3,064 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 19 Mar 2022”

  1. If you look up ungrateful kunt in the dictionary, you’d find Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
    The Brits just unfroze 400GBP of Iranian money to get her home.

    @Haggis_UK
    Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – “I don’t agree with Richard on thanking the Foreign Secretary, because I have seen 5 Foreign Secretaries over the course of the 6 years.. I was told many times that we’re going to get you home, but that never happened.. I’m not going to even trust you”

    https://twitter.com/Haggis_UK/status/1505885278665326596?s=20&t=tGFURdcDMORsGNhB_0TOGA


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  2. Greens senator Lidia Thorpe has become the first person to lodge a report on a new online register designed to enable First Nations people to put on the public record the levels of racism they experience.

    that would the same Lidia Thorpe on $211k plus allowances.

    And *this* is her complaint. “Dontcha know who I am?!”

    ..she was waiting in the express queue to board her flight .. but after seven minutes had not been able to continue onto the plane.
    .. she was ignored by Virgin Australia staff.
    .. she noticed passengers were being processed through the general queue for the remainder of the plane’s seats and so joined that line instead
    .. my handbag was over [weight], which contained my parliamentary iPad and phones, and was asked to take out my water bottle, take out my denim jacket, which I did.

    “And then I was told it was still over [weight], and …. I didn’t know what to do.”
    The senator said she was told that she would have to leave something behind, and when she said she was not able to, airline staff called security.

    How in any rational person’s thought process is this racial discrimination?

    The silly bint got hoity because her priority queue wasn’t moving, jumped lines, had overweight baggage and then refused to comply with directions.

    I’m waiting for the eyewitness reports of her abusing airline staff..


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  3. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

    IIRC she’s being presented by the usual suspects as someone who innocently went to Iran on a tourist visa for a holiday to see her parents.
    Not as readily reported: She’s a UK-Iranian dual citizen, who was in the homeland assisting underground anti-govt journalism.


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  4. I’ve seen the same thing happen to many…many pale people too Lydia. Including one of my daughters who was heavily pregnant at the time.

    Can you take water bottles on planes these days?

    Also, thanks for the Tucker monologue, Zippy. All the Zelenski praise should be troubling opposition parties, but if you’re really all one party, it’s only a problem for the minors.


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  5. Greek refugee from Mariupol: “Ukrainian soldiers stopped and threatened us, Russian soldiers calmed us down” (VIDEO)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D21fuJ8kV1I
    By Athens Bureau
    4 days ago
    https://greekcitytimes.com/2022/03/18/greek-refugee-from-mariupol/?amp

    The shocking moments that were experienced when escaping the horror of the war were described by ethnic Greeks originally from Sartana on the outskirts of Mariupol in Eastern Ukraine.

    The refugees from Sartana have been in hosting facilities of the Municipality of Zografou in Athens for a week now and their children have already started school.

    In speaking about their escape from Mariupol through a corridor, one refugee speaking in Greek with a distinguishable Ukrainian accent said to OPEN TV: “I remember when leaving Mariupol, Ukrainian soldiers stopped us and threatened us.”

    “Russian soldiers in tanks were trying to calm us down after all of that,” she added.

    Via Gonzalo Lira from Ukraine
    Mariupol
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rZK7o-pyw8&t=19s


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  6. Can you take water bottles on planes these days?

    AFAIK always have been able to.
    (Other countries & international flights may differ.)

    Though anything could have happened since the Covid-curtain was lowered over our formerly free society.


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  7. I had no idea that the Ukraine and Russia between them supplied so much of the world’s wheat. More than a third.

    That would be unimportant if Joe Biden did one thing.
    Ban the burning of corn ethanol in vehicles.
    That’s 40% of the US maize crop.

    We are so insane that we burn food in cars and think that is virtuous.


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  8. GreyRanga says:
    March 22, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Enjoy you book on Murray Walker, Johanna. He could make watching paint dry exciting and it was never about him. I miss his commentary.

    So do I, ranga. His commentary was a big part of what got me interested in F1 in the first place. He was so enthusiastic, so knowledgeable – it was irresistible. I used to stay up till 3 am on work nights to watch the races with his commentary.

    I’m sad to say that those days are gone – not remotely interested in Woke F1.


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  9. Can you take water bottles on planes these days?

    AFAIK always have been able to.

    haven’t been able to take those exceeding a certain volume as carry on, on international flights for quite some time.

    https://www.abf.gov.au/entering-and-leaving-australia/can-you-bring-it-in/bring-on-a-plane

    All liquids, aerosols and gel items must be in containers of 100 millilitres or 100 grams or less
    ….
    You cannot take containers larger than 100 millilitres or 100 grams, even if they are partially filled. For example, a 200 gram toothpaste tube that is half-full is not allowed.



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  10. Australian pubs: At York there were four within two blocks, lovely two-storey stone and brick corner pubs, with verandahs: the Imperial (Dad’s), Castle, Prince and Royal.
    My favourite English pub was the Duck and Monkey, either Brighton or Hastings, I can’t remember because it was the 1970s and we drank there a bit. I just did a search and it doesn’t exist now. It had massive wooden floorboards and roof beams black with age, and lots of WWII memorabilia. I was told the fauna came off a ship before the Armada.


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  11. Rex Anger at 1:40 pm – thanks. With health expenditure increasing at 2-3x CPI and constant cries of crisis I just tune out – which happens more and more these days.


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  12. Yes, Joh. Field corn vs. sweet corn.

    The field corn is left to dry out then processed for both biofuel and animal feed plus a number of other commercial applications.

    Sweet corn is shorter and harvested earlier while the kernels are still plump. The rule of thumb is to pick when the silk appears.


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  13. “How in any rational person’s thought process is this racial discrimination?”

    1. Thorpe is not rational.

    2. Thorpe is always attention seeking.

    3. Thorpe imagines racial discrimination everywhere because it justifies her ideological narrative.

    4. It’s a searing indictment of Australia in 2022 that we have the likes of her in our parliament.

    5. She’s a disgrace.


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  14. Bruce, my understanding is that the maize (corn) grown for fuel is not eating standard.

    Johanna – I would eat it if hungry and couldn’t afford other food.
    I’m sure a lot of poor people around the would would agree with me.

    There’s been a lot of speculation that this current unpleasantness will cause another Arab Spring type event. Egypt for example imports a vast amount of grain. And yet the greens want to burn food in vehicles: corn ethanol, palm oil diesel etc. If there was anything which demonstrates green hubris and contempt for poor people it is this stupid doctrine. And it doesn’t even save on CO2.


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  15. That would be unimportant if Joe Biden did one thing.
    Ban the burning of corn ethanol in vehicles.
    That’s 40% of the US maize crop.

    We are so insane that we burn food in cars and think that is virtuous.

    Yes Brucie, and what exactly would be the knock-on, second order impact on US fuel prices? Do you know what the immediate impact would be? Let’s think about it for a second..

    1. The US is a grain exporter, which by definition means it cultivates enough grains to satisfy it’s own domestic demand.
    2. Immediately stopping the burning of bio fuel would increase the supply of grains/corn etc in the US market and would possibly lower the price of grains/corn domestically and around the world.

    But what else do you reckon it would do, Brucie. As current US energy policies stand, it would cause the price of domestic fuel to rise by a decent lick.

    Is that what you want? Really?

    This is what you do. Massively deregulate the energy production in the US and ease out bio-crap as production begins to increase or the energy side.

    Another lesson and also another Titusing 310, I suspect.


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  16. Johanna – I would eat it if hungry and couldn’t afford other food.

    Of course. If cattle can eat it, so can humans. Maybe get the cattle to process it first, then eat the cattle.

    And the hard grain is ground down anyway for flours of various textures, just like any other grain.


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  17. Bluey

    Sorry, I have been busy and have not been able too write a bit about the fourth threat category I mentioned, Insurgency.

    The good news is that, if we are prepared for the task of mopping up the survivors of an invasion, with a network of reserve units in all significant population centres and mobile reaction forces, we have the essential elements in place.

    The bad news is that insurgency is essentially political. Military forces will need to have the systems in place to liaise with police and other civil agencies. This is where bureaucratic jealousies will cause problems, unless there is very firm political direction. The Lindt Cafe experience does not engender confidence.

    The other major political problem is immigration. Even 30 years ago, after the major immigration programs of the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, Australia was a largely homogeneous, high trust, society. It is not now, and the political factor of multiculturalism will make any counter insurgency campaign a matter of walking on eggshells in hob nailed boots. There is no obvious solution to this.

    I hope that these thoughts have been interesting, even if not useful!


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  18. duncanm says: March 22, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Can you take water bottles on planes these days?
    haven’t been able to take those exceeding a certain volume as carry on, on international flights for quite some time.

    What is this “international flights” of which you speak?

    Are you referring to the olden days? (i.e. 2019 or earlier)


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  19. This year’s field of industrial grade corn isn’t all that difficult to turn into next year’s field of wheat.


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  20. Winston

    Australia needs to defederalise and create two nations.

    There is no easy way to create two politically different nations from Australia.

    While most Greens and rabid lefties are concentrated in the major cities, particularly the wealthier inner city suburbs, there are cells everywhere (Byron Bay, Lismore to give two NSW examples). How would you propose to sort out the groups?


