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Sunday, 24th March 2019

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Dear Mr Morrison


Phoebe is an 8 yo who attends Lloyd Street State School in East Malvern Vic. and she asks a lot of really important questions.


Dear Mr Morrison,

Can you please help to get my Dad out of jail again. He keeps getting into trouble with the mozzie man who moved in next door. (He calls them mozzies ‘cos he says they sneak up and bite you when you’re not looking.) 

Dad didn’t really do much wrong, it’s just that the mozzie man called my dad a "non-mozzie" and Dad got really mad. He said, “I’m not a non anything!”, and that’s when the real argument started.

The mozzie man told Dad to stop Mum from sunbaking in her bikini and that we had to keep our dog inside. Dad told him to get (rude word) and to get a job.

I don’t understand, ‘cos the mozzie man shouldn’t be on his ladder all the time if he doesn’t like to see Mum sunbaking. 

Anyway Dad called him a scary man (terror something) and said he should shove his hairy head where the sun don’t shine. I s’pose he meant under our umbrella, but that’s close to where Mum sunbakes. Golly I don’t know.

But I think the most hurtful thing the mozzie man said was that he was enjoying our Vegemite while we were stuck that Dick Smith (rude word).

Then there was an awful argument about hello food and Dad grabbed him by the beard and pulled him over the fence yelling that he was going to hello slaughter him. Crumbs, there was blood everywhere and the lady in the black garbage bag was running around in circles and ringing the police again.

Poor Dad, he says he wants to sell our house now, but there’s a mozzie man on the other side too and the Estate Agent says we might as well donate it to the local mosque.

Anyway Mr Morrison, we need Dad out before Christmas ‘cos he’s trained these three little piglets to jump the fence and he reckons all the mozzie man’s Christmases will come at once. 

So Dad obviously wants to make friends with him... I think just for Christmas, ‘tho.

I know not many people are voting for you right now, Mr Morrison, so we both really need my Dad back home.

Love, Phoebe

Aged 8 (and three quarters)


Thanks, Q. Bruce certainly marches to his own tune.

lol Q2..NOW it makes sense...!!!..and no did seem a bit odd coming from you

lg :)

I don't know what Q's post refers to either, Pel, but as you say, it was Larry's blog, to do with as he pleased. One doesn't invite oneself to dinner at someone else's home then complain that the food is not to one's liking.

Q..seems more opaque to me..havent got a clue what this post is about...while you may have a valid complaint about attitude to Larry was it was his blog..he could do with it whatever he what he liked, removed what he liked..whatever....and that is still my attitude...posting on here is a privilege IMO...and from what I can see its pretty open.....hopefully it can stay that way.....regardless there seems little point in anyone posting something which attacks the host of the post....

Investment prospectuses frequently advise clients, “Past performance is no guarantee of future performance,” and that’s true about predictions of the weather, too. A hundred years of climate statistics is but the blink of an eye in the billions and billions of years of the life of the planet.

Climate change activists usually ignore all that, convinced their snapshot of current weather patterns represents all time. The United Nations Intergovernmental Conference on Climate Change warned during a fearful meeting in South Korea last month that the world has only a dozen years left to prevent global warming from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius, or calamity will befall us all.

Temperature readings have not kept pace with the predicted rise in greenhouse gas concentrations resulting from human activity, but representatives from nearly 200 nations are nevertheless expected to gather in Poland Dec. 2 to draw up rules honoring the Paris Climate Agreement, meant to turn down the global thermostat, starting in 2020. President Trump won’t be there. Like a lot of Americans keeping an eye on the sky, he might be busy sharpening his skates.

Historically, solar minimums only cause a temperature drop of a few tenths of a degree Fahrenheit. This one, forecast to reach its nadir in 2019 or 2020, might not be any worse than that. However, sunspots have been known to go AWOL for longer periods — as they did during the so-called Maunder Minimum, which began in 1645 and lasted 65 years. Then, global temperatures fell by more than 1 degree — hardly an ice age, but enough to cause the River Thames to ice over in London and to trigger widespread crop failure across Europe.

