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December 4, 2017

Hello

You may have noticed that, like many other of our former contributors, I’m not around these parts much anymore.

I’ve come to the realisation that running a blog isn’t worth all the effort it requires particularly with a dwindling group of participants and especially with so many other forums for people to participate in.

But perhaps, more than a few months ago, it became apparent that this blog had degenerated from a place to one where we could talk about politics and life issues and such like, and instead become a place where people who had became so familiar with each other to some extent, could instead engage in public slanging match with some of the abuse becoming very personal and offensive.

From my perspective, there’s little point in running a blog where this sort of abuse was occurring – especially if it was being facilitated by me.

So I kind of stood back, occasionally venturing back in to see what the temperature was like, occasionally commenting, and then occasionally opting out for a while. But it was clear that the blog had become a shadow of its former sense.

During this time, a lot of people decided to opt permanently out and frankly who can blame them.

So this is just a note to thank everyone for making this place what it once was.

I’m mostly on Twitter these days and commenting at The Guardian where it’s much more fun and I don’t have to do any work..! 🙂

So thank youse all for being part of The Gutter Trash.

yours

reb.

 

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233 Comments leave one →
  1. Shane in QLD permalink
    December 5, 2017 11:24 am

    Thank you as well reb, and to all the others , I too am mostly over at the guardian commenting there, mainly because there are numerous stories to comment about.

  2. Splatterbottom permalink
    December 5, 2017 12:03 pm

    Thanks reb. I had a lot of fun at this place in its glory days. I contributed my fair share of what I thought was good-natured snark but in the end it wasn’t fun anymore. I was becoming bitter and twisted so I retired. Toilet Boss retired some time before me and I think that was the beginning of the end for me.

    This decline sort of reflects discussions I have in real life. These days everything is political. Everything is polarized. There seems to be less and less space for dispassionate discussions much less room for good-natured humour.

    I wish you well, reb, and also all of the regulars here, past and present.

  3. December 5, 2017 2:33 pm

    Suck it up princess, you know damn well the breeders have to spend important time with kids’n g’kids. Of course all our in-house teabags have gone into hiding as their hunger games dome of belief shatters and collapses in upon them. Can you imagine gay marriage proposals? ln parliament!! (-: Yes, you will also need a strategy to counter the legacy outlets as they continue to invade the satire space. When they go low, we go lower!

  4. December 5, 2017 4:53 pm

    Sincerely appreciate your efforts over what must have been a decade, Reb.

    Being time poor, and accumulating utter disdain for partisan politics, is what gradually had me falling away from blog commentary.

    I generally appreciated the commenters here, of multivarious political stripes (except for the nasty, self important, delusional landscaping flog) and wish them all well.

    I admit to reading the bilge of Bolt’s winged monkeys a few times a week. I still enjoy sneering at their contortions of logic and watching them concertina their ‘conservative principles’ to fit whatever Herr’s outrage de jour is at a given time. A self affirmation wankfest, if ever there was.

    I consume multiple news sources and keep an eye on the state of the world, I can’t help it; old habits die hard I suppose.

    I have switched to Chrome a while back, and learned that incognito mode means ‘fuck your paywall’.

    I do read The Guardian, most days, and think I may have even seen you commenting there? If I ever get involved, you will recognise a toiletofmiscreation.
    I find in the comments there a similar danger of self affirmation which I disparage the Boltards for, in that I agree with a lot of what people are saying; but not blindly agree, I like to think.

    Once again, cheers to your prodigious efforts Sir…and to cheers to those whom I felt like I knew, or felt like they knew me; at least a part of eachother.

  5. December 5, 2017 4:55 pm

    Hope I didn’t just duplicate comment, by way of wordpress login etc.

    Auf wiedersehen

  6. December 5, 2017 7:33 pm

    >From time to time l get my winged monkey bilge from teh drum on my abc. Todays bilge was, 1. work for dole bullshit, which failed to tell viewers that those receiving free labor also receive 3grand off the taxpayers, and, 2. sam dastary, lots of hyperventilating over much less than l have seen on vicenews and cyberwar. Glad to hear your keeping an eye on your confirmation bias, a year later, and the legacy outlets are still obsessed with a certain marketing and pr platform.

  7. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    December 5, 2017 10:16 pm

    Hi HD – great to see you!

    And thanks reb, this has been most enjoyable blog for about 8 of the 10 years that I participated. Almost all of the contributors have been intelligent, articulate, humorous and self depreciating.

    It’s a pity, but I suppose everything has a use by date.

    Best wishes to (almost) everyone!

    tomofmelbourne@gmail.com

  8. December 5, 2017 11:23 pm

    YomM…so much win!

    I will send some nonsense to that email.

    I have really shut down in the last couple of years here, so apologies to those whom warrant some.

  9. December 5, 2017 11:53 pm

    If TB, Kittylitter or ToSY want my email, reb knows of it.

  10. December 6, 2017 12:00 am

    I can’t believe I forgot my splattering rectum!…don’t be a stranger, fucker. Let’s have some arguments on ‘mainstream’ blogs…haha…hope to see you around.

  11. Walrus permalink
    December 6, 2017 9:59 am

    Walrus signing off, as is The Bard, JAWS, Klan Gal, God etc etc

  12. Walrus permalink
    December 6, 2017 10:20 am

    Oh and the Copywriter !

  13. December 6, 2017 6:42 pm

    amendments,, to the cross-party same-sex marriage bill will be defeated after the leader of the house, Christopher Pyne, stated he will oppose them,, https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/06/superfluous-same-sex-marriage-bill-amendments-headed-for-defeat @poodle to the rescue, must be sick of rabbit, whoda thunk it,, @guardian has been pretty good on rainbow marriage covfefe, tho quite echo chamber on her turn and the tweeting

  14. December 7, 2017 12:41 pm

    Juliar,, is a free to use open source high level multi-platform semi-functional programming language,, https://juliar.org @Tragically Named, Not to be confused with ,,Gillard already had an integrity problem after the dumping of Kevin Rudd, and her decision to renege on her promise not to introduce a carbon tax has exacerbated it dramatically,, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-07-18/knight—all-puns-aside2c-27juliar27-was-telling-the-truth/2798318

  15. December 7, 2017 2:54 pm

    The,, Ten Gigabit Adelaide network will provide between $16 million and $76.4 million in economic benefits, an analysis from the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies indicated,, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-06/ten-gigabit-adelaide-network-promises-100-times-nbn-speed/9230970 @Where the hell is TC nowa’days. lf anybody has crowing to do, our team cheerer does. Not a peep from him about the canoeland battery done in 70ish days, well under the 100days promised. And now! canoetowns total rejection of telegraph wires and “im a strong leader”. Forget about blib, team knife and the rest of the east coast dribble TC. (-: @go.canoetown

  16. December 7, 2017 6:02 pm

    heads up @resident feminista @time mags big one http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2017-silence-breakers/ @excellent

  17. December 8, 2017 11:06 am

    There,, were 732 companies who paid no tax in Australia in the 2015-16 financial year. Collectively, their income was more than $500 billion,, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-07/corporate-tax-data-released-by-ato/9236878 @Teebz An old favorite of ours, checkout adecco and atlassian(as predicted) (Adecco Holdings Pty Ltd provides human resource services including temporary and permanent staffing)

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    December 8, 2017 11:45 am

    Thanks, sreb … for TEN fab years … and over a million hits … ya done good, son …

    Tim Dunlop and most of the crew here (especially those above) kept me sane in the first year of my retirement and then drove me insane over the next ten! Thank youse all! 🙂

    I too have snuck off to The Guardian (my mate, Kris, comments there) and I still read and comment @ news.com.au (keep yer enema* closer).

    Bit sad seeing everyone turn up at the funeral but it shows we all have good manners when it matters.

    I like to think we had some tiny influence, somewhere, along the way … especially on those fkn Robber Barons!

    Sad day for TGT … great day for the LGBTQI community … !

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

    Ironically our kids and grandkids are drifting away too … just another phase on the conveyor belt of life … and I certainly don’t want to fall off just yet!!!

    Love youse all!

    TB

  19. December 8, 2017 5:19 pm

    Wow. You too teebz, didn’t expect that. (and l don’t want to hear any managementy ‘resilience’ crap from you lot okay) l seem to be the only one here that doesn’t read a certain anti-ronald echo chambers comments. You folks might need to take a break from the guardian induced pity party as the-ronald still has (at least) three years to go, and the echo chambers will not be getting any better during this time. Now viewers will just have to wait and see if reb is just having his 18-monthly hissey fit. Or will reb slam shut his blog forever handing ultimate victory to teabags everywhere? Tune in next time for the (possible) final exciting episode!

  20. TB Queensland permalink
    December 8, 2017 8:51 pm

    tbagz … start your own blog … I’ll comment … but recognise that our blogmeister is moving up the conveyor of life … a constantly changing horizon …

    He’s put in a massive effort for a decade …

    I commented here for two reasons … well, three actually .. nah, four … probably five … actually six* …

    I’ve always enjoyed debating …

    I hoped I could make a difference …

    I learned … how I fkn learned!

    I felt that I belonged …

    I hoped that I could inform and help people …

    I met some very, very, smart and interesting people …

    And its true you old bastards … men get more sentimental as they get older … LIVE with it!

    *That I can remember … chuckle!

  21. December 9, 2017 10:28 pm

    Teebz, start a blog, l’m still locked out of my old one, (and definitely too busy in 2018 repairing or junking salvaged gear that has the workshed stuffed to the brim) to try and write one. Hope he isn’t on a conveyor belt, they usually only drop folks on top of the nearest slag heap. Lets hope he has joined the recent marriage stampede, shall we.

  22. December 10, 2017 8:30 pm

    “Lets hope he has joined the recent marriage stampede”

    It’s funny you should mention that…. 🙂

  23. December 11, 2017 1:14 am

    Did I mention how much I enjoy the brutal ‘Fuck You’ which the moderate majority has handed the conservative religious cnuts in the recent (supposed to be a delaying stumbling block) postal survey?

    It’s things like that which restore a modicum of my faith in the better side of tolerant human natural inclinations.

    Only the absolute fuckwits vociferously stood against it.

    Reality denying pricks.

  24. December 11, 2017 1:21 am

    ” moving up the conveyor of life … a constantly changing horizon …”

    Unholy fuck, TB.

    I ken you.

    I went to my daughter’s High School graduation yesterday; it made me feel waaaaay more ancient than turning 42 a couple of days prior. I have genuine trepidation about her leaving home, for higher education purposes; but only because it will mean empty nest and I will miss her keenly.
    Grandkids drifting away seems similar.

    Best wishes to you and yours.

  25. December 11, 2017 11:30 am

    Big congrats to you and partner reb, sounds like ya’got a date set (-: (-: l suppose you guys will be enjoying being guests at other rainbow friends weddings too, in not too distant future (-: @dunny l too enjoyed the ‘surveyed’ putting the zombies on ‘all-fours’ in front of the rest of the world too @much.glee

  26. TB Queensland permalink
    December 11, 2017 11:58 am

    Congratulations to you and V sreb, from The Minister and me!

    I thought that was a “never, ever” … hope you have a great innings – (we rack up 50 years in September …)

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

    Grandkids drifting away seems similar.

    Yes and no, toylet, (hard to explain) the relationship with grandkids seems “stronger” somehow … The Minister and I reckon its our own fault we spent most of our adult lives ensuring they were all independent and contributors … ’tis odd though, we may not see them for weeks … all in the same street remember … having said that life’s good …

    Best wishes to you and yours for the coming years … enjoy …

    (“Have a nice day” … “What! Only a day! Have a fabulous life!” – the reactions and facial expressions are amazing …

  27. December 11, 2017 5:50 pm

    Thanks TB… 🙂

  28. December 12, 2017 12:22 am

    l watched “im a strong leader” on qandaland tonight. What a lying sack of shit. The only ‘skill’ the wimp has is the ability to waffle away the alloted time to answer the question, and didn’t fool studio audience or viewers. Only the clowntown press pack.

  29. December 12, 2017 12:52 am

    “all in the same street remember … ”

    These are the details I do remember about here.

    The small shit which actually matters to people. I am a Lord of Irreverence about the rest, but I get ‘personal space’.

    I wish you very well; sincerely.

  30. December 12, 2017 12:56 am

    Congrats, reb.

    It’s kinda what I meant with my comment @December 11, 2017 1:14 am, but I was certainly too general on a rereading.

    My daughter has a couple of gay friends from High School, one is a Jehovah Witness (if that don’t beat all…I can only imagine her struggle). All of this stuff becomes a lot more real when you personally know the individuals. A massive catharsis & ‘measured’ public acceptance, to mind.

  31. December 12, 2017 11:26 am

    For those that need reminding that l can’t stand the duopoly, the gay marriage ‘events’ provide a great working example. A decade ago, John-w decided to step on state necks and rainbow necks and scribble on the marriage act when one of the states were trying to allow gay marriage. The juLiar era was no better when so-called progressives failed to pick the low hanging gay marriage fruit and instead were really quite teabaggy on the topic and me too-ed along with the zombies. For a decade the duopoly happily wasted parliament time and treasury, Just To Be NASTY To People. Period. @yaay.team

  32. December 12, 2017 12:36 pm

    Thanks Toiletboss.

