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“Paranoid” Ben Roberts-Smith sets things on Fire!

June 24, 2021

Decorated soldier Ben Roberts-Smith has told a packed courtroom that he poured petrol on his laptop and set it on fire because this is something “he does all the time” citing two other occasions where he destroyed other computer equipment in this fashion.

You see, according to Mr Roberts-Smith, these are not the actions of someone with something to hide, but rather the perfectly reasonable behaviour of someone who prefers to destroy items of value in a hailstorm of napalm instead of say, restoring factory settings, cleaning the hard drive and selling on Gumtree.

I mean, it’s not like he concealed photographic evidence – stored on a USB key – and buried it in his backyard in a pink lunchbox, or threatened potential witnesses, or hired a private investigator to stalk his ex-wife.

No, those would be the actions of a paranoid individual who knows he’s well up shit creek and approaches uncomfortable situations with threats of violence, intimidation and a self-assured sense of invincibility and hero-machismo. A bit like what cadets are taught in the army.

James ” Cuddles” Hennessey. The Private Investigator Ben Roberts-Smith hired to tail his ex-wife


Defence barrister for Nine Entertainment Co, Nicholas Owens SC, had similar questions.

“Why did you burn your hard drive with petrol?” Mr Owens asked.

“If I’m not going to trade a computer in, then I always destroy the hard drive, said Roberts-Smith . 

“It’s just the nature of knowing how people take things off your hard drive.”

To be fair, who amongst us hasn’t set fire to our belongings ‘just for the hell of it’ or before trading them in?

I took my car to the local Mazda dealer last week for an upgrade, and much to my surprise wasn’t treated seriously.

How much d’ya reckon she’s worth?

109 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2021 11:31 am

    Doesn’t the guy have access to some millennial who’ll just delete it like pollies do with their phones?

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    June 24, 2021 12:07 pm

    “If I’m not going to trade a computer in, then I always destroy the hard drive, said Roberts-Smith .

    Must say that I destroy HDD if they stop working or I have no more use or I decide to build a new computer with new drives … I just use a ball peen hammer … much fun! 😁

    (Note: I’ve pulled apart a few computers with HDD that the previous owner thinks are reformatted/empty – don’t work that way … 😆 … ’cause they still do! 😲

  3. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2021 1:18 pm

    Use a friggin magnet, nice and clean, and unrecoverable.

    If it was security stuff from the commonwealth though, wouldn’t the commonwealth have a process to do this?

    Meanwhile …

    barnies back in town. This is wild

  4. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2021 1:35 pm

    BLOODY DAN ANDREWS!

  5. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 24, 2021 2:25 pm

    “BLOODY DAN ANDREWS!

    Let me know when NSW has 90% of Australia’s Covid deaths. Until then Stairman Dan remains Australia’s greatest serial killer.

  6. June 24, 2021 2:29 pm

    I’m no expert, but I suspect that setting your laptop on fire is not a particularly well thought out or effective way to destroy your hard drive.

    But then, Ben Roberts-Smith doesn’t strike me as someone who carefully considers the consequences of his actions when it comes to blowing things up or shooting at things (or people).

  7. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 24, 2021 2:30 pm

    I am about to take my old server to the electronics recycling centre. As part of the process I have smashed 5 hard drives with a hammer. I don’t want to risk the theft of personal and business data.

    Roberts-Smith’s case is in trouble but not because of this incident.

  8. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 24, 2021 2:33 pm

    I suspect that Crackhead, scion of the Buydem crime and incest family wishes he’d burnt his hard drive:

  9. June 24, 2021 2:38 pm

    ” As part of the process I have smashed 5 hard drives with a hammer. I don’t want to risk the theft of personal and business data..”

    I think you spelt ‘porn history’ wrong.

  10. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 24, 2021 2:51 pm

    “I think you spelt ‘porn history’ wrong.”

    Browser history can be a bitch, too. At a previous firm I worked at the librarian was shocked to discover that one of the partners had been using the library computer to search for “nuns and donkeys”! The same person was also caught drinking his own urine in the staff kitchen.