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  21. Australia eyes up US-style Space Force
    Space is becoming ‘more congested and is already contested,’ Australia’s defense minister is set to warn

    SpaceX and US Space Force compound at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. © Yasin Ozturk / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

    Australia’s defense minister Peter Dutton is expected to announce that his government will pursue the development of a US-style Space Force in the future, as the country’s new Space Command begins operations.

    On Tuesday, Dutton will warn the Air and Space Power Conference that “space is becoming more congested and is already contested,” with China and Russia having developed hypersonic missiles that can travel faster than 6,000 kilometers per hour, Australian media reported.

    During his speech, Dutton will declare that it is a “necessary endeavor, with a view to protecting our national interests and our need for a Space Force in the future.” The statement comes twelve months after the Royal Australian Air Force confirmed it was setting up a Space Command.

    “Together with like-minded partners and the United Nations, Australia has long championed the responsible and peaceful use of outer space in accordance with international norms,” the minister is due to tell the conference.

    The remarks, distributed to reporters ahead of his speech, will see him highlight how future warfare will lead to the “growing importance” of hypersonic missiles and space-based satellite communications. Space will “undoubtedly become a domain which takes on greater military significance in the 21st century,” according to the remarks.

    The Australian Space Command is now in operation, albeit a “modest” form of similarly established bodies in countries like the United States. The US Space Force was formed in 2019 by then-President Donald Trump, becoming the first new American military branch in more than 70 years.

    The Australian Space Command is currently led by Air Vice-Marshal Cath Roberts and incorporates personnel from multiple services, defense, public servants, industry contractors, and the Australian Space Agency.

    https://www.rt.com/news/552416-australian-us-space-force/


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  22. calli says:
    March 22, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Are biofuels still heavily subsidised in the States?

    I’m pretty sure they are in the US, but then transfer payments to farmers are quite significant unless it’s changed in the past decade or so without noticing.


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  23. callisays:
    March 22, 2022 at 3:44 pm
    Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

    Terry Waite is still available for comment. His thoughts on this woman would be interesting.

    That would be the same Terry Waite who, as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Envoy, complained to the British media that “You will get me killed”, because of their reporting on his efforts to release hostages in Lebanon.

    And who was subsequently kidnapped by terrorists and held hostage for a very long time.


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  24. Things That Used To Work:
    Does anyone remember the butter compartment in old fridges? It was just an enclosed shelf on the door that wasn’t insulated and so kept the butter in a spreadable temperature.
    How about sink plugs that actually kept the water in the sink? Now they are works of technical art that completely fail to do the task they were designed for.
    … more in this compelling post.


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  25. Bruce of N

    We are so insane that we burn food in cars and think that is virtuous.

    We are not insane, our so-called “leaders” and their advisers are.


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  26. Andrew Charlton, a former economics adviser to Kevin Rudd

    Reminds you about the kid who told the class his father was a rent boy because he was too embarrassed to say he played for Collingwood.


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  27. Australia to expand powers in crackdown on online ‘disinformation’
    The country’s media watchdog will be able to make tech giants hand over internal data

    Australia announced on Monday that it plans to expand the powers of its media watchdog to crackdown on so-called ‘online misinformation’ ahead of the country’s federal election.

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said the government would provide it with “new powers to combat harmful disinformation and misinformation.”

    Under its extended powers, the ACMA will be able to hold companies to account for facilitating the spread of content deemed to be misinformation, and will also be able to force companies to provide internal data on their response to such content.

    It comes after a June report made public on Monday found that Australians exposed to such content had “lower levels of trust” in government officials and “other authoritative sources.”

    “The propagation of falsehoods and conspiracies undermines public health efforts, impacts businesses, causes harm to democratic institutions, and in some cases, incites individuals to carry out acts of violence,” ACMA claimed, before announcing that the government had agreed to its recommendations that the authority “be granted new regulatory powers.”

    “These powers include information gathering and reserve code-making powers,” it revealed.

    The announcement was made just months ahead of Australia’s next federal election, which is due to be held before May 21. The exact date of the election has not yet been chosen. Recent polls have shown Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ruling Liberal Party lagging behind the opposition Labor Party.

    ACMA’s announcement was also made just days after the Liberal Party was defeated in the South Australian state election. South Australia’s incumbent Premier Steven Marshall – a member of the Liberal Party and an ally of Morrison – was replaced by opposition leader Peter Malinauskas.

    In a report conducted between 2020 and 2021, ACMA allegedly discovered that four in five Australians had been exposed to “misinformation about Covid-19” and that those exposed were subsequently less likely to trust government officials.

    Read more Australia suspends RT broadcast
    [link below]
    The report also claimed that Australians who had been exposed to “misinformation” were more likely to share links to “less reliable online news sources” instead of “mainstream” outlets such as Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News.

    The new powers will be discussed over the next few weeks and the changes are reportedly expected to be introduced in the Australian parliament later this year.

    https://www.rt.com/news/552364-australia-expand-powers-disinformation/


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  28. Bruce of Newcastle says:
    March 22, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    Bruce, my understanding is that the maize (corn) grown for fuel is not eating standard.

    Johanna – I would eat it if hungry and couldn’t afford other food.
    I’m sure a lot of poor people around the would would agree with me.

    Not your best comment, Bruce.


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  29. Australia’s defense minister Peter Dutton is expected to announce that his government will pursue the development of a US-style Space Force in the future, as the country’s new Space Command begins operations.

    Won’t that require spaceships? Or will it be like having cavalry without horses? Or a navy without ships?


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  30. callisays:
    March 22, 2022 at 3:57 pm
    Racists are always going to see race first. Always.

    See the race obsessed Imperial Media, and most politicians and the academic commentariat. It’s raining? It affects the minorities more than the whities! Sunny? See previous comment. And so on ad infinitum.

    Oops, I used some Latin, but I think I got away with it!


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  31. It will take a little time, but I don’t think the world has a major wheat shortage issue, just like I don’t think there’s a huge energy issue in the medium term. Yes, I know about Europe’s quandary.
    What we have is a customer /supplier problem. Russia will begin selling its wheat to the Chinese, thereby displacing what others are supplying to China. Meanwhile, those producers will begin to find new customers. It’s just a reordering of the supply chains… Yeah, another.

    The good thing for the Russians is that the wheat will likely be transported to China by rail, thereby bypassing the costly freight insurance. At least this is what I think will happen. The Chinese will seriously fuck them on price too.


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  32. “Are biofuels still heavily subsidised in the States?”

    Like here, there is a mandate for a specific level of methanol in fuels and there were similar scandals regarding ethanol producers. US farmers gain many subsidies for both export and bio-fuel use of crops.

    The corn issue is that the US overall exports white corn (good for tortillas etc) to Mexico and imports sweet corn (good for BBQ etc) from Mexico, so any fuel price increases really hit the Mexicans hard – they don’t sell as much to the US, and what their staple costs way more.


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  33. What we have is a customer /supplier problem. Russia will begin selling its wheat to the Chinese, thereby displacing what others are supplying to China. Meanwhile, those producers will begin to find new customers. It’s just a reordering of the supply chains… Yeah, another.

    Oh, you mean, like when the Chinks boycotted Strayan grain, it just ended up in a zero-sum juggle.
    World demand and world supply did not change by one tonne because of that.


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  34. I’m more interested in what colour the handbags are going to be in Space Force and Duck Dogers in the 21st Century. Don’t want anything that clashes with my green eyes.


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  35. Andrew Charlton, a former economics adviser to Kevin Rudd

    lets pick some impressive titles/worked unders…

    Sergi Obuggery, bodyguard for Trotsy.

    Gordon Gormchild, Storeman under General Custer who advised leaving he Gatling guns behind.

    Orlov Vsinnkky, formerly in charge of training for Rear Admiral Nikolai Nebogatovs fleet. (before Tsutshima)

    T’chck T’chok Montezuma’s spy chief who told him “theres Only about 200 of them, let them in”..

    Sergio Flannery, weather forecaster for the Spanish Armada.

    Gascon Fromage, selector of the Dien Bien Phu defensive position.


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  36. He’s baaaaack!

    Former Labor MP Craig Thomson in custody after allegedly breaching court order hours after pleading guilty

    Former Federal Labor MP Craig Thomson been arrested hours after pleading guilty to using a carriage service to menace, harass and offend and three counts of contravening an apprehended violence order.

    Thomson was arrested outside a daycare centre about 2.40pm on Tuesday for allegedly breaching an apprehended violence order and is in custody at Gosford Police Station on the NSW Central Coast.

    It is understood he engaged with his former partner Zoe Arnold, allegedly in breach of a final apprehended violence order made in court on Tuesday morning.

    The final apprehended violence order, which was made for two years, banned Thomson from going within 50m of Ms Arnold’s residence and workplace, and from assaulting, threatening, stalking, harassing or intimidating her or anyone with whom she had a domestic relationship.

    He is not allowed to contact or approach her in any way unless via court-approved counselling or mediation, or through a lawyer.

    Court documents obtained by The Australian reveal how Thomson sent in excess of 140 emails to Ms Arnold after they separated last year after police raided the Terrigal home they shared.

    In one email, Mr Thomson wrote he felt at times he wanted to “completely destroy” his former partner and mother of his three children, and another said he was “out having sex with a hot Brazilian model”.