The recent early snow event is a reminder that forecasting the weather is a dicey business, and all the more so predicting the long-term effects of climate change. Nevertheless, there’s always someone willing to venture out on thin ice. Climate Depot founder Marc Marano, a global warming skeptic, reminds readers that in 2000, climate scientist David Viner predicted that winter snowfall would soon become “a very rare and exciting event,” eventually going the way of the woolly mammoth. “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”

A generation later, snow is still the stuff of childhood wonder and not rare enough for the likes of their unhappy parents. Boston meteorologist Barry Burbank observes that winter snowfall in New England has hardly vanished. Rather, it has fallen in record amounts. Between 2008 and 2018, the Northeast has endured 29 extreme winter storms — and this before the onset of the unfolding solar minimum. By comparison, no decade tracing from the 1950s has seen more than 10.

The problem Granny is that you are the worst offender by a country mile when it comes to trolling innocent posters. If you just stuck to the one ID instead of having a multitude of ID's that are either direct clones of other decent posters or names designed to insult others, you might get a better response from the majority here. But this is never going to happen because basically you are a grub.

Billy's been very active. Must be performance review time at GetUp.

D plus . . . tries hard, but much room for improvement . . .

Silly Billy always paints Donald Trump and the USA black. Like far too many, he refuses to acknowledge what’s commendable and right about Trump and Uncle Sam. The Donald can’t wave a magic wand and solve every problem, in America or the world; it requires people to support, not hinder him. Its not a perfect world, and that’s never going to be good enough for he and his ilk. He’d rather applaud ANTIFA — the real fascists. He’d rather play his Rolling Stone record like a broken record.

Stop being a turkey Billy. Be thankful.

NOVEMBER 20, 2018
Don't Paint It Black on Thanksgiving Day
By Jeffrey Folks

On this Thanksgiving Day, I have lots to be thankful for.  I live in a wonderful country, have a wonderful family, and enjoy freedoms that many in this world do not.  This Thanksgiving, I will sit down to a beautiful meal prepared by those I love.  God has given me much to be thankful for, and I am grateful.

I wonder if those on the left will be celebrating this day in the same spirit.  It seems that no matter how much they have or how many freedoms they enjoy, for progressives, it is never enough.  For them, the world is an awful place, America is an immoral country, and this special day will pass with no expression of gratitude to their Creator.  It saddens me to see it, but that view of existence is more prevalent now than at any time since the 1960s.

In the classic song "Paint It Black" (1966), Mick Jagger sings of a sad individual who wants to turn everything he sees black.  In the world he imagines, there are no flowers, no summer dresses, and no cars other than black ones.  In the end, the singer comes to see that it's his own heart that is black and that he is responsible for the emptiness that he sees.

Jagger and Keith Richards may have intended the song as a lament for a desperately unhappy person who despises everything he sees, but for many, the popular song was a celebration of anarchy and rebellion.  It perfectly suited the angry mood of the time.  With its string of assassinations, violent protests, rioting, and political bombings, the decade of the late '60s was the most unsettled time in modern American history.

Many young men and women had painted the world black, and a substantial number of these damaged souls never grew up.  They're still out there, imagining the world a terrible place and finding meaning only in resistance.  A new generation has followed them into negation.  Jagger might just as well have been singing of the violence of Antifa protests.  The typical Antifa protester wouldn't be seen in anything except black, and despite the Antifa ("anti-fascist") designation, those raised fists look a lot like fascist salutes, especially like those of modern-day fascists.

In the half-century since Jagger's song appeared, a vast culture of antagonism has arisen in the West.  That cynical culture has spread to politics, media, and schools everywhere.  Although 80% of Americans still profess to believe in God, that still leaves 20% who are atheistic or agnostic, and 56% of those who do believe say they believe in a biblical conception of God – with 45% of Democrats believing so.  Without a God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and good, where do we stand?  On our own.
"On our own" is a difficult place to be, especially during the holidays.  It leaves one without the deep-seated faith in the goodness of life that supplies confidence and hope.  Lacking that faith, one is prone to question whether life really is meaningful and good; one may begin to believe that the world is simply a forsaken place with one faction struggling against another.  Lacking that traditional "Sea of Faith," as Matthew Arnold put it, there exists "neither joy, nor love, nor light / Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain."  Without faith in the goodness of life, existence is reduced to "a darkling plain ... Where ignorant armies clash by night."