  11. Tony permalink
    June 24, 2021 3:01 pm

    I think you spelt ‘porn history’ wrong.

    😂🤣😅🤪

    NTTAWWT!

  12. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2021 3:09 pm

    I think you spelt ‘porn history’ wrong.

    To be fair, in some businesses, they mean the same thing.

    wishes he’d burnt his hard drive:

    Is this the same mob who broke the last story about a laptop from the son that turned out to be 50% bull, and 50% shit?

    You’d think that they’d find a different approach this time.

  13. June 24, 2021 3:28 pm

    “The same person was also caught drinking his own urine in the staff kitchen.”

    You can’t just casually drop that into the conversation and then walk away…

    I have questions…

    How did people know it was ‘urine’….?

    How did people know it ‘was his’……??

    Enquiring minds need to know these things…

  14. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2021 3:41 pm

    Enquiring minds need to know these things…

    It was probably in a tweet. So … how could you go wrong?

  15. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 24, 2021 4:12 pm

    “Enquiring minds need to know these things…”

    I had an HR role at the time. He was caught three times by three different people including the office manager. He explained to her that the aromatic liquid he had just poured down the sink was in fact a special herbal tea. He was thereafter known as Mr Lipton.

    On another occasion he had the door half shut and appeared to be doing his zipper up in a startled manner as a younger member of the firm pushed the door against him.

    Eventually the managing partner took him for coffee and had a quiet word to him about his ‘drinking problem’.

    Still, if it was good enough for Ghandi there can be little real harm in the practice.

  16. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 24, 2021 4:58 pm

    Dumb and dumberer:

  17. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 24, 2021 5:02 pm

    The Sussex’s kids don’t stand a chance with woke cunts like that for parents. Imagine growing up with two of the stupidest humourless gits on the planet as parents?

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    June 24, 2021 5:53 pm

    I am about to take my old server to the electronics recycling centre.

    I can only assume that’s a Men’s Shed, splatterbum?

    I am about to take my old server …?????? Server?

    I did the same – but I just fucked Telstra off and now enjoy (really!) AussieBroadband …

    I presume you know what ISP means … 🙃

    I think you spelt ‘porn history’ wrong. Heheheheheheheheh! So true! 😂

    I worked at the librarian

    What was his name again?

    The same person was also caught drinking his own urine in the staff kitchen.

    And you “worked there”? Explains a number of your comments …

    Enquiring minds need to know these things…

    Fucking oath!

    Still, if it was good enough for Ghandi there can be little real harm in the practice.

    Which one?

    The Sussex’s kids don’t stand a chance with woke cunts like that for parents. Imagine growing up with two of the stupidest humourless gits on the planet as parents?

    Move on … you don’t live there … you don’t know any of the royal family … based on your presence here … you’ve become trapped in The Firm’s “involvement” campaign to keep them rich and powerful … the Church of England is as false, greedy, hypocritical, lying, cheating, mean and cruel as the Catholic Church … and all you are doing is perpetrating the myriad “royal watchers” and fictitious “royal journalists” … dumb as …

  19. June 24, 2021 6:44 pm

    “He was thereafter known as Mr Lipton.”

    LOL… 😆

  20. Tom R permalink
    June 24, 2021 11:23 pm

    Did Mr Lipton ever debate?

  21. Tony permalink
    June 25, 2021 7:30 am

    Did Mr Lipton build military bases on coral reefs?

    Hypocritical China uses the Great Barrier Reef as a pawn in its trade war against Australia by trying to have it declared ‘in danger’ and wipe out tourism – while it destroys huge reefs on its own coast to build military bases

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9719623/China-says-Great-Barrier-Reef-danger-smashing-coral.html?mc_cid=ba662937b4&mc_eid=85327a63aa

  22. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2021 9:28 am

    You understand that we bomb the GBR, don’t you tosy?

    Do you still believe this is all some kind of a Chinese conspiracy to get back us? Really?

  23. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 25, 2021 9:43 am

    I enjoy the services of AussieBB as well TB. In fact you may have put me on to it. The have great service.

    Also, my server just now:

  24. Tony permalink
    June 25, 2021 9:52 am

    You understand that we bomb the GBR, don’t you tosy?

