Open Thread -Weekend 25 May 2024


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KevinM
KevinM
May 26, 2024 4:49 am

That’s why I use DD-Go as a search engine most of the time. Google is better in many ways no doubt, but it annoys the crapola out of me with the constant identification requests.

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feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2024 6:05 am

Shane Gillis has a new series called Tires on Netflix.
Very funny.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2024 6:23 am

Have any Cats done the cruise around Alaska?
If so, is it any good for a scenic type holiday?

hzhousewife
hzhousewife
May 26, 2024 7:17 am

Sad to hear via BBC overnight that a Spitfire crashed in UK overnight, possibly at an air show.

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2024 7:34 am

Nearly 20 years after Israel withdrew from Gaza hoping to please the world, the world was never pleased, it was just a ‘concentration camp’ the whole time.
https://x.com/HilzFuld/status/1793670882352566640?t=tvze-rTF5NdJaUeeWaL1Qw&s=19

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 8:15 am

The lesbian bitch winging about 2016 again. Just go away.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 26, 2024 8:17 am

Thanks TE, I’d love to see the Namib Desert. We grow up to think of deserts being featureless sandpits when in reality they are wind sculptures varying rapidly in some areas to being hardly noticeable in others.

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 26, 2024 8:26 am

feelthebern: Have any Cats done the cruise around Alaska?

Did the Vancouver to Alaska and back through the Inside Passage and on the outside on the way back.

Excellent. Calving glaciers, orca pods, trips ashore into towns with no roads in and out; salmon spawning; old railways up past gorges with 100 year old horse skeletons in them. Well worth your time.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2024 8:27 am

I can go for Miles and Miles and Miles.

Queensland public transport services to be slashed to 50 cents (Sky News, 26 May)

Translink public transport services in Queensland will be slashed to 50 cents from August 5 no matter how far people travel.

The cost-of-living measure aims to ease gridlock on roads and increase the number of people using public transport.

The six-month measure is expected to cost the state budget $150 million but is projected to save commuters thousands.

Yeah sure, nothing at all to do with a certain rapidly arriving election. Such cynical hypocrisy.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 26, 2024 8:30 am

KevinM search engines are ruined by paid advertising. I can find things on my phone with gooooogle that won’t come up on my desktop. Refining search terms make little difference. I use DDG but still find it unsatisfactory.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2024 8:45 am

I have no idea what Poms will think of this.

UK Army conscription to come back with National Service compulsory under Rishi Sunak in bombshell election announcement (25 May)

TEENAGERS will be signed up for compulsory National Service under bold new plans unveiled by Rishi Sunak.

All 18-year-olds will have to take part in some kind of civic duty by enrolling for 12 months in the armed forces.

Or they could instead opt to join the police, fire service or another body that does work in the community for one weekend every month.

You’d reflexively say that it will go down like a lead balloon, but perhaps not. School leavers probably aren’t going to vote for the Tories anyway, and older voters might be sufficiently worried about the country to go for it.

On the other hand the Conservatives are so on the nose that it might be looked on cynically and make no difference.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 8:49 am

State PoliticsPerthWA News

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State Government spends $2m on security, maintenance for abandoned Swan Districts HospitalDylan CapornThe West Australian
Sun, 26 May 2024 2:00AM

Taxpayers have spent millions of dollars maintaining and providing security for an abandoned Perth hospital, almost a decade after it closed.
Amid negotiations for a transfer of the Swan Districts Hospital — as part of the South West Native Title settlement — the nine-hectare site in Middle Swan sits empty, with buildings left dilapidated by break-ins, graffiti and water damage.
In a Yes, Minister-esque development, The Sunday Times can reveal the State Government has spent $2 million since the hospital was shuttered in 2015, covering costs associated with managing overgrown vegetation, installing perimeter fencing and providing a constant security presence.
During a visit to the site recently, a security guard was quick to keep watch from his car as a photographer snapped images.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2024 8:50 am

For any crazy Cats still interested in catallactics…

An Austrian school take on Milton Friedman via a book review of ‘The Last Conservative’:

Milton Friedman: The Last Conservative

By Jennifer Burns

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023; x + 587 pp.

Imagine that you come across this about the “education premium” on someone’s blog: “By going to college, you are more than tripling your chances for success in after life.” The statement is buttressed by a calculation of the extra lifetime earnings that a college degree will provide. Wouldn’t you think that the author is an economist? In fact, the author was a high school student, and he wrote this in 1927, before ever studying economics. As you will by now have guessed, the precocious student was Milton Friedman.

Jennifer Burns, a professor of history at Stanford, makes clear in her outstanding biography that many of Friedman’s characteristic intellectual traits were present at a very early age, as the anecdote above illustrates, and that these remained constant throughout his long life. Much of Friedman’s work in economics consists of statistical analysis, though of course carried out at a far more sophisticated level than his fledgling high school effort. As an undergraduate at Rutgers, he was trained in statistical analysis by Arthur Burns, a young professor whom Friedman idolized. Burns introduced Friedman to the method of business cycle research of his own teacher, Wesley Clair Mitchell, and also stressed the importance of Alfred Marshall’s Principles of Economics, a text that was to remain a touchstone of sound economics for Friedman. Years later, Friedman made original contributions to statistical theory. He helped develop “sequential analysis” and together with L.J. Savage worked on the analysis of utility and risk. “Although never lionized as part of Friedman’s Chicago gang, Savage was one of the few people whom Friedman openly called ‘a genius’ and their short-lived collaboration proved fertile for both.”

Friedman’s commitment to statistical analysis led him vehemently to oppose the economics of Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek, whom he regarded as the purveyors of a priori, “unscientific” theorizing. Although Friedman and Hayek were friends and colleagues at the University of Chicago, and Friedman admired Hayek as a political and social thinker, “when a motion was raised to grant Hayek a courtesy appointment in economics—generally an honorific with no real power—he was not a supporter.” Hayek’s Austrian economics was not empirical enough for Friedman.

Of course, Friedman’s views on economics were not confined to methodology. From his graduate years at Chicago, he had firm ideas about policy as well, and these he absorbed from Frank Knight and Henry Simons. Both supported a competitive market, but they sharply differentiated between the “real” economy and the monetary and banking system. In the former, competition, firmly regulated by antitrust enforcement, was the order of the day, but not so in banking, which required centralized control by the government. To deal with depression, monetary expansion was required. This position too is at odds with the Austrian School, which views with alarm the machinations of the Fed.

Burns explains the views of the Chicago School on banking in this way:

“Galvanized by [FDR’s 1933] bank holiday, Chicago’s economists swung into action, drawing up the ‘Chicago plan’ for banking reform. . . . It shows clearly that Chicago economists, despite their neo-classical orientation, carved out a large role for the federal government in meeting the emergency. Chicago’s leading price theorists did not argue that the Depression was a necessary correction, or that economic activity would magically return to a desirable equilibrium. . . . Within ten days after the bank holiday began, the memo urged a significant expansion of federal power to meet the crisis. Broadly, it said that the federal government should attempt to increase the price level by around 15 percent. Specifically, it should take over the banking system, pass legislation breaking up the savings and lending functions of banks, and end the gold standard.”

Friedman absorbed the lessons of the Chicago economists, and emphasis on the need for monetary expansion to deal with depressions was a leitmotif of his career. Most notably, in A Monetary History of the United States, coauthored with Anna Schwartz, he blamed the severity of the Great Depression on the Fed’s contraction of the money supply:

“How did money affect business cycles? Friedman and Schwartz had an answer they considered definitive: money mattered. . . Friedman knew the book would have an impact. He knew it was the best work he had ever done, or would ever do. . .

“The book’s centerpiece was its stunning analysis of the Great Depression. Friedman and Schwartz’s data showed a precipitous 33 percent decline in the quantity of money during what they called ‘the great contraction.’ They convincingly argued that this lack of money transformed an unremarkable dip in the business cycle into a crisis of global proportions. . . . A Monetary History of the United States dwelled with the intensity of a psychologist upon the differences between the New York bankers George I. Harrison and Benjamin Strong Jr., men holding the power to redirect history itself. The absent hero was Strong, who died just before the crash. Examining Strong’s earlier career, Friedman and Schwartz argued that he would have reacted to the liquidity crisis with ‘strenuous and appropriate measures to head it off’ . . Harrison acquiesced to a policy of monetary inactivity. The Fed stood by as money drained from the banking system and the economy collapsed.”

Strong was Friedman’s hero, but he was Murray Rothbard’s villain. Rothbard blamed Strong for the inflationary expansion of bank credit during the 1920s, which led to an artificial boom that, as the Austrian theory of the business cycle shows, must inevitably collapse. Rothbard developed his analysis in his magisterial America’s Great Depression (1963), but Friedman did not respond to it.

Why did these two major economists differ on the causes of the Great Depression, though both agreed, albeit in contrasting ways, that money matters? The answer is that methodology also matters, and this is the chief point I’d like to emphasize in this review. Methodology may strike some, eager to get down to practical issues, as arid and abstract, but it has consequences of the utmost importance.

The Austrian theory of the business cycle is based on a priori reasoning, which is then used to help interpret historical events. People often find the notion of a priori truth puzzling, but what is important for our purposes is not an account of why such reasoning is true, but rather the fact that if you start with an a priori true axiom and reason validly from it, your conclusion also is true. Friedman’s method is entirely different. His account of the business cycle is based entirely on statistical evidence, correlating changes in the quantity of money with employment and output. What this ignores is that statistical correlations do not by themselves suffice to establish causation. Friedman viewed theory in instrumentalist terms, seeing it as a way to generate predictions that could be experimentally tested. The intrinsic significance of the theory was of little or no concern to him, and even a theory with false assumptions could still be useful. “Friedman considered the realism of a theory’s assumptions beside the point. . . Analytically, it wasn’t important if a business owner actually tried to maximize profits. It was only important that collectively, businesses could be understood ‘as if’ they were trying to do so. . . Friedman was also comfortable with the idea that observation could never be truly neutral; the investigator had always a selection bias of some sort. The way out of the trap was a relentless focus on problem-solving. After observation came prediction.” It isn’t clear why Friedman imagined that bias would not also affect how predictions were interpreted. False assumptions combined with selection bias does not seem like a recipe for success.

05/24/2024
David Gordon, The Misesian

shatterzzz
May 26, 2024 9:01 am
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2024 9:10 am

A man has just won best actress at Cannes.

I won’t bother linking.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 26, 2024 9:16 am

50c bus rides for 6 months in Brisbane.
I am waiting for the gladiator games with a few lions at Sun Corp stadium.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 26, 2024 9:18 am

A lot of TDS in the general population results from the drip, drip, drip of headlines generated by certain favoured “news” services that pop up on the start screen of microdaft. If the lumpenproletariat read mainly the headlines and don’t get other sources, it will colour their view of Trump. I’ve come across a lot of people here in Oz who aren’t really political tragics like most here, but who have absorbed the anti-Trump vibe anyway.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 26, 2024 9:19 am

Wonder if UK Army, police and fire services were consulted about the national service idea and baby sitting on week ends. Will require manpower to cover the training.

