1,776 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 23 April 2022”

  1. Josh Bernstein Tweets about a number of “ex ABC luminaries” (Red Kezza, Quentin Dumpster, Jonathon Holmes et al). Surely this can only be because each is convinced the Sun once shone out their respective arses?


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  2. DrBeauGan says:
    April 23, 2022 at 4:26 am

    Thanks Tom. I couldn’t understand the Margolis.

    Thanks God I’m not alone, there are few every day I can’t figure out.
    Probably lack of local political knowledge.


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  3. Been watching the 1969-71 Brit TV series Special Branch.

    In the one I’m currently watching, an important Russian politician is about to visit the UK. USSR security guy and Brit Special Branch guy are chatting in front of Marx’s grave about security arrangements. UK guy points out that Marxism was born in Britain. Commie responds that more honour should be accorded, after all USSR issued a postage stamp to honour Robbie Burns, ‘an Englishman.’

    On being mildly corrected on this point, USSR guy says ‘I understand. But then you call me a Russian and I am Ukrainian.’

    It reminded me of a conversation with the Old Man about my then husband and wife lawn and garden team. ‘Her name is Olga.’ ‘Oh, she’s Russian, then.’

    ‘No, she’s Ukrainian.’

    ‘If her name is Olga, she’s Russian.’

    I left it at that, but now it makes sense.


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  4. Thanks Tom. I couldn’t understand the Margolis.

    I get some of it. CNN has just pulled the pin on CNN+ (whatever that is). In the movie Marvel Avengers Endgame, the villain (sorry can’t remember the name), uses the power of the special gauntlet to remove from existence half the universe’s living things with a snap of his fingers.
    I think Uncle Sam is used too show the lack of interest from the American viewer.


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  5. Margolis is something to do with Disney’s Avengers, Thantos has the Infinity stoned glove which whoever has the most stones wins. I still don’t get it. Maybe you have to know the movie.


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  6. Reading back on Ye Olde Fredde, I caught the trainwreck which was then hit by a nuclear bomb of the Shadow Minister for Agriculture at the Press Club. Talk about a deer in the headlights. Go to Salvatore at 10.52 pm for the link.

    I didn’t catch the bimbo’s name, but Cats and Kittehs with agricultural connections should circulate this clip far and wide.

    It wasn’t just that she had nothing new to announce. It was clear that she didn’t have a clue about her portfolio. When asked a softball question – what have you personally been working on in policy terms – she just froze and couldn’t give an even passable answer. Surely anybody who had immersed themselves in the subject matter could have come up with something. Most would come up with many things.

    So far, this is the worst Labor Federal campaign I’ve seen in a lifetime of following politics.


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  7. So far, this is the worst Labor Federal campaign I’ve seen in a lifetime of following politics.

    ….and it is possible they will form a minority government.

    The public don’t know what they’re thinking, nor do they…


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  8. Urban and peri-urban agriculture are important components of sustainable and community food systems in Australia

    Debt to GDP > 100% and cash/sovereign bond rates at 7%.

    You bet your backside you’re growing your own quinoa & avocados.


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  9. ….and it is possible they will form a minority government.

    I’ve been dreading the teal climate “independents” will all get to give Rob Oakeshott speeches.


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  10. Let’s assume that Greens Ag Policy is also Labor Ag Policy:

    2. The implementation of sustainable farming systems is essential for maintaining healthy, productive landscapes and addressing the grave threats of land, soil and water degradation, and climate change. Sustainable farming systems are those that apply ecological concepts to the management of agriculture – often called agro-ecology.

    Not quite the Holodomor, but Labor will need Commissars and Enforcement Squads to ensure “implementation”.


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  11. Good morning all. Question regarding the Senate- if you vote above the line, do you have to vote for just one ticket or can you vote for more than one?


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  12. Did Elbow say something about transforming Australia?
    Another good point made on twitter.
    Transformation needs a totalitarian government to implement.


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  13. I am going to vote LDP, UAP and PHON below the line in the order they want, then randomly for most, then Green, Liberal and Labour randomly up the ballot until I exhaust my last three preferences just below the line.

    Imagine if 100,000 or so people did this in NSW. It could really hurt the majors.


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  14. Good morning all. Question regarding the Senate- if you vote above the line, do you have to vote for just one ticket or can you vote for more than one?

    Miltond – I believe you must number all six boxes above the line and at least 12 below the line.


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  15. BoN, when I saw your teal climate independents I thought teal was a typo and then realised it’s the colour of their t-shirts. It’s still very early in the morning.


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  16. rickw from the old fred

    Government can wreck anything if they put their minds to it.

    Or even casually wreck anything carelessly and without thinking.


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  17. Anyone know where Hillary has been lately?

    Two Russian Oligarchs Dead in Alleged Murder-Suicides (22 Apr)

    Two Russian oligarchs with links to major gas companies were found dead in alleged murder-suicide cases that occurred within 24 hours of each other, Newsweek reports.

    The deaths come about one month after Russian billionaire Vasily Melnikov, his wife, and their two sons were found dead in their apartment in the country’s sixth-largest city, Nizhny Novgorod.

    Last February, two prominent Russians were found dead of apparent suicides: oil and gas magnate Mikhail Watford and Gazprom Deputy General Director of the Unified Settlement Center (UCC) for Corporate Security, Alexander Tyulyakov.

    Hmm, maybe the other oligarchs should make large donations to the Clinton Foundation pronto.


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  18. Dot, you’ve won me over. I’ll be voting LDP for the Senate in Victoria. The Fat Bastard is spending millions on ads down here, but his “policies” are illiterate, socialist nonsense. LDP is virtually alone as a small-government party.

    As a psephology nerd, I can’t wait for this election to see how low the LNP and ALP primary votes sink to. We’re in record territory, according to Newspoll. As a politician who believes in nothing, Morrison will be remembered for his record low LNP primary vote and little else.


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  19. Farmer Gez says:
    April 23, 2022 at 7:29 am
    I saw the opposition diversity pick for agriculture on Michael Smith News.

    Same thing last time and Gillard then allowed the Greens to slip in highly damaging ideological regulations for their support.

    They made it compulsory for any agricultural chemical that was up for licence renewal to undergo a complete new registration process.This costs millions and chewed up staff time for the companies involved.

    The immediate damage was done to the supply of off patent generic chemicals. The margins are small for these products and so no company could justify the cost of reregistration. Highly effective and cheap products started to disappear from shelves.

    This was exactly as the Greens intended, death by bureaucratic regulation without publicly stating their extreme agenda.
    Our Labor girl is keeping the options open for a repeat performance.


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  20. As a psephology nerd, I can’t wait for this election to see how low

    the Green Ant stoops to in order to fellate the major parties and Greens and lament how competition is undemocratic


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  21. I’m getting very suspicious about the meeja and this election campaign. For example:

    A Facebook page managed by the president of a local Labor branch in Queensland has been sharing incendiary posts, including claims that Liberal MP Gladys Liu is a Chinese spy, an ABC investigation has found.
    Key points:

    Facebook pages run by Labor Party branch members have been spreading conspiracies and misinformation
    The ALP says the pages are not official and that it does not endorse the content
    An expert says both the ALP and Facebook have a responsibility to act

    The official Facebook page of the ALP branch in the Queensland electorate of Wright regularly shares pro-Labor and anti-government infographics, articles and memes.

    They include a post fuelling the conspiracy theory that Ms Liu, the federal member for the Victorian seat of Chisholm, is a spy, and others implying Liberal members including Prime Minister Scott Morrison are part of a group who use the parliamentary prayer room for sexual acts.

    The page, “Labor for Wright”, was created in 2013 and is co-run by the president of the ALP’s Boonah branch, Julie Jackson. She has also served as campaign manager for former federal Labor candidate Sharon Murakami.

    The article then goes on to highlight other nasty Labor pages, none of which would even have been mentioned in the last Federal election campaign.

    What is going on here? Have they already decided that Albo is pining for the fjords and therefore they should stop annoying the next government? What?


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  22. Julie Collins

    Personal
    Born 3.7.1971, Hobart, Australia
    Married
    Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
    CertIVBA (TAFE Tasmania).
    Administrative Officer for the Australian Labor Party (Tas.) from 1987 to 1990.

    Started in the ALP Office as a 15 year old.
    Any relation to Bob Collins?


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  23. Bush at 5.58:

    Garrison pulls no punches with his depiction of Harris.

    I did notice that. Fantastic stuff. In that particular pose there wasn’t a requirement for kneepads.


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  24. The shallow minister for Ag. certainly led a varied life before entering politics.

    Joined the ALP at 17, and it sort of tailed off from there.


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  25. lotocoti says:
    April 23, 2022 at 7:35 am

    The shallow minister for Ag. certainly led a varied life before entering politics.

    Tasmania. That figures.

    My boss and I went to Tasmania to discuss how to spend the millions that Brian Harradine had extorted for telecommunications infrastructure in exchange for the Telstra sale. We were there for five days.

    In passing, I must say that it was one of the best work trips ever. Good food and digs, friendly people etc.

    But.

    We spent our time meeting with various committees and/or bureaucrats, and by the end of the second day we began to notice a few familiar faces. By the end of the third day, half of them were familiar faces.

    You know the rest.

    Tasmania is run by a few hundred people who all know each other.

    Talent or grasp of the subject matter is not just secondary, it is invisible.


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  26. More Labor Ag. Policy:

    4. Australia must regenerate rural communities through viable, resilient, productive and sustainable farms.

    Sounds like a Commissar will decide whether or not any particular farm is “viable”.
    No wonder Julie Collins doesn’t wanna talk about detail.


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  27. Greens policy points. Thanks Ed.

    3. To assist farmers to minimise or eliminate the use of harmful pesticides and fertilisers.

    4. To support farmers to reduce emissions, including through reducing usage of fossil fuels and nitrogen fertilisers, and supporting research and changing practices to reduce livestock emissions.

    You’ll note, as previously posted, the disaster for agriculture in Sri Lanka caused by exactly these type of mindless mantras.


