Open Thread – Weekend 11 May 2024


The Orange Trees, Gustave Caillebotte, 1878

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calli
calli
May 11, 2024 5:36 pm

Oh, if you aren’t interested in museums or parks, skip the last, head on down to the 9/11 memorial. You won’t regret it.

I also enjoyed my walk up through old NY via Wall street to Trinity church.

Don’t go anywhere near the UN. The place will give you a horrible disease.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 11, 2024 5:37 pm

The Albo Labor regime would have just trashed its reputation by backing the Pali-moany accommodation at the trashy UN. But it was already trashed by a combination of incompetence, untruthfulness, and ideologically hidebound dogma.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 11, 2024 5:37 pm

I went to gangster style restaurant near Herald Square called Desmond’s iirc. Quite an experience.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 11, 2024 5:42 pm

“I went to gangster style restaurant …”
Rolled Roast tied with zip ties?
Spent cartridges on the floor and in ashtrays?
Told to remove your gold watch before making a complaint?

bons
bons
May 11, 2024 5:44 pm

“selling Lenin the rope” came home to me recently when I was doing some research into the Mig 15 fighter that caused such chaos in Korea.

Even though the Soviets had a perfectly suitable airframe design that they had acquired from the Germans, it would have taken them three years to design and build a jet engine.

No problem. The Atlee communist government sold them a British engine thus facilitating the killing of hundreds of US, British and Australian aircrew.

A disgusting descent into treasonous depths by the ideological Left. But at least they didn’t publically declare their hatred of Jews and officially support history’s most disgusting terrorists without ever consulting their constituents.

That descent was left up to Australia’s communist animals.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 11, 2024 5:45 pm

Just had a very mafia style ambiance – waiter said ‘bona notte’ when we left.

Rabz
May 11, 2024 5:46 pm

Spare us the “pox on both their house sized bottomages”

Year Zero
Mass immigration
e-hitlerists
Banning cash
Misinformation and Disinformation bills

*Gee, so the gliberals might hypothetically vote against pallyweirdos in the UN if the former were (and bear with me here, Cats) conceivably in government.

Reassured, I feelz.

Stop voting for them.

*gliberal party policies and appointments.

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JC
JC
May 11, 2024 5:47 pm

rooster

Iconic food places

We’re not really into fine dining.

Katz- diner iconic but haven’t been there for decades
Milos is a really top quality seafood Greek restaurant.
My favourite Italian is Sant Ambroeus on Madison Ave.
Old homestead steakhouse

Bella Blu near where we “live” has great lobster pasta.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 11, 2024 5:51 pm

Did Katz’s diner back in 2014 got off subway at Bleeker St iirc. Good fun. Had seen it on man vs food.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 11, 2024 5:53 pm

All this talk about NY brings back good memories. Makes me hope Trump can prevail.

JC
JC
May 11, 2024 5:58 pm

Miltonf

All this talk about NY brings back good memories. Makes me hope Trump can prevail.

Wifey just arrived and I’m heading there this coming week.

As you get older, the flight and LA airport is a freaking nightmare.

Alamak!
Alamak!
May 11, 2024 5:59 pm

Bourne1879>

If your friend is not into walking and heading off-island from Manhattan for single day visit then mid-town is a pretty good slice to explore

MOMA – 11 West 53 Street, Manhattan
Museam of Natural History 200 Central Park West

Central Park is few blocks away

Plenty of dining and shopping options close by

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 11, 2024 6:04 pm

So many Dutch names there- fascinating

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 11, 2024 6:10 pm

“Kristi Noem now banned from over 90 percent of tribal land in South Dakota after sixth tribe bars entry”.
She’s welcome at my place any time!

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Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 11, 2024 6:10 pm

Labor goes Full Ludwig again and bans live sheep exports.

Rabz
May 11, 2024 6:12 pm

If we had actual journalists in this stupid, stupid country they might ask the following question:

J’ismist: “Dr Mutton, given your party is responsible for all of them, what are your views on the following “issues” and policy responses, I asks ya?”

Year Zero
Mass immigration
e-hitlerists
Banning cash
Misinformation and Disinformation bills

Dr Mutton: “Blah, blah blah, the labore pardee, the greenfilth, they megaphoned these staggeringly stupid, utterly toxic ideas, so we wanted to be hip to da yoof and brain farted, “Hey why don’t we introduce them first, so the electorate ends up having them shoved down their throats, Rocks Messup style! You know it doesn’t make sense, I tells ya!”

Subsequently, every Ozzie with a functioning brain: 😡

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 11, 2024 6:13 pm

Gangster Restaurant: You will enjoy your dinner! Or else.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 11, 2024 6:16 pm

ever seen the pommy show Crime Incorporated? Desmond’s was like that but no shootings the night we were there!

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 11, 2024 6:17 pm

“Fright is now (i) Boeing, or (ii) having a pilot who doesn’t speak English and eats with something other than knife and fork. Thanks JC way back for (ii).

Rabz
May 11, 2024 6:20 pm

eats with something other than knife and fork

BB – the cutlery usage was a golden rule identified by the Infidel Tigger, not the JC.

Indolent
Indolent
May 11, 2024 6:41 pm

They keep saying she’s 42 but I doubt she made it to that birthday.

The Lady Vanishes

Rabz
May 11, 2024 6:43 pm

The Lou’s homage to eighties chicks, who with hindsight, are among the most desirable, evah. I remember them well.

The eighties was the last decade that featured some form of uniform fashion, even as that concept was quickly dying out.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 11, 2024 6:44 pm

Bons I thought it was Harold spit Wilson spit that did that.

Rabz
May 11, 2024 7:10 pm

LOL – to add insult to injury, new ads* are spruiking our beloved labore government’s miniscule “tax cuts”, which, thanks to the staggering stupidity of Goose Morristeen and Joshee Frydchickenburger, were can kicked down the road, only to be inevitably rescinded by those collectivist crackpots, albansleazey and dim chambers.

Mass executions are a ladder, Cats. To some long overdue sanity.

*Taxpayer funded

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Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 11, 2024 7:10 pm

See you Lou Reed, raise you Tom Waits.

Tom Waits – “Goin’ Out West” (1992)

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 11, 2024 7:11 pm

Biden Jokes that Trump Should Have Injected Himself with Bleach (breitbart.com)

Biden Says Trump Should Have Injected Himself with Bleach: ‘Wish He Had Done a Little Bit’

I reckon the old perv’s a psychopath.

chrisl
chrisl
May 11, 2024 7:21 pm

Young man blues by The Who
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9boFzhUVG4

Indolent
Indolent
May 11, 2024 7:37 pm

@CraigKellyPHON

AND ANOTHER : New Study, Ivermectin works again.

Double-blind randomised controlled study finds Ivermectin reduced ICU admissions by 83% (P <0.001)

Its time that those involved in denying sick and/or dying covid patients access to Ivermectin were arrested and charged with criminal negligence and crimes against humanity.

And don’t expect to find the results of this just published (April 30, 2024) study reported by the ABC or our corrupted MS Media. They’s rather cover-up these fundings than admit they were wrong.

And what of all the poor simpletons that were so easily propagandised, tricked into believing that Ivermectin was a horse paste ? Will they apologise for their stupidity & ignorance?

Rabz
May 11, 2024 7:42 pm

labore, gliberal and greenfilth politicians screeching at the sweaty masses:

You will own nothing and be happy!

Or else, I tells ya!

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
May 11, 2024 7:47 pm
Rabz
May 11, 2024 7:50 pm
cohenite
May 11, 2024 7:55 pm

Legally this should stop the old pervert using the illegal immigrants’ vote:

Equal Representation Act, Slavery and the Civil War | Frontpage Mag

But nothing happening in the US these days is legal.