Vicki
Vicki
May 26, 2024 9:20 am

I suppose it had to happen. Invited for pleasant visit & later dinner at daughter’s house. All went very well until I foolishly asked granddaughter whether her lectures at university had been disrupted by demonstrators for the Pallie cause.

Well – she launched into a passionate defence of the demos. I immediately put both palms up and said “Stop!” indicating that I had contrary views and this should be explored at another time. Well…guess what…that caused an even more passionate tirade. The steamroller had gathered steam and could not be stopped. So I figured that I might as well try to wrest control of the mad machine.

Counter arguments (have you actually seen the photos and videos of the 7 October atrocities?) did not even penetrate the stream of consciousness that ensued. But I persisted – particularly as I was accused (in so many words) of being an unfeeling moron.

One of the more annoying accusations was that I (& others like me) was totally ignorant of the equally pernicious (so she reckons) abduction & rape of the Christian Nigerian girls by Islamic guerillas. It didn’t help that Mr. Corporate (my son-in-law) agreed with her. Of course, I said, I am aware of these atrocities. “What are YOU doing about it ??” was her absurd accusation.

You get the picture. The outraged but ignorant adolescent. But the situation for Israel and Jews throughout the world is far too significant to protect adolescent pride, so fellow Cats, I launched into a fairly heavy response with resultant tears from the granddaughter (& bewilderment from the boyfriend) and a tearful departure to her room.

Visits to my daughter’s house are fast becoming too treacherous.Thankfully, daughter and son-in-law understood our position. But daughter did offer the comment as we left….”She is SO like you!”

I assume that was a compliment.

m0nty
m0nty
May 26, 2024 9:20 am

I see Trump has turned the Libertarian Convention into a literal clown show, alienating the members so much that they are taunting him with rubber chickens.

Min
Min
May 26, 2024 9:23 am

Adam Bandt thinks that solar panels and batteries will supply enough energy we have enough gas on ibdsiders

Min
Min
May 26, 2024 9:23 am

Insiders Imputbon glasses

Min
Min
May 26, 2024 9:25 am

Apologies for typos Bandt has not explained how long solar panels last and how are they disposed of at what cost Who makes them etc ,

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 9:28 am

Pilot is killed in Spitfire crash: Tragedy as WW2 aircraft plunges into a field during Battle of Britain event at RAF Coningsby
Daily Mail.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 26, 2024 9:32 am

Vicki, you really should consider joining the Foreign Legion so you can join in rescue missions in Africa!
Like you I have to be careful what I say around my kids as well and truly brainwashed by their Uni years and common sense and ability to reason totally lacking.

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2024 9:33 am

UK Jewish communal organisations have long been even more cowardly, supine and craven than the mainstream Australian Jewish communal organisations, and that’s saying something. The brief of communal organisations, be they here in Oz, the UK or the USA, should always be to advocate for Jewish community issues, on such things as education, security, kashrut and so on, and to advocate for Israel and Zionism. Instead, over the last two decades and particularly over the last decade, too many of these mainstream organisations have preferred to engage in wank wokery, multicultural, ecumenical bullshit appeasement, spruiking for SSM, trans rubbish and da Voice rather than spruiking for issues that pertain specifically to the Jewish community. This is why the AJA was set up in 2017, as a reaction to the mainstream Jewish communal organisations support for SSM and their increasing leftism. The AJA is a conservative Jewish voice. Last year many of the mainstream Australian Jewish organisations supported the Voice. The AJA did not. And since October 7, not one mainstream Muslim organisation here in this country has bothered to condemn the rapes, murders and kidnappings of Jews on October 7 2023.

But as bad as things are here in Oz it’s worse in the UK and US where this appeasement rabbit hole has been even more blatant and nauseating, the cowardice and outright appeasement has long been a feature, alienating ordinary Jewish men and women. But most ordinary people don’t make an issue of it, they’re too busy getting on with their lives, going to work raising families, trying to earn a quid or two. They don’t speak up and they don’t do anything. But the atrocities of October 7 and the responses in the West, with weekly genocidal Jew hate marches now a common feature on our streets, the unholy alliance between the radical left, the not so radical left and Muslims has pulled down the veil and shown ordinary people just how degraded and compromised many of our mainstream Jewish organisations are. An example of this is how the mainstream UK Jewish organisations have treated someone like the lad from Luton, a long friend to Jews and Israel. Many ordinary UK Jews happen to like the lad from Luton, many ordinary UK Jews have to support the lad from Luton, but the mainstream communal organisations have long bought into the nonsense that the lad from Luton is a pernicious smelly racist Islamophobe.

The reason why I write this is that there is an awakening, particularly in the UK, amongst ordinary Jews. These people, in London and other cities with significant Jewish populations, are now fighting back, after seven months of Met police appeasement, of government inaction, of mainstream media pro-Islamist corruption, and so ordinary Jews in London and elsewhere are joining forces with Christians and ordinary working class lads, like the lad from Luton, to face off and fight off the leftist and Muslim Jew hating scum. This is from London overnight……

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gJn7ig8fK4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtwPCQzOKa4

Ordinary Jews in London, Birmingham and Manchester are hitting the streets….saying enough, and they are taking the fight to the leftist and Muslim scum. It’s sweet, very sweet. More please.

Last edited 29 days ago by Cassie of Sydney
duncanm
duncanm
May 26, 2024 9:35 am

Nice to see Sarah Ferguson getting pwned on the 7:30 report.

Start at 5:30 for the entertainment.. Sarah claiming ‘time pressures’ 5 minutes into a 20 min interview.

https://youtu.be/WhGOXC3Izw8?t=331

m0nty
m0nty
May 26, 2024 9:46 am

Cranky supporting fascist Tommy Robinson. Unsurprising.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2024 9:48 am
KevinM
KevinM
May 26, 2024 9:51 am

Vicki
May 26, 2024 9:29 am

Reply to  rosie

Most of us will recall that time – although the young Pallie sympathisers probably have no idea. I recall that many Israeli farmers were removed from their farms and businesses to make way for Palestinians.

It represented a reasonable opportunity for the Pallies to make something of a strip of land that had excellent coastal opportunities for trade etc etc. as well as the sort of enterprises that Israelis had been operating.

In spite of millions of dollars of support from Islamic states such as Qatar, the settlers made almost nothing of the opportunities offered.

As your experience with your granddaughter proves, you see what you want to see.

That attitude comes from somewhere, maybe closer to her home than you think.

Education facilities have a great deal to do with shaping minds also of course.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
May 26, 2024 9:54 am

Tommy Robinson supports fascism!
Funny, I thought he was imprisoned and censored by fascists.
Monty supports the real fascists. He is a piece of trash who should not be given a place here.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 9:58 am

Monty supports the real fascists. He is a piece of trash who should not be given a place here.

I second that. A poisonous mediocrity.

Tom
Tom
May 26, 2024 9:58 am

The troll doing his fortnightly drive-by. They used to be daily or weekly. LOL.

billie
billie
May 26, 2024 10:00 am

search engines

I gave up on DDG, Duck Duck Go when I discovered tracking is n ot much different to the others

Yandex is one I am trying now, non American, is Dutch

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 26, 2024 10:01 am

$320m for that pier!
Who got the contract is the obvious question?

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2024 10:02 am

In the 1930s London Jews fought back against Mosley’s fascists.

In 2024 London Jews are fighting back against Muslim and leftist fascists.

Indolent
Indolent
May 26, 2024 10:04 am

@LauraLoomer

EXCLUSIVE @LoomerUnleashed VIDEO:

Trump supporters are being removed from the front row of the Libertarian National Convention in Washington DC right now ahead of President Trump’s speech tonight.

Angela McArdle @angela4LNCChair, the chairwoman of the Libertarian Party @LPNational just got up on stage and told Trump supporters to give up their seats to Libertarian delegates and to move away from the front. 

President Trump is set to speak soon. This is absurd. 

They are literally trying to force Trump supporters who waited in line to give up their seats to @RobertKennedyJr supporters who are planning on ambushing Donald Trump as he speaks. 

@LoomerUnleashed correspondent @thecharlesdowns is being threatened with physical removal from the convention for being a Trump supporter with a seat in the front row.

Makka
Makka
May 26, 2024 10:05 am

I see Trump has turned the Libertarian Convention into a literal clown show,

Meanwhile, The Chief Kiddy Sniffer can’t complete a coherent sentence- despite reading from a teleprompter and full of go juice.

Garish loudmouth Trump may be. But your fervent support of this corrupt deviant Biden and his cabal of unhinged freaks is disgusting and shameful.

You are the clown, m0ron.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 10:05 am

The wedding gift Brittany Higgins didn’t want: Inside the insane legal costs David Sharaz will have to cover as he settles defamation case with his fiancée’s former boss Linda Reynolds

  • David Sharaz bowed out of the defamation battle
  • He has now been ordered to cover Linda Reynolds’ legal costs
  • She remortgaged her house to cover the legal battle

Daily Mail. Does anyone weep for poor David? Nah, me neither.

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 26, 2024 10:08 am

I see the UK national service idea not being well received by Daily Mail readers.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 26, 2024 10:13 am

Vicki, I am a cynic and rarely disappointed. I tell my kids when I’m presented with emotive subjects that I don’t care if they don’t affect me and what I do care about is people’s inability to to rationally look at facts and not cling to tenuous argument. I can do something about things I have some control over but will not burden myself over things that I can’t. Slowly they are coming round. As smart as they are and are very practical, the hangover of constant drival spouted on social media still weighs heavy. Daughter has ditched social media which has gone someway to an improvement in her outlook. Sons still on faecesbook, yet in their worklife only deal with facts, not feelings. Strange.

KevinM
KevinM
May 26, 2024 10:14 am

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2024 9:33 am

But as bad as things are here in Oz it’s worse in the UK and US where this appeasement rabbit hole has been even more blatant and nauseating, the cowardice and outright appeasement has long been a feature, alienating ordinary Jewish men and women. But most ordinary people don’t make an issue of it, they’re too busy getting on with their lives, going to work raising families, trying to earn a quid or two. They don’t speak up and they don’t do anything. But the atrocities of October 7 and the responses in the West, with weekly genocidal Jew hate marches now a common feature on our streets, the unholy alliance between the radical left, the not so radical left and Muslims has pulled down the veil and shown ordinary people just how degraded and compromised many of our mainstream Jewish organisations are. An example of this is how the mainstream UK Jewish organisations have treated someone like the lad from Luton, a long friend to Jews and Israel. Many ordinary UK Jews happen to like the lad from Luton, many ordinary UK Jews have to support the lad from Luton, but the mainstream communal organisations have long bought into the nonsense that the lad from Luton is a pernicious smelly racist Islamophobe.

