Open Thread – Mon 8 April 2024


The City of God, Christopher Delni Offord, 2000s

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Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 8, 2024 12:18 am

m0nty
April 7, 2024 10:59 pm

I see Dutton is negotiating with Rolls Royce for SMRs.

Tennis Elbow is already going to give RR 4 Billion South Pacific Pesos of our hard earned and now borrowed moneeeeeee to develop the reactors (very small SMRs that can go for 30 years without missing a beat) for the Nuclear Subs.

So, comment prease.

You don’t see very well at all or keep up with current events.

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Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 8, 2024 12:24 am

Is there anybody out there?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnQ9_uTSyBQ

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 8, 2024 12:45 am

That ‘City of God’ painting looks like the ‘Dark Satanic Mills’ of Northern England in the 1850s. Very strange.

m0nty
m0nty
April 8, 2024 3:15 am

Johnny: you may live in a yellow submarine, but back here on dry land SMRs don’t make any economic sense whatsoever. Which is why they don’t exist at all as commercial operations for domestic use.

But hey, at least you’re not talking about Dutton ensuring the electoral oblivion of the right by pretending that Trumpism works in Australia.

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 3:34 am

“back here on dry land SMRs don’t make any economic sense whatsoever”
That’s why no other countries have nuclear power either.

m0nty
m0nty
April 8, 2024 3:37 am

Other countries started their nuke industry thirty or more years ago, rosie.

This has all been explained ad nauseum.

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 3:41 am

A reminder to those still dining out on the initial confusion after 1200 Israelis were massacred on 7 October, 134 are still being held hostage including little boys aged 1 and 4, it’s true some of them, probably half, are dead, either murdered on 7 October or murdered in captivity.
https://twitter.com/AviMayer/status/1776939525475852512?t=1AJkjb0mZ8Poy_XhYnbEJA&s=19

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 3:43 am
Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 8, 2024 3:47 am

m0nty
April 8, 2024 3:15 am

Johnny: you may live in a yellow submarine, but back here on dry land SMRs don’t make any economic sense whatsoever. Which is why they don’t exist at all as commercial operations for domestic use.

Please keep up with current events – Coming soon to a cinema near you –

https://www.rolls-royce.com/innovation/small-modular-reactors.aspx#/

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rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 3:51 am
Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
April 8, 2024 3:53 am

m0nty
April 8, 2024 3:37 am

Other countries started their nuke industry thirty or more years ago, rosie.

Try over 70 years ago – You need an Abacus –

https://www.energy.gov/ne/articles/9-notable-facts-about-worlds-first-nuclear-power-plant-ebr-i

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 3:54 am

Notice that as soon as the idf pulled back hamas started firing rockets at Israel? Ceasefire now. https://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-withdraws-ground-troops-from-south-gaza-leaving-just-one-brigade-in-enclave/

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 4:06 am

“Other countries started their nuke industry thirty or more years ago, rosie.

This has all been explained ad nauseum.”
Ad nausea indeed. As if that’s an insurmountable obstacle.

Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:06 am

John Spooner.

Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:07 am
Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:07 am
Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:08 am
Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:09 am
Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:10 am
Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:11 am
Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:12 am
Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:13 am
Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:14 am
Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:16 am

Woops. The third cartoon is Andy Davey, not Gary.

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 4:24 am
Dot
Dot
April 8, 2024 4:38 am

cohenite alerted me to this:

Now it has been revealed that (Jon) Stewart over valued one of his properties by over 800% for sale where he definitely benefitted at other people’s expense, unlike Trump.

One can only hope this comrade gets his Utopia good and proper.

m0nty
m0nty
April 8, 2024 4:38 am

Mmyes Johnny, and if you could direct me to an actual real Rolls Royce SMR in use for domestic consumption that exists outside the fantasy make-believe world of marketing faff, that would be lovely.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
April 8, 2024 4:47 am

Thanks Tom again!

Love Knight’s Mr Creosote.

And Stiglich absolutely nails it.

Dot
Dot
April 8, 2024 5:04 am

A sobering reminder.

https://forensicresources.org/2019/are-there-really-flaws-in-cell-phone-location-evidence/

“Cellular towers use radio frequency signals that are capable of covering large geographical areas. Cellular network providers do not publish coverage areas for cellular towers in their networks. This becomes problematic when an expert attempts to prove the location of a person simply based on the location of a tower that was used to make or receive a phone call. This is because the signal of cellular towers is affected by many factors including the type of antenna being used, buildings near the tower, wooded areas, bodies of water, and topography.

It is important to understand that due to these factors the nearest cellular tower is not always used to connect to the cellular network.”

A cell phone will select the tower that provides the best signal when connecting to the network, which is not always the nearest network tower.

132andBush
132andBush
April 8, 2024 6:10 am

Mmyes Johnny, and if you could direct me to an actual real Rolls Royce SMR in use for domestic consumption that exists outside the fantasy make-believe world of marketing faff, that would be lovely.

Could you direct us to a windmill and solar panel power grid that does not require fossil fuel back up generation?
Also a way of “black starting” said grid if it fails.
Outside of the fantasy make-believe world of “green energy” carpet baggers, crony capitalists and Eco-religionists, that would be lovely.

johanna
johanna
April 8, 2024 6:11 am

Dot, I doubt that the TV shows reflect reality but the reliance on CCTV and phone data and DNA and other techo stuff make you wonder how any crimes were ever solved even 50 years ago.

In early C20th crime fiction, it was posited that fingerprint technology would make solving crime a slam dunk. Alas, criminals soon learned to wear gloves.

Police everywhere have been in favour of sitting in front of computers rather than going out on the street – fancy that!

Here in Queanbeyan we have our fair share of female 5’3” chubbies whose belts, resting on a roll of fat, make them look like they are about to deploy to Gaza.

BTW, some may remember that I mentioned a couple of kids, brothers, who had been climbing on the roof late at night, and the 8 year old was an experienced smoker.

Cops were here on an unrelated matter, and it emerged in discussion that they knew the boys (surprise!).

The eight year old pulled a knife on a security guard in the mall. He was sentenced to ten days of detention in the no doubt idyllic home that spawned him.

There is only one trajectory for this child and his brother.

But what is important is giving chic inner city homes to trannies, as per Clover Moore.

132andBush
132andBush
April 8, 2024 6:30 am

Heading out now to unload two loads of urea (85t).
Fossil fuel derived of course.
Integral in the production of cereal and oilseed crops.
Brought to the farm on trucks which are doing 4-5,000km/wk hauling grain and fertilizer all over the place.
Just a small set of cogs in a big machine.

mem
mem
April 8, 2024 6:44 am

Only 6% renewable energy being provided across the NEM which is for the five eastern states (Qld, NSW, Vic, SA, Tas,) at 6.15am EST today. No solar yet (because no sun). Coal is not only backing up but carrying the full burden of generation at 77% (black and brown)with a bit of gas and hydro doing the rest. There is no way that batteries could carry the load and additional turbines will only stand idle too. Perhaps Minister Bowen can summon Puff the Magic Dragon to help out with a bit more wind!

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 6:47 am

Fingerprints helped catch the perpetrators in both family related aggravated burglaries, the most recent in February.
In the series of four garden variety burglaries a motion sensor alarm system allowed a family member to catch them in the act, with the alerted police not far behind.
Not all crimes are carefully and meticulously planned in advance.
Those that do, and are good at keeping their months shut, can stay on crime sprees for years.
Also suspect it was easier to get confessions back in the day.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 8, 2024 6:50 am

Here you go Monty.

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Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 8, 2024 7:00 am

Only 24 degrees in D-town, when I emerged from the farter half an hour ago.

Almost time to dig the trackies out.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 8, 2024 7:07 am

Almost certainly the same here as well.

‘Shocking’ survey reveals how many British Muslims sympathise with Hamas (7 Apr)

A new survey found that nearly half – 46 percent – of British Muslims sympathise with Hamas while a third wished for Shariah law to be implemented in the UK

Nearly half supporting self-described genocidal terrorists, and a third want totalitarian rule of everyone based on the Koran.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
April 8, 2024 7:10 am

What if Israel’s “tragic human mistake” was a setup by a Hamas gunman appearing briefly on or near one of the loading vehicles near that warehouse?

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
April 8, 2024 7:13 am

Opposition to nuclear, large or small, is due to the fact that it blows wind and solar into the gutter. Like the rest of the climate scam the shrill opposition to it is perfidious and nation-wrecking. Case closed.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 8, 2024 7:15 am

it is impossible for a person to simultaneously support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Crown.

So, which does Ms Mostyn now choose, conclusively?

Does she choose her newfound responsibilities to the Crown and the Constitution, or does she choose #AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe?

Ms Mostyn expressed strong support for the Uluru Statement of the Heart and referred to Australia as “Invasion Day” in now-deleted posts on X.

And if she believed in them so strongly why has she now deleted her posts?

Sky News

calli
calli
April 8, 2024 7:18 am

Dover, you made a comment at the end of the last thread that you found the OTs of 9, 14 and 16 October “interesting reading”. I assume you are referring to the slew of reports coming from Gaza and reactions to them here.

I’ve had a quick scan of 9/10, but without the search criteria you used, I can’t come to grips with what you were getting at.

