1,213 thoughts on “Open Thread- Weekend 30 Oct 2021”

  1. When a computer scientist, presenting as a medical doctor,

    He’s not presenting as a medical doctor at all, but his area of expertise is record keeping in the NHS.
    So, he might have something worthwhile to say.


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  2. This cancelling of long term friends who disagree with you sounds very…woke.

    If the “friends” have dumped you first, fine. Walk away.

    But if they are constrained by someone else’s rules, bear with them. Circumstances change.


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  3. Armadillosays:
    October 30, 2021 at 11:54 pm
    I bet Men’s Sheds are interesting places these days.

    They serve a purpose in society. If you are down on your luck and are feeling suicidal, you only need to walk in the door. Talk to those sad fucks for about 5 minutes and you realise how lucky you are.

    Not the one I attended pre-lockdowns. Generally a happy, well balanced group, with only a small number who were needing company.

    Then the Kung Flu lockdowns stopped them operating. It might be different now. Another act of pointless bastardry.


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  4. Carriers, boomers, hunter killers.

    How much money do you think that would cost?

    RAAF fighter pilots were limited flight hours be because we couldn’t afford fuel & maintenance on F/A-18s.

    It is actually incredible though, what small proportion of GDP & government spending, or perhaps financed by increased revenue over a few years collected after microeconomic reform, we could allocate to defence and rival Russia, and only be second to the US overall and China by cannon fodder numbers.

    Producing our own equivalents of the B61, B83 & W88 and having them deployable on all supersonic aircraft & surface & submarine vessels would blunt Chinese expansion.

    The regime isn’t going to risk being deep fried to “influence” Tonga.


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  5. This cancelling of long term friends who disagree with you sounds very…woke.

    To err is to be human, calli. This idiocy we’re existing through was inevitable, when you think about it. How is one meant to accept suddenly being a second class citizen with equanimity?

    It was something that only ever happened to other people.


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  6. I see David Limbrick is returning to parliament to fight the Dandates.
    The Troll Master will see it as a victory but you can’t get your message across without a podium and it’s too important a matter to let principle keep you away from confronting the enemy on their ground.


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  7. I see David Limbrick is returning to parliament to fight the Dandates.
    The Troll Master will see it as a victory but you can’t get your message across without a podium and it’s too important a matter to let principle keep you away from confronting the enemy on their ground.

    I saw that a lot of his supporters were begging him to do so.
    It’s not a victory for the other side, it’s a politician listening to his constituents. It should be sold in that light.


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  8. his area of expertise is record keeping in the NHS

    What sort of flatulence sniffing brown cardigan wearing tin eared imbecile would admit to being such a creature?


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  9. Did he do that though?

    According to Dr Faustus on the previous page, he did..
    Dr. Scott’s area of expertise appears to be documenting ways the NHS fudge figures, create multiple records for a single person.
    For instance, when a doctor instructs a nurse not to record a patients CovidVax on the chart, unless the nurse remembers to enter it on the patients record, that person will die as “unvaccinated”.


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  10. Mater’s Mini Musing #1: 31 Oct 21

    Whilst I hesitate to be the first to invoke Godwin’s law today, it is interesting that Hitler is WELL recognised (by historians) for almost exclusively using a Bacterial simile to describe a group of people he didn’t like, and wanted removed.

    It’s an interesting thought exercise.


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  11. Dot says:
    October 31, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Producing our own equivalents of the B61, B83 & W88 and having them deployable on all supersonic aircraft & surface & submarine vessels would blunt Chinese expansion.

    I like the idea of our own nukes for several reasons:

    We have the raw materials – Uranium.

    We don’t have to rely on fickle allies with nukes to ‘protect’ us when their initial aim was to prevent nuclear proliferation – which failed miserably. Would it be better for us to have nukes or NK, Iran etc?

    We would probably be annihilated in a nuclear exchange with China but if we were able to retaliate (if we get the Virginia subs with nuclear tipped Tomahawks and have them placed for quick retaliation) and destroy a number of their major cities and infrastructure, they would be given more than a moment of pause. If we could take out the central party apparatus, that would throw them into complete chaos with no one to tell them what to do.

    Seems vindictive and spiteful, I know but if we are attacked, all bets are off.

    Probably won’t need to happen, our pollies have just about sold us out to China anyway.

    Maybe when the next in-person national cabinet meeting goes ahead in Canberra, just one would be needed?


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  12. True Mater and that’s the spin.
    Limbrick should use his return to highlight that Andrew’s commitment to democratic process and loyalty lasts just as long as you abide by all his rules.
    Then mention Jenny Mikakos and Jane Garrett as examples of strong Labor women who chose principle over Andrew’s power obsession.
    Skewer the prick.


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  13. Digger:

    We probably need action now, 2040 before the first nuke is delivered and the game could already be over.
    I can see some value in the mix and match option in these unusual times though. The Collins cannot last forever so if the Japanese Taigei-class submarines are available, we could try to negotiate 6 of them immediately and order 6 Virginia’s or Astutes immediately as well. The Taigei is relatively cheap, uses lithium ion batteries, is arguably the most advanced non nuke boat in the world and the Japanese only decided to build their fleet from 16 to 22 in 2010 and the last one, the Taigei is already being fitted out.

    Yes. We’re now playing catchup while our competitors have made big gains ahead of us.
    Perhaps 3 of the Taigei now from Japan with and order for three more to get our hands on at least two from their fleet. (Probably too late for that.) Three of the Ohio Class refitted with sub launched cruise missiles. Lease three more to come.
    I dunno. We’ve pissed away 20 years of peace and are now sitting here – a big fat duck waiting to be plucked.


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  14. Mater, “Godwin’s Law” is useful for those who want to shut down discussion on the historical perspective of marginalisation. It becomes a tool of the oppressor, not the reasoned debater.

    We must never fall into the trap of refusing to learn from, or compare to, the lessons of the past because of some stupid construct.

    It’s like refusing to use a contemporary similarity, like the Indian caste system and the “untouchables”, because racist. We must see these things and discuss them for what they are.


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  15. bern

    I’m happy to be banned from the public health system, as long as I don’t have to pay anything towards it.

    The ATO conveniently provides a breakdown of the proportion of your taxes which goes to each major Commonwealth function. Health is above the Medicare Levy percentage.

    Then there are the state costs, …


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  16. http://www.news.com.au/breaking news/ex taxi driver and dapto dog caller discovers ex wife has taken his nuts with her when she left the matrimonial home after being serviced regularly by ex footy player. Ddc when queried on the disappearance of said nuts said he only noticed after he wondered why he stopped chasing cars and is going to change his name to Karen.


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  17. First thing to be done to defend this country is restart oil exploration on shore. Store our reserve on shore here and make it 90 days worth. keep at least a handful of refineries going.
    At present if a country with a credible submarine force simply declares a maritime exclusion zone around Australia and/or sinks a tanker enroute from Singapore, we’ll be begging them to send their troops in in 3 weeks. We are that fucked with a clownshow of a federal government.


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  18. I had to smile at this from the News.com feed:

    NSW records 236 new Covid cases
    With just days to go before NSW residents are able to set off overseas again, the state has recorded 236 new Covid-19 cases.

    LOL.

    Love the way that’s framed. Tens of thousands of “new” cases in destination countries daily and News is trying to be scary.

    Just DAYS you mindless numpties! It’s an Escapageddon!


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  19. Have a listen to this Psychotherapist opining on Vaccine mandates…“to protect the NHS”.

    https://twitter.com/LozzaFox/status/1451818329723781123?s=20

    I know this is the UK, but the attitude is equally apparent here. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t a universal healthcare system designed to “protect the population”? It was designed to provide for the ‘human right’ to reasonable healthcare, but now our right to choose without coercion is being subordinated to it.