Very well said, agree with you, I implied the same about the apathy, nay, stay safe and mind your own business to Arky’s post.

Problem is, who is the last the crocodile will eat?

As to funding the ‘lad’ I do it via a friend residing in the UK because I do not want to be ID’d.

Is there a way you can donate without identifying yourself, (OK I am a coward!), gift cards come to mind but cumbersome and not always cash redeemable.

Diogenes
Diogenes
May 26, 2024 10:16 am

50c bus rides for 6 months in Brisbane.

I am waiting for the gladiator games with a few lions at Sun Corp stadium.

Can I nominate the first participants?

shatterzzz
May 26, 2024 10:18 am

Watching the Mariners v Victory game last night and Mariners doing what they’ve dun for most of the season .. WIN .. They are a very slow starting mob and if you don’t bury ’em in the 1st half you are in trouble and last night they did it again .. Victory dominated the 1st half without scoring, controlled most of the 2nd half but only one goal to show for it ..
Then Mariners equalized just before the final whistle and took over in extra time for, what ended up, a convincing win …
And a season never to be repeated .. Premiers. A League winnas & Asian Cup winnas (can’t be repeated cos that wuz the last ever Asian Cup with all Asia wide competitions to be re-worked/re-vamped for next season) ..
Wonder what Fitba Oz will have to say, if anything, about “security” deciding discretion was more appropriate than valour when the crowd “invaded” the pitch after the final whistle .. ha ha ..!

The less said about the Eels the better .. duuuuuuuuuuuuuh!

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Makka
Makka
May 26, 2024 10:19 am

Biden’s $320M Gaza Pier Has Detached & Drifted Onto Israeli Beach (26 May)

This, from the same organisation that almost 80 years ago and in shit weather went ashore in Nazi Europe and in short of 3 weeks landed successfully over 850,000 troops, 148,000 vehicles and 570,000 tons of supplies in a weapons hostile environment.

Now they can’t even put up a little jetty by the Med seaside to deliver milk and cornflakes.

That’s where DEI and wokeness gets you. The opponents of the US are watching.

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Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2024 10:20 am

The movie may be ok but woke has a distinctive pungent odour that deters people from going anywhere near it. They have been burned so often that one whiff is enough.

Nolte: ‘Mad Max with a Girl’ Faces Worst Memorial Day Weekend Debut in 41 Years (25 May)

They called it Mad Max, put a girl in it, and now Woke Hollywood’s staring down the throat of the worst Memorial Day weekend opener in 41 years—since Return of the Jedi in 1983. Before we get to the Sycophant Media’s lamer-than-lame excuse for this failure, we’ll start with the boilerplate…

“Ouch, it’s looking really bad,” reports the far-left Deadline. Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga could post the “lowest opening for a Memorial Day movie in 41 years with a 4-day between $31M-$35M. How the holy heck is that?”

If Mad Max with a Girl “comes in on the low end,” Deadline adds, “the last time a No. 1 movie or Memorial Day opening title filed a 4-day gross take that was lower was back in 1983 when Return of the Jedi made $30.5M.”

Mad Max with a Girl?  Heh. But we saw how well Maverick went. If you make a fun politics-free movie the punters will come in.

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2024 10:26 am

London Jews are fighting back
Fighting back, fighting back
London Jew are fighting back
Fighting fascists, fighting fascists

Am Yisrael Chai

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
May 26, 2024 10:28 am

Who said it better, Hairy Festeringpenis or Der Sturmer?

Moves to limit free speech have to be watched very carefully. At a time where the Zionist Lobby have been exposed for their control of the narrative in the western world including in Australia, and there have been no consequences for political interference on behalf of another country, criminal penalties for speaking out about Zionism will just serve to entrench the advantage of those with direct access to the powerful and deep pockets. #auspol

https://x.com/MaryKostakidis/status/1794500017597878470
?

shatterzzz
May 26, 2024 10:32 am

The wedding gift Brittany Higgins didn’t want: Inside the insane legal costs David Sharaz will have to cover as he settles defamation case with his fiancée’s former boss Linda Reynolds

He’ll do what all money-ed folk (builders, especially) do .. go bankrupt ..! Nickerless’ largesse isn’t in his name so like anyone with any money he’ll get to keep whatever he’s got, regardless …… So will Britz cos Linda won’t get access to the “trust fund” .. Too many well-to-do are into “trust funds” to ensure they keep the “wealth” ……..!
Only poor people ever suffer thru legalities …….!

Chris
Chris
May 26, 2024 10:38 am

When I was in Zimbabwe I visited the Air Force Museum at Gweru. Some very interesting planes, including a Canberra bomber.
I was later told of a man who owned and restored a Spitfire to flyable condition. The new Zimbabwe Government ordered him to hand it over to them.
He did not comply; he flew it, and himself, into a hillside rather than hand it over.
Google found this on Wikipedia:
Jack Malloch Wow, this man was the sort of chappie WIlbur Smith novels were based on.

In 1978, Malloch persuaded a Rhodesian Air Force base to part with the Mk 22 Spitfire which had been sitting on a plinth outside the air base for over 20 years. He began renovating it the same year, which process included having a five-bladed variable-pitch propeller custom-built by a German firm. In March 1980, he made the first flight in the newly renovated aircraft and it was featured at air shows in Zimbabwe at the time. Malloch was killed in his Mk 22 on the last day of filming the documentary Pursuit of a Dream on 26 March 1982 when he flew the aircraft into a thunderstorm.

Other comments at a forum mention cancer – and the throttle wide open on impact. There is a link to a youtube of that documentary.

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KevinM
KevinM
May 26, 2024 10:39 am

duncanm
May 26, 2024 9:35 am

Nice to see Sarah Ferguson getting pwned on the 7:30 report.

Start at 5:30 for the entertainment.. Sarah claiming ‘time pressures’ 5 minutes into a 20 min interview.

Wow, never knew she existed, she was knocked for six, how can anyone so uninformed or should I say misinformed be on the TV?

Chris
Chris
May 26, 2024 10:42 am

When I was in Zimbabwe I visited the Air Force Museum at Gweru. Some very interesting planes, including a Canberra bomber.
I was later told of a man who owned and restored a Spitfire to flyable condition. The new Zimbabwe Government ordered him to hand it over to them.
He did not comply; he flew it, and himself, into a hillside rather than hand it over.
Google found this on Wikipedia:
Jack Malloch Wow, this man was the sort of chappie WIlbur Smith novels were based on.

In 1978, Malloch persuaded a Rhodesian Air Force base to part with the Mk 22 Spitfire which had been sitting on a plinth outside the air base for over 20 years. He began renovating it the same year, which process included having a five-bladed variable-pitch propeller custom-built by a German firm. In March 1980, he made the first flight in the newly renovated aircraft and it was featured at air shows in Zimbabwe at the time. Malloch was killed in his Mk 22 on the last day of filming the documentary Pursuit of a Dream on 26 March 1982 when he flew the aircraft into a thunderstorm.

Other comments at a forum mention cancer – and the throttle wide open on impact. There is a link to a youtube of that documentary.

cohenite
May 26, 2024 10:43 am

m0nty
 May 26, 2024 9:20 am

I see Trump has turned the Libertarian Convention into a literal clown show, alienating the members so much that they are taunting him with rubber chickens.

I can see how that would excite you dickless since rubber chickens are a known sex aid for eunuchs.

cohenite
May 26, 2024 10:46 am

Following on from dickless’s salivations about rubber chickens:

Donald Trump supporters overwhelmed the Washington Hilton Saturday for the Libertarian National Convention in Washington, D.C.

Not all party faithful in attendance were pleased with the convention’s offer to Trump to speak, which energized the small party’s usually relatively sleepy convention but left party members greatly outnumbered by supporters of the president.

Some attendees distributed pink kazoos to party members with instructions to interrupt Trump’s speech during statements the aspiring musicians disagreed with.

Libertarians Hand out Kazoos to Convention Attendees to Protest Trump (breitbart.com)

Libertarianism has some good points but on balance it is pie in the sky bullshit contrary to human psychology. Where’s dottie?

Anyway the libertarian’s go at Trump shows them to be amateurs compared to the demorat scum:

Biden’s Special Counsel Wants New Gag Order to Stop Trump Critiquing FBI. (thenationalpulse.com)

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Makka
Makka
May 26, 2024 10:48 am

US Weapons Accuracy Drops to 10 Percent in Ukraine Due to Jamming

Many high-tech US weapons systems in Ukraine are now useless due to jamming signals by Russia.

https://mishtalk.com/economics/us-weapons-accuracy-drops-to-10-percent-in-ukraine-due-to-jamming/

cohenite
May 26, 2024 11:05 am

Mark Latham was interviewed on Brent Bultitude’s Sunday morning program at 10am (a regular event and worth listening to). Latham was asked about Greenwich’s defamation suit against him which wrapped up on Friday. Latham said something really astonishing: Greenwich was funded by Climate 200, Simon Holmes à Court’s mob which put the Teal bunch of hags into parliament. Latham is a climate realist and pro coal and nuclear so it is not surprising. As well as Court here are some of the other woke rich fuktards who support Climate 200:

Political donations teals: Climate 200 the big money behind independent candidates (smh.com.au)

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2024 11:12 am

Fair go Vicki, the Gaza settlers have built an extraordinary amount of infrastructure since 2005. Schools, hospitals, government buildings all conveniently connected by tunnels.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2024 11:23 am

I love the phrase “average serving”.

NY Times touts ‘Urine’ carrots (25 May)

NYT: P-BANK is a demonstration public toilet inviting people to donate their urine for the recovery of phosphorous for reuse as garden fertilizer. According to P-BANK’s instigators, Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany, an average serving of urine (300 milliliters, or about 10 fluid ounces) contains about 200 milligrams of phosphorous, which is enough to grow three or four carrots. — at least theoretically. As of now, only Switzerland has approved the use of Aurin, a liquid fertilizer made from human urine.

The Swiss and the Germans do seem to go for kinky stuff, so maybe urine carrots will be a big hit in those countries.

m0nty
m0nty
May 26, 2024 11:29 am

Credit to Trump, he did take the stage at the Libertarian Convention.

He is now being drowned out by a loud chorus of booing, LOL.

m0nty
m0nty
May 26, 2024 11:33 am

Trump: “Maybe you don’t want to win … keep getting your three percent every four years”

Libertarians: BooOoOooOOooOOoooOo

i thought Trump liked the III%ers, LOL.

BobtheBoozer
BobtheBoozer
May 26, 2024 11:33 am

https://open.substack.com/pub/harryrichardson/p/this-picture-changed-the-world-while?r=1easrn&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email

When I first saw this picture, the blood drained out of my face. To an American economist, it was just that shocking.

