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Rostrum: An Evening with Malcolm Turnbull!

March 20, 2015

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Fellow patriots I bring good news!  Malcolm “Talcum” Turnbull has kindly agreed to appear “live” on tonight’s edition of Rostrum to answer you, our very valued readers and blogging enthusiast’s, questions.

Yes, you too, can have an audience with Talcum and uncover the secrets to his unbridled success.

As we await his royal highness’ presence, we invite you to submit your questions.

We’ve put together a couple to get the ball rolling…

QUESTIONS FOR TALCUM

1. How do you sleep at night?

2. What inspired you to invent the internet?

3. How is rising the price of a stamp to $1 and slowing mail delivery by 2 days good policy?

4. Would you eat an un-peeled raw onion?  If not, why not?

5. Is a copper network really the future?

6. If metadata isn’t important why do you use an encrypted messaging service?

7. You seem like a decent and intelligent person. How did you end up in the liberal party?

 

Feel free to add your “question for Talcum” to the list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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177 Comments leave one →
  1. March 20, 2015 7:34 pm

    Is Kerry O’Brien on your Christmas card list? What about Godwin Grech?

  2. March 20, 2015 7:43 pm

    Canberra types seem to have a high awareness of Joseph Goebells. Have you read his books?

  3. March 20, 2015 10:57 pm

    How much money did you graft from Worldcom?

  4. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 20, 2015 11:28 pm

    Who was the brains behind “Wran, Whitlam & Turnbull” (merchant bank)?

  5. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 20, 2015 11:41 pm

    You’ve got more money than you know what to do with, why sit around with the aussie teabag party, getting knifed in the back by haters and tolerating the antics of stupid fools? That can’t be healthy, why?

  6. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 8:13 am

    Do you think that describing somebodies campaign as resembling another campaign equates to someone being called that other person?

    blots lost the plot tosy

  7. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 8:18 am

    Did a free GOT subscription come with your selling out of Australia’s telecommunications network to murdoch, or were you happy with your 40 pieces of copper?

    Union representatives point to worsening outage rates as proof positive of the dilapidated and obsolete state of Telstra’s copper network, and the urgent need for a better NBN plan.

    ..

    The union advocates abandoning the multi-technology-mix solution for the NBN, which relies so heavily on the maligned copper network, with Murphy saying a fibre network would put Australia’s internet connectivity on par with the rest of the world.

    Even if Telstra’s copper network proved to be up to scratch, under the Coalition’s current plans the NBN may still fail to cater to Australia’s future broadband needs.

    https://sourceable.net/ageing-copper-imperil-multi-technology-nbn/#

  8. March 21, 2015 11:01 am

    I was out shopping for a pair of shoes yesterday, and I happened to stumble upon a pair that would suit TB..

  9. March 21, 2015 11:23 am

    Does your Ego have its own lift to a heliport?

    If money can actually buy you happiness, why do you choose to spent your days in the misery of the fiberal party in the shadow of a complete moron?

  10. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2015 4:43 pm

    WoW, sreb! They look like the one’s my old man gave away in 1967!

    I see you still check out the sale tables … quite a few in Mexico I’m told …

  11. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2015 5:11 pm

    Mr Turnbull could you explain what happens to internet speed when you connect optic fibre to a copper communication cable?

    And what is the lifespan of optic fibre?

    And the lifespan of copper cable?

    How long does it take to lay copper cable?

    How long does it take to lay optic fibre cable?

    What are the estimated maintenance costs for copper cable over fifty years?

    What are the estimated maintenance costs for optic fibre over fifty years?

    Do you have optic fibre NBN connection all the way to your home?

  12. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2015 5:15 pm

    I bet, sreb, has a pair of these tucked under his bed..

  13. March 21, 2015 6:15 pm

    Was selling your arse and credibility for mr-rabbits copper-class network worth it.?

  14. March 21, 2015 6:18 pm

    Malcolm can you fins a working O pair in Bondi?.. its in your electorate

  15. March 21, 2015 6:28 pm

    Has rupert murdoch approved of a `Talkbull-Prime-Minishership` yet.?

  16. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2015 6:32 pm

    Do you have optic fibre NBN connection all the way to your home?

    Doesn’t he own the internet box?


  17. March 21, 2015 7:57 pm

    I love that show TomR you seen
    Silicon Valley?

    Halt and Catch Fire?

  18. March 21, 2015 9:00 pm

  19. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2015 10:36 am

    On Insiders this morning niki savva says if mike baird loses in nsw there will be a WWIII in the liberal party!

  20. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2015 10:50 am

    …After reading Marr’s report in the Quarterly Essay, I asked my husband to stand in front of me and punch the wall, because I wanted to know what if felt like. I am much taller and stronger than Ramjan, who is extremely petite, and I found it a terrifying experience, even though I knew my husband wasn’t actually going to hit me.

    The case, of course, does not involve deciding whether or not the alleged incident took place, but whether Kroger has defamed Ramjan by describing her as a serial liar. The case could run into next year, prompting another round of headlines in an election year about what Abbott did or didn’t do to a woman in 1977.

    The political and legal implications of this matter are being felt far beyond the walls of the NSW Supreme Court…

  21. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2015 10:56 am

    …It was Wednesday, March 11, when Malcolm Turnbull sent a message that virtually everyone in the country shrugged off but left one man on the other side of the world enraged…

  22. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2015 11:11 am

    I loved seeing alan ramsey back in print for malcolm fraser.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/malcolm-fraser-dead-the-liberal-party-turned-its-back-on-former-prime-minister-20150320-1m45wq.html

    …Whatever you thought of his politics and his seminal role in the vice regal dismissal of the Whitlam Labor government almost 40 years ago, John Malcolm Fraser was, above all else, a genuine liberal in the best sense of the word. Thus he goes to his grave appalled, surely, by the oafs, boofheads and lesser ninnies that not only control the Liberal Party and conservative politics in this country these days, but take their disgrace to the summit of running Australia too…

  23. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2015 11:31 am

  24. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2015 11:47 am

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/19/1371921/-President-Obama-forces-Republican-politicians-to-eat-their-own-words#

  25. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 22, 2015 12:02 pm

    People might remember that I’ve written to politicians regularly, promoting the use of tracking devices to monitor the movement of men who have a history of violence against women.

    There is no interest in the issue, despite the murder of young women by men who have a history of violent crime/rape.

    With technology so readily available, it just doesn’t make sense to use a bail or parole system that has been out of date for 50 years.

    As a matter of interest, I have again written to politicians promoting this, and despite the tragic murder of another young woman (apparently) by a convicted rapist, I’m not expecting anything other than lip service.

  26. March 22, 2015 1:11 pm

    yomm”””””I`ve written to politicians regularly, promoting the use of tracking devices”””””””

    #good for you yomm, but why the `tracking-device` aspect, why not push for `life-means-life`(not-life=X-years) sentences and keep the cnuts under lock`n`key for good.

  27. March 22, 2015 1:33 pm

    #describing teabag theory,

    dailykos””””””’Because their theory does not change. It really doesn`t. It`s a theory that says, if we do little more than just cut taxes for those at the very top, if we strip out regulations and let special interests write their own rules, prosperity trickles down to the rest of us. And I take the opposite view. And I take it not for ideological reasons, but for historic reasons, because of the evidence.””””””””””””””

    #ha-ha, dailykos has given a good description of teabag-theory armchair, but failed to point-out the greedy teabags do a great job gathering not-so-bright rabble and always have the nads to flex `muscle` to do impoverished things/ideas (ie.vietnam-misadventure-reruns) rapidly, while usually the `other` team continually shoots itself in foot with the `consensus`-myth and refusing to use `muscle`(here-and-teh-usa)

  28. March 22, 2015 2:05 pm

    New Oreans”””””””””””””Richard White, 63, was carrying a bag with six gasoline-filled molotov cocktails, a barbecue lighter and smoke bombs when he was shot three times by Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Heather Slyve as he chased a female Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent with a machete at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.”””””””””’

    +

    ””””””White is described by law enforcement as a member of the Christian-based Jehovah’s Witnesses religious movement.””””””””’