    The documents also state in December last year Thomson planned to “expose” personal details about Ms Arnold, and made “several references to the victim’s sex life” and referenced her employment.

    Appearing before Magistrate Michael Antrum at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday morning, Thomson was convicted and sentenced to a Conditional Release Order for a period of 18 months for the using a carriage service to menace, harass and offend charge.

    He was found guilty, but not convicted, of three counts of contravening an apprehended violence order.

    The court documents state Thomson used his personal email address from October last year to send the emails, with Ms Arnold asking him to cease contact. Ms Arnold’s lawyer also requested all communications go through her lawyer’s office.

    Ms Arnold went to police in December after receiving the emails, in which she said she felt “intimidated, harassed and anxious” and fearful that Thomson’s behaviour would escalate.

    “There are times when I just have wanted to completely destroy you and take away everything you have … And I could still try and indeed get some satisfaction from that,” an agreed fact sheet details one email as saying.

    “This will surprise you but as well as absolutely hating you as much as I have … I do still love you.”

    It was also revealed Thomson threatened to withhold their children from Ms Arnold on several occasions.

    Magistrate Antrum said two emails Thomson sent were a “blatant and calculated use of technology meant to intimidate and harass the victim”.

    “People are entitled to be free of that tech interference,” he said. “Hopefully the children were shielded from such disgraceful behaviour.”


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  37. Wodger:

    On the “are they loony or evil ?” question, I’m leaning towards evil. No one can be this stupid

    Ideologies make people do wicked things.

    Wodger, “Ideologies allow wicked people to do wicked things.”
    Just a gentle correction…


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  38. Won’t that require spaceships?

    That is actually only a very small part of a modern Australian organisation, and probably the last part to worry about.

    First you need to set up a department of Diversity and Inclusion, Environment and Heritage, Gender and Identity Equity Offices, Disability Office, Indigenous Advancement Offices, Women’s Advancement Offices, Disabled Indigenous Women’s Offices, an office for the five year plan, an office for the ten year plan, and office for the 25 year plan, yoga rooms, safe spaces, conflict de-escalation officers, sandboxes for the furries, sunbaked rock overhangs for the scalies, Trans-child Outreach programs…the list goes on.

    Frankly it would be the height of recklessness to even start getting quotes for Chinese rocket technology without working out what colour the decor is going to be, if certain alarm sounds might trigger fear of sexual assault in female or female identifying astronauts, sustainable fuel, and there is a real danger that when enough justice has been painted onto the spacecraft there may be no room left for windows.

    So obviously you can’t just rush into it like a straight white male with a new Ikea bookcase.


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  39. I think CMD’s response about JC is quite accurate.

    The fiery commentator JC’s propensity to use randomly assigned nicknames is not endearing or entertaining, it is in fact quite confusing, serving only to add a layer of incomprehension to his comments. On a site comprised of pseudonyms there is no leeway for a secret and random second language, known only to one person.
    His claims of never initiating a stoush seem a very good tongue-in-cheek display. Until the point where it become clear to even the most casual of observers that he believes it, and that his obsessive pursuit of those to whom he arbitrarily takes a dislike is not an act, instead being deadly serious.
    The nature of his propensity to harbour a multi-day obsession with almost any other commentator, over a random and unpredictable minor point, would in real life be chilling. Nor should it be taken lightly on this page.
    Loud proclamations are always made that someone is being pursued because they are “wrong”, when usually this is not the case.
    It is the domain of a severe narcissist to obtusely believe they are always right whilst others are always wrong.
    The obsession this person has with selected other commentators can only be described as insane.

    I might be wrong, but I don’t think so.


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  40. Does anyone remember the butter compartment in old fridges?

    No.
    Unless you’re meaning something very similar to the vegetable crisper, only smaller & inside the door?

    I do remember the butter compartment in the kitchen cabinet. Lined with tin & kept the butter at (barely) above melting point in summer. Jam & other spreadables were also usually kept in there.


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  41. Dover
    I appreciate that you cannot moderate constantly and I wasn’t expecting you to do that.
    It’s disappointing some people have zero self control.
    As long as people see it for what it is.
    I’m very grateful for the blog.


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  42. AussiegirlAnna @AussiegirlAnna
    · 4m

    New South Wales Supreme Court Orders Re-vote After Online Voting System Crashes in December Local Election

    New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Robert Beech-Jones announced his ruling that thousands of voters will vote again after the online voting system crashed allegedly due to the increased volume of voters using the voting system, local news reported…

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/new-south-wales-supreme-court-orders-re-vote-online-voting-system-crashes-december-local-election/
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com


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  43. He’s baaaaack!
    Former Labor MP Craig Thomson in custody after allegedly breaching court order hours after pleading guilty

    That’s quite a fall from The Red Turbo Room and the Liars party room.


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  44. I said I’d mention who I think Bourne Identity 1889 is when I recalled.

    I’m pretty sure it’s BrettW (I called him Brett Whiner) from the old Cat who spent a decent part of his time there telling us how offended he was by my comments. One of the worst nancy boy busy bodies to deface a blog.

    Also a Queerslander too I might add. Nothing to see here though.

    He’s been permanently offended by me for around a decade and so far the imbecile is still unable to use the quote function.


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  45. Boambee John:

    Since you ask, I repeat my support for the Kissinger concept, first used at th4e time of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War: “Can’t they both lose?”
    There are no “goodies” in this war.

    Both are Kleptocracies using their hapless citizens for self enrichment.


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  46. Actually you are wrong
    I think many have been guilty of nickname changing. It’s often quite amusing.
    You were obviously fine with notaclue right Winston?
    This Survivor style barracking is childish and boring.
    ‘Chilling’
    Ridiculous hyperbole.
    Lurker is a troll who contributes nothing .


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  47. Family member had unflattering things to say about a couple of attendees at the Kitching funeral yesterday.
    Opening comment was did you watch the ABC news?
    As if.


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  48. Rocky O’Connor is the only Lieboral I can recall doing stir. I’m sure there must have been others. Lemma was lucky based on his corporate escapes. Dr John too at Elderslie.


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  49. I’m such a nonentity I have no nickname. Which is fine by me. I wouldn’t know who they were snarking at.

    I think Grigs called me the Retired Riveter. Which was a bit truthy. I am retired, and I have applied rivets. Only the little ones, mind. Not big, hot, heavy harbour bridge style ones.


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  50. Some people are either very slow or deliberately work to keep others in the dark –

    Trump touches orb in Saudi, lights up internet

    … opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology on Sunday alongside his host, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi …

    … massive screens monitor and display real-time online extremist activity while over 200 data analysts work on individual desktops …

    … designed to bring “prime technology together with Saudi expertise and international partnership to eradicate extremism.” …

    https://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/22/politics/trump-orb-saudi-arabia/index.html


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  51. Oh lord, the incredibly high IQ Winston takes a shot. How sad for me.

    Winston, the other day I was driving past the airport and I noticed a strange plane on the tarmac. It appeared to be a very large passenger jet with Chinese inscription on the side. And FMD, I think you were right (recall that time you complained to Davidson that I was being a meanie to you because you postedn a comment aboout a Chinese invasion through Tullamarine ). It was just a “scenario”as you called it. There were all these Chinese looking military dudes disembarking with guns and backpacks. You were right. They have landed at Melbourne Airport and about to take over the country. HELP!

    By the way, is Long Time lurker your spouse? The reason I ask is that you once got berated for being an idiot and she came the blog to defend you, which was very amusing. She also went under the blog name of LongTime Lurker. Recall, it was that time I was making fun of you by referring to you as Nurse Betty and she came on. It just looks a little funny that Long Time lurker was carrying the same nameplate as your spouse who you once told goes to bed drunk every evening. Alcoholics generally are insomniacs, which tallies with the 4.36 am slagging.

    Just a thought.


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  52. True Thai Elbow was also thought to be at the Red Door with Craig Thompson . The Bill for a night’s fun paid by the HSU was more than one man could have possibly used.


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  53. Meanwhile in the Alice:

    The NT government will soon start building the long awaited National Aboriginal Art Gallery, but $100m worth of funding is still up in the air.

    There’s another building – the Larrakia centre – being built at the waterfront in Darwin too.


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  54. Sancho,

    Any comments on Directors ID’s now it’s clear that it’s an “international obligation” and has fuck all to do with sorting any real problem in Australia?


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  55. China Eastern crash may have been pilot suicide…

    Very little May about it given the footage I saw. Like a Stuka on a target except without a pull out.


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  56. Yuugely entertaining scroll through just now.

    Banning is in. Nicknames are out. Commentary is in. Lurkers are out.

    Meanwhile, St. Ruth is waving his arms in the air in the paddock’s back corner, swamped by the other white noise. Faintly, one can just hear:

    *global coup d’état*
    *deniers, mentally ill*
    *shallow cock smokers*
    *I’m just one man*
    *Alan Jones read my letter*


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  57. KD
    and

    * I am the messiah*

    I think a wing of Judaism believes that the Messiah still has to show up. Wouldn’t it be a little ironic if the Messiah was Struth, the bread delivery driver. This is a big universe, so strange shit can happen. 🙂


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  58. I’d like to say some have zero self awareness, but really …

    rosie says:
    March 22, 2022 at 4:48 pm
    Dover
    I appreciate that you cannot moderate constantly and I wasn’t expecting you to do that.
    It’s disappointing some people have zero self control.
    As long as people see it for what it is.
    I’m very grateful for the blog.

