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Protecting our precious thingies from teh Muzlims

Posted September 30, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

Telling, that the first kommunt on today's Blunty is from somebody who could miss the point for Straya at the 'lympics'.

Like you, I often find myself wandering the streets of our fair city wondering, what can I do to protect our precious Aussie way of life?

"Heaps!" is the answer, especially if I'm carrying a can of spray paint and there's a handy mosque nearby. Nothing threatens our precious Aussie ways and freedoms as much as a nearby mosque that hasn't been spray painted with slogans like "Get the fuck out of our country".

To which Dave replies:

""We didn't fight Hitler at Gallipoli just so a bunch of ... yadda yadda yadda"

Well ... that's because we didn't actually fight him at Gallipoli, the Gallipoli campaign was WW1, during WW2 in Hitler's reign Turkey was neutral.

Goddammit John check your history before publishing.

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Cintamani would have you know...

Posted September 30, 2014
that first comment reminded me of this site - http://literallyunbelievable.org/

It never ceases to amaze me just how idiotic some ppl can be, and how easily 'offended' when uncomfortable truths are pointed out to them

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Lulu puts forth...

Posted September 30, 2014
Sometimes it's a bit difficult to tell the difference between Blunt commenters who are genuinely obtuse and those who are mocking the obtuseness of others.

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insomniac mumbles...

Posted September 30, 2014
Someone also made the excellent point that it's only the Christian god botherers who turn up at your door early in the morning trying to convert you.
Attention Jehovah's Witnesses: If I answer the door in my jammies, don't say "I know you're busy, but ... ". If I was busy, I wouldn't be wearing the jammies.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon ducks in to say...

Posted September 30, 2014
That was a brilliant piece, even though the typical aussie bogan is such an easy target. Needs to be said sometimes. Technically we did fight against Hitler in WW1 just not at that steep beach place. And not against him personally, seeing he was just one of the Hun hordes.

I'm in two minds about the amount of sarcasm on twitter like those ASIO tweets. Sure it's piss funny but i wonder if it is counterproductive sometimes - like signing your name to an online petition, just a useless waste of time - you send a cutting remark on twitter with the latest hashtag about the impending police state and you feel like you have done your bit for standing up to the man. Then the man just keeps on doing what he does best because, hell, everyone is at home on twitter instead of doing something about it.

On saying that - i can also see the benefit. There is nothing like ridicule to make something insignificant - like the reaction to the frightbat thing. The satire makes it look ridiculous and you can't be scared of something that is laughable.

FormerlyKnownAsSimon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 30, 2014
oh and one more thing - ties in nicely with the Terry Pratchett post the other day.
Whilst meandering around that link to the reasons to read Pratchett, the quotes page has this from Small Gods:

"Fear is a strange soil. Mainly it grows obedience like corn, which grows in rows and makes weeding easy. But sometimes it grows the potatoes of defiance, which flourish underground"

I don't mean to put him into an already premature grave but he will be one of the first people i will have to tip a drink to when he goes. Never do that over public figures (unless i know them personally . . . which i don't). I've invested so much time in his books that you feel like you have been exposed to the inner workings of brilliance.

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Surtac puts forth...

Posted September 30, 2014

Yes I read that first communt this morning and nearly sprayed coffee all over the laptop.

I know I shouldn't read the communts, but sometimes I can't look away.


Spanner is gonna tell you...

Posted October 1, 2014
I know I shouldn't read the comments. I know I will be disappointed and angry with myrself for reading the comments. But I read them anyway and blame JB because no way is it my fault that I feel angry and stupid for reading the comments.

Darth Greybeard reckons...

Posted October 1, 2014
(it'ss your fault Ssspanner. it'ss alwayss your fault. allllwayss.)

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Moz is vewy, vewy afrayd. asserts...

Posted September 30, 2014
Gold, My Birmingham, just gold. And thank you for the Myall Creek reminder.

Did you spot Ms Vanstone putting the elbow in yesterday? I was shocked, much as I was when Mr Ruddock did similar last month. It does seem remarkable that we now have two former Liberal munsters of detention saying they think Mr Morrison might perhaps have gone a little too far.

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yankeedog mumbles...

Posted September 30, 2014
""We didn't fight Hitler at Gallipoli just so a bunch of ... yadda yadda yadda"
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<font color="#333333">Well, I got news for you. This whole thing with the Muslims isn't over. Nothing is over until we SAY it's over! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!? Hell no!

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<font color="#333333">And it ain't over now! 'Cause when the going gets tough, the tough get going! Who's with me? Let's go!</font>
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<font color="#333333">What the fuck happened to the Australia I used to know? Where's the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you're gonna let it be the worst. "Ooh, we're afraid to go with you, Yankeedog, we might get in trouble." Well, just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I'm not gonna take this! ISIL, they're dead! Al-Qaeda, dead! Niedermeyer...</font>
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<font color="#333333">Tune in next crisis, when I use a bit from 'Caddyshack', or possibly 'Stripes'.</font>
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<font color="#333333">C'mon, it's Iraq. We zip in, we pick 'em up, we zip right out again. We're not going to Mecca. It's Iraq. It's like going into Wisconsin...</font>

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yankeedog puts forth...

Posted September 30, 2014
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w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted September 30, 2014
Poor Dave just jumped in a bit early. I think if he'd actually read the whole column the penny might have dropped.

My favourite recent comment showing a lack of comprehension was to JB's column about the Brisbane City Council wanting to fine people $5000 for enjoying parks in groups of more than 50.

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w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted September 30, 2014
Open tag alert.

Anyway, what Paul commented was
"I don't think we should be blaming the Greeks for all the trouble. Fair go please."

Which gave me a chuckle.

insomniac puts forth...

Posted September 30, 2014
close the tag by doing this
see?

insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted September 30, 2014
damn!

w from brisbane puts forth...

Posted September 30, 2014
Yeah, sleepy. I tried that last time.

p.s. Though I did wonder if the Paul comment was PNB being playful.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted September 30, 2014
Playful? I was attempting poignant.

w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted September 30, 2014
PNB, I did get a poignancy, a plaintiveness.

'Fair go please.' a lovely coda to a gently expressed thought that wasn't in the spirit of the pursed-lip, acidic, hateful, hubristic peevishness of true derp.
I didn't care if Paul missed the point. I like the bloke.