    +

    #l always enjoy dog-clubs displaying their `sanity`

  29. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2015 2:26 pm

    Because ‘lip service’ is all it is tomM, males are over represented in our politics, in our police in our organised religion.

    Have you not noticed that every time there is an issue in the papers [and blogs] about male violence and behaviour there is an immediate ‘what about the menz and what about the female abusers’ response. Certain men think they are under siege these days, apparently angry males are the new victims, as ridiculous as that sounds.

    I’m pleased to see the issue getting national prominence and I think that will force the politicians to move, but they and the police never really had their hearts in addressing DV, call it a historic sexism in our national culture and institutions. Have you not noticed the way that male violence is reported in the media, where the focus is on the women?

    http://newswithnipples.com/2014/12/12/this-is-not-how-male-violence-against-women-should-be-reported/

    …But there’s also the sub editor at smh.com.au and the homepage editor who didn’t see a problem with the way this story was reported. They either didn’t notice, or didn’t care, that the story about a man’s crime barely mentions him at all…

    …But that’s not the worst bit. I am absolutely gobsmacked by this comment from the cop in charge of the investigation:
    Homicide Detective Sergeant Paul Tremain said police were aware of a history of domestic violence going back to at least 2012.
    “There was an intervention order taken out in 2012 which expired four days ago,” Detective Sergeant Tremain said.
    “These are just shocking circumstances of two people who couldn’t work out their differences and it’s ended in a tragedy like this,” he said.

    COULDN’T WORK OUT THEIR DIFFERENCES? WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK? They “couldn’t work out their differences” is what you say when a relationship ends. It most definitely is NOT what you say when a man with a history of being violent, threatening or abusive towards a woman decides to murder her. Tremain’s attitude is appalling. Australia has a huge problem with male violence against women, and many people have attitudes that excuse that violence…”

    http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-culture/no-women-arent-as-likely-to-commit-violence-as-men-20141118-3km9x.html

    “…Well, this is where it gets interesting. It’s actually quite difficult to get data about the offenders. Publicly released crime stats will tell you a lot about the victims – how old they are, where they were when they were attacked, their relationship to the offender, their age and their gender. The same information is available for offenders, but it’s not part of the public release. I had to contact Victoria Police, wait nine weeks, and pay $700 to obtain stats on perpetrators of violence. Even then, they were incomplete…

    …Violence is the subject, women are the object, and the perpetrators of the violence aren’t part of the discussion…”

    Sexism and bullying has been the national sport of australia, look at our PM!

    Good on you for all your efforts, please keep it up.

    Late to the party are the pollies, mike baird is just now promising a minister for DV and sexual assault and the victorian RC into DV.
    It’s being forced upon them, even if it’s just naked female vote grabbing/bribing by baird!

  30. March 22, 2015 2:27 pm

    chenoweth””””””””’Turnbull’s recommendations were to abolish the “two out of three” rule thereby allowing one media group to own a radio, newspaper and television operation in the same area. He also suggested dropping the 75 per cent “reach” rule that has stopped metropolitan TV networks owning their regional cousins.””””””’

    #none of this will be good for the viewer/voter, more `consolidation` equals more junk-news/junk-content

    #mr-talkbull is no different to the rest of mr-rabbits zombies, don`t fooled `leftys`, you will only make useful-idiots out of ya`selves believing mr-talkbull is somehow `different` to the zombies

  31. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2015 2:29 pm

  32. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 22, 2015 2:33 pm

    I loved seeing alan ramsey back in print for malcolm fraser.

    I don’t.

    How come every journalist you like, i detest?

  33. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 22, 2015 2:43 pm

    Did you notice how abott, the minister for women, defunded women’s groups and women’s shelters [who assist DV victims] upon coming to office?

  34. March 22, 2015 2:59 pm

    While l agree with newswithnipples on the reporting language aspect, when it comes to,

    ””””men think they are under siege these days””””

    there is an aspect of truth in that too, thanks to the feminista, which have narrowed the discussion from `violence` and `system-failing-victims-of-crime` to DV and DV-victims. The system is failing `all` crime-victims at all levels.

  35. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 22, 2015 3:39 pm

    The main victims of rape and violent crime are women.

    The main beneficiaries of dumb/lenient bail and parole conditions are men.

  36. March 22, 2015 3:54 pm

    ”””’The main victims of rape and violent crime are women.”””’#provided we don`t look at dog-clubs too hard and we forget about historical `p0ofter-bashing`

    ”””The main beneficiaries of dumb/lenient bail and parole conditions are men.”””’#because more of the `crime-generally` is committed by men, including `white-collar`, the system (at-any-level) favors the criminal, not the victim where the `punishment` is concerned.

  37. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 22, 2015 4:33 pm

    Excuses such as – “thanks to the feminista” are either dumb or a slur.

  38. March 22, 2015 4:51 pm

    And this is a big part of what l`m referring to,

    dailylife””””””””Publicly released crime stats will tell you a lot about the victims – how old they are, where they were when they were attacked, their relationship to the offender, their age and their gender. The same information is available for offenders, but it`s not part of the public release. I had to contact Victoria Police, wait nine weeks, and pay $700 to obtain stats on perpetrators of violence. Even then, they were incomplete”””””””’

    #this is part if `system-failure` as l see it. Tax-payers have PAID to acquire this information already, which is then `hoarded` away from most of us by `paywalls` and other means. The whole `dynamics` of crime would change FROM public sitting like sheep, waiting unwittingly to be predated upon, TO actively knowing who they need to be wary of.

    #This dynamic would be simply reversed if, the vast bulk of police databases and court transcripts were posted freely available online. Dated mugshots, convictions, court-transcripts, unsolved-crimes, would all assist the public to assist law-enforcement in both solving and preventing `all` crime.

  39. March 22, 2015 5:04 pm

    yomm`Excuses such as – “thanks to the feminista” are either dumb or a slur.”””

    #the feminista often inadvertently end-up working `against` the majority of women, take a look at jane-curo`s reply to eva-cox in a `big-ideas` debate recently aired (try-iview) and you will see what l mean. She is very funny, but really not a `betterment` for women. (yeah, l watch feminista docos too)

  40. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2015 6:19 pm

    … but they and the police never really had their hearts in addressing DV …

    Don’t forget to include the judiciary, KL!

  41. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2015 6:24 pm

    Excuses such as – “thanks to the feminista” are either dumb or a slur.

    I wholeheartedly agree, ToM!

    Kudos for your “campaign” too …

    The whole `dynamics` of crime would change FROM public sitting like sheep, waiting unwittingly to be predated upon, TO actively knowing who they need to be wary of.

    I think the female wives and partners (who we are talking about) know who the perpetrators are … the battered wives syndrome exists, believe me!

  42. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 22, 2015 7:11 pm

    Malcolm

    Why didn’t you trash the NBN when you has the power??

    Since it was a leftie idea you just know it will be a total waste of time.

  43. March 22, 2015 7:17 pm

    correction””The whole `dynamics` of ##ALL## crime would change FROM public sitting like sheep, waiting unwittingly to be predated upon, TO actively knowing who they need to be wary of.

    tb”””””’I think the female wives and partners (who we are talking about) know who the perpetrators are … the battered wives syndrome exists, believe me!””””””””’

    #not arguing the `baterred-wives`, but scoping further, adrian-bayley, steven-hunter, and this sean-price, the latest, all had lots of `form` and conviction/s, but the public/women remained as sheep, thanks to the system.

  44. March 22, 2015 7:20 pm

    you might also like to know, who your local `burglars` and surfboard-thieves are.

  45. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2015 8:53 pm

    “but scoping further” DON’T!

    you might also like to know, who your local `burglars` and surfboard-thieves are.</I?

    LIKE YEAH? As if the rozzers do …

    Where do you fkn live a fkn village with a population of 100?

  46. March 22, 2015 9:43 pm

    tb””’but scoping further` DON`T!””’

    #don`t go getting tetchy tb, but you have honed-in mid-discussion on DV, the topic starts @March 22, 2015 12:02 pm with,

    +++++

    As a matter of interest, I have again written to politicians promoting this, and despite the tragic murder of another young woman (apparently) by a convicted rapist, I’m not expecting anything other than lip service.

