Open Thread – Thurs 4 July 2024


The Passage of the Delaware, Thomas Sully, 1819

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Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
July 4, 2024 12:32 am

I dedicate this thread to Bill Shorten’s New Bit Of Fluff!
…and Obama’s invisible tentacles

JC
JC
July 4, 2024 12:36 am

Something is going on here, possibly.

The rat judge in NY, Merchan, postponed his decision and said he’s going to review various elements in the case.

Why?

Top Ender
Top Ender
July 4, 2024 1:03 am
Top Ender
Top Ender
July 4, 2024 1:04 am

Sorry!

Should have posted the headline:

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young turns heads in a very revealing see-through gown at the Midwinter Ball in Canberra

Harlequin Decline
July 4, 2024 1:08 am

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young turns heads in a very revealing see-through gown at the Midwinter Ball in Canberra

Morelike she turned their stomachs not their heads. What a shocker.

JC
JC
July 4, 2024 1:20 am

Just pure speculation and thinking out loud. Ironically enough, they may not know, but I bet they do, Trump and Biden are allies at the moment. They both know he (Trump) will win in November.
Whatever happens with the 25th Amendment, Congress has to vote on it.

“within 21 days after receipt of written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within 21 days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office”

Trump would control the vote through MAGA Republicans, and unless Biden disappears voluntarily, MAGA could vote against it if Trump told them.
Trump could ask Biden to call off the dogs and allow the crime family to be left alone after November. He could also ask Biden to stop the cheating.
All this is pure spec on my part, but they are actually on the same side if Biden wants to see out the term.

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KevinM
KevinM
July 4, 2024 3:29 am

Whoever posted the link to T Carlson’s Melbourne speech, thank you.
Other than his hysterical laugh on occasion, it was very good, listened to the whole thing for once.

Tom
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Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
July 4, 2024 5:42 am

BoM Sydney forecast for the coming week might as well have simply said “look out the window”. It’s partly cloudy, chance of showers, again and again.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
July 4, 2024 5:55 am

BBC OS had a full-on segment saying that The Russians Are Coming with their network of AI generated cheap fake news items. Anything to throw some sort of invisibility/confusion cloak over the dodgy nature of Dem politics this year, and indeed for some years past.
Rather bold of the beeb since they dish out plenty of crap themselves. News Hour treated us to a long dissertation on Climate Change causing more hurricanes in (wait for it!) the Caribbean! They upped the volume by having an IPCC heavyweight deliver the usual climate porn predictions.
The Caribbean has been assailed by hurricanes forever, just ask George Martin, whose studio on Montserrat was trashed by Hugo in 1989. There’s a movie dating from 1965 based on a 1929 book:
“A High Wind in Jamaica is a 1965 DeLuxe Color adventure film, based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Richard Hughes, and directed by Alexander Mackendrick[2] for the 20th Century-Fox studio. It stars Anthony Quinn and James Coburn as the pirates who capture five children. Other cast members include Deborah Baxter, Nigel Davenport, Isabel Dean, Lila Kedrova, Kenneth J. Warren, and Gert Frobe. One of the child actors is the author Martin Amis.”
Thanks Wikipedia.
Well worth watching. All this climate porn has previously been shown to be somewhat exaggerated, but every hurricane is dished up as if it was living proof of the doom that awaits us unless we make futile reductions in our insignificant CO2 emissions.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
July 4, 2024 6:18 am

When Donald Trump was President he was the leader of the FREE world while Biden’s been leader of the FREAK world.

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
July 4, 2024 6:26 am

The Mid-winter Ball optics are truly nauseating — Annabelle Scragg looks like a maiden aunt ready for a tap-dancing class, to say nothing of Josh Burns and the Tatooed Tart, who is the partially dressed Georgette Shorten, Peanut’s daughter? really? where’s mum when she’s needed? Many of the Labor ‘ladies’ seem to be over-grazing on the lush pastures, and the Greens and Hidea Thorpe have no originality at all, tired old re-runs in Hanson-Young’s case re-treads.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 4, 2024 6:38 am

The Mid-winter Ball optics are truly nauseating

Please, please please let there have been a grog-inspired trip back to a Minister’s office via security followed by some chocky-spewing, potentially a quick knee-trembler and a couch nap.

Ceres
Ceres
July 4, 2024 6:56 am

Scotus decision on Presidential immunity has got that leftie lunatic NY Judge Merchan thinking, this throws a spanner in the works.
Says sentencing for Trump may not be necessary.

“The matter is adjourned to September 18, 2024, at
10:00 AM for the imposition of sentence, if such is still necessary”

Lady MacBiden won’t like the sound of that.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 4, 2024 7:09 am

Truly frightening seeing the so-called decision makers playing dress ups. Vomit inducing. A couple of wives of, looked elegant in rather understated gowns but as for the rest? Pogria I think got it one with the jellyfish look of jackie- jackie and as for sarah sea cow, I’ve seen smaller shoulders on an all in wrestler.

Cassie of Sydney
July 4, 2024 7:19 am

who is the partially dressed Georgette Shorten, Peanut’s daughter

Georgette Shorten, since when is her surname ‘Shorten’? Georgette is not Bill Shorten’s daughter, she is Chloe Shorten’s daughter by her first husband, the architect Roger Parkin. Bill and Chloe have a daughter named Clementine, who is Bill’s only biological child.

As for young Georgette Parkin’s outfit, crikey, the less said the better however if that had been me, as a young woman, stepping out to accompany my stepfather to a function, dressed like that my mother would have lassoed me back indoors, boxed my ears and made me dress more suitably!

Only a few years ago, then in my forties, I was dressing for a function, I put on a pretty dress but one which showed a little too much cleavage. On seeing me, my mother’s eyes narrowed with fury and she walked over to me, yanked my dress up, and told me in no uncertain terms to go find something more appropriate to wear!

There’s a difference between dressing in a sexy and glamorous way to dressing like one of the whores from Little Finger’s brothel in Game of Thrones.

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KevinM
KevinM
July 4, 2024 7:38 am

True story. Only it wasn’t Kevin because it was an Italian soldier

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132andBush
132andBush
July 4, 2024 7:41 am

Many of the Labor ‘ladies’ seem to be over-grazing on the lush pastures, and the Greens and Hidea Thorpe have no originality at all, tired old re-runs in Hanson-Young’s case re-treads.

Pardon the optics but Thorpe looks as though she’s dressed in a sparkly used tampon.

Bowen’s son looks exactly like you’d expect.

And that tattoed to the max bird has mental problems, possibly un diagnosed.

Kudos to Elbow’s squeeze for recycling an old dress, which doesn’t look horrendous.

What a conglomeration of pasty mediocrities.

bons
bons
July 4, 2024 7:43 am

Husic permitted his woman to attend unshrouded.

The lads in Auburn will be deeply troubled.

BobtheBoozer
BobtheBoozer
July 4, 2024 7:55 am

For those who are concerned about accuracy in reporting re: the 6 year old who was raped and murdered by the local Sheikh in India, there is obviously a mistake in the transcription from the original report.
From the original link:

On 21st August 2014, the young victim and her minor cousin went to buy chocolates at around 2 PM. 

There’s a link back to the report immediately above which gives the correct date.
The issue here that seems to have been lost in the demand for accuracy was the death sentence on the perpetrator was commuted to life imprisonment because as a Muslim he prayed every day.

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Rosie
Rosie
July 4, 2024 8:06 am

“And that tattoed to the max bird has mental problems, possibly un diagnosed.”
She’s an animal justice pastry.
Enough said.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 4, 2024 8:13 am

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young turns heads in a very revealing see-through gown at the Midwinter Ball in Canberra

True to Australian leftist form she lacks originality and copies the left overseas, in this case with a dress with a silly slogan painted on it – like AOC did.

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Mother Lode
Mother Lode
July 4, 2024 8:29 am

Just pure speculation and thinking out loud. Ironically enough, they may not know, but I bet they do, Trump and Biden are allies at the moment.

I have been thinking along the lines that keeping Biden in office works more to Trump’s advantage than changing him out.

Whilst that might superficially seem to mean leaving America being governed by a brain dead empty shell I do not believe that is the case. Whoever has been running the show in America it has not been Biden. He simply cannot have. There are others running it with him as what I imagine they had conceived of as a calming avuncular type as the figurehead. Changing out Biden does not remove them, and whomever is chosen to run in his stead will be as beholden to these shadowy figures.

Biden is the established most reliable shot to ditch the Dims – and therefore get rid of the disastrous machine that has wrought so much damage and mayhem on the US.

When Trump is back in he can start the inquiries and special commissions: “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of law!”

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
July 4, 2024 8:32 am

For those who watched the Spotlight show on Covid I highly recommend the Substack of Rebekah Barnett who mentions a question that was cut and audience reaction. It is in relation to provisional approval and vaccine injury. It also covers the undeclared conflicts of interest of Dr Booy who was on the panel. Rebekah also mentions the Substack Letter from Australia by independent journalist Alison Bevege who was in the audience. There is audio to back it up.

Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 8:41 am
Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 8:42 am

From what I’m seeing, he’s clinging on for all he’s worth.

The Biden denial dam bursts

BobtheBoozer
BobtheBoozer
July 4, 2024 8:47 am

One of the reasons I think that President Trump may not end up sitting in the Big Chair next year is this:

At the GOP’s Missouri state convention in Springfield, Trump-supporting members of the GOP took over and prevented RINOs in the state from setting the agenda and the delegates for the RNC. 

The Missouri Republican Party must replace 54 national convention delegates and alternates selected at its chaotic state convention because of “alarming irregularities” in the process, the Republican National Convention Committee on Contests ruled Friday.

The list of rejected delegates includes two of the major GOP candidates for governor, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and state Sen. Bill Eigel.

The RINOs still have a lot of power, and they hate Trump because he’s going to clean out the rats nest that is US politics – if he can.

Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 8:48 am

That Bugatti story might have been fake, but just take a look at this clip from Ukrainian journalist Diana Panchenko (translated).

Epic Ukrainian Corruption: Billions and billions of western aid stolen by politicians and officials

Is anyone really surprised?

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Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 4, 2024 8:54 am

Chalmers, on his exciting $23 billion ‘Me. Look. Me. I’ve got vision, I could be Prime Minister’ kitty:

Our agenda reflects the new economic orthodoxy of a churning and changing world. The legislative package we introduced this week puts our agenda into practice, to help make Australia a renewable energy superpower, and an indispensable part of the global net zero economy. We know that to succeed our plan must be underpinned by discipline and rigour. This week’s legislation embeds into law the strict criteria and robust processes that will guide our decision-making and set us up for success.

Our goal is to power the future, not manufacture the past. Our strategy is to engage and invest, not retreat and protect. Our emphasis is on attracting private investment, not replacing it.

Yes, yes, yes – very Churchillian. But what are you spending $23 billion of my dollars on?

We’ve already put the National Interest Framework into action. It informed our Future Made in Australia budget investment focus on refining and processing critical minerals, producing renewable hydrogen, exploring production of green metals and low-carbon liquid fuels, and supporting targeted manufacturing of clean energy technologies, including solar, and value adding in the battery supply chain.

So, subsidies to:
• the mining industry,
• wind-powered hydrogen electrolysis,
• Made in Australia solar panels, and
• blowing China out of the water on battery making.

Rigorous.

(Technical Note: Recent experience says that the international mining sector is not wildly encouraged by Australia’s competitive advantage in Waggyls, Green tape and Green lawfare, unexpected confiscatory royalties, cost of construction and well paid jerbs, and general fiscal and political uncertainty.

Geological endowment now comes way down the list. Perhaps below Trans and Intersex Rights.)

Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 8:56 am
Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 9:01 am

@WarClandestine

Our Commander in Chief is a vegetable, being advised by a crackhead, and about to be replaced by a diversity hire.

MEANWHILE, Putin and Xi are at the SCO Summit in Kazakhstan, planning how to “bolster security and counter the US”.