Indolent
Indolent
May 11, 2024 7:57 pm

The whole climate scam is a con.
The carbon capture con

Indolent
Indolent
May 11, 2024 7:58 pm
Rabz
May 11, 2024 7:59 pm

Cats, a man who did not give a rodent’s about feminayzee sensibilities, when he wasn’t shamelessly going “Full Reagan”* …

*One should always go “Full Reagan” when amongst collectivists … 🙂

Indolent
Indolent
May 11, 2024 7:59 pm
Rabz
May 11, 2024 8:09 pm

Just pure pop, Cats! 🙂

Indolent
Indolent
May 11, 2024 8:14 pm
Rabz
May 11, 2024 8:19 pm
JC
JC
May 11, 2024 8:22 pm

@elonmusk

Major geomagnetic solar storm happening right now. Biggest in a long time. Starlink satellites are under a lot of pressure, but holding up so far.


If only we dealt with global warming earlier, this wouldn’t be happening.

Frank
Frank
May 11, 2024 8:29 pm

Kevin Spacey’s brother is worth a google image search, or not. The guy looks like an ideal match for Rosa DeLauro in terms of how they choose to fly their freak flags.

Rabz
May 11, 2024 8:30 pm

@elonmusk

The man is a Cat. He purveys our messages to a desperate world.

Rabz
May 11, 2024 8:35 pm

The ultimate “err, how do I impress a chick” music.

The Hush

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 11, 2024 8:59 pm

Thanks Cali, JC, Milton and others. Will cut and paste and forward on.

Rabz
May 11, 2024 9:00 pm

How awesome are Cars, Cats – the ultimate transport machine

No wonder joy deprived collectivists want to ban them 😕

JC
JC
May 11, 2024 9:08 pm

Forget the rest, the massage skit is hilarious.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=abjg5XVKNc8

He’s had the Asian skits down pat ever since Sienfeld

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 11, 2024 9:09 pm

Pest control.

===

Rebel news HQ:

Syd Fizzard from Rebel News reports on pro-Hamas activists set up an encampment at the University of Calgary to protest the school’s alleged business relations with Israel. Demonstrators quickly began collecting supplies, assembling tents, and constructing makeshift walls from skids.

Calgary riot squad removes pro-Hamas encampment from University of Calgary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUb15Elf0Ro

Rabz
May 11, 2024 9:20 pm

Cats, this piece of art remains wonderful – note perfect.

132andBush
132andBush
May 11, 2024 9:21 pm

Just had a very mafia style ambiance – waiter said ‘bona notte’ when we left.

Next time you’re through Griffith get in touch 🙂

Rabz
May 11, 2024 9:28 pm
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 11, 2024 9:34 pm

Have been lurking where I can of late.

Currently I’m as busy as an Alice Springs glazier, with various pursuits taking up my time.

Impressive stuff from 90% of contributors, here on Australia’s premier journal of record.

132andBush
132andBush
May 11, 2024 9:40 pm

It took a little while, Rabz.
Two very talented people.

johnjjj
johnjjj
May 11, 2024 9:42 pm

Western leftists ally with Islamists – just like the Iranian Revolution

Nah Nah Nah what he is saying is “Allah Akhdar” Green God.©JJJ

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Rabz
May 11, 2024 9:57 pm

A babe being very sassy in Manhattan.

That’s where she is, Cats. 🙂

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 11, 2024 10:23 pm

How to make International Travel more exciting…

Flying to Mauritius, so Darwin-Singapore; Singapore-Bombay, Bombay-Mauritius.

So far so good to Changi, but then suddenly flight 2 will be delayed. Will we make flight 3? Yes, but only just, and the bags probably won’t.

Johnny Rotten
May 11, 2024 10:25 pm

Eye in the Sky

Alan Parsons Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRMf3wKBCPo

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 11, 2024 10:31 pm

a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is fun

Did a history walk from one side to the other two years back – good value. It took in the suburb on either side of the bridge. Harry Chapin and Neil Diamond were both one-time residents.

Johnny Rotten
May 11, 2024 10:38 pm

Don’t Answer Me

Alan Parsons Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inJVUeCAho0

Johnny Rotten
May 11, 2024 10:49 pm

Mercy Street

Peter Gabriel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu0Df477Iaw

Johnny Rotten
May 11, 2024 10:59 pm

The Cars and Drive

An aptly named piece –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pOBtbsuUmc

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 11, 2024 11:06 pm

A first time hearing for me.

—–

Simply Red – Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (Official Video)

A hit single in November 1987, this Cole Porter composition was also sung acappella by Mick in August 1998 at Old Trafford in front of a crowd of 55,210 people to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IDgtH-rN6s

Nelson_Kidd-Players
May 11, 2024 11:14 pm

Anyone catch the aurora tonight? I caught a faint glow in Melbourne’s east (despite light pollution) but there’s been plenty of noise on X-Twitter about it. Probably missed the peak, going by those accounts.

Nelson_Kidd-Players
May 12, 2024 12:33 am

Hmmm…

JC
JC
May 12, 2024 12:34 am

Get a load of what’s coming out of Fulton county about the 2020 election result.

https://twitter.com/CollinRugg/status/1788954532124455368

Tom
Tom
May 12, 2024 4:00 am

I’ve lost my laptop internet again. Would appreciate it if someone could post today’s Week in Pictures from power line log.com.

Tom
Tom
May 12, 2024 4:01 am

Whoops. That’s powerlineblog.com.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
May 12, 2024 4:33 am

Thanks oh rotten one for WIP.

There’s some classics in that lot!

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 4:37 am

You did well for a stand-in JR. I think this is the best WIP yet. So many it was hard to sort out the best or is it the worst. Probably the Austrian Corporal and Mein Campus.

calli
calli
May 12, 2024 4:51 am

Top pick from WIP…

IMG_1952
calli
calli
May 12, 2024 4:58 am

And get a load of this ugly dumb malice filled moo…

How DARE she!

IMG_1953
GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 5:06 am

Spent Saturday afternoon at A&E. Huge bruise appeared, purple and yellow, on my forearm overnight. Immediately thought of a blood clot which I have to watch for. No bumps to cause it. Only had to wait for 10 minutes, I asked if was coz I put a lot of work their way. They were flat out yet no one was flustered. Lovely nurse and young doctor looked after me. The young doctor asked the right questions and gave an opinion, called the Emergency specialist and he confirmed what she thought. No blood clot in the artery but most likely many in the fine veins probably caused by my overuse of emptying the trailer of broken concrete to fast. I’m waiting for the painkillers to kick in. The young doctor was very pleased when I praised her for saying what the senior doctor confirmed. I don’t know why whole extended families have to come which just blocks up the place. This is the first time at A&E and I’ve been there lots, that the punters haven’t been obnoxious. Every other time there’s always one or three going off. Plod called on many occasions. Well done Canberra Hospital.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 5:15 am

Hi calli. Santander was the only place in Spain we could have not bothered about. Went to the museum which was closed for no reason. Had a cheap hotel across from the harbour. Love watching port activities. I loved the Cantabrian coast. Especially Asturias.

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calli
calli
May 12, 2024 5:30 am

The cathedral at Santander was closed also. Tough on the pilgrims.

At Oviedo today…ditto. We caught up with some Danes doing the Camino. Got to the cathedral – sorry, closed but here’s a ticket to see the cloister.

Pretty poor show for the Faithful. As for us, we just grinned and confessed our Presbyterian-ness.

One of the lovely features of the Camino is the scallop shells – seen all through France and, of course, here. On walls, as brass plaques in the pavement.