    … they just believe everyone else is too stupid to notice what they (yes, plural) are always up to with their public ‘hints’ and private emailing & messaging.


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  59. H B Bearsays:

    March 22, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    Rocky O’Connor is the only Lieboral I can recall doing stir. I’m sure there must have been others. Lemma was lucky based on his corporate escapes. Dr John too at Elderslie.

    I lost money on Dr John.
    Bet he would go in the slot.


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  60. Cassie of Sydney says:
    March 22, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    JC, all “wings” of Judaism believe that the Messiah is yet to arrive.

    Given the state of the world, I hope he arrives soon.

    Umm Cassie, as Struth? How would you cop Struth as the Messiah driving a Baker’s Delight down the main drag in tow? Ummmm

    Okay, I thought the messiah belief was just among the hasidics, while the others believe they aren’t presumptuous enough to read the mind of God.
    That’s clear.


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  61. Me at 5:05

    Rocky O’Connor is the only Lieboral I can recall doing stir. I’m sure there must have been others. Lemma was lucky based on his corporate escapes. Dr John too at Elderslie.

    Apologies not Lemma. I think it was Greiner. His evidence to the Federal Court was described by the judge in the usual coded language reserved for those they feel are being less than truthful, despite being under oath.


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  62. Cassie of Sydneysays:
    March 22, 2022 at 5:39 pm
    JC, all “wings” of Judaism believe that the Messiah is yet to arrive.

    Given the state of the world, I hope he arrives soon.

    If he does arrive he’ll go back and proclaim, “you’re on your own.”


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  63. DOT!

    DOT, GET IN HERE!

    Cassie of Sydney says:
    March 22, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    JC, all “wings” of Judaism believe that the Messiah is yet to arrive.

    Given the state of the world, I hope he arrives soon.

    Remember when YOU SAID someone else said this (even though they didn’t), and YOU SAID it was the worstest everest sin, and YOU WANTED THEM BRANDED THE WORSTEST EVEREST SINNER, FOREVER MORE!

    Pepperidge Farm ‘members.

    In fact, you’d be surprised just how many do remember …


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  64. USSR

    I do recall. The bike seat hit the bride in the back of the head, meanwhile the car door slid down the runway falling into the side of a wagon wheel and the girl ended up with lumps all over her back as the sticky tape was left in the water jar. Really difficult times.


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  65. ExxonMobil fires warning over Victoria’s plan to turn off gas

    A pity they couldn’t fire any warnings over human rights violations by The Bat Eared Mong…..


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  66. Real estate XXX porn.

    Man, this is 10,000 a square foot. I know it better by feet. Shit that’s a lot of money. Nice digs but boy it’s expensive.

    $16m Double Bay penthouse sells for record

    Downsizers, returning expats and security-conscious wealthy Australian families are fuelling a bumper run of penthouse sales in Sydney and Melbourne, albeit at vastly different price points.

    In Double Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, a local downsizer agreed to pay $16 million – a record $108,000 per square metre for the area – for the top floor of a boutique development at 16 William Street known as Vedalia.

    Paying for the view: The Double Bay penthouse.

    The just-completed 149-square-metre, three-bedroom apartment, just one block from the harbour, had a price guide of $14 million. It was scheduled to go to auction, but sold within a week of hitting the market through Joshua Allen of JT Allen Real Estate.

    The open-plan apartment includes an expansive outdoor deck with harbour views (although not of the Sydney Harbour Bridge) as well as parking for four cars.

    While the buyer was a local downsizer, Mr Allen said the inquiries had included an expat willing to purchase the property sight unseen as an “insurance policy” for when they return.



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  67. And these numbers are nothing compared to other “lost” and “found again” ballot boxes in far more important elections along with all the other dodges, but why would anyone who knows how badly our elections are rigged care, so long as their Globalist Agenda Pushers are getting in and they can point at a (very f’in’ little), ‘win’ for electoral integrity like this farce, to shut down any drive to have the whole system sorted –

    ABC.au reported:

    Tens of thousands of voters in New South Wales will be forced back to the polls after the Electoral Commission’s online voting system crashed at the local government elections in December.

    The commission applied to the Supreme Court to scrap the results in Kempsey, Singleton and Shellharbour Ward A “to protect the integrity of the electoral system”.

    In delivering his judgement on Thursday afternoon, Justice Robert Beech-Jones declared the results in the three council areas void.

    “The primary consideration is the interest of the electorate,” Justice Beech-Jones said.

    “The cost, stress and inconvenience to the elected cannot be elevated above the electorates’ interest in having a council elected in accordance with the Local Government Act.”

    He told the court even though the number of voters who were unable to vote was small their omission had real potential to change the results in all three councils.

    “With reluctance, I find that because the system of election for the three councils is proportional representation, it is necessary to declare all of the councillors’ elections void.

    “Had the court only declared one councillor position void then the result would be a by-election using the optional preferential system of voting which would undermine the manifest purpose of the proportional voting scheme of the Local Government Act,” he said.

    No ruling was made on who will bear the costs of the failure with additional submissions to be made next month.

    Analysis commissioned by the NSW Electoral Commission found 34 voters in Kempsey, 55 in Singleton and 54 in Shellharbour who attempted to use the iVote system were prevented from casting their vote.

    During a two-day hearing in February, several councillors told the court of the “reputational damage” caused by the proceedings while some said they would not run again in the event the result was thrown out.

    “At present, the successful and unsuccessful candidates will unfairly bear the burden of the failure of the iVote system that was administered by the Electoral Commissioner,” Justice Beech-Jones said.

    “The failure of the iVote system, resulting in fresh elections, is likely to cause a loss of faith in the electoral process.

    “That loss of faith will only be exacerbated if candidates cannot nominate because they cannot recover some of the resources expected in the December 2021 election,” he said.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/new-south-wales-supreme-court-orders-re-vote-online-voting-system-crashes-december-local-election/


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  68. Wodger, “Ideologies allow wicked people to do wicked things.”
    Just a gentle correction…

    Interesting take, Winston.

    I think it’s a bit of both.

    We are a wicked lot, but not all as wicked as can be.

    Some people seek out ideologies that allow them to give vent to their inner wickedness, while others do things they wouldn’t otherwise do for the sake of the ideology.


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  69. “Okay, I thought the messiah belief was just among the hasidics, while the others believe they aren’t presumptuous enough to read the mind of God.”

    JC, some in the Lubavitcher sect of Judaism wanted to believe that the late Rebbe Schneerson may have been the messiah but that belief has, thankfully, dissipated. False messiahs have been devastating in Jewish history.


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  70. Umm Cassie, as Struth? How would you cop Struth as the Messiah driving a Baker’s Delight down the main drag in tow? Ummmm

    Well, according to what I was taught, the Messiah is meant to multiply the loaves (and fishes) from a single tuna sandwich to feed the 5,000.
    You’d be crew member of the month every month if you could pull that off at Upper Bumfuck Baker’s Delight.


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  71. DOT take note.

    These findings suggest that the first people in the Americas instead arrived via boats along the Pacific coast, researchers said.

    I never liked the Bering Strait land bridge idea because it is so far north and human population density wasn’t high enough in northern Asia to drive that migration. I have long speculated that humans hopped across the Aleutians to North America. This study offers some support for that. The genetic studies don’t but a decent analysis of the Japanese original remnant population(Ainu) is worth a shot. The sea travel is not so surprising given recent evidence of even homo erectus reaching as far as the Philippines and the Homo floresiensis tiny people also probably navigated to their island by sea. I suspect we have seriously under estimated the capabilities of late Pleistocene humans(~40,000-15000 year ago). There is evidence of a cultural explosion in Africa around 50,000 years ago. That might just be an artifact arising from the scarcity of material but there is very good evidence from Blombos Cave @ 60,000 years ago of that cultural explosion.


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  72. Boambee John:

    While most Greens and rabid lefties are concentrated in the major cities, particularly the wealthier inner city suburbs, there are cells everywhere (Byron Bay, Lismore to give two NSW examples). How would you propose to sort out the groups?

    By internal migration.
    Greenies tend to have government jobs/students/dole. The new government would cut back on the degree mills, institute dole limitation, gaol idiots who hold up trains, glue themselves to roads, and otherwise break laws that now get lettuce leaf slaps.
    If State governments were in charge of benefits, and funded it themselves they would provide competition with payments. The States that wanted to fund the welfare sector would, of course, get more people who wanted it. The States that refused the three generation workshy families would see them move or get jobs.
    Yes, there will be dislocation, but it would settle down fairly quickly.
    We could have Sortition and Dot would be here in a flash.
    All the manky bureaucrats and dodgy entrepreneurs would move to where they could practice their dodginess.
    And we would have nukes and coal power stations while they froze in the dark with their boutique power.
    And we would drill like crazy bastards in the Little Reef That Could.


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  73. H B Bearsays:

    March 22, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    I lost money on Dr John.
    Bet he would go in the slot.

    Must have been a close run thing. Didn’t really get much press.

    I know.
    It was around a NZD:AUD currency deal within Elders (past, present and emerging) as I recall.
    I thought it was a bit whiffy, but maybe the paper trail stood up.
    The bet was time-bound.
    Had to happen before Caaaarrrrlton won their next premiership.