Could you please let us know what you were referring to?

Crossie
Crossie
April 8, 2024 7:19 am

Johannes Leak has not been featured here in ages. Is he on leave or no longer employed at The Oz?

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
April 8, 2024 7:20 am

The renewable fantasy all relies on using vast areas of productive land. That commodity is rapidly drying up after the first crew of the stupid and greedy sign up to be ripped off by multi nationals.
Farmers with a love of the land and making good returns aren’t going to let this shit on their properties.
It’s a major flaw in the renewables plan. Access and consent are assumed in the arrogance of the planners and it will be their undoing.

calli
calli
April 8, 2024 7:24 am

Further to my scan of the 9/10 OT, you made a prophetic (but entirely predictable) statement, Gez.

You opined that the moment an Australian civilian was killed in Gaza, Labor and the Greens would be in full throated opposition, with the Teals nowhere in sight.

Well done you.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 8, 2024 7:29 am
shatterzzz
April 8, 2024 7:37 am

Gotta text msg this morning reminding me to pay my toll road fines .. or else …!
Never held a driving licence (medical) & never owned a car in my life (76 now) ..
?Wondering how these folk get the phone number to send the msg tho ……

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 8, 2024 7:38 am

‘Shocking’ survey reveals how many British Muslims sympathise with Hamas (7 Apr)

Why is it shocking? Did anyone think it would be otherwise?

Diogenes
Diogenes
April 8, 2024 7:43 am

ondering how these folk get the phone number to send the msg tho 

nothing nefarious , they use autodialers.

set phone number to 0400000000
do until phone number > 0499999999
send text
add 1 to phone number
end do
Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 7:45 am

Roger Franklin, in America for the 2024 presidential election, has taken a side trip to Argentina for a glimpse of the Javier Milei revolution and delivers a splendid essay on the experience at Quadrant.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
April 8, 2024 7:46 am

Also suspect it was easier to get confessions back in the day.

Yes. Unfortunately, we don’t have phone books anymore

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 8, 2024 7:46 am

m0nty

 April 8, 2024 3:15 am

Johnny: you may live in a yellow submarine, but back here on dry land SMRs don’t make any economic sense whatsoever. Which is why they don’t exist at all as commercial operations for domestic use.

mUnturd

Whereas ruinables make such economic sense that they will need huge subsidies into the future?

No wonder you failed Economics 1. You are a brainless moron.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 8, 2024 7:49 am

I do not mean to include all Muslims in that comment. Many have come to make a go of things. But among the more recent arrivals, ushered into the country by a self-loathing elite who tell them how wonderful their culture is (look at the food!) – at the very culture that created the shithole they are fleeing – telling them they don’t need to change (“Go right ahead. Make a shithole here!”)

Telling them also that our own benighted citizens should adapt and accommodate, and then be grateful to have had their gloomy, constricted lives enriched. I mean, look at the food!

There seems a special problem with the second generation (and after, I suppose, although maybe not).

Birch them all, I say!

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
April 8, 2024 7:52 am

And if she believed in them so strongly why has she now deleted her posts?

Socialists love the power and prestige. It’s the Marxist way. Common sense and logic are overlooked.

Idiot Bowen is a classic example.

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 7:52 am

“What if Israel’s “tragic human mistake” was a setup by a Hamas gunman appearing briefly on or near one of the loading vehicles near that warehouse?”
Seems unlikely. The distribution of aid in Gaza is the problem, outside of IDF controlled areas Hamas provide truck security, we’ve seen enough footage of them riding shotgun to prevent looting.
The IDF have done an investigation and placed some blame.
I’m inclined to think now that reality on the ground in the south, is that looting is for profit, not from desperatation and while hamas take what they want, nothing would be distributed if they weren’t involved at all.
On the subject of 7 October does anyone think if the opportunity was available to kill more, rape more, mutilate more, loot more, take more hostages that Hamas and friends wouldn’t have done so?
We watched as the death toll went from a handful, to dozens, to hundreds to well over a thousand.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 8, 2024 7:54 am

Monty why do you ignore China?

‘Cos they have funny eyes, and their donuts taste funny – kind of like rice.

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 8, 2024 7:56 am

m0nty

 April 8, 2024 4:38 am

Mmyes Johnny, and if you could direct me to an actual real Rolls Royce SMR in use for domestic consumption that exists outside the fantasy make-believe world of marketing faff, that would be lovely.

And could you direct us to any ruinable “electricity factory” anywhere in the world that is not heavily subsidised. Or is such only “marketing faff”?

You are a total idiot

Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 7:56 am

Johannes Leak has not been featured here in ages. Is he on leave or no longer employed at The Oz?

Crossie, I suspect Leak junior is just having his first proper vacation since he became The Australian‘s senior cartoonist in 2019. In the past five years, he has just been grabbing a week here and there. He needs proper time off to recharge the creative batteries.
?

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 8, 2024 8:03 am

And if she believed in them so strongly why has she now deleted her posts?

Not out of conviction – her convictions remain the same and all the knobs she hobs with will all know it. Dishonesty for the sake of the greater cause (or at least for cocktail parties, a staff, living large in Admiralty house at the taxpayers’ expense, and flowers, lots of flowers, lots of decapitated plants) is a virtue.

It is in fact the same as taqqiya.

See! The food and taqqiya.

So multi-cultural. So much more enlightened than those moronic rubes who always tell the truth.

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 8, 2024 8:05 am

Brazil is circling the Peoples’ Democratic Republic drain.
Elon has the receipts.

Anders
Anders
April 8, 2024 8:11 am

Mmyes Johnny, and if you could direct me to an actual real Rolls Royce SMR in use for domestic consumption that exists outside the fantasy make-believe world of marketing faff, that would be lovely.

And can you point us to a country of our size that is powered mostly by wind and solar with battery and gas backup. You can’t because it doesn’t exist outside of fantasy make-belief. They are charging ahead conducting a grand experiment with the electricity grid that we need to power our economy.

will
will
April 8, 2024 8:15 am

shatterzzz

 April 8, 2024 7:37 am

Gotta text msg this morning reminding me to pay my toll road fines .. or else …!

Never held a driving licence (medical) & never owned a car in my life (76 now) ..

It’s a scam, one of a great many. Facebook marketplace is particularly egregious. It’s hard to believe that anything on the internet is authentic.

Indolent
Indolent
April 8, 2024 8:17 am

@ChanelRion

Again, if you think the Ashley Biden story is about the Bidens, you’re MISSING THE PLOT.

WHO at the DOJ (and the SDNY) is getting paid to be the Biden Family Clean Up Service?

Why are YOU paying for their cleanup?

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 8:18 am

Must say the Mostyn is very unappealing in every aspect. Very Canbra.

feelthebern
feelthebern
April 8, 2024 8:22 am

10/10 on the Australian quiz today.
Third time ever.
Proof screen shotted.

mem
mem
April 8, 2024 8:25 am

The AEMO website tells us that the renewable penetration for the NEM is measured every 30 minutes and is currently recording 64.6%, but the reality is that it has remained below 20% penetration since midnight and has mostly hovered around 5% until 7.30am. So why the difference? The AEMO figure is an average figure and my guess is that it suits the renewable energy promoters. It does not take into account the variability of wind and extended troughs in wind and solar supply. If you used the AEMO figures on penetration to plan your renewable roll-out you would be in deep, deep, trouble and the energy grid would fail because the average it uses provides a false reality. It is straight out of the book “How to Lie with Statistics”. This reminds me of the story of how POL Pot constructed dams (using forced labor) at the top of the hills that surrounded the Mekong Delta because there was more rainfall recorded in the hills than the Delta. The consequence was that water that flows down was deprived to the valleys below. And the dams were never filled either. Engineers who could have alerted the regime to the impending disaster were by this stage either dead or intimidated into silence. Isn’t it time that AEMO rectified this false narrative?

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 8, 2024 8:25 am

I was assured by rosie that it never happens. Hun:

The cost of WorkCover claims related to the Covid-19 vaccine continues to skyrocket in Victoria with more than $6.8m paid to workers who suffered reactions after getting the jab.

Figures released by WorkSafe Victoria confirm the number of people with proven illness related to vaccines has continued to grow – up from 125 in July to 130.

Of these, 28 people have not returned to work at all.

The Herald Sun understands dozens more have been unable to return to full-time duties.

Under state legislation, workers with a “significant ­reaction” such as severe fever, blood clots, allergic reactions, seizure or stroke can claim.

The cost of the WorkCover claims rose 55 per cent in just the past nine months, from $4.37m to $6.8m.

A WorkCover spokesman confirmed the figures, saying WorkSafe had accepted 130 Covid-19 vaccine-related claims from workers.

It’s understood the payouts cover costs such as loss of ­income and treatment, and will continue to grow. Those affected include Victorian workers who had mandatory jabs for work such as teachers, nurses, firefighters and paramedics.

Given the stigma around vaccine injuries, few people have spoken publicly about their health battles.

The Herald Sun has spoken to multiple claimants who say they are unlikely to ever fully recover.

A vaccine mandate remains in place for certain health workers and firefighters in Victoria. The latest WorkCover figures come as thousands of Australians have fought to ­access compensation under the federal government’s Covid-19 Vaccine Claims Scheme, which covers “a moderate to severe impact following an adverse reaction to a TGA-approved Covid-19 vaccine” that resulted in hospitalisation or death.

