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December 31, 2013

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Welcome to 2014, another new year with thanks to Gutter Trash, the newspaper that just keeps on giving, no don’t thank me.

And what a year it’s been. It would be remiss of me to neglect to mention some of our most highly valued contributors so here we go…

THE GUTTER TRASH INAUGURAL BLOGGER OF THE YEAR AWARDS!

The most complete and utter fuckwit of the year award

Competition for this category was stiff this year, with the usual blatant sexist remarks and WCP interests well represented by Walrus, followed closely by IPA (AKA ToSY) and Ol Snacty. Regular contributor Egg, also faired well in this category, albeit from a position of blind or wilful ignorance (the judges are yet to work out the difference).  Nevertheless, it was the unemployable racist redneck from Queensland (is it the heat?), that takes out this year’s award… Congratulations Inane Hall!

Most relentlessly monotonous dull and boring award

Unlike previous years, there were relatively few contenders for this year’s award, despite the best efforts of a select few. But alas there was one key standout that remains unsurpassed for sheer perseverance and prosecution of an agenda despite a complete lack of interest from anyone else. This year’s award goes to serial thread derailed and complete nonce Egg for his/her/its prosecution of the fight against SCIENCE. Congratulations Egg.

Best dressed blogger of the year award

There were only two contenders for this year’s award, and as usual it came down to just a close contest between me and ToM (sorry TB). Given that Tom has a surfer’s physique, and goes to the Melbourne Cup as well as Vue De Monde, and drinks more expensive wine than I can afford, I suspect he probably has better suits than me too.  Congratulations ToM!

Most rational blogger of the year award

As usual, there were only a handful of contenders for this award, with most regulars pretty much revealing themselves to be on the whole “unhinged” for the better part of the year. Walrus was nowhere to be seen for this award and Inane Hall was also a far stretch.  Armchair Opinionator (where is she BTW?) is always a firm favourite, but this year the award goes to relative newcomer Dianne..Congratulations Dianne!

Most delusional blogger of the year award

Competition for this award every year is very tough, with contenders traversing the blogosphere with inane rants, double speak and triple backward flips in terms of their political loyalty and tenuous connection to any actual events that might be unfolding in “:the real world.”  Most contenders for this award are usually institutionalised, blogging from some nursing home in Canberra wearing urine soiled diapers and wondering when the next apple crumble and custard trolley is doing the rounds. There’s only ever been one favourite and this year she takes out the award for the tenth consecutive year running – congratulations Catching Up!

And that’s about all we have time for tonight. Congratulations to all our winners!

 

 

 

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157 Comments leave one →
  1. egg permalink
    December 31, 2013 10:22 pm

    Its noice tom be appreciated. All the best Ed.

  2. egg permalink
    December 31, 2013 10:24 pm

    I meant to say its nice to be appreciated.

  3. December 31, 2013 10:30 pm

    You’re welcome egg. The place wouldn’t be the same without you.

  4. egg permalink
    December 31, 2013 10:49 pm

    You’re too kind.

  5. December 31, 2013 11:20 pm

    I know.

  6. TB Queensland permalink
    January 1, 2014 2:57 am

    Congratulations to most of the winners this year … 🙂

  7. Dianne permalink
    January 1, 2014 5:05 am

    I accept my award with pride Reb.

    I can’t believe it. Aah. Um. Er. I am just so humble.

    You guys are just wunnerful.

    I would like to thank my family. Without their support I would not be here.

    A special, big thankyou goes to Egg. Without him as a point of comparison I would not appear rational at all.

    Thankyou Reb for having faith in me.

    Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou.

  8. January 1, 2014 9:48 am

    While we’re on the subject of awards Reb, don’t forget to drop by the luxurious hi-tech offices of The Mugwump Post and collect your award for providing one of the most readable and interesting forums this year. I look forward to further duels/debates/laughs with your regulars in the new year

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 1, 2014 9:56 am

    Thank you. I may be the only surfer who has lapels on a wetsuit

  10. January 1, 2014 11:16 am

    Why thank you Edward, that’s very kind. 🙂

  11. January 1, 2014 1:17 pm

    Credit where credit is due Reb. Between yourself, Michael Taylor and Ross Sharp you provide a stimulating and alternative voice to the sludge pumped out by the MSM. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. Splatterbottom permalink
    January 1, 2014 4:11 pm

    Thanks for the great blog, reb. It is like a home away from home with a new but equally crazy family. Hopefully I won’t lose my job over my addiction to it. Happy New Year to all here.

  13. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 1, 2014 4:31 pm

    I think I’ve forgotten to say – happy new year!

    It’s a miserable day on the coast no surf plus rain, I might have to go back to work if this keeps up.
    .

  14. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 1, 2014 4:39 pm

    …and a sensational blog you run here reb.

  15. egg permalink
    January 1, 2014 5:12 pm

    Yep, truly unique.

  16. January 1, 2014 5:49 pm

    Thank youse… 🙂

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    January 1, 2014 6:57 pm

    No, no, thank youse, sreb … 😉

    Where else can I rant and rave without being king hit, knifed or shot at! 😛

  18. Walrus permalink
    January 2, 2014 9:14 am

    What the f**k do you mean that I’m not enough of a irational f**kwit ?

