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The Gutter Trash Guide to Surviving the Looming Coronavirus Apocalypse!

March 2, 2020
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Outside The Gutter Trash Armageddonatorium

The Coronavirus is spreading like wildfire throwing global share markets into a downward spiral and shaking the very foundations of developed and emerging economies worldwide.

And this is only the beginning!

Fortunately, Australia’s Prime Minister, ‘Scotty from Marketing,’ has already declared that “everything is under control in Australia,” and somewhat optimistically that “Australia is leading the world” when it comes to the prevention of the spread of the virus.

In today’s state of crisis and chaos you could easily be forgiven for forgetting that it was little over a week ago that investors were popping the champagne corks as Australia’s ASX reached record highs!

Sadly, those days are long-gone as now it’s time to batten down the hatches and prepare for the apocalypse as the world teeters on the brink of destruction.

Doomsday ‘preppers’ in the US and elsewhere, long maligned and ridiculed for their bunkers and hoards of weapons and baked beans are now looking like the sensible ones, given the prognosis of the disease and its predicted progression.

However, now it’s time for the rest of us to play catch up, start preparing those bunkers, and stock up on essential items!

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Inside The Gutter Trash Armageddonatorium

Here at The Gutter Trash Armageddonatorium, we already have preparations well underway and have amassed a 5-year supply of essential items in our secret lair as a precaution for events just like this.

If you haven’t already done so, here is our list of ‘survival essentials,’ so that you too, can survive the impending apocalypse with style and finesse:

 

THE GUTTER TRASH GLOBAL ARMAGEDDON SURVIVAL KIT

1,750 cases of Penfolds Grange 2014

575 cases of Domaine Leflaive Batard Montrachet Chardonnay

250 cases of Alfred Gratien Cuvee Paradis Brut NV Champagne

125 bottles of Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin

225kg of French Bleu d’Auvergne blue cheese

75kg of Rouie Mille-Feuille of Duck Foie Gras with Truffles

50kg Brie de Meaux and Brie de Melun

50kg of snap frozen Bottarga Beluga Caviar

50 boxes of Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Río Seco Cuban cigars

25kg of snap frozen Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tschawytscha)

3 crates of snap frozen fresh lemons

250 boxes each of Zanax, Ibuprofen, Panadeine, Berocca.

 

Have I missed anything…?

 

 

 

622 Comments leave one →
  1. Shane in QLD permalink
    March 2, 2020 12:49 pm

    My neighbours ( a retired couple ) arrived back from a trip to the antarctic last Saturday. I realised they were home when I saw them mowing their acreage block this morning which is over a metre high. Went over to say hello and they told me not to come near them as they have had the flu since they returned. They said many people were coughing at the airport when they arrived home. I asked if they had been to the doctor and they had not. Just been staying in bed and had been really crook, but had to get up to try and mow the block. Now I don’t know whether they have the flu or something more sinister but I thought they should at least go to the doctor to rule out coronavirus.

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2020 12:59 pm

    Have I missed anything…?

    Maaaaate !

    https://www.danmurphys.com.au/product/DM_342073/bowler-s-run-semillon-sauvignon-blanc

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2020 1:02 pm

    The Coronavirus is spreading like wildfire throwing global share markets into a downward spiral

    I see its a comfortable -1.98% at the moment … unless its changed as I write? 😳

  4. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2020 1:30 pm

    Have I missed anything…?

    ME! 🙂

  5. March 2, 2020 1:37 pm

    “”unless its changed as I write?””

    It sank by 3.2% at the opening (Armageddon material) and has regained some ground to -1.3%

    Not quite as bad, but still pretty bloody terrible on the back of last week’s losses.

  6. March 2, 2020 1:40 pm

    “”ME! 🙂””

    That’s your chair on the left Tom, with the popcorn.

  7. Walrus permalink
    March 2, 2020 1:43 pm

    For a cleansing ale I suggest a few cases of Corona Beer plus compulsory limes.

  8. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2020 1:47 pm

    That’s your chair on the left Tom, with the popcorn.

    Cool, I’m just in time, cos this shows about to get started!

    The worst-case scenario is looking increasingly likely.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/01/the-worst-case-scenario-for-coronavirus-dr-jonathan-quick-q-and-a-laura-spinney

  9. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2020 2:03 pm

    Maybe they all got the flu?

  10. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 2, 2020 2:05 pm

  11. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 2, 2020 2:09 pm

    225kg of French Bleu d’Auvergne blue cheese… I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not a fan of blue cheese. So I’ll be stocking up on Gruyère, which pairs nicely with plenty of red

  12. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 2, 2020 2:29 pm

    I bought 5kg of lentils this weekend.

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2020 2:45 pm

    Maybe they all got the flu?

    Did you mean the “hopeful” illegals? (sarc alert)

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

    I bought 5kg of lentils this weekend.

    Well that will really give you the shits!

    LOL! @ Scott Adams …

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

    For a cleansing ale I suggest a few cases of Corona Beer plus compulsory limes.

    If you’ve gotta put a bit of fruit in yer beer … it ain’t beer … grab a few Theakston’s Old Peculiar … and a nice pork pie!

  14. March 2, 2020 3:01 pm

    “For a cleansing ale I suggest a few cases of Corona Beer plus compulsory limes.”

    In the Gutter Trash Armageddonatorium, life is too short to drink crappy beer.

  15. March 2, 2020 3:02 pm

    “I bought 5kg of lentils this weekend.”

    Consider yourself banned from the Armageddonatorium.

  16. Tom R permalink
    March 2, 2020 3:03 pm

    I bought 5kg of lentils this weekend.

    Ah, so you’re a hippy lefty, yor in the clear!

  17. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2020 3:13 pm

    Armageddonatorium

    Has this name been registered yet?

  18. March 2, 2020 3:16 pm

    Armageddonatorium™

  19. March 2, 2020 3:16 pm

    Obviously nothing to get too concerned about here…

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  20. Walrus permalink
    March 2, 2020 3:36 pm

    Many reports of panic buying in Sydney leading to unavailability of hand sanitiser, panadol, toilet paper , cereals and spaghetti

    Lucky I went to Costco last week

  21. March 2, 2020 4:24 pm

    “Lucky I went to Costco last week”

    You shop at Costco….?? 😯

  22. March 2, 2020 4:30 pm

    “”At this point the initial market expectation of a one-quarter effect and then a snap back of activity looks most unlikely as the virus continues to spread around the world, with more than 60 countries affected already. The potential for a global recession is increasing daily.””

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/coronavirus-has-us-facing-a-global-recession-central-banks-may-not-be-able-to-come-to-the-rescue-20200302-p545zm.html?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1583123659

  23. Walrus permalink
    March 2, 2020 4:34 pm

    “You shop at Costco….??”

    All the wealthy do

  24. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 2, 2020 4:39 pm

    Yes, the drop in the market is annoying, apparently now I have to die before I’m 124

  25. March 2, 2020 4:58 pm

    “All the wealthy do.”

    Not in Melbourne. Costco is the domain of single mothers with at least five kids pushing a conga line of trolleys stacked with pallet loads of soft drinks, white bread, potato chips and toilet paper. It’s a bogan paradise.

  26. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2020 5:00 pm

    You shop at Costco….?? 😯

    I guess that explains the Corona …

    Yes, the drop in the market is annoying, apparently now I have to die before I’m 124

    Oddly enough I agree with you ToM …

    The potential for a global recession is increasing daily.””

    Much surprisement …

    Why do we have elections … correction … why do we have anyone running the show … fucking useless sounds like a compliment!

  27. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2020 5:03 pm

    It’s a bogan paradise.

    Agree … and I’ve only visited once … the prices were a joke too … and we buy in bulk … ie our shelves were ready to supply us for a few months — ten, 20 years ago …

  28. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2020 5:03 pm

    … if they are engaging in conduct that risks spreading disease

    eg any politician who opens their mouth?

  29. skipio permalink
    March 2, 2020 5:50 pm

    “Yes, the drop in the market is annoying, apparently now I have to die before I’m 124”

    Oddly enough my portfolio went up by 2.9% today which came as a shock since the broader market was down 0.77%.

    My tech stocks Altium and Appen saved me

  30. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2020 6:59 pm

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/02/coffee-cart-upgrade-at-parliament-house-cost-taxpayers-almost-400000

    I’d like to see the CBA for that … aren’t LNP NJs anxious about CBAs?

    I know where the surplus is disappearing to …

    Stefanic said sales had increased due to higher volume of customers and greater choice of products. In 2018-19 the old cart sold 85,000 coffees and collected $330,000 in revenue, although Stefanic noted that year’s results might have been down because of the federal election.

    So when do I get my ROI as a taxpayer?

    $3.90 a coffee seems cheap …

    He noted Labor senator Kimberley Kitching’s observation that the cost was equivalent to “100,000 cups of coffee”, saying: “That’s about a year’s worth of sales, so as a return on investment that’s not bad.”

    Obviously the “economic managers” ain’t … in the real world the costs of opening a business aren’t just to pay of a $390,000 loan – it was a loan – wasn’t it?

    Run.The.Fucking.Country.Not.A.Coffee.Shop!

  31. TB Queensland permalink
    March 2, 2020 7:02 pm

    What’s dopey about this headline?

    Australia records first cases of human-to-human transmission

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/australia-reportedly-records-first-case-of-humantohuman-transmission/news-story/8f4c66de92f55910ea40b9de27561d32

  32. Shane in QLD permalink
    March 2, 2020 7:27 pm

    “Also today, a leading UK union is to warn that outsourced hospital staff, including cleaners, porters and caterers, are being forced to work while ill because of lack of sick pay, even in the face of the coronavirus crisis.”

    Yep it will spread like wildfire with casual employees being outsourced all over the western world. People without sick leave have no alternative than to continue to work or starve.

    Just one of the many outstanding benefits of casualisation.

  33. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 3, 2020 8:59 am

    “pallet loads of soft drinks, white bread, potato chips and toilet paper. It’s a bogan paradise.”

    Sounds sensible to me – hopefully there is toilet paper aplenty at the Armageddonatorium!

  34. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 9:04 am

    Nothing to worry about here

  35. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 3, 2020 9:10 am

    I thought Rudd just pissed money against the wall none of which was actually spent until after the exports to China had recovered.

    But I would like to thank the government for the new Chapel (with confessionals) at my kids’ school!

  36. March 3, 2020 9:29 am

    “But I would like to thank the government for the new Chapel (with confessionals) at my kids’ school!”

    You jest I’m sure, but please don’t go giving the CrimeMinister ideas.

  37. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2020 9:52 am

    I thought Rudd just pissed money against the wall none of which was actually spent until after the exports to China had recovered.

    Actually terms of trade and commodity prices exploded from 2008-2013 both of which are still higher than anytime under Howard

    Commodity prices

    https://www.rba.gov.au/chart-pack/commodity-prices.html

    Terms of trade

  38. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2020 1:43 pm

    TomR

    I was showing their was NO recovery of exports to China under Rudd because they never dropped in the first place. In fact they exploded during the GFC.

    In fact commodity prices and terms of trade are still higher than anytime under Howard

  39. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 2:14 pm

    The mining sector experienced a steep recession nil

    How do you think they got by?

    Sky Faeries came to their rescue?

  40. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2020 2:22 pm

    Exports exploded under Rudd. And mining output did not collapse.

    Anyway terms of trade tell the whole story and that exploded under Rudd. TOT are still higher than anytime under Howard

  41. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 2:41 pm

    Miners must be idiots to experience a recession under those conditions

    Speaking of idiots

  42. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 3, 2020 3:31 pm

    I often hear “teh left” lamenting that Australia isn’t more “democratic socialist” like the Scandinavian countries.

    What they usually neglect to mention is the rise of the extreme right and anti immigration sentiment there, the extremely high taxes and the lack of successful multiculturalism

  43. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 3:39 pm

    Yea, cos we’re exemplars of it

    the far right in this cuntry are busy arguing in parliament about calling themselves something else because their deeds have become so horrific

    The far right being our current grubmint

  44. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2020 3:43 pm

    “”””””Miners must be idiots to experience a recession under those conditions””””””

    Except they didn’t. Whoever said that is lying. There was a drop in commodity prices and terms of trade in 2009 from ultra ultra high to ultra high.

    Commodity prices and terms of trade since 2007 have always been higher than under Howard.

    Just look at the graph showing metal ore and mineral exports

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mining_in_Australia#Minerals_and_resources

  45. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 3:54 pm

    the far right in this cuntry are busy arguing in parliament about calling themselves something else because their deeds have become so horrific

    I spy with my little eye … something beginning with N!

  46. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 3:55 pm

    When reporting to Senate estimates Ken Henry the then head of Commonwealth Treasury had this to say about the role of the mining industry during the GFC:

    “In the first six months of 2009, in the immediate aftermath of the shock waves occasioned by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Australian mining industry shed 15.2 per cent of its employees. Had every industry in Australia behaved in the same way, our unemployment rate would have increased from 4.6 per cent to 19 per cent in six months. Mining investment collapsed; mining output collapsed. So the Australian mining industry had quite a deep recession while the Australian economy did not have a recession.” (Page E17.)

  47. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 3:57 pm

    something beginning with N!

    Don’t say the word

    The word that best describes their actions

    .
    .

    Nincompoop?

  48. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 3:57 pm

  49. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 4:01 pm

    And the lies keep on getting told and eventually they catch up!

    What is with Happy Clappys – they break all their own Happy Clappy rules and then blame other people who aren’t Happy Clappily inclined … hypocrites … lies, deceit, cheats, theft, obfuscation … and they just get away with it … just wait (and wait) till we get a Federal ICAC … it’ll be run by Happy Clappys too … just like the AFP …

    Morrison admits his office put forward Hillsong leader’s name for White House dinner

    Scott Morrison just admitted on Sydney radio 2GB for the first time that he put Hillsong leader Brian Houston’s name forward for the White House state dinner.

    Morrison referred to this as “gossip” for months and refused to answer this question. For months.

    Now he’s all *shrug emoji* over it.

  50. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 4:01 pm

    Kitty Litter!!!!!!!!

  51. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 4:03 pm

    Nincompoop?

    what about National Socialists …oh, that’s two words … mmmmm … errr

  52. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2020 4:11 pm

    “”””””””””””””So the Australian mining industry had quite a deep recession”””””””””””””

    Henry is wrong and he is LYING. Must be a ALP voter.

    Commodity prices and export volumes increased from 2007-2013 Just look at the graph of export volumes. If anything there was a crash after labor lost office.

    And mining is not the only thing we export. We do wheat, wool etc. And mining most probably shed some jobs because construction was over

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mining_in_Australia#Minerals_and_resources

  53. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 4:16 pm

    What they usually neglect to mention is the rise of the extreme right and anti immigration sentiment there, the extremely high taxes and the lack of successful multiculturalism

    That’s a good thing, ToM?

  54. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 4:17 pm

    Henry is wrong and he is LYING. Must be a ALP voter.

    And you were banned three times from the Guardian … three?

  55. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 4:17 pm

    how close is too close?

  56. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 4:21 pm

    And you were banned three times from the Guardian … three?

    bloody lefties (remembering that even isis are lefties according to Mein dutton ffs)

  57. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2020 4:26 pm

    TomR

    Henrys comment is garbage. Yes there was a crash in commodity prices during the GFC. They crashed from ultra ultra high to just ultra high

    Commodity prices, export volumes and terms of trade are still higher than in 2007. And they exploded from 2008-2013.

    Henrys comment is all the evidence I need to know that he votes LABOR

  58. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 3, 2020 4:55 pm

    No TB, the current political climate in Scandinavian countries is polarised, and strongly anti-immigration, anti-government intervention.

    The anti-immigration sentiment is toxic, and their intake is lower than Australia’s. The Scandinavian countries remain relatively homogenous

    I find it interesting that the left want to emulate those countries, when the citizens are so against their own systems.

    …and I don’t think Murdoch has newspapers there!

  59. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 4:56 pm

    Liberal senator tells Asio chief his use of term ‘rightwing’ can offend conservatives

    What should he call them? Revolutionaries? Adolf’s Angels?

  60. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 3, 2020 5:16 pm

    “What should he call them?”

    Cunts!

    There is not enough plain speaking these days.

  61. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 5:22 pm

    I find it interesting that the left want to emulate those countries, when the citizens are so against their own systems.

    Because you’re from the right you think everything has to be absolut … in fact the ideal society “borrows” from the best parts of all available systems …

    And FYI I’m not “left” as you seem to think of it … I lean to the left … and very occasionally to the right … I do not like extremes … I enjoy balance ie justice for all, shelter for all, education for all, health for all, wealth for all etc … and so on … however, from a personal perspective I should just sit back and enjoy my life … but I’ve lived close to poverty (my childhood and working), experienced unemployment, seen my family concerned during the VN War … I have also experienced wealth, happiness, good health … marred only by the death of three friends under the age of 50 and a couple of mean spirited people along the way … and incompetent right wing governments … and strangers who don’t even apologise or write a poem when they are wrong!

  62. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 5:41 pm

    the current political climate in Scandinavian countries is polarised, and strongly anti-immigration, anti-government intervention.

    Quick LOOK OVER THERE!

  63. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 3, 2020 5:43 pm

    You don’t know what you’re talking about TB. In any other country where the behaviour of unions (or their regulation) is not so overtly political, I’m on the progressive centre left.

  64. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 5:44 pm

    … accused the Prime Minister of lying to Parliament

    And that is serious stuff!

  65. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 5:46 pm

    You don’t know what you’re talking about TB

    How the fuck would you know?

    You still owe me two poems …

  66. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2020 5:47 pm

    TomR

    You are in love with LABOR. It is worse than 2 teenagers in love and quite sickening

  67. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 5:53 pm

    I’m on the progressive centre left.

    So, right between bolt and dutton then?

  68. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 6:11 pm

    17 unanswered questions in Senate Estimates today

    Not sure if they asked more than 17

  69. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 7:20 pm

    It is worse than 2 teenagers in love

    WTF is wrong with two teenagers in love? You are one sick pup … banned three times? I’m surprised you got away with the other two!

  70. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 7:24 pm

    So, right between bolt and dutton then?

    I’m still trying to figure out … You don’t know what you’re talking about TB as if ToM would know anything about everything? Even me … ? LOL!

  71. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2020 7:31 pm

    TB

    Love is blind. TomR and most ALP supporters have a blind love for the ALP.

  72. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 7:33 pm

    I have a friend at AAP … I’ve highlighted the significant sentence in this announcement …

    The news agency Australian Associated Press will close in June after major shareholders Nine Entertainment and News Corp Australia said the 85-year-old institution was unsustainable.

    AAP’s chairman, Campbell Reid, described the news wire as Australian “journalism’s first responder”.

    “It is a great loss that professional and researched information provided by AAP is being substituted with the unresearched and often inaccurate information that masquerades as real news on the digital platforms,” Reid, who is News Corp’s group executive corporate affairs, told staff at a meeting in the Sydney newsroom.

    The bullshit “news” benefits only one side of politics … ToM’s

  73. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2020 7:34 pm

    “In the first six months of 2009, in the immediate aftermath of the shock waves occasioned by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Australian mining industry shed 15.2 per cent of its employees

    Why would mining shed 15.2% of its employees because of the GFC?? The GFC had NO effect on mining exports. In fact commodity prices and volume increased during the GFC

    Perhaps mining companies shed employees because mines had finished being built and they were moving from a construction phase to an export phase?

  74. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 7:35 pm

    Why doesn’t the left of politics have shock jocks? Or left wing “terrorists” …?

    Do you know, ToM?

  75. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 7:40 pm

    How to demonstrate that you know nothing about capitalism and the market economy … and all about profit and being rich … at the expense of others …

    Please put another prawn on the barby!

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/mar/03/australia-detained-coronavirus-biosecurity-laws-australian-prime-minister-scott-morrison-update-news-politics-live

    Astounding …

  76. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 7:45 pm

    The hysteria comes despite Prime Minister Scott Morrison telling people today not to panic buy.

