Open Thread – Thurs 11 July 2024


The friends around the table, St. Jacut, Edouard Vuillard, early 1900s

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KevinM
KevinM
July 12, 2024 4:06 pm

Speaking of writing, fiction or otherwise, some people have it some don’t, that’s the way it is.

Isn’t this just a great bit of descriptive writing?

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On 7 January 1967, John Steinbeck was at Pleiku, Vietnam, where he flew aboard a UH-1 Huey helicopter with D Troop, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry. He wrote the following about the helicopter pilots:

“I wish I could tell you about these pilots. They make me sick with envy. They ride their vehicles the way a man controls a fine, well-trained quarter horse.

They weave along stream beds, rise like swallows to clear trees, they turn and twist and dip like swifts in the evening. I watch their hands and feet on the controls, the delicacy of the coordination reminds me of the sure and seeming slow hands of (Pablo) Casals on the cello. They are truly musicians’ hands and they play their controls like music and they dance them like ballerinas and they make me jealous because

I want so much to do it. Remember your child night dream of perfect flight free and wonderful? It’s like that, and sadly I know I never can. My hands are too old and forgetful to take orders from the command center, which speaks of updrafts and side winds, of drift and shift, or ground fire indicated by a tiny puff or flash, or a hit and all these commands must be obeyed by the musicians hands instantly and automatically.

I must take my longing out in admiration and the joy of seeing it.”

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John H.
John H.
July 12, 2024 4:23 pm

Arky

 July 12, 2024 1:44 pm

Biden admits the US has fallen behind in the ability to produce new weapon systems.

He doesn’t have a clue. What a surprise.

The USA is building new weapon systems at a faster rate than the rest of the world combined. No other country has operational stealth fighters. J20, with canards, is not stealthy Low observable at best. No other country shows evidence of stealth cruise missiles, or 6th gen fighters, or comparable submarines, no country has stealth bombers, the AIM260 etc etc.

billie
billie
July 12, 2024 4:27 pm

Boomers have burnt through the wealth of their parents and are running up enormous debts that their grandchildren will spend most of their lives servicing

Wait, what .. my parents had wealth, you mean lots of money type wealth?

Nope, they lived and died comfortably, but never financially wealthy.

The parents of Boomers wanted their kids to have a good life, free of war, poverty and hunger.

Indeed, if they had wealth, that was it, that they accomplished what they set out to do and made the world a better place for the next generation.

Thank you ..

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 12, 2024 4:48 pm

Dover, please release the clip posted @4:46pm.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 12, 2024 5:01 pm

Danger Dan Reviews:

I’m the Prime Minshta! Anthony Albanese NAIDOC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLXsaNu0vng

m0nty
m0nty
July 12, 2024 5:03 pm

I see Farage overnight has terminated Ben Habib. And why not? Farage wants the party to grow, not stagnate.

Farage took Habib’s money and is now discarding him from the corporation (it’s not a party, Farage owns it).

At least Habib is a real person and campaigned for his votes, unlike some of Reform’s other candidates (allegedly).

johanna
johanna
July 12, 2024 5:21 pm

Boo! to absurd generalisations about any artificially created ‘generation’, including so-called Boomers.

The crushing public debt being laid on future generations was inflicted by politicians born after the ‘Boomers’ – and voters were never consulted.

On another note, apparently the whole country is ‘structurally racist’ according to a report from people whose existence depends on finding racism in every nook and cranny:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-07-12/human-rights-commission-report-says-government-failing-on-racism/104085808

You have to name the demon to slay it,” Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Giridharan Sivaraman told the ABC.
The “demon” in this case is racism, a term many in government were reluctant to use, a new report from the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) found.
The AHRC report found governments and their departments at all levels had failed to identify racism and were not taking enough action to address it.

Where do these people get off? What demon?

These people are playing too many online fantasy games.

Like the ACT jobsworth assigned to find racism who ended up pleading for people to report something, anything – what a load of rubbish, And the predictable ‘reports’ of headscarves being ripped off, but never substantiated, it needs to go in the circular filing cabinet.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 12, 2024 5:23 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLXsaNu0vng

Happy NAIDOC week to all on the Cat!