    +++++

    #read carefully between the crosses tb, not DV, but IS `price` with about a dozen victims in his wake, and `bayley` with nearly 2-dozen #do.keep.up.TB

  47. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2015 9:46 am

    There is no campaign in Victoria to buy back the power generation and distribution network. That’s because experience has shown that off loading the infrastructure has worked, the scare campaign was only that – a scare.

    The mistake NSW made was allowing union hacks to run the policy framework of the government. When sale of the network was first proposed by an ALP government over 15 years ago, it was worth a whole lot more than it is now. The people of NSW have lost $$$BILLIONS because a few self-interested union hacks knifed an ALP premier or 2 over the issue.

    If ever there was an outrageous conflict of interest it is the one that involved the former Electrical Trade Union state secretary who was also ALP state president at the time of the debate. He used his muscle in both roles to prevent orderly debate of the issue in the ALP.

    Fortunately (for him and the ALP) he was given a well-paid sinecure with Fair Work Australia, by the Gillard government.

    It makes sense to off load old assets (regulate them if necessary) and use the cash to up grade infrastructure (or retire debt).

  48. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2015 9:48 am

    “Where do you fkn live a fkn village with a population of 100?”

    TB, no self respecting village would have him as their idiot.

  49. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2015 10:04 am

    This article is a very good and informative read …

    Ali argues for five amendments to the faith. “Only when these five things are recognised as inherently harmful and when they are repudiated and nullified,” she writes, “will a true Muslim reformation have been achieved.”

    Those five notions are:

    • The infallibility of the Prophet Mohammed and the literal interpretation of the Koran

    • The idea that life after death is more important than life on earth

    • Sharia law

    • Allowing any Muslim to enforce ideas of right and wrong on another

    • Jihad, or holy war

    Rejecting these ideas, some of which date to the seventh century, is a shocking proposition to the faithful.

    “The biggest obstacle to change within the Muslim world,” Ali writes, “is precisely its suppression of the sort of critical thinking I am attempting here.”

    http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/ex-muslim-author-and-activist-ayaan-hirsi-ali-calls-for-reform-of-islam/story-fnh81jut-1227273860667

    I think the comparison to the Cold War has some merit (ie ideology v ideology) …

  50. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2015 10:04 am

    curious

  51. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 10:26 am

    MEDIA RELEASE: Flat Earth Institute endorse Senator Madigan’s wind energy witch hunt

    …The inquisition, chaired by long-standing critic of wind energy Senator John Madigan (DLP), is the second senate inquiry into the technology since 2011 and the fourteenth review conducted by an Australian government or agency in six years.

    Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Wind Turbines, Senator John Madigan (DLP)
    “We proudly endorseth Senator John Madigan’s inquisition into wind energy. It buildeth on our legacy of denying enlightenment and excelling at witch-hunts,” said Professor Greenhausen of the Flat Earth Institute.

    “As Senator Madigan hath stated ‘Submarines are the spaceships of the oceans’. Ye satanic windmills are verily heathen science bequeathed by snollygosters that fail to honour the old ways and displeaseth the coal gods.”

  52. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 10:39 am

    Security flaw in New South Wales puts thousands of online votes at risk:
    https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/teaguehalderman/ivote-vulnerability/

    …Since we’ve both done extensive research on the design and analysis of Internet voting systems, we decided to perform an independent security review of iVote. We’ll prepare a more extensive technical report after the election, but we’re writing today to share news about critical vulnerabilities we found that have put tens of thousands of votes at risk. We discovered a major security hole allowing a man-in-the middle attacker to read and manipulate votes. We also believe there are ways to circumvent the verification mechanism…

    …NSW should cut its losses and back away from voting online at least until there are fundamental advances in computer security. In the meantime, there’s another week of voting left–who knows what else could go wrong?…

  53. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 10:47 am

    Liberal chief Michael Kroger warns party must change or face electoral death:
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/liberal-chief-michael-kroger-warns-party-must-change-or-face-electoral-death-20150322-1m4v9d.html

    …The Liberal Party is a party of old people and careerist MPs set to be electorally “killed” by Labor if it does not toughen up and learn from the recruitment tactics of the Greens, says Victorian Liberal head Michael Kroger…

    …Mr Kroger is standing unopposed for his second stint as state party president.

    Liberal sources from across the factions agree their resurrected chief is paving the way for internal reform and, possibly, a potentially divisive shift of power from rank and file members to a pared back central executive…

    …Mr Kroger says “cultural change” is necessary but concedes such change will have to be gradual because the Liberals are a “party of old people”…

  54. March 23, 2015 11:09 am

    ao”””””Because `lip service` is all it is tomM, males are over represented in our politics, in our police in our organised religion.”””””””’

    #yep there is definitely that aspect armchair, there is also the reason, like gm-corn, `ankle-trackers` are now a defunct technology.

  55. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2015 11:12 am

    …NSW should cut its losses and back away from voting online at least until there are fundamental advances in computer security.

    Thank goodness all that metadata will be safe and secure and kept diligently out of the hands of “man – in – the – middle” attackers or even a “woman – in – the – middle” …

    Government incompetence and stupidity strikes again … and again … and again … and again … and again … and again … and again … and again … ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ad infinitum …

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

    Re Kroger … that dumb dick is 57 … still in the Liberal Party that’s equivalent to a six year old if he’s going to live to be 155 … explains some of his childish statements!

  56. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 11:16 am

    Where are the missing employees the Pharmacy Guild should have employed with $30 million of taxpayers money?:
    http://www.news.com.au/national/where-are-the-missing-employees-the-pharmacy-guild-should-have-employed-with-30-million-of-taxpayers-money/story-fncynjr2-1227272473990

    …The staggering administrative costs mean taxpayers paid 43 cents for the Pharmacy Guild to administer every dollar spent…

    …News Corp Australia revealed last week the current pharmacy agreement has turned chemists into millionaire businesses because it protects them from competition with supermarkets and even prevents new chemists opening within 1.5 kilometres of an existing chemist.
    The shocking new administrative costs are revealed in an Australian National Audit Office report into a five year $15.4 billion government pharmacy agreement and come as the government is negotiating a new pharmacy agreement…

  57. March 23, 2015 11:26 am

    comrade badham is quite funny with the flat-earth institute

  58. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 11:42 am

    …Those five notions are:
    • The infallibility of the Prophet Mohammed and the literal interpretation of the Koran
    • The idea that life after death is more important than life on earth
    • Sharia law
    • Allowing any Muslim to enforce ideas of right and wrong on another
    • Jihad, or holy war…

    Sounds very sensible TB.

    On my first look, the only difference to christianity is the last, the jihad, and I’m not even sure that the christian warriors don’t believe in a holy war [iraq war].
    All the others are common to the devout christian’s belief and their proselytising and preachings of their one true dog aren’t they?

  59. March 23, 2015 11:43 am

    royce”””””””The Liberal Party is a party of old people and careerist MPs set to be electorally “killed” by Labor if it does not toughen up and learn from the recruitment tactics of the Greens, says Victorian Liberal head Michael Kroger.”””””’#suck.it.up.kneel

    +

    ”””””’at the November state poll at which the one-time dominant conservatives were defeated after just one term in government. `Labor out-campaigned us so badly it was embarrassing. We dropped the ball.”””””””#get.fcuked.kneel

    +

    ”””””””””Mr Kroger says `cultural change` is necessary but concedes such change will have to be gradual because the Liberals are a `party of old people`.”””””””#ha.ha.ha.kneel

    +

    #oh isn`t it so delightful to see just how `deep` the teabag-panic has set in

  60. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 23, 2015 11:56 am

    Lee Kuan Yew lead his country from poverty to peace and prosperity, something no leftist ever has. For that he will not be forgiven. So expect more sneering from the progressives.

  61. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 12:02 pm

    As Europe adopts Australia’s plain packaging reforms, big tobacco fights back:
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/as-europe-adopts-australias-plain-packaging-reforms-big-tobacco-fights-back-20150321-1m3bwk.html

    …”It’s a bit stunning … dominos falling everywhere.”