    Demonstrates that no-one listens to Sooty anymore! 😥

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/toilet-paper-will-coronavirus-panic-see-us-run-out/news-story/935b0fc0ee52f114507e7704d445aeba

    If you look closely you’ll see Wally at the checkout!

  77. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 7:48 pm

    I confess I didn’t read all the article …but just scrolled through now … I couldn’t help LOL and thinking of how happy Splatterbum would be! LOL! 😀

  78. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 8:01 pm

    Italian newspaper Il Messaggero has reported that Pope Francis, who cancelled a Lent retreat for the first time in his papacy because he is suffering from a cold, has tested negative for coronavirus.

    https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/pope-francis-tests-negative-for-coronavirus-after-getting-a-cold/news-story/15191bca07239f39351a89ed834d5b22

    And Nostradamus predicted that HE would be the LAST pope …

    Ask ToM for his informative interpretation of that … oh, and so did Baba Vanga … and Saint Malachy …

    We’re all doomed the Catliks said so!

  79. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 3, 2020 8:19 pm

    It’s interesting that Norway ranks number 1 for press freedom in the world, and there is no Murdoch press.

    But they have a conservative/right/anti-immigration government, and an electorate that appears particularly jaded by the “democratic socialism”

  80. Tom R permalink
    March 3, 2020 9:09 pm

    But they have a conservative/right/anti-immigration government

    That’s on its way back out after a few short years (you forgot to add)

  81. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 3, 2020 9:40 pm

    1. So.. since 2013 is “a few short years”?
    2. Your prediction is based on the polls? (Trump, Brexit, Morrison…)

  82. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 3, 2020 10:01 pm

    The news agency Australian Associated Press will close in June after major shareholders Nine Entertainment and News Corp Australia said the 85-year-old institution was unsustainable.

    Its a shame they have to compete against an organisation that gets $1.3B of taxpayers money/year. And the greedy mongrels’ want more taxpayers money

  83. TB Queensland permalink
    March 3, 2020 10:58 pm

    It’s interesting that Norway ranks number 1 for press freedom in the world, and there is no Murdoch press.

    WGAF!

    Your Slime Leader is in deep trouble … stop with the bullshit!

  84. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 3, 2020 11:49 pm

    I think it’s interesting that you seem to blame Murdoch for the election of the government, but the country with the greatest press freedom elected an even more conservative/right wing/anti-immigration one!!

    I think teh left need a new excuse

  85. ivi permalink
    March 4, 2020 8:04 am

    (I think teh left need a new excuse

    Nominative indeterminism?)

  86. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2020 8:39 am

    Your prediction is based on the polls?

    No, the fact that they just lost their majority

    Which makes yor following comment …. as pointless as the rest

    Meanwhile, our primeliar just keeps on lying

  87. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 4, 2020 9:01 am

    Yes, I see, the election is due in 18 months, and the far right party left the coalition because the government isn’t tough enough on immigration and Muslims

    Norway sure is a beacon of progressive tolerance! If only we were more like them, just as many of teh left seem to prefer.

  88. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 4, 2020 9:10 am

    And how can Norway be so mean spirited when they don’t even have Rupert Murdoch there telling them what to think and how to vote?

  89. Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2020 9:13 am

    “Your Slime Leader is in deep trouble … stop with the bullshit!”

    Yeah…………………..I think you said that last May……………. ROFLMAO

    “PM $2bn bushfire “doesn’t exist” : Labor”

    Neither does Labor’s climate change costings LOL

  90. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2020 9:23 am

    Neither does Labor’s climate change costings LOL

    Yea, but they never claimed they did now, did they.

    Sorry yomm, yor ‘look over there’ is pretty weak and pathetic. No one has said they are a land of milk and honey, just that, even when they have gone for a more right wing party, they still maintain their socialist foundation … because it works!

  91. Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2020 10:17 am

    “Yea, but they never claimed they did now, did they.”

    Well they must exist if Penny Wong says the cost of doing nothing is 20 times the cost of their policies…………….LOL

  92. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2020 10:33 am

    Well they must exist if Penny Wong says the cost of doing nothing is 20 times the cost of their policies

    Well, a LOT of costings exist, but, they all change, depending on circumstances as they change (which is why you can’t price something into 30 years, you can only put a range of possibilities)

    Doesn’t change the fact that the cost of doing nothing will be 20 times more, but again, that depends too, on so many variables. All that is known is that it will cost a lot more.

    This year alone has been $Billions just in our cuntry, and we are only at the start.

    oh

    lol

  93. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2020 10:46 am

    Wow, everything that touches this grubmint gets corrupted

    Luke McCann from Sports Australia acknowledges the agency gave the Senate incorrect information last week, when officials appeared before an inquiry into sports grants.

    Gallagher is not amused, particularly given there has been no correction of the record by Sports Australia.

    Does the agency understand its obligation to the Senate? McCann says he does understand those obligations, and is now acknowledges the error.

    (Background: the error was failing to acknowledge there was a brief with attachments sent to the agency after noon on the day the election was called).

    Gallagher asks McCann why two emails were sent on April 11, one at 8.46am (which Sports Australia has acknowledged) and one at 12.43am (which it didn’t mention last week).

    McCann says the minister’s office said there was “errors” in the earlier brief, hence the second email at lunchtime.

    Ten projects changed between the two emails.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/mar/04/scott-morrison-trust-labor-coronavirus-banks-stimulus-package?page=with:block-5e5ee8b68f086a28115b71f5#block-5e5ee8b68f086a28115b71f5

    That’s a pretty big ‘error’

    Compounded by the fact that they didn’t fess up when they were busted.

  94. Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2020 10:47 am

    “Or left wing “terrorists” …?”

    Mao, Lenin, Stalin just for starters, or were their body counts too low ?

  95. Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2020 10:51 am

    “Ten projects changed between the two emails.”

    ROFLMAO

    Do you really think voters are surprised by politicians of all sides doing some pork barreling ?

    Do you really think they care when they don’t trust their politicians generally anyway ?

    Something about the Canberra Bubble……………………………..

  96. TB Queensland permalink
    March 4, 2020 11:07 am

    Well, there goes yesterday’s market gains …

    Do you really think voters are surprised by politicians of all sides doing some pork barreling ? … Do you really think they care Don’t judge others by your loose CPA policies …

    It may surprise you that many voters dislike pork barrelling – period … not surprised they just find it a practice that should be “criminalised” because its actually stealing for political gain … when do we get our Federal ICAC again …

    As for the Canberra bubble – its time that it was popped – by popping a few politicians into jail … any guilty politicians will do …

  97. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2020 11:17 am

    Mao, Lenin, Stalin just for starters

    we have Stalin running around Australia do we

    But we DO have Right Wing Terrorists running around

    doing some pork barreling ?

    “some”?

    I should have kept going to reach $8.1 billion.

    That’s the total for 11 federal programs that have serious question marks – or worse – over their ethics, probity and basic governance.

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/03/03/michael-pascoe-liberal-grants-costs/

  98. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2020 11:27 am

    Do you really think voters are surprised by politicians of all sides doing some pork barreling ?

    I am surprised if the Coalition does it. But for Labor it is SOP. Nobody deceives like the ALP. And they are better at hiding their corruption than the Coalition.

    I have not studied the current allegations but I did study Howards Regional Partnerships Scheme.

    Coalition overturned 43 grants worth $10M. Of those 43, 38 favored the Coalition and only 5 Labor. Sounds bad?

    But there were approx. 1,500 grants worth $300M. Coalition only interfered with $10M of grants in a $300M scheme. But the media went ballistic because they thought the majority of grants were being overturned. Only 3% were overturned. 97% followed PS advice

  99. March 4, 2020 2:30 pm

    Sign of the times….

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  100. Tony permalink
    March 4, 2020 3:17 pm

    I know our language is always evolving and some words and phrases in common use today were unheard of just years or decades ago. All this knowledge doesn’t help, however, when I hear certain turns of phrase that just grate on me. Here are a few examples from a very long list:

    in terms of;
    going forward;
    across (as in ‘across our whole range’ – whatever happened to a simple ‘on’?);
    at the end of the day.

    Do others have their own examples of this or is it just me being grumpy?

  101. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 4, 2020 3:27 pm

    “all of a sudden”

  102. March 4, 2020 4:10 pm

    “thanks for reaching out”

  103. Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2020 4:16 pm

    “Do others have their own examples of this or is it just me being grumpy?”

    Unprecedented

  104. Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2020 4:18 pm

    “intimated” instead of “implied”

    “Opening up the kimono…”

  105. Tony permalink
    March 4, 2020 4:20 pm

    “it is what it is”

  106. Tony permalink
    March 4, 2020 4:23 pm

    “Opening up the kimono…”

    Sounds like something you’d do at a “Japanese bath house”.😳

  107. Walrus permalink
    March 4, 2020 6:16 pm

  108. March 4, 2020 6:32 pm

    Sounds like something you’d do at a “Japanese bath house”

    Speaking from experience ToSY…? 😆

  109. Tony permalink
    March 4, 2020 6:50 pm

    😉

  110. Tony permalink
    March 4, 2020 6:51 pm

    “across” as in “are you across the details of this”.

  111. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2020 7:29 pm

    Do others have their own examples

    “Multi Technology Mix”

    It’s the far rights excuse for not using the best technology

    View at Medium.com

  112. TB Queensland permalink
    March 4, 2020 8:22 pm

    I am surprised if the Coalition does it.

    I’m surprised you’re surprised … 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

    Lord give me strength!

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

    … the toilet paper aisle is taped off and 6 officers are in attendance.

    Talk about the nanny state!

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

    Do others have their own examples of this or is it just me being grumpy?

    Grumpy …? All the dumb arse management phrases like these have annoyed the shit out of me … especially “going forward” … WTF?

    Either that … or welcome to my grumpy world, ToSY 8)

    I spent many an hour reducing “training” notes from 120mm to 30mm by simply removing the BS, superfluous words and changing passive (eg changing) to active (eg change) and especially using short, bullet point, sentences to cover a four sentence paragraph …

    And here I am rambling! But in support!

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

    “Opening up the kimono…” dja wot? That’s a newbie …

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

    “Scuse my iggorance, Wally< I have no idea who Chris Page is … but …

    LOL! @ W & CP!

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

    Political Correctness ie PC … just what does it mean?

    ===================================================================

    Now – thanks for the "look over there" ToSY … amusing …

    Can we get back to the discussion on the crap decision making of the temporary current government?

  113. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2020 8:42 pm

    Just got back from ALDI. The media reports are true. NO toilet paper. Lots of tinned food gone and lots of empty shelves. But plenty of fresh meat available

  114. TB Queensland permalink
    March 4, 2020 8:48 pm

    “Multi Technology Mix”

    It’s the far rights excuse for not using the best technology

    TR, I don’t enjoy being “right” about this … many of us knew it would happen … its the defence of the stupid that really gets me …

    I’ve recently moved from Telstra … their customer loyalty has always been challenged by many but I was happy for 50 years … every plan I took out was honoured after the two year contract … this time our mobile plan was increased by Telstra (we were on a low rate because of our long term “loyalty”) it suddenly increased by $10 a month … then our broadband went up $15 a month … we had negotiated our NBN and mobile to $115 … and it was now $150pm … no phone call no negotiation … so we visited our local Telstra … who took our phone number and a suggestion that the local coffee shop was really good!! FFS!

    After 10 minutes with the “expert” looking at and “discussing” my comparison between Telstra and Aussie Broadband … he said “it looks like AB might be a better way for you” …

    And it was – apart from 27 years of using ***********@bigpond.net.au …

    Gmail here we come … that was almost two weeks of “painful” email address changes and … because of Telstra … losing our landline number … and finally shifting the network over to Aussie broadband … we have gone from $150pm to — a $15pm mobile … and I’ve just dropped my “unlimited” NBN to 500GB 90mbps (as opposed to Telstra 94mbps) and now pay …. $100pm … $50 x 12 …

  115. TB Queensland permalink
    March 4, 2020 8:52 pm

    Oddly enough we are packing right now for Taswegia … 15 days 4×4 hire staying in cabins … with our friends we met as neighbours centuries ago!

    Our second trip … 7 days last time … when I met the chef, Simon Bryant, out of The Chef & The Cook sipping coffee alfresco in Hobart! Nice bloke.

  116. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2020 9:06 pm

    “”””””””””TR, I don’t enjoy being “right” about this … many of us knew it would happen … its the defence of the stupid that really gets me … “”””””””””

    Did you read TomRs link? Not once in that link did it state what Labors 2009 plan decided on a plane flight in 2009 which was never taken to an election for a vote would cost

    Your whole post was talking about $$$$$$$$$$.

    Any idea what Labors fibre plan would cost??? Answer is nobody knows but FTTP costs $4,000 to install and FTTN costs $2,000 to install.

    Plus FTTP needs an underground pipe because the fibre cable is fragile so that means digging trenches down every footpath and then a trench to every home. VERY EXPENSIVE

  117. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2020 9:14 pm

    “”””””””””””””And it was – apart from 27 years of using ***********@bigpond.net.au …””””””

    BTW I shifted from Telstra to TPG because it was $50/month cheaper but Telstra let me keep my bigpond email address. Not sure why.

  118. Tom R permalink
    March 4, 2020 9:30 pm

    … the toilet paper aisle is taped off and 6 officers are in attendance.

    Upon reflection, it’s all too easy to see how the libs got elected.

  119. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 4, 2020 9:36 pm

    TomR

    The LIbs got elected because last time you were in power you locked up 50,000 boat people. Of those 8,000 were children

    How many kiddies did you plan to lock up next time?

    The ALP is an abomination

  120. Tom R permalink
    March 5, 2020 8:25 am

    nils on tele

  121. Tom R permalink
    March 5, 2020 8:48 am

    oh oh, I see the grubmints thinking of a … STIMULUS

    What’s the bet they are planning on an Armani led recovery?

  122. Tom R permalink
    March 5, 2020 9:06 am

    Everything gets politicised with this mob, everything

  123. TB Queensland permalink
    March 5, 2020 9:55 am

    oh oh, I see the grubmints thinking of a … STIMULUS

    wrong emphasis, TR …

    oh oh, I see the grubmints THINKING of a … stimulus

    They do a lot thinking, getting advice on, forming committees, calling for reports, forgetting what they were thinking about, reforming committees, losing/ignoring reports and generally having a good time sitting on their arses in parliament or on aeroplanes around the world and on holidays …

    Lots of talk – no walk! I used to think they were lazy … but they’re incompetently lazy …

    This puts it nicely

    The Untastic Mr. Fitz @UnFitz

    I have six packets of ramen, a case of bottled water and a dozen rolls of toilet paper.

    I’m now officially better-prepared for the coronavirus than my government.

    10:41 AM – Feb 26, 2020
    Twitter Ads info and privacy

  124. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 5, 2020 10:21 am

    I don’t see the point of a stimulus. There will be plenty of building activity in the areas effected by the bushfires. Masses of builders will be staying in the accommodation during the coming months, during a time that these places are usually empty.

    As for the corona virus, what type of stimulus stops that?

  125. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2020 10:26 am

    “I don’t see the point of a stimulus.”

    How long is it since you’ve had a root, old boy? Given up already? 🙂

  126. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2020 10:28 am

    Was it worth it?

    China Suppressed Covid-19 With AI and Big Data.

  127. Tom R permalink
    March 5, 2020 10:56 am

    wrong emphasis

    Good point TB

    fark this mob are twisted

  128. TB Queensland permalink
    March 5, 2020 11:40 am

    I think it’s time Josh simply does the right thing, fix this, and apologise for mocking Hindus in the Parliament

    Din’t Friesnburger go off about anti-semitism a while ago? Hypocrite!

    People in glass temples, churches, synagogues and mosques certainly throw a lot of stones …

  129. TB Queensland permalink
    March 5, 2020 11:45 am

    “I don’t see the point of a stimulus.”

    The ASX seems to …

    Depends what the govt want to stimulate.

  130. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2020 12:01 pm

    “Is it ever worth it splats?”

    Fark! No surprise the name of the creepy guy in the NPR article is O’Brien!

  131. Tom R permalink
    March 5, 2020 12:20 pm

    🙂 splats

    No wonder our governments have a complex and want to spy on us more, big business has more data than even the Chinese do their citizens

  132. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 5, 2020 1:39 pm

    http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/ahead/outlooks/archive/20191219-outlook.shtml

    Mostly neutral rainfall outlook for January to March

    While the fortnight covering the Christmas–New Year period (23 December to 5 January) suggests drier than average weather for parts of the Top End of the NT, northern and eastern Queensland, southern NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania, wetter than average conditions are likely in most of WA, the western NT and western SA.
    The rainfall outlook for January to March 2020 indicates most of the country will have roughly equal chances of a wetter or drier than average three months. Parts of Cape York Peninsula are likely to be drier than average, and most of the Top End of the NT is likely to be wetter than average.
    While outlooks for drier than average conditions ease heading into 2020, several months of above average rainfall would be needed to see a recovery from current long-term rainfall deficiencies.

  133. Tom R permalink
    March 5, 2020 1:41 pm

    Australia’s extreme bushfire season was at least 30 per cent more likely than a century ago because of climate change, and the risks of a repeat will rise four-fold if global temperatures exceed a two-degree increase.

    https://www.theage.com.au/environment/climate-change/climate-change-made-really-scary-fire-extremes-a-third-more-likely-20200304-p546pl.html

  134. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 5, 2020 1:51 pm

    Bottom line is the BOM got it wrong.

    They told the govt in December 2019 there would be no significant rains until April.

  135. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2020 2:41 pm

    “big business has more data than even the Chinese do their citizens”

    It’s bad enough that big business should use the info to make a profit. It is going to get very much worse if they decide to use it to make us virtuous or to cancel those who do not conform!

  136. Tom R permalink
    March 5, 2020 2:54 pm

    nil, stop being a dope, it becomes you

    https://theconversation.com/rain-has-eased-the-dry-but-more-is-needed-to-break-the-drought-131660

    if they decide to use it to make us virtuous or to cancel those who do not conform!

    Cambridge Analytica ring a bell 😉

  137. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 5, 2020 3:03 pm

    “Cambridge Analytica ring a bell”

    That’s right I remember now. There is a whole lot of manipulation going on with the tech giants.

  138. Tony permalink
    March 5, 2020 4:39 pm

    They told the govt in December 2019 there would be no significant rains until April.

    As Tim Blair said yesterday: “Many millimetres of Flannery continue to fall across NSW and all of our dams are Thunberged.”

    This might confound alarmists but realists will get the joke.

  139. Tony permalink
    March 5, 2020 4:47 pm

    Here in Melbourne we’ve had around 100mm of glorious BOM tears in the last 24 hours.

  140. TB Queensland permalink
    March 5, 2020 5:02 pm

    So the joint is being skimmed by the Taylor Gang … bushrangers are alive and well … or should I say Robber Barons?

    Bronwyn Taylor, who maintains she had no influence over the process, was asked a number of questions in an estimates committee on Thursday about the Country Universities Centres program, which received $16m funding from the state government.

    The program also received further funding from the federal government.

    Bronwyn Taylor’s husband, Duncan Taylor, was chairperson when the organisation applied for the grant and later became the CEO.
    NSW funded $16m project run by MP Bronwyn Taylor’s husband
    Read more

    Duncan Taylor is the brother of the federal energy minister, Angus Taylor. Louise Clegg, Angus Taylor’s wife, is on the board of the centre in Goulburn.

    The Country Universities Centres now run several centres in regional areas, which provide a study hub for students in regional areas. Bronwyn Taylor told estimates they had been very successful in encouraging regional students to remain in country areas while studying and after graduating.

    The centre in Angus Taylor’s electorate was funded by the state grant.

    Bronwyn Taylor has told parliament that she played no part in the grant process.

    But read on …

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/05/nsw-nationals-deputy-bronwyn-taylor-notified-instantly-of-8m-grant-to-husbands-organisation

  141. TB Queensland permalink
    March 5, 2020 5:07 pm

    Only in PNG … not much has changed since ’89 … chuckle …

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/05/papua-new-guinea-police-instructed-to-search-for-missing-apec-cars

  142. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 5, 2020 5:10 pm

    There was a proposal to build the Welcome Reef dam on the Shoalhaven River to supply Sydney with water.