Tomorrow it’s Santiago de Compostela. Our hotel is right by the cathedral. Hopefully it’s open!

johanna
johanna
May 12, 2024 5:59 am

Entitlement doesn’t translate into a sensible financial strategy:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-05-12/uni-students-spend-despite-mounting-hecs-debt-cozzie-livs/103816804

At just 23, Veronika Gobba owes over $41,000 in HECS debt on a course she’s yet to complete.
It’s a debt many Australians know all too well.
But there are some things she’s not willing to give up – her iced vanilla lattes and frozen yoghurt treats.
“Things can feel hopeless. Why bother saving? The odds are stacked against me,” she says.
“Spending money on little treats can bring you joy when don’t feel optimistic about being able to make bigger purchases long term.”

and

Veronika’s not the only student indulging a little to ease her stress.
Joni Granger, aged 20, is considering opting out of postgraduate studies because of rising costs. Her HECS debt is $27,000 and she still has a year of studies to go.idth=862&height=575Joni Granger is considering pulling out of postgraduate studies because of rising education and living costs.(ABC News: Ruby Littler)
She’s trying to manage her mental health and finds little treats give a sense of reprieve amid the cost-of-living crisis. Sometimes an oat milk latte or a flaky pastry can go a long way.
“Why not use the money that I have now to make myself feel good and feel a little bit happier?” Joni says.
“You’re sitting here with a huge student debt and … you just want to go and spend your money on a little luxury to make yourself feel a little better.”
She’ll buy a coffee because “it’s tastes better when someone else makes it” and she’ll go for a drink with friends because “even in this economy, social experiences are important”.

I’ve got news for you, you stupid, self-indulgent, spoiled children.

It is better to have savings than not to have savings, irrespective of the real estate market. Much, much better.

Having lived like a student (not this kind) when I was saving for and paying off my first house, I can assure these airheads that giving up the small extravagances made future independence possible. Even if they don’t buy a house, savings are a cushion against calamity or a means of investing or even a way of treating yourself to something substantial in the future.

As usual, TheirABC is totally sympathetic to these poor young people, who never experienced war or a major economic depression.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 12, 2024 6:24 am

The United Nations was founded after WW2 by the major powers plus assorted scruffs like Australia to try to maintain peace in the world. It wasn’t long before the Korean War showed China’s true colours, and in ensuing years more scruffs were allowed to join.
The UN is now run by a communist and has nothing to offer. It should be defunded and disbanded. The vote on the ultimate bunch of scruffs (aka Palis) reveals how many “member nations” are not intent on keeping the world peaceful.
When even some small dot on the map like East Timor can be granted independence, and when so many African “nations” have proven that what you normally get is rule by bloodthirsty kleptocrats, a model nation like Israel is virtually told it is illegitimate!
The MIddle East, from the Med to Afghanistan, has demonstrated that it can only be ruled by bloodthirsty tyrants, or at least “strongmen” of some sort. But when there’s a slightly better class of strongman in power (like the Shah in Iran or Al Sisi in Egypt) the mostly leftoid MSM delights in trying to tear them down.
The same syndrome is evident in other places as well. The media is replete with critics of Bolsonaro, Orban, Milei, and any other PM or President whose politics and financial senses place them at or to the right of center.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 12, 2024 6:30 am

Check out clip 4. The cop was absolutely useless. The street vender solved the problem with ease. I am curious to know what technique he used to subdue the animal. Impressive.

—-

Steve Inman:

Top 5
https://rumble.com/v4uamlz-top-5.html

shatterzzz
May 12, 2024 6:42 am

Several weeks ago I mentioned that my home town fitba club, Gateshead, had been refused its chance of playing for promotion for English League 2 cos of the technicality of not having a, current, 10 years lease on their home ground ….. a rule few had ever heard of .. duuh .. !
Bit of a consolation prize this morning we has won, at, the holiest of fitba grounds, Wembley, the FA TROPHY CUP beating Solihull Moors on penalties (3-2) .. Doesn’t take away the pain of being denied our right to contest promotion playoffs but a bit of egg-on-the-face for the FA ..
The FA Trophy Cup is a 2nd tier, knock-out comp for the non- league teams of the 5 leagues that can compete for promotion(s) to the Football league, proper (FA div 2) with 160 teams eligible ..
We has WUN it for 2023/24 season but, sadly,next season, we’ll still be playing where we wuz this season ..
Thanks for nuttin’ FA …………..!

Zippster
Zippster
May 12, 2024 6:50 am

German Politician Found Guilty For Exposing Sexual Assault Stats Of Afghan Migrants

Marie-Thérèse Kaiser, a young politician from the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, who was recently convicted for inciting hatred. This conviction followed her public discussion of gang rape statistics linked to Afghan migrants in Germany. Kaiser’s case has ignited a fiery debate on the balance between free speech and hate speech, especially in the context of discussing sensitive statistical data.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 6:54 am

Steve I’d say the scum had delayed concussion from the cop punching him. The vendor had the guys collar with both hands and pulled him down to the ground. The guy was out cold. I took a kick to the head sparring at training, passed out about 5 seconds later. Was ok until then. World turned grey and gone. I wondered why the bloke in clip 3 took his jacket off.

shatterzzz
May 12, 2024 6:59 am

Well …! It came & went the much nauseated over return to “thugby” of the Soufs “wunderkind” Latrine … Unfortunately, things didn’t go the way the media envisioned .. Soufs got flogged and Latrine, who earlier in the week was , media drawn, as rarin’ to go and an inspiration to his team mates at training is a bit on the tubby side and lacking pace and despite scoring a coupla tries they didn’t, really, compensate for at least 2 in goal “howlers” …..
Guess it’s back to the drawing board for both the media & interim coach, Ben Hornby, before next week’s encounter with the Cowboys …….

Black Ball
Black Ball
May 12, 2024 7:06 am

Piers Akerman:

China’s “Handsome boy” Albanese’s weakness was exposed by the Chinese jet fighter’s aggressive flare attack on an Australian Navy helicopter. His much-vaunted special relationship with the Communist Party’s leader-for- life Xi Jinping was exposed as meaningless.

Not that China they need worry about any Australian military response as we don’t have any credible defensive forces. The defence boffins are busily doing what they do best, nothing useful. The brass are currently occupied with the latest Defence Strategic Review (DSR) which has recommended the adoption of a three-tier system to oversee and lead the implementation of its recommendations.

Tier 1 calls for Cabinet-level oversight to ensure the highest levels of strategic direction (blah, blah, blah). Tier 2 calls for external oversight advisers to ensure that defence actions are implemented in accordance with the intent of the DSR (see above) and whatever new brainstorm the government may have. Tier 3 wants a DSR management board, run by defence, to direct all of the above.

The DSR has sub-themes (and I’m not talking about submarines) and priorities which lead to tasks, strategies and objectives plus other prioritised thought bubbles making Barry Jones’ much scorned Noodle Nation look like a model of Euclidean clarity. Bottom line, there is no new military power in immediate terms. Damningly, the missile defence included in the previous review has disappeared.

Simply put, we have no land-based surface-to-air missile defences. Nothing like Israel’s Iron Dome, which has been so successful recently. Our surface-to-air missiles are aboard our three air warfare destroyers. One may be in Sydney, another in Melbourne, the third … who knows? What is obvious is that each ship would run out of missiles in any action and wouldn’t present a serious defence of any city.

The first job of the independent oversight committee should be to put out a simple statement of what the defence force can and cannot do.

It has two years to do so because the DSR calls for another review in 2026. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), which may have its funding cut because the Chinese government finds it offensive, might be a suitable oversight body.

There is also the National Defence Strategy (NDS) under which the implementation of Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment Enterprise Strategy (NSSES) will be detailed in an updated Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment Plan (NSSP) to be released later this year.

The NSSP will be updated biennially in conjunction with the biennial NDS cycle and the Defence Industry Development Strategy (DIDS). DIDS alone has seven Sovereign Defence Industrial Priorities (SDIPS) and four Factsheets annexed. Not to be overlooked is the Integrated Investment Program (IIP) and the question of the Enhanced Lethality Surface Combatant Fleet (ELSCF).