    Of course we do, Tom R, of course we do. 🙄

  25. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2021 10:06 am

    How it started, how it’s going …

    An example of these
    sorts of activities is in-water explosives training conducted at Triangular Island in the Shoalwater Bay.
    Defence has coordinated and funded significant research effort to better understand the potential
    effects of this training upon turtles and dugongs and work is continuing. Notwithstanding more than
    30 years of in-water explosives training and other Defence activities, Shoalwater Bay has retained its
    status as preferred dugong habitat.
    No Defence activities are assessed as compromising the World Heritage values of the GBR

    Click to access 2014_Strategic-Environmental-Assessment_Defence.pdf

  26. June 25, 2021 10:33 am

    hahahahaahaa…!

    ScoVid throws Gladys under the bus…

    Couldn’t have happened to a ‘nicer’ sheila…

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

  27. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2021 10:58 am

    “ScoVid throws Gladys under the bus”

    ohohs. it’s Gladys Andrews lol

    Wait until she takes ScoVid to court as a ‘fixated person’

    (btw, love the ScoVid moniker)

  28. TB Queensland permalink
    June 25, 2021 11:25 am

    Also, my server just now:
    Oh, a – NAS

    … often confused with Server … actually Storage …

  29. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2021 11:41 am

    Oh, a – NAS

    Does this mean that he is the NAS King?

  30. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 25, 2021 1:01 pm

    “… often confused with Server … actually Storage …”

    Confused is right, TB. Befuddled even.

    Apparently some people don’t understand that, as well as providing storage, a NAS serves files and is also a server:

    Network-attached storage (NAS) is a file-level (as opposed to block-level storage) computer data storage server connected to a computer network providing data access to a heterogeneous group of clients. NAS is specialized for serving files either by its hardware, software, or configuration.

  31. Tony permalink
    June 25, 2021 1:10 pm

    You understand that we bomb the GBR, don’t you tosy?

    If by “we” you mean ‘the US Navy’, and if by “bomb” [present tense] you mean ‘in 2013 jettisoned four unarmed bombs’, and if by “the GBR” you mean ‘in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, away from coral’, then yes, we bomb the GBR.

  32. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 25, 2021 1:12 pm

    “NAS King”

    I prefer ASS King.

  33. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2021 1:45 pm

    “then yes, we bomb the GBR.”

    Took a while, but we agree 🙂

    So, Sydney is in lockdown …………….. not going anywhere that is all open?

  34. TB Queensland permalink
    June 25, 2021 3:29 pm

    i>Confused is right, TB. Befuddled even.

    Sorry to hear that, SB …

  35. Tony permalink
    June 25, 2021 4:27 pm

    Took a while, but we agree 🙂

    If we do, we must be wrong. But yeah, I don’t think we do.

    You seem to be flip-flopping all over the place.

    First you were defending the “in danger” listing. Next day you said of course nobody wants the listing (after Labor made their position clear). Now you’re trying to find some self-loathing moral equivalency between China building military bases on coral reefs, and a harmless incident here during some war games back in 2013.

    I definitely do not agree on the first one or the last one. I can agree that nobody who doesn’t have some other agenda like, say, climate policy, wants that listing.

  36. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 25, 2021 4:39 pm

    “Sorry to hear that, SB …”

    Don’t be sorry, TB. But do try to keep up.

  37. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2021 4:54 pm

    First you were defending the “in danger” listing. Next day you said of course nobody wants the listing

    I mean, I don’t like dentists, but sometimes, ya just gotta drill

    Now you’re trying to find some self-loathing moral equivalency between China building military bases on coral reefs, and a harmless incident here during some war games back in 2013.

    er, you brought up China, and, constant bombing within the marine park is not a ‘harmless incident (that was just another example)

    I can agree that nobody who doesn’t have some other agenda like, say, climate policy, wants that listing.

    Which brings us back to my question. Do you still think China is behind all this?

    But do try to keep up.

    So sayeth the Nasking 🙂

  38. Tony permalink
    June 25, 2021 5:05 pm

    Do you still think China is behind all this?

