Open Thread – Easter Weekend 2024


The Three Marys at the Tomb, William Adolphe Bouguereau, 1876


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Bill From The Bush
Bill From The Bush
March 30, 2024 12:30 am

well Gidday

Steve Trickler
Steve Trickler
March 30, 2024 12:41 am

FK around & find out.

3 bottles tonked over his head.

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Steve Inman:

Entire store staff beats down a robber
https://rumble.com/v4m8mfi-entire-store-staff-beats-down-a-robber.html

KevinM
KevinM
March 30, 2024 12:49 am

Yellow submarine

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

My God, what a dirge and we used to idolise those blokes.

Bazinga
Bazinga
March 30, 2024 1:34 am

Merry Easter cats

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 30, 2024 1:41 am

Just watched a movie called Ricky Stanicky.

Who should pop up but Stan Grant playing himself as a TV journalist.

Looked far more tanned than usual

Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:00 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:00 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:01 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:03 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:04 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:05 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:06 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:07 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:09 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
March 30, 2024 5:50 am

Great to see Germany & Taiwan doing their bit by exporting as much nitrocellulose to Russia as they can.
Remember this the next time the security state tells us that it’s imperative to expand NATO.
And of course the non-stop narrative that “we” have to do everything to defend Taiwan.
Hopefully raising this hypocrisy doesn’t make me a Putin booster or China shill.

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 30, 2024 5:58 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
March 30, 2024 6:08 am

The evacuation of Kabul by privately funded charters is one of the greatest moments in their recent history.
Only matched by the disgrace that the US military oversaw.
Unfortunately because people like Glenn Beck were involved, it has been memory holed.
Or the subject to blatant lies by the corporate media.

When Hollywood get around to rewriting history & making a movie, it will be a gay, black DNC activist who got Zuckerberg to fund a fleet of jets because the evil GOP wouldn’t.

Min
Min
March 30, 2024 6:35 am

Dover Fra Angelico has now been beatified

Crossie
Crossie
March 30, 2024 6:45 am

feelthebern

 March 30, 2024 5:50 am

Great to see Germany & Taiwan doing their bit by exporting as much nitrocellulose to Russia as they can. 

Remember this the next time the security state tells us that it’s imperative to expand NATO.

Germany has also been collaborating with Iran for decades on their nuclear project.

feelthebern
feelthebern
March 30, 2024 6:50 am

The nitrocellulose story is via the WSJ.
?

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 7:26 am

Who should pop up but Stan Grant playing himself as a TV journalist.

A Trans Vestite journalist? That would be about right.

When will he/she/it change the name ‘Stan Grant’ to a proper Abbo’ name like – Ummagggumma Dingoe or somefink’ like that?

calli
calli
March 30, 2024 7:30 am

UNICEF rep up on their hind legs on Seven News this morning barking about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Not a single mention of the welfare of the remaining hostages.

At least Spooner gets it. Well done.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 7:31 am

I like the English flag in that painting. Neat.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 7:38 am

Steve Trickler
March 30, 2024 12:41 am

FK around & find out.
3 bottles tonked over his head.

That’s what the locals/police/army in Alice Springs should do to those unruly young people. They would not do it again.

Oh, and no Hospital admission. Just suck it up punks.

miltonf
miltonf
March 30, 2024 7:38 am

The UN just stinks. The foul failed Portuguese socialist in charge yet another example of the geriatric, venal, maliciously incompetent political establishment.

shatterzzz
March 30, 2024 7:39 am

Imagine if you can .. the “privileged life of being a favourite “chosen” .. a nothing event involving loud voices ove r a fence too high to look over yet Vic plod launches a full investigation cos your kiddies got shouted at .. unsolved burglaries/home invasions and car theft galore but plod drops everything for heckling ……… time to look into 251 privilege, methinx …….!
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/afl/article-13252173/Police-launch-investigation-Eddie-Betts-racist-attack-children.html

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 7:52 am

miltonf
March 30, 2024 7:38 am

The UN just stinks. The foul failed Portuguese socialist in charge yet another example of the geriatric, venal, maliciously incompetent political establishment.

That’s way too many words for a shit hole like the UN (The Dis United Nations). NYC should boot the UN out and put the whole (hole) lot in Kabul.

See how that works.

rosie
rosie
March 30, 2024 8:06 am

The scumbags that burgled my family member’s home while it was being renovated three or four times (the first burglary might have been different perpetrator) got convicted.
Female, fully suspended and he got 4 months in prison.
Better than nothing.
And the only reason they got caught is because the family member set up surveillance and rang police while the last attempt was in progress and the police knew he was going around to stop them himself ( the property was perhaps 500 metres from the police station).

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 8:17 am

The Corporate World – LOL

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Indolent
Indolent
March 30, 2024 8:42 am

I dragged the picture in, but only got a link. What am I doing wrong?

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 30, 2024 8:43 am

Vikki Campion:

The most lucrative mine in Australia is the taxpayer mine in Parliament House — and there are hundreds of lobbyists lining up to take a share of the riches. All you need to work this mine is an orange pass, and you can pop down any shaft to any minister’s office or go to visit any of the unsuspecting backbenchers.

Lobbyists see members and ministers not as agents of change but as walking ATMs to fund, underwrite, and subsidise; while they themselves are on the good coin, cushioned to the obscene cost of living.

They have never put muscle to dirt but mine for taxpayer subsidies, conveniently ignoring the fact their climate posturing is driving people into poverty and instead convincing members about how funding their pet project will ensure Labor reaches net zero. This week – the last sitting before Budget – there appeared a deluge in a sub-sect of the orange-lanyard-crew, these ones bearing “climate” somewhere on their business card.

No matter how much forest and grazing land they will cement for industrial wind turbines, they griped about the lack of free Tesla charging in the parliament precinct’s carpark.

This week, they struck it rich.

These types of lobbyists ensured the wealthy got subsidies for brand-new Teslas, while nickel and lithium exports plunged as the US and Europe reached an EV market ceiling.

They talk about how cheap renewables are, wantonly ignorant of the power bill rises that are stretching the household budgets of mums who skip meals to keep their kids full.

New staffers are shocked when climate change lobbyists show up at their desks without warning.

The lobbyists sometimes believe they are entitled to mine where they like and have access to every office – deemed suitable by one unnamed sponsor.

They have spent decades conjuring false narratives that wind is green – which is why Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen, in question time this week, quoted executives of the highest carbon emitters, AGL and Rio Tinto, are against nuclear power, even as countries showed an unstoppable appetite for our uranium to create some of the cheapest power in the world. Wouldn’t Rio, which is destroying the native habitats in far north Queensland and northern NSW to construct wind factories that they claim will help power smelters in Gladstone and Tomago, be nervous about being associated with widespread destruction?

In those dark parliamentary shafts, these orange pass holders have contrived a mechanism to make more money from the taxpayer than they could from creating a product.

By Thursday, the deluge of climate change lobbyists running around the building with pre-budget submissions made sense.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Mr Bowen were dusting off the taxpayers’ $15bn wallet that had sat untouched since the election.

They gave the wealthy a $1bn cheque to make solar panels in a Labor seat which, thanks to the appeal of its local Labor member Dan Repacholi, will be safe next election.

It’s easy to play big spender at the flash restaurant when holding someone else’s credit card.

Instead of pouring billions of taxes into more renewables, isn’t it time we considered a state-owned corporation, such as Sydney Water, owned by the taxpayer, answerable only to the taxpayer, for energy?

Shouldn’t we learn that selling power to private companies is a bad idea and that critical services should be in the hands of the people, not the orange lanyard holders on a select list? The Queensland Labor government makes more than a billion dollars from its energy assets, which are in turn mining electricity users bank accounts, allowing it to prop up the Treasury.

If LNP Leader David Crisafulli wants to make a difference when he inevitably wins that state’s election in October, he should vow to disconnect Queensland from the National Energy Market and make Queensland coal-fired power only for Queenslanders.

This would force the rest of us to understand what intermittent energy really means as we subsidise billionaires and foreign nations.

Wind and solar are the hills you coast down, and baseload power is the fuel station that fills the tank.

Once upon a time, mines gave uneducated blue-collar workers a chance to be comfortable by working in a pit. Taxpayer mining for renewable subsidies in the halls of Parliament House just makes the super-rich even wealthier.

The battler could only dream of that orange lanyard key, to mine for far more apt causes.

Of course the big miners don’t want nuclear because it will affect their bottom line. If Twiggy etc were so enamoured of pipedreams like green hydrogen and big farking batteries, dig into your own pockets instead of looking for government subsidies.
Australia could be indeed a resource superpower alright but not in the way dickhead Bowen envisages.

mem
mem
March 30, 2024 8:47 am

If it wasn’t for coal powered electricity the entire eastern grid would have gone belly up at 8am this morning(30/3/2024).Only 6% wind and 5% solar generation across four states(Qld, NSW, Vic, SA). 79% of generation was supplied by coal (55% black and 22% brown coal).SA which demolished its coal-fired plants some years ago and pretends to be totally renewable powered, was generating 44% gas powered electricity and 55% wind powered. But this wasn’t enough to meet demand so it still had to import 481MW via Vic to meet the 1265MW it needed, because it was only producing 784MW locally. At the same time Victoria’s brown coal generators were on full throttle producing 88% of the electricity needed as wind was down to 2%, solar to 1% and hydro supplying 8%. But, it still needed 253MW which was supplied via NSW, which was overwhelmingly powered by black coal. I could go on but readers will understand that this does not augur well for the Labor government’s “planned” further roll-out of wind and solar. (All figures quoted were from the AEMO Dashboard).

Black Ball
Black Ball
March 30, 2024 8:51 am

Ugh. Kerryn Phelps on the tv now, finished writing a book of memoirs. Needless to say the interviewers are kissing copious arse. Time for a dram before I away to work methinks.

miltonf
miltonf
March 30, 2024 8:55 am

Yes that would spoil your morning. Best not to watch TV at all I find. Thanks again for posting BB.

Indolent
Indolent
March 30, 2024 9:01 am

Harsh but fair.
The Quisling at 1600

shatterzzz
March 30, 2024 9:03 am

Memes need opening words to trigger them, apparently … LOL!

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Indolent
Indolent
March 30, 2024 9:11 am

Unbelievable. This is what we’ve come to.

@GlobalAffairs

Earlier this week, X was ordered by the Australian E-Safety Commissioner, subject to an approximately $800,000 AUD fine, to remove a user’s post. The post had criticized an individual appointed by the World Health Organization to serve as an expert on transgender issues.

