1,859 thoughts on “Open Thread – Weekend 30 April 2022”

  1. From the WSJ.

    FBI Conducted Potentially Millions of Searches of Americans’ Data Last Year Without Warrant, Report Says
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation performed potentially millions of searches of American electronic data last year without a warrant, U.S. intelligence officials said, a revelation likely to stoke longstanding concerns in Congress about government surveillance and privacy.


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  2. The FBI and CIA have been caught breaking the law so many times they ought to be abolished.

    Seriously it is so bad even the US AG should be vacant for a while. The President could have their own counsel for a while coordinating with private prosecutors on contract.

    Also, more laws to enforce are better than more.


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  3. Amazing how this works.

    Channel crossings collapse: ZERO dinghies detected just days after Rwanda scheme unveiled (29 Apr)

    CHANNEL CROSSINGS have collapsed to zero just after Boris Johnson and Priti Patel unveiled a new asylum policy which would see those illegally arriving on British shores be flown out to Rwanda, Ministry of Defence (MoD) data has shown.

    Experts feared 2022 could be yet another record-breaking year for those arriving in the UK after making the perilous 21-mile journey across the Dover Strait. Some 5,000 people have already made the crossing in 2022 and a union chief representing Border Force workers has claimed the number could exceed 60,000.

    Warren Brown’s cartoon seems very apt in light of this story. Thanks Tom!


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  4. Technology has shifted the economics of cattle breeding dramatically – again This cow sold for 400 large, more than any bull so far:

    Traditionally stud breeding has been all about the bulls.

    Bulls like Texas Iceman, Paratrooper and NCC Justified have hogged the limelight and the bids at sales.

    But as IVF and artificial insemination have grown in importance, so too has the role of high-value cows.

    The record set by S0014 is, in fact, $75,000 higher than the most expensive bull ever sold in Australia.

    GDL Stud stock manager Harvey Weyman-Jones oversaw the sale and believed it was a turning point for the industry.

    “These top cows now, you don’t just breed one calf a year in the paddock,” he said.

    “They become a factory for embryos.

    “She’ll go into embryo production now as a young unjoined 12-month-old heifer … when she slows down, she’ll be put in calf naturally.”

    Mr Weyman-Jones said S0014 could have “anywhere between 10-20 calves on the ground through embryo production” by the time she had her first natural calf.

    He believed S0014 would make her sale-price back, and more.

    “She’ll do easily 40 calves over the next few years [and] at $10,000 a calf, that’s $400,000 straight away,” Mr Weyman-Jones said.

    “I hope she’ll be one of those cows that can earn over $1 million in her lifetime.”

    Unlike the high priced bulls, she doesn’t have a fancy name, but it would be smart marketing to give her one.


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  5. Incidentally, I am reading on Gutenberg an old book about Scottish humour. It is hard going at times because of the dialect, but also contains a lot of laffs and truths. The current chapter discusses ‘village idiots’ and contains this gem about the medical profession:

    Daft Willie Law was the descendant of an ancient family nearly related to
    the famous John Law of Laurieston, the celebrated financier of France.
    Willie, on that account, was often spoken to and taken notice of by
    gentlemen of distinction. Posting one day through Kirkcaldy with more
    than ordinary speed, he was met by Mr. Oswald of Dunnikier, who asked him
    where he was bound for in such a hurry.

    “Gaun!” says Willie, with apparent surprise at the question. “I’m gaun to
    my cousin, Lord Elgin’s burial.”

    “Your cousin, Lord Elgin’s burial, you fool! Lord Elgin’s not dead,”
    responded Mr. Oswald.

    “Ah! deil ma care,” quoth Willie, “there’s sax doctors out o’ Embro’ at
    him, an’ they’ll hae him dead afore I win forrit,” and off he posted at
    an increased rate.

    There was a delicious anecdote in the chapter about the legal profession. A witness for the prosecution complained that the lawyer for the defence described him as a soldier. ‘I’m not a soldier, I’m an officer.’

    Defence counsel agreed – ‘As he himself said, he’s no soldier…’.

    These stories are from the 1800s in Scotland. The more things change … 🙂


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  6. The AEC has issued a warning to PHON over their latest video because it contains claims of voter fraud that the AEC deems to be false.

    Yet last week the AEC’s QLD head was on ABC radio urging listeners to apply to the AEC for postal votes and not to use those provided by sitting members, even though the latter practice is lawful.

    What does the AEC know that it is not telling us?


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  7. Re the Parly House ‘rape’ – Rabz says the security guards should be sacked:

    Rabz says:
    April 29, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    They were all being recorded, Squire.

    Allowing that pair of paralytic morons in enabled the entire subsequent interminable fucking farce.

    A gross dereliction of duty. If I turned up and blundered into my work’s office, completely planeted with a handy equally pissed HBOT at 1:30am on a Saturday, I’d still be pointlessly seeking gainful employment.

    That’s not how things work there. Readers may be shocked to hear that actual Members and Senators have been known to turn up in the small hours fissed as parts, and cannot be denied entry. Nor can their bumptious, obnoxious staff.

    A security guard is much more likely to be sacked for denying someone with a pass entry, assuming the pass-holder is not brandishing an AK-47.


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  8. a revelation likely to stoke longstanding concerns in Congress about government surveillance and privacy.

    Since when was government interested in citizens privacy?


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  9. Do they know something we don’t?

    Nearly 400 employees at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to data obtained exclusively by The Epoch Times.

    A total of 382 workers at the CDC are unvaccinated, Roger Andoh, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer at the agency, told The Epoch Times.

    Another nine employees have just had one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, meaning they also don’t qualify as fully vaccinated per the CDC’s guidelines.


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  10. Just been reading TheirABC’s report re the AEC complaining about Pauline Hanson’s cartoon about electoral fraud.

    Pauline’s animators are over the target, for example:

    The two-minute animation depicts Labor senate leader Penny Wong bringing a bed-ridden and shirtless Anthony Albanese a bowl of soup before divulging party plans to conduct voter fraud.

    Ms Wong’s caricature then references false claims about deceased people voting, postal votes being stolen out of letterboxes and incorrectly states the 2010 election, where Julia Gillard formed a minority government, was swayed by electors fraudulently submitting multiple ballots.

    The cartoon also contains a racist trope about the origin of COVID-19.

    ‘False claims about deceased people voting.’ When I was a young gel in the ALP in the 1960s, an Elder of my branch told me that one of his jobs was to get out the dead vote on election day. It’s been happening as long as there have been electoral rolls. They may claim that it never happens nowadays, but they are lying.

    ‘A racist trope’ about COVID presumably refers to the fact that it came from China. Can’t say that, although it is true.

    And, it is not racist. It is a comment on the Chinese government, not Chinese people generally. Indeed, those poor buggers in Wuhan and Shanghai and no doubt other places have suffered terribly.

    The AEC has that delicate blend of incompetence and political correctness that characterises every institution that should be marked down as an enemy of good government.


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  11. “Sitting member last” and “reward and punish” sounds good until you are actually confronted by the ballot paper. One of the frustrations in QLD is that the six most egregious Senators are not up for reelection.
    In the QLD Senate, Campbell will get my no.1 because he has learned a lot and will bash the cronies (and probably has a chance). But I also want to reward Matt Canavan for standing up to Littleproud and the beetroot traitors. (So an LNP guy gets a vote).
    I like Stoker but believe she must be punished for Arndt, if it is safe to do so, it may not be. Machine creep and implementer in QLD of the Turnbull coup McGrath will not feature.
    The risk with booting two of the LNP Senstors is that they have three places at risk, Labor only two and Greens none. If the Conservative minors don ‘t get up as often happens, Labor and Greens will score a seat at LNP expense.
    So booting McGrath and Stoker demands that Campbell, and another new conservative (Clive?) must get up or Labor and Greens romp it in.
    All this presupposes that Pauline holds on.
    What do informed cats think about the following 12 below the line options, (admitting that I have no understanding of the preference consequences)?
    Newman
    Canavan
    Palmer
    Hanson
    Christensen
    Stoker? ?
    Grainger LDP
    Brewster UAP
    Adidi UAP
    McCabe UAP
    Guruswami One Nation
    A nobody yet to be chosen after further reading.

    Wide Bay Reps is equally complex. O’Brien is not up to much but he did oppose the net zero Nats. The UAP woman is unknown but makes the right noises as does One Nation.
    What do folks think about the following:
    UAP. I think Clive is a hit in Wide Bay
    One Nation
    Four of the five other indi and small parties (Informed Medical etc)
    LNP
    Labor
    Green.
    All logical criticism will be deeply resented!


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  12. What was DARPA doing being part of the Get Trump Club?
    Mollie Hemmingway at the Federalist is about the only place giving this any coverage.