They are licking their chops, while we implode.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 9:01 am

State PoliticsCultureWA News

Lloyd Street Bridge: Midland connection in limbo for more than two years over ancient rock shelter
Dylan CapornThe West Australian
Thu, 4 July 2024 2:00A.M

A $40 million bridge project in Perth’s east has been in limbo for more than two years after the discovery of a culturally significant ancient rock shelter ground construction to a halt.
The Lloyd Street Bridge, over the Helena River in Hazelmere, would create a new southern entry to Midland, and offer improved access to St John of God Hospital and Curtin Unversity’s eastern suburbs campus.
But works were suspended on the project in June 2022 after the identification of an ancient rock shelter and advocacy from local traditional owners and environmental groups to reroute the bridge.
Despite the City of Swan already building roundabouts at either end of the proposed bridge, a feasibility study has recommended the bridge be realigned 200m to the left of the current plan, using the space of the Whiteman Road bridge demolished back in 2002.

There’s that blasted Rainbow serpent, again..

Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 9:03 am

@AGAndrewBailey

BREAKING: I have filed suit against the State of New York for hijacking the presidential election by illegally scheming to jail their presidential opponent, President Trump.

New York is waging war on American Democracy — and Missouri will not let it stand.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 9:07 am

Bruce Lehrmann expected to learn fate on Toowoomba rape chargesMackenzie Scott
13 hours ago

Former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann will not appear in ­person when the committal hearing over two rape charges resumes in a Queensland court on Thursday.
Mr Lehrmann, 29, is expected to learn tomorrow whether the charges will proceed to trial in his hometown of Toowoomba, two hours west of Brisbane.
His appearance at the Toowoomba Magistrates Court last month sparked a media frenzy, as it was the first time he had physically faced the court for the charges. Similar scenes are unlikely to be replicated tomorrow, as the law student is expected to appear via video link or phone after he was excused from attending in person because he lived interstate.
Mr Lehrmann’s lawyers lodged a 12-page submission of “some density” with the court following last month’s appearance, in which they argued the Queensland Police Service had no case, and the charges should be dismissed. He has not entered a plea.
The dual rape charges were laid in January 2023 by a woman who alleges she met Mr Lehrmann on a night out the October prior.
The woman, who cannot be identified, gave her evidence in closed court for about an hour last month after media outlets failed in a bid to be present in the courtroom for reasons of accuracy and public interest.

Roger
Roger
July 4, 2024 9:08 am

Did someone mention an ALP split?

An ALP branch in Albanese’s electorate has passed a motion of support of Fatima Payman.

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Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 9:09 am
Zatara
Zatara
July 4, 2024 9:12 am

The Left is not having a good week.

Federal Judge Slams Department of Education’s Bizarre Interpretation of Title IX and Transgenderism

Joe Biden’s Department of Education suffered yet another smackdown Tuesday when a federal judge barred it from enforcing a radical expansion on Title IX from being applicable to biological sex to encompassing “gender identity” and “sexual orientation.”

So, despite the best efforts of the freaks in the Biden admin, boys are still boys and girls are still girls under the law in the US education system.

(Reposted from dead thread)

Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 9:15 am

Jordan Peterson interviews Nigel Farage.

Conservative Failings and the Reform UK Party | Nigel Farage

Crossie
Crossie
July 4, 2024 9:17 am

Whoever has been running the show in America it has not been Biden. He simply cannot have. There are others running it with him as what I imagine they had conceived of as a calming avuncular type as the figurehead. Changing out Biden does not remove them, and whomever is chosen to run in his stead will be as beholden to these shadowy figures.

Mother Lode you are correct, there is a committee or a star chamber that is running the country with Biden just reading their prepared statements. That he has no idea what his government is doing or even who they are is evident in that he has not made a gaffe about any of it. I am being generous here, he is so vehement calling Trump and everyone he doesn’t like as liars might be because he has no idea what his side is doing.

shatterzzz
July 4, 2024 9:18 am

Seems that after Knickerless & Brucie they still haven’t beefed up PH security .. The “drug dealer” snuck in .. LOL!

Drugs
Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 4, 2024 9:19 am

On the idea that Trump is going to sweep the Augean Stables and clear out the Deep State.

The task is enormous and will be opposed at every possible point of resistance.

It needs to be done, but POTUS Trump 2.0 is the completely wrong person:

As POTUS, he is supposed to be leading the country – not just disinfecting its administrative body – the size of the task is too great for both.

As a prior victim himself, Deep State resistance to change would be greatly helped by accusations of petty retribution.

He is not a details guy. The job would be all about constitutional details.

The job will take more than a single Presidency.

There’s no clear alternative (to me) – perhaps a tough, smart, 100% aligned VP – potentially capable of carrying the task for multiple terms.

Cassie of Sydney
July 4, 2024 9:27 am

Did someone mention an ALP split?

Imagine this, a political party in this country now split among those who like Jews and those who don’t, with those who don’t like Jews now the majority.

Roger
Roger
July 4, 2024 9:29 am

And things aren’t exactly peachy in the LNP, either…

Nuclear sidelined at LNP ‘unity’ convention

Geoff Chambers The Australian 3 July, 2024

The Liberal National Party has snubbed any reference to nuclear energy across 173 resolutions up for debate at its final convention before the Queensland election in October and the next federal poll.

Peter Dutton and Nationals leader David Littleproud – both Queenslanders who will speak at the three-day conference in Brisbane on Saturday – last month unveiled their nuclear energy policy and plans to build up to seven zero-emissions nuclear plants.

The policy was immediately undermined by Queensland Opposition Leader David Crisafulli, who declared he would not lift the state’s nuclear ban.

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Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 9:29 am

Indolent
 July 4, 2024 8:48 am

That Bugatti story might have been fake, but …

Sure.

duncanm
duncanm
July 4, 2024 9:32 am

Nice to see Leak having a jab at the libs.

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 4, 2024 9:35 am

Focus groups in the Muslim electorates mustn’t be too happy, an extraordinary turn of events, Hun:

Australia has sparked a diplomatic flashpoint after the ­Albanese government hauled in Israel’s ambassador for a dressing down over his country’s war in the Middle East.

Israeli Ambassador Amir Maimon was formally summoned to a meeting in Canberra 10 days ago and warned that the Jewish state could not ­ expect Australia’s support if it goes to war against Hezbollah in Southern Lebanon.

In a sign of the deteriorating relationship between Australia and Israel, the federal government’s position on a potential war in Southern Lebanon was not delivered by Foreign Minister Penny Wong, but was left to Ms Wong’s underling, Assistant Minister Tim Watts.

Several people familiar with the situation said Mr Maimon’s relationship with Senator Wong has been “in the freezer” for several months.

Formally summoning an ambassador is considered a serious step in the diplomatic world, akin to a formal rebuke.

Tensions between Israel and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which Australia officially lists as a terrorist organisation, are at boiling point with fears tit-for-tat air strikes across the border are at danger of escalating into a full-scale war.

Since the current conflict began in the wake of Hamas’s horrific attack from Gaza last October, more than 60,000 Israelis have been forced to flee from northern Israel because of Hezbollah attacks.

The Daily Telegraph understands that in recent days ­Lebanon’s ambassador has also been summoned by the Albanese government and warned against any escalation.

Although it is represented in Lebanon’s parliament, the Lebanese government is generally regarded as having little influence over Hezbollah which is trained, funded and supplied by Iran.

The warning to Israel that it should not expect Australian support in the event of a ground war against Hezbollah is just the latest sign of the cooling of relations between Canberra and Jerusalem.

Israeli officials have made no secret of their anger at Australia’s recent vote in favour of upgrading Palestine’s status at the UN which came months after it appointed a Special Adviser to report on the Israeli government’s investigation of the killing by the IDF of Australian aid worker Zomi Frankcom and six of her World Central Kitchen colleagues.

In recent days there have been mixed reports about the likelihood of a full-scale conflict in the Middle East.

Last week the head of Israel’s air force told an audience that fighting against Hamas in Gaza would end soon as it was close to defeat and that the IDF was ready for a conflict in the north with Hezbollah.

But in an earlier report in the New York Times, Israeli military leaders are said to have warned their government a truce with Hamas was a precondition for any war with Hezbollah, while on Tuesday Hezbollah’s deputy leader Sheikh Naim Kassem told Associated Press if there was a full ceasefire in Gaza “we will stop without any discussion”.

A spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Penny Wong said ministers, assistant ministers and DFAT officials regularly met with diplomats.

“Assistant Minister Watts expressed Australia’s concern about the risk of regional escalation,” she said.

Headline in the future:
Wong Chap meets with Hezbollah war minister to affirm ties.
Truly revolting.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 9:35 am

Dr F on Dim Chalmers Grand Vision.
Rarely do I get my morning buzzword Bingo out so quickly.
Today was the day.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 4, 2024 9:36 am

In Islamic Finance news:

Rebel Labor MP Fatima Payman has a $450,000 reason why she won’t be quitting politics when she quits the ALP today – she’s just bought a new investment property in Canberra.

Taking a leaf from the practice of dozens of MPs, including the Prime Minister when he was a Labor frontbencher, she’s also charging taxpayers $310 a night to sleep in her own investment property in Canberra in a bid to help pay off the mortgage.

In a bid?

On the basis of a typical 100 days in Canbra she’s racking up $31,000 of my dollars – presumably tax free.

A decent 6.8% after tax return on a $450k apartment.

Smart move.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 9:37 am

Although the omission of “Multi-Function Polis” from the Grand Vision was a little disappointing.
It’s time has come.

Roger
Roger
July 4, 2024 9:40 am

Taking a leaf from the practice of dozens of MPs, including the Prime Minister when he was a Labor frontbencher, she’s also charging taxpayers $310 a night to sleep in her own investment property…

The ruling caste in action.

Would a cartoon of Senator Payman as another pig at the Canberra trough be ill-advised?

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Black Ball
Black Ball
July 4, 2024 9:41 am

Note however that the Wong Chap didn’t deliver this rebuke. Spineless charlatan.

Crossie
Crossie
July 4, 2024 9:43 am

Indolent

 July 4, 2024 8:38 am

rock me like a hurricane

more datacrime and false association: the weather is always your fault and the only cure is world government

It’s called paganism. Instead of throwing children or virgins into volcanoes to placate the weather gods we are now erecting them wind turbines on every hilltop and widespread fields of solar panels on every sunny dale. We also must buy indulgences by paying for the privilege of driving or flying instead of walking.

The new priesthood are the renewables subsidies harvesters who then spend their profits by purchasing sanctified private planes so they can fly to exotic locations to celebrate with other subsidies harvesters. They must never come in contact with the hoi polloi or they could lose their magic powers.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 9:48 am

Dr F at 9:19.
I agree that Trump ain’t the guy for a Mr Wolf style deep clean.
But he can adopt the old “shoot one, educate a thousand” mantra – I think I am speaking figuratively here – and lop a few symbolic heads.
It doesn’t solve the problem permanently, but it does keep heads below the top of the trench.

shatterzzz
July 4, 2024 9:49 am

having dragged myself thru the “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” I can only go with poor & 3/10 ..
I got the impression it was made to ensure the “woke” aren’t offended by reality …. the sets ( camp buildings) all came across as well crafted carpentry, the inmates clothing all fitted, hair-styles and designer stubble dun to perfection, apparently, all attended, fastiduously, to their personal grooming before embarking on daily chores which at dayz end left them clean and fairly chirpy (chirpy isn’t something I’ve come across in “camp” reading before) .. It wasn’t quite “happy” holiday camp atmosphere more “wrong” BnB choice so we won’t go there again stuff …..

The book is good the TV version isn’t …….. can’t believe it rates 8/10 on IMDB ..

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9022422/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0_tt_7_nm_1_in_0_q_the%2520tattooist

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 4, 2024 9:49 am

The Bolt article on Pell that was referenced earlier:

For a year I’ve kept a secret that infuriated me about the death last year of Cardinal George Pell – the final insult to a great and innocent man.

I’d promised not to reveal it to spare Pell’s grieving family.

But one line in an article in The Australian on Wednesday, and a call to Pell’s brother, leaves me now free to say what I learned – or most of it.