For those who tire of my home nation’s bullying and hegemony–always telling the world what to think and do–this is the moment that all that began to change.

Whether it was ever wise of America to put itself in this situation–or smart of most of our globe to accept it–is the subject of another day or perhaps a book.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2024 11:39 am

Yay! Free copper!

EV drivers given a big plug as NSW embarks on huge rollout (Tele, paywalled)

Motorists driving electric cars will have hundreds more places to recharge after the Minns government embarked on the largest rollout of public kerbside chargers in the country.

If half of the chargers are still working after 6 months I will be very surprised.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 26, 2024 11:43 am

Biden – 320 mill on a float away pier.
Must have skipped the pier review process.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 12:00 pm
Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 26, 2024 12:04 pm

Absolutely brilliant letter by Israeli author asked to state her position on Gaza. Over at Quadrant.

It is that kind of fighting spirit that has made me a long time supporter of Israel.

“Rude and Crude but Definitely Justified”

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 26, 2024 12:06 pm

What’s that noise I hear coming from Hawthorn environs? The empty rattle of mutley’s peabrain and the headboard from the milko banging mutley’s missus.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2024 12:09 pm

Excellent!

Florida to repeal clean energy goals, citing new law deleting climate change mentions (25 May)

Citing that new law, the Office of Energy’s proposal states that the renewable energy goals are “no longer necessary.”

The law also prohibited offshore wind turbines in state waters, curtailed some regulations on natural gas pipelines and reduced local government control over the location of natural gas storage facilities, among other changes.

“We’re restoring sanity in our approach to energy and rejecting the agenda of the radical green zealots,” DeSantis said in a post on the social media site X, formerly Twitter, when he signed the bill.

Nice to see the unscientific greens taking a rare hit below the waterline. I hope it will catalyse other red states to do likewise.

Zippster
Zippster
May 26, 2024 12:28 pm

Cant find the link now. Dreyfus is proposing to criminalise hate speech as per scotland. what a marxist turd

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 26, 2024 12:39 pm

Go Grandma!

—–

Steve Inman:

Road Rage: Old couple teaches young couple a lesson
https://rumble.com/v4xe875-road-rage-old-couple-teaches-young-couple-a-lesson.html

Arky
May 26, 2024 1:05 pm

Arky on communism. Part 1.
In 1848 Marx and Engels published The Communist Manifesto.
You can read it here: https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/61/pg61-images.html
Of course, you may not want to, so here is a summary:
Communists believe history is a struggle between classes. Some classes that they assume will oppose their grab for power will need to be eliminated. 
They want land, factories, banking, communication, transport and education all in the hands of the state; abolition of inheritance and private ownership; and everyone to work at the pleasure of the state (Compulsory work).
..
France.
In 1871 communists seized power in Paris. Between 8000 to 20,000 died in the ensuing two month struggle between the Republican army and the communists.
..
Russia.
By June 1923 the Bolsheviks had won the Russian civil war with between 7 to 12 million casualties and two million refugees.
Between 1931 and 1934 Soviet policies resulted in a widespread, planned and targeted famine with deaths of at least 5 million across the country, around four million in the Ukraine.
It is estimated that under Stalin 20 million died in labor camps, forced collectivization, famine and executions.
..
China.
By the end of 1949 the communists had won the Chinese civil war, the Nationalists retreating to Taiwan. The death toll was around 5 million combatants and civilians.
It is of course impossible to give precise numbers for all those killed by the Chinese Communists as they consolidated their power and then undertook their program to transform society and eliminate class enemies. Estimates range from 30 to 70 million victims of the consolidation of power period, collectivisation, the Great Leap Forward, Famines and the Cultural revolution.
..
Korea.
After the Second World War, in Korea,  the Soviets supported the communist government of Kim il Sung. In 1950 the communist North invaded the South, starting the Korean War. Which resulted in around 3 million civilian deaths and 2.5 million military casualties. During this war the communists claimed that they had captured 70,000 Republican soldiers but after hostilities returned only 8,000 of them.
Estimates of the death toll by the Kim government due in labour camps, purges and land reforms range from 1.5 to 3 million.
..
Vietnam.
Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh formed government in Hanoi. By 1946 the communists had suppressed all opposing parties. In December 1946 Ho declared war on the French, starting the first Indochina war. The French lost 74,000 dead and the Vietnamese up to 300,000 with 400,000 civilian dead.
After the first Indochina war, Ho began the usual communist reforms, repressions and programs, resulting in the usual deaths.
..
Laos.
The communists invaded Laos in 1958, beginning the Laotian civil war, with estimates of up to 60,000 dead. After the war ended in 1975, the communists planned the elimination of the Hmong. Efforts were made to evacuate these US allies to Thailand and the United States. 53,000 Hmong would eventually be settled in the USA. How many died attempting to flee is unknown.
..
Cambodia.
In 1970, the Vietnamese communists controlled much of Cambodia and backed the Khmer Rouge.  In 1975 the Khmer Rouge had defeated the Republicans and formed Democratic Kampuchea. 310,000 died in the civil war. The Cambodian communists, inspired by a particularly nasty version of Maoism, murdered 2 million of their fellow citizens. 
..
Poland.
Poland, 1944. Soviets establish the Lublin committee as the national government. Anti communists were murdered. 30,000 died in the anti communist uprising.  From 1945 to 1948 the Soviets deported millions of Poles into forced labour.
..
The Baltics.
In 1940 the Soviet Union annexed the Baltic states of Latvia, Estonian and Lithuania. Former military, political and business elites were arrested and murdered. After the Soviets reoccupied the Baltic states in 1944, they deported around 15% of the population to forced labour camps.
..
Portuguese Africa.
Mozambique and Angola. In 1964 China and the Soviet Union backed communists insurgents against Portuguese rule. Bordering Rhodesia and South Africa, Mozambique was an important stepping stone to destabilise those Western democracies. 110,000 civilian dead resulted from the wars of against Portuguese administration in Mozambique and Angola.
Of course, victory was followed by the usual communist playbook:

“By the 1980s the FRELIMO regime faced increasing economic and political trouble. The relocation of several million people into collective farms and other communist experiments contributed to food shortages that caused 300-600,000 Mozambicans to starve to death”.
End of Part 1.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 1:10 pm

Mistakes and lessons from the voice referendumThe result on the voice was a disaster for the country and a tragedy for First Australians. It’s time to confront what went wrong, before we all start forgetting what really went on.
By frank brennan
From Inquirer
May 25, 2024
13 minute read
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The result of the 2023 referendum on the voice was a disaster for the country and a tragedy for First Australians. A week after the 40:60 loss, the key Indigenous leaders who had dealt with the Albanese government during the campaign broke their silence and issued a powerful statement saying:
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are in shock and are grieving the result. We feel acutely the repudiation of our peoples and the rejection of our efforts to pursue reconciliation in good faith. That people who came to our country in only the last 235 years would reject the recognition of this continent’s First Peoples – on our sacred land which we have cared for and nurtured for more than 65,000 years – is so appalling and mean-spirited as to be utterly unbelievable a week following. It will remain unbelievable and appalling for decades to come.”
There has been little appetite for public discussion about lessons to be learnt from this abject failure. Some of the key proponents saw nothing wrong with the process and the wording of the proposed change. They think racism played a key part in the result. For example, the key Indigenous leaders claimed, “It is clear no reform of the Constitution that includes our peoples will ever succeed. This is the bitter lesson from 14 October.” If they’re right, there will be no point in attempting again constitutional recognition of First Australians.
But they may be wrong – and I hope they are. There may be a prospect of future constitutional change but not with the process that was adopted and not with the wording that was proposed in 2023. It’s time to begin the conversation about past mistakes, before we all start forgetting what went on.
Since the disastrous referendum result, Labor stalwarts with a strong commitment to Indigenous rights like Paul Keating and Peter Garrett have publicly lamented the basic errors made during the 2023 campaign. Several Aboriginal leaders who were members of the government’s Referendum Advisory Group have admitted there was a need for a more inclusive process and more precise wording of the proposed change to the Constitution.

‘Let’s all have the humility to admit our mistakes, regroup, forgive the hurts, and move on, seeking the due constitutional recognition of First Australians.’

Celebrating his 80th birthday, Keating gave a broad-ranging interview in The Australian Financial Review published on February 21, 2024, declaring that the voice referendum was “a mistake from the start”. He disclosed that he had told Marcia Langton and Megan Davis back in 2016 that he opposed the constitutional route. He said, “A lot of clever Aboriginal people have wasted a lot of years on this issue.”
Responding to the interview, Langton said: “Paul Keating was right. We should have proceeded to legislate the voice concept of regional Indigenous representation and joint decision-making before a referendum.” Mick Gooda repeated his criticism of the “crash or crash through” approach adopted by Anthony Albanese and key Indigenous advisers like Noel Pearson who, during the campaign, had attacked Gooda as a “bedwetter” for wanting to investigate alternative wording of the referendum proposal.
Shortly thereafter, Garrett’s observations were published in The Weekend Australian. He thought it was “a very disappointing result, particularly for Aboriginal people who had championed the voice – but not entirely unexpected, given the fact that it was opposed very early on by the alternative prime minister”. Garrett observed: “(Peter) Dutton’s act was highly regrettable. Mr Albanese probably in hindsight should have said, ‘If we don’t have the support of the Opposition Leader, it’s pretty clear that it can’t succeed.’ He didn’t want to disappoint many people who felt that it should have been put anyway, including the Indigenous leadership. That was probably a mistake in hindsight.”
When putting my own suggested wording for the constitutional change in February 2023, I was not claiming the legal acumen to decide single-handedly the ideal wording of the Constitution. I was putting forward a suggestion I thought was consistent with the architecture of the Constitution, with what had been proposed by the Referendum Council in 2017 and with the limits on the voice that its proponents were claiming could be imposed by the parliament.

My suggestion was a new section 127 of the Constitution: “There shall be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice with such structure and functions as the Parliament deems necessary to facilitate consultation prior to the making of special laws with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and with such other functions as the Parliament determines.” By putting this suggestion, I was hoping to pressure the Albanese government to widen its circle of consultation, providing at the very least a transparent parliamentary committee process open to recommending changes to the wording.
I was also hoping to pressure members of the Liberal Party to come on board with a tighter provision that would be seen to be more consistent with the Liberal Party’s philosophical approach and objections, in so far as such objections were philosophical and not simply the result of a deliberately negative spoiling strategic approach to being in opposition.

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
May 26, 2024 1:46 pm

Turbines on 250 metre hills nearby are stopped dead.
As they rightly say, it’s not the maximum output for renewables that matters but the minimum.

cohenite
May 26, 2024 1:50 pm
cohenite
May 26, 2024 1:57 pm

Farmer Gez
 May 26, 2024 1:46 pm

Turbines on 250 metre hills nearby are stopped dead.
As they rightly say, it’s not the maximum output for renewables that matters but the minimum.