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 12, 2024 5:44 pm

Brilliant.

Donna Summer – MacArthur Park (Moreno J Remix)

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

KevinM
KevinM
July 12, 2024 5:47 pm

Today’s best photo, Dick Van Duijn captured the exact moment a squirrel stopped to smell a flower.

Amazing if true, we live in a nice world.
Most of the time.

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Top Ender
Top Ender
July 12, 2024 5:50 pm

Rejected comment in the Oz in relation to a bloke who was saying whitey deliberately brought in smallpox:

Do you have some proof of this or are you just saying it?

It would be impossible to incubate smallpox in those times and then release it.

Please supply your evidence.

Seems the woke moderators are still lurking.

cohenite
July 12, 2024 6:01 pm

A lot of effort has been put in by the alarmists to discredit past extreme temp maximums. This map by Jo shows Cloncurry in 1889 having a temp of 53C or 127F.

australia-map-heat-waves-5-web.gif (650×546) (joannenova.com.au)

The usual shitheads have lampooned this; here is a news report from 1889:

18 Jan 1889 – Great Heat. – Trove (nla.gov.au)

Back then folks took their temps very seriously and did not fiddle with them and make them the servant of ideology.

132andBush
132andBush
July 12, 2024 6:25 pm
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Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 12, 2024 6:29 pm

I wasn’t expectiing that.

—-

The Winner Takes It All.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIvwh5duZfA

Cassie of Sydney
July 12, 2024 6:29 pm

Whilst the gaffes spoken today by the Sniffer in Chief were funny, he did say something very revealing. After he stumbled over some words he said…

‘I’m catching hell from my wife’

He then looked rather subdued and downcast.

I think it’s pretty clear who’s running the show…

Dr Jill

Jill ain’t gonna give up being First Lady without a fight. She’ll pump him full of any drug to keep him propped up.

132andBush
132andBush
July 12, 2024 6:33 pm

Jill ain’t gonna give up being First Lady without a fight. She’ll pump him full of any drug to keep him propped up.

Not now she has her own “walk on music”.

Fair dinkum, how far up yourself would you have to be to demand that?

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 12, 2024 6:38 pm
JC
JC
July 12, 2024 6:38 pm

Jill ain’t gonna give up being First Lady without a fight. She’ll pump him full of any drug to keep him propped up.

I reckon they’re hanging out for the big payout from the billionaire circle passing around the hat for 2 hundi.

Miltonf
Miltonf
July 12, 2024 6:38 pm

Still just a cheap slag

Miltonf
Miltonf
July 12, 2024 6:40 pm

a woman who sleeps around, looks cheap &/or has questionable character.

johanna
johanna
July 12, 2024 6:46 pm

TheirABC’s version of a perfect relationship:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-07-12/we-made-a-spreadsheet-to-manage-the-mental-load/104088984

Before my partner Dave and I moved in together two years ago, I proposed that we make a spreadsheet to divide the “mental load” surrounding housework.
This involved assigning specific chores to ourselves, as well as the mental planning that would lead to those chores being enacted. It was incredibly sexy stuff, and Dave absolutely loved it. (He did not.)
The spreadsheet was modelled off an example that author Eve Rodsky made with her husband. Rodsky believes that when it comes to co-living, each partner should take “ownership” over a chore — rather than delegating or doing “half-half” — thereby streamlining the chore and its associated mental load and hopefully preventing squabbles and one-upmanship.
In our spreadsheet, Dave’s main chores included cleaning the bathroom, stacking and unstacking the dishwasher, doing the laundry, and taking out the trash. My main chores included cooking, cleaning the floors, car upkeep, and maintaining our social calendar.

Leaving aside the obvious, that it was she, not he, that came up with this nutty idea, and he just went along, I question TheirABC’s honesty about this ‘story.’

It is a cut and paste from some USA site, no question. We have ‘trash’ instead of garbage or rubbish. we have ‘chores’, we have ‘maintaining our social calendar.’ Future attempts at plagiarism need more than the 1% you put in on this one.

Michelle Law is a writer and actor based in the Eora Nation, Sydney. She writes for print, theatre and screen.

Michelle, you just got busted!

