Open Thread – Tuesday 26 April 2022


The Incredulity of Thomas, Caravaggio, 1601-02

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Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 29, 2022 8:21 am
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 29, 2022 8:22 am

Wonderful.

Victoria’s ex-Covid Commander, Jerome Weimar has been gifted a job ‘organising things’ for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

On $500,000 a year.

It’s in the online Hun, from which I can’t link on this device.

Roger
Roger
April 29, 2022 8:22 am

Even Ed made the counterpoint, given relative populations of prisons and parliaments, growing up anywhere there is more chance of going to the former than the later.

I was just going to say…

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 29, 2022 8:24 am

One of life’s experience reality bites is that the Howard government was as good as it gets
Depressing thought, isn’t it?

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 29, 2022 8:26 am

Idle thought on Parliament and jail.
Maybe once elected, all parliamentarians are jailed. They can run their Parliament in jail. After all, they’re mostly crooks who haven’t been caught yet.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 8:26 am

YEP, THAT’S BIDEN’S STAGFLATION THAT JUST ARRIVED

That 1.4 percent contraction in the economy in the first quarter of 2022 represents the first statistical evidence that we’re entering a period of roaring inflation and stagnate growth.

“The trade deficit ballooned massively, due to mushrooming imports. American exports fell by 9.6 percent, while imports went up by 17.7 percent. Economists had predicted a 1 percent economic growth rate, rather than the decline in the economy that actually occurred,” reports Liberty Unyielding’s Hans Bader.

And the cause is clear, according to Bader, who says “the economy is being held back by Biden administration policies that discourage work, reward idleness, and make it harder for companies to attract employees. Biden enacted policies that reduced the size of America’s private-sector workforce and made America less economically competitive.”

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 29, 2022 8:29 am

That $3000 is absolutely certain to convince tradies to buy $70,000 electric microcars instead of cheerful Haval utes for $35,000.

calli
calli
April 29, 2022 8:30 am

From Walk Dali last night:

is also at a juncture where she diesn’t want to get jabbed a third time, having suffered inflammatory reaction which has her hardly able to use her left arm,

Exactly what has happened to me. I am unsure whether it was the contents of the vaxx or the delivery. Whatever it is, good luck having it diagnosed.

The seat of the pain sits smack bang in the deltoid and runs down to the fingers, numbing them and across the shoulder blade. The elbow feels like you’ve hit the funny bone on an anvil.

How long will it last? Who knows. It has been five months so far and no abatement. I’m not putting this on the blog for sympathy (I’ll get precious little 😀 ) but just in case others here or those they know are experiencing the same thing. You are not imagining it.

Indolent
Indolent
April 29, 2022 8:33 am
Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 29, 2022 8:34 am

Excitable Mediterranean Types News:

Italian bloke sees another bloke dumping rubbish on his worksite in Ravenhall, in western Melbourne.

The two blokes are said to have long-standing disagreements.

Italian bloke shoots the other bloke, after hobbling out to confront him with a walking stick in one hand and a .22 handgun in the other. The Italian bloke is 90.

Italian bloke is let off by the court. Excellent.

(The Hun)

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 29, 2022 8:34 am

Sarah Ferguson to repace Leigh Sales.

Can Mrs Snowcone do a Lateline on 7:30?

P
P
April 29, 2022 8:35 am

Over the next couple of months, Sarah Ferguson is packing up and heading home from Washington.
She’ll be in the 7.30 host’s chair from July 4.
ABC

Sarah Ferguson: Hard Chat
Dec 19, 2018

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 29, 2022 8:41 am

Hmm, Jack may be in for a world of hurt.

Twitter Earnings Fall Short as Company Admits Overstating User Numbers (28 Apr)

Social media platform Twitter recently published its earnings report for the first quarter of 2022, falling short of expectations. The Company also admitted it had overstated its daily active users for several years, supposedly by error.

Despite Mueller not finding anything in two years of intense investigation, Trump is currently being pursued by the NY AG creature for supposedly overstating the value of his assets years ago. So if it is consistent it should now also go after Dorsey for forcing Elon to pay many billions too much to buy the company, because of fake inflated user numbers.

Of course the NY AG isn’t going to do that but the Florida and Texas AGs just might.

Vicki
Vicki
April 29, 2022 8:45 am

I’m not putting this on the blog for sympathy (I’ll get precious little ? ) but just in case others here or those they know are experiencing the same thing. You are not imagining it.

I am very sorry to hear that, Calli. These problems seem to puzzle the medical profession – since most that I have heard about remain unresolved.

All the best.

calli
calli
April 29, 2022 8:45 am

Not Walk. Wali.

And I can’t even blame my left hand for the typo.

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
April 29, 2022 8:46 am

Sarah Ferguson to repace Leigh Sales.

Here comes the new toss, same as the old toss.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 29, 2022 8:47 am

On Russian combat deaths:

The Russians have made it a state secret (as has Ukraine), but there’s lots of numbers floating around, and people here seem to have strong views on what the numbers are not – which presumably requires them to have an alternative ‘correct’ number in mind.

All of which suggests an error bar so big that it means ‘nobody knows, but potentially big enough so everyone can have a red hot opinion’.

Serious (but possibly stupid) question: how do militaries estimate enemy casualties/deaths? Is there some tried and tested rule of thumb?

Arky
April 29, 2022 8:49 am

but just in case others here or those they know are experiencing the same thing. You are not imagining it.

..
Don’t jump to conclusions.
My elbow has seized up. Around the same time as everyone else was vaxximg.
Now, if I had vaxxed along with every other idiot, I would be going “The vaxx caused my elbow pain”. But I haven’t vaxxed.
Given the sheer numbers of pains, aches, sprains and general deterioration living critters experience, there will be more cases where it is simply co-incidence.
Which is not to say that the vaxxes don’t have horrible side effects.

Zipster
April 29, 2022 8:49 am

“Where I grew up there was a much better chance of going to jail than going to parliament,” Albanese says

give it time…

calli
calli
April 29, 2022 8:52 am

Vicki, I’m old but physically tough. High pain threshold. The kids take after me too.

This thing is a real bugger. The reactions have been so varied that they conveniently be pinned down to a narrow range. And, of course, many haven’t had any problems at all.

Safe and effective my eye. They are neither.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 8:54 am

callisays:
April 29, 2022 at 8:14 am
“Where I grew up there was a much better chance of going to jail than going to parliament,” Albanese says, after a lengthy discussion about his childhood with a single mother in public housing.

Garbage. I said Camperdown in the 60s was run down, not infested with criminals.

Although, rare as it may be, Albo might be able to achieve both if he tries hard enough. Such a thing is not altogether unknown.

calli,

I was at John’s 62/64 and agree re Camperdown – purchased semi mid 70s egan street Newtown, was slum with external bathroom, found uni student squatters one weekend when we went over to do some work and they became tenants – area then no problems

Zipster
April 29, 2022 8:55 am

is also at a juncture where she diesn’t want to get jabbed a third time, having suffered inflammatory reaction which has her hardly able to use her left arm,

I am slowly coming to the conclusion that the mRNA jabs only cause an muddled allergic reaction, while the virus vector jabs may actually provide some sort of longer term immunity.

the immune system seems to know the difference between a toxin and a virus.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 29, 2022 8:55 am

‘there will be more cases where it is simply co-incidence.’

Well, yes.

I expect this simple and accurate statement to provoke the latest Wordwall of Outrage, though.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
April 29, 2022 8:56 am

The rest of the world burns coal, Australia follows the looney greens to extinction.

The big picture: Global coal-fired power rebounded last year to record levels amid high natural gas prices and economic revival from the pandemic, per the International Energy Agency and data-tracking green group Ember.

And now the crisis in Europe is pushing in the same direction, even as EU leaders hope to speed their clean energy transition.
“Russia’s invasion…turbocharged the coal market, setting off a domino effect that’s leaving power producers scrambling for supply and pushing prices to record levels,” Bloomberg reports.

https://www.axios.com/coal-lots-staying-power-5afe575c-77fc-45bf-988b-10afdbb3d690.html?mc_cid=5f11fc2f25&mc_eid=30fe4a4429

Arky
April 29, 2022 8:57 am

Also: being compelled to get something injected into you that you didn’t want causes stress. Stress causes tension. Tension in muscles. Going around tensed up ready for action all the time causes injuries.
Another reason why compulsion is wrong, the more so over medical treatments.

Zipster
April 29, 2022 8:58 am
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 29, 2022 8:59 am

Soldier arrested after testifying for Ben Roberts-Smith ‘shoved’ cop in midnight confrontation
Perry Duffin
Senior Court Reporter
@perryduffin1
NCA NewsWire
9:05PM April 28, 2022

An SAS witness arrested after testifying for Ben Roberts-Smith was charged with “harming” an officer – now court documents reveal that he allegedly ”tensed up” and ”shoved” a cop when they tried to get his phone.

Court documents seen by The Daily Telegraph reveal Australian Federal Police attended The Marriott Hotel on Sydney‘s Pitt Street late on April 26 to execute a warrant against one of Mr Roberts-Smith’s former SAS squadmates.

The officers were waiting on the soldier‘s floor and approached him just after 11pm, according to the court documents.

Police, in the documents, allege the ex-special forces soldier appeared “intoxicated” and acted in a ”belligerent, unreasonable and aggressive manner”.

The court documents state the SAS veteran, known as Person X, tried to enter the lift to leave the hotel and refused to hand over his phone but police tried to stop him.

“When prevented from entering the lift, to prevent the destruction of evidence being the mobile phone … the accused tensed up, clenched his fist and shoved police to the body,” police allege in the documents.

The documents do not reveal why police suspected Person X would destroy his phone.

Person X was arrested and charged with resisting police and harming an officer – the court documents allege the shove was the assault.

Person X spent the night in custody before finally managing to contact his lawyer on Wednesday morning.

He was released on bail and allowed to fly out of the country to his home in the United States with $10,000 surety.

His case will next be heard in court in June.

The defamation trial launched by Mr Roberts-Smith will continue in the Federal Court in the meantime.

calli
calli
April 29, 2022 8:59 am

Lol, Arky.

The only answer is amputation.

Call me Stumpy. I can pretend it’s a gardening wound. 😀

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 29, 2022 9:00 am

Brett Baier, filling the space left by Chris Wallace’s departure, has a woman from NPR on his comments panel, and puts it to the panel that the treatment of Mayorkas by some congressmen was more hostile than it should have been!

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
April 29, 2022 9:01 am

The Roberts-Smith defamation trial seems to be being conducted simultaneously in the courtroom, in the AFP/NSW briefing room, and on the front page of the dailies.

Anchor What
Anchor What
April 29, 2022 9:01 am

What sort of SAS are we aiming for?
“… acted in a belligerent, unreasonable and aggressive manner”.

Arky
April 29, 2022 9:01 am

The answer is to relax Calli, and be at peace with the decision you made.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 9:04 am

I want 7 Billion Dollars a Month – Ya Don’t have to twist my arm

meanwhile

Biden’s Brain Breaks Yet Again, but What He Managed to Say About Ukraine Is Concerning

Joe Biden seems to be acting like we have a bottomless pit of money to just throw out there for Ukraine. According to the New York Times, in March, Congress approved $13.6 billion to help Ukraine, including $3.5 billion for military aid, $6.9 billion for other aid, and $3 billion for the deployment of our soldiers to the various NATO-allied countries.

Now, Biden is asking for $33 billion more, claiming that what was asked for last month has already been spent. This is out of control.

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 29, 2022 9:07 am

The Roberts-Smith defamation trial seems to be being conducted simultaneously in the courtroom, in the AFP/NSW briefing room, and on the front page of the dailies.

If you can’t get into NIDA the Sydney Courts complex is a good substitute. Keep an eye out for Richo.