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  28. I didn’t catch the bimbo’s name, but Cats and Kittehs with agricultural connections should circulate this clip far and wide.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not voting for any women, these bimbos are paraded around as just another form of compliance to equality. They are almost universally destructive and incompetent.


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  29. 4. To support farmers to reduce emissions, including through reducing usage of fossil fuels and nitrogen fertilisers, and supporting research and changing practices to reduce livestock emissions.

    can I suggest that greens wear a plastic bag over their heads to signal compliance to this cause…


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  30. The article then goes on to highlight other nasty Labor pages, none of which would even have been mentioned in the last Federal election campaign.

    What is going on here?

    What is going on here is that the Gladys Liu story and the ‘Scummo sex prayer meetings’ story get retold to an audience considerably larger than the 850 Facebook followers. Plus the 2018 misogynistic comments of some random LNP candidate get an airing.

    With no comment on the Truthiness, or otherwise of the shitposts.

    Unlike the hit piece on a Chinese Liberal party shitflinget:

    Liberal Party faithful in the Chinese community have been caught falsely accusing prominent Labor supporters and Morrison government critics of being under investigation by Australian intelligence agencies for election interference.

    The ABC doing editorial neutrality.


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  31. The Akubra hat’s not really working for Barnaby Joyce any more (the NT News):

    Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce’s security detail was forced to jump in front of a car and stop a man from verbally attacking the Nationals leader in a menacing incident near Tamworth on Friday.

    Mr Joyce and his staff were driving along the New Eng­land Highway to his electorate office from Armidale with three Australian Federal Police officers following in a separate car when he pulled over to take a phone call.

    As Mr Joyce made the call, a man with a woman in the passenger seat were seen making a U-turn before the car ­approached Mr Joyce.

    Sicario!

    As it neared the Nationals leader, an AFP officer jumped in front of the vehicle. A source said the car stopped about “30 to 40 ­metres” from the leader’s car after the AFP officer walked in front of it.

    Footage of the incident, which took place between 2.15 and 2.30pm on Friday, shows the man hurling insults at Mr Joyce, calling him “a f**king piece of shit”.

    Entirely reasonable, I would have thought.

    As the AFP officer moves to stand between Mr Joyce, who got back in his car, the man yells: “Get out of the f**kin’ way you dog. Get the f**k out of my face you maggot c**t.”

    After failing to get past the officer, the man appears to climb back in his car while being urged to do so by a woman who is believed to be his daughter. However, the man has second thoughts and ­returns to the AFP officer ­before jumping up and down, and shaping up to him. The man can be heard saying: “C’mon on c’mon on ya c**t. You piss weak c**t.”

    Again – no harm, no foul.

    The matter was referred to NSW Police but no charges will be laid.

    Nor should they. Barnaby, having cleaned the poo of the calfskin leather seat had this to say:

    “This was a sad and unsavoury incident, which in no way reflects how the majority of Australians participate in our democracy,” he said.

    “I thank my protective ­detail for their bravery in keeping myself and my staff safe. This will be dealt with through the appropriate ­processes.”

    Bravery. Fuck off. The Fed probably wouldn’t have minded letting the bloke go to town onto the bloated, backstabbing self-interested little ferret. If Joyce thinks this dude’s the only bloke severely disaffected with the National Party he leads by misrepresentation, he needs to get out more.


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  32. As the AFP officer moves to stand between Mr Joyce, who got back in his car, the man yells: “Get out of the f**kin’ way you dog. Get the f**k out of my face you maggot c**t.”

    Most reasonable thing I have read all week.


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  33. You’ll note, as previously posted, the disaster for agriculture in Sri Lanka caused by exactly these type of mindless mantras.

    ‘Yeah, but the Lankans didn’t do it right.’


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  34. To assist farmers to minimise or eliminate the use of harmful pesticides and fertilisers.

    Pesticides are meant to be “harmful”. Most intelligent farmers know exactly the right amount of expensive fertiliser to use to get the the result – they don’t waste money.

    Starvation and poverty is more “harmful”, but I doubt whether the framer of this garbage has ever done without.


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  35. The old Vedic principles in food and medicine still have a hold in Sub Continental society.
    It’s bloody nonsense and deadly if regulated as in Sri Lanka.


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  36. Mr Han is a former Chinese diplomat who moved to Australia 20 years ago and is a well-known pro-Labor voice on WeChat.

    The message was a clear attempt to diminish the voices of Labor supporters on WeChat during the election campaign, he said.

    “I write a lot in English-language newspapers and my views are clearly pro-Labor [and] that’s made a lot of Chinese-speaking Liberal supporters very angry.

    “They assumed that, because I support Labor and I oppose the conservative government, I must be a Chinese spy.”

    Noooo, why would anyone think that?
    Let’s recap:
    1. Chinese diplomat
    2. Moves to Australia
    3. Immediately becomes vocal supporter of Labor Party
    4. Members of Australia’s Chinese Community say
    “CCCP spy”
    Nup, not seeing the connection?


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  37. callisays:
    April 23, 2022 at 8:15 am
    To assist farmers to minimise or eliminate the use of harmful pesticides and fertilisers.

    Pesticides are meant to be “harmful”. Most intelligent farmers know exactly the right amount of expensive fertiliser to use to get the the result – they don’t waste money.

    Starvation and poverty is more “harmful”, but I doubt whether the framer of this garbage has ever done without.

    What I was going to say, more or less. Just more politely. I suppose the Greens will declare all pesticides do harm so cannot be used.


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  38. Ed Casesays:
    April 23, 2022 at 6:16 am
    Reposted YouTube of Labor’s Agriculture Spokesman non answering questions.
    Assuming that Labor actually have an Agriculture Policy 4 weeks out from an Election, the details must be terrifying.

    Labor does have an agriculture policy. It shares that policy with the Greens.

    The policy is “There shall be no agriculture.”


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  39. The shallow minister for Ag. certainly led a varied life before entering politics.

    Affirmative action at work. And keeping the bruvvas happy with the numbers. Haven’t had much to do with Tasmania but the fact you never left is a tell. Administratively it should really just be merged with Victoriastan. Which is saying something.


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  40. Col Douglas Macgregor Delivers Truth Bombs Surrounding Ukraine Conflict and Status of $4.7 Billion Spent Sending U.S. Equipment and Aid

    Colonel Douglas Macgregor appeared on Tucker Carlson to give a brutally honest assessment of the conflict in Ukraine. Regarding the transfer of heavy weapons and artillery, Macgregor notes something many have discussed.

    The logistics of sending in those weapons from western Ukraine (Poland border) to the eastern Ukraine battle encompasses a thousand-mile trek. Russia can easily hit those convoys en route, negating the supply line. Additionally, the U.S. has sent $4.7 billion in military equipment and financial aid so far (see graphic below), and we have no idea who is in control of those weapons. WATCH:


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  41. Free healthcare:

    Cancer patients notionally entitled to free healthcare in high-tax Britain are being forced to pay for chemotherapy privately in record numbers due to backlogs and interminable waiting lists.

    The Private Healthcare Self-Pay UK Market Report by LaingBuisson, a firm which furnishes the British government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) with market data, found that monthly privately-funded sessions of chemotherapy treatment hit a record 13,200 in 2021 — a measurable rise on the 10,000 recorded in early 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns threw the socialised healthcare system into more chaos than usual.

    Looks like I may have to have some hip surgery soon, and having recently sold my house, I can afford to get it done privately. I suppose it will free up a place on the years long waiting list. But, the definition of ‘non-urgent’ surgery is as wide as the Pacific Ocean in the public sector.


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  42. If two already dysfunctional drug-fucked idiots without real jobs hooked up and then spent a year together ingesting whatever they could get their hands on and freaking out at each other before it all got too much and they broke up screaming, you wouldn’t think it would be news.

    If they’re both multi-millionaires, it apparently is. The Hun, on the latest Captain Jack Sparrow adventure:

    Heard admitted to once having started a physical fight with Depp. “You didn’t get punched; you got hit. I’m sorry I hit you like this, but I did not punch you,” she told Depp.

    “I did not f*cking deck you. I f*cking was hitting you. I don’t know what the motion of my actual hand was. But you’re fine. I did not hurt you. I did not punch you. I was hitting you.”

    Sounds like domestic violence to me. Reverse the people in that conversation and you’d hear the femmo squealing from Mars.

    The real tragedy is that thousands of primary school-aged boys dress up as this plonker’s film character a couple of times a year.


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  43. 3. To assist farmers to minimise or eliminate the use of harmful pesticides and fertilisers.

    4. To support farmers to reduce emissions, including through reducing usage of fossil fuels and nitrogen fertilisers, and supporting research and changing practices to reduce livestock emissions.

    Hey, it was Earth Day yesterday! I totally forgot.

    It’s Earth Day. Again. Contain Your Excitement | Power Line (22 Apr)

    Peter Gunter, a North Texas State University professor, wrote in 1970, “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China, and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.”

    If at first you don’t succeed try and try again seems to be the Green motto.


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  44. The old Vedic principles in food and medicine still have a hold in Sub Continental society.

    Sure.
    But, the Sri Lankan Government imposed Organic Farming without any notice, preparation or planning.
    That was bound to fail.
    The only question is the Age Old One:
    Was it intentional Government Malice or innocent well meaning Government fuck up.
    I mean, any expert on Organic Farming is gonna tell you that it will take one farm 7 or 8 years to transition.
    So, even if the Government was acting honestly, it would take the entire Sector maybe 15-20 years to transition?


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  45. I think Clive Palmer is happy just to be the spoiler. As long as the Uniparty suffers and we get some decent people back into parliament he’ll be satisfied. A couple of dozen Malcolm Roberts and Gerard Rennicks wouldn’t go astray.


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  46. Multiple large food processing & distribution plants in US have recently exploded or burned down

    As food uncertainly lingers on the horizon thanks to US sanctions and government decimation of the economy during the past two years, there is another factor contributing to the problem. Since the beginning of the year, there have been several very large food processing facilities that have exploded or burned to the ground across the U.S.