    I fu**ing deserve an award you unthankful baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaastard

  19. egg permalink
    January 2, 2014 9:18 am

    ** chuckle **

    You can have mine.

  20. January 2, 2014 9:19 am

    🙂

  21. TB Queensland permalink
    January 2, 2014 11:32 am

    Seems I’m not alone … the comparisons between 1914 and 2014 are “thought provoking” to say the least …

    http://www.news.com.au/world/are-we-on-the-brink-of-war-academic-sparks-debate-by-drawing-comparisons-between-1914-past-and-2014-present/story-fndir2ev-1226793586357

  22. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 2, 2014 11:46 am

    IS evolution itself driving America’s growing rejection of modern biology? New studies suggest this very thing.
    Today’s revelation that one-third of the US population rejects the idea of evolution and instead believes we were created through intelligent intervention is nothing new.
    The fact that only a third of us accept that “natural processes such as natural selection” are behind our existence has had science thinking for some time.
    Creationism is growing into a powerful political force. But the strength of their arguments and the forcefulness of their campaign does not entirely explain its growing success.

    In my experience, Americans are definitely becoming progressively more stupid. In Los Angeles I was advised by a fat dill that I – “spoke American real well”
    It’s a place inhabited by dumb, fat narrow minded insular types.

    At least outside New York.

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/are-the-very-mental-shortcuts-our-brain-has-evolved-for-efficiency-working-against-the-acceptance-of-evolution/story-fnjwl2dr-1226792981781

  23. Walrus permalink
    January 2, 2014 11:55 am

    “Americans are definitely becoming progressively more stupid. ”

    Yes the Land of the Free where you can now buy marihuana ( in Colorado), get high and then toddle off down the road and buy a brand new semi automatic.

  24. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 2, 2014 12:05 pm

    When I first visited the US (decades ago) a half crazed one pulled a gun on me. I’d been out of Australia about 2 days and thought I’d be taken home in a box. He was wacko rather than violent.

    Here the wacko nutcases just drool all over you, there they wave a gun in your face as well.

  25. egg permalink
    January 2, 2014 12:14 pm

    ‘But the strength of their arguments and the forcefulness of their campaign does not entirely explain its growing success.’

    The extraterrestrial element is having a profound influence on the psyche, its the new religion.

  26. egg permalink
    January 2, 2014 12:18 pm

    Glorified Apes

    Australopithecus

  27. egg permalink
    January 2, 2014 12:50 pm

    This new belief system, which surpasses the old religions, is highly suggestive and credible.

    ‘Archaeologists and palaeontologists widely hold that the australopiths played a significant part in human evolution, being the first of the hominins to show presence of a gene that causes increased length and ability of neurons in the brain, the duplicated SRGAP2 gene.

    ‘One of the australopith species eventually evolved into the Homo genus in Africa around 2 million years ago, which contained within it species like Homo habilis, H. ergaster, and eventually the modern human species, H. sapiens sapiens.’

    wiki

  28. Dianne permalink
    January 2, 2014 1:07 pm

    Those Australopiths look a bit like the Beckhams

  29. egg permalink
    January 2, 2014 1:22 pm

    chuckle

  30. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 2, 2014 4:38 pm

    I hadn’t taken much notice of the outrage over publication of the salaries of senior ABC employees, they’re rally only paid as middle level managers rather than celebrities.

    I think it is in the public interest to know this information, they’re cheap compared to what they’d be paid in the commercial media. The executives are earning about 50% of the salaries they would command in actual businesses.

    http://www.news.com.au/finance/money/leaked-document-shows-abc-stars-salaries/story-e6frfmd9-1226764149242

  31. Dianne permalink
    January 2, 2014 4:49 pm

    Funny how we divide up time. We explode lots and lots of crackers and hug and kiss (I do not) to herald in a dozen brand-spanking new months.

    What is New about it? What is Happy about that point in time.

    If you have a toothache you are going to be as miserable at 12.01 am as you were at 11.59 pm, the year before.

    Everything is pretty much the same really.

    Abbott didn’t appear to buy a new tie in Paris. Capitalism has stopped being a kind old uncle who gives out chocolate bars and has become a threat to our very existence in the long term (yes Egg, even you) and a domineering overlord in the immediate future.

    The Chinese don’t seem to be very happy in this New year. Yes, I agree with you TB. Check out remarks made in London by the Chinese ambassador.

    Somehow I do not think 2014 is going to be one of those relaxed and comfortable kinds of years.

  32. TB Queensland permalink
    January 2, 2014 5:27 pm

    Somehow I do not think 2014 is going to be one of those relaxed and comfortable kinds of years.

    Has there ever been one? 😉

    I watched Dynamo while having lunch (the Pommie magician) … I mus5t say he could quite easily be the Second Coming … the Messiah could do stuff like him …

    And … owr Dynamo kums from Bradfud neer ware I were born … just down ‘t road acshuallea …

  33. egg permalink
    January 2, 2014 6:04 pm

    JC was a magician of sorts: turning water into wine and producing a lot of loaves and fishes when needed.

  34. Dianne permalink
    January 2, 2014 6:35 pm

    Tb – are you talking about cricket?

  35. Dianne permalink
    January 2, 2014 6:36 pm

    And yes there have been years of a v fine vintage.