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  13. What do informed cats think about the following 12 below the line options…

    Personally I’ll be putting Guruswami above the UAP candidates.

    I like what he’s said so far: pro-mining, a climate change sceptic and wants a cap on immigration at less than half present levels.


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  14. ‘False claims about deceased people voting.’ When I was a young gel in the ALP in the 1960s, an Elder of my branch told me that one of his jobs was to get out the dead vote on election day. It’s been happening as long as there have been electoral rolls. They may claim that it never happens nowadays, but they are lying.

    Didn’t Sheppardson or one of those inquiries uncover a whole swag of voters whose actual address was a cemetery?

    I know when I was in NSW I started getting electoral mail for someone not in my house. I rang the NSWEC who didn’t care voter rolls are responsibility of AEC blah blah blah. The second call was to the AEC who were just as disinterested. Hunter at the Fed wasn’t marginal and neither was Upper Hunter but if this practise is in use in a marginal seat makes you wonder.


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  15. From the old thread.

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

    This will be what Andrews promised the Animal Justice idiots for their vote for his enabling act. Wait till the payoffs to the Greens, Transport Matters and the Reason Party come to light.


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  16. Anchor Whatsays:
    April 30, 2022 at 8:03 am
    From The News kiddies:
    “Election 2022: Anthony Albanese cornered by teen reporter over trans issue”
    This is where politics is at?

    What does it say that a teenager is asking harder questions of the Labor leader than most professional journos?


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  17. “I like Stoker but believe she must be punished for Arndt. “

    Yes. Just like here in Wentworth I will punish Sharma. As for the senate here in NSW, I’ll be voting under the line for LDP, PHON and UAP. The Liberal senate team here in NSW will not get a look in.


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  18. (admitting that I have no understanding of the preference consequences)?

    Don’t worry. Preferences are not relevant if you vote below the line in the Senate. It is much more of an issue in the HoR.


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  19. Haven’t had time to look at the Put the Major Parties Last site linked earlier, but it is good to see that somebody is on the case.

    Conservatives need a Preference Whisperer to disentangle the complexities of compulsory voting across all jurisdictions. I wouldn’t be lauding this one till somebody with expertise has had a look at it, but the idea is top notch.


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  20. Ministers signal the end of the BBC licence fee: Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries says ‘completely outdated’ 100-year-old funding model is set to be overhauled

    – New white paper on BBC’s future was published yesterday by the government
    – Warned of threat to funding due to increasing numbers not paying the fee
    – Ministers ‘particularly concerned’ about enforcement against elderly people

    In a new white paper published yesterday, the government announced a review that is expected to dump the current 100-year-old funding method in favour of an alternative, such as a subscription model.


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  21. Much of what the AEC comes up with might best be thought of as a legal fiction. The courts are probably not the best guardian of the voting process. Having said that I’m not sure vote fraud occurs on a large scale, although I’m not so naïve to believe it does not occur.


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  22. SA Plod are right in there picking up heavy criminals:

    Police have seized more than two dozen gel blasters from a house in Adelaide’s north after a concerned member of the public reported seeing rifles in the window.
    Key points:

    Twenty-six gel blasters, some of which resembled machine guns, were seized
    A 48-year-old Mawson Lakes was reported for firearms offences and will face court
    Police have reminded the public gel blasters must be registered

    The property at Mawson Lakes was searched by police who attended the home about 9:30am.

    Twenty-six allegedly unregistered gel blasters were seized, some of which look like handguns, with others resembling bolt-action rifles and machine guns.

    No comment required.


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  23. Having said that I’m not sure vote fraud occurs on a large scale, although I’m not so naïve to believe it does not occur.

    Bear, it doesn’t have to happen on a large scale. Less than a dozen marginal seats is all it takes.


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  24. Outside the micro parties in the various Upper Houses (that have been well documented and largely eliminated via legislation) preferences aren’t really an issue. Parties and candidates will often do irrational preference deals based on seat by seat considerations. On Election Day I usually take all HTV cards and ignore them all.


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  25. Cassie of Sydneysays:
    April 30, 2022 at 9:01 am
    “I like Stoker but believe she must be punished for Arndt. “

    Yes. Just like here in Wentworth I will punish Sharma. As for the senate here in NSW, I’ll be voting under the line for LDP, PHON and UAP. The Liberal senate team here in NSW will not get a look in.

    After you have made the selections that you prefer, add a couple more numbers in, and finish with the least obnoxious major party. That ensures that an electoral official with a writing stick and an axe to grind can’t put an extra number beside their preferred candidate, to pick up your vote, should your actual preferences exhaust.


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  26. Old Ozzie, as I’ve been reading Scottish lore, ‘there’s many a slip twixt cup and lip.’

    How right Robbie Burns was.

    The allegedly Conservative government in the UK periodically makes noises about the BBC, but never actually does anything. They float the odd balloon about something that might happen in 2028.

    Ignore. They are just hoping to fool some of their actual conservative voters.


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  27. H B Bearsays:
    April 30, 2022 at 9:09 am
    (admitting that I have no understanding of the preference consequences)?

    Don’t worry. Preferences are not relevant if you vote below the line in the Senate. It is much more of an issue in the HoR.

    See my response to Cassie. If you do not fill in every spot below the line, you leave an opportunity for a scamster to steal your vote, should your own preferences exhaust.


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  28. bons – you only need to vote for (i.e. number) six candidates in the senate, as it’s not a double dissolution election (when you’d need to vote for twelve).

    It’s reprehensible that the ALPEC is broadcasting incorrect information about how to vote. If you look up the changes to the voting regulations introduced by that narcissistic buffoon Turnbuckle (which were hastily passed through both houses just before the 2016 election and are consequently riddled with errors*) there’s a paragraph that actually states you only need to number six candidates in a half senate election.

    As for the lower house, if we had optional preferential voting (as per NSW elections), I’d cast a legitimate vote. But we don’t, so I won’t.

    The person responsible for the majors last website is a friend of mine and she’s been toiling on it for well over a week. At least she’s not griping from the sidelines, a la myself.

    *They forgot to identify the territories, so you have to vote for at least six, despite them only having two senators each.


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  29. joanna- agreed the AEC professional disinterest is a concern. I’m not sure what more they could do. Anything being done by parties would require an undercover police operation, not really an AEC matter at all.


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  30. And the blubbering jabbed imbiciles of this blog pontificate over who their vote goes to…..
    You put who did this to us last, and who wants to fix it first.
    Then you realise we are going to do a France, like the USA, and voting machines and corruption are going to give us WEF governance anyway.

    You are just trying , by some miracle to get some sort of hung parliament as an outcome.

    So spuds,………if the flu disappeared for the first time ever in history, and you got sick with all flu symptoms but the government told you it’s covid instead…….and so you believe it to be covid…….COULD YOU SEE WHY THE SANE HAVE HAD A GUT’S FULL OF YOUR INSANITY?

    Why are the jabbed catching colds so more often than the unjabbed.
    THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.

    You are brainwashed.
    You’ve caught a seasonal flu (that never disappeared) or a cold.
    You can’t prove it’s covid. The government can’t prove it’s covid, and without the fear propaganda 24/7 for the last two years, you would have taken a fucking codral and got on with life, knowing you’d caught a fucking cold.
    People used to get bed ridden with the flu as well.

    Fucking insane c…ts.


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  31. See my response to Cassie. If you do not fill in every spot below the line, you leave an opportunity for a scamster to steal your vote, should your own preferences exhaust.

    I was thinking that about dick and balls votes in the lower house.
    Fill in the squares with non-sensical numbers so the ballot paper can’t be “re-purposed”.


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  32. If you do not fill in every spot below the line, you leave an opportunity for a scamster to steal your vote, should your own preferences exhaust.
    Filling in the entire 147 spots just wastes peoples time.
    Miss or repeat one number and the Vote’s Informal.
    Wake up to yourself, SpongeBob.


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  33. Bear

    We hope (probably in vain) that the AEC is disinterested, but it seems more likely that the Commission is just uninterested (in preventing electoral rorting).

    Sorry to be excessively pedantic.


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  34. Rabz is going to vote for the Liberal party…he is a member ater all.

    So will half of you.
    You’ll argue for the better of two evils non logic.
    After what the Liberals have done to us, and the Federal Liberals are to blame for allowing the states to do what they’ve done, while funding them and supporting them in every way, while imprisoning 26 million people like we’re fucking North Korea, if you aren’t after their blood, if you aren’t wanting them destroyed, you are my country’s enemy.


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  35. About time the UK stopped putting people in gaol for not paying for the BBC.
    A subscription model for here too please.
    If the wanker’s houses don’t have a ‘Climate Action now’ sign they’ve got a Save the ABC one.