    This is some seriously fucked up thinking, and borders on cultish behaviour. Another example of how Socialist policies (universal healthcare, etc) beget/require further social/totalitarian policies.

    “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.”
    – Mussolini


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  20. A Christian (or a Jew) would call health system worship rank idolatry.

    And, as it’s Sunday, a little Bible lesson.

    Idolatry, in all its forms, brings death and destruction. It’s a given.


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  21. Eyriesays:
    October 31, 2021 at 9:08 am
    First thing to be done to defend this country is restart oil exploration on shore. Store our reserve on shore here and make it 90 days worth. keep at least a handful of refineries going.
    At present if a country with a credible submarine force simply declares a maritime exclusion zone around Australia and/or sinks a tanker enroute from Singapore, we’ll be begging them to send their troops in in 3 weeks. We are that fucked with a clownshow of a federal government.

    Yes.

    Allowing onshore exploration & refining should be ring fenced by defence priorities, BUT you assume a limited to general war would be fought conventionally. In that instance supply lines don’t mean much ( I assume).


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  22. 1. I reckon it might go nuclear, so we’d probably all be dead.
    not a chance.
    No other war has gone nuclear, why would this one be any different?

    Oh God. We are all going to die!


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  23. Ahead of the 2022 federal election, the politics are fascinating – and the Paywallian’s Old Labor blowhard Paul Kelly has been sucked in.

    Just now on Skah, Kelly, in his weekly Sermon on the Mount, notes that Brand A and B now have virtually identical climate policies – untenable for the Liars to be competitive.

    So Kelly is tipping that Albo’s Liars will adopt an even more aggressive climate target than the Stupid Fucking Liberals. But Kelly says Albo will have to do it in a “politically safe” way, without specifying what that would be.

    Hahaha. That’s how the Liars have lost every climate change election this century – and Albo, being an idealogue first, is stupid enough to try it again.

    Of course, for the election strategy to work for the Stupid Fucking Liberals, it would require voters to hold their noses and vote for their own economic destruction.

    The only thing I am 100% sure of is that in 2022 the primary vote for major parties will be a record low and the vote for splinter parties on the right will be a record high – probably surpassing the loony left vote parked with the Greenfilth.


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  24. With just days to go before NSW residents are able to set off overseas again, the state has recorded 236 new Covid-19 cases.

    This one will be fun:

    Travel ban axed, global ‘do not travel’ advisory scrapped and quarantine ended: Australia takes first steps to reopening (30 Oct)

    New South Wales and Victoria are less than 48 hours away from welcoming back vaccinated Australians without requiring them to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine on arrival.

    From Monday, Australian citizens and permanent residents who have received two doses of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine and return a negative test within 72 hours of departure will be able to walk straight from the airport in those two states.

    NSW and Victoria are the first two jurisdictions in the nation to scrap quarantine requirements for inoculated arrivals, with the federal government this week announcing the international travel ban will no longer apply from November 1.

    How many of those negative test results will be real? Many Australians being actually dual nationals for certain countries with let’s say a less than exacting approach to the rule of law.


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  25. Went to a great unwashed mass this morning, fortunately arrived early as the maximum number allowed was reached.
    Old biddy fussing around making sure everyone was signed in and more hand sanitiser bottles than candles.
    I guess this is it for the foreseeable future.


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  26. I dare say that, like in the good old days, passengers arriving from certain destinations will receive more attention from customs officials than others.


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  27. Not sure about ‘disinviting’ occurring only because the people doing the disinviting (informal ‘friendship’ groups?) are bound by somebody else’s rules.
    I mean, they are willing enough, sometimes eager, to go along with the somebody else’s rules, preferring to see these as iron clad. Best to stay nice.


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  28. Greens vote will crater this time.
    Their Policy on Covid is Vax Everything that Moves and Imprison the refusers.
    No one’s buying that, and they’ve dealt themselves out of the Emissions debate thru stupidity.

    Most of them will return to Labor once Kevin Rudd is installed as leader, so Labor, with the help of Murdoch, are going to be hard to beat.


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  29. Greens vote will crater this time.

    No it won’t. The Greens are the new Australian Communist Party who represent all of society’s non-achievers — public servants, students and political activists. They’re our rusted-on party of unhappiness. They’ll always get about 10% of the primary vote.


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  30. 178 cases for NSW today.
    Phew!
    Another day when the tsunami of cases caused by reopening fails to hit the “overrun” hospital system.
    How can this be?


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  31. Eyriesays:
    October 31, 2021 at 9:08 am
    First thing to be done to defend this country is restart oil exploration on shore. Store our reserve on shore here and make it 90 days worth. keep at least a handful of refineries going.

    You’ll be impressed to know that (essentially) none of the production from Australia’s only major onshore oil development goes into an Australian oil refinery. Almost all of the Moomba crude is exported to refineries in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.


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  32. 1. I reckon it might go nuclear, so we’d probably all be dead.

    not at all. china has 5mgt warheads. Most likely, MIRVs would be lower yield. You can plot the explosions on various nuke scenario site such as https://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/
    targets would like be airfields, military bases, possibly CBD. Many people would survive the blast.

    From there it’s a matter of avoiding fallout, critically in the 1st 24hrs and then for at least 2 weeks. Radiation levels fall exponentially and after 2 weeks would be fairly low level. CBRN gear would make surviving this period relatively easy. A good geiger counter is essential.

    Having a plan is key to survival. Water, food, shelter, self-defence, communications etc.


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  33. CBRN gear would make surviving this period relatively easy.

    I bet less than 10,000 civilians in NSW, let alone the whole country have this.

    The military may not even have enough for their rank & file.


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  34. The only thing I am 100% sure of is that in 2022 the primary vote for major parties will be a record low and the vote for splinter parties on the right will be a record high – probably surpassing the loony left vote parked with the Greenfilth.

    Most likely case, one would think.

    Also likely that the splinter party vote will recycle to the Liberals/LNP. Raising the prospect of a minority government: either Scummo, propped up by a couple of UAP/indies – or Albanese propped up by a couple of urban Greens.

    Not sure which would be worse. Either would make emigration to Sudan look appealing.


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  35. Speaking of bets – struth, the bet is still on, if you are man enough.

    By Jan 1, 2026, Australia’s population will not fall by 10% or more, by any cause; this is the bet, but it is an argument over people who have been “jabbed” dying in 18 – 48 months (you predicted 40-60%).

    Payable in 500 1938 – 1943 Ram head design sterling silver Australian shillings of any quality by 1 Feb, 2026.

    Since you reckon people who have been “jabbed” are “very likely to die” the next cold they get, are you still willing to take the bet?


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  36. people travelling from Australia to China will be required to undergo 21 days quarantine because, naturally, they are following Dan’s lead and have a zero covid policy.

    Dan is actually following the chinese gameplan via WHO


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  37. Ahead of the 2022 federal election, the politics are fascinating – and the Paywallian’s Old Labor blowhard Paul Kelly has been sucked in.

    Rip van Kelly, never knowingly right since … well, whenever. Lay down misere for the first visiting Professor position at The Peter van Wrongselen School of Wrongology.


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  38. CBRN gear would make surviving this period relatively easy.

    I bet less than 10,000 civilians in NSW, let alone the whole country have this.

    The military may not even have enough for their rank & file.

    You can get it all online now reasonably cheaply. Won’t be the case if things start coming to a head.


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  39. The bundle all Kitty Flanagan fans need in their life

    Does it come with a length of rope and instructions? A very select group, possibly smaller than my Jane Caro Appreciation Society.