The vaccines include Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca), Comirnaty (Pfizer), Spikevax (Moderna) and Nuvaxovid (Novavax).

Given continued demand for the scheme, in December the federal government ­extended the closing date.

Australians who have suffered vaccine injuries will be able to lodge claims for compensation under the Scheme until September 30.

Meanwhile, a class action with more than 500 applicants continues after it was filed in April by law firm NR Barbi Solicitor in the Federal Court.

The case is arguing negligence on behalf of the Therapeutic Goods Administration, which approved the use of multiple vaccine brands during the pandemic.

FMD and the arseholes that mandated this rubbish skate away into the sunset. As Rabz says, HOP Time.

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 8, 2024 8:27 am

So that the light of conscienceness shall not disappear from the universe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OaYPIr2nXQ

Spreading life to a dead universe. It’s our job.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 8, 2024 8:28 am

1 hour ago

Air Chief Marshal to lead IDF airstrikes probe
Tricia Rivera
Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin has been appointed as special adviser to the Australian government on Israel’s response to the IDF airstrikes that killed Zomi Frankcom and six other World Kitchen aid workers.
Air Chief Marshal Binskin will be tasked with engaging with Israel and Israel Defence Forces on the response to the attack which killed the humanitarian workers.
The initial Israeli investi­gation – rejected as unsatisfactory by Australia – found drone strikes on three World Central Kitchen aid vehicles occurred after IDF troops mistakenly determined Hamas gunmen were travelling with the aid convoy.
Two Israeli officers were dismissed from their positions over the tragedy, and two senior commanders were reprimanded.
The army said its findings would be sent to military prosecutors, but it is unclear whether any of the personnel will face charges.
Air Chief Marshal Binskin has served as Chief of the Australian Defence Force from 2014 to 2018, as Vice Chief of the Defence Force, and Chief of Air Force.
In 2020, he chaired the royal commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements and he is currently Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority and the Pacific Security College.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong announced the appointment in a statement on Monday morning.
“His experience and expertise mean ACM Binskin is eminently qualified to provide the Australian government advice on the sufficiency and appropriateness of steps taken by the Israeli government,” she said.
“Australia has made clear to the Israeli government our expectation and trust that this engagement will be facilitated.
The special adviser will provide advice to the Australian government regarding any further representations or actions that could be taken to ensure a full and transparent investigation and to hold those responsible to account.
“The appointment of ACM Binskin will ensure the family of Zomi Frankcom, and the Australian people can have confidence in this process.”

Should imagine the Israeli response will consist of two words – the second is “OFF.”

Indolent
Indolent
April 8, 2024 8:29 am
rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 8:37 am

“I was assured by rosie that it never happens.”
Why are you lying about me, again?
I never once claimed that people didn’t suffer from adverse reactions to the covid vaccines, including fatal ones.
And given people were forced to vaccinate via employment mandates it is right and proper their injuries are covered by workcover.
I’ve only ever pushed back against the constant barrage of died suddenly nonsense which started in mid 2021 when St Ruth claimed half, yes half of all vaccines recipients worldwide had already died immediately after receiving a vaccine.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 8:43 am

The whole thing just stinks BB. Despicable polimuppets, pubic serpents and corporations. All to get Trump. The foul Hunt mediocrity is at Melbourne Uni now I believe.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 8, 2024 8:43 am

O/T, reading “Soldier Of Destiny: Slavery, Secession and the Redemption of U.S. Grant” by John Reeves.

Grant was summoned to Washington to receive his commission as a Lieutenant General. He had prepared a speech, in reply – unfortunately, at the crucial moment, he discovered he couldn’t read his own handwriting…

Good reading.

feelthebern
feelthebern
April 8, 2024 8:44 am

Interesting choice, this Mark Binskin fellow.
Rex Patrick has written about him & a handful of others over the last couple of years of being the shiny bums who agreed to allow Australian forces to be involved with hair brained CIA schemes in Afghanistan that the US DoD said no to.
With all the media attention on people like BRS & to a lesser extent Heston Russell, there has been almost zero scrutiny of the shiny bums who were calling the shots.

But hey, can’t get in the way of those Australia day gongs can we?

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
April 8, 2024 8:45 am

Should imagine the Israeli response will consist of two words – the second is “OFF.”

And if there is a third word, it starts with C.and ends in S

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 8, 2024 8:46 am

Figures released by WorkSafe Victoria confirm the number of people with proven illness related to vaccines has continued to grow – up from 125 in July to 130.

Of these, 28 people have not returned to work at all.

This story may be related.

Half a million extra people on welfare as NDIS blows budget (Courier Mail, 6 Apr, paywalled)

The number of Australians receiving welfare has leapt by 425,000 since 2018 — with the vast majority on the NDIS.

Things that make you go hmmm.

calli
calli
April 8, 2024 8:46 am

There were some ludicrous claims being made, with huge death tolls predicted. And anyone who didn’t instantly believe or asked questions was branded. I remember quite clearly.

On the other hand adverse reactions like my father’s (autoimmune disease) and daughter (palpitations and fainting followed by hospitalisation) will never have been recorded as such. Both after AZ.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 8:46 am

Air Chief Marshal Binskin will be tasked with engaging with Israel and Israel Defence Forces on the response to the attack which killed the humanitarian workers.

Call me a cynic, but I suspect Binskin has already been instructed on what his findings will be.

calli
calli
April 8, 2024 8:48 am

Oh, and I expect to receive a slew of minuses for simply stating what happened. I could go on, but Dover has banned scab picking.

Makka
Makka
April 8, 2024 8:48 am

Why is it shocking? Did anyone think it would be otherwise?

Well yes; the leftarded woke journo who didn’t know that Islam brings with it no good. The perfect result of an ignorant upbringing and air headed education.

Indolent
Indolent
April 8, 2024 8:49 am
Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
April 8, 2024 8:50 am

Exactly ZK2A but I think he’ll more likely be politely fobbed off with what they’ve publicly released. Like the shooting down of MH17 expect a report with what they’ve got.

WOFTAM comes to mind.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 8, 2024 8:51 am

Miltonf, I see Hunt has his own website. Indeed has some sort of title at Melbourne University. Good Lord.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 8:54 am

Nomenklatura BB

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 8, 2024 8:56 am

Nearing Hawaii – talking on a cruise liner again – and in a few days will be visiting the WWII submarine USS Bowfin for research purposes. Thought Cats might find this obit of the last survivor of the Arizona sinking interesting:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-68711781

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
April 8, 2024 8:56 am

Who’s the poof at Essendon? Did he complain or did one of the poof umpires make an issue of it?

Port Adelaide forward Jeremy Finlayson apologised on Sunday for the homophobic slur he made against an unnamed Essendon opponent in Friday night’s match as his club argued he should not be suspended for the offence.

Indolent
Indolent
April 8, 2024 8:56 am
Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 8, 2024 8:58 am

Only three comments so far.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 8:59 am

The number of Australians receiving welfare has leapt by 425,000 since 2018

This mirrors a trend in the UK where the government has been forced to revise the fit for work test in a bid to stem the rising cost of benefits.

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 8, 2024 8:59 am

Rex Patrick has written about him & a handful of others over the last couple of years of being the shiny bums who agreed to allow Australian forces to be involved with hair brained CIA schemes in Afghanistan that the US DoD said no to.

Do you have a link for that ftb?

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
April 8, 2024 9:02 am

Thought Cats might find this obit of the last survivor of the Arizona sinking interesting.

Thanks Top Ender.

Reading of his exploits from your link…..I dips me lid.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 9:07 am

So many of the orrificers at Russell don’t seen to be much better than regular Canbra pubes. A few cross dressers too iirc.

feelthebern
feelthebern
April 8, 2024 9:13 am

Eyrie, I just search on the MW website for Rex Patrick columns.
They are not in chronological order for some reason.
Not really keen to scroll the entire archive.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 9:14 am

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neill refusing to comment on the latest boat arrivals.

As she’s recently been put on training wheels by the PM’s office I think we can reasonably deduce a direction to keep shtum has come from Albanese, the man who promised transparency in government.

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lotocoti
lotocoti
April 8, 2024 9:14 am

Has that Wong chap demanded any accounting
from those responsible for the murder of
Australian citizen Galit Carbone on October 7?

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
April 8, 2024 9:15 am

Weird. I just came to look in. Could only see first three comments. Made my comment and then could see all the comments

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 8, 2024 9:23 am

Forget the ribbon cutting, G-G is not always a benign force

James Allan

I am relatively rare in the legal academic world. I openly support the constitutional monarchy over any form of republicanism.

I say “relatively rare” because I also openly supported the No case in the referendum last year and you could count on one machine operator’s hand the number of law professors in this country who were in that camp.

But why am I a constitutional monarchist? It’s not on emotional grounds; it’s because the system has evolved to work incredibly well in the Westminster parliamentary world and to work better than any alternative the republican supporters can offer. A would-be president, directly or indirectly elected, is a system of government that would be worse than what we have. So, I support what we have; I don’t care about symbolic arguments.