    Mike Daube, mild-mannered health policy professor from Western Australia, is surveying the virtual battlefield in the war against big tobacco. And he likes what he sees.

    “It really is the most dramatic global development in tobacco control that I can remember in more than 40 years.”…

    …”I haven’t seen the industry as ferocious about anything in more than 40 years,” says Prof Daube. “They clearly do see it as a massive threat, especially now that so many dominos are falling.”

  62. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 12:03 pm

  63. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 12:07 pm

  64. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2015 12:07 pm

    http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/to-recline-or-not-to-recline-the-war-over-airline-seats/story-fn6yjmoc-1227274199991?pg=2#comments

    This is one of my pet travel hates* – if people can’t go a few hours without reclining their seats, there is something wrong with them (I think).
    Basic rules for reclining –
    • Not during daylight
    • Not if the flight is less than 3 hours

    (*other pet hates include – people that mindlessly
    • Criticise Alan Joyce over his efforts to save Qantas and people
    • Barrack for a couple of unions in Qantas without actually understanding that the other dozen unions are supportive of reform)

  65. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 12:08 pm

  66. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 23, 2015 12:16 pm

    And the hayterz come out. The same people who didn’t want to hear a word against Thomson until he was convicted now apply a different test to Jackson. Funny that – well not really funny, just the stinking hypocrisy that permeates the Unionland sewer.

    I’m sure her critics would be the first to admit that, whatever her sins, Jackson did the country a favour by outing Thomson and ALP President Williamson.

  67. March 23, 2015 12:21 pm

    #ivote .. one thing that ivote post didn`t mention is if electronic voting is used, how do they ensure the govts/teams `don`t-know` who we voted for, it can`t seem to ensure our `vote-privacy` .. l don`t want records kept showing l voted for X or Y, or `donkeyed` on any specific election.

  68. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2015 12:24 pm

    Here are a few important differences between Jackson and Thompson-
    • Jackson wasn’t in parliament
    • Gillard never expressed her complete confidence in Jackson
    • Jackson never called a humiliating back down over litigation with Fairfax a confidential settlement
    • Jackson hasn’t been convicted of a criminal offence
    • Jackson didn’t make a tearful “complete explanation” in parliament, then completely change it when charged by police
    • Thompson is a convicted criminal, he lied in parliament and throughout public scrutiny, he used union money on prostitutes
    But still, we get plenty of – “look over there at Kathy Jackson”

  69. March 23, 2015 12:26 pm

    ao””””””’On my first look, the only difference to christianity is the last, the jihad”””””

    #while the dog-clubs will probably claim `difference` armchair, `jihad` and `crusade` seem about the same to me

  70. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 23, 2015 12:30 pm

    Seems like everybody in the HSU is suspect.

  71. March 23, 2015 12:47 pm

    so norway is going for military-grade packaging too, that`s good, tho yet again, like irish reports, they are NOT telling us the `tax-aspect` norway (or-irish) have in place, half-story.? l also wonder when they will apply military-grade packaging to 1.booze and 2.junk/fast-food, which are two other major health problem areas

  72. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 12:51 pm

    …The same people who didn’t want to hear a word against Thomson until he was convicted now apply a different test to Jackson. Funny that – well not really funny, just the stinking hypocrisy that permeates the Unionland sewer…

    I think you’ll find that I have always said that jackson is not who she says she is. I have no different test to apply, I just want the same test aplied to thomson to be applied to her without her being protected by other powerful institutions [the RC itself]. She has been using every trick in her substantial book to avoid scrutiny, including the godwin grech mental breakdown trick. I want the same tests applied by the court and the police/dpp who went after thomson with zeal but seem reluctant to look at jackson.

    Strange how right now all these metadata laws are being enacted to expose and prosecute any genuine whistleblowers, yet this supposed ‘whistleblower’ has been given a virtual get out of jail free card. The card given to her by those who sought to ‘get’ thomson for political purposes. lawler was always in on it up to his neck and he hides behind the protection of his office, while trashing it’s reputation and integrity.

    I have always thought that she has been absolutely used by the libs to ‘get’ thomson in order to bring down the gillard govt. They targeted thomsen right from day one of govt and thought that was their way into govt. I think jackson had been guaranteed political protection by the libs which shows in the way their RC prosecutor has done everything he could to not look in her direction or cal her to account at the RC.

    This is another tale of abuse of the legal system for political purposes which is the libs MO, their trade mark politics.
    The only way that she could ever have thought she would not be subjected to scrutiny was through collusion and corruption between the quasi judicial office of the deputy commissioner of FWA, michael lawler and the liberal party itself.
    Of course abbott’s fingerprints are all over it but he makes sure that nothing can ever blowback on him [the MO of his political life].

  73. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2015 12:56 pm

    I just want the same test aplied to thomson to be applied to her

    Thompson was under scrutiny because he was an MP. Even I don’t require the character tests that apply to MPs also be applied to union hacks.

  74. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 1:22 pm

    Prostitutes! OMG shock horror, how immoral!

    And what do you think about jackson making herself indispensable to a dementia addled old man who is clearly not in his right mind, to gain access to the millions in his will? What about michael lawler making million dollar purchases with the old man’s money and sharking him for more?

    The old lawyer who gives jackson a million odd in his will, michel smith who wants a menage a trois and made it his life mission to defend her honour and reputation.

    What a femme fatale this woman is, can any man be safe from her devastating feminine wiles? The libs certainly knew who they were sending in for their political assassination, the agent provocateur indeed!

  75. March 23, 2015 1:29 pm

    ao””””””Strange how right now all these metadata laws are being enacted to expose and prosecute any genuine whistleblowers”””’#exactly #ivote

  76. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 1:30 pm

    …Thompson was under scrutiny because he was an MP. Even I don’t require the character tests that apply to MPs also be applied to union hacks…

    I do and I think that you should too when it comes to union hacks who turn traitor to their organisation. You have to ask why and what their motives are. Of course they must have the same character test applied as she is seeking to have a sitting government overthrown.
    Very high stakes involved.

  77. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 23, 2015 1:35 pm

    “This is another tale of abuse of the legal system for political purposes which is the libs MO, their trade mark politics.”

    So far the system has worked as it should – Unionland scum are in jail including a former ALP President (corruption goes right to the top in Unionland).

    Now we will see, as the process plays out, how much of the fevered ALP payback of Jackson is actually true.

    Or for those of a less temperate mindset it is all stompy-stompy shrieky-shrieky ‘burn the witch now’. Burn her! Kill her! She has no right to due process – she exposed Unionland corruption, the worst crime of all.

  78. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2015 1:36 pm

    MPs are entirely answerable to the electorate. They present themselves as community leaders and stand on their record and ethics.

    Union officials don’t. Nor do company directors.

    Union officials should be held to the same standards as company directors

    Politicians should be held to a higher standard.

  79. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 1:50 pm

    Politicians should be held to a higher standard.

    Well, I hold them all to a high standard. I don’t see different classes or levels of standards.

    Union officials don’t. Nor do company directors.

    Actually company directors are shown throughout the media and courted by the politicians as community leaders. They write the fkn government policy! They have always been seen as community leaders and they love being on community boards of governance and committees as leaders or ‘pillars’ of the community [hypocritical as that is].

    Union officials are generally portrayed as ‘baddies’ and they do a lot of good work right in the heart of the community, at ground level, which is usually unsung by media, politicians and company directors.

  80. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 3:25 pm

    just read mike baird’s story from david marr

    Another devout godbotherer who almost became a religious minister.

    It seems that god’s work on the ground no longer inspires, politics offers so much more, they can influence the entire nation to live according to their conservative, personal religious views.

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/23/mike-baird-how-a-liberal-party-princeling-rose-to-power-with-his-election-winning-smile?CMP=share_btn_tw

    …Baird’s single-minded commitment to banking lasted about five years. In his mid-20s, already married, he flew to Canada in 1995 to study theology at Regent College in British Columbia. He left home, intent on becoming a minister. He returned after a year, with a fresh ambition: to enter politics…

    …He doesn’t do anger. There is no hint of temper. His politics are moderate, certainly more moderate than his faith. As a Christian, Baird has moved little since his schooldays where he absorbed the low church, conservative values of his family and his north shore parish.