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
July 12, 2024 6:50 pm

18 Jan 1889 – Great Heat. – Trove (nla.gov.au)

Back then folks took their temps very seriously and did not fiddle with them and make them the servant of ideology

Potentially, and I’m just blue-skying here, this may be because there wasn’t a lifetime of Commonwealth funding available for fudging temperatures.

Gilas
Gilas
July 12, 2024 6:51 pm

For those interested..

An excellent summary of the cancerous Greens, from ADVANCE Australia.

greenstruth.com.au

They are even worse, much, much worse than I thought.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 12, 2024 7:00 pm

Just spent the day at a pleasant very long lunch with a group of women friends. Thirty of us at tables overlooking one of the stunning northern beaches. Hostess provided the main course and we all brought the finger food starters and the plentiful cakes and sweet things, where the girls who can cook really excelled – who made this one, and this one, and this one? went the queries. This is not a competitive display that I ever enter. I did manage to steam up some ready-to-steam little dim sims for starters (not really up to the standard of the starters from several Asian and Chinese girls amongst us) and I took Prosecco for imbibing in small coupes, because driving. Not a greatly alcoholic event as it’s Dry July for some (not me) and we get high enough on the pheromones of girl chat anyway.

We also enjoyed a rousing reading of ‘Clancy of the Overflow’ instead of speeches – for we were celebrating the Old Australia many of us remember.

Sadly I will miss the ‘Christmas in July’ event planned by another hostess as we will be in Fiji on July 25th. And just sent apologies too for the ‘Sydney Cats’ Winter Balls-Up’ on the 26th. That’s the trouble with living near the Pacific, many people flee to warmer island climes, or to North Queensland, for July.

cohenite
July 12, 2024 7:00 pm

People who call Trump a loon, a danger to the US and the world, a madman etc are fuking insane, literally out of touch with reality. Steve Price tonight, about whom I usually have some time, joins this conga line of fukwits boo hooing and equating the old pervert with Trump. Is this 2 the best the US can come up with, the old prune-face intones

We know what Trump is like. He was fuking POTUS for 4 years; he brought world peace, unparalleled prosperity to the US, record employment of minorities, safe borders and streets and pride back to Western values. He never pursued by illegal means his many enemies.

He was defeated by the msm, the swamp set up by that black bastard obama and the chunk virus. Those 3 groups are understandable but still on talkback and amongst the punters there is a sizable minority who believe the bullshit peddled about the guy and regurgitate the crap. I still maintain democracy is the best political system but with a lot of the punters being as gullible and stupid and lazy as they are it is sometimes a close call.

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Crossie
Crossie
July 12, 2024 7:04 pm

Ha, ha! Channel 7 has discovered comedy and tacked three minutes of it to the news calling it the 6:57 News. There were two minutes or so of highlighting Biden’s lapses of this week with a droll commentary. This must be something they are trying out.

I remember in the early 70s Paul Hogan, billed as a Harbour Bridge rigger to do a routine at the end of the news which is how he got his start. I think it may have been Channel 9 that did it.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 12, 2024 7:07 pm

John Setka has pulled the pin, effective immediately. “Amid a raft of misconduct allegations”
Chortle, chortle.

Cassie of Sydney
July 12, 2024 7:11 pm

They are even worse, much, much worse than I thought.

I blame the MSM for the rise of the Greens over the last two decades. The Greens are treated with kid gloves by the MSM, particularly by their ABC and the Malchurian Guardian.

They are our very own Nazi Party. The should be disendorsed.

cohenite
July 12, 2024 7:15 pm

Pauline’s latest focusing on the NDIS and that prick in a wheelchair from the filth:

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

billie
billie
July 12, 2024 7:30 pm

John Setka has pulled the pin, effective immediately

Oh my ..

Maybe he’ll move to Perth eh ..

Is there a senate seat that needs vacating, or clearing out, for a suitable candidate?

Perhaps a role on the board of a Superanuation Find?

This is a bloke who has seen off many accusations and events, so whatever is driving this is not guilt or fear of prosecution, it is a reward to get out of the way, or to do someone a harm.