There are 3 measures for output of energy sources:

Installed capacity (IC): if the installation is producing at its maximum installed capacity

Capacity factor (CF): the amount of electricity produced averaged over a year as a proportion of IC

Reliability Point (RP): the % rate the IC occurs expressed as a % of the CF.

The CF of wind and solar is 30%. The RP of wind and solar is 6%.

Then there is the intermittency. Wind and solar has a CF of 30% but that is averaged over a year. It cannot be predicted when wind and solar will produce; they may go days without producing any at all.

cohenite
May 26, 2024 2:03 pm

Dickless was on here piddling out of his little orifice between his legs about the Libertarians booing Trump. Here’s another take on that:

This Trump Move At The Libertarian Convention Was GENIUS (youtube.com)

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
May 26, 2024 2:21 pm

Dufuss and hate speech. Love to see the definitions. Everything I don’t like. Nothing objective e.g. anti-semitism. With a name like Dreyfuss you’d think hed be a might more objective, but no, fullbore FASCIST. Can’t wait for the Revolution.

Arky
May 26, 2024 2:26 pm

One interesting propaganda tactic used by communists is to simultaneously push two completely opposing narratives.
For example, Biden might say: “Come on man, the Chinese are no competition for us”.
Meanwhile, other actors for the communist bloc will be playing up Chinese military power and giving the message “You really don’t want to screw with China given how advanced they are now”.
One might think why would they do that? Surely they have one, central, planned narrative they want to push? Is it a mistake?
It’s no mistake.
Propagandists, and particularly communist propagandists are not confined by truth. Their only interest is the effect of the propaganda.
The idea that China can’t compete with the West is useful because some will believe it and discount China as a threat.
The narrative that the West has already lost to China is useful because some will believe it and feel despair and helplessness.
Therefore, both lines are useful, and both are propagated.
How often are the opposing views we read useful to communists, and thus the communists are behind the parties involved in both cases?
A communist state is likely financing, via various fronts, the things you read on both sides of any issue.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 2:57 pm

State PoliticsCrime

Premier Roger Cook opens door to further gun crackdown following ‘chilling’ Floreat double murder
Josh ZimmermanThe West Australian
Sun, 26 May 2024 10:52AM

Premier Roger Cook has opened the door to further tightening WA’s gun laws – already touted as the toughest in the country – following the “senseless, chilling, and absolutely horrific” murder of a Floreat mother and daughter.
Jennifer and Gretl Petelczyc were shot in their own home by Mark Bombara after he turned up at the Berkley Crescent residence on Friday afternoon looking for his former partner.
It is understood Bombara’s ex-wife was good friends with Jennifer and had been staying with the Petelczyc family since leaving her husband a few weeks ago.
Speaking with 6PR radio, Mr Cook said the murders – which culminated in Bombara shooting himself – had left him in “shock and disbelief”.

“This is a circumstance in which a woman has sought refuge from a friend and it would appear that as a result of that, that friend and her daughter have come to harm,” Mr Cook said.
“We need to let the police establish the facts surrounding this incident but… by every measure it looks senseless, chilling, and absolutely horrific.”

In February, the Cook Government announced sweeping new firearms laws that seek to cap the number of guns an individual can own and force anyone applying for a licence to undergo a mental health assessment.
That legislation is currently before Parliament but Mr Cook said he was open to tightening them even further.
“We need to obviously reflect on this incident and we will do whatever the police ask us,” the Premier said.
“If the police say certain laws will make us safer, well then we will obviously consider that very seriously.
“The (proposed firearm laws) been opposed in their current form by the Opposition.
“But we’ll continue to see what we can do either to expedite these laws, so that we can get them in place as quickly as possible, or indeed, consider further changes that might be necessary to keep the community safe.”
One proposal raised with Mr Cook was making family court proceedings an “automatic red flag” for police to remove any guns in the possession of a known licence holder.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
May 26, 2024 3:02 pm

“We need to obviously reflect on this incident and we will do whatever the police ask us,” the Premier said.

If the police say certain laws will make us safer, well then we will obviously consider that very seriously.

Even my dog is able to spot the flaw in that statement.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 3:09 pm

It is understood the Bombara family had extensive land holdings, which included a farming property in the Wheatbelt.

Indolent
Indolent
May 26, 2024 3:23 pm
Zippster
Zippster
May 26, 2024 3:26 pm
Chris
Chris
May 26, 2024 3:43 pm

Tony Abbott in Quadrant. Title: Getting the best from our MPs.
I read it hoping for advice for the plebs trying to rein in the party machines, but he is there to review Ron Boswell’s book, cheer for small business owners as candidates – and recommend reinstating the Parliamentary pension scheme.

My takeaway: Thanks Tony.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 3:52 pm

recommend reinstating the Parliamentary pension scheme.

eh? I didn’t know it had been discontinued.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
May 26, 2024 4:07 pm

Biden’s $320M Gaza Pier Has Detached & Drifted Onto Israeli Beach (26 May)

How far does it have to drift before I can “salvage” it?

Any truth in the rumour these chaps were seen chartering some dingys in gaza?
https://www.foxtel.com.au/watch/tv-shows/aussie-salvage-squad.html

The law of salvage is a principle of maritime law whereby any person who helps recover another person’s ship or cargo in peril at sea is entitled to a reward commensurate with the value of the property saved.

johanna
johanna
May 26, 2024 4:12 pm

but he is there to review Ron Boswell’s book

I don’t know much about Boswell’s career (although I gather he was a conservative with agrarian socialist tendencies) but I do vividly remember attending a Senate Estimates hearing when he was chairing the committee that dealt with communications policy.

It was during the period of the Telstra sales and some fairly important issues were being discussed.

In the morning session, he was merely sluggish (I diagnosed a serious hangover), but in the afternoon, following what must have been a well refreshed lunch, he kept falling asleep and had to be jogged awake by the Committee Clerk.

It was frankly embarrassing, and I wondered how on earth this guy was such a powerful member of the Coalition.

Abbott was never much of a judge of people.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 4:15 pm

‘What if we’ve been drinking?’: New campaign aims to improve what you know about consentBy Natassia ChrysanthosMay 26, 2024 — 3.00am

Listen to this article
5 min
Australians will be asked to check their knowledge of sexual consent in a government campaign rolling out across television, social media and public billboards, based on fresh data that shows half the population is confused about consent and think it has become a minefield for men to navigate.
The $40 million campaign will direct Australians to a new website with question-and-answer cards that debunk common myths, and conversation guides to help adults talk to each other as well as their children about the issue.
New video ads will feature footage of couples with a voice-over that poses questions such as “How do I know if there’s consent? What if we’ve been drinking, and we go back to their place?” before directing people to the online resources.

“How ’bout a quick legover?”

Zippster
Zippster
May 26, 2024 4:39 pm

Steve Bannon’s fiery criticism of conservatives who “don’t have the balls” to take action and fight is evident throughout his interview with GB News America’s Steven Edginton. Bannon warns of the dangers of a third world war with the conflicts in Ukraine and Israel, and urges conservatives to “take action” and defeat the woke Left. The former advisor to President Trump also urges Nigel Farage not to stand in the upcoming UK election and accuses Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak of betraying their conservative voters. Bannon says the assassination of JFK was one of the most important events of the 20th century, describes Lydon Johnson as a “demon” and discusses lessons from Russian revolutionary Lenin.

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2024 5:06 pm

Further to Frank Brennan, I don’t agree with a lot of his opinions. Frank Brennan has always been of the left (like much of his family), but I will say this about him, he was ALWAYS a stalwart defender of Cardinal George Pell, he always knew that the allegations against Pell were a crock of shit and he was never scared to say so and to speak up for Pell. And despite supporting the Voice, Brennan knew it was going to go down the gurgler because the Slug of Grayndler, aka Albo the Trot, insisted on making it a purely partisan issue in a vain attempt to make him look good.

Indolent
Indolent
May 26, 2024 5:21 pm
Eyrie
Eyrie
May 26, 2024 5:30 pm

Been to the rifle club the last two Sunday mornings. Numbers shooting have exploded. We’ve been there with only 3 to 4 people and now 18 to 20 are turning up.
Second outing for the Ruger Precision .22LR. Shoots tight 1/2″ groups at 50 metres when you drive it correctly. I thought I was doing well with a group centered only 1 cm to the right and up. Let Mrs Eyrie use it next session. She shot one group slighty tighter and centered on the bullseye. Might have to buy another one for her if I want to keep using it. Seriously nice rifle.

billie
billie
May 26, 2024 5:30 pm

The best explanation for Sunak calling the election this soon with these numbers is the uniparty staving off any chance of the minor parties establishing a meaningful result.

Or perhaps, if the US forces a shooting war between NATO and Russia this northern summer, he doesn’t want to be the PM of the day?

The tip to me was Sunak talking about conscription, that’s a nod to the USA that Britain will step up, in principle, and supply an army .. pfft, of what value are conscripts from the UK you might ask.

A war in Europe would also allow the US to suspend the election you might suggest.

So many advantages to a good war.

This is way more complex than people realise and it means not having to deal with Trump or an election.

Rabz
May 26, 2024 5:32 pm

Greetings, Cats!

Nothing like some Punk Floyd on a Sunday evening … 😕

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 5:42 pm
Indolent
Indolent
May 26, 2024 5:45 pm
Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2024 5:48 pm

Punk Floyd

Nice name for the phase they went through. I could not stand that stuff. Very relieved when they started to get their melodious songster socks on.

Nuther evolved punkster:

Public Image Ltd. – Penge (2023)

cohenite
May 26, 2024 5:52 pm

Eyrie
 May 26, 2024 5:30 pm

Been to the rifle club the last two Sunday mornings. Numbers shooting have exploded. We’ve been there with only 3 to 4 people and now 18 to 20 are turning up.
Second outing for the Ruger Precision .22LR.

Good rifle. But I got this instead: CZ 515 22LR TACTICAL.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 5:53 pm

This MAID abomination is straight out of Soylent Green. THe west seems to be cursed with incredibly evil dynasties- Bush, Kennedy, Truedoo. The antithesis of democracy.

johanna
johanna
May 26, 2024 6:02 pm

Thanks, Rabz, will listen in full later.

BTW, as you probably know, the two bands you challenged us about having never released a single did.

Floyd – See Emily Play

and Zep – Whole Lotta Love.

We are probably the only two people here who know that bit of trivia. 🙂

While we’re here, I’m going to link to Floyd’s even better take on the story told by David Bowie.

Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8RbXIMZmVv8

Live at Pompeii (yep, that one) in 1972.

Awesome.

Just awesome.

Rabz
May 26, 2024 6:03 pm

Mandate my ass, Cats – as relevant now as it was back in 1981 – here’s an analysis of it by a collectivist, who just can’t help but invoke the Vogons.