The DSR found Australia’s naval capability should contribute effectively to the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) ability to shape our strategic environment, deter potential adversaries and deny their ability to attack our nation – which none of our forces can currently do.

The surface combatant fleet is not fit for purpose, upgrades are needed immediately, and delays will exacerbate the risk our sea lines of communication and maritime trade.

It recommends further analysis, keeping the public servants on Russell Hill, where the defence department sits brooding, busily generating more internal committees so they can look busy.

The whole shebang is at the mercy of the internal politics of the ALP as this Left-leaning Cabinet doesn’t like the idea of a military per se. Defence minister Richard Marles is a lone Labor Right voice in Cabinet and should ask Defence Industry minister Pat Conroy to join him as backup.

Marles needs to keep the AUKUS program central to defence. Incoming Vice Chief of Defence, Air Marshal Robert Chipman, the current chief of Air Force, must deal with this mess.

The new CDF, current Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston, will be full on managing the politics of defence.

There is a secret plan being worked on though. A nude unisex defence drumming team (NUDDT) to be revealed at next year’s mardi gras. That should really frighten the Chinese.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 7:08 am

Shatterzz while I was at the hospital yesterday there were a few footy players with the Robbie Williams dunnybrush hair cut. In fact all of them looked a bit like him. Different teams but older guys. About 10 footy players all together of differing codes. Teenagers and 30 plus age group. Ankles and pulled muscles. That was in the short time in the waiting room. Standing room only when I left.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 12, 2024 7:09 am

GreyRanga
 May 12, 2024 6:54 am

Steve I’d say the scum had delayed concussion from the cop punching him. The vendor had the guys collar with both hands and pulled him down to the ground. The guy was out cold. I took a kick to the head sparring at training, passed out about 5 seconds later. Was ok until then. World turned grey and gone. I wondered why the bloke in clip 3 took his jacket off.

—-

I wouldn’t mind sparring. My fitness is f*cked at the moment. Not interested in contests. I’d get my head punched in.

Black Ball
Black Ball
May 12, 2024 7:12 am

And looking at the Daily Telegraph website, Paul Keating is dallying around with a lady more than half his age. Just wow.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 7:25 am

BB I was at an ADF gathering recently and the talk was Johnston is a big improvement as these people are not woke. All said Campbell was always out of his depth and weak. This from a Brigadier, Colonel, Major and Lieutenant. They were surprisingly candid. Things might be looking up. Mind you its not the Chinese I’m particularly concerned about but the spineless politicians we have to vote for.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 7:27 am

BB Keatings beau might be a French trannie with a clock.

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Cassie of Sydney
May 12, 2024 7:34 am

In 2024, in Malmo, a Jewish singer wants to sing a song and thousands of Nazis protest her doing so.

Oh well, at least the scab is off and the festering sore that is Jew hatred is there for all to see.

Remember how the MSM and almost everyone else on the planet, except us wise people here…and Donald Trump…fawned over this ghastly, ugly, mentally deranged, midget loon aka Greta Thunberg? She was this amazing child prophet of our times! A real sibyl. LOL…..except there was always something inherently evil about her, even back in 2018 and 2019 when she erupted or more like vomited upon the global scene. Many of us knew she was a rabid little Nazi loon, who looked, walked, and talked like a little Eva Braun who would rush off to meet her deranged Fuhrer in a Munich photography shop.

But here’s the thing, the swivel eyed Swedish loon is a sibyl of sorts, a sibyl of Jew hatred.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
May 12, 2024 7:35 am

johanna @ 05:59AM

This obsession the country has with insisting kids who pass Year 12 must go to university is just so stupid it beggars belief.

Thank you Whitlam you dunderhead with a horde of kids with meaningless “degrees” who struggle with English Expression and can’t use a spanner or a hammer.

A Bachelor of Arts majoring in Gender Studies of Interpretive Dance is as much use as a fart in a lift. Then the professional students go on to get a Masters, this time specialising in Interpretive Dance of Gender Studies.

The $100k in HECS debt will never be paid because they can never get a job with sufficient pay level to kick in.

Shut down every campus except for those concentrating on engineering, mathematics, chemistry, physics and associated studies.

Build more Technical Colleges to teach trades.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 7:35 am

Steve I got hurt more in sparring than competition. Join a club and get fit, pace yourself and grow onto it, sparring isn’t about winning but finding out what works and more to the point what doesn’t.

johanna
johanna
May 12, 2024 7:40 am

Who Keating is going out with is just malicious gossip, not worthy of this site.

The lady in question deserves a bit of privacy.

How does this add to debate about public policy?

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 12, 2024 7:42 am

Love my gym but backs killing me this morning!

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 12, 2024 7:47 am

This obsession the country has with insisting kids who pass Year 12 must go to university is just so stupid it beggars belief.

A lot of it comes from North Shore style snobbery that a gentleman doesn’t work with his hands. For so many, Uni just turns out to be a WOFTAM. As I’ve said before, I feel trades are much more highly regarded now than when I was younger.

Johnny Rotten
May 12, 2024 7:48 am

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GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 7:50 am

BT I saw a woman on local tv a while back, had a masters in Evironmental science. What was she doing?Planting trees after the Canberra fires. Sons mate has a Bachelor of Evironmental science, walked into a great job with a mining company so he talks the same language as the crazies while pushing the mining barrow.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 7:55 am

Disagree Johanna, She knows who Keating is and was. Brought and paid for. Too bad when you get involved with a pubic figure the likes of Keating.

johanna
johanna
May 12, 2024 7:58 am

I’m trying to reconcile the BOM’s maps. One says that the great big high was 1019 yesterday, another says that it’s 1024 today. It’s moving east, how can this be?

On another note, I see that TheirABC and the BOM have been collaborating in creating pretzel logic for their failed past predictions.

We see stories with lots of graphics purporting to explain why those pesky weather patterns aren’t behaving as they should. But, global warmening.

Latest news – another El Nino on the way.But, global warmening.

But … but …didn’t Tim Flannery tell us that the dams would never fill again?

They are straining harder and harder against facts. I hope I live long enough to see the dam break.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 7:58 am

Miltonf 30 hip rotations both directions first thing will help with lower back pain.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 12, 2024 8:02 am

GreyRanga
 May 12, 2024 7:35 am

Steve I got hurt more in sparring than competition. Join a club and get fit, pace yourself and grow onto it, sparring isn’t about winning but finding out what works and more to the point what doesn’t.

Cheers mate.

johanna
johanna
May 12, 2024 8:12 am

GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 7:55 am

Disagree Johanna, She knows who Keating is and was. Brought and paid for. Too bad when you get involved with a pubic figure the likes of Keating.

‘Brought and paid for’ manages to be both illiterate and unintelligible.

I hold no torch for Keating, but who he is having dinner with decades after he left politics is just muckraking.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 12, 2024 8:22 am

Racist banana.

Anti-Hamas Campaigner Arrested After Eating Banana, Holding England Flag at London Protest (11 May)

An Iranian exile waved the St George’s Cross flag and ate a banana at a pro-Hamas protest in London last week, and was arrested over allegedly making a racist gesture. …

British newspaper the Daily Telegraph reports Ghorbani was told by officers that “the flag of St George was sometimes flown by racists and that carrying the banana could be interpreted as a racist gesture”.

And just like that respect for the police has dropped another notch.