    The Bairds, father and son, bring to their faith a compassion that’s foreign to many Sydney Anglicans. Bruce Baird’s sympathy for refugees saw his political career hit a brick wall under John Howard. Mike Baird shares that sympathy. But at the same time Baird Jr is opposed to abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, marriage equality and allowing homosexual couples to adopt.

    He may be a nice guy – but a nice guy with hardline views? “I think that’s fair.”…

  81. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2015 3:31 pm

    “Union officials are generally portrayed as ‘baddies’ and they do a lot of good work right in the heart of the community, at ground level, which is usually unsung by media, politicians and company directors.”

    i’m kind of aware of the type of work required, as I’ve mentioned, I was a union official many years ago. I even got my photo in the paper once or twice. I recall one where I must have been just licking my lips, but when published it made me look like I was poking my tongue out.

    Charming.

  82. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 23, 2015 4:22 pm

    I can never work lefties out.

    Why this great hatred towards Jackson but strong support for Thomson?

  83. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 4:31 pm

    …I even got my photo in the paper once or twice.I recall one where I must have been just licking my lips, but when published it made me look like I was poking my tongue out.
    Charming…

    🙂

    Have you ever have any political ambitions yourself tomM?

    [no paywall] How the police and media falsely frame victimhood:
    http://www.crikey.com.au/2015/03/23/how-the-police-and-media-falsely-frame-victimhood/

    …After the murder of Melbourne schoolgirl Masa Vukotic, women were urged to not walk alone in public places. But after the murder of Morgan Huxley, men did not receive the same warning.

    …According to figures from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC), men experience “a higher rate of assault victimisation compared with females”. Males were victimised at a rate of 837 per 100,000 compared with 675 per 100,000 for females, in figures compiled for a report published by the AIC in August 2012. The report also clearly showed that males are more likely to be assaulted by a peer or a stranger, while women are more likely to be victimised by a family member in a domestic violence situation.

    From the statistics, the best advice that police, the media and others could be giving to the community would be for women to get away from the home and go to bars and parks as much as possible; while men should stay away from the streets, stop drinking alcohol, and return home from nightclubs while the night is still early.

    If you don’t agree, the question needs to be asked: why do our institutions charged with the responsibility to protect and inform us think it is sensible that we tell women the same rubbish?…

  84. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2015 5:04 pm

    Yes AO, there was a period when I was insane, but fortunately I’m over that.

    A friend was once approached to stand for parliament, the reaction of his wife to the news- “I don’t think I could bear the humiliation”

  85. March 23, 2015 6:09 pm

    “”there was a period when I was insane, but fortunately I’m over that.””

    That’s debatable.

  86. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2015 6:22 pm

    That’s debatable.

    Chuckle … can’t believe he said that … he must have known he was playing straight man … with so many commies comedians here … 🙂

  87. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2015 7:14 pm

    “there was a period when I was even further away from sanity”

  88. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2015 7:15 pm

    ToM … never milk a joke … 😦

  89. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 8:02 pm

  90. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2015 9:03 pm

    So what does this twit say on national TV …

    Its time you woke up that the Baby Boomers are robbing you … FMD!

    http://www2.deloitte.com/au/en/profiles/chris-richardson.html

    Richardson needs to do a bit more research or get a new job …

    Its not a generation that’s robbing us … its the Robber Barons like Deloitte!

  91. March 23, 2015 9:18 pm

    `Mike Baird shares that sympathy. But at the same time Baird Jr is opposed to abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, marriage equality and allowing homosexual couples to adopt.`

    #so, the north-shore garden-gnome will be keeping nsw nice and flat, just how the `world` should be

  92. March 23, 2015 9:39 pm

    crikey”””why do our institutions charged with the responsibility to protect and inform us think it is sensible that we tell women the same rubbish?”””

    #looks like an exercise in equality, don`t govt/media tell us nothing `but` rubbish.

  93. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 11:39 pm

    Failure to deal with Kathy Jackson undermines credibility of Royal Commission
    http://www.theage.com.au/national/failure-to-deal-with-kathy-jackson-undermines-credibility-of-royal-commission-20141219-12aof9.html

    …What do you do when your star witness in a politically motivated inquiry turns out to be an alleged thief who may have stolen more than $1 million? Just ignore it.

    The credibility of the Royal Commission into trade union governance and corruption should suffer a serious blow from its glaring omissions on the allegedly corrupt behaviour of Kathy Jackson and how it has treated her throughout these hearings.

    …Yet the 1817-page interim report by Commissioner Dyson Heydon dealt with a range of issues both serious and trivial but ignored Jackson. There was an oblique reference, without naming her, that other issues to do with the Health Services Union would be dealt with in a future report.

    This inquiry, as the union movement has claimed, is a witchhunt and a waste of money if it is prepared to recommend charges against some other union officials for relatively minor transgressions but ignore the conduct of Jackson, a Coalition hero for exposing corruption in her union…

  94. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 23, 2015 11:52 pm

  95. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2015 12:17 am

  96. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2015 12:18 am

    And then there is the morgan poll

    Federal ALP increases lead as NSW prepares to vote in State Election:
    http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/6138-morgan-poll-federal-voting-intention-march-23-2015-201503230703

    ALP support increased to 56% (up 2.5%), still well clear of the L-NP 44% (down 2.5%) on a two-party preferred basis. If a Federal Election were held now the ALP would win according to this week’s Morgan Poll on voting intention conducted over the last two weekends, March 14/15 & 21/22, 2015, with an Australia-wide cross-section of 3,146 Australian electors aged 18+

  97. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2015 1:23 am

  98. March 24, 2015 9:31 am

    Malcolm why does Nils say such insidiously imbecilic shit i? Is it a brain injury or over compensation for an ingrown penis?

  99. March 24, 2015 9:33 am
  100. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 24, 2015 9:47 am

    Murdoch Derangement Syndrome is awesome to behold. Not only Clive, but his new like-minded leftist BFFs.

  101. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 24, 2015 9:54 am

    Personally, I’ve had many dealings with research companies and even worked for one of the prominent ones in statistical analysis about a lifetime ago.

    I don’t believe they manipulate survey results for political purposes. The notion that Murdoch calls up the boss of newspoll and asks for a specific result is just stupid.

    I can imagine in commercial/product research a company might like a result that says – “people find Nutri Grain the tastiest cereal” and pay for the research,. This is in much the same way that unions will sponsor some research that will come up with a finding of – “people that join unions are better off than those that don’t”

  102. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 24, 2015 9:55 am

    I came across this comment in a Camille Paglia article:

    ”This gender myopia, this gender monomania, has become a disease. It’s become a substitute for religion.”

    Camille is always interesting and worth reading, but it struck me that she has fallen for the “It’s become a substitute for religion” cliché. There seems to be a lot of new or substitute religions around these days:

    Science, Sport, High Culture, Belief in moral progress, Greenie BS, Climate Change, Humanism.

    It seems that the Kardashians have their own church. Not to mention the Kanye inspired Church of Yeezianity.

    It seems there is no getting away from religion, even when it is not really religion. Maybe atheism isn’t as easy as it looks:

    In the beginning were the angry atheists: Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and their heaven-less hosts. Then came the response of the believers, of whom too there were many. After these books came more considered reflections, most from non-believers who nonetheless realized that religion spoke to something deep within the human condition. Among this third group were Jürgen Habermas’ An Awareness of What is Missing, André Comte-Sponville’s The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality, Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists, and the late Ronald Dworkin’s Religion without God. Perhaps most interesting was Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly’s All Things Shining, an out-of-the-box argument by two distinguished philosophers for a return to polytheism. Terry Eagleton’s new book Culture and the Death of God belongs to this category. His argument is simple: “Atheism is by no means as easy as it looks.”