    I guess the Scientific advice from various Professors at Universities was that it would never rain again because of AGW or whatever lefties call it these days so there is no point in building a dam because it will never fill.

    So land set aside to build the dam was turned into a National Park by Bob Carr/ALP and they built a desal plant.

    Just another example of LABOR taking us down the wrong path

  143. Tom R permalink
    March 6, 2020 7:42 am

    Yomm was saying

  144. Tom R permalink
    March 6, 2020 8:42 am

    POPCORN time 🙂

    The former sports minister Bridget McKenzie has reignited the sports rorts controversy by insisting she made no changes to the brief and attachments outlining successful projects funded under the sports grants scheme after 4 April 2019.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/06/bridget-mckenzie-reignites-sports-rorts-affair-by-denying-late-changes-to-grants?CMP=share_btn_tw

    Looks like the bus didn’t finish her off 😉

  145. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 6, 2020 9:42 am

    Does a press freedom pledge have something to do with me?

  146. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2020 9:46 am

    Good! (Someone must read our comments, TR) Duck now! 😉

    Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said amendments to the Criminal Code would be introduced after a 2018 inquiry discovered almost one in four Queensland workers were not being paid what they were entitled to.

    Ms Grace said employers who committed wage theft would be liable to maximum prison terms of 10 years for stealing or 14 years for fraud.

    “Wage theft is taking around $1.2 billion out of workers’ pockets each year, and more than $1 billion from workers’ superannuation,” she said.

    “These amendments will rectify that inequity and send a strong message to employers that wage theft is not acceptable – it is a crime.”

    https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politics/queensland/qld-bosses-who-underpay-staff-face-14-years-jail-under-proposed-laws-20200305-p54796.html

  147. Tom R permalink
    March 6, 2020 10:19 am

    You’ve been talking about how free our press is a lot lately, thought it might interest you yomm 😉

  148. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 6, 2020 10:51 am

    I’ve been talking about how the media doesn’t have the influence that teh left assigns to it, because-
    *There is a level of free media diversity on line that was unimaginable a decade and a half ago.
    *People are freely able to express and discuss their political views
    *The country with the highest level of press freedom in the world, that has no Murdoch press, has followed a global trend to anti-immigration and reduced government intervention.

    I’m not sure what that has to do with the pledge you’re on about.

  149. Tom R permalink
    March 6, 2020 11:16 am

    I’ve been talking about how the media doesn’t have the influence

    How’s yer toilet paper situation looking lately 😉

  150. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 6, 2020 11:18 am

    It’s also interesting that Michael Bloomberg’s candidacy for the Democrat nomination crashed so quickly, after he spent over half a billion US$ on advertising.

    If someone is unappealing, voters aren’t persuaded by big dollar advertising

  151. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2020 12:15 pm

    *There is a level of free media diversity on line that was unimaginable a decade and a half ago.

    *People are freely able to express and discuss their political views

    *The country with the highest level of press freedom in the world, that has no Murdoch press, has followed a global trend to anti-immigration and reduced government intervention.

    Your naivety continues to astound …

    1. The “free media diversity” is not professional journalism it is just “free media” platforms – just like this one … (some of us don’t get caught up in the right wing shock jock shyte – why are there no left wing shock jocks – ’cause they all work for Rupie)

    2. Those “political views” are like the run (scuse the pun) on toilet paper … they rarely do their own research and comparison just follow the horde who heard it on 4BC … they simply follow the “trend”

    3. The same country has access to Murdok’s fake news around the world along with those of the “freely able” to spead it

    If someone is unappealing, voters aren’t persuaded by big dollar advertising

    So you find Sooty Morrison “appealing”? The problem he has is that he couldn’t find a smell in a fart factory … without asking for a report – by that time the smells gone away – until it comes back again.

    No comment on my comment … @ TB Queensland PERMALINK
    March 5, 2020 5:02 pm

  152. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 6, 2020 12:17 pm

    “It’s also interesting that Michael Bloomberg … spent over half a billion US$ on advertising.”

    At least Bloomie won American Samoa for his troubles. Although it cost him roughly the GDP of that place. The old plutocrat might have been better off just buying the place.

    Meanwhile, the Democrat establishment seem to have chosen senility over socialism.

  153. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 6, 2020 12:22 pm

    Melbourne doesn’t have fight wing shock jocks. They seem to be more acceptable in states and cities with a less intelligent demographic.

  154. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 6, 2020 12:24 pm

    I notice the good folk at Vinomofo are promoting their firewater with the following sage advice in their spam emails:

    “Stockpile wine not toilet paper, mofo!”

  155. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 6, 2020 12:24 pm

    TB, have a read of your points 1 and 2. Can you identify the contradiction?

  156. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 6, 2020 12:25 pm

    1&3

  157. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2020 12:34 pm

    Another Sooty appointment gone sour …

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/03/04/fair-work-commission-gerard-boyce-figurines/

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

    Melbourne doesn’t have fight wing shock jocks.

    Are you actually from Earth?

    https://www.google.com.au/search?sxsrf=ALeKk00R_P8zRG1hINT1cyh0mQWnSMgUaw:1583458215908&q=3AW&stick=H4sIAAAAAAAAAONgFuLUz9U3yDA1KS9QAjONiswqTLT4nPNzc_PzgjNTUssTK4sXsTIbO4bvYGUEAOT8njIxAAAA&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi58ebD2YToAhXK7HMBHf5PBE8QxA0wJXoECBIQCQ&sxsrf=ALeKk00R_P8zRG1hINT1cyh0mQWnSMgUaw:1583458215908&biw=1494&bih=944

    1&3

    Enlighten me … my mind doesn’t work like yours (thank Than The Lord!)

  158. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 6, 2020 12:48 pm

    Heavens TB!!Those guys on 3aw mornings are former lawyers with Slater and Gordon! They started as a left wing legal critique on community radio!

    There’s not much political on that show these days.

    But Melbourne does have left wing shock jocks. Jon Faine replaced by Virginia Tripoli.

  159. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2020 1:17 pm

    But Melbourne does have left wing shock jocks. Jon Faine replaced by Virginia Tripoli.

    And the Wiggles work for the Greens I suppose … give it a rest … I’ll be back in a couple of weeks …

    Taswegia here we come … *

    *Actually the risk of C-19 will be much lower … 2.4 million in Brisbane … about 0.5 million in Tassie!

  160. TB Queensland permalink
    March 6, 2020 1:18 pm

    Heavens TB!! Heavens? Oh my goodness the language … 😛

  161. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 6, 2020 8:18 pm

    BTW speaking of toilet paper where is toilet?

    I guess he is too busy making toilet paper

  162. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 7, 2020 12:09 pm

    Neil, I am way ahead of the game. While everyone else is chasing toilet paper I’ve been investigating the purchase of a bidet.

    While I am leaning to the Xiaomi, I do like the sound of the MARO DI600 which, unfortunately, is about 4 times the price of the Xiaomi:

    “Among some of the advanced features that come with MARO DI600 is a single multi-function nozzle, with oscillation and pulsating functions.”

    So while you are scrimping on toilet paper and getting your fingers filthy, I’ll be be relaxing on my throne luxuriating in that warm wet feeling, dreaming all the while that it is your slobbering tongue gracing my anus.

  163. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 7, 2020 3:19 pm

    Sounds un-Australian

    But I think this country is doomed. Just got back from ALDI and purchased a bottle of baby beetroot for $1.19. Very cheap. Got home and looked at the bottle and it said, Made in UK from British beetroot.

    WE are doomed if there is another war.

  164. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 8, 2020 12:19 pm

    So the price of Klobuchar dropping out and endorsing Creepy Joe is to be his VP.

    If Creepy wins Klobuchar is virtually guaranteed the Presidency as soon as his Alzheimer’s is confirmed.

  165. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 9, 2020 9:11 am

    Why was the ALP so interested in the figurines of an FWC Commissioner?

    Collecting them is a slightly unusual hobby for an adult, but not really important enough to occupy the attention of the senate.

  166. March 9, 2020 10:02 am

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  167. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 9, 2020 10:45 am

    WE hit the GFC with unemployment at 4% and thanks to Howard we had ZERO govt debt. In 2007 we were one of the few countries in human history to be debt free. Not anymore thanks to Labor

  168. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 9, 2020 10:46 am

    Rudd’s approval rating was 71 %

    He remained popular long after that too, but the hacks, timeservers and warlords still knifed him.

  169. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 9, 2020 11:12 am

    From what I have read Rudd was impossible to work with. The reason the current NBN was decided on a plane flight in 2009 was because it was the only time Conroy could get to speak with Rudd to make a decision..

    Apparently Rudd kept people waiting for hours outside his door and then still never saw them

  170. March 9, 2020 11:29 am

    “Apparently Rudd kept people waiting for hours outside his door and then still never saw them”

    “Apparently”.. 🙄

  171. March 9, 2020 11:31 am

    So the share market has suffered its steepest loss since the GFC upon opening today, and where’s Scotty from Marketing with his so-called ‘stimulus package?’ Still making the Youtube ad…??

  172. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 9, 2020 12:57 pm

    Apparently Rudd was impossible to work with. But for some reason he was popular with Australians

  173. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 9, 2020 1:38 pm

    Rudd wasn’t knifed because he was difficult to work with, it was because union hacks like Paul Howes and Bill Shorten decided it was Gillard’s turn.

  174. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 9, 2020 1:50 pm

    There will be a stimulus announced, and I doubt whether it will be effective or appreciated. But for as long as I remember, the left has complained about an obsession with a surplus.

    I always think of Greece, and how a generation ago their debt to GDP ratio was lower than Australia’s is now. At some point it is necessary to deal with debt

    https://tradingeconomics.com/greece/government-debt-to-gdp

  175. March 9, 2020 2:27 pm

    What ever happened to Paul Howes.

  176. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 9, 2020 2:46 pm

    Paul Howes

  177. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 9, 2020 2:49 pm

    Also life is fun in the Blue Mountains, apparently.

  178. Tom R permalink
    March 9, 2020 3:13 pm

    Collecting them is a slightly unusual hobby for an adult, but not really important enough to occupy the attention of the senate.

    Kind of unusual to flaunt them around your professional offices, especially when you have people ending up complaining about them (which is why it took the attention of ALP Senators I assume.

    And, it just reflects the attitude of the obviously misnomered “Fair Work Commission”

    It’s not your little fiefdom dude, it’s a place of business ffs

    Even the tweet at the end summed it up for the really slow ones so they wouldn’t look stupid on some backwater blog complaining about …. [insert angry old man rant here]

  179. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 9, 2020 3:14 pm

    James Button, a gentle and highly experienced journalist, who briefly worked as Rudd’s speechwriter and then later with public servants who worked for Rudd, wrote:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-28/bernstein-rudd-choked/4598894

    The truth is, Rudd was impossible to work with. He regularly treated his staff, public servants and backbenchers with rudeness and contempt. He was vindictive, intervening to deny people appointments or preselections, often based on grudges that went back years.

  180. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 9, 2020 8:05 pm

    people ending up complaining about them (which is why it took the attention of ALP Senators I assume.

    Were the complaints raised with the FWA President? If not they weren’t genuine, just political

  181. Tom R permalink
    March 9, 2020 10:08 pm

    It says in the article that the Senators heard about from testimony from the Fair Work general manager, so why don’t you stop trying to make up facts and just admit that, within any workplace, this is not acceptable.

    It hasn’t been seen on a workshop floor for decades, and yet someone the libs chose to uphold the standards, flaunts them

    It just shows how compromised their political appointments has rendered the commission

  182. Tom R permalink
    March 10, 2020 8:46 am

  183. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 10, 2020 11:08 am

    I wish this happened more often:

  184. Back`In`Black` permalink
    March 10, 2020 11:38 am

    Can it get any more fantabulous folks. The teabagPanic is gushing down their legs. l am totally loving it. l usually hate shopping. Recently tho, l have enjoyed being at the supermarket, coughing loudly in the paper product aisle, and watching the cart-pushers scatter.

  185. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 10, 2020 1:08 pm

    Unprotected coughing at someone is a hate-crime!

  186. Tom R permalink
    March 11, 2020 10:47 am

    How to avoid a recession 101
    In simple terms, here’s the overarching blueprint for avoiding recession.

    The government needs to inject cash into the economy.

    https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/recession-in-scott-morrisons-hands-231824936.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw

    Testing times, will they pass the test?

    Unprotected coughing at someone is a hate-crime!

    There should be a special place in hell for them.

  187. March 11, 2020 11:05 am

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  188. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 11, 2020 11:43 am

    Sometimes its best to take the pain and suffer the consequences of the disease if it is a mild one than take drugs and suffer no ill effects.

  189. Tom R permalink
    March 11, 2020 11:52 am

    and prey hard nil, like rebs link showed 😉

  190. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 11, 2020 11:56 am

    I read somewhere the US govt has been pumping money into the markets ( whatever that is) doing quantitate easing (whatever that is) to stop the share market from crashing. I think it will just make any crash worse.

    Same goes for Rudds stimulus. It just kicked the can down the road

  191. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 11, 2020 12:28 pm

    A stimulus along the lines of that expected is unlikely to have much effect.

    So my suggestion is…an accommodation voucher for $100 for everyone on the electoral role. Welfare recipients could cash their’s in at the dole office if they don’t want to use it.

    The condition is that it can only be redeemed for accommodation over 100 km from place of residence.

    Gets money and activity into the regions that require support

  192. Tom R permalink
    March 11, 2020 2:23 pm

    I wonder if this will be delivered with a big plateful of “sorry for the past decade of bullshit”?

  193. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 11, 2020 2:44 pm

    Great! So we will put lots of taxpayer cash into poker machines, Jim Beam and tabacco.

    Wonderful.

  194. Tom R permalink
    March 11, 2020 2:48 pm

    Let’s wait until we read the fine print

    Probably delivered with interest attached

  195. March 11, 2020 2:55 pm

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  196. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 11, 2020 5:34 pm

    The emails for GetUp keep getting weirder!

    The latest says it’s 5 months until the new fire season, and that means the government has 5 months to (not) take action on climate change. So we need to mobilise

    RIght.

    So in 5 months, the government can take what type of action on the climate to mitigate the risk of fires??

  197. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 11, 2020 8:25 pm

    Lefties are nothing more than schoolyard bullies.

    And Morrison bowed down to the bullies.

    Bring back Howard and Costello

    What a waste of money the stimulus is going to be. We were debt free in 2007 and have not run a surplus budget since then racking up $400B of govt debt with nothing to show for that $400B

  198. Tom R permalink
    March 12, 2020 8:18 am

    So in 5 months, the government can take what type of action on the climate to mitigate the risk of fires??

    It’s almost like you don’t read

    If you minimise carbon emissions now, instead of pumping more into the air, the risk won’t be as bad as it would if you hadn’t stopped.

    It’s not going to go away, it’s not going to measurable at any meaningful measurement, but it’s going to be moving away from making it worst.

    Perhaps I should just save this somewhere to bring out EVERY. FUCKING. TIME. some dimwit says something stupid?

  199. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 12, 2020 8:55 am

    Yeah. Right.

    GetUps campaign for urgent climate action during the next 5 months is intended to reduce the risk of bushfires from August.

    And you don’t think that just a beat up? An extreme exaggeration intended to play on the emotional response to the bushfires??

    The fact is that the decline in business activity and travel will cause a reduction in emissions globally during the next 5+ months.

    Do you seriously think we will have a reduced risk of fires in August as a consequence?

  200. Tom R permalink
    March 12, 2020 8:59 am

    Do you seriously think we will have a reduced risk of fires in August as a consequence?

    It’s ok, I saved this from earlier 😉

    If you minimise carbon emissions now, instead of pumping more into the air, the risk won’t be as bad as it would if you hadn’t stopped.

    It’s not going to go away, it’s not going to measurable at any meaningful measurement, but it’s going to be moving away from making it worst.

  201. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 12, 2020 9:29 am

    GetUp is using the emotional response to the bushfires for politics.

    There is action that can be taken today on emissions that will make any difference to the risk of bushfires in 5 months

  202. Back`In`Black`Teabag permalink
    March 12, 2020 9:53 am

    Members of this prominent northern California church believe they can heal the sick and raise the dead through prayer. Even so, the church is encouraging followers to wash their hands and is urging anyone who falls ill to stay home. ,, Bethel church is even canceling missionary trips and imploring its faith healers to stay away from local hospital

    @that`s a brave funny yankee teabag you`re following

    ls everybody enjoying the teabagPanic as much as l am ,, don`t go gettin hopes-up ,, lt`s time to tank

  203. Tom R permalink
    March 12, 2020 9:54 am

    There is action that can be taken today on emissions that will make any difference to the risk of bushfires in 5 months

    er, glad you agree?

    And, HOW DARE GETUP be emotional!

    oo, here’s a trip down memory lane about ’emotions’

  204. Back`In`Black`Teabag permalink
    March 12, 2020 10:11 am

    kouk yahoo “ The government needs to inject cash into the economy. For the most powerful effect, one that will avoid a recession, policy must be skewed to the distribution of money to low and middle income earners because they have a high propensity to spend that money.

    @on this one teamcheerer the kouk is kouky. The whole lot is starting to tank, beyond gfc and typical reasons. Fools put all-eggs in one (china)basket. Depending on one source for supply of nearly everything has always been hillbilly`s on tractors stupid. Know amount of cash-splash will fix incinerated forest super-bug tourism shortage or off-sick off-shore suppliers.

  205. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 12, 2020 10:14 am

    Yes. I’m wrong with that missing word.

    Add “no”

  206. Tom R permalink
    March 12, 2020 10:39 am

    Dr?

  207. Tom R permalink
    March 12, 2020 10:42 am

    Know amount of cash-splash

    Perhaps we should all take up smoking to get things moving?

    We have supply (the toilet paper wars prove this)

    We don’t have cash. And we haven’t for some time now. It’s the result of conservatives winning. Now they get to reap their rewards

  208. Back`In`Black`Teabag permalink
    March 12, 2020 11:00 am

    ” The Qantas Group has announced further cuts to its international flying, reducing capacity by almost a quarter for the next six months. The latest cuts follow the spread of the Coronavirus into Europe and North America over the past fortnight ”

    https://www.qantasnewsroom.com.au/media-releases/qantas-group-update-on-coronavirus-response/

    Hint tourism, Know amount of cash-splash will fix. There won`t be as much rebuild bang-for bucks either, the zombies have already added backpacker scab-labor to visa system to push into construction. The stupid zombie tuncs have arse-fcuked themselves before they have even started. Full-on teabagPanic circus coming real soon.

    Also, Le-Frog canoe build looks to be getting dearer and dearer, so much for `savings` huh.

  209. Back`In`Black`Teabag permalink
    March 12, 2020 11:12 am

    Know he didn`t kneel.

    my.abc ” Josh Bornstein is an employment lawyer and partner at Maurice Blackburn

    lsn`t this just one of joolyas ol`work buddys.

  210. Back`In`Black`Teabag permalink
    March 12, 2020 11:22 am

    doh, quote within page @kneel FFS 2013

  211. Tom R permalink
    March 12, 2020 11:49 am

    Let’s hope the media start in on this too

    It’s a well deserved pay back from a decade of bullshit from conservatives

  212. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 12, 2020 12:11 pm

    Americans just banned air travel to US from Europe for 30 days. Quite right! Filthy Europeans!

  213. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 12, 2020 12:13 pm

    But UK are exempt – Long Live The Anglosphere!

  214. March 12, 2020 12:35 pm

    Qantas shares have just shat themselves.

  215. March 12, 2020 12:40 pm

    My heart goes out to Tom Hanks and his wife. No one should have to endure the Gold Coast.