Davey Boy
Davey Boy
May 12, 2024 8:35 am

The Greens are mobilising against Cumberland Council – see email below

this is about the motion that was passed at the previous Council meeting, to remove books about same-sex couples, from the toddler section of Council libraries

The msulim Labor Councillors mysteriously absented themselves from that meeting when the vote was held (which is why the motion was able to pass)

Hi [name],
I’m reaching out to invite you to join us in a crucial act of solidarity and advocacy. As you may be aware, there has been a recent motion at Cumberland Council to ban books depicting same-sex relationships in public libraries.
This decision sends a deeply troubling message to LGBTQIA+ individuals and families in our community; that they are not welcome.
We refuse to stand idly by while discrimination takes root in our libraries. That’s why we’re organising a rainbow presence at the next Cumberland Council meeting in support of a rescission motion.
Event: Let’s show rainbow families they are welcome in Cumberland
Date: Wednesday 15th of May
Time: Council meeting starts at 6:30pm; arrive earlier if you can to get a visible seat!
Location: Merrylands Administration Building, 16 Memorial Avenue, Merrylands
Wear: Bright rainbow colours
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1194014742019811
Your presence at this event is highly valued. By standing together, we show the pride of the Cumberland community.
 
Thank you for your ongoing support,
The Parramatta Greens

popcorn time.

Cassie of Sydney
May 12, 2024 8:38 am

Ghorbani was told by officers that “the flag of St George was sometimes flown by racists and that carrying the banana could be interpreted as a racist gesture”.

But what about the ‘context’? The London Plod loves giving lectures about ‘context’ and ‘interpretation’ when it suits them….oh but silly me, I get it, the London Plod only engage in ‘context’ and ‘interpretation’ when protesters attending the now weekly Jew hating marches carry signs with swastikas emblazoned on them!

johnjjj
johnjjj
May 12, 2024 8:44 am

Surprisingly Eurovision was great. Israel entered a moving, subtle song. Thinking of October 7th it was a work of poetry. Armenia and Azerbijan are worth a view. Of course, the Australian commentators were inane. The fat chick is pretty smart but the gayboy is insufferable. Fortunately his mike didn’t work and he sounded like a half dead pixie down the end of the garden.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 12, 2024 8:45 am

Kaiser’s case has ignited a fiery debate on the balance between free speech and hate speech, especially in the context of discussing sensitive statistical data.

It’s not “sensitive statistical data”.
It’s just “statistical data”.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 12, 2024 9:00 am

Health warning.
Bearing witness to atrocity in the face of denialAuthor and tech titan Sheryl Sandberg says October 7 doco Screams Before Silence should never have needed to be made.
By gemma tognini

From Inquirer
May 11, 2024
7 minute read

It could be a scene from the Australian bush. A wide camera shot captures a large grove of trees that look like tall, willowy snow gums, their canopy creating a hidden, almost ethereal feel. It reminds me of tranquil rides through the Snowy Mountains when the horses’ hoofs tread silently on a thick bed of leaves and bush dirt.
But as the shot tilts and tightens focus on to the trees, you can’t miss what’s there. Bloodied pieces of cord, wire and rope, still tied to the trunks. That’s when it hits you again. The truth of it. The undeniable truth of the sexual violence Hamas inflicted on hundreds of women and men on October 7 and the truly grotesque nature of what was done.
Undeniable truth. That is the heart of this documentary, Screams before Silence. It’s a record. A testimony. A bloodied flag pinned to a wall in a post-truth era that celebrates feelings over fact. It is bold, it is deliberate and the woman who is the face of this film says it should never have needed to be made.
Sheryl Sandberg describes Screams Before Silence as her life’s most important work. Before October 7, she was best known as an author and a tech titan who encouraged millions of women to lean in and offered hope in grief with her book Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy.

Crossie
Crossie
May 12, 2024 9:06 am

Happy Mothers Day to all, even if you are not a mother I’m sure you know someone who is.

johanna
johanna
May 12, 2024 9:07 am

In this vast continent, on this part of the globe, TheirABC keeps claiming that something awful amd unprecedented is happening:

In this vast continent, somewhere is a bit wetter ot drier than usual at all times. The meaning of the word ‘average’ seems to have escaped them.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2024-05-12/queensland-declared-drought-free-farmers-celebrate-rain/103824472

Drought is something declared by people in airconditioned offices, looking at the colourful graphs like those supplied by the BoM to TheirABC.

The readiness of TheirABC to zoom in on a current dry area, devoid of context or history, matches their eagerness to zoom in in flood areas devoid of context or history.

In this vast continent, where it sits, there will be floods and droughts.

Time to call out the hucksters making money out of it.

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 12, 2024 9:08 am

johanna, explore windy.com
It uses the same models that the BoM uses and you can see what is happening for 9 days ahead. After 2 or so it is science fiction a lot of the time.

Indolent
Indolent
May 12, 2024 9:09 am
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JC
JC
May 12, 2024 9:10 am

For those nostalgic for the 50’s and 60’s here’s a few things to consider when comparing generations across time.

That’s where the Left and the Right diverge. On the left many, including David Leonhardt, the author of Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream, argued that right-wing economic policies beginning in the mid 1970s and 1980s are to blame for the lost Atlantis of the post-war era.
On the right, the MAGA movement, spearheaded by Donald Trump and the likes of Tucker Carlson, instead argue that terrible trade deals (especially NAFTA), feminism, environmental regulations, and a too permissive approach to immigration led to the decline. The very name of the movement, “Make America Great Again,” is dripping with nostalgia for an imagined era of past greatness.
The first problem with this idea is that it overstates how high living standards were. In 1950, the average house was 60 percent smaller than it is today. Even after the automobile bonanza of that decade, more than a fifth of American households did not have a single vehicle in 1960, compared with just over 8 percent today. When adjusted for inflation, the cost of gas was not much lower than it is today, and the cars back then needed a lot more of it.
As for sending your kids to college on a single income, only around 10 percent of high-school graduates went on to further studies. One-sixth of households still lacked indoor plumbing in 1960, and over 85 percent lacked air-conditioning. Microwave ovens, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and other fancy technological gadgets were still either nonexistent or reserved for high-income households. While food may seem expensive today, Americans in 1960 spent a higher percentage of their income on food and other basic necessities than we do today.
All of this is to say that, if you are willing to accept a living standard typical of the early post-war years, you can probably afford to be a single-income family today. While pictures and videos on Instagram and other social media may distort the reality that average Americans are living in, Norman Rockwell paintings of happy 1950s families dressed in their Sunday best are not necessarily any more representative of the era that they were intended to illustrate.

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Indolent
Indolent
May 12, 2024 9:10 am
Crossie
Crossie
May 12, 2024 9:11 am

GreyRanga

 May 12, 2024 7:08 am

Shatterzz while I was at the hospital yesterday there were a few footy players with the Robbie Williams dunnybrush hair cut. In fact all of them looked a bit like him. Different teams but older guys. About 10 footy players all together of differing codes. Teenagers and 30 plus age group. Ankles and pulled muscles. That was in the short time in the waiting room. Standing room only when I left.

I noticed the same last year when I took my grandson from a soccer game to emergency with an injured shoulder. When I mentioned the kind of patients in the waiting room a nurse smiled and said that it’s the usual Saturday afternoon sports injuries.

duncanm
duncanm
May 12, 2024 9:12 am

Greater Sydney continues to suffer from a Flannering of unfilled dams.

Catchment dams at 98% capacity

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 12, 2024 9:12 am

The solar storm lit up the length of the southern skyline last night. Looked like city lights reflected at a distance with a few streaks into the sky.
Only time lapse on a camera captured the red/burgundy hues which were only faint to the eye. Very nice pictures with the Milky Way standing out on the coloured background.
Not good for sowing as the GPS takes ages to acquire satellites.

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 12, 2024 9:12 am

This obsession the country has with insisting kids who pass Year 12 must go to university is just so stupid it beggars belief.