X is withholding the post in Australia in compliance with the order but intends to file a legal challenge to the order to protect its user’s right to free speech.

shatterzzz
March 30, 2024 9:13 am

UNICEF rep up on their hind legs on Seven News this morning barking about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Not a single mention of the welfare of the remaining hostages.

Methinx, the media is getting closer to the point of blaming Israel for the unwarranted invasion of “peaceful” Gaza ……

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miltonf
miltonf
March 30, 2024 9:19 am

X is withholding the post in Australia in compliance with the order but intends to file a legal challenge to the order to protect its user’s right to free speech.

That’s good to hear. What a contemptible, despicable place canbra is. BIRM. Musk is turning out to be one hell of a guy. I suppose I’ll have to forgive him for his electric cars.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 9:33 am

Indolent
March 30, 2024 8:42 am

I dragged the picture in, but only got a link. What am I doing wrong?

Nothing to do with you. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Blame the Universe. Or Trump/Putin/Anyone……………

Dot
Dot
March 30, 2024 9:34 am

Earlier this week, X was ordered by the Australian E-Safety Commissioner, subject to an approximately $800,000 AUD fine, to remove a user’s post. The post had criticized an individual appointed by the World Health Organization to serve as an expert on transgender issues.

LOL. The eSafety Commissioner turned into a thought police commissar pretty quickly.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 30, 2024 9:35 am

janet albrechtsen Bruce Lehrmann defamation case: Noxious legal cookie can crumble five ways

  • 12:00AM March 30, 2024

According to an old proverb, the wheels of justice turn slowly but grind exceedingly fine. A few Sydney silks must be wishing they could cajole Justice Michael Lee to rise a little earlier next Thursday.
To be fair, Justice Lee has not been idle. But when he delivers his judgment in Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation case against Network Ten and Lisa Wilkinson at 10.15am in courtroom 21A next week, a number of senior lawyers at the centre of this roiling legal drama will be three levels below, appearing in a different defamation case in courtroom 18. Perhaps some of them will slip an AirPod into an ear to hear who wins and who loses in a trial that became a civil version of the criminal trial that was abandoned in late 2022.

For whom the Federal Court wheels of justice grind finely in favour of is the talk of the town right now. Will there be a clear winner and a clear loser? When Lee reads a short version of his much longer written judgment, he will canvass critical issues at the centre of the most scandalous drama in recent times. A drama that saw a complainant use the media to air a rape allegation, enlisting politicians too. The juggernaut that ramped up the #MeToo movement in Australia soon turned into a political torpedo that helped turf the Morrison government out of office. Was it worth it? Was it fair? Who lied? How have two young people at the centre of this fared? How many people have been damaged? Who suspended their critical faculties during this drama?
Lee is an impressive judge. On Thursday he will answer many, though not all, of the questions at the centre of this mess. While lawyers have told Inquirer there are a number of possible scenarios, let’s not mince words. What is mostly on everyone’s mind is whether Lee will find that, on the balance of probabilities, a rape occurred that night in a ministerial office. Let’s start with the two most simple scenarios.

Scenario 1Lehrmann wins big
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Here, Justice Lee finds that Ten and Wilkinson failed to establish both defences they relied on – in shorthand, the truth defence and the qualified privilege defence. They failed to prove that Brittany Higgins’ rape allegation was substantially true, even on the balance of probabilities. Further, Ten and Wilkinson fail to prove that they behaved reasonably as journalists when investigating, preparing and airing the rape allegation, and so they lose the qualified privilege defence which could have protected them even if they can’t prove the rape allegation was true.
It is game over for Ten and Wilkinson. Lehrmann wins. Big time. Some lawyers not associated with the case are predicting that Lee will award damages, including aggravated damages, into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. And Lehrmann’s legal costs will be paid by Ten.
And Ten and Wilkinson and many other witnesses – including Higgins – can expect a mother lode of adverse findings. Lee may find that they did not behave reasonably when airing the unproven ­allegations, that they didn’t investigate Higgins’ serious allegations properly, that they didn’t give Lehrmann sufficient time to respond, that they treated Fiona Brown with such flagrant disregard that it infected the entire program. And more.
Ten and Wilkinson will feel lasting reputational pain. Ten will suffer the added pain of paying up. In this scenario, it doesn’t end well for Higgins, either. A finding that no rape occurred, even on the lower civil standard of proof, will surely damage her credibility too.
Lee may find that some of Lehrmann’s evidence was improbable or dishonest. That he didn’t tell the truth about where he was when he was summoned to a meeting with Linda Reynolds’ chief of staff Fiona Brown. That he tied himself in crazy, incredible knots over how many drinks he did or didn’t give Higgins that night.

If Lee decides that there should be some reduction for incon­sistencies or lies in Lehrmann’s evidence, he may nonetheless award significant damages, including aggravated damages, especially for the damage done to Lehrmann by Wilkinson’s infamous Logies speech.
To be sure, Lehrmann is not Geoffrey Rush, the Oscar-winning actor who received $2.9m in a defamation case in 2020. But Lee may find that a young man’s life has been upended, his reputation damaged, and only a thumpingly big aggravated damages award will signal to the media, and the community, how egregious it was for Ten to air an unsubstantiated allegation that didn’t even meet the lower burden of proof, let alone the criminal standard, and by journalism that didn’t meet the requisite standard of fairness.
Lee may well decide that Ten and Wilkinson should be punished ­further for celebrating Higgins at the Logies and trampling on Lehrmann’s right to the ­presumption of innocence and a fair trial just days out from a trial. Lee’s message will resonate across the country, reminding all in the media that the presumption of innocence should be at the forefront of a journalist’s mind, not relegated behind commercial interests or self-interest.
In this scenario, where Lee expresses significant displeasure at Wilkinson’s Logie speech, he may well find that Ten’s lawyer Tasha Smithies should never have given legal advice approving it. That will hurt.

Recall what Lee said during the trial: “It is inconceivable to me that any legally qualified person could have given advice … that a Crown witness saying what was said in that Logies speech was anything other than inadvisable and inappropriate,” he said.
Ten chief executive Beverley McGarvey and other senior Ten executives might expect some sharp adverse findings, too, for approving the speech, for being more concerned about celebrating The Project and Higgins at the Logies than a fair trial for the accused, for refusing to hand over Smithies’ legal advice in court by claiming privilege, and for appearing to allow the public to think that The Project celebrity went rogue on stage at the Logies.
Does Wilkinson get off the hook in this scenario? In court, Lee asked Wilkinson whether one would ever celebrate the courage of someone if one thinks that person is lying. After an awkward pause, Wilkinson said no. In this scenario, Lee may find that it was entirely disingenuous for Wilkinson to claim to be a senior, experienced highly professional journalist on the one hand, but then to wipe her hands of The Project’s journalism and the Logies speech. I
s she the equivalent of a naive newsreader or an experienced journalist? She can’t credibly claim to be both, Lee may say. Indeed, you don’t have to be a journalist in your 60s, let alone Rumpole, to understand the notor­ious Logies speech would under­mine a fair trial. Lee might find Wilkinson wasn’t shy about becoming a central part of the Higgins juggernaut – prosecuting the political cover-up story, dragging Fiona Brown into this tawdry tale with no evidence, turning up at the March4Justice, and so on.
Ten will have its cheque book ready. But Wilkinson’s house is safe; Ten will pay the damages award and her legal costs.

Scenario 2Ten and Wilkinson win, a rape most likely occurred
In this scenario, Lee finds that, on the balance of probabilities, the imputation that Lehrmann raped Higgins in Parliament House in March 2019 is substantially true, and Ten and Wilkinson win.
They have made out their truth defence.
Under section 140 of the Evidence Act, Lee must take into account the gravity of the matter alleged, meaning Lee will require more evidence to satisfy the standard of proof for a rape allegation than if a lesser crime had been ­alleged.
In this scenario, Lee must find that, on the balance of probabilities, Lehrmann raped Higgins – despite inconsistencies in Higgins’ evidence, despite Lehrmann’s denials, and despite the fact that there are other possible scenarios, for example, that Higgins and Lehrmann may have planned to have sex, that Higgins removed her clothes, lay down on a sofa, fell asleep and when Lehrmann found her asleep, he left.

Once the truth defence is made, it’s over for Lehrmann.
It won’t matter if Ten was guilty of rotten journalism when they aired Higgins’ interview on The Project. It won’t matter if Lee thinks that Wilkinson came across as flaky or unbelievable when claiming that she didn’t play a major role in The Project’s handling of the story.
Lehrmann gets nothing. Costs will be ordered against him. If he can’t pay, then Ten will stump up for the colossal fees racked up by a line-up of barristers and solicitors who acted for Ten and Wilkinson.
Lehrmann’s own lawyers will take a big financial hit, as it seems unlikely an impecunious Lehrmann can pay anybody’s legal bills. Lehrmann may be forced into bankruptcy.

Scenario 3Sex occurred, Lehrmann marked down for lying
There are other mid-course, more complicated scenarios where Lee finds that Ten and Wilkinson proved part of their truth case – for example that, on the balance of probabilities, sex occurred but that it was consensual (or at least the defendants, and their witnesses, failed to establish that it was non-consensual).

Lee cannot point to any direct evidence that sex occurred. He would have to reject Lehrmann’s version that he turned left and Higgins turned right that night. And that after he left he didn’t see her again that night. Lee will have to be satisfied that notwithstanding Higgins’ other false statements, about seeing doctors and so on, that sex occurred. If Lee finds that Lehrmann lied to the court about sex, he may ­decide that the lie is egregious enough to warrant substantially reducing damages.
In this case, even though Lehrmann has technically won, he’s also partially lost. He may get an order for costs but if he does not also get a big damages award, he will likely be badly out of pocket because cost orders – unless he gets a very rare order for indemnity costs – never cover all the legal costs actually incurred.
Though lawyers predict that Lee will find many witnesses gave weak evidence, even lying to the court, including Lehrmann and Higgins, they describe this scenario as a difficult one for the judge. It may require Lee to distinguish between Lehrmann potentially lying, or giving implausible evidence, about sex taking place, or Higgins potentially lying, or giving implausible evidence, that it was a rape.
In this scenario, Lee will have to ask himself what is worse: the public knowing that Lehrmann is a liar or the public thinking that Lehrmann is a rapist? In this scenario, costs will be ­interesting. Lee may decide to express disapproval of a plaintiff lying to the court when bringing a defamation claim by giving Lehrmann only part of his costs.