Pogria
Pogria
July 12, 2024 7:36 pm

A little brevity after such a middling, unsettling day.
I give you, a penis shaped Iceberg off the coast of a Canadian town called,
DILDO. 😀 😀 😀

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/may/01/canada-phallic-iceberg-photo-newfoundland-dildo

Unfortunately, like real life, it didn’t stay up for long!

Gilas
Gilas
July 12, 2024 7:40 pm

Steve trickler

July 12, 2024 6:29 pm

The Winner Takes It All.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIvwh5duZfA

…or if you want to see the original..

The waiting room from 1995.. no need for dialogue.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 12, 2024 7:44 pm

Numbers Bob is back on Michael Smith – on his favourite theme – what a mob of gallant little Robin Hoods the North Vietnamese were, all they wanted was a reunified Vietnam…

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
July 12, 2024 7:52 pm

Jill ain’t gonna give up being First Lady without a fight. She’ll pump him full of any drug to keep him propped up.

You have to ask.
What sort of arsehole would you have to be to subject someone with obvious dementia to that sort of public humiliation?

Roger
Roger
July 12, 2024 7:54 pm

Nobody saw this coming two years ago…

Google’s electricity and water usage is approaching that of medium sized countries like Japan and the UK as it adopts AI in its data centres.

The tech company, which has invested substantially in AI, said its “extremely ambitious” goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2030 “won’t be easy”.

The Guardian 

I suspect “extremely ambitious” translates from corporate jargon to plain English as “ain’t gonna happen.”

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BobtheBoozer
BobtheBoozer
July 12, 2024 8:08 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqDSPjmBUoM
Mechanical Nightmares. The condition some people allow their cars to deteriorate into when they bring them in for work.
Look, I’m no mechanic. In fact, I admit that I’m not a mechanics rectum, but FFS!

Frank
Frank
July 12, 2024 8:09 pm
She’ll pump him full of any drug to keep him propped up.

He deserves as much. Scopalomine in his stool softener would be a good start followed by an extended stay inside a cupboard full of spiders.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
July 12, 2024 8:11 pm

Google’s electricity and water usage is approaching that of medium sized countries like Japan and the UK as it adopts AI in its data centres.

They’re very naughty, killing the planet.

Google’s Net Zero Plans Are Going Up in Smoke (10 Jul)

In 2017, Google declared it had reached “100% renewable energy for our global operations.” … In fact, since 2017, Google’s environmental reports show that the company’s electricity use, CO2 emissions, and carbon intensity have soared. The most recent numbers came out last Tuesday when the search and advertising colossus released its 2024 environmental report. And the numbers don’t lie. As seen in the chart below, since 2017, CO2 emissions at Google have jumped four-fold to a company record of 14.3 million tons in 2023.

Wow, data centres use lots of energy, especially AI ones. Who’da thunk it?

Don’t be evil Google peoples. Btw why did you dispense with that motto?

Gilas
Gilas
July 12, 2024 8:13 pm

The last song by ABBA, one of their best..

The Day Before You Came

And the full, short film with Gene Bervoets and Anouska Wink: The Gallery

Cassie of Sydney
July 12, 2024 8:21 pm

Love Abba.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare
July 12, 2024 8:31 pm

hzh and others who would like more info on nuclear power and the politics of it, then go to

http://www.nuclearforaustralia.com

Once you register they will send you emails of events, activities, petitions etc.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
July 12, 2024 8:59 pm

Fatima Payman is a sign of a much larger crisis for Labor
Article, from the Oz, in moderation.

JC
JC
July 12, 2024 9:12 pm

Michelle, or rather Michael is a cute owl. Who knew?

@JDunlap1974

Michelle Obama’s ex-boyfriend David Upchurch has come forward to reveal that “she” is actually a man named Michael Robinson and only became “Michelle” after meeting Barack Obama

You gotta love rightwing twitter at times.

Pogria
Pogria
July 12, 2024 9:20 pm

Damn! Just found out Patrick Warburton is at Metro Comic-Con, and the damn thing is in Melbourne. sigh… not even for Puddy.

JC
JC
July 12, 2024 9:28 pm

I bought a couple of things online this week. Something was coming from the US and the other from Bunnings. I placed the orders on Tuesday. The US delivery arrived this morning. No mention from Bunnings.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 12, 2024 9:33 pm

I ordered some supplies a few weeks ago. Foodstuffs from the suburbs of Paris (France) & some machine spare parts off the rack from Melbourne.

