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  1. Who is worse…Malcolm Turnbull or Kevin Rudd.?

    No question. Lord Waffleworth. KRudd is a narcissistic, ineffectual fop whose rise managed to coincide with the Liars seemingly never ending search for a messiah. Waffleworth is malevolent and noticeably falls out with everybody who has the misfortune to deal with him. The Lieborals stand condemned for not expelling him.


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  2. It was the Diamond Princess where only 20% of people on board caught coof despite being stuck on board for a month because the Japs wouldn’t let them off. Best empirical experiment so far in this whole sorry situation.

    Yes. It was unique. And a little too well publicised for comfort.

    Tonight we had dinner at the Big Winch, where we were treated to a beautiful and very photogenic sunset.

    As I sat and sipped my shiraz, the stars began to blossom in the skyfields (h/tTolkien). The first to be apparent was Sirius, followed by Orion’s knees and shoulders, and finally, his belt. I thought of MarkA who used to comment at OldCat, Orion being his avatar.

    The stars are bright out here. I am looking forward to even less light pollution at Curtin Springs. The Beloved and I reminisced about our yoof, when we would watch the heavenly host wheel above us at Menangle, awaiting a magical shooting star.


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  3. Ha! A happy and positive page podium.

    Excellent timing. 😀

    More Tolkien:

    Though here at journey’s end I lie
    in darkness buried deep,
    beyond all towers strong and high,
    beyond all mountains steep,
    above all shadows rides the Sun
    and Stars for ever dwell:
    I will not say the Day is done,
    nor bid the Stars farewell.



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  4. So here’s my answer. The miserable Turd of Point Piper is worse than Rudd, far worse. Rudd doesn’t dump on his own party the way Turnbull dumps on the Liberal party.

    Correct and the lieboral party hasn’t expelled him if I’m not mistaken. What kind of a party welcomes, promotes and put in charge some who despises it?


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  5. About the airport drop.
    The armour relieved the paradrop but ran out of fuel?
    I find that difficult to understand.
    Apart from aircraft, the biggest thing you find at an airport is fuel.

    Potentially wrong fuel source. Most military-grade diesel and turbine engines are nominally multi-fuel, but that does not guarantee peak mechanical performance or maximum range.

    Plus the possibility of insufficient volume at the destination point vs. consumption during road runs, advancing to contact and actual combat. As well as mechanical wear and tear, availability of appropriate POL handling equipment and trained soldiers.

    And then there’s the enemy’s say on the matter in the form of resistance, sabotage, interdiction ops against the Russians’ own logistical trains and so forth.

    The desperate German advances and their supporting efforts (like the Luftwaffe’s Operation Bodenplatte) through the Ardennes towards Aachen and Antwerp at the very end of 1944, in the hope of scoring Allied fuel dumps and other logistical bonanzas along the way suffered much the same problems.


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  6. How Xi’s draconian rules unravelled into catastrophe

    With millions locked down in Shanghai and fears of a similar fate for Beijing, Chinese authorities are playing an increasingly desperate game of cat and mouse with COVID-19.

    Some 1125 kilometres away away in Beijing, a mass coronavirus testing order in 11 of the capital’s 16 districts – despite just 70 cases being identified since Friday – has prompted residents to panic-buy groceries, fearing they too may soon face weeks trapped at home.

    The thought of China’s largest and wealthiest cities stuck in indefinite lockdowns has triggered turmoil in the financial markets, with the blue-chip CSI 300 index tumbling 4.9 per cent on Monday, its steepest one-day loss since the initial virus lockdown in Wuhan. The fall underlines a fear among investors that the latest draconian restrictions are set to eat into profits and economic growth.

    Yet President Xi Jinping appears more wedded than ever to his zero-COVID-19 strategy.

    “There is a health logic and a political logic that justifies the continued strategy,” says Dr Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the US Council on Foreign Relations. “They’re not even considering co-existence with the virus as an option right now.”

    Huang pointed to comments made last week by Dr Liang Wannian, head of the expert panel leading China’s COVID-19 response.

    During a briefing in Beijing, Liang said it would be a “huge disaster” if China relaxed restrictions, describing the zero-COVID-19 policy as “insurance for the 1.4 billion people” living in the country.

    “The key is to effectively recognise and manage the source of transmission, cut transmission chains, and protect vulnerable groups so that the outbreak does not rebound on a large scale,” he added.

    Culture-linked vaccine hesitancy

    “Zero-COVID-19 is Xi’s policy,” says Tsang. “Xi does not make mistakes and cannot be seen to make mistakes. It cannot be changed unless Xi says otherwise. We know already that some senior Chinese medical and health services are uncomfortable with it and that there are political leaders who think the policy should not go on any longer.

    “But they cannot change it because changing it means challenging the big boss – and there is nothing more dangerous you can do.”


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  7. ” The Lieborals stand condemned for not expelling him.”

    Yep. Yet the party doesn’t hesitate in expelling others that cross them. Earlier this month the NSW Liberal Party expelled a member, Sydney businessman Matthew Camenzuli, because he challenged Scott Morrison’s federal intervention in the NSW division and Morrison’s captain picks.

    Meanwhile the Miserable Turd of Point Piper continues dumping on the party and nobody does anything.

    In fact I think the Liberal Party would earn a few kudos if they did expel the Miserable Turd of Point Piper….but they’re gutless cowards.


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  8. So here’s my answer. The miserable Turd of Point Piper is worse than Rudd, far worse. Rudd doesn’t dump on his own party the way Turnbull dumps on the Liberal party.

    Rudd is Labor’s laughing stock.

    Turnbull is the Lib’s eternal shame.


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  9. End of the wet season so we spent days in East Timor wading through raging rivers on the “bus” trip from Bacau to Dili in what was then still a Portuguese colony.

    Areff, I did that trip too, in early 1969. Put something up on Quadrant about it a while back in comments on an amusing memoir piece by TT (I think) about Timor.

    Sitting here in the shabby getaway lounge (where Emirates sends temporarily send its Bus Class passengers; not a mask in sight here, although the airport was fully masked and policed for it.
    See you in the UK. We have stocked up on duty free for the duration.

    I don’t intend to wear one on the plane.


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  10. Yes. It was unique. And a little too well publicised for comfort.

    Que? That datum was buried about a week after it became apparent. Only plebs like we Cats kept memory if it.

    I am not vaccinated and have not as far as I can tell had coof. I may be one of the 80%, I dunno.


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  11. The Hunchback and its minions will be especially angry because this is what was supposed to happen to Pell when he was in their custody -with the independent and apolitical Mr John Cain elevated from the OPP to be chief coroner in the County Court to supervise the inquest.
    Idiot O’clock arrives early tonight.


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  12. Something has been bothering me for some time about female subjects of classical paintings from the renaissance. So many of them are painted with bug eyes which are a classical indicator of thyroid disease. Surely the painters painted what they saw rather than all adopting a bug-eyed style for females.


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  13. So many of them are painted with bug eyes which are a classical indicator of thyroid disease. Surely the painters painted what they saw rather than all adopting a bug-eyed style for females.

    Artists routinely paint people with larger than normal eyes. It makes them look attractive. We are captive to our genes in this.


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  14. Que? That datum was buried about a week after it became apparent. Only plebs like we Cats kept memory if it.

    We are not alone, Bruce. The data remains. The fact that we know it means it was a “little too well publicised”.

    Sure, the knowledge of the truth is narrow. But it is there.


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  15. Paul Murray can’t keep this up. He’ll have a heart attack.
    Earlier, Piers Morgan told Andrew Bolt the 2020 US election was totes above board and he’s glad he went after Trump on the subject.
    They bumped lovely Rita for this bloke? I don’t get it.


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  16. It was the Diamond Princess where only 20% of people on board caught coof despite being stuck on board for a month because the Japs wouldn’t let them off. Best empirical experiment so far in this whole sorry situation.

    In a just world, this data set and the time at which it was available would see many Australian Politicians and Bureaucrats in prison.


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  17. They bumped lovely Rita for this bloke? I don’t get it.

    orders from on high- don’t give them your money. I always said they can stick pay TV up their bum hole.


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  18. Ye Olde Human Portraiture is heaps good fun study of morals and mores. From pubeless chunky lovelies to the rampant distortion becoming apparent in the Hapsburg monarchy, there’s a wealth of wierdness.


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  19. I don’t intend to wear one on the plane.

    Ask the stewardess for a straw for your libation of choice, and stick it in your mouth every time one subsequently comes past.

    You don’t even need to sip. 🙂


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  20. The fact that we know it means it was a “little too well publicised”.

    You seem to mean a “little too not publicized”.

    The Diamond Princess fact that 80% of the population don’t catch (alpha) coof, or have no symptoms, destroys the entire approach of the powers-that-be since about March 2020. And destroys the whole useless vaccination schtick.

    Unfortunately the vaccine, as I have said, seems to strip out the original immunity, so vaccinated people then catch it after about 3 or 4 months. Not dangerously but they do seem to be susceptible to it whereas unvaccinated people have a lot less chance. That’s my observation, which you are very welcome to overturn if you can.

    Pfizer COVID-19 third dose vaccine protection against hospitalization from omicron wanes after 3 months: study (MedXpress, 23 Apr)


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  21. Ed Casesays:
    April 26, 2022 at 8:00 pm
    Turnbull hasn’t dumped on the Liberal Party, that’s what you’re doing all the time.
    He’s stayed out of it, complimented Dave Sharma and sensibly called for Katherine Deves to be disendorsed.

    Dickless

    Clearly you are suffering from short term memory loss if you can’t recall the many times since he lost the PMship that the “Miserable Ghost”(his words) has dumped on the Liberal Party.

    There are specialist doctors who might be able to help you.


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  22. So here’s my answer. The miserable Turd of Point Piper is worse than Rudd, far worse. Rudd doesn’t dump on his own party the way Turnbull dumps on the Liberal party.

    And that the lnp don’t kick the creep out speaks volumes about them; and little johnnie who persuaded him to stay. Howard in retrospect is a close second to turdball.


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  23. I think we are in agreement, Bruce. Simply approaching the issue from different ends and coming to the same conclusion.

    I am vaccinated and haven’t had it either. Or if I have, it has been extremely mild. Not testing, so how would I know?


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  24. The Diamond Princess fact that 80% of the population don’t catch (alpha) coof, or have no symptoms, destroys the entire approach of the powers-that-be since about March 2020. And destroys the whole useless vaccination schtick.

    Further verified by country wide data from the US which showed, from memory, 11% of people infected after the first year (range of 9% to 13% depending on state).
    Can’t be fagged looking for a source but it’s there.


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  25. John Ali. The secret soldier.

    Correction. The secret civilian/armed civilian/truck driver/infanteer.

    Just wondering why he hasn’t been hauled over the coals for breaching the ‘Secrecy Act’ that he said he signed.

