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    • Jaqui says:

      12:56pm | 01/02/13

      What did we use for lighting before we had candles?
      Electricity!

    • Gregg says:

      05:17am | 01/02/13

      Whatever turns you on I suppose, and especially if you have more than just some loose coin to throw about!
      Me?, I’ll be checking out the beaches more often to see if there’s some sweeter musky smelling whale spew about!
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-01-31/briton-finds-27rare-whale-vomit27-worth-502c000-euros/4494674
      Would nearly make living in GB worthwhile and now the real secret is out re all that Japanese hunting.

      Gotta go and tag and make the whales the permanent and final IT.

    • Zack says:

      05:31am | 01/02/13

      My open thread comment yesterday was a cheeky comment asking about what has happened to the Craig Thompson investigation. It wasn’t published, 6 hour later he was all over the headlines. Sad to see the Punch doesn’t have a sense of humour especially when the comment wasn’t malicious or maybe they just need to have a consistent policy seeing as they allow others to say things clearly more insulting.

    • Anthony Sharwood

      Anthony Sharwood says:

      06:16am | 01/02/13

      Well Zack, if it was even half as defamatory as the comment I just deleted in our system from you, I would have gotten rid of it too.

      I wonder sometimes. Would you guys secretly cheer if we got sued?

    • Christian Real says:

      10:35am | 01/02/13

      Greg E
      Unlike you and others I am not jumping on the disgraceful and Un-Australian Liberal bandwagon by condemning Craig Thompson before he has been given a fair trial and hearing in a court of law
      In Australia, which is a democratic Country, in case you are unaware of it, ‘A person is Innocent unless proven guilty.’ in a court of law.
      The Liberal party,the media and their supporters are not A Court Of Law’ and yet they sadly are deluded enough to believe that they have the qualifications to pass judgement upon Craig Thompson.

    • marley says:

      12:55pm | 01/02/13

      @Christian Real - pity you didn’t apply that principle when you jumped on the “Tony Abbott punched a wall to frighten a woman” bandwagon.  The ALP and its supporters are not a court of law either, but they are at least as deluded as the Coalition.  At least Thomson has charges to answer.  Abbott, not so much.

    • acotrel says:

      05:44am | 01/02/13

      ‘However, issues related to Mr Thomson and the HSU mess will be conspicuous and poisonous for Labor. They will fuel a significant part of Opposition policy, and no doubt some name calling.’

      I thought this was a very strange comment yesterday. How can Craig Thomson’s little foibles affect LNP policy ?  I suggest the idiocy is now over, it is time for Abbott to be come innovative and constructive.  Using smear as a diversion will not work any more. Surely a Rhodes Scholar must have at least a modicum of good ideas for the future of Australia?

    • Jonesy says:

      06:16am | 01/02/13

      Yes and Abbott is drawing a long bow to associate Craig Thomson to Julia or the Labor party. He is an independent MP. What’s hard to comprehend about that? Watch all the No-alition fans on here today to bring them together when the link between misuse of funds and government just doesn’t exist. Not to worry - Abbott and this constant Labor bashing will be over in September when he slinks off to run in a local council election grin grin grin

    • Christian Real says:

      07:54am | 01/02/13

      Jonesy
      It is odd how Abbott is blatantly attempting to associate Craig Thompson to Julia and they Labor party when he is an Independent MP.
      Is he is forgetting or conveniently forgetting that Peter Slipper was a close friend and colleague of his and others in his Liberal party.
      Peter Sliiper was a   National Party MP, A Liberal Party MP and an LNP MP representing the Liberal National Party in the seat of Fisher before he chose to become an Independent.
      After all the years that Peter Slipper was a friend,a colleague and an Liberal National party member the onus of what ever Peter Slipper has done or might have done is the sole responsibility of the Liberal National Party and not the ALP or the Prime Minister.

    • jm says:

      08:02am | 01/02/13

      Yeah, when will the hate media realise that Thompson is an INDEPENDENT and has nothing to do with Julia at all!

      Besides, it’s all just a beat up by Tony RAbbot the sexist misogynist priest loving racist!

    • Mel says:

      08:36am | 01/02/13

      Absolutely Right Jonesy, , He was suspended from the Labor party in April 2012 , well before the charges were laid and is now an independent so there is no longer anything to tie Him to the Labor party but I`m sure there will be some sort of conservative brain fart trying to establish a link

    • GregE says:

      09:15am | 01/02/13

      Anyone who finds it difficult to understand how the ALP could possibly still have people voting for them, should read this rediculous load of crap!