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  36. Signs everywhere on Melbourne trains: ‘You Must Wear A Mask On Trains’.

    70/30 ignored.

    Sitting in Tulla gate lounge at present. Maskless, in the vein of TE last week. Went straight through boarding and security, bought coffee and sanger. 80/20 wearing masks, no Karens (yet), nobody cares.

    Incidentally, none of the trains detoured to a death camp.


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  37. Ed Casesays:
    April 30, 2022 at 9:36 am
    If you do not fill in every spot below the line, you leave an opportunity for a scamster to steal your vote, should your own preferences exhaust.
    Filling in the entire 147 spots just wastes peoples time.
    Miss or repeat one number and the Vote’s Informal.
    Wake up to yourself, SpongeBob.

    Dickless

    I realise that you are terminally stupid, but it should have been quite clear even to a moron like you that I was not suggesting filling in every box. I was suggesting that, after making their actual (limited number, greater than the number of positions to be filled) preferences, they should finish with a number against the least obnoxious major party, to ensure that the vote could not be stolen by a corrupt official with a preference for a different party.

    It is a precaution against theft of an otherwise exhausted set of preferences.

    Now do go away and learn something (anything) about reading comprehension you idiot.


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  38. Ed Casesays:
    April 30, 2022 at 9:39 am
    The AEC is like the ABC.
    Completely captured.
    They also conduct Union Elections, where one deadbeat keeps getting elected for 40 years.

    Dickless

    Thanks for confirming the value of my suggestion.


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  39. Quite a few family voting ldp for the first time, don’t think they have the broader profile required unfortunately. It’s been in house spruiking that’s garnered fam interest.


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  40. Flat out lies, you boring humourless sanctimonious imbecile.

    How dare you!
    He’s not humourless.
    We all have a jolly good laugh every time he turns up.


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  41. Knuckle Draggersays:

    April 30, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Gonzalo Lira.

    Dusseldorf’s #1 travel agent and pick up artist.

    So he’s still alive then?


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  42. INSANITY.

    Is spruiking the idea for months that unvaxxed will be herded into ‘death camps’ and killed by vaccinated guards who are themselves terminally ill from said vaxxes.

    The WEF is a much easier pretend enemy to mouth off about. You don’t need to stick to timelines, or point to any concrete event. You just need to infer that there is an insidious beast ‘coming soon’ to do dastardly things.

    Like – taking your boat.


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  43. Even though it’s about the Nazis.Now this made me laugh. Quora:

    Why was the Hitler Youth program so effective?

    They got laid. And not via homosexual activity. (Haha! Ernst Roehm’s wet dream.) Hitler’s goal was to breed as many “Aryan” children as possible. So the Nazi leadership organized “Jamborees” where boys from the Hitlerjugend and girls from the Bund Deutscher Mädel interacted. During the night there was a lot of schtupping in the tents. Many fathers complained that their daughters got knocked up. But a visit by the friendly neighborhood Gestapo agent shut them up. Plus the Lebensborn program gave the mothers money.

    Roehm’s disappointed.



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  44. More than 18,000 people asked to explain why they voted twice at election

    And how many does the AFP end up prosecuting?

    The figures are very, very low.


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  45. I realise that you are terminally stupid, but it should have been quite clear even to a moron like you that I was not suggesting filling in every box.
    Yes, you were.
    I was suggesting that, after making their actual (limited number, greater than the number of positions to be filled) preferences, they should finish with a number against the least obnoxious major party, to ensure that the vote could not be stolen by a corrupt official with a preference for a different party.
    The process is scrutinised, counters don’t carry pencils to make corrections.
    It is a precaution against theft of an otherwise exhausted set of preferences.
    You’ve got no fucking idea, as usual.


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  46. The racist trope being referred to is Penny Wong handing Albonese a bowl of chicken soup which has a bat in it. The context being that he has corona virus and she wants him remain sick.

    It is not racist if you think about it, it is the excuse the CCP gave for the rise of the virus.


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  47. It’s not insanity.
    It’s just dumb.
    I liked the time when someone pointed out how the vaxxed would be unavailable for guard duty due to death there was a triumphant retort about third world guards.
    Rofl.


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  48. My conjecture remains that a big percentage of double voters are aged care residents.
    The AEC sends teams rounds to nursing homes to do pre polls, then family member helps out with a postal and/or on election day drives them to the polling booth.


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  49. bons says:
    April 30, 2022 at 8:30 am

    “Sitting member last” and “reward and punish” sounds good until you are actually confronted by the ballot paper.

    Wide Bay Reps is equally complex. O’Brien is not up to much but he did oppose the net zero Nats. The UAP woman is unknown but makes the right noises as does One Nation.
    What do folks think about the following:

    Bons, I’ve heard that there were five LNP members who supported Craig Kelly’s “no mandates” bill in Parliament, I haven’t heard any details of who they were, but I think that Llew O’Brien was one of them. You could check with his office to confirm.

    I’d support an honourable member who stood against tyranny.


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  50. Muttering to myself on the dead fred…

    ABCcess has an epidemiologist basically asking “Are we prepared for people over 50 to die in very small numbers”….
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-04-30/qld-covid19-coronavirus-data-cases-tolerate-deaths-australia/101024646
    Are we at a point where Australians tolerate people dying from COVID-19?

    We seem to be at the point in this pandemic where people die every day from COVID-19 … and we’re OK with that.

    Just last week, on average, 39 Australians died each day after catching the virus.

    Compare that to the start of the pandemic when we were aghast at the thought of a single case, let alone a death.

    The change is troubling to veteran epidemiologist Professor Mike Toole.

    “We seem to have closed our eyes to the suffering and the deaths that are still occurring due to Omicron, so I think it’s bordering on irresponsible,” Professor Toole said.

    It is not surprising that a medical professional who has dedicated a 50-year career to saving lives believes one death is one too many, but it doesn’t appear to be the way everyone thinks.

    Such as the statistics..
    https://www.health.gov.au/health-alerts/covid-19/case-numbers-and-statistics#cases-and-deaths-by-age-and-sex

    The ABCcess report goes on to quote the scriptures and the prophet.
    This is despite mask-wearing being one of the most effective ways of containing super-spreader events, according to epidemiologists like Saskia Popescu, who looked at the dropping of the mandate in despair.

    You’re likely seeing a lot of “ffs” from public health folks at the news that TSA is dropping mask mandates on airplanes, trains, and public transportation. Here are some thoughts (while screaming into the void):
    (1/n)

    — Dr. Saskia Popescu (@SaskiaPopescu) April 19, 2022
    The US President’s chief medical adviser, Antony Fauci, said it was a decision a judge did not have the medical experience to make.

    Abc discovers breaking news old people die more than young people.
    The impact has been disproportionately felt by older people.
    The federal health department has broken down the number of deaths in Australia by age group and it shows almost 83 per cent were aged 70 years or older.

    ABC bemused why people who were deliberately lied to about the “stop the transmission/not carry covid/not get covid arent excited by more liars products. Products so good every state territory’s and the feds are cowering behind emergency legislation to make as mandatory as possible”
    Remember last year when we so intently watched as the double-dose vaccination rate inched higher toward a particular target or milestone?

    While over 95 per cent of people age over 16 have had two doses, only 70 per cent of the eligible population have had a booster shot.

    You don’t see social media lit up with people showing off getting their boosters like they did when first and second doses were made available.


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  51. from above

    The Tesla founder has previously described the woke cult as “one of the biggest threats to modern civilization.”

    He has also labeled Joe Biden a “damp sock puppet,” asserting that the president “is treating the American public like fools.”

    As we highlighted yesterday, the regime is so petrified of Musk turning Twitter into a true free speech platform, they have set up a special ‘disinformation unit’ under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security.

    The unit will be run by Nina “court jester” Jankowicz, a woman who previously promoted the false disinformation that the Hunter Biden laptop story was part of a fake Russian propaganda cam



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  52. My electorate seems to only have eye candy on offer and an old boiler. I am completely baffled why there are onluy wyminsis running here, is it some display of compliance to wokeism. Old boiler will get the vote, she might actually have some experience of something.


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  53. So I take it, Cats, that all Struth bombings going forward will be considered in the same vein as Birdstrikes?

    #InBeforeIt’sCool

    #ForumHipsters


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  54. Occasionally, gummint getz it right .. LOL!
    reading elsewhere that since the UK gummint announced it will be sending country shoppers to RWANDA there have been NO illegal Channel crossings recorded ..


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  55. While I’m pessimistic about Coalition chances in the Election, there’s
    no way the LNP are going backwards in Queensland.

    The State Labor Government flooded Brisbane [again] on February 27,
    Rocklea was under 3 metres of water.