    The Commonwealth Crimes Act 1914 has sections 70 and 79 that deal with this, but it only applies to ‘Commonwealth Officers’. Part VII of that Act deals with ‘official secrets and unlawful soundings’.

    There was an Official Secrets Act but it was repealed and replaced in part by Part 5.6 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995. Again, it deals with ‘Commonwealth Officers’.

    I don’t know whether diggers sent overseas were or are classified as Commonwealth Officers, but I would find it hard to believe a civvy truckie would fall into this category.

    He either signed it and it still applies – in which case he’s fucked; or
    He didn’t sign it but said he did – in which case he’s fucked; or
    He signed it and but it doesn’t apply, in which case he can go into very explicit detail about what, when, where, who, how and why. So can the Government – if this is the case.

    I smell horseshit, and lots of it. This bloke makes Liability Bob look like Bob Buick, who won a Military Medal at Long Tan.

    I look forward to Mr Ali’s book, and I trust the title mentions jellybeans.


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  26. rickw says:
    April 26, 2022 at 8:27 pm
    It was the Diamond Princess where only 20% of people on board caught coof despite being stuck on board for a month because the Japs wouldn’t let them off. Best empirical experiment so far in this whole sorry situation.

    In a just world, this data set and the time at which it was available would see many Australian Politicians and Bureaucrats in prison.

    Anti-body sampling/testing has shown the Princess was an aberration. In the real world- not an ocean liner- the infected population is much, much lower.


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  27. Bruce of N:

    Plan A was a battalion drop at Andropov and a fast move to Kiev. Obliterated. Plan B was the rest of the VDV brigade, about 7000 guys. They were able to land and held on, just, with very heavy casualties. And were relieved by an armoured column from the Belarus border. Unfortunately the armour then ran out of gas, which prevented surrounding and besieging Kiev. The Ukrainians succeeded in denying resupply and refueling, which was why that strategic plan finally failed.

    Sure, they planned to drop a battalion without the rest of the VDV or relieving ground troops. This isn’t serious.

    Roger:

    Strategically it was a massive failure, regardless of how few troops they lost.

    No, this is judgment that depends upon speculation.

    Rex A:

    But allegedly trying to tie up masses of UKR reserve troops around Kiev for 3-4 weeks when the main effort is claimed to be all in the South and West (and after some 7.5 weeks has not moved significantly beyond the Donetsk/Luhansk territories and forming a land bridge from Sebastopol to Kharkhov), then buggering off without having actually really decisively engaged or reduced said reserves in line with the apparent main effort to the East and South, does not work in with the Just As Vlad Bae Planned Narrative being presented.

    They’d have been better off just getting stuck into UKR troops from Day One out of jumping-off points in the Crimea. Or getting shoved out of amphibious assault ships on the mouth of the Bug to take Odessa, or even shortening the assault on Mariupol by several weeks.

    My position is always to wait and see. We have no clear idea of their specific objectives, constraints, timetables, etc. which are all sensitive to current circumstances. Also, if the attrition rate is 3:1 in south and East in favour of RUS, time is their friend.


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  28. No Calli. My observation is the Diamond Princess data has been buried behind a locked door in a toilet with a sign saying Beware The Leopard on it. The data is clear as crystal. I am sick of putting clear as crystal data in front of people who look at it like it is written in bloody Sandskrit and haven’t the training to understand datasets. Yet earn magnitudes more than I ever did. We, as a civilization, are so totally rooted it isn’t funny.

    /rant


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  29. In the real world- not an ocean liner- the infected population is much, much lower.

    Should we conclude that the DT was a “worst case scenario”? Including hospitalisation/morbidity?

    That would mean the official response was even more outlandish.


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  30. There was an Official Secrets Act

    It was actually a breach of the “Official Secrets Act” to even reveal the existence of that Act!


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  31. Should we conclude that the DT was a “worst case scenario”? Including hospitalisation/morbidity?

    That would mean the official response was even more outlandish.

    That’s exactly what we can conclude.
    This data was available by early April 2020.


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  32. There was an Official Secrets Act

    There’ll be something of that nature somewhere, and – to be clear, I am speculating – this may only apply to proper SF types who drink out of fake legs. It may apply to infantry – it will certainly apply to Intel and some RASIGS people.

    I don’t know if any of the above people fall into the ‘Commonwealth Officers’ category.

    I DO know Mr Ali’s story has all the hallmarks of those found on the ANZMI site before they got shopped, and am therefore suspicious.

    If he claims he used to be a clearance diver as well – that’s another big old red flag.


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  33. Maria Dubovikova
    @politblogme
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    The OSCE staff in Mariupol abandoned their archive. All OSCE field reports since 2014 were found, with reportedly thousands of Ukrainian war crimes that were documented, but which were not reported by the OSCE in their official documents.

    Very interesting, if true.


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  34. Sure, they planned to drop a battalion without the rest of the VDV or relieving ground troops. This isn’t serious.

    Dover, totally serious. Plan A was a battalion at the closest airport tasked to rapidly move to Kiev CBD and take over the administrative apparatus. Very like the Vichy takeover. Predicated on no resistance. Unfortunately there was a whole regiment of Ukrainians ready and waiting who turned that Bn to literal mincemeat.

    Then the second air-landing wave arrived for Plan B. That’s when the Ukrainians shot down two full transports containing two companies of VDV guys. It got worse after that, since the Ukrainians then had their rapid reaction battalion arrive – about 3 hours after the first paradrop. Which is exceptionally fast. It was very bad for the Russians, but as the elite of their army they held the counterattack. Lack of supply though snookered them after the cavalry arrived 48 hours later.

    You’re going to make me find the strategic analysis that I saw two weeks ago now. Which is going to be hard. Grr.


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  35. Rex:

    Operation Bodenplatte

    What a frigging cluster that was.
    Galland had managed to get together most of his 1,000 fighters to break up and destroy the US bomber daylight formations and something that could have reduced the bombing of Germany for a month or so was pissed away for a handful of Allied aircraft that were probably replaced within a couple of days.
    I have a couple of books on this particular operation – The Last Year of the Luftwaffe” by Alfred Price is replete with many, many, tables and backgrounds. “Battle of the Airfields by Norman Franks has both sides on the day well covered.


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  36. I DO know Mr Ali’s story has all the hallmarks of those found on the ANZMI site before they got shopped,

    Pity ANZMI got shopped – I knew three of the fvcking scoundrels on that site..


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  37. Ewwwww (the NT News):

    THE details of a Darwin man’s alleged bestiality and animal cruelty are so depraved they would “offend against public decency” if published, a court has ruled.

    The 51-year-old faced the Darwin Local Court on Tuesday where his barrister, Mary Chalmers SC, applied for any details of the alleged offending to be suppressed from publication.

    I don’t know what this bloke’s done, but clearly it is worse than anything they’re proposing to show six year olds in primary school. If this is the case, that chap is right off the scale.


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  38. Why Durham prosecuting the swamp won’t happen:

    All three current cases of Durham’s have highlighted the tight-knit nature of the federal judicial and law enforcement community in the D.C. area.

    The judge in the Clinesmith case, James Boasberg, sits on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that approved spying on Page based primarily on the Steele dossier and partly on the false information provided by Clinesmith.

    The judge in the Danchenko case, Anthony Trenga, presided over the Mueller-brought case against former business partner of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump. Trenga threw out the conviction in that case for a lack of evidence.

    The judge in the Sussmann case, Christopher Reid Cooper, used to be a colleague of Sussmann’s at the DOJ. His wife, Amy Jeffress, is a lawyer for Lisa Page, formerly a high-level FBI attorney who’s now suing the DOJ. Page was deeply embedded in the Russia investigation. She was also a mistress of Peter Strzok, former head of FBI counterintelligence operations and a point man in the Russia probe. Cooper and Jeffress also have close ties to the Democratic Party. Cooper served on the 2008 transition team of President Barack Obama, Jeffress spent 20 years at the DOJ and was a national security counselor for Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder, and their wedding was officiated by Merrick Garland, the current Attorney General.


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  39. JC,
    Very.
    I still have a txt conversation I had with a spouse of a Federal Senate member.

    They were in panic mode.

    I stated that everyone over 70 needed to isolate as well as those who care for them. Stop all international arrivals. Stop large sporting events. Everything else to continue as normal but keep to ourselves as much as possible. Schools to stay open.
    Basically in line with what Mater and others posted at the time.
    Just looked at my txts and that was on the 22nd March 2020!

    There was no reasoning with this person because “everyone was going to die”.
    Which was already, demonstrably, WRONG.


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  40. I used know a real clearance diver, ex RN. Left to work on oil rigs as a diver. Got paid 10 times what he earned in the navy. His mum used to worry he’d get blown up, then when he told her he got bumped by sharks she worried he’d get eaten.


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  41. Unfortunately the vaccine, as I have said, seems to strip out the original immunity, so vaccinated people then catch it after about 3 or 4 months. Not dangerously but they do seem to be susceptible to it whereas unvaccinated people have a lot less chance. That’s my observation, which you are very welcome to overturn if you can.

    I have this funny little theory that the immune system does not recognise the spike protein as anything more than a mere toxin and not a viral infection and deals with it quite differently. It could be the lack of escalation of the spike protein fragments you would get from a viral infection or it could be the lack of diversity of signals from the various proteins on the virus.

    Whats clear is this is not a working vaccine and this bioweapon hasn’t gone anywhere.


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  42. https://www.theepochtimes.com/more-secret-gender-transition-closets-discovered-in-public-schools_4414184.html?utm_source=Morningbrief&utm_campaign=mb-2022-04-27&utm_medium=email&est=JdlpP%2BHzR27m9JZukfqNVEUrIlNsWc4Lxn8FIfTHPMz6SHtW4FjH7oN7kcl0yPoG

    They started in colleges, but trans closets—rooms stocked with transgender clothes and accessories for students to change into after arriving to school and back out of before going home—are being discovered in public schools with some indication they are being kept a secret from parents.

    At this point, criminal charges need to be laid.


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  43. There was no reasoning with this person because “everyone was going to die”.
    Which was already, demonstrably, WRONG.

    What we had was either a massive failure of intelligence or outright treason.

    china allowed a flood of catastrophic videos out to scare the shit out of the west.

    We were played like a bunch of noobs.


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  44. this bioweapon hasn’t gone anywhere.

    In one sense it has.

    It has proved that entire populations can be suppressed and incarcerated, their behaviour modified and controlled.

    The big question…will it work again?


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  45. The big question…will it work again?

    Frightening the peasants has worked for at least a century, as the H. L. Mencken quote shows.

    There are signs that it has stopped working on some of us. And the more they try it, the more irritated we get.


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  46. I don’t know what this bloke’s done …

    Taking man’s best friend a bit too literally. Something we haven’t seen in the press since those NRL scallywags a couple of years back.


