422 thoughts on “Furnace Friday

  1. I’m not really au fait with the problems Germans face. Just here and there I read a couple of things that bring doubts in my mind. I just feel that the main ones complaining about the Arabs’ alleged or real misbehaviour are found in the Bavaria area. Why mainly/only there? They are very prejudiced around there. They could very well amplify the problem.

  2. The Messiah has visited troops in Iraq in what the MSM are of course calling a ‘surprise’ visit.

    Why do they always do that?

    Australian PMs who head overseas always manage a stop in Iraq for a photo op with some smiling soldiers and a quick chat with whoever is president of Iraq at the time. It’s about as ‘surprising’ as the appearance of hot cross buns and Easter eggs in Colesworths on 1 January. We know it will happen. And yet the media always tell us it’s a ‘surprise’, as if the PM of the day suddenly, mid-flight, decided to make a detour to Baghdad.

    The government of Iraq always know well in advance that these planned visits are taking place, the RAAF know, the PM’s staff know and I dare say Daesh and all sorts of Iraqi baddies know as well, yet we commoners, poor silly mushrooms that we are, are supposed to believe it all happens on the spur of the moment ‘for security reasons’.


    Had Abbott been photographed with his arms around two young female soldiers, leering at one of them like a crocodile considering its dinner, there would have been howls of ‘he’s doing it again, touching the ladies’ outrage from the anti-Abbott mob. But Turnbull does exactly the same thing and it’s all perfectly fine because he’s Malcolm. Double standards.

    And then there’s that bleeping leather jacket – a new one, because he sold the old Q&A one for charity – with the bleeping collar turned up. Lord save us! What a poseur.

  3. Today in 1991 …

    The First Gulf War was a great success, but its unintended legacy disastrous for the Middle East – and the world as a whole

    And today’s age of terror was partly shaped by that war. The US could not be confronted on the battlefield, Osama bin Laden concluded, but it could be by deadly infiltrators as in 9/11, by a fifth column, or simply by fear. Listen to the apocalyptic rhetoric of the Republican candidates vying to succeed Obama, and Bin Laden surely had a point. America is still the power that can make the biggest difference in the region. But, as the First Gulf War proved, the US can’t save the Middle East from itself.


    • No one can save the Middle East from each itself. We have no business being involved in their conflicts. IMO, it is like Northern Ireland. When everybody got sick of killing each other and living in a war zone while the rest of GB was enjoying the benefits of the new freedoms of the 2nd half of the 20th c. , they stopped killing and started to build a place to live, even if they still hate each other. I think young people wanted to go to a disco and meet the opposite sex rather than planning raids.

      The same in the ME, as far as I am concerned. Until people in the area want to stop killing each other than nothing will help.

      This sums the ME up for me, perfectly, in my armchair, never visited and could not point out any ME country on a map kind if way.

  4. Grandson just did a quick visit as they off to watch beach volley ball.

    He only got to bowl in one over. He is a pace bowler. The first ball, they got three runs, the second ball they got two runs. The third ball bowled and caught. The fourth ball, hit the wickets. The fifth, and hat trick ball, snicked and caught. The last ball a dot? ball. The whole team pounced on him, he said it was like he disappeared into a sea of white.

    Now, I think that paragraph might qualify me as a cricket correspondent, what say you all?

  5. The other side of the story –

    Cologne attacks: American woman tells how Syrian refugees rescued her from New Year’s Eve sexual assault

    Among the group was Hesham Ahmad Mohammad, a 32-year-old primary school teacher who fled Aleppo and was celebrating New Year’s Eve in Cologne with other Syrian friends who have recently arrived in Germany.

    He told the New York Times he was also frightened by the groups committing the attacks, saying they had “lost their minds” on drink and drugs.

    “We keep hearing news about refugees all day: ‘They are bad people, they must go back to their home,’ ” he said.