Indolent
Indolent
April 29, 2022 9:10 am

Before “the masks finally come off” in WA, I’d like to say out loud that the order for primary school children to cover their faces for fear of an invisible virus has been the last straw for my youngest kid.

Wally, that’s just terrible. I don’t know how people can cope with the deliberate destruction wrought by governments. However, as regards your daughter’s masking, there are a couple of things you could try. She sounds like a very bright child. If she’s terrified of the invisible virus, you could point out all the other invisible things she is ingesting from the mask itself, day in and day out. There are any number of papers out proving the negative effects of masks. Apart from the fact that they don’t actually block the virus, they are utterly unhygienic, a trap for germs and a risk for any number of illnesses up to and including bacterial pneumonia from her warm breath interacting with the accumulated germs on the mask. And that’s not even taking into account the reduced oxygen supply.

Then, if she’s still listening, you could start on the philosophical aspects, such as freedom of choice, personal decision making, bodily autonomy, informed consent, propaganda as a weapon of control etc. There’s plenty of information around and perhaps some of it could open her eyes to the fact that governments do not always act in our best interests and a bit of critical thinking is required before swallowing what they dish out.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 29, 2022 9:13 am

Stiff upper lip calli.
Only 12-42 months to go.

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
April 29, 2022 9:15 am

‘Call me Stumpy.’

You’ll have to fight Delta for that one.

cohenite
April 29, 2022 9:16 am

Some memes. Not bad

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 29, 2022 9:18 am

acted in a belligerent, unreasonable and aggressive manner”.

Story that reached my ears was that there had been a few drinks , to celebrate a good day in court..

calli
calli
April 29, 2022 9:21 am

be at peace with the decision you made.

Oh. Okay.

calli
calli
April 29, 2022 9:22 am

Off to Curtin Springs today. I might actually get to see a red Rock. Last time it was pouring.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 29, 2022 9:24 am

There was an article I bookmarked on uselessness of masks a couple days ago.

More Evidence That Masks Don’t Work | Power Line (29 Apr)

With airports and airplanes now liberated, masks are becoming a rarity. That is a good thing, as there was never any substantial evidence that masks work. This study of 35 European countries during the period from October 1 2020 to March 31, 2021, when the second covid wave passed through that continent, could put the last nail in the mask coffin.

The study plotted the percentage of mask compliance in each country against covid cases and deaths. The author evidently expected to demonstrate the utility of masks, but was disappointed:

Hinderaker gives credit to the author who admitted the data showed exactly opposite of what he expected. Not only masks didn’t work but there was a weak correlation with making covid infection more likely. Whether that is due to complacency or a wharehousing effect or something I don’t know. But pretty much it’s sufficient to say they do basically nothing against the virus.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 9:25 am

CDC Releases Figures on the Total Number of Americans Who Contracted COVID

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a rough count of how many Americans have contracted COVID so far. The most deadly and vicious pandemic, according to liberals and mask N@zis, has infected 60 percent of the US population. That also means we’re all dead too. Not really, but after months of liberal COVID hysterics—you’d think the Andromeda Strain had struck the country. Wear 10 masks at a time, stay inside, stay 1456 feet apart, and get 45600 shots. Also, if you’re bank account holds a particular balance, the virus won’t infect you. We’ve seen that with the multiple rich, fat cat Democrats who have been caught maskless eating out with their liberal friends. With regards to children, 75 percent have contracted the virus. Yet, we’re still pushing vaccination as a national security priority.

Look, I’ve been vaccinated and boosted, but the CDC’s own figures show that the horse has long left the barn here regarding preventing infection. Also, the shot doesn’t do that. If you want it, take it. If not, go about your business. This is America; you can roll the dice (via People):

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 29, 2022 9:26 am

Re the sand crisis: there’s always Western Australia around Perth.

Indolent
Indolent
April 29, 2022 9:26 am
Zipster
April 29, 2022 9:27 am

Joe Biden seems to be acting like we have a bottomless pit of money to just throw out there for Ukraine. According to the New York Times, in March, Congress approved $13.6 billion to help Ukraine, including $3.5 billion for military aid, $6.9 billion for other aid, and $3 billion for the deployment of our soldiers to the various NATO-allied countries.

if even 30% of this actually ends up being used as required rather than being soaked up by the kleptocracies it will be a miracle

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
April 29, 2022 9:27 am
Perplexed of Brisbane
Perplexed of Brisbane
April 29, 2022 9:29 am

Anchor Whatsays:
April 29, 2022 at 9:01 am
What sort of SAS are we aiming for?
“… acted in a belligerent, unreasonable and aggressive manner”.

You could argue that he acted with great restraint, even under the influence. There could have been severely injured AFP, or worse.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 29, 2022 9:29 am

In Swanonomics news:

Power prices a ‘consequence of Coalition’s war against renewables’: Swan

New figures from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) show the price of wholesale electricity has more than doubled in one year, placing added pressure on families already struggling with the increasing cost-of-living.

According to ALP national president Wayne Swan, surging power costs are the result of the “Coalition’s war against renewables”.

“Electricity prices are higher because cheaper renewables are not moving into the system as quickly as they should be doing so,” he told Today.

Not quite what AEMO is saying.

Decoding AEMO; the biggest culprits:

1) unplanned outages at coal fired power stations, which resulted in less $60/MWh electricity being bid into a $150/MWh summer market; and

2) more high-priced gas being used in inefficient open-cycle turbines to back up non-performing renewables.

Swan Stupidity is hardly newsworthy.
But the open mouthed acceptance of his election dribble is a neon-lit signpost on Australia’s road to ruin.

The Bandt-Abronese Government will be spinning the ‘Morrison’s Fault’ line when east coast Australia goes brown in 2024.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 9:32 am

Stagflation is staring Biden in the face — but he refuses to change course

First we were told inflation was imaginary. Then we were told it was “transitory,” the result of COVID-inflicted supply-chain problems. Then we were told it was Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fault.

Now people are starting to admit the massive runaway spending of the Biden era has something to do with it. But we’re also facing stagflation, a mixture of inflation and slow growth, and the government also plays a role in turning inflation into stagflation.

We’re seeing it everywhere, from soaring food and gasoline costs to a housing “bubble” that looks more like inflationary pricing to increases in rents and automobile prices and just about everything else. The latest figures, meanwhile, show that the economy shrank 1.4% last quarter, making it the worst since the pandemic’s start; economists had expected 1.1% growth.

shatterzzz
April 29, 2022 9:40 am

“Where I grew up there was a much better chance of going to jail than going to parliament,” Albanese says, after a lengthy discussion about his childhood with a single mother in public housing.
The one good thing to come out of this statement is .. Thank God it was Camperdown! .. if he’d grown up, houso, where I raised 4 kids that’s just be the preface with 542 pages to go .. LOL!

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 29, 2022 9:41 am

It’s amusing that Swan thinks wind and solar reduce the cost of electricity when in every country where they’ve been employed widely the cost has gone up not down. Maybe he thinks renewables haven’t been tried correctly yet, like socialism.

Frank
Frank
April 29, 2022 9:46 am

Pauline Hanson’s Please Explain, Episode 24 “Please Explain Voter Fraud”

They gave Penny wong a conspicuous bulge in the pants the sick bastards.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 9:47 am

rosiesays:
April 29, 2022 at 9:27 am
how can anyone who lost their job in hospitality because of Covid now not get another?

Annette Formosa (right) says not being able to give her daughter Hannah what she wants hurts

Annette Formosa never thought she would need to rely on her local community in Sydney’s western suburbs to ensure there was enough food on the table.

But now, she can’t think of a world where that help doesn’t exist.

“We’ll starve. There will be no food,” Ms Formosa told the ABC.

The cost of living crisis being experienced by many Australians isn’t lost on Ms Formosa; it’s her every day.

She lost her job in hospitality last year due to Sydney’s COVID-19 Delta outbreak.

Neither of those 2 look like they are starving?

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 9:55 am

White House Refuses to Define Success in Ukraine, But Want U.S. Taxpayers to Donate $33 Billion More Toward it

Yes, this actually happened today. During her press briefing Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House doesn’t want to “define what success in Ukraine looks like,” but demands U.S. taxpayers to give them another $33 billion toward it.

A few moments later Psaki admits the money will be spent subsidizing not only Ukraine, but NATO allies who are suffering the results of inflation.

Psaki stated the Biden demand for more money “is not all for Ukraine, it’s also for some of our Eastern European partners and others to help support them during this time as well.” Wait, now we are paying to subsidize the economy of EU countries while our own economy is contracting?

Seriously, the scale of this hubris is blood boiling. First, they cannot tell us what success consists of, but give us money anyway.

The first segment to watch happens at 18:15 of the video, WATCH (prompted):

At 42:15 of the video, Psaki is asked directly why should the U.S. taxpayer be stuck paying for the pensions of Ukraine politicians? Psaki responds by saying ‘that’s who we are.” WATCH (prompted)

Roger
Roger
April 29, 2022 9:58 am

Serious (but possibly stupid) question: how do militaries estimate enemy casualties/deaths? Is there some tried and tested rule of thumb?

Former Brisbane restaurateur and sometime geurilla commander in the Vietnam war, US Colonel David Hackworth, maintained that enemy weapons recovered after action was the most reliable indicator of casualites. The CIA came to agree. Easier to do in small scale operations than large scale, though.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 10:02 am

White House NSA Organizes Security Summit With 50 Nation Peers to Discuss Future of the Internet

What could possibly go wrong when the National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, organizes a “minister level launch of the Declaration for the Future of the Internet.” Put more succinctly, that would be 50 nation intelligence ministers getting together to decide what they will permit on the internet.

Apparently, a collective partner rule book is forthcoming. Big Tech will be given specific instructions on how to comply.

The global rulebook on how to handle, define and eliminate ‘disinformation’, ‘misinformation’ and ‘malinformation’ on the world-wide internet.

Sounds like satire, but it’s totally legit.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 10:13 am

Is President Biden OK?

Presented with no comment…

Roger
Roger
April 29, 2022 10:14 am

guerilla

Roger
Roger
April 29, 2022 10:17 am

Joe Biden Asks Congress for $33 Billion More for Ukraine to Fund Their Government Salaries, Pensions and Budget Obligations

“…a passionate attachment of one nation [to] another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists…betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification.”

President George Washington, Farewell Address

The US has drifted a long way from its foundational moorings.

lotocoti
lotocoti
April 29, 2022 10:19 am

Chermany to the rescue.
Looks like they think it’s going to be a long war if they believe the Ukies will have time to train up on the Gepard.
Maybe they should’ve dug up some Furniture Vans.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 10:23 am

The Halderman McGuffin Money-shot

Res ipso loquitor. “The thing speaks for itself.”

Behold the “Halderman Initial Declaration” of J. Alex Halderman, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Michigan. Submitted in a federal court in Georgia on August 7, 2018 in the Curling v. Raffensberger election case, and thereafter sealed there by Federal Judge Amy Totenberg (yet recently supplied to me {83 Pages)} explicitly in my capacity as a journalist at and publisher of DeepCapture.com, this website, whose journalistic excellence won numerous awards voted on by the public at large in 2008-2009).

Patrick Byrne: Curling v. Raffensperger and the Halderman MacGuffin

Dr. Alex Halderman is a Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Director of the Center for Computer Security and Society at the University of Michigan. He is, in short, a Professor of Dolphin-Speech, with focus on hacking. Halderman is no fan of Donald Trump, and from his public statements I would surmise that his politics are normal academic Lefty, but intellectually honest normal academic Lefty.

