2,635 thoughts on “Open Thread- Mon 8 Nov 2021”

  1. “Abbott calls on ‘quiet’ culture warriors
    Tony Abbott has declared ‘it is time for the quiet Australians to speak up’ and for centre-right political leaders to become cultural warriors.”

    Yes. We must destroy the Liberal Party.


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  2. Pogria

    We, of course, don’t have any examples that have lasted in our area, but in central and northern Australia I have seen many bowls carved out of wood (Mulga?) for carrying babies and also yams, seeds etc. I was given some examples many years ago and they are in my collection. The descendants of the old people on the NSW South Coast would carve these out of local inland cedar. My husband also brought home an elaborate fish trap woven out of reeds which he purchased on a fishing trip in Maningrida. The dilly bags that the women wove in the inland were also quite elaborate and skilful.


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  3. dover0beachsays:
    November 12, 2021 at 10:28 am
    that is indeed sad news about Gene Simmons. I had long admired him as he always spoke out against cancel culture, BLM, Antifa etc, every nasty curse afflicting us today.

    Sort of like Claire Lehmann and Quillette then.

    I always pegged them as grifters.


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  4. twostixsays:
    November 12, 2021 at 11:54 am
    Be afraid. Be very afraid. Your economic and financial future is in the hands of an incestuous combine of the most spineless and most incompetent people on the planet on the one hand and the greediest on the other.

    My lying eyes tell me inflation in Australia right now is running at 10-15%.

    You may be right. But as it was mentioned by someone else earlier, imagine what unemployment would be like if 300,000 PRs didn’t leave and 60,000 Aussies hadn’t either.


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  5. Vicki:
    You’re not concerned about some activist declaring the area his?
    Frankly, my first reaction to something like that would be similar to the Northern NSW farmers who had a whole raft of orders placed on their properties if a Koala was seen there – they went around and shot every koala they could find.


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  6. The ER protester, a man in his 60s, approached me waving a placard and asked if he could have a word. He said that there is a climate emergency so I stopped……

    I asked….”Do you have car and do you fly in an airplane?”

    He answered…..”yes”

    I replied…..”you’re a hypocrite”.

    He replied (I kid you not)….”I don’t want live in the stone age”.

    The correct response is to ask if he has heard the good news and accepted 90 protons into his heart as his lord and saviour.


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  7. I keep all the hand tools in my library, all marked according to where they were found.

    Farmers in my neck of the woods each have their collection of stone tools they’ve unearthed from their paddocks.


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  8. Nathan Buckley of Sydney law firm G&B Lawyers was suspended on Friday for at least six months.

    The Council of the Law Society made the decision after forming the view he could not discharge his duty to the administration of justice.

    The council also found Mr Buckley had failed in his duties not to engage in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, not to engage in conduct likely to bring the legal profession into disrepute, and to be honest and courteous in his dealings.

    His practising certificate has been suspended until 30 June 2022, at which point he can apply for another one.

    G&B Lawyers was behind a failed legal challenge to public health orders mandating vaccinations for some workers in NSW.

    Last month, Mr Buckley launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $1 million to fight against the suspension of his practising certificate.

    Disgraceful. This is a goddamned popularity contest.

    The document also referred to a social media post from G&B Lawyers criticising the NSW Supreme Court’s vaccine mandate ruling, which read: “So Justice Beech-Jones today said that no one in NSW has any rights. No one has a right to bodily integrity. He basically said it is ok to kill anyone you like. No one has any rights.”

    He’s right. But so is the judge – you don’t have any rights. Read the State constitution. State legislative power is virtually limitless. The State of NSW could legislate tomorrow that all green eyed people are to be executed. They really wouldn’t have much recourse given that judges and politicians chipped away and ignored human rights over the last two years.


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  9. rosiesays:
    November 12, 2021 at 6:34 pm
    Bert Newton attended a relative of mine’s funeral some years ago.
    I didn’t notice him at the time but someone mentioned it today.
    Not surprisingly there was no quid pro quo by my relative.

    Ahh yes. The old Two Ronnies jokes!


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  10. Heavily bureaucratised Western governments are a recent development. They are a product of the Industrial Revolution and the mass society that it enabled. Before the modern bureaucratic apparatus arose, governments behaved more legibly, towards a much more confined set of purposes. Primarily, they collected taxes and waged wars. What the bureaucracy has brought us, is a wealth of ancillary government functions that nobody even 100 years ago could have imagined, together with a suite of bizarre and unpredictable behaviour that nobody can explain. Corona has been an object lesson in all of the truly crazy and destructive things a broadly distributed bureaucratic policy consensus founded upon false premises can achieve.

    Like it has been said before – medieval France wasn’t that bad for peasants because although the King’s grip was terrible, his reach was short.