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  40. Magpies being Magpies in the Big Apple (just moved on AAP):

    Collingwood are attempting to contact Jordan De Goey after the AFL star was arrested and put in a New York holding cell for allegedly groping a woman.

    According to the New York Daily News, De Goey was partying with his friend Luke Dyson at the PHD Rooftop Lounge on Saturday when the pair are alleged to have approached a woman on the dance floor

    The woman’s friend then confronted the pair, before Dyson allegedly struck the man in the face with a glass bottle, and splitting his lip, New York police said.

    Police say the woman called 911 and De Goey and Dyson were taken into custody, before being charged with forcible touching and assault.


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  41. Brad Geyer
    @BradGeyer
    Dear fellow Americans:

    I never thought I’d write a letter like this, but we’re living in very different times. This is my cry for help.

    My name is Nathan DeGrave, and as a non violent participant at the Jan 6th rally, I’ve spent the last 9 months detained

    This thread will have your blood boil.

    I don’t think even Trump can turn this around. He did his job by revealing this vile corruption by the swamp but the remedy has to come from elsewhere.


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  42. In Not Waving, Drowning news:

    Alec Baldwin calls movie shooting death ‘one in a trillion episode’

    As you perhaps would, with your arse on the line – and an open box of assorted ammo on the table.

    And rehabilitating for all he’s worth:

    “I do know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I’m extremely interested in,” Baldwin said. “Some new measures have to be taken.”

    “I’m not an expert in this field. So whatever other people decide is the best way to go, in terms of protecting people’s safety on film sets, I’m all in favor of and I will cooperate with that in any way that I can.”

    Hoping for Deliverance.


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  43. Did anyone else who got the jab get the hot and cold sweats?
    Jeez.
    Freezing cold one minute and sweating buckets the next.
    Had to sleep on a beach towel to soak it up.
    And cramps in the calf muscles (but nurse on call reckons that is probably just due to dehydration from the sweating).
    Now for some sleep.


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  44. Pigsy, overnight:

    And I’m glad that DoverCat has bitten the bullet, so to speak, to source the money he needs to keep his Cat going.

    Dot, 7.35:

    Really? What a load of wank.

    The Furniture Shop’s going gangbusters. The last actual post on The Shop was Pigsy’s post overnight which drew Dot’s response. Pigsy cross-posted it on The Shop’s OT. There are no responses.

    The last two posts on the OT before that were on 29 and 28 October. No responses. The last post on the OT with any responses at all was from Faulty, which drew two responses on 26 October, both from other Furniture Shoppers.

    The Struth Factor board has had no epistles since 23 October. Cardimona’s board – 10 October. A board for the Lib Democrats – 19 November 2020.

    Yep, it’s a juggernaut all right.

    Mark A puts his lame pics up every 24 hours, which are cross-posted everywhere else anyway. That’s it.


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  45. Collingwood are attempting to contact Jordan De Goey after the AFL star was arrested and put in a New York holding cell for allegedly groping a woman.

    All De Goeys’s pawn tickets at Cashies on Smith Street are about to expire. He’ll never get somebody else’s power tools back if he keeps this up.


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  46. C.L.says:
    October 31, 2021 at 10:40 am
    The rumour in Rome is that Biden’s audience with the pope lasted an unusually long time because he had a toilet incident that needed attention before he could leave.

    Did Frankie shove Sniffy’s head down the toilet for being too far left for Frankie or did Sniffy get the Sh*ts from Frankie being too far left? In the the statosphere of world elite there’s no such thing as too far left. Maybe time difference and it was Sniffy’s usual time.


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  47. “I do know that an ongoing effort to limit the use of firearms on film sets is something I’m extremely interested in,” Baldwin said. “Some new measures have to be taken.”

    “I’m not an expert in this field.”

    Understatement of the year thus far.


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  48. Baldwin is very interested in improving firearm safety on set.
    No need for that.
    He only had to check the gun he was handed which is standard practice at all gun shoots and ranges.
    Simple rules that even brainless actors should comprehend.


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  49. Zipster:
    Apparently having a yield over 400Kt just bounces rubble or interferes with other incoming warheads. The US looked at DensePack to protect their silos. Put them all in a small area so the incoming nukes fratricide each other. To take out the field of silos would need a TsarBomba – of about 250 Mt. And that’s 2.5 x the one that they detonated on Novoya Zemlya.


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  50. Simple rules that even brainless actors should comprehend.

    I think we have prima facie evidence that is not necessarily the case.

    While romantic comedies are evidently his forte, Baldwin has done Westerns and crime thrillers also. He has probably been instructed a dozen times about gun safety on the film set by actual experts.

    And I understand there have been at least 43 such fatal incidents on Hollywood sets since 1990.

    Maybe actors and guns just shouldn’t mix.

    “Actors are generally stupid people”.
    Anthony Hopkins.


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  51. All of us who’ve had the jab are in fact dead.
    This blog is a waking nightmare for the unvaccinated.
    Dan Andrews died last year in an auto asphyxiation bondage accident. Mistress Sutton misunderstood his direction to tighten as referring to the choker collar he was using rather than Covid rules.


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  52. Baldwin is very interested in improving firearm safety on set.

    Well of course he’s interested, now. He could be on the pointy end next time and as he’s seen, no amount of smug or tiktok can protect you all the time.


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  53. To take out the field of silos would need a TsarBomba – of about 250 Mt. And that’s 2.5 x the one that they detonated on Novoya Zemlya.

    More like 4 x Winston. Tsar bomba was only 57 MT because they left off the outer U238 case which also helped to minimise fallout. 100MT was the yield expected with the outer case installed.


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  54. Take care everyone.
    Hopefully the Bosi-geddon is kind to you all.

    Is it supposed to be limited to Adelaide?

    Might be a good day for a drive into the countryside, don’t want to be obliterated on account of some magistrate who hung up on Ricky


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  55. Aaaaaand, entirely predictably, nothing.

    The japing may begin. Sneering and scoffing optional.

    Cackle.

    That entire lamentable episode reminded me of Faulty’s ‘two weeks and six days’ commentary on ExCat.


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  56. Dover Beach/Cohenite:

    I don’t think even Trump can turn this around. He did his job by revealing this vile corruption by the swamp but the remedy has to come from elsewhere.

    These actions are not the actions of a representative government – they are the actions of a panicked tyrant.
    The Brahmin Class all across the world have no bloody clue as to where this ends up. Their only tool is the whip, and every problem looks like a peasant needing a reminder of his place.
    How badly have they buggered things up this time?
    Worse than WWI?
    Worse than WWII?


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  57. Did anyone else who got the jab get the hot and cold sweats?

    Did you get AZ or Pfizer or Moderna?

    Our neighbour got a bad case of the sweats the evening of the AZ. A woman in my dance group got the chills about a week after her first AZ, ok after that. I got tired, cold and sleepy on the second day of the AZ. Hairy similar but less so. Neither of us anything with the second AZ. Everyone else I’ve heard of sailed through both with no side effects at all, including my son in his 30’s and my grandson aged 18.

    I recall in my twenties getting some quite similar bad reactions as above and also a very sore arm when I recieved the typhoid/cholera jab. Most people got this level of reaction, it was expected.

    Our Dr. O’Oirish was ok with his first Pfizer jab but was very headachy and miserable with his second. Two of my sons, both in their forties, have had Pfizer, nothing but sore arm after the first jab for either and only one has had the second jab so far, he’s been fine. Daughter in her 30’s has had Pfizer, so has her husband, both jabs and no side-effects with either.

    If you are in good immune health, Sancho, the very good odds are that you will be fine.
    It feels like a leap into the unknown though, so in that sense, join the club.