And here’s a big part of why our constitutional monarchy works. It’s because the governor-general (or king or queen in the UK) has remarkably few powers.

Lots of lay people don’t understand this. After centuries we have evolved a system where the G-G in Australia or Canada or New Zealand (and the King in Britain) virtually always does what he or she is told by the elected politicians who command the majority of votes in the lower house of parliament, the more democratic of the houses of parliament.

The G-G takes the advice of the elected PM. All bills that pass the three readings of the unicameral or bicameral parliament are always signed. That’s not by legal requirement, it’s by hard and fast convention and it’s more certain than any legal outcome in the common law world.

If you were being unkind, you’d say the G-G’s job is just to open new hospital wings, cut ribbons here and there, meet citizens who have done extraordinary things, comfort those after disasters, all while living in posh quarters with a chauffeur on hand. But the job is never to have an opinion on anything political. Never.

That’s why we pay them to keep shtum. And that’s why the late Queen Elizabeth was a genius at her job. She kept her views to herself. But you simply cannot recreate the core illegitimacy of an unelected person telling us what he or she thinks once you have a president who has been directly or indirectly elected. Then you have another layer of power, and all the obstructions and impediments that brings.

Of course, the system we have wasn’t deliberately designed. It evolved and it became a very good one. It’s the longest-lasting variant of democracy going. It became sturdy enough to deal with some pretty bad monarchs over the years, along with some excellent ones.

That brings us to Anthony Albanese’s choice to be our new governor-general. In my view the choice is far from ideal. Samantha Mostyn is easily one of the most partisan picks I can think of across the developed Anglosphere in the past few decades. She was openly for Yes last year. She seems to be all-in on the insidious diversity mindset undermining our core institutions.

She’s reported to have made tweets about “Invasion Day”. She’s bought into climate change alarmism. In short, she is a paid-up member of the green-left inner-city worldview. But in most ways this actually doesn’t matter. The key question is whether, once she takes office, our new G-G will remain quiet about the issues of the day. Remember, her role affords her absolutely no legitimacy in terms of voicing any views.

The late queen knew she was there only by the fluke of the genetic lottery. And governors-general have the same complete lack of democratic legitimacy. If our new G-G is not outspoken then soon no one will remember her name and that will be fine. (That said, on occasion some past governors-general, including here in Australia, have forgotten this and that can cause big problems).

That to my mind is not a big issue because an opinionated G-G is soon outed as a partisan hack and ignored, if not pilloried. The only problem with a partisan pick is this – and not many people are mentioning it.

You see in our system for 99 per cent of the time, or more, the G-G or monarch simply does what she or he is told by whichever party’s leader has the confidence of the House of Representatives.

But a couple of times a century situations arise – usually just after an election, but not always – where it’s not clear which party commands the confidence of parliament. Think of a hung parliament.

While we wait for a coalition to arise there are rare times when the G-G has to decide which team will get the first crack at commanding the confidence of the house – and going first can be an advantage.

It is here where we can see the advantages of a G-G who was (shall we say) less overtly partisan. A former top judge or military officer works but so do lots of others. The thing is, the next election we face in this country might, just might, give us a hung parliament. And having someone with Mostyn’s progressive left-wing views is not going to make anyone believe she is a disinterested honest broker when she makes decisions that cannot be ones where she is acting on advice.

Why? Because there is no one yet who commands the confidence of the House to give her that advice. These situations are thankfully mightily rare. Most G-Gs serve their entire tenures without this sort of thing popping up. But were something like this to come to pass, it would be hard to come up with a curriculum vitae less likely to inspire confidence than Mostyn.

That, in my view, is the biggest problem with the Prime Minister’s choice to be our new governor-general.

James Allan is Garrick Professor of Law at the University of Queensland.

Link

calli
calli
April 8, 2024 9:24 am

Nearing Hawaii – talking on a cruise liner again – and in a few days will be visiting the WWII submarine USS Bowfin for research purposes.

Do you ever get invited by Cunard, Tom? There were some marvellous speakers on our Pacific cruise, including a forensic dentist. The one before had an astronomer, before that a geologist. There were other guest speakers, but these two were the standouts, for me at least.

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 8, 2024 9:25 am

Calgary Ax the Carbon Tax protest. This is hilarious. It is a marching song after all.

https://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2024/04/06/mischief-is-important-44/

Dot
Dot
April 8, 2024 9:28 am

FYI

Check out David Barnhizer, an old American liberal human rights lawyer.

He’s basically been pushed towards libertarians and conservatives like Larry Elder or Tom Sowell by the cult like critical legal theory, race theory, race hustling and DEI indoctrination & failure of the Great Society.

He’s a man with his heart on his sleeve whose observations of reality and lived experience has seen him end up despising what his former colleagues are doing now – destroying (often white) American history, to undermine the democratic, constitutional republic, to secretly indoctrinate children to pave the way for authoritarian communism.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 9:31 am

 …were something like [a hung parliament] to come to pass, it would be hard to come up with a curriculum vitae less likely to inspire confidence than Mostyn.

Her CV is why Albanese chose her.

Black Ball
Black Ball
April 8, 2024 9:46 am

The joke is on all of us. Courier Mail:

With punters barely having had time to miss her from the political spotlight, Annastacia Palaszczuk has been spotted making moves that hint at a life far from retirement.

The ex-premier was caught in Sydney having a power lunch with International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates and her former staffer, Jon Persley.

This high-profile gathering has sparked rumours that Palaszczuk is eyeing a role in the Olympic sports organisation, leveraging her legacy in securing Brisbane’s bid for the 2032 Games.

Insiders have suggested that Palaszczuk’s commitment to the Olympic cause might just be her ticket to a prominent position on the global sports stage, shifting gears from her days of public service to possibly a pivotal role in international sports governance.

But it’s not all business for the ex-premier.

Palaszczuk made her first pilgrimage to the Byron Bay Bluesfest since exiting the political stage, minus the moon boot she was recently seen sporting after a freak accident.

The ex-premier and partner, obesity surgeon Dr Reza Adib, were spotted in the VIP enclosure at the 35th annual music festival which this year featured the likes of Welsh crooner Tom Jones, Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Tim Finn, Jimmy Barnes and Peter Garrett.

Dr Adib is a big fan of Aussie blues rockers the Teskey Brothers who were also on the bill.

He was wearing a Teskey Brothers T-shirt when he and Palaszczuk were photographed together at the 2022 Bluesfest, soon after they started dating.

Palaszczuk appeared to be getting around this year’s at-times boggy Bluesfest site without any issues, after she ruptured her achilles tendon in a mystery mishap at her partner’s luxury Burleigh Heads apartment in February.

Piss off peasants, I have a trough to snout through.

cohenite
April 8, 2024 9:50 am

m0nty
April 7, 2024 10:59 pm
I see Dutton is negotiating with Rolls Royce for SMRs.

Dickless from the old thread:

RR might take a leaf out of Westinghouse’s book:

Westinghouse eVinci: The Pint-Sized Mini Reactor Designed to Kick Diesel to the Curb – autoevolution

Dickless also said I was finishing my separation details from Kylie; that’s a lie; some bonds can never be broken. But of course you need a dick to understand that.

damon
damon
April 8, 2024 10:01 am

nearly half – 46 percent – of British Muslims sympathise with Hamas”

They can sympathise with them as much as they like, the real question is whether they actively support them.

cohenite
April 8, 2024 10:04 am

I do not mean to include all Muslims in that comment. Many have come to make a go of things. 

I do. And so does professor Clive Kessler, one of the foremost muzzie experts:

Deradicalisation of militant Muslims not a viable option (unsw.edu.au)

Every poll of muzzies shows the vast majority of the inbred towelheads opposing the West and supporting terrorism.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 10:07 am

Australia, 2024:

Occupants of the Alboville in inner Brisbane’s Musgrave Park fear they will be evicted to make way for a Greek cultural festival in May.

A Brisbane City Council spokesperson has said occupied tents will not be removed.

What if an occupant has to go to work, a job interview, a doctor’s or Centrelink appointment? Council officers have form in confiscating tents and belongings in such circumstances.

Meanwhile, the state-owned quarantine facility across the river at Pinkenba, built in 2021 but never commissioned, remains mothballed.

damon
damon
April 8, 2024 10:12 am

And if she believed in them so strongly why has she now deleted her posts?”

She looks in the mirror and thinks ‘I changed the world”. It would not occur tp her to ask whether it was. for the better.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 10:13 am

They can sympathise with them as much as they like, the real question is whether they actively support them.

Support begins with sympathy.

Arky
April 8, 2024 10:37 am

Arky manifesto April 2024.

  1. End all subsidies for green crap. If you subsidise solar panels, in 20 years you end up with a heap of toxic garbage. If you subsidise a petrol car, in 20 years you end up with a pile of spare parts to keep other cars running.
  2. Fines for offensive body choices such as nose piercings, weirdo hair colours and visible tattoos. To be enforced by the EPA.
  3. Keep the women’s vote, but women can only vote for women and men can only vote for men. Women parliamentarians can only vote on bills to do with women’s issues such as the best scone recipes and how to find a husband. Men likewise can only vote on men’s issues such as defence, industry, immigration, tax, fiscal, justice and transport.
Eyrie
Eyrie
April 8, 2024 10:52 am

Westinghouse eVinci: The Pint-Sized Mini Reactor Designed to Kick Diesel to the Curb – autoevolution

Appears to be a version of a pebble bed reactor. Not good. Makes fuel reprocessing difficult.
Reprocessing essentially eliminates the extremely long term waste storage problem. In 600 years what isn’t burnt up as fuel is less radioactive than the ore you mined.