  36. January 2, 2014 7:03 pm

    Happy New 2014 Trashers.
    .
    ”””””””””””””””’buy marihuana ( in Colorado), get high and then toddle off down the road and buy a brand new semi automatic.””””””””
    stoners don`t work`em-selves into agro walrus, roids and ice will be the problem
    .

  37. Walrus permalink
    January 2, 2014 9:52 pm

    “they’re cheap compared to what they’d be paid in the commercial media”

    I don’t they’d get a job

    Do you know any Leftwing TV or Radio owners.

    They’d struggle with a talkback AM demographic and they are too old for FM.

    Do you think Gina, Lachlan or Kerry Stokes might be interested ?

    LOL

  38. Walrus permalink
    January 2, 2014 9:59 pm

    “Credit where credit is due Reb. Between yourself, Michael Taylor ……”

    At first I thought someone was being sarcastic.

    How could you compare Rebs blog to that f@@king moron Miglo.

    His circle jerk blog of fellow head nodders is as pathetic as his promises of devotion to whatever wife number he has now reached

    Miglo and his Band of Noddies

    How pathetic

  39. Walrus permalink
    January 2, 2014 10:04 pm

    “stoners don`t work`em-selves into agro walrus, roids and ice will be the problem”

    Long term users I have known seem to exhibit some very paranoid traits but that might be because it’s been “mixed”

    Plus hydroponic stuff is a different matter

  40. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 2, 2014 10:46 pm

    Walrus January 2, 2014 9:59 pm

    That seems a fair assessment

  41. egg permalink
    January 3, 2014 6:46 am

    ‘Long term users I have known seem to exhibit some very paranoid traits’

    Heavy users over a long time will probably be psychotic and paranoid, understandably, whereas moderate uses over the same length of time appear to be normal.

  42. Walrus permalink
    January 3, 2014 8:48 am

    “………whereas moderate uses over the same length of time appear to be normal.”

    Do you “know” someone like that egg ……………….LOL ?

  43. Walrus permalink
    January 3, 2014 8:59 am

    “That seems a fair assessment”

    Thanks ToM but I think it needed to be said.

    To compare this blog where there is some common ground amongst most of the posters a lot of the time but also a lot of disagreement a lot of the time with the “Blog of Nodding Blockheads” is the greatest load of crap I’ve heard so far this year.

    Disagreement around here does not result in being barred from posting.

    And thank Deity we dont have some clinically stupid old woman posting strings of 30 comments at a time which amount to nothing more than unintelligible ramblings more akin to someone wearing a padded jacket in a 3 square metre room under a drug induced state

  44. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 3, 2014 9:37 am

    Yes, reb has managed to set up a blog where people with representing spectrum of political opinions discuss the issues with intelligence and humour, without resorting to rancour, insults or banning.

    At the other end of the scale is CW.

  45. egg permalink
    January 3, 2014 9:46 am

    ‘Do you “know” someone like that egg ……………….LOL ?’

    Its been on the black market for half a century and i have come into contact with heaps.

  46. Walrus permalink
    January 3, 2014 9:57 am

    “…………and i have come into contact with heaps.”

    Oh I see………………………….so you just dont inhale LOL

  47. January 3, 2014 10:08 pm

    Dumpty lnhales.

  48. Walrus permalink
    January 3, 2014 11:34 pm

    LOL

    “Smoked egg”

    Is there such a thing ?

  49. Walrus permalink
    January 3, 2014 11:49 pm

    “The most complete and utter fuckwit of the year award”

    And I want to know exactly which comment of “Fuckwittery” delegated me to a non placement this year.

  50. January 4, 2014 8:29 am

    Well I did mention that you were a close contender Walrus… 🙂

    Never mind, maybe next year…. 😉

  51. January 4, 2014 9:22 am

    Reb
    I have been off-line for a while due to technical issues with our land-line, so finding that you hold me with such esteem is amusing.
    What I love about your appreciation of my commentary is your own pernicious hypocrisy when faced with my generally polite responses to your uber-leftist and utterly predictable subservience to the tenets of the politically correct songbook.

    Try some singing lessons because you remain off key as usual.

  52. January 4, 2014 9:31 am

    You’re welcome Inane. It’s only reasonable that your unique “contribution” on the blogosphere be recognised for what it is.

  53. January 4, 2014 9:35 am

    The pernicious Hall. You are funny Hall no doubt about that.

    Of course your last post applies to you, at the other end of the spectrum.

  54. egg permalink
    January 4, 2014 9:46 am

    ‘Imagine if you will, the flavor that smoke could add to deviled eggs or an egg salad sandwich. Any recipe that calls for hard boiled eggs might also benefit from a touch of smoke. Learn how to smoke eggs and this flavor can be yours. Why, they’re even tasty right off the grill!’

  55. January 4, 2014 10:03 am

    Phil
    (lynot, why the change of your online identity?)
    I don’t know which post you are talking about my last was praising “Bjørn Lomborg on Europe’s ETS” and the one before that “Meta-data, online privacy and the Global Caliphate” so please explain your comment.

  56. TB Queensland permalink
    January 4, 2014 5:07 pm

    Phil uses phucking poignant phrasing! 😛

  57. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 4, 2014 7:42 pm

    I see there was an attempted rape in Kew yesterday.

    The offender had escaped from a facility across the river in Fairfield. The victim was a jogger along the Yarra trail.