Scenario 4Lehrmann told a lie, but Logies speech stinks more
One possibility is Scenario 3 – with a twist. Lee finds that Lehrmann lied about sex, and that Lehrmann’s lie warrants a big reduction in damages – and then the kicker. Lee finds that Ten and/or Wilkinson behaved like such reprobates that Lehrmann deserves significant aggravated damages.
In this scenario, Lee finds that Ten and/or Wilkinson behaved so wickedly when investigating and airing the Higgins interview, and in relation to the Logies speech, that aggravated damages are ­warranted.

Scenario 5Lehrmann wins, Pyrrhic win for Wilkinson
In this scenario, Lee finds that the evidence is such that neither Ten nor Wilkinson can rely on the truth defence, and that Ten failed to make out the qualified privilege defence because those at The Project who were responsible for putting the Higgins interview to air did not behave reasonably. But Lee agrees with Wilkinson’s submissions that she had no real control over how the interview was checked, verified, presented, or over how Lehrmann, Reynolds and Brown were treated. Lee finds that she was not responsible for the damage done by the Logies speech because Ten’s lawyers and senior executives approved the speech and encouraged her to give it.
Lehrmann walks away a winner, with a stonking big damages award. Wilkinson is off the hook, but she has secured a Pyrrhic victory. By running the line that she had nothing much to do behind the scenes with The Project’s program beyond interviewing Higgins it undermines her portrayal of herself as being a hands-on great investigative journalist. She wins by establishing, in effect, that she was just the equivalent of a newsreader who did what she was told and couldn’t work out, until prompted by Lee, that celebrating Higgins at the Logies amounted to undermining a fair trial. Ten would be the biggest loser. Given its well-publicised difficulties on other fronts, Ten’s future, at least in its current form, is a question to be pondered.
Footnote
Perhaps Lee’s judgment will set out a different permutation but one thing is clear – all eyes will be on this Federal Court judge on Thursday morning to learn what he makes of some critical parts of this repugnant, never-ending saga.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 30, 2024 9:36 am

What can be so scurrilous in the tweet that the E-stupidity commission feels impelled to have it blocked?

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
March 30, 2024 9:37 am

<quote>Lobbyists see members and ministers not as agents of change but as walking ATMs to fund, underwrite, and subsidise; while they themselves are on the good coin, cushioned to the obscene cost of living.</quote>

This is straight up corruption. In state government, plebs are not allowed to privately entertain suppliers, and for good reason. It’s a sackable offence, marched right out the door. It is improper, yet is considered normal and routine in Canberra. It’s a corrupt swamp.

miltonf
miltonf
March 30, 2024 9:37 am

Another canbra abomination

Roger
Roger
March 30, 2024 9:38 am

Not the sharpest tools in the shed:

Australian officials scrambled to “understand what the allegations are” against Unrwa staff and complained of “precious nothing in the public domain” hours before the government suspended funding to the “vital” aid agency.

The Guardian

Baba
Baba
March 30, 2024 9:46 am

Guess WHO?

Damn. Can’t insert the link.

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Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 30, 2024 9:49 am

From the old fred …
Knuckle Dragger
 March 29, 2024 10:39 pm

Trap for Young Player news (the Hun):

Brisbane Lions players have split from their partners and the club has held a crisis meeting over an end of season trip to Vegas

Uh-oh.
You can test for coke on Wednesday.
But you can’t test for stupidity.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 30, 2024 9:52 am

They have spent decades conjuring false narratives that wind is green

This one was fun when I read it earlier:

The UK’s £113m tower with wind turbines on top that can’t turn on for ridiculous reason (29 Mar)

When the Strata SE1 tower in Elephant and Castle opened in June 2010, it marked the latest step in the area’s regeneration and was heralded as a fine example of eco-friendly architecture.

However, Londoners have noticed that one of the striking features of the 482ft residential building is never in use. The three giant turbines built into the roof of the £113.5 million structure were meant to be a source of green energy and the building’s potential to generate renewable power was key to securing its planning permission. …

Since finishing construction, the residential bloc’s turbines were shut off, so they no longer spin.

In 2023, the chair of Southwark’s planning committee revealed that the turbines had been shut off due to the excessive noise and vibrations that permeated throughout the building.

Wow that’s amazing! Here’s a photo of the thing:

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Who knew that wind turbines cause vibration and noise. Weird eh?

cohenite
March 30, 2024 9:54 am

Part of the lawfare the demorats are using against Trump is attacking his lawyers. John Eastman, one of Trump’s senior lawyers with an impeccable record has been struck off by a californian kunt demorat judge for daring to give a speech about Jan 6 and election fraud; according to the Californian Bar, Eastman’s account of electoral fraud was, you guessed, misleading. Albo would be proud:

Judge rules John Eastman should be disbarred over efforts to overturn 2020 election | The Hill

Indolent
Indolent
March 30, 2024 9:54 am
Indolent
Indolent
March 30, 2024 9:55 am
MarcH
MarcH
March 30, 2024 9:58 am

Happy Easter.

Mt Warning…Still need another 3k to get to a 10k goal to allow Mt Warning closure to be debated in NSW upper House.. Please sign if you haven’t done so…. https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lc/pages/epetition-details.aspx?q=mIh4VlYuV3MWXOB3MBXJYQ

shatterzzz
March 30, 2024 10:03 am

I dragged the picture in, but only got a link. What am I doing wrong?

Drag & drop (pix) isn’t available on wordpress .. save the image to desktop & then insert as pix using the last button on task bar (small window)

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
March 30, 2024 10:05 am

Thanks for posting the Janet A analysis in the Oz ZK2A.

Many will be tuning in on Thursday to hear Justice Lee’s decision.

Roger
Roger
March 30, 2024 10:08 am

Long piece in The Saturday Paper by supercilious twit Mike Seccombe on Albanese’s religious discrimination reforms.

The conclusion is that religious people are the one minority in Australia not entitled to protections in law.

Hello, tyranny of the majority.

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m0nty
m0nty
March 30, 2024 10:10 am

John Eastman, one of Trump’s senior lawyers with an impeccable record has been struck off by a californian kunt demorat judge for daring to give a speech about Jan 6 and election fraud

Every part of that is wrong, cohenite. The judge rejected the one count about the speech. Eastman will be disbarred for unconstitutional incitement of insurrection and autogolpe. He belongs in gaol, and may end up there if convicted of charges he faces in Georgia.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 30, 2024 10:11 am

Three months is a long time in EV land.

December:
Ford cutting 2024 F-150 Lightning production plans by half, suppliers told

Today:
Nolte: More EV Fail as Ford ‘Drastically Cuts’ Detroit Workforce

“Ford will drastically cut the number of hourly workers at its factory that builds the Ford F-150 Lightning as sales of electric vehicles slow,” a local media outlet reported. …

“Of the 2,100 workers who make up three work crews at the Dearborn facility, a third will remain. … Ford will transfer 700 workers to” to another Michigan plant while the remaining 700 will “either take a retirement package offered during last year’s contract talks with the United Auto Workers or will take a reassignment in southeast Michigan.”

So not only are they getting rid of two thirds of their wukkas at the EV plant, but they’re retiring up to a third of them. Which means Ford doesn’t think demand will ever be enough for a full time car plant. And my naive arithmetic suggests that they have already dropped their manufacturing target another third from what they’d already cut it to in December.

I doubt they’ll stop there. An electric tradies’ ute is like tits on a bicycle.

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Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 30, 2024 10:17 am

Roger earlier …

The conclusion is that religious people are the one minority in Australia not entitled to protections in law.

Correction. Christians and Jews are not entitled to legal protection.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 30, 2024 10:18 am

For those who have not been following the Esafety Commissioner censorship saga independent journalist Rebekah Barnett has covered it in a Substack article a few days ago. Just Google Rebekah Barnett Substack and you will find it.

Spectacular backfire’: Australian government’s attempt to censor trans post draws heat

Esafety Commissioner would have had a bad week as the story was shared around the world and only amplified the original “offending” Tweet by thousands of times.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 30, 2024 10:23 am

For those few who are wondering about the WHO trannie kerfuffle, the daily wail has an article up

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13239427/X-eSafety-Commissioner-trans-Teddy-Cook.html

I will refrain from comment as my new overlord of speech may fine Dover.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 30, 2024 10:27 am

Brisbane Lions players have split from their partners and the club has held a crisis meeting over an end of season trip to Vegas

Yup. So glad camera phones and social media weren’t a thing when I was young. Footy trips away especially one in Hindley st Adelaide (That long ago we flew Ansett to get there) and other overseas time off could have been embarrassing for some of my colleagues and their shenanigans.

Roger
Roger
March 30, 2024 10:30 am

Brisbane Lions players have split from their partners and the club has held a crisis meeting over an end of season trip to Vegas

The Brisbane Lions received at least $30m from the taxpayer for a training facility west of Brisbane that the general public isn’t permitted to use.

End of season trips to Vegas? No problem!

Arky
March 30, 2024 10:34 am

And of course the non-stop narrative that “we” have to do everything to defend Taiwan.

Hopefully raising this hypocrisy doesn’t make me a Putin booster or China shill

After you read a news report stating that Taiwan and China are the biggest suppliers of nitrocellulose, the ingredient that makes cartridges go “bang”, and that some of that global commodity gets routed through Turkey to Russia, your big brain idea is to wave through any Chinese takeover of Taiwan and thus further concentrating supply into Chinese hands.
Serious question: Are you retarded?

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Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 30, 2024 10:40 am

Speaking of footy. From Shatterzzz

Eddie Betts. Had to google him to find out who he was. Average AFL player around the time I was interstate or overseas in countries where the round ball is more popular.

Seems to be a bit of a race rabble rouser himself although not as abrasive as Goodes. Just read some of the hyperbole written about the incident, wow PTSD according to some boofhead sports reader. Turn it up. I’d say someone has found out who lives there doesn’t like him for whatever reason and didn’t have a set to confront him.

Cops again do themselves no favours by dropping everything to investigate something that should be well below home invasions in the scheme of things. I’d say we are 5-10 years behind what’s going on in GB with selective policing of soft crimes.

Was working with a TI bloke last year, always laughing but an excellent boxer. I remember talking with him about racism when I was young, was usually very quickly stopped dead by a slap round the chops on thee spot or by 50 cousins saying they were after you. Problem is most of those families were hard working and proud of being not in receipt of sit down money.