There is plenty of evidence of "ignorant armies" in American society today – and by "ignorant," Arnold meant "faithless," not "uneducated."  Defiance has infected even the Washington press corps to the point that it seems incapable of affording the president of the United States the courtesy of agreeing to sit down when requested to do so.  Respect for the presidency, as well as for police, teachers, ministers, and other sources of authority, is necessary to an ordered society.  Likewise, the fundamental rights, including the right of free speech and the right to own property, are essential to our survival.  Without a broad consensus as to the importance of these basic rights, society reverts to a bloody hell of anarchy and violence.  This is the disorder that Arnold foretold.

Thus, it is disturbing when we hear political leaders speak of seizing and redistributing income and when we see them campaign against the right to bear arms or the right of citizens to speak out against corruption in Washington.  Our political leaders are supposed to defend our country and its constitution – they are sworn to do so – but many now campaign as outspoken socialists and advocate violence against conservatives.  It is especially disturbing to be told that "demographics are destiny" and that the future "belongs" to minorities because they have the numbers to prevail.  Is one to imagine that future elections should devolve into racial contests – and that liberals are celebrating this future? 

The idea that nothing connects us aside from race, gender, national origin, or sexual orientation is manifestly untrue, but it seems to be what progressives are pinning their hopes on.  In fact, most Americans still share the bonds of faith, liberty, and a quality of optimism that is uniquely ours.  President Trump is appealing to these bonds when he speaks of America "winning, and winning again," or when he calls for an end to "fake news" and the cynical culture of antagonism that pervades the media.  While large numbers of Americans do see the world as a dark and faithless place – a place where political factions clash by night – most of us on this beautiful Thanksgiving Day will join family and friends in celebrating our shared faith in the goodness of Creation.

The future is not dark, despite what radicals like Elizabeth Warren may think.  Even Mick Jagger (net worth: $360 million) appears to be more concerned with his personal well-being than with revolution, and rightly so.  It is true that America is seriously divided, but there is hope in that a majority of Americans still retain their faith in the goodness of life, and others are returning to that faith.

Along with turkey and television, Thanksgiving is a time for reflection.  Life is good in America, and our future is far from dark.  Despite the noise and the protests – those ignorant armies clashing by night – there is much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.  Celebrate and be happy.

Jeffrey Folks is the author of many books and articles on American culture including Heartland of the Imagination (2011).

Forensic results from the Hayne bit marks indicate only the Sharks would be comfortable with J.H in their back row

How is that sexual assault, did he bite her on the flange?
The Telegraph writes he did
And had a cabbie outside with the meter running
A real gentleman

Surely Jarryd Hayne is now unemployable

Drinking beer in either Newcastle or Central Coast area, a cab ride to Newcastle a sex attack back to beer in Sydney
A model christian warrior
Did not drink and drive
All religion is evil

Car maker Ford has announced that it is cutting its workforce in the US.

The layoffs are part of Ford’s $25.5 billion (£19.3 billion) reorganisation plan that aims to reduce layers in the company and cut costs.

Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks told NBC that the goal is to improve the "fitness" of the company.

He added: "A lot of the reorganisation is about making different choices about strategy."

The company has suffered a $1bn (£760 million) blow to profits due to tariffs enacted by US President Donald Trump.

It is unclear how many staff members would be affected however Morgan Stanley estimated that it could be as many as 12 percent of the company’s 202,000 workers.

Last month Ford CEO Jim Hackett told Bloomberg that motoring companies were feeling the pinch when it came to trade tariff wars.

He said: “The metals tariffs took about $1 billion in profit from us and the irony is we source most of that in the US today anyway. If it goes on longer, there will be more damage.”

It's not just the US where Ford have suffered. It's been reported that Europe could see similar cuts to that of the States. Several passenger car models such as the Mondeo are rumoured to be axed from production lines.