    Let’s see. China chairs the committee that made this recommendation, so they certainly had some influence over it. Plus, considering our current “trade war”, they have the motivation. And there are 11 countries other than Australia that have problems with the way this decision was made.

    https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/24/australia-and-11-other-countries-lobby-unesco-over-great-barrier-reef-decision-making

    So I’d say, on balance, yes.

  39. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2021 5:16 pm

    And there are 11 countries other than Australia that have problems with the way this decision was made.

    So, there are 11 other countries who have had sites put on the list too. Yes, nobodies happy about it. Nobodies happy anytime it happens. But if you want to blame China, then they’ve been playing the long game

    (23,415 may not be an accurate number) 😉

  40. Tony permalink
    June 25, 2021 5:37 pm

    (23,415 may not be an accurate number) 😉

    The last recommendation was in 2015, which is when the Coalition federal and Queensland state Labor governments cooperated on developing the reef 2050 plan to beat that listing.

    A belligerent China and a gang of UN climate activists have formed a creepy partnership. Australia is being punished for not being sufficiently deferential.

    Fuck them.

  41. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2021 6:06 pm

    on developing the reef 2050 plan to beat that listing.

    Hows that going?

    The IRG report says up to one third of the 103 actions or targets in the 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan are only just starting or are seriously under-resourced.
    ….
    Asked about IRG’s recommendation that no new coal mines should be approved, the Minister said: “if you are talking about Adani, that is 300 kilometres inland and what we have done internationally and domestically to tackle climate change is significant”.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-24/reef-coral-bleaching-grmpa-warning-queensland-government/8298760

    Fuck them hey

  42. Tony permalink
    June 25, 2021 6:47 pm

    Hows that going?

    Dunno. But that item is from Feb 2017, so it’s hardly relevant.

  43. Tom R permalink
    June 25, 2021 10:49 pm

    Dunno. But that item is from Feb 2017, so it’s hardly relevant.

    I’m not sure if you’re familiar with this thing called a timeline tosy, but it’s a fairly commonly accepted theory, even global warming deniers can’t deny that … can they?

    “The last recommendation was in 2015, which is when the Coalition federal and Queensland state Labor governments cooperated on developing the reef 2050 plan to beat that listing.”

    So, there was a plan, but it hasn’t really gone to … plan, has it 😉

    Probably explains why, after all the warnings, and our protestations that “we’ll do better”, when we pointedly did hte opposite, how could they NOT raise it to ‘in-danger’ (as they have been warning for years)

    Crafty Chinese, hey 😉

  44. Tony permalink
    June 26, 2021 7:38 am

    So, there was a plan, but it hasn’t really gone to … plan, has it 😉

    Who knows? You don’t, not if you’re relying on information from 4 1/2 years ago. Where’s your progress report dated 2021, or even 2020?

  45. Tony permalink
    June 26, 2021 8:02 am

    Here, let me help you out. These took me 15 seconds to find:

    The 2019 Annual Report (released 2020):

    https://www.environment.gov.au/marine/gbr/publications/reef-2050-plan-2019-annual-report

    Latest comprehensive action report. You’ll note that of the 3829 projects listed, 3032 are ‘completed’.

    https://fieldcapture.ala.org.au/home/projectExplorer#reportView-heading

    You’re welcome.

  46. Tom R permalink
    June 26, 2021 10:40 am

    Where’s your progress report dated 2021, or even 2020?

    Yay, the Government gave themselves a pat on the back. I’ll go with a more independent assessment than politically motivated government agencies who are not allowed to even mention the words ‘global warming’ anymore

    https://www.wwf.org.au/news/news/2020/updated-reef-2050-fails-to-acknowledge-the-elephant-in-the-room#gs.4t4twr

  47. Tony permalink
    June 26, 2021 5:11 pm

    Yay, the Government gave themselves a pat on the back.

    Whatever ya reckon.

    I’ll go with a more independent assessment

    Like from WWF? Riiiight.

    government agencies who are not allowed to even mention the words ‘global warming’ anymore

    Apparently nobody’s allowed to mention global warming any more. It’s dangerous climate change now. But whatever dude. You keep barracking for China and I’ll cheer on the Aussies. Oi!