    This week, a vegetable and nut processing facility in Dufur, Oregon became engulfed in flames for unknown reasons. “Lights flickered; They heard a pop and went up there to check it out and there was a fire,” according to a report made to Wasco County 911 records listed in the Wasco County Sheriff’s log. The independent distributor of natural, organic and non-GMO foods which employees around 150 people burned to the ground.

    One week before that fire in Oregon, a massive fire brought down a meat processing plant in Conway, New Hampshire. After burning for 16 hours, multiple fire crews finally put out the fire at East Conway Beef and Pork but the facility is completely destroyed.

    That same week, in Salinas, California, a massive fire at the Taylor Farms Processing Facility led to the evacuation of residents as it burned for over 17 hours. Taylor Farms is a major agriculture company that processes and delivers many of the salad kits seen in grocery stores. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.

    It’s not only food production and distribution plants either. In Maricopa, Arizona, in March, a massive fire wiped out the Maricopa Food Pantry which distributes food to the less fortunate. More than 50,000 lbs of food was destroyed in the blaze that lasted for 24 hours. That fire is also under investigation.

    The fact is that since last year, more than a dozen of these fires and explosions have taken place at food processing and distribution centers.


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  47. From Gez’ link – the result of Lucy Turnbull’s concern for animals she’s only ever seen on a plate:

    Government sources said the thrust of Mrs Turnbull’s message was to agree with Mrs Netanyahu’s concern, indicate the Australian government was acting, and say that Agriculture Minister David Littleproud would speak to the Israeli agriculture minister.

    Real action. Working together. Moving forward.

    Hahaha.


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  48. Christian Porter lodges complaint to ABC over historical rope allegation

    Exclusive
    Sophie Elsworth
    Media Writer
    An hour ago April 23, 2022

    Former attorney-general Christian Porter has demanded the ABC establish an independent editorial review into the Four Corners episode “Bursting the Canberra Bubble” that aired details of an historical rope allegation made against him.

    On Friday, Mr Porter lodged an official editorial complaint to the ABC’s Audience and Consumer Affairs department and directly to managing director David Anderson over the March 2021 episode presented by investigative reporter Louise Milligan into claims he alleged roped 16-year-old Kate 33 years ago.

    Kate alleged Porter roped her in January 1988 in her room at the University of Sydney Women’s College when they were both at a school debating competition. She alleged the rope happened after an evening out in Kings Cross.

    Kate died by suicide in Adelaide in June 2020. Mr Porter has vehemently denied the alleged the rope ever took place.

    Mr Porter claims the Four Corners program failed to meet the recognised standards of objective journalism, did not mention Kate’s original 88-page signed statement despite having it, presented edited parts of a document to suit their narrative and suppressed large parts of her original statement that undermined the credibility of the woman’s allegations.

    In the detailed complaint seen by The Australian, Mr Porter said there were two documents – one a longer 88-page statement document drafted by the alleged victim Kate and signed by her in late 2019 and a shorter 25-page document sent to Prime Minister Scott Morrison which was, Mr Porter said, a “selective editing down of the original 88-page document”.

    In Mr Porter’s complaint he states, “as a stand-alone document and without any comparison to the 25-page document, the 88-page document contains content which relates directly and materially to the allegations, and which is variously incredible, implausible, fanciful, demonstrably incorrect or inconsistent”.

    Mr Porter says in his complaint that there were, “media reports indicating that Marque Lawyers and Michael Bradley, acting for Kate as her lawyer, were in possession of both the 88-page document and the 25-page document”.

    The later 25-page document was prepared by Kate with her lawyers and sent by Kate’s friends to the Prime Minister on February 23 last year.

    On Friday, Marque Lawyers issued a statement in relation to the 25-page document saying: “We did not send it, nor have any involvement in or knowledge of its delivery, to the Prime Minister, or to anyone else.”



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  49. “Let’s Go Brandon!” Trump Supporters Troll Biden as He Arrives at Seattle College (VIDEO)

    Joe Biden traveled more than 3,000 miles to the Pacific Northwest to lecture Americans on climate change.

    Trump supporters lined the streets to troll Joe Biden as his presidential motorcade drove to Green River College near Seattle.

    The Trump supporters chanted, “Let’s go Brandon!” and gave Biden the middle finger as his motorcade drove by.

    Joe Biden doesn’t even have supporters in deep blue Seattle. Let that sink in.


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  50. What I was going to say, more or less. Just more politely. I suppose the Greens will declare all pesticides do harm so cannot be used.

    Organic Farming isn’t Greens policy.
    As a matter of fact, they consider it elitist and discriminatory [against poor people].
    There are plenty of natural pesticides that don’t poison the Water Table and the farmer and kill all the life in the soil.
    Plus enrich BigPharma and the Oil Industry.
    The reality in Sri Lanka is that government didn’t do anything to create a supply chain for organic pesticides, it just brought down the ban hammer overnight and said
    “Good luck, peons”


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  51. Earth Day Poll: ‘Climate Change’ Last Priority for Americans

    “Climate change” is the last priority for Americans and has dropped as an issue that must be dealt with immediately, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll on Friday.

    The poll found that “climate change” was last on the list of most important priorities for Americans. Respondents ranked the economy (76 percent), inflation (73 percent), crime (59 percent), Ukraine (58 percent), immigration (48 percent), and then “climate change” (39 percent) in respective order of importance.

    Fewer Americans also see “climate change” as a pressing issue last year. Today, only 49 percent of respondents said “climate change” is a pressing issue and should be solved “right now.” In April 2021, that number was 54 percent, a downward shift of six percent under President Biden.

    In addition, Democrats do not believe that “climate change” is the most important issue. Blue Dog Democrats say the economy (74 percent), Ukraine (71 percent), and inflation (67 percent) have greater priorities than “climate change” (56 percent).

    When radical Democrats were asked, “climate change” was still not the greatest priority. The top spot was held by Ukraine (74 percent), while “climate change” came in second (72 percent) ahead of inflation (68 percent) and the economy (67 percent).


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  52. To be clear, general warehouse fires are quite common. In fact, fire departments respond to more than 1,000 a year. However, the main cause of these fires is arson. What’s more, fires in food processing facilities are not that common and occur far less often.

    To claim that all of these incidents are related would be pure speculation. But given the current supply chain situation and looming food shortages, the very idea of critical infrastructure burning to the ground, for any reason, is unsettling to say the least.

    Comment: This is war on humanity.

    From the link abovecc


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  53. To assist farmers to minimise or eliminate the use of harmful pesticides and fertilisers.

    Pretty sure the Khmer Rouge could provide a couple of well tested policy initiatives.


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  54. Russian Fertilizer Key to India’s Plan to Replace Ukraine in Global Grain Market

    According to the Economic Times, Russian export quotas for mineral fertilizers were “increased by almost 700,000 tons,” nitrogen fertilizers were “increased by 231,000 tons,” and complex fertilizers were “increased by 466,000 tons.”

    “India has received fertilizer shipments of 3.60 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) from Russia since the start of the Ukraine war on February 24, according to Fertilizer Secretary Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi,” the report added. Lakh is an Indian term meaning one hundred thousand.

    Chaturvedi confirmed India has received shipments of Russian fertilizer both before and after the “current geopolitical situation” began.

    The Economic Times reported in March that India received a “flurry of enquiries” from worldwide grain buyers seeking alternatives to Russian and Ukrainian products. Indian producers spoke of ramping up the already-growing wheat industry to “tap the opportunity” presented by the interruption of supply from the war zone.

    “We haven’t seen such interest in Indian wheat, at least not in our recent memory,” a global trading firm executive remarked.

    India moved aggressively to lock down wheat contracts after “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upended the global grains trade,” with Egypt a freshly-signed major client, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday.

    One of the biggest remaining obstacles facing India is the often subpar quality of its grain. The new Egyptian contract includes requirements for strict inspections of Indian wheat before it is shipped. The administration of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the Egyptians their wheat purchases would measure up to quality standards.


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  55. Energy Crisis: Italy to Ration Use of Air Conditioning, Heat, to Wean Country Off Russian Power

    Two weeks after Italians were told they’d have a choice between “air conditioning or peace”, the government appears to have made the choice for them, introducing rationing of AC and heat in a bid to reduce the nation’s dependence on imported Russian energy.

    From May 21st, public buildings such as government offices and schools in Italy will be limited on the degree to which they can use heating and cooling to regulate the temperature in a bid to reduce energy use. In the summer, air conditioning units will not be set to cooler than 25 degrees centigrade (77°F) and in the winter heating will not be set to warmer than 19°C (66°F), Il Giornale reports.


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  56. Rockefeller Foundation President Starts Countdown Until All Hell Breaks Loose

    Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah told Bloomberg Television’s David Westin a “massive, immediate food crisis” is on the horizon.

    Shah provides what could be a timeline for the next global food crisis that could begin “in the next six months.”

    He said global fertilizer supply disruptions caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine would have an “even worse” impact on the crisis, slashing crop yields worldwide.

    Shah said debt relief and emergency aid for emerging market countries are needed to mitigate the effects of the food crisis.

    Shah’s appearance on Bloomberg is interesting because of the foundation’s repetitive talk about the need for the global food supply to be reset to a more sustainable one. The foundation has closely aligned views with the World Economic Forum (WEF), advocating for a ‘global reset‘.

    The WEF’s plan for world wide famine seems to be going along nicely.

    Tucker reports on ‘odd coincidence’ of multiple food processing plants burning down: ‘What’s going on?’

    You know, I would like a reset myself. A reset away from the homicidal maniacs running the country and the world. A small cohort seems to be in control of everything lever of power and, at this point, there is no countervailing force. They are planning to reset us right into the grave.


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  57. The ‘Freedom’ parties cannot win on freedom alone, that’s why the UAP has a lot of policies, I don’t agree with many of them but they are a genuine attempt to get votes by appealing to peoples desire to improve their personal situation. I guess they will cost a lot, but hey the Libs have pissed a trillion$ away and only enriched themselves, public servants and big business. UAP reckons the 15% resource tax can pay the trillion back, I dunno if it can but it’s start, nobody else seems to have any idea of how to go about it. The LDP are good too but thin on policy, same with One Nation. However they are all committed to ending the madness of the last two years and ensuring it can’t happen again.

