2,897 thoughts on “Open Thread – Tues 29 Mar 2022”

  1. Bespoke:

    What the hell is Stella Artois Winston?
    Something you’ve used to seduce Gerbil’s with?

    Stella Artois is the beer made on the other side of the planet to XXXX Bitter, and is used to grow hair on the heads of aging Grik tycoons so they can attract nubile young wyminses.
    XXXX Bitter is the nectar of the Gods that is the just reward for being Winston.
    I can rent you a couple of Gerbils at a good price – blow up valves are an extra.*
    *Warranty void if inflated beyond 300psi.


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  2. Hackworth wasn’t the most decorated American Soldier in history either.
    5 Navy Crosses and 1 Distinguished Service Cross outranks 10 Silver Stars.


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  3. Dover, please define ’cause’. If a and b are events then if a is the cause of b, then I take it that a must precede b in time. This can’t be the sole condition or the assassination of Julius Caesar would be a cause of my having a shower. So what other conditions are required before we can say that a causes b? Would you, for example, require that b is never observed unless a has occurred? If so, then again, the assassination of Julius Caesar is a cause of my taking a shower. Are you happy with this usage?

    ‘Whatever is moved is moved by another’ is sufficient. As to the example above, the absurdity you want to illustrate in each itself depends upon the principle of causality otherwise we would have no reason to find ascribing the cause of your taking a shower far-fetched. So, obviously, no.


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  4. Dr Faustus, the world’s economy is changing fast & I hope the western central banks get fucked over, it will hurt us all but a proper rebalance needs to occur.
    Paper is after all only paper.


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  5. That was a reply to BBS at 4:26 pm

    Bespoke, that may or may not be true; who’s to know.

    But, like Struth, I’m worried that this is never going to end. And if it doesn’t, then that’s the end of all the freedoms that we have known.


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  6. “But, like Struth, I’m worried that this is never going to end. And if it doesn’t, then that’s the end of all the freedoms that we have known.”

    It isn’t going to end, the last two years was simply a dress rehearsal.


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  7. this blog needs an ‘ignore’ button that will hide posters.
    Is that possible on this system?
    A Downvote function is enough to identify the Trolls.


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  8. But, like Struth, I’m worried that this is never going to end. And if it doesn’t, then that’s the end of all the freedoms that we have known.

    That’s what I’ve been afraid of, no, not the virus, but how easily the majority gave in to exchange their freedoms for an experimental toxin that is virtually useless, as we now know. The governments have seen how easy it is to control the population through fear in western countries and they will not give up that little morsel of poison.

    I wonder what the governments, backed by their media, will ”mandate” the population to take in future – oh for their own health and for the good of all, of course.


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  9. Hackworth wasn’t the most decorated American Soldier in history either.
    5 Navy Crosses and 1 Distinguished Service Cross outranks 10 Silver Stars.

    Ek rol op die vloer en lag my moergat af.


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  10. Cassie:

    Good, I think it’s high time more people registered their disgust and spoke up about this lunacy.

    The “Lets Go Brandon” has shown us the way forward.
    All it takes is one person standing up in the crowd and shouting “Cheater!”

    As a secondary problem, we need to investigate how a cult that comprises <0.01% of our society has managed to garner such a huge amount of political clout, because if they can do it, then what happens when the next lunatic cult comes along?


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  11. Ed Casesays:
    April 1, 2022 at 8:26 pm
    this blog needs an ‘ignore’ button that will hide posters.
    Is that possible on this system?
    A Downvote function is enough to identify the Trolls.

    Be careful what you wish for.


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  12. It isn’t going to end, the last two years was simply a dress rehearsal.

    If you believe that, then why are you advocating for the destruction of the Morrison Government?


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  13. Here’s the ranking system for U.S. Military Medals

    I was just now looking up such things, since I’d earlier read in Long of a native PNG soldier of the Pacific Islands Regiment who was awarded a Bronze Star. The wiki though says it was a Legion of Merit, which was analogous to the Bronze Star before the latter was instituted in 1944. Either way a PNG guy in service of the Australian Army receiving a Bronze Star from the US Army would have quite a tale attached to it. I couldn’t find out anything about the guy or the circumstances though.


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  14. I’m worried that this is never going to end.

    So am I, yet the internet is a big place and plenty of people to allied with without dealing with the baggage they carry, BBS.


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  15. Fun watching them spin in their own uselessness and empty virute-signalling. What happens when a man has no principles:

    Boris goes full-circle on gay conversion ban: Chaos as PM u-turns on u-turn and WILL now proceed with move to outlaw controversial therapy after backlash when plans were ‘quietly dropped’


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  16. Ed Casesays:
    April 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm
    . In all fairness if his mum was instrumental on getting him scholarship to St Mary’s then all credence to her and him but if not who paid for the tuition at St Mary’s?

    Albo’s Daddy, who clearly isn’t an Italian steward.

    Let me guess. The Italian steward was clearly a flamer, and probably also a spook?


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  17. I’m worried that this is never going to end.

    Mencken made the same complaint nearly a century ago. Seems to be taking a long time for Fahrenheit 451 to become a reality.


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  18. Failed’ SAS soldier tells court Ben Roberts-Smith threatened him

    Since when did any Australian unit. let alone Special Air Service regiment, kick out members for heavy drinking and lewd behaviour?