  103. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 24, 2015 9:59 am

    “The notion that Murdoch calls up the boss of newspoll and asks for a specific result is just stupid.”

    Since when has that ever stopped your leftist conspiracy nutter?

    Newspoll is generally seen as the most useful because it gets it right more often and due to its methodology.

  104. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2015 11:13 am

    I don’t believe they manipulate survey results for political purposes. The notion that Murdoch calls up the boss of newspoll and asks for a specific result is just stupid.

    I can imagine in commercial/product research a company might like a result that says – “people find Nutri Grain the tastiest cereal” and pay for the research,. This is in much the same way that unions will sponsor some research that will come up with a finding of – “people that join unions are better off than those that don’t”

    Do you ever read what you actually write in context?

    You don’t believe that Rupert could do anything deceitful (I mean he is a catlik an’ all) and manipulate polls (must be the staff again) … but other research companies would … and certainly unions BOO!

    But not our – Rupert The Kingmaker …

    I suppose you believe that Rupert knew nothing about phone tapping in the UK too …

    Incompetent , manipulative or stupid … take your pick …

  105. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 24, 2015 11:22 am

    Got any actual proof of manipulation of newspoll results TB?

  106. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 24, 2015 11:44 am

    Proof? Why some of us more enlightened types can smell sulphur at very mention of that Devil’s name. What more proof do you need?

  107. March 24, 2015 11:48 am

    “(I mean he is a catlik an’ all)”

    Probably not, but why let facts get in the way of your bigotry?

  108. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2015 12:03 pm

    Since when has that ever stopped your leftist conspiracy nutter?

    Chuckle …

  109. Walrus permalink
    March 24, 2015 12:08 pm

    “”……. but why let facts get in the way of your bigotry?””

    Exactly……………TB is a throwback to the days of Henry VIII.

    Long Live the King………………..put the Catholics to the sword.

    Its the usual old bigotry that you still find amongst most of the uneducated masses that reside north of London’s M25. Not surprised he’s from Yorkshire

    I still cant believe that someone from the Left would link to an interview with Clive Palmer and then the other Lefties chime in and parrot the same interview.

    Clive Palmer……………..Le Grande Custodian de Truth………………….or whatever it is in French

    How funny.

    Just goes to show how f**ked in the head the Lefties are

  110. Walrus permalink
    March 24, 2015 12:12 pm

    Hang on…………………Rupert went to Geelong Grammar which is as Anglican as you can get. Especially back in the 1940s

    Where does anything say he’s Catholic

  111. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2015 12:20 pm

    Probably not, but why let facts get in the way of your bigotry?

    Bigotry? Nah … a lifelong experience …

    That’s only the holy water in your eyes hiding the real world …

    Wrong again sunshine … get to know the people fucking your life up … still you probably do already …

    Nicely hidden within Wiki with, “Religion: Christian” …

    But don’t be fooled …

    Speaking at the annual Lowy Lecture, Mr Murdoch pointed to the Prime Minister’s open Catholicism to highlight how “class pretensions” in Australia once discriminated against Catholics.

    “Thankfully, Australia has emerged from its inauspicious colonial beginnings to become a proud nation, a nation that overcame those primeval prejudices,” Mr Murdoch told an exclusive audience in Sydney’s town hall.

    “We have a perfect example: Many of you will remember a day when a Catholic was rare in a Liberal cabinet.

    “Those days are now behind us. And Prime Minister Tony Abbott is part of the proof.”

  112. March 24, 2015 12:24 pm

    Joe Hockey’s “slides”..

    A 12 year old could’ve done better…

  113. Walrus permalink
    March 24, 2015 12:30 pm

    “But don’t be fooled … “”

    Perhaps Murdoch’s speech is displaying his open mindedness about religion.

    Rather than the old school open bloody minded bigotry like some ………..?

  114. March 24, 2015 12:35 pm

    “I’m an atheist but this anti-Catholic rhetoric is making me nervous”

    “Arriving in England, I went from a country where religion was everywhere, but of little interest to me, to a country that had little interest in religion, but still defined me by my purported beliefs. Modern Britain is a country founded in large part on anti-Catholicism. This is obvious in establishment bedrocks such as the succession, which bars Roman Catholics from becoming head of state or even being married to the head of state. But it is not just the establishment that distrusts Roman Catholics.

    “Catholicism is viewed with suspicion by significant sections of the British left. While some of this stems from European anti-clericalism, there is a deeper motif, a part of the patriotic left espoused at various points by Tom Paine and George Orwell that draws on notions of the “free-born Englishman”. The Catholic, owing his allegiance to Rome, rather than this green and pleasant land, does not fit this narrative.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/aug/22/pope-visit-catholic-prejudice

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Catholicism_in_the_United_Kingdom

  115. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 24, 2015 12:58 pm

    It is actually Sir Rupert Murdoch!

  116. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2015 3:40 pm

    For all the micks here … I don’t judge religion or its believers by their words but by their acts (or lack of them) …

    Exactly……………TB is a throwback to the days of Henry VIII.

    Long Live the King………………..put the Catholics to the sword.

    And wrong again … putting words into people’s comments …

    I’m a Republican (always have been, as I have always been agnostic) or don’t you remember my comments to that effect …

    … and you should, by now know, my thoughts about The Firm … the biggest Robber Barons in the UK …

    … and you might want to read up on The War of The Roses before you demonstrate any more ignorance re my birthplace and support for Henry VIII …

    It may seem that I “pick” on the micks but its just that they seem to have more negative impact on/in my and other people’s immediate surrounds than any other … including Islam …

  117. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2015 3:40 pm

    It is actually Sir Rupert Murdoch!

    WoW! WGAF!

  118. Walrus permalink
    March 24, 2015 3:55 pm

    “”……they seem to have more negative impact on/in my and other people’s immediate surrounds than any other … including Islam …”

    Oh really

    I haven’t read anything about a Roman Catholic army marching through Western Europe lopping people’s heads off and burning people in cages of late

    “War of the Roses””……………………….?

    …………………………..what’s Danny Devito got to do with it ?

  119. March 24, 2015 4:50 pm

    “For all the micks here … I don’t judge religion or its believers by their words but by their acts (or lack of them) …its just that they seem to have more negative impact on/in my and other people’s immediate surrounds than any other … including Islam …”

    You – yes you TB Queensland – are the first to object when someone generalises about, say, Labor supporters, or lefties. But you are quite happy to generalise about all “catlicks”.

    You, sir, are a fucking hypocrite.

  120. Walrus permalink
    March 24, 2015 4:53 pm

    “”You, sir, are a fucking hypocrite.””

    Actually I like the way you through in the “sir”

    Kinda respectful…………………………..LOL

  121. March 24, 2015 5:00 pm

    Actually I like the way you through in the “sir”

    I have to say, it was a nice touch.

  122. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2015 5:07 pm

    Interesting info from Crikey on the metadata laws … it just dawned on me, they must have captured, Meta, and his data!!!

    What sort of data is being retained?

    After seven years, we’ve now finally been told what data will be retained, courtesy of amendments to the proposed legislation (you can see them here; the relevant section is 187AA). The legislated form of the dataset is very vague and there are likely to be differences of interpretation between companies, but it consists of subscriber or account holder details, the source and destination of a communication, date, time and duration of communication, location and what services was used e.g. voice, SMS, social media, Skype, and the type of delivery services (ADSL, Wi-Fi, VoIP, cable, etc)

    Isn’t this just maintaining the status quo, if phone records have always been kept?

    No. Your phone data now includes your location as your mobile phone interacts with nearby phone towers, so in effect it can be used as a tracking device. But more importantly, forget that “it’s just metadata” or “billing data”. A single phone call time and duration won’t tell anyone much about you.

    It will not include browsing history and appears not to include download volumes.

    And if you don’t believe us, ask the people who know: the General Counsel for the United States National Security Agency has publicly stated, “metadata absolutely tells you everything about somebody’s life. If you have enough metadata, you don’t really need content.” According to the former head of the NSA, Michael Hayden, the US government kills people based on metadata it has accumulated on them. As Edward Snowden says: “You can’t trust what you’re hearing, but you can trust the metadata.”