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HAVOCK21 reckons...

Posted September 30, 2014
the only reason it dont fkn work, is that Camels are not compatible with horses!....er

something like that! I guess

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan asserts...

Posted September 30, 2014
But they are comparable. Camel tastes better than horse. If you cook it right. I know this from personal experience.

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insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted September 30, 2014
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NBlob puts forth...

Posted October 1, 2014

OMG


Mooloolaba, well known hub of infidel sin, in lockdown after foreign looking chappy with a gun was seen! Le Flic en force, SOGGys en route. WONT SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILLUN?


oh


It was a Corrective services officer supervising a day release group.


I am on the cusp of going ballistic And I aint even a foreign looking chappy. Well maybe a little bit.

John Birmingham swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted October 1, 2014
We've all seen your beard, Mustapha.

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NBlob mumbles...

Posted October 1, 2014

I was told today that you can "tell when they're serious because they shave their top lip." I restrained myself.


Some people are desperately needing multiple sharp punches to the noggin. It may be unprofessional of me to supply them.


To prove my membership & Bona Fides of Team 'Straya, I shall now have another bacon sammich for my lunch. The first was a bit American - over cooked bacon.


Oh and JB "Faux Derp" = Gold with gold sprinkles.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted October 1, 2014
"The first was a bit American - over cooked bacon."

And it was fuckin' delicious, eh? Eh??

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NBlob reckons...

Posted October 1, 2014

Not as good as the 2nd, with tomato, tabasco & spinach leaves.


Bacon should not shatter when cut or bit, it should be malleable to a degree.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted October 1, 2014
Forgive me. My mistake. I confused you with someone who knows something about bacon and the powerful correctness of the American Way.


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Remember when Yumi Stynes insulted that SAS guy?

Posted September 25, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

Well she didn't. And neither did Negus. It's been a few years since the incident, which has been forgotten by most people, except Yumi and George. I'll admit that despite having written a Blunty on it, I'd pretty much wiped all the files too.

To provide a bit of context, Ben Roberts-Smith, a VC winner in Afghanistan had been doing publicity when he got back. I doubt that was his choice, but it is the lot of VC winners. Some of the pieces he agreed to do involved some 'big shirtless Roberts'* shots, including one for Men's Health.

The producers of The Circle, a show on the Ten Network, mostly for ladies by ladies (I've been on, and will attest to this) scheduled a discussion about male body image and female perceptions of such off the back of Smith's 'exposure'. The ensuing discussion was all about masculinity and women's ideas of attractiveness, not specifically Ben Roberts-Smith.

And then everything turned to shit.

Negus said "nothing about poor old Ben" before going on to say "but that sort of bloke...what if they're not up to it in the sack?". His comments weren't about Ben Roberts-Smith personally, but about well-built blokes who might pay more attention to their own bodies than their partners. Unfortunately, George was speaking quickly, through his enormous moustache and other people were speaking over him. It's easy to miss his "nothing about poor old Ben," caveat, or ignore it and imagine that Negus had a red hot go.

Yumi's follow up to him, in all the babble and chatter – "Are you, George Negus, intimating he might be a dud root?" – can therefore be seen as a reasonable question directed at Negus, not a joke or a statement directed at Roberts-Smith. Negus denied he was intimating any such thing.

Didn't matter. The bomb went off.

I jumped in on a Tuesday (I think) to defend Yumi, because to my mind she was getting the worst of it and the only reason I could see for the unequal treatment was her race and her gender.

Some of you who've been hanging around here and at Blunty for a while might recall the sort of comments that followed. And if you can't, I'm sure you can imagine the savage derp.

One thing I didn't do though, was question the over arching narrative. Like everyone else I accepted the idea that they'd done something wrong, going so far as to state that they'd shamed and disgraced themselves by mocking Roberts-Smith.

But they didn't. The Press Council recently came to that conclusion too, and although I wasn't a party to that hearing, or whatever it's called – in fact I didnt even know about it – when Yumi's redoubtable hubby drew my attention to it, I didn't see any option but to add my apology to the regrets piled up at their feet by Fairfax. (No ideas what News Corpse did, or if they were even part of the complaint.)

I swapped a few emails, sending my apolz, which I'm happy to add here too. I should have just gone with my gut and jumped in to start swinging without qualification on everyone who was having a go at them. I should have paid attention. Reviewed the tape. Applied the vaunted skepticism for which journalists are supopsedly paid. But I didn't. I accepted the established framing of the story, and in doing so, repeated exactly the same fucking mistake that everyone else did.

The only way to avoid these sorts of egregious fuck ups, which are terribly painful to the people on the receiving end, is either to pay attention in the first place, and if you're too fucking dumb or lazy to do that, to apologise profusely.

Which I now do.

Sorry Yumi. Sorry George.

*A Simpsons reference, which probably I alone get.

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tony walsh asserts...

Posted September 25, 2014
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John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted September 25, 2014
Hahahahaha.

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damian asserts...

Posted September 25, 2014
I remember incident and the derp. I don't recall you making a bad show of it then, but while I don't exactly remember, I imagine I must have made the same mistake too.

But the more depressing thing is finding out how internalised the backlash bullshit is with people you'd imagine should know better.Though I think I am having to work on my understanding of the "should know better" bit.

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Abe Frellman ducks in to say...

Posted September 25, 2014
I could've sworn she also said something like 'He's diving in to find his brain' or some such as footage was shown of the Hyphenator diving into a pool. So don't be too hard on yourself, JB.

HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 25, 2014
yeah, I think you are right, I was sure there was a couple of brain dead swipes at the time. Anyway, I guess its not that much of a bother for me...GENERALLY as I CANNOT FKN STAND HER!

Phrases like RABBIT and TOW BAR come to mind. so you get points for being fair and the retraction JB, a couple being deducted for being a mite hard on your self.

then again...I DONT KNOW HER, so stating... well really, the basis of my hating her is perception and what the media sends out, thats really almost as bad as your culpability I think.

I'll put the tow bar away!

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted September 25, 2014
Havsy, the umpire put up his finger. Time to tuck my bat under my arm and head back to the pavilion.