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  19. this blog needs an ‘ignore’ button that will hide posters.

    I’ve been trying to see if Woodpress had a plugin to do this to no avail since I started the blog. Locals platform allows muting and blocking. The search continues.


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  20. I’ve just made you some ultra-yummy Brussel Sprouts baked with bacon, garlic and swirled in a balsamic glaze

    Delta, I love Brussel Sprouts done that way.

    A couple of years ago we went out to dinner here and had a slow cooked lamb shoulder, which included 18 baked potatoes (this meal was for only two people!) and Brussel Sprouts done with walnuts and balsamic vinegar – magnificent!


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  21. Let me guess. The Italian steward was clearly a flamer, and probably also a spook?

    bad guess.
    No surprise, since you’re an idiot.
    The Italian steward likely didn’t exist, since intelligence is inherited and Albanese is clearly a smart guy.
    But, it’s the Labor Party, so Spooks and Flamers are never in short supply.


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  22. I’ve been trying to see if Woodpress had a plugin to do this to no avail since I started the blog. Locals platform allows muting and blocking. The search continues.

    You’re doing God’s work, dover.


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  23. Dover, I am pretty chilled by online standards and I am pretty well much a ghost SM wise. I just scroll if I don’t think if it is worth reading after the first sentence. Like Bob mostly on Sinc’s iteration.

    I wouldn’t get too bent round the axles about Kiwi blog type low ratings. Just my 2c worth for what it is worth anyway.


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  24. dover0beachsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 8:44 pm
    this blog needs an ‘ignore’ button that will hide posters.

    I’ve been trying to see if Woodpress had a plugin to do this to no avail since I started the blog. Locals platform allows muting and blocking. The search continues.

    As an old usenet nut I advise that while it seems like a good idea to mute comments by certain people that can become very frustrating because the muted are quoted by others and hence the flow of discussion can be lost.

    Dover I appreciate what you do, much kudos, but I suggest you don’t sweat this one too much.


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  25. claire lehmann thread on home ownership for young Australians

    I don’t know who this young lady is but she appears to be making some good points, particularly re the connection between accessible home ownership and the aspiration to have children. The solution isn’t more government intervention, but less.


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  26. Thank you … I know you don’t think much of me

    St Ruth – it matters not what I or anyone else thinks of you.

    “A man is generally what he perceives himself to be.”

    So man up and stop lashing out incoherently, interminably.

    You could be so much better than that. Shouting into a void is fine, until the void shouts you down.

    We are but pixels on a page. Stop wasting your energy. Channel it into something useful – for a change.

    You may just be able to.


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  27. Read something yesterday by a Russian convinced that the US has made a blunder of unimaginable consequences in its confiscation of Russian assets. He argued that others have taken a lesson from this: that assets in USD everywhere are vulnerable and that this is so alarming that people and organisations the world over will take steps to secure their finances. No more reserve status for USD.


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  28. No home, no kids, and nothing left to lose Claire Lehmann
    12:39PM April 1, 2022
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    Across the Western world wealth inequality is being usurped by housing inequality as the most reliable indicator of disparity in society. For many people of my generation – especially those who wish to start or expand their families – housing affordability is likely to become the single most important issue for them in federal and state elections.

    According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, residential property prices surged 23.7 per cent last year, the strongest annual growth since records began. A recently released report from ANZ Bank found that across Australia prices have increased 8.1 times faster than household income, with Australians needing to use 39.3 per cent of their income to service a mortgage after spending 10.8 years saving for a deposit.

    In Sydney, the statistics are more bleak. People who want to live in Sydney need to save for 16.6 years (if saving 15 per cent of their gross annual income each year) while spending 60.4 per cent of their annual income a year once they have a mortgage.

    The unaffordability of housing has some serious hidden costs that are rarely acknowledged and discussed, the most profound being that the rising cost of housing is discouraging family formation. In 1976, in Australia, 48 per cent of couples had children living with them at home. In 2016, that figure had declined to just 37 per cent.

    A 2016 study conducted in Britain found that after controlling for other variables, a 10 per cent increase in home prices correlated with a 1.3 per cent decrease in birthrates. Studies in the US have shown remarkably similar results, with the relationship between housing prices and birthrates being stronger than unemployment and birthrates.

    In Australia, rising house prices boost fertility in married couples who already own their own homes. But for renters, rising house prices and rising rental costs are a strong disincentive to having a baby. Because young people are likelier to rent than own their own homes, this results in a decline in the national birthrate overall.

    And like home ownership, the birthrate has been plummeting. In 2010, the fertility rate in Australia was 1.95 births per woman; in 2020 it had dropped to 1.58. Despite the coronavirus pandemic forcing everyone to stay home in 2020, a rise in births did not occur.

    Australians report that they would like to have more children than what they currently have. We know this because the University of Melbourne has been surveying a large cohort of Australians across a long time frame about such questions in the HILDA (Housing, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia) study. The HILDA study has found that of the women surveyed at age 35, one in four was hoping to still have one child or more in the future. But when surveyed again at age 49, more than half of these women had not had the number of children they had hoped for. A similar result for men is observed.