Way back when a University education meant something, some ALP rocket scientsists noted that the kids who went to uni generally had better earnings in later life. So the obvious solution is to send everybody to uni, in a classic inversion of cause and effect.
Elon isn’t disappointed that he didn’t recruit these rocket scientists for SpaceX.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 9:14 am

Johanna Keating still advocates for China. Since you’re not capable of understanding “brought and paid for” I’ll have to type slower. He, Keating, still comments on Australian politics. Not that he has anything to say if he ever did apart from bile.

Nelson_Kidd-Players
May 12, 2024 9:18 am

If you missed Aurora Australis last night, X-Twitter features many posts.

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AuroraAustralis&src=trend_click&vertical=trends

Otherwise, it sounds that there may be further viewing opportunities tonight.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 9:20 am

Indolent that would be more than the total turnout for Sniffy Joe in the last steal.

132andBush
132andBush
May 12, 2024 9:23 am

Latest news – another El Nino on the way

Say what!!?

Cassie of Sydney
May 12, 2024 9:23 am

We often cite George Orwell as a dystopian seer but his equal was Anthony Burgess. In some ways Burgess was more prescient than Orwell, as evidenced by his books, 1985 and The Wanting Seed.

132andBush
132andBush
May 12, 2024 9:24 am

Did you get some rain, Gez?

Crossie
Crossie
May 12, 2024 9:25 am

Cassie of Sydney

 May 12, 2024 7:34 am

In 2024, in Malmo, a Jewish singer wants to sing a song and thousands of Nazis protest her doing so.

Oh well, at least the scab is off and the festering sore that is Jew hatred is there for all to see.

The audience in the concert hall and the protesters outside certainly showed themselves for what they are but the contest voting European public gave Israeli singer over 300 points that placed Israel in the top five. Europeans are not lost yet. At one point Israel was at the top of the ladder during the public vote.

shatterzzz
May 12, 2024 9:29 am

Started watching the TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ last night and thru the 1st 2 episodes .. Not what I expected .. the flashback(s) from present to the camp are a bit disjointed (no sincerity in them more a platform to include Harvey Keitel’s “star” into the billing .. quite surprised he is still alive ..!) and falling into the trap that most of these TV/movie “camp” recreations do ….. far too “clean” …….. Auschwitz looks well tended, inmates all appear clean, shaven ( designer stubbled), well fed and the prison garb tailor-made fittings .. Lotza unsupervised wandering about by prisoners which I’ve never come across in my, extensive, WW2 reading experiences … and a bit on the slow side .. I may be wrong but giving the early, impression that it might be 1, possibly 2, episodes longer than necessary ..
Still I’ll plod on and, hopefully, be proved wrong & it turns out worth the IMDB 7.9 rating ..
 
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9022422/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0_tt_7_nm_1_q_the%2520tattooist

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 12, 2024 9:31 am

4mm to keep the dust down for a day.
Dry sowing is all the rage down here. The lows are tracking across Southern NSW at this stage. Once a pattern sets in it’s hard to shift in the short term and it seems we’ll
have to wait for June.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 12, 2024 9:34 am

Quite right Johanna about Bom and ABC though the rest of the MSM are not far behind. On Friday at the coast we were promised up to, note, up to 150mm which turned out to be less than a mil. I suppose they are right, 1mm is in the ballpark of 150mm. Saturday when we bailed was 18mm an hour. Elders and the marine forecast is the most accurate and the still use the Bom data.

132andBush
132andBush
May 12, 2024 9:34 am

Bummer.
We won’t be able to traffic on paddocks for a week.

I think Jo meant to say La Nina just upthread.

JC
JC
May 12, 2024 9:35 am

Extensive history of government spending through the past century to now. It’s huge!
Appears to coincide with female suffrage.

https://ourworldindata.org/government-spending?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 12, 2024 9:40 am

Heavy rain overnight and still going in Brisbane.
Hope it is good for farmers somewhere.

Chris
Chris
May 12, 2024 9:45 am

Solar storm is working! I missed it but a colleague saw Aurora Australis about 8pm last night – in the Murchison, east of Geraldton!

JC
JC
May 12, 2024 9:49 am

Solar storm is working! I missed it but a colleague saw Aurora Australis about 8pm last night – in the Murchison, east of Geraldton!

Musk was briefly talking about the storm and how it’s really putting pressure on Skylink at the moment.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 12, 2024 9:52 am
Hugh
Hugh
May 12, 2024 9:55 am

We often cite George Orwell as a dystopian seer but his equal was Anthony Burgess. In some ways Burgess was more prescient than Orwell, as evidenced by his books, 1985 and The Wanting Seed.

The only Burgess I have read is A Clockwork Orange, which is brilliant, and certainly very relevant today. I will have a look at your recommendations, thanks.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 12, 2024 10:10 am

So ecofriendly they taste good.

Eco-friendly brake cables eaten by foxes after switch to soy insulation (11 May)

Eco-friendly brake cables are being eaten by foxes, after manufacturers switched from petroleum-based insulation to soy, forcing owners to wrap their cars in tarpaulins.

Recent photos show multiple cars covered in blue plastic for protection after a spate of attacks in Worthing, West Sussex, with locals claiming at least 20 vehicles were targeted by foxes.

If you have an accident because a fox ate your brake cables can you then sue the car company?

bons
bons
May 12, 2024 10:14 am

Four dry sunny days on the Gregory. Everyone is looking over their shoulders hoping that it will last for another week to allow us to get on without bogging, and another two weeks to get the seeding done.

The contractors are certainly putting in the prayers.

It does look as if stable autumn has finally arrived – brilliant time of the year.

Our met consultants claim that we are in for a near ideal winter crop season with just enough rain to do the job. Hmm – perhaps. I’ll check the Stars column.

The latest scam from the bludgers down in Emerald is a crop ceremony. Without being a naysayer I am doubtful that cropping was a significant element of the Gregory economy and culture pre-invasion. No doubt a bylaw will be passed.

Chris
Chris
May 12, 2024 10:47 am

I miss my Mum.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
May 12, 2024 10:55 am

If you missed Aurora Australis last night, X-Twitter features many posts.

Been some spectacular pix posted on spacechook over the last week taken from Deloraine in northern Tasmania.

People staying up in the early hours of the morning to get the photo opportunity.

Can’t remember ever seeing the lights when I was a kid in the town.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
May 12, 2024 10:58 am

I stumbled upon a Mark Felton video about Tokyo Rose and whether she was a victim or a traitor. The woman discussed was Iva Toguri – a Japanese American Christian trapped in Japan when war broke out.

The commonly held image of her, as a sort of succubus sapping allied troops of their will to fight, was the real propaganda – aided by government skullduggery.

Many of the comments underneath reveal the reality from the perspective of the target audience scattered around the Pacific – they loved the American music she played and the humour, carefully crafted to be lost on the Japanese. There was a reason service personnel were not forbidden to listen: she actually helped morale.

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lotocoti
lotocoti
May 12, 2024 10:59 am

Biden’s concern for civilian casualties in Gaza is so great
his regime has been withholding information
which would reduce civilian casualties in Gaza.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 12, 2024 11:11 am

Earlier:

This obsession the country has with insisting kids who pass Year 12 must go to university is just so stupid it beggars belief

Not going to uni wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made as a 17 year old, but it’s certainly in the top three.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 12, 2024 11:13 am

discussing sensitive statistical data

Easily offended statistical data?
Prone to tears statistical data?

Oh come on
Oh come on
May 12, 2024 11:21 am

ABC sub-editors – best in the business:

Lead article 1

Given it’s minuscule current size, it’s hard to see how the DAC industry can have any effect on global warming at all

Lead article 2

The Supreme Court concluded Rwanda was unsafe for several reasons but at the heart of its judgement was the country’s human rights record, it’s arbitrary legal system and concerns that asylum seekers risked being sent to another country, which could endanger their life.