  33. December 12, 2017 1:31 pm

    the,, Coalition partyroom agreed to dump the CET, against the recommendations of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel. Anticipating today’s announcement, Jay Weatherill has previously encouraged states to go it alone and enforce their own target, saying other premiers were “open” to the idea. But that did not stop him from launching into a tirade against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull when confirmation of the Federal Government’s decision came through. “We have a Prime Minister who cannot deliver a Clean Energy Target and has now delivered a coal energy target,” Mr Weatherill said. “What we’ve seen today is a Prime Minister who is – utterly beholden to the vested interests that have a stranglehold on his partyroom. “Every time he moves in a direction which looks like it is promoting renewables and not supporting the coal industry, he will be brought back to heel. “The Prime Minister is powerless, the Prime Minister is impotent.”,, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-17/jay-weatherill-lashes-f ederal-rejection-of-clean-energy-target/9058832 @Is the canoeland premier and team-jay far superior to the teams east coast premiers, and team blib? Or am l just suffering from a dose of ‘grass greener over fence’ syndrome?

  34. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    December 12, 2017 3:15 pm

    Yes – and congratulations from me too!

    …mind you… that vow about “to the exclusion of all others” can be somewhat limiting, I’ve checked the dictionary and really can’t fine a loophole

  35. December 12, 2017 4:43 pm

    NSW,, Greens senator Lee Rhiannon has lost the top spot on the party’s Senate ticket, meaning it is highly unlikely she will be returned to the Upper House at the next federal election. Mehreen Faruqi, who is currently a NSW Upper House MLC, has won the preselection in a vote of NSW Greens members. Dr Faruqi topped the count with 1,032 votes, followed by Senator Rhiannon on 742 votes, then Ms Boyd and Ms Jacobs. One Greens source from New South Wales said the federal party would be relieved Senator Rhiannon would not be returning to the Federal Parliament after the next election. She had adopted a different position on schools funding to leader Richard Di Natale and education spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young. Other Greens senators accused her of breaking party rules and acting in bad faith when she campaigned against the Government’s school funding legislation while they were still in negotiations over the bill with the Federal Government. Senator Rhiannon argued she was just reflectin g the views of local party members and lashed out at Greens who anonymously criticised her in the media, saying she felt “bullied and harassed”. The episode provoked a wider brawl between New South Wales Greens members and other branches. Senator Rhiannon’s term expires in 2019,, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-25/lee-rhiannon-concedes-senate-preselection-greens-spot/9193386 @This is probably more good than bad. The ‘rhiannon crimson politburo’ really only appeals to a few of the most militant ecotewwawists, and frightens the cack out of regular voters that are onside environmentally, but outside the echo chamber. This just might help da-greenz make some gains nationwide. Too bad they won’t dump their stupid repug ideas that will bite them once the population is being drenched in waity katies 3rd baby, and harry getting married.

  36. TB Queensland permalink
    December 12, 2017 11:45 pm

    I’ve checked the dictionary and really can’t fine a loophole

    LOL!

    I’ve never needed to look! 🙂

  37. December 13, 2017 4:31 pm

    Loopholes are only needed by those too weak, stupid or un-ethical to keep the ‘deals’ they willingly made, reb will be fine (-:

  38. December 13, 2017 6:32 pm

    Over at the Cooling Club this week,, Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: “We are losing the battle”. Climate change is causing more frequent and severe flooding, droughts, storms and heatwaves as average global temperatures rise to new records, sea ice melts in the Arctic and sea levels rise. On Tuesday, the European Commission announced 9 billion euros worth of investments targeting sustainable cities, sustainable energy and sustainable agriculture for Africa and EU neighborhood countries. “Despite the hype, the One Planet summit is delivering little for the world’s people who are the most vulnerable to climate change,” said Brandon Wu, director of policy and campaigns at ActionAid USA. “Rich countries continue to pretend that new schemes for businessmen to increase their profits will be the center of the solution for the poor.”,, https://www.reuters.com/article/us- climatechange-summit-macron/world-is-losing-the-battle-against-climate-change-macron-says-idUSKBN1E6007 @ls everybody ready for their near extinction experience? That’s good.

  39. December 15, 2017 5:22 pm

    The pinkists at the-pub blog are quite funny today and one of them found this cracker on low effort thought. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0146167212439213 ,,The authors test the hypothesis that low-effort thought promotes political conservatism. In Study 1, alcohol intoxication was measured among bar patrons; as blood alcohol level increased, so did political conservatism (controlling for sex, education, and political identification). In Study 2, participants under cognitive load reported more conservative attitudes than their no-load counterparts. In Study 3, time pressure increased participants’ endorsement of conservative terms. In Study 4, participants considering political terms in a cursory manner endorsed conservative terms more than those asked to cogitate; an indicator of effortful thought (recognition memory) partially mediated the relationship between processing effort and conservatism. Together these data suggest that political conservatism may be a process consequence of low-effort thought; when effortful, deliberate thought is disengaged, endorsement of conservative ideology increases.,, @lf this is correct, then l guess we can understand why alabama hillbillyz are teabags, and how little separation there is between legacy fakenews outlets and hillbillyz.

  40. December 15, 2017 7:24 pm

    Another of our favorites Teebz. ,,face-to-face meetings took place with representatives from two US companies: Boeing, Lockheed Martin itself; Sweden’s Saab; the French Dassault; and the European multinational consortium Eurofighter. All of them make fighters that, while less advanced than the stealthy F-35, are vastly cheaper.,, The Government of Canada remains committed to building a more agile, better-equipped military, while ensuring best value for Canadians,” reads a letter sent to the companies that accompanied the questionnaire. Pulling out of the international consortium to build the F-35 program,, https://news.vice.com/article/canada-may-become-the-first-country-to-ditch-the-f-35-fighter-jet @Oh canadia, why are your leaders better in all ways than ours.

  41. TB Queensland permalink
    December 16, 2017 10:09 am

    Alston is also scathing about the attitudes of some of the politicians and officials he met on his tour, who subscribe to what he calls the caricature of rich people as industrious and entrepreneurial and poor people as “wasters, losers and scammers”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/15/america-un-extreme-poverty-trump-republicans

    Want to know why the right wing supporters scattered from this blog?

    Because deep down inside they know that The Robber Barons exist …

    They know that these statement were and still are – true:

    I prefer to thrive in a society, not survive in an economy!

    Prosperity with Integrity!

    And after SIX years of Liberal/National Party Coalition economic stagnation nothing has changed positively for ordinary Australians … cost of living has risen … wages are in limbo …

    ► Negative Gearing Welfare
    ► Trust Fund Welfare
    ► Super Tax Breaks for the Rich Welfare
    ► Multi-national Tax Dodge Welfare – PANAMA PAPERS – PARADISE PAPERS?
    ► Present Pollie’s Expenses & Perqs Welfare
    ► Post Pollie’s Expenses & Perqs Welfare
    ► Pollies International Travel Wastefulness
    ► Liberal Party Economic Incompetence
    ► Reduction or Stopping Private School Funding for Any Future Cases of Paedophilia
    ► Gay marriage survey wastefulness
    ► $9.4 billion Lodge wastefulness

    Mismanagement:

    ► Education
    ► Health
    ► Indigenous Affairs
    ► Unemployment Benefits
    ► Age Pension
    ► Industrial Relations/Anti Union Laws
    ► Banking and Financial Services
    ► Industry Super Fund tampering

    We need a Federal ICAC! We need a Labor Government and an ICAC!

  42. December 16, 2017 11:55 am

    So called accountant has had no choice than to go underground since release of panama and paradise papers, which proved everybody correct, except him. You-know-who went mute once ‘red-tape’ cutting at Grenfell incinerated 18-kids. The other dill is hanging from a node by his ankles tangled in telegraph wire……. l don’t know when the next clowntown election will be, but blib is still quite toxic among voters that don’t want to return to the jooLiar era or/and jooLiar team. At the moment, my guess would be a team zombie (with cory, pauline or others) very narrow win over team watermelon. Unfortunately the dastary stuff will have reinforced the anti-blib flow of voters to greenz, and blib can’t use any gay marriage ‘victory-slogans’ with effect against the greenz to stem the flow of voters. Obviously l still reckon blib and team knife won’t make it on their own.

  43. TB Queensland permalink
    December 16, 2017 12:20 pm

    Time for the Second Coming!

    Robin Hood!

  44. armchair opinionator permalink
    December 16, 2017 9:26 pm

    I haven’t gone anywhere either, I’ve been lurking but no time to gossip anymore. By the time i get around to posting, you’ve all moved on!

    Thanks for everything reb, we must have driven you mad at times but when the final post comes, I’ll feel like one of my own family members has died! It’s been a wonderful place to hang out, I hope you keep it archived reb, you could do a thesis out of it!

    I’ll certainly look for ‘all of youse’ at the guardian, are you lot donating any money to them to keep it alive against rupert?

    My work colleague has a boy in primary school, I think he’s about 7 yo and she says there is another kid there who disrupts the entire class and takes all the attention of the teacher. The child is a transgender, was a girl who has now become a boy. She doesn’t mind that but she does mind that he’s a bullying, attention seeking, rude boy who holds the class to ransom.I think he’s troubled, he sees all the mental health and education experts that the school can provide.

    This was all well before the ‘safe schools’ stuff started.

  45. December 17, 2017 4:49 pm

    Indian,,.. conglomerate Adani had applied for $1 billion. The size of the second application, lodged in March this year, has not been disclosed publicly. It involves the listed rail freight company Aurizon, formerly the state-owned Queensland Rail. Aurizon and GVK Hancock had planned a joint venture, but that deal was not finalised. Euler confirms the companies are still collaborating but “the application was made through Aurizon”. The Palaszczuk government says it still supports mining in the Galilee Basin, just not the NAIF loan to Adani.,, https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/resources/2017/12/16/gina-rinehart-and-the-galilee/15133428005647 @bananaland.DUD,,…. Let’s look at the maths. If you were to invest $200,000 in cocaine, you could expect a return of $1.6 million. Invest the same amount in smuggled cigarettes from China and the return would be $10 million. Border Force estimates nearly 15 per cent of all tobacco sold in Australia has been illegally imported to avoid loc al taxes. And little wonder. The price of cigarettes has doubled in the last six years, with a packet expected to cost $40 in just over two years. Now the tobacco industry is not one that garners sympathy easily, but many smokers who feel they are unfairly taxed to indulge in what remains a perfectly legal pastime have turned to the illegal market to satisfy their cravings.,, http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/are-cigarettes-the-underworlds-bitcoin-20171213-h04d5x.html @Team Nanny Roxon!!!

  46. TB Queensland permalink
    December 18, 2017 10:01 am

    … what remains a perfectly legal pastime …

    I suppose there is an alternative?

    Smoke and the stench of stale tobacco smoke are easy to detect too!

    Disclaimer: I began smoking as an 11yo (to join the “gang”) … I threw my last fag out of the car window (yeah I know) when I was 32 yo … cold turkey … felt like a smoke for seven years …

    Empathy? Absolutely

    Sympathy? ‘Fraid not

  47. December 18, 2017 3:05 pm

    Border farce estimates nearly 15% of baccy sales is black market, translates to: others will soon/can prove 15% or more of baccy sales are black market. Consider now the ‘allies’ squealing of crime-funded-tewwa. Clowntown can; 1. increase tax and sweeten black market profits, Or, 2. dump tax to minimal and deny black market profits. For either choice, keep the military grade packaging.(and booze too) At this point in time l am still backing clowntown has not yet hit peak stupid and maintain increasing tax until the black market share is well over 50%. @Team Nanny Roxon

  48. December 18, 2017 5:09 pm

    lt doesn’t matter if you are a mindless chanting teabag swooner, a wishin and a hopen pinkist, a tree squeezing greenist sitting in a peace circle singing kum-bar-yah, or any other demographic. lf you use the interwebs in ANY form, then you need to see every episode of this show. https://www.viceland.com/en_us/show/cyberwar @Don’t Say l didn’t warn you. @Nobody else did.

  49. TB Queensland permalink
    December 18, 2017 7:56 pm

    Why are most Christians I meet not?

  50. December 18, 2017 11:07 pm

    They’re really just teabags with a sky fairy delusion.

  51. TB Queensland permalink
    December 18, 2017 11:29 pm

    Tru Dat … tbagz!

  52. December 19, 2017 12:56 pm

    Nick,, Xenophon’s SA Best party is more popular with South Australian voters than either the Labor or Liberal parties, and almost half of the state’s voters want the former senator to be their next premier, according to Newspoll.,, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-19/xenophons-sa-best-leading-newspolls-popularity-poll/9270690 ,,..SA Best has 32% of the primary vote, the poll published in the Australian on Tuesday shows. This compared with the Labor government on 27% and the Liberals on 20%. Asked who would be the better premier, 46% of voters said Xenophon.,, https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/19/xenophons-sa-best-party-shoots-to-32-lead-in-primary-vote-poll-finds @Your guardian echo chamber agrees with my abc echo chamber that team xeno is eating team jay and team zombies lunch in canoeland (-:

  53. December 19, 2017 1:08 pm

    Oops! Somebody cut a little too much ‘red-tape’. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/18/seattle-amtrak-train-crash @Again

  54. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2017 8:09 pm

    Nice line by Bill Shorten … ” … if the Turnbull government are such good economic managers, why do they have to cut funding for universities? They want to go back to the days where a degree for the rich and deny working and middle class kids the opportunity … so it becomes how much money your parents have not how good your high school results are … ” *

    Welcome to the Dark Ages (and the era of The Robber Barons) … who would have believed that the 21st Century could so easily be transposed into the 12th Century by right wing governments across the world … who votes for these wankers? The poor and uneducated – that’s who … keep ’em dumb and keep ’em controlled! And bitter! Its always the left’s fault!