      Dspite court cases against ALP members of the HSU, despite the Obeid court case and the involvement of NSW ALP minister, despite the Fairwork findings, the 150 criminal charges against the ALP sanctioned member for Dobell. Despite the ongoping Victorian police investigation into the AWU scandal. Despite the corruption hearing taking place in NSW at the moment. We still have people willing to vote ALP.

      Doesn’t matter what you do if you are an ALP member. Some people have no morality or an ounce of ethics. These are the people the ALP are relying on.

      I’m disgusted!

    • WTF? says:

      09:24am | 01/02/13

      No link or association to the ALP??

      So why did the ALP pay over $350,000 of this blokes legal costs?

      Will ALP members be getting their money back?

    • Chillin says:

      09:33am | 01/02/13

      @GregE

      Most of it is the one person.

    • Christian Real says:

      01:59pm | 01/02/13

      Greg E
      Craig Thompson is an Independent and is no longer an ALP member, the 150 charges are against an Independent sitting member for Dobell.
      Nothing like Liberal supporters trying to change the goalpost to suit their own Labor bashing agenda .

    • GregE says:

      03:33pm | 01/02/13

      Christian - Good luck selling that one to the electorate! Should go down as well as the “I was robbed” line from Motor Mouth Mundine!

    • Chris L says:

      04:56pm | 01/02/13

      I have to agree. The Liberals refused any responsibility for Slipper’s past actions the moment he became independent (he did so voluntarily no less).

    • ramases says:

      05:22pm | 01/02/13

      Like it or not Thompson was elected as a Labor candidate not an Independent and only became an Independent when it looked as though the trouble he was in would impact the Labor party . The Labor Party bailed him out to the tune of $350,000 to stop him going bankrupt which would have seen a by election and Abbott take power. Any suggestion that Thompson and the Labor party aren’t implicated in this farce is laughable.
        To fall back on the excuse that he is not a Labor Party member when these supposed offences took place before he was elected as a Labor member and has been protected ever since makes a mockery of the system and those making these excuses as much to blame as the PM.

    • R White says:

      05:53am | 01/02/13

      To Emma2:

      Well, thank you. Somewhat shopworn, but functional!

    • Kerryn says:

      06:30am | 01/02/13

      I swear relocating is the single most hardest thing I have ever done.  All I want to do is live two hours up the road.  But finding a job in Brisbane is hard, and it doesn’t help that my current employer wants a months notice before I leave (I love getting paid monthly - NOT).  If only my current employer had kept their promise of a transfer…yeah, it was never going to happen and never is going to happen.  Oh well, back to the drawing board.

    • Al says:

      07:18am | 01/02/13

      Kerryn - Just because you are paid monthly doesn’t mean you have to give a months notice.
      It will depend on what Award/Registered agreement you are covered by, your actual contract of employment and how long you have been employed there.
      Perhaps contact Fair Work Ombudsman to check your rights and obligations.

    • Jack says:

      07:41am | 01/02/13

      Count your lucky stars we don’t have WorkChoices again. Yet.

    • GregE says:

      08:12am | 01/02/13

      How’s your photograophy going Kerryn? Any nice sunsets up your way recently?

    • T says:

      08:59am | 01/02/13

      @ Kerryn,

      I’m paid monthly too (yaaay!!) and In my contract it only states 2 weeks notice… Maybe consult somebody like Al suggested. There is always ways out of it!

    • Kerryn says:

      09:01am | 01/02/13

      @Al - unfortunately my contract says one month :-(  That’ll learn me eh?

      @Jack - I was a victim last time, hopefully I won’t be a victim again.

      @GregE http://www.flickr.com/photos/kezzstar/sets/72157632621044478/
      a whole heap of photos of the creek that swelled up during the recent rain.  Plus if you do a little searching you’ll see my new set for 20`13 Sunsets - a really interesting one from early January

    • AJ in Perth says:

      11:20am | 01/02/13

      Colin

      #254 - compiling lists to make wankers feel better about themselves

    • subotic says:

      11:30am | 01/02/13

      AJ in Perth wins the internets today!

    • Baloo says:

      12:25pm | 01/02/13

      Colin reminds me of the Hedonismbot out of Futurama for some reason.

    • GregE says:

      12:50pm | 01/02/13

      Hi Kerryn, your photos are great! I’m actually one of your flikr contacts wink

    • Jaqui says:

      02:04pm | 01/02/13

      @Tim: So now posting racist websites is acceptable on the punch?

    • Baloo says:

      03:23pm | 01/02/13

      Grow up, jaqui.

    • Tim says:

      04:22pm | 01/02/13

      Jacqui,
      yep, I hate whitey.

