Open Thread – Weekend 4 May 2024


Reading, Julius LeBlanc Stewart, 1884

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Annie
Annie
May 4, 2024 12:09 am

Gracious me!
First here?

Megan
Megan
May 4, 2024 12:21 am

It seems so, Annie

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 4, 2024 12:29 am

Thanks to Johanna for the Dorothy Sayers on Gutenberg. Just finished them.
I’d read them before, but a long time ago

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 4, 2024 12:35 am

Always good to watch once a year.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwMFsf9qjN4

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 4, 2024 12:39 am

Deborah Harry – I Want That Man.

W-Press has gone to tish.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
May 4, 2024 12:41 am

Bit late on the scene.

Been watching the replay of Collingwood bashing caaarrton,

Will watch again in the morning after coffee brewed with a strong % additive

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 4, 2024 2:12 am

No point getting charged over this piece if shi*t. My immediate thought was to grab him via the pony tail and throw him into a wall. I’ve got the strentgh ..Don’t do it, use verbals. However if he uses physical, gloves are off.

Brendan Kavanagh channel:

Krusty the fantatical Canadian Communist turns up at the public piano to harass Dr K and to defend the CCP. He tries to turn the police on Dr K, but ends up getting chucked out himself…

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

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 4, 2024 2:19 am

Strength….

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 4, 2024 2:28 am

Sleep it is.

Tom
Tom
May 4, 2024 4:00 am
Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
May 4, 2024 4:02 am
Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
Tom
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Tom
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Tom
Tom
May 4, 2024 4:09 am
vr
vr
May 4, 2024 4:38 am

Leak hit it out of the park.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 6:53 am

WHO 2020: Covid is not an airborne virus

WHO 2024: Er, about that advice…

New guidance by a coalition of nearly 50 [WHO] doctors [has] overturned the commonly believed idea that infected droplets transferred from hard surfaces and skin are the cause of respiratory viruses like colds and flu.

That messaging prompted millions of people in early 2020 to disinfect every surface, including groceries and mail. This even drove a shortage of cleaning supplies at the time.

But evidence grew that Covid could be transmitted via aerosolised particles. Suspended particles can remain in the air for hours, casting a pathogenic cloud over an infected person that follows him wherever he goes.

Daily Mail (UK)

The social distancing, the deep cleaning and repeated disinfecting of surfaces, the plastic gloves, the masks (which do not protect from aerosolised microscopic virus particles), the perspex screens, the closing of hospital clinics and wards, confining the healthy to their homes, were all next to useless in preventing transmission.

The sick should have been told to stay home and everyone else to go about their business.

Why aren’t our media all over this?

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feelthebern
feelthebern
May 4, 2024 6:56 am

Leak must be protected at all costs.

Woolamai
Woolamai
May 4, 2024 7:02 am

Chant for Universities:
From the river to the sea, there the Jews will always be

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 4, 2024 7:12 am

High Court rules on a single case (an illegal immigrant).
The federal government releases 150 immediately because they say the ruling can be applied to all of them.

Victoria supreme court rules on a single case (a chap “defended” by Gobbo).
The Victorian government makes any one else impacted jump through hoops with their appeals to discourage & or delay the same outcome.

Are they incompetent or complicit?

Bespoke
Bespoke
May 4, 2024 7:13 am
feelthebern
feelthebern
May 4, 2024 7:15 am

If the SFL’s had any idea, they’d set up a dashboard on-line with all the details of the illegal immigrants released by O’Neil & Giles.

Showing what they have been convicted of.
And how many have re-offended since being released.

Cassie of Sydney
May 4, 2024 7:17 am

The Leak cartoon is one of his best, brutally so.

Tom
Tom
May 4, 2024 7:18 am

Why aren’t our media all over this?

90%+ of Australian journalists couldn’t give a stuff about the public interest and see their J-school degrees as a ticket that allows them to push their favourite political parties and causes.

Exhibit #1: during the Kung Flu disaster, 99% of the Australian news media fell into line as a mouthpiece for state and federal health bureaucrats and demonised dissenters.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 7:25 am

90%+ of Australian journalists couldn’t give a stuff about the public interest

And yet they want “public interest journalism” to be subsidised.

Btw, I note The Guardian (UK) is retrenching journalists.

Seems readership and hence advertising revenue has collapsed.

mem
mem
May 4, 2024 7:28 am

I’m not much into salacious articles but since this one is on the ABC news website I just had to read it. Hold your coffee! https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-04/australian-doctor-us-strip-club-investigation/103589284

Cassie of Sydney
May 4, 2024 7:31 am

90%+ of Australian journalists couldn’t give a stuff about the public interest and see their J-school degrees as a ticket that allows them to push their favourite political parties and causes.

Liberty quote for the day.

This 90% are NOT journalists, they are activists and ideologues. The essence of journalism should be curiosity yet these activists are completely uncurious about anything that doesn’t fit squarely into their ideological narrative.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 7:31 am

The Leak cartoon is one of his best, brutally so.

The assault on Mrs. Simon was brutal.

This is just a cartoon.

Crossie
Crossie
May 4, 2024 7:35 am

The sick should have been told to stay home and everyone else to go about their business.

Why aren’t our media all over this?

Roger, because we don’t have a media as such, we have a bunch of mean girls competing who is going to be more left in their hatred of the population who actually have more common sense than them. Four years after the fact and it’s patently obvious that Chief Health Officers have saved nobody and, even worse, they have brought the medical establishment into disrepute.

Black Ball
Black Ball
May 4, 2024 7:37 am

Haha Leak nails Chesty Blonde perfectly.

rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 7:41 am

You mean Covid sufferers walked around like this?
What happened if they coughed or sneezed over other people, no increased risk of transmission?

https://youtu.be/JLJQXiIlj8w?feature=shared

Gabor
Gabor
May 4, 2024 7:45 am

Bespoke
May 4, 2024 7:13 am

One for Arky.

I fail to follow, what did Arky say or do?

Off topic, came across a tidbit, the Ford model T was produced nearly unchanged for about 20 years.
Surely a record run.

rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 7:46 am

Msm journalists want to join mediocre artists at the taxpayer trough.
What a surprise.
Social media has been taking away from the msm for decades now.
Look at what has happened to the print media and doesn’t failing circulation mean anything?
Are people going to have their eyeballs pinned and be forced to watch like Alex in A Clockwork Orange?

Crossie
Crossie
May 4, 2024 7:46 am

Tom

 May 4, 2024 7:18 am

Why aren’t our media all over this?

90%+ of Australian journalists couldn’t give a stuff about the public interest and see their J-school degrees as a ticket that allows them to push their favourite political parties and causes.

Not only are the media people disinterested in truth and more in propping up left party politics, they consider their journalistic jobs as auditioning for their dream jobs of working for Labor, Teals and greens politicians. The pay and conditions are far better than those paid by media corporations.

Decades ago the trend was in the other direction, capable political staffers wanted to work in TV, radio and journalism once their MPs lost elections. The current rush to become political staffers says that politicians and their entourages are paid too much.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 7:47 am

Seems I need to go back to marking my rhetorical questions as such.

Still, I’m giving you all opportunity to vent 😀

Black Ball
Black Ball
May 4, 2024 7:47 am

Vikki Campion:

Toast is up for the gap-toothed little girl in a ponytail and public school uniform, and pregnant Ms K pumps up her confidence as she butters her bread.

“I heard you did really well yesterday,” the dedicated support worker says.

The girl beams a gummy smile: “I beat all the boys!”

Ms K taught her how to read and hold a pencil correctly and, most mornings, makes her toast – and thanks to the NSW education budget cuts, Ms K will be among hundreds of learning support staff to lose their jobs.

What NSW Education Minister Prue Car and gallery journalists dismiss as “desk jobs” to be cut, are actually the staff, mostly women, whom many teachers in the tougher areas fear going a day without.

Ms K cooks breakfast for all kids so as not to identify those who have nothing to eat at home. Another teacher remembers when learning support staff last went on strike: “It was the worst day of my life.”

This is NSW Labor’s betrayal to teachers. The party is happy to use them as fundraisers, as slaves to hand out election material, but will leave them unsupported as school budgets are cut by 1.25 per cent to save a measly $148m, as spending across the education support teams has been slashed by $1.4bn over the next four years, and school discretionary accounts are frozen.

The “$600,000 club” bureaucrat NSW Department of Education Secretary Murat Dizdar justifies the cuts by saying enrolments are down.

In late March, shortly before NSW Education revealed budget cuts, Minister Car told parliament it would be her priority to “tackle the issue of workload burden on our teachers in all of our schools”.

