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#ReclaimAustria

Posted July 28, 2015 into Blunty by John Birmingham

I was searching for a Blunty topic, not having much luck with the news cycle, and thinking it was going to be a toss up between Quade Cooper's tweet (and the need to for everyone to be given one Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free card on the Internet). Or Jimmy Barnes vs Reclaim Australia.

Neither really appealed, but then with one typo, I had my column.

"Do they not love Austria? Do they not want real Austrians to reclaim their birthright of legacy, while rocking out to Working Class Man, or wiping away a poignant tear about the horses on the beach song. That was a John Farnham one, right? The horses on the beach song? The beach which is now so crowded with the luxury boats of millions of brown boat people that there's not even enough room now for dinkum Austrian heritage horses to gambol about and recreate the charge of the Light Brigade at Beersheba."

At Blunty.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon is gonna tell you...

Posted July 28, 2015
What no trolls this time? Or are the troll cannons working to order?

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insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted July 28, 2015
Just as an aside, Quade Cooper was born in the town in New Zealand that I grew up in. Our times there did not overlap but I don't want anyone thinking poorly of me as a result of that loose association.

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GhostSwirv asserts...

Posted July 28, 2015
Mein Gott - Now I get it, the Arnie real estate ads were a prelude to invasion.

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Shifty Tourist mumbles...

Posted July 29, 2015

I'm not necessarily a fan of Cooper, he's part of the kick-away hard won possession, school of Rugby, which is deeply frustrating. But to be honest, If I were a professional sportsman, having to listen to the constant chattering from the peanut gallery for the entirety of your career about whether I should be selected for the team, my performance, that I'm past my peak, not as good as XXXX for the position, I think you should get a free-kick back against the peanuts now and then.

It must be terrible thing about those kind of jobs, unlike the rest of us, the entire public gets to comment on your work performance. Not saying there are not some massive benefits to compensate for this.... but they should be able to tell people to pull their heads in occasionally.

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Harden the fuck up, Brisbane

Posted July 14, 2015 into Blunty by John Birmingham

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w from brisbane is gonna tell you...

Posted July 14, 2015
I'm still waiting to be sucked down the polar vortex. The weather here has been nice. The coldest it's been so far is 10°C overnight. Beautiful, clear, intensely blue skies during the day. If you avoid a wind funnel area, in the sun there have been plently of people wandering around in short sleeve shirts.

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted July 14, 2015
When you get two feet of snow, call and talk to me about cold.

Living on the train tracks of the Siberian Express in North America,Murph
The Resentful

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted July 14, 2015
They honestly have no idea of how good they have it, Murph. Believe me, I know. All I heard was complaints about the air not being quite clean enough, the river not being quite beautiful enough and the lifestyle not manifesting just the right balance between sloth and relaxation.

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Havoc mumbles...

Posted July 14, 2015
Jesus effing wept, pussies the fkn lot I say. Mate up here where I am at the moment in Cudgewa ( that’s about 10 minutes from |Corryong ) where they have the MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER GIG and thaey be hard as fkn nails, we go into COOL ROOMS of 1 degree to GET FKN WARM!
YOUR lot of BGB ( that’s BIG GIRLS BLOUSES) up there get a shift south of 10 degrees and they be screaming their collective….boobies off!
NOW..when I WNET TO SCHOOL in the WIMMERA…on me bike, I tells ya.MADE THIS SHITE LOOK REAL FKN TRIVIAL I SAY..NO MITTNED, GLOVES BEANINES AND ALL THAT OTHER GEAR. JUST FKN MAN TOUGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

insomniac ducks in to say...

Posted July 14, 2015
I concur. It's still t-shirt weather here on the NSW south coast.

dweeze puts forth...

Posted July 14, 2015
Me bro-in-law reports that Dunedin standard year round uniform is shorts and a beanie. Them Southern Kiwis must be 'ard. Just hit 2.5 degrees C here in the Strathbogie Ranges - bloody heat wave is on again.

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HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted July 14, 2015
YEP, sure enough the arsehats at death start stupid rejected the comment, left this just now, its prolly gunna get fkn canned by thye shit heads as well.

NOW I had better change my ways, or the very fluffy nice and PC person who holds sway over the SPAM Button and whom does not want me to offend or post here will most certainly drop the ban hammer on this comment. Actually the last three have been sent to the bin would you believe. Its gotta be a girl in a pink dress and with pigtails I reckon. Actually that might offend so I take it back...kinda, its most likely a bloke/girl cross dressing perhaps not might only eat m,eat and may then only uses air type person I guess.