  216. Tom R permalink
    March 12, 2020 1:11 pm

    Tom Hanks should be ok after the prep he did for Castaway

  217. Tom R permalink
    March 12, 2020 1:16 pm

    Scott Morrison has said Australia was opting out of responding to the coronavirus threat sweeping the world after figures showed that Australia’s total contribution to the crisis was less than 1% of infections.

    https://chaser.com.au/national/morrison-says-no-need-to-act-on-covid-19-as-australia-only-contributes-1-of-infections/

    Hard to argue with that.

    .

    If yor an idiot!

  218. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 12, 2020 1:19 pm

    “No one should have to endure the Gold Coast.”

    He can kick back and enjoy a few Coronas I guess.

  219. March 12, 2020 1:37 pm

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  220. Walrus permalink
    March 12, 2020 1:41 pm

    Italy will be fucked after this. Their banks wont be able to weather it. The EU is about to go into another financial meltdown

  221. March 12, 2020 1:42 pm

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  222. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 12, 2020 1:45 pm

    Better the share price plunges than the planes.

  223. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 12, 2020 3:03 pm

    Looks like I’m back to dying when I’m 108

  224. Tom R permalink
    March 12, 2020 3:32 pm

    So, 2 years ago?

  225. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 12, 2020 3:41 pm

    Looks like we have another Labor govt in power. Stimulus just covers up problems for a time. It does not solve them.

    WE gave the auto manufacturers billions in subsidies and all they did was make cars nobody wanted to drive

    Just a waste of money

  226. Walrus permalink
    March 12, 2020 4:05 pm

    “WE gave the auto manufacturers billions in subsidies………………….”

    Groundhog Day again ????????????????????

    Neil are you some sort of rabid bot ?

  227. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 12, 2020 4:16 pm

    Walrus

    I am not very smart. Your comment is some sort of insult. OK. But if U want to insult me please put it into English so I can understand.

    My comment is that Morrison has succumbed to the leftists schoolyard bullies who say the govt must do something because only govt spending can solve problems

  228. Tom R permalink
    March 12, 2020 4:18 pm

    Apparently the NBA has just cancelled its season

  229. Walrus permalink
    March 12, 2020 4:27 pm

    “……….the govt must do something because only govt spending can solve problems”

    I prefer to look at it as the government returning funds taken out of the economy to people who are most likely to spend it and therefore get the velocity of money supply up a few notches

    I’m quite happy that most of us don’t qualify

  230. Walrus permalink
    March 12, 2020 4:30 pm

    “Apparently the NBA has just cancelled its season”

    Nope………..suspended until further notice. Not that I care anyway as I wouldn’t notice anyway.

    Could never get into basketball. Too much “my turn your turn” going on

  231. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 12, 2020 4:33 pm

    Walrus

    So your insult is that subsidies are good and I do not agree???

    No wonder you voted for Rudd in 2007

  232. March 12, 2020 4:54 pm

    “I am not very smart.”

    That’s the most intelligent thing you’ve said, I think ever.

  233. Walrus permalink
    March 12, 2020 5:00 pm

    This will cheer you all up……………………not

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157623212885189&id=559600188&sfnsn=mo

  234. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 12, 2020 6:36 pm

    “”””””””Groundhog Day again ????????????????????
    Neil are you some sort of rabid bot ?””””””””””””””””

    Walrus spit it out. What are u trying to say. I am not very smart.

    I am saying because you voted for Rudd in 2007 you are trying to run and hide

  235. ivi permalink
    March 12, 2020 7:49 pm

    (What are u trying to say.

    Anyone want finance on an nth-hand tractor?)

  236. Tom R permalink
    March 13, 2020 8:14 am

    Stopping recessions is about ‘confidence’

    But how much confidence do we have when we are lied about something so important?

    I am not feeling confident about the next few months at all

  237. Tom R permalink
    March 13, 2020 8:37 am

    Oops, josh had a ‘premature e-calculation’

  238. Tom R permalink
    March 13, 2020 9:02 am

    More than six million low-income earners will receive a $750 cash payment under a $17.6bn government stimulus package targeted at keeping Australians in work and avoiding the country’s first recession in almost 30 years.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/12/six-million-low-income-earners-to-receive-750-cash-under-coalitions-coronavirus-stimulus?CMP=share_btn_tw

    Why is almost a third of people on ‘low’ income?

  239. Walrus permalink
    March 13, 2020 9:37 am

    “But how much confidence do we have when we are lied about something so important?”

    So do you keep a separate bank account for your phone bills and another for your groceries and another for house repairs and another to run your car and another for Christmas shopping and another for your next holiday and another for medical bills and another to feed the pet(s) and another for ya kid’s education……………?

    Well no.

    I’m quite happy for the ALP to keep plugging away on whether a bush fire fund exists in a bank account or not and feel free to go on about sports funding because it is not resonating in the real world.

    Twitter it may shock you to know is not the real world

  240. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 13, 2020 9:44 am

    By definition, anyone earning less than the average income is lower than average!

    Anyone in the lowest third is even lower!

  241. Tom R permalink
    March 13, 2020 9:45 am

    Twitter it may shock you to know is not the real world

    Except that Twitter didn’t tell the cuntry that there was such a fund, the same guy who is assuring us that there IS a separate bank account for the corona kids, told us there was one for the fire kids, and he straight out lied about that.

    You can’t blame the Twits for the Dickheads 😉

  242. Back`In`Black`Teabag permalink
    March 13, 2020 9:49 am

    Italy will be fucked after this. Their banks wont be able to weather it.

    So will muppet island.

    ~

    was ” opting out of responding to the coronavirus threat sweeping the world after figures showed that Australia’s total contribution to the crisis was less than 1% of infections”

    (-: (-: LOL

    At least they can get back to hurling baby primates off the global cooling clifftop

  243. Back`In`Black`Teabag permalink
    March 13, 2020 10:05 am

    six million low-income earners will receive a $750 cash

    (six point two mill) was the number l heard in the (wee early) this morning. l`m glad you`re noticing the much higher percentage (than mythical 5% unemployed) too teamcheerer.

    ( murpharoos avatar looks much younger than her thedrum / insiderp appearances on my abc, digital just aint cutting it for her)

  244. Tom R permalink
    March 13, 2020 10:24 am

    The Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/mar/13/australia-coronavirus-live-news-formula-one-f1-gp-grand-prix-melbourne-australian-government-stimulus-economic-package-asx200-latest-updates?page=with:block-5e6ac1128f087df56e4c7ab0#block-5e6ac1128f087df56e4c7ab0

    But idiots will be idiots

  245. March 13, 2020 12:13 pm

    Flight Centre is to close up to 100 stores across Australia, in response to the coronavirus.

    In a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange, the travel company says the “virus’s spread and increased travel restrictions mean demand is softening significantly and the timeframe for recovery is unclear”.

    The number of job losses is also said to be unclear.

  246. Tom R permalink
    March 13, 2020 12:15 pm

    The number of job losses is also said to be unclear.

    It’s one way to get around underpayments I guess.

  247. Tom R permalink
    March 13, 2020 1:39 pm

    Good

  248. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 13, 2020 1:46 pm

    What does this mean?? Sometimes its best to let things crash and take the pain and suffering rather than to artificially prop things up

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/12/fed-to-pump-more-than-500-billion-into-short-term-bank-funding-expand-types-of-security-purchases.html

    “””””In all, the new moves pump in up to $1.5 trillion into the financial system in an effort to combat potential freezes brought on by the coronavirus.”””””

  249. TB Queensland permalink
    March 13, 2020 9:22 pm

    So do you keep a separate bank account for your phone bills and another for your groceries

    No, but we do have a yearly budget for those and other items … based on income …

    Maybe the govermnet should apply to My Budget for help?

    Taswegia is still nice … great tucker, Taswegians, and a nice local sav blanc! but limited wi fi

    Que sera!

  250. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 14, 2020 3:07 pm

    Nobody is commenting. So I have not said how stupid TomR is for a while so I will say something

    TomR said Hockey offended Holden in Parliament so in a huff they up and left.

    Holden just announced they are leaving Australia forever. Why? Because they have just left the right hand drive industry meaning they cannot import cars from anywhere.

    Toyota can import cars from Japan and sell them in Australia because Japan is a RHD country and makes cars for the RHD and LHD drive market

    Holden cannot import cars unless they change the side the steering wheel is on.

    Question? Is anybody more stupid than TomR???

  251. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 14, 2020 5:41 pm

    I’ve spent the weekend in regional Victoria, 300 at the longest lunch and 1000 at a race meeting.

    No one was ill… unless you count those affected by over consumption of alcohol. And on that basis, I’m quite ill.

  252. TB Queensland permalink
    March 14, 2020 7:26 pm

    Is anybody more stupid than ToM???

    No one was ill…

    Give it 30+ days …

  253. Tom R permalink
    March 14, 2020 7:35 pm

    Is anybody more stupid than TomR???

    ………..

    What does this mean??

    Just gonna leave it at that I reckon 😉

    Give it 30+ days …

    Counting on the entire Cabinet cuming down in 5 .. 4 …3 😉

  254. TB Queensland permalink
    March 14, 2020 8:37 pm

    Counting on the entire Cabinet cuming down in 5 .. 4 …3 😉

    And the Trump Dynasty ….

  255. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 15, 2020 9:06 am

    The good news is that emissions will fall off a cliff during the next year!

  256. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 15, 2020 12:14 pm

    Dems on the down low – I suppose it could happen to anyone!

    What is it with Dems and meth and male escorts?

    Shame Gillum probably can’t remember the good time he paid so much for.

    His friend seems nice:

  257. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 15, 2020 3:14 pm

    More from that f***wit, Daniel Andrews. He wants travel from US banned.

    This isn’t an issue for him to score political points in the media.

    If he has this concern Victoria’s medical experts can take it up with their Commonwealth counterparts.

    Andrews has no idea

  258. Tom R permalink
    March 16, 2020 8:35 am

    If he has this concern Victoria’s medical experts can take it up with their Commonwealth counterparts.

    You mean The Stooge?

    We are reacting to an economic problem, not a public health one. Which will just make the economic worst in the long

    My kids aren’t going to school, because I listen to Twitter (who disseminate Drs advice, not toadies advice)

    The grubmint has lied to us about pretty much EVERYTHING, and this seems to be no different

  259. Tom R permalink
    March 16, 2020 8:35 am

    Maybe some here should follow fellow Twits?

  260. Tom R permalink
    March 16, 2020 8:42 am

    Australians being Australians?

    We can’t handle Toilet Paper ffs

  261. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 16, 2020 9:54 am

    The WHO has got the big things wrong so far. It was still advocating not having a travel ban on China long after Trump had imposed one and has only just gotten around to deciding we have a pandemic on our hands. Obviously the organisation is run by a Maoist stooge. The leftist South Korean government made the same mistake and is still playing catch-up.

    Speaking of Maoist stooges, Joe Biden condemned the the US travel ban on China:

    “Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden chided President Donald Trump on Friday for reducing U.S. oversight of global health issues before the onset of the coronavirus outbreak. Biden said now was not the time for Trump’s “hysterical xenophobia and fearmongering to lead the way instead of science.”

    Which is exactly what you would expect from a guy whose family has received a billion dollar investment from a Chinese government entity.

  262. Tom R permalink
    March 16, 2020 10:20 am

    Obviously the organisation is run by a Maoist stooge.

    yep, it’s all a conspiracy, isn’t it

    Of course, the WHO assumed (yes, idiots) that countries would perform their own tests to minimize the spread. Countries, such a the US and us, failed at this miserably

    Guess that’s the Maoist stooges fault for assuming we were adults

    I mean, it wasn’t that long ago trump was calling ‘just a flu’ AND a lefty conspiracy ffs

  263. Tom R permalink
    March 16, 2020 10:48 am

    It really looks like we are following England down this Herd Immunity insanity

    Please tell me I am wrong in that assumption

  264. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 16, 2020 11:28 am

    “Of course, the WHO assumed (yes, idiots) that countries would perform their own tests to minimize the spread.”

    That’s not an answer to the fact that the US would be far worse off if they had followed the UN/Democrat line that no China travel ban was necessary.

    It was Trump who took decisive early action with the travel ban. The Democrats at that time were totally focused on the impeachment hoax, trying to bring down an elected president, instead of getting on with congressional business.

    I think Trump did reasonably well repealing the Obama era regulations which prevented fast roll out of testing.

  265. Tom R permalink
    March 16, 2020 11:45 am

    It was Trump who took decisive early action with the travel ban.

    And yet it was their team working there without protective equipemnt, and their citizens that flew back and didn’t get checked and went straight out into the community to spread the disease

    Yea, real pro-active work there

    Have you sen the trajectory in the US, it’s as bad as it gets

    I think Trump did reasonably well repealing the Obama era regulations which prevented fast roll out of testing.

    Americas testing is the worst on the planet. Many conspiracy theorists think it was on purpose, but now, they are paying the price for that

  266. Tom R permalink
    March 16, 2020 11:53 am

    Yea, trumps got this covered 😉

  267. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 16, 2020 12:24 pm

    Many conspiracy theorists think it was on purpose, but now, they are paying the price for that.

    So you’d probably think it’s true!

  268. Tom R permalink
    March 16, 2020 1:09 pm

    oh, I think trump is too ideological and stupid to apply too many conspiracy theories

    Just assume he is a cheap, miserly lying bastard, and that should explain most things

  269. Tom R permalink
    March 16, 2020 1:27 pm

    lol (sob)

    The government’s coronavirus crisis approach is ‘go late, go half-measures, and go to Hillsong’

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/16/the-governments-coronavirus-crisis-approach-is-go-late-go-half-measures-and-go-to-hillsong?CMP=share_btn_tw

  270. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 16, 2020 1:28 pm

    Meanwhile down at the Senility Central Debate:

    Biden: “You get rid of the 9 super PACs you have?”

    Bernie: “I don’t have any super PACs”

    Biden: “You have 9, you want me to list’em?”

    Bernie: “Yeah, you go ahead and list them”

    Biden: “Come’on, give me a break”

  271. ivi permalink
    March 16, 2020 1:31 pm

    (So you’d probably think it’s true!

    Indeed.

    ————–

    I suppose it could happen to anyone!

    More than likely; either it’s all good, clean fun; or everyone’s on droogs, all’time.)

  272. Tom R permalink
    March 17, 2020 9:20 am

    The stark message is Australia should be following the lead of Singapore by shutting schools, sanitising public transport and forcing the entire population into self-isolation.

    But .. ECONOMY!!

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/03/16/paul-bongiorno-morrison-coronavirus-response/

    We is fucked 😦

  273. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 17, 2020 11:58 am

    I think stimulus is a waste. Swans stimulus saved us from nothing and the same for the current stimulus. Artificially holding things up just covers up the problems

  274. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 17, 2020 12:35 pm

    Another unforseen consequence:

  275. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 17, 2020 3:10 pm

    By the time you’ve got to this position you will have well and truly been exposed to the virus so you might as well just go for it.

  276. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 17, 2020 5:57 pm

    Just heard the Reserve Bank intervened in the stock market on Friday. That may explain why shares rose on Friday.

  277. March 17, 2020 6:39 pm

    You certainly are a source of the most remarkable information splatterbottom.

  278. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 17, 2020 7:21 pm

    I’m finding the begging attitude of a couple of sports a little annoying.

    As if huge sporting organisations should receive government handouts.

    The latest is the ARU requesting some cash. Perhaps if they didn’t screw up termination of employment, they’d have extra millions.

  279. Tony permalink
    March 17, 2020 7:57 pm

    Is that Kiwi bitch that nice Nee Zealand lady still “running” Rugby Australia?

    It’s ‘good’ to see a couple of you are still alive around. Most of us will be okay while the weather stays warm. We just need a cure before winter.

    As for the markets. The words of Warren Buffet seem appropriate: “ We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful.” Being brave might also help. And having some cash ready.

  280. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 17, 2020 8:59 pm

    I also enjoyed the request by the bloke who runs the NRL for a handout. He didn’t really make a compelling case for getting lots of government cash in front of taxpayers and pensioners.

    But he also runs the NSW horse racing business, and I think made an equally (un) compelling case for moving the Melbourne Cup to Rosehill or somewhere like that.

  281. Tom R permalink
    March 18, 2020 8:34 am

    And in Oz, it’s ‘your toilet paper or your life’

    To which I say, just use murdoch 🙂

  282. Tom R permalink
    March 18, 2020 8:47 am

    It’s not like they weren’t warned.
    It’s not like they didn’t have time

    It’s just like they are ideologically stupid.

    Italy’s lesson is stark – waiting is disastrous. Extreme measures are required, but Australia’s response may already be five days too late.

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-five-days-before-virus-tidal-wave-hits-australia/news-story/f56d8e6804075bc07f699d62229e48de

    I have never regretted Labor losing the last election more than now.

    Yes, the libs and their cheerers would have screamed blue murder at everything Labor would have done, even for the things they have done, but I would have felt a lot safer, and we would have been much better off in the long run.

  283. Walrus permalink
    March 18, 2020 9:31 am

    Hallelujah ………..no lockdown

    If you want to fuck your economy up then follow what the European Union is doing.

    When Europe “zigs” we “zag”

  284. Walrus permalink
    March 18, 2020 9:33 am

    “And having some cash ready.”

    Yes TOSY……….everything is on sale. 50% off………………….:)

  285. Tom R permalink
    March 18, 2020 9:40 am

    If you want to fuck your economy up then ….. do what Italy did and wait, until you are FORCED to lock your economy up

    😉

  286. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 18, 2020 9:57 am

    I have never regretted Labor losing the last election more than now.

    So the ALP have been advocating something different have they?

  287. Tom R permalink
    March 18, 2020 10:10 am

    psst, yomm, they aren’t in grubmint 😉

  288. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 18, 2020 10:17 am

    but I would have felt a lot safer, and we would have been much better off in the long run.

    Swans stimulus saved us from nothing. Stimulus just covers problems and does not solve them. WE should have been running surplus budgets since 2013 to reduce our debt but Australia did not want to do that

  289. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 18, 2020 12:24 pm

    I find it annoying that so many people are calling for the abandonment of the AFL season.

    There’s probably less chance of players spreading the virus than any other workplace. Their symptoms are constantly monitored.

    The entire population is stuck inside and some sport will provide a conversation beyond “we’re all going to die!”

  290. Tom R permalink
    March 18, 2020 12:26 pm

    Yes yomm

    We should subject people in a contact sport to higher risk because …….. yor bored.

  291. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 18, 2020 12:41 pm

    How is it a higher risk than any other workplace?

    Most workplaces aren’t closing, and footballers receive better monitoring and medical care than any other occupation.

    By the way, I’m at my beach house, where it is pleasant and quiet. The surf yesterday was great, and I have about a dozen books waiting to be read.

    I’m not bored in the least, this is the same as any other part of my retirement.

  292. Tom R permalink
    March 18, 2020 1:11 pm

    How is it a higher risk than any other workplace?

    What part about “contact sport” did you not grasp?

  293. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 18, 2020 1:12 pm

  294. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 18, 2020 1:16 pm

    Soon we might be this:

  295. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 18, 2020 1:17 pm

    or this:

  296. Tom R permalink
    March 18, 2020 1:53 pm

    Yea, our ‘border protection’ is our biggest threat

    The diagnosis has raised fresh fears that Mr Dutton may have passed on the killer virus to cabinet, bringing into question the wisdom of Scott Morrison’s decision not to be tested for the virus on medical advice.

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/03/17/peter-dutton-suspected-coronavirus-liberal-fundraiser/

    numpty fucken idiots

  297. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 18, 2020 2:02 pm

    Philadelphia police announce they will no longer immediately arrest people for theft from persons, retail theft, vandalism etc. What could possibly go wrong? And why on earth did they publicly announce this?

  298. Tom R permalink
    March 18, 2020 3:25 pm

    Does that mean they just shoot them splats?

  299. TB Queensland permalink
    March 18, 2020 4:19 pm

    … bringing into question the wisdom of Scott Morrison’s decision not to be tested for the virus on medical advice.

    And Sooty looked and sounded poorly at the Presser this AM … and I’m no medic!