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  11. Vaggzine in Belgium – 100 per cent of ICU?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vUJKgtinvg&ab_channel=Dr.JohnCampbell

    Nov 8, 2021
    Ivor Cummins

    Just sent to me – wtf? I had people check translation – it’s official Doctor on mainstream media there, and translation correct
    Original source: https://twitter.com/MarcVegt/status/1457308070632112137?s=20
    Marc van der Vegt @MarcVegt
    English subtitles ,for all docters and people who are afraid to speak out, be strong and know that you are not alone in this
    Belgium-Antwerp GZA Hospitals 100% ‘vaccinated’ in the ICU

    @mrP2050
    @MichaelPSenger
    @FatEmperor
    https://atv.be/nieuws/gza-ziekenhuizen-laten-geen-bedden-meer-permanent-vrij-voor-covid-patienten-128526
    Ty @Noster20240123 for subtitles


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  12. likely to bring the legal profession into disrepute

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-10/robert-emmett-avoids-jail-over-child-abuse-material/6764952

    A former teacher from one of Australia’s most distinguished families of judges has avoided jail after being convicted of filming up the skirts of his students and possessing child abuse material.

    Robert Emmett, son of NSW Court of Appeal judge Arthur Emmett and Federal Circuit Court judge Sylvia Emmett, pleaded guilty in May to the charges, which included filming the private parts of children.

    The former St Andrew’s Cathedral School maths teacher, who is also the grandson of former chief justice of the NSW Supreme Court Sir Laurence Street, filmed three 14-year-old female students.

    Police also found more than 9,000 child abuse images on a portable hard drive at his home.

    Today, Judge Ian McClintock sentenced Emmett to a two-year Intensive Correction Order (ICO) to be served in the community commencing September 17.

    As part of the order he must do 32 hours of community service each month, continue to see his psychotherapist and undertake treatment programs.

    The judge called the child abuse material the “disturbing and perverted exploitation of children”.

    Yes well. Don’t take the government to court, however. Also, Extinction Rebeltards can break whatever laws they please.


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  13. Winston Smithsays:
    November 12, 2021 at 7:39 pm
    Vicki:
    You’re not concerned about some activist declaring the area his?
    Frankly, my first reaction to something like that would be similar to the Northern NSW farmers who had a whole raft of orders placed on their properties if a Koala was seen there – they went around and shot every koala they could find.

    A friend of mine said that when the whole “land rights” thing started his father said to him that if he ever saw a circle of stones anywhere on the property he should scatter them all around so no trace of the circle remained and not tell anyone except his father.
    He never said to me whether he did…


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  14. that link you posted is very informative, however, there is NO mention of flint. The stones are anything they collected and were able to bash about a bit. They never developed spear points, or flint knives.

    Sorry Pogria, the requirement for flint tools is a Phurhpie. What people use depends on what is available. As a heavy flint user myself, I buy old English knapped flints – by internet from an American supplier.

    I have learned that flint nodules can be found beneath the cliffs of Eucla – quite analogous to the Chalk, where the white cliffs of Dover leave flint nodules on the beaches below as they are eroded. Otherwise Aboriginal tools could be knapped from any other fine siliceous material – chert, banded iron or jaspilite, and so on. Flint is particularly nice but not necessary for stone tools.

    For knives, volcanic glass aka obsidian is awesome – but we Australians have an very old landscape and its mostly all gone. However, the glass telegraph insulators across the Centre were used to chip out some of the most amazing knapped tools in Australian history.


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  15. Vicki:
    You’re not concerned about some activist declaring the area his?

    Well not reclaiming possession, but certainly creating problems – yes.
    My biggest concern is that descendants of one particular clan group actually believe that the area in within their ancient territory – but evidence suggests this is quite wrong – & that it is part of the territory of another significant group. I really don’t want to get involved in that – so have not agreed to access of local groups. Which is a shame really.

    My husband jokes that if any coal seam gas groups want access, we will quickly invoke the “ancient sites” issue. And quite rightly, actually.

    Incidentally, I have left all artefacts to the proper authorities in my Will – as I don’t trust descendants to put the same value on them as I do.


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  16. Separate but equal……

    Kariyarra Noongar woman Sharon Todd becomes Western Australia’s first female Indigenous funeral director
    Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
    Fri, 12 November 2021 6:52AM

    Kariyarra Noongar woman Sharon Todd has made history by becoming the State’s first female Indigenous funeral director.

    Ms Todd started her business, Towards the Dreaming, after realising there was a gap in services offered by mainstream funeral companies.

    She was encouraged by her family after directing her nephew’s funeral in Perth last year and her brother-in-law’s funeral in Port Hedland this year.

    Ms Todd’s business proposal was supported by Wirrpanda Foundation’s Wirra Hub business advisory service, which provides in-house mentoring, networking opportunities and state of the art office facilities.

    Culture and identity are integral both in life and in death for Indigenous people, so it is important that this is respected and honoured.

    Ms Todd said she had always been passionate about creating funeral ceremonies that allowed “our mob to do things our way”.

    “My mission is to bring as much culture and tradition as requested by families, by involving them intimately with funeral preparations and incorporating what is important to them during our services,” she said.

    “Culture and identity are integral both in life and in death for Indigenous people, so it is important that this is respected and honoured.

    “By fostering human connection and rekindling our traditional practises, I hope to bring healing and closure to these families.”



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  17. A friend of mine said that when the whole “land rights” thing started his father said to him that if he ever saw a circle of stones anywhere on the property he should scatter them all around so no trace of the circle remained and not tell anyone except his father.