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  47. Ok I’ve got it. Here’s the whole thread which you can read if you want to. I’ve pulled a lot out of it to give you the argument:

    Tomi T Ahonen Stands With Ukraine@tomiahonen · Apr 3
    Battle of Kyiv Thread 2/

    Because of Social Media, we have a unique ability to reconstruct history in near-real time, to know EXACTLY what happened and WHEN. And sort out the lies, propaganda and ‘fog of war’. Not WHILE it happens, but very shortly thereafter

    This is my attempt

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 6/
    We know NOW that yes, Putin had a 4 hours plan to win the war in Ukraine

    And his ‘Plan B’ was a 3 days plan to defeat Kyiv if the 4 hours plan somehow failed

    He deployed both of these plans with MASSIVE military force, against Kyiv. We now know how

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 7/

    FOUR HOUR PLAN

    Yes. There was a plan to defeat Ukraine in ‘four hours’. It could have worked. Russia (=Soviet Union) used this in Hungary 1956, Czechoslovakia (1968) and Afghanistan (1979). Seize the capital, take the TV/radio, & declare on TV you won

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 8/

    Putin plan to defeat Ukraine in 4 hours involved an air assault force of 1,000 men taking Antonov Airport at Hostomel, then IL 76 transport planes would land 7,000 men and their armored vehicles, to take the Presidential Palace (& TV stations) in Kyiv

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 9/

    This bold plan to defeat Ukraine in 4 hours might have worked. Russia had done that before when toppling a government. About 30 Mil 17 transport helicopters and their escort helicopters attacked at dawn of Feb 24 & assaulted Antonov Airport

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 10/

    BATTLE OF ANTONOV AIRPORT

    The first battle of the Ukraine War and first battle in the Battle for Kyiv was the Battle of Antonov Airport, 24-25 Feb 2022. Initial assault force arrived at dawn in about 30 Mil 17 helicopters & their attack helicopters

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 11/

    The assault force had airborne troops from either 11th or 35th Guards Air Assault Brigade. Some of their helicopters were shot down. The remaining force of about 1,000 elite paratroop units faced Ukraine’s 3rd Special Purpose Regiment waiting to defend

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 12/

    While this battle for the airport was under way, the main air assault force (7,000 more men & their armored vehicles) arrived over the airport in giant IL 76 transport cargo jets. They attempted to land. Ukraine shot down two IL 76. Landing was aborted

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 13/

    The IL 76 jets were diverted to nearest Russian-controlled airfield which was on the Belarus side of the border, town of Gomel (Homel)

    Meanwhile Ukraine’s Kyiv defense sent 4th Rapid Reaction Brigade to reinforce the defenders who retook the airport

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 14/

    Antonov Airport, briefly in Russian hands in the morning of Feb 24, was now back in Ukrainian control by afternoon of Feb 24. They knew a large land invasion army was coming South from Belarus, and proceeded to destroy the runways of this airport

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 15/

    The Russian paratroops attacked Antonov Airport in a massive helicopter assault of 200 helicopters and about 5,000 men, taking the airport again, on Feb 25. But Ukraine defenders prevented their breakout encircling the airport.

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 16/

    The main army attacking Kyiv came overland with tanks and armor, the 35th Combined Arms Army. It fought itself to and through the perimeter of the Antonov airport & afternoon Feb 25 airport was in Russian hands. But now unusable so was pyrrhic victory

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 18/

    Putin Plan A was to defeat Ukraine in 4 hours. He launched a massive air assault with 8,000 elite paratroops, their armored vehicles, dozens of helicopters & dozens of giant cargo planes & DID seize the airport suitable for this mission

    Plan A failed

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 19/

    PLAN B – ENCIRCLE KYIV

    While Plan A was under way, ALSO Russia had prepared for Plan B, just in case

    On same morning Feb 24, they launched the full assault on Kyiv, to take the capital city by force. And this plan was modeled on Grozny, Chechen War

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 20/

    In Putin’s first war (then as Prime Minister) the Second Chechen War 1999-2000, Putin encircled capital city of Chechnya, Grozny (pop 450,000). Laid a minefield around it. Bombarded it every day & night until literally every building destroyed.

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 21/

    This EXACT same Grozny battle plan is used by Putin today in Ukraine, in siege of Mariupol (pop 450,000)

    To undestand Plan B for Kyiv, look at Mariupol. That was Putin’s Plan B for Kyiv (pop 3M). Not invade Kyiv but encircle it & then bombard to rubble

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 22/

    BATTLE OF KYIV

    The Battle plan to take Kyiv was to send Russian 35th Combined Arms Army from Belarus to a staging town outside Kyiv (Hostomel just outside of Irpin) on Day 1. Then refuel. Then encircle Kyiv on Day 2. Start destruction of Kyiv on Day 3

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 23/

    Note, the Russians did not expect that Kyiv would capitulate after 3 days, only that in this battle plan, they would encircle Kyiv in 3 days, essentially guaranteeing Russia’s eventually destruction of Kyiv (six months to two years later) or surrender

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 24/

    The Battle of Kyiv plan needed only one significant element to work. The refueling of their tanks, armored vehicles & self-propelled artillery. The distance from Belarus border to Kyiv is EXACTLY the maximum fuel they could carry. Needed refueling

    attle of Kyiv Thread 25/

    If refueled after one day this 35th Combined Arms Army (that I estimated was roughly 70,000 men, 7,000 armored vehicles incl 2,100 tanks) would have enough fuel to complete the encirclement of Kyiv on Day 2, so to lay siege on Kyiv from 26th of February

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 26/

    Part 1 of this plan worked exactly as planned. The tanks crossed border into Ukraine on 24 February. By 25th February they had reached Hostomel, 13 miles (20km) from Kyiv. But they were out of fuel. They came to their designated refueling area…

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 27/

    Their promised fuel had not yet arrived. So they waited. They called up the convoy where that precious fuel was, and found out, the fuel trucks are less than an hour away. So they waited. And called an hour later. Delay. Four hours later. Still delayed

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 28/

    At some point the commander of 35th Combined Arms Army decided to postpone refueling to next day, told his troops to get some sleep. And called up his fuel trucks. They were still delayed, just 1 hour out, facing local resistance, it is a narrow road..

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 29/

    The 70,000 men and 7,000 armored vehicles attacked from Belarus border, crossed 70 miles (115km) & reached their Day 1 target on schedule

    Had the fuel been there this army would have encircled Kyiv on Day 2. Something prevented that. The 40 mile convoy

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 30/

    BATTLE OF 40 MILE CONVOY

    Had Russia figured out, on Feb 25, that this convoy of the fuel they needed, would never arrive, they would have ordered a replacement convoy, & received full fuel (and food and ammo) no later than Feb 28

    Ukraine tricked them

    Battle of Kyiv Thread 31/

    With what would become known as ‘the 40 mile convoy’, the Ukrainian defenders of Kyiv, managed to play a cat-and-mouse game with gullible Russian commanders, to believe for TWO WEEKS that this convoy might reach the starved troops & tanks

    It saved Kyiv

    The analysis fits with what I’ve been reading from many sources. Plan A was a super quick move to Kiev from the airport to take over the reins of government. For which a single Bn was appropriate. The Ukrainians shot them to bits. Plan B was an air bridge to a brigade of paras. The defending Ukrainian regiments shot them up too, and prevented follow up landings. Plan C was then to have the heavies arrive from Belarus…which succeeded. But their fuel tankers never got to them, whereupon the whole offensive stalled for lack of fuel.


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  48. First, all of these problems are self-induced. They didn’t exist until Biden birthed them for ideological or political reasons. Apparently his administration wanted a changing, more favorable electorate and demography at any cost.

    Second, Biden has no solutions to these self-created problems because of the ideological restraints the left has imposed on him.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/how-america-became-la-la-land_4424032.html?utm_source=Morningbrief&utm_campaign=mb-2022-04-25&utm_medium=email&est=dOI5b5A00gWjQLKNXdAA15wrfkyjUvL0%2FIWLSrwi%2BwYKz0d2OVZ2ooLIhtkDgFmp


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  49. followed by Orion’s knees and shoulders

    ah late autumn and the Pleiades are already down at sunset.

    Curtin Springs is a nice joint … on yr way to the The Rock ?


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  50. Knuckle Dragger says: April 26, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Piers Morgan.
    Brett Lee should have broken Morgan’s jaw when he had him in the nets a few years ago.

    Saw Piers Morgan tonight for the first time.
    I now support KD’s view.

    Piers Morgan: Has there ever been a bigger wanker on our TV?


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  51. Sorry for the length. I really do think the RGS thought the Ukrainians would welcome the advancing guys. They’d fooled themselves into this view. Unfortunately it was a fantasy and they paid a heavy price. And are still. I have no idea who will technically win this mess, but I firmly believe both side are going to lose out of it, big time. Ukraine will fight on since losing by winning, or by drawing is better than losing by losing. Only Russia can stop this abomination, but I can’t see how Putin can survive doing so. It’s a real bummer.


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  52. If he claims he used to be a clearance diver as well – that’s another big old red flag.

    “Mate, got twenty bucks so an ex digger can get a feed?”
    “Ex digger? What unit were you?”
    “Special Air Service.”
    “Oh, O.K. what’s your Service number?’
    ” Forgot all that crap years ago.”
    “O.K. so how’s me old mate Percy Gratwick getting on?”
    “That’s a trick question, you’re trying to trick me.”

    It’s an odd Special Air Service Regiment trooper who doesn’t know the name of the O’R’s boozer at Campbell Barracks….


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  53. Returning to wonderful rural Anzac events, last year we found ourselves at Emu Park on the coast from Rocky.
    They have done a brilliant job turning a whole coastal strip into a memorial focused on Australians, especially locals, in every WW1 theatre. Very high standard.
    Their ANZAC service was classy, friendly and solemn, followed by great community events and food. It appeared to be the whole community that was involved.
    The contrast to inner city sewer culture was stark.
    Power lies in the wrong hands.


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  54. Artists routinely paint people with larger than normal eyes. It makes them look attractive.

    not my ex-wife … and she had a hyper-thyroid

    there’s nothing worse than rabid feminist except a rabid-feminist with a hyper


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  55. Turkeys like Morgan seem to work in the UK. Culturally I have my doubts that it will translate successfully to the Colonies. The closest we have is Kyle of Kyle & Jackie O whose success is inexplicable to me. Must be a Sydney thing. I don’t get that either.


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  56. Reminds me of the two shysters in There’s Something About Mary.
    “An architect? Where are your buildings?”
    “Well, have you ever been to Santiago?”
    “Twice last year!”
    “Oh… er, well, in the middle of the city there’s a train station…”
    “Good lord, you worked on the Termini dal San Esteban!?!”
    “well no there’s a little rococco hotel opposite down a laneway..
    etc etc


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  57. Was this the summary/analysis of the Hostomel assault you were thinking of, Bruce?

