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Last updated on June 15th, 2017 at 01:32 pm

What’s the collective noun for moonbats? Guess we’ll find out in a couple of months, when the Enormous Puppet League descends on Sydney to protest against the Howard government’s “aggressively (neo)conservative agenda” and greedy people-haters:

On 30 August 2005 one of the world’s richest men Steve Forbes and NSW Premier Bob Carr will host the fifth annual Forbes Global CEO Conference at the Sydney Opera House.

Like the World Trade Organisation and the World Economic Forum the Global CEO Conference is a means of promoting economic and social policies that will benefit the rich and the powerful at the expense of the majority of the world’s people and the environment.

I blame the Big Giant Octopus, shown here illustrating the August 30 collective’s concerns over globalisation and war. Whenever that oversize, earth-grabbing (and usually Hebrew) octopus appears, well, you’ve got trouble, mister. Here he is in 1972, wearing a scary hat. The Big Giant Octopus has been a classic anti-Semitic symbol for generations; JewWatch (!) applauds this 1911 comment from John F. Hylan, then mayor of New York:

“The real menace of our republic is the invisible government which, like a giant octopus, sprawls its slimy length over our city, state and nation. At the head is a small group of banking houses, generally referred to as ‘international bankers.’”

Then, “international bankers”. Now, the “rich and the powerful”. And, as always, an octopus somewhere.

UPDATE. It might be fun to screen this outside the Opera House during peak moonbat moments.

(Via Evil Pundit, and Chip Morris of PC House Productions.)

Posted by Tim B. on 04/17/2005 at 11:52 AM
    1. Since this is Australia, will it be a blue-ringed octopus?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 04/17 at 11:58 AM • #


    1. Tentacle, I like it, got a ring to it.

      And isn’t this all going back to the Knights Templar conspiracy?

      Posted by Aging Gamer on 04/17 at 01:09 PM • #


    1. Lautreamont on God making a moral slip : Royal soul surrendered in one forgetful instant to the crab of debauch, the octopus of weakness of character, the shark of individual abasement, the boa of absent morals, and the monstrous snail of idiocy!

      Posted by rhhardin on 04/17 at 01:34 PM • #


    1. A divergence of moonbats.

      Posted by rhhardin on 04/17 at 01:44 PM • #


    1. A catechism of moonbats

      Posted by debo on 04/17 at 01:57 PM • #


    1. Looks like it might be “cloud of [moon]bats.”

      cloud o’ bats

      (See second caption.)

      Should apply to those of the “moon” variety, too?

      Posted by m on 04/17 at 02:02 PM • #


    1. “Hive”.

      Posted by Aaron – Freewill on 04/17 at 02:28 PM • #


    1. Swarm of moonbats

      Posted by jorgen on 04/17 at 03:17 PM • #


    1. A lunacy of moonbats.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 04/17 at 03:27 PM • #


    1. “What’s the collective noun for moonbats?”

      I don’t know what it is down there, but up here’s it’s “the Democratic Party.” JUST KIDDING!

      Posted by Jim Treacher on 04/17 at 03:32 PM • #


    1. A human pyramid of moonbats.

      Posted by jake-the-peg on 04/17 at 03:36 PM • #


    1. “A lunacy”… ha!

      Some alliterative offerings:

      A mantra of moonbats.
      A meme of moonbats.
      A Moore of moonbats


      Posted by debo on 04/17 at 03:43 PM • #


    1. Why is this topic causing me to think of hentai anime?

      Posted by Mr. Blue on 04/17 at 04:05 PM • #


    1. Mr. Blue … Right there with ya… I’ll never be able to watch Injugakuen or Yojukyoshitsu again without thinking of the GOP… that locks in my vote.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 04/17 at 04:26 PM • #


    1. A haunting refrain of moonbats?

      Posted by Rafe on 04/17 at 04:50 PM • #


    1. Gotta be a ‘belfry’ of moonbats, surely.


      Posted by MarkL on 04/17 at 04:56 PM • #


    1. There’s a hidden irony in this story. Steve Forbes is a long time enemy of the World Bank and the IMF, largely because he thinks their economic advice hurts the world’s poor. Which is also supposedly what the moonbats think. They are too blinded by their mythology to see that they might have gotten a hearing from him*, despite his being a Evil Rich White Republican ON NOES.