    I think that is a great pity.

    Look, I am not a member of the “sorry” group that seeks to victimise the Aboriginal people as a result of white settlement. A silly, and useless exercise.

    But I have a great wistfulness about what I call “the lost tribes” when I travel about this great country. They were great survivors for all those years and I want to preserve the few remnants that showed that “they were here”.


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  18. They were great survivors for all those years and I want to preserve the few remnants that showed that “they were here”.

    Hell yes. Mutual respect would be awesome… if possible in a culture filled with humbug.


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  19. An angle to the latest dispute with the wharfies which the MSM predictably is ignoring: where are the whinging advocates of equal employment opportunity and opponents of entrenched male privilege etc etc when the wharfies’ union wants to confine employment on the wharves to their families and friends? That,I assume, is positive discrimination.


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  20. Nobody ever heard of Juukan Gorge or listed it as a significant sacred site until Rio blew it up and all of a sudden it was a terrible desecration and the tears flowed like water.

    Tears dried up a bit when Rio opened the chequebook.

    The famed Bronzewing gold mine discovered in 1990 by prospector “Midas” Mark Creasey wasn’t able to go into production for over a year while various “elders” and “archeologists” scoured the ground looking for artefacts.

    Their results went on display at Leinster Community Hall. It looked like someone has tossed a shovelful of gravel on a table. Crusty old miners falling about laughing, and Bronzewing fired up, producing 250,000 ounces of gold in its first year.


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  21. I think Woolworths (at least) are working to integrate your bank account with the QR code thingy for buying at their stores.

    Visit Wollies sometimes, never used the QR thing, if necessary I will pay cash at the checkout, but more likely will preference IGS/ALDI or Coles


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  22. … where are the whinging advocates of equal employment opportunity and opponents of entrenched male privilege etc etc when the wharfies’ union wants to confine employment on the wharves to their families and friends?

    Traditionally, wharves and docks jobs ran in families.
    It can be dangerous work, shift work is involved, so it’s a shit job that fucks your health.
    Intergenerational knowledge isn’t to be sneered at.
    No mention of Males Only in the Log Of Claims.


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  23. Batch release assessment of COVID-19 vaccines – TGAhttps://www.tga.gov.au › batch-release-assessment-covi…
    To ensure these standards are maintained, the TGA will conduct a batch release assessment process for every batch of vaccine supplied in Australia.

    Would like to know what Cats think of this release from the TGA. I have always worried about possibility of Vaccine adverse reactions coming from “different batches” as Robert Malone remarked without explanation.

    This testing announcement is from this month. Is the TGA becoming sensitive about the growing concern about the variation in reactions?


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  24. Intergenerational knowledge isn’t to be sneered at.

    The American Army found, during World War Two, that working parties of their soldiers could move cargo at FOUR TIMES the rate of the “wharfies.” Intergenerational knowledge, my hairy aunt.


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  25. They were great survivors for all those years

    As were all our ancestors, otherwise we wouldn’t be here.
    I find this line of racial pride illogical.


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  26. They were great survivors for all those years and I want to preserve the few remnants that showed that “they were here”.

    They did well: they exterminated the Mega Fauna, the greatest man-made animal extinction, burnt the place so bad they changed the flora from rainforest to semi-arid gum fire-bombs and exterminated the 2 groups of peoples who were here before them. Fuck ’em.


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  27. Would like to know what Cats think of this release from the TGA. I have always worried about possibility of Vaccine adverse reactions coming from “different batches” as Robert Malone remarked without explanation.

    Sure.
    Malone is a vax apologist, his latest spin is

    “Let’s check each batch.”

    The issue is:
    Vaccines are tested over many years, this one wasn’t and the testing was blown up anyway.
    Any number of things could mean the vax is contraindicated for a person, but the experts aren’t going there.


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  28. Nobody ever heard of Juukan Gorge or listed it as a significant sacred site

    Didn’t the sacred artifacts of Juukan Gorge amount to a girdle, plaited from human hair, a few bones and sharpened sticks?


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  29. The American Army found, during World War Two, that working parties of their soldiers could move cargo at FOUR TIMES the rate of the “wharfies.”

    Perhaps, but Cranes, Winches and Lifting Gear should last a long time.
    Letting “working parties of American troops” use the gear is a certain way to ensure the gear is fucked before the next shift.


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  30. Wow , military and aboriginal Tourette’s at the same time. I think that could be first.

    The Rones has gone completely spastic with military Tourette’s over the past few days.


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  31. What I find illogical and repugnant, are the claims that people who have never been on my land. Never mixed their sweat and blood with its dust, somehow have more of a “connection” with it, than I.

    I have an appreciation for history, but people are not “special” – either specially good or evil, wise or foolish – just because they are now dead. Surviving might be creditable, but some folk did far more than survive.


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  32. The Rones has gone completely spastic with military Tourette’s over the past few days.

    JC’s “Ronery” – whoever that is – Tourettes has begun – it’s all downhill from here for the old crepsecule.


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  33. To Beertruk and Miss Anthropist from upthread:

    You seem to have some connection with Oakey. Does it go back a ways? I ask because my (then) closest friend, whom I had known from school days, was killed in an air crash out there. His name was Lynn Hummerston. Did you know (of) him??