    Rex – A lot of similarity, although that one is 8 Mar whereas the one I recalled and posted was almost a month later, with some more details filled in.

    I was reminded a lot of the German landings on Crete. Different as our guys and the Kiwis had just evacuated from Greece without their artillery and vehicles, and were terribly disorganized. Yet they hammered the elite German paras so badly they never were seriously used again.


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  58. Boambee John:

    Nothing like a bit of “cultural enrichment” to put some spice into life?

    Right up to the point where the locals decide the provocations have stepped over the line and start ethnic cleansing – at which stage, the ones who created the problem play the victim card.
    Successfully play the victim card, I notice.


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  59. One of the great masterpieces of our time.

    Agree with that. The best parts of that movie are Matt Dillon’s Pat Healey and Lee Evans as Tucker/Norm the Pizza Boy. The scene with Evans and the crutches was a masterpiece of physical comedy.


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  60. Pierce Morgan’s interview with Trump was….okay.
    Woulda been a whole lot better if;
    Morgan had not spoken over the top of Trump.
    Morgan had not badgered Trump & had actually let him speak.
    There was not the jerky stop/start effect from all of Trump’s answers being edited to 30% of their original wording.
    The camera had actually been on Trump some of the time.
    Morgan was not a complete wanker.

    Trump performed brilliantly. I’m voting for him in 2024.


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  61. Daily Mail.

    Aboriginal descendent of generations of Aussie diggers is reduced to tears as a member of the RSL REFUSES to let her lay an Indigenous flag at an Anzac Day service

    Proud mother Cindy Roberts tried to drape Aboriginal flag at Anzac Day service
    Local RSL member twice stopped and called in police to prevent her trying again
    Ex-mayor called the reaction a ‘disappointing embarrassing over-reaction’
    The flashpoint sparked a furious reaction online with many expressing regret



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  62. Aboriginal descendent of generations of Aussie diggers is reduced to tears as a member of the RSL REFUSES to let her lay an Indigenous flag at an Anzac Day service

    For a while it seemed we might get through ANZAC without any of this bullshit. There is only ONE flag.


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  63. EU weighs Russian oil price cap – media
    Member states are reportedly discussing setting a ceiling on what they would pay

    oh god, the comedy is incorrigible. can these euro clowns put on a better pantomime of a real government?


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  64. For a while it seemed we might get through ANZAC without any of this bullshit. There is only ONE flag.

    Part of the reason she wanted to display the “First Nations” flag, was to commemorate her ancestors, who had fought in the “Frontier Wars.”


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  65. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has asked whether China gained “leverage” over Twitter after Tesla CEO Elon Musk bought the platform in a multi-billion dollar deal, though quickly walked back the comment.

    Bezos took to social media on Monday to muse about Musk’s purchase of Twitter for $44 billion, insinuating the move might hand Beijing influence over the online “town square.”

    “Interesting question. Did the Chinese government just gain a bit of leverage over the town square?” he asked, citing a post by New York Times reporter Mike Forsythe outlining Musk’s business dealings in China.



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  66. From the Oz. I’ve posted the whole article.

    Tunnel rat’s tale key to Ben Roberts-Smith case

    Stephen Rice
    NSW EDITOR
    @riceyontheroad
    2 hours ago April 26, 2022

    If Ben Roberts-Smith has any hope of winning his so-far ­disastrous defamation case, the key may be a Kiwi-born SAS ­soldier who will give evidence about what he found when he crawled alone into a tunnel in ­Afghanistan hunting for Taliban insurgents, armed only with a ­pistol.

    That display of raw courage by the slightly built soldier, echoing the feats of the “tunnel rats” of the Vietnam War, might otherwise have passed unremarked – one more act of unsung heroism in a long-forgotten skirmish.

    But 13 years later it is set to play a defining role in the defamation action Mr Roberts-Smith has brought against the newspapers that branded him a war criminal.

    The Victoria Cross recipient’s case looks shaky after a trail of witnesses for Nine newspapers have given damning evidence of murders, including the killing of two men said to have been dragged from the tunnel.

    But at the halfway mark in the case, it is now the turn of Mr Roberts-Smith’s witnesses.

    And the story they tell is a very different one.

    The SAS soldier who crawled into the tunnel is codenamed ­Person 35.

    His role in this story begins as SAS troops are sweeping through the Whiskey 108 compound – a known Taliban stronghold and arms depot, in Oruzgan province – on Easter Sunday 2009.

    The soldiers almost missed the tunnel, but sweeping aside a ­suspicious-looking mound of hay, they discovered an iron grill covering a hole in the ground.

    Several soldiers volunteered to go into the tunnel, according to the patrol commander, but Person 35 was the obvious choice; his smaller frame was better suited to navigate the confined space.

    That was also the logic of the revered tunnel rats of the Vietnam War, where men drawn from the ranks of the Australian Army Engineers 3 Field Troop risked their lives searching Vietcong tunnels.

    Like them, Person 35 knew the last thing he might ever see was the muzzle flash of an AK47 exploding in his face.

    His bravery is not in doubt, but his account of what happened next is hotly disputed. He took off his body armour and helmet, laid down his rifle and, armed only with a 9mm pistol, squeezed into the tunnel.

    When Person 35 re-emerged into the compound minutes later, according to the patrol commander, it was to declare the tunnel empty.

    There was no one there.

    If Person 35 tells the same story under oath in court in the coming days – he gave only a few minutes of evidence on Tuesday and returns on Wednesday – it will be a blow to the newspapers’ case.

    At least three other soldiers have given evidence for the newspapers that they saw two unarmed Afghans taken from the tunnel, although their accounts vary in some details.

    The FAMs – fighting age males – were said to be an older man with a beard and another with a prosthetic leg.

    One Australian soldier claims to have seen Mr Roberts-Smith frogmarch the man with the prosthetic leg outside the compound, throw him to the ground and ­machine-gun him to death.

    For his part, Mr Roberts-Smith has always emphatically denied that there were any men in the tunnel, or that they were ­executed.

    Judge Anthony Besanko, presiding over the trial, may well take the view that a group of witnesses can have honest but different recollections of events they witnessed 13 years ago in the fog of battle.

    But it will be difficult for him to go past the evidence of the man who actually went into the ­tunnel.

    Some things are not easy to forget.

    Person 35’s credibility is likely to be challenged.

    Last week, it was alleged that Person 35 was the soldier pictured cavorting in a Ku Klux Klan outfit while brandishing a burning cross at the Fat Lady’s Arms, the un­official bar where some soldiers drank from the prosthetic leg of the man killed at Whiskey 108.

    Another photo shows the hooded soldier holding a hangman’s noose.

    Mr Roberts-Smith has several other witnesses who will testify in his defence.

    But the tunnel rat’s testimony might well help make or break his case.



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  67. 2 people at work (both triple jabbed) have now tested positive for the 2nd time in 4 weeks.
    They are only know beginning to question things

    The upside is they might realise governments are nearly always full of shit, incompetent and ill equipped to solve many problems we trust them to solve.


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  68. Dotsays:
    April 26, 2022 at 11:42 pm
    The upside is they might realise governments are nearly always full of shit, incompetent and ill equipped to solve many problems we trust them to solve.

    Baby steps but the first signs of awakening are there.


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  69. Dot:

    The upside is they might realise governments are nearly always full of shit, incompetent and ill equipped to solve many problems we trust them to solve.

    …and in fact they are the causes of many of the problems we face.


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  70. Haven’t read all the replies as yet , just woken up but re Turnbull and why he is still in the Liberal Party , 1 million dollars .
    Party was broke and he ‘gave’ the million bucks when he was il capo but don’t know what stringsv were attached . They certainly can’t afford to give it back.


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  71. 132andBushsays:
    April 26, 2022 at 7:59 pm
    Tintarella di Luna says:
    April 26, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Now where is Mater?

    He’s writing a book.

    Than you 123Bush


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  72. they might realise governments are nearly always full of shit, incompetent and ill equipped to solve many problems we trust them to solve

    Dickless uptick.

    We not only trust governments to solve these problems, but provide them endless amounts of hard-earned to do it with – only to see them fail time and time again, or divert those financial resources into other, unasked-for vanity projects.

    Every single time – regardless of who holds the reins of power, it’s a gigantic shitshow of incompetence. Trillions of dollars’ worth of infrastructure and vast amounts of cash are given to failed local businessmen, bored housewives and people who’ve never had an actual job.

    There’s no accountability. The muppets with their hands on the levers we give them never once take responsibility for their actions, and when they inevitably self-destruct it’s always someone else’s fault.

    Like turtles, at the first hint of danger – or disapproval from unproductive sections of the community – they retract into shells of self-interest. Government ‘caretaker modes’ start six months after every election, State or Federal, and go on until the next one.

    The primary reasons I believe governments at all levels aren’t nuts-deep in worldwide globalist conspiracies are:

    1. There’s not enough in it for them personally. They’re invested enough to see themselves very well off into retirement, but not enough to care what France or Norway’s economies look like; and
    2. Occam’s Razor. They are just too fucking stupid – any worldwide globalist conspiracy leader worth his salt wouldn’t trust the current crop with the steam off his shit.


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  73. Your average poorly-cooked smallgoods purveyor with a pet monkey could do a better job than the hundreds of Masters degree and doctorate holders currently hamster-wheeling their way across the country.


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  74. Classic from Tim Blair:

    Perhaps those whose houses have been incinerated should sue the Greens and others who locked up so much of the bush in national parks. There are more damn parks in this country than in South Korea’s National Assembly.



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  75. From Herald Sun. Mentions a teacher who had bad reaction to first jab but can’t get an exemption.

    More than 2500 Victorian teachers and support staff are due to be stood down on April 28 after failing to get their third vaccination jab, the Herald Sun can reveal.

    All staff who work in Victorian schools are required to have three doses of a Covid-19 vaccine unless a medical exemption applies.

    Victoria is the only state besides NT to have this rule


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  76. EU warns Elon Musk over Twitter moderation plans

    Thierry Breton said:

    Anyone who wants to benefit from this market will have to fulfil our rules. The board [of Twitter] will have to make sure that if it operates in Europe it will have to fulfil the obligations, including moderation, open algorithms, freedom of speech, transparency in rules, obligations to comply with our own rules for hate speech, revenge porn [and] harassment

    The highlighted portion is exactly what Elon is promising he will introduce.

    So the question is, where has the enforcement of these EU rules been prior to Musk’s takeover?