  48. June 26, 2021 7:05 pm

    Gladys Berejiklian on June 10:

    “We have in New South Wales taken our citizens on a particular journey and it is very different to the journey other states have taken their citizens through. They’ve opted for the harsher, blunter instruments.”

    😆 😆
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  49. Tom R permalink
    June 26, 2021 7:10 pm

    Victoria is prepping for an outbreak of Schadenfreude I think.

  50. June 26, 2021 9:33 pm

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

  51. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 27, 2021 8:31 am

    “Great”

    Indeed it is.

  52. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 27, 2021 8:34 am

    Good to see that the pathetic spectacle of middle-aged morons playing grab-ass continues unabated by Covid rules:

  53. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 27, 2021 8:38 am

  54. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 27, 2021 8:45 am

  55. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 27, 2021 8:55 am

    Will the persecution of Assange ever end?

  56. Tom R permalink
    June 27, 2021 11:22 am

    They’re measuring the virus by its IQ now lol

  57. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 27, 2021 11:29 am

    Only an ALP government in Victoria can give you-
    * 700 cases a day
    * Months and months and months of lockdown
    * 3 times as many fines as other states issued
    * A hotel quarantine program that leaks 3 times more frequently than NSW

  58. TB Queensland permalink
    June 27, 2021 5:56 pm

    Only an ALP government in Victoria can give you-

    One last time, Whinger … it’s not a political problem … its people who “are political” breaking the rules … did you follow them? Have you been vaccinated? Have you stayed away from libraries?

    Based on news of weather in Melbourne your better off (in many ways) of staying indoors at home … you do live in a home?

  59. TB Queensland permalink
    June 27, 2021 5:58 pm

    Don’t be sorry, TB. But do try to keep up.

    When did you say that, SB … ? Can you remember? Have you had an ACAT assessment yet?

  60. TB Queensland permalink
    June 27, 2021 6:07 pm

    What a fucking wanker … and all who enable in her!

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/us-news/trump-news/2021/06/27/donald-trump-rally-ohio/

  61. TB Queensland permalink
    June 27, 2021 6:09 pm

    Thank you Scovid and Golden Glad …

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/queensland/2021/06/27/covid-eruptions-across-australia/

  62. TB Queensland permalink
    June 27, 2021 6:16 pm

    Glencore plc is an Anglo-Swiss multinational commodity trading and mining company with headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, its oil and gas head office in London and its registered office in Saint Helier, Jersey. The current company was created through a merger of Glencore with Xstrata on 2 May 2013. Wikipedia

    Arsehole of a “company” (both Xstrata and Glencore)

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/indigenous-news/2021/06/27/glencore-accused-of-indigenous-ripoff/

  63. TB Queensland permalink
    June 27, 2021 6:17 pm

    Golden Glad has lost her shine …

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/coronavirus/2021/06/27/nsw-lockdown-delta-covid/

  64. TB Queensland permalink
    June 27, 2021 6:23 pm

    Ms Berejiklian understood the gravity of Covid-19 “more than probably any other person in the country”.

    What cock!

  65. ivi permalink
    June 27, 2021 10:59 pm

    (Indeed it is.

    Mmmhmm; (re)assuredly, it‘s all going very, very well.)

  66. Tom R permalink
    June 28, 2021 7:45 am

    Thank you Scovid and Golden Glad …

    Yep, a lesson on why other states were quick with their lockdowns. It wasn’t just for them.

  67. Tony permalink
    June 28, 2021 9:01 am

    Gee, apparently Jon Faine resented so much the way Gladys and NSW managed to mainly avoid lockdowns he is now cheering for the virus – because it “will prick their self-righteous balloon and put an end to the partisan, condescending and patronising nonsense that has been raining down on Victorians for months”, among other equally self-righteous reasons.