      *Presuming that they didn’t show up dressed like S&M mimes.

      Posted by radtrad on 04/17 at 05:11 PM • #


    1. Anyone feel like forming a Protest Warrior chapter in Australia to spook out these fools?


      Posted by ausdiplomad on 04/17 at 05:18 PM • #


    1. I dunno, but I find these world-devouring octopi kind of cute:

      Moonbat octopi

      Sort of a “Hello Octopussy” type of look.

      Posted by TFK on 04/17 at 05:30 PM • #


    1. As I have suggested elsewhere,the term should be a “green cheese belfry” of moonbats.

      Posted by paco on 04/17 at 06:11 PM • #


    1. a dope of moonbats.

      Posted by guinsPen on 04/17 at 06:28 PM • #


    1. Tim, fine post and all, but don’t you think that an employee of the Bulletin should hesitate before criticising somebody else for using an octopus as a distasteful image?

      (NB the website in the link was the first that came up on a googele search for the image).

      Posted by jpaulg on 04/17 at 06:29 PM • #


    1. Erm, jpaul, you might want to know that the Bulletin’s use of the dreaded octopus is, in that case, nearly 120 years old.

      There is a slight chance that attitudes at the Bulletin might have changed a smidgen since then. In fact, Tim’s post might even be reflective of the change.

      Besides, who does not find the whole giant-puppet-of-doom thing a bit chortle-worthy?


      Posted by MarkL on 04/17 at 07:09 PM • #


    1. MarL,

      I know it’s 119 years old (published 1886), but it is a famous (infamous?) image irrevocably linked to the Bully. I remember first seeing it in a Australian History textbook in the ‘70s.

      As I said it’s a good post and the giant puppet people need to be laughed at, but Tim should be aware enough to know that lots of people link the Mongolian Octopus cartoon to the Bulletin.

      Posted by jpaulg on 04/17 at 07:17 PM • #


    1. A parade of moonbats.

      Posted by zeppenwolf on 04/17 at 08:28 PM • #


    1. I’m aware of The Bulletin’s famous OctoPeril illustration, jpaul—it’s why I mentioned that such images were usually Hebrew, and not always Hebrew.

      Posted by Tim B. on 04/17 at 09:06 PM • #


    1. BTW the Bulletin Octopus appears on the cover of the game Shanghai Trader, an excellent game of capitalistic exploitation of the Chinese peasantry there in 1920-1948. Object : to make your pile and vamoose before Mao’s Mob comes in and kills everyone (including the Chinese Peasants you’re exploiting, because they’re *rich* peasants as the result). The Japanese occupation period is merely a minor nuisance (and a slight advantage to the Japanese player).
      Very reminiscent of the film “Casablanca”.

      Posted by aebrain on 04/17 at 09:11 PM • #


    1. A Protest of Moonbats.

      Posted by Bruce Lagasse on 04/17 at 10:58 PM • #


    1. Shanghai Trader, one of the most excellent games ever made.

      Posted by jpaulg on 04/17 at 11:39 PM • #


    1. I would be interested to know where the word comes from, and who made it up. I’d never heard it until a couple of years ago. “Wingnut” is fairly straightforward- presumably it comes from “right-wing nut”. But lunar bats? What’s with that?

      Bats hang upside-down and have the power of ultra-sonic squeaking. John Pilger can do neither of these things, the useless fucker.

      Posted by Reginald Scaife-Dingethorpe on 04/18 at 12:27 AM • #


    1. Harry Hutton.
      Wikipedia is not flawless, but OK here.

      JPaulG : I agree. I’ll let the folks at Panther know you said that. Canberra has a surprisingly lareg game industry, with ADG and Panther based here.