    • Colin says:

      07:19am | 01/02/13

      A line from yesterday News:

      “Rebel Wilson warns t-shirt line is ‘not for skinny b——-s”

      Yes, that’s right, don’t dare be thin, healthy, and fit. Instead, be a fat, lazy, slob and announce it to the world whilst looking ridiculous in a t-shirt that says, “I am a fat, lazy slob”.

      Why - god please tell me - why is being some disgustingly unhealthy blob of purulent flesh (so large that it has its own weather system) now considered the ‘norm’ for people..?!?

    • Mouse says:

      09:25am | 01/02/13

      Aww Colin, these poor “little” people have to make some sort of noise so others will notice them.  Being famous(?) and ignored must be a “bitch”, don’t you think? Oh well, before all this I had never heard of Rebel Wilson. So maybe it is working then!!  lol :o)
      ps after googling her, I reckon her parents (professional dog showers is a profession???) had an insane sense of humour whan naming their kids!  lol :oD

    • Chillin says:

      09:37am | 01/02/13

      I thought you loved the feminist agenda?

      You know she has the ‘right’ to be whomever she wants to be.

      Don’t you bang on about that incessantly?

      Ohhhhh, only if they are hotties!

    • subotic says:

      09:38am | 01/02/13

      I thought you were a “Champion” for Wymyn’s Rights on here Col, baby?

      Including the right for women to be of any size they damn well please without being judged as “abnormal” (your word, not mine) by anyone?

      And certainly not by a *cough* male *cough*

      Hypocrite much?

    • Colin says:

      10:04am | 01/02/13

      @ Mouse

      Anyone who shows dogs professionally and names their children so ridiculously (her siblings are Liberty, Ryot and Annachi…!) must have come from WESTERN Sydney (despite the fact that her bio only lists her coming simply from ‘Sydney’)

      @ Chillin’

      I don’t love the “...feminist agenda…”, as you put it; I support the Rights of Women. That does not make me so black-and-white in my opinions about the rights of the deliberately-morbidly-obese to gad about as if it were ‘Normal’ though. Female or otherwise.

      @ Subotic

      “Hypocite much?”

      Oh? Because I dare to have an opinion that doesn’t fit into the neat little pigeon hole that you have for me so that you can justify poo-pooing everything that I say? Particularly your (absolutely “hilarious” - but archetypical bogan) attempts to paint me as a female because no male could POSSIBLY support anything ‘Feminine’, could they, Mister One-Track Thought Process?

    • Tim says:

      11:00am | 01/02/13

      Colin,
      From your previous posts I’m assuming that you would also be a big supporter of a quota system for fat people and extra government departments and payments to assist them?

      How can they possibly overcome the ingrained discrimination against them that’s rampant in society exampled by your initial comment.

      BTW I’m assuming your first comment was simply designed as a satire of the bigots that are out there holding fat people back from success?

    • Modern Primitive says:

      11:27am | 01/02/13

      How dare you suggest women should conform to societies unrealistic expectations of beauty, Colin.

    • subotic says:

      11:29am | 01/02/13

      @Colon, “paint you as a female”? Huh?

      Honestly, just coz a guy ain’t got a pair doesn’t automatically make him a woman.

      Altho the thought of you in a skirt & frilly nickers does make me giggle a hell of a lot….

    • PsychoHyena says:

      11:51am | 01/02/13

      @Tim, Colin’s conflicted because Rebel is actually a proud bogan (her own words) but then she is also female. Obviously in this case his dislike for boganism won out.

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      12:16pm | 01/02/13

      @Colin

      Well, being a ‘fat, lazy slob’ has worked incredibly well for her. Stuidos are throwing scripts at her.

      I think she’s great.

    • subotic says:

      12:32pm | 01/02/13

      @Colon, and so?

      I take it you’re letting me know a little bit more about yourself with those links?

      Hope a full-figured woman with ink, piercings, and a bit of Sabbath cranked to max volume on the ipod squeezes in next to you on the train….

    • Rebecca says:

      12:58pm | 01/02/13

      I love Rebel Wilson and I think she’s great at what she does, but the term ‘skinny b——’ is so offensive. If I called someone a ‘fat b——’ it would be considered horrible, but it’s apparently totally OK to make rude comments about naturally thin girls.

      Other ones I hate are ‘only a dog wants a bone’ and ‘REAL women have curves’ . Rude, offensive and hypocritical. If you like using those phrases, reconsider what kind of a person you are.

    • AJ in Perth says:

      01:08pm | 01/02/13

      #listofthingswankersdontget

      1 - sarcasm

    • Philosopher says:

      01:13pm | 01/02/13

      @Rebecca, how about ‘you can never be too thin or too rich?’