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  29. As an old usenet nut I advise that while it seems like a good idea to mute comments by certain people that can become very frustrating because the muted are quoted by others and hence the flow of discussion can be lost.

    Pace John, that would seem to aid continuity rather than work against it, the quoters acting as editors. My 2 cents. Off to re-read The Clash of Civilisations now.


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  30. Cohenite:

    That’s about 3% of NSW’s electricity generation right there in one of Liddell’s turbines. I wonder if the bastards are just testing the grid capacity before they close the next 3.
    Question: when Liddell does go and rationing occurs who will you blame?

    It’s interesting, is it not?
    Who were the AFrican tribes that decided to kill off their cattle to not anger the Gods?
    What happened to them, again?
    Look, I have no sympathy for the idiots who have refused to work this out.
    I’ve just bought a 300l freezer and filled it with arfur cow, arfur pork, and arfur pig. I also ran the genset for for an hour to turn over the engine oil like I do every month.
    Unless it’s an EMP issue, I’ll be able to help out neighbours etc.
    And I’ve done it on a Pension.
    Next up is a 30k/l rainwater tank.
    There’s no excuse for not being at least a bit prepared.


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  31. Bespoke, ok, when we get to the gates of Mordor, for that looks like where we’re headed, I suppose there will be enough time to sit down and make our evaluations.


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  32. I don’t know who this young lady is but she appears to be making some good points

    Yeah, of course not, Rog.

    She’s just one of those exquisite brunettes*, but sooner or later, the magic will evaporate.

    She’s also correct not all that often. But yeah, our tongues just happen to be hangin’ out for a reason – inexplicable as that might be … 😕

    * Just ask conservative spokesdouche, Gray Connolly …


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  33. I don’t know who this young lady is but she appears to be making some good points, particularly re the connection between accessible home ownership and the aspiration to have children

    She lost me when she said that for many people of her generation, housing affordability was likely to become the most important factor in both State and Federal elections. I moved out of Sydney,way back when, in the interests of affordable housing, and I never thought of going back.


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  34. affordable housing

    Which mysteriously is unavailable in this country, continent sized as it is.

    Now why might that be, Cats?

    There is a one word answer:

    Collectivism


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  35. Arkysays:

    April 1, 2022 at 4:38 pm
    Here his is making nice with Turtlehead against me.

    ..

    Winston is a gentleman.
    You are an idiot who thinks in black and white and who can’t seperate the argument from the person.
    You probably think I feel anger or resentment towards you.
    I don’t, and hope I never do.
    I wish you the best despite the utter stupidity of todays shit.

    Arky, I picked JC about a decade ago on the old Cat. He hasn’t changed – he can’t.
    I’ve often thought that people, when given the right social environment, can defeat the reflexive “He doesn’t let me be the dominant in any relationship I have, so therefore he is an enemy and wrong.” but it hasn’t worked with JC. His insecurities are what drives him on, but will end up ruining him.
    Meh.
    His problem.


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  36. Which mysteriously is unavailable in this country, continent sized as it is.

    Now why might that be, Cats?

    Most people want to live in the city, with all the conveniences it brings.

    Also, due to the ever increasing amount of government regulation, starting or investing in businesses is risky, so people invest in real estate as they can almost always find a renter.


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  37. Sancho Panzer:

    There appears to be some dispute here.
    I think we need to vote on the best Cat nick-names.
    Without wishing to influence anyone, I think St Ruth is a clear winner, followed by Kenn Worth – Road Ranger.

    Please can I go back to misspelling peoples names as in Faltyu Twoers?
    It gave me endless pleasure and some were quite witty.
    NOT THAT ANYONE NOTICED.
    Bastards.


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  38. Plasma – this continent is awash with riches.

    Packing everyone into six ports is ridiculous.

    Saw a piece today that compared the early settlers on the North American continent to this one.

    The former found riches, the latter found desert.

    Simplistic bollocks.

    This continent is an Eden, which thanks to collectivist bollocks and bizarre animist idiocy will never be utilised to its full advantage.

    Until the next grate wave of settlers arrives.


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  39. He doesn’t let me be the dominant in any relationship I have, so therefore he is an enemy and wrong

    ..
    Nah.
    At the risk of being accused of “sucking up” or whatever he said, in actual fact I really liked the bloke.
    I don’t get the behaviour on here. At all. It’s bloody embarrassing. I assure you in real life he isn’t like this at all.


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  40. Rosie;

    I wouldn’t encourage handing out too many refreshments here calli.
    Get the impression some have already had more than their fair share.

    That’s a lie.
    A terrible, nay, a HORRID lie.
    And a fabrication.


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  41. Diogenes:

    And if they know they are stopping in place for a few days they dig fighting pits, and then they start connecting them up and thus a trench is born.

    A shell scrape is just a trench that hasn’t grown up.


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  42. Arks, FFS – think of your family and your blood pressure, if nothing else …

    This is seriously pointless. Although, you could always remind him of his love of the Springsteen’s ditty’s about Noo Joisey. That might just get him to (temporarily) drop his guard … 😕


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  43. Rex Anger:

    I’m pretty sure it was bad loans like that which provoked the Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae collapses and the whole GFC business, correct?

    You are quite correct.
    Labeling dog shit as gold didn’t stand up to scrutiny.
    Or the markets.


