The Dump

The Dump is:
For posting comments that don’t get up at the Drum, and for having a pleasant, mirthful or enlightening off-topic discussion.
It’s not for personal abuse of other commenters.
Please do that somewhere else if you must.
Play nicely or piss off.
However, why doesn’t a poster add a link for us to read and comment on here, much quicker. Maybe we can do a bit more bagging here, not that I speak for the moderators, yet.

 

NB: Being tiresome and boring, racist, sexist or just plain creepy is not playing nicely.

give a crap

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The Pig’s Arms exists because eight or nine years ago our other favourite playpen – the ABC’s Unleashed blogsphere started to go off.  Like a sack of prawn heads  in the sun.  Something had to be done.

Moderation was taking forever.  Comments seemed to be rejected randomly – outrageous ones appeared and reasoned ones were pinged.   When they released the Drum / Unleashed ….. things actually got worse !

So many pieces from professional writers appear with no obvious merit.  And the moderation has become, to put it frankly, appalling.

As a former contributor and a commenter, I was deeply disappointed at the plummeting quality from our pre-eminent media empire.  And I resented so many challenging or dare I say, witty or funny posts in which we’ve invested seconds of our precious time – getting the chop.

So here, for all our benefit – is an open slather blog.  Copy and paste your best rejected comments here for posterity.  Does not matter whether you’re posting on the Guardian, First Dog on the Moon or wherever else.

And sprinkle pointers to the Pig’s Arms amongst your comments.  Let’s try to rescue some of the old faithful.

Cheers,

Emm.

14632 thoughts on “The Dump”

  1. Vale Helen Reddy.

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  2. Vale Max Merritt

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  3. Here’s a nice mellow track fro an Irish band, Capercaillie Soft but beautiful tones.

    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=truth+calling+capercaillie+

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  4. Today marks seven years since this clusterfuck of a Federal government was elected. Who can forget, Tones arriving with the family looking like they had come from White Lady Funerals. Anyhow someone posted this documentary from Tones first day as PM wondering WTF do I do now.

    We can only hope that as the ne UK Trade Envoy that Australia’s gain will be the UK’s.

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  5. Here’s a good punchy track from an underrated Australian band.

    Slave – The Badloves.

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  6. algernon1 said:

    For Viv.

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  7. vivienne29 said:

    Sadly – Hubby died at 1.15 am this morning. He was to come home today after a stint in pall.care having collapsed last Friday and went on to oxygen. Was classed as not terminal and we’d made all arrangements and had hospital bed installed at home etc etc. This Border closure and mad Border Bubble meant my daughters could not visit. I knew he was seriously unwell – he’d deteriorated a lot the last few weeks. I saw him yesterday afternoon. He was 81 going on 82 in October.

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    • So sorry to hear that, dear Viv.

      Grieving families seem to be the last thing on the government’s (of either persuasion) mind.

      You are in our thoughts, which seems like a feeble thing to say, but it’s true.

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      • Dear Big.

        I’m sure at the Pigs Arms we all share the same disgust with Morrison and his Bad joke of a government.

        Albo served it up yesterday at the National Press Club. He did an excellent job sheeting it home to this do nothing government. He even gave them an 8 point plan for sorting out aged care.

        If you missed it , have a look on iView.

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    • I don’t really know what to say Viv. Truly sad for all concerned. Condolences to you and yours.

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    • I’m so sorry for your loss, Vivienne. All I can offer you is my condolences and best wishes, and I know that even these are pitifully inadequate.

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    • Shed a tear for you and your daughters, our Dear Viv.

      With love and my tiny Buddhist prayers for you, our great friend.

      Mike.

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    • algernon1 said:

      Oh Viv, I’ve just read. Words fail me.

      You know my views on the stupidity of border closures and their arbitrary nature. That you family cannot be there with you due to a line on paper.

      Best wishes and strength in the coming days. My love Algy.

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      • vivienne29 said:

        It is crazy Algy. Family can visit our home but were not allowed in Palliative Care – only allowed me because he was not classed as terminal. Well, they got that 100% wrong. We are having a wake here on Monday and will celebrate his life.

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        • algernon1 said:

          I hope all goes well today for you and the family Viv. A celebration of a life well lived is important.