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 8, 2024 10:55 am
  1. Fines for offensive body choices such as nose piercings, weirdo hair colours and visible tattoos. To be enforced by the EPA.
  2. And wearing gym gear to the supermarket unless slim.
m0nty
m0nty
April 8, 2024 10:55 am

Happy Rapture Day, Cats!

Remember: if you aren’t ascended today, that means you are going to Hell. Or the fiery pits of Mordor. Or both! Some sort of timeshare arrangement, IIRC.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 8, 2024 10:57 am

Support begins with sympathy.

One eighth of zakat is supposed to go to the irregular fighters.

If you wonder why Gaza had more and better houses than most Australian suburbs I suspect this is why.

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Indolent
Indolent
April 8, 2024 10:58 am
Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 10:59 am

Keep the women’s vote…

I always suspected you were a flaming liberal.

Indolent
Indolent
April 8, 2024 10:59 am
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 8, 2024 11:10 am

Keep the women’s vote, but women can only vote for women and men can only vote for men. 

Interesting idea would be to have two members for each electorate: one man and one woman. Male voters then voting for the male, and female voters for the female.

That by simple arithmetic would result in exactly equal numbers of men and women in Parliament.

It’s a wonder no one has suggested it here in Oz, given all the angst and column-inches produced over the years in the MSM about equalidy of the sexes in our august chambers of pompous rhetoric.

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m0nty
m0nty
April 8, 2024 11:11 am

Monty why do you ignore China?

Does it interfere with your phantasies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4zsryS0Moc

https://world-nuclear.org/world-nuclear-performance-report/case-studies/designing-and-building-the-first-land-based-smr.aspx

126MW, day in day out 24/7.

The existing facility at Tangxing consists of two non-SMR nuke power plants. Work on a new SMR demonstration reactor started in 2019 and is scheduled for completion by 2025.

Its construction budget is currently A$8.5 billion (likely to blow out further as prototypes often do) and its capacity is supposed to be a net 126 MW. For comparison, the Numurkah Solar Plant opened in 2019 at a construction cost of A$198 million with an output of 112 MW.

So no, it’s not commercially operational, mole, and it’s nowhere near commercially sensible. Not to mention you would scream blue murder if we bought Chinese nuke tech for security reasons. You’re wrong again on every level.

Makka
Makka
April 8, 2024 11:21 am

Now m0ron is suddenly an expert on nuclear energy. Straight out of his one day power point Diploma course on Energy Grid Destruction at the Bowen Online Uni for Leftist Imbeciles.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 11:25 am

It’s a wonder no one has suggested it here in Oz, given all the angst and column-inches produced over the years in the MSM about equalidy of the sexes in our august chambers of pompous rhetoric.

Bruce, gender equity in parliament would mean 75% female/25% male.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 8, 2024 11:33 am

So no, it’s not commercially operational

Their 210 MW pebble-bed reactor has been in operation for a bit over 2 years.

HTR-PM (wiki)

The HTR-PM … is a Chinese small modular nuclear reactor. It is a high-temperature gas-cooled (HTGR) pebble-bed generation IV reactor evolved from the HTR-10 prototype. The technology is intended to replace coal-fired power plants in China’s interior, in line with the country’s plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

The first plant, the world’s first for this type of reactor, has an electrical output of 210 MW. It began producing power in December 2021 and started commercial operation in late 2023.

Monty your ignorance is a lot of fun sometimes.

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 8, 2024 11:53 am

Want to hear from Bruce Lehrmann about the justice system? That will be $100 a ticket, please
By Kate McClymontApril 8, 2024 — 5.00am

Listen to this article
5 min
Despite the recent bout of unfortunate publicity surrounding Bruce Lehrmann’s alleged penchant for cocaine and sex workers, the former Liberal Party staffer is still top billing for an event being organised by #MenToo advocate Bettina Arndt.
“The presumption of innocence has been tossed aside in favour of believe-all-women justice,” says Arndt in the promotional material for the Restoring the Presumption of Innocence conference to be held at an unnamed location in the Sydney suburb of Rushcutters Bay in June.

Controversial barrister Margaret Cunneen, SC, a strong supporter of Lehrmann, is also speaking at the conference, to be held the same month as Lehrmann’s committal hearing for an alleged sexual assault in Toowoomba is set to start. Lehrmann’s lawyers have indicated he intends to plead not guilty.
Arndt has been one of Lehrmann’s central supporters, and friends claim she had been helping to raise funds for Lehrmann. “I know she was trying to help him out financially as he was completely skint,” said one, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution from other Lehrmann supporters.
This was categorically denied by Arndt. Asked whether she had raised money for him or asked anyone to pay money to Lehrmann, she said, “no, never” before hanging up.
Arndt said the Restoring the Presumption of Innocence conference was being hosted by the so-called Australians for Science and Freedom. The organisation’s website says it is a “diverse group of Australian clinicians, academics, lawyers and public intellectuals who united in growing disquiet at federal and state responses to the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Tickets will probably cost $80 to $100 per person, which will include a sandwich lunch and morning tea. Arndt called for volunteers to help run the day, including anyone who could offer “assistance with airfares/accommodation”.
An online fundraiser attached to the event has raised $5115 towards its goal of $10,000.
According to her blog, Arndt’s denunciation of feminism and advocacy for men’s rights stems from her alarm at the “unfair treatment of men in our society”.

“In our believe-the-victim culture it appears that the truth counts for very little,” said the Order of Australia recipient, who has previously described Brittany Higgins as “a lying, scheming bimbo who destroyed a man’s life to save her career and conned her way into $3 million compensation payout, all taxpayer’s money”.
Lehrmann was tried for the alleged rape of Higgins in Parliament House in 2019. The trial collapsed in October 2022 due to juror misconduct. He denied the claims.
It later emerged that the previous October, while on bail for the Higgins matter, Lehrmann had allegedly sexually assaulted a Toowoomba woman he’d met in a nightclub.
“Another gold-digger goes after Bruce Lehrmann,” Arndt wrote on her blog of the Toowoomba allegations.
On the first day of Lehrmann’s defamation case against the Ten Network and journalist Lisa Wilkinson in November 2023, Arndt was on hand to lend support to Lehrmann. She noted in her blog that she was struck “by the number of eager young female journalists keen to get in – no doubt many from the Brittany Higgins cheer squad”.
She also suggested that “the predominantly female members of the press gallery … are products of our captured universities which are dutifully churning out cultural warriors always ready to turn a blind eye to the war on men. It’s a chilling thought that these women are our future.”
The men’s advocate also tuned in to Lehrmann’s Spotlight interview of June 2023. “Including that critical audio recording in the Channel Seven television interview was bound to be a turning point – as it has indeed proved to be,” she wrote.
“I can’t begin to do justice to the revelations now emerging – the excellent Janet Albrechtsen and other journalists at The Australian are pushing out story after story spelling these out.”
Arndt could not have foreseen just what a turning point the “critical audio” has been, with the Ten Network allowed to re-open the Lehrmann case because of it.
Former Spotlight producer Taylor Auerbach told the Federal Court last week that Lehrmann had provided confidential material from his criminal trial in breach of what is known as the “Harman undertaking” to Seven.
Several pieces of reporting by The Australian also appear to have included confidential material from the criminal trial.

A former TV producer has told a court the Seven Network reimbursed Bruce Lehrmann for cocaine and prostitutes, writing it off as ‘preproduction costs’.
Asked on Sunday whether she had received material contrary to the Harman undertaking, Albrechtsen replied:“I am not answering that question.” She referred this masthead to The Australian’s reporting, which she said “has been stellar”.
Matthew Collins, SC, representing the Ten Network, told the court that Lehrmann’s conduct in handing over confidential material, if accepted, would be an “outrageous contempt of court”.
Penalties for this kind of contempt of court can result in fines or imprisonment.
In June 2021, Victorian Supreme Court Justice John Dixon fined an orthopaedic surgeon $5000 for using material obtained in court to damage a rival surgeon. “The obligations of a Harman undertaking are significant for the proper administration of justice because protecting the confidentiality of documents produced to a court under compulsion of a subpoena is important to engender community confidence and respect for the administration of justice,” said the judge.

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 8, 2024 11:57 am

 For comparison, the Numurkah Solar Plant opened in 2019 at a construction cost of A$198 million with an output of 112 MW.

Anders
Anders
April 8, 2024 11:59 am

Australia is that country right now, especially when coal-fired plants break down, as they do often. If they closed all the coal plants tomorrow, we’d barely notice. Maybe there would be an outage at 3am on a windless night every now and again, but otherwise coal is dead.

M0nty’s reply to me at 8:11am. This is the level of crazy we’re dealing with, holy shit. Currently coal is providing 55% of Australia’s power – apparently we’d barely notice if that went offline!