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  44. If you believe that, then why are you advocating for the destruction of the Morrison Government?

    Why are you constantly touting for that useless bag of wind (to put the the kindest possible interpretation on his actions) Morrison.


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  45. Plasma – this continent is awash with riches.

    Packing everyone into six ports is ridiculous.

    Look all over the world, you will see high density cities/populations on the coast. Why?

    This is due to the fact that shipping is the most cost effective method of transportation the world has, it is also one of the major reasons why land locked countries are almost universally poor.

    If there were a major project that would encourage people to move out of the cities to a rural area, maybe it would happen, but there’s nothing.
    Continued infrastructure the major cities and expansion of remote FIFO mining operations are your only options currently.


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  46. Putin makes everyone look dumb:

    Russian puts the ruble on the gold standard
    Recently, the Russian central bank announced that it will put the ruble on a gold standard. The bank pegged 1 gram of gold to 5,000 rubles. Now that means, one troy ounce of gold or 32 grams of Gold would now cost 1,60,000 rubles in Russia. At the current exchange rate, 32 grams of gold would cost roughly $1,600 in Russia.

    But wait, in the US, the same quantity of gold would cost you $1,928. That means Russia has effectively ratcheted up its currency’s value against the dollar by pegging it to gold. If, 1 gram of gold is bound to 5000 rubles, then according to Western standards, the ruble must be valued at 70-75 units against 1 dollar.



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  47. please ban all who like Brussel Sprouts

    Banning? FFS, they should administered a lengthy series of public floggings, hanged from their necks until dead, after which HOP Time will visited upon them. 🙂

    Much like some other imbeciles that we shall not be specifically mentioning here.


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  48. No way can the US supply an equivalent amount of gas to Europe if Russia turns off the tap.

    There is the additional problem that shipping capacity is just not there at the moment.


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  49. But wait, in the US, the same quantity of gold would cost you $1,928. That means Russia has effectively ratcheted up its currency’s value against the dollar by pegging it to gold. If, 1 gram of gold is bound to 5000 rubles, then according to Western standards, the ruble must be valued at 70-75 units against 1 dollar.

    A few trade deals will sort that out


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  50. Calli:

    I wasn’t aware of Brand promoting “conspiracy theories”. What he does is present all the aspects of a story in an entertaining way, gives his opinion and asks his audience for theirs.

    He appears to have come out of his shell and is asking the questions he didn’t ask years ago.
    A little less over the top would be nice.


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  51. Rabzsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 9:32 pm
    Plasma – this continent is awash with riches.

    Packing everyone into six ports is ridiculous.

    Saw a piece today that compared the early settlers on the North American continent to this one.

    The former found riches, the latter found desert.

    Simplistic bollocks.

    This continent is an Eden, which thanks to collectivist bollocks and bizarre animist idiocy will never be utilised to its full advantage.

    Until the next grate wave of settlers arrives.

    Reminds me of the book/film Tomorrow When the War Began. Ehen the film was released, there were screeches of “Wasissm”. Surely it was impossible that invaders could be of Asian extraction, as shown on the screen? And now???


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  52. Winston Smithsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 9:46 pm
    Rex Anger:

    I’m pretty sure it was bad loans like that which provoked the Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae collapses and the whole GFC business, correct?

    You are quite correct.
    Labeling dog shit as gold didn’t stand up to scrutiny.
    Or the markets.

    Winston we might be protected from that here because people in the housing lending game have told me that the screws on lending were tightened sometime ago. It depends on how much rates rise and of course the unknowns. In the USA pre GFC they were almost giving loans away. That doesn’t happen here.


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  53. Arks – whatever is happening in your personal life at the moment, screeching abuse at JC (of all people) is not going to make you feel any better.

    Take a break, Squire. Think of and witness the good things in your life, not those minor irritations (many as they may allegedly be).


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  54. Banning? FFS, they should administered a lengthy series of public floggings, hanged from their necks until dead, after which HOP Time will visited upon them. ?

    As should those who confess to the unspeakable crime of eating sheep.


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  55. Tomorrow When the War Began

    Yet we wonder why no one in their right minds would willingly risk their lives for this country.

    If this country is “blessed” by a conflict, I won’t be defending it.

    However, it just might present a unique opportunity to settle a multitude of scores. 🙂


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  56. Putin makes everyone look dumb:

    He’s also effectively linked the price of oil to gold as I understand it.

    Would really appreciate some decent analysis on this play.


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  57. Yet we wonder why no one in their right minds would willingly risk their lives for this country.

    My great uncle was a World War Two veteran.

    “Six bob a day, a pair of trousers with the arze still in them, and the first pair of new boots he’d had in twelve years.”


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  58. Even if you write off the desert and coast, Australia still has swathes of inhabitable land.

    I was in the Macedon Ranges last week…*

    You could put millions of people there and still have decent amounts of nature.