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  77. Trans men’s eggs have been matured in the lab—and could help them have children

    https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/04/26/1051086/transgender-men-children/?truid=511cda4596687ad1e8c0a33a5309beb3&utm_source=the_download&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=the_download.unpaid.engagement&utm_term=Active%20Qualified&utm_content=04-26-2022&mc_cid=39ac057487&mc_eid=6cb9ef82da

    The achievement, carried out by a team led by Evelyn Telfer, a reproductive biologist at the University of Edinburgh, suggests that viable eggs can be obtained from transgender men even after years of testosterone therapy, which can stop ovulation.

    How does this get funding?


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  78. “Trans men’s eggs have been matured in the lab—and could help them have children”

    Brave New World.

    Dystopian New World.

    Frightening New World.


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  79. Are the Republicans doing enough to avoid another round of ballot shenanigans in November 2022?
    I’d say there’s no depth of deception that Dems will attempt in order to limit the damage.
    Steve Feinstein at American Thinker:
    … the really major drivers of Democrat vote fraud still appear to be in place:

    *Widespread distribution of mail-in ballots to addressees who don’t exist, have died or no longer live at that address
    *Voting machines subject to manipulation from many sources, connected to the Internet despite repeated denials
    *Voter drop boxes that can be tampered with and the votes changed
    *Ballot harvesting in nursing homes, retirement communities and the like by Democrat operatives
    *State laws having been illegally changed to allow vote counting to continue days after the election
    *Early voting, even as much as a full 30 days before the election
    *Automatic voter registration by state DMVs upon issuing a driver’s license, revealing the true intent behind the Democrats’ push for licenses for illegal immigrants
    *No nationwide voter ID. Somehow, Democrats are fine with everyone having a Covid vaccination card, but not a voter ID.


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  80. “Interesting question. Did the Chinese government just gain a bit of leverage over the town square?” he asked, citing a post by New York Times reporter Mike Forsythe outlining Musk’s business dealings in China.

    Bezos seems much less interested in whether the Chinese government gained influence over Biden through its business dealings with Grunter (with 10% for the “big guy”).


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  81. Transgender eggs Granddaughter has just presented research on retaining eggs from teenagers who become infertile after treatment for cancer. The cost is very high , eg storage and then the IVF . Ethically and morally these girls or transgender?


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  82. Not sure if I am looking at it right, but is the Christian Adams cartoon trying to indicate that Musk wants to put Twitter into a cage?

    It has been funny watching the left go into meltdown over Twitter possibly being freed from censorship. They talk about ‘bad’ ideas and ‘wrong’ ideas being allowed to be proliferated – they assume their own ideas are virtuous and right. Oh, and hatred.

    Well, I suppose everyone believes they are right at one level. What would it be like to say “I believe x, but I know it is not true.” Which is why part of growing up involves looking at yourself from the outside and consider the possibility being in error. “I believe x. But what if I am wrong?”

    Lefties seem not to have learned that last bit. They do not imagine they can be wrong. Everybody else can be: “I believe in x, but they believe in y so they are wrong. And evil.” I suspect the same faculty allows for responsibility, that a person can hold themselves responsible in the way they hold others responsible. Something else lefties never accept.

    But Twitter becoming a platform for hatred? Under the curatorship of the left Twitter has dripped with hatred. The viciousness of some of the posts from lefty luminaries and progressive plebs has been staggering. The rancour and bile heaped upon Trump, his wife, and his family was off the charts.

    Twitter was never a receptacle of truth but of doctrinal orthodoxy – you can tell by the way facts were censored for the sake of preventing divergent notions. Lefties are now faced with the possibility of a world where truths they don’t want are posted unfettered. And they may be held responsible for the stupid shit they say and have said.

    The end of Democracy, doncha know?


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  83. Japanese silk PJ’s are Hillary’s daywear… flattering way to hide *cough* body armour *cough*.
    only other option is a muumuu, so count ourselves lucky.


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  84. Ben Garrison on Twitter

    The 44 billion (like China City Shutdowns) does not make sense.

    Tucker Carlson Gives His Perspective on Musk Successfully Purchasing Twitter Platform

    There is an angle to this move which looms. If the doomsday predictions of Twitter’s Thursday anticipated first quarter financial earnings are correct, it is entirely possible that Musk is about to take a massive financial hit.

    Some, including myself, who understand the financial black hole that Twitter’s business model represents, have suspicions that Twitter may be hung around Musk’s neck like a millstone as he’s thrown into the deep state sea of social media. It will be interesting to see how quickly Musk responds to those Q1 financials. [NOTE: I foresee be a small user fee in the future]


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  85. Tintarella di Luna says:
    April 27, 2022 at 5:37 am

    Sorry Tinta, didn’t mean to sound abrupt.

    “Other projects” would be a more apt term.


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  86. From the Oz. Well said!

    Katherine
    1 hour ago
    I would be very surprised if anyone was surprised by Turnbull’s actions. Like a lot of people with money, they lose sight of the plight of average Aussies. Turnbull represents that group of people who believe the ‘elite’ know better than the rest of us what is good for our country. They are the ‘Pigs’ of our Animal Farm.



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  87. Aboriginal descendent of generations of Aussie diggers is reduced to tears as a member of the RSL REFUSES to let her lay an Indigenous flag at an Anzac Day service

    .. but of course she didn’t think to have a quiet chat with the RSL to clear it before the ceremony, did she?

    Activist, what?


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  88. The Andrews Government – dealing with the relevant issues …

    ‘I was whitewashed’: Uncle Jack Charles first elder to share his story at Yoorrook
    Jack Latimore
    By Jack Latimore
    April 26, 2022 — 7.52pm

    Uncle Jack Charles wasn’t even told he was Aboriginal.

    The actor and Indigenous rights activist on Tuesday told the nation’s first truth and justice commission to hear the impacts of colonisation and racist government policy on First Nations people of his removal from his family as a baby.

    Charles said he was placed in the Box Hill Boys’ Home, where he experienced “cruel and callous punishments” in the 1950s, and spoke of the cycles of incarceration, homelessness, familial dislocation and drug addiction he experienced for decades as a result of that treatment.

    “I wasn’t even told I was Aboriginal. I had to discover that for myself. I knew nothing, was told nothing, and had to assimilate … I was whitewashed by the system,” Charles told the Yoorrook Justice Commission on its first day of public hearings.

    Elders were invited to make submissions at the commission’s hearings, or wurrek tyerrang, that opened at the former site of the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service building on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, a symbolic landmark of self-determination to First Peoples in the state since the community organisation was founded in the early 1970s.

    Submissions to the commission, also referred to as nuther-mooyoop (a Boon Wurrung word for truth), were designed to provide an opportunity for First Nations elders in the state to share their experiences of the impacts of colonisation, including their experiences of resilience and survival of languages and little-known histories and traditions.

    Nuther-mooyoop made to Yoorrook may take the form of writing, artwork, cultural artefact, photo, performance, or audio and video recording.

    Yoorrook commission chair Eleanor Bourke said “all ways of telling the truth are of equal importance. A nuther-mooyoop can include anything about a past or current experiences of systemic injustice for an elder, in addition to that of their family or community”.

    Bourke assured elders intending to make submissions that their stories would be protected and that the process would be conducted in a culturally safe way.

    The initial period of the wurrek tyerrang process will run until May 6 at the Fitzroy site, with a second round of sittings commencing later in May.

    The commission will open the hearings to all First Nation people and other Victorians later in the year.

    The hearings will culminate in the publication of Yoorrook’s interim report in June 2022 and is considered a crucial component on the path towards achieving an historic treaty with Indigenous residents of Victoria.



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  89. minsays:
    April 27, 2022 at 5:34 am
    Haven’t read all the replies as yet , just woken up but re Turnbull and why he is still in the Liberal Party , 1 million dollars .
    Party was broke and he ‘gave’ the million bucks when he was il capo but don’t know what stringsv were attached . They certainly can’t afford to give it back.

    I’ll throw in a buck to pay him back if that’s what it takes.

    Anyone else in?


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  90. Trans men’s eggs have been matured in the lab—and could help them have children

    A hateful transphobe might deduce those “trans men” preserving
    the very core of being female know deep down they are engaging
    in cosmetic mutilation because it’s the current thing.


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  91. *Automatic voter registration by state DMVs upon issuing a driver’s license, revealing the true intent behind the Democrats’ push for licenses for illegal immigrants
    *No nationwide voter ID. Somehow, Democrats are fine with everyone having a Covid vaccination card, but not a voter ID.

    a) register voter with issue of ID (driver’s license)
    b) never ask for said ID when voting.

    You know it makes sense.


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  92. BREAKING: Project Veritas Releases Leaked Audio of Twitter Meeting Following Elon Musk’s Purchase

    The audio is only about a minute long, but Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe has promised that there is more to come.

    According to a report from Politico, Twitter’s top lawyer Vijaya Gadde cried during the meeting “as she expressed concerns about how the company could change.”

    “Gadde, who has worked at Twitter since 2011, is the key executive charged with overseeing Twitter’s trust and safety, legal and public policy functions. She is seen internally as Twitter’s ‘authority’ and the executive tasked with handling sensitive issues like harassment and dangerous speech,” the report explained.


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  93. They talk about ‘bad’ ideas and ‘wrong’ ideas being allowed to be proliferated – they assume their own ideas are virtuous and right. Oh, and hatred.

    It isn’t just “the Left”, I’m afraid. Happens with any divisive issue where people love their own ideas more than freedom for others.

    I did wonder at that cartoon. Was it putting a “bad bird” in a cage? Other cartoonists appear to think Twitter is benign and should be “set free”.

    Going to be an interesting few weeks as things find their level.


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  94. Has Leunig left the reservation or just have the usual absence of irony? (Yes that is not the correct use of irony but the commonly used use of the word). Echoes of Leak Snr if he has.


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  95. Musk didn’t do due diligence on twitter earnings.
    Seems likely.

    I read somewhere that Twitter brings about $5B in from advertising each year. If true that suggests it could be pretty profitable – fewer moderators being paid Silicon Valley rates plus a potentially larger audience if righties stop getting banned. Musk wouldn’t be the first guy to take a moribund lefty company and make it a profitable business.

    CNN seems to be getting this treatment from newly merged Warner Bros/Discovery according to Surber yesterday.

    “At 8 a.m. ET on April 11 — the first day Warner Bros. Discovery began trading as a combined company — Licht and Perrette told Morse and his team that CNN+’s marketing budget was immediately going to zero. It was Licht’s first meeting at CNN.”

    “Zaslav’s swift ax to CNN+, in combination with Warner Bros. Discovery board member John Malone’s comments to CNBC about returning CNN to hard news, signal a more active corporate hand over the organization’s future.”

    Cleaning out the ideology and getting back to business can do wonders to the bottom line. CNN is probably past redemption though, and Warner/Discovery are establishment, unlike Elon. We’ll see.

