Open Thread – Mon 1 July 2024


Truth Rescued by Time, Witnessed by History, Francisco Goya, 1814

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Roger
Roger
July 2, 2024 5:14 pm

Neither party has a solution to cost of living.

What the parties lack is not a solution but the will to seriously address the issue because they’re beholden to vested interests which benefit from it.

This goes to the Judith Sloan piece I posted this morning about the way policy is now formulated, who benefits and who pays (not just in monetary terms but in declining quality of life).

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Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2024 5:15 pm

Predictably (the Tele, apologies if posted earlier):

A 14-year-old was charged with planning a terror attack at a Sydney school less than a year before he allegedly stabbed a man outside the University of Sydney, but the charges were dismissed.

Uh huh:

The teen was charged over what sources said were plans to carry out an alleged ‘Christchurch-style’ attack last September, but The Daily Telegraph can reveal they were dismissed in Surry Hills Children’s Court on mental health grounds in February this year.

The standard Radio Rental defence, now applying to people yet to hit their mid-teens.

It is understood the teen was put into a deradicalisation program under the Department of Community and Justice.

Oh, huzzah!

He’s either radicalised or mental. Either way, he should never have been roaming the streets.

Roger
Roger
July 2, 2024 5:17 pm

Coles, in the last annual report showed sales of $41.5 billion and a net profit of $1.1 billion. That’s 2.6%. Wafer thin.

OK…I’ll repost my reply here:

On pricing I think their margins are tight but it’s the sharp practices they use to dominate the market that ought to be scrutinised.

We still don’t know why German player Kaufland pulled out of the market, for example, although we can guess it was about establishing suppliers.

JC
JC
July 2, 2024 5:19 pm

Dutton is useless and actually as much of a negative to the Right as Morrison.
 

  1. He only supported the NO vote in the referendum when it became low risk. In fact, it was Jacinta Price who led the opposition and won it for the NO side.
  2. He was supportive of trying to sting Twitter over the stabbing incident and therefore agreed with curtailing our rights to free expression. He made glowing comments about the E-Safety Commissioner bint.
  3. Now he supports more government interference in our grocery purchases.

He’s a former cop and should be nowhere near the levers of power. He needs to go.

Barry
Barry
July 2, 2024 5:25 pm

Coles and WW are paying suppliers too much. Cartel like behaviour including stocking exactly the same lines, agreeing to not pressure suppliers, tacit uncompetitive actions like not parallel importing, laws against grey imports, trademark laws, suppliers with too much cartel market power eg dairy, over regulation of food safety, global suppliers effective monopolies. Coles and WW are happy clipping the ticket but not performing their role which is to represent customers in the fight against supplier power. More competition is the only answer.

JC
JC
July 2, 2024 5:25 pm

There are solutions, JohnH.

Stop increasing wages through legislative fiat and allow the market to decide. Open up the labor markets.

Increase the supply of housing by removing all sorts of imposts and assorted taxes on construction. Ensure that in a country the size of continental US and twice as large as Western Europe provides ample land for housing.

Remove obstacles to increase supply of electricity by not closing down coal plants.

Eliminate all obstacles in the production of oil&gas.

There’s much more, but there’s a start.

Reduce immigration, Not eliminate it, but reduce the numbers.

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JC
JC
July 2, 2024 5:28 pm

Coles and WW are happy clipping the ticket but not performing their role which is to represent customers in the fight against supplier power. More competition is the only answer.

It’s illegal in Australia for the big supers to arm twist suppliers.

Roger
Roger
July 2, 2024 5:29 pm

Reduce immigration, Not eliminate it, but reduce the numbers.

And prioritise carpenters and bricklayers, not dogwalkers and beauticians.

For heaven’s sake!

John H.
John H.
July 2, 2024 5:30 pm

Roger

 July 2, 2024 5:14 pm

Neither party has a solution to cost of living.

What the parties lack is not a solution but the will to seriously address the issue because they’re beholden to vested interests which benefit from it.

This goes to the Judith Sloan piece I posted this morning about the way policy is now formulated, who benefits and who pays (not just in monetary terms but in declining quality of life).

Roger cost of living is a problem across the OECD. You’re right about vested interests but that is not national vested interests, it is global vested interests. Apart from that a law preventing retired politicians occupying high flying commercial positions is worth a thought. Think tanks they can join but most of them lack the intelligence for those roles.

It is surprising how many politicians state they are doing it for the country and when they retire they don’t go into non-profits or community organisations, rather positions with huge incomes and influence. Lying ass wipes.

Indolent
Indolent
July 2, 2024 5:34 pm
Indolent
Indolent
July 2, 2024 5:35 pm
Indolent
Indolent
July 2, 2024 5:38 pm

This is how they operate.

@catturd2

The Left has swatted me 3 times trying to kill me, I get death threats all the time, they’ve cut the heads off rabbits and thrown them over my fence, they’ve called animal control on me and lied about me abusing my animals that I love and have saved, they lie about me running over Smiles – and every major leftist news organization has written hit piece after hit piece calling me every name in the book, which is all Lies – and Wikipedia lies about me with every word.

The funny thing is – they think they can break an old country boy like me with their lies.

LMAO – Talk to the paw. I haven’t yet begun to fight.

TRUMP 2024 — LET’S GO !!!

Roger
Roger
July 2, 2024 5:39 pm

Roger cost of living is a problem across the OECD.

So are the policies that led to it, John.

You’re right about vested interests but that is not national vested interests, it is global vested interests. 

It’s both. Domestic real estate developers and large businesses both benefit from high immigration, for example.

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John H.
John H.
July 2, 2024 5:41 pm

JC

 July 2, 2024 5:25 pm

There are solutions, JohnH.

Stop increasing wages through legislative fiat and allow the market to decide. Open up the labor markets.

Increase the supply of housing by removing all sorts of imposts and assorted taxes on construction. Ensure that in a country the size of continental US and twice as large as Western Europe it provides ample land for housing.

Remove obstacles to increase supply of electricity by not closing down coal plants.

Eliminate all obstacles in the production of oil&gas.

There’s much more, but there’s a start.

Reduce immigration, Not eliminate it, but reduce the numbers.

The reason the invisible hand is invisible is because it doesn’t exist. Wages are already not keeping up with cost of living and your proposal will make that worse.

The housing supply is a labour and materials supply problem. The size of a country is irrelevant, it is proximity to employment opportunities that matter. It is also a NIMBY problem because local councils won’t allow rezoning for more apartment complexes.

Coal plants are old and will close. Build gas plants and do what WA did, secure local gas supply.

30% of doctors and 20% of nurses are overseas trained. We don’t have enough skilled labour here. Immigration needs to be cut but solving the housing problem will take several years and a huge increase in skilled labour intake.

cohenite
July 2, 2024 5:46 pm

Justice Sotomayor is an evil, stupid kunt; she has literally unleashed the hounds of the demorats with her hypothetical scenarios about Trump using SEAL teams to assassinate his rivals.

JC
JC
July 2, 2024 5:46 pm

The reason the invisible hand is invisible is because it doesn’t exist. Wages are already not keeping up with cost of living and your proposal will make that worse.

It’s impossible for there to be real increases in wages without corresponding increases in productivity. Increases in nominal wages simply fuels inflation.

It’s why real wages in Australia were stagnant and now begun to fall.

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John H.
John H.
July 2, 2024 5:56 pm

More competition is the only answer.

The problem with competition is that the winners become so powerful they can crush any opposition. A recent example. Aldi was advertising cheap oranges, within a couple of days Coles was advertising the same. Coles can take the momentary hit. In any domain once domination is established it is very difficult to cause their downfall. They might do stupid things like fail to read the trends(Kodak) but mostly when dominance is established it remains. IBM tried to overthrow Microsoft Windows with OS Warp. They spent a fortune and it was a complete failure.

Roger
Roger
July 2, 2024 5:56 pm

Have a good night, Cats.

Cold & wet here.

Wood heater taking the edge off it!

John H.
John H.
July 2, 2024 5:59 pm

JC

 July 2, 2024 5:46 pm

The reason the invisible hand is invisible is because it doesn’t exist. Wages are already not keeping up with cost of living and your proposal will make that worse.

It’s impossible for there to be real increases in wages without corresponding increases in productivity. Increases in nominal wages simply fuels inflation.

It’s why real wages in Australia were stagnant and now begun to fall.

The best and most frequent way to increase productivity is reduce labour costs.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
July 2, 2024 6:08 pm

Having a twatter fight with a mong whos stating

“aktually, theres only about 160 people employed by the live sheep industry”…
After Ive informed him of his family tree missing a few branches hes come back with “thats the right figures”.

So he walked into my trap.

Then why is the government shutting down such a value adding sector? At about $1,000,000 per full time employee?

actualy
Arky
July 2, 2024 6:21 pm

Roger
 July 2, 2024 5:14 pm

Neither party has a solution to cost of living.

What the parties lack is not a solution but the will to seriously address the issue because they’re beholden to vested interests which benefit from it.

One of the largest changes resulting in increased cost of living is that real estate markets have become globalised.
And real estate in Western nations is much more attractive than real estate in China, maybe because it’s freehold.

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JC
JC
July 2, 2024 6:37 pm

The best and most frequent way to increase productivity is reduce labour costs.

Thats not the measure of productivity.

Indolent
Indolent
July 2, 2024 6:41 pm

@Bitcoin_Redneck

I’d like to thank Congress for using my Tax money to buy Zelensky’s wife a Bugatti.

Zelensky’s wife purchased the newest Bugatti Turbillon for 4.5 million euros.

During the official visit of the Ukrainian delegation to Paris in early June, especially for the Zelensky couple, Bugatti Automobiles, together with the Paris dealership, organized a pre-premiere display of the new Bugatti Turbillon hypercar (the public premiere took place two weeks later, on June 20). According to a dealer representative, Zelenskaya was delighted with the new car and placed a pre-order, thus becoming the buyer of the first of 250 cars planned for production.

French journalists were able to obtain a copy of the invoice for Zelenskaya’s new car. To the base price of almost 4 million euros, almost 500,000 euros worth of options were added. Zelenskaya will receive her car in 2026.

Zatara
Zatara
July 2, 2024 7:10 pm

But that’s not in the script!

Norwegian police interact with pali protestor.

Odd how she and her mates speak unaccented English…

Arky
July 2, 2024 7:19 pm

Zelensky’s wife purchased the newest Bugatti.

Bullshit.

JC
JC
July 2, 2024 7:19 pm

Indolent

That story is bullshit. The invoice had a BSB number. French banks don’t use BSB numbers. You need to be more discerning with these conspiracies.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2024 7:23 pm

You need to be more discerning with these conspiracies

Not another satire site unwittingly posted by the uber-spammer, surely?

JC
JC
July 2, 2024 7:47 pm

Seriously, that’s his name?

Bloomberg Technology

JPMorgan names Nazim Ali head of the technology vertical for Asia for its private bank as it expands engagement with technology entrepreneurs in the region

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 2, 2024 7:54 pm

Oh Dear, How Sad, Never Mind news (the NT News):

High Country killer Greg Lynn has been the victim of a sickening jailhouse attack.

Faeces and urine were thrown at the high-profile detainee inside the Metropolitan Assessment Prison, days after he was convicted of murdering Carol Clay in the Wonnangatta area of east Gippsland in March, 2020.

This is what happens when you kill the elderly. Crooks have parents too. The screws are obviously very distraught as well:

“Corrections Victoria takes all incidents very seriously and refers all allegations of criminal activity and serious incidents to Victoria Police for investigation,” the statement said.

Aaaahahahaa. Yeah righto.