My love of this epic has nothing to do with the universe’s most obnoxious bureaucrats … 😕

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2024 6:07 pm

The nation’s largest healthcare provider wants its unvaccinated doctors back

Good luck with that.
Good luck with this too:

House Panel Approves Measure To Rehire Troops Fired For Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine (25 May)

Why would anyone who’s been raped by the Defense Department ever want to go back? Loyalty to the Service requires the Service to be loyal in return. Instead they were burned, persecuted and discharged disingenuously.

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Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
May 26, 2024 6:16 pm

For Arky given todays longish reply I nested under his & seeing’s Bruce delved into alternative/punk:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KTsXHXMkJA

That said spent a lovely day with related little ones watching the Junior footy and netball in Vic. Sad to say they are struggling to find enough kids to fill teams these days, sport makes people robust physically anyway adding to another theme today.

Have a good night all as I am reverting to lurking for the rest of the night.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2024 6:18 pm

Many thanks for the feedback re Alaska.

will
will
May 26, 2024 6:18 pm

My esteemed colleague has opined the following legal opinion:

The law of salvage is a principle of maritime law whereby any person who helps recover another person’s ship or cargo in peril at sea is entitled to a reward commensurate with the value of the property saved.

Please explain this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_92afEkYaE0

Rabz
May 26, 2024 6:21 pm

For Joh, Rog and the Bear – The Punk Floyd, live at Pompeii in ’72.

Dinosaur Dave wielding his black Strat … 🙂

Awesome.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 6:25 pm

Reading “Spitfire” by John Nichol

“After D-day, hardened troops were distinctly unimpressed by the French lagers on offer, so the Spitfire came to the rescue. A Mark 1X, fitted with pylons under the wings to carry bombs or fuel tanks was modified to carry beer kegs. If the Spitfire flew high enough, the cold air ensured the beer was ready for consumption as soon as it landed. (Page 328.)”

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2024 6:26 pm

I finished watched the TIK documentary on Gazala today.
I watched it over the last week in 3 one hour blocks.
TIK should be called the WWII myth buster.

Rabz
May 26, 2024 6:28 pm

Echoes – from seven minutes on, Cats – pure psychedelia …

Only bettered by this slab of altered consciousness … 😕

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
May 26, 2024 6:30 pm

Went to see Furiosa.
Had no problems with it at all and did not consider it woke in any way. Remember it is a prequel to Fury with Charleze Theron so obviously main character is female.
Very good action and stunts. Attack on the fuel truck in particular.
Better half not that enthusiastic due to the violence.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2024 6:39 pm

Deserve zero seats.

Meanwhile, Nigel Farage has piked out on running.

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2024 6:49 pm

Zippster
 May 26, 2024 4:39 pm

Thanks, Bannon was superb.

As for Farage ‘piking’, nup, the Tories are about to be, rightly, annihilated, obliterated and evaporated from history, like scorched earth. Nigel Farage will be needed to rebuild a right of centre/conservative party , and so he needs to stay away from the current crop of globalist Tories and he needs to keep his hands clean. Farage will be needed afterwards.

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2024 6:50 pm

The Tories will be lucky to win 100 seats.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 6:52 pm

Seems to me that Farage endured significant personal costs by pushing Brexit which of course the establishment has rendered meaningless.

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Roger
Roger
May 26, 2024 6:53 pm

Nigel Farage will be needed to rebuild a right of centre/conservative party

That would be Reform, and he’s left them in the lurch.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 6:54 pm

I wouldn’t blame him for being very pissed off with the way they have treated him but then look what they have done to Trump.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
May 26, 2024 6:54 pm

Meanwhile, Nigel Farage has piked out on running.

Tad unfair. He’s been asked to work on Trump’s campaign.

Britain is toast, and irrelevant. The US is perhaps salvageable. I don’t think so, but I think Farage and Trump are going to give it as good a shot as they possibly can.

Nigel Farage defends decision to focus on US election as fans ‘RILED UP’ – ‘It matters more to the world!’ (23 May)

Sounds suss but actually is exactly true.

Roger
Roger
May 26, 2024 6:55 pm

Farage is a grifter sorry to say. More concerned with milking the US market.

The early election clashed with his schedule.

Cassie of Sydney
May 26, 2024 6:55 pm

That would be Reform, and he’s left them in the lurch.

Reform will have no impact. Here’s my prediction, they won’t win a seat.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2024 6:59 pm

Very good action and stunts. Attack on the fuel truck in particular.
Better half not that enthusiastic due to the violence.

It was sensational.
A not a single instance of a “girl boss” using her “girl boss power” to beat up men who weigh 3-4 times what she does.

Yeah, the violence was graphic, not stylised.
Must have been bordering on an R rating.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 7:05 pm

bLIAR did huge damage to Britain (rub the right’s nose in diversity) and BlowJob finished off wrecking the place with the Brexit betrayal- BRINO.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2024 7:12 pm

Watching one doco on Gazala does not make one an expert.
Like when I watch Joe Rogan, it makes me want to read/watch more on a subject that I’ve really only been introduced to form an opinion.

TIK summary (not saying it’s right or wrong).
The myth of Rommel was propagated by the Brits especially to cover up their own ineptness in North Africa.
The Allied commanders were a pack of in-fighting politicians, not fighting men.
Churchill was a fool militarily (a theme TIK has promoted ever since I’ve been watching his content).

Rabz
May 26, 2024 7:14 pm

Farage is a grifter sorry to say. More concerned with milking the US market.

The Farage tells it like it is. If only there were more UK pollies like him.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 7:17 pm

I don’t think Farage is a grifter but I’m beginning to think Abbott might be.

johanna
johanna
May 26, 2024 7:17 pm

dover0beach
May 26, 2024 6:45 pm

Farage is a grifter sorry to say. More concerned with milking the US market.

Talk about a tough crowd!

Farage spent 20 years fighting for Brexit, long before it became fashionable, at considerable personal and financial cost.

Now people are beating him up because he is not following their desired political path, presumably at further personal, financial and political cost.

He is not a grifter. His history with Brexit makes that clear.

It may be that he is making a bit of hay while the sun shines. Good for him. I don’t understand why some people demand that certain individuals have to don sackcloth and ashes for life, otherwise they are ‘grifters.’

.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
May 26, 2024 7:17 pm

Classic scene.

—–

Gold pen (Lethal Weapon 2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5kCPL8VPUo

Eyrie
Eyrie
May 26, 2024 7:23 pm

If the Spitfire flew high enough, the cold air ensured the beer was ready for consumption as soon as it landed.

If they were Poms the Spit should have flown low to keep the beer warm.

Perplexed of Brisbane
Perplexed of Brisbane
May 26, 2024 7:25 pm

I know it is the decent thing for us to do but I’m just wondering where the Chinese aid for PNG is after the landslide?

I heard Oz is sending a couple of planes with supplies etc but PNG basically turned their back on us for the Chinese.

We should just offer them the figurative ‘thoughts and prayers.’

Harsh maybe but they made their choice.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 7:27 pm

Just consider the physical attacks on Farage as well as being ‘de-banked’- beneath despicable. The modern British establishment.

Rabz
May 26, 2024 7:28 pm

Quite possibly the most out of it song in human history, Cats. 🙂

The Belew, out Hendrixing the Hendrix … 😕

Bespoke
Bespoke
May 26, 2024 7:29 pm

Chuck!

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KevinM
KevinM
May 26, 2024 7:30 pm

johanna
May 26, 2024 7:17 pm

Now people are beating him up because he is not following their desired political path, presumably at further personal, financial and political cost.

He is not a grifter. His history with Brexit makes that clear.

It may be that he is making a bit of hay while the sun shines. Good for him. I don’t understand why some people demand that certain individuals have to don sackcloth and ashes for life, otherwise they are ‘grifters.’

Exactly, as usual there was more I wanted to add, but thought better of it.

Rabz
May 26, 2024 7:36 pm

A colourful personage known to indulge in a bit o’ reefer ‘n’ PCP … 😕

Arky
May 26, 2024 7:41 pm

Trump to libertarians: “I will put libertarians in my cabinet”.
Libertarians to Trump: “Stop lying. Go f*** yourself”.
Trump to libertarians: “Or you can keep your three percent”.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 7:43 pm

I recall Farage saying that he may have to leave the country after Nat West’s despicable acts. That was like something out of Eastern Europe in the 70s. No other bank would deal with him either iirc.

Rabz
May 26, 2024 7:44 pm
Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 26, 2024 7:46 pm

I heard Oz is sending a couple of planes with supplies etc but PNG basically turned their back on us for the Chinese.

We should just offer them the figurative ‘thoughts and prayers.’

At the end of the day, it’s an Iron Law, the mendicant class keeps a very accurate tally of where the goodies come from and how they arrive.

In the long term, Emperor Xi will have to do better than football stadiums and US$100,000 Bank of China accounts for the ruling ton.

It’s tough being an Imperialist.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2024 7:52 pm

Channel surfing.
Red Heat on one of the movie channels.
Arnie at his greatest.

Veep on another channel.
Was a great series until it degenerated into her just dropping f & c bombs in later series to get a laugh.
Like Arrested Development (series 1 to 3), it showed that there’s a place for great comedic writing with a large ensemble.

Rabz
May 26, 2024 7:57 pm

A personage who was not averse to burnishing his R ‘n’ R credentials at every available opportunity – including gettin’ it on with eighties goilees … 🙂

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 8:00 pm

Floreat shooting: The heartbreaking decision a mother gunned down alongside her daughter was forced to make in the weeks before property developer’s horrific double murder-suicide – as his disturbing final act is revealed
Daily Mail. So, the killer is a registered gun owner, but he’s driving round with a Glock under the seat of his car. It’s almost impossible to get a pistol license in Western Australia.

feelthebern
feelthebern
May 26, 2024 8:04 pm

TIK did a series on operation Crusader way way back.
His Gazala doco is him kick starting a series on North Africa.

Over 50 books in his source material for Gazala.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1R0Skeai3KpyjXagb4m7aJVJDxdNIVe_mWdQIBPF9Wck/edit#gid=0

Makes Bandana man’s research look like a pre-schooler.

The link again.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBTFj6uGYr4

shatterzzz
May 26, 2024 8:14 pm

Veep on another channel.
Was a great series until it degenerated into her just dropping f & c bombs in later series to get a laugh.
Like Arrested Development (series 1 to 3), it showed that there’s a place for great comedic writing with a large ensemble.

Too many of these series stay around to long .. just finished Clarkson’s Farm series 3 and it’s more of a “groundhog day” event than enjoyment ..
Series 1 was good, cos innovative, series 2 piggybacked off 1 but 3 trying to emulate it’s predecessors success just limps along .. the characters are mono and the familiar money woes & failures of equipment either by use or inexperience are starting to wear thin ……. I won’t be around for 4 ..!