  300. March 18, 2020 4:19 pm

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  301. March 18, 2020 4:31 pm

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  302. Tony permalink
    March 18, 2020 5:42 pm

    We should subject people in a contact sport to higher risk because …….. yor bored.

    How about ‘we’ let those ‘at risk’ decide? You know, the actual players.

    https://www.sen.com.au/news/2020/03/16/afl-players-vote-in-favour-of-season-proceeding-as-scheduled/

  303. Walrus permalink
    March 18, 2020 6:08 pm

    “The updated COVID-19 v October 1987 stock market fall graph”

    I think we might see another 20% come off the ASX. It’s going to be sometime yet until the USA peaks then starts dropping in virus cases. Until then the fire sale on the ASX will continue. I see Invocare is holding up well being a funeral company at $13.72 as opposed to its 52 week high $16.77

  304. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 18, 2020 6:10 pm

    OK the ASX fire sale will continue. Where do people put their money from the shares they sell. Do they plonk it all into cash, term deposits etc??

  305. Tony permalink
    March 18, 2020 6:40 pm

    Do they plonk it all into cash, term deposits etc??

    Don’t forget that in every (share) transaction there is a willing buyer and a willing seller. Both believe they are doing the right thing in the circumstances. Each trade is a mutually beneficial transaction.

  306. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 18, 2020 6:46 pm

    OK but u did not answer my question. What do people who sell shares do with the money they get?

  307. March 18, 2020 6:50 pm

    They buy other shares NoS.

  308. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 18, 2020 7:03 pm

    If they did share prices would not fall. People have to be leaving the share market for share prices to fall. Anyway that is my opinion

  309. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 18, 2020 7:34 pm

    How predictable. From the left’s version of Andrew Bolt.

    Rugby union has been described as – one guy trying to push the heads of 2 guys up the arses of 3 guys.

    Fitzsimmons has had his head up his own for a couple of decades

    https://www.news.com.au/sport/peter-fitzsimons-slams-afl-and-nrl-for-inaction-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/news-story/5be23ddd0d5ad1a57019fb72e94ceebf

  310. Tom R permalink
    March 19, 2020 8:15 am

    Rugby union has been described as – one guy trying to push the heads of 2 guys up the arses of 3 guys.

    Not sure that’s a ‘lefty’ meme yomm. I’ve heard it described like that for years, even by guys that play it. (to be fair, they were guys who played ‘real’ footy, and just filled in) 😉

    The grubmints reaping what is sowed

  311. Tom R permalink
    March 19, 2020 8:16 am

  312. Tony permalink
    March 19, 2020 8:44 am

    The grubmints reaping what is sowed

    Do you reckon this advice from Victoria’s Labor Premier and it’s chief health officer eased people’s minds – or contributed to the panic buying?

    https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/brett-sutton-advises-having-two-week-stockpile-food-amid-coronavirus-panic-c-746411.amp

  313. Tony permalink
    March 19, 2020 9:34 am

    *its

  314. March 19, 2020 9:40 am

    Thanks for that link ToSY, it seems you left this bit out…

    “That does not mean stockpiling – but planning sensibly as you shop,” he wrote in the Herald Sun.

  315. Tom R permalink
    March 19, 2020 9:43 am

    Yes tosy, quite obviously the vic premier is largely responsible for the panic buying across ALL of the states

    [facepalm]

  316. Tom R permalink
    March 19, 2020 9:44 am

    he wrote in the Herald Sun.

    I think I see the problem 😉

  317. Walrus permalink
    March 19, 2020 9:52 am

    “………….quite obviously the vic premier is largely responsible for the panic buying across ALL of the states..”

    It was in fact broadcast on Seven Network News here in Sydney. We do get news from other states you know

  318. Tom R permalink
    March 19, 2020 9:59 am

    It was also said well after panic buying was well and truly a ‘thing’

    But hey .. LOOK OVER THERE!

    A politician said what needed to be said

    Beats the crap outta ‘it’s UNAUSTRAYAN!’

  319. Tom R permalink
    March 19, 2020 10:15 am

    I’m convinced our grubmint is still trying for the Herd Immunity tack, just without telling us.

  320. Walrus permalink
    March 19, 2020 10:22 am

    At least the shelves at Dan Murphys seem to be battle ready in case of any hoarding. It is heartening that those fuckers who are doing most of the hoarding are not known to be big wine drinkers.

  321. Tom R permalink
    March 19, 2020 10:24 am

    This is brutal, but very true

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ETbZUGsU0AELK5V?format=jpg&name=900×900

  322. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 19, 2020 11:06 am

    When Daniel Andrews said buy 2 weeks worth of stuff, plenty of people bought 2 months worth, just to be on the safe side.

    Then he backs it up with – ban the USA if you’re going to ban China.

    He is the most poisonous political hack I’ve ever seen.

  323. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 19, 2020 11:59 am

    And Tom R agrees with Sam Newman! That means Tom R must be right!

    Former footy star and outspoken media personality Sam Newman has blasted the AFL for going ahead with its season

  324. Tom R permalink
    March 19, 2020 12:19 pm

    That means Tom R must be right!

    I think you got the wrong way round 😉

    Interesting read on why our grubmint shouldn’t be holding up Singapore as who WE should follow

    We are not Singapore, and are not prepared like they were (see the above ‘brutal’ cartoon)

    https://theconversation.com/why-singapores-coronavirus-response-worked-and-what-we-can-all-learn-134024?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=bylinetwitterbutton

  325. Tom R permalink
    March 19, 2020 12:32 pm

    The Prime Minister said his daughters remained enrolled in school.

    he does know that’s NOT the question, right?

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2020/03/18/pm-warns-schools-shut-down/

  326. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 19, 2020 2:27 pm

    I’ve heard interviews with the chief medical officers from state and federal governments. All advise that it’s best to leave schools open at the moment, but Tom R knows better!

    Denier!

  327. Tom R permalink
    March 19, 2020 3:21 pm

    I’m just gonna leave that here for a day or two 😉

    Considering the governments just been caught threatening private schools with funding cuts if htey close, I can only imagine the threats that were made to the states

  328. Tom R permalink
    March 19, 2020 4:47 pm

  329. Tony permalink
    March 19, 2020 7:57 pm

    “de-boarded” FFS! 🙄

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1240275757265342471

  330. Tony permalink
    March 19, 2020 7:58 pm

    This should help.

    https://twitter.com/i/events/1240516816960491521

  331. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 19, 2020 8:28 pm

    I see the Reserve Bank is going to start printing money. That will lead to hyperinflation like in Germany after WW1 when people were carrying suitcases of cash to buy a loaf of bread.

  332. Tony permalink
    March 20, 2020 7:53 am

    Not a bad resource for some perspective.

    https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

  333. Tony permalink
    March 20, 2020 8:06 am

    Most cases are north of the equator. It’s obvious we’ve been spread the worst of it because of our warm weather this time of year. That will all swing around as NH warms up and the SH winter approaches. Of course there are plenty who disagree, but you only have to look at the map. The data can not be denied.

    https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/warm-weather-may-have-helped-suppress-coronavirus

  334. Tony permalink
    March 20, 2020 8:07 am

    *spread spared

  335. Tom R permalink
    March 20, 2020 8:25 am

    Most cases are north of the equator.

    Most people are north of hte equator 😉

    Let me guess, just like the GFC wasn’t a ‘northern hemisphere’ thing, this will be the same ROFL

    Why do we have more cases than many Eutropean countries, that are in winter?

  336. Tony permalink
    March 20, 2020 10:24 am

    Let me guess, just like the GFC wasn’t a ‘northern hemisphere’ thing, this will be the same ROFL

    You really can be a fuckwit at times. Like I said, things are likely to turn round the other way as the seasons change. But don’t let what I actually said stand in the way of your smartarsery.

  337. Tom R permalink
    March 20, 2020 10:33 am

    things are already turning around tosy, and the weather has been devine

  338. Tony permalink
    March 20, 2020 5:02 pm

    Whether it turns out to be the dire event some fear, or just a bad sort of virus that opportunistically kills the elderly and those with compromised immune systems (which is what, at this writing, it seems to be), one thing is certain: When it finally runs its course, a whole lot of things are going to be very, very different … Herewith, a list of the biggest Wuhan losers:

    “Climate change.” The massive scheme to separate rich nations from their money and their standard of living has faded from the headlines as Greta Thunberg relinquishes her media-fueled role as a seer and resumes her life as an obscure Swedish teenager.

    The urgency of keeping the rise in the planet’s temperature to less than 2 degrees’ Celsius matters little when your own body temperature is soaring to 103 degrees Fahrenheit and ICUs are filled to capacity. An enormous industry of global-warming alarmists and rent-seekers is going to have to make do with less fools’ gold as rational countries redirect critical resources to infectious-disease care and prevention.

    Besides, the coronavirus cannot thrive in warm and humid climates, so maybe a heatwave is just what the doctor ordered. After all, we’re all in this together, right?

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/when-wuhan-virus-departs-world-will-be-changed_3275773.html

  339. Tom R permalink
    March 20, 2020 5:48 pm

    so maybe a heatwave is just what the doctor ordered.

    You find the best satire sites tosy 😉

  340. Tony permalink
    March 20, 2020 6:11 pm

    Reality trumps fantasy.

    The developing situation with COVID-19 is presenting a challenge to our community and our nation, the scale of which we have never encountered before. It is right that this emerging health crisis take precedence at this time. Our leaders need to focus on best preparation and response and the public need to be focused on looking out for each other and their own personal wellbeing.

    Given the situation, I have decided to defer presentation of the Climate Change Bill from Monday 23rd March to a later date. I will continue to advocate and lobby for the proposed legislation as it remains as important as ever to adapt to and mitigate against climate change, especially as we now experience first hand the disruptive impacts of global events on our health and economy.

    https://www.zalisteggall.com.au/climate_change_bill_update

  341. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 20, 2020 8:17 pm

    Went to the Supermarket to get some bench cleaner like Pine o Clean or something like that. Everything sold out. So I did a google search and found a home made version

    1/2 cup of white vinegar
    10 drops of tea tree oil
    Had none of that so I used eucalyptus oil which I had
    Mix
    2 tablespoons of bicarb of soda
    Did not have that but I did have some washing soda which I think is the same thing
    Make up 350mls with H2O

    Will try tomorrow to see if it works

  342. Tony permalink
    March 21, 2020 10:16 am

    A couple more annoying phrases I’ve noticed lately:

    “lean(Ing) in”, “circle back (around)”.

  343. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2020 12:06 pm

    A couple more annoying phrases I’ve noticed lately:

    It’s just a cold.

  344. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 21, 2020 3:58 pm

    Tried my homemade multi-purpose cleaner method. Works great. So no need to purchase Pine o clean anymore

  345. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 21, 2020 6:48 pm

    I think GetUp is losing the plot. They used to be progressive and rational, but their communication has become increasingly extreme and irrational. They are no longer a mainstream progressive organisation

  346. Tom R permalink
    March 21, 2020 7:38 pm

    To be fair yomm, if yor disappointed with them, it probably means that they are right on point.

  347. TB Queensland permalink
    March 21, 2020 8:06 pm

    They are no longer a mainstream progressive organisation

    LINK?

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

    Works great.

    How do you know?

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

    You find the best satire sites tosy 😉

    Would be funny – if it wasn’t for C-19

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

    Fly home tomorrow … great holiday in Taswegia – again …but happy to go home to family

  348. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 21, 2020 8:17 pm

    In the past GetUp provided footnotes for their claims, today they sent out an email saying they’d heard a rumour that banks might cave in to pressure to provide mortgage relief.

    Sign a petition to apply more pressure

    No footnotes or attribution.

    As if banks aren’t aware of the economic consequences of foreclosures, as well as the huge brand damage. Banks are unlikely to respond to GetUp nonsense.

    They’ll listen to the conservative and business sector

  349. Tony permalink
    March 21, 2020 8:50 pm

    “Life teaches you, really, how to live it … if you live long enough.” ~ Tony Bennett

  350. Tom R permalink
    March 22, 2020 4:45 pm

    they use tragedy for political point scoring

    “DEBT AND DEFICIT DISASTER”

    ring a bell yomm 😉

  351. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 22, 2020 4:58 pm

    I see, so this is like one of those political and fiscal debates

  352. Tony permalink
    March 22, 2020 4:58 pm

    Shit just got real. Footy’s been suspended. 😱

  353. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 22, 2020 5:09 pm

    “””””””””””””””DEBT AND DEFICIT DISASTER”””””””””””””””

    We do have a debt and deficit disaster. Shows you how great Howard was. Got the budget back into surplus within 12 months. We have not run a surplus budget since 2007 racking up $400B of govt debt. That cannot go on forever without causing problems

  354. Tom R permalink
    March 22, 2020 6:03 pm

    Footy’s been suspended.

    Won’t somebody think of the yomms!

  355. Tom R permalink
    March 22, 2020 7:07 pm

    I see the ACT is making schools ‘pupil free’

    I wonder if this is after following the lead of our leader, who lied to us for three weeks about if his kids were attending school or not?

    Really, lying about something like that in a life and death situation is just abhorrent. Has any other pm ever sunk that low?

  356. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2020 7:23 pm

    They’ll listen to the conservative and business sector

    No-one else does …

    I get the feeling you are terrified of GetUp! Are you an LNP supporter?

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

    “Life teaches you, really, how to live it … if you live long enough.” ~ Tony Bennett

    Thanks, ToSY, I think …

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

    ring a bell yomm 😉

    ToM’s full of clangers!

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

    I see, so this is like one of those political and fiscal debates

    You “see” nothing ToM … ask those on Newstart and a pension …

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

    Shit just got real. Footy’s been suspended. 😱

    So Australia will be remembered for its obsession with sport and toilet paper? Jesus fucking Christ!

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

    Fuck off Kneel …

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

    I wonder if this is after following the lead of our leader

    “Tis a thin abhorrent line between bad marketing and lying … ya does what yer good at … AND SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES!

  357. TB Queensland permalink
    March 22, 2020 7:28 pm

    BTW – we are now back in Brissy! Lot of people trying to fly out of Hobart this morning were disappointed – cancelled flights created issues …

    Lots of fun and hilarity was shared with two Asian people turning up for our flight in full, white, hooded overalls, masks and goggles … they had to use the disabled toilet at Brisbane airport … ?????

  358. March 22, 2020 7:37 pm

    Imagine how fucked off #ScottyfromMarketing must be feeling now that the State Premiers have gone off and declared their own shutdowns without consulting him. Hilarious!

  359. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 22, 2020 8:05 pm

    I’m in Melbourne at the moment, and I’ll head off to the coast in a couple of days… I’m not on Facebook, but a member of my family is… there’s a Facebook group for the town. Interesting.

    The town has a small permanent population and they never seem appreciate having a large number of ratepayers that hardly use any local government services, but pay their full rates.

    There’s a few in town that want to close the road!! No one gets in !!

    This virus is causing people to go insane! Maybe they couldn’t get toilet paper and the shit has backed up to their brains.

  360. Tom R permalink
    March 22, 2020 9:42 pm

    There’s a few in town that want to close the road!

    They’ve heard yor cuming?

    Premiers have gone off and declared their own shutdowns without consulting him.

    Someones gonna have to lead.

  361. Tom R permalink
    March 23, 2020 8:49 am

    This is an absolute shit show

  362. Tony permalink
    March 23, 2020 8:59 am

    So the health advice in Victoria is to shut schools early according to the Premier

    Incorrect. These are Daniel Andrews’s words: “Schools were due to break up this Friday, with one pupil-free day in the week also. It has been decided to bring forward school holidays to plan for remote learning in the event that should be required. Term two is scheduled to begin on 14th April – unless there is medical advice not to proceed. Holidays begin at the end of the school day today.”

    So, as usual, PVO is practicing his own brand of sloppy ‘journalism’. It was not based on “the health advice” or “according to the Premier”.

  363. Tom R permalink
    March 23, 2020 10:28 am

    Like I said tosy, it’s a shit show

  364. Tony permalink
    March 23, 2020 11:22 am

    Like I said tosy, it’s a shit show

    No worries. And Peter van Onselen is an “academic”.

  365. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 23, 2020 11:53 am

  366. Tom R permalink
    March 23, 2020 12:01 pm

    And Peter van Onselen is an “academic”.

    Of course, I recall when he tried to inform us lefties that Hitler was one of us ROFL

    But, you can’t be wrong ALL the time

    (cue nil)

    Hang on, if close the Beers, isn’t it for a minimum of 6 months?

    This is all so confusing

  367. Tom R permalink
    March 23, 2020 12:04 pm

    but these dolls are clean.

    Well, at first ………

  368. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 23, 2020 12:30 pm

    Fortunately I’ve always bought more red than I drink. So maybe it’s time to reduce my shiraz hoarding

  369. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 23, 2020 3:22 pm

    Sage advice from NYC Health:

    ‘You are your safest sex partner’.

  370. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2020 8:18 pm

    Sage advice from NYC Health:

    Based on personal experience I guess …

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

    I’m looking forward to the government handouts … we dipped out on Rudd’s in 2008 but got caught in the Menzies government press gang of the 1960/70’s … this’ll repay about 1% of what we lost over two years then … swings and roundabouts!

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

    But, you can’t be wrong ALL the time

    POV seems to waft in the breeze to me … wasn’t he invited to Tim Dunlop’s blog?

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

    Fuck the beer! As long as there’s wine and bourbon we’re partying!

    I paid a visit to Uncle Dan before we left for Tassie -07/03 – to avoid panic buyers …

    (We decided in Tassie we would “self quarantine” for a couple of weeks when we returned … as some of you know our family all live withing walking distance … but we’ve actually practised isolating houses with previous flu viruses … providing “shopping and delivery service” and meals to each other)

  371. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2020 8:28 pm

    Interesting …

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-australia-has-48-hours-to-decide-which-path-to-take/news-story/1b6d73c33fdaab18c3cd8a212598c06c

    “It depends on what the endgame is and we haven’t been told,” Prof Blakely said.

    “We have 48 hours to be really clear on what the societal goal is.”

    Australia (and NZ) are the most isolated countries in the world … surely its a no-brainer?

    “Eradication” would involve a total lockdown of Australians in the hope of squashing the virus within two to six weeks. Once the virus was gone, Australia’s economy would operate separately to the rest of the world for 12 to 16 months while a vaccine was developed.

  372. TB Queensland permalink
    March 23, 2020 8:31 pm

    Like most incompetent managers I’ve come across they cannot bite the bullet and make a decision! Or if they do, its way too late! Then they spend twice as much time trying to cover their arses!

  373. Walrus permalink
    March 23, 2020 10:45 pm

    This can all be solved with a new App

  374. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 24, 2020 8:39 am

    Could this not lead to hyperinflation and even bigger problems? I don’t think stimulus and propping things up solves any problems. Just let it crash

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/23/fed-announces-a-slew-of-new-programs-to-help-markets-including-open-ended-asset-purchases.html

    “””””””The Federal Reserve just pledged asset purchases with no limit to support markets”””””

  375. Tony permalink
    March 24, 2020 9:42 am

  376. Tony permalink
    March 24, 2020 10:06 am

    One of the key lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic is that for at least the past decade, we focused disproportionately, or rather our governments did, on one potential global threat — human-induced climate change — to the exclusion of all others.

    Anthropogenic climate change became the issue that sucked up all the oxygen in the room when it came to a global crisis.

    At the expense of, for example, a contagious and deadly virus becoming a pandemic, which public health experts have been warning us about for decades.

    https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/goldstein-we-gambled-on-the-wrong-threat-climate-change?utm_source=CCNet+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7bd5ded96f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_23_04_25&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fe4b2f45ef-7bd5ded96f-20162297&mc_cid=7bd5ded96f&mc_eid=85327a63aa

  377. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2020 10:55 am

    Seems Mother Nature’s fed up with all the bullshit and decided, “fuck you lot its MY planet!”

    The coronavirus pandemic is shutting down industrial activity and temporarily slashing air pollution levels around the world, satellite imagery from the European Space Agency shows.

    One expert said the sudden shift represented the “largest scale experiment ever” in terms of the reduction of industrial emissions.