Cassie of Sydney
July 2, 2024 7:55 pm

Just in from Israeli media…..

Liora Argamani, 61 years old, mother of rescued hostage Noa Argamani, has passed away after a long battle with brain cancer. Throughout her battle with cancer, she also fought tirelessly to bring her daughter home. On June 8, Noa was rescued in a heroic IDF mission after being held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza for 8 months. Fortunately, Liora was reunited with Noa before her passing, and her dying wish came true.

Liora was born in Wuhan, China. She married her Israeli husband in the mid 1990s and converted to Judaism, taking the name ‘Liora”. Liora means ‘my light‘ in Hebrew. Clearly a providential name because Liora, despite her cancer, remained a burning light that refused to be die whilst her daughter, Noa, was held captive by Nazis in Gaza. Now that Noa has been brought home, Liora’s light has finally extinguished and she’s finally at peace now.

May the memory of Liora be a blessing.

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Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
July 2, 2024 7:57 pm

re: Trump’s immunity.
On the one hand, obviously the president should not be an unaccountable king above the law.
Luckily, that is not exactly what Justice Roberts found. The president can’t be prosecuted for exercising their constitutional powers. So if Orange man did something unconstitutional he can be prosecuted for that still.
There’s just no chance a court will be convinced that “fight like hell” was anything more than a colourful metaphor that was well within character for Trump. He didn’t order a break-and-enter at the Capitol, nor a coup, simple as that.

JC
JC
July 2, 2024 8:00 pm

Catchy little number from North Korea. Please include in Saturday radio show.

https://youtu.be/bj2_py2Ab3k

Rabz
July 2, 2024 8:05 pm

Catchy little number from North Korea

Not to mention this classic rendition

Alamak!
Alamak!
July 2, 2024 8:06 pm

I was in the showroom at same time and noticed Madame Z, along with Putin’s gardener and Trumps personal lawyer all buying Bugattis.

True and I have a pic to prove it.

Pogria
Pogria
July 2, 2024 8:14 pm

This is so funny.
Susan Sarandon’s daughter married for the second time, and no one took any notice.
A quick email to Daily Mail and bang!, ooooh, Eva Amurri doesn’t care about the mean comments about her wedding dress. What do you think?

LOL LOL 😀

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2024 8:21 pm

cohenite
 July 2, 2024 5:46 pm

Justice Sotomayor is an evil, stupid kunt; she has literally unleashed the hounds of the demorats with her hypothetical scenarios about Trump using SEAL teams to assassinate his rivals.

One of the more bizarre “judgements” I have ever heard.
The Dimocrats are losing what remains of their tiny little minds.

Pogria
Pogria
July 2, 2024 8:21 pm

Cats from WA,
do you know anything about this? Is this for real? Does it matter, or do you reckon it’s meh?
Asking as an East Coaster who has yet to visit WA.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13590561/The-Pier-Hotel-closes-worlds-toughest-pub-shuts-doors-130-years.html

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2024 8:25 pm

JC
 July 2, 2024 7:19 pm

Indolent

That story is bullshit. The invoice had a BSB number. French banks don’t use BSB numbers. You need to be more discerning with these conspiracies.

Ya think?

JC
JC
July 2, 2024 8:35 pm

One of the more bizarre “judgements” I have ever heard.

The Dimocrats are losing what remains of their tiny little minds.

It’s hilarious. For four years now they’ve been running with the hoax that the corpse has one of the most agile minds in the world. They then send him into a debate early, and all of America finds out the Demons, along with the corp media, have been running the lie that the crook is fine.
 
Immediately after the debate, the media acted surprised and called for his resignation. Now some of them have begun to walk this back, suggesting dementia should stay on.
 
The media appears to be more demented than dementia.
 
As someone said
 
Vote for Trump. It’s a no brainier.

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JC
JC
July 2, 2024 8:42 pm

The best line in the history of debates has to be

“I really don’t know what he said at the end of that sentence. I don’t think he knows what he said either,”

Zatara
Zatara
July 2, 2024 8:44 pm

Things must be getting desperate when you release your talking points plan to all your known supporters via email.

On Saturday night, the reset continued with a campaign email to supporters that listed talking points and Biden accomplishments to “Tell Your Friends After The Debate”

Watch for those to appear here, some already have.

Pogria
Pogria
July 2, 2024 8:50 pm

Damn!
I forgot to add the link for the Susan Sarandon article.
Damn you Sacred Hill Shiraz. 😀
Here ’tis;

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-13590835/Susan-Sarandons-daughter-Eva-Amurri-critics-breasts-wedding-gown.html

calli
calli
July 2, 2024 9:01 pm

the corpse has one of the most agile minds in the world

This is a true statement.

It popped in and out of his skull regularly, did cartwheels and pirouettes despite copious amounts of brain freezing icecream for more than four years. And managed to control the dribbling and widdling – a masterful performance.

Being super agile though, has its drawbacks. It left the building once too often, the doors are now locked and there’s no one home.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
July 2, 2024 9:05 pm

Opinion from Henry Olsen / New York Post:

That means the replacement for a Biden-Harris ticket must do three things.

First, it needs to be headed by people young and articulate enough to clearly distinguish themselves from their predecessors.

Second, the new ticket needs to be liberal enough to satisfy party progressives while also appealing to independent moderates.

Third, it needs to include a black and a woman so that these powerful interest groups aren’t shunted aside

Whitmer-Warnock satisfies all three tests.

Also 4) doesn’t zone out mid-sentence, but that was a given.

Can Trump hold off announcing his veep until the Dem replacements have been announced?
Warnock-Whitmer might be the one to watch??

Pogria
Pogria
July 2, 2024 9:07 pm

Calli,
with the increasing use of the word “Corpse”, to describe Biden, that would make Dr Jill, the “Corpse Bride”.
Extremely fitting.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2024 9:10 pm

JC
 July 2, 2024 8:42 pm

The best line in the history of debates has to be

“I really don’t know what he said at the end of that sentence. I don’t think he knows what he said either,”

And one of the great own goals of debating history was the Dimocrats insisting on muted microphones.
The best possible way to expose an opponent’s inherent weaknesses is to give them enough rope to hang themselves.
Trump’s “long rope” is his excessive ebullience and jumping all over an opponent verbally. OK, it plays well to the base, but turns off any marginals.
Dementia Joe’s noose is his fumbling and bumbling and, worst of all, the dead air.
The muting of microphones simultaneously played down Trump’s weakness by eliminating interruptions and hung Biden out to dry when he became lost for words.
With open mikes, a 2016 Trump would have jumped all over Dementia Joe and possibly masked his now obvious mental deficiencies.

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JC
JC
July 2, 2024 9:16 pm

So true, and the other big mistake was to split the view. Every time the corpse was talking there would be Trump moving and pursing his lips, and pulling subtle faces with the occasional look over.

Zatara
Zatara
July 2, 2024 9:21 pm

David Aaronovitch, who presents BBC Radio 4’s “Briefing Room” programme, tweeted:

 “If I was Biden I’d hurry up and have Trump murdered on the basis that he is a threat to America’s security”

After a rapid barrage of responses which included people pointing out that he had probably just committed incitement to violence under UK law, he deleted it and responded:

There’s now a far right pile on suggesting that my tweet about the Supreme Court’s ruling on presidential immunity is an incitement to violence when it’s plainly a satire. So I’m deleting it. If nothing else though it’s given me a map of some the daftest people on this site

It was satire, so you deleted it, and it was all the “far right’s” fault. Got it.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 2, 2024 9:23 pm

Gorged to repletion, confit de canard floating on a sea of Bourgogne wine, I would make two observations:

1) There really is no follow up of spirit or liqueur that does not rob you of the splendid interplay of duck and wine

2) FJB

I appreciate the first point might be controversial.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 2, 2024 9:24 pm

‘Can’t stick at a job’, judge tells top legal agentEllie Dudley
4 hours ago.
Updated 1 hour ago

The head of Australia’s largest Aboriginal legal service has been condemned by a judge for failing to hold down a job, sparking fresh criticism of his appointment, and raising serious concerns about his competence.
North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency chair Hugh Woodbury has faced growing calls to step down after The Australian revealed he bashed his pregnant partner by standing on her stomach, pushing her to the ground, slamming her arm in a door and calling her a “c..t” in front of their two-year-old child.
Coalition MPs have also raised questions over whether Mr Woodbury, who handles about $30m in federal government funding a year despite having no official legal qualifications, has the appropriate background to restore the embattled organisation after it was last year forced to suspend services in Alice Springs due to a staff exodus.
In sentencing remarks during Mr Woodbury’s abuse proceedings, Northern Territory local court judge Greg Borchers described Mr Woodbury as “someone who doesn’t stick at jobs”.
“I am not sure how I am to consider that you have had so many jobs, but you have never stayed at one,” Judge Borchers said when sentencing Mr Woodbury in ­October 2020.
“You come to this courthouse, as you have, Mr Woodbury, ­almost each and every legal practitioner in this court house has one job, as a legal practitioner. You have had so many jobs and you have never stuck with any, apart from a long period of time with Parks and Wildlife.”

Before working at NAAJA he had spent time managing Aboriginal hostels, working as a fencing contractor, labouring, work­ing in a bank, and held positions within the Federal Circuit and Family Court and the Central Australian Aboriginal Legal Aid Service.
“I don’t know why, but that’s a record of someone who doesn’t stick at jobs,” Judge Borchers said.
Mr Woodbury was fined $200 and sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond. No conviction was recorded.
The sentencing remarks ­revealed Judge Borchers was hesitant to convict Mr Woodbury ­because “a conviction in itself is a serious sanction and it does have an effect upon people’s futures”.
“I do accept that you may, at some stage, wish to consider ­entering a legal course,” he said.
He also did not convict Mr Woodbury “because of the attitude to your wife, who says that you are very supportive of her”.
“You are a good father and that you need some help,” he said.
South Australian Liberal senator Kerrynne Liddle criticised the appointment of Mr Woodbury, and said there was an issue within community-controlled organisations where senior management are appointed because of their heritage.

BobtheBoozer
BobtheBoozer
July 2, 2024 9:27 pm

I’m fed up with unshaven men who sport scruffy beards that make them look as if they’re about to pull a knife and scream allah akbar.
Just putting that out there.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
July 2, 2024 9:37 pm

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency chair Hugh Woodbury has faced growing calls to step down after The Australian revealed he bashed his pregnant partner by standing on her stomach, pushing her to the ground, slamming her arm in a door and calling her a “c..t” in front of their two-year-old child.
…..
Mr Woodbury was fined $200 and sentenced to a 12-month good behaviour bond. No conviction was recorded.
The sentencing remarks ­revealed Judge Borchers was hesitant to convict Mr Woodbury ­because “a conviction in itself is a serious sanction and it does have an effect upon people’s futures”.
…..
The Sanctified Generation. Women and children most affected, God help them.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 2, 2024 9:42 pm

I really think, at this point, that the best the Dims can hope for is to let the shambling aphasic old tard lose and then make the point forever more that Trump’s victory over a flatulent colostomy bag of a homonidae was an empty one.

As I have opined before, the Dims would do well to let America resuscitate and replenish its blood supply before sinking their fangs in and exsanguinating her. Again. Truly she be bled near white now and could not sustain a Dimocrat class more that a couple of years as she is.

Where would the Dims have been if Reagan had not let the Republic take a desperate post-Carter gasp and begin to knit its tissues and soul. Seriously, imagine if Carter’s America had been allowed to be the basis of America’s future!

bons
bons
July 2, 2024 9:52 pm

TE. I have just been reading your commentaries on Malta.

You are making me fat!