    *A NSWelshman’s review of a bit of Victoria he is of too low a social standing to breathe the same air as the locals…or, a Clayton’s Travelogue…the Travelogue when you say you despise Travelogues…

    *Victorians drive in pods, like rugby forwards driving it up the guts. Safety in numbers?
    *Only saw one cop on the way down…but apparently they lie in wait like snipers?
    *Daylesford is very gay, maybe it should be called Dale’s Fjord?
    *I got lost and found the Montessori school at “new” Gisborne. So my friends kid won’t have to put up with our public indoctrination camps.
    *Stumbled upon a yuuge thoroughbred racing training camp. If only Wests Tigers had such high expectations of their human employees…. 🙁
    *The Chinese laydee at the smokes shop in Gisborne sold me “Amanda” mini cigars, 8/10.
    *Had breakfast at the Indian run coffee shop. Nice. Can’t say my latte was really a latte…buuuutt…
    *I was wearing chinos, a collared rugger top and a nice clean sharply designed Daiwa cap…the freak in the coffee shop with Bernie and Biden posters literally ran away…must have been my toxic masculinity.
    *I liked Woodend, a hilariously well forsooth name…still a bit gay. The pub was good, less pretentious on Friday night. Nice Melbin wymmynses professionals. The Taphouse has nice beer. You want to serve me a large meal on a tasting board? GTFO with that.
    *Castlemaine seemed a bit dead.
    *Dale’s Fjord was packed on Sunday…lots of smoothie gays** and their dog children. Managed to see quite a cute brunette lady looking for a rich husbando…put me back in love, I’m not done yet.
    *On the way down, I had the misfortune of stopping in Seymour. Everything was shut but the KFC. I just wanted a decent coffee. Filthy teenage children who needed to go and cut me a switch. Anyway the KFC was actually prepared very well…you lot… Victorian servers and cashiers look bloody ridiculous with masks on still!
    *Google maps was ridiculous. Seymour to “Pyaning”? “Toubouleuc”? Then the wrong side of Mt Macedon. Over the hill, the wealth there was eye popping. Like the NSW sthn highlands.

    **One Asian bloke had no visible hair but a flat top hair do and his clothes were like shrink wrap. His complexion was like he just got a cut and polish – very shiny.
    PS – there is an old scale in the main street. Do the gay Bikie mafia make you become straight if your BMI goes too high?

    Also saw a bloody driveway with fresh blood and the Vic Plod CSI dudes, just what I wanted to see before lunch.

    At least the air didn’t smell like sulfur as in Liverpool or Blacktown.


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  59. Rex Anger:

    Grigory obviously doesn’t like people making their beds as the first step to regaining control of themselves…

    I never make my bed since I discovered doonas and the excuse of “I let the linen air itself during the day.”


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  60. A story for the times….a local business noticed the local residences were having difficulty piling up household rubbish on the nature strip following recent floods.

    Being good neighbors, the business offered their car park for locals to dump their damaged water logged furniture and effects.

    The local Council is now collecting the rubbish on the nature strip for free for locals. The business needs to pay to have their car park cleared, because commercial.

    No good deed goes unpunished.


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  61. The solution isn’t more government intervention, but less.

    Australia’s housing bubble is built on planning restrictions and building permit restrictions.

    My sister is currently trying to get permits to knock down an older workers cottage and build a new wool shed….. for 12 months.

    Local government planning is wall to wall Mongs. Half the fucking Indigo Shire “planners” are off on fucking COVID stress leave and not one of these arseholes has even had COVID.


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  62. I leave to watch a movie (The Dish) and the caravan has moved on to a new page!

    On Brand. I said he was entertaining. And yes, I am sceptical. But he is an interesting emergence from the sludge of commentary.


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  63. This is due to the fact that shipping is the most cost effective method of transportation the world has, it is also one of the major reasons why land locked countries are almost universally poor.

    Austria*
    Switzerland*
    Andorra
    Lichtenstein
    Luxembourg
    Czechia*
    San Marino

    Perhaps not…

    *Hmmmm…

    I think this means two things:

    1.There are more landlocked countries in Asia, Africa and South America.

    2. Also: Trains v Trucks v Ships!


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  64. Brussels Sprouts are the VB of the vegetable world.

    I love em! Roasted with walnuts and feta.

    The taste is that awesome one of metal polishing on a buffer with your mouth open!


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  65. Count down to Bird strike commences.
    3.
    2.
    1.
    11.
    49.

    Nah, Winston.

    Bird is off having a nice time and keeping himself firmly in check over at the Furniture Store.

    It would in fact seem that I, the great Emmanuel Goldstein-Devilbastard the Third Esq., am the Great Unifying Evil among the folks now assembled there. Struth hates me, SRR hates me, some sycophant named ‘peter’ hates me, too. And Bird hates me so much he’s managed not to go on rants about [CENTRAL BANKERS!] for over a week. He rants and rages and curses me instead. 🙂

    I truly do seem to bring out the very best in people… 🙂


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  66. John H:
    Winston puts on serious hat, dusts it off.

    Yes, the enclosed environment would be a challenge. Personalities will grate on each other after just a small amount of time, but remember that we’ve been putting men (and Women!) in submarines for a very long time. Long term isolation shouldn’t be a problem especially given the sorts of personalities that would be picked.
    The pioneering/explorer gene has not yet been extinguished.

    Don’t know how you do that Winston. I couldn’t handle the constant people contact let alone sick people contact.