    Unless they can get the balance of power then the mandates, restrictions etc will remain. If the price of getting rid of them and setting up ways to ensure that our rights can’t be summarily taken away is buying votes well I’m in, I don’t like it but if that’s what it takes I’ll support it. A proper Bill of Rights and Constitutional changes to make our rights bulletproof is way more important than anything else.


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  58. Earth Day – off to the Angaston Farmers’ Market right now.

    I’ll check out the masses organic produce that could feed a nation. Or maybe a small town. Or maybe just a cashed up portion of town.

    I don’t think the local Foodland has anything to fear. Not until the boutique gin distillery and brewery opens up anyway.


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  59. UAP reckons the 15% resource tax can pay the trillion back

    Tony Abbott finally got rid of the mining tax. Why would any righty vote for another one?


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  60. OldOzzie:

    Excellent link at 9.04. Today, people are pestering others that ‘experts’ predicting catastrophic events cannot possibly be wrong, regardless of the platform they use (in these cases, bonkers spinning bow tie-sites).

    What the pesterers (perhaps) fail to realise is that the ‘experts’ are very often motivated to push these horseshit theories in order to a) keep their jobs, which are funded for them and/or b) sheer, unadulterated personal profit.


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  61. What Trump and Covid Revealed

    An analysis of the current American political crisis.

    Modern science was supposed to increase our understanding of the world. Instead, we seem to know less. Science has always introduced doubt regarding long-held verities. But now the authority of science, rather than the scientific method, is used to create confusion about things that had once been considered obvious and indisputable.

    There have always, for instance, been rare individuals who did not precisely fit into the categories of either man or woman, but never before in human history did these exceptions lead to biological males competing in, and dominating, female athletic tournaments. There is more than compassion or tolerance at work here. America’s political and intellectual elites claim not to know what distinguishes male from female. Just a few weeks ago, the newest justice to the United States Supreme Court, Ketanji Brown Jackson, stated flatly that she could not define what a woman is. This newly discovered ignorance is, supposedly, derived from superior scientific insight. Our technology advances, but our wisdom diminishes.

    The American Constitution was written to secure the rights of human beings, not chickens or cows. What if scientists were to declare next that there is no objective basis for the idea of “human beings”? This would be no great leap from the inability to distinguish male from female. Should the American people accept that the distinction between humans and chickens (or robots) is dependent on the proclamations of biology or modern science, and that the special status of human beings should be abandoned if science says so?

    More than 2,000 years ago Aristotle wrote perceptively about what defines human beings as a species, on the basis of ordinary observations

    – COVID and the Tyranny of Faucian Science
    – The Collapse of the Establishment’s Legitimacy
    – “Rational” Legitimacy versus Political Legitimacy
    – The Rebellion
    – What Trump Revealed
    – The Real American Crisis


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  62. In Trooble at t’Mill news:

    Shanghai escalates Covid lockdown restrictions

    Extraordinary stuff.

    [Vice Premier] Sun told local officials in a work conference on Thursday. “We must accelerate the pace of chasing a societal zero-Covid goal.

    Shanghai added 17,629 new cases in the previous 24 hours, 4.7 per cent fewer than a day earlier, according to data released on Friday…

    Nothing is too much trouble when Emperor Xi’s bum puckers.


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  63. Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah told Bloomberg Television’s David Westin a “massive, immediate food crisis” is on the horizon.

    no corn flour at local woolies but plenty of fake meats


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  64. Eye of the beholder.

    Joe Biden on Earth Day: ‘Windmills Are Pretty’ (22 Apr)

    President Joe Biden on Friday berated Americans who complained about ugly windmills ruining the landscape.

    “By the way I made it clear to my friends up in Nantucket and that area,” Biden said, lowering his voice to a whisper. “I don’t want to hear anymore about you don’t like looking at them. They’re pretty.”

    The president spoke about windmills during a speech to mark Earth Day in a Seattle park.

    For decades, Nantucket residents have voiced their opposition to offshore wind farms near Martha’s Vineyard, filing a lawsuit in 2021 to stop a proposed wind farm project.

    I hope they do get built off Martha’s Vineyard where the Obama’s will have a nice view of them from their modest mansion. Do earplugs work against infrasound?


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  65. Bob Collins, mentioned above, well known child molester, still has his portrait hanging in the NT Parliament building.

    Rationale being that he was never convicted, even though he committed suicide to avoid being charged.


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  66. The American Constitution was written to secure the rights of human beings, not chickens or cows. What if scientists were to declare next that there is no objective basis for the idea of “human beings”?

    legal rights for rivers and lakes is already a thing


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  67. Footy fans took matters into their own hands at last night’s Broncos vs. Bulldogs game after a man reportedly yelled out during the ANZAC minute of silence before kick-off.

    Footage of the man being punched and yelled at by crowd members quickly circulated on social media, while onlookers clapped and cheered.

    The man is repeatedly punched by another man until he falls backwards into the row of chairs behind him.

    At this point, the footage shows other attendees screaming at the man to leave.

    Daily Tele


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  68. A Facebook page managed by the president of a local Labor branch in Queensland has been sharing incendiary posts, including claims that Liberal MP Gladys Liu is a Chinese spy, an ABC investigation has found.

    Meanwhile, the deputy leader of the Opposition gets the Chinese embassy to clear the speeches he gives in China.


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  69. How many Food Warehouse fires, meat packing plant fires have you gotta have before someone says
    “This might not be random or a coincidence”
    Whatever, we’re not there yet.


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  70. Footage of the man being punched and yelled at by crowd members quickly circulated on social media, while onlookers clapped and cheered.

    That is glorious vision.


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  71. Why would any righty vote for another one?

    I don’t think it’s a matter of left or right. What Palmer is proposing is a question. The debt must be repaid, so dear punter, do you want the debt+interest coming out of your pocket in taxes or do you think it fair to share more of that burden with the resources giants selling off our national bounty?


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  72. Is a trillion dollars of debt a problem?

    Cut spending.
    Raising taxes never works.
    You just kill your own economy and make the debt worse.


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  73. UAP reckons the 15% resource tax can pay the trillion back, I dunno if it can but it’s start…

    What Cloive promises:

    He said all the funds from his 15 per cent iron ore export licence would be hypothecated towards debt. It would eradicate 70 per cent of Australia’s $1.16 trillion debt in 15 years and wipe it out in 20 years.

    Leaving tedious details about interest and inflation to one side, Fat Bastard plans to raise $58 bn each year for the next 20 years. Which implies a steady iron ore export revenue stream of $387 bn pa.

    Australian iron ore exports in 2020/21 were approximately $150 bn. Based on record high iron ore pricing.

    Cloive is taking the piss.

    …nobody else seems to have any idea of how to go about it.

    True.
    They seem to be taking the piss too.


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  74. …nobody else seems to have any idea of how to go about it.

    True.
    They seem to be taking the piss too.

    The favoured plan appears to be to inflate our way out of debt.


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  75. One of MacGowan’s kids hospitalized with batflu.
    I know the family. No e of the kids have any underlying conditions.
    The obvious explanation is myocarditis or pericarditis followi g jab.
    Secondary, Munchausen by proxy.


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  76. Sri Lanka’s P.M. introduces Organic Farming overnight, even though all advice woulda been the exact opposite.

    Ed – I suspect some bright young staffer noticed the prices of organic food are higher than for normal food without bothering to work out why.

    The Sri Lankan government have been strapped for cash, and hasn’t had the hard currency to pay for imports. Like fertilizer and pesticides. The tourism drought was the last straw, as that source of hard currency vanished overnight two years ago.


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  77. rosie says: April 23, 2022 at 7:13 am

    how to vote in the Senate with practice options

    Can’t vote for the Rain party, they’re never there when you need them.

    And as for that Cloud Party, totally unreliable, you never know what shape they will be in one day to the next.


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  78. Biden Flew Across the Country to Talk About Climate Change

    President Joe Biden made a special trip from Washington D.C. to Seattle on Friday to mark Earth Day and to tout his climate change agenda.

    Air Force One emits 8.75 pounds of carbon per mile. The distance between D.C. and Seattle is approximately 2700 miles, clocking in a round trip at 23,625 pounds of carbon emissions.

    During his remarks, Biden said his administration plans to transform the military and turn U.S. forces away from fossil fuels.

    “We’re gonna start the process for every vehicle in the United States military, Every vehicle is going to be climate friendly,” Biden said.

    Earlier this week Climate Czar John Kerry expressed the importance of not allowing fossil fuel use to grow. He did not mention his regular use of a private jet or dozens of trips across the ocean to discuss climate change with foreign leaders.


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  79. My thoughts too, Bruce. We might be saved if our dollar is looked upon as a safe commodity currency. The Israelis are buying it now. Story over at Zerohedge.


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  80. The favoured plan appears to be to inflate our way out of debt.

    Their favoured plan is; there is no plan for the debt. But OUR plan is to kick the can down the road long enough in order to hoover up as much as we can from the proles while we have the trough and the fat pensions afterwards.


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  81. I expect no government will take any serious measures to pay off the debt. It will just be a burden around our necks until we get a government that defaults. It’s always someone else’s fault, someone else’s problem.

    Even if measures were taken, I doubt that government would be more than one term. See the Newman(?) government in QLD, I understand they attempted to slash a bloated public service and because nearly everyone knew someone who was affected, out they went next election.


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  82. ALP refusing to commit to the future of live sheep exports.

    Just in case they need Green/Independent support to form a government.

    One of the main reasons for the rise of the live trade, in the first place, was the appalling record of strikes and slowdowns set by the Meatworkers Union..


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  83. Indonesia Bans Edible Oil Exports, Sparks “Mayhem” As Global Food Crisis Ahead

    The rise of food protectionism by countries could exacerbate a massive hunger crisis that could take the world by storm later this year (well, that’s at least what the Rockefeller Foundation believes).

    The world’s biggest palm oil producer, Indonesia, is the latest country to embrace protectionist measures to mitigate domestic food shortages, according to Bloomberg.