A Brit colleague and I were detached to Munich for four months.

We hated it.

It was a boarding school populated by goody goody two shoes pomposities who spent their whole time looking over each others’ (and our) shoulders.

Our escape was to take the train to the airport on Friday afternoons to seek out the ‘last minute’ offers taped up on the corridor walls. Malta was often on offer and became our favoutite.

Broiling under a Mediteranian sun on the terraces around the Grand Harbour scoffing enormous bowls of the richest pasta in the universe and slurping buckets of Malta wine was absolutely irresponsible, but it did innoculate us against the forthcoming week in kraut central.

Pasta, nuclear puree, thick cheese, veal and chicken, rich red – no wonder that they are such happy chaps.

John H.
John H.
July 2, 2024 9:54 pm

JC

 July 2, 2024 6:37 pm

The best and most frequent way to increase productivity is reduce labour costs.

Thats not the measure of productivity.

Sack some people, automate, increased productivity for the remaining staff. That happens.

The increased productivity theme ignores the reality that productivity enhancement is limited in some domains. There are only so many bricks that can be laid in an hour, but there is a machine that can do that much more quickly. Customers can only be served one at a time and AI is already taking some of those jobs. I caught a snippet of a program about a factory in Poland that makes prefab houses. It is very efficient and it requires much less labour than traditional methods. The saving grace for many workers is declining fertility leading to labour shortages.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2024 9:55 pm

JC
 July 2, 2024 9:16 pm

So true, and the other big mistake was to split the view. Every time the corpse was talking there would be Trump moving and pursing his lips, and pulling subtle faces with the occasional look over.

And the reverse.
When Trump was speaking (and, incidentally, arranging his words in such a way that they sounded like English sentences), Hiden looked like he had gone into power-save mode.
The slack-jawed vacant stare into the middle distance.
Or, as Jon Stewart put it, “his resting 25th Amendment face”.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 2, 2024 9:59 pm

BobtheBoozer
 July 2, 2024 9:27 pm

I’m fed up with unshaven men who sport scruffy beards that make them look as if they’re about to pull a knife and scream allah akbar.

Just putting that out there.

Settle down Betty.
I doubt you’re on their list.

Rosie
Rosie
July 2, 2024 10:02 pm
Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 2, 2024 10:08 pm

Sack some people, automate, increased productivity for the remaining staff. That happens.

This method really works!

Had one staff who was constantly using their phone instead of working, back answered continually, snarkily questioned everything, agitating disquiet among the crew, culminating in her asking a serious question: “Why are we expected to work fast?”

I sacked her, sharply & without notice.

Instant & sustained improvement by the remainder of that team
Despite being one person down they’re doing more, doing it better, & doing it faster.

Top Ender
Top Ender
July 2, 2024 10:10 pm

Indeed Bons, the people on Malta do seem very happy.

Big feast day weekend, for St Peter and St Paul if I got that right. Enormous explosions from fireworks for about 30 minutes; much eating and drinking and lotsa flag waving in the little village of Rabat where we’re staying.

The Maltese also seems intent on having a lot of babies. Three and four per family wherever you look.

Rosie
Rosie
July 2, 2024 10:12 pm

Those boomers.
Australia upped the pension age then opened the ndis box.
https://x.com/daveg/status/1807388422249558251?t=5-9AIdR3b8s6wulBZhP7vQ&s=19

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
July 2, 2024 10:16 pm

Kohler warned of Mr Trump’s disregard of climate change He said Australia should prepare for second Trump presidencyStop winning me over, I already love the magnificent bastard!
ABC star issues an urgent warning to Australia about Donald Trump
Alan Kohler is starting to look more and more like an absolute tit. Plus I’ve always hated his moronic both-buttons-done-up jacket wearing- seriously, a sign of brain death if ever there were one.

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Top Ender
Top Ender
July 2, 2024 10:19 pm

A visit to the Malta Air Museum.

Small and privately run, but worth it.

Main attractions: two fighters which fought in the ferocious air wars around Malta in WWII – a Hurricane and a Spitfire; and two Gloster Meteors. Several other aircraft, and they are busy bringing back to life a few more.

JC
JC
July 2, 2024 10:19 pm

Sack some people, automate, increased productivity for the remaining staff.

Productivity isn’t about sacking people; it’s about getting more output by reducing the cost/time of inputs. It could mean sacking people at the micro level, but then it may not. If it meant sacking people, the rate of unemployment would have been close to 99% since the Industrial Revolution. But, as you appreciate, it hasn’t meant that at all. In fact, productivity actually complements employment elsewhere in the economy.
 
 

The increased productivity theme ignores the reality that productivity enhancement is limited in some domains.

 
 
Sure. Absolutely. However, productivity enhancement, if it’s wide enough, will impact all incomes and not just the ones at the center of innovation. Think of something as simple as hair cuts. To a large extent, productivity increases in hair cutting have barely nudged. It’s done with scissors, as it was 300 years ago. But a barber’s wage isn’t the same as it was 300 years ago. That’s because productivity improvements in the industrial economy have enabled barbers to be paid at continually higher rates.

I’ll give you another example. When AI was first introduced, the CEO of Microsoft cam out and said AI’s impact on his firm would see large numbers of people being let go. About a year or so later, he took that back and completely reversed his view. He suggested that while there would be displacement, demand for workers could actually increase because Microsoft would be able to afford to have workers explore areas that needed more focus while AI did its thing. In fact, he added that AI would actually cause demand for more workers. He’s basically summarizing what’s been going on since the Industrial Revolution.

BobtheBoozer
BobtheBoozer
July 2, 2024 10:23 pm

An interesting article about Ilhan Omar.
https://www.frontpagemag.com/ex-somali-pm-rep-omar-doesnt-represent-america-she-represents-somalia/

What about this latest one, via Alpha News, in which Omar stands smiling while former Somali Prime Minister Hassan Khaire states, according to the translation, that “the interest of Ilhan are not Ilhans, it’s not the interest of Minnesota, nor is it the interest of the American people, the interest of Ilhan is that of the Somalian people and Somalia.”

It’s something happening in Australia as well – people who have been elected to the Senate are representing others than the Australian people, and to their detriment.
But how do we stop it?

Indolent
Indolent
July 2, 2024 10:32 pm
Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 2, 2024 10:35 pm

Settle down Betty.

I doubt you’re on their list.

Huh? Why would someone not be on their list?
They seem to want all of us dead.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
July 2, 2024 10:38 pm

The best and most frequent way to increase productivity is reduce labour costs.
But the most bestest, but increasingly illegal way, is to link labour reward to that productivity.
Case in point: grapevine pruning season starts soon. The best years had pay running at piece rate, just like picking buckets at harvest time- the handy chaps got stuck in, the girlfriends who could live with maybe being on 75% of comparable stuck around, the useless or grumbly pissed off. All the fun of vintage, with no great rush, day after day- conversation got less ditzy, toilet breaks got rationalized, we’d do an extra hour if the weather was nice or if it looked grim for the next day.
I followed the stats in vines/man/hour pretty closely accross the patches, based the rate on past years, set a rate going into each patch with the understanding i’d bump it up if it proved unrealistic- it never did- everyone got faster accross the season, I constantly pruned back the rate/vine as we went because i could see it getting eaten up, and still everyone ended up earning more per hour as the days went on. Only had to send a few kids back through for a tidy-up once or twice, the pain of the oppurtunity cost sharpened them up toot sweet. Questions from the crew became a shedload more sensible and focused on itcomes, everyone got proactive about maintaining gear. I was under budget, and raced through ahead of schedule. Great times.
Now, it’s impossible. Workers must be provided with a minimum hourly equivalent, which I have to factor in to the overall job cost- it coddles the mugs, but more dangerously dilutes the reward to the troupers. The role of the supervisor then also gets de-fanged.
It’s barely worth the bookwork.

Harlequin Decline
July 2, 2024 10:39 pm

Someone sent me this, purports to be Assange after sitting next to Rudd on the flight back to Oz.

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KevinM
KevinM
July 2, 2024 10:42 pm

Isn’t all life wonderful, mysterious and interesting?

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Indolent
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Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 3, 2024 12:34 am

Two days to go in the UK general election – and the traditional dirty pool is being played.

Without actually attracting much of an increase in support from 2019, Labour is a dead cert for Government – and 97.3% for government with a majority somewhere between ‘huge’ and ‘extremely comfortable’.

The existential battle now is between the Tories and Reform.

The Big Guns have been wheeled out, arms twisted, and a second Reform candidate has defected to the Conservatives on the grounds that the “vast majority” of her fellow candidates are “racist, misogynistic and bigoted”.

In the UK these are toxic accusations, however the Conservatives are so badly on the nose that may not matter much. Late polling shows that whether Reform replaces the Tories as the ‘party of the Right’, or fizzles, is within the survey margins of error.

The one thing that is not in doubt: Britain is neck deep in scalding shit – with the tide coming in.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 3, 2024 1:06 am

Sad but true Dr F.
A fair bit of the blame can be laid at the feet of air-head Boris and timid Theresa.
They win a massive majority and pinch a swag of Labour stronghold seats and what is the reaction?
“Hey, let’s try to look a lot more like Labour!”

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 3, 2024 1:12 am

I wouldn’t have to lie awake solving the problems of Brit politics if my freakin’ blood glucose would behave.
Grrr.

Harlequin Decline
July 3, 2024 1:32 am

Sancho, is your blood glucose level actually keeping you awake?

John H.
John H.
July 3, 2024 1:57 am

Sancho Panzer

 July 3, 2024 1:12 am

I wouldn’t have to lie awake solving the problems of Brit politics if my freakin’ blood glucose would behave.

Perhaps you need a Semaglutide, the latest drug craze for weight loss. A couple of days ago I read a review of the potential benefits of that drug for preventing protein aggregation in the grey stuff. It wasn’t addressing that drug specifically but mentioned the target of the drug, which if elevated not only helps prevent aggregation but potentially can resolve “type 3 diabetes” a term used to refer to insulin resistance in the brain.

Top Ender
Top Ender
July 3, 2024 3:22 am

Postcard from Malta
 
Guest post from Mrs TE
 
We have loved Malta.  Yes, definitely trying to “sell” it to you.  Put it on your bucket-list.  So interesting, quaint, fabulous architecture, clean, great food, music, festivities, countryside, very devout, 100’s of cathedrals, bells ringing, Malta flag flying everywhere, beaches, infrastructure, prices very reasonable.  

In some parts, it is like going back 50 years – small workshops, dress, shoes, I bought some sausages from a butcher who had been there since 1850.  Most importantly, lovely HAPPY people.  The family unit – three generations seems important, babies in prams everywhere; laughing, drinking, hugging… 
 
Just before we arrived, the Feast Day of St Peter and Paul had begun and there had been a music festival in the local park, where they ate lots of fried rabbit.  There are now no rabbits on the island, but they farm them.  

The next day I caught horse riding events, which turned out to be a trotting race, featuring young boys racing up a hill with tiny horses – TE thinks Shetland ponies. Last night there was a huge gathering at the local cathedral near us in Rabat. The church at the square was packed; all lit up, with a band and all the families mingling.
 
Most people were wearing red t-shirts celebrating the 250 years anniversary of a saint.  Others then arrived holding lots of balloons and religious banners and flags.  The band played and mostly men sang, jumping and wildly gesticulating. It was fun to watch. For much of the time here, strangely daytime as well as night-time, fireworks have been going off and the echo around the limestone buildings is deafening. Bells are constantly ringing.
 
Wonderful! 
 
 

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KevinM
KevinM
July 3, 2024 4:49 am

Gentlemen, start your engines.
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Was an explosive bolt or cartridge ever used to start up a piston engine aircraft?