    Following some comments that perhaps offenders locked up in a low security facility should wear a tracking device, the civil rights brigade have come out to talk down the proposal.

    That’s nice, just let’s make sure we continue to put the interests to sex offenders ahead of women that happen to be out jogging in public.

  58. January 4, 2014 8:21 pm

    Good point ToM.

  59. TB Queensland permalink
    January 4, 2014 9:15 pm

    I reckon instead of jail we should use a chemical to colour an offenders skin (completely) … eg red for murder, blue for stealing, yellow for rape etc …

    At least it would give you warning of who you are dealing with and then communities could get on with helping the recividists to actually do something with thier lives!

  60. January 4, 2014 9:24 pm

    TB

    Precisely what would you be saying if I had made such a suggestion such as yours?

    And Reb thinks that I am the red-neck reactionary…. 🙄

  61. January 4, 2014 9:30 pm

    “And Reb thinks that I am the….”

    Actually, no. reb doesn’t think about you at all.

  62. January 4, 2014 9:35 pm

    TB, the `retribution` component (eye-for-eye) is missing from the so-called punishment system. Aust has the same timid approach to criminals as teh-usa has to fire-arms, with thevictims tossed to the wind.

  63. egg permalink
    January 4, 2014 9:43 pm

    Inane, TB has his tongue firmly in his cheek.

  64. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 4, 2014 11:01 pm

    I agree TB, it is in the public interest to be able to identify sexual offenders

    It is bizarre that so many advocates put the interests of rapists ahead of public (or women) safety

  65. January 4, 2014 11:24 pm

    lt is also bizarre seeing somebody `display` concern and/or compassion for women, when they normally have absolutely none for their fellow citizens as workers/consumers or poor.

    l wonder if this attitude would change if `investors` were building `private`prisons at the rate they have in teh-usa, and the prison-supplied slave-labor they provide.

  66. January 5, 2014 6:07 am

    Reb
    If Actually, no. reb doesn’t think about you at all.
    then why claim in your first paragraph:

    Nevertheless, it was the unemployable racist redneck from Queensland (is it the heat?), that takes out this year’s award… Congratulations Inane Hall!

  67. TB Queensland permalink
    January 5, 2014 10:35 am

    What an ungrateful sod you are, Inane, you were/are the most deserving … accept it with some gratitude … I’m sure it was given in all sincerity … the least you could do is to accept with some dignity …

    Why are people so unkind?

  68. January 5, 2014 11:02 am

    Gratitude is not the issue TB
    Did I not express amusement at being given top billing in this post?
    You lot make sanctimonious an inadequate descriptor for your hypocrisy.

  69. TB Queensland permalink
    January 5, 2014 11:48 am

    Guffaw! 😛

  70. TB Queensland permalink
    January 5, 2014 11:52 am

    Inane, TB has his tongue firmly in his cheek.

    Absolutely not … its a plot I’ve been fleshing out (pun intended 🙂 ) for a sci-fi story … another twist is three times and your out … popped – gone forever … did I mention recividists in my previous comment?

    Wonder if you could colour trolls purple … 😉

  71. January 5, 2014 12:02 pm

    Your colour choices show a rather surprising lack of any historical perspective TB

  72. TB Queensland permalink
    January 5, 2014 12:03 pm

    WGAF … its my idea … 😆

  73. egg permalink
    January 5, 2014 12:45 pm

    ‘its a plot I’ve been fleshing out (pun intended ) for a sci-fi story’

    My contemporary version of the Messiah Returns has a 30 something fellow walking by the sea, thinking ludicrous thoughts, when this mangy black dog began to follow at a distance.

    He sees a couple of fishermen and stops to ask if they knew the owner of that bitch, but it seems to have vanished into thin air.

    So the three get into a metaphysical conversation and our hero discovers they are brothers, Simon and Andrew. They are having a bad day so he says put down your nets and rods and come back to my place and I’ll cook up some Balmain bug, saffron & fennel risotto.

    After that, nothing was ever the same.

  74. January 5, 2014 1:07 pm

    TB
    what is the point of putting ideas for some future work of speculative fiction up here if you don’t want constructive criticism?

    while we are talking about the technicalities of your plot just what are you proposing as the nature of the dye?

    The best analogy would have to be the fake tan which only lasts a couple of weeks (tops)before it has substantially faded so how would you make the colouration permanent enough to be effective?

    Its a glaring problem with your scenario. Further at what point would the selected individuals be subject to the colourful public shaming? How would they be able to acquire employment or have any chance of sustaining themselves?

    What about night-time when such colouring would be far less distinctive?

    Finally what would the point of your story be?

  75. January 5, 2014 3:13 pm

    When bolt goes on holidays and closes his shrine for the easily impressed, l guess his worshipers need to go somewhere.

  76. egg permalink
    January 5, 2014 3:14 pm

    So now we are taking blog refugees from the land of Bolter, I don’t think so.

  77. January 5, 2014 3:22 pm

    we already have an anti-science refugee from the junk-science crowd

  78. January 5, 2014 4:23 pm

    day by day the junk-science waste-land becomes barer, as the anti-science cranks flee the waste-land, and successfully gain refugee status elsewhere
    https://theguttertrash.com/co2-and-you-iv/

  79. egg permalink
    January 5, 2014 4:39 pm

    The pro science crowd are ignorant of the science, yet have faith in the high priests. Even as hell freezes over, you will still believe.