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/23/coronavirus-pandemic-leading-to-huge-drop-in-air-pollution

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

    Anthropogenic climate change became the issue that sucked up all the oxygen in the room when it came to a global crisis. At the expense of, for example … a contagious and deadly virus becoming a pandemic

    Primarily because the profiteers wanted to make money rather than support society … and fought both issues all the way … denial is not a solution its the problem.

  378. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2020 10:56 am

    Primarily because the profiteers wanted to make money rather than support society … and fought both issues all the way … denial is not a solution its the problem.

    My comment …

  379. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2020 11:03 am

    And BTW weren’t we all told that we WERE ready for any pandemic by all those pretending to run the show?

    After watching Q&A last night I wasn’t impressed at all by our “experts” … any of ’em …

    Back to FDOTM … makes more sense…

  380. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2020 11:13 am

    https://www.thejuicemedia.com/

  381. Tony permalink
    March 24, 2020 12:00 pm

    This would have to be the worst ad I’ve seen in a long time. Instead of turning me against ‘piracy’, it turns me against the people who made the ad. Its hectoring, finger-wagging tone goes right against my grain.

  382. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2020 12:10 pm

    Its hectoring, finger-wagging tone goes right against my grain.

    Me too, ToSY, and it demonstrates a great deal of ignorance … ie they seem to think people don’t understand 21st Century technology?

    Just Hide! 🙄

  383. Tom R permalink
    March 24, 2020 12:16 pm

    ts hectoring, finger-wagging tone goes right against my grain.</i.

    Aye. Arrrr! Me maties! 😉

  384. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 24, 2020 12:53 pm

    I’ve been monitoring a community facebook page for the coast, and the corona virus definitely brings out the very worst in people.

  385. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 24, 2020 1:55 pm

  386. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2020 2:16 pm

    … and the corona virus definitely brings out the very worst in people.

    Oh, the irony! 😀

  387. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2020 6:00 pm

    Dictatorship anyone …

    6.44pm – The Government introduces a new sitting calendar for the year. In the middle of a crisis they cancel every sitting day between now and 11 August. This was extraordinary. It’s true that given the nature of the crisis we may get to the sittings that had been planned for May and June and find that it’s logistically very difficult to bring us together. But to cancel them now and pretend that we don’t need a parliament for five months is absurd. It means there will be no parliamentary scrutiny of $84 billion of taxpayers’ money that is about to go out the door. It also presumes that even though the Government was adding and changing provisions right up until the day the bills were before the parliament that somehow we now have everything right and there’s no need for the parliament anymore. Watch this space. If the Government fails to bring parliament back before August it will simply mean they’ve refused to respond to what happens in our economy in the coming weeks.

    When do they declare the People’s Republic of Australia?

  388. Tom R permalink
    March 24, 2020 7:26 pm

    they cancel every sitting day between now and 11 August.

    But he still reckons schools should be open (not that many agree with him)

    Leading from the rear again.

  389. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2020 7:35 pm

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/good-news/2020/03/24/coronavirus-the-us-distilleries-stitching-from-alcohol-to-hand-sanitiser/

    A good news story …

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

    But he still reckons …

    I assume you are referring to Sooty, TR?

    For the uninformed …

  390. TB Queensland permalink
    March 24, 2020 8:13 pm

    An Ambulance – Down in the Valley
    Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,
    Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant;
    But over its terrible edge there had slipped
    A duke and full many a peasant.
    So the people said something would have to be done,
    But their projects did not at all tally;
    Some said, “Put a fence ’round the edge of the cliff,”
    Some, “An ambulance down in the valley.”
    But the cry for the ambulance carried the day,
    For it spread through the neighboring city;
    A fence may be useful or not, it is true,
    But each heart became full of pity
    For those who slipped over the dangerous cliff;
    And the dwellers in highway and alley
    Gave pounds and gave pence, not to put up a fence,
    But an ambulance down in the valley.
    “For the cliff is all right, if your careful,” they said,
    “And, if folks even slip and are dropping,
    It isn’t the slipping that hurts them so much
    As the shock down below when they’re stopping.”
    So day after day, as these mishaps occurred,
    Quick forth would those rescuers sally
    To pick up the victims who fell off the cliff,
    With their ambulance down in the valley.
    Then an old sage remarked: “It’s a marvel to me
    That people give far more attention
    To repairing results than to stopping the cause,
    When they’d much better aim at prevention.
    Let us stop at its source all this mischief,” cried he,
    “Come, neighbors and friends, let us rally;
    If the cliff we will fence, we might almost dispense
    With the ambulance down in the valley.”
    “Oh he’s a fanatic,” the others rejoined,
    “Dispense with the ambulance? Never!
    He’d dispense with all charities, too, if he could;
    No! No! We’ll support them forever.
    Aren’t we picking up folks just as fast as they fall?
    And shall this man dictate to us? Shall he?
    Why should people of sense stop to put up a fence,
    While the ambulance works in the valley?”
    But the sensible few, who are practical too,
    Will not bear with such nonsense much longer;
    They believe that prevention is better than cure,
    And their party will soon be the stronger.
    Encourage them then, with your purse, voice, and pen,
    And while other philanthropists dally,
    They will scorn all pretense, and put up a stout fence
    On the cliff that hangs over the valley.
    Better guide well the young than reclaim them when old,
    For the voice of true wisdom is calling.
    “To rescue the fallen is good, but ’tis best
    To prevent other people from falling.”
    Better close up the source of temptation and crime
    Than deliver from dungeon or galley;
    Better put a strong fence ’round the top of the cliff
    Than an ambulance down in the valley.

  391. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 24, 2020 8:32 pm

    Since some people are willing to do this I think Public Servants should be taking a 20% pay cut until the crisis is over. Don’t see why people in the private sector should be bearing all the pain.

    https://wwos.nine.com.au/afl/afl-geelong-cats-coach-chris-scott-extraordinary-salary-sacrifice-amid-coronavirus/b46933d9-4f2e-4bcd-8f01-e5cc3f766069?ref=BP_RSS_ninesport_5_afl-coach-s-extraordinary-salary-sacrifice_240320

    “”””””AFL coach’s extraordinary salary sacrifice amid coronavirus crisis””””

  392. Tony permalink
    March 24, 2020 8:40 pm

    (not that many agree with him)

    Not (that) many what? Twitter trolls? The medical advice as I write this is for schools to remain open – and to reopen after the term break (“holidays” doesn’t seem appropriate under the circumstances).

  393. Tony permalink
    March 24, 2020 8:48 pm

    AFL coach’s extraordinary salary sacrifice

    Perhaps Gillon McLachlan should lead the way and take a cut to his multi-million dollar salary, in sympathy for the 80% of AFZl employees sacked yesterday. I won’t be holding my breath.

  394. Tom R permalink
    March 24, 2020 9:18 pm

    The medical advice That the ACT, Vic and NSW have decided is lacking. Yea, right 😉

  395. Tony permalink
    March 24, 2020 9:52 pm

    The medical advice That the ACT, Vic and NSW have decided is lacking. Yea, right 😉

    Guffaw! Still getting your ‘facts’ from PVO then.

  396. Tom R permalink
    March 25, 2020 8:56 am

    Guffaw! Still getting your ‘facts’ from PVO then.

    No, from our fearless leaders actions, not his words

  397. Tom R permalink
    March 25, 2020 9:01 am

    Our health policy is NOT being run by health decisions.

    Which is WHY our schools are not locked down (among many other glaring issues)

  398. Tom R permalink
    March 25, 2020 9:19 am

    Our government knew the options, and chose the wrong one.

    Make the call now, or it will just get worst. Other countries have shown this to be true

  399. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2020 9:38 am

  400. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2020 9:48 am

    I’m using this table to keep track.

    Anyone else got a favourite goto link?

  401. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 10:07 am

    An elite team of academics

    Was “Academic, author and commentator” @vanOnselenP on the team?

  402. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2020 10:14 am

    Interesting point here:

  403. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 25, 2020 10:20 am

    So ToSY, who is your dream team of academics?

  404. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 10:35 am

    So ToSY, who is your dream team of academics?

    I’ll have to get back to you if you mean current ones, Splatter, but here are a few dead academics I admire: Milton Friedman, Karl Popper, Friedrich Hayek, Adam Smith, among others.

  405. Tom R permalink
    March 25, 2020 10:44 am

    Perhaps he should have highlighted ‘health’ 😉

  406. Tom R permalink
    March 25, 2020 10:52 am

    For the slower ones (that includes our government and their cheer squad)

    The advice from the leading academics across epidemiology, infectious diseases, biosecurity, law, computational modelling, mental health and emergency response was requested by Professor Murphy last week and sent to Mr Hunt on Sunday in the midst of an extraordinary split between the federal government and NSW and Victoria, with the states agitating for a more hardline crackdown.

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/national-cabinet-prepares-to-escalate-australian-shutdown-20200324-p54de5.html

  407. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2020 11:05 am

    The medical advice as I write this is for schools to remain open

    These decisions are being made by doctors not epidemiologists.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17700251

    Read results …

    Human experiments?

    The medical advice as I write this is for schools to remain open

    But eventually they will catch up and close ’em!

    An Australian epidemiologist recognised for her work combating Ebola virus says South Australian parents not working in essential services should take their children out of school, contradicting Premier Steven Marshall’s strong health advice to the public yesterday.

    It actually is the parents decision … not the governments …

    recommended an immediate, hardline and costly lockdown to boost the chances of a quick national recovery

    Short pain for long term gain …

    Two children under 10 positive … and a 2 month old boy … but just wait until its 2% of children!

  408. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 11:07 am

    A complete shutdown will permanently damage the economy. The danger is the ‘cure’ does more damage than the disease. The virus will pass in weeks or months. The havoc and misery caused by a recession or even depression will be felt for years.

  409. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2020 11:08 am

    LOL! @ Splatterbum

    Are tortillas flushable? 😳

  410. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2020 11:10 am

    The havoc and misery caused by a recession or even depression will be felt for years.

    Weighed against … thousands of unnecessary deaths … ?

  411. Tom R permalink
    March 25, 2020 11:16 am

    thousands of unnecessary deaths

    Which in turn will will permanently damage the economy

    Does nobody see Italy or Spain?

    But nice to see it’s all about ‘teh’ economy, and NOT peoples lives.

  412. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 11:18 am

    Weighed against

    Exactly. There needs to be a feasible, practical balance between competing imperatives.

  413. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2020 11:19 am

    ToSy, if we can knock the virus out quickly then we can have Australia’s economy up and running before other nations … and help them … it will also encourage investment in Australia … we are the most isolated country on the planet (along with our ANZAC mates) and are self sufficient in most ways (manufacturing springs to mind) … but from a survival point of view we have shelter, food, water and power … everything else follows …

    And yes, some very rich will suffer financial loss … so will millions of less well off …

  414. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2020 11:21 am

    There needs to be a feasible, practical balance between competing imperatives.

    Are you prepared to wager your family, friends and your own life for a few dollars?

    Living no matter how rough is preferable to not being around for each other.

  415. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 11:23 am

    But nice to see it’s all about ‘teh’ economy, and NOT peoples lives.

    Hysterical, much? I’m pointing out it’s about both. It can’t be one to the exclusion of the other. Both have to be considered.

    If you think I’m wrong, tell me why. Don’t just make shit up.

  416. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2020 11:27 am

    It can’t be one to the exclusion of the other.

    Yes it can for a short run … long term gain …

    Do you want to volunteer for you or yours to get the virus or just let the government play Russian Roulette – I’ve played that government game once … and it was wrong then …

  417. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 11:37 am

    Yes it can for a short run

    But not for a long run? Why not? Because the economy needs to be considered. You’ve just agreed with me.

  418. Tom R permalink
    March 25, 2020 12:26 pm

    tell me why.

    You mean like I tried to above?

    Which in turn will will permanently damage the economy

    A collapsed health system will not be good for a ‘recovering’ economy, will it?

  419. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 1:13 pm

    You mean like I tried to above?

    All I saw was utter bullshit melodramatic misrepresentation.

  420. Tom R permalink
    March 25, 2020 1:15 pm

    yea, unlike
    “The havoc and misery caused by a recession or even depression will be felt for years.”

    ffs

  421. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2020 1:27 pm

    You’ve just agreed with me.

    No I didn’t … you’re talking about running an economy … I’m talking about saving lives … so we can run an economy sooner than later … but not at the expense of people’s lives … eliminate the virus by a drastic shutdown … for a short time … or continue as we are right now … piddling around at the edges as people continue to die …

    I prefer to live in a society, rather than die for an economy

  422. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 25, 2020 2:30 pm

    One sad thing about all this is that State Premiers like Dan Andrews on $440K/year are closing down business but this disaster does not effect govt workers. I just got a call from my Dentist saying my appointment for next month has been cancelled because they are closing down for a while.

    But the ABC and all govt workers will continue to get paid

  423. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 2:44 pm

    “The army, during certain visits, found some old people completely abandoned, sometimes even dead in their beds,” she added.

    What kind of heartless monsters would leave old people dead In their beds?

    Hmmm, maybe health workers trying to follow instructions.

    Under coronavirus protocols, health workers have been instructed to leave bodies in place in suspected COVID-19 deaths until the arrival of a doctor. But given the upsurge in deaths the delay can be lengthy.

    Of course the relevant bit was left till the last paragraph.🙄

  424. Tom R permalink
    March 25, 2020 2:58 pm

    Of course the relevant bit was left till the last paragraph.

    This is what happens when your health system gets over run.

    How live people are left abandoned is another question, but, from news out of Italy, anyone over 60 is simply turned away and left to fend for themselves now.

    This is the trajectory we are heading into

    BUT THE ECONOMY!

  425. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 3:34 pm

    anyone over 60 is simply turned away and left to fend for themselves now.
    This is the trajectory we are heading into

    What a load of absolute crap.

  426. Tom R permalink
    March 25, 2020 3:42 pm

    What a load of absolute crap.

    Yes, It may have been hyper-bowl, but it’s not far off

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8140517/We-no-longer-respirators-aged-SIXTY.html

  427. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 3:42 pm

    She probably caught relevance deprivation syndrome once Teh Climate Emergency got overtaken by an actual problem.

    Greta Thunberg says she probably had coronavirus

    Thunberg said on Instagram she had now recovered from symptoms milder than her latest cold, and may not have suspected COVID-19 had it not been for her father developing more severe symptoms.

  428. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 4:00 pm

    BREAKING: Sandown twilight racing has just been abandoned after race two of eight. Information has come to light that an industry participant shared a flight (13 days ago) with someone who has since been confirmed as a case of Covid 19. If the participant’s test is negative racing will resume as soon as possible. Tomorrow’s Kilmore (day) and Pakenham (night) meetings have also been called off.

  429. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2020 4:15 pm

    Information has come to light that an industry participant shared a flight (13 days ago) with someone who has since been confirmed as a case of Covid 19

    The “industry participant” (quaint turn of phrase) didn’t KNOW until after the race ….

    See what happens with “partial” shutdowns? To stop this it has to be a total shutdown to work.

    You are definitely in step with, Donnie T, ToSY …

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-donald-trumps-easter-deadline-to-remove-social-distancing-restrictions-criticised-by-doctors/news-story/afb96ae57d661527a6f2807a29b8219b

  430. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2020 4:18 pm

    “a total shutdown to work”

    Unintentional but true …

  431. Tony permalink
    March 25, 2020 4:28 pm

    The “industry participant” (quaint turn of phrase) didn’t KNOW until after the race …

    They didn’t know until they were informed a passenger on a flight they took had tested positive. The industry participant (they don’t say whether it’s a jockey, official, steward, whatever) is showing none of the known Covid 19 symptoms.

    https://www.racingvictoria.com.au/news/2020-03-25/temporary-suspension-of-victorian-racing

    See what happens with “partial” shutdowns? To stop this it has to be a total shutdown to work.

    What happens with total shutdowns is many more people lose their jobs, some of them permanently. Except tax parasites public servants.

  432. Walrus permalink
    March 25, 2020 5:00 pm

    “She probably caught relevance deprivation syndrome once Teh Climate Emergency got overtaken by an actual problem.””

    Notice how she said she “probably” had it.

    I think in order to have a profile she will make the same announcement next week and eventually she might get it or might not

  433. Walrus permalink
    March 25, 2020 5:08 pm

    What an idiot !

  434. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 25, 2020 5:46 pm

    What happens with total shutdowns is many more people lose their jobs, some of them permanently. Except tax parasites public servants.

    Yep that is the worst thing about this crisis. Got a call yesterday from my Dentists receptionists. They are closing down until June so I have to reschedule my appointment. She told me she was worried about how she could pay her bills

    People who work for the ABC don’t have to worry. It would not surprise me if these parasites on the Public teat argue for increased funding because of the current crisis

  435. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2020 5:47 pm

    What an idiot !

    Pot?

  436. Tom R permalink
    March 25, 2020 7:15 pm

    Pot?

    Don’t mind if I do 😉

  437. TB Queensland permalink
    March 25, 2020 7:21 pm

    Yeah! TR, you know I like word games* … “kettle” didn’t seem to work …

    *especially double meanings … entendre … puns … sealing wax and other fancy stuff 😉

  438. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 26, 2020 9:05 am

    It’s interesting that the ABC continues to give deferential interviews to the WHO.

    Does the WHO have any credibility now? They called the initial ban on Chinese travel “xenophobic” and they continually delayed calling a pandemic.

    How much culpability does the WHO have in this disaster?

  439. Walrus permalink
    March 26, 2020 10:03 am

    “Pot?”

    So you think people suffering and dying is something has a great number of positives

    The you are a bigger fucking idiot than him

  440. Tom R permalink
    March 26, 2020 10:52 am

    So you think people suffering and dying is something has a great number of positives

    But, ‘teh’ ECONOMY!

  441. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2020 10:53 am

    So you think people suffering and dying is something has a great number of positives

    I suggest you read my comments further up the blog – yesterday.

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

    I read that the Australian Hairdressing Association has called Sooty out over the 30 minute
    haircut rule … and Sooty has backflipped … and told the States and Territories to get on with it … great management technique … not!

  442. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2020 10:55 am

    Lambie gets it …

    Senator Jacqui Lambie has pleaded with PM Scott Morrison to lock the country down before the weekend to defeat the virus “in one swift kick”.

    (They will eventually catch up)

  443. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2020 10:59 am

    And Check out the Question Survey

    Results

    Should Australia introduce tougher shutdown measures?

    Yes, a ‘stage three’ lockdown would burb (sic) cases 80%

    No, we should listen to the govenment (sic) advice 20%

    696 Voters

  444. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 26, 2020 11:38 am

    “Lambie gets it …. “

    Agreed, TB. And I rarely agree with Lambie!

  445. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 26, 2020 11:42 am

    Fair point:

    If I could get my head round that far I wouldn’t put it in my anus!

  446. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2020 12:03 pm

    And I rarely agree with Lambie!

    Just said the same thing! We live in interesting times … 😕

  447. Tom R permalink
    March 26, 2020 12:11 pm

    Imagine making stopping the boats the centrepiece of your entire political platform the past 20 years, and then failing to stop the one boat that actually fucking mattered

  448. Tom R permalink
    March 26, 2020 12:26 pm

    SA has just announced it is going ‘pupil free’ after April 4. How many states is that now that disagree with the ‘united’ advice?

  449. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 26, 2020 2:56 pm

    Was it NSW Health or the Feds fault? They are still bickering about that.

    You would think that if passengers had been tested that would imply suspicion that Wu Flu was present among the passengers and that the best thing to do was to quarantine the ship until the results came back.

  450. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2020 3:26 pm

    We have a Catholic pre and primary school in our street … as I walked past this morning it was like watching parents sending ’em off to a concentration camp … very sad … (it was their last day today I was told – ironic) … hope and prayers, I guess …

  451. Tom R permalink
    March 26, 2020 4:23 pm

    They are still bickering about that.

    I’m sure it’s Labors fault.