HAVOCK21 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 26, 2014
Correct.

Assumptions. THE MOTHER OF ALL FK UPS!.

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HAL 9000 would have you know...

Posted September 25, 2014

Yes, Yumi was targeted because of her race and gender. It occurred to me at the time that the title of soccer great Johnny Warren's autobiography 'Sheilas, Wogs and Poofters' [popularly believed to be the only ones who played soccer in his day] also conveniently gives us the targets of so-called 'politically incorrect' humour. And when someone who was both a sheila and 'wog' [in the sense of non-white] made fun of someone who was none of these things - outrage! No matter that George Negus' comments were arguably more offensive.

It's part of the hypocrisy of the 'politically incorrect' that they complain 'You can't tell jokes any more - whatever happened to the good old Aussie chiacking, piss-taking sense of humour?' Well, wasn't that what Yumi and George were engaging in? Can you dish it out, but not take it?

But having said all that, we have to remember she DID say: 'He’s going to dive down to the bottom of the pool to see if his brain is there', implying Ben Roberts-Smith was thick. That's offensive too.

Craig is gonna tell you...

Posted September 25, 2014
She did indeed say that, interesting that the sands of time have scrubbed that from the record, I think Internet vitriol is indeed bullshit, but that article is bein pretty selective.

Craig puts forth...

Posted September 25, 2014
nope, I remain unshaken, unless not literal, in which case your euphemism escapes me.

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BigWillieStyle mumbles...

Posted September 25, 2014
Looks like that Dino ban expired pretty quickly.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted September 25, 2014
Nah, I was just distracted for an hour.

pi mutters...

Posted September 26, 2014
Sadly, I think it might be time to appoint a few constable ban-hammer-handlers.

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NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted September 25, 2014
Yeah, but no. I think this demonstrates but one of the vexed issues that relate to media regulation.
Now Birmo is a gentleman scribe who cares if he gets something wrong. Unfortunately that is not the case with most scribblers.
Self regulation in the Aust media industry is predicated on the assumption that writers & editors are motivated by accuracy and the high esteem of their colleagues.
Many, perhaps most, seem more motivated by staying half a pace ahead of the slavering horde of unemployed writers at their heels. I understand the pressure to produce content that engages an audience, in bulk.

This is similar to the regulation of the health food industry. The assumption is that practioners are only concerned by the best interests of clients & not personal profit. Indoubidably there are some such practitioners, but I'd posit they are a tiny percentage, rendering the efforts at regulation less than pointless.

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Bucko would have you know...

Posted September 25, 2014
Yumi briefly talked about this on one of the ABCs Agony of Life shows (this year I think). She recognised that she said something pretty stupid and apologised to Ben Roberts-Smith who apparently was not too worried about the whole thing.

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'notch asserts...

Posted September 25, 2014
My kids went to the same school as hers (in the toffy part of Northcote, daaaahling*). While she seemed to be slightly prone to DYKWIAishness**, she and her kid were just another mum and kid. The sad part was when my job took me into contact with the more munty of the munters who approved of the muntishness of the muntocracy calling for her kids to be attacked.

Mind you, we'd seen some evidence - the kid missed a bit of school and the local wallopers might have done an extra lap or three at pick-up time, probably also getting a couple of Beamer X5's or Subarus with triangle stickers double-parking as bonus quota-fillin'.

When the aforementioned munters were confronted with the fact that not only would they be advocating violence against kids, but my kids too, they seemed, for a second, to be rather confuzzled. When presented with the actual consequences of making munter-statements, their 2-volt fuses blew and the munter-lobe in their brains shorted.

Regardless of whether it was used by Channel Teen to boost ratings, or whether Yumi ballsed up and didn't engage brain or did it for the attention was neither here nor there - she shouldn't have to have had that munter-hate thrown at her - and at everyone who may have been close.


*We'd been there a while, increasingly in shitty rentals while the beige-est of rich lefties gentrified the bejeeezus out of the place. We bailed the hell out not long after.

**Don't You Know Who I Am?! There's quite a few C-grade celebs who are prone to it.

Martin swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 27, 2014
"Regardless of whether it was used by Channel Teen to boost ratings, or whether Yumi ballsed up and didn't engage brain or did it for the attention was neither here nor there - she shouldn't have to have had that munter-hate thrown at her - and at everyone who may have been close."
(I think you missed the point of jb's post ie she didn't stuff up and ten didn't use anything for ratings. Both her and negus were misquoted.)

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pi reckons...

Posted September 26, 2014
Can you post the original links for shits and giggles?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted September 26, 2014
Hopefully more giggles than shits. The former is easier to clean up.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon mumbles...

Posted September 26, 2014
God, i vaguely remember this - thanks for bringing it up into the forefront of my brain. I'm sure it was next in the queue to get pushed out.

What i want to know is if they covered the question at hand. What if built guys are dud roots or doesn't it matter? Is it enough that you can knife an insurgent in the dark and move onto the next guy before laying some dynamite to blow up a critical piece of hardware? (asking for a friend)

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Rob would have you know...

Posted September 26, 2014
I always thought she was speaking generally about the subject, not at the subject. I thought Negus came across as a bit of of jealous man and the use of 'dud root' was totes awsm. But the whole attack on her, when she really didn't say anything or denigrate anybody in particular was just a bit off. Bit like the ease at which dickheads attack female video gamers.

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Craig swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 26, 2014
The people who threatened her kids or her, or even went to the effort of abusing her publicly are assholes, I make no excuse for them.

But let's reverse the races and genders:
Attractive female model of Asian descent does something incredibly brave and saves some people's lives, and is filmed in a bikini at the pool, throw to studio.

Older female reporter of Asian descent "but what if a girl like that is no good in bed?"

Younger white Australian male "a dud root you reckon? What is she doing now? Diving down to find her brain?"

Do we think this would pass without controversy because it was a white male? I suggest not.

My disappointment with what was said is zero about race or gender.

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Martin mumbles...