    President Joko Widodo on Friday announced the export ban of all cooking oil and palm oil products would begin on April 28.

    Widodo said during a television broadcast that the measures aimed to ensure domestic markets had ample cooking oil supplies following a dramatic increase in prices.


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  84. Again at Their ABC:

    Where does national security rank among voter’s concerns? Emily Baker has analysed the nearly 600,000 responses that have come in so far for the ABC’s Vote Compass project, and it turns out that climate change is the runaway number one concern of respondents

    Another beautiful example absolutely validating whichever genius coined this word.

    (Obligatory “FIGJAM” 😀 )


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  85. Top Endersays:
    April 23, 2022 at 9:20 am
    Bob Collins, mentioned above, well known child molester, still has his portrait hanging in the NT Parliament building.

    Rationale being that he was never convicted, even though he committed suicide to avoid being charged.

    The ACT Branch of the Liars has a statue of the odious Grassby in the foyer of their office.


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  86. Ed Casesays:
    April 23, 2022 at 9:38 am
    Sri Lanka’s P.M. introduces Organic Farming overnight, even though all advice woulda been the exact opposite.
    Coincidence or intentional?

    Dickless

    Do you seriously think that our politicians and bureaucrats have any deeper understanding than the Sri Lankan ones? Have you seen the official “all advice” to the Sri Lankan government, to confirm its content, or are you, as usual, making everything up?


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  87. I know we are supposed to trust Premiers but I find the fact Mark McGowans kid is in hospital with Covid a little bit odd. It is very rare for a healthy kid to be seriously ill with Covid.

    Admitted for something else but with Covid ?

    In unrelated news those boosters are working really well. Don’t stop you catching the virus or going to hospital because of it.


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  88. “We’re gonna start the process for every vehicle in the United States military, Every vehicle is going to be climate friendly,” Biden said.

    I can’t wait to see a climate friendly F-15.
    These people are serious loons. There is fuck all “climate change”, just mild temperature variations as is normal in an interglacial.


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  89. and it turns out that climate change is the runaway number one concern of respondents

    Ah yes, climate change. That catch all “man made” calamity that covers up decades of deliberate man made clusterfks in such areas as ; urban planning and drainage, zero dam construction, incompetent water storage management, living on desert fringes or on known flood plains and river systems, living among forests of flammable gum trees etc etc. It’s a real concern alright that these clowns and subversive oxygen thieves walk among us.


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  90. The Sri Lankan government have been strapped for cash, and hasn’t had the hard currency to pay for imports.

    The government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka…against all advice they doubled their foreign debt in ten years and failed to invest the borrowed capital in productive enterprises.

    Now they’re begging for money to supply their population with fuel and food.

    One day someone will get socialism right, if they just keep trying.


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  91. Florida releases examples of rejected ‘woke math’ textbooks

    Bar graphs tell students that seniors, conservatives have the most racial prejudice

    Florida education officials have released four images of “woke math” in textbooks they rejected last week for use in K-12 public schools.

    The state’s Department of Education rejected 54 of 132 titles that textbook publishers submitted for use next year, including 71% of proposed elementary school books, because they did not meet state benchmarks or they contained examples of critical race theory and social-emotional learning.

    Florida education officials said Friday that copyright law prevented them from publicizing the names and publishers of the textbooks that contain the four images, which reference “racial prejudice” in math problems and how students feel about working together on the subject.

    “At this time, those who have submitted textbooks for consideration still own the material,” spokesperson Cassie Palelis told The Washington Times in an email.

    A disclaimer posted with the images on the department’s website said officials are giving publishers “the opportunity to remediate all deficiencies identified during the review.”

    “Based on the volume of requests the department has received for examples of problematic elements of the recently reviewed instructional materials, the following are examples provided to the department by the public and presented no conflict in sharing them,” the disclaimer reads in part.


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  92. I expect no government will take any serious measures to pay off the debt. It will just be a burden around our necks until we get a government that defaults.

    I’ve never understood why government debt has the lowest interest rates because it is “safe”. Any government is likely to tell you to fuck off, cancel the debt and leave you out of pocket and they have the guns and thugs to enforce it. Government debt should be regarded as a very risky investment and attract the highest interest rates, making it unfeasible for governments to go into debt.


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  93. 5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born,” wrote Paul Ehrlich in a 1969 essay titled “Eco-Catastrophe!

    Ehrlich is already proven wrong on the reasoning that he gave, but there’s still about 25 years until the hypothesised event is disproven, longevity being what it is.


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  94. The pathetic rusted ons poo pooing UAP.
    The 15% export licence is an export tax to be paid by the customer. …not Australians….like the Chinese who NEED our Iron ore.
    Terrible proposition.
    It then allows Australian manufacturing to get a price advantage.
    But keep voting for the traitorous globalist murdering hostage taking enemies of Australia. ..the c…nts that gave us the last two years.
    Denialism is death.


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  95. Good.
    Not wishing for a negative outcome for the kid, but is one kid in WA was to ark it it should be them.
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-22/wa-premier-mark-mcgowan-child-hospital-with-covid19/101008148

    Mr McGowan’s office confirmed his positive PCR result on Friday morning, before later revealing one of his three children had recently been admitted to hospital because of the virus.

    The child is fully vaccinated, however, was in serious condition as a result of the infection,” a statement read.

    “The child remains in hospital and is receiving ongoing treatment.

    Vax to stop the lockdown
    Vax to stop the spread
    Vax to keep other safe
    Vax to protect yourself.

    All of these statements appear to have come with a built in expiry date.

    Only one left is
    Vax because we are using the power of the state to compel you to.


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  96. The kid has a vax injury and even here people now believe a kid can get sick from covid when they never could before the jabs.
    Denialism is confusion .


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  97. Government debt should be regarded as a very risky investment and attract the highest interest rates, making it unfeasible for governments to go into debt.

    But it never works that way. In Govt, we have given the incumbents the authority to borrow – IN OUR NAME. Paying a higher rate of interest affects OUR pockets, not the trough dwellers. And their index linked pensions don’t create an incentive to care about debt or future interest rates. That will be someone else’s problem. Borrowing and it’s associated spending is the drug used to attract our votes these scum need to remain at the trough. We are nation of debt drug addicts glommed on to our dealer. And we will NEVER vote for our dealer to cut that supply. Not ever.


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  98. The ACT Branch of the Liars has a statue of the odious Grassby in the foyer of their office.

    It was put there coz they knew it would be suitably rearranged. Definitely not vandalised.


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  99. President Joko Widodo on Friday announced the export ban of all cooking oil and palm oil products would begin on April 28.

    May not be quite what it seems.

    As palm oil for biofuel rises in Southeast Asia, tropical ecosystems shrink (15 Apr)

    Europe has recently amended regulations to limit future imports of palm oil for biofuels. But rising demand in Indonesia, Malaysia and China could make up for this market shift in Southeast Asia, where roughly 90% of the world’s palm oil is produced. There are concerns that palm oil for biofuels could replace growing the crop for food and cosmetics as the key driver of deforestation.

    The graph is amazing: palm oil consumption in Indonesia rises from 0.2 to 6.2 billion litres in nine years – from 2010 to 2019. This bit seems to explain why:

    To counter any economic impact from the EU’s move [to reduce palm oil biofuel imports], Indonesia and Malaysia have taken action to bolster demand. Partly due to pressure from industry groups, they are aiming to grow domestic demand for biodiesel made from palm oil, and expand the biofuels export market. Both countries have recently increased mandates for the inclusion of palm oil-derived biodiesel in fuel mixes – 20% in Malaysia and 30% in Indonesia.

    So there you go, it isn’t being eaten. It’s being burned in Indonesian vehicles. And right now the price for conventional diesel is sky high…

    Indo last year was also trying to cut subsidies to diesel. Last time they tried that there were riots.


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  100. “The child is fully vaccinated, however, was in serious condition as a result of the infection,” a statement read.

    with a unprecedented level of vaccination we have the highest wave of infection from this virus , looks like covid has learnt to be friends with part of the vaccinated immune system. where it goes from here is anyone’s guess.

    Next wave is due in winter.


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  101. My double jabbed dick head of a son has gone down as well.
    They’re all catching colds they can’t shake down in SA due to the start of their VAIDS.


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  102. It is quite possible for children to be very unwell from covid, I know of one too young to be vaccinated who was hospitalised for five days fairly recently.
    It’s more like being the premier’s child they were hospitalised because they were the premier’s child.


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  103. I’ve never understood why government debt has the lowest interest rates because it is “safe”.

    Governments have credit ratings too.

    A nation with a high risk of sovereign default is not considered safe.

    Thus a lot of Sri Lanka’s recent loans coul donly be obtained at commercial rates. They’re going to be in a world of pain for the foreseeable future.


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  104. Obviously though hospitals are full to bursting with the vaccine injured, who are crashing cars, falling off their bikes, collapsing in supermarket aisles, right in front of us.


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  105. The debt must be repaid, so dear punter, do you want the debt+interest coming out of your pocket in taxes or do you think it fair to share more of that burden with the resources giants selling off our national bounty?

    A few questions.

    How much do you think is “fair”? Australia’s corporate tax rate is 30%, which is very high by world standards. The miners pay other taxes such as payroll tax, FBT, stamp duty on any change to tenements etc. Has anyone worked out what the actual total tax burden on a miner might be expected to be if a 15% tax on gross revenue is added to the existing burdens?

    Why would any mining company in the world invest one cent more than it currently has in a jurisdiction which charges 15% on gross revenues plus 30% corporate tax on the profit (if any) left after that 15% (plus the other taxes)? Do we really want the loss of jobs as mining companies pour all their money into projects in less heavily taxed countries and allow their Australian assets to dwindle?

    If someone wants to participate in the proceeds of sale of “our national bounty” why don’t hey buy shares in BHP, Rio etc?


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  106. Some serious reading for those sitting on the fence.

    https://lockepress.com/deconstructing_scomo/

    Also, for Brisbane Cats and Kittehs that may be interested:

    George Christensen MP
    Apr 22

    Hi all!