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  74. Rogersays:
    March 22, 2022 at 6:08 pm
    Wodger, “Ideologies allow wicked people to do wicked things.”
    Just a gentle correction…

    Interesting take, Winston.

    I think it’s a bit of both.

    We are a wicked lot, but not all as wicked as can be.

    Some people seek out ideologies that allow them to give vent to their inner wickedness, while others do things they wouldn’t otherwise do for the sake of the ideology.

    I disagree because I believe ideologies alone are enough to turn good people into complete bastards.


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  75. “The Messiah arrived 2022 years ago. And most people in the world ignore Him. And that’s why the world is as it is today.’

    We’ll have to disagree on that Gab…respectfully of course.


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  76. Gabsays:

    March 22, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    The Messiah arrived 2022 years ago.

    I think we are saying that some people believe that.
    And some do not.


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  77. Snap Cassie.
    I don’t think more or less of someone because I don’t share their religious beliefs.
    It’s rather pointless really.
    No-one is going to conclusively prove their case.
    Unless the bread van doors open tomorrow morning and we are struck down by a blinding light (i.e. divinely directed lightning ball).


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  78. And these numbers are nothing compared to other “lost” and “found again” ballot boxes in far more important elections along with all the other dodges, but why would anyone who knows how badly our elections are rigged care, so long as their Globalist Agenda Pushers are getting in

    Faulty 2.0,

    If you are truly as concerned about the system as your incessant Nuffing about the business suggests, then why not stop Nuffing at us all and do something about it? Like the grassroots MAGA types are doing?

    You can volunteer to scrutinise elections or act as a Returning Officet and do your bit in the chain of custody to make sure it is (at least as far as you are able) accurate and honest.

    The reason your hated Globalist Pooftah-Pansies are so succesful, is they take the concept of Think Global, Act Local setiously.

    That is the Leftist tactic Dissidents like you should be adopting.

    Not passive-aggressive sniping at everyone else for being traitors, or autistic screeching at anyone who does not fall to their knees in awe of your insights…


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  79. Cassie

    I don’t know much although I should as I supposedly have a decent slab of Ashkenazi genes that could be enough to join the tribe. Seriously. 🙂

    My kid did one of those Ancestry.com genetic tests and it came back high on the Aski side for her. I’m presuming it comes from my side rather than wifey as she’s just “simple” scots-Irish. I suspect it’s me, but that’s an aside.

    I thought that Jews weren’t sure if they would get to heaven or not as it depends on God’s plan, which they don’t presume to know. Is that incorrect?

    Also does the messiah opens the gates to heaven or no?


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  80. ” I have long speculated that humans hopped across the Aleutians to North America. “

    I was reading about that theory only last week. It makes sense, I suspect sea levels were significantly lower. There’s also a theory that proto-Europeans may have arrived on the east coast of what is now the USA……by following the massive ice-wall that enveloped what is now the North Atlantic….in order to hunt for fish and mammals.

    It’s all fascinating


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  81. False messiahs have been devastating in Jewish history.

    I seem to recall the revolt against the Romans threw up a fair crop, all of whom met sticky ends.
    Not knowing much about Jewish history Id be willing to speculate a lot of hopeless revolts were led or encouraged by ‘Its really the messiah, this time, ignore the 4 other times I said the messiah was here”….

    Similar to a lot of Christian sects and fruitloops. (children of God etc)


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  82. I disagree because I believe ideologies alone are enough to turn good people into complete bastards.

    Goodness in human beings is relative, not absolute.


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  83. Unless the bread van doors open tomorrow morning and we are struck down by a blinding light (i.e. divinely directed lightning ball).

    Being struck by ball lightening from the back of a van is not a religious experience.

    Depending on your jurisdiction and applicable Criminal Law Acts, it is Assault or Indecent Exposure. And maybe whatever that Gross Indecency thing was VikPol slapped Dick Pusey with…


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  84. Still coming to grips with St Ruth as the Messiah.
    That is some battlefield promotion from Saint Second Class to Messiah.
    If it is true, I’ll bet Frank Charater is shitting himself and not standing near anything which conducts electricity.


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  85. JC, some in the Lubavitcher sect of Judaism wanted to believe that the late Rebbe Schneerson may have been the messiah but that belief has, thankfully, dissipated.

    I remember that. I recall saying that if there was going to be a messiah, He wouldn’t be coming out of Crooklyn. That’s for sure.


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  86. Winston

    By internal migration.

    Yes, there will be dislocation, but it would settle down fairly quickly.

    OK, so a bit like the “Great Sort” that has been going on in the US for many years, with Republicans and DemonRats moving to more political compatible regions. Could be some jobs for house/employment brokers there!


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  87. Salvatore:

    Unless you’re meaning something very similar to the vegetable crisper, only smaller & inside the door?

    Yes.
    *
    I suspect the margarine manufacturers paid the fridge makers a bonus for leaving it out of modern fridges so people would use spreadable margarine instead.
    *Sinister music plays…/ 🙂


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  88. The new government would cut back on the degree mills, institute dole limitation, gaol idiots who hold up trains, glue themselves to roads, and otherwise break laws that now get lettuce leaf slaps.

    Sounds great. How do we get it?


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  89. ” I have long speculated that humans hopped across the Aleutians to North America. “

    Amerindians are genetically related to Siberians and there are also cultural continuities between them.


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  90. Sancho:

    Are you advocating a banning based on that Winston?

    Of course not, Sancho – the only person who should be banned is Calli, for posting that horrible Three Old Girls picture.
    Oh, and whoever puts up that video of the XPM Gillard singing that video.


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  91. rickw.
    Sorry I haven’t scrolled back.
    What is the reference to Director’s ID being introduced due to “international obligations”.
    Not disputing it, I just haven’t seen it.
    In any case, “international obligations” has been a popular deflection used by politicians and public servants since the days of Gough.
    Even if that has been cited, I still think anyone who extrapolates this into Klaus Schwab tattooing numbers on the forearms of company directors is a swivel-eyed loon.


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  92. “I thought that Jews weren’t sure if they would get to heaven or not as it depends on God’s plan, which they don’t presume to know. Is that incorrect?

    Sort of. In Judaism the soul is immortal, there is a world (heaven) after death and there will be resurrection of the dead. Some sects of Judaism also believe in reincarnation (I do), the mystical traditions of Kabbalah hint at the soul being reincarnated. There is most definitely no “elect”…..Jew and non-Jew, we are all given the gift of life to help achieve God’s plan. All mankind, Jew and non-Jew, will go to “heaven” if they’re righteous, in fact a righteous Gentile will enter the Kingdom of Heaven before a bad Jew.

    Also does the messiah opens the gates to heaven or no?”

    Yes…but first the messiah has to achieve heaven on earth and that’s where it might get a little tricky for him!


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  93. So Winston, what you seem to be saying is that you simply find JC annoying.
    That is your right.
    It seems the feeling is mutual, so no biggy.
    Box on.


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  94. 10 of the most important, most clearly condensed minutes of vital information on the Net right now –

    American journalist’s warning – We are lying about Ukraine on an epic scale

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvfyBBnHABE&t=32s

    Djuki San

    There is so much misinformation about Ukraine that we have never seen anything like it, we are lying on an epic scale, warned the famous American journalist Lara Logan, who has been reporting on wars for 35 years, on the TV channel “Real America’s Voice “.
    Toliko ima dezinformacija vezanih za Ukrajinu da nikad nismo videli ništa sli?no, lažemo u epskim razmerama, upozorila je na TV kanalu „Ril amerikan vojs“ poznata ameri?ka novinarka Lora Logan, koja izveštava o ratovima ve? 35 godina.


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  95. The man an NT Police officer shot two weeks ago in Palmerston is 19-year-old Peter Skeen, a former Don Dale inmate who unsuccessfully sued the government last year, alleging he had been assaulted by corrections officers at the notorious youth prison in late 2016.

    His family, who demanded that the media refer to him as “Big Brotha of 0830”, said in a social media post on Tuesday that he had come out of a coma after the shooting, but remains in “a critical but stable condition”.

    Nt Independent


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  96. calli says:
    March 22, 2022 at 10:44 am

    it’s M.M. Kay’s “Shadow of the Moon”, a Perils of Pauline set in the Sepoy Mutiny ……

    Just catching up, calli, but was caught by this.

    Working my way v slowly through Paul Scott’s ‘The Raj Quartet’. It’s extraordinary. The English attitudes to Indians catch a hammering but the whole view of India which the books evoke seems quaint now.

    Picked up a hardback copy in a second hand shop and got the second volume from World of Books which recycles books at cheap prices.

    Anyway, it’s made me think that there were some really good but fairly neglected English novelists in the immediate postwar period. Olivia Manning is another. Her Balkan Trilogy and Levant Trilogy are great.

    Not that I read much now. Spending far too much time on the Cat instead.


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  97. Even if that has been cited, I still think anyone who extrapolates this into Klaus Schwab tattooing numbers on the forearms of company directors is a swivel-eyed loon.

    Before I retired early last year I worked for a senior director in a group of companies. This was already happening then. There is absolutely no doubt that it is being implemented. As regards swivel-eyed loons, this gives me a real feeling of deja vu. Where have I heard this before?