Who supports our teachers amid a 3000-vacancy shortage when learning support staff are sacked?

It’s always been a complex mathematical equation to keep them on, but now it’s impossible, returning public classrooms to an archaic time.

Support staff are not desk jockeys divorced from education; they drive it in the classroom.

To Minister Car’s credit, she has been vocal in fighting for fair public school funding from the Albanese government – who believes subsidising the wealthy into luxury Teslas, and billionaires into wind factories is a national priority – but as Deputy Premier, Car shares an important table with the state treasurer.

Let’s help Minister Car with the obvious areas to find savings – the plaything of the inner suburban clique, renewable policy and the billion-dollar frolics of this arena, apparently more important than the child who doesn’t get breakfast before getting on the bus.

Let’s take a more rational view of that child’s Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Food is the most important and renewables are the least.

And for those saying “the parents should have given them breakfast”: Thanks genius.

Try teaching a hungry child anything at all.

At some schools, this has always been the case; for others, it’s only beginning as rent, mortgages, groceries, petrol, and power bills soar.

Without empathy for these children, their formation will be hardened by their circumstances at a critical time of development.

While the Albanese government is funnelling hundreds of thousands of immigrants into the country, NSW Labor is cutting the very women who help both the refugee children who cannot speak English well and the kids with behaviour, hearing or speech problems in the classroom.

While the NSW Teachers Federation was part of the frenzied fight for the Voice and recently engaged in activism for Palestine, it has been noticeably absent from fighting for those on the home front. Support staff are not their members, but their entire role is about ensuring that their members are supported in their jobs. Start doubting their raging crusade when they fall into stony silence regarding a complete cut to their army when the party they support is comfortably in office.

It’s easy to find, all grown up, the kid who never had a Ms K in their life to focus on their phonics, confidence and full tummy.

Ask anyone working in prisons or at-risk pathways about their clientele’s childhood. Having therapy about your injuries at the bottom of the cliff is one thing – preventing the fall is another.

Witnessing the party of free education slashing public school budgets may be a political prize to the cynic, but those who will lose most are the gummy-smiled ones, still collecting their baby teeth for the tooth fairy, who cannot fathom a school morning without Ms K’s toast.

Quite so Ms Campion.

Cassie of Sydney
May 4, 2024 7:48 am

Leading rabbis say Anthony Albanese used a private meeting to dismiss pro-Palestine protesters encamped at universities as “Trots” who were ignorant of Middle East history, with leading Jewish MP Julian Leeser calling for a judicial inquiry into anti-Semitism on campuses.

I personally know several of those leading rabbis. It’s good Sleazy finally turned up at Central Synagogue here in Sydney…it’s just taken him seven months. Better late than never. And the rabbis wouldn’t lie about what Sleazy said. Sleazy knows all about being a ‘Trot’ at university, and he knows all about being a ‘Trot’ after university too.

But once again Sleazy the Trot is being his usual sly, duplicitous and ultimately dismissive self. He’s gaslighting because he refuses to acknowledge the real word here, the ideology that is in inspiring the Hamas Trots. That word is ‘Islam’. Using the word ‘Trot’ is cowardly. The word is Islam.

Those students at our universities are not ‘Trots’, they are Hamas apologists and shills.

Just think, we now have Toffs for Hamas, Tots for Hamas and Trots for Hamas.

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 4, 2024 7:52 am

High Court rules on a single case (an illegal immigrant).
The federal government releases 150 immediately because they say the ruling can be applied to all of them.
Victoria supreme court rules on a single case (a chap “defended” by Gobbo).
The Victorian government makes any one else impacted jump through hoops with their appeals to discourage & or delay the same outcome.
Are they incompetent or complicit?

The Australian “justice” system isn’t designed to deliver justice. It is designed to dispose of cases by causing the smallest and fewest waves in public in order not to embarrass the governments of the day.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 7:56 am

Social media has been taking away from the msm for decades now.

Hence the calls for subsidies and censorship.

By and large, our journalists are beneath contempt.

I repeat myself, but it makes me feel a little better!

Vicki
Vicki
May 4, 2024 7:58 am

Amazing, isn’t it Cassie – the Trot calling the Trot black! Or red, as the case may be.

shatterzzz
May 4, 2024 8:02 am

Luigi wants to ban X .. Sooo if it weren’t for X this horror wouldn’t have an airing .. No mention anywhere in the media .. I’m sure if this piece of scum had of been ‘white” we’d know … FFS!
#warning# .. not the most pleasant way to start your day …………!
https://twitter.com/iamyesyouareno/status/1786346319654621367/photo/1

rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 8:02 am

“Ms K taught her how to read and hold a pencil correctly and, most mornings, makes her toast – and thanks to the NSW education budget cuts, Ms K will be among hundreds of learning support staff to lose their jobs.”
This article is a little confusing.
Is Ms K doing things not in her job description because she doesn’t have enough work to do, or is this her job?
If schools need breakfast clubs then they should be official, not defacto and who is to say all support staff are as dedicated to pupil welfare as the legendary Ms K?
In fact NSW have School Breakfast Clubs, apparently having served over 2 million breakfasts as of July 2023.
Agree about the wasteful subsidises to the top end of town but $148 million isn’t chicken feed.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 8:07 am

Leading rabbis say Anthony Albanese used a private meeting to dismiss pro-Palestine protesters encamped at universities as “Trots” who were ignorant of Middle East history…

Just “letting off steam”, yeah?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 4, 2024 8:07 am

Excellent column by Campion this morning. The highlight:

Let’s take a more rational view of that child’s Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Food is the most important and renewables are the least.

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shatterzzz
May 4, 2024 8:08 am

Over at CL’s and read about US troops being ordered out of Niger ..!
I had no idea that US had, stationed, troops anywhere in Africa .. apart fro the , occasional, French Foreign Legion forays into their former colonies to “help” with internal strife I didn’t realise foreign troops wee a presence in Africa ..
But you live & learn .. USA has an Africa Command operation homed in Germany ……….

Crossie
Crossie
May 4, 2024 8:09 am

Media has always been chaotic from clay tablet times, this accelerated after Gutenberg’s press invention which enabled pamphleteering and aided the US and the French revolutions, through to the twentieth century of mass media of radio and television.

Twentieth century seemed stable because governments legislated regulations by awarding broadcasting licences to radio and TV corporations thus limiting competition and exacting compliance with rules, everybody minded their ps and qs.

The advent of internet upset the governments’ applecart and social media are now seen by them as insurmountable threats. ESafety Kommissars are a manifestations of governments baring their teeth at the unruly public who are once again indulging in pamphleteering of the electronic kind.

I remember reading in Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock, published in 1970, that advent of computers in communication would enable the ultimate democracy where people would vote on every issue instantly without having to wait for an election. The future hadn’t quite worked out that way but storms of likes or other expressions of sentiment on social media platforms certainly quickly indicate population reactions to issues.

rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 8:10 am

It got plenty of airing Shatterzzz, it happened in 2019, and when before the courts in 2022, not to mention your link had a screenshot of a msm headline.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/08/10/delaware-day-care-worker-killed-infant-suffocated-babies-before/10287090002/

Nelson_Kidd-Players
May 4, 2024 8:13 am

Bill From The Bush
May 3, 2024 11:31 am

For some years I have had a Thuraya satphone as an emergency measure when I am out and about in remote areas of this wide red land.

Recently the service has been lost as the satellite or system has suffered some sort of failure that is apparently terminal.

Robert Pepper (who primarily covers off-road and outback travel topics and actually includes research) whipped up a quick explainer on this issue:

https://www.youtube.com/aw1XJApv6jw

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 4, 2024 8:13 am

There’s a cut of the Drew Barrymore & Kamala “Momala” interview circulating spliced with the Rollergirl & Julianne Moore mom/cocaine party scene from Boogie Nights.
It is so similar, the writers for the Barrymore show must have known.

Zippster
Zippster
May 4, 2024 8:13 am

We Are Seeing a Visceral Hatred for All the Achievements of Western Civilisation: Frank Furedi

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 4, 2024 8:16 am

The picture wireless informs me that the Chinese have put a rocket into space.