    The compassionate left.🙄

    https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/what-is-good-for-sydney-in-fighting-this-cluster-is-good-for-all-of-us-20210625-p5849p.html

  68. Back In Some Form`Teabag permalink
    June 28, 2021 9:47 am

    Home was a filing cabinet on a surfside view, filled with cornflower blue ties and sexy beach bunny’s. A surfside view is important if you’re trying to pretend your cornflower ties even have half a chance with sexy beach bunny’s. Investigators Will Later Tell Us that a negligence duct was left open, which blew away inspections for years and years. Then the Wallpaper may have failed, disclosing profitable and undone repairs to the public.`

  69. Tom R permalink
    June 28, 2021 10:46 am

    The compassionate left.

    Talk about ignorance [facepalm]

    Unless you are missing the point on purpose. I’m going with that one. Although, the closing statements SHOULD help explain it

    Good Jon says: “I’m so sick of COVID but we just have to stick together, follow the advice and get through somehow.”

    Bad Jon says: “I’m so sick of COVID but we just have to stick together, follow the advice and get through somehow.”

    But somehow, I doubt it will

  70. Tony permalink
    June 28, 2021 12:29 pm

    The parliament press gallery is/are in raptures over the immaculate resurrection of their messiah, Saint Daniel of the Imaginary Stairfall.

    To say their coverage of his return had been fawning would be to do a disservice to the servile, slavish nature of baby deer.

  71. Tony permalink
    June 28, 2021 12:39 pm

    But somehow, I doubt it will

    Those of us in Melbourne have a pretty good idea which one is the real Jon, after he pontificated at us for a quarter of a century from his taxpayer funded pulpit.

  72. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 28, 2021 1:15 pm

    “a disservice to the servile, slavish nature of baby deer”

    🙂

  73. Tom R permalink
    June 28, 2021 1:28 pm

    The parliament press gallery is/are in raptures over the immaculate resurrection of their messiah, Saint Daniel of the Imaginary Stairfall.

    You really live in an alt-verse don’t ya tosy?

    Meanwhile, back in vic pressers, rachels back demanding details about Dans fall that he recently just did a complete video on .. but she didn’t see it I guess cos … the fawning?

  74. Tony permalink
    June 28, 2021 1:43 pm

    Meanwhile, back in vic pressers

    At the risk if repeating myself, those of us in Melbourne who actually heard the presser know what the general tone of the “questions” was. But maybe ‘fawning’ wasn’t the correct word to describe the “journalists” in the press gallery; ‘grovelling’ is more accurate.

  75. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 28, 2021 2:01 pm

    “When did you say that, SB … ?”

    The course of events goes like this, TB:

    I posted a pic of my smashed hard drives from my (now defunct) server.

    In your haste to be a smart-arse you said:

    “Oh, a – NAS

    … often confused with Server … actually Storage …”

    Now, while many servers are more powerful, a NAS is actually a server – it is a computer that serves files. The confusion was all in your addled mind.

    When I took the trouble to correct you, you might have said something along the lines of saying “oh well we all get it wrong sometimes”. But, flatulent old codger that you are, you decided on a couple of pathetic insults instead.

    Not that there is anything wrong with insults. Although you would look less idiotic if you accompanied them with a reasoned argument. Sadly, you did not have a reasonable argument to make. You were dead wrong. As you slide down the slippery slope to senility you will find this happening more often. A better strategy would be for you to become less aggressively irascible and more gracious when someone takes the trouble to correct your errors.

    TB, if you really want to better yourself, you must learn to admit you are wrong occasionally. I know it must gall you that you made the stupid statement about the server but doubling down on stupid with a helping of wet-lettuce insults doesn’t cure the stupidity – it just makes you look churlish.

  76. Tom R permalink
    June 28, 2021 4:26 pm

    ‘grovelling’ is more accurate.

    Yea, the mob who repeat the pms talking point like they are facts, and use his personal photographer in place of their own images, don’t trust their own journalist to interview the Premier. Nice work cossie

    Thank fuck it aint a race

  77. TB Queensland permalink
    June 28, 2021 4:59 pm

    Are these pollies retrospectively stupid? As well as incompetent?