Roger
Roger
March 30, 2024 10:41 am

Correction. Christians and Jews are not entitled to legal protection.

The Catholic and independent Christian school systems are the target.

The Jews, Muslims, Hindus & Sikhs now realise they’re going to be collateral damage and have joined with Christian leaders in a letter of protest to Albanese.

Colluding with the Greens to pass the worst possible legislation may yet backfire on Labor.

cohenite
March 30, 2024 10:42 am

Tarlov, the leftie bitch on The Five who is regularly destroyed by Watters and Gutfeld is facing more trouble:

Hunter Biden Whistleblower Tony Bobulinski Suing Liberal Fox News Host – ‘Lies Have Consequences’ | The Gateway Pundit | by Johnathan Jones, The Western Journal

Bruce
Bruce
March 30, 2024 10:43 am

Crucifixion described for the “technically-minded”:

https://scottrossonline.com/44-details-about-death-by-crucifixion/#disqus_thread

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thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 30, 2024 10:52 am

A good little rant on X about the cancerous pathology of “tolerance”

The anger, glee, and schadenfreude are dead simple. They are just what they appear to be. The people who are tired of having their faces eaten by leopards are glad to see the leopards finally eating the faces of those who voted for the Face-Eating Leopards Party.

https://twitter.com/Devon_Eriksen_/status/1773721270288359581

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 30, 2024 10:55 am

Re mUnturd and the disbarred California lawyer, note that, as usual, he provided no evidence to support the allegations. Perhaps he regards leftard talking points as evidence? After all, he regards Jen Psaki as an impartial commentator on US politics.

Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 11:13 am

Wind and solar are the hills you coast down, and baseload power is the fuel station that fills the tank.

Tell that the subsidy miners, who are swimming in billions of dollars of other people’s money thanks to Elbow and his useful idiot Chris Bowen.

They’ll do whatever it takes to defeat Mr Potato Head and his talk of nuclear competition for the riches they’ve grafting from the Canberra money tree.

Legal corruption Australian-style.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 30, 2024 11:20 am

Bowen gets an uppercut from Labor royalty:

Labor must wake up to our need for a nuclear industry (Paywallian)
JENNIE GEORGE – Contributor

Our future prosperity will always depend on having reliable and affordable baseload power in the energy mix. In the post-coal era, this can be provided only by gas or emissions-free nuclear.

Ouch, that’s got to hurt. Maybe some nice journo could ask Mr Bowen and Mr Albanese for comments about Ms George’s article?

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Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
March 30, 2024 11:22 am

The path to 2030

Crony capitalism, sometimes also called simply cronyism, is a pejorative term used in political discourse to describe a situation in which businesses profit from a close relationship with state power, either through an anti-competitive regulatory environment, direct government largesse, and/or corruption

KevinM
KevinM
March 30, 2024 11:23 am

Tom
March 30, 2024 11:13 am

Wind and solar are the hills you coast down, and baseload power is the fuel station that fills the tank.

Tell that the subsidy miners, who are swimming in billions of dollars of other people’s money thanks to Elbow and his useful idiot Chris Bowen.

They’ll do whatever it takes to defeat Mr Potato Head and his talk of nuclear competition for the riches they’ve grafting from the Canberra money tree.

He is on the wrong track, I love the nuclear option but he would be far better off selling the latest coal fired power stations.

We have plenty of fuel and people are far more comfortable with it.

Wonder if he is doing it for some, to us, unknown purpose?
He must be aware of the nightmare of the approval process to start with?
Then comes the site selection … never happens in Australia, not in my lifetime anyway.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 30, 2024 11:33 am

Cocks in Frocks to get cheap housing in Sydney courtesy Sydney ratepayers? FMD, blokes with serious mental problems are now the responsibility of ratepayers. Who have the biggest mental problem, the CiF or the ratepayers and residents of Sydney who haven’t thrown out the scum that make-up the CCC.

Roger
Roger
March 30, 2024 11:34 am

direct government largesse

Remember all the kerfuffle about tariff reductions in the 80s & 90s?

Businesses with enough political influence were able to wrangle direct financial subsidies from government to replace the protections afforded by tariffs.

Abbott’s refusal to continue to subsidise the broken automotive industry was a rare exception.

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GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 30, 2024 11:37 am

When did it become ratepayers responsibility for my 57 years of abusing my body doing martial arts. If I put a frock on does that qualify me for cheap housing.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
March 30, 2024 11:40 am

So, the government has well and truly wedded itself to the all too manifest absurdities of the LGBTQIA+4xy=512x^2i community, and now that more and more people are pointing the finger and laughing at them, and they feel the distinctive piercing anguish of small insecure people when laughed at, and their bullying instinct kicks in.

All this tyranny, thuggishness, deceit, gaslighting, and abuse of power, just so Labor can cling onto power.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
March 30, 2024 11:50 am

Mutley can you send me your address so I can help you with living in the dark. I’ll pull your head out of your arse. Don’t thank me, I’m good like that.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 30, 2024 11:53 am

I just heard something, like a billion feminists all screamed at once and went silent..

Longish very wordy article on a lady who married a slightly older gent.

The thought, when it descended on me, jolted my perspective, the way a falling leaf can make you look up: I could diligently craft an ideal existence, over years and years of sleepless nights and industry. Or I could just marry it early.

https://www.thecut.com/article/age-gap-relationships-marriage-younger-women-older-man.html

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
March 30, 2024 12:03 pm

Munty wrong!
On this blog!

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/4560203-biden-administration-announces-1-5-billion-loan-for-first-reopening-of-a-shuttered-nuclear-plant/

“Nuclear power is our single largest source of carbon free electricity, directly supporting 100,000 jobs across the country and hundreds of thousands more indirectly,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, in a statement. “President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is supporting and expanding this vibrant clean energy workforce here in Michigan with significant funding for the Holtec Palisades nuclear power plant.” 

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 30, 2024 12:03 pm

Roger at 10:30:-

The Brisbane Lions received at least $30m from the taxpayer for a training facility west of Brisbane that the general public isn’t permitted to use.

Mmmyes.
Just like the gazillions of dollars poured into the Geelong FC by the taxpayer.
The original high level plans included “community sports facilities”. Good luck getting anywhere near the gyms and other facilities down there if you aren’t on Geelong’s AFL/VFL list.
This is why I fervently hope that Jacqui Jackie Lambie sinks the Hobart stadium. It will explode the myth once and for all that throwing money at AFL/NRL has universal support. The bought and paid for “accredited” AFL j’isms are all for it (their livelihood depends on it) but others, not so much.
I have noticed a decided pushback, particularly on 3AW, where people have started using terms like “Pork-barrel Park” to describe Geelong’s home ground.

Roger
Roger
March 30, 2024 12:12 pm

I have noticed a decided pushback, particularly on 3AW, where people have started using terms like “Pork-barrel Park” to describe Geelong’s home ground.

Meanwhile, Steven Miles, gazing out of his George St. window at the Alboville in the Botanical Gardens below, is wishing Anna Palaszczuk had never had that lunch with John Coates.

As it dawns on people that the standard of living is stuck in reverse for the foreseeable future, taxpayer funding of elite sport is going to become a hot issue.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 30, 2024 12:22 pm

Bourke, NSW: How cops were shocked to discover a five-year-old among young criminals wanted for a break-and-enter in bush town

  • Bourke rocked by claims boy, five, involved in break-and-enter 
  • Group he was with allegedly went on joyride in stolen car

Daily Mail. Police pursuit called off, when the cops realized the age of the offenders..

Makka
Makka
March 30, 2024 12:42 pm

I hope all Cats are enjoying this Easter.

Romans 10:9: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

I’m considering a book purchase – the author is Nigel West. The book is about the exploits of Garbo , run by the XX Committee of Brit SIS during WW2. Does anyone have any opinion on West or his books?
Cheers.

JC
JC
March 30, 2024 1:14 pm

How Chinese banks have been hiding some of their bad debts problems.

Bank of Jiujiang, a mid-tier lender from a southern Chinese river town, imparted some bad news on March 19th. In a rare disclosure, it told investors profits for 2023 might fall by 30%, because of poorly performing loans. This is just the sort of information Chinese banks are normally reluctant to reveal. Indeed, they often go to great lengths to avoid doing so.

Typically, the subterfuge works as follows: the bank lends to an asset-management company (AMC) that in return purchases its toxic loans. The contracts drawn up between the two parties include stipulations that enable the AMC to avoid the credit risks of the bad loans they are buying. Confidentiality clauses keep these arrangements from being disclosed, sometimes even to courts.

To regulators it may seem as if banks involved in such transactions are solving their bad-debt problems; in reality, they are concealing them. As Ben Charoenwong and Ruan Tianyue of the National University of Singapore Business School, and Meng Miao of Renmin University, have noted, over time these troubled loans accumulate. For hundreds of banks across the country, they represent a ticking bomb.

The authorities are now catching on. They have hit financial institutions with a flurry of penalties for improper handling of debts. The National Administration of Financial Regulation (NAFR), a new banking regulator, has handed out more than 20 punishments. In December Citic Bank, a commercial lender, was fined 220m yuan ($30m) for mismanaging bad debt, a record amount. Agricultural Bank of China, a large state lender, received a 27m yuan fine for similar transgressions.

Increased surveillance can in part be attributed to the new watchdog’s increased vigilance. Established last year, the NAFR has stronger enforcement capabilities than its predecessors. Supervision of banks had been divided among several agencies, allowing corruption and producing lapses in oversight, which contributed to the collapse of several banks, starting in 2019. The NAFR now seems to be taking the concealment of bad debts more seriously.

But some of the progress began earlier. A decade ago, instead of declaring the true size of their problems by identifying debts as “non-performing loans”, banks shoved them into other categories of assets, signalling to regulators that there remained a good chance borrowers would repay (in fact, many of the companies had gone bankrupt). In 2017 one of the NAFR’s predecessors began leaning on lenders to be more truthful. The result has been an outpouring of undesirable loans. Bank of Jiujiang’s bad loans, for instance, increased seven-fold between 2015 and late last year.

How much of this surge in activity can be trusted? Recognising and digesting bad debts is difficult. Discovering such lending weakens financial institutions’ balance-sheets since they are forced to use capital to provision for future bad debts, which in turn makes it harder for the government to direct financial support to favoured industries in pursuit of other policy goals. Some revelations will happen legitimately as local governments recapitalise banks, pumping in funds to enable them to continue to write off bad debts.