Either way. You Queenslanders are pussies *( that might also offend) , the Queenslanders word that is, oops did it again. HARDEN UP

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Halwes has opinions thus...

Posted July 14, 2015
Freezing our arses off here too. Down to 23 degrees with a wind chill of about minus 20 I reckon. Overnight an unheard of 14 degrees

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Dave W is gonna tell you...

Posted July 14, 2015
What, Brisbane is cold? Ahhhh, these must be people who've never visited Canberra.

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Rob is gonna tell you...

Posted July 14, 2015
STFU Queensland.Sincerely Tasmania.
PS the pussy vortex went around our island.PPS ha haha

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damian puts forth...

Posted July 14, 2015
It's terrible, I tell you, I actually saw someone wearing a jumper.

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AuntyLou puts forth...

Posted July 14, 2015
Well I wish to register a complaint! I have an unreasonable number of both scarves and winter coats for a born and bred Queenslander... And I have been gyped(is that correct?) again!! On the Gold Coast & assured of a very frightening "polar blast from the coldest place on earth" & ended up in short sleeves at Surfers. We even went to Europe in February just to get me some proper winter weather & my long johns came back unworn! I can't catch a break. If any of you Burgers need a cold spell broken... let me know. Sure I can bring the heat ( ooh err!that sounds a bit rude..shut up old woman & put that wine glass down!) Anyway, back to being slightly over warm...

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JG mutters...

Posted July 15, 2015
Haha. Another classic, JB. Love this piece. I agree: Brisbanites are soft re cold weather. I grew up in Canberra where the winter nights got down to minus 6 Celsius at times. Just a mild, slightly chilly but refreshing morning in Brisbane this morning at 4 degrees Celsius. Pfft. Joanna

Dave W swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 15, 2015
Hey JG, I'm on the push-bike to work in those -6c mornings here in Canberra. Cyclists scoff at the soft motorists who complain about how cold it is (once our fingers and toes have thawed out, that is).

damian ducks in to say...

Posted July 15, 2015
I used to ride my bike around Canberra a lot. Polar-fleece lined fingerless wool gloves, a cotton jumper with a shirt and tshirt under and a scarf, jeans, Rivers "aviator" boots... minus 6 wasn't a big deal like that (unless it was really windy). Of course now I live in Brisbane it's the same outfit with but with a woollen jumper and a jacket over to walk the dog in the just-above-zero pre-dawn. And a jacket for the dog too (of course). Soft? Meh, older and disinclined to care.

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Trashman mumbles...

Posted July 15, 2015

It's the height of summer here in sunny Scotland. Max Temp today is 15C (T-Shirt weather!). The best we've had locally this year is about 25C in between torrential rain - humidity off the chart.

We actually had night frosts fairly regularly up until late June.

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The Base

Posted March 3, 2015 into Blunty by John Birmingham

From Blunty this morning:

There are lots of things you shouldn't import from America. Gun culture, health insurance schemes and possibly hamburger buns made entirely out of deep fried chicken breasts. Although I'm willing to be talked around on that last one.

One of the dumbest and most dangerous things we could ever drag back across the Pacific, however, is the idea of "the base" in politics.

More here.

But more interesting is BrianC's awesome fanfic below.

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w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted March 3, 2015
Good point about the difference due to compulsory voting. On a vaguely related point, the U.S. system where you can identify yourself as a Democrat or a Republican when you initially register to vote seems odd to me. Why is it so? What is the point? In Australia, the idea that elections are a secret ballot is core. Plenty might tell you how they voted, but it is generally considered an anti-democratic impertinence to ask someone.

insomniac would have you know...

Posted March 3, 2015
Can't you tell just from the newspapers people read?

MickH reckons...

Posted March 3, 2015
That's because the US isn't a democracy anymore W, its a Oligarchy. It was never truly democratic to begin with.
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-echochambers-27074746

Sudragon ducks in to say...

Posted March 3, 2015
Is it possible to be democratic when your demos is 300 million people? How about 1.2 billion (India)? Was the system more or less democratic before radio? television? the internet?

Should we be an oligarchy with, perhaps, an Assassins Guild to keep them on their toes?

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Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted March 3, 2015
Dead right Mick. It is indeed an oligarchy and it matters little which party ostensibly wins. The corporations rule either way. Can't see it improving short of a 2nd revolution.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted March 4, 2015
A deep enough economic depression/recession will do it.