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 8, 2024 12:00 pm

The relevant comment on mUnturd’s idiocy.

Is that 112 Mw nameplate or after taking into account capacity factor? Do you even understand the difference?

Dot
Dot
April 8, 2024 12:02 pm

The (Red China) communists really are mean, evil turds. From 2014!

https://theworld.org/stories/2014-08-13/china-denounces-pet-dogs-filthy-imports-west

Pet dogs, in the eyes of China’s Communist Party, are a modern-day menace. And the Chinese urbanites who’ve grown infatuated with Spot and Rover are acting out a “crude and ludicrous imitation … of a Western lifestyle.”

So goes a recent op-ed in the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s official news outlet. The op-ed decries a “dog infestation” in China’s cities.

….

The party memo, known as “Document 9,” was leaked late last year. It refers to an “ideological battlefield” in which Western notions of individual liberty and freedom of speech are used to “gouge an opening through which to infiltrate our ideology,” which prizes the “unification of thought” and social harmony.

The thought of Shih Tzu sleeper agents lovingly giving their owners copies of Voltaire, On Liberty & 1984 is indeed a hilarious nightmare for the commie turds.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 12:02 pm

Happy Rapture Day, Cats!

Remember: if you aren’t ascended today, that means you are going to Hell.

OK…I have to ask:

What are you on about?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 8, 2024 12:11 pm

Pet dogs, in the eyes of China’s Communist Party, are a modern-day menace. 

If you visit a Chinese supermarket watch out for huskies.

The great escape: 100 huskies run amok in China shopping centre after dog cafe door left open (2 Apr)

Pet cafes have become increasingly popular in China.

According to Xifei Daily, 3,638 pet cafes were newly opened in Shanghai in 2020. To spend one hour at a cafe, the cost ranges from 60 yuan (US$8) to 200 yuan.

I was wondering if there was a restaurant next door to the pet cafe. Chinese people never like to waste anything valuable.

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 12:19 pm

I suspect this is not an isolated case:

Federation University [Ballarat VIC] …plans to cut 200 ongoing positions – the equivalent of just over one in 10 staff members.

A spokesperson for the Ballarat university said the announcement came in response to an ongoing decline in student numbers which had been exacerbated by “unexpected but necessary changes to international student visa arrangements”.

The number of international students attending Federation University fell by 49% between 2019 and 2023, causing a drop of around $80m to university revenue.

The Guardian

I would think more than 10% in staffing cuts will be needed to keep the university viable.

Delta A
Delta A
April 8, 2024 12:19 pm

Keep the women’s vote, but women can only vote for women and men can only vote for men. 

No. I rarely vote for female candidates. This decision is based on performance, ability and suitability, nothing to do with gender. Alex Antic is an excellent example. Wish there were more like him.

Dot
Dot
April 8, 2024 12:29 pm

Wow.

Gold is now at 3,537.05 AUD / troy oz.

Bobtheboozer
Bobtheboozer
April 8, 2024 12:32 pm

Because many replies are being lost in the nested comment function, here’s my question to Roger:

Her (Mostyn) CV is why Albanese chose her.

Is there an institution responsible for enforcing good government that isn’t in the hands of the Communists in Australia?
And that’s a genuine question.

Kneel
Kneel
April 8, 2024 12:33 pm

Port Adelaide forward Jeremy Finlayson apologised on Sunday for the homophobic slur he made against an unnamed Essendon opponent in Friday night’s match as his club argued he should not be suspended for the offence.”

You should never apologise for such a thing – just say “It was a professional sledge, said to put him off his game, nothing more. If it worked – and it appears it did – I will do it again.”

Makka
Makka
April 8, 2024 12:33 pm

Gold is now at 3,537.05 AUD / troy oz.

Terrible store of value. But headed for USD 3k+

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 12:42 pm

Is there an institution responsible for enforcing good government that isn’t in the hands of the Communists in Australia?

And that’s a genuine question.

As the Voice referendum showed, in a democracy it comes down to the electorate.

Some would then say that mass migration is a way of orchestrating a more amenable electorate but I’m not convinced that will happen. As Labor in particular is discovering, ethnic votes can’t be taken for granted.

Bobtheboozer
Bobtheboozer
April 8, 2024 12:42 pm

Cohenite:
Westinghouse eVinci: The Pint-Sized Mini Reactor Designed to Kick Diesel to the Curb – autoevolution
Won’t be acceptable here in Australia – the generators could be put in place of the coal etc power plants, and the Greens want them outside the cities where new infrastructure must be built.
In other words, they want the power generation on which their ideology is built, to be in a place where it doesn’t offend their sensibilities.

Bobtheboozer
Bobtheboozer
April 8, 2024 12:44 pm

damon
 April 8, 2024 10:01 am

“nearly half – 46 percent – of British Muslims sympathise with Hamas”

They can sympathise with them as much as they like, the real question is whether they actively support them.

The thought, young feller, is the precursor to the deed.
Hope is not a viable disaster plan either.

will
will
April 8, 2024 12:50 pm

the New Fascism courtesy the WEF:

BRAZIL IS ON THE BRINK

I’m reporting to you from Brazil, where a dramatic series of events are underway.

At 5:52 pm Eastern Time, today, April 6, 2024, X corporation, formerly known as Twitter, announced that a Brazilian court had forced it to “block certain popular accounts in Brazil.”

Then, less than one hour later, the owner of X, @ElonMusk
announced that X would defy the court’s order, and lift all restrictions.

“As a result,” said Musk, “we will probably lose all revenue in Brazil and have to shut down our office there. But principles matter more than profit.”

At any moment, Brazil’s Supreme Court could shut off all access to X/Twitter for the people of Brazil.
It is not an exaggeration to say that Brazil is on the brink of dictatorship at the hands of a totalitarian Supreme Court Justice named Alexandre de Moraes.

President Lula da Silva is participating in the push toward totalitarianism. Since taking office, Lula has massively increased government funding of the mainstream news media, most of which are encouraging increased censorship.

What Lula and de Moraes are doing is an outrageous violation of Brazil’s constitution and the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights.

At this moment, Brazil is not yet a dictatorship. It still has elections and the Brazilian people have other means at their disposal to confront authoritarianism.

But the Federal Supreme Court and the Superior Electoral Court are directly interfere in those elections through censorship.

Three days ago I published the Twitter Files for Brazil. They show that Moraes has violated the Brazilian Constitution. Moraes illegally demanded that Twitter reveal private information about Twitter users who used hashtags he considered inappropriate. He demanded access to Twitter’s internal data, violating the platform’s policy. He censored, on his own initiative and without any respect for due process, posts on Twitter by parliamentarians from the Brazilian Congress. And Moraes tried to turn Twitter’s content moderation policies into a weapon against supporters of then-president Jair Bolsonaro.

I say this as an independent and non-partisan journalist. I’m not a fan of either Bolsonaro or Trump. My political views are very moderate. But I know censorship when I see it.

The Twitter Files also revealed that Google, Facebook, Uber, WhatsApp and Instagram betrayed the people of Brazil. If such evidence is proven, the executives of these companies behaved like cowards: they provided the Brazilian government with personal registration data and telephone numbers without a court order and, therefore, violating the law.
When Twitter refused to provide Brazilian authorities with private user information, including direct messages, the government attempted to sue Twitter’s top Brazilian lawyer.

When I lived in Brazil in 1992, I was very left-wing. At the time, Lula and the PT’s slogans were “Without fear of being happy”.

In recent days, I have spoken to dozens of Brazilians, including professors, journalists and respected lawyers. Everyone tells me they are shocked by what is happening. They told me that they are afraid to speak their mind and that the Lula government is complicit in creating this climate of fear.

Helen
Helen
April 8, 2024 12:56 pm

I have changed my office. I am now in the old lounge which looks out onto the lawn and further away, the creek and billabong. I am distracted by the dragonflies that herald the end of the wet and the birds feeding fat on them.

Cattle are talking about some gossip somewhere, after the night’s adventures and Captain is on the phone, his deep manly voice sounding out over the hum of the cool room motor in the breeze way outside.

I think I have recovered from last year – it was so emotionally draining, – family stuff – but it takes its toll.

My feeling for this place, as we are on the cusp of retirement is manic. Sometimes I hate it and want to be gone, sometimes I love it and know why I persevered for more than 20 years. Most for love for Captain, some for love of myself and some for love of the bush. It is the season of plenty, as cattle are fat, lady cow bellies full of calf and udders flowing with milk, sappy weaners begging to be educated. If only we could sell them, but that is another book.

Our retirement place is 18 months bought and beckons with a lazy wave from far away and I am keen to get there and get into it. A walled garden, a cottagers garden, a butlers pantry and a new kitchen which I have never had before, unless you count buying a house with an existing kitchen as a new kitchen. I have had a few of those. Captain on the other hand is anchored here and hard to shift and to some degree I am enabling as we swap ideas for new ways of doing things cattle, water and land.

We are getting contractors in to pull country as one of our machines will be in repair for some time, past the pulling window, overseas freight being the culprit. I am excited about seeing the trees down, it opens up your lungs, you feel you can breathe in the new space. I think I am a person of the plains, not the forest. It seems silly to invest in such an expensive undertaking with no market, but that is precisely why. To be able to service higher value domestic market (vs the low value grinding beef market) we must have improved pasture. It cannot be done on low protein native pasture. So we are creating options we don’t currently have. And it will be wonderful to have my small weaners behind dog proof and wallaby proof fences.