Yes, explosive cartridges were used to start piston-engine aircraft, and one of the most notable systems employing this method was the Coffman engine starter. This ingenious device, often called a “shotgun starter,” was widely used in the 1930s and 1940s for aircraft and armored vehicles.

The Coffman starter worked by using a cordite cartridge, similar to a shotgun shell, which, when fired, produced high-pressure gas. This gas would then drive a piston or a geared mechanism to crank the engine and initiate the starting process.
The system was particularly advantageous in remote or harsh environments where traditional electric starters might be unreliable or carrying heavy batteries impractical.

Several notable aircraft utilized the Coffman starter, including some versions of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine used in the Supermarine Spitfire, as well as the Hawker Typhoon and Hawker Tempest, which employed the system to start their powerful Napier Sabre engines. The Coffman starter’s reliability and simplicity made it a popular choice during the war years.

The concept of using explosive cartridges for engine starting wasn’t limited to piston engines. It was also adapted for early jet engines, where the high-pressure gas from the cartridge would drive a turbine to start the engine. This method provided a quick and effective way to get engines running, especially in field conditions where other starting methods might be less feasible.

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calli
calli
July 3, 2024 5:07 am

Thanks for the Malta travelogue, Mrs TE! Loved it.

And now I want to visit more than ever.

It was a relatively quiet day in Venice. As in busy but not vilely so. We taxi-ed in from Mestre. Always stayed on the island before, but not this time. Some shops have closed for good, many old favourites still open, like the mask and linen shops. And, of course, the calligraphy shops.

My dear friend, the winged lion, still sits atop his pillar. And Saint George still vanquishes the dragon on his great pedestal.

A change since last time – bubble bummed trout pouters taking endless selfies against the glorious backdrop. Almost impossible to get a good, quick snap and move away for others to do the same. So much for modern, self absorbed womanhood.

In Mestre…a very noticeable population of Chinese, and the ubiquitous weirdbeards and their letterboxed property.

Top Ender
Top Ender
July 3, 2024 5:09 am

Postcard to Malta #2
 
Out of all of the many countries I’ve been to in the Mediterranean, Malta is the best. It’s a mix of architecture and history dating back thousands of years, with empire and era buildings piled sometimes on top of each other. It has survived to the present day without burying the past, but managing to attain modern amenities in the Western style: everything works. Electricity, water supply, roads, shops, technology – all are here and they work all the time. However, you can walk down streets that still bear the marks of the bombings of WWII, and just around the corner is a mighty fortress dating back a thousand years, and ancient Valetta Harbour is one of the most beautiful in the world.
 
I paid a visit to the Malta Air Museum. Small and privately run, but worth it. The main attractions were two fighters which fought in the ferocious WWII air battless around Malta in WWII – a Hurricane and a Spitfire. They also had two Gloster Meteors jets. Several other aircraft, and they are busy bringing back to life a few more.
 
We visited several other museums and walked the city walls. It was not only WWII that saw tremendous battles here, but also spirited defence by the Hospitaller Knights, who commanded the island for hundreds of years, with the main event a huge attempted Muslim invasion culminating in the Great Siege of Malta in 1565. Many of the houses and walls bear testimony to all of this. Some of them have graffiti dating back hundreds of years – you can make out three masted sailing vessels for example. (Many thanks to local historians Keith and Dennis who walked us around and explained so much)
 
We spent almost a week in Valetta, and then moved to Rabat, staying in an excellent old four-storey old-made-new apartment. It was rather in a Rapunzel’s castle style: one lounge room on the ground floor; then up a winding staircase to the first bedroom, up again to another, and up again to the kitchen and a rooftop terrace to eat on.
 
The house was right next door to a pub hosting a wedding on our first night. Interesting – Western music, inc Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra, and then a lot of old Maltese standards. We spied down into the courtyard and worked out the couple are in their 50s. Then followed some traditional Italian and maybe Maltese – and then the ambulance has turned up and was carting away a groovy grannie in an oxygen mask. The next night featured an 80th birthday. Fortunately the local ordinance said the music must be turned off at 11pm, so all good.
 
We also made a visit to Gozo, one of the five islands of Malta. Fairly much the same, but it did have ?gantija; one of the more prominent “megaliths” – Stonehenge-like monuments dating back some 5,000 years. It was a ferry ride there and back, past some of the prominent guard towers which have served the lookouts for enemies for ages – a reminder that here in the middle of the Med battle was always feared.
 

calli
calli
July 3, 2024 5:09 am

How curious. Someone doesn’t like Leak’s cartoon.

The truth always hurts.

KevinM
KevinM
July 3, 2024 5:42 am

No comment, just an observation how the the world changes around us and we hardly notice, or do we?

Canadian soccer team in 1984 and today.
Probably applies to most western European teams too.

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Beertruk
Beertruk
July 3, 2024 5:57 am

Today’s Tele:

FIRST LADY IS SWIFTLY BECOMING A LAST RESORT

James Morrow
3 Jul 2024
 
Sometimes it is the little details that are the most?telling.

Did you know that First Lady Jill Biden used to have her own walk-on music to be played whenever she entered an event, much like Hail to the Chief is played for her?husband?

Washington journalist T. Beckett Adams broke the story in 2022, back when it was the sort of item that might feature at your local pub trivia’s US politics round on a slow night.

Adams reported that in 2021, Mrs?Biden’s office instructed the ceremonial US Marine Band to come up with a tune they could fire up whenever she took the stage.

The piece was a first. Never before had a first lady asked for her own official “theme song”, to be played by the official US Marine Band.

What the band came up with was bizarre – a bleating, blatting trumpet number that sounded like a Year 6 brass ensemble warming up.

Much to the relief of the Marine players, the work was quickly shelved once Adams started asking questions about it, threatening to out the First Lady’s sense of self-importance.

Yet seen in the context of the past week, the brief episode of what was known as “Fanfare for the First Lady” looks increasingly like a piece of foreshadowing.

Behind the scenes, as Democrats melt down about their candidate’s debate performance last week and the fact they can no longer gaslight voters about the President’s condition, Mrs?Biden is said to increasingly have “main character syndrome”.

Not only is she in love with the trappings of office, but Mrs Biden increasingly sees herself as the Democrats’ co-candidate for 2024.

Thus the recent images of her swanning around fundraisers in the Hamptons and ditching her husband to chat up Emmanuel Macron at a D-Day state dinner in France.

This sense of entitlement was also on display on Monday as the latest edition of American Vogue hit the stands, with Mrs Biden on the cover in a white Ralph Lauren coat dress saying: “We will decide our future.”

Inside, the profile opens thusly: “If?you want to know what power feels like, try to get yourself driven around in a motorcade.”

The author of the piece gushes: “Flashing police chaperone lights form a perimeter as you blaze down an empty highway, waiting cars backed up on entry ramps as you pass … rules don’t apply.”

Is it any wonder that Jill Biden – and the rest of the Biden family, which contains more than its fair share of grifters – reportedly urged the President to stay in the race when they gathered at Camp David this past weekend?

As a last-minute note added to the online version of the Vogue profile put it, Mrs Biden told the magazine: “We would not let those 90 minutes define the four years he’s been president … we will continue to fight.”

And why wouldn’t they?

After all, once out of office, Mrs Biden may still get a Secret Service detail when she goes to the supermarket, but that’s about it as far as the trappings of power will go.

No wonder she wouldn’t let her husband recover from last week’s debate debacle in private, instead offering utterly clueless encouragement in front of the cameras shortly after.

“You did such a great job!” she shrieked in front of a crowd of rattled?supporters.

“You answered every question!”

Three more stars on his Big Boy President chart and Mr Biden gets an ice cream, presumably.

Stories have also emerged about the extent to which Mrs Biden has controlled access to the President, using a small in-group of advisers to shield even fellow White House staffers from knowing the true extent of the commander-in-chief’s failings.

It goes without saying that this is a terrible state of affairs.

The list of global crises that could kick off at any moment would fill this page three times over, yet Mr Biden is?increasingly compromised and said?to be only “at his best” between 10am and 4pm for what is a 24-hour-a-day job.

At the same time, the First Lady is?running a routine that runs somewhere between Madame Mao and Edith Wilson, whom it later turned out all but ran the country after her husband, then-president Woodrow Wilson, had a stroke in?1919.

Not only is the First Lady committing what increasingly looks to be an act of elder abuse in pushing her husband to stay in office and in the race, with six months to go until Inauguration Day, she is also putting the security of the West in jeopardy.

From a kindergarten teacher awarding a participation ribbon to everyone:

No wonder she wouldn’t let her husband recover from last week’s debate debacle in private, instead offering utterly clueless encouragement in front of the cameras shortly after.

“You did such a great job!” she shrieked in front of a crowd of rattled?supporters.

“You answered every question!”

Three more stars on his Big Boy President chart and Mr Biden gets an ice cream, presumably.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 3, 2024 6:10 am

Therapeutic and salivating stuff watching these clips and you learn so much.

After watching the butchering of that carcass on the back of the tractor and for them to proceed to bag it up and share it with the village is emotional stuff.

This was a great hour.

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Wilderness Cooking:

Secrets Of Wild Cuisine! Discover New Facets Of Taste With Fish And Meat

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

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
July 3, 2024 6:56 am

Shocking news! The News website levels with its readers and says that the disturbing performance by Biden in the debate was not a one-off, but that he has had some 20 worrying events over the past few years!
Most Australians probably don’t follow US current affairs as closely as we do here. If they rely solely on the MSM it would explain why normally sensible people have a bad impression of Trump and no idea that Joe is damaged goods, or that there are so many bad actors in the Dem world.

Ceres
Ceres
July 3, 2024 6:59 am

Not only is she in love with the trappings of office, but Mrs Biden increasingly sees herself as the Democrats’ co-candidate for 2024.”

Very apparent early on, that this evil woman had tickets on herself when she insisted she always be referred to as Dr Jill Biden. She has a doctorate of education from the University of Delaware 2007, and taught at a public high school and a community college. A Ph.D not a medical degree.

Cassie of Sydney
July 3, 2024 7:07 am

In the UK these are toxic accusations, however the Conservatives are so badly on the nose that may not matter much. Late polling shows that whether Reform replaces the Tories as the ‘party of the Right’, or fizzles, is within the survey margins of error.

The one thing that is not in doubt: Britain is neck deep in scalding shit – with the tide coming in.

What’s particularly interesting is observing how the UK establishment, particularly the MSM, are spending lots of time smearing, belittling, ridiculing and desperately trying to bring down Farage and Reform. They are all working overtime at the moment, from planting actors in so called ‘stunts’ to trying to paint Farage as some kind of Putin agent. No doubt many ‘Tories’ are behind this, working hand in hand with the far-left MSM to destroy Reform.

Who do I blame most of all? Probably Bonking Boris Johnson. He was gifted a huge electoral majority, yet what did he do? He squandered it. Waylaid by his toffy green girlfriend (what is it with dopey men and their dicks?), her equally toffy grifting green mates, then the disaster of Covid and lockdowns, you could see the disaster show unravelling from early on. Boris’ biggest crime was succumbing to net zero and so his legacy, along with Sunak, May and Cameron, should be ‘net zero seats’.

And no, I haven’t forgotten Liz Truss, a PM for five minutes. Truss, whilst not perfect, was the choice of the Tory base and during her brief tenure, she actually tried to make some changes. For her crimes she incurred the wrath of the establishment and was terminated in a globalist putsch, and that’s how the UK got Sunak.