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  34. The American Army found, during World War Two, that working parties of their soldiers could move cargo at FOUR TIMES the rate of the “wharfies.”

    Yes. I’ve just been reading the official account of the defense of Ambon by the 2/21st Btn. I could subtitle it “How to Eat a Shit Sandwich Really Really Well”. It’s a fascinating account given the whole thing was politically necessary but militarily inane. I propose letting the 2/21st guys meet the wharfies in combat in Valhalla. It would be a fun encounter to watch, if somewhat brief.


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  35. It’s a fascinating account given the whole thing was politically necessary but militarily inane.

    The Labor Party got a lot of Diggers killed to make some Political Point, is that what happened?


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  36. The whole “our land” is bullshit to me.
    You happen to be standing on a piece of extruded mantle floating around on the surface of a planet.
    We are all stardust.


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  37. Ed – No. Ambon had to be defended because of US voters and the UK-Dutch-Aussie alliance thing. So the 2/21st was sent with little equipment and ammunition. A RAAF Sqn of Hudsons was based there. Which was quite useless against carrier Zeroes. The 2/21st had no artillery, no AT, no AA and little transport. The 2/21st btn commander kicked up such a righteous stink that he was replaced just before the Japanese landed. His replacement Maj. Scott, a 1st AIF guy (who volunteered knowing exactly what he was in for), ate the sandwich with excellent form. The Dutch forces were twice as large as they were, but bugged out after a very short time. The Aussies did bloody well, and the political requirement was bloodily met.

    I was especially sad that Sgt. L E Martin, captured at Ambon, died as a POW on 5 Aug 1945 one day before Hiroshima. And his colleague Sgt. H L Smith died as a POW two weeks earlier on 21 July 1945. Shit happens, and sometimes in life you are called upon to eat a sandwich of it.


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  38. I watched the beginning of Bert Newton’s funeral today. Is the acknowledgement of traditional owners a regular thing at church services now? I must admit, I was quite taken aback by it.


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  39. The Dutch forces were twice as large as they were, but bugged out after a very short time.

    The Dutch Army in the Netherlands East Indies was largely recruited from among the local population – their officers and N.C.O.’s didn’t trust said recruits not to sell them out to the Japanese at the first opportunity.


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  40. Peoples!

    The fascism is now being unrelentingly turned up to eleventy.

    According to the cybores, “Resistance is futile”.

    Not in this li’l cottage. 🙂


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  41. Thankyou Johanna for the anti-flounce. I will still miss Lizzie. The chapter you put up from the Queens of Newminster bit was interesting as it allows the reader to digest the words a bit like slow jazz. Will have a look whe not on my phone.


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  42. Vickisays:
    November 12, 2021 at 8:34 pm
    Batch release assessment of COVID-19 vaccines –
    To ensure these standards are maintained, the TGA will conduct a batch release assessment process for every batch of vaccine supplied in Australia.

    Would like to know what Cats think of this release from the TGA. I have always worried about possibility of Vaccine adverse reactions coming from “different batches” as Robert Malone remarked without explanation.

    This testing announcement is from this month. Is the TGA becoming sensitive about the growing concern about the variation in reactions?

    There’s a post on The Burning Platform blog that refers to an article from The Expose ‘…that makes an explosive claim: There is a wildly statistically-significant skew in the death rate from Covid-19 vaccines by lot number…[Moderna] There are 547 unique lot entries that have one or more deaths associated with them. Some of the lot numbers are in the wrong format or missing, as you can also see. That’s not unusual and in fact implicates the ordinary failure to get things right when people fill out the input…But there is a wild over-representation in deaths of just a few lots; in fact fewer than 50 lots account for all lots where more than 20 associated deaths accumulated and out of the 547 unique entries fewer than 100 account for all those with more than 10 deaths…

    How about Pfizer? Pfizer has 395 unique lot numbers associated with al least one death and , again, there are a few that are obviously bogus. But again, normal distribution my ass; there is a wild over-representation with one lot, EN6201, being associated with 117 deaths and fewer than 20 associated with more than 50.’

    (I still can’t link for whatever reason, so if anyone wants to read the entire post, see The Burning Platform, (title) Uh, That’s Not A Conspiracy Theory, by Karl Denninger).


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  43. Kareem al Jabbar

    I have a pair of the eponymous adidas hi-tops, which are still in active service.

    There is no such thing as a hero. Just those that we vainly hope aren’t as ordinary, flawed and expedient as we might be alleged to be.

    Which the former always prove to be. Hollyweird is not a concept, it’s a reality.


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  44. Reading back through.

    I have made both primitive stone cutting implements, and tried them out in the skinning if dog-tucker. While they “work”, they are far harder work than a decent steel knife – there is a reason why we went from the stone-age to the iron-age, instead of vice-versa – and present a bloody obvious reason why people who did the vast majority of their cooking with open fires, did not bother to skin their food..

    I have a couple of ground axes which are very poor cutting implements, and a number of what can best be described as “hammer stones”. Nothing more complex than round stones roughly fist-sized which have probably been carried from a conglomerate uplift about 15 miles south of here. Average about 1/square km.