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          • Echoing Algae, Vivienne, I hope all goes well for you and the family today. 81 is not a bad innings by any means… but it’s a pity he didn’t make the century. My thoughts are with you.

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        • Anonymous said:

          Echoing Algae, Vivienne, I hope all goes well for you and the family today, Vivienne. 81 is not a bad innings by any means… but it’s a pity he didn’t make the century. My thoughts are with you.

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    • I’m sure that you had a day of reflecting on great memories.

      I hope that you and your daughters are OK.

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  8. vivienne29 said:

    Just need to say – ALL LIBERALS ARE BASTARDS.

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    • Thank you. Much appreciated. I think it bears repeating. Liberals want life to be tidy and lucrative. I suspect that a few might realise That Disadvantaged humans deserve to be treated with compassion. Sadly they are genetically incapable.

      If they weren’t such bastards, I’d feel sorry for them.

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    • Agreed, Vivienne… but I think it bears saying that not all bastards are Liberals.

      I can’t help but remember how shocked I was when so-called ‘Labor’ prime monster, Paul Keating ripped the heart out of any truly socialist programs Australia may have had left over from the days of Gough Whitlam by introducing fees for higher education in our universities, thus ensuring that eventually only the wealthy will be able to afford further education.

      We’re not quite as badly off as the USA at present, of course… but give it time. Already education is being treated as any other commodity and largely being sold off to China and students from other countries rather than have those places occupied by Australian students.

      Gord forbid that Australia ever have an educated electorate! They might then have half a chance of seeing through our ‘Demockery’… :/

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    • algernon1 said:

      Thanks for sharing that Viv, I can only concur. Practised arseholes all of them.

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  9. vivienne29 said:

    How are you all? Covid news coverage seems to have covered up Morrison’s vile doings. I’m not happy. He’s getting away with murder – the environment, our rights, democracy and so much. The MSM are asleep at the wheel – few independents doing the right thing and exposing the bastardy going on but most people are kept ignorant and compliant.

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    • algernon1 said:

      Going well viv, how’s things in your part of the world.

      I have to agree with the MSM being asleep at the wheel and this abomination of a PM is getting away with doing nothing. I hate the fact that he can just call off the parliament at a whim, preferring the tin pot dictatorship. What I cannot stand with these sheeples in the MSM is that they don’t press the stupid one when he doesn’t like a question or if he is put under scrutiny.

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    • Anonymous said:

      Living is such a small country town you don’t know if you are in lock down or not.

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  10. vivienne29 said:

    The border permit system change is madness. Stupid effing Liberals – too many people hurting for no reason. Not happy.

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    • algernon1 said:

      Yes the 2km rule defies logic viv. Impacts you badly I guess.

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      • vivienne29 said:

        It is not a regular 2km zone. We think the idiot who drew the lines used old info and excluded new suburbs – did not consult with the Councils. Daughter in Wodonga got a compassionate permit. Son-in-law can’t come and mow lawns etc and grand kids can’t come. There is no normal life.

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        • algernon1 said:

          It’s utterly ridiculous that these border communities be cut in half by lines on pieces of paper. These clots don’t seem to realise that border towns and cities are effectively the same towns and cities. I found it bizarre yesterday that 80 people who live in Albury but work at the hospital in Wangaratta were unable to turn up for work as they faced 14 days quarantine if they returned. These clots need to get out of Sydney to realise that people actually travel like that for work.

          As an aside, my sister was admitted to hospital yesterday, nothing life threatening; she has profound health issues. Only one person with her. Fortunately hospital is nearby.

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          • vivienne29 said:

            You’re so right with your understanding. So many people who work in Sydney do long commutes via train and spending hours doing that. I’m 24 km from Albury CBD by road and can drive there in 20 minutes. But I’m still in the Zone !! Many farmers are married to nurses and other health workers. One of our health contacts re hubby’s cancer lives near Buttumbuttock which is further out – they are also farmers.

            We’ve had the visitor limit thing here – one visitor. 2 hours is plenty for us, but two visitors would have been better. I hope your sister is stabilised quickly. Last thing you need – and I know ! – too well.