Some may accuse me of being pedantic, and some grammarians may view the possessive apostrophe as a not-especially-useful grammatical device that we could probably get by without quite easily, but mastering the it’s/its distinction is really not that tricky. And stuff like this is the bread and butter of sub-editors.

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Oh come on
Oh come on
May 12, 2024 11:33 am

‘You’re Either For Israel Or You’re For Iran’: Daines Blasts Biden Over Withholding Aid To Israel

That sounds like a familiar ultimatum.

Can you not be ‘for’ either? I’m for my country.

If I had to make a civilizational choice between Israel and the ME states, it is not difficult. However, it’s Israel’s job to figure out its relations with its neighbours. Not our business.

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Zatara
Zatara
May 12, 2024 11:33 am

Trump is currently speaking at the largest political rally in New Jersey history. An estimated 80,000 supporters attending. Amazing.

https://www.rsbnetwork.com/video/live-trump-holds-a-rally-in-wildwood-new-jersey-5-11-24/

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 12, 2024 11:35 am

CEO’s plan for personal millions from Indigenous mine deal exposedThe land council’s mine was expected to produce $1 billion in revenue and the chief executive asked for a cut.
By Nick McKenzie
May 11, 2024

Listen to this article
12 min
In late September 2023, as the hot north-east winds whipped over the Gulf of Carpentaria, the chief executive of one of the Northern Territory’s powerful land councils pressed for a payday that stood to make him a multimillionaire.
The non-Indigenous chief executive of the Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC), Mark Hewitt, is in effect a salaried public official answerable under Commonwealth laws that safeguard the Aboriginal land council resources.

Even so, he asked Indigenous clan leaders to give him and his wife a shareholding in a landmark minerals project the council is driving which will generate an estimated $1 billion in revenue over its 10-year life.
Leaked confidential documents obtained by this masthead reveal that Hewitt’s pitch was initially endorsed by several Anindilyakwa leaders, guardians of the remote tract of pristine water and land off the eastern coast of Arnhem Land, including Winchelsea Island, where manganese was to be mined.

He argued it was his hard work and ingenuity that had been key to the Anindilyakwa’s progression of a mining venture that territory and federal officials heralded as a template for traditional owners dealing with resource and energy projects on their lands. The model would transform them from royalty recipients to active owners.
Hewitt was also armed with legal advice from a big corporate law firm that noted his play for a shareholding worth many millions, or even tens of millions of dollars, would not be unusual in the private sector.
But this was not the private sector, and the share plan unravelled after a young land council lawyer discovered the deal, sparking claims of impropriety and, recently, a confidential investigation by the Albanese government.
“Hewitt is an employee and servant of the mob, and he is paid to empower and build the wealth and wellbeing of the Anindilyakwa people,” said Curtin University professor Stephen van Leeuwen, an Indigenous leader who specialises in building relationships between traditional owners and land managers.

He described the attempted share grab as “an outright conflict of interest and just bloody wrong”.
The controversy, which happened soon before the young lawyer was let go by the council, raises questions that resonate well beyond the Northern Territory.
If the Winchelsea Island mine represents the future of how Indigenous people can capitalise on the nation’s energy and mineral resources, the internal tussle over how its spoils should be distributed raises critical questions around protecting their interests when big money, corporate dealmaking and lawyers come to town.
Van Leeuwen says that while the situation is improving, especially when it comes to large miners such as BHP and Rio Tinto, far more work is needed to ensure traditional owners not only understand their rights in negotiations with large resource firms, but have the power and agency to exercise them.
“One thing that needs to happen is the mob need to be informed about their rights, the principles of free, prior and informed consent, and how they can use their rights to achieve better outcomes for community and Country.”

cohenite
May 12, 2024 11:48 am

Is Paul Keating gay: he did overturn the ban on gay people being in the ADF. He does collect clocks. He is a dickhead.

Fact check: correct.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
May 12, 2024 12:01 pm

Is Paul Keating gay: 

I doubt he ever had a poo that didn’t have a dent in it

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 12, 2024 12:08 pm

Is Paul Keating gay

What? But isn’t he… married?

Oh. Oh, right. Like airline plots.

duncanm
duncanm
May 12, 2024 12:19 pm

the usual elite disconnect.

https://twitter.com/EurovisionNewZ/status/1789438344465658078

Israel wins televote in 15 countries. Second overall behind Croatia.

Way down in the official Jury vote .

https://eurovisionworld.com/eurovision/2024

Morsie
Morsie
May 12, 2024 12:30 pm

Worked with a tax lawyer who worked on Indonesia for 10 years.Who did you work for says I?
Unprompted he says Keatings bagman.
This was during his prime ministership.Take this as you will

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 12, 2024 12:39 pm

Keating dating 30 yr old waitress? There’s hope for me yet in getting a girlfriend under 60?

Arky
May 12, 2024 12:41 pm

Dover, this deserves it’s own thread:
Steve Hanke v Peter Schiff, Inflation debate.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpkhCMbYtTI

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 12, 2024 12:42 pm

Most of the MSM are now administering the Tokyo Rose Effect to western civilisation. It’s working.

Vicki
Vicki
May 12, 2024 12:50 pm

We had a major power outage last night at the farm. Maybe due to the massive solar flares that have produced the magnificent aurora colours.

duncanm
duncanm
May 12, 2024 12:50 pm

What the hell is eating all my lemons?

I have an established orange tree grafted onto bush lemon stock. I let the stock grow and keep it under control so I can also get some lemons out of it, too.

Some animal is eating the WHOLE lemon flesh and leaving me neat lemon carcasses. Little of the skin is eaten.

I generally get what assumed was possum damage, but it tended to be a bite or two only, with the damaged fruit left on the tree.

Is it rats? Tree is in the back yard adjacent to the local bush (Sydney).

They’ve stolen almost all my oranges, too. But they seem to like the skins as there’s no evidence they ever existed. There was a really healthy crop coming along with all this rain we’ve had.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 12, 2024 1:02 pm
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 12, 2024 1:05 pm

What the hell is eating all my lemons?

eating the WHOLE lemon flesh and leaving me neat lemon carcasses. Little of the skin is eaten

I am afraid to say that you may have an infestation of lesbians somewhere in your yard.

Indolent
Indolent
May 12, 2024 1:12 pm
John Brumble
John Brumble
May 12, 2024 1:14 pm

JC, the guy you quote on the 50’s and 60’s is gaslighting harder than a Victorian (era) street lamp.

Firstly, the right want the social policies and attitude of the 50s and 60s.

Secondly, the economic policies of the 50s and 60s need to be read in light of what came after, but regardless, it is the left who complain about the price of housing vs then and it is they who wish to return economically to that time.

Thirdly, he very studiously avoids mentioning two world wars and probably the worst economic policy of that sentence outside of an actual collectivist dictatorship which was what created that experiences of that era.

Finally, if there is an ers that the right wish to return to, it is the eighties, which gave birth to the 90s. The ild “the right wants to return to the 50s” is an old, old leftist trope.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 12, 2024 1:34 pm

Some animal is eating the WHOLE lemon flesh and leaving me neat lemon carcasses. Little of the skin is eaten.

It’s been fun to watch the changes of bird behaviour here at the Cafe.

I have no fruit trees in my yard, but the neighbours over the road have a nice lemon tree, a mandarin and an orange tree of some kind.

Currently the mandarin has a futile net over it, and the front yard is covered with demolished fruit…

Several years ago a cockie started to eat the seeds out of the lemons. Only the seeds. Then after a few years the cockies decided they liked the flesh of the lemons as well. Many lemons thereafter were gutted, and it was entertaining to watch the cockies climb up under the net to get at the lemons.