It’s this line, in a story on the financial scandals that Pell as the reforming Vatican treasurer was exposing until he was falsely, bizarrely and conveniently accused of abusing two boys at once in an open room in his busy cathedral: “Rumours have swirled around the Holy See for months that Pell’s body was left in post-autopsy disarray and not been properly dressed sparking further concerns about his last hours.”

I don’t buy conspiracy theories about Pell’s death, but I do know about the state of his body after the Vatican sent it to Australia for burial.

In Rome, some mourners had been surprised that Pell’s body was not shown there in an open coffin.

When his body later arrived in Sydney, a Pell confidant at the opening of the coffin could see why not.

The body had been treated with gross disrespect.

Perhaps it was incompetence, but some of Pell’s closest associates told me they suspect it could be a sign that some in the Vatican had not forgiven Pell for hunting down corruption.

After reading the Australian I rang Pell’s brother, David, to check what he knew of what had been done to the Cardinal’s body.

It turns out he had learned many of the details, despite our attempts to shield him.

“The embalming had been mucked up,” he said.

The undertaker in Sydney had to clean the body.

Pell’s nose was also broken. I’ll leave out some other details.

Pell was also shoeless, said David Pell.

In fact, I’d been told he wasn’t just shoeless – Pell’s clothes had been just thrown in the coffin.

It is true that, outwardly, the Vatican did Pell full honours at his death, with a packed service at St Peter’s, attended by the Pope.

For all his media haters in Australia, Pell remains admired by many around the world as a true man of God, a reformer, a leader and a man persecuted for his faith, falsely jailed for 404 days.

But the Vatican should be ashamed to have treated his body so shabbily.

Pell once told me he did not feel safe in the Vatican as he chased the crooks, some since sentenced to jail.

What was done to him after death makes me suspect he was right.

Monty no doubt will be flogging off over this.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 4, 2024 9:51 am

Fatima Payman: Husband said quitting Labor would be the ‘worst thing to happen’ in weeks before floor-crossing

The husband of exiled WA senator Fatima Payman said resigning from Labor would be the “worst thing to happen”, arguing his wife needed to rise through party ranks to shift the Government’s position on Palestine.

The husband made the comments in late March in one of a series of social media posts defending Senator Payman against fierce criticism that she wasn’t doing enough to stand up for the Palestinian cause.

So, a sudden decision a few months in the making. Odd that only the Greens should notice.

As a side note, Aussie Fatima’s hubby doesn’t seem cut out for a career as a political advisor.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 9:53 am

Taking a leaf from the practice of dozens of MPs, including the Prime Minister when he was a Labor frontbencher, she’s also charging taxpayers $310 a night to sleep in her own investment property in Canberra in a bid to help pay off the mortgage.

Err … wut?
The ATO should be digging into that if it is in fact going on.
I thought the standard practice was a form of “pairing” where two MPs buy largely identical properties and rent them to each other.

Roger
Roger
July 4, 2024 9:55 am

A recent article in Car Expert claims, ‘almost half of Australian EV owners would go back to petrol [and] diesel’ instead of keeping their shiny new planet-saving cars. It is based on a Mobility Consumer Pulse report filled out by 30,000 car owners around the world. When it comes to the Australians, 49 per cent were apparently falling out of love with EVs and eyeing off their old combustible flame…

‘Australians were also over-represented in the reasons holding them back from considering buying an EV, with 63 per cent of respondents saying they “don’t like to occupy themselves with new technology”, eight per cent higher than the average response globally.’

Flat White The Spectator Australia 3 July 2024

I’ve previously speculated that EVs won’t get above 30% of the Australian market. Not without the government making them compulsory, that is.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 4, 2024 10:00 am

Although the omission of “Multi-Function Polis” from the Grand Vision was a little disappointing.

It’s time has come.

Disappointing?
Triggering…

Black Ball
Black Ball
July 4, 2024 10:01 am

A recent article in Car Expert claims, ‘almost half of Australian EV owners would go back to petrol [and] diesel’ instead of keeping their shiny new planet-saving cars. It is based on a Mobility Consumer Pulse report filled out by 30,000 car owners around the world. When it comes to the Australians, 49 per cent were apparently falling out of love with EVs and eyeing off their old combustible flame…

Speaking of such things:

A second hand Tesla that’s been listed for sale for the past four years without finding a buyer offers a stark insight into the challenges faced by Australians trying to offload older used electric vehicles.

The 2015 Model S in question is almost a decade old and has 115,000 kilometres on the clock, with some visible wear and tear across its interior.

Despite its age and the fact it’s sat unsold since July 2020, the current owner is seeking $86,800, although the price has been discounted by almost $16,000 over the years. Used car valuations site RedBook puts the guide for such a car in a considerably lower range of $51,400 to $57,300.

It’s one of almost 1000 used Teslas currently listed on carsales.com.au, ranging from a sleek 2011 Roadster for $349,000 to a stock standard 2019 Model 3 for just $32,000.

Analysis by news.com.au shows a large number of those vehicles for sale have been languishing for several months and up to two years.

“Second hand EVs do pose some challenges for retailers and private sellers at the moment,” Michael Costello from Cox Automotive Australia, which owns the Manheim wholesale auction house, told news.com.au.

Well I couldn’t really give a fat rat’s clacker but a sign perhaps not to focus yourself on buying the rubbish.

shatterzzz
July 4, 2024 10:01 am

Taking a leaf from the practice of dozens of MPs, including the Prime Minister when he was a Labor frontbencher, she’s also charging taxpayers $310 a night to sleep in her own investment property in Canberra in a bid to help pay off the mortgage.

Why do Parliamentarians get living-away-from-home allowance when everyone is aware that it is part of the job description & should be reflected in the offered salary ..
$200k+ freebies yearly should more than cover any additional expense for a job that requires no experience ……. and rarely getz any .. LOL!

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Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 4, 2024 10:02 am

Teals worst hit…

‘Screwed’: Aussies trying to sell their used Teslas face massive challenges (4 Jul)

A second hand Tesla that’s been listed for sale for the past four years without finding a buyer offers a stark insight into the challenges faced by Australians trying to offload older used electric vehicles.

The 2015 Model S in question is almost a decade old and has 115,000 kilometres on the clock, with some visible wear and tear across its interior. …

It’s one of almost 1000 used Teslas currently listed on carsales.com.au, ranging from a sleek 2011 Roadster for $349,000 to a stock standard 2019 Model 3 for just $32,000.

Analysis by news.com.au shows a large number of those vehicles for sale have been languishing for several months and up to two years.

“Second hand EVs do pose some challenges for retailers and private sellers at the moment,” Michael Costello from Cox Automotive Australia, which owns the Manheim wholesale auction house, told news.com.au. …

And then there’s customer anxiety over ageing batteries, which can cost anywhere between $10,000 and $20,000 to replace.

I’m surprised it’s that low, but it’s still a cost that an ICE car buyer doesn’t have to fork out. Meanwhile those chargers keep on getting vandalized:

Thieves In Seattle Targeting EV Charging Stations Has Reached “Epidemic Proportions” (3 Jul)

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 10:07 am

On learned Jurdge Merchan’s delay.
Firstly, he has only delayed until September 18, which is a nice, neat six weeks before polling day.
And, although some Dimocrats would like to see Orange Man in an orange jumpsuit, I don’t think many of their PR flunkies care.
Politically, the spin of “above the law” and “got off on a technicality” flies better than a conviction.
Of course, until September, they can call it “Trump’s unresolved criminal matter”.

Roger
Roger
July 4, 2024 10:08 am

The husband made the comments in late March in one of a series of social media posts defending Senator Payman against fierce criticism that she wasn’t doing enough to stand up for the Palestinian cause.

I thought she was elected to stand up for Western Australia?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 4, 2024 10:09 am

Snap BB!

Roger
Roger
July 4, 2024 10:14 am

Behold, the rise and rise of the bedpan economy…

The hidden story behind strong job numbers

Robert Gottliebsen, The Australian 3 July, 2024

The driving force behind the vast majority of jobs created is government money rather than private capital. As I pointed out yesterday, in the US the one constant in the Trump-Biden clash is the days of small government appear to be over — whoever emerges victorious in November. We might be seeing the same trend developing in Australia and may be looking at the beginning of a fundamental change in western democracies.

I checked the employment trends with one of Australia’s leading employment economists Callam Pickering, the Asia Pacific economist for job site Indeed.

Pickering tells me the number of jobs in Australia has increased by 2.4 per cent over the past year, which is a really strong number at this point in the economic cycle.

The problem is government-aligned industries — namely, healthcare and social assistance; education and training; and public administration and safety — account for around 83 per cent of the increase.

Government-aligned industries aren’t necessarily the public sector, but they all tend to benefit greatly from public spending. It often leaves them less sensitive to market forces than privately funded industries.

And this can make some participants much less motivated by productivity.

Pickering says private sector trading conditions have deteriorated but the deterioration is being hidden to some extent by ongoing strength in government-aligned industries.

To illustrate, the ANZ-Indeed job advertisements index fell 2.2 per cent in June and is down 17.6 per cent over the year.

Job advertisements dropped in June on the back of lower demand for cleaners, tradies and food service workers — all occupations dominated by the private sector.

Large and small corporations around Australia have been looking very hard at their cost structures and many have started, or are planning, major restructures to reduce costs.

In the private sector there is still widespread ignorance about the enormous changes required to implement the industrial relations act, which comes into operation on August 26.

Given the looming Federal election, unions may restrain their greatly increased powers until after the polls

One of the biggest changes to the rules covers casual labour and will impact both employers and employees.

Pickering says around three-quarters of the jobs which make up the rise in employment over the past year have involved part-time employment. In 2022, the jobs boom was full-time driven.

So, while the Australian economy continues to create a lot of jobs and overall employment growth is still strong, it isn’t necessarily creating the same high-quality jobs as earlier in the pandemic recovery.

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Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 10:20 am

A second hand Tesla that’s been listed for sale for the past four years without finding a buyer offers a stark insight into the challenges faced by Australians trying to offload older used electric vehicles.

The 2015 Model S in question is almost a decade old and has 115,000 kilometres on the clock, with some visible wear and tear across its interior.

Despite its age and the fact it’s sat unsold since July 2020, the current owner is seeking $86,800, although the price has been discounted by almost $16,000 over the years.

I do believe that EVs will have resale value issues, but this example is not evidence of that.
It is possibly evidence that the owner is a dickhead.
A Tesla S cost a touch over $100,000 in 2015. This bloke tried to sell it for as-new price five years later, and is now trying to sell a car which is nearly ten years old for with a value representing accumulated depreciation of 20%-ish.
These articles give me the shits. They use one off-the-wall example as supposed evidence of a wider issue.
Why not simply say, “Tesla S second hand value at the five year mark is an average of x% depreciation and y% at ten years. The equivalent petrol car will depreciate by a% and b% over the same period.”
And for those without their butcher’s paper and crayons handy (or can’t do pussents) …
“This equates to a comparative loss of $c,000 over five years or $d,000 over ten years”

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 4, 2024 10:20 am

When I was in NZ a few years ago a BMW 2006 760 Bi Turbo was listed for sale at NZ $27k. Ex jap import. 50k on the clock. I wish I’d brought it back with me.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 4, 2024 10:28 am

If only we had a brain…

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris Vow to Fight On in Presidential Race Despite Debate Disaster (3 Jul)

According to reports from the Associated Press, both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris attempted to calm nerves across their party by appearing on a call with campaign staff Wednesday, where they made it clear that they are in this fight for the long haul.

The outlet, citing three sources, described the phone call as a “pep talk” of sorts, where they were “stressing the stakes of the election and returning to Biden’s previous post-debates comments that when he gets knocked down he gets back up and still plans to win the election.”

One individual on the call claimed Biden made his intentions abundantly clear, stating, “Let me say this as clearly as I possibly can as simply and straightforward as I can: I am running…no one’s pushing me out. I’m not leaving. I’m in this race to the end and we’re going to win.”

Jill and Barack must be confident they can sufficiently intimidate the scared sheep that there won’t be a rupture. On the other hand if they do try a steal it’s going to be very hard to sell that Biden won a miraculous and unexpected victory.