Others will happen via AMCs, and thus will only sometimes be legitimate. China created four centrally controlled AMCs decades ago to hoover up bad debts. They are now struggling. One needed a $6.6bn bail-out in 2021. Others are poorly capitalised and as a result buying fewer and fewer bad debts, even as banks crank out more. In 2016 the four state AMCs bought nearly 1trn yuan of about 1.5trn yuan in total non-performing loans. By 2022 their purchases came to less than 500bn yuan, despite bad debts rising to almost 3trn yuan.

In late January state media reported that three of them would be merged with China’s sovereign wealth fund. They have become distressed financial institutions in their own right and can hardly perform the debt clean-up work for which they were created. That is bad news for Bank of Jiujiang. It is also bad news for hundreds of other similar lenders.

H/T Martin Armstrong

Just kidding /Economist.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 30, 2024 1:16 pm

Roger at 12:12:-

Meanwhile, Steven Miles, gazing out of his George St. window at the Alboville in the Botanical Gardens below, is wishing Anna Palaszczuk had never had that lunch with John Coates.

Yes. The ten billion dollar steak.

As it dawns on people that the standard of living is stuck in reverse for the foreseeable future, taxpayer funding of elite sport is going to become a hot issue.

I think it already is a hot issue.
That is why I say that it is a myth that throwing money at elite sport is a political winner.
It doesn’t even come close to even being a zero sum game in terms of generating political capital.
Firstly, throwing money at one club or one code pisses off followers of other codes and clubs. And, secondly, it really pisses off people who don’t follow sport at all.
The $30 meg thrown at the Brisbane Bears training facility. Imagine the political goodwill generated by providing $100,000 each to 300 junior sporting clubs.
Of course, there is no private dining in a corporate box at the Goondiwindi Tigers junior rugby league club.

Top Ender
Top Ender
March 30, 2024 1:30 pm

Dunno what’s behind John Singeton’s apology to Ben Roberts-Smith in the Oz, but last time I heard what advertising was in that publication it was $25k a page. (Will try and insert it here…)

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132andBush
132andBush
March 30, 2024 1:30 pm

Black Ball

March 30, 2024 8:43 am

Vikki Campion:

Speaking of grifters.
What’s Barnaby’s position on netzeroclimatechangegreenenrgy, this week?

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 1:37 pm

Speaking of grifters.
What’s Barnaby’s position on netzeroclimatechangegreenenrgy, this week?

Laying down on his back once again –

https://static.ffx.io/images/$zoom_1.26%2C$multiply_0.7725%2C$ratio_1.5%2C$width_756%2C$x_0%2C$y_337/t_crop_custom/q_86%2Cf_auto/e36c88606fae6e207a91b293f0cb7389c34a012c Laying down on his back looking up at the sky.

LOL.

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cohenite
March 30, 2024 1:41 pm

Every part of that is wrong, cohenite. The judge rejected the one count about the speech. Eastman will be disbarred for unconstitutional incitement of insurrection and autogolpe. He belongs in gaol, and may end up there if convicted of charges he faces in Georgia.

Hey dickless the judge is a demorat hack.

Fuking autogolpe. You wanker. Insurrection. Ditto. Not one of the poor bastards in Jail now have been charged with insurrection or fuking autogolpe; not one. And neither has Trump. Why? Because there was no autogolpe or insurrection. When the demorats took Trump off the ballot in Colorado for insurrection SCOTUS repudiated this. SCOTUS did so because since an insurrection is a specific attack on congress only congress can remove the insurrectionist from the ballot and congress can only do that after finding there was an insurrection. That finding in congress can occur in either the house which is GOP controlled or the senate which is demorat controlled. Neither have done so.

Isn’t that fuking strange.

cohenite
March 30, 2024 1:46 pm

Top Ender
 March 30, 2024 1:30 pm

Dunno what’s behind John Singeton’s apology to Ben Roberts-Smith in the Oz, but last time I heard what advertising was in that publication it was $25k a page. (Will try and insert it here…)
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Outstanding. The pricks, the reporters, judges and sundry other arse sniffers who got at BRS should all be put in uniform and packed off overseas.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 30, 2024 1:54 pm

Anywhere north of the Burnett R & probably west of Ipswich was had the majority thumbs down since the Olympics was announced. Too many remember the shemozzle the Comm Games was, jobs for failed premiers.

Also glad to see more pushback on stadiums too. Rather than knocking them down upgrade them. I believe a few in Sydney could have been cheaply upgraded than a whole rebuild.

As Rog said above I’d like to see more going to junior sport, know when my children played the biggest part was insurance and that was many times the registration fee. Hate to know what it is now.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 30, 2024 1:56 pm

sorry wrong person, was adding to sancho’s continuation on the Olympics above..

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
March 30, 2024 1:59 pm

BO’N on fire, and rightly so. In today’s Oz.

BRENDAN O’NEILL
?ABC journalists lost in ‘moral chasm’ on Israel

  • 12:00AM MARCH 30, 2024

You would think journalists, of all people, would know the difference between a hostage and a prisoner. You would think these people who are meant to report the truth would know there’s a huge, gaping difference between taking someone hostage and locking someone up for a crime.

Everyone else knows it. Everyone else knows there’s no moral equivalence between kidnapping a citizen in the dead of night and imprisoning someone following a fair trial. The former is one of the vilest crimes. The latter is what society does to punish vile crimes. A child could understand this.

And yet it seems some at the ABC do not. It seems there are journalists at the national broadcaster whose minds have been so fried by wokeness that they struggle to make a moral distinction between hostage-taking and legitimate law and order.

Consider the internal ABC memo on Israel-Gaza that Al Jazeera published on Tuesday. It’s a shocking document. It’s a three-page whinge by ABC staff over what they hilariously see as the ABC’s “pro-Israel” bias. What are they smoking?

We use language that favours “the Israeli narrative” and discounts the Palestinian narrative, the memo writers moan. And one of the examples they give to back up their delirious belief that the ABC is a hotbed of Israelophilia concerns hostages and prisoners.

“We mention the number of Israeli hostages in many stories, but we never mention the number of Palestinian prisoners in Israel,” they say. Read that again. Think about what’s being said here. The memo writers clearly thought this was a slam-dunk argument, hard proof that their employer is in bed with the Jewish state. But in truth it only exposes the moaners’ own moral rot, the extent to which their hatred for Israel has corroded both their critical and ethical faculties.

For it should be clear to everyone who isn’t a sociopath why broadcasters don’t feel the need to mention Palestinian prisoners in Israel every time they mention Israeli hostages in Gaza – because they are not the same thing.

Palestinians in Israeli jails are either awaiting trial, have already been tried, or are held in administrative detention, often for offences such as rioting or terrorism.

The Israelis being kept in dark, damp tunnels by Hamas, or chained to the bed of some Islamic Jihad hothead, have done nothing whatsoever to deserve their inhuman fate.

They committed no crime, caused no public nuisance. The only thing they’re “guilty” of is being Jewish in Israel. It is for this reason and this reason alone the anti-Semitic army of Hamas stole them from their homes and condemned them to captivity.

That some at the ABC cannot seem to tell the difference between the racist kidnapping of Jews and the legitimate jailing of Palestinians who have committed offences is genuinely disturbing. That really is what the memo writers are implying: that there’s an equivalence between Israeli hostages and Palestinian prisoners, so the ABC must always mention both in order to prove it is impartial.

But that wouldn’t be impartiality – it would be insanity. It would be like the ABC mentioning how many prisoners there are in Australia every time it reported on the Taliban’s kidnapping of Aussie academic Timothy Weeks back in 2016. It would be like making sure you mention cheese every time you mention chalk.

The ABC memo provides a grim insight into the moral decay at the national broadcaster. It’s from a meeting of 200 staff members in November. Al Jazeera got hold of it via a freedom of information request and published it in full for the first time this week. It’s a hot mess of moral relativism, a seething cry of anti-Israel rage masquerading as a plea for neutrality. It complains that the ABC is content to describe Hamas’s October 7 attack as “barbaric” and “savage” but reluctant to describe Israel’s response as “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing”.

What are they talking about? As journalists they ought to know what words mean. They ought to know “barbaric” means “extremely cruel and unpleasant”, making it an entirely apt descriptor for Hamas’s rape, kidnap and slaughter of hundreds of Jews on October 7. And they ought to know that “genocide” is a far more contested term. It is not merely descriptive, it is highly charged. It is the most serious accusation that can be made against a state.

How depressing that people at the ABC cannot see it’s totally fine to refer to a barbaric act as “barbaric”, but deeply problematic – and I would say flat-out wrong – to rebrand a just war against racist terrorists as a “genocide”.

Words are their trade, yet they don’t seem to understand them.

Then the memo writers’ unhinged moral equivalence really goes off the rails. What “qualitative difference” is there, they ask, between the killings of October 7 and the deaths that have occurred as a result of Israel’s subsequent war on Hamas? “What qualifies the first as a massacre, but not the second?” they ask their bosses.

It’s hard to know where to begin with this. Except perhaps to say: if you cannot tell the difference between the conscious targeting of civilians for rape and murder and the accidental death of civilians in war, then you have come completely unstuck from morality. If you cannot see the moral chasm that separates the stabbing and shooting of people on account of their Jewishness and the highly regrettable collateral damage of civilian deaths in war, then you have utterly abandoned reason.

Let me spell it out for the head-scratchers at the ABC who struggle to see a “qualitative difference” between a racist pogrom and a war.

The former is the conscious, willing destruction of innocent life from the standpoint of venomous racial hatred. The latter is a tragedy, always, but also as old as time.

Hamas’s pogrom was an act of violent eugenicism that shamed our species. Israel’s war on Hamas is something nobody wants, least of all Israel itself, but which Hamas made inevitable when it carried out its carnival of Jew murder on October 7.

The noisy hate for Israel in much of the press and on our streets can sometimes blind us to the moral truth of this terrible conflict. Which is that Hamas started it and Hamas now refuses to end it by returning the hostages and surrendering to Israel. The moral responsibility for the current calamity in the Middle East lies entirely with the fascistic army that lit this hellish fire on October 7.

To me, it is nothing short of chilling that a chunk of ABC staff seems not to understand the difference between racist slaughter and war. Or between terrorism and counter-terrorism. Or between the intentional murder of women and children and the accidental killing of women and children. Or even between a hostage and a prisoner.