I wouldn’t have thought there was much dry cleaning to be done up there at all.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 4, 2024 8:18 am

I had no idea that US had, stationed, troops anywhere in Africa

You’re kidding, right?

calli
calli
May 4, 2024 8:19 am

Mention of Bob Moran on the dead thread and the confirmation of what we all knew on Covid transmission…

A favourite that I saved –

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rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 8:19 am

Campion is a political opportunist who likes to leave out pertinent information.
I remember her whining about the lack of 24 7 child care at Parliament house interfering with her career as a journalist (and her potential career as a politician), along with the inconvenience of little boys getting colds.
NSW like all states, had breakfast clubs, it seems extraordinary to me that they needed to serve over 2 million breakfasts in NSW alone but I suppose their presence encourages parents not to bother feeding their children in the morning.
They can stop school waste and the zero carbon waste as well.

lotocoti
lotocoti
May 4, 2024 8:23 am

Why aren’t our media all over this?

That was the past.
And the past doesn’t matter.

calli
calli
May 4, 2024 8:24 am

Mark Scott telling SU Jews to suck it up will simply embolden the protesters to worse acts of intimidation and violence.

He either knows little of human nature or he simply doesn’t care.

Creep.

calli
calli
May 4, 2024 8:27 am

Be aware – Moran is brutal about Bibi. He’s kool-aiding on Gaza.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 4, 2024 8:29 am

Detainee bracelet removal guilt sits at Andrew Giles’s door
By paul garvey

  • Senior Reporter

and rhiannon down

  • Reporter
  • 10:20PM May 3, 2024

Immigration Minister Andrew Giles has conceded that his own delegate signed off on the removal of an ankle bracelet from the ­former detainee accused of bashing a Perth grandmother, undermining Anthony Albanese’s attempts to blame an independent board for the growing scandal.?
As Labor’s detainee crime crisis deepened on Friday, The Australian revealed convicted drug ­offender Majid Jamshidi Doukoshkan had broken his curfew conditions just one minute after they were imposed on him, and that he went on to ignore the ­restrictions on his movements a further five times.
Doukoshkan then committed at least two more offences before he was allegedly involved in the attack on Ninette and Philip Simons.
He and his accomplices are ­alleged to have used a stolen police badge to talk their way into the couple’s Girrawheen home before bashing them and making off with the ­couple’s life savings.
It was also revealed on Friday that a second freed detainee ­recently arrested on multiple ­curfew breaches had been charged earlier this year over an aggravated burglary. As the government becomes more consumed by the consequences of the High Court releasing more than 150 criminals from immigration detention, the Prime Minister claimed that the Community Protection Board set up to advise his cabinet on the released detainees was behind the decision to remove Doukoshkan’s monitoring device.
Mr Albanese on Friday conceded that the decision not to ­require Doukoshkan to wear a monitoring device was a failure, but tried to distance his government from the call.

“I think that’s a wrong decision by that board, but they make the decisions,” he told the Seven Network’s Sunrise.
Hours later, Mr Giles’s office revealed it was an unnamed ­“delegate” of the minister who signed off on the decision in March this year.
“The Community Protection Board provided recommendations on the management and visa conditions of all individuals, and a delegate of the minister subsequently granted visas with conditions, taking into consideration this advice from the board,” a government spokeswoman said.
The federal government was forced to reissue bridging visas to Doukoshkan and the 151 released detainees in March because their original visas were deemed invalid due to a technicality.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 4, 2024 8:30 am

The Hun:

Mexican authorities have found three bodies near a cliff in the same vicinity where two Australian brothers and their US friend disappeared.

Officials confirmed the discovery of the bodies to local media, stating they were found on the Pacific coast.

Called it.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 8:32 am

rosie
 May 4, 2024 8:19 am

Campion is a political opportunist who likes to leave out pertinent information.

It seems the gist of it was “touch the education budget and the free toast gets it”.
Typical Agrarian Socialist view, like her bulbous nosed hubby.
F*CK OFF BARNABY!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 8:36 am

Mexican authorities have found three bodies near a cliff in the same vicinity where two Australian brothers and their US friend disappeared.

Mrs P was keen to visit Mexico at one point.
Me?
Not so much on account of it being a lawless shit-hole.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 4, 2024 8:38 am

Agrarian Socialists won’t cost you much money Sancho, it’s the Corporate Socialists that will empty the coffers.
The Victorian “Big Build” for example.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 8:40 am

I am sure someone will try to tell me how safe Mexico was on their cruise.
Mmmyes.
Safe for the quick visit to the very carefully curated “local market” or temple, but only because part of your ticket price was used to pay protection money to the cartels.

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Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 4, 2024 8:42 am

Mexican police have arrested one woman and two men. The woman stupidly turned one a phone belonging to one of the murdered men. Might have pinged as they were being escorted across the US border.

rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 8:43 am

Two branches of the same vine.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 8:47 am

He either knows little of human nature or he simply doesn’t care.

3rd possibility: Moral coward.

Crossie
Crossie
May 4, 2024 8:47 am

Mexico is degenerating into the type of society and culture that operated in pre-Columbian times. We Westerners have to face a painful fact, if we want a civilised world we will have to protect it. Peace is not the natural status quo, savagery is.

We are seeing the same in our “remote” communities, no amount of turning away from the truth will make it better.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
May 4, 2024 8:49 am

Hence the calls for subsidies and censorship.

I would put them on the same level as The Fraternal Society of Buggy-Whip Menders and Manufacturers.

Guess what, you mendacious political fabulists – you are becoming increasingly redundant. And I say ‘political’ because just about everything they write has a political tilt. You demand to be treated as an immaculate priestly class, as conduits of information in service to the people, yet seem incapable or disinclined (same outcome) to act as such. You did this to yourselves.

Slightly changing focus – one thing I have noticed about the YouTube channels for Australian FTA networks is that they do not allow comments whereas they all seem to in the US. I think even the networks know better than to allow their j’ismists be open to challenge or correction.

rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 8:50 am

The Mexican murderers torched the car, presumably they killed three people for a few hundred dollars (maybe) and some clothes and camping gear.
The whole of South America is pretty much not on my to do list.
I was chatting to a Peruvian lady at the bakery yesterday, she told me I should go to makeapitcho, like my old Chilean customer letting me know when there were cheap airfares, maybe in the company of a couple of trusted Aussie expats, otherwise no and definitely not on my own.

bons
bons
May 4, 2024 8:50 am

The beautiful ladies in their gorgeous white gowns draped across the herbe in so many impressionist works must have had spectacularly hard working wash maids.

calli
calli
May 4, 2024 8:51 am

On Mexico…we had a shore excursion at Cabo san Lukas. Escorted to the local sights in minibus, then dropped off to run the gauntlet at the quayside market.

Couldn’t get back to the ship fast enough. A mixture of truculence and obsequiousness with a peppering of peril. Double ungood.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 8:51 am

Farmer Gez
 May 4, 2024 8:38 am

Agrarian Socialists won’t cost you much money Sancho, it’s the Corporate Socialists that will empty the coffers.

The Victorian “Big Build” for example.

We got both kinds.
As I have often said, the Joyces a a vaudeville double act.
Bulbous Bananaby will appear on morning TV railing against “Big Gummint” whilst she is at home tapping out her “Save the Schools Tealady” piece.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 4, 2024 8:51 am

Crossie

 May 4, 2024 7:46 am

Tom
 May 4, 2024 7:18 am
Why aren’t our media all over this?
90%+ of Australian journalists couldn’t give a stuff about the public interest and see their J-school degrees as a ticket that allows them to push their favourite political parties and causes.

Not only are the media people disinterested in truth and more in propping up left party politics, they consider their journalistic jobs as auditioning for their dream jobs of working for Labor, Teals and greens politicians. 

They are not disinterested in the truth (If only!), they are uninterested in it, they care only for their political obsessions.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 8:53 am

And I am not interested in anything Vicki Campion has to say on renewables after Bulbous Bananaby sold us into “net zero” for a couple of bridges in marginals which will never be built.
Troughers.

Indolent
Indolent
May 4, 2024 8:56 am

Trump opening up with both barrels

All true, but there appears to be no redress.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 8:58 am

Vicki Campion…go to the naughty corner and don’t talk to Cory Bernardi.

Indolent
Indolent
May 4, 2024 9:00 am

Biden Proposes Twenty Five Percent Tax on Unrealized Gains
Interesting concept. So if an investment is worth $100,000 today and $50,000 tomorrow does the government pay you for your unrealised loss?

rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 9:02 am

I did the east west run yesterday.
Left late, at about 7.45 am.
Remarkably easy trip, only took me an hour.
Choked a little at Gatehouse/Alexander parade on the return trip at about 7pm.
My daughter tells me this is due the Fridays working from home has become a settled thing.
Suits me I guess.
Still want that tunnel to be built, can’t keep pouring in new migrants at the current rate without adding infrastructure, oops no money.
And I realised the big new building on Geelong Rd isn’t the ever expanding Victoria University but a new Footscray Hospital.
No wonder Victoria is broke.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 4, 2024 9:02 am

Why are we paying to feed kuds at school. Send social services round to their home to find out why the parents aren’t feeding them. Could it be the parents are buying smokes, drugs or alcohol instead? This is not an education problem. The whole school gets fed so little johnny isn’t identified as coming from a family that doesn’t care for him. None of the other kids will know. As if.

rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 9:10 am

Linky to nsw government media release.