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 4, 2024 10:30 am

Of course, until September, they can call it “Trump’s unresolved criminal matter”.

Somehow I don’t think anyone planning on voting for Trump cares.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
July 4, 2024 10:38 am

Free one way tickets to Palestine seem fair.

Muddy
Muddy
July 4, 2024 10:46 am

Australia = a Green Hole.

Some years ago, a prominent Australian military historian (whose name I wish I could recollect*) wrote that there was a ‘green hole’ in the literature regarding Australia’s wartime campaigns in New Guinea, specifically during the period 1944-45.

With no disrespect intended, I think it necessary to appropriate that phrase and apply it to Australia’s fragile economic future if the present and proposed unicorn-flatulence ruinable energy policies are fully implemented.

At a time when other, larger, economies are beginning to note the detrimental effects of decades of reliable, affordable, energy-euthanasia, Australian I-am-Someone-because-I-have-a-titles, seem Canbra-bent on outdoing their peers for the Most Comprehensive Energycide Policy Trophy, knowing, of course, that they will never have to accept responsibility for what they put in motion.

While I have little confidence that the pro-poverty energy policies of much of the first world west will crumble in entirety anytime soon, I fear that Australia will be propelled on a lonely, isolated voyage into an energy and economic Green Hole.

As always, I’ve struggled to elucidate an abstract concept, but the simplistic ‘forget what has worked, we must embrace uncertainly and insecurity, because it will make us look good in the eyes of the remainder of civilisation who realised their destructive delusions before we did,’ seems to this blunt-pencil redneck to be a dangerous, quality-of-life-threatening delusion.

*Peter Stanley?

Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 10:50 am
Black Ball
Black Ball
July 4, 2024 10:51 am

Free one way tickets to Palestine seem fair.

Well, yes. News at hand:

A group of pro-palestininan protestors have scaled the roof of Australian Parliament.

Vision outside Parliament Housing in Canberra show atleast four protestors on the roof of the building, presenting a number of banners of support for Palestine.

One banner reads, “From the river to the sea Palestine will be free.”

Another raises allegations of “war crimes, enabled here.”

Australian Federal Police representatives said they were aware of the unfolding situation on the roof of Federal Parliament.

Piss them off.

cohenite
July 4, 2024 10:58 am

Tintarella di Luna
 July 4, 2024 6:26 am

The Mid-winter Ball optics are truly nauseating 

Midwinter ball 2024: Canberra’s night of nights begins as politicians gather for charity dinner | Daily Mail Online

Where’s George Bernard Shaw when you need him.

Barking Toad
Barking Toad
July 4, 2024 10:58 am

A group of pro-palestininan protestors have scaled the roof of Australian Parliament.

And, of course, they’ve got all they wanted. Saturation TV coverage.

Where were all the security guards?

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 4, 2024 11:06 am

I fear that Australia will be propelled on a lonely, isolated voyage into an energy and economic Green Hole.

Muddy, Muddy, come on son! Sheesh, where’s your faith? Get on board the Jim Chalmers electric wondercar to the sunlit uplands of Our Future Made in Australia!

Our Future Made in Australia seizes net zero opportunity (Paywallian)
by JIM CHALMERS, Treasurer

We have a chosen a better path that is mainstream and middle of the road, which will make our people and businesses more prosperous in the future we make together.

I think I can count nine actual lies in that single sentence. Thereabouts anyway.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
July 4, 2024 11:08 am

How to get them down? The AFP seem to be thinking about it long and hard, but nothing is happening. Canberra is fairly chilly this time of year, so rather than wait for them to get bored and hungry, a bit of hydrocide (water cannon) might lessen their comfort factor.
“From the river to the sea, where the hell is the AFP?”

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Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
July 4, 2024 11:09 am

Meanwhile those chargers keep on getting vandalized:

Thieves In Seattle Targeting EV Charging Stations Has Reached “Epidemic Proportions” (3 Jul)

Unaccountably, this seems to be a world wide phenomenon.

London son lives on a fairly quiet ULEZ street with no off street parking and five public street charging stations. Given the vagaries of uncontrolled street parking, your average EV moron owner may find themselves several car lengths away from the charge point – and needing to go out late at night to try to shunt into a suitable space.

As a result they need a 10m heavy duty charging cable to reach. Costing £200+ a pop, they are regularly nicked by roadmen – and the ‘secure’ tethered cables are simply cut off for the scrap copper value.

In another delightful feature of the London roadman culture, late night EV punters, venturing out to pay and charge are being held up by naughty boys and escorted to the nearest ATM for a £100 withdrawal/donation.

[100% Anecdotal: London son does not own a car and is generally intimidating in appearance.]

Chris
Chris
July 4, 2024 11:14 am

One banner reads, “From the river to the sea Palestine will be free.”

Another raises allegations of “war crimes, enabled here.”

Australian Federal Police representatives said they were aware of the unfolding situation on the roof of Federal Parliament.

I can think of a way to respond officially. Send a message.
Send it.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
July 4, 2024 11:29 am

“Always was, always will be aboriginal land”.
There were hundreds of tribes, hundreds of languages, no coherent system of government.
Wars between tribes were (as one aboriginal said) usually about either access to a particular area, or access to the other tribe’s women, or both.

Back in May 2001, Roger Sandall had a thoughtful piece published in The Sydney Morning Herald. It was catchily titled “Romancing the Stone Age”, which referenced the movie title Romancing The Stone.

The lead-in was: “The white, middle-class worship of primitive cultures has had a devastating impact on Aborigines. Would their literacy levels be so low, their living standards so appalling if we’d stuck with assimilation?”
(No way you’d read something like that in the SMH these days)

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 11:33 am

Bruce Lehrmann committed to stand trial on Toowoomba rape charges
Mackenzie Scott
35 minutes ago

Former Liberal staffer Bruce Lehrmann will face a jury trial for two charges of rape in Queensland.
Mr Lehrmann did not attend his hometown Magistrate’s Court in Toowoomba, two hours west of Brisbane, where the alleged assaults took place in October 2021.
Phoning in from interstate, he did not make a statement when Magistrate Marc Howden made his decision on Thursday to commit Mr Lehrmann to stand trial.
The second sitting of the committal hearing lasted around an hour, with Mr Lehrmann’s defence, led by Andrew Hoare KC, failing in its bid to argue there was no case to proceed to trial.
Mr Lehrmann will remain on bail.
He did not enter a plea.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 11:37 am

Shadow Veterans’ Affairs Minister Barnaby Joyce called the protesters “contenders for the dipsh!t award”

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
July 4, 2024 12:15 pm

Watched the episode of the Disappearance of the megafauna the other night. Wasn’t too bad to begin with, till they got some sort of pow wow at the end with a tribe that claims to have lineage back to when the megafauna were around (The at least have some bones and stories). Then it descended downhill from there.

Denials it wasn’t us who wiped them out! They would have been sacred (Well if so why isn’t that in your verbal history? Oh that’s right you have just invented that) .

The Maoris interviewed about NZ megafauna admitted it outright, we did it but it’s sad…

Unsure whether I bother with the next episode.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 12:20 pm

Denials it wasn’t us who wiped them out! 

It runs counter to the “custodians of the land and everything which runs, crawls, slithers and hops upon it (and, of late, swims near it)” narrative.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 12:21 pm

The Age
OpinionLabor believes Fatima Payman’s rebellion was plotted for a monthNiki SavvaAward-winning political commentator and author
July 4, 2024 — 5.00am

Listen to this article
6 min
Right up until the moment she hit send to distribute her statement asserting she had been exiled, Labor colleagues had been reaching out to Senator Fatima Payman to offer reassurance, tea and sympathy. The last thing they wanted was for her to feel unwanted.
Tanya Plibersek had hugged Payman in the chamber on Monday after Sam Mostyn delivered the first of two brilliant speeches – coincidentally appealing for greater kindness – marking the beginning of her tenure as governor-general.
The Finance Minister, Senator Katy Gallagher, has been in constant contact with Payman both before and after she crossed the floor last week to vote for a Greens motion on Palestinian statehood even though the government crafted an amendment which it believed satisfied the concerns of caucus.
When this amendment – which provided for recognition of Palestine after a ceasefire agreement and as part of a two-state solution – was discussed at a full caucus meeting before it was put to the Senate, Payman offered no objections to it.
Nor did Payman speak out when the amendment was discussed for a second time before the Senate vote at a separate meeting of Labor senators chaired by Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
Nor did Payman forewarn Wong that she had decided to vote for the Greens motion. She had told colleagues she had not made up her mind, that she was praying for guidance, waiting for God to advise her on what course to take.

Wong exchanged text messages with Payman after the vote, then encouraged other MPs to support their troubled colleague. Not that she needed to ask. It has been such a traumatic time that all MPs – Muslim, Jewish and Christian – have been looking out for one another. Anthony Albanese, aware Payman was struggling, called her weeks ago to make sure she was OK. They spoke for an hour.
Another Muslim MP, Anne Aly, who had briefed caucus on her official visit to Jordan for the Gaza Peace Conference, revealed on Monday she had also reached out to Payman.

Victorian backbencher Josh Burns, who is Jewish and has faced vicious antisemitic attacks, likes Payman. He regards her as a friend. He texted her on Monday after she had been suspended indefinitely by the prime minister the previous day, thanking her for her friendship. Just before Payman’s statement hit on Monday, Gallagher asked her if she was up for a cuppa. She renewed the offer on Tuesday.

The young senator had determined on a course of action then executed it with skill and steely resolve.
The first any member of the government knew she had decided to appear on ABC’s Insiders on Sunday was when Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, who was the main guest, vacated the chair – metaphorically speaking – to make way for her.
Albanese, loath to alienate Palestinian supporters, anxious to avoid a full-blown crisis, or incite community unrest, or distract from the tax cuts and cost of living relief, initially tapped her with a feather for crossing the floor.
After the Insiders interview, he had no choice but to deal more harshly with her outright defiance of his authority. In any case, she had already made it clear to colleagues she would answer for her actions to a higher authority. Clearly not caucus and not Albo.
Payman’s lack of responsiveness, her failure to reveal her intentions on the motion and the secrecy surrounding her appearance on the top-rating political talk show, fed Labor’s suspicions it had all been carefully pre-planned with outside help.

Kneel
Kneel
July 4, 2024 12:22 pm

“From the river to the sea, Is Israeli and is free”

FIFY.

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 12:22 pm

Labor believes Fatima Payman’s rebellion was plotted for a month
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Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 4, 2024 12:30 pm

Denials it wasn’t us who wiped them out! 

Um…

Humans to Blame For Megafauna Extinctions, New Study Suggests. (3 Jul)

Eventually the bleeding obvious theory gets the upper hand, at least after all the academics opposing it die off.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
July 4, 2024 12:34 pm

On Aussie Fatima’s hubby. News.com has his pic up, first thoughts soyboy and unsurprised. News.com selective about her history (Not surprised they full on supported open borders in the Howard RGR era) and just describes his profile as private.

As for his background, only bio I can see is on Linkedin and seeings I don’t have a profile I’m not allowed to see that. Curtin Uni is the only thing I can see so unaware of his field of study. His Twitter feed is private. Spacechook (Not a member) can’t see zap.

Like it or not she has made him a public figure so we should be able to know his past.

12 ft wall couldn’t overcome Doc Faustuses linked paywalled article so would be interested if someone could post the text please.

If I wasn’t surprised the release of some wedding pics and husband, is a PR campaign. She mustn’t be receiving accolades for her stance on Gaza with the broader community or even helping the ALP vote in WA.

Cassie of Sydney
July 4, 2024 1:01 pm

Shadow Veterans’ Affairs Minister Barnaby Joyce called the protesters “contenders for the dipsh!t award”

Except they’re not ‘dipshits’. They are far-left progressive Jew hating Islamists and leftists who will stop at nothing to pursue their radical leftist and Islamist agendas, and that includes violence. Violence against both Jews and non-Jews is inevitable in this country now. It isn’t if, it’s when.