Posted September 27, 2014
Craig has opinions thus- you're not reading what jb said. What you're missing in your example is this-

"Nothing about the incredibly muscly hero in the bikini....but, given that we're speaking of the relative attractiveness of incredibly muscly people in general, do you reckon they might pay more attention to their own bodies than their partners? "

Negus prefaced his observation with a crucial caveat that the media (and you) skipped over. "Nothing about poor old ben",
Easy to do, but still does a disservice to Negus. That's why Fairfax (and jb) apologised- it is a matter of fact, not opinion or interpretation, that neither nexus not stynes called Roberts-Smith a dud root (and their lawyers probably backed that up)

And if it was Sam Newman who'd said "hang on, George. Are you saying Roberts-Smith is a dud root?", there's no way it'd be pinned on Sam. So why Stynes?

As for the brain in pool comment, his own mum or Nan or mates) could have said something similar- "love, did you really have to show Australia you in your jocks and tats, staring off into the middle distance? People might think you look a bit of a dill..." it's hardly offensive to anyone. And it has to be looked at in the context jb outlines...
But if you're determined to be outraged, you can cut-and-paste and omit caveats and context to your heart's/hate's delight...



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Martin reckons...

Posted September 27, 2014
Craig, keeping in mind negus' caveat ("nothing about Ben"), I challenge you to find where negus or stynes called Roberts-Smith a dud root. And if you can't, I think you need to reassess how they were misquoted and mistreated. (But if you can, more power to you.)

Craig is gonna tell you...

Posted September 30, 2014
just a quick response, I'm going to try find the vid and have a listen/watch again, it appears my legal position needs some shoring up - but nearly all of my response is to the title and opening of the article "remember when Yumi Stynes insulted that SAS bloke? Well she didn't" I only mentioned George to maintain chronology in my hypothetical scenario of reversed genders and races and the whole dud root thing I could care less about, unfortunate they needed IVF to have kids though, but no intent.
Given Ben would be able to use encrypted satellite radios, guided missiles etc etc, the "find his brain" was a dumb and ignorant thing to say, and what his mates and Nan might say doesn't necessarily make it for for telly does it?

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Lights, camera, Abbott and ISIS

Posted September 23, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

At Blunty.

I suspect the Prime Minister is lying to you. This may come as no surprise, but lying your way to war, even a little one, is an order of magnitude more serious than simply lying your way into office and out of your promises. Some lies lead only to disappointment, perhaps to resentment. Some lead to violence and tragedy and death.

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damian is gonna tell you...

Posted September 23, 2014
Dread to think what the communters will be like today :)

BigWillieStyle reckons...

Posted September 23, 2014
I just got back from the Daily Telegraph's website. You should read the communters on there. The Prime Minister must allow Aussie families to arm themselves!! We must take our country back by any means necessary!! Death to Lefties!!

It's those sort of people that scare me, frankly.

insomniac has opinions thus...

Posted September 23, 2014
I hope you hosed yourself down before coming here - infection control and all that. That stuff's worse than Ebola.

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Halwes puts forth...

Posted September 23, 2014

That just about sums up the way I'm feeling about all this. Thanks. I despair about this country. I think we must be the stupidest, most easily manipulated people in the world. Now watch Abbott's poll ratings go through the roof.

libber8 reckons...

Posted September 23, 2014
No i think we come second. America would be the most manipluated country in the world forllowed by AUS

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JBtoo mumbles...

Posted September 23, 2014
Thanks JB. It has been heartening to hear a few voices of reason breaking through the bullshit, although I fear it is pissing into the hurricane of newscorpse and shock jocks.
Good to know about Daesh; now back to the bacon and educating my niece.

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w from brisbane mutters...

Posted September 23, 2014
We are getting into a fairly silly area now as the Government's PR people pull out the old 'we are a country under threat' schtick.

It is a bloody, dangerous schtick when you are seeding a fear of fellow citizens.

I was amused the other day, I shouldn't have been, when someone reporting what was happening on facebook in the awake of the 800 crushing a few idiots.
A young lady sincerely posting her thoughts.
'I'm so afraid I will be beheaded in Sydney today'.


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Barnesm puts forth...

Posted September 23, 2014
This is related but not really germane to the topic at Blunty and I'd hate to make unrelated comments over there when every one is so focused and reasonable.

All the social media and news gathering tools I employ, the comments by friends and things work colleagues say seem to surround me with an impression that most see the actions of this government for what they are a desperate attempt to distract the voters so they can drive their ideological stake into the heart of the welfare state. I get the occasional comment on Facebook, or post on blunty but on the whole it seems people see through it.

But I worry that I am living in a bubble and the vast majority do believe this is all true. I wonder if it wasn't better for my perception of reality when the only point of view available was that provided by the old press and I had to face the fact that people supported these sorts of ideas.

No solution just wondering if I was more drenched in the day to day of the mainstream media I might be more terrified, not of Daesh but that the Liberal party will be re-elected.

Penley is gonna tell you...

Posted September 23, 2014
You are not alone. I don't really know anyone at all who believes all this national security bullshit. It just seems like fear-mongering 101:how to hoodwink your nation when the polls are down. But then, I now have it on good authority that all the ladies at mum's golf club (not my Mum the greenie though thank god) think Abbott is doing a swell job and we should all be a lot more scared of getting beheaded down at the Corinda Coles. Sigh...

Halwes swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 23, 2014
I live remotely in the bush and only read the SMH and this blog for news. We can pick up the ABC though. I came here because of Mr Birminghams writing, the effect that it has had on me for many years and the insightful ideas he proposes. You can go a bit troppo out here and become very insular if you aren't careful. For a fair while, if I couldn't fish it, fight it or fck it, I just wasn't interested in it at all. This made me even more boring than I already was. I have only ever commented on this blog. My reason is that this is great community of real thinkers, yes even Dino, and, when I'm wrong / deluded / mistaken then someone points it out. This allows me to get a handle on world events, especially through the insights of our foreign brethren, and adjust my thinking without having to engage with the far right wing. I think that is the difference between us and them. We think and adapt while they just believe. I hear it's a lot easier that way but when I look at the depths to which this country has descended I believe that the only hope is with the thinkers.

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Rob mumbles...

Posted September 23, 2014


I did a FB post yesterday about this issue, but it wasn't half as interesting, well 2 likes and a friend asking if I was drunk posting(being Monday then its a no) "Actually Toned Abs I don't want my freedom curtailed for your political expedience. You fascist prick. And Bill Shorten can f off too."