    Apologies in advance for the slim read this edition but I’m busy on the campaign trail for my Senate run with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation.

    Firstly, if you open this email before 5pm today (Saturday, 23 April) and you’re in Brisbane, then you might be interested in attending a forum where I will be speaking on my decision to run for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party and the issues I think matter in this election. Details can be found at the following link:

    https://www.onenation.org.au/meet-george-christensen-qld-forum

    One of the big issues is the coming digital identity system. Already there’s technology in place that quietly feeds our personal information to the government — think how powerful the ATO has become with its access to almost every detail of our lives.

    The Australian Government wants to escalate the overreach. Its case for creating digital identities paints a wonderful picture of the benefits — convenient, efficient, reusable, private, and secure — but it’s not all lollipops and rainbows. This is mass biometric surveillance, and once it is introduced there will be enormous capacity for it to be misused.



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  107. Nobody works slower than a unionist unless compelled to belong to one.

    Pulling up at a country abattoir, with a truckload of “fat lambs”, in the peak of condition, only to be told “sorry, the boys are out, on strike” doesn’t do much to endear the union members to you….


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  108. Also Struth are you the new Manager here where i work??

    I mentioned in passing my Sister was a train driver for Rio and his immediate response was “Aaaah a Koala”…

    Live Koalas!!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzl5MYQ4x8c

    Seems a bit kinky though..
    the Cuddle Train boys will sit on the same branch, facing in opposite directions with their behinds smooshed together – so comfy! ??


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  109. rosie

    Which reason for the jab is still current?
    Vax to stop the lockdown
    Vax to stop the spread
    Vax to keep other safe
    Vax to protect yourself.

    Because all have been used so far.


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  110. The 15% export licence is an export tax to be paid by the customer. …not Australians….like the Chinese who NEED our Iron ore.

    China is weaning itself off Australian iron ore.

    A 15% addition to costs will only speed that process along.


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  111. It is quite possible for children to be very unwell from covid, I know of one too young to be vaccinated who was hospitalised for five days fairly recently.
    It’s more like being the premier’s child they were hospitalised because they were the premier’s child.

    LIES LIES LIES.
    Children did not catch covid when it was at it’s most potent at the start, and they still don’t.

    They are catching colds and the like with weakened immune systems and having strokes and getting Myocarditis ONLY AFTER BEING INJECTED.
    Hence, I find Notaclue’s continued defence and attempted normalisation of the jab as completely evil.
    She’s a POS and the sane here must know it.
    It’s just many of you are too piss weak to call it out.


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  112. Rogersays:
    April 23, 2022 at 10:42 am
    The 15% export licence is an export tax to be paid by the customer. …not Australians….like the Chinese who NEED our Iron ore.

    China is weaning itself off Australian iron ore.

    A 15% addition to costs will only speed that process along.

    I recall reading something about China trying to move to Brazilian ore during covid, but being stymied by flooding there. Believe it was about the only reason Australia ran a positive trade balance the last couple of years, and it’s not going to last.


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  113. Why are you asking me moley?
    I’m just saying, very occasionally children can get very unwell from covid.
    Another child I know of spent a week in ICU with flu.
    These things happen.


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  114. Emily Baker has analysed the nearly 600,000 responses that have come in so far for the ABC’s Vote Compass project, and it turns out that climate change is the runaway number one concern of respondents

    ABC echo chamber is echoing again.

    Earth Day Poll: ‘Climate Change’ Last Priority for Americans (22 Apr)

    “Climate change” is the last priority for Americans and has dropped as an issue that must be dealt with immediately, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll on Friday.

    The poll found that “climate change” was last on the list of most important priorities for Americans. Respondents ranked the economy (76 percent), inflation (73 percent), crime (59 percent), Ukraine (58 percent), immigration (48 percent), and then “climate change” (39 percent) in respective order of importance.

    Given that you’d have to actually look at the ABC website to know that they were even doing the Vote Compass thing it’s unlikely many righties would have contributed to it.


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  115. It’s not a lie.
    I’m not going to reveal details of the child, other than to say they were very, very young.
    In for another day of paid by the word ranting it seems.


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  116. Davey Boy, local pleb, continues to keep an eye on proceedings at the local (Cumberland) council meetings where Labor now has the majority 8-7, with a Labor Mayor. Results of this may (or may not, who knows) provide insights into what could happen if the Liars win federally in May.

    Below is a précis of the latest Council meeting (20/4/22), illustrating how Labor rolls in Cumberland (time stamps are from the summary video):

    00:07 Opening Prayer etc
    00:50 Commence discussion on motion to adopt the draft 22/23 Council budget
    01:54 Labor Councillor wants to be able to spend more OPM
    02:14 another Labor Councillor agrees that spending more OPM is good
    02:37 non-Labor Councillor tries to amend the budget motion, so as to prevent a rates rise (which was voted for by Labor in the previous Council meeting)
    03:19 Labor mayor blocks that amendment
    04:14 Council officer describes the different types of OPM (Club vs Community grants)
    05:01 Labor deputy mayor tries to embarrass a non-Labor Councillor, ends up embarrassing himself
    06:46 the draft budget motion is carried
    07:14 Community Engagement strategy, we discover that 32,000 Cumberland residents don’t speak English
    07:31 non-Labor Councillors attempt a rescission motion, in an attempt to prevent the rates rise previously voted for by Labor
    08:17 Labor: it’s all the fault of the Liberal state gubbmint
    09:59 Labor: Oh noes! OPM fragility! we must increase rates to get more OPM otherwise we’ll all be rooned (redux)
    10:37 we discover how much business rates will rise
    11:36 Labor councillors: yeah, whatever
    12:16 we discover that Council forecasts budget surpluses even without the proposed rates rise
    12:41 non-Labor councillor issues a plea to Labor to reconsider the rates rise
    14:12 non-Labor councillor summarises Labor achievements in the current Council (Racism Not Welcome signs and Council meeting prayer breaks)
    14:50 the rescission motion is defeated by Labor using its majority, so rates will go up
    15:33 That’s enough for now, let’s all go home
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  117. China is weaning itself off our Iron ore?

    Prove that nonsense.
    And if they were they’d be buying inferior product at increased cost.

    Grow some balls.

    Getting the Chinese to pay more for the materials they are using in manufacture to dominate the world is a good thing or a bad thing?

    Using those materials ourselves, our own recourses we supply to ourselves cheaper so we can manufacture and value add, is a good or bad thing?


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  118. I recall reading something about China trying to move to Brazilian ore during covid, but being stymied by flooding there

    Don’t have a reference, but the Chinese have tried to make the move to Brazilian ore, a few years ago, – the Australian ore is high quality, and the Brazilian is rubbish.


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  119. Not quite the Holodomor, but Labor will need Commissars and Enforcement Squads to ensure “implementation”.

    I think there will be twenty five thousand positions opening up for enthusiastic volunteers!


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  120. Davey Boy, local pleb, continues to keep an eye on proceedings at the local (Cumberland) council meetings where Labor now has the majority 8-7, with a Labor Mayor. Results of this may (or may not, who knows) provide insights into what could happen if the Liars win federally in May.

    Below is a précis of the latest Council meeting (20/4/22), illustrating how Labor rolls in Cumberland (time stamps are from the summary video):

    00:07 Opening Prayer etc
    00:50 Commence discussion on motion to adopt the draft 22/23 Council budget
    01:54 Labor Councillor wants to be able to spend more OPM
    02:14 another Labor Councillor agrees that spending more OPM is good
    02:37 non-Labor Councillor tries to amend the budget motion, so as to prevent a rates rise (which was voted for by Labor in the previous Council meeting)
    03:19 Labor mayor blocks that amendment
    04:14 Council officer describes the different types of OPM (Club vs Community grants)
    05:01 Labor deputy mayor tries to embarrass a non-Labor Councillor, ends up embarrassing himself
    06:46 the draft budget motion is carried
    07:14 Community Engagement strategy, we discover that 32,000 Cumberland residents don’t speak English
    07:31 non-Labor Councillors attempt a rescission motion, in an attempt to prevent the rates rise previously voted for by Labor
    08:17 Labor: it’s all the fault of the Liberal state gubbmint
    09:59 Labor: Oh noes! OPM fragility! we must increase rates to get more OPM otherwise we’ll all be rooned (redux)
    10:37 we discover how much business rates will rise
    11:36 Labor councillors: yeah, whatever
    12:16 we discover that Council forecasts budget surpluses even without the proposed rates rise
    12:41 non-Labor councillor issues a plea to Labor to reconsider the rates rise
    14:12 non-Labor councillor summarises Labor achievements in the current Council (Racism Not Welcome signs and Council meeting prayer breaks)
    14:50 the rescission motion is defeated by Labor using its majority, so rates will go up
    15:33 That’s enough for now, let’s all go home


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  121. https://www.climate200.com.au/our-donors
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/apr/23/coalition-scrimps-on-mps-as-climate-200-backed-independents-outspend-them-in-key-seats
    On advertising, analysis of Facebook and Google political ad transparency data shows independent candidates, backed by Climate 200 and donations from individuals, are outspending their opponents by tens of thousands of dollars on digital ads in Kooyong, North Sydney, Mackellar, Wentworth and Goldstein. This also includes ads for candidates run by the Climate 200 Facebook page, as well as Liberal party Facebook pages.

    This analysis only covers digital advertising on Facebook, Google’s ad network and YouTube and does not include advertising from other sources, such as print, TV or outdoors.

    So effectively a slush fund targeting only coalition seats..

    A few highlights of the leaders of climate 200.
    Climate 200 was established in the lead up to the 2019 federal election by a group of concerned Australians
    Simon Holmes à Court
    Convenor
    Simon is a senior advisor to the Climate and Energy College at Melbourne University. Simon is also a cleantech investor*, climate philanthropist and a director of the Smart Energy Council and the Australian Environmental Grant-makers Network.