And once again, watch the police and courts treat this scum with kid gloves….oh but that’s right, ‘they’re just letting off some steam’.

And just to remind everyone, whilst the NSWaffen Police have been busy hunting down and charging Christian rioters from the Wakeley Church stabbing in April of this year, the NSWaffen Police are yet to charge one person from the Jew hating riot on Monday night, 9 October 2023.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 1:02 pm

Exiled senator’s mystery husband unmaskedIntensely private Senator Fatima Payman – who is set to quit the Labor Party in hours – has kept her husband’s identity tightly under wraps.

@samanthamaiden

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Senator Fatima Payman is expected to quit the Labor Party today.
Australia’s first hijab-wearing Senator Fatima Payman is set to quit the Labor Party on Thursday despite her husband warning on his social media accounts that this would be the “worst thing to happen.”
The intensely private politician has moved to shield her husband, a Labor staffer, from the public glare, even posting wedding pictures in February that obscured his face.
But news.com.au can reveal her husband is Jacob Stokes, a ministerial staffer for the West Australian Government.
Senator Payman praised her husband in her maiden speech to Parliament confirming the taxpayer-funded Labor staffer had worked on her campaign.
“Jacob Stokes—congratulations on running the best Senate campaign Australia has ever seen, with a great deal of strategic direction and management,’’ she said.
“Thank you for putting up with my highs and lows on the campaign trail.”
Her loyal husband remains active on social media posts where he’s been backing his wife and offering his support for Palestine.

But Mr Stokes, who did not mention in the posts that he was Senator Payman’s husband, said just two months ago that resigning from the party was not the answer.
“I think the worst thing to happen would be for her to resign,” he posted on X, formerly Twitter.
“Making government shift its foreign policy position does not happen overnight.
“She needs to work her way up, and be there to recruit more Muslims into the party and into Government.
“THAT’s how we get representation.”
In posts that were first reported by The Nightly, he said Senator Payman was doing everything she could to advocate for Palestine, including lobbying cabinet ministers.
“She attends Palestinian rallies and events but when it comes to voting in the chamber you have to vote with the party. Simple,” he said.
If she quit Labor, he suggested it would lose the “strongest Muslim voice in Parliament” and she would be replaced with “another white male”.
Mr Stokes was also front and centre on Sunday when Senator Payman conducted the bombshell interview with Insiders where she threatened to cross the floor again to support Palestine.
Senator Payman arrived for the interview with no political staffers but her husband by her side for support.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 4, 2024 1:03 pm

Wow, only minor injuries for the two onboard.

Holy sh*t indeed.

—–

Steve Inman:

Rest In Pieces to the palm trees.
https://rumble.com/v55di78-rest-in-pieces-to-the-palm-trees..html

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 1:09 pm

Senator Fatima Payman is expected to quit the Labor Party today.

Australia’s first hijab-wearing Senator …

Fake news!
The first was Pauline Hanson.

Hugh
Hugh
July 4, 2024 1:13 pm

I am quite okay with the megafauna being extinct. I shudder to think of the damage a mega-wombat would do in my house paddock.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 4, 2024 1:15 pm

That WAS impressive. One against three.

—-

Steve Inman:

Home invaders are welcomed by the homeowner with knuckle sandwiches
https://rumble.com/v55e5mp-home-invaders-are-welcomed-by-the-homeowner-with-knuckle-sandwiches.html

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 1:22 pm

Hugh
 July 4, 2024 1:13 pm

I am quite okay with the megafauna being extinct. I shudder to think of the damage a mega-wombat would do in my house paddock.

I am not sure this is grounds for finger-pointing and a Whodunit.
Species become extinct over time.
But, yes, you wouldn’t want to hit a mega-wombat in the Corolla.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 1:23 pm

The Federal ALP discovering how suicide bombing works.

Rabz
July 4, 2024 1:29 pm

Australia’s first headbag-wearing senator

Like this is some sort of achievement? The braindead lamestream meeja isn’t good for anything other than giving normal people the proverbials.

mizaris
mizaris
July 4, 2024 1:30 pm

https://t.co/ytfT6T1grh

So…ALL OVER EVERY MSM SITE, BUT BANNED FROM FAKEBOOK!!!

What a COMPLIMENT!!!

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Cassie of Sydney
July 4, 2024 1:31 pm

Jacob Stokes

Gosh, who’d have thought there were ‘Stokes’ in the Kabul telephone book? And I can’t imagine many Afghani boys being given the Hebrew name of ‘Jacob’.

Given Ms Payman’s noted religiosity, this means Mr Stokes converted to Islam in order to marry Fatima. Muslim women are forbidden from marrying outside the faith and any man who wants to marry a Muslim woman must convert to Islam.

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John H.
John H.
July 4, 2024 1:31 pm

Sancho Panzer

 July 4, 2024 1:22 pm

Hugh

 July 4, 2024 1:13 pm

I am quite okay with the megafauna being extinct. I shudder to think of the damage a mega-wombat would do in my house paddock.

I am not sure this is grounds for finger-pointing and a Whodunit.

Species become extinct over time.

But, yes, you wouldn’t want to hit a mega-wombat in the Corolla.

The research community long accepted humans as the most plausible explanation. It is political interests that prevented that argument gaining traction in Australia.

The activists just took another hit because the oldest rock painting has just been discovered in Indonesia.

I am bewildered why people accept the oldest civilisation argument. Just because multiple genetic and archeological studies point to a 50K occupation doesn’t mean the culture never transformed. That 4,000 years ago new language, new technology, and dingoes spread throughout the country points to a massive cultural upheaval. Weirdly though, the genetic signature is very weak. Methinks it wasn’t just the megafauna the noble savages wiped out … .

Davey Boy
Davey Boy
July 4, 2024 1:46 pm

Paul Keating, or as Rodney Rude would say, Paul F-cking Keating
His latest outing:

GREENS IDEAS IN ACTION

When: Sat 6 & Sun 7 July, 2024
Where: Online and in-person at Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Road, glebe 

Featuring:
Mehreen Faruqi, David Shoebridge, Paul Keating, Mandy Nolan, Mark Dieseldorf, Clinton Fernandes, and so many more

Facing a warming planet, rising inequality, the silencing of dissent, cost of living crisis, the destruction of wild places at an unprecedented rate and complicity in a genocide in Palestine, to despair would be easy.

How can we Greens cut through the noise to turn that despair into hope and action, while our democracy and media is increasingly captured by corporations and billionaires? 

Join us at Reboot — either online or in-person — for a weekend of thought-provoking discussion about how to change the world.

Warms regards on behalf of the Greens Political Education Trust (GPET).

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:

What path to climate and social justice?
Grassroots democracy, balance of power and coalitions with Labor
Supporting Palestine and opposing genocide
Women’s right to safety from men’s violence
Green urbanism and the housing crisis
Reimagining unionism for the future 
A just and fair relationship with Australia’s Pacific Island neighbours
And more

Glebe. So much stupid, in one place.

Vicki
Vicki
July 4, 2024 2:06 pm

It is interesting that the “Bradshaw” art of the Kimberleys is not the only indication of previous peoples on the continent. The Aborigines of parts of northern Qld have a belief that “small men” (viz “pygmies”) lived in the region and were progressively hunted and killed by the locals.

shatterzzz
July 4, 2024 2:12 pm

Snippet from a post over at CL’s .. I think in the “excitement” lotza folk and the media forgot this, obvious, sample of Islam when discussing “Fat Paycheck” & her future ambitions …..

There will be no women problem in the new Muslim party.
There will be no women.

will
will
July 4, 2024 2:13 pm

Rockdoctor
 July 4, 2024 12:34 pm
On Aussie Fatima’s hubby:
Jacob Stokes
Senior Policy Adviser – Science  State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade, Dept of Premier and Cabinet, WA
worked his way up he did:
Senior Policy Advisor Department of the Premier and Cabinet of WA logo
Senior Policy Advisor Apr 23 – May 24
Policy Adviser Apr 2023 – May 2024
Acting Deputy Strategic Communications Sep 2022 – Jul 2023
Strategic Communications Coordinator Aug 2022 – Jul 2023
Research Officer Mar 2021 – Sep 2022
Electorate Officer Mar 2018 – Mar 2021 ·

Curtin University Masters of International Relations and National Security
Murdoch University Bachelor’s degree, Counterterrorism Studies, Politics and International Relations 2013 – 2017
Topping on the cake:
Vice President Amnesty International WA
WA Activism Leadership Committee

shatterzzz
July 4, 2024 2:20 pm

Thinking of changing ‘jerb’s” .. punch yer tix ..
full qualification all for $110 .. LOL!

https://store.training.tafensw.edu.au/product/acknowledgement-of-country-microskill/

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Hugh
Hugh
July 4, 2024 2:22 pm

Denials it wasn’t us who wiped them out! They would have been sacred

Krispy Kremes are sacred to m0nty, but that has never prevented him from slaying a few boxes.

Vicki
Vicki
July 4, 2024 2:25 pm

Watching Payman on TV. She is quite impressive, in many ways. Articulate & passionate. But, like many of her fellow ideologues, she fails to understand the distinctions between one’s personal religious affiliations and convictions and her role as representative of both the voting public and her Party.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 4, 2024 2:34 pm

Far out. This bloke is playing Zimmer’s classic from memory. No sheet music in front of him. Incredible.

What a JET!

God I love the pipe organ.

Michael Bártek:

INTERSTELLAR for GREAT PIPE ORGAN — ABSOLUTELY EPIC!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ5W-yrB9_I

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
July 4, 2024 2:34 pm

Such an own goal by Labor. It seems everyone knew this would happen except them.

So one more time for the slow morons on the left…..

You cannot control them. They are controlling you. If they’re political, they have one goal – usurpation.

Like Erdogan said, democracy is to be used to get what you want, then you close the door behind you.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 4, 2024 2:39 pm

Bloke playing the organ is Antonino Buschiazzo.

132andBush
132andBush
July 4, 2024 2:42 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 11:37 am

Shadow Veterans’ Affairs Minister Barnaby Joyce called the protesters “contenders for the dipsh!t award”

He supported net zero so he’d know all about being a dipshit.

Vicki
Vicki
July 4, 2024 2:46 pm

23 years ago, it was obvious what the problem was.
Now yet another generation of Aboriginals has been left behind in squalor in the camps so Upper Middle Class Australians can feel good about themselves.

The ability of the Left to ignore the cruelty of their support for “return to country” astonishes me. The other day we had a visit from an old friend – our first solicior – who knows of our interest and first hand experience with Aboriginal communities, but who ranted on about our poor treatment of Aboriginals. We patiently rehashed our experiences and restated the disaster of remote communities as opposed to the better opportunities of city and town based Aborigines. To no avail. They are idealogues. They just don’t want to address the facts.

shatterzzz
July 4, 2024 2:58 pm

You’d have to battle to find it! .. but .. Oz boys under 16 “fitba” team have won the 2024 ASEAN Championship beating Thailand 8-7 on penalties following a 1-1 draw ……

shatterzzz
July 4, 2024 3:00 pm

Shadow Veterans’ Affairs Minister Barnaby Joyce called the protesters “contenders for the dipsh!t award”

Only “contenders” Beetroot took 1st place for sprawled out drunk on a Canberra street ……..

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 4, 2024 3:01 pm

One example of why we are stuffed. Picked up some things I forgot from Aldi. Celery, $2.99 a bunch. Celery cut to length in a plastic bag, $3.99. The bunch was 1.412 kg, the bag 300 grms. There must be a market but who is so stupid to pay the extra.

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
July 4, 2024 3:15 pm

Rockdoctor
 July 4, 2024 12:34 pm
On Aussie Fatima’s hubby:
Jacob Stokes
Senior Policy Adviser – Science State and Industry Development, Jobs and Trade, Dept of Premier and Cabinet, WA
worked his way up he did:
Senior Policy Advisor Department of the Premier and Cabinet of WA logo
Senior Policy Advisor Apr 23 – May 24
Policy Adviser Apr 2023 – May 2024
Acting Deputy Strategic Communications Sep 2022 – Jul 2023
Strategic Communications Coordinator Aug 2022 – Jul 2023
Research Officer Mar 2021 – Sep 2022
Electorate Officer Mar 2018 – Mar 2021 ·

Too clean. Every year get got a major promotion, from shitkicker to big cheese in 6 short years. Most people can’t even get interviews for jobs they are eminently qualified for, yet this bloke beats all comers every time?

