Interesting things too

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factotum started the topic in Thursday, 21 Nov 2019 at 2:21pm

For when one interesting things thread isn't enough.

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Blowin commented Friday, 3 Jul 2020 at 4:35pm

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factotum commented Friday, 3 Jul 2020 at 4:58pm

Hahahahahahaha.

Dumb & dumber!

You.

Sepp. ACAB.

As Cooked As Blowie.

Roasted fuds!

Riding Info Dreamin'?!

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factotum commented Friday, 3 Jul 2020 at 5:28pm

Stu, sorry to bother you sir, but is Blowie (a) Gary?

Oh yeah, The Fud Shed. Serious. Change the thread title. Or the Galati family will pay a visit.

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zenagain commented Friday, 3 Jul 2020 at 6:23pm

Ha ha ha haaaa!

Too funny.

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sypkan commented Friday, 3 Jul 2020 at 6:44pm

you not rocking ACAB anymore thinking man's thought policer?

run it's course?

served it's purpose?

or, exposed for what it is?

stepping away big fella...

thats ok, it seems you're not alone...

AAAD

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Westofthelake commented Friday, 3 Jul 2020 at 7:01pm

Haha I knew a Gary once.

Top bloke.

Until he had one beer too many, and couldn't find his pipe.

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factotum commented Friday, 3 Jul 2020 at 7:37pm

Sepp!

As Cooked As Blowie.

And now afflicted with AAAD*...again.

Poor ol' Sepp.

*All American-Associated Diarrhea.

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Blowin commented Friday, 3 Jul 2020 at 9:00pm

Exactly what’s this all about I wonder .....

https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/how-chinas-vi...

Comment under the article:

“I am aware of this & pleased to see you vigorously pursuing it still, Anthony. I've heard it from other sources as I have to say, I refuse to access or subscribe to anything linked to Murdoch.

Exactly why Virgin would want to build an new airport & a huge flight training facility near Tamworth, Australia, to train Chinese flight staff is a question not answered.

I am quite familiar with areas of provincial China & know it has plenty of available space to establish & train there. People have this impression of rural China being like Vietnam; each village less than a stone throw from the next. Take a province like Henan, over 90million people, highly industrialized, yet driving through rural areas of the province one can look out at wheat field & sheep grazing in seemingly endless paddocks, without an urban area in sight.

This facility in Tamworth was about establishing a strategically important, potentially military useful base in Australia. It would give the opportunity for Chinese air crew & intelligence officers to gain detailed knowledge of Australia. This is exactly what China has done in other countries.

Unless a lot more IA readers keep abreast of international news & geopolitical developments than I suppose, they may not know of China's earlier drive to establish a large naval facility near Sihanoukville in Cambodia. It was being built as a "aid"; a commercial port which rapidly became off limits to Khmer people. Then they set about "upgrading" Sihanoukville's airport, supposedly to facilitate growth in Chinese tourism. They secretly built a runway in an off limits location north of Sihanoukville which was beyond any commercial need, but ideal for military use. From there, they launched unmanned drones which roamed the skies, intruding into Vietnamese & Thai airspace plus the waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Since then, there's been a falling out with Hun Sen which has seen huge numbers of Chinese flee Cambodia. Undoubtedly Vietnam's shooting down of at least one of these Chinese drones will have seen 'serious discussion' with Hun Sen's former backer.

Cambodia is but one example of exactly what China has been attempting in strategic locations across the Pacific & the Indian Oceans & across to the east coast of Africa. China uses aid & supposedly commercial investment as a tool of influence, intelligence gathering & to establish potential military facilities in strategic locations. From the Andaman Seas, Cambodia, the South China Sea, PNG, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa Cook Islands & Micronesia, Chins is seeking to ring fence & isolate Australia. The Japanese tried to ring fence & isolate Australia in WW2. That's why war raged in the Coral Sea & in the Solomon Islands, most famously Guadalcanal. Australia is a very strategic location for any potential conflict, especially with China.

It is not only our links to the US through alliances, supposedly joint facilities like Pine Gap, it is the potential for forces based in Australia to also dominate the seas & air over large areas, and as a base of attack. We are a huge land mass, not an small island where facilities have to be concentrated. Australia's resources are essential to China & others. Iron ore (Fe) being but one. Yep, they can get Fe from Brazil, but that has to cross the US's areas of deniability, just as strategic fuels supplies our idiot Energy Minister has stored half a world away in Texas, would have to transit through China's ring fence.

Sadly, our politicians are a myopic pack of shortsighted fools who can't see beyond immediate dollars. It is why recent Coalition governments never recognised the risk of cutting aid to the Pacific. If they hadn't cut so arrogantly, China wouldn't have had the opportunity to usurp Australia's influence.

One has to wonder exactly what Gladys agenda is. She's a State Premier, not a PM or Federal Minister. One suspects it can only be a case of cash blindness & a convenient, unthinking sop for her gang of intellectually challenged Nationals seat warmers. It is almost as unfathomable as her determination to destroy one of the world's great museums, so her devloper mates can build more apartments.