    The scary thing is that some “elder” who has never in his life been on your property, can point to a spot in an open paddock, proclaim that there used to be a special tree there, and declare it a “sacred site”. How the hell do you defend against that?


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  45. The scary thing is that some “elder” who has never in his life been on your property, can point to a spot in an open paddock, proclaim that there used to be a special tree there, and declare it a “sacred site”

    Cite you the notorious “Yackabindi Station” land rights claim, where the “guardian of the sacred sites” lived hundreds of kilometers away in suburban Perth, and had never set foot on the property in their lives.


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  46. Zulu – What is apparent in this account (Singapore-Ambon-Timor) is just how easy it would’ve been for the Japanese to go one small step further and take Darwin. Whereupon they could’ve established a perimeter and kept the place for years. There was one battalion defending Darwin, and not much in the way of air support. If the Japanese had gotten the strategic idea of taking the place as a blocking location they would’ve succeeded brilliantly. I think the sheer guts of the 8th Div guys helped give the Japanese the idea, wrongly, that it wasn’t worth it.


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  47. and present a bloody obvious reason why people who did the vast majority of their cooking with open fires, did not bother to skin their food..

    No.
    The feet were skinned, the tendons exposed and tied around the legs to keep the heat and the juices from escaping.
    Making flint knives requires great skill and hand speed, there’s film of aborigines demonstrating that skill.


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  48. No. Ambon had to be defended because of US voters

    Bit of a stretch there. I mean they elected Biden but c’mon man! By repute, they can’t point out Australia on a map much less Ambon.


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  49. Zatara – I should’ve said the US MSM, not the US voters.

    If we’d cravenly capitulated and bugged out the US MSM would’ve had reams of reports and opinion pieces about the unreliable cowardly Australians, which the US voters would then’ve read. But since the 2/21st btn guys fought a bloody last stand without support or possibility of retreat the US MSM wrote nothing. Thus Australian political requirements were completed. And MacArthur arrived in Brisbane to reconquer the planet. Well done 2/21st guys.


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  50. But since the 2/21st btn guys fought a bloody last stand without support or possibility of retreat the US MSM wrote nothing

    And very likely knew nothing. The satcom antennas were a bit touchy back in the 40s.


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  51. If we’d cravenly capitulated and bugged out the US MSM would’ve had reams of reports and opinion pieces about the unreliable cowardly Australians, which the US voters would then’ve read.

    The Americans entered the war and occupied Australia in response to Pearl Harbor.
    Sending Aussie Diggers to Ambon to be slaughtered was a decision of the Curtin Labor Party Government.
    Curtin was the Daniel Andrews of his day.


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  52. And very likely knew nothing.

    As I said the replacement btn commander knew exactly what he was going into. He was a GHQ staffer who volunteered. Fortunately he survived the war.

    The satcom antennas were a bit touchy back in the 40s.

    Comms were so bad. So much defensive capability was lost in Malaya and SE Asia because the Japanese cut battlefield telephone lines with bombing and infiltration tactics. The defense of Tobruk was successful because of the 25 pounder guys, but that was only because the artillery spotters could communicate with the artillery batteries. Over and over in the jungle warfare the communications were cut, so the artillery didn’t know where to fire. Of course in Ambon there was no artillery, but comm line failure still prevented platoons and companies from coordinating and supporting each other. It would be fascinating to know what modern coms could do to such situations. Much worse for the attacker I suspect.


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  53. The Americans entered the war and occupied Australia in response to Pearl Harbor.

    The Americans occupied Australia solely to use as a base to drive North to recapture the Philippine Islands, after the shambles that military genius, Douglas MacArthur, had made of their defence…


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  54. BoN, forgive me for being obtuse.

    Blame the Americans for not making a big deal of 2/21’s fight?

    I suggest that one, they didn’t have any reporters there, because they were likely in Bilabid prison by then.. Two, even if they were there they had no way to get the story out asmorse code required a sending unit and an antenna, the smartphones with cameras were 3-4 generation later.

    On can be as inflamed as they like about the battle, but suggesting that the American media and by extension the American public, didn’t care lacks logic.


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  55. after the shambles that military genius, Douglas MacArthur, had made of their defence…

    Zulu – I’ve been reading how the Japanese went through four divisions like poo through a goose to take Singapore. Breathtaking stuff. The 8th Div did the best but they were roadkill in the end like the Indian divisions all were. Shows what veteran troops and carefully honed tactics can do. For example the Japanese didn’t bother with artillery much – just had masses of company level mortars, which fits the jungle battlefield so much better. I have to say on what I read about Malaya and Singapore that the defense of Corregidor, without air cover and in the face of total naval supremacy, seems pretty damned good. I haven’t read about that campaign though.


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  56. Sacred sites are being gutted all over. The Champion Hotel at the corner of Brunswick and Gertrude streets is now a post office.

    And what about the Wobbly Boot in Bogga?


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  57. BoN, forgive me for being obtuse.

    Zatara – The whole idea is not to have coverage of fleeing cowardly Aussies, and not to have coverage of Australia abandoning loyal defenseless allies to the heinous Japs.

