tax on high earners, public “servants” will just demand a pay rise to cover the difference. It’s what they did last time and it’s why the Marxists like to talk about taxing the rich more- they know it won’t affect them.

Dot
Dot
March 17, 2024 10:35 pm

Queensland currently has 124 bn AUD of debt securities on issue.

The level of debt held by GBEs was 44bn in 2022.

NSW debt on issue is very roughly 171 bn AUD.

John H.
John H.
March 17, 2024 10:40 pm

The Collapse of Russian Arms Exports – Competitors, Ukraine & The Future of Russian Exports

In 2023, according to SIPRI, Russia didn’t even make the top five list of exporters.

As usual with Perun. Long and detailed. Russia needs the weapons, there are more manufacturers, and poor hardware performance hasn’t helped.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 17, 2024 10:49 pm

Rock musician Steve Harley dies age 73 following short battle with cancer – after Cockney Rebel star paused tour to undergo treatment
Daily Mail

Real Deal
Real Deal
March 17, 2024 10:57 pm

Steve Harley brown bread.

Make me smile (Come up and see me.) – it’s proper title is one of the most iconic English songs of the 70s.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 17, 2024 11:00 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkifY-2Em3U

Israeli comedians taking the Michael out of the United Nations…

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
March 17, 2024 11:03 pm

Roger, yes indeedy, that’s why buying bangers on the interwebs is a patchy way to collect geetars.
My bargain bin t-bird happens to be a decent bit of ringing timber, shaped en pointe and wired up proper to boot. It might not hold glue for another decade of 100lbs tension, it might last a century, who noes?
Martin Guitar Co got into felling, milling, drying their own timber, but gave the operation away as v expensive for inconsistent results.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 17, 2024 11:13 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYUL1R4pupU

Yahy Sinmax, head of Hamas, gives an exclusive interview to the B.B.C.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 17, 2024 11:20 pm

Zulu let me know how it goes, won’t you?
I am for the knee knife sometime, been putting it off.

This doesn’t involve surgery, it involves stem cells injected into the knees. I had the procedure done eight years ago, and it was made quite that it would only last seven or eight years, but MUCH less invasive then full knee replacements.

rosie
rosie
March 17, 2024 11:21 pm

More ABC clothing boohoo, how dare people in the ‘global south’ have access to cheaper clothing.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-03-16/second-hand-clothes-thrift-not-answer-to-waste/103585470

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 17, 2024 11:33 pm

Yup also, after Slater the next CO was Campbell

Mick Slater was my company CO in D Coy 2/4 RAR in the late 80s/early 90s.

A decent bloke and knew his onions, even though he was a ranga.

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 18, 2024 12:36 am

What the hell?

  1. Vic can’t upkeep it roads, probably the smallest network per head in Oz. From what I’v heard other Gov services…

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