Anthony, keep pushing. You've learnt the hard way why your former employer, has too much influence in our democracy. Politicians only fear being voted out, when perceived as traitors to the nation's best interests, by an overwhelming number of voters. That's the only thing which ever brings change.“

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factotum commented Friday, 3 Jul 2020 at 9:26pm

"Exactly what’s this all about I wonder..."

You being a fud?

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factotum commented Saturday, 4 Jul 2020 at 12:53am

Or if you prefer, Blowie, a cockwomble; gronk; knobdobber; poltroon; bampot; wankpuffin; ignoramus; fandan; pillock; walloper; numpty; imbecile; arse-clown; nincompoop; diddy; gobshite; scrote; skapie; dunderhead; cretin; bell-end; divvy; shit-cunt; mong; tosspot; eejit; dunce; plonker; dullard; poes; schlemiel; nitwit; putz; drongo; nebbish; dipshit; jessie; dweeb; fuck-knuckle; skite...

Feel free to add, people...

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Eugene Green commented Saturday, 4 Jul 2020 at 2:09am

Blumpkin...

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factotum commented Saturday, 4 Jul 2020 at 11:07am

Eugene?

Hang about, times have changed!?

https://definedictionarymeaning.com/topic/42087/eugene

Crazy kids.

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shoredump commented Saturday, 4 Jul 2020 at 10:32am

Times have changed?
I reckon you’re right. Despite thousands of years of constant invasions, I reckon you’ve called the change, and it’s all stopped as of last week

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factotum commented Saturday, 4 Jul 2020 at 11:06am

The more things change, the more they stay the same?

"The prime minister says he is haunted. The tectonic shifts reshaping our region bring to mind for him the 1930s. A deliberately provocative parallel that summons comparison to the rise of Nazi Germany, but also a convenient parallel, one that positions the Morrison government as unwilling to appease – and justifies Australia spending $270 billion on a weapons build-up while we face an economic crisis at home. The avoidance of deep recession will require massive stimulus spending – on people, and projects, not weapons. But the timing of the announcement – set against the backdrop of Beijing's passing of draconian security laws that many have called the end of Hong Kong – clarifies the stakes of the quiet war that's afoot. Although there is a compelling argument that diplomacy, rather than sparking an arms race, is the best way to win it. Closer to home though, there is a war over freedom, too, with the Australian Federal Police asking the government to consider charging ABC journalist Dan Oakes over his “Afghan Files” investigation. That a journalist could be charged for reporting on credible allegations of war crimes committed by Australian troops is unfathomable, but that is the very real prospect we now face in this country."

– Maddison Connaughton.

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factotum commented Saturday, 4 Jul 2020 at 11:12am

"I'm Henry the 8th I am..."

The Saturday longer read:

https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2020/07/04/morrison-ru...

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soggydog commented Saturday, 4 Jul 2020 at 11:17am

If you saw that a guy posted attacks on one or two people from 8.00 am to 11.00pm during one day then was straight into it the next morning with the same content would that raise alarm bells about the dudes mental well-being.
Would it make one wonder if there where other activities in this poor sods life that could tear him away from the forums. Maybe surfing or family or a life outside the same half a dozen people arguing over the price of eggs?
Just asking for a friend

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soggydog commented Saturday, 4 Jul 2020 at 11:20am

Surfs up, I’m off.

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factotum commented Saturday, 4 Jul 2020 at 11:25am

Don't forget your hound.

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factotum commented Saturday, 4 Jul 2020 at 11:38am

Or cat.

Could be worth a 2nd go here and all.

Maybe in the meantime, this thread will get the kibosh.

Yew!

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factotum commented Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020 at 3:58pm

A reminder of some real investigative journalism that I'm sure we're all familiar with, yes?

https://newmatilda.com/2017/06/23/bad-aunty-seven-years-how-abc-lateline...

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020 at 4:49pm

Is blowin having a spell? The forums have been rather passive lately

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fitzroy-21 commented Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020 at 5:04pm

I think everyone has Goofy, it was getting outa control there for a while :)

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blowfly commented Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020 at 5:05pm

Thanks facto. Incompetence meets indifference funded by vested interest.

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020 at 5:08pm

I agree Fitz

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factotum commented Tuesday, 21 Jul 2020 at 6:00pm

BF, this part particularly rankles but doesn't surprise...sadly.

"Amid the controversy, Gregory Andrews, the ‘anonymous youth worker’ – took leave without pay from the Australian Public Service. He worked as CEO for the government-funded Indigenous Community Volunteers. In 2014, Andrews was announced as the Abbott Government’s new ‘Threatened Species Commissioner’. The ABC reported on the appointment critically, however neglected to mention any of the details of his involvement with Lateline.

In June 2020, Andrews was named by the Morrison Government as Australia’s High Commissioner to Ghana."