    And then a true leader emerges and BANG!

    And occasionally (only occasionally) I think – “why do you even bother? These dicks can’t touch you! But I always remember having my last $1, a mortgage two kindy age kids and accidentally mowing the fkn thing (had no real worth in 1979 either!) … that dollar (well bits of it) now has pride of place in my study … along with my apprentice Indentures and my B.Bus. …

    The real Australian People are really being screwed at every turn and it really, REALLY, annoys me … this Federal Liberal National Party Coalition Government burbles, “Fair Go”, but, after six weary years, has yet to demonstrate it!

    Next they’ll change the flag …

    * written from memory – listening to radio …

  55. TB Queensland permalink
    December 19, 2017 8:12 pm

    https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-f7cf4836444ba3c0af1101926becc761

    ????????????????????

  56. December 19, 2017 10:02 pm

    Teebz, bullshit’en is what politicians do. Don’t blame the viewers. The blame rests squarely with corporate fakenews participants, that muddle and murky the facts with fake balance and denial. Most viewers are too busy with their own lives to be able to sort the truth from bullshit, and lack the time to do the job that fakenews outlets ‘should’ be doing. Viewers need the luxury of ‘time’ to participate fully and informed in their political decisions. You also have to keep in front of mind, the zombies continue to trudge on because the other lot spectacularly crueled themselves when they knifed kevin07. Many viewers have taken it as they, the viewers were knifed.,, Happy Trashmas Xtians,, Merry new lunar calendar too. l suppose reb is honeymooning in penang about now.

  57. Walrus permalink
    December 21, 2017 2:17 pm

  58. Walrus permalink
    December 21, 2017 3:52 pm

  59. December 21, 2017 5:41 pm

    Policy,, analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden terms at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-minute briefing. The forbidden terms are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”,,.. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/cdc-gets-list-of-forbidden-words-fetus-transgender-diversity/2017/12/15/f503837a-e1cf-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html @Your team is getting more hillbilly by the moment.

  60. December 21, 2017 6:30 pm

    Looks like another outburst of ‘auto tewwa’ in boltsville, my abc has been reporting this ‘incident’ non-stop for half an hour. (‘incident’ means the dude is white)

  61. Neil of Sydney permalink
    December 21, 2017 6:42 pm

    Looks like lefties won. Conservatives do not post here anymore

  62. December 21, 2017 8:20 pm

    Nah. All viewers are being totally arse-fcuked. Some viewers just believe they are receiving a suppository of wisdom.

  63. TB Queensland permalink
    December 21, 2017 9:53 pm

    Actually the people who were “easily offended” fucked off long before … and it shows with the Posters … (easier to get the spelling right … LOL! get it? The spelling RIGHT!~

    Burned and burned again … Cowboy!

    Looks like lefties won. Conservatives do not post here anymore

    Says it all … NoS it’s not about “winning” its about discussing and finding a mutual agreement … you and I have done that on occasion as have with Wally …

    In fact it’s always struck me that we could have easily had a glass of wine and a meal and thoroughly enjoyed the time …

    My head is not really here (but I love the place) my daughter is in hospital … seriously ill sorry

  64. Walrus permalink
    December 22, 2017 11:59 am

    Sorry to hear that TB. I hope all gets better

    Anyway I wish you bunch of arseholes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year……………..sadly for the last time I guess.

    By the way I left because of the incoherent posters who would slag a position off but you could not interpret the crap they wrote…………………….I just dont have an Enigma machine and I dont live in Bletchley Park

  65. December 22, 2017 1:16 pm

    Nah. You went into hiding for the same reason the others did. You kept getting clubbed with your own stupidity and own hypocrisy. (your nasty gloating over on-shore job/income trashing and kudos seeking for your off-shore charity did you no favors either),,.. @Sounds real shitty about your daughter teebz, l hope all comes good for her and the family.

  66. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    December 22, 2017 1:31 pm

    I’m very sorry to hear that TB, I hope your daughter recovers.

  67. Walrus permalink
    December 22, 2017 3:11 pm

    I really do hope you have a very fucked up balance of your life Teabag. You really are such an irrelevant piece of human garbage that your mum brought into this world. Do you actually know who your father is. Did your mother even know who he was ?

    LOL

  68. Walrus permalink
    December 22, 2017 3:15 pm

    Teabag = the perfect example of wealth envy……………………….pathetic LOL

    Dont mind me whilst I type whilst staring out over Palm Beach trying to decide whether to have lobster or Balmain Bugs tonight…………………………..LOL

    Enjoy your baked beans for dinner……………. LOL you deserve them

  69. December 22, 2017 7:50 pm

    What you call envy, the panama and paradise papers show the rest of us ‘systematic unfairness’, the very same systematic unfairness has kept pedofiles out of prison. By your standards, familys seeking justice just have priest envy.

  70. Walrus permalink
    December 23, 2017 12:29 am

    Envy dickhead that is your badge and always has been welfare cunt

    It amuses me as to how many dickheads actually inhabit the web

    Beans a bit overdone tonight ?

    The Balmain bugs were excellent with a sweet chilli sauce of course

  71. December 23, 2017 1:50 pm

    You are the one that classifies all types of ‘unfairness’ as ‘envy’, which says way more about your own rotted outlook on other folks than anybody else here. As you raised ‘welfare’, you always have ‘envy’ of the poor bastards that need it, yet you see no problem of the teabags looting treasury forcing pensioners onto the so-called welfare-card, which charges treasury a 20k ‘startup fee’ and annnual 9k ‘fee’ to ‘manaage’ what? A 12k? 13k.pa? pension. ($260/week) The teabags own the welfare card. As a so-called accountant and so-called taxpayer: Got an oppinion on the looting treasury aspect? Will you only ‘squeal’ if the teabag owned card is dumped and replaced by a Labor-owned card? (when Labor/watermelons get in sooner or later)

  72. TB Queensland permalink
    December 23, 2017 5:16 pm

    Thanks for your kind thoughts guys … apologies for getting maudlin.

    My daughter is still in hospital, still considered life threatening but improving daily.

    Feels odd today (The Minister has been swapping shifts with my son in law staying overnight at the hospital) … and everyone else in the family – in the street – (nine of ’em) are away or have gone out – feels like Home Alone …

    Christmas Dinner in the hospital Cafeteria (total 12) this year. Should be different!

    Christmas Wishes for all the Trashers and their Families … look after each other …

  73. TB Queensland permalink
    December 23, 2017 7:14 pm

    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/0bc27bbc021748e1c69b5b7b12d7ed071a59bc9b/0_26_2700_1620/master/2700.jpg?w=620&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=71b5e7cd816d572bd3c8862b9bf18f9f

    WOW! Who does this guy look like?

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/23/its-been-looming-over-us-for-decades-austrian-voters-on-the-far-right

    Just what is happening in the world … just who is controlling all this shit?

    My father used to talk about the Grey Men of Switzerland controlling the World … (he was born in 1924 … ) I’m beginning to think he may have been close to the truth of a “group of people” manipulating world politics …

    … having travelled a bit – it has always fascinated me that “political policies” in the West – and Oz – always seem to be saying the same thing (at the same time) … the interesting thing tho’ – it doesn’t seem to matter which “party” is in “power” …

    And why as the far right suddenly come to power around the world?

    And why the build up of weaponry?

    And the contraction of sovereign borders … while incursions into other sovereign borders are increasing?

  74. December 26, 2017 9:26 pm

    Once upon a time in boltsville,, It was “sitting quietly” on a footpath in the front yard of a business on Waiora Road, police said. Officers were called to the scene, but decided to hand the case over to the experts and a reptile catcher came to help. The catcher will look after the crocodile until staff from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning can collect it, police said. It’s not known where it came from or how it ended up at the business, which was closed for Christmas. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-26/walkers-stumble-on-saltwater-croc-in-melbourne/9285558

  75. December 27, 2017 2:24 pm

    To me teebz, (he?)kurz looks a bit like one of the-ronalds kids, if that was what you meant. Of course the so called leaders of teh-west all say similar crap, one has a brainfart and the rest follow. (call on your own trainy trainy, most nations leaders are pretty ordinary, and none are comprehensive even if a few are good mono-topically) When you say ,,..why as the far right suddenly come to power around the world?,,.. l think this is a ‘framing’ issue. l reckon what is happening is ,,the collapse of political duopoly’s (globally) among voters because they mostly do the same thing and produce dud results which hurt most voters,, this of course leaves others ‘standing’ taller. EG lf the clowntown duopoly collapsed, the votes would still go ‘somewhere’, and (short-odds) l think the teabags would be more likely to build an expanded zombie-team with cory, katter, pauline, etc than an expanded watermelon team, which mostly seems ‘stuck’ with team knife trying to snatch greenz seats, and vice versa. The ‘framing’ of RISE of the NAZIs tales, with all the frighteners, suits nobody better than the legacy fakenews outlets, that’s for certain. lt suits the lazy fakenews outlets to continually ‘frame’ everything from F35s to telegraph wirez in the easy, lazy right/left simple-think terms, and they don’t want it to change either.,.,, @Hope daughter is doing better.

  76. December 27, 2017 5:55 pm

    Lurking feminista. One perpatrator. 82 victims. How many aided, abetted, and kept ‘mum’ were chicks? dudes? ,,..sexual assault or harassment by the producer. Since then, 82 women have come forward with stories of sexual assault or harassment at the hands of the producer, including, most recently, actor Annabella Sciorra, who alleges that Weinstein barged into her apartment and raped her in the 1990s.,, https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/oct/30/rose-mcgowan-claims-offered-1m-hush-money-harvey-weinstein-allegations

  77. December 28, 2017 12:44 am

    Sincere concern for your daughter TB.

    Have only just revisited.

    Hope things are on the improve for you & yours.

    Few closer than our children, imho.

    My news has been good in December. End of High School and the (no longer) youngster has persevered through public schooling & achieved a near perfect ATAR. Would like to follow in my mum’s path (but will tread her own) and become a rural GP (we need good ones badly; most settle for wealth & comfort in the metro[scum] area).
    My relief is palpable. Her results, all credit to her, ensure at least choice & possibly an career in which I do not have to be perpetually concerned about her having employment (the lot of the young multitude, contemporarily). Hard work and critical thinking.

    I feel genuinely odd for having posted this after TB’s sombre, gutwrenching family current events. I suppose I just wanted to do a post tnicmas update of something which has been nearly a decade in the making (here, or thereabouts) …and nearly 18 years, where I am.

    It makes me feel the update about your own daughter keenly, TB. Truly.

    * As for the state of the world geopolitically, I’m sure we could talk about that for hours…and my misgivings generally (always have) mirror yours. My reaction to a lot of such news items these days is “wtf! you can’t be serious…”, butin the age of deflecting political flak as ‘Fake News’, anything seems possible. Trump doesn’t seem like a serious student of any sort of verified history to me. Sad!

  78. December 28, 2017 3:32 pm

    l still reckon the-ronald is a lot of fun dunny. Watching the-ronald throw a few tweets into the echo chamber each day and making the fakenews outlets go berserk still amuses me. l suppose you feel sorry for blot, as he has plugged away for decades earning minimal millions, peddling teabag-pr and ipa fakenews to his imbecile herd of 30,000-ish blog followers and the clowntown press pack. Then along comes the-ronald who tweets his way to the top of the global-heap in about 18-months. Suck it up blot! Remember dunny, there is a lot of fakenews about always, even when the world hears about the ruskis meddled in the 2016 election, most of it is still ‘fakenews by ommission’, as they don’t tell viewers teh-usa already meddled in the 1996 ruski election, or heaps of other nations elections. Chooks come home to roost. Don’t waste your effort squirting over the-ronald and rocketman either, those at the top of their economic-tree will never have the Nads to smoke any of their own hoarded weal th.,,.. @congrats to your daughter dunny, hope you’re correct that she can avoid the american nightmare around employment.

  79. TB Queensland permalink
    December 28, 2017 8:18 pm

    tbagz … @Hope daughter is doing better.

    Seems she will be in hospital for some weeks … her “diagnostic numbers” are like the stock market, according to one doctor … she now has three “experts” helping her … this from a lady who never trusted doctors! From all adversity positive change!

    Sincere thanks for you concern.

    toilet, congratulations … for you and your lady! And of course you precious daughter … she sounds very similar to my favourite (16yo) granddaughter (only have one 🙂 ) …

    I do have three adult grandsons who have all dropped out of uni … oldest runs his own programming/website dev/online “click” business (one year to go) … second eldest droped out in first year … now a manager at a very popular restaurant/cafeteria … and third eldest just dropped out of a double degree in maths and business and still works at Maccas … they will ALL be very successful … I no longer worry about them … I have a 16 yo and a 14 yo coming through …

    My philosophy these days is not to volunteer suggestions, advice or recommendations … if my family see a need they will ask …

    All people should be contributing members to society … very proud of my lot!

    toilet we have run parallel for so long (since HDotBL) I really, really wish your family all that you aspire to …

    My daughter has been “allowed out for an hour” tomorrow … to deal with “stuff” her husband can’t do … her Mum has been incredible in all this … for me its been really harrowing … I’ve spent a total of two (when I was seven) and a half (when I had sun cancer dealt with) days in hospital as a patient … but the girls seem to cope with medical stuff far better than the “tough guy” blokes … no wonder I’m a fan/believer in equality!