Hopefully social media can help everyone see through their silly 1970s PR scheme. Maybe they might update their advertising and cover themselves in luminous green and yellow glory 80s style.

BigWillieStyle reckons...

Posted September 23, 2014
Yeah, friggen' Shorten. Man's got about as much credibility as does Toned Abs. Seems to stand for nothing apart from doing whatever's in his best interests. "I'm for Gillard", "No, I'm for Rudd", "The Prime Minister rides a girl's bike", "I will give my support to the Prime Minister on this one because, hey, I don't mind dog-whistling if it means people might vote for me". Jesus wept.

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Rob asserts...

Posted September 23, 2014

Oh and that bit about bogans is spot on, no wonder they got busted. Being dickheads. Bogans, either your muslim type or dyed in the wool white trash type in Bridgewater or Chigwell, just can't keep their fat mouths shut at the best of times.

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NBlob asserts...

Posted September 23, 2014


For fun & excitement check out the Anti Mosque protest in Maroochydore.


I'd weep but I'm too damned angry

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Surtac is gonna tell you...

Posted September 23, 2014


Nailed it again Birmo. As far as Crusader Rabbit is concerned, we are a nation of bogans and sheeple.

Bread and circuses wins again.

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Therbs mutters...

Posted September 23, 2014
Sending airforce and spec ops over there is to provide footage of our guys 'n gals in action for prime time news items and longer pieces with embeds for 60 Minutes etc.. Apparently war type footage rates well and moves the votes further to the right. Beardy nutjobs with Brit accents lopping off heads on the internet? Sells more papers and advertising revenue for the media owners.

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Murphy mutters...

Posted September 23, 2014
I guess I'm confused.

Why haven't you run this idiot out of office yet?

Respects,
Murph
On the Outer Marches

Therbs reckons...

Posted September 23, 2014
Because we're fkn idiots and a lot of people eat his fkn bullshit for breakfast and don't question it. It's a lot easier to confect a security issue and point blame at beardy nutjobs than deal with serious internal shit.

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Cranky Peanut has opinions thus...

Posted September 23, 2014
"Wankbadgers' is great; was "daesh-bags" taken?

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted September 23, 2014
It is now!

Bondiboy66 would have you know...

Posted September 23, 2014
''Wankbadger' has now entered my lexicon. Thanks!

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Blarkon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 23, 2014
The beauty of democracy is that there's a great system to readily replace politicians when something unfortunate happens to them. The politicians seem to forget that they are an entirely replaceable component. If a small asteroid landed on Canberra while parliament was in session, Australia would survive. We'd weep for those worth weeping about. Then we'd elect a new set of politicians to govern the country.

Parliament House was designed and sold as a "peoples house". What it's rapidly becoming is a fortress that protects a political class that isn't even worthy of the nation's contempt.

We've got far more of a chance of being killed in a road accident going down to Coles than we have by a nutter taking iPhone video wanting to decapitate us so that Google can sell a few more advertisements on YouTube.

John Birmingham asserts...

Posted September 23, 2014
I think you just wrote my Saturday column.

Blarkon would have you know...

Posted September 23, 2014
Go nuts.

We'd rebuild parliament should it be destroyed. We'd elect new politicians to govern the country should the current lot were transported to the wasabi mines of Blarkonis VI.

You can't destroy a democracy by flattening its buildings or removing whoever is currently wearing the "leader" hat.

You can destroy a democracy by fucking with its internal self perceptions about what its citizens rights and freedoms are.

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted September 23, 2014
Damn, I'm gonna have to delete this comment so everyone thinks I came up with it.

Blarkon is gonna tell you...

Posted September 23, 2014
It's interesting isn't it that armed forces personnel are assumed to be willing to lay their lives in the line for the country as part of the job.

The lives of politicians (the ones that would tell those armed forces personnel to go and fight in some foreign death zone) on the other hand are apparently so precious that they need to be provided with a level of security unavailable to all but the richest Australians.

It takes years to train up someone in the armed forces. By design, anyone can be a member of parliament.

Which of these two is more expensive to replace?

Sudragon is gonna tell you...

Posted September 23, 2014
I'm in favor of arming our politicians. But then again, I'm also in favor of shock collars on politicians, for direct feedback from the electorate.

DiddyWrote would have you know...

Posted September 23, 2014
Thank you Blarkon, you have just succinctly punctured the enormous bullshit balloon that Abbott and co have been desperately inflating in the last few months.

Excellent.

DiddyWrote has opinions thus...

Posted September 23, 2014
Thank you Blarkon, you have just succinctly punctured the enormous bullshit balloon that Abbott and co have been desperately inflating in the last few months.

Excellent.

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yankeedog mutters...

Posted September 23, 2014
I have a 'but', though-

Some people there are really probably scared of a terror act happening down there. It's not, obviously, a good thing to go through. We've been there. Comes to people wanting to do us harm, I want to be thumping them on their turf, not on mine. But I think we here all get that. I don't think that makes that segment of the population 'sheeple', or whatever pejorative you prefer.

That said, we also all know that famous story about the boy who cried 'wolf'. A government has maybe one or two of these 'threats' before EVERYONE says 'You guys leading us are full of crap'. Then something bad really DOES happen and it's a tragedy because no one paid attention because, hey, Abbott's said all this before...

Eh, who knows? Been a long time since I rambled on too much on the 'Burger, so maybe I'll just slink back to my seat in the corner.

Oh, and, Hey Therbs! How ya keepin', troop? Been a while, hope all's good.

insomniac puts forth...

Posted September 23, 2014
There's a segment of the population who are genuinely terrified by terrorists regardless of current events, and then there's a segment of the population who are terrified because Tony told them to be. The first group get caught up in Tony's rhetoric that's used to achieve the aim for the second group, which makes Tony and his cronies a bunch of dicks.

yankeedog mutters...

Posted September 23, 2014
Hit 'er on the head, insomniac. One thing I haven't really heard from anyone in the government there is any sort of reassurance. Sounds like a lot of fear-mongering emanating from officialdom down there. That in itself is not good-makes the government's position look weak.

Therbs mutters...