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 1:21am

Talking Politics...
March 6 - (Aug 24 Fed Govt Return)
= Timeline for Sitting Days Nation / State / Territory

N Z....42 Days
WA...33
SA.....21
VIC....16
NSW.16 avg house split
QLD...15
TAS....14
Fed.... 12 (Polls Skyrocket when PM doesn't touch anything!)
ACT....10
NT........ 5

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factotum commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 4:53pm
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Craig commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 5:04pm

What a rort! 10mil to an overseas owned company and not freely available to all. #crook

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blowfly commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 5:13pm

Favours get repaid.

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Westofthelake commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 6:19pm

Only ever known 2 people to have Foxtel and 1 of those was from his parents subscription. I've always thought it was a rort, and it still is.

Per month

Basic pack: $49
or
Basic pack with Netflix: $61
+Sports HD : $25
+Movies HD: $20
+Kids: $5 (I mean ffs)
+Favourites : $20
+Multiscreen: $15
+HD: $10
etc etc etc.

Honestly, who would pay for this stuff? Does anyone really pay for this shite?

Feeling good about having just 3 subscriptions: Netflix $14, Spotify $12, and the best value of the lot, Swellnet for $9.....it may be cheaper than a Basic Foxtel subscription, but its value is inestimable.

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JQ commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 6:30pm

It's just one of the many ways this government will find to repay the favours they owe..

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garyg1412 commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 8:23am

Going to have to be a lot more handouts to save that sinking ship. Foxtel won't be around in a couple of years.

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Vic Local commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 9:16am

There's a reason why Australia's corruption index has deteriorated so much over the last 7 years. We are being governed by a pack of corrupt scumbags. $10 mil to Rupert and he didn't even ask for it. FFS that's pathetic.

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

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factotum commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 11:40am

Just another species of "sports rorts"!

Remember that from waaaaay back?

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/national/2020/05/21/michael-pascoe-sport...

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garyg1412 commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 1:49pm

The PM's Office asking for the list to be provided in Excel form instead of a PDF pretty much sets the scene doesn't it??

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Westofthelake commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 2:06pm

Lucky we've got these fellas at the helm...

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GuySmiley commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 5:06pm

..... and not forgetting the IPA prescribed tax cuts for those earning up to $200,000

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Vic Local commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 5:22pm

The IPA pretty much doesn't do any "research" these days. It's become a third rate trolling organisation. Gina really isn't getting value for money.

"angry online, smiley in the brine"

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factotum commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 9:24pm

It's a wild guess, but I reckon the Liberal Party cheerleaders, here and elsewhere, probably don't even know who the IPA is, let alone the 'work' they do.

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zenagain commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 10:38pm

What I do know is an IPA complements a ploughmans lunch delightfully.

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factotum commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 11:03pm

Apt. Working class fare co-opted and gentrified up the ying yang. Inauthentic and insipid.

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zenagain commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 11:56pm

Someone is wearing the cranky pants tonight.

I disagree- bread, cured meats, cheese and pickles. Who doesn't like that?

A meal fit for a king or a farmer.

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factotum commented Friday, 24 Jul 2020 at 11:35am

Don't get me started on Tapas and BianDang!

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zenagain commented Friday, 24 Jul 2020 at 11:47am

Or anything served on a mini chopping board.

edit:- deconstructed and served on a mini chopping board.

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factotum commented Friday, 24 Jul 2020 at 12:55pm

And costing more than ye olde ploughman's lifetime wage.

And 12 feckin' bucks a pint of soapy pish to boot!

Mark-up River!

It's time!

https://jacobinmag.com/2017/10/pubs-drinking-nationalization-state-owner...

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GuySmiley commented Friday, 24 Jul 2020 at 1:16pm

Hey Zen, that ploughman's lunch; you would have to eat it with your hands wouldn't you? Just remembering how you keep your hands warm :)

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zenagain commented Friday, 24 Jul 2020 at 1:57pm

There's always a thin layer of plastic keeping the nastiness at bay Guy. Haven't slipped up yet (touch wood).

I like your article Puppifact but don't see it happening. Co-opting pubs is another idea worth looking at though, but the wowser brigade is loud and proud and I reckon it's not even worth picking up that sharp stick to begin with.

Removing costs and barriers to entry would be somewhere to start. Little hole in the wall places, Japanese style, one owner-operator type scenarios.

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factotum commented Sunday, 26 Jul 2020 at 12:31pm

My next local is a community owned pub. Best fucken pub in Australia. KGW for days. Fuck getting a 'ploughman's' on a drizzled lump of marri (unless I can 'relieve' it...actually, I've got a Coopers beachball bat chopping board! Long live bottlo giveaways! Anyone else got the Coops socks these days?).

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factotum commented Sunday, 26 Jul 2020 at 12:30pm

I'll just leave this here...

https://mobile.twitter.com/InsidersABC/status/1287181451616612352?ref_sr...

Frodo's let the cat out of the bag! Strap yourselves in, Straya.

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Westofthelake commented Sunday, 26 Jul 2020 at 12:51pm

Yea, what an inspiration, sheesh.
How about this one from last week...channeling Costello?

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