    And this morning I read … the top 500 Elites … increased their wealth by ONE TRILLION dollars … to what fkn end? Except destroying the very society that created it for them!

    Did manage to get Star Wars in today … (all our gift vouchers from the kids are very quickly expiring!) … what a wandering wibble wobble script and sloppy editing for such a professionally well made film … I decided that I’m over Star Wars after today’s viewing… the sliders were nice but the French fries were cold … perhaps because they were served 20 minutes after our wine … duh!

    Suggestion for adult viewers – get a copy of the Jack Taylor series (three series – three episodes each – movie length episodes) … Taylor is Sir Mormont in GoT …

    Have a Very Happy New Year

    (2018 will be volatile on the stock exchanges around the world – nothing has changed – except the rich getting richer and the weapons getting more deadly! And the arseholes running the show!)

  80. December 29, 2017 12:05 am

    Funny you mentioned the 500 elites trillion dollar increase teebz, in the last couple of weeks l read somewhere that charity ‘food-help’, half of it from one of the charitys (smithfamily?) goes to people that work. (junkjobs) l reckon if there is so much food based charity (half) needed by the so-called workforce, then the ‘economy’ is a lot more stuffed than fakenews is telling us. l won’t be surprised if in 2018/ 2019 the credit card and homeloan bubbles start popping. The west-coast has not recovered from their realestate falls and job trashing so far. There has also been a bit of an exodus out of canoeland in the last few years. All round, the big picture looks like everything is somewhat eroding. (maybe ‘im a strong leader’ will save us all with telegraph wires)

  81. TB Queensland permalink
    December 29, 2017 10:44 am

    (maybe ‘im a strong leader’ will save us all with telegraph wires)

    Can you generate electrical energy by pissing into the wind?

    Or do you just get wet and smelly?

    Malcum Tweedledum …

  82. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    December 29, 2017 1:36 pm

    Hi HD, congratulations about the success of your daughter. It’s great to see intelligent, assertive, motivated young women.

    My daughter has done well too. She also surfs at a high competitive level, and I think it’s a great sport. One of the few where women can practice on the same terms as men. She started going in some men’s comps because she like beating men! She’s a bit like her mother!

    Hope your daughter is recovering TB

  83. December 29, 2017 7:02 pm

    because ,,..she like beating men! She’s a bit like her mother!,,.. @I.Luv.Dem.Both

  84. December 29, 2017 7:23 pm

    What’s with all the vietnam films and docos shown lately teebz? ls it just a programming fetish at sbs/2? Or are we heading toward a big war-blunder anniversary that l’m oblivious to? (sbs/2 usually struggles to let a month go by without nazi stuff being shown)

  85. December 29, 2017 8:17 pm

    this,, is coming from a government that is attempting to drum up the case for corporate tax cuts in a race to the bottom with the Trump-led USA? More importantly, what does it say about the Fourth Estate in this country that such a transparent scare story (aimed at creating an Us versus Them climate to sow division) can so easily be planted in the public domain with no journalist remotely challenging it,,.. https://failedestate.com/us-and-them/ @Where is the ‘accountant’

  86. TB Queensland permalink
    December 29, 2017 9:17 pm

    Hope your daughter is recovering TB

    Tnks, ToM … no change I’m afraid … latest is at least a month in hospital …

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    tbagz … I suggest you watch The Vietnam War currently on SBS … but certainly not when you are eating a meal … what pisses me off is that the WH knew in ’66 it was a disaster … so why did Menzies call up young Australian men to fight a war they knew they couldn’t possibly win right up to 1971 – Whitlam 1972?

    63,735 national servicemen served in the Army, of which 15,381 were deployed to Vietnam. Approximately 200 were killed.

    I knew two of those killed and served with one he was in my 10 man section during recruit training … the other was the brother of my friend … I served 1971- 2 just a waste of my time, money and two careers … all for ideology …

    Watch The Vietnam War and find out why! Politicians especially – Tory politicians particularly need to pay for all the unchristian acts they have perpetrated – nay – are still carrying out on the weakest people in out country.

    It never ends …

  87. TB Queensland permalink
    December 29, 2017 9:23 pm

    @Where is the ‘accountant’

    And guess (no don’t) who lit the fuse to this barrel of fish schit?

    One of the biggest (non-productive) welfare recipients in the country … who will continue to receive even higher welfare when he retires than when he pretended to “work” …

    None other than …

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/29/who-are-they-saying-we-should-cut-from-critics-round-on-eric-abetz-over-welfare

  88. December 30, 2017 12:45 am

    “My philosophy these days is not to volunteer suggestions, advice or recommendations … if my family see a need they will ask …”

    Excellent advice!

    Comment #1 of a few intended replies…

  89. December 30, 2017 12:53 am

    ” Chooks come home to roost. Don’t waste your effort squirting over the-ronald and rocketman either”

    I don’t squirt about ronald dump. I am no longer surprised, but constantly repulsed by his level of general ignorance, pandering to ignorant populism & the antithesis of his slogans in practice (ie. DrainTheSwamp…what the actual fuck, he has deepened it with billionaire knownothing fuckheads who shouldn’t be in positions to feather their own fucking nests, let alone preside over the rest of us).

    I can only assume that it will run its course, and possibly a bit of acumen & moderation will prevail. Real question is, how much of the ridiculously inflammatory global geopolitical shit will affect the rest of us.
    The tnucs who voted him in sentenced themselves and his Great Again (? wtf) Nation; fuck them/it.

    I also realise and recognise that we are a hair’s breadth away from following the populist arsehat down the drain of dismal dysfunction.

  90. December 30, 2017 1:12 am

    “My daughter has done well too. She also surfs at a high competitive level, and I think it’s a great sport. One of the few where women can practice on the same terms as men. She started going in some men’s comps because she like beating men! ”

    Haha, this is gratifying to me!

    Well done to her; and no mean feat!

    I hope she teaches the men a lesson. What a magFUCKINGnificent accomplishment! Oh, to be young again…haha…even relatively young…but seriously impressive. I will guess at her name as she ascends the rankings. Australian girls are very, very capable in this field…and I bet my gonads she had access to some world class breaks as she cut her ocean taming teeth!

    As for the ATAR, fmd bloke, I well realise the hard work, dedication, self-motivation and support which went into that over the last many years. Kudos, most especially to her (they did it, the credit is theirs) but also to a supportive environment of reason & moderation.
    They give themselves a chance to be eventually self sufficient in an increasingly polarised world which is becoming progressively difficult to get a fucking leg-up as a young school leaver within.
    A relief for me personally, but not a surprise. Mine is a phenomenal person; as I’m sure we all see our own – …but to be measured and excel, very satisfying.

  91. December 30, 2017 1:24 am

    “I do have three adult grandsons who have all dropped out of uni … oldest runs his own programming/website dev/online “click” business (one year to go) … second eldest droped out in first year … now a manager at a very popular restaurant/cafeteria … and third eldest just dropped out of a double degree in maths and business and still works at Maccas … they will ALL be very successful … I no longer worry about them … I have a 16 yo and a 14 yo coming through …”

    Totally agree, TB.

    I work with plenty of accredited middle management who are absolute ‘educated’ arsehats. Leaving Uni is far from a death sentence; attitude counts for a lot more than potential, and potential is often prescribed by people who don’t know us and have entitled attitudes.

    Even with a 4 year wage freeze…(the new IR landscape)…I am in a privileged position & ken my advantaged foothold.
    Would that all could.

  92. December 30, 2017 1:32 am

    “Did manage to get Star Wars in today … (all our gift vouchers from the kids are very quickly expiring!) … what a wandering wibble wobble script and sloppy editing for such a professionally well made film … I decided that I’m over Star Wars after today’s viewing… ”

    Watched the midnight screening with T (whom I shall henceforth refer to as ‘T”‘..she’s no longer a youngster, haha). I am surrounded by (gigantic) stormtroopers etc, as I type; I grew up feasting on the initial trilogy…and she has bought that stuff for me along the journey.
    Walked out disappointed, confused…and maybe a lot jaded.
    Fucking Lucasfilm should’ve NEVER sold out to fucking DISNEY!!!…of all fucking MONOLITHS!

    Rots my fucking socks.

    Want to like, and for such things I’m more than capable of suspending my disbelief…but they stretched the lore/universe/credultiy too fucking far.
    Would have to be some monumental twists to win me back…

  93. December 30, 2017 1:37 am

    “… I suggest you watch The Vietnam War currently on SBS …”

    Not sure if this is the same doco from the US cable channel (last few months) but I was mesmerised by it.
    Harrowing, emotive, poignant of the conflict, as never before!
    Disturbing; not least because it has modern day resonances of history repeating. Fucking ‘Superpowers’….uuuuuugh.

    Very long episodes (hr+).

    Essential viewing.

    I burned it and put it on a HD for my Dad for cuntmas…that’s right, the lies about Piratebay being unavailable in Oz are just that.

  94. December 30, 2017 1:40 am

    And the fucking SOUNDTRACK!!!

    Took me back to the music of my youth (which was enforced upon me, unsolicited!…but having had my aural capacity impregnated- I love and cherish it).

  95. December 30, 2017 1:41 am

    “this,, is coming from a government that is attempting to drum up the case for corporate tax cuts in a race to the bottom with the Trump-led USA? More importantly, what does it say about the Fourth Estate in this country that such a transparent scare story (aimed at creating an Us versus Them climate to sow division) can so easily be planted in the public domain with no journalist remotely challenging it”

    I concur…

  96. December 30, 2017 1:47 pm

    Via TB Guardian ,,..The rate of Newstart has been widely criticised as inadequate by many groups including the Business Council of Australia, which makes the point that its low level is actually a barrier to effective job searches and employment.,,. @neighbors and friends have been telling me this for fcuking years, NOW the biz-council is agreeing with them. Where are our LOUD in-house imbeciles now?.,,. Guardian,,These payments provide a vital safety net to people unable to work, and play an important role in alleviating poverty. Australia has one of the most well-targeted social security systems in the world,,.. @crap, guardian went from ‘smart’ to ‘imbecile’ with the very next line. The 260ish a week is a ‘not much’, (not ‘generous’ as clowntown claims) safety net. lt does not ‘alleviate’, but entrench poverty. lt is so little that once bills like ‘phone’ and ‘electric’ hit them, they have to try and choose which one they have cut-off will hurt them least. Well done to all those f cuking idiots that bought the ‘carreer-bludger’ line, while ignoring decades of job-trashing (like-auto) actively pursued by clowntown teabags. (and ‘me-too-ed’ by the other lot)

  97. December 30, 2017 4:08 pm

    Same Guardian ,,..Treasury figures, published in response to a question on notice from Abetz, showed of the $11,427 in tax paid by the ‘average’ earner, $4,326, or $83 a week, was spent on social security, while $474, or $9 a week, was spent servicing national debt.,,. @(l-reckon) This type of horseshit that breaks down ‘this-cost’ must be attibuted to ‘that-bludger’ in national spending for citizens ‘small’ benefit/s is a type of FakeNews too. WTF WHY? l can hear teabags scream. Well, we don’t get to hear the same breakdown of how the top few hundred wealthy monster-biz’s ‘bludge’ (via loopholes and offshoring) on citizens, treasury, and other biz’s do we. These ‘bludgers’ lawfully ‘bludge’, 36% pay ZERO tax, the rest pay ‘effective’ tax between zero% (obviously) and tops out at a maximum about 14%, 15% on their squillions. (tho some might get snagged for a couple of percent more) Nowhere near the LOUDLY spruiked 30%ish ‘corporate’ rate of the day. Compare, lowest personal rate of 1 9% on crumbs, not squillions. We should be hearing what full paying biz’s and citizens pay to make-up for the ‘bludging’ monster-biz’s, but we don’t hear fakenews screeching about it. @Go Ahead ‘accountant’

  98. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    December 30, 2017 4:41 pm

    Trump is delusional, dangerous and deranged and anyone with any sense knew this in advance, his history of misogyny and bullying, his vanity inspired reactions, all make him the dangerous person on the planet. His judgment is motivated only by how decisions reflect on him personally.

    He is an ugly, lowbrow liar.

    I’m just reading PJ O’Rourke’s book on the 2016 presidential election – he is hilariously provocative and insightful.
    ————–

    Yes HD, it’s great to see my daughter so determined in the water – she has competed in national junior titles and made the finals, but probably isn’t quite at the level to go further.

    On the surf coast, there is a bit of arrogance towards female surfers, and a few men have learnt not drop in on her, her retribution is hogging the waves! It’s great to see!

  99. December 30, 2017 5:51 pm

    Credit should be given to the-ronald for the ‘swarm’ of fresh literature dumped on the market. Never let the team-elite miss an opportunity to milk their team-followers l say. There is plenty of politicos and talking heads taking advantage of the 2016 booksquealing, hilary, biden, obama?, orourke and several other talking heads. l don’t know of ANY that predicted the correct result tho.

  100. December 30, 2017 7:35 pm

    Galloway ,,..later described this battle that he calls ‘Ia Drang’ as ‘The battle that convinced Ho Chi Minh he could win’.,,. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ia_Drang @watched this last night @Teebz Dunny @and yes, been watching ‘all’ the docos too. l just can’t resist the war-blundering our teabags follow teh-usa continuously into. l particularly like LBJ,,l will not seek, nor shall l accept, the nomimation from my party for prez,, lt is about the only thing said by anybody at the time that was correct.