  80. January 5, 2014 4:58 pm

    the Monckton high-priest has retained the devout faith of Miranda-Akerboltbrectsen and have dedicated temples to him in the Limited-News waste-land

  81. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 5, 2014 5:21 pm

    Even as hell freezes over, you will still believe.

    Are you in Queensland at the moment?

    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2013/11

  82. egg permalink
    January 5, 2014 5:52 pm

    Are you in North America?

  83. TB Queensland permalink
    January 5, 2014 7:05 pm

    Finally what would the point of your story be?

    Mind yer own fkn business … I do actually have answers to all your questions … but I can sniff attempted plagiarism when I read it …

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Oi! Back to the thread for CC nutters!

  84. January 5, 2014 7:53 pm

    “Mind yer own fkn business”

    😆

  85. January 6, 2014 8:50 am

    TB

    Why on earth would I want to use your rather silly scenario in a piece of fiction?

    Your idea is so full of holes as to be utterly useless.

    Admit it you are no more likely to actually write such a story than I am to win at the tennis. It was just a stupid thought bubble that you now desperately seek to justify with the unbelievable claim that you are going to write a science fiction story based upon it.

    Finally even if I were to use your idea in a piece of fiction (and I can think of no greater wast of my time) it would not be “plagiarism” because that particular literary sin would require that one lifts whole slabs of text written by another and pretends that it is their own work.

  86. January 6, 2014 9:02 am

    “Your idea is so full of holes as to be utterly useless.”

    Well you would be the best judge of that sort of thing.

  87. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 6, 2014 9:11 am

    Oi! Back to the thread for CC nutters!

    here here!

    Er, is that a broad reference? 😉

  88. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 6, 2014 9:14 am

    Well you would be the best judge of that sort of thing.

    There appears to be a fine collection of those specimens here reb. Mind you, All blogs seem to have them. It’s just that some of them here appear to remain more deeply rooted in their ignorance than others

  89. TB Queensland permalink
    January 6, 2014 10:20 am

    And you wonder why we call you, Inane, Inane …

    … you may not realise it but your “academic pidgin” is really quite amusing … coupled with a patronising and arrogant presentation, it tends to provide some light entertainment to many lurkers and commenters here who actually bother to read it …

    What do you do for a living again?

    And FYI, Fuckwits™ and Dickwits© … 😆

  90. TB Queensland permalink
    January 6, 2014 10:29 am

    BTW, Inane, it would not be “plagiarism” because that particular literary sin would require that one lifts whole slabs of text written by another and pretends that it is their own work

    This demonstrates your poor understanding of intellectual property under the Beirne Convention as translated into Federal laws (that we share with all signatories and more particularly with the USA – changed after our Trade Agreement under JWH)

    And while your at it re-read and comprehend:

    Mind yer own fkn business … I do actually have answers to all your questions … but I can sniff attempted plagiarism when I read it …

    Had I fallen for your inquisition and provided answers, then my plot and its support would have been vulnerable to your plaigaristic plans …

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I’m reading The Trial at the moment and I think the style of my comments may reflecting Kafka’s style – sick, hey!? 🙂

  91. TB Queensland permalink
    January 6, 2014 10:30 am

    Apologies ToM …

    And while you’re at it re-read and comprehend:

  92. January 6, 2014 10:38 am

    “academic pidgin”

    ROFLMAO!

    Inane’s mum must’ve given him a Little Golden Book of Big Words when he was widdle..

  93. January 6, 2014 4:30 pm

    TB

    This demonstrates your poor understanding of intellectual property under the Beirne Convention as translated into Federal laws (that we share with all signatories and more particularly with the USA – changed after our Trade Agreement under JWH)

    Nonsense! I understand the notions of “intellectual property” But your thought bubble is nothing special, new or novel, and would not qualify as property that can be appropriated.

    And while your at it re-read and comprehend:

    Mind yer own fkn business … I do actually have answers to all your questions … but I can sniff attempted plagiarism when I read it …

    Had I fallen for your inquisition and provided answers, then my plot and its support would have been vulnerable to your plaigaristic (sic) plans …

    Get real, if I had any interest in your scenario there is nothing that you could do to stop me using it in a work of fiction. But the simple fact of the matter is that I do not write fiction and I think that your scenario is too stupid for words.

  94. January 6, 2014 4:30 pm

    Moderation????
    🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄

  95. paul permalink
    January 6, 2014 4:49 pm

    The Idiot’s guide to blogging, only one site needed.

    https://encyclopediadramatica.es/Iain_Hall

  96. egg permalink
    January 6, 2014 4:55 pm

    ‘It’s just that some of them here appear to remain more deeply rooted in their ignorance than others’

    tru dat

  97. January 6, 2014 5:09 pm

    Paul
    🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄 🙄

  98. January 6, 2014 5:11 pm

    ””’your thought bubble is nothing special, new or novel,””
    it`s a common problem on wordpress 😆

  99. January 6, 2014 5:16 pm

    Cheers Purple Cabbages

    In this day and age Its arguable that there are just no really new ideas in fiction, so rather than being all about the snappy idea good fiction writing comes down to just how well a writer tells the story much more than the basic scenario that is being enunciated. Going on TB’s general ranting I don’t think that he will be winning a Nebula any time soon.