Farage is desperately trying to save the UK but I suspect it is all too late. The UK, within a few decades, will have an Islamist government, and St Pauls, Westminster and so on, will all be converted into mosques. I know, I know, I’m engaging in hyperbole but you see all of my hyperbole over the last fifteen years has come true.

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Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 3, 2024 7:08 am

Spot on as always.

Mark Dice:

Meet the NEW Joe Biden! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmte3XfTEUg

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
July 3, 2024 7:09 am

The French “also ran” leftoid parties and spent force Macron are trying every trick in the book to avert a win on Sunday by the National Rally headed by Marine Le Pen. I note the absence of the normal media slavering over the possibility of a female doing well!
Being opposed to uncontrolled immigration is enough these days to get you labelled as “extreme right”. Across the Channel the BBC is working a line that says the UK shouldn’t oppose illegal immigration or demonise those who are “seeking asylum” from terrible things in their home country. Heaven forbid, however, that the regimes in those awful countries should be condemned at the UN or dragged off to the ICC. That’s reserved for miscreants like Israel.
I thought it was a bit rich of them to say that the sacred cow NHS had a lot of immigrants working in it! These are probably not Venezuelan criminals.

Cassie of Sydney
July 3, 2024 7:15 am

Dr Jill has been given another Vogue spread….you gotta laugh. It’s Dr Jill’s third spread in the magazine. Melania Trump, who speaks five languages, is exquisite in real life and was actually a model before becoming Mrs Trump, was never gifted a spread by US Vogue, in fact during the four years Melania was First Lady she was ignored, maligned and ridiculed.

Now normally I couldn’t give a shit, and in fact such stuff is shallow however it’s always worth noting the hypocrisy.

Another hypocrisy is this, I’ve seen the Vogue pictures of Dr Jill and they are very edited, touched up, photoshopped and so on, designed to make the old hag look twenty to thirty years younger. Now remember how Princess Catherine was put through the ringer by the MSM only a few months ago because she lightly touched up a picture of her and her children?

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 3, 2024 7:15 am

this evil woman had tickets on herself

The colossal, staggering front of that woman. The Mount Everest of arrogance.

Not even Michelle Obama demanded her own fanfare whenever she took the stage, and that’s saying something.

She is the paragon, the absolute apex of the ‘You will address me by my husband’s rank’ line used by Byzantine empresses and medieval queens by marriage.

In reality though, she is merely Biden’s latest (and last) root.

lotocoti
lotocoti
July 3, 2024 7:22 am

Was an explosive bolt or cartridge ever used to start up a piston engine aircraft?

Everyone should be familiar with the Coffman Starter.

Cassie of Sydney
July 3, 2024 7:36 am

Ponder this fact…..

Women do not have penises.

Rosie
Rosie
July 3, 2024 7:41 am

Michelle Obama might have interfered with school dinners, Melanie Trump certainly knew she hadn’t been elected but was the gracious ornamental wife but Dr Jill, I remember her getting herself photographed on an international junket reading some important documents, she has certainly inserted herself, and being unelected that’s a Jill dictatorship.

Rosie
Rosie
July 3, 2024 7:47 am

“We will decide our future”
Was that a Freudian slip first lady?
Apparently that shoot would have all been organised in April May.
She obviously coached hard
‘you answered all the questions!’ While he stood there looking like a stunned mullet.
Now her perfectly timed vogue messaging is just a juicy meme source.

damon
damon
July 3, 2024 8:05 am

Ensure that in a country the size of continental US”

How big is Australia really, if you remove the deserts and other unproductive land?

Farmer Gez
Farmer Gez
July 3, 2024 8:13 am

Spot on Damon
Australia produces about as much food as four mid western US states.
We have little quality soil and even less with reliable rainfall. That’s why building renewables on good land is a crime of monumental stupidity and greed.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 3, 2024 8:15 am

Team Handsome Boy is introducing its Future Made in Australia legislation today, enshrining a $23 billion 10-year cash splash on things that make you go hmm? that support Net Zero and Australia’s Renewable Superpowerdom.

Productivity Commissioners, past, present, and emerging are hooting like gibbons that this will be a colossal misallocation and waste of public funds.

Nonsense, says Treasury (the agency apparently anointed to oversee this historic transformation). The private sector has no idea what ‘National Interest’ is and can’t do the job of securing Australia’s world-leading Green industries without the guiding hand of government.

Not everyone will have read all of Treasury’s Future Made in Australia National Interest Framework. It’s a truly terrifying roadmap for how $23 billion of OPM is going to be shelled out to the Right Sorts:

In many instances, business and investors possess the skills, market information, risk taking frameworks, agility and flexibility to make the necessary and appropriate long-term investments in new markets and technologies.

In those other instances, where business and investors are floundering spastics in the cold cruel world of innovation, a stream of golden winners will be picked by Dr Chalmers and his Top Men.

Hydrogen Barons have captured Australia.

shatterzzz
July 3, 2024 8:22 am

Notice with all this carry-on around Senator “Fat Paycheck” that none in the media have speculated on this whole thing being a set-up by the musso “we is coming for you”politico wing ….
They’ll have tasted the camel dung and noted Luigi & all the infidels are well on the nose so ripe for wiping and with several musso dominated seats in the “pardi” circle why not fan a sandstorm …..!
Sooo, “Fat Paycheck” throws a wobbly and exits the tent .. Luigi “almost” reacts but on opening the fridge door realises the lettuce is too hard and adds more marinate .. Instead of the big “slap” intended he, being “leafless”, blows some “pardi” hot air .. no sacking and the suspension Labor has when they aren’t having a suspension tactic plays out ..
 “Fat Paycheck” then ups the ante and playz that time honoured & media luvved .. musso minority victimization card ..
“Oooh”, squeals the Senator, ” They’ve locked me out, I’m all alone, won’t allow me into meetings or chatz around the water bubbler, woe is me, 3 years & $200k + freebies but NO friends”.
The media luv this and, vigorously, shake the palm with, exclusive, frond-overs to the musso political arm who are happy to sway,
 ” Shock, horror” yells the selected, most outspoken, iman, ” Once again, we, an under-represented minority are being casbah-ed for having, honest, opinions concerning the evils of Jewry” ..
 “Time for change we needz our own representation and will be looking at candidates in our “chosen” seats to launch, our beloved, muslim jihad” ..
Media, of course, is lapping this up & adopting their “we luvs all RoP so won’t you come for us last” attitude by expecting, the, now elevated to, Mahdi “Fat Paycheck” to take the “hump” and change oasis to form her own musso luv tribe & wave the scimitar across, what is regarded as, Luigi’s sandland(s) ……..!
Cos one thing the media will guarantee will be the upcoming Mahdi “Fat Paycheck” will be elevated above the “corporal”, Chlamydia & the “teals” when it comes to political “victim” publicity ..
Not even a 251, one eyed lesbian, domestic violence candidate could top an aggrieved musso wommenz ( tho it would be a close call) .. !

JC
JC
July 3, 2024 8:34 am

“Ensure that in a country the size of continental US”

How big is Australia really, if you remove the deserts and other unproductive land?

Oh, about the size of Western Europe.

lotocoti
lotocoti
July 3, 2024 8:36 am

Meanwhile, in the formerly united Kingdom, Gammon Man Bad looks like he’ll be getting a seat at Westminster.

The only people who are voting for Farage, were never Clactonians in the first place. They’ve all come down here to create their own little Brexit White Britain safe haven.

“If you saw the picture of the town hall when Farage had his meeting it was all just basically middle-aged White men. There were hardly any women even in the audience.

“You wouldn’t believe the hatred and division it’s now whipping up in this town again. It’s vile down here.”

Murdering trannies is first on his evil and hateful agenda.
Apparently.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 3, 2024 8:36 am

Wheatbelt locals baulk at Bullwinkel, call for new Federal seat in State to be named ‘Beard’
Dylan CapornThe West Australian
Wed, 3 July 2024 2:00AM

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The family of a WWII nurse killed by Japanese soldiers in a 1942 massacre have lead calls to name WA’s new Federal electorate after their aunt, rather than the sole survivor of the horror — Vivian Bullwinkel.
Relatives of Toodyay-born Sister Alma Beard, one of 22 Australian nurses killed on Bangka Island in 1942, made a submission to the Australian Electoral Commission to rename the vast seat — which stretches from Perth’s eastern suburbs to Northam — “Beard”.
The Beard family letter was one of dozens that flooded the redistribution process, calling for a name change to the new seat of Bullwinkel — added to WA because of population growth — arguing the previous namesake was not born in the State.
Lieutenant Colonel Bullwinkel, who was a prisoner of war in WWII, was the sole survivor of the Bangka Island massacre in Indonesia, pretending to be dead as 22 colleagues were gunned down around her in the sand.

Nieces and nephews of Sister Beard wrote that while the change would not diminish Lt Col Bullwinkel’s service to WA, it would recognise her strong desire to honour the victims of the massacre.
“We consider naming this Division after Alma Beard would honour the memory of a local victim of a war crime, particularly a nurse, who were so often overlooked for their dedication and service during war,” the family wrote to the Commission.
“Her mother (our grandmother) later received a letter from Vivian Bullwinkel, the sole survivor, telling how Alma’s “brave conduct in her hour of crisis has added lustre to the service which she so nobly carried on”.

“We also think Vivian would be happy to see her friend honoured in such a way. We are Alma’s nieces and nephews, her direct surviving relatives. Aunty Alma’s story has always been an important part of our family history from our childhood and an inspiration to us all.”
A local historian told media at the unveiling of a Toodyay memorial to Sister Beard in 2022 that some of her last words had been to Lt Col Bullwinkel: “Bully, there are two things in life I’ve always hated, the Japanese and the sea, and today I have ended up with them both,” she said.

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 3, 2024 8:42 am

Queensland news:

Premier Steven Miles has slapped down demands for the man at the centre of investigating the Callide Power Station explosion to front budget estimates for a political grilling.

The LNP has written to the state government urging it to compel forensic engineer Sean Brady to appear at Budget Estimates this month to answer questions about his probe into the 2021 power station explosion.

Dr Brady’s work has taken three years, with only a redacted draft report released last week after part of it was sensationally aired in the Federal Court.

It cited maintenance problems at Callide Power Station, leading to a week of pressure on Energy Minister Mick de Brenni, who said he was misled by CS Energy.

LNP energy spokeswoman Deb Frecklington has called for Mr de Brenni to request Dr Brady’s attendance at the budget estimates hearings to explain his three-year probe into the Callide explosion.

“The Callide cover-up is one of the biggest ministerial cover-ups in Queensland’s history,” she said.

“They did everything in their power to bury the independent expert report so Queenslanders would never know the truth.

“Labor must allow Sean Brady to appear before budget estimates.”

Mr Miles quickly dismissed the demand and said Ms Frecklington’s calls “fundamentally misunderstands” the purpose of estimates.

“The estimates process is an opportunity for MPs to ask questions of the government – Dr Brady is a consultant,” he said.

“He’s an expert in his field, but he is not a part or a spokesman for the government so it would be inappropriate for the opposition to try to call him to the estimates process.”

A witness list is provided by the government for the two-week estimates process, giving Labor, LNP and crossbench members the chance to ask questions of bureaucrats and ministers.

Mr Miles also addressed a question about whether Mr de Brenni’s failure to follow-up the advice of CS Energy’s chair and CEO – and revelations he had not sought answers about the cause of the explosion – suggested he had been ignorant.

“No I think the minister has been incredibly clear,” he said.

“The minister was really reassured by those who are appointed to run these government owned corporations for us that all appropriate maintenance had been undertaken.

“At no stage was any maintenance funding withheld … any request they made for such funding was supported and approved.”