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/finance/finance-news/2021/06/27/intergenerational-report-smaller-population/

  78. Tony permalink
    June 28, 2021 4:59 pm

    Today’s numbers show that Australia remains dead last in the OECD for the share of people who are fully vaccinated.

    Yeah, and in total deaths we’re also way down the bottom (910, most of which were in one state. Thanks Dan!). That’s about 36 per million.

    So, I don’t know, maybe Labor politicians stop trying to spread fear and panic?

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/1093256/novel-coronavirus-2019ncov-deaths-worldwide-by-country/

  79. Tom R permalink
    June 28, 2021 5:10 pm

    maybe Labor politicians stop trying to spread fear and panic?

    maybe coalition politicians stop trying to spread Covid?

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/jun/24/why-did-the-nsw-nationals-host-a-dinner-for-up-to-70-people-during-sydneys-covid-outbreak

  80. TB Queensland permalink
    June 28, 2021 5:10 pm

    When I took the trouble to correct you,

    Therein lies your problem … go into any computer shop and ask for a server and tell me the reaction you get … and read your own link … instead of writing churlish ageist comments …

    Insult one … SB The confusion was all in your addled mind.

    as for: TB, if you really want to better yourself, you must learn to admit you are wrong occasionally.

    Only one phrase come to mind …

    Now move on …

  81. Tom R permalink
    June 28, 2021 5:48 pm

    From TB’s link

    In an address to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia, Mr Frydenberg will refer to the rush of baby boomers entering retirement today as “the biggest demographic transition of the last century” and one that is contributing to a rapid change in the ratio of working-age people to those over 65.

    If only there was something we could do to help relieve the burden on budgets to try and support a growing pension bill. You know, maybe get workers to put money into an account that invests over time to return in retirement.

    Although, if we did manage to do something like that, some idiot is bound to come along and let them take all that money back out again instead of providing for them from the current budget

    Fuck we’re governed by idiots

  82. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 28, 2021 5:49 pm

    Oh dear TB, you’ve proved my point again. You really can’t admit you got it wrong, can you?

    The device I had in the picture is a computer, not an external hard drive (which could correctly be spoken of as just storage). That particular computer came with no software so I installed Ubuntu and Samba on it. This was to enable it to serve files to the network. I don’t know which part of server you don’t understand, but that makes it a server. It is a particular type of server but a server nonetheless.

    If you want to insult my trusty little machine that “served” me well for five years then you might have called it a “pissy little server” and not made a fool of yourself. But you didn’t. You said it was not a server which is just flat out wrong. But you can’t admit it you sad old twat.

  83. TB Queensland permalink
    June 28, 2021 6:49 pm

    Oh dear TB, you’ve proved my point again. You really can’t admit you got it wrong, can you?

    ‘Cause I didn’t …

    … you might have called it a “pissy little server” …

    I’m not you …

  84. TB Queensland permalink
    June 28, 2021 6:49 pm

    But you can’t admit it you sad old twat.

    You trying to scoring points!

  85. Tom R permalink
    June 28, 2021 7:08 pm

  86. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 28, 2021 7:23 pm

    That’s just dumb Tom R. Victoria has by far the worst record in containment of the virus
    I suspect Gladys will be getting plenty more criticism and scrutiny if the lockdown continues for another 3 or 4 months and if the cases increase from about 20 to about 720

  87. Tom R permalink
    June 28, 2021 8:14 pm

    I suspect Gladys will be getting plenty more criticism and scrutiny

    She’s released the virus onto the rest of the country; again. They are fining people for sunbathing. They are claiming ‘health advice’, even though health advice was telling them way before they locked down to lock down

    I think the time for some scrutiny is here, don’t you?

  88. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 28, 2021 8:33 pm

    Andrews got his reputation from-
    * 700 cases a day
    * Months and months of lockdown
    * A curfew, based on medical advice… no, I mean scientific, no I mean police advice
    * I can’t answer because we are having a “judicial inquiry” … and (as his hard picked head of inquiry pointed out) it wasn’t judicial and there was nothing to prevent him answering questions
    * I don’t recall x500 at his inqry
    There is plenty about Victoria’s lockdown record that deserves scrutiny, and if Gladys reaches the same record, I expect she will also receive plenty.