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Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 26, 2024 8:15 pm

In the relative safety of Grafton now, but Saturday night in the Hunter Valley on the piss with a broad range of former ex-NCB colleagues, miners, coal trades, and coal-dependent locals.

This is Labor Heartland. And most of these folk are Labor True Believers.

My takeaway (as far as I remember) is that the enthusiasms of Albanese and his chums have strayed very, very far from the interests of his political base – and placed their political balls in the hands of lunatics and perverts. Labor folk are worried.

Gymnastics ahead.

Rabz
May 26, 2024 8:16 pm

Another Sunday night night tune, Cats – a work of art, given the guitarist is interpreting this

rosie
rosie
May 26, 2024 8:20 pm

Reading Colm Toibin’s Bad Blood as a bit of Ireland prep.
I have forebears from Cavan and Leitrim so I’m hoping to get to those border bits.
Toibin is now chatting to Alan Brooke, the grandson of a former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland whose family at one time owned twenty nine thousand acres but in the mid 80s reduced to 40. As a contrast the average Catholic farm in Leitrim had been 30 acres of poor land. Leitrim’s population in the 1980s still decimated by emigration and famine and continued emigration.
People not bothering to try to sell houses just walking away.
I know the town my great grandmother came from no longer exists.
It does sound rather like it does nothing but rain in Ireland, Toibin’s walking in July and getting drenched every other day. I’m going to buy a poncho that can cover my back pack.

Boambee John
Boambee John
May 26, 2024 8:24 pm

With reference to carrying beer under the wings of Spitfires, some RAAF officers got into a whole lot of trouble late in the Pacific War, one of the issues was using Kittyhawks, IIRC, to bring booze forward from Darwin.

Look up the Morotai Mutiny.

Rabz
May 26, 2024 8:24 pm
rosie
rosie
May 26, 2024 8:26 pm
Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 26, 2024 8:26 pm

Bin busy over the weekend.
Did I miss anything?

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 26, 2024 8:29 pm

Bespoke @ 7:29 pm

Chuck!

You may well laugh, but there is Scientific Evidences that cats make people crazy, terrible drivers, and suicidal.

Apparently, cat persons are costing Australia $6bn every year.

No, really.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 8:29 pm

Labor folk are worried.

You mean the pollimuppetts in Canbra or the people who voted for them?

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cohenite
May 26, 2024 8:34 pm

Little johnnie must be so proud: the little fart joined the Paris climate accord from which all the climate and ruinables bullshit has flowed; he signed us up to the ICC which has just charged Israel with genocide for killing pallis which is really just pest eradication; he persuaded that bag of pus turdball to stay on and in turn turdball gave us the E-safety commish and Snowy part 2 monstrosity. And he disarmed Australia and didn’t destroy the abc.

What a legacy.

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Rabz
May 26, 2024 8:38 pm

there is Scientific Evidences that cats make people crazy, terrible drivers, and suicidal.

Apparently, cat personages are costing Australia $6bn every year.

No, really.

Labore volk are worried

err, should we be going all “who gives a rodent’s” at this point?

I am not a personage blessed with a cat*, err, Cats.

😕

*Although the rodents scurrying around the cottage’s back yard could do with one, I tells ya!

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 26, 2024 8:43 pm

Dr Faustus
 May 26, 2024 8:29 pm

Bespoke @ 7:29 pm

Chuck!

You may well laugh, but there is Scientific Evidences that cats make people crazy, terrible drivers, and suicidal.

Thanks.
I’m filing this under “N” for “No shit, Sherlock”.

Gabor
Gabor
May 26, 2024 8:43 pm

Action for Alice 2020

Sent in yesterday

EASTSIDE

A $50 MILLION TOURISM REBRAND won’t fix it….

I’m so f#### done. Car windows smashed two days ago and now my house.

Broad daylight between 10am – 12 am today.

Just went out for 1.5 hours that it for us. We are getting out of this broken town.

Sick of working so hard to survive. and watching all the $ handouts that solve nothing.

So love so many things about this place but today I’m simply done.

Will be handing in my notice and getting out of here.

I’m too scared to send photos just so they can slap each other on the back and laugh at us.

It is a sad thing, we spent nearly two weeks in and around there staying with friends in one of the less classy area and the security measures were to us, ridiculous. They said it was needed but not exactly effective, more of a peace of mind thing coupled with the fact that there wasn’t a lot to loot anyway.

We had a lovely time, it’s a very nice place and the scenery is unique.

What to do about the crime?
Give them a purpose in life, make them work for a living like the rest of us, well most of us anyway.

Never happens.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 26, 2024 8:44 pm

Labor folk are worried.

You mean the pollimuppetts in Canbra or the people who voted for them?

These are people who have been brought up to vote for them because they believe Labor represents the interests of family men who work hard with machines. Some are people who raise money for the party. Some are active in the Union movement.

In the circles I move in, they are little people who can safely be ignored by Canbra. Until they can’t.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 8:46 pm

CrimePerthWA News

Floreat shooting: Mark Bombara’s 13 guns seized after horrific murder-suicide occurred
Josh Zimmerman & Shannon HamptonThe West Australian
Sun, 26 May 2024 6:00PM

The first sign something was amiss at the two-storey riverside mansion owned by Mark James Bombara was the pile of clothes strewn across the verge.
The second were the police officers in the driveway, watching on as Bombara’s partner removed her belongings from the Mosman Park home.
It was Easter Monday. April 1. Seven weeks later, Bombara would remove a pistol from the same house — one of 13 guns he legally owned — and use it to murder two of the innocent people helping his ex-wife escape his violent clutches.

I’ll defend the right to own guns, but THIRTEEN F.F.S?

Rabz
May 26, 2024 8:48 pm

Sky nooze, Cats – you can’t accuse them of shirking the big issues:

Should this stupid, stupid country cut ties with the ICC, we asks ya?

With Bronny Bitchop. 😕

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
May 26, 2024 8:50 pm

err, should we be going all “who gives a rodent’s” at this point?

Arguably.
I bumble around. Anyone giving a rats clacker about these deep observations does so at their own risk.

Rabz
May 26, 2024 8:54 pm

deep observations

Are this esteemed Blogue’s stock in trade, Squire.

Long may there be many more … 🙂

Rabz
May 26, 2024 9:10 pm

OK, Cats – that’s it for me tonight, but what a juxtaposition – the Swiftette in a youtube ad before my beloved Miss Maggie Dodgers.

There is no comparison. In any logical world, Miss Maggie would be the Superstar.

Then I’d be down on her, posting comments about how desirable the Swiftette is … 😕

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 26, 2024 9:25 pm

Crikey. This is Kalinga where we’re visiting, a quiet well-off suburb of Brisbane and we’ve just heard someone, a deep male voice, running down the street outside yelling in utter anguish ‘help me, aargh, help me’. We all raced outside, as did others in the street, but can’t seem to locate what is going on.

They’ve had quite a few adolescent robberies and car thefts and all the homes have security, but this seemed different. Trials of life go on anywhere, I guess. No news so far.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 26, 2024 9:30 pm

Just down the road. The police have just arrived. Two adolescents in balaclavas were seen running but do not think these included the man yelling for help who sounded as though he had been attacked.

One of the best suburbs in Brisbane.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 26, 2024 9:37 pm

One of the best suburbs in Brisbane.

Is this a bit like saying “the Paris quarter of Mogadishu”?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
May 26, 2024 9:38 pm

ABC’s Laura Tingle launches attack on Australia: ‘We are a racist country’
By sophie elsworth

The ABC’s chief political correspondent and staff-elected board member, Laura Tingle, has launched an extraordinary attack on Australia, declaring it is a “racist country”.
One of the public broadcaster’s most senior reporters made the controversial remarks at the Sydney Writers Festival on Sunday during a panel discussion moderated by Barrie Cassidy, a former ABC Insiders host and Labor staffer to Bob Hawke.
During the discussion, Tingle voiced her repeated criticism of Opposition Leader Peter Dutton and bizarrely accused him of encouraging abuse towards migrants looking to buy or rent property in Australia. “We are a racist country, let’s face it. We always have been and it’s very depressing,” Tingle told the audience at Sydney’s Carriageworks.
Tingle criticised Mr Dutton, telling attendees she didn’t recall a leader of a major political party “to be saying … everything that is going wrong in this country is because of migrants”.
Tingle said that after listening to Mr Dutton’s budget reply speech earlier this month, where he discussed migration and housing issues, she “had this sudden flash of people turning up to try and rent a property or at an auction and they look a bit different – whatever you define different as – (and) that basically he (Dutton) has given them licence to be abused, and in any circumstance where people feel like they’re missing out”.
The writers festival event, titled Barrie Cassidy and Friends: State of the Nation, included a panel comprising Tingle, former Liberal staffer and Sydney Morning Herald columnist Niki Savva, Guardian Australia political reporter Amy Remeikis and ABC Indigenous affairs reporter Bridget Brennan.

If Laura Tingle thinks Australia is a racist country, I can only envy her, her ignorance. She really should travel more.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 9:48 pm

I repeat- How dare that foul old wimmin whose never had a real job lecture us but that’s the ABC, as I’ve said before, they take over a billion dollars from us to tell us how awful we are. Tingle is an abomination to look at and listen to. Brought to you by canbra.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 9:53 pm

Jeez, the OZ used to promote Tingle as an ‘intellectual’.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 10:03 pm

Certainly illustrates the contempt the poltical-meja class has for ordinary working people. It’s disgusted me for years that taxes from a Woolies check out chick go the pay the substantial public salaries of trash like Sales and Tingle. I presume these tax payer funded salaries are secret?

DrBeauGan
DrBeauGan
May 26, 2024 10:05 pm

Jeez, the OZ used to promote Tingle as an ‘intellectual’.

We’re very egalitarian in Oz. You can be an intellectual without having any detectable intellect.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
May 26, 2024 10:06 pm

Well, daughter’s six-footer army reserve husband was one of two heroes of the hour. He and another army-type neighbour raced up to where a garage had lights on which the injured man had run into (the big houses here have locked gates), and where two men with balaclavas had picked up a hammer and were beating up the runner some more till he was quite bloodied. These heroes both did massive roars at the balaclava guys to stop immediately, prepared to physically nobble them, while the teenagers left dwelling at this home alone peering anxiously from the upstairs balcony (mum’s on a cruise in Alaska) called the cops, as by this time had half the street, neighbours everywhere standing outside on balconies holding baseball bats and other implements of protection and attack. My daughter standing in the shadows then saw the two balaclava guys run back by her down the street as, scared, she called police again, just before they arrived. The man being attacked was of African-American appearance, and not known in the neighbourhood. The balaclava men were said to seem to be Middle-Eastern as far as could be ascertained. Numerous police cars now circle the neighbourhood looking for the balaclava guys. It is thought all three may have been part of a gang casing the houses for robbery.

Paris end of Mogadish indeed. And you’re thinking of buying property around here? jokes my son-in-law as he returns unscathed.