    Yeah, people shouldn’t build houses there, but what about all the businesses that got wiped out and can’t come back?
    State Government did the same in Townsville, yet Pundits claim Labor could win up to 6 Seats up here?
    In their dreams.
    Moreton was flooded, where was Graham [WeaselPiss] Perrett?
    No one knows.


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  56. So I take it, Cats, that all Struth bombings going forward will be considered in the same vein as Birdstrikes?

    Franger:
    you’re a blow in
    Fuck Off.


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  57. since the UK gummint announced it will be sending country shoppers to RWANDA there have been NO illegal Channel crossings recorded ..

    They’ve gone on strike in protest.


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  58. Twitter’s top censor donated $18,000 to Democrats before shutting down the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop revelations

    This week, we’ve been introduced to a new breed of an old Stasi standby now in the United States: the intrusive political censor.

    Once the province of crummy, furtive, little gray-faced men, as depicted in “The Lives of Others,” these modern day censors are now out and open as big social media stars, not even trying to hide their claims to being our political masters.

    While Elon Musk, was decrying the censorship activities of Twitter’s top corporate attorney Vijaya Gadde, and the latter famously bawled about her company’s new owner, Joe Biden’s secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, was introducing us to think tank regular Nina Jankowicz who made a bizarre Disney-tune singing video on TikTok as his new “Disinformation Governance Board” chief.

    Neither of these characters have a claim to impartiality in their zeal to censor others in the name of halting “disinformation.” Both are clearly Democrat party hacks and tools.

    And is it just me, or do the smug, self-satisfied, expressions on the faces of these censors look remarkably alike?


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  59. Ed Casesays:
    April 30, 2022 at 9:53 am
    I realise that you are terminally stupid, but it should have been quite clear even to a moron like you that I was not suggesting filling in every box.
    Yes, you were.
    I was suggesting that, after making their actual (limited number, greater than the number of positions to be filled) preferences, they should finish with a number against the least obnoxious major party, to ensure that the vote could not be stolen by a corrupt official with a preference for a different party.
    The process is scrutinised, counters don’t carry pencils to make corrections.
    It is a precaution against theft of an otherwise exhausted set of preferences.
    You’ve got no fucking idea, as usual.

    Dickless

    You really are terminally stupid.


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  60. This Scary Experiment Explains Two Years of COVID Hell

    In case you were wondering why all views contrary to the Official Narrative have been canceled, it’s because of the Asch Conformity Experiment.

    We have just gone through a nationwide, and actually a worldwide, Asch Conformity Experiment. As implied, the goal of the experiment was not to get to the truth. It was to get conformity. Only conformity is allowed.

    Asch showed that people will actually believe things that they know to be false if they think everybody else believes those things. That is the point of the COVID nightmare experiment we just lived though. You must believe:

    None of these makes sense. However, no dissent can be allowed because the Asch Conformity Experiment showed that if one person stands up to the narrative, it is easier for the second one to dissent. Then another and another stand up, and then control is lost.

    That is why every dissenting voice must be silenced. If one person cries, “The Emperor has no clothes,” people will see the naked truth. And that can’t be allowed.

    What is the Asch Experiment?

    The Asch Experiment, conducted by Solomon Asch, found out that most people, when seeing a “consensus” of participants agreeing on something that is fairly obviously false, actually ends up agreeing with those false opinions just because everyone else seems to think so.

    As Asch showed, if only one person stands up, the sheep aren’t sheep anymore.


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  61. Good morning- reading about voting in the Senate above, we only have to vote for 6 below the line? So the AEC is lying to us? WTF?

    6 above the line .. 12 below the line .. according to the blurb the AEC delivered to my letter box, yesterday


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  62. Lefties are always scared a right winger will speak the truth.
    All of the collectivist cock heads come swinging in, straight away.
    Notice that?

    What is it you’re scared of?
    You can tell uncle struth.

    What is it about the truth that makes you shit yourself and get all emotional?

    He’s here….call in for back up!

    Rabz goes to Liberal party meetings, but you know, only to gauge the enemy, or to see what he can fix from the inside….yawn.

    Be honest with yourself Rabz, learn to accept what you are.


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  63. Ed Casesays:
    April 30, 2022 at 9:57 am
    Gonzalo Lira is
    very likely
    to be
    a Spook.

    According to you, pretty much everyone is actually a spook, Why is Lira only “very likely” to be one?


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  64. Lefties are always scared a right winger will speak the truth.

    You’re no right winger, Struth baby.

    Not so long as you persist in throwing tantrums about people not thinking and speaking the same things as you. And abusing all and sundry when your demands for 110% ideological compliance with your every whim are denied.

    You’re just another SJW Gamma in a blue singlet…


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  65. That’s the ticket.

    Call everyone you disagree with a communist.

    You’re a failed totalitarian.

    A. Failure.

    NB: Your record of ‘truth’ is a shitshow.


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  66. Mr Dragger at 9:49.

    The WEF is a much easier pretend enemy to mouth off about. You don’t need to stick to timelines, or point to any concrete event. You just need to infer that there is an insidious beast ‘coming soon’ to do dastardly things.

    This is true.
    And, nek minnit, you are seeing them everywhere.
    An increase in some licence fee or other, a change in AFL rules, no chicken salt at the fish and chip shop … it’s all down to Klaus.


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  67. Should we be alarmed by Biden’s new Disinformation Governance Board?

    Ever since Elon Musk announced his intentions to buy Twitter, the reaction from liberals has been nothing short of a meltdown.

    The primary cause of the outrage was Musk’s pledge to defend free speech:

    Musk recently added a caveat to his assertion about free speech, saying it has to be within the realm of the law.

    On Wednesday, Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified to Congress that a Disinformation Governance Board had recently been set up.

    It was also announced that Nina Jankowicz will head the Department of Homeland Security’s Disinformation Governance Board as executive director.

    Jankowicz is a fellow at the Wilson Center, where she studied the “intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe.” She also wrote books such as How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict and How to Be a Woman Online.

    Obviously, there is a pattern here that her recruiters in the Biden administration liked.

    The suppression and dismissal of the Hunter Biden laptop news story by the Biden campaign, the media, and Big Tech was one of the many ways the 2020 presidential election was rigged.

    If that wasn’t enough, Jankowicz also promoted the mother of all disinformation: the Clinton campaign–created Trump-Russia dossier.

    To summarize, her record is that she labels information as disinformation and vice versa.

    There are only inferences to be drawn that Jankowicz is gullible or dishonest, or blatantly partisan, or perhaps a bit of all. These qualities should have disqualified her from being made head of a disinformation board.

    The Biden administration no longer even cares to appear fair or moral.

    Equally troubling is that Jankowicz seems to neither understand nor believe in freedom of expression as a right.



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  68. An increase in some licence fee or other, a change in AFL rules, no chicken salt at the fish and chip shop … it’s all down to Klaus.

    New Jessica Mauboy album released this week?

    That’s a Klaus-in’.

    Interest Rates going up? Or down? Or sideways?

    That’s a Klaus-in’.

    Can’t get your favourite mayonnaise or jumbo rolls of hand towel at ALDI at the moment?

    That’s a Klaus-in’.

    Wagners opening up a new transient workers’ accommodation camp next to the one currently leased by QLD.gov?

    Oh, you’d better believe that’s a Klaus-in’…


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  69. H B Bear says:
    April 30, 2022 at 9:32 am

    joanna- agreed the AEC professional disinterest is a concern. I’m not sure what more they could do. Anything being done by parties would require an undercover police operation, not really an AEC matter at all.

    Quite a few years ago I twice had an AEC person knock on my front door to verify that the registered voters at that address were still at that address. The AEC used to send out these people to check the veracity of their electoral rolls, I haven’t seen them for at least 40 years now.


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  70. Thanks all for the responses.
    OldBloke, yeah I’ll follow-up, the no mandate position is really a center piece for this election.
    More reading required by me.


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  71. If people are concerned about polling place election fraud volunteer to scrutineer.

    Or work for the AEC in the polling booth.

    If you are really worried about people adding numbers to your senate paper, draw a line top to bottom through the boxes for the parties you do not want to vote for.


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  72. Sancho Panzer says:
    April 30, 2022 at 9:36 am

    I was thinking that about dick and balls votes in the lower house.
    Fill in the squares with non-sensical numbers so the ballot paper can’t be “re-purposed”.

    If the “non-sensical” numbers are sequential, then your vote is valid. I’ve heard that you can number your vote any way you like, i.e., 10, 20, 30… instead of 1, 2, 3, etc. and the vote is still valid.


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  73. Old bloke – would make an interesting question at Senate Estimates to know what happens now. Never happened to me in over 30 years on the rolls.


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  74. Old Bloke

    Quite a few years ago I twice had an AEC person knock on my front door to verify that the registered voters at that address were still at that address. The AEC used to send out these people to check the veracity of their electoral rolls, I haven’t seen them for at least 40 years now.