Fundamentally, they cannot tell the difference between the purveyors of fascism and the victims of fascism. Their moral obliviousness is startling. That these people help to oversee the flow of information leaves me cold.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 30, 2024 2:07 pm

Les Twentyman brown bread.

JC
JC
March 30, 2024 2:08 pm

dover0beach

March 30, 2024 1:58 pm

Just kidding /Economist.

Clearest indicators that The Economist is part of regime media is the constant signalling that ‘China is over’.

Do you read it? No! Then how would you know. If you have a specific issue with the report then say so. If you don’t believe the bad debt levels are elevated then explain why.

Ironically, there is another piece that explains how China is making serious inroads into high technologies where the Europeans and Americans dominate.

Perhaps you should stick to posting twitter links by Little Serge, And Taurus the Warlord.

JC
JC
March 30, 2024 2:13 pm

I’ve been reading the Economist for about 4 months now. You can ignore their opinions on politics. However, their finance&economics, and business sections are pretty decent.

rosie
rosie
March 30, 2024 2:16 pm

Incidentally five of the hostages held in Gaza are muslim Israelis.

Rufus T Firefly
Rufus T Firefly
March 30, 2024 2:25 pm

Serious question: Are you retarded?
Arky

https://www.state.gov/countries-areas/taiwan/

The link is to that Sinophile group, known as the U.S. State Dept.
Should you encounter any difficulties with words containing more than four letters, let me know.

Taiwan is already part of China.
It has been quantified for all, since 1971, when UN Resolution 2758 was passed, which told Chiang Kai Chek to f*ck off, as he held no authority at the UN.

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Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 30, 2024 2:25 pm

Rockdoctor at 1:54.
I think both Roger and me were engaged in the “pissing cash away” discussion on sports funding.
The party polling and focus group reporting must absolutely stink when what was previously seen as the jewel in the crown (the ‘lympics) is now being treated like a turd in the swimming pool.
All based on the cultural cringe of “put Queensssland on the map” and “take our place on the world stage”.
One of the supposed spin-offs is to promote Queensssland as a tourist destination.
Helloooo!
Forget the $10 billion Olympics. Just spend $50 million a year marketing Queensssland tourism overseas.
Two great examples of the folly of the Olympics and Big Sport generally as tourism promotional tools.
1. Much as I can’t stand Jon Faine, he had the Chair of the Melbourne Grand Prix on a few years ago, spruiking what a great tourism promotion for Melbourne the GP was. Faine then asks, “OK, fair enough. Can you name the cities which held the last three Grand Prix races?”. Crickets. So much for brand recognition.
2. Back 25 years ago, whenever people used to start talking up the benefits of these Big Events, I would ask if they were considering Montreal as a holiday destination. Invariably the response was “No. Why would I?”.
The reply, of course, was, “Well, that is the point. They thought the Olympics would be a tourist boon. There was no incremental increase in tourism, but they’ve still got the debt for the stadium”.

Pogria
Pogria
March 30, 2024 2:26 pm
Kim Howard
Kim Howard
March 30, 2024 2:28 pm

well I put out my carbon captures for payment, its about 20 kilograms, How much should I expect to get? who weighs it? and who is paying?

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Pogria
Pogria
March 30, 2024 2:31 pm
Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 30, 2024 2:31 pm

I am not sure if Singleton’s advert is a personal apology or a swipe at the comfortably smug j’ism set.
Singo just split from Bride #7 (or #8, not sure) and I think might suffer from bi-polar, so is susceptible to emotional swings.

Roger
Roger
March 30, 2024 2:32 pm

Clearest indicators that The Economist is part of regime media is the constant signalling that ‘China is over’.

China’s been around a long time.

A Communist regime, otoh, has yet to survive a hundred years.

Mainlanders who’ve been able to vote with their feet have staked out boltholes overseas. Those who can’t do so are going to become quite restive if the regime’s promise of perpetually rising living standards can’t be met. Meanwhile, nothing the CCP does can stem the decline in property values. China is not over, but this chapter might be nearing its end.

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Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 2:35 pm

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Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
March 30, 2024 2:35 pm

Absolutely no disagreement here Sancho or with Rog. Didn’t mean to butt in if I appeared that way…

On things Queensland. Just found out Cairns has had it annual average of rain since December. Wowee.

Roger
Roger
March 30, 2024 2:39 pm

I read recently that the American FTA TV rights for the Olympics expire in 2032.

It was the most lucrative deal the IOC ever signed.

It’s not expected to be repeated as the “brand” isn’t what it used to be and neither are the ratings.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 30, 2024 2:43 pm

today’s english lesson

lets talk about the conjunction “if”, which has a conditional function in its normal usage

for example, you may postulate that the baltimore ship crash was deliberately precipitated by terrorists utilising the coriolis effect to spin the ship into the bridge

i may then reply, “if the crash was caused by coriolis effect, then x, y and z would mitigate against the assured success of that as a terrorist tactic”

the repetition of the original theory preceded by “if” does not mean I hold that view

in fact, the addition of a series of unlikely qualifying factors firmly refutes any suggestion that i hold the wacky view that it was a terror incident

hope this helps youse

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 2:44 pm

Kim Howard
March 30, 2024 2:28 pm

well I put out my carbon captures for payment, its about 20 kilograms, How much should I expect to get? who weighs it? and who is paying?

The World’s Oceans do a great job on CO2 capture. At Net Zero cost to taxpayers. ‘Pollies’, please take note. FFS.

Pogria
Pogria
March 30, 2024 2:45 pm

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Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 30, 2024 2:45 pm

Rockdoctor
 March 30, 2024 2:35 pm

Absolutely no disagreement here Sancho or with Rog. Didn’t mean to butt in if I appeared that way…

It’s an open thread.
There is no such thing as “butting in”.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 2:50 pm

More Corporate World stuff – LOL

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cohenite
March 30, 2024 2:53 pm

Came across a neat rebuttal of the greenhouse effect which the alarmists use to prove AGW:

Hansen’s famous definition of the Greenhouse effect from his 1981 paper is expressed thus:

Te = [So(1-A)/4?]1/4 where So is TSI and A albedo and ? the SB (Stefan–Boltzmann law) constant with Te the Greenhouse effect.

Since TSI and A are known and ? is a constant Kalmanovitch simply used the values for So and A between 1980 and 2010 and shows the Greenhouse effect, Te, has reduced over that period despite increases in CO2; Ts is the base temperature on the NCDC graph:
?
1980 Ts = 288.2 K Te = 252.64 K greenhouse effect = 288.2-252.64=35.56°C

2010 Ts = 288.6 K Te = 253.18 K greenhouse effect = 288.6-253.18=35.42°C

So there you are; using Hansen’s definition of the GHE, and the known values of the formula the Greenhouse effect is conclusively shown to have declined.

Pogria
Pogria
March 30, 2024 2:54 pm
cohenite
March 30, 2024 2:59 pm

Nothing will happen but this and what the nudie judge did with his property valuation show clearly the double standard which prevails in the US justice system:

Letitia James Faces Growing Pressure to Prosecute Jon Stewart over Property Overvaluation (breitbart.com)

JC
JC
March 30, 2024 3:08 pm

It’s pretty clear that the endless articles predicting the imminent fall of China from publications like Forbes, FT, The Economist, and so on are clearly part of an effort to effort to undermine China, economically and strategically.

Out of those three, I read the Economist and have no idea what Forbes or the FT are saying. Except for the opinion pieces by Gillian Tett in the FT, the rest is and has been a lost cause. I never read it. Do you? I bet you read none of these, though, and simply make general assertions because they don’t fit your narrative. Interesting, though, that you found issue with what was a largely technical comment on the bad debt situation in China that was mostly explaining what has been going on and the remedies being pushed by Beijing. Meanwhile, after 3 or 4 years of Wodney Woddenhead spanning the site with Marty Bilge, you haven’t made a single comment about that.
 

Perhaps you should stick to posting twitter links by Little Serge, And Taurus the Warlord.

You don’t need to encouraging me in that respect. They are very good.

I’m sure you think so. Don’t let reality discourage you though.

But let’s get back to the issue. What did you find wrong, inaccurate, or dishonest about the piece as I’m stomped? If it’s because it doesn’t fit your views, I’m sorry, but the issue of the bad debt situation being carried by Chinese banks has been a well-known problem for the last 5 to 10 years. If you believe the balance sheets of Chinese banks are in tip-top shape, it would be nice to explain why you believe that.

Boambee John
Boambee John
March 30, 2024 3:25 pm

cohenite

Fuking autogolpe. You wanker. Insurrection. Ditto. Not one of the poor bastards in Jail now have been charged with insurrection or fuking autogolpe; not one. And neither has Trump. Why? Because there was no autogolpe or insurrection.

mUnturd is too stupid to comprehend that the so-called “insurrection”, in a nation with the 2nd Amendment, featured not a single “insurrectionist” who carried a weapon. The only firearm discharged was by a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed “insurrectionist”. Another was beaten to death, on camera, with a club. There were no screeches of “police brutality” in relation to either.

mUnturd is a fvckwit.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
March 30, 2024 3:30 pm

The Baltimore ship crash (and the subsequent rampant conspiracy theorising) reminded me very much of the Princess Diana prang.
“It was mudda most foul”, they cried. “Orchestrated by MI5/MI6/Mossad”.
(Mossad because of the el Fayed connection. Obviously).
But when you examine that theory, you find all sorts of improbabilities and potential failure points for it to be a credible assassination hypothesis.
They tamper with the vehicle somehow to put it into a row of concrete pillars?
In front of fifty assembled press photographers?
In a jurisdiction where they couldn’t be sure they could control an investigation or inquest.
And a plot which could have been foiled by the backseat passengers wearing seatbelts, or the driver not thinking he was Ayrton Senna.

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Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 30, 2024 3:50 pm

But when you examine that theory, you find all sorts of improbabilities and potential failure points

Yes. Well. But.

In the context of Blackwater systematically destroying US food dumps over the past five, years, Direct Energy Weapons (of which a prototype was used to kiLl Diana, incidentally), the four foot replicating copper wires found inside corpses which beam direct back to Wuhan, and the false flag of 9/11, it’s obvious.

Shadowy emissaries of the Deep State very clearly used a DEW to knock power out on the ship prior to impact. The captain was Ukranian and in on the deal, just to make sure, and right now he’s in a Moscow dacha drinking potato spirit with his thirty pieces of silver.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 3:52 pm

Meanwhile, after 3 or 4 years of Wodney Woddenhead spanning the site with Marty Bilge, you haven’t made a single comment about that.