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MickH swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 3, 2015
Actually there is some argument that it is now a Plutocracy

damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 3, 2015
"Plutocratic oligarchy" is not an oxymoron. Far from it.

MickH is gonna tell you...

Posted March 3, 2015
Well...Actually most Oligarchies are Plutocratic so...yeah

Shifty Tourist would have you know...

Posted March 4, 2015

WHAT!!!! When did Fracking Pluto invade!! Good work NASA, that was billions well spent.

Do you know who I blame? That's right, Thanks Obama!!

she_jedi would have you know...

Posted March 4, 2015
That'll teach them to demote it to a dwarf planet. You don't mess with Pluto and come away unscathed. God of the Underworld and all that.

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Rhino asserts...

Posted March 4, 2015
Politics crack me up. I studied poli sci and wanted to be a lawyer ... once. Until I read Cohen V. California and had to a paper. Anyway...
What is so funny is how much alike the more extreme sides of each spectrum are. So positive that they have all of the answers. Calling each other names. Lefties calling the Right "maddies" in the comments on Birmo's article. Righties calling the Left pussies, cry-babies, whatever.
All while the political classes in both countries hold onto power.
Idiots. All of us.

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Rhino mumbles...

Posted March 4, 2015
Darth Greybeard ... here is the issue with that revolution of which you speak - if indeed you are talking about Seppo Civil War Part Deux.
The people that are most accused of micro-aggression, if not outright racism? The people despised by the intelligentsia for their craven beliefs in Christianity? Yeah, they have 90% of the guns.
Oh, and those guys in the uniforms with all the really big guns? You think that they are going to fire on their families? Some will. Most won't. And, if my experience is any indication, a vast number of the ones that actually use the guns, not the support people, are generally in the same political sphere as those that fuel PETA members nightmares. NRA members. Hunters. Conservative.
Full disclosure, before the trolls get a whiff, I'm a staunch constitutional conservative and a social liberal ... I don't care who you marry, what substances you ingest, what you say, or what you do ... as long as it doesn't effect me or mine.

Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted March 4, 2015
What you say is true but as Paul more or less says (Boylan not the Apostle) the shit just has to get deep enough. As I recall Tsarist Russia was a deeply religious country with a powerful army. Didn't count when the gap became too wide, too obvious and people got sufficiently angry. Ditto France under Louis XVI. Lots of priests, lots of troops - so how did that turn out? And of course those violent rejections ended up with communism and the reign of terror. Not optimal solutions in either case.I didn't necessarily mean a violent revolution though. Look at Iceland. You "just" need a political party of the kind you don't seem to have in the US, any more than we do here, which is not at the command of the ultra-rich. Call them vested interests, the 1%, the Corporations or whatever you like. They run our countries and do so to benefit themselves. Like the Bourbons and Romanovs, they find religion a most useful tool for maintaining control. That isn't a crack at religion in general btw, simply their use of it. Poor public education, xenophobia, racism and anything that generates ignorance, fear and division are of course useful as well, as we are seeing here every day. I doubt I'll live long enough to see any change for the better and I certainly wouldn't wish a violent revolution on my kids and grandkids. Besides, warming will almost certainly wipe us out within a century anyway. Good thing too. Useless species.

damian is gonna tell you...

Posted March 4, 2015
++Greybeard

Rhino reckons...

Posted March 5, 2015
Iceland? You mean the nation that has an entire population of 300,000? That is just 7.5% of the metro area where I currently live (Atlanta, Georgia)?
I agree with Professor X ... if enough happens it will be a spark. My

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted March 5, 2015
A convergence of inevitable bad events (climate change/ocean acidification/viral pandemics/famine) [what William Gibson refers to as the "Jackpot" ] will cause social unrest. The only real question is whether this unrest will result in revolution(s) that replace status quo power structures or, instead, result in an endless series of localized peasant uprisings that always peter out. I hold with those who view the planet at a "post revolution" phase where lack of education/critical thinking skills now combine with surveillance and crowd control technologies sufficiently to prevent peasant revolts from being co-opted by organized revolutionaries.

The light shining from the Citadel of Human Reason is fading. Very soon only the Inferno will remain. As it was for the great weight of human history (interrupted only by a few decades) so shall it be again.

MickH mutters...

Posted March 5, 2015
I agree Paul, I thing George Orwell's 1984 is coming except you have to add 100 to it

NBlob puts forth...