    Communications data, even just from your phone let alone your internet use, reveals more about you than content data. But as things stand, it’s easier for the government to get access to communications data about you than for it to get content data about you, which requires a warrant.

    My bold …

  123. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2015 5:09 pm

    Actually I like the way you through in the “sir”

    I have to say, it was a nice touch.

    Touch … micks are pretty good at that I understand …

  124. Walrus permalink
    March 24, 2015 5:09 pm

    “I have to say, it was a nice touch.”

    Yes………….very Melburnian………………….old chap

  125. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2015 5:28 pm

    I’ve just finally finished sorting out a friend’s computer problems – at it for the last five or six hours … so I really couldn’t give a shite …

    … but it is amusing to watch the lads stumble and tumble over each other to defend the Murdoch Manipulation Machine and the Catlik Covern … 🙂

  126. March 24, 2015 5:46 pm

    `Do you ever read what you actually write in context?` #its.un.fcuking.believable.aint.it #rofl #boo

  127. Walrus permalink
    March 24, 2015 6:12 pm

    “”I’ve just finally finished sorting out a friend’s computer problems – at it for the last five or six hours … “”

  128. March 24, 2015 6:52 pm

    l guess `our` teabags will go to ground this week, again, as usual, they will need to flee the fact that utah-usa is resuming carrying-out their `death-sentences`, and after all their anti-lndo bleating, yep, utah is using `firing-squad`. Watch, as our teabags go silent, Watch as teabag-media don`t press jooLIE or mr-rabbit on this issue, Watch as mr-rabbit and the zombies don`t breath a word of it.

    +

    #But then it gets worse for `our` teabags, particularly the teabags that scream `death-cult` and want to shred peoples wages, they better not watch #dateline on my sbs tonight. Why you ask. Well it seems from the pro-mo clip, ISIS `pays` 500usd to `come`n`fight`. #stupid.teabags

  129. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2015 7:09 pm

    Thanks Wally – you’ll never know how far away you are! Chuckle …

  130. armchair opinionator permalink
    March 24, 2015 7:56 pm

  131. March 24, 2015 9:19 pm

    newmatilda”””””’a person can be sentenced to two years in prison if they disclose information about whether a `so-called`journalist` information warrant has been requested or whether one exists”””””’

    +

    ”””””obvious to the many lawyers of the Labor caucus, journalists are not the only people who depend on confidentiality to perform their job”””””

    +

    ””””’Labor has left the rotten core of the bill entirely unassailed, and now the 23 million Australians who don`t work in journalism will be subjected to mass warrantless surveillance”””””

    +

    #yep. as l keep saying, there aint much difference in the big-`teams` when it comes to jack-booting the common folk. nice to see blib helping mr-rabbit in the next act of despotism.

  132. Walrus permalink
    March 24, 2015 10:36 pm

    Yet another Airbus down

    The saying “if it’s not Boeing I’m not going “is starting to gain Traction again.

  133. March 25, 2015 7:42 am

  134. March 25, 2015 7:44 am

  135. March 25, 2015 7:44 am

  136. March 25, 2015 7:58 am

    This stuff is hilarious astonishing extremely serious and important:

    Britain’s National Union of Students and their conference on women’s issues.

    Motions and Amendments

  137. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2015 8:56 am

    That lot is more likely to exhibit Jizz Hands after each screeching speech and every stinking motion.

  138. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 26, 2015 10:25 am

    The sad thing is that some people take Burnside seriously:

    Prominent barrister Julian Burnside AO QC is looking to international lawyers to back his appeal for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate prime minister Tony Abbott and minister for social services Scott Morrison.

    Mr Burnside told Lawyers Weekly it was his personal view that Mr Abbott and Mr Morrison, as well as politicians responsible for the mistreatment of boat people in previous Liberal and Labor governments, are guilty of crimes against humanity.

    “I’ve looked at it pretty carefully for quite a long time and I don’t think there is much scope for argument about it.

  139. March 26, 2015 10:36 am

  140. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2015 10:51 am

    Interesting, sreb …

    So cockpit crew can’t get back in?

    I can see some new procedures coming up!

    The extremely long silence indicates (but doesn’t prove) that the pilot “at the wheel” may have been ill – or died somehow … but then it could mean …..

    … let’s wait for all the speculators … conspirators and nutjobs … 🙄

  141. Walrus permalink
    March 26, 2015 11:42 am

    “”… let’s wait for all the speculators … conspirators and nutjobs “”

    I’ll start then

    Note that the pilot’s names have not been released

    I bet one of them is mooooooooooooselim and his name is Paddy Ahmed or something Irish like that.

    I predict that the Investigators already have evidence (video confession or a letter has just arrived) detailing that the pilot named Paddy was about to engage in suicide/mass murder in the name of Islamic State.

    The cover up has just begun

  142. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 26, 2015 11:46 am

    “… let’s wait for all the speculators … conspirators and nutjobs … “

    Why wait? I would be disappointed if this blog did not lead the way in that regard.

    Clearly an inside job by a Greenie Boeing stooge who wants to scare people from flying Airbus or flying at all. That is what all these crashes have in common! That and Peta Credlin!

  143. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 26, 2015 11:51 am

    Wally I think you are right – definitely some IRA connection there. Fuck’n Irish – if they are too sensitive to be known for their jokes they should certainly be remembered for their contribution to terrorism.

  144. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2015 11:52 am

    Chortle …

    Hang on a bit … the line’s twisted on me reel … 😉

  145. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 26, 2015 11:53 am

    http://www.news.com.au/national/adrian-ernest-bayley-jill-meaghers-killer-guilty-of-more-rapes/story-fncynjr2-1227279269694

    JILL Meagher’s evil killer Adrian Ernest Bayley has been convicted of raping three more women after secret trials spanning half a year.

    So this turd already had a long history of violent crime and rape. He was on bail, he had prior convictions.

    But he was unmonitored, and therefore women we raped and murdered.

    It’s about time people with a conviction for rape or violence against women were electronically monitored for a decade after their release.

  146. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 26, 2015 11:54 am

    But he was unmonitored, and therefore women were raped and murdered.

  147. March 26, 2015 1:22 pm

    SURPRISE SHOCK CLAIM: “I want to live” says Andrew Chan

    http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-03-26/andrew-chan-i-want-to-live/1429741

  148. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 26, 2015 2:17 pm

    Cricket starts in 10 mins. Jarrod Kimber has it about right:

    This is a clash of strategy. And of methods, culture and politics. This is a new-era rivalry. Not as ancient as the Ashes, or as passionate as India-Pakistan. Two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism, high self-opinion and a belief that being born in their country is superior to other births. This brings together a belligerent bunch of brats, bullies and braggers.

    This is the “battle of the bullies”.

  149. March 26, 2015 3:10 pm

    After the onions, there’s no longer any doubt. Tony Abbott is a ‘loose unit’

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/26/after-the-onions-theres-no-doubt-tony-abbott-is-a-loose-unit

  150. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 26, 2015 3:16 pm

    “After the onions, there’s no longer any doubt. Tony Abbott is a ‘loose unit’”

    And so the character assignation continues from the Abbott haters. It never ends. It would not matter if the guy was perfect “the left” would find something to moan about.

    I think it shows more about Labor supporters than it does about Abbott.

  151. Walrus permalink
    March 26, 2015 3:47 pm

    “”After the onions, there’s no longer any doubt. Tony Abbott is a ‘loose unit’””

    I was going to check that link out but then I saw it was from Pravda

  152. March 26, 2015 4:44 pm

    NYTimes: “American warplanes began airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Tikrit late Wednesday, finally joining a stalled offensive to retake the Iraqi city as American officials sought to seize the initiative from Iran, which had taken a major role in directing the operation.”

  153. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 26, 2015 5:22 pm

    Truly, we live in days of miracles and wonder. Barry O is achieving peace in our time, right before our very eyes.

    It takes great courage to see through the Iranian Supreme Leader’s call for “Death to America” to the underlying prospects for genuine and lasting peace.