Halderman’s report shows that hacking these machines is easy, so “Georgia voters face an extreme risk that [ballot marking device]-based attacks could manipulate their individual votes and alter election outcomes.” And Georgia will not catch it if it happens. The same is true of 16 other states using these systems. That is highly concerning. Unless a Republican says the same thing, in which case it is a conspiracy theory. So when the judge suppresses the best information our country has about an issue of national self-determination, it is not actually suppression, it is “stopping a conspiracy theory”. Because a Republican said it. And the real problem with letting citizens know that votes can be manipulated and election outcomes altered… is that conservatives might use that knowledge to “undermine the validity of elections in the minds of conservatives” (though why an election in which votes are manipulated and outcomes altered has “validity” is considered something so obvious the Daily Beast need not address it).

Is this starting to seem strange to anyone else?

cohenite
April 29, 2022 10:28 am

Indolentsays:
April 29, 2022 at 9:29 am
Biden blasted for policing free speech with ‘dystopian’ disinformation bureau

Bongino begins his program addressing this; if it was not so serious it would be comical: the fact is the would be tyrants of the planet are fucking idiots:

rosie
rosie
April 29, 2022 10:48 am
Winston Smith
April 29, 2022 10:49 am

ZK2A:

My grandfather once said that the Labor Party was made up of three classes of men – those who had been in gaol, those who were in gaol, and those who should be in gaol…

One day, those criminals who are Australia’s mafia, will be telling their stories in front of a Court that has a fleet of helicopters to hand for sentencing.
Leftists never seem to get it, but after every Revolution comes the purge, and not every revolution goes to the left side of politics. Sometimes when Loranorder breaks down, it breaks to the right.

Zipster
April 29, 2022 10:52 am
Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
April 29, 2022 10:54 am

Levity courtesy of Westprint Maps.

Friday Funnies

TOOLS EXPLAINED

DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, ‘Oh sh1t!’

DROP SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle… It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.

VICE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting on fire various flammable objects in your shop. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.

TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.

HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

BAND SAW: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminium sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge.

TWO-TON ENGINE HOIST: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips head screws.

STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.

PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50-cent part.

HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short.

HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent the object we are trying to hit.

UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, refund cheques, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in use.

ADJUSTABLE WRENCH: aka “Another hammer”, aka “the Swedish Nut Lathe”, aka “Crescent Wrench”. A commonly used as a one size fits all wrench, usually results in rounding off nut heads before the use of pliers. Will randomly adjust size between bolts, resulting in busted buckles, curse words, and multiple threats to any inanimate objects within the immediate vicinity.

A SON OF A B1TCH TOOL: Any handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling ‘SON OF A B1TCH!’ at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

Right after take-off, a pilot comes on the microphone to welcome his passengers. “Thank you for flying with us. The weather is …” Then he suddenly starts screaming while still on the mike, “Oh my gosh, it’s burning! It’s burning!

Then there was silence. A few seconds later, the pilot comes back on and says, “I’m terribly sorry about that. I spilled some hot coffee on my lap … You should see my pants!”

A voice from the back of the plane yells, “Why don’t you come here and see ours?”

A man walked into a hardware store and picked up a can of fly spray.

Is this good for wasps?” he asks the assistant.

To which she replies, “No, it kills them.”

It was a baby mosquito’s first day to fly out from home.

When the mosquito came back home later that day, the father mosquito asked, “How was your journey?”

The baby mosquito replied, “It went great, everyone was clapping for me!”

Zipster
April 29, 2022 10:56 am
Tom
Tom
April 29, 2022 11:17 am

The latest, desperate act of the loony American left, its puppet presidency and its de facto Democratic Party bureaucracy is to invent an armed ministry of truth inside the Department of Homeland Security. The good news is that it’s staffed by buffoons. Tucker Carlson Tonight.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 29, 2022 11:23 am

Mac Siccar, we’ve all been there. Then there is my wife who can break anything indestructible. Something only ever works the way she wants it to or it never works again. Learnt of her mum. She came to visit for a couple of weeks, 3 irons with broken handles later. I thought they survived the drop from the ironing board to the floor, but no it seems I was wrong.

Big_Nambas
Big_Nambas
April 29, 2022 11:24 am

But but but renewables are cheaper and prices will fall, and yes I believe in Santa and the Tooth fairy.

Wholesale power prices soared 141 per cent, year on year, and households should brace for more

Zipster
April 29, 2022 11:26 am
Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

Sarah Ferguson to repace Leigh Sales.

I’ll never know if this is false or true.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 29, 2022 11:31 am

Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles tests positive to COVID-19 as Anthony Albanese emerges from isolation

On average, things just got slightly less worse for Labor.

By my algebra, the Labor desperately needs to pick up 3 seats in WA to form government in its own right.

One less complete fuck-head at the formal ALP campaign launch is probably a good thing for Team Albo.

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 29, 2022 11:35 am

Is the end of Western Australia’s mask mandate reason to celebrate or cause for anxiety?

Neither – it should be the impetus to make those who imposed it swing from lamp-posts so their successors never dare try this shit again.

Of course, we will fervently thank our overlords for loosening the shackles a bit, and nod earnestly while they inform us that the shackles are subject to tightening again at their sole discretion. Also, we should probably think about what they want us to do and just do it without being told. Then they won’t have to correct us. It hurts them more than it hurts us, remember.

Tom
Tom
April 29, 2022 11:43 am

Everything we’re seeing globally – galloping inflation and looming recession – is a direct result of the 2020 US presidential election. People didn’t vote for what is happening now. The US is now run vindictive hyper-moralists who haven’t a clue about the real world, including economics. Rigged elections have consequences.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 29, 2022 11:45 am

As US credibility sinks under the weight of political corruption, China nuzzles up to its other BFF:

Chinese Defense Minister’s Iran trip to help lift military ties to ‘unprecedented’ level

During the meeting on Wednesday, Raisi called for expanding the areas of cooperation between the two countries and strengthening all-round cooperation, including in the military field. After the meeting, they reached consensuses on expanding high-level strategic communication, deepening military exchanges and conducting joint exercises and personnel trainings, Xinhua reported.

Iran, which opposes unilateralism, hegemonism and external interference, firmly supports China in safeguarding its core interests…

Enough bullshit to choke a brown dog. But, nonetheless, Team Xi is setting the pieces up.

Nobody needs to pretend any more.

Winston Smith
April 29, 2022 11:46 am

Vicki:

I am very sorry to hear that, Calli. These problems seem to puzzle the medical profession – since most that I have heard about remain unresolved.

And yet, the answer is obvious to many of us…
Perhaps their minds are too highly trained?

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 29, 2022 11:48 am

Sarah Ferguson to repace Leigh Sales.

Keep an eye on suicide figures. Mrs Snowcone sucks my will to live through the screen. Having Snowcone opposite me over the breakfast cereal would be the final straw.

Winston Smith
April 29, 2022 11:50 am

ZK2A:

An SAS witness arrested after testifying for Ben Roberts-Smith was charged with “harming” an officer – now court documents reveal that he allegedly ”tensed up” and ”shoved” a cop when they tried to get his phone.

Anyone who doubts we are living in a thugocracy is fooling themselves.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 29, 2022 11:55 am

And yet, the answer is obvious to many of us…
Perhaps their minds are too highly trained?

Very hard to get someone to see something if, by seeing it, they lose their highly paid job.

Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

An SAS witness arrested after testifying for Ben Roberts-Smith was charged with “harming” an officer – now court documents reveal that he allegedly ”tensed up” and ”shoved” a cop when they tried to get his phone.

If this bloke lives in the US & flew in just to give evidence in court, then flew home again….
… what was the search warrant pretending to be looking for?

They cornered the in the hotel lift, after he got a skinful, & demanded* he hand over his phone. He objected & got arrested.

The pretext for the search warrant won’t have actually been: To find out what is in his mobile phone/laptop and to provoke him into getting himself arrested.

*The demand for his phone will have been simultaneously physical & provocative, in addition to verbal. Deliberately so.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 29, 2022 12:04 pm

China to drop coal import tariffs

China will cut coal import tariffs to zero from 1 May 2022-31 March 2023, the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council has announced today.

The move aims to reduce import costs as Beijing enhances efforts to strengthen energy supply security.

Translation: the Chinese economy rooted by soaring input energy prices, teetering on the edge of zero growth – just before Helmsman Xi puts in his bid for a third term.

Watch this space.

Winston Smith
April 29, 2022 12:16 pm

Old Ozzie:

“We’ll starve. There will be no food,” Ms Formosa told the ABC.

The pair of them are OBESE FFS.

rosie
rosie
April 29, 2022 12:21 pm

Another sign
Home-made
‘Save our future vote liberals out’
What? 2050 we’ll all be dead?
Outside the two million plus replacement architectural flat roof mansion in a leafy.
I hope the Party for the Upper Middle aka Greens push through an annual property tax and remove the cgt exemption for the over 2 million home demo.

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 29, 2022 12:30 pm

Turn

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OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 12:32 pm

JONATHAN TURLEY – Res ipsa loquitur – The thing itself speaks

Garland Stonewalls Questions about a Special Counsel Despite New Evidence Tied to President Biden

Attorney General Merrick Garland continued to refuse to address questions over his refusal to appoint a Special Counsel in the Hunter Biden investigation despite new evidence tying President Joe Biden to the controversial business deals. The New York Post is reporting that President Biden agreed to cover more than $800,000 in bills of Hunter, including legal fees tied to the foreign deals. While President Biden’s denial of knowledge of Hunter’s deals has been repeatedly contradicted (including by Hunter himself), White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declared that President Biden stands by his denials. However, she declined to explain new information showing that a key business partner in these deals visited the White House over a dozen times, including at least one meeting with then Vice President Biden.

The New York Post shows that on Jan. 17, 2019, Hunter Biden’s then-personal assistant, Katie Dodge told accountant Linda Shapero that Joe Biden was covering the legal costs. The email states “I spoke with Hunter today regarding his bills. It is my understanding that Hunt’s dad will cover these bills in the short-term as Hunter transitions in his career.”

What may be even more damaging is the the new disclosure that Hunter Biden’s business partner, Eric Schwerin, made at least 19 visits to the White House and other official locations between 2009 and 2015. Schwerin was the president of Rosemont Seneca, one of the key firms involved in the alleged influence peddling schemes.

We have previously discussed the various references to the President in these emails. Indeed, it is impossible to look into these allegations of influence peddling without repeatedly running into references to the President.

Given this mounting evidence, the position of Attorney General Garland has gone from dubious to ridiculous in evading the issue of a special counsel appointment. He continues to refuse to acknowledge these conflicts with the President. In a hearing yesterday, Garland again refused to address the issue, even discussing what it would take to warrant the appointment of a special counsel. There is no reason why he cannot answer such legal questions without getting into the evidence produced in Delaware.

Kneel
Kneel
April 29, 2022 12:34 pm

“Albo’s log cabin
A council house on an invalid pension.
We was poor but we was happy.”

Which only goes to show that “You will own nothing and you’ll be happy” might work, right? Right?
Makes serfect pense.

We woz so poor we koodn’t afford a fire – dad would suck a peppermint and we’d all sit around his tongue.

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 29, 2022 12:36 pm

Our neighbours are Ukrainian. They’ve suddenly become very patriotic (not that I blame them for this). There’s now a proliferation of Ukraine flags, bumper stickers, blue and yellow ribbons etc around their place and on their stuff. They even painted their kid’s scooter blue and yellow.

I’m tempted to plant a few Russian flags around the place, just to be a prick. Or maybe paint some things red, white and blue. If they complain, I’ll tell em I’m a Francophile and I’m celebrating the recent election. Just to be absolutely clear, maybe I’ll put this nice photo up somewhere prominent, too. And this one as well. Vive la France!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 12:38 pm

Why Russia’s economy is holding on, despite sanctions

With oil exports strong in April, Russian President Vladimir Putin manages to avoid economic ruin while hammering Ukraine.

Despite predictions of doom for the heavily sanctioned Russian economy, nearly two months into Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine his country’s oil exports to Europe and nations such as India and Turkey have actually risen, and its financial sector has so far avoided a serious liquidity crisis.