    I knew someone who was doing that in the early 1990s.


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  75. Hunter for Red October Biden used alias of KGB spy from Tom Clancy novels: emails

    Joe Biden wrote to his son Hunter and others close to him using the pseudonym “Peter Henderson” – a fictional Soviet Union-era spy in several Tom Clancy novels who infiltrated the US government, emails show.

    The messages contained on Hunter’s abandoned laptop appear to indicate the then-VP started using the fictitious mole’s moniker in October 2016 while forwarding a YouTube video to his son Hunter, brother Jim, daughter-in-law Hallie, as well as his sister and longtime political strategist Valerie Biden Owens.

    Biden sent the message using an email address with a username of “67stingray” — a clear reference to his beloved 1967 Corvette Stingray.

    The name attached to Biden’s “67stingray” account at the time was “Peter Henderson” – which matches the name of the KGB spy in Clancy’s popular Jack Ryan series, according to online fan pages.

    Henderson, whose codename was Cassius in Clancy’s realm, worked as a “minor Senate aide” in 1970 before becoming a Russian spy who was later caught by the CIA and turned into a double agent.


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  76. JCsays:
    April 30, 2022 at 9:50 am
    Even though it’s about the Nazis.Now this made me laugh. Quora:

    Why was the Hitler Youth program so effective?

    They got laid. And not via homosexual activity. (Haha! Ernst Roehm’s wet dream.) Hitler’s goal was to breed as many “Aryan” children as possible. So the Nazi leadership organized “Jamborees” where boys from the Hitlerjugend and girls from the Bund Deutscher Mädel interacted. During the night there was a lot of schtupping in the tents. Many fathers complained that their daughters got knocked up. But a visit by the friendly neighborhood Gestapo agent shut them up. Plus the Lebensborn program gave the mothers money.

    Roehm’s disappointed.

    We need a non boomer type to put the video to Ramstein’s Stripped to MTMG’s My Little Dark Age.

    A lot of visual that’s not too abysmal with the Jugend flag (?) parades that doesn’t appeal to Rohem and Dr Furter types.

    “We’ve been working on a baby
    With blue eyes and blonde hair
    and that was good for relievin’
    our…tension”

    We need “cos” back, she was bloody hilarious. The Nazis were so dreadful in the first instance because they were gay, apparently.


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  77. Biden ‘disinfo’ czar Nina Jankowicz ripped over cringeworthy Mary Poppins TikTok

    The person tapped to head President Biden’s new Big Brother-like disinformation board drew fresh disdain Friday over her flippant attitude toward misinformation — and her own history of spreading it.

    Nina Jankowicz’s ability to be taken seriously in her role on Homeland Security’s new Orwellian “Disinformation Governance Board” was thrown into question after a cringeworthy TikTok video resurfaced of her adapting the Mary Poppins tune “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to be about fake news.

    “Information laundering is really quite ferocious. It’s when a huckster takes some lies and makes them sound precocious, by saying them in Congress or a mainstream outlet, so disinformation’s origins are slightly less atrocious,” Jankowicz sang in the Feb. 2021 video.

    “When Rudy Giuliani shared bad intel from Ukraine. Or when TikTok influencers say COVID can’t cause pain. They’re laundering disinfo and we really should take note. And not support their lies with our wallet, voice or vote,” she continued.

    The bizarre rendition was shared widely online as critics raised doubts of her ability to target real disinformation — and questioned how she even landed the job given her previous dubious claims about the veracity of The Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop.


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  78. Thanks P. Interesting, no prosecutions, token efforts to prevent multiple votes and Team America Hans Blix style stern letters to repeat offenders… I’d be more interested in where these votes were cast and their potential to tip a race to one side but they don’t seem that interested in going there.

    This echoed events uncovered by the Shepherdson Inquiry in Queensland. ALP member Karen Ehrmann ultimately served prison time for electoral fraud, and she maintained that she was merely the ‘patsy’ and that many others in her party were guilty of the same activities during the late 80s and early 90s.

    This from Caldron Pool is what I thought. The Inquiry report was fairly boring but it was amazing how many future ministers in Beattie/Bligh’s government were receiving honourable mentions including a grub they gave a state funeral to. Also one ex-Townsville mayor. One scapegoat got jailed, go figure.


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  79. Would you believe it, The Times is relying on Ukrainian sources to revive the Ghost of Kiev hoax once more:

    Larisa Brown
    @larisamlbrown
    · 9h
    A fighter pilot known as the Ghost of Kyiv died in an air battle last month after allegedly shooting down more than 40 Russian aircraft, it can be revealed https://thetimes.co.uk/article/ghost-of-kyiv-who-shot-down-more-than-40-russian-aircraft-dies-in-battle-q3sq0hztx

    All the shit over the last decade about Russian disinfo, troll farms, etc. was projection; the Western alphabet agencies, government departments, Big Tech, and the MSM are by far the largest disinfo org out there.


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  80. Thank you ball boys and girls.
    Boris Becker sentenced to 2.5 years jail.

    I know its fun to mock the previously tall poppies.

    But Becker was a prime case of sperm rape.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2001/feb/08/oliverburkeman#:~:text=But%20despite%20the%20baby's%20resemblance,devised%20by%20the%20Russian%20mafia.
    Later that evening, Miss Ermakova claims, she and Becker had sex in a broom cupboard at the hotel’s fashionable Japanese restaurant.

    But despite the baby’s resemblance to Becker, the three-times Wimbledon champion denied he was the father. His lawyers suggested that Miss Ermakova had inseminated herself with his sperm after oral sex – a deception the German newspaper Bild Zeitung claimed was part of a blackmail plot devised by the Russian mafia.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/tennis-becker-pays-for-affair/EP42KUORTGYR7P2P2PYZ6U4N5M/?c_id=4&objectid=201110
    Boris Becker is to pay about $US5000 ($12,440) a month in child support to a Russian model who had a baby girl after a brief affair with Germany’s former tennis star.


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  81. In a world gone mad, elites keep peddling untruths

    It begins with the most basic building blocks of our world.

    What is the first thing everybody knows about? I’d say it is probably whether they are a boy or a girl. What is the first thing everybody asks of new parents? “A boy or a girl?” But then we entered into the age of insanity.

    Weirdo academics who would once have been confined to their studies at Berkeley (if not some other institution) decided boys and girls didn’t exist. They claimed that sex was in fact a “social construct” or a matter of “performance.” Before the age of social media that claim wouldn’t have leaked out of the confines of an asylum. But in the age of Twitter it got pumped out everywhere.

    Many of the deranging claims of our era are far more important. It is only three years since the New York Times decided to publish a project which sought to reframe the founding date of America. No more 1776. Everything you were taught in school was wrong. From now on, the authors of the project claimed, the founding date of America should be seen to be 1619. The date the first slaves arrived in America. Because then all of American history could be seen through the sole, defining lens of slavery.

    This is a deranging claim in itself. At the time that the first slaves arrived in America every civilization in the world still practiced slavery. There was nothing unique about America. But once the claims of activist non-historians like the 1619 project are spun through social media they enter a new realm entirely.

    For history is all about context. And social media has no context because it has no history.


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  82. Talking heads on Russian television getting bolshy about the idea of nuking London.

    Last week it was Russians will go to heaven in the event of a nuclear war but not her enemies.


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  83. All the shit over the last decade about Russian disinfo, troll farms, etc. was projection

    No. Not all.

    Putin lies and Biden lies. Putin is dangerous because he’s willing to play by his own rules. Biden is dangerous because he is senile.

    I will lay even money on this.

    Project Mockingbird is real (and has existed for decades) and most of the media personalities conservatives hate are on the payroll.


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  84. All the shit over the last decade about Russian disinfo, troll farms, etc. was projection

    Nah, they just aren’t anywhere near as polished. 🙂

    Some of the English-as-a-second-language types we got on the OldCat at Election time in 2020 were utterly hilarious. Even more fun than the usual Getup! Brigades and single-issue SJW trollherds that tried to infest the place from time to time.


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  85. thefrollickingmole says:
    April 30, 2022 at 10:06 am

    You don’t see social media lit up with people showing off getting their boosters like they did when first and second doses were made available.

    My local newsagent/gift shop were selling T-shirts which proudly boasted of being double-vaxxed.

    They went out of fashion very quickly.


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  86. McConnell’s ‘Exhilarating’ Insurrection

    When it comes to January 6, there are no coincidences.

    A dirty little secret about January 6—one of many—is that Democrats and establishment Republicans, not Trump supporters, wanted to shut down the official proceedings of that day.