  452. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2020 5:06 pm

    Kill Bill really worked a treat, hey? 😯

  453. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2020 7:50 pm

    Some good news … with one slight problem

    https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/human-body/coronavirus-uk-orders-35-million-15minute-tests-to-detect-covid19-antibodies/news-story/0d8ae48d482166e80c995d30a84c602e

    Are those who recovered NOT still carriers?

  454. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 27, 2020 12:27 pm

    The experts said the number of cases would double every 3 days. Is that happening?
    I can’t find data saying that.

  455. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 27, 2020 12:33 pm

    Interesting analysis of the approaches to containment

    https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-27/coronavirus-options-to-end-lockdown-explained/12090270

  456. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2020 12:50 pm

    ToM,

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-australia-less-deaths-hospitalisations-in-first-1000-cases/news-story/20d92384fdcb1bdcd8ddeaf3630d1030

    John Hopkins has useful detailed global data here:

    https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

    My understanding is that the cases are generally exponential x3 – one infects three – three infect nine – nine infect 27 etc …

  457. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2020 12:53 pm

    BTW the world map is interactive …

    Felt like The Last Man on Earth on my walk this morning! Eerily quite for the most part.

  458. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 27, 2020 1:24 pm

    “I’m sure it’s Labors fault.”

    Everything is – just ask Neil.

  459. Tony permalink
    March 27, 2020 2:12 pm

    The experts said the number of cases would double every 3 days. Is that happening?
    I can’t find data saying that.

    I’m sure it’s because of our seasonal warm weather and high humidity. But Professor TomR tells me this is the same as saying the GFC was a northern hemisphere thing.

  460. Tony permalink
    March 27, 2020 2:29 pm

    Turns out the Victorian racing “industry participant” was jockey Mark Zaharia. He has been cleared of Covid19 and (crowd free) racing resumed today.

  461. Tony permalink
    March 27, 2020 2:33 pm

    *Zahra

  462. Tom R permalink
    March 27, 2020 2:40 pm

    The experts said the number of cases would double every 3 days. Is that happening?

    very close to

    btw, New Zealand are NOT going for ‘eradication’, except in hte sense that, in order to flatten the curve, they are trying to essentially eradicate it, which they know they cannot do.

    Anyone telling you now is the time to build ‘herd immunity’ is selling snake oil. Consider that our own government is ignoring specialists in the field, and just trotting out their own chosen hacks.

    And this

    The first view was “a dominant position in this group”, the paper said. What it didn’t add was that this was the overwhelming view.

    https://theconversation.com/grattan-on-friday-which-leaders-and-health-experts-will-be-on-the-right-side-of-history-on-covid-19-policy-134801?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

  463. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 27, 2020 4:27 pm

    “He all but admitted that the Govt is overriding expert medical recommendations as in the case of hairdressers!”

    Women in politics will do that!

  464. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2020 4:45 pm

    The Minister couldn’t get a postal vote (they couldn’t spell her name correctly – long story) she voted yesterday (line markings, one at a time, hand cleaner and gloves … done … my postal vote also went yesterday.

    And yet I still get reminders in snail mail every day:

    VOTING IS COMPULSORY! YOU CAN BE FINED!

    Dodgy or wot? 🙄

  465. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2020 5:10 pm

    Colorful little map …

    https://www.flightradar24.com/-21.78,137.32/4

  466. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 27, 2020 5:22 pm

    Everything is – just ask Neil.

    Everything is usually Labors fault. I vote Coalition because ALP/Greens deceive and mislead people. Voting labor is their religion

    Take the recent Robodebt thingy.

    In 1991 Labor introduced data matching between the ATO and Centrelink

    DID THE ABC PUBLISH HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED DUE TO THIS CHANGE?

    In 2011 Labor replaced data matching between the ATO and Centrelink by humans with computers. Robodebt has now started

    DID THE ABC PUBLISH HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED DUE TO THIS CHANGE?

    In 2016 the Coalition made some changes to labor Robodebt scheme.

    What did the ABC say?

    2,030 died since 2016 most probably due to the evil Coalition

    How anybody can vote Labor is beyond me

  467. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 27, 2020 6:19 pm

    It’s interesting that the types who stay in bed until noon, don’t leave the house, and watch daytime tv are now mainstream!
    They’re trendsetters, early adaptors!

  468. Tony permalink
    March 27, 2020 6:21 pm

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  469. Tony permalink
    March 27, 2020 6:21 pm

    That worked well.

  470. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2020 7:23 pm

    They’re trendsetters, early adaptors!

    The baby boomers have always been trendsetters, ToM, that;s why you try to emulate the surfer image …

  471. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2020 7:26 pm

    That worked well.

    I know!

    You’ve been watching me long enough, ToSY, I know the (aw fuck!) feeling so well! 😀

  472. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2020 7:27 pm

    I’m so glad the quick whizz up the comments column doesn’t end on Spaltterbum’s bike rider anymore … puts me off mi dinner!

  473. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2020 7:28 pm

    Bastard! How did you do that?

  474. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2020 7:43 pm

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/mar/27/industry-super-funds-ask-for-government-help-amid-fears-of-mass-covid-19-withdrawals

    I’m sick of propping up fucking Liberal governments! And I don’t even fucking vote for the fuckwits!

    They prop up banks in the GFC! With taxpayer funds! Then allow banks to steal money off taxpayers and not one director or senior manager in jail … and now won’t support industry super funds so that I have to pay for THEIR decision to allow people to access their funds! I’m sick of paying out for the fucking government! The GFC cost ME hundreds of thousands in super three years after I retired (and I went to work when I was 14) … now I’m going to have to pay again! No-one gave me compensation for two years National Service – earning $280 a fortnight … then whump! $80 a fortnight a wife and daughter to support! All I got was Thank You letter and a fucking medal!

    Kevin Rudd gave me $950 sweet fuck all …

    Trust government … my arse … couldn’t find a fuck in a brothel! And they run one!

    And where are McKenzie and Taylor … as usual fucking forgotten! Life goes on …

  475. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 27, 2020 7:44 pm

    I’m on the coast at the moment, and each day I go for a surf, walk the dog, and get a take away coffee. I’d do exactly the same thing in Melbourne, except the surf.

    There are plenty of the permanent residents here that are genuinely disdainful of my activities.

    I can’t see how I am possibly adding to any risk.

    I’m genuinely interested in whether those here think they have a point.

    And by the way, there are very few surfers.

  476. Tony permalink
    March 27, 2020 7:46 pm

    I’m Calling it now.

    There’s been a huge overreaction already, and if Dan Andrews and Gladys go into full lockdown our economy will be fucked for years. We have a huge advantage over the Northern Hemisphere hotspots: we’re coming out of summer and our weather is still relatively warm. They’re coming out of winter and are relatively cold. This virus does not thrive in warm, humid conditions. That is Teh Science. Don’t believe the politicians when they inevitably claim their actions saved us. The truth is they will have fucked our economy for years. I know TB doesn’t like “living in an economy”, but that’s what provides the jobs and services that sustains his preferred “society”.

  477. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2020 7:46 pm

    Gee that was good! Cheers … time for another Bowlers Run … thanks for listening … 4BC rejected my employment application … perhaps there closing down?

  478. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 27, 2020 8:00 pm

    I’m sick of propping up fucking Liberal governments! And I don’t even fucking vote for the fuckwits!
    They prop up banks in the GFC! With taxpayer funds!

    TB

    Labor/Swan was in power during the GFC

  479. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2020 8:13 pm

    … our economy will be fucked for years

    Link?

    … we’re coming out of summer and our weather is still relatively warm.

    Unusually warm I’d say … but why is that an advantage … C-19 … is … here

    This virus does not thrive in warm, humid conditions Link?

    Don’t believe the politicians when they inevitably claim their actions saved us.

    Whew! Had me worried for a bit there.

    The truth is they will have fucked our economy for years.

    Agree. The virus really fucked OUR economy … but sadly it was already fucked … and BTW the “national economy” isn’t the stock market.

    I know TB doesn’t like “living in an economy”, but that’s what provides the jobs and services that sustains his preferred “society”.

    I have no idea how long you have survived nature, environment, genealogy, environment, or, dickhead governments, or had the opportunity to have travelled around this wonderful beautiful world and interacted with its people … but … the people I’ve met in over 40 countries all emphasise – family, children, education, friends, enjoyment and oddly money last … I’ve lived in a third world subsistence country, I grew up in the UK just after WW2, I had a ration card … my dad made my bed here out of scrap wood and hessian for a base … later we brewed our own beer, partied at home three generations … I mowed over my last dollar after being out of work for six weeks and no government support (even though I’d served the country) … enough … dinner calls

    I know society is more important than money (most people don’t have enough) but fairness has to come into play somewhere … no people no economy … but the economy isn’t just for the rich … its for ALL!

  480. Tony permalink
    March 27, 2020 8:20 pm

    I’m on the coast at the moment, and each day I go for a surf, walk the dog, and get a take away coffee. I’d do exactly the same thing in Melbourne, except the surf.

    Keep it up, ToM. I was still going to the swimming pool every day till they shut it down. Still would be. I’ve taken my bike out of the shed after a few years of not riding. The tyres had all but disintegrated, and the soles came off my road shoes when I went to put them on – all the glue had disappeared. Anyhow, new shoes, new tyres and all good. I’m actually loving being back on the bike in our beautiful Melbourne autumn weather. With social distancing thrown in!

  481. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 27, 2020 8:36 pm

    Yes Tony, I brought a mountain bike here, and have been for a couple of rides in the Otways. Sensational! But those hills are a real test of fitness!

    There seem to bequite a lot of people that think this social distancing should involve self punishment

  482. Neil of Sydney permalink
    March 27, 2020 8:39 pm

    I’m sick of propping up fucking Liberal governments! And I don’t even fucking vote for the fuckwits!
    They prop up banks in the GFC! With taxpayer funds!

    TB

    Of all the LIES you have told over the year and there are many this is one of the BIGGEST.

    The Liberal govt was not in power during the GFC. Your heroes the ALP were. It was Rudd/Swan propping up the banks if what u say is true

    And how did Rudd/Swan prop up the banks during the GFC?

  483. Tony permalink
    March 27, 2020 8:40 pm

    But those hills are a real test of fitness!

    Haha, I know. But for every uphill there’s also a downhill. You’ve just got to make it to the top!

  484. March 27, 2020 9:01 pm

    “This virus does not thrive in warm, humid conditions.”

    Oh, how we laughed, have you seen how it’s tracking in Malaysia, expert…??

  485. Tony permalink
    March 27, 2020 9:31 pm

    Oh look, you’ve come out of your bunker.

    Malaysia: Population 32,257,440; deaths 23.
    Australia: Population 25,422,539; deaths 13.

  486. Tom R permalink
    March 27, 2020 10:11 pm

    Woohoo

    Armchair death counts again.

    I guess at the least it’ll give yomm something to watch now they killed his footy

  487. Tony permalink
    March 27, 2020 10:37 pm

    Malaysia: Population 32,257,440; cases 2031; deaths 23.

    That means one in every 15,882 of Malaysia’s population has tested positive, and one in every 1,402,497 has died from the virus.

    Just for a bit of perspective.

  488. Tom R permalink
    March 28, 2020 1:11 pm

    one in every 1,402,497 has died from the virus.

    At the current point in time

    Just get a little reality back into the perspective 😉

  489. Tom R permalink
    March 28, 2020 1:17 pm

    Banning wet markets makes sense, but the WHO would probably call it xenophobic.

    Probably because it IS xenophobic?

    Perhaps western nations should have taken Chinas offer to keep people there for a few weeks. But no, they had to all come home with the flu. And to top it off, we just HAD to make sure all those Chinese students came in, all untested, even for temperatures.

    https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2020-03-11/coronavirus-china-wet-markets

  490. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 28, 2020 1:22 pm

    Didn’t SARS also originate in similar circumstances?

    Anyone knows it’s better to stop these things at the source, not contain it during an outbreak, which is what you’re suggesting

  491. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2020 1:37 pm

    Anyone knows it’s better to stop these things at the source, not contain it during an outbreak, which is what you’re suggesting

    Isn’t TR saying that?

    Perhaps western nations should have taken Chinas offer to keep people there for a few weeks.

    And “identifying the source” takes time … we now have thousands of “sources” …

    Quite simply our government was slow off the mark again … climate change, economy*, bushfires, virus management.

    And why cut out the Opposition from discussions?** Very dictatorial, coupled with a very autocratic management style and obviously a fear of criticism (or anyone else’s ideas/suggestions) … Ghengis Trumplike and Boris BSlike … rolled into one …

    Utter disaster …

    *Like it or not a recession was looming …

    **Half the nation voted for them … and it is a bipartisan issue if ever there was one …

  492. Tony permalink
    March 28, 2020 1:49 pm

    At the current point in time

    That’s the only data we have – what’s actually happened to this point in time. And the data clearly shows a lower incidence of Covid19 in warm, humid regions than in cold areas.

    Or maybe we should just go with the vibe.

  493. Tom R permalink
    March 28, 2020 2:15 pm

    And the data clearly shows a lower incidence of Covid19 in warm, humid regions than in cold areas.

    I don’t disagree with that, but, as I pointed out, the data will only grow, the numbers will never look better than they do at the moment.

    And, considering that fact you just pointed out, we really do seem to be ‘punching’ above our weight

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/27/coronavirus-mapped-map-which-countries-have-the-most-cases-and-deaths

  494. Tony permalink
    March 28, 2020 3:46 pm

    the data will only grow, the numbers will never look better than they do at the moment.

    That’s not quite right either. There will be a peak then the numbers will drop off again. What’s not known is when and at how many cases our peak will be.

  495. Tom R permalink
    March 28, 2020 4:42 pm

    There will be a peak then the numbers will drop off again.

    True

    But we aren’t there yet.

    And straya has loooong way to go, especially if, as is now being touted, they want to try an infect ‘60%’ of the population.

    Good luck with that.

    Perhaps they should have been up front from the start?

  496. Tom R permalink
    March 28, 2020 4:46 pm

    It says something when they only want ‘their’ specialists to see the data

  497. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2020 5:47 pm

    What are they hiding?

    Physical distancing is a bit hard when your in a street protest march, hey?

  498. TB Queensland permalink
    March 28, 2020 5:54 pm

    BTW, notice the use of “physical distancing” * as opposed to “social distancing” a phrase invented by a marketing person who really doesn’t understand basic communication? Or lackey who got a bonus …

    *A more descriptive and “active” phrase …

    They all catch up eventually …

  499. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 29, 2020 12:14 pm

    Physical distancing is a bit hard when your in a street protest march, hey?

    I think you mean – “you’re”

  500. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2020 12:15 pm

    Thanks, ToM …

  501. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2020 3:34 pm

    What happens after all these people complete 14 day in isolation? ‘Cause they ain’t immune … ours is voluntary and we have another seven days to go … but we are still at risk if we venture out … ’cause other people have been wandering around and continue to touch surfaces, sneeze, cough etc …

    Life’s dilemmas … 🙄

  502. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2020 7:58 pm

    Its* become a case of Dithering Democratic Dictators … that has Demonstrated Dickhead Decisions Delaying Determination … in other words awful management … I’ve terminated managers for less …

    *Get fucked ToM …

  503. TB Queensland permalink
    March 29, 2020 8:00 pm

    Example …

    Scott Morrison offers coronavirus wage guarantee for those who have lost jobs, but details still to come

    People need details … not promises …

  504. Tony permalink
    March 30, 2020 7:13 am

  505. Tony permalink
    March 30, 2020 9:08 am

  506. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2020 10:36 am

    Eventually they catch up …

    Boris Johnson has stressed that “there really is such a thing as society” in a message released he is while self-isolating with Covid-19, in which he also revealed that 20,000 former NHS staff have returned to help battle the virus.

    The prime minister chose to contradict his Conservative predecessor Margaret Thatcher’s endorsement of pure individualism made in 1987, when the then PM told a magazine: “There is no such thing as society.”

    Sometimes its too late …

  507. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 30, 2020 12:06 pm

    Keeping young people entertained and not going stir crazy will be a challenge. So I’m not sure why Morrison is being ridiculed about buying jigsaw puzzles.

    This limited contact isn’t supposed to be punishment, but some people seem to think is should be treated like it is.

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-australia-scott-morrison-calls-jigsaw-puzzle-essential-item/news-story/5587d04e39eb448afb33ee9ad4b19b04

  508. Tony permalink
    March 30, 2020 12:19 pm

    It’s too soon to say the rate of spread has peaked, but the graph is trending in the right direction.

  509. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2020 1:05 pm

    So I’m not sure why Morrison is being ridiculed about buying jigsaw puzzles.

    Nah, you wouldn’t. Try this … I’ll make it simplerest for you.

    Question: Could you give us an example of an “essential” item, Prime Minister?

    Answer: A jig-saw puzzle – FFS!

    And, ToM, FYI … you don’t need to “go out” for jig-saw puzzles … you can make your own.

    http://www.jigsaw-puzzles.net/ for free! Miyuns of ’em …

    (Note: The Minister is a fan of JS puzzles)

  510. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 30, 2020 1:14 pm

    Yeah, now worries TB. I think it’s bizarre that you’d suggest making your own jigsaw puzzles, when the purpose of them is to assemble them, it might even be an engaging family activity. If someone buys a puzzle for their kids, you’d look to be critical.

    That’s the type of attitude that will create a lot of stress in the community

  511. Tony permalink
    March 30, 2020 1:49 pm

    If the new squad tries to hit me with a $1600 fine for going out, I’m going to accuse them of denying me my basic human right to a jigsaw puzzle.

  512. Tom R permalink
    March 30, 2020 3:23 pm

    A jig-saw puzzle – FFS!

    If you buy one, make sure it has big enough pieces to be used in place of toilet paper, a non essential item 😉

  513. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 30, 2020 3:49 pm

  514. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2020 3:49 pm

    I think it’s bizarre that you’d suggest making your own jigsaw puzzles, when the purpose of them is to assemble them,

    Check out the link? Did ya, ToM?

    If someone buys a puzzle for their kids, you’d look to be critical.

    You have no fucking idea what I would do or say, if anything, the joke is a “marketing manager” who can’t communicate and is neither expert in marketing nor a manager.

    Nothing to do with someone buying (you can get ’em for free!) for their kids …

    I’m going to accuse them of denying me my basic human right to a jigsaw puzzle.

    And that’s just how silly the analogy is/was, ToSY

  515. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 30, 2020 4:07 pm

    The interactive graphs at the referenced link are instructive.

  516. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 30, 2020 5:44 pm

    The ARU lost over $9mill last year, $6mill due to the Folau litigation.

    That’s record incompetence, but Raylene Castles has offered to take a 50% pay cut. That means she will only be paid 25 times what she is worth.

    It’s fortune the ARU agreed with the likes of TB, and coughed up $6mill

    https://www.news.com.au/sport/rugby/rugby-australia-crisis-after-2019-financial-deficit-of-94-million/news-story/0e50934110410925ffb956d3a90dfd9d

  517. March 30, 2020 6:29 pm

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  518. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2020 7:17 pm

    Businesses will be given wage subsidies of $1500 a fortnight for each worker to keep staff on during the coronavirus crisis as part of an unprecedented $130 billion package.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the package could help six million Australians as he unveiled the federal government’s third and biggest round of economic stimulus on Monday.

    Why does this go to the businesses and not directly to the workers?

    We’ve seen how some businesses have been caught out stealing wages and super?

  519. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2020 7:23 pm

    … agreed with the likes of TB, and coughed up $6mill Fuck off Kneel ToM, I wouldn’t have given the loudmouthed prick a cent! You really have no idea what I would do … I have had fun with dumb professional “industrial” psychologists but amateurs are hilarious!

    BTW I couldn’t give a flying fuck about the walking zombies now controlled by a gothic walking zombie … wrong sport sunshine …

  520. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2020 7:25 pm

    I can only assume that it’s now all over

    Praise be!

    WTF is – hang on a minute …………………………………… Kenneth Copeland

  521. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2020 7:26 pm

    That’s not ToM! In real life?