Posted March 5, 2015
Really X ? Man that's a harsh cold view of the future. Caitlin's monologue in Paris still haunts me. But mostly as a counterpoint to my perception of a progress across the centuries, of reason & science trumping woo. In Greybeard's youth, offerings were burnt to appease a golden bull. In his salad days the Roman Empire bought water to its population with engineers building viaducts that still span the European countryside. After a brief hiccup, for which I'm confident he bears responsibility, we discovered a mould that could kill bacteria, silicon that could count, and orbitals platform that could distribute Pr0n to discerning deviants around the world. How can this be other than a progression to rocket pants & global respect?

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Bunyip ducks in to say...

Posted March 4, 2015
Oh, sleepless one, that's too good. Ta muchly.

Lulu is gonna tell you...

Posted March 5, 2015
Speaking of zombies, there was film on TV (SBS2) last night which had the don't-miss-this title of "Cockneys vs Zombies": about a crew of bank robbers who fight the zombie invasion from the East End of London. I really really wanted to watch it, but had to give up due to not understanding a word - because, you know, Cockneys.

Darth Greybeard puts forth...

Posted March 5, 2015
Ditto. The slowest ever chase scene.

NBlob asserts...

Posted March 5, 2015
Double decker bus: worst zombie escape vehicle ever.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted March 6, 2015
Oh, I agree. It was hilarious.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted March 5, 2015
Grandfather: Oi! Zombies! Get the fuck out of my East End!


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Bad PM, worse party host

Posted November 18, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

From Blunty today:

It could have been so different. Angela Merkel showed us how different when she lit out of her VIP Prison Camp on Friday for Caxton Street to knock the top off a couple of cold ones and photobomb an unknowable number of selfies. She didn't roll on the pub and club strip in a Tiger tank. She wasn't cordoned off from the punters. The German Chancellor was probably the only leader who'll leave the city with even the slightest sense that Brisbane is any different from any other collection of hotel rooms and underground car parks anywhere in the developed world.

How many of her fellow leaders could have joined her on the turps. To be sure, Obama couldn't. That's just not how the Americans work. It's the price of a gun culture. And given that Putin was just a little bit responsible for the death of dozens of locals and hundreds of other innocents a few months ago, he was probably better off staying in his hotel room channel surfing the cable porn.

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GhostSwirv is gonna tell you...

Posted November 18, 2014
Not being an officiano of BrisVegas, hailing as I do from sunny, wet, cloudy, steamy, hailing Melbourne, I wonder what Venues of Choice with their lethal array of Karaoke Death to Music Machines might the world's leaders have liked to visit and assault in the wee small hours on their visit to QLD.

Our Fearless Leader Tony ... "Carbon is Crap but Coal is Good" TwoTones could've drowned out his misundestimated sorrows with a mashup version of Sinatra's 'My Way' channeling the Sex Pistols and PSY - with David Cameron doing a tortured Air Saxophone in a darkened back corner beneath a battered Sting poster.

Angela Merkel, amidst the selfie's, would surely luvvv to belt out a sultry Prussian rendition of "Happy Birthday Mr President", while Barack listens in from the jacuzzi on Air Force One.

Putin meanwhile is 'Putin on the Fritz' - belting out show tunes from Cabaret as his security detail instructs the captive audience on how to show the appropriate appreciation via the barrel of an AK-47.

So if music can't bring the leaders of the Free and No So Free World together then I don't know what more we in Oz can do - except moan and complain about our lot in life - which seems to be what our leaders are best at.

John Birmingham ducks in to say...

Posted November 18, 2014
Ha. Gold

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Murphy asserts...

Posted November 18, 2014
So . . . when are you guys dumping him?

Respects,
Murph
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FormerlyKnownAsSimon reckons...

Posted November 18, 2014
I try to stay away from the communtz but thought to myself i want to see how soon it will be before someone comments on the saudi reference. I was disappointed it didn't come in sooner.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted November 18, 2014
I loved the guy defending Putin.

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GhostSwirv has opinions thus...

Posted November 18, 2014
There's a gig on down here in Ol Vic in a few weeks time - once the auds gets it chance to sing - then the backroom promoters are sure to reassess TwoTone Tony's contract.

Sadly not too much talent lining up in the backing group to step up to the mic, most of us would rather the tour just folded and we got all of our money back.

Lulu has opinions thus...

Posted November 18, 2014
I was handed leaflets by The Greens at the station this morning. Last week it was the Socialist Party (not sure if they're standing candidates elsewhere or just in Richmond), who have my favourite slogan - "the best candidate money can't buy".