    Byron Fay
    Executive Director
    Byron is a climate strategist, former Paris Agreement negotiator and adviser to the Independent Senator Tim Storer. Byron worked for a Biden-aligned Political Action Committee during the 2020 US presidential election, holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Oxford, and is a proud descendant of the Dharug nation.**

    Jim Middleton
    Media Advisor
    Jim Middleton is one of Australia’s most recognisable and respected national press gallery veterans. He is deeply established in the political landscape after a 45 year career as senior political journalist, foreign correspondent and TV news presenter.***
    ….
    John Hewson AM
    Advisory Council
    John was the Liberal Member for Wentworth 1987–1995, leader of the Liberal Party 1990–1994, followed by successful academic and corporate career.****
    ….
    Some more of the rogues gallery of “completely normal people with access to a lot of money’…
    Barry Jones AC
    Meg Lees AO
    Tony Windsor
    Rob Oakeshott

    Dr Kerryn Phelps AM

    *Simon is making a political investment to assist his financial ones..
    ** Pale, pointy nosed edition.
    *** ABCcess tax eater and Trump hater.
    **** Noted baked goods enthusiast. With no reason other than the good of his heart to support this


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  122. It’s not a lie.
    I’m not going to reveal details of the child, other than to say they were very, very young.
    In for another day of paid by the word ranting it seems.

    LIES LIES LIES.
    Children did not catch covid when it was at it’s most potent at the start, and they still don’t.

    They are catching colds and the like with weakened immune systems and having strokes and getting Myocarditis ONLY AFTER BEING INJECTED.
    Hence, I find Notaclue’s continued defence and attempted normalisation of the jab as completely evil.
    She’s a POS and the sane here must know it.
    It’s just many of you are too piss weak to call it out.
    KIDS NEVER GOT COVID BEFORE THE JAB.

    Unfortunately for you, you evil, evil cow, some of us have memories and aren’t lost to denialism.

    Those children are jabbed.
    And those that aren’t haven’t got covid.
    Those that have been jabbed are failing at fighting off colds that at one time would not have hospitised them.

    You are so anti-human.
    You are so ridiculous as to it not be possible to be that stubborn and ignorant.
    One can only conclude you are evil.


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  123. Getting the Chinese to pay more for the materials they are using in manufacture to dominate the world is a good thing or a bad thing?
    Using those materials ourselves, our own recourses we supply to ourselves cheaper so we can manufacture and value add, is a good or bad thing?

    It’s a “no brainer”. However, you are right Struth, it is all about balls.


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  124. If someone wants to participate in the proceeds of sale of “our national bounty” why don’t hey buy shares in BHP, Rio etc?

    They probably already are, through their super. Perhaps that is enough exposure for most. The remaining income being put to surviving, mortgage etc.

    The obvious choice is don’t incur the ridiculous level of debt in the first place. But I’ve already noted above our debt addiction isn’t going away any time soon. So there remains a few options to ponder.

    Accept and surrender our fates to our Govts profligate borrowing and spending habits.
    Accept the economic and financial uncertainties of oscillating (maybe very painfully) interest rates on our growing mountain of national indebtedness.
    Hope to hell that we don’t have a disastrous economic calamity ahead of us, such a bust in commodities, which would severely undermine our currency and national accounts.
    Find ways of paying down the debt within a reasonable period , through spending cuts and taxation strategies.

    I don’t have the answers. I’m still trying to navigate the various landscapes. But if we don’t come to grips with this debt issue, we are leaving our future in the hands of our creditors , our customers and the rating agencies. I wouldn’t call any of them friends.

    “Why would any mining company in the world invest one cent more than it currently has in a jurisdiction …”. If the ore body in our ultra safe mining jurisdiction is of a viable quality (and many are) to produce profits, it will get off the ground. Alternatives are the US, Canada and those Govt’s aren’t any less prone to tax tinkering than we are. China has dodgy Africa.

    “How much do you think is “fair”? ” What’s NOT fair is our energy prices while we sit on and export mountains of it in gas. We should sequester enough gas for domestic use at regulated (yes) pricing so that our electricity costs are brought down by min 25%. That may be considered one form of a tax. As an example.

    Palmer may not have the right answers but I agree with him that we had better start focusing on his question about the debt.


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  125. Don’t have a reference, but the Chinese have tried to make the move to Brazilian ore, a few years ago, – the Australian ore is high quality, and the Brazilian is rubbish.

    Brazin had a major mining incident a few years back that did 2 things.

    .1 Pushed back export volumes.
    .2 Made the government introduce a raft of regulation.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-vale-sa-disaster-iron-ore-idUSKCN1PO17Q
    The world’s largest iron ore miner is facing public ire and tougher regulation after the collapse of its tailings dam in the Brazilian region of Brumadinho killed at least 84 in one of the country’s worst ever industrial disasters. Hundreds are still missing and presumed dead.

    Vale on Tuesday said it would take up to 10 percent of its output offline as it decommissions a total of 19 dams over three years, a move that would cut up to 40 million tonnes of iron ore production a year.

    That could dethrone Vale as the No.1 supplier of sea-borne iron ore, and benefit Australian rivals such as Rio Tinto, BHP Group and Fortescue Metals Group, said Vivek Dhar of Commonwealth Bank.

    Why its gone on so long I have no idea, I would have thought they would have ramped up again by now.

    And apparently their stuff was good quality.
    Weakened margins at steel mills in China have also worked against the high-grade ore supplier, with Chinese operators slashing input costs by taking lower-quality, cheaper ores in recent months.


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  126. The shallow minister for Ag. certainly led a varied life before entering politics.

    The relevant Wikipedia entry may provide further clarification:

    Collins attended Cosgrove High School. She enrolled in a college to complete the final two years of her secondary education, but had to discontinue her studies for financial reasons. Shortly after the 1987 federal election she began working for the ALP as an administrative assistant. She holds a certificate IV in business administration.

    Collins is one of just 4 members of the 46th Parliament of Australia who did not graduate from high school, the others being Jacqui Lambie, Llew O’Brien and Terry Young



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  127. BTW as we have returned to the jabs on this blog…..

    Husband and I (unvaxxed as you know) contracted some sort of respiratory virus from family at Easter. Fairly mild but had to cancel a Sydney dental appointment & we decided (after a couple of negative RATs) to get drive-by PCR at Northern Beaches Hospital. Within 24 hrs result : both NEGATIVE……..

    Did some internet research & discovered that a respiratory virus with Covid like symptoms (AKA “the common cold” – if a more pronounced version) is circulating in Sydney. Daughter was convinced it was “Long Covid” with them…..but clearly not.

    Moral of the story? The Covid madness continues, fuelled by this continuing FEAR.


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  128. China is weaning itself off Australian iron ore.

    By going after African i/o which is the only product of similar quality. Quality is important as producing steel requires a lot of energy and produces lots of noxious gasses. More of both with inferior quality i/o. Increased air pollution and higher energy cost inputs are being targeted for dramatic reductions by the CCP. So dodgy African jurisdiction is the go to option.


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  129. I mentioned in passing my Sister was a train driver for Rio and his immediate response was “Aaaah a Koala”…

    Train guys were known as koala bears in the 80s. As a (somewhat) poor Uni student I was in awe of their smoko esky.


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  130. China is weaning itself off our Iron ore?

    Prove that nonsense.

    It’s Chinese government policy, to be delivered via 5 year plans – natch – and they’re already 1 year into the first tranche.

    Alternative suppliers will be west Africa, where the Simandou range has high quality deposits, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan & the aforementioned Brazil, plus smaller suppliers such as Burma. Domestic production will be boosted by 30%.

    The move is driven not just by concerns about being a customer of number one public enemy Australia, but also economics and national security, as China seeks to guarantee its supply of minerals (not just iron ore) against the backdrop of increasing international insecurity and deglobalisation.

    Of course they could fail, but we wouldn’t want to bet on it.


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  131. Long covid is suffered by hyperchondriacs and attention seekers.

    With the flu disappearing, being renamed covid, we are still yet to have any proof covid exists, bar long covid.
    Remember one thing.
    Your enemy is not going to introduce a disease which may kill them.
    They are just going to use fear propaganda.


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  132. Long covid is suffered by hyperchondriacs and attention seekers.

    steel-caps , bollocks and hi-viz are the best cure for short or long covid


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  133. Are you honestly giving me a communist “5 year plan” as proof?
    Prove they are weaning themselves off Australian Iron ore.
    I did not ask if they want to or not.
    Of course they’d love to.
    They can’t.
    Personally, if it were me, 25% plus would only be applied to China and murderous dictatorships attempting global dominance wherever they may present themselves, giving us the ability to sell cheaper elsewhere….and especially domestically.
    We have more leverage than gutless, piss their pants Australians want to accept.
    We aren’t the land of the brave and the home of the free after all.
    For precisely that reason.


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  134. Dot, heres one for your files…
    Complete dirtbag, repeated, becomes millionaire by filming women engaged in skankery…
    Women : Reeeeee how could this happen….

    ‘Lives were being ruined’: the dark history of Girls Gone Wild

    Francis dominated the soft-core porn market in the early internet days; millions of people purchased footage of the girls – often barely over 18 and sometimes younger, predominantly white, thin and blonde – getting badgered by cameramen to take more shots, take their tops off, make out with their friends, use sex toys on themselves. Obviously, this has not aged well.*
    …..
    “Behind the fun and the wet T-shirt competitions and this sort of faux feminist liberation – flashing your breasts for the camera – lives were being ruined,” the film’s director, Katinka Blackford Newman, told the Guardian. “And there are people whose lives are still being impacted.**”

    They featured girls, sometimes underage and manipulated into commercial releases while drunk***, performing sexual acts on themselves or each other under blatant pressure from Francis****. Some, such as Nichole, who appears in the documentary, did not even know she was being taped. Another participant, Tabitha, says she was 17 and drunk when she was talked into a wet T-shirt contest; five years later, she found herself an unwitting poster girl of Girls Gone Wild. (Despite years of legal battles, DVDs featuring her are still being sold.)
    ….
    A woman in her mid-30s named Jannel alleges that Francis, whom she trusted because he was a celebrity associated with such figures as Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, fed her shots, manipulated her into masturbating on camera, and raped her in the back of the Girls Gone Wild tour bus.