Shares in Ford have tumbled 25 percent this yea

Remember the first thing Trump did was to bribe Carrier to keep some office staff in the US
Well more than a few other companies are seeking bailouts

Trump's Tariffs Have Led to Layoffs at U.S. Manufacturers
Despite his promising to be “the greatest jobs producer that God ever created” after winning the presidency, Trump’s recent slew of overseas tariffs has led to an increasing number of job losses at home.

America’s largest nail manufacturer, Mid-Continent Nail, became the first company to lay off employees as a result of Trump’s tariffs in mid-June. The Missouri-based company made its nails with steel imported from Mexico, but Trump’s 25% tax on steel dealt a blow to production. Sixty employees lost their jobs, and the whole company—which employs 500—could be out of business by Labor Day, said the Washington Post.

REC Silicon, which produces polysilicon for solar equipment, laid off 100 employees Monday as a “direct result of the ongoing solar trade dispute between China and the United States,” said company officials. The manufacturer has been closed off to the Chinese market since 2014, affecting overall sales. The Washington state-based company has reduced production to about a quarter of capacity due to these trade disputes.

Industry coalitions have warned that tariff increases will cause job losses in the future. The Solar Energy Industries Association estimated that new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration will lead to the loss of 23,000 jobs in the U.S. solar sector. BMW and General Motors each sent letters to the Commerce Department warning that new tariffs could lead to higher car prices and job cuts at production plants. Volvo had promised to hire 4,000 new employees for a new plant in South Carolina, but has said it may have to break this promise as a result of new tariffs.

Harley-Davidson announced it would be moving some of its U.S. production elsewhere after retaliatory tariffs from the European Union raised U.S. motorcycle tariffs from 6% to 31%, adding nearly $2,200 to the average cost of one of its bikes. The company has not said how many jobs will be affected by this move.

U.S. Steel and Century Aluminum have announced it will hire new workers as a result of Trump’s tariffs, creating a combined 800 jobs, but this number is dwarfed by the number that could be lost in the coming months.

While the White House has argued that these tariffs will bring jobs back to the U.S., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce argues in a new campaign that 2.6 million American jobs could be lost as a result of “recent and proposed trade actions by the Trump administration.”

Death by a thousand cuts

After buyout deadline, GM's workforce faces greater change

General Motors Co.'s years-long effort to overhaul its workforce is shifting into overdrive as the deadline for 18,000 salaried employees to accept buyouts passed on Monday.

“The best time to solve a problem is the minute you know about it," CEO Mary Barra said at The New York Times DealBook conference earlier this month, where business leaders discussed their industries. "Most problems don’t get smaller with time — and so that’s kind of a fundamental learning.”

Under GM's buyout offer, eligible employees could receive six months' pay and six months' health care starting in February, though on a case-by-case basis some employees could leave before the end of the year to effectively get eight months' compensation, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Washington (CNN)Top Senate Republicans slammed President Donald Trump for his statement backing Saudi Arabia in the wake of the death and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker, tweeted Tuesday, "I never thought I'd see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia."
The criticism follows an official statement the White House released Tuesday, under the subject line "Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Standing with Saudi Arabia."

"Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event -- maybe he did and maybe he didn't!" Trump writes.
The President continues, "we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi," and said, "In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They have been a great ally in our very important fight against Iran."
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Virginia resident, was killed last month at a Saudi consulate in Turkey. He was a frequent critic of the Saudi regime. The Saudis initially denied any knowledge of his death, but then later said a group of rogue operators were responsible for his killing. But US officials have speculated that such a mission -- including the 15 men sent from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to murder him -- could not have been carried out without the authorization of Saudi leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Later in the day at a news conference, Trump said he was "not going to destroy the economy of our country" over Khashoggi's death by giving up arms deals to Saudi Arabia.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote in a series of tweets Tuesday, "One thing I learned during the Obama years is that when you look the other way regarding problems in the Middle East, it seldom works out."

Another Lone Wolf attack
Nothing to do with Christianity or his Hillsong Church
Hayne was probably studying Deuteronomy that week
All religion is evil

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Jewish News goes incognito into the murky depths of the anti-Semitic web and finds a cesspit of vile extremism