    Media silence is a fine thing. We know that much more these days than back then, but the UK and Australia in 1941 were exquisitely aware of what would and would not go into US newspapers. To catch a friendly gorilla one needs to have a lot of tasty treats for him, but no sour ones.


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  58. The scary thing is that some “elder” who has never in his life been on your property, can point to a spot in an open paddock, proclaim that there used to be a special tree there, and declare it a “sacred site”. How the hell do you defend against that?

    there are usually tell-tales of human presence, eradicate them before anyone sees them.


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  59. I haven’t read about that campaign though.

    MacArthur began that campaign under the belief that the Japanese would not attack until April 1942, and that, using Gallipoli as an example, any Japanese invasion of the Philippines was bound to fail. Several hours after Pearl Harbor, the majority of his Air Force was wiped out, on the ground. It went downhill, from there.


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  60. Hi JC
    Is Military Tourettes contagious in your opinion?

    Gentlemen are discussing matters military, Grogarly. Shut the door on your way out, will you?


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  61. What island were you deployed to, Rones? You told us one time that you were “deployed” to a pacific island and I think you mentioned how dangerous it was and that you were prepared to give your life for the country even in the middle newlyweds on their honeymoon. The dudes here that have also fought hot wars were hugely impressed with your courage and humility.


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  62. My lying eyes tell me inflation in Australia right now is running at 10-15%.

    probably about right.

    property that was yielding about 4.5% is now yielding about 2.5% with all the property price increases. If rba rates rise 2-3%, that would mean rents would need to roughly double to maintain 2.5% above the risk free rate.

    something is going to break.


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  63. New Jersey state senator-elect Edward Durr recounted an ironic conversation he had with his longtime predecessor – and state Senate President – Steve Sweeney after he conceded the race to the Republican commercial truck driver.

    Durr, in an appearance on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday, said Sweeney was “a gentleman” in his congratulatory call a day earlier, which followed his public concession.

    “He congratulated me and just wished me luck, [told me] to do well for South Jersey,” Durr said.

    “I told him, you know, if he ever needs anything, just give me a call, because I’m his representative now,” Durr, who is reported to have spent only $153 on his primary campaign, responded.


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  64. What island were you deployed to, Rones?

    All on track, so far. JC will disappear up his own rectum, in about half an hour or so, still raving on about “Rones”, whoever that is, and wondering why no one believes his stories about fifteen years on Wall Street. All on track.


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  65. Trailer Excitement:

    Borrowed mates tandem trailer, two lathes on board and a workbench. About 30 minutes into the trip has some horrible shimmies that came and went without warning. Did I load it wrong?!

    Pulled into servo to check load and see if I could work out the problem. That wheel looks to be in an odd position?! Left hand rear spring bolt and half the bracket is MIA and the end off the spring wedged up the side of the trailer. Called RACV, bloke called me back, got me to send photos and told him I needed a 1/2” high tensile bolt about 2” long.

    While I waited for him I jacked up the trailer and started wrestling things back to where the should be. Young RACV bloke turns up, had hunted for a bolt at their workshop but couldn’t find anything big enough. Think you’re going to need to be towed. Seeing what I was trying to do with a ratchet strap to pull the spring back into place he relocates his Ute to the other side so I can use it to pull from. With more ratcheting the spring pops back into the bracket. I lower the jack slightly and everything is now lined up, we’re just missing a 1/2” bolt. Then I remember that the tool post bolt on one of the lathes is 1/2”. While I extract that I get him to rummage through boxes of tooling in the back of the Ute to see if he can find a 1/2” nut. I get the bolt and he finds a 1/2” nut on a waldown toolpost grinder.

    We put the bolt in and he gets his rattle gun to run the nut up hard on the end of the thread. The whole mess fixed in about 30 minutes in the rain. RACV bloke is in his second year of Mech Eng at RMIT.

    Good job RACV!


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  66. Zip

    Wage rates are constrained in Oz.

    I had this discussion with a friend this very evening. He thinks it’s inflation, whereas I think we’re seeing a change in relative prices brought on by a very material supply shock. The central banks, unlike the first decade of the century need to be very very careful because the majorly fucked up big time then. They tightened policy and almost caused a depression. They tightened on the mistaken belief that the rise in commodity prices was inflationary whereas we were experiencing a material, unexpected increase in demand from the economic advancement in the developing world.

    Here’s the thing though, if the markets really believed that we were entering a period of high inflation , bond prices wouldn’t be where they are now.

    I think we have seen the peek in bond prices, but the lows are possibly 40 years away.
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  67. Zipster

    Wage rates are constrained in Oz.

    I had this discussion with a friend this very evening. He thinks it’s inflation, whereas I think we’re seeing a change in relative prices brought on by a very material supply shock. The central banks, unlike the first decade of the century need to be very very careful because the majorly fucked up big time then. They tightened policy and almost caused a depression. They tightened on the mistaken belief that the rise in commodity prices was inflationary whereas we were experiencing a material, unexpected increase in demand from the economic advancement in the developing world.

    Here’s the thing though, if the markets really believed that we were entering a period of high inflation , bond prices wouldn’t be where they are now.

    I think we have seen the peek in bond prices, but the lows are possibly 40 years away.