Sanctions may work in the long run, experts say, but for now many of the same countries that are sanctioning Russia are still seriously undercutting their efforts by buying energy from it – in some cases in even larger amounts during April than in March.

“Putin is continuing to make at least a billion dollars a day selling oil and gas, and the lion’s share is from Europe,” says Edward Fishman, a former Europe specialist at the US State Department. “Individual European countries are sending military assistance to Ukraine but it’s dwarfed by payments they’re making to Russia for oil and gas.”

Despite Western restrictions on Russia’s financial sector, oil exports are up to 3.6 million barrels a day in April, compared with 3.3 million barrels a day the month before, says Matt Smith of Kpler, a firm that tracks oil cargo ships. “The big takeaway is that Russian crude oil exports are actually higher so far this month than they were last month,” Smith says. “It’s surprising.”

– ‘Record pace’ for Russian oil shipments
– Gas continues to flow
– Economic crisis

In a recent interview with Der Spiegel, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz suggested that Berlin couldn’t afford to cut off Russian supplies anytime soon, saying an embargo on Russian gas not only wouldn’t end the Ukraine war but could lead to “a dramatic economic crisis, the loss of millions of jobs and of factories that would never open again”.

He added: “This would have major consequences for our country, for all of Europe, and it would also severely affect the financing of Ukraine’s reconstruction. As such, it is my responsibility to say: we cannot allow that to happen.”

– Contracting economy
– Divided international response
– Economic distress in the West

As JPMorgan analyst Natasha Kaneva said this week, eliminating Russian oil is going to cause every bit of the economic pain that Germany and other EU nations fear, possibly driving up prices by about 65 per cent from about $US110 to $US185 a barrel.

That could be devastating to economies such as Germany’s, which gets 25 per cent of its oil and 40 per cent of its gas from Russia. Not surprisingly, Berlin has led the fence-sitting over the energy issue.

– Long-term isolation

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 12:41 pm

Michael Sussmann Evidentiary Hearing: The Transcript

And – more info on the investigation into Rodney Joffe

Yesterday, April 27, there was a pre-trial hearing in the Michael Sussmann case relating to various evidentiary issues. For the uninitiated, Sussmann a former Perkins Coie partner, and former attorney for the DNC/Clinton Campaign (and Rodney Joffe), has been charged by Special Counsel John Durham with providing false statements to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in the fall of 2016. Here is more background on his indictment.

We have the full transcript of yesterday’s hearing (link at the bottom).

Here are some of the most notable disclosures:

The Special Counsel’s “ongoing investigation” into Rodney Joff

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 12:45 pm

Mounting U.S. Debt and Misguided Foreign Policy Risk a Dollar Doomsday

The U.S. dollar is getting perilously close to losing its status as the world’s reserve currency, and there is less room than ever for error on the international stage. Blunders in U.S. foreign policy are likely to have more harmful effects on both our allies and our enemies than in the past given the sorry record of the Biden administration. Should the U.S. dollar be knocked out of its position as the reserve currency, hell would break lose across global markets.

With recent memories of Biden’s humiliating and bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, there is less confidence in the reliability of the United States from our allies, and far less respect and fear of the United States from our enemies. It’s self-evident that the powers behind Biden favor prolonging the Russia-Ukraine war, rather than promoting an expedient end to hostilities, because the ongoing conflict dominates U.S. media and diverts Americans’ attention away from disastrous domestic policies and breaking high-stakes scandals and prosecutions of Democrats and their deep state operatives.

The blame for the Russian-Ukraine war lies with both Russia and the United States and NATO countries. When the Soviet Union broke up in 1991 and Ukraine gained its independence and agreed to dismantle the nuclear arsenal that the USSR had deployed there in the Cold War years, it was understood that Ukraine would remain a neutral country, and that was formalized in the Budapest Agreement of 1994.

Ukrainian instability over the last eight years has had three major causes:

bons
bons
April 29, 2022 12:49 pm

SBS ‘World Watch’ coming on 23 May.
Perfectly timed to permit Australia’s newly elected CCP owners a preconfigured tax payer funded communist news channel.
Well planned SBS. Now get rid of the token whitey stuff. CCP Watch, NITV and he Upper Volta Third Division Soccer Championship is all that’s needed in former Australia.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 29, 2022 12:49 pm

Caught a bit of some quizling/ lickspittle/ girly man/ newhalf on their ABCcess this morning mewling and puking its progressive credentials (yes it claimed to be a proud progressive) and getting all hurty feelings when it was accused of not being progressive enough.

The name of this Greens/Teal/ALP member?

Josh Friedchickenburger.

But hey, by all means hold your nose and vote for this chap who claimed the Canberra poo punchers party legislation was a great moment in politics.
At least hes not Labour!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 12:53 pm

Matt Kean won’t wait for Canberra

As his federal Coalition colleagues threaten to splinter over the path to net zero emissions, NSW Liberal Treasurer and Energy Minister Matt Kean is clear: the state is going there anyway, and consumers will benefit.

It’s a view that has brought friction with Canberra, and which threatens to drive a bigger wedge into the fracturing National Electricity Market.

Kean goes so far as to assert that for NSW’s journey in the energy transition, it makes little difference which party wins the May 21 election.

“From our perspective it doesn’t matter who’s in government, because we’ve got very clear plans and policies here in New South Wales that are in the interests of New South Wales taxpayers, and the families and businesses that operate here,” he says.

“We’ll work with whoever sits in the federal parliament to make sure we get the best outcome for the public.”

“This is not just a play for our environment, this is a major strategic economic play to underwrite the future prosperity of our state and our nation,” he says.

Preparing for reality

“Today, half of the world’s wealth is being created in jurisdictions that have committed to net zero, so those markets that have previously underwritten our state’s prosperity are changing, and we want to make sure we’re well-placed to take advantage of those global megatrends in a way that will create jobs, drive investment into New South Wales and underwrite prosperity like the state’s never seen before.”

On coal power in NSW, Kean has been sanguine about the early closure of Origin Energy’s huge Eraring generator on the Central Coast, in contrast to his sharply critical federal colleague Angus Taylor, who voiced “bitter disappointment” and blasted Kean as “delusional” in his plan to rely heavily on a 700 MW battery to replace it.

‘We have a plan’

Raising pulses across the sector, however, is the surge in wholesale power prices this year, which has worsened since late March as AGL Energy went ahead with the long-scheduled closure of the first of four units at its Liddell coal station in the Hunter Valley, just as Victorian generation was disrupted by technical problems.

‘We can’t sit and wait’

But it’s coming at the cost of the National Electricity Market, which is struggling with proposed reforms and with the impact of the rapidly changing energy mix on the grid.

Kean says he “believes in” the NEM but acknowledges “it’s certainly very hard” to make it work as the states push forward faster on the transition.

He is more ebullient about the future for green hydrogen, and for other technologies such as green steel that should set up the state and its major industries for the future. NSW’s work in that area is being advised by a Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board, announced in December and chaired by former Energy Security Board chair Kerry Schott.

Kneel
Kneel
April 29, 2022 12:53 pm

“Great to see some of those on the right such as Shapiro and James Woods suddenly picking up big numbers of new Twitter subscribers.”

As well as the large number of leftists like Obama losing followers.

Seems odd, dunnit? Almost like they are furiously taking down the shadow bans, removing bots etc and destroying the evidence of it so Elon won’t disclose what they did.
Oops – people already noticed.
Seems like the CODE is frozen, but the PARAMETERS files are not. Hopefully Elon took a snap-shot of that too, and hid it away.If so, that might be somewhat embarrassing later on…

Lysander
Lysander
April 29, 2022 12:55 pm

Has anyone ever taken their ABC to task over their employment procedures?

They’re always just shape shifting (I mean seat shifting) from one abc role to another? Do they actually advertise? Do they have to? You would think* any public sector organisation would have to follow some pretty stringent hiring practices???

(*think not always being the case for Anyone But Conservatives)

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 29, 2022 12:55 pm

Sanctions may work in the long run, experts say, but for now many of the same countries that are sanctioning Russia are still seriously undercutting their efforts by buying energy from it – in some cases in even larger amounts during April than in March.

Russia has been preparing for sanctions for years. It also helps if the countries sanctioning you need what you’re selling much more than you need them as buyers. This was all eminently foreseeable and many commentators have been making these very points since things started kicking off again in the Donbass last year, and the US started issuing threats of sanctions if Russia didn’t do what it was told.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 12:57 pm

Electricity bills on the rise in Queensland, NSW

Power users in Queensland and NSW are staring down the barrel of sharply higher wholesale electricity prices than their neighbours in the south will pay after retail prices are reset mid-year.

The latest quarterly report from the country’s energy market operator shows that a lack of transmission meant the big states that are more dependent on black coal power were unable to take advantage of cheaper power from renewable sources in the south.

This means power users in those states are facing higher electricity bills because black coal prices have soared amid a global energy crunch, a scenario which threatens to add to rising inflation and stoke concern about cost-of-living struggles.

The extent to which the mid-year price increases for retail and small business customers reflect the huge spike in wholesale prices in Queensland and NSW will depend partly on the level of hedging each retailer has in place. Very large power users whose prices more closely follow the wholesale market may already be paying more.

Labor’s Rewiring the Nation policy centres on a $20 billion low-cost loan scheme, which it estimates would unlock $58 billion of private co-financing in assets to help deliver net zero emissions by 2050.

Increasing transmission lines would bring soaring amounts of renewable energy generation onto the country’s National Electricity Market, most likely reducing wholesale prices. But customers would endure the costs of building the infrastructure through taxes and components of their bills.

Lysander
Lysander
April 29, 2022 12:59 pm

The way I think of “Net Zero” being a Greens’ invention, and given how much they hate humanity, is that “net zero” means “we want you to stop breathing?” We are carbon based beings and we expel that deadly planet-killing CO2 with every breath!

duncanm
duncanm
April 29, 2022 1:02 pm

Cassie of Sydneysays:
April 28, 2022 at 9:51 pm
“I am told this morning that Apple and Google will remove Twitter from the App Store if it does not moderate and remove hate speech under @ElonMusk.”

This reeks of desperation. They did this with Parler. But Musk is a different kettle of fish and I don’t think he’ll take any of these threats from progressive scum lying down.

yup – it ‘aint going to work with musk.

He’s a vertical integrator – just look at what he’s had to do with Tesla and the gigafactories.

Pop it on F-droid, chuck them some money, and he’s done.

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
April 29, 2022 1:04 pm

To anticipate the weekend, a bit of light relief from BBC Scotland (which is obviously free of the political correctness of ‘our’ ABC) taking aim at the apology industry:

Old Lefty
Old Lefty
April 29, 2022 1:06 pm

Sorry, link didn’t work

https://fb.watch/cyez5ZHpQQ/

bons
bons
April 29, 2022 1:06 pm

I am indulging in a serious toddler sulk session.
I still have the coof and I am pissed off.
Nothing like being sick in another country staying in someone else’s house.
My incredibly generous and cheerful landlord has returned from the rigs for his six off. He just informed me that my two visits to the local NHS Clinic will bankrupt me. He was actually amazed that they saw me and allowed me to sniff their O2.
He is still promising a couple of days trail ride up to the high lochs. I can’t see that happening but it is a nice thought.
Priority one in the short term is convince Daughter, who is also bugged, that she has not murdered the old man. Well, not yet anyway.
Travel expands the ……….

Boambee John
Boambee John
April 29, 2022 1:06 pm

NSW’s work in that area is being advised by a Net Zero Emissions and Clean Economy Board, announced in December and chaired by former Energy Security Board chair Kerry Schott.