    Only 3% of its subscribers actually watched CNN+ (Surber, 25 Apr)


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  96. Meanwhile – Reports: Netflix Employee Morale Plummets as Stock Sinks and Subscribers Flee

    Netflix is experiencing a crisis in employee morale following the steamer’s report last week that it lost 200,000 subscribers during the first quarter and expects to lose a stunning 2 million more in the months ahead.

    The gloomy financial outlook has sent Netflix shares in a downward spiral, further alienating employees who receive compensation in the form of stock options.

    Shares of Netflix have dropped 43 percent since the company reported first quarter earnings last week and are down more than 66 percent so far this year.

    Netflix’s financial outlook is so grim that billionaire hedge fund investor Bill Ackman recently dumped his fund’s 3.1 million Netflix shares at a loss estimated at more than $400 million.


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  97. I presume the trans “men” will be renting someone’s uterus to incubate their fertilised egg?

    Seems cancelled women are good for something after all.


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  98. Mercedes face ‘hierarchy changes’ amid Lewis Hamilton struggles as Marko joke shot down

    Ralf Schumacher has warned Mercedes that a shift in power within the team could soon be on the horizon if George Russell continues to outperform Lewis Hamilton over the course of this season. The latter has endured his worst ever start to a Formula One campaign and was recently told by Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko that he would have avoided the embarrassment that he currently faces if he had retired from the sport over the winter.

    “We also have to talk about Lewis Hamilton, of course,” wrote Schumacher in his latest F1 column for Sky Germany. “He has to ask himself why George Russell is so much faster than him.

    From the Comments

    As I said, he very wisely ? did choose the 2nd driver yellow camera.


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  99. OldOzziesays:
    April 27, 2022 at 8:50 am
    Meanwhile – Reports: Netflix Employee Morale Plummets as Stock Sinks and Subscribers Flee

    Netflix is experiencing a crisis in employee morale following the steamer’s report last week that it lost 200,000 subscribers during the first quarter and expects to lose a stunning 2 million more in the months ahead.

    The gloomy financial outlook has sent Netflix shares in a downward spiral, further alienating employees who receive compensation in the form of stock options.

    Shares of Netflix have dropped 43 percent since the company reported first quarter earnings last week and are down more than 66 percent so far this year.

    Netflix’s financial outlook is so grim that billionaire hedge fund investor Bill Ackman recently dumped his fund’s 3.1 million Netflix shares at a loss estimated at more than $400 million.

    Get woke go broke. Not at all surprised.


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  100. Watching the Netflix mini-series, DOPESICK, about how “big pharma” , namely PERDUE PHARMA managed to control the US opioid market with the most addictive pain-killer ever known, OXYCONTIN .. coupla interesting points (among dozens) that stood out ..
    After a meeting with the FDA and high level Perdue folk the DEA agents were stunned that with the amount of, damning, evidence they provided all the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) came thru with was a reprimand (wrist slap) and a lecture on using ambiguous wording on the drug label ..

    One agent turned to the other and sez, “How can the FDA be so blind as to what is in plain sight?” ..
    The other DEA bloke looks at him .. “this is what happens when your dealing with a company’s future employees” ..
    “These FDA are making decisions whilst knowing about the salary(s) that Perdue are already paying to ex-colleagues and thinking about their own futures” ..

    The second and something I wasn’t aware of, having always thought this bloke was the genuine article when it came to the “battler” ..
    the involvement of RUDI GUILIANI with Perdue .. Post 9-11 when Guiliani was surfing on the wave of public popularity Perdue saw an opportunity and snared him (with appropriate recompense) as their, main, lobbyist expounding the non addictive joys of OXYCONTIN in the Washington corridors of gummint .. Yessssss folks! .. that “popular voice of the people” and a political “influencer”, ex mayor of New York and friend of the DON (all hail!) was the foremost vocal shill for OXYCONTIN the most addictive narcotic, freely & legally, available to the general public in history ..
    not so much of a revered reputuation to remember but just another in the conga line of troughers with snouts in the trough ..!

    Quite an eye-opener on the get-rich-at-any-cost schemes that “big pharma” get away with .. cos it ain’t about helping folk in need .. it’s about making money, lotza money regardless of the consequences ……..!


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  101. Filmmaker: Documentary Proves Rampant Illegal Vote Trafficking in 2020

    “Through the movie ‘2000 Mules,’ we are taking on the ultimate taboo in American politics today—saying that the 2020 election was stolen by systematic, organized fraud committed by the Democrats and the left,” D’Souza told The Epoch Times.

    Mindful of the power of cancel culture, D’Souza said great care has been taken to release the film on what he calls “un-cancellable platforms.”

    “It’s hard to believe we have reached that point in America, but alas, we have,” he said.

    “While I was a writer or a figure in a think-tank, I wasn’t bothered much. It was when I began to reach a wider audience that I became a political target.”

    When asked why he’s willing to subject himself to possible cancellation, D’Souza said, “I am defending the system which made it possible for an immigrant from India, a boy at the bottom, to make my way up—a system that makes this kind of upward economic and social mobility possible.”


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  102. Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    April 27, 2022 at 8:53 am
    Has Leunig left the reservation or just have the usual absence of irony?

    He got thwacked by a lefty censorship baseball bat, which seems to’ve opened his eyes a little bit.

    Indeed it did – from your link.

    Leunig said the Tiananmen Square image is often used in cartoons around the world as “Charlie Chaplin-like metaphor for overwhelming force meeting the innocent powerless individual”.

    “In my view, it is a fair enough issue to raise in the most locked-down city in the world,” he told the Australian.

    “If what [editor] Gay says is right, I don’t much want to work for the sorts of readers who are so censorious.

    “It seems that at The Age in particular, you can’t go near the Covid story except in a way that’s supportive of the Victorian government’s handling of it. And if you’re not supportive, that’s reason enough for you to be cancelled.”



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  103. “Trans men’s eggs have been matured in the lab—and could help them have children”

    John MacArthur said he used to wonder at what Roman’s 1:28 would look like.

    Now he reckons he knows.


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  104. Musk didn’t do due diligence on twitter earnings.
    Seems likely.

    He may not have himself.
    But Morgan Stanley is a significant shareholder in Twitter and likely will have had the calculator out for a quick rattle.

    MS is also being paid the Russian GDP equivalent in advisory and arrangement fees.

    So, if not, there will be a circular firing squad, involving MS, Goldman, Barclays, BNP, Nomura…

    (Having said all that, there’s no guarantee that the smartest humans on Earth don’t turn out to be chimps.)


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  105. shatterzzz says:
    April 27, 2022 at 9:12 am
    Watching the Netflix mini-series, DOPESICK, about how “big pharma” , namely PERDUE PHARMA managed to control the US opioid market with the most addictive pain-killer ever known, OXYCONTIN .. coupla interesting points (among dozens) that stood out ..

    Listen to the Dollop Report

    The Dollop #280 – Opium in the US – Part 1

    The Dollop #281 – Opium in the US – Part 2

    Incredible history – The Dollop with Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds: Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds picks a subject from history and examine it.

    They must have excellent researchers


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  106. I have seen advertising on the sides of buses advertising some series about past Presidents’ wives. The ad features images of the actors playing Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, and Michelle Obama (doubtless why they need to advertise on the side of a bus).

    My first take was that it was going to be panegyrics to Democrat Presidents’ wives, but having had a look at the reviews on IMDB it seems that the complaints are all about shonky performances, not political bias.

    Perhaps Paramount+ is being more careful and inclined to being even handed. If so, good luck to them.


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  107. Could crisis-hit Netflix demand Prince Harry and Meghan Markle offer up MORE royal secrets? Experts warn producers will be looking for better value for money as bosses try to lure back more than 200,000 subscribers who left this year

    Personally I care as much about the vacuous Sussex Circus as I do about Johnny Depp and his ex.

    But there’s a huge pointer, right there, about the quality of the Netflix corporate brain processes.
    A Sell Signal, if you will.


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  108. Twitter lawyer who censored Biden Laptop story cries during Musk takeover meeting

    Gadde holds one of the most controversial positions at Twitter: Her teams decide how to moderate content. That’s made her a target of right-wing criticism, particularly when Twitter blocked the distribution of a New York Post article about President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, in 2020. She faced a renewed wave of criticism after multiple reports confirmed she was behind the decision to ban Trump from Twitter.

    Monday was an emotional day at Twitter — even for its executives.

    Shortly after billionaire Elon Musk bought the powerful social media platform, top Twitter lawyer Vijaya Gadde called a virtual meeting with the policy and legal teams she oversees to discuss what the new ownership could mean for them.

    Gadde cried during the meeting as she expressed concerns about how the company could change, according to three people familiar with the meeting. She acknowledged that there are significant uncertainties about what the company will look like under Musk’s leadership.


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  109. Could crisis-hit Netflix demand Prince Harry and Meghan Markle offer up MORE royal secrets?

    That’s right. They were also supposed to be a brilliant investment on the part of Netflix.


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  110. Does anyone who uses Twitter know what the doomlord is tweeting about a magnificent take down of behavioural economics?

    Behavioural economics eH? I recall the NDIS paid about $80,000 or so to a female behavioural economist and when she was asked what she did she said she “did stuff” — taxpayer dollars abused by the bureaucracy – Franz Kafka nailed it:

    “Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.“



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  111. Gadde cried during the meeting as she expressed concerns about how the company could change, according to three people familiar with the meeting

    suck it up princess


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  112. That’s right. They were also supposed to be a brilliant investment on the part of Netflix.

    In line with Netflix’s investment in Cuties — brilliant — not wonder Netflix considered investing in two dumb-as-a-bag-of-rocks, ahistorical ignoramuses was a brilliant coup until it’s not.


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  113. Knuckle Dragger said at 6:05 am
    “they might realise governments are nearly always , , , , incompetent and ill equipped to solve many problems we trust them to solve”

    I will take it further:-
    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn addressed the reason for the Russian Revolution that resulted in the slaughter of 60 million people. After spending fifty years studying this question,
    Solzhenitsyn summarized his conclusion in the words of elders that he heard in his childhood:
    “Men have forgotten God;
    that’s why all this has happened.”

    And in my opinion that includes most in Australian politics!
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  114. A lot of the people saying that they are going to leave Twitter because it will become less of an echo/star chamber with Musk at the helm I think will not.

    They have nowhere else to go, and they desperately want to spray the world with their opinions. If they don’t projectile tweet regularly they will burst. And they will insert themselves into any and all conversation because one of the things they are always certain of is that they are right. They profoundly believe that ultimately they will win. In effect this means they swiftly shift to falsehood and abuse because like a person in a desperate struggle their field of vision contracts to a small circle and everything inside them is trained on that.

    They will flounce a lot, but they can flounce off to any other part of Twitter they like. Twitter has no ‘centre’ so everywhere is as good as everywhere else.