    “When I hear that in the news, I am sad. Because we know that there were bad boys and bad people. But the good people, nobody speaks about them.”


  6. Ctar1

    I quibble with their conclusion about its legacy. Daddy Bush had the sense to leave Saddam in as he could keep a lid on things . Son the Idiot blew the whole thing to bits and created jihadi heaven. Obama helping things along in Syria and Libya.

    Add to that Shrub’s Afghan stooped. The Taliban were sick of bin Laden and wanted an excuse to get him out of the country. He was under virtually house arrest for months before the war They even offered to hand him over to a gulf state for trial re 9/11. The Taliban had no interest in activity outside of Afghanistan and they were pissed with him bringing unwanted attention to the country.

    Added together Al Qaeda and the whole jihadipalooza would very likely not have happened .

  7. ooooo!..hotting up!

    Nick Ross ‏@NickRossTech 23m23 minutes ago

    Things crawling out of the woodwork now. Looks like I’m not alone. Any more internal info pls get in touch.

  8. 2017, Admiral General Dutton salutes the Border Farce troops.

    A scene from the Border force medal ceremony.

  9. Looks like there could be something to that.
    From 21 April 2012 –

    Why is the ABC protecting Peter Slipper?

    April 21, 2012 liligans Politics, So you think you’re cultured?
    At 5 am today I read that Peter Slipper, Speaker of the House in Parliament was being accused of sexually harassing, James Ashby, a young man in his employ.

    By 6 am the story had disappeared from the ABC’s online site. Other online sites were still reporting the allegations while the ABC story was gone.

    I was puzzled about this disappearance. Who told the ABC to remove the story?

    By 7.30 am the ABC put the story about Peter Slipper back on its site


    Not ‘protecting Peter Slipper’ but following orders? Leaving the field clear for NewsCorpse to hurl mud?

    The ABC leapt back in after that, with a lot of attention given to Slipper /Ashby and a lot of derogatory comment about Julia Gillard’s alleged ‘lack of judgement’. Funny, isn’t it. We never hear a word from the ABC or any other MSM source about Turnbull’s now legendary lack of judgement and yet we have evidence of it right in front of us – Brough, Briggs, Dutton just the latest in a long list of examples.

  10. Hey, ABC, John Mellencamp has some words for you –

    Paper in fire
    Stinkin’ up the ashtrays
    Paper in fire
    Smokin’ up the alleyways
    Who’s to say the way
    A man should spend his days
    Do you let them smolder
    Like paper in fire

  11. Gravel,

    Lovely work by your grandson, helped by some great fielding. No wonder if he was swamped by his team mates at the end of the over!

    BK (and others) will correct me, but the term “dot ball” (a ball from which no run is scored) is a comparatively recent (last two decades?) expression in cricket commentary. I don’t recall hearing it in me yoof.

  12. Not sure if this comment from Nick Ross has been posted here yet:

    I used to write long exposes about things like Conroy’s internet filter and be allowed to do it. All I’d hear from management was – ooh are you sure? Be careful!

    Conroy would give Mark Scott an earful apparently. But ABC Management didn’t seem to be afraid of him.

    They seem to be very afraid of Turnbull.

    And I think the subsequent content reflects this.

    Interesting light shone on the ABC there.

    • I saw that comment the other day and couldn’t help wondering just why people at the ABC were so afraid of Turnbull, who to me seems such a weakling.

      Fear of losing funding when he became minister for communications just doesn’t cut it as a reson, not when the ABC was doing all it could at that time to promote Abbott, telling us at every opportunity that Labor would lose the 2013 election.

      if the boffins at the ABC were genuinely afraid Turnbull would cut their funding then shouldn’t they have been doing everything they could to talk voters out of changing the government, instead of blatantly advertising for change?

      There had to be something else going on, not just a fear of what Turnbull might do if he became the minister. I keep coming back to Murdoch when I start trying to work this stuff out. I might be wrong, of course.