  522. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 30, 2020 7:59 pm

    Yeah, that’s right TB. You would have taken it to court, and been lumbered with even more legal fees, ARU’s and Folau’s, plus payout of his contact, plus damages.

    Tens of millions!!

    But…you would have walked out still claiming that you were right!

    Do you know why they lost? Because their actions were against the law!!!

    And any competent employment advisor would have told them that

  523. Tony permalink
    March 30, 2020 9:14 pm

    People are getting desperate.

  524. Tony permalink
    March 30, 2020 9:37 pm

    This makes me proud to be Australian.

  525. Tony permalink
    March 30, 2020 9:40 pm

    Oops. Not that one, this one.

  526. TB Queensland permalink
    March 30, 2020 10:55 pm

    Yeah, that’s right TB. You would have taken it to court, and been lumbered with even more legal fees, ARU’s and Folau’s, plus payout of his contact, plus damages.

    Get some more pills, ToM … let me repeat … I DON”T GIVE A FUCK!

  527. March 30, 2020 11:21 pm

    “Praise be”

    I can’t wait for The Handmaid’s Tale to be back on for a bit of normality.

  528. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 9:03 am

  529. March 31, 2020 9:26 am

    This is sensational…

    https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

  530. Tom R permalink
    March 31, 2020 9:44 am

    lol reb, at least our leader gives us moments of brevity, even if they are at his expense.

    I’d be a lot happier with the decline in identified cases if the decline didn’t match the decline in people being actually tested Tony

    Dr Chant confirmed there had been a decline in testing numbers.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-31/coronavirus-cases-pass-2000-in-nsw-outbreaks-in-bondi-waverley/12105072

  531. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 10:35 am

    I’d be a lot happier with the decline in identified cases if the decline didn’t match the decline in people being actually tested Tony

    Maybe that’s because fewer people are displaying symptoms.

  532. Tom R permalink
    March 31, 2020 10:41 am

    Maybe that’s because fewer people are displaying symptoms.

    Or

    Maybe you could read the link? 😉

  533. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 10:58 am

    Maybe you could read the link? 😉

    Okay.

    “Please arrange COVID-19 testing for anyone in the Bondi area who is symptomatic, regardless of their travel history,” the message said.

    Also

    Dr Chant said the drop in testing may be a result of the “weekend effect”.

    “Obviously, the access to general practitioners over the weekend may have accounted for it,” she said.

    It’s interesting how some people are looking for positive signs of a possible end to this crisis while others want to be right about how bad it will get.

  534. Tom R permalink
    March 31, 2020 11:03 am

    Of course, others simply look at the history of this mob, and their outright lies and obfuscation, coupled with their inability to implement anything properly, except fudge numbers, and be quite wary of anything that is proffered up.

    Not sure where your first quote came from. The story said doctors were frustrated because they wanted more testing in the hotspot areas.

  535. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 11:12 am

    Not sure where your first quote came from.

    Perhaps it’s you who should read your own link. Or comprehend it.

  536. Tom R permalink
    March 31, 2020 11:19 am

    Or comprehend it.

    Or, because they just updated the story

    Guess a lib pollies been on the line. Taking care of important things

  537. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 11:24 am

    Or, because they just updated the story

    Guffaw!

  538. Tom R permalink
    March 31, 2020 11:26 am

    But, that update does expose why the numbers should not be taken too seriously

    regardless of their travel history

    Considering that travelers are being confined to hotels, then yea, the numbers measured atm mean very little

    Yet the government spruiks it like it validates something, when all they are doing is massaging the numbers, again.

  539. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 11:42 am

    I get it. You want the virus to get worse so you can say your political enemy failed.

    I want it to get better so people can stop being terrified and get back to some kind of normal life.

  540. TB Queensland permalink
    March 31, 2020 12:08 pm

    Maybe that’s because fewer people are displaying symptoms.

    Or maybe they don’t show symptoms and are carriers … or the symptoms (its just a cold) are ignored …

    Maybe …

    It’s interesting how some people are looking for positive signs of a possible end to this crisis while others want to be right about how bad it will get.

    Just being “positive” and hope and prayers won’t make it better … logical analysis is a better way to deal with what may be happening …

    Plan for the worst … hope for the best …

    To think that anyone wants it to get worse is illogical at best …

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

    Met a nice bloke this morning as I approached our local park, on my usual 5k route … wife and little toddler, and two american bullys – off their leads chasing a ball … dogs have to been on a lead in all parks in Queensland … I was bitten on my leg about a month ago by a little yappy dog … stung like buggery and I still have the scar …

    So … I called out (near the sign for dogs on leads) “Excuse me, could you put you dogs on a lead, please, I was bitten a couple of weeks ago” …

    His reply: “If you want to go out in public … go somewhere else”

    I walked across the park 90degrees away from the path and headed past them … the prick then threw the ball in front of me (a good 20m away) and the dogs naturally came after it … I kept walking and then looked back … by that time his misssus was putting leads on the dogs and giving him a hard time … looked like he needed to shave his head again and had tats all over what wasn’t covered by baggy black shorts and a faded blue singlet (not long out of the clink by the look of him) … how they got across two borders in anybody’s guess …

    See, life’s interesting even now …

  541. TB Queensland permalink
    March 31, 2020 12:14 pm

    I get it. You want the virus to get worse so you can say your political enemy failed.

    I want it to get better so people can stop being terrified and get back to some kind of normal life.

    Unfair comment, TosY, no-one wants it to get worse … and most governments around the world are doing too little too late … unfortunately democratic governments are elected and will be judged by their actions at elections …

    To accuse people of wanting this to get worse when people are dying is really misplaced.

  542. Tom R permalink
    March 31, 2020 12:15 pm

    I want it to get better

    We all want that, but I don’t want to be fed bullshit

    And, the pm has already failed. He has trailed the states at every turn. How long ago was he telling us to go to the footy

    He was telling us to take our kids to school, while he kept his home

    His government has been full of the virus

    And he has been dragged kicking and screaming to do exactly what he has demonised Labor for doing for over a decade.

    I don’t have to make up stuff to make him look bad, that jobs taken care of

  543. Tom R permalink
    March 31, 2020 12:43 pm

    I have noted a distinct lack of commentary around “WE CANNOT AFFORD THIS” that was so prevalent in the lead up to last election.

    I wonder why? [sarc]

  544. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 31, 2020 12:44 pm

    Just look at this ingrate!

  545. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 1:12 pm

    To accuse people of wanting this to get worse when people are dying is really misplaced.

    Of course any decent person wouldn’t wish this virus on their worst enemy.

  546. Tom R permalink
    March 31, 2020 1:15 pm

    Not sure getting trump into bed and out of the way for a few weeks would be a bad thing for the worlds recovery to be honest

  547. March 31, 2020 1:27 pm

    “You want the virus to get worse so you can say your political enemy failed.”

    You’ve long been a proponent of “small government” ToSY. Does that mean the supposedly “small government” ideology of the LNP now makes them your frenemy given that they’re throw 4X as much money at the economy than Labor did at the GFC…?

    I mean, shouldn’t we just let the market take its course? That’s the neo-liberal way innit….??

  548. TB Queensland permalink
    March 31, 2020 1:31 pm

    Just look at this ingrate!

    And he seemed to enjoy it just got a bit ruff – perhaps …

  549. TB Queensland permalink
    March 31, 2020 1:32 pm

    I prefer to be alive in a society than die for an economy … 😐

  550. Tom R permalink
    March 31, 2020 1:36 pm

    I mean, shouldn’t we just let the market take its course?

    I’ll give to the libs, at least they threw that out of the window, even though so much of the dollars being thrown out relies on ‘trickle down’

    Now THAT is WASTE!

  551. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 1:38 pm

    I mean, shouldn’t we just let the market take its course? That’s the neo-liberal way innit….??

    Yes. That would probably be the Chicago School way. What we are seeing now is Keynesianism on steroids.

    https://www.investopedia.com/articles/economics/09/milton-friedman.asp

  552. TB Queensland permalink
    March 31, 2020 1:49 pm

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/30/donald-trump-coronavirus-briefing-ceos-my-pillow

    Then, in a bizarre gear change, Lindell went into campaign rally mode and referenced the date of Trump’s election. “God gave us grace on November 8, 2016, to change the course we were on,” he said. “God had been taken out of our schools and lives, a nation had turned its back on God.

    “I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word, read our Bibles and spend time with our families.”

    Lindell added: “Our president gave us so much hope when just a few short months ago we had the best economy, the lower unemployment and wages going up. It was amazing … We will get through this and get back to a place that’s stronger and safer than ever.”

    Trump told reporters: “I did not know he was going to do that, but he’s a friend of mine and I do appreciate it. Thank you, Mike.”

    Jesus Fucking Christ! What has happened to the world … no wonder we are constantly at war … with non-christians/non-jews … from communists to muslims …

    When I was press ganged in to Army I was asked “what religion” – “OK — CofE” … wouldn’t change – was for the chaplains if I was hurt … apparently ??????

  553. TB Queensland permalink
    March 31, 2020 1:50 pm

    Correction

    When I was press ganged in to Army I was asked “what religion” – “none” I replied – “OK — CofE” (wouldn’t change it …

  554. TB Queensland permalink
    March 31, 2020 1:57 pm

    Ah, Steve Kates, never got his hands dirty in his life but knows all about the workers lot … barrow to push, or wot?

    Steven Kates is Associate Professor of Economics at RMIT. He was chief economist for the Australian Chamber of Commerce for 24 years and a commissioner on the Productivity Commission.

    Nothing wrong with capitalism … until it got bastardised …

  555. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 2:28 pm

  556. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 2:47 pm

  557. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 2:55 pm

    It’s those damn preppers buying their bug-out supplies.😳

    The state government has severely restricted access to firearms and ammunition after sales spiked amid the coronavirus pandemic … Ms Neville said the number of applications to access firearms doubled last week to 2200.

    https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/6705221/sale-of-firearms-ammunition-temporarily-banned/

  558. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 3:00 pm

    They keep telling us we don’t need to wear masks (yet everyone working in a hospital is wearing one).

  559. Tony permalink
    March 31, 2020 3:07 pm

    Steven Kates is Associate Professor of Economics at RMIT. He was chief economist for the Australian Chamber of Commerce for 24 years and a commissioner on the Productivity Commission.

    Pffft. Call that a resume?🙄

  560. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 31, 2020 3:36 pm

  561. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 31, 2020 3:51 pm

    “Jesus Fucking Christ! What has happened to the world … “

    Guttertrashers are always skeptical of the social niceties and rightly so! Toadies ought to be called out on principle.

    Its so cute that you are so easily triggered, TB. 🙂

  562. TB Queensland permalink
    March 31, 2020 4:49 pm

    Pffft. Call that a resume?

    Shiny bums always know best … ask splatterbum …

    Its so cute that you are so easily triggered, TB. 🙂

    Thanks splatterbum, I only do it for you … and all our donors contributors of course …

    ————————————————————————

    BTW what happened to the TGT world map, blogmeister? …

  563. TB Queensland permalink
    March 31, 2020 7:12 pm

    Says it all …

    Morrison, who didn’t include Labor leader Anthony Albanese in his national coronavirus cabinet, says he is now consulting the opposition’s key people to expedite passage of the legislation needed through an emergency session of parliament.

    But if we really are “at war” with this virus, as Morrison told 60 Minutes, wouldn’t it have been better for the Prime Minister to emulate the country’s leaders in World War II and set up an across the Parliament Advisory War Council giving the opposition a bigger earlier say?

    There’s no doubt a lot of time would have been saved.

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2020/03/31/paul-bongiorno-political-reality/

  564. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    March 31, 2020 8:22 pm

    This article has an interactive sliding scale, to predict the potential number of fatalities in Australia… If you move the dial to the right, it shows that 477 BILLION of us might die in the next 60 days!

    That’s quite a lot…but the good news is- it might not even be half that many!

    https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/coronavirus-why-australias-death-rate-is-so-low-compared-to-other-countries/news-story/966f2120f4df25874c3351ac61e0b6cb

  565. TB Queensland permalink
    March 31, 2020 10:46 pm

    This article has an interactive sliding scale, to predict the potential number of fatalities in Australia…

    Really ToM … ?

  566. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 7:24 am

    New cases still trending down:

  567. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 8:22 am

    Sweden’s Approach To Coronavirus: Do Nothing

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/swedens-approach-coronavirus-do-nothing

  568. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 8:56 am

    Sweden is learning a hard lesson

    According to the Swedish Institute of Public Health’s daily briefing of March 30, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the country has passed 4,000. The number is very similar to the infection rate in Norway, yet twice as many people live in Sweden.

    However, Akinmade Åkerström says there’s a simple reason for the relatively low infection numbers: “Very few people are being tested so it’s impossible to know the true spread of the illness.”

    While the infection numbers are difficult to compare, the difference in death rate is more clear-cut. At the time of writing, 146 people with COVID-19 have died in Sweden. In Norway, that number stands at 32.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/03/30/why-swedens-coronavirus-approach-is-so-different-from-others/#58e3dcf9562b

    The Czech’s have their own solution, which seems to be paying dividends

    “The Czech Republic is one of the few in Europe that has significantly slowed down the spread of the virus,” the narrator says. “The main difference is that everyone who has to leave their house has to wear a mask.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/30/czechs-get-to-work-making-masks-after-government-decree-coronavirus

    I very much hope those figures you show are correct Tony. Time will tell

  569. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 9:00 am

    I very much hope those figures you show are correct Tony. Time will tell

    The figures are correct but only Gaia knows if the trend will keep going down.

  570. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 9:05 am

    Later on, in hindsight, we’re going to ask why we overreacted so much. We’re basing our policy response on what’s happening in other countries, not what’s actually happening here.

  571. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 9:19 am

    Anyone want to defend this?

    Queensland’s 224,000 state public servants are set to receive pay rises totalling more than 3 per cent as others in the workforce endure static income levels, wage cuts, reduced hours, unpaid stand-downs or lose jobs because of the economic impact of the corona­virus.

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/coronavirus-queensland-public-servants-get-pay-rise-as-other-workers-do-it-tough/news-story/a7ee45121704a794c98017c5055b6821

  572. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 9:29 am

    The figures are correct

    I assume this means that you know that they are testing again then?

    typical

  573. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 9:30 am

    The First Coronavirus Movie Is Already Here, and You’ll Never Guess What It’s Called

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/the-first-coronavirus-movie-is-already-here-and-youll-never-guess-what-its-called/

  574. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 9:35 am

    I assume this means that you know that they are testing again then?

    Oh, I see. So the new angle is the government is feeding us false information.

    ”ScoMo lied, people died” … something like that?

  575. Walrus permalink
    April 1, 2020 10:16 am

    “Anyone want to defend this?”

    April Fool ?

  576. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 10:24 am

    April Fool ?

    Isn’t that kinda groundhog day for the lolstrayan?

    ”ScoMo lied, people died” … something like that?

    He lied about his kids being in school, didn’t he?

  577. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 1, 2020 10:26 am

  578. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 10:27 am

    fyi, that’s not saying the numbers are lying, but, questioning if the numbers are an accurate reflection of the state of play.

    It’s simply stating the well known fact that morrison lies about, well, pretty much EVERYTHING

  579. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 1, 2020 10:29 am

    MPs seem to be responsive at the moment.
    I’m spending most of my time in splendid isolation at my beach house, but I go back to Melb most weeks.
    I’ve twice emailed the DHS about my reason, no reply and that’s understandable because they would be swamped with important things.
    Late last night I emailed my local MP, he replied within 15 minutes!

  580. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 10:38 am

    Who’d have thought Splats, the secret to killing it is basic hygiene?

  581. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 1, 2020 11:53 am

    Tom R, I’ve stopped visitors to our house, even my kids. Only go out for a walk or to shop. I sing the first verse of God Save the Queen when washing my hands!

    Some of my friends think it is clever to game the rules eg. to get together to exercise. The point is that it is not just us. By not being rigorous we are endangering others including healthcare workers who spend all day in contact with the virus. The more infections the more risk they have to take.

  582. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 12:12 pm

    y not being rigorous we are endangering others including healthcare workers who spend all day in contact with the virus. The more infections the more risk they have to take.

    Can never be repeated enough.

    I was off the trains weeks ago. Luckily, work shut down a week before states here started doing it.

    We still do a short 10 minute walk on the beach every day, just for the sea, sand and air, but apart from that, we are at home (I also have my gym here, after the local ones jacked their prices about a year ago). I’m one of the lucky ones who can work from home easily.

    It helps to have an understanding family 🙂

  583. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 12:13 pm

    He lied about his kids being in school, didn’t he?

    If you say so.

  584. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 12:53 pm

    Hey, it’s not me saying it, it’s the slowly unveiling facts that, while it was being asked, he first lied (they are at school), then obfuscated (they are enrolled), then sent out several different scenarios, until the final one was known

    Of course, the CPG bravely ignored it, cos they were too busy defending him

    https://themorningsquire.com.au/morrisons-children-not-going-to-school-both-kids-sick-at-the-same-time/

  585. Neil of Sydney permalink
    April 1, 2020 1:06 pm

    I see Queensland State govt Public Servants are getting a 2.5% pay rise PLUS a $1,250 one-off bonus.

    Nobody knows how to pork barrel like the ALP. And at a time like this when people are losing their jobs in the private sector it is an abomination

  586. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 2:33 pm

  587. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 2:51 pm

    Why does the imam of peace sound like trump?

  588. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 3:09 pm

    Why does the imam of peace sound like trump?

    Why don’t you educate yourself?

  589. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 3:37 pm

    lol, Americans blaming Chinese

    These are the same Americans who just recently tried to blackmail Germany into giving them the cure, and only them, right.

    Not saying China isn’t secretive or innocent, but …… glass houses etc.

    You do recall China offering to house all the foreigners, and the US shipping everyone back, without even protective garments, and then let them go an do anything.

    60 minutes really has sunk over the past 20 years since I watched it lol

  590. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 3:54 pm

    Ladies and gentlemen

    and posters

    I give you the Leader of the Free World!

  591. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 4:04 pm

    60 minutes really has sunk over the past 20 years since I watched it lol

    No worries, blame the messenger. It’s what you do.

  592. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 4:18 pm

    Actually, I pointed out a few home truths, then pointed out how shit the program was.

    Maybe if they had bothered with some additional facts, I wouldn’t have to point out how shit they were.

  593. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 4:27 pm

    Home truths? What does this even mean?

    You do recall China offering to house all the foreigners, and the US shipping everyone back, without even protective garments, and then let them go an do anything.

  594. TB Queensland permalink
    April 1, 2020 4:33 pm

    After doing a two hour re-stocking run (startin with food and a bottle of gin for our 91yo friend), Coles, Uncle Dan’s of course, Aldi, Bunnings, local butcher and Woolies …

    I get the nervousness of these guys …

    I used to offload cars from Japan and there ain’t much room to work in on most ships … and hygiene is not only difficult but almost none existent – and I’d wager a bet the crew aren’t Chinese anyway …

    If the union is just being bloody minded and no-one’s looking for a work around – they should get a kick up the arse …

    But. You’ve really gotta be there …

    https://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/vic-wharfies-stood-down-after-ship-arrival/news-story/6294546d71b67a0b88e0452bee50e610

  595. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 5:18 pm

    Coles, Uncle Dan’s of course, Aldi, Bunnings, local butcher and Woolies …

    Um, I don’t want to sound judgemental or anything, but why did you have to go to Coles, Aldi and Woolworths? Surely you could have got those items at Just one supermarket, putting fewer people (including yourselves) at risk?

  596. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 5:37 pm

    What does this even mean?

    Is it easier for you to read it if it’s in ALLCAPS?

  597. Tom R permalink
    April 1, 2020 5:40 pm

    I get the nervousness of these guys …

    I cannot believe they have been stood down, for following the federal government’s 14-day coronavirus quarantine period.

    Will scotty be the Unions best friend, and support his own decisions

    You know, like sending YOR kids to school?

  598. Tony permalink
    April 1, 2020 5:51 pm

    Is it easier for you to read it if it’s in ALLCAPS?

    English will do. 😂

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