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  58. Eyrie:

    More like 4 x Winston. Tsar bomba was only 57 MT because they left off the outer U238 case which also helped to minimise fallout. 100MT was the yield expected with the outer case installed.

    Yes.
    I remembered that bit about an Ohnosecond after I hit “Post Comment.”.
    D’oh!


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  59. If the report about the Jan 6 detainees is true, then the States can no longer be regarded as a civilised country, but a failed state. When the great fraud happened, I commented that they no longer had the moral authority to tell anyone else how to govern themselves. The slide into despotism is almost complete.

    That country is armed to the gills. Yet nothing happens. Zero pushback in a land of millions.

    We, on the other hand, are sparse and helpless. And our leaders have taken their signal from the US experience – they know how powerless we are and will exploit it. Because they can.


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  60. Annabel Crabb still pushing the party line that climate change is the super duper number one most important priority of the Australian electorate in the ABC’s customary weekend Scott Morrison hatefest:

    Climate policy, which simultaneously tops the twin lists of Things About Which Australians Are Concerned and Things Our Parliament Has Comprehensively Flubbed For Years

    Oh dear. Annabel seems to have learnt all the wrong lessons from the 2019 election. The coalition is praying that the ALP again makes a radical climate change policy a centrepiece of its platform.

    Yes, Annabel. I realise that you and everyone you know considers lowering carbon emissions to be of the utmost importance, far surpassing any other issue that the federal government must tackle. Unfortunately, past election results suggest most Australians are not as enlightened as you and your friends regarding this matter.


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  61. our leaders have taken their signal from the US experience – they know how powerless we are and will exploit it. Because they can.

    Yep and they don’t even pretend anymore. The silence of hoWARd and Costello is deafening.


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  62. I’m hoping the Virginia election will prove your statement wrong calli.

    Hoping! Results on Wednesday morning Australian time.

    Just a matter of injecting the required number votes to get the ‘rats over the line


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  63. Today – 31 October – is also the anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.

    The last successful cavalry charge in history, resulting in monumental arse-kickery delivered to the Toiks.


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  64. Neil Oliver talks the hard talk, but says he is still available ‘to be persuaded’ if the elites do what they want the rest of us to do and simply subsist. I don’t think I am in that camp, for I can’t yet see any reason to believe there is any looming climatic disaster. What might persuade me is more persuasive evidence, rather than a lot of hair-shirting elites, and a viable theory – and there I don’t see anything particularly compelling to get me on board. I do get his anger and frustration though at the way the current world elites are posturing and forcing us to comply with their dictates while living high on the hog themselves. He does a good job of calling out hypocrisy.


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  65. “Just a matter of injecting the required number votes to get the ‘rats over the line”

    Correct….the Demonrats are already engaging in lies, fraud and outlandish stunts…although the anger from the imposition of CRT in the curriculum and the “incident” in Loudoun country may get the GOP candidate over the line….we can only hope.


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  66. Winston Smith says:
    October 31, 2021 at 7:15 am
    srr:
    Daily Mail.
    I don’t think we are getting out of this so easily this time.

    SPER said enforcement for people who failed to pay their fines ‘may include garnishing bank accounts or wages, registering charges over property, or suspending driver licences’, according to the Brisbane Times.

    Any government that is taking steps to throw people out of their homes for non payment of dubious fines has an agenda far beyond that stated.
    These actions are not the actions of a representative government – they are the actions of a panicked tyrant.

    Of course we can always do what so many recommend and simply choose to believe that all these open, very public assaults against rule of law & other foundational tenets of what made The West great, are still nothing but “Conspiracy Theories”, and so let the evil bastards continue to hack away at Christendom, unchallenged.

    I choose not to.


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  67. “Annabel Crabb “

    Ah yes, I’d like to know the extent of Crabb’s involvement in the cabal of monstrous women who decided to destroy Christian Porter on the basis of one of their “friends”…….a raving unstable fantasist and lunatic.

    There’s a story there about Crabb….a story that any real journalist could and should unearth.


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  68. I want Neil Oliver to be wrong too.

    Neil Oliver has that distressingly rare faculty of seeing what is actually there and using his brain to reason his way to making sense of it. Even when his conclusion are unpleasant.


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  69. Today – 31 October – is also the anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.

    I really enjoy your historical vignettes, KD. Thanks for keeping us informed (and entertained).


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  70. historical vignettes

    If you haven’t already Delta, have a look at Muddy’s post on the main page. A few snapshots of the Kokoda campaign in 1942/3, as told by the men on the ground.

    Outstanding stuff.


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  71. I’d like to know the extent of Crabb’s involvement in the cabal of monstrous women who decided to destroy Christian Porter

    Whatever it takes, Cassie.


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  72. “Neil Oliver has that distressingly rare faculty of seeing what is actually there and using his brain to reason his way to making sense of it. Even when his conclusion are unpleasant.”

    Correct..he’s one of my faves.


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  73. I want Neil Oliver to be wrong too.

    I’m hoping that Neil Oliver was thus simply being ironic when saying he was available to be convinced if the elites did some hair-shirt wearing too as well as inflicting it on others. I’m hoping his only problem with climate change is not just that the misery is being forced upon us while being withheld from the elites. He needs to say that there is no reason for the whole things, which perhaps is what he is realling getting at in trying to call out the hypocrisy of the elites. The whole thing is a sham and a scam, it needs exposure as such in scientific and rational argument, and no-one should be undergoing any misery because of such a chimeric and illusory belief.


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  74. Scotty played the Porter situation l;ike a Stradivarius..
    Porterdidn’t do well as A/G, so he put him somewhere that suited his skillset better.
    Porter later moved to the Backbench to avoid disclosing the names of his Litigation funders.
    Remember, Porter chose to have his day in Court, then folded at the first hurdle.
    Hardly Scotty’s fault.


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  75. The whole thing is a sham and a scam, it needs exposure as such in scientific and rational argument, and no-one should be undergoing any misery because of such a chimeric and illusory belief.

    Too true Lizzie. A point rarely raised these days is the pointlessness of it all. The majority of opponents to the madness usually still concede the point that (CO2) ’emissions’ must be reduced.

    No. They don’t.


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  76. If the report about the Jan 6 detainees is true, then the States can no longer be regarded as a civilised country, but a failed state.

    On the way thereto bu ynot yet arrived…a lot of ruin in a nation and all that.

    In the meantime, there’re some serious attempts at geo-political realignment on the ground as red enclaves try to escape blue administrative clutches both within cities and along state borders.

    The Democrats are doing everything they can to stymie these movements as they represent their tax base walking away.

    Fun times ahead.


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  77. “or the whole things, which perhaps is what he is realling getting at in trying to call out the hypocrisy of the elites. The whole thing is a sham and a scam, it needs exposure as such in scientific and rational argument, and no-one should be undergoing any misery because of such a chimeric and illusory belief.”

    I think Oliver is being careful. He knows it’s a sham and a scam. GB news is being subjected to the same kind of activism that Sky is.


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  78. I wonder how much wildlife has been strangled and mutilated by the useless blue plastic masks? Another gift from China.

    And I notice there is nary a word about the origin of the virus any more.

    It’s as if it never happened.


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  79. They won’t now, just to be ornery! ?

    Of course, Calli. But I couldn’t resist. As Bolt says, it’s not the cause it’s the side.

    And I am definitely seen here by many to be somewhat outre and ‘on the other side’. They don’t hear what I say, they respond negatively to what they perceive as an attack on a video-maker they approve of; when in fact I have only support for Neil Oliver calling out the hypocrisy of elites, but worry he might be a bit of a believer still (hard not to be so in the British theatre world), in spite of disliking his kids being forced to eat insects.

    Or he’s doing irony well. And I hope he was just being ironic.