  100. TB Queensland permalink
    January 6, 2014 5:22 pm

    TB’s general ranting

    😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆 😯 😆

  101. TB Queensland permalink
    January 6, 2014 5:26 pm

    Hey, Marg, the rains ‘r ‘ere! 😛

  102. TB Queensland permalink
    January 6, 2014 5:30 pm

    Get real, if I had any interest in your scenario there is nothing that you could do to stop me using it in a work of fiction.

    There certainly is now!

    But the simple fact of the matter is that I do not write fiction and I think that your scenario is too stupid for words.

    1. Yes you do 2. And your opinion is important to who? 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    BTW, do you have a job? Have you ever had a job?

    Anyway, I tire of the chase … 🙄

  103. paul permalink
    January 6, 2014 5:35 pm

    But the simple fact of the matter is that I do not write fiction and I think that your scenario is too stupid for words.

    Now inane does write fiction, inane fiction, just look at his web site, and his web site is too stupid for words.

  104. January 6, 2014 5:41 pm

    ””””Its arguable that there are just no really new ideas in fiction,”””””

    Miranda Akerboltbrechtsen would argue otherwise. 😆

  105. January 6, 2014 5:41 pm

    TB

    There certainly is now!

    Enlighten me as to what precisely you could do to stop anyone using “your” scenario?

    1. Yes you do

    Like what?

    2. And your opinion is important to who(m)?

    Well my opinions do seem to raise your blood pressure somewhat 😉

  106. TB Queensland permalink
    January 6, 2014 5:44 pm

    1. No work something out yourself …

    2. See 1. above

    3. Nah! I take Micardis before I even open TDT – I’ve taken more shit over the last 8 years than you are ever capable of producing … then again.

  107. January 6, 2014 5:47 pm

    “Well my opinions do seem to raise your blood pressure somewhat “

    Only in your own mind… 🙄

  108. January 7, 2014 12:34 am

    “Yes the Land of the Free where you can now buy marihuana ( in Colorado), get high and then toddle off down the road and buy a brand new semi automatic.”

    What crap.

    Hardcore stoners don’t roll up a big fat twirly, or smash down three gravity bongs, and get ‘aggressive’.

    If everyone in Colorado smoked pot there would be measurably less gun crime. Being able to buy a ridiculously overpowered automatic/semiautomatic weapon at the corner store is far more of a threat than people inhaling.

    * I’m not suggesting that everyone in Colorado should, in fact, smoke weed…just that, if you think blazing predetermines stupidity, or is an ‘upper’, you’ve never enjoyed decent choof. I don’t see it as a crime any more than drinking alcohol to excess; which causes far more societal harm, but is veneer approved.
    To be sure, there are certainly individuals who should stay away from any mind enhancing substances; because dealing with the alteration of their headspace is beyond their capability …& they become annoying (not dangerous) in the instance of ganja impingement.

  109. January 7, 2014 12:38 am

    Wow, Inane has been spreading his plague again.

    It’s like I never looked away! 😯

    * I suppose I must have made this bracket… “most regulars pretty much revealing themselves to be on the whole “unhinged” for the better part of the year.”

  110. January 7, 2014 12:49 am

    I haven’t looked recently, but I’m sure the sanitary blogs of the artistformerlyknownasmiglo are still as unidimensional (with the odd token conservative punching bag ‘allowed’ to remain as the target de jour) and uninteresting as ever.
    I know which sites to check out if I want leftwing news without a CWA twist or airs of civility with my lockstepping.

  111. egg permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:32 am

    ‘BIKIES have been warned they will be charged under tough new anti-association laws if they engage in group sex anywhere other than private homes.

    ‘In a sign that police will leave no public place unchecked, The Queensland Government has revealed that some sexual encounters with bikies were not exempt from its tough Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment laws.’

    Daily Terror

  112. egg permalink
    January 7, 2014 7:35 am

    I agree with toilet on choof in moderation and I’m a huge fan of drug law reform.

  113. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 7, 2014 8:53 am

    I don’t see it as a crime any more than drinking alcohol to excess; which causes far more societal harm, but is veneer approved.

    I tend to agree toiletetc, but I am of the opinion that the powers that be allow the alcohol as a kind of release valve on society, but are worried (with imo much validation) that legalizing marijuana is opening the ‘can of worms’ of indiscriminate drug use. There are studies that have shown easier access to marijuana has a direct correlation to a corresponding rise in the use of heavier, far more damaging drugs. I will be watching what happens in America in relation to this to see if this does in fact flow on. I am sure there are studies that show no detrimental effect also. This ruling will be an interesting test bed imo.

    Also, just personally, I think another reason alcohol is allowed over marijuana is that the act drinking itself is a fairly accepted norm, so it doesn’t feel so wrong when doing it, as opposed to inhaling something, which is not such a common human endeavour. But, that’s just me hypothesising.

    But I do agree that marijuana, if used in place of alcohol as the ‘drug of choice’ by the powers that be would probably place less of a social burden as does alcohol. I just cannot see it happening

  114. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 7, 2014 10:01 am

    ”the sanitary blogs of the artistformerlyknownasmiglo are still as unidimensional…”

    But there’s huge diversity! Some comments are lame and humourless, others are dull and inarticulate, many are narrow minded and stupidly partisan. There is so much there to attract mumbling, incoherent types.