THis Kerry Schott? Clearly has a deep understanding of electrical engineering. //sarc

Schott graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with first class Honours from the University of New England, undertook a Masters of Arts at the University of British Columbia, and a doctorate in pure mathematics at Nuffield College, Oxford.[1][3]

Career
Her early career included investment banking for Deutsche Bank and Whitlam Turnbull.[4]

Lysander
Lysander
April 29, 2022 1:07 pm
Lysander
Lysander
April 29, 2022 1:10 pm
thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 29, 2022 1:13 pm

Having a chat with an unnamed health professional in Filth (formerly Perth), he had a good laugh at my ‘bodies lying in the streets today” line.

Also is the ABC secretly taking the piss with its photos?

As a result of COVID-19, more people are experiencing food insecurity — and community services are stepping in to help

We’ll starve. There will be no food,” Ms Formosa told the ABC.

Then check the picture they have in the story…

Lysander
Lysander
April 29, 2022 1:14 pm

FM, I don’t “frequent” their ABC as I do not give them the gratitude of getting a “hit” from my visit but I’m guessing obesity?

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 29, 2022 1:18 pm

Lysandersays:
April 29, 2022 at 1:14 pm

Some large bones, the size seldom seen since the comet hit.

rosie
rosie
April 29, 2022 1:19 pm

I linked that ABC story on the previous page.
No doubt at all the ABC is being deadly serious.

Lysander
Lysander
April 29, 2022 1:20 pm

Some large bones, the size seldom seen since the comet hit.

LOL!!!! FMD they’re idiots.

Carpe Jugulum
Carpe Jugulum
April 29, 2022 1:24 pm

but I’m guessing obesity?

Chubsters with bingo wings

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 29, 2022 1:28 pm

The latest quarterly report from the country’s energy market operator shows that a lack of transmission meant the big states that are more dependent on black coal power were unable to take advantage of cheaper power from renewable sources in the south.

Inverting: its not just for air conditioners anymore.

The subsidies however flow south at a great rate, while the carbon penalties flow upstream without hinderance.

Rabz
April 29, 2022 1:29 pm

Also is the ALPBC secretly taking the piss with its photos?
“We’ll starve. There will be no food,” Ms Formosa told the ALPBC.

Two possibilities – someone at the ALPBC actually possesses a sense of humour, or, they’re such tin eared tone deaf z-grade idiots that it never even occurred to them how ridiculous using that photo would appear.

My money’s on the latter.

Kneel
Kneel
April 29, 2022 1:33 pm

“Then check the picture they have in the story…”

Yep – western nations, where even the homeless are obese.
A bit of starvation might make it easier to get into shape.
Hey, isn’t “round” a shape? 🙂

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 29, 2022 1:39 pm

My money’s on the latter.

As is mine, Squire.

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 29, 2022 1:46 pm

Following on from this article:
Is the end of Western Australia’s mask mandate reason to celebrate or cause for anxiety?

Sam Connor, who has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, which makes her particularly vulnerable if she were to catch COVID.

She now faces the “terrifying” prospect of trying to dodge the virus as the risk of catching it grows, while deciding which parts of everyday life she can continue with.

Ms Connor, who is the President of People with Disability Australia, is not the only one, with others in the disability space saying the latest shift means some feel they have little choice other than to lock themselves in their homes.

‘k bye. Catchya round. Or maybe not. If I remember, I’ll wave at you if I see you staring out your window as I pass by.

A lot more people are going to be unable to leave their homes and are going to have restrictions that they hadn’t had before when the numbers were down,” Ms Connor said.

“Now that COVID is being let rip it means that we’re accepting that we’re going to lose West Australians and that means people with disability, including people with disability because of age.”

You’re still here? Go lock yourself away from the world, already. Annoying!

FYI, ‘let rip teh Covid’ = return to some semblance of sanity.

Incidentally, two of my closest family relatives died in aged care facilities – both would have been considered disabled – one for the last year of her life, the other was legally blind and thus ‘disabled’ her entire life*. Neither of these people would have accepted this ridiculous woman as their advocate.

it’s a really hard thing as a person with disability to hear that this is going to be the case, that we are not considered to be as valuable as other citizens, I guess,” Ms Connor said.

You guess right. And please go fuck off and die with your passive-aggressive guilt trip. Literally. Just go somewhere and drown in your irrational fear, and let the rest of us get on with our lives.

*as a sidebar, this relative was a genuinely remarkable individual who spent the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s smashing through all kinds of ‘structural barriers’ before retiring in the mid-1980s as a professor of psychology. She never marched in the streets – despite literally being in UC Berkeley on a scholarship during the sit-ins – or burnt bras for change, because (and I know it’s a cliche) she was the change. Her sheer strength of will was never going to let an insignificant matter like her being a woman get in the way of what she wanted to achieve. She never considered herself disabled, and was surprised and somewhat put out when, in her late 70s, her doctor suggested she get an ACROD pass so that the people driving her about could use disabled parking bays when they took her out. She also despised feminists and leftists. It’s probably a good thing she’s no longer alive to see what her beloved academy has become.

rugbyskier
rugbyskier
April 29, 2022 1:47 pm

He just informed me that my two visits to the local NHS Clinic will bankrupt me.

Australia and the UK have a reciprocal health agreement and your Medicare card should give you access to the NHS without charge. My father fell ill at the end of a river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam and he and my stepmother were flying to Heathrow to connect to the flight home, he made it to Heathrow before being unable to continue and was treated at the local NHS clinic without charge. The only expenses were the airport hotel and the rebooking fee from the airline, which were covered by travel insurance.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
April 29, 2022 1:47 pm

RE: What machine tools actually do-

I thought if you didn’t set fire to the grease in the wheel bearing you were trying to expand the bearing out of, you weren’t trying hard enough?

bons
bons
April 29, 2022 1:49 pm

Plenty of time to lie around watching movies.
Travel to the other side of the world to watch streamed movies, FFS.
Just watched ‘Resistance’ a story about Marcel Maceau’s time in the Jewish underground.
The show has its moments but the acting and directing of Matthias Schweighoffer as Klaus Barbie makes it well worth the time. For someone who likes to sneer at actors I have to admit that his characterisation of the psychopath was outstanding; truly terrifying.

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
April 29, 2022 1:51 pm

As reported by The College Fix, “Reject White Supremecy” was delivered virtually on Mar. 3 by Iliff School of Theology social ethics and Latinx studies professor Miguel De La Torre. It was sponsored by Carlow’s Atkins Center for Ethics.

In the speech, De La Torre criticized evangelicals who voted for President Donald Trump.

“When eight out of ten white evangelicals voted for a person who is completely against everything Christianity stands for, I don’t know what Christianity they are practicing,” he said.

Additionally, he argued that the word white doesn’t always reference skin color, but rather is an “ontological concept.”

“Those of us who are colored, some of us can also be white,” he said. “But the good news is there is salvation.”

De La Torre noted that he is not a theologian, and is more concerned about focusing on “dealing with what’s going on than trying to figure out theology.”

Carlow University is a private Catholic institution in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and was founded by the Sisters of Mercy.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 29, 2022 1:53 pm

But hey, you should vote for him because hes not Labour.

Liberal party MP Trent Zimmerman says he and fellow moderate MPs “prevailed” over the deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, in securing a net zero climate target, saying the Nationals leader was opposed to the policy.

Zimmerman, a key Liberal party moderate facing a serious challenge to hang on to the North Sydney electorate from the independent Kylea Tink, told a Sky News debate on Thursday that he would push for “stronger” emissions targets if the Coalition was re-elected.
Soon we will be putting forward our targets for 2035 and I’m going to be pushing for them to be even stronger still, as I’m sure they will be,” he said.
…..

During the debate Zimmerman said he did not support controversial comments about trans people made by Liberal party candidate Katherine Deves, but stopped short of publicly calling for her to be disendorsed.

“I’ve made it very clear I don’t support Katherine Deves’ comments at all,” he said.

“Anyone who knows me and my record in parliament knows I’m someone who for six years stood up for LGBTI community. That has been important to me and who I am and so I find comments [that are] transphobic and homophobic particularly difficult.

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
April 29, 2022 1:54 pm

De La Torre noted that he is not a theologian, and is more concerned about focusing on “dealing with what’s going on than trying to figure out theology.”

Just Another Race- and now Christian-baiting activist with a credential.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 29, 2022 1:55 pm

Part of a longer article from the “Oz.”

There was also a rare praise on Thursday for an Australian politician in Beijing.

At a monthly press conference in Beijing, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Tan Kefei noted recent comments by the Greens’ peace and disarmament spokesman Jordon Steele-John.

In an election season interview with The Australian, the Greens foreign policy spokesman said that China did not pose a threat to Australia, said concern about the Solomons-China agreement was “paternalistic and actually racist”, and said the future of ­Taiwan was not a direct concern for Australia.

The Chinese defence spokesman encouraged other Australians to learn from the Greens senator.

“We urge relevant people in Australia to correct their misunderstandings and stop malicious speculation, so as to avoid further damage to the relationship between the two countries and the two militaries,” he said.

The spokesman also said reports that China was going to build a naval base in Solomon Islands were “fake news”.

Zyconoclast
Zyconoclast
April 29, 2022 1:55 pm

How much of this will end up a “commissions” ?

Biden asks Congress for $33 billion to support Ukraine through September

President Joe Biden has formally asked Congress for $33 billion to fund both humanitarian and military aid to Ukraine through September of this year.

“It’s not cheap. But caving to aggression is going to be more costly,” Biden said Thursday.

Biden also sent Congress a proposal to change current laws to make it a crime to possess proceeds directly obtained from corrupt dealings with the Russian government. This change is key to giving U.S. officials the legal basis to sell the seized assets of sanctioned Russian oligarchs.

Eyrie
Eyrie
April 29, 2022 1:56 pm

will be telling their stories in front of a Court that has a fleet of helicopters to hand for sentencing.
While loading them up we’ll give silent thanks to Saint Augusto.

calli
calli
April 29, 2022 2:00 pm

“White”, if we’re referring to colour, isn’t a single colour at all. It’s a mixture of all of them.

Which means it’s the most diverse and inclusive of all.

rugbyskier
rugbyskier
April 29, 2022 2:00 pm

I’ve just got an email from Austarlia Post telling me I have a delivery but need to pay 7,5 AUD to release it from the warehouse. Seriously, do people really fall for that?

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
April 29, 2022 2:00 pm

Two possibilities – someone at the ALPBC actually possesses a sense of humour, or, they’re such tin eared tone deaf z-grade idiots that it never even occurred to them how ridiculous using that photo would appear.

My money’s on the latter.

I’m old enough to remember close to 20 years ago when David Marr made at least two dozen appearances on the ABC in the space of about two months, and in every single one of those appearances he claimed John Howard was “silencing” him.
On every single one the ABC host was fawning and sympathising and expressing outrage over the silencing.
As best I recall only Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt pointed out the problem with the way Marr was going about demonstrating that he’d been silenced.

calli
calli
April 29, 2022 2:02 pm

Bigots and urgers always have very set ideas on what Christians are supposed to believe.

Shame they don’t believe any of it themselves.

Oh come on
Oh come on
April 29, 2022 2:04 pm

Zimmerman, a key Liberal party moderate facing a serious challenge to hang on to the North Sydney electorate from the independent Kylea Tink, told a Sky News debate on Thursday that he would push for “stronger” emissions targets if the Coalition was re-elected.

I kind of hope the Teals knock out all of the Liberal ‘moderates’. However, you know for a fact that Liberal strategists will learn all of the wrong lessons from this. Those ‘moderates’ weren’t moderate enough! We must be even more moderate! Here’s an incredible idea that has never been tried before (except by every losing conservative political party ever); how about we try and outflank the left from the left? It will surely work this time.

calli
calli
April 29, 2022 2:07 pm

Sitting under a verandah at Curtin Springs.

The place is swarming with finches. They gather on the twigs and branches for all the world like a strange, calloused growth. With a “peep peep” repeated a thousand times they descend to the ground to select a few seeds or a drop of water, only to rise again in a flurrying cloud. Rinse and repeat.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 2:09 pm

AFTER THE PANDEMIC, IS FAMINE NEXT?