Crossie
Crossie
May 26, 2024 10:11 pm

 “We are a racist country, let’s face it. We always have been and it’s very depressing,” Tingle told the audience at Sydney’s Carriageworks.

Australia would be a much better country if Laura Tingle would pack up and go live in some other country more suited to her sensibilities. I believe that if she left many other luvvies would follow her thus relieving us of their cynical presence. I’m sure we would manage without them.

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Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 10:14 pm

Just extraordinary how toxic these trash journalists are. What’s their problem? Maybe they resent being given so much for no real accomplishment.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 10:17 pm

Peter Bowers was another nasty one who used to lecture us in the Sydney Morning Vomit.

Miltonf
Miltonf
May 26, 2024 10:27 pm

I have a colleague from mainland China and he told me how astonished he was at the gloomy picture the meja here paints. By that we mean downright anti Australian. Tingle’s tantrum is the most recent example.

JC
JC
May 26, 2024 10:43 pm

The Aust is reporting that some Ozzie dude has bought an Island in Palm beach for A$227 million.

The dude appears to have a good sense of humor too.

Australian bazillionaire Michael Dorrell has confirmed himself as the mystery buyer of a $US150m ($227m) private island in Palm Beach, Florida, in a set of cheeky remarks provided exclusively to Margin Call that take a friendly swipe at Atlassian billionaires Scott Farquhar and Mike Cannon-Brookes.

Dorrell, formerly of Macquarie Bank and later headhunted by Blackstone, is a co-founder of US-based investment group Stonepeak Partners, which launched out of Manhattan in 2011 and made an absolute killing in infrastructure investments ($60bn reportedly under management).

Looks like he accepted the keys to his pile just a few days ago; it’s a 0.8ha estate on Tarpon Island accessible by boat, or by car using a very slim connecting bridge to the outer shaft of old Florida.

“It was a national embarrassment that our most expensive real estate until now belongs to those two computer nerds who bought matching homes next door to each other. Someone had to do something about it,” Dorrell said. Farquhar and Cannon-Brookes bought neighbouring homes in the Sydney suburb of Point Piper in 2017 and 2018, respectively, the latter purchase for close to $100m setting an Australian record at the time.

Much as he tried to keep his name out of the press using NDAs and a shell company, Dorrell’s identity as the purchaser was dutifully gossiped out and first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Friday citing sources “familiar with the situation”.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 26, 2024 10:56 pm

 “We are a racist country, let’s face it. We always have been and it’s very depressing,” Tingle told the audience at Sydney’s Carriageworks.

Although this was specifically about immigration, they are still seething over da Voice referendum result.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
May 26, 2024 10:58 pm

Anybody who gives Byron Bay Jesus and his sidekick a clip is OK by me.

JC
JC
May 26, 2024 11:01 pm

“We are a racist country, let’s face it. We always have been and it’s very depressing,”

LOL. You only have to witness the Jew hatred going on, hey Laura?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 26, 2024 11:13 pm

Outstanding. Just outstanding commentary on the current semitic sentiment in this country.

The back end of a Gray Connolly piece in the Tele:

With too few exceptions, the leaders of our major universities are missing in action, or quibbling, or equivocating – trembling vice-chancellors hiding under desks, “waiting on advice”.

Worse, our police, whose sworn duty is to enforce the law without fear or favour, are now terrified of “escalating” situations where Jews are already being menaced or their schools and synagogues terrorised.

If you are from Sydney, you know the police never cowered, especially when ranks were filled by war veterans and rugby league players.

It is unimaginable that an earlier generation of NSW police would ever have allowed anti-Semitic mobs to gather at the Sydney Opera House on October 9 last year – all before a single Israeli soldier had entered Gaza – to incite hate at “the Jews”.

Yet, even as we may wish to assign blame elsewhere, it is we as citizens who are ultimately to blame. It is we who decide, each day, by our acts and omissions, what sort of country we want to live in.

It is we who demand too little leadership from our alleged “leaders”.

For too long, too many of us have accepted mediocrity, indolence and sclerosis – and now rank and abject cowardice – from Canberra, from Macquarie St, from university chancelleries, and, worst of all, from chiefs of law enforcement.

The result of our society shamefully accepting such lamentable circumstances is the cancerous anti-Semitism we now see. Rather than watch our world disappear, we all can help it – and we each must help it.

Never Again means Never Again. We owe our Jewish sisters and brothers a solidarity of nothing less.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
May 26, 2024 11:43 pm
KevinM
KevinM
May 27, 2024 1:01 am

Knuckle Dragger
May 26, 2024 11:43 pm

Headline of the day:

The Matildas and Arsenal weapon tasked with filling Kerr-sized hole

At least take a screenshot for us poor schmucks who have no access.

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 27, 2024 3:05 am

BBC weather forecaster and her family were kicked off a plane by the ‘angry little’ captain after asking passengers not to eat peanuts because of her daughter’s allergy.
A weather forecaster!
Georgie Palmer, 49, her husband Nick Sollom, 48, and daughters Rosie, 12, and Annie, 14, were ordered off the SunExpress flight from London Gatwick to Dalaman, Turkey on Tuesday after telling the crew Rosie had an anaphylactic allergy to peanuts.
It came after Ms Palmer said staff refused to make a standard announcement requesting passengers not eat peanuts because they had ‘updated’ their allergies policy.
Instead she politely asked passengers around her not to consume any peanuts and pass the message on, which they did happily.
Sure they did. Thinks: “entitled parent virtue-signalling demands world change to suit kid”
But she says this enraged the captain who demanded they leave before the flight would take off.
She said: ‘How we were treated was disgusting. The captain decided because of my daughter’s allergy he didn’t want to fly with her on board.
Did he in fact decide he had some disruptive people annoying everyone?
‘When he found out I had spoken to the other passengers he was screaming at me from the cockpit. He was so angry, the next thing I knew we were told to get off the plane.
‘It is really beautiful how every passenger on that plane was so wonderful but nobody working on that plane showed one ounce of compassion.’
Every passenger!
‘We have spent the last 12 years trying to teach people about the allergy and to use epi-pens. It’s a volatile allergen and even if Rosie didn’t come into direct contact with a peanut, if somebody was eating one on board she could die.
Nadim Ednan-Laperouse, OBE, co-founder of The Natasha Allergy Research Foundation, the UK’s food allergy charity, said: ‘Food allergies are an illness not a lifestyle choice, and the experience of this family on board a plane is shocking and unacceptable.
Of course it is! Here is a chance for Co-founder Nutty to get the news time often refused
‘The airline should immediately re-appraise the way they engage with food allergic customers and make their policies clear on their website.
‘Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. We often hear from families with food allergies who tell us their awful stories about airline travel.”
Nadim added: ‘Latest figures from the Food Standards Agency show there are now 2.4 million adults in the UK with a diagnosed food allergy, in addition to huge numbers of children with food allergies. Airlines need to recognise that people with food allergies are their customers and take action to ensure everyone can travel safely.’
Meanwhile, the family took an EasyJet flight to the holiday resort the following day and said crew happily made several announcements asking passengers not to open packets of peanuts on board.
But the family was forced to spend an extra £5,000 booking the additional flights, an airport hotel and other costs.
$12k for a family of four to travel from Spain to the UK and have a night in a hotel? Who were they flying with – Lear Jets R Us?
Ms Palmer said: ‘Rosie is in a terrible state about this. It has ruined her holiday.
‘We don’t go away all the time, we maybe fly once a year and have never had problems with other airlines.
‘If we had known that policy we would never have booked with them but we have been through the website with a fine-tooth comb and there is nothing.
‘There was no way to tell the airline beforehand so how many people with peanut allergies will fly on SunExpress this summer not knowing the policy.
‘It’s been three days and we haven’t heard anything from SunExpress. Our insurance says the captain has the discretion to remove people for no reason.’
In an Instagram post, Ms Palmer added: ‘We gently asked the passengers at the front of the plane to share our request, and, row by row, as swift as a carefully crafted toppling domino trail, all the passengers turned back to kindly ask the row behind to please not eat nuts on the flight.
‘It was calm, earnest & with an overwhelming sense of solidarity & empathy.
Bollocks!
‘There’s no beef with simple asks like these. People get it! The hand holding, tears & emotion from the passengers as we were hoofed off the plane after the angry little captain shouted at us from the cockpit.’
A spokesman for SunExpress said: ‘We take the safety of our passengers very seriously. Shortly after boarding our flight from London Gatwick, the passenger raised a concern about one of his family group having a serious peanut allergy and requested an announcement to other passengers.
‘We refrain from making these kinds of announcements as, like many other airlines, we cannot guarantee an allergen-free environment on our flights, nor prevent other passengers from bringing food items containing allergens on board.
‘Due to the insistent behaviour of the passenger to others on board that they should not consume nuts, the captain decided it would be safest if the family did not travel on our flight.
Aha!
‘When this was explained to the passenger, he did exhibit aggressive behaviour towards our crew members, and tried to gain access to the cockpit.
Did he indeed? Was he then threatened with arrest and decided to go the Full Nutty to get out of it?
‘To ensure the safety of our crew and our passengers on board, we cannot tolerate aggressive and unruly behaviour on our flights.
‘Additionally, our website states that passengers must notify us 48 hours in advance of any special care required due to a medical condition and no such notification was received from the passengers in this instance.
‘However, we are fully aware that this was an upsetting situation for the family, and we are taking the incident as an opportunity to conduct a review of the information provided during our booking process to ensure more effective solutions for passengers with allergies.’
In response Mr Sollom said that while he was ‘irked’ by the decision to end the family’s holiday before it had started, ‘at no point did I behave aggressively towards any of the crew’.
He added that after being told his bags were to be offloaded, he asked to speak to the captain to plead his case and knocked twice on the cockpit door before leaving the plane.
Sure mate! And everyone back in the UK knows you’re a tosser!

Daily Mail

Top Ender
Top Ender
May 27, 2024 3:06 am

Bugger – bold fail….my comments are mixed up with the story…anyway….

Ceres
Ceres
May 27, 2024 9:22 am

“Sure mate! And everyone back in the UK knows you’re a tosser!”

Tosser indeed, Top Ender.
?Must be some of those covid hazmat suits left over that the kid can clamber into for the flight.

H B Bear
H B Bear
May 27, 2024 10:08 am

La Tingle goes full ALPBC. At the Sydney Writers Festival under Ol’ Leathery’s watchful gaze. The passing of the baton.

billie
billie
May 27, 2024 10:44 am

“We are a racist country, let’s face it. We always have been and it’s very depressing,” Tingle told the audience at Sydney’s Carriageworks.

Where would we be without the ABC scolding us eh?

  1. Let them permanently close down Columbia since it no longer has anything to offer future students or society at large.…

  2. People who have been neighbours and friends for generations no longer talk to each other and the usual public events,…

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