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Mark R Whittington is gonna tell you...

Posted November 19, 2014
Actually some American presidents have been known to get out of the bubble from time to time. President Reagan, for example, popped in for a surprise visit at Pat Troy;s Ireland's Own Pub for lunch and a pint in 1988. That was seven years after a lunatic shot him outside a Washington speaking venue.

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G20: Come for the theatre, stay for the body cavity search

Posted November 11, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

At Blunty:

It's adorable that Lord Quirky is so worried about the city turning into a ghost town this week that he's releasing a thousand free car spaces and begging punters to penetrate the puckered Ring of Steel. After all, it would be terribly embarrassing were some G20 delegate from Mexico or China to think they've landed in some pissant backwater; although given the number of neobrutalist dictators jetting in over the next few days, the massive and overwhelming security presence on the increasingly empty streets may well feel just like home.

"Oh look, Vladimir, sonic cannons! How thoughtful of Abbott the convict barbarian."

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Quokka would have you know...

Posted November 11, 2014
Somehow I don't think Quirky was prepared for the kind of protest that the locals have organised. Which is to stick one finger in the air, close up shop, and go home.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted November 11, 2014
As Eric Cartman says: "Screw you guys; I'm going home."

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w from brisbane ducks in to say...

Posted November 11, 2014
Authorities have been keen to reassure Brisbane residents that they shouldn't worry about the snipers on the building tops, after all, "it's time for Brisbane to shine".

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted November 11, 2014
It's funny because it isn't happening to me.

Chaz asserts...

Posted November 11, 2014
G8 coming soon to Boylanville, Ca

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted November 11, 2014
Not funny, Chaz. Not funny.

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Surtac mutters...

Posted November 11, 2014

So are you Brisneylanders going to get the F/A-18s flying racetrack patterns overhead all night, the way we did here in Canberra when we had US presidents in town?

I was very dirty on those b*stards disturbing my sleep like that.


Quokka mumbles...

Posted November 11, 2014
Surtac: Helicopters.
Lots of.
It's been horrible around south bank & west end for weeks.

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Bondiboy66 has opinions thus...

Posted November 11, 2014
What exactly ARE fighter jets going to be good for in a situation like this? Dropping humanitarian aid like in Iraq? Even shooting down some possible terrorist controlled aircraft means the target is going to crash somewhere in the city...

Darth Greybeard mumbles...

Posted November 11, 2014
Ah yes, but somewhere else in the city. Tough luck proles.

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Murphy has opinions thus...

Posted November 11, 2014
Why don't you guys use your military aircraft to do flyovers of sporting events after the anthem concludes? That is what we do here.

Just sayin'.

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

Halwes would have you know...

Posted November 11, 2014
The worst thing about US flyovers is that they usually happen after the Iraqi, Afghanis etc have sung their national anthems.

damian asserts...

Posted November 11, 2014
We used to do F/A-18s with their afterburners on for riverfire. Think the price of fuel stopped that eventually (they still flyover but).

National anthems at sporting events are relatively new, maybe 80sish. Though to be fair I'm thinking of local level stuff that took till then to die out here, maybe it did so earlier there. Still, think it's more about meat pies and tomato sauce than about sheep stealing and suicide (or, reluctantly, about advancing and being girt and stuff).

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Quokka puts forth...

Posted November 11, 2014
I cannot for the life of me figure out WTF the police chopper finds so very interesting that every day it needs to do laps of our 'hood. I think they must be so fucking bored they are taking photos of interesting renovations for their Block style home improvement ideas.
'Oooh Tracey would you look at that pool!'
Unless of course one of them has binoculars trained on our back yards, searching for bongoes, ukeleles and the odd straggly leafed pot plant, so they can come back for some ukelele busting fun when the G20 ceases to deliver.

Murphy reckons...

Posted November 12, 2014
Maybe it is because I live in the flight path of the Downtown Kansas City Airport but what are you guys going on about? We hear helicopters and planes all the time.

Insofar as police helicopters go, there is only one for the entire metro and the various jurisdictions share it. We see more Blackhawks, Chinooks, and the ever so often Apache from the Missouri Army National Guard than anything else.

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

Halwes is gonna tell you...

Posted November 12, 2014

Those coppers are over your house because CBG has obviously been catagorised as a subversive organisation. It's the same at my house. Oh wait a minute that's still the intervention. Anyway don't we all feel so much safer knowing there are cops in the sky with sub machine guns trained on the backs of our necks?