  115. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 7, 2014 10:24 am

    artistformerlyknownasmiglo

    ?

    Anyone able to explain for me?

  116. IPA permalink
    January 7, 2014 10:34 am

    Speaking of studies, this one in the latest issue of Applied Economics Letters is interesting:

    “The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).”

  117. January 7, 2014 11:01 am

    Hmmmm…a more reasonable & illustrative comparison would be between here (Australia), where we have sensible gun control, and The United States of Paranoid Firearmament (where the horse has already well & truly bolted & any ‘controls’ put in place are like pissing into the prevailing wind).

    Gun nutjobbery is so quaint. Fuck living in a society like that.

  118. January 7, 2014 11:02 am

    Also, IPA, I doubt that you think people who’ve just had a few cones get in the mood to go buy a gun & kill? (because of the cones)

  119. TB Queensland permalink
    January 8, 2014 8:26 pm

    I love a bit of good justice! 😛

    CHEATERS, let this be a lesson to you all.

    When Luke Thompson’s girlfriend Amijane Thomas went away for the weekend, he sought out a former lover for a night of passion.

    But what he didn’t reckon with was that his lover – Kelsie Davies – would contact Miss Thomas on Facebook to tell her all about their sordid affair, and even describe the pattern of the couple’s bed linen to prove it.

    Mr Thompson, 25, tried to cover up his cheating, telling Miss Thomas that Miss Davies must have broken in to their home to know what it looked like inside, Leicester Crown Court heard.

    Miss Thomas reported the ‘break-in’ to police, and Mr Thompson repeated his claim, leading to Miss Davies spending five hours being questioned, and a month on bail, until officers uncovered Mr Thompson’s deception.

    He has now been jailed for 10 months for perverting the course of justice.

    Oh what a tangled web we weave…

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/relationships/luke-thompson-sent-to-prison-for-lying-about-cheating-affair/story-fnet0gly-1226797462685

  120. IPA permalink
    January 9, 2014 2:53 pm

    ‘One year ago this month, President Obama announced that radical gun control was the top of his agenda for his second term.

    ‘Although he failed to get any of the gun bans or government registrations passed on the federal level, he was successful in one area. His actions convinced millions of Americans to buy more firearms than any time in history.

    ‘The FBI reported that it performed an astounding 21,093,273 background checks for the year ending Dec. 31.’

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/6/gun-sales-2013-break-all-records-due-obamas-gun-co/#ixzz2przyrq8c
    Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

  121. public toilet permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:33 pm

    Obama spooked the pantswetting gun nuts.

    Go figure…

  122. public toilet permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:35 pm

    The gun problem in the US is intractable.

  123. TB Queensland permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:40 pm

    The people problem in the US is intractable.

  124. public toilet permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:43 pm

    Especially the ones toting lethal force.

  125. IPA permalink
    January 9, 2014 3:49 pm

    The smartest president ever achieved the exact opposite of what he set out to do. Go figure.

  126. public toilet permalink
    January 9, 2014 4:07 pm

    Smartest potus ever, according to whom?

  127. public toilet permalink
    January 9, 2014 4:09 pm

    If you think I’m an Obama apologist, you’re barking up the wrong tree.

    In fact, your last comment almost sounded like it came from the Politburo of Teabilly Parody.

  128. IPA permalink
    January 9, 2014 4:28 pm

    According to Michael Beschloss, historian and author of ‘Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989’.

  129. public toilet permalink
    January 9, 2014 4:32 pm

    Good for him.

  130. egg permalink
    January 9, 2014 4:33 pm

    Fairfax is finally coming around to the potential of infrastructure development.

    ‘High-speed railway links for moving people and freight rapidly between the capital cities and transport hubs would offer so many benefits, on so many levels, that it should be getting urgent attention.’

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/airrail-links-not-pie-in-sky-20140106-30de9.html#ixzz2psOgwxVJ

  131. IPA permalink
    January 10, 2014 7:47 am

    You don’t hear much about Peak Oil these days. Hey, wasn’t that Settled Science?

  132. egg permalink
    January 10, 2014 8:20 am

    ‘In a recent note, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA, offered up its prognostications, projecting that U.S. oil production will peak by 2019.

    ‘The agency expects U.S. crude oil output to grow by an annual 800,000 barrels per day through 2016, when it will reach 9.5 million barrels per day. After that, production growth will slow substantially, reaching a peak of 9.61 million barrels per day in 2019 — close to an all-time record high of 9.64 million barrels per day achieved in 1970 — the agency said.

    ‘Meanwhile, growth in domestic crude oil demand is forecast to remain sluggish, allowing the country to meet an increasing share of its needs through domestic production.’

    The Motley Fool

  133. IPA permalink
    January 10, 2014 9:48 am

    Large cracks appearing in another area of “settled science” …

    Sweden Becomes First Western Nation to Reject Low-fat Diet Dogma in Favor of Low-carb High-fat Nutrition: “Butter, olive oil, heavy cream, and bacon are not harmful foods. Quite the opposite. Fat is the best thing for those who want to lose weight. And there are no connections between a high fat intake and cardiovascular disease.”