It’s called a foregone conclusion, guided by invisible hands.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
July 4, 2024 3:26 pm

Beary I knew someone who was made head of a government department in the WA Inc days that got it by way of a $1600 charity donation. No experience needed.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
July 4, 2024 3:46 pm

Payman is being given too much leeway by Tom on Sky. Her call for a two state solution should be countered by pointing out that Gaza was the test run for a second state living next to Israel. It proved that it couldn’t be done.
The Palis blew it big time, way before the latest outrages.
She’s a useful idiot for some mob.

Bungonia Bee
Bungonia Bee
July 4, 2024 3:47 pm

Did she just refer to October 7 as someone “trespassing”?

Beertruk
Beertruk
July 4, 2024 4:09 pm

The Paywallion this arvo:
The Mocker: Labor’s fanboy routine on Julian Assange shows much about its priorities

The Mocker
4 Jul 2024

Strolling through London earlier this year, I came across a group of activists urging passersby to join them in their ‘Justice for Assange’ campaign. One of their number tried to thrust a pamphlet in my hands as he began to tell me in heavily accented English about the WikiLeaks founder’s terrible ordeal.

“No need,” I said amiably. “I’m Australian and know all about Julian Assange.”

His face lit up. “Australian? You support Assange, yes?”

“No,” I replied. “I could not give a rat’s about him.”

That was an edited version of what I said, but you get the gist. I have never seen a smile vanish so quickly.

I wish Assange would do likewise. But judging by the fawning last week over his return to this country, I fear this is the beginning of the Annus Assange.

It started with his flying into Canberra on private jet VJT-199, which I assume is an abbreviation for ‘Very Jovial Tosser’. So excited was Anthony Albanese he posted on X that evening a photo of himself on the phone to Assange congratulating him on his homecoming. As all informed people know, it is the job of the prime minister to personally welcome home convicted felons who commit mass espionage against our closest ally.

“I was quite pleased to be the first person here who he spoke with,” said a clearly chuffed Albanese at a press conference the next day, before assuming his customary self-congratulatory persona. “We have got this done,” he said.

And no address by Albanese is complete without a reminder of how much better he does things compared to his predecessor. “One of the things that my government does is at times as well, we don’t shout, we’re not in a contest of machismo, what we do is we get things done,” he said.

Another thing his government does well is partake in cringeworthy entourages. Feasting and joking with Assange during his return flight, US ambassador Kevin Rudd and UK high commissioner Stephen Smith looked more like a pair of infatuated groupies than senior diplomats.

The optics said much about this government’s priorities. Think back to 2016, when Richard Marles, now defence minister, called out Assange for his actions, saying he had “put a whole lot of people’s lives at risk, including those of Australian service personnel”.

That was true. Yet here were Rudd and Smith – a former defence minister – looking very relaxed as they posed for photographs with Assange. You can imagine what current and former ADF members were thinking. Think of retired major-general John Cantwell, who wrote in 2012 that Smith was not only a disengaged defence minister but also one who “had no respect for those who chose to serve in uniform for their country”.

Assange’s exacerbated legal problems were entirely of his own making. But typical of this manipulative and charismatic uber-narcissist, he makes for the quintessential victim and dictates the narrative accordingly. Albanese, for example, in arguing for Assange’s release, insisted “his case has dragged on for too long”.

But in this saga, that rationale rewarded bad behaviour. Assange unlawfully absconded while on bail in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden concerning allegations of rape. For seven years he remained beyond the reach of British and US authorities, which was why the US Justice Department did not formally apply for his extradition until he was re-arrested in 2019. Since then, he has used every legal means to frustrate his extradition to the US. Who was responsible for prolonging proceedings? Why, the US authorities of course, at least according to Assange’s deluded supporters.

According to one, Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, Assange was “the world’s most innocent man”. His arrest in 2019, she claimed, was a case of the UK looking for “a diversion from your idiotic Brexit bullshit”. Incidentally, last week she told the Sydney Morning Herald she had improved her advocacy skills by not “posting sexy photos on social media”.

The reason? “My intelligence was being overshadowed,” she said. I could offer something in response, but that would spoil the moment.

Assange’s time in Belmarsh Prison amounted to 1902 days, or roughly the same amount of time it took to fumigate the former Chez Julien, otherwise known as the Embassy of Ecuador, London. You might say Assange left his mark there.

The unseemly scenes of his eviction from that building said much about Assange’s character. Call him entitled, call him sociopathic, or call him a spoiled brat, but there is no dignity in kicking and screaming simply because you believe you are above the law. Remember that next time you hear Assange talk of the need to hold governments – read Western governments – accountable.

I lost count of the number of times it was said during legal hearings that poor Julian would suffer both physically and mentally if he faced justice in the US. He could be “irreparably damaged”, said Dr Alice J Edwards, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, adding that Assange “suffers from a depressive disorder” that could lead to a “real risk of suicide”.

But Assange was indifferent to the fate of many innocents whose lives were jeopardised by the mass release of unredacted classified documents. In 2010, Amnesty International and four other human rights groups pleaded with WikiLeaks to withhold the names of Afghans working with Americans after learning that the Taliban had seized on the release information.
In an interview with The New Yorker that same year, Assange acknowledged that WikiLeaks’ actions could result in the harming of innocent people. That was “collateral damage, if you will,” he said. “In any case, we have to understand the reality that privacy is dead.”

It other words, this pesky consideration for the well-being of others could not be allowed to impede Assange’s vanity project. Among the mass of information released were the names of rape victims and psychiatric patients, as well as medical files, social security numbers, credit card details, and personal email addresses.

But the good news is privacy is making a comeback. You need only look at a joint media release last week by Albanese, Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong. and Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus. “As Mr Assange reunites with his loved ones in Australia, we ask that media respect his family’s privacy,” it read. Does anyone have a bucket handy?

Already there have been calls to bestow the Nobel Peace Prize on Assange. I have a compromise suggestion. If there are gongs and cash allotments to be handed out for services to humanity in this affair, then I hereby nominate the long-suffering cleaning staff of London’s Ecuadorean embassy. If anyone deserves the accolades, it is them.

More Coverage:
Last-minute hiccup almost sank the Assange deal
DENNIS SHANAHAN
https://content.api.news/v3/images/bin/73420cd4e1c8e772ad461fc81c2b557b
Sarah Ferguson’s soft interview with Assange’s legal loyalist
GERARD HENDERSON

The Mocker

The Mocker amuses himself by calling out poseurs, sneering social commentators, and po-faced officials. He is deeply suspicious of those who seek increased regulation of speech and behaviour. Believing that journalism is dominated by idealists and activists, he likes to provide a realist’s perspective of politics and current affairs.

Beertruk
Beertruk
July 4, 2024 4:12 pm

Gday Dover,

Post in moderation waiting for approval by The Mocker.

Cheers
Regards

Beertruk

Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 4, 2024 4:23 pm

Did she just refer to October 7 as someone “trespassing”?

Eh? Where was this?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 4:28 pm

Payman quits Labor, moves to crossbenchRhiannon Down

Labor senator Fatima Payman has resigned from the ALP and will move to the crossbench.

In an emotional press conference, Senator Payman said she feels obligated to act as a “true voice” and stand on the “right side of humanity”, and condemned Israel’s actions in Gaza as a “genocide” of “unimaginable proportions”.

The first-term WA senator, who crossed the floor on a Greens motion to recognise Palestine last week, said her family did not flee war overseas to “remain silent” while the government is “indifferent”.

“Unlike my colleagues, I know how it feels to be on the receiving end of injustice,” she said.

“My family did not flee from a war-torn country to come here as refugees for me to remain silent when I see atrocities inflicted on innocent people.

“Witnessing our government ‘s indifference to the greatest injustice of our times makes me question the direction the party is taking.”
Senator Payman said she would continue to represent WA from the crossbench, declaring that ultimately the pressure she faced to “conform to caucus solidarity and toe the party line” had out weighed her desire to push for change from within.

“Our actions must align with our principles,” she said.

“When history looks back, it must see that we stood on the right side of humanity, even when it was difficult.

“Sadly, I do not believe our principles align with those of the leadership of the Labor Party. “With a heavy heart but a clear conscience, I announce my resignation from the Australian Labor Party.

“I have informed the Prime Minister that, effective immediately, I will sit on the crossbench to represent Western Australia.”

Senator Payman said the decision to resign from the party had been the most “difficult decision of my life”, and she felt “deeply torn”.

She said she had attempted to raise her concerns about Palestine and the Israel-Hamas war with Anthony Albanese, but she believed she had “exhausted” all avenues to raise the concern.

“People have various views and I respect that and everyone is entitled to their views,” she said.

Roger
Roger
July 4, 2024 4:45 pm

She said she had attempted to raise her concerns about Palestine and the Israel-Hamas war with Anthony Albanese, but she believed she had “exhausted” all avenues to raise the concern.

Well, that’s interesting because Albanese said she’d never raised the issue in Caucus.

Who’s memory is faulty lying?

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Rosie
Rosie
July 4, 2024 4:57 pm

Funny about resale on EVs.

Someone has dumped a Prius on a side street not far from me. Not stolen because someone I know rang the police but obviously not saleable and someone didn’t want to pay to dump it.

Rabz
July 4, 2024 4:57 pm

Did anyone catch Tucker’s observation about the name of the labore party*?

Something along the lines of, “you end up with the most lazy useless parasites in the country in a political party called “the labor party”.

Spot on.

*No, not the spelling of.

Crossie
Crossie
July 4, 2024 5:00 pm

But Mr Stokes, who did not mention in the posts that he was Senator Payman’s husband, said just two months ago that resigning from the party was not the answer.

“I think the worst thing to happen would be for her to resign,” he posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“Making government shift its foreign policy position does not happen overnight.

“She needs to work her way up, and be there to recruit more Muslims into the party and into Government.

“THAT’s how we get representation.”

See, that’s what it was all about, muslims infiltrating parliament and government, nothing to do with representing people of Western Australia. For muslims it’s always about Islam, they don’t assimilate, none have so far.

I’m glad Labor is not good enough for Little Fatima, I see her future with the original Muslim party, the Greens.

Roger
Roger
July 4, 2024 5:06 pm

“Unlike my colleagues, I know how it feels to be on the receiving end of injustice,” she said.

My…but she has got tickets on herself.

cohenite
July 4, 2024 5:11 pm

Bungonia Bee
 July 4, 2024 3:46 pm

Payman is being given too much leeway by Tom on Sky.

Tom is a leftie POS.

Roger
Roger
July 4, 2024 5:12 pm

Payman is one of the most privileged Australians. No cost-of-living crisis for her on $200,000+ per annum.

And reportedly charging the tax payer c. $31 000 p. a. to stay in her own apartment when in Canberra.

Did someone mention injustice?

2dogs
2dogs
July 4, 2024 5:37 pm

Excellent take on the CSIRO GenCost report:

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

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 4, 2024 5:47 pm

Our Bruce now getting groupies. Who does he think he is, Jarryd Hayne? Back on the horse ..

Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 5:56 pm
Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 6:13 pm
Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 6:19 pm

132andBush
 July 4, 2024 2:42 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 11:37 am

Shadow Veterans’ Affairs Minister Barnaby Joyce called the protesters “contenders for the dipsh!t award”

He supported net zero so he’d know all about being a dipshit.

Quite so.
If the Hamas Party offered to build the Bananaby Joyce Playground in his electorate, he’d don the black and white scarf and be chanting “From the river to the sea!” until he popped a vein in his nose.

Indolent
Indolent
July 4, 2024 6:20 pm

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya discusses the real COVID misinformation, big tech censorship, and government collusion.