“It’s also another way families can get involved in our school. Parents and younger siblings often join the students for breakfast, which is lovely to see.”
yes really.
Still $8million is a lot less that $148 million so that one little girl can get a piece of toast every morning.

https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/foodbank-school-breakfast#:~:text=serves%202%20million-,More%20NSW%20students%20start%20the%20school%20day%20right%20as%20Foodbank,program%20passes%202%20million%20serves&text=More%20than%202%20million%20breakfasts,Government%20is%20committed%20to%20expanding.

shatterzzz
May 4, 2024 9:11 am

I had no idea that US had, stationed, troops anywhere in Africa
You’re kidding, right?

No ..! .. other than NIger where are they ..? not special force incursions or arab Africa but, other Africa, stationed, troops

rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 9:12 am

The NSW government will shortly be introducing the schools lunch and dinner clubs, followed by the keep toasty and warm at night schools sleepover clubs.
Absolute champions.

Indolent
Indolent
May 4, 2024 9:14 am
Indolent
Indolent
May 4, 2024 9:15 am

The Case for Ben Carson and the Return of American Goodness
I agree. I only wish he were a bit younger.

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 4, 2024 9:16 am

Back in Darwin for a week on our way overseas.

Great to be here! Went to the supermarket in a small suburb to get some wine for sunset supervision. Two roving security guards, and bottles of grog that sell for $4 in Aldi down south availablefor $12 – because of “floor tax” don’t you know, to stop the locals getting cheap grog and not getting on the piss so much.

Didn’t seem to affect the five countrymen who actually had a trolley full in a park outside. Maybe they were waiting for others because it was impossible they’d be able to consume all that. Then again maybe they were on the way home to put it in the cooled cellar.

Mustn’t delay. Knuckles has promised me a shift on the hot dog stand – have to pay for overseas somehow.

Indolent
Indolent
May 4, 2024 9:25 am

On the effects of mass migration. 12 minutes long and very to the point.

Eva Vlaardingerbroek full speech at CPAC Hungary

For anyone interested, this is the link to the various speeches at CPAC in Hungary.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 4, 2024 9:27 am

What rural Australia needs in contrast to fields of renewables.
Our seventy year old married GP’s are seeking a well earned retirement. They are sponsoring a foreign trained doctor through her exams to practice here – 10% pass rate at any given attempt. The local hospital has to chip in or there’s no GP for over three thousand residents and no proper medical care for them or the aged care facilities.
We get a “nurse practitioner” as a stop gap until the hopeful aspirant gets the ticket.
We need three GP’s not one.
The saying goes “you don’t want to get old in the bush”

Ceres
Ceres
May 4, 2024 9:27 am

“It’s also another way families can get involved in our school. Parents and younger siblings often join the students for breakfast, which is lovely to see.”

No it’s not lovely to see. Parents are responsible for feeding their kids rather than carting the whole family off for a “free” breakfast. If they’ve got the wherewithal and smarts to get the whole family down to school, they are well able to chuck a few weetbix in a bowl. Personal responsibility not a government one.

shatterzzz
May 4, 2024 9:27 am

 The whole school gets fed so little johnny isn’t identified as coming from a family that doesn’t care for him. None of the other kids will know. As if.

As a kid,from pit village, in County Durham, England, I passed the 11+ exam which quaified me to go to the area town’s only Grammar School .. ? Make no mistake I may have worn the same uniform as the rest but none of the majority of those well off kids were in any doubt as too who the poor kids were .. The main, school, lesson I learnt very early on .. hit first and worry about the consequences after .. LOL!

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Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 4, 2024 9:28 am

Knuckles has promised me a shift on the hot dog stand – have to pay for overseas somehow

You’re getting Sunday and public holiday rates over the weekend TE.

Killing me. You’ll rake it in.

rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 9:29 am

Really disappointed this wasn’t brought to our attention when it really mattered.
https://twitter.com/UNIFYDTV/status/1734615224458661940?t=_cSf3jTsm1AzdkGlhsrobA&s=19

Gabor
Gabor
May 4, 2024 9:31 am

calli
May 4, 2024 8:51 am

On Mexico…we had a shore excursion at Cabo san Lukas. Escorted to the local sights in minibus, then dropped off to run the gauntlet at the quayside market.

Couldn’t get back to the ship fast enough. A mixture of truculence and obsequiousness with a peppering of peril. Double ungood.

Thankfully, my phobia prevents me from flying to remote places unless it’s 100% inevitable.

But I look at these situations this way, going to these places may be safe and quite an adventure, but the “Double ungood” only has to happen to you once.
Is it worth the risk?

rosie
rosie
May 4, 2024 9:36 am

Australian universities offered incentives to student (including via lower atars?) for students prepared to go into rural practice.
What’s happening?
There needs to be more doctors trained (and less journalists).
Don’t tell me someone who scores 99.2 is going to be an infinitely worse GP than someone who scores 99.3.
Mentioned many times that universities should be responding to labour market demands not simply about some notion that education is an end to itself.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 4, 2024 9:43 am

Mate was in Mexico in the 70’s. Cab took them to out of the way place for a shakedown. They got out of the cab to greet 6 Mexicans. 4 big pommie seamen were not put off by the sight but the 6 Mexicans were.

MatrixTransform
May 4, 2024 9:58 am

Why aren’t our media all over this?

… because they aren’t being paid

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 4, 2024 9:59 am

Good lesson learnt Shatterzz. I went from being the smallest kid and picked on, in the class at the beginning of the year, to the biggest at the end of the year. Payback is a beautiful thing.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 4, 2024 10:17 am

In Trouble at t’Mill news:

Partial tunnel collapse at Snowy 2.0 construction site raises fresh safety concerns

A fresh crisis has hit the beleaguered Snowy 2.0 hydropower project, with part of a tunnel collapsing and boring machine “Florence” once again struggling to progress through difficult geological terrain.

The collapse, while thrilling for journalists, is just one of those things that happens doing tricky excavation in mixed ground. A bit of a cockup, but nobody hurt or frightened, and an (expected and probably scheduled) additional week’s work to clear up and make safe.

Florence, on the other hand:

Florence grinds a passage 2 metres deep in the rock, which is then lined with a “ring” of nine concrete segments before all the machinery is inched forward to start the cycle over again.

In March, Florence progressed by 115 rings. In April, it dropped to 32 rings for the month.

Florence is meant to grind out the longest tunnel in the Snowy 2.0 project, the 16-kilometre “headrace” that connects the Tantangara Dam to the main power cavern.

Even if progress picks up again soon, it won’t be enough to meet the revised deadline of having Snowy 2.0 generate its first power by late 2027.

A bit of an understatement there by the ABC kiddie. At an advance of 64m per month, poor Florence is going to take 20 years to finish the job.

So, shirley, Snowy Hydro is busting a gut to develop a Plan B to have those renewables flowing three years hence?

In February, Snowy Hydro CEO Dennis Barnes said a decision would be made “in the next month or two” about whether to purchase another tunnel boring machine to start tunnelling from the other end. A “drill and blast” approach from the other end was also under consideration.

But a decision has not yet been made on how to progress.

“Snowy Hydro has been investigating options to de-risk the headrace tunnel construction by excavating from the other end. This work remains ongoing,” the Snowy Hydro statement reads.

The work remains ongoing.” So, Snowy Hydro’s not exactly busting a foo foo valve then – more like busy work on the government’s dime.

As for the ‘timetable’: you don’t pick up a TBM at Bunnings; expect a lead time of 2 or 3 years – perhaps a little less if a compatible one is available for reconditioning.

Drill and blast?
One 2m pull a day? Advance rate determined by the painful process of setting and grouting support rings into a rough excavation profile.

Cost? – well, there’s a reason why people pay $150 million for a TBM…

Then, there’s the obvious industrial unrest, signalled by the ‘sources say’ backgrounding to the ABC and the involvement of Worksafe Australia…

Old Faustus’ Almanac sees a future where the Turnbull Battery of the Nation comes on line sometime in the 2030’s and costs somewhat more than the currently forecast $12bn.

In good hands.

KevinM
KevinM
May 4, 2024 10:22 am

Indolent
May 4, 2024 9:25 am

On the effects of mass migration. 12 minutes long and very to the point.