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  115. Dover, totally serious. Plan A was a battalion at the closest airport tasked to rapidly move to Kiev CBD and take over the administrative apparatus. Very like the Vichy takeover. Predicated on no resistance. Unfortunately there was a whole regiment of Ukrainians ready and waiting who turned that Bn to literal mincemeat.

    Then the second air-landing wave arrived for Plan B. That’s when the Ukrainians shot down two full transports containing two companies of VDV guys. It got worse after that, since the Ukrainians then had their rapid reaction battalion arrive – about 3 hours after the first paradrop. Which is exceptionally fast. It was very bad for the Russians, but as the elite of their army they held the counterattack. Lack of supply though snookered them after the cavalry arrived 48 hours later.

    There was no plan A or B. And the RUS losses reported by UKR are exaggerated.


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  116. I watched my quota of Netflix through various lockdowns but the last few months have rarely made it though an episode of any if the more recent offerings.
    Switched to Prime for Bosch watched that til halfway through the final episode. Not convinced I’m going to watch the spin off series.
    Then watched series 10 to 14 of original Law and Order on Prime, now watching seasons 1 to 10 on DVD again.
    Not as if L&O didn’t have the occasional political message but not always shoved right down your throat.


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  117. Biden Family Values

    Bizarre photo at the top of that page. It looks like Hunter has gashes in his back. (Hunter became the hunted?) I assume that is why he took the photo in the first place.

    And there is also a band (5cm) of lighter skin across his back below the gashes. Doubtless it is just a result of the ambient light reflected off the edge of the mirror – which can happen when the edges are bevelled. But I swear it looks like he was wearing a sports bra or something outside and he got tan lines.

    With Hunter you can never really rule stuff like that out.


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  118. Fraud is the Only Issue

    From a straight political standpoint, things are not going well for the Democrats. It’s difficult to cite a time in post-World War II America when so many things on so many fronts went this badly this quickly, and the voting public knows it’s their fault:

    These Democrat policies have tangibly and dramatically degraded the quality of daily life in America, to the point where many people are starting to doubt that things will ever return to normal.

    The Democrats are giving it their best shot to divert attention from their failures and gin up feigned outrage over nonexistent Trump-caused national transgressions, but the public isn’t buying it. No January 6th investigation, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion (“DEI”) efforts by schools and woke companies, Green initiatives, etc. are resonating with the voting public.

    American voters are most concerned with traditional kitchen table issues — the job market, runaway inflation, crime/safety, energy availability and affordability, schools/education, and illegal immigration and the strain it puts on the affected communities. This is what voters care about.

    The degree to which the current Democrat administration has botched all of this up is really stunning, especially since under President Trump all of these issues were essentially the best they’d ever been post-World War II.

    With no actual accomplishments to point to, having ruined everything that was running so well for the American people, Democrats are turning to what has become their most effective electoral tool in recent years: Fraud.


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  119. There was no plan A or B. And the RUS losses reported by UKR are exaggerated.

    Putin has told Guterres he is open to peace negotiations.

    Perhaps Plan B isn’t going as well as expected either.


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  120. There is another Netflix documentary series, very good, about the pharmacist who went after Purdue pill mills after his son was murdered during a drug buy.
    The Purdues are still fighting law suits over their ill gotten gains.
    Trump went after them iirc.


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  121. Indolentsays:
    April 26, 2022 at 9:26 pm
    The more COVID shots people have, the more they guaranteed to die from AIDS.

    Nuts.

    Hint.
    While at Dover’s cat, please don’t acknowledge truth Bombs.
    Especially with such a steadfast and well argued response.

    You are supposed to dig your ostrich hole even deeper and keep muttering about anything else, like the Ukraine war, ww2, Pell, ANYTHING ELSE than why the most jabbed nation on earth has had a massive spike in deaths……….and why out of sheer coincidence it just happens to be those hated so much by the socialists doing this to us……the Jooooooooooooos.


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  122. Plibersek and Shorten reportedly “frozen out” of Labor’s media appearance schedule.

    Is their presence a negative or were they the ones backgrounding against Elbow in week 1?


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  123. FOOD SHORTAGES, By design?

    “How many US Presidents in modern history have announced ‘food shortages’ before they occurred? The answer is only President Biden.”

    At one point I would have dismissed this sort of thing as conspiracy theory. But the conspiracy theorists’ track record isn’t bad, these days . . .


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  124. Trans men are different iirc calli.
    The operations, not surprisingly, rarely end with useful appendages (how could they?) so they seem to stick with flat chests, fake abs, Adam’s apples and testosterone beards with intact uterii.


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  125. freedom of speech, transparency in rules, obligations to comply with our own rules for hate speech,

    Anyone see a potential discrepancy here?


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  126. At one point I would have dismissed this sort of thing as conspiracy theory. But the conspiracy theorists’ track record isn’t bad, these days . . .

    Them’s fighting words around here sport!


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  127. Wolf Alice – Big Top Luna Park Sydney 26 April 2022

    An amazing show from a band who knows how to please their audience. Given how many live shows they play, it wasn’t surprising they were in top form last night and it was a perfect opportunity to showcase their now extensive and broad ranging catalogue of classics.

    As for Miss Ellie, she was absolutely luminous. Knee high leather boots, black micro mini, black jacket (which came off two songs into the set) white long sleeved shirt and black boob tube. Hair suitably long and sufficiently tousled. Best legs in the business, bar none. Both Freddie and Liza would be green with envy.

    Her voice is better suited to their slower songs where she’s able to superbly mine the intimacy of the subject matter, but their rockers were also delivered with great passion and energy. She’s also picked up a Strat recently (tobacco sunburst, played for only one song).

    The light show was fantastic, Joff and Theo were in top form and the keyboardist has a more prominent role than I realised in some of their more recent songs. Three song encore, wrapped up with the legendary “Don’t delete the kisses”, which is my favourite song of theirs. Not a lot of banter with the audience between songs (mainly during them) and Theo’s observation that they’d “travelled half way round the world to be here, so we want to make sure you enjoy the show” was a nice touch.

    9/10, the only gripe being that they played for just less than an hour and half. Strongly recommended for any Cats who may be interested in catching their other shows while they’re here.


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  128. “top Twitter lawyer Vijaya Gadde”

    Gadde is a far-left progressive liar and she should be the first person to be shown the door and I hope she hits her head on the way out. I remember about three years ago when she appeared on Rogan with Dorsey. Both she and Dorsey blatantly lied about Twitter’s moderation policies and they were both called out for it by Tim Pool, who was also on the show. Twitter’s censoring ramped up many notches under her counsel. I look forward to Gadde starting up her own social media company, after all that’s what we on the non-left been told to do over the last few years, speaking of which I have no doubt that Gadde was instrumental in the destruction of Parler back in January 2021 and I have no doubt she was also instrumental in the shutting down of the Post’s Twitter account in October and November 2020.

    In the light of Musk’s purchase, I’ve been thinking about the big tech companies. I strongly suspect that the problem in these companies is scum like Gadde, it isn’t with the algorithm programmers, most of whom remain “geeks’. They just do what they’re told and they get paid very well for it. No, the problem has been sanctimonious far-left progressive management who’ve used the platforms to push, spruik, promulgate and lecture the non-left……even to the point of influencing elections.


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  129. I note Choo choo is miffed because he was FORCED to have three injections just to keep his union bludgefest of a job, now the borders are sort of open…but only for the rich with time on their hands getting back in unjabbed.
    Forcing is being physically held down and penetrated three times.
    He was forced in the same manner thousands of other Western Australians were forced, but didn’t get penetrated by their government, because they stood up, they didn’t submit,…. they didn’t drop to their knees like a whore to McGowan.


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  130. And the RUS losses reported by UKR are exaggerated.

    True. Although the Pommy defense minister announced to the Commons yesterday some figures. A very big number compared to Aussie experience in WW2 for example.

    Ukraine’s losses will be even larger I suspect, but they have less of a problem getting warm bodies than Russia does, since they can call up previous national service personnel. Ukraine has had compulsory national service for the last 8 years, whereas Russia’s conscription program has been much more limited.


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  131. WL Baillieu, Hudson Fysh, Jack Welch and Lee Iacocca were unavailable for comment.

    Shortly after billionaire Elon Musk bought the powerful social media platform, top Twitter lawyer Vijaya Gadde called a virtual meeting with the policy and legal teams she oversees to discuss what the new ownership could mean for them.

    Gadde cried during the meeting

    Well, at least they only said she “oversees” the teams – they didn’t claim she “leads” the teams.


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  132. Nazis In Ukraine

    Volodymyr Zelenskyy has given American elites some white supremacists they can embrace.

    When Vladimir Putin declared that a primary objective of Russia’s invasion was to “de-nazify” Ukraine, the political elites and their media went ballistic. Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador to Russia, said flatly, “There are no neo-Nazis in Ukraine.” The truth? The CIA has been organizing, funding, and training Nazis and developing fascist assets inside Ukraine for 75 years. Nazis are a powerful and growing presence.

    In 2014, the CIA and U.S. State Department engineered a coup that overthrew Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s democratically elected pro-Russian president. The United States replaced him with a pro-American, anti-Russian president—and the Nazification of Ukraine kicked into high gear. Well-funded, highly trained, and heavily armed neo-Nazi militias that had appeared almost overnight to stage the coup unleashed terror upon ethnic Russians and political opponents of the new regime.

    Since then, Democrats and Republicans have empowered and enabled neo-Nazis to infest all levels of Ukrainian government and society. Nazi influence has only grown stronger during the presidency of Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    Ukrainian Nazism has deep historical roots. While 4.5 million Ukrainians fought in the Red Army to defeat the Nazis, many Ukrainian fascists and anti-Semites collaborated with the Germans in World War II. One in every four Jewish victims of the Holocaust—some 1.5 million people—was murdered in Ukraine.


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  133. The Roy Morgan poll shows pretty much the same trend as other polls taken during the election period.

    L-NP closes gap on ALP for second straight week after the first Leaders’ Debate: ALP 54.5% cf. L-NP 45.5%

    ALP and Coalition level pegging 35% of the primary vote. Thus making the election turn on minor preferences.

    Unfortunately the Greens are still the major force (12%) amongst the ‘parties of no government’, with PHON the only significant show (4.5%) amongst the rats and mice parties – although evidence of a move towards independents, who now hold 8% of the poll.

    Way too uncertain to predict a 55:45 win to Labor on national poll numbers. Even though taken off a small sample, the swing is clearly not uniform amongst the States – with Coalition gaining ground in WA and ahead in Queensland.

    And that’s before trying to guess at the impact of the Teals.

    Takeaway: Springtime for indies and Craig Kelly. Both major parties should be puckering…


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  134. As the newly macho intelligentsia of Australia lusts after war with China and cultivates an embarrassing man-crush with CIA step ‘n fetchit Volodymyr Zelensky, a commando is on trial for killing terrorists in a war.