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  80. Jan 6 insurrectionists are now white supremacists and black guards and prisoners make life hell for them. Their plight is widely known but nobody does anything. What the hell ? Ted Cruz ? Rand Paul ?

    All I can say is Jordan de Goey should be very careful.

    And this is what is waiting for anti vaxxers.


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  81. I have a theory about De Goey. No requirement for tinfoil. It’s just that Collingwood – having used Dane Swan as a benchmark for naughty-ish sleeve-tatted numpty yet good at footy – keep trying to replicate it with other people, and (so far, at least) they have failed.

    Swan was about to have his contract torn up before he really got started at the Pies for playing up in the now-Mongyang CBD. Not groping tarts, but jumping on cars whilst on the gas and so on. Malthouse kept him, saying he saw something in the lad.

    Swan went on to be – well, Dane Swan.

    Two things happened after that – all the up and comers wanted to emulate Swan by sleeving up and opening sideline T shirt businesses, and the club seemed to think it could do the same thing with all the said up and comers they could with Swan. The problem was that none of the newer crew had the self-discipline to contain themselves, and they didn’t have Swan’s ability to excuse it in the eyes of the club if they did.

    Look at De Goey, and to a lesser degree Jamie Elliott. Matchwinners on their day, but every day is not their day – unlike Swan, who kept dragging in elite performances week after week after month after year.

    If you are not Dane Swan (or Dustin Martin the chopstick stabber, for that matter) don’t write cheques with their budgets. I don’t care if it was De Goey’s mate instead of him that went around glassing people in New York. No situational awareness. Bye bye Jordan. I hope.


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  82. I think Oliver is being careful. He knows it’s a sham and a scam. GB news is being subjected to the same kind of activism that Sky is.

    Yes. Point taken there Cassie. Something which we in Australia are also going to be more and more subject to. Which is why I want to see Catallaxy thrive and put forward all opinions; freedom of speech is not very available these days and will only become less so in the rest of my lifetime, I am sure of that.


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  83. Dover, they are not serious people. None of them.

    What they plan, or will allow to happen, for us is serious however.

    I don’t think Australia has ever, in its short history, been governed by such a sad collection of imbeciles.


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  84. And I notice there is nary a word about the origin of the virus any more.

    Official US intelligence conclusion released in last 24 hours: probably a lab accident in Wuhan with no evidence to suggest a weaponised virus. China critical but they know they’ve gotten off lightly. Move along folks.


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  85. Clown show indeed, Dover, but I wonder if VicPol might just have had an eye out for one of Premier Pig’s more acerbic and energetic critics.

    There’s a former editor of major Melbourne rag who published a series of articles critical of VicPol, especially it’s brass. Almost every night for the next couple of weeks there was a plainclothes car waiting near his home to make him blow into the bag.

    Given that VicPol hierarchy is now little more than Labor’s uniformed auxiliary the possibility must be considered.


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  86. A point rarely raised these days is the pointlessness of it all.

    That’s why Chris Kenny’s piece in the Oz this weekend is such a keeper:

    Will the summer scourge of bushfires be a thing of the past? Will floods, storms and sea surges never destroy our communities again?

    Will our dams always be full, and our rivers never run dry?

    Will our crops always be abundant and our cities never too hot or too cold?

    Will there be a discernible difference in any of these realities? Will our carbon dioxide emission reductions improve our lives or our environment in any way?

    If none of these benefits are expected, why do activists and politicians constantly cite these natural occurrences as a justification for action? If they cannot guarantee improvements, how can they justify action?

    None of this is addressed in our public debate, and to ask such ­inconvenient questions is to be branded a climate denier or receive some other inane slight.

    The global warming debate involves a complex array of multidisciplinary scientific data, theory and forecasts – and the potential policy responses range into myriad intricacies around energy, economics, agriculture, ecology, science, infrastructure and more – yet the debate lacks intelligent, factual approaches.

    We are supposed to adopt drastic action, whatever the cost, and without any assurances it will lead to any beneficial outcomes.

    We are asked to swim like lemmings. We are bombarded with propaganda where bushfires, floods, storms and droughts are branded “unprecedented” with little or no facts to back up the claim.

    Seldom are the claims tested, and often they are wrong.

    Take the 2019-20 bushfires (to prove my point; they now call them megafires) which are often described as “unprecedented”. Well, everything is unprecedented in a narrow sense.

    Ever since European settlement, Australia has had many deadlier bushfires, (most recently in 2009 and 1983); we have had bushfire seasons burn greater areas; all the damaged regions had burned previously; and the timing of the fires was not new either. The only unprecedented aspect was that a tragic bushfire season coincided with a highly politicised climate debate.

    The Bureau of Meteorology feeds out media releases about broken temperature records, often without volunteering how they rely on revising earlier records downwards. Back in January 2019, the BOM proudly proclaimed a record as Adelaide reached 46.6 degrees, the highest maximum recorded in any of our capitals – except that it was not. Back on January 12, 1939, Adelaide recorded a maximum a full degree higher, but it had been revised downwards by the BOM’s homogenisation of temperature records.

    There is too little scrutiny and too little transparency around much of this – such facts should need no censorship or embellishment. Like the pandemic, climate change is an issue where the fearmongering of politicians melds perfectly with the unquestioning sensationalism of some media.

    For all the complexities, proponents of climate action want this debate to be a zero-sum game.
    Questioning whether climate policies will be effective is now akin to trying to play cricket without taking a knee. You must not think for yourself or try to reconcile costs against benefits.

    Incredibly, it is considered sacrilege to ask whether getting to net-zero emissions is possible, how much it will cost, or whether it will make any difference; even though proponents offer next to nothing by way of estimates.

    We are told we simply must adopt these policies because if everyone failed to act, we would cook the planet.

    So, relentlessly, we pursue a path of absolute uncertainty on costs, practicality and effectiveness – an insane policy path. The only justification provided, without any factual basis or numerical explanation, is that the cost of doing nothing would be higher.

    This intellectually callow, politically puerile and practically frightening proposition was put by Labor at the last election, enabling them to lose what many thought was the unlosable election. Bizarrely, the same arguments are now being made by the Coalition government, sacrificing their values and practical disposition on the altar of climate ­conformity.

    What rising of mainstream angst has wrought this dramatic about-face, you might ask? What awakening among the communities and families of middle Australia who usually support right-of-centre parties has pushed the Liberals and Nationals into this reversal? The sad and disturbing answer is; nothing. The shift has not come from the grassroots or from the public; it has come from outside.

    It has come from the United Nations; the Europeans; the United States; even Chinese communists who are punishing us with trade sanctions; it has come from big business, corporate financiers and capital markets. Even progressives normally would argue against allowing such bodies or sectional interests to frame our national interests or dictate our domestic policies.

    Those pushing net zero might be right, and they might be wrong. But voters get little choice because both sides of politics have now ­acquiesced.

    The pandemic has shown us how wildly inaccurate modelling can be; and climate models rely on less hard data and more variables than the epidemiological modellers. Reality is a better guide than forecasts.

    The past two decades tell us the latest net-zero policies will lead to higher electricity costs and less ­reliable power supplies. Taxpayer grants and subsidies will increase, more jobs will move offshore, China will continue to enrich itself from our resources while not reducing its emissions, and global emissions will continue to increase, so that all of our pain will be for no gain. But on the upside, as a nation we will have taken a knee to the climate gods. In a field where people like to talk about intergenerational responsibilities, we could leave a terrible burden of costs, missed opportunities and relative economic weakness for our children.

    It is too soon to judge the electoral repercussions of all this. While Scott Morrison and Barnaby Joyce will have dismayed large sections of the electorate and squandered a huge policy advantage over Labor and the Greens, there are many other factors that might encourage their supporters to hold their nose and tick the ­Coalition box.