Dragonflies heralding the end to the biggest wet in our history on this place. Much, much repair work ahead, dam walls blown out, roads with gravel stripped away, miles of fences down. Where to start? Fences then roads then dams. No more rain now ’til the end of the year so there is plenty of time. Isn’t there? Just like retirement.

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Boambee John
Boambee John
April 8, 2024 12:56 pm

For those who think that mUnturd is just trolling, look at his response to Anders, that turning off all coal generated electricity would make no difference in Australia.

Good trolling requires the intelligence to build a plausible story, see Hammy on the old Since Cat. mUnturd is invincibly ignorant, and incapable of trolling effectively.

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 1:22 pm

Federation University used to be Ballarat College of Advanced Education.
No wonder I’d never heard of it.
A PR diploma mill.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 8, 2024 1:33 pm

Top Ender at 9:23 and 9:24.
What Mostyn might be tempted to do in the case of a hung Parliament to put her thumb on the scales is indeed a serious question.
Another possibility popped up in the Oz over the weekend. The Sam Fan Club is apparently distraught that Sam’s days of activism might be coming to a close.
But, fear not.
All is not lost.
In the very next paragraph, the author talks about a State Governor who sent legislation back without giving assent for “further review and consultation”.
So, no John Kerr king-making, but perhaps a bit of passive aggressive resistance can be expected if Dutton is PM.
At the first hint of this, Dutton should contact the Palace and terminate her commission.

dopey
dopey
April 8, 2024 1:40 pm

Monty loves wind because his air swings make so much of it.

Dot
Dot
April 8, 2024 1:42 pm

This absurd contempt nonsense needs to be taken behind the woodshed and shot between the eyes with a centrefire rifle.

Matthew Collins, SC, representing the Ten Network, told the court that Lehrmann’s conduct in handing over confidential material, if accepted, would be an “outrageous contempt of court”.

Penalties for this kind of contempt of court can result in fines or imprisonment.

In June 2021, Victorian Supreme Court Justice John Dixon fined an orthopaedic surgeon $5000 for using material obtained in court to damage a rival surgeon. “The obligations of a Harman undertaking are significant for the proper administration of justice because protecting the confidentiality of documents produced to a court under compulsion of a subpoena is important to engender community confidence and respect for the administration of justice,” said the judge.

A Harman undertaking may have exceptions. Lehrmann could apply for one, but given the trial is over and the kerfuffle with the DPP/judges given the Soronoff Inquiry…anyhow his predicament certainly fulfils the rule regarding an injustice to him if he could not use the information. The common law regarding media sources and this rule is not settled. So at best, Mr Collins is making an ambit claim – let’s not forget this is on top of an 11th-hour extension to the hearing and hot on the trail of fantasist Auerbach’s absolutely insane revenge porn by cross-examination.

Please note the reported example is a lot different to the Lehrmann situation.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
April 8, 2024 1:53 pm

Numurkah nameplate capacity 112 MW.
Take 30% of that at any given time and supposing the wind is blowing and it’s not a foggy winters day.
Very expensive power over its lifespan.

duncanm
duncanm
April 8, 2024 1:53 pm

Johnny Rotten

 April 8, 2024 12:24 am

Is there anybody out there?

Better
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIPDvkh_r00

shatterzzz
April 8, 2024 1:53 pm
GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 8, 2024 2:07 pm

Woodent* matter if the lights were out in mutley’s basement, with his head up his arse all day its dark anyway. * new word for the Catictionary, “woodent”, when referring to someone as thick as mutley.

bons
bons
April 8, 2024 2:12 pm

I am loving seeing Federation University having financial troubles. A pet hate for me. The place is grift headquarters peddling bulltish qualifications and earning a fortune in Fed elite sport grift funding.

The place looks like the holiday resort that it is.

All they need to do is introduce a course in Palli studies and Albanese will give them one of the billions that he loves to hand out without any Parliamentary review.

Crossie
Crossie
April 8, 2024 2:12 pm

rosie

 April 8, 2024 1:22 pm

Federation University used to be Ballarat College of Advanced Education.

No wonder I’d never heard of it.

A PR diploma mill.

I take it PR stands for permanent residency in which case all universities are guilty of it. During the COVID lockdowns and ban on overseas students it came to light that Sydney University and ANU had overseas students comprise almost 50% of their enrolment and were mightily suffering financially the loss of not having those students.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 8, 2024 2:12 pm

What was the homo slur, if its possible considering what they do. “Who’s a pretty boy”. Was the recipient of the slur upset coz it described him or because he’s not a pooftah?

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 8, 2024 2:15 pm

Did the complainant put his hand up and say” please sir, he called me a nancyboy. As for Finlayson sayibf the footy field is not the place to say such things. I’d like to know where you can?

shatterzzz
April 8, 2024 2:28 pm

Federation University used to be Ballarat College of Advanced Education.
No wonder I’d never heard of it.
A PR diploma mill.

A 1 in 10 layoff equalling 200 redundancies .. so this never heard of it “uni” currently employs 2000 people .. FFS!

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 8, 2024 2:31 pm

Let’s Review Crap Writing reviews a crap decade.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 2:32 pm

Federation University widely known as eff you.

Dot
Dot
April 8, 2024 2:41 pm

Spotted in the wild…

“Incell” replacement screens for AAPL phones.

Oh dear. It may not mean what the Taiwanese HQ thinks it means.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 2:47 pm

Visited ‘the depot’ car and bus museum.in Deniliquin today. Reminiscent of the Peterson collection in LA but with an Aussie streak. Highly recommended.

Muddy
Muddy
April 8, 2024 2:59 pm

A response to Rosie’s post of 3:41 a.m. regarding the remaining Israeli (and other nation) hostages:

Logistically – assuming they’re all still alive and h@m@s either has them or has influence over the pigs (PiJ) – it would be a pest to keep tabs on the location and condition of all 134, let alone feed them (to a degree), and move them around when necessary. Bodies can be sealed/entombed somewhere.

My brutal point is that it would only make sense to retain a comparatively small number alive. Imagining that some were murdered immediately post 7 Oct, some died from wounds, injuries, or pre-existing medical conditions, that still leaves a number to execute because it’s too difficult to keep them alive.

Not that it helps the poor souls now, but I’d like to see Israel implement something that represents them numerically, once the combat subsides further and the population is allowed to return. There needs to be a visual reminder to the population, that they see on a daily basis. I don’t have any ideas, and normally deplore symbolism for the sake of it, but 250-odd reminders to the population that they are where they are because of their own cowardice, is highly desirable.

cohenite
April 8, 2024 3:20 pm

For comparison, the Numurkah Solar Plant opened in 2019 at a construction cost of A$198 million with an output of 112 MW.

Shut up dickless. All the phony wind and solar grifters quote installed capacity; We know wind and soar only produce about 30% of the time so their CAPACITY FACTOR is 1/3 of any bullshit figure the grifters and useful idiots like yourself give. But, wait there’s more: the RELIABILITY POINT of wind and solar is < 5%.

Now go and do your homework.

cohenite
April 8, 2024 3:34 pm

Ed Berry gives a great rebuttal of AGW, particularly the insidious bullshit that human emissions of CO2 are responsible for all the increase in atmospheric CO2 over the last century. It’s part of his amicus brief to the Montana SC:

Montana Public Service Commission Holds Climate Review April 8, 2024 (edberry.com)

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
April 8, 2024 3:35 pm

Transmission line crews trying to soil test roadsides because no farmer is allowing them into their properties.
The local farmer flying squad confronted them plus their Wilson Security with cameras on poles. Told them to piss off and they packed up tail between legs.
Our land and we’re not backing down.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 8, 2024 3:42 pm

GreyRanga
 April 8, 2024 2:15 pm

Did the complainant put his hand up and say” please sir, he called me a nancyboy. As for Finlayson sayibf the footy field is not the place to say such things. I’d like to know where you can?

My understanding is that it was caught on an umpire’s mic.
The victimology totem pole is already in play.
Adelaide player Tex Walker copped a five week ban for a racial comment made as a spectator at a reserves game.
The Rainbow activists have already indicated that anything less will be a devaluation of rainbow-ness.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
April 8, 2024 3:59 pm

Great stuff FG.

As someone who has worked in resource exploration and knows the rules I can’t believe this isn’t getting more attention. LOL love to know what they think Wilson will do, cops would be better as they have actual power. Sounds like you are dealing with dunces that have never done this before.

They won’t give up, maybe get a heap of padlocks for when the do locking out their padlocks or accidently leave a pump on tuning a paddock into mush. Seen that done and more nefarious means.

Bill From The Bush
Bill From The Bush
April 8, 2024 4:05 pm

Farmer Gez,
It would be a shame if a manure spreader “malfunctioned” whilst driving past them

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thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 8, 2024 4:11 pm

Seen that done and more nefarious means.

Might be a market in agisting big stroppy bulls, one to a paddock.

Alamak!
Alamak!
April 8, 2024 4:12 pm

Visiting Melbourne for first time in many years.