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ShaneAlpha reckons...

Posted November 11, 2014
If it is all so sweetness and light why did they move Supernova con to after the G20? Something to do with cavity searching 30 000 cos playing geeks perhaps? And we all know that their personal hygiene can be a bit spotty? Or maybe it's not a good look gunning down teenagers with cardboard weapons....sometimes.

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Posted November 11, 2014
There was one of those big white fibreglass watchouse-on-a-truck things parked up on Greg Tce this arvo when I was driving home, with a few officers hanging around next to it, clearly bored to numbness. No idea what they were expecting. A couple had Movember mos.

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TheWah has opinions thus...

Posted November 11, 2014
Huzzah for security theatre. Some of the most exciting theatre we will get in this city this year - and for only 400 million dollars.


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MickH asserts...

Posted November 12, 2014
Coming late to this.
But its ridiculous here. The police presence is just, well, over the top.
I walk past the Mecure hotel of a morning and there were around 20 cops sitting around there inside the barricade, at 6.20 am looked bored stupid.
Our Aboriginal friends decided to get in on the act and had a march on Monday down Adeliade st. From the viewpoint of our 5th floor I reckon there were around 70 protesters. Walking on either side of them, in single file were 90, yes 90 police!! (i counted them). They marched again yesterday and the police presence was a little more realistic with 10 or so officers but still.

Can someone tell me what the point of all this is, except to rip millions of dollars out of the local commercial activity as people flee the circus? The top leaders are only here for a day too, after all the hype and circumstance, does anything actually get accomplished?

Oh, and there already stories of how there is no cop presence in our suburbs. Brace for a big weekend of crime guys while the cops parade through our streets looking like the para military they wish to be.
(I'm already seeing 140K plus speeds on the freeways)

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Quokka ducks in to say...

Posted November 12, 2014
one for each protester, Mick, there were a few old aunties and uncles with disabilities in the bus at the back of the march.
You never know how dangerous someone with emphysema could be.

MickH mutters...

Posted November 12, 2014
Especially the ones with the oxy tanks

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MickH ducks in to say...

Posted November 12, 2014
I had a talk to the coffee guy in our building this morning about how the week has been so far. He said "Bloody terrible", he has had to lay off staff and has lost a lot of business because of people staying away due to the G20. He said that all of the small businesses in the CBD were really feeling the pinch.

Someone tell me again how this is great for Brisbane?

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Quokka puts forth...

Posted November 12, 2014
When I made much the same reports about West End traders having the same grumbles, the Bloke grunted 'Blame KRudd. This was all his idea.'

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Chaz has opinions thus...

Posted November 13, 2014
We're getting emails from firms in brisbane CBD saying they're closing during G20 shindig.

MickH puts forth...

Posted November 13, 2014
Most of us are working from home today Chaz.

Halwes asserts...

Posted November 13, 2014

I went to Brisbane once but it was closed. Apologies to whoever I ripped this off from but, really, what's it got going for it anyway.? It's flamin hot with no sea breeze most of the time, there is a big brown drain running through it that floods like the end of the world, north enough for cyclones, not far enough north that you don't get bone chillingly cold winters, the worlds most right wing, corrupt politicians and too many southern blow ins trying to shape the joint in their own image. Name one good thing in Brisbane apart from the little remaining architecture, the Breakfast Creek hotel, Bent Books, the fantastic art gallery and museum, the last remnants of a pub scene, Lang Park, Eagle Farm and Albion Park trots.?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted November 13, 2014
Halwes, I've been everywhere from Beruit to Belfast to Boston. I love cities. And I love Brisbane for a thousand reasons and cannot wait to return.

Halwes asserts...

Posted November 13, 2014
I've been to Bombay, Moscow and Calcutta and I rather go to Calcutta!!

Halwes ducks in to say...

Posted November 13, 2014
That last bit was bullshit

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Lulu mutters...

Posted November 13, 2014
I've been to Bamberg, Breslau, Breclav, Bratislava, and Budapest but not Brisbane.

Halwes would have you know...

Posted November 13, 2014
What about Quilpie, Windorah or Coonabarabran?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted November 13, 2014
I had big fun in Bamberg.

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Halwes asserts...

Posted November 13, 2014

Peppiminarti, Utopia, Numbulwar, Alyangula, Gapuwiyak is about my range nowdays

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan has opinions thus...

Posted November 13, 2014
I wonder why Mullumbimby never makes anyone's list anymore.