    • Rebecca says:

      01:30pm | 01/02/13

      Philosopher: That’s just as bad. I don’t think it’s nice to make mean comments about anybody’s figure.

      The point I’m trying to make is that if someone makes a mean comment about an overweight person it’s usually frowned upon, but if someone makes a mean comment about a thin person it’s either ignored or celebrated.

    • Steve says:

      07:24am | 01/02/13

      http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/01/31/eu-carbon-death-spiral-continues/

      So. carbon market in the EU is kaput. So much for our ever increasing price and Combets insistence that treasury have the modelling right. And who would have thought bankers are being duplicitous and using carbon tax credits for tax fraud.

      The religion is slowly unwinding and with Hanson of NASA admitiing there has been no warming over the last decade even the acolytes and high priests are in full retreat.

      The gig is up. Come out and surrender. it’s ok. You know you want to.

    • subotic says:

      08:48am | 01/02/13

      Today marks the start of the shortest calendar month, which means it’s….

      African-American History Month in the USA.

      And you are as interested in African-American History as much as you are about US gun control policy, aren’t you?

      In appreciation I have started reading Muhammad Knight’s “The Five Percenters” which traces the history of Islam with African-Americans (including it’s earliest beginings with the African-American Moors), the Nation of Islam, the NOI’s influence on Hip-Hop and the beginings of The Nation of Gods and Earths (5 Percenters) through the teachings of Clarence 13X.

      Awesome stuff…..

    • James1 says:

      09:30am | 01/02/13

      We share so many interests, subotic.  After being inspired by a African-American history month reading list, I am reading Nell Painter’s “A History of White People”, which traces the history of the construction of race in western society, starting with ancient Rome and Greece through to the Jim Crow laws in the United States.  Absolutely fascinating to read how the idea of what is it to be “white” has shifted over time.  Certainly makes one question the way some people self-identify.

    • subotic says:

      11:25am | 01/02/13

      @James1, totally cool, sounds like a sweet read.

      Must admit, having a blended multi-racial family (Caucasian/ Filipino & African-American/ Latino) myself, I get right into that whole “identity” thing with a passion.

      I’ve got a number of books lined up throughout the month, mostly with a Hip-Hop undercurrent running thru them, but obviously the whole African-American identity plays a major role in the books.

      All I gotta do now is find a book linking Ancient Aliens to the African-American proto-Islamic Hip-Hop movement and I’m home….

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      12:19pm | 01/02/13

      Should get onto Loon and I think ‘Idi Amin’ of the outlawz who were both rappers and took up Islam and quit the game

    • subotic says:

      01:20pm | 01/02/13

      @SFL, I want to convert to Nation of Gods and Earths (5 Percenter) but Mrs subotic would probably disown me.

      That, and the fact that a white, blue-eyed, Australian devil trying to “show and prove” to a bunch of pseudo-Islamic African-Americans would be totally out of place in the middle of Harlem.

      Maybe….

    • subotic L. Hubbard says:

      09:40am | 01/02/13

      Good luck?

    • Colin says:

      10:08am | 01/02/13

      @ R White

      Well - duh - it’s OBVIOUSLY because it’s a conspiracy..!

      P.s. You probably make your headwear out of “No name” aluminium foil; try “Alfoil”; it’s MUCH better at keeping out those gubmint thought-control rays.

    • R White says:

      01:06pm | 01/02/13

      Comments now closed.

      Colin, chill. Your sneer gland is running too fast for your brain.

    • homer j first amendment says:

      09:30am | 01/02/13

      ha ha gun control american style. Walmart are restricting customer to 2 boxes of ammo per customer per day! Good old USA where up to 90 people are killed or wounded by firearms every day of the year.

    • Modern primitive says:

      10:34am | 01/02/13

      God bless America

    • Chillin says:

      12:44pm | 01/02/13

      What are the numbers of self inflicted deaths and injuries out of that 90?

      Chicago has the greatest gun control legislation in the country.  Guess which city has the greatest gun crime?

    • marley says:

      02:47pm | 01/02/13

      @Chillin - well, if homicide rates are anything to go by, not Chicago.  Maybe Flint and Detroit, Michigan, New Orleans, St. Louis or Baltimore.

    • Colin says:

      10:29am | 01/02/13

      Cigarettes and beer going up in price again today.

      Hip, hip, hooray! Not only do we hopefully reduce the consumption of these toxic, pernicious drugs, but we will reduce the playing field a little by dragging back some of that money those tax breaks our bogan-supporting government has made…Bring it on!

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      12:22pm | 01/02/13

      Am I forcing a lit cigarette into your mouth, or tying you up and pour a long island iced tea down your throat?