    • It doesn’t make much sense, Leone, but it seems real. Look at the way they’ve jumped when he’s been on the blower to them about Q&A or whatever, at the way Jones protected him from questioning about NBN on Q&A. Jones may be a bit pro-Turnbull, but normally his news instincts would kick in anyway to allow the questioning. He would have been under orders or have had an unsubtle hint that the fix was on.

      Why are they so afraid of such a flaky lightweight? It seems pretty clear that he’s owned by the big mining/IPA/Murdoch lobbies and that, indirectly, he can exact revenge. Look at the way SBS suddenly sacked their sports broadcaster after a cal from Malware, because of a twitter debated about some of our sacred cows. They haven’t yet show he was wrong, only ‘insensitive’.

      The whips can come out as they did with Nick Ross.

    • Turnbull and the Libs could get Scott and others black-balled from those elite “Gentlemen’s” clubs!

  13. In other news, I’m currently reading a Chomsky book from around 2003, which places it at about the time the US invaded Iraq under GWB. If my comments get a bit feral try to ignore me, as I’m under the influence of some very thorough detailing re the global motivations of the US.

    I’ll try to restrain myself.

    • I’ll get back to you with that stuff as I go. There was a bit I just read this morning that sounded exactly like what’s happening with cuts to welfare and social payments in this country right now. And the government/media approach to the Iraq war was just about echoed to the letter by Abbott with his recent warmongering.

      In brief (very brief) it’s all about global hegemony for the US, and really very little about anything else at all. Unless you’re a Western nation, the very idea of government by the will of the people is regarded as antithetical to US interests and needs to be cut off at the roots so that ‘friendly’ ‘democratic’ US client states can be established.

      The dangers I run in reading this sort of stuff are:

      1. It tends to encourage blind acceptance and lack of critical application to what I’m ingesting, as the thoughts expressed as close to those I already hold. I daresay I’m more willing to accept information that ought to be critically appraised than I might otherwise be.

      2. I tend to sound paranoid and radical about everything else, especially current events in this day and age, and ascribe sinister motives to every single thing that hits the news. In short, I get a bit tin-foil-hatty.

      I’ll need some distance and time to fully assimilate all of it.

  14. Protests against CSG are getting stronger in NSW.

    There’s this-
    Questions Still Being Raised Why Santos Has Open Flares in the Pilliga

    And this –
    FRI, 12/02/2016 AT 2:00 PM
    For the Love of Gloucester Festival
    Gloucester Showgrounds, Gloucester, NSW

  15. Fiona

    I usually tune out of most of the jargon, don’t understand the technical stuff at all. I just see someone bowling, someone batting, either hitting runs or getting caught out. I have a bit more knowledge about afl footy, but the technical stuff eludes me there too. I just show and try to be interested for the grandsons. And today there is one very proud grandparent and one adopted grandparent that are just so happy and pleased for grandson.

  16. Aguirre

    Please don’t restrain yourself. If no one is interested they will scroll past, but I think you have a willing audience here at The Pub.

  17. Aguirre

    Let it rip. Shrub and his Neocon puppetmeisters along with his lackey Tony Blah deserve every bit of $#@$#%$#$ !! they get. Not forgetting Sherriff Forelock Tugger, “Honest John” Howard.

    They deserve a special chapter in the history books and their legacy that has seen ruination for tens of millions of people’s lives continue to this day.

  18. Agreed. Give us a few quotes, as I am unlikely to read that book. I have a long list of must reads which I probably won’t get to because I spend too much time on social media.

  19. If any of you tech boffins are interested, I have a brilliant idea for a “tech toy” with a difference..:

    A “targeting toy” where the target is spotted and fixed on a screen, like those circles with a cross centered that they use on drones, coupled to a push-button guide stick that allows you to shoot off a millisecond blast of laser from a guided laser stick attached to the monitor so one can kill those bloody flies that annoy the hell out of you when you lie down for a kip!