  101. TB Queensland permalink
    December 31, 2017 12:56 pm

    Just popped in to wish youse all Happy New Year … brain’s a bit frazzled at the moment … but thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments above …

    So much agreement that the world is being buggered by incompetent nincompoops (what’s frightening for me is how many morons continue to vote ’em in!) … now Russia is flying nuke bombers out of Indonesia … Tindall put on alert … I was in Darwin/Katherine this year …

    If your interest in The American War (as the Vietnamese call it) … look up the Battle of Coral Balmoral … and remember the 454 Australians (200 of them Nashos) who died in VN … and the 55,000 US troops … all because of political/religious ideology driven by a fear of the Domino Theory …

    Loved reading the proud dads’ comments too … love and support is the greatest gift of all … they will find their own path! Congrats!

    Played Age of Empires with three grandsons last night, 19 yo decided Grandma needed a break and made a fab meat loaf for us all … then proceeded to wipe the floor in AoE against the rest of us … 26 yo/14 yo and the “old fart” – my troops are still galloping around on horseback and he’s dropping nuclear bombs FFS! Really nice evening tho’ just what we all needed to calm the tension.

    Hope (Star Wars again?) everyone has a great NYE and 2018 is kind to all.

  102. January 1, 2018 6:06 pm

    Happy new calendar folks. l am certain 2018 will keep legacy fakenews outlets very busy; swooning at the feet of global duds and tyrants and be totally different to other years. For example, we can expect fakenews to continue to give support to obsolete systems of telegraph wires. Meanwhile, over in canoeland ,,..The state’s budget, handed down today, includes $2.9 million over four years, including $1.6 million in 2017-18, for the expansion of the Gig City network. The funding is in addition to $4.7 million over four years allocated in last year’s budget. The project is based on SABRENet: The South Australian Broadband Research & Education Network, a network owned by the government and the state’s universities.,, https://www.computerworld.com.au/article/621026/sa-government-funds-expansion-gig-city-program/ @Do we all remember when in-house and fakenews imbeciles fell for; the node and telegraph wire, cut costs spin? We Sure Do! ,,..We advised the PBO (Parliamentary Budget Office) t hat new technologies that will be available during the term of the NBN roll-out will make the copper-based FTTN network, which on present NBN information will constitute about 30 per cent to 40 per cent of the total build, no longer fit-for-purpose over the long term, Mr Patton said. We’ve previously pointed out that any potential purchaser of the NBN would presumably require the sale price to be discounted by whatever quantum it estimates to be the cost of a significant impending technology upgrade.,,. http://www.afr.com/technology/web/nbn/pbo-raises-concerns-over-governments-risky-nbn-loan-and-88bn-budget-impact-20161214-gtar71 @impending technology upgrade @impending technology upgrade @Get used to it teabags @impending technology upgrade @it will be the soundtrack of 2018.

  103. January 1, 2018 8:53 pm

    Well that didn’t take very long did it folks. First day of the year, and the zombies are already banging the ol repug chestnut on the echo chambers. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/barely-coherent-turnbull-hits-out-at-keating-criticism-over-australian-republic Over at my abc echo chamber they seem to be defending ‘im a strong leader’ by reminding viewers keating was a weak cnut. abc,,..The Prime Minister’s Department cautioned against letting voters choose the president, saying appointment by Parliament would provide ‘effective safeguards in respect to the calibre and non-partisanship of candidates’. Keating later told cabinet ‘it is imperative that his or her mandate does not flow from popular election’. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-01/documents-reveal-concerns-over-an-elected-australian-president/9295668 @in other words folks, the ‘oh just trust us’ model. The afr echo chamber said ,,..Turnbull has floated holding a postal survey to determine how an Australian republic would pick a president ahead of a fresh referendum to change the Constitution, drawing on the success of last year’s gay marriage vote.,, http://www.afr.com/news/malcolm-turnbull-suggests-postal-vote-to-decide-republic-model-20180101-h0bxji @l still don’t trust any of these fcukers. The fakenews outlets will continue to fool themselves that a repug is the most important thing to most citizens; instead of say, livingwage jobs (not-junkjobs), a first world network without telegraph wire; affordable gas, electric, homes and medical. The pinkists will now spend most of the year fetching the repug-sticks the zombies keep throwing into the long grass.

  104. January 2, 2018 12:14 pm

    Happy New Year from Penang.

    I see that Talcum is calling for another postal vote. This time for a republic. This should become our default means of deciding govt policy. We could just do away with politicians altogether, and just have weekly polls with the results announced on the telly alongside lotto numbers.

    Thank you for your attention.

  105. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 3, 2018 9:39 am

    Yes, the postal ballot is a good idea.

    There are numerous issues around that are politically contentious – politicians will use them to divide rather along partisan lines than find common ground. And there is often a lack of political will.

    If a ballot removes the politics from progressive issues, – them I’d say we should have more of them.

    …and thank you for your attention!

  106. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 3, 2018 9:40 am

    I mean –
    There are numerous issues around that are politically contentious – politicians will use them to divide along partisan lines rather than find common ground. And there is often a lack of political will.

  107. January 3, 2018 2:38 pm

    just ,,.do away with politicians altogether,,. @i’m with you reb-a-roo. We could donate them to the military for target practice. (-: So is this penang trip holiday only? Or are we honeymooning?,, @Teebz coral balmoral is an interesting aussie battle (a big read on wiki). l’ve been reading the ‘battles’ (and war toys) from time to time, when l get the chance. Check-out ‘hamburger hill’. While politico dumbfcuks were peddling ‘domino’ frighteners, the dudes stuck fighting hamburger could see they were a re-run of ‘pork chop hill’ in korea. l suppose the dudes stuck in iraq’n afghan are having their ‘hill’ re-runs too. Having to re-take mosel, kabul, fallujah for 3rd or 4th time, taliban and ‘death-cult’ now controlling most of afghan again, libya similar, iraq not quite as bad, parts of pakistan also. Another total mess (and waste) the politico fools cannot exit from.

  108. January 3, 2018 3:50 pm

    Yes ,,..the postal ballot is a good idea,,.. Optional postal surveys costing 122-mill per go, ‘are’ a much better idea than merely having an optional survey/s at election time with YES, NO and ABSTAIN on say a ‘pink’ ballot with a question on it; costing only a couple of mill more (for printing and counting) to existing election-count costs; for those that stridently bleat on the ‘economic’ “responsibility” front. Who would ever have suggested this full throated practice of democracy years ago? @wink.wink

  109. TB Queensland permalink
    January 4, 2018 10:12 am

    If we have postal “ballots” on issues the pollies should take a “productivity” pay cut to pay for the fkn things …

    There is one really important decision that should never be left to one person (the PM whoever that should be – but especially OnePercenter, billionaire Elites) … … and that’s the decision to declare war …

    ……………………………What if there was a war and nobody came? ………………………….

  110. January 4, 2018 1:42 pm

    Teh yanks cold war geriatric ,,..is doing well and in good spirits while remaining hospitalized for side effects of chemotherapy treatments for his brain cancer diagnosis,,.. which is good to see, dog bless him. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sen-john-mccain-doing-well-and-in-good-spirits-in-hospital-son-in-law-says/ Meanwhile in clowntown, their cold war geriatric and freshly squeezed teabag ,,..has cast doubt over whether the US military is strong enough to guarantee Australia’s security.,,. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/us-military-may-not-be-able-to-protect-australia-says-mp-jim-molan ,,..He said Australia has an expectation, not a right or guarantee, that the US will come to our aid in an extreme scenario. There seem to be very strong grounds to question that expectation and to adjust our policy accordingly while remaining the staunchest of US allies,,.. As viewers can see, our cold war geriatric is in perfect health, and back flipping perfectly. Teh ‘anzus’ deal is merely to ‘open discussions’, nothing more. And not how he and john-w sold anzus to the public when entering iraq’n afghan, but as a ‘guarantee’, falsely.

  111. January 4, 2018 11:32 pm

    World population milestones in billions https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_population ,,reached 7.6 billion as of Dec 2017,.. 1804/1-billion 1927/2 1960/3 1974/4 1987/5 1999/6 2011/7 (2017/7.6) 2024/8 2042/9 @it looks to me that population now grows by 0.1-bill per year, my guestimates are 2021/8 and 2031/9 and 2041/10-bill (or earlier)

  112. January 6, 2018 4:04 pm

    Deliver Us from Drought http://www.myplainview.com/news/article/2-new-documentaries-cite-Plainview-s-plight-8392045.php ,,..Along with shots of dried lakebeds and a look at the idled Cargill Meat Packing plant that left 2,200 without jobs in Plainview (Texas), Vice generally follows Showtimes storyline, which mostly explores the state’s disbelief in global warming, mostly due to a conservative or religious belief that man could not be responsible for rising global temperatures. ‘There are two strands of religious thought that really bump heads,’ said Morton in the debriefing of the story. When it comes to climate change, like the one mentioned in the piece, there is a lot of Evangelicals, and the reason they don’t believe in climate change is because they believe that God is in charge of the planet and its weather. So it’s arrogant, actually blasphemy, for us to suggest that human action has screwed up God’s plan for that. At the same time, the Bible does promote an idea that man sho uld be a steward over his world. And that’s a word that Christians like to use instead of environmentalism, because that (word) has a real liberal-hippie taint to it. So they talk about the ‘stewardship’ movement that essentially is the same as environmentalism, but uses Christian terminology.,,. @it is so pathetic that stuff like ‘science’ needs to be ‘encoded’ into sky-fairy to placate the imbecile herd.

  113. TB Queensland permalink
    January 6, 2018 6:55 pm

    Is that why so many Christians like wars? God is on our side? And Muslims Allah told me to?

  114. January 8, 2018 8:09 pm

    Hey lurking feminista, did you see rocky horror reportland tonight, craig mclachlan is smoked, two women co stars have complained to plod. @oink.oink

  115. January 8, 2018 8:30 pm

    “If we have postal “ballots” on issues the pollies should take a “productivity” pay cut to pay for the fkn things …”

    Strongly agree!

    What the fuck are our ‘elections’ for again?!

    But significantly ‘MORE STRONGLY AGREE” that sending our youth off to War: and hence making all of us targets, should be a fucking referendum.

  116. TB Queensland permalink
    January 8, 2018 8:43 pm

    Strongly agree!

    Why am I not surprised …. 🙂

    I needed a friendly comment … The Minister is with our daughter in hospital (allowed to sleep in her room) … pretty bloody lonely here …

    … quite different to when I travelled around the world working (I expected to be alone) … I understand how The Minister must have felt when I was away …

    The difference between being alone and lonely …

  117. January 9, 2018 4:14 pm

    lf it were up to me, l’d chop the fcukers pay by 99.99% and they’d still be overpaid. The weak cnuts are poll driven weathervanes anyway. At least if there was optional surveys included in the process, they would be able to select a few topics and have ‘voters’ gauge them, instead of the fakenews lobbyist and talking head circuit setting the ‘agenda’ for their sponsors. l dare them to ask viewers about junkjobs, neg-gearing, offshoring and tax loopholes. And clowntown elections should be fixed at two years, let’s not delude ourselves pollys can behave themselves for longer.

  118. TB Queensland permalink
    January 10, 2018 3:43 pm

    Is God/Allah/Yahweh/Supreme Being/The Great Architect … or wotever you call him/her/it … actually a terrorist?

    1. terrorist act – the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.

  119. January 10, 2018 5:09 pm

    Where are my primates? For quite some time now, l have expected to wake up to news that a sudden heatwave somewhere on the planet has destroyed rare food forests like bamboo or eucalypt and we would start to see the rapid decline of panda or koala. @of course, l was totally wrong. Over at my abc,,.A study published today in the journal Current Biology, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the US and in conjunction with scientists from Australia, found the group of turtles had primarily produced females for two decades, because of increasing temperatures.,, .,.sea turtle sex is dependent upon the temperature at which the egg incubates,,. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-09/pacific-green-turtles-future-under-threat,-scientists-warn/9311280 @so clever primates, Will the sea turtle problem translate across all reptiles, gators, crocs, lizards and snakes? ls planet of the primates heading for a really big rodent problem? and food problem?

  120. January 10, 2018 7:46 pm

    WTF do turtles know. Let’s ask the jellyfish. ,,.We’ve seen a 1-to 2-degree temperature rise in the water off the coast in the southern side here and the animals have moved predictably with that, he said. He predicts beaches in south-east Queensland will suffer from closures as a result of increasing rates of stings in the coming years.,.. ,,.Marine experts have reinforced warnings that deadly Irukandji jellyfish are moving south and could soon be on Queensland’s popular Sunshine Coast beaches. It comes after four people were hospitalised on Wednesday and Thursday from Irukandji jellyfish stings on the western side of Fraser Island., http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-30/irukandji-jellyfish-on-move-down-queensland-coast/8153122

  121. January 12, 2018 5:57 pm

    multi ,,billion dollar push by fossil fuel companies that will fuel an anticipated 40% rise in global plastic production over the next,, decade. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/26/worlds-largest-plastics-plant-rings-alarm-bells-on-texas-coast ,,Darren Woods, Tillerson’s successor as chief executive of the oil and gas giant ExxonMobil.,.. ,,Woods was there to seal a $10bn agreement with the state-owned Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) to build the world’s largest plastics facility on the Texas coast, the spearhead of a US boom that will create an enormous new glut of bottles, food packaging, polyester clothing and other products that are already, once discarded, choking the world’s oceans and food chains. Lavished with more than $1bn in tax breaks by local authorities in Texas to locate the plant on farmland just north of Corpus Christi, Exxon,,.. @so clever primates, how do you think todays plastic bag polly waffle from ‘their strong leader’ in britannia wi ll turn out?