    It’d be worthwhile talking to the people who recruit for the Brits submarine service. There’s a lot of clinical expertise lurking within the defence establishments.
    Trust me on this – the sick people would be a professional challenge to any doc/nurse worth their salt. They’d love it.


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  67. The Resident Psychotherapist:

    RP: “Good Evening Graeme.”

    GB: “Good evening, you monstrous Hebrew personage of the economic persuasion”

    RP: “How are you feeling?”

    GB: “Not happy, I tells ya, (again) – the Jooze blah, blah, blah …”

    RP: “Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …

    There endeth the lesson.


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  68. He’s also effectively linked the price of oil to gold as I understand it.

    Would really appreciate some decent analysis on this play.

    I suspect that any serious spike or crash of either commodity* will do perilous things to the rouble, but it will probably work as a partial sanctions-buster or sidestep in the shorter term.

    I seem to recall the original 1920s Weimar Deutschmark that got splattered by both the Depression and Hyperinflation crisis was gold-backed.

    It had to be substituted by the temporary Rentenmark for a few years (apparently based on a valuation of all the industrial output and productive land Germany had) until things settled down.

    * (Whether such a thing be due to market panic or production perfidy- A cheeky bastard could do some nasty things with provoking an oil glut, to both Vlad Bae AND Sniffy Joe’s handlers)


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  69. John H:

    For long distance space travel there are so many issues I think automation is a far better option than humans. Besides that we’re going to need some type of field to protect us from G forces during the acceleration phase.

    The automation vs human schools have been arguing this for decades. Neither seem to be able to realise this isn’t an either/or situation. Any exploration to say, Alpha Centauri is going to have to a mix of the two.
    Secondly, the issue of G forces won’t happen. The ability to accelerate a vessel above 1 G is going to exhaust the fuel very quickly. Far better to use an ion drive to accelerate at say, .2 G to get the same velocity. That doesn’t mean we can’t build the ship in near earth orbit and strap on a shitload of solid fuel rockets to get the show on the road. We can use planetary braking to slow down at the end.
    Thirdly, getting to Alpha Centauri is going to take a generation ship unless we have a remarkable science/engineering breakthrough in the next 40 years. Meanwhile, sorting out Mars and perhaps one of the Jovian moons is going to keep us focused for the time being. And building a space industry in one of the Lagrange points.


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  70. Just heard that my 2IC from the old job resigned today. That brings the resignation count to about 5 supervisors since I was terminated.

    Note to companies: If you think you can behave like complete fucking arseholes and get away with it, think again. When you do, everyone does a bit of reflection : “I think I can do better than working for these fucking arseholes!”.

    Everyone went on to much better paid jobs in better behaved companies. The 2IC doubled his pay with his new job. Great stuff!


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  71. Arky:

    Nah.
    At the risk of being accused of “sucking up” or whatever he said, in actual fact I really liked the bloke.
    I don’t get the behaviour on here. At all. It’s bloody embarrassing. I assure you in real life he isn’t like this at all.

    In a face to face situation, he is polite. When remote from from retaliation, he’s a bully.
    JC is a coward and he has the all the hallmarks of being one.
    The duplicity of his behaviour is the giveaway.


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  72. Note to companies: If you think you can behave like complete fucking arseholes and get away with it, think again. When you do, everyone does a bit of reflection : “I think I can do better than working for these fucking arseholes!”.

    Even funnier, when they take their skills and set up new and successful competitors!

    Actually, is that a conceivable option in your position, Rick?

    Or do you have to be a ‘big’ player in order to be considered for even a smallish airport?


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  73. 11:00pm on a Friday night and you’re all off allegedly involved in more interesting activities.

    Not having it. This month’s radio show is upon us, Cats.

    Essaying a very controversial genre (cue spooky four to the floor muzak) …

    Disco.

    Tune in at 7:00pm tomorrow evening. Feel free to be wearing much polyester and plastic …

    Here’s a taster … 🙂


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  74. Plasmamortar:

    Continued infrastructure the major cities and expansion of remote FIFO mining operations are your only options currently.

    The cities will continue to dominate Australian growth until the disbursers realise that $3 Billion to extend a freeway 4 km will pay back more if it is spread among 30 regional townships.
    Unfortunately, the price rises of property in the cities will slow, and we can’t have that.
    A property bust will ruin too many politicians.


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  75. Jorge:

    But wait, in the US, the same quantity of gold would cost you $1,928. That means Russia has effectively ratcheted up its currency’s value against the dollar by pegging it to gold. If, 1 gram of gold is bound to 5000 rubles, then according to Western standards, the ruble must be valued at 70-75 units against 1 dollar.

    And that’s where we didn’t want to go – a currency that is backed against a physical standard and not able to be manipulated.


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  76. Winston Smithsays:
    April 1, 2022 at 10:40 pm
    John H:

    For long distance space travel there are so many issues I think automation is a far better option than humans. Besides that we’re going to need some type of field to protect us from G forces during the acceleration phase.