      No? Then why do you care what I do in my own home?

    • AFR says:

      01:34pm | 01/02/13

      Jim, feel free to come to my place and force a LIIT into my throat. You will find me with the funnel and hose in front of my house in Croydon.

    • Jim Moriarty says:

      02:17pm | 01/02/13

      @AFR

      I do make a good LIIT…

    • Modern primitive says:

      02:31pm | 01/02/13

      It’s sending more people to cannabis but.

    • Brian says:

      10:31am | 01/02/13

      Just because Julia said there will be an election on September 14 doesn’t mean it will happen.
      How many other things has she said that haven’t turned out to be true, Carbon Tax for example

    • AdamC says:

      10:47am | 01/02/13

      Some surveys show some women undermine each other at work:

      http://www.theage.com.au/small-business/blogs/work-in-progress/female-enemy-number-one—other-women-20130131-2do2k.html

      I thought this quotation was pretty bizarre:

      ‘Then there’s the scarcity mentality. “There are currently only a few jobs for women compared with men,” says Mercier.’

      How is that the case? I cannot think of any reason, in most organisations, that any jobs would be reserved for men. It is strange that an expert would assert that as fact. I imagine she must mean that some women *feel* that way and therefore seek to sabotage potential rivals for scarce positions. I cannot see why you would only sabotage female rivals, though. Wouldn’t you just sabotage everyone, if that was your thing?

    • subotic says:

      12:27pm | 01/02/13

      Nothing rocks harder in an office environs like a bit of girl-on-girl-hate-action.

      Like their animal world counterparts, the female of the species is always the deadlier & more vicious.

      Claws out, ladies….

    • Philosopher says:

      12:12pm | 01/02/13

      I’m no fan of boxing - highly paid thugs supporting mafia types by pounding each other’s heads to jelly - yet if anyone can slightly soften my attitude, it’s Daniel Geale. What a dude! He comes across as a thoroughly decent bloke with humility enough to match his skill and courage. And without a harsh word spoken he put Mundine back in his cage and latched it. I didn’t watch the fight but I’m hoping he achieves everything he sets his heart on. I also hope men from other sporting codes are taking notes on how to be a classy athlete, god knows most of them need some tips.

    • Elphaba says:

      12:15pm | 01/02/13

      3 months ago, I went for a job interview at my dream organisation.  It went really well, but in the end, I got pipped at the post by someone with a bit more experience. 

      It was a bit of a blow.  It took me a week and a few strong vodkas before I’d even allow anyone to mention it to me.

      I know I did well in the interview, because 2 weeks ago, they called me.  “The person we hired quit” they said. “Are you still interested?” they said.

      I have ANOTHER interview with them next week.  The urge to throw myself off the top of my current place of employment is strong. hmmm

      In other news, the resident American in our office has introduced us to Superbowl Squares. 

      http://www.superbowlsquares.org/how-to-play-football-squares.php

      I’m hoping my $10 down turns into $200.

      For the music aficionados, last night at 9:30pm was the one and only Sydney big screen showing of Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’, about the legendary LA recording studio that spawned (among others) Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ & Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’.  It was freakin’ amazing.  If you missed it, it’s been available for digital download for a few weeks now at soundcitymovie.com.

      Hope everyone is well. smile

    • Tuba time says:

      12:25pm | 01/02/13

      Thanks for the heads up,
      Hope that diet thingy is working for you and you got it below 200.

    • Elphaba says:

      12:37pm | 01/02/13

      Oh look!  I was missed. :D Too cute.

    • Zack says:

      12:48pm | 01/02/13

      Thanks for the soundcity link.

    • Bonamassa says:

      12:54pm | 01/02/13

      Hey Elph - Welcome back! I’ve missed you.

      Thanks for the recipe for Hokey wink

    • subotic says:

      01:12pm | 01/02/13

      I hate the Beatles at the best of times, but that latest Paul McCartney & Dave Grohl song from Sound City is srsly good stuff.

      Baltimore Ravens to crush Kaepernick & the SF 49’s @ Super Bowl.

      Sick day coming up next Monday!!!

    • Elphaba says:

      01:46pm | 01/02/13

      @Bonamassa - I’ve missed you too. wink

      Is it not just ridiculous?  It’s such a party hit.  If it makes it to the party, that is…

      Cool axe.  Have you started an eBay store yet?

      @subotic, I need the quarter time scores to end in either 8 & 2, or 7 & 4.  I was hesitant about the Nirvana/Paul McCartney collaboration, but I agree, it’s awesome.  His chats with Trent Reznor too were very interesting, he’s another bloke with freakish talent.

 

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