Daniel Andrews was asked today about all the Victorian teachers who suddenly found themselves out of work because they haven’t taken their third dose of poison. This is how he reacted:

“I’m just about sick and tired of this constant negativity when it comes to schools….”

Nobody normal responds like that. Only psychopaths do that. The kind of psychopath who would introduce an innocuous sounding bill to parliament which is designed to destroy any crops people try to grow in their backyard during a period of food shortages. This was seen on the internet:

Andrews government will be coming after agriculture next. The Agriculture Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 has had it’s second reading in parliament. Biosecurity being the stated reason for changes. Increased enforcement powers, searching of property and persons without warrant, Increased fines, what was $1800 now $10.000 for providing false or misleading info. Landholder consent no longer required for Authorised Officers to take samples, stock (animals), documents. Authorised Officers no longer required to present identification. Heavy penalties for obstructing entry to the property. Sounds like they are getting their ducks lined up, ready to be deployed to shut down farms.

Sounds crazy right? It’s true, it’s all true. Here are just a few examples from The Agriculture Legislation Amendment Bill 2022,

Explanatory Memorandum:

– Authorised Officers no longer required to present identification:
– Heavy penalties for obstructing entry to the property:
– Increased fines, what was $1800 now $10.000 for providing false or misleading info:

Most concerning, they are putting in place laws which would allow them to charge you the money it cost them to destroy your own food supply:

You can also view the entire bill here.

This bill from Andrews however is extremely suspicious. It should be viewed in the context of the express intention of some of the world’s most powerful billionaires and international institutions to convert the world’s meat and dairy industry to derive its protein from plants, synthetic material and bugs.

Roger
Roger
April 29, 2022 2:15 pm

De La Torre noted that he is not a theologian…

Well he got that right, at least.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 29, 2022 2:15 pm

Apple and Google will remove Twitter from the App Store if it does not moderate and remove hate speech under @ElonMusk.”

Terrible blow.
That means everyone browsing the app stores looking for a microblogging and networking app will never get to hear about Twitter.

Musk undone.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 2:19 pm

callisays:
April 29, 2022 at 2:00 pm
“White”, if we’re referring to colour, isn’t a single colour at all. It’s a mixture of all of them.

Which means it’s the most diverse and inclusive of all.

52 Types of White Color – Simplicable

What Are The 7 Colors of The Rainbow in Order?

The white light that emits from the sun can be broken down into the 7 colors of the rainbow in order:

Violet
Indigo
Blue
Green
Yellow
Orange
Red

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
April 29, 2022 2:20 pm

mole at 1:13

“We’ll starve. There will be no food,” Ms Formosa told the ABC.

Then check the picture they have in the story…

Mmmyes.
None of them looked like Bobby Sands.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 29, 2022 2:25 pm

In an election season interview with The Australian, the Greens foreign policy spokesman said that China did not pose a threat to Australia, said concern about the Solomons-China agreement was “paternalistic and actually racist”, and said the future of ­Taiwan was not a direct concern for Australia.

link: Picture of “i cant believe I fell into a position for life ” John in the days his flippers worked.
link: Not a racist.
Link: Yup, not a concern….

Winston Smith
April 29, 2022 2:26 pm

Kneel:

Yep – western nations, where even the homeless are obese.
A bit of starvation might make it easier to get into shape.
Hey, isn’t “round” a shape? ?

Nah. They be Preppers – They still not starving after month of no tucker, bloke.
Unless we eat ’em first.
“Old traditions are good traditions.”

H B Bear
H B Bear
April 29, 2022 2:29 pm

rugbyskier at 1:47 -Yep. Did 6 weeks as a guest of the NHS in Manchester circa 1990 with Guillain Barre syndrome and walked out without seeing a single invoice for payment.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 2:29 pm

Why RBA may wait until June

The more time the RBA gives households to adjust to higher rates, the more time wages growth has to offset the impact of the reduced purchasing power.

The smartest Reserve Bank of Australia watchers I know think the bank will either raise rates by 15 basis points in May or go 40 basis points in June. Both are torn on the probabilities, with the historically more accurate of the two leaning slightly towards June. Rates will rise, it is now just a timing question.

Ahead of its June meeting, the RBA will receive two significant data releases on wages and labour costs, which will furnish important new insights on the sustainability of the current inflation pulse.

The RBA will receive the first-quarter wage price index in mid-May and then the GDP measures of wages and labour unit costs immediately before its June meeting. With this in mind, Lowe explicitly referenced the need to wait multiple “months” for the arrival of this data in his statement after the April meeting: “Over coming months, important additional evidence will be available to the board on both inflation and the evolution of labour costs,” Lowe advised. “The board will assess this and other incoming information as its sets policy to support full employment in Australia and inflation outcomes consistent with the target.”

The RBA has received one tranche of data (the inflation results) but nothing yet on wages or labour costs. And while the core inflation data was strong, it was not necessarily black and white.

The RBA’s preferred measure, the trimmed mean, printed at 1.4 per cent in the March quarter, besting consensus expectations of a 1.2 per cent outcome. Yet another significant metric, the weighted median, was weaker at only 1 per cent, underperforming consensus.

Recent inflation prints have clearly been boosted by supply-side factors, government policy changes and, more generally, increases in the cost of imported items. As Goldman Sachs noted, domestic market services inflation, which correlates more with wages, was relatively benign, rising only 0.5 per cent in the quarter and 2.5 per cent over the past 12 months.

Already on the up

A final piece of this puzzle is that actual real-world interest rates have already begun climbing sharply. Three-year fixed-rate borrowing costs have increased enormously from less than 2 per cent only 12 months ago to 4.5 per cent.

House price falls will accelerate as the RBA raises rates. And banks will continue to pass on their own independent hikes – as they have done with fixed-rate loans recently and will not hesitate to do with their variable rate products as profits are pressed.

Housing market

To be clear, the RBA has no desire to aggressively jack up rates only to push the economy into recession. For the first time in a decade, it has sighted decent inflation and wage growth, and its entire mission is focused on ensuring that prices and incomes expand sustainably.

The RBA also knows that with the household debt-to-income ratio at record highs, Australians have never been more sensitive to rate changes. It has historically got housing market reactions to its policy changes horribly wrong (being consistently surprised on the upside and downside).

There is little chance of the RBA raising rates aggressively if house prices are falling sharply. The RBA will further account for the banks’ independent rate hikes when setting its cash rate: the more the banks do, the less the RBA will do.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 2:48 pm

Having rewatched Zulu (1964) Full Movie – English last night

Fascinating to read

Rorke’s Drift – Private Hitch’s Story
by Richard Rhys Jones

Eleven Victoria Crosses were awarded for the defence of Rorke’s Drift in the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879, the most VCs for any action in the history of the British Army. Private Frederick Hitch was one of the 11 defenders rewarded for his bravery. Richard Rhys Jones’ account of the engagement is told in the form of a memoir by Private Hitch…

Winston Smith
April 29, 2022 2:52 pm

Old Ozzie:
Remember the Emergency Powers legislation? Supposed to enable a government to continue during an emergency? Then it turned out the emergency could be defined as Nuclear Armageddon, or even a flu season. And the bastards went to town on it.
Now have a look at the new Victorian Biosecurity Laws which are about to be passed:

“The Agriculture Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 has had it’s second reading in parliament. Biosecurity being the stated reason for changes. Increased enforcement powers, searching of property and persons without warrant, Increased fines, what was $1800 now $10.000 for providing false or misleading info. Landholder consent no longer required for Authorised Officers to take samples, stock (animals), documents. Authorised Officers no longer required to present identification. Heavy penalties for obstructing entry to the property.

Sounds like they are getting their ducks lined up, ready to be deployed to shut down farms.”

Clause 20 makes miscellaneous amendments to section 58 of the
Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 1992 to clarify and modify the provision in relation to debt recovery and broaden the scope of the directions that may be included in a destruction notice. These amendments provide that a notice may, in addition to dealing with the destroying of chemical products, fertiliser, stock food, agricultural produce, plants or stock, also provide for otherwise dealing with the thing by alternatives means such as recycling. The amendments also include an express provision that action for the recovery of costs may be taken in a court of competent jurisdiction and the costs can be recovered as a debt.

Looks to me like an inspector will be able to walk onto your property with a copper in tow, start shooting your cattle and burning your crops, while setting fire to your machinery and hay sheds. And the copper will arrest you if you complain.
You watch – there will be an outbreak of Hoof & Mouth Disease in Victoria within 12 months to justify the destruction of your farm, and it will be backed up by ‘evidence’ supplied by a government body.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 2:55 pm

Solved, the riddle of the Rorke’s Drift medal: Researchers confirm Victoria Cross bought by Sir Stanley Baker after he played its recipient in film Zulu IS genuine – after it was dismissed as fake

Sir Stanley Baker wore Lieutenant Chard’s medals while filming the movie Zulu
He bought the medals at auction for £2,700 only to be told they were ‘cast copy’
New research confirms the 1990s evaluation that the medal was the real deal

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 3:01 pm
Cassie of Sydney
April 29, 2022 3:02 pm

“duncanmsays:
April 29, 2022 at 1:02 pm
Cassie of Sydneysays:
April 28, 2022 at 9:51 pm
“I am told this morning that Apple and Google will remove Twitter from the App Store if it does not moderate and remove hate speech under @ElonMusk.”

This reeks of desperation. They did this with Parler. But Musk is a different kettle of fish and I don’t think he’ll take any of these threats from progressive scum lying down.

yup – it ‘aint going to work with musk.

He’s a vertical integrator – just look at what he’s had to do with Tesla and the gigafactories.

Pop it on F-droid, chuck them some money, and he’s done.”

I suspect the activists know that they’ve been and are being outwitted, hence the threats to shut Twitter down. I find such a thought highly amusing because of the left’s dependence on Twitter. What will they do in the interim? Will they move to Gab or Gettr or heaven forbid…Trump’s new site “Truth”, all sites that they’ve smeared as “far-right” etc.. Oh I’m laughing. They love to talk about “inclusiveness” but they never practice it and they’re now well and truly exposed for being the totalitarian thugs that they are.

Given Twitter’s market share and Musk’s profile, I doubt that Apple and Google will do what they did with Parler. I might be wrong but I have a feeling that the tide is turning and it took a tidal wave by Musk to do it.

Lysander
Lysander
April 29, 2022 3:03 pm

If PM Soggybottom heard about AUKUS he would’ve been straight on the phone to Beijing!!

Winston Smith
April 29, 2022 3:08 pm

The DVD on pre order 2000 Mules.
$25 for the DVD $65 for delivery from the US!
Piss off – I don’t pay gouge money any more.

Lysander
Lysander
April 29, 2022 3:15 pm

very funny tweet of a pic of a poster stuck to fence…

VOTE RICK ASTLEY
HE WILL NEVER
-give you up,
-let you down,
-run around,
-desert you,
-make you cry,
-say goodbye,
-tell a lie, or,
-hurt you

😛 😛 😛

Timothy Neilson
Timothy Neilson
April 29, 2022 3:16 pm

Authorised Officers no longer required to present identification.

No possibility of this being misused.
None at all.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 29, 2022 3:18 pm

Having rewatched Zulu (1964) Full Movie – English last night

Visiting Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift was one of those experiences – the niece of the King of Zululand worked in the gift shop at Rorke’s Drift.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 3:19 pm

Winston Smithsays:
April 29, 2022 at 3:08 pm
The DVD on pre order 2000 Mules.
$25 for the DVD $65 for delivery from the US!
Piss off – I don’t pay gouge money any more.

Amazon has 2,000 Mules Hardcover – October 4, 2022 by Dinesh D’Souza (Author)
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At last, bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza exposes the powerful evidence of voting fraud that you were told didn’t exist. Also, a major motion picture documentary.