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  98. “I seem to recall the revolt against the Romans threw up a fair crop, all of whom met sticky ends. Not knowing much about Jewish history Id be willing to speculate a lot of hopeless revolts were led or encouraged by ‘Its really the messiah, this time, ignore the 4 other times I said the messiah was here”….”

    Yes, Jewish history is replete with false messiahs such as Sabbatai Zevi and Jacob Frank. Some secular Jews also opine that Theodore Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, was a candidate for messiah. Herzl was a great man but he wasn’t the messiah.


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  99. Visegrád 24
    @visegrad24
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    12h
    We will not support sanctions that could pose a risk to energy supplies for Hungary,

    says Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjártó.

    Interesting development. It seems that the Visegrad group is coming under strain as Hungary maintains its relationship with Russia (and Serbia).


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  100. Sancho Panzer says:
    March 22, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    So Winston, what you seem to be saying is that you simply find JC annoying.
    That is your right.
    It seems the feeling is mutual, so no biggy.
    Box on.

    He’s always advocated for my banning on the old blog -so it’s a little ironic to think he’s not now but has a history of it. It’s funny because one time the old blog owner was wondering if there should be a culling of the stupidest commenters there and Turtle Head came up. He was thinking about doing a massive cleansing as the place had developed into attracting too many loser idiots.


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  101. So someone’s upset because from my point of view Dolores fell through the floor?

    Oh doleur. My heart bleeds for the misery inflicted.

    I hope those of youse who got it and went rolling around on the floor going lol still had a great time. Nothing I said should have intefered with that.

    Thanks for your well-intended comment on bullying, Delta. Mostly I agree with it. However I have never wanted a’feud’ with Johanna. That term is a complete misnomer, encouraged here by those seeking entertainment, very Roman arena indeed in style. I have made that plain for many, many years. But still the derogatory attacks continued. I became completely fed up with so often. There is no point saying any more now under the new rules.

    One good thing though. I never bother to look at comment upticks any more. They are redundant as they are meaningless, whether manipulated or not.


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  102. Cassie of Sydneysays:
    March 22, 2022 at 6:38 pm
    “I thought that Jews weren’t sure if they would get to heaven or not as it depends on God’s plan, which they don’t presume to know. Is that incorrect?

    Sort of. In Judaism the soul is immortal, there is a world (heaven) after death and there will be resurrection of the dead. Some sects of Judaism also believe in reincarnation

    Is There Life after Death? Fifty Years of Research at UVA

    There are accounts in this speech that can’t be put down to coincidence and it is also difficult to imagine instructing children to create such accounts. I don’t know what to make of this because all our current understanding clearly points to personhood not only ending at death but even changing so much with some types of brain damage that another person emerges. Unfortunately most educated people won’t even look at this evidence so it is very difficult to have confidence in the presented material. Watch James III account 10.45. That’s weird. Nor are these accounts of children presented as heroes of old or historical figures, if there is a defining feature of these accounts it is that typically the prior life came to a violent and premature end.


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  103. Top Endersays:

    March 22, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    The man an NT Police officer shot two weeks ago in Palmerston is 19-year-old Peter Skeen

    I was having a head-scratch last night when you and KD were saying “Does anyone know Spearman’s name?”
    WTF?
    It’s “Spearman”. You just said so, idiots!
    Oh.
    You meant spear … man. Man with spear.
    As you were.


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  104. I have long speculated that humans hopped across the Aleutians to North America. “

    They didn’t have to “hop”, the continents were joined at one point- a combo of land and ice. The American Indian originated from Asia then populated the American land mass.


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  105. It seems that the Visegrad group is coming under strain as Hungary maintains its relationship with Russia (and Serbia).

    On the one hand you have the events of 1956, but on the other hand the EC has been persecuting Hungary for wicked rightyness for years and years. I think they’re targeting the nearer enemy (ie. the rabidly Ukrist EU), especially after the recent EU sanctions for being unqwerty.


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  106. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Bearesays:
    March 22, 2022 at 6:49 pm
    So someone’s upset because from my point of view Dolores fell through the floor?

    Upset? I would have been astonished if someone as obtuse and self-absorbed as you did get it.
    The point of commenting on your self-beclownments is that those who scroll you might otherwise miss out on the hilarity from the slapstick boffo ludicrous spectacle you make of yourself.


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  107. Boambee John:
    OK, so a bit like the “Great Sort” that has been going on in the US for many years, with Republicans and DemonRats moving to more political compatible regions.
    Yes. Change doesn’t have to be as disruptive as, say, the Partition of India/Pakistan.


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  108. Indolent says:
    March 22, 2022 at 6:34 pm
    The New York Times Doesn’t Care If You Know That Big Tech Helped Rig Joe Biden’s Election
    https://thefederalist.com/2022/03/21/the-new-york-times-doesnt-care-if-you-know-that-big-tech-helped-rig-joe-bidens-election/

    Yes, we’re at that point where the bullies say, “So what, what are you going to do about it? Nothing!”

    Admission From Zelenskyy Highlights How Biden Administration Wanted To Provoke Russia To Invade Ukraine
    March 21, 2022 | Sundance | 262 Comments
    [links at link below]

    Hopefully by now everyone is well aware how the U.S. State Department has been manipulating the internal politics of Ukraine for well over a decade.

    A recent statement, by current Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, puts the weeks leading up to the Russian invasion into greater clarity.

    In an interview with CNN, Zelenskyy spoke about his prior communication with Joe Biden and NATO leadership. Within the interview Zelenskyy said (emphasis mine):

    “I requested them personally to say directly that we are going to accept you into NATO in a year or two or five, just say it directly and clearly, or just say no,” Zelensky said. “And the response was very clear, you’re not going to be a NATO member, but publicly, the doors will remain open,” he said. {CITATION)

    So, privately NATO and the Biden administration were telling Zelenskyy Ukraine was never going to be in NATO, yet they told him they were going to publicly act like the possibility existed. There was no way for Ukraine to enter NATO, but they were going to pretend he could. Why would they do this?

    Now we go back to the previous outline when it was first discovered the Biden administration was using China to funnel information to Russia.

    In late February, the New York Times reported on U.S. intelligence and diplomatic officials from the State Dept sharing intelligence with Chinese officials in the three months leading up to the Russian invasion. {Go Deep on Analysis} The narrative from the NYT article tells the story of the U.S. trying to convince China in December, January and February to intervene and persuade Russia not to cross the border into Ukraine.
    (more…)
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/03/21/admission-from-zelenskyy-highlights-how-biden-administration-wanted-to-provoke-russia-to-invade-ukraine/

    The thing to remember is that the bullies always come undone and joining them for fear of never beating them is the double losers option.


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  109. After seeing Thomo’s fate, consider the fate of The Slapper’s one time boyfriend and rising star at the Victoriastan AWU. Door 1 – pre-selection for a safe Liar seat, business class flights to Canbra and a couple of hundred thousand dollars pa. Door 2 – washing dishes at a regional RSL. Maybe that is why some people are attracted to politics.


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  110. I think they’re targeting the nearer enemy (ie. the rabidly Ukrist EU), especially after the recent EU sanctions for being unqwerty.

    Hungary will try to maintain relations with both east & west on its own terms.

    Geography is destiny & they’re under no illusions about either the EU or Russia.


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  111. 10 of the most important, most clearly condensed minutes of vital information on the Net right now –

    Not now – I’m just about to enjoy a delicious Bai Lin slimming tea.


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  112. It’s funny because one time the old blog owner was wondering if there should be a culling of the stupidest commenters there and Turtle Head came up. He was thinking about doing a massive cleansing as the place had developed into attracting too many loser idiots.

    Name names. I wonder if I would have survived the cut?


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  113. So, why do the creeps always “joke” about “tunnels”?

    Well it does divert attention away from what actual child groomers & traders keep making legal for themselves.

    Stonewall Jackson @1776Stonewall
    54m
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hB-prK7vyw0
    Joe Rogan talks about the left’s brainwashing of young school kids, and the media lying about Florida’s so-called “Don’t say gay” bill: “Teachers are not supposed to be the people to explain gender to a fucking 7 year old. . Are they trying to indoctrinate children?.. They shouldn’t have any say at all when you’re talking to a 7 year old kid”


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  114. I wonder if I would have survived the cut?

    We’d both be voted off the island.

    So we’d colonise another island. You could hunt food and I could cook it. And I could run you up a nice pair of strides. Win/win.


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  115. CMD Longtime Lurkersays:
    March 22, 2022 at 4:36 am

    The fiery commentator JC’s propensity to use randomly assigned nicknames is not endearing or entertaining, it is in fact quite confusing, serving only to add a layer of incomprehension to his comments. On a site comprised of pseudonyms there is no leeway for a secret and random second language, known only to one person.

    You poor sad bastard.

    His claims of never initiating a stoush seem a very good tongue-in-cheek display. Until the point where it become clear to even the most casual of observers that he believes it, and that his obsessive pursuit of those to whom he arbitrarily takes a dislike is not an act, instead being deadly serious.
    The nature of his propensity to harbour a multi-day obsession with almost any other commentator, over a random and unpredictable minor point, would in real life be chilling.