    The automation vs human schools have been arguing this for decades. Neither seem to be able to realise this isn’t an either/or situation. Any exploration to say, Alpha Centauri is going to have to a mix of the two.
    Secondly, the issue of G forces won’t happen. The ability to accelerate a vessel above 1 G is going to exhaust the fuel very quickly. Far better to use an ion drive to accelerate at say, .2 G to get the same velocity. That doesn’t mean we can’t build the ship in near earth orbit and strap on a shitload of solid fuel rockets to get the show on the road. We can use planetary braking to slow down at the end.
    Thirdly, getting to Alpha Centauri is going to take a generation ship unless we have a remarkable science/engineering breakthrough in the next 40 years. Meanwhile, sorting out Mars and perhaps one of the Jovian moons is going to keep us focused for the time being. And building a space industry in one of the Lagrange points.

    It will be so boring. Beyond the solar system space is so empty, a vast nothingness. Submariners and explorers had plenty to do but on long space flights we’d be better off in hibernation. I don’t like the idea of ion drives, too slow, take too long, but resurrecting Project Orion might be worth a shot. Without new technology interstellar travel is best left to the scifi writers. I don’t even see the point of Mars or any of the planets. A better option is Kuiper belt mining.


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  77. John H:

    Winston we might be protected from that here because people in the housing lending game have told me that the screws on lending were tightened sometime ago. It depends on how much rates rise and of course the unknowns. In the USA pre GFC they were almost giving loans away. That doesn’t happen here.

    I did a couple of back of the envelope calculations week or so ago, at 5%, 10%, and 15% – it frightened me and brought back memories of 17% home loans where my entire wages went for the loan and about 10% of the missus.
    I doubt the current generation of debtors has any idea of how to deal with this scenario.


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  78. Rabz:

    If this country is “blessed” by a conflict, I won’t be defending it.

    I would, if the aggressor kicked things off by nuking Canberra.

    I have to admit that The Rabz makes a compelling argument


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  79. rickw:

    Just heard that my 2IC from the old job resigned today. That brings the resignation count to about 5 supervisors since I was terminated.

    Excellent news.
    Have you let them know of your availability on two items:
    .1 The head of the idiot who formulated the “no jab/ No job” rule? Plate optional but appreciated.
    .2 A 100% increase in take home pay?


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  80. Everyone went on to much better paid jobs in better behaved companies. The 2IC doubled his pay with his new job. Great stuff!

    What about you?


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  81. The Greatest Australian Hero at 4.47:

    Freedom and self reliance are strong in my breed

    The Greatest Australian Hero 48 hours ago:

    ‘Ooooooh I stepped in poo’
    ‘These toilets are filthy’

    Ah hahahahaha.


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  82. Kevin Rudd’s economic boys reunite for Anthony Albanese
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    He’s the ultimate captain’s pick for Anthony Albanese. A multi-millionaire, Oxford-educated policy guru who has been slotted in as the Labor candidate for the western Sydney seat of Parra­matta, a long way from his billionaire’s row digs in the city’s east.

    And in selecting the urbane Andrew Charlton, 42, Mr Albanese will reunite, 15 years on, the economic advisers at the heart of the short-lived, big-spending Rudd government.

    Dr Charlton was one of Kevin Rudd’s closest advisers. He flashed into the spotlight over a heated exchange at a party with Malcolm Turnbull in 2008 when the then opposition leader confronted him and urged him not to lie for Mr Rudd over the so-called “ute-gate’’ affair.

    Dr Charlton is now raising eyebrows about his impact on an Albanese frontbench should he win the seat. At the centre of the intrigue is his place alongside Treasury spokesman Jim Chalmers, 44, who on Friday joined his old mate on the campaign trail.

    Dr Charlton was Dr Chalmers’ senior during the Rudd years. With an economics doctorate from Oxford, he became an ­extremely successful businessman who transformed his company, AlphaBeta, into a multi-million-dollar affair that was ultimately bought by Accenture.

    Dr Chalmers, an adviser to then treasurer Wayne Swan and a career apparatchik, has an arts ­degree and a doctorate in political science. His decision to use the “Dr” often draws ridicule from his counterpart Josh Frydenberg, a lawyer.



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  83. John H:

    It will be so boring. Beyond the solar system space is so empty, a vast nothingness. Submariners and explorers had plenty to do but on long space flights we’d be better off in hibernation.

    You can hibernate – I will be selecting the crew for the colonisation program on Alpha Centauri. Here is a sample.
    It will not be boring.
    OK Serious hat on…
    The Kuiper Belt will only be useful for a laser highway project
    First we need to mine the crap out of the asteroid belt.


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  84. *Policy guru*

    Anyone in charge of policy from after 2007 onwards needs a good slap, and to shut the hell up.

    You failed. Miserably.

    Go away and ruin your own business or another country. You’ve done enough damage here, leave us alone!


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  85. A multi-millionaire, Oxford-educated policy guru who has been slotted in as the Labor candidate for the western Sydney seat of Parra­matta, a long way from his billionaire’s row digs in the city’s east.

    Wouldn’t this make him one of the “big end of Town” that Bill Shorten spent all his days bawling about?


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  86. Apparently our last ship wasn’t a happy crew.
    Ukrainian Captain with 2 Russian engineers and a mixed Asian crew.

    The long nights of boheminae and cheerful good conversation must be flying by.


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  87. Drinking good single malt, and watching Kurt Russell in “Tombstone” is a worthy occupation for a self funded retiree,

    “You gonna do something, you just stand there and bleed?”