Posted September 23, 2014
Goin' fine, YD. Pissed off with this arsejuicer of a PM we have and all of his chest thumping cocknockery but that doesn't spoil the taste of a good beer, a nice wine or a fine whisky.

yankeedog asserts...

Posted September 23, 2014
Come live in Illinois, Therbs. Corruption, high taxes for no services, patronage, we got it all. But we also have Bent River Uncommon Stout-the beer that's a complete meal.

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BigWillieStyle would have you know...

Posted September 23, 2014
John, I suspect you might receive a knock on the door in the next few days. An unsmiling George Brandis and a couple of brown-shirted henchmen. After George administers one of those memory-erasing things like they used in Men In Black, he'll personally blu-tac his DNA to your metadata, and will thereafter track your every move. While being sure to make time each day for stroking his fluffy white cat, evil genius-style, and horsewhipping his factory full of unwed, Muslim, dole-bludging, non-LNP-voting, climate change alarmists.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted September 23, 2014
Now I am alert AND alarmed.

damian mutters...

Posted September 23, 2014
Good. Your country needs more lerts. And larms.

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HAVOCK21 asserts...

Posted September 23, 2014
I'm not gunna say a fkn word!

Therbs is gonna tell you...

Posted September 23, 2014
C'mon Havs, I dares ya to say sumfink. Aside from turning the Middle East into a sheet of glass of course.

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HAVOCK21 reckons...

Posted September 23, 2014
I'm in me fkn zen place at the mo!


So don't poke the fkn bear I say! But your last is rather appealing IMHO

Blarkon puts forth...

Posted September 23, 2014
Must be the only Zen place that has 6 trillion decibels of Cold Chisel and Angels blaring in the stone garden.

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Therbs has opinions thus...

Posted September 23, 2014

Crank up "Shadow Boxer" louder than loud through a busted up amp and speakers, rip the top off a Reschs long neck and go farken off.

Bondiboy66 reckons...

Posted September 23, 2014
LIKE

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Bangar mutters...

Posted September 23, 2014
Insanity, doing exactly the same thing and expecting a different result, because going into Iraq the first time has worked out so well.

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Spanner reckons...

Posted September 23, 2014
Some great thinky here today especially from his Lizardness.

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JBtoo mutters...

Posted September 23, 2014
I love this blog. You is my people. Going for the gin now.

Bunyip has opinions thus...

Posted September 23, 2014
Seconded.

I'll pass on the gin, but. I'll stick with my Niz?r? Ism?'?l? impersonations.

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Halwes mumbles...

Posted September 23, 2014
I think that you just nailed it JBtoo. My wife and I were at the opera house for a play when we were in Sydney last year. We were dressed OK and didn't stand out but I was nervous and uncomfortable. I put it down to being in the city and all the people there but I was not happy. I told my wife how I felt and left it at that. A few days later we went to Penrith trots. I felt comfortable, calm and happy and told her that too. She replied with some prophetic words. "That's because these are our people" she said and I understood immediately.

pi mutters...

Posted September 23, 2014
I'd feel pretty comfortable at both places Halwes. Which (If you don't mind me saying so) also says something pretty important. There's along way for Oz to slide before it gets to the type of segregation that many places apparently enjoy.

NBlob ducks in to say...

Posted September 23, 2014
Pi to two places ?

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Edward mutters...

Posted September 24, 2014
Abbott was salivating at the thought of sending our people to Iraq, giving a virtual commitment before his boss in Washington told him to press the go button. He missed out in getting involved in the Ukraine so I guess ISIS will have to do. Notice his countenance is getting darker and furrowed, with a 1000 yard stare, a sign of a mind in lockout of reality.

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NBlob puts forth...

Posted September 24, 2014
We seem largely agreed this is a piece of security theatre aimed a directing Joe & Wendy Sixpack-Homemaker's attention away from Mr Rabbit's less than stellar performance on other fronts.
I was pondering the actual damage Hockey's hippolites have done to our institutions (those described by His Scaliness above, CSIRO, Climate Authority et al), the Real Peril of AGCC VS the potential damage of Beardy Nutters.

But I also wonder if there is a grim sort of threat assessment where If (I think it very very very unlikely) but if some Beardy Nutters were to hypothetically mount a Mumbai 26/11/08 type assault on Sydney, the spin kings believe that to have done Something (highly publicised raids & new anti terror bills) better than to be perceived to have done nothing.
I heard a podcast recently describing the inability to facilitate former allies in Iraq & the Stan migrating to the US, despite there being specific visa categories available. It seemed that nobody @ immigration was prepared to have their signature approving an application by Mr Beard, despite the applicant having proved conclusively & repeatedly to be on The Good Guy's side, Just in case Mr Beard gets shooty
.

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A five grand fine for kids' parties in the park

Posted September 16, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

Nice one Quirky.

At the Instrument.

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Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted September 16, 2014
Oh, that is so fucked up for more reasons than I can articulate.

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Jon ducks in to say...

Posted September 16, 2014
This makes me want to stab someone. Sometimes I hate this fucking nanny state lamb hating, kransky bashing fucking police state we live in. Due to a lack of any bill of rights i'm sure the greeks will just keep cooking anyway. If I get a chance ill drive up there and join the chorus of " Fuck you Copper!"
Long time lurker, first rant.

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted September 16, 2014
Nice way to de-lurk, Jono.

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Darth Greybeard mutters...

Posted September 16, 2014
To paraphrase, It's all about ROOLS. Some people hate them (anarchist bastards), some love them (fascist bastards) and most of us will tolerate a few for a quiet life (lazy bastards). Sadly, if you live in Brisbane, you've got rule lovers at local, state and federal level. It fascinates me that Conservatives here and in the US are always boasting about cutting red tape and reducing regulation, while in reality they are gagging to regulate every aspect of our lives. Unchecked we'd be back to sumptuary laws governing what we can wear and eat (eg voucher systems). Terrorism scares enable control over movement and communication and excuse total violation of privacy. False alarms re voter fraud excuse new rules to disenfranchise the poor. They want to know what we say, think and buy and regulate us to the "everything that is not compulsory is forbidden" level - as do many religious cults.

The only red tape that gets cut is the kind that protects basic rights, employment conditions, health or aged care.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted September 16, 2014
Close, but not quite. They don't enjoy regulation. They hate it. But they hate something more than regulation - i.e., They really, really hate people enjoying themselves in any way. They hate good food, enjoyable sex, public displays of affection and laughter that isn't derisive.