  122. Tony permalink
    January 13, 2018 6:15 pm

    “You may have noticed…”

    Hah! Who’d want to comment here anyway? It’s a shithole!

    #shitholegate

  123. January 13, 2018 6:38 pm

    The tinfoil hats would much prefer reciting years old, fact free, ipa wish lists amongst themselves and to their guru, than be dragged kicking and screaming into the realm of self thought or intelligent analyzing of national and global events. @teabagism ,, https://failedestate.com/john-oliver-on-spotlight-vs-reality/

  124. TB Queensland permalink
    January 14, 2018 1:28 pm

    Here we were cleaning up the shithole and another bad smell turns up …

    Nothing changes …. nothing is new …

  125. January 14, 2018 6:24 pm

    No matter how much we clean up the joint, ‘they’ will always return and leave their ‘skidmarks’. @teabags

  126. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 15, 2018 10:57 am

    Hello Tony…
    Tedious, bizarre and juvenile name calling, combined with deliberately poor spelling/grammar by Trump backers is a significant reason for it becoming a shithole.

  127. January 15, 2018 12:23 pm

    The Tony I know…

    takes nice photographs.

  128. January 15, 2018 2:15 pm

    WRONG, blubbers does not back the-ronald. @never.did

  129. January 15, 2018 2:18 pm

    The Tony l know ,, is easily frightened and extremely bothered by dog. @bites.onions.too

  130. January 15, 2018 6:17 pm

    2nd These are the ,,..FIVE Labor WOMEN hoping to tear down the Turnbull government in WA and deliver victory to Bill Shorten at the next election,, https://thewest.com.au/news/wa/meet-the-five-women-labor-hope-will-defeat-prime-minister-malcolm-turnbulls-liberal-party-at-next-federal-election-ng-b88711979z @so clever primates, lf these chicks don’t make it; whats the bet that legacy outlets will be screaming it was the ‘female’ factor, and NOT the blib factor and team knife factor? @l still reckon the failure to clean house of the ‘knifers’ will still bite them, and another ‘better’ idea of the pinkists will be smoked in the process. @yaaaaay.blib

  131. TB Queensland permalink
    January 16, 2018 7:59 pm

    The Tony I know…

    takes nice photographs.

    What about me-e-e

    I forget – who’s the really good painter?

  132. January 16, 2018 8:30 pm

    “”What about me-e-e””

    The TB I know dresses at Lowes.

    Is that what you were after…?

  133. January 16, 2018 8:31 pm

    I forget – who’s the really good painter?

    Not ToSY.

    His paintings are shit.

    But you know, you’ve got to throw them words of “encouragement..”

  134. January 16, 2018 8:34 pm

    I see that David Sedaris has “borrowed” the Gutter Trash unique typeface for his latest book cover.

    I suppose I should be flattered…

  135. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 17, 2018 2:40 pm

    I’ve been reading that book, his writing improves with age, the start is awful!
    ————
    Possible assistance with painting….

  136. January 18, 2018 8:30 am

    Hey fairy floss, remember when your imbecile herd was braying against desal plants not too long ago? https://www.reuters.com/article/us-safrica-drought-capetown/without-rain-south-africas-cape-town-may-run-out-of-water-by-april-idUSKBN1F51DC ,.,,the date taps are due to run dry, has crept forward to April 22 as city authorities race to build desalination plants and drill underground boreholes. Almost 2 million tourists flock to Cape Town every year,.,, @Texas, LA, capetown, all have dam levels in freefall

  137. January 18, 2018 11:05 am

    “”I’ve been reading that book””

    The bit about the disabled guy being scolded about “no more nightclub visits for you” at the IHOP restaurant cracked me up.

  138. TB Queensland permalink
    January 18, 2018 4:17 pm

    I’ve been reading that book, his writing improves with age, the start is awful!

    No wonder sreb, “relates” to the book cover … 8D

  139. TB Queensland permalink
    January 18, 2018 4:18 pm

    Possible assistance with painting….

    Is it true you can buy “adult” colouring in books now too?

  140. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 19, 2018 9:21 am

    David Sedaris is always hilarious, his story about testing the adult nappy (stadium pal) while checking into a hotel, very funny.

  141. January 19, 2018 8:27 pm

    “his story about testing the adult nappy (stadium pal) while checking into a hotel, very funny.”

    “Thanks Stadium Pal.”

    Definitely one of his best.

    As is the profanity of the elderly couple on the airplane in When You Are Engulfed in Flames:

    “First they make you listen to shit, then they expect you to eat it.”

    I’m only half way thru “the diaries volume 1.”

    It’s a bit lacklustre so far. Maybe it was the crystal meth…?

  142. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    January 20, 2018 4:28 pm

    I’m not sure of the reason for it being a little dull, but it lacks the usual zest!

  143. January 20, 2018 7:31 pm

    the ,,.,reason for it being a little dull, but it lacks,.,, http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/apartment-owners-face-60000-cladding-blow-after-court-ruling-protects-builders-20171221-h092gn.html ,.,,Construction firm LU Simon took the Victorian Building Authority to court after being ordered to fix six CBD towers it built with cladding believed to be non-compliant. Last month the builder won, with the Supreme Court of Victoria ruling the regulator was operating outside its power in issuing the direction to fix apartment blocks,., ,.Apartment owners will be slugged up to $60,000 each to fix dangerous cladding, after a court ruled the building watchdog could not force builders to repair apartment blocks once residents are able to move in. Following estimates that there are up to 1400 apartment towers, hotels and offices in Victoria with non-compliant cladding,.,, @remember the glory days when boltsville teabags ‘stridently’ bleated for cutting ‘red-tape’? Don’t worry boo, jonestown will be the same, maybe worse.

  144. TB Queensland permalink
    January 21, 2018 10:02 pm

    Should democracy be revisited … socialism … communism … a hybrid … ??

    Should our economic system be revisited … command for essentials … capitalism for profit?

    Islamic law dictates no interest payment for loans (HTF do they make a profit?) … do they need to?

  145. January 25, 2018 6:34 am

    On ,,..revisit,.., things teebz, it won’t do any good, as globally, so-called ‘elected’ govts are mostly filled with corporate puppets that hand most things of importance and value to corporarions filled with primates of even lesser intelligence. AND They ,,..didn’t want to kill the Afghans, a security source told AFP. The weapons and bullets they had were for the foreigners.,., https://www.yahoo.com/news/taliban-lays-claim-deadly-attack-slideshow-wp-192002590.html @team osama still seem busy, didn’t ‘our’ team claim they ‘won’ that one too?

  146. January 25, 2018 7:18 am

    It’s ,,..foolish to suggest that if the Pakistani sanctuaries were eliminated, the insurgency would magically go away and the U.S. would be able to prevail in Afghanistan, he said. The Taliban has persevered because the U.S. still struggles to fight wars against non-state actors, and because the Afghan government has remained a weak and corrupt entity that has failed to convince a critical mass of Afghans that it’s a better alternative to the Taliban,,.. https://www.yahoo.com/news/doctor-aided-hunt-bin-laden-languishes-forgotten-060736097.html @more of the same, better to drain treasury killing others offshore than to do good at home.

  147. January 28, 2018 5:17 am

    Chinese scientists ,,..have cloned monkeys using the same technique that produced Dolly the Sheep two decades ago, breaking a technical barrier that could open the door to copying humans.,,. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-25/chinese-scientists-break-key-barrier-by-cloning-monkeys/9359944 @cloned primates, the future of govt. ,,..warmer weather is allowing more dark algae to grow on the ice. Because ice is white, it reflects much of the sun’s energy, but dark algae absorb the heat, increasing the rate of melting. The Greenland ice sheet is up to 3km thick and would raise sea levels by seven metres if it all melted.,,. http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change-scientists-greenland-ice-sheet-melt-faster-worried-algae-a7858876.html ,,..are very worried about the possibility that the ice sheet might be melting faster and faster in the future. We suspect that in a warming climate these dark algae will grow over larger and larger parts of the Greenland ice sheet and it mig ht well be that they will cause more melting and an acceleration of sea level rise.,,. ,,it doesn’t all have to melt for more people to be in danger, only a small amount has to melt to threaten millions in coastal communities around the world,.., @Lets hope the primates have a boat.

  148. January 28, 2018 8:15 am

    As executive compensation plans go ,,..Tesla’s is about as friendly to shareholders as they come. Many other companies have installed outsize packages that often come at the expense of shareholders because the executives get paid even when they underperform,.., https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/business/dealbook/tesla-elon-musk-pay.html?dlbk ,,Mr. Musk does not take a salary, although under California State law, Tesla is required to pay him at least minimum wage. Tesla sends him checks that pay him a little more than 37,000 annually. ‘I don’t cash it,’ he said,. ,,Asked how he thinks shareholders should feel about Mr. Musk’s new pay package, Ira Ehrenpreis, chairman of Tesla’s compensation committee, told me, ‘It’s heads you win, tails you don’t lose,’ meaning if Mr. Musk is gaining billions then shareholders are winning, too. And if Mr. Musk does not perform, shareholders pay nothing.,, @bolder and braver leadership than anything the in-houses grovel at the feet of (-:

  149. January 29, 2018 1:40 am

    lt seems like your blog buddy https://wp.me/p1ZH5-6cA has gone quite since aug-2016 too folks.

  150. TB Queensland permalink
    January 30, 2018 10:33 pm

    I think you mean … quiet …

    Just sayin’

    Anyhoo …

    I do hope we are all invited to the big day soon … 🙂

  151. January 31, 2018 9:49 am

    Old google job alert says ,,AUPosition:Studio CoordinatorLocation:,, Silly me, l expect ‘studio’ to relate to film and theater. lnstead l got fantabulous management BABBLE. @Quiet=Yes (-:

  152. February 1, 2018 8:42 am

    Have to laugh, kevin07 is going legal after my abc slurred him, he told them burnt batt ‘risks’ were not ohs risks but finance risks, yet my foxified abc pushed their luck https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jan/31/cabinet-documents-abc-reveals-top-secret-files-found-in-old-filing-cabinets @go.kevin07 (-:

  153. February 2, 2018 2:10 am

    Feeney (david) quit politics altogether on Thursday at a 3pm press conference. ‘I am unable to disprove that I am a dual citizen.’ ,.,, ‘I will not be seeking ALP preselection for this (batman) by-election,’,, http://www.afr.com/news/politics/dualcitizen-david-feeney-to-quit-in-byelection-test-for-bill-shorten-20180131-h0ro5b Feeney ,, fought off a spirited attempt by the Greens at the 2016 election. The Liberal Party has indicated it will not run, a decision which will rob Labor of the valuable preferences which saved Mr Feeney in 2016. @interesting that the teabags are leaving it to team knife and team greenz to slog it out. lt will be interesting to see if any others (indys) run too.

  154. TB Queensland permalink
    February 4, 2018 8:18 pm

    Feeney (david)

    Poor old Robin … hey!

  155. February 5, 2018 4:54 pm

    When will the pinkists leave the bat-cave riddler? No sign of them yet. ..Saw blib huffing and puffing on tv news and increasing greenz voters by the moment. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/feb/05/labor-keeps-newspoll-lead-but-bill-shorten-lags-as-preferred-pm 31% seems doomed to repeat his previous term in opposition, with same result. l wonder if team knife will finally develop some nads and give blib the heave-ho after next election loss.

  156. February 14, 2018 6:16 pm

    Batman Saturday 17 March 2018. Polling places open at 8am. ,.,.The Greens managed to steal Northcote at state level but in a federal contest their brand is even stronger.,., http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-06/citizenship-saga-labor-could-lose-batman-byelection-david-feeney/9230942 ,.,.It is easier for the Greens to make a stronger pitch to swinging left-wing voters when Bill Shorten is the proposition,, ,,The prognosis from Labor sources is bleak. “We’re cooked” said one. “No chance, we’re f****ed” said another. And the Greens’ performance in Northcote suggested the minor party was well-placed to win its second lower house seat.,., @31% is a true asset to the team. Just which team, well we have to wait and see!

  157. February 16, 2018 4:27 pm

    Found this on my harddisc. http://www.thepoliticalsword.com/posts.aspx?postid=a52bd188-602f-40fd-9390-0293ccae8710 25/06/2012,,Why is it that so many here just fall into line with the latest ALP talking points?,, @Guess who? (And totally oblivious to ‘own’ falling in line with ‘talk’ points.) @Guffaw l am also absolutely lovin this teabag slomo train wreck https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/feb/16/what-joyce-said-about-turnbull-the-coalition-and-his-leadership-full-transcript When talkbull got his kiwi-deputy back, like the rest of Aust, talkbull would never have thought barney would get to impregnate a ‘second’ woman. Are we all surprised?