  89. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 28, 2021 8:36 pm

    ***spelling & grammar errors acknowledged!

  90. Tom R permalink
    June 28, 2021 8:53 pm

    Andrews got his reputation from-

    Being hounded, from day one, by hypocritical dickwads. Present company included 😉

  91. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 28, 2021 9:12 pm

    When Gladys reaches just half Dan’s record, she can cop as much criticism as he was getting.

  92. Tom R permalink
    June 28, 2021 11:41 pm

    When Gladys reaches just half Dan’s record

    Of course, you missed the bit where it started from day one. And, if you want to count bodies, remember the ruby princess, and the fact that most of the deaths occurred in Federally run aged care homes.

    Be careful when you start the blame game yomm

  93. Tom R permalink
    June 29, 2021 7:21 am

    lol, Dan just called the media, libs, and other random online crazies, idiots

  94. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 29, 2021 8:16 am

    It looks as if everyone who was critical of Andrews was right!

  95. Tom R permalink
    June 29, 2021 8:49 am

    It looks as if everyone who was critical of Andrews was right!

    fyi yomm, two (or more) wrongs, don’t make a right 😉

    His detractors have proven to be liars from the start, and every comment Andrews has made, has been backed up by the actual evidence, once it comes to light

  96. June 29, 2021 8:52 am

    Meanwhile YoM gives the Morrison Govt a free pass on their ‘health advice’ (If you can call it that)…

    1. Everyone can get AZ

    2. Only over 40s can get AZ

    3. Only over 50s can get AZ

    4. Only over 60s can get AZ

    5. We don’t have enough Pfizer

    6. Everyone can get AZ

  97. Tom R permalink
    June 29, 2021 9:05 am

    🙂

  98. Tony permalink
    June 29, 2021 9:08 am

    In the spirit of Wimbledon spectators giving a standing ovation to an Oxford AstraZeneca professor, and another one to government bureaucracy the NHS, I’d like to offer three cheers for reb’s last comment.

    Hip, hip, hooray [repeat x 2]

  99. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 29, 2021 9:13 am

    Meanwhile, I’m not aware of having made ANY comment the defends the vaccination rollout debacle.
    That’s not even a point that is debated.
    ——-
    And Tom R, perhaps remember that AFTER the Ruby Princess all states got their cases to about zero

  100. Tom R permalink
    June 29, 2021 9:24 am


    And Tom R, perhaps remember that AFTER the Ruby Princess all states got their cases to about zero

    To be fair, all states keep doing that.

  101. Splatterbottom permalink
    June 29, 2021 9:39 am

    “I’m not you …”

    Yes, I know. You got it wrong – you thought a NAS was not a server. You made up your own facts.

    You now know it is a server, but you still don’t think you got it wrong, which is a classic case of invincible ignorance.

    The only mistake I’ve made in this argument is not heeding Stairman Dan’s sage advice:

    “Never get into an argument with a fool, that never works. And don’t get into a debate with people who make up their own facts”

  102. Tom R permalink
    June 29, 2021 11:29 am

    not heeding Stairman Dan’s sage advice

    If I listened to that, I wouldn’t be constantly correcting any of youse 😉

  103. Tony permalink
    June 29, 2021 2:03 pm

    If I listened to that, I wouldn’t be constantly correcting any of youse 😉

    What would we do without you? I can’t count the number of times you’ve changed my mind on important issues of the day.

  104. TB Queensland permalink
    June 29, 2021 6:46 pm

    Why are people so unkind? 🤑

  105. TB Queensland permalink
    June 29, 2021 6:53 pm

    What cock …

    The judges said: “With one snap of the shutter, this image succeeds with so many of the criteria that make an excellent photograph. It is technically brilliant from the perspective of timing, anticipation and setting the camera perfectly for the predicted behaviour.”

    Shots like this are pure luck … not “technically brilliant” … nor is it “predicted behaviour” …

    https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/best-of-travel/see-winning-image-for-africa-geographic-photographer-of-the-year-2021/news-story/f4fbfd1388b9074f8f55a5f3f7ef96b0

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