But at that time they didn’t like the mandarins. Then anyway. Now they’ve decided they like mandarins too. And the oranges…

Fortunately the over-road neighbours aren’t that into lemons and oranges and are a bit greenie. They even feed birds! So I’m not in the doghouse with them.

So yes, cockies may be your fruit burglars, but I’d suspect rats or something given your description.

duncanm
duncanm
May 12, 2024 1:56 pm

Nah – its not the cockies, they always make a mess and leave half of their meal on the ground.

Suspect its not possums either – they had a habit of taking my mandarins (front yard) out onto a favourite place on the back deck for consumption. And again, leaving a mess of peels.

I worry about rats, but there’s enough snakes and kookaburras around here to keep them under control, imho.

Definitely something with teeth – the remaining husks have fairly neat openings.

Vicki
Vicki
May 12, 2024 1:57 pm

I guess most already know this, but it is being proposed that the amazing aurora last night was artificially created by new electron technology:

https://www.timesnownews.com/world/haarp-or-solar-storm-aurora-conspiracy-theorists-say-manmade-northern-lights-article-110041465

Vicki
Vicki
May 12, 2024 2:05 pm

And from Bret Weinstein a while back – very prescient! Even the date!

https://unherd.com/2021/07/how-the-sun-could-wipe-us-out/

Indolent
Indolent
May 12, 2024 2:06 pm
Indolent
Indolent
May 12, 2024 2:06 pm
Indolent
Indolent
May 12, 2024 2:07 pm
Vicki
Vicki
May 12, 2024 2:21 pm

Trump attracted 80,000 supporters in a Democrat town in New Jersey. Unstoppable?

https://x.com/kylenabecker/status/1789385858832908623

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 12, 2024 2:24 pm

Fiction or nonfiction?’:Taylor Auerbach hints at book after Bruce Lehrmann trialThe Channel Seven producer who became a star witness in the Bruce Lehrmann defamation trial against Lisa Wilkinson and Channel 10 has hinted he may release a book after the ordeal. Here’s the latest.

Daily Tele.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 12, 2024 2:46 pm

Time on my hands – I’m re – reading Ion Trewins’s biography of the English Conservative politician, Alan Clarke – he who took not only his wife – married at 16 – on their honeymoon, but, also his current mistress..

Cassie of Sydney
May 12, 2024 3:08 pm

if there is an era that the right wish to return to, it is the eighties.

Yes, my God I had a fantastic time during that decade and the music was spectacular. No political correctness, no wokery. The world had leaders like Reagan, Thatcher, Kohl, Pope John Paul II and yes, even Bob Hawke.

Now we have midgets lording it over us, Albo the slug, Turdeau, Sunak, Macron.

I think the ‘eighties’ was the best decade.

Makka
Makka
May 12, 2024 3:18 pm

I think the ‘eighties’ was the best decade.

Except for the music. Where the ’70s leaves it for dead. Js.

rosie
rosie
May 12, 2024 3:24 pm

Sleeping on a camping bed in Canberra, it’s comfortable enough with a fold out mattress on top, but miss now four has started creeping down and hopping in with me.
Along with her water bottle, a dolly and a soft toy, it’s a little squeezy.
I think it’s awful cute though.

rosie
rosie
May 12, 2024 3:27 pm

Haven’t noticed any Canberra freaks, people look pretty normal actually, but then I’m hanging in the burbs.

Indolent
Indolent
May 12, 2024 3:29 pm

This is about Biden’s betrayal of Israel.

Life, Liberty & Levin 5/11/24

rosie
rosie
May 12, 2024 3:30 pm

I haven’t been to Santander Calli, loved Santiago though, we were a stone’s through from the cathedral too, in an apartment along one of those beautiful streets with the arched walkways like the ones in Bologna.
One of my favourite train trips across the top of Spain.
Santiago to San Seb that is.

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KevinM
KevinM
May 12, 2024 3:32 pm

Vicki
May 12, 2024 2:21 pm

Trump attracted 80,000 supporters in a Democrat town in New Jersey. Unstoppable?

No necessarily, he did do well with the crowd last time, look what happened?

Thousands go to concerts too for the performance, doesn’t mean they always like the musicians.

Biden had 100s of attendees and still won, cheating notwithstanding, he performed well enough to carry it off with the help of cheating.

BobtheBoozer
BobtheBoozer
May 12, 2024 3:33 pm

Duncanm:
What the hell is eating all my lemons?
It’s the Jooos, Duncanm.
They’ve bred really intelligent rats that eat the inside of the fruit out so you don’t see what’s happened.
In fact the Rats are more intelligent than the average Hamas idiot and their leaders are trying to get a way for the rats to carry a 5 kilo suicide vest – or they will as soon as they think of it.
I hope I haven’t given them any ideas.

JC
JC
May 12, 2024 3:42 pm

JC, the guy you quote on the 50’s and 60’s is gaslighting harder than a Victorian (era) street lamp.Firstly, the right want the social policies and attitude of the 50s and 60s.

Is he John? Let’s go through it.
 
Were the middle- and working-class homes much smaller and far less elaborate than they are now? Yep, in the US, about 60%.
 
Were the things that went into homes, like gadgets and appliances, far more numerous, including, in the present day, gadgets that weren’t even available then? Yep
 
Very few homes in the past had no A/C and only rudimentary heating.
 
Did 25% of nuclear families have no car in 1960, compared to 8% now? Yep. I would even argue that 1/2 of the 8% choose not to own a car and rent one when needed, like I did for four years. I didn’t miss it at that time.
 

Secondly, the economic policies of the 50s and 60s need to be read in light of what came after, but regardless, it is the left who complain about the price of housing vs then and it is they who wish to return economically to that time.

Nonsense. You see a lot of complaints from the Right too about housing.
 
 

Thirdly, he very studiously avoids mentioning two world wars and probably the worst economic policy of that sentence outside of an actual collectivist dictatorship which was what created that experiences of that era.

 
He doesn’t avoid it. I left that part out because the copy was too big for the site here, and I assumed people like you would know the reasons.
 
Let me very briefly explain to you some historical facts. Only a few countries came out of World War II without their economies being totally devastated, or in more descriptive parlance, totally fcked. Of the few, the article mentions the US and Sweden, but I would also add Australia to the mix, while New Zealand doesn’t count as it is as economically important as South Dakota. It took the buggered-up countries 15 to 20 years to right their mangled economies, and then, guess what? They were very competitive and began to eat away at our industrial bases because they were more efficient and cost-effective, despite the heavy tariffs in sleepy hollows such as Australia. See Germany, Northern Italy, France, Holland, etc. They freaking roared back in the 60s.
 

Finally, if there is an ers that the right wish to return to, it is the eighties, which gave birth to the 90s. The ild “the right wants to return to the 50s” is an old, old leftist trope.

I’ll take your word for it, even though I read a lot of nostalgianomics these days, particularly here, harking for the 50s and 60s.

JC
JC
May 12, 2024 3:47 pm

Cassie of Sydney

May 12, 2024 3:08 pm

if there is an era that the right wish to return to, it is the eighties.

Yes, my God I had a fantastic time during that decade and the music was spectacular. No political correctness, no wokery. The world had leaders like Reagan, Thatcher, Kohl, Pope John Paul II and yes, even Bob Hawke.

Now we have midgets lording it over us, Albo the slug, Turdeau, Sunak, Macron.

I think the ‘eighties’ was the best decade.

By luck, I got two decades in. 80s Australia and then 90s US. I actually think the short period between 2002 to 2007 was a terrific time in Australia too as commodity prices shot up. And then, there was Rudd, and the Lying Slapper. Tony-the-deer-caught-in-headlights and then…. I’d rather not mention the other three abominable losers as the Dear Lord would punish me if I mentioned them.

Clinton after 94 came good because he was a weak kneed asshat and took his orders mostly from the GOP congress.

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rosie
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