    You’re WhiteKnighting Salvatore, AKA Driller.
    Here’s the deal with Driller:
    He makes some stupid statement only a Galah would make, then when he’s reminded of it a few days later, denies all knowledge and Gaslights the other commenter.
    It’s a Gaslighting issue and in my opinion that should never be let slide in deference to some old woman’s wish for consensus.


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  116. Makkasays:
    March 22, 2022 at 6:59 pm
    I have long speculated that humans hopped across the Aleutians to North America. “

    They didn’t have to “hop”, the continents were joined at one point- a combo of land and ice. The American Indian originated from Asia then populated the American land mass.

    But that paper argues they would have been trapped because of an ice wall, hence the seafaring idea. Why not start from Kamchatka and them move across the island chain? Siberians probably had occupied Kamchatka by that point.


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  117. On the one hand you have the events of 1956,

    No, you don’t.
    The Russian Government wasn’t involved in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
    One thing Hungarians might remember is that Radio Free Europe kept raising their hopes of American [NATO] intervention while at the same time RFEs paymaster, Eisenhower, had absolutely no intention of helping the Hungarians.
    People remember things like that.


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  118. From what I’ve seen, Lizzie was forbearing in response to destructive comments, even affirming the good points of her detractors. Impressive, irrespective of any other considerations.


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  119. CNN (Costello News Network) radio bulletin headlined the a Tesla-versus- at a tram stop today. 23-yo lass apparently slapped with dangerous driving and failure to stop at the scene

    One wonders if Tesla autopilot is yet to be programmed to brake for pedestrians at tram stops, per the Mongistan road law.


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  120. Amerindians are genetically related to Siberians and there are also cultural continuities between them.

    Cultural continuities, lol
    They’re cannibals.


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  121. “They didn’t have to “hop”, the continents were joined at one point- a combo of land and ice. The American Indian originated from Asia then populated the American land mass.”

    There were land and ice bridges, the Bering ice bridge across what is now the Bering Sea. Australia and Papua New Guinea, whilst at one time joined, never had a land bridge. People used rafts to get to PNG and Oz.


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  122. Ex-lover accuses Ben Roberts-Smith over pregnancy and assault

    Stephen Rice
    NSW Editor
    @riceyontheroad
    An hour ago March 22, 2022

    The former lover of Ben Roberts-Smith has given devastating evidence that the war hero forced her to take a pregnancy test in front of him to prove she wasn’t lying about being pregnant and later punched her in the face after she embarrassed him at a Canberra function.

    The woman also claimed that at the end of their relationship the former SAS soldier had threatened to burn her house down, warning her: “It might not be you that gets hurt, but people that you love and care about.”

    On Tuesday the woman gave evidence in the Federal Court in the defamation case Mr Roberts-Smith has brought against Nine newspapers, which accused him of committing or being complicit in the murders of six unarmed prisoners in Afghanistan, and of assaulting the woman known as Person 17. The Victoria Cross winner has denied every allegation.

    Person 17 told the court she and Mr Roberts-Smith had begun their affair in October 2017 when they met at a function and later had sex in his hotel room. Their relationship developed, with the two communicating by burner phones and encrypted messages.

    Person 17 told the court that in February 2018 while on an overseas trip she discovered she had fallen pregnant. She said she knew the child must be Mr Robert-Smith’s because she hadn’t slept with anyone else, including her husband, who had had a vasectomy.

    When she told Mr Roberts-Smith she was pregnant, she says he demanded proof, but they agreed she should have an abortion. She said Mr Roberts-Smith told her if she kept the baby “he would not stick around long term”.

    However, soon after, she said, she miscarried the baby, but didn’t tell him immediately.

    The woman told Mr Roberts-Smith she would have the termination done at a private hospital in Sydney, but when she met him later in his hotel he informed her that he had had her followed and accused her of faking the pregnancy.

    She said he produced a pregnancy test that he had brought with him “and he made me do it in front of him”.

    When the test didn’t seem to produce a valid result he took her downstairs to a shopping area outside the hotel.

    “He went and bought another pregnancy test and brought it back to the room and made me do it and the result was positive,” she said.

    The woman’s testimony is at odds with Mr Robert-Smith’s previous evidence that she had admitted she had faked the pregnancy.

    Despite her distress, she said, the affair continued.

    Again contradicting Mr Roberts-Smith, she said the war hero had not told his wife, Emma Roberts, about the affair, and recounted overhearing a phone conversation in which Ms Roberts asked him what he wanted for dinner that night.

    Mr Roberts-Smith has previously told the court he and his wife were separated at the time he was in the relationship with Person 17.

    However, Ms Roberts has given evidence that not only was she unaware of his affair – she didn’t know she and her husband were supposed to have separated.


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  123. Winston

    Yes. Change doesn’t have to be as disruptive as, say, the Partition of India/Pakistan.

    Unfortunately, the rabid left live for power over (to borrow a phrase) The Lives of Others. Some will try to stay and retain that power, and in major or regional cities, could become a problem. In short, they won’t move if they can somehow attach themselves to the taxpayer/ratepayer teat. They will then look for and employ their clones.


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  124. Sancho,

    Directors ID.

    https://www.abrs.gov.au/director-identification-number/about-director-id

    A director ID is a 15-digit identifier given to a director (or someone who intends to become a director) who has verified their identity with us.
    A director ID:
    starts with 036, which is the 3-digit country code for Australia under International Standard ISO 3166
    ends with an 11-digit number and one ‘check’ digit for error detection.

    There’s an ISO standard for it and Australia has a unique numerical identifier. It’s an international system, not an Australian system.

    Absolutely guaranteed that it will be used for the wrong reasons in the wrong way. Pretty much like every other “initiative” of the last 50 years.


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  125. Australian Financial Experts Welcome ASIC’s Warning to Unlicensed Financial Influencers

    Financial experts have welcomed the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s warning to social media financial influencers for providing financial advice and services online without a license.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/australian-financial-experts-welcome-asics-warning-to-unlicensed-financial-influencers_4353043.html
    ***
    Which reminds me, it’s interesting that Paul Joseph Watson also pointed out the same brainwashing techniques used to make Gambling Addicts are used to manipulate people online to go & die for nothing.

    As being online propagandists for the committed population culling Globalist Mobsters is a perfect job for Gambling Addicts, you can see why they’d get so insanely deranged when that point and how they manipulate people, is brought to their online ‘friends’ attention.

    What Happened to People Who Volunteered to Fight For Ukraine?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1udDZIByHd4

    Paul Joseph Watson
    The dangers of moral exhibitionism.


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  126. H B Bearsays:

    March 22, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    After seeing Thomo’s fate …

    There was one thing which struck me about the Travails of Thommo.
    One incident involved him spending several thousands at a knock shop in a single night.
    It occurred to me. The options are:-
    .1 Thommo booked three supermodels; or
    .2 Thommo is a sexual Superman; or
    .3 Others may have been present and Thommo picked up the tab.
    I vote .3.
    He must have dirt on someone.


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  127. DrB – There’s a password.

    It’s just the digits of pi.

    I cheated and did it on my calculator. The x^3 cos x/2 bit can be ignored because it’s odd over a symmetric domain.


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  128. Thanks guys, I thought I remembered seeing the Landeryou name not just commented about but as a commenter. Good to know he did not think it beneath him to talk to the opposition.


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  129. Srr, I can even put two and two together. The Gates’ have been shady for a while but it’s interesting that what Melinda found too much was his connection to Jeffrey Epstein.


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  130. rickw.
    Thanks.
    So there was no official statement, just the prefix.
    Do they intend to share searchable information with international agencies?
    Almost certainly.
    But this is no different to a bunch of other information sharing protocols.
    I don’t love regulation, but I don’t see this as a Klaus Schwab trojan horse either.


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  131. The last glacial period was 15k years ago, the sea level was 130m lower. The Bering Strait is 30-50 metres deep. Yes there was 1.5km of ice but it had to retreat sometime. There are many different peoples from Finland to Siberia down to Kamchatka across the Aleutians into Canada. Different but similar. The South American Indians are thought to be settled from the North through coastal hopping as the settlement happened very quickly. The modern 2k yrs ago amerindians are thought to be related to the Anasazi Indian Ancesters but they just suddenly disappeared. So more likely to be a later wave.


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  132. Sooo, the Labor maaates & bruvvas club came thru for Thommo ..
    guilty plea, quick hearing, non custodial result he would have been promised and it’ll be wrapping fish & chips by Thursday .. LOL!

    The former MP was convicted of using a carriage service to menace, harass of offend, and sentenced to an 18-month conditional release order.
    He was found guilty but no conviction was recorded in relation to the AVO breaches heard this morning.



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  133. feelthebernsays:

    March 22, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t think more or less of someone because I don’t share their religious beliefs

    Traitor.

    I’m goin’ to someone’s hell.
    Fer sure.


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  134. I don’t love regulation, but I don’t see this as a Klaus Schwab trojan horse either.

    It’s not part of some vast conspiracy.

    It’s just the usual Australian Uniparty boner over doing something that aligns with international protocols without the slightest thought.

    No doubt this scheme won’t solve any problem real or imagined but will employ a legion of shiny arsed Mongs busily having meetings with each other and writing reports that no one reads.

    If the shit does hit the fan and this should have stopped it. Then it will be found that the perps either simply cheated in the most brazen and obvious way or formed an incredibly cosy relationship with the supposed overseers.