    Not least of these is that at the election Australia will be one of the world’s most vaccinated nations, with one of the lowest pandemic fatality rates and having suffered some of the least economic damage. Having marshalled the country through the pandemic, Morrison will be able to mount a strong case that voters should stay the course.

    Still, whoever wins, we face a deepening of our energy upheaval. Labor and the Coalition both promise to further erode our once crucial economic advantage of cheap and plentiful energy.

    It is unfathomable that we should end up here after all we have seen domestically, in Europe and in China. That we have signed on to this emissions-reduction crusade without championing ­nuclear energy at home or abroad just underscores how this is playing out as an issue of symbolism and morality rather than practical outcomes.

    For all the complexities, proponents of climate action want this debate to be a zero-sum game. The activists present two simple propositions, and they have been highly successful in having them adopted by politicians, media and the public.

    When it comes to the threat, they say global warming is bad and will visit catastrophe upon us, any benefits are either denied or ignored. So we are left with the ­absurd presumption that in all the varying and evolving climatic, ecological and geographical history of the planet, the global average temperature, shorelines and environment that existed in 1990, or perhaps 2005, were deemed to be optimal.

    When it comes to solutions, there is an obsessive focus on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial processes, preferably with renewable energy or ­deindustrialisation rather than through hi-tech responses. This must occur in wealthy countries rather than in those with the highest emissions, and it should involve a significant transfer of wealth to poorer nations.

    Net zero by 2050 is held out as our salvation. In Australia, we might still love our country, but it would no longer be sunburnt; ­apparently we would keep our sweeping plains and ragged mountain ranges but skip the droughts and flooding rains.

    If this is not what the climate activists claim, then why do they us all weather events to press their case? Are they offering a Truman Show-world of contrived and controlled weather?

    This mindset is dangerous ­because it insinuates the wrong responses. It would be madness, for instance, to suggest climate policies – rather than large, cleared areas – can protect people and houses from the inevitability of bushfires.

    The superficiality of the debate is borne out in opinion surveys showing most voters support an energy mix of 100 per cent renewables plus storage – something that is simply impossible to ­deliver. We now have fantasy policies promising fantasy results to deliver us into nirvana.

    We must not question this because the alternative is face even higher costs and/or destroy the planet. We have bipartisan agreement on the most costly and radical economic and social policy agenda ever envisaged with no guarantee of beneficial outcomes and based on the flimsiest of public debates – we might well have passed our evolutionary peak.



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  87. I don’t think Australia has ever, in its short history, been governed by such a sad collection of imbeciles.

    Dunno, I’d nominate the Whitlam Government.


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  88. I wonder if VicPol might just have had an eye out for one of Premier Pig’s more acerbic and energetic critics.

    Not worth mere speculation, areff. Bank on it.


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  89. Knuckles you are obviously sober and giving a rational statement of the De Goey incident and actions that should be followed.
    That is not the Magpie way Knuckles.
    Get to the pub for therapy and watch highlights of the 1990 – 2010 GF wins
    #istandwithgroper.


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  90. I wonder if VicPol might just have had an eye out for one of Premier Pig’s more acerbic and energetic critics.

    I was just going to suggest that if the experience in QLD in the 1970s-80s is anything to go by the more outspoken Opposition members and ciitizens ought to assume they are being monitored by police.


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  91. Get to the pub for therapy and watch highlights of the 1990 – 2010 GF wins

    Only the 2010 replay Gez.

    The first 2010 event left me sunburnt, drunk, gutted and empty. Not to mention hangry. I had to go for a swim and get stuck into the Turkey for some equilibrium.


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  92. Whitlam’s clown show was limited to Canberra.

    Dunno – it got interesting in Perth, when he called a group of angry farmers “a mob of lazy bludgers, who’ve never had it so good,” and was pelted with anything that came to hand….


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  93. 1990 was a glorious finals series to attend.
    Beating the Bombers senseless both times and then off to Vic Park for the happy hour.
    I was young and freshly single….good times!


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  94. The Hun:

    Shadow Attorney-General Tim Smith has resigned from shadow cabinet after revealing he was caught drink driving on Saturday night.

    In a statement released Sunday, Mr Smith revealed he had been caught out over the limit and had resigned from his senior role with the state opposition.

    “Last night I made a serious error of judgement,” he said.

    “After dinner with friends I believed I was under the legal limit to drive home. This was not the case.

    “I was breath-tested and returned a positive reading.”

    Mr Smith said he had been fined and had his license suspended for 12 months.



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  95. Dunno, I’d nominate the Whitlam Government.

    Ah yes, I remember them well.

    It’s a close run thing, but the electorate were not as much inside the tent then.


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  96. Victorian Liberal MP Tim Smith has resigned from the shadow cabinet after allegedly blowing twice the legal limit and crashing into another car in Melbourne’s east.

    Never do these things by halves…


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  97. we might well have passed our evolutionary peak.

    I reckon 1969 was the peak. After that a slow decline which has accelerated greatly over the last couple of decades. Now travelling at Mach 3 in Glasgow.


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  98. And I notice there is nary a word about the origin of the virus any more.

    It’s worse than that Calli. After grudgingly admitting it came from the Wuhan virology lab they’re now walking that back. At the same time they’re trying to reignite Wussians!. This mendacity is reaching heights I’ve never seen anywhere before.

    US intel says may never know of Covid-19 origins (30 Oct)

    US intelligence agencies said on Friday they may never be able to identify the origins of Covid-19, as they released a new, more detailed version of their review of whether the coronavirus came from animal-to-human transmission or leaked from a lab.

    ABC News Takes the Prize — for Dishonest Journalism (29 Oct)

    Never mind that Special Counsel Robert Mueller led just one of the deeply resourced investigations that failed to get the goods on Trump, ABC News is here to tell you those ludicrous stories about peeing Russian prostitutes and billion-dollar bribes just might be true.

    Its new documentary, “Out of the Shadows,” provides a platform for the alleged author of those and other consequential fantasies, Christopher Steele.

    Amazing. More proof that the Left lies about absolutely everything.


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  99. I’d question that the Victorian cops targetted Tim Smith.
    For all they know, Liberals might get up next year, Smith would [a] been A/G and their career prospects look terminal.
    The problem was:
    He crashed into another car, they’re obliged to get a sample, and that’s it.
    As far as Government critics getting hunted by the Queensland cops in the 70s & 80s, it mighta happened to the odd lawyer or journo, but it never happened to members of the Opposition.


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  100. As far as Government critics getting hunted by the Queensland cops in the 70s & 80s, it mighta happened to the odd lawyer or journo, but it never happened to members of the Opposition

    Unless they were known consorters of the Gypsum trade, right?


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  101. Tim Smith has had a troll army assigned for a long time.
    Every so often they even get #dimtim trending.
    It’s a great pity so soon after lockdown being slightly eased he’s been stupid enough to drive home when he should have cabbed it.
    Losing a shadow cabinet position shouldn’t affect him writing articles etc.
    It’ll just give the trolls another faggot to beat him with.


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  102. DB/Cohenite

    I never thought I’d write a letter like this, but we’re living in very different times. This is my cry for help.
    My name is Nathan DeGrave, and as a non violent participant at the Jan 6th rally, I’ve spent the last 9

    months detained

    This thread will have your blood boil.

    I must admit to having to go outside and take my anger out on some recalcitrant bushes.
    I feel a little better now.
    …and I guess this settles the ages old question of where did the Gestapo/Chekist/SS/OGPU people come from?
    “They were always there Winston, they were just given the opportunity.”
    I certainly hope it wipes the smug smiles off our collective faces as well – they live among us.