"If any form of pleasure is exhibited
Report to me and it will be prohibited.
I'll put my foot down, so shall it be -
This is the Land of the Free..."

damian mutters...

Posted September 16, 2014
No, tories like regulation a lot. The thing they hate more than anything else is freedom enjoyed by people they look down on. The thing that you and I call freedom is a hateful thing to them, while what they call freedom is a very abstract thing that is largely meaningless in the world we live in.

I've seen tories close up while they have been getting stuck into some good regulation that applies to people of whom they disapprove. They adore it. It's like air to them.

They really, really don't like regulations that apply to them. But that's very different.

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Halwes asserts...

Posted September 16, 2014

You mob want to try living in the intervened Northern Territory. It has been truly ruined by federal intervention. You can't even have a beer anymore without 4 coppers having a good look at you and chucking you out of the pub if you dare to even laugh. One funny thing happened last Saturday which was aussie rules grand final day. The cops were in the club and everyone had their eyes down, didn't make eye contact and didn't talk or laugh. When we judged the cops were out the door the whole joint erupted into the team song complete with, dancing, didgeridoo and the great voice of the singer for East Journey, Rrawun Maymuru. It was an outstanding Territory moment. We've got the rabbit staying up the road but he wont meet any of us reprobates. You should see the army of spin doctors designed to keep the great unwashed from telling him what they think of him. He's even got the real army here with him and is getting his meals flown 1000 km's by the air force because I don't think they trust anyone around here not to poison the bastard. He must be smarter than he looks.

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Sudragon asserts...

Posted September 16, 2014
Time for flashmobs.

Bunyip has opinions thus...

Posted September 16, 2014
Flash garlicky lamb mobs.

Geez, I wish I lived in a more Northern clime. Only for the lamb, you understand. Oh, and civil disobedience with catering.

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yankeedog mumbles...

Posted September 16, 2014
I don't have a problem with a big group having to get a permit to use a shelter (barbecue area, whatever). Makes sense. The city should get to charge a nominal fee-$300 seems excessive, though. And $5k fines are way out of line, unless that big party is leaving a mess for the park workers to clean up. Sounds like your governments are picking the time-honored tradition of 'revenue stream generators' from places like, oh, Chicago.

If the groups aren't leaving a big mess, or harassing others, leave them alone. They aren't hurting anything, and there's worse aromas than garlicky lamb.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted September 16, 2014
Oh dear. There are few aromas better than garlicky lamb.

Chaz puts forth...

Posted September 16, 2014
Roast beef and roast pork

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted September 16, 2014
Okay. Those are a few.

Got to admit, I loves me some roast pig meat.

damian mumbles...

Posted September 16, 2014
Slowly bubbling chicken curry, with freshly ground spices...

Though I share the love of pork, beef, lamb and garlic.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted September 17, 2014
Okay, so we'll add bubbling chicken curry, with freshly ground spices to the list.

You bastards. You cannot tolerate a seppo of Irish extraction with Greek pretensions to take a little pseudo-ethnic pride in garlicy lamb. With a little fresh oregano. But just a little. And no mint, for God's sake. That is just so goyish.

Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 17, 2014
The Polish Deli at the Queen Vic Market in Melbourne. I can't get more specific than that - all I know is that I stand in front of their stall and it smells absolutely WONDERFUL. I've never been able to identify if it's a specific cured/smoked pork product which I can smell, or the combination of all of them.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted September 17, 2014
It is well known that the Polish themselves smell marvelous - which explains their success in the open market.

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w from brisbane asserts...

Posted September 16, 2014
Incredibly annoying. It comes down to freedom of association. There are a superfluity of laws to deal with public behaviour in parks:
drinking in an unlicenced area, littering, noise etc etc.

Why add a numbers cap? Probably some well-connected snob imperiously complaining that large groups deny him the picturesque park vista that was in the brochure.

JBtoo swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 16, 2014
bacon

and all of the above

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan would have you know...

Posted September 17, 2014
I believe bacon is a subset of roast pig meat.

MordWa reckons...

Posted September 20, 2014
"Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal."

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Chaz asserts...

Posted September 16, 2014

Surprised they haven't used the 'elf 'n safety angle along with needing a 'party plan' and emergency wardens in case little johnny scabs his knee.

I suspect the origins of this regulation gone mad comes from some jobsworth who wanted to see how much it costs to maintain the parks considering all this 'excess' usage


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Lulu reckons...

Posted September 16, 2014
$5K fine is excessive, but if you're having a large event, $300 fee doesn't sound unreasonable - depending on how much of a mess you leave behind. It might be better if the fee could act as a deposit, returnable (partially or entirely) if you clean up after yourself.

Dino not to be confused with mutters...

Posted September 16, 2014
Yes Lulu,
Last time I was in Brisbane*(1992?) the Greek thing was noticable.
The Actuarys will do the Maths and work out the cost.
Personally, I hate individuals who look down their noses.
I see them nearly everyday.
They are spread out and won't go to Gatherings.
They don't go to Gatherings.
They hate confrontation.
They hate being challenged by community.
This is why community gatherings are important.
Peop-le are challenged.
Otherwise we will have a bueracracy.
An illiterate burocracy.
Cultural Illiterarates.
Brain Dead office workers who have never spoken to a stranger.

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damian reckons...

Posted September 16, 2014
It's another "here we Joh again" on the quiet, dumbed down so much they think we won't notice. Your protest or other public gathering of 50 people or more will be a fine of $5k each, so a nice little minimum take of $250k if our friendly peace officials really decide to play.

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NBlob mumbles...

Posted September 16, 2014
Couple of quick points.
1 Council officers do not have the authority to Require your name & address. They can inquire all they like, but can't compel you to identify yourself like State Gov officers (ahem) can. It may be an offence to give false & misleading info so just politely decline.
2 I strongly encourage anyone who received such a ticket to invite the council to prove it in court. I'd love to see them establish (beyond a reasonable doubt remember) A; Who was responsible for the shindig, B; the >50 people were all attending That shindig, not another coincidentally located in close proximity & C; the accused did not take Reasonable Steps to limit attendees to 49, remember the onus of proof is on them, not you.
3 I'd urge you to have some pity for the poor shmuck in the uniform, it's a job, a crappy underpaid job, but a job.