    Just as the first wave of protesters breached the building shortly after 2 p.m., congressional Republicans were poised to present evidence of rampant voting fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Ten incumbent and four newly-elected Republican senators planned to work with their House colleagues to demand the formation of an audit commission to investigate election “irregularities” in the 2020 election. Absent an audit, the group of senators, including Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) pledged to reject the Electoral College results from the disputed states.

    The Hail Mary effort was doomed to fail; yet the American people would have heard hours of debate related to provable election fraud over the course of the day.

    And no one opposed the effort more than ex-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

    Further—and more importantly—why did McConnell’s office fail to protect the Capitol on January 6?

    His Sergeant at Arms at the time served on the U.S. Capitol police board, a four-man body that manages security at the sprawling Capitol complex.

    McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser—the three leaders responsible for protecting the Capitol on January 6—still have not explained their failure to do so. Not only did McConnell’s top law enforcement officials purportedly overlook the potential for violence on January 6, he denied requests for more officers days before and delayed sending guardsmen to Capitol Hill that afternoon.

    And it will be nearly impossible to find out why: Stegner, along with Irving and Sund, all resigned on January 7, 2021.


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  87. Boris Becker should have popped smoke and ghosted.

    He should have been willing to face execution or life imprisonment, moved to a country with a good lifestyle and curiously uncooperative court and diplomatic system.

    You know what’s funny? The FBI couldn’t even solve the D B Cooper case after ~50 years, despite obsessed private citizens now insisting it is W Robert Rackstraw.

    Outrageous.

    (Just out of interest)

    https://dbcooper.com/db-cooper-found-how-fbi-files-reveal-plane-hijacker-was-cia-operative-robert-w-rackstraw/


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  88. The ALPEC used to send out these people to check the veracity of their electoral rolls, I haven’t seen them for at least 40 years now.

    Ob – one fronted up on my doorstep about six months before the 2013 feral election. He was an ol’ bloke as well. We ended up swapping Gillard jokes after he’d established that I was in fact, myself.


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  89. Just when you think you have heard it all something like this pops up.

    Manacled Mormon case

    The Manacled Mormon case, also known as the Mormon sex in chains case, was a case of reputed sexual assault and kidnap by an American woman, Joyce McKinney (Miss Wyoming 1973), of a young American Mormon missionary, Kirk Anderson, in England in 1977. Because McKinney and her accomplice skipped bail and fled to the United States before the case could be tried and were not extradited, they were never tried for these specific crimes. According to Anderson, he had been abducted by McKinney from the steps of a church meetinghouse, chained to a bed and raped by her for three days. After the case, McKinney absconded from the United Kingdom and was allowed to reside in the United States with a falsified passport. In 2008 it was learned that she made five clones of her pet pit bull in South Korea, and was subsequently charged with plotting to have a teenager break into a house to raise funds for a prosthetic leg for her horse.



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  90. Ah Mole, 1:34 – a hit is a hit.

    The secret ingredient, the x factor, the it factor, is in fact, is not Jews mocking Nazyees as ardent Fourth Reichers (and hitherto new holocaust victims in the audience), not my sweet summer child, but it is in fact, a key change.

    is the chick at 2:05 Uma Thurman??

    Another immortal like Jay Z and Keanu…and yes I “remember” those bears had a different name.


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  91. In 2008 it was learned that she made five clones of her pet pit bull in South Korea, and was subsequently charged with plotting to have a teenager break into a house to raise funds for a prosthetic leg for her horse.

    What a sick fucken weirdo.


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  92. In 2008 it was learned that she made five clones of her pet pit bull in South Korea, and was subsequently charged with plotting to have a teenager break into a house to raise funds for a prosthetic leg for her horse

    A sentence courtesy of the random concept generator?


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  93. No. Not all.

    Putin lies and Biden lies. Putin is dangerous because he’s willing to play by his own rules. Biden is dangerous because he is senile.

    Please. I take it for granted that pollies lie but this rubbish that the Russians are dangerous because they play by their own rules while the Americans don’t is puerile. Two months ago, sovereign nations could strike military agreements with whoever they pleased; this week, no, no, sovereign nations seeking agreements with our enemies is a threat to the ‘rules-based order’.


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  94. Please show where America literally invaded a country (in order to annex parts of it) without some kind of legal process, no matter how daft.

    That goes back to manifest destiny. A long time ago, where it belongs.


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  95. Big Serge ??????Z
    @witte_sergei
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    29m
    Remember when they said Shoygu was planning a coup and then they said he had a heart attack and Putin had him killed and then he turned out to be totally fine and they just pretended that they’d never said any of those things.

    Yes, yes I do.


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  96. Chaining Mormons to a bed and raping them for days is a bit extreme. I just tell them I’m not interested and close the door. I guess both work.


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  97. Two months ago, sovereign nations could strike military agreements with whoever they pleased; this week, no, no, sovereign nations seeking agreements with our enemies is a threat to the ‘rules-based order’….

    Sovereign nations can strike military agreements with whomever they wish…but they may face consequences for doing so.

    That is the real world and has been since the Treaty of Westphalia.

    Therefore, sovereign nations should choose their alliances wisely.

    And there’s a lot to be said for armed neutrality.


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  98. Please show where America literally invaded a country (in order to annex parts of it) without some kind of legal process, no matter how daft.

    Let me grant you, just for the sake of argument, that the Russians have not invoked any kind of legal process, do you think that distinction matters? The other thing that is curious about this argument is the addition of the qualifier ‘in order to annex part of it’ because no one can with a straight face deny the the US has invaded other countries even if they’ve provided themselves with the cover of some legal process, however daft.


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  99. ALP member Karen Ehrmann ultimately served prison time for electoral fraud, and she maintained that she was merely the ‘patsy’ and that many others in her party were guilty of the same activities during the late 80s and early 90s.

    Didn’t she get 9 months inside?

    Hmmm, compare her treatment with the much heavier sentence given to Pauline Hanson.


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  100. Telling that Sky’s newest recruit’s first effort is to interview a man who thinks he’s a woman.

    Caitlyn Jenner ‘clears the air’ on Piers Morgan Uncensored after she initially cancelled interview over ‘sensationalised’ Donald Trump promo video (Sky News, 29 Apr)

    The editing of Trump didn’t go down well with the punters.

    Piers Morgan Viewership Crashes 70 Percent After Trump Aide Crushes His Mishandling of Deceptively Edited Interview Promo (28 Apr)

    Maybe “Piers Morgan Unwatched” would be a better name for the new show. Good luck with him Sky peoples, don’t say you weren’t warned.


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  101. The goal of annexation is immoral and wrong (and stupid, risking the human race’s existence in this case- no I am not joking) without consent.

    Yes I know Crimea was different; but so are parts of N. Ireland.

    Can we invade and take over the South Pacific because we think they’re incompetent, cost us too much money, treat gays less than we do or we think they’re going to be Chinese sympathisers?

    People from NSW have a weak historical claim to New Zealand. It has only been formally independent for 75 years. Queensland also has a claim over PNG. I think these “always was” claims are usually silly and if they’re valid they will be supported by the annexees.


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  102. bons says:
    April 30, 2022 at 10:58 am

    Thanks all for the responses.
    OldBloke, yeah I’ll follow-up, the no mandate position is really a center piece for this election.
    More reading required by me.

    My local Liberal Party bloke voted against Craig’s no-mandate bill so he’s last on my vote.


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  103. Speaking of the ALPEC, their colour brochure has just been fished out of the letterbox. Prominently featured on the front: “Voting is compulsory”.

    Yeah, no, it is not. Fronting up at a polling place and having your name crossed out is compulsory, voting itself is not.

    More lies from those z-grade incompetent shysters.

    Milts – just to clarify, I was referring to voting below the line on the senate ballot paper. Only six boxes need to be numbered (twelve in a double dissolution).


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  104. Sydney Morning Herald.
    As we are warned of imminent increase in power prices, the Coalition policy of investing in coal and gas has been exposed as flawed. I don’t believe the price of wind and sunshine has increased much in the last three months, so it’s all down to fossil fuels.
    Charles Hargrave, Elizabeth Bay.
    Just leave the fridge out in the sun and it will run forever.


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  105. we think they’re incompetent, cost us too much money, treat gays less than we do or we think they’re going to be Chinese sympathisers?

    I’m perfectly happy with referring to them as what they are – lazy useless corrupt cargo cult opportunists – and labore are going to throw even more OPM at them.

    How much debt have those idiot politicians racked up again? Yet we’re still dishing out “aid” to these corruptocrat clowns.


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  106. rickwsays:
    April 30, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Plane thinking:

    Hummelbird Ultracruiser with 23hp Briggs and Stratton Vanguard with direct drive?!