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  68. https://www.smh.com.au/national/dying-of-covid-or-with-it-pathologists-take-on-conspiracy-theorists-20211111-p5982e.html

    Dishonest bullshit.

    Conflates three things:

    1. The loopy idea that COVID doesn’t exist.
    2. The correct idea that many people – elderly, comorbid, simply died with (at worst, of) and not from COVID.
    3. Questioning authority is somehow a conspiracy theory.

    The “best” lies are half truths.

    The above sort of article is the worst kind of propaganda. It tells the truth about whackos and conflates it with reasonable dissent.


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  69. All on track, so far. JC will disappear up his own rectum, in about half an hour or so, still raving on about “Rones”, whoever that is, and wondering why no one believes his stories about fifteen years on Wall Street. All on track.

    No one? You mean you’re trying to create fake news, Rones, you disgusting turd

    That bet I offered the other evening is evergreen, which means you can take it up any time you want.

    1. I did or didn’t work on wall street
    2. You did or didn’t receive 600K as a special dividend.

    100K on each bet and we escrow.

    Here’s the thing, you dishonest imbecile. You could take the bet and if you were honest about having received that dividend amount, you would at the very least breakeven. But as everyone knows, not taking the bet means, you’re a dishonest, big noting, disgusting cuckold.

    And please stop it with the chest thumping. It doesn’t impress anyone, you dickhead.

    My compliments too. 🙂


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  70. Regarding the loss of Singapore and Malaysia, the Empire lost them decades before the Japanese ever set foot in them.

    They lost it to the reality that nobody in a universe away wanted to spend any real money or effort there as they were broke after WW-I. So they devised a war plan based on rushing a non-existent fleet to a naval base in Singapore which was never equipped or supplied to support it. They put ancient 15 inch guns removed from dreadnoughts in people’s back yards. All to shake a big stick at the Japanese who saw the paper dragon for what it was.

    When the inevitable happened, the powers that be focused on defending that non-existant naval base to support the fleet that would never come…. and got totally reamed by reality.


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  71. Here’s the thing though, if the markets really believed that we were entering a period of high inflation , bond prices wouldn’t be where they are now.

    Ganmain (look it up) in southern NSW had property prices shot up 15% in one quarter this year.

    We have supply shocks and borrowing and (informal) monetisation of debt.

    Inflation is horrific, even if part of it is transitory.

    Just don’t fall for the Kool Aid like the US MSM and gaslight the public – “inflation is actually really good, Explained…”

    What a prevericative, obnoxious and twee load of steaming bullcrap.


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  72. Inflation is here to stay. Expect roughly 10% inflation per year for the next 3 years…
    Also, to track real inflation, all you need to do is track the average price of gold and the average price of housing. They are almost the same.
    You will find that over the last 20 years, both the price of gold and the price of the average property has increased by around 400%.

    Always remember, inflation is not the price of everything increasing, it is the value of your currency going down due to printing of money.


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  73. Ganmain (look it up) in southern NSW had property prices shot up 15% in one quarter this year.

    I believe you, but why is that inflation? Spikes in real estate aren’t part of the CPI. In fact, spikes in real estate could be considered dis-inflationary as people need to devote more resources toward one purchase vs others.

    We have supply shocks and borrowing and (informal) monetisation of debt.

    We do not have monetization of debt.

    The RBA allows the market to set the price for debt. It doesn’t simply stuff bonds on their balance sheet without firstly allowing the market to set the price. This is so freaking important.

    Also, the only way this can become hyper inflation is if the markets believed the central banks wouldn’t stop quantitative easing.

    Inflation is horrific, even if part of it is transitory.

    Lockdowns and pandemics are horrific. Chinese bioweapons escaping from the lab are horrific.

    Just don’t fall for the Kool Aid like the US MSM and gaslight the public – “inflation is actually really good, Explained…”

    I never would.


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  74. What island were you deployed to, Rones? You told us one time that you were “deployed” to a pacific island and I think you mentioned how dangerous it was

    I’m calling bullshit.
    No such claim was made.
    This has been called before, & the claim was unable to be backed up.
    (In other words, was bullshit)

    Situation normal.


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  75. Ganmain (look it up) in southern NSW had property prices shot up 15% in one quarter this year.

    A house sold for $100,000 a year ago, & another the other day for $115,000

    Question: Did the more expensive house come with a sheepdog?
    (Something’s gotta explain the price rise)


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  76. Plasamoter

    You’re talking horseshit. Stay away from blogs that write that sort of thing because eventually you end you blaming the Rothschilds and then it’s an easy road to hating Jews..


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  77. I came to this conclusion myself, based on my own research…
    Not blogs…
    track the gold price, it’s freely available information
    track house prices, also freely available information…

    All forms of ‘government stimulus’ rely on the printing of money, be it buying bonds or schemes such as jobkeeper.

    If you increase total money supply, you reduce the value of the respective currency.
    It takes time to filter through various parts of the economy (wages are always last), I highly recommend looking at the 20 year price chart for gold, it is quite accurate.