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          • algernon1 said:

            Yep one only has to look at the traffic heading down from the Central Coast or the trains. In my last job, I had to work at Penrith 2-3 days a week and the rest in the city. Fortunately we has Newcastle Trains stop at our station. I’d time those with the Mountains trains just under the hour for a 60 km trip (by train less by car). Even against the peak these trains were full.

            It’s been that way for years with my sister, her meds keep her in a certain space of normality, occasionally she goes out of whack and a few days in hospital recalibrates. She turns 60 in September which is not an age we thought she’d ever make, 15 years ago we almost lost her on a few times but she survived after many weeks in hospital. It’s like the issues with one of the children, you just deal with it, though with my sister I’m not doing heavy lifting.

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    • Hi Viv… and Algae… I’ve been following this conversation, but I’ve already commented on how this Covid19 scare is being used to get Aussies used to the imposition of totalitarian conditions they would never tolerate under normal circumstances, so I didn’t really have much else to add… Other than to say that this crap about line-drawing, I suppose, just shows the extent to which the government will go, and the extent to which ‘We the People’ (sadly!) will put up with it…

      However I couldn’t help myself when I saw the name of one of the towns you mentioned in one of your posts: Buttumbuttock… I think this name is wonderful! It’s hilarious and I just can’t help but wonder what kind of people live there. (No offense intended to the inhabitants… ‘Buttumbuttokians’?) I reckon, if nothing else, they must have a great sense of humor!

      But I think this name is just a single letter short of comedy perfection: It badly needs another ‘b’… immediately after the ‘m’… so that it reads, “Buttbumbuttocks”. I reckon that would just put the cherry on top of the icing on the cake.

      I’m almost curious enough to make a pilgrimage there next summer… maybe after the Girgarre Moosic Muster, I might make it a second stop before returning to Adelaide. I’d offer to drop in and visit, Vivienne, if the road goes anywhere near your neck of the woods, and I didn’t think I’d probably be breaking some ‘lock-down law’ or something. (Oh hell! I doubt I’d let that stop me… but I wouldn’t want to get you into trouble!)

      Anyway… I hope your hubby is doing well and is on the mend. And I hope you can get around, over, or otherwise past all these stupid restrictions, which I’m also sure are counter-productive. I’m quite sure that the ‘lock-down’ will actually cause more deaths than the virus itself would have had there been no lock-down at all!

      All the best to you and your hubby, Vivienne… and also to you, Algae and your sister. I hope she too gets well soon. 🙂

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      • vivienne29 said:

        Sorry I missed this reply Asty. If you’re from Burrumbuttock you are also from Burrum. I don’t know but I think it must be Aboriginal with an English translation. No one in this area thinks it is funny, just normal. With other towns like Yackandandah, Tallangatta, Tamgambalanga in the area – why would you !!! hehehe. Hubby is not getting any better, very crook, lost so much weight. It’s full on for me – on duty 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. If I didn’t have internet I’d be stuffed. Thanks for your thoughts. I hope we can all travel freely next year. We shall see hey.

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        • I must have mis-read the name, Vivienne… I thought it was ‘Buttumbuttock’, rather than ‘Burrumbuttock’, which is only have as funny. I didn’t intend any offense to the residents. Sorry to hear Hubby’s not getting any better. Best wishes to you both.

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          • vivienne29 said:

            No offence. A lot of newcomers also think it is hilarious for a little while.

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          • It was much funnier when I thought it was ‘Buttumbuttock’… It’s the matching of the ‘butt’ with the ‘buttock’ that I thought was funny. Burrumbuttock on its own certainly wouldn’t be worthy of a pilgrimage solely on the basis of its name, though. Oh well… back to plain old Smithfield… Have a nice day, Vivienne! 🙂

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          • vivienne29 said:

            I did a bad typo when I did write Butt and not Burr. My arthritis is making my fingers less responsive and a bit inaccurate.

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          • No worries Vivienne… I’m just glad it’s not my eyes going funny! Have you tried fish oil for the arthritis? 🙂

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          • vivienne29 said:

            Not specifically although I eat a lot of fish and sardines. My kind of arthritis is an odd one and anti-inflammatory pills which are also pain killers keep it sort of under control.

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        • That should have been, “only HALF as funny…” 😉

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  11. Here’s another Crack the Sky track, 1994 I think.