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  103. I wonder if VicPol might just have had an eye out for one of Premier Pig’s more acerbic and energetic critics.

    Very astute speculation – this is no doubt the case.

    All the more reason to be very very careful about such matters.

    Also very astute. If you want to position yourself as Dictator Dan’s gadfly, you’d better make sure you aren’t easily swatted. This chump should have been dotting every ‘i’ and crossing every ‘t’ in both his public and private life. His reckless behaviour has strengthened the Andrews government.

    Thanks for your service to the repressed people of Victoria, you absolute idiot.


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  104. See what Andrews has done to Victoria, and Victorian minds, in making presumptions of institutionalised corruption an automatic reflex?

    Turns out the schickered Mr Smith came to police attention after bouncing off another car and powering through a wall while 0.130 over the limit.

    Smith has every reason, however, to regret how standards have changed. When Henry Bolte drove off the road pissed as 40 men, somehow all the police documents went missing and the court case was dismissed.


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  105. Right or wrong, most people just don’t want the Covid/19 vaccine.
    Have 80% been jabbed at least once?
    After the LameStream Media’s calling of the 2019 Election for PeanutHead, you can’t believe anything they say.


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  106. After dinner with friends I believed I was under the legal limit to drive home

    If he was double the limit, I’m calling bullshit on him believing he was under the limit. In which case, it’s probably something he has done before. Silly man.


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  107. The last successful cavalry charge in history, resulting in monumental arse-kickery delivered to the Toiks.

    You seem to forget the ANZAC day 2020 charge.
    Very unlike you.


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  108. Because Smith made it easy for them doesn’t necessarily mean he shouldn’t have been careful, areff.

    I doubt that he would be actively surveiled for this exact purpose, but geez – if you go out of your way to make trouble for a government in possession of a compliant, political police force then you’ve got rocks in your head.


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  109. Turns out the schickered Mr Smith came to police attention after bouncing off another car and powering through a wall while 0.130 over the limit

    If this is true, I highly doubt this was his first rodeo. Clown.


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  110. They are not serious people. None of them.

    What they plan, or will allow to happen, for us is serious however.

    I don’t think Australia has ever, in its short history, been governed by such a sad collection of imbeciles.

    Liberty Quote nominee.


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  111. CL has a photo of Smith up on his blog, the guy’s an obvious sot.
    .013 isn’t high for a professional drunk, but what’s the story about hitting the parked car and crtashing thru a wall?
    Another car involved, by any chance?


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  112. China: Corporate debt crisis spreads/Zhongwang: suspended in stock market & fraud conviction in U.S.

    Wonder who is funding these reports. Well researched, does show that tariffs against china work.


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  113. I have only support for Neil Oliver calling out the hypocrisy of elites, but worry he might be a bit of a believer still (hard not to be so in the British theatre world), in spite of disliking his kids being forced to eat insects.

    Or he’s doing irony well. And I hope he was just being ironic.

    Neil Oliver coasts down under
    Nov 29, 2013


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  114. Another car involved, by any chance?

    And/or a tunnel, by chance?

    Ermagerd. Diana all over again. Damn you, mysterious emissaries of hidden powers!


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  115. OCO

    Yes, Annabel. I realise that you and everyone you know considers lowering carbon emissions to be of the utmost importance, far surpassing any other issue that the federal government must tackle.

    Except increasing funding for Their ABC, and exempting it from any power reductions, of course //sarc//


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  116. if only they were butterflies

    This kiddie is thoroughly locked down, poor thing. He isn’t a butterfly but is quite colourful.

    Eating vast quantities of Cafe honey-mash (#14 on the menu). He can’t fly at all, unfortunately, and is lacking the larger wing feathers. I have no idea how he got to my back neighbours’ yard. I wouldn’t’ve thought there would be a nesting site there that rainbow lorikeets could use.


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  117. Dear little thing, Bruce. Still got its brown baby beak! The tail looks long and luxuriant though. I wonder if it is an aviary escapee.

    Our resident lorries like mince meat. And fingers. The funniest thing is watching them towel up the marauding kookaburras who presume to muscle in on their special tidbits. They stand on the larger birds’ backs and bite them. Hard.

    We call them the Bolsheviks.


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  118. Smith got a little warning. Is he also a NoVaxxer?
    Still, 12 months supension isn’t bad, at least he doesn’t have to suit up for another Driving Test and hear the dreaded question:
    “Pisspot?”


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  119. “Shadow Attorney-General Tim Smith has resigned from shadow cabinet after revealing he was caught drink driving on Saturday night.”

    I really feel for the long suffering residents of Victoria. Victorians deserve better than this. Victorians deserve a good and strong opposition that can fight this criminal and corrupt far-left Labor government. Instead they’ve been lumped with Groundhog Guy and this dope….who should have known better. I have to say that I’ve never warmed to Tim Smith, I’ve found him somewhat arrogant whenever I’ve seen him interviewed. I also recall his disgraceful opinions about the “conversion therapy” bill last December….along with his nasty diatribe about Bettina Arndt back in February 2020 when he called for Bettina’s Australia Day award to be cancelled. Well excuse the schadenfreude but Mr Smith has cancelled himself…what a dick.

    However, I do recall an incident involving Mrs Daniel Andrews….the details of which were “covered up”? Or maybe I’m wrong.


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  120. As far as Government critics getting hunted by the Queensland cops in the 70s & 80s, it mighta happened to the odd lawyer or journo, but it never happened to members of the Opposition.

    The late Kev Hooper might beg to differ.

    And he certainly wasn’t the only Labour figure to experience it.


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  121. I wonder if it is an aviary escapee.

    None around here Calli that I know of, but lots of rainbow lorikeets. I’ve tried him out on several local pairs but no interest from them, so not the parents.

    My kookas get personal service so don’t have to fight off the Bolsheviks, although I call them Peskies, but the magpies get dispossessed regularly. That’s their problem not mine. The kookas have at least one hatched chick in salubrious Cafe penthouse, and are bringing small prey. In a few weeks I may get the ladder out and see if I can get a picture.


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  122. However, I do recall an incident involving Mrs Daniel Andrews….the details of which were “covered up”? Or maybe I’m wrong.

    At Blairgowrie. Police ‘forgot’ to breathalyse. iirc at teenager was injured. Another Mornington Peninsula ‘incident’.


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  123. Zipster:

    China: Corporate debt crisis spreads/Zhongwang: suspended in stock market & fraud conviction in U.S.

    That’s a good question – just who is funding these exposes?
    The other question I’d like to see looked at is “Whose money is at risk here, because IIRC, there was a lot of retirement funds propping it all up – CalPERS was one of them and several of the major Institutions like Harvard, etc.


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  124. Guys, I may have told you a few times I come from a Catholic family.

    This will make sense to given my ancestry. My father was Irish and I was named after my mother’s hometown in Poland.

    I will soon start publishing on here under my own name. (Yes I am doxxing myself).

    A fine afternoon to you all my friends.

    Sincerely,

    Lesko Brandon.


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  125. Over at Qaudrant: We Can’t Vaccinate This Pandemic Away

    Thirty frontline doctors in Australia recently treated over 600 patients with COVID-19. The treatment strategy was ivermectin (IVM) with doxycycline and zinc. Five patients required admission to hospital for progressive symptoms. There were no deaths. In a similar number of contemporary Australian patients not treated with IVM, 70 were hospitalised and six died.

    This is consistent with world data bases: 31 randomised controlled trials show 62 per cent benefit with IVM, and seven meta-analyses recorded a reduction in death of between 57 and 83 per cent. Experienced clinicians have moved on to combine IVM with additional drugs, usually a broad-spectrum antibiotic such as doxycycline, and zinc, which has viricidal activity.