Spanning or spamming. Do you know how to do speelcheck? LOL/Irony

Please read up Fred. Your A-Licker pal Mrs Stencho Pantyhose has already stated that this is an open Blog. Actually, Dover’s Blog. Nawty comments are moderated. FFS.

You are a right Woodentop and one eyed cyclops. Pompous Windbag to boot.

https://youtu.be/1Ckksjo6zI8?t=17

https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.DigT40NRfHZBjDEukFpNsgHaEK&pid=Api&rs=1&c=1&qlt=95&w=198&h=111

JC
JC
March 30, 2024 4:04 pm

Not at all. I’m making an observation based on what I continue to see now and then from these publications, both in their headlines and the articles themselves.

Editorial and journalistic pieces, particularly technical ones, are not the same thing. In fact, although the Economist thinks Xi is an arsehole in its editorials, the business and finance sections appear to be devoted to reporting newsworthy information. It’s not negative about the Chinese economy because its editorial content is, as lots of articles are quite positive.
 

I’ve been noting the editorial line of these publications for a couple of years now. Why you think that warrants me also making a comment about Armstrong is beyond me; I never read his articles.

I posted a pretty technical piece on the goings-on regarding the bad debt situation in China. You made assertions that had absolutely nothing to do with the piece. I raised the Marty Bilge issue because the Economist piece elicited a surpising response, yet 3 to 4 years of preposterous bilge from Woddenhead’s Marty “linkage” and nothing? You ought to read some of the Marty bilge Woddenhead spams here.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 4:14 pm

cohenite
March 30, 2024 2:53 pm

Came across a neat rebuttal of the greenhouse effect which the alarmists use to prove AGW:

Any Climate Alarmist EXCEL Spreadsheet alleged ‘computer model’
that does not incorporate the impact of the Sun and the Earth’s orbit around the Sun is flawed (floored),

Here is an experiment. UN turds, are you awake and taking notice?

Turn off the Sun and see how much impact CO2 has on the climate. SFA And then turn on the Nuclear/Coal/Gas Power Plants please.

JC
JC
March 30, 2024 4:20 pm

My comment had to do with the litany of ‘China is over’ articles being produced by these publications. Is this article in particular identifying a genuine problem? Possibly, but is China alone here or is it part of any number of nations with debt problems?

It wasn’t a China-is-over piece, and you would see that if you put more consideration into your assertions.
The piece was about the Chinese debt problems. There have been other pieces discussing problems with real estate lending by US regional banks, etc.
 

And/or overinflated property prices?

 
No one has been suggesting Chinese real estate prices are inflated. The problem appears to be way oversupply and now, very wary consumers.
 

Does it have the means of arresting these problems compared to other similar countries. I’m not the best judge of these questions. But its pretty clear to me that they’re not alone in having them, but we seem to spend a lot of time discussing theirs rather than ours in the West

 
We do discuss ours. The Economist certainly does. It’s taken 15 years for the Europeans to clean up their bank balance sheets from the GFC, and now there may be a problem in the commercial real estate sector in the US impacting the regionals.
The one thing the US does well, though, is force the banks to clean up their bad debts quickly. So does Australia. China doesn’t appear to.

JC
JC
March 30, 2024 4:24 pm

Wodney

Thanks for picking up the typo, but too late as the edit function had closed down. Continue correcting typos though, as it makes you useful to the rest of us. Can I make a suggestion though? Highlight the typos quickly so people have a chance to edit. You fcking clown.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
March 30, 2024 4:25 pm

Very interesting ad from John Singleton. Supporting BRS. Also compliments Kerry Stokes for supporting Ben Roberts Smith

Tom
Tom
March 30, 2024 4:30 pm

Cascadian ($7.50, J: Ben Melham; T: James Cummings) wins the 162nd  Australian Cup ($3 million, Flemington, 2000m, WFA) – his second consecutive victory in the race at nine years of age, beating stars of the Australian turf including Mr Brightside and Pride of Jenni.

JC
JC
March 30, 2024 4:36 pm

Why you think that warrants me also making a comment about Armstrong is beyond me; I never read his articles

Beyond you? If you’re highlighting what you believe to be absurdities, Woddenhead has been a one man absurdity act for several years now by posting Marty Bilge. At one stage he was abusing your blog by promoting some Marty “investment” conference and doing so in th hope of grifting a bone (some promotion fees) from the Leavenworth macro-economist. Most crooked dishonest thing I’ve seen for a while. Ethics of a alley-cat.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 4:40 pm

JC
March 30, 2024 4:24 pm

LOL. How sensitive you are little junior. Poor little sod. I did try to edit you but luckily for you the site timed out. Time out for you as well. Bye bye birdie and don’t fly back anytime soon.

https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.fZ60atecmcCbQ0lWXjw2WgHaEK&pid=Api&rs=1&c=1&qlt=95&w=198&h=111

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JC
JC
March 30, 2024 4:44 pm

Former Washington high school teacher avoids jail time after having sex with student, 17, while husband was on hunting trip.

The side view of her and she looks like an 8 plus. The poor kid must be suffering untold mental issues.

https://nypost.com/2024/03/30/us-news/former-washington-state-high-school-teacher-mckenna-kindred-avoids-jail-time-after-having-sex-with-student/?utm_campaign=nypost&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

And confirmed by Daily Mail. 8.5 plus.

This poor kid.

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Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 4:51 pm

Former Washington high school teacher avoids jail time after having sex with student, 17, while husband was on hunting trip

Another world shattering post from the poster/imposter with the Big Fat Nose.

Get back to the Big Fat Pizza Bar and NYC – You pretend Ozzie.

bons
bons
March 30, 2024 4:52 pm

Subsequent to my return from my not very good Samaritan exercise of escorting the bashed Junkie’s mum I received a call from her brother.

Community Services had been tipped off by the social workers that the Mum was in town. They told him by phone (because of Easter) that there is a drug affected daughter (of course there was) who is ‘open institutionally’ stable. In rather brutal terms they declared that they saw no benefit from a guilt tripping granny learning of the young woman’s existence.

He asked me to not mention the girl to the Mum. He didn’t need to ask. My one glance into that world has scared me off forever. What an incomprehensible sewer is the drug world.

I do however have a bulging file of lessons learned to present to our service club.

JC
JC
March 30, 2024 5:01 pm

Earth shattering posts.

Marty from Leavenworth links
Blackout Bowen repeats
Benny Hill jokes
Blog director posts.

miltonf
miltonf
March 30, 2024 5:09 pm

Good on Singo for publishing that ad in the Oz.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 5:15 pm

AI will take over the Universe? LOL. Not in an ALEX World –

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Indolent
Indolent
March 30, 2024 5:15 pm
cohenite
March 30, 2024 5:36 pm

Indolent
 March 30, 2024 5:16 pm

Greg Kelly reveals the ‘holy grail’ of fake information against Trump

Of all the media lies about Trump that has to rank. These dirtbags in the swamp media should all have their tongues cut out of their fuking heads.

Hugh
Hugh
March 30, 2024 5:39 pm

Fire-making and storytelling are, in my opinion, man’s two greatest and complimentary arts. Of the latter, the best works of literature include:

  1. The Odyssey
  2. Metamorphoses
  3. The Golden Ass
  4. The Arabian Nights
  5. The Decameron
  6. The Canterbury Tales

Can anyone add to this list? Hoping to find any works of quality vaguely comparable to the above in a similar style.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 5:43 pm

JC
March 30, 2024 5:01 pm

Earth shattering posts.

More whinning from the Sictorian poster/imposter Pompous Windbag with the BIG FAT NOSE and FAT ARSE and some sort of attitude (or is that altitude?).

Can’t even argue with the Blog Owner and then not sulk when obviously losing the discussion. Diddums. You farking Pussy.

What a Tosser.

https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.33L319CSA_bIyUiFIgKjeQHaIN&pid=Api&rs=1&c=1&qlt=95&w=100&h=111

cohenite
March 30, 2024 5:52 pm

Of the latter, the best works of literature include:

  1. The Odyssey
  2. Metamorphoses
  3. The Golden Ass
  4. The Arabian Nights
  5. The Decameron
  6. The Canterbury Tales

Can anyone add to this list? Hoping to find any works of quality vaguely comparable to the above in a similar style.

Anything by Jane Austen.

Pogria
Pogria
March 30, 2024 5:57 pm

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Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 5:58 pm

Hugh
March 30, 2024 5:39 pm

Fire-making and storytelling are, in my opinion, man’s two greatest and complimentary arts. Of the latter, the best works of literature include:

  1. The Odyssey
  2. Metamorphoses
  3. The Golden Ass
  4. The Arabian Nights
  5. The Decameron
  6. The Canterbury Tales

Can anyone add to this list? Hoping to find any works of quality vaguely comparable to the above in a similar style.

How about –

Ulysses by James Joyce
Hamlet by some English bloke
The Beano – A Comic
Hansard – Made up by the Parliament
The Bible – Another piece of Fiction
The Koran – More Fiction

And the best is Captain Cook’s log of his three travels around the Globe without Satellite Navigation – apart from the Stars,

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 6:04 pm

Pogria
March 30, 2024 5:57 pm

LOL. She looks good but pls don’t bite me on the dick clark. A nice suck would be better for the old todger.

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Rabz
March 30, 2024 6:09 pm

Heavy Metal intro (1981)

BoN, who are the purveyors?

Saw a few bands and artists names, but can’t pick one – the Nugent? 😕

Hugh
Hugh
March 30, 2024 6:11 pm

Thanks Cohenite and Johnny Rotten for your suggestions. I really should read some Jane Austen, but I have not done so as yet. I have read the Bible, Hamlet, and a little of the Koran. However, none of these I would put in the storytelling genre. I am looking for works that contain either characters telling stories, or interwoven stories, if that makes sense.

Rabz
March 30, 2024 6:13 pm

Fire-making and storytelling are, in my o’pinion, man’s two greatest and complimentary yaartz

ahem, music, Squire?

Sacré bleu …

Rabz
March 30, 2024 6:17 pm

I really should read some Jane Austen, but I have not done so as yet. I have read the Bible, Hamlet, and a little of the koran

So, no Marx*, Squire?

You don’t know what you’re missing.