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  12. vivienne29 said:

    Permit system up and running. Wodonga daughter has hers and for grandchildren and I got mine this morning. Yay

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    • Hi Viv… I’m sorry to hear about your hubby’s deterioration. Must be a very hard time for you all right now. I’m happy to hear that you got your permits…

      But I can’t help but think “So now, right here in Australia, people need a permit to go and visit their relatives in a neighboring town…”

      This reminds me of Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’… or Palestine currently. This ‘Covid19’ scare has certainly done a lot of work for the Government and the New World Order in terms of getting Aussies to accept social controls they would never have tolerated previously.

      Anyway, be that as it may, I hope things get better for you in the near future.

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    • algernon1 said:

      Good news viv

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    • It’s completely bizarre, isn’t it? Very badly communicated with the respective Albury/Wodonga mayors knowing bugger all about this in an interview on Tuesday.

      Sorry to hear about your husband. It’s probably the worst time in Australian history for people with chronic diseases. I’ll bet he’s glad that your family will be able to freely visit.

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    • May all your problems be little ones

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  13. algernon1 said:

    Vale Ennio Morricone.

    As you might know, I’m a fan of his soundtracks for spaghetti westerns, even posted a couple of lists here.

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  14. vivienne29 said:

    Lot of good work from Algy today. Must say I could cheerfully throttle that old turd Taffy. I think he had a hangover of giant proportions and was extra special stupid today.

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    • algernon1 said:

      Thank you viv, yes Taff is a special brand of idiot. What I love about him is his ability to lead with his jaw.

      I saw your post on the closure of the border and your situation with the family today (Monday). I’d like to hope that permits would be granted for daughters and husbands. By the way I had a letter published in the SMH on the closure and the impracticality of closing it last Wednesday,

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      • vivienne29 said:

        Thanks Algy. Situation with husband gone downhill since February. I saw your SMH letter. We are hoping all residents of Albury-Wodonga will automatically be exempt. Daughter in Wodonga is trying not to panic. She’s coming over every few days and is to take us to the cancer hospital for his immunotherapy on Monday. Other daughter is also here every second day – or as needed. I’m doing full time caring – he’s back on nose tube feeding too.

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      • vivienne29 said:

        PS: it was a good letter.

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  15. algernon1 said:

    Friends, I know most of you are regulars at TGA but I’ve read this a couple times and the comments. This was a great belly laugh.

    https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2020/jun/24/monkey-christ-worst-art-repairs-of-all-time

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  16. vivienne29 said:

    See you got pinged on Guardian. I’m just on – had a planned power outage – stayed in bed till nearly 2 pm !!

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  17. algernon1 said:

    Vale Bonny Pointer

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  18. algernon1 said:

    Very odd

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  19. From Astyages

    Here’s the first part of my very first real ‘Blues Jam’ for you to post
    at the Pigs Arms… with me playing along with a LOT of other blues
    musicians.

    Totally improvising! Let me know what you think…

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    • Pretty good. Hard to keep a big bunch of musos on the same path.

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      • Yeah… it was a bit like herding cats… but there were times when it definitely seemed to be coming together. Overall, though, I don’t think it was too bad to listen to, and it was fun taking part. (I think I managed to at least stay more or less in the right key… most of the time!)

        For anyone who hasn’t heard of it, Girgarre’s annual ‘Moosic’ Muster (so-called because it supposedly takes place in a cow-paddock) happens every year around January, when musicians from all over Australia gather at Girgarre in Victoria for a few days of jamming, workshops and walk-up performances, some of which happen on stage in the local Town Hall (it’s a very small, country town) and some of which, including performances by ad-hoc, ‘out of the hat’ bands, happen under a purpose built ‘sound-shell’ in the aforementioned cow-paddock, which is adjacent to the camp-site.

        Tickets for the 3-4 day event, including camp-site fees and some meals are around $70… which is excellent value and I’d recommend it to musicians of all levels, both amateur and professional who just want a fun ‘getaway’ weekend of jamming and learning and meeting other musos… who get an excellent chance to ‘mix’n’match’.

        Further information is available from the Girgarre Moosic Muster website… just Google it! 😀

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  20. Here’s another Crack the Sky track from their first album. Struggled for airplay due to marketing reasons. See what you think.

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