    Something for Oldies to do in their spare time –

    Ultracruiser Full Kit

    USD $17,900.00Price

    Contains all components. This means all hardware, welded assemblies, and formed aluminum parts. Contains assembled main spar, and vertical tail post. Tri-gear option is an additional $800.00. Contains required assembly manuals. Airframe only.

    Does not include instruments, engine, propeller, or seat cushions.


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  107. Further to the Mormon kidnapper above, she also managed to squeeze in running over and killing a holocaust survivor in her latter years. Well rounded life that one.


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  108. “Piers Morgan Unwatched”

    Pb balloon time. As for bringing back Jonesy, Sky may find themselves having to shift Fatso Murray back to 9:00 pm and find someone people might actually want to watch for the “tricky” 8:00 pm slot.

    Morgan is a disaster and he’ll be gone very soon.


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  109. miltonfsays:

    April 30, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Good morning- reading about voting in the Senate above, we only have to vote for 6 below the line? So the AEC is lying to us? WTF?

    I think it is more than that below the line.
    I think you can vote up to six above the line.


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  110. At the start of this business (February 2022; although 2014 marks the real beginning) I maintained that Putin had some moral right to extend protection to the break away Russian-speaking republics and that the Ukrainians had acted irresponsibly and stubbornly in that matter (and in disregard of the Minsk Protocols brokered by France & Germany). It seems that many Ukrainians thought so as well, because Zelensky was elected over the pro-American Poroshenko with a mandate to work out a peace deal with the Russians.

    When Putin then cynically used the conflict in the Donbas as a pretext to launch an invasion of Ukraine in the interest of his Greater Russia idea, however, we were entertaining a different moral question. He was not waging a just war and the Ukrainians, the majority of whom wanted no part of Russian occupation, had a right to defend themselves.

    Now the American State department, which has had a hand in Ukrainian affairs since the early ’90s, has very wrecklessly decided to use the conflict to inflict as much damage on the Russian military as possible, escalating it to yet another, very dangerous phase in which Russia may determine that it is under existential threat. Russian media, which speaks for Putin’s regime ( ‘free’ outlets having been closed or censored), is now preparing the populace for nuclear war.

    There’s a lot of blame to go around in this and we’d better hope someone finds the lever to de-escalate things and quickly.


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  111. Milts – just to clarify, I was referring to voting below the line on the senate ballot paper. Only six boxes need to be numbered (twelve in a double dissolution).

    This is the complete quote from the AEC “Official” Guide to Vote I received yesterday ..
    Below the Line ..
    If you choose to vote below the line, you need to number at least 12 boxes, from 1 to 12, for individual candidates in the order of your choice. You can continue to place numbers in the order of your choice in as many boxes below the line as you like


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  112. Rex at 12:17.
    I couldn’t read the brochure.
    Why tail-dragger?
    Particularly fond of ground loop accidents are you?
    Or does it have aerobatic capability?


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  113. Having gently and caringly struggle cuddled the franchise to death the BBC orders Dr Who exhumed and handed over to chicks with dicks for one more poop chute plundering…

    Written by Juno Dawson, Doctor Who: Redacted was launched alongside the Easter TV special, Legend of the Sea Devils, and has been described by the producer/director Ella Watts as “very gay, very trans”, and sitting “to the left” of the main show.

    Whittaker has enthused about working with Dawson and Craggs, saying “their energy is ace”. Redacted is, indeed, irresistibly sparky. Characters are powered by protein shakes and oat milk lattes. Episodes run to a pacy 20 minutes. The dark conspiracy plot is leavened by a script that zings with Drag Race lingo and gags about alien penises in jars. Harry Styles is hailed as “an honorary lesbian”. “Live, laugh, love” culture and boomers who leave voicemails are roundly ridiculed. It’s like a sci-fi remix of Mae Martin’s Feel Good. Or It’s A Sin with aliens also saying “La!”.

    “Doctor Who has always appealed to LGBTQ+ people,” says Dawson. “There’s something so enduring about the idea that, if you’re living a slightly humdrum life, this person in a blue box can whisk you away for an adventure in time and space. Many of the Doctor’s sidekicks have been downtrodden or marginalised, even if they weren’t outwardly queer. So to take that subtext and make it text, that means a lot. We don’t need to make it a metaphor any more. We can have three queer women front and centre.”


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  114. “Electric buses aren’t the issue here, Bollore buses of this model are the issue,” a spokesman for the transport operator added.

    Bollore itself said in a statement that “the whole staff of Bluebus is mobilised… to find out the origin of the accident”.

    so many mysteries


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  115. Bons I liked you analysis of your senate vote, whether or not it is acceptable to others doesn’t matter. Imagine if everyone analysed their vote in the manner that was suitable for them instead of voting above the line how much different the composition of the senate would be. Personally I don’t like preferential voting as we get what we have now. First past the post for me and no voting above the line. Never happen of course.


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  116. Zipstersays:
    April 30, 2022 at 12:39 pm
    Drbeen Medical Lectures

    How Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) in Vaccines May Cause Allergic Reactions

    PEG is an important part of the lipid nanoparticles based vaccines. Moderna COVID vaccine mRNA-1273 and Pfizer-BionTech COVID vaccine BNT162b2 contain PEG2000 in abundance. Let’s review why some people are getting allergic reactions with these vaccines, and the impact on the patient’s immune system for the future PEGylated therapies.

    In the broader context though all of us have many plastic particles in our bodies of many differing compounds. The quantity of plastics in the vaccines is probably miniscule compared to our cumulative exposure.


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  117. Biden Disinformation Chief Nina Jankowicz Sang About Sex Fantasy with Dead Harry Potter

    President Biden’s disinformation chief Nina Jankowicz sang about dead child sex with fictional character Harry Potter, as she participated in the “wizard rock band” called “The Moaning Myrtles,” which released several songs detailing such fantasies

    It is an ironic discovery — Jankowicz’s apparent obsession with Harry Potter — as many have deemed her the U.S. version of the Ministry of Magic’s overpowering Dolores Umbridge.


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  118. Rex at 12:17.
    I couldn’t read the brochure.
    Why tail-dragger?
    Particularly fond of ground loop accidents are you?
    Or does it have aerobatic capability?

    The RV-4 thru -8 are the aerobatic ones. The -9 is a long-distance tourer that can squeeze in and out of the same sort of shorter strips the other types typically can use.

    As far as taildragger vs trike goes, I think the design looks nicer and keeps the prop a bit more out of the grass and rocks when anywhere away from a paved surface.

    Plus, it would be a convenient excuse to get the appropriate endorsement on the PPL should the opportunity for Rex With Wings arise… 🙂


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  119. the Western alphabet agencies,

    The CIA has been deeply and widely embedded in the media since the 60’s. (Operation Mockingbird) . More so now in the digital era , now that 5 Eyes is alive and thriving.


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  120. Biden is dangerous because he is senile.

    It’s much more dangerous than that. Biden is a brain dead puppet for what is now in power; a malicious, evil, marxist, authoritarian, cabal- who are OUR ALLIES.

    We are allied with what has become an evil and despicable regime. If Albo is elected, there is no doubt in my mind we will become like them – very fast. Within Albo’s first term. An “accommodation” with the Greens will only hasten that process.


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  121. Rex.

    Can you fit one of these babies in it?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junkers_Jumo_205

    There might be a kit version of this in the US for sale as well.
    Easy enough to glue together.
    https://www.thevintagenews.com/2016/11/13/the-nazi-aircraft-fueled-by-coal/?chrome=1
    The plane was going to be made of wood, plywood and steel tubing.
    Choppering into Wentworth in this would be nice as well.
    https://www.duffelblog.com/p/armys-new-coal-powered-tiltrotor-gaining-traction-in-congress?s=r


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  122. New Brain Learning Mechanism Calls for Revision of Long-Held Neuroscience Hypothesis

    Two huge challenges to the conventional understanding of brain function. I hope I live long enough to see these ideas mature. The brain wave one in particular fascinates me and this one explains an anomaly long known. Synapses are not fixed structures. Microglia, the immune cells of the brain, regular consume synapses.

    As noted in the article the problem with AI that attempts to emulate brain function is that we’ve been wrong about brain function! Neural nets my ass.


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  123. Roger, I don’t disagree much with what you’ve said above, except that the ‘Greater Russia’ and media preparation is exaggerated. I’m pragmatic insofar as the Russian occupation of south and east is concerned. My position here is that given the costs this has imposed on Russia in both blood and treasure, the creation of Republics in those areas if they were to become a part of the Russian Federation isn’t cynical, its just realistic. They have significant Russian populations and any resistance at least in Kherson and Zaporizhzhya seems low . And they learned some horrible lessons given their muted response to the uprisings in 2014, in Kharkov, Mariupol, Slavyansk, and the like.