    “You tell them, I’m coming and Hell’s coming with me…”


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  88. Freedom and self reliance are strong in my breed

    Which prefaced a while lot of raging about how taking up driving trucks again in Current Year is all too hard and it’s all too tyrannical and how dare that lunatic troll unionised lazy choo choo who doesn’t do anything and is here on this blog 24/7 and I can’t stop or destroy him and it makes me so ANGRY-MAD etc. etc. etc. and so forth…


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  89. It’s bloody embarrassing. I assure you in real life he isn’t like this at all.

    In a face to face situation, he is polite. When remote from from retaliation, he’s a bully.

    My comment has nothing to do with Arky or JC, just a general observation I came to by working with people.

    Fact, you have to live or work with people for some time to truly get to know them, and there is still a tiny chance you will be wrong.

    Anyone can be pleasant and amiable for while.


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  90. Why pick up that fucking dreck Rex?
    Do I insult you like that?

    I didn’t mean you, Arky.

    Matrix likes Struth swamping this blog in shrieked abuse, Maoist denunciations and sexual crudity at all his mutual class enemies. Thinks it’s manly.

    And given how many folks uptick it every time he does, I suspect he commands a cult-like following of such vicarious bloodletters.


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  91. Does this mean I have lost my thought leadership?
    Shiiiiiit.

    Nah. Nature just abhors a vacuum. 🙂

    Tell you what, we could organise a duel for the role between you and Struth.

    Double-plugger slapfight, using the flat sides only. Start back-to-back, advance away 10 paces and then slap to first submission.

    Last one to get face-tinea wins. 😉


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  92. “He [Peterson] hasn’t recovered, he tears up very easily, and he tries to cover too much territory. He did excellent research in his field and should return to that.”

    That would be entirely antithetical to his entire philosophy – in that his view seems to be that mental and physical fitness and strength both come from mildly working beyond your “comfort zone”. That, as with physical fitness, mental fitness is obtained by “building up” the “muscles”, and that only happens when you exert (mildly) beyond your limits regularly.
    And just as “clean up your room” is a request to get your own life in order before trying to direct others on how to live, “find the heaviest thing you can carry and carry it” doesn’t just mean physically, it means mentally as well.
    Given the great fame he has achieved and the many people who say his advice has turned their lives around, it seems to me he may have a point. In which case “nearly tearing up” is him facing up to the realities of his life, and facing the pain that some of it has caused him, making him stronger in the process. As long as he doesn’t actually break down (and I haven’t seen that yet), then he should – if he is correct – get “better” much quicker doing what he is, rather than hiding from it. Always providing he doesn’t push too hard too soon of course.


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  93. “Up until Kneel dropped his sandwiches, I was praising him for his attitude.
    And he’d had the jab.

    He was fuming about getting the jab.

    Every person that surrendered and took a jab hurt other people in doing so.
    There should end the discussion and the reasoning.
    They helped destroy their nation, destroy children’s lives and their fellow countrymen, and any man, any right wing man that denies it is fooling himself, leading to denialism.”

    So you were praising me for hurting other people and destroying my nation etc etc?
    Or I’m in denial for being furious about being coerced into getting jabbed?

    This is what gets my back up about your comments – you and your ilk say it’s my fault they get away with this shit, yet you say I have the right attitude (fury) to what was forced on me. You’re provoking the very people who actually agree it shouldn’t have been allowed! You’re dividing us when you should be uniting us.
    IOW, you are part of the problem, and hindering any solution.
    And you come across as being smug about it to boot – “oh look, more proof you’re all gonna die!”, “you’re angry because you made a mistake” etc etc.

    You don’t want to help, you don’t want to prevent the same shit happening again, you just want to parade your own cleverness while hiding away.
    And you wonder why I tell you to fuck off? Wake up to the damage you are doing to the cause you say you support you muppet. Stop blaming people for doing what they had to, and focus on those who made them do it.
    But you can’t, can you? That would require empathy, which you admit you don’t have and see as a weakness. You’re worse than a waste of space, you’re destructive to the very things you say you support and you don’t even realise what you are doing, even when it’s been pointed out to you.


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  94. Another day with 24/7 posting of a unionist who’s head I live.
    And Kneel.
    Don’t blame others for your actions.
    A lot of that going on at the moment.
    All I said is you were angry at having taken the jab and that wasn’t insane compared to the denialism of the lets move on , it never happened crowd who believe there has been no consequence or damage done to others because they did it.
    You then “dropped your sandwiches” and decided I was to blame for what you did.
    I believe no man should have taken the jab unless under extreme conditions to cross a border for a loved one.
    Those that were made to do that should now be looking for blood, not folding under the mental weakness of denialism.
    I never said you should have got the jab and in doing so you have empowered tyranny and in the process hurt your fellow man including children.
    You may have had a hard decision to make but you made the wrong one and we are all going to pay for it.
    Instead of chucking a tanty at those speaking the truth and who won’t accept your snivelling excuses I thought you were sane, had worked out just what they scared you into doing and would be turning against those that did it instead of those speaking the uncomfortable truth you don’t want to hear.
    Grizzling at the truth or trying to fix your fuck up….and it is a fuck up because you’ve made things worse and there will be more shit you are going to be required to do to keep your green tick…..which action will be better for your mental health?


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