Barnesm reckons...

Posted September 17, 2014

Good points and well made. Just a minor quibble I think the offences would be a civil one, though I might be mistaken "beyond a reasonable doubt" is the standard to prove in crimial matters for civil offences I think its on balance of probablities.

Though my knowledge of such thing is purely based on what our legal services unit tell me verbally during debriefs of prosecutions and they never provide such advice in writing so it tends to be a moving target. Seems to be whatever suits their arguement and denies yours has been my experience.

But I certaily agree challange since given the poor resourcing and understaffed nature of government the poor sod told to enforce the rule is likely to have been provided little training, support or even bee shown how to take notes to rely on in court.

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"Call Mister Morrison to the stand..."

Posted September 9, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

The Queensland Coroner will investigate the death of an asylum seeker.

At Blunty.

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BigWillieStyle ducks in to say...

Posted September 9, 2014

In February 2008, newly elected MP Scott Morrison made his maiden speech in Parliament, in which he stated his admiration for Desmond Tutu and William Wilberforce. He also made a passionate declaration that Australia should provide more aid to Africa.

As time went by, and his party lurched further to the right under the leadership of Toned Abs, the Morrison of February 2008 morphed into the snarling, arrogant, inhumane ideologue we know and love today. JB, I very much doubt Morrison is about to receive a lesson in humility. If called before the Coroner, he will deny, obfuscate, blame the ALP, obfuscate some more, possibly make reference to Team Australia, get shouty, deny again, fail to recall certain conversations, then receive tummy rubs from Alan Jones and the Murdochracy.

These people are beyond redemption.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted September 9, 2014
Sigh. Yeah. I know. But you gotta give people some hope.

damian asserts...

Posted September 9, 2014
Morrison was a year or two ahead of me at high school, so around 5 years after Bedes. Have speculated with others on the merits of luring with a faux reunion, getting him blind drunk and leaving him naked in Martin Place with a roll of $100 notes in his arse. But frankly that sort of thing is bollocks when proper legal sanctions are available as may be the case if the coroner is allowed to go further without political interference. Not a thing to be especially hopeful about with the present state govt either I suppose.

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Surtac mumbles...

Posted September 9, 2014


What Big Willie said.

These sleazebags will find a way to slither out from under any form of accepting responsibility or accountability for their actions or inactions.

And in other news a connection from Credlin to ICAC. Well, there's a surprise. Not.

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Dave W is gonna tell you...

Posted September 9, 2014
I love the derpy people who say that someone cuts their own foot, it's their own problem. Bah. So what that they were in custody and therefore are reliant on someone else providing medical attention. Damn I get depressed at how the world must be black and white because Derpy McDerp says it must be.

BigWillieStyle swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 9, 2014
Just been reading the communtz over at Blunty. Plenty of Derpy McDerps with something to say, and quite a few Fuckwit McDipshits as well. Basically, "Hey, Ruddgillard personally drowned 1,000 people at sea, so this death doesn't even count and anyway the guy was here illegally and I'm an insular redneck who's never left my own suburb let alone the country" seems to cover 98% of the thoughts being expressed. Only with bad grammar and lamentable punctuation thrown in. Fuck! When did this country become so bloody nasty?

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Lulu would have you know...

Posted September 9, 2014
Cannot stand the man.

Unfortunately it's his name (I think?) at the bottom of my citizenship certificate. If I didn't actually need the document, I would 'accidentally' singe that part of it on the gas stove.

insomniac would have you know...

Posted September 9, 2014
That is a most excellent reason for me not taking out my citizenship in the near term.

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STRONG CHOICES WRITE MIGHTY SEX COLUMN.

Posted August 19, 2014 into Blunty by John Birmingham

Late yesterday arvo I was faced with one of those conundrums which arise in this gig. Whether to write a serious column or a stupid one.

And then I realised, why choose.

LET MR STRONG CHOICES DO BOTH.

Blunty:

Dear Mr Strong Choices

My husband and I have always enjoyed a healthy sex life, but recently he’s been terribly worried by the indefensible $500-a-day service charge which seems purpose designed to destroy the solar power industry in Queensland. He says he stills loves me but the physical side of our relationship has been ruined by your strange and inexplicable hostility to renewable energy.

Why, Mr Strong Choices? Why? Solar power is hot, powerful, strong and long-lasting. Why have you denied me this pleasure?

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Dave W mutters...

Posted August 19, 2014
This strong choices character is truly the gift that keeps on giving. You Queenslander's are so lucky.

Bunyip has opinions thus...

Posted August 19, 2014
Yup. We only have.... umm...

Oh, yeah, Dennis the "No Worries" vet.

Zzzzzzzz....

Lulu has opinions thus...

Posted August 19, 2014
Bunyip, you forgot Geoff Shaw. OTOH, still a bit zzzzzz ...

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pi mumbles...

Posted August 19, 2014
Seriously though... does it actually even remotely look like these guys are going to get voted out? How many seats would they need to lose? Eleventy gazillion?


MickH puts forth...

Posted August 19, 2014
Well in the last by-election they had a swing against them of over 18%
So yeah, probably, hope so. Whats more possible however is the prospect of Can-Do losing his seat

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Josh mutters...

Posted August 19, 2014

I didn't live here in Qld (and was too young) during the Jo days. Is this what we're going back to ? Because if so, my home state is looking much better.

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Dino not to be confused with ducks in to say...

Posted August 19, 2014
Captain,
It appears my comments are too risque for the 'Burger'.
Chious...

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Dino not to be confused with would have you know...

Posted August 19, 2014
What do they call those flabby triceps?

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted August 19, 2014
Torpedo away...

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Dino not to be confused with mumbles...

Posted August 19, 2014
1975,
Whitlam gone cause of the GG Kerr.
WTF happened there?
When will Cosgrove have the balls to do 'somthing'?

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Dino not to be confused with has opinions thus...

Posted August 19, 2014
Captain,
I will be taking two personnel from the Ship.
Disembarking.
Job to do.
Hand to Hand.
I expect all of us will return.

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