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  124. disney has turned full evil
    Turning Red
    Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang) is a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), is never far from her daughter – an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda


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  125. I’m pragmatic insofar as the Russian occupation of south and east is concerned.

    ukraine is just the obama adm…biden administration playing dominoes


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  126. President Biden’s disinformation chief Nina Jankowicz sang about dead child sex with fictional character Harry Potter,

    While disturbing, it is less interesting than this

    During her testimony, Jankowicz referred to the plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer saying “The social media platforms played a huge role in allowing that group to organize. It allowed, you know, that group to — it seeded the information that led them to organize.”[15]:?29

    When we now know

    Gretchen Whitmer: Michigan governor kidnap plot case collapses

    But lawyers for the accused countered that the scheme was mostly “smoke and mirrors”, profane talk by angry and disillusioned men.
    Throughout the trial, they maintained that the men had been entrapped – or improperly induced into the crime – by an undercover FBI operation.


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  127. Please show where America literally invaded a country (in order to annex parts of it) without some kind of legal process, no matter how daft.

    Ask the Apache, Comanche, Sioux, Navajo etc etc that question.


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  128. Roger says:
    April 30, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Now the American State department, which has had a hand in Ukrainian affairs since the early ’90s, has very wrecklessly decided to use the conflict to inflict as much damage on the Russian military as possible, escalating it to yet another, very dangerous phase in which Russia may determine that it is under existential threat. Russian media, which speaks for Putin’s regime ( ‘free’ outlets having been closed or censored), is now preparing the populace for nuclear war.

    If the Russians were to launch nuclear missiles against the USA, wouldn’t they fly over the North Pole?

    Jeremiah 50:3
    For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.


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  129. The RV-4 thru -8 are the aerobatic ones. The -9 is a long-distance tourer that can squeeze in and out of the same sort of shorter strips the other types typically can use.

    What’s the bomb load?!


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  130. Many commented about Ukraine using POWs for propaganda purposes.

    You mean like Ukes filming the shooting Russian POW’s in the legs?

    Does this receive the same strong reaction?

    Which part? When the Brit is assured he is safe, assured that he will be going to hospital to attend his arm? Maybe the propaganda is directed at the Azovs to surrender in Mariupol – who in fact have shown themselves to be a murderous nazi bunch.


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  131. smart

    Terrifying footage shows Russian soldiers prepare for nuclear war during drill involving 40million people

    Oct 27, 2016

    Emergency services wore hazchem suits and gas masks during the four-day trial run in Moscow.

    Soldiers were seen carrying away ‘victims’ of a nuclear attack while civilians scampered into protective tents.

    More than 200,000 emergency service staff are believed to have taken part in the drill.

    Capital Moscow’s entire population of 12 million would be able to fit into refurbished underground shelters, Russian authorities confirmed.



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  132. POWs should not be used like this by either side.
    From memory, the practice is illegal, under the Geneva Convention.

    Are mercenaries/contractors covered by the GC?


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  133. Here’s Why Hibernation in Space May Not Be Possible For Humans After All

    human will need to be genetically engineered for interstellar flights


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  134. Yeah, no, it is not. Fronting up at a polling place and having your name crossed out is compulsory, voting itself is not.

    Yes, yes. If you actually read the legislation, it says you have to cast a ballot. Whether or not it is valid….


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  135. Zipster:
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-sells-western-currency-and-oil-assets-to-avoid-sanctions_4406675.html

    So if China is going to sell national assets, will this transfer down to the private market?
    And what will happen to the Australian housing sector?

    Logically it should split two ways – the Chinese private citizens who are able to get to their housing assets, and will keep them – and those who cannot, and will sell.
    I’d be getting out of the market if I were in it.


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  136. All it took was some election cheating (there is always election cheating) , an absurd and panicked over response globally to a pandemic, and all of a sudden some of the “right” are exactly where the hard left were fifty years ago:
    Anti- American.
    Derisive of Western values.
    Supporting Russia.
    Apologising for our foreign enemies.
    Falling into an abyss of crank theories and shit history.


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  137. After decades of being too above it all to fight the culture war, too busy making money to get into the key areas of teaching and media, too arrogant and short sighted and sneering to do the hard work, the response now that it’s obvious that war is horribly lost? “Fuck it, the West was never worth saving anyway”.


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  138. Anti- American.
    Derisive of Western values.

    You can spin you silly bs any way you like to fit your absurd nonsensical narrative.

    The current Administration is clearly anti-American and completely abhors western values. Therefore those critical of the current disgusting US Administration are most likely pro-American and are heavily pro-Western in values.


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  139. POWs should not be used like this by either side.

    Absolutely.
    As well as mocking/televising the dead and wounded (as opposed to recording and reporting).

    This bit of the convention seems to be flouted by the “good guys” with regards to seizure of property of civilians..
    https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v2_rul_rule50
    Practice Relating to Rule 50. Destruction and Seizure of Property of an Adversary…

    Geneva Conventions I, II and IV
    According to Article 50 of the 1949 Geneva Convention I, Article 51 of the 1949 Geneva Convention II and Article 147 of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV, “extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly” are grave breaches.

    So its all fun and games to grab oligarchs yachts, but is it legal?

    Which is, I realize quite small fry compared with actually starting a war in the first place.


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  140. Arkysays:
    April 30, 2022 at 1:34 pm
    All it took was some election cheating (there is always election cheating) , an absurd and panicked over response globally to a pandemic, and all of a sudden some of the “right” are exactly where the hard left were fifty years ago:
    Anti- American.
    Derisive of Western values.
    Supporting Russia.
    Apologising for our foreign enemies.
    Falling into an abyss of crank theories and shit history.

    Exactly Arky. Many of the complaints of the Right were articulated by Chomsky etc 50 years ago. I should explore the psychology\cultural dynamics of those shifts but in these days I’m too lazy and prefer computer games.


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  141. Arkysays:
    April 30, 2022 at 1:34 pm
    All it took was some election cheating (there is always election cheating) , an absurd and panicked over response globally to a pandemic, and all of a sudden some of the “right” are exactly where the hard left were fifty years ago:

    Key words must be “some of” the right. As for most of the right, I’d say:
    Anti- American. No. Anti the “elites” who are destroying America from within (and causing mayhem elsewhere as well).
    Derisive of Western values. No. Just no. They aren’t.
    Supporting Russia. In a sense I suppose. Many are definitely asserting that reality isn’t a cartoon-like “Good Ukraine/Evil Russia” dichotomy, but I don’t think that even they are acting as Putin’s cheer squad.
    Apologising for our foreign enemies. I don’t know who or what you’re referring to.
    Falling into an abyss of crank theories and shit history. Well yes, there has been a fair bit of that.


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  142. “And what did you do Arky”?
    If you remember, ten years ago I was at putting my job at risk by going on here and telling exactly what was going on in schools and how you could expect that to change the culture.
    I told you “You should see what’s coming down the pipeline”.
    I wrote piece after piece about the importance of the story we tell ourselves and each other about who we are, and how that story was getting corrupted and manipulated in schools.


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  143. local oafsays:
    April 30, 2022 at 1:40 pm
    John H,

    was it you who mentioned lithium orotate here some weeks ago?

    Yes and I just picked up a fresh supply yesterday, delivered by iHerb from the USA. Not only helps the brain, a recent research report highlighted it can also protect the kidneys which was surprising because the therapeutic doses of lithium for bipolar have a big problem with possible kidney damage. However those dosages are much higher than taken as a supplement.


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  144. Mercenary laws here.

    https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v2_cha_chapter33_rule108

    Additional Protocol I
    Article 47(2) of the 1977 Additional Protocol I defines mercenaries as any person who:
    a) is specially recruited locally or abroad in order to fight in an armed conflict;
    b) does, in fact, take a direct part in the hostilities;
    c) is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised by or on behalf of a Party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party;
    d) is neither a national of a party to the conflict nor a resident of territory controlled by a Party to the conflict;
    e) is not a member of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict; and
    f) has not been sent by a State which is not a Party to the conflict on official duty as a member of its armed forces.


    Lots of bits at that link.
    Ukraine
    Ukraine’s IHL Manual (2004) states:
    1.2.25. … [M]ercenaries are unlawful participants of the hostilities.

    1.2.25.2. … [M]ercenaries shall not have the right to be prisoners of war and are subject to punishment for their actions. However, their punishment may only be imposed by a competent tribunal.


    Russian Federation
    The Russian Federation’s Regulations on the Application of IHL (2001) states:
    When fallen into the power of the adversary, neither spies, nor mercenaries shall have the right to the prisoner-of-war status and shall be subject to punishment for their activities. However, sentences with respect to the above persons shall only be passed with previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court and the accused shall be provided with the generally recognized guarantees of court defence.

    Both sides make it a bad idea to be captured as a mercenary.


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