Basically giving the unwashed the middle finger. All above board, nothing to see here, piss orf.

Indolent
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July 3, 2024 8:53 am
Rabz
July 3, 2024 8:54 am

Why is the braindead lamestream meeja suddenly getting hysterical about this nonexistent threat posed by nonexistent people?

To deflect from the existence of real actual nayzees in this stinking joke of a country?

Cue spooky muzak …

‘HIERARCHY OF HATRED’

Far-right ‘fear and misery’ a threat

Religious leaders and politicians have slammed the ‘disturbing growth’ of Australia’s neo-nayzees in the wake of October 7 as one of NSW’s top cops says they are ‘toxic’ to society.

(From the Oz)

To paraphrase South Park, “you’ve got the wrong nayzees!” Or Star Wars, “these are not the nayzees you’re looking for (given they don’t exist)”.

Absolutely pathetic, you ridiculous z-grade dishonest dissembling clowns. Lift your game.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
July 3, 2024 9:02 am

Zulu, I can’t get behind giving pre-eminence to victimhood, over service. Not dismissing anyone’s fortune or effort, but we’re not a Black Armband country.

JC
JC
July 3, 2024 9:03 am

Gez

You can’t make a move in this place without running into regulatory disapproval or a tax.

Texas holds about 28 million people which is just a little bit more than Australia and the cost of building homes is much less.

A Texan real estate boom means more build rather than adjusting to price.

Indolent
Indolent
July 3, 2024 9:03 am
lotocoti
lotocoti
July 3, 2024 9:04 am

Also in the once was great Britain, all those potential doctors and engineers fleeing war torn France better have side gigs as brickies and plumbers if the Labour Gaza First Party has any hope of building 25,000 houses per month.

Indolent
Indolent
July 3, 2024 9:12 am

Nominating Amy Cony Barrett was the worst decision Trump made in office. The democrats yelled and screamed every time they lost an election without any consequences whatever but the Supreme Court is now reduced to splitting hairs over Trump’s reasonable objections.

Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘Trojan Horse’

Rufus T Firefly
Rufus T Firefly
July 3, 2024 9:13 am

Wall Street Journal has reported that NATO Inc will be appointing a full time overseer for “Ukraine”.

I thought the Norwegian tailor said that NATO Inc is NOT a party to the conflict!

Anyway, NATO Inc countries are going to put up $45 Billion a year, to keep the grift going, ….., I mean, support peace and democracy.

I must have missed when Ukraine was admitted to NATO Inc.

In other matters, the Democrats cannot solve the problem of, the cash the Biden Syndicate has raised.
It cannot be transferred to another candidate evidently, not even the giggling VP.
As a result, they are going to stick with the hair sniffer.

Well, at least until he has an accident, which will need to be very soon.
What odds Hillary visits the WH soon, with a cake for Biden?

Indolent
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GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 3, 2024 9:21 am

JC I don’t know about now but not long ago the cost of building in Australia was cheaper until taxes, fees charges and whathaveyou were added.

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 3, 2024 9:27 am

Main attractions: two fighters which fought in the ferocious air wars around Malta in WWII – a Hurricane and a Spitfire; and two Gloster Meteors.

TE, did you know that in the early 1950’s the RAAF had a unit flying Vampires defending Malta. Apparently they did well against the RN , USN and others in exercises. The Vampire was a great little aircraft let down only by a M 0.72 Mach limit. Low wing loading, great ability to turn and fly at high altitudes.

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 3, 2024 9:29 am

Donald Trump is the real President of the USA right now

I wouldn’t put it past the Demonrats to claim just before polling day that Trump was ineligible because they cheated in 2020 so he’s already won two elections.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 3, 2024 9:31 am

GreyRanga  July 3, 2024 9:21 am

JC I don’t know about now but not long ago the cost of building in Australia was cheaper until taxes, fees charges and whathaveyou were added.

Due to unions, and the national ramifications of the actions of the idiots who comprise the Qld ALP state govt, that ratio may be changing.

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 3, 2024 9:34 am

Just read the article on Kohler feculating about Trump and Climate change.
Does this prick or close family have any renewable energy investments, I wonder?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 3, 2024 9:35 am

if the Labour Gaza First Party has any hope of building 25,000 houses per month

No chance.

Urgent warning as shortage of bricklayers threatens plans to tackle UK’s housing crisis (2 Jul)

Amazing that all those country shoppers don’t seem to be flooding into building trades.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 3, 2024 9:37 am

The Age
PM says Payman’s talks with Muslim-alliance aimed at unseating Labor MPs are ‘unacceptable’By Josefine GankoPrime Minister Anthony Albanese has responded to reports that renegade Labor senator Fatima Payman is on the brink of leaving the party, as she takes advice on the next steps from controversial election strategist Glenn Druery.
Druery is a political operative known as “the preference whisperer” for his success in securing seats for upper house independents and minor party candidates.
In an exclusive report, the Herald and The Age’s James Massola and Paul Sakkal revealed Druery is also in talks with an alliance of Muslim groups, who have thrown their support behind Payman following her decision last Tuesday to cross the floor to vote with the Greens on the recognition of Palestinian statehood.

The alliance plans to run candidates against half-a-dozen Labor MPs in the lower house and the Senate.
Albanese responded to the reports in an interview with ABC’s 7.30 on Tuesday night, saying “it’s not acceptable” for Payman to be speaking with operatives aimed at unseating Labor MPs, “which is why Senator Payman has been suspended from participation in the caucus”.
Albanese maintained that Payman would be welcomed back to the caucus if she re-committed to voting with the party, but noted her decision to enter talks with the alliance of Muslim groups was “unfortunate”.
“If you want to actually create change in whatever direction, you need to be part of a party of government,” Albanese said.
“Senator Payman had the privilege of being elected as a member of a party of government. And it’s a pity that she has chosen not to participate as a team member. At no stage has there been anything raised in the Caucus by Senator Payman, for example, about our policy on the Middle East.”

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 3, 2024 9:38 am

Don’t you just feel so sorry for poor old Albo? Naah, me neither.

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 3, 2024 9:38 am

Another Niall Ferguson article (via www. transterrestrial.com – rocket engineering and politics by real rocket engineers)

https://www.thefp.com/p/niall-ferguson-democratic-party-awaits-gorbachev

shatterzzz
July 3, 2024 9:47 am

I was reading something yesterday and have to admit I’ve forgotten where or even what the theme of the article/comment was but the bit that stuck out was a reference to “Gosford -by-the-sea suburbs” and the inference that they were, mainly, CentreLink long term devotees enclaves …. so any opinions they had didn’t matter …..
Thinking about it my son & family lives in one of these “by-the-sea” suburbs and you wouldn’t get alook in trying to buy a property where he is for under $2.5million plus, unofficially, require a ‘white folk only, permit to even think of living there ..
So whoever wrote it has no idea of Gosford water suburbs lifestyle or prices .. In fact the only “houso” I’m aware of outside Gosford itself is a “houso” estate up by The Entrance not in any of the 2 dozen other “by-the-sea” suburbs ……….

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 3, 2024 9:54 am

This will be interesting.

Geert Wilders’ Party Takes Over Dutch Immigration Ministry (2 Jul)

No doubt the Dutch deep state and stacked courts will fight him tooth and nail.

shatterzzz
July 3, 2024 10:03 am

Trip to the urologist yesterday, basically, a re-hash of last week’s visit to the oncologist and agreement on the way forward with my enlarged prostate & Cancer .. Fortunately, both teams are of the same opinion the prostate is beyond repair/saving but with the C being benign and not spreading an op to deal with both at once is the best option ..
It will be in Liverpool cos Campbelltown doesn’t have the, necessary, equipment cos classed as a “biggie” tho not complex .. 3to4 hours on the table, 2 to 3 dayz hospital & a week easy going at home .. then, of course, several months, probable, “leakage” (based on severity & age) but if all goes well AOK by next Jan/Feb ….. may never swim/ride again but by then I’ll be 77 so not a priority duo .. LOL!
Doesn’t matter really cos no alternative .. If I don’t go under the knife/lazer or whatever they plan .. Renal failure and as Bugs would opine,
………………………….. “That’s all for now, folks”………..!

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 3, 2024 10:05 am

Mr Miles also addressed a question about whether Mr de Brenni’s failure to follow-up the advice of CS Energy’s chair and CEO – and revelations he had not sought answers about the cause of the explosion – suggested he had been ignorant.

“No I think the minister has been incredibly clear,” he said.

“The minister was really reassured by those who are appointed to run these government owned corporations for us that all appropriate maintenance had been undertaken.

“At no stage was any maintenance funding withheld … any request they made for such funding was supported and approved.”

Brady Heywood’s report is incredibly clear that CS Energy’s process and risk management systems and culture were terrible and the direct cause of the Callide C explosion. Slack maintenance was obviously a contributory factor, and maintenance funding a non/issue, but the absolute key was the notoriously dreadful CS Energy corporate management.

Wheeling no nonsense Sean Brady into Estimates would promptly show that the useless Minister was useless and, at best, stupidly gullible.

deBrenni’s only real excuse is that he’s a unionist, promoted way above his capabilities.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 3, 2024 10:09 am

From Arutz Sheva:

Australia: Jewish org. supports anti-Israel university students (2 Jul)

The Jewish Council of Australia, which calls itself “a diverse coalition of Jewish academics, lawyers, writers, and teachers” and states that its mission is to combat “the rise in neo-Nazi activities, fascism, and far-right extremism,” on Monday expressed support for anti-Israel student protesters facing disciplinary action at their universities.

The statement reads, “The Jewish Council of Australia is concerned that students across Australia, including at Deakin University, Melbourne University, Monash University and La Trobe University, have been sent misconduct notices for their involvement in anti-war protests.”

The organization claimed in its statement that Israel is using “starvation as a weapon of war,” committing “war crimes,” and that students “are right to peacefully protest these mounting atrocities.”

Executive officer Sarah Schwartz said, “We should be proud of all of the students, many of whom are Jewish, who have been speaking out against this unfolding genocide.

Stockholm Syndrome to infinity and beyond, it looks like. I will defer entirely to Cassie for any comments though since I don’t know JCA at all.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 3, 2024 10:25 am

Wow, hasn’t this last week been a disaster for the Dems or what?

Federal Judge sides with Louisiana and strikes down Joe Biden’s illegal assault on American energy (1 Jun)

On Monday, July 1, U.S. Federal Judge James Cain Jr. of the Western District of Louisiana, issued a preliminary injunction in Louisiana’s favor for the State’s lawsuit against President Joe Biden and the United States Department of Energy over the unlawful decisions to ban new liquefied natural gas exports to non-free trade agreement countries.

Judge Cain’s order lifts the LNG export ban effective immediately. …

The decision by President Biden and his Department of Energy from back in January ignores the clear text of the Natural Gas Act and departs from decades of agency policy. Just six months ago, the Department of Energy even acknowledged, “There is no factual or legal basis” for halting approval of LNG exports.

Epic smackdown! The LNG export ban was all about green ideology and was the worst sort of high-handed fascism from Biden’s activist kiddies.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 3, 2024 10:25 am

Did you know that First Lady Jill Biden used to have her own walk-on music to be played whenever she entered an event,

This would be the same Jill Biden who is now squealing that the recent Scotus judgement would make Trump a “King”

Roger
Roger
July 3, 2024 10:30 am

Australia produces about as much food as four mid western US states.

We have little quality soil and even less with reliable rainfall. That’s why building renewables on good land is a crime of monumental stupidity and greed.

Back in the mid-2000s, after Howard opened up a “vigorous” albeit short-lived discussion on nuclear power which ended with him banning it (thanks John!), the Beattie government in QLD passed a law prohibiting the use of farmland for nuclear facilities or any negative impact that might result therefrom.