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Anthony has opinions thus...

Posted November 13, 2014

A poem I learnt at school (in Brisbane of course)


On the Queensland railway lines,
There are stations where one dines,
Private individuals
Also run refreshment stalls

Chorus
Bogan-Tungan, Rollingstone,
Mungar, Murgon, Marathon(e),
Garthanungra, Pinkenba,
Wanko, Yaamba; ha, ha, ha!

Males and females, high and dry
Hang around at Durikai;
Boora-Mugga, Djarawong,
Giligulgul, Wonglepong.

Pies and coffees, baths and showers,
Are supplied at Charters Towers;
At Mackay the rule prevails
Of restricting showers to males.

Iron rations come in handy,
On the way to Dirranbandi,
Passengers have died of hunger,
During halts at Garatdunga.

Lets us toast before we part,
Those who travel stout at heart,
Drunk or sober rain or shine,
On the Queensland railway lines.

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Darth Greybeard ducks in to say...

Posted November 13, 2014
We lived in the same house in Brisbane for over 30 years, then moved to Melbourne. There are a few places I miss in Brisbane but there are pleasant places anywhere. What we really miss is the people. Certain Burgers, ex-colleagues, a few family, the Degenerate Diners with our over the top themed meals, food and wine based outings and general ribald fun. At 60+ you don't just drop easily into a new city and into a new group of friends. Luckily we both have family here and more fun-loving ones than most in Brisbane. (Vote Tex in Albert Park). Newspaper confected rivalries between this city and that make me tired. I could even go back to Ipswich and be happy - if the right people were there.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted November 14, 2014
It is always the people that make a place.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted November 14, 2014
But you could land in worst places than Melbourne.

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Therbs reckons...

Posted November 14, 2014

Brisbane will get over it. Sydney's seen this sort of thing where some CBD cafes and shops are screwed for a week or so, then they come back. Its not only Qld police, they've imported interstate and Kiwi cops as well. They do love a big police force in Queensland.



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w from brisbane swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 14, 2014
I think Brisbane is already over it. Not that it was really a biggie, just a bit tiresome with all the hoo-ha. But hey, we get a public holiday, they can do it every month if they like.

I think that the powers-that-be expected that the locals would feel some excitement and pride about the G20. But, people seem pretty underwhelmed. Meh, seems to be the feeling. The most powerful politicians on the planet just don't seem to have much celebrity cachet. Those are the people who are in the articles we don't click on. It's not as if any of them are Taylor Swift or anything.

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NBlob mutters...

Posted November 15, 2014
Meh.
This kind of meeting is the lube which prevents national interests rubbing against each other from catching fire.
It's unfortunate that the good burghers of Brisneyland get to feel used & to lay on the wet spot.
A friend of a friend is putting little origami boats on traffic bollards all 'round G20, protesting the treatment of refugees. I thought it lovely, gentle & pointless.

TheWah swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 15, 2014
I saw three people doing this on thursday night on Story Bridge. A woman and two men. Dropping off origami boats full of rocks every 3 metres or so on the footpath. The whole bridge was covered. I had no idea what it meant and felt sorry for the cleaners who would have to clean up all those little rocks and paper boats.

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Numpties in the niqab

Posted October 28, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

At Blunty:

It would be hard to imagine bigger clowns than the three plonkers who rolled up to Parliament in Canberra on Monday, dressed in a niqab, a murderers bed sheet and a motorcycle helmet. Until Corey Bernadi and Queensland's own George Christensen pulled on the floppy shoes and big red noses to support them.

Just what Sergio Redegalli, Nick Folkes and Victor Waterson were trying to prove with their 'Faceless' protest isn't as obvious as you'd think at first. Were they attempting to highlight a cultural inequity, because the niqab and burqa are being treated differently to the Ku Klux Klan robes? Or was this more of a men's rights thing? A protest against the misandry of not allowing men, and only men to wear fancy dress?


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w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted October 28, 2014
Could they be the new Village People?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted October 28, 2014
LOL (really, I did).

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MickH ducks in to say...

Posted October 28, 2014
I have no problem if some one wants to cover their entire body for religious purposes as I fully support the wearing of colanders on the head for the same reason. But they should NOT be used in identification documents ie drivers licences and passports as this is open for abuse and makes the whole exercise pointless.

insomniac puts forth...

Posted October 28, 2014
Bugger for religious purposes; I cover my entire body just so as not to scare small children.

Darth Greybeard reckons...