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  135. Recapping the war in Ukraine to date

    Comment: The following analysis is a compilation of tweets by independent reporter Gonzalo Lira

    Which means:

    The Russians intend to conquer and permanently annex all the south and east of Ukraine. This is why their strategy on the battlefield has dramatically shifted: Now they are carrying out a slow, methodical grinding down and destruction of the AFU.

    The war in the first 30 days was speed, feints, nominally capturing vast swathes of Ukraine territory, with the aim of pressuring the Zelensky regime into a negotiated settlement. But the West’s total financial and political break with Russia means they have nothing to lose. And they have a lot to gain: The Donbas is mineral rich, the really productive farmlands of Ukraine are in the east and south, Kharkov is a major industrial city, the Sea of Azov has untold natural gas reserves.

    And they *have* won – make no mistake. Ask any military man who is not a system pig, he’ll tell you:
    There is no way for the AFU to retake their country. They have no armor, no air defense, no fuel, no comms – it’s over.

    The great tragedy is that so many THOUSANDS of young men will die, and die NEEDLESSLY!!, in order to postpone the inevitable. These brave boys will have fought so valiantly – and died so young, so cruelly -because of the evil of the Zelensky regime.

    That’s the hard truth.

    And in the end, this will be the map that will remain — a bitter image of Ukraine’s future. Russia will pour billions into their newly acquired territory. It will prosper and flourish. But the rump-state of Ukraine will be left poor, destroyed, forgotten.


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  136. I presume the trans “men” will be renting someone’s uterus to incubate their fertilised egg?

    Ukrainia off the shopping list for the immediate future.


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  137. Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    April 27, 2022 at 10:13 am
    And the RUS losses reported by UKR are exaggerated.

    True. Although the Pommy defense minister announced to the Commons yesterday some figures. A very big number compared to Aussie experience in WW2 for example.

    Australia’s worst period of battle losses would have been Fromelles/Pozieres/Mouquet Farm, between 19 July 1916 and early September 1916.

    In a period of around seven weeks casualties totaled almost 29,000, of whom around 6,000 to 7,000 died. This was from a force totaling 48 infantry battalions, four machine gun battalions and four pioneer battalions, about half of the number of BTGs committed to Ukraine by Russia in a similar period.

    If the estimate of around 15,000 Russian dead is accurate, they are losing men at a rate comparable to one of the worst periods of World War I. However, British casualties in the Hundred Days of August to November 1918 were higher than for the Somme, but eased by the fact of final victory.


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  138. Sometimes the Bee doesn’t even bother being satirical.

    Eccentric Billionaire Accomplishes More For Free Speech In One Afternoon Than Republicans Have In Decades


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  139. ALP and Coalition level pegging 35% of the primary vote. Thus making the election turn on minor preferences.

    Enthusiasm is off the scale!

    Most people ‘are not talking about election at all’ (27 Apr)

    Sky News host Cory Bernardi says most people are not politically engaged.

    “Most of the people I spoke to over Easter … they’re not talking about the election at all yet. They’re focused on enjoying school holidays or enjoying the long weekends,” he told Sky News host Paul Murray.

    “They will turn on … I think they’ve just checked out themselves and the pointy end of it will come in the next three weeks or so.

    “They’re going to start to switch on now.”

    No Cory I don’t think so. I think the people are pretty much fed up with nagging pollies and are not at all attracted by the mouldy lot on offer. They’ll do their duty and vote, but don’t ask them to be interested in this chore.


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  140. 2018-2020 Mercedes-Benz line-up recalled in Australia with software fault

    The fault could cause an emergency call system to fail, according to the manufacturer.

    Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled 8378 vehicles across nearly 100 model variants, citing a software fault.

    The affected vehicles are stamped Model Years 2018 to 2020, with the full spate of cars listed below.

    The recall notice, lodged with the Department of Infrastructure, says: “Due to a manufacturing issue, the side airbags inflatable curtain inflators may rupture without warning.

    “In the event of an airbag inflator rupture, compressed gas and metal fragments may be propelled through the airbag cushion towards the vehicle occupants causing serious injury or death.”


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  141. Putin has told Guterres he is open to peace negotiations.

    Perhaps Plan B isn’t going as well as expected either.

    The Russians are always open to negotiations as they continue fighting. If war is the pursuit of politics by other means then the former doesn’t forestall negotiations.


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  142. Mother Lode at 9:48 – arguably these platforms are not without risk. MySpace anyone? Not sure how Snapchat is travelling. You might think Facebook and Twitter have a sufficiently sticky user base to prevent this. I’m not so sure. It might be there is a threshold that once crossed prevents failure. In essence they all rely on human behaviour and habit.


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  143. Putin has told Guterres he is open to peace negotiations.

    Perhaps Plan B isn’t going as well as expected either.

    Perhaps not.
    But unless the Poot’s 4D strategy includes selling Russia’s arse to China, he was hardly going to tell Guterres that peace negotiations were off the table.


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  144. The Russians are always open to negotiations as they continue fighting. If war is the pursuit of politics by other means then the former doesn’t forestall negotiations.

    The problem I’m highlighting is that negotiations are based on territory gained.

    Sign a deal now and they won’t get their southern corridor or deprive Ukraine of a Black Sea port.


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  145. True. Although the Pommy defense minister announced to the Commons yesterday some figures. A very big number compared to Aussie experience in WW2 for example.

    The UK defense apparatus is almost as fantastical as the Kyiv Independent.

    Ukraine’s losses will be even larger I suspect, but they have less of a problem getting warm bodies than Russia does, since they can call up previous national service personnel. Ukraine has had compulsory national service for the last 8 years, whereas Russia’s conscription program has been much more limited.

    RUS has over three times the population. The idea that UKR can defeat RUS in a war of attrition is simply beyond words.


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  146. But unless the Poot’s 4D strategy includes selling Russia’s arse to China…

    That may turn out to be a strategy of necessity.

    But it would be a sad denoument to the centuries old debate in Russia about their relatioship with W. Europe.


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  147. The problem I’m highlighting is that negotiations are based on territory gained.

    Sign a deal now and they won’t get their southern corridor or deprive Ukraine of a Black Sea port.

    You can be open to negotiations without restricting yourselves to present gains if you have the upper hand.


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  148. BJ – Long says in WW2 we had 8,904 killed in action and another 1,790 who died of wounds. That’s out of 396,661 who served overseas. Those are the Army figures. Casualties are roughly double when you add in the RAN and RAF. So we had about as many guys serving as both sides current are fielding, and in six years lost a comparable number to what Russia alone has suffered in two months. Says a lot about the incredible lethality of weapons today. You can see why there’s such a push for drones and robotic systems.


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  149. Twitter’s biggest assets, as far as I’m concerned is the speed at which you get breaking news and, when it works as it should, getting easy access to pundits who’s opinions you value.


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  150. Elon Musk slams Twitter’s top lawyer who sobbed after he bought social media network and blasts her for ‘incredibly inappropriate’ censorship of Hunter Biden laptop story

    – Vijaya Gadde, the 48-year-old chief legal officer and general counsel of Twitter, called a virtual meeting with the policy and legal teams she oversees on Monday
    – Gadde wanted to update her team on the implications of Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the company, and ended up breaking down in tears, Politico said
    – Gadde ‘expressed concerns about how the company could change,’ Politico reported, under Musk’s leadership, in which free speech is championed
    – Having joined Twitter in 2011, she has been central in crafting the company’s positions on banning hate speech versus allowing free debate
    – Gadde was instrumental in the decision to ban Donald Trump from the platform in January 2020 on charges of inciting violence


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  151. RUS has over three times the population. The idea that UKR can defeat RUS in a war of attrition is simply beyond words.

    You can’t reduce discussion of this subject to raw numbers in any theatre of war.

    The quality and morale of troops and their ability to be supplied has to be taken into account, as well as morale at home. Plus the defender’s advantage in modern warfare needs to be reckoned with.


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  152. Bruce of Newcastlesays:
    April 27, 2022 at 10:49 am
    BJ – Long says in WW2 we had 8,904 killed in action and another 1,790 who died of wounds. That’s out of 396,661 who served overseas. Those are the Army figures. Casualties are roughly double when you add in the RAN and RAF. So we had about as many guys serving as both sides current are fielding, and in six years lost a comparable number to what Russia alone has suffered in two months.

    You need to add in those who died as PoW, and in accidents (training can be a lethal business, particularly for flyers), and of disease. There are a lot more names on the WW II side of the Reflecting Pool in the AWM than 15,000.

    Have too go out now, I will look up the numbers later.


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  153. The problem I’m highlighting is that negotiations are based on territory gained.

    Sign a deal now and they won’t get their southern corridor or deprive Ukraine of a Black Sea port.

    they will never get the south back. they may keep oddessa if they negotiate now, but blinken won’t let them off while teenage uke can still carry a rifle.


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  154. Oh, this is an interesting development re the operation at Gostomel airport:

    Clint Ehrlich
    @ClintEhrlich
    It’s incredible that U.S. officials are still claiming that Ukraine shot down a Russian IL-76 transport plane.

    This is the new Ghost of Kiev.

    No photos. No video. And they originally claimed it was *multiple* RU transports. Now they say it was one.

    You know, when I had a gander at the Wiki account of this operation, and it was reported that the UKR was mauling the RUS so convincingly, that when they run out of ammo, a Georgian commander jumped in a vehicle and proceeded to run down fleeing enemy soldiers, I surmised that something was really amiss. Sort of like this scene.


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  155. The UK defense apparatus is almost as fantastical as the Kyiv Independent.

    Dover – That too is true, but the Defense Minister has to have some basis for figures officially tabled in the Commons or he’d be in contempt. A subsequent inquiry would reveal if the the UK general staff were lying to the Minister, and that would have very bad consequences for the UK defense and intel communities.

    The UK number is also in line with the apparent accidental release of RGS internal numbers through Komsomolskaya Pravda about a month ago, which I mentioned here.


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  156. “– Having joined Twitter in 2011, she has been central in crafting the company’s positions on banning hate speech versus allowing free debate”

    Yes and Gadde’s definition of hate speech means anything non-progressive. The noose of censorship really started strangling people when she was promoted. And you know there’s something sinister and Orwellian going on when someone like Gadde is described as Twitter’s “moral authority”.


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  157. Another shot in the foot:

    Russia will cut gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria this week because they won’t pay in rubles.

    Both countries maintain that they have abided by their contractual terms.


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  158. You can’t reduce discussion of this subject to raw numbers in any theatre of war.

    The quality and morale of troops and their ability to be supplied has to be taken into account, as well as morale at home. Plus the defender’s advantage in modern warfare needs to be reckoned with.

    Of course, which is why the UKR position is worse than that of RUS.


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