I would assume they will have DVD when it becomes available

rosie
rosie
April 29, 2022 3:28 pm
Winston Smith
April 29, 2022 3:32 pm

The Musk Meister wants to buy Coca Cola to put the cocaine back in it.
Damn.
It’s not for realz!

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 3:34 pm

Cancel Culture’s anti-white crusade risks canceling Western civilization altogether

Rather than belabor America’s turbulent history, while vilifying just one race, the United States needs to find a way to turn the corner on this cancel culture madness that exists as a malignant cancer on the body politic.

Liberal indoctrination in the United States has gotten so out of control that math textbooks, based on the work of some dead white men, among others, are no longer safe from the virtue-signaling Inquisition. Let’s be clear: no society can survive such insanity for long.

As difficult as it is to fathom, in the span of a single generation the patron saints of Western civilization – towering historic figures like Shakespeare, Washington, Voltaire and Copernicus – have been systematically dispatched to the local garbage dump primarily due to their hideous whiteness.

Indeed, the pale-faced tribe of ‘Caucasians’, to employ a more outdated racial categorization, has become so offensive to liberal sensitivities that with each passing year the mainstream media reports, with thinly disguised delight, the latest precipitous decline among the White population.

calli
calli
April 29, 2022 3:34 pm

The replies to Musk’s tweet are hilarious.

A window into leftie obsessions.

Zipster
April 29, 2022 3:35 pm

“The Agriculture Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 has had it’s second reading in parliament. Biosecurity being the stated reason for changes. Increased enforcement powers, searching of property and persons without warrant, Increased fines, what was $1800 now $10.000 for providing false or misleading info. Landholder consent no longer required for Authorised Officers to take samples, stock (animals), documents. Authorised Officers no longer required to present identification. Heavy penalties for obstructing entry to the property.

fascism on steroids

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 29, 2022 3:36 pm

Tertiary union in push for 30 days of transgender leave
Joanne Tran
Journalist
8:38PM April 28, 2022
206 Comments

The university workers’ union is demanding up to 30 days of ­gender-affirmation leave across the nation’s campuses for staff who are gender transitioning.

In the midst of a dispute with the University of Tasmania, the National Tertiary Education Union says staff transitioning have not been given enough time to deal with the medical issues they face.

The University of Tasmania has rejected the union’s demand and is instead offering 10 days of special leave for all staff.

“Our aim is to expand access to paid leave for our people, for those defining their gender or undergoing a gender transition, as well as for those who need to access paid leave for other reasons,” a University of Tasmania spokesman said.

“Negotiations on this, and other matters, are continuing.”

The union says almost 1000 signatures have been obtained for a petition to demand the ­University of Tasmania “treat trans and gender diverse staff properly”, declaring that 10 days is not “commensurate to the needs of workers”.

Queer Unionists in Tertiary Education national convener Amy Sargeant says gender affirmation leave will save the lives of tertiary education workers.

“There are too many stories of incredible workers who have had to quit their jobs while they’re transitioning because they are not supported,” Ms Sargeant said.

“The consequences can be too difficult to bear for many, ­deprived of income during a ­highly traumatic time in their lives – which they have no ­control over.”

“When gender affirmation leave clauses start to appear in our agreements, they will be used by unions across Australia as the benchmark for other industries.”

Zipster
April 29, 2022 3:37 pm

In an election season interview with The Australian, the Greens foreign policy spokesman said that China did not pose a threat to Australia, said concern about the Solomons-China agreement was “paternalistic and actually racist”, and said the future of ­Taiwan was not a direct concern for Australia.

fascism with chinese characteristics is the best governance system ever devised

Zipster
April 29, 2022 3:39 pm

How much of this will end up a “commissions” ?

upward of 80%

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 29, 2022 3:42 pm

Timothy Neilsonsays:
April 29, 2022 at 3:16 pm
Authorised Officers no longer required to present identification.

No possibility of this being misused.
None at all.

They will if the don’t want to get smacked in the chops.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 3:43 pm

Chronic shortages of a few items now will evolve into chronic shortages of hundreds of products later in 2022

The next time you go to the pet store don’t be surprised to see some empty shelves.

Many pet stores are facing a shortage on canned pet food.
Right now, there just aren’t enough cheap sources of chicken and turkey due to the bird flu pandemic, there is an ongoing shortage of aluminum, and there is a shortage of factory workers.

So the canned pet food shortage is not likely to be fixed any time soon.

Another shortage that is going to affect much of the country as we head into the summer months is the growing chlorine shortage.

I find it ironic that the nationwide chlorine shortage could be extended thanks to the nationwide construction material shortage.

But at least we can be glad that things are not as bad here as they are in Europe.

Over there, widespread rationing of certain products has already begun. For example, it was just announced that Tesco is now limiting each customer to three bottles of cooking oil…

When U.S. Senator Roger Marshall was recently asked about this, he openly admitted that a “worldwide famine” is definitely going to happen…

Prior to 2022, can you ever remember a time when a sitting member of the U.S. Senate publicly warned us that a “worldwide famine” was coming?

Meanwhile in Australia

Construction chaos as tradies go broke dealing with the soaring cost of building materials – amid warning that Australia could run out of timber in EIGHT weeks

Bluey
Bluey
April 29, 2022 3:43 pm

Zipstersays:
April 29, 2022 at 3:35 pm
“The Agriculture Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 has had it’s second reading in parliament. Biosecurity being the stated reason for changes. Increased enforcement powers, searching of property and persons without warrant, Increased fines, what was $1800 now $10.000 for providing false or misleading info. Landholder consent no longer required for Authorised Officers to take samples, stock (animals), documents. Authorised Officers no longer required to present identification. Heavy penalties for obstructing entry to the property.

fascism on steroids

I certainly don’t trust the Victorian government not to abuse it.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 29, 2022 3:57 pm

Apple and Google will remove Twitter from the App Store if it does not moderate and remove hate speech under @ElonMusk.”

Terrible blow.

Terrible so so terrible too that there soon would be a Twitter Ads server and a Twitter App Store.

rosie
rosie
April 29, 2022 3:58 pm

Interesting
Twitter was just telling me Americans have more pet dogs than they do children.
current bird flu outbreak in the US 33 million culled. 2014 outbreak 50 million culled.

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
April 29, 2022 4:03 pm

Lady was walking her dog, pitbull comes out attacks the dog and her. She reports it the cops who will not do anything because they are lazy shits and the attack dog owners denied it. The cops had the temerity to ask the lady if she videoed it on her phone. I know the dog is going to get baited and the owners car is being targeted.

Winston Smith
April 29, 2022 4:04 pm

Zipster:

“The Agriculture Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 has had it’s second reading in parliament.

ZK2A:

The university workers’ union is demanding up to 30 days of ­gender-affirmation leave across the nation’s campuses for staff who are gender transitioning.

TheFrollickingMoll:

the Greens foreign policy spokesman said that China did not pose a threat to Australia, said concern about the Solomons-China agreement was “paternalistic and actually racist”, and said the future of ­Taiwan was not a direct concern for Australia.

Eyrie:

will be telling their stories in front of a Court that has a fleet of helicopters to hand for sentencing.
While loading them up we’ll give silent thanks to Saint Augusto.

I was sorta joking but not really, when I wrote this this morning. But looking back on the history of what happened in Chile, this was the sort of rot that had settled into the nation and had required drastic sorting out.
The problem is – like the two year old sticking knives into power sockets – they won’t be told there are consequences to their stupidity.
It’s a bit late to reconsider when you’re 8,000 meters above the South Pacific with no visible means of support.

Mak Siccar
Mak Siccar
April 29, 2022 4:06 pm

Sorry if this article from the Oz has already been posted and discussed.

AEC has put social media giants on notice over Pauline Hanson’s online satirical video

SOPHIE ELSWORTH
MEDIA WRITER

10:56AM APRIL 29, 2022

The Australian Electoral Commission is demanding social media platforms investigate a satirical video posted by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, which features Anthony Albanese and Penny Wong discussing electoral fraud.

On Friday, Hanson released the two-minute animated video dubbed “Please Explain voter fraud”, and it was shared on various social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Reddit.

Facebook was the first of the social media giants who took action and removed the video on Friday and then hours later TikTok did the same.

Twitter also marked Senator Hanson’s tweet as “misleading” on Friday afternoon and removed the ability to reply, share or like the video.

The clip depicts the Opposition Leader sitting up in bed during his Covid lay-off, talking to Senator Wong who brings him soup while he’s sick, and the pair discuss the ease of committing electoral fraud.

In the satirical video authorised by One Nation, Senator Wong hands Mr Albanese a stack of postal votes and says they are “under the names of dead people, fake identities and some were stolen out of letterboxes”.

They go on to discuss how the AEC doesn’t require ID to vote and joke about how people can vote multiple times.

The Australian has been told the AEC will today write to the social media platforms about the video to air its concerns about the claims made about electoral fraud.

The AEC’s director of media and digital entertainment, Evan Ekin-Smyth, told The Australian that while freedom of speech is important, there were wider concerns about Senator Hanson’s video.

“We’re concerned with any communication, regardless of the source, that doesn’t accurately reflect electoral processes or integrity measures we implement,” he said.

“We’re active on social media to accurately reflect how we administer the federal election and refer pieces of online communication to social media organisations for their consideration when necessary.”

Senator Hanson stood by her satirical video, which has already attracted thousands of views, and said she won’t be taking it down from any social media platform.

“One Nation have continuously fought for electoral reform to put a stop to voter fraud in Australian elections,” she said.

“When One Nation pushed for voter ID to be introduced federally, the Labor and Greens party called the plan ‘racist’.

“The Australian Electoral Commission may not want to publicly admit there are problems with Australia’s voting system, but unless we bring it to the peoples attention, nothing will change.”

She said too many marginal seats “run the risk of being won or lost through voter fraud”.

The AEC responded to Senator Hanson’s tweet in which she shared the video and said the “commentary about the electoral system is very disappointing”.

“Registered parties are aware of electoral integrity measures in place including information received/roll objection action taken for deceased Australians, and outbound and inbound postal vote verification steps,” the post said.

In other tweets, the AEC posted: “Aspects of it (the video) are clearly false”.

One person tweeted to the AEC, asking if comedy needs to be funny.

“Indeed. If the ‘comedy’ is misleading you about electoral fraud, the joke is on you,” the AEC posted in reply.

AEC data reveals the rate of voting multiple times during the 2019 federal election was estimated to be at 0.03 per cent.

In 2021 the Coalition dumped plans to introduce rules that Australians must show ID before casting their vote.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 29, 2022 4:08 pm

Be interesting if Elon sets up a Twitter internet search engine. At the moment big infrastructure companies like Cloudflare refuse web spiders from anyone other than Bing and Goolag. But Twitter backed by the might of SpaceX/Starlink could force open that duopoly.

At the moment both Bing and Goolag censor sites they don’t like and Brave Search which piggybacks on Bing doesn’t show those results. Not much they can do about it while the big boys are in charge.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 4:13 pm

‘An oasis in the desert’: Why the NDIS is a mess

It’s touted as a world-leading reform but exploding costs and limited evidence it is achieving key employment and early intervention goals, raises questions about the sustainability of the NDIS.

Tom Burton
Government editor

The one thing that advocates and critics of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) have in common is they agree it is a mess. A mess awaiting whichever major party wins government on May 21.

It was probably always going to be a difficult transition to establish a national support program for the half a million people in Australia with significant disabilities.

Before the scheme won historic bi-partisan support in 2013, disabled people and their carers faced a system the Productivity Commission had described in 2011 as “underfunded, unfair, fragmented, and inefficient”.

The system was heavily reliant on informal care by families. Multiple programs were spread across federal, state and local governments and community groups, which the Commission said gave people with a disability “little choice and no certainty of access to appropriate supports”.