Posted October 28, 2014
+10

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Sudragon mutters...

Posted October 28, 2014
For a moment there, I thought the Chaser team had jammed the stupidity lever all the way over, but even they wouldn't go this far...would they?

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yankeedog mumbles...

Posted October 28, 2014
Looks like a joke gone bad.

'So a Klansman, a stormtrooper, and a woman with a burqa walk into this bar...'

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Chaz ducks in to say...

Posted October 28, 2014

Couldn't log into BT so I'll post here.

think the guy in the white outfit is dressed in religious gear. Very common costume in spain during easter. if it was a KKK outfit I think it needs a little badge on the lhs.

but it is easier to call it a KKK outfit rather than maybe look into it further

Darth Greybeard reckons...

Posted October 28, 2014
Seriously Chaz? Did you hear him? I doubt he'd know a penitent from a pencil and I'd bet good money (i.e. someone else's) that KKK is exactly what he had in mind.

Chaz swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 28, 2014

but do you know that?....

Just saying. I find both meanings of the get up offensive and symbolic of repression but there you go.

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robW reckons...

Posted October 28, 2014
My family is from the South, as in Dixie south. They started little burgs in Alabama and Mississippi that still bear the family name. They bred like rabbits so it was no using dividing up the farms for all the sons. It was easier to move west and steal land from the Indians or follow the railroads.

My great grandfather ended up in Oklahoma and tried to grab some free land during the Oklahoma Land Rush. Apparently he got drunk and didn't wake up in time for the big rush--or grab, or theft, depending upon your viewpoint. He went to work for the railroad instead.

He nurtured a love of whiskey, cards, and women until late in life. Family legend has it that he always wanted to join the Klan. Back then the Klan didn't spend all its time burning crosses and lynching, they also ran bingo games for charity and pitched in with the sandbags when the river overflowed. A member of the Klan had community standing. He had connections.

My great grandfather repeated tried to join, but the Grand Cyclops turned him down each time. Apparently the Baptist Klansmen didn't approve of whiskey, cards, and dancing with loose women. My great grandfather lost his self respect because of the rejection, year after year. He just didn't belong and continued to drink.

He even missed out on the Tulsa Riots of 1921, when the Klan burned 35 city blocks, 1,256 homes, left 10,000 homeless, and lynched or shot 300 blacks. No one bothered to count the rapes. My great grandfather stayed home and drank instead; he wasn't invited to the party. The local Klan's Grand Cyclops said he didn't have the moral fiber. The Klan wanted you sober while burning and lynching.

Great grandpa drank himself to a late grave--he was 89 or so when he passed--never having been invited to join the Klan. He could play a mean hand of poker, though, while enjoying shots of whiskey.

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damian swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 28, 2014
I've no patience for men's rights guys, as individuals or as the proverbial collective that is as smart as its dumbest member, divided by the number of members. There's just so much wrongness on every possible level. Kashmir willow cluebats are really the only possible form of engagement, and frankly that's just more effort that it's worth.

I've no patience either for the likes of one of the comunters at blunty, who said something like "I don't care if they say it's not forced, it's forced". I think central here (and with men's rights guys for different reasons) is the idea of bad faith. If, without examining someone's circumstances, you insist they are acting in bad faith, the onus is really on you to show you're not acting in bad faith yourself.

I'm going to start complaining about kids on my lawn next, or at least my increasing grumpiness seems to be defined in terms of not believing things and losing patience with the things people do believe in. Ho hum.

Oh and RobW, that's a great story.

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Darth Greybeard has opinions thus...

Posted October 28, 2014
And now the ever-amazing Jacqui Lambie wants $34000 fines and 12 months jail for parents who force daughters to wear burqas. I'm not sure what the incidence of that in Oz would be, or if it's > 0. Most women (who have spoken out on line) wearing the hijab or niqab seem to have taken it up as adults and after the fuss started. No connection there of course. There is of course a good reason for the exact figure of $34000, you see (cont)

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Barnesm asserts...

Posted October 29, 2014

What! you weren't exhausted enough after deadline hell, thought you'd post a topic guarantee to require your constant attention throughout the day due to the proliferation of mouthbreathrs and asshats.

What were you thinking JB?

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dweeze asserts...

Posted October 29, 2014
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cartoon/2014/oct/29/first-dog-on-the-moon-racist-carrot
nuff said...

damian is gonna tell you...

Posted October 30, 2014
"It's all about ethics in games journalism".

Hadn't spotted this before posting the same link cross thread.

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