How times change.

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Roger
Roger
July 3, 2024 10:32 am

Executive officer Sarah Schwartz said, “We should be proud of all of the students, many of whom are Jewish, who have been speaking out against this unfolding genocide.

Huge claim.

Evidence?

As with Payman, no plea for the release of remaining hostages, either.

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Rosie
Rosie
July 3, 2024 10:47 am

Proppallies, like all progressives just repeat lies in the hopes they will come true.
There has been an admission by the UN that they had been grossly undercounting food imports into Gaza by not counting private importations and flour being delivered to bakeries.
Calorific needs are being met to 157% per head.
I’m sure there are a few going hungry, just like there was before the war.
Apparently now Israel is controlling imports via Kerem Shalom distribution is better that before when Hamas was taking it all with significantly better prices.
If there was starvation there would be thousands of photos not just verbal propaganda.

Roger
Roger
July 3, 2024 10:49 am

Why is the braindead lamestream meeja suddenly getting hysterical about this nonexistent threat posed by nonexistent people?

“Why?”, indeed.

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 3, 2024 10:52 am

Dr Jill coming under some scrutiny. Barry next?

As a comparison, I don’t think Mrs Bucket came under any during the Howard years that morphed into the Howard disaster that, arguably, the Lieborals are still working their way out of today.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 3, 2024 10:53 am

If there was starvation there would be thousands of photos not just verbal propaganda.

Undoubtedly.

Hard to imagine the Hamas pigs passing up on the political value of images of skeletal children with dead, staring eyes. Were they available, or readily manufactured.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 3, 2024 10:54 am

Haha, Tucker doesn’t like Sydney.

‘HOW DOES ANYBODY LIVE HERE?’: US host rips Sydney in fiery speech (News.com.au mainpage headline, 3 Jul)

I have to agree. Maybe Mr Carlson you could visit Newcastle while you’re here?

Rosie
Rosie
July 3, 2024 10:56 am

It’s pretty obvious that despite efforts to shore up the terrorist vote they have abandoned Labor. How many attacks and threats do you need Albo?
The widespread rumours that payme is about to start a muslim party should be enough to expel her.
She’s got four years of comfy seat warming ahead, before hopefully sliding into muslim female oblivion.
Meanwhile I hope they do form a muslim brotherhood/ hibz ut tahrir party which is then beset by infighting over who is the truest follower of mo.
I don’t know if Australia will ever say enough is enough l, I suspect it will only be after a spate of Bataclan/Nice type of attacks.

Cassie of Sydney
July 3, 2024 10:59 am

The Jewish Council of Australia

A tiny group of fringe far-left Jews, who do not represent the community. Let me tell you something, there’s nothing worse than Jew hating Jews.

I will not call these people ‘kapos’, because that’s an insult to those kapos who, during World War II, were forced to undertake activities under pain of death.

No, no, no, these people are utterly putrid, they represent less than one or two percent of the community.

I regard such people who make up the ‘Jewish Council of Australia’ as akin to the likes of Stella Goldschlag. Goldschlag, during World War II, denounced her fellow Jews, she worked for the Nazis as a ‘catcher’ of Jews. She wasn’t forced into that role, she chose that role, thinking that the Nazis would let her off.

Sarah Schwartz and her comrades are no different to the Stella Goldschlags of Jewish history.

Roger
Roger
July 3, 2024 11:03 am

I can’t quite believe Albanese is now holding out an olive branch to Senator Payman, saying she’d be welcome back in caucus if she amends her voting intentions.

If the reports are true, she is disloyal and can’t be trusted.

This is the biggest cockup by a federal Labor leader for quite a while.

(Since the Voice referendum, anyway!)

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Roger
Roger
July 3, 2024 11:16 am

Finance minister Katy Gallagher says older Australians who felt intimidated into paying back ATO debts so old they are impossible to verify will not get their money back

The Guardian

The government now engages in threats with menaces.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 3, 2024 11:19 am

One for Wolfman.

Robert Towne, Writer of Chinatown, Dies at 89

During a long career that began in the 1960s, when he went to work as an actor and writer for B-movie director Roger Corman, Towne became one of the most sought-after script doctors in movie history, called on time and again to solve structural problems and create great moments for other people’s films. …

Though most of Towne’s script doctoring went uncredited — for example, in “The Parallax View” (1974), “Marathon Man” (1976), “The Missouri Breaks” (1976) and “Heaven Can Wait” (1978) — he received a rare honor in 1973 when “The Godfather” director Francis Ford Coppola thanked him in his Oscar acceptance speech for scripting the touching and pivotal Pacino-Brando garden scene — a scene not in Mario Puzo’s book.

Vale. A lot of excellent fillums got Mr Towne’s gentle and expert touch. I have to watch Heaven Can Wait again, which I like (it’s a remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan, but with a NFL quarterback instead of a boxer).

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 3, 2024 11:24 am

Eyrie
 July 3, 2024 9:29 am

Donald Trump is the real President of the USA right now

I wouldn’t put it past the Demonrats to claim just before polling day that Trump was ineligible because they cheated in 2020 so he’s already won two elections.

Bzzzt.
The Constitution refers to serving two terms, not winning two elections.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 3, 2024 11:35 am

Push for defence system to go under the microscope after vets and diggers called for Angus Campbell’s medalEllen Ransley
The Nightly
2 Min Read03 Jul, 2024

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The Senate will be asked to put the defence honours and awards system under the microscope after it was revealed dozens of retired and serving personnel had written to the Defence Minister demanding urgent change.
The Nightly on Monday revealed Richard Marles had received numerous letters from veterans and serving personnel between November and March, requesting he revoke outgoing defence chief Angus Campbell’s distinguished service cross and make changes to how military honours are bestowed and reviewed.
Among their concerns, the group have questioned how General Campbell could have been “in action” – as the criteria for his medal stipulated at the time – when he spent two-thirds of his tenure as commander of Afghanistan troops in the United Arab Emirates and was never in close proximity or under fire from an adversary.

The group also put to Mr Marles that the honours and awards system was being regularly abused by high-ranking personnel, saying there was “tangible evidence of this abuse going back nearly 30 years”.
In an attempt to further escalate the issue – which members of the defence community say is contributing to serious morale problems – Senator Malcolm Roberts will on Wednesday seek to refer “the integrity and efficacy of the defence honours and awards system” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade references committee.
In his notice of motion, he said an inquiry must consider: the integrity of awards to senior officers for conduct in the Afghanistan conflict; the experiences of defence force personnel progressing the honours and awards system; and the effect of awards and honours on maintaining morale within the defence force.
If his motion is successful, the inquiry will also need to focus on the effect of changes in criteria for some honours and awards, including the 2011 change for the DSC from “in action” to “in warlike operations”.
That follows multiple members of the defence community telling The Nightly the change in criteria was “dodgy”, with the group putting to Mr Marles the Letters Patent had been changed because “the ADF was aware, and had been for many years, that the requirement for recipients to be ‘in action’ was problematic”.
After some members of the community suggested decisions regarding honours and awards needed to be completely removed from Defence’s remit, Senator Roberts will request that should the motion pass, the inquiry consider the operation of the independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeal Tribunal, and whether there are any potential improvements needed to the defence honours and awards system more broadly.
The Senate will be asked to consider whether or not the matter should be sent to an inquiry later on Wednesday.
If it is successful, the committee will be asked to report back by November.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 3, 2024 11:36 am

For those who don’t subscribe to Sky, you can get a lot of it online on Youtube for nix now.

Here’s a taste of The Late Debate with Liz Storer, James Macpherson and Caleb Bond – having a good old chop at Biden’s debate.

bons
bons
July 3, 2024 11:44 am

Sweet Jill Biden is replicating the behaviour of a previous ‘Whitehouse Queen’, Mamie Eisenhower.

Her years in the European Chateau post war convinced her that she deserved aristocratic priveledge, a state of mind that she applied in full force when she arrived in the Whitehouse.

One of her early stunts was to demand that the staff line up to greet or farewell her each time that she departed or arrived in the building.

She stayed in bed until noon conducting meetings with staff and outsiders whilst lounging in her gown.

Eisenhower’s valet quit when Mamie instructed him on how he was to put on the Pres’s boxers.

Apparently Eisenhower wasn’t far behind in viewing himself through Sun King lenses.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 3, 2024 11:45 am

Push for defence system to go under the microscope

Marles and Albo also are having a very bad week defencewise.

Going AWOL at RIMPAC bares our lack of fight (Paywallian today)

The collapse of Australia’s military contribution to the world’s largest maritime exercise has laid bare just how woefully unprepared our current Defence Force is for any serious conflict in the region.

‘Extraordinary’: Albo lets fly after NATO snub backlash (Tele today)

Frequent flyer Anthony Albanese has defended his decision not to attend the NATO summit despite Australia’s position as a global partner nation.

Um, guys, hey! We can’t defend ourselves so we need sugar daddies. Which you aren’t doing the correct Only Fans thing to satisfy.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 3, 2024 11:52 am

H B Bear
 July 3, 2024 10:52 am

Dr Jill coming under some scrutiny. Barry next?

As a comparison, I don’t think Mrs Bucket came under any during the Howard years …

Yes, Hyacinth came to mind when I read that article earlier.
Was Jeanette just Dr Jill in sensible shoes?

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 3, 2024 11:56 am

The Constitution refers to serving two terms, not winning two elections.

Ah, yes. That interesting historical document that they aren’t using anymore.

Roger
Roger
July 3, 2024 11:56 am

Tax cuts, bill relief and more on offer, but Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers just can’t sell it

Simon Benson The Australian 1 July, 2024

Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers couldn’t sell water to a dying man in the desert. From this week, wage rises, tax cuts and energy subsidies are all going to put more money in people’s pockets. Yet since the budget, Labor’s primary vote has gone only one way – down. Either voters don’t buy the bull or Labor’s proclivity for political felo-de-se has deafened the electorate to its more boastful claims on the economy.

And hanging over all this is the spectre of what may be coming. Don’t underestimate the electorate’s ability to sift the flour.

Publicly, the Treasurer is on a positive spin over his cost-of-living relief. Privately, however, he will be sweating bricks for the next six weeks, gripped by fear over what the central bank may or may not do in August.

This is now looming as the central test for Chalmers and the government – both economically and politically.

It will be the pivotal moment that will decide the course of the contest until the next election.

If the key selling point is that people are better off thanks to Chalmers, the underlying truth is that nothing has actually changed. The pain has just been rearranged.

The key question now is not whether more pain is to come or whether the current pain is prolonged. And Labor has clearly identified borrowers as the guinea pigs. This says a lot about its strategic posture.

If the RBA keeps rates on hold, as will be its inclination, then the pain can be blamed on the RBA. This is the political upside for Chalmers.

But if all the state and federal government spending does lead to a rate rise, then it will be Chalmers who owns it. He will have inflicted more pain.

More likely than not, the RBA doesn’t hike. But this will be a close-run thing. And if even if it doesn’t, Michelle Bullock is likely to rattle the sabre.

This doesn’t give Chalmers the clear air he will be seeking.

The political stakes couldn’t be higher for Chalmers or Albanese. And this all feeds into election timing.

If rates don’t rise in August Chalmers gets over a crucial hump.

With the energy rebates from the commonwealth and state coffers feeding into the price index, there is every chance the Treasurer meets his promised target of getting headline inflation back within the 2-3 per cent band.

He will have bought himself a cut in headline inflation with the assistance of state Labor mates.

This is where the political narrative and economic reality collide. From a political perspective, it will be a great story to tell.