Noting that most families and individuals could not adequately prepare for the risk and financial impact of significant disability, all major political parties accepted the Commission’s core recommendation that the costs of lifetime care are so substantial that the risks and costs needed to be pooled into a national insurance scheme.

Intense lobbying from the politically powerful disability sector saw bipartisan support emerge for a universal scheme of uncapped, individually designed support plans, based on what is considered “reasonable and necessary” needs.

Despite the scheme being open-ended and demand driven, both major parties endorsed the Productivity Commission’s “bottom line finding” that the “benefits of the NDIS would significantly exceed the additional costs of the scheme”.

The Commission said these benefits arose from many sources: “wellbeing gains to people with disabilities and informal carers; efficiency gains in the disability sector; savings to other government services; increased participation, and the resulting fiscal gains.”

“The NDIS would only have to produce an annual gain of $3800 per participant to meet a cost-benefit test,“the Commission predicted in its landmark 2011 report.

“Given the scope of the benefits, that test would be passed easily.”

The National Disability Insurance Scheme was born, co-funded by federal and state governments with an estimated gross cost of $22 billion a year, covering 481,000 people once fully operational and adjusted for population growth. The size of the scheme was based on a 2009 Australian Bureau of Statistics analysis of the number of people with significant disabilities.

The Commission concluded the net cost when fully matured in 2050 would be a modest $4.4 billion.

Over 10pc of all federal payments

Things have not turned out as predicted.

There are now over 500,000 in the scheme, but with the latest NDIS actuarial forecast for the scheme predicting there will be around 860,000 participants by 2030. The scheme currently is costing $31 billion but with the NDIS now predicting the scheme to rise to an eye-watering $59.3 billion per annum by the end of the decade.

Coupled with disability pension, financial support for carers and payments to the states, federal assistance to people with disabilities is predicted to be $68 billion this coming budget year, more than 10 per cent of all federal payments.

The oasis in the desert

“What was envisaged was that the last person to get into the NDIS would only get a little bit more than the first person that misses out. This would have been equitable and also provided a stable foundation for the NDIS.”

“Who wouldn’t fight to get in? Which parent with a child who is experiencing developmental delay or has some autistic tendencies, who wouldn’t try and get their kid in?

“What you see … is that if you get in, the chances are you’ll get something like $15,000, but if you miss out, you get nothing.

“One is in the oasis and the other, desert.”

‘A big bus full of money’

Disability lottery

Of the half a million participants, Bonyhady said nearly 290,000 are receiving benefits for the first time.

“So that tells you a lot about how underfunded and how much of a lottery, the pre-NDIS system was. So, the need for the scheme is indisputable.”

Early intervention not working

A key premise of the NDIS is that early intervention and investment would lead to a reduction in a participants future disability need for support.

But Taylor Fry found there is no data to show this is occurring.

Work participation stalled

But for older people in the scheme, participation has gone backwards with the percentage in work for participants aged 25 and over having decreased for most durations in the program by 1 to 3 percentage points.

Anger as NDIS begins to cut

The strident push back from the voluble sector saw the government drop the idea, leaving relations between the sector and the National Disability Insurance Agency (the operators of the scheme) at a low.

Quasi-market failure

“One of the things that’s really missing from the NDIS currently is that lack of transparent, clear quality indicators that people can use to determine who’s good and who’s not.”

Children a key driver of costs

It is the surging costs of support for children that is the key driver of the costs of the insurance scheme up.

Two thirds of the new costs from the predicted 60,000 new annual entrants are coming from children with autism or developmental delays, according to the annual sustainability report produced by the scheme actuary.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 29, 2022 4:22 pm

They go on to discuss how the AEC doesn’t require ID to vote and joke about how people can vote multiple times.

The Australian has been told the AEC will today write to the social media platforms about the video to air its concerns about the claims made about electoral fraud.

Maybe the AEC can explain what they’ve done to stop those 18,000 people voting multiple times in this election. Can I call them the 18,000 Mules or would that infringe copyright?

Winston Smith
April 29, 2022 4:27 pm

Thinking about trolling?
I wonder if Ron DeSantis would revoke the copyright terms for the Disney/Warner characters in Florida?
Or is it a nationwide issue?
I thought a culture was something that belonged to a culture not a corporation?
No one owns Bach or Beethoven, so how about a reasonable time limit for these creations?

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
April 29, 2022 4:31 pm

AEC data reveals the rate of voting multiple times during the 2019 federal election was estimated to be at 0.03 per cent.

Doesn’t sound much.
But if that naughty 0.03% votes, say, 8-10 times – suddenly you’re talking about the margin of the seat of Macquarie.

But, hey, whatevs.
Near enough is good enough for government work.

JC
JC
April 29, 2022 4:32 pm

They really can’t help themselves. Sour Ferguson the new host of what is an unwatchable program.

The ABC has announced Sarah Ferguson as the new presenter of its flagship current affairs program
As first flagged by The Australian in February, Ferguson will replace Leigh Sales and begin her new role in July,

shatterzzz
April 29, 2022 4:33 pm

Two thirds of the new costs from the predicted 60,000 new annual entrants are coming from children with autism or developmental delays, according to the annual sustainability report produced by the scheme actuary.
Why is autism ( other than extremely severe cases) & whatever “developmental delays” embraces covered by NDIS? .. my understanding of the original scheme was financial/home assistance for folk with permanent, incapacitating disabilities requiring lotza paid care/specialized equipment ect! .. not kids who for whatever reason aren’t keeping up with their peers …
Getting like the rorters just applying is close to getting aboard .. I do a fair bit of swimming at the local pool(s) and the Council (which charges OAPs) lets rorters in free 7 days a week .. quite amazing to see folk who, apparently, are incapable of any kind of work having no problems swimming 50 metre lengths .. reality is if you can swim 50 mts unaided you shouldn’t be qualified for the rorters … FFS!

JC
JC
April 29, 2022 4:33 pm

Sour Ferguson was the scumbag who ran two segments on Trump’s Wussian collusion and since then no apology.

JC
JC
April 29, 2022 4:39 pm

At last! Finally, the first indigenous female wins a national award for Poetry.
https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/f048f91a735979030ebb7c7fd6462dcb

Hugh
Hugh
April 29, 2022 4:41 pm

Sounds like Pauline is right over the target.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
April 29, 2022 4:45 pm

Very interesting tactical question:

What the Hell is Going On in Russia? (Vodkapundit, 28 Apr)

“What the hell is going on in Russia?” is the kind of headline you write when there’s so much weird stuff going on that it’s impossible to summarize it cleverly.

Maybe you’ll find this catchier: There’s a lot of stuff getting blown up in Russia, and it might not just be the Ukrainians blowing it up.

The weirdness got going in a normal way, with reports earlier this week of Ukraine’s “embrace of the British special forces model” to strike targets inside Russia that the regular Army (or even Ukraine’s inadequate Air Force) could never reach.

The Washington Examiner’s Tom Rogan reported that a major oil depot was hit on Monday in Bryansk, more than 60 miles inside Russia’s border with Ukraine. That’s outside the range of most of Ukraine’s drones.

While interesting, it isn’t exactly a “what the hell?” moment. British troops have been training Ukraine’s special operators since Russia annexed Ukraine and armed insurgents in Ukraine’s Donbas region back in 2014.

Two more such attacks were reported the next day

Last week in Tver, about 100 miles northwest of Moscow, a Russian missile research facility caught fire, killing 17. Russian authorities claimed the blaze was an accident, but they claimed the same thing at first about Moskva.

At nearly the same time, Russia’s largest chemical plant burned to the ground in Kineshma, about 150 miles east of Moscow.

The chemical plant is particularly interesting since I read elsewhere that it produced a range of specialty solvents and additives that are used in military applications for which there’s no other Russian supplier. Which suggests it might be a particularly high value target. But if it’s the Ukrainians doing this stuff…how are they doing it? Somehow they’ve developed a capability to hit targets like this quite deep in Russia. Sabotage SAS style? Long range drones? I have no idea.

In Belarus there was a widely reported campaign of sabotaging the railway signals system to slow and disrupt the transport of Russian Army units, but that seemed to be a Belarus opposition effort. The sabotage in Russia is much more that taking a sledgehammer to a box of railway signals electronics.

OldOzzie
OldOzzie
April 29, 2022 4:52 pm

Poland Pushing the World toward World War III

QUESTION: I don’t get it, Poland won’t pay for gas in rubles, when I buy something from the US I have to pay in US dollars not Canadian, so what am I missing?

ANSWER:

Politics! Minister of Climate and Environment, Anna Moskwa clearly has zero comprehension of geopolitics. She has come out and said that the European Union should penalize countries that use roubles to pay for Russian gas. In response to Moscow’s decision to cut off supplies to Poland and Bulgaria over their refusal to do so. Moskwa has come out and said: “Poland holds necessary gas reserves and sources of supply which protect our security because for years we have been becoming effectively independent of Russia. Our storage facilities are full at 76%. Polish households will not run short of gas.” This is what she said during a press conference held on April 26th, 2022 at the Ministry of Climate and Environment.

The absurdity of her statements is beyond belief. To think that refusing to buy Russian energy will bring Putin to his knees pleading for mercy is just absurd.

She makes no criticism of Ukraine and its notorious corruption of the fact that it is being reported that Zelensky has stashed over $800 million in offshore accounts while demanding $7 billion per month in aid. Even the IMF cut off Ukraine because it is so corrupt. You cannot do business in Ukraine – period! There is NOTHING that Zelensky says which can be verified independently and he will say whatever to keep the money pouring in.

Winston Smith
April 29, 2022 4:57 pm

Why do I get the feeling the authorities are trying to start a panic?
Are they really that concerned about upcoming elections?
Why yes. Yes, they are!
But here’s the amazing part – all the shortages have happened due to government action.
Show me a shortage, and I will show you government intervention that has created it.

Zipster
April 29, 2022 4:57 pm

The Australian Electoral Commission is demanding social media platforms investigate a satirical video posted by One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, which features Anthony Albanese and Penny Wong discussing electoral fraud.

hang on a sec, “social media investigate”, er who made social media arbiters of truth?

Rabz
April 29, 2022 4:59 pm

In other tweets, the ALPEC posted: “Aspects of it (the video) are clearly false”.

Because the video took the piss out of that pair of imbeciles, Wendy Pong and Albanselazey – and yes, there won’t be any of that, when you’re an incompetent humourless bureaucratic busybody.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
April 29, 2022 5:01 pm

From the Hun.

Brittany Higgins rope accused learns fate of bid to stop trial

ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum has handed down her decision on a bid to stop the rope trial of Bruce Lehrmann who is charged with roping former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.
Julia Kanapathippillai
April 29, 2022 – 4:52PM
Canberra Star

The trial of the man accused of roping former Liberal Party staffer Brittany Higgins will go ahead as planned.

ACT Chief Justice Lucy McCallum dismissed an application for a permanent or temporary stay made by lawyers for Bruce Lehrmann.

Ms McCallum also dismissed an application for a take-down order made by the defence, which would have forced media organisations to remove previous articles written about the case.

Mr Lehrmann has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of sexual intercourse without consent

Police allege Mr Lehrmann roped Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins in the office of Linda Reynolds on March 23, 2019.

The rape trial is expected to run for five to six weeks to begin in early June.

thefrollickingmole
thefrollickingmole
April 29, 2022 5:05 pm

I have never been more disturbed by Penny Wongs package….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iN5-RgDlyc

  1. Headline of the day: The Matildas and Arsenal weapon tasked with filling Kerr-sized hole Fnarrr.

  2. And puts lie to the media’s claim that he held a firearms licence “for recreational purposes”.

  3. The word doing the rounds (as yet unsubstantiated) is a total ban on “recreational” firearm use. Can see a lot…

  4. Outstanding. Just outstanding commentary on the current semitic sentiment in this country. The back end of a Gray Connolly piece…

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