How Our Government Colluded With Big Tech

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 4, 2024 6:21 pm

On the latest LNP brainfart on supermarkets.
What exactly does “divestment” mean in the context of supermarkets?

Tom
Tom
July 4, 2024 6:23 pm

Today, Hamas has established that its Australia-based terrorists now have untrammelled access to the federal parliament in Canberra because of the Australian Federal Police decision to not enforce security policy for the building.

This tells me the Labor Government is planning to have the LNP leadership assassinated, removing the need for a policy response to government anti-democratic fascism.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
July 4, 2024 6:23 pm

Got pinged with this from multiple sources this arvo. Odds firming Chrisifulli dismisses present council in Townsville and appoint an administrator. I have added my voice for that with an email to the Oppo leader.

NQ centric so feel free to scroll on but given the dysfunction of the present council and the corruption of the previous politics doesn’t seem to be attracting the best so we should go back to paying peanuts:

Documents Reveal Major Haughton Pipeline Cost Blowout

Herbert MP Phillip Thompson has revealed the cost of the Haughton Pipeline Stage 2 project has blown out from an initial budget of $179.6M to more than $420M.

In a speech to Federal Parliament this morning, Phillip Thompson also revealed the documents confirmed the blowout was due to delays as a result of political games from Labor.

“Two weeks ago, I wrote to Townsville’s Acting Mayor and former Team Hill Councillor Paul Jacob to provide me an urgent briefing on the project,” he told the House.

“The silence has been deafening – with not even a mention in the Council Budget last week.

“Several whistle-blowers from Townsville City Council have now taken matters in their own hands and contacted me with information.
“It includes evidence of a Council document which shows our community has been lied to.

“The information provided to me shows a project cost increase from $179.6M to over $420M – more than 133 per cent – as well as a project completion blowout of more than four years.”

Phillip Thompson said savings weren’t realised because of the Labor-led council and State Labor Government’s refusal to accept the federal funding.
“One of the key commitments I made before being elected to this House was $200 million in funding for the Haughton Pipeline Stage 2,” he said.
“That funding was contingent on a business case- something that was publicly ridiculed by then Mayor Jenny Hill, her Labor Team Hill Councillors, the three Townsville based State Labor MPs and the Labor State Government.

“Building Stage 2 immediately after Stage 1 was supposed to save tens of millions of dollars.

“Unfortunately, Labor Mayor Jenny Hill and the State Labor Government decided to politick and refused to accept the Federal funding – based on a lie about the funding’s potential effect on Queensland’s GST allocation.
“They had a bells and whistles press conference to announce they’d fund the project without the Federal funds.

“12 months later it was announced that disastrous decision had led to lengthy delays and a $79 million cost blowout – to be footed by Townsville ratepayers.

“The key reason for this disgrace is identified as the refusal from Team Labor to accept the Federal funding when it was offered.

“Adding further insult to injury, I also understand a costly consultant has now been on the books for almost a year to identify ways to mop up Labor’s disastrous mess – which includes putting out the begging bowl to the Queensland and Federal Governments for an additional $146 million.

“I urgently call on the Townsville City Councillors, State Labor MPs and State Labor Government to explain to the people of Townsville why they should not resign immediately, and a full investigation be conducted.”
Project Timeline:

2015 – Water restrictions begin in Townsville after Ross River Dam drops dangerously low
2016 – water security taskforce recommends new pipeline from Ross River Dam to Burdekin Dam
2017 – Haughton Pipeline Stage 1 receives State funding support (completed in 2020 but unused to this day)
2018 – Coalition Government commits $200M for Haughton Pipeline Stage 2 subject to business case
2020 – State Labor Government rejects federal funding and funds $195M itself.
2021 – Announcement of $79M cost blowout to be borne by Townsville ratepayers
2024 – Council document reveals cost blowout of $179.6M to over $420M – more than 133 per cent – as well as a project completion blowout of more than four years

Miltonf
Miltonf
July 4, 2024 6:25 pm

The Mid-winter Ball optics are truly nauseating

Just another canbra shitshow

So is this Jacob Stokes really related to Kerry Stokes? The plot thickens.

One thing’s for sure, I’ve had enough of paying taxes to keep these parasites in the style to which they have become accustomed. If the mostyn had an ounce of integrity she/he/it would donate her/his/its pay rise to the Smith Family.

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Roger
Roger
July 4, 2024 6:29 pm

If the mostyn had an ounce of integrity she/he/it would donate her/his/its pay rise to the Smith Family.

That’s worthy of a public campaign.

At her age and with her background, she can’t need the money.

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johanna
johanna
July 4, 2024 6:32 pm

I don’t know much about international shipping, but ‘Maersk’ is a brand that I recognise from watching documentaries about all aspects of freight ships at sea. It is obviously a very big outfit.

The CEO is saying that attacks on ships in the Red Sea by Houthis show no signs of abating:

Can anyone
“While we continue to hope for a sustainable resolution in the near-future, the situation in the area is constantly evolving and remains highly volatile. All available intelligence at hand confirms that the security risk continues to be at a significantly elevated level, and therefore has potential impact on your logistics operations,” the company said in its latest bulletin on the Red Sea situation.
Armed and financed by Iran, the Houthi insurgency in Yemen began attacking commercial vessels in the Red Sea shortly after the beginning of the Gaza war. The Houthis said they would attack American, British, and Israeli ships to pressure Israel to end its military offensive against Hamas in Gaza, while promising safe passage to Iran and its allies Russia and China. They often target ships outside of these parameters, however.
President Joe Biden announced a U.S.-led international initiative to combat Houthi piracy and terrorism in December 2023: “Operation Prosperity Guardian.” The shipping industry expressed little confidence in Biden’s effort, and Houthi attacks continued with only a brief operational pause. If anything, the Houthis seem to be getting better at sinking ships.
In his remarks to customers, Clerc said his company’s pleas to the U.S. and European governments for improved Red Sea security have been “unsuccessful.”

Can anyone explain why the equivalent of piracy in the Red Sea is not being vigorously squashed? The leftists who claim that the world is run by evil companies like Maersk have a lot of explaining to do.

John H.
John H.
July 4, 2024 6:36 pm

Conservative Failings and the Reform UK Party | Nigel Farage (youtube.com)

Farage makes some good points. It is absurd that Britain and the USA have gone so far down the nuts road and the recent reports about Australian children being forced to apologise to indigs is just as nuts. Indigenous people aren’t the problem. Indigenous activists and their media supporters are. I saw an example of that earlier this week. Bruce Pascoe has released a novel, Imperial Harvest(set in 13th century Mongolia!), and the gushing praise in a review was just like the praise given for his earlier novel, Dark Emu, a satirical account of what indigenous people might have done if they spent more time thinking and tinkering.

What is disappointing about Australia is the failure of new conservative parties to challenge the coalition. Every attempt has failed. Perhaps Farage can start a new conservative movement here.

Don’t confuse the above with me identifying as a conservative. I have a peculiar quasi-Jungian view of politics and society. We need an ideological tension, a constant battle of ideas because without that we can drift into extremes. That does not make me popular here.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
July 4, 2024 6:39 pm

Wow 2 pleas for go fund me bail outs with no travel insurance extra cover in one day. First one due to Moped but no motorcycle cover by the looks:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13598143/Bali-crash-motorbike-medical-bills-Sam-Hourigan.html

2nd insurance status unknown (Likely none or incomplete without motorcycles) and sure looks like a moped injury, side and round the eyes fairly shattered but no-one knows what happened, riiiiggghhhttt:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13599285/Aussie-woman-face-Bali-Rebecca-Ode.html

FFS people travel to Asia like Bali, Thailand or anywhere where you could be on a baht bike taxi get the extra cover that is usually under 10% extra on the premium and wear a helmet.

JC
JC
July 4, 2024 6:47 pm

Can anyone explain why the equivalent of piracy in the Red Sea is not being vigorously squashed?

The only country that can pulverize those towelheads would be the US. Access to the Suez, at least for commercial shipping is not vital to US interests. Also, the Corpse is a pussy.

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Pogria
Pogria
July 4, 2024 6:56 pm

Number 3, in the Bonus Rules, is my Personal Favourite.

Life Lessons
There are three things that cannot be easily hidden: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth.
The following are 2 Simple Truths, 6 Rules of Life, and 3 Bonus Rules:

*SIMPLE TRUTH 1:*Lovers help each other undress before sex. After sex, they always dress on their own.
Moral of the story — In life, no one helps you once you’re screwed.
*SIMPLE TRUTH 2:*When a woman is pregnant, all her friends touch her stomach and say, “Congratulations.” But none go up to the man, touch his penis and say, “Good Job.”
Moral of the story — Hard work is rarely appreciated.
*SIX RULES TO REMEMBER IN LIFE:*
1. Money can’t buy happiness – but it’s far more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than on a bicycle.
2. Forgive your enemy – but* remember the asshole’s name*.
3. If you help someone when they’re in trouble – they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.
4. Alcohol does not solve any problems – but then, neither does milk.
*5*. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
6. No matter how rich you are, no matter how generous you are, no matter how good you look. The number of people who attend your funeral will depend on the weather, *unless there’s an open bar.*
*BONUS RULES:*
1. Condoms do not guarantee safe sex! A friend of mine was wearing one when he was shot by the woman’s husband.
2. I think all politicians should wear uniforms. You know, like NASCAR drivers, so we could identify their corporate sponsors.
3. Also, all politicians should serve only two terms — one in office and one in prison.
*This was a public service announcement**.*”

*****

John H.
John H.
July 4, 2024 6:57 pm

30-minute exercise session found to increase proportion of tumor-killing white blood cells in the bloodstream (msn.com)

Nice study but in a crap journal. I can understand enough of it that on social media I can pass myself off as a specialist on the subject. Hey, anyone can do that on any subject!

30 minutes is enough, beyond that, especially at high intensity, may impede an immune response.

The fundamental problem though is that it does matter how many cells are present there must be an immune response in the first place. That doesn’t always happen. Mutational load is a key variable and a study some months ago highlighted an immune receptor class variability is also important. At the individual level, a crap shoot.

johanna
johanna
July 4, 2024 7:03 pm

I didn’t know that the Divine Agatha, an Anglican, was involved in supporting the Latin Mass in 1971:

The more than 40 signatories of the letter, which was published in the Times of London Wednesday, include composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, historian Tom Holland, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, human rights activist Bianca Jagger, opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa, interior designer Nina Campbell, fashion designer Paul Smith, actress Susan Hampshire, philanthropist Lady Getty, authors Antonia Fraser and A.N. Wilson, Princess Michael of Kent (a member of Britain’s royal family), cellists Steven Isserlis and Julian Lloyd Webber, conductor Jane Glover, sopranos Sophie Bevan and Felicity Lott, and pianists Imogen Cooper, Stephen Hough, András Schiff, and Mitsuko Uchida, along with nearly a dozen members of the House of Lords.
The letter presents itself as a successor to the “Agatha Christie letter,” a similar appeal made to Pope Paul VI in defense of the Latin Mass, which the Times published on July 6, 1971. That original letter was also signed by Catholic and non-Catholic artists and writers, including Agatha Christie, Graham Greene, and Yehudi Menuhin.
The “Agatha Christie letter,” which prompted the pope to grant permission for the celebration of the Latin Mass in England and Wales, contended that the ancient Latin rite has “inspired priceless achievements … by poets, philosophers, musicians, architects, painters and sculptors in all countries and epochs. Thus, it belongs to universal culture.”

The more than 40 signatories of the letter, which was published in the Times of London Wednesday, include composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, historian Tom Holland, Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, human rights activist Bianca Jagger, opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa, interior designer Nina Campbell, fashion designer Paul Smith, actress Susan Hampshire, philanthropist Lady Getty, authors Antonia Fraser and A.N. Wilson, Princess Michael of Kent (a member of Britain’s royal family), cellists Steven Isserlis and Julian Lloyd Webber, conductor Jane Glover, sopranos Sophie Bevan and Felicity Lott, and pianists Imogen Cooper, Stephen Hough, András Schiff, and Mitsuko Uchida, along with nearly a dozen members of the House of Lords.