  154. March 26, 2015 5:44 pm

    nytimes”””””’finally joining a stalled offensive to retake the Iraqi city as American officials sought to seize the initiative from Iran, which had taken a major role in directing the operation”””””

    +

    ”””””The United States has struggled to maintain influence in Iraq, even as Iran has helped direct the war on the ground against the Islamic State”””””

    +

    ”””””’American officials saw a chance not only to turn the momentum against the Islamic State but to gain an edge against the Iranians.

    If the Americans did not engage, they feared becoming marginalized by Tehran”””””

    +

    #go.team!

  155. March 26, 2015 6:06 pm

    How is everybody doing…?

  156. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 26, 2015 6:36 pm

    Hi reb. Since you ask, right now I am stressed and anxious. In addition to that I (I mean a friend of mine) was thinking how nice it would feel to wear a swimsuit like this to the pool. A work friend of many years in whom he confided purported to be horrified when shown the photo of the swimsuit and suggested he never mention this again. She said that if he did wear that swimsuit he would likely be thrown out of the pool, screamed at in the men’s change room and that none of the people who regularly swam with him would ever talk to him again. What a strange world we live in. It is not much to ask of the world to let you wear something harmless like that but the social costs are massive.

    How are you doing?

  157. March 26, 2015 6:55 pm

    I am doing quite well for a change, thank you for asking splatterbottom.

    I think I agree with your friend’s recommendation that your “other friend” should refrain from wearing that particular item of clothing as a “swimsuit.”

    Coincidentally, and completely unrelated off course, has anyone else noticed how appalling Australians are at cross-dressing or transvestism?

    In Thailand for example, cross dressers are quite convincing and easily dupe many heterosexual male Australian tourists who often find themselves with more than a handful after a few drinks.

    Here in Australia, cross dressers fail to put in much effort at all.

    Just the other day, I was on the number 86 tram and witnessed a petite figure in a pink slip and high heels only to discover it was an elderly gent with a full grown beard and sequinned gold hand bag.

    Now it might just be me, but I think the sequins were a bit of a giveaway.

  158. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2015 6:57 pm

    It’s about time people with a conviction for rape or violence against women were electronically monitored terminated!

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

    And so the character assignation continues from the Abbott haters

    GUFFAW!

    the allocation or attribution of someone or something as belonging to something

    Chuckle …

  159. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2015 7:11 pm

    How is everybody doing…?

    How is everybody doing!

    How the fk do you think we are doing listening to shite everyday and watching political poncing by publicly funded prats who think they know everything and know nothing if you lived in my street you’d know that the bloke at number fifty four only does the yard of the house at number 39 on Fridays for a particular vulgarly opportunistic reason especially when you see him sneaking out of her house at nine in the morning with a grin as wide as a chinese coolies brim on his poncy face and what about the buses that whizz down the street at 15 kph who’s doing anything about that when you contact them they ask you for the bus number and the time of day its every fkn bus and every fkn day my metadata is as special as anybody else’s but they won’t get ba look at the videos I post of the bloke at number fifty four when he’s visiting number 39 oh no I have a special Youtube account that is specially locked sealed and booby trapped for any inadvertent or vertant attempt at access and while we’re on the subject how much do they pay the wankers at the bureau of meteorology they never get anything right I get fkn storm warnings at three o clock in the m orning and the fkn storm arrives at ten the next night who pays these wallys ME the fkn taxpayer that’s who as if we’ve never had storms before and we all need to hide ion the cellar which I don’t have in fact nobody I know has a cellar so why send us storm warnings at the wrong time anyway thanks for asking ……………………….

  160. March 26, 2015 7:14 pm

    ”’In Thailand for example, cross dressers are quite convincing and easily dupe many heterosexual male Australian tourists who often find themselves with more than a handful after a few drinks.””””

    #so, when did tb get caught-out by the lady-boys.?

  161. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 26, 2015 7:15 pm

    How is everybody doing…?

    Good.

    Thanks.

  162. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2015 9:15 pm

    #so, when did tb get caught-out by the lady-boys.?

    Don’t worry sweetheart your safe … 🙄

  163. Walrus permalink
    March 27, 2015 8:50 am

    “”In addition to that I (I mean a friend of mine) was thinking how nice it would feel to wear a swimsuit like this to the pool.””

    Mmmmmmmm…………………I’d wear it if she was still in it too

  164. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2015 11:12 am

    How to waste $1 billion dollars by the last TWO governments!

    Avoid ehealth like the plague …

    Fewer than one in ten Australians (2.1 million people) currently has an e-health record even though they were launched in 2012.

    And doctors have uploaded just 41,998 shared health summaries onto these records, which means most of the more than 2 million e-health records are empty.

    The scheme has so far cost taxpayers more than $1 billion to develop, or almost $24,000 per shared health summary.

    Launched by the previous Labor Government in July 2012, the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record was meant to bring medical records into the digital age and contain an electronic patient health summary, a list of allergies and medications and eventually X-rays and test results.

    The Abbott Government commissioned a review of the system just after winning office, but has failed to respond to its recommendations for more than 14 months.

    The review called for the system to switch from an opt in to an opt out model to speed up the toll out.

    If the $1 billion spent so far is to be salvaged and the scheme fully rolled out the government needs to provide direction and funding by June 30.

    Why would you NOT opt OUT if its NOT working?

    The Department of Health said the “meat inspector” classification was “a known issue with a 3rd party software vendor product that connects to the PCEHR system”.

    “The software vendor has advised that this issue has been fixed within their product.” the Health Department spokeswoman said.

    At a guess the 3rd party would be SAP the most overrated (and over used) computer database program in the world – every organisation I have worked with who have introduced a “version” has had problems! And SAP charge like wounded bulls …

  165. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2015 11:14 am

    TR, tell the truth or stop feeding the troll … simple …

  166. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 27, 2015 11:35 am

    “Mmmmmmmm…………………I’d wear it if she was still in it too”

    Don’t be so tawdry, Wally. This is not about that sort of thing or even about cross-dressing. It is about wearing a garment that feels nice, like panty-hose under a mid-length skirt in the wind.

  167. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2015 12:27 pm

    Shit and you lot imaginate about what you think I wear … sick girlie boys …

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

    ToM! ToM! ToM! I got all excited for you when I saw this …

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/holden-brings-back-the-sandman-complete-with-orange-shagpile-carpet/story-fnjwucvh-1227280516599

    But then I looked at the photo and realised its not the original shaggin’ wagon at … all its got fkn windows … well its got windows so ya can’t fk in private … dumb or what?

    One of my surfer mates had a Sandman (back in the day) … reckoned the van did all the marketing and he just got the profits … 🙂

  168. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 27, 2015 2:07 pm

    Hillary’s supporters have told journos not to use these sexist words and phrases to describe her:

    1) POLARIZING
    2) CALCULATING
    3) DISINGENUOUS
    4) INSINCERE
    5) AMBITOUS
    6) INEVITABLE
    7) ENTITLED
    8) OVER CONFIDENT
    9) SECRETIVE
    10) “WILL DO ANYTHING TO WIN”
    11) “REPRESENTS THE PAST”
    12) “OUT OF TOUCH”

    Taken together they certainly represent an accurate description of Hillary although I struggle to see anything particularly sexist about them. Apparently “cankles” didn’t make the list.

  169. March 30, 2015 8:05 pm

  170. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 31, 2015 9:16 am

    I love Alan Jones.

  171. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 2, 2015 12:08 pm

    A nice line from an article on the great Starbucks clusterfuck titled Black People Don’t Drink Coffee:

    The billionaire Schultz licks his lips a lot while talking, which I’ve always taken to be a sign of severe dishonesty and perhaps even demonic possession.

  172. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 2, 2015 12:09 pm

    It reminded me somewhat of our lip-licking PM.

  173. TB Queensland permalink
    April 2, 2015 4:51 pm

    From what I just read our PM gave AJ a good arse licking this morning … or was it the other way round?

  174. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 16, 2015 8:10 am

    #I’d bottom for Hillary:

    “With bottoming, there’s a lot that goes into it,”

    Hillary???? Marco Rubio maybe.

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