*Trigger warning – filthy ol’ communist hippee 😡

Eyrie
Eyrie
March 30, 2024 6:18 pm

Mathematics.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
March 30, 2024 6:33 pm

Robz – I just checked, the whole animated movie Heavy Metal is available on archive.org:

Heavy Metal 1981

I may be some time. 😀

Hugh
Hugh
March 30, 2024 6:36 pm

Ha ha, fair call Rabz. Music is awesome too. Belongs in the category of storytelling. The bard with his lyre.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 30, 2024 6:36 pm

Fire-making and storytelling are, in my o’pinion, man’s two greatest and complimentary yaartz

Fermenting and distilling alcohol run a close second.

Hugh
Hugh
March 30, 2024 6:43 pm

My word, Z2KA.

cohenite
March 30, 2024 6:44 pm

 I am looking for works that contain either characters telling stories, or interwoven stories, if that makes sense.

Well then, it’s Wuthering Heights for you.

Rabz
March 30, 2024 6:44 pm

To avoid a seemingly unavoidable collapse, the West needs to tell glorious stories – such as those narrated by Lt Colonel Kilgore – “Charlie don’t surf and I love the scent of napalm in the morning, I tells ya!” 🙂

Roger
Roger
March 30, 2024 6:46 pm

Hoping to find any works of quality vaguely comparable to the above in a similar style.

Some modern classics on a grand scale:

Cervantes: Don Quixote (early modern)
Tolstoy: War & Peace (19th C.)
Foote: The Civil War, A Narrative (mid-20th C.)

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 6:52 pm

Eyrie
March 30, 2024 6:18 pm

Mathematics.

That sums it up nicely……………

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 30, 2024 6:55 pm

Reptile news (the Tele):

Outback Wrangler Matt Wright has shared his devastation over the mysterious death of his much loved big rescue crocodile Tripod with whom he has worked with for more than 20 years.

Died of shame, most likely.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 30, 2024 6:55 pm

The crocodile’s vax status has yet to be established.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 30, 2024 6:56 pm

Foote: The Civil War, A Narrative (mid-20th C.)

Anything by Bruce Catton on that subject.

Rabz
March 30, 2024 7:00 pm

his much loved rescue crocodile

err, Cats, this does not compute … 😕

Rabz
March 30, 2024 7:06 pm

If Cats have ever wondered why the HB Bear seems so content, despite his alleged medical misadventures, this might be why

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 7:11 pm

Hugh
March 30, 2024 6:36 pm

Ha ha, fair call Rabz. Music is awesome too. Belongs in the category of storytelling. The bard with his lyre.

The greatest of the Arts is Music and singing. Not paintings, sculptures and all that crap. Poetry maybe. Sorry, shakes baby.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 30, 2024 7:24 pm

The greatest of the Arts is Music and singing. Not paintings, sculptures and all that crap

Typical, considering that the greatest English contributions to the art world are ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’ and the Benny Hill theme song.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 7:28 pm

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Dot
Dot
March 30, 2024 7:34 pm

Hmm

IF she still worked there, she would be destroyed.

https://www.heritage.org/staff/betsy-hart

Ben Hart is still going hard with the receipts.

UPDATE: My Conflict With My Daughter | Why I Went To Jail
If these people like Betsy Hart are writing at “conservative” think tanks, the whole movement is a sham.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 7:42 pm

Knuckle Dragger
March 30, 2024 7:24 pm

Well, as a Knob Head from the NT where people have to do lockdowns with those lovely brown people that have lived here for 300 million years according to Bruce Pascoe. Have a Nice Day. Sheep Shagger.

Indolent
Indolent
March 30, 2024 7:46 pm

Dr. John Campbell

Global cancer concerns

Dot
Dot
March 30, 2024 7:47 pm

This is a drama I can get behind.

https://fox59.com/news/national-world/man-sues-dozens-of-women-for-making-negative-comments-on-facebook-dating-group/

A Los Angeles man is suing multiple women over negative posts they allegedly wrote about him on social media, claiming the messages are false and defamatory.

Stewart Lucas Murrey is accusing 10 women of defamation, sex-based discrimination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, libel, invasion of privacy and more.

Other defendants not yet named or identified could eventually be added to the suit.

The lawsuit stems from posts and comments the women are accused of writing in a Facebook group called “Are We Dating The Same Guy?”

The private group included members who share dating advice and warnings about men who are potentially harmful, dangerous or untrustworthy.

Murrey alleges the women posted a variety of falsehoods about him, including that he is suspected of murder or involved in a murder case, that he has several domestic violence charges against him. He also claims they said he had tried to extort money from women he dated, that he had sexually transmitted diseases, and that he lied about being an attorney. 

Murrey claims all the allegations posted by the women on the group are completely false.

In a statement to KTLA, Murrey denied all allegations and comments made by the women.

“For years, key defendants obsessively tracked, stalked and incited harassment against me,” he said, in part. “These are women with whom I had little to no interaction. In every case of interaction, I rejected each one of them and cut them off, quite swiftly. Instead of going their separate ways, they went on for months and years to spread misinformation about me and countless others. Their actions were deliberate, and now they are playing the victims.”

A court hearing was held on Tuesday in which the women defended themselves. They are currently seeking legal representation and hope the media attention on their case will bring the right attorneys to them.

Accountability. Kryptonite.

Rabz
March 30, 2024 7:50 pm

the greatest English contributions to the art world are ‘Knees Up Mother Brown’ and the Benny Hill theme song

Sacrilege, Squire!

Oh come on
Oh come on
March 30, 2024 7:54 pm

Not sure what Singo means when he said China doesn’t buy anything from Oz and specifically mentions iron ore and gas, of which China buys enormous quantities from us. I’m pretty sure China runs a hefty trade deficit with Oz.

Aside from that, I agree with the sentiment of the ad. BRS has been treated appallingly by people who have no understanding of the nature of war. Not saying I do, but I know enough not to think I can sit in judgment of those who know it only too well.

Dot
Dot
March 30, 2024 7:55 pm

American women are wild.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/health-wellness/2024/01/18/are-we-dating-the-same-guy-facebook-groups/72268061007/

Last week, a Chicago man took his distaste for the groups’ premise further, filing a lawsuit in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against 27 women, one man, and Facebook itself for their involvement in AWDTSG, alleging that a negative post made about him constituted defamation.

The suit, filed by Nikko D’Ambrosio, also alleges the post about him in the group violated anti-doxxing laws and his right to privacy.

The lawsuit likewise alleges that thousands of men have been similarly disparaged, many without their knowledge, and claims posts are not subjected to fact checks. D’Ambrosio has asked for a trial by jury and damages exceeding $75,000 for emotional distress, humiliation, and reputational damage that resulted in lost earnings.

He is also seeking injunctive relief to forbid future posts being made about him. He likewise named several subsidiaries of Meta, Patreon, GoFundMe and the arewedatingthesameguy.com website in the filing.

In response, Sanchez has raised more than $30,000 through an online fundraiser aimed at supporting AWDTSG’s legal fees in the lawsuit.

Sanchez and D’Ambrosio did not respond to request for comment.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 30, 2024 7:57 pm

Well, as a Knob Head from the NT

Elderly angry Pom is angry, because his perception of individual brilliance is not met with thunderous applause from all assembled.

Dot
Dot
March 30, 2024 7:58 pm

The Bible – Another piece of Fiction

Edgy teenage atheist revealed.

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 7:59 pm

Knuckle Dragger
March 30, 2024 7:24 pm

And for the Neanderthal Person living in that rock cave – Have a Nice Day –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJUhlRoBL8M

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
March 30, 2024 8:00 pm

Edgy teenage atheist

aka part time bovver boy.

Rabz
March 30, 2024 8:03 pm

Sometimes, Cats, I just cannot comprehend the nooze …

filing a lawsuit in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against 27 women, one man, an indeterminate lifeform from the planet Zog and Spacechook itself (as she is)

Yet many, many, millions of carbon credits later we may just not be any the wiser! 😕

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
March 30, 2024 8:04 pm

Comments on the article over on the Oz, about how Albanese is the worst Prime Minister since Whitlam, are becoming interesting. The usual suspects are emerging to list Whitlam’s achievements, and how the country was robbed in 1975…

Johnny Rotten
March 30, 2024 8:05 pm

Knuckle Dragger
March 30, 2024 7:24 pm

And BTW –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJUhlRoBL8M

Dot
Dot
March 30, 2024 8:09 pm

Complete garbage.

Now, the situation has worsened for popular wellness influencer Andrew Huberman, who is facing the wrath of skeptical doctors, who say his health claims ‘lead away from the truth.’

The podcaster, who denies all accusations of promiscuity, including giving one woman an STI, has 5.2 million subscribers to his podcast Huberman Lab – where he offers recommendations on all manner of health topics from oral health to autism.

In one clip Huberman can be seen saying: ‘The flu shot is completely ineffective at combating any other forms of the flu virus [strains that aren’t in current circulation], colds or any other types of upper respiratory infections.’

However, the CDC contradicts this, saying the flu jab ‘may still offer some protection’, while well as recommendations from East Carolina University which say ‘antibodies made in response to the vaccine can provide some protection (cross-protection) against different, but related strains of influenza virus.’

Huberman is just some idiot with a Ph D in neuroscience.

Rabz
March 30, 2024 8:13 pm
Oh come on
Oh come on
March 30, 2024 8:13 pm

25 years ago people were talking about how colossal bad debts run up by thousands of zombie state-owned enterprises were supposed to torpedo the Chinese banking system and thus the Chinese economy. The coming collapse was supposed to be imminent. It hasn’t happened.

I don’t really see how the bad debt problem went away – perhaps the skyrocketing asset values caused by the property bubble put the banks’ balance sheets into the black again, which might mean the collapse will be that much more destructive once that bubble starts to deflate in earnest.

However, the reality is the Chinese system is opaque and we don’t really know what is going on behind the scenes. Outsiders have been forecasting China’s economic ruin for some time. Either China is extremely good at keeping an ever-increasing number of plates spinning on sticks, or they know something the naysayers don’t. And the more time passes, the more I think the latter is the correct view.

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  1. Headline of the day: The Matildas and Arsenal weapon tasked with filling Kerr-sized hole Fnarrr.

  2. And puts lie to the media’s claim that he held a firearms licence “for recreational purposes”.

  3. The word doing the rounds (as yet unsubstantiated) is a total ban on “recreational” firearm use. Can see a lot…

  4. Outstanding. Just outstanding commentary on the current semitic sentiment in this country. The back end of a Gray Connolly piece…

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