Eva Vlaardingerbroek full speech at CPAC Hungary

That was worth listening to, every minute of it.

What grabbed my attention was the % of immigrants in some major cities.

By golly, 70 + in Brussels?

Hard to believe, Johanna would be appalled, or she is already to learn about that many major Dutch cities having over 55% immigrants and nobody really cares.

On the other hand, what am I talking about?
We are well on the way, just a few years behind that’s all.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 4, 2024 10:35 am

Rabz on the old OT. To good to lose.

BTW, did anyone end up in gaol over the “Gobbo X” imbroglio?

If not, why not?

Victoriastan is arguably beyond salvage. At least as bad as WA after WA Inc.

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 4, 2024 10:42 am

24 year old Sudanese national trying to enter UK by boat claims he’s a minor.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13376847/Sudanese-national-court-immigration-five-migrants-drowned-trying-cross-Channel.html

Reminds me of a bloke Navy arrested in Australian waters years back.

We said “you’ve been arrested here before.” He claimed it wasn’t him but his twin brother. We said “but we took your fingerprints last time, and they match now.”

“No, they are my twin’s fingerprints.”

Full marks for trying but we burnt his boat anyway.

KevinM
KevinM
May 4, 2024 10:51 am

On a lighter note.

It’s a Saab I think.

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Vicki
Vicki
May 4, 2024 10:57 am

The media serves power interests that at the global level are either neocon, techno-globalist or Third-Worldist.

I spend a lot of time thinking about this issue, in part to understand the massive global changes underway, but particularly to understand the self loathing affecting western society.

DB you are right to note that left/right philosophies no longer explain much of the upheaval. On the other hand, I am not yet convinced that the media are knowing servants of the globalists.Don’t ask me, however, to come forward with any Big Theory. I am still desperately working on keeping up with the multitude of factors at work!

Even so, I certainly don’t deny the insidious efforts of the globalists to assume control through inter-nation institutions. The evidence is something they can’t conceal. But as an historian (admittedly of ancient civilisations) I know that we tend to assemble evidence according to our own bias and understanding.

But I agree that we are become alert to the extraordinary amount of corruption in contemporary institutions – whether political, medical, industrial et al. The world is awash with a great, great deal of money.

And it talks.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 4, 2024 10:59 am

Guerrilla warfare.

Pro-cash advocates call for boycott of Coles, Woolies (4 May)

A group of pro-cash advocates boasting more than 50,000 members is calling on Australians to boycott Coles and Woolworths stores across the country over their payment polices.

Members of the Call out Cashless Businesses Facebook group issued an appeal on Saturday for people to avoid the supermarket giants and “support a family business instead”. …

Some in the Facebook community described cashless prioritisation as “financial fascism”, with others adding: “Let’s do this Australia, their killing our farmers”.

Both Coles and Woolworths have been targeted by the so-called “Cash is King” community over an increasing prioritisation of automation and cashless payment.

Good. I always use cash since I dislike giving my data to governments and businesses. Orwell warned us about Big Brother. I don’t think that term “financial fascism” is at all unjustified, especially when governments in most Western countries are rapidly becoming actual fascists. Including ours.

KevinM
KevinM
May 4, 2024 11:01 am

Being nostalgic.
Not a torn jean in sight.
Hope I do not upset anyone.

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Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 4, 2024 11:16 am

Gaza the Musical!

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – I’ve Joined My College Intifada (3 May)

An absolutely glorious post from Hot Air’s Tree Hugging Sister.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 4, 2024 11:16 am

Kevin her name might be Saab but the car is a 70’s VW fastback type 3.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 4, 2024 11:21 am

Kevin her name might be Saab but the car is a 70’s VW fastback type 3.

The Cat always gives specialist, very specialist insight into current affairs.

For anyone else, that might just be a magnificent chest.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 11:23 am

The world is awash with a great, great deal of money.

Government now intervenes in just about every sector of the economy and this encourages not only crony capitalism at the big end of town but also promotes moral corruption in everyday affairs (supposedly “victimless crimes”).

As an example, doctors routinely overcharging Medicare was discussed earlier this week.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 4, 2024 11:25 am

(You probably have to be over 60 to’ve heard the classic Allan Sherman song.)

cohenite
May 4, 2024 11:28 am

Don’t worry about going to Mexico; at the rate rub and tug is bringing in muzzie voters for the liars you can just take a bus to the western suburbs for an exciting adventure.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 4, 2024 11:39 am

Some snarky goodness for Monty, if he’s around.

It’s Hard to Imagine a Worse Day for Stormy and the NYC Prosecutors in the Hush Trump Case (3 May)

That’s what happened Thursday in the Hush Trump case in Manhattan. The Get Trump prosecutors’ big coup of a witness, Stormy Daniels’ attorney Keith Davidson, basically pantsed D.A. Alvin Bragg, his assistant D.A., and lead prosecutor Matthew Colangelo in front of God and everybody.

First, Davidson threw his client, the former adult movie copulator, under the B train by leaving her naked and exposed as the conniving extortionist she has always appeared to be in this shakedown of Trump. Davidson, who insisted on correcting attorneys nomenclature and another verbiage on the stand, pedantically yet thoroughly, discredited the prosecution’s case that Trump frantically tried to silence the statuesque porno professional for a supposed long-ago tryst for the purpose of stealing the 2016 election. If you’re new here, this is the prosecution’s theory. There’s more to it than that, but stop laughing and read more over here, here and here.

Plenty more! Pauline Kael gets a mention. I suspect as well as being a classic NY liberal she just might’ve been the inspiration for the snark, which she was awesomely able to produce during her long career as a movie critic.

cohenite
May 4, 2024 11:40 am

BJ and Vicki:

(18) The Courier-Mail on X: “Senior gov figures abandon #BarnabyJoyce, saying the scandal engulfing the Coalition cannot be allowed to go on and that the Nationals leader’s position is “untenable” #fedpol https://t.co/71xoy4xZmw https://t.co/or8f60R5jC” / X (twitter.com)

I have some time for Vicki. She’s a good Mum and her views are generally spot on.

BJ has fiddled with the climate and renewable scam no doubt so he needs to get off his arse or from flat on his back and start speaking sense about the climate and ruinable bullshit.

JC
JC
May 4, 2024 11:46 am

As an example, doctors routinely overcharging Medicare was discussed earlier this week.

My niece-in-law moved to the UK working for the NHS as a surgeon specifically to receive robotic surgery training. She was essentially misled, and the job never materialized. Her role is to assist with general surgery. After uprooting her life to work for a significantly lesser compensation there, she is now considering filing a lawsuit. And she should.

She told her bro the NHS is even a bigger mess than we could imagine.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 4, 2024 11:50 am

Giles firming as favourite in the doomed Albo Minister stakes. As I’ve said previously too hard to call.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 4, 2024 11:50 am

Danger Dan Reviews:

The ladies man. Albo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj9yyJPpIug

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
May 4, 2024 11:53 am

LOL, the guy bringing a little gift home in a foldable chair.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13374195/Barry-Calverley-11million-camping-bag-heroin.html

A guy with his life experience, yeah na… Nice story.

Also of interest is the amount of stuff he’s been selling off lately. Gambling addiction? Blackmail?*

*If it were drugs he wouldn’t be getting access to mine sites.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 11:57 am

A bit of an understatement there by the ABC kiddie. At an advance of 64m per month, poor Florence is going to take 20 years to finish the job.

You misunderstand the nature of Big Government Projects, Faustus.
It’s all about the “announcables” then, after that, tedious tunnelling is an end in itself.
Think of all those juicy construction jerbs and the economic benefits which flow (mostly sales of jet-skis and Hi-Lux utes).
Twenty years of that is better than two, surely?

Greyranga
Greyranga
May 4, 2024 12:00 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Op Letting Miles Davis wash over me.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 12:02 pm

Farmer Gez
 May 4, 2024 9:27 am

What rural Australia needs in contrast to fields of renewables.

Our seventy year old married GP’s are seeking a well earned retirement.

The lament of the small town.
We have to travel to Melbourne (4.5 hrs) or Coastal Town (close to 2 hrs) if we need to see a specialist, but are fortunate enough to still have GPs in town.
For how long, who knows?

Greyranga
Greyranga
May 4, 2024 12:02 pm
Rabz
May 4, 2024 12:03 pm

As an example, doctors routinely overcharging Medicare was discussed earlier this week.

Not to mention the extortionate increases we’re seeing in our household bills. Car registration up 5.4% on last year, but the government component (registration fee) went up by 8.5%. The green slip, to my surprise, only went up by 2.8%.