  134. IPA permalink
    January 10, 2014 10:17 am

    British Medical Journal: ‘Aseem Malhotra, interventional cardiology specialist registrar at Croydon University Hospital in London, says scientific evidence shows that advice to reduce saturated fat intake “has paradoxically increased our cardiovascular risks.”’

  135. Walrus permalink
    January 10, 2014 10:25 am

    “…….advice to reduce saturated fat intake “has paradoxically increased our cardiovascular risks.”’

    Good IPA

    It’s pizza night !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  136. Walrus permalink
    January 10, 2014 10:31 am

    This is completely off topic but has anyone else been to Costco. I checked the joint out a couple of weeks ago (we snuck in as its member entry only but loosely policed) and I could not believe how much cheaper the joint was for a massive range of well known labels.

    If you want to get really really angry at Coles and Woolworths try visiting

    Being a total cheapskate I just joined up online as I’ll be in the SW Sydney area tomorrow.

  137. January 10, 2014 11:10 am

    I’ve been to Costco for a sly visit Walrus…

    I think it’s a good option for large families, but for dinks like me who live in a small apartment it’s not really worth it.

  138. Walrus permalink
    January 10, 2014 11:15 am

    Yeah I suppose its difficult to store in large quantities for you.

    I’ve got the space and when you are talking about things being 2/3rds the price its worth looking at

  139. TB Queensland permalink
    January 10, 2014 11:20 am

    Our local Costco is close to opening here too … my understanding was that you could shop for three months without being a member … what’s membership BTW? it was touted as $60 pa …

  140. TB Queensland permalink
    January 10, 2014 11:21 am

    Duh! Just did a check on the website … thanks for the “clue” Wally –

  141. TB Queensland permalink
    January 10, 2014 11:23 am

    The Minister and I are “bulK buy” advocates … it helps if the rest of the family (three households) live in the same street … should be good!

  142. Jherek Jagged permalink
    January 10, 2014 11:28 am

    TBoswell Queensland?

  143. Walrus permalink
    January 10, 2014 11:31 am

    Yeah $60 p.a., plus they even do cutprice petrol and tyres.

    Lets face it fresh meat (lamb, chicken, beef, pork) is sold at livestock auctions and they have a butcher on the premises but although cheaper its not where the real savings are.

    The real and very substantial savings are in the non refrigerated stuff. i.e. coffee, rice, canned fruit and veg (meaning stuff you might use in pastas or Asian dishes)

    And the range of stuff is much bigger than Aldi who are a bit limited.

  144. January 10, 2014 11:32 am

    Any sort of competitive rival to the duopoly we currently have can only be a good thing; for both consumers and (moreso) suppliers.

  145. Walrus permalink
    January 10, 2014 11:34 am

    “….my understanding was that you could shop for three months without being a member …”

    I think that might just be on opening a new store as we snuck in when a few people were being asked to show their members card (which has a photo btw)

  146. Walrus permalink
    January 10, 2014 11:42 am

    Actually our newbie Phil should join as they do have a baby section with an extensive range of nappies.

  147. January 10, 2014 11:44 am

    We do most of our shopping at Footscray market, also know as “Little Saigon.” I guess it’s a bit like Cabramatta. We buy all our fresh fruit and veg, meat and fish there. It’s heaps cheaper than Coles and Woolies and much fresher too.

  148. January 10, 2014 12:00 pm

    I doubt we’ll be seeing Costco out here in the sticks anytime soon, mores the pity. I did hear talk of ALDI opening in the nearest major population centre though.

  149. Walrus permalink
    January 10, 2014 12:07 pm

    “I did hear talk of ALDI opening in the nearest major population centre though”

    Since you are in SA…………….. I suppose that’s Melbourne ?

  150. Walrus permalink
    January 10, 2014 12:10 pm

    “We buy all our fresh fruit and veg, meat and fish there”

    Yeah………..we only buy meat from butchers and f & v from the local. Not only cheaper but f & v lasts longer.

    And from a butcher you can get the meat customised e.g. I hate the 10m thick steaks you get from Coles or Woolies.

    Throw them on a BBQ and they just dry out further than they had whilst they stored them raw.

  151. Walrus permalink
    January 10, 2014 12:11 pm

    Meaning 10m = 10mm

  152. TB Queensland permalink
    January 10, 2014 1:02 pm

    I did hear talk of ALDI opening in the nearest major population centre though.

    We have three ALDI, Woollies and Coles withing five minutes drive!

    ALDI sell roses at a $1 each (anywhere else they are $5 to $10) so on our 45 anniversay I drove around to four ALDI’s and managed to get 50 yellow roses (The Minister’s favourite) for $50 … much better than $225!

    And much appreciated! 😉

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Wally, we either buy a roast and cut our own (not really difficult) … or get it cut as you do … I like my steaks red in the middle too …

  153. TB Queensland permalink
    January 10, 2014 1:03 pm

    Meaning 10m = 10mm

    FK! I missed that! 😆

  154. January 10, 2014 1:04 pm

    “I like my steaks red in the middle too…”

    Commonly referred to as “medium rare” outside of Queensland…. 🙄

    😉

  155. phil permalink
    January 10, 2014 2:02 pm

    “Actually our newbie Phil should join as they do have a baby section with an extensive range of nappies.’

    I didn’t know you had a baby nappy fetish Walrus, what colours do you like? I like blue myself, I’m thinking you’re into pink right?

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