    A logical conclusion would be that these results demand attention.

    RTWT.
    (H/t: CL)


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  126. Cassie of Sydney:

    However, I do recall an incident involving Mrs Daniel Andrews….the details of which were “covered up”? Or maybe I’m wrong.

    Would that be the treadlyist of no appearance incident?
    Nah.
    Never happened.


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  127. The evidence is now overwhelming that Ivermectin is efficacious in the treatment of COVID. The only ambiguity right now is how efficacious is it? To hear that it has been used successfully in Australia while also being publicly derided by Official Health is at once encouraging but infuriating.


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  128. Did Tim Wilson get a No Conviction Recorded or do you have to be Emma Walters (i. e. Mrs Setka) five times over the limit and speeding with kids in the back seat to qualify for that?


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  129. “It seem Bruce Pascoe’s qualifications may be a bit dodgy.”

    It seems everything about Pascoe is dodgy. The real and very sinister problem here isn’t the fake and hoaxer extraordinaire Bruce Pascoe, it’s the left and their useful idiots, in publishing, in the “MSM, in politics, in education and in academia, that have lauded him and endowed him with honours such as “Professor in Indigenous Agriculture” at Melbourne University.


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  130. I thought your best moniker was Frank.

    I was mine. I lent him Frank Walker from National Tiles after I was done. I’m at the cutting edge of all this stuff, Cronkite


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  131. The real and very sinister problem here isn’t the fake and hoaxer extraordinaire Bruce Pascoe, it’s the left and their useful idiots, in publishing, in the “MSM, in politics, in education and in academia, that have lauded him and endowed him with honours such as “Professor in Indigenous Agriculture” at Melbourne University.

    The Australian intelligentsia hasn’t come far since since Ern Malley.

    In fact they’ve become more credulous.


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  132. at once encouraging but infuriating.

    I find it sinister as well.

    Why wouldn’t you just let individual doctors do their own research and prescribing? They are the qualified ones after all. If they found something useful, why not use it as well as other treatments?

    There is no need to throw around conspiracy gibberish when qualified people are fair and open in discussing alternatives. Suppression only drives suspicion.

    You would think, given the supposed gravity of the pandemic, shutting down entire economies, locking people in their homes, causing untold misery and fear, that every possible treatment would be pursued with vigour.

    But no. Not allowed.

    No wonder we’re all looking down the rabbit hole. They forced us to look.


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  133. The real and very sinister problem here isn’t the fake and hoaxer extraordinaire Bruce Pascoe, it’s the left and their useful idiots, in publishing, in the “MSM, in politics, in education and in academia, that have lauded him

    The US network ABC has just made a whole tongue-bathing documentary about Christopher Steele, as I linked upthread. These magic people are ineradicable. Greta is another one.


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  134. Lots of ”could” and ”may” in the report. We MAY have dodged Hale-Bopp but we MIGHT be impacted by the solar flare.

    Keep in mind that the fount of all climate wisdom, the IPCC, has solar variability pegged at ±0.05 W/m^2 in their models. That is 0.00365% variability. Which makes a perfect plane of glass look bumpy.


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  135. I find it sinister as well.

    Evil. They are deliberately withholding the most effective medicine for this disease. People are dying because of this ban and millions of people are losing their liberty because the second class medicines they approve can’t do the job.


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  136. Why wouldn’t you just let individual doctors do their own research and prescribing?

    I’ve noticed over recent years that GPs are being increasingly circumscribed by the health bureaucracy in regard to what treatment and medication they can prescribe and when in the development of a patient’s condition they can do so. My GP is quite good at developing workarounds but no doubt these will be cracked down upon in due course. Now, on the one hand, that is simply a way of managing a scarcity of resources in a largely publicly funded system, but it also means that the health bureaucracy can come between a patient and his or her doctor and not necessarily for the better. At worst, yes, it can take on sinister overtones.


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  137. Boring arvo so here’s a few spicy titles for the jaded:

    Sexpot: born to lust, she lived in sin.
    Dance Hall Dyke: the vicious jungle of lesbian lures: the fickle and the fake screaming, the obscenity of their passions, while tender lovers cry for understanding.
    Nude in a Red Chair: no one knew how she spent her days; not her husband or the young wife of the artist next door.
    Kiss or Kill: she had to choose but she wanted both.



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  138. Why wouldn’t you just let individual doctors do their own research and prescribing?

    bugmen think they rule over us rather than the public servants they actually are.


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  139. The late Kev Hooper might beg to differ.

    Hardly “late”.
    He died in 1984.
    Notorious pisspot. You don’t get immunity just by being a Labor Member of Parliament.
    Though if you compared the surnames of the top Labor men of that era to Burkes Peerage, you might be surprised how many show up.

    And he certainly wasn’t the only Labour figure to experience it.

    Name a few others.


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  140. Greta wasn’t invited to COP26

    She’s turned up anyway.

    Along with the usual grifters and scammers.

    The South African government delegation, for e.g., will be asking for a commitment of US$269bn from Western participants to subsidise the de-carbonisation of their economy.


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  141. Roger, I think the docs can prescribe , but the stuff that isn’t on the protocol goes at full freight. In other words you don’t get the Medicare subsidy.

    GPs are the betas in the racket. It’s the surgeons and the specialists that don’t take much crap.


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  142. Hardly “late”.
    He died in 1984.

    Ed October.

    That is the exact meaning of ‘late’, when referring to a person. It matters not when that person died.

    Incidentally, we know not yet whether you have sworn secret oaths.


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  143. Dance Hall Dyke: the vicious jungle of lesbian lures: the fickle and the fake screaming

    I bet this involves forced scissoring after a robust few rounds of strip poker.


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  144. Name a few others.

    LOL.

    Even Joh had a Special Branch file, Ed, dating back to his involvement in Kingaroy local politics.

    It would be easier to name those in public life who weren’t the subject of their interests.


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  145. Dover, why are you saying that…. that it will be brutal from beyond 22?

    Because you are going to have COVID endemic in the community, and you have mass vaccinated the pop. for a single strain and according to Original Antigenic Sin, that initial encounter with the virus will be the one your immune system produces whatever variant pops up later, and no future booster will make a jot of difference because your system generates the original immune response.

    More to come in this week’s primer.


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  146. Can recall one incident during the Beattie reign that was explained away,
    another unrelated to Motor Vehicles was when a Cabinet Minister allegedly hammerpunched the president of Rockhampton’s Trades Hall with a full can during Labor Day celebrations c.2000.
    Mediated away, tho it’s still detailed on his Wiki entry.


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  147. Even Joh had a Special Branch file, Ed, dating back to his involvement in Kingaroy local politics.

    Sure, but that dates to the ALP Cooper and Hanlon Governments of the 1940s.

    It would be easier to name those in public life who weren’t the subject of their interests.

    Perhaps.
    Nevertheless, your claim is that Hooper and others in the Labor Party were harrassed during the 70s & 80s.
    Can you name a few of the others from the Labor Party, because I don’t think they exist.


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  148. In the winter of 1981 I was a passenger in a car heading inbound on Milton Rd, having left an address on the inner northside c. 5 minutes earlier. We were pulled over by an unmarked car that drove up beside us, the passenger displaying a disceet hand held lighted sign identifying them as police. The driver was questioned as to his identity and business. I was evidently too young to be of interest. Special Branch. It would have all gone on file and no doubt a new file was created for the driver who was of interest to them. Whitrod estimated there were thousands of such files already in the early 1970s.

    Some of the files still exist, others were destroyed while yet others were sent to ASIO.

    None of this is disputed, Ed.


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