The letter presents itself as a successor to the “Agatha Christie letter,” a similar appeal made to Pope Paul VI in defense of the Latin Mass, which the Times published on July 6, 1971. That original letter was also signed by Catholic and non-Catholic artists and writers, including Agatha Christie, Graham Greene, and Yehudi Menuhin.

The “Agatha Christie letter,” which prompted the pope to grant permission for the celebration of the Latin Mass in England and Wales, contended that the ancient Latin rite has “inspired priceless achievements … by poets, philosophers, musicians, architects, painters and sculptors in all countries and epochs. Thus, it belongs to universal culture.”
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bons
bons
July 4, 2024 7:06 pm

Best ever interview I have even seen with Dutton (Credlin).
He explained in non weasel words that Albanese is absolutely wedged by the reality that every significant political entity in his electorate is Green, and his Party’s future is entirely dependant upon the Muzzie vote.
He was also direct about the Muzzie threat to our democracy.
“C’mon Man” keep it up FFS, you are good when you allow your beliefs to override what your minders tell you to say.

Cassie of Sydney
July 4, 2024 7:09 pm

Watching the images of the scum scaling Parliament House today (with inside help, of that you can be 100% sure), I was reminded of Munich.

Personally, the scum should have been shot. They would have been shot in Washington and elsewhere.

How long before the scum scale Jewish schools, Jewish aged care, Jewish hospitals synagogues, Jewish kindergartens and Jewish communal organisations?

Hear this….

I AM OVER IT.

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John H.
John H.
July 4, 2024 7:16 pm

“Nobody is more inferior than those who insist on being equal.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Crossie
Crossie
July 4, 2024 7:19 pm

I am intrigued by the treatment of the banner hangers of the Parliament House in Canberra. Surely the PH security must have apprehended the protesters as they were coming down from the roof and must have established their identities.

Why have they not been made public? Since when are they entitled to anonymity? I can understand if the protest was on a public street but this is the inner sanctum of our government. Can I speculate that the protestors are closely related to some MPs? Their continued anonymity makes me think we are being gaslighted to keep some Labor MPs viable in Muslim electorates.

cohenite
July 4, 2024 7:20 pm

Cassie of Sydney
 July 4, 2024 7:09 pm

Watching the images of the scum scaling Parliament House today (with inside help, of that you can be 100% sure), I was reminded of Munich.
Personally, the scum should have been shot. 

Details please: what calibre, hollow points or FMJs, head shots or body or limbs.

cohenite
July 4, 2024 7:27 pm

Speaking of killing: more of the leftie pile on about assassinating Trump after SCOTUS’s immunity ruling:

BBC Host Calls for Biden to ‘Have Trump Murdered’ After SCOTUS Presidential Immunity Decision (breitbart.com)

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 7:33 pm

Dutton accused of ‘fueling Islamophobia’ in scathing attackJames Dowling

Australian cricket icon Usman Khawaja has accused Peter Dutton of “fueling Islamophobia” in a speech regarding potential Muslim candidates in Western Sydney electorates.

Speaking at parliament earlier today, the opposition leader said the Albanese government was moving towards a minority government following senator Fatima Payman’s move to the crossbench.

“In a minority government in the next term of parliament, it will include the Greens, it’ll include the green teals, it’ll include Muslim candidates from Western Sydney, it will be a disaster,” he said.

“If you think the Albanese government is bad now, wait for it to be a minority government with the Greens, the green teals and Muslim independents.”

Khawaja responded to the statement on Twitter/X late on Thursday and said the comment was an example of “bigotry at its finest”.

“As a Muslim who grew up in Western Sydney I find this comment from someone who is running for PM an absolute disgrace,” he said.

“Bigotry at its finest. Fueling Islamophobia from the very top.”

Was there ever a religion so quick to play the victimhood card?

Bourne1879
Bourne1879
July 4, 2024 7:44 pm

For those interested Senator James Paterson questioned AFP Commissioner and Deputy in Senate estimates today over the Parliament House protest. Via his Youtube channel.
AFP respond to pro-Palestine protestors on the roof of Parliament house

cohenite
July 4, 2024 7:53 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
 July 4, 2024 7:33 pm

Dutton accused of ‘fueling Islamophobia’ in scathing attackJames Dowling
Australian cricket icon Usman Khawaja has accused Peter Dutton of “fueling Islamophobia” in a speech regarding potential Muslim candidates in Western Sydney electorates.

What is happening in Australia conforms to Peter Hammond’s analysis of islam:

How Islam progressively takes over countries | God Reports

Australia has just creeped over into the second stage of islamic conquest when the muzzie % of the population exceeds 2%. Currently the muzzies are 3.2% which explain the payman shithead and this dickhead khawaja. Things will really start to get interesting once the bastards crack 5%.

Incidentally islamic terrorism is independent of what % of the population they are hence the fact that every terrorist attack in Australia since 9/11 has been by the muzzies.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 4, 2024 8:03 pm

Watching the images of the scum scaling Parliament House today (with inside help, of that you can be 100% sure)

It looked like an insurrection to me.

Crossie
Crossie
July 4, 2024 8:10 pm

Bourne1879

 July 4, 2024 7:44 pm

For those interested Senator James Paterson questioned AFP Commissioner and Deputy in Senate estimates today over the Parliament House protest. Via his Youtube channel.

Just saw it on Sky that the banners remained hanging for two hours. Why? Couldn’t PH security remove them or were they instructed not to do so?

AFP Commissioner also said that they were directed to other locations as a diversionary tactic. Didn’t PH security also contact them? And if so why wasn’t the PH their first priority?

Still no info on the rooftop protesters.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 4, 2024 8:18 pm

For those interested Senator James Paterson questioned AFP Commissioner and Deputy in Senate estimates today over the Parliament House protest. Via his Youtube channel.

Thanks. Just watched it.

Serious question; is that how public serpents actually speak? Are they capable of succinctly getting to the point & delivering information in a clear manner?

Supplementary question; do they not feel silly when they’re dressed like that? Those AFP were wearing more braid, ribbons & clanking metal than a North Korean General.

Were it me asking the question (instead of the Senator) I’d have done my cruet about halfway through the waffling of that bloke copper, & ordered him to “speak English”

John H.
John H.
July 4, 2024 8:18 pm

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

 July 4, 2024 7:33 pm

Dutton accused of ‘fueling Islamophobia’ in scathing attackJames Dowling

Australian cricket icon Usman Khawaja has accused Peter Dutton of “fueling Islamophobia” in a speech regarding potential Muslim candidates in Western Sydney electorates.

Then Hamas is octane 10^3.

Crossie
Crossie
July 4, 2024 8:18 pm

It seems Labor, Greens and Teals politicians seem to be completely unconcerned for their safety in light of the security breach by Parliament House rooftop protesters. Why would that be?

Coalition are the only ones raising the alarm at the lax or even non-existent security.

By the way, what happened to the metal detector machine we saw Lerhmann and Higgins having to go through to get into PH? How did the protesters get on the roof without having to go through it?

Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 4, 2024 8:27 pm

Whoever is in charge of security at PH should be summarily sacked. Let ’em head to Mildura & find a fruit-picking job.

Apropos of recent discussion on the Cat, which mentioned: “Shoot one, educate a thousand”

H B Bear
H B Bear
July 4, 2024 8:30 pm

Australian cricket icon Usman Khawaja has accused Peter Dutton of “fueling Islamophobia …

When you forget why you despise the Australian cricket team.

Rockdoctor
Rockdoctor
July 4, 2024 8:36 pm

Re the Kerry Stokes possible son/grandson angle on Fatima’s hubby. I’ve been diving into the net following up the possibility.

Stokes seems very private about his children from his later marriages. Media have never dug far but I doubt they would dare. His behaviour from little I could glean in the public sphere seems like someone who would go nuclear if you crossed him. Even family.

However he is not stupid, his children seem to have been well looked after however at arms length and I would reckon there would be strings attached to that even if only implied.

Given Jacob’s age around 30 at a guess, rise to Premier & Cabinet suggest a or a number of boosters and the lengths taken to keep him out of the limelight. My assessment: Plausible, though I don’t think we’ll ever know.

Anyway I’ve flapped my gums here too much today, enjoy.

Night all.

Zatara
Zatara
July 4, 2024 8:36 pm

My battle for the truth about Australia’s spiralling death rate

The committee allocated five full days for public hearings into menopause, but just one day to excess mortality. Just six hours of testimony for more deaths than we’ve seen since the Second World War!

calli
calli
July 4, 2024 8:42 pm

On the last leg (apart from the bus) back home.

Shanghai. Didn’t know that you had to go landside and back in through Departures as a transit passenger. We have had an interesting experience due to our very tight schedule – great kindness where it was least expected from security and customs, and sadly some strange officiousness…from airline staff of all people.

And out of the blue when we thought we’d be running to the gate, last to get on…unexpected and unasked entry into the VIP lounge and glorious showers. It is hot and steamy here and we resembled those Chinese dumplings at Yum Cha – sweaty, wrinkled and pallid!

Bustling into Sydney Town tomorrow morning. If any Cats spot a couple of delirious, gibbering old farts at Central concourse, it’s us. Transit time -49 hours.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
July 4, 2024 8:48 pm

Australian cricket icon ?
Dhimmi, please, you’re embarrasing us all

calli
calli
July 4, 2024 8:52 pm

I always smile to myself when Americans whinge about travel times. And the British.

Wouldn’t know if their bums were on fire. 😀

Eyrie
Eyrie
July 4, 2024 8:54 pm

Serious question; is that how public serpents actually speak? Are they capable of succinctly getting to the point & delivering information in a clear manner?

Yes to the first, no to the second. I watched Malcolm Roberts grilling the CASA CEO and Chief medical Officer. Neither of the criminals could lie straight in bed.

calli
calli
July 4, 2024 8:57 pm

And thanks for that marvellous reminder, Dover.

Independence Day. We The People. What a vision by men of intellect and conscience.

Let’s hope the US can avoid another four years of Depends Days.

calli
calli
July 4, 2024 8:59 pm

Crossie – Venice-LHR-CGD-Shanghai-SYD – bus to home.

They breed em tough on the Lower North Shore.

Pathetic old Boomers. 😀

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Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 4, 2024 9:13 pm

Female Afghan rights activist is filmed being gang-raped in Taliban prison as guards yell ‘You’ve been f**ked by Americans – now it’s our turn’
Daily Mail.

Colonel Crispin Berka
Colonel Crispin Berka
July 4, 2024 9:23 pm

Australian defence minister announces $2bn ‘top-secret cloud’ with Amazon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yw9hgA9R2-I

Said to be for use by Defense and “the national intelligence community”.
So what will it be used for?

I’d guess while realtime wargaming would be the main use for the bulk of the computing, there will be enough left over to build profiles of individual people in a Minority Report style capability for counter-terrorism and possibly even for plod.

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Cassie of Sydney
July 4, 2024 10:01 pm

I haven’t laughed much over the last few days but reading this, uploaded onto the Oz website in the last 1/2 hour, has made me roar with laughter….

Citizenship revenge: Labor targets rebel
Senior Labor figures are raising Fatima Payman’s Afghan citizenship as a risk to her remaining in the Senate because of a potential breach of section 44 of the Constitution, after she quit the ALP.

Zatara
Zatara
July 4, 2024 10:15 pm

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

From the United States’ Declaration of Independence. Signed this day in 1776.

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
July 4, 2024 10:18 pm

Can I speculate that the protestors are closely related to some MPs?

Adam Bandt’s bum buddies, no doubt. He is a Marxist, after all.

The Beer whisperer
The Beer whisperer
July 4, 2024 10:26 pm

Was there ever a religion so quick to play the victimhood card?

When I was young, I was at a party where I was warned that the dog would retrieve forever.

Like seagulls and vultures, they are always there for freebies. I mean, they were literally in plain sight. Muslims who aren’t interest in politics aren’t playing politics.

Those that are playing politics are up to their eyeballs in agenda, enabled by Labor.

KevinM
KevinM
July 4, 2024 10:38 pm

Count the tattoos.

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