  158. February 16, 2018 7:03 pm

    gay rights campaigner Rodney Croome ,.,,unloaded both barrels on the ”hypocrite” deputy prime minister, who vehemently opposed same-sex marriage and demanded the issue be put to a national vote. You can’t put the lives of tens of thousands of your fellow citizens under the microscope and then expect to avoid scrutiny yourself, Croome said. He argued the scandal exposed what ”traditional marriage” meant for people like Joyce. It is not a set of standards for heterosexual couples to live up to. It is a euphemism for prejudice against LGBTI people and our exclusion from the core institutions of society, Croome said,.,, http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11990947 @the easily frightened are still hiding l see (-: http://www.thecoli.com/threads/elon-musks-brilliant-email-rule-at-tesla.569082/ ,,Anyone at Tesla can and should email/ talk to anyone else according to what they think is the fastest way to solve a problem for the benefit of the whole company. Y ou can talk to your manager’s manager without his permission, you can talk directly to a VP in another dept,, @but,but,but, how will workers know their place if not forced to grovel to immediate ‘superiors’ (-:

  159. TB Queensland permalink
    February 20, 2018 8:24 pm

    Noice to see the blogmeister is still lurking … who was the last comment from BTW … Bananaby Choice may be interested … 🙂

  160. TB Queensland permalink
    February 22, 2018 8:35 pm

    So Bananaby decides when we stop discussing his rorting … what fkn arrogance! Born to entitlement … if he wants to wear the farmers hat – get out and do some real fkn work … on a farm!

  161. February 23, 2018 1:32 pm

    All eight (four Asian and four African) ,.,,species of pangolins are now prohibited from international trade thanks to greater protections they won at the 2017 conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which UN Environment hosts. However, new research based on cross-border pangolin seizures shows that a combined minimum of 120 tons of whole pangolins, parts and scales were confiscated by law enforcement agencies from 2010 to 2015. On average pangolins weigh about 5 kilograms, so that’s a lot of pangolins.,,. https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/wildlife-crime-pangolin-trade-still-flourishing-despite-ban ,,..Under federal law, you also must be 21 to buy a handgun from a firearms dealer. But 18-year-olds can buy semiautomatic rifles. The AR-15 rifle used in the attack was purchased legally, at Sunrise Tactical Supply in Florida, according to a federal law enforcement official. ‘No laws were violated in the procurement of this wea pon,’ said Peter J. Forcelli, the special agent in charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Miami.,., https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/us/ar15-mass-shootings-guns.html?smid=tw-share @and l think to myself, what a wonderful world.

  162. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2018 7:02 pm

    wot a wanky world …

    Question: How can 6 billion people (give or take a billion) allow five egomaniacs to control the means to SEND EVERY SPECIES ON THE PLANET INTO OBLIVION! (if there is such a place … is heaven – oblivion?)

    The contenders:

    USA
    Russia
    China
    Iran
    N.Korea

    (the USA ,looks outnumbered – but hold on! Malfunction TurnAbbout’s government will be supplying weapons to the world! What fkn nonsense – build an economy on wars!)

    And I say to myself … who’ll save the WORLD!

  163. March 27, 2018 6:41 am

    (give ,,.,or take a billion),,.. Could a system built by accountancy-cult imbeciles and one-trick pinkists ever be anything but doomed?

  164. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 27, 2018 2:53 pm

    For those still reading here… interesting

    It’s “Australia’s humiliation”. Australian sport’s “darkest day”. A “strange, horrible 24 hours”. A “shameful episode”. A “shocking disappointment”.
    ——————————
    Let’s talk about how the Cronulla Sharks (under the captaincy of Matty Johns) participated in a pack sex incident in 2002 against a 19-year-old woman who later filed assault complaints against the team members and was diagnosed with PTSD. Let’s talk about how, when that incident came to light seven years later, Johns apologised on national television to his wife but made no reparations towards the woman involved. Let’s talk about how rugby fans rallied around the Sharks, decrying the woman as a liar because New Zealand police determined at the time that there wasn’t enough evidence to lay charges.
    Let’s talk about how none of the rugby players present during that incident ever denied that it happened as she described it.

    ———————–
    Let’s talk about Wayne Carey and Grant Hackett, both of whom have gone on to work in well paid media roles despite having been implicated in domestic violence claims (and, in Carey’s case, having actually glassed his then girlfriend in the face).

    https://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/was-this-really-sport-s-darkest-day-20180327-p4z6gc.html

  165. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2018 6:06 pm

    LOL!

    I just spotted this at the Guardian

    NeilofSydney 2h ago

    This whole article is because Rudd/Swan/ALP trashed the budget. There were no problems until Swan got his paws on the budget.

    Now all lefties do is find some poor sucker to tax more and give the money to wasteful govt.

    JUST CUT SPENDING PLEASE

    LMAO and then I thought, I wonder if anyone still shows up here … and blow me down!

    More from the indefatigable NoS …

    https://profile.theguardian.com/user/id/14773474?page=1

    _______________________________________

    ToM, I don’t follow cricket much but I’ve always thought the coach (Lehman??) looks and sounds sleazy … just an impression I’ve got … Smith seems way too naïve to have come up with this … in fact he always struck me as a good captain …

    ________________________________________

    (give ,,.,or take a billion),,.. Could a system built by accountancy-cult imbeciles and one-trick pinkists ever be anything but doomed?

    Mmmm … true dat … wonder how “The History of the Human Race” actually ends?

  166. Walrus permalink
    March 27, 2018 6:27 pm

    What ToM said !

  167. March 27, 2018 8:03 pm

    human,, Race actually ends?,.,, With no nads for nukies, the short odd bet is the primates will pollute em’selve into oblivion with plastic playing a bigger part (than todays noise notices) with probable super toxin/super bug attached, after duration of water war/food war. No space rock required. __Glad to see the guardian is reminded of teabag/ipa talk points over and over and over and over and over and over. l`m sure it`s wonderful reading. __Will pack rape and weapon assault in sport ever sink to the depth of yellow sticky tape?

  168. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2018 10:39 am

    What ToM said !

    Not to mention the Lodge rampage! WTF!

  169. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 28, 2018 8:06 pm

    I see there is a new range of products designed for the TB/Queensland demographic –

    https://www.danmurphys.com.au/list/wineinacan?mid=LOY_2018_WK40_Wine_Can&rid=35,510,785

  170. March 28, 2018 8:32 pm

    pretty special,., because Turnbull famously cited Abbott losing 30 Newspolls in a row as a justification.,., http://junkee.com/malcolm-turnbull-bad-newspoll/152102 @This was pretty funny watching l`m-a-strong-leader cut-off the churno and carry-on like a pork chop. l did notice tho too, it aint doing 21% much good, team-knife keep polling better than team-zombie, but talkbull keeps beating 17% on prefered leader. Funny as fcuk. @yaaay.blib

  171. March 28, 2018 8:44 pm

    Next ‘poll’ will be fantabulous! Mr-rabbit will have lost 30 polls, Talkbull will have lost 30 polls, and blib will have lost 60 prefered leader polls. (-: @yaaay.TEAMs

  172. Walrus permalink
    March 28, 2018 10:35 pm

    ToM said good

    Outrage thermometer at peak stupid.

    5 match ban look at the history.

    If you want to stamp cheats out then zoom in on bowler flys, mints, vas

    I didn’t see Atherton commenting

    This is now over the ducking top

  173. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 29, 2018 2:25 pm

    I see Shane Warne has suggested the penalty was too harsh, maybe he’s right. But he was suspended for 12 months for being drug cheat, so he would say that.

  174. March 29, 2018 3:28 pm

    Why pretend ‘fairness’ should exist in sport when it doesn’t exist in any other aspect of life?

  175. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2018 3:59 pm

    I see there is a new range of products designed for the TB/Queensland demographic –

    The only stuff I drink in cans, ToM …

  176. March 29, 2018 4:36 pm

    Here are the new facebookistan ‘privacy’ settings (info if you`re on it) http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-29/facebook-rearranges-its-privacy-settings/9600118 __l`m still glad l chose not to join the fcuking thing, while l never trusted the platform itself (or-zuck), the hysteria over the political advertising(duh) is quite stoopid.

  177. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 29, 2018 9:59 pm

    You’re an old crooner TB (not coroner?) – perhaps loosen you rvocal chords with a few of these!!

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=can+of+sparkling+wine&safe=off&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiZyaD_r5HaAhVL42MKHeyYAgkQ_AUICigB&biw=1521&bih=909

  178. TB Queensland permalink
    April 2, 2018 5:50 pm

    You’re an old crooner TB

    So true just having a break from rehearsing (oddly enough!)

    Looked at that link WTF!

    Interesting how you hone your taste down over the years – quality v quantity and $$$

  179. April 3, 2018 6:58 pm

    So, are’ya thrilled more having the bananaland comm-games, or swooning coz charlie is coming to open them. (-: (-: (-:

  180. TB Queensland permalink
    April 4, 2018 9:50 am

    tbagz, I suspect its all a dastardly plot … the TV news keeps telling the terrorists where Ponce Charlie and Caramello will be by the minute …

    The Firm works in mysterious ways!

  181. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 4, 2018 3:49 pm

    I must admit that I became tired of all the compliments that are directed to the police these days. The cloying praise of politicians and journalists is vomit inducing.

    But the ABC and Fairfax have finally put a little perspective around the policing culture.

    When I was a youth, the recruitment pool of the police was mainly bullies that didn’t make it past year 10, overweight thugs with an ego combined with a chip on their shoulder.

    I think little has changed, although maybe these days they require only year 9 and they probably eat McDonalds rather than the local hamburger shop.

    It is clear that there is an intolerant, racist, thuggish culture running through the police, and I think the recent reports will provoke a “me too” style of outpouring of public experience. I hope that brings about some significant changes, which are long overdue.

  182. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 4, 2018 4:34 pm

    It is clear that there is an intolerant, racist, thuggish culture running through the police… and lazy…

  183. TB Queensland permalink
    April 5, 2018 11:02 am

    I think you mean “the Victorian police” … our Queensland Police Service excels at serving the people … 🙂

    (Seriously I agree …) But that’s Mexicans for you …

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    As for Poncie Charles and Caramello … they seem to be working well for The REPUBLIC … just being themselves … self-centred and boring as shite …

    Charles I – lost his head

    Charles II – lost his head

    Charles III – (isn't looking good …) lost a country and 23 million people!

  184. April 5, 2018 9:08 pm

    l know. Even if we left the bananatown latte belt and headed into far north bananaland we wouldn`t find any plod engaged in koon-cicking of any kind. l`m sure they`re all as safe as a boltsville ‘welfare’ visit.

  185. April 5, 2018 9:42 pm

    Nah, they`re all uni-cloistered types, has been for about two decades. Plod, military and prisonguard recruitment has been in free-fall for years. Recruitment focus has been drastically too narrow for years, no life diversity/ experience, no other quals, no ethics. Too busy weeding out people they shouldn’t (good-people) and worrying about ‘personal’ demographics. Now they have to take the ‘dregs’ of their ‘own’ system. (l’ve been thru both military and prisonguard recuit process), plod very similar. Yeah, pretty fcuked the boltsville plod can’t tell the difference between a ‘welfare’ concern and a get the ‘scumbag’ call-out.

  186. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 10, 2018 1:35 pm

    Interesting quiz that challenges perceptions of doom and gloom!

    http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/are-you-smarter-than-a-chimpanzee/news-story/78cff7e2566918736df562807a79bfc3

  187. TB Queensland permalink
    April 11, 2018 7:43 pm

    I did that quiz and really bombed out, ToM … did nothing for my feeling of doom and gloom tho’ …

    Trump, Putin, Xi Jinping, Dutterte, Kim whatsisname, Assad, Ayatollah, Erdogan … The WHOLE Middle East … ALL RELIGION … and then there is the local hypocrisy …

    Democratic standards are slipping around the world and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warns minorities must be treated equally or they will radicalise.

    Ms Bishop said 2018 was the 12th year in a row that measures tracking fair elections, freedom of the press and civil liberties have declined.

    “This is an issue I have discussed with world leaders and counterparts, for example, Iraq’s Prime Minister Abadi,” Ms Bishop said in a speech at La Trobe University on Wednesday.

    “In the aftermath of the ISIS defeat, it is important to ensure all citizens, including minorities, are equal before the law.

    “All citizens of any state must feel confident their interests are protected, or there is a risk they will turn to militias and insurgents as an alternative.”

    Ms Bishop said Freedom House has tracked a global decline in democratic standards since 2006, with freedoms dropping in 113 countries and rising in only 62.

    “The attack against, or winding back of, liberal institutions is resulting from the rise of authoritarian governments in some instances and from the spread of extreme religious ideologies in other instances,” she said.

    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/bishop-warns-global-democracy-is-slipping

    Oh! And Peter Dutton … who keeps Mein Kampf by his bed …

    Nothing is new … except the weapons of destruction … and the L/NP now hell bent on providing more means for people to kill each other – so we can pay to save them in BLOOD and more treasure … seems to be The Australian Liberal Way …

    There are better ways to boost the economy RENEWABLES and RESEARCH are but two …

    Yep … no need to feel doom and gloom! Just pay yer taxes … and bury yer head – before some foreign soldier shoots it off!

    Why do I suspect the QUIZ may be a furphy?

  188. April 13, 2018 8:36 pm

    JooBish thinks she is looking into the abyss. lts the partyroom mirror. _the QUIZ may be a furphy_ @two or-3 choices, Yep. Need 7-or more choices to negate random/other results. Don’t tell the primate (or the chimp). __originally budgeted to cost $1.6 billion before a $500 million blowout__ @da-onions! @da-onions! __subcontractor, Acciona, has been accused of implementing a construction “go-slow” until the matter is resolved__ @outsaucingSolvesEverything __Sydney took a punt by moving towards a heavier reliance on roads and buses, Melbourne hedged its bets with trams. While the NSW Government acted to remove tracks and trams from Sydney streets, Melbourne sought to expand its tramway system, and currently has the largest tramway network in the world__ @good to see boltsville didn’t follow jonestown on its journey of arsebackwardness. http://news.com.au/technology/innovation/network-map-shows-sydneys-massive-former-tram-system/news-story/011abaf90477768751377ce7b6689dcf

  189. TB Queensland permalink
    April 15, 2018 7:43 pm

    Noticed THE FIRM is all over the news, mags, internet … must be selling something?