Next one to watch out for will be the bloody council rates.

JC
JC
May 4, 2024 12:09 pm

People here who reflexively think this is a left-right issue are being distracted. You can’t make sense of media with that perspective.

Yes, you certainly can. With a few noteworthy exceptions, you can genuinely go to any of the major mastheads and be guaranteed, with most of the content being false, a left-wing viewpoint.

If the media is solidly Left explain its attitude to the Russo-Ukraine war?

Not every problem on the planet calls for a left-right split.

The media serves power interests that at the global level are either neocon, techno-globalist or Third-Worldist.

Let’s go with some examples. Do you believe Danial Henninger of the Wall Street Journal is a fully paid up neocon, techno-globalist, and third-world divide agent? Even someone as disgustingly left-wing as Krugman, do you suppose, is a fully paid member? You seem fixated on Russia’s attempt to invade a sovereign nation and unwilling to let go of it.

In Russia, the elitism of which you are continuously accusing the West of being a prisoner is even more apparent.

Do you genuinely think Elon Musk, a dissident, would still be alive today if he had claimed that the intelligence community was working with media outlets to spread false information about the president who was in office at the time?

It’s certainly not perfect in the West, but nowhere near as problematic in Russia, China, or Iran. Do you at least concede that?

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 12:10 pm

As an example, doctors routinely overcharging Medicare was discussed earlier this week.

I thought about that when I read it.
I had a minor op a little while ago and whilst I was in hospital the surgeon noticed something he thought another specialist should look at. The other guy stopped by twice for 1-2 minutes, firstly just to touch base, then to tell me he had looked at my scans and would schedule a follow up. I noticed he bulk-billed two consults on my Medicare record, which I thought was a bit OTT for the brief “drive-by” visits.
But thinking about it again, how does he get paid for this stuff if he doesn’t bill a standard Medicare fee? He can’t bill half a consultation.

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feelthebern
feelthebern
May 4, 2024 12:10 pm

Which minister carries the can ?
Don’t write off Dreyfus taking the hit for everything & retiring.
After a short break he’ll receive a diplomatic posting.

JC
JC
May 4, 2024 12:11 pm

dover0beach

May 4, 2024 12:02 pm

Looks like the attempt to open a second front via Georgia by the GAE failed this week, but you have to hand it to them, they gave it the good old college try. NGOs must have been working 24/7 for weeks mobilizing.

How do you think the people that matter, you know, the Georgian people, feel about Russian intrusion?

JC
JC
May 4, 2024 12:19 pm

Yeah, the second front alright.

The vast majority of people living in the former republics hate the Russian regime. It’s not just dislike, they actually hate them.

TBILISI — Eighty percent of Georgians want to join the European Union,

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 4, 2024 12:28 pm

This was so much fun. The ending was spectaular. Cool as F.

—–

Cleetus!:

I Bought The Biggest R/C B-2 Stealth Bomber In The World.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWYn_DIG43g

JC
JC
May 4, 2024 12:30 pm

EU, NATO

89% of respondents fully support or somewhat support Georgia joining the European Union; 8% strongly oppose or somewhat oppose; 3% do not know or refused to answer. 80% of respondents fully support or somewhat support Georgia joining NATO; 14% strongly oppose or somewhat oppose; 6% do not know or refused to answer. 

https://civil.ge/archives/538790?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 4, 2024 12:34 pm

I always love it when climate hysterics disclose what is really required for their insane planet-saving ideas.

Charting a cost-efficient path to a renewable energy grid for Australia (TechXplore, 3 May)

Storage would be mandatory for any fully renewable grid. Australia would need the ability to store up to four days of demand. That represents 13 times more storage power capacity and over 40 times more storage energy capacity than the country has at present, considering batteries, pumped hydro, and hydrogen storage.

Four days? Heh. Oz electricity consumption is about 240 billion kWh per annum. So 4 days is a bit over 2.6 billion kWh.

Batteries cost about $100 million for 100 MWh capacity, so that 2.6 billion kWh, or 2.6 million MWh, at $1 million per 1 MWh therefore comes to 2.6 trillion dollars, just for the batteries. Which have to be replaced every 10 years…

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 4, 2024 12:36 pm

One of the hallmarks of our woke, technocratic ruling class is that they increasingly define themselves against their own citizenry. Leaders today draw their moral authority not from the democratic endorsement of their electorates but from their ability to rise above the throng, to oppose our supposedly backward values.

https://www.spiked-online.com/2024/05/03/the-toppling-of-the-woke-authoritarians/

JC
JC
May 4, 2024 12:38 pm
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Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 4, 2024 12:41 pm

JC
 May 4, 2024 12:19 pm

Yeah, the second front alright.
The vast majority of people living in the former republics hate the Russian regime. It’s not just dislike, they actually hate them.TBILISI — Eighty percent of Georgians want to join the European Union,

All brainwashed from the MSM.
All the filth from Africa wants in.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 12:41 pm

Rockdoctor
 May 4, 2024 11:53 am

LOL, the guy bringing a little gift home in a foldable chair.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13374195/Barry-Calverley-11million-camping-bag-heroin.html

A guy with his life experience, yeah na… Nice story.

The story has more holes than Nigerian cheese.
He was going to be paid $11 meg to import $2 meg worth of heroin?
That is not your typical mule story. Sure, some are older, but usually they are on the bones of their arse and are offered a pittance.
Barry is no mule.
I reckon he has organised the whole thing himself, and he is a first-timer.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
May 4, 2024 12:42 pm

I don’t think we’ve got a “full responsibility, apologize and resign” type of ruling class.
We’ve got a “unforseeable development, blame the Bernards, appoint more Sir Humphreys” government.
No minister will resign. It’s just not in their DNA.
The only question is, what crisis distraction squirrel will be presented next? Given the current state of gutted farming, bent schooling, and crippled business, I’d even guess it’ll be a suicide crisis.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 12:49 pm

No minister will resign. It’s just not in their DNA.

That’s what cabinet reshuffles are for.

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Anders
Anders
May 4, 2024 12:52 pm

Do you think 3 murdered in Mexico might deliver some cluebat whacks? Probably not, it’s orange man bad for wanting a border wall so they can actually vet who comes over the border from a dangerous lawless country.

JC
JC
May 4, 2024 12:53 pm

Steve trickler

May 4, 2024 12:41 pm

Tickler, 80% of Georgians aren’t avid readers of the NYTimes, Washington Post, Le Monde or any other Western publication you can name.

Makka
Makka
May 4, 2024 1:04 pm
Crossie
Crossie
May 4, 2024 1:09 pm

Four days? Heh. Oz electricity consumption is about 240 billion kWh per annum. So 4 days is a bit over 2.6 billion kWh.

Batteries cost about $100 million for 100 MWh capacity, so that 2.6 billion kWh, or 2.6 million MWh, at $1 million per 1 MWh therefore comes to 2.6 trillion dollars, just for the batteries. Which have to be replaced every 10 years…

I am undecided as to whether our political class are complete ignoramuses or complete psychopaths. If they understand nothing they need to go. If they understand that what they are doing is wrong and are doing it anyway then they have to go. The problem we have is in making it happen.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 1:13 pm

H B Bear
 May 4, 2024 10:35 am

Rabz on the old OT. To good to lose.

BTW, did anyone end up in gaol over the “Gobbo X” imbroglio?

If not, why not?

All too hard apparently.
She is a reluctant witness so, you know …
Here’s a thought.
Use the tactic you used on the guys who got stitched up by her breaching privilege.
Charge her with something like, oh, I don’t know, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Then offer her a deal of 5-10 in the slot, or give up the whole story and cop a three year suspended sentence.
But, of course, when I say charge her with conspiracy, it takes at least two to conspire and one of the other parties might be Ex Commish Simon Underhand. Now Underhand has fallen from favour with the Liars after they made three unsuccessful attempts to land him well paying jobs that he couldn’t f-ck up. But Simon does still know where a lot of Liars bodies are buried.

Hugh
Hugh
May 4, 2024 1:17 pm

That is a great Miles Davis track Greyranga. The whole record is excellent, but this is my favourite track.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 4, 2024 1:29 pm

Don’t know if you know Hugh, that whole album was improvised with 4 French jazz mussos who he’d never played with before.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
May 4, 2024 1:33 pm

Happy Star Wars Day !!!!!!!

vr
vr
May 4, 2024 1:33 pm

Australian universities offered incentives to student (including via lower atars?) for students prepared to go into rural practice.

What’s happening?

There needs to be more doctors trained (and less journalists).