People will expect that if headline rates look good, why doesn’t the RBA cut rates.

But as we know, the headline rate is not the determining factor. And this is the nuanced debate Chalmers is clearly happy to have.

It won’t be Chalmers that has to make the argument, the talking points to every other Labor minister and backbencher will do the work.

If it hasn’t dawned on Michele Bullock yet, it soon will. Chalmers is setting her up. Bullock has so far given Chalmers rhetorical cover in her public statements about inflation and the budget.

The RBA board’s statement, however, tells a different story.

There is no equivocation about its view that state and federal government spending is adding to the problem.

Meanwhile, the Payman affair is sucking the air out of Elbow & Dim’s political moment.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 3, 2024 12:00 pm

Bungonia Bee @ 6.56am

If they rely solely on the MSM it would explain why normally sensible people have a bad impression of Trump and no idea that Joe is damaged goods

On debate night I switched to CNN to see how they were taking it.
They showed a most brief clip of Biden’s mumblings, said it “wasn’t his best night” & said “Democrats are in panic”

Then ran several minutes of “debate summary”, being clips of Trump looking confused, dazed, mumbling & inarticulate, while Biden was aggressive, on the front foot & was really ripping it into Trump.

They made Trump seem like a spiv, while Biden seemed a controlled firm, solid commander.
Trump was presented in such a way that he really did seem to have the morals of an alleycat, they made it credibly seem that when out & about he may spy a women’s buttocks at random, push her into a corner “he even does it in department store changerooms” unzips to lower his trousers and forces himself into them.

And so on and so forth. It was so well presented that I was almost beginning to believe it.

To have such an comprehensive & misleading edit of the debate ready within a few hours is a credit to the CNN audio visual techs.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
July 3, 2024 12:03 pm
Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 3, 2024 12:07 pm

bons
 July 3, 2024 11:44 am

Sweet Jill Biden is replicating the behaviour of a previous ‘Whitehouse Queen’, Mamie Eisenhower.

I have been thinking about this over the last couple of days (in between educating m0nster about Draconian OH&S laws).
The Americans fought a War of Independence to free themselves from the shackles of living under a system of hereditary monarchy.
And yet they seem to want to adopt a facsimile of just such a system. Look at the field of candidates proposed for President every four years. From the Kennedys, through the Bushes and Clintons to Obama, the relatives of ex Presidents regularly come up as potential Presidential candidates, no matter how unsuitable they might be (see Kennedy, Edward).
And now the position of First Lady seems to have morphed from a cultural and charitable role into that of power sharing.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
July 3, 2024 12:09 pm

George Bernard Shaw.

A monster
https://x.com/i/status/1807961738995724706

Roger
Roger
July 3, 2024 12:11 pm

The Americans fought a War of Independence to free themselves from the shackles of living under a system of hereditary monarchy.

And yet they seem to want to adopt a facsimile of just such a system.

King Charles would envy the constitutional powers of a POTUS.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 3, 2024 12:32 pm

Not only is she in love with the trappings of office, but Mrs Biden increasingly sees herself as the Democrats’ co-candidate for 2024.”

I remember after Joe’s inauguration a photo of Jill walking toward the White House. She was moving briskly enough, wearing what looked like a black cocktail dress. Somehow the you could hear the breathlessness of the writer in the accompanying text, where they wrote that ‘finally glamour had returned to the Whit House’.

They were saying this after Melania had been First Lady, and hinting that she was not glamorous. And, of course, Melania entered the White House after that permanently scowling ogre, Michelle Obama.

The ogre and the elder-abuser both repeatedly marred the covers of fashion and style magazines during their husband’s Presidency, but those same magazines effectively boycotted Melania.

Just as the MSM gaslit gullible people into thinking Joe was of sound mind and unsurpassed genius, so they tried to make us think Michelle and Jill were somehow captivating and Melania was some foreign dull-witted drab.

The debate that finally revealed the advanced state of Joe’s decrepitude has also unmasked Jill as the vain, manipulative beast that she is.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 3, 2024 12:43 pm

Yes, Hyacinth came to mind when I read that article earlier.

Was Jeanette just Dr Jill in sensible shoes?

If I remember correctly, there was never a shortage of chatteratii waiting to kick the bucket.

?

duncanm
duncanm
July 3, 2024 12:45 pm

I find it odd people bitching and moaning about coles and woolies, without acknowledging significant conveniences like extended opening hours 7 days a week and cheap home delivery.

I don’t like their prices.. so I only shop there when I need something Aldi doesn’t carry, or outside Aldi opening times.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 3, 2024 12:47 pm

Our old mate from the ABC resurfaces…

When it comes to power, solar is about to leave nuclear and everything else in the shade (Phys.org, 2 Jul)
by Peter Martin

Opposition leader Peter Dutton might have been hoping for an endorsement from economists for his plan to take Australian nuclear.

He shouldn’t expect one from The Economist.

The Economist is a British weekly news magazine that has reported on economic thinking and served as a place for economists to exchange views since 1843.

By chance, just three days after Dutton announced plans for seven nuclear reactors he said would usher in a new era of economic prosperity for Australia, The Economist produced a special issue, titled “Dawn of the Solar Age.”

Haha, the Ecommunist is as green as grass. I had to dump my subscription after a couple decades because even the foreign news section had become unreadably woke. Presumably both Peter Martin and the Economist have found a way for the Sun to shine at nighttime.

Pogria
Pogria
July 3, 2024 12:54 pm

Gina Reinhardt is such a class act.
The slags from Netball Australia should have considered themselves bloody fortunate if she had offered them half a sandwich.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13594615/Gina-Rinehart-Cambodia-honour.html

Rabz
July 3, 2024 1:09 pm

Peter Martin

Ah yes, one of those esteemed economists who are wrong about everything, all the time*.

*As opposed to the sole other type of economist – those who are wrong about everything 91.3% of the time.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 3, 2024 1:15 pm

Meanwhile, the Payman affair is sucking the air out of Elbow & Dim’s political moment.

And the sucking hasn’t really started yet.

Two obvious narrative streams:

Payman backs down and rejoins Caucus:

• Pale Stale Male bullying

+ a shit fit from the Moslem community

+ Green stunts turned up to 11

+ endless speculation about the likely fate of Burke, Clare, and Anne Stanley.

Payman heads off as a Muslim Independent or joins Muslim Vote:

• Non-stop entrail review of ‘Labor Leadership’ by Labor ‘sources’

+ Green stunts turned up to 11

+ endless speculation about the likely fate of Burke, Clare, Stanley, Bowen, Hill, and Giles

+ thrilling media speculation on how the Extreme Far Right Literally Nazis views the Islamic national agenda – now splashing over Labor’s political shoes

No wonder Handsome Boy’s ring piece is twitching too much for him to fly off to junket with NATO leaders.

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Gabor
Gabor
July 3, 2024 1:18 pm

Pogria
July 3, 2024 12:54 pm

Gina Reinhardt is such a class act.

Yes she is, I like her acting quietly in the back ground doing good work instead of grandstanding like Forrest.

I’m sure she didn’t ask for recognition but if it comes her way it would be churlish to refuse.
Long may she live.

Roger
Roger
July 3, 2024 1:20 pm

Looks like Steven Miles’s election campaign proclamation that SE QLD is full met with a sympathetic hearing in Canberra.

QLD’s 24/25 migration numbers will be cut with the placements going to WA, SA & TAS instead.

Share the love! And the traffic congestion…

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Vicki
Vicki
July 3, 2024 1:21 pm

Even the association of GPs in Oz is now allowing discussion of the possible adverse effects of the Covid vaccines:

see [email protected]

or

https://www1.racgp.org.au/getattachment/abf6c70e-c2db-4035-8cf2-a60e3ae8d2c6/Letters.aspx?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 3, 2024 1:28 pm

In the United States, plans are being drawn up to use batteries to transport solar energy as well as store it. Why build high-voltage transmission cables when you can use train carriages full of batteries to move power from the remote sunny places that collect it to the cities that need it?

I’d need to see the energy analysis on that. Instead of power lines you need railways, locomotives and rolling stock. I wonder what % charge on the batteries being transported arrives at the far end?. Could always run the locos on diesel I guess. LOL!

South Australia and Tasmania are the states that rely on renewables the most. They are the two states with the lowest wholesale electricity prices outside Victoria, whose prices are very low because of its reliance on brown coal.

So brown coal is cheapest? If we could run the power stations full bore I’d bet that black coal beats wind and solar and has the advantage of being available at night and when the wind don’t blow.

John Brumble
John Brumble
July 3, 2024 1:31 pm

Mmyairs.
Because the free market isn’t able to overcome more than 60 years of compiled government regulations, then the only solution to our problem is moar gubermints.

This time it’ll work.

You know it’s true.

Tom
Tom
July 3, 2024 1:49 pm

Reshuffle on the way. Geoff Chambers (Paywallian):

After serving in the NSW and federal parliaments for 21 years, Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney is the most likely departure.
Sources close to Burney believe the 67-year-old is ready to pass on the baton after leading the government’s failed Indigenous voice referendum campaign alongside Albanese.
Murray Watt, a left-wing powerbroker and Albanese ally, is being floated as a contender to replace O’Neil as Home Affairs Minister.
The Queenslander, elevated into cabinet after Terri Butler’s shock loss to the Greens, has proven an effective performer in gruelling Senate estimates hearings.
An inner-city dwelling Agriculture Minister, Watt is a good communicator whose combative skills would have helped the government better manage immigration detention and border security scandals.
https://content.api.news/v3/images/bin/dab81e7e0f2d3bbf185aad2914e65aad
Who’s in the ministry.
If Giles and Albanese can move on from the 2015 ALP National Conference where they failed to get up a motion rejecting the Coalition policy of turning back asylum-seeker boats, so can Watt.
Western Australia MP Patrick Gorman, now assistant minister to Albanese and a former WA ALP secretary, has been floated as a replacement for Giles.

Rosie
Rosie
July 3, 2024 1:52 pm

You know I think this about right.
My mother did almost zero activities with us as children, didn’t read to us, or anything else that I can remember, other than once taking us to see a movie and a few times to the library or the pool when it was too far to walk when we went with my dad when he was working interstate. We played outside or watched TV and walked ourselves by ourselves everywhere; to school even as five year olds, to weekend sports, I caught the train on my own as a ten/ eleven year old, only time I got collected was if it were late at night. She did volunteer work at my brothers’s secondary school later on.
I mostly worked full-time and when I wasn’t I was helping with reading etc at primary school, ferrying children to activities, watching them play sports, reading with or to my children, sometimes even watching TV with them.
Whole different relationship.

https://x.com/emzanotti/status/1808138747793362974?t=9-VVlXquOKfrAcXspmGCnw&s=19

Roger
Roger
July 3, 2024 1:54 pm

Reshuffle on the way. Geoff Chambers (Paywallian):

Ah, yes…nothing like the mid-winter break for a bit of head lopping a cabinet reshuffle.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 3, 2024 1:54 pm

Why build high-voltage transmission cables when you can use train carriages full of batteries to move power from the remote sunny places that collect it to the cities that need it?

I have a great idea! Let’s build a rail line from the bottom of the Snowy to the top!

Then we could rail water from the lower dam to the upper dam. Just pour the water out of the rail tankers into the upper dam and let it go back down to generate electricity! I’m sure I could get a million dollar grant to study this proposal. CSIRO could get another grant to do the modelling.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
July 3, 2024 1:57 pm

Did the inflation calculator for the USA for the last 10 years..
32.7% cumulative inflation.

Ours is 26%, but you cant chuck in 2024 yet.

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