The shipment from Paris, the size of a tea chest, arrived 6 days later.
The shipment from Melbourne, the size of a stapler, took 5 weeks to arrive.

MatrixTransform
July 12, 2024 9:42 pm

John Setka has pulled the pin, effective immediately

two arseholes in one week eh?

tell me it isn’t connected

cohenite
July 12, 2024 9:51 pm

Michelle, or rather Michael is a cute owl. Who knew?

@JDunlap1974

Michelle Obama’s ex-boyfriend David Upchurch has come forward to reveal that “she” is actually a man named Michael Robinson and only became “Michelle” after meeting Barack Obama

It’s well known that michelle is a bloke:

Official Gov’t Docs Expose Michelle Obama’s 14 Year History as a Man (rumble.com)

As for cute owls:

MatrixTransform
July 12, 2024 9:53 pm

Is there anything gayer, more homosexual than a dude downticking comments on a blog?

complaining about down-ticks for a years on end like a pathetic little whiner?

cohenite
July 12, 2024 9:59 pm

Following on from my comment about the stupidity of the punters:

Poll: Donald Trump and Joe Biden Tied for Popular Vote (breitbart.com)

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 12, 2024 10:04 pm

Cassie of Sydney
 July 12, 2024 8:21 pm

Love Abba.

So does the bank they are with. ( :

Royalties keep flooding in.

Salvatore - Iron Publican
July 12, 2024 10:20 pm

Love Abba.

So does the bank they are with. ( :

Royalties keep flooding in.

Bjorn Ulvaeus, prior to Abba, was in a Swedish group named (I kid you not) The Hootenanny Singers, & crossing paths on tour with a group called the Hep Stars (seriously) made friends with the Hep Stars’ keyboard player, Benny Andersson.
The two of them wrote a couple of songs together, for others to record. One was (translated from the Swedish) “Living in the Sixties” – here it is, set to home movies from the time, focusing on the big event in Sweden of the 1960s, the switch from driving on the Left, to driving on the Right side of the road.

Ulvaeus’ talent as a songwriter shows through, & it doesn’t take much to see how he morphed into the superhits that he wrote for Abba.

Bill P
Bill P
July 12, 2024 10:33 pm

Cats!!

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 12, 2024 10:39 pm

Salvatore – Iron Publican
 July 12, 2024 10:20 pm

Cheers for that piece of trivia.

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 12, 2024 10:48 pm

Most here have already seen the wreck. A good wrap up from Dice.

—-

Mark Dice:

PRESS CONFERENCE TRAINWRECK!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1aItJ9sR2w

Perfidious Albino
Perfidious Albino
July 12, 2024 10:52 pm

This ‘Russian Spies’ couple seems a bit of stretch. Seriously, she’s supposed to be an ADF info systems specialist but she didn’t think asking hubby to send ‘stuff’ from her work laptop to her while she was in Russia would ring any alarm bells?!

The whole thing looks like a pretty half arsed set up by that gimp Mike Burgess to have security vetting taken off the ADF IMHO. (Hi Mike!)

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 12, 2024 11:16 pm

I’m so glad i found this bloke. The reasons should be obvious.

He’s switched on. Go back and check out his clip history.

—–

Reverend Simon Sideways

The naivety of the desperate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOUuyN9a074

Steve trickler
Steve trickler
July 13, 2024 12:38 am

Remembering your first kiss.

Sleep well folks…

—-

Alphaville – Forever Young (Moreno J Remix)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs5Ye7IAdvE

Arky
July 13, 2024 11:59 am

 Reply to  Arky
And yet you still hold the same positions on these matters as most normies. Maybe this active effort has structural problems.

 Reply to  dover0beach
Mate, that is again so far from the truth as to be ridiculous.
We haven’t even got to the point of me explaining my view of the war, which will not be anything close to what you assume it to be, because we can’t get past the stupid quagmire you are stuck in.
Gonzo lira and Scott Ritter. FFS.

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Arky
July 13, 2024 12:01 pm

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