Don’t tell me someone who scores 99.2 is going to be an infinitely worse GP than someone who scores 99.3.

Mentioned many times that universities should be responding to labour market demands not simply about some notion that education is an end to itself.

There is more money in taking international students. Might be as high as 30K per semester. I wonder if they have the same entry requirements as a local.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
May 4, 2024 1:37 pm
Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
May 4, 2024 1:41 pm

Woke is Shite –

As Donald Trump said, https://youtu.be/IvJybdKZTf4

Hugh
Hugh
May 4, 2024 1:44 pm

I did not know that Greyranga, but I can certainly believe it. He was an incredible musician and worked with some very talented people over the years.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 4, 2024 1:45 pm

JC
 May 4, 2024 12:53 pm

Steve trickler

May 4, 2024 12:41 pm

Tickler, 80% of Georgians aren’t avid readers of the NYTimes, Washington Post, Le Monde or any other Western publication you can name.

In this digital age, you might be suprised.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
May 4, 2024 1:47 pm

Hugh
 May 4, 2024 1:44 pm

I did not know that Greyranga, but I can certainly believe it. He was an incredible musician and worked with some very talented people over the years.

This lot were quite good as well –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT9Eh8wNMkw

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 1:49 pm

H B Bear
 May 4, 2024 1:45 pm

 Reply to  Sancho Panzer

Change of government and a new DPP might bring a change of perspective.

I doubt it.
What it requires is a Night of the Long Knives.
But the opposition leader’s name is Pesutto, not Stiletto.
He really needs to knock the top off the Police Force and the DPP office for a start, but there is no way Prosciutto will be making any waves if he gets into the big chair.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 1:55 pm

In the unlikely event that John Prosciutto happens to get elected, the most likely people to be victims of a Prosciutto Pogrom will be conservative LNP branch members.

Hugh
Hugh
May 4, 2024 2:07 pm

Yes indeed, Johnny Rotten. That is another great jazz record.

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 4, 2024 2:08 pm

Victoriastan is arguably beyond salvage. At least as bad as WA after WA Inc.

Governments are merely criminal gangs who have taken over a territory in order to milk the population. Public servants are their chosen associates who do the same.
Change my mind.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 4, 2024 2:11 pm

On another note, ha. The r in GreyRanga is a capitital to emphasise the importance of being a Ranga once. If you persist in using a lower case r I may be forced to call you Huge. There is a back story to that.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 4, 2024 2:29 pm

Musk is not a dissident.

The problem with that is if you are treated as a dissident you are a dissident. Whether you like it or not. Elon is a lefty libertarian, but at some point he failed the ideological purity test therefore must be destroyed.

So the current US regime is going after both Twitter and SpaceX in retribution.

It’s made complicated by the fact the Administration needs both companies. But ideological purity comes first, hence the SEC attacks on Twitter and the administrative persecution of SpaceX.

JC
JC
May 4, 2024 2:31 pm

So when all the major mastheads promoted lockdowns and vax discrimination was this left-wing or right-wing or a ‘notable exception’?

All as in all all? As I said, there were exceptions. You believe all were. Okay.

LOL, but, no, the WSJ is clearly neocon. Never read Henninger so won’t offer an opinion, not that that would change the general orientation of the masthead. Krugman is clearly techno-globalist with neocon tendencies.

Let ‘s not get confused and veer off in some other direction. I responded these two would be examples that wouldn’t fit your description as “paid up”. No one has an undue influence in what they write.

Musk is not a dissident.

Would Musk have survived in Russia as a result of his dissent or would he have been another fell-over-the-balcony trick, or the private jet going down in flames?

JC
JC
May 4, 2024 2:35 pm

The protests over the last week or so were over a law requiring transparency for foreign money in domestic political campaigns. We find the same laws in US and elsewhere. They were supported by a party that is still looking for the return of areas lost in 2008/9 but doesn’t want their politics drawn into a war that doesn’t serve their interests. Based.

The is, 80% of the population would be happy joining the EU and even NATO. The Georgian people despise Putin and his cronies.

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Eyrie
Eyrie
May 4, 2024 2:39 pm

An alternate view of Mexico. Fred Reed has been married to a Mexican lady and living in Mexico for a long time.

https://fredoneverything.org/life-in-a-third-world-hell-hole-mexico-for-beginners/

Hugh
Hugh
May 4, 2024 2:41 pm

Ha ha, okay GreyRanga. I have been called worse things. 😉

Vicki
Vicki
May 4, 2024 2:50 pm

JC – just happened into your exchange re Musk & whether he would he would be tolerated amongst the Ruskies. Of course not, but that is not pertinent to the argument re freedom of speech in the West.

The internet is a monstrous challenge to freedom of speech, of course. But you should not throw the baby out with the bath water. Musk’s rescue of Twitter/X is a respite from the forces working to control information in the West as well as in the socialist nations.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 4, 2024 2:58 pm

Which minister carries the can ?

Don’t write off Dreyfus taking the hit for everything & retiring.

After a short break he’ll receive a diplomatic posting.

It’s all a bit awkward.

Albanese has already front-run the issue by blaming the judiciary, prosecutor, and independent ankle-bracelet monitor – while claiming respect for the sanctity of independence. Then Shorten was forced out of his lair to repeat the same formula.

Unless some presently unobservable fact or circumstance appears, there is no space for a Minister to take the blame and walk the plank of ‘to avoid this becoming a distraction from the Great Work’ without showcasing the ‘leadership’ as the slippery toads they actually are.

Instead, it looks like they have weathered the slack-mouthed and incurious media storm.
This time.

JC
JC
May 4, 2024 3:01 pm

Vicky

My point is that the current Western establishment is pretty bad, but it’s nowhere near as bad in Russia, China and Iran.

We also have the opportunity to get over this nonsense.

Take DEI. DEI will fall on its back for the reason that it promotes incompetence and that isn’t going to go on forever. They will be found out as the Ivy presidents were and will be.

Musk would have disappeared in a flash in Russia or any of the other two shitholes currently carrying the torch of enlightenment. 🙂

The West can and will reverse this bullshit.

Vicki
Vicki
May 4, 2024 3:11 pm

JC – a treat to read such optimism re western recovery. My head says “fat chance”, but my heart says “Yeah!”

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 4, 2024 3:14 pm

Storage would be mandatory for any fully renewable grid. Australia would need the ability to store up to four days of demand.

There isn’t anything even vaguely like this, not approaching, and not (as far as this amateur enthusiast is aware) planned, anywhere in the developed or semi-developed world.

Anybody with experience in large scale technology knows how risky it is to be the first instance of anything. Far less when hanging an entire First World national economy off an experimental electricity system.

But luckily, we have Top Men guiding us, who are not constrained by fuddy duddy blinkered thinking…

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 3:14 pm

Would Musk have survived in Russia as a result of his dissent or would he have been another fell-over-the-balcony trick, or the private jet going down in flames?

Probably more likely to have been a “tragic rocket motor malfunction”.
But, yes, he would have no doubt been a victim of putinicide.

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Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 4, 2024 3:16 pm

But luckily, we have Top Men guiding us, who are not constrained by fuddy duddy blinkered thinking …

… or the laws of physics apparently.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 3:17 pm

Anybody with experience in large scale technology knows how risky it is to be the first instance of anything.

Even the Grattan Institute is beginning to have doubts.

JC
JC
May 4, 2024 3:22 pm

You missed the point. Let’s say most so you don’t get distracted by all, was their position on lockdowns and vax requirements left, right or the issue a notable exception?

All of the left and some on the right. That’s not the point of contention though.

I didn’t miss any point as I responded to this.

The media serves power interests that at the global level are either neocon, techno-globalist or Third-Worldist.

Paid-up pretty much is what your implying. My point is that there are people who actually believe the things they say without any intention of serving this or that side.

A Russian Musk would only end up dead or exile if he were both (i) a dissident that (ii) sided with the hegemon.

LOL. Not a good attempt at skirting the point this time. A Russian Musk doing similar things he’s done and highly critical of the deep Russian State plus Putin would be dead in a split second.

Johnny Rotten
Johnny Rotten
May 4, 2024 3:23 pm

Roger
 May 4, 2024 3:17 pm

Anybody with experience in large scale technology knows how risky it is to be the first instance of anything.

Even the Grattan Institute is beginning to have doubts.

That reminds me of this –

“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”

Thomas Watson, president of IBM, 1943

https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=164a442a-1b90-49e3-895d-4c54bb49ecce

Hugh
Hugh
May 4, 2024 3:27 pm

My point is that there are people who actually believe the things they say without any intention of serving this or that side.