    I can feel an abdication coming one!

  190. TB Queensland permalink
    April 15, 2018 7:45 pm

    Melbourne sought to expand its tramway system, and currently has the largest tramway network in the world

    Silliest thing Brisbane did … get rid of trams!

  191. April 19, 2018 6:17 pm

    Citizen Comey will be on reportland tonight peddling his booksquealing to Leigh. Of course Leigh will be swooning for the anti-ronald, pro-hilary, citizen Comey, a solid student of JohnEdgar. @December 30, 2017 4:41 pm

  192. April 19, 2018 7:06 pm

    Let me guess, bananatown did it, coz jonestown did it. @trams

  193. April 22, 2018 8:00 pm

    Here is one for team-Repug. __It was agreed Prince Charles will become the next symbolic leader of the 53-nation club. (AP: Matt Dunham) _But most opinion polls suggest the monarchy remains relatively popular and many Britons are excited about the imminent arrival of a new Royal baby, as well as the marriage of Prince Harry and his American bride-to-be Meghan Markle. _Some British republicans had hoped Mr Turnbull, a well-known high-profile advocate of installing an Australian head of state, would campaign against a Royal being put in the head of Commonwealth role. _”No-one would have been surprised, no-one would have been upset – with the possible exception of some of his own backbench,” Mr Smith said. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-21/british-republicans-say-they-are-disappointed-in-turnbull/9683296 ,, @im.a.strong.repug.leader

  194. April 28, 2018 6:29 am

    Haw, haw, haw. Did everybody enjoy the odwyer critters ‘feminista-pride’ performance with barrie this week? Do our pinkists still believe the nation will improve when we have a zombie-herd stuffed with pre-selected, reheated, bronny-copters and odwyer critters? @send.in.the.clowns

  195. May 2, 2018 5:48 am

    It is only four months in, and it really has been ‘year of the teabag’ prediction-wise, hasn’t it folks. The ‘tax-agent’ is currently hiding under his rock hoping the banks ‘fee-for no-service’ theft inquiry goes away soon. Feminista-ism is taking a battering too, as corrupt boardroom top-dogs also includes chicks. The obsolete national telegraph wire system will be lucky to return 30% of treasury costs to taxpayers when sold. The global pedofile factory has returned Pell to face charges. The westend of antarctic (size of britannia) is racing the greenland icecap in the ‘denial’ melting stakes. Most of these topics were promoted with tobacco style denial and imbeciles delight by legacy fakenews outlets. Coming soon, teabag panic, and plastic. @Hope daughter is getting better Teebz.

  196. May 2, 2018 7:43 am

    Around 50 billion tonnes of ice is already draining into the ocean, accounting for around four per cent of global sea level rise, an amount that has doubled since the mid 1990s. One of the scenarios the team will be investigating is the “rapid runaway calving” tall ice cliffs at the edge of the glacier, similar to what has taken place in Greenland. , https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/04/30/antarctic-glacier-size-britain-threatens-flood-coastal-towns/ , __conservative estimate, oceans may have risen by approximately 30 cm by 2100 compared to 2000. However, others predict that, mainly due to climate change, the world should brace for rises of 1.5 or even 2 metres__ @HeyTeabags @GlugGlugGlug

  197. May 2, 2018 9:18 am

    Fixing “unnecessarily cruel” dole payments is a more urgent priority than budget repair, a leading economist says. _we here in Australia don’t have a dole-bludger problem (what we have is a society that is unnecessarily cruel) _recipients get about $40 per day to live on (just more than half what the average renter in Sydney pays their landlord per day) , http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-02/budget-repair-less-urgent-than-raising-dole-economist-says/9717140 ,, @Wow an0ther finance guru agreeing with bigbad bagz and not the ‘tax-agent’ @chortle (ie GOVT that is unnecessarily cruel)

  198. May 5, 2018 3:35 pm

    AMP is a mess. _It is facing three class actions, a board in tatters and massive reputation damage after the royal commission found senior executives should face criminal prosecution for misleading the corporate regulator._ http://www.afr.com/opinion/columnists/for-amp-and-cba-culture-governance-take-centre-stage-20180429-h0zep4 , _It is also a dominant theme in a report commissioned by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) into CBA last September following the Austrac money laundering scandal. _What we have is an entire sector under the blowtorch and battling serious reputational damage as the audience lay witness to AMP lying to the regulator, CBA awarded the “gold medallist” for charging fees for no service, planners caught taking fees from dead people, NAB caught false witnessing documents, client impersonation, inappropriate advice, Orwellian protection policies and a witness cutting short his testimony after collapsing. @With so much boardroom based teabag wreck age around, l would have thought some of the pinkists would have something to say. @With no worker/onion wreckage involved, l wouldn’t expect you-know who or the tax-agent emerging from beneath their respective rocks for quite a while. (-:

  199. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 8, 2018 7:09 pm

    I was listening to ABC 774 this afternoon, Raf Epstein said he would run a game called “Budget Bingo”

    The game involved picking the common cliches used during the budget speech (but not involve having to drink a glass of red)

    I wonder where the idea came from!!??

  200. May 8, 2018 8:20 pm

    I wonder indeed…! 🙂

  201. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 9, 2018 10:37 am

    Yes! The entire introduction to Budget Bingo sounded very much like plagiarism! But without the most enjoyable and essential drinking component!

  202. Walrus permalink
    May 9, 2018 5:16 pm

    “Road Back to Surplus”

  203. May 10, 2018 1:56 am

    “”But without the most enjoyable and essential drinking component!””

    Why would they even bother without it…?

  204. May 10, 2018 1:57 am

    “Living within our means”

  205. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 10, 2018 2:09 pm

    Yes! Listening to the budget while sober is intolerable!

  206. TB Queensland permalink
    May 10, 2018 3:59 pm

    Only the bankers can afford to drink these days … and politicians …

  207. TB Queensland permalink
    May 10, 2018 6:06 pm

    … and sreb, wally and ToM, of course …

    … me? … I just indulge in Bowlers Run Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (recently increased to $2.90 a fkn bottle!!!)

    We’re saving the “payment” gift (for a couple of adverts) of three bottles of Mumm and a bottle of Jim Beam for a special occasion …

    … hard to know when you are going to pop off tho’ … it should not be left too late!

  208. Walrus permalink
    May 11, 2018 9:37 am

    “… I just indulge in Bowlers Run Semillon Sauvignon Blanc (recently increased to $2.90 a fkn bottle!!!)”

    Oh please spare me your miserable life of borderline palate poverty LOL

    https://www.langtons.com.au/product/17025/247/2015?basket=50731

  209. Walrus permalink
    May 11, 2018 11:14 am

    Now that was a nice holiday from you pack of arseholes.

    Now where were we………?

    Oh that’s right

    Gillard killed the car industry

    School halls were a waste of money

    Pink Batts murdered a number of young lads

    Labor are economic vandals

    Oh that’s right …………………and something about Robber Barons and Living in some sort of miserable Society with a Communist Economy

  210. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 11, 2018 1:13 pm

    By the way, the result of the Malaysian election was interesting, any particular insights reb?

  211. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 11, 2018 1:15 pm

    …and I’m afraid I just don’t see the attraction of Pinot Nior

  212. Walrus permalink
    May 11, 2018 1:31 pm

    Yeah………you and TB can stick to your Bowlers Run

  213. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 11, 2018 2:01 pm

    Maybe try something that doesn’t taste like raspberry cordial….

    https://www.danmurphys.com.au/product/DM_759147/penfolds-st-henri-shiraz-2009

  214. TB Queensland permalink
    May 11, 2018 6:44 pm

    Fkn hell! Wally the URL explains the price! Or not! I just checked ToM’s, “contribution” …

    Fk me the land of the privileged!

    If I ever stray across the border (new wall going up I hear) you can invite me … (I even know which cutlery and glasses to use and a serviette!)

    My grandma owned and renovated 2/3rds of the hotels here … and here I am a pauper …

  215. May 12, 2018 3:51 pm

    Ha Ha. “Gillard killed the car industry” It is always fun to see the taxAgent upgrade his teabag Panic while frightened of 23%. At least blib is good for something, l suppose. ,, http://failedestate.com/kabuki-economics/ , _the mutual back-scratching around the budget puts the media at risk of being complicit with the government rhetoric about “running the economy” and “creating jobs”. The depiction of LUCK as skill suits the insiders. _the media wants to personalise the budget process (Scott at the controls like Kirk in the Starship Enterprise), the reality is the government is not “in charge” of the economy. _the lock-up _the coverage expands to fit the investment in the occasion. In other words, it suits the political class to corral the media for a whole day so it can control the message and it suits the media, having made such an investment in the theatre of the budget (like an opening night on Broadway), to preserve the exclusivity of access that the lock-up provides. @S o clever primates, What is your favorite Legacy FakeNews echo chamber peddling on the budget?

  216. May 12, 2018 4:21 pm

    “Gillard killed the car industry”

  217. May 12, 2018 5:30 pm

    l can’t see video/ youtubes reb, but thanks. l hope you’re doing well. While l would like to belt jooliar and eleventy(even more), big-auto went up in smoke coz its boardrooms spent all its efforts building dud product and trying to extort handouts from Fed and State(s) govts, resulting in them being too late for electric/ hybrid product. @self.inflicted

  218. May 12, 2018 5:40 pm

    It’s the video of Joe Hockey goading Holden to leave Australia…

  219. May 12, 2018 5:59 pm

    “l hope you’re doing well”

    All good here thanks bagz, and I hope the same with youz.

  220. TB Queensland permalink
    May 12, 2018 6:02 pm

    Whoo! So much to deal with, but like it!

    It’s the video of Joe Hockey goading Holden to leave Australia…

    Let’s go backwards (the bloody country is!):

    Holden has not existed since 1931 when GM bought the failing company! It is still a Septic Tank company!

    l can’t see video/ youtubes reb

    WTF! Why?

    (Scott at the controls like Kirk in the Starship Enterprise),

    Are you a closet Liberal … ? Comparing ScoMo to KIRK! WTF?

    Other than that I agree … GM builds big trucks that the Septics luv … GM never embraced SUVs and I suspect don’t understand why cars don’t burn coal (BTW steam engines are 70% efficient … petrol are 30% efficient … diesel are 45% efficient … why don’t we build “enclosed steam” engines powered by electricity?

    I choked back one of these last night…

    Because you and yer mates (see above) judge wine on COST not TASTE … look up Len Evans … (if you aren’t old enough to know the “the Father of Australian Wine Industry” …

  221. May 12, 2018 6:10 pm

    “Because you and yer mates (see above) judge wine on COST not TASTE”

    Not really.

    I’ve tried many $25 bottles of red that are just as good as $50 bottles… 😉

  222. TB Queensland permalink
    May 12, 2018 6:16 pm

    LOL! Ya fkn Dick!

  223. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    May 12, 2018 6:57 pm

    Ringbolt is good for guzzling!

  224. May 13, 2018 12:08 am

    (…but they stretched the lore/universe/credultiy too fucking far

    Some kind of probabilistic process, aka choice(s), possibly was involved in partitioning-away some kind of (im)probable (blackbox-)process in the (un)timely in-between(s) of init-exit(s) and exit(ing(s)-init; say, a functionally-fibrous meta-process which possibly is (in)elastic and somewhat repulsive in its contortion(s), but which, (pen)ultimately, may prove somewhat attractive; more or less; or (k)not.)

  225. TB Queensland permalink
    May 13, 2018 4:14 pm

    Chuckle … I know that face …! M …. mmm!

  226. May 16, 2018 1:24 am

    Not too many in the know will be surprised, but on budget night I thought of Budget fucking Bingo, and more specifically here!

    Thought it was immobile, so didn’t look.

    Stupid me.

    Also, fuck Australian Conservatives, niche wannabe Trumpian deadshits + a hair away from One Nation devotees…

    Thanks for being around still, y’all…

  227. May 16, 2018 1:32 am

    This made me buzz…

    They can’t stamp it out.

  228. May 16, 2018 1:55 am

    The mfkn IVIetatron!

  229. May 17, 2018 1:32 am

    Really excited for SOLO…IVIeta.

    I thought Rogue One was an epic pice of connecting lore.

    I also love old mate from Hannibal being cast as Ms Erso’s father.

    SOLO is out the day before I get my 5 weeks off, will be watching it with T the day after I recover from my final N/S. End of an era for us, she will be away at Uni next year. We’ve watched these new developments together with anticipation for the last 18 years.

    Tomorrow, when I have some solid sleep behind me, I am going to watch and attempt to gel together all of your excellent links (I have always treasured them).

  230. May 17, 2018 1:37 am

    * hard to maintain an aspie persona, even though that’s some of the best internet interacting advice I’ve ever heard.

    When I heard it, I was an abject novice, I have always dwelled upon it since.

    Everything I’ve ever read and digested from you has been multiple steps ahead of my analysis. Excellent food for thought; largely indisputable.

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