Noticed:

  • Airport is badly planned and the Taxi/Uber/Car pickup space a mess with taxis blocking roads in hopes of getting a fare. Almost nobody about that works for airport or traffic police
  • City centre is dirty, really dirty … using machines to “sweep” the roads but no humans to pick up litter or clean pavements.
  • No2 containers all over the place in City, sometimes whole cartons lying about
  • Grafitti everywhere and most buildings look rundown apart from new skyscrapers
  • Zillions of students in the City but fewer Aussies
  • Fantastic new Police skyscraper on Spencer street but few to no police seen at street level except by the weekly demo’s

Reminds me of visiting central London where it used to be an English city and now its overrun with tourists and immigrants.

calli
calli
April 8, 2024 4:27 pm

Dealing today with Telstra’s “Bereavement Panel” – so glad I have read Dickens and am familiar with the Circumlocution Office.

The entire organisation needs to be nuked from space.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 4:42 pm

No 2 containers – you mean people are shitting in boxes? The Melbourne CBD is certainly a place I avoid now. CNR of Flinders and Elizabeth has always been a disgrace. CNR Collins and Spencer now also shameful. Melbourne City council more interested in changing Street names than making it a pleasant and fun place to visit as it was 10-15 years ago.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 4:44 pm

Andy Crap’s done a runner too.

JC
JC
April 8, 2024 4:45 pm

Grafitti everywhere and most buildings look rundown apart from new skyscrapers

Funny that, as I think the Melbourne CBD is better looking than Sydney.

I forget who, but some dropkick here was suggesting there’s graffiti all over the joint in Melbourne, but other than the alleyways, what streets did you see the scrawl as there isn’t much around, and I’m in city every few weeks. Can you pin point it?

Head south along say, Pitt street, to the edge of the CBD in Sydney and you’ll know what turd world looks like. I like Sydney, I like the Sydney CBD, so I’m really comparing in a relative sense.

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Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 4:46 pm

Reminds me of visiting central London where it used to be an English city and now its overrun with tourists and immigrants.

Alamak. I worked in the Melbourne CBD until 15 years ago. I live 100 kms away on the southwest coast so I have no reason to visit Melbourne and haven’t done so for years.

BTW, the Italian immigrant who founded Pellegrini’s restauramt, a Melbourne landmark at the top of Bourke Street, was murdered by a Muslim immigrant shouting “Allahu Akbar! (god is great)” about a decade ago.

The CBD is now a shithole held hostage by immigrants and their local activist supporters who hate Australia and what’s left of its free market. The mayor of Melbourne is a Green anti-business activist (Sally Capp) helping to kill the CBD’s business foundation, soon to be replaced by an ALP activist leftwinger (Nicolas Reece) using his Melbourne council job as a sinecure until something better comes along.

No wonder no-one goes there any more.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 4:49 pm

Still prefer Melbourne to Sydney. I regard Sydney as congested and neurotic. Sort of glad though that I live outside rather than in Melbourne.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 4:53 pm

Yes the murder of citizens in the three east coast cities by Canbra imports is unforgivable. Canbra is a disgusting shit stain on this wonderful country.

JC
JC
April 8, 2024 4:56 pm

Miltonf

April 8, 2024 4:49 pm

Still prefer Melbourne to Sydney. I regard Sydney as congested and neurotic. Sort of glad though that I live outside rather than in Melbourne.

I adore Sydney. It’s one of the most naturally beautiful cities in the world. For cheap thrills we took a ferry to Mosman and back recently and it felt great. The CBD is iffy though, particularly towards the south.
Melbourne has its problems with the bike lanes, and during COVID they reduced street parking by 30% to 40% by my estimate. Also, they added parking signs, which are so complex you really need to study them.

Sydney has become inaccessible with that stupid tram line along George street. It’s a horrendous mistake.

calli
calli
April 8, 2024 5:00 pm

For beauty, nothing compares to sliding into Sydney Harbour pre-dawn on a ship flanked by rowing eights. They joined us somewhere around Rose Bay and kept up all the way to the Opera House.

The water was like glass, reflecting the harbourside lights. The dawn stuck the Opera House sails, burnishing them rosy gold as the ship’s engines turned a 90 degree angle to dock at the terminal.

There are only two other cities that compare – NYC on the Hudson, past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and Venice with the Grand Canal and Santa Maria della Salute.

Miltonf
Miltonf
April 8, 2024 5:02 pm

Agree the ferries and the rivercats to Parra are good JC. Otherwise wouldn’t mind if I never visited Sydney again. Love NSW though. Currently visiting Deniliquin which in some ways is more vicco than NSW. Still in 03 phone zone and broad gauge railway to Echuca

JC
JC
April 8, 2024 5:06 pm

There are only two other cities that compare – NYC on the Hudson, past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island,

Calli, next time take a train ride, forget which line, that goes right along the Hudson River. It’s truly an incredible ride as the track sits right on the bank and goes all the way to Connecticut. The view, especially in the fall is absolutely stunning. The homes are gorgeous. We only did this since we moved back to oz as I can’t recall ever catching a train other than the Subway.

Tom
Tom
April 8, 2024 5:09 pm

Calli, I upticked your 5pm comment on Sydney’s beauty to neutralise your troll’s attempt to give it a “-1” rating — a weakness in the dumbarse software Dover is being forced to use to return the approval system.

calli
calli
April 8, 2024 5:10 pm

Haven’t had much to do with the Sydney CBD in recent years.

I’m old enough to remember its grimy, grubby sandstone and granite, the product of years of pollution. Then, as if by magic, the buildings were sand blasted, steam cleaned and emerged in all their golden glory. That was back in the late 80’s/90’s.

Now driving through is a nightmare of epic proportions. I avoid the city like the plague, peeling off to the Eastern Suburbs as quick as can be. All my favourite shortcuts have been cut off or are strictly one-way.

And yes, the area around Central Station feels very dodgy. I’ll be there in a few weeks time on my way to the airport so I’ll take a better look.

calli
calli
April 8, 2024 5:19 pm

The plan to travel on Queen Anne Dubai to Southampton next year has been abandoned – I don’t want to be worried for months about the Suez being open.

So…cancelled and booked Queen Mary for the “Titanic Run” Southampton to NYC. 😀

It docks at Clinton Wharf in Brooklyn, so I’ll have an opportunity to have a look around that part of the city. I think Dover lived there for a time (?). Will be hiring a car for a tour of upstate New York, into Canada and back to JFK via Maine and Cape Cod.

Much better than being target practice for wretched Houthis.

And perhaps…just perhaps…Trump will prevail. And that will make things very interesting indeed.

Top Ender
Top Ender
April 8, 2024 5:26 pm

Have never applied for a Cunard, Calli – I basically try to find a cruise to an area I have never been to or want to revisit – both are getting into a smaller list, and I’ve been to the places Cunard seem to go.

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 5:32 pm

No mention here of how this terrorist tortured, mutilated and murdered a 19 year old https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/4/7/terminally-ill-palestinian-prisoner-walid-daqqa-dies-in-israeli-custody

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 5:42 pm

No wonder no-one goes there any more.

CBUS is building a $1bn office tower in Melbourne’s CBD, which currently has the highest CBD office vacancy rate in Australia.

I suppose their mates in the government will bail them out by putting public servants in there if all else fails.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 8, 2024 5:43 pm

Thankyou Tom for reminding me of Pellegrini’s, went there twenty years ago, had salt cured olives with chilli and garlic. Never had anything like it come close for taste.

rosie
rosie
April 8, 2024 5:44 pm

Thread on Gaza casualties, interesting that the ‘relative reported’ is heavily male as widows seek government assistance.
Also as the war has progressed a bigger percentage of adult males are being killed, which is exactly what you would expect.
https://twitter.com/MarkZlochin/status/1777057066600763852?t=u07_mAAbtgq26S6a_a1BfQ&s=19

Roger
Roger
April 8, 2024 5:48 pm

Federation University used to be Ballarat College of Advanced Education.

No wonder I’d never heard of it.

A PR diploma mill.

Our local regional university is doing very well by all accounts.

But then their business model was never made dependent on international students.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 8, 2024 5:52 pm

Roger
 April 8, 2024 5:42 pm

No wonder no-one goes there any more.

CBUS is building a $1bn office tower in Melbourne’s CBD, which currently has the highest CBD office vacancy rate in Australia.

The valuation of Big Super CBD properties is a mystery to me.
They seem to defy gravity.

calli
calli
April 8, 2024 5:59 pm

After my recent experiences with My Aged Care, Centrelink and Telstra, I’ve become to view myself as a denizen of “The Middle”.

I live in a country where government agencies and their qangos treat the recently arrived and the “original” inhabitants with grinding obsequiousness, while the current taxpayer can go hang.

I can’t begin to describe the distress Telstra has put my family through over the past months. Rather than telling them thatnDad had died, we should just have close the account. 5is is my advice to anyone in this position.

As for My Aged Care…don’t bother. They cater for people who don’t need the services acutely. Perhaps these lucky ones are well connected or have simply lied on their forms. I know perfectly functional people who have cleaners, gardeners, carers all at my expense when I can’t even get a return phone call.

The place is irretrievably broken.

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