I believe such people are known as useful idiots.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 4, 2024 3:42 pm

How Palestinian supporters weaponsied the Holocaust for their PR war
By michael gawenda

  • Former editor of The Age
  • 2:58PM May 4, 2024
  • 12 Comments

At the tent encampments of protesters at American universities, posters and placards proclaim the Israeli genocide of the Palestinians and the complicity of diaspora Zionist Jews – in genocide, Jews, who were once the victims of Nazis and are now Nazi victimisers. Many of the protesters do not look like students, especially those who smashed their way into an administration building at Columbia University in New York. They look like thugs. Full of hate.
At the University of Sydney on Thursday last week, on Anzac Day, at a small tent encampment, with the inevitable placards about Israel’s genocidal war against the Palestinians, children were led by adults in chants calling for intifada and declaring Israel haram – a forbidden state – and a terrorist state. Nazis, right.
Every week since the Hamas massacre of 1200 Israelis and the kidnapping of more than 250 men, women and children on October 7 last year, in Sydney and Melbourne and London and New York and scores of other cities across the Anglosphere in particular, hundreds of thousands of people march in pro-Palestine – and increasingly pro-Hamas –demonstrations. In these demonstrations, placards with a swastika engulfing a Star of David and placards of Benjamin Netanyahu as Adolf Hitler are commonplace. Unremarkable. The Jews are the new Nazis: that notion is no longer startling or, for many people, troubling.
Jews and Nazis. In London, city officials have decided the Holocaust memorial in Hyde Park needs to be covered up by a big blue tarpaulin every weekend because if it is left uncovered it would likely be defaced by pro-Palestine marchers. There is surely something deeply unsettling about this, this symbolic erasure of the Holocaust to assuage the feelings of those marchers who are sick of having the Jews use the Holocaust to excuse the genocide in which they are apparently complicit.

Even before October 7, some anti-Zionists, including Jewish anti-Zionists, were prepared to say there were similarities between Israel and Nazi Germany. The Holocaust had been universalised. It had lost its Jewish particularity.
It could have happened to any people, this attempted genocide, and the perpetrators could have been, in the right circumstances, any people, including, inevitably, Jews. When Whoopi Goldberg said the Holocaust was not about racism but, rather, about privileged white people committing terrible violence against each other, she was – crudely, perhaps – expressing a widely held position on the anti-colonial left: Only black and brown people can be victims of racism and Jews are quintessentially privileged whites. White oppressors.
The Israelis as genocidal racists is now a truism in the university encampments, among the thousands of pro-Palestine marchers, many of them regularly quoted in the media about Israelis as Nazis, perpetrators of a genocide.
For the anti-colonial left, for the social justice warriors who divide the world between victims and oppressors, the Holocaust is what the Jews, the Zionist Jews in particular, the colonial oppressors, cynically use to justify their Nazi-like oppression of the Palestinians. That’s the Holocaust for the pro-Palestine, pro-Hamas left.
But the Holocaust now has many meanings. It has become a symbol of different things to different people, its meaning, its place in history and its contemporary significance increasingly a matter of politics and ideology.
There have been great Holocaust histories written and there have been thousands of testimonies given by survivors and books written by magnificent writers such as Primo Levi, who was an Auschwitz survivor and who wrote about life in Auschwitz with such brutal honesty and clarity.
None of this seems to matter, none of this seems to inform those who use the Holocaust for their own political ends. There are anti-Zionist Jews, for instance, the “I am speaking as a Jew” anti-Zionist Jews who constantly refer to the fact they are the children or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. This somehow gives them a moral clarity about Israel and the Palestinians – who are the victims and who are the victimisers – that Zionist Jews do not possess.
They have a special duty, in the name of the victims of the Holocaust, in the name of their relatives who were survivors, to call out the Israeli genocide against the Palestinians and advocate for the end of the Jewish state.
At a small Holocaust commemoration event on April 19, the date in 1943 that marked the start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a small group of young Jews stood outside the hall with placards designed to shame those inside, including Holocaust survivors. Their placards had slogans on them about the Gaza genocide and about the silence of the Jews inside the hall commemorating the genocide of the Jews of Europe.
Then there’s Jonathan Glazer, whose film The Zone of Interest won the Oscar for best foreign film at the Academy Awards in March. In his acceptance speech he said that his film, which is set in Auschwitz, in the home of the camp commander and his family, “showed where dehumanisation leads at its worst”. He then went on to say: “Right now, we stand here as men who refute their Jewishness and the Holocaust being hijacked by an occupation which has led to conflict for so many people.”

Rabz
May 4, 2024 3:47 pm

Dover – check your email, Squire

cohenite
May 4, 2024 4:01 pm

Trump never fuked stormy. Trump called her horseface. I think she looks like a mutant locust:

Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Denies Payment from Michael Cohen Was ‘Hush Money’ | The Gateway Pundit | by Cristina Laila

Black Ball
Black Ball
May 4, 2024 4:35 pm

Piers Akerman:

The staggering spineless moral cowardice at the heart of our government and our leading universities must be addressed. The destructive themes of Marx and Trotsky are oozing through our institutions with the Labor-Green government turning a blind eye to the anti-Western attacks. In directly refusing to condemn anti-Semitism on Australian campuses this week, the nation’s universities have passively accepted the hate speech that is a feature of the pro-Palestine, pro-Hamas rallies.

The chancellors met in a plenary sessions in Brisbane Thursday and considered a complaint from the Australian Academic Alliance Against Antisemitism. The peak body’s convener, John Stanhope, a former Labor chief minister in the ACT’s toy town assembly, issued an agreed mealy-mouthed expression of meaningless platitudes about respectful and inclusive environments, protections of freedom of speech and academic freedom.

By Friday, the pro-Hamas mob was shouting Allahu Akbar and waving the same jihadist flag terrorist Man Monis displayed during the fatal Martin Place hostage tragedy.

So much for the universities’ comprehensive policies designed to safeguard students against threats.

Anyone who watched children being led in anti-Jewish chants at the Sydney University demonstration knows these laudable goals are contemptibly treated with zero consequences for those involved.

A video posted to X showed children alongside a number of adults chanting pro-Hamas messages with a small girl leading the call “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”, which some consider a call for genocide of Jewish people.

Other chants taught to the children at the campus included “5,6,7,8, Israel is a terrorist state” and “Albanese, you can’t hide, you’re supporting genocide”. Like the “Hear no evil, see no evil” monkey characters, and the sitcom character Sgt Schultz, the chancellors saw and heard nothing.

Opposition education spokeswoman Sarah Henderson has asked why university vice-chancellors have not called in the police, and criticised a “weak” Education Minister Jason Clare.

Clare is not the only Albanese minister who should go for failing to protect the safety of the public.

There is no confidence that Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus, Immigration Minister Andrew Giles and Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil will keep the people safe.

Warned that the High Court would take a radical approach to the detention of illegal immigrants and overturn laws which had prevented the release of seven murderers, 37 sex offenders and 72 violent criminals into the public, they did nothing.

Not one took pre-emptive action to keep Australians safe from these offenders and as shown by the horrifying pictures of Ninette Simons who, with her husband Philip, was allegedly bashed by a released immigration detainee, their combined failure to put the safety of the public first had serious consequences.

The complete absence of shame on the part of those charged with ensuring the safety of students on campuses across the nation is disgusting. Weak leaders always ignore the insidious growth of dangerous activities and the Albanese government and the supine universities are no exception to this historical truth. The Labor leadership is bowing to minority Islamists in seats in Victoria and NSW.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 29 of the 151 federal electorates have 5 per cent or more people of Islamic faith, 27 of them held by Labor.

There are just four electorates with sizeable Jewish populations. The Albanese government is pandering to Muslim minorities. The universities have no political cover. They just lack spine and integrity.

It’s grim reading Cats and Kittehs. Not unlike Chris Kenny detailing the stunning depths of incompetence of this government.
So this is the sole reason why Albo wants the misinformation bill. Fark orf please and die.

Roger
Roger
May 4, 2024 4:36 pm

My point is that there are people who actually believe the things they say without any intention of serving this or that side.

I believe such people are known as useful idiots.

A useful idiot is someone who wittingly or unwittingly serves a cause (historically Communism).

The witting are useful idiots because they do not fully comprehend the nature of the cause on account of being in wilful denial about morally disagreeable aspects of it.

The unwitting because they are subject to psychological manipulation.

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Hugh
Hugh
May 4, 2024 4:55 pm

Yes, that was my point Roger. The people who voluntarily support the current transformation of society either do not fully understand what they are supporting, or else they are unwitting subjects of psychological manipulation. I have encountered both types.

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