    “Of course, his legacy lives on in the lives that he’s ruined, the women whose images he stole, either by filming them without their permission or getting them blind drunk and persuading them to take part in seedy sex scenes without payment.

    * Probably better than the skankettes themselves.
    ** No man will marry me because theres footage of me fellating a football team for sale…
    *** The “Im only a raging harlot when Im drunk” defence..
    **** Go on do it, do it… dooo iiiit!!
    ***** At this stage its quite clear the bloke is a porn maker, and all around dirt bag… but hey, he might make me famous!


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  135. Of course they could fail, but we wouldn’t want to bet on it.

    Do you see what I mean?
    This sort of attitude in the real world, with hard arsed nations and men, real business to deal with, this attitude is death.


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  136. This sort of attitude in the real world, with hard arsed nations and men, real business to deal with, this attitude is death.

    On the contrary; what I meant was we should be prepared for change. That is the real world we live in.

    Imagining that things will always stay the same is both lazy and foolish.

    It’s the sort of second rate leadership that has robbed post-war Australia of a very bright future. Thankfully, we’re a “lucky country”, but we can’t ride that luck forever.


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  137. If the ore body in our ultra safe mining jurisdiction is of a viable quality (and many are) to produce profits, it will get off the ground.

    What’s “ultra-safe” about a jurisdiction that slaps a 15% tax on gross revenues?

    What makes you think any project will make a profit with a 15% tax on gross revenues? And even if it theoretically could, would it be a profit worth the investment risk?

    Note that any new project takes geology risk [no offence Rockdoctor] that the ore body won’t be as good as the test drilling made it look. There are also substantial startup costs e.g. getting rail transport infrastructure [choo choo!!!] to the mine site. A new project will only go ahead if the predicted after-tax return, taking into account all costs and risks, looks good in comparison with alternative opportunities. Putting a 15% tax on predicted gross revenues into the spreadsheet is not the way to attract investment.


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  138. struthsays:

    April 23, 2022 at 10:16 am

    The pathetic rusted ons poo pooing UAP.
    The 15% export licence is an export tax to be paid by the customer. …not Australians….like the Chinese who NEED our Iron ore.

    Looks like Fat Cloive’s policy works as intended (harvesting dim-bulb voters).
    Apart from sea water and sand, iron ore is about the most plentiful resource on the planet. Too many Australians believe we have a monopoly on the world iron ore market.
    We don’t.
    There are massive reserves in Africa which totally dwarf the Pilbara. A 15% tax on Australian ore puts them right in the frame.
    The Chinese don’t NEED our iron ore. It is conveniently located and the price is right … for now.
    These were precisely the arguments raised by Fat Cloive when Gillard proposed a mining tax.
    Then we get a classic Green-Left argument “Oh, no. The tax is on the business. We won’t let them pass it on or change their commercial behaviour as a result”.
    I can imagine the Chinese steel mill owners sitting around in Beijing saying, “No. We can’t do nafink. Fat Crive says we have to just pay tax. So we will have to pay it. End of story”.


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  139. It’s covid!
    It’s the uk strain!
    It’s the indian subvariant!
    It’s the Sathafrican variant!
    It’s alpha!
    It’s beta!
    It’s epsilon!
    It’s ommer cron!
    It’s a new more virulent variant!
    It’s a new phantom strain!
    It’s asymptomatic covid!
    It’d asymptomatic but still deadly spreadly covid!
    It’s a new name for variants!
    It’s BA.2.20/4Q covid!
    It’s PCR COVID!
    It’s 1.8m socialdistance sensitive covid!
    It’s 66.6% seating capacity covid!
    It’s RAT covid!
    It’s $50 000 if you don’t tell your overlords covid!
    It’s coming for your kids after all covid!
    It’s domestic pets covid!
    That suicide is not about covid!
    It’s scientists predict a winter of death covid!
    That heart attack is long covid!
    That business collapse is not covid!
    That sportsfield collapse is not the jab covid!
    It’s long covid!
    Everything is covid!
    Apart from anything which might suggest individual discretion is warranted, that’s not covid!
    The wlrld is covid!
    Only your government can protect you from covid!


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  140. I knew you’d have difficulty handling facts.

    Haven’t seen any.
    China has nowhere to go regarding Iron Ore.
    Brazil and Africa can’t compete or it already would have happened.
    Our dept and disaster has occured due to the enviro-sabotage of our nation via the traitors working for the UN/WEF global communists also in with China.

    If we had balls, we could make them pay and take away their power based near entirely on OUR iron ore.
    I would even argue that we owe the world to stop supplying it to them as cheap as we are.
    It will cost us too greatly in the long run, as we are now finding out.

    facts?


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  141. Long covid is suffered by hyperchondriacs and attention seekers.

    Can’t be true struth.

    I saw an American study which said it was suffered disproportionately highly by affluent tertiary educated urban dwelling upper middle class white women.

    We’ll accept a graceful retraction.


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  142. I believe, off hand, we are about 50% of the world’s exports of Iron ore.

    It absolutely underpins China’s very survival.

    Hence their little traitor Mark McGowan is firmly grabbing the state of WA for the Chinese who are as I type , attempting to buy outright, huge swathes of the Pilbara.

    The fact that most of us can’t get into WA has nothing to do with Covid.


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  143. What makes you think any project will make a profit with a 15% tax on gross revenues?

    I’m not advocating a 15% tax on gross. Can’t you fkg read?

    I’m saying that the ore body quality and the extraction costs in capital are the biggest determinants of a viable project. AND that the national debt now and in future IMO weighs much higher than the magnitude of future profit margins of our resource exploiters.There is a better balance to be found. But I want to see Australian taxes and living costs come down, way tf down.

    What’s “ultra-safe” about a jurisdiction that slaps a 15% tax on gross revenues?

    Compared to what ? Africa? Sth America? Russia? Yes- it’s ultra safe by comparison. You must be some kind of fool to think mining will wind up overnight because a resource based tax of some sort (NOT onerous ) is announced.

    Let’s hear your plan to tackle our debt? More of the same? Borrow and Hope? Prayer? Do you have anything at all worthwhile that might alleviate this horrendously stupid situation we’ve raced into?


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  144. The CEO of Panoramic Resources once listed to me all the things that could go wrong in a nickel mining operation from startup to selling. It’s a wonder any project goes ahead. Certainly they don’t unless the projected profits are massive, to cover the costs of all the ones that crater.
    Anyone who thinks a 15% tax on gross revenues won’t get projects canned is living in fantasyland.

    [Mole, it was Peter Harold. Did you work there when he was in charge?]


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  145. Apart from sea water and sand, iron ore is about the most plentiful resource on the planet. Too many Australians believe we have a monopoly on the world iron ore market.
    We don’t.
    There are massive reserves in Africa which totally dwarf the Pilbara. A 15% tax on Australian ore puts them right in the frame.
    The Chinese don’t NEED our iron ore. It is conveniently located and the price is right … for now.

    I could go to town on this dishonest and either purposefully ignorant comment, or purposefully dishonest comment, with regards to such things as quality of product and infrastracture, distance etc, and will come back to do so, if I have to, however, anyone else found their balls lately?


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  146. LIES LIES LIES.
    Children did not catch covid when it was at it’s most potent at the start, and they still don’t.

    Anyone can catch Covid.

    It is one of the roughly 100 viruses that cause the common cold.

    Calm down struth. You’re getting caught up in this and it is making you talk utter nonsense.

    Covid was just a cold (like SARS or MERS too). It was never going to be a scythe through society, and kids aren’t immune from catching it.


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  147. LIES LIES LIES.
    Children did not catch covid when it was at it’s most potent at the start, and they still don’t.

    Anyone can catch Covid.

    It is one of the roughly 100 viruses that cause the common cold.

    Calm down struth. You’re getting caught up in this and it is making you talk utter nonsense.

    Covid was just a cold (like SARS or MERS too). It was never going to be a scythe through society, and kids aren’t immune from catching it.

    Fuck off dot.
    Anyone can catch a cold.
    Kids do it more than adults.

    However we were specifically told right at the start that kids didn’t catch covid……….and they didn’t.
    They can’t have it both ways.
    They never used to catch covid but since being jabbed they now can?

    F off!!
    Are you buying that shit now you’re jabbed with the memory killing, denialist causing, genocide jab?


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  148. However we were specifically told right at the start that kids didn’t catch covid

    We were lied to. This is why only about a month in, I wasn’t having any of it. That and they never admitted prior lies – viz: “the science! changed”…


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  149. F off!!
    Are you buying that shit now you’re jabbed with the memory killing, denialist causing, genocide jab?

    That’s right, Novavax altered my midichlorians and I need to release them in blonde and Japanese 22 year old promo girls. To create balance in the force.


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  150. The CEO of Panoramic Resources once listed to me all the things that could go wrong in a nickel mining operation from startup to selling.

    Nickel. Notoriously volatile commodity so not surprised he worries. But nickel is doing relatively ok at present thanks to the green future we apparently will have.

    And bleating CEO’s are thick on the ground when their precious profits and share prices are of concern. Despite the eco and “first nations” rubbish they have to contend with.

    The people most deserving of any consideration or sympathy right now and in future are the Australian taxpayers and households who will have to swallow this debt with interest as we hopefully struggle through. It won’t be fkg mining CEO’s we need to worry about.


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  151. “Of course, his legacy lives on in the lives that he’s ruined, the women whose images he stole, either by filming them without their permission or getting them blind drunk and persuading them to take part in seedy sex scenes without payment.

    You’re only a slut, not a white, take it as a huge compliment.

    Some SIMP married Riley Reid.

    What loss?

    “A man charmed me into a three way”

    “Ditto, on camera, I wasn’t paid, ergo rape”

    “I was paid, so it wasn’t rape”

    Which can only mean – you’re a white after all.

    If you are so incompetent you don’t understand that you get paid contemporaneously to the sex acts, you need to be income managed and have a legal guardian.

    Stop making ridiculous legal claims 20 years after the fact!


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