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  135. GreyRangasays:

    March 22, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    The last glacial period was 15k years ago,

    Really?
    I thought it was last Friday when someone said the H.Y.A.C.I.N.T.H word.


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  136. The last glacial period was 15k years ago, the sea level was 130m lower.

    Can you imagine the Reef? It’d be like a 130m high wall stretching for thousands of km. A natural Great Wall of Australia. And the atolls in the Pacific would be like giant castles tens of km across with 130m high battlements. They would be a sight!

    As to the Americas there’s now fairly firm findings that there was an earlier wave of settlement. What happened to them is conjecture since they mostly vanished by the time the land bridge colonists arrived. Was it whatever caused the Younger Dryas event? Who knows.


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  137. The Russian Government wasn’t involved in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

    But the Russian Red Army that put it down at the beleagured Hungarian Communist Party’s panicked request, having lost total control of their police, military and civil population was.

    Stupid Grigory…


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  138. Crossie says:
    March 22, 2022 at 8:33 pm
    Srr, I can even put two and two together. The Gates’ have been shady for a while but it’s interesting that what Melinda found too much was his connection to Jeffrey Epstein.

    Oh I’ve never taken to Gates.

    I never bought the story that he bested IBM at their own game etc.

    I always saw him as someone who showed himself ruthless enough to be recruited as the figurehead for the, ‘making connection to the world wide web essential’, phase of Globalisation.

    Just like Zelenskyy and every other figurehead creep of recent decades who we eventually discover have nothing but ruthlessness going for them.

    Hollywood trained us to see ruthless people as untouchable big bosses.

    People like Epstein knew the ruthless to be easily captured & controlled with the terror of being handed over to the vengeful.


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  139. rickwsays:
    March 22, 2022 at 8:47 pm

    Rick Johnson is right.

    Like I was saying yesterday before some passive-aggressive individual starting acting all Nuffy in incoherent half-sentences about the concept, it’s just another one of those onerous laws that really only catches the law-abiding and honest.

    And makes the mongs in charge look like they’ve done something.


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  140. As to the Americas there’s now fairly firm findings that there was an earlier wave of settlement. What happened to them is conjecture since they mostly vanished by the time the land bridge colonists arrived.

    Maybe they were eaten?


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  141. I actually agree with most of that rickw.
    I hope I don’t misquote him, but I think ‘bern encapsulated it pretty well.
    .1 Systems exist already to x-ref individual directors to corporate entities they are directors of (mostly via the ATO);
    .2 The ATO and ASIC hate each others guts and don’t share info. And maybe fair enough. To give the ATO it’s due, it didn’t cave to ALP/Greens Senate pressure to breach privacy. Why would they hand info to a clown show like ASIC?
    .3 Is ASIC a clown show really? Well, yeah. They have disparate databases and no plan. This is the plan to pull it all together, dressed up as international compliance and tracking dodgy directors.
    I see incompetence, bureacratic turf wars and ‘make work’ schemes.
    Not a sinister global plot.


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  142. I see Channel Nein is doing a report on the dramatic increase in cardiac arrest among young sportsmen.
    Now what possibly could be the cause of that?


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  143. One of my neighbours used to be a company liquidator.
    Hears a few war stories about phoenix companies.
    No reason it should continue to be as easy as pie.


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  144. I always saw him as someone who showed himself ruthless enough to be recruited as the figurehead for the, ‘making connection to the world wide web essential’, phase of Globalisation.

    No, that’s not the reason either.
    It’s more to do with who William Gates Sr. was.


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  145. Liquidators generally have good stories. One of my mates started out in insolvency as a graduate. One job they did he ended up with boxes of condoms. He walked through the office throwing out handfuls screaming “Merry Christmas” only to find out they were all out of date.


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  146. I never bought the story that he bested IBM at their own game etc.

    To my mind Bill got lucky .. IBM thought it was invincible and three geeks with some second hand code were just an amusement .. It (IBM) never believed that computing would be understood or gain, an at-home, popularity with the unwashed hordes .. thus they thought that by licensing DOS/Windows they’d throw the upstarts ( soon to become MIcrosoft) some crumbs and watch them fail .. laughter all around in the board-room .. didn’t quite go to plan .. LOL!


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  147. rosiesays:
    March 22, 2022 at 9:12 pm
    One of my neighbours used to be a company liquidator.
    Hears a few war stories about phoenix companies.
    No reason it should continue to be as easy as pie.

    How much did Korda and Mentha snip the Ansett carcase for?


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  148. JC,
    The new guys post, at 0436, which summed you up pretty well, is racking up the upticks and now at 56 which is highest I have seen.

    I think you should be proud and take it as a sign of your many fans here who you have engaged in stoushes with.

    Oh wait, my apologies any stoushes you are involved in are always started by the other side and it is just a coincidence that so many just happen to involve you.

    Anyway congratulations are in order.

    The new guy is a smart cookie posting just after Tom’s toons as good place to be noticed. Don’t know who he is but a good judge of character.

    CMD Longtime Lurker says:
    March 22, 2022 at 4:36 am


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  149. only to find out they were all out of date.

    Out-of-date only matters if you get that, “Have I got a surprise for you” call back .. LOL!


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  150. We are all in furious agreement then.
    The director’s ID thing is a minor administrative imposition perhaps with debatable marginal benefits in pursuit and prosecution of serial Phoenix directors.


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  151. Miltonf said:

    A real democracy does not have a ruling class.

    Correct. A real democracy had leaders but they are not rulers, they show the way not insist on what you must do.

    Today we don’t have leaders, we have “do as I say, not as I do” twerps.


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  152. I find myself in total agreement with Ed Case at 7:16.
    I’ll take myself to the Hall of Mirrors.
    I may be some time.

    Could his account have been hacked? Maybe it’s the lo-gluten mutton.


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  153. Baba.
    I hope you are not suggesting Ansett would have been a Phoenix if it wasn’t for the liquidators lead in it’s saddle bags.
    It was a fuck up on roller skates for years.


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  154. It’s OK Matrix.
    Rickw and I had a coherent discussion and were largely in agreement I think.
    Unless you have something of value to add I think that one is done and dusted.


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  155. Baba.
    I hope you are not suggesting Ansett would have been a Phoenix if it wasn’t for the liquidators lead in it’s saddle bags.

    No. Did I remotely say anything to that effect? Old habits die hard eh?


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  156. Babasays:

    March 22, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    CMD Longtime Lurker says:
    March 22, 2022 at 4:36 am

    Maybe CMD Longtime Lurker was posting from LA at 1026?

    Or possibly up early in Queensssland with some sort of alcoholic insomnia.
    🙂


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  157. shatterzzzsays:
    March 22, 2022 at 9:19 pm
    I never bought the story that he bested IBM at their own game etc.

    To my mind Bill got lucky .. IBM thought it was invincible and three geeks with some second hand code were just an amusement .. It (IBM) never believed that computing would be understood or gain, an at-home, popularity with the unwashed hordes .. thus they thought that by licensing DOS/Windows they’d throw the upstarts ( soon to become MIcrosoft) some crumbs and watch them fail .. laughter all around in the board-room .. didn’t quite go to plan .. LOL!

    Luck comes to those are prepared to take advantage of it. Gates was a software buff so he had natural inclination to see the money was in the software. IBM probably were arrogant and thought they were smarter than these young geeks although given someone in IBM was close to the Gates family, which is how Microsoft got a look in with IBM, they might have stopped to consider that Bill Gates was one hell of a clever geek. IBM tried to fight back with OS Warp but that was a disaster.


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  158. Baba.
    You said Korda Menthol “snipped the Ansett carcase”.
    I didn’t assert anything.
    I framed my response asking if you were suggesting that liquidators fees sunk Ansett.
    I guess you weren’t saying that then?
    The truth is, Ansett just sunk under the weight of slothful union practices, aided and abetted by government protection and clueless management.
    Exhibit A in the case against management :- BAe 146s.


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  159. Ed Casesays:
    March 22, 2022 at 9:34 pm
    Let us guess. Spook?

    What else?
    Are you suggesting that Bill Gates jr isn’t a cockHead?

    If being a “cockHead” is a qualification for being a spook, my thoughts about you are confirmed.


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  160. On the one hand you have the events of 1956,

    No, you don’t.
    The Russian Government wasn’t involved in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.

    No, only their tanks. I was there at the time.


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  161. Upticks can be manipulated?

    well, there you go readership.

    everybody who up-ticked is now under a cloud

    the psychopaths have gone misere


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  162. Eyrie says:
    March 22, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    srr, Bill Gates getting rich long pre-dated the internet. Gates was publicly dismissive of the net as late as 1995.

    It wasn’t his wealth I was talking about but his Public Global Power Position that his ruthlessness qualified him for.

    No matter how often wiki re-writes his story, he wasn’t always the smartest of his contemporaries but he was always good at ruthlessly positioning himself over them.

    Not a nice guy at all, ever, but he took a lot of heat during the phases of ensuring we got a World Wide Web (of Deception), that would ultimately work to enslave rather than free us as it’s early developers tried to make it.

    It was heat he was asbestos clothed to walk through then rewarded with getting on with his greater passion; getting back at the world for his physical & spiritual smallness, playing god as the great population slasher.


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