  20. Waffles does fatuous really well. An example

    The prime minister told al-Abadi Australia was “strongly committed to helping Iraq in its fight against Daesh”, another term for Isis.

    “Daesh is a threat to all of us and we need to continue to work together to defeat these terrorists,” he said in remarks to the media after their meeting.


  21. “Daesh is a threat to all of us and we need to continue to work together to defeat these terrorists,”

    ‘They’ keep saying the Iraqi government/army have got their act together now …

    I’ll believe that when Mosul is retaken with the dam still standing.

  22. Thanks for the comments above. Bear with me – I’m out for the afternoon, but I’ll put something up about it hopefully later on, this evening. I remember reading some Chomsky (I think it must have been ‘Manufacturing Consent’) ages ago and getting lost in the technicalities. He’s writes quite densely, and puts in references for everything he can. I’m finding him a much easier read these days. It helps that I’m way more aware of world politics these days, so that when he drops the name of a country/leader or someone from the US administration I don’t need to go looking it all up.

    Anyway, have a good afternoon all.

  23. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/one-step-from-a-new-era-taiwan-voters-likely-to-elect-first-woman-president/2016/01/15/5ab2f6e0-b952-11e5-85cd-5ad59bc19432_story.html


  24. jaycee

    I was told by a Yank that Formosa belongs to the US by ‘right of conquest’.

    The Taiwan locals would likely find this idea ‘surprising’.

    • It’d be like living next to a bikie compound and knocking on their door to complain about the noise level in the middle of their partying..saying : “I know my rights!”

  25. Oh Good Lord!

    This is what journalists love to call Turnbull’s ‘eloquence’ and ‘intelligence’ on display. I call it babble. He has no idea what he’s on about, he is just spouting the same old rubbish we have been hearing for 25 years. The troops assembled to hear the words of The Messiah must have been cringing.

    AND –

    He had no idea what brigade he was talking to, he had to ask. So much for being across all the details.

    Makes you feel so confident, so safe, knowing a fool like that is in charge, doesn’t it.

  26. You can get a bigger version of those by going into Daniel Hurst’s Twitter timeline and clicking on the images.

  27. L2

    I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it. Since first listening to Truffles I have seen SFA of any evidence of his having a “silver tongue” or his “eloquence” and wherever he hides his intelligence it is not in the file marked public speaking.

  28. Moi has not been asleep. Au contraire.

    Moi has been out buying a rotisseried chook from our excellent local chicken shop. We will have some of it warm, with cooked vegies, this evening. The rest will become salads of various types for as long as the just-started hot spell lasts.

  29. Sexism and violence against women in Germany:

    Thus, in recent German history, sexism has been repeatedly framed as a problem plaguing non-Christian religions and cultures. Yet, framing the problem in this way is very dangerous for the cause of gender equality and women’s safety, since it not only distort facts, but it also diverts attention away from the loopholes in the German legal system concerning women’s rights and the everyday reality of sexism and violence…

    Moreover, statistics show that the large majority of cases of sexual violence and abuse—in Germany as elsewhere—do not involve Muslims or migrants. The 2014 EU-wide survey on violence against women reports that in a sample of 10,000 German women who were interviewed, 37 percent said that they had experienced at least one form of physical attack or threat of violence by a partner or a non-partner. Those interviewed most often implicate men who are known to them: partners, fathers, relatives, friends, or bosses.


    • eJames,

      A technique I use which works most of the time is to start with the blockquote html, paste in whatever I want to copy, then copy the blockquote html and paste it at the end of the quoted section, doing a quick backspace to add /

      (Then again, I also have moderators’ privileges, so if I stuff up – which does happen – I can go back and fix pdq.)

    • Every time I do it that way, I stuff it up for some reason. Sometimes I can’t even figure out what I did wrong. If I actually write out the whole I do much better, probably because I’m concentrating and not trying to cut corners.

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