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  78. Driller

    Can you show us one comment you’ve ever made here or on the old blog where you’ve initiated a story instead of you commenting on what others saying. You’ve the biggest fucking parasite ever. You have the initiative if a frozen ghat.


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  79. I came to this conclusion myself, based on my own research…
    Not blogs…

    No you didn’t. You read it in silly blogs.

    track the gold price, it’s freely available information
    track house prices, also freely available information…

    So what? I can show you a chart for personal cheese consumption and people dying tangled up in their bed sheets correlating perfectly.

    All forms of ‘government stimulus’ rely on the printing of money, be it buying bonds or schemes such as jobkeeper.

    What does that even mean?

    If you increase total money supply, you reduce the value of the respective currency.

    Which money supply? M1, M2 ,M3. What about velocity?

    It takes time to filter through various parts of the economy (wages are always last), I highly recommend looking at the 20 year price chart for gold, it is quite accurate.

    Nonsense.


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  80. I’m calling bullshit.
    No such claim was made.
    This has been called before, & the claim was unable to be backed up.
    (In other words, was bullshit)

    Situation normal.

    Don’t know about any “Rones”, but 22nd June, 2015, JC was exposed as making up shit about my service record – He claimed that I said I’d served in Vietnam, where I’d always denied any such service, so it’s not as though he hasn’t got a previous record. He never was able to post where I’d made any such claim.


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  81. You effectively gave me a response of sticking your fingers in your ears, shaking your head and yelling “lalalalala”…..
    Best of luck to you sir…


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  82. This is TLT.

    It’s the bond ETF traded as equity and listed on the NYSE.

    Have a look at the chart. Price going up means lower bond yields and price going down means lower. In an inflationary environment TLT’s prices should be heading lower. In fact, it ought to be spiking lower. It’s not. Why?


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  83. Don’t know about any “Rones”, but 22nd June, 2015, JC was exposed as making up shit about my service record – He claimed that I said I’d served in Vietnam, where I’d always denied any such service, so it’s not as though he hasn’t got a previous record. He never was able to post where I’d made any such claim.

    Yea Rones, lots of other people thought you’d said that because you lie so much about yourself no one knows what’s true or false about your claims. Others have said this about you. You’re the biggest bullshit artist on that side of the rabbit proof fence. That’s why she ended up rooting the next door farmer. You’re a disgusting dishonest turd who makes up fake stories about himself and lies about others. You’re filthy, totally disgusting and you’re a drunk.

    This will never stop until you leave.


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  84. Excuse me, Plas as I had to get stuck into the Rones.

    Plasmamortar says:
    November 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    You effectively gave me a response of sticking your fingers in your ears, shaking your head and yelling “lalalalala”…..
    Best of luck to you sir…

    No I didn’t. I gave you a response suggesting your argument is very simplistic.


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  85. Here’s your problem Rones.

    You’ve often said false claims about their military service can be a chargeable offense resulting in a fine or jail time. You’ve said this many times. If you never made the claim, then why would even mention such sanctions as it wouldn’t apply to you? You clown, you’re so fucking stupid it’s incredible to see you able to remember to breathe.


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  86. That’s why she ended up rooting the next door farmer.

    You seem obsessed with talk of rooting the neighbours.
    You post on this with quite some regularity.

    Is there something you need to share?


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  87. Busy evening at Conrad Hilton’s
    FNQ oasis this Friday .

    There’s always room for one more.
    Don’t be alone & sad tonight, inject some elation into your life, enjoy top quality drinks, first class hospitable service, meet new friends, be thrilled to be alive.

    Don’t be sad scroogey & alone on a night like this.


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  88. you’re describing yourself when you’re making accusations against others.

    Low-energy Jeb has taken over JC’s login ID.
    Should we report this to the site moderators?


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  89. You’re as cringeworthy inappropriate as the pacific island warrior.

    Very low energy.
    Go & have a good nap.


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  90. Go & have a good nap.

    Make you nap at home & not accidentally at the neighbours.
    Wouldn’t want you to turn out to be describing yourself with your accusation against others.


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  91. Australia: Lockdowns and Location Apps | Jordan Peterson and John Anderson | #REPOST

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JdROVmGOAI

    Nov 12, 2021
    John Anderson
    In this selection of highlights from a recent interview, John speaks with Dr. Jordan B. Peterson on his podcast. Peterson is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, clinical psychologist, public speaker, and best-selling author.

    They discuss the Australian lockdowns and the arrogation of increased government powers in light of COVID-19. They also discuss how politicians have shifted the responsibility of COVID-19 management and policy to a newly-established medical elite.

    Finally, they contemplate the short and long-term consequences of heavy-handed government, including the legitimacy of lockdowns, introduction of vaccine mandates, and the normalisation of community surveillance.

    The full conversation is on Dr. Jordan Peterson’s channel and can be found here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoRFaiqiQGo&t=2093s


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  92. PeterW:

    The scary thing is that some “elder” who has never in his life been on your property, can point to a spot in an open paddock, proclaim that there used to be a special tree there, and declare it a “sacred site”. How the hell do you defend against that?

    You defend against bullshit like this by knocking a Billion dollars off the $34 Billion a year for each Sacred Site.
    THAT’S how it’s done. Only the genuine SS will survive this test.


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