      Posted by aebrain on 04/18 at 01:09 AM • #


    1. “In the words of the prophet: ‘The Jews hid behind the rocks and the trees and then the rocks and the trees said to the Muslims, who did God’s work: “There are Jews behind us, come and kill them!�? But what is the meaning of such hatred? The reason is that there is no one in the world who loves the Jews, not humans, not stones and not trees, because they destroy everything and everyone wants to take vengeance on the Jews, to take vengeance on those pigs.
      Does not quoting from the Koran consitute a racist crime under Victorian Law, unless of course it is quoted by a Muslim

      Posted by davo on 04/18 at 01:13 AM • #


    1. I would be interested to know where the word comes from

      Probably: As you said, bats hang upside down, i.e. they have like the moonbats both feet firmly planted in the air.

      Posted by jorgen on 04/18 at 01:25 AM • #


    1. A shuttle of moonbats?

      Posted by ausdiplomad on 04/18 at 02:21 AM • #


    1. an asylum of moon bats

      Posted by rog2 on 04/18 at 02:23 AM • #


    1. “Shuttle”? – as in “shuttle-cock”?

      Sounds like a (ball) game for a wingnut with a bat in outer space sans safety net.

      Posted by rog2 on 04/18 at 02:30 AM • #


    1. This looks like a fun event for some RWDBs to gatecrash…..  I’m considering traveling up to Syd to do my own bit for the Sod Off Swamp movement 🙂

      Anyone else interested?

      Posted by Steve C on 04/18 at 03:16 AM • #


    1. These protesters are in for a rude shock if they think a first world city like Sydney, even with a labour government, is going to let them play up like they do in 2nd-3rd world places like the peoples republic of Brackistan and Seattle.
      Bobby Carr will have them sorted quick smart

      Posted by Astonished on 04/18 at 03:49 AM • #


    1. A bin of moonbats

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 04/18 at 04:00 AM • #


    1. I respectfully submit not a Tentacle but:
      A Terrigal of Moonbats.
      Since that place seems to be a favourite gathering ground, dating back to the Whitlam Years.

      Posted by blogstrop on 04/18 at 05:37 AM • #


    1. #38 Astonished:
      Premier Bob Carr getting heavy handed on unruly protestors would contrast with the limp wristed response to the recent Macquarie Fields riots.  Yes, I would be astonished.

      Posted by Stevo on 04/18 at 05:58 AM • #


    1. #39 The_Real_JeffS and others:
      In Britain, the term used is a Guardian of Monbiots …

      Posted by Stevo on 04/18 at 06:05 AM • #


    1. A sewage of moonbats.

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 04/18 at 07:06 AM • #


    1. Stevo, that is just disgusting.

      And shouldn’t it be a Grauniard of Monbiots?

      <shudder> what a vile little man…


      Posted by MarkL on 04/18 at 07:06 AM • #


    1. Octopus, octopus, always with the octopus. Why are moonbats are comitting hate crime against an endangered species?

      Because hate is all they’ve got.

      Posted by exit ramp on 04/18 at 07:39 AM • #


    1. …and I’ve put in one too many “are”s. I was briefly channeling the Sea Captain from The Simpsons.


      Posted by exit ramp on 04/18 at 07:43 AM • #


    1. Thanks, aebrain. I had no idea.

      Posted by Reginald Scaife-Dingethorpe on 04/18 at 08:31 AM • #


    1. A Flood of Moonbats.

      (As in the Flood from the Halo game. Except possibly weaker. Or at least I don’t think wiping out all sentient life in 3 galactic radii is required to deal with them.)

      Posted by Patrick Chester on 04/18 at 09:17 AM • #


    1. A dusting of moonbats.

      Posted by yojimbo on 04/18 at 12:01 PM • #


  1. #44 MarkL:
    What’s a Grauniard?  Sounds like French for “toilet, a shit-house or dunny”.

    I thought your entry would be a conga-line of moonbats.

    Posted by Stevo on 04/18 at 05:14 PM • #